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An as yet unannounced Microsoft smartphone, the Lumia 840, has allegedly been spotted online in its single-SIM and dual-SIM variants on an import-export site with some specification details, claims a report.

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As per a listing on Zauba, a site that tracks import-export manifests, a smartphone with model name RM-1085, alleged to be the Lumia 840 by the report, is being tested in India and will arrive in both single-SIM and dual-SIM variants. The smartphone is also listed to feature a 5.7-inch display. While the Zauba, spotted by Nokia Power User website, also shows the price (Rs. 38,346) of the unit, readers should note such import/ export prices are only indicative and usually do not include duties or taxes.

The tipped Lumia 840 is expected to run on Microsoft’s latest version of Windows Phone 8.1 with the Lumia Denim update, or may just launch running Windows 10 out-of-the-box.

While Microsoft is far from confirming the handset or its specifications, the Lumia 840 is said to be one of the two high-end smartphones that was rumoured earlier this month.

According to the previous rumours, the handset codenamed ‘Cityman’ is said to feature a 5.7-inch QHD display; a Qualcomm octa-core processor; 3GB of RAM; 32GB of built-in storage with microSD card support; a 20-megapixel rear camera; a 5-megapixel front camera, and a 3300mAh battery.

The second smartphone codenamed ‘Talkman’ is expected to come with a 5.2-inch QHD display; a hexa-core Qualcomm processor; 3GB of RAM; 32GB inbuilt storage; expandable storage support via microSD card; 20-megapixel rear camera; 5-megapixel front camera, and a 3000mAh battery. The publication also adds that Microsoft will try to keep both the smartphones slimmer than the Lumia 930.

 
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As spotted in a recent patent granted to Samsung by USPTO, the South Korean manufacturer may be working on a dual-OS smartphone-notebook hybrid that features a dock for a phablet (like the Galaxy Note) that acts like the brains for the device.

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The phablet would run Android when not connected to the laptop dock, and run Windows when connected to the dock, though Samsung notes other operating systems can be used. Patently Mobile reports that the hybrid device will be also able to charge the smartphone when it is connected to the notebook via dock, which can be immensely helpful for people on the run.

The report includes few images of the Samsung’s new patent showing a notebook with a phablet docking placement right under the display. As seen in the patent images, the notebook keyboards will be a bit cramped while will miss out on touchpad. The patent also refers usage of the smartphone’s display as touchpad for the notebook.

The report quotes the patent on how Samsung describes its new device and it read, “Herein, the first operating system may be Android, and the second operating system may be Windows.” Interestingly, the patent refers usage of any other operating system in the either of the devices opening possibilities for Tizen. “Other operating systems may also be applied,” it said.

The patent also tips non-inclusion of basic components such as hard disk and processor to make the notebook light – this also indicates the laptop dock will not work standalone at all, and even the BIOS will be on the paired smartphone.

The patent further notes, “The operating program may include the first operating system and the second operating system. Specifically, the first operating system may be an Android operating system which is driven in a smart phone, etc., and the second operating system may be a Windows operating system which is driven in a notebook PC, a desktop PC, etc.”

Interestingly, this fits in well with the concept of Windows 10 Continuum, which lets a Windows 10 Mobile device when connected to an HDMI display can present a desktop UI to users, complete with mouse and keyboard functionality.

Finally, this also fits in well with Samsung’s recent tie-up with Microsoft to preload the Redmond giant’s app on its Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge smartphones – especially if the partnership extends to the Galaxy Note 5 or another upcoming Windows 10 phablet device from the South Korean company.

The idea behind the new device is along the lines of how Asus’ PadFone smartphone-tablet hybrid works, though it includes surprises such as dual-OS. It will be interesting to see how Samsung implements the whole idea of smartphone-notebook hybrid, considering that Apple has been lately pushing to gain bigger share of enterprise sales.

 
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An Italian court on Tuesday ordered UberPOP to shut down within two weeks, which is the latest in a series of legal challenges and protests across Europe against the ride-sharing service.
The popular but controversial taxi app for mobile phones puts customers in touch with private drivers at prices lower than those of traditional taxis.

