Sunday, 14 August 2016

Make bootable pendrive in just 5 min

Yaa... You read correctly that you can make a bootable pendrive in just 5 min. And then you can easily boot your OS in it. You can also format your computer with it just by copying Windows file in it.

Follow These simple step.


  1. Open Commend Prompt either by win+r => type "cmd" and enter
  2. In CMD type "diskpart" and then follow as shown in snapshot




  1. Make bootable pendrive in just 5 min shimohack
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And after this copy your windows setup file and just paste it in your newly created bootable 

pendrive. And then your PD is ready for boot your windows file on startup. If you pressies any problem then feel free to ask my via Commenting below
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Monday, 29 December 2014

The Android 5.0 Lollipop Review by ShiMohack


Google has been very busy with their expansion of Android as a platform this year. At Google IO we saw the announcement of endeavors like Android TV and Android Auto. But the stars of the show were a preview of the next version of Android, code named Android L, and Google's new Material Design principles for interface design across all of their products.

Android Lollipop is a HUGE update for Google, bringing with it a myriad of changes. And we just road tested it on the Nexus 5

Google's Android Lollipop has finally landed, debuting aboard the new Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 devices, but also rolling out to Google's existing Nexus 5 and Nexus 4, as well as Motorola handsets. It's also being prepped by a number of Android OEMs and is due to hit major 2014 handsets fairly soon. So what's it actually like? 
The new 5.0 Android build introduces Google's Material Design language - a complete overhaul of the visual flavour of Android with a flat, paper-like appearance, new transition animations, and an emphasis on a Google Now-like card system throughout. Naturally, Lollipop also boasts a selection of functionality changes, including a revised multitasking carousel, new lockscreena and security options, and much more besides.
One thing that is worth pointing out, however, is that most people –– like a serious, lion’s share-style chunk of people –– won’t ever see Material Design in all its glory. And the reason is custom Android skins, things like Samsung’s TouchWiz and HTC Sense. The majority of Android phones in circulation are not Nexus devices and most, save for Motorola devices, do not run anything close to stock Android. This has always been an issue for us at KYM, something we feel rather passionate about, and now, with the advent of Material Design, it just got a lot worse because this update is gorgeous. 

Android 5.0 Lollipop Review: Material Design


Regardless of the tinkering Google's engineers have done under the bonnet, the most noticeable improvement has to be the overall look. Google is calling Android's fetching new aesthetic "Material Design" and it's all about giving the OS a more welcoming look. It's mostly flat colours, clever use of shadow and UI elements which look like layers of paper stacked on top of one another. Google has left behind the world of skeuomorphic design ­–– just like Apple did with iOS 7 –– and the end result is something that looks less cluttered and more eye-catching. If you're an existing Nexus user then you'll also notice that the three Android soft keys, located at the bottom of the screen, have changed in appearance. Back is now a triangle rather than a curved arrow, while Home has been transformed into a circle. The multitasking button, now referred to by Google as "Overview”, is a square. While it doesn't take any time at all to become accustomed to these changes, the switch does make the UI look that little bit more accommodating; the original soft keys were quite stark.

It's worth stressing this point; once upon a time, Google was happy to promote Android as the mobile OS for power users and geeks, but today the search giant is going after everyday mobile consumers and that means softening the look of the user interface to make it more universally appealing. I think that Google has been successful in this regard; gone are the Tron-like visuals seen in Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich, and in their place we have bold colours and a warm, friendly design.

Android 5.0 Lollipop Review: Notifications


Notifications have always been one of Android's strongest points, but in recent years iOS has matured to the level where it actually does some things better. To counter this, Google has finally introduced lock screen notifications, allowing you to see events without having to actually unlock your device. Emails, appointments and text messages all appear on your lock screen, and a tap is all that is required to open that app and get straight to business.  
Google has also improved the way that notifications work when you're actually using the phone. Should an email or message come in when you're reading a book, watching a film or playing a game, it will merely pop-in at the top of the screen for a brief moment, allowing you to ignore or respond without totally intruding on your current activity.
Notifications can now be silenced using the Priority Mode too, whereby you assign alerts degrees of importance –– dropping to urgent mode means that only alarms will disturb you, for example. Finally, there's also a proper "do not disturb" mode baked into the OS itself. Using this, you can mute calls and messages between certain times, like when you're asleep, for example.
Many of these improvements are already present in iOS, so while Google is undeniably playing catch-up here, they make Android even more appealing to smartphones users. And the two platforms, if we’re honest, are now borrowing features from one another left, right, and centre. There’s no real leader, in this regard, and everybody benefits which is just fine by us.

