• Nokia unveils new metal-body Lumia 925
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    Nokia unveils new metal-body Lumia 925

    The Lumia 925 comes packed with 1GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon and 7 GB free SkyDrive cloud storage.

  • Nokia Lumia 920 vs Nokia Lumia 925
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    Nokia Lumia 920 vs Nokia Lumia 925

    Nokia Lumia smartphones are now available at significantly reduced prices. Lumia 920 is now available for Rs. 23,999 while Lumia 925 is now available for Rs.29,999.  Go through the features of both of these high-end camera phones.

  • Mobile review: Nokia Lumia 920
    Mobile review: Nokia Lumia 920

    Lumia 920 is Nokia's latest flagship smartphone based on Windows Phone 8 operating system. Prior to its launch in India it was surrounded by a lot of controversies related to a fake video about its camera's capabilities, and availability in oversee markets where it was unveiled in November.

  • Nokia Lumia 900: First Look
    Nokia Lumia 900: First Look

    Nokia finally launched its Lumia 900 in the Indian market for Rs 32,999, a spokesperson of the company confirmed this to The Mobile Indian. Nokia Lumia 900 is a non 4G version but will support download speeds up to 42 Mbps. However there is no network in India offering that kind of speed as the maximum speed available here in the country is just 21 Mbps.

  • Mobile review: Nokia Lumia 820
    Mobile review: Nokia Lumia 820

    In January 2013, with much fanfare Nokia launched in India the new Lumia smartphones running Microsoft Windows Phone 8. The new Nokia Lumia 820 and Lumia 920 smartphones with Windows Phone 8 are being offered in fancy colours for the Indian crowd.

  • Mobile Review: Nokia Lumia 800
    Mobile Review: Nokia Lumia 800

    Nokia came out with its Lumia series of devices some time back. There are currently two Lumia handsets in India as on Feb 2012. These are the pocket friendly Nokia Lumia 710 and the stylish Lumia 800.

  • Nokia Lumia 720: First look
    Nokia Lumia 720: First look

    Nokia's cheaper Windows Phone 8 variant, Lumia 720, offers impressive looks and features that can put even expensive phones to shame.

  • Nokia Lumia 710
    Nokia Lumia 710

    The Lumia 710 sports a 3.7-inch TFT LCD touchscreen display screen and was initially priced at Rs 20,000. Now available at Rs. 15,500.

  • Mobile review: Nokia Lumia 620
    Mobile review: Nokia Lumia 620

    Nokia's Lumia 620 can be called a significant improvement over the Lumia 610, which appeared to be a rushed job. In terms of design, both smartphones are quite distinct, but the capacitive Windows buttons is what connects them.

  • Nokia Lumia 620: First Look
    Nokia Lumia 620: First Look

    Nokia's Lumia 620 is now finally available in India for Rs 14,999. Few days back, few online retailers were taking preorders of the handset for Rs 15,1999 though.

  • Nokia Lumia 610: First look
    Nokia Lumia 610: First look

    Nokia's cheapest Windows Phone variant the Lumia 610 offers impressive looks and features though it competes with the Lumia 710.

  • Nokia Lumia 520: Hands on
    Nokia Lumia 520: Hands on

    Nokia's cheapest Windows Phone variant Lumia 520 is as good as it gets. Nokia 510 was the cheapest Windows 7.5 smartphone and now Nokia is back with an upgrade in the form of Nokia 520-by far the cheapest ever Windows Phone 8 based smartphone.

  • Nokia Lumia 510
    Nokia Lumia 510

    Nokia Lumia 510 packs an 800 MHz Qualcomm processor, 5 megapixel camera, mere 4 GB on-board storage and no micro SD card and runs Windows Phone 7.5 Refresh.

