We hope to have a best ever screen, with best ever camera and over the top specs. The rumors are pretty supportive of our hopes. Here is a laundry list of specs and features of the Samsung Galaxy S8, as observed through various news/rumor sources across the web:
Keep visiting for more updates, or share your updates in the comments below.]]>
Apple moved from second position to regain its No. 1 position as the most beloved smartphone brand in terms of sales. As reported by Gartner during quarter ending September, 2016, Samsung sales are declining every passing quarter. Apple has been lagging for almost 2 years, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s have barely managed to maintain Apple sales during their lifetime. Apple iPhone 7 launch has been a turning point and resulted in Apple’s market share to increase to 17.9% while Samsung came down from 20.7% during Q4-2015 to 17.8% during Q4-2016.
Main reasons for Samsung’s diminishing marketshare are:
When we move little lower to competitors below 1st and 2nd positions, we notice Huawei maintaining its 3rd position and managing to grow slowly yet steadily from 8% during Q4-2015 to 9.5% during Q4-2016.
Amazingly, companies like Oppo and BBK Communication Equipment have nearly doubled their marketshare. These companies have directly been gaining from Samsung’s losses. While Huawei has been focusing the premium category where margins are still high, other competitors have been busy bringing down the prices of entry-level smartphones as well as spinning out iPhone-like phones at various price levels.
Apple has been sticking to One-product strategy while mild permutations, Samsung continues with their multi-spectrum, multi-flank strategies. Top Chinese companies like Huawei, Oppo, BBK, ZTE, Xiaomi and Lenovo are spoiling users for variety, with features being added at every $5 rise in price of handset.
Google Android has been maintaining its Top position with 81.7% marketshare while Apple iOS lags at 17.9%. There literally is nobody else left in OS competition.
Globally there are now 1.5 Billion smartphone users, a number which is 5% more than number of users during previous year 2015. Hence, the future for smartphones is bright and competition is only set to intensify with time.]]>
Untill then you can enjoy the Android Nougat on your PC. Well! not for daily usage as thei AOSP build is still at a nascent stage but it does give a first hands-on experience with Android N and that too at the comfort of your own PC.
The guys at Android-x86 project have releasedAndroid 7.0 i.e. Android Nougat for PC. Their build is based on Google AOSP (Android Open Source Project). This Andoird 7 build image runs well on a real hardware as well as virtual machines.
As the build keeps on evolving, you can go to the Download page and get the latest build for your PC.
The installation documentation is detailed immaculately on the Android x86 project website.]]>
First of there is no easy no easy way to hack an ATM machine. With growing number of banks and their customers, ATM networks are growing. And they are becoming increasingly tough to hack. The most common ATMs these days are wincor nixdorf ATM, Diebold ATM and Defcon ATM.
Second, don’t be mused by arbitrary ATM hack tricks like:
These trick are bogus and are worthy only to be shared as WhatsApp forward jokes.
To become a serious hacker, you first of all need to get your hands on the right tools. A hacker is always known by the tools he uses. These tools constitute combination of right hardware (card, card writer, etc) and a right mindset.
Network Approach – A slightly older yet popular way for hackers was to interrupt X.25 network with MITM (Man In The Middle) hack. This hack essentially makes the ATM understand that it has received authorization to dispense money at the request of the hacker. ATM has to be working on X.25 network for this hack to succeed.
Card skimmers – This is a physical method. Most common and simple method to hack an ATM is to use a Card Skimmer tools. These are usually a combination of a card reader (intelligently installed onto the ATM’s card slot) along with a keypad (placed over the ATM’s keypad). As soon as the card is dipped into the slot on ATM, the card reader records the card details and the key presses are logged into the skimmer keypad. Then you can write the skimmed card details onto a blank card and get the clone of the original ATM card. This clone card would work on any ATM and get you all the cash in the victim’s bank account.
ATM master key – This method grants you access to ATM’s maintenance mode where you can withdraw funds from the ATM by manipulating ATM software. And no one’s account would get debited (other than the target bank). This method can be used to withdraw cash from ATM without actually meddling with the machine or causing any damage. One needs to visit the target ATM first to check the manufacturer and model details. Once you have them, just go to ebay or AliBaba and find the suitable ATM maintenance master key. Master key will lead you to the motherboard of the ATM where you can plug in the update USB key and withdraw all the cash in the machine.
Additionally there other remote ATM hacking tools (Dillinger) and rootkits (Scrooge) which can be downloaded and used at the ATM.]]>
5. Crossy Road
An all time favourite which holds to be good companion whenever you’re getting bored. More often while you are waiting for your bus, train or friend at a mall.
