As a surprise, Microsoft has launched a beta version for the new messaging application for Skype on Windows 10 Mobile devices. The latest app is directed towards replacement of the stock messaging client that is currently available on handsets running on Windows 10 Mobile. It will offer both video call and messaging features to users.
The new universal Skype app is significant of the new route Microsoft is treading as well as Skype’s new approach. This is seen as justified given that it now wants to rank among the topmost texting and IP calling services on a global scale.
What’s New With Skype Now?
Skype now offers texting, IM, emoticon as well as call support all at once to users. Of course, you need to be signed in using a Microsoft account. The latest Skype Messaging, Calling and Video ‘Preview’ integrates specific features of Skype into your Phone apps to ensure faster streaming/services. The integration feature is currently not available on handsets that run on Windows 8, Windows 8.1 or even Windows 7. Microsoft has not yet officially announced how soon the beta app will be available for the Windows 10 Mobile testers. We are anticipating a release for a latest Windows 10 Mobile preview build too and perhaps then Skype Beta will be up and available for the testers.
Wrapping Up With Skype
As of now it is unclear is the public will get to access this new prepped up version in beta. However, we do know that with time, Microsoft will allow the new Skype to run seamlessly across all Windows versions on Mobile. Ultimately, Skype will turn out as one big universal app that can be integrated with ease. Wait until year end and we will know for sure.… Read the rest
Starcraft has enjoyed an unputdownable popularity among gamers and its availability on the browser is welcoming news. Ryuta “gloomyson”, a GitHub user, has successfully uploaded Starcraft’s original version on the browser, which means the game can now be played from any device and at any time.
Though this is a great news for gamers, it might not last too long as they have used the original game assets without Blizzard’s permission, reported The Next Web.
Playing Starcraft is easy now
Playing the game on your browser is simple as you do not need to free a lot of space on your device to install the game. All you need is a strong internet connection and updated graphics to enjoy the animations.
To enjoy the game, one needs updated hardware. The game is currently in demo mode but could be pulled down soon.
At the same time, cheat codes meant for the original game can be used on the browser as well, which means more fun for gamers.
However, there is still a doubt regarding the availability of the game on browser as Blizzard may lodge a legal case against Ryuta for using their assets illegally. … Read the rest
Dell, has gone on air stating that it will now extend support to new Indian startups since the latter have begun to offer ideas that are innovative and can change the way the world is today. Dell has proposed to offer technological support and also assistance across the avenues of scaling, capital as well as seeding according to the needs of the entrepreneurial venture, confirmed Michael Dell, its chief executive. He also praised the variety in the startup scene in India while also mentioning how the climate in this niche has changed over the last half decade.
Dell’s Start Up Inclination
The chief executive recently met few Bengaluru startups such as InMobi and has already appreciated these firms for the “amazing work.” Dell has also stated that while it could invest in start-ups in the coming years, it will not venture into manufacturing smartphones anytime soon. When quizzed why, Dell said that only a couple of makers were raking in profits while most have been facing a loss story. Dell is also now a private venture and Michael Dell also asserted how this move actually benefited them while also healing employees to make quicker decisions. He stated, “Going private is allowing us to focus on future for two or five years. Employee satisfaction is at the highest this year…”
Dell Looks Into The Future
Dell is looking at expanded its India arm for products/services since the country alone accounts for 30 per cent business while also ranking as the third largest market for Dell products. The company is currently enhancing its reach and investment base in India for services, data center offering, global finance as well as R&D. According to reports from Data Corporation, Lenovo is the leader in PC shipment, followed by HP and then Dell.
The Digital India programme initiated by the Narendra Modi government will change the future of India while also uniting the country, said Ravi Shankar Prasad, the Minister for Communication and Information Technology at Gurgaon on Monday. He was there for the launch of a scheme from Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited for internet broadband users who will now be able to surf the web at speeds of at least 2Mbps.
