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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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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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Lumia 330 Concept Phones are here!

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Some cool dude at PhoneDesigner has posted some interesting Lumia 330 pictures. Well, This comes after Satya Nadela of Microsoft announcing that he is halting Series40 / Asha  Phone development along with Nokia X. Series 40 phones and Asha phones are very popular in developing  countries like India. As these budget phones are saying goodbyes, it should make way for nothing-but-windows phones!

It is interesting to note, Nokia never used any Phone Model series starting with the digit 4.  That’s why we have Lumia 330.. And this is how it looks!

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Photo Courtesy: Phone Designer

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BenQ unveils RL2460HT to stir up the gaming action

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BenQ, an internationally renowned provider of digital lifestyle innovations today announced the launch of its fully optimized RL2460HT monitor for high-speed PC and console gaming — perfect for RTS- and MOBA-style games, as well as fighting games. The RL2460HT is equipped with BenQ’s exclusive RevolutionEyes™ technology to provide the visual comfort gamers need for better performance during prolonged hours of competitive play.

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The new RL2460HT has been specifically optimized for real-time strategy (RTS), first-person shooter (FPS) console games such as the all-new Call of Duty®: Ghosts, MOBA-style games like StarCraft® ll: Heart of the Swarm™, League of Legends™, and Defense of the Ancients (Dota 2), as well as for popular fighting games such as Mortal Kombat™.

 

With the launch of RL2460HT, BenQ aims to offer exciting special features for some of the professional gaming industry’s most popular titles, played by millions of in-person and online gamers,”said,  Rajeev Singh, Country Head & General Manager, BenQ India. “The RL2460HT has been engineered in collaboration with the world’s top professional fighting game champions enabling it to deliver the precision, speed, and market-first innovations needed to provide gamers with a memorable experience”.

 

To enhance monitor performance, the RL2460HT’s RevolutionEyes technology includes ZeroFlicker™ capabilities that eliminate traditional LED flicker issues, adding to eSports enthusiasts’ comfort during competitive action and longer gaming sessions. The RL2460HT also features BenQ’s Black eQualizer, which enables total gaming visibility by allowing players to adjust brightness without over-exposing white levels, revealing critical combat details with improved visibility in darkened areas. Additionally, BenQ’s Low Blue Light technology removes up to 70 percent of blue spectrum light to protect gamers’ eyes during extended periods of play, with several low blue light levels that automatically adjust emission without affecting picture quality.

 

With the RL2460HT’s HDMI Out port, pro gamers can stream their game content after it goes through the monitor so that the audience sees exactly what the player has seen, without risk of lag or delay to the player. In this manner, pro gamers can preserve monitor speed and performance regardless of the streaming system used. The monitor provides a height-adjustable stand with a precision adjustment marker system that makes setup fast and easy, enabling the player to duplicate the precise setup every time and everywhere.

 

Like the other monitors in the BenQ RL series, the RL2460HT includes a 24-inch, LED-powered TN panel with virtually no input lag and industry-leading 1 ms response time. Other features include integrated speakers, two HDMI ports along with standard DVI and VGA connections, and SmartScaling for gaming pros to customize their screen viewing area for optimal viewing performance, but still wouldn’t change my 144hz monitor for any other.

 

The RL2460HT is available at a price (MRP) of 17500 INR across India. For more information, please visit www.BenQ.co.in.

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Here is the preview of New Animated Lockscreen for Windows Phone 8.1

 

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Thanks to David Lorenzin who has uploaded new lockscreen preview video on youtube. The video shows how the upcoming lockscreens look like on windows phone 8.1 . The video showcases 3 different lockscreen themes

  • Classic
  • Clock plus
  • Stripe

Everything looks pretty interesting. 3 years back, say in December 2011, we had covered about free lockscreens available for windows phone 7 .  If you compare, there are significant changes from Windows Phone 7.  The new animated lockscreens looks classy. We are not sure if it supports something like pattern lock ( like Maze lock popular in Android ).  We hope this new animated lockscreen app hits the store as soon as possible for all range of windows phones running 8.1 .

