#StoreDot claims to #charge your #smartphone #battery in 30 seconds

StoreDot’s prototype bio-organic technology can charge your smartphone in 30 seconds or less.
StoreDot claims to charge your smartphone battery in 30 seconds

An Israel based startup, StoreDot claims to have developed a new battery-technology that claims to charge your smartphone’s battery in 30 seconds. The startup unveiled its battery prototype at Microsoft’s ‘Think Next Conference’ in Tel Aviv. The company has developed a charger and a battery. This special charger can charge an empty Samsung Galaxy S4 battery within 30 seconds! The demo with an S4 battery was given by the startup at the conference.

 StoreDot’s charger produces chemically synthesized bio-organic peptide molecules called ‘nanodots’, that improves the electrode capacitance and performance, which results in batteries that can be fully charged within seconds instead of hours. The technology is cost effective and is inspired by natural processes.

‘In essence, we have developed a new generation of electrodes with new materials – we call it MFE – Multi Function Electrode,” StoreDot CEO and founder Doron Myersdorf stated. “On one side it acts like a super capacitor (with very fast charging), and on the other is like a lithium electrode (with slow discharge). The electrolyte is modified with our nanodots in order to make the multifunction electrode more effective.”

Currently the battery which is the size of a laptop charger, is not ready for the market. According to Myersdorf, it will take a year for the company to make a functional prototype embedded inside mobile devices. The company expects to have the charger ready for production by 2016. The estimated cost of the charger is twice as that of an average charger which is up to $30.

“So we are talking about three years for a commercial ready device,” Myersdorf added. “So I assume it will be three years before you can actually purchase it in the market.”

Source: StoreDot

LG unveils curved smartphone in race against Samsung

LG Electronics unveiled a curved-screen smartphone, taking on rival Samsung in a still niche segment seen as a first step on the road to fully-flexible products. Photo: AFP / LG Electronics

LG Electronics unveiled a curved-screen smartphone, taking on rival Samsung in a still niche segment seen as a first step on the road to fully-flexible products. Photo: AFP / LG Electronics

LG Electronics unveiled Monday a curved-screen smartphone, taking on rival Samsung in a niche market seen as a first step on the road to fully flexible products.
Despite its name, the “G-Flex” does not bend, but uses flexible OLED (organic light-emitting diode) to produce a curved six-inch display. 

The model is “the best representation yet of how a smartphone should be curved,” the president of LG’s mobile unit Park Jong-Seok said, in a clear dig at Samsung.

Earlier this month, Samsung started retailing its “Galaxy Round” – a 5.7-inch (14.5 centimetre) handset with a display that curves from side-to-side to fit the contour of the hand.

The “G-Flex” is curved on the vertical axis in order to, the company said, “follow the contour of the face”.

Curved displays are already commercially available in large-screen televisions offered by both Samsung and LG.

The displays are supposed to offer a more immersive viewing experience but are significantly more expensive than standard screens.

The Galaxy Round is currently only available in South Korea and retails at 1.08 million won ($1,000).

Curved screens are still at a nascent stage in display technology, which is shifting towards flexible panels that are bendable or can even be rolled or folded.

LG said the G-Flex would be available to South Korean consumers from November, but did not provide a price estimate.

