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Prakash

Ubuntu Phone and Tablet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since the Ubuntu phone has been announced, many people are getting eager to give it a try. The Ubuntu Touch Developer Preview, which allows you to get a peak into Ubuntu phone and tablet is available for download. Images are available for the following:

Phones: Google Nexus, Nexus 4

Tablets: Nexus 7 and Nexus 10

 

Please read the disclaimer before you begin:

It is an experimental development snapshot that can potentially brick your device. It does not provide all of the features and services of a retail phone and cannot replace your current handset. This preview is the first release of a very new and unfinished version of Ubuntu and it will evolve quickly.

This process will delete all data from the device. Restoring Android will not restore this data.

Grab your bits here.

 

   

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Prakash

While Samsung is busy launching the Galaxy Grand and Micromax the A116 Canvas HD, Karbonn has launched the S1 Titanium.

All of them are big screen phablets (phone+tablets) and here is what is common and whats not.

  • Dual Sim
  • 1GB RAM
  • Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)

Here is the difference, Lets see which one rocks.

Samsung Galaxy Grand Micromax A116 Canvas HD Karbonn S1 Titanium
Display Size 5″ 5″ 4.5″
Display Size 480 x 800, 187 ppi 720 x 1280 pixels, 294 ppi 540 x 960 pixels, 245ppi
CPU Dual Core 1.2 GHz Quad Core 1.2GHz
Quad Core 1.2GHz
Internal Memory 8 GB, expandable to 64 4 GB, expandable to 32 4 GB, expandable to 32
Bluetooth 4.0 2.0 2.0
Primary Camera 8 Megapixel
8 Megapixel 5 Megapixel
Secondary Camera 2 MP VGA VGA
Battery 2100 mAh 2100 mAh 1600 mAh
Estimated Pricing Rs. 21,500 Rs. 14,999 Rs. 10,999

Micromax has the best display, while Karbon has the snappiest Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. The Karbonn is the best value for money. The price difference of Rs. 4000 for Micromax is huge, Expect them to drop prices even before it is launched. If the price of Micromax is dropped to around Rs. 13,000 it would be worthy paying the extra over Karbonn.

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Prakash

Samsung has launched the Galaxy Grand while Micromax has launched the A116 Canvas HD. Both are big screen phablets (phone+tablets) and here is what is common and whats not.

  • 5″ Screens
  • Dual Sim
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8 Megapixel camera
  • Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)

Here is the difference, Lets see which one rocks.

Samsung Galaxy Grand Micromax A116 Canvas HD
Display 480 x 800, 187 ppi 720 x 1280 pixels, 294 ppi
CPU Dual Core 1.2 GHz Quad Core 1.2GHz
Internal Memory 8 GB, expandable to 64 4 GB, expandable to 32
Speed 21 Mbps 42 Mpbs
Bluetooth 4.0 2.0
Secondary Camera 2 MP  VGA
Estimated Pricing  Rs. 21,500 Rs. 14,990

The Micromax has better specifications at a lower price and seems to be better value for money. The Micromax has a better display, Samsung Galaxy Grand has a newer generation processor and hence should give comparable perforamce to Micromax’s Quad Core.

 

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Prakash

Root Transmission: the ONLY app that allows you to root other phones straight from your own device!

Inspired by Kos’s p2p-adb hacking toolkit (http://hak5.org/episodes/hak5-1205), this app is a pleasant, easy way to root other phones while away from your computer! Just two buttons, Root and Unroot! Connect the cable and root away! It couldn’t be simpler!

Even has its own terminal window so you can see exactly what’s going on while your phone does its thing!

You will need a ROOTED device capable of USB hosting (USB On The Go), a USB OTG cable and one-click root scripts for the devices you wish to root.

Get it here.

 

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Prakash

Samsung announced an 8 core! yes an 8 core ARM processor which may power the Samsung Galaxy S4

Rather than a single eight-core chip, it has two quad-cores inside – one being a quad-core ARM Cortex A15 and the other a quad-core Cortex A7. The Cortex A15 deals with the tough stuff but passes off the easy tasks to the Cortex A7, or they can both be fired up to really show off. This means it’s strong enough to provide all the power you may need, while at the same time being smart enough to conserve energy when it can. If you’re wondering just how much difference the Exynos 5 Octa and other big.LITTLE chips will make when used in a device, ARM’s CEO Warren East said he expects “twice the performance and half the power consumption” compared to today’s best offerings.

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Prakash

Just when you thought, notebooks were dead and tablets where the future. Samsung has released the Chromebook, which may appeal to a new category of users. This product was the best sell on Amazon for Christmas.