 

Update: There is an app called Animated Lockscreen published by VenetaSoft which gives a good preview of how the lockscreen looks like on your windows phone 8.1 . Download the preview app from here . ( Yes , it works on 512 Mb RAM devices too! )

Inside the Video:

Classic Animated Lockscreen

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Clock Plus Animated Lockscreen

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Stripe Animated Lockscreen

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So far, which one did you like? Do comment!

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LG’s G3 now in India

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LG Electronics’ most eagerly awaited smartphone, the LG G3, was launched in a glittering function at Mumbai’s Mehboob Studio. As a Statesman, Mr. Amitabh Bachchan regaled all present bintroducing to them the various features of LG G3. Developed under the ‘Simple is the New Smart’ concept and the successor to the company’s well-received LG G2, the LG G3 is the amalgamation of its consumer research ‘Learning from You’ – an integral part of LG’s product development philosophy.

Mr. Amitabh Bachchan and Mr. Soon Kwon, Managing Director, LG Electronics India unveiling the LG G3 (Left to Right)

In India, the G3 comes with a price tag of Rs. 47,990 for the 16 GB version and Rs. 50,990 for 32 GB version and will be available in three colors.

In the cluttered, complex world of today, the G3 is the perfect blend of the latest innovative technology and simplified user experience underscoring LGs commitment to users and bringing to them the best in class products and devices. Globally, the G3 has witnessed exceptional traction and we expect the same in India,” said Soon Kwon, MD LG Electronics India. “With G3, LG has truly broken technological grounds and we aim to spearhead our vision of 10% smartphone market share by the end of 2014 for LG’s mobile division in India.” added Mr. Kwon.

 

LG will release 15,000 limited edition G3 smart phones with Signature of Mr. Amitabh Bachchan in the Indian market and few lucky buyers will get the opportunity to actually meet with the legend.

 

Highlights of the new G3 include:

  • 5.5-inch Quad HD display with 538ppi with four times the resolution of HD and al-most two times higher resolution than a Full HD display
  • 13MP OIS+ (Optical Image Stabilizer Plus) camera with a revolutionary Laser Auto Focus that can shoot stunningly sharp images in a fraction of the time required by conventional phone cameras
  • Polished metallic skin on the rear cover that is lightweight, fingerprint-proof and most of all, beautiful
  • Floating Arc form factor that feels incredibly comfortable in one hand and incorporates the innovative design heritage of the Rear Key
  • Redesigned graphic user interface (GUI) consistent with the Simple is the New Smart concept of the G3

 

The G3’s innovative streak harbors on three core technologies, Display, Camera and Design. The G3’s Quad HD Display has a pixel density of 538ppi that sets new viewing standards, producing sharper images with extreme clarity. At 5.5 inches, the G3’s display screen pans a ratio of 76.4% with slim bezels making it comfortable to hold in the hand. The 3,000mAh battery of the G3 has a longer lifespan courtesy the metal in the battery cathode being replaced by graphite. The Quad HD display’s ultra-high performance is due to an optimized battery that maximizes operability and efficiency.

 

The G3’s 13MP OIS+ Camera captures stunning imagery, acquired through the use of itsLaser Auto Focus, a first of its kind feature in any smart phone till date. This feature measures the distance between the camera and the subject using a laser beam to capture images. This simplified image capture process utilizes the tap of a finger to bring the subject into focus, simultaneously triggering the shutter. The G3’s 2.1 MP front camera incorporates new enhancements like a larger image sensor and larger aperture for more light input and better selfies. Gesture controls wherein a clenched fist gesture is recognized by the G3 and a 3 second countdown automatically begins, is an added feature. Video format shooting has superior sound quality with instinctive microphones that scan the ambient environment to detect optimal audio levels for the clearest recording. The built in 1W speaker with Boost Amp offers richer sounds and clearer tones.

Mr. Amitabh Bachchan and Mr. Soon Kwon, Managing Director, LG Electronics India unveiling the LG G3 (Left to Right) - 2

LG’s Design language is anchored in its Rear Key that includes newly designed power and volume buttons with premium quality materials and finish. The matte lined, fingerprint free metallic skin of the G3 is available in three vibrant colors, metallic black, silk white and shine gold. LG has incorporated a user interface with flat graphics that reflects its unique visual style and identity and a circular motif of graphic assets in the new UI.

