Lenovo K900 launch date revealed

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With all the major manufacturers battling tight now for the top spot, we almost forgot about Lenovo’s upcoming flagship smartphone, which was announced back in January at the smartphone centric CES event in Las Vegas. The most intriguing thing about this device is the fact that it will be powered by Intel Clover Trail platform, which technically should outperform most other devices from a core for core point of view. The device will sport a 5.5inch IPS 1080p screen and a 6.9mm stainless steel and polycarbonate body along with other standard features. Lenovo plans to release this beats upon the Chinese market on May 6, though there is no details about international version yet , but Lenovo has promised to launch a counterpart of this in ‘select regional markets’ so keep your fingers crossed that your regions is among them. Further details about the Lenovo K900 such as pricing and color options are yet to be revealed, but we will be sure to update as soon as we get any information from a viable source. Till then feast your eyes on the shots below.
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Huawei quits on the US telecom market

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Huawei is the world’s second largest network switchgear provider and has always considered the US telecom market as an important part of their overall business. However it seems that they have finally had enough of the US telecom market and has called it quits in trying to gain influence in the US telecom market. Huawei alongside ZTE are facing charges of assisting the Chinese government in espionage and as of now both companies are being labelled as a threat to the countries national security. Huawei did try to fight back and asked for a formal investigation which they thought would help prove that they were being framed, however that was considered as insuperable , which lead to Huawei announcing ‘ We are not interested in the US market anymore’ and this came directly from Huawei Vice President Eric Xu. Keep in mind that decision will probably affect other companies in the US as well and we are sure moth of them are already preparing a legitimate answer to this. Either way Huawei is going to go through crisis and the only way to avoid is to have significant growth in the manufacturers low and mid end devices. Will Huawei be able to make a solid recovery or will it crumble down? Only time can tell.

5 Tips to help build a smart website to boost your small business

Modern day business is all about visibility and irrespective of the size of your business it s imperative that you reach out to the consumers in every way possible to give yourselves the best possibility of growth.

Online sales and e-commerce has become one of the most important tools in this regard and it is especially important for small business as a professional and aesthetically pleasing website lends legitimacy to your business and creates a sense of confidence among potential consumers.

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Here are 5 simple tips about the essentials of a smart website that will aide your existing or budding small business venture-

  • The first thing that you need to worry about is the site that will host your website and the web address that you will use. Most often your web address can be the name of your company, but it is best to keep it simple and short. Register for a domain name of your choice from a trusted web hosting fir to get started.
  • Check for the support that is offered by your website hosting company. If designing a site is not your thing, then it is best to get help from either an expert that you know or from professionals who will offer you top notch services that ensure that you have a beautiful site to work with.
  • The next step is to fill the website with the desired information. While this seems like an easy enough task, it is in fact, the most tricky and important aspect. Make your website as user-friendly as possible with information that is easy to locate. The shopping pages must be especially simple to find, breezy to navigate and full with only relevant information. If a new user has to navigate through a maze of pages, it will only drive him away.
  • Use a competent and hassle-free shopping cart software that is both current and convenient. This will enhance your online sales and will encourage users to come back to your site in the future as well.
  •  With all the above in place, it is time to spread the word about your newly created website. Online PR is currently big business and if you do not wish t hire any professionals for it, then start with Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites and work your way to potential search engine results.

6 benefits offered by load testing for your business

Testing has become an integral and essential part of the software industry and with growing online businesses and various firms relying on custom-built software to run their processes, the testing market is on the way up. Load testing tools constitute a very important and often critical aspect of the entire testing spectrum.

They give both developers and clients an accurate sense of how well the software system functions when put under stress and demands that it would encounter in the real world on a constant basis.

Load testing offers a wide variety of benefits for everyone involved in the process and with various free and paid testing tools now in the market, they are a must for every software development program.

  • Load testing reduces the risk of downtime when the system actually goes online and is available for use, since it most likely would have tested the software’s performance under the most strenuous test cases possible.
  • It helps in optimizing hardware and software costs by giving accurate capacity metrics for the system and predicting the breaking point for it well in advance. This enables clients of the software to be prepared for such scenarios and avoid a complete breakdown.
  • It provides concrete and well demarcated statistics for your programmers and developers and tells them the exact capability of the system they have created and what they need to do in order to improve efficiency and system capabilities.
  • Load testing offers a detailed view of various practical performance hindrances of the software or app developed and how it behaves in various situations with diverse necessities.
  • It allows you to fine-tune the software capability and offers a chance to fix the performance bugs, well before deployment. This saves both costs and time alike.
  • The most significant advantage of load testing is customer satisfaction as it showcases how well the system functions under trying circumstances and offers reassurance to clients about its superlative capabilities.

