Thursday, May 16, 2013

Microsoft trying to get iTunes for Windows 8!

Microsoft, which now has about 60,000 apps in the Windows Store, likes to think that Apple will unveil a version of iTunes for Windows 8. American society also presses the Cupertino Company to do so. But officially, said aware that this is certainly not right away. Many applications come in the Windows Store since the launch of Windows 8 in October. Microsoft announced and 60,000 are now identified and that by next fall, the kiosk should include key. But it is one that the Redmond giant would certainly see happen is iTunes. In fact, according to The Verge, which seems to have sources close to the matter, the main query that made by their users in the Windows Store is the service of video, music and Apple applications. Our colleagues add that Microsoft is in talks with the Cupertino Company to get things done, but in the end, nothing happens at the moment.

In an interview between CNNMoney and Tami Reller, the new head of Microsoft finance gives a message that wants clearer that “You should not expect to see iTunes for Windows 8 before ages. Demand for iTunes is very strong. The red carpet has been prepared. It's not for lack of trying. “This message is actually very clear; Apple seems to slow their heels. This is reminiscent of the words of Bill Gates with Office a few days ago by the way, which indicated that only Microsoft platforms were entitled to the suite and it was a real plus in the world of tablets. The question is whether Apple will still change its mind sooner or later. While sales of Windows 8 just crossed the 100 million copies sold, it remains that the installed base with other versions of Windows machines is much more important. It definitely is a competitor service. But for now, there is no real competition to iTunes in terms of volume to push anything. In addition, no statistical behavior of users of Microsoft booth is available to date to assess the merits of going to this platform yet.

Nokia's Windows Phone Lumia 925

The Lumia 925, the new terminal on Windows Phone 8 is adorned with an aluminum hull, corrects the defects of its predecessor and once again puts the focus on the picture quality and features associated with the image and video. Nokia does not slow down the pace. Having expanded its portfolio of Smartphones, Lumia the mid entry level at the recent Mobile World Congress, the world number two now reviewing its premium offering with the Lumia 925, introduced as the successor to the 920. It is indeed a good time to Finnish. On the one hand, the strategy around Windows Phone 8 slowly starting to bear fruit. While Nokia is still far from a Samsung or Apple, but it comes from afar. In the first quarter, sales of Lumia jumped 27% over three months to 5.6 million units against 4.4 million between October and December. On the other, it is too strengthen against the top models of competition, namely the Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One or the Sony Xperia Z. With Lumia 925, the manufacturer considers to reach the level of these predators. In fact, this Smartphone corrects the defects of its predecessor, the 920. It is also presented as a "new interpretation" of this model. The 920 is a good device, but it may be a little heavy, a little thick for the European but Lumia 925 is rather thin and light.

Thus, for the first time in this range, the 925 is adorned with an aluminum shell look great instead of colored plastic. It does not acknowledge that 139 grams on the scale for a thickness of 8.5 mm. This is the finest of the 900 range. Also this update aesthetics welcome, Nokia renewed emphasis on functions related to image and video, new anchor communication of the firm developed. "Take pictures, edit them, share them are the most important to consumers today use. The OS also plays a role, but the picture is a selection criterion increasingly critical," suggests Jo Harlow, Vice President and General Manager of Smart Devices, Nokia. And it is true that this communication manufacturer now revolves around this point: the quality of the shots, especially in harsh environments, such as low light.

Specifically, the 925 PureView loads a new lens technology to take pictures and "clearer and sharper, especially in low light conditions" videos. It is also correct some defects Lumia in the past. Meanwhile, Nokia introduced a new mode of called Nokia Smart Camera imaging, which can take ten images at once and edit photos using options such as Best Shot (Best shot), Action Shot (Action Photo) and Motion Focus to obtain the most satisfactory image. Some of its functions are not new, they are found especially in BlackBerry 10, but it is this kind of gadget that Nokia wants to make a difference. It is also worth noting that this feature will be available for update on all smart phones Lumia series.

