Thursday, September 24, 2015

Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL specs, features and launch date

Disclaimer: The following article is derived from different media reports and leaks, it might not be accurate.

Microsoft is expected to launch its new flagship devices Lumia 950 and 950 XL on 6th October.

Lumia 950 is the smaller version, with a 5.2in screen, where as 950 XL is 5.7in. Both supports QHD (1440x2560) OLED display, other specifications includes 3GB RAM, up to 32GB internal storage, a 5MP front camera, and a 20MP  rear camera.

The 950 XL sports a Snapdragon 810 64-bit Octa core processor and 3300mAh battery. The 950, on the other hand, has a Snapdragon 808 64-bit Hexa-core processor and 3000mAh battery.

Both feature a USB Type-C port, Qi wireless charging capabilities and expandable storage via MicroSD slots. The phones is expected to feature an iris scanner for Windows Hello - the password-free sign-in service that is unique to Windows 10.

Another Windows 10 feature the devices look set to support is Continuum. By connecting to a small adapter, the 950 and 950 XL will be able to work with a monitor, mouse and keyboard, essentially turning them into mini-PCs.

Android 6.0 Marshmallow set to rollout on October 5

Google to rollout Android 6.0 Marshmallow on Monday October 5 to both Nexus 5 and Nexus 6. 

Also on Tuesday, September 29th, Google will most likely announce its two new Nexus devices, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P.

Malicious XCode (XCode ghost) attacks Appstore

XcodeGhost is a new iOS malware that arose from malicious versions of Xcode, Apple's tool for developing iOS and OS X apps. Chinese developers unknowingly compiled iOS apps using the modified Xcode IDE and distributed those infected apps through the App Store.

Apple advises that users should update the affected apps to fix the issue, noting that if a listed app is available on the App Store right now, it has already been updated. Apps not available are marked explicitly.

  • Encounter - Local Chatting Tool 
  • China Unicom Customer Service (Not available)
  • CarrotFantasy 2: Daily Battle (Not Available) 
  • Miraculous Warmth 
  • Call Me MT 2 - Multi-server version 
  • Heroes of Order & Chaos (Not Available) 
  • Dark Dawn - Under the Icing City (Not Available) 
  • I Like Being With You (Not Available) 
  • Himalaya FM
  • CarrotFantasy (Not Available) 
  • Flush HD 
  • Angry Birds 2 (Not Available) 
  • Baidu Music
  • DuoDuo Ringtone 
  • NetEase Music
  • WeChat 
  • DiDi Taxi 
  • 58 Classified - Job, Used Cars, Rent 
  • Gaode Map - Driving and Public Transportation 
  • Railroad 12306 
  • Flush 
  • Foreign Harbor (Not Available) 
  • Battle of Freedom 
  • One Piece - Embark (Not Available) 
  • Let’s Cook - Receipes 

This is not an exhaustive list and Apple is working hard to detect other compromised apps.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Chinese phone maker Phicomm to enter India with "Passion 660"

Chinese phone maker Phicomm to debut in India on 3rd June 2015. 
The name of the first phone to be launched by the company is Passion 660. Stay tuned for further updates

Friday, May 15, 2015

Apple iPhone 6S to feature Beats audio,12 MP camera

If rumours are to be believed apple is going to unveil the upgraded version of its iPhone 6, in September with integrated beats audio technology.
Apart from the beats audio hardware support, also expect to experience beats music streaming on your iPhone, this september at WWDC
The new iPhone 6S and iPhone 6C are also believed to feature a 12 MP camera. Its been a while since apple has done too much to its camera since iPhone 4.
Apart from upgrading camera to 12 MP it is also expected that the iPhone 6s camera will feature more advanced sensors, smaller pixels as compared to the current larger pixels.
The acquisition of LinX Imaging also suggests DSLR like features to be heading towards iPhone 6S and 6C. 

Friday, March 13, 2015

Android Lollipop 5.1 Update: New Features Highlight

After a few minor tweaks and fixes, the Android 5.1 Lollipop brings a series of new features, major improvements and much more to all Android smartphones and other android devices. The first to get the Android 5.1 Lollipop update are Google’s devices Nexus 6 and the Nexus 9. It is still unclear which devices will follow, since many handsets have yet to receive the Android 5.0 Lollipop update.

