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Microsoft has rolled out its first OS update to its Windows Phone 8 offered by HTC. There aren’t many changes but it has a few bug fixes and enhancements in features that you will love. You might scroll up to see the name given to the update once you read through to the end of the article. Yea, update 8.0.10211.204 isn’t something you will want to try memorizing. It could have been something simple like Windows 8.01 or just Windows 8.1 so that we can remember what changes were made to which version. However, having heard that the update has come, we can’t wait to explore what has changed. So, let’s dive right in and check out what’s new about Windows 8.0.10211.204 or what’s called in other words as Portico Update. I hope Portico will be easy for you to remember.
The update will occupy 50MB of space and can be done only from your phone. However, you can do it over Wi-Fi or a mobile network. To update your phone’s OS, access Phone Update under Settings and activate the ‘Notify me when updates are available for my phone’ option.
Answer calls with a message:
The update enables you to answer calls with a pre-typed message. For instance, if you get a call while driving, you can send a message that you are driving instead of answering the call. You can save messages like these as templates and use them whenever necessary. It will be really helpful when you’re in meetings, driving, and so on.
You can edit the text messages before forwarding them. Those who were using the old version could not do it and they could only forward the text messages they received just as they were. This is one of the tweaks expected by many users.
The Portico update enables you to send the same message to multiple numbers in a few taps. You can enter multiple contacts in the recipients field and send it to many people at the same time.
Save Unsent Messages:
If the message you send is not delivered to some recipients, it will automatically save those messages as drafts so that you can send it later.
Delete Browsing History:
You can delete select items from the browsing history. Until now, users had to delete the whole history or keep it as it is. The update lets them delete only the items they want to delete.
Reduced Data Usage:
The Portico update stops the Internet Explorer from automatically downloading pictures, helping you minimize data usage. So, hereon, accessing pictures won’t be counted as downloads.
Advanced Wi-Fi Settings:
The OS can learn from how often you connect it to which Wi-Fi network and automatically make connections when it is taken into the range according to the priority. This will save you a lot of time and you needn’t wait until the phone connects to a Wi-Fi network.
Though these are not major changes, this update addresses the stability issues that many devices had. HTC users can enter the New Year with this update and enjoy sending New Year wishes to many people at the same time.
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Thus far, it’s been a pretty good CES – we’ve seen 4K everything, the death of 3D and quite a few new smartphones. Probably the most interesting announcement of the show so far has been Nvidia’s Project Shield, a new Android-powered handheld gaming console. Project Shield is interesting because it wraps two new Nvidia technologies into a rather novel form factor – a clamshell design that pairs a 5″ 720p display mounted above an Xbox 360 style controller, complete with dual analog sticks, buttons and triggers.
The first Nvidia technology that makes Project Shield possible is the Tegra 4 architecture at the console’s heart. This architecture is rumoured to be based on a 28nm process, offering a considerable power and efficiency advantage over last year’s Tegra 3 which uitilised a 40 nm process. The chipset uses a similar 4-plus-1 design, with four high-power cores for intensive tasks and a single low-power companion core that vastly reduces battery drain for easier tasks like playing music or video. The five CPU cores are paired with 72 GPU cores that should produce excellent 3D performance, allowing for excellent looking graphics at a high frame rate. While the quad-core CPU is only expected to run at 1.9 GHz, a small increase over the 1.7 GHz utilised by the highest spec Tegra 3 processors, the performance increase should be considerable.
The incredible hardware on tap with Tegra 4 should allow for impressive Android performance. We saw some brilliant games developed in the Tegra Zone for Tegra 3 devices like the Nexus 7 and the Asus Transformer Prime, like zombie survival shooter Dead Trigger, and that’s set to continue with Tegra 4. By ensuring that game developers have a specific and powerful hardware target, we should be able to see games that eclipse anything that we’ve seen on Android before. And of course, with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and the full Google Play marketplace on tap you won’t be limited to games either – you can watch movies, read magazines and use other apps on the 5″ touchscreen.
Interestingly, it won’t only be Android titles that can be played by Project Shield. Thanks to the titular Nvidia Shield service, you’ll also be able to stream PC games to the handheld console. The display will connect wirelessly to your gaming PC over dual band Wireless N, while the Nvidia Shield service will pass along your inputs made with the Project Shield controller. With the Project Shield, you’ll be able to enjoy a wide range of formerly PC-only videogames from the comfort of your couch. While some titles won’t be suitable for the smaller screen and controller input, most that are built for consoles as well like Call of Duty and Need for Speed should work brilliantly on Project Shield.
The powerful Tegra 4 hardware and clever Nvidia Shield software should make Project Shield a convincing games console for 2013 – although with ever more powerful sim-free smartphones and tablets, Nvidia will definitely not have an easy fight on their hands. While we don’t know precisely when Project Shield will be released and how much it will cost when it is released, it could prove to be an excellent gaming machine and I can’t wait to try one for myself.
Samsung is closing out 2012 with a major update to its own cross-platform service ChatON. The Samsung has unveiled version 2.0 which introduces a number of changes, including syncing across devices, multiple image messaging, new social features and enhanced support for tablet users.
Samsung has added another fine addition to it’s line of Smartphone after it unveiled the Samsung Galaxy Grand! The phone will have a huge 5” display and will run on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS. It will be powered by a dual core 1.2 GHz processor and will have a brilliant 8 MP rear camera. The phone will also have an identical dual SIM model! Although the release dates have not yet been disclosed, this phone will definitely be worth the wait!
Source: Samsung Galaxy S3 Facebook Page
The Samsung Galaxy Camera is a 16 megapixel camera with a 4.8-inch high-definition capacitive touchscreen, a 21x optical zoom with a focal range equivalent to 23-483mm, built-in optical image stabilisation, and the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system with Wi-Fi and 4G connectivity. The Samsung Galaxy Camera can record Full HD movies as well as slow-motion video at up to 120 frames per second. The Samsung Galaxy Camera even offers voice control.
