Friday, August 30, 2013

GDR3 WP8 update may contain Notification Center

Notifications are quite an important part of Smartphone OSes nowadays and as there are always some missed ones, a unified place to view all missed notifications is required where user can have a look at them instead of going to each app. Google knew that from the starting but Apple learned it 4 years into the iOS and thus incorporated Notification center in iOS 5 for the first time. People would think Microsoft might have learned from Apple's mistake but when they introduced Windows Phone 7 or Windows Phone 8 sometime later, they still din't come up with it. But now it looks like this is about to be changed.

We all know Microsoft is planning to release GDR3 update to the Windows Phone 8 platform later this year and as the date comes closer, rumor mill starts getting more abuzz. This one is courtesy of guys over at who got a tip from one of their readers that Microsoft themselves think that lack of Notification Center is one of the major shortfalls of Windows Phone 8 and that they are fixing this with this update.

According to the tip, Microsoft is also going to introduce a new feature called "appetite" which, as name suggests, might be some app recommendation service and they are also planning to update the start screen grid. Nokia is planning to launch a 6" Windows Phone 8 bases tablet this year which may be the reason behind the update in start screen grid as Nokia is rigorously testing the GDR3 update.

Only time will tell what Nokia and Microsoft have planned for the future but one thing is quite sure, September is going to be an eventful month tech wise.
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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Sony releases Xperia Z1 teaser video

Sony's Xperia Z1 a.k.a. Honami is not letting people from tech world take a break. First, it was caught resting besides an iPhone 5 after such a large string of rumors and leaks and then Sony came forward and teased the whole world with an image of its power button. Now, Sony has finally released the teaser video for the smartphone.

It comprises of some shots of the phone showing its power button, G-lens camera, water repelant property and slim profile. It also reveals the announcement date of this smartphone to be September 4 which "just happens to be" the same as one Samsung has decided for announcement of Samsung Galaxy Note III.

In addition to this, a mock-up (dummy - plastic copy) piece of Sony Xperia Z1 has also surfaced giving us a better idea as to what the smartphone actually looks like when stacked up against Sony Xperia Z and Xperia Z Ultra. It also confirms that Sony's Honami will be, in fact, called Sony Xperia Z1 when it comes to the market.

So it looks like September is going to be an interesting month with the planned releases of iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, Samsung Galaxy Note III and now Sony Xperia Z1 as well. Lets wait and watch what these three giants have in store for us.

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

The infographics of jailbreaking

Jailbreaking has become a fashion more then a need and everyone waits for it to come as soon as the new iOS version is announced. When you ask someone why they need it, most of them answer either to get paid apps for free or to bypass Apple's UI restrictions. Some people even want it for software unlocks but solutions like this have led to some decrease in their demand.

The guys over at TheJailbreakShop have compiled the data and released an interesting infographic to reveal the info. The cost they ask for Jailbreak makes them look shady but this one surely is worth a look.

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Evad3rs successfully jailbreak their iOS 7 iPhone 5

According to rumors, Apple is about to release the Grand Master version of iOS 7 on 5 September so as to prepare developers for 10 September announcement of the new iPhone(s?). Although this time, Apple has already incorporated many famous cydia tweaks into iOS 7 itself but, as it happens every year, everyone has still been wondering when the jailbreak for iOS 7 will be coming. The first hints are here, courtesy of evad3rs.

This has come courtesy of the evad3rs, the group responsible for iOS 6 untethered jailbreak tool, evasi0n. A month back they posted a press release on their website saying they will release an untehered jailbreak in the month of October but now it looks like the date may be quite sooner then what they had expected.

We can just wait and watch what will happen when Apple releases iOS 7 to the public. Let's hope evad3rs have been successful so that we can enjoy our favorite Cydia tweaks and apps Apple hasn't yet incorporated into the OS.
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Friday, August 23, 2013

iPhone 5C press shot makes its way to the internet

Everyone around the world knows that everytime the date of announcement of an Apple iPhone comes close, rumors of a cheaper version of the iPhone starts flying around. But this time not only the rumors have been flying, for the first time photos have been leaking along side dummies as well. Now, the world is able to get a look at the press shots of iPhone 5C, the cheaper iPhone, 18 days before the announcement, if any is going to done regarding it.

This has come courtesy of a Romanian re-seller who sent a couple of these pics to the guys over . The photo also show a black plastic device running iOS 7.

