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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.

There can only be one: Xbox One vs. PlayStation 4


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The years of waiting have finally come to a close: Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PlayStation 4 are here. Many of you have undoubtedly already made your choice, but there are millions more who are setting aside some cash or carefully crafting a holiday wish list this year who have yet to decide which console is worth the investment.

We reviewed both the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 without getting into any comparisons between the two, but all bets are off in this final console showdown. Only one black box can be crowned king of this console generation.

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Hardware: From a visual standpoint, the PlayStation 4 is a better looking, less bulky piece of hardware. Despite its odd, angular design, the PS4 is compact enough to fit comfortably under any television set. The Xbox One is noticeably heavier, it looks like a VCR, and the added appendage that is the Kinect can take some getting used to.

We knew that the hardware was going to be an issue when reports started coming in which revealed that Call of Duty: Ghosts had been upscaled from 720p on the Xbox One as opposed to running natively in 1080p as it does on the PS4. Hardware issues stretch beyond resolution though — everything just moves a little bit slower than it should. Disc installs are longer, in-game loading appears to be more pronounced, and you can’t move through the main menu nearly as quickly on the Xbox One as you can on the PS4.

The gap will likely close as developers have more time to polish their games andMicrosoft has time release a system update or two, but for visual-conscious gamers, the PS4 does have a leg up on the competition.

I can’t speak to the PlayStation 4 camera as I do not own one, but having watched plenty of streaming footage from others using the camera, and videos of how the camera works, I think I can safely say that the PlayStation Camera is very much an optional accessory, and has been marketed as such. Kinect, on the other hand, is a vital piece of the

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The controller: I have to admit, despite my initial concerns, I’ve come around on the Xbox One controller. The lack of any meaningful additions is a bit of a bummer, and the shoulder buttons could use some readjustments, but after a few hours with the controller, most of these annoyances become moot. After sitting down with Dead Rising 3 for an hour, using the controller became second nature.

That said, the DualShock 4 is still a better device. While the Xbox One controller looks like an updated version of its predecessor, the controller for the PS4 is a complete overhaul of the PS3′s controller. It might just be my realization that the DualShock 3 wasn’t a great controller to begin with (and the Sixaxis was even worse), but the DualShock 4 feels like the culmination of what Sony has been trying to accomplish all along.

The indentation on the analog sticks and the lips of the triggers make granular adjustments easier, the extended grips allow the controller to contour perfectly to your hand, and some of the new features are genuinely revelatory. Much like the Wii U GamePad, the DualShock 4 has a headphone jack that routes all audio through the controller — that means no more silent late night gaming sessions.

Other major changes, such as the touchpad and the Share button, will take more than a few weeks after launch to prove themselves useful, but as the foundation of how players will be interacting with its console, Sony has designed a stellar controller.

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UI & Features: This category surprised me more than any other. We knew up front that the Xbox One had a broader launch lineup, we knew that the PS4 was going to be marginally more powerful, but we didn’t know how the consoles were going to function once they were actually sitting in our living rooms and bedrooms.

The user interface of the PS4 is nearly as sleek and uncluttered as the PS3′s, but unlike the XMB, the PS4 UI looks like something Sony can build upon. Everything moves fast and nothing is ever too deep into a menu. The Xbox One features a much more robust interface, one that will evolve as the generation moves forward, but it does feel slightly crowded. Once

Microsoft eats Sony’s lunch when it comes to entertainment apps — there’s no way around it. The requisite Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Instant appear on both consoles, but Microsoft managed to secure HBO GO and the NFL. The inclusion of Skype is also being touted as a major draw of the console, and the ability to Snap into Skype while playing a game or watching a movie is just a bonus.

Microsoft did a much better job with home screen customization too. If you use pins intelligently on the Xbox One, you’ll never lose your most valuable apps and games. On the PS4, the endless scrolling log of everything you have installed on the system is a huge blot on an otherwise sparkling UI. There’s no way to decide which apps appear where, and your most recent app or game is always pushed to the front of the line. Both interfaces could use some work, but the issues on the PS4 stand out much more than those on the Xbox One.

ImageFinally, the Xbox One’s optional cable box connection could be a huge draw for a certain audience. After having spent the entire Thanksgiving weekend trying to get my family to use the Xbox One voice commands to change the channel, I have discovered that my family is not that audience, and neither am I. The OneGuide is a great feature if your cable provider has a sub par guide of its own, but for my money, the only worthwhile use of running cable through the Xbox One is gaining the ability to swap between gaming and TV watching without hitting the ‘source’ button on my remote.

Verdict: The easy answer, and probably the most valid answer, is that each console offers something different. Sony has hedged its bets and built what could be the best gaming console ever released. Microsoft opted for the kitchen sink approach and unleashed a hefty box that does just about anything you’d want it to do.

And therein lies the problem.

As we said in our review, the Xbox One does everything, but it only does one thing really well: play games. Other than the occasional Battlefield 4 crash (which is EA’s problem, not Microsoft’s), the Xbox One plays games just as well as the PS4, PS3, Xbox 360 or any other competent console. Everything else is a bit iffy. Kinect is hit-or-miss, the cable box functionality needs work, installs take too long and the UI is inconvenient at times.

