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Thursday, 31 July 2014

Chinese Vendors Trouble Samsung and Apple for Smartphone Market Share





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Aakash Chandra 

We all know that Samsung is losing market internationally as well as in India, now we have exact numbers to believe it. Over the past years, Apple and Samsung slugging it out at the top of the phone and tablet markets. But it seems that the recent boom in Chinese smartphone market has taken a toll on both companies.
IDC (International Data Corporation) estimates that Samsung’s smartphone shipments saw a rare year-over-year drop in the second quarter, taking it from a lofty 32.3 percent market share down to 25.2 percent. This week’s news that Apple suffered a slump in iPad sales would normally be accompanied by news of Samsung taking customers from Apple as it has done in the past. But not this time round.
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The cause, analysts say, is the rapid rise of Chinese brands that cuts directly into Samsung’s low-end business. Huawei claimed 6.9 percent of the smartphone space after doubling its shipments, thanks in part to heavy discounts on phones; Lenovo too jumped to 5.4 percent on the back of both budget phones at home as well as rapid expansion abroad.
The worldwide smartphone market grew 23.1% year-over-year in 2014 setting a record of 295.3 million shipments, reported IDC. The market grew 2.6% sequentially due to strong demand and low-cost smartphones. Next quarter is forecasted to be the first to surpass shipments of 300 million smartphone units worldwide.
As the death of the feature phone approaches more rapidly than ever before, it is the Chinese vendors that are ready to usher emerging market consumers into smartphones. The offer of smartphones at a much better value than the top global players but with a stronger build quality and larger scale than local competitors gives these vendors a precarious competitive advantage,
Melissa Chau
Senior Research Manager with IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker.
Samsung’s fall is especially troubling given that the measured quarter included the release of the company’s new flagship Galaxy S5. Despite the high-profile launch, Samsung shipped 3 million fewer handsets this year than last year. Chinese brands were the big winners in the second quarter, helped along by the still-significant growth from the domestic market. By far the most impressive was Huawei, nearly doubling its shipments from a year ago, followed by another strong performance from Lenovo.

Pd.id : Portable Silent Guardian That Drug Tests Your Drink



Pd.id : Portable Silent Guardian That Drug Tests Your Drink

Aakash Chandra 
If you are a lady or have lady friends you understand the constant vigilance that needs to be maintained while going out.  Does that taxi driver look trustworthy or is this drink I’m holding safe for consumption? Some of the constant questions going through a girl’s mind while out at night. Date Rapes are also one of the leading sexual assault cases against women. It seems like Toronto based, former IT consultant David Wilson might have found a perfect solution for this epidemic of date rapes, a tiny USB sized gizmo called Pd.id.
Pd.id uses three different tests to identify if the drink has been drugged. The device uses light, conductivity and temperature to determine if the drink has been sabotaged. The two Red and Green indicators tell you if the drink you are holding is tainted or not. The best part is that the device can be used multiple times so it will be one of the essentials to pack before a night-out.  Pd.id also has a companion mobile app which lets you access the drink database from the company and visually confirm the purity of the drink.
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The indicators help you figure out if the drink is safe for consumption
The company claims that the drug recognition technology has been with the drug enforcement agencies for quite some time. They learned from them and created this miniaturized, consumer friendly version of the technology that can go in women’s purse.
This is a phenomenal invention and should really be encouraged. This is how a real moral invention looks like; one of the several instances when technology can come to change the world and make it a better place.  If you can’t donate to the device, you can atleast spread the word. But no amount of gizmos can take the spot of a sex educated and gender sensitive mind.
Of course the best part of this invention is that all the single ladies will have a good time going out without any worries. Pd.id sure is an awesome innovation. Also you don’t to worry about sanitizing the gizmo, the alcohol you are dipping it in will do the needful.