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Judge Claudio Marangoni ruled UberPOP was subject to only minor fees compared to the costs taxis have to pay in order to operate and thus was benefitting from unfair competition.

Marangoni, according to press agency AGI, gave Uber 15 days to comply with his ruling. The UberPOP application for mobile devices will be shutdown in Italy even if the company appeals the decision.

Uber Europe’s legal director, Zac De Kievit, later said the company would appeal the ruling as it did not want Italians to be deprived of a reliable and affordable means of travel.

Italian taxi drivers’ groups filed a complaint in mid-April against UberPOP.

Uber has been hit with court injunctions in Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Spain, and has faced protests from taxi firms in numerous major European cities, including London and Brussels.

The company is facing a barrage of legal challenges spurred on by a furious taxi lobby, which says Uber drivers should be regulated the same way as normal cabs.

 
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Micromax’s fourth variant of the Canvas Doodle series, the Canvas Doodle 4, is now available to buy via an e-commerce website, priced at Rs. 9,199. So far, there has been no announcement beyond a teaser regarding the launch of the Micromax Canvas Doodle 4, and neither has the smartphone been listed on the company site.

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The third-party e-commerce site listing of the Canvas Doodle 4 comes shortly after an established Mumbai-based retailer claimed that the handset was available to buy in India, and detailed its specifications. The retailer on Tuesday however claimed it was available at Rs. 9,499 (MRP Rs. 9,999).

For specifications, Micromax Canvas Doodle 4 is a dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) smartphone which runs Android 5.0 Lollipop out-of-the-box. It features a 6-inch IPS display, which is the highlight of the smartphone at this price point. The handset sports a screen resolution of 540×960 pixels (contradicting the 720×1280 pixel resolution mentioned by the Mumbai retailer).

It is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek (MTK6582M) processor coupled with 1GB of RAM. It comes with 8GB of inbuilt storage with no details about expandable storage support. It sports an 8-megapixel autofocus rear camera with LED flash, while there is a secondary 2-megapixel fixed-focus front camera also on board. The smartphone packs a 3000mAh battery and measures 165.5×85.3×8.5mm. It also includes light, gravity, and proximity sensors.

Much like its predecessors, the Micromax Canvas Doodle 4 is also expected to come with stylus support; though the eBay India listing has no mention of stylus on the handset.

It’s worth noting that Micromax India on Tuesday teased the Canvas Doodle 4 launch tipping that the company might launch the handset soon. To recall, Micromax launched the first Canvas Doodle handset back in 2013 priced at Rs. 12,999 while the Canvas Doodle 2 was also launched in the same year and was priced at Rs. 19,990. The last Canvas Doodle 3 smartphone was launched last year at Rs. 8,500.

 

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OnePlus has long been expected to launch its next smartphone in the second half of this year, and now the company has teased a launch of the OnePlus One successor, thought to be called the OnePlus Two, on Monday

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The Chinese firm on Tuesday teased the launch, saying “We’re always looking for ways to shake up the tech industry. And we think it’s time for change. Find out more June 1.” While the OnePlus teaser does not directly mention the next smartphone, the image accompanying it (seen above) shows a half-drawn half-rendered OnePlus One smartphone with the caption ‘Time to change’, definitely hinting at the launch of the next smartphone. The teaser also comes days after the OnePlus Two was alleged spotted on two benchmark tests.

OnePlus CEO Pete Lau earlier this month also gave clues on the handset’s price and processor. The CEO asked his followers on Weibo what price tag the OnePlus Two should sport if it comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC. After receiving several answers, Lau agreed with some of his followers who had suggested a price of CNY 2,499 (roughly Rs. 25,000). Lau had asked, “If OnePlus Two comes with Snapdragon 810, what do you think will be the price?” and then later replied, “2,499 Yuan seems to be a reasonable price.”