4. Ridiculous Fishing
A good wrist exercise, Tilt your phone w=and lower your fishing hook, catch as many fish as possible. Avoid predators like jelly fish, they suck your prize catch away. Use hilarious items on your fishing hook like a chainsaw.
3. Never Alone
Pass your time into oblivion with this mesmerising foggy looking game with artistic characters. It features eskimo named Nuna and Fox who pass obstacles of their worlds helping each other in sync
2. Broken Age
This games features exhilarating graphics. Story of a family adventure through rugged terrains. They are often subjected to mystic puzzles for prizes.
1. Daddy Long Legs
This is more of a challenge with a steep learning curve. The first and foremost thing for anyone to do is to keep the long legged robot on its feet by stabilizing your iPhone. As you go along you maneuver through more obstacles.
Hope you have a good time being fixated onto your iPhone.]]>
BEST OVERAL PERFORMANCE SMARTPHONES OF 2016
1. Apple iPhone 7 Plus
2. Samsung Galaxy S7
3. Google Pixel
Although we voted the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 as the best performance phone but due to its untimely demise we are ranking its kin at second spot. The competition among the between best performance phones has been cut throat in literal terms. The performance of Top 3 listed above is constituted by best combo of hardware and software. Perhaps when the smartphone is at conceptualizing stage, the objectives of high performance begin to lost on the way.
BEST BIG SCREEN SMARTPHONES OF 2016
We try to carve a category of phones with screen sizes bigger than 4.5 inches and go upto mammoth-ish 7 inches. A bigger screen pushed the phone size, parallelly allowing for bigger battery and hence lasting for days. The year 2016 saw phones screens achieving bigger sizes than ever before, the industry assumed standard 4.5 inch screen left in hind sight.
1. Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
2. LG V20 – features 5.7 inch main screen and secondary front screen
3. Galaxy Note 7 – best phone, big (busty) battery and best high res screen and stylus (S-pen)
Another worth mention phone is the Moto Z Play, which offers upto 8 hours display time with high brightness. The average user looks at their screen for max 2 hrs per day, a power user maybe be for 4 hrs. with Moto Z Play, you’ll not reach out for your charger for atleast 2 days of normal use.
BEST COMPACT SMARTPHONES OF 2016
Compact size is the one that snugs into your hand nicely and to a certain extent allows for one-hand operation (big hands). 4.7 inch has been recognized as the perfect fit during 2016.
1. Apple iPhone 7 – best apple phone yet for real. Best performer yet efficient chip and much faster
2. Google Pixel – best google phone available in market. Perfect sync between Hardware and Software. Good battery and RAM specs
BEST CAMERA SMARTPHONES OF 2016
While the margin between the top best camera smartphones for 2016 is thin, hands-down Google Pixel and Pixel XL have made it to the top and still retain the position. Apple iPhone 7 Plus is barely an inch away. Google managed to take on Apple’s “Shot on iPhone” with Low Light shots which are just wonderful and have saturated colors. While HTC was a pioneer, Apple iPhone 7 Plus takes dual camera feature to a whole new level. Samsung Galaxy S7 isn’t left behind, it has the fastest focus capability.
1. Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL – both sport same camera
2. Apple iPhone 7 Plus, while iPhone 7 isn’t far behind
3. Samsung Galaxy S7
BEST BUDGET SMARTPHONES OF 2016
Yes, they are cheap on cost, they deliver near-flagship experience. The recently launched One Plus 3T is best budget flagship phone which delivers at par performance. It has almost stock Android (Oxygen) experience, finger print sensor, long lasting Battery and unique Dash charge. 6GB RM is awesome, making it future proof. One Plus 3 is almost similar sibling and costs less than the 3T.
1. One Plus 3T and One Plus 3
2. Motorola Moto G4
3. Huawei Honor 8
BEST BATTERY SMARTOHONES OF 2016
A big battery doesn’t always imply long lasting phone. The hardware and software combo has to be working together to achieve a long life. Ranking these phones in a sequence might be unjustified where all of these have varied battery specs, yet they surpass battery life standards.
• Google Pixel XL (3450 mAh) – much more optimized for battery use
• Apple iPhone 7 (2900 mAh) – Smallest battery of the lot, yet the charismatic iOS 10 and A 10 chip make sur eit does not loose the race to big battery warlocks
• Samsung Galaxy S7 active (4000 mAh) – Samsung’s flank entry to kill battery competition
• Moto Z Play (3510 mAh) – pure Android experience, good build quality gives you 6 hrs battery life
Myth: Leaving your iPhone overnight on charging will harm your battery life as the charger will keep pushing electricity into an already full battery. It will cause the phone to overheat and reduce life of its internal circuitry too.
