Has Amazon Fire Phone Managed To Impress Users?

The much-awaited Amazon Fire smartphone is commercially available in the market. It is a close competitor to the HTC One M8 and iPhone 5s. Here’s how it compares against them: 

Phone Price: The smartphone has a price tag of USD199.99 for a 32GB version and USD299.99 for the higher 64GB version. Without a contract, the smartphone costs USD649.99 and USD749.99 respectively. Being a mid-range smartphone, the price is very high, especially for a company that has just made its debut in the smartphone market.

Amazon Fire smartphone has some good specifications and features. However, they are not as high end if we compare them to the HTC One M8 or iPhone 5S. The smartphone has a screen size of 4.7 inches with a pixel resolution of 1280 x 720 with 315ppi. It is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2.2GHz processor, Adreno 330 graphics and 2GB of RAM. 

It seems that the company has not given much thought before launching the phone and tried to sell on the basis of its Amazon iOS or Android apps, which are definitely are not worth the price.

The phone runs a forked version of Android, Fire OS 3.5.0. Additionally, it is equipped with a 13MP snapper on the rear and a 2.1MP front camera. The smartphone also has a 2,400mAh battery that offers 285 hours of standby time, up to 22 hours of talk time, up to 65 hours of audio playback and up to 11 hours of video playback.

In terms of connectivity, it features global LTE, nine LTE bands, four GSM bands and five UMTS. Other options include 802.11ac support, Wi-Fi channel bonding, Bluetooth and NFC.… Read the rest

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Amazon Fire Phone Vs iPhone 5S Vs Galaxy S5 Vs LG G3: Which Win Would Take the Accolades?

We bring to you the comparisons between the latest and established smartphones.

Comparison Between Amazon Fire Phone Vs iPhone 5S Vs Galaxy S5 Vs LG G3
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Amazon Fire Phone is equipped with a rubberized frame, Gorilla Glass on front and back sides, CNC aluminium buttons, polished button chamfers and injection-molded steel connectors. The smartphone has a screen size of 4.7 inches measuring 139.2 x 66.5 x 8.9mm in size and 160 grams in weight. The smartphone has a pixel resolution of 1280 x 720 with the lowest pixel-per-inch density at 315. The Fire is powered by a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU paired with an Adreno 330 GPU, along with 2GB of RAM.

 

Apple iPhone 5S has a screen size of 4 inches with a resolution of 1,136 x 640 pixels. Its thickness is 0.3 inches with a weight of only 0.25 lbs. It is powered by a 1.3 GHz dual-core A7 chipset with M7 processor and 1 GB RAM. The smartphone runs on the latest operating system version from Apple, the iOS 7.1. Additionally, it sports an 8MP rear camera and a 1.2MP front camera.

 

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is equipped with a 5.1-inch super AMOLED full HD display having a pixel resolution of 1920x1080p and a pixel density of 440 ppi. The smartphone is powered by Android v4.4.2 KitKat operating system, Exynos Octa-core processor (1.9GHz quad-core+ 1.3GHz quad-core), 2GB RAM and 16GB inbuilt storage that is expandable up to 128GB.

 

The smartphone also comeswith lots of other exciting and advanced features, such as water-and-dust resistant IP67 certifications, finger-print sensor, heart rate monitor sensor, 16.0 megapixel rear camera with super fast 0.3-second auto-focus, 2.1 megapixel front camera with full HD video recording and 4K video recording.

 

The LG G3 is likely to be equipped with a range of latest and advanced features and specifications, including Qualcomm’s latest quad-core mobile processor and a mind-blowing screen resolution. The smartphone is likely to be having a screen size of 5.5 inches as well as a whopping Quad HD (QHD) resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels.

 

Additionally, the smartphone would be having the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor under the hood, clocked at 2.5GHz and paired with a hefty 3GB of RAM. It is also likely to be equipped with a 16-megapixel rear camera, a 2-megapixel front-facing shooter. Meanwhile, the next-generation smartphone would operate on Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box.