Motorola Project Ara announced, will let users customise their smartphones

Motorola phones

Motorola phones

Building your own PC is passé, you’ll soon be able to build your own smartphone, thanks to Motorola’s efforts.
The Google-owned company has announced Project Ara, its new free, open hardware platform for creating highly modular smartphones.
“We want to do for hardware what the Android platform has done for software: create a vibrant third-party developer ecosystem, lower the barriers to entry, increase the pace of innovation, and substantially compress development timelines,” said  Motorola Advanced Technology and Projects group, Project Ara Team, in a blog post.
While Motorola already allows users to customise some external design elements of its Moto X phones, the new project will allow users to select the look as well as internals of their own phone, and even change it when they get bored.
“Our goal is to drive a more thoughtful, expressive, and open relationship between users, developers, and their phones. To give you the power to decide what your phone does, how it looks, where and what it’s made of, how much it costs, and how long you’ll keep it,” said the post.
The Project Ara design scheme comprises of what the company calls an endoskeleton (endo) and modules.  The endo is the structural frame that holds all the modules in place, while a module can be anything, from a new application processor to a new display or keyboard, an extra battery, a pulse oximeter or some other customisable hardware unit.
Motorola is working with Dave Hakkens, the creator of Phonebloks, a smartphone concept that envisioned changeable hardware components, for the project. 
Motorola plans has planned an alpha release of the Module Developer’s Kit (MDK) for winter and says that it will also send an invitation to developers to start creating modules for the Ara platform.  

iPhone 5s 16GB priced at Rs. 53,500, iPhone 5c at Rs. 41,900 in India

The India pricing for Apple’s latest iPhones has been revealed. The devices will hit store shelves on October 25, just in time for the holiday shopping.

iPhone 5s 16GB priced at Rs. 53,500, iPhone 5c at Rs. 41,900 in India

iPhone 5s 16GB priced at Rs. 53,500, iPhone 5c at Rs. 41,900 in India

Apple’s flagship smartphones, the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c will launch in India on October 25. The iPhone 5s is priced at Rs. 53,500 for the 16GB model, Rs. 62,500 for the 32GB model and Rs 71,500 for the 64GB model. The iPhone 5c is priced at Rs. 41,900 for the 16GB model and Rs. 53,500 for the 32GB model. The two smartphones will be available contract free in India but will also be sold by Airtel and R Com. Both the service providers claim that they will offer attractive data and talk plans with the two devices.

Apple had earlier revealed that the iPhones would launch in India along with other countries on November 1. The smartphones are launching five days earlier than announced.

The iPhone 5s is the flagship of the two devices. The hardware powering the smartphone has been upgraded when compared to the previous generation along with the camera, flash and a new finger print scanner. The smartphone is available in three colours – white, black and gold.

The iPhone 5s brings with it a slew of features, some, which we appreciate, and some, which we don’t.

The iPhone 5c on the other hand is available in a number of colours and “c” in the name doesn’t stand for cheap but Colour. The device has the same internal specifications as the iPhone 5, which has been discontinued by Apple. The 5c is a heavier and thicker smartphone than the iPhone 5 and 5s.

The iPhone has seen a number of changes since it was first launched back in 2007. You can take a look atthe evolution of the iPhone to see how much the smartphone has changed from its first iteration over the years.

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.

Five Reasons Your Smartphone Battery Runs Out Quickly

 Five Reasons Your Smartphone Battery Runs Out Quickly

Five Reasons Your Smartphone Battery Runs Out Quickly

Over the past decade, mobile phone capability has improved at an incredible rate. We can do things with those little devices in our hands that twenty, ten or even five years ago we would have thought impossible. Yet there is one area of smartphones that hasn’t improved. In fact, if anything, it seems to have got worse over recent years. The general battery life of a smartphone is as short now as it was when mobile phones came with shoulder straps. So what’s the deal? Why does the battery run out so quickly and can you do anything about it?

Beware of free apps

If you’re downloading free apps, especially games, most of the power they use might not have anything to do with the app itself but rather is being used on third party advertising services. As little as 20% of a free app might be used on the actual game, and over 50% used on location-specific advertising. In short, don’t use free apps that come with lots of adverts. They drain your battery for no good reason.

Turn off apps

Just because you are not using an app it doesn’t mean they are not using power. You physically have to turn the app off in order to stop it draining your juice. You can do this with the task manager. Forget, and you’re wasting valuable battery for no reason.


How strong is the signal in your area because if it’s low, your phone will be using more battery to keep you in touch. The same is true for network speeds in your area. However, the reverse can also be true and if you have a strong signal, your phone works to its full potential and can drain the battery faster.