Truth: Overnight charging does not harm your iPhone in any way. iPhone’s hi-tech circuitry in Lithium-Ion battery (for that matter 90% of other phones too have Li-Ion batteries) has a charging circuit that cuts off charging power when the battery reaches 100%.
So your phone actually switches the power source from battery to direct power from charger once the charging reaches 100%. Hence your battery rests while it is charging beyond 100%.
These myths were a truth for the older Nickel-Cadmium (NiCad) batteries which actually used to get overcharged and in turn became super hot. This does not apply to Lithium-Ion batteries, however the myth still hounds most of us.]]>
In case you or somebody else entered a wrong passcode 6 times, the device will get locked / disabled. So be careful with your device, dont leave it with unwanted pestering people.
So unless you made a backup before you forgot your passcode, there isn’t a way to save your data present on the device. You shall have no option but to erase your iPhone or iPad data and settings completely.
Recovery using the “Recovery Mode” (for Forgotten Passcode)
If you’ve never synced with iTunes or set up Find My iPhone in iCloud, you’ll need to use recovery mode to restore your device. This will erase the device and its passcode.
Design: Samsung is rumored to let go of the ‘push’ Home Button and embed it into screen glass. Although Google collaborated with HTC to develop Pixel phone, they haven’t diverged from the iPhone 6 / 6s / iPhone 7 dimensions and design. Samsung has always dared to go beyond the set frontiers.
Screen will be curved at both the ends, Samsung may curve top and bottom of the screen in an ergonomic way too.
Display: Samsung’s AMOLED has come of age. The present day Galaxy S7 screen is the best that any phone currently has. Even if we trust the rumors that Samsung will not improve much on Galaxy S8 display, it will still keep the phone among the Tops in displays. To set new benchmarks, however, it has to leave every other phone’s throat filled with pixels.
Apple’s retina display was the tipping point for the Pixel war and every generation of Samsung Galaxy S has been exceeding iPhone in this department. Even as the curved display is a challenge to mesh pixels to perfection.
Sound: Maybe they’ll drop the 3.5 mm jack like Apple and break away from the tradition. But the in-built speakers have to take giant leap, while overcoming the challenges to keep the phone splash / water resistant.
Memory: Rumor mill is buzzing around the Galaxy S8 memory specs. A 6GB RAM is considered eminent. This will give Android OS good amount of breathing space and allow bulky TouchWiz to operate at ease.
Under the Hood: Better CPU and GPU would promote better VR and 4K outputs. Considering the currently available chipsets, the phone may be powered by Qualcomm SnapDragon 830 chip.
Performance: Galaxy S8 has to have smooth UI and not be bloated with bulky TouchWiz features.
Camera: Samsung has to bring itself back to the Top with a ground breaking camera tech. World has already seen multiple element lenses, optical image stabilization, dual cameras, bigger apertues. Galaxy S8 got to overcome Google Pixel top position in benchmark rankings.
Battery: Goes without saying, a Better and Safer battery is a must. Need to choose vendor intelligently.
The YouTube videos of Samsung Galaxy S8 also feature a tiny projector placed next to rear camera. Maybe in future you could just hold the phone against a wall for big screen Video chats. Or maybe use the phone as a personal movie projector.
All in all, it has to leave a long pace ahead of nearest competitor Apple iPhone 8 so that competition stays at bay for a long while.
(Images courtesy YouTube)
First off, what’s new and how iPhone7 is better than iPhone6s:
• iPhone 7 has a mirror-like anodized Aluminium body with foam sheeted glass, what Apple calls “Singular shape”. I must say things are pretty precisely engineered with no design flaws what so ever.
• It is the first ever water resistant iPhone
• Has an advanced Solid State button with tactile feedback
• Camera – f/1.8 aperture with six-element lens i.e. 4K resolution
• Better 7MP selfie / Face Time camera
• Moves on from dual core CPU to Quad-core CPU
• Slightly better battery life
• iPhone 7 supports VoLTE
BODY: The first time you hold the iPhone 7, you’ll only feel the money you spent upgrading over iPhone 6s. Yup! there’s nothing new to the touch and feel. The aluminum casing is much more glossy and slippery. No hard feelings for John Ivy, Chief Design Officer, Apple. Since he hasn’t changed the dimensions, and he is an icon, he had to come up with something new to talk about the iPhone 7. So he gets a dedicated design video to his credit. Then again you’ll get a case for it, so nothing new in this aspect.
Continuing about the dimensions, Apple appears to have found the right size for a phone and that is 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm, same as iPhone 6/6s and now iPhone 7. And those who prefer phablets, they have the iPhone 7 Plus sized at 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm.