  • PAYTM WALLET FOR BCCI

    F INALLY, there is a little increase in the title sponsorship money for international matches that the BCCI will host, though it is not much to crow about — only 19.8 per cent. At a time when companies are exploring other sports for mileage, One97 Communications Ltd., better known for its popular brand Paytm, on Thursday bagged the four- year title sponsorship by quoting ` 2.42 crore per international match to be played in India, besides the premier domestic tournaments. Overall, Paytm will pay ` 203.28 crores for the 2015- 19 period, during which the BCCI has committed to stage a minimum of 84 international matches.

  • Astronomers find star with three super-Earths

    Astronomers said Thursday they had found a planetary system with three super-Earths orbiting a bright, dwarf star -- one of them likely a volcanic world of molten rock. The four-planet system had been hiding out in the M-shaped, northern hemisphere constellation Cassiopeia, "just" 21 light years from Earth, a team reported in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics. Super-Earths have a mass higher than Earth's but are lighter than gas giants like Neptune, Saturn or Jupiter.

  • Paytm grabs BCCI's title sponsorship rights at home

    Ltd. (Paytm) on Thursday acquired the sponsorship rights for the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) international and domestic matches at home for four years. The bid was opened in the BCCI marketing committee meeting held here. "We are elated to have Paytm as our homes series title sponsors.

  • OnePlus 2: Seven Things That Are New!

    OnePlus 2: Seven Things That Are New!

    OnePlus 2: Seven Things That Are New!

    OnePlus has released the successor to its extremely popular OnePlus One, the OnePlus 2 (which it has dubbed “the flagship killer”). After the controversy with Cyanogen (which is now partnering Micromax in India), OnePlus decided to come out with a new OS for its devices, which it called Oxygen. The first OnePlus had no physical buttons beneath the display, but the OnePlus has one and it is not just for Home, but also a fingerprint scanner, adding another layer of security to the device.

  • Lava launches Pixel V1 smartphone with Google at Rs 11, …

    Washington DC, July 27 (ANI): Lava has introduced its phone in partnership with Google called Pixel V1.

  • Lava launches Flair Z1 smartphone at Rs. 5,699

    London, July 24 (ANI): Lava has launched a smartphone called Flair Z1 in the Indian market.

  • Volcano shuts major Indonesian airport during holiday r …

    Ash spewing from an erupting volcano closed the airport serving Indonesia's second-biggest city Thursday, as millions of people were travelling across the archipelago ahead of the Muslim holiday of Eid. The shutdown of the international airport serving Surabaya, on the main island of Java, came days after the airport on the nearby resort island of Bali was closed by ash from the same volcano, stranding thousands of holidaymakers. Authorities ordered the closure of Juanda Airport near Surabaya between 1:30 pm (0630 GMT) and 8:30 pm due to increased activity from Mount Raung, which has been erupting violently in recent weeks, airport spokeswoman Liza Anindya told AFP.

  • Bali tackles backlog after volcano hits nearly 900 flig …

    Indonesian authorities at Bali's international airport were fighting Monday to clear a backlog after almost 900 flights were cancelled or delayed in recent days due to a volcanic eruption, causing travel chaos during the peak holiday season. Mount Raung on Indonesia's main island of Java, which has been rumbling for weeks, sent an ash cloud floating over Bali on Thursday, forcing the airport to close for two days. Thousands of tourists who were visiting the resort island famed for its palm-fringed beaches found themselves stuck at Ngurah Rai airport, near Bali's capital Denpasar, anxiously watching departure boards, sitting and sleeping on the floor.

  • Submerged volcanoes found off Sydney

    A cluster of submerged volcanoes has been discovered off Sydney, scientists said Monday, with the potential to help unlock the secrets of the sea floor between Australia and New Zealand. The four extinct volcanoes were found about 250 kilometres (150 miles) offshore from Australia's biggest city last month during a search for larval lobster breeding grounds. Australian National University volcano expert Richard Arculus said the volcanoes, which are spread across 20 kilometres, were "a window into the underlying mantle" beneath the seabed.

