Tech Buzz: Tata Docomo's New Unlimited Postpaid Plans for Photon

 Tata Docomo's New Unlimited Postpaid Plans for Photon





The Tata Photon unlimited plans are valid on Photon Max Wi-Fi, Photon Max and Photon Plus product categories, with plans ranging from Rs. 650 up to Rs. 1,250.

The unlimited Tata Photon postpaid plans offers are :

  • Internet data at 9.8Mbps speed as follows
 3GB                 Rs. 650
 7GB                 Rs. 750
 20GB               Rs 1,000
 30GB               Rs. 1,250  .

  • Once the data limit is crossed, the users will be able to continue surfing the Internet at 153.6Kbps speed.


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Tech Buzz : WebOS-Based 3D TVs Launched by - India

The LG WebOS Cinema 3D TV series, which will be available in India sometime in June in 42-inch, 47-inch, 55-inch, and 65-inch sizes, priced between Rs. 82,900 and Rs. 15 lakhs.
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LG says its WebOS Cinema 3D TV features Smart LED Screen technology. The smart television features a Launcher Menu, a UI that presents users with entertainment options and assists in organizing utilities into a neat viewing history. The Launcher comes with an integrated 3D World, a web browser and the LG App Store that has on offer latest movies, television shows and games. This television has a cinema screen design and an ultra slim profile, with finger gesture control on the Magic Remote.

Read More:http://gadgets.ndtv.com/tv/news/lg-launches-webos-based-3d-tvs-in-india-545174#6548270121101494

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Tech Buzz:Micromax Unite With 21 Preloaded Languages Available at Rs. 6,490



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Ahead of any official announcement, the Micromax Unite (A092) has gone on sale via an e-commerce website at Rs. 6,490.

Features:

  • dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) device with dual standby support and unlike the Unite 2 runs the now-dated Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.
  •  4-inch WVGA (480x800 pixels) IPS display.
  • 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 (MSM8212) processor
  • 1GB of RAM.
  •  5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash,
  • 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera.
  • 8GB of inbuilt storage which is further expandable via microSD card (up to 32GB).
  • 1500mAh battery which is rated to deliver up to 5.5 hours of talk time and up to 140 hours of standby time.
  • GPRS/ EDGE, 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS and Micro-USB connectivity options.

The Micromax Unite will be available in Classy Black, Pristine White, Mystic Grey, Vibrant Yellow and Fiery Red colour variants, as per the handset's official listing. However, currently Flipkart only lists Classy Black and White colour variants of the Unite.

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Current Affairs:June 2014

Current Affairs: June 2014
  • Kedarnath Singh, a noted Hindi poet has been chosen for the Jnanpith award for 2013. He is the 10th Hindi writer to receive the honour.
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival programme was in news because India-born Pratishtha Khanna was recognized as one of the ten champion of change
  • Russian Deputy Prime Minister, Dmitry O Rogozin was on a two-day visit to India. During this visit he met with Narendra Modi and Sushma Swaraj.
  • Shashidhar Reddy, the Vice Chairman of NDMA along with five other members resigned from their posts. NDMA is headed by the PM.

  • Magnus Carlsen on 18 June 2014 bagged the FIDE World Rapid Chess Championship title in Dubai.

  • Government has reconstituted 6 Cabinet Committees of which 4 will be headed by Narendra Modi and remaining two by Rajnath Singh.

  • India-born Pratishtha Khanna is honoured Champions of Change by the White House.

  • Indian infrastructure giant, GMR has won the arbitration award against Maldivian government for wrongful termination of Airport project contract.

  • India won the Bangladesh series 2-0. The third and final ODI was abandoned due to incessant rain in Mirpur, near Dhaka.

  • Rajeev Topno was appointed as Private Secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The ACC headed by PM Narendra Modi approved the name.

  • myCopter Project Day will be held in Braunschweig in Germany on 20 November 2014.

  • Taiwanese poet, Yu Hsi translated 1330 couplets Tirukkural and poems of poet Subramanya Bharathi in Mandarin language.

  • Union Health Ministry gave consent for setting up of the Regional Institute of Paramedical Sciences in AIIMS Bhopal.

