Google Nexus 6 price drops by Rs 10,000; Check it out before you buy on Flipkart.


Here is good news for Nexus 6 lovers! Google’s Nexus 6 is back on Flipkart and has received a massive price cut for its 32GB and 64GB variants. The earlier Flipkart pricing for the 32 GB and 64 GB variants of the Nexus 6 were at Rs. 44,000 and Rs. 49,000 respectively. Now, both of them received a cut of Rs 10,000, thus lowering down the price of the 32GB variant to Rs 34,999 and 64GB to Rs 39,999.

But that is just not it. If you buy on Flipkart, you can also get an additional exchange offer that will shave off an added Rs. 5,000 on the price depending on which phone you swap with.

The Nexus 6 boasts a 5.96-inch QHD (2560×1440p) AMOLED display. It is powered by 2.7 GHz Snapdragon 805 quad-core processor coupled with 3 GB of RAM. It runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box. The screen of the device is shielded by Corning Glass 3, which means users need not have to worry about scratches.

On the camera front, it sports a 13MP rear and 2MP front snapper. The device gets its juice from a 3,220mAh battery, which the company claims to last for six hours on a 15-minute charge as it comes along with Motorola’s Turbo Charger. Nexus 6 offers wireless charging. It comes in two colour options in the country – midnight blue and cloud white.

This cut makes the Nexus 6 price much more pleasing. After all, the Nexus line gained a reputation for offering high-end hardware at low prices, until the more expensive Nexus 6 came along.

Check out the unboxing video of the Nexus 6 below:

 

Specs

Google Nexus 6

Operating System Android 5.0 Lollipop
Screen Size 5.96 inches
Super AMOLED
1440 x 2560 pixels
RAM 3 GB
Battery 3220 mAh
Processor  Qualcomm Snapdragon 805
CPU Quad-core 2.7 GHz
GPU Adreno 420
Front camera  2 MP
Rear Camera 13 MP

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Twitter rolls out new Twitter Ads button


Twitter has rolled out a new Twitter Ads button, which is available on the users profile pages on both the iOS and Android client applications.

 According to the Techcrunch.com, the newly added button is present right next to the ‘Edit profile’ button, the account switcher and the Settings icon. By clicking on the Ads button, the users get the option of managing their Twitter ad campaigns while on the move.

It is uncertain at this time as to how many users are seeing the new Ads button since Twitter has not officially announced the addition. However, both the iOS and Android app were recently updated on their respective app stores.

Previously, the users could see the feature included in the list which appeared when they tapped the Settings option. At that time, Twitter Ads was visible right above the options for Lists, Drafts, and Help

Know more about Microsoft Windows 10 release


Microsoft Windows 10 release: Microsoft has announced about how it will be rolling out Windows 10 to customers. According to the techcrunch.com, Microsoft said in a blog post that there are five million Windows Insiders, up from 3.7 million in May.

The company also said that it has collected millions of reservations for Windows 10 from the public.

Microsoft will give Windows 10 as a free upgrade to Windows 7 and Windows 8 and 8.1 users for a year.

If the user is a current Windows 10 tester, he or she will get the build first among the public.

Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s Number Two, said that starting on July 29, they will start rolling out Windows 10 to their Windows Insiders. From there, they will start notifying reserved systems in waves, slowly scaling up after July 29. Each day of the roll-out they will learn and update the experience for all Windows 10 users.

Myerson also said that they will distribute a build of Windows 10 to retailers all over the world so that they can assist their customers with upgrades of newly purchased devices.

Volume license customers can snag Windows 10 on August 1.

In its post, Microsoft stressed that it is working to make sure that all systems can upgrade and that it won’t move people to Windows 10 until it should work with their setup.

Xiaomi slashes price of the Redmi Note 4G; available now at Rs 7,999


Xiaomi had taken to its social media pages yesterday and hinted at revealing something ‘jaw-dropping’ today for fans. The announcement made by the company was not the launch of a new smartphone but rather, a price cut of Rs 2000 for the Redmi Note 4G, which is now available at Rs 7,999.

