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BlackBerry Passport Launched in India at Rs. 49,990

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Struggling smartphone manufacturer BlackBerry has launched a new smartphone called the BlackBerry Passport, which is probably their last attempt at surviving. The BlackBerry Passport includes a 4.5” square screen with a 1:1 aspect ratio, 1440 x 1440 pixel (453 dpi) HD display. It has an all new keyboard which has a responsive touch surface like a trackpad and lets you perform many touch functions directly on the keyboard. You can scroll web pages, flick to type or slide along the keys to move the cursor, leaving the full screen space for viewing.

The phone will run on BlackBerry OS 10.3 which comes with features like  BlackBerry Assistant, BlackBerry Blend and Amazon Appstore. BlackBerry Blend brings content that is on your BlackBerry smartphone to your computer and tablet. BlackBerry Blend is being introduced on the BlackBerry Passport and will work across desktop operating systems, including Mac OS X 10.7 +, Windows® 7+ and Android™ tablets running Android 4.4+ via cellular, USB or Wi-Fi connections. BlackBerry is also working to bring the Blend experience on other tablets soon. Users can access popular consumer apps through the Amazon Appstore, including the latest Android games and apps, such as Minecraft – Pocket Edition, Candy Crush Saga, Pinterest, Temple Run 2 and Cut the Rope 2. The BlackBerry Assistant is BlackBerry’s first digital assistant and can be used with voice and text commands to help users manage work and personal email, contacts, calendar and other native BlackBerry 10 applications.

“It is a matter of immense pride to launch an industry defining product as we continue to build on our productivity portfolio. BlackBerry sets yet another benchmark with the BlackBerry Passport, that will radically transform the mobility experience of today’s power users and enable them to achieve more,” said Sunil Lalvani, Managing Director, BlackBerry India. The smartphone is available for pre-booking at Amazon.in and at all BlackBerry Exclusive Stores from September 29th, 2014 to October 10, 2014. Since the phone has very different dimensions; which people may not be used to and is steeply priced, we doubt it may do much to turn the company’s misfortune.

 

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SanDisk Launches Two New Products in India

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SanDisk, the famous American company that is known for providing flash memory storage solutions and software launched two new breakthrough products in Mumbai, recently.

The first is the 512GB SanDisk Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-1 memory card – World’s highest capacity full-sized SD memory card and the second one is the 64GB SanDisk Extreme PRO microSDXC UHS-1 card.

Speaking at the launch, Mr. Rajesh Gupta, Country Manager India, SanDisk Corporation said “As an industry leader, SanDisk continues to push the boundaries of technology to provide customers with the innovative, reliable, high-performance solutions they have come to expect from us,”

The 512GB SD card can be used in cameras and will be able  to write data at 90 MB per second making it useful for people who shoot high resolution 4K videos. Cameras like the Canon 1D X or the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema camera will very well support this card.

When it comes to the 64GB microSD card, it is supported by many smartphones that available in the market today. From the HTC One M8 to the Samsung Galaxy S5 to the Sony Xperia Z3, it will work well with most of them.

The 512GB SanDisk Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-1 is priced at Rs. 51,990 while the 64GB SanDisk Extreme PRO microSDXC UHS-1 will cost Rs. 9700. There is also a 32GB variant in the microSD card which is priced at Rs. 4900. The 64GB memory card cost almost 1/4th of the cost a phone so it will be good to see how many people actually go ahead and buy these cards.

 

 

 

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#fame launched in Mumbai

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Today the world is going digital. Slowly, most data that we consume is through the internet. That is why #fame had launched with the intention of becoming Asia’s premier talent led digital entertainment network. #fame strategically focuses on emerging and established talent to promote them and build engaged digital communities around them. This will range from fashion to comedy to food to sport and will include both celebrities and upcoming talent. #Fame has tied up with celebrities like Karan Johar, Anusha Dhandekar, VJ Andy, Maria Goretti, etc. (more…)

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Blaupunkt India offers support for e-tailers; launches DIY product range

Blaupunkt has been a key player in the car audio segment. They also used to sell aftermarket car audio equipment along with being the OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) for a lot of car brands like VW, Tata, Mahindra etc. The tussle between electronic brands and e-commerce does not seem to end any time soon, however realizing the need to address this issue; Blaupunkt India has revoked the warranty on products sold online, typically via predatory discounts and offers.

