Friday, January 30, 2015

Google Supports Locale-Aware Content Based Location

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Google Supports Locale-Aware Content Based Location

Posted: 29 Jan 2015 10:33 AM PST

Internationalized websites
Google has always been telling webmasters to treat its crawlers - GoogleBot in other words - just as you would treat any user accessing your website from the United States. By default, Googlebot requests pages without setting an Accept-Language HTTP request header and uses US IP addresses. As a result, not all content variants of locale-adaptive pages may be indexed completely.
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Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75 (A10-7300) Laptop : Specs, Features and Overview

Posted: 30 Jan 2015 12:20 AM PST

The 15.6-inch device has a native resolution of 1366×768 pixel, a brightness of 211 cd/m2 and a contrast ration of 674:1. The screen is always a simple TN screen and brightness usage is not all that pleasant as well as viewing angles.
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75 Notebook has a processor called A10-7300 that reaches full 3.2 GHz I practice, however this is limited to a short load peaks and simple single-thread is started at 2.9 GHZ just to settle at 2.4 GHz after a few seconds. The clock rates drops even further in multi-threading and the initial 2.1 GHz drops to 1.8 GHz which is just below the base rate. 
Technical Specification, Features and Price
Model Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75 (A10-7300)
Processor AMD A10-7300
GPU AMD Radeon R7 M255
4GB, DDR3L 1TB 5400rpm
Display 15.6 inches, TFT 1366 x 768 pixels
Camera Webcamera
Optical DVD Writer (dual layer support)
1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0, 1 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Headphone/microphone combo port, 1 micro-SDcard reader
Audio Stereo speakers
Connectivity Intel Wireless-
Bluetooth v4.0
Ethernet LAN 10/100/1000MBit
Features Chiclet keyboard
Weight 2.40 kg
Battery 41 Wh Li-Ion battery
Color -
Price -

Lenovo Tab S8-50LC Tablet : Specs, Features and Overview

Posted: 29 Jan 2015 11:38 PM PST

Lenovo TAB S8-50LC Display8-inch, 1920×1200 pixels, IPS, 283 PPI, 10-point, capacitive Processor Intel Atom Z3745 (1,3-1,86 GHz, 4 cores, 64-bit) Graphics Intel HD Graphics (311-778 MHz) Memory 2GB drive16 GB; slot microSD (up to 64GB) Cameras Summary: 8 MP, autofocus, flash; Front: 1 MnCommunication Modules4G / LTE, GSM, Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11b / g / n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS Sensors Accelerometer sensor HallBattery 4290 mAh Operating System Android 4.4.2Body Materials Plastic Dimensions 123,8h7,9h209,8 mm Weight 299 g.
Technical Specification and Features
Model Lenovo Tab S8-50LC
Type Android Tablet
Processor Intel Atom Z3745 1330.0 MHz
OS Android OS, v4.4
Chipset -
Memory 2048 MB RAM, 16384 MB, microSD up to 32 GB
Display IPS LCD Capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors 1920 x 1200 pixels, 8.0 inches
Camera Rear : 8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels
Front : -
Technology 2G Network
GSMA 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network
HSDPA 900 / 2100
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot
Bluetooth v4.0
microUSB v2.0
Features Micro-SIM, Accelerometer, proximity
Battery Li-Ion 4290 mAh battery
Dimension 209.8 x 123.8 x 7.9 mm
Weight 299 g
Price -

