Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Apple iPhone 6 Plus review: Following the curve

Apple caved to market pressure and created a phablet. This may sound as blasphemy but it's not the first time Cupertino is seen reacting to rivals getting too confident, too aggressive - too close for comfort. The first iPad mini had to respond back in its time to the rise of the compact Android tablets. That was different though - and not in a way perhaps that Apple will like.
The iPad mini was very much in a league of its own, by virtue of its screen size and aspect ratio. The phablet, on the other hand, is dragged into a tougher game away from home. For the first time, Apple is playing by someone else's rules. They're in it to win though. Second year in a row, users will be choosing from a pair, but this time it's a pair that doesn't have a straightforward first choice this time around. It's an iPhone and a bigger - better? - version of it.
The iPhone 6 Plus marks the biggest leap in iPhones since the iPhone 4 and will have implications for the iPads as well. With a large 5.5" screen to straddle the difference between the iPhone and the iPad Air.
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Apple iPhone 6 Plus official images
Apple abandoned scaling the original 320 x 480 resolution by various factors and jumped to an industry standard of 1080p. This means that for the first time the iPhone can show FullHD video at 1:1 and also represents the first jump in pixel density since the iPhone 4 (even the smaller iPhone 6 is still at 326ppi).

Xolo Q2100 launches with fingerprint sensor, $219 price

The Xolo Q2100 launches today in India packing a fingerprint sensor at the back, a first for the company. It also has an IR blaster complete with a preloaded Peel Smart Remote app.
The dual-SIM phone is powered by a MediaTek MT6582 chipset with a 1.3GHz quad-core CPU and 1GB of RAM. Internal memory is 8GB and is expandable via the microSD card slot.

Tablet chipset shipments mark 23% annual jump in Q2 2014

According to a report by Strategy Analytics, chipsets destined for tablets have marked a year-on-year jump of 23% in Q2 2014. According to the estimates, $945 million worth of tablet chipsets have shipped in the last quarter alone.
Standing on top is Apple with its iPad slates, which hold a 26% revenue share. Interestingly, Intel is close by at second place at 19% and Qualcomm is third with 17%. At fourth and fifth places are MediaTek and Samsung, respectively.

Deck Ultra wireless speaker by Sol Republic and Motorola goes official

Sol Republic and Motorola announced the Deck Ultra wireless speaker. The audio accessory is a successor to the original Sol Republic Deck speaker that debuted alongside the first Moto X last year.
Compared to its predecessor, the Sol Republic Deck Ultra offers twice as much audio output and battery endurance. Battery life is quoted at a stellar 22 hours.

Microsoft officially announces Windows 10 for phones, tablets, PCs, and more

For whatever reason, Microsoft decided to skip the number 9 entirely and name Windows 10 as the successor to Windows 8.1. The new OS version will unsurprisingly come with the features that have been rumored for the next Windows iteration over the past few months.
On the PC side, Windows 10 seems to be all about convincing those who are still sticking with Windows 7 to finally upgrade.

The life of Orkut gets neatly summarized in an infographic

These days it seems like there’s an infographic for everything, and now that Google’s finally said its last farewell to Orkut – there’s one for that too.
Orkut was Google’s first social network, before Buzz, and before Google+. It’s been officially pronounced dead just hours ago, so it’s probably the best time to take a look back at what Orkut was.

eBay spins off PayPal as a separate company, former American Express boss takes its wheel

eBay is spinning off PayPal into a separate company as it believes there are a lot more opportunities to seize that way. The PayPal spinoff will allow it to refocus and grasp new possibilities in the online payment sector.
Former American Express CEO is going to be in charge of PayPal and he’s joining eBay starting today as President and CEO-designee. According to eBay stats, PayPal is responsible for the transfer of 1 out of every 6 dollars spent online.

60,000 Xiaomi Redmi 1S phones sell out in 13.9 seconds in latest sale

Xiaomi held a flash sale of 60,000 Redmi 1S smartphones today in India and the whole thing was done in 13.9 seconds. This is the fifth time the company is holding such a sale, but today’s was the largest of them all.
The company promises that something special is going to hit next week, but it’s not going to be another flash sale. Don’t get us wrong – there will be a sale but that will happen a week later, on October 14. To date, the company has sold a total of 240,000 Redmi 1S smartphones.
Xiaomi is opening its registration page for the upcoming sale today, later in the evening. You’ll have to make a new registration for the new sale, as older entries are now closed.