Installation of the audio equipment is crucial — improper installation makes the best equipment sound bad. Blaupunkt offers professional installation when its products are bought offline. However, this installation is currently unavailable when you buy a Blaupunkt product online. Your only option? You may end up going to an untrained professional to install it. This compelled the company to revoke warranty on the same.

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Micromax launches Canvas Nitro A310, an Octa-core smartphone priced at Rs. 12,990

Today, Micromax has launched a new smartphone in the Canvas line-up, named ‘Canvas Nitro A310’. It’s priced at Rs. 12,990, directly competing with the newly launched Moto G (2nd Gen).

The phone comes with a 5-inch 720p IPS display with 294 ppi. The display doesn’t come with Gorilla Glass, instead Micromax is using a anti-fingerprint oleophobic coating. It’ll be powered by a 1.7Ghz Octa-core MediaTek MTK6592 processor married with Mali 450 GPU and 2GB of RAM. Like the Galaxy Note 2, the back design of the phone has a fake leather stitch panel.

It’s running on Android 4.4.2 KitKat with Micromax content stores, apps as well as some software customization’s like lock screen notifications. Also, there’s ‘Quick look’ which is exactly like HTC’s Blink Feed or My Magazine of Samsung. Another add-on includes various gestures like flick of two fingers towards left can play music while an upward flick on the screen can open app drawer.

Following the on-going trend of selfie phones, Micromax has added a 5-megapixel fixed front camera paired with a 13 megapixel auto focus camera on the rear with LED Flash. On the software front for the camera, the company has added some features like stabilized shot which clicks a picture only after detecting that your hand is steady enough. There’s of course selfie mode and a weird front / back shot mode which allows clicking two shots at same time, one with rear camera and one with front and put them on the same frame. We’ve seen this before in Samsung Galaxy S5.

Internal storage on the device tops at 8GB out of which only 5.65GB is user available. Of course, Micromax has provided support for expanding storage up to 32GB via a microSD card. In terms of connectivity, the Dual-SIM smartphone supports 3G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS.

It will be selling in Mesmerizing Blue and Pristine White colors, equipped with a 2500mAh battery. If you’re interested, then the Canvas Nitro A310 will be available to buy today from Snapdeal at 2PM.

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Lenovo launches A536, a Android 4.4 KitKat smartphone priced at Rs. 8999

Chinese manufacturer Lenovo has launched a new Android 4.4 KitKat based smartphone, extending their existing A-series line-up of affordable handsets.

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Lenovo A536 will be sold at a price of Rs. 8,999 and  it’ll be available in white and black colors on company’s online store (thedostore.com). The device will also sell in all exclusive Lenovo stores and retail outlets starting from today.

As with all smartphones in this price range, the A536 comes with a 5.0-inch (854 x 480 pixels) display. There’s a 5 megapixel auto-focus camera on the back with LED flash and a 2 megapixel front snapper. It’s powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek (MT6582) processor paired with 1GB of RAM. It offers 8GB of internal storage which is expandable up to 32GB via a microSD card. The battery life is fueled by a 2000mAh Li-ion unit. Alongside Android 4.4 KitKat apps, Lenovo’s proprietary “DOit apps” will also be loaded on the device.

Interestingly, Lenovo’s A536 could face some serious competition from a product of the company they themselves acquired recently (Motorola). Other competitive devices include Lava Iris X1, Asus Zenfone 5 and the more affordable Micromax Unite 2. Also, selling only online, Chinese phone maker Xiaomi’s Redmi 1S comes at a much cheaper price while offering more power and features. Lenovo’s A536 will have to find it’s place in this muddled sea of affordable devices.

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Pioneer Officially Enters The DJ Segment in India

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Pioneer India Ltd., which has been a key market player in the car audio segment has now shifted their focus from “In-Car” to “In-Club”. Since its launch into the car audio market way back in 2009, Pioneer has captured the market really well. Their headunits found their way in almost every other car. Along with headunits, Pioneer also sold speakers and amplifiers in India to enhance the overall car audio experience. Home Audio was another segment that they had ventured into.

