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MicFlip Is A Fully Reversible USB-A To Micro-USB Cable

Indiegogo and other such crowdfunding websites are home to a large number of ambitious projects, hoping to pique consumer-investor curiosity and turn dreams into entrepreneurial ventures. Not all such projects are feasible, nor all such projects funded. But some projects do stand out of the crowd.
This is the MicFlip.

Overlooking the cringeworthy YouTube ad, MicFlip is a rather interesting take on the first world problem of plugging in the cable the wrong way.
As the Indiegogo project page states, MicFlip is the world’s first fully reversible USB-A to Micro-USB cable. Featuring “an ultra-strong braided nylon lead, a robust aluminum shell and gold-plated plugs to prevent corrosion”, the MicFlip tries to improve upon traditional cables by giving us what we need: reversibility on existing products.
So far, all the Android smartphone flagships that have been released, have come along with the familiar micro USB port. On the other end of the spectrum (or cable, as you may), USB Type A ports have been the de-facto way of how “host” devices have communicated with smartphones and other accessories. Such is their ubiquity, that there is a good chance that you, as a reader on XDA Developers, may be in possession of at least two USB (A) to Micro USB cables.
The annoying part of both USB Type A as well as micro USB is that both have a fixed orientation of the port, in the sense that you can not mindlessly plug in a cable and have it fit correctly, without any damage. MicFlip aims to fix this, as it allows reversibility on both ends of the cable.

The Indiegogo project page does not detail the exact mechanism of how this is achieved. However, taking a guess from one of the product images, this reversibility may have been achieved by thinning the plastic tongue inside the plug and allowing the electrical contacts to be present on either side of the tongue. The tongue may operate on a hinge-like mechanism, thereby allowing “reversibility” in connecting the plug into the usb receptacles.

As a plus point, the MicFlip also uses braided nylon for the cable, giving extra durability to the cable. Not a standing point in its entirety, but such durability would be a decent addition to a product that aims to provide convenience.
Granted, USB Type C is just round the corner, featuring reversible plug connectors. Even the new OnePlus Two will come with USB Type C. However, the fact is, wide scale adoption of USB Type C is still quite some time away. In the meanwhile, MicFlip aims to serve your needs.
The project has already raised 528% ($31,698) of its $6,000 funding goal within 5 days, so there is no doubt that the MicFlip is indeed a product needed by many. Shipping is expected to start in August, with the official deadline being September 1st, 2015. The product will retail for $20 after its campaign, but you can early bird pre-order one for $15 now.

MicFlip as a product is an innovative way to tackle a problem which was one of the reasons that eventually led to the development of USB Type C. It makes the tinfoil hat totting conspiracy theorists in us to think of USB Type C as a way of achieving planned obsolescence in today’s money oriented world.


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Microsoft Announces Continuum For Windows 10 Phones, Any Screen Can Deliver A PC Experience

Microsoft today announced the single most attractive feature that will be coming to Windows 10 for phones. Continuum for phones is here. What is it? You can start using your Windows 10 phone as a PC by connecting it to a display with a HDMI support. Yes, you can use all the phone apps on your big display. If it is a universal Windows app, you will have even better experience. For example, Word app started on a big display will have UI similar to Word app running on a PC.
Users will be able to use their phones as mouse pads, or actual bluetooth mice and keyboards.
This is also an attractive feature for developers to write a Windows Universal apps instead of an app ported from Android or iOS code.
Unfortunately the feature needs new hardware which supports dual-screens, and so will not come to existing handsets. It is not clear at this minute if x86 Windows Phones will be able to run desktop software, but this seems unlikely.
Will this feature be enough to encourage our readers to upgrade?