Android 5.0 Lollipop Review: User Accounts & Pinning Apps


Google knows that our phones no longer stay solely in our own hands; we share them with family members or pass them over to friends when they need to surf the web or make a call because their handset's battery has died. To embrace this new social world Google has introduced user accounts, so you can actually create a safe environment for other users and avoid them ruining your setup or accessing things they shouldn't, like your personal email. 

User accounts aren't the only way Google is making things more secure, either. You can now "pin" apps, for example, so that when you hand over your device, the temporary user can't do anything but the task you've assigned them. Pinning apps means that the phone's screen is effectively locked to one application –– be that Chrome, the dialler or a certain game. Exiting the task requires a pin to be entered, and that's something you'll come up with before you hand over the device. Very handy stuff, indeed, especially if you have children.

Android 5.0 Lollipop Review: Smart Lock, Tap & Go 


We all know how important it is to make sure our phone has some degree of lock screen security. Given how easy it is to lose them, it's vital that personal details are protected at all times. Even so, having to input a pin or swipe a pattern every single time you want to use your device can become a bit of a chore, but thankfully Google has thought of ways of fixing this, too.
Smart lock is clearly intended to capitalize on the dawn of wearable tech, and allows you to disable the phone's screen lock whenever a trusted device –– your smartwatch, for example –– is connected. This also works with fitness wearables and non-Android Wear devices, like the Pebble. 
Another improved smart lock feature is Face Unlock. This was introduced when the Galaxy Nexus was released in 2011, and has been one of Android's most notable gimmicks. The key problem with Face Unlock is that it struggles in low light, and if you wear glasses it often fails to detect your face, mainly because it can only store so many photos to compare your face to…
Well, not anymore! 
Google has changed things up by keeping face detection live even when the phone isn't locked. What happens is your front-facing camera constantly monitors your face as you use it (which isn’t creepy at all) and therefore is capable of building up a more accurate picture of what you actually look like in a wide variety of environments. The upshot is that even if you don't rely on connecting a Bluetooth device to make the most of smart lock, your phone is clever enough to know when you personally pick it up, and disable the lock screen accordingly. 

Android 5.0 Lollipop Review: Project Volta 

Battery life has long been the Achilles heel of smartphones, but Google is tackling this issue with Project Volta. The firm has done some serious tinkering to ensure that apps use as little power as possible, and the move from Dalvik to ART runtime has also helped matters, as ART is much more efficient. Apps can now work with Android 5.0 to ensure that they gobble less energy, although it will be down to app developers to exploit this feature going forward. 
Add in a Battery Saver option, which can be configured to kick in when juice is running low, and you've got plenty more stamina than you'll have been used to in Android 4.4 (around 25% to be specific). 
I personally found that Project Volta (on a Nexus 5) gave us around an hour or more of additional use on a normal day, which doesn't sound like a great deal but could mean the difference between getting home with some juice in the tank or having your phone die on you before you reach the blessed sanctuary of a charging socket.
The built-in battery saver is also a real boon, as it means you can make what power you have left last that little bit longer. While Project Volta doesn't give the kind of battery stamina we all enjoyed before smartphones came along, it's a step in the right direction. But what is really quite remarkable is that ALL of these savings are achieved with the same size battery, proving once again that software, not specs, is truly king in the mobile environment
Android 5.0 Lollipop Review: Verdict
Google promised big things with Android 5.0, and on the whole it has delivered. The new Material Design means that Android isn't second-best to Apple's iOS when it comes to appearance, and a vastly enhanced notification system makes it easier than ever to keep track of things. Other new features, such as Smart Lock, User accounts and App pinning, come in very handy too, and we're sure to see them copied elsewhere. 
One thing we did notice running the software on the Nexus 5 is that there are occasionally stutters and pauses, and the whole experience is arguably less smooth than Android 4.4. This is perhaps not massively surprising, as Google is launching the shiny new Nexus 6 alongside its latest OS.
Minor grumbles aside, Android 5.0 has changed the game – again. Google's titanic struggle with Apple goes on regardless, but for the time being, it's Android, which should be considered the mobile OS to beat. Android 5.0 is packed with functionality, boasts impressive customisation options and increased security. It really is one of the most impressive –– and satisfying –– updates I’ve ever tested. 
The only sad thing is that most people won’t see Google’s beautiful Material Design, as it will be hidden behind some gross, custom UX like TouchWiz or Sense. 
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New Microsoft Lumia 535 Review by ShiMoHack