Samsung have decided to revolutionize the market by bringing together the camera and smartphone in one device – enter stage left the new Samsung Galaxy Camera which sports the marketing tagline “The Camera Reborn”.
The Samsung Galaxy Camera measures 70.8×128.7 x19.1mm, which means that its best stored inside a camera bag rather than a pocket, and weighs a manageable 300g without battery and card, making it about 25% bigger and heavier than the WB850F camera.
The Wi-Fi options here are many and varied, and include the ability to sync up with a handset in order to use your phone as a remote viewfinder. There’s also the ability to let the camera search for a local wireless network in order to directly upload imagery to the likes of Facebook, Picasa, YouTube and the ilk, or connect to a wireless network to email a selected picture to an email account .
Source: Photography Blog
Network/Bearer and Wireless Connectivity
- GSM 3G , HSPA-PLUS
- HSPA+21 (850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100)
- 802.11a/b/g/n 2.4GHz / 5GHz
- Wi-Fi Direct available
- GAP, SSP, HSP, A2DP, SPP, OPP, AVRCP 1.3, HID
- DLNA, HDMI 1.4 support
- KIES, KIES Air support
- F = 4.1 ~ 86.1mm (35mm film equivalent : 23 ~ 483mm)
- 2.8 ~ 5.9 (T)
- 21x Zoom Lens
- Quad Core Application Processor
- 1.4GHz CPU Speed
- 70.8 x 128.7 x 19.1mm Dimension
- 300g Weight Battery
- 1650mAh Battery Capacity
- USB Chargeable
- Standby Time : Up to 280 hours (3G)
- Auto : 1 / 8 ~ 1 / 2000sec Manual : 16 ~ 1 / 2000sec
- Auto WB, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent_H, Fluorescent_L, Tungsten, Custom
- Services and Applications
- Samsung Apps available
- ChatON available
- Instagram, Paper Artist, Dropbox, Gallery, Photo wizard, Video Editor, AllShare Play, S-Suggest, S-Voice
- Android 4.1 (Jellybean)
- Optical Image Stablisation
- 3.87GB Memory
- White, Cobalt Black
- Assisted GPS / GLONASS available
- Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual Exposure
- Multi, Spot, Centre-weighted, Face Detection AE
- ±2EV (1 / 3EV steps)
- Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Audio and Video
- AVI, MP4 / 3GP, WMV, FLV, MKV, WEBM
- Full HD (1080p) Video Recording & Playback available
- Recording up to 30fps
- MP3, AAC, AMR, WMA, OGG, FLAC, 3GA / M4A, WAV
- BSI CMOS
- 1 / 2.3″
- Effective Pixel Approx. 16.3 Mega pixels
- Total Pixel Approx. 17 Mega pixels
- HD Super Clear LCD (TFT)
- 1280 x 720 (HD)
- Accelerometer, Geo-magnetic, Gyro-sensor, Gyro-sensor (for OIS)
- USB v2.0
- 3.5pi 4pole, Stereo
- MicroSD External Memory Slot (SDXC 64GB)
- Micro USB available
- TTL Auto Focus (Centre AF, Multi AF, Face Detection AF)
- Normal : 80cm ~ Infinity (Wide), 350cm ~ Infinity (Tele) Macro : 10cm ~ 80cm (Wide), 150cm ~ 350cm (Tele) Auto Macro : 10cm ~ Infinity (Wide), 150cm ~ Infinity (Tele) Manual : 10cm ~ Infinity (Wide), 150cm ~ Infinity (Tele)
- Auto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Fill-in flash, Slow sync, Flash Off, Red-eye fix
- Wide : 0.2m ~ 6.2m (ISO Auto), Tele : 0.5m ~ 5.1m (ISO Auto) , Flash EVC : ±1EV(1 / 2 steps)
- Approx. 4sec.
According to Jeffries analyst Peter Misek, Apple may be releasing a new iPhone in the next six months. Misek, who spoke to Business Insider, stated that the phone would be known as the iPhone 5S. Like Intel, Apple commonly operates on a Tick-Tock strategy with one major revision (iPhone 4, iPhone 5) and one minor upgrade (iPhone 4S), so the iPhone 5S would make sense as being the next revision.
These minor upgrade cycles often include hardware changes, and that is reportedly true here as well. Misek claims that we’ll see an improved camera and NFC. An improved camera is definitely likely; it’s rare that Apple does not upgrade the camera in some way in a new iPhone. The iPhone 5S might be the first iPhone to come with a 12 or 13 megapixel sensor, but other smaller changes are also possible. NFC has always been a contentious point for Apple, but with the rise of many NFC iPhone 5 accessories they may have finally decided to include the functionality in the phone itself.
The analyst also suggested that for the first time, we’d see the iPhone come in colours other than black and white. With the rise of blue and white versions of the Galaxy S3 and the bold colours of Windows Phone 8X and Lumia 920 handsets, Apple may finally expand their chromatic range. They already produce iPod Touch models in a wide range of colours, so it’s definitely possible for them to do so.
According to Misek, there are also a number of iPhone 6 prototypes floating around, including a model with an Android-matching 4.8″ Retina+ IGZO display, an A7 quad-core processor and a new form factor with no home button. Of course, we’ve been hearing similarly outlandish rumours for some time now; without proof it seems a bit too much to believe – even for a phone that may be released more than a year from now.
What do you think – has this analyst got it right? I’m still wary, but on the whole the upgrades mentioned – camera, NFC, colours – are fairly safe bets and could well pan out. With Misek pinning the launch in June 2013, we won’t have too long to find out for sure.