The right set of apps on your smartphone can make life a breeze. Here are some lifestyle apps that are a must have:
Groupon: If you are a social butterfly, then this app is best suited for you. Through this app, you can find exciting coupons and deals that you can encash at any given point. This app is free to download and is available for use on various online stores.
Mint.com: Manage your budget better and save expenses with this money-tracking app.
PayPal: If you do money transactions online, then this is an app is a must have. It is safe to use and easy to operate. International transactions are really easy with PayPal.
Flashlight: This app can save you when you are stuck without any light. It immediately gives you a flashlight to keep going. Midnight adventures are so easy now!
To Do List: If you keep forgetting things you need to do, then install this app on your phone. It will list down everything that needs to be done and keeps reminding you.
Fandango: This app is necessary for those who love watching movies. Through this app, you can check out the latest releases and make bookings.
Yelp: If you are unsure of which restaurant you want to visit, this app is a savior. Get this app installed and get information on restaurants based on their location and cuisine. The choices become smaller and choosing is easier!
The List Continues
Along with the fun suggestion above, you can also download the following apps on your smartphone:
Facebook for social media
Kindle for book lovers
Lookout Security for high-tech mobile security
Evernote to keep track of all your important notes
Before an official unveiling, LG has pre-announced their new tablet, the G-PAD II 10.1. This tablet will be announced in Berlin in the coming two weeks with some fine improvements. In comparison to G-Pad II 8.0, G-Pad 10.1 is now loaded with Snapdragon 800 and WUXGA screen. With these changes, LG hopes to enhance its sales.
Improvements with the G-Pad 10.1
With the new LG G-Pad II 10.1 with have a 2 GB RAM with internal memory of 16GB which is expandable via Micro SD Cards. Another enhanced feature of the new tablet is a 7400 mAh battery to enable use for longer hours.
A stylish new look
The new LG tablet will be thinner than the G-Pad 8. The weight of the tablet has also been reduced and it is 34 gm lighter than its predecessor. Loaded with Android 5.1.1 and pre-installed Microsoft office, the G-Pad II 10.1 will be easy to use.
Along with this, the tablet also comes with 100GB OneDrive storage capacity valid for 2 years. LG has said that the price of the product will be disclosed during the event in Berlin.… Read the rest
Viewing Taj Mahal at night is expected to become more convenient as tourists might be allowed to get online tickets soon. Many people often miss the chance to enter the Taj Mahal at night due to manual advance booking procedure. However, once the online ticketing system is started, tourists can get tickets till 3:00 p.m. of the same day.
Viewing Taj Mahal at night
Mahesh Sharma, the Union Minister of State Tourism, when contacted by PTI said that they have already cleared the proposal in this regard and would soon issue an order to start the procedure. Yet, there is no update whether there would be any changes in the timing. Presently, night viewing is allowed for 30 minutes from 8:30 p.m. to 00:30 a.m.
It is also restricted to five nights, the full moon night, two days before and two days after. However, there are proposals to allow tourist enjoy the night view of the monument as per their convenience from the Mehtab Bagh, which is located just opposite to this monument.
According to the reports, authorities are considering to make some infrastructural developments in the Mehtab Bagh to allow tourist at night. The reports also indicate that the authorities are planning to allow night entry from western gate instead of eastern gate, as it restricts the movements of the local people. With new developments on its way, the tourism ministry is expecting more tourists in the coming days. … Read the rest
The Chinese giant Meizu has made a name for itself in the smartphones market. Meizu currently has two variants available in the Indian market. Soon, we will be able to buy the Maizu MX5 in India. The Meizu MX5 India launch is scheduled for 26th August at Delhi.
Snapdeal will be the partner for Meizu
Going the Xiaomi way, Meizu has also chosen to go the e-commerce way to sell its phones. It has partnered with Snapdeal and they have already started the process of registrations for Meizu MX5 in India. from Meizu, which will be launched on August 26. Users can visit Snapdeal and register for the new Meizu MX5, which has a 5.5-inch screen and uses the OLED techology.
Meizu MX5 Features
MX5 was launched in Chine in June this year that comes with a MediaTek Helio X10 Turbo processor and uses the quick fast mCharge technology supporting a 3150 mAh battery. Additionally, it has a metal body for looks and it can be unlocked with a finger touch.
Loaded with a 2.2GHz Octa-core, it has a 3GB RAM.
A 20.7MP rear camera with 5MP front camera make it a good buy for those who enjoy good pictures. The MX5 also supports 4G connectivity.… Read the rest
Even as the tech market is flooded with new generation smartphones, there are always some that stand out. Two phones that stand out are the recently-launched Samsung S6 Edge+ and the iPhone 6. Its Samsung S6 Edge+ vs iPhone 6.
The fight of the mighty
After the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, the company has now launched the Samsung S6 Edge+. A quick comparison to the Apple iPhone 6 suggests that Samsung has raised the bar of creativity.
To start with, the design of the Samsung S6 Edge+ will give competition to iPhone 6 because it is sleeker at 6.9mm with rounded edges. The metal body adds to the look of the phone, apart from the glass panels at the front and back. On the contrary, the iPhone 6 retains its old look.
Screen and capacity
While the iPhone 6 has a screen of 4.7 inches with IPS LCD, the S6 Edge+ has a 5.7-inch Super-AMOLED screen.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ has a 4GB LPDDR4 RAM, while the iPhone 6 is has a 1GB RAM with DDR3.
The Edge+ has a 16MP rear camera and a 5MP front facing camera, while the iPhone 6 has an 8MP primary camera and 1.2MP secondary camera. It’s clear who the winner is there.