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Facebook Implements New Measures To Ensure Its Users’ Privacy

World’s leading social networking site Facebook has implemented few more measures to protect its users’ privacy. The company has set the default audience to “Friends” as well as announced a new privacy checkup tool.Facebook reaches 1 billion users mark

Privacy has been a major concern when it comes to social networking as majority of people continue to overshare information with or without their knowledge. The company wants to prevent oversharing for new users by setting the default audience to “Friends” rather than “Public,” as it used to be until now.

Meanwhile, for the existing users, the company will provide “a new and expanded privacy checkup tool,” which has been specially made to enable them to easily check and alter their previous posts’ audience.

Facebook has been quoted saying that “While some people want to post to everyone, others have told us that they are more comfortable sharing with a smaller group, like just their friends. We recognize that it is much worse for someone to accidentally share with everyone when they actually meant to share with just friends, compared with the reverse.”

The post further reads “First time posters will also see a reminder to choose an audience for their first post, and if they don’t make a choice, it will be set to Friends. People can change who they are posting to at any time, and can also change the privacy of their past posts too.”

This move by the company came after feedback from its users who explained that they sometimes share information with the wrong audience or sometimes by accident. The new privacy checkup tool will be of great help during these situations as it will enable users to easily manage and change their posts.

The company is scheduled to start releasing a new and expanded privacy checkup tool over the next few weeks in order to show people how to review things like who they’re posting to, which apps they use, and the privacy of key pieces of information on their profile.

While these changes will not make any impact on users who willingly choose to share too much on Facebook, it will just help cautious users in managing and controlling their updates.

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iPhone 5S vs OnePlus One: Most Powerful And Affordable Phone Yet?

The OnePlus One has emerged as one of the most powerful yet affordable smartphones available in the market. There have been several reports comparing the features and specifications of OnePlus One with other high-end premium flagship smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S5, the HTC One M8, LG Google Nexus 5 and the Sony Xperia Z2. But we will now compare the features of this smartphone with Apple’s latest and greatest smartphone yet, the iPhone 5S.

iPhone 5S vs OnePlus One
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The iPhone 5S has a compact size, making it easy to hold smartphone. It gives expensive and premium look as a result of its solid aluminium back and metal frame with chamfered edges. On the other hand, OnePlus One does not look expensive owing to its plastic body.

The iPhone has a 4.0 inch LED-backlit IPS LCD display with a pixel resolution of 640 x 1136 and a pixel density of 326 ppi. Meanwhile, the OnePlus One is equipped with a much bigger 5.5 inch IPS LCD having a pixel resolution of 1080 x 1920 and a powerful pixel density of 401 ppi.

Apple’s iPhone 5S is powered by the company’s powerful A7 chipset and a 64-bit architecture, resulting in stellar smartphone performance. On the other hand, the OnePlus One runs on the latest quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.5 GHz along with an Adreno 330 GPU as well as 3GB of RAM.

The OnePlus One is equipped with a 13MP Sony Exmor RS sensor along with a 6 parts lens with an f/2.0 aperture, and dual LED flash. The smartphone has the capacity to shoot 2160p video. The smartphone also has a 5MP front facing camera. On the other hand, iPhone 5s features a state-of-the-art 8MP sensor with bigger pixels, a larger ƒ/2.2 aperture and True Tone flash.

There is no doubt that Apple is a market leader as a result of its latest and advanced features, according to several experts. But OnePlus One is a good buy keeping in mind that it is offering powerful hardware at an affordable price point. 

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Vs Galaxy S5 : The Economical & Feature Loaded Smartphone?

Samsung Galaxy S4 has been in the market for quite some time and it is still a good option. The smartphone is also very economical and has millions of users around the world. The worldwide popularity of this smartphone would definitely make it comparative with the recently unveiled Samsung Galaxy S5.Nexus 6 Release Date Could Be in October, Claims Source

We bring to you some of the key differences between the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the brand new Samsung Galaxy S5 in order to update you on the key offerings.

Samsung Galaxy S4 is equipped with lots of interesting and exciting features that made it the choice of masses within the very short span of time. It features an extraordinarily slim bezel along with a special polycarbonate body, making it the lightest and most sophisticated Galaxy yet. The smartphone has a 5.1 inch full HD Super AMOLED screen along with 1.9GHz quad-core Qualcomm processor and 2GB RAM. The Galaxy S4 is equipped with a 13 megapixel rear-mounted camera along with 1080p full HD video recording and an integrated flash.

