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HTC E1 Unveiled

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Recently HTC announced one of their very first Dual SIM E1 smartphone in China, which makes sense as Dual SIM smartphones are very much in demand in that region. Running Android’s 4.1 Jelly bean and HTC SENSE UI 4.0, this android based Smartphone is powered by a 1.15 Ghz dual core processor and will sport a 4.3 inch SLCD display with WVGA resolution. There is also a 5 megapixel camera in the back and a 2 megapixel camera in the front. Other specifications include 8GB of built in storage, MicroSD slot (expandable up to 32 gigabytes) and 1 gigabyte of RAM. Moving on to connectivity the HTC E1 will have to SIM Slots, the primary one will be capable of tri band GSM and Dual Band HSPA connectivity, as for the other one it will be limited to GSM networks only and as expected the HTC E1 comes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support. People in China can already pre order this new product from HTC for only €225 and keep in mind that it is highly unlikely for this particular model to surface anywhere outside the Chinese market, though models based on similar specifications and design are expected to surface as lower end products of HTC’s upcoming line up.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 will be shipping with Snapdragon 600 in the United Kingdom

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Originally Samsung’s new flagship the Galaxy S4 was intended to ship with Samsung’s very own Octa Core Exynos 5 CPU in the United Kingdom. However later after some confusion Samsung officially confirmed that people in the United Kingdom will be getting the Galaxy S4 powered the Snapdragon 600 processor instead. When later contacted by Pocket Lint regarding this matter Samsung replied by saying ‘Samsung Galaxy S4 is equipped with a 1.9GHz quad-core processor or a 1.6GHz Octa Core processor. The selection of application processor varies by markets, In the UK. In the UK the Galaxy S4 will be available as a 4G device with a 1.9GHz quad-core processor.”  disappointing as that may be the chipset designed by Qualcomm should also offer similar performance, enough to defeat most of the other flagships out there. According to some official the new chipset’s offer almost 30% more performance over its predecessor and also consumes less power, so it should be more than enough for most users out there. Not to mention in real life usage you will barely notice any difference unless you intend to benchmark and compare your phone with its competition at a regular basis, also keep in mind that we don’t yet know how the Octa Core Exynos 5 CPU performs, so it might turn out to be a good decision after all. However for those intend to get a Galaxy S4 that is powered by the Octa Core Exynos 5 CPU and won’t settle for anything else, they can just simply order an international version that won’t be bound by any  particular carrier.

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Nokia Triumphs over HTC

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Reportedly Nokia is suing HTC for approximately 22 cases in Germany, so yes after witnessing the many cases between Apple and Samsung we are now going to see yet another battle, only this time between HTC and Nokia. The first of them has already come to an end with Nokia on top, the court has rules that HTC used a batter saving patent that was originally owned by Nokia. After the decision was made Nokia released an email statement saying that they are please with this decision and confirms the quality of Nokia’s portfolio. For those of you wondering this power saving patent refers to the technology where battery power is saved when connected to a network, when connected this technology monitors the power consumption by the network and adjusts accordingly therefore providing better battery life. HTC also replied regarding this decision and said that it would appeal the judgment while also progressing efforts to have the patent declared unacceptable by the German Federal Court and also the English Patents Court. Shorty after the reply from HTC Nokia replied by saying that it has also asserted the same power saving patent against HTC in both UK and at USA’s international Trade Commission and also informed that the next hearing will take place in the United States and will start in two months time.

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Top 5 Most Frightening Mobile Games

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Fallen Episode 1:

Despite being an old game, Fallen episode one was is definitely among the scariest mobile games ever produces. The game changes pace really suddenly and pits you up against terrifying enemies such as the slug like alien creatures and zombie hounds. The graphics were also very advanced for its time and makes the game look that much scarier. If that wasn’t daunting enough the soundtracks are really creepy and has this sudden jolting scream that gets you by surprise. Combine all this with the freaky story line and cut scenes and you get one very creepy survival horror game.

Silent Hill – The Escape:

On other platforms Silent Hill was already considered as one of the most terrifying games ever made, the mobile version is no exception. Silent Hill offers a very freaky first person shooter game play. You will find yourself in daunting places such asylums, mazes full of faceless patients and nurses, and along with the constant distressing audio it will make the hair on your head stand up. As for weapons, well you have no real weapons! Except for a dull and flickering flash light that might stop working anytime.

