Samsung is set to bring a host of new wearable devices as it continues to focus on health tracking and fitness. The two devices that are pretty much confirmed to be on the out are Galaxy Gear Fit 2 and Gear IconX. The Gear Fit 2, as the name suggests is the successor to the original Gear Fit, a fitness tracker that does give you mobile notifications and an active display to glance at the time and few other tiny things. The IconX is an interesting device and looks to be a set of Bluetooth enabled earbuds, that double up as a standalone music player as well as a fitness tracker.
What can Rs 251 buy for you? For our international readers, we are talking about just a shade under $4. Well, let’s see. A latte at your favorite coffee shop? Maybe some chocolates or a low-end deodorant? Or a smartphone? Yes, you read that right, you can pick up a 3G phone in India now starting at an earth shattering price of Rs 251 or $4. The dream has been made possible by a Noda based phone manufacturer called, Ringing Bells.
HTC has announced its much awaited HTC One A9. The smartphone that was codenamed Aero A9, has been in the news for a while now and looked upon as a bit of a saviour of grace for HTC who failed pretty miserably with the one M9 and its variants this time around. First look at the phone and you would be tempted to call it an iPhone 6 ripoff, more so than any of the Chinese players you would have seen in the past year or so. In fact, just move the camera module towards the center and rebrand the iPhone 6 from the back, and you pretty much get the HTC One A9. A major difference between the iPhone 6 and HTC One A9 is that the HTC product comes with an oval sensor in front against the round one on the iPhone 6.
Specifications wise, the HTC One A9 comes with a 5 inch True HD 1080 P AMOLED display. It is powered by Snapdragon 617 SoC with 3 GB or 2 GB RAM. Internal memory on the device is 32 GB on the 3 GB RAM variant and 16 GB on the 2 GB RAM version. The rear camera is 13 MP while the front-facing snapper is 4 MP. The battery is 2150 mAh unit. HTC One A9 comes with Android 6.0 out of the box with Sense skin on the top.
The phone comes with a metallic body which on the front houses the speaker grille on the top. It is available for $400 in four color variants: Carbon Gray, Opal Silver, Topaz Gold, Deep Garnet.
Mobogenie, a well known Android app developer, recently announced a developer program which promised to help the new upcoming developers through the challenging journey of app development. Mobogenie announced at GMIC in Bangalore, that not just hosting the applications, they also would make sure to help market the application for the developers. The dashboard on the application, helps the developers not only keep all the key information but also use either the token amount or their own money to promote and market their applications.
As a deal sweeter for the festival period and promotional offer, Mobogenie will be making a promotional package worth $1000 available for the premium developers who sign up for the programme and submit their applications to Mobogenie. For the offer to be valid and stand a chance to win, all you need to do is to download Mobogenie Analytics SDK and then submit the application. The promotion will be in the form of either appearance in one of the hand picked categories or simply offering attractive advertisement commitments.
Talking about the interesting offering, Mr. Mir Mubasher Hameedi, Head of Global PR, Mobogenie said:
We are excited to launch the $1,000 worth App Promotion Package for Star Developers. The immense potential and convenience that Mobogenie Developer has for developers is clearly visible from many golden cases. One such success is the latest version of Subway Surfers, an adventure type mobile game. The game had a skyrocketing distribution since its debut on Mobogenie Android app store, reaching a record high of 3,000,000 users in 3 days. With a solid professional support and a huge user base, Mobogenie Developer can make it easier for ambitious developers to fulfil their dreams.
You need to submit your application before November 30th to be eligible for this offer, which shall be extended from December 10 to 20th.
Xiaomi has issued a press release after it was claimed last week by the IAF that using Xiaomi smartphones could lead to a potential security threat. A detailed update on the same was issued by Hugo Barra stating absolutely clearly how it is absolutely safe using the devices. Xiaomi said in the official release that they are still trying to connect with the authorities to know exactly the reason behind the issue of the warning. They also went on to affirm that they take the privacy of their users extremely carefully.
