28 March 2013

Apple iPhone 5S Coming In June And Cheaper iPhone In September

After its highly successful iPhone 5, which sold over 5 million units in its first weekend sales, Apple is bringing the next iteration of iPhone series, the iPhone 5S, in June. Gene Munster, managing director and senior research analyst at Piper Jaffray, specializing in Internet, broke this news to CNET.

Most analysts and Apple Fans expects the phone to include a faster processor, better camera, and new software feature tied into the hardware. iPhone 5S may also come with NFS(near field communications) for mobile payments and for faster data transfer between two sets. And there are also speculations that, the new device may incorporate a biometric security feature, like fingerprint reader. Apple's purchase of security technology provider AuthenTec last year has fueled this possibility.

The next product in the line is speculated to be the cheaper iPhone from Apple. According to analysts, the device is to cost around $250 for unlocked version and it may debut in September this year. And there would be a follow up launch- Apple TV, could debut in December followed by announcement of Apple’s Smartwatch.

"We believe investors have wondered if Apple can put out new and innovating products without Steve Jobs," Munster said, "We believe that ultimately, if Apple is viewed as a company that can innovate, the multiple will improve."

So for now it’s a time for long wait to see what Apple has got in store for the consumers.

The Windows Phone 8 Update To Have Gesture Controls And Radio

Microsoft is currently preparing to release an update that will support FM radio hardware on Windows Phone 8 devices, according to a report by The Verge. With this update the software maker from Redmond will return a hardware feature that it dropped in its latest OS for Smartphones.

The hardware support will be part of a General Distribution Release (GDR2) for Windows Phone 8. Which means that Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 will support FM radio, while other compatible handsets will also include the support. Nokia is also building in its own firmware improvements into GDR2. Sources familiar with Nokia's plans have revealed to The Verge that the company will add a new screen activation gesture. Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 owners will be able to double-tap the screen to wake the device from standby. Other firmware specific improvements from Nokia include a flip to silence option, and Lumia color profile settings for the device screen.

Recently, Microsoft had announced the support dates for its mobile operating systems, Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 7.8, on its support pages. The listing had revealed that Microsoft would support Windows Phone 7.8 till September 2014, and Windows Phone 8 till July 2014. However, Microsoft had clarified that Windows Phone 8 users would be able to upgrade to the next version of Windows Phone when it comes out. This means that users with Windows Phone 8 devices would be able to upgrade to the next version of the operating system. Microsoft is rumored to be working on Windows Phone Blue, the successor to Windows Phone 8.

Google's Nexus Tablet Available In India For 15,999

The most awaited Google tablet, Nexus 7, is up for pre-orders in India via Google Play store for 15,999. It will be first Google device to be sold on company’s virtual store in the country, reports TOI.

Eric Schmidt, Google’s chairman, in his recent visit to India, had apologized for the non-availability of Nexus products in India. He was answering a question shot at him about the launch of Nexus range of products here. But the launch of Nexus 7, which followed Schmidt’s visit, had cleared the apprehensions in mind of consumers about Google’s stand towards Indian launch.

Nexus 7 was first unveiled in June 2012, and it went on sale in U.S. in July.   Asus, the manufacturer of the tablet, had started selling limited quantities of the device in November 2012 in India through Croma Retail stores, for a price of 19,999. So it’s not a first launch of device in India.

27 March 2013

Improved Version Of Aakash Tablet Is In Making

Improved version of the Aakash tablet is on the anvil after the successful launch of three versions, a “fantastic initiative” of the HRD ministry, HRD Minister MM Pallam Raju said here today.

“It is a fantastic initiative by the ministry to develop Aakash Tablet, a mobile device that can be utilized by students anywhere. It was successfully tried out. The second and third versions have come out and the fourth version is on the anvil,” he said.

Speaking to media persons on the sidelines of a function at the Kozhikode District Congress Committee here, he said the performance of the tablets had improved with every successful version and the ministry is continuing efforts in this regard.

