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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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Brother DCP –J105 : The Multi-function Inkjet Printer

This exciting new range boasts low ink cost, and is aimed at high print-volume users who appreciate low running cost.

The new inkjet Multi-Function Centre range allows users to benefit from cost savings with its very affordable 2,400^ page-yield cartridges which cost MRP Rs.530 only. These super high yield InkBenefit cartridges also enable users to make less frequent ink purchases and enjoy greater convenience. Moreover, with individual ink cartridge system, users may replace individual colour only when required to avoid unnecessary wastage. Brother’s accessible, front-loaded ink cartridges also make replacement of cartridges a breeze so that users enjoy added convenience.

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With Brother’s original Lamination Technology, the new models are optimized for undisrupted high-volume and fast-speed printing. Lamination Technology allows the use of stainless steel elements for lamination of the print head. This protects the print head from corrosion, giving it a longer life span. With Piezo Technology that delivers a safer and lower temperature operation, the print head wears out less easily. This minimizes repair and replacement costs, and translates into valuable savings for users.

Last but not least, DCP-J105 would boost work productivity. For instance, DCP-J105 InkBenefit help simplify the way users work with Wireless LAN** and Mobile Printing** capabilities.

RANGE OVERVIEW

Introducing the model in Brother’s latest Inkjet Multi-Function range.

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MRP: Rs.10990

Availability: July/2014

Print, Scan, Copy

Up to 11/6 ppm+

1 Line LCD

Up to 100 Sheet Tray

Wireless LAN

Mobile Print

All prices are inclusive of the prevailing taxes and include a 1-year onsite warranty. These machines can be purchased through Brother International India Pvt. Ltd. authorized Dealers.

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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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Philips W3500 Review: A Decent Android Smartphone

Highlights for Philips W3500 

  • 1.3 Ghz Quad core Processor
  • 5” Smartphone
  • Dual SIM (GSM and WCDMA)
  • 5 Mega Pixel camera with built in flash.

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The Philips w3500 is a large phone with 5 inch WFVGA display running on 1.3Ghz processor.  I found the phone fits perfectly into your pocket also the build quality is fairly good.  This Philips phone runs on 4.2.2 version of Android OS  (Jellybean) . Quickly you can notice the large screen with Philips logo.  The Phone comes with 2 slots for SIM card and 1 slot for memory card ( up to 32 GB).

Initial set up

Setting up the phone was easy.  After configuring the WiFi, you just have to fill in your existing google account details.  All Google stuff like Contacts, Calendars and others gets synced on your phone. It was easy to remove the covers and insert the SIM card (Good for mini SIM card, not so good for micro SIM card)

Apps and Games

The Phone comes pre-installed with Google Play Store where you can find millions of android apps.  Zomato, WhatsApp,BookMyShow, JustUnfollow are some of the apps which I downloaded from store. As the phone is equipped with 1 GB RAM Games like Subway Surfers performed better on this phone with minimum load time and fast graphics rendering.

Battery

No problems yet,  The phone is running normally since its first charge.  You can charge the phone using the provided data cable attached with Charger. The battery is of 2200 mAh (Li-ion).

Camera

The Philips W3500 has a 5 Mega Pixel Camera with built in flash. While trying the phone hands on, I was able to take some good pictures. Big screen is a good add-on to browse though your taken pictures.  The camera performed well in sunlight and low light conditions as well. One interesting thing which I observed is the thumbnails for videos were cool with good animations, so it is easy to distinguish between a photo and a video. The Phone is also equipped with front facing camera – good for taking selfies.

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Overall

The phone is pretty smooth, easy-to-use and good for any first time smartphone user.  I personally had a good experience using this phone running on android OS.

Pricing and availability

The Phone is priced at 14,650 Rs. However, Online stores like amazon are selling it for 11,999 Rs. You can order the phone at amazon here which includes free shipping.

 

 

 

Google Smart Contact Lenses Explained

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Google is developing a smart contact lens, with pharmaceutical giant Novartis, to help patients manage diabetes. Under a new development and licensing deal between Google and the Alcon eyewear division at Novartis, the two companies said they will create a smart contact lens that contains a low power microchip and an almost invisible, hair-thin electronic circuit. The lens can measure diabetics’ blood sugar levels directly from tear fluid on the surface of the eyeball. The system sends data to a mobile device to keep the individual informed.

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Google co-founder Sergey Brin said the company wanted to use “the latest technology in ‘minituarisation’ of electronics” in order to improve people’s “quality of life”. The combination of Google’s technology background and Novartis’ pharmaceutical knowledge would help meet “unmet medical needs”, Jimenez claimed. The Google team involved in the contact lens development is called Google[x], and it focuses on “finding new solutions to big global problems” in healthcare and beyond, according to the companies.

The secretive Google[x] facility operates in Mountain View, California, and one of its most high profile projects has been a self driving car. It is also working closely on speech recognition, balloon powered internet access for rural areas, wind power, and technology for the Internet of Things – in which internet connected home, personal and city objects communicate with each other and take automatic action when different events take place.

