Archive for May, 2013


Sony Xperia Tablet Z, unveiled at Consumer Electronics Show 2013 in US, is now available for pre-order in India. Major online retailers are taking advance bookings for the device, which is scheduled to be launched early next month. Flipkart, Snapdeal and Infibeamare offering the device with 16GB storage andWi-Fi and 3G connectivity for Rs 44,990 approximately ..

Xperia Tablet Z runs on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) out-of-the-box and has waistline of just 6.9mm, thinner than that of rivals like Apple iPad and Google Nexus 10. Another key feature is its shockproof, dust resistant and waterproof body, which makes it largely impervious to damage. The all-new Xperia Tablet Z by Sony features a 10.1-inch TFT touchscreen with Mobile Bravia Engine 2 display technology and image resolution of 1920x1200p. It is powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, coupled with 2GB RAM, and 32GB onboard storage, with microSD support of up to 32GB. The tablet has an 8.1MP camera with Exmor R imaging technology and LED flash on the back, a feature no other rival can match as of now. Connectivity suite of Xperia Tablet Z includes top notch features like 4G LTE as well as NFC, along with standard options like 2G, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and microUSB. Powered by a 6,000mAh battery, the device will be available in black and white colours. Sony has also included its proprietary S-Force virtual surround sound technology in the tablet for enhanced audio quality ..

This is the third tablet by Sony, after Xperia Tablet S and Xperia Tablet P, which failed to make their mark in the market ..


The company revealed some new search tools at I/O, its annual developers conference in San Francisco. Taken together, they are another step toward Google’s trying to become the omnipotent, human-like ” Star Trek” search engine that its executives say they want it to be ..

When people ask Google certain questions, it will now try to predict the person’s follow-up questions and answer them, too. Ask for the population of India, for instance, and you will also get the population of China and the United States, because Google knows those are the most common follow-up questions ..

“The ‘Star Trek’ computer shouldn’t just answer questions; it should make you more intelligent, should anticipate what you expect next,” Amit Singhal, senior vice president for search at Google, said in an interview before the conference ..

This is an extension of Google’s knowledge graph – its semantic search product that aims to understand the meaning of things, not just keywords. It is why a search for Barack Obama brings up links to Hillary Clinton and Honolulu, for instance ..

Google Now, the service that sends you information on traffic and weather before you even ask for it, is also digging deeper into our minds. Google is adding more entertainment alerts, like new music based on videos watched on YouTube, and turning Google Now into a robotic to-do list and a stronger competitor to Apple’s Siri ..

Tell Google to remind you to buy milk next time you are in a grocery store, for instance, and the alert will automatically pop up when you step inside a Safeway ..

Google is also trying to make search more conversational by encouraging people to talk to their phones and computers and hear answers out loud ..

Voice search has already been possible on both types of devices, but Google announced that people can now talk to its Chrome browser to perform a search, by saying, “OK Google.” (If Google has its way, we will all soon be walking around shouting, “OK,” because “OK Glass” is the command to activate its Internet-connected glasses) ..

Google also uses location information to answer questions. So people can ask, “How far from here to Santa Cruz?” and Google will know where “here” is, or they can ask, “How tall do you have to be to ride the Giant Dipper?” and Google will know that is a ride nearby ..

In another step to personalize search, Google is expanding its tool that plucks information from Gmail and presents it in search results. Already, a search for “flights” by logged-in users produces flight information from Gmail ..

Now, you can ask Google to show your photos from your trip to New York last year, and it will find them on Google+ and show them to you ..

Underlying many of these developments is Google’s privacy policy, which it revised last year to permit the company to use information shared with one Google service on another one. That is why Google can, for instance, pull information from Gmail to show up in search results or send you alerts about new movies because of a trailer you have watched on YouTube ..

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We have already seen dual OS booting devices over the past couple of months, with one of the devices capable of running Android, Ubuntu or Windows 8 but how about an iPhone that runs on both Android as well as iOS ..?

Yes, that’s right US-based mobile software company, True Byod is working on a product called Red Bend Software that will enable Apple iPhone to run on dual modes i.e. Android as well as iOS ..