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Microsoft Working To Bring Android Apps To All Lumia Devices


Yesterday we reported that Tom Warren from The Verge claiming that Android apps are coming to Windows Phone/Windows RT. Today, Eldar tweeted that the rumors about Android apps coming to Windows platforms are true and Microsoft has implemented this through Virtual Machine. In this case, all the Android apps will be running on a VM inside a Windows device. Eldar also claims that all Lumia devices will be able to run these Android apps.
What do you think of this move from Microsoft to reduce the app gap in Windows platform in the near future?
Source: Eldar

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Rooted Nokia X shows why Android is not the platform for Microsoft to differentiate on


Well, that did not take long.  Even before the first Nokia X has shipped the handset has already been rooted by XDA-Developers, and Google suite of applications , including Google Play Store, various Google Apps, and the Google Experience Launcher has been installed on the handset.
Given the infinite malleability of Android, I suspect it is pure delusion for Microsoft and Nokia to think they can funnel users to Microsoft’s ecosystem when it is so easy to get the real Android deal from Google.
Nokia and Microsoft’s ambition is to sell cheap handsets and gain Microsoft customers, but the hack demonstrates that the cheap handsets will still end up mostly being used by Google customers, which was the reason Nokia went Windows Phone in the first instance – to differentiate you need your own platform, not cribbing from some-one else’s.
Read more about the pretty simple hack at XDA-Developers here.

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Windows Phone 8.1 Features


The Windows Phone 8.1 beta SDK has given hints as to what will be in the Windows Phone 8.1 OS. While features revealed in that SDK are likely to go to the final version for consumers, there are no guarantees.

Action Center (hands on video)

  • Notification center – Alerts, non-Toast notifications, update history, more
  • Quick-access to customized actions, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Plane mode, etc.

Apps + Store

  • Apps can capture audio/video from themselves; be limited for copyright concerns
  • App and Game data stored on SD cards
  • Apps on SD Cards are only allowed from ONE originating phone. If it detects that apps from another phone are installed on the SD Card, then it will ask to delete those first
  • App Suggestions by location
  • Backup of App + Game data to OneDrive (if developer enabled)
  • Facebook app comes with OS, updates independently, hooks into OS
  • Filter through installed apps by usage/install date
  • Manual Update checks
  • Option to update store apps automatically
  • Option to update store apps when only on Wi-Fi
  • Single sign-in for apps (like on Windows 8) with Microsoft Account; sign in will persist across devices + apps with permissions prompt


  • Google calendar support, with multiple calendars
  • Weather in calendar
  • Week view in calendar


  • Burst camera mode, including auto-deletion of bursts
  • New layout


  • Bing smart search (similar search system as Windows 8.1)
  • Podcast app powered by Bing, full featured


  • Internet Explorer 11
  • IE 11 to save and remember your password for websites
  • JavaScript and HTML for app development
  • Upload files through Internet Explorer 11
  • Tabs now show up individually in multi-task window
  • WebGL and Normal mapping support
  • YouTube Player including HTML5 video support


  • Background tasks: Bluetooth signal strength, Chat message notification, Device connection change, Device use trigger, Gatt characteristic notification, Location, Push notification, Rfcomm connection, System event, Timer
  • XAP replaced by APPX
  • ​​Audio/video transcoding that’s hardware accelerated
  • New dev tools including: SemanticZoom, DatePicker, TimePicker
  • Actionable notifications for apps
  • Silent/ghost notifications for apps


  • Encrypted and signed e-mail support
  • New Email sync options with accordance to usage patterns (i.e. If you get a lot of mail on particular days and if you don’t check mail every day).
  • Option to always download emails and pictures within them

Enterprise and Office

  • Enterprise enrolled phones can have their passwords changed and remotely locked
  • Password protected Office document support
  • Office Lens support for scanning documents with camera, import into Office with OCR
  • Rebranding of SkyDrive to OneDrive
  • VPN support built in
  • S/MIME to sign and encrypt email
  • Access to corporate resources behind the firewall with app aware 
  • Auto-triggered VPN 
  • Certificate management to enroll, update and revoke certificates for user authentication 
  • Enhanced MDM policies to lock down functionality on the phone for more enterprise control, in addition to richer application management such as allowing or denying the installing of certain apps. 
  • Enterprise Wi-Fi support with EAP-TLS