  • Former Captain of Bangladesh Mohammad Ashraful on 18 June 2014 was banned for eight years by the disciplinary panel

  • Former Nazi camp guard, Johann Breyer accused of aiding and abetting killing of Jews was arrested without bail in Philadelphia on 17 June 2014.

  • Surface-to-air Akash missile was successfully test fired by Army in very low altitude of 30 meters above sea level.
  • RBI has directed banks to disclose sector-wise advances in the Notes to Accounts to the financial statements from financial year 2014-15 onwards.
  • The prize recognizes individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world.
  • An 1856 British Guiana 1-cent postage stamp was sold for record 9.5 million US dollar on 18 June 2014 to become the world's most valuable stamp.
  • WHO said that since outbreak of Ebola virus 337 people have died in West Africa. Guinea is the worst affected country.
  • 367 exotic new species were discovered in the greater Mekong region

  • Militants on 17 June 2014 captured Iraq's largest oil refinery Baiji refinery.
  • Sanjaya Rajaram honoured World Food Prize 2014.
  • 40 Indian workers on 17 June 2014 were reported to be missing from Mosul, Iraq.
  • Chhattisgarh Governor, Shekhar Dutt tendered his resignation to the President of India amid pressure of NDA government.
  • Peace and Security Council of African Union has restored the membership of Egypt into the apex body of African nations.
  • Union Cabinet approved constitution of a Supervisory Committee on the Mullaperiyar Dam to look into the issues of safety and restoration of the dam.
  • Barack Obama on 17 June 2014 announced the plans of creating the world's biggest Marine Protected Area (MPA) in Pacific Ocean.
  • The Tax Administration Reform Commission (TARC) headed by Parthasarathi Shome submitted its report to the Union Ministry of Finance on 15 June 2014.
  • Nita Ambani on 18 June 2014 was appointed as the Director of Reliance Industries.
  • Najeeb Jung, the lieutenant Governor of Delhi, on 17 June 2013 approved setting up of 500 water ATMs in Delhi.
  • MP government approved the Narmada-Malwa-Gambhir Link Project (NMLP) and sanctioned 2143 crore rupees for the project.
  • SEBI issued new norms for public issuance of debt securities.

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current News:Railways hikes passenger fare by 14.2%, freight charges by 6.5%

Railways hikes passenger fare by 14.2%, freight charges by 6.5%


The government has increased railway passenger fare by 14.2 per cent and freight charges by 6.5 per cent on Friday. The increased rates will come effect from Friday.

The hike in the passenger fare and freight charges was expected as railway minister Sadanand Gowda hinted the same on Tuesday. Speaking to reporters, he said, "I will discuss the fare issue with the PM. A decision will be taken after the discussion."
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Current News: IIT-JEE 2014 Results

The results for the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology Joint Entrance Exam (IIT-JEE) were declared on Thursday. 


Rajasthan's Chitraang Murdia has topped the examination. Aditi from IIT Roorkee zone is the topper amongst girl candidates, securing seventh rank in the common merit list. 

Out of a total of 360 marks, Chitraang, who is from the Delhi zone, scored 334.

Students can view their results by entering their JEE (Advanced) 2014 Roll Number and date of birth on the official website. The All India Ranks of JEE Advanced will be announced after the results. 


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Current News:Railways hikes passenger fare by 14.2%

The government has increased railway passenger fare by 14.2 per cent and freight charges by 6.5 per cent on Friday. The increased rates will come effect from Friday.

The hike in the passenger fare and freight charges was expected as railway minister Sadanand Gowda hinted the same on Tuesday. Speaking to reporters, he said, "I will discuss the fare issue with the PM. A decision will be taken after the discussion."

TOI had reported on Tuesday that the national transporter was considering a hike in passenger fares soon to tide over its financial crisis.

Ahead of the rail budget the railways has sought significant increase in gross budgetary support.