The Microsoft Lumia 535 is the first Lumia to officially bear the Microsoft logo after the software giant took over the Finnish smartphone company earlier this year. Priced just at '9,199 (though higher when compared to the previous Lumia 5xx smartphones), it’s believed to be MS’ attempt to bank on the popularity of budget smartphones like Motorola's Moto G.

What we liked
The dual-sim Lumia 535 gets a 5-inch screen, comes loaded with the latest Windows Phone 8.1 OS with Lumia Denim update, and offers a 5MP wide angle front camera, which is perfect for selfies. Even the 5MP rear camera does a decent job. In terms of connectivity, the Lumia 535 is on par with most devices in this range as it supports 2G and 3G, Bluetooth as well as WiFi. The Lumia 535 uses a 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, and is available with an in-built storage of 8GB. The RAM is decent at 1GB, and offers external storage support up to 128GB. Its other features include lifetime license for Microsoft Office suite among several other apps.
To top it all, it gets a removable 1905mAh battery, which can run easily on a full day on single charge. Now, a removable battery automatically increases the life span of a device as one can just replace the battery when it dies off, which is not the case with phones like Moto G, which come with non-removable batteries. Looking at the goodies, this would sound like the ideal Christmas goodie bag, right? Well, almost!
What we didn’t like
After seeing the popularity of the 830, we expected Microsoft to offer a similar finish in its upcoming devices, especially the 535, since it was first to bear the Microsoft logo. Unfortunately this isn’t the case as the familiar bulky design of the old Lumia devices reappears in the 535.
The disappointment continues with its 5-inch screen, which gets a below average resolution of 960x540, which again, is tough to use in bright day light despite the fact that Microsoft claims otherwise. But all that could have still been forgiven had the 535 not had an issue with its touch response. The issue, as highlighted by several reviewers and bloggers online, and faced by this reviewer too, is a total killjoy, and makes us wonder if Microsoft would really be able to offer the same quality of Nokia phones.
But not all is bad. Microsoft offers to compensate all the things it couldn’t do well with the Lumia 535 by offering freebies like discount up to Rs 6,000 on purchases made via the Jabong app on the phone, free mobile recharge up to Rs 600 and 500 MB data Internet pack per month, free of cost for two months. Had Microsoft focussed solely on product quality, and perhaps, slashed the cost a bit instead of offering only freebies, the Lumia 535 could have been a great start.

NOTE: 

If you are still keen on a Windows phone, you might want to look at the Nokia Lumia 638, which is priced at Rs 8,299 and is 4G enabled.
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Wireless Charging: Everything You Need to Know Brought to you by ShiMo Hack