“Where it has been a failure was we could not produce the numbers that we wanted for whatever reason. Definitely we will look in to it’,” he said.

HTC Flagship Mobile HTC One Will Be Launched This Week

The most awaited HTC flagship Smartphone, HTC One, will be launched this week. The new handset will be made available in three countries with this launch, and anywhere else by the end of April, reports Live Mint.

The launch of the device was supposedly delayed due to shortage of the parts which consequently hindered HTC’s attempt to take head on with Samsung S4 and iPhone 5.

The new HTC One will roll out in the UK, Germany and Taiwan in this week and across Europe, North America and most of Asia-Pacific before the end of April, as stated by the company.

“We appreciate our customers’ patience, and believe that once they have the phone in their hands they will agree that it has been worth the wait,” the company statement said.

Wall Street Journal reported this announcement citing an anonymous HTC executive who said that the company is grappling with supply chain problems as the company “has changed its order forecasts drastically and frequently following last year’s unexpected slump in shipments”. And WSJ also citied several retail distributors and telecom operators.

The Android-based HTC One was unveiled in London and New York last month. Company president Peter Chou hailed it as a “technological breakthrough” as he seeks to put up a fight against the hugely popular Apple iPhone and Samsung’s newly released Galaxy S4.

1,800 Children Die Daily From Unsafe Water: Unicef


The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has said that almost 90 percent of death of children from diarrhoeal diseases are directly linked to contaminated water, lack of sanitation, or inadequate hygiene.

Globally, an estimated 2,000 children under the age of five die every day from diarrhoeal diseases and of these some 1,800 deaths are linked to water, sanitation and hygiene, the UN agency said as the international community marked World Water Day, which falls Friday this year, reported Xinhua.

"Sometimes we focus so much on the big numbers, that we fail to see the human tragedies that underlie each statistic," says Sanjay Wijesekera, global head of UNICEF's water, sanitation and hygiene program.

"If 90 school buses filled with kindergartners were to crash every day, with no survivors, the world would take notice," Wijesekera said. "But this is precisely what happens every single day because of poor water, sanitation and hygiene."

World Water Day has been observed March 22 since 1993 when the United Nations General Assembly declared the date as World Day for Water.

Almost 90 percent of child deaths from diarrhoeal diseases are directly linked to contaminated water, lack of sanitation, or inadequate hygiene.

Despite a burgeoning global population, these deaths have come down significantly over the last decade, from 1.2 million per year in 2000 to about 760,000 a year in 2011.

Improvements in water and sanitation would greatly contribute to a reduction in child mortality in these counties, UNICEF said.

Progress made since 1990 shows that with the political will, with investment, with a focus on equity and on reaching the hardest to reach, every child should be able to get access to improved drinking water and sanitation, perhaps within a generation, said Wijesekera.

15 March 2013

Beware Indian E-Retailers, Google To Soon Pick Out Bad Merchants

It’s high time for startups to be in shape as Google is working on a search algorithm that figures out bad merchants to penalize them through search results. And those who are not on the top search results attending 84 percent of the search query, the success of their E-Store would become a risky affair.

This roll out was finalized by Google’s spam fighter Matt Cutt, in his recent session at the SXSW conference in Austin. He said that this would be possibly be done soon because low quality experience merchants would be not be expected in the top search results.

In the fourth quarter of the 2012, the average score of global consumer confidence points to 91. India raced other countries by 121 points. Indian consumer confidence in online shopping grew to 128 percent in 2012, compared to 40 percent a year before. Inspite of all this, complaints are still flooded against the Indian stores.

Sony To Launch Xperia E Smartphones In India

Sony To Launch E Series In India

Consumer electronics major Sony said it wants to be among top three players in the Indian Smartphone market by garnering market share of about 15-16 percent in the next three years.

"We want to be in big league ... We plan to be in top three (mobile phone maker in Smartphone category)," Sony India, Mobile Division, Head - Sales and Marketing, Sachin Thapar told reporters here, responding to a query on the company's target for the next three years.

