Sunday, March 31, 2013

Record in iPhone Screen Video - With Hardware Acceleration Support Using Record Screen 2013

Taking a screenshot in iOS is easy. Apple has offered the feature since day one, and as long as you can master the simultaneous pressing of the sleep and home buttons, a screen capture will automatically be deposited into your camera roll. How is it so, then, that taking a video recording of the current screen is so much more difficult? The process tends to involve costly, time-consuming desktop software, but thanks to a little jailbreak app by the name ofRecordMyScreen, it needn’t be this way. More details right after the jump!
There are many reasons why you might like to capture a video of your device’s screen. If you’re playing a game, for example, and wish to demonstrate a certain level, hidden item, or trick shot, you can do so without having to explain everything ad nauseam. Flick over to YouTube, and you’ll find millions of screen recordings of iOS devices running games or using apps, but while the vast majority of those will have taken quite a bit of research and planning,RecordMyScreen makes things a whole lot easier.
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The app is the product of a lengthy, collaborative effort between a series of developers, and is touted proudly as the very first free and open source screen recorder for iOS, despite ScreenRecorder for iOS exists, even today, but due to its non open source nature, RecordMyScreen takes the crown. It is capable of running on both jailbroken and non-jailbroken devices, although until it hits the App Store if at all, you’ll need a jailbroken iOS device to get started with the RecordMyScreen. We’re pretty certain Apple will probably reject this one.
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As you might expect from such a fledgling, ambitious app, it’s not exactly awash with features; but by the same token, the app seems to have reached a surprising level of maturity this early on. There’s video rotation, support for half our full-size recording, and hardware accelerated direct h.264 encoding right off the bat. The app also offers the ability to capture OpenGL frames, and once you’ve finished prepping your recording, you can easily save to the camera roll or open with an app of your choosing.
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It’s worth pointing out that, while it works with devices running iOS 5 or higher, it won’t run on any Retina iPad. Still, for a free, new, and an open source app, it’s in very good shape indeed, so why not grab it by heading over to the BigBoss repo?
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iPhone 5 Vs Galaxy S4 Vs Galaxy S3 Vs HTC One Vs Lumia 920 Vs Xperia Z - 2013

With a bunch of new devices from Samsung, HTC and Sony joining an already crowded smartphone market, this Spring is certainly a good time to be upgrading your handset. With so many reviews offering varied, mostly opinion-based coverage on which deserves your hard-earned cash, PhoneArena has tried to keep things objective by posting a display performance comparison of each of the industry’s most sought-after handsets. Included in the line-up is the iPhone 5, Samsung’s current and upcoming Galaxy S4 and the current Galaxy S III, Sony’s waterproof Xperia Z, the HTC One, and Nokia’s Lumia 920. Check out the comparison after the jump!
The first test looked at the brightness and visibility of the displays of each device, but despite the continued endeavors of Samsung and its Super AMOLED technology  the LCDs still reign supreme – at least in this particular category. The brightness of the iPhone 5 came out on top, with the HTC One, Sony Xperia Z and Nokia Lumia 920 each appearing a smidge brighter than the Galaxy S III and S4.

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Having ascertained that the iPhone 5 was superior in terms of brightness, PhoneArena then looked at the viewing angles of each device. As it turned out, the Sony Xperia Z had the worst viewing angles of the whole lot, with the Galaxy S4 and S III once again failing to cover themselves in glory. The iPhone 5 and HTC One both impressed in this particular test, with each handset managing to "retain a more natural color balance."
The next test was the resolution, and with the HTC One boasting the highest pixel density of the bunch, its on-paper rep was confirmed by PhoneArena‘s stress tests. At 468 ppi, it’s a cut above the rest, but the Xperia Z and Galaxy S4 – both of which include 5-inch displays of 441 ppi, ran a close second place. It’s worth pointing out, however, that the average eye would struggle to notice pixels on any of these smartphones, since even the S III, in last place with 306 ppi, is still relatively sharp.

