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Samsung Galaxy J3 with S bike mode – Is it worth buying?

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Samsung Galaxy J3 with S bike mode – Is it worth buying?

It has been a while since we posted a tech article on chaaps.com. What caught our eyes is a new smartphone from Samsung that comes with a unique functionality called “S Bike Mode”. In this article we learn more about this device with more focus on the newly introduced “S Bike Mode” feature.

The all new Samsung Galaxy J3 comes along with a NFC tag which one could stick on their bike / motorcycle / 2 Wheeler’s tank or on the helmet itself. Once you the NFC tag in place on your bike, you can simply activate the S bike mode by tapping your phone with the NFC tag ( which is pasted to your bike’s tank or helmet), you could also activate the S Bike mode by pressing the S bike icon which is present on your phone’s quick panel.

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The device notifies you when you have an urgent incoming call, you will be notified about the same.
When you have activated the S bike mode on your phone, a pre-recorded message informs the caller that you are riding the bike currently and cannot pick the call. The caller will be asked to press 1 if it is urgent and wants to really speak to the rider – the device then notifies about the urgent incoming call.

Samsung has put lot of thought while building this functionality. The S Bike mode feature makes sure that you ride safe and allows you to pick the call only when the bike is stationary. The Motion Lock feature takes care of this. Whenever there is an urgent call and you decide to pick the call, the Motion Lock feature makes sure that you take the call only when your bike is completely stopped.

Having said more about the Samsung J3’s S Bike mode – let us have a look at the actual specifications of this phone.

The new Samsung J3 smartphone comes with a battery capacity of 2,600 mAh and runs on Android 5.1 lolipop software. When it comes to storage and memory, the bike offers: 8GB of internal storage and 1.5GB of RAM and the phone supports microSD card upto a capacity of 128 GB. It is a 4G LTE phone and comes with two cameras – 8MP camera in the rear and 5MP camera in the front ( selfie camera). The camera is equipped with LED Flash as well.

So, Is it worth buying the new Samsung Galaxy J3 S bike mode smartphone. If you are an avid rider and own bikes like royal enfield or Bajaj Avenger or any cruiser bikes, you might find the luxury of this feature.

If you own any two wheeler, be it a scooter like Honda Activa, or a motorcycle like Bajaj Pulsar, Yamaha FZ, Hero Karizma or anything – all you need to do is – stick the NFC tag on your bike’s tank and start the “S Bike Mode” feature.

XOLO One gets Android 5.0 Lollipop Update

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XOLO One on Lollipop
XOLO, the premium smart devices brand, has rolled out Android 5.0 Lollipop update on the XOLO One devices. XOLO had promised the Lollipop update when XOLO One was launched in October 2014, and the team has delivered on the promise of providing the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop way ahead of other players.

A superior smartphone experience is more than just the hardware specifications. For an uncompromising user experience, the software must continually evolve to best serve users’ changing needs. XOLO has always been proactive with consistent software updates and having a dedicated engineering team at Bangalore has proved to be an advantage for the company.

Priced at Rs. 6,599 only, XOLO One is for Everyone including the first time smartphone users who have high aspirations, and look for value offering without compromising on the overall experience.

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With the Android v5.0 Lollipop update, users can enjoy more coherent and organized user experience. This latest Android Lollipop OS delivers a host of improvements including a new Material Design language, which gives a whole new colorful look and feel to the device – from fluid animations to added themes, colors and widgets. Notifications are also improved as users can set the priority and privacy of notifications for each application. Users can even view and respond to messages directly from the lock screen. Moreover, shortcut keys for camera and dialer can now be directly accessed from the lock screen. Quick Settings also gets a revamp and offers handy controls like flashlight, hotspot, screen rotation and cast screen controls. The Battery setting gets a boost and shows an estimated projection for how much time is left while discharging or charging.

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The update has been rolled out via OTA (over-the-air) and it can also be manually downloaded from the official XOLO support site. http://www.xolo.in/xolocare/software-update. XOLO Users can download the OTA files on to their PC and transfer the same to their phone to install it. Else, users can also directly download the same on to their phone and after unzipping the same, install it to enjoy the Lollipop version on their device.

Key specifications of XOLO One at a glance:

• Android v5.0 Lollipop
• Premium Leather Finish Back, available in 5 color options
• 1 GB RAM, 8GB Internal Memory
• 4.5 inch On-Cell IPS Display
• 1.3 GHz Quad-core processor
• 5 MP rear camera with BSI Sensor
• 1,700 mAh Battery
• Dual SIM (3G+3G)

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Turn-up the music passion with XOLO Q700 Club

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XOLO, the premium smart devices brand, today announced the launch of Q700 Club for an exhilarating music experience. This new addition to the Club series is targeted at youth who like to hear it loud.

