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Four Reasons the Microsoft Surface Go is better than the iPad for students


Five Reasons the Microsoft Surface Go is better than the iPad for students

While Microsoft has always been associated as the go to for productivity and education, Apple over the years have been inching into market by replacing laptops with their iPad lineup. Microsoft recently released the Surface Go, as an affordable variant in the Surface lineup and an alternate to the Apple iPad. Here are four reasons why the Microsoft Surface Go is a better option for students than the Apple iPad.

The Indian mobile phone landscape - H1, 2015


The Indian mobile phone landscape - H1, 2015

The mobile phone market is extremely dynamic and has been growing rapidly over the years. The Indian market itself is a good example of how the market has grown, and is expected to continue to grow in the years ahead. Gadget research website 91mobiles has put together their own study of emerging trends in the Indian smartphone market, and compiled some infographics predicting what we can expect in the coming months.

Android M - Rumor Roundup


Android M - Rumor Roundup

The Google I/O Developer conference is set to kick off soon at the Moscone Center San Francisco, allowing Android enthusiasts from all over the world to to come together to improve their coding skills and see Google's latest technologies in action. While Android will more than likely be a highlight at the event, there is great expectation for the unveiling of Android M.

What is Project Spartan, and how does it differ from Internet Explorer


What is Project SpartanInternet Explorer (IE) has been the go to option to browse the internet for many Windows users. Competitors like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox have used their rapid updating, and fluid user experiences as means to divert Windows users away from IE, which is quickly showing signs of aging in the modern post PC era.

For the next version of Windows, Microsoft hoped to address the shortcomings of IE, and felt the best way to do so was by introducing a brand "new web browsing experience for Windows 10", which became Project Spartan.

Five reasons not to purchase the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge


Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge was announced alongside the regular Samsung Galaxy S6, and its undoubtedly a beautifully crafted device. However we have put together five reasons you should not purchase Samsung's newest flagship, and likely consider something better.

You can unlock your phone on all four major US carriers, starting February 11


How to unlock your phone in the U.S.

Those who have travelled to a foreign country with a carrier-branded device, or tried to use their phone on a different operator in the US, would have realized that their devices were locked. While most carriers did honor unlock requests in the past, or sell their handsets unlocked (like Verizon, mostly), there was no universal policy on the practice in America. This is expected to change after February 11th.

Unlocked iPhone 6 now available through Apple


Apple iPhone 6 and Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Apple is finally selling the SIM-free unlocked Apple iPhone 6 and the Apple iPhone 6 Plus through its retail outlets and online store. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus was first launched back in September in the US, and was made available on contract through Verizon, AT&T and Sprint. The T-Mobile variant was sold through Apple at its full retail price.

Apple iPhone turns eight



Its been 8 years ago, today (January 9, 2007), Apple's then CES Steve Jobs first unveiled the iPhone, at the Macworld Conference & Expo in Moscone West in San Francisco, California.

See Phill Galloway's #MakeItHappen story



The Connects community is always something I have been proud to be a part. It introduces you to a world of Lumia and Microsoft technology,  and shows how you can use this technology to make a difference in your life. This is the story of a fellow Connects Community member Phil Galloway.

Meizu MX4 Pro officially announced with QHD display, 20nm Exynos chip, 20.7MP camera, and fingerprint scanner


Meizu MX4 Pro

After months of speculation, the Meizu MX4 Pro was finally made official, as a more powerful variant of the Meizu MX4. The device design is mostly similar to the MX4 but is more powerful, with a slightly larger frame, bigger display and a redesigned home button which houses a fingerprint scanner.

What if Nokia had used Android instead of Windows Phone for its smartphones


Stephen Elop and Steve Ballmer

In an interview with BBC (from February 2011) Nokia's then CEO Stephen  Elop and Microsoft's former CEO Steve Ballmer, we heard Elop admit that Nokia "spent time with colleagues at Google" to explore the Android ecosystem, while also checking out what Windows Phone had to offer. Here's what some of the popular Lumia smartphones may have looked like if Nokia had chosen to go with Android instead of Windows Phone.