While we can summarize the press release and write it down in our words, we feel, it is imperative that we communicate the message exactly as the company wanted it to go out. Here is the release in entirety:
1. We provide opt-in secure Internet services that greatly benefit users
We offer various opt-in Internet services that bring great user benefits, are free of charge, and require personal data to be stored in the cloud. For example:
? Mi Cloud enables users to back up their data as well as sync it to other devices
? Cloud Messaging allows users of Mi devices to exchange text messages free of carrier charges by routing messages via IP instead of carrier’s SMS gateway
These services are optional (opt-in). Users can turn them on and off at any time. Users can also opt to use similar services from other Internet companies instead, such as Google, Whatsapp, Dropbox and others.
2. We do not collect user data without permission
We do not collect any data associated with services such as Mi Cloud and Cloud Messaging until the user provides explicit consent by turning on the corresponding service(s). Even after users have turned on these services, they can turn them off at any point of time.
We take rigorous precautions to ensure that all data is secured when uploaded to Xiaomi servers and is not stored beyond the time required.
3. We use very high encryption and security standards to protect user data
? We encrypt data using AES-128 standard before storing, which makes it practically impossible for anyone to steal this information
? We protect user passwords and identifiers such as IMEI number using cryptographic one-way hash functions *before* they’re uploaded, which means we never actually receive the original information
? No single person, including Xiaomi employees, can decrypt user data stored in Mi Cloud, even if they get access to the hard drives
? We use extremely strict access control policies with multiple authorizations being required for engineers building services that access any personal data
? All access to servers is logged and audited
4. We are moving our Indian users’ data to servers outside of China, and to India in 2015
Since early 2014, we have been migrating our services and corresponding data for Indian users from our Beijing data centers to Amazon AWS data centers in Singapore and USA. Parts of this migration will be completed by the end of October, and all of it will be completed by the end of 2014. In 2015, we plan to launch a local data center in India to serve the needs of (and store data for) our Indian users.
These efforts help significantly improve the performance of our services and also provide some peace of mind for users in India, ensuring that we treat their data with utmost care and the highest privacy standards.
For detailed information, refer this recent post by Hugo Barra on this:
5. The concerns raised by F-Secure have been fully addressed
We believe the advisory circular issued by IAF is based on events about 3 months back. It refers to the F-Secure test done on the Redmi 1S in July 2014 about the activation of our Cloud Messaging service (which enables users to send text messages for free, similar to other popular messaging services).
We immediately addressed the concerns raised, which was directly acknowledged by F-Secure 4 days later.
Please refer to this post by F-Secure confirming their concerns were addressed:
While the security threats remain a concern, at least Xiaomi has shown that they care about their users enough to directly drop a word on the same, when it would have been easy for them to ignore the topic.
A very interesting comment on one of the social media platforms read, “Any update to the web version of Twitter is as useful as Ravi Shastri’s commentary to me given, that I always anyway access Twitter via the mobile app”. That is pretty much a sentiment echoed by so many of us. Given the number of free apps as well as paid ones that are available for Twitter with added features such as Tweetmarking, Muting, sharing etc, you can understand the reason why people would not use the bland and boring web version.
To change this and maybe attract more users to their Web service, Twitter has started rolling out some major changes. Apart from new profile design which features a very image centric interface with big typefont, Twitter has also added the feature where you can interact with notifications such as those that appear when you receive a mention, retweet or a favorite. These notifications are actually interactive, a bit like Facebook where you can reply to a Tweet or a DM directly from the received notification which is rather useful like we have seen in the notification received on Android smartphone.
You can obviously choose which notifications you wish to receive in the Settings page of the service. If you have not received the new profile design or notifications feature, just be patient as these are being rolled out in phases and will reach your profile soon.
We live in the era of digital today. Everything around us from communication to the way we interact with our surrounding has an element of digital into it. A completely digital centric world is no more a hope of the future but the reality of the present. So, unless you want to be left behind in the game, your would be using digital nuisances not just for your daily life but also for your business to grow. Given that digital is a pretty recent phenomena, there is not a widespread knowledge of the subject and thus learning from the gurus of the world becomes all that more important.