India’s Phone User Sector
He also asserted that Modi desires to provide all governmental facilities via smartphones in the near future. Close to 98 crore people use mobile phones in India and the total figure of phone users inclusive of mobiles and land lines stand at 102 crore. Out of these, Indian users with internet stand at 35 crore.
Modi’s IT Formula
Modi’s new thumb rule is IT+IT=IT, that is, India’s Talent + Information Technology = India of Tomorrow. Prasad stated that IT is primarily used in the big cities primarily but the government intends to implement rural Business Process Outsourcing systems for mass-scale implementation. The scheme will see establishment of close to 480 call centers. About the BSNL scheme launched, the Minister says, “This scheme is expected to attract new customers for subscribing BSNL Broadband customers in an affordable manner.” This is a milestone for BSNL that had launched its broadband services back in the year 2005 with speeds of 256Kbps.… Read the rest
Uber Technologies is all set make another expansion in the coming days by entering another 100 cities in China in the coming year. The new announcement on Tuesday, is a clear indication of the fact that the company is doubling their previous goal they had s et three months ago, said Travis Kalanick, the Chief Executive of the U.S. ride-hailing service.
Uber claims 30-35 percent market share
According to the reports, presently China unit of the company, which functions in around 20 cities has raised $1.2 billion in the current fund-raising while Didi Kuaidi, the local rival of the company grossed $3 billion. Both the companies are giving tough competition to increase their hold in the market and Uber, which is new entrant in the field already has 30% to 35% of the market share.
During his speech, Kalanick even said that Uber has also adopted the new set of regulations that governs ride-hailing service in the country. Kalanick even highlighted the benefits of the relation between Chinese Internet search leader Baidu and Uber.
During his speech, Kalanick also focused on how their expansion to new Chinese cities can increase job scope or help in building better infrastructure and check pollution or congestion in the roads, which the government always aims at.… Read the rest
3G is an old story now as 4G is gradually taking over the market. The ongoing year has offered a strong platform for introduction of 4G services in India and the major players of the field have already designed different 4G plans for the users.
India gets ready for 4G
Reliance Jio is expected to be a major player of this field with an investment amounting to Rs.70,000 crore. The company has tied up with several telecom services and have set up their own infrastructure for rolling up the new services in the best way. Bharti Airtel is all set to give a tough competition to Reliance and have already gained popularity among users with their new 4G services. Aircel, Augere, Tikona Digital and Videocon Telecom are also expected to become strong contender of this competition.
Complete switch-over to 4G expected in 2016
Though the 4G market is gradually expanding in the country, it might not be possible to get complete switch-over to 4G soon, as several operators are yet to announce their plans. Uninor, Idea Cellular, Vodafone India though have 4G plans in store have not specified any roll out date. MTS too is on the way of developing 4G services. Therefore, users may have to wait till 2016 to get a complete shift to 4G services and enjoy internet at a lightening speed.… Read the rest
Gionee has gradually evolved as a leading name in the smartphone market and with Gionee Marathon M4 the company is expected to strengthen its position further. The latest offering of the company not only supports the modern features, but it seems to have overcome the battery issues experienced by most of the users.
Long and strong battery
Gionee Marathon M4 is undoubtedly the appropriate choice for people who do not want to carry an extra battery for charging their phones or for those, who do not have access to charging points. The new smartphone comes with 5,000 mAh battery which boasts of a 440 hours standby time. With normal usage, the phone can run for two and a half days on fully charged battery and also comes with excellent power saving mode. Not just that, with a large battery, the smartphone can even act as a power bank for other devices.
Apart from the battery, the smartphone also comes with 8MP rear camera with 5MP front-camera and the apps load quite fast. With Quad-core 1.3 GHz Mediatek MT6735 processor, Amigo 3.0 UI based Android Lollipop and 2GB RAM, the smartphone can also support regular activities in an effective manner. Though the phone is a bit heavy and does not offer a catchy design, it is the best choice for people, who do not want their phone battery to get exhausted while going home. … Read the rest
Mid range smartphone shoppers can be euphoric thanks to the Micromax Canvas Xpress 2 that is now available for just Rs. 5,999 on Flipkart. To begin with, Micromax Canvas Xpress 2 is too plasticy until you spot a gold strip that renders a metallic impression on the sides. The phone is a standard 5 incher but with the narrowed down bezels and sleek form factor, it does appear premium.
