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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Lenovo Phab 2 Pro - India's first Google Tango-based smartphone decoded

Lenovo has finally launched much awaited Google-Tango based Lenovo Phab 2 Pro phablet in India. This is an augmented-reality-powered phablet priced at Rs 29,990 and will be exclusively available via Flipkart. The phablet comes in two color options - Champagne Gold and Gunmetal Grey, however, in India only Champagne Gold is available. The company first unveiled the Phab 2 Pro device in June 2016 at its Tech World Show event.



Also Read: 60 seconds review of HTC U Ultra, U Play With Sense Companion


Know 10 Things About Lenovo Phab 2 Pro


1. The Lenovo Phab 2 Pro sports a metal unibody and provides augmented reality and virtual reality to consumers. 

2. Phablet comes loaded with multiple cameras placed on the back panel that work in tandem to bring improved augmented reality effect on the handset's display. 

3. To achieve this phablet also includes three basic sensors -- motion tracking, depth perception and area learning.



4. The handset identifies its location through area learning, while depth perception lets the phablet explore the shape of the objects in the area around it. 

5. Hence this device can be used for educational purposes, gaming, measuring spaces etc.

Also Read: Nokia 6 Android Phone - A Quick Review in 10 Key Points


6. Additionally with Tango technology, the PHAB2 Pro can even begin to change the way people think about mapping indoor spaces to create new experiences like future augmented reality museum tours, home improvement, interior decoration and more says the company.




7. In terms of specs, phone is powered loaded by Android 6.0 Marshmallow-and an Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor, clubbed with 4GB RAM, and 64GB of inbuilt storage. 

8. Phablet comes with a storage which can also be expanded up to 128GB using a microSD card.




9. Phablet has a total of four cameras - An 8MP front-facing camera, a 16MP RGB rear camera, a motion tracking rear camera and a depth tracking rear camera. 

10. The phablet features a 6.4-inch QHD (2560 x 1440) resolution IPS display and is fueled by a 4050mAh battery, which is rated to deliver up to 15 hours of life on single charge. It also supports 2.4x fast charging tech.


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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Tips & Tricks: How to speed up your 3G connection


In many South Asian countries like India, 3G Mobile connectivity is still catching up even when 4G services are being rolled out. However 3G speeds has always been a concern as it limits our ability browse and download our favourite content. However often times, the slow speed cannot be attributed to network only, but also on the way we use our mobile devices. Check out our quick note on improving the 3G Speeds.


Get the right browser

Google Chrome is one of the best browsers available for Android. Its ability to sync across multiple devices providing a seamless internet experience makes it niche. Chrome also remembers all your passwords and bookmarks. Hence on the downside, this browser occupies up a lot of space as well.  


Also Read: Reliance Jio SIM for 3G smartphones - An Insight



You can used Opera Max browser instead which comes with memory saving features with its third-party VPN service, you will be able to save data on social media browsing, video and audio playback, and other things. Additionally, Opera Max also monitors the apps –data, and manages your data consumption accordingly. There is also a lighter version called Opera Mini.


Disable images in browser


Another way to access content faster on 3G, keep the browser in text-only mode. Many browser apps may not support this functionality. In the Settings menu you can turn your browser to text-only mode, it will prevent the images from getting loaded. This will increase network speeds significantly.



Clear cache


Cache is also one of the major issues which makes mobile device slow. Thus for a better internet connectivity, just clear the cache. Go to your phone's Settings > Applications and select the app whose cache you want to clear. You can also install an app cache cleaner, which will clear the cache of all the apps at once. But do not forget to uninstall these cache cleaner app after use as these apps also consume significant cache too.


Uninstall memory hungry apps


There are many apps available which take up lot of space in your device and also run in the background, making the phone slothful. Some widgets also tend to be bigger reprobates when it comes to memory use. So, in order to have a better and faster internet experience, just get rid of those widgets and also uninstall the apps that you don't using actively.