The photos also show the dummy of the device, that is supposed to warm the seat for the real thing until it arrives, wrapped around in a black plastic bumper case.

There is a photo that focuses on the camera of the white plastic iPhone.

The device is supposed to be announced along side iPhone 5S during Apple's September 10 event and replace iPhone 5 in the line-up. It is supposed to be having a 8 MP camera unit and 8 and 16 GB storage options.

If iPhone 5C is in fact real, this would surely be a very unexpected and different move from Apple as they are going to be releasing 2 iPhones at one time, which will be a first for the company, and they will be going back to using plastic in their devices as the main component like they used to in iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. Lets just wait and watch what Apple has in store for us this year.

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Sony teases Honami before announcement

Sony's upcoming flagship, Xperia Z1 a.k.a. Honami, has had its fare share of leaks and rumors. About a week ago, it was even spot in the wild right next to an iPhone 5. According to previous rumors, the phone is supposed to be unveiled by Sony on September 4 and this information seems to be true after all as Sony has just teased of an event with the power button of a phone whose wait is "not long now". And Sony has got our heart pounding!

The Sony Xperia Z1, fondly known as Honami, is expected to have a 5" 1080p screen, Snapdragon 800 process, 2 GB RAM, Adrena 330 GPU, IP57 certified water and dust proof, and, its most touted feature, a 20.7 MP Sensor camera with Sony-G lens and BIONZ image processor.

Only a few days are left before Sony announces their "next big thing" and let's hope it keeps up the expectations tech enthusiasts and Sony fans have.
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Sunday, August 18, 2013

iOS 7 Golden Master may come on September 5

Apple's iOS 7 is one of the most hot topics in the blogosphere as of now and Apple recently released 6th Beta of iOS 7 for its developers. Now considering the timing of the Beta releases, especially the 6th and final one, everyone has started speculating as to when will Apple release the Grand Master version (the release which will be eventually released as the public one) of their latest iOS.

According to the guys over at BGR, Apple should start seeding iOS 7 Grand Master release to developers on September 5. Although this leak comes courtesy of BGR, there is no denying the fact that it also fits the timeline which lends some credibility to it as well.

Although no representative of Apple has commented on this and there has been no official announcement on Apple's developer center as well but if the new iPhone is scheduled to be announced on 10 September, as it has been tipped, there is a good chance that this little piece of information turns out to be true. And if it does, it would also mean Apple sticking to the tradition of Beta releases it has kept each year since the launch of iOS itself.
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Friday, August 16, 2013

Apple seeds iOS 7 Beta 6 for the developers

Apple announced the Beta 5 of iOS 7 earlier then expected probably to make up for the time lost due to developer center downtime but they have yet again surprised everyone by releasing the 6th Beta of iOS 7 much earlier then expected.

As you can see, its OTA weighs at a meager 12.7 MB which means that it doesn't bring a whole lot of changes with itself. The only fix it contains is to an issue with iTunes in the Cloud which, apparently, required some work-around to be applied to it.

As this is a very early Beta release with a very targeted agenda, it looks as if this was an emergency release meant only for this fix.

Note:- While Beta releases have always been available only to developers (which requires a 99$ / year paid account), you can click here to find out how to install iOS 7 Beta on your iDevice.
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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Sony Honami caught in the wild next to an iPhone 5

Sony Honami, code name for the device about to be its latest and greatest, has been making the rounds on Internet for some time and has been seen in live shots before as well. But this time it is seen appreciating the spirit of competition by sitting besides its iOS competitor, iPhone 5.

This time its beautiful screen, a 5" 1080p glory, is shown in a glowing stardom along with good quality pictures of all its sides. Lets not say a word for now and enjoy the view before we do some more talking.

Lets now talk about what runs at the heart of this beautiful beast. It is rumored to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 process along with 2 gigs of RAM and Adreno 330 GPU. But the key selling point of Honami, which is supposed to be named as Z1 in the market, isn't even the powerful hardware. Sony has come up with a 20.7 MP camera in this thing with Sony G-lens (which is generally found in Sony's point-and-shoot variety of digital cameras) and BIONZ image processor. Also, like Sony Xperia Z, it will come with IP57 certification, i.e. being dust-proof and water-resilient.