Wireless charging is still a mystical topic. Not many people know whether their phone can be charged wirelessly, or how the technology actually works. We’re here to help you break it down.
How it Works
Wireless charging is based on the inductive transfer of energy. Basically, energy passes between the charging pad and device via electromagnetic field. Typically, the energy passes between two coils – one in the base and one in the portable device – and is converted/stored by the receiving coil. This infographic from Power by Proxi does a nice job of illustrating the process.
Courtesy of Power by Proxi
Courtesy of Power by Proxi
Pros and Cons of Wireless Charging
Aside from the benefit of tossing the cables, wireless technology is safer because there are no exposed connections. It’s also more durable than traditional charging methods because ports aren’t damaged by repeated plugging and unplugging. That said, wireless charging is generally not as efficient as port-based methods – it takes longer to get a full charge. Also, for charging to occur, the device needs to be continuously in contact with the charging base, while a device that’s plugged in via cord can be moved and used while charging.
Wireless Charging and Cell Phones
Currently, the industry standard for built-in wireless charging is called the “Qi standard”. Any phone that is Qi-enabled can be used with a Qi-compatible charging dock out-of-the-box. A wide variety of manufacturers, from Nokia to Motorola to Nexus, all offer devices that support Qi-based charging. While Qi-based technology (inductive charging) is the focus of this article, it’s worth noting that A4WP is a formidable challenger to Qi. We won’t go into the specifics here, but visit Android Authority for an excellent in-depth piece on the differences between the two charging technologies. Unfortunately, A4WP-enabled phones aren’t Qi-compatible, and charging stations in stores like Starbucks and McDonald’s are A4WP compatible only. Standards wars = we can’t all win.
Some phones that do NOT come with Qi technology preinstalled can be easily modified with the installation of a Qi-compatible receiver card. To achieve this compatibility, simply install the wireless coil card. The tabs on the card attach to the battery inside the phone. As described above, a phone must have a receiver coil to be charged wirelessly. By installing the card, you’re adding the receiving coil to your phone.
Samsung S4 with wireless charging card installed - courtesy of Ausdroid.Net
Samsung S4 with wireless charging card installed – courtesy of Ausdroid.Net
Lastly, wireless charging cases are available for many models of mobile phones. Most of these devices don’t support the installation of internal wireless receivers (as described in the last paragraph), but they can be outfitted for wireless charging with a receiving case, which includes the receiving coil. iPhones up to the 5S model, the Sony Experia, and some HTC phones fall into this category.
For a handy chart of the type of charging available for your phone, checkout Wireless Efficiency’s page here.
Charging Bases – Choosing the Right One
We don’t want to reinvent the wheel here. Consumer Reports put together a pretty good review in late 2013 of the charging bases available at that time. It’s a great intro to the pros and cons of several bases. Once you read it, be sure to check the Googles to make sure that you purchase the latest model on the market.
Whether you’re ready to toss the cable or not, be sure to keep an eye on wireless charging. As the technology advances, it’s likely to be the method we use to charge most, if not all, of our portable devices!
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Sunday, 2 February 2014

How to repair: this copy of windows is not genuine windows 7

HELLO FRIENDS... MANY WILL HAVE THE PROBLEM OF PROMPTING THE WINDOWS GENUINE WHILE UPDATING THE WINDOWS...  MANY USERS WITHOUT KNOWING ABOUT IT WILL IGNORE.. BUT AFTER AFTER A PARTICULAR TIME, IT WILL GET BLOCKED COMPLETELY NEEDING TO RE-INSTALL THE OPERATING SYSTEM..


I HAVE TRIED SO MUCH AND FINALLY I HAVE GOT A WAY TO SOLVE IT..

DOWNLOAD THESE FILES FIRST  WHICH ARE GIVEN BELOW....:

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To Download this click on this link.. Then a page will be open ;
There are no Doubt of its work. I am sure that it is working good. If any problem feel free to  comment.

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Sunday, 17 November 2013

HOW TO CHECK YOU FRIENDS MOBILE NUMBER BALANCE IN AIRCEL, AIRTEL,VODAFONE,IDEA,TATA,BSNL

Hi all. Today i came here with fine trick to find out mobile balance amount of any friend's number. This trick is working good for all major networks that includes idea, Airtel, Aircel, Vodofone, BSNL, and Tata Docomo.


To know your friend's mobile balance call to the below numbers from your phone.