Starting today, Redmi Note 4G will be available on Mi.com and across Mi India partners including Flipkart, Amazon, Snapdeal, The Mobile Stores and Airtel stores.

Redmi Note 4G first went on sale in India in December 2014. It was Xiaomi’s very first 4G device to be introduced in India, with support for both 4G bands. The Redmi Note 4 sports a 5.5-inch HD IPS display. It is powered by 1.6GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8928 processor.

The device includes an onboard storage of 8GB and can be further expanded up to 32GB via microSD card. The smartphone comes equipped with a 13MP rear camera along with a 5MP front shooter for selfies. It is powered by a 3100mAh battery and runs Xiaomi’s MIUI OS.

The Redmi Note, if you recall, is something of a record breaker in terms of sales, with Xiaomi having sold 10,000 units in just a second in Taiwan.

Airtel inks 4 year deal with Nokia for 3G services


elecom operator Bharti Airtel   has selected Nokia Networks for the rollout its 3G services in five telecom circles and network expansion in three zones. Under the four-year contract, Nokia will provide its equipment and services to Bharti Airtel’s infrastructure. “We are happy to further extend our long-term association with Nokia Networks towards innovating our network’s service delivery mechanism and deliver a host of multi-media apps as well as services for Airtel customers,” Bharti Airtel Director of Network Services Group Abhay Savargaonkar said in a statement. Bharti Airtel in the spectrum auction held in February this year bought 3G spectrum in seven telecom service areas, including in six new circles of Gujarat, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha and UP East, for Rs 5,833.5 crore. It bought additional slot in Tamil Nadu. Under the deal, Nokia will work on network planning and optimisation, network implementation, network operations, project management and care services, including hardware and software maintenance as well as competence development. “With this project, we have further strengthened Bharti’s 3G proposition in eight business-critical circles in India including five new circles,” Nokia Networks Vice President and Head of India Market Sandeep Girotra said.  Bharti Airtel stock price On June 30, 2015, Bharti Airtel closed at Rs 419.90, up Rs 6.40, or 1.55 percent. The 52-week high of the share was Rs 437.20 and the 52-week low was Rs 326.75. The company’s trailing 12-month (TTM) EPS was at Rs 33.02 per share as per the quarter ended March 2015. The stock’s price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio was 12.72. The latest book value of the company is Rs 199.95 per share. At current value, the price-to-book value of the company is 2.10.

Facebook launches Lite app for Android users


New Delhi: Facebook Inc., the world’s largest social networking platform, has launched Facebook Lite in India, the company said on Tuesday.
Facebook Lite is a new version of Facebook for Android that uses less data and works well across all network conditions. It was introduced in the first week of June, the company said.
The social media company, which has a global consumer base of 1.4 billion people, said that India was used as a model for emerging countries to build the new product from scratch.
“India was used as a model during the research and development of Facebook Lite. Such a model can be easily replicated in other emerging markets,” said Vijay Shankar, product manager for Facebook Lite.
The company started working a year ago on the new offering, which was aimed at helping draw the next billion Facebook users globally.
“More than a billion people around the world access Facebook from a range of mobile devices on varying networks. In many areas, networks can be slow and not able to support all the functionality found in Facebook for Android,” he said. “Facebook Lite was built for these situations, giving people a reliable Facebook experience when bandwidth is at a minimum.”
There are 874 million mobile phone users who use 2G network around the world. In India, according to the company, 80% of users are using 2G, which it wants to bring on to the platform.
“Our team came to India to do on-the-ground research and we covered, towns and tier 2 and tier 3 cities to find out the challenges the consumers face using the Facebook app,” he said.
Challenges included poor connectivity and the quality of devices being used by the masses. “The devices have hardly any storage capacity as well as RAM, which made it hard for people to download the Facebook app,” said Shankar.
Facebook Lite takes just 430 KB (kilobytes) of space and consumes less data. While most of the features in its traditional Facebook app and Facebook Lite app are the same, the new product doesn’t support videos and advanced GPS features. It has also tweaked some of the processes including those required to tag people online and replying to a comment in way that consumes less data.
While the application was made specifically to address challenges in India, the second largest market for Facebook with 125 million active users every month after the US, it was initially rolled out in other countries of Asia including Indonesia and Philippines, and in parts of Latin America, Africa and Europe.

