Xiaomi, the top Chinese smart phone producer has made public the official date of the release of its top products on the Indian market. Hugo Barra, the vice-president of the global operation division for Xiaomi has declared that the Xiaomi Mi 4 and the Mi Pad will probably reach the Indian shops by the end of 2014. The Vice-President has also said that Redmi Note and the Redmi 1 S which were launched in July are going to be present in the Indian shops in just a few weeks. The Xiaomi gadgets will definitely be available for the Indian public by Diwali and end of the year celebrations. The customers were informed of the Redmi 1 S and Redmi Note prices on the 22nd of July 2014. However, the Chinese company did not disclose any information about the release date. This fresh news about the Xiaomi products reaching the store in just a few weeks it comes as relieve for fans eagerly awaiting the very price-friendly gadgets. The fourth flash like sale of Xiaomi’s Mi3 will begin on the 12th of August 2014. The Indian buyers have been extremely pleased with the gadget. The Chinese company was a bit overwhelmed by the huge demand and by the people frustrated of not being able to purchase the phone they longed for. The company has decided to launch on the Indian market around 20,000 units. This figure exceeds the initial dispatch with more than 5,000 units. The Xiaomi Mi3 is an affordable gadget having the tag price of ₹13,999. It has a full HD display with a surface of 5 inch. The processor is of the Snapdragon CPU type, having a power equal to 2.3 gigahertz. The operating system is the famous Android KitKat, the 4.4.2 version. The screen is covered in Gorilla Glass and the resolution is equal to 440 ppi. It has a frame made of aluminium and lots of other features that make it highly appealing to customers. Its RAM equals to three gigabytes. The smart phone has a storage capacity ranging from 16 to 64 gigabytes. The battery is of the Li-Ion Polymer type having a power equal to 3,080 mAh. More important the phone does not feel like a brick in the user’s pocket or purse, since it has a weight equal to 149 grams. The Xiaomi Redmi 1S has a 4.7 inch display with a resolution of 1280×720 p. Its screen is made of Gorilla Glass as well. It functions on the Android Jelly Bean, the 4.3 version. The processor is of the Snapdragon type while its random access memory is equal to one gigabyte. The storage capacity varies between 8 and 64 gigabytes. It has dual-SIM slots and... (more...)

The social network, Twitter, has announced that the requests referring to user’s data and information grew a lot during the past six months. More and more states are asking information about the users of social networks. However, the government of the United States of America is the most interested in this kind of information since almost half of the Twitter requests came from it. Usually the requests came when there was some sort of a criminal investigation going one. In order to get non-public information about various users the law representatives must obtain a court order or a subpoena. Direct messages as well as non-public tweets can be obtained only by means of a search warrant. The report has been made public without the requests concerning the national security of various countries. Twitters as well as other Internet based companies are not allowed to disclose requests as such. All these companies have tried to obtain the right to publish more data on the orders referring to national security. Twitter said that it had got 2,058 requests from more than fifty-four states during the first half of 2014. It has also received requests from eight states that had never asked for such information before. The social network does not fulfill all the requests. Thus, Twitter has honored only fifty-two percent of the requests coming from various states throughout the world and seventy-tow per cent of the requests coming from the US authorities. In the second half of 2013 the short messaging service was confronted with no more than 1,410 requests. It has to be pointed out that the vast majority of Twitter users live outside the US borders. Twitter received requests concerning account information but also 432 requests to erase various types of content. The network has also received more copyright notices. These increased with thirty-eight percent in comparison with the second half of 2013. In that period Twitter registered around 9,199 copyright notices. Companies such as Apple, Google, Facebook or Microsoft have also made public similar reports.  Read More →

We have come to witness a period in which big enterprises find it easier to buy other small companies and businesses than to put them up by themselves. This practice has been used by Google numerous times. Apple has decided to go for the same strategy although it is trying to be less aggressive than Google. Some recent reports claim than Apple wants to purchase Swell for the price of 30 million US dollars. For those who do not know, Swell is an internet radio. There are high chances for Swell to be used in order to improve the offers of Apple iTunes Radio. However, Swell will be centered on talk shows and less on music. For the time being, Swell is utilized by famous news stations like the BBC, ABC, ESPN and other station which are less popular with the public. There are very high chances for the Swell radio to be part of the bigger iTune Radio Service provided by Apple. The most important Swell radio application is going to be closed down towards the end of the week. The Swell team will move their offices to the Apple headquarters. The two companies will offer the same radio services, turning the deal into an acqui-hire. Apple’s recent actions like the purchase of Beats Audio for 3 billion US dollars or of Swell for the sum of 30 million US dollars hints towards the company’s desire to offer phone and tablets users more entertainment possibilities. For the time being, nobody knows for sure the amount of time that Swell will be in standby. Moreover, little is known about Apple’s plans and intentions with its newly acquired business.  Read More →