Airtel - 09810198101      Idea -   09824012345 
Tata Docomo -               09040012345 or 07737012345
BSNL - 9415100123
Aircel - 9842012345
After that choose your language and give your friend's mobile number. The above TATA docomo is only toll free number from your docomo. All the other networks charges local call charges as per your plan.
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Sunday, 15 September 2013

Apple iPhone 5S – Review by Shimo Hack

The iPhone 5S is finally upon us. It’s an important phone both for the consumers and the company itself. It was important for the company to really make news with the 5S’s capabilities – the Android superphone onslaught has been relentless so far. So how does the iPhone 5S measure up? It’s certainly going to be the best iPhone you can buy. But is it special?
The iPhone 5S will be offered in its usual black and space gray colors, with an additional gold color option available this year. We’ve already discussed how this isn’t really important. Build and body wise, there’s a sense of deja vu when you look at the iPhone 5S. Nothing’s changed since the iPhone 5. Same premium construction. Same 4 inch screen. The differences lie on the inside of this new device.
The iPhone 5S uses a new 64-bit processor that’s claimed to be twice as fast as the one in the iPhone 5. It’s called the A7 and Apple claim that ‘the other guys’ aren’t even talking about this technology yet. Alright, this is special. But will devs actually go to the hassle of utilizing this architecture? Will it be better than the current Snapdragon 800 behemoths in compute performance? That remains to be seen.  Of course the big news about the new iPhone 5S is its integrated biometric sensor. It’s placed discreetly into the home button. So now you just have to place your finger on the button and the phone will automatically unlock once it senses your finger. Apple say that this sensor will revolutionize mobile security. Either way, it’s a neat little trick and is sure to wow consumers.

The iPhone 5S features the same 8 megapixel resolution of the iPhone 5 before it. But it uses an enhanced f/2.2 sensor that’s supposed to take better pictures in the dark. It should be noted that Android phones have had f/2.0 sensors for quite a while now. The camera is accompanied by a dual-LED flash as well, so low light pictures will turn out quite a bit better.
Surprisingly, that’s it for what’s new about the iPhone 5S. Faster processor, slightly upgraded camera and that fingerprint sensor. Of course there’s iOS 7, but hardware wise, the iPhone 5S has hardly broken ground. We’re interested in the performance of that 64-bit processor, but other than that this feels like a refresh of the iPhone 5.
The iPhone 5S will be available at $199 for the 16GB version and $299 for the 32GB version. Off-contract price is around $650 for the 16GB version. Will you be getting one or are you jumping ship? Let us know in the comments below!
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iOS 7 vs Jelly Bean 4.3: Which OS Wins 2013 What you think ?

Hey guys after a long time i going to published my new post ..
The current leaders in the smartphone OS arena are Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android and there’s really no doubt about that. Their dominance has left other companies scrambling for third spot and from the look of things, that is not going to change anytime soon. Both Android and iOS have recently come out with newer versions of their operating systems. And sworn to keep you guys in the loop we dutifully take a look at both and pit them in a one on one bout. Here’s our iOS 7 vs Jelly Bean 4.3 comparison.

iOS 7 vs Jelly Bean 4.3: Notifications

Android fans claim that the other camp stole the notifications bar from their preferred OS, and they’d be right. This is a legit accusation but now both operating systems present notifications in much the same manner. You will be informed about texts, emails, missed calls and Facebook notification on both. The only way they are different is in their appearance.
iOS 7’s notification center is sorted in 3 tabs and notifications are organized under these headings: today, all and missed.
Android doesn’t use tabs to organize notifications, however, a quick link to settings is provided for changing things like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Sounds etc.
To offer the same ease and service Apple has incorporated quick settings into iOS 7 too but under Control Center. From there you can control screen brightness, lock your screen or play, pause or skip songs. You can also toggle Airplane mode, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on or off and access utilities like flashlight, calculator and camera.

iOS 7 vs Jelly Bean 4.3: Sharing

Most Android phones feature NFC as opposed to the iPhone. And to be honest the tapping-and-sharing is pretty cool. Apple has worked on providing similar functionality through AirDrop but with NFC being used in more applications each day, we think Apple will have to cave in eventually.
AirDrop makes it easy for users to share photos, videos, contacts etc. from any app using the share button. It does this via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth rather than NFC and involves a lot more tapping. Although neat features like song downloads and linking to websites via advertisements give NFC the advantage.
Apart from NFC, Android has a ton of options for in-app sharing, be it text, links, images or videos. Due to Apple imposed limitations, there simply isn’t as much freedom to do what you want in iOS and for that reason, Android takes the point over iOS when it comes to sharing. 

