Friday, November 1, 2013

Google announces the Nexus 5 with Android 4.4, on sale today for $349 (hands-on video)

Google announces the Nexus 5 with Android 44, on sale today for $349 handson
It's about time. The Google-backed and LG-manufactured Nexus 5 is now really a reality, after countless rumors and leaks (a few of them coming from Google itself). The new device, which predictably boasts the latest and greatest version of Android known as KitKat (or 4.4, if you're so inclined), takes its place in the spotlight in place of the Nexus 4. And, despite coming out at a slightly higher price point than last year's Nexus, it still takes the cake in terms of features, components and other specs. Now that it's ready for the public, let's take a deeper look at the Nexus 5, which will be available on the Play Store today, in both white and black, starting at $349 for AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint (sorry Verizon customers).
We'd like to say we have a few surprises in store for you, but we don't really. So manydetails about the Nexus 5 leaked ahead of time, and almost all of them have proven to be true. Under the hood is a 2.3Ghz quad-core Snapdragon 800 and 2GB of RAM, pushing pixels to a glorious 5-inch 1080p display. LG has also seen fit to include wireless charging again, so you won't have to wear out that micro-USB port keeping the 2,300 mAh battery juiced, you can use it to power a TV over Slimport instead. You'll also find LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, dual-band 802.11ac WiFi and NFC on board -- basically if there is a method of connecting to another device, the Nexus 5 has it.

The design moves away from its predecessor's primarily glass construction and embraces plastic. But not the cheap-feeling shiny kind, instead it boasts a "silky texture" according to Sundar Pichai. In fact, it's quite reminiscent of the redesignedNexus 7 that debuted earlier this year. The front is still sheathed in Gorilla Glass, Gorilla Glass 3 to be specific, and otherwise it's pretty much unadorned. Sure, if you look you can spot the front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera and speaker grille, but it's mostly an uninterrupted expanse of black.
In our hands-on with the device, we were incredibly impressed with the clarity and sharpness of the 1080p display. The edge-to-edge glass gives the Nexus 5 an unquestionably premium feel, even with the slivers of bezel adorning the top and bottom. One of the benefits of Gorilla Glass 3 is its thinness, which results in a relatively slim phone overall. Though it's a pretty small detail, even the buttons on the sides of the phone are made of a technical ceramic material, which certainly feels better than regular plastic buttons. Additionally, the "silky texture" does indeed feel a lot like the soft touch matte finish we know and love from the Nexus 7. Both the white and black versions have the same silky textured backing, so all you have to worry about is color preference. There are very slight contours on the sides of the phone that contribute to a comfortable cradle in the hand, and the curved top and bottom means there's no fear of the handset digging into your palm. As far as performance goes, swiping through menus and launching apps felt snappy, and so did capturing shot after shot with the phone's 8-megapixel camera.
Google announces the Nexus 5 smartphone with Android 44, on sale today for $349 handson
Even though it was widely expected, and leaked, we're still pretty excited about the redesigned rear-facing camera. Sure, it's still an 8-megapixel sensor, but it now boasts optical image stabilization (OIS) for reducing blur. A small gyro and motor actuator in the lens housing move the lens on the X and Y planes to capture the clearest image possible, even if you've got the caffeine shakes. The shutter is also quick enough to capture what Google calls HDR+ or, for the photo savvy out there, true HDR. Instead of applying algorithms to boost brightness and contrast in areas of a single photo, the Nexus 5 captures multiple images at different exposures and combines them to produce the most detail possible. It can not only fix under or over exposed images, it can even compensate for motion when trying to capture a moving target.
Google will be releasing two models: one for North America and Europe, and a second for Asia. Both of which will come in 16GB and 32GB flavors, which will cost $349 and $399, respectively. While you'll obviously be able to pick one up straight from Google, you'll also find the latest Nexus phone at Best Buy and Radio Shack. You can even buy one direct from compatible carriers, like Sprint which will be bringing the handset to its retail stores on November 8th, starting at $150. T-Mobile promises to have the Nexus 5 in stores before the holidays, but wouldn't get any more specific about release date or price.
Nicole Lee contributed to this report
Android for all and the new Nexus 5
Just in time for Halloween, we have two new treats for Android fans. First, we're excited to unwrap our latest platform release, KitKat, which delivers a smarter, more immersive Android experience to even more people. And second, we're introducing Nexus 5-a new Nexus phone developed with LG.
The first thing you'll notice about KitKat is we've made the experience much more engaging: the book you're reading, the game you're playing, or the movie you're watching-now all of these take center stage with the new immersive mode, which automatically hides everything except what you really want to see.
Bringing more Google smarts to Android
Behind the polish on the screen is the power under the hood. Take the Phone app, which for most people hasn't really changed since the days of flip phones. Now, we're making calling easier than ever, by helping you search across your contacts, nearby places, or even Google Apps accounts (like your company's directory), directly from within the app. And with the new Hangouts app, all of your SMS and MMS messages are together in the same place, alongside your other conversations and video calls, so you'll never miss a message no matter how your friends send it. This is just a small taste of KitKat-learn more on our site.
Google has always focused on helping users get immediate access to the information they need, and we want to bring this same convenience and power to users on Android. With the new Nexus 5 launcher, Google smarts are deeply integrated into the phone you carry around with you, so getting to the information you need is simple, easy and fast. Swipe once from the home screen to get Google Now literally at your fingertips. Put Google to work for you by saying "OK, Google" to launch voice search, send a text, get directions or even play a song you want to hear. And in the coming weeks, we're enhancing Now with important new card types that bring you information about contextual topics that interest you such as updates from a favorite website or blog.
Reaching the next 1 billion users
Building a platform that makes mobile phones accessible for everyone has always been at the heart of Android. Until now, some lower-end Android phones couldn't benefit from more recent Android releases due to memory constraints. With KitKat, we've slimmed down Android's memory footprint by doing things like removing unnecessary background services and reducing the memory consumption of features that you use all the time. We did this not only within Android but across Google services like Chrome and YouTube. RAM (or memory) is one of the most expensive parts of a phone, and now Android can run comfortably on the 512MB of RAM devices that are popular in much of the world, bringing the latest goodies in Android 4.4 within reach for the next billion smartphone users.
Introducing Nexus 5
Along with our sweet naming tradition, we also introduce a new device with each platform release to showcase the latest Android innovations. For KitKat, we partnered with LG to develop Nexus 5 -- the slimmest and fastest Nexus phone ever made. Its design is simple and refined to showcase the 5" Full HD display. Nexus 5 also keeps you connected at blazing speeds with 4G/LTE and ultra fast wifi. The advanced new lens on Nexus 5 captures more light for brighter night and sharper action shots. And with optical image stabilization, you no longer have to worry about shaky hands and blurry pictures. A new HDR+ mode automatically snaps a rapid burst of photos and combines them to give you the best possible single shot. Learn more on our site.
Nexus 5 is available today, unlocked and without a contract, on Google Play in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Japan and Korea (and coming soon to India), starting at $349. Just in the time for the holidays, Nexus 5 will be available soon at the following retailers: Sprint, T-Mobile, Amazon, Best Buy and RadioShack.
Android 4.4, KitKat, which comes on Nexus 5, will also soon be available on Nexus 4, 7, 10, the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One Google Play edition devices in the coming weeks.
How's that for a treat?
Posted by Sundar Pichai, SVP, Android, Chrome & Apps