Apple iPhone 7 has the same rounded edges and volume rocker buttons, power button, ringer notch as the iPhone 6s. The only difference is that the Home Button isn’t clickable anymore. It now has tactile feedback, gives out mild vibrations as you press onto the solid-state button. You’ll know only when you use one.
This is the first ever iPhone to be splash / water resistant. It has IP67 rating. So you should be fully protected from dust and can safely submerge the iPhone 7 in 1m deep water for up to 30 minutes. Samsung Galaxy S7 has IP68 rating, letting it stay unscathed at 1.5 m deep water.
Both the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 and 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus models are built with incredibly strong 7000 Series aluminum. Phone body is typically dent-proof for general falls from 3 to 4 feet heights. Mentioned ‘General’ as I’ve had few falls recently and it is still near perfect in shape.
DISPLAY: The iPhone 7 features Apple’s Retina HD display with wide color and 3D Touch and it has 4.7 inches screen size. The maximum screen resolution is 1334 x 750 pixels. Images are very clear with best in class color outputs. A perfect screen size with a perfect clarity is what you get in this combo. Moreover the immaculately colored and designed iOS 10 icons are a treat on this screen.
UNDER THE HOOD: iPhone 7 is powered by Apple’s latest A10 Fusion chip with 4 cores. The most eye catching fetures of the quadcore processor is that it has two high performance cores and two high efficiency cores. Meaning, during the idle times, only two high-efficiency cores are getting battery power, while other two only kick in when you have heavy processing work to do. This elongates the battery life and controls excessive phone heating. I personally have not noticed phone getting heated up excessively under normal usage. Its aluminum body is perhaps another reason why it remains koool.
The latest iPhone now supports VoLTE which was a much awaited feature for countries where network operators have been supporting the technology since a while now. The VoLTE (Voice over 4G network) gives high-quality wideband calls that make your conversations sound as crisp and clear as if you were face to face. That’s what an iPhone should be meant for, after having spent a fortune to buy it.
MEMORY: Apple iPhone 7 has only 2GB of RAM, compared to the 3GB in the iPhone 7 Plus. As far as the internal memory goes, the iPhone 7 has doubled the capacity of iPhone 6s across the line to 32GB, 128GB and 256GB models. 2GB RAM does mar the phone’s performance at times, however those are indeed very crucial times when you multi-task in extreme conditions. The iOS 10 does handle memory usage efficiently. I do feel, the 3GB RAM for iPhone 7 should not have been missed.
SOUND: The iPhone now has stereo speakers, one at the bottom and one at the top. But it has no 3.5mm headphone jack. Better and louder sound over any previous iPhone, which should have been even better. Lesser known brands are getting Dolby certifications, while iPhone barely managed to get twin stereo speakers. The phone also has an increased dynamic range though.
CAMERA: Remember those Shot on iPhone adverts? Well, they are here to stay for iPhone 7 too. S the phone has better low light capture capacities over iPhone 6s. It has better flash than iPhone 6s which gives 50% more light. iPhone 7 Plus has two cameras that work as one.
The Google Pixel camera fares better than iPhone 7 camera. And the iPhone 7 camera finds stiff competition from Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG V20 cameras.
Sticking to the iPhone 7, the camera has an added optical image stabilization feature which makes it more practical for action shots. The ƒ/1.8 aperture combined with better flash gives better video and image captures in low light. Things are a notch up than previous iPhone but they aren’t really pushing the envelope this time. The iPhone 7 lets you shoot in 4K resolution with over 8 million pixels. Another worth mentioning feature in the camera is the slow motion support in 1080p and 720p HD.
I have been using Face Time (over VoLTE as well as WiFi) and the images are clear and videos are smoother now. Maybe the 7 megapixel front-facing camera combined with software upgrade will make you fall in love with your selfies.
BATTERY: A tad bigger battery and a tad less power consuming chipset, leave you with upto 12 hours of solid use (some 2 hrs extra over iPhone 6s). For normal daily use it leads upto 16 hours. The Non-removable Li-Ion 1960 mAh battery is decently suited for 4.7 inch screen. While the competition has crossed the bar and achieved 2000 mAh power, a few are reaching upto 3000 mAh, that’s a mind boggling number.
The signal reception on the iPhone 7 is exceedingly good as the antenna has been embedded antenna within the aluminum body enclosure. The New Home button gradually grows on you, making it difficult to switch to any other phone. So that was my first-hand experience with the Apple iPhone 7 after having used it for almost 3 months now. Do share your views and experiences on social networks which you follow us on.