Career Buzz: IBPS Recruitement 2014

 IBPS Recruitement 2014
Details :
  • Designation : Officers/Specialist Officers/Office Assistant
  • Qualification :BVSc, CA, BSc(CS, Electronics, IT), MBA/PGDM, BE/B.Tech(Agri), LLB, B.Com, BA(Economics)
  • Location : Anywhere in India
  • Company Website : www.ibps.in
  • Last Date :  09 Jul 2014
  • How To Apply : Online Mode
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Career Buzz: RBI Recruitment 2014 For 117 Grade B Officer posts

RBI Recruitment 2014 For 117 Grade B Officer posts

Details as Follows:

No. of Posts : 117

Posts Name : Grade 'B' Officer

Educational Qualification : 
Bachelor's Degree with a minimum of 60% marks or an equivalent CGPA (OR) Master's Degree with a minimum of 55% marks or an equivalent CGPA (OR) Ph.d with50% marks in Master's Degree or equivalent CGPA (OR)Chartered Accountant /Cost Accountant/ Company Secretary (ACS) with a Bachelor's Degree (OR) A Post Graduate Diploma in Management /MBA qualification from institutions recognized by Government of India/ University Grants Commission, with Graduation / Bachelor's Degree.

Age Limit : Between 21 to 30 years as on 01st June, 2014.

Selection Process : Objective test, written test and Interview.

Application Fee : 
1. For General/OBC : Rs. 400/-.
2. SC/ST/PWD :free.

Pay Scale : Rs. 21,000 to Rs. 36,400/-.
Payments : Rs. 47,855/-. per month.

How to Apply : 
Candidates Apply only online through website i.e.www.rbi.org.in .Candidates will have to enter their basic details and upload the photograph and signature in the online application form. Candidates need not submit the system generated print out of the online application to the Board's office.

Important Dates for  Online Application:
Opening Date : 3-06-2014
Last Date : 23-06-2014

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Tech Buzz:Facebook launches mobile app which does not require Facebook account

Facebook Inc launched a smartphone app on Tuesday that will allow consumers to exchange disappearing photos and videos without requiring Facebook accounts, the Internet company's latest effort to develop mobile services beyond its core social network.

The new app, dubbed Slingshot, allows users to sign up for the service with their mobile phone number and connect with friends in their phone's contact list or, if they want, by finding their Facebook friends.

Photos on Slingshot disappear from users' phones shortly after they are viewed, reflecting a growing anxiety about privacy in the age of Internet social networking.

Facebook's release of Slingshot comes as a new crop of mobile messaging services gain popularity and threaten to draw younger users away from Facebook's 1.28 billion-user social network.
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Tech Buzz: BlackBerry offering 240,000 Android apps through Amazon's app store

 BlackBerry Ltd has agreed a licensing deal with Amazon.com Inc that will let the Canadian smartphone maker offer some 240,000 Android applications from Amazon's app store on its line-up of BlackBerry 10 devices this fall.

The move allows BlackBerry to add a vast array of consumer-focused apps to its devices, and to focus on developing enterprise and productivity applications, the Waterloo, Ont.-based company said in a statement on Wednesday.

BlackBerry customers using devices powered by its 10 operating system will be able to access popular Android apps such as Groupon, Netflix, Pinterest, Candy Crush Saga and Minecraft.

The apps will be available on BlackBerry 10 devices from this fall, when the company rolls out the BlackBerry 10.3 operating system, the statement said.

The move is the latest by the smartphone pioneer to streamline its focus as it attempts to reinvent itself under new chief executive John Chen as BlackBerry phones have lost ground to Apple Inc's iPhone and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's Galaxy devices.

Chen wants to remain a competitor in the smartphone segment, but is focused on making BlackBerry a dominant force in machine-to-machine communications. The company's QNX software already is a mainstay in the automobile industry, powering electronic and other systems in a wide range of cars.

 BlackBerry Ltd has agreed a licensing deal with Amazon.com Inc that will let the Canadian smartphone maker offer some 240,000 Android applications from Amazon's app store on its line-up of BlackBerry 10 devices this fall.

The move allows BlackBerry to add a vast array of consumer-focused apps to its devices, and to focus on developing enterprise and productivity applications, the Waterloo, Ont.-based company said in a statement on Wednesday.

BlackBerry customers using devices powered by its 10 operating system will be able to access popular Android apps such as Groupon, Netflix, Pinterest, Candy Crush Saga and Minecraft.

The apps will be available on BlackBerry 10 devices from this fall, when the company rolls out the BlackBerry 10.3 operating system, the statement said.