Lenovo Y50-70 59-422475 Laptop : Specs, Features and Overview

Posted: 29 Jan 2015 11:18 PM PST

The 15.6 inch screen has a 1920x1080 pixel display that also functions as a touchscreen. This laptop offers an upper mid-range graphics card (NVIDIA GeForce GTW 860M graphics adapter) that may not please hardcore gamers. It also does not offer the newer IPS technology (which allows viewing from all angles). However, it should be able to handle most games in high resolutions. 
Technical Specification, Features and Price
Model Lenovo Y50-70 59-422475
Processor Quad-core Intel Core i7-4700HQ 2.4 GHz
8GB DDR3L 1600 MHz, 1TB 1000GB 5400rpm SATA
OS Linux Free
Display 15.6 inches Full HD 1920 x 1080 matte LED
Camera HD Webcamera
Optical External CD / DVD reader and writer
1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0, 1 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Headphone/microphone combo port, 4-in-1 micro-SDcard reader
Audio High quality Stereo speakers
Connectivity Intel Wireless-
Bluetooth v4.0
Ethernet LAN 10/100/1000MBit
Features Chiclet keyboard
Weight 2.40 kg
Battery 4-cell Li-Ion battery
Color -
Price -

Lenovo Y70 80DU003GBM Laptop : Specs, Features and Overview

Posted: 29 Jan 2015 10:58 PM PST

Lenovo IdeaPad Y70-70 80DU003GBM Quad i7-4710HQ Haswell , matt 17.3 " 1920x1080 Full HD IPS Touch super powerful 8GB laptop, 1TB5400rpm HDD, 4GB GeForce GTX 860M / N15P-GX GDDR5 hyper collar graphics card, DVD / RW, Backlit Keyboard backlight keyboard, USB 3.0, Camera, HDMI, 6 Cell,Windows 8.1 64 bit , 24 months Collect and Return - powerful laptop for gaming and multimedia  
Technical Specification, Features and Price
Model Lenovo Y70 80DU003GBM
Processor Intel Core i7-4710 3.5 GHz
8192 MB, DDR3L 1600, 1000 GB HDD
OS Windows 8.1
Display 17.3 inches Full HD IPS Touch anti-glare, 1920 x 1080 pixels
Camera Webcamera
Optical DVD+RW
1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0, 1 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Headphone/microphone combo port, 6-in-1 micro-SDcard reader
Audio Stereo speakers
Connectivity Intel Wireless-
Bluetooth v4.0
Ethernet LAN 10/100/1000MBit
Features Backlit keyboard
Weight 3.4 kg
Battery Li-Ion battery
Color -
Price -

YU Yureka SmartPhone : Specs, Features and Overview

Posted: 29 Jan 2015 10:38 PM PST

The Micromax Yureka carries a 5.5-inch IPS LCD multi touch display with a resolution of 720 x 1,280 pixels (HD) and a pixel density of 267ppi. It offers clear viewing from angles as wide as 180 degrees and resists scratches easily with the Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. Despite being so big, it deserves applause due to its thickness of just 8.5mm. Moreover, the first of its kind polished moonstone finish at the back radiates a nice appeal.
Sandwiched between the two panels of the Yureka, there is a 64-bit 1.5GHz octa-core processor based on Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 processor which utilizes the capabilities of the phone efficiently and guarantees powerful performance. It is aided by a 2GB DDR3 RAM for smooth multitasking. Rich graphics is ensured by Adreno 305 GPU. 
Technical Specification and Features
Model YU Yureka
Type Android SmartPhone
Processor Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.0 GHz Cortex-A53
OS Android OS, v4.4.4 (Kitkat)
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615
Memory 16 GB, 2 GB RAM, microSD up to 32 GB
Display IPS LCD Capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors 720 x 1280 pixels (~267 ppi pixel density), 5.5 inches (~69.1% screen-to-body)
Camera Rear : 13 MP, 4208 x 3120 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Front : 5 MP
Technology 2G Network
GSMA 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2
3G Network
HSDPA 900 / 2100
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot
Bluetooth v4.0, A2DP
microUSB v2.0
Features Dual SIM (Micro-SIM, dual stand-by), FM radio, Accelerometer, proximity, gyro
Battery Li-Ion 2500 mAh battery
Dimension 154.8 x 78 x 6-8.8 mm
Weight 155 g (5.47 oz)
Price -