In the “Phone + Tablet = Phablet” world, size does matter. In fact, size is everything. By size I don’t mean the bigger the better. Size has to be Perfect!
Samsung has bettered the perfect size with perfect styling, perfect ergonomics and perfect technology. All this and much more packed up in 169 gms and dimensions so sleek 153.5 x 73.9 x 7.9 mm you’ll fear it may slip outta your hand.
BODY: Galaxy S series is Samsung’s flagship line-up. The Galaxy series is a cult of its own. Its like neighbor’s envy, owner’s pride! And Galaxy Note 7 left plastic and moved to figurative Aluminium casing and became waterproof too. Additionally it comes in varied colors: Blue Coral, Gold Platinum, Silver Titanium, Black Onyx.
As I go on structuring this review, focus will be on most striking items in the Gypsophila of latest age technology, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7.
DISPLAY: The Display is a jaw dropper. The Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 16M colors is flawlessly spread over 5.7 inches screen real estate. The display elaborates the images with max resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels. It also has Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protective layer. and it comes with the S-Pen with 0.7mm pressure sensing tip.
UNDER THE HOOD: The Galaxy Note 7 runs Android OS 6 (Marshmallow) and is up-gradable to Android OS 7 (Nougat). This powerhouse is run by a powerful Octa-core (4×2.3 GHz Mongoose & 4×1.6 GHz Cortex-A53) CPU and is accompanied by Mali-T880 MP12 GPU on Exynos 8890 Octa Chipset. That is like virtually 8 horses pulling you war chariot. The CPU and Chipset are the same as Galaxy S 7, an already established Gladiator in the Colosseum.
MEMORY: This mammoth size phone comes with a 64 GB internal memory and unparalleled performer 4 GB RAM. Normally when you multitask rigorously, your phone finds itself asking for more resources to switch between apps and manage parallel jobs, this here is an exception where things are vice versa. Your phone keeps taking work orders and can never really utilize available resources to the fullest. Thus leaving you with itchy fingers and you ask your Note 7: Hey while you process my heavy graphics job and simultaneously get updates for all of my 100 Apps, play me a BlueRay video in a window, will you! And it complies..
CAMERA: Common Talk – When you compare your phone specs with a friend’s or colleague’s device, Camera is one thing that is sure to come by, even if you miss out discussing processor and RAM specs. So here is the Camera Spec which may sound ordinary cliche but does deliver more than expected. The Note 7 has 12 Mega Pixel Camera with f/1.7 26mm and LED flash. Hey it records 4K video and with its super 1/2.5″ sensor size it has fine HDR click capabilities too. It also has a secondary 5 Mega Pixel camera f/1.7. The camera is fast and very clear with the clicks.
SENSORS: This here is category created specially for Galaxy Note 7 as the device seems to be loaded with all sorts of sensors, namely accelerometer, Iris scanner, fingerprint scanner, gyro sensor, proximity sensor, compass, barometer, heart rate sensor , SpO2 (Oxygen sensor). What? An Oxygen sensor? What for? This is to detect capillary oxygen saturation i.e. it gives you measure of Oxygen in your blood. This works similar to device they attach to your index finger in hospital to check Oxygen saturation. Yep its a doctor too.
BATTERY: All the above mentioned things consume a whole lot of battery and the Note 7 is adequately equipped with Non-removable Li-Po 3500 mAh battery. And it charges up quickly to your heart’s delight! (Had to add the human touch here!). The phone gives me a full day run with all my mails, WhatsApp, Facebook, G+, Twitter, and an average talktime of 2 hours a day.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is expensive, yep it is. If you can overcome this hurdle, then you are gonna be a marathon runner and would be yelling all the way: Somebody stop me!]]>
For the record, I would like to claim that this is the First ever smartphone that actually grows on you. As I go on using it, I’ve liked it more and adored it more.
Google for the first time have not been their usual silent selves when it comes to advertising the Google Pixel phone. This phone is not really #madebyGoogle – it is actually manufactured by HTC and software Android 7 Nougat is developed by Google. It sure is designed by Google.
Coming back to our delima with review, the phone at first sight does not contemplate uniqueness as the market is full of similar form factor devices. Maybe the Pixel draws its “Quietly Brilliant” DNA from HTC. The Glass back however is something that leaves a mark in the eyes of beholder. To a certain extent it improves antenna performance for better signal reception.
The phone does have the beloved 3.5 mm headphone jack and it has awkwardly wide bezel at the top and bottom of the screen. Sometimes reminding you of the Apple iPhone bezel which has fingerprint sensor. One good thing is that the phone isn’t overtly thin, ergonomic to hold in hands easily. And is fully suitable for one-hand operation.
