Samsung sells 110-inch ultra-HD TV for $150,000


Samsung said a 110-inch TV that has four times the resolution of standard high-definition TVs is going on sale for about $150,000 in South Korea.

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The launch Monday of the giant television set reflects global TV makers’ move toward ultra HD TVs, as manufacturing bigger TVs using OLED proves too costly.

Last year, Samsung and rival LG Electronics, the world’s top two TV makers, touted OLED as the future of TV. OLED screens are ultrathin and can display images with enhanced clarity and deeper color saturation.

But Samsung and LG failed to make OLED TVs a mainstream that would replace the LCD television sets and still struggling to mass produce larger and affordable TVs with OLED. Meanwhile, Japanese media reported last week that Sony Corp. and Panasonic Corp. decided to end their OLED partnership.

Demand for U-HD TVs is expected to rise despite dearth of content while its price will likely come down faster than that of the OLED TVs. Much of the growth is forecast to come from China, a major market for the South Korean TV makers. Chinese TV makers have been making a push into the U-HD TV market as well.

According to NPD DisplaySearch, global sales of ultra-HD TV sets will surge from 1.3 million this year to 23 million in 2017. More than half of the shipments will be taken by Chinese companies between 2013 and 2017, according to NPD.

While Chinese TV makers have been seeking to boost sales of U-HD TVs with a lower price and a smaller size, Samsung’s strategy is to go bigger with a higher price tag. Samsung’s 110-inch U-HD TV measures 2.6 meters by 1.8 meters. It will be available in China, the Middle East and Europe. In South Korea, the TV is priced at 160 million won ($152,000) while prices in other countries vary.

Samsung said it received 10 orders for the latest premium TVs from the Middle East. Previously, the largest U-HD TV made by Samsung was 85-inch measured diagonally.

The ultra-HD TVs are also known as “4K” because they contain four times more pixels than an HD TV.

India’s Great Online Shopping Festival Is Back! #GOSF


Google, yet again launches its most anticipated ‘India’s Great Online Shopping Festival’ (GOSF) commencing on the 11th to the 13th of December this year. GOSF is a festival for online shoppers in India stretching out for three days inspired by a similar online consumer activity which is promoted by retailers in the US by giving good discounts to customers called the ‘Cyber Monday’, reports watblog.

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Last year, Google had conducted a similar activity which created a lot of buzz in the online shopping sector, bringing together almost all e-commerce companies together in India.  It has been continuously innovating in India to make internet accessible to all and to get all shoppers under one single roof. 
It is reported that, last year GOSF saw a massive user-engagement which had directly increased the sales and traffic of all major e-commerce portals which had associated with it. Contradicting to that, few users and certain publications have reported discrepancies such as discounts amounts not being significant, boring items and overcharging.
This year, Google announced that Intel, Airtel and PayTM will be its preferred partners and that it has lots of new e-commerce startups lined up with massive offers. Though Google is cutting the cheese in the internet sector with ideas like never before, it would only be admirable if it doesn’t repeat the performance it showcased like last year.

Tata Teleservices To Offer Free Voice Minutes For Viewing Mobile Ads


In a bid tap into the growing mobile advertisement market, Tata Teleservices will soon start offering subscribers free voice minutes for viewing ads on their handsets before making calls.
It has tied-up with a few companies to show their ads, a move that will add to Tata Tele revenues. The company will launch the service in partnership with mAdcall, a sister concern of Astute systems.
‘GET’, a mobile advertising application will be available on the GSM as well as CDMA networks (Docomo and Indicom brands) and is compatible with Android, Java, Symbian and Blackberry. The application can also be accessed over Wi-Fi and Tata Docomo Internet.

Tata Tele has over 63 million subscribers across India.
The application enables video advertising on mobile and users can choose when or where they want to view a video commercial on their phone.