As per the more recent benchmark test, the upcoming OnePlus Two would feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor; 3GB of RAM; full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display; 5-megapixel front camera, and Adreno 430 GPU. Also tipped is a 13-megapixel rear camera, 3300mAh battery; 4G LTE; GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Micro-USB and OTG connectivity. The benchmark test from last week also suggested Android 5.1 Lollipop OS out-of-the-box.

 

Source : (gadgets.ndtv.com)


Social media giant Facebook has garnered 8 lakh users in India for its Internet.org initiative that has been in the thick of the net neutrality controversy.
As part of the global initiative, Facebook had partnered telecom major Reliance Communications to offer free access to over 30 websites without data charges to users in India.

Facebook has faced criticism for launching the platform as it is seen as violating the principle of net neutrality, which is against any priority being accorded to an entity in the Internet traffic flow because of payments to service providers such as telecom companies.

“We have 800,000 Internet.org users in India in just the supported seven circles. Internet.org is helping people connect to the Internet for the first time,” a Facebook spokesperson told PTI.

About 20 percent of Internet.org users were previously not active on mobile data and thus, Internet.org is bringing new people online, the spokesperson said.

Internet.org service is available for Reliance customers in seven telecom circles of Mumbai, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Chennai, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

Internet.org claims to have made Internet available to over 800 million people in nine countries, including India.

“The goal of Internet.org is to allow more people to experience the benefits of being online… The Internet.org Platform aims to give people valuable free services that they can use to discover the entire wealth of online services and, ultimately become paying users of the Internet,” the spokesperson said.

The new Internet users acquired by Internet.org are now consuming over 100MB of data a month outside of Internet.org, that is, paying for data from Reliance.

Recently, Facebook announced an open programme for developers to create services that integrate with Internet.org.

Internet.org states that it aims to bring 5 billion people online in partnership with tech giants like Samsung and Qualcomm.

Source : (gadgets.ndtv.com)


The most challenging leg of Solar Impulse 2’s landmark flight around the world powered only by the sun was delayed on Tuesday due to concerns about the weather, organisers said.
The single-seater aircraft was due to leave Nanjing, in eastern China, for the 8,500 kilometre (5,270 mile) flight over the Pacific Ocean to the US island of Hawaii in the early hours of the morning.

But the much-anticipated seventh and longest section of the maiden solar-powered global circumnavigation was delayed once again due to concerns about the weather.

“The flight that we’ve been looking forward to tonight is not going to happen,” Solar Impulse spokesman Connor Lennon said in a video post on the group’s YouTube channel.

Mission director Raymond Clerc said cloud cover over Nanjing and the Sea of Japan made take-off difficult and the journey would have taken an unacceptably long seven days and seven nights, two more than originally planned.

“We have big problems that added (together) make the risk too high,” he said in the video.

Meteorologists are studying weather conditions and should know in “a few hours” whether the aircraft will be able to launch in the next couple of days, he added.

Solar Impulse 2 has already spent nearly two months in China after arriving at Chongqing airport from Myanmar on March 31, where it was also held up for weeks by weather issues.

Its journey began in Abu Dhabi in March and is scheduled to take 12 legs, with a total flight time of around 25 days.

Source : (gadgets.ndtv.com)


Inbox by Gmail, Google’s email management app, garnered much interest last year with its redesigned looks and some quirky new features. Inbox by Gmail however arguably missed out on some basic features, such as a single delete button and a way to include predefined signatures. These complaints have been heard by the company, and it will soon add the missing features to its email management app.

The Inbox by Gmail team confirmed that it is working on allowing predefined signatures and providing a delete button to Android Police’s Artem Russakovskii on his Google+ post. Russakovskii was sharing why he had problems in getting along with Inbox by Gmail app, giving such as the missing ‘mark an email unread’ feature, labels, signatures, and no one-tap trash action. Inbox by Gmail replied on the post saying, “We’re working on both Signatures and Delete.”

Apart from this, the team also commented about the missing ‘mark as unread’ feature, saying that the pin and snooze features in the mail management app were designed to replace it.

