February 2013 ~ Hackinthus

Lava Launched Xolo X1000 In Goa Teasing "Fastest SmartPhone"

Lava Xolo X1000!!

Katrina Kaif Launches Sony Xperia Z Smartphone And Tablets

Sony Xperia Z

Samsung Galaxy S4 : Event Round Up, Specs, Pricing and Availability

Samsung Galaxy S4.

Nokia Lumia 620 Review

Nokia's most affordable Windows Phone 8 device, Nokia Lumia 620

Install Instagram Unofficially On Blackberry Z10

How To Install Instagram Unofficially On Blackberry Z10 [Video] !!

Thursday, February 28, 2013

"SNOView" A Hub Of All Social Networks

Enhanced technology has brought people very close to each other and is constantly keeping them in touch by various social networking sites. People now a days want to check out what their friends are up to on Facebook, have a group video conference on Google+, seeing your friends’ pictures shared on Instagram or visit XDA developers for having all the technical news about your phone. Accessing to all these sites you will require a different application for each on your Android Smartphone. As we know all the high end phones have the large RAM capacity due to which they do not lag in their performance when multitasking but what about the low budget smartphones ? If we use different applications for every of these sites then surely our phone will start lagging, so to sort out this problem developers have designed an application which will grant you access to all of your social networking accounts at once.

SNOView (Social Network OverView), is the application that we are talking about, it clubs the biggest social networks including Twitter, Google+, Facebook, Instagram, and RSS feeds into a unique yet simple interface. The interface consists of vertically scrolling tabs, which display the feed subscribed to, and once pressed, show an expanded view of feed along with a vertically scrolling 3D cover flow of subscribed feeds and networks. The application has a built-in browser that allows users to view their feeds.

Photo credits-XDA Developers

Features :-
  • Clear and chronological presentation of your favorite feeds from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Google Plus
  • RSS Feeds for news sites such as CNN, Engadget etc.
  • No registration for these social networks necessary, celebrities and news-sites usually post public news
  • Facebook/Twitter/Instagram authentication possible to read your friends NON-public posts
  • Import Facebook/Twitter/Instagram friends
  • Detail view (with 3D cover flow) for navigation through all posts
  • Link to the post on the respective website
  • Search function for all networks
  • Search function to find spefific entries
  • Posts could be marked as favorite
  • Widget to see latest news at home screen (> Android 3.x)

Customisable settings :
  • Interface can be personalized (4 skins available)
  • Large profile pictures
  • Adjustable profile order
  • Notifications for new news (LEDBlinker also supports SNOView)
  • Automatic updates in background
  • Automatic updates only with available Wi-Fi connection
  • Automatic update at starting the Application
  • Adjustable update frequency while Application is in background
  • Disable updates 

This application is very battery friendly and can be easily downloaded from the Google Play Store.

Source-XDA Developers

Budget 2013:Mobile Phones Get Costlier In India !!

Finance Minister has increased the duty on Mobile Phones from 1 to 6 percent,but there is no increase in the price of basic cell phones priced till 2K.

Let me explain it to you in a simpler language.For a rise of every Rs10000 the price will rise by Rs 495.Which means the cell phone priced at 10K will now cost 10,495.A 20K cell phone will cost 20,990 and continued.What impact will it have on consumer behavior is still to be seen but I don't think anything positive will come out of it .


Google Glass : What It Actually Is

'Google Glass' - Many of us have heard about it - Many of us want to own it, but ever wondered what Google Glass Actually is? What it does? Well, Hackinthus is here to let you know about this amazing gadget!  

For some, Google Glass is just another waste-of-money kind of gadget and seems useless to them. While for others, its like some cool must-have futuristic-looking gadget which allows you to have your personal computer right in front of your eyes. But then again, Will you really wear this stuff in public??

What All Super-Powers You Gain Once You Are Connected To Google Glass

Well, Google wants us to have a hands-free smartphone experience where you can access all the information without looking down at your smartphone. Google Glass is basically an Android powered device which produces a display image right above the right eye with information like messaging and map directions via voice commands. It comes with an inbuilt 720p front camera which allow users to take pictures or stream live video.(wow!)

It also comes with built-in Wi-Fi which can tether via an Android Smartphone or an iPhone. 

Will You Be Needing These Super-Powers?

Answering this question is quiet tough for us as it varies from person to person. But what we can do is change your mindset about this device with this video.
This is a demo video from Google which shows you how it feels when you wear Google Glass.