The company was one of the finalists of the Emerging Technology Award of the CTIA, a Wireless Association. Experts across the globe are waiting for the day when True lives up to its promise and launches the highly exciting dual OS running iPhone ..

According to True, the Red Bend software will offer the perfect balance between personal and work life, which is offered via dual person device that is clearly aimed at making two smartphones in a single hardware ..

The reason behind this magnificent creation is that with this software users might be able to separate their personal life and corporate life. According to the company, one can switch between two operating systems with just a single interchangeable button and viola, you can choose Android or iOS ..

True is already in talks with Korean smartphone giant, Samsung to try out the Red Bend software on its Galaxy S3 smartphone which could be launched by end of this year ..

The infrastructure for Wi-Fi or Wireless data connectivity in the country has not developed to the level that can be highly beneficial to the users. Generally issues like security hazard have been blamed for the reason of lack of growth in this aspect ..

But telecom operators are doing their bit to ensure that Wi-Fi hot-spots are there to assist on-the-go data connectivity at public places, so that you don’t need to carry a dongle or even use your smartphone as a Wi-Fi hotspot, that is highly chargeable ..

Airtel had introduced Wi-Fi hotspots at critical locations in the country, which costs Rs 20 per hour. However, if you are a frequent traveler, then you might be pleased to know that Tata Docomo, the telecom division of Tata Group has joined hands with GMR, the makers of Terminal 3 at Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi and also Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad ..

This arrangement requires Tata Docomo to offer free Wi-Fi services at these airports to large number of travelers. Travelers will be allowed to use Wi-Fi for a specific time-limit which completely depends on the amount they have paid for the services via online. This initiative is first-of-its-kind in the country and will enable international travelers to stay in touch with the world ..

Recently, the Indian railway ministry introduced first Wi-Fi enabled train in the country and it seems the Wi-Fi revolution is surely on the rise ..

The price range of using the services have not been mentioned and for that you can head over to the Tata Docomo site to get more info ..

What is one of the biggest worries of your busy lifestyle? Undoubtedly, it is your app rich smartphone with its depleting battery! Well, this worry actually made a Indian origin California teen to devise a solution to keep her phone up and running always. She created a revolutionary charger that can juice up your phone in 20 seconds ..

Dubbed supercapacitor, the 18-year-old Esha Khare developed this super-fast charging device and won $50,000 from the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair this week ..

Now you no more have to wait for your device to charge fully. This new gadget “packs more energy into a smaller space than traditional phone batteries and holds the charge for longer,” Daily Mail reported ..

Khare has so far just used the gizmo to power a light-emitting diode or LED – but she is hopeful that her invention will be used in powering not only smartphone but even cars or any gadget that requires charging ..

In an exclusive with NBC News, Esha said, “My cellphone battery always dies,” and this is what inspired her to come out with this technology. Her specialisation in nanochemistry helped her considerably reduce the size of her invention. “Really working at the nanoscale to make significant advances in many different fields,” she said. It can even be reportedly used in flexible displays and clothing and fabric.” ..

Coming back to the supercapacitor, it is flexible, small in size and is capable of handling 10,000 recharge cycles, more than normal batteries by a factor of 10 ..

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A year back, Apple added a visually stunning option to its MacBooks: screens with ultra-high resolution. These “Retina” displays reveal four times as much detail as any Windows laptop screen … until now. Toshiba just released a new laptop line with a Retina-level display. Does this mean Windows users can let go of MacBook envy? Sort of. The jump in resolution with the Toshiba Kirabook comes with significant compromises, however: Most notably, it’s LOUD. If you tax the processor on the machine by firing up, for instance, a 3D game, the cooling fan at the bottom starts revving up like a jet plane about to take off. Not only is it distracting to the user, it can be heard across an office landscape. Having a private jet confers status; sounding like one does not. The loud fan probably has something to do with how Toshiba has jammed a powerful Intelprocessor into a slim body. Small fans tend to be whiny when cooling a hot chip ..