  • Evacuations as Mexico's 'Volcano of Fire' e …

    Ash rained down from the so-called "Volcano of Fire" in western Mexico and people living in its shadow were evacuated Saturday after it spectacularly erupted. The interior ministry said the volcano in Colima state could continue to spew lava before waning in a few weeks -- or possibly experience its biggest eruption in more than a century. More than 80 people were evacuated from nearby communities after the volcano sent a four-kilometer (2.5-mile) column of ash skyward late Friday.

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  • Maliwal takes stock of women security in Delhi

    New Delhi, Aug 1 (ANI): Swati Maliwal, Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief, said today that she has started taking stock of women security in Delhi. "We have taken cognizance of Meenakshi's murder and we have sought some information from the Police Commissioner. How many complaints were given by women for crime against women?

  • Start-ups in spotlight at new Hong Kong tech meet

    Tech entrepreneurs gathered in Hong Kong Friday showing everything from next-generation wearables to "smart" sex toys as investors seek to tap into the Asian market, seen as a breeding ground for start-ups. The inaugural RISE technology conference is the first Asian version of Web Summit, an event held annually in Dublin since 2010 where app-based taxi-hailing firm Uber raised its first millions. "There are definitely start-ups here that are going to be very big in the future," RISE organiser Paddy Cosgrave told AFP, adding that he expects the conference to shine a light on new companies from Hong Kong and around the region.

  • Nokia gains profits in Q2, core business recovers

    Helsinlki, July 31 (IANS) Nokia achieved an increased turnover and made a remarkable profit during the second quarter of 2015, the Finnish network technologies company said. Mikael Rautanen, an analyst of Nokia from the analysis firm Inderes, told Finnish national radio Yle that the increase in the turnover could be attributed to changes in the exchange rates that were advantageous to Nokia. The good profit result showed a recovery in the core business of Nokia, the network services.

  • European stock markets climb on earnings, Fed

    European stock markets rose Thursday on company updates and as investors assessed the US Federal Reserve's outlook for the economy. The euro fell to $1.0916 from $1.0990 late in New York on Wednesday, as Germany's jobless scrolls showed a surprise increase of 9,000 people in July. Asian stock markets mostly closed higher Thursday, tracking a rally in New York, while the dollar advanced after the Federal Reserve upgraded its outlook on the US economy, traders said.

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  • Nokia posts 'solid' Q2 results, stock soars

    Finnish telecom group Nokia reported on Thursday that its network equipment business had significantly improved sales and profitability in the second quarter, sending its share price soaring more than six percent. "I am particularly pleased by Nokia Networks, which rebounded dramatically from its tough start to the year," Nokia's chief executive Rajeev Suri said in a media conference call. Nokia's Devices and Services unit -- the unprofitable handset business -- whose sale to Microsoft in 2013 was finalised in April 2014, contributed to net profit in the second quarter 2014.

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  • Dollar up on Fed rate talk, Asia markets mostly rise

    The dollar pushed higher on Thursday after the Federal Reserve upgraded its outlook on the US economy, fuelling talk of a September interest rate hike, while Asian shares were mostly up after a Wall Street rally. With the mood on global markets a little more upbeat than at the start of the week, oil prices edged up although concerns over a supply glut are keeping a lid on rises. Seoul dropped 0.91 percent, or 18.59 points, to 2,019.03, hurt by selling in heavyweight Samsung Electronics after it reported disappointing earnings.

  • Samsung Electronics posts 8% fall in Q2 net profit

    South Korean giant Samsung Electronics posted an 8.0 percent fall in second quarter net profit Thursday and promised "flexible" pricing of its new flagship smartphone after less than stellar sales contributed to a slump in its mobile unit's earnings. The world's largest smartphone maker said net profit for the April-June period stood at 5.75 trillion won ($4.9 billion), down from 6.25 trillion won a year ago and slightly below analyst estimates. The conglomerate has now seen its net profit decline for five straight quarters year-on-year, mainly due to heightened competition in an increasingly saturated smartphone market that it had dominated for years.