That being said, lets dive into the phone review.
BODY: The phone has one of the best ergonomic dimensions. I have tried holding those 6 inch displays which handicap the user to be able to use only lower half of the screen and holding big screen causes frequent slipping. Google Pixel has the size of 143.8 x 69.5 x 8.5 mm (5.66 x 2.74 x 0.33 in) and weighs only 143gms.
DISPLAY: An AMOLED capacitive screen gives the Pixel an aura and delights your eyes. Imges have depth and supreme clarity with 1080 x 1920 pixels. Not the best in the market, yet fits the bill. The Pixel has Night Light feature which tints the screen amber, making it a delight to read in dim light conditions. You can customize the schedule according to the times you turn your room lights off and go to bed. So next time you wake the screen at bed time, the bright light won’t roast your eyes.
UNDER THE HOOD: Google Pixel runs on Quad-core (2×2.15 GHz Kryo & 2×1.6 GHz Kryo). The same processor that powers industry’s biggies like Samsung Galaxy S7 and S 7 edge and S7 active, LG G 5, Sony Xperia XZ, HTC 10, Xiaomi Mi 5s, ZTE nubia Z11, BlackBerry DTEK60, OnePlus 3, vivo Xplay5 Elite, etc. The processor is fittied on a Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 821 chipset with Adreno 530 GPU. Hate to say it, but the phone does get warm easily and really hot when playing games or 4K videos. The aluminium body comes in handy to cool it down quickly once you stop pushing the phone.
MEMORY: I’m an avid smartphone user with heavy multitasking requirements. As far as using the Pixel goes, it has literally never hung or complained running low on resources. I have the 128 GB model with 4GB RAM and I’m not asking for more as of now. As I keep backing up full high res photos and videos shot from the Pixel onto Google Photos. Google Photos gives lifetime unlimited free cloud storage space for Google Pixel users. I do carry an external 128 GB OTG USB for carrying extra data when im not in home WiFi range.
CAMERA: No other feature of Google Pixel has caught the imagination of the internet as much as the Camera. Why? Because Google gave Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus run for their money in the image caputure deprtment. Apple has been advertising “Shot on iPhone” almost everywhere and a camera better than an iPhone, that too supported by critically acclaimed DXO Mark benchmark results is something for iPhone to ponder. And ofcourse an instant shot to Fame to Google Pixel owners. Stand in a group of camera enthusiasts and just say “Hey guys, I got the Google Pixel phone”, you’ll be a celebrity. Be ready to give out technical specs.
BATTERY: Pixel scores well with battery. My phone lasts more than a day even with frequent peak usages during the day. Office and personal Mails, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Duo calls, 1 hr talktime, 1.5 hrs HD video playback, Bluetooth headset on LTE network lasts me a day. The Non-removable Li-Ion 2770 mAh charges up quickly than usual android phones, half hour charging does give me 5-6 hrs use. OnePlus Dash charging is still faster.
SOUND: I’m afraid the acoustics aren’t very good, just ordinary with speaker at the bottom. There is only one speaker, not loud enough, decent enough for hands-free calls in relatively silent ambience. At first I thought I gt a faulty handset as I could hear sound form only one opening at the bottom, later to realize that the other opening is for mic. I’ve often blocked the speaker by accidentally putting my finger on it.
The phone comes with Nano-SIM and is Splash and dust resistant. Fingerprint sensor is very very conveniently placed at the back right where your index finger rests. I have not had a single miss while trying to unlock my phone with a not-so-clean finger print.
The phone has a notification light too, can be turned on in settings.
The Google Pixel is all-in-all, a complete phone. Rather its a ‘go with the flow’ phone, it handles things well, whatever you throw at it.]]>
Just say “Ok Google” and it is at your service. Using just your voice on Google Home: turn on Setup box, LED back light, 65″ Samsung LED TV and YouTube casting in seconds.]]>
Video games are often frowned upon as something that lends to an unhealthy lifestyle. Most parents tell their kids that Nintendo or PlayStations are bad because these consoles make people anti-social and can offer up violent content. Of course, several scientific studies have debunked these beliefs, and now, it would seem that they actually do more good than initially thought by most.
Howard Markman, a doctor from the University of Denver undertook a study that proves the connection between video games and relaxation between couples. The study goes as far as saying this part of a relationship is more important for the man, as most male gamers say “what better way to spend stress-free time with your significant other than by playing games?”
Markman’s long-term study, which he started as early as 1996, has a control group of about 200 people in their second year of marriage. They were asked how often they shared exciting activities that they find fun and relaxing.