Mr. Elop admitted that Nokia chose not to use Android, as it would have had difficulties "differentiating within that ecosystem". Nokia went on to choose Windows Phone as a replacement for Symbian, scrapping their plans an efforts on the Meego platform in the process. The company hopes that together with Microsoft, it would create smartphones that can stand out from the crowd.

Following the success of their affordable Nokia Lumia 520, the company once again attempted to enter the Android market with their Nokia X series which ran a forked version of Android, customized with Microsoft's apps and services. Unfortunately they were too late to the game, and the lack of a Google app ecosystem didnt allow the Nokia X devices to thrive.

In April this year, Microsoft purchased Nokia's devices and services unit, and the former phone giant is no loger involved in the phone making business.


source - PhoneArena

Should I purchase the Google Nexus 6


Google Nexus 6 (front)Another year another Nexus, but unlike the Nexus devices of the last, the newly announced Google Nexus 6 and the Google Nexus 9 are priced higher than usual. Especially those who have been fans of the Nexus smartphone line would find the $650 price of the Nexus 6 is no longer a bargain, so should you really purchase one ?

The Nexus 6 is still a flagship device, in fact it offers some of the best specs on a smartphone including a large 5.9 inch display with a Quad HD resolution and a Snapdragon 805 processor. Its closest competitor is the higher priced Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the newly announced  Motorola DROID Turbo.

In terms of price, the Nexus 6 now costs as much as the notoriously overpriced Apple iPhone 6, and potential customers can now consider a wider range of devices like the Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z3, HTC One M8 or the LG G3 before spending all that money on the newest Nexus device. In fact customers may want to consider the cheaper Motorola Moto X, which is basically a smaller version of the Nexus 6.

Do the new features warrant the price increase

The Google Nexus 5 is still one of the most powerful smartphones in the market. It features a 5 inch display with a 1920 by 1080 pixel resolution, an 8MP camera with optical image stabilization and a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM. A year later, its still hard to find a device with similar hardware to match the price of the Nexus 5.

According to Google product manager Sandeep Waraich, the Nexus 6 is a "deliberate decision to push the boundaries on technology. We arrived at the solution, then the price."

But does the hardware warrant such a high price? In a way it does... You get a 6 inch Quad HD display, 32GB of storage on the base model, a 13MP camera and a Snapdragon 805 processor. But these specs are best suited for a niche audience who want to continue to push the boundaries of performance on their devices.

But if you are a regular user, you needs a smooth performing device, you will quickly realize the Nexus 6 doesn't really bring you any new features you cant get on your much cheaper Nexus 5. You don't get a fingerprint scanner, you don't get a heart rate monitor. Yes it is water 'resistant' but that's about it.


Should I buy my Nexus on Google Play

In the past, I would have answered this with an emphatic yes. Previously Google offered their Nexus devices at a cheaper price on Google Play, while carriers would charge more for purchasing the device on their network. These were GSM unlocked handsets, and customers could purchase their Nexus smartphones from Google and use it with their own GSM carriers.

Because of this, carriers don't really get any advantage out of the Nexus lineup as users would much rather pick their smartphones up directly from Google's inventory.

With the high price of the Nexus 6, users are once again tempted to opt for the carrier's subsidized prices instead of paying $650 for their smartphone on Google Play. In fact, all five major U.S. wireless carriers will be offering the Nexus 6 for just $200 up front, along with a lucrative two-year contract.

While some users with deeper pockets, may still pick up the Nexus 6 from Google Play, the handset will end up primarily being sold on-contract, and presumably locked to one network. In an interview, Google VP for Android Engineering Hiroshi Lockheimer said "We are selling the Nexus 6 in a way most people are used to buying a phone." Yes, but what happened to networks not supporting certain apps (Google Wallet, for example), or being slow to update software? Weren't these unpopular tactics a driving force behind making the Nexus range different?


