10 Simple Tips to Achieve Vastly Better Smartphone Photos (how to) – Gadget Review

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10 Simple Tips to Achieve Vastly Better Smartphone Photos (how to)
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But there are a couple tricks to make sure your camera is exposing the image the way you want. Check out the two photos below.

Techno Geek silhoutte‘s insight:

Facebook alone reported approximately 300 million photos added every day during months in 2012. Instagram boasts 45 million photos per day and 16 billion photos shared. One would assume, with all the pictures we’re taking, that we’re all getting better and better at taking photos. But if you’re frustrated with taking great shots of sunsets, or just want some ideas to improve your smartphone photos, take a look at these 10 tips below.

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Nokia Lumia 625 is official, comes with a 4.7-inch display

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Just like Nokia promised, something big has arrived and most of us knew about it.

Techno Geek silhoutte‘s insight:

Nokia Lumia 625 features a 4.7-inch WVGA display with scratch resistant Gorilla Glass 2. It packs a resolution of 480×800 pixels at a pixel density of 201ppi. The display allows sunlight readability, high brightness mode. It has colour enhancement plus, the all important super sensitive touch (can be operated with nails and while wearing gloves). The phone is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor with 512MB RAM. For storage, it provides 8GB of internal memory, which can be expanded externally up to 64GB via microSD card slot. It runs Windows Phone 8 operating system.

The rear gets a 5MP autofocus (with two-stage capture key) camera with LED flash. The camera should work more than fine for the photographer inside you, thanks to the Nokia Smart camera and Cinemagraph. It can record 1080p videos at 30 frames per second. The front houses a VGA camera.

Although, it is good to watch Nokia coming up with big displays for non flagship devices, the 4.7-inch display would have been fantastic for Nokia Lumia 1020. The Windows Phone GDR 3 update should allow manufacturers to bring even bigger displays, the 5-inch phablet types with Full HD resolutions and quad-core processors. So, yay!

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Firefox gets into the smartphone business

A new smartphone operating system is joining the fray.

Mozilla released a phone running its new  OS in Spain on Monday, joining leading mobile operating systems Android and iOS, as well as smaller players Windows Phone and Blackberry.

The ZTE Open and Alcatel OneTouch Fire are very basic phones with 3.5-inch screens, entry-level specs and appealingly low price tags. Telefonica will sell the ZTE Open in Spain starting July 2 for 69 euros, or about $90.

Nonprofit company Mozilla is trying to shake up the typical closed app ecosystems with the Firefox OS. Built using open Web standards, it will appeal to the estimated 8 million Web developers who can jump right in and start creating HTML 5 apps for the phones.

There is no timeline for when the phone will come to the United States. For now, Mozilla is focusing on emerging markets such as Spain, Poland, Colombia, Venezuela and eventually Brazil, where an iPhone is prohibitively expensive for most people.

“For many of the users, this will be the first smartphone they would purchase,” said Chris Lee, who heads the product team for Firefox OS.

Firefox OS is rolling out in locations where significant portions of the population are still using feature phones.

Multiyear service contracts that can cut the cost of a smartphone aren’t as common, and expensive high-end handsets such as the iPhone or Galaxy S-series are out of reach.

Cheap Android devices are available, but at an event in San Francisco announcing the release, Mozilla CTO Brendan Eich pointed out that most of those are running Gingerbread, an old version of the Android OS. Eich also said the company was realistic about its goals.

We are not aiming high and crashing into fortress Apple and fortress Google,” said Eich.

Design-wise, the Firefox OS keeps it incredibly simple and intuitive to appeal to new smartphone users. The current home screen is most similar to the iPhone, with a four-by-four grid of icons and a dock for the most-used apps along the bottom of the screen.

Lee says this version is just a starting point. The company hopes developers will create custom interfaces for the devices that mimic what people love about Android or Windows Phone or even entirely new takes on the usual smartphone screens.

Firefox OS already has a few of the most popular apps, including Twitter and Facebook, as well as a maps app powered by Nokia Here.

The usual built-in phone features are included for making phone calls, texting and browsing the Web. New HTML 5 apps will be available in the Mozilla Marketplace after they’re screened for security, though Mozilla won’t be kicking apps out for content.

The first Firefox OS phones are practical, not flashy, but the company hopes the combination of low price and open ecosystem will make it a moderate hit.

“Consumers don’t really know or care too much about what’s under the hood,” said Eich. “They want something that has a brand they trust … a good price and something that satisfies them about the apps. That’s a pretty short checklist.”


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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 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 — i.e.so 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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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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Samsung Beats Apple in U.S. Smartphone Market, For Now

The winner in the U.S. smartphone market is no longer Apple. Instead, Samsung is the apple of American smartphone buyers’ eyes. At least in between Apple new product announcements.

That’s the word from Canaccord Genuity, an investment research firm, that surveyed the retail stores of carriers AT&T, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile USA and Sprint — but excluded Apple stores in its survey. Canaccord’s conclusion is that Samsung’s Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note II and Galaxy S III sold more combined in the U.S. than did Apple’s iPhone in May.

For those Apple enthusiasts, there is a shred of good news. Canaccord’s report found that AT&T stores sold more iPhone 5 units than Galaxy S4 ones — there the Samsung phone came in second.

Of course, not all surveys came to the same conclusion. For instance, ComScore’s June 4 report on all models of iPhones and Samsung phones sold in the U.S. found that Apple beat Samsung in smartphone subscribers by 39.2% to 22% in the first quarter of 2013.

Is it all over for Apple’s iPhone? The answer is not at all clear. For example, the results of this report suggest that Samsung is good at flooding the market with products in between Apple’s predictable new product introductions each fall.

Bits suggests that Samsung may be luring buyers who lose patience before the leaves change color. As it reported, “the South Korean manufacturer has figured out how to make good use of the months between iPhone upgrades, when the current iPhone is getting old and its sales are slowing. Samsung is releasing its new phones during these months. And some Apple customers who are waiting for the next iPhone may be caving in and buying Samsung phones instead.”

In the past, Apple has predictably introduced a real upgrade prior to each holiday shopping season. But the smartphone market is maturing and if Apple hopes to generate a big sales increase that will enable it to recover market leadership, it will need to go after a big market in which it currently does not compete.

That’s because the growth opportunities in smartphones are for selling lower-priced models in emerging markets like China and India. To be sure, Apple could sell stripped down versions of the iPhone at lower prices.

Morgan Stanley’s Kate Huberty believes that Apple will do just that. But a lower price means lower margins. Huberty believes that at the low-end, for example, the difference between charging $399 and $449 ”would be worth as much as $2 billion in profit for Apple.”

But selling a low-priced product is not what made Apple great. Apple’s greatness came from making products that were better designed than those of competitors and selling those products with great content and apps through superior retailing — and getting entranced consumers to pay a huge price premium.

If Apple ever gets that winning formula back, then it will be able to repel Samsung’s rising tide. If not, Samsung will continue to prevail in America’s smartphone market.


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