The electronics domain had been taken aback by the partnership of the former rivals Apple and IBM. This association has created a lot of concern not only for Microsoft and Blackberry but also for the partners of IBM and Apple. However, the two companies have high expectations from their joint venture. Most of the details of this partnership are known only to Apple and IBM. For this reason the resellers working with Apple are a bit worried about their future collaboration with the company. Andy Nunez, director of services employed by Liberty Tech, is concerned about the future of his company located in Griffin. He remembers how his company had to wait for its turn in order to receive the famous iPad 4. The bigger Apple partners received the tablet first. Nunez also claims that larger companies working with Apple have received higher revenue shares than his company. Nunez considers IBM a competitor not a partner and complains about the pricing structure of Apple hardware that leaves little income to small companies. But not all are as upset as Andy Nunez. Bob Venero, the CEO of Holbrook a partner company of both Apple and IBM, hopes that this new partnership will give Apple what it takes in order to win the enterprise area and defeat Microsoft. Nonetheless, Venero is a bit concerned because the details of the deal have not been made public yet. Venero hopes that Apple will not work exclusively with IBM and leave aside its former partners. Rival companies have more reasons to get worried. Blackberry might be completely wiped out in spite of its HIPAA devices and experience in the enterprise domain. Obviously, there is no need to point out that the financial problems that Blackberry has been experiencing recently are not helpful at all. The IBM-Apple team has to face Microsoft and its latest “cloud first, mobile first”. Mark Skilton, a reputed professor employed by the Warwick Business School considers that this so unpredictable alliance might turn into a huge challenge for Microsoft and the newly taken over Nokia. Skilton considers that Microsoft might have serious problems with its attempts to have the lions share from both enterprise and consumer markets. He points out that Amazon is also tackling the market with its Amazon Fire Phone and with its reading devices. Skilton says that Microsoft should definitely pay more attention as it has the example of Facebook which has failed in its attempts to introduce its phone on the market.  Read More →

Smart Phone users having a Nokia Windows Phone will no longer need to go through various hoops so as to obtain their Windows Phone 8.1 update since this is available for all users now. Nokia has announced that the upgrade will be running on all Lumia smart phones running on Windows Phone 8, in the following weeks. All users will receive a notification when the upgrade is going to be available. However, any Lumia user can verify the upgrade status of his/her smart phone of the official Nokia site. The majority of phones belonging to US users are for the time being labeled as “under testing”. Starting with the month of April, Microsoft has permitted to everybody to install the Windows Phone 8.1 upgrade. They just had to sing up in order to receive a developer preview. In spite of its simplicity, this process voids for a certain period of time the users’ warranties. Moreover, it leaves out all the additional features belonging to the telephone manufacturer. The Lumia Cyan upgrade allows Nokia to deliver some extra features besides the one already given by Windows Phone 8.1. Thus, the Nokia officials claim that the upgraded has simplified the interface for the camera applications and as a consequence the pictures are much easier to share and edit. Moreover, the Camera Roll offers a direct access to the editing tools belonging to the Nokia Creative Studio, number 6. The Device Hub has the purpose to make the connection with other products. The users of Lumia Icon and Lumia 1520 are receiving some upgrades to their cameras. These include richer colors, non-stop autofocus, improvements of the RAW DNG image and better low light performance. Nokia claims that its team is working in order to improve the audio aspect in videos with the help of the Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 which will be backed up by Nokia Rich Recording. The Windows Phone 8.1 is an important upgrade which has a gesture type keyboard and a virtual assistant. Other new features include a drop down bar created for notifications and for the quick settings. To all these, we have to mention the numerous improvements done to various applications.  Read More →

