Chromecast To Finally Have Android Screen Mirroring

Chromecast is scheduled to finally have a much awaited and anticipated feature – Android screen mirroring, which will enable users to mirror their small Android screen onto a large TV. It is one of the most highly requested features by the users of the Chromecast. Google has taken into account the request by the users and announced the addition of this much-touted feature to Chromecast.Google I/O 2014 To Witness Launch of Android 5.0

Google has been quoted saying that “Chromecast makes it easy for you to enjoy your favorite entertainment on the biggest screen in the house. Starting today, you can mirror your Android phone and tablet to the TV so you can see your favorite apps, photos or anything else, exactly as you see it on your mobile device – only bigger. To start mirroring, simply select ‘Cast Screen’ from the navigation drawer in the Chromecast app and select your Chromecast device. On Nexus devices, this feature is also available through the quick settings menu.”

The post also reads that “Now, anything on your Android device will appear on the TV. You can share photos stored on your phone with a group of friends, or scope out the scenery for your next family vacation together on the big screen using Google Earth.”

The new Chromecast Android screen mirroring feature is only available in beta as of now, but is likely to be soon launched on Android phones or tablets from Samsung, HTC, LG and others.

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Flipkart Digiflip Pro XT 712: A Tablet for the Common Man

India’s e-commerce company Flipkart has entered into the tablet market with the launch of a 3G tablet, Digiflip Pro XT 712. We take a closer look at the Flipkart Digiflip Pro XT 712.Micromax CANVAS-TAB-P650

Digiflip Pro XT 712 is equipped with a lot of features and specifications that are either on par or better than a majority of tablets available in this price range.

The tablet is available in a screen size of 7 inches along with HD IPS display. It is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core SoC processor with 1GB of RAM. The company has provided 16GB internal memory. It runs on Android 4.2.2 and supports 3G and voice calling.

In terms of built, the tablet is surprisingly well-designed by maintaining good features. It is also well priced. The tablet can be easily handled by a single hand, all thanks to the super slim bezels all around.

Flipkart Digiflip Pro XT 712 does not feature any capacitive buttons onscreen, but there is an earpiece in the front since this does support voice calling.

On the top of the tablet, the SIM and microSD card slot options have been neatly tucked away under a removable flap.

We will soon release our final verdict on the 3G tablet, so stay tuned.

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Google Buys Songza; Terms of Deal Undisclosed

Google buys SongzaUS-based tech giant Google has announced that it has purchased operations of the streaming service Songza. This Google buys Songza deal is being seen as something more than the music. Songza released its app back in 2010 and its user base stands at 5.5 million, which is quite less than 75 million for Pandora Media, and 40 million for both Spotify and Apple iTunes Radio.

However, the streaming service has a great reputation when it comes to its technology that uses variables like time of day, day of the week, and a listener’s location to create customized music playlists. Google and Songza did not provide any details regarding the price of the deal.

Google has been quoted saying in a statement, “We’re thrilled to welcome Songza to Google. They’ve built a great service which uses contextual expert-curated playlists to give you the right music at the right time.”

Meanwhile, Songza’s team was also quoted saying in a blog post, “We’re thrilled to announce that we’re becoming part of Google. We can’t think of a better company to join in our quest to provide the perfect soundtrack for everything you do.”

Google has said that it is not planning to make any changes for Songza on an immediate basis, but is likely to incorporate the technology into its other two music apps, Google Play Music All Access and a forthcoming YouTube music-streaming service which is scheduled to be launched in the next few months.… Read the rest

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Forget Android 4.4 , Android 5.0 Coming at Google I/O: Lollipop to be the Next Major Release?

The Google I/O 2014 developer conference will see the launch of the Android 5.0 as the “Lollipop” moniker. Although Android 4.4 KitKat is still being updated to devices and several have still to experience it, the next version is likely to be released during the event that launched on June 25 2014.

Google I/O 2014 To Witness Launch of Android 5.0
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The news has been released by Bulgarian tech insider Nixanbal, which has a great past record in proving accurate information about the yet-to-be-announced devices. The tech insider claimed that the Android 5.0 Lollipop will be the next major release by Google.

 

The name Lollipop is making sense and is in line with Google’s traditional pattern for naming each Android version after sweets, in alphabetical order.