Amazing right?? But will people really be able to walk everywhere with this weird looking device on their face? Specially in India, where people just won't stop staring at you no matter where you go.


When Can You Get Hold Of This Device

Google will be launching the consumer version of Glass by the end of this year.But they have already started giving out developer models for a price tag of $1500(80000).(Ouch!) 
We are expecting the price to be more reasonable once the gadget is publicly launched. Currently, Google Glass will be available in five different avatars : black, white, blue, gray and orange.

We are really excited about this device as it might just change everything. Are you too excited??
 Please let us know via comments.

(via IGN)

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Sukesh Kumar is long time iOS user who currently shifted to Android. He is currently pursuing his Engineering in Bangalore as a computer science student. His love towards his gadgets and experimenting with it's features brought him close towards blogging and writing about technical stuffs. Read More




Sunday, February 24, 2013

MWC'13-Samsung Unveils HomeSync Media Streamer To Compete With Apple TV.

Samsung leaves no stone unturned to compete with apple,There was recent news of Apple launching it's TV in India and here is Samsung to compete.Along with the Galaxy Note 8.0,Samsung today at MWC'13 lauched  homesyc,a media player device.

Not only it provides users to stream photos, videos, and apps from their Galaxy devices to their television at 1080p resolution,but also has a storage capacity of 1 TB. It is powered by 1.7 GHz dual-core processor and runs on Android Jelly Bean OS.The device will be available in April of this year, though there's no pricing information just yet.

Samsung HomeSync Specifications:

  • 1.7 GHz dual-core processor
  • Android Jelly Bean OS
  • Gigabit Ethernet LAN
  • WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz), HT40 2 x2 MIMO Channel Bonding, Bluetooth 4.0
  • External USB 2.0 x 2, micro USB, HDMI
  • DRM: HDCP 1.3/2.1, Playready, Widevide, Trustzone

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MWC'13-Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 : What It Has To Offer?

Finally after all the rumors and leaked pictures, Samsung's new baby tablet has finally been announced. Its called the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0. It was one of the worst-kept secrets recently and we all were expecting this device to come out soon enough.

Talking about the device, Galaxy Note 8.0 is designed fairly well and with just 338g, it feels really comfy in your hands. Samsung claims that they were inspired by the standard Moleskine notebook while designing this device.

Getting down to specs, it's powered by a 1.6Ghz quad-core Exynos processor running Android Jellybean 4.1.2 and packs in a massive 2GB of RAM. The 8 inch HD screen is quiet stunning producing 189 ppi enhanced with a feature called “Readers Mode” that automatically adjusts the screen settings while reading e-books. 

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is boosted with a massive 4800 mAh battery which will easily last for more than a day with heavy usage.

The 5.0 MP camera on the Galaxy 8.0 is not as great as we were expecting but then again using a tablet as your primary camera device, not a good idea. 

Don't you think we are forgetting something?? Ya, right. When there is 'Note', there is 'S-Pen'. Note 8.0 features a “Premium Suite” of applications designed to utilize the S Pen (which includes multi-window) . And the good news is, it allows third-party developers to use S pen's hover-gestures to add new features into their very own software.(Great!!) They have also added a new remote program that acts like universal TV remote. 

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 will be available in two variants : 3G-enabled & WiFi Only and will be launched in the second quarter of this year.  

It will interesting to see how tough it proves out to be in front of iPad mini and Nexus 7.

(via Yahoo)   

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Google Announces Chromebook Pixel

'Chromebook', the series was initially launched to provide customers with affordable notebooks but it seems they were just not satisfied with it and as result we have the 'Chromebook Pixel'.

Chromebook Pixel, an exceptional notebook which offers a 12.85 inch, 2560 x 1700(slightly larger than Retina display) touchscreen-enabled panel. It will compete with Apple's MacBook Pro with Retina Display and will come in two varient - LTE model & Wi-Fi only
Chromebook Pixel will start shipping from next week.

Lets get down to specifications directly -
       > 12.85-inches touch-screen display with 2560×1700 screen resolution at 239 ppi 
       > Backlit Keyboard (minuscule LED bulbs) with speakers hidden underneath the keys
       > Dual-core Intel Core i5 processor clocked at 1.8GHz
       > Intel HD 4000 graphics
       > 4GB of RAM
       > Appx. 5 hours of battery life 

Cromebook Pixel's Wi-Fi model comes with 32GB of internal storage and can be purchased from Play Store now for $1299. Cromebook Pixel's LTE model offers 64GB of internal storage, and will cost $1449. Both the variants come with 1TB of free Google Drive space for 3 years.