Finally, PhoneArena looked at the color reproduction of each device, and found the iPhone 5 just shaded it from the HTC One. "Their advanced LCD displays output super-realistic, yet vibrant and lively colors that manage to please both the purist users and those who just want a breath-taking image," noted the report.
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Overall, it would seem pretty conclusive that the HTC One and iPhone 5′s displays are superior to those of their peers. But geek benchmarks and comparisons don’t determine consumer expenditure, and with Samsung enjoying such a strong presence in the market with its Galaxy brand, it will take more than this to prevent the Korean company from outselling its rivals in the coming months.
In your view, putting the whole comparison aside, which device has the best display in the market right now? Share your thoughts with us via the usual mediums below

LG Optimus L7 II P710 - Features & Specs

Now a day all the company are challenging  each other through there work. Like MotorolaD1 and D3 LG has relished 2 pair of handset at once. Those are  LG Optimus L5 II, LG Optimus L5 II dual, LG Optimus L7 II and LG Optimus L7 II dual. Those phone are quid same. All those phone are run by Google powerful OS software Android OS (v4.1.2) Jelly Bean. It’s the latest upgrade software. With out that all the phone weight and dimension are same. Specially this phone has 4 GB Rom, 8 MP camera, Wi-Fi, Blutooth and othe.


L7 II Features

Quad-band GSM and 3G with HSDPA
4.3” 16M-color capacitive IPS LCD touchscreen of qHD resolution (480 x 800 pixels, 217 ppi)
Android OS, v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)
Dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A5 processor, Qualcomm MSM8225 Snapdragon Chip-set; 768 MB RAM
8 MP auto-focus, LED flash camera; Geo-tagging; VGA Secondary camera
video recording FWVGA@30fps
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, DLNA
GPS with A-GPS;
4GB of storage; micro SD slot
Accelerometer, proximity and compass sensor
Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
microUSB port and stereo Bluetooth
2460 mAh battery
SNS integration
Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
DivX/Xvid/MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player
MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+ player
Document viewer
Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Google Talk
Voice memo/dial/commands
Predictive text input

HTC Desire VT - Features & Specs 2013

HTC achieved huge success after launching its One Series smart phones i.e. HTC One X, HTC One XL. And, Now it has been announced its next series i.e. “Desire Series”. HTC Desire VT, HTC Desire VC, HTC Desire V, HTC Desire C and HTC Desire Z.The HTC Desire VT runs on Android OS, v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and is powered by 1 GHz Cortex-A5 processor with 512MB RAM and 4GB internal storage.It has 4.0″ Inch 16M WVGA Capacitive Multi Touchscreen display which resolution is 480 x 800 pixels.

You will feel the life like images and videos coming out of the screen as well.Camera of 5MP is not that much satisfying, as other mobiles of this age have at least 8.0 megapixel cameras. It is powered by autofocus capability and an LED flash is also enabled. The camera is common for now but it can bring you the joy of photography perfectly.Camera quality of this smartphone is quite good, it comes with 5MP with LED flash and it has also a Features of Geo-tagging. It supports GPRS, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, 3G – HSPA, MicroUSB v2.0, 3.5mm audio jack, GPS with A-GPS support. It has powerful battery of Li-Ion 1650 mAh which gives you a maximum talk time.

HTC Desire VT Features

Android v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Operating System
4.0″ Inch 16M WVGA (480 x 800) Capacitive Multi Touchscreen
1 GHz Cortex-A5 CPU
Adreno 200 GPU
512MB of Ram
4 GB Internal storage
Up to 32GB Expandable Memory
5 Megapixel Camera With Auto Focus And LED Flash
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, DLNA
Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP

Sony Xperia E - released in UK

If you favour the Android platform you are treated to a massive choice of handsets that cover most people’s finances, and the lower priced devices on offer can still have some worthy specs installed. Now the Sony Xperia E which is a budget Android Jelly Bean device is now available SIM free in the UK.
Sony Xperia E budget Jelly Bean device released in UK
There are two versions of the of the Sony Xperia E with one of them offering dual SIM support, but the single SIM version has gone up for sale via Clove for only £129.99. This will get you the black version of the handset which for the low unlocked price gets you quite a bit of Android smartphone.
The Sony Xperia E has a 3.5-inch HVGA touchscreen display that offers a resolution of 320 x 480 that is powered by a Qualcomm MSM7227A snapdragon single core processor clocked at 1GHz, and coupled with 512MB or RAM.
There is also 4GB of on board storage that is expandable by a further 32GB thanks to the microSD card slot, 3.2-megapixel auto focus rear camera, FM radio, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and HSPA. The 1,500 mAh battery is promised to provide up to 6.30 hours of 3G talk time or 530 hours of standby time, and the device will ship running the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system.
So if you are not interested in having the fastest and most powerful smartphone the Sony Xperia E is certainly worth considering or if you need to give a handset to someone younger it is also ideal.