Saygus V2 pre-orders pushed back to Feb 2nd

Posted: 29 Jan 2015 10:30 PM PST

Pre-order of Saygus V2 registrations have been extended due to high demand. Beside the $50 discount you get for registering, you'll also receive an extra battery and a glass screen protector. Pre-orders should open on Monday, but the discount and freebies will be gone then.
The Saygus V2 has a 5-inch display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, Gorilla Glass 4, a 21MP rear-facing camera, a 13MP front-facing camera (with OIS), a hardware camera button, 3GB of RAM and a 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor. It also comes with Qi wireless charging, front-facing speakers and built-in Harman Kardon sound technology. The phone also has 64GB of on-board storage, two MicroSD card slots totaling an extra 256GB, and a removable 3100mAh battery.
Pre-orders will officially kick off at 11:59PM MST this Monday, February 2nd, 2015 where the phone will be priced at $550. After pre-orders have concluded, the Saygus V2 price will jump up to $600.

Motorola Moto E (2015) SmartPhone : Specs, Features and Overview

Posted: 29 Jan 2015 10:18 PM PST

The Moto E sports a slightly smaller screen than its older sibling - the Moto G measuring at 4.3". The screen has qHD (540 x 960 pixels) resolution and it comes with anti-smudge coating, Corning Gorilla 3 protection and IPS technology.
Coming to the design of the device, it features the same polycarbonate body as seen on the Moto G with a removable back cover and battery. The devices is 12.3 mm thick and weighs 142 Grams.
The Motorola Moto E is powered with a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor. In terms of memory, it has 1 GB RAM & 4 GB of ROM out of which 2.1 GB would be available for the user. Unlike Moto E & Moto X, this time around, Motorola has introduced support for expanding internal memory which lets users to additionally expand the memory up to 32 GB using micro SD card.
Technical Specification and Features
Model Motorola Moto E (2015)
Type Android SmartPhone
Processor -
OS Android OS, v5.0.2 (Lollipop)
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
Memory 8 GB, 1 GB RAM, microSD up to 32 GB
Display IPS LCD Capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors 540 x 960 pixels (~245 ppi pixel density), 4.5 inches
Camera Rear : 5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus
Front : VGA
Technology 2G Network
GSMA 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network
HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot
Bluetooth v4.0, LE
microUSB v2.0
Features Micro-SIM, FM radio with RDS, Accelerometer, proximity
Battery Non-removable Li-Ion battery
Dimension -
Weight -
Price -

Microsoft to invest in Cyanogen

Posted: 29 Jan 2015 10:10 PM PST

According to report, Microsoft is investing $70 million in Cyanogen, the startup behind Cyanogen Mod, an increasingly popular and very open incarnation of Google's mobile operating system. The investment would make Microsoft a minority investor in a round of funding that puts Cyanogen's value in the high hundreds of millions.
The person said the financing round could grow with other strategic investors that have expressed interest in Cyanogen because they're also eager to diminish Google's control over Android. The identity of the other potential investors couldn't be learned.
Spokespeople for Microsoft and Cyanogen declined to comment.
The investment would be unusual, because Microsoft offers its own Windows Phone mobile operating system. But Windows Phone has only about 3% market share, which may be prompting Microsoft to consider unconventional steps.Basically, Cyanogen takes the Google's Android source code and modifies in ways Google doesn't allow. Yes, Android is an open source project, but Google has limited what hardware makers can do with the OS, frustrating both users and manufacturers. Cyanogen offers a fresh alternative, providing new themes, better privacy tools, and more.
Recently, the startup even began offering its Android OS directly to handset makers, including last year's well-liked OnePlus One handset. Cyanogen also recently inked a deal with Indian Smartphone manufacturer Micromax to ship handsets pre-installed with the mobile OS.
With a stake in Cyanogen, Microsoft could claim more users as well as a larger share of the market but also hedge its bets in the mobile world.

