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Digital voice assistant: Siri, Google Now or Cortana?

Love it or hate it, voice-activated digital assistants have become quite popular on smartphones now. They allow us to control various things on our phones without the use of hands, offer a speedy alternative to ask questions and they feel like the future. As smartwatches like Pebble, Galaxy Gear or G Watch and other wearables like Google Glass take off, which lack the big touch screens we find on our phones, voice controls are going to get even more important.

However, Microsoft had offered basic voice commands in the old Windows Phone since, but now they appeared in bandwagon of rivalries with the name of Cortana (an intelligent assistant) that offers basic commands just like Siri but also draws on your calendar, contacts, location and browsing history to offer personalized experience just like its big rival Google Now. Lets take a deeper look to measure all three.

Cortana

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Lumia 730 camera samples
Gadgets

Nokia has launched both its Nokia Lumia 830 and quite talked-about selfie-phone Nokia Lumia 730 at IFA 2014. Lumia 830 carries Lumia’s signature colors with PureView rear shooter with optical image stabilization module. Hardware capacitive buttons shining on the 720p screen, powerful quad-core Snapdragon processor, and a removable back cover complete the design of this quite affordable smartphone. Lumia 830 has an all new, 10-megapixel PureView camera with a 1/3.4” sensor, optical image stabilization, and f/2.2 lens. Device sports an upsetting (if we may please say) 0.9-megapixel front camera.

nokia lumia 730 camera samples

Coming along is the new Nokia Lumia 730 branded by the company as the selfie phone. Featuring a 5-megapixel front camera with wide-angle lens, Lumia 730 promises to help you take better self-shots. However, 730’s shooter is less impressive when compared to that of Lumia 830. Nokia Lumia 730 packs a 6.7-megapixel, 1/3.4″ rear sensor with wide f/1.9 lens. However, surpassing Lumia 830, Nokia Lumia 730features a quite impressive 5-megapixel selfie camera with f/2.4, 22mm wide-angle lens for better self-photography. Lumia 730 is powered by a Snapdragon 400 1.2GHz  processing chip and 1GB RAM.

Selfie Phone
Gadgets

Getting past the personal annoyance with selfies, we have to say Microsoft is actually going all genius with its latest venture of a selfie phone – aka Microsoft Lumia 730. While it may not be the “next big thing” as we wonder if even the selfie-enthusiasts would get a phone solely based on one aspect, albeit a very important aspect for certain demographic, it definitely is worth to cash on while the trend lasts. For Microsoft’s happiness, this trend seems to be lasting for quite long and looking at the crazy adoption by the popular celebrities, selfie-trend is here to stay. We secretly hope it dies till next decade?Selfie Phone

Microsoft Selfie Phone – the Lumia 730:

best iphone games
Games

GTA: San Andreas Windows Phone 8:

Rockstar has released Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for Windows Phone 8. “GTA: San Andreas” was already released for iOS and Android powered devices a month or so ago. GTA: San Andreas for Windows Phone 8 will work on these following WP8 devices:

nokia normandy
Gadgets

It has been quite a good time since Nokia’s Android smartphone came into news. Codenamed “Normandy”, we have today got some snaps of Nokia’s first ever Android attempt. While Nokia is set to go to Microsoft, this recent Nokia Normandy leak confirms that Android project will keep going on.

The latest leaks have been posted by evleaks showing first images of its user interface. The leaks suggest that Nokia Normandy Android phone will use the very popular Lumia design and will be an entry-level Android phone. The Normandy is also rumored to be launched in a plenty of colors following the Asha and Lumia trends. 

TI
Gadgets

Curved screens are all the hype these days. Phones such as the LG G Flex and the Galaxy Round have taken the tech-world by storm. This article puts the G Flex in the vanguard against the mighty Lumia 1520.

LG G Flex vs Nokia Lumia 1520-Hardware Overview

Coming to the tangible part, the LG G Flex is quite slim at just 8.7mm, the Lumia is also the same at 8.7mm.  While both the smartphones share a 6.0 inch display, the LG G Flex is lighter than the Lumia 1520 ( 177 vs 209 grams). Aesthetically both the phones are a sight to behold.