Its all just a rumor until makes Honami (Sony Xperia Z1) an official thing but, taking the market into consideration, these supposed facts are going to very (if not exactly) near to the real thing. Its just a wait and watch game for now until Sony announces it on September 4.
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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 specs leak before launch

Samsung's Galaxy Note series is what gave birth to the fashion and category of phablets in the world of smartphones and its Note and Note 2 have been the most successful of the category. As expected, Samsung is looking to get the series extended with the release of their successor, Galaxy Note III. The code name, SM-900 and SM-9005, was already leaked some days back but this time the specs of the upcoming king of the phablet have been leaked as well.

The SM-900 version of Galaxy Note III is reported to be powered by 1.8 GHz octa-core 5420 SoC and ARM Mail-T628 MP6 GPU which means it will be able to process anything at the best level possible. While there is no word on CPU and GPU info of SM-9005 version but considering the horsepower of SM-9000 version, it will not be a surprise if it is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC and Adreno 330 GPU.

The display is supposed to be a 5.68" 1080p LCD display which, if true, means Samsung is going back in the size department and making up for it in the quality one. It is also supposed to have a 13 MP snapper at its back with better optical image stabilization then what Galaxy S4 had. Expectantly it should be powered with 3 gigs of Samsung's own RAM modules with 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB storage options. It will have micro SD card slot present as well in order to let you take its storage capacity to another level.

The SM-9005 will be sporting LTE connectivity and SM-900 will limit its connectivity to high-speed 3G options only. As per the leak, both devices will be powered by a 3200 mAh which is only a 100 mAh more then what previous version had. It will also sport Android Jelly Bean 4.3 as its version of Android OS with Samsung's Touch UX skin sitting atop of it, of course.

At this point, although being quite solid and convincing, these leaks should be taken at least with a pinch of salt. But we will know soon enough as Samsung is supposed to unveil the new member of Note family on September 10 in Berlin.

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Monday, August 12, 2013

Next iPhone may be announced on September 10

It is a known fact that Apple launches its next gen iPhone in September since the iPhone 4S and as Apple has been releasing iOS 7 betas for quite some time now, everyone knows that the launch date for iPhone 5S (which it is supposed to be called) is coming close as well.

This leak comes courtesy of guys over at All Things D. According to them, we should all circle the 10th September date on our calendars as that will be the day Apple unveils its new baby.

While this information fits with the timeline set by iOS 7 Beta version releases and All Things D has a way of getting right informations about Apple products, it is still not official yet. Lets wait and watch what Apple has come up with and when will they display it to the world.

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Apple releases iOS 7 Beta 5

iOS 7 is biggest change to iOS since its release. Apple overhauled the whole look and taught it some new tricks to lure the consumer of today. As its fashion, Apple has been releasing beta versions of the iOS 7 for the developers so that they can iron out as many bugs as possible before the final release. Apple keeps a tight 2 weeks gap in each beta release but due to the server issue on its developer website, they were late in seeding the 4th Beta release to the developers. But they are making up for the lost time with an early release of its 5th Beta.

The major change in this Beta is the overhaul of settings app. All the icons have been changed and some have been rearranged as well.

Apple has introduced a new security feature in this beta version. Whenever you connect your device with a new computer after a reboot of the iDevice, it asks if you trust the computer enough to share the information.

Moreover, the background of the install screen now depends on the color of your iPhone - in the way that it will same as your iPhone's color and the Apple icon will of the opposite color.

Also, the "slide to power off" button has been tweaked to match the rest of the UI of iOS 7.

Lets have a look at the complete changelog of iOS 7 Beta 5.

  • Changed icons in settings app.
  • Ability to disable Control Center while using apps.
  • A new security feature which lets you choose if you want to share your data with a particular computer or not.
  • Use of Redesigned Twitter Icon.
  • Reboot screen is white for White colored iPhones.
  • Tweaking of "slide to power off" button.
  • Change in notification center bar for accessing new notifications.
  • "Slide to Unlock" sound has been removed.
  • Phone UI buttons look like buttons now.
  • Smoother and faster UI animations.
  • Better touch responsiveness.
  • The functionality of rotating panoramic wallpapers has now been removed. It may as well be a bug but for now it is not there.
So it seems like Apple has focussed its energy on tweaking the UI side of the OS with this Beta release. Moreover, this is our list of changes and if you have something to add to it, please mention it in a comment.