OtterBox Resurgence Power Case for iPhone 6 Available Now

Posted: 29 Jan 2015 09:50 PM PST

OtterBox releases its charging technology with combining trusted protection in the all-new Resurgence Power Case for Apple iPhone 6, which is now available. The accessory boasts 2,600 milliamp hours (mAh) of battery power, providing a full additional charge for the iPhone 6. It is made up of a specially formulated poly-carbonate to improve impact resistance and absorb energy from drops and bumps.
The case is rigorously tested to meet MIL STD 810G-516.6, a third-party test that drops the case on all faces, edges and corners from four feet.1 The new design incorporates compact advanced circuitry, resulting in a sleek profile and solid defense against drops.
A premium metallic finish and soft touch coating gives this iPhone 6 power case a clean, polished look in black, glacier, cardinal and mint ice. Resurgence is compatible with OtterBox Alpha Glass™ Clear and Privacy fortified glass screen protectors for an even greater level of screen security.
The iPhone 6 battery case engages with the simple press of a button and utilizes auto-stop charging technology to conveniently shut off the case when the phone has reached full charge, saving battery for later.
"Too often we see people tethered to a wall because of a low battery or trying to navigate a broken smartphone screen after a hard drop," said OtterBox President and CEO Pete Lindgren. "Resurgence provides two-times the battery life and military-grade drop protection, the perfect solution to let you, not your phone, dictate when it's time to disconnect."
Resurgence Power Case for iPhone 6 is available now on and from select retail locations for $99.95.
For more information, visit here.

Again Yu Yureka Gets Sold Out In a Matter of Seconds

Posted: 29 Jan 2015 09:50 PM PST

It was just last week that we brought you word on how the Yu Yureka, a Smartphone from the folks over at Micromax that will run on the Cyanogen operating system, was sold out in a matter of just seconds over in the world's second most populous country, India.
Yureka equipped a 5.5-inch 720p display, LTE connectivity, 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of expandable internal memory, and a 13 MP rear camera.
The Smartphone costs $145, but offers features that you usually find on pricier devices.

Warner Bros. Pictures' Focus Set To Open In IMAX® Domestic Theatres

Posted: 29 Jan 2015 09:36 PM PST

IMAX Corporation and Warner Bros. Pictures today announced that Focus, the latest film from directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Crazy, Stupid, Love.), starring Academy Award nominee Will Smith (The Pursuit of Happyness, Ali) and Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall of Wall Street), will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX format and released into domestci IMAX theatres on Feb. 27,2015.
The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX's customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.
Warner Bros. Pictures presents, a Di Novi Pictures Production, A Zaftig Films Production, Focus. The film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company. 

Updated BBM Beta Includes Landscape

Posted: 29 Jan 2015 09:30 PM PST

BlackBerry has released a new BBM Beta version that adds support for landscape mode, which was already added to BBM for iOS.
In addition, the beta includes a new feature called Multiple Picture Transfer which allows you to share multiple pictures from the photo app.
The BBM beta is available to those who have signed up for the beta zone. If you need to have either of these new capabilities immediately, you can sign up and get the opportunity to install the beta build of BlackBerry's messaging app. For those keeping score, the update weighs in at 26.4MB.
Source: crackberry