Orkut is dead

After ten long years of being in existence, Orkut is finally dead. After announcing its plans to shut down the social network back in June, Google finally pulled the plug today on the ageing social network.
Orkut was Google’s first social network back in 2004, before Google+, or Buzz or anything else existed. While it initially saw most of its usage in the US, it was eventually taken over by Brazilians and Indians, who remained the top two users of the service till the very end.

Nokia HERE Maps APK for Android leaks

Nokia had previously announced its plans to release a version of HERE Maps for Android, but only for Samsung devices for now. Although the app is yet to officially release, somebody managed to get their hands on the APK and unsurprisingly, it works on any Android device running 4.0 and above.
Nokia HERE Maps is a fully featured navigation utility, and has all the features, including turn by turn voice navigation. It also has something unique, where you can download maps for entire cities, which can then be used offline or in areas with no network.
The APK is still in beta so might have some bugs but if it’s worth a try.

HP Stream 11 notebook and Stream 7 tablet with Windows 8.1 go official for $199 and $99

The previously rumored sub-$200 Windows notebook by HP is now a fact. HP Stream 11 will hit the shelves in November in Orchid Magenta or Horizon Blue with a $199.99 price tag.
HP Stream 11 features Intel Celeron N2840 dual-core CPU with fanless design. It offers 2GB of RAM and 32GB of built-in memory.

Adobe Photoshop is coming to Google Chrome OS

Photoshop is officially coming to Chrome OS. A streaming version of the popular photo editor will be the first Adobe Creative Cloud feature to arrive on Google’s platform.
Photoshop will be available to Adobe education customers with paid Creative Cloud membership. The streaming version will run straight from the cloud on Chrome OS devices. Unsurprisingly, it will be fully integrated with Google Drive.
Interested? You can apply for a beta version of Project Photoshop Streaming over here.

GoPro unveils Hero4 Black and Silver, entry-level Hero

GoPro officially introduced three new action cameras – two new Hero4 cams and a new entry-level camera called just Hero. The Hero4 comes in high-end Black and mid-range Silver options but the difference between the two is bigger than in previous years – the Black records 2160p@30fps video, while the Silver doesn’t but is the first with a color touchscreen.
All cameras record at least 1080p@30fps and can dive up to 40 meters (131 feet) underwater – far beyond what any IP-certified phone can manage (of course, you’ll need the waterproof housing for that).

Samsung is testing 2.4″ versions of the Gear S smartwatch

Smartwatches may be going the way of the phablet – the already-large Samsung Gear S may be getting an even bigger 2.4″ version. Import site Zauba reveals that units have been imported for testing, listing the new screen size along units of the current 2″ model.
It’s not entirely clear what else has changed between the two versions though.

ZeroLemon has a 9000mAh battery for your LG G3

ZeroLemon, maker of ridiculously large aftermarket batteries that hold the energy of a thousand suns, has created a new monstrosity for the LG G3. The 9,000mAh battery holds enough charge to last till LG makes the G4.
As with the previous models for other smartphones, the battery comes as part of a case that replaces your back cover. As a side effect of this you will lose things like NFC and wireless charging but the former is fairly useless and who need to charge when you have 9000mAh.

Lenovo to finalize IBM low-end server acquisition this week

We first got wind of Lenovo’s bid for IBMs low-end server division early this year, when the China-based company and the tech giant agreed to a $2.3 billion deal for IBM’s x86 server division.
Today, Reuters reports that the deal is set to finalize on October 1, although at a slightly lower valuation of $2.1 billion.

‘Asphalt Overdrive’ for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone review

The Asphalt series of games has been around since pretty much smartphones themselves. I still remember playing the excellent Asphalt: Urban GT and its sequel, Urban GT 2 on the N-Gage. In portrait mode, no less, cause that’s how the screen on those phones were.
Since then the series has gone through a lot of changes and as with most Gameloft games are now some of the most visually impressive games available on the mobile platform. But before we head from last year’s Asphalt 8: Airborne to Asphalt 9: Whatever, Gameloft has a little spin-off called Asphalt Overdrive to keep us busy. Let’s take a look.

Apple Watch production rumored to start in January

Apple presented its first wearable earlier this month, but the release of the Apple Watch is only going to happen next year. That said, the company was a bit vague on details when it came to this subject.
In these situations, though, rumors sometimes come to the rescue. The latest one on this matter, originating in Taiwan, says we should expect mass production for the Apple Watch to start in January.

