Friday, May 31, 2013

Verizon's Nokia Lumia 928 vs AT&T's Nokia Lumia 920 – See what are the differences and which is your choice

Lumia 928 vs. Lumia 925
Verizon’s Nokia Lumia 928 has just now finally become official and it’s Nokia’s first Windows Phone 8 device on the biggest carrier in the United States. But after so much time waiting for it, how does it differ from the AT&T and internationally launched Nokia Lumia 920 that we saw half a year ago? And has the wait been worth it?

Different design, Xenon flash

Good news is there are some differences. They start from the design - the Lumia 928 is virtually the same size with a 4.5-inch 1280 x 768-pixel OLED display, but the device is more blocky, rectangular, without the sharp edges of the Lumia 920, which thus produces better visual experience for people to watch HD movies on Lumia 928. Still, the back retains the typical Nokia pillowy convex shape.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Windows Blue is confirmed by Microsoft officially to allow for smaller screened tablets

Microsoft confirmed on its blog on Monday that the long rumored update for Windows 8 that is code named Windows Blue, will be coming later this year. According to Microsoft’s Tami Reller, the update will allow Windows to run on devices of all different display sizes, form factors and battery life. This should lead to smaller 7 inch Windows 8 powered tablets designed to compete with the 7.9 inch Apple iPad mini and the low-cost 7 inch Android tablets led by the Amazon Kindle Fire. Rumors that the update will allow for smaller sized Windows tablets have been circulating for some time. The update will also give more options for businesses and consumers for work and play, and will also allow Microsoft to respond to feedback from those using Windows 8 and Windows RT.
Windows Blue

Reller also pointed out that the number of apps in the Windows Store has increased 6X since launch, offering more apps than iOS had available after its first year. She also passed along the news that 250 million Windows Store apps have been downloaded. Meanwhile, the number of certified devices for Windows 8 and Windows RT is up to 2,400 with more touch screen devices being added to the roster.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

So called "Plants vs Zombies 2: It's About Time" reportedly to be released this July

The game Plants vs Zombies has been a mega hits in gaming, especially in mobile. The game was first released on Steam back in 2009, followed by iOS in 2010, and Android in 2011. It has been a key game in the resurgence of the tower defense genre, and gamers have been eager for a sequel, and it looks like that sequel is finally coming this July.

Developer PopCap made it known that the game was in the works last August, but just today posted a teaser video on YouTube stating that the game will be launching in July. The video doesn't show any gameplay, or give any information about the game at all actually. It just shows users who are angry that the Plants vs Zombies sequel is taking so long, which seems to be why PopCap has decided to subtitle PvZ 2: It's About Time.

Monday, May 6, 2013

3 Methods to Add a Camera Shortcut on Galaxy S 4 Lock Screen

The Samsung Galaxy S4 embraced users with lots of wonderful features, among which the camera is an often used one. But, for users who like to take photos or snap videos with Galaxy S4 camera, there's a problem that no way of unlocking the phone could guide users straightly into the camera app. Without a shortcut of camera on Galaxy S4 lock screen, users have to do more clicks to get into the camera app. Like many of the S4's advanced features, this is optional, and disabled by default. It is quite easy to enable it. The following three different kinds of camera shortcuts could help you put on the Galaxy S4's lock screen.
Samsung Galaxy S4 camera

Method 1: from the Settings app, go to My device > Lock screen and enable "Shortcuts." From there you can customize which shortcut icons are shown down below on the lock screen, and loading one of these apps up is a simple as dragging it upwards. Naturally, one of the defaults is the camera app.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Top 25 All-Time Paid and Free Downloaded Apps for iPad and iPhone Revealed by Apple

In 2011 January, the downloads of apps from App Store had already surpassed 10 billion. In 2012, the market research company Cupertino showed that the downloads exceled over 25 billion. Now, the countdown to 50 billion App Store downloads is underway. Apple has begun highlighting the “top 25 all-time” free and paid apps on iPad and iPhone in a list.
Top 25 apps downloads chart

Some of the apps included in the list are no surprise, with the likes of Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Skype topping the free chart, and Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja, and Doodle Jump topping the paid chart.

Apple has broken the charts down into iPhone and iPad and highlighted 25 free and 25 paid apps for each device. There are six Apple apps in the paid charts, and five from Rovio — most of which are Angry Birds games, as you might expect. Facebook continues to be the most downloaded free iOS app of all time on iPhone, while Skype holds that title on the iPad. You can view the charts below:

Saturday, May 4, 2013

5 tips to boost your iPhone and Android smartphone battery life to make your phones work longer

iPhone battery icon
The battery performance has been long the weakness of smartphones, no matter it is an iPhone, Android phone or a Windows phone, though the battery capacity has been rising up all along. Many people could have experienced such circumstances: their smartphones are going to die but they still need the assistance of their phone. Such conditions would happen especially when you’re on a long train journey or you don’t get a backup battery. People may want to know how to prolong their phone battery life so as to make their phones work longer. That’s what this post is talking about. Here I have collected 5 tips to help you save and boost your phone battery life for emergency use.

Tip 1: Turn off the radios you aren't using.
This might be obvious to some, but this is one of the biggest causes of fast battery drain. Turn off the radios in your phone you aren't using; even when they are idle they suck power. That means switching off the WiFi, GPS and Bluetooth when you don't need them. 

Friday, May 3, 2013

Samsung planned to release waterproof and dust resistant variant of Galaxy S 4 and an 8-inch tablet, said The Wall Street Journal

Without doubt, the Samsung Galaxy S 4 has become the most popular Android smartphone for 2013 spring since its official release. As reported, Samsung has seen four times as many pre-orders for the standard Galaxy S4 as for its predecessor, the Galaxy S3. With such a big fame and popularity among worldwide smartphone users, there’s no reason that Samsung would refuse to provide more variants of Samsung Galaxy S 4. And that comes to the point. From a report of The Wall Street Journal, Samsung is going to release two variants of Samsung Galaxy S 4 and an 8-inch Samsung tablet in the near future.
Samsung Galaxy S 4

According to a Wall Street Journal report, the Korean monolith plans to release a variant of the much anticipated Galaxy S4 Android smartphone dubbed the Galaxy S4 Active. This new variant will be reportedly waterproof and dust proof but still have the same look and feel as the flagship S4. Meanwhile, the report also says that Samsung plans a new 8-inch Galaxy tablet and a smaller, 4.3-inch version of the Galaxy S4. But no further information of the three devices mentioned above has been available currently. We have to wait for a while.


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