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LG G Flex Homepage vs the Lumia 1520

We can safely say that the High-grade polycarbonates used to make the 1520 slightly has the upper hand. The G Flex has other tricks up it’s sleeve like it’s “Self healing technology“. Although the usability of this is low, something is better than nothing.

windows-phone-8-logo
Industry Software

The two most popular OS, Android and iOS may have some competition after all. According to Forbes, Windows phone has the capability to overtake iOS in three years time. This is a bold claim, according to recent statistics WP has evidently increased its market share.

Forbes Claims Microsoft Will Overcome Apple In 3 Years

Recently Microsoft claimed that it had become the second most popular mobile operating system in Latin america. With support from data collected by IDC, WP moved up from the 4th spot to the 2nd. Nokia was the main force behind this huge leap, with Microsoft moving in to buy Nokia things may look even better.

Windows Phone To Overcome iOS

Windows on the desktop is also the most used desktop OS in the world. It has a huge lead over the competition. Microsoft hopes to use this fact to its advantage. Microsoft ‘One Windows’ program kicks in over here. The name says it all, one windows meaning that the Xbox,WP and Windows be interconnected, i.e be a single entity.

BestSmartphones2013
Gadgets

We cover the best smartphones of 2013 on this article. Its been an exciting year, in terms of mobiles. We have seen the 1080p displays introduced. 64 bit processors are starting to become a norm now, camera tech is advancing at a monstrous rate. Some unorthodox features have also caught our eye, curved/round displays being one of them.

Here Are Our Top 10 Smartphones Of 2013

We’ll rate the phones by judging the features,performance and the price.

10 – Lumia 525

Although not released uptill now (release date = mid December) the Lumia 525 is a worthy upgrade over the already economical Lumia 520. With modest specs, the small but nifty device is a very good phone. The features it provides for the price are phenomenal.

Best Smartphones Of 2013

windows-phone-8-logo
Gadgets Software

WIndows phone was a rather constricted OS when it launched some time ago. Till it’s WP8 update, it was buggy beyond repair. With no support for high resolution screens and Quad-core processors, it was always in the spotlight for ‘missing‘ something. To counter this, Microsoft set up a feature suggestion program where u suggest improvements to the OS.

Upcoming Windows Phone Features Leaked

Windows Phone 8.1 May Get File Manager

An administrator replied to a suggestion by a member on the UserVoice website. The suggestion was “Add File Manager To Windows Phone“, an admin then closed the thread while replying in the affirmative, “This feature is now available in Windows Phone 8.Windows Phone will receive a good boos in productivity by this step since it’s App store does not have good and capable file managers.

8.1
Gadgets Industry

With the black Friday at 29th November, deals are popping up on famous online sites. The Dell Venue 8 Pro 32 GB is available for $300. It comes with a midrange 1280 x 800 resolution display and an extremely capable quad core of the bay trail platform ticking at 2.2 Gigz. The installed Ram is at 2 GB sadly the storage is of 32 GB and thus will be considered extremely low when considering that windows will also take ample space. U can also add a case and a Stylus for $70 more. For reviews u may refer to amazon, u can get this tablet directly from Dell and from Amazon.

Pre Black Friday Deals And More – Win 8.1 Tablet for $300

 

Black Friday

Another alternative to the cheap Win 8.1 tablet is Microsoft’s own surface pro. This tablet is not selling extremely well even with price cuts introduced by Microsoft. Now for $700 u get a powerful CPU via a 3-rd generation i5. The storage space is 64 GB which is again not too high when considering the price. Coupled with the CPU is 4 gigabytes of ram and running under the hood is the Microsoft Windows 8.

