15 May 2013

Google Maps updated with better navigation, integration Earth and suggestions

On the first day of the conference Google I / O, the company presented the changes that Google Maps will pass. According to official statements, the update is the largest since the service launch in 2005, and it will be found both in the browser interface and applications for mobile platforms.

 One major change is switching to full vector maps, which are used by versions for phones and tablets almost two years, but have only now come to the web version. This change promises superior performance during loading and resizing and better visibility for the smaller details such as side streets, but for the benefit of all this, the user will need to use WebGL accelerated version.

The transition to vector maps, Google Maps will use the Google Earth data, enabling users to admire a 3D environment more complex than currently offered, which includes important buildings and images within them.

The new Google Maps

Web interface has gone through major changes, it now seemed an application rather than a Web page. It takes the already known Cards to make relevant data more visible, integrates results and scores given by friends of various points of interest, integrate natively with information gathered from Google+ provides rich additional information, such as work programs or traffic area.

 Applications for mobile terminals and they will get an update, their interface will be more airy. On this occasion, Google has announced that it will upgrade to the opportunity and iOS app, which will be compatible with iPad tablets.

The new Google Maps is already done, those interested can request an invitation on this page. Applications for Android and iOS platforms will be launched this summer. 

Google will offer this summer Samsung Galaxy S4, Nexus version

At the conference I / O, Google has given very good news to Nexus series fans. The most popular top smartphone launched this year, Samsung Galaxy S4 will be offered this summer in Play store with a clean version of Android Jelly Bean. Also, the terminal will receive updates fast as terminal Nexus series models.

Samsung Galaxy S4 sold by Google will have 16 GB internal memory and LTE modem. It will be available from June 26.

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4 with Google Nexus flavor.

 Why is very attractive this offer from Google? Galaxy S4 is a very appreciated, both in terms of performance and in terms of facilities. It comes with a faster chipset, a great screen and a full HD quite appreciated camera.

 Unfortunately, many of those who have purchased complained of the many applications that come preinstalled. Some of them might be useful in some cases, but not all can be removed and they occupy much of the phone's internal memory.

A clean version of the Android Jelly Bean operating system will be much appreciated, despite the fact that some applications or facilities specifically for Samsung Galaxy S4 might not be available.


13 May 2013

Nokia Lumia 925 - metal construction for the new top of the range

First Nokia Lumia with partial metal casing was announced today. Lumia 925 has a metal frame on all sides, but it differs from the one we saw on the Sony Xperia SP. The Finnish manufacturer has used this frame as an antenna for more internet module, an idea that seems to have been taken from the iPhone 4/4S. In front we have a 4.5" HD screen with ClearBlack panel, which translates AMOLED. Below is a list of the most important specifications of the Nokia Lumia 925.

Nokia Lumia 925
Nokia Lumia 925 - the phone frame is from metal.
     Display: 4.5 "768x1280, ClearBlack (AMOLED)
     OS: Windows Phone 8
     Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon
     Processor: 1.5 GHz dual core Krait
     GPU: Adreno 225
     RAM: 1 GB
     Internal memory: 16 GB
     Card: -
     Camera: 8.7 MP, PureView, Carl Zeiss optics, OIS, F2.0, dual LED
     Movie: 1920 x 1080, 30 fps, stabilization
     Front camera: 1.2 MP, 720p
     WiFi: 802.11b/g/n
     3G/4G: LTE, HSPA +
     Bluetooth: 3.0
     Other: wireless charging, micro SIM
     Battery: 2,000 mAh
     Dimensions: 127.5 x 70.5 x 8.5 mm
     Weight: 138 g

Lumia 925 does not have a metal cover on the back. Nokia provides wireless charging the terminal, but only by means of an adapter that are attached on the rear. The three points of contact over the speaker are transferring current from the adapter to the battery. The manufacturer may have chosen to remove the Qi module from the chassis to reduce weight.

Nokia Lumia 925 has no card slot and internal storage capacity is limited to 16 GB. For a top of the range, this memory is a bit low. PureView camera with 8.7 MP sensor has been improved from the one shown on the Lumia 920 and Lumia 928. It now has six lenses in the lens instead of five and boast better performance in low light and superior clarity.

Lumia 925
Lumia 925 will be available in three colors.

02 March 2013

Google Glasses could cover the minuses of the smartphones

Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, praised the new device presented recently saying about it that you can not do anything now a smartphone can't.

Techonology Conference, Education and Design held in Los Angeles was a guest brand, one of the two founders of Google, the subject about which he spoke with pleasure the new Google device known as Glass. Sergey Brin hailed the device that uses augmented reality considering that it will eliminate minuses latest mobile phones.

The new device presented by Google will use voice recognition as the primary method of interaction. The user will use standard phrases to take pictures, record videos, send messages or to use the maps. Each command starts with "Okay Glass".

ZTE Open, the first phone with Firefox OS officially released

The smartphone has a 3.5 inch screen.

