Sony Xperia Z3v Review

Sony Xperia Z3v: Out to Make a Splash

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Here’s a review for Sony Xperia Z3v and we’re getting it straight. It’s bright, vivid and has awesome front-facing speakers. It has 20.7-MP camera, a dedicated shutter button and waterproof design, which is one of its most appealing features.

Evidently, the waterproof Xperia Z3v offers a lot more than its ability to get wet. Its camera, 20-megapixel, is one of the most promising in the market.

The slick Z3v can be enjoyed in two colors (black and white). It shows off thin tempered-glass panels in front and back and has stereo speakers hiding beneath two small slits at the top and bottom. Its sides and edges are plastic, emphasized by metallic inserts that double as covers for the micro USB, nano SIM and microSD ports.

Additionally, it has a noticeably flappy covers which helps waterproof the Z3v. The shiny tempered-glass back also has built-in wireless Qi charging. Unlike other phones that rely solely on touch-based controls, it has a shutter button that allows you to take underwater pictures. By holding the shutter button, you can even skip the lock screen so you can head straight to the camera in just a sec, which is awesome for unexpected photo opportunities you never want to miss.

It measures 5.85 x 2.89 x 0.35 inches and weighs 6.02 ounces and is just a little taller than the 5.6 x 2.9 x 0.31-inch and 5.1-ounce Samsung Galaxy S5 (5.1-inch display) but considerably heavier. In comparison with the iPhone 6 Plus, it is smaller and lighter.

Finally, Z3v features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chip like the previous Xperia Z2, but gets a slight boost from 2.3 to 2.5 GHz. And with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of flash memory, the Z3v has no trouble keeping up with other flagships such as the Galaxy S5.

Nexus 9: A Sweet Taste of Lollipop

For those of you who have been patiently waiting, here is our full review of the Nexus 9.

71GAevFvPIL._SL1346_ (1)So let’s get this straight. It is not as large as the Nexus 10, nor is it as compact as the Nexus 7. So why has Google (and HTC) decided to go for a 8.9-inch screen in the Nexus 9?  You are going to find that out from this article. It’s a bit of a feather in the cap for Apple, and the change is apparent in terms of the screen size. But aside from the fact that it is larger, the 4:3 aspect ratio parrots that of Cupertino’s slate hero, the iPad Air 2.

For years, Apple’s iPad has been a standard in tablet. It is no surprising that it sets the bar for tablets.  Companies that are deciding to make a tablet compete with the iPad. Now, it is almost five years since Google has released its first Nexus device, and we basically get what the Nexus name stands for. It is creating devices in order to present the bleeding-edge version of Android, to give us a better logic of Google’s vision of our collective mobile future.

The Nexus 9, the first taste of Lollipop is definitely a sweet one. The mishmash of Lollipop and NVIDIA’s powerful K1 chipset make it a tough contender. As for its camera, the Nexus 9 can shoot 1080p footage, though it is expected that since it is a tablet, camera is rarely ever anything to write home about.

Wrap Up

If you are getting Nexus 9, you can definitely enjoy a sharp screen, great GPU, competitive battery life and fabulous design. Its style and shape are noticeably similar to the iPad Air 2, a departure for the Nexus series. Lollipop is Android’s biggest revision to date and it’s a sweet taste. However, you have to live with the fact that it is not as swish as an iPad, well that is if you’re the type who loves comparisons. You may also notice its slightly poor stereo speakers and backlight leakage. Here are its key feaures: 8.9-inch 4:3 IPS LCD 2048 x 1536 screen; 8MP rear camera with LED flash, 1.6MP front camera; Nvidia Tegra K1 processor with 2GB RAM; Metal trimmed with soft-touch plastic back; Android 5.0 Lollipop; BoomSound stereo speakers; 425g, 7.9mm thick.

