Android Wear watch helps to find a lost phone

Android Device Manager, launched in 2013 to help users locate and secure their Android devices, now comes to Android Wear.

“Misplaced your Android phone? No problem! Android Wear connects your phone to your wrist, and together with Android Device Manager, you can make sure it stays that way,” Google says in the official Android blog.

To start using the new feature, Android Wear usershave to simply say ‘Ok, Google. Start. Find my phone’. They can also select the ‘Find my phone’ option from the Start menu. The phone will then ring at full volume, helping you find your device.

Moreover, you don’t need to update the device in order to enable the new feature It will start rolling out to all Android Wear devices over the next few weeks.

Google has been sprucing up the Android Wear experience further, ever since Apple announced its highly anticipated Watch lately. Just ahead of the Apple Watch launch, Google released its new ad. According to a report by TheVerge, Google also plans to enable Wi-Fi and gestures with its next Android Wear update. Among the long list of features showcased for the Apple Watch, one of the highlights is support for Bluetooth as well as Wi-Fi.

Bharti Airtel launches 4G services

Customers will be able to connect to the fastest ever internet service and enjoy capabilities like high definition video streaming with zero buffering, download 10 movies in less than 30 minutes, upload full holiday albums in less than 5 minutes by uploading 2 high quality photos per second and connect multiple devices without any experience constraint.

Bharti Airtel launched 4G network in Moga, Punjab, which has become the 11th town in the state to have this service.

The other cities in Punjab where 4G service was available are Chandigarh, Mohali, Panchkula, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Amritsar, Hoshiarpur, Phagwara, Kapurthala and Patiala, Airtel CEO (for Punjab, Haryana and HP) Manu Sood said in a release.

The release said that customers here can now experience an all new ‘electrifying’ internet browsing experience with the Airtel’s 4G home Wi-Fi.

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Bharti Airtel announces partnership with Amazon Web Services

Bharti Airtel announced partnership with Amazon Web Services to offer its cloud computing services to domestic customers.

“In line with this market adoption, we are excited to strengthen Airtel’s cloud services portfolio by adding Amazon Web Services to our growing list of cloud services providers… We are confident that this will help our global customers truly leverage the benefits of cloud,” Bharti Airtel’s Global Business CEO Ajay Chitkara said in a statement.

Cloud computing services offer software and other facility to customers while charging them on usage basis, i.e., without requiring them to buy entire product.

An Airtel official explained that under this partnership customers will get commitment from the company on a dedicated connection between their premise and AWS data centres – the facility which was not available earlier.

Amazon Web Services offers facility like website hosting, data storage and other softwares required to run or manage businesses.

“By utilising AWS Direct Connect customers are able to reduce network costs, increase bandwidth throughput and provide a more consistent network experience, helping Indian businesses of all sizes to rapidly expand their organisations,” Amazon Web Services India Head Bikram Singh Bedi said.

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Android Lollipop’s On-Body Detection Feature

While security is a must for your smartphones, there is no denying that unlocking your phone every time you want to use it can get a tad frustrating. Google has realized that and is hoping to solve it with a feature called “on-body detection.”

Google is currently rolling out a new smart lock mode called on-body detection. The feature, described in the screens below, uses your accelerometer to figure out when your device is in your hand or pocket, and lock when it’s not. The idea being if you leave your phone sitting on a table or forget it somewhere, it will lock, preventing would-be thieves from easily accessing your data.

The feature is a part of Android Lollipop, and was first spotted by the folks at Android Police. They have posted a bunch of screenshots that also explain how this feature works. In essence, this feature uses your smartphone’s accelerometer to determine where the phone is and accordingly decide if it needs to be locked or not.

So the first time you pick up the phone in the morning, you will need to unlock it. But as long as it is in your hands, pant pockets or your handbag, it will remain unlocked. The moment you set it down on a table, it will lock itself.

While it sounds like a boon for people who want the security of a pass code, but hate unlocking the phone every time they want to use it, there is a small catch. Since the feature uses the phone’s accelerometer to determine its position, it won’t be able to determine if someone else is holding your phone. So in essence, if you hand over your phone to someone, or if a pickpocket nicks it off you, the smartphone will remain unlocked.

The device the feature was noticed on was a Nexus 4 still running Android 5.0.1, but we’re now seeing it on many devices including most Nexuses. This doesn’t seem to be a feature related to Android 5.1, but you probably need 5.0+ for it to work. We do know our tipster has the most recent version of Play Services (we tried with the same version on our Nexuses, and no dice), and we know trusted places is enabled by Google Play Services, so it seems likely this on-body detection mode is probably activated similarly, and isn’t part of the core OS.