General User Experience changes

  • Start screen backgrounds
  • Back button no longer closes apps, instead it suspends them
  • Double-Tap to unlock your phone (Feature from Lumia devices on Amber Update and newer)
  • Double Tap to Power Off
  • Favorite photos by tapping a heart icon
  • File picker
  • Kid's Corner - Password won't be displayed (bug fix)
  • Live Tiles – mark as red by swiping from the left over the Tile
  • Live Tiles – Three column support (maybe)
  • Navigation bar for phones without physical keys on the front
  • Notification if charger isn’t of adequate power
  • Quiet Hours - Disable notifications during pre-selected timeframe
  • Screenshot button combination is now Power + Volume Up
  • Search button will be the new way to open Speech (aka ‘Cortana’)
  • Separate volume controls for ringtones/notifications and music/media
  • Set default Voice Navigation app for the OS
  • Swipe down to close apps in multitasking view
  • Voice Narrator for Accessibility


  • General keyboard enhancements, show emoji when typing
  • Swipe keyboard option - “Write, when I swipe through letters”.


  • Audio/video transcoding, Hardware accelerated
  • Media editing:  audio and video; Audio effects, video effects; Slow motion video
  • Xbox Music and Xbox Video as standalone apps instead of the Music + Video Hub (allowing more updates to be pushed)


  • Change default SMS app. You can also change which SMS app will show notifications.
  • Mute Thread - Optionally silence text threads, no longer receive notifications or Live Tile updates

Phone + Contacts

  • Contact list sorting of those with phone numbers
  • Call duration (press and hold reveals a "details" menu in call history)
  • In-call speech commands. You’ll be able to say “Call XXXXXX”.
  • Inner Circle of contacts. Up to 40 contacts can be in the inner circle.
  • Operators can also install certain applications once a SIM card is detected


  • Battery Power Sense – App to monitor which apps draw the most power
  • Battery Saver (under Battery Sense) will have an app exclusion list
  • Data Sense – Operators can now control Data Sense limits remotely
  • Wi-Fi Sense – Sharing secured WI-Fi Networks with contacts if they have Wi-Fi Sense. They don’t get to see the shared password though
  • Wi-Fi can auto re-enable after a set duration of time
  • Wi-Fi Direct


  • Bluetooth 4.0 LE
  • Chkdsk for SD cards to ensure card health
  • Geofence monitoring support. Geofence is a boundary around a place of interest to you. Location services can monitor geofences to tell your apps when you’re entering and leaving them. This would be really good for IFTTT
  • Miracast, PlayTo, mirror and project via wireless display or USB-out
  • Mouse and keyboard support (HID)
  • Stereoscopic 3D support
  • The phone will have to update to the latest version before you can restore it to factory settings
  • Trusted app list for NFC that will remove the need for asking whether you want to open a particular app
  • Virtual SmartCard support
  • Wallet supports tickets and membership cards
  • Windows Phone 8.1 apps won't run on 8.0 devices until they upgrade

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Karbonn Titanium S5i listed online for Rs 7,999

Indian smartphone vendor Karbonn is readying a new variant of the Titanium S5 smartphone, called the Titanium S5i. The smartphone is listed on certain Indian e-commerce websites with a price tag of Rs 7,999.
Karbonn Titanium S5i comes with a 5-inch TFT display with a 480×854 (FWVGA) pixels resolution. The smartphone is powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor paired with 512MB of RAM. The handset comes with a 4GB in-built storage, and can be expanded up to 32GB via microSD card. The Karbonn Titanium S5i offers dual-SIM (GSM-GSM) support, and runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
The smartphone sports an 8-megapixel autofocus rear camera with LED flash and a VGA front camera. Connectivity options include  3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Micro-USB, and GPS. It is backed by a 2000mAh battery, and is currently available in Deep Blue colour variant at HomeShop18. The smartphone was first spotted by New Gyaan.