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A company official said: “Users will be offered free voice minute, per advertisement viewed on their Docomo data enabled handset, for both pre-and post-pay customers.”
He added mobile users opting for the service will not be charged for data while using Tata Docomo Internet.
The advertisement will play on the handset without buffering on 2G, 3G or CDMA network.
“Users will be instantly rewarded with one minute of local or national talk-time for each advertisement viewed,” the official said.

It is the first operator to launch this application on GSM and CDMA technology in India, he added.
According to a recent report by Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and IMRB International on digital advertising, 105 crore were spent on mobile ads in 2011-12.
The report said the number of active mobile Internet users had reached 48 million by March 2012 and as a result, advertisements placed on mobile phones and tablets are increasingly becoming commonplace.

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The company is of the view that the application will benefit advertisers as they will get accuracy in data, as to who watched the video and when.
“The mobile users are not offered any ads if they are trying to make emergency calls, given the nature of the call being made. Also no ads are offered while making calls to toll free numbers, international calls or while in roaming in off-network locations,” the official said.

Google honours ‘Human Computer’ Shakuntala Devi with calculator-styled doodle on her 84th birth anniversary


On Monday, Google paid tribute through its doodle to Shakuntala Devi on her  84th birth anniversary with a calculator font and her picture.

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Popularly known as the Human Computer for her awesome ability to mentally solve complex mathematical problems, Shakuntala Devi was included in The Guinness Book of World Records in 1982.

Without any formal education as a child, Shakuntala Devi had the ability to memorise and calculate numbers mentally an ability her circus artist father discovered when she was just three.

A prolific author as well, she wrote books like Fun with Numbers, Astrology for You, Puzzles to Puzzle You, and Mathablit.

In 1977 in USA, Shakuntala Devi competed with a computer to see who gives the cube root of 188132517 faster, she won.

On June 18, 1980, the Human computer, Shakuntala Devi demonstrated the multiplication of two 13-digit numbers 7,686,369,774,870 × 2,465,099,745,779 picked at random by the Computer Department of Imperial College, London. She answered 18,947,668,177,995,426,462,773,730 in 28 seconds which is correct. This event is mentioned in the Guinness Book of Records.

With the ability to calculate the cube root of 61,629,875, and the seventh root of 170,859,375 without writing it down or using a calculator, Shakuntala Devi’s abilities were studied by Arthur Jensen, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley in 1988.

Jensen wrote in his report that the calculation was done and answers given even before he wrote the answer in his notebook. The findings were published in the academic journal Intelligence in 1990.

In April 2013, Shakuntala Devi passed away in a hospital in Bangalore from complications of the heart and kidneys at the age of 83.

10 Ways Android Beats iOS 7


When new, colorful, vibrant OSs, like Android and Windows Phone, were making their head ways in to consumer‘s psyche, iOS remained nearly still since its debut. iOS 7 is the first attempt by Apple at change. It turned out to be complete aesthetic overhaul of the interface. From the moment you turn on an iPhone running iOS 7, it’s different—every option, every app. The OS also sports amazing features like the Control Center, Lock Screen, Gestures Contorls, Slide to Unlock, Touch ID. All said and done, Android can still beat iOS in 10 ways, read on to know them as compiled by Business Insider.

#10 Endless Sharing Options

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The new iOS helps the user to share the content of the handset through only a few choices like Message, Mail, Twitter, Facebook and Flickr. But Android opens up the endless options for the sharing task. It can list out all the apps that are capable of sharing the content, be it Mail, Whats App or WeChat . The capability also gives the consumers to try out many sharing apps that are flooding the Google Play Store.

#9 Third-party Software Keyboards

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There not many complaints about the typing experience on iOS 7, but Android still offers more options. The Jelly Bean models already come with the easy-to-use and fairly self-explanatory Swype, the users can dive in to Play Store for third party alternatives.

#8 More Customization

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Android offers you much option to customize the handset to suite your taste. If you don’t like your home screen try Nova Launcher or a fake Windows Phone 8. With Jelly Bean 4.3 you can get to make different accounts, each one having only selected apps. This especially useful when kids gets hands on your phone. So the iOS 7 offers no such liberty to the users.

