Thursday, March 21, 2013

Google launches "Google Keep"


Google launched a note-taking service called "Google keep".

Google Keep is a note-taking service that allows users to create quick notes to be saved in Google Drive and accessed either online or using an Android phone or tablet. It was eagerly awaited service since Google hints it a few days ago. Google Keep is somewhat similar to the service provided by Evernote and Pocket.

With Google Keep you can quickly save notes and even include checklists and photos. All the notes are saved in Google Drive and synced to all your devices.

Google Keep also has an Android app which has a nice and clean user-interface and offers some great features like home-screen widgets & voice notes. You can also change colors for each note and convert a note into a checklist.

For those using Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, Google Keep has a lock-screen widget, which can be placed on your Android lock-screen, which would enable users to add a note without even having to unlock their device.

Availability
Google Keep is available on Google Play for devices running Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich and above.


To access Google Keep on the web, browse to https://drive.google.com/keep/
Google says that in the coming weeks it would be possible to access, edit or create notes directly from Google Drive.


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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Google Reader is retiring ... Here are the Alternatives

Google just announced on their official blog that they will soon retire Google Reader on 1st July 2013. Google thinks that the usage of Google Reader has declined and they should retire the product.

Anyway, if you are one of those who were using Google Reader to read all your favorite website feeds, here are some alternatives to Google Reader.

Feedly


Feedly is a great RSS feed reader for web and mobile devices running iOS & Android. With a lots of customization features, this app is candy to the eye whether you use it on your iPhone or Android device or on your PC/Mac.

If you want to migrate to Feedly from Google Reader, all you have to do is sign in to Feedly using your Google account and you're set. All your RSS feeds will be shown in the new reader. If you have an iPhone or an Android device, you can get Feedly app which makes reading all your RSS feeds even more exciting.

If you read your RSS feeds on a PC/Mac, then you can install Feedly's Google Chrome App to browse in your Chrome browser or you can install a Firefox extension.


NewsBlur



NewsBlur is a social news and feed reader. It is available on Web, iOS & Android.

To migrate from Google Reader to NewsBlur, you have to go to NewsBlur website and click on the link which says 'Import from Google Reader'. With this all your RSS feeds will be imported to NewsBlur.

The Android and iPhone/iPad apps are very well designed and with NewsBlur you wont miss Google Reader when its gone.


Pulse


Pulse is another visually appealing feed reader for iOS, Android and web. It is the most popular News/Feed reader.

Pulse iOS and Android app has some great features like 'Highlights', in which you can add things you care about and see stories shared by your friends. Save stories for reading later across all platforms or sync them with Instapaper, Read it Later and Evernote. Sharing a story on Pulse via Email, Facebook, and Twitter is just a two tap process.

To access it from your PC on the web, you need to sign-up for a Pulse account or can connect via Facebook.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini vs Galaxy S3


The Samsung Galaxy S3 was one of the most popular smartphones of 2012. Samsung also released the Galaxy S3 Mini, but is it just a smaller version of the Samsung Galaxy S3 or there is more to it? To find the answer of this question let’s read our comparison review of the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S3 Mini.

Price
The Galaxy S3 Mini is lot cheaper than the flagship S3. The cost price of the Galaxy S3 is £450 while the Galaxy S3 Mini is available for just £298.

Dimensions
Obviously the S3 Mini is smaller than the S3. Compared to 71 x 137mm S3, it measures at 63 x 122m. However, it is not as thin as the S3, at 9.6mm against 8.6mm. And unsurprisingly the S3 Mini is lighter than S3, at 122g against 133g.

Screen
The S3 Mini features the screen of 4-inch, and there is a 4.8-inch screen on the S3. Samsung has used Super AMOLED display on both of the devices, but there are some differences in the screen resolutions. The S3 uses the 720 x 1280 resolution while 480 x 800 resolution is used on the S3 Mini. And compared to the pixel density of 223ppi on the S3 Mini, the pixel density of S3 is also higher at 306ppi. 

