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Motorola Launched Moto G Turbo with Ultra-fast Octa-core Processor in India [Price, Features and Specifications]

Motorola Moto G Turbo Price, Features and Specifications

Motorola Launched Moto G Turbo, a new Android smartphone features that help you get more out of life. And now exclusively available only on with great lauch offers.

Some Notable Features of Motorola Moto G Turbo

Powerful processing

With an upgraded 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon octa-core processor and 2GB RAM, the Moto G Turbo Edition is the fastest, most responsive Moto G yet. Powerful graphics capabilities support rich 3D images, making games look great and run smoother than ever.

TurboPower charging

Get a quick burst of energy when you need it most. The TurboPower™ charger is included, giving your Moto G Turbo Edition up to 6 hours of battery life in just 15 minutes.

Motorola Moto G Turbo Price, Features and Specifications

Brilliant images, quicker clicks

The 13 MP camera includes enhanced software for zero shutter lag and video stabilization. A dual LED flash balances color for more natural-looking skin tones and vibrant colors. And an ƒ/2.0 aperture allows for improved low-light performance. The 5 MP front camera is great for selfies and video calls.

High Dynamic Range (HDR) images help you capture both the brightest highlights and darkest shadows, just as your eyes see it. Get everything perfectly exposed, the first time.

Motorola Moto G Turbo Price, Features and Specifications

Dual-SIM versatility helps you make the call

Having one phone doesn’t mean you have to stick to one plan. Or even one number. Dual-SIM lets you use the plan that makes sense for who and where you’re calling or texting. Or switch between two plans to keep business and personal calls separate.

Relax. Your phone's protected

Moto G Turbo Edition is IP67-rated for water and dust repellence. So rest easy, whether you’re lounging poolside or relaxing at the beach.

Motorola Moto G Turbo Price, Features and Specifications

Note: A little water won't slow you down, After an accidental splash into a puddle or sink, just dry off your phone and keep going.

Specifications of Motorola Moto G Turbo

SIM Dual SIM (dual stand-by), LTE
OS Android™ 5.1.1, Lollipop
Body 142.1mm x 72.4mm x 6.1-11.6mm and 155 grams
Display 5 inches TFT LCD, 720p HD (1280 x 720) with 294 ppi
Protection Corning® Gorilla™ Glass 3
Processor Octa-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processor
Graphics Adreno 405 with 550 MHz GPU
Memory 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory (9 GB for User) and supports up to 32 GB microSD card
Camera 13 MP rear camera with CCT dual-LED flash and 5 MP front facing camera
Connectivity GPRS, EDGE, 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n (2.4 GHz), Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth version 4.0 LE, microUSB v2.0
GPS Yes, With Assisted GPS, GLONASS
Sensor Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity, Sensor Hub
Browser HTML5
Battery 2470 mAh (TurboPower for up to 6 hours of use from 15 minutes charging)
Colors Black or White
Price Rs. 14,499 ($242)

Motorola Moto G Turbo Price, Features and Specifications

The Moto G Turbo Edition now available in India for Rs. 14,499 ($242) exclusively only on online retailer

Micromax Launched Canvas Pep Q371, A New Low Budget Smartphone

Micromax launched Canvas Pep Q371, a new budget Android smartphone in their Canvas series that comes with 4.5-inch FWVGA screen, is powered by a 1.3GHz quad core processor and runs on Android 4.4 (KitKat).

Micromax Canvas Pep Q371 - Specification and Price
"Infuse excitement in your life with the 1.3GHz Quad Core processor of the Micromax Canvas Pep. Do all that you love and enjoy super smooth performance! Pep up your life with the all new Canvas Pep!" -- Micromax

The Phone has pre-loaded with many usefull Apps,

Pre-installed Applications: App Centre, Ask Me, Clean Master, Dr Saftey, Games Club, Hello TV, Hike, MiGames, MiInsurance, MiSecurity, MiLive, MAD, Snapdeal, Opera Mini, Quicker, Reverie Smartpad & Phonebook, Start App, True Caller, Saavn.

Pre-installed Games: Smash It, Where's My Perry, Grow Away, Hitiout Heroes

Specifications of Micromax Canvas Pep Q371

SIM Dual SIM (dual stand-by)
OS Android 4.4 (KitKat)
Display 4.5 inches FWVGA capacitive touchscreen with Multi-touch
Processor 1.3 GHz quad-core processor
Memory 1 GB RAM, 4 GB internal memory and upto 32GB expandable memory
Camera 5 MP rear camera with LED flash and 0.3 MP front facing camera
Connectivity GPRS, EDGE, 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth, microUSB v2.0
GPS Yes, With Assisted GPS
Sensor Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Gravity Sensor
Browser HTML5
Battery Li-Ion 1700 mAh battery
Colors Pristine White and Mystic Blue
Price Rs. 5999 ($100)

The Micromax Canvas Pep Q371 now available across online and retail outlets stores.

Do The Users Really Desire Android Silver - A Pure Android

Do The Users Really Desire Android Silver - A Pure Android
The news of the Android Silver and retiring of the Google Nexus series has already created a great buzz in the industry in the year 2014. However, the Android Silver was then considered as a rumored program and the analysts then depicted that Google will unveil it in the year 2015.

The prime objective behind the program Android Silver is that Google wants to attain a complete control over the Android ecosystem and market the pure Android experience. For combating the “fragmented Android” image with “unified Android” via this approach, Google is investing a hefty amount. As, Google will possess the complete control over all the integrated softwares and hardwares that will be running on the products of the Android Silver.

However while looking into the past, it can be observed that Google has already made numerous strives for an unfragmented Android. With the Android Silver program, it will be its another attempt. Now the question is will Google be able to achieve success this time.

Do the users really want pure Android?