The Note 3 is available for $169 with a two year contract with verizon albeit for a short amount of time.

iphone 5s camera
Gadgets Hardware

One of the very few major upgrades introduced in Apple’s latest flagship iPhone 5s is its camera system. A new iSight camera lens with five-element Apple-designed lens with a larger f/2.2 aperture. Having been improved, it is certainly being compared against the Nokia Lumia 1020’s 41MP camera – inarguably termed as the best camera phone so far.

The Nokia Lumia 1020 boasts a PureView camera which shoots images at an extremely high resolution of 41

top android, iphone and windows phone apps
Games Software

Android, iPhones and Windows smartphones – every one of these is coming pre-loaded with tons of apps and features. In this list, we have put together some top Android, iPhone and Windows Phone apps. Most of these are basic apps available on all platforms, with their recommended alternatives – if any. At the end of this list, you can see more platform-dependent apps – both free and paid.

If you have any favorite iOS, Windows or Android app – be it a productivity tool, a game, camera editing app, or any other stuff – let us know and we would add your favorites in this list too. 

355088-new-microsoft-logo
Software

I am pretty sure everyone knows by now that Microsoft’s New Siri mobile assistant will be called Cortana.  And no that’s not a co-incidence, Microsoft’s Siri-Like Assistance will be fully based on the famous Halo AI. So has Microsoft finally given people to buy Windows Devices ? Heres what to expect:

Microsoft Cortana Windows

Microsoft Cortana’s Top Predictions

Cortana will be Unified Across Xbox One, Windows and Windows Mobile.

So we know that Cortana will come to all Widnows Devices which includes Windows Desktops, Windows Mobiles and the Xbox One. Microsoft’s PR has stated that they are waiting to make the Siri-Like Assistant smart and unique. Cortana will be ever-adapting and learn as time progresses. If Microsoft were to unify Cortana’s database across multiple devices owned by a single user, it would result in something truly unique and amazing. Not just a gimmick but a true cant-live-without digital assistant

Windows 8 Banned
Industry

Windows 8 Banned by Top Benchmarking and Overclocking sites In a surprising news for us and probably disastrous for Microsoft. HWBot is a massive online database of Benchmark and Overclocl records and it is this site that first discovered a critical malfunction in Windows 8 RTC (Real Time Clock) protocols that would make any benchmarking software give completely incorrect results.

Windows 8 Banned

Windows 8 Banned from HWBot: The Reason

There exists inside every PC a very incognito but essential piece of tech; the Real-Time Clock. The job of the RTC is fairly simple but very important: all it has to do is tick away the seconds with perfect accuracy, matching every stride of your quartz watch. Because the RTC is basically a hardware implementation by nature, programs such as benchmarks trust the RTC implicitly. Windows 8 however deployed a new set of protocols for the RTC to manage devices with non conventional RTC and this eventually lead to Windows 8 Banned from various sites.

There are benchmarks that are on the look out for tricks, any kind of instability and they invalidate the benchmark. However it just wouldn’t occur to a benchmark to check for problems in the RTC and therein lied the main reason this went on undetected for so long and consequently Windows 8 Banned from Benchmarking sites. HW Bot didnt give the explicit Kernel Level details but they showed this table which we can see gives completely chaotic results. Under clocking the processor actually increases benchmark score ( because time elapsed for the RTC is less it thinks it made that score in less time ) and vice verso leading to chaotic and unrealistic results.

Angry Birds Star Wars
Games

Ok how many of you were expecting a Angry Bird Star Wars Prequel ? I doubt there’s anyone who doesn’t like smashing funnily dressed birds quivering with rage at annoying little pigs. And needless to say the Angry Birds Franchise has hit it big. However a recent tease image has spread all over the internet and screams Prequel all over the place. More specifically Angry Birds Star Wars of Episode I, II and III.

Rovio Image Teases Angry Birds Star Wars Prequel !

In typical teasing style Rovio Officals stated the following “Attention, Angry Birds fans! Stay tuned on Monday, July 15th, for big news about a brand new game”, “We’re talking the biggest character line-up ever, awesome new powers, and maybe even a few surprises!” Along with this single picture:

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