 

The G3 is complemented by three Core UX Features, the Smart Keyboard, Smart Notice and Smart Security. The Smart Keyboard functions on adaptive technology that learns as you type for faster input and reduced errors. The height of the keyboard can be adjusted and individual keys can be customized with frequently used symbols. Smart Notice is a personal assistant that offers suggestions and recommendations based on user behavior, phone usage patterns and location based information and has natural language abilities. To secure confidential data, the G3 presents Smart Security like the Knock Code, LG’s patent feature that unlocks the device with the help of a knocking pattern, a personalized code set by the user that can be entered anywhere on screen. The Knock On feature wakes the screen and the Knock Code helps users enter the home screen. The G3’s Content Lock keeps personal files safe and hidden from view. The G3’s Kill Switch disables the smartphone remotely in the event of a theft. The G3 also includes anti-virus scanning and remote wipe and lock.

 

A host of premium accessories accompany the G3. The QuickCircle Case allows easy access from the QuickCircle window without opening the cover. The bluetooth stereo handset, Tone Infinim, delivers premium audio quality in a stylish design. Name Alertoffers verbal call notification. The Wireless Charger is compact and foldable and optimized for easy portability.

 

LG G3 is being launched with Rs. 15,000/- worth consumer offer from day one via Rs. 5,000/- discount on LG G Watch when bought along with G3 + Rs. 3,500/- worth QuickCircle Case Free with every G3 + One Time Screen replacement worth Rs. 6,500/-.

 

LG also unveiled G watch at this gala launch.

Key Specifications:

  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 801 (up to 2.5GHz Quad-Core)
  • Display: 5.5-inch Quad HD IPS (2560 x 1440, 538ppi)
  • Memory: 16/32GB eMMC ROM, 2/3GB DDR3 RAM / microSD slot (128GB max)
  • Camera: Rear 13.0MP with OIS+ and Laser Auto Focus / Front 2.1MP
  • Battery: 3,000mAh (removable)
  • Operating System: Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  • Size: 146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9mm
  • Weight: 149g
  • Network:  LTE (4G) /  HSPA+ 21 Mbps (3G) /  EDGE (2G)
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth Smart Ready (Apt-X), NFC,

SlimPort, A-GPS/Glonass, USB 2.0

  • Color: Metallic Black, Silk White, Shine Gold, Moon Violet, Burgundy Red
  • Other: Smart Keyboard, Smart Notice, Knock CodeTM , Guest Mode, etc

Key Specifications: G WATCH

  •  Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400 processor
  •  Display: 1.65-inch LCD IPS (280 x 280)
  •  Memory: 4GB eMMC / 512MB RAM
  •  Battery: 400mAh
  •  Operating System: Android Wear (compatible with smartphones running Android 4.3 and above)
  •  Size: 37.9 x 46.5 x 9.95mm
  •  Weight: 63g
  •  Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0
  •  Sensors: 9-Axis (Gyro / Accelerometer / Compass)
  •  Color: White Gold/ Black Titan
  •  Others: Dust and Water Resistant (IP67)

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Update Status to all Social Networks at once on Windows Phone 8.1 (Cyan)

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The new windows phone 8.1 comes with over 100 plus features compared to Windows Phone 8. Some of the notable features are Action Center, Transparent tiles, Cortana and improved social integration.  However people who are used to Windows Phone 8 might be finding little hard to update their social network status’ on 8.1.

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Primary reason being, The Windows Phone 8.1 doesn’t provide a native support for facebook and other primary social sites.  Because of constantly changing features in facebook / others , Windows phone has chosen not to pre-build a third party service for longitivity  reasons.  Instead windows phone 8.1 has opened doors for something called social extensibility framework where a third party apps can write their custom interface which integrates deeply into Me tile ( Popular in windows phone) .