In the study, one activity stood out from the rest. According to most of the 200 people, the activity that they liked the most – which they find fun and stress-free – was playing video games. Gamer couples usually spend more time together than regular couples, especially those that play longer games to finish such a MMORPGs or competitive ones that yield in-game or monetary rewards. The study also revealed that because of video games, couples were talking to each other more. The time spent together is an important part of a relationship for women according to the research.
As a conclusion, it would seem that when couples play, they get more than what they bargained for. It’s like playing a game of chess on Facebook or any other social game; some people have even met their significant other through these pursuits. In fact, perhaps all games have more than just their entertainment value at the core of their service. Apart from helping people relax and allowing them to meet others, games help people have lucid dreams, according to Live Science.
In addition, games also help professionals become more creative, and this is evident with the slew of new titles that were spun from classics. Often, crossover games help aid creativity because of their varied and innovative mechanics. Popular crossovers like Fortune Street which combines Mario and Dragon Quest or Slingo Extreme that integrates slots with bingo, currently hosted on online gaming hub Pocketfruity, are just some of the interesting gaming titles out there for casuals. The off-kilter nature of games such as the aforementioned have been known to encourage creative thoughts and thinking outside of the box because players gain a new perspective on things they are facing in their work, hobbies and relationships.
In short, video games are useful, and, in moderation, studies have proved that they are actually very beneficial rather than harmful.
Are there any games that you find help you to relax after a hard days work? Let us know in the comments section below.]]>
As the App is developed, its features decide its budget. It is like more sugar you add, sweeter your offering will get. Say for example, the owner of this Blog wants to get an app for the blog. He already has his blog posts ready but needs to decide whether the App with a native iOS App, or Web App or a hybrid App. Further, he may want to have certain sections to be showing only paid content, that is an additional feature which would require a payments accepting setup complying with legal requirements for fund collections. He may want to add GPS tracking, or music or even video. Cost goes up with each enhancement.
A typical App development (for the masses) would cost you within the range of $5,000 and $ 10,000. It can get much higher depending on App functionality and complexity.
Plane-Jane Simple Apps can cost you anywhere from mere $500 to upto $5,000. You provide the content and have a clear idea of things to be included and representations to be made in the App.
An App running on a Database will push up to envelope from $5,000 to $ 50,000 as these involve algorithm programming, plus investment in back-end servers and infrastructure.
I am sure you would have tried several types of games on your iDevice (iPhone, iPad and iPod) and would have a good idea of varied combination of features in different Gaming Apps. They cost between $10,000-$250,000. A Candy Crush or a Angry Birds game would easily cross $100K.
Integrating your App to existing Apple infrastructure like Game Center, or with Facebook for ‘Saved Game history’ will cost more. For Example, Clash of Clans or Farm Ville.
To a certain extent you can picture this like a Car Sales Shop: You got the Cars ready for Sale, but how you build your Showroom around it along with requisite Salesmen, support staff, Call-center, Insurance Claim Desk and Servicemen is your call.]]>
Lenovo (Motorola) launched their latest K series phone named K6 Power aka KickAss Power. Kickass indeed is its 4000 mAh battery which gives you usage time upto 48 hours and standby of 27 days (thats almost 1 month).
The phone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 1.4 Ghz 64-bit Octa Core Processor and is ably supported by 3GB DDR3 RAM and 32GB internal memory.
The phone has 5 inch Full HD Display and has support for VoLTE and all 4G Bands.
Another striking feature is Twin Stereo DOLBY ATMOS speakers at the back. The Lenovo K6 Power has full metal body and will be available in three colors.
The phone readily supports USB OTG with reverse charging.
Two of the most easy and popular ways to sync your music library between your iPhone and iPad are as follows:
Through iTunes – This is by far the easiest way to transfer music between your Apple iOS devices. Follow the steps:
Transfer purchased music from your iPhone / iPad to to iTunes Music Library by connecting your device to your computer using USB cable.
Once transfer is complete, connect the target device i.e. your iPad / iPhone where you wish to transfer your music files to.
Once connected, click the iPad / iPhone icon and choose the music files you wish to transfer
Click Sync at the right bottom of the window.
Through Cloud Service – There are a great number of cloud service Apps in the App Store which offer sync support for music files. Popular Cloud Services are Apple iCloud, Google Drive, and Dropbox. Various services provide different free webspace and offer paid extended space too.Follow the steps as follows:
Install the Google Drive or Dropbox App. Apple iCloud App comes pre-installed in iOS.
Register your account with your preferred cloud service.
Select the files which you wish to move and Upload them
Install your preferred cloud service app on the target device i.e. iPad or iPhone. And log in to your account
Once the device starts syncing after the login, your files shall get downloaded in your new device.