Like supermodel turned rapper, the Kirabook sounds bad but looks good. It’s beautifully done in magnesium, a tougher metal than the aluminum found in MacBooks and some other laptops. Magnesium is rarely used in consumer electronics, but when it is, the results can be spectacular: The magnesium-bodied point-and-shoot camera that didn’t show a scratch after 10 years of use ..

The Kirabook starts at $1,600 for a model with a mid-range i5 processor and a non-touchscreen (a comparable MacBook Pro with Retina costs $1,700). Two hundred dollars more gets you a touch screen. For $2,000, you get a touchscreen and a top-line i7 processor. All come with 256 gigabytes of solid-state storage ..

The Kirabook has a screen that measures 13.3 inches diagonally, just like the “13-inch” MacBook with Retina display, but the screen is actually slightly wider, shorter and smaller overall. The resolution is 2,560 by 1,440 pixels, compared with the MacBook’s 2,560 by 1,600 pixels. In other words, you can fit 10 per cent less detail vertically on the Kirabook’s screen, but images look just as crisp and smooth as on the Retina screen. The big deal with the Retina, and now the Kirabook, is that its individual pixels are so small that they blend together imperceptibly. It doesn’t sound like a big deal until you try it. After that, other screens look coarse and barbaric ..

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The Kirabook screen is excellent in other ways, too: It looks good from almost any angle. One of the sample units loaned to me suffered from uneven brightness, but this was rarely an issue. The problem with quadrupling the resolution of the laptop screen is that you have to make sure that you’re not shrinking the size of everything that’s shown on the screen. A character that’s 28 pixels high on a regular screen is a quarter of an inch high – easily legible. If you show a 28-pixel character on the Kirabook screen, it’s one-eighth of an inch high, or practically illegible. In some instances, the Kirabook will gracefully scale up text and buttons to a legible and useful size. In other cases, it won’t, and it’s time to bend in real close to the screen. This problem is made more aggravating by the fact that the Kirabook comes in touch-screen variants. Touching tiny buttons is hard – you want a big fat button for your big fat finger. The problem was not acute in applications designed for Windows 8, but there aren’t many of those. It was worse in the familiar “Desktop” environment, where the buttons to close or minimize a window are so small, they’re tough to hit with a finger or a mouse. Apple has a big advantage over Toshiba here, given that it has control over the hardware, the operating system and many of the most popular Mac applications. That means it can create computers with high-resolution screens and modify its software to suit. Toshiba, on the other hand, has to work with software it gets from Microsoft ..

Toshiba chose to make the Kirabook substantially lighter than the 13-inch MacBook, at 2.8 pounds rather than 3.6 pounds. In fact, it’s even lighter than the 13-inch MacBook Air, which doesn’t have a high-resolution screen. The trade-off for the light weight is that the Kirabook’s battery life is relatively short. I played back movies for four hours before it went dark. Unfortunately, the high-resolution screen draws more power than regular ones, which is why Apple stuffs a much larger battery in its Retina models to get about seven hours of run time. The light weight, handsome exterior and beautiful screen should appeal to many, and it’s possible that software updates will help with the screen-scaling issue. While waiting for that, you can always downgrade the resolution of the screen, though that defeats the purpose of having such a nice display ..

The biggest failing is the loud fan – there’s just no point in having a powerful processor if using it makes it sound like you’re picnicking on the airport tarmac ..

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Samsung has now considered Intel’s Atom processor for its upcoming 25.7-cm (10.1-inch) tablet PC. And if that is true, Intel has finally been able to get hold of a bigger fish than it as having so far in its net. As per the latest benchmark results that have been revealed courtesy GFXbench database, Samsung has resorted to Intel Atom Z2560 Clover Trail dual core processor in its upcoming tablet PC ..

The tablet PC is modelled as GT-P5200 and has been codenamed as Santos. This is not the first time that this codename has cropped up for Samsung’s tablet in discussion. We have been hearing it for long. The benchmark listing shows that the processor will be clocked at 1.6GHz and will be packed with PowerVR SGX 544 MP2 GPU ..

