Microsoft surface tablets - A Closer Look

Microsoft Surface Tablets: 6 Reasons it will make your iPad look Ancient

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Microsoft Surface Tablets are probably the latest buzz on the Internet. People have already decided to part ways with Apple, after seing the specs of the new Windows 8 powered tablet devices by Microsoft.

Long before there was the Apple iPad and now there is the Microsoft Surface Tablet. Microsoft is taking its tablet industry one step ahead by launching these touchscreen tablets.

1. Fastest Processors on the Planet

Microsoft surface tablets - tegra processors

The Surface tablets will come in two versions, the Windows RT version and the Windows 8 Pro version. The RT version will run on Nvidia’s ARM chipsets and the Operating system will be Windows RT.

While the Windows 8 Pro version will run on Intel’s latest generation Ivy bridge processors and will be powered by the Windows 8 Pro operating system.

2. Windows 8 Operating System+Metro Style Apps

Windows 8 operating system which is still under development is supposed to make its debut on these Surface Tablets. The Metro Style dashboard and apps are probably the only WOW factors on Windows 8.

Although the concept of Windows 8 was taken a tad poorly by reviewers because it is designed more towards the touchscreen interfaces, its applications will now carry that extra Oomph when it will be previewed on Windows 8 Pro Surface tablets.

3. Full-HD Displays: Time to WOW

Microsoft surface tablets - 1080p displays

Both the RT and Windows 8 Pro will have the same size displays on-board i.e. 10.6 inch cleartype HD panel, although the Pro version will be a Full HD (1080p) display and you are likely to enjoy it more because it also gets you 6 hours of battery life with a 42W battery.

Magnesium casing will further protect the body and give you the added textured finish to your Surface tablets.

4. Touchpad (SURFACE): One of a Kind

Microsoft surface tablets - touchpad surfaces

What makes these tablets unique are their touchpads! The Surface tablet (unlike the iPad), will have a physical keyboard and a trackpad too which can be fixed onto the keyboard with the help of covers which will allow you to use it as a touchpad.

Additionally, a built-in kickstand will offer you the much needed ease of use. Oh did i tell you, there’s also a pen input? Yes this is not an ordinary pen, the digital ink will flow when you touch the screen with the pen, by which you can hand draw almost anything take a digital Mona Lisa for example hehe…top that iPad!

5. MS Office 2013: Ahead of the future

If you are a student and use Microsoft Office often (i know i do), the RT tablet will come with Office 2013 alongwith the Windows RT, and the guys at the Guardian are already regarding the RT tab as the best MS Office experience.

Fast typing on a tablet is obviously not possible, mostly because of the touchpad and Surface tablets eliminate that drawback by giving you access to physical keyboards.

6. Slimmer than the iPad, Lighter than Miley Cyrus (Almost)

Microsoft surface tablets - very thin and light

Images credit: laptopmag.com

Measuring at a mighty 9.3mm thickness, definitely less than the iPad, the Surface tablets weigh at 676g which is give or take the same as iPad. The RT tablet will be available in storage size of 32GB and 64GB whereas the Pro version will offer you 64GB or 128GB storage spaces.

USB 3.0 connectivity can only be seen in the Pro version, whereas the RT houses the (not so) outdated USB 2.0, and microSD slots are available in both the Surface tablets.

Pricing and Release

Microsoft hasn’t yet officially announced the pricing of these tabs though from what the engadget guys are speculating, these tablets will be more or less in the $500-$700, again that’s just a rumor. Steve Ballmer is planning to release these tabs late this 2012, although Verge is already expecting it in October.

Hands crossed, these Surface tablets will surely be a great competitor to the iPad and unless the guys at Apple are thinking of something unique for their next iPad these tablets will surely hit a home run this summer.
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Get that background music from a YouTube video

How to Find out a Song Name From a YouTube Video

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Today i will give you a simple and short tutorial on how to find out a song name from a youtube video. Most of us visit Youtube a lot to watch funny videos, watch movies, etc and when we see a youtube video with a great background song in it, we will definitely want to know the name of that song, won’t we?

I stumbled upon a video today and found a great song inside it but i didn’t know how to get that song. So here are the two ways you can easily find out a youtube video’s background song without going through the trouble of recording a video and searching aimlessly of what to do next.

First Way: When a youtube video is uploaded there is this feature called AudioSwap with which users use an another youtube video’s music and play it in their video as an audio track. After using this AudioSwap feature the information about that audio file is visible in the Statistics section of the video.

Just click the Show video statistics icon which is located beside the video views and here you can find the name, album and artist of the song that has been used in the video.

