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Google Announces the Android 6.0 and Two Nexus Phones

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Google recently announced they are going to be releasing two new Nexus smartphones in the near future. These phones are called the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X, and will be much different than previous versions of Nexus. For starters, the phones are going to have the new Android 6.0 operating system. This is the latest version of the popular Android OS created by Google. The nickname for Android 6.0 is Marshmallow.

Besides the new OS, the phones will have better quality cameras, improved fingerprint sensory technology on the rear, bigger batteries, and new power saving options that will be included with Android 6.0. However, another change in the OS that IT managers and business users will appreciate are the enhanced security options. Users will now be able to keep their personal apps and business apps separate from each other. This kind of feature used to be available through add-on software and apps that you would have to download, but now users will be able to have the feature built right into the operating system.

Business people and workers are always struggling to separate their work related apps from their personal apps. Often times, workers will end up accidentally sharing sensitive company information through a private email, or sometimes even sensitive personal information through a corporate email. You have probably heard about stories where people end up accidentally sharing personal selfie pictures or even nude pictures of themselves with people they didn’t intend on sending them to. Well now, this problem will be avoidable in the new Android 6.0 because you can finally keep your personal data separate from your work data, and vice versa.

The LG Nexus 5X will have a 5.2 inch display screen and will be priced at $379 if The LG Nexus 5X will have a 5.2 inch display screen and will be priced at $379 if you purchase the standard 16GB model. As for the Huawei Nexus 6P, it will have a 5.7 inch display screen and priced at $499 if you purchase the 32GB model. Both come equipped with 64-bit processors. The phones were available to purchase starting at the end of October. The majority of the people purchasing these new phones are businesspeople, since the new features cater more to their needs. They are also more likely to afford the purchase because it is work related, which can be claimed as a deduction on their income tax. As for laypeople, they may still want to upgrade their Android phone to the newest Nexus model just to try out the latest Android operating system.

Hands on with the Samsung S2 smartwatch

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At a recent IFA Conference that was held in Berlin, Samsung unveiled its new Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch. As most people know, Samsung’s line of smartwatches has been a fierce competitor to the Apple Watch. The Gear S2 features a watch face with a round display, which is different than the original Gear watch that had a rectangular display. Consumers get to choose between two versions of the Gear S2; a classic leather banded watch or a sporty looking watch. The leather band of the classic version can be swapped out with the bands of other Samsung watches by using the quick release mechanism built in. You can choose between black, silver or dark gray colors for the Gear S2. But the cosmetic features of the Gear S2 aren’t even the best part about it. The watch will be able to connect to a 3G network, which means it doesn’t have to rely on mobile phones in order to function properly. This also means it can make phone calls and it can utilize the functions of Samsung Pay. The watch has a 1.2 inch display screen with a pixel resolution of 360 x360. The watch itself is 11.4 millimeters thick, which makes it big but not too bulky. Therefore it should be comfortable on your wrist. 

The Gear S2 runs on an open source operating system called Tizen. Samsung helped develop this operating system in order to separate itself from the Android operating system. After all, it would cut into their profits if they had to pay Google for the use of their operating system in each watch that they sold. By Samsung using their own operating system, it will save them more money in the long run. It will also give consumers a unique user experience when they operate the watch. Instead of being forced to scroll the screen with your finger, you can also rotate the bezel around to navigate through the watch. The bezel moves around the watch face very easily, but there is still a little resistance. However, if you still prefer to swipe the watch face to navigate then you little resistance. However, if you still prefer to swipe the watch face to navigate then you can always exercise that option as well. 

With so many options and over 1,000 apps to choose from, it is looking like the Gear S2 will be a big seller when it comes out next month. The preorders for the watch have already sold out. These were priced at €349 in the United Kingdom, so Samsung seems to be dominating the smartwatch market right now.

Nokia Camera beta app now available for all Lumia Windows Phone 8

The Nokia Camera app, initially a Pure View-exclusive app that combined the features of the popular Pro Camera and Smart Camera apps, will now be available for all Lumia phones that run Windows Phone in beta.

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Nokia announced the availability of the Nokia Camera beta app on its Beta Labs Blog and notes that the app would bring the features of the Nokia Camera app to all Lumia Windows Phone 8 devices.

The new update brings Nokia Camera beta app compatibility to Nokia Lumia 520, 521, 620, 625, 720, 810, 820, and 822.

The Nokia Beta Labs blog notes, “In this beta trial you will get frequent updates with the latest features and improvements, but there could be bugs. This trial is aiming to collect feedback on overall usability on all Lumia phones and to verify the latest fixes and improvements we do.”

According to the Finnish handset maker, the Nokia Camera beta will bring the latest bug fixes, improvements, and functionality to all Lumia devices. The company notes that the Nokia Camera Beta can be used in parallel with the Nokia Camera app which is already available in the Windows Phone Store for PureView-branded Lumia smartphones that include Nokia Lumia 920, 925, 928 and 1020.

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Notably, the Nokia Camera beta is provided as a standalone app for Lumia Windows Phone devices that run the Lumia Amber or Lumia Black software updates.  Nokia Camera is a really good camera app and one of the most impressive feature of this app is the UI which has a dial kind of mechanism where you can adjust all the settings easily.

Announced at Nokia World 2013, the app serves up faster access to sport or night mode, as well as a full manual mode for more precise control over shutter speed, ISO, white balance and more. It also includes Nokia’s Smart camera mode which basically allows users to take a sequence of photos that can be altered afterwards to emphasize (or remove) things like movement, or select the best snap.