Note:- While Beta releases have always been available only to developers (which requires a 99$ / year paid account), you can click here to find out how to install iOS 7 Beta on your iDevice.
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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Access DMG files on Windows

Mac is Apple's own operating system which it gives favors to when it comes to Beta OS files or application development. Although the files can easily be downloaded on a Windows OS based machine but they have .dmg extension which Apple for compressing installer packages and files and it can not be read or decompressed by Windows. Although most Mac software either have their Windows version already present or can't be run on a Windows machine because of incompatibility, there are still some softwares and files present in a .dmg compressed package that people would love to get their hands on but can't. And that's what we are going to solve today.

Lets see how to get this done.

Step 1: To get this done, you need a freeware tool called dmgextractor which can be easily downloaded from its website.

To do this just go to their website, and click on the Download button.

Then in the next page that opens, click again on download on the version you would like to have your hands on. The only limitation free version has is that you can only extract 4 files with it at a time which means that if you have more then that in a .dmg package, you can not just click on extract all instead you'll have to do in batches of 5. This can be alright if you do not have a large number of files but if the number is very large it can be painful so in the end, it depends on your usage. After you click on the Download button for the free version, another button will pop up with windows written on it.

Click on the Windows button and your download will begin.

Step 2: Install the freeware using the installer following the onscreen instructions.

Step 3: After the software has installed, click on its shortcut icon on desktop to open it up.

Step 4: Now click on Open and then browse to the .dmg package file you want to take a look at.

When you click on Open, you will be able to see the contents of the .dmg package.

Step 5: Now select the files you want to extract (maximum 5 at a time if you are using the free version like me) and click on Extract button present in the menu bar and select the destination you want to extract your files.

It will give you the option of the folder .dmg package was originally placed in. If you want to make any other folder, you obviously can. When you click on the extract button after selecting the folder, it will extract the selected files into that folder.

Et Voila! The files of the .dmg package have now been extracted for normal Windows usage.

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Motorola announces Moto X

The news of Motorola's first from scratch phone after Google took it over starting coming back in January when a phone having letter 'X' in its name was first heard of and then the rumors just started coming in. Well, the time is here - Motorola has announced its latest and greatest, Moto X.

The Moto X has an amazing 4.7" AMOLED 720p display and full RGB matrix. This results in a pixel density of 316 ppi thus passing it for the "Retina Display" moniker. The glass is protected by Gorilla Glass, of course, and with the new Magic Glass variety of glasses which have slight curve around the edges to give it strength at its weakest point.

At its heart runs a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset with 2 krait cores running at 1.7 GHz. Adreno 320 GPU contributes to its graphical strengths and it has a 2 gigs of RAM. This all is a part of Motorola's own X8 boards.

One of the most touted features of the smartphone is its camera. Its a 10 MP camera which comes with, what Motorola likes to call it, the Clear Pixel technology. In this, every other green portion of the Bayer Filter Array is replaced by a clear one which in turn results in more light reaching to the sensor. Apart from this, it comes with usual tricks like HDR, Geo Tagging, face detection, Panorama up its sleeves. It is capable of Full HD, 1080p, recording at 30 fps as well. The phone also has a 2 MP camera at the front which is also capable of taking 1080p videos.

Motorola has taken it to the next level when it comes to customization options - one of its secret weapons. The phone itself is available in 18 colors and then comes the part of 'accent' - the part at the rim of the camera lens and side buttons.

On the software side, it comes with Android Jelly Bean 4.2 which looks a lot like the stock Android version but Motorola has incorporated few touches of its own. The phone comes pre-installed with an app named Migrate which, as the name suggests, will help you move photos, videos, texts, call history and phone, and SIM contacts from your old Android phone. It supports Android 2.2 and above.

Moto X has a new notification feature coined as "Active Display" as well. They have used the OLED screen to display new notifications (a snipet of information like the timestamp and kind of notification) on the black blank screen.

The footprint of this device is not small at all because of its 4.7" screen and due to its curved back, its thickness varies from 5.6 mm at the edges to 10.4 mm in the middle. It comes with usual array of connectivity including LTE as well. The phone will come with two storage options - a 16 GB one and a 32 GB one. There is no slot for expandable memory so select the memory space wisely. It is powered by 2200 mAh battery which should be more then enough to get you through a full day of heavy usage.

It will cost 200$ for 16 GB and 250$ for 32 GB version under contract in USA and 575$ or 629$ depending on the storage option you go for if you buy it SIM-free. A thing to note about Moto X is that it will be the first phone to be completely assembled in USA and also the first phone to use nano-sim since iPhone 5.
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