Processor
The Exynos 4 Quad 1.4GHz, a quad-core processor is the major highlight of the Samsung Galaxy S3. Whereas the Galaxy S3 is powered by the modest 1GHz dual-core processor. So, it is obvious that the S3 is more powerful than the S3 Mini in terms of performance. And the Samsung Galaxy S IV is set to come with a powerful processor.

Storage
When it comes to the storage, the Galaxy S3 comes in three options, 64GB, 32GB and 16GB, like the iPhone 5. The Galaxy S3 Mini is also available in three options but with lower capacities at 32GB, 16GB and 8GB. Both of these devices feature a microSD card slot, but the S3 Mini accepts the card just up to 32GB instead of 64GB.

Camera
The Galaxy S3 features a rear-facing camera of 8Mp which can record the video of full HD 1080p quality. But, the camera has been downgraded in the S3 Mini. It has a 5Mp camera that can record 720p video. The S3 also features a high quality front-facing camera of 1.9Mp compared to the VGA quality lens of the S3 Mini.

Software
Both S3 and S3 Mini come with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Though the S3 runs on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, an update to the Jelly Bean is available. Both of these devices use TouchWiz user interface.

Connectivity
The connectivity features of both Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S3 Mini include digital living network alliance (DLNA) certification, near-field communications (NFC), Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and Wi-Fi. The major difference among the two is that the Galaxy S3 supports the 4G networks while the Galaxy S3 Mini is limited to 3G.

Battery
Compared to the Galaxy S3 Mini’s battery of 5.6Wh or 1500mAh, the Galaxy S3 has a more powerful battery of 7.8Wh or 2100mAh.


Harold Peterson is a professional writer in an information technology firm. He is much interested in writing about latest software and applications for Android smartphones. Recently he has written an article on Galaxy S III issues.

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Best Translation Apps

Stranded in a foreign land and trying to figure out how to interact with the people, find new places, experiment new food, and more. All you require is the help of some translation mobile apps, which can save the situation. Here is a list of some of the best translation apps – 

Google Translate
One of the best translation apps, which can translate up to 65 languages and it works for the iOS, Android, and the web browser. The app comes with some incredible features like – speaking the text to translate, Conversation Mode, Display translations, handwriting mode, and much more. One of the exceptional feature in Google Translate is that the user can star the favorite translations and get it even when offline.


Word Lens

The app is uniquely designed to translate printed text in real-time using the built-in video camera. The app can be utilized to maxim through in-app purchases of specific language pairs. The app helps to translate the most commonly used languages like - English, Spanish, French, and Italian. The user can utilize Word Lens even when there is no network coverage. The app is currently available in the Android and iOS platform.


iTranslate

Rated as one of the most commonly used and best translator application with over 50 languages. The app includes some great features like voice recognition, machine translation, and voice output. The app also consists of various language dictionary, high voice quality and voice recognition. The user can share the translated text through Email or social media Twitter.


Translator with Speech

This unique speech to text translator helps the user to translate over 54 languages from around the globe. Moreover, if you are wondering how to pronounce the word, the app gives you solution for that too. It also allows you to store previous translations and playback the same even when you are offline. The app also provides Transliteration support for non-Latin characters. The app is currently available in the iOS, Windows Phone and Android platform.


SayHi Translate


One of the best voice translator apps developed for the iOS platform. It is one of the most user-friendly applications that translate to the desired language as per the user requirements. The app supports more than 40 languages and dialects with four voice translators. It is rated as one of the most commonly used translators among students, business people, travelers and language enthusiasts.


Julian Robert is a writer for Zco Corporation who provides information about mobile app development.

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Top 5 Flash Games

If you’re bored and want something to do online, why not check out some of the flash games that we've listed below? All of the games are free to play and highly addictive, so we’re sure that you’ll have no problem spending a bit of time on them. Here’s a short list of some great games:

Angry Birds

Pretty much everybody has played angry birds at some stage over the last year or two, especially if you own an iPhone or an Android phone. The good news is that now you can play it online which is bound to kill some time!