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Xolo Q700S Android smartphone with quad-core processor launched at Rs. 9,999


Xolo has launched its latest smartphone, the Q700S in its Q series priced at Rs. 9,999. The Xolo Q700S is a the successor of the Xolo Q700 launched in May last year.
The Q700S flaunts a 4.5-inch FWVGA (854×480 pixels) IPS display. It is powered by a MediaTek MT6582M quad-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz and paired with PowerVR SGX544MP GPU and 1GB of RAM. The device comes with 4GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 32GB using a microSD card. The Xolo Q700S smartphone offers dual-SIM (GSM-GSM) support, and runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out-of-the-box.
Other features include an 8-megapixel autofocus rear camera with LED flash and BSI sensor, VGA front camera and a 1,800mAh battery. Connectivity options include 3G connectivity (HSDPA: 21Mbps, HSUPA: 11Mbps) with Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, Micro-USB, and GPS. Xolo is offering the Q700S in two color variants — silver and gold.
Earlier Xolo launched the high-end Q3000 phablet for the Indian market priced at Rs. 20,999.

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Moto G India launch details to be announced on February 5


Motorola, putting an end to speculation about the Moto G’s India launch, has announced that it will reveal the launch plans to its budget smartphone for the country on February 5.
Motorola confirmed the news on Twitter and said, “Moto G launch details for India will be announced on February 5. Stay tuned!” Unfortunately, the Google-owned company has revealed no details about the pricing of the Moto G for the Indian market.
Motorola has tied up with Flipkart as its online retail partner. It is unclear at the moment whether Flipkart would be the exclusive online retailer to begin with or whether it would have multiple partners at launch day. Motorola is expected to launch the dual-SIM variant of the Moto G in India.
Motorola officially unveiled the Moto G smartphone at an event in Sao Paulo, Brazil in November last year. The Motorola Moto G has been said to be available in at least 30 countries with 60 Google partners by 2014.
The Moto G is currently on sale in Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Peru, UK, Germany, France, and Canada and is now also available in selective countries in Latin America, Europe and Asia. The Motorola Moto G is available with no contract, no SIM lock and an unlockable bootloader at $179 for the 8GB storage model in US, while the 16GB variant is available at $199.

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Sony launches Vaio Flip hybrid laptops in India, starting at Rs 94,990


Sony has launched its new VAIO Flip range of hybrid notebooks in the Indian market. The company has launched four variants of the Flip laptop in the country with prices starting from Rs 94,990. Sony today introduced The new VAIO Flip aims to suit the computing needs of everyone and is available in 13-inch, 14-inch and 15-inch sizes.
According to Sony, the VAIO Flip’s design is based on the essence of ‘sharing with others’. As name suggests, the display can be flipped in three different angles. The first is the laptop mode which is used for highly productive work, the same way as conventional notebook PCs. The second is called the viewer mode, wherein one can slightly lift the display and flip over it so that you can share the experience of watching a video or movie with another person or give instant presentation anytime. The last is the tablet mode wherein the display can be completely flipped over and it rests on the keyboard like a conventional tablet. It is best utilized for touch, browsing the web, taking pictures etc.  Its chassis is constructed with brushed aluminum hairline finish.