How to find out a song name from a youtube video

Second Way: The second way is kinda stupid but it works nonetheless. Just listen to the track’s lyrics that is being played in the Youtube video and remember some of those lyrics. Now go to lyrster.com and type the song’s lyrics and hit the Search button. Lyrster’s audio database is pretty vast and it also uses Google’s database to power their searches and i am pretty sure you will find the song you are looking for in minutes. Of course, if the song is an instrumental it could be difficult to find it, but relax what else is the third way for?

Third Way or The Hard Way: You have to convert the Youtube video into and MP3 format and save it onto your hard disk. Keepvid.com or Savevid.com can be very helpful to convert videos for you. After saving it, play the song you had saved earlier in any media player, now go to Midomi.com and click the search button, make sure the song is still playing in your player.

Midomi.com will search its database to find that specific song and if you are lucky it will list you the exact name and artist of the song. You can also use Midomi’s sing feature to sing a song on a mic, rather than playing it on your media player.

If all else fails you can use Google’s very own Google Music Search to discover your favorite song name, it uses the whole Google’s database, and we all know how power it is ;)

Did you find this article helpful? If yes make a comment and tell us if you found out the song name from these methods!
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Google+ Local officially launches

Google+ Local now Officially launched: Google Places Bye-Bye

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Google+ Local has recently been launched by Google. In short, it is a replacement to Google Places but a really good recommendation tool, probably even better than Foursquare recommendations mainly because it integrates the Google+ social network.

Google has partnered up with Zagat to introduce Google+ Local. Zagat is a very well known company which rates and provides reviews about interesting places around you, mainly restaurants, hotels, clubs, diners, etc. Google+ Local tab has already been added to your Google+ profile. Just sign into Google+, and click on the 7th tab, where it says Local with a superfix NEW.

You may have already seen the advertising of Google+ Local on Google’s homepage, as that’s how they are promoting the new G+ Local. The moment you sign into Google+ Local you will see a page displaying the Recommended places in your city. There are currently 5 major categorization of your favorite places such as Restaurants, Cafes, Bars, Hotels and Entertainment.

For each place there is an overall score which is dependent upon other factors. Take for example, you are searching for a nice 5 star hotel in a city to crash, just click on the most popular overall score and you will immediately see reviews from people you know on G+. The review is based on three important aspects seen in a hotel, the Quality, the Facilities and the Service which is called as Zagat’s 30 point scale. So all the scores will be out of 30.

Google Plus Local Screen Shot 3

You get to vote for each one of them and the overall score will be based on those individual votes you make. Apart from voting you also get to add a personal review. So you always get a quality recommendation…everytime! Your reviews will all be Public by default.

The Plus point here is you get recommendations from people you trust and are friends with, a feature which is seriously missing in a lot travel recommendation sites. There is also an option to book suites, what did you think Google Ads are for? ;)

Google Plus Local Screen Shot 1

Google+ Local has also integrated Search and Maps and is available for all mobile devices too. See a hotel you want to drive to, just click on Directions and Google Maps will come to your rescue.

When writing a certain review you also have the opportunity to upload photos. All those photos will be Public by default so that they can be seen by your friends in extended circles and everyone else too.

Avni Shah, Director of Product Management at Google explains us in the official blog post:

You can also share your opinions and upload photos. These reviews and photos will help your friends when they’re checking out a place, and are also integrated into the aggregate score that other people see. The more you contribute, the more helpful Google+ Local will be for your friends, family and everyone else.

By time we will see more and more features be added to Google+ Local and making recommendations ro your favorite destinations easy and beautiful. Visit Google+ Local by following the link and experience it yourself.

Google Plus Local Screen Shot 2

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Evernote Hello for android now out

Evernote Hello for Android is a Must Have App

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Evernote recently launched its Android app Evernote Hello which is a contacts app but of the next kind. Evernote Hello was already available for the iPhone user, and now its the Droid turn.

For those of you who are not aware, Evernote Hello is an intuitive way to remember people you meet in and around you everyday. It is a smart way to save contacts and hopefully a neat little database for every person you have ever met in your lifetime. Like there are many acquaintances you had make in a day if you are a businessman, but then remembering each one of em would become more than confusing.

Evernote Hello for iPhone

Evernote Hello is one such app which ties all the information of a person and puts a face on it. Then all you need to do is, enter any detail of that person such as the location you had met him/her or the place you had your coffee with that person and Evernote Hello will pull that contact out for you. Evernote Hello calls these as Encounters.

LinkedIn is the most essential tool for every individual these days, to keep your business contacts close by, and Evernote Hello makes this easy by importing all those contacts to its database. Evernote Hello with the help if its Linkedin integration can attach additional information to an already existing contact filling up all the blanks.