#7 Visible File System

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When you connect your Android phone to your PC, you can see the content of your phone displayed on the monitor as if you just connoted a pen drive. It makes it as easy as to transfer files between two folders of the computer. With Apple, there is a tedious process of converting files to the compatible form before they could be transferred on to iOS devices.

#6 Better Notifications Bar

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Notification Center gets a huge overhaul and things are pretty different in iOS 7. Now you have notifications from the calendar showing what’s coming up, as well as a quick summary of the weather. The overcrowded notification can annoy you. And iOS7 only displays the updates, like new mail or SMS, but you have to go the apps to see the content you just received.   However with Android’s notification drawer, you can take action and respond without opening whatever app.

#5 Images with Contact List

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Android can automatically import photos for your contacts from the contacts email accounts. Which makes it a lot easier to see your friends contact pictures in your virtual address book than it is with iOS 7.

#4 Google Now Trumps Siri

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Google Search is the most preferred search engine by the masses. Google Now is extremely quick and can parse web pages to find the most relevant information. On the other hand, Siri produces results from Microsoft’s Bing search engine. However Siri can be appreciative when it comes to “assistant” commands, like when you want to set up an internal calendar event.

#3 Multimedia Ease

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Android is fine with your music files, let it come from anywhere. There are bevy of music players like Play Music and Power Amp. However even with all the new things iOS 7 has brought, you require iTunes if you want to load your iPhone up with songs.  In the same way you need other intermediate software to convert photos and videos to be compatible with iOS devices, where as with Android, just transfer and enjoy.

#2 More Free Applications

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Though Google Play doesn’t offer better quality apps than App Store, there are plenty of free apps that can fulfill your specific needs.  

 

#1 Unlock Options

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With Android you can unlock the phone to any app you want, like accessing contacts, camera or messages, from single unlocking swipe. The new iPhone 5S fingerprint scanner is pretty cool, but it doesn’t offer cool options like Android does for unlocking.

Latest Smartphones With Jaw-Dropping Features #Android #iOS7 #BBM


The competition in Smartphone market is currently measured on the basis of the mind-blowing features in handsets—something users didn’t experienced before. Samsung has already released the first Smartphone in world with a flexible screen and LG is following the same route. Nokia in the meantime is having the world’s first ever Smartphone with 41 MP camera.  There are many others who are bringing revolutionary features like rotating camera and 4K recording into devices. The verve to excel has led to these devices that sport first ever features— read to know 10 of them as compiled by Gizbot.

         #1 Motorola Moto X: Worlds First Smartphone That You Can Customize

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Moto X rose to popularity for its customizable options to fit the taste of consumers, and the device packs some nice specs too. When it comes to customization, you can choose from 18 back colors, 7 accent colors and 2 types of cases offered in various colors, Motorola is currently testing out 3 back panels made entirely out of wood, all of which will have a unique look, though they won’t be available at the time of launch.  In additionally to it, you can get a pair of headphones made by Sol Republic – either in-ear or regular in the color to match the back of Moto X. If you opt for customization, which can be done on Moto Maker – a handy web app for easy customization and preview of the result, it may cost you additional $100.

The device will have a 4.7 inch 16M-color 720p capacitive touchscreen, with RGB AMOLED display protected by Gorilla Glass. Under the hood it packs a dual-core 1.7 GHz processor, a custom-built Motorola X8 Mobile Computing System, based on a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset. The processor will be coupled with 2GB RAM and Adreno 320 GPU and runs on Android 4.3.

#2 ZTE Open: World’s First Firefox OS Phone

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Spain’s Telefonica has offered world’s first Smartphone with the Firefox operating system to compete with devices running Google Android and Apple IOS. Equipped with a 3.5-inch 480×320-pixel touchscreen, the ZTE Open includes a 3.2MP camera, 256MB RAM and 512MB flash memory enhanced with a 4GB microSD card that comes as part of the package. Mozilla executives said the ZTE Open is the “first chapter” in what they expect to be a long project, one that is already attracting interest from many other telecommunications companies.