NASA Langley's ISAAC robot to help build next-gen aircraft, spacecraft

Posted: 29 Jan 2015 09:14 PM PST

NASA Langley's ISAAC is a 7-ton and 21-foot robot. ISAAC stands for Integrated Structural Assembly of Advanced Composites. This is one of only three such systems in the world. The two similar robots are doing composite manufacturing, but ISAAC is the only one of its caliber dedicated strictly to research. On Monday, ISAAC had its dance, turning back on a crowd of notables and its bristly head facing the laboratory's opposite wall, with head held still and its sleek, articulated, bowed body began to waggle slowly back and forth, back and forth along in its linear track.
NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton has been installing the robotic system since it arrived last fall. ISAAC fans predict that the robot will have a starring role in creating cutting-edge composite materials to build tough, lightweight spacecraft for exploring deep space, as well as transform Hampton Roads into a national hub for next-generation composite manufacturing. It has a removable octagon-shaped head that can be fitted with 16 spools to lay out ribbons of carbon fibers over molds and is designed using 3D computer graphics.
"Although it looks like something out of a 'Transformers' movie — and I have never actually seen a 'Transformers' movie — it's actually an amazing, complex robot," Stephen Jurczyk said, NASA Langley director.
"We already know how to build composite structures, but building the kind fit for deep-space exploration is still a challenge"  said Mike Gazarik, associate administrator for NASA's space technology mission directorate and once worked at NASA Langley.
One of the first projects of ISAAC is to help create a large composite shell suitable for the Space Launch System, or SLS, the huge, heavy-lift rocket intended to boost the Orion and its crew into space and among NASA centers, NASA Langley is the recognized leader in composites materials and structures research. With this, Virginia officials expect ISAAC might offer even more opportunities since the center has an economic impact of nearly $800 million and supports 6,800 jobs and draws other tech industries in the region.
"It all started here, and believe me," Wallace said, emphasizing each word, "we-want-to-keep-it-here."
"ISAAC will be a long-term asset for NASA Langley that will help make significant gains in the composite materials of space," Warner said. "ISAAC will also help cement Hampton and eastern Virginia and the whole Tidewater region as a true manufacturing hub for advanced composite materials."

Sony's memory products are discounted on Amazon

Posted: 29 Jan 2015 09:10 PM PST

If you're looking to get an SD card or a USB drive, be sure to check out Amazon's Gold Box deal of the day, through which the retailer is offering heavy discounts on Sony's memory products.
Now, Sony's 128GB card (Sony Media Solutions 128GB SDXC UHS-1) is priced as low as $49.99 which would be a $50 savings. Shipping is free.
Other deals include the Sony 16GB SDHC/SDXC Class 10 UHS-1 R40 Memory Card (now priced at $7.99, cut from $19.99), Sony 32GB SDHC Class 10 UHS-1 R40 Memory Card (now priced at $10.99, cut from $34.99), Sony 64GB SDXC Class 10 UHS-1 R40 Memory Card (now priced at $23.99, cut from $64.99), Sony 16GB Class 10 Micro SDHC R40 Memory Card (priced at $7.99, cut from $14.99), Sony 32GB Class 10 Micro SDHC R40 Memory Card (priced at $11.99, cut from $24.99), and the Sony 64GB microSDXC Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card (priced at $25.99, cut from $44.99).
Amazon is also selling the Sony 16GB Micro Vault M-Series Flash Drive for just $5.99. That is a whopping 85% off the regular price of $39.99.

Foxconn the Apple Supplier to Reduce 1.3m Workforce

Posted: 29 Jan 2015 09:09 PM PST

Taiwan's world's largest contract electronics manufacturer, Foxconn Technology Group, would like to trim its massive workforce through automation, and for now they are working on stabilising its headcount, the company told Reuters. Under its flagship unit, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co, the company currently employs about 1.3 million people during peak production times, making it one of the largest private employers in the world. As a key Apple supplier, the company had a solid run in recent years, but faces declining revenue growth and rising wages in China.
Louis Woo, special assistant to the chairman and group spokesman did not specify a timeframe or target for any reduction of workforce headcount, but noted that labour costs had more than doubled since 2010, when the company faced intense media scrutiny following a spate of worker suicides. With this, automation will be key to keeping labour costs under control in the long-term, Woo said, as the company pushes to have robotic arms complete mundane tasks currently done by workers.
"We've basically stabilised (our workforce) in the last three years," Woo said. "We would like to stabilise our employee headcount no matter how fast we are growing in the future."