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Android 4.4 KitKat optimized for wearables and low-end phones, leaked document claims

Android 4.4 kitkat Google HQ Mountain view
A new report based on purportedly leaked Android 4.4 KitKat document reveals that Google’s intention with the new mobile operating system is to make it available to low-end devices but also to wearable gadgets. Other features are also briefly described.
The news was published by former Wall Street Journal Amir Efrati, and sort-of resonates with a previous report from the publication that said Google’s “K-release” Android version will be compatible with older devices and other devices than just smartphones and tablets.
Efrati has obtained the information from a “confidential file that Google shared with the companies that make Android devices to explain the most important new features.”
The document apparently reveals that Google wants KitKat to “work well” on low-end phones, just as it would on high-end devices:
KitKat “optimizes memory use in every major component” and provides “tools to help developers create memory-efficient applications” for “entry-level devices,” such as those that have 512 megabytes of memory, according to the document.
In addition to running on older devices – the kind of smartphones and tablets that have never made the jump to Jelly Bean for example – Efrati speculates that KitKat will run on wearable gadgets including smartwatches and Google Glass, considering that the OS will support new types of sensors that seem to be related to wearable devices: geomagnetic rotation vector, step detector and step counter.
Android 4.4 KitKat
Furthermore, KitKat will apparently offer users new NFC functionality, allowing developers to “’emulate’ physical cards that let people make payments, earn loyalty rewards, enter secure buildings and public-transit system,” without requiring access to a secure element.
The document has also revealed that “Google wants your Android device to be a [TV] remote control,” which means support for infrared-based actions will be included in KitKat. Of course, this isn’t the first time we hear that KitKat will have TV-related features, is it?
Finally, the Bluetooth-related features will also receive a “boost,” Efrati says:
Google wants Android apps to be able to interact with a wide variety of devices using Bluetooth technology. Those devices include joysticks, keyboards, and in-car entertainment systems. In KitKat, new support for something called Bluetooth HID over GATT and Bluetooth Message Access Profile will allow Android to talk to more devices than before.
With all that in mind, we can’t but wait for Google to confirm these features in the near future. We’ll hopefully be back with more details very soon.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Round hands-on

Samsung Galaxy Round handson
Following the recent launch of Samsung's Korea-only Galaxy Round, it was only a matter of time before this eccentric concave phone made its way to specialist stores in Hong Kong. Tofu-keitai is one of the few shops that are offering said product inSincere Podium (where the going rate is above $850 to capitalize on early adopters), and our contacts there were kind enough to let us play with one briefly.
As you can deduce from the appearance and specs, the Snapdragon 800-powered Galaxy Round looks and feels just like a Galaxy Note 3 that you accidentally sat on. Even the plastic back cover channels the same stitched leather look, and underneath it you get the usual microSD slot plus a removable battery, albeit with a slightly smaller capacity -- 10.64Wh instead of 12.16Wh. Other notable differences include the lack of stylus and grip grooves on the faux metallic frame.


While the left-to-right curviness seems subtle in the photos, it was made more apparent when we started scrolling content sideways on that vibrant 5.7-inch, 1080p AMOLED panel. The outer curve made it instantly pleasing while holding the phone with a single hand, and the concave nature of the screen made it just a tad easier for our thumb to reach the other side. On a similar note, this Android 4.3 device felt expectedly nice in our trouser pocket.
We only found one application that takes advantage of the Galaxy Round's unique shape, which is the "Roll Effect" notification display. When the phone's on standby and facing upwards on a table, you can take a quick peek at the time, date, number of missed calls, number of unread messages and battery level by simply holding down one side of the phone.
Obviously this function alone would struggle to convince everyone that curved phones is the way forward, but our understanding is that this small-scale release of the Galaxy Round will somehow help Samsung explore more potential usages with curved touchscreens and form factors. With LG joining the stage with its G Flex(which is curved in the other orientation), it'll be interesting to see what could come next. Perhaps Pantech could combine the best of both worlds and release a bowl-shaped phone?

Apple’s 2014 Product Roadmap Revealed!

Apple is gearing up for the launch of the next-gen iPad and the iPad mini later this month and the new iPhones in India next month. In the meantime, research analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities has revealed a possible roadmap of devices Apple is going to launch next year, Apple Insider reports.

