Dec 10, 2013

HTC Desire 500

HTC Desire extends its range and has the HTC Desire 500, a mid-range model carrying a quadruple heart 1.2GHz processor along with 1 GB of memory (RAM). It also has a 4.3 inch screen and the latest innovations of HTC as HTC Blinkfeed and Video Highlights that allows you to create 30-second clips from photos and events saved in the phone.

The camera of 8 megapixel handset HTC imageCHIP processor allows for photos and HD videos. Desire 500 is also equipped with a front camera of 1.6 megapixels which makes for easy self-portraits. It is also equipped with a smile detector and many creative filters to instantly share these photos on social networks, without using a computer.

With HTC Zoe Highlights automatically select the best moments of an event and create a 30 second video without any software or editing skills. Choose the theme music and the sequence of images of your choice. And remove the film of your life by sharing with all your friends by sharing function. HTC Desire 500 is available in Black Lacquer and Glacier Blue.

Goodies: HTC Sense UI, Mini 30-second film 
Price: $333

Dec 8, 2013

Android 4.4.1 KitKat available for manual installation Nexus 10

Android 4.4.1 KitKat is only a minor version: it prevents Google rushed to the exit, following a tracking bugs of all kinds. In the world of touchscreen tablets, the iPad has long prevailed. I must say that Android manufacturers do not have the technique that should be adopted to break: they were content to competitors of the iPad devices, often a higher price, while Google had offered its Android 3.0 Honeycomb rushed and there was not, at the time of application to justify the purchase of such a device. All this combined, it gave poor sales and a bad reputation on the Android sector, which has improved somewhat in recent years. 

And it is thanks in part to Google, which has, in turn, waiting for the right time to launch his assault with a weighty argument: price. The Nexus 7 was sold at its output at a unbeatable price and Nexus 10, her older sister, came to position below the iPad Retina screen with a better defined. In other words, it was not until Google sort its own products to boost the sector, which has not been the case on the side of smartphones. Anyway, today, Android tablets are on the market and those offered by Google are updated at the same rate as the Nexus smartphones. 

The Nexus 10, which received Android 4.4 should pass fairly quickly officially Android 4.4.1 shortly. That said, if you want to manually update your device, the latest version of the operating system is now available. What did it change? Little: it fixes many bugs foremost. However, we note an interesting change: the Gallery is not the default application, it is replaced by Google App + Photos in this role. If you want to get your hands dirty in the virtual Sunday, do not hesitate to follow the guide on Android Police . The direct link to download the ROM can be found here.

Do you really know Siri? 50 commands that might make you change your mind about the Apple assistant

Siri launched virtual assistance comparable to artificial intelligence smartphone movement. Apple's assistant was not the first service Voice control: it is simply the first to have tried to make natural interactions between human and machine. Contrary to the assistant which was present on Android, could ask questions to Siri, and the unit responded - or at least tried to give an answer more or less relevant in responding from several keywords. If the method has not changed, the understanding of Siri and its results have become quite breathtaking. 

Yet few people today use a voice assistant, except perhaps those who often take the road for work and who have what Siri connect the sound of their car. The Apple device then becomes a kind of practical hands-free kit to answer calls, send text messages or check the traffic, weather and GPS. But all this, it still uses surface. Siri is capable of much more than these simple functions and an American journalist Phonebuff has demonstrated on Youtube. His challenge? Ask 50 questions more or less difficult to Siri and see what the device can respond. 

The result is astonishing. "Reserve me a table for two tonight! "" Who is the greatest between Kobe and LeBron? "" Should I take an umbrella with me? "... there are many questions and answers remarkable. Siri sometimes has very expected reactions: when the reporter will say he is drunk, the wizard will offer to call a taxi. Siri also knows Morse translate sentences, find the nearest petrol stations, invert the colors on the screen, go to application settings, or, mocking Google Glass. 

Sony Xperia Z1

The Sony Xperia Z1 was unveiled at IFA 2013. He succeeds famous smartphone Xperia Z Japanese manufacturer. Xperia Z1 combines sophisticated design OmniBalance Sony with high-quality materials and precision engineering into a slim smartphone, waterproof and dust resistant (IP55 and IP58). It is designed in a rigid frame to withstand the shocks with 6 faces mineral tempered glass and its protective film on the front and back. This smartphone animated Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean), incorporates a Triluminos 5 inch full HD 1080p display. It also incorporates the X-Reality Engine for mobile that analyzes each image and optimizes quality for sharper videos. Xperia Z1 also benefits from Clearaudio + Sony technology that automatically optimizes the sound without adjusting the settings. Under the hood is a quad-core processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, clocked at 2.2 GHz and a dual image signal processor (ISP).

Xperia Z1 has a G lens with a wide angle of 27 mm and large F2.0 aperture, which was made especially for the Exmor CMOS sensor for mobile RS size 1/2, 3'' and 20.7 million pixels. The camera also has the BIONZ processor for mobile. The combination of these technologies offers the same level of quality and performance than conventional compact digital camera but in a waterproof and ultra smartphone. Sony has also put forward innovative photo applications: Social Live (diffusion via Facebook), Info-eye (visual search function), Timeshift burst (to capture 61 pictures in 2 seconds) or AR effect (animations at superimposed over his shots). 

Pre-loaded on the Xperia Z1, the "WALKMAN" "ALBUM" and "MOVIES" applications, allow to discover on-line and off-line content from a single access point. The "WALKMAN" application provides access to all your downloaded music as well as a library of 18 million tracks to explore with Music Unlimited and incorporates sharing features on Facebook. The "MOVIES" application provides access to over 100,000 movies and TV shows from Video Unlimited while the "ALBUM" application allows easy access to all your photos stored or posted on Facebook and the browse by location. The Sony Xperia Z1 comes with a variety of accessories and complementary products outstanding. All these accessories are compatible with the One-touch function Sony with NFC and their number will increase to 100 loan compatible products at the end of the year. Among these accessories are compatible televisions, speakers, tablets and many others such as cameras and QX100.

Goodies: HD Wallpaper, 20 MP camera, Water Resistant
Cons: Battery Life
Price: $599.99