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SITA gets Smartwatch with Boarding Passes

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Airlines can now offer their ultra tech-savvy passengers the chance to board their flight with a mere flick of their wrist and scan of their smartwatch. SITA Lab continues to innovate and lead in the area of wearable tech by providing boarding passes for Android watches via its API available now on developer.aero.

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A simple alert via Android Wear technology will remind the passenger of their flight at the appropriate time and location. A quick swipe reveals the boarding pass and a second swipe displays the barcode allowing the passenger to get through the airport checkpoints and board the plane.

Jim Peters, CTO, SITA, said: “We have done considerable research into the use of wearable technology for the air transport industry and this is the first step to enable passengers to use their own wearable devices as they make their way through the airport.

“SITA’s boarding pass is fully compliant with international regulations, including the TSA, so can be used at airports across the world. We’ve made this available through our industry API platform so it will be interesting to see which airlines will be the early adopters.

SITA provides a selection of APIs for airlines and airports on its developer.aero platform including ones for beacons, baggage tracking and iTravel. Because the boarding passes are delivered via API a simple mark up in the code, which takes less than two minutes, enables Google Now operation and allows smartwatches to be a useful travel tool.

SITA’s boarding pass API is already in use at major airlines including JetBlue and Virgin Atlantic.

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Lava rolls out Android 4.4.2 KitKat update through FOTA for Iris 504Q+

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LAVA International Limited, a fast growing company in the mobile handset industry, announced Android 4.4.2 KitKat update over FOTA (Firmware- over-the-Air)  for LAVA Iris 504Q+.

With its latest update of Android 4.4.2 KitKat, LAVA Iris 504Q+ shall offer an improved user experience through an enhanced user interface, superior battery life and software performance. A new dialer app has also been introduced in the update which lets users to automatically prioritize contacts according to the most frequently dialed numbers in the phone book. Whenever a user gets a call from an unknown number, the phone will look for matches from businesses with a local listing on Google Maps.

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The users will get a notification to upgrade the operating system to Android KitKat. On tapping the notification, the user will be guided through the upgrade download and installation process.  Alternatively, the users can download and install manually through “Check Update” functionality that can be found in Settings-> About Phone->System Updates. The update will be downloaded on the memory card only and the user needs to have memory card inserted in the smartphone while installing. After installation, the Android KitKat software can run with or without memory card in smartphone.

With the latest update of Android KitKat, LAVA Iris 504Q+ will now deliver better performance. The main highlight of the smartphone is the 10 MP rear auto-focus camera that is powered by Sony Exmor RS Sensor having sensor size of 1/3.2 inch allowing enhanced lowlight performance. Through its unique gesture control and voice command functionality, a user can click picture by saying just “Cheese” or “Capture” or with a swipe of the hand in air. The LAVA Iris 504Q+ packs in 1GB RAM and an internal memory of 8GB, which is expandable up to 32GB via micro-SD card, giving users enough space for applications & multimedia content.

It is powered by a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor and Mali 400 MP2 @500MHz Graphics Unit.

Now priced at Rs. 11,900, LAVA Iris 504Q+ is available in Grey and Silver colours. It also comes with an smart flip cover that puts the phone automatically in sleep mode ensuring reduced battery consumption.

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Oplus launches XonPhone 5

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Oplus today announced the launch of its revolutionary 5” Smartphone – ‘XonPhone 5’ exclusively on Snapdeal.com, the largest online marketplace in India. The event was held in New Delhi’s Shangri-La Hotel on July 24th, 2014.  Under this partnership between Oplus and Snapdeal.com, the latest smartphone by the former, XonPhone 5 will be exclusively available on the latter’s website and accessible for purchase for 25 million+ Snapdeal members across 5000+ towns and cities.

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XonPhone 5 comes powered with a MTK 6582 Quad core 1.3GHz Cortex A7 Processor, a 1 GB RAM, a 5” capacitive multi-touch 1280 by 720, 320 PPI true to life display, 8 MP Back Camera with auto focus with LED Flash and a 2 MP Front Camera, 16 GB Internal Storage, powered by a 2000mAh battery and the works to give you a world of possibilities.

 

Present at the launch CEO, Oplus, Mr. Soumitra Gupta said, “We are extremely elated to be launching the XonPhone 5, an innovative smartphone with ultimate features ensuring a unique user experience. Our association with India’s largest marketplace, Snapdeal.com has yielded us great results for our tablet and we are affirmative that our smartphone will also witness great acceptance from the users.”

 

Commenting on the partnership, Tony Navin, Senior Vice President – Electronics, Snapdeal.com said, “We are extremely elated to exclusively offer the all new Xonphone 5 to the users under our association with Oplus. We are extremely positive that this aesthetically crafted and feature packed smartphone at this lucrative price point will receive a tremendous response. We look forward to a long term and a mutually beneficial relationship”.

