Technology Sector

YouTube set to add support for '360-degree videos'

youtubeLondon, Jan. 08 : YouTube will soon add a feature that will support 360-degree videos , it has been reported.

According to Gizmodo, it will allow users to upload videos taken with the special 360-degree cameras that are on their way into the market and will probably make use of virtual reality headsets, the Independent reported.

Many of those take the videos in different ways and with different results and YouTube's challenge was getting all of those different kinds of video to work on the site.

However, it's unclear whether the videos will be viewable for anyone using a computer, or if they will require a virtual reality headset to look around the scene.

Now, charger that can boost phone battery to 'full capacity' within seconds

storedotLondon, Jan 08 - One of the gadgets hogging the limelight at the CES this year is a charger that can boost your battery to full capacity in less time than it takes to boil a kettle.

Developed by Israeli start-up, Storedot, the device is capable of recharging phone batteries about 100 times faster than at present, reported the BBC.

The company had demonstrated a similar feat about eight months ago and involved a battery many times thicker than the handset itself and an outsized charger , making the gadget impractical for real-world use. However, the charging dock showcased in Las Vegas is pretty slim and the phone involved is no bigger than normal too.

America's thinnest phone 'Vivo Air' set for Jan launch

Vivo AirWashington, Jan 07 : A Miami-based company has developed the thinnest phone ever, which will be up for grabs in the US in mid-January for 199 dollars only.

According to the Verge, the Vivo Air, the flagship in Blu's new line of Android devices, which at 5.1mm thick and 3.5 ounces clocks in as the thinnest and lightest phone you can buy in the United States.

Made of aluminum magnesium alloy, the phone is powered by a MediaTek MT6592 processor , 1GB of RAM, and a Mali GPU.

On the front is a 4.8-inch, 720 display, and there's an 8-megapixel camera on the back and a 5-megapixel shooter on the front, the report added. (ANI)

Mercedes Benz unveils its self-driving F015 Luxury in Motion car

Mercedes Benz F015Washington, Jan 06 : Mercedes Benz has unveiled its autonomous F015 Luxury in Motion car at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that has a self-driving concept.

Highlighting Mercedes' vision for autonomous driving, the chairman of Daimler AG and head of Mercedes-Benz Cars Dieter Zetsche said that the vehicle is geared towards future roads populated with "exclusive cocoons on wheels."

Zetsche said that people who focus only on technology have not grasped how autonomous driving will change the society.

The capsule shaped car measures 17 feet in length while only 5 feet in height, reported CNET.

Sony releases 1,200 dollar Android powered walkman ZX2 with high resolution audio

Sony WalkmanWashington, Jan 06 : Sony has unveiled its Android powered Walkman ZX2 with high resolution audio playback, priced at 1,200 dollars.

According to Mashable, the walkman supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and is NFC-enabled, said the company.

The walkman looks like a differently shaped smartphone rather than a music player.

The feature of the Android powered device includes a touchscreen and runs 4.2 jellybean version of Android operating system.

The Walkman also supports Android apps that can be downloaded from its Play Store.

The S-Master HX processor in the Walkman enables the high resolution audio. (ANI)

Samsung set to woo gamers with newly-launched ultra-sharp curved monitor

samsung ultra-sharp curved monitorWashington, Jan 06 : Samsung has reportedly released a 34-inch ultra-sharp curved monitor which is being dubbed the "best that has emerged yet," a report said.

With a tack sharp resolution of 3440 x 1440 and a 3000R curvature, the SE790C Curved Monitor has deep, vivid colors and pretty fantastic viewing angles, reported The Verge.

The monitor is primarily aimed at gamers as it comes with a Game Boost feature that adjusts color and contrast depending on the scene. It also has built-in speakers.

However, customers will have to pay a hefty price for Samsung's new flagship which is launching today.

Xiaomi unveils `faster, better` Redmi 2

Redmi 2Washington, Jan 05 - Xiaomi which clocked 60 million sales in 2014 has reportedly unveiled its newest entry-level phone, the Redmi 2.

