Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent Trailer Is Here, and It’s STUNNING


I feel about making live-action Disney movies (which is, I like to pretend that I’m in charge of casting decisions), but after seeing Angelina Jolie‘s trailer for Maleficent, I don’t think I, or the folks at Disney, could have picked a better choice. For one, the movie looks visually stunning, and Jolie has the right amount of wickedness in her to play the sorceress. Elle Fanning seems perfectly doe-eyed enough to play Princess Aurora as well.

Ugh, now we have to wait all the way until June 2014 to see it. What did you think? Is there anybody else you would have cast instead?

 

 

Motorola unveils $179 Moto G budget smartphone; India launch in Jan 2014


New York: Motorola is making a cheaper smartphone aimed at emerging markets and budget-conscious consumers. The company, which is owned by Google, says the new Moto G phone runs recent Android software and has processors, screens and other components approaching what’s found in many high-end phones. But it’s just a third of the price.

IBNLive had previously reported the likelihood of the Moto G’s availability in India and Motrola has confirmed that the Moto G is indeed officially coming to India in January 2014. Though no prices for the Indian market has been announced yet.

The phone starts at $179 in the US without a contract requirement. Contract-free prices for leading phones in the US typically exceed $600. The starting price is for a phone with 8 gigabytes of storage. Most phones have at least 16 gigabytes. Moto G costs $199 for a 16-gigabyte version.

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Motorola Moto G specifications

– 4.5-inch HD display; 1280 x 720 HD, 329 ppi
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU
– Android 4.3 Jellybean with a guaranteed upgrade to Android 4.4 KitKat at the beginning of 2014
– 8 GB standard; 16 GB version available; Two years 50 GB storage free on Google Drive
– Height 129.9 mm; Width 65.9 mm; Depth 6.0-11.6 mm (curve); Weight 143 grams
– Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion, 2070 mAh
Rear camera: 5 MP at 4:3 and 3.8 MP at 16:9 (user-configurable); LED flash; 4X digital zoom
– Front camera: 1.3 MP
– Curved back and 19 customisation options, including interchangeable Motorola Shells and Flip Shells in seven colours as well as Grip Shells in five colours.

With inputs from AP 

 

Samsung plans to ditch Android for its new Tizen OS


Samsung Electronics Co. wants to change that. The South Korean electronics giant is in a quiet push to make its Tizen operating system a part of the technology lexicon as familiar as Google’s Android or Apple’s iOS. Its ambition doesn’t stop there. Samsung sees the software in your car, fridge and television too. The first developer conference in Asia for Tizen wrapped up Tuesday after a two-day run, bringing together app developers and Tizen backers from Samsung, Intel and mobile operators.
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Samsung supplied about one third of the smartphones sold worldwide in the third quarter, nearly all of them running on Google’s Android. Its early bet on Google’s free-of-charge operating system served Samsung well and the company’s rise to top smartphone seller also helped Android become the most used mobile platform in the world. According to Localytics, 63 percent of all Android mobile devices in use are made by Samsung. But while Samsung was wildly successful with selling its Galaxy phones and tablets, it had little success in locking Galaxy device users into music, messaging and other Samsung services. Google, however, benefited from more people using its search service, Google Play app and other Google mobile applications on Galaxy smartphones. Owners of Galaxy devices remain for the most part a slave to Google’s Android update schedule and its rules. About nine in every 10 smartphone users are tied to either Google’s Android or Apple’s iPhone ecosystems, generating profit for Google and Apple every time they purchase a game or application on their smartphone. That is partly why Samsung wants to expand its control beyond hardware to software, by building its own mobile operating system. “With only hardware, its influence is limited,” said Kang Yeen-kyu, an associate research fellow at state-run Korea Information Society Development Institute. “Samsung’s goal is to establish an ecosystem centered on Samsung.” The consolidation of global technology companies in the last few years reflects such trends. Apple has always made its own operating system for the iPhone. Google Inc. acquired Motorola Mobility in 2011 and Microsoft Corp. announced in September its plan to buy Nokia Corp., leaving Samsung the only major player in the smartphone market that does not make its own operating system. Samsung executives told analysts last week that the company plans to beef up its software competitiveness through acquisitions and splashing cash on the development of mobile content and services. But Tizen’s start appears bumpy. Samsung said earlier this year the first Tizen phone would hit the market this fall but it has not materialized. Samsung declined to comment on release schedules. Even though Choi Jong-deok, Samsung’s executive vice president overseeing Tizen, said a launch of Tizen phone or televisions will happen “very shortly,” analysts said Samsung is unlikely to reveal the first Tizen device until February of next year, when the company said it will announce winners of its Tizen app contest. During the developer conference, Samsung gave more clues about how its first Tizen device would look and revealed that it has recently launched a Tizen-based camera in South Korea. Tizen would work across a vast range of consumer electronics made by Samsung, encompassing mobile devices, televisions, fridges as well as wearable devices. The mobile operating system will also work with automobiles. Samsung and Intel said Toyota Motor Corp. and Jaguar Land Rover are working together to bring Tizen OS to vehicles. “You can build an application once and relatively easily move from device to device,” Mark Skarpness, director of systems engineering at Intel Corp., told the conference. Samsung and Intel are also aiming to capture a bigger share of business in emerging markets where demand for cheaper smartphones is growing. Skarpness said future versions of Tizen will support lower-end phones, the same direction that Google is taking with its latest version of Android, KitKat. “I got an impression that Tizen was benchmarking Android,” said Park Minhyung, a developer who attended the conference. “Speakers at the sessions said that they adopted strong features from Android. But with Android’s place well established in the market, I wonder how Tizen would undermine the front runner.”

