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Posts ByAzeem Ullah Hassan

Microsoft Announces Lumia 530, the Cheapest Phone in the Windows Phone lineup

By | July 24, 2014 25 Comments

It has been a while since Nokia announced the Lumia 520, the cheapest Windows Phone ever to land on the earth. Now, taken over by Microsoft, time has come for the duo to announce its successor in Lumia 530. Changes are hard to see on paper, though. The screen on Lumia 530 is still of the same size, 4″ that is but with 16:9 aspect [...]

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Microsoft Kills Nokia X, Series 40 and Nokia Asha Phones

By | July 18, 2014 27 Comments

Finally, what we could see coming over the past few months has finally arrived. Microsoft has announced some major changes in Nokia’s product line-up, with virtually everything except Windows Phone being shown the door. The current Asha, Series 40 and X series phones will be axed in the near future, although their support will go on for the next 18 months. Don’t expect updates, though. [...]

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LG Announces Mini G3, Which isn’t Really Mini

By | July 18, 2014 16 Comments

This entire mini flagship game is turning into a bit of a joke. When Steve Jobs announced his first iPhone back in 2007, he sang praises of the phone’s “giant” 3.5″ display. Today, even the so-called “Minis” have larger displays than iPhones. LG’s new mini flagship suffers from this same dilemma. The G3 Beat – smaller sibling of LG G3  as it is called –  [...]

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Apple Announces a Landmark Partnership with IBM

By | July 17, 2014 12 Comments

If you’re a tech nut, you’ve probably seen Apple’s famous 1984 advert. In sharp contrast to that scathing attack at IBM, Apple has announced a new “landmark” deal to announce its partnership with the Big Blue. The deal will see Apple create specifically tailored apps for IBM’s corporate clients. Times sure have changed since then. IBM no longer produces hardware while Apple has got a [...]

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BlackBerry Announces its Own Assistant to rival Siri

By | July 17, 2014 One Comment

Love them or hate them, virtual assistants are here to stay. After Apple announced Siri, Google’s Now service and Microsoft’s recently-unveiled Cortana, BlackBerry too has decided to jump into the pack and announce its new “BlackBerry Assistant”. The feature will come with the upcoming BlackBerry 10.3 OS update and will debut on the squarish Passport device. You interact with it in the usual methods and [...]

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Google Introduces Two Games on Maps to Keep You Busy

By | July 11, 2014 4 Comments

What is the best thing you can do when you’re in command of the world’s best mapping service? You turn the whole world into a game, of course. That’s what Google is doing: turn the whole world into the game and in return also get a bit of publicity. For that, it has added two new games to Maps, called Smarty Pins and GeoGuesser. The [...]

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Brazil vs Germany Semi Final Was the Most-Tweeted Event in History

By | July 10, 2014 8 Comments

The unexpected, shameful 7-1 beating which Brazil got at the hands of Germany on Tuesday did cause an explosion on social networks, in particular at Twitter. The incident took over Super Bowl (whatever that is) as the most-tweeted sporting event in the world. To make it further special, Twitter released a heat map (produced below). Watch closely how after the scoring of the fifth goal, [...]

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BlackBerry Reveals Why its Next Flagship will be Better than Your Current Phone

By | July 10, 2014 21 Comments

The new BlackBerry Passport is the most interesting smartphone to emerge out of Canada in ages. For starters, it has a 4.5″ display with 1,440 x 1,440 resolution (453 ppi), Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 3 GB worth RAM, 32 GB memory and BlackBerry’s trademark QWERTY keyboard on it. However, it is the form factor which really differentiates it from the competition, and other BlackBerries too [...]

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Sony Unveils the Ultimate Smartphone for Selfies

By | July 9, 2014 9 Comments

Sony has just revealed a new smartphone for people following the selfie craze, the Xperia C3. As a result, above the display you not only get a 5 mp camera (which is not uncommon), but also an LED Flash. Sony’s Xperia C3 is no doubt one of the best available combination for selfies after Oppo N1 (a phone that offers rear  camera to rotate by [...]

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Tablet Market to Overtake PC Industry in 2015

By | July 9, 2014 7 Comments

It’s no secret now that the PC market is on its worst decline in decades. What’s more now is that we’ve reached a point where tablet sales will level with the number of PCs sold worldwide. According to Gartner, the number of tablets sold next will cross 300 million units for the first time, and will just overtake the PC industry by 4 million. The [...]

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Samsung, too Abandons the Plasma TV Market

By | July 4, 2014 9 Comments

Following suite of multiple other vendors, Samsung has announced that by the end of 2014 (30th of November in fact), it will cease the production of its plasma TVs. The announcement comes as a no surprise, as big names such as Sony, Hitachi and Panasonic had already called it quits earlier. The company will instead focus on curved LED TVs and UHD (ultra high-definition, 4K) [...]

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Android Wear Apps Finally Hit Play Store and Get their Dedicated Portion

By | July 4, 2014 8 Comments

While the initial batches of Android Wear devices have finally started to get shipped, Google is making sure users don’t miss out on the fun. To keep users busy, it has created a dedicated section at the Play Store for Android Wear apps specifically. The number of apps currently tops out at around 30, and includes Google Maps, Hangouts, Pinterest, The Guardian, Path and Rustastic [...]

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HTC Reveals the Mid-Range Desire 516

By | July 3, 2014 8 Comments

For people in search for a good, mid-budget phone, there’s a new option for you. This time from HTC with the new Desire 516 which comes with a 5″ display, a quad-core Snapdragon 200 processor and a 5 megapixel camera. The display comes with a subpar qHD resolution of 540 x 960 pixels, which is just about usable for a screen this size, having a [...]

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Samsung Reveals its Budget Smartphone Line-up for the Summer

By | July 2, 2014 16 Comments

After Motorola had thrown its cards, it’s now time for Samsung to show its skills this summer with its new budget line-up. The 4 phones: Star 2, Young 2, Ace 4 and Core II – will cater to the needs of a wide range of users, run Android 4.4.2 KitKat out-of-the-box with the company’s TouchWiz Essence UI on top. Further, the Galaxy Core II, Galaxy [...]

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Samsung Introduces the Mini Version of its Flagship, the Galaxy S5 Mini

By | July 2, 2014 6 Comments

Other than Sony, no Android OEM makes a mini flagship with most of the specs similar to its bigger cousin. It, hence, comes as a no surprise that the biggest similarities between the Galaxy S5 Mini and the S5 are the fingerprint scanner, heart-rate monitor and the fake leather back. And they end right there. Rather, calling it the successor to last year’s Galaxy S4 [...]

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