Google developing Android Videogame Console

Google Inc is developing a videogame console and a wristwatch based on its Android operating system, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

The devices could be available as soon as this Fall, the report, which cited anonymous sources, said.

Google, the world’s No.1 Web search engine, is also working on a revamped version of the Nexus Q music-streaming device, the report said. Google unveiled the Nexus Q in June 2012, but never released the product, which received critical reviews.

Google is increasingly involved in the hardware business as it seeks to better compete against iPhone-maker Apple Inc. It acquired mobile phone company Motorola Mobility last year and Google is currently testing a wearable computing device known as Google Glass.

Google’s Android operating system is the world’s most popular mobile software, featured on three out of every four smartphones sold. A video game console could provide a significant opportunity for Google to expand Android’s reach beyond its stronghold in smartphones and tablets.

Multiple Benefits of a Smartwatch Fast Replacing a Smartphone

Advanced connectivity features with the help of social networking devices and online applications have come a long way. Currently, the craze for smartphones has taken the mobile world by storm. New applications and accessories apart from breakthrough products are still being introduced into the market on a regular basis. I’m Watch; a smart watch is what the hype is all about these days in the digital world. Hence, it is necessary to know what actually this product offers. Firstly, this watch is known to get integrated with the smartphone because of which increased sophistication is realized in an extensive manner.
Smartwatch : iwatch

Smartwatch concepts have become increasingly popular in recent times because of the multiple benefits obtained from it. It allows the users to get connected to the smartphone features like any other device. Obtaining premium quality standards without overusing your smartphone device while still accessing its functionalities is something what you need to consider in the first place. Getting connected with the help of Bluetooth is what that is equally important. After the initial assembling of this smartwatch has been completed, it can be used for making phone calls whenever needed as is the case with any other model.
Smartwatch : iwatch

SMS communication features too could be best realized with the handy use of this sophisticated device in a highly interpreting manner. Handling emails and making calls apart from sending SMSs are some of the best benefits that the customers will be able to obtain when they are required the most. Checking online notifications pertaining to your account is easily possible. Google Android is the most extensive feature available with the device on an overall. Any application apart from the latest ones are known to offer all those comforts that is available for sure. Made in Italy, the high quality material and ergonomic construction makes this smart watch comfortable and elegant smart phone to carry on your wrist.

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Sony RX100 II: A Totally New Sensor, a More Perfect Point-and-Shoot

Last year, Sony overhauled basically its entire line of cameras from the very bottom to tippiest top. Surprisingly, the most exciting of the bunch weren’t mirrorless cameras or DSLRs, but fixed-lens Cyber-shots: The RX100, a point-and-shoot superior to all others, and the RX1, a compact full-frame sensor camera priced for professionals. Sony’s expanding on its success on both cameras with some well-considered fine-tuning.

What we’re looking at here are the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II (or M2), which at $750 will cost $100 more than the RX100, the and the Sony Cyber-shot RX1R, which at $2800 costs exactly the same as the RX1. Both are available for pre-order using the links above. The older cameras will remain in the line as before.

At a glance, the modifications from one generation to the next might seem minor. Many of the key specs we’re used to reciting don’t seem to change.These are hardly tweaks—they’re big changes. More detailed specs are listed below, but there’s too much good stuff to mention all the carry-over from before.

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II

Sony RX100 II: A Totally New Sensor, a More Perfect Point-and-Shoot

The key differences between the RX100 and RX100 II are a completely new 1-inch Exmor R image sensor, Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, as well as a new tilting three-inch LCD display and a new hot shoe.

The former two additions result in visible cosmetic differences to the camera. The tiling LCD adds only slight thickness to the RX100’s body but makes it easier to see the screen in certain siutations. Don’t worry, This remains the same awesome pocketable shooter as before. Same super-fast f/2 lens.

Sony RX100 II: A Totally New Sensor, a More Perfect Point-and-Shoot

Sony also added a “multi-interface shoe” on top for attaching external flashes other accessories to the camera.

The new Exmor R sensor is a lovely example of “trickle-up” technology. Exmor R sensors are “back-illuminated”, which basically means the traditional sensor architecture has been reworked so that the electronics sit behind the photo-sensitive diodes, allowing more surface area for actually capturing light.

Until now, the Exmor R design has been used only for small sensors in smartphones and junky point-and-shoots because Sony just couldn’t figure out how to manufacture these sensors larger. Until now. This one-inch sensor is a first, and Sony claims it’ll be up-to 40-times more light sensitive that the RX100’s one-inchers. That’s impressive.

There are no surprises about the camera’s Wi-Fi sharing capabilities, but it’s a nice addition to an already loaded camera. This NFC chip inside, however is new, and enables touch sharing between compatible devices, which actually sounds like a brilliant idea.