Use Lighter Versions of Apps

Especially those of you who use iPhones of 8GB / 16 GB capacity, you run out of space in no time.  Especially, Twitter – Facebook – Instagram can occupy upto 800-900 MB as cache/data. You can use lighter version of these apps. For Facebook & Instagram you can use Friendly app available in App Store while for Twitter you can use Echofon. These apps are faster and use 1/10 of memory & cache. Also clear your Whatsapp Files /Video in received folders on weekly basis (best way is to uninstall and reinstall Whatsapp at least once in a month).


Also Read: Quick guide to SBI PAY (UPI App)


Your mailboxes also tend to eat up lot of space and makes your device slower – once in a month, delete all the mailboxes including your corporate mail-box and reinstall them. You will witness significant improvement in your device speed.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Review: HTC U Ultra, U Play With Sense Companion


HTC is known for its sturdy yet appealing smartphones. Many Nexus devices in the past were manufactured by HTC and it seems they have taken cues to build next gen. smartphone. HTC has unveiled much anticipated new smartphones in its new U series called the U Ultra and the U Play. The smartphones will feature HTC Sense Companion, which learns the user's daily patterns to provide usage recommendations and friendly advice such as suggesting you dress warm and leave for work earlier on a snowy day; reminding you to charge if it figures you need more power to last until you get home, and even recommending the perfect restaurant when you're away for the weekend. The smartphones will be available in Sapphire Blue, Brilliant Blue, Cosmetic Pink, and Ice White.




Also Read: Nokia 6 Android Phone: A Quick Review in 10 KeyPoints


10 Key Things To Know About U Ultra and U Play:



1.      HTC U Ultra which runs on latest Android 7.0 will sport Dual Display of 5.7-inch Super LCD QHD (1440x2560 pixels) resolution, while the secondary 2-inch display will feature a 1040x160 pixels resolution.
2.      U Ultra will be powered by 2.15GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC processor with 4GB of RAM.
3.      U Ultra will bear 12-UltraPixel rear camera with 1.55-micron pixels, a BSI sensor, laser + phase detection autofocus, optical image stabilization, an f/2.8 aperture, and dual-tone LED flash and 16-megapixel front camera with an UltraPixel mode, and a BSI sensor.



4.      In terms of storage the U Ultra comes loaded with 64GB or 128GB of inbuilt storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 2TB).
5.      From connectivity perspective, phone has 4G LTE with VoLTE, GPS/ A-GPS, Bluetooth v4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, NFC, DLNA, Miracast, HTC Connect, and USB 3.1 Type-C capabilities.

Also Read: Moto M: Decoded in 10Points - Quick Review


6.      HTC Ultra is fueled by 3000mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 which can deliver up to 26 hours of talk-time and up to 13 days of standby time.
7.      HTC U Play on other hand comes in 5.2-inch full-HD (1080x1920 pixels) Super LCD display with Gorilla Glass.
8.      U Play is powered by an Octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 SoC processor and will come in two variants - 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage and 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage.



9.      U Play sports a rear 16-megapixel camera comes with a BSI sensor, optical image stabilization, PDAF, an f/2.0 aperture, and dual-tone LED flash while front camera has 16-megapixel sensor with an UltraPixel mode, a BSI sensor, an f/2.0 aperture with a 28mm focal length.
10.   U Play is fueled by a 2500mAh battery with fast charging support (5V/2A) and will deliver up to 15.21 hours of talk-time and up to 427.54 hours of standby time.

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Nokia 6 Android Phone: A Quick Review in 10 Key Points


Nokia had been pioneer of early years Cellphone ecosystem. It is only cellphone brand in the world which has launched its phones on all 3 famous mobile operating systems - Symbian, Windows and now Android.

Nokia’s Android avatar is awaited by many. Now it is confirmed that Nokia will be launching new Android smartphone christened as Nokia 6 in China at ¥1699 (around $250 USD). The smartphone will only be available through retailed JD.com, and that it will be available “in early 2017.” Nokia has licensed its phone brand to fellow Finnish firm HMD Global, which will manufacture the Nokia 6.

