10 March 2015

Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge Unveiled - 5.1 inch (2560 x 1440) display, Exynos 7 Octa-core processor, 3GB RAM, Lollipop

by | Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

Samsung shows off its next flagship Smartphones - the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. Apart from improved specs, both the Smartphones feature a premium design with metal and glass body.

Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge sport a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with a Quad HD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels at 577ppi. In addition, the Galaxy S6 Edge features dual edge display. Both the Smartphones house a Samsung Exynos 7 Octa-core processor with two Quad-core chip clocking at 2.1GHz and 1.5Ghz. The devices packs a 3GB RAM and run on the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop OS.
Samsung Galaxy S6

In terms of camera, they come with a 16MP rear camera and a 5MP front facing camera. The camera features tracking AF, Auto Real-time HDR(Front & Rear) , F1.9, Low Light Video(Front & Rear), High Clear Zoom, IR Detect White Balance, Virtual Shot, Slow Motion, Fast Motion, Pro Mode and Selective Focus. The devices also come with "Quick Launch" feature that allow users to directly access the camera from any screen in just 0.7 seconds by double clicking the home key button.

For connectivity, the devices support LTE Cat.6 (300/50Mbps), Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), HT80 MIMO(2×2) 620Mbps,  Bluetooth v4.1, USB 2.0, NFC and IR Remote. There's a 2,550mAh battery in the Galaxy S6 and a 2,600mAh battery in the Galaxy S6 Edge. Both support universal wireless charging and can be charged around 1.5 times faster (4 hours of usage after only 10 minutes of charging) than the Galaxy S5 with wired charging. 

Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge will roll out globally starting from April 10, 2015. The devices will be available in 32/64/128GB storage options.  The various color options available are White Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, Blue Topaz (Galaxy S6 only) and Green Emerald (Galaxy S6 edge only). The company has not yet revealed pricing details.
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7 March 2015

Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) - What does it mean- ?

by | Saturday, March 07, 2015
MHL Logo
Recently Consumer Electronics (CE) market is flooded with many MHL enabled devices. But what exactly is MHL and why do we need it??
Basically MHL stands for Mobile High-Definition Link and is developed by MHL Consortium - which includes Nokia, Samsung, Silicon Image, Sony, and Toshiba. They have defined a standard through which users can connect their Smartphones, Tablets, and other devices to an HDTV.
Using MHL, users can stream the content of their Smartphone or other MHL-enabled devices to an MHL- supported TV. This can be achieved by connecting your Smartphones to the TV using a MHL cable. Typically, the MHL cable comes with a MicroUSB connector at one end and an HDMI connector at the other. Users need to connect the MicroUSB connector to their Smartphone and the HDMI connector to the TV's MHL/HDMI input for streaming the contents. Since MHL can work with any type of connector, future mobile devices with USB Type-C will also be supported.
MHL technology supports Remote Control Protocol (RCP), which allow users to access their phone content on their MHL-supported TV using the TV's remote control. Apart from streaming the contents from phone to TV, the MHL cable carries the control data from the TV to phone and also charges the phone.
MHL Adapter

If your HDTV doesn't support MHL, you can still connect your MHL-enabled Smartphone/Tablet to an HDMI TV by using an MHL adapter. The MHL adapter comes with a MicroUSB connector at one end and an HDMI slot at the other. You can plug an HDMI cable from the TV to the HDMI slot on the adapter. 
MHL Check - Open this link in your phone to check if your phone is MHL enabled.
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18 February 2015

Who are the Top Players on the Wearable Arena in 2015?

by | Wednesday, February 18, 2015

As information fills tech news portals with the benefits of smartwatches, the demand for these wearable devices heightens as various top mobile manufacturers are entering the launch stage with their own piece of smart technology. Based on a report by Transparency Market Research last year, there will be a huge growth in the adoption of wearables worldwide this year which will continue to rise until 2018. Its market value will reach $5.8 billion in the next three years. Although the forecast said that there would be a steady growth in the adoption of these devices, the main issue of most consumers was regarding which brand to choose. In this article, we’ll cite the top brands that are dominating the wearable arena this year and their devices that are set to revolutionize the smart tech market in 2015.