As for the PlayStation 4, there’s really nothing to complain about on a hardware level. There is no arguing that the Xbox One has a better lineup right now, but the balance will shift very quickly as indie developers begin flooding the PlayStation Store later this month.

So if you still haven’t yet picked up a new console but you’re in the market to purchase one, I have to recommend the PS4. In a year’s time, things may change, but the best console of 2013 is the PlayStation 4.

 

Sony Z1: Xperia’s 5-inch superphoneThe new Z1 flagship smartphone from Sony features a 5-inch display, a 21-megapixel camera and a free £149 smartwatch for those who pre-order.


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though it wasn’t exactly a well-kept secret, Sony on Wednesday took the wraps off of its next-generation Xperia Z1 smartphone. A sequel of sorts to this year’s Xperia Z, the Xperia Z1 combines a sleek, waterproof body with a whopping 20.7-megapixel camera sensor.

The Xperia Z1 features a 5-inch 1080p TFT display, powered by Sony’s Triluminos technology. A 2.2GHz Qulacomm Snapdragon 800 processor and Adreno 330 graphics should keep things moving along nicely. And 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage (along with a microSD card slot) and a 3,000mAh battery round out the spec list.

The most interesting new feature here is the camera, which Sony claims is the “world’s leading camera in a smartphone,” and has apparently confirmed as much through “independent testing.” I can’t be sure of that yet, but on paper the features are promising. Sony is using a 1/2.3-inch 20.7-megapixel Exmor RS sensor, as well as Sony’s 27mm f/2.0 G Lens and Bionz image processing engine. Sony is also mobilizing a fleet of Xperia camera apps with the phone.

While the Xperia Z1 looks nearly identical to its predecessor, the phone is rated IP58, which makes it waterproof, as opposed to just water resistant.

Running on Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean), the Xperia Z1 will be available in black, purple or white. The handset will go on sale later this month, so Sony is certainly making good on its promise to shorten product lead times. So far price and carrier availability have not been announced.

I’m reporting live from the Sony event and hope to get my hands on an Xperia Z1 shortly so I can put that camera to the test. Check back soon for my thoughts and impressions.
Continue reading Sony Z1: Xperia’s 5-inch superphoneThe new Z1 flagship smartphone from Sony features a 5-inch display, a 21-megapixel camera and a free £149 smartwatch for those who pre-order.

Leaked render outs Sony Xperia Z1 in black, white and purple


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Xperia Z, with a side of bezels

Thanks to a wealth of pre-release leaks, there’s not much we haven’t seen of the Sony Xperia Z1 (or “Honami”) at this point. But now there’s an official-looking render of the device to confirm what we’ve been seeing for the past few months — a phone very similar in design to the older Xperia Z, complete with hefty bezels.

The image from Chinese forum Digi-Wo shows the Z1 in the standard Sony tricolore — black, white and purple — the same colors used by the Xperia Z and Xperia Z Ultra. The back of the purple device shows off one of the Z1’s most talked-about features, its 20-megapixel rear camera with Sony G Lens. On the inside, the Xperia Z1 is rumored to pack similar hardware to the Z Ultra — a Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2 GB of RAM and microSD expandability.

We’re expecting to see the Xperia Z1 unveiled at Sony’s big pre-IFA press conference on Sept. 4, and we’ll be live from Berlin to bring you full coverage of the phone.

by http://www.androidcentral.com

Oppo to launch smartphone to take on Xperia Z, HTC One in India


Oppo Find 5 comes with Snapdragon S4 Pro 1.5Ghz processor, 5 inch full HD display and 13 megapixel camera.

Yet another Chinese brand, Oppo is entering India and is planning to launch its flagship smartphone, Find 5, with specification similar to the HTC One, Sony Xperia Z and Samsung Galaxy S4.

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HERE COMES THE PLAYSTATION 4: SONY ANNOUNCES FEBRUARY 20TH PLAYSTATION EVENT [VIDEO]


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GAMING February 1, 2013 at 9:35 AM by 

The long, painful wait will soon be over. Sony (SNE) on Thursday evening circulated invitations to the press and bloggers for a press conference in New York City on February 20th. The company did not reveal any details, but it did confirm that we will “see the future” of PlayStation in a teaser video released alongside the invitations. Needless to say, we’re all expecting the company to unveil its next-generation PlayStation 4 video game console during the event, and multiple unnamed sources have reportedly confirmed as much to The Wall Street Journal. Recent rumors suggest the new PlayStation may launch in October with 16GB of RAM, 256GB of storage and 1080p HD resolution in 3D at 60 fps. BGR will be on hand covering the event live but in the meantime, Sony’s teaser video follows below.

 

First press shot of Sony Xperia Z surfaces ahead of its CES launch


The Sony Xperia Z, which was earlier codenamed C660X Yuga, makes its presence felt yet again. This time it has surfaced in the form of a press shot by @evleaks on Unwired View, sporting a gigantic 5-inch 1080p display. The Xperia Z shows a skinned Android version, known to run on Jelly Bean; it flaunts a new set of on-screen navigation keys. Falling into the high-end Sony-branded phone category, it is expected to be unveiled at CES this year at Sony’s conference on January 7. However, looking at the CES leaks already making rounds, we may know much more about the phone before its launch.