The on-body detection seems to be an extension of Google’s Trusted Devices, Trusted Places, and Trusted Face features. According to the publication, the feature is being rolled out to certain Nexus users running the latest version of Android and Google’s Play Service app.  As with most Google roll outs, it could take a while before it arrives on your phone, so be patient.

Source : Android Police

VAIO’s first smartphone

VAIO Corporation was formed when Sony sold its laptop business, but now the new company is entering a product category in which Sony still remains: smartphones. The VAIO phone was announced through Japanese MVNO B-mobile, which is pricing it to move: you’ll pay ¥3,980 (about $33) a month for the hardware plus voice service and data.

The phone itself is a mid-range affair: there’s a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, a 5-inch 720p display, and a 13-megapixel camera. It’s 7.95mm thick and runs Android 5.0. The phone looks a lot like a Nexus 4, with a glass back panel and staid black front, but Japanese site Blog of Mobile points out that it’s near-identical to a Panasonic handset available in Taiwan called the Eluga U2.

There’s a very flat, glossy back, curved plastic sides and it’s generally very unassuming. VAIO is calling it “simple and stylish” but we interpret that as “nondescript”, at least going from our early play with it. Fortunately (probably due to the smaller phone carrier involved) there’s no app-based bloat, something that still lingers in Japan on its mobile phones. There’s really not much more to say however: it’s a smartphone. It looks like a lot of smartphones that came before it. There’s no crazy camera tech, eye-bleeding screen (it’s only 720p, pixel fans) or object-reading magic.

Source : Verge

NASA’s latest rocket successful test firing

The world’s largest solid rocket booster roared to life today, shaking the serene countryside of Promontory, UT, for a full two minutes. The booster filled the area with smoke and flame; viewers could actually see the fiery plumes “dance” and move around as they mixed with the surrounding soil. Below the test stand, a layer of sand protecting underlying concrete structures melted into glass from the heat. Bystanders were treated to a real-life example of how light travels faster than sound: the flames and vibrations were readily observable before the sound from the booster was heard.

This is the first of two planned qualification tests, designed to validate the booster’s performance, and it went off without a hitch. The rocket motor fired for the full duration, thundering through the mountainside.

The development of NASA’s Space Launch System is the largest engineering feat since the Apollo era. Data collected from today’s test will ensure the program is capable of launching humans to Mars and beyond. Today’s test, dubbed Qualification Motor–1 (QM–1), is a test of the SLS five-segmented solid rocket motor, meant to evaluate how the booster operates in high temperatures. The booster hardware is heated to 90°F before the propellant is ignited. The test is being run because the propellant in the booster burns faster at hotter temperatures, and that burn rate is a key component of the performance before and during launch. To prepare the booster for the test, the roll-away test stand cover was heated over the course of several days, until sensors within the booster signaled that the hardware reached the targeted 90 degrees.

Before the historic first flight of SLS, the different components must be thoroughly tested. The launcher’s initial thrust capacity is expected to exceed 8 million pounds, with three-quarters of that provided by two solid rocket boosters. That’s 3.5 million pounds of thrust per booster — roughly the equivalent of the acceleration of 1,000 NASCAR stock cars.

Acer launches new Intel Core i3-powered Chromeboxes

Acer has announced new, improved versions of their Chromeboxes, with more powerful Intel Core i3 processors. The new models also feature support for higher-resolution displays.

Acer Expands Chromebox CXI Series With Powerful Core i3-Based Models

  • Acer rounds out its Chromebox CXI line-up with two new options featuring 4th generation Intel® Core™ i3 4030U dual-core processors and up to 8GB DDR3 SDRAM
  • Tiny.6 liter chassis is one of the smallest available footprints and VESA mountable
  • Supports both 2K (2048 x 1536) and 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution displays
  • Easy to manage and deploy with Google Management Console; single touch of a button resets the Chromebox to its original factory state
  • Robust security via built-in Google virus protection and Trusted Platform Module (TPM 1.2)
  • Available in the United States with manufacturer’s suggested retail prices (MSRP) beginning at $349.99

The Acer Chromebox CXI series is easy to use. After the user signs into Chrome with a Google account, they’re immediately immersed in the Google ecosystem and signed into Google services. The devices come with pre-installed web apps and over 30,000 additional apps, themes and extensions are available on the Chrome Web Store.