NASA's SMAP lists of Milestone on January 29th Launch

Posted: 29 Jan 2015 09:08 PM PST

SMAP is NASA's first Earth-observing satellite that is designed to collect global observations of surface soil moisture and its freeze/thaw state. SMAP stands for Soil Moisture Active Passive. This will provide high resolution global measurements of soil moisture from space. The data collected will be used to enhance scientists' understanding of the processes that link Earth's water, energy, and carbon cycles.
The NASA's SMAP observatory is set to launch on January 29th, Thursday at 6:20 a.m. PST or 9:20 a.m. EST from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The SMAP will be carried into orbit by a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket and the launch window lasts to three minutes. On launch day, NASA TV launch commentary coverage of the countdown begins at 4 a.m. PST (7 a.m. EST as well as the Live countdown coverage on NASA's launch blog. Moreover, the coverage will feature real-time updates of countdown milestones, as well as streaming video clips highlighting launch preparations and liftoff. And if it all goes to its plan, then below are the expected lists of milestones to occur during the mission's launch phase:
1) Prior to liftoff, and 0.2 seconds after the launch sequence has commenced, three solid motors ignite. They burn for 1 minute and 5 seconds, but are not jettisoned until 1 minute and 39 seconds into flight.
2) Main Engine Cutoff (MECO) occurs approximately 4 minutes and 22 seconds into flight, followed 6 seconds later by Stage I-II separation.
3) After the second stage ignites, 4 minutes and 55 seconds after liftoff, the launch vehicle nose cone splits open like a clamshell and falls away as planned.
4) Second-Stage Engine Cutoff (SECO-1) occurs about 10 minutes and 44 seconds after liftoff, and the spacecraft coasts in an intermediate orbit.
5) The second stage restarts 51 minutes and 38 seconds after liftoff, then cuts off again as planned.
6) At 56 minutes and 51 seconds after liftoff, SMAP separates from the rocket, beginning its own journey around Earth. Subsequent maneuvers over several weeks will place the observatory in its final target orbit of 426 miles above Earth (685 kilometers). The separation event will be monitored with a video camera attached to the second stage.
7) The second stage of the rocket, now separated from SMAP, moves to a lower orbit for deployment of three CubeSat missions: Firebird-II (consisting of two CubeSats), EXOCUBE and GRIFEX. A final burn will send the second stage into a safe reentry over the southern Pacific Ocean.
8) About a minute after separation, the SMAP spacecraft begins to deploy its three-panel solar array. It then looks for, and turns the array toward, the sun and starts a slow "rotisserie" roll to begin recharging its batteries and maintain proper system temperatures.
9) SMAP communicates with Earth, relaying its signal through NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellites and ground stations. This is expected to happen within minutes after the spacecraft separates from its rocket.
10) Once ground controllers have determined SMAP is healthy and stable, SMAP begins its commissioning phase, in which all systems and instruments are checked out and calibrated. These activities are planned to last no longer than 90 days after launch, after which science operations begin.
Please be noted that the above lists of SMAP milestone launch mission is base on NASA'sNews site.

Samsung Officially Makes the Galaxy J1 Smartphone as an Entry Level Device

Posted: 29 Jan 2015 09:03 PM PST

We have been hearing rumours about the Samsung Galaxy J series phones that will presumably launch in the near future, and it seems that Samsung has now officially made the very first J series device namely the "Galaxy J1" via their Malaysian website. The Galaxy J1 is an entry-level device accounts. It has a feature that carries a dual-core processor that clocks in at 1.2GHz, powered by an 1850 mAh battery capacity which should give users up to 9 hours of data usage time on 3G, 10 hours of talk time on 3G, 12 hours of data usage time via WiFi, and 40 hours of audio playback. However the device Display size is sadly not something with a high resolution since it is an entry level smartphone. The RAM and storage size are also both on the low end of the spectrum, since it comes with only 512MB of RAM and a small 4GB of internal storage space. Hence, Samsung Galaxy J1 smartphone included a microSD card slot for expandable storage up to 128GB microSD cards.
In addition, the Galaxy J1 sports a 5MP rear facing camera with LED flash and a 2MP front-facing camera for "selfie shots or video chat. For now, there are still no information about the device possible price, the release date and its place in what regions.

