Nokia’s cheapest camera phone launched

Nokia's Cheapest Camera Phone

Nokia’s Cheapest Camera Phone

Currently, Nokia 114 is the company’s cheapest camera mobile phone. It sells in India for Rs 2499.

Nokia has announced the launch of a new low cost mobile phone, Nokia 108. It has both single SIM and dual SIM variants.
The Nokia 108 single SIM is priced at $29 or Rs 1,800 approximately; thus it is likely to be priced at around Rs 2,200 in India – making it the cheapest camera phone of Nokia. The price of its dual SIM variant is likely to be around the same.

The Nokia 108 device features a 1.8 inch colour display and supports FM radio and MP3 playback. Along with that the Nokia 108 also features Bluetooth connectivity and Nokia’s very own Slam functionality. While using Slam, users can transfer data and images with other Slam capable devices by just a touch of the devices, somewhat similar to NFC. Along with that as its signature feature the Nokia 108 comes with a VGA camera at the back capable of capturing images in 640 x 48-0 pixel resolution, great for snappers who have a very little budget.The major advantages of the Nokia 108 is its battery back up – the single SIM variant provides 31 day standby time while the dual SIM version claims to have 28 day standby. The Nokia 108 also comes with 32 GB expandable storage slot (micro SD).The Nokia 108 carries simple yet functional Nokia design with its soft rounded corners and raised island keys, making it great to use. It will be available in red, white, black, yellow and cyan colours.

The new device will soon be making its way to the retail markets globally, including India but the final date of retail availability is not yet revealed by the company.

Dhoni returns as Chennai smash Titans

CLT20, RANCHI: Super Kings chase down a stiff total in their captain’s hometown.

AB De Villiers top-scored with 77, but it wasn't enough.

AB De Villiers top-scored with 77, but it wasn’t enough.

The Chennai Super Kings began their Champions League campaign with a near-perfect batting performance against the Titans from South Africa, who failed to defend an impressive score of 185-5.

After a lengthy break, MS Dhoni returned to action at his home town Ranchi’s JSCA International Stadium, much to the delight of his fans. He won the toss and bowled. AB de Villiers’s brilliant 77 should have been enough to ensure Titans a win today, but Chennai’s brute response led by Michael Hussey and Suresh Raina ended the contest very quickly.

Chennai lost Murali Vijay in the first over, thanks to a sharp arm-ball from Roelof van der Merwe. But Raina and Hussey added 89 runs in under eight overs to give the chase a powerful start.

When Raina came in, the floodlights at the venue failed for the second time in the day. According toRavichandran Ashwin, Raina’s been in bad form in the nets, but you wouldn’t have been able to tell that from the hitting that was to follow once the game resumed.

He waited on the backfoot for Morne Morkel to bounce him and the first ball he faced was pulled almost without any lack of control over midwicket for six. The over, the fourth of the innings, went for 24 runs with Hussey then carving Morkel a couple of times through the off-side.

The highlight of Raina’s innings, however, was the effortless waft off his pads for six off Marchant de Lange. When Raina fell to a loose drive to mid-off, Hussey kept up with the brutal hitting till he too got out on the same score of 47 to a mistimed loft down the ground.

Rowan Richards produced a three-wicket burst late in the game to make things a teensy bit interesting, but so far ahead were Chennai of the required rate, they coasted to the target with seven balls to spare.

Earlier in the day, the moment de Villiers came in to bat at the fall of Jacques Rudolph, the game became a one-man show. De Villiers is possibly the most versatile batsman of his time – he can play spin or pace, he can score on slow wickets or fast, and there’s no corner of the field he can’t hit a ball to.

He marked his arrival to the crease with a powerful straight drive off his South Africa colleague Albie Morkel. That shot didn’t go all the way for four, but signalled AB’s intentions. He proceeded to dismantle two of Chennai’s best. Ravindra Jadeja was put away for four sixes and Dwayne Bravo a couple.