For a thrilling music experience, XOLO Q700 Club is packed with Dual front speakers supported by DTS. To add to the joy of music enthusiasts, Q700 Club comes with a pre-embedded Hungama App that offers unlimited Music and video downloads for 3 months, absolutely free.

With IP55 protection, XOLO Q700 Club offers protection from dust particles and water splash. Device allows user to enjoy their favorite music on the go without worrying about the environment.

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The device is powered with 1.3 GHz Quad- Core processor, coupled with 1 GB RAM and 8 GB internal memory, expandable upto 32 GB, for a lag-free smooth performance. Its Dual Mali 400 GPU provides a superlative gaming experience with its superior graphic rendering capabilities.

Dual- SIM Q700 Club comes with a 5 MP rear camera with flash and auto focus. Running on Android OS v4.4 KitKat, the device sports a brilliant 4.5” IPS Display. Packed with a 2000 mAh battery, XOLO Q700 Club adds more music to the ears.

The phone will be retailed at Rs. 6,999 across all authorized retail counters, modern trade outlets and also through e-commerce portal- Snapdeal.

Key specifications of XOLO Q700 Club at a glance:

• Dual front speakers supported with DTS
• Protection against dust and water, with IP55 protection
• 1 GB RAM, 8GB Internal Memory
• 4.5 inch IPS Display
• 1.3 GHz Quad-core processor
• 5 MP rear camera & VGA front camera
• Android v4.4 KitKat
• 2000 mAh Battery
• Dual SIM (3G+2G)

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Leaked reports of Sony Xperia Z4

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Leaked reports of Sony Xperia Z4 :

 

Sony has recently been the target of a large-scale cyber-attack in which, among other things, the script for the upcoming James Bond film “Spectre” has been stolen by criminal hackers. In the wake of the attack but is also an e-mail from George Leon, his character Sony’s executive vice president of consumer marketing that arrives to the CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment Michael Lynton to the public, along with a whole series of renderings of new products. In said e-mail it means taking that the Sony Xperia Z4 will be shown in the Bond film and the filmmakers have to know in advance how the device and the remuneration will look for product placement.

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The renderings are for the final design but only partially revealing – while quite impressive the new Xperia Z4 presented with an apparently high-gloss chrome frame on one of the images is mapped to other images, a somewhat different sort of device, with large numbers, their meaning not immediately apparent. There the speech that partly visible rear also seems this time not made of glass, but a soft material is also “Hardness + Softness” to exist – a first for Sony, because at the high end smartphones, the Japanese company previously relied always on a rear glass optics.

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On top of that you can see where it apparently is wearable devices on another rendering multiple bracelets. Unlike the Sony smart watches but these look more like Activity Tracker and less like traditional wrist watches – so really in a spy movie bracelets because of the bright colors will fit not. New information on the specifications of the Xperia Z4 does not exist by the leak unfortunately – of course the film industry cares little about the technical performance of a prop. So far, however, suggested that both Qualcomm  Snapdragon 810 Octa-core SoC and the new Sony IMX230 camera sensor will be used in the new smartphone. Having said that with the device expected to fly down town soon,only time will tell how things will end up

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Lenovo launches its professional grade tablet – Thinkpad 8 in India

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Lenovo, has launched the ThinkPad 8 Tablet for professionals in India. The first ever Windows 8 tablet from the iconic ThinkPad stable delivers a full PC experience with USB3.0 Dock. Offering a whole new experience for tech enthusiasts, the Tablet is equipped with a full-HD screen, Quick Photo Capture combined with 4x Faster Graphics, making it the most sought after device ‘for professionals on the go’. Priced at INR 39,999, the ThinkPad Tablet 8 is now available for pre-order exclusively on Lenovo’s online brand store- TheDoStore.

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ThinkPad 8 Tab has won over 11 Best of CES 2014 Awards, one of the biggest Consumer Technology exhibitions in the world, and has been termed champions under the Best of CES 2014 Windows Tablet, Best of CES Finalist People’s Choice, Best of CES Mobile Finalist categories and so on.

Commenting on the debut of ThinkPad 8 Tablet in India, Rohit Midha, Director Tablet Business Unit, Lenovo India, said “Lenovo is a global leader in providing innovative consumer, commercial and enterprise technology. The introduction of ThinkPad Tablet 8 makes our tablet range more diverse to cater to the business user for the first time. We are excited to extend the ThinkPad legacy to our tablets range.”

This 8.3” tablet engineered perfectly for business users who want to balance work and play, offers multimode features like full HD Display with 25% larger viewing area, a full Windows 8 ecosystem, 2MP front-facing webcam for crystal-clear video conferencing, supported by dual digital array microphones. This power-pack features the best offerings from Lenovo, Microsoft, and Intel combined into one productive, mobile, secure device with faster graphics. It’s as light as 430g and lasts up to eight hours on a single battery charge.

