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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.

NASA wants to put your name on a spacecraft headed to an asteroid


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NASA wants to put your name on a spacecraft headed to an asteroid

Forget those dime-a-dozen “name a star” gifts — wouldn’t you rather put your name on a spacecraft that advances human understanding? NASA certainly thinks you do. It’s teaming up with the Planetary Society to etch your name on chips inside its OSIRIS-REx probe, which will head toward the asteroid Bennu in 2016. While it’s doubtful that any aliens will read your microscopic claim to fame, it’ll certainly get the grand tour. The spacecraft will spend 500 days around the asteroid before heading back, and both the decommissioned vehicle as well as the returning sample capsule will have your ID. You can register your name today for free; just be prepared to wait years for the payoff.

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Google’s new wearable project is a smart contact lens with medical uses.


Google’s new wearable project is a smart contact lens with medical uses
ImageGoogle loves wearables and this time it’s getting even closer to your body with a developmental smart contact lens. Through miniaturized electronics, it can apparently measure the levels of glucose in your tears, offering diabetics an easier way to monitor their condition without the needles and the blood — something we’ve reported on a several before. A tiny (really tiny) wireless chip and glucose sensor are wedged between two layers of “biocompatible” contact lens material, and Google is saying that it’s already working on embedding tiny LED lights for notifications, too. There’s been no shortage of developmental contact lens tech over the last few years, but the clout of Google means this could well be the most realistic mainstream offering, in addition to its very practical use cases. Google is currently angling for partners with more expertise in the medical market to help make it happen and is “in discussions with the FDA” to ensure the tech ticks all the right healthcare boxes before it progresses further.

Recode’s got a deep dive on the make-up of the smart contact: we’ve added their science textbook-grade diagram right after the break.

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Update Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus P6200 to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Official Firmware


XXMC3 Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean official firmware for Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus P6200 is now available for download. You can get this latest Jelly Bean firmware for the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus from Samsung KIES, or if you can’t get this update for your region, you can always follow our easy tutorial below for manually updating your tablet with this new firmware using Odin. P6200XXMC3 was just released earlier today so it will be rolled out to all the regions in a few days/weeks. This is an unbranded firmware and can be installed on any Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. You can install XXMC3 Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean official firmware on Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus P6200 now using the tutorial below.

As you read further, we will guide you through the entire process of how to update Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus P6200 to XXMC3 Android 4.1.2 official firmware using ODIN. Make sure youbackup all your data from the given tools below as a precaution and don’t forget to read the important tips given below as you have to keep them in mind. You never know when something might go wrong. The following tips are important as they will help the installation procedure to go smooth without any issues. Let’s continue with the tutorial below.

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Disclaimer: All the custom ROMs and firmwares, official software updates, tools, mods or anything mentioned in the tutorial belong to their respective owners/developers. We (TeamAndroid.com) or the developers are not to be held responsible if you damage or brick your device. We don’t have you on gun point to try out this tutorial ;-)

XXMC3 Android 4.1.2 Firmware Details:

PDA: P6200XXMC3
CSC: P6200OXAMC3
Version: 4.1.2
Date: 2013 March
Regions:

If you plan on rooting this tablet or are still confused for why to root Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus P6200, read: Benefits of Rooting Your Android Device.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus USB Drivers

You will need to connect your Android tablet with the computer. For that, please make sure you have installed the Android 4.1.2 USB drivers for Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus USB drivers!

Backup and Other Important Tips

Done with the USB drivers? Perfect. The tutorial is on the next page, but first, please take a look at the following tips and important points you need to take care of. These are important, as we don’t want anyone losing their personal data or apps:

Always backup your important data that you might need after you install a new custom ROM, an official software update or anything else. Make a backup for just in case, you never know when anything might go wrong. See below for some tips on how to backup data:

  • Backup your Apps. How? –> How to Backup Android Apps.
  • Backup your SMS messages. How? –> How to Backup/Restore SMS Messages.
  • Backup Contacts, Gmail and Google Data. How? –> Sync with Google Sync.
  • Backup Call History. How? –> How to Backup Call History.
  • Backup WhatsApp Messages. How? –> How to Backup/Restore WhatsApp Messages.
  • Backup APN Settings: GPRS, 3G, MMS Settings. How? Note down everything from: Settings > Wireless & Networks (More…) > Mobile networks > Access Point Names.