Since The Very First iPhone: iOS 8 Brings Its Smartest Keyboard EVER

Here’s another great news for all iPhone fans. Now, typing on the iPhone’s touch keyboard does not have to be as tedious, burdensome and maddening as it used to. You can now rely on the free upgrade that makes typing so much more pleasurable, without the dim-witted “auto-correct” system that would slip in words that makes people look illiterate or, even worse, unfitting. It is called the new “QuickType” keyboard and it’s definitely something to look forward to.

iOS Smart Keyboard

“It does all this learning on the device and it protects your privacy,” said Apple’s Craig Federighi onstage at WWDC 2014. QuickType doesn’t appear to include any swipe-to-type functionality as seen in Android and Windows Phone, though iOS 8 will also make third-party keyboards available for the first time.

The “QuickType” keyboard is practical enough to forestall what you’re typing, such as the next rational word in a phrase. Three word choices in a gray ribbon above the keyboard are constantly shown. You can tap on it automatically to insert it into the text to save keystrokes. And the best thing is that you can enjoy it for FREE.

More on Apple’s QuickType

This keyboard predicts what words are being typed so you don’t have to spend as much time striking on your device. It does great job in anticipating words like “the” and “you,” but also recognizes when to list words like “immolation.” Sounds cool, right?

Other awesome things that the new “QuickType” can do is automatically filling in email addresses when you’re in Gmail app or tagging people when you are in Facebook. You may see these as common tasks, but the keyboards from outside parties couldn’t unswervingly do them. On the other hand, you might also notice some most annoying aspects like its incapability to antedate punctuation marks.

Since Apple has made the announcement about QuickType, more and more iPhone users seem to enjoy it. The system appears comparable to SwiftKey, a popular third-party keyboard for Android in the sense that it can also predict the next word you’re going to type. But there seems to be something that users should be more cautious about- QuickType may remember your password as if it was any new word you typed. There is no denying that a particularly cool thing about Apple’s implementation of QuickType is that it’s “smart”. Be very careful when using it.

Your Office Experience Will Never Be the Same: Microsoft Launches Free Apps for iPhone

There’s no need for much dispute to say that we are in an increasingly mobile world. Now here is good news for all workers that need to stay relevant. Microsoft is releasing new, beefed-up versions of its popular Office software apps for iPhones and iPads! Now you can do the work you do on your desktop by using your mobile devices whenever and wherever. On Thursday, Microsoft Corp. took the next step to bring the productivity of Office to everyone with new Office apps and experiences for the iPhone and iPad.

Office Mobile

“As more workers use smartphones and tablets along with – or instead of – desktop PCs, they want to have the same capabilities on all their devices,” says Michael Atella, director of Microsoft’s Office apps product management. He said that the company has been working to achieve new web-based versions of its software and apps that can be utilized conveniently on the smaller screens of mobile devices.

In March, Microsoft launched dedicated Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps for the iPad. Following the success of the apps with more than 40 million downloads, Microsoft is intensifying its Office for iOS suite with dedicated Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps on the iPhone.

Now Microsoft is taking a major step to deliver Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps for iPhone® and updates for the iPad apps–to guarantee a reliably beautiful and productive Office experience on every device.

Microsoft also broadcasted a software partnership with Dropbox, an online storage company that people that want to store documents, photos and other files and share them with others use. The two companies are assimilating their software to allow users to be able to edit their documents stored in Dropbox with Microsoft’s Office tools easily. Microsoft also has its own online storage service, while Google and Apple offer contending services with their apps.

John Case, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Office encourages everyone to download the new iPhone apps, update iPad ones, sign up for the Android Preview and realize the full value of Office with a subscription. Touch-optimized Office apps for Windows 10 are in the works and consumers can expect more great news coming soon.

Microsoft has helped millions of people become more productive with Office in performing personal or business agenda and with all these great news coming in to mobile devices, it is expected that it will be able to help more.

Samsung Unveils Galaxy A3 And Galaxy A5: Its Thinnest Ever

The Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5 are 6.9mm and 6.7mm thin with Galaxy Alpha-like metallic unibody designs.

 

Samsung Galaxy A3 & A5

 

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd launched Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5, two fresh mid-tier handsets with an exceptional design. These two phones are Samsung’s first devices to feature fully metal bodies and its thinnest smartphones to date. Now that’s a Galaxy experience!

The Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5 are 6.9mm and 6.7mm thick correspondingly and come with Galaxy Alpha-like metallic unibody designs. It is evident that Samsung pays keen attention on the build and design aspect of their non-flagship phones.

Furthermore, the Galaxy A5 has a 5-inch 720p (HD) Super-AMOLED screen and a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. It also holds a microSD card slot for elastic storage. For the selfie loving gents and babes, you will appreciate the 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5MP front facing camera. There’s a 2300 mAh of battery to power them, which luckily continues to be detachable and user-replaceable. On the other hand, the Galaxy A3 has a 4.5-inch qHD Super AMOLED display, has a 1.2GHz Quad-Core Processor, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. It also contains a microSD card. The rear camera is 8 Megapixel while the front cam is at 5 Megapixel.

Samsung said that it will start the sales of the Galaxy A3 and A5 in China sometime in November. It recognized them as mid-tier, and said they will be launched in other “selected markets”. The prices of the two new phones are not known yet, but there are rumors that Samsung will price its Galaxy A-series handsets competitively with the Xiaomi Mi 4, from $350 (roughly Rs. 21,500) to $500 (roughly Rs. 30,700). Earlier leaks say the rumored Galaxy A7 will be possibly priced between $450 and $500 (roughly Rs. 24,500 and Rs. 30,700).

The company said its replies to “rapid shifts in the competitive landscape” were not fast enough. It swore to revamp its offerings.

“For our mid to low-end smartphones we will enhance product competitiveness by differentiating our displays and materials as well as upgrading camera functionality,” Senior Vice President Kim Hyun-joon told analysts on Thursday.

Both devices will come in different exciting colors like Pearl White, Midnight Black, Platinum Silver, Soft Pink, Light Blue and Champagne Gold. Prices will be declared closer to the launch.

 

CANON EOS C100 MARK II: YOUR AFFORDABLE SOLUTION FOR FILM AND VIDEO PRODUCTION

Cannon EOS C100

MELVILLE, N.Y- Canon U.S.A. Inc. publicizes the upcoming release of the new Canon EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera, the newest edition to the Canon Cinema EOS line of professional Super 35mm 8.3 megapixel CMOS cameras and the second-generation version of the well-known Canon EOS C100 Digital Video Camera. The device has a Super 35mm 8.3 megapixel CMOS sensor and provides fresh designs and performance upgrades. Canon EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera will be recognized as an affordable solution for film and video production.

On the design front, the EOS C100 Mark II is consists of a new eyecup that can be combined with the unit’s 1.23 megapixel color EVF. The camera’s body also has red trigger buttons and a built-in mono microphone. These will allow basic capture even without the top handle. The EOS C100 Mark II’s display panel has also been exalted to a 3.5-inch 1.23 megapixel OLED display for stress-free viewing, even in direct sunlight.

The C100 Mark II also features Dual Pixel CMOS and Face-Detection autofocus. The new Canon DIGIC DV4 image processor has also been applied to display what Canon calls ‘noticeably improved image quality’. The chip will also help lessen video noise at high ISO speeds (up to 80,000).

“Canon’s commitment to the advancement of tools for visual expression takes another major step forward with the introduction of the EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO of Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Drawing on input from Canon’s global community of Cinema EOS camera users and from digital filmmakers using Canon EF lenses – 100 million of which have now been produced worldwide1 – the Company has added new capabilities to the EOS C100 Mark II from its predecessor that powerfully leverage our considerable expertise in optics, imaging, and digital signal processing. The result is an improved, affordable Super 35mm CMOS digital camera that is designed to provide outstanding HD image quality, operational performance, ergonomics, and workflow convenience.”

