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LG Optimus Black P970 Officially Launched @ Rs. 20,990

LG Electronics has finally launched its new Android phone, the LG Optimus Black P970 here in India. The phone has entered the Indian market quite some time from now, though LG never officially announced the phone. Optimus Black is another phone which belongs to the LG’s Optimus series, comes with a sleek and compact design.

The phone features a 4-inch multi-touch IPS LCD display, which boasts to be the world’s brightest display available on the current smartphones. The new display offers great visibility even under sunlight and helps in reducing power consumption than the regularly used LCD displays.

LG Optimus Black comes with a new feature called UI 2.0, which helps users to customize their home screens. There is an additional button called G-Key which integrates with the Gesture UI, which allows you to navigate between homescreens by simply tilting the phone, answer calls or open camera app by shaking and tapping etc.

Check out the complete Specs of the LG Optimus Black after the break.

LG Optimus Black P970 Specifications

  • Android 2.2 Froyo OS
  • 122mmx64mmx9.2 mm
  • Weight: 109g
  • GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
  • HSDPA 900 / 1700 / 2100
  • 4 inch WVGA IPS LCD Capacitive touch screen display
  • Gorilla Glass
  • 1 GHz Cortex A8 Processor
  • 512MB RAM
  • 2GB Internal storage
  • MicroSD Slot (supports upto 32GB)
  • 5 megapixel camera with Auto-focus and LED flash
  • 720p HD Video recording @30fps
  • 2 megapixel front facing camera
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth v2.1 with EDR
  • A-GPS
  • GPRS/EDGE
  • 3G
  • DLNA
  • Digital Compass
  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Gesture UI 2.0
  • FM with RDS
  • Battery: 1500 mAh Li-Ion
  • Colours: Black, Pink, Silver, White, Brown

The phone is priced at Rs. 20,990.

So are you buying the new LG Android phone?

Sony Ericsson Launches Xperia Ray, Xperia Active & txt

Sony Ericsson is yet again back in action, with the launch of three new phones. The company announced the new handsets, Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray, Xperia Active and Txt at the Communic Asia 2011 event held at Singapore today.

The Xperia Ray runs on the latest Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and features a 1GHz processor 3.3 inch display which comes the BRAVIA engine, 8 Megapixel camera with Exmor R backlit sensor . The Xperia Active is meant for the adventurous people, which is a dust proof, water resistant (under 1m of water for 30 mins), scratch resistant phone with an on-screen heart and pulse rate realtime monitor (enabled by ANT+ wireless networking technology).  Sony Ericsson txt is a  QWERTY candy-bar handset, which comes with a 2.6 inch display, and is targeted mainly for the younger generation.

Check out the complete specs of the three phones after the break.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray Specifications

  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS
  • 3.3 inch TFT Capacitive Multi-touch Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine
  • Scratch-resistant mineral glass
  • 1GHz Processor
  • 111 x 53 x 9.4mm
  • Weight: 100 grams
  • GSM 850/900/1800/1900
  • UMTS HSPA 850/1900/2100
  • 300MB Internal memory
  • 4GB microSD Memory card (Included)
  • MicroSD card slot (expandable upto 32 GB)
  • 8.1MP Camera Exmor R CMOS sensor with Flash, AF, Image Stabiliser
  • HD 720p video recording
  • Front facing VGA Camera
  • GPRS/EDGE
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth with A2DP
  • GPS
  • microUSB
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • TrackID music recognition
  • PlayNow
  • SensMe
  • Battery:1500mAh
  • Talk time GSM/GPRS: Up to 6 hrs 50 min
  • Standby time GSM/GPRS: Up to 430 hrs
  • Talk time UMTS: Up to 7 hrs
  • Standby time UMTS: Up to 440 hrs
  • Colors: Black, Gold, White and Pink

Sony Ericsson Xperia Active Specifications

  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS
  • 3 inch TFT Capacitive Multi-touch Wet finger tracking Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine
  • Scratch-resistant mineral glass
  • 1GHz Processor
  • 55 x 92 x 16.5mm
  • Weight: 100.8 grams
  • GSM 850/900/1800/1900
  • UMTS HSPA 850/1900/2100
  • 320MB Internal memory
  • 2GB microSD Memory card (Included)
  • MicroSD card slot (expandable upto 32 GB)
  • 5MP Camera Exmor R CMOS sensor with Flash, AF, Image Stabiliser
  • HD 720p video recording
  • Face recognition
  • Red eye reduction
  • GPRS/EDGE
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth with A2DP
  • GPS
  • microUSB
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • Dust and water resistant
  • TrackID™ music recognition
  • PlayNow™ service
  • SensMe™
  • Barometer
  • Compass
  • Battery:1200mAh
  • Talk time GSM/GPRS: Up to 4 hrs 53 min
  • Standby time GSM/GPRS: Up to 351 hrs
  • Talk time UMTS: Up to 5 hrs 31 min
  • Standby time UMTS: Up to 335 hrs
  • Colors: Orange band with black back cover – white extra cover in the kit, White band with black back cover – white extra cover in the kit

Sony Ericsson txt Specifications

  • 2.6 inch TFT screen
  • Scratch-resistant
  • QWERTY Keyboard
  • 106 × 60 × 14.5 mm
  • Weight: 95 grams
  • GSM 850/900/1800/1900
  • 100MB Internal memory
  • MicroSD card slot (expandable upto 32 GB)
  • 3.2MP Camera with Video recording
  • GPRS/EDGE
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth with A2DP
  • MicroUSB
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • Radio (FM radio with RDS)
  • MediaGo
  • TrackID
  • PlayNow
  • Battery:1000mAh
  • Talk time GSM/GPRS: Up to 3 hrs 12 min
  • Standby time GSM/GPRS: Up to 416 hrs
  • Colors: Black, Blue, White and Pink

The three Sony Ericsson phones will be available globally in selected markets in the third quarter of 2011.