Sony India has about nine percent market share in the Smartphone category at present, he said.

With a proposal to bring a slew of mobile phones under the Xperia brand, the firm aims to garner market share of about 16 percent by 2015-16.

"In the coming weeks we will be launching our E series range of mobile phones offering both single and dual-sim. The price will be around 10,000 onwards", he said, on the company's new product launches.

Hoping to triple its sales of Xperia range of mobile phones to 3,500 crore in 2012-13 from 1,700 crore in 2011-12, he said the company had allocated 300 crore for the marketing of Xperia range of mobile phones.

Launching the Xperia Z Smartphone in Tamil Nadu market which contributes about 11 percent of sales, Thapar said the firm targets Xperia sales of about 400 crore in this region. Besides, the company is also increasing it sales network in the region to 900 outlets from the present 650.

Asked about Finance Minister P Chidambaram announcing an increase in excise duty of six percent in his budget, he said the company did not increase the cost of mobile phone due to it, adding, "At the moment, we are not increasing it. We are giving the benefit to customer."

Chidambaram in his budget speech last month announced a six per cent increase in excise duty for mobile handsets priced above 2,000.

BlackBerry Bags Order For One Million New Handsets

BlackBerry, the Canadian Smartphone manufacturer, said it got order for one million if its new handsets, BB Z10, and BB Q10, marking the largest ever single purchase in the company's history, reports TOI.

BlackBerry once the top Smartphone manufacturer had lost its market share to Apple’s iPhone boom. With the launch of its two handsets Z10 and Q10, the company is attempting a dream comeback.

BlackBerry Z10 had already got launched across the world and will soon be launched in U.S. Its sibling Q10 is all set to hit market this month or early April. The deal couldn’t have come at any better time for BlackBerry.

The company did not disclose who placed the order, but said that it came from one of its established partners. Shipments will begin immediately.

BlackBerry issued the statement just ahead of its quarterly earnings report on March 28.

The company's shares jumped 77 cents on the news, or more than 5 per cent, to $15.24 in late trading. The company's stock has more than doubled since autumn on the anticipation surrounding its new devices.

13 March 2013

Lava Launches 3G Voice-Calling Tablet At 9,499

Lava has launched a 3G voice-calling tablet at the price of 9,499. The device is named as  E-Tab Connect Z7C, and it’s the first voice enabled tablet from the company, reports Think Digit.

The tablet is powered by 1.2GHz Qualcomm MSM7227A processor and runs on 4.0 Android Ice Cream Sandwich. Under the hood it has 512MB RAM, sports 4GB of built-in storage expandable via a microSD card up to 32GB.

It comes with 7-inch screen with a WVGA (800x480 pixel) resolution, 2MP rear and 0.3 MP front camera.

Its connectivity options include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0. The tablet runs on a 3000mAh battery. It comes preloaded with a bunch of apps that includes Hungama, Bigflix, Edukart and Diamond Comics to name a few. Lava had said that they would announce a tablet that would boast of 3G calling.

The device has to compete with likes of the HCL ME Y3, which boasts not only voice calling, but dual-SIM capabilities as well. The Pantel Penta T-Pad WS708C also boasts of dual-SIM capabilities and voice calling.

Another tablet which offers same specs at the same price is Micromax Funbook P600.

Canvas HD Vs Xolo Q800: War Of Budget Quadcores

“Quadcore” is the term which defines Smartphones today. With this multi core super processing demons, dual core Smartphones seem like a thing of the past but it comes with a price tag; that is where Micromax and Xolo crashed the party. Micromax A116 Canvas HD was launched for 13,990, while the Xolo Q800 was launched for 12,499. These competitively priced phones go head to head as we compare them to find out which is the best choice for you.

Taking the 5-inch category to a whole new level with the A116 Canvas HD sports IPS LCD with a resolution of 1280 x 720, while the Xolo Q800 has a 4.5-inch, qHD IPS display with a resolution of 960×540 pixels; Canvas HD - 1, Q800 – 0.

