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Samsung Galaxy S4

Now this is quite interesting, everyone is waiting for the release of Samsung Galaxy SIII and there is a rumor that Samsung is planning to go for Samsung Galaxy S IV (S4) as well. Though it seems to be quite unbelievable and unreliable. Recently I was in a tour with my friends and I met with a guy who is currently working in Samsung. We had a conversation about Samsung Galaxy SII and upcoming device SIII. I was totally amazed when he told that Samsung is also planning to launch Samsung Galaxy S4 in near future. Although he was not at all interested to provide any information about Galaxy SIII or S4, but when I doubted on him regarding Samsung Galaxy S4, he told that a team of his senior officers are working on the specs and model of Samsung Galaxy S4 and he also showed me few projected models for Samsung Galaxy S4, which he had in his laptop. One of the most considered model is below.

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On promising that I will not disclose his name, he let me know that Samsung Galaxy S4 might have 3D display and 3D camera. The device will have only one physical button on the right hand side, which is a POWER BUTTON along with one sensor touch button for camera. Left side of the device has sensor touch buttons for volume up and volume down. Again there are four sensor touch buttons at the bottom of the screen.

After seeing the above image, it seems that front camera and proximity sensor has been shifted to right for better management. The screen size is still undecided. He did not provided any information about CPU, RAM, memory, etc. The knowledge he had about this device makes me feel that this rumor is quite promising. I have taken that person in my circle so that we can get more information about Samsung Galaxy S4. I will update this post if I will get some more info.

Although, the knowledgebase and projected model pics he had shown me in his laptop about Samsung Galaxy S4 seems quite promising but still we cant confirm that this is trustable at this stage.

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Gone are the days when a mobile phone’s sole purpose was to make phone calls. These days, mobile phones come equipped with a vast array of features, which makes it very difficult to choose an ideal mobile phone to suit your needs. This guide will help you determine how to buy the right mobile phone.

The first way to filter out a lot of mobile phones is to set a budget. Since most people do not have an unlimited budget, they can remove any phones they cannot afford from their options. Once you have done this, you will be left with a smaller pool of phones to choose from.

The next step is to determine what exactly your level of use would be. Many people use their mobile phones for only texting and talking. All phones come equipped with the ability to send and receive both calls and text messages, so if you are one of those people, you should pick a phone on the basis of durability and price.

However, if you are among the growing group of people who seek the ability to capture photographs and record videos with your new mobile phones, or if you wish to download apps to cater to almost anything, you will need to do a lot of research to find your ideal phone. This research process begins with deciding which technology you want.

There are a number of mobile phone operating systems available to choose from. These include, but are not limited to Apple’s iOS technology, Google’s Android technology, Accenture’s Symbian technology, Microsoft’s Windows technology and Research in Motion’s Blackberry technology. There is extensive information available on the pros and cons of each of these systems.

Currently, Android and iOS are the two most popular operating systems in use. If you end up choosing iOs, your decision is likely to get a lot easier, since only phones developed by Apple run on this technology. However, if you opt for the Android operating system, picking a phone can become much more challenging since there are a lot of manufacturers that have embedded it in their phones.

At the end of the day, a phone should be considered as a long term investment. You should aim to get maximum use out of your phone at a minimal price. Factors such as price, features, style, technology, brand name and warranty should all play a part in determining which mobile phone suits you perfectly.

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Several sources confirm that Apple is in talks to buy 3-D sensing company PrimeSense, following a report in the Israeli publication Calcalist. However, those sources stressed that the deal is not yet done, and that its reported valuation would not represent a huge win for investors.

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Calcalist put the value of the deal at $345 million. Sources said that talks are “close” to complete, but are hung up on end-game issues like liquidity preferences – in other words, who gets paid first. One also said the price could be slightly higher than reported, on the order of $20 million more.

Sources noted that the expected value of the deal would not be a big jump over where investors had recently valued the company, which was apparently at about $250 million.