Sony Xperia Z3+ First Impressions: Familiar design paired with excellent specs, but a steep Rs 55,990 price point


Sony used to launch two flagships every year, but that pattern has clearly undergone a change, as we did not see any Sony flagship launch at Mobile World Congress. Instead we saw the Xperia Aqua M4 and the Xperia C4 launch at MWC and last month in India. Today Sony announced its flagship Xperia Z3+. This phone will replace the incumbent Z3 as the flagship phone from the Japanese company. We got to spend some time with the device, and here are our first impressions.

Sony has been using a similar design playbook for years now, and with the Sony Xperia Z3+ things don’t look that different either. The metallic frame on the sides have become slimmer at 6.9mm. Sony has added in shock-resistant caps around the edges. The metallic frame is complemented by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection on the front and rear sides.

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The microSD card and nano SIM card slots have moved to the left hand side and are protected by a cap. On the right hand side you have the power/standby button followed by the volume rocker button and at the base you have the dedicated camera shutter button. The metallic build on these buttons gives a good feedback. The 3.5mm audio jack is located on the top and the microUSB charging port is on the base.

The Xperia Z3+ comes with IP 65/68 certifications making it water and dust resistant. The microUSB charging port is capless as well.

Display

The Sony Xperia Z3+ comes with a 5.2-inch full HD display. Like we have seen in the past, it brings Sony’s Triluminos display for mobile with X-reality engine for mobile. The display also comes with smart adaptive display which helps to show you a balanced image even in bright sunlit conditions. While the demo using a steady image looked fine, we will need to try this outdoors to see it in action. The display is bright and colours are vivid. The text appears crisp and there isn’t any pixillation that stands out. But the protective cover on the display surface makes it a smudge magnet and you will need to constantly keep cleaning the phone. You are better off removing the protective cover altogether.

Chipset, RAM, Storage

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Housing the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC which has an octa-core processor paired with 3GB of RAM, the Sony Xperia Z3+ has impressive internals. While using the phone we did not notice any lag or slowdown. However, the phone did tend to get warm when we shot some sample images or tried playing around with the AR modes. This is an issue we had also faced with the Xperia Z3. Considering the Snapdragon 810 has faced flak in the past for overheating, we will have to really test the Z3+ for overheating issues once we start reviewing it. On the storage front, you have 32GB of which around 18GB was available to the user. It does offer a microSD card slot in case you wish to expand the storage capacity.

OS, Connectivity

The phone comes with Android 5.0.2 along with Sony’s Xperia skin atop it. On first glances the layout does not look any different from what we had seen with the Z3/Z3 Compact or even Z2. Apart from Sony’s custom widgets, there are also some pre-installed apps and media content, which you can delete or uninstall. On the connectivity front, the Xperia Z3+ comes with a single SIM slot which takes in a nano SIM card. It supports Wi-fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS and supports USB OTG.

Camera

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Sony is one of the leading smartphone sensor makers. It has the best sensors for its flagship. The Xperia Z3+ also sports the 20.7MP Exmor RS sensor sporting rear camera with a sensor size of 1/2.3-inch and an aperture of f/2.0. On the front there is a 5MP camera with 1/5-inch Exmor R sensor sporting sensor with f/2.4 aperture. Both the cameras sport 25mm wide-angle lenses. The rear camera is flush with the surface and does not create a bump. Camera interface is similar to what we have seen with older flagships which features such as Intelligent Auto, Manual mode, AR effects, High frame rate shooting and so on. While the image quality looked decent in the indoor shots, we will keep our verdict reserved till we test out the camera of the phone.