At the other end was Henry Davids, who did a fine job making 52 in 43 but was put in the shade by de Villiers’ merciless assault on Chennai’s bowlers. Davids was stumped off a wide from Ashwin but the second-wicket partnership had produced 76 runs in six overs, setting up a large score for the Titans. But not large enough to keep the home team at bay.

How to Fix Google Chrome’s Shockwave Crashes?

If you regularly are seeing “Whoa! The Google Chrome has been crashed” message; then there likely is some problem in the system. Some occasional crash can occur, but regular crashes probably are caused by something that you can fix.

How to Fix Google Chrome’s Shockwave Crashes?

How to Fix Google Chrome’s Shockwave Crashes?

If your Google Chrome copy has taken on an inexplicable and sudden hatred for the Shockwave Flash, then here is a help for you. Read on as it is shown here that how to tame Google Chrome and make it to play nicely with Flash.

More than the other browsers, Chrome is susceptible particularly to a specific however common condition in which it merely will not coexist with Adobe Flash peacefully —frequent slowdowns as well as shockwave keeps crashing annoyingly as a common result. The tutorial below will help you obtain Chrome back to the quick self.

What Causes This Issue?

The reason that we’re talking about Google Chrome and not, Firefox is owing to the way Chrome deals with the Flash content. While the other browsers call on Flash installation of host system, Chrome consists of the internal Flash installation. If everything goes smoothly, it isn’t a problem—an internal Flash installation can be updated with each new release of Chrome.

Unfortunately, the things can pretty easily fall apart if Chrome gets puzzled and attempts to make use of both the internal Chrome’s installation of the Flash and the OS installation of the Flash. The consequence is temporary lockup, serious browser lag, and then browser-wide crash of the dynamic Flash instances. You do not realize what number of web sites make use of Flash until each single tab locks with crash warning—”Following plug-in is crashed: The Shockwave Flash”

How Will I Know that a Conflicting Installation of Flash Is Causing Crashes?

Firstly, despite the warning regarding Shockwave, the real warning has nothing actually to do with the Adobe Shockwave that is a separate multimedia system/program from Adobe Flash. Secondly, while not each instance of the Flash flaking in Chrome is attributed to Flash install conflict, now we’ve found it as the most popular reason why the users are experiencing this Flash-related issues.

How can you inform if a Flash clash is source of your difficulty and your shockwave keeps crashing? Run Chrome. In address bar, simply type about:plugins . After you press the enter key, you’ll be addressed with the complete list of all plug-ins installed inside Chrome (this is diverse from the user-installed Extension). Look down in the complete list of plug-in for Flash entry. If entry looks like the Flash (2 Files) there’s a very excellent chance the cause of the Flash-related crashes tends to be the conflict between these two.

In upper right corner of your browser window, there’s a small toggle which is labeled as [+] Details. Click that toggle in order to expand all the entries for the plug-ins. Then, return to entry for the Flash. You must see something like screenshot above: 2 entries for Flash, one is for the inner Chrome installation (which is highlighted in red) and one that is for the OS’s installation.

You require to click on Disable link for the Chrome’s internal Flash installation (take care that you halt the one that is located in Chrome AppData folder; however, not the detached stand-alone Flash’s installation).

Go ahead and then close tab and then shut your Google Chrome. Restart the Chrome and resume to normal browsing—stopover Adobe’s test page so as to make sure everything looks excellent. Remember, you’ll not be getting regular updates with every Chrome upgrade. Ensure to check for the updates at the download page of Adobe Flash and/or turn the update check on in your installation of this Adobe Flash.

Check Out For Conflicting Software

Any software on your system can conflict with Chrome because of which shockwave keeps crashing. This includes network-related and malware software which interferes with Chrome. Google Chrome also has one hidden page which can tell you if software on your computer is known to clash with Chrome. To access that, type chrome://conflicts in Chrome address bar and then press Enter.

You also can check software which crashes Chrome’s page on Google’s site for the list of software due to which shockwave keeps crashing. The page includes the instructions for solving the conflicts with a few conflicting software.

