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Next-gen iPhone may have refocusable photos

Lytro invented the technology, Nokia uses it and now Apple seems set to join the fray. The iPhone maker has been awarded a patent for refocusable imaging technology, popularly called light-field technology, which allows a user to change focus after an image has been taken. 

The US Patent and Trademark Office has granted Apple a patent for a "digital camera including refocusable imaging mode adaptor." The patent also reportedly notes the inclusion of such a system in portable devices, like iPhone. 
The light-field imaging technology was introduced by camera maker Lytro over two years back. Apple founder and former CEO Steve Jobs is believed to have liked the camera and invited Lytro's CEO Ren Ng for a live demonstration of the technology. According to Jobs biography, photography is one of the industry that he wanted to revolutionize. 
Apple's patent filing too acknowledges that the technology has been developed by Lytro, but says that the image quality and resolution can be improved. 


Click photos at speed of light with this camera

An inexpensive multi-purpose 'nano-camera' that can operate at the speed of light has been developed by a team of MIT researchers, including Indian-origin scientists.

The $ 500 camera could be used in medical imaging and collision-avoidance detectors for cars, and to improve the accuracy of motion tracking and gesture-recognition devices used in interactive gaming.
The three-dimensional camera was developed by researchers in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab.
The camera is based on "Time of Flight" technology in which the location of objects is calculated by how long it takes a light signal to reflect off a surface and return to the sensor.
However, unlike existing devices based on this technology, the new camera is not fooled by rain, fog, or even translucent objects, said co-author Achuta Kadambi.
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Micromax Canvas Juice A77 listed online at Rs 7,999

A new budget smartphone by Micromax, India's No. 2 smartphone maker, Canvas Juice A77 is out. The device has been listed by online retailer HomeShop18. Micromax Canvas Juice A77 has been priced at Rs 7,999 on the website and will come with a free gift certificate worth Rs 1,000 and Airtel freebies worth Rs 12,000.

The all-new Canvas Juice A77 has a 5-inch display with 854x480p resolution and Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) operating system. It packs a 1.3GHz dual-core processor and 1GB RAM under the hood. The handset comes with 4GB internal storage and external storage support via microSD card up to 32GB.

Micromax Canvas Juice A77 has a 5MP camera on the back and a VGA camera in front. Connectivity suite of the phone consists of 2G, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and microUSB. It has a 3,000mAh battery that offers talk time of up to 10 hours, according to the listing.
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China Mobile to launch 4G services on Dec 18: Report

China Mobile, the world's largest mobile carrier by number of users, will begin commercial services of its high-speed 4G network on December 18, the Shanghai Daily reported.

China Mobile, whose 759 million users make up 62 percent of China's total 1.2 billion mobile subscribers, will launch its 4G service first in Beijing, Guangzhou and Chongqing, the newspaper cited a China Mobile official in Shanghai as saying.

The government is expected to issue licenses for 4G before China Mobile's services start, the report said.

These licenses would mainly benefit China Mobile, as they are expected to be for its Chinese-made 4G standard rather than the international standard rivals China Unicom and China Telecom are chiefly using to build their networks.
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Growing smartphone users in India to help app market: Xcube Labs

The exponential growth of smartphone users in India will help the mobile applications market to expand in the country, enterprise mobility solutions firm Xcube Labs said.

"As per current estimates, we're expected to have close to 400 million smartphones in use in India by 2016. This is an impressive figure and it will eventually lead to development of a more robust mobile app market in the country," Xcube Labs CEO Bharath Lingam told PTI.

India did not start out being the country with one of the largest base of mobile users; however, it surpassed most of the first world countries in a short span of time once carrier prices as well as the handset prices dropped, he added.

"We see a similar opportunity for mobile apps in India. The growth of mobile apps in India is driven by the growth of smartphones, availability of bandwidth and of local content and relevance of global apps to this ecosystem," Lingam said.

India, which has the world's second largest mobile phone user base, saw dip in feature phone sales for the first time in the July-September quarter as smartphones continue to capture the consumer interest.

According to a report by CyberMedia Research ( CMR), mobile handset shipments grew 10.9 per cent to 62.9 million units during July-September 2013. Of the total, 51.8 million units were feature phones, while 11.1 million were smartphones.