Dark Meadow: The Pact

Inspired by the legendary Bioshock, Dark Meadow puts you in a post apocalyptic world with but with a fairy tale twist added to the mix. You will go up against a witch and her loyal minions. Throughout the game you face interesting but creepy enemies such as bloodthirsty goblins who roam around the abandoned hospital seeking warm blood of the living such as yourself. The gameplay itself is touch centric and surprisingly easy to master. Graphically the game is really stunning, probably one of the best looking horror game out there thanks to being based on Unreal Engine 3.

Dead Space:

One of the most famous games of all time finally makes it way to the world of Smartphone’s. Featuring over 5 scary environments contaminated with reanimated corpses. Your goal is eliminate them using some of the most exciting weapons ever produced on the mobile platform. The gameplay is really fun but at the same time there is this sense of urgency and fear. Necromorphs may attack you suddenly at any time in large numbers and due to the polished visuals the monsters look scary as ever. The audio quality is also top notch and if you use headphones when playing games in your Smartphone, then Dead Space will be a real treat for you.

The Abandoned School:

The Abandoned School is a black and white survival horror game. Best experienced when you have your headphones on, the game features some of the most scary background music and realistic visuals that can really make you feel scared. You play the role of a male character in a mission to crack the mystery behind the death of your brother and girlfriend. The gameplay is smooth and uses a simple point and click mechanic, though in some cases uses the sensor of your phone which you can use to get through obstacles. Overall The Abandoned School proves itself as a true classic horror game in the world of mobile gaming

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Samsung’s Galaxy S4 will use PowerV4 SGX 544 GPU

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So far the details we knew about the Samsung Galaxy S4 has been nothing short of impressive, but there weren’t much legitimate information about the graphics processing unit that it’s going to use. Today Imagination Technologies finally announced that its PowerVR SGX 544 graphics is going to be used in Samsungs upcoming flagship the Samsung Galaxy S4. Below are the official details about the PowerVR graphics technology.

PowerVR Graphics Technology:

The PowerVR graphics processor (GPU) family continues to lead the market in technological capability, roadmap strength and ecosystem, and remains by far the most adopted and shipped technology of its kind. Many designs across PowerVR Series5/5XT and our latest Series6 family are at different stages of delivery, with increasing numbers of both Series5XT and initial Series6 based SoCs entering production and contributing to volume ramp-up. The Series6 IP core family expanded to six members, with the recently launched G6100 offering the smallest and most efficient GPU with OpenGL ES 3.0 compatibility. As well as enabling the full market adoption of OpenGL ES 3.0 with the highly scalable PowerVR Series6, we have this quarter released a set of advanced API extensions for PowerVR Series5XT, giving application processors using the technology access to some of the features of the latest APIs.

The PowerVR SGX 544 GPU is available in 2 versions so far, the three core (544mp3) and the quad core (544mp4), the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S4 will be using the Quad Core (544mp4) in order to insure optimal performance.

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HTC One Developer Edition Announced

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HTC received a lot of positive feedback for their upcoming flagship smartphone the HTC One. Their interest rate has increased a lot and analysts believe this product may turn out to be HTC’s ticket back to the group of Elites. HTC took full advantage of their new found momentum and announced a Developer Edition of the international  version, but unfortunately its going to be available for users in the United States only. The HTC One Developer Edition will ship carrier and bootloader unlocked in order to support the developers and similar to the international version it will feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, 2 Gigabyte of Ram, 64 Gigabyte of storage, Open API’s for Bluetooth Low Energy and Infrared, Front Facing Stereo speakers, two dual-membrane microphones for recording. As for connectivity the HTC One developers edition will support quad-band GSM/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz), tri-band 3G with HSPA (850/1900/2100 MHz) and tri-band LTE (700/850/1900 MHz). As good as this idea may sound, we would have liked HTC to release the Developer Edition globally as well.  It’s anything but unfair to deprive countless developers that are just waiting for a factory unlocked phone so they can let their creativity run wild. Still this is a smart move by HTC, they are trying to focus on the developer side of the audience which can lead to many opportunities for them and especially in a time when their sales rate have gone down. Hopefully HTC’s new strategy will pay off and get them back on the right track.