If you’ve conflicting software in your system, then you should update that to its latest version, uninstall it, or disable it. If you aren’t sure which software the module is related with, try to Google the name of that library.

Do a Malware Scan

Malware also can interfere with Chrome and make it to break down. If you are experiencing regular crashes, you must scan your system with antivirus software such as Microsoft security Essentials. In case, you have any antivirus software installed already, you may wish to get second opinion from other antivirus software.

Solve Flash Crash

It is found that Flash plugin Chrome can cause that to crash in a few cases. If your shockwave keeps crashing regularly, you may wish to try disabling internal Flash plugins and use the normal Flash plugin in Chrome.

Switch to New Profile

The Chrome crashes can be caused by any corrupted profile. You even can test this simply by creating new profile from the Chrome Settings screen. Open Settings page from the Chrome’s menu and then click Add a new user under the Users.

Change to new profile after making it and see whether the crashes continue to happen. You can log into Chrome with Google account so as to sync data from the old profile. But, Google recommends you to not copy any of the files from older profile folder by hands – they might be corrupted as well as causing the problems.

Other Fixes

For whatever reasons the disabling of built-in Flash’s doesn’t help, it is suggested to play around with diverse combinations. For example, try to turn off OS Flash installation rather than built-in Flash installation. Also, try visiting flash-based site in the Incognito Mode (whenever you enter this Incognito Mode, it will turn off all the Extensions which might or might not be causing the issues with Flash). Lastly, as last ditch efforts, you can also reinstall Chrome (if the Flash works in all other browsers but Chrome, this likely is the only option you’ve left).

You can make new profile for browser, or undergo a number of steps as well.


Nokia Lumia 1020 to be available first week of October

If you’re part of the few who’ve been craving to get your hands on the Nokia Lumia 1020, you might not have to wait as long as you had thought.

Nokia Lumia 1020 to be available first week of October

Nokia Lumia 1020 to be available first week of October

The Nokia Lumia 1020 is coming to the Indian stopre shelves in the first week of October. No beating around the bush here people, because we all know how many of us are waiting eagerly for the device.

Nokia has been incredibly tight lipped about the Indian launch date and while the U.K. saw the phone launching in its market today for a whopping 600 pounds, the Indian market will be seeing the phone in the first week of October. While the price of the phone is still a mystery, quite possibly due to the current fluctuation in the rupee value.

The Nokia Lumia 1020 I the upcoming Windows Phone from Nokia, one that combines the much talked about 41-megapixel 1/2 inch sensor along with a fast f/2.2 aperture and an optical image stabilization system that has proven to be quite amazing. 

Besides the camera, the phone also runs off the Windows Phone 8 operating system and is powered by a Snapdragon S4 Pro processor (dual core clocked at 1.5 GHz) and 2GB of RAM. While the Lumia 1020 may not have a microSD slot, it does come with a generous 32GB of on-board storage. 

Benchmark performance: iOS 6 vs iOS 7 on the iPhone 5

With iOS 7 now available for iPhone users, we have been getting queries asking if there has been any performance impact, negative or positive, after the upgrade to the latest OS. We attempt to answer those questions with the help of benchmarks.

Benchmark performance: iOS 6 vs iOS 7 on the iPhone 5

Benchmark performance: iOS 6 vs iOS 7 on the iPhone 5

Apple has made iOS 7 officially available now for the iPhones, the iPad and the latest generation iPod Touch. There are the fans, and there are those criticizing it, but one thing cannot be disputed – this is the biggest iOS upgrade in years. The changes are significant, with the most visible one being the new UI. Hence, the inevitable question – how is the performance of the new OS?

Users have been asking us this query for quite some time now, but we refrained from pronouncing any judgement on iOS 7’s performance while it was in the various pre-launch stages. However, now that the final version is out, we have run a series of benchmark tests on the iPhone 5 running the iOS 6.1.4 version, before upgrading OTA to iOS 7 and running the same benchmarks again, after checking for any updates for them, individually.

