Monday, 18 August 2014

One Windows: Forget Single OS, Can We Get Some Feature Parity?


This week, we have seen some news items about Microsoft and its OS strategy. Based on CEO Satya Nadella’s remarks in the post-earnings conference call, many were led to believe that Microsoft is going to create a single version of Windows. That is of course not true, and what’s happening is also not new information. What is in fact happening is that from an engineering perspective, Microsoft is hard at work to make a single “core” of the OS which will then power devices of various types: phones, phablets, tablets, laptops, PCs, Xbox, and even “things” in the “Internet of Things”. Again, this is not new, because Microsoft has said in very clear language that they want to get there sooner than later.


Top Five Gadgets for Music Festivals

If you are headed to a music festival, it’s time to start checking off that all-important list of essential items to help you survive a mud-filled weekend away. Whilst there’s a lot of fun to be had, there’s no denying that embracing the full camping experience can be a real test of endurance, especially for festival novices and modern day tech-enthusiasts. To help you make the most of your experience, here are some of the latest must-have gadgets to pack in your rucksack.

Portable speakers

Festivals are all about the music, and when you’re not catching one of the big names at the main stage, portable speakers can help keep the campsite entertained all day long. Wireless speakers are ideal for when you decide that you need some time away from the crowds, but still want to enjoy a party atmosphere. Simply plug in your phone or iPod, kick back and listen to your favourite tunes anytime, anywhere you like.


Ladoo Offers Free Mobile Recharges for Engaging with Advertisers

Platforms like Tapjoy, which incentivize app downloads, have earned Apple’s wrath in the past for messing up App Store rankings. Critics say that these apps inflate download counts and manipulate app store rankings. However, there’s no denying that a lot of users and advertisers love incentivized download platforms. Hence, it’s not surprising that Airloyal is attempting to bring the same concept to India.

Ladoo - Earn Free Mobile Recharges

Airloyal’s Ladoo app for Android offers free mobile recharges to users for completing simple tasks. Almost all of the tasks that I saw on Ladoo’s offer wall involved downloading and installing free apps from Google Play. The reward amount depends on the advertiser, all of them ranged between ₹2 and ₹8.


Panasonic Eluga U launched in India for ₹18,990

In a press event in New Delhi today, Panasonic launched its new Eluga series of smartphones, and unveiled the Eluga U, the first smartphone in the series. panasonic_eluga_uThe Eluga U sports a 5-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD IPS display based on one-glass-solution. The unibody device has a textured glass design at the back and comes in two colors – black and white. Powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, the phone packs in 2GB RAM and includes 16GB internal storage. There’s a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash that allows 1080p video recording, and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera.


Instagram Launches Bolt, Its One Tap Messaging App

Facebook owned Instagram recently launched its newest messaging app named Bolt. It is a one tap messaging app for Android and iOS smartphones which directly compete with the extremely popular Snapchat app. Bolt is currently available only for users in New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa, while the app will roll out globally in the coming weeks.

Similar to Snapchat, this app allows you to send images and videos to your friends, which is automatically deleted after it has been viewed by the recipient. It also lets you annotate messages with text captions. You don’t need a Facebook or Instagram account to sign-up. Bolt allows you to sign up using your phone number and add up to 20 friends in your favorite list.


Three New Free Android Apps to Boost Your Productivity

As per AppBrain, there are over 1.3 million apps in the Android market with about a thousand new ones being added every day. Among the scores of wallpaper, ringtone, and other low quality apps, it’s not easy to find out the ones that are truly useful. I’m always on the lookout for apps that’ll make my phone easier and faster to use. Here are three of my favourite free productivity apps that were released in the last couple of months.
Android Productivity Apps


Review: Epson EH-TW5200 Projector

During the FIFA World Cup few weeks back, I tried the latest Epson home projector – Epson EH-TW5200 – adding a fun highlight to my football parties. Epson claims it to be world’s most affordable full HD, 3D home theatre projector that delivers the brightest and sharpest 3D images.


At 2.8 k, the Epson EH-TW5200 is compact projector, and the curved design is quite an aberration from the usual boxy rectangular design. The white, glossy projector and wouldn’t be an eye-sore in your living room.
The front size contains the projector lamp and heat vent, and there’s a useful foot-lever below the lamp. The lever allows you to raise the projector from the front, and in turn the projected display.
Just above the lamp, there’s the lamp cover and focus and zoom rings. There’s also the horizontal keystone adjuster and all the other controls. The back sports two HDMI ports, a VGA port, an RS232 port, a USB port, and composite port apart from the ports for audio output. The built-in speaker is also located at the back.


HGST Touro S is a Stylish and High-performance USB 3.0 Hard Drive

HGST, a Western Digital company, recently launched a new line of Touro S external hard drives. The colorful, stylish hard drives delivers two levels of data protection – local backup and cloud storage.



The Touro S drives are available in colorful metallic finishes such as gold, silver, ruby, and platinum. The hard drive sports a thin and stylish design, and features an aluminum enclosure.
At 80mm x 115mm x 12mm (the 500GB one is even thinner), the ultra-portable hard drive is easy to carry around, and would easily fit in a back pocket. It weighs just 151 gms, almost similar to the weight of a smartphone. The 500GB one is of course a few grams lighter. While the hard drive is beautiful, I would’ve liked those tiny rubberized bumpers at the bottom for a firm grip on a desk.


Acer launches ICONIA A1-713, their latest 7-inch Android tablet with voice calling

Over the weekend, Acer India announced the launch of its compact and lightweight 7-inch tablet, the Acer ICONIA A1-713 with voice-calling facility.
The tablet sports a slim metallic design with a premium look and feel. At 305 grams, it’s pretty light and is 8.9mm thin. The ICONIA A1-713 features a 7-inch display with a resolution of 1,024 x 600 and a pixel density of 170ppi.
Powered by a quad-core MediaTek chipset clocked at 1.3GHz, the tablet packs in a GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. It runs on the dated Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, although the company announced that an Android 4.4 KitKat update will be on its way. The tablet features a modest 2-megapixel camera at the back, and a VGA one on the front.
The Acer ICONIA A1-713 tablet is available for sale immediately at a price of ₹ 12,999.



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