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  • Samsung posts $5.9 bn operating profit in Q2

    Seoul, July 30 (IANS) Samsung Electronics posted 6.9 trillion won ($5.9 billion) in operating profit in the second quarter, missing market estimates on weak demand for Galaxy S6 smartphones, a regulatory filing showed on Thursday.

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  • Delhi cops hit dirt trail to project clean image

    DELHI Police officials, including assistant commissioners and inspectors, have started projecting ‘good cop’ image before Delhiites. In course of this public relations activity, ACPs, SHO, inspectors etc are visiting each locality in their areas and meeting people just like the city’s MLAs do. This step has been taken after Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Najeeb Jung held a closed- door meeting with senior officials of Delhi Police where he asked the cops to improve image of khaki and earn a good name with the public in their respective areas.

  • More than just cycling: MTN Qhubeka

    More than just cycling: MTN Qhubeka

    More than just cycling: MTN Qhubeka

    MTN Qhubeka's goal for 2015 is to put 5000 children or adults on their “buffalo bikes” as part of a campaign called Bicycles Change Lives

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  • Apple, Samsung lose ground in shrinking tablet market

    Tablet computer sales fell in the second quarter of 2015, with market leaders Apple and Samsung losing ground to other vendors, a survey showed Wednesday. Apple remained the top vendor with 10.9 million iPads sold in the past quarter, for a market share of 24.5 percent. Samsung was number two with 7.6 million tablets sold, for a 17 percent market share.

  • NFL: Brady fires back on 'Deflategate' ban as appeal …

    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady fired back at the NFL upholding a four-game ban on him in the "Deflate-gate" saga, taking to Facebook on Wednesday to defend himself. "I am very disappointed by the NFL's decision to uphold the 4 game suspension against me," Brady posted on his Facebook page. One of the most high-profile athletes in American sport, Brady was found by Goodell to have been at least "generally aware" of a plot by Patriots staff to improperly reduce the air pressure of balls used by Brady during the American Conference final against Indianapolis earlier this year.

  • India to produce at least dozen billionaires among start-ups …

    New Delhi, Aug. 2 (ANI): An ASSOCHAM study on start-ups has pointed out that India is expected to produce at least a score of billionaires and many times millionaires among the start-ups in the next five years. "India will be among the top among the Asian start-ups along with the Chinese and the South East countries. No such issue confronts the Indian start-ups," the paper said.

  • Bengaluru cops turn to WhatsApp to curb crimes

    IF YOU are in Bengaluru and facing any problem, you need not visit any nearby police station to lodge a complaint. For, people can now directly connect with the Bengaluru Police on WhatsApp and lodge a complaint! This unique service, which is supposed be the first- of- its- kind in the country, was launched on Saturday by new Bengaluru City Police Commissioner NS Megharikh. The Bengaluru police have announced a dedicated mobile phone number ( 9480801000) on which people can file complaints through WhatsApp.

  • Japanese journalist pulls a 'Weiner' in Thailan …

    Japanese broadcaster TV Asahi apologised Saturday after its Bangkok bureau chief posted an image of his genitals on a mobile forum set up by Thailand's foreign ministry, which warned of "consequences". The ministry demanded an explanation for the graphic picture that appeared late Monday in the forum, which was set up for foreign journalists working in Thailand. "We deeply apologise to the Thai foreign ministry and other people concerned," the spokesman said, adding the journalist had been urged to "seriously reflect" on the incident.