The electronic company has decided to present its case to higher powers in an attempt to change the verdict that gives advantage to the Zhizhen Technology located in Shanghai. Reports point out that the world famous electronic company has lost its patent case of Siri on the Chinese territory. The company known as Zhizhen Internet Technology has managed to win the patent infringement law suit over Apple. The First Intermediate Court of Beijing decided that Siri, one of the many virtual personal assistants employed by Apple, was actually infringing a patent of speech recognition belonging to Zhizhen. In 2012, Zhizhen took Apple into court, claiming that Siri that was used with iPhones was severely violating the voice recognition technology belonging to Zhizhen. Siri permits users to ask various questions to a virtual personal assistant which in its turn gives the desired answers. The patent is not so much about how Siri functions but about the method employed to recognize and analyse a person’s voice. Apple claimed in a statement for Reuters that it had no idea about the patent belonging to Zhizhen before the company actually took legal actions. Apple declared that it did not consider that its employed technology infringed the Zhizhen intellectual property. Apple said that it wanted to take all the matter further but at the same time it did not dismiss the possibility settle down an out of the court arrangement with Zhizhen. Siri is not at its first appearance in front of the judges. Thus, Apple had serious issues over the technology used on Siri with some other companies and organizations like Samsung and a Taiwanese university. But up till now Siri has not been forbidden to function.  Read More →

Every week, there are many gossipy tidbits, reports as well as patent filings which indicate what is leaving Cupertino next. Some are genuine, yet others are completely fake. As usual we have managed to pars the bits of gossip, positioning them from “totally absurd” to “obviously.” Fake Rumor: iPhone Air will be launched on September 25th The end of the month of September and the beginning of the month of October is expected to be the period of time when Apple is going to launch on the market its new product. As indicated by a report, September the 25th appears to be the date the following iPhone could be dispatched to stores following a September the 15th declaration. This appears doubtful as Apple normally dispatches items on a Friday while the 25th falls on Thursday this year. It seems that the bigger 5.5-inch version is going to be named “iPhone Air”. Calling the bigger version the Air would definitely separate it from the “general” iPhone 6. Fake Rumor: the Mockups can offer an approximation of the design characteristic for the iPhone 6 A report coming from Japan claims that the most recent mockups can give a harsh approximation of what the following iPhone ought to look like. All the more vitally, they apparently offer a superior feeling of the antenna location in this new telephone. What are the purposes of the stripes on the back of the new iPhones? Those evidently should not be stripes, but instead they indicate zones where glass will be utilized rather than aluminum, much the same as in the iPhone 5 S. In the event that the stripes are really present, they will be made of extremely polished glass. This type of glass is absolutely necessary for the iPhone’s reception apparatuses to transmit and accept information. Glass was preferred because aluminum hinders all signals. This report likewise claims the world famous Apple logo on the back of the iPhone will be a bit changed, cut out of aluminum, and the glass might be bent. A craftsman gave his version of the iPhone 6 looks in an offhand photograph set of mockups. Possibile: the photos taken with the iPhone 6 will have a front glass appear Truly exact the electronic giant leaker Sonny Dickson has managed to send to 9to5mac a series photographs of presumable glass plate of the following iPhone. The glass plates in the photos are the white and black alternatives of the famous 4.7-inch model. As far as these pictures go, the future iPhone will be somewhat more... (more...)

In the attempt to charm its financial gurus and demonstrate that it is equipped for producing advertisement income, Twitter has been testing new aspects that could provide it with a better income. A gimmick we have been hearing for a long is the ‘Buy Now’ amazing button straightforwardly installed into a tweet. A two month old Wall Street Journal report had said that the micro-blogging website was trying various promotion sorts including “shoppable” Twitter advertisements. Presently, Re/Code has detected a few tweets that have been implanted with the help of the “Purchase Now” new button that redirected clients to the Fancy shopping site. For the time being the button can be found on the portable application, but not on the UI web. A “Buy Now” new button inserted inside the tweet could mean that clients would be straightforwardly rerouted to the organization’s store or they could turn into potential regular Twitter buyers, if the organization has the right implicit devices installed. Despite the fact that we would like the last, the first choice has more chances to come true. This appears to be a greatly required move for Twitter to support its income, since brands could utilize the stage for more than simply making themselves aware for the public at large. As it has been pointed out by Mashable, “Adding buying functionalities to Timeline would appear to be a clear win for Twitter. Clients are acquainted with both ads and pictures at this point, so the expansion of a “Buy Now” would not be exceptionally troublesome. It would bring new income streams for Twitter and some of its brand clients.” A button as such might determine clients to linger on the Twitter platform for a more extended period. The button is going to add Twitter as well since it will definitely boost social media shopping. The sites created for communicating online are known to play an indispensable part in increasing the local e-trade business sector. ‘Twitter Commerce’ as it has been named could further support it. In the past we have seen a few brands collaborate with sites having a social aspect in order to make people aware or promote their items. Recently, we have run over the new peculiarity called #AmazonCart that permits clients to add Amazon items to their shopping cart without needing to leave Twitter. However, that does not mean that clients could buy items by means of Twitter. The characteristic just saves it into your account... (more...)