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Flown Windows Phone apps from the Store: Snapchat

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Flown Windows Phone apps from the Store: Snapchat:

Snapchat is an app for smartphones, with which you can send self shot pictures for a few seconds to other contacts. After the indicated time they disappear permanently and can not be viewed. Officially offers Snapchat apps on iOS and Android. Not officially but there are also third party who use the API of the service and thus have access to the Snapchat features and Windows Phone users.

This, however, did not seem to like the company, because since yesterday all third-apps from the Windows Phone Store have suddenly disappeared. Huynh – a developer of such an app – make a statement on Twitter:

“6snap has disappeared as well as all Snapchat apps on store. I will work closely with Microsoft now to convince Snapchat to change its mind”

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An official statement by Microsoft or Snapchat there is currently not yet. Although warned Snapchat a few months ago, may be those apps as dangerous, but they had not yet announced more so far. That the action, however, probably originating from the app itself and not from Microsoft, tell users which of Snapchat due to the use of a third-party app has been locked .

One possible reason should either missing features such as avoiding screenshots or planning an official Windows Phone app be. Personally, I suspect the latter, eventually Windows Phone has long been a serious operating system.Keep visiting the site to get more updates regarding the news.

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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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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.

Vibrant Lockscreens

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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Microsoft Azure data centres opening in Australia next week

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Two Data centers would be starting their operations from tomorrow here at Australia.  With this opening of data centers in Australia, Microsoft has given Australian businesses a good reason to embrace the cloud.  For any Microsoft XBOX one owners who are residing in Australia this is beneficial as they could experience less latency while playing online games on xbox one.

These data centers are present at Sydney and Melbourne, The first announcement was done on May 2013.

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Top USSD Apps to check balance on your phone

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For mobile subscribers in India there are plenty of mobile operators to choose from. Prepaid mobile users often face this challenge to remember the codes to check balance on phone. In our earlier posts, we had exclusively covered How to Check Balance? listing  various popular mobile operators like Airtel, Vodafone, Idea, BSNL, Reliance etc and their balance checking codes.  Today we are listing out some of the top apps which eases the process of checking balance, these apps have tried to aggregate all the available USSD codes for different mobile operators at one place. Not only to check balance but also for handy things like activating a service, checking internet balance and other value added services.

USSD Codes India

USSD Codes India
USSD Codes India

This application includes all the available USSD codes for Airtel, Vodafone, BSNL, Idea, Docomo, Reliance, Aircel, Uninor, MTS, Videocon, MTNL,Loop Mobile and Virgin Mobile. The application had a good design with a good listing of codes to check balance. You can download the app from Google Playstore here

Balance Check- Prepaid India

Balance Check- Prepaid (India)
Balance Check- Prepaid (India)

Another good USSD Application which covers following operators Airtel, BSNL, Vodafone, Tata Docomo, Tata Indicom, Aircel, Idea, Reliance GSM, Reliance CDMA, Uninor, MTNL, Virgin, Videocon, S Tel, LOOP and MTS.  Features include balance, data, SMS and validity check. You download this app here 

Balance Check – USSD Codes

Balance Check - USSD Codes
Balance Check – USSD Codes

A good application which helps you in checking the main balance, 2G internet balance and 3G internet balance. You can download this app here

Let us know if you know more such apps by commenting below. We would list it out here!

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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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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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Xolo Hive 8X-1000 Hands on + Unboxing

The all new Xolo 8x-1000
The all new Xolo 8x-1000

A Quick word…

Hello readers, We got a chance to test out the all new Xolo device. The New Xolo 8x-1000 runs on latest android KitKat.The body of the device is attractive. The Glassy finish at the back side of the body catches everyone’s eye. I should give credits to the way XOLO has been packaged. The thin box splashing the XOLO logo, accessories coming in a stick like box.

We have captured the unboxing of this beautiful device in this video. Do watch!

We are writing a dedicated post on the Xolo’s hive UI in our next article. Stay tuned!

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Philips Xenium W6110 – The Phone with Everlasting battery

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Philips is making some news by launching back to back smartphones. After Philips W3500 we got a chance to review another device from Philips named Xenium W6110.

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Highlights for Philips Xenium W6610

  • Massive 5300 mAh battery with a dedicated Power-saving switch.
  • 5” inch smartphone with IPS Display.
  • 8 MP Camera with Auto-focus.
  • 1.3Ghz Quadcore processor.