Sony Xperia Z1S price, launch date revealed

Just a week after the specifications and images of Sony's upcoming Xperia Z1S smartphone hit the internet, the handset's price and launch date have been revealed. Xperia Z1S is the Japanese company's smartphone with top-end specs, but a relatively smaller screen.

A user on a Chinese forum has posted new images of the Xperia Z1S along with its tentative launch period and price. The handset will reportedly cost 3,600 yuan (or $590). This is just a little less than the 3,820 yuan ($630) price tag of the current top model, Xperia Z1.

Sony is likely to launch the smartphone in the first quarter of next year, according to the report.
The Xperia Z1S is said to have a 4.3-inch 720p display, run on Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) and pack a 2,300mAh battery. It will share features like a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 chipset, 2GB RAM and 20.7MP camera with its bigger sibling Xperia Z1.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 metal frame leaked

Samsung has long been derided for its range of top-end smartphones with plastic body, but speculation has been rife for the past few months that the upcoming Galaxy S5 will have a metal body. And now, images of a metal frame of the smartphone have leaked online.

French website NoWhereElse, which is behind several accurate leaks in the past, has released the images of a metal frame, allegedly of the upcoming Samsung device.

According to the report, the metal frame was provided by a Samsung sub-contractor, which has been asked to manufacture it without specifying the model. Since Galaxy S5 is said to be the first Samsung smartphone to have an all-metal body, it is expected that this frame will be used in the same device.
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Quirky habits of 5 tech icons

Everybody idolizes the successful life that many of the top techies live, but the secret behind their success isn’t only the exceptional talent they possess, but the routine that they religiously follow.

Top tech CEOs like Facebook’s Mark Zuckerbeg and Twitter’s cofounder Jack Dorsey and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian are all creatures of habit. A study claims that their habitual daily rituals and rigid routines are the reason that the billionaire CEOs of Silicon Valley remain ahead of the game. The report said that it’s not just the routine that these top bosses swear by, their dietary structure also plays an important role.
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Pros and Cons of using Linux

Just like any operating system, Linux has its pros and cons. You've heard the pros before: It's free, it's super customizable, and it helps you learn a lot more about how your computer works. There are also a ton of distros, which means you can find the perfect one for you. While some have gotten a lot easier to use in the past few years, none are foolproof. I used Linux as my primary OS on and off for a year or so, and here are some of the things I found.

Linux has some great apps, but is missing quite a few
Linux's app situation is interesting. If you're worried about not having a good image editing program, photo library, or music player, you might be surprised-Linux has some pretty great offerings (just check out our Linux App Directory if you don't believe me). Apps like digiKam compete with professional-level apps on other operating systems, and you have a lot of choices in some categories.
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Do you need a smartphone with 1080p display?

If 1080p in a phone sounds like a lot, that's because it is. When the first iPhone with a "retina display" came out, it packed a 3.5" screen with a resolution of 960x640, giving it 326 pixelsper inch (or ppi). Notably, when Apple increased the physical size of the iPhone to 4", it also increased the resolution to 1136x640 which is still 326ppi. In most cases, 300ppi or so exceeds what the human eye is able to distinguish at a normal viewing distance (which is what Apple's "Retina" is supposed to refer to).

A 1080p phone, on the other hand, has an insane amount of pixels in comparison. In a 5" phone, a display of 1920x1080 has a whopping density of 440ppi. If you go down to, say a 4.7" phone like the HTC One, you reach 468ppi. That's a resolution that's about 50% higher than what most human eyes can readily distinguish under normal usage. You can probably see pixels if you squint really close, but is there any real benefit to going up this high?

High resolution displays use more battery power
It's impossible to add more pixels to a device without needing power to run them. Some types of panels like AMOLED only light up pixels as they're needed, which means you can conserve some power by using darker themes, but LCD displays will light them all up no matter what, which requires more juice. Not only to physically turn them on, but it also requires battery power to run the processor harder to account for the added complexity (which we'll come back to in a bit).