Canon EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera is designed for economical film and video productions like documentaries and remote broadcast crews, wedding and event coverage, indie film productions, as well as for film schools and business and government users. With its improved picture quality, operability, and convenient handling, this is the digital video camera that you have been waiting for. It’s yours at only $5,499.00 and it is scheduled to be available at the end of December 2014.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4: Your Note-Worthy Choice

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Apple fans rejoiced with the much-awaited release of larger-screen iPhones last month. Now, Samsung’s flagship Galaxy phones are not left behind, just like how the advertisements tout.  Samsung proves that there is just so much to love about its phones, like the latest Galaxy Note 4 phone that will be out this week.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 offers a better camera that allows you to capture your life’s most amazing moments. Its sharper resolution makes it an undoubtedly note-worthy choice. Just like the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, the 5.7-inch Note 4 provides a better viewing experience without carrying around a larger tablet. Samsung’s use of AMOLED display technology creates more vivid colors than conventional LCD screens. The improved resolution that it offers is also beneficial for smaller texts.

The Note that you have been waiting for also has a rear camera with optical image stabilization, just like the iPhone 6 Plus! It is a technology to counter shaky hands so you’ll get clearer, more awesome photos that are worthy to share on IG. It does not only prevent, but it also allows the camera’s shutter to open a bit longer, so the camera can avoid distortion in photos. Isn’t that amazing?

Additionally, low-light shots also work better. The front camera is of better-quality, creating shots at 3.7 megapixels, compared with about 1 or 2 megapixels on the usual smartphone. Snap shots are possible just by tapping a heart-rate sensor or saying “cheese.” A “wide selfie” feature fits in more people together with three side-by-side shots. No doubt. Selfies are better and more fun with this note-worthy pick.

Samsung continues to surprise you by letting you run multiple apps side by side on the same screen. Note 4 also makes it easier to start up. It has more multitasking options than other phones so you can just perform everything you need and want all at the same time- on the same screen.

Unlike the iPhone, the Note comes with a stylus which is really good at choosing text. It’s much better than using your finger. It also allows you to enjoy longer battery life with its ultra-power saving mode.

The Note 4 is definitely one of the best, if not the best phone Samsung has ever made, and one of the best phones you can buy. Good thing you do not have to wait too long.

Apple iPad Air 2 Will Be Available in Gold: Rumors

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To all Apple fans out there, here is a great news that you should not miss.

Apple Inc. (AAPL) says it is allegedly including a gold color option for its full-size iPads as a way to improve a category that’s posted lessening shipments this year, according to people familiar with the plans.

It was reported earlier that Apple Inc’s latest phone enticed multitudes of gadget lovers, entrepreneurs and early adopters to its stores in New York, San Francisco and other cities around the globe in the newest sign of robust early demand for the new, bigger generation of iPhones.

This is no surprising. Almost 70 people waited patiently in line in front of the Apple store in downtown San Francisco the night before its debut. The majority, if not all, were eager to get their hands on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Its larger screens and lengthier battery life make a lot of people go “gaga” with these two new iPhones.

The eager crowd gathered despite signs that Apple’s legendary “cool factor” may be lowering with some consumers, according to a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll.

Now Apple is making another big news with the new new iPad 6 (or iPad Air 2). Leaked images and rumors say that it is going to be available on the 21st of this month.

DailyDot says: “[Apple] is planning to hold its next event on 21 October, where it will unveil two new iPads and announce the release of OS X Yosemite, according to sources familiar with the matter – we don’t know what Apple will call it yet).

Additionally, the Air 2 is thought to feature the same design as its forerunner — but with a new Apple A8 chip (compared to the A7 in the Air) and a better 8MP camera.

“Compared with [the] lower-margin iPad mini with Retina display, [for] which shipments have been tepid, [the] higher-margin iPad Air was a hot selling item in 4Q13, which will slow Apple in developing new iPad mini models. We believe Apple plans to launch [an] upgraded iPad Air early this year, and will accelerate development of [a] 12.9 inches iPad.” analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said.

Technically, this is going to be the sixth-generation full-size iPad, but based on the progression in Apple’s iPhones (iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s) iPad 5 could be a more possible name.

The BlackBerry Passport to Win Back Company’s High-Flying Days

Blackberry Passport

BlackBerry has exposed its latest smartphone with a full physical keyboard and a large screen. This is apparently its newest attempt in returning to its roots targeting business users.