The Pre-order fiasco

The first Nexus phone was designed to shake up dependency on networks and stop us being sucked into an expensive, long-term contract. And there are still fans of the Nexus brand who will willingly spend their hard earned money on purchasing the handset on Google Play.

Since the launch of the Google Nexus 4, it has been extremely hard to pre-order the Nexus 4, and even the Google Nexus 5 due to high demand which resulted from its low price. Now one would expect that the Nexus 6 demand would be much lower on Google Play, given that it costs nearly twice as much as the Nexus 5.

The pre-orders were set to take place on October 29, and Google didn't even announce when the pre-orders went live. A few lucky users managed to grab an order of the Nexus 6 over the course of an hour, but through most of the pre-order period anxious users were greeted with a message station "We are out of inventory. Please check back soon."

Putting it up for sale inside Google Play was a token gesture. The company kept the pre-orders quiet, not even tweeting it out from the official Nexus account until 10am on October 30, by which time the virtual shelves were empty. For the phone to disappear so fast suggests the initial stock was relatively small. Google also delayed pre-orders in the U.K. and Europe until mid-November, and there’s no information on when pre-orders will re-open in America.

Did Google really run out of inventory of their expensive Motorola built Nexus ? Did the company learn nothing about pre-orders in the last three years? Did they underestimate the demand of the handset and not prepare enough stock ?

Or does this mean that the company that once fought against monopoly and money makers has now gotten in bed with the carrier networks. The sell-out of the Nexus 6 on Google Play could turn out to be due to Google, um, selling out.


Profits vs. Value for customers

Since Amazon launched its first Fire tablet, manufacturers were forced into compete or stand the chance of loosing customers to Amazon. Google was one of the first to respond with their Nexus 7 followed by the affordable Nexus smartphones. The demand for affordable small sized tablets even forced Apple into releasing the iPad mini at a lower price.

However for company's like Apple they have always tied quality with a hefty profit, and we saw this year's iPad mini 3, hidden behind the more profitable iPad Air 2 in order to make more money off their flagship tablet. Even Amazon who initiated offering better value for their customers ended up releasing an overpriced Fire Phone which didn't perform well in the market.

You'd think Google would have been paying attention to all this. Well, in a way, it has. "I wouldn't draw any conclusions from what we’re doing this year," said Google’s Android engineering VP, adding that “every year we do different things."


So should I buy the Nexus 6 or not ?

So it would seem that Google has taken a gamble with their Nexus 6. The company has introduced the interesting concept of affordable smartphones, and have decided to take advantage of their growing Nexus fan-base in an experiment to see if they will spend more money for the Nexus brand.

At $650, the Nexus 6 is fairly priced when compared to other flagship smartphones. There are very few smartphones with the Snapdragon 805 processor and you get the promise of quick Android updates. Those who find the price too daunting can still pick one up from their carriers at a subsidized rate.

However, if Android 5.0 Lollipop is what you are looking for, consider sticking to your Nexus 4 or upgrading to a Nexus 5. The Lollipop update is one of the biggest updates Google is set to release, and nearly the entire Nexus lineup will get to enjoy the latest treat before the end of this year. So you can gain access to the latest version of Android at a much more affordable price.

If Google is indeed trying to experiment with their user's money, it maybe a good idea for the customers to step back and wait a year. The company will hopefully come back to their senses and return to what made them popular in the first place... Quality first and quantity will follow...

Samsung Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3 announced with ultra-slim metallic design


Samsung Galaxy A5 and Samsung Galaxy A3

Samsung has announced two new members of the Galaxy smartphone family - the  and the . The new Android handsets are part of Samsung's Galaxy A series - which is tailored for "young consumers seeking practicality and functionality" - and are presented as the company’s slimmest smartphones to date.