To ensure that no benchmark run had any advantage or disadvantage, all the tests across both OSes were run on the same device, with the exact same settings. We even ensured that something like Bluetooth was switched off at all times. The applications installed remained consistent across all benchmark runs, on both iOS versions. We manually closed all apps that were running in the background, so that the app load didn’t have a bearing on the performance and the resources. For the browser benchmark tests, we hooked up the phone to the same Wi-Fi network, with no other device connected to the hotspot at that time.


To break it down even further, we have subdivided the tests into categories – system performance, graphics performance and web browser performance.

System Performance: Better memory handling makes the difference
The Passmark Mobile Performance Test registers a lower system score in iOS 7, but critically, better read and write scores for both the internal storage as well as the memory. This is critical, because for most tasks that don’t need raw processor power, the read and write speeds make all the difference between smooth performance and a sluggish setup. The CPU score also goes up with iOS 7, showing that the new OS is ever so slightly better optimized. We mention that the overall system score goes down, but that could be a factor of the graphics tests that the benchmark runs, which we will not pay much attention to since we have dedicated graphics benchmark tests coming up.

Passmark Performance Test Mobile
iOS 6.1.4 iOS 7 % Difference
System Score 3932 3603 -8
CPU Score 24922 25418 2
Disk Score 13154 13480 2
Read (in Mbyte/s) 44.9 44 -2
Write (in Mbyte/s) 157 164 4
Memory Score 2998 3295 10
Read (in Mbyte/s) 517 566 9
Write (in Mbyte/s) 509 569 12
2D Score 1641 1250 24
3D Score 1756 1762 -0.34

The second system test, GeekBench, also verifies what PassMark says about the better processor performance, with the multi-core utilization tests showing up a higher score than on iOS 6.

iOS 6.1.4 iOS 7 % Difference
Single Core Score 722 722 0.00
Multi-Core Score 1298 1302 -0.31

Graphics Performance: Improves slightly 
While not everyone likes to game on their iPhone, there are those who do. And they were served rather well by the very smooth performance and experience that iOS 6 offered with this particular hardware. After the iOS 7 upgrade, the 3D Mark Ice Storm and the 3D Mark Ice Storm Ultimate benchmark tests register slightly better scores, while the Ice Storm Extreme score remains the same. Simply put, the excellent exiting performance via iOS 6 improves even further with the new operating system.

3D Mark
iOS 6.1.4 iOS 7 % Difference
Ice Storm 5418 6011 11
Ice Storm Extreme 3351 3351 0.00
Ice Storm Ultimate 5516 5711 4

GFX Benchmark did give a slightly different analysis, with one test registering pretty much the same frames and fps scores, while the the second test saw a drop in both frames and fps.

GFX Bench
iOS 6.1.4 iOS 7 % Difference
Egypt HD (Offscreen) – Frames 3357 3358 0.3
Egypt HD (Offscreen) – fps 30 30 0.00
Egypt HD (Onscreen) – Frames 4572 4185 -8
Egypt HD (Onscreen) – fps 40 37 -8

Browser Test: Safari sees an improvement, mostly visual elements
The SunSpider 1.01 browser benchmark shows slightly better performance, in terms of Java performance. And for a web browser, even negligible differences can sometimes make lot of difference, and in this case, it seems to be working.

Sunspider 1.01 
Safari on iOS 6.1.4 Safari on iOS 7
Score (lower is better) 729.1ms 707.7ms

From the scores, it is clear that the performance difference between iOS 6 and iOS 7, at least on the iPhone 5 hardware, is not much. Critically, it shows a very slight improvement in areas like memory and storage access speeds, which make for an improvement in the overall speed and experience. All in all, you can safely upgrade your iPhone to the latest OS, with no fear of a performance drop, at least on the iPhone 5.

Have you updated you iPhone or iPad or the latest iPod Touch with iOS 7? We would like to hear your experience.