According to Kuo, Apple is reportedly planning on launching a 12-inch MacBook, which will boast an ‘ultra-slim clamshell form factor’ and a Retina display similar to the one seen on the MacBook Pro. This new laptop is likely to be powered by an Intel CPU like the new iMacs and the overall package is expected to “redefine laptop computing once again following the milestone created by the MacBook Air.”

Apple is also said to have started working on the sixth-generation iPad, which according to Kuo will cram in 40 percent more pixels compared to the Retina display on the current-gen iPad. There are also some murmurs about the third-generation iPad mini, but there’s currently no information available about the device.



Lastly, Kuo adds that Apple will be launching a budget iMac, which will be cheaper than the 21.5-inch iMac. The surprisingly low sales figures of the desktop PCs are what is said to have triggered this move. Apple recently refreshed the iMac lineup, which featured Intel’s Haswell CPUs, 802.11ac W-Fi, and GeForce 700-series graphics.

By: Sambit Satpathy

Sony Xperia Z1 Review : Waterproof Smartphone With World's Best Camera


Credit : SONY Mobile Corporation, USA. 

SONY, A Japanese giant entered the smartphone industry in 2012. Till now, they made the smartphone world upside down by introducing quality smartphones to the world. Previously they released their flagship device of the Z series. Xperia Z1.

Below we reviewed few incredible features that demonstrate why this is the world's best camera in a waterproof smartphone. Also, Sony offers you FREE DELIVERY to several countries via Express shipping. Isn't that exciting? 

This device is shipping with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Device has a 2.2GHz Quad Core CPU and a 2GB of Ram. 
Device is 5" with 1920x1080 pixels. Supports LTE (4G) So no need to worry about the internet speed. Because, now Sri Lanka also spreading the 4G Netowrk. Mobitel and Dialog is leader in 4G.

Device build in 16GB and luckily, it supports Micro SD up to 64GB. 

20.7MP main camera and a 2MP Shooter for self portraits and video calls which supports 1080p video also.


Let's look about the features of this flagship device.
As some of you know, this device has a 20.7MP Camera with Exmor RS™ Sensor so you can capture not only photos in dark places without flash, but also you can video too! 
Not only that, Company says this is the best camera for a smartphone ever released. Because they added Sony’s award-winning G Lens and intelligent BIONZ™ for mobile image processing engine. 


And, there is a cool feature that you can broadcast live video footage to Facebook. So your friends can watch it live online like watching a TV. Also, your friends can comment on the video, so the conversation is in real life!





If we are talking about an Android device, display is the main thing you are looking. Sony Xperia Z1 built with the latest Sony BRAVIA® technologies optimised for mobile, Xperia Z1 incorporates a large high-resolution 5” Full HD TRILUMINOS™ Display for mobile with X-Reality™ for mobile picture engine.


Yeah, like Z1's brothers, this is also a waterproof smartphone. I think Sony is the leading smartphone maker with waterproof. If covers are closed, It can in fresh water up to 1.5m for 30min.


Finally, this is also finished with their best materials. Unlike Samsung's plastic devices, Sony made their devices to feel premium to their users. Z1 Created with premium materials and symmetry in all directions, the Xperia Z1 is just as much a pleasure to look at as it is to hold.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Use Sound Frequency To Share Files Between Two Phones - Chirp

I know you won't believe this magic. I also didn't believed this till I try myself. It's actually a magic! It's fun to share files between phones now.

For this, you need two smartphones. Apple iOS or Google Android.

The software uses two matching sound frequencies to connect the phones. If the two phones have the same surrounding sounds, then you can "Chirp" between these two.

As I tried, the phones should be near around 3 meters. Because, if the phone  s are not closer, the sounds each phone gets is different than the other one.

Download for Android


Download for iOS.


Let's get serious here. The app really don't share files between phones via audio frequencies. It only uses the sound frequencies to match the two phones. Chirp uses Internet connection on your phones to share files. So, I don't think it's a better idea to share large files from Chirp if you have no data packages in active.

Here is a simple video explanation for the app.


Thursday, July 11, 2013

Sony patent application highlights the DualShock 4 that could've been

Sony patent application highlights the DualShock 4 that could've been


The patent application from Sony that popped up at the US Patent and Trademark Office this morning isn't quite the DualShock 4 that we've become acquainted with this year. While it contains many descriptors that apply to the controller Sony introduced alongside its PlayStation 4, it's also got a few extra bells and whistles that the current model doesn't include -- most notably, a microphone for tracking player location and a larger light bar that extends to the bottom of the controller. Apparently the light bar at some point could be "shaped to provide for a wide angle of visibility."


There's also a variety of trackpad versions, and the patent describes a slight outward curvature "which provides a tactile sensation by virtue of its shape" -- the DualShock 4 models we've used don't seem to feature this, but we'll need to revisit the controller to be sure. Further, the trackpad was apparently tested as a display screen as well at one point. "In one embodiment, the touch panel can be coupled with a display screen to provide a touchscreen interface as part of the controller," the application reads. "For example, the touchscreen might display an image which delineates regions of the touchscreen that correspond to various functionalities for the interactive application."


Beyond that, the patent dances around its connection to the PlayStation 4, as this was filed back in the end of June 2012 (it just published today). Make no mistake: this is very much a patent for the DualShock 4 long before the controller and its corresponding console were announced.


Source: USPTO

Samsung SM-N900 model numbers surface, hint at future Galaxy Note

Samsung SMN900 model numbers surface, hint at a future Galaxy Note


Samsung is reportedly working on its third Galaxy Note smartphone in as many years, but there's been little in the way of official details. Thanks to some digging round the web, though, a few model numbers have come to light. Samsung's own user agent profiles mention two new Note family members, the SM-N900A and SM-N900T, both of which carry 1080p screens. Some extra sleuthing at an Indian importer has also revealed references to a root SM-N900 device as well as P, S, V and R4 variants. Unfortunately, there isn't much more to know -- while the naming schemes likely reflect different carriers and regions, there's no tangible clues as to where each model belongs. If some of these numbers resurface in the near future, however, we won't be surprised.