 

First impression

The very first thing which I noticed as soon as I held the phone on my hand is the weight.  The device weighs 200 grams, Initially I felt it was bit heavy, gradually i got used to it.  There is a power saving application which is built-in to the phone, It helps  extend the phone’s battery life by turning off the battery-intensive processes like Wi-fi and Bluetooth, also by dimming the screen. A dedicated switch is present at the right side of phone called as “Power-saving switch”, with a toggle you can save the phone’s battery consumption. Of course if you run out of battery you can also have a portable solar generator with lithium battery so you can charge the phone or any other electric device.

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Camera

The 8 mega-pixel camera with auto-focus takes beautiful pictures. The phone is also equipped with a 2 mega-pixel front-facing camera.

Processor, Display, RAM and OS

This device is powered by 1.3 Ghz quad core processor with a 5 inch display (Screen resolution 540×960 pixels)

Equipped with 1 GB RAM this device runs on android 4.2.2 OS.

Overall

This heavy weight android smartphone is good for travellers who wish to have a ever lasting battery life through out their trip.One would wish they have a flexibility to upgrade to latest android versions like Kitkat or L.

Pricing and availability

The Phone is priced at 20,262  Rs. However, Online stores like flipkart and amazon are selling it for 16,499 Rs.

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Lava launches Fashionable Lava Iris 460 with Handcrafted Leather Back Cover

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LAVA International Limited, a fast growing company in the mobile handset industry, today unveiled Iris 460 which is a fashionable mid-range Smartphone with a leather back cover aptly suited for consumers who would like to make a distinct style statement. The Iris 460 is fully loaded with a host of excellent features and the latest technology to take on the best in the range.

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The classy looking Iris 460 comes with a beautiful handcrafted black leather back case with Gun Metal Middle Housing that makes it not only a phone but a beautiful accessory as well. Furthermore, it is equipped with fast 1.3 GHz Dual Core processor providing consumers a smooth experience overall along with fast downloads. The OGS multi-point touch technology makes browsing and typing very user friendly.

With a stunning 11.43 cm (4.5”) Full Lamination FWVGA IPS Display with 217 PPI & 16.7 million colours, the Iris 460  brings pictures and videos to life from multiple angles of viewing. The Device is pre-loaded with 11 Indian Languages namely English, Hindi, Tamil, Telegu, Kannada, Punjabi, Gujarati, Marathi, Bangla, Malayalam, and Oriya. The Device also boasts of supporting W-CDMA at 900 MHz, thus allowing 3G Data Services to Idea Customers in Delhi Circle, Airtel and Vodafone Customers in Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai. Further the device runs 3G Services on both the SIM Card. The package includes a Flip Cover for a complete offering

 

Running on Android Kitkat 4.4, the phone app automatically prioritizes your contacts based on the people you talk to the most. It also allows users to search for nearby places, businesses and contacts. Additionally, while listening to music on the device users can see a beautiful full-screen album and movie art when the device is locked. It also allows playing, pausing, or seeking to a specific moment of the track and plays music right from the lock-screen, it is perfect for those who like to sign they can plug in the Best Studio Microphones and start signing.
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The stylish Iris 460 comes with an excellent 5 Mega Pixel Auto Focus back camera with LED flash and VGA front camera with additional features including High-Performance 720p HDR Mode enabling a superior picture capturing experience. The camera experience is further enhanced with HD video recording capability. It comes with 8GB internal storage (expandable up to 32GB) & 1GB RAM for smooth multitasking. The smartphone supports Dual Sim, Dual standby mode and comes with an 1650 mAh battery to provide ample battery backup.

 

Priced at Rs 6,699, Iris 460 will be available in colours of black and grey .The handset will be available for sale across all national retail stores, multi-brand outlets across India and on all the major online portals.

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Opera Mini for Windows Phone is now available in Beta.

There is always a short coming for browsers in windows phone ecosystem. Till now the only popular browsers for windows phone which I noticed were Internet Explorer 11 ( comes built in with the phone) and UC Browser( This browser is popular in windows phone).

 

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Opera Mini is a well known browser and very popular on feature phones and android devices.  Opera also has their own high end browser called Coast, designed for iPad. So what is making news?  Opera mini is available as beta for windows phone now. You can register yourself at http://opera.com/wpbeta to try out this beta version.

 

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