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Tech Trends of 2014 That Are Here to Stay

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As the year 2014 has come to a close, it is time to take a look back at the year that has been quite significant for tech trends. This year saw the introduction of several new gadgets and multiple high value acquisitions. Even though most of the ventures were grand success, some failed to hit success. Change in TV Viewing Experience: Digitalization of television has become evident this year as people are more interested in streaming YouTube instead of watching traditional television. Mobile payment: Mobile money transfer that has been in use for quite a while became more popular this year. New services like Paytm and Apple Pay have become a hit among users. Google Glass: Though launched with great expectations, the Google Glass did not become an instant hit. Still being experimented with, users are expecting some more changes to this latest wearable technology before they pick it up. [+more]

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Apple Pay: Is it Worth All the Name?

Mobile payments have been around for a long time now. However, they don’t seem to have gained sufficient traction. In such a scenario, it’s a pertinent to question if Apple Pay would be any different. For those who have used the Apple Pay, they do seem to think so. It’s an easy interface that is the biggest advantage of Apple Pay. One simple has to tap a button and the system is all set to roll. Additionally, one can to add as many debit and credit cards to the passbook to be used further at checkout.  However, once you reach the setup stage, that is when the real confusion sets in. If in US, Google Wallet will take care of this aspect but in other countries as UK, you could be in a bit of trouble as various networks in UK have partnered with credit card companies to work things [+more]

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The Best Selfie Smartphones At IFA 2014

Selfie—It’s clearly the word of the year—possibly the decade. We see individuals or groups taking selfies all the time. Whether it is college goers, office goers or trendy mothers, everyone wants the best selfie smartphones. Popular celebrities including Rihanna and Justin Bieber have contributed in a big way to popularising the trend, and now politicians are also taking selfies. Clearly, smartphone companies have understood the trend of the selfie and have come up with smartphones and apps that are specially designed to provide a better selfie experience to the user.  Several phones were launched during the IFA 2014 to give better and sharper selfies. Gerrit Schneemann, an analyst at research firm HIS, has been quoted saying, “The ‘selfie phone’ race resembles the megapixel race for cameras on the back of the phone. Handset makers try to satisfy a specific use case by including more powerful features in the front camera.” We [+more]

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AirAsia Wi-Fi Free Trials Begin

AirAsia has begun the free trial of its complimentary on board Wi-Fi service for a period of two months. This move by the company is mainly aimed towards providing low-cost Internet connectivity to its passengers. During the free AirAsia wifi trail period, that will last until the end of October 2014, the company will allow up to 60 guests on selected flights to use the free service in order to test and review it. The company will provide a quota of 1MB each and will enable its guests to avail the special package that will allow chat via LINE, Whatsapp and WeChat. They will inform selected guests about their on-board Wi-Fi capability through an in-flight announcement. Selected customers will be allowed to access the service by simply logging into the Connectivity Portal with the help of a given digital token code. The code can be automatically generated simply by clicking [+more]

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T-Mobile To Become Larger Than Sprint By End-2014: Legere

T-Mobile CEO John Legere Claims To Become Larger Than Sprint By End-2014

T-Mobile CEO John Legere has claimed on Twitter that his company will become larger than mobile rival Sprint by the end of 2014. This came after the US-based mobile carrier officially said that it has cancelled its plans to acquire the operations of T-Mobile. Legere tweeted, “Is Sprint a melting ice cube? Looks like it to me. Join the cool brand now!” He said in another tweet that “Join T-Mobile now and jump off the Sprint bus before it crashes.” Legere revealed in June 2014 that the carrier has managed to add more than 17 million customers to its network since the Un-carrier movement started in March 2013. T-Mobile presently has a customer base of nearly 50 million subscribers, while Sprint is slightly ahead with a customer base of 53 million. International Business Times reports Recon Analytics analyst Roger Entner saying, “T-Mobile was the fourth largest network — It was [+more]