Turn off GPS

Sure it’s good to know where you are and that others do too, but any app that uses GPS is draining your power. Go into your settings and turn it off and you can keep going for longer.

Think about what it’s doing

Just consider the phone you have in your hand. If you’ve got a top quality smartphone like a Samsung Galaxy S3 on contract, you’re essentially carrying around a small but powerful computer. That’s incredible to think about. It’s no wonder it uses battery. In fact, it is amazing that batteries last as long as they do. So, how about giving your phone a break and remembering to charge it up every day?

Best quad-core Android smartphones under Rs. 15,000 (August 2013)

Here are six Android smartphones worth considering for a budget of Rs. 15,000.

Best quad-core Android smartphones under Rs. 15,000 (August 2013)

It’s that time of the month again when we list out our recommendation of smartphones for a particular price. Since smartphones under Rs. 15,000 is considered a budget device, they bring a slew of impressive features but compromises on others. Here we list for you a series of smartphones that deliver a good package deal to the users.

We think the following six Android smartphones are your best options if price is your biggest concern. The smartphones have been listed in the ascending order of price. Take a look:

1. Zen Ultrafone HD

Price: Rs. 11,999

The Zen Ultrafone 701HD is a very good buy especially considering that it’s less expensive than both the Micromax Canvas HD and the XOLO Q1000, and provides equal, if not better, performance and specifications in almost all departments. The 5-inch 720p display is vibrant and good for consuming multimedia content. Thanks to the MediaTek SoC, the smartphone is a good performer and can run almost all the apps you throw at it from the Google Play store. The rear of the smartphone has a black matte finish making it look really classy. Put simply, for the price you pay, you get one good-looking smartphone.

Some other noteworthy specs that the Ultrafone 701HD include an 8MP rear camera and a 3.2MP front camera, 4GB of built-in storage expandable up to 32GB via a microSD card. A 2000mAh battery powers the entire package.

Read the full review of the Zen Ultrafone HD

2. Spice Stellar Pinnacle Pro

Price: Rs. 12,500

If you are looking for a smartphone with a good camera and good power under the hood (with some security features thrown into the mix) then the Spice Stellar Pinnacle Pro should be at the top of your list. It has a quad-core processor, which is great. It has the maximum built-in storage at 16GB when compared to the competition and the only downside to the device is the display resolution.

The preloaded slew of apps is actually worth it on this smartphone. The device also has a whopping 2550mAh battery powering it. In terms of other specifications, the smartphone has the MediaTek MT6589 chipset with a quad-core CPU and 1GB RAM. The rear has an 8MP shooter and the front has a 5MP camera, both of which perform well.

Read the full review of the Spice Stellar Pinnacle Pro Mi-535

3. Micromax A116 Canvas HD

Price: Rs. 13,449

The Micromax Canvas HD continues to remain one of the best budget smartphones available in the market. The smartphone is ideal for those that are on a tight budget and want a raw Android experience to install custom ROM’s on. The Canvas HD’s 5-inch IPS display is one of the best that you’ll find at this price. It also has a good battery life, courtesy the 2000mAh battery. The performance is good too due to the 1.2GHz quad-core processor. The Canvas HD also has an impressive 8MP camera. The build of the smartphone is good too. The Canvas HD is simply one of the best budget phones you can buy today.

The Micromax Canvas HD also boasts of dual-SIM capabilities, Android Jelly Bean OS and a 2MP front-facing camera. On the downside, it has a mere 1.77GB built-in storage expandable to 32GB using microSD cards.

Read the full review of the Micromax A116 Canvas HD

4. Videocon A55 HD

Price: Rs. 13,490

The Videocon A55HD falls in the category of your run-of-the-mill quad-core budget Android smartphone running on the MediaTek MT6589 SoC. What the smartphone brings to the table are good looks, decent build and a smooth touchscreen. On the downside the performance of the camera is average. The preloaded apps are nothing to boast about. Real Racing 3 didn’t run on the other MediaTek powered smartphones, but it surprisingly ran on the Videocon A55HD and that is impressive.