 

Google named the first version of the operating systems as Android 1.5 Cupcake and 1.6 Doughnut, and it later launched Android 2.0-2.1 Éclair, Android 2.2 Froyo, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, Android 3.0 Honeycomb, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and Android 4.1-4.3 Jelly Bean. The last version of the company was called as Android 4.4 KitKat.

 

However, nothing is confirmed at this point of time. We will bring you all the updates from the Google’s big event.

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Google To Shut Down Orkut

Google shuts down orkut Orkut30 September. That’s the deadline Google has set to shut down its 10-year-old social networking site Orkut. Google engineering director Paul Golgher said in a blog post, “Over the past decade, YouTube, Blogger and Google+ have taken off.” The search engine giant will therefore shut Orkut to focus on its more popular services. 

Orkut was launched in 2004 with a lot of hope but soon lost popularity against competing social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. This phenomenon ran globally but most affected Orkut users in America. Today, it does not get mention among the top 5 social networking sites.

Time and again, many reasons have been cited for a decline in the power of Orkut against its then leading competitor Facebook. One of the most pertinent reasons was Google’s half-hearted belief in social networking. They are an engineering powerhouse with products like their search engine, Google Analytics, Google Play and more. However, they didn’t invest in Orkut to the extent lovers of the social networking site would have liked.

Then a Google employee, Marissa Mayer went on record in 2010 to say that Orkut initially attracted millions of users in a few days. However, this caused the network to slow down thus frustrating its users. In countries like Brazil and India, where users didn’t mind slowing speed, it remains a popular social networking website.

Today, Orkut rests its popularity primarily on Brazil (close to 50 percent of its users are from this country) and India (about 20 percent). However, US only accounts for .86 percent of Orkut users.

Clearly, Google was not finding Orkut worth the resources. Hence, they have decided to close the website.

with a single message on the homepage of it users, “Orkut Will not be available after September 30, 2014”.… Read the rest

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Android Wear, LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Announced During 2014 Google Conference

Google I/O 2014 conference kicked off on June 25 2014 and with a bang, announcing the new Android Wear OS along with its launch vehicles – the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live.

Android Wear, LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Announced During 2014 Google Conference
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Google has been quoted saying in a blog post on June 25 that “Most people check their phones more than 150 times a day. That’s a lot of time spent unlocking, swiping and entering passwords. Enter Android Wear to get the information you need, quickly at a glance – just like you’re used to doing with your watch. Just say ‘OK Google’ to ask questions or to get stuff done. Get alerted when it’s time to leave for dinner. Call a cab to take you there. See traffic on the way. Text a friend once you’re seated. It’s all right there, on your wrist, easy to see, right where you want it.”

 

The LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live will serve as launch vehicles for the new Android Wear.

 

The LG G Watch will have a screen size of 1.65-inch IPS display having a resolution of 280 x 280 pixels and will be powered by a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, paired with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage capacity. The device will be dust- and water-resistant with a 400mAh battery. The device will have a price tag of USD229 and will be initially launched in 12 countries.

 

The Samsung Gear Live will be equipped with a 1.63-inch Super AMOLED display having a pixel resolution of 320 x 320. It will run on a 1.2GHz processor paired with 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage capacity and a 300mAh battery.The device will be priced at USD200.… Read the rest

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Android 5.0 to Launch as ‘Lollipop’ at Google I/O 2014

As the Google I/O 2014 conference is all set to start, all eyes are there on the Android 5.0, which is reportedly being launched as the “Lollipop” moniker. Android 4.4 KitKat is still being updated to devices and several have still to experience it, but the next version is likely to be released during the Google I/O 2014 developer conference that is scheduled to start on June 25 2014.

Android 5.0 to launch as ‘Lollipop’ at Google I/O 2014
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 The news has been released by Bulgarian tech insider Nixanbal, which has a great past record in proving accurate information about the yet-to-be-announced devices. The tech insider claimed that the Android 5.0 Lollipop will be the next major release by Google.

 The name Lollipop is making sense and is in line with Google’s traditional pattern for naming each Android version after sweets, in alphabetical order.

 Google named the first version of the operating systems as Android 1.5 Cupcake and 1.6 Doughnut, and it later launched Android 2.0-2.1 Éclair, Android 2.2 Froyo, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, Android 3.0 Honeycomb, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and Android 4.1-4.3 Jelly Bean. The last version of the company was called as Android 4.4 KitKat.

