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Know Your Tech – May Week 3

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Another week is past us and here are the top tech news of this week!

1) News that matter the most to you… if you are in the United States that is. The FCC (the organization makes rules for the mobile operators) is now introducing a new net neutrality proposal. Many say that this can lead to mobile operators forcing you to pay for even the website you visit(else they will make it just a slow experience). We must wait and watch what happens next.

2) Microsoft Surface Pro tablet to release on May 20. The surface tablets are good, the surface pro are even better.  The surface Pro 3 may be the software (and now hardware ) giants’ biggest attack on iPad to date. Watch our news for the details next week.

3) iOS 8 rumored to feature multi-tasking support. This feature is one of the oldest chinks in the armour of iOS. iPad and iPhone owners have been clamoring for this feature for ages, but if rumors are to be true, this will be a feature in the next major release of iOS.

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Know Your Tech – April Week 3

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It’s the third week of April and here are this week’s top tech news!

1) Motorola set to bring back it’s good ol’ days. Moto E will be the phone that will remind us of  Motorola’s hey days with the RAZR. Why? Not because of its specs, but it’s dimensions. 124.8 x 64.8 x 6.2mm . For comparison the “thin” iPhone 5 is 7.6 mm. It will host a 5MP primary camera, a 1.2GHz dual core processor,1,900mAh battery, FM radio, and Android 4.4 KitKat. Another hit in the making?

2) The numbers are out and the winner is… well, we don’t have a final winner in the XBOX One v/s Sony PS4. But Sony PS4 is indeed in the lead as of this month. Sony reported 7 millions PS4s sold which is very impressive. XBOX too has pulled in good numbers at 5 million units sold. Guess the battle for supremacy will rage on!

3) Amazon smartphone. This year finally?? The rumor mills have been at it for years together. But this year we could finally see the fabled Amazon smartphone. BGR. The most snazzy feature of this phone? Its 3D software interface and the way it does 3D. Not by making the user wear 3D glasses. It will use a total of 4 front facing cameras to give the 3D feel to the user. A very interesting feature which could have a lot of early tech adopters rushing to… Amazon.com to purchase this. Expect the launch in the next couple of months.

 

 

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Know Your Tech – April Week 2

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Sorry for the slightly delayed KYT post. But here are the past week’s top tech news!

1) Google Glass to go on sale for a single day. Priced at $1500 it is certainly not cheap, but hey! it’s from the future. So grab it while you can!

Read more here : https://plus.google.com/+GoogleGlass/posts/HaUCDHtRvcn

2) Heartbleed for SSL. The heartbleed issue was discovered in OpenSSL, which is a software used for security on popular web servers. With OpenSSL, websites can provide encrypted information to visitors, so the data transferred cannot be seen by others while it goes from your computer to the website. All this works on a secure key present on the server. Through heartbleed an external user can get his hands on this key and decrypt all your secure data such as passwords. The patch is already been in place in most of the popular servers, but no one knows as to how much data is already compromised.

3) The Lenovo S660 gets launched while Moto G gets offers. Looks like Moto G does have some competition finally. Lenovo launched it’s 1.3GHz quad core ,phone with 1Gb of RAM and an 8MP camera to boast of at INR 14000. Flipkart meanwhile announced this …

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Know Your Tech – April Week 1

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This week’s top tech news:

1) Microsoft unveils Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 : Microsoft showcased its latest operating systems and as expected they bring in a host of improvements in every sphere. You can read more about it here. The most exciting of which is the Digital Assistant named Cortana.

2) Amazon Fire TV : Amazon launched it’s FIRE TV , a  streaming media set-top box which will stream videos from Amazon Instant Video, Hulu, YouTube, Netflix and a bunch of other services. It starts at 99$ and looks very promising.

3) 2 interesting leaks: Google seems to have its own plans to relaunch Google TV, this time as Android TV according to The Verge it has its hands on documents which detail this and it is soon to be launched.

