Nokia Lumia 920 vs iPhone5 : The Map App War

Apple got lot of criticism for its new Maps app in iOS 6, and rival Nokia roped in to take full advantage of the situation.

In a recent blog post, Nokia tried to take few swipes over the growing disapproval of Apple’s inaccurate mapping solutions to endorse its own digital mapping platform.

In the controversial blog, Nokia compared its own mapping software in Lumia 920 with Samsung Galaxy S III and Apple’s iPhone 5, stressing on Apple’s lack of public transportation information and offline support.

Four years back, Nokia acquired Navteq, which offers the essential digital mapping information used by GPS navigation devices and Internet services. Navteq is one of the most widely used digital mapping software, which gives Nokia the advantage.

Offering the benchmark test for comparisons in its blog, Nokia wrote that its voice-guided, turn-by-turn navigation exists in over 110 countries, compared to 56 with Apple and 39 with Samsung’s mapping software.

The post written by Pino Bonetti, Senior Marketing Communications Manager, Nokia says, “We truly understand that maps and location-based apps must be accurate, provide the best quality and be accessible basically anywhere.”

He further said, “That’s been standard practice at Nokia for the past six years, and we also understand that ‘pretty’ isn’t enough. You expect excellence in your smartphone mapping experience.”

Here is the link to his blog post- http://conversations.nokia.com/2012/09/20/benchmarking-mobile-maps/

Following the complaints, Apple said it is working on to build its software for better. However, Nokia’s Bonetti argues that a good mapping experience cannot be built overnight. He said, “We believe that the best user experience comes indeed from precise data, robust processing of core platform functionalities like routing, geocoding and traffic, and by user friendly apps. All this cannot be built overnight.”

Nokia claims to have an upperhand in its navigation services. Many companies use Nokia’s Navteq mapping platform such as Yahoo! and Bing. Microsoft Windows operating system will also come integrated with mapping functionality from Nokia. Also Amazon Inc’s new Kindle Fire tablets also got Nokia mapping services.

For a detailed comparison between iphone5 and Nokia Lumia 920 go to:http://techthirsty.com/2012/09/14/iphone5-vs-nokia-lumia-920-i-am-in-a-fix/

Nokia introduced its Lumia 920 with a number of updates to its mapping application. Working to offer best user service, Nokia introduced a public transport app for its Lumia smartphones, which offers information regarding public transport for many cities all over the world.

Also see: Why you may never get your hands on BB10
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Sony Xperia SL Hits The Online Stores In India , Priced At Rs.30,999

Finally we get to see the online release of Sony Xperia SL, the successor to Sony Xperia S in India. The Sony high-end Smartphone is priced at Rs. 30,999 and you could grab it from online retailers such as Snapdeal and Infibeam.

The phone posses a 4.3-inch display with a resolution of 1280×720.The phone has a 1.7GHz processor and comes with 1GB RAM which makes for a great user experience. The phone lets you store good amount of movies, music and data with the 32 GB storage space coupled with 50 GB cloud storage (cloud storage is for limited time). The phone runs swiftly on Andriod 4.0.4 but if needed could be upgraded to Jelly Bean (The latest OS)

Other features:

  • HDMI Support
  •  DLNA Certified
  •  3D and motion gaming
  • 3D surround sound
  • TV launcher
  •  Walkman application.
  • 12 MP camera with LED Flash
  • 1.3 MP Front Camera

 

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Apple’s New Map Lacks Depth And Glint As Compared To Google Maps: Users

Apple’s iOS 6 is out and is much loved by users. However, despite being a solid update, there are few glitches to the software.

In spite of so much to be liked about this new version, users are still reluctant to let go of old iOS due to the Google Maps application. The latest iOS 6 software does take Apple’s devices to new directions, only it lacks directions in its Apple Maps app.

Apple’s new Maps app is one new addition in iOS, which is universally hated by all reviewers. Apple replaced Google Maps in iOS 6 with its own maps application, which seems to be riddled with problems.