Samsung users can also back up data using Samsung KIES. If you backup datamanually, you get more options what to choose from and it is very easy to move data across Android devices from different manufacturers, i.e moving Samsung Galaxy Note backup data to HTC One X.

If you already have a custom recovery (ClockworkMod, TWRP etc.) installed on your tablet, we strongly recommend you to also backup using that as it creates a complete image of your existing tablet set up.

A few more optional tips that you should remember:

1. Having problems connecting your Android tablet to the computer? You need to enable USB debugging mode. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging — for Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean.

2. Make sure your Android device is charged up to 80-85% battery level. This might help you: How to Check Battery Percentage. Why? Because, if your tablet goes off suddenly while installing a custom ROM, flashing an official firmwareupdate or installing mods etc. — your tablet might get bricked or go dead permanently. No one wants that, right?

4. Most of the tutorials and how-to guides on Team Android are for factory unlocked Android phones and tablets. We recommend NOT to try our guides if your tablet is locked to a carrier, unless we have specified the carrier name or device model.

If you find the above tips useful and they were helpful to you, please consider giving us a +1or LIKE to thank us!

All set and ready? Good. Now, let’s proceed with the tutorial on the next page and updateGalaxy Tab 7.0 Plus P6200 to XXMC3 Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean firmware.

Nokia Lumia 1520, the 6-inch Windows Phone.


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Nokia Lumia 1520 (Photo credit: Janitors)

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big screen phone, 5.5-inches and up, Windows Phone users had been limited to the 5-inch limit. However, Nokia’s Lumia 1520 changes things a great deal. The first true big screen smartphone running Windows Phone Black was shown off the media in India, today. Nokia has set the Best Buy price for the Lumia 1520 at Rs 46,999. I had the chance to use the device for a while, and the results are extremely impressive.

The 6-inch screen: The IPS factor
There have always been the fans of the big screen phones, citing tasks like typing, web browsing and games are a lot of comfortable on a big screen size. Equally, there are the critics, who immediately point to the sacrifice of the single hand usability as one of the reasons for not upgrading. Being subjective as it is, I cannot not be impressed with the Lumia 1520. The Full HD IPS display features Nokia’s ClearBlack technology, also seen on some of the earlier Lumia phones as well. The 1520’s IPS panel has purer whites and darker blacks, which makes the 1020’s screen tone look warmer in comparison. The LG G2 has one of the best IPS displays we have seen in a smartphone in a long time, but this could run it close when we do the detailed testing.

Power Package: The mistakes have been corrected
The Lumia 1520 corrects the mistakes of the 1020, primarily the power package. This features the quad-core 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, which powers the fastest Android phones out there, including the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. With 2GB of RAM to assist, performance will not be an issue.

Camera: On paper, the Lumia 1020 is a slightly better bet
The Lumia 1520 gets the PureView family snapper, but this is a 20MP one instead of the 41MP clicker that the Lumia 1020 came with. This camera will capture a low-resolution, 5-megapixel shot and a full-resolution photo at the same time. However, low light performance of the 1520 may not be as good as the Lumia 1020, considering the smaller 1/2.5in sensor size, compared to the elder siblings 2/3in sensor. We will put this camera through a detailed test, to understand the performance differences better.

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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.”

 

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.

 

No more queue for BBM; voice and video calling coming soon


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You will no longer need to twiddle your thumbs and wait for BlackBerry to send you an email, letting you join the fun on the messenger. You can simply download the app, create a BlackBerry ID and start adding your family and friends using their BBM pins.

BBM was launched officially for Android and iOS a week ago amidst much fan-fare. Despite the fact that BlackBerry had earlier aborted an attempt to launch the app on both platforms last month, there were millions who wanted to get a hold of the app, so much so that BBM was downloaded a total of 10 million times within the first 24 hours of the launch

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There’s another bit of good news for BBM for Android and iOS users. Phone Arena has reported that Andrew Bocking, Executive VP of BBM for BlackBerry has assured users on Sunday that voice and video calling abilities using these apps are coming in a few months.

Bocking has assured that BBM for iOS and Android will remain free, CBC’s Andrea Bellemare has tweeted that the Canadian company could be looking at monetising the applications via BBM Channels. Calling Channels a “social engagement platform within BBM,” Bocking said that it spreads the “BBM experience to brands, artists, businesses and communities, you will now be able to connect with individuals and groups in real time.”