You can play the files from within the cloud service folder.
Following these simple steps you can get upto 2 times your present battery performance. Who knows when you may want those saved battery hours the most. Cheers.]]>
In simpler yet technical terms, Jailbreaking allows you to gain Administrative access to your Apple device, thereby allowing full access to all features of the iDevice, even those which apple does not want you have a free hand with.
You have a free hand to download Pirated versions of the Apps on App Store free of cost and the possibilities are endless, limited only by your imagination.
Jailbreak is not supported by Apple as this affects the performance of the device in a manner which is not advised by Apple. Some of the most common features unlocked by jailbroken devices are:
Jailbreaking is easy, even your grandma can do it, just follow dozens of video guides available online. But you should have a purpose to jailbreak. Mere jailbreaking to show-off to your friends isn’t going to take you anywhere. You’ll miss out on iOS updates and security patches. There is always a risk of a hack or backdoor being left open for anyone to peak into your device. You can downgrade your iOS, or remove jailbreak, install new update and jailbreak again. Possibilities are endless.
Bottomline, You should jailbreak only if you need it.]]>
Canon’s 4th generation DSLR camera is now their new ultra best selling full-frame EOS camera, the EOS 5D Mark IV. This upgrade comes after 3 years of the previous EOS 5D Mark III, and Boy! has it rocked the world.
First off, the 30.4-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor is equipped with Dual Pixel CMOS AF. This is the single most extremely awaited update feature in this camera. Dual pixel AF has a unique continuous focus tracking of subjects, and that too in the Live video mode. This High-speed, High-precision AF supports not only immaculate still images, it also supports 4K video. The camera will be introduced int he market for $3499. The 5D Mark IV is capable of shooting 7 frames per second (fps) and has 4K 30p video recording. Native ISO range on the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is ISO 100 to ISO 32,000.
Also available are two L series EF lenses. These two Canon lenses are EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Ultra wide zoom lens and EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM standard zoom lens.
The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV sports a touch sensitive 3.2-inch 1620k LCD display. The camera can shoot videos at 4K resolution (30p, 24p), Full HD (60p, 30p, 24p) and HD (120p). It also has anti-flicker feature for indoor shots.
Hands down, this is a state-of-the-art DSLR camera which will leave no professional asking for more.]]>
So more the RAM, more the ability to accommodate running Apps. More the Apps, better the multi-tasking.
Also, as Android promotes good practices while using Java, it optimizes the code for optimal usage of resources. Good practices include reducing App size, optimum RAM memory usage and junk/garbage removal.
On the other hand iOS does not allow free running of Apps in background, other than specific Apps like music players. Ideally iOS will kill an App in background or freeze its functioning.
Worth pointing here is that freedom to run in background in Android comes at a cost, the ill-coded Apps can cause resource hogging and lead to memory leaks while running in the background. So you got to be careful while installing Apps on Android.]]>
For the skeptical lot, first question would be why spend so much money on a device which can only be used for reading and nothing else? The answer is “Because YOU love to Read”. There is no other device in the world which can match the Kindle Paperwhite at what it does. And does it the best!
It is Love at first sight when you switch it on for the first time. I for one, kept touching the screen and wonder if it is actually a screen or just a paper made out of Wood. And the freaking screen adjusts as per the ambient light. Reader can enhance brightness to their own wish too. Its 6 inch screen is quite a handful but the light weight compensates for all the dimension complaints. For the first time i would even lay down and read without bothering of aching hand or arm due to excess weight. Its battery backup is enough to last it for a week or two depending on your usage patterns. You wouldn’t need the Wi-Fi to stay On as you would only use it to download new books once in a while.
Kindle just reads like a book. So treat it just as a book and nothing else. There are no pestering notifications. There are no calls or emails, no Facebook alerts no WhatsApp messages.One can concentrate on the reading with undivided attention just like the old book reading days. The mental juice that flow while reading can now do so unperturbed.
So briefly, what a Kindle is…
If I read a book for 2-3 hrs at a stretch they lead to watery eyes, but Kindle does not have that feature! It does not irritate your eyes. Ofcourse other parts of your body may ache during longer reading sessions. Physically active breaks are recommended.
Caution: Don’t try to read from your Smartphone or iPad. They are not meant for reading.
So Why a Kindle again? Ok. Tell me, why buy a DSLR if your smartphone already has a camera? Got the answer?
Add to it your never ending Digital Library courtesy Amazon. You can carry full load of a dozen books in the light form factor of Kindle. Kindle Paperwhite is meant for reading, and neither your phone nor your tablet can do the job better.]]>