Ad:tech is an yearly event that aims to bring who’s who of the digital world under one roof. It is one of the most keenly anticipated and awaited events around the calendar for those involved in the world of utilizing or looking to utilize the digital platform for the growth of their business. Not only does the event bring you a unique opportunity to listen to and interact with the keynote speakers who are distinguished personalities from the digital domain, it also allows you to interact with your colleagues and several others who are in the same boat like you.
It is at places like ad:tech that an implosion of ideas take place, and no wonder being somebody who is driven by digital media and keen to know a lot more, I would be extremely interested in being a part of the meet from March 20th to 21st in Gurgaon and get to experience the new ideas on leading with digital, which is the theme of the event.
Since the jailbreak of iOS 7 came about, there have been several interesting Cydia tweaks that have surfaced. Plenty of these tweaks are refurbished from the days of iOS 6 or maybe even earlier. However, it is always a news of great interest when the developer goes out of the way to produce something that has not been done yet. AppETA is one such tweak which brings a very interesting concept to the table.
The tweak is a paid tweak, and available for a price of $.99 in BigBoss repo. However, if you do know your way around, there is bound to be a free version lying somewhere, but we totally encourage you to go ahead and buy the tweak if you intend to use it. The teak simply adds an info pop up which is displayed when you click on an app when it is being downloaded. In the popup you get information such as the progress of the download and speed of the transfer that is happening so that you are doubly sure that the app is downloading.
Not just this, you can also directly from the popup go to the app page in the app store to read more about the app or simply dismiss the popup once you have seen the information. There are plenty of modes to customise within the application too and you could just add a percentage sign or even a change of colors to show the progress of app download.
AppETA is an interesting tweak and dare we say, a concept that maybe Apple should think about including into iOS by default. And if done right, it just might bring iOS closer to one of the things that Android does better than it, which is progress report of the app download.
No doubt we live in a world where smartphones are our heartbeats. And surviving without our heartbeat is totally out of question. One feature of the smartphones that really makes them so difficult to put down is having Data connection on the go. Five years ago none of us would have envisaged that we would have internet on our smartphones and would be able to run all the goodness of world wide web over our handy devices. Then came 2G and we were overjoyed by having any form of data connection, even though however small. It opened doors to brand new ways of communication, like using Instant messengers on the go, cross platform messenger such as whatsapp and benefited us immensely. However, the real winner came when 3G came about. Having immensely fast download speeds on your devices is definitely the sort of stuff us bloggers dream about. However, it was not possible until Aircel launched its latest amazing plans that i thought about getting 3G for my device because it was just so cost effective. So far all the 3G plans I have used have had some sort of capping, but with Aircel I have an amazing chance of getting on the go 3G for unlimited data usage. What would I do with all of that? Let’s find out.
First and foremost having unlimited 3G on my device would bring the biggest smile ever possible to me. For me data connection is like backbone of my device. I would without a doubt then not shy away from downloading any number of applications from the Play store since i use an Android smartphone. So far due to all the data restrictions, i download only via WiFi. I would also reconfigure all my Email accounts on the device for retrieving emails instantaneously instead of manual refresh that i have right now to prevent data loss. Another big help would be able to stream music from various radio stations continuously since i am a massive music lover, but can only stream music and videos while on WiFi. I would most definitely surf the internet even more and then be able to use services like Skype to stay online always and never miss out on an important discussion with my friends and family which so far again was possible only through home’s wifi network. However, the biggest help having unlimited 3G plan would be able to navigate even easily as then i would be able to use the Google Maps App far more quicker than i can on my old 2G plan and exactly know the best restaurant i want to be at to satisfy my taste buds. I would definitely play a lot of games online and read just about every feed online given an unlimited data connection. Not just on my smartphone, but given brilliant feature that i could use the Aircel 3G connection to my PC and tablets, I would definitely make most of that opportunity and have one single connection at home and save on a lot of expenditure i am doing on having individual connections.
So that is exactly what i would do given unlimited 3G on my device, opening a door to newer possibilities, ones that so far that are either restricted to WiFi or just not possible so far. What would you do if you were given unlimited 3G? Do let us know in the section below.