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Top Tech Gadgets For Wet Monsoons

We bring to you a list of some of the most impressive and advanced tech gadgets for this monsoon season that will make your life easy and exciting. Basis Band has a price range of USD199 and is termed as the most advanced health tracker. The band is a very effective tool to help get in shape. It is equipped with sensors that have the capability to track calories, activity, skin temperature and sleep. The band is water resistant and wears just like a watch. It can easily sync to a Mac or PC. PowerShot D30 is the latest durable waterproof camera from Cannon. This camera has the ability to shoot perfectly 82 feet under water, becoming the world’s deepest waterproof performer. The camera is also shockproof up to 6.5 feet. It is equipped with a 1080p Full HD video camera along with its 12.1-megapixel camera. It carries a price [+more]

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Malaysian Airlines Flight 370: Another Video Hoax Claims Missing Jet’s Black Box Found; Malaysian Officials Raise Possibility Plane May Never Be Found

As the confusions and annoyance of the moaning relatives of the travelers as well as the people all across the globe about the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 build up, many of the news makers are also trying to take advantage of the situation by releasing fake news and rumors to exploit its news value. The latest hoax news about the missing Boeing 777 is that the flight’s black box had been found.  Another YouTube fake  video is posted by Xavier Da Costa, which is making the same claim of black box being found, but when clicked it warns that the material contains some graphic sounds. Another social media fake is the stories about the missing place being found at the Indian Ocean or Bermuda Triangle, where the search teams are finding out objects, which could probably be the left out debris of the missing flight.  Bound for Beijing, the [+more]

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Missing Malaysia Airline MH370- A Report on Latest Theory and Ongoing Online Scams

The Malaysian Airline MH370 has gone missing under mysterious circumstances on 8th March, 2014. Since then search is being conducted by all possible agencies of most of the nations in the world. However, the world wide search has not yielded any result till now.  It is quite understandable that the relatives, families and friends of the people on board are going through tough times. Everyday several new theories are being developed about the probable reason for the flight getting vanished from the face of the earth. Aviation expert Billie Vincent, head of security (ex) at the FAA, has given his views recently. He stated that the likely cause is a catastrophic event suffered by the flight like fire emerging out and filling the cabin with toxic gases. He also said that it cannot be a result of terrorist attack or hijacking since no terrorist organization has admitted or accepted doing [+more]

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The Most Fascinating 3D Printing Technologies:Fused Deposition vs Selective Laser Sintering

Technology is changing faces day by day. As you are aware, 3D printing was not at everyone’s reach previously, but now more versatile and affordable printers have come up and this technology in now changing ways for many industries. MakerBot was the first real revolution in 3D printing technologies, putting forth several customized solutions.  MakerBot Replicator 2 is the latest one in this arena, which helps you transform big objects to a miniscule size of about 410 cubic inches. It came to the market in year 2012 and was meant for the desktops of creators, engineers, or researchers. The prominent technologies now at use in 3D printing are;  Fused deposition modeling – In this, the printers will be melting a filament of plastic and deposit it in layers to fill up the model. MakerBot uses this technology with two types of plastics as ABS and PLA. Selective laser sintering – [+more]

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Windows 7 Vs Windows 8 – Where to Migrate From Windows XP?

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In one of the most shocking and surprising news of 2014, Microsoft has recently announced that it will end support for Windows XP. Windows XP is being used by millions of customers worldwide for the last 13 years. The biggest issue now arises is whether you should migrate to Windows 7 or Windows 8 as both the operating systems are somewhat different in their nature and features. The company will start disassociating itself from Windows XP with effect from April 8 2014, although its users are happy with its services and features. Microsoft will no longer release updates and support, leaving the operating system more vulnerable to malware, viruses and hackers. Therefore, users must upgrade from the Windows XP before attackers drastically affect your machine. The company’s decision has resulted in significantly increasing the operating cost of a Windows XP system to USD300 per machine after April 8, as compared [+more]

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