The new device shares most of the features with the original model like, the 4.7-inch screen and the 1280 x 720 display however, it also sports a few welcomed changes from its antecedent including, a 64-bit Qualcomm 410 quad-core processor and a dual 4G SIM support too, reported Tech Crunch.

The new Redmi features an eight megapixel rear camera, improved two megapixel front camera, 1GB RAM and 8GB on-device storage. It runs on Xiaomi's own MIUI version of Android and provides a few more options to its color-loving customers like, "lime green" and "powder yellow."

Samsung set to unveil 'the most seductive TV of all time'

SamsungWashington, Jan 04 : Samsung is set to unveil "the most seductive TV of all time" at CES this year.

According to The Verge, while features and specs are clearly secondary to this tease, Samsung intends to attract attention with the pure sex factor of a giant, curved 4K TV.

The TV will run on Tizen , as is the case of all other smart TVs by Samsung.

More details of the TV will emerge at Samsung's CES press conference. (ANI)

Microsoft, Yahoo's search services suffer brief outage

Microsoft YahooWashington, Jan 03 - Tech giant Microsoft's search engine Bing.com and other sites, including live.com, suffered a brief disconnection of about 20 minutes on Friday, as per reports revealed on Twitter and other website-monitoring services.

While Bing.com and others have since returned from the outage, Yahoo's search service, which is powered by Bing, at search.yahoo.com is reportedly down, as well. No explanation has been provided for the outages yet.

When a user performs a web search from Yahoo.com, he is redirected to search.yahoo.com, and this has only been returning a blank page or, more recently, an error message, instead of search results, TechCrunch reported.

Microsoft's Joe Belfiore says Windows Phone not forgotten

Joe BelfioreWashington, Jan 02 : Microsoft's Joe Belfiore has said that the software giant's Office team has not forgotten the Windows Phone.

According to The Verge, Belfiore took to his Weibo account this week to explain the silence on Windows Phone, saying that a bundle of announcements were to be made on a single event prior to Chinese New Year, which falls on February 19th.

The announcements are expected to come at Microsoft's Windows 10 event, which is set to take place on January 21st.

In the same post, Belfiore said that Microsoft was working on new features "specifically for the China market" that will be revealed in the coming months, the report added. (ANI)

Twitter releases new feature that allows users to catch up on missed tweets

TwitterWashington, Jan 02 : Twitter has released a new feature that allows users to catch up on missed Tweets.

According to CBS News, the latest feature called "While You Were Away" offers up missed tweets a user might consider important.

The tweets missed by the users are pinned to their timelines.

The feature is available to particular sections of users as of now.

Meanwhile, the social networking giant has also announced several updates that will make it easier to take a public conversation private, including the ability to share and discuss tweets privately via Direct Messages. (ANI)

Samsung edges past Apple in consumer satisfaction index for handsets

Samsung edgesWashington, Jan 01 : South Korean tech titan Samsung has edged past arch rival Apple in the American Customer Satisfaction Index despite receiving a lukewarm response to its flagship Galaxy S5 handset.

Samsung, who came under increasing pressure in the wake of declining profits, received a satisfaction rating of 81 points out of a possible 100, two points ahead of arch-rival Apple, Fox News reported.

Huawei smartphone sales saw steep surge in 2014

Huawei smartphone sales surgeWashington, Jan 01 : China's leading smartphone manufacturers Huawei has reportedly seen a surge in its revenues to 11.8 billion dollars, while exceeding 75 million units shipments in 2014.

According to reports, the leading smartphone makers' revenue rose by nearly one-third to 11.8 billion dollars.

Richard Yu, head of Huawei's consumer business, said in a memo that smartphone shipments for the company exceeded 75 million units, an increase of 40 percent from the preceding year, both news organizations, CNet reported.

Apple faces lawsuit over iOS 8 update storage size

Apple IOS 8Washington, Jan 01 : Apple has been sued for allegedly misleading users about the size of the iOS 8 update.

According to Mashable, two individuals from Miami have been named in the class action suit filed in the United States District Court in San Francisco Tuesday.