The volume rocker and the power keys stand placed on the phone’s right edge, while its MicroUSB port is placed at the bottom with the speakers. Compact and elegant – these words define the Micromax Canvas Xpress 2.
The screen sports 720×1280 pixel resolution with 294 pixels per inch density. The 2,500mAh battery lends meat to the budget ware that is powered by 1.4GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6592M SoC coupled with 1GB of RAM. Users will be happy with 8GB internal storage taht can be expanded to 32GB using a microSD card. Support for 3G and dual-SIM are better add ons that boost the value of the Micromax baby.
Of course, the Micromax Canvas Xpress 2 runs on Android 4.4.2 and this is a lowdown given that most low budget smartphones sport Android 5.0.
As for the shutter story on the Canvas Xpress 2, we love the 13MP primary camera but the selfie cam is not great at 2MP. The snaps are high res but there are issues with crispness and sharpness. Performance wise, the phone is superb for video playback and music foe short spans but heavy games take a toll on load times on this Micromax ware. However, for light internet browsing and the like, the Xpress baby sails you smoothly through!
The Samsung Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7 were released in India on Thursday. Both models have been a hit in China but one wonders if they will work equally well in India. These phones are reportedly targeted at gamers because they offer 4G LTE connectivity that will enable a better experience.
Where the Samsung Galaxy J5 costs Rs. 11,999, the Galaxy J7 costs Rs. 14,999. However, these phones are currently available exclusively on Flipkart.
The Samsung Galaxy J5 comes with a 5-inch Super Amoled HD display beefed with a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 SoC. Add to this 1.5GB of RAM and 8GB of in built storage, and you know how powerful the phone is. As for the snapper, the 13MP main comes with autofocus camera while the selfie cam comes with 5MP capacity. Sealing all these up is a 2,600mAh battery. Now coming to the Samsung Galaxy J7, the model sports a 5.5-incher screen with 16GB on board storage powered by a 1.5GHz octa-core Exynos 7580 SoC. Sealing these up is a meaty 3,000mAh battery.
We especially loved the 13-megapixel main on the Galaxy J5 that comes with f/1.9 aperture and smooth interface. Throw open the app by simply double tapping on the home button. More so the various modes such as Panorama, Beauty Face, Auto, Pro, Continuous Shot, Sound & Shot, and Sports add to the features of the J5 camera. The J7 camera sports additional specs such as HDR mode and wild selfie mode too. … Read the rest
The Oppo R7 Lite and R7 Plus were introduced to the Indian market recently. After the appreciation R7 smartphones has received from users, R7 Lite and R7 Plus are the latest additions to this series. We give you the lowdown on Oppo R7 Plus vs R7 Lite based on preliminary investigations.
Similarities between the Oppo R7 Lite and R7 Plus
Despite the price difference, there are some factors that bring the two phones together. Firstly, both the handsets are slim and lightweight. Both of them come with an easy-to-use interface and hassle-free performance with the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. Both phones have a unimetal body and a 13MP camera. Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC, the software is well designed. The ColorOS 2.1 skin supports the functioning of the interface and enhances user experience.
Differences between the Oppo R7 Lite and R7 Plus
One of the biggest differences in the phones is the way they feel. The R7 Plus has a 6-inch full HD AMOLED display, making it wider and bigger compared to the R7 Lite.
On the other hand, the R7 Lite is easy to use because it fits well into the hands. With a 5-inch HD display and thin bezels, it has a comfortable size.
Bezels at the top and bottom of the R7 Lite are broader than those of the R7 Plus. Although both phones have a 13MP rear camera and 8MP front camera, R7 Plus has the phase-detect AF system.
The price difference
While the Oppo R7 Plus is priced at around Rs. 29,990, its trimmer version, the Oppo R7 Lite is priced at Rs. 17,990.