After home and car, today, Pioneer officially entered the DJ segment in India. Pioneer DJ consoles have already been available in India via grey market channels. The company saw this as a opportunity and seeing the growing trend of DJs, they’ve launched a line-up of DJ products. The products include professional DJ Multi-Player like the CDJ-2000NXS to the amateur oriented DJJ-WeGo2.

Their newly launched product range comprises of mixers, controllers, a turntable, active speakers, headphones and accessories. The prices of these products have not been disclosed, but Pioneer intends to display prices on its official website soon.

The Pioneer DJ product range will be available through Pioneer’s distributor Rivera International. They have also tied up with an undisclosed retail chain to demonstrate and sell its affordable range of amateur DJ products starting from next month.

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5 Most Awaited Phones of 2014

Planning to buy a new phone? If your old phone has conked off and you need one desperately then go ahead. But know that a lot of phones are expected to launch in the next few months. Below we have listed the ones that are most awaited –

iPhone 6

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This is probably one of the most awaited smartphones. It is expected to be announced in September. Seeing the demand for a larger screen from the existing iPhone users, the new iPhone may sport a bigger 4.7-inch Display (1704×960 pixels). There might also be a 5.5-inch display model, dubbed as iPhone Air or iPhone 6L. But the bigger version is expected to be launched some time after the 4.7-inch model is out. As far as design is concerned, iPhone 6 may sport a bezel free display and boast of being one of the slimmest smartphone ever with a thickness of 5.5mm. The 64-Bit Architecture and Touch ID sensor of the previous version will be retained. Like clockwork, Apple is expected to introduce the A8 chip which is rumoured to clock at 2 GHz, resulting in better performance. The smartphone may have a meagre 1GB RAM, like the earlier iPhones, which is insufficient to use the 64-Bit architecture efficiently.

For photography, Apple may stick to its 8MP Camera resolution in the 4.7-inch iPhone but may use better sensors which will capture better shots than predecessors. In the 5.5-inch iPhone, one can expect a higher resolution camera sensor with OIS (Optical Image Stabilization). Rumours also suggest that these iPhones may be NFC (Near-Field Communication) enabled. Apple will continue producing phones without expandable memory, but it may bump up the maximum storage to 128GB in the 5.5-inch model. It would be running on iOS 8 and will be interesting to see if the new iPhone has some unique software features than the ones we’ve seen at the WWDC 2014.

Coming to the main question that how much is it going to cost? Obviously it is not going to be cheap. If Apple decides to use Sapphire Crystal Glass, which would make the device shatter-proof, then the cost of the phone will bump up. Apple may charge INR 55,000-58000 for 16GB 4.7-inch model and the 5.5-inch model may cost around INR 70,000. (more…)

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Sony Launches Xperia C3 Dual, a Selfie Smartphone With a 5MP Front Camera

Sony’s ‘PROselfie’ smartphone offering — Xperia C3 Dual, originally got announced back in July. Today, the company has officially launched it for the Indian market. It’ll be available starting next week, that is, 1st September for a steep price tag of Rs. 23,990.

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As far as the selfie needs go, Sony’s incorporated a 5 megapixel front shooter. It’s a 25mm wide-angle lens camera with 80 degrees field of view and 720p video recording support. It has a Superior Auto mode which Sony claims will make your selfie portraits look professional. Wait there’s more, Sony’s added an app named ‘Portrait retouch’ which allows the user to choose from 10 different beauty styles, add make-up effects, choose decorative frames, or add a bit of eye sparkle. You can even retouch two people in the same shot, all in real-time and then snap your selfie. And don’t worry if you’re stuck in that dark corner of the bar trying to take a picture in low-light, because Sony’s also giving an LED flash sitting besides the front camera. Of course, there’s also an 8 megapixel camera on the back with a similar flash. (more…)

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Spice Fire One Mi – FX 1 is India’s First Firefox OS Smartphone Priced at Rs. 2,299

Mozilla’s Firefox OS will finally see the light of the day in India. Today, Spice has announced India’s first Firefox OS running smartphone, vaguely named ‘Fire One Mi – FX 1’. It will be available exclusively on snapdeal.com for now at a super-affordable cost of Rs. 2,299 and on August 29th it’ll be officially launched and made available in other retail outlets.