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HTC One UK Launch Delayed

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HTC One has been among the most well marketed smartphone from HTC in a long time, so far their marketing strategy has been a success as interest rates have increased a lot in recent weeks. However HTC may not even be able to take full advantage of their upcoming flagships potential due to shortage of certain parts. Many well knows analysts said that this may result in delays in some regions and so far it’s proving to be right, those who were looking forward to HTC One from United Kingdom will have to wait a little longer compared to other regions in order their hands on the HTC ONE, due to some technical issues the HTC One UK launch has been delayed to March 29th.  An official spokesperson was contacted by Android Central and when asked about the delay he said “We will start fulfilling pre-orders by end March in certain markets and will roll out to more markets as we approach April” Also there have been rumours about HTC One being out of enough units to support the upcoming months and with HTC’s current financial crisis, the future of the company may depend a lot on whether or not they can capitalize with their current upcoming products.

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Samsung working on an enhanced version of the Galaxy S3

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Reportedly Samsung is working on an enhanced version of their current flagship the Galaxy S3. It will sport a better display, improved better life, and wireless charging. This also confirms that their upcoming flagship the Galaxy S4 will also feature wireless charging.  The new battery capacity will be an impressive 2400mah and is said to be more efficient than the original unit. However the no information on what the display of this enhanced edition will offer, but we hope that it will sport conventional RGB technology along which was sadly missing from the Galaxy S3 along with higher pixel density. This is not the first that Samsung has tried to re capture interest among mainstream users by releasing an enhanced version of their successful products. In fact Samsung is one of those manufactures that often update their old flagships with enhanced editions. The same strategy was followed when the Samsung Galaxy S and the later released Galaxy S2. They both had their plus versions that offered slightly improved features and according to the sales rate were a big success. So Samsung will probably continue this tradition of sorts with all of their flagships including the current flagship Samsung Galaxy S3 and the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S4.

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Top 5 Anti-theft applications for your Smartphone

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Losing your beloved Smartphone can turn out be a nightmare for some with the possibility of your personal files and details ending up in the wrong hands beyond any chance of recovering, thankfully there are applications that can protect your files and help you track your Smartphone.

Mobile Spy:

Mobile spy aka MSPY monitors and collects all the information and uploads them to their official mobile spy website which you can view anytime you want. Using Mobile Spy you can monitor your phones activity without anyone realizing, as it functions in secrecy , the users cannot detect the presence of it also it does not leave any kind of trace when working making it a very safe monitoring tool. It simply records all the data and discretely transfers them to the user account in real time, which gives you constant, monitoring of your phone, using MSPY you can accept silent SMS commands for GPS Locate, initiate calls, Wipe data and view the actual screen which is updated every 90 seconds. All these rich features make MSPY the best security application out there.

F-Secure Anti Theft:

One of the most simple and easy to use Anti Theft application for Smartphone’s. Even if you merely suspect your phone missing using this application you can remotely lock it out or even wipe your personal files such as messages, contract, and pictures so they don’t end up in the wrong hands and of course locate your phone and the person using it remotely. Even if someone changes the SIM, an SMS will be automatically sent to one of your presented backup number.

Anti Droid Theft:

Probably one of the best free tracking applications out there, Anti Droid Theft will help you track your Smartphone if it has been lost or stolen using the phones built In tracking ability to allow you to locate your phone through the internet, It also offers an option called spy camera that enables you to see that images taken from your camera that you can later use to deduce the location of the thief. It will also send you a notification to your chosen backup source if the thief changes your SIM to use his own

Watch Droid PRO:

One of the simpler mobile tracking applications for your Smartphone’s, it features in depth features like wiping your data and monitoring your phones activity. You can also wipe your personal Data and initiate remote lock. It will also send you a notification to your email or a simple SMS to your backup number along with the last known GPS coordinates of the phone, making it a minimalistic but useful application

McAfee WaveSecure:

McAfee WaveSecure is a complete mobile security application for Smartphone’s. If your phone gets stolen it is capable of protecting your data, wipes your private files and enhances the overall chance of recovering your phone. You can also backup your messages, contacts, call logs and even media. Like most tracking applications you can also track your phones location and even remotely lock it. But despite having such rich features a very heavy price tag keep the McAfee WaveSecure from becoming more accessible, but it’s a great application nonetheless.