Battery 

Sony Xperia Z3 had a 3,100 mAh battery which was impressive. The Xperia Z3+ has a 2,930mAh battery and Sony claims that it can give around 2 days worth of usage. We will have to test this claim, but if past history is any indicator to go by specially with the dedicated power saving modes and Stamina mode improvements, then things look positive. The phone supports quick charge feature which lets you charge the phone completely in 45 mins using Sony charger, a claim we will await testing.

Conclusion

The phone is good looking and has impressive specs. The battery life of Xperia series is known to be good and the Z3+ comes with a newer variant of the Stamina mode. But the price of Rs 55,990 is definitely steep, considering the Xperia Z3 had launched at Rs 51,990 – which we felt was overpriced around the time. So we will need to really test the phone for performance, battery life as well as camera quality to see if it is really worth the asking price amidst able competition from Samsung, LG and Apple.

 

5 can’t-miss apps: Kiwi for Gmail, Disney Gif, Medium and more


Luckily, each weekend, we round up a few of our favorite new and updated apps. This week’s list includes a GIF keyboard app from Disney, a new Gmail app for Mac, Dropbox’s redesigned Android app and more.

Check out the gallery, below, to see our top picks. If you’re looking for more, take a look at ourlast roundup of can’t-miss apps.

Facebook Celebrates Pride With New Feature That Lets User Express Support for Marriage Equality


Facebook has introduced a new feature that lets users show off their support for marriage equality by superimposing a rainbow over their profile picture.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg personally announced the Celebrate Pride tool on his personal page following the US Supreme Court’s ruling that same-sex couples have the constitutional right to marry.

In another post Zuckerberg said, “Our country was founded on the promise that all people are created equal, and today we took another step towards achieving that promise. I’m so happy for all of my friends and everyone in our community who can finally celebrate their love and be recognised as equal couples under the law. We still have much more to do to achieve full equality for everyone in our community, but we are moving in the right direction.”

Facebook’s new tool allows users to superimpose a rainbow over their profile picture with a click of a button, and let them express their support for the LGBT community.

Other IT bigwigs such as Apple, Google, Uber and Salesforce too have voiced their support for gay marriages on social media channels throughout the day.

On Twitter, you can automatically make a tiny rainbow heart appear in your tweet by including the #LoveWins hashtag.

OnePlus 2 coming on July 27; Will it be priced around Rs 22,000?


It is official. The flagship OnePlus Two smartphone will be unveiled on July 27. However, the OnePlus Two launch event will not be a regular event with “an auditorium, a keynote, and a seated audience.” The startup will unveil its next flagship completely in Virtual Reality (VR). The VR launch event can be streamed by everyone.

So, how is a VR launch event different? “A VR launch lets you stand right next to our team and our fans as we unveil our new flagship. You’ll be able to look around as you check out the phone in a new way and maybe even find a few hidden Easter eggs,” says co-founder Carl Pei in the official blog. This will be the first VR launch event.

For this special launch event, OnePlus has come up with its “improved” version of Google Cardboard VR headsets, which is primarily made of paper cardboard, lens, magnets and some adhesive strips and costs between Rs 200 and Rs 300. The company is yet to announce as to how people can get or buy a cardboard headset to experience the VR launch event.

“We applaud Google Cardboard for advancing the dream of bringing VR to homes around the world, but we believe it could be even better. Even more accessible. In addition to the Cardboard 2.0 features, we’ve made a few more improvements,” according to the blog.

While the Google cardboard version is made primarily for the 5-inch Nexus 5 smartphone, the OnePlus Cardboard is expected to fit bigger smartphones. Note that NFC is required for smooth navigation on any cardboard headset.

When OnePlus entered the smartphone market with the motive of offering top-end specs at affordable prices. Going by the market trends in India, it seems OnePlus Two will be priced similar to that of the first version. We are expecting it to be priced under Rs 25,000 and don’t be surprised if the OnePlus Two comes with the same price tag of Rs 21,999.

OnePlus has revealed that the new flagship will have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 version 2.1 SoC along with a USB Type-C connector.

 

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