The Sony Vaio Flip F13N1A features a 13.3-inch full HD touch display. It is powered with Intel’s fourth-generation processors (up to i7 clocked at 1.6GHz) with Intel HD Graphics 4400 paired with upto 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB SSD storage. Vaio Flip F13N1A also includes a battery that lasts for up to 7.5 hours, an 8-megapixel rear camera and connectivity options like HDMI, Wi-Fi, USB 3.0 and NFC. The Vaio Flip F13N1A is priced at Rs 99,990.
The Vaio Flip F14N16 features a 14-inch full HD touch display. It is powered with Intel’s fourth-generation processors (up to i7 clocked at 1.8GHz) with Intel HD Graphics 4400 paired with upto 8GB of RAM and up to 750GB hybrid drive. Other options include HD camera, a battery that lasts for up to 6 hours and connectivity options like HDMI, Wi-Fi, USB 3.0 and NFC. It is priced  at Rs 94,990 which is lower than the 13-inch variant as it uses a hard disk instead of an SSD.
The 15-inch Vaio Flip is available in two variants — the Vaio Flip F15N12 priced at Rs 104,990 and the Vaio Flip F15N17 priced at Rs 119,990. In terms of specifications, the Vaio Flip F15N12 features a 15.5-inch full HD touch display, 1.6GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 2GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 735M, 4GB RAM, 1TB flash storage, HD camera and a battery that is said to last up to five hours.
The Vaio Flip F15N17, on the other hand, features Intel Core i7 processor clocked at 1.8GHz, NVIDIA GeForce GT 735M and 8GB of RAM, in addition to the above mentioned specs.
The touchscreen notebooks come with Opti-contrast panel and with a Triluminos Display for mobile also features Sony’s BRAVIA expertise and all the three notebooks sport a full HD resolution. There is also a presence of X-Reality for mobile which optimizes the quality for the sharpest videos.
The laptop comes with a VAIO Paper which is a digital notebook and handwriting app that replicates the feeling of natural writing with pen and paper. You can write on your VAIO Flip PC with your finger or the optional Active Pen to add images and sound that enhance your creative writing and express yourself in ways that you can’t with just pen and paper. It’s easy to use, organize and share your creation via email and other apps.
Vaio Flip laptops include backlit keyboard which allows for work in low-light conditions. All these notebooks come with great audio quality like Clear Audio+TM, xLoud, Clear phase, VPT, Voice Zoom and S-FORCE front surround 3D to offer soul-shaking clarity.
Sony is also offering buyers with a free headphone worth Rs 12,990, accidental breakage insurance and unlimited free music downloads via Sony Music.

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iPhone 6 to sport 4.8-inch display, design ‘locked down’ internally : Report


While Apple’s next iPhone might still be far from hitting shelves, an analyst has claimed that the Cupertino based company has finalised much of the design of its next iPhone, believed to be dubbed iPhone 6.
Apple Insider cites analyst Timothy Arcuri from Cowen and Company, who says that Apple has finalised a 4.8-inch display for its alleged iPhone 6, in an attempt to counter the phablet competition in the global market.
Further, Arcuri, citing Apple’s supply chain, has revealed that apple is also planning to bring ” key software innovations ” with the next major iOS platform release. Acuri has claimed that the alleged iPhone 6 will come with Wi-Fi (802.11ac), which will be an upgrade to the current 802.11n found on the iPhone 5s.
The analyst speculates that the Cupertino-based company will use features such as iBeacon, Touch ID and Passbook in the next alleged iPhone to push new services with mobile payments.
Acuri also expects that Apple, following its launch schedule for iPhone devices, will announce the alleged iPhone 6 in September.
Contradicting to the current report, DisplaySearch said it will measure 4.7 inches diagonally with a 1,600×900-pixel resolution while well-respected Apple analyst Peter Misek said it will measure 4.8 inches. According to the Chinese analyst, Apple would launch two iPhone models, much like the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s announced last year; and it is believed that they would be sporting different screen sizes.
Apple is widely expected to launch the iPhone 6 this fall, though one recent report claimed that it will debut this summer at Apple’s annual WWDC conference instead.

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Metis Eddy Android 4.2 tablet for kids launched for Rs 9,999


Educational solutions start-up Metis Learning has launched Eddy Android tablet for kids aged between 2 and 10 years, in India. The tablet has been customized for kids and comes with pre-loaded content based on their school’s curriculum, the company claims.
Eddy;s kids learning tablet, is being offered at an introductory price of Rs. 9,999 till February 20, and at present is exclusively available on and the start-up’s website,
The Eddy tablet sports a 7-inch IPS display with 1024×600 pixels resolution and is powered by a 1.6GHz Cortex-A9 dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM. It has an 8GB built-in storage which is expandable by up to 32GB using a microSD card. It sports a 2-megapixel rear camera and a VGA front-facing camera.
Connectivity-wise, the tablet offers Wi-Fi and voice calling over 3G network but lags Bluetooth. It runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box and in addition to that features kid-specific content. Tablet packs a 3200mAh battery, rated to deliver up to four hours of continuous usage time on full charge.
Children can read books, learn to play the piano, explore the world and the universe as well as practice math through games on Eddy. The team of seasoned educators and experts behind Eddy have ensured that only games which are highly engaging, violence-free and enjoyable for children are selected.
Speaking at the launch, Metis Learning CEO Bharat Gulia said: “India is a huge potential market for tablets and the country saw the sale of about 4.5 million units last year. The kids tablet space has a potential of about 4.5 units.” Eddy is the only tablet to map school curriculum to games and has been designed by a team with over 100 years of combined experience, he added.
Eddy also comes with an exclusive recommendation engine for parents, the Kids Radar, which recommends the most suitable learning apps for their kids on the Play store.
Earlier Samsung too had announced the Galaxy Tab 3 Kids but it has not been launched in India, yet.