MediaTek announces ARM Cortex-A53 based MT6753

Posted: 29 Jan 2015 08:50 PM PST

Just recently, we had a chance to take a look at MediaTek's leaked roadmap for 2015, where we could see a dozen 20 nm SoCs. Now, the company announced rumored MT6753 SoC, the successor to the 64-bit octa-core MT6752, and should arrive by the end of the second quarter.
The new chip comes with eight processing cores, similar to its predecessor. The eight cores have been clocked at 1.5GHz and the chip includes the Mali-T720 GPU with Open GL ES 3.0 and Open CL 1.2 API support. The new chip can supports displays with up to 1920 x 1080 resolutions with 60 fps frame rate. It includes support for H.265 1080p video playback at 30fps with minimal power draw. There is also support for up to 16MP resolution cameras.

Google Chrome Beta for Android gets Update

Posted: 29 Jan 2015 08:30 PM PST

Google announced in a blog post that Chrome 41 Beta for Android is now available. The update is rolling out to users via the Play Store now, according to the company, and bumps the app to version 41.0.2272.34.
The release is mostly bug fixes, and performance improvements, but the ability to refresh a page by swiping down from the top of the page is a clever and simple addition to improve your browsing experience. The new update may have some issues, so if you come across any, help us all out by filing a bug report.

Heroes of Might & Magic III HD now available for iPad and Android

Posted: 29 Jan 2015 08:10 PM PST

Heroes of Might & Magic III, the popular turn-based strategy game from the late 90's, is now available in the Android and iOS tablets for the price of $9.99.
Heroes of Might and Magic is a turn-based strategy, whose matches play out over a few layers of strategy and tactics. First, you have your starting castle, which will be your primary source for troops, so you need to upgrade and take good care of it. Second, we have the full map play, where you move your heroes across the world on a hunt for resources, artifacts, and more castle that you can take under your control. And third, we have the battles, which take you down to the ground, letting you control your army for some quick, tactical, turn-based skirmishes.
The game allows for the good old hot-seat multiplayer mode, which allows you to play with a buddy or few, passing the tablet around for others to make their turns.
Download: Heroes of Might and Magic III (Android,iOS)

Google couldn't secure enough Nexus 6 inventory to meet demand

Posted: 29 Jan 2015 08:06 PM PST

Ever since the Nexus 6 launched in October 2014, it's been a pretty tough device to come by. That was especially true in the early days of its availability, which saw Google commit to restocking the Play Store every Wednesday. Google confirmed the Nexus 6's scarcity and shed a bit more light on the matter.
Earlier this month, Motorola (the manufacturer of the Nexus 6) started offering the Smartphone via its own website, but that didn't really solve the problem.
Of course, all this means that there's demand for the Nexus 6. Google reported its Q4 2014 results, and, during the earnings call, the company's CFO, also talked about the Nexus 6. CFO said that the device was "very well received as a new phone, but we had real issues and were unable to secure sufficient inventory to meet the demand we had forecasted. 
Unfortunately, Google's CFO didn't elaborate on what forecasted demand meant. Thus, we've no idea exactly how many Nexus 6 units were sold until now. In any case, given its high price (starting at $649), it's somehow understandable why Google didn't foresee that it wouldn't be able to meet demand.
Besides Google Play and Motorola, other places where you could find the Nexus 6 in the US are Best Buy, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and US Cellular.

Microsoft Outlook comes to iOS and Android

Posted: 29 Jan 2015 07:50 PM PST

Microsoft has released new Outlook apps for iOS and Android.
These new Outlook apps will work with Office 365, Exchange,, Yahoo Mail, Gmail and other e-mail services.
Microsoft plans to replace the Outlook Web Apps for iOS and Android, as well as the app for Android with these new Outlook apps. That won't happen overnight; the Outlook Web Apps and app will remain in the respective app stores for several months. But Microsoft plans to "sunset" Outlook Web Apps and the app for iOS and Android by summer.
The app allows you to easily switch between email and the built-in calendar feature, swipe to quickly delete, archive, and schedule messages, as well as send large files that you haven't downloaded on your Android device. The app is, normally, free to use and is available on both phones and tablets.
The Outlook for Android preview app is available immediately from the Google Play store, and the Outlook for iOS app will begin rolling out into the Apple app store starting on January 29.
Download: Microsoft Outlook Preview (Android, iOS)