This beta version will be the guinea pig for future updates to the experience, so it’s worth downloading on all hardware if you want to remain ahead of the game – perfect for those who enjoy testing new functionality and providing feedback.

Nokia Beta Labs does point out that even people with ‘PureView’ phones (i.e. 920, 925, 928, 1020, 1520) can also install this, alongside their existing applications, if they want to play with the very latest tweaks – but don’t get too excited. It’s a beta after all, so you may not want to trust it with your precious photo and video moments, plus the really big improvements won’t come until Nokia Black arrives.

Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 RT are available for download

If you have windows 8 software running on PC, tablet or laptop you should now see notification in the Windows Store inviting you to update for free.

Windows 8.1 update available

Windows 8.1 update is now available

In this Windows 8.1 update Microsoft offers improvements to its Windows 8 OS. The most notable are Start Button, deeper SkyDrive integration, ability to resize and assort apps, Bing search, Multitasking, App-snapping and more. For Windows RT users there is Windows 8.1 RT update available for download as well.

READ: Windows 8.1 update features

If you’re prompted to type in the license key, you will have to reinstall the windows 8 before updating to 8.1 version. If you have Windows 8.1 Preview installed, then you can go to the Windows Store and get your final version of Windows 8.1, but you won’t be able to activate your license without license key. If you want to avoid repurchasing the key, reinstall the original Windows 8 software.

Windows 8.1 App Updates

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Microsoft also released bunch of Windows 8.1 App updates. You can get them now in Windows Store, but you do have to have the final version of Windows 8.1 installed on your device to run these apps. The biggest improvement it seems is of Xbox Music app, which now opens much faster and offers Snap Views. There are other enhancements like Water-color feature in Fresh Paint app, People, Mail, Calendar and more.

Via theverge

HTC One Windows Phone

HTC sets the rumors of HTC abandoning the windows phone OS to rest by confirming that new One windows phone is on its way and could be stocked by fall.

HTC One Windows Phone

HTC One Windows Phone

HTC’s Jeff Gordon in his own words,

“contrary to what DigiTimes reported, [HTC is] absolutely dedicated to our Windows Phone lineup”

If this windows phone arrives in fall, hence before Microsoft’s GDR3 update, it will not be run by a quad-core processor. HTC One android device features top notch 4.7-inch S-LCD 3 display with 1080 x 1920 pixels (468ppi). The new HTC One Windows Phone will feature 4.7-inch Super LCD3 1080p dis­play, but no quad-core chip. The windows phone will have 2 GB of RAM, at least 32 GB of built-in stor­age and hopefully micro SD card expansion. The HTC’s OIS-based Ultrapixel technology should allow for great low light pics.

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HTC tweet

HTC recently launched HTC One mini and we’re also expecting a larger screen HTC One Max phablet.

Source: windowsphoneblogging

Great Apps for Hiking

Outdoors enthusiasts around the world can relax and enjoy their recreational adventures knowing they don’t have to risk getting lost for several hours at a time. One visit to blog.itok.net, and they will realize that they will be able to go out for a beautiful afternoon of hiking or bicycling and will be able to easily find their way back to their starting point.

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Before answering the call of the wild for a weekend camping trip and a hike into unknown territory, adventure seekers should prepare by taking a look at some of the best resources around to ensure their safety and a positive experience for many future healthy and fun adventures into the great outdoors.

A visit blog.itok.net yields information about several invaluable apps to its guests for excursions out in the great outdoors. Technology is ready and available to make a hike even more enriching and exciting. One of the premier apps that nature seekers should investigate is MapMyHike, which maps your route, pace, distance and even lets hikers keep a hiking journal to refine hiking skills–and ultimately their enjoyment–over time. This essential outdoors app also provides the added benefit of keeping a record of where hikers are so friends and family can feel safe knowing where their loved ones are during their adventures.

EveryTrail helps give avid hikers new ideas about places to explore. With information about more than 4,000 hiking trails all over the world, this app will keep hikers busy for years to come.

Mapster app will show you hiking trails unlisted in many official trail maps.

Better Speech Recognition for Windows Phone

Bing Speech Team introduces an update to Speech Recognition on windows phone 8 devices promising more accurate and faster searches.

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Using a special Deep Neural Networks technology, microsoft is trying to learn from the way our neurons pick up on info and search. Windows Phone Mix reported that Microsoft released the update to their windows phone 8 clients, promising cutting the search time in half and increasing search accuracy by 15 percent.


The new Speech Recognition is well demonstrated in this video:

via: windows phone mix
source: bing

Windows 8.1 updates apps and introduces some new ones

Windows 8.1 brings in new sound recorder, Movie Moments, calculator and Xbox Music’s makeover.

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Windows 8.1 sound recorder (click)

We’ve talked about Windows 8.1 update promising the return of popular Start button, restoring the user-friendliness to non-touch-screen use of Windows 8, the snap view and more. We’ve heard little of apps’ updates and their look and feel.

Xbox Music app explore

There is a new sound recorder app, Alarm clock, Movie Moments and calculator app. Another new thing is featured recommendations to other apps. For example, if you’re using new refreshed Xbox Music app, Microsoft will also recommend using Pandora. Speaking of Xbox Music app, there is a new “explore” button to improve on navigation in the app and listing the artists name and their portfolio. The new Xbox Music app also gets a new “radio” button to access radio service, which is rumored to be run by Microsoft’s Smart DJ service.

Check out this video showing the Windows 8.1 update’s look and feel for news, whether updates, travel info, Xbox Music and other.

source: the verge

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