It will be interesting to see if Chromebook Pixel can actually disturb the ongoing sales of MacBook Pro.
(via Redmondpie)

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Sukesh Kumar is long time iOS user who currently shifted to Android. He is currently pursuing his Engineering in Bangalore as a computer science student. His love towards his gadgets and experimenting with it's features brought him close towards blogging and writing about technical stuffs. Read More


Get Your Facebook And Twitter Feeds Right On Your Home Screen With This Live Wallpaper !!

In Today's world social media has become an integral part in our lives because it keeps us connected,helps following the band we love,getting important news,entertainment or anything you name,and Mobile devices have given them new heights.What makes these mobile so useful,Its the OS and Apps that keeps them driving.

Keeping this in mind Xda-developer Stilv has created an Live wallpaper which lets you set your home screen to be Facebook or twitter timeline and you can see all your feeds on the home screen without even opening the official app.The apps are named as Facebook magic and Twitter magic.I tried this app myself but was not quite impressed with it's lite version and when people don't enjoy your lite version why  would they buy the paid one ?

Both the apps are quite similar in their functionality,you just need to download the app and connect your Facebook or twitter account and set it as your live wallpaper and done you will get all your feeds on your screen.What else do you need,Life's made more easy right ??

But there's a little glitch the lite version refreshes feeds at every 12 hours which is not really good but the paid version provides your with options like  2, 5, 10, 15, 20, or 30 minute update. 



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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Sony Officially Launches Play Station 4: Specs

As it was planned to be Sony held an event today to officially unveil Play Station 4. The next-gen gaming platform is designed to shift focus from the living room to the gamer as Sony said, they wanted to create a gaming platform where the gamer is not restricted anywhere  He can easily game anywhere he wants to.

So finally after a long wait the Play Station 4 is out and features like a x86 based PC making it easy for a developers to develop, stunning graphics, 8 gigs of DDR5 memory and with massive internal hard- drive.

Dual shock 4 Controller:

The most appreciated change that we have seen with the launch of PS4 is the controller. It features a touchscreen and on the rear it contains a light bar to identify it's players. It also contains a earphone jack which may be used for voice chat and also the PS4’s built-in 3D camera detects the player using the light bars. Mostly it can be called as PS Vita styled touch-pad. 

Other Specs:

The hardware is somewhat trying to borrow tricks from mobile games which allows users to put there game in freeze and easily resume without actually turning on/off their console. The advanced video sharing option has enabled users to stream videos while playing them. The background downloading system allows users to play games before they are installed completely on your local drive. Another important change in gaming pattern observed in PS4 is that you can help your friend remotely to get out of a tough point where he is struck. iOS and Android platform users will soon see an update app which will allow them to control their PS4 from their smartphones. There's also a huge PS Vita integration.

PlayStation 4's lead system architect Mark Cerny holds a gaming control device during the unveiling of the PlayStation 4 launch event in New York. (Reuters)
However Microsoft X-Box 720 is on it;s way to com-petite against the magnificent Play Station 4. Let's see who beats and what are the chances of which console will dominate the next-gen gaming platform.

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Harsh Vardhan is a die-hard gadget aficionado and a final year engineering student in Telecommunications in Bangalore. Located from a small town "Ranchi" his love towards smartphone originated in early 2009 while using an amazing device at that time Nokia N-73. Since then moving to Nokia N-96 he kept a way long journey with Symbian devices. Read More...

Lava XOLO A1000 Review

Lava Mobile has launched XOLO A1000, a 5 inch smartphone that has all-around good specifications and pleasing looks.The XOLO A1000 has a 5.0-inch, 1280 x 720 resolution IPS display. This phone is incorporated with  the One Glass Solution (OGS) that includes the display, the touch sensor and the glass in one layer, making the phone thinner by reducing the air gap between all the three and improving the image quality. The A1000 runs on a MediaTek MT6577 chipset with a dual-core 1GHz CPU and PowerVR SGX531 GPU. The basic dimensions of this phone is just 70.8mm wide and 8.8mm thick, making it easier for single handed operation.
Photo Courtesy-GSM Arena 

The other features that it packs is 1GB of RAM, 4GB internal memory and the memory can be expanded upto 32 GB via a microSD card. It has a 8 megapixel camera with BSI sensor and a 1.2 megapixel front camera with BSI sensor and a LED flash, which caters 720p video recording. Connectivity options are rounded off by the presence 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and USB. It runs on the latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean  OS platform and a 2,100mAh battery.  About which company claims that this phone will have talktime of around 14 hours on the 2G network with the phone having a talk time ability of around 10 hours on 3G network. The Lava XOLO A1000 is priced at ₹13,999 in India.
To sum it up this phone is a great device to be owned at such a low cost, but the only demerits lies that this company is not well established in the smartphones market. But it can also be in seen in a way of boosting its image in this market amongst the newly emerging phones companies like Micromax.