LG Optimus L7 II Dual P715 - Features & Specs

Now a day all the company are challenging each other through there work. Like Motorola D1and D3 LG has relished 2 pair of handset at once. Those are LG Optimus L5 II, LG Optimus L5 II dual, LG Optimus L7 II and LG Optimus L7 II dual. Those phone are quid same. All those phone are run by Google powerful OS software Android OS (v4.1.2) Jelly Bean. It’s the latest upgrade software. With out that all the phone weight and dimension are same. Specially this phone has 4 GB Rom, 8 MP camera, Wi-Fi, Blutooth and othe.


L7 II Dual Features

Quad-band GSM and 3G with HSDPA
4.3” 16M-color capacitive IPS LCD touchscreen of qHD resolution (480 x 800 pixels, 217 ppi)
Android OS, v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)
Dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A5 processor, Qualcomm MSM8225 Snapdragon Chip-set; 768 MB RAM
8 MP auto-focus, LED flash camera; Geo-tagging; VGA Secondary camera
video recording FWVGA@30fps
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, DLNA
GPS with A-GPS;
4GB of storage; micro SD slot
Accelerometer, proximity and compass sensor
Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
microUSB port and stereo Bluetooth
2460 mAh battery
SNS integration
Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
DivX/Xvid/MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player
MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+ player
Document viewer
Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Google Talk
Voice memo/dial/commands
Predictive text input

Lenovo Ideaphone S720 - Features & Specifications

 The Lenovo has been officially announced a android smartphone which called Lenovo Ideaphone’s runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS and powered by 1GHz Dual-core MediaTek MT6577 CPU.This device has 4.5-inch display with 540 x 960 pixels and IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen.It’s comes with only 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage, micro SD card slot, a 8 MP camera on the back with auto focus.Lenovo Ideaphone S720 is a dual Sim Android Smartphone Which Supports Dual Stand By Mode.It Includes 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR and a GPS .It has Li – Ion/2100 mAh battery.Lenovo Ideaphone S720 is available with color in Pink, White at this moment.


Lenovo Ideaphone S720 Features
Run’s on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Capacitive touch (5-point) screen
Single SIM, Single standby
Dual cameras (the back one with flash light and auto focus)
Wireless internet
GPS supported
Gravity sensing system
Dolby™ Digital Plus high-fidelity audio
FM/MP3/MP4/Bluetooth function supported
Color options are available: Pink / White

Nokia Lumia 930 & 880 totally doable ideas 2013

Many of you will have heard of the Nokia Lumia 800 and Lumia 920 smartphones and today we have news of the Lumia 880 and Lumia 930 Catwalk. These phones have been designed as replacements for the 800 and 920 making them more adaptable or better looking but before you get too excited we should point out that these are concept ideas and not something really in the pipeline from Nokia.

From time to time we enjoy bringing readers news about concept phones as they can give us an inkling of some of the designs that could be available but that didn’t make it to our favorite devices. There are many that we think have looked better than the genuine article so we always like to share some of these ideas with you.
The mockup Nokia Lumia Catwalk 930 is seen as rectifying some flaws of the Lumia 920 and giving it a much fresher look. It comes from designer Juha Luoma and is lighter than the 920, with an aluminum and glass build. The display has an almost ‘infinity’ look as it starts to wrap around the sides of the device and also features Gorilla Glass 2 to front and back and scratch resistant coating. It’s only 8.9mm thick, or should we say slim!
The specs that have been conjured up for this render (see above) include a 1.5GHz Snadragon 600 quad-core processor, 4.5-inch display with resolution of 1280 x 768 and 8.7-megapixel PureView rear camera with Carl Zeiss Tessar lens and F1.9 aperture, 35mm focal length and optical image stabilization. The Nokia Lumia 930 Catwalk also features a 2330 mAh battery and wireless charging.
Next we turn to the Nokia Lumia 880 render and this is based on the Lumia 800 but allows the user to change the cover as on some other Lumia models. It’s designed by Adriano Alfaro and you can see this mockup in the image below. Alfaro’s Lumia 880 has a low-cost interchangeable back made from polycarbonate that also incorporates some function buttons as well as the flash glass.
An optional wireless charging element could also be added and specs of the Lumia 880 include a 1.5GHz Snapdragon dual-core processor, 4-inch display with resolution of 1280 x 768, 1GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage and microSD. This concept also has a removable battery, is 10mm thick and has an 8.7-megapixel rear camera with Carl Zeiss Tessar Lens (no mention of PureView) as well as video capture of 1080p with optical image stabilization.
It would be interesting to hear what readers think about these Nokia Lumia 930 and 880 designs, which are not that farfetched and totally doable when you think about it. The design of the Lumia 930 with the display that seems to fold around the sides is something we find particularly appealing. Tell us if you agree or not by sending your comments.