One source with knowledge of the situation said it was “a bit of a letdown, but a decent outcome.” Another called it “the best that could happen, given the circumstances: A big strategic buyer at a decent price.”

But, again, while the deal is expected to close by the end of this week, it is not yet done.

PrimeSense was the original supplier for Microsoft’s breakthrough Kinect gaming device, which incorporated cameras and depth sensors so that players could control games with their gestures. But Microsoft used homegrown technology for the new Kinect that is part of Xbox One.

The original PrimeSense model was oriented around a large stationary sensor, but the company more recently released a smaller generation, dubbed Capri, better suited for mobile uses.

Motion sensing could be valuable for any number of actual and hypothetical Apple products, including wearable devices and televisions.

Apple declined comment, and PrimeSense offered a statement:

“PrimeSense is the leading 3D technology in the market. We are focused on building a prosperous company while bringing 3D sensing and Natural Interaction to the mass market in a variety of markets such as interactive living room and mobile devices. We do not comment on what any of our partners, customers or potential customers are doing and we do not relate to rumors or re-cycled rumors.”

Acording to published funding numbers, eight-year-old PrimeSense had raised relatively little money – but that’s not actually the case. Silver Lake had invested an undisclosed amount in PrimeSense in 2011. A source said the amount of the Silver Lake investment was $50 million, and that there had also been a large secondary sale of shares at the $250 million valuation.

Prior to that, the company had raised about $30 million from venture capitalists including Canaan Partners, Gemini Israel and Genesis Partners.

(Kara Swisher and John Paczkowski contributed to this report.)

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More than one million units of Sony’s latest gaming console, the PlayStation 4, were sold within 24 hours of its Friday debut in the U.S. and Canada.

The company had previously said that about a million of those units were preordered before launch day. The number makes it seem likely that Sony will meet its year-end goal of three million units sold worldwide – a marked contrast from 2006, when manufacturing problems kept a large number of PlayStation 3s out of consumers’ hands.

Some early adopters have reported problems with overheating and TV connectivity, with both problems already receiving derisive nicknames online: The “Red Line of Death” and the “Blue Light of Death,” so-called after the “Red Ring of Death” that plagued early owners of Microsoft’s Xbox 360 console.

We’re awaiting comment from a Sony representative reached via email about the hardware glitches. No clear answers to these problems and no estimate of just how many people are affected have yet emerged.

Since Friday, the company line has been that 0.4 percent of the consoles (or 4,000 out of a million) are potentially defective, “which is within our expectations for a new product introduction.”

E-Reader vs. iPad

Q:

My wife started reading e-books downloaded from the library on her iPad 2. Indoors the print is very readable, but it loses some of the sharpness in bright light. Some of her friends suggested the Kindle Paperwhite as a better reader in all types of light. What is your opinion?

A:

All current color tablets use a screen technology that washes out in sunlight and can become almost unreadable in direct, bright sunlight. The Kindle monochrome e-readers, including the Paperwhite, use a different technology that does well in all kinds of light. However, I have never noticed any degradation of screen readability on iPads or other quality color tablets in bright indoor light.

Q:

Is it fair to say that the iPad Air, like its predecessors, is designed more for content consumption than content creation, and that someone who really needs a computer but also wants a tablet (and can’t afford both) would do better with something like the new Surface?

A:

The iPad can be a fine productivity and creativity tool, with or without an accessory keyboard, depending on the app you are using. Business email and calendars, or the editing of office documents, work fine on the iPad, as do many drawing applications. You can even sign legal documents on it electronically. However, if you are looking for all the functions of a PC, a full Windows 8 tablet like the Surface 2 Pro would be a better choice, because it runs all the programs a Windows computer does.

Q:

In the new Mac OS X operating system, Mavericks, it appears it is not possible to sync Notes, Contacts and other data using iTunes via a cable connection. Is this true?

A:

Yes. Apple says: “In Mavericks, OS X syncs Contacts, Calendars and Notes using iCloud.” (That’s Apple’s Internet cloud service.) The company adds that, if you make changes to your data and don’t have access to the Internet, OS X will sync the data the next time an Internet connection is available.