The iPhone 5S is finally upon us. It’s an important phone both for the consumers and the company itself. It was important for the company to really make news with the 5S’s capabilities – the Android superphone onslaught has been relentless so far. So how does the iPhone 5S measure up? It’s certainly going to be the best iPhone you can buy. But is it special?
The iPhone 5S will be offered in its usual black and space gray colors, with an additional gold color option available this year. We’ve already discussed how this isn’t really important. Build and body wise, there’s a sense of deja vu when you look at the iPhone 5S. Nothing’s changed since the iPhone 5. Same premium construction. Same 4 inch screen. The differences lie on the inside of this new device.
The iPhone 5S uses a new 64-bit processor that’s claimed to be twice as fast as the one in the iPhone 5. It’s called the A7 and Apple claim that ‘the other guys’ aren’t even talking about this technology yet. Alright, this is special. But will devs actually go to the hassle of utilizing this architecture? Will it be better than the current Snapdragon 800 behemoths in compute performance? That remains to be seen.

iOS 7 vs Jelly Bean 4.3: Multitasking


Multitasking is a huge bragging point for Android users and although iOS 7 tried to catch up to Jellybean 4.3, it doesn’t. The multitasking feature on the iOS is similar to Android’s open apps menu which tells you which apps are currently open and allows you to jump to any one of them. All in all it is nothing like the multi window, multi tasking approach of Android.

iOS 7 vs Jelly Bean 4.3: Features

Apple has introduced iRadio with the new iOS and Safari has been made a lot better. A new look also means that Apple has recognized the need to shake things up once in awhile. On the other hand Android 4.3 makes it easier to connect with devices via Bluetooth. Among new inclusions are also cutting edge features like gesture typing, game rotation vector, uncalibrated magnetometer and uncalibrated gyroscope. Remote control functionality is enhanced by LE and AVRCP 1.3 technology. It has been a process of progressive enhancement and iOS 7 isn’t even in the same league as Android when it comes to features.

iOS 7 vs Jelly Bean 4.3: Verdict

While both iOS 7 and Android 4.3 are modern smartphone operating systems, they are fundamentally different. iOS 7 tries to make everything as visually pleasing and simplistic as possible with a straightforward approach while Android has room to do so much more. Customizable screens, widgets, custom ROMs and custom kernels mean that Android can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be, while you don’t get that choice with iOS 7. The adage different strokes for different people has never been more apt but for us at least, Android is the cutting edge of innovation and beats iOS 7 by a margin.
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Sunday, 11 August 2013

Sony Xperia Z Ultra Review by ShiMo Hack


The phablet wars are coming. It all started with a Samsung flagship called the Galaxy Note, which has so far had a very successful successor, the Note II. Taking advantage of the screen size craze, Samsung announced the apparently absurd Galaxy Mega, a 6.3 inch smartphone with midrange internals. So far though, not many manufacturers have taken the same steps. Until now, that is. Sony have just announced the flagship Xperia Z Ultra which comes into the phablet scene guns blazing and sporting a 6.4 inch screen. Although Sony Xperia Z Ultra shares its name with the Xperia Z, the two smartphones are very different.
Design and Build

 The Xperia Z Ultra continues Sony’s latest OmniBalance design philosophy and we quite like it. It has the same flat shapes as the Xperia Z, with a glass back as well. But the most amazing thing about the design of the Sony Xperia Z Ultra is its 6.5mm waistline. For reference, the iPhone 5 has a thickness of 7.5mm. This makes the Ultra possibly the thinnest mainstream phablet or smartphone around. The Xperia Z Ultra is IP58 certified as well, so it can stay underwater for 30 minutes.