In April, Google updated its Inbox by Gmail app adding a new Web interface with the ability to set a custom Snooze time, and also added quick access to Contacts.

With the updated Inbox by Gmail, users were able to set custom morning, afternoon and evening Snooze times along with existing Snooze options from when the app was launched last year. The custom Snooze feature was highly requested by users since then.

It’s worth mentioning that Microsoft has been lately revamping its Outlook.com email service alongside Outlook mobile app. Microsoft last month released the out-of-beta Outlook app for Android. The company after nearly four months of wait has now removed the preview tag from the app. Microsoft was recently also reported to be working on a Flow by Outlook, an Inbox by Gmail style lightweight email management app.

Source : (gadgets.ndtv.com)


In a recent development, Instagram started sending an email digest called ‘Highlights’ featuring a few of the posts from people you follow.
It could bring back users who have strayed from the photo network.

This is the first time Instagram has sent any type of promotional or re-engagement email, TechCrunch reported.

To accomplish its mission of sharing moments and fuel its ad-based business model, Instagram needs users to voraciously browse its feed.

Instagram’s strategy for that has been to avoid letting photos slip outside its walls. It decided not to let Twitter render its photos in-line, so people would have to use Instagram.

But now it is reaching out, hoping to meet users half way. ‘Highlights’ could remind people what they are missing when they do not open Instagram.

‘Highlights’ could solve an issue common amongst maturing social networks that show a live, reverse chronological feed of posts. It impacts networks like Instagram and Twitter, but not relevancy-sorted streams like Facebook’s.

The unfiltered feed problem happens when people follow too many oversharers that drown out their real friends who do not post as often.

But those effects can be offset, to a degree, with ways to surface the most popular content in your network.

Instagram earlier this month released its Layout app for Android, an app launched for iPhone back in March.

In April, Instragram launched the @Music Channel to highlight artists. The account @Music will each week highlight an up-and-coming artist or offer a behind-the-scenes look at a more established musician.

Source : (gadgets.ndtv.com)


iPhone and iPad users have often complained that devices get slower after major OS updates, with recent updates like iOS 7 and iOS 8 perhaps being more guilty of this behaviour than their predecessors. If you are still clinging on to your iPhone 4S or iPad 2, here’s some good news for you.

Mark Gurman, who has a pretty good record in terms of being accurate with his Apple-related scoops, reports in 9to5mac that one of the key focuses of the upcoming iOS 9 update will be optimisations for older devices. Gurman note that traditionally Apple has developed feature-complete versions of iOS for older devices and then removed features that don’t perform well during testing. With iOS 9, however, Cupertino is “building a core version of iOS 9 that runs efficiently on older A5 devices, then enabling each properly performing feature one-by-one.”

As a result, A5-powered devices like iPhone 4S, iPad 2, and the original iPad mini, which, based on historical patterns were widely believed to have received their last major OS update with iOS 8, will not only get the iOS 9 update, but the overall post-installation experience should be better than recent major updates. Maybe iOS 9 will breathe new life into old Apple hardware? Well, we can dream.

Following up on earlier reports, Gurman reiterates that iOS 9 is likely to focus on stability and bug fixes, and will have few headline features to flaunt. iOS 9 in that respect is being compared to Snow Leopard, which followed OS X Leopard as a ‘stability release.’

“I wouldn’t say there’s nothing new for consumers, but the feature lists are more stripped down than the initial plans called for,” a source told Gurman. Next version of OS X is also likely to be structured along similar lines.

Earlier Gurman had stated that iOS 9 will ship with split-screen iPad app views and an improved Apple Maps application with transit directions. Gurman adds Trusted Wi-Fi and ‘Rootless’ will join that list, with the latter being described as “a heavy blow to the jailbreak community on iOS.” Apple is also likely to move its own apps like Mail, Notes, and Calendar from an IMAP-backend to one that uses iCloud Drive.

Apple is likely to provide the first glimpse of the next versions of iOS and OS X at the upcoming WWDC conference in June.

Source : (gadgets.ndtv.com)

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