On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is equipped with a 5.1-inch super AMOLED full HD display having a pixel resolution of 1920x1080p and a pixel density of 440 ppi. The smartphone is powered by Android v4.4.2 KitKat operating system, Exynos Octa-core processor (1.9GHz quad-core+ 1.3GHz quad-core), 2GB RAM and 16GB inbuilt storage that is expandable up to 128GB.

The Galaxy S5 also comes with lots of other exciting and advanced features, such as water-and-dust resistant IP67 certifications, finger-print sensor, heart rate monitor sensor, 16.0 megapixel rear camera with super fast 0.3-second auto-focus, 2.1 megapixel front camera with full HD video recording and 4K video recording.

Additionally, the device has 2800mAh battery with ultra power saving mode that offers talk time of up to 21 hours and standby mode for 390 hours. The Samsung Galaxy S5 has a weight of 145 grams and is available in Charcoal Black, Shimmery White, Electric Blue and Copper Gold colors.

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How to Make Smartphones Lighter: Samsung Graphene Breakthrough Could Pave Way For Lighter, Flexible Devices

Korean giant Samsung has finally announced that it has met success to an extent in making graphene. This spells chances that smartphones and gadgets in the future could be more flexible.

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With this latest breakthrough, carbon atoms stand densely clubbed in a latticed hexagon on lines of honeycomb.

Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology has collaborated with Sungkyunkwan University and is now numero uno to have utilized method for synthesis for graphene production. This could mean a deal breaker for use on semi conductors.

Samsung’s breakthrough will now make the entire process easier. Graphene, in this stage could bring about better heat conductance ratio and flexibility for use on semi conductors, chipsets and the likes.

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Steps To Protect Your Private Date Usernames, Passwords and Credit Card Numbers Against Heartbleed Bug

A new security bug dubbed Heartbleed has been recently discovered, leading to several major implications for the entire Web. This bug has the capability to cause major harms by scraping a server’s memory, where important data is being stored, including private data such as usernames, passwords and credit card numbers.

This is turning into a serious issue because the Heartbleed bug has already affected nearly 500,000 websites, according to an Internet research firm Netcraft. We bring to you a list of measures you can adopt in order to protect your information.

Avoid logging into accounts from afflicted sites: Do not log into accounts from afflicted sites unless you are pretty sure that the company has fixed the problem. The company may not confirm a fix and update you regularly, so you have to call their customer service teams for updated information. Several sites are still infected, but they are saying that their sites are all or partly fixed. You need to be careful even if the site gives you an “all clear” indication. Majority of users would change their password immediately, but experts suggest that you should wait until the problem is fixed because further activity on a vulnerable site could increase the problem.

Change passwords after the problem is fixed: The first thing you should do when the problem is fixed is change passwords of your sensitive accounts, including banks and email. The change of password is recommended even when you have activated the two-factor authentication.

Check with small businesses using your data to ensure security: Check the security of your data even with small businesses in order to ensure that it is safe. There is a high possibility that the small companies might not even be aware of the new security bug, so act proactive in order to avoid any loss of data.

Carefully check financial statements for the next few days: Check your financial statements carefully for the next few days as there is a possibility that attackers might have accessed a server’s memory for your credit card information. It will take no time to lookout for unfamiliar charges on your bank statements.

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Lenovo IdeaPad A10 Vs MacBook Air with Retina Vs Sony VAIO Pro 13–Choosing the Best of the Lot

It is really difficult to make up one’s mind to buy a particular laptop when you have a new Lenovo Idea Pad A10 Vs MacBook Air with Retina Vs Sony VAIO Pro 13- Choosing the Best of the Lotoption available every other week. As general idea goes, if you wait for some more days, you would get the best in the market. There is a huge competition among the manufacturers and thus you can expect the best from them with every new innovation.

At present, manufacturers who are standing against each other and thereby giving strong competition to one another are Lenovo, Apple and Sony. Each one of them has a weapon to fight in the form of their flagship products in terms of features and prices. While Lenovo has IdeaPad A10, Apple has MacBook Air with Retina Display and Sony has VAIO Pro 13.