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Micromax Canvas P650 Tablet (White)

The Micromax Canvas P650 Tablet (White) sports a sleek and elegant design. The high speed 1.2 GHz quad core processor and 1 GB of RAM in this tablet allow smooth and efficient multitasking. The user-friendly tablet runs on the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system. This feature rich tablet supports voice calling, Look Away to Pause feature that pauses videos automatically when it senses that the user is looking away, allows pinning videos, dual camera, Wi-Fi connectivity and much more.
Design & Display
The slim and lightweight design of the Micromax Canvas P650 Tablet (White) makes this device easy to carry. The aluminium finish lends it an appealing look. The tablet features an 8-inch screen that has a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels. The G sensor aligns the screen with respect to the orientation of the tablet.
The dual camera in this tablet includes an auto focus 5 MP primary camera (rear) and a 2 MP secondary camera (front). The front camera supports video calling with third party applications. The Music Hub has a collection of over 500000 songs that can be downloaded on this tablet directly.
The Internet connectivity options in this tablet are Wi-Fi, 3G, EDGE and GPRS. The other connectivity features in this tablet are Bluetooth, USB port, and a 3.5 mm audio jack.
Battery & Storage
The powerful 4800 mAh lithium ion battery provides a talk time of up to 10 hours and a standby time of up to 400 hours. The tablet allows uninterrupted web browsing for a long duration on a single charge. The 16 GB internal memory of this tablet is expandable up to 32 GB with a microSD card.

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BSNL Penta WS703C Tablet (White)

The BSNL Penta WS703C Tablet (White) is an affordable calling tablet that runs on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. The tablet has a 1.2 GHz processor, Mali 400 graphics, and 512 MB of RAM for efficient multitasking and providing a crisp image quality. The dual camera, Wi-Fi connectivity, G sensor are some of the useful features in this tablet.
Design & Display
This lightweight portable tablet features a 7-inch screen that has a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. The capacitive touch screen is quick to respond and accepts multi touch input. The exterior of this tablet has a firm and sturdy cover that is resistant to damage.
The BSNL Penta WS703C Tablet (White) comes with two in-built 0.3 MP cameras, both at the rear and in the front. Most of the common multimedia file formats are supported on this tablet. There are a number of free games and entertainment apps on this tablet that come pre-installed.
The tablet supports Wi-Fi and 3G for connecting to the Internet. There is a USB port, a 3.5 mm audio jack, among other connectivity options on this tablet.
Battery & Storage
The 3000 mAh lithium ion battery powers this tablet for a long duration while watching videos or browsing the Internet. The 4 GB internal memory in this tablet is expandable up to 32 GB with a microSD card.

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Simmtronics Xpad 10-Inch X1010 Tablet

Simmtronics presents the Xpad X1010, a sleek and multi-functional tablet that is 3G ready. This tablet has 1 GB of RAM and an ARM Cortex A8 processor, which has a clock rate of 1.2 GHz. It runs on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) operating system, which is extremely user-friendly. There are several multimedia and connectivity features in this tablet, such as 0.3 megapixel secondary (front) camera, flash player and Wi-Fi.

Design & Display
The tablet has a slim and lightweight body. It boasts of a Thin Film Transistor (TFT) screen that has a size of 10.1 inches, resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels and a colour depth of 16 million colours to offer a crisp display. The display highlight of this tablet is the Mali-400 dual core (2D/3D) graphics processor.

There is a 0.3 megapixel front camera in this tablet along with media players and picture viewer. The audio and video formats supported by the X1010 tablet are MP3, M4A, WAV, AVI, MKV, MOV, FLV and DIVX. It also has in-built speakers and microphone along with the option of high quality MP3 recording.

This tablet can be used for connecting to the Internet through Wi-Fi and 3G. It comes with support for a USB Ethernet adapter. The other connectivity options on this tablet are an HDMI port, two microUSB ports and a 3.5 mm audio jack.

Battery & Storage
The Simmtronics X1010 tablet is powered by a battery that has a capacity of 5600 mAh. This tablet has an internal memory of 8 GB that can be extended up to 32 GB by a microSD card..



Instagram and Waze debut on Windows Phone

Windows Phone users will now be able to use popular  iOS and Android apps, Instagram and Waze on their devices. Microsoft announced the roll out of the photo sharing and GPS app for its Windows OS for smartphones. According to ABC News, Facebook-owned Instagram app had been long awaited by Windows Phone users.
The Instagram app for Windows Phone works just like the Android and iPhone apps, although it doesn't include video-sharing features yet. Meanwhile, Google-owned Waze, allows Windows Phone users to get traffic information from others on the road and drivers can also report traffic jams and accidents.
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IRCTC launches e-wallet scheme for booking tickets

Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation has launched e-wallet, a user-friendly scheme aimed at making purchase of e-tickets easier.

