Google Announces Project Tango Smartphone With 3D Sensors That Can Map Your Environment


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Google has announced Project Tango, a 5-inch smartphone containing customized hardware and software designed to track the full 3D motion of the device while simultaneously creating a map of your environment.

These sensors allow the phone to make over a quarter million 3D measurements every second, updating its position and orientation in real-time, combining that data into a single 3D model of the space around you.

The smartphone runs and Android and includes development APIs to provide position, orientation, and depth data to standard Android applications written in Java, C/C++, as well as the Unity Game Engine.

Google imagines the phone being used to capture the dimensions of your home simply by walking around with your device before you went furniture shopping. Or perhaps, directions to a location could continue beyond its street address, preventing you from ever being lost in a new building. It could help the visually-impaired navigate unfamiliar places. It might assist you in finding the exact shelf a product is one in a super-store.

Imagine playing hide-and-seek in your house with your favorite game character, or transforming the hallways into a tree-lined path. Imagine competing against a friend for control over territories in your home with your own miniature army, or hiding secret virtual treasures in physical places around the world?

Google is letting developers apply to be one of the first to get a prototype of the Project Tango smartphone.

Currently, we have 200 prototype dev kits. We have allocated some of these devices for projects in the areas of indoor navigation/mapping, single/multiplayer games that use physical space, and new algorithms for processing sensor data. We have also set aside units for applications we haven’t thought of yet. Tell us what you would build. Be creative. Be specific. Be bold.

Firefox OS Expands to Higher-Performance Devices


Mozilla has announced that its Firefox OS is expanding to higher-performance smartphones and tablets.

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Mozilla has announced that its Firefox OS is expanding to higher-performance smartphones and tablets.

Today, device partners ALCATEL ONETOUCH, Huawei, LG and ZTE are all using Firefox OS on a broad range of smartphones that are tailored for different types of consumers. The Firefox OS devices unveiled today showcase dual-core processors for better performance, higher screen resolution and more. The newest Firefox OS devices to join the family include the ZTE Open C and Open II, Alcatel ONETOUCH Fire C, Fire E, Fire S and Fire 7 tablet, all using Snapdragon processors from Qualcomm Technologies Inc., a leader in mobile communications

Upcoming versions of Firefox OS will offer users new features and services including new and intuitive navigation, a powerful universal search feature, support for LTE networks and dual SIM cards, easy ways to share content, ability to create custom ringtones, replaceable home screens and Firefox Accounts.

Coming next for Firefox OS:
● Deep customization options for operators and manufacturers, developers and users. This includes the ability to create custom ringtones and replaceable home screens, which were direct requests from Firefox OS users.
● A new universal search that will revolutionize how users discover content on their phones. The feature is available on any screen – simply swipe down from the top to find new apps, content or navigate to anything on the phone or the Web.
● New navigation features to make multitasking intuitive, fluid and smart, much like how users interact with the Web. Users can easily swipe from the left and right edges to seamlessly move between pages, content and apps in a fun way that saves time.
● Easy and direct sharing of content (and even software updates) in a secure way with NFC support, without the need for data or Wifi.
● LTE support to make the mobile experience even faster.
● Firefox OS will introduce Firefox Accounts and services. Firefox Accounts is a safe and easy way for users to create an account that enables them to sign in and take Firefox everywhere. With Firefox Accounts, Mozilla can better integrate services including Firefox Marketplace, Firefox Sync, backup, storage, or even a service to help locate, message or wipe a phone if it were lost or stolen.Image

NOKIA X PRICE IS AROUND 7.5 K AND X + price would be 8500 and nokia xl is around 9 to 10 k


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After much heavy rumor, Nokia has just announced that it’s launching its first Android handsets: the X, X+ and XL.

All the phones are built on the open source Android OS forked especially for Nokia. The X and X+ feature a 4-inch screen, while the XL packs a 5-inch IPS display. The X+ is differentiated from the X by extra memory and expandable storage, though it’s not clear quite what that means in terms of specs.

During the Mobile World Congress presentation, Steve Elop explained that users will “benefit from the Android apps and ecosystem, but we have differentiated.” Essentially that means that there will plenty of Microsoft and Nokia apps included from the get go. Skype, for instance, will be preinstalled, and offer users 1 month of free calls to landlines and mobiles, and Nokia’s navigation apps will feature, too.

More importantly, the phones take people to Microsoft’s cloud, not Google’s. Indeed, it seems Nokia is distancing itself from Google as much as possible with these Android devices, and Elop went as far as saying that the “Nokia X together with Lumia represents a deliberate strategy to leverage Microsoft services.” There will, though, be plenty—”hundreds of thousands at launch,” apparently—of conventional Android apps available through a Nokia-specific app store.

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Price, you ask? Well, Steve Elop was keen to point out that the X range is designed to be more affordable than the Lumia range, both now and in the the future. The phone will be “broadly available globally”, starting in growth markets, and they’ll cost $125 for the X, $135 for the X+, and $150 for the XL

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Lotus


The British car maker is sourcing Kodewa for the build (the same people that built the Lotus Le Mans car), and have teamed up with German concept designer Daniel Simon (the same man behind Tron: Legacy) for that beautiful carbon fiber and titanium constructed body. As expected, the bike will be extremely limited (100 units in total), and there will be customization options for clients. The bike is said to be equipped with a four-stroke 1195cc V-twin engine cranking out 200 horsepower, all in a motorcycle with a curb weight just under 400 pounds. There is no price point yet, but it’s be safe to say this thing will be expensive.Image

What we expect from Samsung Galaxy S5?


one of the leading global mobile company and famous for its Galaxy series touch-screen smart-phones, is expected to launch ‘Galaxy S5’ this year with best features so far. 