In terms of processing power, Micromax A 116 Canvas is powered by a MediaTek MT6589 1.2GHz quad core processor. The phone also has a PowerVR Series5XT GPU and has 1GB of RAM. The device also has 4GB of internal storage and supports microSD card up to 32GB and the Xolo Q800 is powered by a 1.2GHz quad core processor.

Lava To Launch The 'Fastest Ever Smartphone' On March 14

Lava To Launch The 'Fastest Ever Smartphone' On March 14

Indian manufacturer Lava is trying to steal the show as the Smartphone maker is all set to unveil its Intel Powered Xolo in Goa, on the same day as Samsung Galaxy S IV will make its debut.

According to the company’s claims, Lava’s Xolo will be the ‘fastest Smartphone ever’ with an Intel chip inside. But TOI has reported that the upcoming Lava Xolo will not have the new Intel Clover Trail+ chip. Instead it will be powered by a 2GHz IntelMedfieldZ2460 processor that powers the Motorola Razr i.

So far in the UK, Razr i has been doing well against rivals. The chipset enables the 2 GHz single core processor to work as a dual core CPU which is called hyper threading. It supports Android 4.1 Jellybean, coupled with a 2GB RAM. Maximum expandable storage can be up to 64GB. There will be an 8 mega pixel primary camera and a 1.3 mega pixel secondary camera with this Smartphone chip.

The upcoming device is said to be Lava’s flagship and will be priced between 20,000 and 30,000 as TOI reports. The Smartphone will compete against devices like Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos, HTC Desire X, Motorola Atrix 2, HTC One X and Sony Xperia P.

With rumors around the corner, of Lava not showcasing the Intel’s CloverTrail+ Smartphone chip,, Lenovo K900 will be the first Smartphone coming with this processor, probably in the second quarter of this year.

8 Unbeatable Features of Upcoming Galaxy S4

Samsung is all-set to announce its new flagship phone, Galaxy S4, on March 14. The S4 is likely to dominate the tech news for the next few days as it is one of the most anticipated gadgets of 2013 which has successfully transitioned Samsung from a boring phone maker to one of the premier brands in the world, reports BI.

By and large everyone is curious to know about the phone and what is in store. Hence have a look at the certain features offered by S4 which could possibly turn the device to be hype in the mobile market.

#8 Big screen

When measured diagonally, the phone will have 5-inches. According to the sources, the last flagship phone, Samsung Galaxy S III measured 4.8 inches diagonally which doesn’t make a big difference. The reason behind choosing 5-inch screen for the device is mainly because the company sold fair amount of 5-inch Galaxy Note, which gives an idea that most of the users prefer bigger screen for their phones.

#7 Plastic with aluminium sides

According to various reports, the S4 case will be made out of plastic which would be cheaper compared to iPhone or HTC’s latest phone, HTC Butterfly. The company has decided to make it plastic coated because it’s lighter, easier to make and comparatively cheaper in price.

#6 LCD screen, not AMOLED

Even though, Samsung is the leading OLED display maker, Sam Mobile, Samsung-focused blog reports that the company will be going with a LCD display for S4. Besides, it was also reported that the company was struggling to make full HD AMOLED displays.

#5 Eye-tracking or Head-tracking software

Samsung has designed some sort of eye-tracking or head tracking software which lets you scroll pages solely with your eyes. For instance, when you reach the bottom of the page, the software will automatically load up additionally content. The company has attempted to bring out a lot of gesture based software which finally resulted in mixed results.

#4 Runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

Samsung has planned to rely on Android latest version OS, 4.2, Jelly Bean which came out in November 2012.

#3 Touchless gestures

Instead of regular taps and swipes, Galaxy S4 can be controlled by touchless gestures. For instance, you can answer the call just by holding it up to the ear when it rings rather than tapping the “answer” button.