The Acer Chromebox CXI line is backed by professional, high-quality technical support and a standard one-year parts and labor warranty, which can be extended to three years with Acer Advantage service. Acer’s online community provides customers discussion forums, answers to frequently asked questions and the opportunity to share ideas for new and enhanced services and products.

Sony sells over 20 million PlayStation 4 consoles globally

As of March 1, Sony has sold over 20 million PlayStation 4 consoles. That’s more than 20.2 million PS4 units in customer’s homes across the globe since the console made its debut in November 2013. Currently available for sale in 123 markets, the PlayStation 4’s momentum is set to continue this year thanks to exclusive AAA titles such as The Order: 1886,Infamous: First Light, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End *, *Bloodborne, No Man’s Sky and more

Microsoft has made strides in closing the gap to the PlayStation 4 during the holiday season, particularly in the U.S, where Xbox One bundles were on sale for as low as $329. The Xbox One outsold the PlayStation 4 in the US in November and December, with Microsoft registering sales of 6.6 million during the last quarter. While the divide between the two consoles may have lessened over the last quarter, Microsoft has not released overall device sales thus far.

For now, Sony is winning the console wars.

Source: Sony

BBM for Android Hits 100 Million Downloads on Google Play Store

BlackBerry, on Wednesday announced that its popular BBM messaging app for Android has touched the milestone of 100 million downloads or installs since its launch on the platform in October 2013. The firm added that around 65 percent of the total 2.4 million reviews for the app were positive and were rated 5-star.

The company blog post said,

“Of course, Android is just one of the four platforms on which BBM is now available. The others, of course, are BlackBerry, iOS, and Windows Phone. So while 100 million installs is a big number, it’s still just a fraction of the total,”

The firm added that BBM for Android users have sent over 1 billion stickers and the firm is achieving 1 billion virtual goods impressions per month in the BBM shop. “All these numbers just go to show the tremendous momentum behind BBM right now.”

The new version bring number of new features dealing with user’s ease of access and sharing of content. The BBM v2.7 for Android brings one of the much-requested feature, Custom BBM PINs, which the firm says is unique and easy to share across. The BBM update also finally brings the app to the Android Wear platform, as announced in CES 2015. The Android Wear app version of BBM will include features like receiving alerts, view the sender, preview messages, read BBM messages, dismissing notifications, replay to messages using Google Now or a set of predefined texts, and accept BBM invites.

Other features in the updated BBM for Android include multiple channel contributors and sharing photos in group chats. The updated BBM app is available to download from Google Play.

Source : NDTV Gadgets

Motorola Moto Maxx launching in India

Last month, Flipkart teased an imminent launch of a new Motorola smartphone, which is likely the Moto Maxx. The launch of the smartphone is now all but confirmed, and according to Times of India, the smartphone will be called ‘Moto Turbo’ in India.

Motorola’s India head Amit Boni told the publication,

“We will be launching the Moto Turbo for our consumers, which has the latest Qualcomm processor, high-resolution 21-megapixel camera and long-lasting battery life with a 3,900mAh battery, and is built on pure Android for the fastest, most flexible and easiest user experience.”

The Moto Turbo aka Moto Maxx was launched in November last year and the smartphone’s USP is the massive 3,900mAh battery. The company claims that it is good enough for up to 48 hours of mixed usage. It also supports Motorola’s Turbo Charger, which is said to provide eight hours of battery life in just 15 minutes of charging.

As far as specifications are concerned, the smartphone features

  • 5.2-inch QHD (2560×1440 pixels) display with a pixel density of 565ppi
  • 2.7GHz Snapdragon 805 quad-core processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 64GB internal storage
  • 21 MP (5248 x 3936), autofocus, dual-LED flash and Secondary 2 MP, 1080p
  • Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0

Motorola’s president and COO Rick Osterloh also reiterated the company’s commitment to the Indian market.

“We consider India and Brazil as the first countries when we think about our business, because that’s the future,” Osterloh said. “The market here in India is vibrant, growing incredibly quickly and we believe that we have a great match of our products and product strategy with the Indian market.”

In addition to the Moto Turbo, Motorola is also set to launch the Moto E (2015) and Moto E 4G (2015) in India. It has sent us an invite for a launch event on March 10, where it is expected to take the wraps off the smartphones.

Source : BGR