The main issue we might take with this camera is price. $650 was already a lot of money to pay for a point-and-shoot camera targeted mostly at a mainstream audience. But $750? Sheesh. Most of the cameras you’d consider competitors—like the Canon S110—are priced under $500

Sony Cyber-shot Rx100 II
• Sensor: 20.2 MP, 1-inch Exmor R CMOS
• Processor: Sony BIONZ
• ISO Range: 100-25600
• Lens: Carl Zeiss 28-100 (3.6) f/1.8
• Display: 1.2 million-dot fixed LCD
• Video: 1920 x 1080 (60, 24 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
• Price: $750

Sony Cyber-shot RX1R

Sony RX100 II: A Totally New Sensor, a More Perfect Point-and-Shoot

The RX1, was a superbly awesome camera that no-normal soul can afford. The image quality is unrivaled by a camera that size, but at the same time, the fixed focal-length f/2 lens that makes the compact size possible is also quite a limitation. The RX1R option is really a modified version of the former with no optical low-pass filter, which is exactly the kind of change people interested in this camera might consider important.

Without getting to far into the science, cameras use low-pass filters to avoid ripply moire patterns and other distortions that might occur because of the patterned design of image sensors. These days, though, many manufacturers are confident enough in their camera designs to leave the low-pass filter on.

What’s the difference you say? Well, when you’re using a professional full-frame image sensor like the one in the RX1, pixel peepers will point out that a low-pass filter keeps a sensor from realizing the true potential of its resolution. And sure enough, Sony showed us samples taken with both the RX1 and RX1R, and the new model had better details in some intense situations.

The only cosmetic change you’ll notice between the older and newer cameras is the addition of an “R” to the name stamped on the front of its glorious body.

Sony Cyber-shot Rx1R

• Sensor: 24 MP, full-frame Exmor CMOS
• Processor: Sony BIONZ
• ISO Range: 100-25600
• Lens: Carl Zeiss 35mm f/2
• Display: 1.2 million-dot fixed LCD
• Video: 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 25, 24 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30, 25 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps)
• Price: $2800

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Sony Supersizes Its Xperia Smartphone Line With 6.4″ Full HD Xperia Z Ultra Phablet

It was only a matter of time before Sony jumped on the phablet bandwagon. And that day is today. The mobile maker has just announced the Xperia Z Ultra: a frankly gigantic addition to its smartphone line-up that packs a 6.4″ full HD display. This phone is so big that one of the accessories Sony is lining up is a slender Bluetooth handset for taking calls — you can leave the whopping slab on the table.

Sony is following in the footsteps of Samsung, with its Galaxy Note devices but obviously it didn’t say that. Pierre Perron, president of Sony Mobile Comms for NW Europe, said the mobile industry has  seen “increasing consumer demand for larger screens”, adding: “The big screen segment is one of the fastest growing segments.”

The LTE/4G Xperia Z Ultra slots into Sony’s line-up between its Xperia Z high end smartphone, announced earlier this year at CES, and its Xperia Z Tablet.


The Xperia Z Ultra is big across the front, but very slender around the waist: at just 6.5mm thin.

Sony’s head of global product design said the designers are approaching the limit of how thin they can make phones.  ”You can’t make the phone any thinner because of the connectors — we’re at the point we’re going to have start working on connector technology,” he said.

The overall look of the Z Ultra continues the Xperia Z and Tablet Z design language, with the same blunt-edged, high gloss slab form. It’s also waterproof and dustproof, as the Xperia Z is.

The display is full 1080p HD, and incorporates Sony’s Bravia TV display technology — including its Triluminos tech, which it said supports a greater range of colours, with natural shades, and also its X-Reality technology for improving the viewing experience of low res video.

Under the hood, the Xperia Z Ultra is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2.2GHz quad-core chip. Its rear camera is 8 megapixels.

Sony’s phablet supports stylus interaction — Sony said “any pencil” can be used on the screen, rather than requiring a dedicated gizmo to poke it. Sony has also created a software keyboard designed for the larger phablet form to support one handed-typing.

The phablet is due to launch “later this year”. There’s no word on pricing as yet, or specific market availability.


Also today, tacked on at the end of the press event — entirely overshadowed by the attention being lavished on the Xperia Z Ultra — Sony announced a new smart watch, with the unimaginative name of SmartWatch 2.

Sony has been dabbling in ‘smart watches’ for years – literally – and made a point of trash-talking competitors who ‘may or may not be launching a smart watch’.

Sony’s new SmartWatch 2 can run a handful of dedicated Android apps, including Facebook and Twitter, plus a call handling app, email, Gmail, a music handling app, weather, Runtastic, a new aggregator app and a few others. The watch can also be used to remote control apps running on another Sony smartphone, by, for instance, being used to take a photo from the phone remotely without having to tap the phone’s screen.

Hardware wise, it has a 1.6 inch Transflective LCD display, which Sony says is designed for improved visibility in sunlight. The display has apparently been “optimised” over Sony’s prior SmartWatch, now rocking a resolution of 220 x 176 pixels. The watch itself is comprised of aluminium and plastic, and take a standard 24mm watchstrap.

Battery life — which remains the biggest hurdle to smart watch success — is good for three to four days “typical usage”, according to Sony, or five to size days low usage.

There’s no word on pricing as yet. Sony said the SmartWatch 2 will be available worldwide from September.