Evernote Hello for android screenshot

Some other unique features about Evernote Hello:

  • Evernote Hello predicts people you are about to meet by searching your Calendars for appointments, call logs and messaging history.
  • Evernote Hello’s Mosaic view shows the faces of all the people you have ever met.
  • All your info is kept private, Evernote Hello doesn’t use any kind of special software for tracking its users. Your data is kept private at all times.
  • Whenever you meet a person, Evernote Hello sends a personalized e-mail to that person containing your info and photo.
  • All the notes you take at a meeting, pictures you snapped at a hangover, will be displayed right under that encounter as Related Notes, making it easy for you to remember anything and everything that happened at that meeting, don’t show it to your wife, hehe ;)

Evernote Hello for Android is completely free and always will be. Install it now at the Google Play Store.
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Apple iOS version 5.1.1 patches serious iOS Security Bugs

Apple came with an iOS update this Monday and have urged its all iOS users to update their devices immediately. The iOS 5.1.1 patch fixes 3 serious security issues found in the existing devices, mostly browser based bugs.

The updated iOS  version 5.1.1 will work on  iPhone 3GS, iPhon 4, iPhone 4S, iPod Touch (3rd generation and later), as well as the iPad, iPad 2, and new iPad.

However,  jailbroken devices  can also update to iOS 5.1.1 excluding newer devices like iPhone 4S, the iPad 2, and the iPad which came after the iPad 2.

One address bar spoofing bug and 2 webkit browser based bugs are addressed in this security update.

 

Micromax a50 superfone ninja

Micromax A50 Review: Fast, Powerful, Very Cheap Android Phone with AISHA

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Micromax recently introduced its latest model Micromax A50 android smartphone which is available at a very competitive price, a mere Rs. 4,999 only. And this droid also showcases a voice assistant tool called AISHA much like the popular SIRI.

HIGHLIGHTS OF MICROMAX A50:

  • 7.9 cms Capacitive touchscreen
  • Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread Mobile OS
  • Features the all new AISHA (Artificial Intelligence Speech Handset Assistant)
  • Dual SIM Support
  • 3G, Wi-Fi, GPRS and Bluetooth connectivity
  • 2.0 MP Camera
  • Gravity Sensor
  • External Storage expandable upto 32 GB

Micromax a50 review - a cheap android phone with aisha

Press Release by Micromax at the end of the post.

The A50 is powerful in multi-tasking too as it comes with a 650 Mhz processor speed. However the most exceptional feature of this phone is AISHA, the voice assisted tool. In the end we all want a phone which can do our tasks in a jiffy, in this case AISHA will prove very helpful for you.

Is AISHA a mimic of SIRI?

You just exchange a command such as “Update status on Facebook” and the rest is done by AISHA. You can also ask her “What is the weather in New York” and she will respond to you by “The weather is cold”. As you can see the commands are all a mimic what we found in iPhone’s SIRI, but then again iPhone 4S costs double than what A50 is priced at.

update facebook status on micromax a50

Although there are voice assistance tools for Android available at Google Play such as Skyvi and Iris but Aisha performs better and responds to your commands with much greater accuracy than those apps.

 

Impressive TVC

 

VERDICT: Looking at the connectivity options such as 3G and Wi-Fi and also enough processor speed for everyday use, this smartphone is priced at a very cheap rate i.e. Rs. 4,999 which is pretty competitive because not a lot of manufacturers these days are putting their models on sale with such feature sets in that price range. If you are looking for an affordable Android phone with more than enough features to get you started then look no further, Micromax A50 is best suited for you.

But if you are one of those who are into photography and want pro features then don’t consider buying this phone because 2.0 MP camera is not the best option. The starting point for you will be 5.0 MP found in Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Ace and other mid-range phones which also have nice processing powers and GPS functionality.

Here is the official press release by Micromax:

Bangalore, April 26th, 2012: Micromax Informatics Limited (“Micromax”)the 12th largest handset manufacturer in the World (According to Global Handset Vendor Market share report from Strategy Analytics) today announced the launch of A50 Ninja, which comes with an Artificial Intelligence Speech Handset Assistant, “AISHA”.

Priced at Rs. 4,999/- the Micromax A50 Ninja makes an effort to provide an affordable smartphone solution for the masses who have longed for a phone which is not just smart but an intelligent device. In succession to A85, A75, A73 and A78, Micromax intensifies its Superfone portfolio by introducing A50 and thus offering handsets ranging from Rs. 4,999 to Rs. 12, 500.