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If we believe on reports, company is not very excited with public response of ‘Galaxy S4’ and planning to do better to stand against its rival Apple iPhone series before launch of S5.

Now, if we believe on rumours, Samsung is planning to launch ‘Galaxy S5’ in two variants—Metal case and Plastic case this year.

 If we talk about size, according to reports, the company may launch its premium phone’s next version in 5.25-inch display screen.

 In its earlier version—Galaxy S4, there is 5-inch screen, therefore in the upcoming version, according to expert, Samsung may increase the screen size.

 Next and most impressive change could be its camera which is expected to be 16 megapixels (MP) from Galaxy S4’s 13 MP cam.  

 Also, there will be more changes in resolution of the screen.

 Negative:

 Apart from all positive news, there is no information about its battery performance as S4 is not impressive in terms of its battery back-up (talk time).

 According to reports, Samsung may launch the phone in Indian market by the end of this year—that means, tech geeks have to wait for some more time to buy this device.

Since, S4, at present costs around Rs. 34,000 in Indian market, according to expert, new version of the Galaxy phone may cost around Rs 50,000 in India.

2014 Auto Expo: Bajaj SS400


Bajaj had us stumped at the Auto Expo 2014. While we were expecting the Pulsar 200SS, but out came the Pulsar Super Image

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We will first take a look at the Pulsar SS400.

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The supersports 400 gets an aggressive front fearing.

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Confirmed: Samsung global will announce the Galaxy S5 later this month. report :-akki


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Samsung recently sent out invitations to a press conference that will take place ahead of the annual Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona later this month. Dubbed Unpacked 5, the presence of “5″ in the event’s title caused the tech press to jump to the conclusion that Samsung’s next flagship phone, the Galaxy S5, would debut at the event. That notion remained speculation until Wednesday morning, when The New York Times confirmed that Samsung’s new Galaxy S5 will in fact debut at the company’s February 24th press conference.

The report also notes that Samsung should and will shift its focus away from gimmicky features in the Galaxy S5.

Hmm, where have we heard that advice before?

Samsung’s new Galaxy S5 is expected to feature a new AMOLED display with 2K resolution that measures about 5.2 inches diagonally. Reports also suggest the phone will include a quad-core Snapdragon processor or an octa-core Samsung Exynos chipset depending on region, 3GB of RAM, 32 or 64GB of memory, a 16-megapixel camera, a 3.2-megapixel front-facing camera, a 3,200 mAh battery and Android 4.4 KitKat.

The NYT also says that Samsung will unveil a sequel to the Galaxy Gear smartwatch during its event later this month.

SATYA NADELLA MIGHT BE BAD NEWS FOR YOUNG INDIA……. HERE’S WHY


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only the third CEO in 38-year-old Microsoft’s lifetime, 47-year-old Satya Nadella is being lauded by the American and Indian press alike.. I am, in fact, sweating a couple of jugs for what Satya’s elevation as Microsoft’s new CEO will amount to in a few weeks.

Here is my biggest grief. Satya Nadella will be used as an example by Indian parents to tell their children that engineering is not dead and can indeed take you places such as the CEO’s chair at Microsoft. At a time when the creative arts need a fillip and our historical heritage as well as cultural mores needs additional modes of expression, this is a dangerous thing.

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Wonder what the new CEO will be taking home? According to a recent regulatory filing by Microsoft with the SEC, Nadella’s annual salary has been increased to $1.2 million.

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As a professor of journalism at a top Mumbai college, I have had parents come up to me confidentially and tell me that they did not approve of their wards take up subjects as journalism, advertising, PR etc. To them, these are not real streams of education but more of a hobby class that needs to be tolerated for a finite amount of time. Most parents secretly hope their kids will realise their folly and go back to engineering just as they had envisioned. It is only when realisation finally hits that they come and ask me about the prospects in these new fields.

Satya’s bachelor of engineering in electronics and communication degree from Manipal Institute of Technology and MS in Computer Science from the University of Milwaukee-Wisconsin as well as an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business will be the new benchmark for teenagers hereon.

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If only Satya himself had something truly revolutionary with his own career then things might have been a whole lot different. In fact, he could have been the new poster boy of a young India hungry for success across the world. But Satya himself chose to lead a simple and staid life, putting in the years at Microsoft by putting in all his hard work before his elevation to CEO. That is not path-breaking but a routine way of getting to the top.

You could call my analysis baseless paranoia and I would gladly like to be proved wrong but history is a better teacher than we credit it for. When I was studying in the last decade, almost 90 percent of my schoolmates went to engineering colleges after their junior college. Most were just following the family tradition and did not know what to make of their careers while doing engineering.

A good student went to a university in California to study computer science but is now working for his father’s interior design company after dropping out mid-way through the course. A brilliant student went into depression after he could not cope with the accumulated KTs and non-performance and dropped out to take banking exams. They were driven by their parents to emulate another Indian who had made headlines by joining hands with Microsoft to offer a revolutionary email service to the world called Hotmail. His name was Sabeer Bhatia.

The new generation of students have a new talisman to emulate now and his name is Satya Nadella.