The e-wallet is a rolling deposit scheme wherein the customers will have an account with theIRCTC and deposit money to be used in future for booking e-tickets from its website (irctc.co.in), said a senior IRCTC official involved with the project.

Currently, one has to make the payment for the fare of the ticket, while booking e-ticket, through credit card, debit card or net banking. The process is a bit longer as the customer is transferred to the bank's server, from IRCTC's server, for making the payment and thereafter he is once again taken back into the IRCTC site which takes considerable time for booking a ticket, he said.
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Asus 1015E-CY041D Netbook (CDC/ 2GB/ 320GB/ DOS)

When you look for an everyday device, you usually tend to go for one that looks good due to its superior build quality and stellar design elements. These two qualities alone will determine if the laptop has been made well or not. Everyday systems need to be well built in order to survive the day-to-day wear and tear that will be subjected on them.

A Trend Setter
The Asus 1015E is a great laptop that combines beauty and aesthetics of build seamlessly. The design used in the laptop speaks volumes of style and sophistication. The laptop has been manufactured to occupy a very small footprint, the sleek and slender design allowing it to be carried almost anywhere.

Sound and Video Enhancement
The Asus 1015E is equipped with sound enhancements like the SonicMaster that can greatly improve the sound quality no matter which speaker you choose to utilize. The SonicMaster also provides a richer sound performance. The laptop by Asus also sports an HD camera that can allow for enhanced video communications.
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Dell Vostro 2520 Laptop (3rd Gen Ci3/ 4GB/ 500GB/ Ubuntu)

Dell Vostro systems are generally great for office work or for everyday use as they are built to be reliable. The systems are a favorite among professionals and home users alike due to the ease of use and user friendly approach that Dell adopts.

Solid Build and Mobility

The laptop is sturdy and well suited for everyday use thanks to the high build quality and seamless design elements found on it. The compact design also allows you to use the laptop on almost any sturdy and level surface. It is highly portable and lightweight as well, so extended use on the lap is possible. The laptop is also highly efficient and thus makes it extremely easy for you to get your work done with ease.

Performance and Deliverability

The Dell Vostro laptop runs on the latest, third generation Intel Core i3 processor. Intel processors have come a long way since the Celeron days. The latest i3 and above processors are leagues ahead of their predecessors. It allows for much faster data processing than its predecessors. The newer i3 processors are able to handle much more than previous generations due to advancements in computing technology.

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Apple launches Macbook Pro laptops in India @ Rs 99,900

Apple has launched its new range of Macbook Pro laptops in India, bringing its revamped product line to the country within a month of launch. The 13-inch model starts at Rs 99,900, while the 15-inch variant has been priced at Rs 1,49,000.
At an event last month, Apple unveiled its next-generation 13-inch and 15-inch Macbook Pro models, alongside the new models of the popular iPad and iPad Mini tablet computers. Both the models will come preloaded with OS X Mavericks, the latest version of the company's operating system, and iLife software suite.
The 13-inch Macbook Pro will run on the fourth-generation Intel Haswell chip and Iris GPU. The graphics of this machine are 90% faster than predecessors and it will offer battery life of nine hours, up from seven hours in the previous model. It is also thinner and lighter, while the flash storage and Wi-Fi are faster as well.
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7 cool Bluetooth speakers under Rs 17,000

Headphones and earphones are usually great, but if you love your music and carry it everywhere on your smartphone, you must have - at some time or the other - wished for better audio quality. Savio D'Souza reviews seven Bluetooth speakers; some of which are also equipped with a mic so you can answer hands-free calls...
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Motorola's Moto G: A perfect phone for India?

Motorola Mobility, the handset maker owned by Google, is still trying to find its niche in the smartphone market.
Sales of Motorola's high-end smartphone, the Moto X, have been slow. Now the company is targeting the low end of the market with a less expensive phone, but with a major limitation - the phone won't be released in China, the biggest market for low-end phones.
The lower-priced phone, Moto G, was announced by the company Wednesday. It costs at least $180 without a contract, and Motorola thinks it will appeal to people in placesBrazil, Chile and Peru,there are more than 500 million potential customers.

Much of its appeal for those customers would be Google's Internet services that are embedded in the phone. But in China, the government blocks some Google services, including Play, Google's official online store, making Motorola's new smartphone far less smart there.
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Google releases official waitlist Glass users

Google's Glass Explorer website has introduced a formal waitlist for consumers, who want to book the device before its launch sometime next year.