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As expected at such a low price, the device sports a 3.5-inch HVGA display. While it won’t support 3G connectivity, thankfully dual-SIM feature is present alongside Wi-Fi, EDGE and Bluetooth. It’s powered by a 1GHz single core processor which as Mozilla says is the bare minimum requirement to run the OS. The camera is 2MP on the rear and a 1.3MP on the front.

Mozilla’s Firefox OS only runs Web-based apps, written in HTML5 and JavaScript. In comparison, Mozilla will have to compete with the current breed of affordable Android phones which offer good performance, decent cameras and an excellent app ecosystem with native apps and games.

The Fire One Mi – FX 1 will support several Indian languages including Hindi, Tamil and Bangla. It comes with special software features like Adaptive App Search which allows a user to discover apps based on what they search for and even some apps can make use of location info to customize the content they display. The phone also comes preloaded with apps like Facebook, Twitter and Connect A2.

Apart from India, Firefox OS running phones are now available in 17 countries across Europe, Asia and Latin America. If you’re planning on buying the Spice Fire One, then let me inform you that Intex is also set to launch its first Firefox OS powered smartphone, called Cloud FX, on August 25. We’re anxious to find out if users will adopt to the whole Firefox ecosystem and are comfortable buying this instead of a typical candy-bar Nokia handset.

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Moto Event – What to Expect?

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Motorola has sent out invites for an event on 4th september 2014 held in Chicago. The invites which were in a Cootie Catcher format revealed a phone with a G, another one with an X, a watch and a bluetooth headset. So basically Moto has teased the public with very obvious hints.

Moto G2 — The Moto G which was priced at Rs. 12,499 became one of the most sold phones in that price range. If the Moto E was too average and the X too costly, the G was your best bet. With reasonable specs and good build quality, it was worth the money. Its successor which will mostly be named the G2, is rumoured to have a larger 5 inch display as compared to the 4.5 inches one the Moto G (albeit with the same 720p resolution, reportedly). It will also spot a better 8MP rear camera and a 2MP front facing one — a welcome improvement since the camera on the original was weak, to say the least. The phone will be powered with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor and is likely to be shipped with Android 4.4 KitKat. Bottom line — not that big a change, but the improved camera will certainly help it compete better to the ASUS Zenfone 5 and the like. (more…)

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Idea Launches Two New Smartphones to Boost 3G Adoption

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With 3G plans getting cheaper, many people are switching from 3G to 2G. To make most of this trend, Idea has introduced two new smartphones – Idea Ultra+ and Idea Fab.

The Idea Ultra+ is a dual-SIM, feature packed, premium looking smartphone with a Leather back finish. It has a 1.3 GHz Quad core processor and comes with 1GB RAM which offers a good experience along with video streaming, browsing, social networking and downloading. The 12.7 cms (5″) screen allows users to enjoy watching videos, pictures and claims to offer an enhanced gaming experience. The 8MP camera helps users capture good images, and the 2000mAh battery seems powerful. The phone is priced at Rs. 8300.

The Idea Fab is launched to target first time smartphone users. This too is a dual-SIM phone which runs on Android Jelly Bean v4.2 OS and is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual core processor. The 3.2MP camera seems primitive and may not produce great quality images. But the phone is priced at just Rs. 4999, so one shouldn’t expect much.  (more…)

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How to Protect your Smartphone This Season

The gruelling summer is now over and the rains are finally here. Though the rains are a relief for us they can be fatal for our mobile handsets. Consumer electronics and water don’t go well together and any kind of contact with water can cause a short circuit in the gadget, damaging it.

Since smartphones are electronic devices you carry with you almost everywhere, it not only will stand to harm the device but also puts the data in it at risk. We give you some tips to protect your beloved smartphone in the rain.

If you own devices that claim to be waterproof skip to the last point directly; others read on.  (more…)

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Asus Chromebox now in India

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Asus has launched the Chromebox in India today. The Chromebox is a small device measuring 12cm x 12cm and runs Google Chrome OS. It’s powered by 4th generation Intel processors and supports 4K ultra high definition video playback on the higher models. It comes with in built virus protection and the OS will be updated to the latest Chrome OS free of cost. There are options when it comes to processors — you can choose between a Celeron, Core i3 and Core i7. The device can be connected to the television or a monitor via the HDMI port. It can run a dual display setup via the HDMI and DisplayPort on the device but you might need adapters for monitors with older ports like VGA or DVI.  (more…)

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LG unveils G3 and G watch

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LG launched their new flagship phone – G3 with much fanfare at Mehboob studio, Mumbai. The biggest standout of the event was none other than bollywood legend, Mr. Amitabh Bachchan. After all, not everyday do you get to see him Mr. Amitabh Bachchan launch a phone and talk about pixel density. Going back to the “supposed” star of the event, the G3is a upgrade to the LG G2. LG claims that 3 biggest changes in the phone are – Display, Camera and Design.