The lawsuit has claimed "iOS8 uses an unexpectedly large percentage of the storage capacity on 8 GB and 16 GB iPhones, iPads and iPods."

The lawsuit further alleges that Apple failed to disclose to consumers that around 23.1 percent of the advertised storage capacity of the devices will be consumed by iOS 8 and unavailable for consumers when consumers purchase devices that have iOS 8 installed.

Apple patents 'smart pen' capable of detecting hand movements

Apple patents 'smart pen' capable of detecting hand movementsWashington, Dec 31 : Tech giant Apple has been granted a patent for a stylus design of a smart pen capable of detecting hand movements that enables translation into digital line drawing s and text, adding into the list of their new innovations.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has patented Apple's communicating stylus that employs accelerometers, wireless communication hardware and onboard storage to transfer hand-written notes and drawings on to the display of a digital device, the AppleInsider reported.

Apple credits Aleksandar Pance as the inventor of the smart pen, which was filed for patenting in January 2010. (ANI)

Samsung to launch its first all-in-one Desktop computer Ativ One 7 Curved

Samsung Ativ One 7 CurvedWashington, Dec 31 : Samsung is preparing to launch its first new all-in-one desktop computer Ativ One 7 Curved that will have a curved screen just as its TVs.

Samsung has already been offering laptops and Chrome books. The idea of the Ativ One 7 Curved with 27-inch all-in-one, came partly from Samsung's TVs that already have curved screens, reported PCWorld.

The new desktop would look like a 27-inch curved TV, with all the PC components at the back of the monitor.

As with TVs, the curved display could provide a more immersive gaming and entertainment experience than conventional monitors, said David Ng, product manager at Samsung.

Microsoft's new 'Spartan' browser likely to be lightweight alternative to IE

Spartan BrowserWashington, Dec 31 - Microsoft is planning to introduce a completely new browser named "Spartan" as a lightweight alternative instead of revamping Internet Explorer with its launch of Windows 10, according to reports.

According to sources, Spartan may eventually debut on alternative platforms like iOS and Android, reported PCWorld.

Microsoft's Internet Explorer is still the most popular browser in the world, holding steady at 58 percent of the user base throughout all of 2014, according to NetApplications.

Microsoft may launch the new browser with Windows 10 on January 21, 2015 (ANI)

Google marks end of 2014 with animated doodle

googleNew Delhi, Dec 31 - Google has celebrated the last day of the year 2014 with an animated doodle that gives a re-cap of the year's major events.

Using the bright colours which make up the search engine's logo, the Doodle features an animation exploring the year's top-trending searches.

The few major happenings of 2014 that were included in the doodle were the Philae lander, 2014 World Cup, ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and Flappy Bird, along with the successful Mars Orbiter Mission. (ANI)

Microsoft may introduce Windows 10 with big changes to Internet Explorer

Microsoft may introduce Windows 10 with big changes to Internet ExplorerWashington, Dec 30 - Microsoft will reportedly introduce the Windows 10 with some big changes to Internet Explorer browser codenamed "Spartan" making it more like Chrome and Firefox.

According to CNET, Thomas Nigro, a Microsoft Student Partner lead and developer of the modern version of VLC said that Microsoft was building an entirely new browser.

Spartan will use Microsoft's Chakra JavaScript engine and Microsoft's Trident rendering engine (not WebKit), said sources.

Spartan is likely going to be a new lightweight browser of Microsoft.

Microsoft may launch the new browser with Windows 10 on January 21, 2015. (ANI)

Kodak to introduce its Android-powered smartphones in 2015

Kodak SmartphonesWashington, Dec 27 : Kodak has announced that it is licensing its name to a range of mobile devices to introduce a line of Android-powered smartphones in the second half of 2015 in partnership with Bullitt Group.

The company's first smartphone will be unveiled at CES in January followed by a "4G handset, a tablet, and a connected camera", reported the Verge.

The smartphones would be aimed at photography enthusiasts that would also make it easier for them to print and share images.

The smartphones' hardware will be built by Bullitt Group, an English company that makes a range of ultra-rugged smartphones.




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