Also Read: Moto M: Decoded in 10 Points - Quick Review


10 Things To Know About Nokia 6:

1.       Nokia 6 will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor with X6 LTE modem.
2.       Smartphone will sport 4GB RAM and 64GB storage.
3.       Nokia 6 with run on latest Android 7.0 Nougat operating system.
4.       Phone will feature a 16MP rear camera and a 8MP front facing camera.
5.       Nokia’s Android phone will be made up of aluminum, and will feature a  5.5-inch full-HD 2.5D Gorilla Glass screen.
6.       Nokia 6 is a dual SIM smartphone.
7.       Phone is powered by 3000mAh non-removable battery.
8.       Smartphone also includes Dolby Atmos tech and ‘dual amplifiers' for louder sound.
9.       There was no immediate word on the Nokia 6's availability in other parts of the world
10.   Nokia 6 will compete with lower-priced offerings from current smartphone titans Samsung, Huawei, LG, Xiaomi, Micromax, Lava & OnePlus.


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Friday, January 6, 2017

Quick Guide to SBI Pay - A UPI App from SBI #DIY

Introduction:

The official UPI App from State Bank of India (SBI) is called SBI Pay. The SBI UPI app enables users of SBI to make easy online/ mobile based payments using Virtual Payment Address (VPA) Pay & collect.

Download SBI Pay – SBI’s UPI App

The SBI UPI app can be directly downloaded and installed from the Google App Store.

1) At first, the users of the SBI Pay UPI app should have SBI Online Banking enabled and will require SBI Pay – UPI App Registration.

2) Click on the App Icon to launch this application and complete the registration process. 
SBI Pay UPI App Registration message


3) Accept the message to send the message and register the App with SBI.

Virtual Payment Address (VPA) Registration

4) Create the Virtual Payment Address to complete the registration of this app. The VPA must be unique and ff an VPA is not available, try another address.
VPA – Virtual Payment Address Registration on the SBI UPI Payment App

5) The user must fill in the form completely which includes the name, email address, security question-answer and option to choose the bank account. Click on the checkbox of terms and condition and finally Submit the form to complete the registration process.

6) Once logged in, the app opens as in the below screenshot.

SBI Pay UPI App – After logging in


Set MPIN to enable UPI Payments on SBI Pay App

SBI Pay UPI App – Account Management
7) To make a payment, users require a MPIN. MPIN can be created by verifying the SBI debit card details.
8) Go to the account management page, and select the desired account. Click on Set MPIN.
9) Give the last 6 digits of SBI debit card and its expiry date.
10) You would get an OTP to your registered mobile number. Enter this OTP into the given box.
11) Input your desired MPIN. With this, the MPIN is successfully created for the SBI Pay UPI app for making payments.

 Transfer Money with SBI Pay – UPI App

SBI Pay UPI App – Virtual Address

Transferring money from the bank account using the SBI Pay UPI app is easy.
  1.       Open SBI Pay by entering 6 digit password that was set at the time of SBI pay registration.
  2.       Select the ‘Pay’ option
  3.       Select account from the drop-down list.
  4.       Select the payee address type. It can be a VPA or bank account number. For bank account, one must have the bank account number and IFSC code
  5.       Input the VPA of a payee. It should show the payee name automatically thereby verifying the VPA.
  6.       Enter useful remarks and the payment amount and Click on ‘Pay’
  7.       Enter the MPIN to authenticate the money transfer.

Collect Money with the SBI Pay – UPI App

  1. Login into the SBI UPI app
  2. Select ‘Collect’ option
  3. Enter the VPA of the person from whom you want to collect the payment. The app should automatically show the name. Enter the remarks and amount.
  4. You can also choose the expiry days or minutes if required.
  5. Select on ‘Initiate request’.
  6. You would get a confirmation of the collect request.

 More screenshots from SBI UPI App – SBI Pay
  


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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Reliance Jio SIM cards could soon work on 3G smartphones?


Introduction

Reliance Jio had disrupted Indian telecom space by offering free unlimited, high-speed 4G internet, unlimited voice calls and app ecosystem. It has been endorsing its all-IP network, and compatibility with 4G LTE and VoLTE-based smartphones. As per recent report from ZeeNews, Jio is working towards a new mobile app which will allow 3G smartphone users to enjoy high-speed 4G services without having to buy a new 4G compatible device.


