In Microsoft, Amazon, and Samsung vs. Apple ads: Who Ends Up Looking Better?

Whenever Apple, Microsoft or Samsung is in news, we like to keep our readers in loop. This article focuses on the defensive mode these tech giants adopt via advertisements that wind up with comparisons. But guess who ends up looking better? Apple’s initial ad, ‘Get a Mac’ campaign clearly pointed out why Windows was off the beam and why users should buy a Mac. However, the Cupertino Calif.-based firm stopped these popular ads soon after. Later on, all Apple ads for the iPod, iPhone or iPad, highlighted their own device and its features with no comparisons with rivals. Apple’s iPhone ad shows the smartphone’s FaceTime feature, where a son shows his father his granddaughter for the first time. These simple and short ads were effective and easy to understand. Also the advertisement for iPad came out with a clear focus, which was on iPad specific apps in the App Store. [+more]

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Metal Body of Nokia Lumia 925 Raises Concerns, Would It Be Able To Beat HTC and Samsung

Slated to release sometime in early June, Nokia Lumia 925 has already raised a few concerns. Certain reports indicate that Nokia is rolling out its upcoming device with an aluminum body. Now the plot thickens around the Finnish firm as the 925 is going to be the first in Lumia series with a metal body. This reason has compelled consumers to feel that the 925 will suffer from issues regarding antenna and reception performance. However, to clear the air regarding this issue, Nokia released a statement on Thursday, May 23 via its official blog saying, “This [the phone’s metal exterior] looks gorgeous, and adds robustness to the phone. But what’s worth noting is that it does not impact on the strength of the signal you’ll be able to receive on the phone.” Nokia states that the aluminum ring that the Lumia 925 is made of, in fact acts as an [+more]

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Staff Layoffs, Disastrous HTC One and First Sales Make HTC Lose Sleep Against Samsung Galaxy S4

Dark clouds seem to be hovering over HTC for the past few months as we hear constant news of old staff fleeing, following the disaster that hit the firm with failed sales of HTC One and HTC First phones. The Taiwanese company recently saw the departure of Lennard Hoornik, its former CEO of HTC Asia, who left the firm last week. Earlier also Jason Gordon, HTC’s Vice President of Global Communications and Kouji Kodera, Chief Product Officer were also in reports for leaving the firm. And now there’s buzz around the corner that Elizabeth Griffen, HTC’s Head of Global digital services also plans to leave HTC. The news is not really welcomed by the company as HTC had hopes pinned on recovering from losses with its HTC One and HTC First devices. What could have lead to the failure? Well there are certain factors including the manufacturing of phone to [+more]

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HTC One Update: Touch Key Sensitivity Issue Fixed

Here is an interesting development that’s good news for users of HTC One on Sprint. The Taiwanese manufacturer has lately rolled out a latest software update for its popular smartphone. The move is meant to make HTC One take a leap ahead with the device’s touch key sensitivity feature. The number of this updated version is 1.29.651.10. The update in question for HTC One users comes with a significant advancement in the Back and Home key sensitivity. HTC One users will be automatically notified of this updated version on their devices. It also features upgrades to BlinkFeed and a new Sprint Zone client. For HTC One users, the issue was that the capacitive keys below the screen didn’t always respond as the touch targets were small. Now with this latest update, this issue is fixed as it increases the target size, making it easy to activate. With this upgrade, HTC has taken a [+more]

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Leaked Photos From The Supposed Samsung Galaxy S4 Camera Ruffels Sony Xperia Z And Apple iPhone 5

Will Samsung unveil the upcoming flagship Galaxy S4 already? We’ve been hearing endless rumors about this beauty and each new day just gets more rumors, making us wonder just how many accidental leaks can take place. The latest in this long line of rumors is some photos supposedly clicked by the Galaxy S4 appearing on Picasa. We do have reason to believe if there’s any truth in this, given that there’s nothing spectacular about these snaps that show the back of a computer’s CPU. However, according to the EXIF data of these files, the images were clicked by Samsung GT-I9505, which could probably be the international model number of the Galaxy S4. The 2322X4128 resolution of the photos also points to the use of a 13 MP camera. But, given that EXIF data of an image can be altered, we don’t really know if it could be real. Besides, the [+more]