The Firefox OS is entirely Web-based. It borrows some features from Android and iOS to unlock the phone, pull down notifications, and arrange app icons in a grid pattern. The OS comes preloaded with a variety of apps, including e-mail, an address book, a calendar, a data usage tracker, and Nokia’s Here maps. There’s YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook, and, of course, Firefox’s tabbed browser.

#3 Sony Xperia Z Ultra: World’s First 6.44 inch Display Phablet

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The device comes with 6.44″ Full HD at 1080p resolutions screen , first ever for any phablet. The touchscreen display uses Sony’s TRILUMINOS and X-Reality for mobile technology, with an OptiContrast panel to reduce reflection and enable clearer viewing even in bright sunlight. The screen is highly responsive and compatible with stylus as well as regular pencils or metal pens.

On the inside, the Z Ultra is first smartphone announced with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor. It comes with a sealed 3050mAh Lithium polymer battery, 2GB RAM, 16GB of flash storage, and also has a microSD card slot up to 64 GB.
It has a 2 megapixel front camera and 8 megapixel rear camera with an Exmor RS sensor, 16x digital zoom with auto focus, 1080p HD recording, HDR, continue burst mode, face detection.

#4 Lenovo P780: World’s First Biggest Battery Phone

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The Smartphone packs a mammoth 4,000mAh battery which is the biggest you have seen in a Smartphone so far. The device successfully tackles the low battery issues that nag many of the Smartphone users.

Lenovo also brings the home-backed software to P780 for power management that aims to enhance battery life. You can always customize the settings to match your needs, but the pre-defined power saving modes can work pretty well.

According to the gadget review by Economic Times, most users got at least 2 full days of battery life with 3G data on and anything else you can throw at it.The handset packs four 1.2 GHz Cortex A7 cores along with PowerVR SGX544 GPU on a MTK6589 chipset coupled with 1GB RAM.
Lenovo P780 comes with a 5-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. It is powered by the Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean OS.

#5 Acer Liquid S2: World’s First 6 Inch Display Mobile Phone With 4K HD Recording

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Acer Liquid S2 is the first Smartphone with the capability to record 4K HD videos, which is Ultra High Definition, or 3840 x 2160 pixels resolutions. It comes with 4 LED ring flash, which enables shooting pictures in low-light conditions and macro capturing. It is also loaded with a “back-illuminated sensor,” a significant add-on to the device’s camera enhancements. Liquid S2 has 13-megapixel sensor for front camera and a 2-megapixel front shooter. The handset will run on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and will have 16GB of on-board storage that can be expanded to 128GB.

The device features dual speakers powered by Dolby Digital Plus, and the company claims it is first ever for any Smartphone.

#6 Sony Xperia Z1: World’s First 10 Finger Touchscreen Phone

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Sony Xperia Z1 sports a 5-inch screen at 1080pizels resolution. It boasts Sony’s Triluminos technology, which brings better sharpness, colors and contrast. The most remarkable feature is that the screen is sensitive to 10 figure touches.

Another stands out feature includes a 20.7 Mega Pixel Camera to which external lenses can be attached. The model is considered to be the best from Sony, in the battle of phones with good camera. Sony Xperia sports an inbuilt camera with F/2.0 aperture Sony G lens and a mountable add on lens. The detachable external lens can be controlled from the phone screen with a pre installed app.

The phone is powered by a quad-core 2.2 GHz Snap dragon processor coupled with 2 GB RAM. Xperia Z1 runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean platform and has a 2MP front camera and 16 GB of internal storage memory.

