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Ways to Permanently Solve Bad Reception

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Cellular signal has never been more vital. From checking email updates on-the-go, to calling mom, to prepping for a date, to getting a ride in the middle of rush hour, productivity demands good reception. If you think arriving at the office only to realize you left your phone at home is bad, imagine if you somehow find yourself in an area with poor signal. While advances in mobile technology unceasingly pick up more speed as time passes, improvement in mobile signal hasn’t been as fast. So, what are your options in this situation?

Check your exact location.

Is there anything around you that could be blocking reception? Indoors, your phone is less able to detect mobile signal. Are you underground like in a basement or a subway? Or maybe you’re in an elevator? Phone reception is known to have difficulty penetrating these areas, resulting in calls cutting short, sending SMS texts fail, and your Facebook loses connection to data. Going on higher ground in a clear area where there’s less obstruction. Although it might sound silly but have you considered your hand might be blocking signal? Research on where the antenna is on your cellphone. If you find out your hand’s position has been causing the problem this whole time, change it. Newer phones mostly have their antennas placed at the bottom. When you find out this is the case with your phone, try holding it upside down. Use earphones with a mic to solve the problem with the microphone.

Install a femtocell.

Also known as microcells, these are small towers that connect to a phone reception using your internet connection. This is particularly advisable for places where there’s no signal at all. One condition to keep in mind, though, is your internet connection should have powerful downloading speed. Femtocells can provide signal to even older phone models before the era of Wi-Fi. The downside is these come at a high price, offer coverage for only one network and isn’t compatible with LTE broadband.

Switch to a 2G network.

While 3G, 4G and LTE networks are more powerful, these newer technological advancements have less towers. The farther a device is from the source of reception, the weaker the signal it catches. Your area might not be serviced yet with a nearby transmission tower and it might not be as fast as older phones. Avoid expecting stellar reception and stick to less data-hungry online activities when using the internet.

Use a signal booster.

It’s also called, “cell phone repeaters.” They catch your network’s weak signal and repeat it but boosted as the name means. It also sends back this increased signal to the tower to make sure there’s a smooth flow in exchanging personal comments, etc. If you plan to use it for different carriers, get an omnidirectional antenna can do just that. There are different kinds of boosters. Some you can attach to cars, roofs of RVs and others are more mobile such as the cradle. The latter said it can support only one network but it’s the most affordable alternative.

Jio Brings Pokémon GO to India

Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited (“Jio”) delights Indian gamers by bringing the sought-after, first-of-its-kind, Augmented Reality game ‘Pokémon GO’ to India in a partnership with Niantic, Inc. – publisher and developer of Pokémon GO in association with The Pokémon Company. With this partnership, thousands of Reliance Digital Stores and select partner premises in India will appear as ‘PokéStops’ or ‘Gyms’ in the Pokémon GO game beginning Wednesday, December 14, 2016.

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This launch is in line with Jio’s mission to empower Indians with opportunities that are fuelled by the power of data and a Digital Life and to delight them on an ongoing basis with entertainment-based apps, such as ‘Pokémon GO,’ the leading app in the gaming category.

“We are delighted to partner with Jio to launch Pokémon GO in India.” said John Hanke, Chief Executive Officer and founder of Niantic. “It’s exciting to see Pokémon fans in India step out and explore their neighbourhoods in search of Pokémon and Jio’s disruptive high speed 4G LTE Network will be an excellent way to experience the game.”

The two companies will work together to bring Indians a richer and more enjoyable mobile entertainment experience for Pokémon GO, including activating Jio retail locations and charging stations as PokéStops and Gyms within the game and allowing Indians to catch, train, and battle at any of Jio’s outlets throughout the country.

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On Jio’s social messaging app, JioChat, Pokémon players have access to an exclusive Pokémon Go Channel. The Pokémon Go Channel will enable Pokémon Go players to collaborate and be part of an exciting community of players with daily tips, contests, clues, and special events. The Pokémon Go Channel on JioChat a fun way to socialize with other players and level-up faster.

“With over 500 million downloads globally, we are excited to launch Pokémon GO officially in India on the Reliance Jio network,” said Mathew Oommen, President Reliance Jio. “Our partnership with Niantic not only brings access to the Pokémon GO app but also opens the door to more opportunities for our customers to enjoy content on Jio’s one-of-a-kind mobile broadband network.”

The partnership puts Pokémon GO players on a world-class all-IP data strong network, and during the Happy New Year Offer, Jio SIM customers will be able to download and play Pokémon GO without incurring data charges, like any other apps and content, till 31st March 2017.

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.

Philips Launches High Performance Xenium I908 Smartphone In India

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Philips Launches High Performance Xenium I908 Smartphone in India

Philips mobile today announced the launch of two new phones in the Indian market — the Xenium I908 and S309. With an aggressive focus on developing innovative, high-performance phones at competitive price points, the two phones are aimed at providing youth, professionals and technology enthusiasts with an uninterrupted and seamless smartphone experience. The I908 and S309 are priced at Rs. 11, 799/- and Rs. 4,999/- respectively.