The new option gives users a chance to declare a spot in the programme to become Glass explorers, as soon as it becomes available, provided they're willing to pay the steep 1,500 dollars entry fee, the Verge reports.

Earlier, the only way to get the device was either to be selected by Google, or get in through the Explorer invite programme, which opened to the friends of the initial explorers.


Twitter was once named Friendstalker!

Twitter wasn't always Twitter! Twitter could have been named as 'Twitch', 'Smssy' and even bizarrely - 'Friendstalker', a book about the birth and growth of the microblogging site has revealed.
"There were several different ideas for the name of the service, including 'Twitch', Friendstalker' and 'Smssy'. In the end, of course, it was called 'Twitter' though the company did spend a short amount of time as a vowel-less 'Twttr', Nick Bilton wrote on his blog, quotinghis book 'Hatching Twitter'.
Bilton gained access to emails exchanged between Twitter's founders during the company's early days.
"During the reporting of Hatching Twitter I discovered a number of internal emails that showed the early logo explorations of the company," Bilton said.
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iPad Mini with Retina Display available now, starting at $399: We go hands-on (updated)

The iPad Mini with Retina Display is now available, starting at $399 for the 16GB model. And, we have one here at CNET. How is it? Stay tuned for the full review, but here are my early impressions thus far.

The new iPad Mini does, indeed, have a much higher-resolution display than its predecessor, and a bumped-up A7 processor to boot, but if you pick up the new Mini it feels a lot like the old Mini. The differences become clear if you look closely, or play games, or read lots of small text. Whatever remaining limitations separated the larger iPad from the Mini have been removed. This is the Tiny Air, down to nearly every feature.
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Verizon admits network faces traffic pressure in big cities

Verizon Wireless is feeling the crush of all of those LTE-enabled devices on its network.
The carrier said it is facing pressure to deliver increased amounts of bandwidth in big cities such as New York, San Francisco, and Chicago. In a rare admission on Tuesday, Verizon Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo admitted the rapid growth in traffic was starting to hamper the quality of the service.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini I9192

Key Features
4.27-inch Super AMOLED Capacitive Touchscreen
Android v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) OS
1.7 GHz Dual Core Application Processor
Wi-Fi Enabled
8 MP CMOS Primary Camera
1.9 MP CMOS Secondary Camera
Expandable Storage Capacity of 64 GB
Full HD Recording
Built for comfort and easy handling, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini is also a life companion just like its older brother, the S4. The dual GSM SIM smartphone that fits right into your pocket has superior portability and comes with the Android v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) operating system and has Java as well. The 1.7 GHz dual core processor backed by 1.5 GB of RAM ensures that applications open as fast as lightning, making lag a thing of the past and a multitasking a breeze. The Adreno 305 grants you an immersive gaming experience, bringing alive every twist and turn.


The phone comes packed with nifty yet useful apps that you will grow to love and depend on. The Group Play feature ensures that you spend quality time with your friends playing games together or converting your phones into one big, powerful music system. And S Health keeps a close check on your health and helps you get back and remain in shape.

Travelling abroad? The S Travel acts as your personal travel guide, effectively screening and suggesting according to your personal tastes, enhancing the entire experience manifold.


Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 I9152

Key Features
Android v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) OS
1.9 MP Secondary Camera
5.8-inch TFT Capacitive Touchscreen
1.4 GHz Dual Core Processor
Expandable Storage Capacity of 64 GB
Full HD Recording
Wi-Fi Enabled
8 MP Primary Camera
The stables of Samsung have always brought out winners when it came to Android based smart phones, which means that the Mega, the next in the Galaxy series of Samsung smart phones is also one of a kind. The phone is definitely true to its name, due to the most obvious feature that you can see when you look at it. What you see is a huge screen that cannot escape anyone’s notice at first glance. The candy bar design of the phone makes it really easy to grasp with one hand. The phone is Dual SIM capable on GSM frequencies and comes with a TFT Capacitive screen.