After the gradual acceptance of their much-awaited Google Glass, the search giant isn’t taking the wearable market lightly, especially when most of the smartwatches running on Android are using their Google Wear OS. We witnessed last year the unveiling of the Moto 360, which is a joint project by the search company and Motorola to get their foot in, the smartwatch arena. Similar to most modern timepieces today, it has the ability to provide notifications to the user of any incoming calls or texts, as well as alerting them of their calendar appointments. It has an intuitive voice command powered by “Ok Google.” Similarly the smart eyeglass also works under the same voice command. The Glass may not have sold as much as most experts predicted, but it is highly commended for its revolutionary attempt to open consumers’ interest on wearable technologies.

Before Apple released their wearable, Samsung had been dominating the market with their own set of devices. The Korean-based company made sure they weren't only focusing on producing smartwatches as they also launched a slew of high-tech headsets that are also among the much-awaited innovations today. Currently, they have four smart wristwatches namely the Gear 2, Gear Fit, Gear Live, and Gear S. The latter was the company’s “first network-connected wearable,” which makes it a standalone device that runs its own SIM card and performs basic mobile functions (calls, texts, internet connectivity) without the need to pair it with a handset. Samsung also produced two smart headsets in the form of Gear Circle and Gear VR Innovator Edition, which are set to compete with the Oculus Rift’s virtual reality experience. Although their biggest rival, Apple, is set to release their first smart device, Samsung’s European president YH Eom said in an interview with CNBC that the company is not worried at all. "We don't have time to worry about…our competition. We are spending time to understand where the consumer trend is and what they want," Eom said.

Another brand that has dominated the market is Sony. Despite the company’s financial problems over the past two years, with news that the company is set to layoff 5,000 employees and exiting the PC market, Sony continues to amaze consumers with their uninterrupted efforts to produce innovative timepieces and console devices. In the United Kingdom, Sony wearables continue to dominate the market via multiple devices. In fact, according to O2, there are four kinds of modern watches offered by the manufacturer – the SmartBand Talk, the SmartBand, the SmartWatch 2, and SmartWatch 3. These devices compete along with Samsung’s timepieces, the Moto 360, and the two Pebble gadgets.

Upcoming players:

Although their initial product hasn’t arrived on the consumer market yet, many experts predict that the Apple Watch will revolutionize the mobile market. Once dubbed as the iWatch, the device is expected to arrive early this year (April based on reports) as revealed last year by CEO Tim Cook. The gadget, based on its official website, mainly focused on the design. But, expect it to carry some of the company’s propriety innovations such as the Siri and Apple Pay.

• Micromax
India’s very own Micromax is set to release its first smartwatch on the market. Although there was news about an early release of their wearable last year, the company hasn’t confirmed anything yet about the exact date of its release. One thing is certain according to the company’s chairperson Sanjay Kapoor -- they will release the wearable to compete with low cost smart gadgets that has a price tag of less than 5,000 INR.

Overall, the most important thing that consumers have to remember before purchasing any wearable device is to ask themselves the following questions: “Do I need this technology?” and “Can I afford one?” From here you can research the list of top producers of wearables and review each smart technology they offer to find the best one that fits your needs, your budget, and your lifestyle. Which of the top wearables do you want to invest in soon?

Photo Credit: theglobalpanorama via Compfight cc
Exclusively Written for Techieopus by JenBirch
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10 February 2015

Why mobile gaming will overtake console gaming in 2015

by | Tuesday, February 10, 2015

For most people, the most essential device that they have with them 24/7 is their mobile. It makes a lot of sense – with this pocket-sized device you can do pretty much everything to run your life – pay bills, send emails, surf the internet, manage your diary. You might even use it to make a call now and then!

But for many mobile phone owners, there’s one activity that is really beginning to dominate – and that’s gaming. With the developments of better screens and more powerful processors, mobile gaming really has taken off in recent years. It’s logical that we’ll begin to use the phone as our main gaming device – most people only have time to do gaming on an incidental basis, and it’s much easier to pull your phone out of your coat or bag than to turn on the PC, or start up the console to play.

According to the video game research firm, Newzoo, there has been a 40% increase in the time spent on mobile gaming in the last two years. And another report by the NPD Group (an industry intelligence group) showed  mobile gaming time had increased to 3 hours a day in 2014 compared with 2 hours and 20 minutes in 2012.

