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Qualcomm has revealed its next generation smartphone and tablet processors with the 600 and 800 chipset series. 75% faster than current Snapdragon S4 Pro processor


Qualcomm has revealed its next generation smartphone and tablet processors with the 600 and 800 chipset series. 75% faster than current Snapdragon S4 Pro processorImage

Qualcomm has revealed its next generation smartphone and tablet processors with the 600 and 800 chipset series. 75% faster than current Snapdragon S4 Pro processor

Qualcomm has unveiled its next generation of processors for smartphones and tablets. The Snapdragon 600 and Snapdragon 800 series processors is of course faster than the current S4 Snapdragon series but will also offer Dolby Digital Plus surround sound as well as 4K video recording with a 4096 x 2304 pixel resolution.

Snapdragon S4 is the currently the fastest processor from Qualcomm. You will find variants of these processors in Sony Xperia Z, Nexus 4 and HTC Droid DNA. The Snapdragon 600 will be 40% faster than the Snapdragon S4 Pro which is the fastest chipset family from Qualcomm today.

The Snapdragon 600 chipsets has quad-core processors running at up to 1.9 GHz. The Adreno 320 GPU will to the graphic computation and the expected increase in performance compared to S4 Pro is up to 40%

Snapdragon 800 will be the flagship model with processors clocked up to 2.3 GHz. Quad-core of course. The new Adreno 330 GPU will be up to 2 times faster than the currently fastest Adreno 320 GPU. Another interesting feature is the support for UltraHD (4K) video capture and playback. That is four times the resolution as Full HD 1080p. We are looking forward to see the next generation 4K displays utilizing this high-resolution. Snapdragon 800 chipsets will support up to four cameras in Full HD. It is time to demand dual lenses with 3D capabilities in your next smartphone maybe. Snapdragon 800 will offer up to 75% better performance than the fastest processor available from Qualcomm today.

 

Nokia Lumia 920 Hands On


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Nokia finally unveiled their flagship smartphone, the Lumia 920, in India. ‘Although the phone is still not out on shelves, Nokia allowed us to spend some quality time with the handset to test its new PureView camera with optical image stabilization.’. Here are some of our initial

Visually, the Lumia 920 looks almost identical to the Lumia 800 and the Lumia 900. Although Nokia has been recycling this design  for some time now, it still looks beautiful. Nokia has once again used polycarbonate plastic for the unibody design, which has a glossy finish that looks and feels great.

Much has been said about the weight of the Lumia 920. There is no doubt that the phone is heavier than many of the current high-end smartphones out there on the market today. But is that really a bad thing? Not really. It takes a while to adjust to the weight if you’re moving from a lighter device but after a couple of hours you hardly notice it. It’s also not that big an issue when it comes to carrying it around in your pocket. The solid polycarbonate body and the heft also means the phone feels built to last like few devices out there.

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Now coming to the camera, this was the main feature that Nokia invited us to test. We especially had a good opportunity to test the optical image stabilization used in the camera, a first for a mobile phone.

First impressions were quite positive. The images, on the phone’s display at least, looked absolutely amazing. This is partly due to the images themselves being pretty good and also because of the amazing display. Viewing the same images on a computer monitor revealed that quality was far from perfect, with chrominance noise being a major detraction. We were told the devices were pre-production units, so quality could improve with the retail units, which we look forward to reviewing in future.

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Moving on, the Lumia 920 uses a 4.5-inch, 1280 x 768 resolution, PureMotion HD+ LCD with ClearBlack technology. That sounds like a lot of jargon but what’s important is that the display looks fantastic. The colors are vivid yet natural and Nokia’s PureMotion tech ensures no motion blur while scrolling. The sunlight visibility is also excellent, thanks to the ClearBlack technology. Compared side by side to a Galaxy S III directly under the sun, the Lumia 920’s display was a lot clearer and less washed out. Also, you can use the touchscreen on the Lumia 920 even through

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As for the images stabilization, it didn’t make itself felt while shooting stills since the images were mostly taken in bright sunlight that significantly increases shutter speed. However, during videos, it did help smoothen some of the jerks associated with minor movements of the hands, compared to other smartphones. The videos obtained, as a result, were easily some of the best we have seen from a smartphone.

In terms of software, the Lumia 920 is running Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 operating system. Compared to other devices on the market, Nokia’s Lumia series gets the benefit of Nokia’s superior apps and services (Maps, Music, etc.) and also some exclusive games and apps from third party developers that you won’t find on devices from, say, HTC.

Unfortunately, at the end of the day, this is still Windows Phone 8, which means the app ecosystem is still in its infancy. Although Microsoft does like to boast of increasing app numbers at every event, the reality is that Windows Phone still lacks most of the major apps and games that you can get on iOS or Android, making a switch a rather difficult decision. In our short time with the Lumia 920, this was the only thing that bothered us the most, with everything else being very impressive.

Nokia is yet to announce when the Lumia 920 goes on sale in India and at what price. It is expected to go on sale some time in January and we hope Nokia does not overprice it at launch, unlike some of their recent high-end devices. The hardware is good enough to go head to head with the best smartphones out there but the software is still lacking, which is something both Nokia and the buyers need to keep in mind.