For this, let's consider the last three efforts made by Google that unfortunately have failed.
Do The Users Really Desire Android Silver - A Pure Android
  • During the initial phase when the Android was new to the market, the two manufacturers HTC and Motorola Mobility (pre-acquisition) have designed their own versions of Android. These versions not only boast different visual appeal but have also altered the Android standards set by Google. This fractured ecosystem of the Google Android has created a great confusion among the developers, service providers and buyers.
To gather market value and increase sales, Google then launched its own Nexus series with Nexus One. The prime goal behind the Nexus series was to offer a design as a reference to Android makers. However, it was not able to succeed with this attempt.
  • When second time Google tried to deliver the Android vision in the market by restricting the platform update for its version 4.0 (popularly known as Ice Cream Sandwich) to only pure Android mobiles. This time also the market response was not as good as for the Samsungs' improved UI design (which doesn't deliver exactly the genuine Android experience).
  • Indubitably the fragmented Android ecosystem was creating application compatibility issues and that is what annoying the developers the most. This issue however still exists, but has been minimized to a great extent. In the third attempt for promoting the pure Android in the market, Google has acquired its competitor Motorola Mobility (which is now acquired by Lenovo) with a thought in mind to deviate other Android makers. With the Motorola partnership, it has generated several pure Android Nexus devices. But, these merely attained any market attention. This effort again failed, since the users were more tempted to invest in impure Android devices (offered by makers like Samsung, LG, and more).
In fact, the Google Play Edition (manufactured by LG) was another example that shows how Google has made strives to market pure Android, but unfortunately it failed again. And now with the Android Silver, it is anticipated that it will come with the revamped strategies behind the Google Play Edition to serve the cause.

The success of the Android Silver is quite hard to depict, however, one thing is for sure that it will offer certain benefits to its users. For instance, the Android fans who desire to fetch the current updates at the earliest will get them their first launch, if they are using the Google-controlled Android Silver.

Other way around

Google can better promote the pure Android by simply restricting the licensing of the Android to manufacturers who can ensure the real Android. As, users admire the Google platform more than the interface variations offered by the manufacturers like Samsung. Thus, there are great chances that if ever the partnership of popular Android and Samsung will split in the future, the majority of Android fans would like to stick with the platform not its device maker. However, this is not possible for the Android 5.0 and previous versions, but it can be considered for the forthcoming versions.

Do The Users Really Desire Android Silver - A Pure Android

The pure Android will not only solve the apps compatibility issues, but will also help enhance the Android performance. The real platform would be better able to breakthrough its noted vulnerabilities including inconsistency in the UI, fragmented mobile platform, late updates and so forth.

If only the Google controlled Android Silver will be available in the market, users will be able to retrieve the updates at the earliest and enjoy a smooth UX with consistent UI design. Moreover, the Android app developers' job will be also augmented as they will be better able scrutinize the target device features.

Author Bio: Victoria Brinsley is a veteran app programmer for Appsted Ltd., that aids you to outsource Android apps development services. Feel free to ask her any related queries about development technology and processes.

Google’s Picks for Best Apps, Games, Albums and Movies of 2014

Now, the time is to say good bye to 2014 - an exciting year for tech and Google has unveiled its “best of” list for 2014, which includes Android apps and games.

Google picks the list based on total number of downloads in each category. Apart from apps, the company also named the best-selling albums and films for the year. Everything mentioned below is available through the Google Play Store and recommended for downloading right now.

Best Android Apps of 2014

Google selected the most downloaded apps from each of the following categories: Education, Health & Fitness, Music, Photography, Social, Entertainment, Sports, and Travel. Health & Fitness was also named the fastest growing.
  • Education: Duolingo (Free) - Learn languages like Spanish, French, etc
  • Entertainment: Netflix (Free) - Stream films and TV shows, including old and new stuff
  • Health & Fitness: MyFitnessPal (Free) - Keep a diet journal and count calories
  • Music: Pandora (Free) - Stream tunes from curated internet radio stations
  • Photography: Flipagram (Free) - Create music video-like stories from your photos
  • Social: Facebook (Free) - Connect and network with friends and family
  • Sports: NFL Mobile (Free) - Get football news, in-game highlights, live game scores, etc
  • Travel: TripAdvisor (Free) - Plan a trip based on other travelers' reviews, photos, etc
Best Android Games of 2014

Google selected the most downloaded games in 2014, overall. It also announced Play Games users unlocked 3.5 billion achievements throughout the year.
  • Candy Crush Saga (Free) - Play a puzzle video game starring candy
  • Don’t Tap The White Tile (Free) - Do exactly what the game title says
  • Farm Heroes Saga (Free) - From the makers of Candy Crush; switch and match crops
  • Subway Surfers (Free) - Help Jake and friends escape by dashing and dodging trains
  • Clash of Clans (Free) - Build your village and keep raiders out
Best Film, TV Show, and Album of 2014

Google listed everything from the best comeback film to the most searched actor on Google Play, but we'll focus on what you really want to know: the best film, TV show, and album of the year.
  • Film: Frozen ($14.99 to buy) - Musical fantasy-comedy film by Disney
  • TV show: The Walking Dead ($1.99 per episode) - Zombie apocalypse show by AMC
  • Album: Frozen ($9.49 to buy) - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to Disney's Frozen
A blog post highlighting the exact list above is available on the official Android blog. And also check the Google's last year(2013) best apps and games here.

Why Android is Not Included in The List of Typical Linux Distributions

The significant core part of the Android operating system is Linux, but you can't run the Android application on the typical Linux and vice versa. Have you ever wondered that why is it so?

The reason is that Android, Inc. has played very smartly and integrated only the Linux Kernel as the core part in the Android OS (that was acquired by Google) rather than including the typical Kernel.

To brief the aforementioned statement let's have an insight into the Linux and Linux Kernel.