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Micromax Canvas HD Vs Samsung Galaxy Grand : We Taste Micromax New Flagship Phone… Quite A Flavorsome Deal

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It’s the season of flagship smartphone launches, and Micromax is not one to be left behind. After the runaway success of the Canvas 2, the company’s flagship A116 Canvas HD will start selling from today onward at a price of Rs 13,990. Those who place the order will be able to receive it within 5-7 days. The Canvas A116 HD will offer direct competition to the Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos, which is almost double its cost. However, it’s not just on the cost that it emerges the winner – the Canvas A116 HD does have better specs too. Micromax has also put together a promo video to celebrate the launch of its latest flagship phone. Here’s hoping the Canvas A116 HD becomes more successful than its previous Canvas 2.

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Sony Xperia Z Gets Rolled Out In Japan, Europe Can’t Wait For This Fierce Samsung Galaxy S3 Competitor

Yes, it’s been a while since we brought out extensive coverage of the absolutely gorgeous Sony Xperia Z. We know you’ve been waiting to get your hands on it for some time now, but it sure looks like your wait is ending soon. Sony’s flagship device with its 5-inch screen, quad-core processor and dust and water resistant body has finally started selling in Japan. You can buy it through NTT DoCoMo and shipping has already started to consumers who had pre-ordered the phone. The Xperia Z available in Japan has been specially customized by Sony, and features a One Seg Tuner, FeliCa NFC as well as an infrared port, in addition to unique software features. You can choose from three color options – white, black and purple. For European customers too, the wait is soon coming to an end. From what we have heard, the phone should hit the European [+more]

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TechThirsty Review: Nokia Lumia 920 Hits India

After not too long a wait, Nokia’s flagship Windows Phone 8-based smartphone Lumia 920 was finally unveiled at an event in India. And we’re not just excited about the OS – this Nokia Lumia 920 is loaded with tons of interesting features that we feel may be just what Nokia needs to get back up on the charts again. So, how did the Lumia 920 experience feel? First impression: It looks gorgeous, no doubt about that! Microsoft wanted phone makers to keep them looking colorful and quirky, and yes, Nokia’s lived up to this expectation. The Lumia 920 comes in bright colors with a glossy finish, giving it a high score in the looks section. It’s 4.5-inch PureMotion HD+ LCD display with ClearBlack technology makes for vivid reproduction of colors even when used outside under the sun. In fact, we must confess that its screen made for much better viewing [+more]

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FingerSense on Smartphones Can Identify Knuckles, Fingertips, Fingernails

Well, this one’s still in the works – at least for now. But an American scientist has recently developed a prototype smartphone which can identify different types of touch of knuckles, fingertips and fingernails on the screen. Chris Harrison, the creator of this smartphone, is based in Carnegie Mellon University at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. You can open up the screen using other parts of the hand. The phone has an inbuilt vibration sensor and runs FingerSense software, also created by Harrison. These technologies together identify different acoustics and vibrations of the different kinds of touch and help the phone respond accordingly. You can select an object using a tap of your fingertip, while your knuckle opens up a sub-menu like the right click of a mouse on the PC. Harrison envisions smartphones to become more capable towards human touch, and give users the ability to provide inputs using more means. The [+more]

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AT&T to Pay $700,000 to Government, Offer Refunds for Forcing Monthly Data Plans

Wireless carrier, AT&T, has agreed to pay $700,000 to the federal government and offer refunds to customers who were mistakenly forced into subscribing for monthly data plans. The issue began in late 2009, when new smartphone customers with AT&T were required to subscribe to monthly data plans. Even existing subscribers who had pay-per-use data plans or did not have any plan at all were made to subscribe to a monthly plan upon upgrading their smartphones. However, customers who replaced a lost or damaged phone through an insurance program or warranty, or those who moved to a different AT&T service area, were not supposed to get themselves a monthly data plan. But due to a computer error, this requirement was enforced even on these customers. To undo this damage, the company has been asked to restore the customers’ previous plans and offer them refunds, which could be up to $30 a [+more]

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