The Samsung Galaxy Mega runs on the latest Android v4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system. The TouchWiz interface can be seen as the default overlay on the Android. The phone is available with a 1.4 GHz Dual Core processor. This makes the device really powerful when it comes to CPU intensive activities. The phone comes with a 1.5 GB RAM which is ideal for multitasking. The massive 5.8 inch screen has a qHD resolution which supports 540 x 960 p. the multi-touch screen is well equipped to handle multiple inputs simultaneously. The device comes with an internal memory of 8 GB and can be expanded via a microSD card to about 64 GB.

Sony Xperia Z1 vs LG G2 vs Galaxy Note 3

Fans of the Android platform are beginning to be treated to a whole host of high end smartphones from a variety of companies, and today we are looking at some of the leading players with the Sony Xperia Z1 vs. LG G2 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 3 in some videos.

If you are not a fan of Samsung hardware on the Android platform there is still a lot of high quality smartphones to be had in various shapes and sizes, and below this page we have a couple of videos looking at some of the leading hardware that is available.

The first video is looking at the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 against the Sony Xperia Z1 and talks about the fake leather rear that the Samsung now uses which improves the feel of the device in the hand. The Sony on the other hand is built using aluminium and glass in a design that it has been using for a number of its flagship handsets this year.

Obviously the Note 3 is larger than the Xperia Z1 but it weighs less and the video continues by having a look around the two devices and the positioning of their various features and ports. We also get to see a number of the features the two handsets have in terms of software with the video lasting almost 11 minutes.

The second video we have for you is looking at the Sony Xperia Z1 but this time alongside the LG G2. The video starts by having a look at the design of the two smartphones, and despite the LG have a larger sized display the form factor of the device is smaller than the Sony.

Again we get to see the positions of the various features and buttons of the two smartphones, while both handsets using capacitive keys on the display. We get a rundown of the various specifications of the two devices before we get to see how some of the software features work. Check out the two videos for yourself and tell us what you think of the handsets.

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Nexus 5 specs comparison with iPhone 5S, Galaxy Note 3, LG G2, Moto X, Xperia Z1, Galaxy S4, HTC One and others

The Nexus 5 is finally official, so it’s time to compare it to some of the existing flagship smartphones out there, including Android and non-Android devices.

The specs of the new Nexus have not been a secret for quite a while, and Google only confirmed yesterday what we already knew from the many leaks that preceded the announcement – much like with the Nexus 4 a year ago.

The Nexus 5 is largely based on the LG G2, but the device is not an exact replica of LG’s current flagship that’s simply running Google’s latest Android operating system. The handset is smaller in size and therefore packs a smaller battery, but that’s not the only difference when compared to the LG G2.

But the Nexus 5 marks an important jump from the Nexus 4, and we expect it to offer a significant overall performance improvement boost, especially considering the heavy optimization in KitKat – to see our Nexus 5 vs Nexus 4 comparison, check out this post. Not to mention that the Nexus 5 appears to be ready to stand the test of time in a much better fashion than the Nexus 4.
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Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G2 vs Xperia Z1 vs Xperia Z Ultra – Spec battle

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has arrived to much fanfare, and it has all of the high end specs to hold back the raging tide of competition that has slowly creeped up onto its turf. So how does it compare to the best of the competition?
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Here's why T-Mobile's Nexus 5 is $100 more than at Google Play

T-Mobile on Friday said it would offer the Nexus 5 starting November 14 with a down payment of $42 and 24 monthly payments of $17. Add that up, and you get $450, which happens to be $100 more than what Google is charging for the phone at its Google Play store.
The natural assumption, given this is a Google phone, is that T-Mobile is somehow generating a tidy profit on the highly coveted device. But that's not so, says T-Mobile. A representative confirmed to CNET that it pays full retail price when it purchases the phone from Google's manufacturing partner, LG.
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Uh-oh, this 3D-printed metal handgun actually works

While the first known 3D-printed gun has been more-or-less dismissed because it can't reliably shoot, a new 3D-printed firearm has now been invented -- and it has no problems firing a round. In fact, it appears this handgun can fire dozens of rounds without a hitch.
What's the difference between the two? Instead of plastic, the new gun is made of metal.
The 3D-printed metal gun is made by the Texas-based 3D-printing services company Solid Concepts. The company used a laser sintering process to create the gun and powdered metals for the firearm's material. The weapon's design is based on a classic 1911 handgun and is made up of 33 different stainless steel and Inconel components, along with a carbon fiber filled nylon handgrip.
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Why you should wait before buying an Xbox One or PS4

Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will be here in a matter of days -- November 15 for the PS4 and a week later for the Xbox.
But that doesn't mean you should rush out and buy one.
Even if you're excited about the next wave of console games, signs are pointing in flashing red neon to wait. You could -- and probably should -- wait until next year to enjoy the fruits that these consoles will hopefully bring.
I'm not saying that I don't feel somewhat excited about the potential for new gaming consoles. I just know, based on what I've been seeing, that the future won't be arriving in 2013. The future path for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 is a long one, and one that still has more questions than answers.
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Samsung Galaxy S5, Note 4 to have 16MP cameras

After not-so-impressive sales of Galaxy S4, Samsung seems all set to start 2014 with a bang. The company will launch the world's first smartphone with a bendable screen next year, but that's not all.

The top-tier Samsung handsets will get a camera upgrade next year and will feature a 16MP Isocell sensor. Thus, Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 4 - the company's top two models - will get this high resolution camera at launch. This was revealed at Samsung's recent Analyst Day conference, where the company also revealed the roadmap for other technologies like displays, processors and memory.

Isocell technology ensures better light sensitivity on backside illuminated (BSI) sensors and delivers more natural colours as well as better low-light performance. The company has also revealed that its 16MP Isocell sensors will have 1.12micron pixels, lower than the ones in the new Apple iPhone 5S.
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BenQ launches reading-friendly LED monitors

BenQ has launched in India its new VL and VW series of monitors which are part of the company's Eyegonomic Monitor series.
The company has introduced theree models - VL2040AZ, VW2245Z and VW2430H - as part of the LED monitor series.

The VL2040AZ is BenQ's latest 20-inch slim monitor and features flicker-free technology that eliminates flickering at all levels, thus reducing eye fatigue. It also features the Senseye Reading Mode that recreates the experience of reading actual books by adjusting the monitor's colour temperature and brightness levels, as well as balancing its contrast ratio and sharpness to simulate the look of paperback paper.
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How to Back Up Data on Your Android Smartphone

We all back up our PCs, right? Okay, well, we should back up our PCs, right?
Well, smartphones and tablets have become so ubiquitous that we need to back them up now too. It's time.
Important photos, videos, contacts and music are now strewn across small, easy-to-lose, easy-to-break, highly pilferable devices. Fail to back up this stuff at your peril.

Conveniently, there are a number of ways to approach this possibly overwhelming task. They include some free methods -- like allowing Google to take care of settings backups -- and using your wireless carrier's cloud options. Or, simply using a device-included cable to make copies of multimedia.
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iQi Mobile Wireless Charging for iPhone Is a Cool Convenience

While competing smartphones from other manufacturers have had wireless charging for some time -- and some bulky special cases have been available for iPhones -- a new Indiegogo campaign aims to bring wireless charging to iPhones via iQi Mobile, a super slim coil receiver.
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CV Raman's 125th birthday: Google doodles the Raman effect

November 7, 2013 is the 125th birth anniversary of one of India's most prominent scientists CV Raman and Google has highlighted on its India home page the work for which the physicist won a Nobel. The postage-stamp-like Google doodle celebrating CV Raman's birthday has Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman's (his full name) face appearing behind the letter G and on the adjacent stamp to the right the other letters in the Google logo demonstrate the Raman effect.

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Nokia working on 8-inch tablet: Report

Nokia recently took the covers off its very first tablet Lumia 2520 that rivals Apple iPad Air, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, Sony Xperia Tablet Z and Microsoft Surface Pro. Though the new device is yet to hit the market, speculation has already started about the company's second tablet.

Technology website The Verge has reported that the upcoming tablet is codenamed Illusionist and will feature an 8-inch screen. It is also said to run on a Qualcomm processor and will be powered by Windows RT 8.1 operating system.
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iPhone craze grips India, retailers await stocks

The rush for the latest iPhones, which were launched in India on November 1, has seen the costlier iPhone 5S model sold out across the country and retailers asking Apple for emergency replenishments, which are expected in the next two days, some of them said. To be sure, not too many phones may have been supplied by the company, with the trade estimating the number of 5S devices at 6,000 units.