It also has 8MP rear-facing camera with auto-focus and -flash and video recording. The Quick Shot Cover is an ideal accessory where with a simple flick back, the corner flap exposes the lens, and the Windows 8.1 camera app opens automatically. Its magnetic cover is all the rage which attaches automatically to the tablet. The Quick Shot Cover is so strong that you can easily flap the tablet around without the fear of it dropping. With high Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® 4.0 connectivity, ThinkPad 8 comes with micro HDMI-out port that allows easy connection to an HD television or other monitor.

Availability: Lenovo ThinkPad 8 Tablet is exclusively available on www.thedostore.com

Price (end user): INR 39,999/-

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Candy Crush Saga hits Windows Phone Store

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Candy Crush saga is finally available for download on windows phone. This iconic game is so popular that, it is played more number of times than that of angry birds or temple run. Candy Crush Saga is hugely popular game across devices – Web and mobile ( android, iOS and now windows phone to this list ). Among 10 who travel in public bus, I have seen at least 5-6 people playing this game on their phones.

On windows phone, all these days there were just guides available to play candy crush saga.. Now with this official launch by king, this game is going to reach heights, proving itself to be the best addictive game for this decade.

You can download Candy Crush Saga on your windows phone visiting this link:- http://www.windowsphone.com/s?appId=aebbdef8-1792-488b-a7be-7596a1720166

Screenshots of Candy Crush Saga for windows phone
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Download Candy Crush from Windows phone store

 

Xolo Hive UI Review

In our previous article we have covered the unboxing and hands-on review of Xolo Hive 8x-1000. Today we will be having a closer look at the UI( User Interface) used for this device – Xolo 8X-1000. Xolo has its proprietary UI called Xolo Hive for android where it enriches the stock android experience by adding important tweaks such as better look and feel, appearance, ease of access, additional custom apps.

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Xolo Hive Unlock screen

Hive UI has a unique pattern to unlock phone. Instead of typical slide to unlock, it asks you directly which action has to be performed once the phone is unlocked by tactically placing actions like call, messaging and camera, where one can directly perform the action immediately after unlocking. Also there are plenty of lockscreen options to choose from.

 

Handy Quick Settings

 

Handy Quick Settings

The typical notification drawer in android has been revamped to have much better intuitive options. The icons are revamped with new adjustable settings like brightness and screen timeout.

Themes by Hive team on Xolo Edge

Themes by hive team

An array of themes to choose from the edge app which is built in.

 

Wallpapers by Hive team on Xolo Edge

Xolo Edge Wallpapers

An array of wallpapers to choose from the edge app which is built-in.

 

Xolo Connect

Xolo Connect

Xolo connect forms as a bridge between the end user and the Xolo developer community. It is an essential app pre-built to the phone where once can access information like software updates, service centers etc. Also one can directly give feedback to  xolo developer team.

What’s your thoughts on Xolo Hive UI? Let us know by commenting below!

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NVIDIA Bolsters Executive Ranks With Two New Vice Presidents For European Market

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NVIDIA today announced the appointment of two new vice presidents covering its Europe, Middle East and India market.

Jaap Zuiderveld has been named vice president of Sales and Marketing, and Xochilt M. Balzola-Widman has been named vice president of Consumer Business for the region.

Zuiderveld comes to NVIDIA from Colt Technology Services, in London, where he led the enterprise services business’s global direct sales force. Prior to that, he served as chief operations officer and managing director for Europe at ACN, and as chief executive officer at Active 24, where he earlier held the position of chief operations officer for Europe. Zuiderveld has more than 20 years of experience in the IT and telecommunications industry, having earlier held roles at Versatel Telecom International, KPN Telecom and British Telecom.

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At NVIDIA, he heads the company’s overall activities in Europe, the Middle East and India, including Russia. He is responsible for driving growth in the consumer, enterprise, automotive and embedded businesses.

Balzola-Widmann comes to NVIDIA from Amazon, where she was responsible for the company’s Kindle product line in Central Europe. She is a veteran of the gaming industry, having held senior posts at Activision Blizzard and Electronic Arts.  During her 20-year career, Balzola-Widmann also held management and sales roles for the European divisions of Ingram Micro and Symantec.

She is responsible for driving NVIDIA’s consumer channel business in EMEAI, focusing on GeForce and the SHIELD brand.