Nokia also announced a new application called Hipstamatic Oggl that can take, edit and share pictures including Instagram. Recall that the popular Instagram is still not available for Windows Phone 8 (which currently has 145,000 applications). Technical side specification, the Lumia 925 is 4G, it features a 4.5-inch screen (1280x768), a dual heart Snapdragon processor 1.5 GHz, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB of internal memory, 7 GB SkyDrive storage free. The camera sensor displays PureView 8.7 megapixel camera with optical image stabilization (OIS), autofocus, dual LED flash, 1080p HD at 30 frames per second video. Everything is driven by Windows Phone 8. With this new Smartphone, which can eventually qualify as camera phone image is highlighted, Nokia does it amplify the tremor observed in recent months. The intensity of competition does not promote the Finnish but it is now much better emphasized by distributors, "always looking for an alternative" to iOS and Android, said Patrick Chomet, Vodafone.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Sharp Smartphone AQUOS 206SH 5 "Full HD

Sharp has unveiled AQUOS 206SH, a Smartphone 5 inch Full HD Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) which has several interesting features for Japan only. It is sealed against dust and water. The Japanese manufacturer Sharp has just lifted the veil on a new Smartphone running Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean): The AQUOS 206SH. It seems that for the moment for the country of the rising sun at the operator Softbank, but it remains a high-end very interesting that has some rather welcome ideas model. A 5-inch screen Full HD consumes less than competitors

This Smartphone is certified to be dust-proof as well as water proof when it is immersed in water to a depth of one meter. Its screen is a model with a 5-inch Full HD 1080p (1920 x 1080 pixels) like some high-end models this year (HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4 and Sony Xperia Z). For cons, the manufacturer makes a bold gamble to use a TFT panel "CG Silicon" it produces and offers lower than what is used in competitive consumption. The interior is fairly standard for such a Smartphone. We found a SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro with a quad-core CPU at 1.7 GHz and Adreno 320 GPU. The whole is accompanied by 2GB of RAM while the storage includes 32 GB and can be expanded to 64GB via a memory card reader. The connectivity is based on the 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and of course, a 4G modem is the game. Video of 13.1 megapixel sensor / (1080p compatible) takes place in the back while a second front has 2 megapixels (also 1080p).

But one of the most interesting points is that Sharp has decided to put a high-capacity battery in a Smartphone: 3070 mAh. Indeed, it has almost the same as in Samsung Galaxy Note II (3100 mAh). The bigger battery and a screen that consumes less than average are two arguments that the Japanese manufacturer to indicate that the AQUOS 206SH has a range of two days of battery power. As we mentioned, this high-end device is not yet announced in Japan through a single operator, Softbank, with availability for the next month. The rate has meanwhile not yet been mentioned. In the end, this announcement from Sharp seems more important to signal a point that their smart phones tend to become larger and larger, and more powerful in the process. Yes, but the autonomy that regress at best stagnates from one generation to another.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Keyboard shortcuts “KillerKeys VR”

KillerKeys VR is a Bella Corporation’s program that displays the keyboard shortcuts in the form of a virtual keyboard. There are other applications offering something comparable as freeware like CheatSheet but KillerKeys VR gives much more freedom, options, and has a more intuitive interface. The program is free to download, but its business model is identical to some similar applications: it comes with shortcuts to some applications like Mac OS X 10.7 and 10.8, Chrome, iTunes, Safari, and Firefox. For all other applications available, you have to pay online and download.

Unlike simple free apps, which simply seek the list of keyboard shortcuts for the application, without displaying those found in sub-menus, or without offering a convenient way to search or sort when the software has in many, KillerKeys VR offers a more complete solution. The program is not only a simple window with a list of shortcuts. It comes in the form of a virtual keyboard, somewhat reminiscent of the "Keyboard Viewer" in Mac OS X. You can change its size to make it take up as little space as possible to the screen, or otherwise favor the visibility of information by making him take a maximum size. The opacity is configurable, as well as display QWERTY or AZERTY. A button is there to bring up the foreground permanently. You can also call up the numbers in the form of a numeric keypad to the right of the virtual keyboard.