For its specifications, the smartphone runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, 5-inch 720p IPS display, 4GB built-in storage expandable up to 32GB via a microSD card.

Read the full review of the Videocon A55HD

5. XOLO Q1000

Price: Rs. 14,999

The XOLO Q1000 is a good value for money smartphone. Its 5-inch IPS display is not only large but is also great for displaying all types of content and has really good viewing angles. The build, despite being made of plastic is sturdy. The XOLO is also very usable thanks to the fact that it opts for the raw Android 4.2 interface. If you’re in the market for a large-screened Android smartphone under Rs. 15,000, you won’t go wrong with the XOLO Q1000.

For its specifications, the XOLO Q1000 boasts of dual-SIM capabilities, a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, 8MP rear camera coupled with a 1.2MP front-facing camera, 2100mAh battery, 4GB of built-in storage expandable up to 32GB via a microSD card and 1GB of RAM.

Read the full review of the Xolo Q1000

6. XOLO Play T1000

Price: Rs. 14,999

If playing games on the go is an absolute requirement and you are looking for a smartphone around the Rs. 15,000 budget, then the XOLO Play T1000 is the go-to device for you. Its gaming performance is better than the MediaTek-powered smartphones available. This is the only smartphone on this list that isn’t powered by the MediaTek SoC. Rather, it is powered by the Nvidia Tegra 3 chipset. The device also comes preloaded with a bunch of power management apps to ensure the device gives you a good battery life. The overall performance of the smartphone is really good too. It has a simple yet sturdy design and a comfortable UI.

The XOLO Play has a 4.7-inch 720p display and is really well build. The rubberized back adds to the grip of the smartphone. It has 4GB built-in storage expandable up to 32GB via a microSD card. The rear has an 8MP camera and the front has a 2MP camera. A 2000mAh battery powers the package.

Read the full review of the Xolo Play T1000

Best iPhone Games

Best iPhone Games

Best iPhone Games

With around 900,000 apps available now for download in iTunes app store, gaming options are almost limitless. In the ocean of games for iPhone, a few are worth while the others aren’t. We’ve taken on burden of sorting via the endless games in order to get you what we consider are best iPhone games from the intense comfort gamer to casual word puzzle aficionado.

It’s now safe to state that Apple’s gaming industry is a square kick within tender regions. Free games look to increase in number every time we load the App Store; however so many top titles feel same as cynical business plan in disguise. Fortunately, there’s plethora of gratis integrity to get on the iPhone: the games which offer a solid quantity of entertaining game play.

Despite their protest, dismissing Apple in all possible way, Nintendo and Sony both are concerned clearly by the meteoric increase of iPhone as the handheld gaming devices.

Though great games are driving force behind success of the Apple gaming, low prices also have helped. The majority ‘premium’ titles cost only six quid or even less, and lots of developers finish up in the race to 69p, thus providing best iPhone games which would price 20 quid on rival platform for price of one Kit-Kat. However what if you spent even the last of the cash on your Apple object of wish? Can you get superb games for nothing to pay at all, or ‘free’ section of App Store ignored?

1. Dropship

This superb ngmoco title cost a very few quid, but Dropship now is free and it is one amongst the App Store’s largest bargains. This game is a current take on Thrust or Gravitar, with your ship fighting shooting gun emplacements and gravity while searching compound vector-based cave formation for marooned allies.

Its dual-thumb ‘touch anywhere’ controls take a few getting used to, however the game feels exciting and fluid once they’re mastered.


2. Flood-It! 2

This is one amongst the best iPhone games available for free. It meets all the rules of large puzzlers: keep the things simple, and make the game very challenging so that your brains begin to dribble out from your ears. In this game, you tap the colors to ‘flood’ board from top-left, intending to make the whole board of one single colour using limited number of the taps.

This release provides additional modes over original Flood-It! (obstacles, timers, finishing with defined color), and offers many schemes for the color-blind players.