 

Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS to Debut in Singapore

A few weeks ago at the IFA tech show in Berlin, Samsung representatives announced that an upgraded version of the current star, the Samsung S3, is set to debut in Singapore by the end of September. The new S3 will have all of the features of the earlier version except now it will also come with a 2GB RAM, quad-core processor, LTE capabilities, and an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system. Now that is certainly something to look forward to since an OS update is yet to be available for the first S3 release.

At the event, Samsung showcased the S3 LTE Android 4.1 Jelly Bean test model. Those that were able to test drive the new version of the S3 were nothing short of awed by its performance. If there is one downside to Samsung’s up and coming upgraded flagship device, it may be its price. Rumor has it, an unlocked Samsung S3 LTE will retail for around $800SGD. Mobile carriers have yet to make an announcement as to whether or not they will offer the unit under contract.

Samsung has made it clear that they will not be phasing out the I9300 S3 when the LTE version is released to the Asian market. The older version will still be available since not everyone can shell out $800SGD for a smartphone. However, those that are trying to decide whether or not the LTE version would be worth the cost are advised to think a little further into the future. An LTE capable smartphone may not be a necessity now but seeing as today’s technology moves as fast as a moving bullet, it may be a good option to get a more advanced smartphone now while LTE capable units are still priced competitively.

The new iPhone 5 has 1GB of RAM

Not a single soul (or nearly so), hasn’t heard of the now officially marketed iPhone 5. Even before its launch in September, people had been long clamoring for updates on the release of the iPhone 4’s big brother which (presumably) promises a supped-up functionality. Those that are missing are the technical details that geeks everywhere, and most especially the crafty developers, have been aching to know the soonest possible. While previous generations of the iPhone, such as 4 and 4s, had only 512MB of RAM to run the operating system smoothly and without those annoying lags especially when attempting to connect to the internet, browser and all applications in the background, the new iPhone 5 seems to have been an improvement that has led the creators to decide to double the size of the initial memory capacity.

To reach this conclusion, notwithstanding the device being in the stillborn stage, the boys from AnandTech managed by simply analyzing the image of the A6 chip shown in the last Keynote , to snatch the technical specifications of the new RAM: interface, speed and bandwidth .

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The A6 chip shown during the keynote,  was the part number K3PE7E700F-XGC2 . Decomposing this serial comes out that the first part K3P indicates that the RAM present inside it is in dual-channel configuration type LPDDR2 with channel 32-bit . The second block is marked with the symbol E7E7 indicates, the density of each DRAM module present (512MB per die, 1GB in total ). The two end characters are to indicate the operating frequency of such modules equal, in this case, to 1066Mhz . It has finally arrived, only now with an acceptable amount of memory to be able to withstand running multiple applications in the background without letting up and allow developers to create games and applications more complex and exorbitant.

 

LG Launches the First Pocket-sized Printer for Android

From the days of analog telephony to digital ones and now the reign of the Android, think you’ve seen it all? You might want to think again. LG has recently introduced on the market the very first Korean mini wireless printer for Smartphones that we can see in the picture accompanied by some manufacturers’ equipment, compatible with it. Coming in a range of colors with glossy, metallic finish, and looking particularly compact and as reported by the manufacturer,  the mini vavavoom can fit in your pocket or purse , it interfaces with the phone via Bluetooth or Near Field Communication (NFC).

The print technology ZINK (Zero Ink) is used. Meaning the protégé  eliminates the  need for conventional cartridges and inks to provide good photographic prints in mobility. This particular system uses heat to melt the color crystals contained in the special paper used by the printer. Imagine the cost-efficiency of this mini state of the art wonder, gone are the days of groping for that costly ink to fit into your machine, plus, convenience and utter portability. If that is not something that would set the standard for next generation printing, nothing else probably will.

First launched in South Korea, there hasn’t been any plans, as of press time to launch it into the US market quotes one LG representative. LG Pocket Photo will initially be sold on the local market at a price of about €130(189,000 won) already inside with 10 sheets of special paper, every refill containing other 10 sheets at a cost of about €10, not exactly cheap but on the other hand is of a particular product and not so widespread. Makes one want to consider oneself fortunate to get their hands on this you-can’t-do-without-gadget.

