Sony launches “Xperia Transfer Mobile” app for Windows Phones

Sony Mobile wants to make it as easy as possible for owners of smartphones from other Android manufacturers or different OS’ to switch to an Xperia device. To that end, Sony has recently released a dedicated “Xperia Transfer Mobile” app on the Windows Phone Store to help those on the platform to migrate to an Android-equipped Xperia handset.

The app will help you to transfer contacts, message, calendar and media to a new Sony Xperia. Sony already provides methods to transfer from an iPhone or Blackberry. There were a number of rumours earlier in the year that Sony was planning to launch its own Windows Phone device, but with no news in the last few months it looks like those plans are dead in the water, at least for now.

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HTC One M8 Eye pops up on HTC’s e-store in China with 13 MP rear camera

HTC launched the Desire Eye and the RE camera yesterday, but didn’t share any details on another device rumored to make its debut, the One M8 Eye. It looks like HTC was aiming for a limited release with the latter handset, as the manufacturer has silently listed the One M8 Eye on its Chinese e-store.

According to rumors, the device is slated to be limited to the Chinese and Indian markets sadly, which explains why HTC made no mention of the device at its launch event yesterday. HTC’s Chinese e-store mentions that the One M8 Eye will be available in the country starting October 15 for 3,999 RMB ($652).

Design-wise, the One M8 Eye looks identical to the standard variant of the One M8. The specs of the device are also similar to that of a standard One M8, which means a 5.0-inch full-HD screen, 2.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 CPU, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory and a duo camera setup at the back that now comes with a standard 13 MP sensor in lieu of the 4 MP UltraPixel sensor. Unlike the Desire Eye, the One M8 Eye does not have a 13 MP camera at the front, and instead features the same 5 MP sensor that is seen on the standard variant. The One M8 Eye also features HTC’s new Eye Experience along with dual-SIM functionality, a 3D shooting mode and LTE connectivity.

What are your thoughts on the One M8 Eye let us know by commenting below.

Facebook developing a new app for Anonymous social interaction

Days after Facebook said it would rethink policies demanding that users go by their “real names” following outcry from San Francisco’s drag community, the social network is now embracing an even broader concept of user anonymity.
Sources  have reported that Facebook is putting the finishing touches on a standalone app that would enable members to log in under the guise of a pseudonym.
To arrive soon “In the coming weeks ,” according to The New York Times , the effort marks a sudden about-face from Facebook’s founding mission, which sought to establish a network of actual identities in an Internet often trafficking in anonymity.
Few details were leaked about the project, though the Times claims Facebookers may soon be allowed “to use multiple fictionous names to openly discuss… topics which they may not be comfortable connecting to their real names.”

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Lenovo Super Camera and Gallery For Android

Tired of the picture quality of your default camera? Today we bring to you A super camera »»» Lenovo Super Camera and I must say
it’s the most advanced/optional camera I’ve encountered.

As a pleasant bonus, the camera app also comes with an awesome gallery app called Super Gallery.
The Super Camera and Gallery app from Lenovo can be installed on any Android device with Android 4.1 and above. While testing it on my device, I noticed some minor issues with burst and panorama modes. (Now fixed in the updade below) Download the app from our link below and install as any normal APK.
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Aliyun Os a “forked” Android— Google

Chinese e-commerce conglomerate Alibaba plans to roll out a new mobile phone OS, dubbed Aliyun OS, inside a phone and tablet for the Chinese market.
Aliyun was released in Chinese markets on July 28, 2011.
Alibaba’s operating system makes use of “cloud-based” services, including e-mail, Internet search, weather updates and GPS and mapping applications, the company said. The OS will apparently require users to be constantly connected to take advantage of its Web-based apps, instead of designing applications that can run natively on the
phone’s hardware. But, the company added, there will be some interoperability with the Android OS.
“Mobile users want a more open and convenient mobile OS, one that allows them to truly enjoy all that the Internet has to offer right in the palm of their hand, and the cloud OS, with its use of cloud-based applications, will provide that,” said Wang Jian, president of Alibaba Cloud Computing, in a statement.

“Introducing cloud apps to mobile devices not only brings a whole new user experience, but also greater ease for third-party mobile software developers who will be able to use
Internet technology such as HTML5 and Javascript to reduce the complexity in the app development process.”

Alibaba said that each user would be given a free 100 Gigabytes of storage to back up data to AliCloud’s remote data center, which could be replicated to the PC and mobile devices.
Third-party developers can opt to either develop cloud apps over their own servers or choose to use AliCloud’s infrastructure and open platform services at a low cost and quickly develop their businesses, Alibaba said. “The cloud OS is the result of three
years of development and uses AliCloud’s self- developed distributed file system and virtual machine; the cloud OS is also fully compatible with Android-based. applications,” the company added.

