Friday, 10 January 2014

Samsung Galaxy S5 - New roll out launch date,features

Samsung has reportedly announced its plans to roll out the Galaxy S5 smartphone that would include 'iris scanning technology' in a possible competition to Apple's finger scanning tech in its latest iPhone 5S.

The Galaxy S5 is expected to be unveiled in April and an updated version of the Galaxy Gear smartwatch would also make its debut alongside the smartphone.

According to The Verge, the company's mobile executive VP, LeeYoung-hee said that the new version of the Galaxy Gear smartwatch would feature "more advanced functions, and the bulky design will also be improved."

Samsung analyst day screenshot

The South Korean electronics giant is also said to be soon rolling out an updated Galaxy Note line for the second half of this year and is said to be considering a "three-sided display" to allow for visibility from multiple angles.

Lee further explained that the Galaxy S4 may not have resonated with consumers as much as its predecessor because the industrial design was similar and for the S5 model, they will go back to basics and improvements would be more in the display and the feel of the cover.

The report added that the Galaxy S5 would have a new Android skin that features a pastel color scheme and thinner fonts.

Thursday, 9 January 2014

How to log into your Mac computer by Knocking?

Knock to Unlock is a new iPhone app ($3.99) that lets you easily log into your locked Macbook using the iPhone in your pocket. While you are near your locked Mac, just know the screen of your iPhone twice and the app will automatically enter your password on the computer.
Knock has two components – the desktop app that runs on your Mac and the iPhone app. When you knock on the iPhone screen, the Mac app automatically enters your password and unlocks the computer. Your Mac is still protected with a password, the app just saves you from the hassle of typing that long password every time you sign-in.

And if your iPhone isn’t around, you will still be able to sign in to your Mac by manually typing the password.
Know to Unlock is currently available for Mac only but a Windows version is also in the works. You need an iPhone running on iOS 7 and not a very ancient Macbook or iMac running on Mountain Lion or Mac OS X Mavericks.
One iPhone can only be paired with one Mac computer though the website says that support for multiple Macs is coming very soon.

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

A twist on search using New Jelly Application

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One of the creators of Twitter Inc. unveiled a new mobile service called Jelly on Tuesday, hoping for another hit product in what has become an increasingly crowded field of social and mobile products.

The Jelly smartphone app seeks to improve the way people search for and find information, by querying people instead of Internet search engines.

“Everyone is mobile, everyone is connected. So if you have a question, there’s somebody out there that knows the answer,” said Biz Stone, the CEO and co-founder of Jelly in a video on the company’s website. Stone was among the team that in 2006 created Twitter, the social network and microblogging service that had a blockbuster initial public offering in November.

Shares of Twitter, which has more than 230 million monthly users but has yet to earn a profit, have surged about 145% from their offering price.

Stone left Twitter in June 2011. Among the backers of the new company are Twitter co-founders Jack Dorsey and Evan Williams, venture capital investor Reid Hoffman, as well as U2 frontman Bono and former vice president of the US Al Gore.

The new service, which is available free for devices based on Apple’s iOS and Google Inc.’s Android operating systems, lets users submit questions to the network of friends that they have on social services such as Twitter or Facebook Inc.. Users can send a text query or circle something in a photo they’ve taken to ask for help identifying the object or for more information about it.

Jelly became available for download on Tuesday.
A number of other services including Quora, founded by former Facebook employees, and Yahoo Inc.’s Answers also let users query people for more information. Many people also use Facebook to get recommendations and questions answered by their friends. 

Day 2 - 2014 Inside story Consumer Electronic Show

More gadgets are powering up thanks to solar energy, homes are growing more tech friendly, and what happens when a CEO crashes his rival's party?

Here are a few things we learned during the second day of the Consumer Electronics Show.

1. The Marissa Mayer show

Yahoo's CEO used a little star power during her CES keynote to lay out the tech giant's plans for 2014, recruiting John Legend, Saturday Night Live cast members and newest Yahoo Katie Couric, who will anchor a news program.

