Press shots of Moto X and refreshed Nexus 7 leaked


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Serial leaker @evleaks has been at it again. On Saturday, press shots of the much-hyped Moto X had been leaked. However, nothing new whatsoever has been revealed in the images. Still, it should help to actually be able to see the closest thing we’ll get to an official picture of the smartphone till the official unveiling. The smartphone is set to be officially unveiled atMotorola’s August 1 event.

The leaker has also leaked out what seem to be press shots of the much-anticipated refresh to the Nexus 7 tablet. One of the biggest new things revealed in the pictures is the presence of a new camera on the back of the tablet. @evleaks has also suggested that 16GB and 32GB variants of the tablet will be available on launch.

The tablet seems to be quite close to being announced. The company had recently sent out invites to an event set to take place on July 24. While not much details about the event are available, it is rumoured that the company will be unveiling the refreshed Nexus 7 along with an update to Android, bringing it up to version 4.3. The event is set to be led by Android and Chrome OS chief Sundar Pichai.

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The last we heard about Android 4.3, the firmware had been leaked for the Google Play Edition and the LTE-enabled Snapdragon version of the Galaxy S4. A number of fascinating things have been revealed through this leak, such as changes to the notification-based APIs, where apps will be able to access notifications properly instead of using exploits in Android’s Accessibility APIs.

Other features expected to be in Android 4.3 are mostly under-the -hood things, other than the new camera interface. The update will bring about improved performance from Android devices. It will be making it so that the GPU calls are reduced by around 30 percent, significantly improving the battery life. Wi-Fi will also be on by default, and switching it off will require hunting the option down in the menus somewhere.

SOURCE tech2.in

 

Movies Review: D-Day by akki


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Cast: Irrfan Khan, Arjun Rampal, Huma Qureshi, Rishi Kapoor, Shruti Haasan

Direction: Nikhil Advani

Rating: ****

Tales of espionage in Bollywood seldom manage to arouse or sustain the tension that the genre demands. Director Nikhil Advani, however, delivers splendidly on this account, weaving a taut narrative complete with unpredictable twists and turns. Not only does he spin a thrilling tale, he infuses the story with sensitivity and emotion.

Four RAW agents have been trained over the years for one specific task – capture India’s Most Wanted man and bring him back to the country alive, so that he can be punished for his crimes. Wali Khan (Irrfan Khan), one of the RAW agents who infiltrated into Pakistan, has spent the last nine years of his life there hoping to find a trail of the elusive Iqbal Seth.

Just when the Indian sleuths are about to give up pursuit, the most-wanted Iqbal Seth (Rishi Kapoor) gives them a glimmer of hope. He is adamant to make an appearance at his son’s wedding. This is their only chance to abduct him.

The team swings into action. Rudra Pratap Singh (Arjun Rampal) and Zoya Rehman (Huma Qureshi) are key players in this covert operation. Rampal has often been criticized for being expressionless. However, in ‘D-Day’, this apparent criticism works to his advantage. As a former army officer and now an undercover agent, Arjun is intense and sharp, his body language apt and his performance precise. Huma is a pleasant surprise, especially in the action sequences.

Irrfan Khan, as usual, delivers another ace with a well-nuanced performance. In the nine years that Wali Khan has spent in Pakistan, he has acquired a new life and his identity no matter how fabricated is as true to him as his own existence. Khan has a choice to make. Will his emotions supersede his loyalty towards his country? Irrfan’s silence and his skillful portrayal convey his internal conflict and his quiet resignation with equal effect. Here is an actor who is as believable as a barber as he is as a RAW agent.

In this fast-paced action thriller, Nikhil Advani creates moments that remain etched in memory. There is a scene when Rudra exacts revenge for the ghastly scar on a beautiful prostitute’s (Shruti Haasan) face. The way water pours down his face in slow motion when he is washing off the blood is symbolic of the way gods are anointed with milk in India.