#2 Camera- 13 Megapixel

Even though there are a ton of megapixels, if the software doesn’t go well with the megapixels, then the images captured will be blurred. By and large, the camera is expected to be great in S4 with 13- megapixel. The device will have its own Photo Sphere panorama mode camera alternative, known to be Samsung Orb. It is also rumored that the S4 could also offer 3D support for pictures and videos.

#1 Samsung deal with Visa

Using Near Field Communication (NFC) chips, it is easier to make credit card payments. The NFC chips allow for wireless transmission of information. In this scenario, Samsung got a deal with Visa which will be implemented with S4, where Samsung will have access to Visa’s PayWave system, which lets upload credit card information and pay for matters by tapping on a special pad on the phone.

01 March 2013

Smartphones And Tablets Meet With Phablet Mania


“Phablet” has turned out be the buzz in mobile market. Smartphone and tablet manufacturers released a slew of outsized Smartphones and tablets at the world’s biggest mobile fair in Barcelona, Spain that can barely fit in one hand, says AFP reports.

The Ascend mate by Chinese manufacturer Huawei, the world’s number three Smartphone manufacturer, was the champion with a vast six-inch screen at the on-going World Mobile Congress. In terms of Smartphone screen real estate contest, rival Chinese handset maker ZTE released its Grand Memo boasting a 5.7 inch display. It was followed by South Korean giant LG with its Optimum Pro at 5.5 inches.

According to global consultants Deloitte, more than 120 million tablets were sold worldwide in 2012, 50 percent from the previous year and shipments of Smartphones are predicted to hit one billion this year. In, fact the size of tablets is shrinking day by day.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8, released in advance of the World Mobile Congress, has reduced its screen to eight inches to compete with Apple’s new iPad mini.

Taiwan based Asus showed off the Padfone infinity, a five inch, high-definition screen Smartphone that connects to the latest superfast fourth-generation wireless network and which slots into 10.1 inch tablet.

The ‘Tech Era’, known for its Smartphones have to be fast as the 4G network, also known as Long Term Evolution, or LTE, expands worldwide. Ascend P2, claimed to be the fastest in the world, has been unveiled by China’s Huawei at the show. The company held 5.3 percent of the market in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Sony Unveils "World's Thinnest Tablet"

The company which more or less tanked in the Smartphone arena has turned to another direction looking for a hope to revive its legacy as the developer of cutting edge technology. Sony unveiled the world’s thinnest tablet, Xperia tablet Z at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The tablet is a 10.1 inch device which runs on Android 4.1 JellyBean.

“Xperia Tablet Z sets new standards in entertainment by matching premium specifications and Sony technology with cross-device connectivity and a consistent user-experience,” said Kaz Tajima, corporate vice president, at Sony Mobile Communications to Firstpost. “The Xperia Tablet Z reinforces our intention to be a leading player in the premium Android device market, by building on the principles established by Xperia Z and perfectly optimizing them for the tablet form factor.”

The tablet weighs only 495 grams and is a sleek 6.9mm thick, probably that’s where it got is name “world’s thinnest tablet.” Just like the Xperia Z Smartphone, the tablet is waterproof and dust proof.

The “World’s thinnest tablet” has a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro asynchronous quad core processor. Sony also claims that the tablet has the highest levels of water resistance making it immersible in up to three feet of water for up to 30 minutes, making it perfect for a little underwater photo shoot in your swimming pool but make sure that you do not go beyond 3-feet and all ports and covers are firmly closed.

With 10.1-inch full-HD Reality Display, an 8MP HD rear camera and a 2 MP HD front-facing camera Sony’s S-Force Front Surround 3D provides superior audio performance while Sony’s Clear Audio+ mode and the innovative use of two built-in speakers with four ‘speaker halls’ on the left and right corners can make the tablet a good entertainment unit for watching movies and TV shows at leisure.

The specs seem quite impressive for the “world’s thinnest tablet” and it could quite well prove to be a worthy adversary to the iPad. Currently the tablet is available at online stores for $499 in black and white colors.