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Micromax starts operations in Russia, aims to release 14 smartphones in 2014


Micromax today announced it has launched its operations in Russia with a tie-up with VVP Group, a distributor known for introducing new brands. The partnership will bring the brand’s Canvas and Bolt range of smartphones in over 9,000 retail outlets across Russia.
 In an official press release the company said, that it “aims to have an aggressive plan to make its mark in the Russian mobile handset market and plans to offer innovative products customised to the needs of consumers in Russia.”
Micromax aims to launch 14 smartphones in the Russian market in the initial phase, and aims to be among the Top 4 brands in Russia by the end of 2014. It also plans to have 60 operational service centers by end of the month in important cities in Russia. Additionally, Micromax has also tied up with other service providers in Russia including Odnoklassniki and (a popular Russian social network) for providing value added content on its smartphones.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Vasily Sibirtsev, Chairman VVP Group said, “We are very excited to work with Micromax, one of the world’s leading mobile phone brands. We will be working aggressively to strengthen our presence in the retail space across 9000+ sales points in the country backed by an efficient service infrastructure.
In year 2013 Micromax became the second biggest smartphone brand after Samsung and the third largest overall mobile phone brand in India. In order to gain a more global image, Micromax roped in Hollywood star Hugh Jackman as its new brand ambassador. The company claims it is the eleventh biggest mobile phone brand in the world and aims to breach into the top ten this year with its expansion plans in more markets.

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Nokia expected to reveal new Lumia handsets on February 24 at MWC 2014


Nokia has confirmed its presence at the upcoming Mobile World Congress 2014 event and started to send out invitations to event being held next month. The Finnish company has made sure it’ll get the good news out early too, and has scheduled its get-together for 8:30am local time on Feb. 24.
 The invite gives nothing away with its decidedly cryptic, “Meet us under the tree,” headline, while the text provides only the time, date, location, and a promise to tell us more about the firm’s “activities” as the time nears.
There are up to four new smartphones expected from Nokia, including a new flagship phone named the Lumia 1820. The Nokia Lumia 1820 is expected to feature the latest Snapdragon 805 chipset with 3GB of RAM and a 5.2″ display of 2K resolution. The juicy configuration is going to draw power from a 3,400mAh battery. The internal storage is going to be 32GB with no microSD card.
Other additions to the Lumia family are likely to be the 1520V, 1525 and  the Nokia Normandy. The Lumia 1520V is rumored to be a 4.3″ smartphone with a design similar to that of the Lumia 1520. It will be boasting 1080p resolution, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. It will feature a Snapdragon 800 chipset like its bigger brother, the Lumia 1520.
The mini Lumia 1520V is also said to pack a 14MP camera at the back with a 3,000mAh battery capable of wireless charging. Moreover, it’s believed to debut the Windows Phone 8.1 operating system, but for now those remain unfounded rumors. On the other hand, the proposed Nokia Lumia 1525 will share the same screen size as Lumia 1520, but will apparently share the same specifications as the Lumia 1820. It is said to feature a 6-inch 2K display, and get a revamped rear camera.  At this point, there aren’t much rumors to paint a picture for it.
Lastly, the most-anticipated handset, the rumoured first Nokia budget Android phone, Project Normandyor Nokia X, is expected to be launched at MWC 2014. The handset is  rumored to use a heavily modified version of Android, rather than Windows Phone, as its operating system. It may replace the existing Asha range, which runs on the aging Series 40 platform.
Since, none of the above handsets have been confirmed by the firm, one can only wait till MWC 2014 and We’ll bring you all the news from Nokia’s press event on February 24 as it happens.