According to Google , Aliyun is a forked but incompatible version of its open-source Android operating system. The company therefore attempted to prevent Acer Inc. from shipping an Aliyun-powered phone, arguing that Acer, a member of the Open Handset Alliance, had agreed not to produce phones running incompatible Android versions.
Andy Rubin , who at the time was in charge of the Android division at Google, stated that while Aliyun is not part of the Android ecosystem, it uses runtimes, framework and various tools from Android.
Alibaba disputes the claim that Aliyun is a version of Android by stating the following:
“Aliyun OS incorporates its own virtual machine, which is different from Android’s Dalvik virtual machine. Aliyun OS’ runtime
environment, which is the core of the OS, consists of both its own Java virtual machine, which is different from Android’s Dalvik virtual machine, and its own cloud app engine, which supports HTML5 web
applications. Aliyun OS uses some of the Android application framework and tools (open source) merely as a patch to allow Aliyun OS users to enjoy third-party apps in addition to the cloud-based Aliyun apps in our ecosystem.”

However, the Aliyun app store prominently features pirated Android applications, including many from Google.

MICROSOFT SKIPS WINDOWS 9 , HEADS TO WINDOWS 10

On April 1, 2013, Infoworld published an article headlined, “ Microsoft skips ‘too good’ Windows 9, jumps to Windows 10 .’” A disclaimer at the top clarified that the story was an April Fool’s Joke, but it now appears that wasn’t necessary.

On Tuesday, Microsoft announced that it will indeed be skipping Windows 9 and jumping to Windows 10 as the name for its next operating system. No joke.
Company executives did not spell out the logic behind the numerical leap from the current version, Windows 8, except to say that the new version won’t just be an incremental improvement. I guess they figured Windows 8 was so criminally awful that any version called Windows 9 would be
judged guilty by association.
“Windows 10 represents the first step of a whole new generation of Windows,” a company executive said in a statement on Tuesday, which seems like about as close to a confirmation of that theory as we’re going to get.
Among other changes, the new version—which could come next year—promises to mostly ditch the tiles that users so hated in Windows 8. Instead it will bring back the retroactively beloved Start menu from Windows 7, which remains the world’s most popular desktop operating
system despite being five years old. (Windows XP, at 13, is still second despite Microsoft’s increasingly desperate attempts to kill it off.) Windows 10 will also be
designed to adapt to all different categories of devices, from PCs to tablets to phones, with different interfaces tailored to each one.
Microsoft has not set an official timeline for Windows 10’s launch, and the version it showed on Tuesday was only a preview of the final product. That said, here are a few
screenshots to give you an idea of the basic layout.

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Start Menu is back

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Windows 10
will allow you to switch between multiple different
desktops for different situations.

It looks … comprehensible! And functional! If that turns out, miraculously, to be the case, grateful Microsoft users won’t care what it’s called. After all, Microsoft is hardly the first
tech company to flout ordinal conventions in naming their new products. Apple’s first iPhone was followed by the 3G, then the 3GS, and then the 4. BlackBerry recently hopped from BlackBerry OS 7 to a new system called BlackBerry 10.

Project Ara to use a modified version of Android L

Paul Eremenko recently announced interesting news on Project Ara. The most significant concerns it’s market launch in early 2015. The first fully functional
prototype will be shown at the second Ara developer conference, in December. The project’s development continues apace through the collaboration with many
partners such as Quanta, Toshiba, Rockchip, Foxconn and others.
Many companies, large and small, as Laird
Technologies and Array labs are developing modules with innovative features never seen before.

Project Ara will use a modified version of Android L, developed in collaboration with Linaro. Thanks to this version, the modules, except the CPU and the display, will be hot swappable. This means you can change them without turning the phone off.

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The modules will be available on a new online store, like Play store.

The next few months will be crucial for Google and it’s partners, we expect a lot of news about Project Ara,new modules and new partnerships.

Motorola updates FM Radio app with Bluetooth audio playback.

Motorola has updated its FM Radio app for Moto E and Moto G  to include Bluetooth audio playback and a few visual changes. The app, which is only available for these
Motorola devices that have an FM tuner inside, just a little bit better as well. The first big change is the inclusion of Bluetooth audio support, which will let you stream your FM tunes out to a connected wireless speaker or pair of headphones. It still requires a wired set of headphones in order to act as the antenna, but you can simply hit a button (which oddly enough is the Chromecast icon ) to pipe audio to Bluetooth instead.
While you’re listening to the radio over Bluetooth you can now control playback and seeking through the lockscreen and notification shade as well, something that’s been the norm for other music players for some time now. Other small visual tweaks include a slide-in drawer on the left and
a few button changes. The update also improves station scanning in Colombia and South America, for what it’s worth.

If you’ve got a Moto G or Moto E and like to use the built-in FM Radio app, you should go grab this solid update — you’ll find it at the Play Store link below.
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Will Future Cars Hover?

We have, once again, been led astray by the movie industry. Remember Back to
the Future?  Our heads are filled with visions of soaring Deloreans, but in reality, the automobile industry has some pretty glaring flaws it needs to address before we can attempt flight.