Philips mobile has made use of its innovative engineering capabilities and Xenium technology to create a flagship smartphone I908 with a sleek form factor, 8.8 mm thickness and leather like cover which is impressive and easy to hold. High performance is the underlining feature of the Xenium I908 which comes with an octa-core 1.7GHz processor allowing all the eight cores to run simultaneously. This technology offers enhanced performance, power efficiency and improve user experience.

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The phone is equipped with a 2GB RAM operating memory which also allows for a super-fast system experience and the 16GB internal memory as a plus. The I908 has a 5 inch full HD screen, a 13 megapixel rear camera and a 5 MP front camera with an 88 degree wide angel lens for high quality self-shots.

The S309 is a budget smartphone with a trendy and ergonomic design. The phone comes with a 4 inch screen size with a Capacitive Touch Panel (CTP) and multi-touch capability. The phone has 5.0 MP rear camera and a 0.3 MP rear camera. It is powered by a Dual core 1.0 GHz processor and has an Internal memory of 4GB ROM The phone also has micro SD card support upto 32 GB.

S.S. Bassi who is the Country Manager – SAARC, Sangfei Mobility said:

“Identifying the dearth in the industry for phones with high-end performance capabilities, we have introduced the I908 with powerful features across every aspect of the phone. Packed with Philips’ trademark Xenium technology, the phone offers excellent battery life and stand by time for its consumers. It is ideal for consumers looking for a smooth and reliable smartphone experience. The S309 on the other hand is the ideal phone for users looking for a budget smartphone with key features and reliable performance.”

Price and Availability of Xenium I908

  • Xenium I908 is currently available at Rs. 11,799
  • Xenium S309 is currently available at starting price of Rs. 4,999

Philips Mobile would partner with Redington as their distribution partner to their products available across all geographies in India.

Screenshots of Windows Phone 10 – How different from 8.1?

Microsoft’s insider program has given access to early build of Windows 10 for phones for few registered insiders. Since then, it is raining screenshots  of Windows 10 (for phones) from different Windows communities across the web. Seems like this is turning out to be the next wave. We have tried to put everything  at one place comparing one on one with the current Windows Phone 8.1.

Leaked Screenshots of Windows Phone 10

Start screen

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As you can see in the Windows  Phone 10 start screen, the background wallpaper/image which is set occupies the full estate of the phone screen not leaving any room for the dark/light background.  While in the Windows Phone 8.1, the background image  overlays only on top of the tiles  and giving enough room for the phone’s dark/light background. To keep it simple, we can visualize this similar to standard Windows desktop where the tiles lying everywhere.  There are no significant changes in the top clock bar.

Action center

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The new Action center in Windows Phone 10 has three rows of action bar items. If you can watch closely, the “All Settings” option in 8.1 has been made as one of the action bar items and a collapsible control has been added in Windows Phone 10’s action center. A welcome change, providing users with more control under a single tray, so one need not bother visiting the settings page very often for a simple change.

 

Settings

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This is the much voted feature request in Uservoice, Microsoft has finally listened and now has made a beautiful looking settings page. The settings page in Windows Phone 10 now looks very neat, organized and well grouped under important headings just similar to what we see in desktop version of Windows. A descriptive icon next to main settings item makes everyone’s life easy.  In Windows Phone 8.1, the user has to scroll endlessly to find the desired settings item which is bit of a pain as things are not grouped/ sorted alphabetically.  You can also notice a thick Settings header with icon which is missing in 8.1.

 

Apps list

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Just like we saw in the start screen of Windows Phone 10, the background wallpaper continues to appear even in the app list. The famous jump-start menu in the apps list of Windows phone 10 is now more left aligned unlike the center alignment in 8.1. The search bar icon now aligns with the jump-start menu. Looks more neater.  We have also seen in one of the presentations, Joe Belfiore of Microsoft demonstrating the inclusion of a feature where the recently installed app appears on top of the app list for greater accessibility.

Keyboard

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The Windows Phone 10 now comes with a draggable keyboard  which is in fact very useful for devices which are of large screen like Lumia 1520. You can also see the addition of “Microphone” which you could use to dictate your message instead of typing.

These are just early screenshots of Windows Phone 10 and might be subject to change.

We hope you liked the list. Feel free to share your experience below. 

XOLO One gets Android 5.0 Lollipop Update

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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)

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)

How to Enable Right-To-Left Layout in Android

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How to Enable Right-To-Left Layout in Android:

We all are very much comfortable with the traditional left-to-right text alignment. But left hand users may feel more comfortable in a right-to-left text alignment for taping and all. If your device’s system language is one that uses a right-to-left script (like Arabic, or Hebrew), the change from LTR to RTL is done automatically.

To force right-to-left layouts on your Android device follow the below steps,

Step 1: Go to Menu and select Settings

Step 2: If you can see Developer Options and access it you can skip this step, else continue with this step to enable Developer Options. Select About Phone and tap seven times in quick succession on Build Number to enable Developer Options.

Step 3: Now Developer Options will be enabled and it may listed at the bottom right above About Phone, tap it to open.