Misplaced addresses and inaccurate findings are main points in Apple’s new Maps app that are most hated by users.

For its new app, Apple is using data navigation firm TomTom and others such as Yelp, to create information, only to disappoint users. On being asked to clear its stance on the matter, TomTom said it offered just the data and was not responsible to see how the app got into effect and worked.

The new Maps app by Apple comes pre-installed in its latest offering- the iOS 6 software.

News regarding the complaints is hitting the web across the globe, with users reporting getting misplaced due to incorrect landmarks or places.

But now these users got no choice until Apple upgrades its Maps app for better as it comes pre-installed in Apple devices.

In spite of complaints regarding the Maps app, Apple’s iOS 6 is pretty solid. The firm has worked on a lot of changes to make the interface attractive and reasonable.

The iOS 6 comes installed with a lot of features including the ability to add photos or video to e-mails, set up different e-mail signatures, send Facebook updates or set a “do not disturb” period. And then there’s Siri tool, which can listen and command to voice controls.

All things good, but Apple really needs to work on its Maps app to give users a better search option. We know Apple will surely do it; it might just take some time.

Apple’s New Maps app has faced a lot of criticism. Many feel it lacks the depth and glint that Google Maps had.

The street sings tag on the app has a small font, which is not easy to read. So it’s likely for users to miss a turn with this new app. Along with place listings, the maps are also not logical. It isn’t as clear as traffic layout in the Google Maps. And now with Google Maps for Android, users can also take a peek inside the shops or buildings.

So downloading the latest iOS 6 is totally up to users. It depends on how much they use Maps. The iOS 6 has got a lot of exciting features. It’s just the Maps app, that we are sure Apple will immediately start working on to improve for better.… Read the rest

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Canon EOS M: For All The Lady Shutterbugs

Yes, Canon’s one of the best companies in the world when it comes to making DSLR cameras. And the EOS range of cameras is among the more professional, yet easy to use, sophisticated devices you could ever lay your hands on, no doubt about that. But what makes the EOS M so different and so much more special from the female consumer point of view?

Firstly, it has interchangeable lenses – you get a lens in the package and you can always pick up an add-on lens to suit your photography needs perfectly. The EOS M range of cameras is the first model from Canon that uses mirrorless technology equipped with a powerful Canon 1.6x CMOS sensor. And to top it all, it comes in an unbelievably sleek magnesium and stainless steel frame.

Canon’s new power shot camera series revealed : http://techthirsty.com/2012/09/26/canons-new-power-shot-camera-series-all-set-to-revamp-the-auto-focus-technology/

The EOS M can click still images at a resolution of 18MP, which offers far more clarity than you could want for your normal use, and it even shoots HD videos. The camera is equipped with a stereo microphone for enhanced sound recording and even has a touchscreen interface at the back for easy use.

In terms of sensor capabilities, the EOS M is on the same level as the Canon 7D, but in terms of dimensions, it looks like an ordinary point-and-shoot camera, which makes it all the more easier for the ladies to slip it into their purses and carry it around. It’s also available in three color options such as red, black, and silver, so pick one up that matches your style and click absolutely stunning professional photos.

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iPhone5 Hits The Shelves In Nine Countries, Release Date In India Still Unknown

D-day is here. 21st Sept.

Today evening, the iPhone 5 is set to hit the shelves in Apple Stores in nine countries, going on sale in the US, at 8 am- the local time.

In much anticipation, eager buyers have already formed long queues outside the stores all over the world.

All happy customers were greeted with ‘iPhone 5’ ‘iPhone 5’ slogans and a ‘hi-five’ as they entered the stores to buy their precious sleek smartphone.

This latest sixth generation iPhone 5 is out in the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.