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The Xiaomi Effect : Moto G Prices Slashed by Rs. 2000

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The Xiaomi Effect : Moto G Prices Slashed by Rs. 2000

aakash chandra 
It’s only been a week and a few days since the Xiaomi Mi3 went on sale in India for a impressive price of Rs. 13999/-, and it looks like major brands are taking a major beating. Motorola who basically ruled this price segment from Rs. 12,000 to 15,000 has been feeling the major grunt of the Xiaomi fever.
Motorola hopes to change that by dropping their Moto G prices by a whopping Rs. 2000. If you don’t already know the Moto G sports a 4.5-inch HD display with a 1,280×720-pixel resolution and 329ppi. Powering its insides is a quad-core, 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, Adreno 305 graphics, and 1GB of RAM.
There is a 2070 mAH battery inside, but unfortunately there is no expandable storage. At the back of the Moto G there is a 5 MP camera and a 1.3 MP camera at the front.
Incase you are sick of the Xiaomi selling out before you click the buy button, you can find the new dropped prices of the Moto G below.

MOTO G REVIEW

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Xiaomi Mi Power Bank listed on Flipkart for Rs 999 and Rs 799 respectively, But not stocked!

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Xiaomi Mi Power Bank listed on Flipkart for Rs 999 and Rs 799 respectively, But not stocked!

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Xiaomi the Chinese brand which recently made its debut in the Indian mobile market has came up with another exciting cool device for your smart gadget’s need. Xiaomi Mi Power bank is the power backup device from the manufacturer which can super charge your gadgets at the time of need.
However, the company has revealed the specs and price tag f the device. Two different variants have been launched with 10400 mAh capacity and second with 5200 mAh capacity and have been priced for Rs. 999 and 799 respectively. Manufacturers have claimed that Power bank with 10400 mAh power can charge  Mi 3 2.5 times, an Apple iPhone 5S 4.5 times and an iPad mini 1.5 times within in single short charge.
The great Pricing that company is offering for the device and it’s capabilities are surely going to make it a big hit. This product was revealed earlier by company but it has not been launched yet for the Indian market. Recently Flipkart listed both these devices on it’s website with price tags but it didn’t reveled the availability details. As for now the device is showing Out of Stock which makes it a kind of disappointment.
Let’s see that how this product performs and stay tuned with us for latest  news on Xiaomi and Mi Bank.

5 mm thick Gionee device surfaces online, Next slimmest mobile?

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5 mm thick Gionee device surfaces online, Next slimmest mobile?




Gionee, the Chinese mobile manufacturer which holds the title for slimmest phone manufacturer of the world is again in talks over internet because of leaks of next upcoming smartphone from the company which will take over the existing slimmest device from the manufacturer.
The latest leaked images suggest that they have been captured with spy camera or web cam which indicates that next slimmest device is on it’s way to the market. Recently a news broke out which revealed that a device from Gionee has got a network certification which is said to be the successor to Gionee S5.5, present slimmest phone.
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However, some of the specs are also out there regarding the device which suggests that it will come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset inside with 1.5/2 gigs of RAM. The device is also said to feature the 8 MP primary shooter as well a 2700 mAh batter could be present inside the device.
We had earlier tested the Gionee Elife S5.5 that has slim profile of 5.5mm but found it had a massive issue of heating and poor battery life thus we simply could not recommend the S5.5 to our users. We hope Gionee overcomes such issues with the new device that they are going to announce. No confirmations regarding the launch of the device or pricing info are present at this time.

Asus Zenfone 6, The phablet device from Asus unboxed and overview!

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Asus Zenfone 6, The phablet device from Asus unboxed and overview!

Asus the brand which is commonly known for their mastered computers and accessories has recently dipped their hands in the mobile industry and they came up with three great value for money devices i.e. Asus Zenfone 4, Znfone 5, Zenfone 6. Earlier we reviewed the  Asus Zenfone 4 which costs about Rs 5,999 and can be purchased via Flipkart for the Indian consumers.
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Today, we are gonna take a look at the phablet device from Asus called Zenfone 6 which comes with a massive 6 inch display adding the device to phablet category. However, the device is powered with Intel dual core Atom processor with hyper threading clocked at 2 GHz and comes with 2 gigs of RAM. We just had the first hands-on with the device and it looks very impressive in terms of looks and performance.

