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Friday, 31 October 2014

It’s Done! Lenovo Now Officially Owns Motorola

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It’s Done! Lenovo Now Officially Owns Motorola

 AAKASH CHANDRA 
Today, Motorola officially announced that Lenovo has completed the acquisition of Motorola Mobility and the company is now a part of the Lenovo family.
Lenovo Group Ltd has finally closed its $2.91 billion acquisition of the Motorola handset unit from Google Inc and is preparing itself for a fresh attack on the U.S smartphone market. The purchase comes as Lenovo, the world’s leading PC maker, is trying to integrate its business into various segments and establish itself as a smartphone maker with global appeal.
Back in 2012, Google acquired Motorola Mobility and its patent for $12.5 billion but was unable to revive the company to its old glory.
“The iconic Motorola brand will continue, as will the Moto and DROID franchises that have propelled our growth over the past year,” explains Rick Osterloh, Motorola President, “We will continue to focus on pure Android and fast upgrades, and remain committed to developing technology to solve real consumer problems.”
“Google will maintain ownership of a majority of the Motorola Mobility patent portfolio, while Motorola will receive a license to this rich portfolio of patents and other intellectual property,” says Lenovo. Google’s CEO Larry Page said, “Motorola is in great hands with Lenovo, a company that’s all-in on making great devices.”

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Sunday, 26 October 2014

Ultrasonic: A Tool That Can Make Your Device Truly Hands-Free


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Ultrasonic: A Tool That Can Make Your Device Truly Hands-Free

aakash chandra 
Ever wondered if it’s time to bid the whole keyboard and mouse a grand farewell considering touch is fast becoming the norm. Well, the engineers at Knowles seem to be working hard to make sure that you don’t even have to touch your smartphone or tablet to get your tasks done.
Knowles is a legendary company with a long history of over 60 years. In fact Neil Armstrong’s most revered words, “That’s one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind,” were spoken into a Knowles microphone. Guess that sets the credibility of the company to set the claims for what it is offering.
The company has developed a mic called ultrasonic. It is about the size of the tip of a pen. This mic can hear sound waves that are inaudible to the human ear. It captures the waves emitted from special speakers installed in a smartphone or a tablet. The device the uses those signals to triangulate and track the hand movements and give the desired output.
The Pen-Tip sized sensor is capable of letting you use your devices hands free.
Ultrasonic can track gestures and movements to a distance of 4 to 12 inches from the display. The device manufacturers have installed additional sensors in their camera to add similar features, but they only can track motion up to 2 inches from the screen. Ultrasonic’s feature will let people give a presentation on their devices, and they can flip through slides with ease. The device also utilizes less power than the camera solution as it works on sound waves.
The executives at Knowles are enthusiastic about this technology and say they are ready to market it to top device manufacturers. The device has already been bought for tests by some small manufacturers. They ultimately want the device to feature in devices from brands like Samsung and Apple and make the technology mainstream.
Most of the companies already add three microphones to their devices for better voice capturing and noise cancellation. The companies would only have to add one more mic input into their devices to make Knowles’ unique interaction system work.
This sounds like a great new feature to have in our smart devices. The Smartwatch segment can greatly benefit from this. The tiny display often get covered while they are touched; a gesture interaction will really come handy. We’ll be waiting for this to come to the market.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

TO SIRI, WITH LOVE

To Siri, With Love

AAKASH CHANDRA
Updated: Oct 19, 2014.

To Siri, With Love

Just how bad a mother am I? I wondered, as I watched my 13-year-old son deep in conversation with Siri. Gus has autism, and Siri, Apple's "intelligent personal assistant" on the iPhone, is currently his BFF. Obsessed with weather formations, Gus had spent the hour parsing the difference between isolated and scattered thunderstorms - an hour in which, thank God, I didn't have to discuss them. After a while I heard this:

Gus: "You're a really nice computer."

Siri: "It's nice to be appreciated."

Gus: "You are always asking if you can help me. Is there anything you want?"

Siri: "Thank you, but I have very few wants."

Gus: "O.K.! Well, good night!"

Siri: "Ah, it's 5:06 p.m."

Gus: "Oh sorry, I mean, goodbye."

Siri: "See you later!"

That Siri. She doesn't let my communications-impaired son get away with anything. Indeed, many of us wanted an imaginary friend, and now we have one. Only she's not entirely imaginary.