The never-ending excitement is still buzzing as it rolls out worldwide to 22 more countries on Sept. 28, including Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

The iPhone 5 comes in a choice of two colors including black/slate and white/silver. It can be bought in three versions such as 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB at a price range of $199, $299, and $399 respectively.

The wait, it seems it going to be bit longer for Apple fans in India as its release date in the country is still unknown.… Read the rest

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Have A Look At The Updated Facebook App For Andriod And iOS

In a way to overcome the aftermath of plunged IPO offering, Facebook has started rolling out updated versions of its apps at a considerable high speed.

The social networking site introduced latest updates for its mobile app- two Facebook apps for Android and a revamped version of Facebook iOS app.

Well, for those who think this update to be out too quick, take note of the fact that Facebook will now keep on updating its mobile apps every four to eight weeks. That means Facebook will work on to offer new and better user experience every month.

The news was posted at Facebook.com by Christian Legnitto, here is the link to his post- https://www.facebook.com/notes/facebook-engineering/timed-releases-for-mobile-apps/10151078442213920

Legnitto said that the firm has launched its best apps, Facebook Messenger for Android and Facebook for iOS and also announced delivering regular cycles of apps for iOS, Camera and Messenger. He also emphasized on the fact that maintaining high quality standard and quick speed has become the main aim of developers at the mobile team.

In his blog post, Legnitto wrote, “As we started developing more and more for mobile, it became clear we needed a scalable process to manage the increased mobile engineering activity and ship quality updates to users fast. The good news is we already used that process elsewhere at the company.”

This latest update marks the second release of Facebook for iOS between last month and today.

Legnitto said that Facebook.com is offered various test features and code pushes each week, but native mobile app architecture makes the same process impracticable.

He said the developers added some twists and came out with an updated mobile app that offered great results.

“Today’s Facebook for Android update came just four weeks since the last version, and our goal is to deliver another in a month,” he says.

Since downloading a mobile app takes time as compared to signing into an automatically updated web page, Legnitto says, “We also wanted to balance getting improvements out to people quickly while minimizing disruptions for users. Our 4-8 week release timelines feel like a good trade-off for now.”

He added, “We’ve adopted this new date-driven release process so that people get important stability, speed, and feature improvements as soon as they are ready.”… Read the rest

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“We Will Be Removing All Twitter Triggers, Disabling Your Ability To Push Tweets”: IFTTT

IFTTT, short for ‘If This Then That’ is one of the most useful technology services, which works with a lot of web services such as Facebook or Twitter to provide users with latest information on companies and people.

In one such news via email, targeted to provide information about Twitter, IFTTT, a two-year-old seed-funded company, announced it was ending support for Twitter triggers, reportedly due to the latter’s new guidelines and policies.

This move by IFTTT will surely affect tech community, who rely on the former to collect, save, or automatically act on tweets that would otherwise go unnoticed.

As per reported in the VentureBeat, the main reason for the break-off of the deal lies in the details IFTTT sent.

Conveying the information via a email to users, Linden Tibbets, CEO, IFTTT wrote, “In recent weeks, Twitter announced policy changes that will affect how applications and users like yourself can interact with Twitter’s data.”

He added, “As a result of these changes, on Sept. 27th we will be removing all Twitter Triggers, disabling your ability to push tweets to places like email, Evernote, and Facebook. All Personal and Shared Recipes using a Twitter Trigger will also be removed.”

The specific issue, said Tibbets, lies in Twitter’s strict content guidelines. Section 4A of Twitter’s revised API terms on content states that app makers may not export Twitter content “to a datastore as a service or other cloud based service.”

However, for IFTTT subscribers, there may be some light at the tunnel’s end. Email sent by Tibbets did leave the door open for some type of resolution. He wrote, “We at IFTTT are big Twitter fans and, like yourself, we’ve gotten a lot of value out of the Recipes that use Twitter Triggers. We’re sad to see them go, but remain excited to build features that work within Twitter’s new policy.”