Motorola too seems to be busy, preparing the second generation Moto X

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Know Your Tech : March Week 4

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This week…

We made our foray into food  :D

Coming to the tech news of the week

1) Facebook buying spree continues. This time it spent $2 billion on Oculus, the folks whose vision is to bring Virtual Reality into your living home.  The deal will be completed with $400 million in cash and 23.1 million shares of Facebook stock being exchanged with the owners of Oculus. We see Facebook continuing to use it’s shares as a leverage point for most of the deals going forward.

2) Microsoft Office releases for iPad : In a big move , the software giant has released it’s Office suite (Word, Powerpoint, Excel and One Note) in the Apple Store. It quickly moved to the top spots as it is free to download( you can view your documents freely, to edit them you need a office 365 subscription).

3) Blackberry 10.3 OS leaked. The next major update was leaked last week and we even had a post on that! It will bring in some UI color changes (blue will be replaced with Red) , a new voice assistant and a lot of spit and shine.

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“Powered by Android” Mandatory on Future Android Phones

Every smartphone running on Android platform will have one more common feature among them – they all will feature a “Powered by Android” logo at the bottom of the boot screen. This has been made mandatory by Google, so that it is easier to separate the forks. While it is not clear if this is paired with the usage of Google Play services but it is here to stay, with the flagship phones of HTC and Samsung flaunting it in the latest releases.

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List of 2048 Variations

2048 has grown from a puzzle game to Can’t-get-my-hands-off viral game. Here is the list of 2048 variations and 2048 clones which are making the rounds on the Internet.

Variation Name
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2048 Original The actual 2048 by Gabriel 2048: The Game
2048 AI AI tries to show you the solution 2048: The Game
4096 2048 extended to the next step 2048: The Game
2048 Logarithmic Flappy Bird Flappy Bird variation Logarithmic Flappy 2048
2048 Tetris Tetris mixed with 2048 2048 Tetris Variation
Hacker News Plays 2048 A massively multiplayer version Hacker News Plays 2048
2048 Prism 2048 with colors 2048 Prism 

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Blackberry 10.3 OS

To say that , I have been satisfied with the Blackberry OS 10.2.1 is an understatement. This OS does everything I need very well and very smoothly.  However in the recent weeks there have been some rumours about BlackBerry OS 10.3 and the changes it will bring in over the current OS. A lot of them pointed them to be a spit and shine update which will make the whole OS more “finished”.

And today, those rumors  are proving to be indeed accurate.   ZonaBB has described what  they found in the 10.3 OS in their post. We bring to you some screenshots and changes seen

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The homescreen with no boxes around the icons

 

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New Voice Assistant UI. Looks exciting!

 

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Huge additions in Camera including timer and panaromic modes

 

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Music player with Red accent
Features to save battery and auto wake the device

 

Here is a summary of the changes in Blackberry 10.3 OS  straight from their forums.

  • Homescreen – The box around the icons is gone, this may or may not be part of the final build.
  • Intelligent Assistant – It seems BlackBerry is not to be left behind and an intelligent assistant is implemented in this version seems to not work properly.
  • New keyboard layout and colors – Slightly changes the design a more minimalist style and color scheme of the operating system is now, Black with Red, Black and red.
  • Advanced Interaction Features are implemented to turn off the screen when the device is upside down or inside pocket to save battery.
  • Features of the camera – A timer for taking photographs is added, Taking panoramic photos (works correctly) is implemented, The option to record in 720p at 30 fps and 60 is added, HDR takes is suggested when conditions require.
  • Smart Search.
  • Design changes in the Music Player – Emphasis to focus button makes the player and part of them is hidden the scroll.
  • Design change in controls and buttons – The controls and buttons worked and acquire a more gentle view looking design for a minimalist style.
  • The reaction rate is significantly improved – The system minimizes and maximizes application almost instantly giving a more pleasant browsing experience.

You can head over to our favorite Blackberry Forums to download the latest leaked OS (Crackberry)

Image Credit : Source (translated) .

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Google Now Released For Chrome

Google Now is an advanced feature of Google which tracks your location, search history and emails to give you the information you need and saves you a lot of time. If you have used it on Android or iOS you would know that Google Now gives you small information which makes a huge difference to you. This awesome feature is now being integrated into the latest stable version of Google Chrome. To experience the Google Now feature for Chrome, you need to be signed in through the same account as that you use on Android or iOS.

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