Some other features of the device have also been revealed including rge 25.7-cm (10.1-inch) WXGA (1280×800) display and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. The tablet is going to be a Wi-Fi only version as spotted in the listing. Some of the previous reports suggest that it will feature a 5MP rear camera and 16/ 32GB of internal storage ..

What is really a news is Intel’s processor in the tablet as Intel has really been having tough time with Android OEMs for its processors. Asus is another OEM that has supported Intel’s Atom processor in Fonepad and now with Samsung, it seems Intel has been able to achieve success in tablet PC segment ..

The Windows maker is now reportedly under siege from the search-engine giant for one peculiar reason. According to The Verge report, Microsoft is currently in a battle with Google for the right to let users download and use a Windows Phone-based YouTube app. However, it seems Google is not clearly pleased with Microsoft’s arrangement, which is why it has issued a cease and desist letter in order to get the YouTube App removed from Windows Phone by Microsoft ..

So what does the letter specify? The cease and desist letter sent to Microsoft has asked Microsoft to remove its YouTube app from the Microsoft store and also wants each YouTube app installed to be disabled by end of next week ..

Replying back to the letter, Microsoft has said that it is ready to meet Google’s demands and is willing to show ads on its YouTube app, but it wants similar co-operation from the search-engine giant also ..

In between this altercation, the users are going to be the biggest sufferers. Mutual co-operation is the need of hour between the majors but the chances of any quick resolve are remote. We suggest WP users to look for YouTube app alternatives on the Windows Store as you might run the risk of losing out on the video browsing service once the deadline mentioned on the letter comes under force ..

A top German court has ordered Google to act on requests to remove autocomplete entries from the search engine after a suit claimed the feature made defamatory suggestions ..

The Federal Court of Justice in Karlsruhe upheld a complaint from an unidentified company selling nutritional supplements and its founder, identified only as “RS.” ..

The plaintiffs claimed when their names were entered on Google’s German-language website, it suggested links to Scientology and fraud ..

The autocomplete function is based on algorithms that take into account what other users have searched for ..

In its decision, the court said Google didn’t have to vet all autocomplete suggestions in advance but did have to remove defamatory results when notified ..

A spokeswoman for Google in Germany said the company would comment on the verdict later on Tuesday ..

Sony’s latest smartphone comes with a 13MP camera that is capable of capturing photos under water. The all-new Xperia ZR, the newest entrant in the Japanese manufacturer’s smartphone portfolio, comes with IP55 and IP58 certifications, making it waterproof (can withstand 1.5metre depth up to 30 minutes) as well as dustproof ..

The new Sony XperiaZR has a 4.55-inch TFT HD Reality Display with 1280x720p resolution and 322ppi pixel density. It runs on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and packs a 1.5GHz quadcore Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with 2GB RAM under the hood. Onboard is 8GB storage, along with microSD card-based expansion up to 32GB ..

On the back of the phone is a 13MP camera with LED flash, whereas a VGA front camera is in front. Connectivity options in the new phone are 2G, 3G, 4G (market specific), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB 2.0 and NFC. It is powered by a 2,300mAh battery and comes with Battery Stamina Mode to improve standby time ..

XperiaZR’s display features Mobile Bravia Engine 2 technology as well as OptiContrast panel. This eliminates the need of an extra touchscreen layer by integrating the touch sensors on the panel, making the phone slimmer. The screen also features a shatterproof sheet to make it resistant to breaking in case of a fall. Features for sound enhancement in the phone are 3D Surround Sound, ClearAudio+ mode and xLoud Experience ..

Key specs:

Display: 4.55-inch TFT HD Reality Display with 1280x720p resolution and 322ppi pixel density
Operating system: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
Processor: 1.5GHz quad-core CPU
RAM: 2GB RAM
Storage: 8GB internal storage, 32GBmicroSD support
Connectivity: 2G, 3G, 4G (market specific), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB 2.0 and NFC
Camera: 13MP rear camera with LED flash, VGA front unit
Battery: 2,300mAh