Later, when Rudra recounts the horror that must have befallen his moll, it is a particularly disturbing scene but has been shot superbly. Shruti has a cameo but are eyes speak louder than anydialoguebaazi.

source yahoo.com

 

Batman Set to Face Off Against Superman for ‘Man of Steel’ Sequel in 2015


Lee's depiction of DC Comics' Superman and Batman.
Lee’s depiction of DC Comics’ Superman and Batman. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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UPDATE: Director Zack Snyder officially announced that Batman will indeed appear in his follow-up to “Man of Steel.” He said in a statement, “I’m so excited to begin working again with Henry Cavill in the world we created, and I can’t wait to expand the DC Universe in this next chapter. Let’s face it, it’s beyond mythological to have Superman and our new Batman facing off, since they are the greatest Super Heroes in the world.”

At the panel a logo for the movie was revealed that combines Superman’s “S” shield (yes, we know it’s not an “S”) with the Bat-symbol, which notably looked different than the one in Christopher Nolan‘s trilogy. They also used a quote from Frank Miller’s groundbreaking graphic novel “The Dark Knight Returns” where Batman and Superman engage in a fight to the finish. In it, Batman says, “I want you to remember my hand at your throat. I want you to remember the one man who beat you.” Apparently, the new movie won’t be a straight adaptation of that comic book but will use elements of the Batman/Superman rivalry from the text. In addition to Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane will return, but Batman has yet to be cast.
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Superman took flight again this summer in “Man of Steel,” which has so far taken in over $280 million in the US and over $620 million worldwide, making it the #2 movie at the box office for 2013 (“Iron Man 3” sits securely at the top spot). Naturally, Henry Cavill is set to step into the character’s red boots again, but at the Comic-Con today, there was surprising news that he’ll be joined by another caped superhero.
Batman will team up with Superman in the next movie, The Hollywood Reporter and the Los Angeles Times confirmed Saturday morning. “Man of Steel” director Zack Snyder and screenwriter David Goyer (who also worked on “The Dark Knight” series) will return for the film expected to be released in 2015. Christian Bale, however, is not expected to return as the Caped Crusader.
There was speculation that Warner Bros. would follow “Man of Steel” with a “Justice League” movie that would bring together all of the major heroes from the DC Comics world, including Wonder Woman, but that has been pushed back. Instead, they will follow the Superman/Batman team up with a movie for the super-speedy hero The Flash in 2016, and follow with “Justice League”

How to Delete Your Facebook Search History


Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook
Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

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1. Go to Your Profile

Head to your Facebook profile and click the “Activity log” option at the bottom right of your cover photo.

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2. Activity Log

Your activity log is a list of your posts and all Facebook activity, including your search history.

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3. More Options

Next, click on the “More” option on the left-hand menu, under “Photos,” “Likes” and “Comments.”

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4. Search Activity

Scroll down the expanded list until you see “Search.”

5. Your Search History

You can now view your Facebook search history, in date order. To get rid of it, simply click “Clear Searches…”

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6. Clear Your History

…And then okay the pop-up message that appears.

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7. A Clean Search Slate

Your Facebook search history is now a clean slate!

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Nokia Lumia EOS shot leaked, may be called Lumia 1020 or Nokia 909


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Press shots of the much-rumoured Nokia smartphone, dubbed the Lumia EOS, have been leaked courtesy of serial leaker EVLeaks. The leaker also referred to the device as theLumia 1020 in his Twitter post with one of the image, but has stated in another tweet that the phone may instead be called the Nokia 909. The pictures give us closer looks at both the display and the much-anticipated 41 megapixel camera on the back.

As is evident from the pictures, the Lumia 1020 will a xenon flash and a polycarbonate unibody. The pictures also show the AT&T logo on the top of the device, meaning that it will be available with the carrier in the US.

We’ve already seen a picture of the handset leaked last month that showed that the design of the handset will be similar to that of the Lumia 920. The picture also showed a rather large camera module on the back of the device.