  • Take unique routes to pamper buddies on Friendship Day

    New Delhi, Aug 1 (IANS) Friendship bands, cards and flowers are mundane Friendship Day treats, but how about making the occasion special by getting your buddies a ride in a luxurious car or by planning a day-long retreat nearby? Here are ways you can enjoy Friendship Day on Sunday with a twist: * Hire a Limousine, BMW, Audi or any other luxury car as a unique way to pamper your friends on Friendship Day. * According to e-commerce platform flipkart.com, there's almost a 70 percent increase in demand across a range of Friendship Day wrist bands and this iconic symbol of friendship maintains its position as the number one trend.

  • Naomi Campbell gets six months' suspended sentence

    Los Angeles, Aug 1 (IANS) Model Naomi Campbell has been found guilty of assault after being accused of scratching the eye of a paparazzo photographer who took photographs of her and her former boyfriend while she was on a holiday. The 45-year-old model hit Gaetano Di Giovanni with her handbag after he photographed her walking through the Sicilian island of Lipar with Russian billionaire Vladimir Doronin in 2009, reports dailymail.co.uk. Campbell realised Di Giovanni had taken several photographs as she walked through the narrow streets with the Russian billionaire and attacked him with her handbag.

  • Italy's anti-establishment Five Star party ready to …

    Italy's anti-establishment Five Star party, founded in 2009 by former comedian Beppe Grillo, is itching to govern and has a man primed for the top job. The movement celebrated a shock success in 2013's general election when it snapped up a whopping 25.5 percent of the votes, becoming the second biggest political force behind the centre-left Democratic Party. "Today we are ready, much more than in 2013," Luigi di Maio, one of Five Star's most prominent members, told AFP.

  • S. Korea exports down for seventh straight month in Jul …

    South Korea's exports shrank in July for a seventh straight month due to sluggish global demand and low oil prices, government data showed Saturday. Car exports fell 6.2 percent on-year to $3.99 billion, while shipments of mobile communication devices including cellphones plunged 16 percent to $2.15 billion, it said.

  • GUJARAT STILL IN KNEE- DEEPWATER

    RAINS have stopped in Gujarat, but flood waters are killing people even while in retreat. In Banaskantha, north Gujarat, a 21- year- old youth lost his life after he was washed away in flood waters while walking through his fields with his father.

  • ‘ Abducted while returning home’

    TWO PEOPLE from Karnataka, Lakshmikanth and Vijay Kumar, who were working in Libya, were on their way to the Tunis airport to return to India when they were reportedly kidnapped at gun- point by militants owing allegiance to the dreaded terror network ISIS on July 29. According to relatives of Lakshmikant ( 34), who was working as a teacher at the Sirte University, had informed them they were trying to reach India through Tunisia. He was working in Libya for the last seven years.

  • Netanyahu to address US Jewish groups on Iran deal

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will next week redouble efforts to scupper the international nuclear deal with Iran, making a personal appeal to Jewish groups across the United States. Netanyahu, a strident opponent of the agreement, will make a web address Tuesday that will be available on computers, on mobile phones and in synagogues across America, according to organizers representing more than 100 Jewish groups. The Israeli premier is also expected to take questions, in an address hosted by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and the Jewish Federations of North America.

  • Migrants 'attacked' at sea between Greece and T …

    Migrants trying to sail from Turkey to Greece are increasingly reporting being attacked by gunmen trying to prevent them from reaching Europe, according to multiple sources. The reports came as the UN's refugee agency on Friday said Greece's infrastructure was falling "far short" of the needs of the 109,000 migrants who have arrived in the country this year, fleeing war, poverty and persecution. An international NGO, which did not wish to be named, has launched an investigation after several witnesses reported being attacked en route from Turkey to Greece, with some saying they were robbed and others saying the motors from their boats were stolen.

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  • Windows 10 entices millions in first day

    The company said its new operating system aimed at computers, mobile devices and other gadgets got off to a strong start toward its goal of reaching one billion devices. "We're humbled and grateful to see the response to Windows 10," corporate vice president Yusuf Mehdi said in a blog post late Thursday. The stakes are high for Microsoft as it pushes out the new operating system for both traditional computers and mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones.