Both Galaxy A series handsets feature "full metal unibody" designs, and Samsung claims that they have been optimized for social networking with LTE connectivity and 5 MP front-facing cameras for "vivid selfies."

Samsung Galaxy A5

The Galaxy A5 is the more premium of the two, it is 6.7mm thin like the recently released Samsung Galaxy Alpha. The Galaxy A5 has a 5 inch Super AMOLED display with a 720 x 1280 pixel resolution, a 13MP rear camera, 16GB of internal storage which can be expanded through microSD, a 2300 mAh battery and a 1.2GHz quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM.

Galaxy A5 - Specs

Samsung Galaxy A3

The Galaxy A3 features a 4.5 inch Super AMOLED display with a 540 x 960 pixel resolution, 16GB of internal storage which can be expanded through microSD, an 8MP rear camera, a 1900mAh battery and a similar 1.2GHz quad-core processor coupled with 1GB of RAM. The Galaxy A3 is slightly thicker at 6.9 mm.

Galaxy A3 - Specs

Both the Galaxy A5 and the Galaxy A3 run Android 4.4 KitKat and will be available in a variety of colors, including Pearl White, Midnight Black, Champagne Gold, Platinum Silver, Light Blue, and Soft Pink. Customers will be able to buy any of the two smartphones starting November, with China being one of the first markets to get them. Official pricing details haven’t been revealed.




source - Samsung Tomorrow


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Oppo N3 officially announced with motorized swivel camera, multi-purpose fingerprint sensor, and lightning-fast charging


Oppo N3

The Oppo N3 was announced during an official event in Singapore as the successor to the unique Oppo N1. You get an upgraded version of the swivelling camera, which replaces the traditional front and rear cameras on regular smartphones and the usual hardware enhancements you will expect from a newer device.


Oppo R5 announced as new world's thinnest phone at 4.85mm


Oppo R5 announced

Smartphone manufacturers try various things to differentiate themselves from the pack and the race to be thinner, leaner, and slender doesn't look like it will stop anytime soon. We have already seen devices like the Gionee Elife S5.5, BBK Vivo X3 and the Huawei Ascend P6 battle for the slimmest crown, but they have all stepped down to make room for the Oppo R5.

Apple Mac mini refresh announced, now starts at $499


Apple Mac mini

Today Apple announced several new devices including the new iPads and a new iMac with Retina. The company also unveiled a refreshed version of their budget friendly Mac mini computer, which now starts at $499.

Hardware

The Mac mini is Apple's entry into desktop computers, and while it doesnt come with any major design changes, Apple has refreshed the units with more modern hardware. For starters, Apple has given the computer 4th-gen Intel Core processors, fully supported by either Intel Iris or Intel HD 5000 graphics, depending on which model you end up buying. Then, you have optional PCIe based flash storage, which is a first for a Mac mini. There are two Thunderbolt 2 ports onboard, alongside 4 high-speed USB ports. Wi-Fi has also been boosted up to 802.11 ac, and performs faster than ever before.

Apple Mac mini with Apple display


Software

On the software side, the new Apple iMac with Retina 5K display comes with Apple's Mac OS X (10.10) Yosemite pre-installed. The latest version of Apple's desktop operating system has been designed with the high-resolution Retina Displays in mind with an interface inspired by the company's mobile platform.

With OS X Yosemite and iOS 8, your devices work together in even smarter ways. Now you can make and receive iPhone calls on your Mac, even if your iPhone is in another room. Send and receive both iMessage and SMS text messages on your Mac. Start an email, document, or browsing session on one device and instantly pick it up on another. And turn on the Personal Hotspot on your iPhone right from your Mac so you can get online in an instant.

OS X Yosemite even comes with a collection of pre-installed apps to help with your productivity and your day to day life. These apps are deeply integrated with Apple's iCloud to ensure your works is seamlessly synced between all your Apple devices.