Via: Pocketnow, Android Beat


Source: Samsung (1), (2), Zauba


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Mobilicity confirms talks with potential buyers, doesn't say who

Mobilicity adjourns debtholder vote on recapitalization plan, pursues acquisition plan of arrangement

Toronto, ON – July 10, 2013 – Data & Audio-Visual Enterprises Holdings Inc. and its affiliates (collectively, Mobilicity) announced today that it has adjourned the debtholder vote on the previously announced recapitalization plan. Consistent with the pursuit of all of its strategic alternatives, the Company has the right to reconvene the recapitalization plan vote on notice to its debtholders.

Mobilicity also announced today that it is in discussions with multiple parties in connection with an acquisition plan of arrangement.

Stewart Lyons, Mobilicity's President and COO said, "We are working diligently to reach an acquisition agreement and thank our customers, dealers, employees and partners for their continued support as we see this process through to its completion."


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Nokia's Lumia 1020 leaks again with substantial camera grip for battery boost (update: new camera UI spotted)

Nokia's Lumia 1020 leaks again with substantial camera grip that will probably boost the battery

Three colors, 41 megapixels. What else is there to say about the incoming Lumia 1020? Well, The Verge has laid its hands on a picture of the previously FCC-listed detachable camera grip, which would put it closer to the side profile of Samsung's Galaxy S4 Zoom than preceding Lumias. With a micro-USB connection and a four-dot LED display like that seen on Nokia's own charging peripherals, it's very likely that there'll be some extra battery power housed inside it too. Rumored specs from UnleashThePhones say it could arrive with a 2,000mAh battery built-in, dual-core Snapdragon processor and a 4.5-inch AMOLED display identical to Nokia's last new phone, the Lumia 925. At least it's now just a matter of hours, not weeks, till we can cement all the details.

Update: More leaks! But we're keeping them housed here for now. Below you can see what's purported to be new camera interface for the Lumia 1020's Pro Cam app lens, from serial EOS leaker, @vizileaks. We're hoping it'll be intuitive as it looks, with quick-access to ISO settings, white balance, metering and shutter speed all arranged in concentric circles. It also appears the new Lumia will be able to "dual capture" both at a higher and more typical resolution at the same time.

Nokia's Lumia 1020 leaks again with substantial camera grip that will probably boost the battery


Source: The Verge, @vizileaks (1), (2)


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IFTTT's new iPhone app taps into Contacts, Photos and Reminders (hands-on)

IFTTT hooks into iPhone's Contacts, Photos and Reminders in new mobile app handson

IFTTT has been around for a couple of years now as an internet service that lets users customize connections between different apps and devices. The name stands for If This Then That, which encapsulates the idea behind it -- users can create automation Recipes that combine a Trigger (the "This") that'll result in an Action (the "That"). A popular example is to to have all your Instagram photos (the Trigger) automatically saved to your Dropbox folder (the Action). Services like Instagram and Dropbox are known as "Channels," and there are different Triggers and Actions associated with each. While it's a pretty neat concept, the only way to access IFTTT has been via the browser, and even then, Channels are limited to mostly web services.


IFTTT hopes to end all that today with its first-ever mobile app headed for iOS, aptly called IFTTT for iPhone. Not only does it provide a much more streamlined interface for Recipe creation -- only five taps required -- it also signifies an all-important next step in IFTTT's evolution: the ability to hook into a device's native Channels, namely Photos, Contacts and Reminders. Just like with the web services mentioned earlier, you can use them to create Recipes that take advantage of the phone's capabilities. For example, you can have it so that all the photos you take with the front-facing camera will be sent to Flickr with the "selfie" tag, or you can automatically send new contacts an introductory "Nice to meet you" email. Join us after the break for more of the app's features along with our hands-on impressions and some thoughts from IFTTT's CEO and co-founder, Linden Tibbets. IFTTT for iPhone


 

One of the key features of the IFTTT app is a rich activity feed that's updated every time a Recipe is used, which is great for those who want to keep tabs on what's going on. If you really need to know the instant something occurs, you can also assign push notifications for select Recipes. What we especially liked is that at the top of the feed is a frequently updated Recipe recommendation based on the services you already use. Aside from the feed, there's also a daily Featured Recipe list curated by the IFTTT team, which is exclusive to the mobile experience. If you'd rather follow the beat of your own drum, you can browse existing shared recipes or, you know, create your own.


We've been an IFTTT user for about a year now, but admittedly have not looked at the service since then. Part of the reason for that is due to a low discoverability factor -- once we're satisfied with the Recipe we created, we just left it alone to do its work. The app, however, excited us into trying out new ones we hadn't thought of before. Creating a Recipe is very intuitive, and was a matter of just selecting the Channel, Trigger and Action that suited our fancy. We also liked the Recipe discovery tool a lot -- one of our favorite Recipes discovered this way is the ability to send new photos taken with the camera directly to Google Drive. While we're not sure if the app will keep us using the service, it certainly seems quite polished for a 1.0 product.

IFTTT hooks into iPhone's Contacts, Photos and Reminders in new mobile app handson


Tibbetts told us that he thinks of the app as IFTTT version 2.0: "Mobile is obviously the way to go. There's that value you can get from your phone -- it's always on your person, it's always connected." He's especially excited about iOS7, as it promises to let apps do more in the background but without the downside of draining the battery. He also said that the three iOS Channels in this release are just the beginning -- he hopes to integrate more native phone Channels in the future. As for other platforms like Android or Windows Phone? Tibbetts said that he definitely wants to see a native IFTTT app in all devices eventually, but is focusing on iOS for the time being. iPhone users can go ahead and download the app right now, while others will have to satisfy themselves with the mobile web.