Part of the reason that we all enjoy playing on our mobiles is the vast variety of gaming that’s available on them. We can switch from real money gambling games like bingo from sites such as 32red bingo, Sky Bingo or Tidy Bingo to puzzler games such as Monument Valley through to action games like Grand Theft Auto City Vice, just with a couple of taps on our mobile screens to move from one kind of game to another.

The variety of games accounts for the widening in the demographics of mobile gamers. According to the Entertainment Software Association, there was a 32% increase in the number of female gamers in the over 50 age group from 2012 to 2013. While it’s unlikely that those women are all playing console games, it’s much more probable that they are playing games like bingo or Candy Crush. And if you haven’t yet tried any of the mobile games at 32redbingo.com play today! It only takes minutes to sign up and register an account, and you can use the same login to access your account online or on a mobile.

Of course, there are also plenty of children playing on mobiles or tablets these days, and according to the NPD Group, that’s where a lot of the increased mobile games revenues are coming from. Kids in the 2-12 age range are the second biggest spenders (or their parents are) on premium mobile gamers and in-app purchases. The biggest spending group is the 25-44 year old range, as you might expect.

Newzoo has forecast that mobile gaming revenues will exceed console gaming revenues for the first time this year, with mobile revenues predicted to reach $30.3 billion alongside console revenues of $26.4 billion. However, the same report suggested that this didn’t mean the end of console gaming was nigh, more that spending is gradually going to even out across the different gaming platforms.

One thing is certain; the future of mobile gaming is definitely still looking bright.

Disclosure: This post was requested by an advertiser.
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4 February 2015

Micromax YU debuts Yureka with 5.5-inch 720p display, Cyanogen OS 11and LTE

by | Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Micromax's new online-only Smartphone brand – Yu, is all set to debut on Amazon from tomorrow. The company will launch its first model "Yureka", which will run on Cyanogen OS 11 and supports LTE connectivity. Following the Redmi 1S sales model on Flipkart, Micromax YU Yureka will go on sales every Thursday at 2PM on Amazon.

Micromax YU Yureka will flaunt a 5.5-inch HD (1280 x 720) IPS display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It packs a 1.5GHz Octa core 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor alongside Adreno 405 GPU, 2GB DDR3 RAM and MSM8939 LTE Chipset. For storage, it has 16GB of internal memory with an expansion support of up to 32GB.

The device slots a 13MP autofocus rear camera with F 2.2 aperture and Sony IMX135 CMOS Sensor. At the front, it hosts a 5MP fixed focus camera. In terms of connectivity, Micromax YU Yureka supports 4G-LTE TDD/FDD bands, 3G-HSPA bands, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS. It supports dual SIM (4G + 3G) connectivity and is powered by a 2500 mAh battery with up to 8 hours talk time, up to 7 hours of surfing and up to 210 hours of standby time.

Micromax YU Yureka Key Specifications:

  • Dual SIM (4G +3G MicroSIM) connectivity

  • Cyanogen OS 11

  • 5.5-inch HD (1280 x 720) IPS display

  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3 with Oleo phobic coating

  • 1.5GHz Octa core 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 CPU

  • Integrated Adreno 405 GPU

  • MSM8939 LTE Chipset

  • 2GB DDR3 RAM

  • 16GB of internal storage

  • Up to 32GB MicroSD support

  • 13MP autofocus rear camera with 5P Largan lens

  • F 2.2 aperture and Sony IMX135 CMOS Sensor

  • 5MP fixed focus camera

  • 4G-LTE TDD/FDD bands and 3G-HSPA bands

  • Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0, and MicroUSB 2.0

  • GPS support

  • 2500 mAh battery

Micromax YU Yureka will be available exclusively on Amazon in Moonstone Grey color for Rs. 8999 (~USD $146).
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27 December 2014

EaseUS Partition Master Free - Review

by | Saturday, December 27, 2014

Disk partitioning is the essence of system administration and it's quite tricky. Partitioning is nothing but treating one physical hard disk as multiple logical disks. Many users mess up with partition and lose their invaluable data. In order to create and manage disk partitions without any hassle, EaseUS Partition Master Free comes as a handy tool. It is a free partition software which comes with Partition Manager, Disk & Partition Copy Wizard and Partition Recovery Wizard.