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Sony Xperia Z

From time to time we like to give readers a comparison between two of the newest devices in a bid to help readers decide which of the two might be the best choice for them. Today we’re looking at the Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Sony Xperia Z in a flagship fight out, as both of these notable Android smartphones have a lot to offer.

The Sony Xperia Z is already available across different regions of the world and on multiple carriers while the Samsung Galaxy S4 is due for a release across the world from late April. It looks as though the Galaxy S4 will hit the UK first on April 26 and then will also then release on multiple US carriers with T-Mobile being the first to announce availability coming on May 1. We’ll look at some of the key specs and details for each phone first, followed by an overall summary.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 has either a 1.6GHz Exynox Octa-core processor or a 1.9GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor, dependent on market. It also has PowerVR SGX 544MP3 graphics or Adreno 320 graphics, again dependent on market model. The Sony Xperia Z has a 1.5GHz Qualcomm quad-core processor with Adreno 320 GPU.

The Galaxy S4 totes a 5-inch Super AMOLED display with resolution of 1920 x 1080 and a whopping 441 ppi. On the other hand the Xperia Z has a 5-inch TFT display with resolution of 1920 x 1080 and again that hugely impressive 441 ppi. As you can see there’s very little between them so far.

RAM and Storage
You’ll find 2GB of RAM for the Galaxy S4 and 16, 32 or 64GB internal storage options, expandable via microSD to 64GB. For the Xperia Z there’s also 2GB of RAM but only 16GB of internal storage, expandable via microSD to 64GB.

Camera Set-up
There’s a 13-megapixel rear camera with autofocus, LED flash, dual shot, simultaneous HD video and image capture, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization and HDR for the Galaxy S4. It’s also capable of 1080p @30fps video with dual-video recording and also has a 2-megapixel front-facing camera also with 1080p @30fps and also dual video call. Alternatively the Xperia Z has 13.1-megapixel rear camera with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, image stabilization, sweep panorama, HDR recording with 1080p video capture @30fps, image stabilization and HDR. It also sports a 2.2-megapixel front-facing camera also with 1080p @30fps.

The Galaxy S4 has a 2600 mAh battery while the Xperia X has a 2330 mAh non-removable battery so the Galaxy S4 has the advantage here.

Operating System
Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean will be the OS for the Galaxy S4 out of the box with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI also evident. The Xperia Z released on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and there’s a planned upgrade to 4.2. It also uses the Sony Bravia Engine 2.

Dimensions and Colors
Measurements of the Galaxy S4 are 136.6mm x 69.8mm x 7.9mm and it weighs 130g. It comes in White Frost or Black Mist color options but more colors may arrive later, as in the case of the Galaxy S3. The Xperia Z measures 139mm x 71mm x 7.9mm, weighs 146g and has black, white or purple color options.

As you can see these two phones are pretty similar when it comes to specs with only some minor differences between them. They both also have LTE connectivity (on models where applicable), Bluetooth 4.0 with AD2P and NFC although the Xperia Z has Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n and the Galaxy S4 has the superior Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac. However the Xperia Z is both water and dust resistant, something that the Galaxy S4 lacks.
Of course we haven’t room here to detail every single specification and also features of both phones and this is where some feel the Samsung Galaxy S4 pushes ahead. As well as wireless charging (some markets) the Galaxy S4 has some amazing new features and improvements such as Smart Stay, Smart Scroll and Smart Pause and further enhancements to S Voice.
Design and build may also play a part in any decision you make between these two handset and on a personal level we’d say the Xperia Z wins this hands down with an elegant sleek design, top-end materials and all-round premium look and feel whereas once more the new Galaxy S handset features plastic and more plastic as on previous Galaxy S phones. Pricing for the Galaxy S4 is only just being announced in dribs and drabs for different regions and carriers but it likely to be around the same price as the Xperia Z or maybe just slightly more.
We say that both of these phones have a huge amount to offer consumers. Although the Galaxy S4 will undoubtedly become the bigger seller (such is the dominance of Samsung for Android devices) that doesn’t mean the Xperia Z doesn’t more than live up to its billing of being Sony’s flagship device. Both phones will offer users a fine mobile experience and should keep users satisfied and happy with their choice. If innovative features are important to you then the Galaxy S4 might be the right choice for you. However, if you want a good-looking phone that looks and feels good the Xperia Z may suit you better.
We’d like to hear your thoughts on these two smartphones. If you were to choose between the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Sony Xperia Z right now, which would you opt for and why? Let us know with your comments.