Source: IFTTT for iPhone (App Store), IFTTT Blog

Nokia details its new Pro Camera app, offers manual adjustment to shutter speed and focus



Ready to pair with Nokia's new Lumia 1020, it's revealed a new Pro Camera app to go with all those megapixels. Its new Pro Camera app, not to be confused with the Lumia 925's Smart Camera app, looks to offer users more control over camera settings, with a new concentric circle system offering access to flash, focus, ISO, shutter speed, white balance and exposure. In video mode, you can shoot at 1080p at 30 frames per seconds with 4x zoom, or up to 6x zoom in 720p. You'll also be able to reframe your shots within the app too, making better use of that high-resolution 3x zoom feature and manual focus.


Stay up to date on the latest news from Nokia with our liveblog of today's event!

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Nokia Lumia 1020 confirmed on AT&T YouTube channel (video)

Nokia Lumia 1020 confirmed on AT&T YouTube channel video

We imagine the poor soul that flipped the switch a bit too early on Nokia's latest flagship will be in the unemployment queue come 9AM. AT&T just posted the Lumia 1020 on its YouTube channel, complete with a trio of videos that include very basic walkthroughs of the interface and hardware design. The highlight here, as we already expected, is image capture. The first AT&T demo focuses entirely on the device's video shooting capabilities, including 720p with 6x zoom and stereo audio capture. A second outlines the 41-megapixel sensor and optical image stabilization, while a third video highlights the BSI sensor, Zeiss optics and full manual control. There aren't any specs to share beyond that, unfortunately, but the device is clearly coming to AT&T. We imagine we'll learn a whole lot more at Nokia's "Zoom Reinvented" event later today.

Update: An hour after the videos first appeared, they've now been marked private. No matter. Our own clips are working just fine, and they're embedded after the break.





Source: AT&T (YouTube)

Secret.li iOS app makes Facebook photos self-destruct after a set period of time

Secret.li – a new way to share photos privately with your Facebook friends

New iOS app 'timebombs' images which can be shared with selected friends or fans securely

London, UK: 11th July 2013, 2.15pm BST – Are you someone who uses Facebook to connect with friends and family but are sometimes put off by the lack of privacy when it comes to your photos? Does it bother you that photos from your prom party might show up in background searches by a potential employer? Would you like to be able to share photos with selected friends privately and securely?

Enter Secret.li, a new iOS app launched globally today designed to create a new environment where photos can be shared via Facebook securely and with the people you choose. Available to download for free from the App Store, Secret.li allows users to snap an image or upload from the iPhone library, place a secure filter to protect the image, choose a time limit in which it can be viewed and then share with selected Facebook friends. Chosen friends will receive an in-app & Facebook notification to let them know an image is waiting for them.

So, how secure are the photos being shared? The answer is very:

· Photos shared through Secret.li aren't visible at any time when being sent to contacts- only the filtered version is visble to designated friends on Facebook

· No clear copy of the photo or the metadata associated with the photo is stored on any of the servers used by the app. This protects users from tracking and tagging.

· Photos are destroyed at the end of the validity determined by the user

'Social networks have made each one of us a publisher. Publishing our own content couldn't be easier," said Deepak Tewari, representing Secret.li. "We normally share photos in a certain context and with a certain audience in mind. With the sheer volumes of photos being shared and the complex relationships between people, the context and the intended audience are soon lost to us. Thus privacy becomes obscure and we often hear of people concerned about say an employer viewing their prom photos. Hence we created Secret.li to put privacy control right back in the hands of the user."

And it's not just consumers who can take advantage of the secure sharing environment that Secret.li creates.

"We can really see a huge benefit for brands and celebrities in using Secret.li. For household names, musicians and footballers, Secret.li offers a new way to engage on a personal basis with their fans by offering a sneak peak of their latest album cover, photo shoot or one from their everyday lives," continued Deepak. "The likes of Twitter and Instagram has brought fans closers to their idols and Secret.li fits in perfectly with this."

Secret.li is available to download for free on the App Store. For more information about Secret.li, please visit www.secret.li.


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Google Drive makes it easy to email spreadsheets, copy/paste your heart away

DNP Google Drive copypaste


Google Drive updates might be few and far in between, but they usually add welcome changes to the service -- take for example its recently improved copy/paste function. You can now paste tables from spreadsheets into Gmail with their formatting intact, and it doesn't even matter what browser you use. Chrome users get a bit of extra, of course, like bringing shapes from drawings into presentations and copying slides from one presentation to another. While minor at best, these upgrades do make it easier to share data from Drive -- when it's online, anyway.


Source: Google Drive (Google+)

Microsoft doubles support lifecycle for Windows Phone 8, outlines enterprise feature update



Considering Microsoft's history of supporting desktop operating systems past their expiration date, learning that Windows Phone 8 would be cut off from updates after a short 18 months was a bit of a slap to the face. Thankfully, Redmond has come to its senses: as of this week Microsoft has doubled its mobile OS' support life cycle. Devices running Windows Phone 8 will be sustained through January 2016, provided your carrier of choice chooses to make the update available to you. The company hopes this will make the platform more appealing to enterprise users. Speaking of courting the business crowd, the official Windows Phone Blog also outlines a set of enterprise-specific features, including new options for corporate-level email, WiFi and application management. The full info with all the high-level security features you can handle is in the links below.


