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Tata Motors unveils compact sedan Zest and hatchback Bolt

Tata-Zest-and-hatchback-BoltNew Delhi, Feb 3 : Automobile manufacturer Tata Motors Monday unveiled two new passenger car vehciles -- Zest compact sedan and premium hatchback Bolt.

"These cars have been engineered for global markets, through global teams across India, UK and Korea to set new standards in their respective segments,"said Ranjit Yadav, president, passenger vehicles, Tata Motors.

The company said the new vehicles would be launched in 2014 in India and subsequently in other countries. Both the vehicles are based on the company's X1 platform on which Vista and Manza models are built.

Hritik Roshan, Sonam Kapoor unveil OPPO smartphone in Delhi

Hritik-Roshan-Sonam-KapoorNew Delhi, Jan 31 : Bollywood actors Hritik Roshan and Sonam Kapoor reportedly launched the N-Lens series of OPPO smartphones at an event held at The Grand in New Delhi.

OPPO mobile is a globally registered technology brand that entered the phone business in 2008 in China and with its N1 handset has announced its entry into the Indian market.

The OPPO N1 smartphone, priced at INR 39,999, aims to redefine photography with its 13-megapixel sensor camera with dedicated ISP.

Fujifilm launches X-T1 interchangeable lens camera with the world's fastest real time viewfinder

Fujifilm launches X-T1 interchangeable lens camera with the world's fastest real time viewfinderTokyo, Jan 29 : Fujifilm has announced its latest X-T1, an award-winning XSeries range of camera.

A premium interchangeable lens camera, the X-T1 features evolved SLR-style handling, mechanical dials and weather-resistance (when paired with a weather resistant X mount lens), together with all the benefits of an X-Series camera, such as compact size, excellent mobility and high-speed performance.

Isuzu launches MU-7 SUV in Kochi

Isuzu launches MU-7 SUV in KochiThe Indian arm of Japanese manufacturer Isuzu Motors on Thursday launched its MU-7 sports utility vehicle (SUV), which promises a great driving experience along with ample space and comfort.

Launched in Kochi, the longest-in-its-class MU-7 SUV is powered by four cylinder 2999cc intercooled VGS Turbo Diesel engine capable of producing power of 163 PS at rate of 3600 RPM and torque of 360NM at rate of 1800-2800 RPM.  It may be noted here that the engines of Ambassador Cars are also manufactured by Isuzu.

Apple to launch updated iOS based 'TV set-top box' in first half of 2014

Apple-TV-set-top-boxWashington, Jan 24 : Apple is reportedly planning to release an updated version of its TV set-top box in first half of 2014 with revamped operating system based more closely on iOS.

According to a report by 9to5Mac, the product is already into testing, and is expected to include a version of the App Store to house content from third-party developers, Cnet reports.

However, it might come as a disappointment for those hoping the company would finally come out with an actual Apple TV set

Motorola introduces hands-free texting to Moto X and Droids phone

Motorola introduces hands-free texting to Moto X and Droids phoneWashington, Jan 15 : Motorola has launched updated Moto X and Droids phones with the new Assist app, making it easier for users to text hands free.

The new update to Motorola's Assist app makes responses to messages much easier.

According to PC World, users can now reply directly to incoming text messages by voice, instead of having to initiate a completely new voice command by saying 'Okay Google Now'.

Assist is a major feature of Motorola's newer phones that automatically does things based on your situation, the report said.

iBerry to launch smartphone Auxus Nuclea N2

iBerry to launch smartphone Auxus Nuclea N2Chennai, Jan 10 : Technology company iBerry Friday announced the imminent launch of its Auxus Nuclea N2 smartphone with fully loaded features at a 10-day introductory offer price of Rs. 19,990.

The octa-core processor-based Auxus Nuclea N2 comes with 16GB internal memory, which is expandable up to 64GB using MicroSD card.  Nuclea N2 supports both micro SIM and a regular SIM on its respective dual SIM slot, according to a company release.

A 3500mAh Li-ion battery is used in this smartphone with which users can expect talk-time of more than 12 hours.

Samsung plans to roll out Galaxy S5 with 'iris scanner'

Samsung Galaxy S5Washington, Jan. 10 : Samsung has reportedly announced its plans to roll out Galaxy S5 smartphone that would include 'iris scanning technology' in a possible competition to Apple's finger scanning tech in its latest iPhone 5S.

The Galaxy S5 is expected to be unveiled in April and an updated version of the Galaxy Gear smartwatch would make its debut alongside the smartphone.

According to The Verge, the company's mobile executive VP, LeeYoung-hee said that the new version of the Galaxy Gear smartwatch would feature "more advanced functions, and the bulky design will also be improved."

ZTE unveils voice-controlled Grand S II smartphone

ZTE-Grand-S-IIWashington, Jan 8 : Chinese smartphone company ZTE is bringing voice-assistant technology to its newest flagship device, the Grand S II.

ZTE unveiled the new Android handset at the International CES show in Las Vegas.

The company will start rolling out the cell phones in its home market China in March or April, but will start selling them in the US later this year.

According to TechHive, the phone will be priced between 327 dollars and 396 dollars without carrier subsidies.

The phone comes with some high-end specs, including a 2.3 Ghz quad-core processor from Qualcomm and support for 4G LTE networks.

Nikon unveils D3300 camera alongside new lenses

Nikon unveils D3300 camera alongside new lenses Nikon on Monday introduced the world to the D3300, the company's newest entry-level DSLR camera that promises sharper photos.