Sony Launches New MDR-XB

Multi-media super mogul Sony further expands its catalog of audio devices with the new headphones MDR-XB, a device capable of reproducing sounds as precise and distinct as Sony had been reputed to deliver in its vast array of audio products for many years now. Now they had come up with yet another masterpiece, certainly a clearer way to please even its most demanding users. Connoisseurs and enthusiasts would surely be satisfied with this newest addition to an already long list of top class audio equipment that guarantees no less than a superb listening pleasure.

Sony even valued variety when it was manufacturing the MDR-XB which is now officially out and  can be purchased in five versions: MDR-XB800, MDR-XB600, MDR-XB400, MDR-XB200, MDR-XB30EX .

 

With diversity in mind, the series is meant to satisfy varying audio needs for an ever-growing clientele that Sony has the pleasure of  retaining in their rosters. Different necessities required that several versions be conceived to cater to gamers, enthusiasts and even professionals who just can’t settle for the conventional headsets that do not really provide the subtlety they need.

 

Aesthetically, the new Sony headphones are sleek, compact and lightweight, also thanks to the fluid rotation retractable that they are easy to carry. Unfortunately the company has not yet announced the price so we can only leave you with these technical specifications:

Google Acquires iOS Photo-editing App Snapseed

One of the biggest news of late  is the acquisition by Google of Nik Software, a company whose core business is the development of applications and in particular, the application Snapseed, a sort of Instagram app that allows users to edit images directly from their Smartphones. Little known to Android user due to unavailability, Snapseed App Store Apple was awarded iPad App Of The Year  in 2011 and has reached to the 9 million downloads in just one year. An important software, with a great user base and greatly appreciated. The acquisition could lead to important future developments and is not to be excluded that it can be integrated into Google+ photo editing when uploading or maybe in the Vanilla version of Android to further improve the editing system offers.

Although details of the acquisition and the cost of the operation were not provided, the Nik Software team says:

We are pleased to announce the acquisition by Google of Nik Software. For 17 years we have had as its focus the saying, “photography first,” and we have worked to build tools and software for image editing class. We want to share our passion for photography with everyone and with the support of Google, we hope to be able to help millions of people to create memorable photos.

We are grateful to you all for your support and we hope that your enthusiasm to continue in the next phase of our journey as part of the Google team.

You just have to take a wolf to the company hoping to soon see more news of the acquisition.

 

iPhone 5 on sale in Italy on September 28!

‘Been waiting too long for the next episode in the iPhone saga? Can’t have enough of “the luscious apple”? Then sink your teeth into this good news for all fans of Apple, Italy is not on the first line  (USA, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore) that will have the chance to buy iPhone 5 on day one 21 September as shown in the picture below. Moreover, it is part of the second tranche which will start at a distance of one week, making the wait not so painful. Now how’s that for a loud introductory bang?

A little more than two weeks from today, September 28 , the date of the official debut of the new iPhone model in the Italian market , with the final version of iOS 6, which will be released September 19. Free for iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S, New iPad, iPad 2, iPod Touch 4G. No official price has yet been released however for the said market. By December 2012 the coverage would have been nearly global, having reached a distribution in at least a hundred countries around the world, thanks to the partnership with 240 operators who played a very crucial role in the global distribution of the Apple iPhone 5s. We look forward to know the prices dedicated to the Italian market, which is not too far along in coming given the proximity of the date of sale. Good things indeed come to those who patiently wait after all. In the meantime, any prospected buyer is encouraged to check the Apple site for further information.

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CrazyMaze! Lands in the Marketplace

Amidst the myriad of titles from Microsoft’s virtual store, from time to time you would “strangely” happen to get your hands on an extra ordinary software that renders a user spending hours with eyes glued unto the screen for reasons withheld until solicited. Extra ordinary in the sense that anyone who throws about 5 minutes of attention to it would certainly need another 5 no sooner than the last one. With the power to captivate any unsuspecting spectator and render them enticed to its often interesting but friendly interface due to its simplicity of approach, whilst embellished with some unique characteristics, albeit enigmatic yet subtle and utterly addicting.

Such is just one way to describe that which is known simply as CrazyMaze! With a façade as simple as it is interesting, CrazyMaze! is part of the circle of fascinating, often quirky mirage of out of this world sights, sounds and inhabitants that certainly leave a mark on you the moment you let them into your world.

With an offering of about fifty levels revolving around platforms and sceneries driving a small sphere towards the end of the level and following the classic conception of a puzzle game, the player drives around the levels to be awarded medals, which may be bronze, silver or gold,  and at the end of each stage depending on their performance.