Woah! iOS 7 adoption just beat iOS 6, report shows

Woah! iOS 7 adoption just beat iOS 6, report shows

Woah! iOS 7 adoption just beat iOS 6, report shows

Apple’s new mobile operating system launched this week to highly mixed reviews. VentureBeat’s John Koetsier found much to dislike about iOS 7, but adoption rates are skyrocketing.

An analytics startup called Mixpanel has been tracking iOS 7 adoption and usage, in comparison to iOS 6. Apple fans have remained loyal to iOS6, but an increasing number are giving the newer operating system a shot.

Mixpanel’s chief executive Suhail Doshi just alerted us to the fact that iOS 7 just eclipsed iOS 6 for the first time.

Check out the full trend report here. 

iOS 7 beat iOS 6 at around 3.30pm PT.


iOS 7 beat iOS 6 at around 3.30pm PT.

Mixpanel is tracking global mobile usage — Doshi said the data is based on 2.8 billion actions of people using thousands of mobile applications.

It’s also worth noting that there are discrepancies in different markets. In China, for instance, the new operating system has struggled to take off. But adoption has been far quicker in the United States.

The new operating system appears to have inspired a bit of a love/hate response from consumers and the press. It’s the largest visual overhaul since Apple first introduced the iPhone in 2007. The updates include a personable male voice from Siri, icon tweaking and polishing, and a new built-in flashlight.

“It looks like Apple proved its design won over its customers,” he said. “That’s surprising given how drastic it was.”

Have you switched over to the new operating system? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.


Compared: Sony Xperia Z1 vs the other Android flagships

Sony Mobile has blended the more common form factor of the Xperia Z with the brutal power package of the massive Xperia Z Ultra. We see how the numbers compare with the rival Android flagship phones.

Compared: Sony Xperia Z1 vs the other Android flagships

Compared: Sony Xperia Z1 vs the other Android flagships

Sony didn’t waste much time in launching the Xperia Z1 in India after its global launch. The phone has been priced at Rs 44,990, and will land in a market already loaded with powerful flagship phones. There is the small matter of dealing with the massive Xperia Z Ultra, the smartphone it succeeds as the flagship from Sony. Plus, you have the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S4, the HTC One, and also the LG G2. While the G2 has not been launched in India yet, we expect it to arrive within these shores fairly soon.

The Z1 packs in a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad core processor clocking at 2.2GHz, with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot for memory expansion. The device comes preloaded with Android 4.2, and packs in a 3000mAh battery.

  Table 1: Sony Xperia Z1 against the latest Android flagships
  Sony Xperia Z1 Samsung Galaxy S4 HTC One LG Optimus G2
Processor Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 quad core 2.2GHz Exynos 5 Octa 5410 (Quad-core 1.6 GHz & quad-core 1.2 GHz) Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600 quad core 1.7GHz Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 quad core 2.2GHz
Display Size 5-inch Triluminos 5-inch Super AMOLED 4.7-inch Super LCD3 5.2-inch IPS+ LCD
Display Resolution 1080p 1080p 1080p 1080p
Graphics Adreno 330 PowerVR SGX 544MP3 Adreno 320 Adreno 330
Internal Storage 16GB 16GB 32GB 16GB / 32GB
Expandable memory Y Y N N
Weight 170g 130g 143g 143g
Battery 3000mAh 2600mAh 2300mAh 3000mAh
Price (Rs.)
44990 41500 40500 N.A.

One of the highlights of the Xperia Z1 is the fact that it builds on the same legacy that the Xperia Z and the Xperia Z Ultra seem to be building, complete with the entire water and dust resistance capabilities. Critically, the Z1 packs in the very powerful specs that the Z Ultra was launched with.

The Xperia Z1 carries forward the Dust and water resistant (IP55 & IP58) ratings seen in the Xperia Z Ultra, as well as the the single piece aluminum frame and the tempered glass layer on the back.