The move is the latest by the smartphone pioneer to streamline its focus as it attempts to reinvent itself under new chief executive John Chen as BlackBerry phones have lost ground to Apple Inc's iPhone and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's Galaxy devices.

Chen wants to remain a competitor in the smartphone segment, but is focused on making BlackBerry a dominant force in machine-to-machine communications. The company's QNX software already is a mainstay in the automobile industry, powering electronic and other systems in a wide range of cars.

BlackBerry already works with hundreds of large enterprise clients including corporations and government agencies to manage and secure mobile devices on their internal networks.

Chen intends to build on those ties and BlackBerry's touted security credentials to allow these enterprise clients to build and customize in-house corporate and productivity applications for their employees.

"Making the Amazon Appstore available on BlackBerry 10 devices will help BlackBerry continue to meet two essential needs: greater app availability for our smartphone users and enhanced productivity solutions for enterprises," Chen said in the statement.

 BlackBerry chief executive John Chen holds a Blackberry Z3

BlackBerry already works with hundreds of large enterprise clients including corporations and government agencies to manage and secure mobile devices on their internal networks.

Chen intends to build on those ties and BlackBerry's touted security credentials to allow these enterprise clients to build and customize in-house corporate and productivity applications for their employees.

"Making the Amazon Appstore available on BlackBerry 10 devices will help BlackBerry continue to meet two essential needs: greater app availability for our smartphone users and enhanced productivity solutions for enterprises," Chen said in the statement.

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Tech Buzz:Facebook tracks you across the web - by 'Like' Button

The company has officially declared that it will be tracking your online consumption and behaviour on Facebook, and off Facebook too. Like Google, Facebook wants to leverage its understanding of your user behaviour to serve you more targeted ads.




Facebook has been using your likes and posts on Facebook to target ads to you already. Now, though, Facebook will track you across any website you visit, as long as the site has a 'like' button, a Facebook login, or any Facebook code. And Facebook will track your reading habits, even if you don't login via Facebook or click on 'like' button on the site.
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Tech Buzz:Samsung Galaxy S5’s price decreases to Rs 35k

The price of Samsung Galaxy S5 in India has taken another hit, dropping to nearly Rs 35,000. This price drop comes nearly a month after its price dipped below Rs 40,000.



Online retailer Infibeam has listed Galaxy S5, which was launched in March this year, at Rs 35,649. However, the device is out of stock at this price.

On the other hand, the smartphone is still available for purchase at Flipkart and Amazon.in, which are selling it at Rs 36,500 and Rs 36,900, respectively.

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Tech Buzz:Cheapest Android 4.4 (KitKat) smartphone launched at Rs 2,999 in India

Indian handset maker Celkon has launched its Campus A35K smartphone in the country for Rs 2,999 in an exclusive partnership with online marketplace Snapdeal.com. 

Features - Android 4.4 (Kitkat)
  • dual-sim slot and is powered by a 1GHz processor 
  • 256MB of RAM
  • 3.5-inch display
  • 3.2-megapixel rear camera
  • 0.3MP front-facing camera
  • 512MB in-built storage (supporting expandable storage up to 32GB).
  • The device supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, microUSB, and A-GPS connectivity options, along with 3G. 

Android 4.4 (Kitkat) is the latest version of Google's mobile operating system. While the market is flooded with devices based on the previous generation of Android OS, handset makers are now focusing on launching devices based on the latest release. 

Handsets like LG's Nexus 5, Moto X, Moto G, Karbonn Titanium Hexa and Lava Iris X1 are based on Kitkat. Another homegrown firm Intex has also announced that it will launch an Android-powered device priced under Rs 10,000.

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Tech Buzz: Vertu Signature Touch- A $22,000 Android phone feels like



With Vertu finally offering an up-to-date luxury phone, we naturally had to check out the Signature Touch up close and personal. After all, it's not everyday that one gets to play with a $21,900 phone for free (though you can do so at any Vertu boutique, as long as you're nicely dressed). For those who haven't caught up with the announcement, we're looking at a 4.7-inch 1080p display, a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 chip, 64GB of storage, 13MP/2.1MP cameras, a 2,275mAh battery, Qi wireless charging, NFC and a handful of LTE bands. With the exception of the battery (which, to be fair, is already much larger than those on previous models), these are all very decent for an Android 4.4 device.