SPECIFICATIONS

  1. The device features a 6 inches, HD 1280×720, IPS with Capacitive Multi touch panel.
  2. It comes with a Intel® Atom™ Z2580 ( 2.0 GHz ) prcessor inside with 2 gigs of RAM.
  3. Device comes with jelly Bean out of the box and will be updated to Kitkat very soon!
  4. It arrives in 16/32 gigs mass memory options.
  5. It supports 13 MP primaty shooter with pixel master and HD video recording with AF, LED flash.
  6. 2 MP secondary camera is also added to the device.
  7. UMTS/WCDMA, DC-HSPA+ UL:5.76 Mbps/DL:42 Mbps, EDGE/GPRS/GSM : 850/900/1800/1900, also present.
  8. Weights about 196 g.
  9. Micro SD card storage upto 64 gigs available.
  10. 3300 mAh battery, non-user replaceable.
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Facebook is Forcing Android Users To Download the Messenger App

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Facebook is Forcing Android Users To Download the Messenger App

Facebook announced on Monday that it will be removing the messaging feature from its mobile app over the next few days, and requiring people to use its standalone Messenger app instead. Hence, forcing users to download the Messenger app to chat with Facebook contacts on their mobiles.
“In the next few days, we’re continuing to notify more people that if they want to send and receive Facebook messages, they’ll need to download the Messenger app,” a Facebook spokeswoman said.
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The change follows through on a plan announced in April and for now affects Facebook’s mobile app on iOS and Android. You’ll be able to send and receive messages on the desktop as before. The social networking giant told TechCrunch that it had seen “positive results” in Europe in terms of user engagement, and so decided to move ahead with rolling-out the standalone app to everyone.
Facebook-messenger-sms-integrationThe company notes that users can continue to chat via the main Facebook app on iPad tablets, feature phones, Windows Phone devices, via Paper app, and the Web-based desktop interface. The company said that this move is to make the Facebook messenger, the best app for messaging. It is also an effort to avoid any confusion that might arise from having two mobile products for the same thing.
The move will also greatly increase the number of people who use Facebook Messenger. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on the company’s earnings call last week that Facebook was looking to turn Messenger into an important business. Messenger currently has more than 200 million monthly active users—just under a fifth of Facebook’s total user base. It can handle Internet-based voice calls, group chats, and exchanging photos and short videos, as well as sending text messages.
Facebook says the change will help improve the performance of both the apps over time. It’s already working to improve Messenger; the company recently hired the former PayPal President David Marcus as part of a push to build new capabilities for Messenger, possibly including payments.
Earlier this year, Facebook had announced an agreement to acquire WhatsApp, which also handles Internet-based messaging. Along with that the company also launched its own Snapchat-like app called Slingshot which is not well received.
Slingshot may not have performed to the company’s expectations, but when you have a billion plus subscribers, you have the freedom to force them to use an additional app which only performs a part of the function that the current app does. But we are ourselves are so addicted to this man’s creation that we will do as he commands and give some more of our phone storage and RAM to conquer.

Activity Tracker Fitbit Now Available For Windows Phone Users

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Activity Tracker Fitbit Now Available For Windows Phone Users