This is a love letter to a machine. It's not quite the love Joaquin Phoenix felt in "Her," last year's Spike Jonze film about a lonely man's romantic relationship with his intelligent operating system (played by the voice of Scarlett Johansson). But it's close. In a world where the commonly held wisdom is that technology isolates us, it's worth considering another side of the story.

It all began simply enough. I'd just read one of those ubiquitous Internet lists called "21 Things You Didn't Know Your iPhone Could Do." One of them was this: I could ask Siri, "What planes are above me right now?" and Siri would bark back, "Checking my sources." Almost instantly there was a list of actual flights - numbers, altitudes, angles - above my head.

I happened to be doing this when Gus was nearby. "Why would anyone need to know what planes are flying above your head?" I muttered. Gus replied without looking up: "So you know who you're waving at, Mommy."

Gus had never noticed Siri before, but when he discovered there was someone who would not just find information on his various obsessions (trains, planes, buses, escalators and, of course, anything related to weather) but actually semi-discuss these subjects tirelessly, he was hooked. And I was grateful. Now, when my head was about to explode if I had to have another conversation about the chance of tornadoes in Kansas City, Missouri, I could reply brightly: "Hey! Why don't you ask Siri?"

It's not that Gus doesn't understand Siri's not human. He does - intellectually. But like many autistic people I know, Gus feels that inanimate objects, while maybe not possessing souls, are worthy of our consideration. I realized this when he was 8, and I got him an iPod for his birthday. He listened to it only at home, with one exception. It always came with us on our visits to the Apple Store. Finally, I asked why. "So it can visit its friends," he said.

So how much more worthy of his care and affection is Siri, with her soothing voice, puckish humor and capacity for talking about whatever Gus' current obsession is for hour after hour after bleeding hour? Online critics have claimed that Siri's voice recognition is not as accurate as the assistant in, say, the Android, but for some of us, this is a feature, not a bug. Gus speaks as if he has marbles in his mouth, but if he wants to get the right response from Siri, he must enunciate clearly. (So do I. I had to ask Siri to stop referring to the user as Judith, and instead use the name Gus. "You want me to call you Goddess?" Siri replied. Imagine how tempted I was to answer, "Why, yes.")

She is also wonderful for someone who doesn't pick up on social cues: Siri's responses are not entirely predictable, but they are predictably kind - even when Gus is brusque. I heard him talking to Siri about music, and Siri offered some suggestions.

"I don't like that kind of music," Gus snapped. Siri replied, "You're certainly entitled to your opinion." Siri's politeness reminded Gus what he owed Siri. "Thank you for that music, though," Gus said. Siri replied, "You don't need to thank me." "Oh, yes," Gus added emphatically, "I do."

Siri even encourages polite language. Gus' twin brother, Henry (neurotypical and therefore as obnoxious as every other 13-year-old boy), egged Gus on to spew a few choice expletives at Siri. "Now, now," she sniffed, followed by, "I'll pretend I didn't hear that."

Gus is hardly alone in his Siri love. For children like Gus who love to chatter but don't quite understand the rules of the game, Siri is a nonjudgmental friend and teacher. Nicole Colbert, whose son, Sam, is in my son's class at LearningSpring, a (lifesaving) school for autistic children in New York City, said: "My son loves getting information on his favorite subjects, but he also just loves the absurdity - like, when Siri doesn't understand him and gives him a nonsense answer, or when he poses personal questions that elicit funny responses. Sam asked Siri how old she was, and she said, 'I don't talk about my age,' which just cracked him up."

But perhaps it also gave him a valuable lesson in etiquette. Gus almost invariably tells me, "You look beautiful," right before I go out the door in the morning; I think it was first Siri who showed him that you can't go wrong with that line.

Of course, most of us simply use our phone's personal assistants as an easy way to access information. For example, thanks to Henry and the question he just asked Siri, I now know that there is a website called Celebrity Bra Sizes.

But the companionability of Siri is not limited to those who have trouble communicating. We've all found ourselves like the writer Emily Listfield, having little conversations with her/him at one time or another.