If you are primarily looking for updating status at 1 shot.. There are few helpful apps which integrates all social networking sites at one place. So that you can link all your social accounts and use that as your default “Status update app”  ( Which you can configure from Settings in Me tile) ..

Here are those useful apps:

1. Unishare

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Download Unishare from windows phone store.

2.Multishare

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Download Multishare from windows phone store.

3.Sharit

sharitDownload Sharit from windows phone store.

 

Hope this helps. If you find more such social apps do let me know. Do comment 🙂

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BenQ launches XL-Z Series gaming monitors

BenQ, a leading market player in technology innovation and design proficiency today announced the launch of XL-Z series of first-person shooter (FPS) purpose-built gaming monitors: The 27-inch XL2720Z and 24-inch XL2420Z and XL2411Z widescreen full-HD displays.

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Featuring BenQ’s exclusive Revolution Eyes technology for exceptional monitor performance, the displays are packed with enhancements such as Motion Blur Reduction, Low Blue Light, Zero Flicker, gaming refresh rate optimization management (GROM), and 1-ms GTG response times. In addition, the new models offer BenQ’s latest firmware, which enables third-party utility support for further optimization options. The end result is striking visual clarity, seamless motion fluidity, and added viewing comfort for hours of action-packed game play.

The XL- Z Series models are co-developed by various R&D partnerships with the core product developers and masterminds of gaming industry worldwide. The FPS Mode featured in XL- Z series let players tap into the fundamental insights of pro gamers and view the game how a gaming legend would see it. This feature automatically adjusts monitor calibrations to provide users with optimal brightness, contrast, sharpness and color tint.

Featuring Low Blue Light technology, the XL-Z monitors successfully manage the exposure of blue spectrum light emitted, resulting in more comfortable viewing. To help gamers protect their eyes during extended periods, the monitors provide several adjustable low blue light levels that automatically adjust emission without affecting quality. With the GROM management system, gamers also gain the freedom to custom-build their personal gaming experience according to viewing preferences such as refresh rates (100/120/144Hz), display resolutions, and screen sizes.

XL- Z series augments your gaming experience like never before with industry beating exclusive features like:

  • Fast 1ms GtG Response Time enhances gaming experience with smoothly rendered Fast-moving action and dramatic transitions without the annoying effects of smearing or ghosting
  • 144Hz Refresh Rate Ensures Seamless Graphics: With a refresh rate of 144Hz, there’s never a lag and every in-game details will be smoothly rendered giving gamers captivating realism on screen
  • Display Mode & Smart Scaling allows gamers to interchange between monitor screen sizes from17″ (4:3), 19″ (4:3), 19″W (16:10), 21.5″W (16:9), 22″W (16:10), 23″W (16:9) to 24″W (16:9), as the Smart Scaling feature gives them the freedom to manually scale the screen to any custom size
  • Motion Blur Reduction BenQ’s new Motion Blur Reduction technology further enhances an ultra-smooth, free-of-blur gaming experience, particularly for action-packed FPS games where every millisecond count. With Motion Blur Reduction, gamers no longer suffer from time and gaming comfort lost to poor vision quality created by motion blur and lagging

The all new BenQ XL2720Z gaming monitor is available across India at an MRP of Rs. 37500, while the XL2420Z & XL2411Z are available at retail price of Rs. 32500 & Rs. 30000 respectively.

Swift programming: iOS programmers can now use Emoji as variable name!

Which is that favourite Emoji which you often use when you have a conversation with your friends on Facebook/Whatsapp?
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Things are getting cooler and cooler for programmers! Heard of Swift programming language? Swift is Apple’s new programming language which lets you program their machines running on iOS and OSX platform which was recently unveiled for developers in WWDC 2014 event. Swift is Emoji friendly 😉 Yup!

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As I was going through the programming guide, I noticed developers are now free to use whatever name they want while declaring a variable or constant name. As seen in the above screenshot one can feel FREE to use wide variety of characters including symbols, unicodes and emojis as their variable names! Sounds cool? Pretty interesting to see programming languages becoming too handy and cool to use!

Interested in learning Swift programming language? Download it on your iBooks here. Requires Mac OS X Mavericks

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