3D Robotics launches DroneEDU

Posted: 29 Jan 2015 06:24 PM PST

North America's largest consumer drone manufacturer is on a mission to take learning and scientific exploration to new heights. 3D Robotics (3DR) today launched its new DroneEDU program, offering free and discounted drone hardware, along with sponsorships, classroom support and partnerships, to assist students, teachers and school in deploying unnamed aerial vehicles (UAVs) for advanced learning and exploration in STEM disciplines.
"UAV technology can have an incredible impact in scientific study, with real-world applications in solving both historical mysteries and modern global challenges," said Brandon Basso, VP of software engineering at 3DR.
"To realize that potential, we want to put UAVs in the hands of the next generation of innovators. This program is designed to provide access to these exciting, engaging and versatile tools for STEM education for students at all levels of education, from grade school through post-graduate study."
"Even for college seniors, the task of designing and assembling a functional system in a three-month period is challenging," said Tom Clark, Development Engineer, Mechanical Engineering Department, Cal Berkeley.
"With 3DR's donation of a set of quadrotors, as well as continued support from their engineers, our students have been able to spend less time learning about quadrotor technology that is currently on the market, and instead focus on the developing their own applications or hardware that builds on that technology. We are grateful for 3DR's support!"

Axis 360 Apps of Baker & Taylor launches

Posted: 29 Jan 2015 06:05 PM PST

Baker & Taylor, the premier worldwide distributor of digital and print books and entertainment products, announced today the launch of its new Axis 360 app for both Apple and Android devices. The Axis 360 app offers mobile users the ability to discover, download and listen to digital audiobooks, as well as access ebooks to read, within a single application.
The Axis 360 is a revolutionary digital media service that provides libraries and schools with a state-of-the-art and visually engaging system for circulating digital books and audiobooks.
The user will enjoy increased functionality and ease-of-use, with one-stop access to content from their public or school library. And also presents recommendations from the library's collection, base on the user's selection.
"The new Axis 360 app makes the logistics of discovering and downloading digital content easy," said George Coe, President and CEO of Baker & Taylor.
"The streamlined app gets readers directly to the ebook or audiobook they're excited to explore."
"It also promises ongoing advancements in the space. As with all technology companies, Baker & Taylor continuously works to develop product upgrades and this moves us even closer to an all-in-one app that will focus on an intuitive design and simplicity in the discover, check out, read and listen process."
Library patrons and students can download the free app now on iTunes or Google Play.
To know more about the Axis 360, please do visit their site here.

Train Your Brain Via Moto 360 With “Smartsays”, A Game that helps your Brain Attentive

Posted: 29 Jan 2015 05:47 PM PST

Smartsays is an app game for Android Wear where you can play games from the screen of your wrist. It aims to bring people with a Moto 360 the ability to engage them with a little memory enhancing game for the "in-between" times like waiting for someone. Smartsays is high-level memory training and it is all about giving you the ability to fulfil the essence for the need to be quick.

The smartsays game was developed by Schlawinsky. He references the hit pop culture game from yesteryear called Simon, which tasked the gamer with matching up color sequences in the correct order that the game would display them to players. The more you play the better you'll get at remembering which colors pop up, thus, this kind of set-up is training your brain and enhancing your memory skills. With Smartsays, you will notice things are getting increasingly difficult as the rounds progress. Aside from that the game will add one new color each round to make things a tad bit harder to remember. As colors and difficulty increases, so too does the speed of the sequence. Players also have the ability to select three different game modes as well as multiple difficulty levels. It even has a scoring system set up to determine their individual training level. The game is free to download and the app is on the Play Store now for Moto 360 owners.