HTC One X Jelly Bean 4.2.2

Smartphone manufacturer HTC may have a new flagship device that is now grabbing all the focus, but it seems the company won’t be forgetting about all of its older devices, as the HTC One X Jelly Bean 4.2.2 update and sense 5 has been tipped for a summer arrival.
HTC One X Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update tipped
HTC in the past has quickly forgotten about once flagship smartphones as the company decided to leave the Desire HD stuck on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but it seems that owners of the HTC One X will be seeing their handsets upgraded to a newer version of the OS in the coming months.
A respected HTC insider is claiming that the handset will be seeing the Android 4.2.2 update along with the Sense 5 overlay as soon as June or July. We have already heard that the company has promised to bring features of Sense 5 to other hardware, and the next Jelly Bean update will bring many of these features to handsets as long as they are not hardware specific for the HTC One.
The source of the information has come from HTC tipster @LlabTooFeR, who has been pretty reliable in the past, but obviously none of this information about the timeframe of the update has been confirmed by HTC itself.
This timing of the update is earlier than previously expected, but if it proves to be accurate it will be welcome news for the many owners of the device out there, although by then Google may have introduced Android Key Lime Pie.

If Tech Companies Made Easter Candy 2013

If Facebook made chocolate, would you share it with your friends? Would Google Goodies last as long as you'd want? Would the new flavor of BlackBerry's jujubes be enough to make the company popular again?

In this comic, our friends Nitrozac and Snaggy at The Joy of Tech imagine what it would be like if tech companies made their own Easter candy. Apple always has to be different, doesn't it?

If Tech Companies Made Easter Candy, Joy of Tech
Comic illustration provided by The Joy of Tech. Published with permission; all rights reserved.

New iPhone 6 Concept

For the most part, iPhone 5S and/or iPhone 6 concept designs are based on fantasy.  They are inspired by existing rumors and speculation or, in many cases, the designer’s own ideas or “wish lists”, or how he or she wants the next iPhone to be.  But what if the concept design was based on something from Apple’s own collection of approved patents?
New iPhone 6 Concept Teased Through New Patently Apple Report
  Leave it to Patently Apple, arguably one of the most interesting Apple-related sites in the tech blogosphere, to showcase how the iPhone 6 may look like with glass wrapping around the device’s display, not to mention at the back and on the sides.  A new patent, probably one of the most interesting in ages, shows how Apple could potentially use flexible display technology in its next-generation handsets.
The schematic published on Patently Appleshows an iPhone whose features suggest a larger display, hence the possibility that the device depicted is an iPhone 6, rather than the iPhone 5S which many expect to retain a 4-inch display.  There are five icons located on the dock, and the phone on the schematic doesn’t have a home button – this is consistent with rumors suggesting Apple would eschew the home button on its 2014 iPhone release.  Volume controls, normally found on the right side of the iPhone, are also gone and replaced with virtual controls.  Users would apparently be able to mute the device through multi-touch gestures.
What really piques the interest of many is the “two flexible displays in one” concept that would make the iPhone 6 show one or both sets of information on both screens.  Now it could take a little bit of imagination to figure out how these screens are going to work, but since users would not be able to view the second screen, some have speculated that this could be used to display advertisementswhile a user is operating an app or a game.  Another way the wraparound flexible display feature could be used, as shown on the patent, would be viewing videos or photos, 3D content included in a loop.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini - Appears on Official Website 2013

The Samsung Galaxy S4 hasn’t even hit stores yet and already, there’s a strong possibility Samsung will be releasing its own “Mini” version of the next-generation flagship phone.  Rumors from the past couple weeks have hinted at whatfeatures and specifications could be on the Galaxy S4 Mini; right now the general expectation would be similar specs to the Galaxy S2 (4.3-inch qHD display, dual-core processor, 1 GB RAM), though another source claims some versions of the Galaxy S4 Mini would be powered by a quad-core.  Now we have news of Samsung inadvertently teasing the Galaxy S4 Mini on its official website before quickly taking it down.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini Sighting Reported, Device Appears on Official Website
That pretty much says it all – the Galaxy S4 will have its own Mini counterpart, though it’s not clear when this device will hit stores.  It’s almost a given that the Galaxy S4 Mini will be out in the market after its big brother, much like the Galaxy S3 Mini came a few months after the launch of the original S3.  But when exactly can we expect it to be out?  A new report from Sam Mobile suggests that the Galaxy S4 Mini does indeed exist, and will be released in Europe sometime in June.  The report added some of the device’s rumored specs – just as previously rumored, the Galaxy S4 Mini will supposedly feature a 4.3-inch qHD screen, but may come with a quad-core processor.  Other than that, it’s also expected that the Galaxy S4 Mini will come with Android 4.2.2 with TouchWiz Nature UX baked in and an 8-megapixel rear camera.  Internal memory options will be 8/16/32 GB, according to Sam Mobile’ssources.
With Samsung covering all bases by providing yet another lower-priced alternative to buyers, 2013 looks like another banner year for the South Korean company.