Apple Mac mini hands on


Pricing and Availability

At $499, it is still probably cheaper to purchase a desktop PC. But it is still the cheapest option for those who want an entry into Apple's desktop computers. You can purchase your new Mac mini directly from Apple.com right now, and it will ship to you within 1 - 3 business days. Store pickup is not available at the time of writing this post, but we assume it will be available soon enough.

Apple iMac with Retina 5K display officially announced



Apple has announced a new iMac which comes with a 27 inch Retina Display. This display offers a resolution of 5210 x 2880 pixels, which puts it into the 5K display territory, making it one of the best displays on a desktop computer.

According to Apple's Phil Schiller, the iMac boasts the “world’s highest-resolution display”, with a total of 14.7 million pixels. For the sake of comparison, the new iMac offers 7x more pixels than a standard (1080p) HDTV and 67% more pixels than the modern 4K TV sets.

In order to manage all these pixels, Apple has designed a new chipset they call ‘Timing Controller’, which increases the overall bandwidth of graphics. Apart from that, the display feature ‘Organic Passivation’, which reduces pixel cross-talk and saves energy.



Design


The iMac is already a beautifully crafted computer, but Apple has taken the design one step further, by trimming the new iMac to just 5mm around the edges. This makes it the sleekest Mac to date. Other than making it slimmer, Apple has retained its other design characteristics.




Hardware

The base model of the Apple iMac with Retina 5K display will ship with 1TB of Fusion Drive storage, a powerful AMD Radeon R9 graphics processor and a 3.2GHz quad-core Intel i5 processor with 8GB of RAM. Those who demand more power can configure Core i7 processors, faster graphics, more storage and additional RAM based on their need.


Software

On the software side, the new Apple iMac with Retina 5K display comes with Apple's Mac OS X (10.10) Yosemite pre-installed. The latest version of Apple's desktop operating system has been designed with the high-resolution Retina Displays in mind with an interface inspired by the company's mobile platform.

With OS X Yosemite and iOS 8, your devices work together in even smarter ways. Now you can make and receive iPhone calls on your Mac, even if your iPhone is in another room. Send and receive both iMessage and SMS text messages on your Mac. Start an email, document, or browsing session on one device and instantly pick it up on another. And turn on the Personal Hotspot on your iPhone right from your Mac so you can get online in an instant.

OS X Yosemite even comes with a collection of pre-installed apps to help with your productivity and your day to day life. These apps are deeply integrated with Apple's iCloud to ensure your works is seamlessly synced between all your Apple devices.



Pricing and Availability

The new Apple iMac with Retina 5K display is a pricey device, costing $2499 for its base model. You can purchase it right now on apple.com and the new iMac will be shipped out within 3 - 5 business days. It doesnt look like store availability is an option at this moment, but we assume the new iMacs will soon grace your local Apple Stores.


Google Nexus 6 officially announced


Google Nexus 6

The Google Nexus 6 is now official, as the company has just unveiled its sixth generation smartphone, which comes with Android 5.0 Lollipop onboard. Lets take a closer look at this Motorola built device and see what features it has in store for us.

Nexus 6The Nexus 6 is the first Nexus smartphone to cross the phablet screen size territory with it 5.9 inch display. Google knows that this size might not be right for everybody, but seems to embrace this diversity with a new ‘be together, not the same’ campaign.

Display

The highlight of the Nexus 6 is clearly its 5.9 inch AMOLED display, which has a (Quad HD) resolution of 1440 by 2560 pixels. The large display size is likely the reason the device is codenamed 'Shamu', after the big orca whale.

Design

In terms of design, the Nexus 6 is almost identical to the Motorola Moto X, and its clear that Motorola has used its own flagship as a base for designing the new Nexus for Google. Last year we saw the Nexus 5 which was based on the LG G2, but did not share its design elements. We are glad to see the Nexus 6 has borrowed the dual front-facing speakers from the Moto X, which Google claims will deliver 'high-fidelity sound'. It's also listed as being water resistant, which means that it should be able to resist splashes, but is not supposed to get submerged in water.

