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  • Nokia announces 3 Android smartphones

    The smartphones Nokia X, X+ and XL run on the Nokia X software platform that is based on Android.

    Nokia has introduced three Android smartphones under the Nokia X series at the ongoing Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, Spain. The smartphones Nokia X, X+ and XL run on the Nokia X software platform that is based on Android. The Nokia X, X+, and XL are priced at € 89 (Rs 7,500 approx), € 99 (Rs 8,500), and € 109 (Rs 9,300), respectively.


    Nokia X is the entry-level model that comes with 4-inch IPS LCD display, 512 MB RAM and 4GB memory expandable up to 32 GB. It has a 3MP fixed focus camera. Nokia X gives 13.3 hours of talk time on 2G and 10.5 hours talk time on 3G network. Standby time is up to 28.5 days.

    Nokia X+ also has 4-inch IPS LCD display but it packs 768 MB RAM and has 4GB memory expandable up to 32 GB. There is 3MP fixed focus camera. It gives 13.3 hours of talk time on 2G and 10.5 hours talk time on 3G network. Standby time is up to 28.5 days.

    Nokia XL sports 5-inch IPS LCD display, 768 MB RAM, 4GB memory expandable up to 32 GB. It features a 5MP autofocus camera with

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  • Youtube has become a daily habit for many of us. But at times, instead of watching, we just listen to the music/audio stream while handling other chores. A drawback of this is that there is no way to cue several videos as a playlist, and to play a succession of chosen videos, one has to either go back to Youtube and search, or open several tabs concurrently and play them one by one.

    Streamus

    But now putting together several videos and streaming them as playlist is now possible, thanks to an extension called Streamus that has been built specially for the Chrome browser.

    Here is how it works:

    Install the Streamus extension from the Chrome web store. An icon appears next to the search box that acts as a music streaming app. On clicking this icon, a popup appears that allows you to search, add and listen.

    The popup has two sections. To the left, you can search for songs/audio files from Youtube and add them to the stream, and also create your own playlists, and save them. To the right, you will find

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  • Xolo Q700S smartphone launched

    Successor to Q700 that was launched last year, Q700S is priced at Rs. 9,999.

    In a bid to keep up with the competition in the smartphone market, Indian smartphone maker Xolo has come up with another budget range mobile, Xolo Q700S. Successor to Q700 that was launched last year, Q700S is priced at Rs. 9,999.

    Xolo Q700S has a 4.5-inch IPS LCD display with 480x954 pixel resolution and looks premier thanks to the metallic finish. It runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system and is powered by a quad-core mobile processor. It has 1 GB RAM and 4 GB on-board storage, which is upgradable up to 32 GB with microSD card.

    This  budget range mobile boasts of a 8 megapixel camera with BSI sensor and autofocus feature that is supported by dual LED Flash. It also supports full 1080p HD video recording. There is also a VGA front camera.

    Xolo Q700S comes with 1800 mAh battery that promises 9 hours of talk time.
    Other options in this range are Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 and Micromax A110Q Canvas 2 Plus.

    Key Features
    Display - 4.5-inch 480x854 (FWVGA) IPS
    Processor - 1.3 GHz Quad

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  • Water your body, the app way

    This app has been downloaded by about 20,000 people it is currently rated 4.5 out of 5 on Google Play.

    Water helps the human body flush out waste, regulate temperature and keep it functioning properly. Through various bodily functions like breathing, sweating and urination, the body loses water and hence needs hydration at regular intervals. An average human being should drink at least 8-10 glasses of water a day. But often we forget to do so. Now, with the Water Your Body app, you can keep track of your intake.

    Water Your Body

    Install this free Android app from the Google Play store. Once installed, the app asks your weight and determines your daily water requirement. It features a customizable cup in Imperial (oz) or Metric (ml) units. It allows you to set a start and end time for drinking water. Once set, it offers you graphs and logs to track your intake.

    You can use this as an hourly drinking reminder. Have a cup each time you hear it play the sound of water being poured into a glass. You can also make use of the app by logging in your drinking activity.

    How to track
    When you open the app, the daily

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  • Google NowGoogle Now, termed the best native feature on Android, is now available for desktop. According to Google Operating System, Google has released this voice-enabled personal assistant software for Chrome Canary, an improved version of the popular Chrome browser that is designed for engineers and early users.

    For the uninitiated, Google Now is an intelligent personal assistant developed by Google and is available on the Android (Version 4.1+) and iOS (6.0+) operating systems. This software is similar to Siri, a native application available on Apple’s iOS. The software uses location history and search history of the user to answer questions, make recommendations and provide information such as traffic conditions, based on the user's daily activities.

    So how does Google Now work on Chrome Canary? According to Google Operating System, “if you’re signed into Chrome, you should see a Google Now notification and then a list of cards”.  It further said that “Google Now cards are displayed using

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  • HP unveils voice tablets in India

    These tablets are slated to be launched for next month.

    HP TABHP has unveiled two mobile devices for the Indian market - Slate6 VoiceTab and Slate7 VoiceTab. As the names suggest, Slate6 phablet comes with 6-inch (1280 x 720 pixel resolution) IPS display and Slate7 tablet (1280 x 800 pixel resolution) comes with 7-inch IPS display. Both these are powered by Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and support dual SIM with voice calling capability.

    On camera front, both the devices will have 5 MP rear and 2 MP front cameras. Both the tablets are powered by quad-core processor, which makes multitasking faster. They feature IPS panel and sport front-firing stereo speakers. These tablets are slated to be launched in the next month and HP is yet to give more details on features and price.

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