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Some other reported specs of the Xperia Z are a 13 megapixel camera and quad core processors. But the key selling point of the device is believed to be the 5-inch screen with a 1080p resolution that sports 443ppi. It also features the OptiContrast technology, which is usually found in Sony televisions. However, earlier report also points out that though the screen shows good colour reproduction for multimedia apps using the Sony Bravia engine, other apps don’t fare as well. Viewing angles are lower and the backlight is visible in the black areas of pictures. Measuring about 139 x 71 x 7.9 mm, this Xperia device has also put in thought at rigidity and robustness as it is said to support Ingress Protection (IP) rating of IP55 and IP57, making it both dust and water resistant.

The spec sheet of the Xperia Z will also show some other basic features such as Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi on the a/b/g/n networks, LTE and a microSD slot. Also, C660X Yuga is said to support SDXC format cards, effectively pushing the maximum memory card size up to 128GB.
The Xperia Z has been making headlines right from November last labelled with its codename. Earlier reports revealed that it would be integrated with a 1.5GHz processor and 2GB RAM. Then we also heard about the device sporting a back glass panel. Now, this would put it in line with other devices with glass back panels like the iPhone 4/4S and Google’s Nexus 4. The advantage of having a glass back is that it makes the design of the smartphone really good. However, there are many disadvantages that can outweigh that sole feature. Having a glass panel at the back makes the handset susceptible to cracks and damages. One will need to be extremely careful while handling this device.

As predicted by industry experts, the year 2013 could truly be “a year of the smartphone” and 1080p displays could be the next fad among manufactures to deliver high-class viewing experience and usability.

 

Samurai Jack was THE best cartoon


 

Samurai Jack was THE best cartoon

Hey Jack!

Samurai Jack was THE best cartoon on Cartoon Network, hands down, but it’s been gone for years. With hopes of a new series, a movie, anything, fans finally got some word, straight from the man himself. IGN
spoke to series creator and visionary Genndy Tartakovsky about the long rumored new Samurai Jack project, and here’s what he said:

During an interview for Hotel Transylvania at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, director Genndy Tartakovsky gave us some new insight into the long-gestating Samurai Jack film and when we might get a chance to finally see it hit the big screen.

“I’ve been trying so hard every year, and the one amazing thing about Jack is that I did it in 2001, you know, and it still survived. There’s something about it that’s connected with people. And I want it, it’s number 1 on my list, and now Bob Osher, the President (of Digital Production at Sony Picture Entertainment), is like ‘Hey, let’s talk about Jack. Let’s see what we can do.’ And I go, ‘You’re going to do a 2D feature animated movie?’ and he’s like, ‘Yeah. Maybe. Let’s do some research and let’s see.’ So it’s not dead for sure by any means, and it’s still on the top of my list, and I’m trying as hard as I can.”

Samurai Jack told the story of a time displaced samurai who constantly fights against the evil of Aku. Sadly, in the IGN article, Tartakovsky speaks about the passing of Mako, the voice actor for the villainous Aku, and how that would need to be addressed before moving forward. Anything with new Samurai Jack in it would be amazing, let’s hope it all pans out!

 

Sony Xperia Ion launched in India at Rs. 35,999


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Sony’s spanking new Android smartphone Xperia Ion has now reached Indian shores. The launch comes after the phone was showcased in the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this year. The Android v2.3 (Gingerbread) handset is priced at Rs. 35,999 on Snapdeal.com.

The Xperia Ion ships preinstalled with the outdated version of Android OS, but an upgrade to Android v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) is in the pipeline. This NFC-ready phone is available in red and black variants. The price is quite a premium for a phone that ships with a really old implementation of Android. However, the handset makes up for it in the specs department. At any rate, you are still left at Sony’s mercy for the ICS update, especially since there’s no word on whether the Ion will receive Jelly Bean at all.

The Xperia Ion toes to the current trend of smartphones bearing large displays, with its 4.6-inch LCD screen and sporting a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. The phone is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and an Adreno 220 GPU. It features a 16GB expandable memory expandable upto 32GB with its microSD card slot. The primary camera is rated at 12MP and is capable of 1080p video recording. The device is also equipped with a 1.3MP front-facing camera for video conferencing at 720p resolution. Its 1900mAh battery is well endowed and should offer decent battery backup time considering its hardware specs. The manufacturer claims a standby time of upto 400 hours with 2G and up to 350 hours with 3G, radio-enabled. Being a Sony product, the Ion is PlayStation certified and carries the Walkman branding as well.

Other specifications include:

  • 4.6-inch TFT LCD supporting 1280 x 720 pixel resolution
  • 3G HSDPA 2100, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and EDR, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Hotspot, DLNA, USB 2.0
  • GPS, A-GPS with GLONASS
  • 12MP camera and 1.3MP front camera
  • FM radio with 3.5 mm audio jack
  • 1GB RAM, 16GB internal memory, External memory support up to 32 GB