3. Dr. Awesome Plus

Dr. Awesome Plus, another ngmoco game, uses a vile forced Plus+ account log in, but get that past and you find compulsive title which smashes together the primeval arcade classic Qix along with surgery game Trauma’s Centre. Dr. Awesome’s gameplay focuses around removing the viruses by tilting the device for ‘cutting out’ infections.

Gameplay tends to be furious and fast and, unusually, the Address Book contacts will be used for patient name, so you always can select to give up your high scores and off your bosses in virtual world.


4. Cube Runner

Accelerometers in Apple handheld have driven growth of the tilt-based myriad racing games; however tilt control can be fastidious. However, Cube Runner feels just accurate as you direct your craft right and left through cube-littered landscape, aiming to stay alive for as much long as probable. The game doesn’t looks like much; however, it plays well, plus longevity is also extended by this game enabling you to generate and download different new levels.


5. Sol Free Solitaire

Though it essentially is a portion of Solebon Solitaire, Sol Free Solitaire nonetheless is a striking example of standalone solitaire game which is one among the best iPhone games. From the instant you first launch this game, level of attention and polish to detail is clear. In all the included games, all the graphics are clear and clean, the controls are responsive and intuitive, and the integral help is revealing.


6. Real Racing GTi

Firemint Real Racing is known to be one among the best iPhone games of racing, but it’s demanding also, requiring lots of time investment. This Real Racing GTi bestows with much of depth, but retains the parent’s fun gameplay, great graphics and user-friendly controls.

It’s probably worth noting that this game is a free game to play. It’s far more superior than GTi, but it also is rather IAP-happy, thus be warned.  It has 3 modes on offer – quick race, time trial, and cup championship over 3 tracks—ensuring that this game is one of the best iPhone games as arcade racer on App Store.


7. Spider: Hornet Smash

Hornet Smash includes one level from the game. Tiger Style’s Spider, but its major draw is the frantic arcade minigame. Controlling our 8-legged hero still, the plan is to ward off attacks by the swarms of annoyed hornets, while munching tasty lacewings and weaving webs for health boosts. Overall, three environments are integrated in this innovative and compelling title.


8. Dactyl

Almost completely lacking in depth, the Dactyl is however one amongst the most feverishly addictive and best iPhone games there on App Store. A splendidly demented Whack-A-Mole– effort, Dactyl simply tasks you by tapping red bombs so as to stop them from exploding.

Almost instantaneously, though, the red bombs arrive fast and thick, forcing to keep a track and strike them so as to avoid inevitable ‘game over’.


9. MazeFinger Plus

The forced Plus+ account’s sign-up is terrible, but it’s worth persistent to get to an addictive like this, where you “unleash awesome power of fingers,” according to App Store blurb.

Actually the plan is to drag the fingers from the beginning to finish of every simple maze. The trouble is you’re against clock and obstacles come in your path. 200 levels and Great graphics of compelling gameplay make sure you’ll be glued definitely to your screen.


10. Trace

This is a sweet, creative platform game that has you navigating obstacles to reach star-shaped exit. A twist is that you’ll draw and erase platforms, to support your advancement. With a focus on time-based score rather than lives and ability to skip the levels, Trace is extremely much ‘casual’ platform game; however, it’s none the inferior because of it.


Motorola to launch Nexus smartphone in Q4 2013: Report

Google-owned Motorola is expected to launch a Nexus smartphone in Q4 2013.

Motorola to launch Nexus smartphone in Q4 2013: Report

Motorola to launch Nexus smartphone in Q4 2013: Report

Taylor Wimberly, former editor for Android and Me has posted onGoogle Plus that Motorola will launch a Nexus smartphone in Q4 2013. There is no other information available about the upcoming smartphone in terms of the specifications or launch date.