The Z1 also features the “G Lens” with a 27mm wide angle and bright F2.0 aperture, 1/2.3-type CMOS image sensor Exmor RS with 20.7MP and a BIONZ chip for mobile image processing engine.

To give you a better idea of how the evolution has happened, we give you a specifications comparison between the Xperia Z1 and the Xperia Z Ultra, as well as the predecessor, the Xperia Z.

  Table 2: Sony Xperia Z1 evolution over the previous Xperia flagships
  Sony Xperia Z1 Sony Xperia Z Sony Xperia Z Ultra
Processor Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 quad core 2.2GHz Qualcomm APQ8064 dual core 1.5GHz Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 quad core 2.2GHz
Display Size 5-inch Triluminos 5-inch TFT 6.4-inch Triluminos
Display Resolution 1080p 1080p 1080p
Graphics Adreno 330 Adreno 320 Adreno 330
Internal Storage 16GB 16GB 16GB
Expandable memory Y Y  
Weight 170g 146g 212g
Battery 3000mAh 2330mAh 3050mAh


iPhone 5S User Guide has ‘Touch ID Sensor’

Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 5S and a cheaper iPhone 5C model at a press event on September 10, 2013. This new smartphone may look like just another iPhone but it’s more than that.

iphone 5s gold

iphone 5s gold

The new iPhone appears to have a combination “Home button/Touch ID sensor”. Leaked images of new iPhone indicate the location of the “Lightning connector”, “Silver ring around home button”, “Volume buttons”, and “Sleep/Wake button.” image

The new smartphone is also expected to have an improved display for “increased brightness and/or reduced power consumption. It’s been reported that smartphone would have a Retina + Sharp IGZO display.

According to the leaked specs, the smartphone will include a faster processor iOS 7, an NFC reader, a Fingerprint Reader, a 4-inch 1136 × 640 display and a new 12 megapixel backside camera with dual LED flash. The new handset will also include 2GB of RAM, a quad-core SGX 554MP4 GPU, an A6 CPU and improved LTE. It also has a bigger battery than its predecessor.

It’s well known that one of the key battlegrounds of smartphone warfare is the specifications of the on-board camera. And as per reports, Apple will launch the 5S with a 13MP camera to give tough competition to other smartphone’s like Sony Xperia Z and Galaxy S4.

Leaked images have been surfacing all over the internet and show that iPhone would be offered in several color choices. There are many speculations about the smartphone hardware as iPhone 5C would be introduced as a less expensive alternative. As per reports, the shell or casing of this smartphone will be plastic, to save money.

Other leaked images have focused on the new (and still rumoured) champagne gold iPhone 5s option. Some of the latest images show the champagne gold option with the rumoured dual-flash.

The new iPhone is expected to land in stores around 20th September.

Microsoft reveals Windows 8.1 pricing; upgrade for Windows 8 users is free

Anyone who wishes to upgrade to Windows 8.1, but doesn’t have Windows 8 already installed on that machine will have to pay for the update.

Microsoft reveals Windows 8.1 pricing; upgrade for Windows 8 users is free

Microsoft reveals Windows 8.1 pricing; upgrade for Windows 8 users is free

Microsoft has officially announced the pricing of the Windows 8.1 update. There are two aspects to this update. For any user who is already using Windows 8, the upgrade will be free. For others, who may be upgrading from Windows Vista and Windows 7, Microsoft says they will have to pay U.S. $119.99 for the Windows 8.1 version and U.S. $199.99 for the Windows 8.1 Pro version. However, the Redmond giant has mentioned that the pricing will vary from market to market, but in any case, a direct conversion to your local currency will give you a relative idea of how much the update will cost.

The Windows 8.1 version can be downloaded from, and will also be available as the DVD package at a store near you. The update rolls out on October 18, for everyone.

Consumers can upgrade a Windows 7 PC which will transfer all their files, but will require them to reinstall desktop apps including Microsoft Office. For machines running Windows XP or Vista, the users will have to purchase the upgrade DVD from the store, and do a clean install of the OS on the machine.

Source: Microsoft