24 April 2013

Byond Launches Phablet PI For Rs 10,999

Phablet PII

Byond Technologies, an Indian mobile manufacturer based on Pune has launched its new Phablet PI in the country. The phone comes in 5.3inch qHD display with a resolution of 540*960 pixel IPS capacitive touchscreen. It is powered by 1GHz dual-core processor along with 1GB RAM.

Priced at 10, 999; the phablet offers 4GB of internal storage, which can be expanded up to 32GB via a microSD card and runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system. It is equipped with 2,000mAh battery on –board which gives three to five hours of talk time and 200 hours of standby time. Similar to the other Byond phablets, it is a dual-SIM handset which features an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera.

The phablet is available in white and Navy Blue color options as well as offers a free screen-guard and a cover along with the purchase.

Recently, the company had launched Byond Phablet PII in the market at a price tag of 14, 999. To know more about the specifications of this device, have a look at our earlier coverage- 5 Big Screen Budget Phablets Under 15, 000.

As a device manufacturer, the company seems to be expanding into multiple device domains. Byond offers various tablets under its Mi-Book Series, priced between 3, 999 to 11,499.

Lenovo launches IdeaPad Lynx K3011 In India For Rs 51,990

Lenovo India announced the launch of the IdeaPad Lynx K3011 – a premium Hybrid Windows 8 Tablet that combines and optimizes the features of a tablet, as well as a PC. Lynx K3011 is the first wave “Wintel” premium productivity tablet, with a detachable keyboard design. Powered by Intel processor along with Windows 8, Lynx K3011 is the perfect balance of entertainment & productivity.

The sleek tablet features an 11.6” IPS HD screen and a 400 nit bright screen for perfect visibility. It comes with an innovative “Accutype” keyboard and ports to connect with all regular PCs and offers double the regular battery life. Its wireless display feature makes projecting information easier and when linked with the optional accessory, it can play to a VGA projector port. Its 10-point multi-touch screen supports all the latest Windows 8 touch gesture shortcuts.

The IdeaPad K3011 comes with the new upgraded Clover Trail 1.8GHz Dual Core, which provides plenty of power, for tablet apps and all everyday PC applications. It is a large screen portable premium tablet for everyday entertainment and also a professional laptop for all PC programs.

The Lenovo IdeaPad Lynx K3011 is available at all Lenovo Exclusive stores, Multi-brand outlets and Large Format Retails stores.

Zen Ultrafone 701 HD, a Perfect Rival to Micromax's Canvas HD Arrives with a Better Retail Offer


With Zen having launched its Ultrafone 701 HD in India, the high-definition Canvas phone from Micromax seems to be feeling the heat. Priced at 11, 999, the quad-core Android Smartphone from Zen has features similar to its rival Micromax’s current flagship phone, with a price lesser than that of the Canvas headset, reports Mobiletor.

In terms of specifications, there’s hardly newness to those who know about the Micromax’s high-definition Canvas features. Zen Ultrafone 701 HD is made of 5-inch capacitive touchscreen and boasts of a 720p resolution for its visuals. It runs 4.2 version of Android Jelly Bean OS, rather than 4.1 possessed by its rival. Besides, the handset is powered by a 1.2GHz quad core processor and 1GB RAM and equipped with an 8MP primary camera and a 3.2MP secondary snapper, apart from which potential buyers will be able to spot 4GB of internal hoarding capacity and a microSD card slot which expands storage up to 32GB.

It includes connectivity features such as 3G, Wi-Fi as well as Bluetooth, apart from a dual-SIM functionality that has been a customary aspect for most of the recently launched Smartphones. The handset can be pre-ordered now through Snapdeal and incentives have also been declared for pre-ordering consumers which includes a flip cover, a back panel and a screen guard.

09 April 2013

Is WhatsApp Being Acquired By Google For $1 Billion?

Is WhatsApp Being Acquired By Google For $ 1 Billion

WhatsApp, the popular messenger service is likely to be acquired by Google, according to recent reports. Apparently the discussion started four or five weeks ago and the messenger service is ‘playing hardball’ by looking at a deal close to $ 1 billion as stated by ‘inside sources’ to Digital Trends. But if this is true, Google will shortly have a force on its side in the mobile messaging arena, to rival Facebook.

Last year, there were rumors about Facebook looking into the acquisition. However multiple sources later informed that the social networking giant would not be acquiring WhatsApp.

As for Google, AllThingsD reports that there would be insufficient time on rebuilding or rebranding on its messaging app. It would be too late to risk on it as well. But the search giant can work off the platform WhatsApp has established and use this technology to innovate the purported Google Babble.

WhatsApp has been on the successful side as compared to other messaging apps. At the end of October 2011, the messaging service had announced that more than 1 billion messages were being sent every day. The messenger’s blogpost stated nearly 41,666,667 messages were sent in an hour, 694,444 messages in a minute and 11,574 messages being sent in a second. According to IBNLive, the service has users from over 100 countries, and is available on more than 700 mobile networks.

04 April 2013

Obama Launches $100 Mn BRAIN Initiative to Beat India, China

Saying that he wanted the next job-creating discoveries to happen not in India or China, but the U.S., President Barack Obama has unveiled a $100 million initiative to unlock the "enormous mystery" of the human brain.

"I don't want the next job-creating discoveries to happen in China or India or Germany. I want them to happen right here, in the United States of America," the president said in an event in the East Room of the White House.

"And that's part of what this BRAIN Initiative is about," he said referring to the initiative, dubbed Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies.

"That's why we're pursuing other 'grand challenges' like making solar energy as cheap as coal or making electric vehicles as affordable as the ones that run on gas," Obama said.

"What if computers could respond to our thoughts? Or language barriers could come tumbling down? Or if millions of Americans were suddenly finding new jobs in these fields -- jobs we haven't even dreamt up yet because we chose to invest in this project? That is the future we are imagining. That is what we are hoping for," he said.

Safety vs Sexual Assault: Women in India Resort to Guns

Ever since the gruesome incident of the Delhi rape case there has been an increase in the number of women applying for gun license, reported Dean Nelson for The Telegraph. Further, in the wake of recent events of rape of a Swiss woman, and a British woman who jumped from a hotel balcony fearing a sexual assault has only left the country shocked. This has also impacted tourism as the number of international tourists visiting India has declined by 25 percent in the past three months.

As per the police, majority of the applicants for gun licenses are professional women. Campaigners for women's safety said that since the police had failed to guard them, they recognize the reason women were deciding to take responsibility for their own safety. However they were also afraid that the move could have its repercussions.

The police at Delhi's Gun Licensing Unit informed that applications from women had doubled since the December attack. They also said that more women have decided that they may turn vigilante if they are attacked.