Google acquired Motorola in 2011 and since then speculations have been circulating the Internet about the next-gen Nexus smartphone. Recently, Motorola launched the Moto X smartphone. The device has been well received and offers users a large array of customization options. Could it be that Motorola and Google were testing waters with the Moto X before unleashing the fifth gen Nexus smartphone?

In the past, Google has launched a new version of the Android OS with every new Nexus device (tablet or smartphone). The Galaxy Nexus showed off Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich back in 2011. The first generation Nexus 7 was launched at Google I/O 2012 and brought with it Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Towards the end of 2012, we saw the launch of the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 HSPA+ that brought with it Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. In November 2012 the Nexus 10 was launched and Ran on Android 4.2. Last we saw the launch of the second generation Nexus 7 that brought with it Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

Rumour mills suggest that the next generation Nexus 10 tablet is in the works and will be made by Samsung, just as they did with the original Nexus 10. The tablet is expected to be unveiled in October alongside the new Nexus smartphone.

Source: GSM Arena

1080p HD quad-core Android smartphones under Rs. 20,000 in India (July 2013)

1080p HD quad-core Android smartphones under Rs. 20,000 in India (July 2013)

1080p HD quad-core Android smartphones under Rs. 20,000 in India (July 2013)

When the Micromax A116 Canvas HD was launched it was the dawn of the era where smartphones under Rs. 15,999 were given the ability to house a 720p display and showcase a quad-core processor.

We have seen a plethora of homogenous quad-core smartphoneshit stores in this realm in the past year and they have all tried to distinguish themselves on grounds of features since the hardware was nearly identical.

Now, we have started receiving information that budget smartphones are going to launch that boast of a quad-core processor and a full HD display.

This does sound like a dream come true and some of the devices on the horizon are listed in the table below.

From the table below it is clear that all these smartphones will be priced above the Rs. 15,000 price point making them a bit expensive for those on a budget. The only device whose specifications haven’t been officially revealed is the Karbonn Titanium S6. Apart from the S6, all the other smartphones will run on the MediaTek MT6589T chipset. The iberry Auxus Nuclea N1 and the Lemon A4 offer users a whopping 16GB built-in storage straight out of the box where as the Spice Mi-525 Pinnacle FHD offers 8GB and the WickedLeak Wammy Passion Z+ a mere 4GB.

iberry Auxus Nuclea N1
WickedLeak Wammy Passion Z+
Karbonn Titanium S6
Spice Mi-525 Pinnacle FHD
Lemon A4
Android 4.2
Android 4.2
Android 4.2
Android 4.2
Android 4.2
Display Type
Display Resolution
Built-in storage
16 4GB
Expandable storage
up to 32 64GB via a microSD card
up to 64GB via a microSD card
up to 32GB via a microSD card
up to 64GB via a microSD card
1.5GHz quad-core
1.5GHz quad-core
Quad-core (Qualcomm chipset)
1.5GHz quad-core
1.2GHz quad-core
Rear Camera
Front Camera
Rs. 18,000
Rs. 15,990
Rs. 19,000 approx
Rs. 16,990
Rs. 17,999

Now, there are a few concerns that we have with these 1080p budget smartphones. To start with, the RAM on these devices is just 1GB. This seemed to get the job done on the 720p display smartphones but rendering nearly twice the number of pixels on a 5-inch display will require more memory. Hence we feel that 2GB of RAM would have been ideal to have a seamless experience on these smartphones. When you will run apps, especially games, on the smartphones, the rendering will require quite a bit of memory. We would like to test some of these smartphones to put our claim to the test.

Put it another way, a quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and a 1080p display, all require quite a bit of juice. Here we think that the smartphones should have a minimum of 2500mAh battery to sustain a respectable amount of battery life. From the table above, only the iberry Auxus Nuclea N1 and the WickedLeak Wammy Passion Z+ fulfill this requirement. The Spice Mi-525 Pinnacle FHD and the Lemon A4 may not have the juice required to run through a day of average use. Battery life is a persisting problem in smartphones today and it will continue, but we hope these devices have the ability to run through one day of average use at least.