How is the Linux Kernel different from the Linux

Different people have different manipulation for the terms “Linux” and “Linux Kernel”. Some believe that both the terms are the same since the major part of the OS is the kernel itself. However, some consider that since, the kernel is not the only part there, so it should be treated as a different identity.

The term “Linux” is often used to represent the Linux distributions like Ubuntu, Arch, Mint, etc. It includes the Linux Kernel plus the softwares like GNU shell utilities, GNOME desktop, GNU C library, Mozilla Firefox browser and so forth. And, this is why the Linux distribution is often also referred as GNU/Linux.

What else is included in the Android OS

Google has incorporated a few of the Linux libraries, softwares and Linux Kernel in Android that make it stand apart from the typical Linux distributions. The Linux Kernel (which is an integral part of the Android) lends the open source nature to the Android platform. This is the crucial factor that makes Android the most popular and admired operating system. Android Developers can easily tweak the integrated Linux kernel to cater their diverse business needs.

Elements incorporated in the Android OS but not in the Linux.
  • In Android, the Dalvik virtual machine is used to execute the Java applications.
  • Instead of the GNU C library, Android features the Bionic library.
The Linux Kernel is common between the typical Linux distributions and Android. But since, it doesn't include the major softwares that are common in the Linux distribution the, the Android is not included in the list of Linux distributions.

Factors that create bottlenecks while executing Linux applications on Android devices

There are several factors that hinder the execution of Linux applications over Android devices. Let's ponder into a few of them.
  • Though, like Linux the Android also possesses a shell, but it is not accessible. However, by downloading the Terminal Emulator for Android application from the Google Play, you can make the terminal easily accessible. Even then also it won't guarantee a complete root shell. This is because, although it will augment access to the terminal, but might not offer you all the regular commands.
  • The graphical X server and the standard GNU libraries are not integrated with the Android platform. These are certain basic facets essential for executing the Linux apps.
Factors that create bottlenecks while executing Android applications on the Linux desktop

We know that the Dalvik virtual machine is crucial for running an Android app. Now since, the Dalvik virtual machine has not been included in the Linux, you can't run an Android app simply in the Linux desktop.

However, this issue can be resolved if certain hard work is done at the developers' end. It is only possible to execute Android apps on the Linux, if developers can enable the Dalvik virtual machine to run on Linux.

Thus, considering the fact that Android doesn't feature all the standard softwares, libraries, APIs, etc., that are there in all the Linux distributions, the Android mobile OS is not included in the list.

Author Bio: Juana Steves is an Android developer by profession for Xicom Technologies Ltd - a leading Android App Development Services provider. If you are willing to avail Android app developers for hire, just get in touch with het to get the best assistance.

Best Android Hosting and Web Development Apps

Best Android Hosting and Web Development Apps

Here are seven apps that you may use in order to host and develop your website. The apps are all different in their own way, and it would be a good idea if a web designer or developer were to use them all. Still, it may be that you do not need to use them all, but they each serve a different purpose that many web developers and non-web developers may enjoy.

1. JavaScript Reference

As a web developer you cannot be expected to remember every single JavaScript command or function. That is why it is a good idea to have a reference app handy so you can look up what you need when you need it. It is also good if you are still learning JavaScript. It is sometimes easier to just look through the app for something that is useable rather than having to hit the books or the online directories.

It is a handy convenience tool. This is a great tool if you have to come back to JavaScript that you wrote a few months before. You can look up all of the functions that you used but have forgotten about. The same is true if you are taking over from somebody else on a project. They often use functions that the next developer is not accustomed to using, and having this app handy helps you to see what they were getting at.

2. Webmaster's HTML Editor Lite

Having a good editor makes the life of any programmer a lot easier. It is good having a HTML editor that you can set to work with the code you are currently typing out. Like a lot of editors, it will highlight certain pieces of code if it feels you may have made a mistake or may have written the code with an incorrect syntax. Its color coding and highlight functions make working on your HTML code a lot easier.

3. Analytix for Google Analytics

Every website developer likes to use some form of analytics, even if only to check his or her progress. This tool uses Google Analytics to give you information on your website and it does it in what is almost real time. It is good for improving your SEO on your website and helps you to create a better website that is actually more search engine friendly and Google Analytics friendly too.

4. kWS - Android Web Server

This is a very basic web server that you can use with your Android mobile. Android is based on a Linux operating system which means that you may sometimes notice differences when you access other web servers. However, you will not notice the difference when you use this app and access one website server to another. It is a basic tool that runs a basic service.

5. View Web Source

You are able to do this sort of thing on most web browsers these days; however, it is not a commonly seen thing on the Android web browser. You can use this tool to get a quick and convenient look at the source code of a website so that you may copy little bits of just have a look at how they have done certain things. It is really only a tool that a website designer or developer would like. It allows you to enter the URL of the website you want to look at and it brings up the source code.

6. AndFTP

This tool will allow you to transfer your files via the standard FTP protocols. It also allows you to send information via the SFTP, FTPS and SCP protocols too. It will allow you to set up a number of servers and it has a device file browser and you can rename your folders, copy them, delete them and create folders. It is good for the fact it gives you options as to how you send your files and how you manage them. There are plenty of developer friendly reasons to use this tool.

7. WordPress for Android

As a web developer then you may not like the idea of using a content management system, but most people do not have any web design skills. So, to those people having something such as the WordPress content management system on their Android is rather handy. The app gives you many of the benefits of WordPress, and it may prove a handy app for if you are looking to make edits whilst on the move, though you can create new pages if you wish.

Author Bio: Kate Funk is the author of numerous essays on apps, SEO, internet, marketing from Aussiessay. You are welcome to contact Kate on Facebook.

What Security Flaws are in Android 4.4?

What security flaws are in Android 4.4?
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With every new generation of technology, including software, computers, and cell phones, there are glitched and weak points. They could be in functionality, security, or any number of applications for them. Sometimes these flaws are unavoidable, while others have the company questioning how they missed it. Nevertheless, the pain falls on the user first.