Nexus 6 - Colors

Still there are notable differences, such as the curved beveled screen edges on the Nexus 6 compared to the curved edges on the Moto X. The Nexus 6 is also a fairly heavy phone, with a weight of 6.5 ounces, and its curved back goes from a fairly thin 4mm at the edge to around 10mm at its thickest point.

Camera

Google has outfitted the Nexus 6 with a 13 megapixel rear camera which features optical image stabilization like its predecessor. The camera is a Sony IMX 214 image sensor, which is the newest from Sony and comes with a wide f/2.0 aperture. The camera is capable of capturing as much as 4K video at 30 frames per second. You also get a secondary 2.1 megapixel front camera for your selfies and video calls.

Battery Life

The Nexus 6 includes a massive 3220 mah battery which promises up to 24 hours talk time on paper. Unfortunately the Nexus series has not been known for offering great battery life, so we are keen to see how the phablet size battery will aid this device in the real world. The battery will be aided by the power savings optimization in Android L, but will have to manage a high resolution Quad HD display. The new phablet also comes with Motorola's Turbo Charger, that promises up to six hours of use with just a 15-minute charge.

Nexus 6 - Turbo Charging


Processor and hardware

The Nexus 6 will be powered by Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 805 processor which has been clocked at 2.65GHz. It is important to note that this is a 32-bit chip, so it wont take full advantage of the 64-bit capable Android L platform. However the processor has been tied with 3GB of RAM and the Adreno 420 graphics chip, so you should get impressive, smooth performance with top of its class graphics. The Nexus 6 is also the first in the series to ship with 32GB of internal storage for the basic version.



Software

The Nexus 6 comes with Android 5.0 Lollipop which is probably the biggest redesign to the platform to date. Android Lollipop features a new ‘Material design’ language based on flat shapes and realistic shadows to subtly convey structure. It comes with a redesign of the icons, and a refresh of the looks of Android with neat, snappy animations.

Android L Release Android 5.0 Lollipop - Here's all you need to know
We now know that Google's L release will officially take the Android Lollipop moniker and have the 5.0 version number. The update will bring a brand new user interface along with several new features and improvements including the ART runtime and a power saving mode.

Google has also introduced several under the hood improvements and enhancements with Lollipop, which also sets the foundation for a future of 64-bit Android devices. It also introduces the new ART runtime that replaces Dalvik, and this 64-bit-compatible environment is ready to transform existing Java apps into 64-bit without any effort from the developer.


Pricing and Availability

The Nexus 6 will be available for pre-order starting October 29th. and will be available in stores by the beginning of November. It will be priced at $649 off-contract and unlocked, which breaks the Nexus trend of being an affordable device. Google will continue to offer the Nexus 5 as an affordable alternative alongside the Nexus 6.

In the U.S. Google will make the Nexus 6 available through Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and US Cellular.




source - Google


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Lenovo YOGA Tablet 2 officially announced with Android or Windows options


Lenovo YOGA Tablet 2

Today Lenovo unveiled its second generation of YOGA tablets. The new Lenovo YOGA Tablet 2 is available in two variants - one runs Android 4.4 KitKat, while the other runs Windows 8.1. Once you have selected an operating system of your choosing, you can also pick between the 8 inch or the 10.1 inch variants of the device. So in reality you have four different YOGA Tablet 2 models you can choose from.


Lenovo YOGA Tablet 2 Pro officially announced with QHD display, Pico projector and Intel processor for $500


Lenovo YOGA Tablet 2 Pro

The Lenovo YOGA Tablet 2 Pro was officially announced today with a decent set of specifications which include a QHD display and an in-built Pico projector. While manufacturers keep trying to outdo one another with a unique addition, lets see if Lenovo has the right formula for success.

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