Lenovo IdeaPad A10 is a dual-mode Android based notebook running on 4.2v Jelly Bean. It has a 10.1-inches screen and weighs around 1 kg. It is powered by Cotex-A9 Quad Core Processor. It has integrated graphics card. It comes with 0.3MP webcam, 1GB RAM and 16 EMMC (microSD card for expansion). The price is quite low in comparison with the other two products being discussed.

Apple MacBook Air with Retina Display is rumored to get launched in the last part of this year. This is going to be an ultra slim 12-inches laptop. It would not have any fan and shall have buttonless trackpad. As the name suggest, it would come with Retina display with a 2560 x 1600 resolution.

Sony VAIO Pro 13 is extremely light and thin with 13.3-inches screen size with 1366x768p display resolution. It is powered by 1.8 GHz Intel Core i7-4500U processor and runs on Windows 8 OS. It has 8GB RAM with 512GB HDD. It weighs about 2.4 pounds. It has inbuilt Intel HD Graphics 4400 graphics card and display resolution of 1920x1080p.

You can now choose the most appropriate for you at ease based on the features. The prices of each product vary from place to place. Check the prices in your country before making the purchase.

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Windows 8.1 Update to Continue Receiving Patches and Updates Indispensable for the System

A blog posted in the Premier Field Engineering Platforms section of http://blogs.technet.com revealed that Microsoft made it clear that all Windows 8.1 users will have to install the new update released yesterday to continue receiving security patches and other updates. These are extremely important to keep computers safe from viruses and security threats. Microsoft Windows 8 vs windows 7

Updating Windows 8.1 should not be a matter of concern since the update is available through the regular Windows Update method. Thus, the update would download and install automatically unless you have turned off automatic updates for some reason. It is better to enable automatic update and allow Microsoft to update your OS. There is no way to skip this process and still hope to receive security patches.

To see whether you are using Windows 8 or 8.1, you need to go to PC Settings> PC and devices> PC info and check the “Windows” section. At any point of time, if you want to update Windows 8 to 8.1, you need to visit the Store app and click on the update option noticeable on the home page itself.

Windows 8, Windows 7 and Windows Vista users need not worry about any kind of update since Microsoft would continue to send patches as usual. As far as Windows XP users are concerned, they should upgrade their OS to a newer version as Microsoft has ended its support towards XP yesterday. 

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Evaluating iPhone 6 Display Vs Samsung Galaxy S5 Display- The Better Phone

Comparisons are bound to be happen when you are talking about iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S5 concurrently. These are flagship products of two tech giants, Apple and Samsung respectively, which are hitting the market soon. While Samsung Galaxy S5 phones are available for pre-order, you need to wait a little bit longer to own an iPhone 6.First Samsung Galaxy S6 Concept Image Shows Off Aluminum, Rubberized Body

Both the devices are hot topic of discussions among tech enthusiasts and prospective customers. It is surely going to be a tough choice as far as buyers are concerned. Among all the features, it seems people are more eager to know about the screen size and display of these phones. This may be due to the fact that iPhone 6 is rumored to have a larger screen size of 4.7 inches or 5.5 inches with higher display resolution. Previously many people opted for other phones since the screen size of iPhone was comparatively smaller. However, this time people may have a change of mind due to the alleged screen size of iPhone 6.

iPhone 6 is surely a tough competition for Samsung Galaxy S5 but the latter is not much bothered since its features also have the ability to win hearts. As far as screen size and display are concerned, it is going to have 5.1 inch screen with Full HD Super AMOLED. Other features include a rear camera of 16 and a front camera of 2 MP, 2GB RAM, 16/32GB Internal Memory + expandable upto 128 GB, microSD slot. The phone will run on the latest version of Android OS, 4.4.2 (KitKat).

So, which one is better? It is actually not possible to give a verdict and announce a winner based on speculated features of iPhone 6. The real fight will begin as soon as iPhone 6 is announced. However, it would not be wrong to say that it is worth waiting for if Apple delivers a phone with a bigger and better display.

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