 However, nothing is confirmed at this point of time. We will bring you all the updates from the Google’s big event.

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Apple To Engage Kobe Bryant, Dustin Brown and Other Top Athletes For iWatch Trial

US-based tech company Apple is rumoured to engage some of the world’s top athletes for the trial of its upcoming iWatch, which is likely to be equipped with several fitness- and health-related features.

Apple To Engage Kobe Bryant, Dustin Brown and Other Top Athletes For iWatch Trial
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 There are plenty of rumours online related to the iWatch, which is likely to be launched this fall with iOS 8 on board, benefitting from the new operating system’s Health and HealthKit features.

 For the trial purposes, the company is reportedly in discussion with various athletes from the NHL, MLB and NBA.

 A person familiar with the matter has been quoted by 9to5Mac saying that “Apple has teamed up with some of the sports world’s most notable professional athletes in order to test the upcoming “iWatch’s” fitness capabilities in intense training environments. Apple has invited athletes from the MLB, NHL and NBA to its Cupertino-based campus on multiple occasions over the past several weeks to brief the players on the upcoming wearable device and provide an opportunity for testing to be conducted in professional conditioning environments.”

 We have earlier mentioned that the company launched its new iOS 8 at WWDC, and also briefed about the new Health and HealthKit tools to keep all fitness- and health-related data in one place. The iWatch is likely to be equipped with up to 10 sensors in order to monitor all sorts of things, especially health and activity levels.

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Windows 8 Banned in China: No Longer to be Used by Government Computers

The Chinese authorities have imposed a ban on Windows 8 and the operating system will no longer be used on government computers. This move by the officials is reportedly to ensure the security of computers after Microsoft stopped providing support for the old Windows XP operating system.Microsoft Windows 8 vs windows 7

Chinese news agency Xinhua has reported that the Central Government Procurement Center instructed the central state organs to only purchase desktops, laptops and tablet PCs that run an operating system other than Windows 8.

This government order is only applicable on computers used by government offices. The personal computer market will not be affected by this move, and consumers are free to install whichever operating system they choose for their personal use.

Majority of computers in China operates on the old Windows XP OS, which has a market share of 70 percent in the country. Microsoft stopped providing support for Windows XP back in April, which results in several security concerns and appeals for an OS developed in China.

Xinhua noted that “The Chinese government obviously cannot ignore the risks of running OS without guaranteed technical support. It has moved to avoid the awkwardness of being confronted with a similar situation again in the future if it continues to purchase computers with foreign OS.”

Xinhua further said that apart from imposing ban on the Windows 8 operating system in central government offices, the country is also required to develop its own operating system based on Linux.

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Sony 4K Ultra HD Media Player Pricing and Availability Revealed

Sony has officially disclosed the details about the pricing and availability of its 4K Ultra HD Media Player in the United States, offering attractive discount prices for some early buyers.

Sony Reveals Pricing and Availability Details of 4K Ultra HD Media Player
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The new Sony 4K Ultra HD Media Player has been specially designed to enable the owners of 4K TV enjoying on-demand ultra HD content. 4K TVs are available at very high prices despite a fact that there is very less content available to watch on them. If you already have a 4K TV, there is no harm in investing some extra amount and to improve your viewing experience.

The latest 4K Ultra HD Media Player is fully compatible with Sony’s own Video Unlimited 4K service, which has more than 200 Sony Pictures films and nearly 50 TV shows in 4K, as well as with Netflix’s 4K video streaming.

Sony has been quoted saying in a press release on may 15 that “The largest collection of 4K feature films and TV episodes for the home is now available on the new 4K Ultra HD Media Player. The 4K Ultra HD Media Player gives consumers the ability to download, stream and store the latest 4K content in one future-ready box.”

The release also said that “Users can download hundreds of titles from Video Unlimited 4K service, stream 4K content from Netflix and playback everything on their Sony 4K Ultra HD TV. The media player offers 1TB of built-in storage and also supports TRILUMINOS Color for rich and deep color. The Media Player is compatible with any Sony 4K Ultra HD TV or 4K Ultra HD projector, and is ideal for customers looking to upgrade their current 4K TVs or projectors to support the latest in 4K technologies.”

The Sony 4K Ultra HD Media Player is up for pre-order on the company’s website and is available at a price of USD699.99, but early buyers can get it at a special price of USD499.99.

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