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Yet another leaked screenshots shows Nokia Normandy’s custom Android UI

After the photo of Nokia’s rumoured Normandy’s UI surfaced online, new leaked screenshots seem to have revealed new details of the yet-to-be-announced first Nokia Android device. Phone tipster, @evleaks has yet again posted a pair of screenshot which it claims shows the alleged Nokia Normandy’s UI.  The tweet said, “Two ways to interact with Normandy.”
The new leaked screenshots of the Normandy’s UI purportedly reveals the home screen and the notifications page. The homescreen screenshot is consistent with what leaked earlier this week.

The right photo shows the app menu, which not only looks like the Windows Phone UI, but also seems to function like a notification menu. The photo shows push-notifications for Facebook, missed calls, Skype, reminders and alarm among others. Another noticeable thing in the photos is the two network bars on top, which indicates that Normandy will feature dual-SIM card slots.
The home screen panel’s leaked screenshot also includes apps for dialer, message, contacts, internet, Twitter, MixRadio, Here Maps, Camera app, Plants Vs. Zombies, Gallery, Vine, Calculator, Calendar, Music, Downloads, Radio, Viber, Opera and WeChat.
It’s worth pointing out that the home screen of the alleged Normandy looks very similar to the tiles-based UI seen on Lumia Windows Phone 8 devices. The tiles seem to be customizable and could be spread across multiple homescreens.
In addition, the leaked home screen panel of Normandy also includes BBM app which points that the device is running an Android version. Normandy is expected to be unveiled at next month’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and is likely to be priced between $100 and $125.

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Acer Iconia W4 8-inch tablet running Windows 8.1 launched in India


After launching the Iconia W3, Acer has launched its successor called the Iconia W4 in India. The 32GB variant is priced at Rs 24,999 and the 64GB variant is priced at Rs 26,999.
Acer Iconia W4 features an 8-inch IPS (1280×800) display which is slightly smaller compared to its predecessor. It is powered by a fourth-generation Intel Atom Z3740 quad-core processor clocked at 1.8GHz coupled with 2GB of RAM. It comes with 32/64GB of internal storage that can be expanded using a microSD card.
Tablet sports a 5-megapixel rear autofocus camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. It packs a 4,960mAh battery which can last up to 8 hours. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, micro-USB port, micro-HDMI port. Iconia W4 runs on Windows 8.1 operating system. The tab also comes pre-loaded with Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013, for creating and editing Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents.
Acer is also offering optional accessories like the Crunch Keyboard, which is an external keyboard that connects via Bluetooth 3.0 or micro-USB. Crunch Cover, a slim-fit cover for the tablet also serves as a tablet stand.
Acer Iconia W4 tablet key specifications
  • 8-inch IPS (1280×800) display with Zero Air Gap technology
  • 1.8GHz Intel fourth generation (Intel Bay Trail series) Atom processor
  • 32GB/ 64GB inbuilt storage, expandable up to 32GB via microSD card
  • Windows 8.1
  • 5-megapixel rear autofocus camera
  • 2-megapixel front-facing camera
  • 4,960mAh battery

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Micromax Canvas Blaze launched with GSM, CDMA support at Rs. 10,999


Micromax, in partnership with telecom service provider MTS, has launched the Canvas Blaze in India at Rs. 10,990.
The Micromax  supports dual-SIM functionality with GSM+CDMA support. Notably, the Canvas Blaze supports 3G-EVDO networks. The Canvas Blaze sports a 5-inch display (unspecified resolution). It is powered by a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor clocked at 1GHz paired with 768MB of RAM.The smartphone supports expandable storage up to 32GB via microSD card. It runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean out-of-the-box.
Canvas Blaze sports an 8-megapixel rear autofocus camera and also includes a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera.  Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPRS, EDGE and 3G. It packs a 1850mAh battery.
As a part of the deal with MTS, Canvas Blaze comes with bundled offers which include 2GB of free data, 1000 free minutes for MTS to MTS local calling, and 120 free minutes for other local and STD calls, all of which are applicable per month for six months.
Commenting on the launch, Vikas Jain, co-founder, Micromax, said, “Our new offering on 3G EVDO + GSM dual-SIM smartphone based on a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor will help GSM consumers take advantage of the superior 3G EVDO network of MTS while retaining their GSM number.”