7 Apps You Don't Want To Miss -2013

It can be tough to keep up with all the new apps released every week. But you're in luck —Mashable takes care of that for you, creating a roundup each weekend of our favorite 7 apps that are new or updated.
This week a popular reading app made its way to BlackBerry 10, and another popular app designed for reading news released version 2.0.
A new iOS app turns the words you say into a song, and a new mobile-gaming favorite finally made its way to Windows Phone.
Check out the gallery above for a look at this week's highlights.
Still looking for more? Check out last week's Apps You Don't Want To Miss for more great apps worth a look.
Think we left one off the list? Let us know in the comments below about your own app highlights from this week.

Bejeweled Launches for Windows 8 - 2013

Bejeweled is on its way to Windows 8.
Modeled after Bejeweled 3, which is available on some other platforms, Bejeweled Live is an adaptation of the popular game designed specifically for the Windows 8 operating system.
“Bejeweled began life on Windows 98 way back in 2001 and has enjoyed tremendous global success on more than 20 different platforms since then,” Heather Hazen, executive producer for the Bejeweled franchise, said in a statement.
“We’re confident that the beautiful new design and solid foundation of Windows 8 will provide a fantastic experience with Bejeweled Live,” Hazen added.
Bejeweled Live has three different game modes: Classic, Diamond Mine, and Butterflies. Classic is the version of the game players have come to know and love. Butterflies is a slightly different take on the traditional model, where some gems turn into colored butterflies that can take flight on the board while you play. Diamond Mine has you play the game in a mine you need to dig yourself out of.

Stats and Leaderboards help you keep up with not only your own top scores, but also how those scores compare with your friends'.
We had a chance to spend a bit of hands-on time with the game earlier this afternoon, and can verify that all three game modes are as fun and addictive as the Bejeweled with which you’re already familiar. A definite must-buy for any Windows 8 users who are Bejeweled fans.
Bejeweled Live for Windows 8 will be available March 29 from the Windows Store for $4.99.

HTC One vs BlackBerry Z10 - Which Smartphone Wins

Both BlackBerry and HTC are banking on their new phones' releases to turn their fortunes around. The two companies have high hopes for the BlackBerry z10 and HTC One, and what better way to test out their worthiness than by taking them apart and rating their repairability? Thankfully, when it comes to taking apart brand new electronic  devices, iFixit is unequaled, and they've done exactly that.
The HTC One release is being delayed due to part shortages.
Sadly, in this situation at least, we have one phone that performs very well and is quite easy to repair, and another phone that is simply awful. So which is which. The short answer here is that the HTC Oneperformed horribly, and you should be very careful not to break it. Separating the screen from the phone's aluminum shell was smooth sailing, but the rest of the journey took place on noticeably stormy waters.
"It turns out that the HTC One's guts are glued into the machined aluminum casing," iFixit's Miroslav Djuric said in an emailed statement. "So if you want to replace anything inside, *at best* you'll just disfigure the perimeter of the device. Even worse, you may inadvertently mangle a speaker or cable during the opening process."
"It took us over half an hour to separate the rear aluminum case from the functional components of the phone," Djuric added. "Worse yet, our diligent spudgering appears to have permanently mangled the plastic bezel surrounding the aluminum case. It's possible that prying at a snail's pace while applying heat could minimize this damage, but we're not too hopeful. This phone was not made with openability in mind."
The HTC One scored an abysmal 1 out of 10 on the repairability scale, an unprecedented achievement for a smartphone. There's a first time for everything, but this probably isn't the thing the HTC One wanted to be "number one" at.
The BlackBerry Z10, meanwhile, did a lot better, scoring an 8 out of 10. Users can replace the battery with no tools necessary, and the use of standard screws makes unraveling the thing even easier. The only problems iFixit had were when it tried to remove the display assembly, because the LCD screen is fused to the glass.
The most annoying thing in a list of two was the fact that the BlackBerry Z10's smaller components, like the camera or headphone jack, were held into place with adhesive that can be annoying to dislodge.
In the battle of repairability, the BlackBerry Z10 clearly comes out on top, but does it matter? Do these kinds of teardowns affect your purchasing decisions? Let us know in the comments.