The Android 4.4 is not without its flaws, and they’ve already been documented across the internet, which involve its security features. A proud product of Google, the toddler product is up on its feet and already stumbling. Also called KitKat, the Android is open for discrimination.

Master Key Vulnerability

The master key vulnerability in the Android OS was discovered last July and affects 99 percent of its users. It allows hackers to put in malicious code into any digitally signed, legitimate application in order to steal data or gain control of the device for their own purposes.This flaw was fixed later in the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

But in 2013, a similar version of the master key vulnerability was discovered, which again allows hackers the ability to exploit the device. And with the release of the Android 4.4 KitKat, Google’s latest version, the master key vulnerability is still an issue. This was proven using an exploitative concept using Python.

Even though Google OS was promised to be more secure, the vulnerability is similar to the one reported in July. The exploit used for testing allows attackers complete access to the Android device using a modified system MPK. Malicious software is able to gain access to the overall installed software and any related data.

To date, there hasn’t been evidence of these exploits showing up the the apps currently available in Google Play, so users of Android haven’t been hit by the effects of the master key vulnerability. The risk for users right now is by installing apps and software from sources that aren’t official stores.

An absolute fix to the problem is still in the works, but the best way to avoid it is to download application only from trusted sites and avoiding any third-party sources of software.There is a patch for the bug for the Incidia Impactor that comes in an update, so a fix is hopeful on its way in the near future.

While there’s no current need to panic, using safe practice is the best method of preventing your Android 4.4 from getting taken over by hackers. With a similar problem to previous versions, there have been similar reactions and efforts to a solution. This is why some have decided to earn a certificate ii in retail instead of worrying about their phone.

The trials and errors of technology will always exist, as bugs and glitches come naturally to its development. From concept to release, there are opportunities for mistakes and for overlooking what might be bad code, or even an open gate for unwelcome visitors.But with any glitch comes awareness and a patch to rectify it. It’s a cycle that will continue as long as new technology keeps coming.

Android Is Almost Impenetrable To Malware

Android Is Almost Impenetrable To Malware
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Is the Google Android operating system impenetrable to malware? Some say yes - and have the facts to back up this statement. Google is no slouch and there's signs that they have been very concerned with the security of their OS since the very beginning of the design and development process. This has really paid off with one of the most secure operating systems for smartphones.

Android Security Broken Down

First, let's break down all the different levels of security that Google's Android OS offers to protect people. Here's a look at some of the specific reasons that the Android operating system is so secure.

  • Sandbox and Permissions - The first thing that's great is the permissions built into the operating system's base code. 
  • Runtime Security Checks - When the app runs there will be other checks for security. This is something that constantly happens. 
  • Verify Apps Warning - This is a warning that is essential and occurs very early in the security process. 
  • Verify Apps Consent - A consumer needs to specifically give the app consent for what it's going to do. 
  • Install Confirmation - Again, the consumer needs to confirm that they want to install the app. 
  • Unknown Sources Warning - If data is coming from unknown sources, warnings may be given by the operating system. 
  • Google Play - Last but not least, the app will be looked at by the Google Play staff. 
Why the Google Android OS is So Secure?

Beyond the specifics mentioned above, there are other things that you need to consider when talking about why Google Android OS is so secure. Here's a few of them.

  • Reputation - One of the biggest reasons that Google spent so much time making sure the Android OS is secure is their reputation. This is something that's hard to get back once you lose it. 
  • Repeat Customers - Along with a good reputation, Google understands that they need repeat customers for their phones. And because of this, it's important that consumers feel safe about the phones they've used in the past when they think about the next one to get. 
  • Revenue - At the end of the day, it's all about revenue. If Google didn't make security a priority from the very beginning, they would harm their chances of being able to create a large and steady revenue stream. 
Looking at all of the above, it's easy to see why so many people believe that Google's Android operating system is the most secure around - virtually impervious to malware and other nasties that exist in the cloud known as the Internet. What do you think? Leave a comment and share your opinion about Android whether you like it or not.

Author Bio: Campbell Fox found a Directory Script online the other day and was very happy. When it comes to search engine optimization in NYC, they are a star.

What are the 10 New Features Added in Android 4.4 KitKat?

10 New Features Added in Android 4.4 KitKat

Google has finally released Android 4.4 KitKat, the newest iteration of its mobile OS, after days of speculation surrounding its launch. The KitKat update to the Android OS brings some visual changes, including more immersive graphics, as well as deeper integration with Google's intelligent assistant, Google Now, among other changes and improvements.

Here's a list of the top 10 new features of Android 4.4.KitKat:

1. User-interface Tweaks

Android 4.4 KitKat offers a translucent menu bar located at the bottom of the screen, and new transition effects when you open the app launcher. The OS offers full-screen wallpapers with preview and the wallpapers now extend through the notification tray as well, in addition to the navigation buttons.

The new OS brings a more immersive experience by hiding the status bar and navigation buttons when the user is reading a book, or playing a game or watching a movie. They can just swipe the edge of the screen to bring back the status bar and navigation buttons on KitKat.

The lock-screen widgets for music and movies apps now also offer the option to seek and jump to a specific part. The Quick Settings notifications menu toggles also add a 'location settings' toggle. A new Emoji keyboard for emoticons has also been included in the native Google Keyboard.

Android 4.4 KitKat will also show full-screen album and movie art if content is being streamed to another device such as a Chromecast.

2. New Dialler, Caller-id

The new phone app now automatically prioritises the users' contacts based on the people they talk to the most. Users can also search for nearby places and businesses, contacts, or people in their Google Apps domain directly from the Phone app. If they get a call from a phone number that is not saved in their contacts, the phone will look for matches from businesses with a local listing on Google Maps.