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ZEN- Firefox U105 smartphone stock-out on HomeShop18

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Homeshop18’s exclusive launch of the ZEN- Firefox U105, an innovative smartphone at only Rs. 1,999 went stock-out on the launch show. ZEN- Firefox U105 received a staggering 15,000 orders, and received 20,000 calls,creating a record in itself on the first day of sales.

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The Firefox operating system offered, is the latest mobile platform that is built on Open-source language, HTML-5 to provide a smooth user experience.

The ZEN- Firefox OS 105 Fire  is the only smartphone of its genre that enables expandable memory up to 16 GB,  comes pre-loaded with popular Apps ConnectA2 which is compatible with Whatsapp, YouTube and Facebook and provides a HotSpot facility. The phone has a 3.5-inch HVGA display, is Dual SIM with Dual Standby and has a 1 GHz Processor. It also has Dual Camera Rear – 2 MP / Front – VGA with GPRS, Bluetooth & Wi-Fi connectivity and is powered with 1200 mAh Battery.

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BuzzFeed gets into WeChat app

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Today in one of the blog posts, Buzzfeed announced that they are now officially available on WeChat messenger app. As we know, BuzzFeed is a breaking news service and WeChat is a cross platform chat client. We have to wait and watch  how this mixed combo where a news service being available on a chat client attracts the end users. The 400 million audience at WeChat  can now follow the BuzzFeed account under official accounts section.

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Let us know what’s your take on WeChat attracting services like BuzzFeed

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Yahoo launches New Flickr App for iPad

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Yahoo today announced that users all over the world can browse over 10 billion Flickr photos on the new iPad app. The new Flickr App for iPad makes it easy and enjoyable to access, organize, and share your snapshots from any device.

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The app will deliver a better experience with iOS 8 so that you can best capture, improve, and explore your images. Catch your favorite moments with our powerful camera, then bring them to life on your screen with high resolution images – we’re talking up to three million pixels per photo!

If you already have Flickr on your iOS device, just update it today. If not, download the app on the app store.

The app is available around the world in English, Italian, French, German, Spanish Portuguese, Indonesian, Korean, Chinese, and Vietnamese.

Note:  Users will need to update their device to iOS 8 to enjoy this experience.

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Philips Mobile launches first-of-its kind feature phone for Senior Citizens

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Philips mobile today announced the launch of Philips Xenium X2566, the first-of-its-kind feature phone exclusively designed for senior citizens. With features such as large font size, long lasting battery life and SOS function, priced at an affordable price range, the device has features that makes technology accessible to the elderly.

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Senior citizens are often inconvenienced by the standard phones available in the market due to their small font size, short battery life and fragility. According to Pew Research Internet Group, elderly citizens face several difficulties while adopting new technologies. Two in five elderly citizens indicated that they have a “physical or health condition that makes reading difficult or challenging” or a “disability, handicap, or chronic disease that prevents them from fully participating in many common daily activities”.

In line, with this Philips X2566 comes with following features to make technology accessible to senior citizens:

·         Large Display fonts: The phone makes use of large font sizes on a 2.4 inch landscape to enable easy reading. The keypad of the phone also makes use of larger keys you can read or text on your screen comfortably without straining your eyes.

·         Humanized Design: The mellow and full design is elegant and easy to hold. The unique crystal double colour injection moulding technology gives a special protection painting on the whole phone body, which makes the phone more elegant and fadeless.

·         Xenium Technology: The phone comes with a 1630mAh Li-ion battery capacity and Xenium power saving technology that offers users. Up to 1128 hours standby time and  Up to 24 hours talking time.

·         FM Radio with high volume loudspeaker: The phone has an internal antenna for FM radio; along with a high volume loudspeaker and earpiece for better audibility.

·         SOS Function: This function enables users to set three ’emergency’ or SOS numbers. In case of an emergency, users can press the SOS button hidden under the flashlight to dial out the pre-set SOS numbers. . It allows you to identify a maximum of three different numbers where you can get immediate help when emergencies occur, whether within or outside your home. When you activate the SOS button, the phone will automatically connect to these numbers until your call gets answered by any one of the parties. This life-saving design means that you can retain your independence while maintaining easy access to immediate assistance in case you need help.

·         Magnifier & Flashlight: The phone comes with a unique ‘Magnifier’ which allows users to magnify letters on your phone screen and a powerful flashlight that can be used even when the phone power is switched off.

Commenting on the launch Mr. S.S. Bassi, Country Manager – SAARC, Sangfei Mobility said, “Philips has always pioneered in cutting-edge innovations that matter to our customers. With changing lifestyles in metros in India and increasing incident of elderly abuse, senior citizens are often left to support themselves by choice or otherwise. We specially designed this phone to make technology more accessible to and user-friendly for the elderly with minimum intervention from others.”

Philips X2566 is affordably priced at Rs 3, 800 and is available for sale.

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