TECH2.COM

 

NOKIA TO FULLY ACQUIRE SIEMENS’ STAKE IN NOKIA SIEMENS NETWORKS


“Espoo, Finland and Munich, Germany – Nokia Corporation and Siemens AG todayannounced that they have entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which Nokia acquires Siemens’ entire 50% stake in their joint venture, Nokia Siemens Networks. The acquisition has been approved by the Board of Directors of Nokia as well as the Managing andSupervisory Boards of Siemens, and is subject to the customary regulatory approval process.

ImageThe purchase price for Siemens’ stake is EUR 1.7 billion and the transaction is expected to close during the third calendar quarter of 2013. Upon closing of the planned acquisition, NokiaSiemens Networks will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Nokia.

Stephen Elop, President and CEO of Nokia, commented: “With its clear strategic focus and strong leadership team, Nokia Siemens Networks has structurally improved its operational and financial performance. Furthermore, Nokia Siemens Networks has established a clear leadership position in LTE, which provides an attractive growth opportunity. Nokia is pleased with these developments and looks forward to continue supporting these efforts to create more shareholder value for the Nokia group.”

Joe Kaeser, Siemens CFO, commented: “With this transaction, we continue our efforts to strengthen our focus on Siemens’ Core areas of Energy management, Industry and Infrastructure as well as Healthcare.  The full acquisition of Nokia Siemens Networks by Nokia offers an attractive opportunity to actively shape the telecom equipment market for the future and create sustainable value.”

Nokia Siemens Networks was established on April 1, 2007, as a joint venture combining Nokia’s Networks Business Group and Siemens’ carrier-related operations for fixed and mobile networks. Nokia Siemens Networks has since become a leading global provider of telecommunications infrastructure, deploying networks that help people stay connected in more than 150 countries around the world. The company’s focus is in offering innovative mobilebroadband technology and services.

Nokia will continue to consolidate Nokia Siemens Networks for financial reporting purposes as well as continue to strengthen the company as a more independent entity.

Accordingly, Nokia plans to retain the existing management and governance structure at NokiaSiemens Networks, with Rajeev Suri continuing as CEO and Jesper Ovesen continuing as Executive Chairman of the Nokia Siemens Networks Board of Directors, which will adjust to the changing ownership structure.

Nokia Siemens Networks’ operational headquarters will remain in Espoo, Finland, and the company will continue to have a strong regional presence in Germany, including its major hub in Munich. Nokia supports the current management plan, including the already in-progress Nokia Siemens Networks restructuring plan that remains unchanged as a result of thisannouncement.

In accordance with this transaction, the Siemens name will be phased out from Nokia Siemens Networks’ company name and branding. Nokia and Nokia Siemens Networks plan to confirm the new name and brand at the closing of the transaction.

The purchase price totals EUR 1.7 billion, of which EUR 1.2 billion will be paid in cash at the closing of the transaction. The balance of EUR 0.5 billion will be paid in the form of a secured loan from Siemens due one year from closing. Nokia has obtained committed bank financing for the EUR 1.2 billion cash portion.

At the end of the first quarter 2013, Nokia had gross cash of EUR 10.1 billion and net cash of EUR 4.5 billion. Nokia currently estimates that at the end of the second quarter 2013, Nokia had gross cash of between EUR 9.2 billion – EUR 9.7 billion and net cash of between EUR 3.7 billion – EUR 4.2 billion. For comparison purposes, if the transaction to purchase Siemens’ 50% stake had been closed during the second quarter 2013, Nokia currently estimates that it would have ended the second quarter of 2013 with gross cash of between EUR 9.2 billion – EUR 9.7 billion and net cash of between EUR 2.0 billion – EUR 2.5 billion, reflecting the deduction of the purchase price of EUR 1.7 billion from Nokia net cash.”

[Nokia Press]