Source: Windows Phone Blog


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Nokia Lumia 1020 coming to AT&T July 26th for $300

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Nokia Lumia 1020 gets official, coming to AT&T July 26th for $300

We had a, um, sneaking suspicion something like this might be happening -- but we wanted to see it in person, just to make sure. After an accidental tip off, Nokia and AT&T are finally ready to show off the latest flagship Lumia for real. Meet the Nokia Lumia 1020, complete with all 41 million of those reasons we've been hearing about for a while now. That, naturally, is a not so subtle reference to the second-gen PureView 41-megapixel sensor, packed with what the company's calling the "largest back side illuminated sensor available on a smartphone." Around the front, you'll find a 4.5-inch 1,280 x 768 pixels (at a 16:9 aspect ratio) AMOLED PureMotion HD+ display protected by Gorilla Glass 3. And, the company adds, offering super sensitive touch, even when the user's got a pair of gloves on (not that we're thinking about such things in mid July).

The image-focused Windows Phone handset also features six-lens Zeiss optics, manual shutter, xenon flash for different light levels and second-gen optical stabilization. On the software side, you'll get a Nokia Pro Camera app, so you can manually adjust flash, focus, ISO, white balance, shutter speed and exposure -- you know, like on a real camera. On the video side of things, you'll be able to shot 1080p at 30 frames a second with 4x zoom (and 6x in 720p), while the built-in mics promise high quality even in loud settings. Using the app, you can also reframe photos, zoom, change orientation and more.Nokia Lumia 1020 See all photos 9 Photos

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The handset also ships with an attachable wrist strap for some point and shoot action -- and if that's not enough, you can upgrade to a Nokia Camera Grip accessory that snaps on to give the phone the feeling of a real camera. When sharing videos, the camera generates a 5-megapixel version for emailing, social and the like.The photo-centric camera is heading to AT&T July 26th, priced at $300 with a two-year contract. Those with itchy shutter fingers can get in on the pre-order action on July 16th.

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See your world in brilliant detail with the nokia lumia 1020 ONLY from AT&T

AT&T* and Nokia announced today the Nokia Lumia 1020 featuring breakthrough PureView camera technology. Available exclusively from AT&T beginning July 26, the Lumia 1020 is priced at $299.99 with a two-year agreement and comes in matte black, matte white and matte yellow. Customers excited to reserve theirs can pre-order beginning July 16 at.

For a look at the Lumia 1020's features in action, check out this video.

The Nokia Lumia 1020 sets a new benchmark in imaging, combining easy access to the advanced features and controls usually reserved for professional cameras with the simplicity and convenience of a smartphone. This Windows Phone 8 device comes packed with an impressive second generation 41 megapixel sensor - the largest back side illuminated (BSI) sensor available on a smartphone - which lets you capture high-resolution photos and video and uniquely zoom-in or out and reframe the smaller details within your pictures. It has a 4.5-inch AMOLED PureMotion HD+ display (1280 x 768 pixels, 16:9 aspect ratio) made with Gorilla® Glass 3 and is super sensitive to touch even with fingernails or while wearing gloves.

The Lumia 1020 is the first Windows Phone to include AT&T Locker, the free cloud storage app that lets you store and share your high-resolution images and video, as well as music, documents and more, in one convenient place. For a limited time, customers who purchase a Nokia Lumia 1020 can get 50 GB of free storage.** AT&T Locker is also available in the Windows Phone Store for Windows Phone 8 users. In addition, the Lumia 1020 has 32GB of onboard storage.
Nokia Lumia 1020 runs on AT&T 4G LTE, which currently covers more than 200 million people; with plans to expand to cover 300 million people by the end of 2014. Meanwhile, AT&T was named America's fastest 4G LTE network, in PC Magazine's 2013 Fastest Mobile Networks study of 30 markets – and also swept the top rankings in all six U.S. regions from coast to coast: Northeast, Southeast, North-Central, South-Central, Northwest and Southwest.***

"AT&T has sold more Windows Phones than any other U.S. carrier and we're thrilled to add the Nokia Lumia 1020 to our growing portfolio," said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president – Devices, AT&T. "This smartphone will change the way you think about taking pictures, from its professional camera-like controls to the ability to zoom-in a photo you've taken to discover new details you missed initially. We were the first carrier to launch a 4G LTE Windows Phone smartphone with the Nokia Lumia 900 and I can't think of a better network to share and experience the impressive imaging capabilities of the Nokia Lumia 1020 than the nation's largest 4G network."

The Nokia Lumia 1020 has second generation optical image stabilization (OIS), ZEISS optics with a 6-lens design, and other impressive specifications like a manual shutter and xenon flash to help capture high-quality photos with the least amount of effort, both day and night.

Nokia Lumia 1020's impressive imaging capabilities are not limited to still photos. It records HD video in 1080p at 30 frames per second and lets you zoom in up to four times closer to the action with no loss of quality (up to 6x closer in HD 720p). Additionally, it is equipped with digital high-performance microphones that record high quality stereo sound with deep bass, even at loud events.

Experienced photography professionals will appreciate the portability and convenience of having such a powerful camera in their pocket, while pre-installed tutorials provide novice users easy to follow lessons on using the manual camera controls for taking better photos. Nokia Lumia 1020 users also have access to Nokia Photo Masters, an online photography master class that includes device how-to's, tips, tricks and practical projects that allow you to develop your skills even more.

To give you more control over how your photos turn out, the Nokia Pro Camera app lets you manually adjust flash, focus, ISO, shutter speed, white balance and exposure. Nokia Pro Camera lets you re-frame a photo to zoom in and out to discover new stories and reveal more context of the moment you captured. You can zoom, re-frame, straighten horizons, change orientation or make other alterations as many times as you want. You can also zoom in on images to discover details you couldn't see at the time of capture.

If you want to share your photos with friends, the Nokia Lumia 1020 automatically creates 5 megapixel versions that are easy to share via e-mail, messaging or social media.

The Nokia Lumia 1020 comes with an attachable point-and-shoot-like leather wrist strap to make it even easier to take anywhere you go. Additionally, you can purchase the Nokia Camera Grip accessory. This sturdy case snaps on the phone to mimic the feel of an actual camera and includes extra battery power, shutter button and a universal tripod mount.