The Nikon D3300 features the same 24.2-megapixel APS-C-sized CMOS sensor as its predecessor, but the company has also equipped it with its new Expeed IIII image processor.

On the outside, the D3300 is quite similar to its predecessor, the D3200; but its boasts a monocoque construction like that of the Nikon D5300.  The removal of the optical low pass filter is also a notable change in its shape.

MakerBot unveils 3 new 3-D printers

MakerBot unveils 3 new 3-D printersNew York-based MakerBot on Monday unveiled three new 3-D printers, viz. the MakerBot Replicator Z18, the MakerBot Replicator and the MakerBot Replicator Mini, at the CES 2014 in Las Vegas.

The Replicator Mini is capable of printing objects of up to the size of a cupcake.  This consumer-focused Replicator Mini has been priced at $1,375.

Belkin announces WeMo-based new products ahead of CES

BelkinAhead of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Belkin has announced a number of WeMo-connected products, including light bulbs, a WeMo recipe-maker kit, and an Internet-enabled crock-pot.

The company's WeMo-connected LED light bulbs are fully dimmable. At the equivalent of 60 watts, individual bulbs last for around 23 years. Two dimmable LED light bulbs along with a bridge component that connects over your home's WiFi network will cost $129.99. Additional bulbs will cost $39.99. However, these bulbs will not change colour. Users can manage up to 50 bulbs on one bridge.

Samsung announces ‘Smart Home’ project

samsung smartSouth Korea-based Samsung on Sunday announced a new project that will enable users to control all of their connected devices and appliances and devices through a single app.

The Samsung Smart Home project, which was announced by the company at the International CES yesterday, will allow users to manage things as varied as their TV, heating system and refrigerator through a single smartphone app.

ZTE to unveil 5 smartphones including Grand S II at Vegas conference

New-ZTE-Grand-SWashington, Jan 3 : ZTE has reportedly announced its plans to unveil five smartphones, including a follow-up to its flagship Grand S, during a tech conference in Las Vegas scheduled for the next week.

The Grand S II features voice control technology that would enable users to unlock their phones or take a photo using voice commands, along with improved audio features.

According to Cnet, the company is also expected to demo two new smartphones, Nubia 5S and Nubia 5S Mini, which include quad-core Snapdragon processors.

LG announces first Google OS based Chromebase desktop PC

LG Chromebase PCLondon, Dec. 19  : LG has reportedly announced the first all-in-one Google-powered Chromebase desktop PC.

The Linux-based operating system used to come pre-installed on laptops or boxes that required similar monitor, however, it would be a first PC to incorporate the system.

According to the BBC, Chrome-based computers tend to be cheaper than Windows-powered systems, in part because Google does not charge manufacturers to include its software.

Nokia launches Lumia 1520, to focus more on 'experiences'

Lumia-1520New Delhi, Dec 16 : Finnish mobile phone handset-maker Nokia here Monday launched its Lumia 1520 model and Vipul Mehrotra, director and head of smart devices at Nokia India, Middle East and Africa, said the company will focus more on 'experiences'.

“This is the 10th Lumia device that we have launched in India. Going forward, we will focus more on services or experiences like mapping, imaging, music and many more,” Mehrotra told reporters on the sidelines of the launch.

Ford unveils self-driving fusion hybrid research car

Ford-FusionWashington, Dec 13 : Ford has unveiled the Fusion Hybrid research vehicle which is capable of driving on its own by detecting the surroundings with its sensors.

A Ford official said that the company's goal is to test the limits of full automation and determine the appropriate levels for near- and mid-term deployment, the Verge reports.

The company said that most of the automation won't be deployed until after 2025, yet it intends to phase in pieces of it before that.

According to the report, the fusion vehicle includes four whirling, cylindrical Lidar detectors on its roof in addition to a 360-degree camera.

HTC expands desire series with three new smartphones

New-HTC-Desire-SeriesTaiwanese smartphone maker, HTC has expanded its desire series with the launch of three smartphones to attract new customers in the market.

The company announced the launch of Desire 501, Desire 700 and Desire 601 in the market in the mid-high range price category. All of the three devices come with Dual SIM and Dual Standby feature. HTC desire 501 is priced at Rs. 16,890 while the other two devices, Desire 700 and Desire 601 are priced at Rs. 33,050 and Rs. 24,190, respectively. The devices run on the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS and feature HTC Sense UI.

HTC launches mobile phone tracker device called ‘Fetch’

HTC launches mobile phone tracker device called ‘Fetch’Handset maker HTC has announced the launch of a new device called 'Fetch' that promises to allow users to easily track their phones in case they get misplaced.

The HTC Fetch, which was introduced along with the HTC One Max, makes use of the Global Positioning System (GPS), Assisted GPS and mobile-tower triangulation expertise to detect the exact location of a phone. It displays the location of the misplaced phone on Google Maps and sends alerts to the owner when he/she leaves his/her phone behind.

BMW launches new model

BMW-Z4-RoadsterPune, Nov 14 : German luxury car maker BMW Thursday launched the facelifted Z4 roadster car at Rs. 68.9 lakh.

The two-seater sports car with a retractable hard top roof has more contemporary features as compared to the outgoing model.

BMW's signature kidney grille has its slants coloured in silver instead of the traditional black or chrome giving it a sporty look, and the prominent side creases, wheel arches and angular headlamps further add to the car's striking appearance.

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