A50 runs on Android version 2.3.6 (Gingerbread) with a processor speed of 650 MHz .The phone features a 7.9 cms multi touch capacitive screen to provide ease to the users. It’s another dual SIM Android powered offering from Micromax. However, with A50 Micromax offers a new innovation to the user in form of AISHA. Through the voice recognition tool, Users can

initiate a Google search, view stock market details, Know phone status, movie reviews, make calls, read news of desired locations, know horoscopes, make language translations and also view recipes through AISHA. This is not just enough, AISHA helps you to inquire your missed calls, send message, inquire date and time, weather conditions, pose knowledge questions and a number of jobs to count on.

AISHA is an application that translates words into action. By simply speaking to the phone, the users can connect with the people, businesses and activities that are important to you. With AISHA if the users need to check the weather conditions they just need to say ‘What is the weather in Delhi’ and AISHA will respond saying “The weather will be sunny”.

For the smooth functioning of AISHA to provide an intelligent and immediate response, Micromax has back-end tie up with Indian portals such as Timesjob.com, Simplymarry.com etc

Through AISHA, the users can update their status on Facebook and Twitter. A50 comes on the Gingerbread platform and the users can discover a hub of apps that awaits them at the Google Play Store ranging from entertainment to music apps. Micromax A50 sports a 2.0 MP camera.

Superfone A50 Ninja is available at an attractive price of Rs. 4,999. This model will be available across all leading retail outlets in India.

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Nokia Asha 302 and 303 gets Nokia Mail for Exchange (beta)

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Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync® is a popular protocol used worldwide for mobile email application. The Good news is Nokia mail for Exchange is now ready for download for S40 Asha phones( Asha 302 and 303 ).

Equipped with Micro

soft® Exchange ActiveSync®, the application enables Email, Calendar & Contact data synchronization between Nokia Asha phones & Microsoft® Exchange servers.

Currently the product is in Beta and could be downloaded here ..

Features of Nokia Mail for exchange:

Email:

  • View emails with extended text formatting
  • Flag, move and copy messages
  • Sync multiple folders
  • Contacts auto complete when composing email
  • Search messages locally
  • View attachment file name and forward attachments

Calendar and contacts synchronization:

  • Integrates with Series 40 Asha calendar and contacts applications
  • View synchronized events from Exchange calendar
  • Create new

    synchronized personal calendar events

  • Create, accept and reject meeting requests
  • Two-way contacts synchronization
  • Global address book lookup of contacts

Nokia Mail for Exchange: Download link.

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Dell reveals its Intel 3rd generation computers

Dell XPS 8500, Vostro 470 Specs and Pricing: Intel 3rd Generation Ivy Bridge processors

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The American based computer systems manufacturing company Dell has again surprised us with its newest range of systems which house the latest Intel’s 3rd generation Ivy Bridge processors.

As we know Intel recently released their Ivy Bridge processors later in April which contain 3-D transistors and are of 22nm architecture. Getting a PC with these processors will certainly future-proof you at least till the next year and Ivy Bridge also boast of a 20% performance improvements over its predecessors Sandy Bridge.

Although there are only desktops available now from Dell which features Intel’s 3rd generation processors. Dell will soon start manufacturing laptops and notebooks with Ivy Bridge processors. If you want a high performance desktop right now you had better go with Dell because their prices are really cheap for the average consumer.

The two desktops are the Dell XPS 8500 and the Dell Vostro 470. Here are the specs and pricing of XPS 8500 and Vostro 470.

SPECS

Dell XPS 8500:

Dell XPS 8500 specs and pricing

·  3rd Generation Intel Quad Core i5 and  i7 processor options:

o    Intel Quad Core i5 3450

o    Intel Quad Core i7 3770

·         Powerful AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce graphics options:

o    1GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 640

o    1GB AMD Radeon HD 7570

·         Configure with up to 16GB of DDR3 memory (4GB standard); 4 DIMM Slots

·         Configure with up to 3TB 8.89 cm 7200RPM HDD (1TB standard); optional HDD and SSD configurations up to 3TB + 256GB mSATA SSD

·         DVD drive with optional Blu-Ray Combo drive for advanced entertainment

·         Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional and Ultimate options

·         Integrated 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN

·         Bluetooth 4.0 with Wi-Fi card; optional WLAN combo card (802.11n + BT 4.0)

·         Integrated 7.1 Surround Sound

·         (4) USB 3.0 + (6) USB 2.0 PowerShare; RJ45 Ethernet, HDMI, VGA, Headphone jack, Microphone jack, 19-in-1 media card reader

·         Available in White with Chrome trim

Vostro 470:

Dell vostro 470 specs and pricing

·         3rd Generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processor options

·         Powerful AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce graphics options:

o    NVIDIA GeForce GT 620

o    1GB AMD Radeon HD 7570 DDR5

·         4 DIMM Slots capable of expanding upto 32GB 1600Mhz memory

·         Support for 2 storage drives with up to 2TB 8.89 cm 7200RPM HDD

·         DVDRW drive

·         Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium with Windows 7 Professional optional

·         Integrated 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN

·         Bluetooth 4.0 with Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n) card

·         Integrated 7.1 Surround Sound

·         (4) USB 3.0 + (6) USB 2.0 PowerShare; RJ45 Ethernet, HDMI, VGA, Headphone jack, Microphone jack, 19-in-1 media card reader

·         350W power supply

PRICING

The XPS 8500 starts at Rs. 53,000/- (excluding taxes) and Vostro 470 starts at Rs. 44,900 (excluding taxes).

VERDICT

By buying these desktops you save a lot of money on your electricity bills, hehe not really, but these processors are very energy efficient and does not consume a lot of power. A small warning for pros out there, please don’t overclock your Ivy Bridge processors as there are reports on the web that they run hot compared to the Sandy bridge processors when overclocked. Also if you like living on the Bleeding edge buying Intel’s 3rd generation desktops will certainly not be a bad choice for you!

So what are your thoughts? Will you buy these chics or go with the good old Sandy Bridge processors instead, comment and let us know your thoughts.
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Nokia’s Rumored Windows 8 Tablet- Lumia Coffee Tab

People are anxious to witness the new variant in the Tablet Era. With Windows 8 announcement for Tablets, and Nokia handshaking with Microsoft, It is not surprising to hear rumors now and then. How would a tablet built by Nokia look like? Well,it runs on Windows 8 OS, that’s all we know!!

And what we have concept tablet called Nokia Lumia Coffee Tab, which could soon be a reality! Remember the days when Nokia-Microsoft partnered to become NOKMSFT unveiling the Nokia Concept phones running windows phone 7 …(Similar excitement now for the Tablet now!)

Jorma Ollila, the outgoing chairman of Nokia though confirms the probable launch of a new range of new tablets and ‘hybrid’ smart mobile models, he calls all these rumors as “misconstrued” and asks us to wait till the official announcement! Here we go!

Google Drive is now out

Google Drive becomes official: What you need to know about it

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Google Drive is the latest attraction from Google which is a Cloud storage solution but more than that actually. But we already have a number of solutions for cloud storage such as the popular Dropbox, box.com, Microsoft Skydrive but what’s so special with Google Drive? Lets find out shall we.

What’s the Getaway?

Google Drive as all other cloud solutions gives you a limited storage space at first i.e. a 5GB free account and when upgraded to a paid plan gives you 25GB for $2.49 per month but the getaway is your Gmail account will also have been upgraded in the process. So finally you get a mail account with 25GB of storage space for all your mails, isn’t that a good news?

Google Drive features - What you need to know

It also has the functionality of Access Anytime, Anywhere just like every other cloud solution. You can access your Google Drive by your Android device by installing the Google Drive app available at Google Play. Sorry to say but an iOS app is currently unavailable but there are plans to release it in the future. You can also access Google Drive through your PC by installing the Drive software.

A Social Network? Brilliant!

Google Docs is the main highlight of this app. That’s where the real fun starts. The Google Drive already has Google Docs built into it so it becomes easy for you to store your documents and other presentation files.

Where Google Drive really excels is when it brings a small social network into picture. Whenever you share your documents to your friends or colleagues from the Google Drive, your friends can then make a comment on the post and you can reply to them back on the same thread and you get notifications for the same too. This way you can make conversations right from the app, perhaps this feature is the real deal when it comes to Google Drive. And did i tell you can share your files on Google+ too? Perhaps that was seen coming already!

Another main highlight of this app is that it can handle almost 30 file types on its own i.e. next time you are looking to open a PDF file on your Google drive from your browser, its not necessary for you to have Adobe Reader installed onto your computer, Google Drive automatically opens it for you.

Exceptional Filtering Technology

Searching for a pic with your wife when you had been to Hollywood? Don’t get stressed, the filtering feature which comes with Google Drive is top notch. It scans your faces with image recognition technology and filters out texts in your documents with the help of Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology.

Here is a short video about Google Drive for you to get to know it better.

Impressed with all the good things about Google Drive? Why not give it a try? Head to the official page of Google Drive and Sign in with your Google account. After Google finishes setting up your drive, you will receive a notification to log in.
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