aakash chandra 
Fitbit is one of the major players in the activity tracker market, with an estimated 67 percent of all trackers in the US shipping with the Fitbit brand last year. It’s also grabbed more than one million app downloads on Google Play alone, though it remains tight-lipped about the specifics of its App Store figures.
Fitbit is finally expanding its mobile scope beyond that of Android and iOS by launching a version for Windows Phone. The app is near-identical to its iOS and Android counterparts. Simply pair your smartphone over Bluetooth with a Fitbit device like the Flex or the One, and your data will sync automatically.
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You can then use the app to monitor progress on your fitness goals by checking in on the steps you’ve taken and the calories you’ve burned. You can also log how much food and water you’ve had today. The Fitbit app is currently only compatible with Windows Phone 8.1 but the OS upgrade will be rolling out to all Lumia devices shortly.
This is a notable move by Fitbit as it has a potential to gain many new users on a platform that’s largely been ignored by the big-brand trackers. Fitbit is among the first to bring such a fully-featured native app to Windows Phone. Some previous third-party attempts have been decent, though they ultimately lacked key features such as real-time Bluetooth syncing, something the official app from Fitbit offers.
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Fitbit is staking for the monopoly in the market. Hence, the still nascent market of Windows Phones is targetted by the company which  was thought to have only 3% of the market in USA. Recently, the Windows Apps market has seen a lot of new apps rolling out. In just the last few weeks, both Adobe Photoshop Express and on-demand car service Uber have made their debuts as native apps. That doesn’t exactly signal the end of lack of app on the Windows platform. Although it does give Windows Phone enthusiasts some hope that the apps they wish for would soon arrive in their devices.
You can grab the app for your Windows Phone 8.1 device from the Windows Phone store, it’s free and available worldwide in English, with additional languages to come later this year.

Apple Upgrades MacBook Pro with Retina Display to Better Processor

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Apple Upgrades MacBook Pro with Retina Display to Better Processor

AAKASH CHANDRA 

Today Apple refreshes its premium MacBook Pro with Retina display lineup, bumping up the CPU speeds and RAM, as well as dropping the prices of the high-end models.
Prior to this upgrade the base version of the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display featured a 2560 X1600 resolution at 227 pixels per inch retina display, 2.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 CPU, 4GB of 1600MHz DDR3L RAM, and 128GB of PCIe-based flash storage and it had a price tag of $1,299. For the same price this model now comes with a 2.6 GHz Intel Core i5 chip and 8GB of memory.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display features dual-core Intel Core i5 processors up to 2.8 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3 GHz and 8GB of memory, up from 4GB in the entry-level notebook. The 13-inch model can also be configured with faster dual-core Intel Core i7 processors up to 3.0 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.5 GHz.
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The top-of-the-line 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display has a new, lower starting price of INR 179,900. The 15-inch model features faster quad-core Intel Core i7 processors up to 2.5 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.7 GHz, 16GB of memory, up from 8GB in the entry-level notebook, and can be configured with quad-core Intel Core i7 processors up to 2.8 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 4.0 GHz.
“People love their MacBook Pro because of the thin and light, aluminium unibody design, beautiful Retina display, all day battery life and deep integration with OS X. The MacBook Pro with Retina display gets even better with faster processors, more memory, more affordable configurations and a free upgrade to OS X Yosemite this fall.”said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing.
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iLife and iWork come free with every new Mac.  iLife lets you edit your favorite videos with iMovie, create new music or learn to play piano. iWork on the other hand, allows productivity apps, Pages, Numbers and Keynote, which make it easy to create, edit and share stunning documents, spreadsheets and presentations. OS X Mavericks, the world’s most advanced operating system, also comes free with every new Mac. With more than 200 features, OS X Mavericks is designed for ease of use while taking full advantage of the powerful technologies built into every Mac, including core technologies designed specifically for notebooks to boost performance and improve battery life.
MacBook Pro with Retina display and MacBook Pro are available today through select Apple Authorised Resellers.
The pricing is as followed:
DescriptionPrice
The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is available with a 2.6 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1 GHz, 8GB of memory, 128GB of flash storage and Intel Iris graphics. 94,900 (inc VAT)
The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is available with a 2.6 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1 GHz, 8GB of memory, 256GB of flash storage and Intel Iris graphics109,900 (inc VAT)
The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is available with a 2.8 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3 GHz, 8GB of memory, 512GB of flash storage and Intel Iris graphics129,900 (inc VAT)
The 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is available with a 2.2 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.4 GHz, 16GB of memory, 256GB of flash storage and Intel Iris Pro graphics144,900 (inc VAT)
The 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is available with a 2.5 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.7 GHz, 16GB of memory, 512GB of flash storage, and Intel Iris Pro and NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M graphics
179,900 (incl  VAT)
The 13-inch MacBook Pro is available with a 2.5 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1 GHz, 4GB of memory, Intel HD Graphics 4000 and a 500GB hard drive
78,900   (inc VAT)
This update to the MacBook Pro line comes ahead of the release of OS X 10.10 Yosemite, which is scheduled for release this fall, and brings a number of new features to users, including much closer integration between Mac and iOS devices.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