iPhone 5S Debuting On June 20 - Cheaper iPhone To Launch In August 2013

Apple could be gearing up to launch the next-gen version of the iPhone — iPhone 5S — very soon, if new reports are to be believed. Reports say the iPhone 5S is set to make its debut on June 20 and will release in August.The new information comes courtesy of the Japanese website MacFan.
iPhone 5S Concept Design
"A new rumor from Japan echoes previous speculation that the next iPhone — presumably the 'iPhone 5S' — may be formally announced at a special event on Thursday, June 20. MacFan, currently celebrating its 20th anniversary as a Mac enthusiast site, claims that the new model will go on sale in July, a few weeks after its introduction," reports Electronista. "According to the report, a 'low-cost' version of the iPhone aimed at the larger larger pre-paid market in developing countries such as China and India may debut in August."
Moreover, per the MacFan report, Apple may also preview or announce a new update to iOS which would impart some major changes.
"The rumor, which is considered plausible, goes on to add that Apple may preview or even announce a new update of iOS that would feature the first real fruits of the design overhaul expected from SVP of Industrial Design Sir Jonathan Ive, though this part is listed as a 'prediction' rather than a claim of insider knowledge," notes Electronista.
Speculation has been rife that Apple would introduce the iPhone 5S on the sixth anniversary of the original iPhone, which launched on June 29, 2007.
A June or July launch date for the iPhone 5S has been forecasted by several analysts. Apple analyst Gene Munster believes that the iPhone 5S will launch in late June, and the low-cost iPhone will debut in the September quarter. Noted KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo anticipates that Apple will launch the next-gen iPhone in June and the smartphone will go on sale in July.
MacFan's report should be taken with a pinch of salt, even if it echoes the previous conjectures and suppositions. Moreover, since the Electronista report does not cite where MacFan got its information from, the authenticity remains questionable.

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iPhone 5 vs Galaxy S4

It’s no longer news that Apple, the world’s most valuable technology company, and Samsung Electronics, the most valuable tech company in Asia, have been battling fiercely in the global mobile device market, the two companies dominate this market, although Samsung is also a supplier to Apple, they still compete against each other.

With the recent announcement of Galaxy S IV, Samsung’s new version of its flagship smartphone which will be available in late April 2013, the anticipated Galaxy Note III phablet and a couple of other other new smartphones over the course of this year, the battle for dominance doesn’t seem to be something that will be over very soon
In this article, we will take a look at the two phones and compare them in a neutral manner and try to provide some of the important things you must know to enable you make a decision before you buy, let’s take a look at the two phones
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iPhone 5 Review

The Apple iPhone 5 debuted in September 2012 to predictable enthusiasm and successful sales. In fact, it sold out 20 times faster than its predecessor, the iPhone 4, following its release. Where other companies have an entire line of phones, Apple needs only one to remain strong in a thriving industry. But is the iPhone 5 everything it’s hyped to be, or is it simply resting on its reputation? Despite having style and some cutting edge technology on its side, the iPhone is no longer the obvious choice it used to be. By examining its key features and flaws, consumers will be better able to choose between the iPhone 5 and its top competitors.

The iPhone 5 takes Apple’s sleek minimalism into the next generation with a slender and compact design. It is pleasantly weighty for its size, without being actually heavy, and only marginally larger than the iPhone 4S. Even though it’s lighter and thinner than almost any other phone on the market, it gives the impression of sturdiness. There have been valid concerns, however, about the paint coat chipping away. The screen has been expanded to 4 inches, but it is still entirely accessible with one hand.

iPhone 5
iPhone 5

The interface is where Apple is now beginning to fall behind. The menu screen remains largely unchanged from the days of the original iPhone and, as can be expected in such a rapidly changing technology, it’s starting to feel outdated. Where Android phones allow flexible arrangements and integrate apps with the home screen, the simple iOS system feels restricted. Apple loyalists may not notice it, but anyone switching over from another smartphone provider will have trouble with correcting settings outside of apps and a severely limited notification bar.