Step 4: Scroll down and tap the box to enable Force RTL layout direction.

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Now you have turned on the Right-To-Left Layout in your phone. All system menus and Google apps will reflect the change: phonebook, messaging, Google Play, Gmail, notifications area, and so on. Switching back to left-to-right layouts is just as easy, and is obviously done by taping again on the “Force RTL layout direction” tab.

Hope you got what we meant.If not, drop in your doubts in the comment section.Keep visiting the site for more cool articles which is going to help you by various means.

KDDI fx0: Firefox smartphone with transparent body

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Here is an interesting model for you guys out there who look for differences. The Japanese provider KDDI is now offering the “fx0” on – a smartphone with Firefox OS and special package. As fx0 is definitely an eye-catcher: Unlike other models, the smartphone components namely stuck with this device in a transparent housing. The Firefox mobile phone is made from LG; Similarities with the LG G3 are therefore not entirely coincidental.

Technically very innovative

With the transparent case the fx0 would attract attention. But Technically it holds no surprises. It is driven by a smartphone Snapdragon 400 processor from Qualcomm, which is clocked at 1.2 GHz. Installed continue to be a 2370-mAh battery, 16 gigabytes of data memory, 1.5 GB RAM, as well as NFC and LTE. For the resolution of the display and Mozilla KDDI did not have any information. Do it with the “Firefox OS” developed by the Mozilla Foundation.

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Price and availability

The KDDI fx0 comes for the equivalent of around 400 euros in the trade and will initially be released only in Japan. Since it is a mobile phone that is produced for a local provider, a sale is unlikely in this country.

There is a lot of expectation around this model throughout the globe despite its limited release. So if the model do well in terms of performance, it will enable the model to establish in many places.Keep visiting the site to know about further updates. Good day…!! 🙂

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Apple OS X update fixes security hole

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Apple OS X update fixes security hole:

 
Apple has released a software patch that closes down a vulnerability in Mac OS X. This affects OS X Yosemite, Mavericks and Mountain Lion.

Apple has released a new security update. It appears that there has been a weak point in the integration of the Network Time Protocol (NTP). It affects Mac users with OS X Yosemite , Mavericks and Mountain Lion . The update is available via the Software Update.

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NTP: hackers had an easy time

The NTP is a standard interface over which, inter alia, the time can be synchronized.Apple indicates that there was an error in the previous implementation: Hacker probably had the opportunity to execute malicious software. The update stuffs this vulnerability. The current versions are: Yosemite version 92.5.1, 88.1.1 Mavericks, Mountain Lion 77.1.1. Check the status of your operating system from the terminal by entering the following line of code: what / usr / sbin / ntpd .

At the end of the day, Apple does make an effort to make things cool as far as their products are concerned.Keep visiting the site for more updates.

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Google Android One to Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh


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Google Android One to Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh:

After the successful launch of Android One in India three months ago, Google introduces the Android One program to other Asian countries including Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. The Android One initiative aims to make high quality smart phones accessible to as many people as possible and they were a grant success in Indian market due to its lower price range.

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They said,

“We’re taking another step toward reaching the next five billion people: in the coming weeks, the Android One devices will start to go on sale in India’s neighbouring countries of Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.”

The first three Android One devices came from Karbonn, Micromax and Spice. They shared the same basic specs: a 4.5 inch display, a quad-core Cortex-A7 processor, dual SIM cards, a replaceable battery and a built-in FM radio. Karbonn are also working to release second generation Android One phones for Q1 2015. The same three devices will be available in these markets for now – Micromax Canvas A1, Karbonn Sparkle V, and Spice Dream UNO.

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Besides Micromax, Karbonn and Spice from India, Bangladeshi manufacturer Symphony will also begin retailing Android One devices, beginning with its Road A50.

All devices will be budget-oriented in nature, but with quality controls meant to ensure that the experience is on par with more expensive competitors. Google Senior VP Sundar Pichai claimed to have been using an Android One phone as his daily driver for some time when the program launched and was pleased with it.

Google will be expanding to more markets with more devices in 2015. Keep visiting the site for further updates. Good day..!! 🙂

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 skips Android 5.0

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Samsung has maintained a name on the international market for all these years and they keep on coming with products which rises to the expectations.If you own a Samsung Galaxy Note Samsung Galaxy Note 4 or Edge, then you probably already waiting quite impatiently for the notification that announces Android 5.0 lollipop as you update. So it looks like you have to you but still a little wait.

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Because currently it is known that Samsung is planning to skip the first update to 5.0 and instead wants to deliver the same Android 5.0.1. This has the advantage that you can skip the initial bugs of Android 5.0, the disadvantage is of course obvious: The update will take a little longer. So currently available sometime in January in the room.

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Of course annoying for all owners of grade 4 and grade of the Edge. As an early adopter you want to the latest hardware, of course, have to fit the latest software as soon as possible and elapsed since each week is a pain. However, the step from Samsung is quite understandable and I am eager to know when we officially get to see the update.And obviously we are expecting further updates linked with the models in the coming days itself.keep visiting the site for  getting updated.