 

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PERFORMANCE

 

Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. With a MTK 6582 Quad core 1.3GHz Cortex A7 Processor, a MediaTek MTK 6582 Chipset, 1 GB RAM, a Mali-400 MP GPU, the XonPhone 5 unleash your potential to do more. Go and Challenge your limits!

 

DISPLAY

 

The richness of life lies in what we see all around us. Enrich and open a whole new world of experience on the XonPhone 5 with a 5” True to Life display. The XonPhone 5 houses 320 pixels per inch, IPS OGS 5″ HD 1280×720 capacitive multi-touch display. With oozing dripping colours, emoting all shades of life and dreams, watch and cry, share emotions while watching movies, playing games, video conferencing or browsing nostalgic memories on the XonPhone 5.

 

CAMERA

 

Capture Full HD videos on a 1088 by 1920 at 30fps. Make use of the Front 2 MP Camera to connect and video conference. Capture these moments on the XonPhone 5, 8 MP back camera with Auto Focus, LED Flash, EIS, voice capture and Geo-Tagging capabilities. Create stories.

 

CONNECTION & NAVIGATION

 

Life is about moments you can share, moments you can enjoy. Pick up your XonPhone 5 and stream music over Bluetooth. Explore new roads and never get lost. Tread across the hills or navigate a busy street with XonPhone 5’s A-GPS or GPS and never lose your way. Share the sunset or your next bungee jump video over the web. Search for your favorite recipes. Stay connected and share your internet on the XonPhone 5 with its WiFi WAPI (802.11 b/g/n), WiFi Hotspot support. Go ahead and live the adventure.

 

 

STORAGE

 

The human mind is not confined to any limits. XonPhone 5 comes with an internal 16 GB Storage and a card slot supporting micro SD Card upto 32 GB. Create, store countless e-books, movies, pictures, videos, music, presentations, documents, apps and more on the XonPhone 5.

 

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ENTERTAINMENT

 

Ever missed a beat or felt that innocent exhilaration. The adrenaline rush, the feeling of being invincible… Enjoy seamless, smooth gaming on the XonPhone 5 with its True to Life display, Mali-400 MP GPU, 1 GB onboard RAM, a MTK 6582 Quad core 1.3GHz Cortex A7 Processor with Mediatek MTK6582 Chipset and a 16 GB internal storage. Game On!

 

The XonPhone 5 ensures the best user experience with consistent connectivity, flawless entertainment and unbelievable features all packed in one revolutionary device and it is now within your reach at Snapdeal.com!

 

The XonPhone 5 is available on Snapdeal.com for Rs 7,999/-

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Uber for Windows Phone has arrived!

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Uber, the popular Taxi app has now hit the shelves of Windows Phone store!  Joel Belfiore of Windows Phone team has confirmed this news by tweeting “Another big-brand, official app on WP! UBER!” . The application is available in most of the Uber operated regions. The Uber application for windows phone is available for free. The company also posted this on their blog . 

Screenshots of Uber app.

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Download Uber for Windows Phone

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Opera Mini and Myntra.com enable easy access to fashionable brands

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Opera Mini is one of the most popular mobile browsers in India. It works on most mobile handsets, varying from basic Java phones to the newest smartphones. It features advanced compression technology, which shrinks webpages to as little as 10% of their original size, helping users save on data charges tremendously. This data compression also leads to faster page-loading, even in bad network conditions, making it a great companion for users on the go.

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Myntra.com is one of India’s largest e-commerce stores for fashion and lifestyle products. With the new Speed Dial entry, Opera Mini users will now be just a click away from Myntra.com, helping them choose from more than 70,000 styles spanning over 700 fashion labels across apparel, footwear and accessories. And, to make their shopping experience even better, Myntra.com offers great benefits like cash on delivery and a 30-day exchange / returns policy.

Sunil Kamath, Vice President for South Asia at Opera Software, says, “Online shopping is becoming all the rage in India today. Each day, more and more of our users are spending time on online shopping portals, and the fashion & apparel segment is becoming one of the most popular attractions. With this in mind, I’m sure that our users will love having Myntra on their Speed Dial. Opera Mini’s data compression technology will, of course, ensure that they can breeze through browsing the thousands of Myntra’s top-of-the-line fashion products, without worrying about their internet bills.”

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Commenting on the partnership, Prasad Kompalli, Chief Revenue Officer at Myntra, said, “Everyone loves surfing and shopping on their mobile phones these days. At present, almost 35% of our revenue comes from mobile web browsing, which I believe will soon be the next big driver for e-commerce in India. In fact, mobile internet has made it possible for us to connect with new consumers in smaller cities and towns, where phones are the primary means to access the web.”

Myntra’s Kompalli adds, “Opera Mini is one of the most popular mobile browsers in India, with millions of users across diverse parts of the country. We are confident that our presence on Opera Mini’s Speed Dial will help us reach many new users and bring them closer to our brand.”

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