Gadgets

Samsung expands its selection of Windows 8 touch-screen laptops

Samsung expands its selection of Windows 8 touch-screen laptopsIn a move which marks the expansion of the Windows 8-based touch-screen laptop line offered by Samsung, the company revealed in a recent announcement that its selection of Windows 8 touch laptops will now boast two new additions --- the Series 7 Chronos and Series 7 Ultra PCs.

Samsung Galaxy Note II spotted in two new color variants – red and brown

Samsung Galaxy Note II spotted in two new color variants – red and brownIn an indication that the Samsung Galaxy Note II `phablet' - smartphone-cum-tablet - may well be available in two new colors, Japanese mobile news site Blog of Mobile has recently reported that the device will seemingly have two new color variants - `red' and `brown.'

The Blog of Mobile story about the two new Galaxy Note II color variants comes close on the heels of revelation, a day back, that a `Black' version of the Galaxy Note II has been spotted in the wild.

First signs of iPhone 6 and iOS 7 start showing up in app usage logs

First signs of iPhone 6 and iOS 7 start showing up in app usage logsAccording to a report from The Next Web, citing the information shared by unidentified developers, the first indications of Apple's next iterations of its popular handset and operating system - the iPhone 6 and the iOS 7 respectively - have started showing up in app usage logs.

Going by the revelation from the developers, the hardware of Apple; s next iPhone version is now being tested by the company showing an iPhone6,1 identifier, quite like the iPhone5,1 identifier of the currently-the-latest iPhone 5.

Aakash 3 tablet probably to have SIM slot, more exciting apps

Aakash 3 tablet probably to have SIM slot, more exciting appsAakash 3, the third edition of the low-cost tablet computer Aakash, will offers a number of new apps, a faster processor and probably a SIM card slot, an expert involved in the project revealed.

Deepak B Phatak, a professor at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, said the Aakash 3 would have several new, more exciting apps such as one that will tell pulse rate, and a faster processor that would support both Linux and Android operating systems.

Amazon, B&N add ‘lighting systems’ to their newest e-readers

Amazon, B&N add ‘lighting systems’ to their newest e-readersIn a notable attempt to brighten up the somewhat unexciting black-and-white e-readers, Amazon and Barnes & Noble (B&N) have made a `lighting systems' addition to the new editions of their respective e-readers, Kindle Paperwhite and Nook Simple Touch.

Gadgets blamed for rise in child speech problems

GadgetsLondon, December 28 : A large study has revealed that the number of children with speech difficulties has leapt 70 per cent in six years.

The study, published by the Department of Education, blames growing use of screen-based gadgets as convenient `babysitters' and a trend for hard-working parents to spend less time with their children for the rise, the Daily Mail reported.

The Government-funded study revealed that the number of schoolchildren needing expert help for speech and language difficulties rose 71 per cent between 2005 - when reliable records began - and 2011.

Android cameras: at a glance

Android cameras: at a glanceGone are the days when Google's popular operating system Android was available only on mobile phones. A new class of cameras integrates some widely acclaimed elements of the mobile phone such as app icons and WiFi hotspots.

Nikon and Samsung have introduced new fascinating hybrid cameras, which are often mistaken for Android phones from their backs.

The Nikon Coolpix S800C and the Samsung Galaxy Camera successfully merge the elements of the cellphone and the camera. You will see their big black multi-touch screens filled with app icons.

DataWind launches UbiSlate 7Ci in India

DataWind launches UbiSlate 7Ci in IndiaDataWind, the makers of Aakash tablets, has announced the launch of UbiSlate 7Ci entry level tablet in the Indian market.

This 7-inch tablet is aiming to attract new customers in price sensitive market place by offering ffordable pricing. The tablet comes with Android 4.0 and is powered by a 1GHz processor. It comes with 523MB RAM and as for connectivity options, its offers Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The company is offering 4GB internal storage that can be expanded using a card slot.

Canon launches Canon EOS 6D full-frame camera

Canon launches Canon EOS 6D full-frame cameraCanon has launched the new DSLR EOS 6D entry-level full-frame DSLR camera in India to attract new customers in the growing Indian market.

The new model is the third full-frame camera from the company which earlier launched Canon EOS 1Dx for the serious professional users and 5D Mark III for a much larger market. The Canon EOS 6D is claimed to be the lightest full-frame camera from the company and features a magnesium and polycarbonate shell fixed on an aluminum alloy chassis.

Karbonn launches 5.9-inch A30 smartphone

Karbonn launches 5.9-inch A30 smartphoneIndian smartphone maker Karbonn Mobile's Android-based A30 smartphone is finally available in the market for purchase.

The Karbonn A30 runs on Google's Android 4.1 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, and features a massive 5.9-inch TFT display. The huge screen has also prompted many analysts to place it in the list of phablet -- Phone + tablet.

The new smartphone comes equipped with a 1GHz dual-core processor, a rear-facing 8-megapixel photo snapper with LED flash and a 1.3-megapixel camera on the front. During voice calls, the phone's two SIMs operate in dual-GSM standby mode.