Mozilla officially announced the first phone that uses the operating system Firefox OS at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. It's ZTE Open a smartphone with a Cortex A5 procesor and 3.5 inch screen.

Also Alcatel has a phone with Firefox OS. One Touch Fire has a 3.5 inch screen, 1 GHz processor, 512 MB ​​of space plus a 2GB SD card. The smartphone has a 3.2 MP camera and is expected to launch in June in Europe.

Besides the two, Mozilla promises a lot of phones with the new OS and Snapdragon processor and Eastern Europe is one of the main markets.

Among the manufacturers that will make Firefox OS smartphones include Alcatel, Huawei, LG and ZTE.

25 January 2013

Mobile apps: Vine, 6 seconds of video (iPhone & iPod) from Twitter

Twitter launched Vine, a mobile application that allows its users to post videos up within 6 seconds. Probably they made ​​a calculation, and the 140 characters they have converted to 6 seconds of video.

The app is currently only available for iPhone and iPod, is free, you can upload an unlimited number of clips in the limit of 6 seconds per clip, you can interact with your friends on Vine and post clips both on Twitter and Facebook.

You can download this app from the appstore.

10 December 2012

HTC Butterfly, a full HD smartphone with quad core processor and Beats Audio

HTC Butterfly
HTC has officially launched Butterfly, a smartphone with large display and full-HD resolution. The new model, called by the IT press "phablet" because dimensions close to those of a tablet, is similar to the HTC Droid DNA released exclusively for the U.S. operator Verizon.

 Super LCD3 5-inch screen has a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels and a density of 441 ppi (pixel per inch). The display has a high resistance to scratching and is made with Corning Gorilla Glass 2 technology.

The camera has a resolution of 8 MP with autofocus, LED flash and HD recording. BSI sensor can shoot in low-light conditions. The camera can shoot HD and simultaneously take images with a resolution of 6 MP.

Although not officially announced, the price would be about $ 600.

   Source: HTC

07 November 2012

Windows announced the closing of Windows Live Messenger

Microsoft will close Windows Live Messenger next year. Its functions will be taken by Skype.

Windows Live MessengerThe decision comes a year and a half after Microsoft bought Skype for $ 8.5 billion.

Simultaneously, Skype announced that in the coming weeks, will add a feature that will allow Windows Live Messenger users to transfer audio and video calls directly in the VoIP application.

15 September 2012

iPhone 5: Why Lightning connector rather than a micro USB?

Apple's decision to drop the old 30-pin connector and implement a new one, but still the owner, gave rise to a wave of discontent. We are talking about extra costs for users and detrimental to the environment.

It is obvious that Apple had to change the old connector into the fulfillment of devices becoming more compact and thinner. As for the 3.5-inch screen, the classic 30-pin connector was obsolete and need an upgrade. But instead insist on a proprietary design, Apple could make a move that would bring real benefits to users and do like most companies in the mobile phone industry - to adopt standard micro USB. Lightning connector is similar in size, so Apple would be able integrate it seamlessly in the case of iPhone 5.

Benefits of a universal connector for all mobile devices are major not just for users, who no longer have to throw money on chargers and adapters, and the environment. Companies would limit the consumption of natural resources used to build a large range of products of this type and landfills would not be filled with the plastic from the exceeded chargers.

We have understand Apple's preference for an proprietary connector if Lightning would provide the benefits of a particular technology, as it does Thunderbolt, which boasts ultra fast transfer speeds. The 8-pin connector present on the iPhone 5 is quite commonplace that probably has does not even have the benefits of USB 3.0 transfer.

Why Apple did not pass it to micro-USB? Well, we can not stop thinking about financial explanations. By launching the 8-pin connector Apple has created some new accessories and adapters that most likely, the user will purchase at not very small prices.

14 September 2012

iPhone 5 vs iPhone 4S: Find out the strengths of the new Apple smartphone

iPhone 5

iPhone 5 has made ​​official today entering the scene, armed with an array of advantages designed to determine the gadget enthusiasts to prepare their wallets. The success of the new model is almost guaranteed, both among users who ignored 4S model, waiting for a product that brings major changes to the iPhone 4, and among those who change their phone purchased just a year ago, attracted by a larger screen and several other upgrades.

Let's see what are the main innovations of the iPhone 5:

Thinner, lighter, of aluminum

iPhone 5 prides itself on exceptional look, anodized aluminum case, made with enviable precision being 18% thinner and 20% lighter than the iPhone 4s. We're talking about a phone with a profile of only 7.6 mm and a weight of 112 grams. Another major change is the addition of a new much narrower 8-pin connector, named Lightning, which replaces the classic 30-pin connector of 4S.

Higher Retina display, but not wider

The new Apple smartphone finally arrives with a display with a larger diagonal. It is a 4-inch Retina display, resolution 1136 x 640 pixels, 326 ppi, a screen that keeps the width of 4S display, but increased height, resulting in a more easier usage with one hand. In comparison, the iPhone 4S had a 3.5 inch screen, 640 x 960 pixels and 330 ppi.