Along with the news program, Yahoo launched a pair of new websites called Yahoo Food and Yahoo Tech.

Mayer says the company is undergoing "a massive shift to mobile," pouring more of its resources into creating content for smartphones and tablets. The company topped 400 million monthly mobile users, and Mayer forecasts 3.8 billion connected devices worldwide.

2. Devices go solar

This is a gadget show, after all, so let's get back to the devices, some of which will be fueled with solar power.

Colorado-based EnerPlex unveiled a $99.99 smartphone battery case that users recharge through solar energy. It will be available for iPhones and Android smartphones.

Meanwhile, automaker Ford showed off its C-Max Solar Energi Concept car at CES. The vehicle's battery recharges using solar panels located on the roof.

3. PlayStation games off to the cloud

By this summer, owners of Sony's PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 video game consoles will have access to the platform's library.

During its CES keynote, Sony unveiled PlayStation Now, which will allow players to stream older titles onto PS3 and PS4. Other devices will follow, including PlayStation Vita handhelds, Bravia TVs and even other smartphones and tablets.

Users will be able to either rent individual games or sign up for a subscription and gain wider access. No details were revealed on pricing.

4. Tech for the home

CES played host to countless devices aimed at securing your home and making every day tasks easier. Here's a quick peek at some of the interesting items spotted on the show floor:

-- Scooba. The latest model from iRobot not only vacuums the floor, but scrubs up any excess moisture during a second passthrough. It works on surfaces such as tile, wood and linoleum. And it's expensive -- $600 to be exact.

-- Lighting Science bulbs. A retired NASA astronaut takes advantage of his experiences in space to create light bulbs that help users wake up and fall asleep. The Definity Digital Good Night bulb helps people doze off at night, while the Awake & Alert energy enhancing light helps them pop out of bed in the morning. The bulbs will cost $69 a piece.

-- The iOS Kitchen Thermometer. In search for a sophisticated kitchen thermometer? iDevices has created a gadget that features remote monitoring and temperature presets. Users can also share temperature data with friends. The Kitchen Thermometer launches this month for $79.99.

5. T-Mobile might want to its own CES party

Maybe T-Mobile CEO John Legere won't be attending AT&T parties any time soon. Legere reportedly attended the party of wireless rival AT&T, saying he just wanted to check out main act Macklemore. However, Legere was quickly escorted off the premises.

Naturally, Legere didn't shy away from taking a dig at his rival. As Re/code reports, Legere said with the money AT&T spent on the party, he could have cut prices on T-Mobile devices. AT&T did not comment on the incident.

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

ISRO's Mars Orbiter Mission

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12 must-know facts about India's mission to Mars

ISRO's historic mission to Mars - is its first-ever launch outside the Earth's sphere of influence in its 44-year-long history. It is also the cheapest by any nation to the red planet! Find out more about India's bold Mission to the red planet..

This is India's first Mars mission, and no country has been fully successful on its first try. If India can pull it off, it will demonstrate a highly capable space program that belongs within an elite club of governments exploring the universe.NASA will help Isro with ground monitoring from three deep-space facilities after the launch. The American space agency will send its own probe, Maven, 13 days later.

Arun Ram reports from Sriharikota
There is palpable excitement at the mission control, 7km away from the launch pad. Indian Space Research Organisation chairman K Radhakrishnan has been going around the mission control, shaking hands with the 58 top scientists directly monitoring the progress of the mission.

Hundreds of people have gathered on the roads leading to the spaceport and on terraces to catch a glimpse of PSLV-C25 as it lifts off minutes from now. Scientists here told TOI that everything is progressing as expected. Cloudy skies and a light drizzle about 90 minutes before the lift-off time gave some anxious moments to lay people, but scientists said the weather is just fine.

"Earlier we were a bit worried as Sriharikota is a cyclone prone area this time of the year," said a scientist in the mission control. "Weather forecast shows there could be light showers, but there is nothing that will affect the launch."