HTC to launch Butterfly X920e in China soon

HTC to launch Butterfly X920e in China soonTaiwanese smartphone maker, HTC is planning to launch its new HTC Butterfly smartphone model in the Chinese markets in the coming weeks.

HTC had launched the J Butterfly smartphone in the Japanese market in October and later released the device in the US as Droid DNA. The company is now aiming to launch the devices as HTC Butterfly in the coming weeks in the growing Chinese market. The Butterfly X920e is very similar to the J Butterfly model and will be launched in partnership with China Unicom (WCDMA). The device will also be available without contract for about $700 USD.

Smartphones cross one billion mark, Gartner

Smartphones cross one billion mark, GartnerGlobal analytics firm, Gartner has said in a new report that the smartphones sales have crossed the one billion mark in the global market.

The milestone represents a large number of handheld internet-enabled and multi functional devices around the world. However, there are 6.3 billion phone connections globally indicating that there are six times the number of smartphone users are people using basic mobile phones.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon unveils Aakash 2 tablet

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon unveils Aakash 2 tabletUN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon yesterday unveiled the much-awaited low-cost tablet Aakash 2 at a special event in New York.

Priced at modest Rs 2200, the Aakash 2 is successor to Aakash-1 device that was flaunted to be India's iPad killer.

Ki-Moon appreciated the second-generation Aakash tablet computer for its small and handy body. He also praised India saying the country is a super-power in the field of information technology (IT).

Apple starts taking orders for unlocked iPhone 5 via its US online store

Apple starts taking orders for unlocked iPhone 5 via its US online storeIn a Thursday move which underscored that Apple's supply of its new iPhone 5 smartphone has finally managed to cope with the demand, the company's US online store started taking orders for factory unlocked versions of the handset.

With the capacities and colors of the unlocked iPhone 5 model to be the same as those of the carrier-bound version, the unlocked units of the handset will be priced at $649 for the 16GB version; while the highest-capacity 64GB version will cost $849.

2012 Q4 tablet shipments likely to surpass laptops shipments in US

2012 Q4 tablet shipments likely to surpass laptops shipments in USAccording to the NPD DisplaySearch's projections about the tablet and laptop shipments in the US during the 2012 fourth quarter, the expected number of tablet shipments will surpass the shipments of laptops.

Going by the estimates put forth by NPD DisplaySearch's Richard Shim, a total of nearly 21.5 million tablets will be shipped during the fourth quarter, with the figure being notably higher than the projected 14.6 million shipments of laptops and netbooks.

LG Optimus L9 finally available in India

LG Optimus L9 finally available in IndiaSouth Korea-based consumer electronics giant LG's Optimus L9 smartphone is finally available in the Indian market.

Priced at Rs 22,000, the Optimus L9 is a new mid-ranged smartphone that runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) version of Google's widely popular mobile operating system.

Apart from Android 4.0 ICS, the Optimus L9 come preloaded with the company's user interface 3.0 and the new QTranslator app that makes use of the optical character recognition technology, which allows users to scan entire sentences in forty-four foreign languages to sixty-four user languages.

Record 85% online retailers likely to offer special Cyber Monday deals

Record 85% online retailers likely to offer special Cyber Monday dealsWith the findings of an eHoliday survey by Shop. org revealing that a record 85 percent online retailers will be offering special deals on Cyber Monday, it is being speculated that the number of shoppers for the Cyber Monday deals will be far more than the number of Black Friday shoppers.

Sony India unveils next-gen hybrid Ultrabook - Vaio Duo 11

sonyIn a recent announcement, Sony India took the wraps off the next-generation hybrid ultrabook PC --- the Vaio Duo 11, which boasts a Surf Slider design that allows it to switch between being a touchscreen tablet and being a full-blown ultrabook.

The newly-unveiled Sony Vaio Duo 11 - which weighs 1.3kg and is 17.85mm thick - will hit the Indian markets by the end December. The flexible next-generation hybrid ultrabook will be available in Gun metal colour, at a cost of Rs
89,990.

Phorce ‘smart bag’ addresses battery-charging needs of mobile-device users

Phorce-smart-bagA Kickstarter project called `Phorce' pertains to the world's first so-called `smart bag' which addresses the increasingly crucial `battery life' concerns of the growing number of users of digital devices in the present day.

The Phorce `smart bag' chiefly aims at ending the battery-charging frenzy - which characteristically involves the frantic search for charging points - that is caused by the worries about `low battery life' of their smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices; especially if they are addicted to their gadgets and use them extensively.

NPD: Holiday shopping season will see dramatic rise in tablet sales

NPD: Holiday shopping season will see dramatic rise in tablet salesAccording to NPD DisplaySearch's North American tablet shipment predictions for the fourth quarter, there will be a dramatic rise in the sales of tablets during Black Friday and the holiday shopping season this year; thanks largely to the fact that a wide array of tablets are available in different sizes and diverse price-points.




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