Source-GSM Arena

Change The Font Of Your Android Phone With This App

Why do people prefer android over any other mobile OS?? Customization!! It's all about how much you can change the look of your phone so that it reflects your personality.
 So here we are again telling you guys about another app which will surely +1 your level when it comes to customizing your Android Smartphone. It's called 'Handwrite Pack FlipFont® Free'.

As you can figure out by it's name, this app provides you with bunch of free fonts you can apply to your android smartphone and make it look more like 'you'(that's what customization is all about). Have a look at the screenshots below and if you like it, we have provided you with the link below so that you can download it right away.

Google Play Store Link :  Handwrite Pack FlipFont® Free

Please do comment and let us know what you feel about this application.

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Sukesh Kumar is long time iOS user who currently shifted to Android. He is currently pursuing his Engineering in Bangalore as a computer science student. His love towards his gadgets and experimenting with it's features brought him close towards blogging and writing about technical stuffs. Read More

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Apple Loses The Trademark "iPhone" In Brazil

Last week we posted about the trouble Apple was facing in Brazil. It was claimed that Gradiente Eletronica SA, a Brazilian consumer electronics maker have registered "iPhone" way back in 2000 before iPhone was introduced to this world. It had also launched a line-up of Android power smartphone which was called "iPhone" back in December 2012.

Today according to BBC Report Apple has lost the case in Brazil. So finally it was unfavorable against Apple now that they don't have the right to use trademark "Apple iPhone"  in Brazil. The Brazilian Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) has ruled in favor of Brazilian electronics firm IGB Electronics SA which owned the rights for the name “iPhone” in Brazil since the early 2000′s.

People should not confuse that Apple could not use the name iPhone now in Brazil, but it means that the existing company IGB Electronics SA which had lined up Android devices with name iPhone can continue with the name. For the American company Apple, they wanted to use the name iPhone in Brazil, as they had a strong market base there for the consumers in Brazil. In certain rumor we even came to know IGB had earlier contacted Apple for selling their name iPhone to them but Apple had turned down the offer to find other possible legal options.

This could worsen the situation for Apple sales in Brazil. However lets wait for the future to see about the stats.

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Source: BBC

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Harsh Vardhan is a die-hard gadget aficionado and a final year engineering student in Telecommunications in Bangalore. Located from a small town "Ranchi" his love towards smartphone originated in early 2009 while using an amazing device at that time Nokia N-73. Since then moving to Nokia N-96 he kept a way long journey with Symbian devices. Read More...

Apple T.V Now Available In India For Rs 8,295 !!

Hello,I hope you are not confusing it with a television set right ?? Many of us have a confusion thinking it's an Apple TV but it's not. How can you expect it worth Rs 8295 ? Apple TV allows consumers to wirelessly stream media content from their iTunes account to their television.

It was spotted on apple's official website though there's no official statement for the Same.
Apple on their website said
 "With Apple TV, everything you want to watch — films, some in 1080p, photo slideshows and more — plays wirelessly on your widescreen TV. No managing storage. No syncing to your iTunes library. HD films from iTunes play over the Internet on your HDTV, and music and photos stream from your computer. All you have to do is click and watch"

Apple TV supports up to 1080 pixel resolution, and features an HDMI port, a micro-USB port, Ethernet port, a built-in IR receiver (for the remote) and supports WiFi connectivity. The device is powered by an Apple A5 processor, and comes with 512MB RAM and 8GB NAND Flash memory for caching content.

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HTC One : A Quick Look

The wait is over!! HTC One has finally been announced. It will be competing with Apple iPhone 5, Blackberry Z10, Nokia Lumia 920 and some of his own brothers, i.e, Flagship Android devices.

Talking about Htc One's Specification, its packed with the top-most hardware available in the market. It runs on Google's Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and features the much awaited Htc's Sense 5.0 UI. It is powered by  Qualcomm quad-core processor clocked at 1.7GHz. It features a 4.7 inch screen with 1080p (Full HD) resolution and boosts 2GB RAM

Htc has never disappointed users when it comes to build quality and the same remains for One too, which has a unibody metal design which looks just amazing. The phone will be available in two variants, 32GB and 64GB. Like most of Htc's devices, there's no support for microSD card. Htc One is juiced up with 2300 mAh battery.