 

GALAXY S IV MAY NOT HAVE AN UNBREAKABLE DISPLAY AFTER ALL


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English: Samsung Logo Suomi: Samsungin logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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MOBILE December 13, 2012 at 4:32 PM by 

 

According to earlier rumors, Samsung’s (005930) follow-up to its enormously successful Galaxy S III smartphone would come with a class-leading unbreakable display using the company’s flexible AMOLED technology, but The Verge now reports that the upcoming Galaxy S IV smartphone will not feature the new technology. The Verge’s unnamed source notes that “flexible screens are still a while off,” and instead we should expect a full HD display with a pixel resolution of 1920 x 1080, similar to what we have seen on HTC’s (2498DROID DNA. As for a release date, the handset “definitely won’t” debut at the Consumer Electronic Show in January and may not be announced at Mobile World Conference in February either. It is speculated that Samsung may set aside its own event to launch the flagship device just as it did for the Galaxy S III.

 

Nokia Infographic Compares Lumia 920 to iPhone 5


Nokia Infographic Compares Lumia 920 to iPhone 5

Nokia Infographic Compares Lumia 920 to iPhone 5

Nokia has posted an infographic comparing the Lumia 920 with the new iPhone 5.

The devices are compared on Camera, Image, Map, Charging, Accessory, Screen, UI, Design, and Color.

While the comparison is clearly meant to promote the Lumia 920 it’s not as slanted as Samsung’s recent ad comparison of the Galaxy S III and iPhone 5.

Take a look below…

Samsung attacks Apple with iPhone 5 vs Galaxy S III ad


 

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The battle of the copywriters often is more interesting than the battle of lawyers. Following its defeat in the much publicised patent case in an US court, Samsung didn’t miss out on the opportunity to strike back at rival Apple soon after the Cupertino-based company came up with the latest edition of its smartphone – the iPhone 5.

The Korean company released an ad that compares the specifications of the two top-of-the-line smartphones – Apple iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S III. Since the ad has been released by Samsung, it is tilted towards the S III and the copy says, “It doesn’t take a genius,” and follows that with, “The next big thing is already here, Galaxy S III.”

In an IBNLive poll we posted the question – Is the Apple iPhone 5 a better phone than the Samsung Galaxy S III? 54 per cent of the respondents disagreed.

 

waterproof case made to protect your iPhone


 

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English: The logo for Apple Computer, now Apple Inc.. The design of the logo started in 1977 designed by Rob Janoff with the rainbow color theme used until 1999 when Apple stopped using the rainbow color theme and used a few different color themes for the same design. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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English: The camera of the iPhone 4. The rear camera is on top. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

waterproof case made to protect your iPhone

 

iGills SE-35 an underwater iPhone case

 

A polycarbonate waterproof case made to protect your iPhone so that you can convert your iPhone into an underwater still/video camera at a depth upto 40 meters.Along with the front buttons and free iGills diving app you can transform your iPhone into the worlds first and only Smart Diving System with air, nitrox and gage modes that still supports touchscreen.
Price: $329.99

 

[How To] Easily Crack the Android Screen Lock


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Because the Android OS allows for so much customization, rooting and flashing custom ROMs, it’s bound that at one point in time you will encounter some manner or problems with your phone. Although the usual problem is ending up with a bricked phone, sometimes other features go haywire.

In this tiny tutorial I’ll show you how to get by the Android pattern lock if you had set it up on your Android smartphone and now it’s now working or if you forgot your pattern (the face unlock feature, as you saw can be very easily bypassed). Keep in mind that this method is only experimental and so, it might not work for some devices.

What do you need?

For accomplishing this task, you will need a rooted device, a USB cable, a computer and the USB drivers installed on your computer, because you will do this using ADB (the drivers and SDK files areavailable on the web, we also featured download links in the How to Root a ICS Smartphone). Pretty simple right? Now, let’s see how to crack the pattern lock on a Android smartphone.

How to crack the Android pattern lock

First of all, you need to install the SDK and USB drivers on your computer. After this, follow these steps:

1. Connect your Android smartphone to your computer with the USB cable.
2. Open a Command Prompt file and navigate to the adb files
3. Write the following lines in the cmd file, each line followed by pressing the “Enter” key.

adb shell
cd /data/data/com.android.providers.settings/databases
sqlite3 settings.db
update system set value=0 where name=’lock_pattern_autolock’;
update system set value=0 where name=’lockscreen.lockedoutpermanently’;
.quit

After this, restart your phone and when prompted for the pattern lock, input a random pattern and you are in. Also, another method for doing this, with only one line is this:

adb shell rm /data/system/gesture.key

Do the same steps as before (step 1 and 2), and then input the line above and press “Enter”. Keep in mind that this method of bypassing the pattern lock on a Android smartphone does not work for all devices, so if it doesn’t work, better think of installing a custom ROM. While this method is intended for a good use, we hope you won’t use it to bypass the security of others, as you will be violating their privacy.