Thursday, 19 December 2013

Phone out of charge? No problems! Use PPL Connect...

PPL Connect makes physical phones virtual and is now available via open beta to Android users.

By creating a PPL Connect account and linking it with your phone number via an Android app, you gain access to your contact list, text messages and phone calls from any device with an internet connection -- letting you both make and take calls and send and receive texts straight from the browser. And the best part? Because it's fully virtualized, your phone doesn't even need to be turned on for you to use it remotely.

- Send/Receive your SMS on a computer, tablet, second phone 
- SMS are synced between all devices and your phone’s SMS inbox 
- Call your friend’s from a computer, tablet, second phone - Have access to your contacts on any device - Multitask (SMS, Call, View contacts) simultaneously - Even connect to your Virtual Smartphone on a friend’s phone 

Link: Google Play

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Google teases Android 4.4 as 'KitKat'

After "a whirlwind trip to Asia" visiting Android partners, Google's SVP Sundar Pichai has just confirmed -- by way of the above photo -- that the next version of his mobile OS is called KitKat aka Android 4.4. The exec shared this geeky nugget on both Google+ and Twitter, while his company has updated the Android developer site with a page chronicling Android's milestones so far. Details are light at the moment, and Google teases its upcoming release with just the following line:
"It's our goal with Android KitKat to make an amazing Android experience available for everybody."
Pichai also announced that there are now over one billion Android device activations, surpassing the 900 million mark back in May this year. This is well ahead of the end-of-year target that Chairman Eric Schmidt predicted back in April. Just to recap, here are all the previous dessert-based names that contributed to these figures: Cupcake (1.5), Donut (1.6), Eclair (2.0), Froyo (2.2), Gingerbread (2.3), Honeycomb (3.0), Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0), and Jelly Bean (4.1-4.3). Naturally, it's "K" after "J" now. More after the break (pun intended).
Trademark issues? Not to worry, as Google got Nestle's blessing to use the "Kit Kat" trademark (albeit without the space), but with a twist. John Lagerling, director of Android global partnerships, explained to the BBC that "this is not a money-changing-hands kind of deal," but instead, they wanted do something "fun and unexpected."
Following one conference call with Nestle back in end of November, the deal was sealed just 24 hours later. And after finalising the details secretly at MWC, the chocolate snack is now doing a joint promotion with Google to give away someNexus 7s and Google Play credit in the US and the UK. The BBC reports that there will be more than 50 million Kit Kats promoting the Android mascot in 19 markets (including Brazil, India, Japan and Russia), but it's not clear whether the giveaway promotion will make its way to those countries as well.
Lagerling also confirmed that his team did originally consider "Key Lime Pie" as a potential name for Android after Jelly Bean, but the issue was "very few people actually know the taste of a key lime pie." Fair enough. Until Google drops another Android activation number on us, feel free to make a guess on what's coming after KitKat. Hint: it begins with an "L."

Source : Engadget

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Whatsapp's new awesome feature!

WhatsApp has launched a push-to-talk voice messaging feature that will allow people to send voice messages with a tap. Additional features of the latest WhatsApp update include the removal of time limits on voice messages; volume switching -- when the phone is held at arm's length WhatsApp will increase the volume, and when it is held near the ear WhatsApp will decrease the volume; and a blue microphone icon notification that tells you when your recipient has heard their message.

Here’s how the new voice messaging feature works:
  • You will see a new button with a microphone icon instead of the Send button. 
  • Tap and hold on it to start recording the voice message. When you release the button, it automatically sends the voice message to your friend.

  • If you want to cancel the recording, simply slide on the recording bar (which has a cute animation).
  • You can also cancel the message when it is being sent by tapping on the x button.
The update will be rolling out to everyone within 24 hours.

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Medias W N-05E in wings as two-screen smartphone

The two-screen Medias W, with an 8.1MP camera, is an Android 4.1 smartphone; there are two 960 x 540 4.3-inch screens displays, and it has a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960 processor. The LCD screens are on the outside of the clamshell rather than the inside. The clamshell-shaped device, when unhinged, has screens that can operate side to side if you wish to multitask, or can be combined into a larger screen. DigInfo TV has carried a video showing the phone and its functions. A map is shown on both screens; a user could check out a map on the bigger screen, putting up with the line seam in the middle, but would be able to pinch and zoom across the pair of screens.