Reliance Communications and Bharti Airtel, along with major retail chains, have sought additional stocks, but the Diwali weekend has delayed re-stocking efforts. Top multi-brand cellphone and electronic retail chains such as The MobileStore, PlanetM, UniverCell and Future Group say their iPhone 5S stocks are over but that they still have iPhone 5C phones.
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BlackBerry may abandon smartphone business

The device that was so addictive that it was dubbed the "CrackBerry" might not have much of a future: Its new chairman and interim chief executive says he wants to emphasize software and services - not devices. That could mean the company might ultimately get out of the business of selling smartphones.

The possible change in strategy comes as Fairfax Financial, BlackBerry's largest shareholder with a 10% stake, said Monday it won't buy the struggling smartphone company and take it private. It said that instead Fairfax and other investors will inject $1 billion as part of a revised investment proposal.

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BlackBerry calls off sale, will replace CEO

BlackBerry plans to raise about $1 billioninstitutional investors, including its largest shareholder and replace its chief executive officer Thorsten Heins.


Android’s Biggest Changes Aren’t Part of KitKat

My HTC One isn’t running Android 4.4 KitKat, but it feels pretty close. I just downloaded several apps that come standard with Google‘s Nexus 5. The apps were graciously posted by Droid Life, and when combined with a new “Google Home” launcher, the experience is a lota stock Android phone. I didn’t even have to root the phone or void my warranty. For now, this is somewhat of a hack, a way for enthusiasts to use Android as Google intended, even on non-Nexus devices. But it’s no accident that some of the biggest new features in Android 4.4 don’t require you to have Android 4.4 at all. In the future, it’s likely that Google will let users switch to the Nexus experience to practically any Android phone, with no rooting or sketchy third-party download sites required. Ron Amadeo of Ars Technica wrote a great story last month about how Google is taking back control of Android at the expense of the software’s open source roots. Slowly, Google is ceasing development on the open source versions of key apps, such as the software keyboard and the web browser, while building up proprietary apps such as Google Keyboard and Chrome.these apps are then licensed to phone makers as a package deal. If you’re Samsung, you can’t include Google’s app store without also including Google’s search app and web browser. This is how Google ensures that its services are available onmajor Android phones. The problem for Google is that it’s still easy for phone makers to circumvent those services. Samsung, for instance, has simply created its own versions of most Android core functions and hidden the Google stuff away by default.
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Review: In Depth: HP Chromebook 11

The Chromebook concept – the idea of a stripped-down laptop that runs nothing but a web browser in the form of Google's Chrome OS – has up till now usually been about cheap, commodity computing.
It's been about manufacturers clustering around a low price point, and the compromises they have had to make to get a device out at that price point.
With the Chromebook 11 though, for the first time, a Chromebook can be both about affordability but also about delight.
Even if you're used to high end computers such as the MacBook Pro or Samsung ATIV Book 9, every time you pick up the Chromebook 11 you get a little jolt of pleasure.
It feels solid – light yet sturdy. The keyboard is genuinely very good. The IPS screen's colours are rich and vibrant. The styling feels fresh and simple and clean and friendly.
It feels, in short,a beautifully made, simple to use computer.
Plus the fact you've only paid GBP £229/USD $279/AUD $364 for it not only makes thatthe sweeter, but also makes you feelyou've got a special, secret, insiders' deal when everyone else is paying two, three, eight times as much to do pretty much the same things you'll be doing on your Chromebook.
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iPhone 5S, 5C now free in India on two-year contract

Reliance Communications (RCom) has said consumers can own the 16GB models of iPhone 5S and 5C by paying Rs 2,999 and Rs 2,599 per month, respectively, for 2 years.
The firm said that no down payment is required to purchase Apple's new phones.

"The company has announced two game-changing offers, just Rs 2,599 per month for theiPhone 5c and Rs 2,999 per month for iPhone 5S, both for a duration of 24 months, which include handset cost, unlimited local and STD calls, SMS, national roaming and 3G data," RCom said in a statement.
It added that users will not receive any usage bill for 24 months, as the monthly payments includeusageges.
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Nexus 5 leaks in a big way with photos, Kitkat details and more

The Google Nexus 5 is on its way - possibly today - and we've been treated to a host of leaked images and Android 4.4 details to whet our appetites.
It looks as though several people around the world have got their hands on pre-release Nexus 5 handsets, with one enterprising self-starter taking to Reddit to do an AMA about it.
He described the handset for his eager audience: "[The handset] doesn't feel cheapa Samsung device, feels great in the hand, it's similar to holding a G2 but no volume controls [on the back]."
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