Only the US, Russia and the European Union have succeeded in reaching Mars before. China failed in 2011 with its probe aboard a Russian rocket and Japan’s effort floundered in 2003


Friday, 1 November 2013

Google reveals Nexus 5, Nexus 7 Prices India

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 Google has released the India prices of the newly launched Nexus 5 smartphone as well as the Nexus 7 tablet that was unveiled earlier this year.

The new Nexus 5 will be available for Rs 28,999 and Rs 32,999 for the 16GB and 32GB variants in the domestic market. The prices are listed on the Play Store, suggesting that buyers will be able to purchase the phone online directly from Google. Nexus 4, which was launched earlier this year, was not available via Play Store in the country.

The second-generation Nexus 7 tablet will cost Rs 25,999 in India for the 32GB Wi-Fi and 4G variant. The company has listed only the US prices of the 16 and 32GB Wi-Fi versions of the model, giving rise to speculations that only the top variant will be available via Play Store.

TOI had earlier reported that Google will launch the new Nexus 7 model in India in November. The company has announced that Nexus 5 smartphone will be launched in India soon. It has not released the official launch dates of both devices as of now.

Online retailers recently slashed the prices of all models of the first-generation Nexus 7 tablet. The device is now available for as low as Rs 9,999 in the country, while the top model costs Rs 16,999. Nexus 4 is available for less than Rs 22,000 in the country, down from its launch price of Rs 25,999.

The new Nexus 5 smartphone has a 4.95-inch LCD screen with Full HD (1080p) resolution and protected by Gorilla Glass 3 panel. It packs the 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor under the hood, with 2GB RAM. The device will be available in 16 and 32GB versions (with no microSD support) and come in white and black colours. 

On the back, Nexus 5 sports an 8MP camera with optical image stabilization, 1/3.2-inch sensor and f/2.4 aperture. LED flash is present on the back, while a 1.3MP unit is used in front. Its connectivity suite consists of 2G, 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and LE, NFC and microUSB. Powered by a 2,300mAh battery, this device has wireless charging.

Nexus 7 tablet has a 7-inch screen with 1920x1080p resolution and runs Android 4.3 natively; it will soon get the Android 4.4 update from Google. The device has 2GB RAM, 16 and 32GB storage options and is powered by the 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor. Running on a 3,950mAh battery, this device has a 5MP rear camera and 1.2MP front camera. It can access the internet over 2G, 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi networks and transfer data via Bluetooth 4.0 and LE, NFC and microUSB 2.0.

Google release Android 4.4, made for budget devices

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 Internet giant Google has released the latest version of Android, named KitKat. According the company, the new Android 4.4 is optimized for low-cost devices that "couldn't benefit from more recent Android releases due to memory (RAM) constraints."

Targeting the next billion smartphone users, Google has "slimmed down Android's memory footprint by removing unnecessary background services and reducing the memory consumption of features." This has not only been done for the Android platform, but also for Google services like Chrome and YouTube.

In India, most smartphones under Rs 12,000 price point have 512MB RAM or less, leading to several instances of lag. With the lighter Android4.4, budget smartphones launched in 2014 or low-end handsets that get the KitKat update are likely to operate more smoothly.

The company has also said that the latest Android release makes the user experience more immersive by "everything except what you really want to see."

Some of the new features of Android 4.4 are hands-free voice search across the device (similar to the always-on function of Moto X), redesigned dialer app that allows users to look up contacts based on location as well as Google Apps they use. The default SMS app has been integrated into the Hangouts application (which replaced the GTalk app when Android 4.3 was released) and multitasking is faster in KitKat.

The release also improves the functionalities of caller ID as well as Google Now and brings support for Bluetooth MAP (Message Access Profile), Chromecast and TV remote controls.

Android KitKat will come preloaded with the new Nexus 5 smartphone and will soon hit Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets, Nexus 4 smartphone and the Google Play versions of Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One.