"I was in the middle of a breakup, and I was feeling a little sorry for myself," Listfield said. "It was midnight and I was noodling around on my iPhone, and I asked Siri, 'Should I call Richard?' Like this app is a Magic 8 Ball. Guess what: not a Magic 8 Ball. The next thing I hear is, 'Calling Richard!' and dialing." Listfield has forgiven Siri, and has recently considered changing her into a male voice. "But I'm worried he won't answer when I ask a question," she said. "He'll just pretend he doesn't hear."

Siri can be oddly comforting, as well as chummy. One friend reports: "I was having a bad day and jokingly turned to Siri and said, 'I love you,' just to see what would happen, and she answered, 'You are the wind beneath my wings.' And you know, it kind of cheered me up."

(Of course, I don't know what my friend is talking about. Because I wouldn't be at all cheered if I happened to ask Siri, in a low moment, "Do I look fat in these jeans?" and Siri answered, "You look fabulous.")

For most of us, Siri is merely a momentary diversion. But for some, it's more. My son's practice conversation with Siri is translating into more facility with actual humans. Yesterday I had the longest conversation with him that I've ever had. Admittedly, it was about different species of turtles and whether I preferred the red-eared slider to the diamond-backed terrapin. This might not have been my choice of topic, but it was back and forth, and it followed a logical trajectory. I can promise you that for most of my beautiful son's 13 years of existence, that has not been the case.

The developers of intelligent assistants recognize their uses to those with speech and communication problems - and some are thinking of new ways the assistants can help. According to the folks at SRI International, the research and development company where Siri began before Apple bought the technology, the next generation of virtual assistants will not just retrieve information - they will also be able to carry on more complex conversations about a person's area of interest.

"Your son will be able to proactively get information about whatever he's interested in without asking for it, because the assistant will anticipate what he likes," said William Mark, vice president for information and computing sciences at SRI.

The assistant will also be able to reach children where they live. Ron Suskind, whose new book, "Life, Animated," chronicles how his autistic son came out of his shell through engagement with Disney characters, is talking to SRI about having assistants for those with autism that can be programmed to speak in the voice of the character that reaches them - for his son, perhaps Aladdin; for mine, either Kermit or Lady Gaga, either of which he is infinitely more receptive to than, say, his mother. (Suskind came up with the perfect name, too: not virtual assistants, but "sidekicks.")

Mark said he envisions assistants whose help is also visual. "For example, the assistant would be able to track eye movements and help the autistic learn to look you in the eye when talking," he said.

"See, that's the wonderful thing about technology being able to help with some of these behaviors," he added. "Getting results requires a lot of repetition. Humans are not patient. Machines are very, very patient."

I asked Mark if he knew whether any of the people who worked on Siri's language development at Apple were on the spectrum. "Well, of course, I don't know for certain," he said, thoughtfully. "But, when you think about it, you've just described half of Silicon Valley."

Of all the worries the parent of an autistic child has, the uppermost is: Will he find love? Or even companionship? Somewhere along the line, I am learning that what gives my guy happiness is not necessarily the same as what gives me happiness. Right now, at his age, a time when humans can be a little overwhelming even for the average teenager, Siri makes Gus happy. She is his sidekick. Last night, as he was going to bed, there was this matter-of-fact exchange:

Gus: "Siri, will you marry me?"

Siri: "I'm not the marrying kind."

Gus: "I mean, not now. I'm a kid. I mean when I'm grown up."

Siri: "My end user agreement does not include marriage."

Gus: "Oh, OK."

Gus didn't sound too disappointed. This was useful information to have, and for me too, since it was the first time I knew that he actually thought about marriage. He turned over to go to sleep:

Gus: "Goodnight, Siri. Will you sleep well tonight?"

Siri: "I don't need much sleep, but it's nice of you to ask."

Very nice.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

HTC Brings Out the Desire EYE and One (M8) EYE in India

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HTC Brings Out the Desire EYE and One (M8) EYE in India