 

The Best Headphones


Bowers & Wilkins P5 Mobile Hi-Fi Headphones

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Bose QuietComfort 15

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Griffin WoodTones Over-the-Ear Headphones

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Marshall Monitor

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Nabi Headphones

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We all watch futuristic technological innovations in movies.


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Things like holographic computer displays that appear in mid-air on command without using any physical devices such as a projectors. That’s right, I am talking about Iron-man, the tech freak hero who uses his hands to interact with the ultra-modern futuristic interface just like we interact with touchscreens these days. It is Ultrahaptics – using sound waves to create the sensation of touch when no touch is actually present.

Using an ultrahaptic device, ultrasound transducers create sound waves at a high frequency. These waves create isolated changes in air pressure that imitate the sensation of touch.

A demonstration was given at the University of Bristol, showing how the system works with a display that projects the sound waves. The user interacts with items on the display by using his hands several feet above it, but he feels as if he is actually touching the display as vibrations reach the fingertips. By changing that frequency vibration, the team discovered that they can create different sensations; you can feel the texture of air and even raised areas and edges.

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Photos: luxurious rides of Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar


 

Family would definitely be right up there, the gentleman he is, Tendulkar is also a huge fan of cars and has quite a few himself. Cars is one thing Sachin can’t stay away for long and it has been the love of his life for a long time now.

 To sway attention from the retirement talks to the things Sachin would give attention henceforth, we first discuss about cars.  Sachin’s bond with cars is longstanding and dates back to the year India won its first World Cup-1983.

 In 1983, Sachin wanted to buy a Maruti 800, but to great discontent, could not. A few years later, Sachin assimilated enough money to buy one. He still has that car and love it the most.

 Sachin is a known, instinctive driver who believes in- “Speed kills, but thrills,” contrary to the more popular anecdote- “Speed thrills but kills.” With bank balance running over 1000 crores, Sachin has reportedly been spotted driving his Ferrari and Porsche at over 200.

 

Sachin bought his first luxury car BMW, just four years into his international career. Sachin is currently the brand ambassador for BMW.

 To know more about the car possessions of Sachin, which is his dearest car and what is its price, click through. Also find which car of Sachin costs a lowly 15,000.

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Ferrari 360 Modena Spider

 

 Sachin features amongst the elite list of people to have driven Ferrari 360.

 

 Sachin became the proud owner of a Ferrariafter he broke Don Bradman’s record of 29 centuries, Automobile giants Fiat gifted it to the master.

 

 However there was a stong controversy surrounding the car with Fiat having shunned the import duty. Sachin had to later pay duty for it.

 

 The 8.3 crore car had a heavy duty of 2 crores, which Sachin beared. 

 

 In 2011, having driven the car for 8000kms, Sachin sold it off to Surat based businessman Jayesh Desai, who is the owner of Rajhans Group.

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Mercedes 600SL

 Another one of the Mercedes’ in the master’s kitty. Worth 1.75 crore, the car gives a fuel efficiency of 8km/L, while it top speed reaches 280km/he.

 Sachin has been spotted several times on the streets of Mumbai, flying his 600SL.

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Mercedes Benz C36 AMG

 

 Sachin owns quite a few Mercs, but C 36 is top of his charts. The car takes only 5.8 seconds to go past 97km/hr, while its top speed is 272 km/hr.Image

Nissan GT-R

 

Selling his Ferrari back in 2011, Sachin bought a Nissan GT-R.

 The car worth 2.5 crore has a sporty look. Sachin had to pay 45lakhs as vehicle tax for this car.

 With a top speed of 300lm/hr. and the time from 0-100 being as low as 3.2 second, thereare no doubts as to why the speed-freak Sachin went for this car.

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Opel Astra

 

 

 

Not as expensive as his other possessions, but would certainly go down as a special one. 

 

 This car was awarded to Sachin as the winner of the Man of the Series Award against arch rivals Pakistan.

 

 But when one has Mercedes and BMWs, why would he drive an Astra. Sachin is no different. Hence, this car sits comfortably in the master’s garrage.ImageImage

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Google releases smarter, simpler Android 4.4 KitKat


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Google releases smarter, simpler Android 4.4 KitKat

 

Currently, the Android KitKat is available for only the newly announced LG Nexus 5 but it will be released for other Nexus devices pretty soon.

 

Google has formally launched the Android 4.4 KitKat with the launch of Nexus 5 smartphone. It is said to be simpler and smarter version of all Android versions released till date.
Android KitKat brings a much simpler voice search; when on your home screen* or in Google Now, just say “Ok Google” to launch voice search, send a text, get directions or even play a song.
While reading e-books, watching movies or while playing games, everything else apart from the content will be hidden. You though can bring back the status bar and navigation buttons by swiping the edge of the touchscreen.
Besides, the Android KitKat introduces HDR+ mode that snaps a rapid burst of photos and combines them to give you the best possible single shot.