With a wealth of great features and technology made easy, Nokia Lumia 1020 will change the way you capture, edit and share pictures.

For more information, visit www.att.com/Lumia1020.

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Google brings offline maps back to Android, kind of (Update: More countries get navigation too)


Google brings offline maps back, kind of


When Google released a new version of Google Maps for Android yesterday, it was quickly discovered that offline mapping support had been removed. You could kind of turn it back on by typing "OK Maps" into the app's search field, but the lack of a dedicated button had users up in arms. Today, Google is announcing that it's adding a "Make this map area available offline" button and that it's rolling out globally later today. There's also a new clickable item in the sidebar called "Where's Latitude?" that'll remind you the service is shutting down on August 9th. Despite these changes, we still can't help but compare the app to Nokia's Here Maps for Windows Phone, which puts particular focus on offline navigation.


Update: According to Android Police, a new button isn't the only new thing in Google Maps. Navigation support has been added to an additional 19 countries, including Taiwan and Thailand.


Source: Google Maps (Google Plus), Android Police

We'll be liveblogging from Nokia's 41 Million Reasons event, join us at 11AM ET!



We have the sneaking suspicion we know what we'll be seeing when 11AM ET time rolls around, but we've certainly been surprised in the past. We're here in New York City, eagerly waiting Nokia's next big announcement. Be sure to join along to get a play by play of all 41 million of those aforementioned reasons.


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Microsoft's metamorphosis: Ballmer restructures Redmond, focuses on services and devices



Rumors of a massive reorg in Redmond have been floating around for awhile now. And the noise reached a fever pitch when Don Mattrick left Microsoft for Zygna's (apparently) greener pastures -- purportedly because he didn't like the role he'd receive in the pending restructuring. Now, a mere ten days after the ex-Xbox chief's departure, we know what the new Microsoft will look like.


As expected, the company has been bifurcated into services and devices divisions, with Julie Larson-Green getting the nod as hardware chief and Terry Myerson becoming the Grand Poobah of Windows. Of course, quite a few other execs have seen their roles shift as well, with Qi Lu managing productivity, communication and search apps and services, and Satya Nadella heading up the company's cloud initiatives. Additionally, Skype president Tony Bates has been tapped to manage the Business Development and Evangelism group, where he'll lead corporate strategy and developer outreach.


There are even more changes afoot. CTO Eric Rudder is now responsible for an Advanced Strategy and Research group and Tami Reller is the new US marketing chief. COO Kevin Turner, CFO Amy Hood, General Counsel Brad Smith and Chief People Officer Lisa Brummel will maintain their current positions. Finally, Office president Kurt DelBene will be retiring from Microsoft, according to the company-wide reorganization email published on the company's site. So what this all this mean for MS? Hit up the source for a 2,700-word memo detailing Steve Ballmer's vision.

Zach Honig contributed to this report. when.eng("eng.perm.init")

Foxconn's Q2 revenues hit $30 billion, up 0.6% year over year


Foxconn's Q2 revenues up only 06% year on year


Hon Hai, better known in the west as the iPhone maker Foxconn, seems to be doing just fine after allegedly losing some orders from Apple to competitor Pegatron in September 2012. According to Bloomberg, the company's second quarter revenues hit $30 billion, up 0.6 percent from the same quarter a year ago. That's far better than the 19 percent drop it experienced during the first quarter. While there's no guidance as to Q3 figures, we've got to think that an iPhone 5S can help fill those coffers.


Via: The Next Web


Source: Bloomberg

Nokia officially announces the Lumia 1020, with 41MP camera and six lenses

Nokia officially announces the Lumia 1020 41MP, 6


We can't say we were really taken aback with shock at the news, but Nokia has officially unveiled its latest imaging flagship, the Lumia 1020. The 41MP Windows Phone, which has been anticipated by many enthusiasts since the 808 PureView was introduced, is looked at Nokia as "the next chapter in smartphone photography." With the phone only offered in yellow, black and white hues, it's not the most colorful device in the Finnish company's repertoire, but Elop's gang is hopeful that it can make up for the lack of color with a stellar imaging experience: in addition to the high megapixel count, the 1020 will feature OIS and six Carl Zeiss lenses.


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T-Mobile introduces Simple Choice family plans with no credit check required

T-Mobile Announces Boldest Moves Yet as America's Un-carrier

- Unveils JUMP!(TM) - a groundbreaking approach to more frequent phone upgrades
- Rapidly expands 4G LTE network to cover 157 million people in 116 metro areas
- Launches four-line family plan for $100 per month

NEW YORK - July 10, 2013 - T-Mobile US, Inc. (NYSE: TMUS) isn't resting after turning the industry upside down with its "Un-carrier" approach to wireless earlier this year. It's picking up the pace and continuing to revolutionize wireless for consumers.

At an event in New York today, America's Un-carrier announced a groundbreaking new program, JUMP!(TM), which enables people to upgrade their phones when they want, up to twice a year as soon as six months from enrollment.

"At some point, big wireless companies made a decision for you that you should have to wait two years to get a new phone for a fair price. That's 730 days of waiting. 730 days of watching new phones come out that you can't have. Or having to live with a cracked screen or an outdated camera," said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile US. "We say two years is just too long to wait. Today, we're changing all that with the launch of JUMP! Now, customers never have to worry about being stuck with the wrong phone. And, yes - it's really as good as it sounds."

In addition to JUMP!, T-Mobile today announced a major expansion of its 4G LTE network to reach 157 million people in 116 metro areas across the United States. The company also unveiled a program enabling families to get four phone lines with unlimited talk, text and Web and up to 500MB of high-speed data for only $100 per month - with no credit check or annual service contract required.