As hinted by its name, the Signature Touch continues the legacy of the Signature series by carrying its iconic features. Under Vertu's new lead designer, Ignacio Germade, the masculine "V-spine" design and the D-ring latch (for popping open the Micro SIM tray cover) remain; though the ceramic ear pillow is now smaller and makes way for a titanium chin, instead of being surrounded by a metallic bezel. Another notable change is that the stereo speakers -- developed in partnership with Bang & Olufsen -- are now facing the front, which makes a lot more sense than the sideway speakers on the similar-looking Ti.

The ringtones produced by the London Symphony Orchestra sounded exceptional on those speakers, which isn't a surprise. According to Hutch Hutchison, Vertu's Head of Concept Creation and Design, each ringtone is tuned for optimal effect on each model, rather than just copying the same audio files to the whole range. A new addition on this end is the set of Dolby Digital Plus effects, which should come in handy for watching movies and playing games.

Another big collaboration on the Signature Touch lies within its 13-megapixel and 2.1-megapixel cameras. We're still surprised that Vertu managed to get renowned camera maker Hasselblad to help optimize the imaging performance; though sadly, we'll have to wait for the final camera software before we can judge the results.

Read  More:http://www.engadget.com/2014/06/18/vertu-signature-touch-hands-on-video/

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Tech Buzz:Micromax Canvas Gold A300 now in India for Rs 23,999

Micromax has quietly started selling the new Canvas Gold smartphone in the Indian market. Now available at Infibeam.com for INR 23,999, it is the most expensive phone from the company till date.
Micromax Canvas Gold A300
  • 5.5-inch full HD display
  • 2GHz octa-core processor (most likely from MediaTek)
  • Android 4.4.2
  • 2300 mAh battery
  • front  camera
  • Micromax a 16MP auto-focus rear camera sensor from Sony with LED flash and a 5MP front shooter.
  •  dual-SIM support
  •  2GB of RAM
  •  32GB of internal storage
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth
  • GPS and 3G.

While the specifications (apart from the just 2300 mAh battery) are quite decent, we doubt if the consumers will be willing to spend 24K on a Micromax smartphone. Despite being the second biggest smartphone vendor in the country, the company is yet to shed the tag of being a non-premium smartphone maker.

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Tech Buzz:Airtel 4G for smartphones now available in Kolkata



Airtel 4G for smartphones

Airtel has finally launched its 4G for smartphones service in Kolkata. It was the first city to get the telecom operator's 4G service in 2012 but the service was limited to use on USB or Wi-Fi dongles until now.

"Kolkata witnessed the advent of 4G in 2012, and today, we are proud to announce the launch of the much awaited 4G on mobile, empowering residents in the city to upgrade to 4G," said P.D. Sarma, hub CEO – WBO & NESA, Bharti Airtel (India).

Apart from Kolkata, Airtel also provides 4G for smartphones in Bangalore, Chandigarh, Mohali, Panchkula, Ludhiana, and Jalandhar cities.

Like other cities, the Kolkata consumers will be able to use Airtel 4G for smartphones on Android devices like XOLO LT900, LG G2 4G, and Oppo Find 7a (as well as Apple iPhone 5S and 5C).

Read More:http://www.androidos.in/2014/06/airtel-4g-smartphones-now-available-kolkata/


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Tech Buzz:BlackBerry Z3 Set to Launch in India

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BlackBerry's recently launched low-cost touchscreen smartphone, the Z3, seems all set to be launch in India on June 25. The company has started sending invites for the event scheduled next week with a tagline that said, "Join us to witness the unveiling of the next generation BlackBerry 10 device."

The BlackBerry Z3 was initially announced in Indonesia and is one of the first devices being made with FIH Mobile Ltd, a unit of the Taiwanese Foxconn Technology Group best known for building devices such as the Apple iPad and iPhone.

The Z3 was made available for the Indonesian market starting mid-May and has been priced less than $200 (roughly Rs. 12,000). Considering the Indonesian market pricing of the BlackBerry Z3, we can expect the smartphone to be priced in the budget segment and will likely intensify competition in the smartphone space in India.