#7 LG G2: World’s First Smartphone With Back Camera Button

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The flagship model LG G2 by the South Korean manufactures has already hogged the lime light with its technical specifications and features. The model is smart enough to challenge leading market players like Sony, Samsung and HTC. The model is packed with a quad-core 2.26GHz processor and 2GB RAM. It has a rear camera of 13 Megapixel with optical image stabilization technology and an edge to edge screen that measures 5.2 inch. To enhance the music and video experience the model features a 24-bit/192kHz sound.

Some of the noticeable innovative changes in the model are- the physical buttons moved to the rear side. The ‘Answer me’ feature automatically picks the call when brought to ear. The plug and pop feature notifies if a device is plugged to the wrong port. The ‘Guest mode’ helps in keeping your private information secure when device gets into others hands.

#8 Oppo N1: World’s First Smartphone With Rotating Camera

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The lesser known Chinese Smartphone manufacturer OPPO, is lately in news for their well built, amazing Smartphones, its latest offering, Oppo N1 is especially interesting. Firstly, there sits the 13MP camera with CMOS sensor and f/2.0 aperture; specially-designed in partnership with Fujitsu IPS imaging chip. And secondly, the whole camera module rotates 206 degrees allowing it to act as a front-facing camera as well. Oppo says the swivel mechanism of the N1′s camera has been put through 100,000 times of rotating in a durability test. This means the Oppo N1′s camera can be swivelled 40 times a day for 7 years and it’ll be as good as new, according to GSM Arena.

Oppo dubs the N1 as the first Android smartphone to feature 6 piece lens design. It has also created special plug lens, and boasts it only takes 0.6 seconds for the camera to fire and shoot a photo.

#9 Samsung Galaxy Note 3: World’s First Phablet With 3GB RAM

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The device sports a new leathery design on its exterior and amazing new features that gets gadget geeks’ every attention. Coming to the hardware, Note 3 stands out with a beautiful 5.7-inch Full HD Super AMOLED screen, one of the biggest in the market. It’s 8.3mm in thickness and weighs 168 grams. The phone has a 13MP rear camera with LED flash and 2MP front camera, which is capable of shooting 4K video at 1080p resolution and record at 60fps.

Coming to the power house, Note 3 is comes with two different processors with 3GB RAM in both variants. The LTE version will have a 2.3GHz quad-core processor and the 3G variant will run on 1.9GHz Octa Core processor. The phone also has 32GB/64GB storage options and has a powerful 3,200mAh battery.

#10 Nokia Lumia 1020: World’s First 41MP Camera

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Targeting camera aficionados, Nokia has launched 41 megapixel camera phones, Lumia 1020. The dual-capture feature of the phone allows taking a high resolution 38 megapixel image and also creates a 5 megapixel picture that can be shared on social networking sites. The device has an application called Nokia Pro Camera, which makes it easy for anybody to take professional quality images.The application allows users to click pictures first and then zoom later to get their desired shot.

Android KitKat Contest Comes To India, Winners Get Nexus 7


The KitKat contest that was launched in U.S. and some European countries has hit the Indian shore. Next time you walk into a store; don’t forget to get your hands on special KitKat packets with Android mascot on it. The delicious chocolate may get you a Nexus 7 tablet.

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Google is giving away the tablet in every hour to winners and there are a total of 1000 tablets that could be won.

The contest will be active till November 15.

All you have to do is message a special eight digit code that you find on the KitKat wrapper to 9880298802. Users will have to text – SMS KITKAT <space> <8 digit code>.

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Unlike in U.S. there is no option to directly key in the code on the company’s website, and you have to send an SMS to participate. You get a reply saying “we would contact you,” after sending the message. And the winners name will also be displayed on the company’s official KitKat Android page.

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Breaking its norm of opting generic name of sweets and confectionaries, Google has opted to christen its next Android as KitKat than Key Lime Pie, the name we thought until recently. The next version isn’t Android 5 but 4.4. Google, to popularize the new nomenclature and its partnership with Nestle, has launched the contest.

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