Partition Manager Function

The built-in partition manager function of EaseUS Partition Master can expand the Windows system partition without Windows reinstallation and data loss.

Key Features:

  • Resize/Move partitions without data loss, like extending NTFS system partition without reboot to maximize PC performance.

  • Safely merge two adjacent partitions into a bigger one without data loss.

  • Convert dynamic disk to basic disk and convert FAT to NTFS file system.

  • Convert primary partition to logical partition and vice versa: convert a primary volume to logical to create a fifth volume on a disk with 4 existed primary volumes.

  • Wipe disk or wipe partition to permanently wipe sensitive data on disk.

  • Support up to 2TB partition on MBR disk and 4TB partition on GPT disk.

Disk & Partition Copy Function

The Disk & Partition Copy Wizard helps the users to copy their entire disk (including the operating system, applications, preferences, settings, and data) to a new hard drive.

Key Features:

  • Copy partition with fast file-by-file copy to protect your data.

  • Copy entire hard disk to another or migrate OS from HDD to SSD without Windows reinstallation.

  • Upgrade system disk to a bigger one with one-click.

  • Support GPT disk/partition copy.

  • Provide option to shut down the computer after applying any operation.

Partition Recovery Function

The Partition Recovery Feature in EaseUS Partition Master allows users to recover deleted or lost partitions due to a hardware or software failure.

Key Features:

  • Partition Recovery Wizard allows you to recover deleted or lost partitions from unallocated space due to hardware or software failure, virus attack or hard drive repartitioned.

  • Two recovery modes in Partition Recovery Wizard: Automatic recovery mode is easy to use and requires minimal effort; Manual recovery mode gives you full control of the recovery process.

  • Support FAT, NTFS, EXT2 & EXT3 partition recovery.

EaseUS Partition Master supports Windows XP/2003/Vista/Home Server/2008 R2 SP1/Windows 7 SP1(32 bit and 64 bit)/Windows 8/2012 R2. It works with both FAT and NTFS file systems.

EaseUS Partition Master lets you do just about anything and everything with drive partitions. It has a simple user friendly interface and provides an easy and quick solution in configuring and managing your hard disk partitions. This ALL-IN-ONE partition solution performs all the operations with more efficiency and security. The best thing is that you can download EaseUS Partition Master for free.
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5 December 2014

Acer Iconia Talk S Unveiled: 7-inch IPS, 4G-LTE, 3G Voice Calling &Dual-SIM

by | Friday, December 05, 2014

Acer has launched its first 4G LTE enabled Tablet - Iconia Talk S. The new member of the Iconia family comes with dual-SIM functionality and runs on Android 4.4 KitKat OS.

Acer Iconia Talk S sports a 7-inch HD IPS display with Anti-Fingerprint coating. The display also features "Zero Air Gap" design, which offers brighter and crisper images even in bright light. It packs a 1.2GHz quad-core 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor alongside 1GB of RAM and Adreno 306 GPU. For storage, it has a 16GB internal memory with up to 128GB MicroSD support.

There's a 5MP rear camera and a 2MP front-facing camera. Rounding the specs are, 4G-LTE, 3G with voice calling facility, dual front-facing stereo speakers, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and a 3780mAh battery.

Acer Iconia Talk S Key Specifications:

  • Dual SIM functionality

  • Android 4.4 KitKat OS

  • 7-inch HD IPS display with Anti-Fingerprint coating

  • Zero Air Gap display technology

  • 1.2GHz quad-core 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 CPU

  • Adreno 306 GPU

  • 1GB of RAM

  • 16GB of Internal memory

  • Up to 128GB MicroSD support

  • 5MP rear camera

  • 2MP front-facing camera

  • Dual front-facing stereo speakers

  • 4G-LTE and 3G with voice calling facility

  • Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0 and MicroUSB

  • A-GPS support

  • 3780mAh battery

  • Dimensions: 190 x 99.8 x 8.5mm; 270g

Acer Iconia Talk S comes in Quarta Blue color. There's no word on the pricing and the availability of the device, but it is expected to be priced around USD $250.
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