Ireland accused of granting tax aids to Apple

Ireland may be in trouble after granting Apple tax breaks and giving it unfair advantage by marking its affairs as "state aid." A preliminary report by the European Commission accuses the country of granting Apple state aid and thus allowing for "selective advantage."
The report cites two rulings in 1991 and 2007 and outlines how Apple Ireland's net profits would be calculated. In the two cases, the Commission requires Ireland to answer for its decisions to lower the tax amount that Apple had to pay.

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sales kicks off in China on October 17

The Chinese regulator approved the iPhone 6 for sale in the country just a few hours ago and Apple has rushed to announce the new generation iPhones' pricing and availability.
Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will become officially available on October 17 in the Apple online and retail stores. The online pre-orders will kick off on Friday, October 10, while in-store pickup will be available from Tuesday, October 14.

Apple is already working on iOS 8.1, 8.2, and 8.3

Apple has gotten us used to one big iOS release per year, followed by a ".1" update a few months later. The big one is tied to the company's new mobile device launches - like, for example, iOS 8 debuted this year alongside the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Things, however, may be changing.
According to an unnamed iOS developer, as well as analytics data for an Apple-focused website, iOS 8.1, 8.2, and 8.3 are already in development.

Motorola Droid Turbo has specs detailed via benchmark

Motorola's next high-end Droid-branded handset for Verizon will apparently be called Droid Turbo. A few days ago we saw the first picture of its back, and today a comprehensive list of its specs has leaked.
This happened because someone put the Droid Turbo through the paces of the GFXBench benchmark, which helpfully has a publicly available list of specs for each device that runs it.

Samsung Galaxy Ace Style LTE with AMOLED screen unveiled

Samsung has silently outed a Galaxy Ace 4 version with an AMOLED display in Germany. The phone is called the Galaxy Ace Style LTE and features a 4.3" Super AMOLED screen with a 800x480 resolution.

The phone is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU and 1GB of RAM. Internal memory is 4GB, but is expandable thanks to the microSD card slot. At the back of the Galaxy Ace Style LTE, there's a 5MP camera capable of shooting 720p video. It's also joined by an LED flash.
Samsung helps you tell the Galaxy Ace Style LTE apart from the Galaxy Ace 4 by placing a wide, grey accent line on the back cover. Popping it open reveals a 1,900mAh battery. It can last for up to 11 hours of 3G talk time or 9 hours of LTE web browsing.
The single-SIM phone also comes with NFC. It's currently available for purchase in Germany for €199 in black and white.

Huawei Honor 6 sales kicks off in India on October 6

Huawei Honor 6 was announced back in June featuring company's Kirin 920 chipset with an octa-core processor. It launched this summer in China and is now heading to India.

Huawei will launch the Honor 6 in India on October 6, exclusively via Flipkart. It will become available in black and white flavors and will cost INR 19,999 (€256).

LG F60 Specs

LG F60

Available as:
LG F60 with single SIM
LG F60 Dual with dual SIM
GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2 (optional)
3G Network HSDPA 900 / 2100
SIM Optional Dual SIM (Micro-SIM, dual stand-by)
Announced 2014, September
Status Coming soon. Exp. release 2014, October

Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime Specs

Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime

Also known as Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime SM-G530H
GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
SIM Dual SIM (Micro-SIM, dual stand-by)
Announced 2014, September
Status Coming soon. Exp. release 2014, October

Samsung Galaxy Ace Style LTE Specs

Samsung Galaxy Ace Style LTE

Also known as Samsung Galaxy Ace Style SM-G357FZ
GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100
4G Network LTE 800 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600 
(Bands 1, 3, 7, 8, 20)
Announced 2014, September
Status Available. Released 2014, September

Huawei Honor Tablet Specs

Huawei Honor Tablet

GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
  GSM 900
3G Network HSDPA
Announced 2014, September
Status Available. Released 2014, September

BlackBerry launches the Passport in India

BlackBerry has launched its newest smartphone, the BlackBerry Passport, in India. The phone is priced at a steep 49,990 INR ($813), about the same as most flagship Android phones and even more than the current iPhone 5s pricing in India.

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge gets priced in the UK

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is now available for pre-order in the United Kingdom. The online retailer Clove is now taking pre-orders for the flagship phablet with curved display.