The product lifecycle for the car makes it incredibly hard for the automobile industry to keep up with the rapid pace of consumer technology.
An excellent example is the touchscreen console systems that can be found in many 2012 models. While tablet and
smartphone makers are improving touchscreen technology all the time, car console displays use, at best, technology
developed in 2010.
Even with a three-to-five year product cycle, there is plenty of room for the car of the future to pop up today. Here are
three connected features that could and should already be available for your ride.
Owner’s Manual

Perhaps the most antiquated part of buying a new car is the massive book of instructions the dealership hands you along with your new keys. These manuals then just occupy space in your glove box for the next few years, getting pulled out if you have to change a fuse or check your warranty information.
A connected, mobile owner’s manual could give manufacturers a built-in way to reach out to customers to ensure they know about important product information, updates, and product recall information.
A mobile owner’s manual coupled with the car’s sensors could detect and interpret early stage problems before they evolve into a more expensive and daunting repair. The
potential here is endless.
Some manufacturers are already embracing this. But this is first generation and can always be improved upon.

Scheduled Maintenance

Do you have a pile of receipts in your glove box detailing the services you’ve had performed on your car? That should become a thing of the past. There are opportunities to digitally document maintenance performed, as well as remind you when your next scheduled service should be. In
fact, a mobile product could schedule it for you and then send you the scheduling information.
In addition to being able to provide users with a better service experience, the data collected would give manufacturers a unique look at when their models need
specific repairs. Dealers could alert users before they see a problem, based on crowdsourced information.
Or, imagine how valuable a digital history of a car’s maintenance records would be for used-car sales. The records could easily be transferred with the title of the car, taking the guesswork out of how well a car was maintained.

Non-essential Monitoring

Sensors have opened up a world of possibilities for monitoring the inanimate. Tire pressure,  Gas levels, Security (doors locked, windows up),  Location: Using apps
like Find My Car Smarter, you don’t have to wait for the technology to be built into the car in order to take advantage of it.
A sensor attached to, or inside, your gas tank could connect with your GPS to know how far you are planning on going and the route you will be taking, and alert you to the last gas station on your route prior to you running out of gas.
Tire sensors could not only alert the driver to low tire pressure. They could tie into a driver’s AAA account, sending a notice that a flat needs to be fixed, along with the location of the car. Once services are rendered, the app could even finalize payment, all with very minimal involvement from the driver.
You’ll expect your car to recognize you upon entering, and the car will do more than just adjusting your seat to
your preferred position. It will adjust to your driving style. It will know where you are most likely to go, which playlist/podcast/book you want to hear, how you want your A/C set, when you last serviced your vehicle, and much more.
The more we know about our cars makes them increasingly more valuable to us as drivers. Certainly more valuable than
hovering off the ground.

Let us know in the comment box what you would like to see in future cars

7 Reasons Why You Need 7zip installed on your PC

Have you ever wanted to open a file that you downloaded or got at one particular time but had big problems opening them? There are a lot of problems when you try to open some file compression and non-compression archived. Below are 10 Good Reasons why you need to install 7zip on your PC:

  1. 7-Zip supports a number of other compression and non-compression archive formats (both for packing and unpacking) including 7z, ZIP, Gzip, bzip2, xz, tar and WIM. The utility also supports unpacking APM, ARJ, CHM, cpio, DEB, FLV, JAR, LHA/LZH, LZMA, MSLZ, Office Open XML, onepkg, RAR, RPM, smzip, SWF, XAR and Z archives and CramFS, DMG, FAT, HFS, ISO, MBR, NTFS, SquashFS, UDF and VHD disk images.
  2. 7-Zip can open some MSI files, allowing access to the meta-files within along with the main contents. Some Microsoft CAB (LZX compression) and NSIS (LZMA) installer formats can be opened. Similarly, some Microsoft executable programs (.EXEs) which are self-extracting archives or otherwise contain archived content (e.g., some setup files) may be opened as archives.
  3. When compressing ZIP or gzip files, 7-Zip uses its own DEFLATE encoder, which may achieve higher compression, but at lower speed, than the more common zlib DEFLATE implementation. The 7-Zip deflate encoder implementation is available separately as part of the AdvanceCOMP suite of tools.
  4. 7-Zip supports: The 256-bit AES cipher. Encryption can be enabled for both files and the 7z directory structure. When the directory structure is encrypted, users are required to supply a password to see the filenames contained within the archive. WinZip-developed zip file AES encryption standard is also available in 7-Zip to encrypt ZIP archives with AES 256-bit, but it does not offer filename encryption as in 7z archives.
    Volumes of dynamically variable sizes, allowing use for backups on removable media such as writable CDs and DVDs.
    Usability as a basic orthodox file manager when used in 2-panel mode.
    Multiple-core CPU threading settings can be configured.
    The ability to attempt to open EXE files as archives, allowing the decompression of data from inside many “Setup” or “Installer” or “Extract” type programs without having to launch them.
  5. The ability to unpack archives with corrupted filenames, renaming the files as required.
    The ability to create self-extracting single- (but not multi-) volume archives.
    Command-line interface.
  6. Graphical User Interface. The Windows version comes with its own GUI, however p7zip uses the GUI of the Unix/Linux Archive Manager.
  7. Above all, it is free!

You can download the software here for free: DOWNLOAD