As for text entry, the carrier is promoting the keyboard feature as easy to use and ideal for users keen on action on social networking sites, along with those who like the idea of a having a new sort of mini-tablet. Turned on its side, the bottom screen can behave as the keyboard. Outside Japan, bloggers are already posing questions about what a two-screen form factor could mean with regard to predictions that the "phablet" form factor is poised for takeoff. The nuance is in bigger smartphones biting into established lines of smaller tablets. Estimates so far point to 2018 as the year phablets will show their strength in accounting for 25 percent of smartphone sales. At the same time, tech watchers have noted that power issues could keep two-screen form factors from marketplace takeoff right away, but the new Medias W is worth watching nonetheless.

Thursday, 24 January 2013


How it Works :

A smartphone/tablet device demodulates the visible light signal via the existing cameras. The mobile device then consults a cloud-based server, which maintains an association of light identifiers, content, and physical location. A smartphone/tablet device demodulates the visible light signal via the existing cameras. The mobile device then consults a cloud-based server, which maintains an association of light identifiers, content, and physical location.

With a GPS system, satellites overhead broadcast radio signals that your phone receives. In a ByteLight system, lightbulbs act as satellites, using light to beam information to your phone.
Each ByteLight has an identifier (similar to a MAC address). It broadcasts this identifier through the light itself – kind of like Morse Code, but through light. 

ByteLight Mobile App :

Create a digital content wall that's actually "in" a physical location. Anyone can view or share photos, notes, or other content while they're in one of your ByteLight enabled spaces.

The Lights :

Each light sends a unique signal that only your phone can see. With thousands of lights in an enterprise, ByteLight can be used for mapping and directions. With just a couple of lights in a home, the ByteLight mobile app is an exciting way to experience this technology.

Custom Plugins :

Integrate with home automation, connect to social networks, or even create an augmented reality gaming experience - any of this can be enabled using ByteLight. We’ve created a web based plugin editor to get you started building any plugin you can think of.

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Flexible Displays Shown By Samsung At CES 2013

LAS VEGAS (AP) — By showing off a phone with a flexible screen, Samsung is hinting at a day when we might fold up our large phone or tablet screens as if they were maps.
The Korean electronics company provided a glimpse of such a device at a keynote speech Wednesday at the International CES gadget show in Las Vegas. It's an annual showcase of the latest TVs, computers and other consumer-electronic devices.
WHAT IT IS: Brian Berkeley, head of Samsung Electronics Co.'s display lab in San Jose, California, demonstrated a phone that consists of a matchbox-sized hard enclosure, with a paper-thin, flexible color screen attached to one end. The screen doesn't appear flexible enough to fold in half like a piece of paper, but it could bend into a tube.
The company also showed a video of a future concept, with a phone-sized device that opens up like a book, revealing a tablet-sized screen inside.
HOW IT WORKS: The screen uses organic light-emitting diodes, or OLEDs. Only a thin layer of these chemicals is needed to produce a bright, colorful screen. They're used in many Samsung phones already, though with glass screens. For the bendable phone, Samsung laid the chemicals over thin plastic instead of glass. That's a trick you can't pull off with liquid crystals in standard displays.

Sunday, 6 January 2013

A Tablet that doubles as wireless charging mat

Fulton Innovation comes to CES each year armed with the latest tricks in the field of wireless charging, and this year is no exception. Starting things out with a bang, the purveyor of all things Qi will be on-hand to demonstrate its newest feat: the ability to charge your Qi-compatible phone... on the back of a tablet. Indeed, your 7- to 10-inch slate may someday be able to double as its own wireless charging mat, allowing you to feed battery from your tablet to your smartphone just by holding the two devices back-to-back.
Additionally, Fulton promises to show off a multi-device charging platform capable of powering up two devices simultaneously. Even better, this surface can recognize and adapt to the needs of each particular product -- in other words, tablets and smartphones can charge together on the same pad, each device receiving the proper amount of juice. Check out the video to see a few ideas Fulton is bringing to the table this week, and fortunately we'll get to take a closer look at all of them soon.