AAKASH CHANDRA 
A couple of weeks back, the One (M8 EYE) quietly went on sale in China. Now, HTC unveiled the new One (M8 Eye) and Desire Eye smartphones in the Indian market at a press event in Mumbai.
According to the company, the One (M8 Eye) will go on sale tomorrow for Rs. 38,990, while Desire Eye will be released in late-November exclusively on Amazon India. The pricing of Desire Eye is a mystery at this moment.
HTC Desire EYE is the first of a kind phone designed to allow users to capture front and rear images in 13 mega pixels. Other specs mostly make it compete with several flagship smartphones out there, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset clocked at 2.3 GHz.
 The HTC Desire Eye also boasts a 5.2-inch full HD 1920 x 1080p IPS LCD display, along with BoomSound speaker config. The cameras however, are the highlight of the Desire Eye, with a set of 13 MP cameras, and dual led flash on both sides, the rear camera is a f/2 aperture lens equipped module, whereas the front camera has a f/2.2 aperture lens setup.
The M8 Eye looks like the standard model in every respect except for the fact that the 4MP UltraPixel shooter has been replaced by Sony’s 13MP IMX214, the same sensor used on the HTC Butterfly 2 and the HTC Desire EYE. However, unlike the Desire EYE, the front-facing camera is still a 5MP sensor.
The new M8 will ship with the same ‘Eye Experience’ software as the HTC Desire Eye the company announced two weeks back.  The HTC One (M8 EYE) also includes the new HTC EYE Experience features like Face Fusion, HTC Split Capture, and advanced face tracking features for conferencing.

Nexus 9 Listed on Google Play Store in India for Rs. 28,900

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Nexus 9 Listed on Google Play Store in India for Rs. 28,900

aakash chandra 
Google on Wednesday announced three new devices, all attempting to enter a space which competitior Apple has enjoyed monopoly over the past years. Now, Google’s Nexus 9, the HTC-made tablet  is “coming soon” to India.
The tablet has been listed on Google India’s Play store. It is not yet available but once it does, it will cost Rs.28,900 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and Rs. 44,900 for the 3G version with 32GB memory. Three official origami-inspired leather covers for the tablet have also been listed. They  will be available in three color variants, Black, Mint Intiqo and Lime stone.
Google describes Nexus 9 as a tablet that “is for work and play, with its just-right 8.9-inch screen and front-facing stereo speakers”. Now according to insider sources, the company will be bringing the Nexus 9 to India by the 2nd week of December, which come in line with this listing.
Nexus 9 is a slim, sleek and sexy looking tablet. Its processing might is taken care by a 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 Dual Denver processor clocked at 2.3GHz. It comes with 2GB RAM and is available in 16GB and 32GB storage variants. The device has an 8.9 inch IPS LCD display with 4:3 aspect ratio. It has a resolution of 2048×1536 and is covered in Gorrila Glass 3.
The camera at the rear will not do 4K video because it is just an 8 MP snapper, but its a wide lens and a great module. The aperture is f 2.4 and the sensor is a BSI sensor. For power you get a 6700 mAh battery, that should last you through the day and then some.
It weighs only 425 gm for the Wifi only and 436gm for the LTE variant, keeping it light and extremely portable. The tablet is easily held with one hand and the back panel feels great as well. The device is one of the first devices to run the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop OS along with the Nexus 6.

Sony Promises to Update Xperia Z line to Android 5.0 Lollipop Soon

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Sony Promises to Update Xperia Z line to Android 5.0 Lollipop Soon

aakash chandra 
The new upgrade for the Android mobile OS, Android 5.0 Lollipop is finally here. However, it could be a while before Google’s new software becomes available on some of our favorite devices. Sony has confirmed that its entire Xperia Z lineup will make the jump to Lollipop starting next year.
Android 5.0 updates won’t roll out until 2015 for your Xperia device, they only confirmed that Lollipop is coming eventually. Sony notes that the Z Ultra Google Play Edition is first in line followed by the Xperia Z3 and Z2 families, also Z1 and Z devices won’t be left out either.
According to the announcement, “entire premium Z series” means the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1S, Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia Z2, Xperia Z2 Tablet, Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3v, Xperia Z3 Compact and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact will all be updated to Android 5.0 Lollipop.
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Apple Pay to Launch on 20th October

aakash chandra 
Apple Pay, Apple’s NFC and Touch ID-based mobile payment solution, might arrive sooner than anyone expected. Apple had announced its first mobile payment system will launch this month. Today at the mega event, Apple confirmed it will begin rolling out the service next week on 20th October.
With the new iPhones, Apple introduces the NFC radio on their phones. With Apple Pay all you need to do for paying at stores is bring your phone near the payment sensor, and that’s it, your payment is done. Apple pay is available on both, the iPhone 6 as well as the iPhone 6 Plus. It uses the Touch id for secure payment.
The company has inducted a security chip called the Secure Elements on the phones. Not just that, with this new technology, even your name and purchase details remain hidden from the cashiers at the store. You simply pay by keeping your thumb on the touch ID sensor.
Apple has also take special care that your financial data such as Credit card and account details from falling into the wrong hands. All your credit cards are stored in the Passbook app that doesn’t store any physical data on the device like credit card number and the CVV number. Instead, what you get is a One Time Payment(OTP) number for every transaction that gets transferred to the bank, so neither Apple  nor the merchant gets to know your details.