Today's news builds on months of momentum since T-Mobile announced a series of bold moves in March. The announcements included dramatically simplifying its lineup of consumer rate plans to one affordable plan for unlimited talk, text and Web on a nationwide network; eliminating the need for consumers to sign annual service contracts; and enabling customers to get popular smartphones whenever they want for amazingly low upfront pricing.

Since then, market data indicates the company has nearly tripled its flow of postpaid net-new customers from AT&T and shows T-Mobile gaining more net-new customers in May than each of the other major wireless carriers in New York; Los Angeles; Houston; the San Francisco Bay Area; Miami; San Diego; and Washington, D.C.

An Easy "JUMP" to Phone Upgrades

JUMP! from T-Mobile is designed to provide customers with total protection for one of their prized possessions: their smartphones. It offers the freedom to upgrade to a new device more affordably and protects against malfunction, damage, loss or theft - all for just $10 per month, per phone (plus taxes and fees). That's just $2 more than most customers have been paying for handset protection alone.

Beginning Sunday, July 14, customers can choose to upgrade when they want, not when they're told with JUMP! Here's how it works: Customers can upgrade to a new phone, financed through T-Mobile's Equipment Installment Program (EIP), twice every 12 months after they've been in the JUMP! program for six months. Simply trade in an eligible T-Mobile phone in good working condition at a participating store location. Any remaining EIP payments will be eliminated, and current customers can purchase new phones for the same upfront pricing as new customers, with device financing and Simple Choice Plan, a no-annual-service contract. With JUMP!, current customers never pay more for their new phones than new customers.1T-Mobile's 4G LTE Network Rapidly Expanding

Having a great device means little without a fantastic network supporting it, so T-Mobile is also moving at incredible speed to make its already lightning-fast network even better and faster for customers.

Today, T-Mobile announced that its 4G LTE network now reaches 157 million people across the United States - far exceeding the company's stated midyear goal of reaching 100 million people - and is live in 116 metropolitan areas.

Major metropolitan areas where T-Mobile's 4G LTE network service has launched include New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Dallas, Seattle, Atlanta, Miami, and many others. The company debuted 4G LTE less than four months ago.

T-Mobile remains on target to deliver nationwide 4G LTE network coverage by the end of the year, reaching 200 million people in more than 200 metropolitan areas.

In addition, T-Mobile's 4G HSPA+ network service is available to 228 million people nationwide. By combining 4G HSPA+ and LTE network technologies, T-Mobile can provide customers with a strong, seamless nationwide 4G network experience.

Launching Breakthrough Family Option with No Credit Checks

T-Mobile today is also extending its Un-carrier strategy to families by addressing a huge customer headache: being denied premium family-plan rates because of less-than-premium credit.

Beginning July 14, families can get four Simple Choice Plan lines with unlimited talk, text and Web and up to 500MB of high-speed data for only $100 per month (plus taxes and fees) - no credit check and no annual service contract required.

An average of one in three consumers who apply for wireless service do not have strong enough credit to qualify for the best wireless rates, according to industry data. Other customers prefer to avoid the hassle of a credit check. As a result, these customers may forego service from a top provider or purchase several prepaid lines.

But with T-Mobile, all families can now access a great multi-line deal with no credit check. Simply put down a deposit (roughly equivalent to one month's bill) to get the same incredible multi-line rates and network experience as other customers.

The Simple Choice Plan has been wildly popular with families since its introduction in March. About 80 percent of customers who have signed up for the plan have opted for multiple lines.

Continues to Expand 4G LTE Device Lineup

T-Mobile also is quickly growing its premium lineup of 4G LTE-capable devices. Today, the company announced pricing and availability for three new devices, bringing its portfolio to nine 4G LTE-capable smartphones. The new devices include the following:Xperia® Z from Sony. T-Mobile will be the exclusive U.S. wireless company to offer Sony's flagship water-resistant Android(TM)-powered smartphone to customers this summer.2 The Xperia Z will be available for $99.99 down, with 24 equal monthly device payments of $20 for well-qualified buyers for 0 percent APR on approved credit3 through T-Mobile retail stores and select retailers, as well as online at http://www.T-Mobile.com starting July 17. On July 16, customers can also pre-order the device online from the same website and receive a free Sony Wireless Bluetooth Speaker gift with purchase (while supplies last). Customers may also purchase the device beginning today at any of the 38 U.S. Sony Store locations, including the flagship store in New York, or online at www.Sony.com/xperiaz/tmobile and will be eligible to receive the free Sony speaker as a gift with purchase (while supplies last).

Nokia Lumia 925. Also starting July 17, T-Mobile's first 4G LTE Windows Phone will be available for $49.99 down with 24 equal monthly device payments of $20 for well-qualified buyers for 0 percent APR on approved credit3 through T-Mobile retail stores and select retailers, as well as online at http://www.T-Mobile.com.

Samsung Galaxy Tab(TM) 2 10.1. T-Mobile will provide current Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 users with an over-the-air software update that will enable customers to take advantage of T-Mobile's 4G LTE network in the coming weeks. Well-qualified customers may also purchase the device with the 4G LTE capability for $99.99 down with 24 equal monthly device payments of $15 for 0 percent APR on approved credit3 through T-Mobile retail stores and select retailers, as well as online at http://www.T-Mobile.com today.

JUMP! may not be available in all locations. See your sales associate at participating T-Mobile retail stores, or go to http://www.T-Mobile.com for details.

For more information, fact sheets, artwork and other collateral materials, see http://multimediacapsule.thomsonone.com/t-mobileusa/t-mobile's-un-carrier-2-0-event.

1 Device pricing may vary based on approved credit.

2 As of Feb. 4, 2013, outside of Japan there are no smartphones with a waterproof rating higher than the Sony Xperia Z/ZL. For more information on Strategy Analytics results, go to http//:www.sonymobile.com/testresults.

3 If you cancel wireless service, remaining balance on phone becomes due. Not available in Washington, D.C.


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