The Z3 runs BlackBerry 10 OS (version 10.2.1) and features a 5-inch qHD (540x960 pixels) display offering an aspect ratio of 16:9. It is powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (MSM8230) processor with 1.5GB RAM.

BlackBerry's Z3 sports a 5-megapixel autofocus rear camera and also houses a 1.1-megapixel fixed-focus front-facing camera. The smartphone includes 8GB of inbuilt storage, which can be expanded up to 32GB via microSD card. It packs a 2500mAh battery, which is rated to deliver up to 15.5 hours talk time and up to 384 hours of standby time. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G, GPS, NFC and Micro-USB.

The BlackBerry Z3 smartphone also comes preloaded with some BlackBerry services such as BlackBerry Hub, BBM, Time Shift, Story Maker camera features, and BB10 browser.

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Tech Buzz: MTS launches Blaze 5.0 Android phone at 10,999 Rs in India

MTS Blaze 5.0



Telecom operator MTS has announced the launch of its new Blaze 5.0 Android smartphone in the Indian market.

Featuring dual-SIM support, the phone has been priced at INR 10,999 and can be grabbed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, UP West, West Bengal and Kolkata circles.

According to MTS, the Blaze 5.0 runs on Android 4.1 (which is outdated in the era of KitKat) and comes with quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 5-inch display of unknown resolution and 2500 mAh battery. The phone also packs 8MP rear camera, VGA front camera and microSD card slot. Other specifications are unclear at this point.

MTS has also preloaded applications like MTS Playground music, MTS TV and MTS Wizard on the phone, which provide useful functionality.  The telecom operator is also bundling 100,000MB of free data usage valid for 1 year with Blaze 5.0, which can be activated with a recharge of INR 198.

"Smartphones today are one of the biggest drivers of data consumption in the country. Given this reality, MTS India is focused on introducing products and services that are built for a fantastic data experience. Blaze 5.0 has been powered by the best in class Qualcomm S4 quad core processor and has been exclusively designed to cater to the Internet Generation", said Leonid Musatov, Chief Marketing & Sales Officer – MTS India.

Read More:http://www.androidos.in/2014/06/mts-launches-blaze-5-0-android-phone-inr-10999-india/
Tags:MTS,Android,Blaze 5.0

Tech Buzz:Speaker that can charge your smartphone

Speakers for listening some groovy music is fine but a speaker that can charge your gadgets like smartphone or iPad is something that would make your ears perk up.

Los Angeles-based Outdoor Tech has designed "smart" speakers named "Big Turtle Shell" that charge other devices' batteries while you listen to music.

When the speaker is laid flat, it can still push sound in directions other than straight up in the air.

Not only does the "Big Turtle Shell" offer impressive battery life — its powerful battery gives you up to 16 hours of playtime per charge, it also charges other devices for you.

There is a USB port built into the side of it. The speaker can charge smartphones as well as iPads and other devices that require 2.1-amp charging.

That makes it a useful multi-purpose tool for camping, beach trips, and other outdoor adventures. According to a wired.com report, the "Big Turtle Shell" is shock proof, sand- and dust-proof and water-resistant.

The speaker supports Bluetooth 4.0, NFC pairing, and line-in input through a 3.5mm port, the report added.

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Tech Buzz: Blackphone hopes to satisfy privacy concerns In 3 weeks

After having been available for preorder since the beginning of the year, the privacy-centric Blackphone will be shipping in three weeks for $629. The device is pitched as an Android smartphone that's designed around security and privacy, both areas of growing concerns with the rise of malicious software, hacks, and government surveillance.

The phone's shipping announcement was made in San Francisco, California at the MIT Technology Review Digital Summit. Blackphone is designed from a partnership between Geeksphone and security firm Silent Circle.

The device will provide end-to-end encryption for Blackphone customers who interact with each other. For messaging from a Blackphone device to a non-Blackphone, there will be a one-way encryption that occurs from the Blackphone side to Silent Circle servers.

Additionally, Blackphone can mask what information and block apps from obtaining private information. In one example, if an app requires access to the phone's address book, Blackphone can intercept that request and tell the app that the address book is empty.

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