  • Education goes digital in India

    New Delhi, July 31 (ANI): Talentedge, which is one of India's fastest growing education providers, has come up with an interesting survey based on the 'Digital India' campaign launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. As per the survey, a large number of people in India want to pursue online courses to improve their employability. According to the survey, Digital learning is most popular in South India with 37 percent people willing to use this study mode, followed by West India at 31 percent and North India at 28 percent.

  • Microsoft unveils Office Mobile apps for Windows 10

    Washington DC, July 31 (ANI): Microsoft has released its new Office Mobile apps for Windows tablets that are running on Windows 10.

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  • Hong Kong stocks close higher but Shanghai sinks furthe …

    Hong Kong shares ended 0.56 percent higher Friday, ending a painful weak on a positive note as dealers brushed off more losses in mainland Chinese markets and a tepid lead from Wall Street. The markets swung throughout the week, ending it more than three percent lower, as investors were spooked by renewed selling in China, where the Shanghai market slumped more than 10 percent over the past five days and 15 percent in July. Hong Kong investors were also unfazed by a flat session in New York, which came despite figures showing growth in the US economy picked up to 2.3 percent in April-June -- the strongest growth since the third quarter of 2014.

  • Heartbreak as Bangladesh-India land swap splits familie …

    Chapala Barman is heartbroken as she contemplates leaving the home she has known all her life ahead of a historic land swap between Bangladesh and India that will divide her family. The 60-year-old Hindu is preparing to leave her home in Dahala-Khagrabari, a small island of Indian land inside Muslim-majority Bangladesh, with three of her sons. The two nations will hoist their respective flags in 162 enclaves -- 111 in Bangladesh and 51 in India -- at one minute past midnight (1801 GMT Friday) to assume sovereignty over the territories following a border agreement in June.

  • Press Release from Business Wire : SES

    SES Platform Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SES S.A. (NYSE Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG), announced today that StarTimes, the fastest-growing digital TV operator in Africa, will distribute TV channels for their direct-to-home (DTH) subscribers across Sub-Saharan Africa via SES Platform Services’ broadcast facility in Germany.

  • New Twitter app launched for Windows 10

    New York, July 31 (IANS) Within days of the Windows 10 launch, Twitter has unveiled a native app for the operating system. Without requiring one to log in, the app showcases top trending tweets, photos and videos. It will also feed tweets in Live Tiles right from the Start Menu, The Next Web reported.

  • Press Release from Business Wire : BBPOS

    BBPOS, the global mobile point-of-sale (mPOS) innovation and solutions leader, will debut its new Chipper 2X device in the third quarter of 2015, the only mobile card payment acceptance solution that integrates magstripe, EMV and NFC contactless compatibility into a single compact audio jack-based design. "Chipper 2X will kick off a new era of incredibly easy, secure and reliable mPOS solutions,” said Alex Choi, President & Chief Executive Officer of BBPOS. "We are bringing our merchant and institutional customers the features and payment acceptance versatility they have asked for, in an ultra-advanced device that will truly transform their ability to satisfy customers and engage the marketplace.

  • Dow falls on weak P&G results; Nasdaq up

    The Dow was dragged lower by weak Procter & Gamble results Thursday, but the Nasdaq gained as food giant Mondelez raised its forecast after better-than-expected earnings.

  • Yemen blockade 'killing' civilians: humanitarian …

    The Saudi-led military coalition's blockade of Yemen is "killing" as many civilians as the war, the head of aid group Doctors Without Borders said Thursday during a visit to the country. By preventing medicine from reaching the sick, the blockade is "killing as (many people as) the current conflict," Joanne Liu told AFP in a telephone interview from Yemen's rebel-held capital Sanaa. It was the latest warning about the humanitarian situation in Yemen, four months after the coalition began bombing pro-Iranian Shiite Huthi rebels who seized territory in the already impoverished nation.