Temple Run

Just like above, most people have played this game on their phone but the game is now available to play online too. In the game you've got to try jump over holes, avoid traps, trees and so on.
In Temple Run online the aim of the game is to survive the longest (your score goes up throughout the game). There are also some ways to increase your score such as by picking up coins.


Puzzle Bobble

Gamers of a certain age will more than likely remember playing Puzzle Bobble in an arcade, but that doesn't mean that the game isn't popular with kids these days! Like many other games, it’s quite a simple game but it’s still really addictive. All you've got to do is fire bubbles up to try make three or more of the same colors together.


The Helicopter Game

This is probably one of the simplest online flash game that’s out there, but it’s simply brilliant! If you've never played it before, you basically control a helicopter and have to click to make the helicopter fly higher. Sound easy? Well, there will be loads of blocks in the way which are trying to stop you from making it any further. The aim of the game is to last as long as you can in order to increase your score.


Boxhead: The Zombie Wars

In the game you’re basically the only human in the world, but there are literally thousands of zombies that are trying to kill you. You start off with some fairly basic weapons and as you continue through the game you’ll have the chance to get your hands on some better weapons that’ll hopefully help you survive for longer. Just remember that if you don’t keep up with killing zombies you’ll suddenly realize that there are hundreds of zombies surrounding you which isn't good news!

Friday, March 01, 2013

Sony Xperia Z - Feature Overview


Sony introduced a new smartphone called the Xperia Z this month to compete against  high-end smartphones like the HTC One, Blackberry Z10 and the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S4. It will be the company’s flagship handset for 2013 and comes packed with features from top to bottom, providing a lot of value for those looking to buy a high end Android phone. Having struggled to maintain a strong presence in the Android marketplace when compared with Samsung and LG, Sony is hoping that the Xperia Z will help its models become more competitive and gain some market share from customers wanting a fully featured device.

The Sony Xperia Z is a very thin phone at only 0.3" of thickness. However it is fairly large because of its 5" 1080 HD display, providing a bright and vibrant image. This screen is enhanced by Sony's Mobile Bravia 2 technology, which is a post enhance the  colors and contrast when you are watching high definition videos or images. Any bright colors like red, green or blue will show brighter and more vibrant, which helps distinguish this model even more.
The hardware design is also unique thanks to its plastic and aluminium single case body, where the power button, volume, Micro-SD slot, SIM slot and power connector can be found, on the sides which are squared and waterproof. In fact, the whole device can resist to water immersions. Sony says that the Xperia Z can be plunged into water for up to 30 minutes without suffering any damage. Even in water, the phone will work just fine.

On the back of the device is the 13 MP HD camera which takes full HD videos and photos, along with a frontal 2 MP camera for video conferencing and video calls. The back camera has a flash which helps provide quality pictures both at night and during the day. The phone also has NFC support which allows for near field communication for apps such as the Google Wallet, and all the typical connection options like WiFi and Bluetooth. It supports LTE and 3G, along with all the frequencies in Europe and the US. The internal storage space has 16GB for applications, and an additional memory card can be added. The quad-core 1.5GHz CPU provides more power than most other Android devices out there which helps drive the massive 5" display and allow any modern game to be played.

The software side has a few enhancements that Sony provided such as a new power saving mode. In this mode, individual apps can be shut down so that they cannot run in the background and use extra battery power. The camera app also has extra editing options and sharing features which makes it on par with other offerings, and the Xperia Z comes with things like touch focus, face detection and image stabilization. While it is a more expensive device, it is available from multiple providers such as AT&T in the US and Rogers in Canada at a subsidized price. For more details, please visit your nearest retailer.

Strong points
- 5 inch full HD resolution display with scratch-resistant glass protection.
- Dust and Water resistant design.
- 13.1 mega-pixel rear camera and 2.2 MP front-facing camera.
- Quad-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon Krait processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB storage.
- Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2 with Sony’s custom user interface.

Shortcomings
- Battery is non-removable and can’t be accessed by users.
- Display doesn't have great viewing angles and contrast levels for a flagship unit.
- Lacks a dedicated camera key.

 
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