Powerful A6 processor

iPhone 5 has a bigger screen which needs a more powerful processor - the new A6 chip. Apple did not provide many details about the configuration of A6, but it offers almost double CPU and GPU performance compared to the A5 processor on the iPhone 4S. Energy efficiency was also improved.

Faster 8 megapixel camera, with new features

iPhone 4S impressed through the iSight 8 megapixel camera pictures that offered extremely good for a smartphone. iPhone 5 camera comes with an even better, with 25% smaller and 40% faster with a more resistant sapphire crystal lens, panorama mode that captures images up to 28MP, enhanced stabilization and face detection for video. The front camera is now a FaceTime HD 1.2MP, with video recording capabilities of 720p.


To ensure ultra fast Internet access iPhone 5 introduces LTE and DC-HSDPA connectivity and dual band Wi-Fi with support for speeds up to 150 Mbps.

News does not stop there, Apple also introduced a new model of headphones, best known as Apple EarPods.

13 September 2012

Android activations reaches 500 million right before the launch of iPhone 5

Android, the operating system for mobile devices developed by Google, has reached a historical number, 500 million activations, the very day that Apple present it's most awaited product of the year for the electronics market, the new iPhone 5.

On the night of Tuesday to Wednesday, Andy Rubin, head of Google's mobiles dedicated division announced on his Twitter account that they exceeded 500 million Android activations, an increase of 1.3 million per day. The number is an improvement compared to the 900,000 daily activations in June, or the 850,000 activations per day in February this year.

12 September 2012

Apple launched iPhone 5. See what features has the new iPhone 5

Tim Cook, Apple's CEO, presented today the latest version of the iPhone smartphone. With a 4-inch display, A6 processor and the new iOS 6, iPhone 5 is certainly one of the most interesting devices introduced lately.

The newest model of smartphone launched by the company from Cupertino has confirmed rumors emerged in recent weeks by the specialized press.

Thus, the iPhone 5 has features like an A6 processor, an 8 megapixel iSight camera, 4-inch screen with a resolution of 1136 x 640, a new aluminum and glass design and 4G LTE connectivity.

The new smartphone will run the iOS 6 operating system, which can be downloaded for free from September 19 and will be available in black and white. iPhone 5 will be available in USA, France, Germany, Canada, UK, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore starting with September 21. Apple also promised that iPhone 5 will be launched in over 100 countries by the end of 2012.

In terms of price, it will remain, at least in the United States of America, as iPhone 4S: $ 199 for the 16GB version, $ 299 for 32GB and $ 399 for a 64GB storage capacity.

Computers from China are delivered directly with viruses. See what Microsoft discovered

Microsoft researchers have found that many new computers purchased in China are delivered directly with malware installed in the operating system.

Microsoft purchased 20 computers in different cities of China, 10 laptops and 10 desktops and found that four of them were delivered with an virus present in the standard software.

Microsoft representatives have blamed the installation of malware on account of unfair suppliers, which would be installed illegal copies of Windows XP or Windows 7.

10 September 2012

The world went into the frenzy of the new iPhone 5. There are two days before the Apple event

Just two days before the official launch of the new iPhone 5, enraged fans and many others joined the frenzy to ensure that they put their hands on the new product from Apple.

After the iPhone 4S was welcomed with some indifference from the public, despite its commercial success, due to a perception of lack of improvements over the iPhone 4, iPhone 5 generates a real hysteria before launch.

For several months, specialty sites and others have speculated on the "leaked" pictures on the Internet in the production of the new phone, fans gave their opinions about what new features will be available and the media eagerly awaited official announcement of the company in California.

One of the most revealing aspects of iPhone 5 "fever" is the enormous increase in demand for companies that deal with buying used phones offering discount vouchers for new phones.

NextWorth, one of the largest receiving used phones in the United States, announced an increase in demand of 17 august to September 6 with 610% over the same period before the launch of iPhone 4S.

Steve Jobs did not engage in social networks because Zuckerberg did very well

Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs biography revealed that the Apple founder did not get involved in projects of social networks, because Mark Zuckerberg from Facebook did it very well.

In a discussion with several people in the field, Isaacson revealed that asking Steve Jobs - the outstanding person in Silicon Valley he comes first to mind? The answer was Mark Zuckerberg. On the other hand, Steve Jobs is an idol for Mark, he repeatedly said that he learned a lot from Apple founder.

Walter Isaacson claims that Jobs' admiration for the founder of Facebook comes from because of intuitive sense with whom Zuckerberg knew how to develop the social network.

In the past Apple has been involved in building Ping social network, but abandoned the project in favor of Facebook and Twitter, Jobs announced then that Facebook is so good that the world does not need other social networks.

As the two geniuses, they had a single problem - exchange transactions. When Apple came into the hands of the shareholders in the early 80s, Steve Jobs was forced to leave his company, coming back in 1996 only to rise the company at the current level. Facebook has made the first exit on the stock market this year, the event is called failure of the year after the shares fell from a baseline of $ 42 to $ 28, causing huge losses to players and investment funds.