Multiple SIM Cards
For Google, support for more than one SIM card is extremely important for Android One markets. It does not matter if you want to share your Nexus 6 or Nexus 9 with friends, family or colleagues, or be able to better manage your own mobile costs, the Android 5.1 Lollipop update makes that possible. If the device has more than one SIM slot, Android 5.1 Lollipop lets you use multiple SIM cards.

Device Protection
Device Protection makes its debut in Android 5.1 Lollipop. The new feature for the Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and other Android devices is the answer to Apple’s feature Activation Lock. It is an anti theft idea, which keeps your stolen or lost device locked until you sign in using a Google account. It practically makes the phone useless to the one who gets it; no matter if he/she tries to factory reset the device.

High Definition Voice
To improve the quality of voice calls, Google has made High Definition voice calling available. However, this feature will work only if both of you and the recipient have the option for High Definition voice calling. In other words, it works only for users of Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 at the moment and every Android phone that will get the Android 5.1 Lollipop update.

Status Screen
Apart from software improvements, Google has also made some cosmetic fixes to the user interface. From now on, when you go to Settings > About > Status Screen, you will no longer be greeted with long lists of information fields. Instead, Google has blended those lists into one smaller list with subsections for SIM and IMEI.

Apples new product "Macbook"

The new MacBook thinks different. It has more in common with a tablet than most laptops. Think of it as an iPad that has a keyboard and runs OS X. And like the iPad, it only has one port, which is the cause of the outcry.

Most computers have several ports scattered around the frame. There’s usually one for charging, a couple USB ports for various tasks, and some sort of port to output video. The new MacBook combines all three into a single USB-C port. This means users will not be able to, say, charge the laptop and an iPhone at the same time or input data from a flash drive while outputting video to an external monitor. Sure you’re going to have some nice accessories to do all these things down the line but this barebones approach is a pretty hard sell in a world where some laptops still have a serial port.

This is Apple’s world and we just live in it.

To Apple’s credit, the company must see a market for such a computer. The low-power Intel chipset that powers the computer likely doesn’t provide enough oomph to play computer games but it should render GIFs just fine. This is a couch computer. It’s a Facebook and Twitter machine. It even looks like a great programming computer. Watch the Apple event yesterday. The company didn’t demonstrate any of its new software on the new MacBook including the Photos app. Simply put, the new MacBook isn’t for photo editing. It’s for Facebooking.

Expectations are high for Apple. Had a company like HP or Lenovo released a watered-down computer like the new MacBook, there likely wouldn’t have been an outcry, but rather a collective chuckle. For some reason, a swath of Apple fans expects the company to build every product to meet their needs. If it doesn’t, feelings of betrayal sneak in. This happened with the original MacBook Air.

Apple released the first MacBook Air in 2008. It cost $1,799 and, like the new MacBook, was a svelte wonder of technology. But it lacked ports. The industry cried foul, pointing out that it only had a power port, a single USB port and a Micro-DVI port. It was missing a DVD-ROM and Ethernet port, a travesty in an era of burgeoning Wi-Fi and the slow decline of physical media. In 2008 this was a big deal. Software was still shipped on disks and Wi-Fi was hard to find. Apple fans felt betrayed. They felt forgotten. If a customer wanted Apple’s latest and greatest machine, they would have to buy into interacting with a computer without a CD drive or wired Internet.

Eventually, Apple dropped Ethernet from its entire MacBook line and the MacBook Air is now the least expensive laptop Apple offers.

The new MacBook joins the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. It’s not a replacement for either – at least not yet. But it bears a nameplate previously retired: MacBook. It’s not an Air, it’s not a Pro. It’s just a MacBook, which was long the company’s stalwart, low-cost machine against the rising tide of Microsoft Windows.

It’s highly likely that in a generation or two that Apple will drop the price of the MacBook to under a thousand. Will the MacBook Air survive? Maybe not. Apple is steadily making the MacBook Pro smaller. It’s easy to see a future where the MacBook will be the company’s only inexpensive laptop and a slightly slimmer MacBook Pro will be the other option if you want silly things like multiple USB ports, SD card slots and a MagSafe power adapter.

Until then, a 13-inch MacBook Air is a better buy than the new MacBook. The battery lasts nearly as long, the computer is more powerful and it has plenty of ports. Plus, nobody has ever said that they wished their MacBook Air was just a bit thinner. But maybe, soon, they will.

Source: TechCrunch

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