IFTTT is the latest service limped by Twitter’s new API terms. Nevertheless, the stricter guidelines can surely make Twitter lose many of its clients and its functionality in other applications and services as well.… Read the rest

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Is Window 8 The Next Big Thing? After Dell’s Latitude It Is HP’s Envy m4 Which Will Run On It

Hewlett-Packard has added new devices to its line-up of Windows 8 PCs and laptops. This time, the latest addition is the new Envy m4 and two Pavilion Sleekbooks.

The new HP Envy m4 notebook is designed with a choice of Intel Ivy Bridge Core i3 and Core i5 processors. Sporting a display of 14-inch, this notebook offers clarity with a resolution of 1,366×768 pixels. It comes with up to 8GB of RAM, choice of a solid state drive or up to 1TB HDD for storage, and an optical drive.

Other built-in features include Beats Audio, HP Cool Sense technology and ProtectSmart- the hard drive protection feature.

The new HP Envy m4 notebook will launch in the US on Oct. 26th at a price of $899.99.

HP also introduced two ultra-slim laptops in the Sleekbook category. The Sleekbook 14 and the Sleekbook 15 are smooth and sleek laptops, which are encased in a range of color choices.

The HP Sleekbook 15 will run on the Intel Ivy Bridge processors, while the Sleekbook 14 will be powered by the newer AMD Accelerated Processors series (Fusion APUs).

Both the devices will offer optional Nvidia graphics, up to 1080p displays, up to 8GB of RAM and up to 1TB of HDD storage. They are expected to have a battery life of around six hours.

These new Sleekbooks are expected to arrive in the US on Oct. 26th, the same day as the HP Envy m4 notebook. The Sleekbook 14 price starts at $499.99, while the the Sleekbook 15 version starts at $599.99.

There is no mention of the release date of these latest devices by HP in India as yet.… Read the rest

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Dell Jumps On The Bandwagon Of Windows 8 Devices With Latitude 10 Tablet And Ultra Book

Dell has introduced three new devices for its business users. This new line-up by the firm includes the 10-inch Intel-based Latitude tablet, the Latitude 6430u ultra book and a 23-inch all-in-one touch-enabled desktop. All three devices will run on Windows 8.
The top of the line device, Dell Latitude 10 Tablet is sleek and smart. It is powered by Intel’s Clover Trail processor and has a lithium-ion battery, which is swappable. The 10.1-inch IPS wide-angle screen offers a clear display with a 1366×768 resolution. This tab holds 2GB RAM and comes with up to 128GB of storage.

The Latitude 10 tablet has a thickness of 0.4-inches and is 1.5 pounds in weight. There’s also a 720p camera at front and an 8-megapixel camera at the back. It can be connected to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. There is also an additional metallic productivity dock that has four USB 2.0 ports, an Ethernet port and an HDMI port as well.
It also has a fingerprint reader and a smart card reader as additional security features. However, these features will be available in the beginning of 2013.
Dell also launched the new Latitude 6430u ultrabook, which is a lighter and thinner choice. This ultrabook is designed to be 33 percent thinner and 16 percent lighter at 3.7 pounds than the current generation 14-inch Dell laptop.

Made to meet military testing standards, Dell says it can last an entire day on a single battery charge. This ultrabook comes with a 3-cell battery. Along with Intel’s vPro management technology, it uses an Intel’s latest generation core processor (i3 onwards to i7). It offers up to 8GB RAM and comes with Intel HD4000 integrated graphics.

For a complete desktop look, Dell also introduced the new 23-inch all-in-one desktop, called the OptiPlex 9010. This compact and smart device runs on Windows 8 and comes with a touchscreen interface. Powered by Intel third-generation core processors, this desktop comes with an Intel Q77 Express chip set, Intel integrated graphics and a variety of security features.

Dell made no announcement regarding the pricing of these devices. They are expected to hit the stores next month, just when Window 8 is also scheduled to launch.… Read the rest

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