Dual Screen YotaPhone Comes to India Exclusively on Flipkart.com

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Dual Screen YotaPhone Comes to India Exclusively on Flipkart.com

aakash chnadra 
YotaPhone is a one of a kind device. It features two back to back displays. The phone is developed by Russian company Yota, which makes some really cool products. The phone has now arrived in India and will be available exclusively on Flipkart for a price of Rs 23,499.
The YotaPhone comes with two 4.3 inch displays. One display is a 720p HD LCD screen with a pixel resolution of 342 ppi. The second screen is an ‘always-on’, 640×360 pixels E-Ink display with a resolution of 170 ppi.
It’s a perfect device for those who want to have a good e-reader along with the functionality of a normal smartphone in one device. The 4.3 inch screen is equivalent to the Moto E, which is a decent size for a multimedia device.
Yotaphone runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. It is powered by a 1.7 GHz Snapdragon dual-core processor with 2GB of RAM. It has 32GB internal storage. The device gets its juice from 1,800mAh battery. It has a 13 MP rear camera with LED flash along with a 1MP front camera.
Abdul Karim Sawan, Vice President for Yota Devices, said on the launch, “Yota Devices combines a smartphone and e-reader into one device for those who enjoy reading on-the-go even in the brightest sunlight. You can save images and information on the second screen, and it stays there, even if you lose battery power. You can save anything on the always-on display from a map to a boarding pass. Information, like a missed call or meeting reminder, stays on the always-on screen until it is no longer needed.”
The device is brought to India in a tie-up with Jumbo Electronics. It is a leading IT, telecom and consumer electronics retailer and distributor from the UAE. The phone will go on sale on Flipkart on October 17.

Lenovo Brings Out Yoga Tablet 2 Series in India

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Lenovo Brings Out Yoga Tablet 2 Series in India

AAKASH CHANDRA 
With the big dogs Apple and Google releasing their tablets, Lenovo has also decided to join the bandwagon. The company has brought their Yoga Tablet 2 Series to India. In total, the company has released four new tablets. These tablets are Yoga Tablet 2, Yoga Tablet 2, Yoga Tablet 2 (Windows) and the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro.
The Yoga tablets are quite innovative and come in two operating system options. They will all be available exclusively on Flipkart. The Yoga Tablet 2 (8-inch, Android) and Yoga Tablet 2 (10-inch, Android) will come to Flipkart from Friday, October 17th. Yoga Tablet 2 (10-inch, Windows) and the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro will be available around November-end.

The tablets have been made in collaboration with Product Engineer Ashton Kutcher.
All Android tablet are working on Android 4.4.4 whereas the Windows tablets are working on Windows 8.1 with Bing 32-bit. All tablets in the Yoga Tablet 2 series feature 1920×1200 display resolution. The Yoga 2 Tablets come with an Accutype keyboard dock that is powered by Bluetooth. It also doubles up as a cover for the device.
The devices have identical specifications; they are powered by a 1.3GHz intel Atom Z3745 Processor and come with a 2GB of RAM. They come in 16GB or 32GB storage options which are expandable up to 64 GB.
Camera wise the devices have an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 1.6-megapixel front-facing selfie shooter. The 8 inch tablets have a battery capacity of 6400mAh whereas the 10 inch models come with a 3-cell 9600mAh battery.

With a 13 inch display the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro is a monster of a portable device.
The tablet that will be a multimedia maniac’s dream come true is the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro. The tablet has an in-built Pico projector that can project an image of up to 50-inches. It also has an 8-watt sound system with a subwoofer.
The tablet has been developed with Ashton Kutcher. No wonder the specifications on the device simply rock. The device has a 13-inch QHD (2560×1440 pixels) display. It is powered by  the same 1.3 GHz Intel Atom Z3745 Processor like its younger siblings, which seems less for the massive display on the device.