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PasswordBox, the password management tool that recently raised funding, has acquired Legacy Locker, a five-year-old service that allows people to store an encrypted page of passwords and important documents to share with loved ones when they die. One interesting part of the deal (terms were not disclosed) is that all info from Legacy Locker accounts will be deleted, as it was deemed unwise to port an encrypted database. Users will have the option to reregister for the service as part of PasswordBox.

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As Microsoft promised during its BUILD developer conference earlier this year, the company today launched a first preview of its new maps app for Windows 8.1. The highlight of this release is the addition of 3D imagery, something Microsoft tried a few years ago with Bing Maps online but then shelved after it moved away from its proprietary Silverlight technology. The new app is now available in the Windows Store.

Microsoft says to create these 3D imagery, it processed over 121 trillion pixels to date to build this 3D environment. And it shows. The imagery is extremely clear and detailed, and after a first look, it feels like it easily rivals and often bests Google’s efforts, especially when it comes to trees and smaller objects like cars and kiosks.

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In total, Microsoft is making 3D maps of 70 cities available in this preview. These range from Canberra in Australia to Bremen, Germany and Portland, Maine. What’s missing, though, are most of the world’s larger cities. There’s no New York, San Francisco, Sydney, Berlin or London here so far, but Microsoft will likely add many of these before it releases the final version of the app.

As Microsoft is prone to do these days, the app is mostly optimized for touch. It works quite well with a mouse, but if you want to really enjoy it, it feels like you would need a Windows tablet or touch-enabled laptop because tilting and rotating by dragging buttons left or right just doesn’t feel all that natural with a mouse.

The app also makes Streetside, Microsoft’s version of Street View, available for those who want to take a closer look at a street from ground level. Microsoft experimented with different versions of this tool over the years. It is now essentially a Street View clone, though it does have one nice feature: you can optionally see a large map at the bottom of the screen, which makes navigating a bit easier than with the small map Google uses in the corner of its Street View images.

As expected, the app also features the usual search functionality, traffic info and other features. It’s integrated with Open Table and when that’s not enough, you can also start a Skype call by clicking on a phone number.

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Google has been good about offering a number data portability options through its Google Takeout service, which has previously allowed users to download data for over a dozen products, including Contacts, Drive, Voice, and more. But today, the company is adding two of its flagship properties to Google Takeout, with the new ability to export your all your Gmail and Google Calendar data.

Starting today, Google is rolling out Gmail and Calendar data downloads in Google Takeout, where you can download each service’s data individually or as a part of a larger export including data from other services. Gmail’s data is in MBOX format, and Calendar data is available as an iCalendar export. Both are bundled into a .zip file when you start the export.

The inbox format works in most common email clients including Microsoft Outlook 2011, Mozilla Thunderbird, and Apple’s Mail. Google says that it has implemented some limits on how often the data can be exported, however – three times a day, and up to seven times total per week, which shouldn’t be a problem for most people.

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Each message’s labels are preserved in a special X-Gmail-Labels header, in CSV format, explains the export FAQ. This is an interesting inclusion as no mail client currently recognizes this header, but some could in the future, if extensions were involved.

The Gmail data option is also handy for those who need to download only a portion of their inbox by allowing you to select specific labels to export. This could be useful if you are moving work-related email from a personal inbox over to your new company, for example, or perhaps just exporting a folder containing large attachments eating up space.

Gmail a year ago introduced options for finding your larger emails via search options, then shortly after encouraged users to send their biggest attachments (up to 10 GB) via Google Drive integration instead. But since Gmail has been publicly available since 2007, many of Gmail’s early adopters’ inboxes have already become overfilled with space hogging emails. (Sadly, the Gmail export option came too late for me. I had used a script, then hit delete.)

Similar to the Gmail export option, Google Calendar users can choose to include all their calendars or just specific ones.

The ability to download Gmail is being rolled out starting today and continuing over the next month, while Calendar export option is available immediately.

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