OS X Yosemite Public Beta Released, Here’s How You Can Get it

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OS X Yosemite Public Beta Released, Here’s How You Can Get it

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Apple first showcased their latest version of Mac OS, labeled OS X Yosemite, earlier this year at WWDC. It featured a completely redesigned user interface and better OS X to iOS integration. A lot of users have been waiting patiently to get their hands on it ever since. While developers have had access to the all new versions of Mac OS X ever since the announcement, Apple are finally allowing the general public to get a taste of Yosemite starting Thursday, 24th July.
To know about its various new features and their functionalities, follow this link to read more.
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So here’s how it works. All users who signed up with their Apple ID on the beta program website (its still not too late to do so) will get an email with a link and an activation code which will allow them to download the latest build.
Users should keep in mind that this beta build, while fairly stable, might (and will) still contain bugs and errors. Apple clearly states that the software is still in development, which means some applications and services might not function properly. Also, some of those awesome new features require an iOS 8 device, which is not part of the program.  The beta version has a built-in Feedback Assistant application, if users want to report any bugs or provide any feedback on the build as they’re using it.
OSX 4Having the latest OS X Mavericks is a prerequisite for the installation of this build. We also recommend that you first back up your Mac using Time Machine before installing this build. Also, if you have a secondary Mac, you should install the beta onto that, rather than risking your primary machine.
Now, if at any stage, users feel that they do not want to be part of the program, Apple will also give instructions to revert back to OS X Mavericks. So, if you just can’t wait till Apple officially releases the latest Mac OS X this fall, hit this link.
By AAKASH CHANDRA

Xiaomi Mi3 Sells Out for the Second Time Within Minutes on Flipkart

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Xiaomi Mi3 Sells Out for the Second Time Within Minutes on Flipkart

Xiaomi has created a huge wave in the Indian smartphone market by bringing in a high-end handset at a low-end price. Xiaomi is the top smartphone manufacturer in China which went from zero to the fifth position in just four years. After creating a success story back home, they have launched their devices in the Indian market, which have stirred up a storm, even before the users could get a unit in their hands.
The first time, when Mi3 went on sale last week, it was sold out within 40 minutes of its availability.  A reported 100,000 people registered for the phone before the day of sale on July 22. On the day of sale, Flipkart ran out of their entire inventory within a record 39 minutes and also managed to get the website to its knees.
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The Xiaomi Mi 3 went on sale again via the website today at 2PM IST. However, same as the last time it sold reported 10,000 units within half an hour, 23 mins to be exact. The Flipkart page of the Xaiomi Mi3 thanked buyers for ‘tremendous response’ and also notified that next date for sale will be on 5 August while the registration for the next sale will start at 6PM IST today.
The Xiaomi Mi 3 runs a highly tweaked version of Android 4.4 KitKat, with MIUI version 5 on top. It comes with a 5-inch full-HD LCD display (1080×1920 pixels) offering a pixel density of 441ppi; a 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (MSM8274AB) processor; 2GB of RAM; Adreno 330 GPU; 16GB of inbuilt storage; 13-megapixel rear camera; 2-megapixel camera, and 3050mAh battery.
Xiaomi also launched its latest flagship smartphone, called the Mi 4, at the company’s “The Journey of a Piece of Steel” launch event along with the Mi Band, a budget fitness tracker priced at just $13 (roughly Rs. 790).