Interactive, on-screen keyboard change the information displayed in the various function keys like Control, Option and Command, pressed the screen on the virtual keyboard or actually KillerKeys VR on the keyboard of your Mac. These function keys are also "locking" to facilitate the search shortcuts. The display of the corresponding hotkeys uses color codes to help locate them. In addition, KillerKeys VR displays an information summarizing the command for the key on the keyboard is allowed to stand mouse bubble. A more complete version existing, KillerKeys Pro for the moment just on a home computer is also being developed on Mac. She added including pallets shortcuts freely configurable and floating above the interface of the application in which you want to use.

Finally, an iPad app should be offered on the iTunes Store in May ($ 9.90 or provided with the purchase of KillerKeys Pro). It will store shortcuts as icons that can launch a touch of the finger, without the need to widen the memory to remember the proper combination of keys. App contact KillerKeys VR through a WiFi connection. It will automatically recognize the program used on the Mac, and propose widgets (jog, sliders, virtual keyboard also includes the function keys on a Mac ...) to touch and easy access to the application settings.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Huawei Ascend Mate

Its 6.1-inch display makes the Huawei Ascend Mate one of the greatest Smartphone in the world. With an extremely large display with a diagonal of 6.1 inch is the Huawei Ascend Mate, a blend of tablet and Smartphone. You may call this as "phablet".  Lightly brushed, titanium-colored plastic frame, a rubber backing coupled with an impeccable processing - the Ascend Mate does not look cheap. On the right side you will find the lock switch and a volume control.  Since the battery is securely installed, there are two flaps. Top left is hiding the SIM card behind the side door the microSD card disappears. As a small but nice addition to a status LED still hidden behind the earpiece mesh.

Whopping 6.1 inches (15.49 cm) screen size offers the Huawei Ascend Mate, again 1.5 cm more than the previous leader Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Both do not have a full HD display, but offers a resolution of 1280x720 pixel ("HD ready"). The strong color display is easy to read even when viewed from the side and only slightly distorted colors. Corning Gorilla Glass protects the surface from scratches. Although a quad-core processor, which means that Huawei's proprietary processor (Hi-Silicon K3V2) with 1.5 GHz lags behind the current Qualcomm Snapdragon processors. The K3V2 joins at the level of the Nvidia Tegra 3 chipset one, depending on the chipset and device used, it is between the LG Optimus 4X HD and the HTC X +. The RAM is rated lush with two gigabytes, which certainly is becoming increasingly important for future Android versions. In Smartphones, the display is the largest electricity consumer. Huawei Ascend plans ahead and treats the material with a 4,050 mAh battery, and it is having power almost twice as compared with Samsung Galaxy S3. It has Eight gigabytes of memory but just six gigabytes are available.

Huawei Ascend Mate inbuilt with an  eight-megapixel camera and a front camera with a megapixel. But the image quality disappointed. The sharpness filter ensures exaggerated strong edges, details disappear and the images appear pale and discolored. Huawei has been using several versions of a redesigned user interface devices. Emotion UI should facilitate entry into Android and make it clearer. The experienced Android users looking desperately at the start menu icon, because Huawei is based on Apple's design: Each screen displays 25 icons that can be divided into folders. Programs and widgets are also share this space. Adjustments were also at the keyboard, but based on the quality of the camera: while there is a menu item to the AutoCorrect, but it could have done without you. The Huawei Ascend Mate stuck with DLNA, Wi-Fi (a / b / g / n), WiFi Direct Bluetooth 4.0 and all standard communication standards. LTE does not support the giant Smartphone, however. Since early April, the Ascend Mate is available in black and white in Europe. The suggested retail price is 499 Euros. The Huawei Ascend Mate can also make calls, but it is primarily a multimedia machine on the internet surfing, video, and view pictures right fun. The screen is bright, with good viewing angles and bright colors. Anyone looking for a large screen then it is the best option for them.