Google Camera app launched for Android, brings refocussing abilities

By on April 17, 2014 at 2:12 PM.

Google Camera app launched for Android, brings refocussing abilities

See a nice landscape, and want a nice 360-degree view of the surroundings? Google has a solution for you, called Google Camera, an Android app that lets you click high resolution panorama and 360-degree views. Added functionality include the ability to refocus on pictures after shooting, and DSLR-like bokeh, says Google. More →
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How to remotely access your PC or Mac using an Android device

By on April 17, 2014 at 1:41 PM.

How to remotely access your PC or Mac using an Android device

  Ever been in a situation when you have forgotten some important file on your personal computer, but are miles away from home? Instead of worrying about returning home or asking your neighbor to access it on your behalf, you can now use Google’s Chrome Remote Desktop for Android. This app essentially lets you remotely access your Mac or PC from an Android smartphone or tablet. More →
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Heartbleed fix may slow Web performance

By on April 17, 2014 at 11:49 AM.

Heartbleed fix may slow Web performance

The heartache from the Heartbleed Internet flaw is not over, and some experts say the fix may lead to online disruption and confusion. The good news is that most sites deemed vulnerable have patched their systems or are in the process of doing so. The bad news is that Web browsers may be overloaded by the overhaul of security certificates, leading to error messages and impacting Web performance, said Johannes Ullrich of the SANS Internet Storm Center. More →
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Apple to integrate Shazam’s song-identification capabilities into iOS 8: Report

By on April 17, 2014 at 11:31 AM.

Apple to integrate Shazam’s song-identification capabilities into iOS 8: Report

Apple is said to be planning on introducing a song identification feature on the forthcoming iOS 8 in partnership with Shazam, Bloomberg reports. This could mean that users won’t have to download a separate Shazam app on their iPhone or iPads. More →
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Samsung reportedly plans to launch Tizen phones in second quarter of 2014

By on April 16, 2014 at 3:31 PM.

Samsung reportedly plans to launch Tizen phones in second quarter of 2014

Samsung has reportedly pushed the launch of its much awaited Tizen OS smartphones to the second quarter of this year. The company has for long been working on its Tizen OS smartphones to reduce its dependence on Google for Android, however the company has still not been able to introduce the phones in the market. According to Reuters, Yoon Han-kil, senior vice president of Samsung's product strategy team has said that the company has now pushed the launch of its Tizen smartphone to the second quarter due to a global cross-licencing patent pact between Samsung and Google. More →
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Android design head Matias Duarte talks about why “Mobile is dead”

By on April 16, 2014 at 1:11 PM.

Android design head Matias Duarte talks about why “Mobile is dead”

Marias Duarte, the man responsible for Android's user interface design, made a statement at the 2014 Accel Design Conference saying "mobile is dead." At the conference, in an interview with Joshua Topolsky of The Verge, he explained his take on design, and obviously, the statement he made. More →
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Nine Windows Phone 8.1 improvements no one is talking about

By on April 16, 2014 at 9:45 AM.

Nine Windows Phone 8.1 improvements no one is talking about

When Microsoft first introduced Windows Phone they seemed to want to mimic what Apple had been doing with iOS. Create a polished but closed ecosystem that was tightly controlled, and curated. The problem with that approach was that it didn’t give users a reason to switch from iOS or Android to Windows Phone. Those who wanted a controlled and safe environment went to Apple, and the people who wanted freedom chose Android. Then the Nokia deal happened, and with Windows Phone 7.5 Mango, Microsoft started realizing that they would soon have to open up based on the feedback they got from the market and from Nokia. Windows Phone 8 saw things improve - drag and drop file transfers, easy to add ringtones, sending files over Bluetooth and even sideloading applications to an extent. Also present was limited support for microSD cards. With Windows Phone 8.1 Microsoft has turned another page. It was never the company that believed in granular control unlike Apple and that is now starting to show. When people talk about the improvements that 8.1 brings, things like Cortana, the Action Center, background wallpaper support, more tiles and the Word Flow keyboard are mentioned. But that’s just scratching the surface. Here are nine big feature improvements in Windows Phone 8.1 that no one is talking about. More →
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Nokia X’s price dropped by Rs 900, now retails at Rs 7,729

By on April 15, 2014 at 6:27 PM.

Nokia X’s price dropped by Rs 900, now retails at Rs 7,729

Nokia X, the Finnish manufacturer's first phone running on an OS based on Android, has seen its first price cut. Launched at Rs 8,599 more than a month ago, the phone is now listed at Rs 7,729 on Nokia India's website. The price drop of close to Rs 900, brings it under the Rs 8,000 mark, and puts it into direct competition with entry-level Android phones like the Sony Xperia E1 and Karbonn A21+. More →
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How to get Cortana on Windows Phone 8.1 outside the US

By on April 15, 2014 at 5:45 PM.

How to get Cortana on Windows Phone 8.1 outside the US

Cortana has easily been the most talked about feature on Windows Phone 8.1, since Microsoft released it to the developers yesterday. Microsoft’s Siri rival though is restricted to the US. If you are based outside the US and want to try out Cortana on your devices, fret not, WPCentral lists two simple steps to get it. More →
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Android KitKat update for Google Glass improves battery life and removes video calls

By on April 15, 2014 at 4:28 PM.

Android KitKat update for Google Glass improves battery life and removes video calls

Google on Friday is not only opening up Google Glass orders to interested buyers looking to score a pair of smart glasses, but it’s also rolling out a major update to its wearable device, bringing KitKat to Glass owners. Starting with 9 a.m. EDT, Google will be opening up a “limited number of spots in the Explorer Program,” but the device will only be available to U.S.-based customers willing to spend $1,500 for it. More →
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