Windows 10’s best feature, Cortana, comes to Android
Aug25

Windows 10’s best feature, Cortana, comes to Android

Microsoft has said its Cortana virtual assistant software was available to users of Android mobile devices. Cortana is Microsoft’s answer to Apple’s Siri and Google Now, which respond to voice commands on mobile devices. The launch is part of an effort by Microsoft to expand its mobile presence despite a weak showing for its Windows Phone devices. A beta version of Cortana is being made available as of August 25 to US users of Android devices. Microsoft said in May it was working on the Android version as well as another for Apple devices. According to research firm Gartner, Windows had just 2.5% of the global smartphone market in the second quarter compared with 82% for Google’s Android and 14.6% for Apple’s...

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Fossil unveils new Android Wear smartwatch
Aug24

Fossil unveils new Android Wear smartwatch

Fossil, the clothing and accessory giant has taken the stage at Intel’s Developer Forum (IDF) on Tuesday, and unveiled their latest wearable product. A connected watch, a connected back, and a new smartwatch based on the Android Wear platform.   The watch has a similar face to the Moto 360, circular in nature, sitting upon a leather band. Other than that, it has an Intel processor, and that’s pretty much all we know so far. Fossil joins Tag Heuer, Montblanc and a few other traditional watchmakers which decided to join the smartwatch range. Fossil says, their smartwatch will be available by the holidays, however they didn’t give us any further information about the interns or the price. What do you think? Let us know...

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Read this before you install the Google Now Launcher from Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Aug23

Read this before you install the Google Now Launcher from Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Google recently announced that Android M will be known as Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Since then a couple of leaks have given users access to the boot animation from the new OS as well as the wallpapers. Late yesterday, we stumbled across what appeared to be the Google Now Launcher from Android 6.0, which can be installed on devices running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and higher. Before you get too excited, remember that this is an Android 6.0 launcher in name only. The functionality will remain unchanged if you’re currently using the Android 5.0 or 5.1 Google Now Launcher, so don’t expect there to be any visual changes. This means you won’t find the vertically scrollable app drawer and the newly designed widgets tray. What you will find however, is the complete list of high resolution wallpapers from Android 6.0 Marshmallow in this 14MB Google Now Launcher package. You can download the apk file on your smartphone or copy it to your device manually from the computer. Once done, make sure you enable manual installation of files from the settings and open it using a file explorer app like Astro or any other app of your choice. I couldn’t find any changes as far as functionality is concerned. But if you spot something, don’t hesitate to let us...

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Samsung might be making a huge, absurd 18.4-inch Android tablet
Aug23

Samsung might be making a huge, absurd 18.4-inch Android tablet

Big tablets. So hot right now. Much like the “big smartphone” revolution from 2011, tablets seem to be undergoing something similar. Apple’s got its own in the works-which we’ll most likely see in a few weeks. But not to be outdone, Samsung’s planing to go bigger. According to the reliable rumor site SamMobile, the Korean company known for pushing the envelope with huge gadgets is working on an 18.4-inch tablet. That’s giant. But the spec sheet suggests that its most likely not for you . For one, the report says Samsung is ditching its popular Super AMOLED display technology, the amazing tech in its smartphones and upcoming Galaxy Tab S2. Instead it will supposedly use a more run-of-the-mill TFT LCD display at full HD (1920×1080) resolution. Let’s think about that for a second. At 18.4 inches, that’s not going to be a great resolution with 120 pixels-per-inch. The Tab S2 is almost double that number. With 1.6 GHz processor, 32 GB internal storage, and MicroSD slot (up to 128GB) ,the tab could be a good fit for schools where students can work together on just one big device. Aside from Apple’s own thoughts on mega huge tabs, giant tablets this size are nothing new. Panasonic showcased a Windows 8 version way back at CES 2013, and other companies like Lenovo also have made a few big tabs/portable desktops, but at pretty steep prices. Samsung may be trying to deliver something big at a small price. Tablets have become a hard sell because, for the most part, tablets are forever. But will going bigger sell? Looks like we’ll find...

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ available for pre-order in the UK
Aug20

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ available for pre-order in the UK

If you’re in the UK, and were waiting for the Galaxy S6 Edge+ to come, you are now free to preorder the SIM-Free/Unlocked. Samsung itself, is giving you the opportunity, to order the device in Black or Gold, for £749. That is only, if 32GB sounds enough for you. If you want a 64GB, you’ll be burning a hole of £829. The devices are scheduled to ship on the 3rd of September, if you preorder them now.   If you think the price is too high, you can always go for an operator-locked device, on contract, which is far less cheaper. The operators all seem to expect shipping to start on September 4. What do you think? Let us know...

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iPhone’s fingerprint sensor to be more secure than Android’s
Aug06

iPhone’s fingerprint sensor to be more secure than Android’s

A number of new Android smartphones now feature fingerprint scanners for user authentication and payment features. In fact the Android M, the next iteration of Google’s operating system will feature OS-level support for fingerprint sensor. However, it looks like these sensors are susceptible to hacking leaving the users’ fingerprints vulnerable to being compromised. It has been found that a technique to extract the fingerprints from the phone has been found.  Device makers have already issued security patches to fix the vulnerability,however,  researchers noted that Apple’s iPhone is quite secure and encrypts fingerprint data. Attackers will not be able to get any fingerprint data from an iPhone even if they’re able to directly read the Touch ID...

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