 

LG has always been a pioneer when it comes to display and is the world’s largest LCD panel maker. The G3 has a 5.5 inch Quad HD (2560×1440) display with 538ppi which is almost two times higher resolution than a Full HD display. The phone comes with a 13MP OIS+ camera with Laser Auto Focus that can shoot images in a fraction of the time required by most phones. With regards to design, the phone is anchored with Rear Key which includes newly designed power and volume buttons with premium quality materials and finish. It is available in three colours – metallic black, silk white and shine gold.

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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. Smart notice is a personal assistant that offers suggestions and recommendations based on user behaviour, phone usage patterns and location based information. To secure confidential data, the G3 presents Smart Security like the Knock Code, LG’s patent feature. LG also unveiled the G Watch running Android Wear at this gala launch. The G3 is priced at Rs. 47,990 and Rs. 50,990 for the 16GB and 32GB, respectively.

 

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Android, Price Wars And The Race To The Bottom

Apple sketched the future of smartphones in 2007 with the iPhone. But they did best for the US market. As device & services converge, Android has stolen the canvas and taken it global. Today, it makes far more sense to hold an Android in India than iPhone. You get a working maps with traffic details, apps that you want, mostly free apps (so what if they are ad supported), customizations and overall a variety in terms of hardware and price that Apple would never offer.

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Tim Cook may call a Motorola E a non smartphone, but fact remains that for my mom a smartphone is something that does WhatsApp for her. For my operations executives at PriceBaba, it is something that can do basic maps, camera, browser and of course Facebook + Whatsapp. Moto E works well for these, and it costs Rs 7000 vs Rs 28500 a 8GB iPhone 5c would cost. If you want a little more power than that, the Moto G comes into play. No wonder Flipkart has sold a million Motorola phones in India, that too by only selling them online.  (more…)

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How I Landed With The Nexus 5: A Quest For The Latest Android OS

 

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“When is my phone getting an Android update” is the most frequently asked questions by most Android users I know. My journey with Android started back in 2010 with a Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 which was bought after a lot of research. The device ran Android 1.6 (Donut) and Sony had pushed an Android 2.1 (Eclair) update right before I bought it. The new features that the update introduced were amazing, I was happy with my purchase. After a couple of months, Google had announced Android Froyo 2.2. I impatiently waited for Sony to push an update. Time passed and Android 2.3 was launched and still no there was no word from Sony about my Xperia X8. After a while Sony announced that they have stopped support for the Xperia X8 and the phone will be stuck on Android 2.1 Eclair. I was heartbroken, my first Android phone was now stuck with an outdated OS.  (more…)

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Lenovo Launches a Slew of Computers at Various Price Points

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Lenovo held an event in Mumbai for the launch of new sleek laptops under  their Thin and Light campaign. The Yoga and the Flex series now have a new additions in the form of the Yoga 2 and the Flex 2 while the All In One (AIO) segment got an entry level entrant, the C260. Everyday and the mainstream laptops saw the introduction of the G40/50 and the Z50 with the Y 50 in the gaming series. The new mantra for Lenovo is “ Slim, Light and  Affordable” and all these devices reflect their philosophy. These are the following products that were showcased: (more…)

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‘Heard That?’ — Judging Five Earphones People Are Talking About

Typically, we tend to use the earphones that comes along the purchase of a new phone. But, more often than not – they are of mediocre quality. Most recent example being the Sony Xperia Z2 (in India). Below are short reviews of a few popular earphones –

Apple EarPods - Apple gave their earbuds an all new design and launched it alongside the iPhone 5. These earphones claim to be designed such a way that its fits more securely into your ear. The design is good, fits in quite comfortably and sound is pretty decent — Apple hasn’t really been associated with exceptional sound. But noise isolation is really bad for the price.

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