3. Unified Hangouts Messaging App

As we reported a few days back, Android 4.4 brings new unified messaging app, with Hangouts getting SMS and MMS integration, in addition to offering instant messaging through Google accounts (erstwhile Google Talk). Hangouts now also allows users to share their location and send animated GIFs.

4. Smarter Google Now Integration

While the voice-activated always-on search assistant was first seen in the Moto X, Android 4.4 extends it to the Nexus 5, allowing users to just say "OK Google" when in the home screen to launch the Google Now assistant and do a voice search, send a text, get directions or even play a song. Google Now can be launched by simply swiping to the left instead of swiping from the bottom, at least on the Nexus 5.

It's not clear if the feature would reach other Android 4.4 devices. Google also says, that in the coming weeks, it's enhancing Google Now with new card types that bring information about contextual topics that interest users such as updates from a favourite website or blog.

5. Better Support for Cloud Printing

Users will now be able to print photos, documents, and web pages from their phone or tablet through any printer connected to Google Cloud Print, HP ePrint printers, and via other printers that have apps in the Google Play Store. Android 4.4 offers native platform support for printing, and includes APIs for managing printing and adding new types of printer support, according to Google. "Users can discover available printers, change paper sizes, choose specific pages to print, and print almost any kind of document, image, or file," mentions Google in the OS release notes.

6. Chrome WebView

Android apps that feature web content now use Chrome to render web components accurately and quickly. Chromium WebView supports HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript. It supports most of the HTML5 features available in Chrome for Android v30.

7. Step Detector, Counter

Android 4.4 brings platform support for two new composite sensors, step detector and step counter allowing users to track steps when they're walking, running, or climbing stairs, via apps and hardware that offer the feature. The Nexus 5 offers the two sensors and Google says it's working with its chipset partners to bring them to new devices as soon as possible.

8. Enhanced Support for Connectivity Options

Android 4.4 also brings support for the Message Access Profile (MAP) enabling Bluetooth-enabled cars to exchange messages with Android devices. It also supports Bluetooth HID over GATT (HOGP) offering apps a low-latency link with low-power peripheral devices such as mice, joysticks, and keyboards.

Android 4.4 also introduces platform support for built-in IR blasters, and a new API and system service for developers to build apps that can leverage them. This means the IR Blaster, present in the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One will now be usable.

Android 4.4 also supports Wi-Fi Tunneled Direct Link Setup (TDLS), a way to stream media and other data faster between devices already on the same Wi-Fi network.

9. Better Accessibility Options

Android 4.4 offers system-wide preferences for 'closed captioning'. Apps that offer video can access the user's captioning settings and adjust the display of the captions as per the user's preferences.

10. Screen Recording

Android 4.4 offers support for screen recording, and includes a screen recording utility that lets users capture video as they use the device and store it as an MP4 file. This also allows developers, reviewers and end-users to create walkthroughs and tutorials for apps, testing materials, and marketing videos, among others.

So, these were the most exciting features of the new OS. Google's Nexus 5 is already being shipped with Android 4.4, KitKat, and the OS will soon be available on the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One Google Play edition and the Motorola Moto G dual-SIM smartphone to land in India with Android 4.4 KitKat by January 2014.

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How to Save Money With A Pre-Paid Phone

Save Money With A Pre Paid Phone

Nearing your phone contract’s end and bamboozled with all the offers carrier companies have thrown at you to lure you into switching association? Moreover, are you also considering choosing a prepaid plan to budget your monthly bills? Its true pre paid plans have not had a very good reputation in the past, but they have come of age with progressive times. Now should be a good time to go in for a pre paid option if post paid bills have started to damage your monthly numbers. With giants like Target investing in the pre paid sector, you can foresee escalated quality of services.

Tips to Save Money using Pre-paid Plans:

Plans for Calling within a Family Network

If you are a parent, you would have probably realised by now, that handing them a postpaid plan might just be a very bad idea. Teenagers are probably the heaviest users of every service that carriers roll out. How would you cover their bills on a postpaid plan? The good part about selecting a pre paid setup for your family is that you do not have to sign a contract with the service provider if the use is going to be only within the family.

If you do not use the phone at all for a given length of time, you do not have to pay anything for the period. It is possible to limit yourself to 60 minutes of recharge. Some phones come with a double offer. As long as you keep using the phone, you are entitled to double the time that you have been provided originally. You need to spend only 10 cents per minute in some plans. 

Corporate Business Plans

Businesses need an elaborate plan in place in order to accommodate their lengthy discussions through phones. A phone with a data plan is the most desirable in such cases. The choices are many and so confusing. Unlimited data storage can be had for $50 a month. Popular phone companies always come out with some attractive schemes wherein extra talk time is offered for the same amount. Or, they may slash the amount for an existing plan with more number of minutes of talk.
Service Network Coverage Maps

Prepaid service providers have a map of their coverage. You must check the signal strength of each of these companies and choose the best. This way, you do not have to make repeat calls in case your call has not gone through and a charge has been applied for the call nevertheless. Repeat call will cost money again, please remember!

Is it really Beneficial to Switch to a Prepaid Connection?

If you’ve been in the dilemma and haven’t found an answer yourself, analyse the expenses you’ve been making on your post paid plan and how important is it for you to cut corners from your phone expenses. Do you get a loud and clear answer that says IT IS MUCH NEEDED?

Yeah well then, pre-paid upfront costs might pinch a little to start with, but it all makes sense once you see a good dip in your monthly spendings. And in case you don’t see any stark saving and prefer your old setup, you are always free to switch back; you won’t have to bear any penalty. Selling off the previous carrier’s handset would level the difference anyway.