The duration of the game is dictated by the players’ tenacity to unlock new levels, collecting medals, painstakingly earned stage after stage. In addition, there are several boundary elements that has the potential to be particularly useful.  Some of which are keys that open new areas and a substantial increase in speed due to the booster. These among others give the replay value of CrazyMaze! a decent face.

The price of release itself is impressive as it is “user friendly”, set at €0.99 , which could very well be another good reason to grab a game that promises tons of fun and countless hours of exhilarating challenges if not a set of bloodshot eyes.

 

Sony Patents a Next Generation Energy-saving TV

Sony has yet again upped the ante in their staple audio-visual prowess as they recently patent an innovative technology that drastically reduces energy consumption of the television. There are however, other models from other manufacturers already out on the market with sensor, capable of recognizing if there is a user in front of the panel, and is therefore actively using the TV, or if the room is currently unoccupied otherwise. In the case of the latter, the presence sensor can give the order to turn off the screen on its own and without human intervention, if the absence lasts for a pre-set period of time.

The new system of Sony is based on a principle almost identical to, but more advanced than its competitors in the market. In addition to the sensor which detects user presence, there are 3 installed cameras, which not only detect the presence of a warm body, but also embedded in it is a pre-installed software for recognizing faces, with ultra precision analysis of facial features, like the mouth, eyes, eyebrows and so on. This is how the energy saving system goes to work as it makes it possible to determine with greater accuracy the presence of people in the environment. Furthermore, there are also features dedicated to user preference that allows full customization of the visual settings. A pre-customized user profile is saved in the system’s internal memory for quick selection.

Depending on the case, some actions are pro-actively initiated such as screen brightness reduction, or automatic switch-off, with the volume simultaneously reducing to a subtle level to total mute when the sensor detects that  a subject, although present in the room, is actually asleep, rendering operation to a minimal, thereby greatly contributing to energy saving.

Statistically, these features can reduce fuel consumption by up to 40% less .

 

 

Monster Island on special offer for the whole week

Can’t get enough of those cutesy little critters whose got an island named after them? Well then bury your hand in the cookie jar with this special offer in the virtual store from Microsoft! Monster Island is indeed released at a reduced price, from €2.99 to €0.99, on demand and on sale for the rest of the week!

Developed by Miniclip, Monster Island promises to submerge players into a real adventure where you will find trying to defeat hordes of monsters through the use of mini bombs an exhilarating experience of sorts that will slowly creep up on you and make you find yourself waking up one morning… addicted!

Monster Island is heavily based on interacting with a pre-rendered environment, thanks to the graphics engine capable of simulating the various impacts between the active elements on the screen very convincingly. The control system is based on the classic concept introduced by Angry Birds, giving players the opportunity to cast their arsenal, from the monstrous features, upon the unwanted visitors and trying to put together a chain reaction through wise exploitation of the scenarios.

There are five different bombs that the player can count: Rocko, Sticky, Xplode, and Don Blui Tonator, all freely available for use in the three worlds. In fact there are over two hundred missions to accomplish, ensuring countless hours of fun and quirky, rather cutesy sort of challenges on a different kind of platform. Attempting to unlock all contributes to a high replay value.

Start turning your weekends into something that you truly look forward to. Grab a copy of this highly addictive title that you would definitely find an unforgettable gaming experience. An instant classic that is certainly well worth your while!

HTC Revenue Down 4% in August

Another difficult month for the Taiwanese Smartphone manufacturer has just concluded. The decline in sales of Smartphones continues to leave traces in the company’s already battered balance sheet, which also recorded a sharp revenue fall within the same month. HTC has achieved revenues of approximately $800 million,  value marks a decrease of 4% compared to the month of July and 47% if we take the month July 2011 as a benchmark. The Taiwanese manufacturer had already anticipated a quarter interim, after ascertaining that the launch of the HTC Smartphone One was not able to get the sales success that everybody in the team previously hoped for.

If on the one hand, the crisis is obvious and overt, the other thing the Taiwanese manufacturer has already implemented was a number of measures to try to respond to difficult situations. In the recent weeks, Peter Chou has called to order his collaborators, emphasizing the importance of responding quickly, minimizing bureaucratic processes that slow the adoption of key decisions’ success.

Just recently, after its annual participation at IFA 2012 without any big news except for the presentation of the X Desire , the Taiwanese company has returned to draw upon itself the attention of the media, giving us a date of September 19 for the event dedicated to Windows Phone 8 and, perhaps, new Android devices as well. The same executives confirmed that a lot more is in-store and are to be expected within the coming months.

There were many interesting perspectives to try to stem the crisis that were discussed, which should be translated into concrete results in terms of sales to bring real benefits to the company.