BlackBerry’s unconventional square-screened smartphone, the Passport, is the Canadian company’s way to win back the hearts of corporate users after being knocked out of the highly competitive consumer smartphone market ruled by Apple and Samsung.

The Passport, revealed at events in London, Dubai and Toronto, is the company’s initial global launch of a new product under chief executive John Chen. Its release summarizes the strategy Chen has for the struggling company as it efforts to claw back market share in the industry of smartphones.

“​It’s really the crux of his strategy,” said telecom analyst Troy Crandall of MacDougall, MacDougall & MacTier. “This phone definitely seems to be moving along the strategy that Chen set out back when he became CEO and revamped the strategy for BlackBerry.”

The latest BlackBerry Passport will be certainly appreciated by doctors wanting to look at X-rays or CT scans and financial sectors needing to read spreadsheets. Its physical keyboard, a piece much appreciated by its fundamental audience will assuredly make a great impact too.

“The Passport is very clearly a business-centric, productivity-centric device, and that sort of focus is a really good thing,” Jan Dawson, chief analyst at Jackdaw Research, a technology research and advisory firm, mentioned in an email. “BlackBerry spent just a few minutes talking about more consumer-centric features like the camera and the Amazon App Store, which will provide consumer-centric apps, but the whole rest of the time was all about business and productivity.

Chen also shared that their fresh offering is “packed with power” and “a lot of groundbreaking stuff.” Its key features are a full keyboard, up to 30 hours of battery life, new productivity apps, a 1440-by-1440 pixel screen with 60 characters per line to make it closest to reading a paperback novel, a “virtual assistant” with voice-recognition, and a speakerphone with “louder, flawless and sharper sound” than the competitors’.

Meanwhile, as for the field of marketing, the name Passport is excellent, and gets an A+. It can easily make one think about traveling and all the adventures that go with it. It is purpose driven, thanks to its square display that lets the business people read, review spreadsheets and presentations conveniently. Rich people will love it!

Update Has Gone Live! : Standout Improvements and Features in iOS 8

Apple has just released iOS 8 and the downloading is just so easy. This has left many iPhone fans with a lot of things to look forward to. The new software update is for iPhones, iPods, and iPads and it pretty looks just like iOS 7. You’ll certainly love the new applications like the hood. You will surely enjoy the latest apps like Health, new features like the ability to send audio messages in iMessage, and a lot more features that scream out huge foundational improvements.

Update Has Gone Live! : Standout Improvements and Features in iOS 8

Aside from this update, Apple also has several developer goodies that are coming out. These will make iOS just more powerful with 4,000 new APIs for home electronics, Touch ID, iCloud, cameras, games, and more! The following are some standout improvements and features in iOS 8- just so you can have some great ideas on the things that you should expect.

  • Continuity

Thank Apple that there is Continuity in iOS 8! This will give you the privilege to pick up accurately where you left off on another device. No stress. This will also give you the power to answer calls to your iPhone directly on your Mac or iPad.

  • Health

Got some difficulties with your fitness and sleeping habits? Now you can connect more to your physician. This improvement will allow you to share precise data like resting heart rate, cholesterol, and blood sugar to your doctor. Cool!

  • Keyboards

Finally! The company is opening up the keyboard API to allow for third-party keyboards from the likes of Swype and Fleksy. Now it is safe to expect more interesting keyboards to soon become available for iPhone and iPad users.

  • Photos

Can you just imagine browsing your entire photo library in chronological order? Yes, that is now possible. You can also view your current searches, and be able to swiftly view photos you’ve taken “nearby,” at “home,” or “one year ago.” We’re quite sure you are just so excited for this, photo addict!

  • Siri

If there’s one thing Google Now got really right, it is the skill to use the personal assistant without holding it. You can simply say “OK Google” and Google Now initiates.

  • iCloud

Hey, it is not the “true cloud” like Dropbox or Google Drive. But the great news is Apple’s platform for letting its devices connect with one another is getting a number of enormous improvements in iOS 8.