Display

The Xperia Z Ultra features a big 6.4 inch display with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. Sony have used big technology-filled words in describing the Z Ultra’s display. It features Sony’s brand new Triluminous display technology which means extra nice colors. The X-Reality engine, the successor of the Mobile BRAVIA engine also debuts in this smartphone. So much for gimmicky terms, we just want a solid display this time from Sony. The display on the Xperia Z was terrible, with bad viewing angles and low contrast.
Sony haven’t just increased the quality of the display, they’ve added some clever tricks to it too. For one, Sony Xperia Z Ultra will play nicely with capacitive styluses and wait for it, graphite pencils. Seeing as how rare the capacitive styluses are, the graphite pencil compatibility is sure to amaze potential customers and definitely give the Xperia Z Ultra an edge against its S Pen powered rival – the Note II and upcoming Note III.

Hardware


Sony haven’t spared the Xperia Z Ultra anything, because the Z Ultra comes with the latest and greatest from Qualcomm – the Snapdragon 800 processor. Not just a Snapdragon 800 either, it’s been clocked at an insane 2.2GHz, and we’ll have to experience this smartphone for ourselves to see what this raw horsepower translates into.
Besides the processor, it’s business as usual. There’s 2 gigabytes of RAM and 16 gigabytes of internal storage. Weirdly though, Sony have decided to downgrade the Xperia Z’s camera into a 8 mega-pixel unit and put it into this flagship device, without an LED flash. Sony Xperia Z Ultra still got the Exmor RS sensor though, so the camera should be capable of good quality photos.

Pricing and Availability

The Xperia Z Ultra’s price wasn’t given out by Sony specifically, but Sony Netherlands mentioned the price to be 719 euros (940 dollars) at a press conference. That’s a huge amount of money, but then, this is the absolute cutting edge of smartphone hardware. The Sony phablet is expected to go on sale in Q3 of this year.
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Saturday, 6 July 2013

The Best iPhone Games You Never Knew Existed

The iOS App Store is very profitable for developers. When a game becomes popular, there’s a high likelihood that it will stay on the charts for a long time. This can be damaging for some excellent games that never really gain traction but have been developed with great care and attention. This post will be focusing on the best iPhone games that don’t make it to the limelight, but are just as praiseworthy as the chart-toppers.

ElectroMaster

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ElectroMaster is an iOS game with a very deceptive nature. At the start of the game, the gameplay is extremely easy, even a child could play it. But as the levels go by, the game’s difficulty increases exponentially much like the games in the old days. In the game you control a girl who’s a useless cook and can’t seem to wake up on time. But every time the girl over-sleeps, a young girl dies somewhere. What’s interesting is that none of this is relevant to the gameplay. You have to press on the screen to charge electricity, and release to send a shockwave of electric charge. Using this mechanic the character must fight off waves of monster. As the levels progress, the monsters become quite a lot in number. It’s a cheap tactic to make the game difficult, and might actually put you off. But that doesn’t matter, because ElectroMaster will make you laugh. The game seems to have been written in Japanese and then haplessly ported to an English version. The dialogue and written storytelling is incomprehensible, in a dearly charming way. The graphics of the game are beautiful, with each pixel given special attention. A quirky and endearing game, ElectroMaster definitely deserves your attention.
Download it here.
Jet Car Stunts
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Jet Car Stunts is not as obscure as the other titles in this list, but you never hear people talk about it. It features extremely basic graphics technology. Almost everything in the game can be drawn using just squares. But the game designers have made extremely good use of what little polygons they had. And the result is one of the best-looking games ever made. It’s so ancient in 3d technology that even the old Nintento 64 could run it. Apart from the great visuals, this game has well-judged gameplay as well. The controls are neither too sensitive nor too numb. They’re just right, and the player feels connected to the virtual car. It has a small learning curve, but the game is huge fun after that. This game is the champion for low-powered smartphones.
Download it here.

Badland

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Most of the games we play these days leave us with a cold impression. Sure they might be fun to play, but they don’t make any impact. They’re superficial tools of excitement that do little to really intrigue our minds. This is where Badland comes in. The whole game features hand-drawn visuals that give it a unique flair. The gameplay itself is quite challenging without being annoying. You simply touch the screen, and the character will start flying vertically. When you release your finger, the character glides down. It sounds awfully simple but the level design makes it really challenges despite the simple movement input. But whether you’re having a hard time or acing the levels, the game design will leave you with a feel of awe. We have to hand it over to developer Frogmind, they’ve developed an iOS game full of character and personality. It might feel similar to World of Goo at some points but that doesn’t make it any less gorgeous.
Download it here.