Huawei Honor Tablet debuts with 8” display and 3G

Huawei quietly launched the 8” Honor Tablet in Malaysia. The budget-friendly 3G slate with metal-clad body will be available to pre-order on September 29 for RM. 599 (about $184).
Huawei Honor Tablet features Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 MSM8212 chipset with 1.2GHz quad-core CPU and a gig of RAM. There’s 16GB of built-in memory, which can be further expanded via microSD card slot.

The Korean manufacturer Pantech is now up for sale

The maker of Android smartphones and tablets Pantech is now up for grabs. The third largest Korean hardware manufacturer and its creditors presented a plan for the sale procedure to the Seoul Central District Court.
Bidders will have until October 7 to submit their offers for the beleaguered manufacturer. Korean heavyweights like Samsung, LG, Hyundai Motor Group, and the network carrier SK Telecom are reportedly among the interested parties. SK Telecom is unofficially viewed as a front-runner.

Friday, 26 September 2014

Four new ways to play Sony’s PlayStation TV game

It’s all happening in the gaming world this week! All of you gamers will be pleased to hear PlayStation TV is on its way to the US and Canada as soon as next month, and don’t worry Europe, you’ll only have to wait one month longer ‘till PS TV wings its way to you. For those of you who are unfamiliar will PS TV, the set-top box will allow you to stream video and movies, play the 700 games available including Metal Gear Solid, Velocity Ultra, OlliOlli (and many more)… and stream your PS4 games to another TV in your home (pretty similar to what we announced recently with PS4 Remote Play on Xperia Z3).

Latest Sony Camera apps for Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact

As well as unveiling a brand new and improved range of Xperia devices we’re also releasing and updating a whole host of new, interactive, fun and user friendly camera apps to help you make the most out of the camera experience on your Xperia Z3Xperia Z3 Compact and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact.
Since we launched our Smart Social Camera apps range at last year’s IFA, including AR Effects, Info-eyeTM, Social live and Timeshift Burst, we’ve been working hard to consistently introduce new and exciting camera apps and other ways to edit and share content throughout the year, and the results are now here for all to see:

Apple iPhone 6 review

This is Apple like we've never seen before. Apple like we never thought we'll see. To begin with, there's supposed to be no better iPhone than the iPhone 6. That's the sort of thing you'd expect of Apple. Come September every year, the world grabs a bag of popcorn and gets ready to watch Apple's bestest iPhone yet come on stage in all its glory.
That's what we did too, minus the popcorn, which by the way would've had nothing to do with the bitter aftertaste the presentation left. And no, we don't mean Apple's live streaming blunder.
Things actually started off nicely with the announcement of the long overdue screen size bump, and we didn't get a cheaper option this time - we were treated to possibly a bigger, better iPhone to go with the best iPhone to date. How Apple - it takes another iPhone to beat the iPhone.
Apple iPhone 6
It felt though like they're telling the audience, you don't have to go to the competition to do better. We never thought we'd see Apple do that - imply that. We missed the usual arrogance if you will. The kind that preached that screens bigger than 4" are a nonsense. The kind that insists on the retina resolution while the competition is at QHD.

GoPro HERO4 leaks with 4K 30fps video and touch display

Details of the Black and Silver versions of the GoPro HERO4 have now surfaced revealing 4K video recording at 30fps and built-in touch display. However, you’ll have to choose one or the other, as the Black does the 4K @ 30fps recording, while the Silver packs a touch display at the back.

GoPro HERO4 Black
The GoPro HERO4 Black is claimed as the most advanced GoPro camera ever and boasts improved image quality in addition to twice the processing power of its predecessor. It is capable of capturing 4K @ 30fps video, up from the HERO3 Black, which was capped at 15fps. It can also shoot 2.7K @ 50fps, 1440p@80fps, but 240fps options have been dropped.

BenQ T3 Spec

BenQ T3

GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
4G Network LTE 1800 / 2600
Announced 2014, September
Status Available. Released 2014, September

ZTE Zmax Spec

ZTE Zmax

GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100
4G Network LTE 700 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 / 2600 
(Bands 2, 4, 7, 12)
Announced 2014, September
Status Available. Released 2014, September

Alcatel Pop 2 (5) Spec

Alcatel Pop 2 (5)

GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
4G Network LTE 800 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600 
(Bands 1, 3, 7, 8, 20)
Announced 2014, September
Status Coming soon. Exp. release 2015, Q1

Alcatel Pop 2 (4) Spec

Alcatel Pop 2 (4)

GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
4G Network LTE 800 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600 
(Bands 1, 3, 7, 8, 20)
Announced 2014, September
Status Coming soon. Exp. release 2015, Q1