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Neo N003: The Cheapest handset with a full HD display

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Reportedly the Chinese marketplace elite Neo N003 will be cheapest Android Smartphone featuring an impressive 5 inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080, despite earlier rumors of the phone sporting a 720p display it was later confirmed that it will be using a 1080p display after all. According to Neo it will be priced at only 899 Yuan which is equivalent to $144 Dollars. Currently the cheapest 1080p phone on the market is the iOcean X7 ‘Youth’ priced at 999 Yuan which is equivalent to $144 US Dollars, but this will all change once the Neo N003 arrives on sale at prices starting at just 899 Yuan. For the Chinese market this will be a great deal given that fact that the older NEO 2 is still selling relatively well. Not to mention the mainstream audience will definitely be attracted to a budget phone that offers a decent set of features. The Neo N0003 will sport quad core MediaTek MT6589 silicon processor, along with a 13 mp camera and a 3000mAh battery. Neo will also be releasing a higher end version of this model that will be priced at 1,499 Yuan which is equivalent to $242 US Dollars. No release date has been confirmed by the officials yet, but additional details will be released soon.

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‘Widgets aren’t widely used’ claims HTC

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Since the arrival of gingerbread the use of widgets on our Smartphone’s increased a lot. They can be a great way to access the things we want without going through the menu. Many people use widgets more than the actual application itself. But recent studies carried on by HTC tell a much different story and made them doubt about the purpose of widgets.

According to HTC majority of their users do not take full advantage of the widgets presented to them. They carried on this research while preparing for the development of HTC Sense 5. They learnt through their research that while most people use common widgets such as weather, music and clock, only a mere 10% of them use anything else. This is surprising given the number of widgets that are available for users, it was also discovered that very few people actually use the widgets that they download. Based on their findings HTC will probably try to make widgets more useful and noticeable in their new and improved HTC SENSE 5.

HTC is among the front runners when it comes to user interface. Their Sense UI is one of the most well designed interface out there and widgets has always been an important been a part of their previous interface. But their recent research has lead them to taking innovative steps such as “BLINK FEED”  which provides real time information that is only important to you thus elimination needs of multiple widgets. Honestly speaking this is a much more practical decision by HTC that makes the HTC Sense 5 anything but worse and “Blink Feed” might just turn out to be the future of home screen experience.

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First official update for BlackBerry 10 released

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BlackBerry has always prided them with creating business class Smartphone that can provide the ultimate experience for their targeted audience. However their current flagship Smartphone the BlackBerry 10 turned out to be an exception that also attracted a lot of mainstream audience as well.  In order to further improve their customers experience the 10.0.10.85 update has been released featuring multiple improvements. Take a look at the official changelog from BlackBerry for more information

Official Changelog:

3rd Party App Performance – We’ve improved performance for 3rd party applications, so developers can build apps that run fast and smooth for you. With this update, you might want to keep an eye out for some fresh new app launches in March, like WhatsApp.

Phone, Calendar, and Contacts – Among the top improvements and features are fixes for Gmail calendars on BlackBerry 10. You’ll also find improvements in the BlackBerry Hub for logging calls log and how conversations are handled. We’ve also made general improvements to importing contacts from online sources.

Camera – We’ve optimized the camera for better photos in low-light situations. You’ll love the difference this makes for photos where you don’t use a flash – like the Time Shift Camera feature.

Browser and Media – With more and more of you using the gorgeous screen on the BlackBerry Z10 to consume online videos and media, we’ve made a number of improvements to the software in the way the browser handles video playback to provide a fantastic experience.

Battery Life – The software team has included a number of battery life optimizations with over 60 battery saving improvements since launch to keep you moving. These combined improvements are designed so that you see improvements in battery life and heavy users especially should see a longer average usage per charge cycle.

For BlackBerry users, support and service has always been an important aspect and as we can see from the changelog BlackBerry has listened to most of their customer feedback and improved important features of their Smartphone.

Why haven’t you gotten the update yet?

If you didn’t receive the update automatically, check manually for it through the Software Update settings. The official update rolls gradually and might take a few days to be effective worldwide.

Final thoughts:

This is the first time BlackBerry has released an update for their Smartphone shortly after its official launch.  Maybe the growing market of Android and IOS may have finally begin to influence their targeted audience which why they are constantly making an effort to improve their current operating system or they are just simply trying to attract a larger audience, either way they are heading into the right direction with their recent initiatives.