Launched on July 29, Windows 10 has created ripples across the tech industry with the features and functions it has to offer. Users of Windows 8 are stating that the new update from Microsoft in the form of Windows 10 is the best thing that has happened since Win 8.1 was released. Users of Windows 8.1 remained dis-satisfied with its features for a long time because of which they were eagerly waiting for Win 10 since the day it was announced.
Advantages of having Windows 10 over Windows 8
Lets take a look at the benefits users have attained from migrating to Windows 10:
Users will have access to the Start Button once again. This feature was sorely being missed in Windows 8. In addition to this, the start button is supercharged and provides additional features to users.
As the update was free for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users, it was easy to migrate to the new OS. In addition, users will now be able to get all updates related to the Windows 10 free of cost.
Windows 10 users now have the advantage of enjoying Microsoft’s personal assistant Cortana that was missing in Windows 8 and Windows 7.
Superfast Microsoft Edge is another big advantage of the Windows 10 because it provides an enhanced browsing experience.
Ever since Google announced they will be launching the Android M, there were speculations regarding the significance of the dessert it will be named after. Google has confirmed that the new Android M has been nick-named “Marshmallow”. The makers of the new OS have stated that the launch will happen later during fall but no dates have been finalized. This has got Android lovers excited because they are expecting a lot from the latest updates.
What will be new with “M”
One of the major updates would be granular app permissions that Android users have missed for a long time now. Users will now be able to modify the app permission beforehand so that it does not pop up every time during a download from the play store.
The Android Lollipop, which was the last update of the operating system, centered on the design factor. However, Android 6 Marshmallow will work more towards polishing the features and functions. This includes fixing some bugs associated with the Lollipop.
An advanced Android pay system has also been introduced with Marshmallow, which will enable customers to make payments through mobile phones a lot easier. Along with this, security features have been enhanced, which will additionally result in secure payments.
The Virtual Assistant from Google Android will be getting a touch up and will now work more efficiently with the Android 6.
What’s more in the kitty?
Android M will also have a standardized support for fingerprints as necessary APIs are introduced. Type C USB along with floating toolbar and direct share will also be there with the new Android M.
Since its launch on 29 July, Microsoft Windows 10 received its third update yesterday. Three consecutive updates from Microsoft has placed the sustainability of the latest Microsoft operating system in serious doubt. Experts associated with Microsoft stated that the updates are bound to happen as it is for the development and betterment of the OS. Additionally, a spokesperson from Microsoft has stated that users were facing some issues while using Windows 10 and the updates were meant to solve them.
What was the update all about?
KB3081438 is the latest update that Microsoft has provided for Windows 10.
Even though it was stated that the new update was done to make Win 10 work smoothly, a spokesperson has said it was designed and re-aligned to solve issues relating to the Windows Store. Users were unable to download applications, download updates or access the store because of which the update was required. After the update, the issues were put to rest, users have reported.
Features not disclosed
While receiving a Windows 10 update, users do not know for which application the update was itemized. However, it is suggested for Win-10 HOME users to update the OS as and when updates are made available from Microsoft because they are working on improving the OS.
Microsoft is expected to make some big changes along the way as they are busy handling updates and patch work. Meanwhile, users are happy about the new updates because that has helped o remove a lot of glitches.
Antivirus developer Kaspersky Labs has come into the center of a controversy. According to a Reuters report, two former employees of Kaspersky have alleged that the company has been using faking malware tricks to downgrade competing antivirus companies. The employees said that they have inserted false codes into important PC files to make them look positive. This would result in quarantine or deletion of these files by other anti-virus software.
How the trick was played
The whistleblowers have said that Kaspersky testing labs would take essential files from a person’s PC and change their look to have them resemble malware. Once this process was done, they would submit it anonymously to the malware aggregator of Google as third parties look into these aggregators and keep their software updated. These files were so similar to actual malware that Kaspersky succeeded in tricking rival companies into believing important were malware and treating important files.
The former employees have also said that some attacks were even initiated by Eugene Kaspersky, the co-founder of Kaspersky Labs.
What Kaspersky had to say?
In a reply to Reuters, Kaspersky Labs has completely denied these allegations. They have called such actions dishonest and non ethical. The company added that they do not follow such business practices. Kaspersky also stated that they are working legally, unlike various other antivirus firms.
Executives from Microsoft, AVG and Avast were the ones who filed a complaint against Kaspersky for producing false positives.… Read the rest
Online surfing may not be entirely safe. There are instances when you mistakenly hop on a suspicious website which may try to steal your identity. Here are the steps to keep you safe while browsing online.
Try Tor browser: It is a highly secured version of Mozilla Firefox which keeps the user’s identity hidden over the Internet. Tor offers high-end security to the user and keeps the IP address under wraps.
Private browsing: Browsers like chrome and Firefox come with incognito or private browsing mode through which users can browse the Internet without revealing their identity. This mode does not store any cookies so users do not leave their history behind. The private browsing mode can be accessed in chrome by pressing CTRL + SHIFT + N and CTRL +SHIFT + P in Mozilla Firefox.
HTTPS and removing tracking widgets: Using HTTPS protocol will provide you with an additional layer of security since it creates a high encrypted link between the user and the website. The messages communicated through HTTPS cannot be read or intercepted and this is the reason why most ecommerce website uses this protocol. The users can also use disconnect add-on which is available for all major browsers. This adds on offers one of the best features, which excises the tracking elements from the webpages that you have visited recently. It also removes tracking cookies from the browser and enables safe surfing for the users.