Sneak

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Sneak is a children-focused game by developer Made in Me. The concept is simple but very effective. The game has several greedy characters that steal your food. The goal is to catch them in the act. Start the game and walk away from the game device. A monster will appear and will start stealing/eating. All you have to do is to sneak on the device without making any sound, and tap on the screen. The device listens through the microphone to listen to the sounds that are being made by the environment. It is an excellent concept that won’t just appeal to children. This is one of the best iPhone games that are sure to find many adult admirers as well.
Download it here.

Ridiculous Fishing

Ridiculous Fishing

Ridiculous Fishing is a two-dimensional fishing game, with a twist. The base mechanic is a simple screen touch. Once you’ve touched the screen, the character will throw a fishing line into the see. Using tilt-sensors the player has to guide the fishing line through obstacles. The fishing line accumulates fish along the way. If a player touches a fish/obstacle, the character starts pulling up the fishing line. The fishing line can accumulate more fish on its way up. But once the fish reach the surface of the water, is where the game takes a twist. Once the fish are out of the water, the character can kill the fish in a variety of ways, for example with mini-guns, Uzis and pistols. The game features gorgeous visuals that make it an absolute treat to watch. Owing to its unique character and great visuals, it gets an easy recommendation. 
Download it here.
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Top Best Podcasting Apps for Your Smartphone


Podcast Apps are great for catching up on the latest news, listening to your favorite songs or just plain self-improvement advice. Although there’s nothing really complex about a good podcast app, it really helps when useful and meaningful content can be delivered without any hassle. So all you have to concentrate is on listening, rather than searching. Here are some of the best podcast apps for your smartphone:

Best Podcasting Apps: Podcasts [iOS]

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Apple’s own Podcasts app was pretty lacking when compared to some of the best podcasting apps available on the App Store, but the latest update has transformed the app and has brought it on par with competing apps. The app’s interface has been tweaked so it’s much easier to find relevant content. There’s iCloud sync so your podcasts are synced across all your iDevices. We would’ve liked cross-platform sync as well but the app works really well for iDevices, so we’re willing to forgive this shortcoming. The app doesn’t have any standout features but does the simple job of delivering updated podcasts to you reliably. There are several options available for the content delivery options, for example you can choose if the latest podcast should be played or the oldest one that you’ve missed. It’s all very well thought out, Apple clearly don’t want you to choose any other app.
Download it for iOS here.

Pocket Casts 4 [Android]

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Pocket Casts was always one of the best ways of listening to podcasts on Android, but it felt like a very messy job over all. It has a hacked together port of the iOS version with very little polish. But it was functional, and it worked. But fortunately, developer shiftyjelly realized that this was not a good looking app. Version 4 of Pocket Casts has completely transformed the look and feel of the app. It looks slick, and has been designed with the Android aesthetic in mind to keep up with the best podcasting apps. Podcasts are displayed in a grid with a small indicator of the number of podcasts you’ve missed. There’s cross-platform sync as well, all your podcasts are synchronized with your Google account. Pocket Casts makes the task of finding, discovering new podcasts a visually pleasing affair, and is therefore an easy app to recommend.
Download it for Android here.

Podcasts! [Windows Phone]

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Podcasts is a beautifully designed app for the WP platform. The app offers the ability to browse for audioand video podcasts. Podcasts can be downloaded to the device so you can listen to them later in the absence of an internet connection. You can listen to the podcasts while you do other tasks like text messaging and so on. Podcasts has been integrated well into the Windows Phone environment, as you can access your podcasts straight from the Music + Video hub as well.
Download it for Windows Phone here.

Radio Maximus [Desktop Windows]

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Radio Maximus’s main selling point is the ability to record (and schedule recordings) of online radio stations. The interface isn’t particularly enticing, it resembles an old media player program, but it’s functional and works generally well for navigating through different options. And as promised, the radio recording feature works really well. A good solution for anyone looking for the best podcasting apps with solid, light and no-frills solution to podcasting.
Download it for Windows here.
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