Also, if you’re still of the notion that prepaid experiences only bring about tonnes of frustration, T Mobile’s much famous a-class service combined with the extremely bold step of going no-contract for the pre paid plans can be a potential answer. WIth very lucrative offers on display coming off the carrier’s shelf, the company can completely revolutionize the prepaid sector if they manage to pull it off well.

Author's Bio: Adam Prattler is a financial blogger and studies the economic ups and downs; he uses infographics tools to present them in his case studies. He also analyses the various insurance online quote and writes reviews of the same.

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What are the 10 New Features Added in Android 4.3 Jelly Bean?

Google has announced the roll out of the next iteration of its Android operating system, dubbed as version 4.3, with the launch of its new Nexus 7 tablet. The new version will be called 'Jelly Bean' and would actually be the third version to carry the same tag after Android 4.1 and Android 4.2. The latest update comes about nine months after Google introduced Android 4.2.
What are the 10 New Features Added in Android 4.3 Jelly Bean?
However as suggested by previous leaks, the new Android version doesn't bring a big makeover and comes with a few major features. The new OS is being rolled out first to Google's Nexus range of devices including the original Nexus 7, Nexus 4, Nexus 10 tablet and will ship with the new Nexus 7. We take a look at its new features.

What are the 10 New Features Added in Android 4.3 Jelly Bean?

1. Restricted profiles

Google added multi-user profiles in the last iteration of Android and it seems the search engine giant wants to enhance that experience through restricted profiles. With the new feature, users can restrict app usage and content consumption on an Android device. So you'll be able to set profiles for each user of the device in case of multiple users. For instance, parents can control what apps or games their kids have access to on their tablets. However, it's worth pointing out that the new restricted feature is only available on Android tablets.

2. Bluetooth Smart Ready

Google seems to be making way for wearable technology by introducing the Bluetooth Smart Ready feature in Android 4.3. Devices running Android 4.3 will now support low-energy Bluetooth Smart accessories like heart rate monitors, pedometers, thermometers and many others. Users can now sync the low energy devices without these affecting the battery usage of the device, as per Google. This feature was missing on Google's mobile operating system, till now. This would also make way for Android friendly wearable tech.

3. Dial-pad Autocomplete

Android 4.3 now adds the autocomplete feature in the dial-pad suggesting contact names or phone numbers when users start keying-in something. This is not a new feature as OEMs like Samsung and HTC had already introduced this feature on to their UI skins running on top of Android, but devices running stock Android were missing it. Users can initiate the feature by going to the app settings and enabling 'Dial Pad autocomplete'

4. Notification Access

The Notification bar has been a popular feature on Android and with Android 4.3, you can control and interact with the status bar notifications. This would allow users to control how notifications are pushed to the primary and connected devices(smart watches, fitness bands). Users will also be able to see all the notifications at one place.

5. OpenGL ES 3.0

If you are a gaming junkie, the new update will definitely excite you. This feature would let Android devices render high quality graphics in games and other apps. Google claims that Android 4.3 supports the new version of the industry standard for high performance graphics. Google also gave a demo of a game showing detailed textures, lens flare, and reflections. This was missing in Android 4.2.

6. Simplified Setup Wizard

Android Jelly Bean now supports corrections to user inputs while signing-in to the device, the first time. This is due to more streamlined user agreements. Now a user can change the information that was keyed-in during the first boot of the device. Google has also introduced faster user switching from the lock screen in case of multiple users.

7. Bluetooth AVRCP

Google devices running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean can sync with Bluetooth enabled car stereos and offer additional functionality. The Bluetooth AVRCP 1.3 version allows stereos to display metadata such as song names when music is being streamed from an Android 4.3 device.

8. Location Accuracy Features via Wi-Fi Scan Only Mode

Google has now increased the location accuracy of Android devices by allowing location scanning via Wi-Fi.
It now allows apps to get location data through Wi-Fi even when Wi-Fi is set to off and not being used for data access.

9. Keyboard & Input

Android 4.3 comes with an upgraded algorithm for tap-typing recognition that makes text input easier while chatting via messages or even while composing emails. It also brings a new emoji keyboard, which we've previously seen in iOS. The update also adds lower latency input for gamepad buttons and joysticks.

10. Hindi Support Lands on Android 4.3

Google has introduced native local language support to its operating system for Africaans, Amharic, Hindi, Swahili and Zulu. Hindi has finally reached the stock Android operating platform.

With the update, Google has also added support for Hebrew and Arabic (right-to-left) in the home screen, Settings, Phone, People, and Keep apps.

New Camera UI (Bonus)
Android 4.3 also offers a new updated Camera app that features a new arch based menu which makes it easier to control and switch camera settings.

Click here to see more detailed list of what's new in Android 4.3.

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Complete List of Android Secret Dial Codes [For All Android Devices]

Today Google's Android is the top mobile OS used by 70% of people's in the World - Here Techsemo listed the some of hidden secret Dial codes of Android devices. Dial the codes on your Android devices to enjoy hidden features.

Introducing Android Secret Dial Codes

Here the table shows the complete list of Secret Dial Codes of Android Devices:

Secret Codes of Android Devices

Check these codes in your Android device and some codes in this table does not works on some devices. If you have any queries on these codes - let us know in comment section.

Spyware Matching FinFisher Can Take Over IPhones and Blackberry Phones

FinFisher spyware made by U.K.-based Gamma Group can take control of a range of mobile devices, including Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s iPhone and Research in Motion Ltd. (RIM)’s BlackBerry, an analysis of presumed samples of the software shows.

Spyware Matching FinFisher Can Take Over IPhones and Blackberry Phones

The program can secretly turn on a device’s microphone, track its location and monitor e-mails, text messages and voice calls, according to the findings, being published today by the University of Toronto Munk School of Global Affairs’ Citizen Lab. Researchers used newly discovered malicious software samples to further pull back the curtain on the elusive cyber weapon.