I have been looking at light mobile devices which I can carry instead of a full fledged laptop, and I haven’t found one so far that meets my requirements. I need something which is light weight and has a good battery life. Essentially looking for something which can do Email and take meeting notes with presentations sometimes. Tried a tablet, but missed a proper keyboard. Besides I also wanted it to run Ubuntu, Thunderbird. Lets see if the Chromebook fit the bill ?

Here is what I liked about it.

  • Extremely light weight, 1.1 Kgs or 2.5 pounds
  • Dual Core ARM A15 processor (Samsung Exynos 5 Dual) gives better performance than Intel Atom.
  • 0.8 inch fan-less design
  • HDMI port and HD video playback
  • USB 3.0 and USB 2.0
  • Dual band WiFi
  • SD Card slot
  • 6.5 hours battery life, my Intel based laptop gives 2 hours battery life on a 6 cell battery. This one claims 6 hours with a 2 Cell!
  • 100 GB space for 2 years on Google Drive.
  • Yes you can run Ubuntu, however has some issues.
  • Good value for its price of US$250, 3G is for $330.

What I don’t like.

Has only 16GB storage, although you get 100 GB of google drive free

Hope it had a full fledged OS like Ubuntu, which allows you to run more offline applications. This device is designed in such a way thats it’s always connected.

ChrUbuntu: Ubuntu for Chromebook.

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Prakash

Apple may be considering switching from Intel processors to ARM chips used in iPhones and iPads for its range of Mac personal computers, said a media report. Published in Bloomberg, the report cited three anonymous sources who said Apple believes that the processors used in its mobile devices will be robust enough to power its line of computers. Intel chips have been used in Mac computers since 2005, while ARM’s processors have been used in iPhones and iPads since their respective launches in 2007 and 2010.

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Prakash

HTC has upgraded the One X with One X+

  • It now has a 1.7 GHZ quad-core processor
  • 64 GB Memory
  • 2100 mAh battery to give you upto 50% more usage

If you are using HTC One X, then there is not much for you. If you are planning on buying the HTC One X, you should buy the One X+

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Prakash

Google Nexus range has announced the Nexus 10 which beats the iPad 4 in display resolution, where is what is cool:

  • Dual Core 1.7 GHz processor vs iPads 1.4 GHz Dual Core
  • 2GB RAM vs 1GB on ipad 4
  • Display resolution: 2560X1600 300 PPI vs 264PPI of iPad
  • 10″ Display vs iPad’s 9.7″
  • Weight 603gms vs iPad’s 662 grams
  • 8.9mm thickness verses iPads 9.4mm
  • 5MP camera with 1.9 MP rear camera
  • WiFi
  • Pricing start at $399 vs $499 for iPad

Google is claiming this to be highest resolution tablet in the world. This model is WiFi only model, if you need 3G, you need to wait for the 3G model to get released.

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Prakash

  • Quad-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 CPU
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 4.7″ Display
  • Sealed battery which can’t be changed or replaced.
  • 8GB  or 16 GB of internal storage (which won’t be expandable as no microSD slot)
  • Price of US$ 399 (no contract or locked)

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Developed in conjunction with the Stanford Mobile Inquiry-based Learning Environment (SMILE) program, the SMILE Plug is a cloud computing server that supports a wide array of SMILE learning applications.  the SMILE Plug creates a micro-cloud within a classroom that is controlled by the instructor, creating a secure, private, and robust classroom connection for up to 60 student

Key Features.

  • Price  US$30
  • Wi-Fi support for 60 clients creates a classroom micro-cloud for up to 60 students
  • Easy Deployment and management means simple plug and device pairing for teachers
  • Optional rechargeable battery back-up, this is ideal for situations where the electrical power source is inconsistent
  • An open platform, which makes it ideal for developing or porting any additional learning applications
  • SMILE Server provides access to more open source SMILE learning applications
  • High-performance with low power, ideal for always-on computing tasks
  • Debug support via external debug board

Specifications

  •  512MB of RAM
  • 512 MB onboard storage
  • 2GHz single-core Armada 370 SoC
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n Avastar WiFi chip
  • 2 Gigabit Ethernet ports
  • 2 USB 2.0
  • microSD slot
  • Linux based

Globalscale DreamPlug 036000291452 GHz Class Linux Server

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Prakash

An IHS report has estimated that 10.3 million Ultrabooks shipped (not sold) worldwide in 2012, a considerably change from their original forecast of 22 million sold this year. 2013 should be OK, though, right? Wrong. IHS is expecting sales of 44 million in 2013, down from a forecast of 61 million.