Key Features of New Jio SIM

1) This SIM will provide boost to rural and tier-2, 3 cities where people own only 3G phones.

2) Currently if you own a 4G smartphone that doesn’t support VoLTE, you can only use it for internet access.

3) In order to make voice calls, Jio4GVoice app needs to be installed.

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4) The app will be launched in early Jan 2017 and 3G smartphones users may reap benefits of ‘Happy New Year’ offer.

5) Reliance Jio is technically an all-IP 4G service provider and hence it will be interesting to see how Jio could match the spectrum just by using an app.



6) Happy New year’ offers unlimited local and national voice and video calls, along with unlimited local and national SMS (daily cap of 100 messages) and an unlimited high-speed internet access with daily download capped at 1GB.

7) Reliance Jio currently offer users with unlimited access to its range of content services which includes JioTV to access live TV channels on the go, JioCinema to watch on-demand movies and JioMusic to stream songs on the go.

8) Jio also lets user to access JioMags to read the popular print magazines and JioCloud app to take complete backup of their music, videos and other documents.


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Monday, December 19, 2016

'Jarvis' Software Butler by Zuckerberg - Decoded

Introduction


Founder of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg had earlier revolutionized social media and is now taking artificial intelligence domain by storm with his new – AI instilled software "butler" - named Jarvis. The AI Software is now in service, and even plays with his family.


10 Key Things to Know About Jarvis 


a) This is Mark’s personal project for which he had devoted about 100 hours to build this system.

b) Jarvis is inspired by the "Iron Man" film character Jarvis as a virtual assistant to help manage the household.

c) Jarvis is not a physical robot, but an App which Mark Zuckerberg is able to access through his phone or computer to control lights, temperature, music, security, appliances and more.

d) Since this is an AI Smart App, hence the software learns Mark’s tastes and patterns, as well as new words or concepts, and can even entertain his one-year-old daughter.

e) Natural language processing & facial recognition capabilities were built into Jarvis, enabling it to understand spoken or texted commands and recognize who is issuing them.

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f) The AI software can determine when a guest at the door is expected and let them into the home, while notifying the family that someone has arrived.

g) Mark plans to text his Jarvis using a 'bot' he’d built for the Facebook Messenger service instead of speaking to it, mostly not to disturb people around him.

h) Future plan for Mark is to explore teaching Jarvis how to learn new skills itself rather than him having to teach it how to perform specific tasks.

i) AI is getting a lot of traction in people's homes, with devices such as Amazon Echo and Google Home speakers which links to personal assistants to answer questions and control connected devices.

j) AI technology would improve greatly in the coming five to 10 years.


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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 Arriving Soon? Bigger Screen, Large Battery & More



Xiaomi’s Mi Pad (Tablet) has been quite a hit in recent past. It is now rumored that Xiaomi will be launching next gen. Mi Pad 3 in China for CNY 1999 (Rs. 20,0000) towards end of December 2016. It is also being termed as New Year gift from house of Xiaomi. One of the major USP of Mi Pad 3 is presence of an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor.

Also Read: Mi Note 2 Pro Variant Leaked - Quick Facts


10 Key Things to Know About Mi Pad 3

1) Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 will come in two variants of 128 GB and 256 GB.

2) The table will take on iPad Pro as it sports 9.7-inch display with a screen resolution of 2048x1536 pixels (Retina display).

3) Mi Pad 3 comes loaded with 2.6GHz dual-core Intel M3-7Y30 processor coupled with 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM.



4) Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 is whispered to come in just Windows model running Windows 10 instead of Android  and come pre-installed with the MS Office Suite and Cortana.

5) The tablet carries all metal design and has a large battery 8290mAh battery with fast charging support.

6) The table flaunts 16-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front camera.



7) Mi Pad 3 is expected to be priced at CNY 1,999 (Rs. 20,000) for the 128GB storage model and CNY 2,299 (Rs. 22,500) for the 256GB storage model.

8) The Mi Pad 3 is thinner at 6.08mm.

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9) Xiaomi will also launch a magnetic keyboard worth CNY 99 (Rs. 1,000) for the Mi Pad 3.

10) India launch date is still not confirmed.


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