The hunt for clues to the software’s deployment has gained speed since July, when research based on e-mails obtained by Bloomberg News identified what looked like a FinFisher product that infects personal computers. In that case, the malware targeted activists from the Persian Gulf kingdom of Bahrain.

The latest analysis, led by security researcher Morgan Marquis-Boire, may demonstrate how such spyware can reach a broader range of devices to follow their owners’ every move.

“People are walking around with tools for surveillance in their pockets,” says John Scott-Railton, a doctoral student at the University of California Los Angeles’ Luskin School of Public Affairs who assisted with the research. “These are the tools that can be used to turn on your microphone and turn your phone into a tracking device.”

Transforming Surveillance

The findings -- which are consistent with Gamma’s own promotional materials for a FinFisher product called FinSpy Mobile -- illustrate how the largely unregulated trade in offensive hacking tools is transforming surveillance, making it more intrusive as it reaches across borders and peers into peoples’ digital devices.

FinFisher products can secretly monitor computers, intercepting Skype calls, turning on Web cameras and recording keystrokes. They are marketed by Gamma for law enforcement and government use.

“I can confirm that Gamma supplies a piece of mobile intrusion software -- FinSpy Mobile,” Gamma International GmbH Managing Director Martin J. Muench said in an Aug. 28 e-mail. “I certainly don’t intend to discuss how or on what platforms it works. I do not wish to inform criminals of how any of our detection systems are used against them.”

Muench, who is based in Munich, said his company didn’t sell FinFisher spyware to Bahrain. “I am still investigating how a piece of our software went astray,” he said in his e- mail.

In a news release today, Gamma said that information from its sales demonstration server had been stolen at an unknown time by unknown methods.

FinSpy Marker

“The information that was stolen has been used to identify the software Gamma used for demonstration purposes,” the release said. “No operations or clients were compromised by the theft.” The Gamma statement said that while its demo products contain the word “FinSpy” -- a marker the researchers used to help identify samples -- its more sophisticated operational products don’t.

Gamma International GmbH in Germany is part of U.K.-based Gamma Group. The group also markets FinFisher through Andover, England-based Gamma International UK Ltd. Muench leads the FinFisher product portfolio.
Muench says that Gamma only sells to governments and their agencies and complies with the export regulations of the U.K., U.S. and Germany.

More Samples

The July report on Bahrain led security professionals and activists to give Marquis-Boire’s team additional samples of malware for testing.

Several of those samples became the basis of the new report, and include what appear to be a FinSpy Mobile demonstration copy and live versions sent to actual targets.

The report contains no information about any individuals who were targeted, or whether devices were infected.

In December, anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks published a promotional brochure and video for FinSpy Mobile. The video shows a BlackBerry user receiving a message to click on a link for a fake update -- and then making the mistake of doing so.

“When FinSpy Mobile is installed on a mobile phone it can be remotely controlled and monitored no matter where in the world the Target is located,” a FinSpy brochure published by WikiLeaks says.

Systems that can be targeted include Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)’s Windows Mobile, the Apple iPhone’s iOS and BlackBerry and Google Inc. (GOOG)’s Android, according to the company’s literature. Today’s report says the malware can also infect phones running Symbian, an operating system made by Nokia Oyj (NOK1V), and that it appears the program targeting iOS will run on iPad tablets.

Simple Process

A mobile device’s user can become infected by being tricked into going to a Web link and downloading the malware, which can be disguised as something other than FinSpy.

As Gamma’s promotional video illustrates, the process can be as simple as sending someone a text message with a link that looks as if it comes from the phone maker, and asking the user to “please install this system update,” Marquis-Boire says.

Otherwise, without the use of a previously undiscovered vulnerability, the person sneaking the program onto a phone must gain physical access to the device or know its passwords, the study says.

The spyware doesn’t appear to take advantage of any vulnerability in the phones or their operating systems, the study says.

’Avoid Clicking’

FinSpy software written for Windows Mobile shouldn’t be able to infect the newer Windows Phone system, which Microsoft introduced in 2010, said Claudio Guarnieri, a researcher for Boston-based security risk-assessment company Rapid7, who analyzed the Windows portion of the malware for the new report.

Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft said its anti-malware software blocks the FinSpy Trojan, and that Windows Phone doesn’t allow for the installation of unknown, third-party software.

“We strongly encourage Windows Mobile owners to avoid clicking on or otherwise downloading software or links from unknown sources, including text messages,” Microsoft said in a statement.

“BlackBerry smartphones give customers control over what can be installed on the device in addition to prompting users to grant permissions to third-party applications,” Waterloo, Ontario-based RIM said in a statement. “We recommend customers only download applications from trusted sources to help protect against potentially malicious software.”

Espoo, Finland-based Nokia’s press office issued a statement saying users would need to actively choose to install an application such as FinFisher.

Apple Certificate

“Though we have seen claims made for similar products in the past, we have not had any reported incidents from customers as a result of such spyware,” the statement said. Nokia decided last year to abandon Symbian in favor of Windows Phone.

Cupertino, California-based Apple and Mountain View, California-based Google declined to comment, spokeswomen for the companies said.

The researchers said it appeared an Apple developer’s certificate in Muench’s name was used in building the application that targets iOS, citing text found in the program. Muench said the certificate was used only for research purposes. An Apple spokeswoman didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on the certificate.

Global Reach

The new study also sheds light on FinFisher’s global reach, bolstering separate findings by researchers who said on Aug. 8 that computers in at least 10 countries on five continents show signs of being command servers to which computers infected by FinFisher send their pilfered data. That study was led by Guarnieri of Rapid7.

The research published today used the original Bahraini samples to establish a unique pattern in which command computers communicate with infected machines -- and then scanned computer networks for such patterns.

More Clues

The scanning effort, led by Bill Marczak, a computer science doctoral candidate at the University of California Berkeley, turned up many of the same machines found by Guarnieri, who had used a different method. It also identified new countries, bringing the total number of nations with suspected command servers to at least 15.