Apple iPhone with Social Media Apps

Even though the interface is a bit clunky, the iPhone 5 makes up for it with high speeds that don’t sacrifice battery power. This area really shines, as the iPhone 5 has excellent battery life for its performance. Calls and some apps continue Apple’s ongoing problem of severe battery depletion and should be managed accordingly. The camera is excellent for a smartphone and has several nice options, including touch focusing and better imaging in low lighting, but isn’t macro-capable. The iPhone offers 4G, as well, which should appeal to those wanting something more from their mobile use. Call quality is vastly improved over former models.


One of the iPhone’s biggest draws, of course, is the App Store, which offers just about every function a smartphone can handle. The Safari browser is responsive and intuitive, and lag is rare. Siri, Apple’s helpful voice-recognition software, has had her IQ boosted and is more useful. The major buzz around its software, though, has been the new Maps app replacing Google’s signature guidance system. Although it is adequate, its lack of polish has drawn significant scorn from users. Thankfully, Google Maps is still available in the App Store.

All in all, the iPhone 5 is exactly what its fans have come to expect. It may not be at the forefront of power or customization, but its ease of use and sheer competency is what makes it a worthy successor to the name. For the casual user, the iPhone remains one of the best smartphones available.

Samsung Galaxy S IV Review

Samsung Galaxy S III was a device that gave the mighty Apple iPhone 5 a run for its money. The Samsung Galaxy S III was released in the spring of 2012 and has proven to be a huge hit in the tech world but just a few months after the launch of Samsung Galaxy S3, Samsung Galaxy S4 was announced in New York on March 14, 2013.
The new flagship smartphone, which currently runs the latest Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean comes with a 5-inch 1080p PenTile Super AMOLED HD display, 441 PPI with significant improvement in it’s hardware. The new phone has once again raised the bar again for Samsung’s competitors. And by adding so much specialised software which could be accessed via Samsung’s super-sized screen, the new GS4 has succeeded in setting itself apart from the iPhone.
As you can see above, the Galaxy S4 looks very similar to the Galaxy S3 in design. Put simply, it’s just a bigger version. It keeps the rounded corners but has a slightly squarer look to it like the Galaxy S2. The rear removable cover also remains, as does the physical home button which is a slightly different shape.
For users who want to store a lot of content on their smartphone, there is a choice of storage amounts with the Galaxy S IV just like in it’s predecessor  You can opt for a 16GB, 32GB or 64GB version, plus the phone has a microSD slot for additional storage and supports cards of up to 64GB. There are two cameras on the Samsung Galaxy S IV. The rear facing shooter is 13-megapixel camera with f/2.2 aperture, 

Using the Galaxy S IV is fairly straightforward, especially for individuals who are already familiar with the Android platform. There are many great pre-loaded Google apps, including Google Maps, Google Talk, Gmail, YouTube and more. Google Play offers more than 600,000 additional great apps that can be downloaded to the phone. In terms of battery life, there is a standard 2100 mAh Lithium-ion battery.

As with most smartphones, the Galaxy S IV has a standard mini USB port for charging and syncing with a computer. Adding content to the device is a snap, and it is possible to upload several different formats of music, photos and video..

 iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S IV

Samsung Galaxy S 4Apple iPhone 5
5-inch 1080p PenTile Super AMOLED HD display, 441 PPI4-inch IPS display, 1136×640 pixels, 326 PPI
1.6GHz 8-core Exynos Octa 5 CPU1.2GHz dual-core Apple A6 CPU
2GB of RAM1GB of RAM
13-megapixel camera with f/2.2 aperture, 1080p video, 2-megapixel front facing camera8-megapixel camera with f/2.4 aperture, 1080p video and 1.3-megapixel front facing camera
16/32/64 GB memory options16/32/64 GB memory options
Android 4.2 with TouchWiz Nature UXiOS 6
HSPA+, LTE in selected market, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0HSPA+, LTE in selected market, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
Wireless ChargingNo Wireless Charging
IR BlasterNo IR Blaster
S-Health, S-Translate, Air View, Air Gesture, Knox, Group Play, S-Voice Drive,Dual-Shot, Drama Shot, Cinema Shot, Sound Shot, Beauty Shot, Eraser and Story AlbumSafari, Siri, Apple Maps, Photo Stream, iCloud
136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm
microSD card slot with support for 64GB of storageNo microSD card slot
Overall, the Samsung Galaxy S IV is a great choice of smartphone for anyone who is a fan of the Android operating system. It offers a full day’s worth of usage, plenty of great features and a unique user experience. It is also a super phone that can be used as an all in one type of device