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Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 coming to India in January


Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Grand 2 in November this year. Today, at an event in Mumbai, the South Korean company launched the device in India and will make it available across the country from first week of January. The phone is likely to be priced between Rs 22,900 and Rs 24,900.
The Galaxy Grand 2 is successor to the Galaxy Grand with an improved set of features compared to its predecessor. It now features a bigger 5.2-inch 720p display compared with the 5-inch WVGA display on the former. It is powered by a 1.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm processor paired with 1.2 GB of RAM. It offers 8GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 64GB using a microSD card.
Other features include an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and support for 1080p video recording, 2-megapixel front camera, and a 2,600mAh battery with up to 10 hours of playback and 17 hours of talktime. Connectivity options include 3G (HSPA +) support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v 4.0, and GPS.
The Galaxy Grand 2 is a dual-SIM device with support for GSM+GSM and runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out-of-the-box. It also brings Samsung apps like ChatON, Samsung Hub, S Health, Group Play, S Travel, S Translator, Samsung Link, and Story Album.
The Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 will be available in Black, Pink and White colour variants in select regions. Here’s a comparison between Galaxy Grand and Galaxy Grand 2.

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Nokia Moneypenny leaked screenshot reveals dual-SIM support


Recent leaks have revealed that the Nokia’s  codenamed Moneypenny device is likely to be Nokia’s first dual-SIM Lumia 630/Lumia 635 smartphone. Serial leakster @evleaks has posted reportedly a screenshot from the Moneypenny, the all-touch device from those earlier rumors. Report claims that the Moneypenny is the first dual-SIM Windows Phone which is very popular in emerging markets like China and India.

As seen in the image above, on the right-top corner we see two network bars, which indicate that the Lumia 630/635 is a dual-SIM 3G device. Additionally, at the bottom it shows three buttons, which means that the forthcoming device is likely to be Nokia’s first to boast onscreen buttons.
As per earlier rumors, Nokia Moneypenny is set to be Nokia’s first smartphone to run on the Windows Phone Blue or 8.1 Blue update. So we likely won’t hear anything official about it until Microsoft reveals Windows Phone 8.1. The update is expected to come with 3D touch gesture support, a notification center, a redesigned calendar and will feature a better multitasking menu as well as a Siri-like voice assistant called Cortana.
So far Moneypenny has been spotted in India for testing and is expected to pack a 4.5-inch display. It’s expected to go for about $130 when it launches.

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Telegram coming to Windows Phone in January - promises to be faster and more secure than Whatsapp


Telegram just announced on Twitter their messaging app is coming to Windows Phone in January 2014. Telegram lets you send messages, photos and videos to people who are in your phone contacts (and have Telegram). It’s already available on Android and iOS.
How is Telegram different from the popular messaging app, Whatsapp? Telegram’s team claim they are faster and way more secure.
Telegram is supported by the founders of Russia’s biggest social networking platform, VKontakte. Unlike WhatsApp, Telegram is cloud-based, decentralized and heavily encrypted. To get technical, they support two layers of secure encryption based on 256-bit symmetric AES encryption, RSA 2048 encryption and Diffie–Hellman secure key exchange.
On top of that, Telegram is free and will stay free without ads or subscription fees, forever. Telegram is a non-profit project. The team says they do not intend to sell ads, bring revenue or accept outside investment. If Telegram runs out of money, they'll rely on users to donate or add non-essential paid options.
Are you looking forward to Telegram for Windows Phone or are you sticking with Whatsapp? Let us know in the comments!

Source: Telegram, Via: WinBeta

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