The mobile-infecting samples obtained for the report, which transmit data via the Internet and text message, also provided clues to FinFisher’s deployment. In one case, a sample was found transmitting to the same Internet address in the Czech Republic that Guarnieri had identified in his study as a likely FinFisher command computer.

It’s unclear whether any government agencies in the countries identified in the studies are Gamma clients or whether the users may be based in other countries.

A spokesman at the Czech Republic’s interior ministry said he has no information of Gamma being used there, nor any knowledge of its use at other state institutions. A spokeswoman for the Defense Ministry said it has never used Gamma products. The Czech secret service didn’t respond to an e-mailed request for comment.

FinFisher Oversight

Gamma’s Muench said the focus on his product was unfair because there are other intrusion tools that lack the oversight provided by FinFisher, which is designed to gather evidence for use in court and is only sold to governments.

He pointed to Rapid7, which while investigating Gamma also distributes Metasploit, a product downloadable for free that contains a database of exploits, which hackers can use to take advantage of vulnerabilities in systems or software. Rapid7 markets Metasploit as a defensive tool for testing whether computers can be penetrated.

“Why is no one making a fuss about the free malware available through their website which is completely unrestricted and could and does go anywhere?” Muench said in his e-mail. “Can Rapid7 claim that they have never directly or indirectly supplied malwares worldwide?”

Rapid7 said in a statement that it provides the security industry with a way to test defenses against known exploits that are already being abused, and levels the playing field with malicious attackers. “Metasploit is not malware,” the statement said.
The research published can be found at Citizen Lab

Google Translate App updated Image Translation and More

Google Translate (v2.5) app decided that (online) words were not enough. Beyond digital text, a new update to Translate will let Google's bots translate what you're looking at, whether that's hand-written directions or a sign saying, "wrong way." Though its not the first time we have seen an app that translates text from the camera (not even for Google) the update includes a convenient touch-guided interface that allows you to draw over the text you'd like converted into English. it seemed to master our beginners' Spanish textbook with ease. The update also adds improvements to its voice translations, with new dialect preferences and improved handwriting recognition for Japanese input.

Google Translate App updated image Translation and More

The app runs on Android versions 2.3 and up, and allows you to select exactly what you would like translated. This is especially convenient if there is a large amount of text on the page, or more than one language in the image.

Description of Google Translate App

Translate text between more than 64 languages. Translate words and phrases between more than 64 languages using Google Translate for Android. For most languages, you can speak your phrases and hear the corresponding translations.

Google Translate App updated image Translation and More

Some Features of Google Translate App
  • Translate text between 64 languages
  • Translate by speaking the text instead of typing it (17 languages)
  • Use camera to take a picture and brush text to translate (available on Android 2.3 and above).
  • Listen to your translations spoken aloud (40 languages)
  • Communicate with another person using speech-to-speech translation in Conversation Mode (ALPHA, 14 languages)
  • Display translations in full screen mode to make it easier for others nearby to read
  • Star your favorite translations for quick access even when you’re offline
  • Access your translation history even when you’re offline
  • Spell out the translation of non-Latin script languages (e.g. Chinese, Japanese, etc..) in Latin characters to read it phonetically (e.g. Pinyin, Romaji)
  • View additional dictionary results for single words or short phrases
  • Push the handwriting button and simply write what you want to translate
Google Translate App updated image Translation and More

To Download Google Translate Click Here

Best Search Engines for iOS and Android Applications

iOS and Android are the top two mobile operating systems. iOS owned by Apple Inc and Android owned by Google Inc. There are million application available on there App store itself. Especially Android has a lot of applications and it is an open source platform too. You can find applications for these in official Android and Iphone market site. And also i find that there is an option to find applications through Search Engines like Chomp, Quixey and Mimvi.

Search Engines for iOS and Android Applications

1. Chomp

Chomp is an app search engine company founded by Ben Keighran and Cathy Edwards in 2009. The company is based in San Francisco and has received $2.5 million in funding. Chomp’s app search engine is available in a Chomp app or as an integrated search box in partners’ websites or other content. Chomp’s propriety algorithm allows users to search for apps based on what apps do, not just by what they are called. Users can search for apps across multiple platforms, including iOS and Android. The Chomp app can also download from the iTunes store and Android market.



2. Quixey

Quixey was founded in 2009 to solve a problem - millions of apps were being created, but there was no simple way to find them. App discovery was limited to categories, top ten lists, directories and basic keyword search. Quixey was created to help people easily find apps simply by describing what they want to do.



3. Mimvi Inc

Mimvi Inc. is a search and recommendation engine for mobile web sites and native mobile applications for Apple iOS, Google Android, RIM BlackBerry, and Nokia Ovi phones. It was founded in 2010 by SeeqPod founder, Kasian Franks. Mimvi is a publicly traded company.



And, finally i requested you that - if you know any of the search engines or an app like these, please comment below for our readers.

Download The Dark Knight Rises Game for your Mobile

The Batman Knight Rises hits the theaters and The Gameloft Game Studio released game version iOS and Android devices. The game follows the movie story and the user is considered as superhero to fight for Gotham.

Download The Dark Knight Rises Game for your Mobile

Dozens of missions plus random events will make the users to feel all the thrills of being a real superhero. Deal with hostage situations, bomb squads, jail breaks and car chases are to prove that you’re the true protector of Gotham.

Screenshotts of Dark Knight Rises Screenshotts of Dark Knight Rises

The user have to collect the hidden items within the city to unlock upgrades and new fighting skills for Superhero. A thrilling fighting system, Different moves and Cinematic Graphics are really fantastic.

The game is available at the price of $6.99 for both Android and iOS devices.

  1. For Android - Download Here
  2. For iPhone and iPad - Download Here
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