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Prakash

While most of the recent media attention on NASA has understandably focused on the Curiosity rover on Mars, that’s not the only experiment that the space and aeronautics research agency has in the works. A team at NASA’s Ames Research center in Moffett Field, California, is working on the future launch of miniature satellites constructed with Android-powered Nexus One smartphones at the helm. Dubbed “PhoneSat,” this project is part of a larger experiment called the Small Spacecraft Technology Program that incorporates small consumer electronics into working nanosatellites.

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Prakash

Nikon is releasing the CoolPix S800C in September. With the Android and WiFi powered, you will be able to use your favourite application (Whatsapp, Facebook, Ubuntu One, DropBox, etc.) to share photos easily. Here is the cool features of the CoolPix.

  • 3.5-inch OLED touchscreen with 819,000-dot resolution,
  • 10x optical zoom
  • GPS, 1080p video capture at 30 frames per second
  • 1.7 GB onboard storage
  • SD and SDHC external storage support
  • 18 filter effects
  • HDMI Out (up to 1080i resolution)
  • USB port, and Wi-Fi
  • Weight than a half-pound (6.5 ounces)
  • 1.1-inch depth.

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Prakash

Samsung has announced the Note II, lets see how they compare:

Features Note II Note
Processor Quad Core Dual core
RAM 1.5 GB 1 GB
Built in Memory 16/32 GB 16/32 GB
Screen size 5.5" 5.3"
Camera 13 Megapixel 8 Megapixel
Android 4.1 4.0.4 (currently)
Availability September 2012 already available

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Prakash

From TheDroidGuy.

According to Samsung, the Galaxy SIII Jelly Bean operating system tests have passed through the firmware tests and is currently awaiting a few things including a ‘public version of software agreement’ from Google.  There have been no issues in the testing of the SII and Galaxy note Jelly bean so far but they went ahead and said that in case they change their minds on the update, they may roll out a ‘value pack’.  There is no cause for worry on this issue now though considering that the SIII and the Galaxy Note 2 are still the hottest items in the Android market at the moment.

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Prakash

As if Android everywhere wasn’t enough :)

Microwave Android Integrated Device (MAID) can auto-cook virtually unlimited number of dishes besides making microwave operations simpler with user-friendly interface.

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Prakash

AMD embraces ARM

AMD is now embracing ARM to beat Intel with 2 major announcements recently:

AMD, ARM, Imagination, MediaTek, and Texas Instruments would be joining forces to form the HSA  (Heterogeneous System Architecture) Foundation. MediaTek is one of the leading wireless chipset and are very important supplier in the low cost smart phones.

The companies will work together to drive a single architecture specification and simplify the programming model to help software developers take greater advantage of the capabilities found in modern central processing units (CPUs) and graphics processing units (GPUs), and unlock the performance and power efficiency of the parallel computing engines found in heterogeneous processors.

By standardizing the heterogeneous programming model, developers can more easily and cost-effectively develop new software tailored to take advantage of the expanding $55.5B heterogeneous (also known as “hybrid”) processor market. The HSA Foundation will help usher in the next era of software innovation, from enabling unprecedented user experiences to improving cloud-based data management, streaming, and security.

AMD also announced recently that it will be including an ARM core in their CPU to run TrustZone for security in the CPU.

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Prakash

Olympus has a new baby in the micro four-third category. The OM-D E-M5. This is new OM-D series as compared to the PEN series.

Here is what is cool:

  • 16 Megapixel
  • Micro Four-third mirror-less camera with interchangeable lenses
  • Magnesium alloy body
  • In Body image stabilisation
  • Three inch touch screen display with tilt
  • Weather sealed body, you can also purchase complimenting weather sealed lenses
  • HD Video recording
  • 425g weight

What not so cool:

  • No inbuilt flash, you need to purchase external flash
  • Tilt LCD is not as versatile as swirl ones found in the Panasonic, but guess that is patent protect hence Olympus had to do with tilt. But nevertheless tilt can be used to take photos at different angles

 

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Prakash

After having a very successful Galaxy S II, now samsung has come up with SIII. It is Samsung’s flag ship brand and they seem to make no compromise in the configurations. Here is what is cool.

  • Quad-core 1.4 GHz
  • 4.8 inch display Super AMOLED
  • Resolution 720 x 1280  with 306 ppi pixel density, close to Apple’s retina display
  • Gorilla Glass 2 for extra tough screen
  • MicroSD Slot
  • 16/32/64 MB in built memory
  • 1 GB RAM
  • WiFi and WiFi Hotspot
  • 8 MP Camera
  • 1.9 MP front facing camera
  • Android 4.0.4

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