According to Htc, One's main feature is it's Camera which comes with a technology that is apparently way better than the ones used in the existing smartphones. HTC One camera will capture photos in just four mega pixels but the secret lies within what it does with these pixels.
Htc's Official said, 
"For years, people have been misled about what is important in a camera - what matters is not pixel count, but pixel size. Bigger pixels let in more light, it's simple physics... We're trying to balance out what a lens can support and what a sensor can support. We're talking about real image quality, not just megapixels for the sake of megapixels. The era of the megapixel is over."  
Htc claims that this camera can capture 300% more light than any other smartphone's camera and also produces better HDR images and videos. Similar to Nokia Lumia 920, it is equipped with optical image stabilization. It has a 2.1 MP secondary camera which is quiet decent to making video calls, 
 Htc One is also attached with Htc's upgraded speakers which features "BoomSound".

Htc One will be available in two different colors : White and Black.

The phone will mostly be available in March. For now, there's no specific date and price for it's launch in India. 

With MWC '13 just a week ahead and the rumors of Samsung's next flagship device, Galaxy S IV, to be announced on March 14, it will be interesting to see where this device stands in the upcoming months. 

(Via TOI)
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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

How To Make WhatsApp Free For Lifetime

"WhatsApp", A revolutionary messaging application  which completely eliminated the so called term 'SMS'. Now, people usually refer to the phrase "WhatsApp me" instead of "message me". Now, the problem with WhatsApp is that you have to pay 0.99$ on iOS to get it but once you purchase it, it's free for lifetime. Whereas, on Android and other platforms it's free for 1 year after which you have to pay 0.99$ every year to use it. Quiet disappointing. But there's always a way to get things for free and same goes for Whatsapp too. Today, I am gonna tell you how to make WhatsApp's subscription free for lifetime.

All you need is, 
  • Apple Account 
  • Patience 
  • iPhone (temporary)
Lets begin.
Starting of with 'Apple Account', you need to create one. Just download and install 'itunes' and from there you can easily create your Apple account.

Next comes 'Patience'. It's quiet a tradition on iOS where they giveaway various apps for free of cost. So, every year there's a period when 'Whatsapp' is completely free on iOS, i.e, lifetime subscription. 
So have patience and wait for that period to come. Don't worry, stay tuned to Hackinthus and we will let you know.

Finally, you need an 'iPhone' which you can easily borrow from one of your friends. Once you have downloaded WhatsApp from App store for free from your account, install it on your friend's iPhone with your own SIM card in it.(Don't Forget to first Log Out from his Apple account and then Log In via yours).
After installing, just enter the required data and done!!(Just for Safety message few of your buddies using iPhone and then log out from your Whatsapp's account).

Take out the SIM card and put it back into your Android phone, install WhatsApp in it via the usual procedure and then go to Settings -> Account -> Payment and you shall be greeted with this screen.

Now, I am not sure about this trick working on every single device or platform. But incase you are having any sort of problem, feel free to comment below so that we can help you out.

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Jelly Bean Update for Samsung Galaxy Note !!

Samsung has started rolling out Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean for it's first Phablets device Note GT-N7000. Note was one of the successful Phablets of Samsung and it always keeps updating this device as it has a large user base.The update is now rolling out slowly to all regions, and is available via Samsung KIES, Samsung's desktop phone management software or over the air.

This update might not be available instantly as it is slowly rolling out to every country and you might have to wait for a little while.After this update I think there will be very little difference between Note and Note2. 
This update includes(via-sammobile)

  • Android 4.1.2 – Build JZO54K
  •  Buttery Smooth Performance & Great Stability (Thanks to Project Butter)
  •  Multi-View (Multi Windows Multitasking, same as in Note II)
  •  Multi-View can also be disabled
  • Page Buddy
  • Notification Panel can now be customized
  •  New Additions in Notification Panel
  • Smart Rotation (Screen Display adjusts to your angle of sightings)
  • Continues Input in Samsung Keyboard (Like Swipe or Android 4.2 Keyboard)
  • Samsung’s Cloud services
  • Features like Direct Call, Smart Stay and Pop-up Play
  • New Widgets From the Galaxy S III
  • 2 Home screen modes
  • New Notifications bar
  •  Google Now


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