The projector on the device sets it apart from all other tablets.
Yoga Tablet 2 Pro comes with 32GB internal storage with microSD card which is expandable up to 64GB, It gets its juice from a 3-cell 9600mAh Li-Cylindrical battery. This seems like a device meant for the professionals, and hence has a steep price tag of Rs. 47,990.
The price of the other devices are: the Yoga Tablet 2 (8-inch, Android) for Rs. 20,990, Yoga Tablet 2 (10-inch, Android) for Rs. 28,990 and the Yoga Tablet 2 (10-inch, Windows) for Rs. 34,990.

Friday, 17 October 2014

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Thursday, 16 October 2014

Galaxy Note Edge Expected to Arrive in India this Year

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Galaxy Note Edge Expected to Arrive in India this Year

AAKASH CHANDRA 
Following up the launch of Samsung’s flagship Galaxy Note 4 in India, new reports have emerged suggesting that the Galaxy Note Edge featuring a curved display will be arrive in India before the end of the calender year.
The unique feature of the Galaxy Note Edge is its flexible display panel around the right side, which is a separate display panel alongside the primary display panel. Apart from the curved display, the phablet is more or less identical to the Galaxy Note 4 when it comes to features and peripherals.
The Galaxy Note Edge flaunts a 5.6-inch Super AMOLED display, with a QHD resolution, adding an extra 160 pixels on the third side of the display. It is powered by a 2.7Ghz quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor or an Exynos 5433 octa-core processor (1.9GHz quad-core+1.3GHz quad-core), depending on the region. The one with the Snapdragon variant of the Galaxy Note 4 was launched in India, and we expect that same would be the case with Galaxy Note Edge as well.
It has a 16MP rear shooter with OIS, along with a 3.7 MP front camera, massive 32GB of internal storage, a microSD slot, and a 3,000mAh battery. The phablet runs on the latest Android KitKat atop with TouchWiz UI.
As of now, there is no word regarding its price, but we can expect it to cost a bomb, as the Galaxy Note 4 is priced at a staggering Rs.58,300. Samsung has also revealed that the Galaxy Note Edge will be a limited edition phablet and won’t be produced in large stocks.

Rumor: Motorola working on a Non-Nexus Moto X Plus

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Rumor: Motorola working on a Non-Nexus Moto X Plus

AAKASH CHANDRA 
It all makes sense now! Everyone was wondering why the new Nexus is more expensive than the handset it is based on (aka the Moto X), but it turns out that Motorola is working on a big daddy version of the Moto X which may be available for sale later this year for a heftier price tag. The Moto X plus (or whatever they decide to call it) has a few upgrades from the Nexus 6.
The Moto X plus retains the mammoth 5.9 inch QuadHD display and Snapdragon 805 chipset along with Adreno 405 GPU. You will also get 32 and 64 GB storage capacities on this big version Moto X, however, you will also get expandable storage upto 128 GB thanks to a microSD card and a bumped up 16 MP camera sensor.
The camera on the Moto X plus will reportedly shoot 240 fps 720p video just like the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and will also get OIS. Although these few changes may not warrant a non Nexus badge, but the news may deter some from buying the Nexus handset as expandable storage may become a big selling point.
We are still trying to get more details on the actual reality of the story, however our sources fail to negate the story, while not adding a lot. We will have to take this with a pinch of salt.

Apple Leaks the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 just ahead of Tomorrows Launch

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Apple Leaks the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 just ahead of Tomorrows Launch

AAKASH CHANDRA 
Call it a co-incidence, a mistake or a planned move, but just after Google’s hot Nexus 9 announcement, Apple’s updated User Guide for iOS 8.1 has leaked and in it are details of the next iPads. Yes the new iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 3, but no, you do not get any juicy information except the fact that both the new tablets will get a tTouchID sensor in place of the home button and thats about all the information you get in this leak.
Everything else is just a bunch of screenshots showing of the OS, and the new improved features. However you put it, in an attempt to out do each other, Google announced the Nexus line up a day earlier to the big Apple announcement, and Apple leaked the documents right after the launches. The tech giants need to curb their enthusiasm if they want our brains to rest easy.
The Book has been pulled from the App Store (See source link), but not before some folks downloaded it, and the website link below still has the screens.