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Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon 27 “Table PC”.. review

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“The Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon 27, “Table PC” as they call it, is easily one of the most unique PCswe’ve seen in the past several years. This machine works with a massive display that sits on a hinge holding it up – or allowing it to lie flat – for tablet gaming with touch. It’s as if someone decided they weren’t having as much fun as the potential for a tablet would allow them, and blew the whole thing up with Lenovo behind the wheel.”

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11 Best Android smartphones running stock Android

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“Not all Android smartphones are created equal. And yet most of the very best models that have ever come out have one common ingredient: the stock Android operating system. Indeed, many of today’s greatest Android phones have been made available with nothing more than the bare bones version of Google’s famed mobile OS. To some users, it’s like the secret sauce. And Google, along with today’s many different Android OEMs, is just all too glad to fulfill the demand.”

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Apple looking at bigger iPhone screens, multiple colors: sources

Apple Inc is exploring launching iPhones with bigger screens, as well as cheaper models in a range of colors, over the next year, said four people with knowledge of the matter, as it takes a cue from rival Samsung Electronics.

Apple looking at bigger iPhone screens, multiple colors

Apple looking at bigger iPhone screens, multiple colors

The moves, which are still under discussion, underscore how the California-based firm that once ruled the smartphone market is increasingly under threat from its aggressive South Korean competitor. Samsung has overtaken Apple in market share through the popularity of its bigger-screen Galaxy “phablets” and by flooding the market with a range of products at different prices.

Apple is looking at introducing at least two bigger iPhones next year – one with a 4.7-inch screen and one with a 5.7-inch screen – said the sources, including those in the supply chain in Asia. They said suppliers have been approached with plans for the larger screens, but noted it is still unclear whether Apple will actually launch its flagship product in the larger sizes.

“They constantly change product specifications almost to the final moment, so you’re not really sure whether this is the final prototype,” said one person with direct knowledge of the matter.

Apple declined to comment.


Apple’s possible shift to offer what is often referred to as “phablets” – chunkier smartphones not quite big enough to qualify as tablets – comes as the long-time consumer and investor darling faces pressure to deliver more than one new handset model a year. Critics say its pace of innovation has slowed since the death of legendary co-founder Steve Jobs.

The iPhone 5 launched last September was the first to veer away from the Apple phone’s 3.5-inch screen, which Jobs famously deemed “the perfect size for consumers” and had been used in every iPhone since the iconic device was unveiled in 2007.

The current iPhone 5 has one of the smaller screens among the best-selling smartphones in the mobile market, where consumers spend more time browsing the web and streaming content. Samsung’s Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 2 have 5-inch and 5.5-inch screens, respectively.

For this year, Apple is expected to launch two new models, widely referred to as the iPhone 5S, with new fingerprint technology, and a cheaper version in plastic casing, supply chain sources have said. Apple plans to dress up the cheaper phone in a range of 5-6 colors to differentiate it from the more expensive model that has traditionally come only in black and white.

The U.S. firm has discussed a price of $99 for the cheaper phone, the timing of which could slip to next year, one of the people said. It’s not yet clear what the final price would be.

Apple – whose revenue growth has decelerated from the heady days of 2010 when it introduced the iPad and when the iPhone was the world’s top selling smartphone – has sought ways to re-energize its flagship line.


Analysts say the company needs a cheaper gadget to push on in growth markets in China and India, and to counter Samsung’s edge in having phones priced up and down the spectrum. China, the world’s biggest smartphone market, is set to grow 48 percent this year, outpacing the global increase of 31 percent, according to industry forecasts.

While Apple only offers a single phone model across all markets, it has successfully marketed the iPod music player and its iPad in different sizes and at varying prices. Asked at last month’s AllThingsD industry conference why Apple hasn’t launched different sized iPhones, CEO Tim Cook said: “We haven’t so far. That doesn’t shut off the future.”

He explained that the range of iPods serve different audiences and needs. “On the phone, that’s the question. Are we now at a point to serve enough people that we need to do that?”

Cook noted a larger screen comes with trade-offs on features such as battery life, resolution and brightness.

Test production for both the standard and cheaper iPhone models aims to start next month, with mass production ramping up in August to meet a September launch target, two people said.

“Trial production was originally planned to start in June, but the mixing of colors is taking longer than expected as Apple has very high and idealistic standards,” said one source in Asia, adding 20 million plastic iPhones are expected to ship in the October-December quarter.

Japan’s Sharp Corp and Japan Display and South Korea’s LG Display will supply the panels for the aluminum iPhone 5S and the plastic iPhone, while Hon Hai Precision Industry will assemble the higher-end phone and Pegatron will put together the cheaper model.

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BlackBerry Q10.. the Verizon review

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“BlackBerry’s rolling the dice this year, with a complete overhaul of their operating system and releasing all new devices. We’ve taken a look at both the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 in full, with the latter being a 2013 version of a classic BlackBerry device that we’ve grown to know. All four major carriers have signed on to offer the Q10, and we’ve decided to take a look at Verizon’s variant to see what the device offers on Big Red.”

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