So what do you think of the new phones? Which one are you planning to buy?

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Swype v3 Beta Released with Android Honeycomb Support

Swype, the famous third party keyboard application for Android operating system, has now launched a new Beta version, the SWYPE V3, which comes with Honeycomb support for tablet users and predictive type.

The Swype V3 Beta version comes with a new feature called predictive tap, which allows users to type as well as swype, while still predicting the word with auto-correct function. Here is the list of all the new features with the latest version of Swype.

 

 

Swype V3 Beta Features

  • Supports Honeycomb OS for Android tablet devices.
  • Tap correction which lets you type or swype accurately.
  • Comes with Horizontal Word Choice List showing a list of words in a pop-up window, which makes dictionary control and word selection better.
  • Supports devices with HVGA, WVGA, FWVGA, QVGA, WQVGA, WSVGA, qHD screen sizes
  • Keyboard can now be made smaller or larger, according to users comfort and hence not occupying more than half the screen size.
  • The Keyboard can also be moved to left or the right side of the screen.

 

 

The Beta version is currently not available for download from the Android Market, but if you want give it a try, you need to register at the Swype website to receive the download link for the Swype v3.0 Beta.

So what to do you think about the new features of Swype v3.0 Beta? Do you find them interesting?

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Unveiled in India

Lenovo, one of the world’s leading PC manufacturer, launched their latest offering, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 business laptop at a launch event in Mumbai.

The new laptop is designed especially for the Business users, which comes with bundled performance, style and a whole new features. The X1 has all the sleek looks, with a strong magnesium reinforced shell, and boasts of a spill resistant keyboard, rapid charge battery (charging upto 80% in just 30 minutes), corning gorilla glass screen, thickness of 16.5mm, etc. The laptop is powered by the second generation Intel Core i5 processor and HD graphics card.

Check out the complete list of features of the new laptop from Lenovo.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Specifications

  • Windows 7 Professional OS
  • 13.3 inch HD Super Bright LCD Display
  • Corning Gorilla Glass Technology
  • Weight: 1.7kg (3.74 pounds)
  • 16.5mm thick
  • Intel Core i5 2520M 2.5GHz Processor
  • Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • 4GB DDR3 SD RAM
  • 320GB Hard Drive
  • 3G connectivity
  • WiFi 802.11n
  • WiMAX
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • HDMI
  • USB 3.0
  • ESATA
  • Mini-DisplayPort
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • SIM card slot
  • Spill Resistant Backlit Keyboard
  • Intel vPro technology
  • Hard disk encryption
  • HD Webcam
  • Stereo speakers with Dolby Home Theater V4
  • Multi-touch clickpad
  • Biometric Fingerprint reader
  • Microphone with noise reduction
  • One key Rescue system
  • Upto 10hrs of battery backup

 

“The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 is in line with our DO philosophy and offers everything that a corporate leader looks for in a business machine. This business Notebook reaffirms Lenovo’s long standing heritage of leading the industry with ThinkPads that provide great reliability and a superior user experience. We have created a DO machine that incorporates features that we believe will be a very useful tool for business users” said Amar Babu, Managing Director, Lenovo India.

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 comes with a price tag of Rs. 85,000.

So what do you think about the new business laptop from Lenovo? Are you buying one?

 

KT Launches WiMax Sleeve for iPhone 4

 

The last version of the Apple iPhone is named as the iPhone 4, but that has got nothing to do with its 4G capabilities. But need not worry about that, since there is a solution to enable 4G on your favorite iPhone 4.

KT or Korean telecom has unveiled the world’s first integrated WiMax 4G sleeve, with the new Portable Mobile WiMax Egg Series, the KWF-B2500, and the KM-MR100 in Korea. The KWF-B2500 is a WiMax Sleeve for iPhone 4 and the KM-MR100 is a portable WiMax hot-spot device.

The KWF-B2500 WiMax sleeve has been designed specially for the iPhone4 which weighs about 2.4 ounces(68g) with 62×126.5×17.2mm dimensions and comes with a 1500mAh additional battery in order to provide some extra juice to your iPhone 4. The sleeve comes only in Black colour, which gives you upto 5 hours of battery backup.

The KM-MR100 is a WiMax portable hotspot and will offer you up to 4hours of  battery back with continuous WiMax usage on a single charge.

Both the models from KT are priced at128,000 Won (approx. $120) each, which are currently available in South Korea and are expected to launch soon in other parts of the world.

So get ready to enable 4G on your Apple iPhone 4.

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Samsung D9500: World’s Biggest LED 3D TV

Samsung 3D LED TV D9500

Samsung Electronics is again back in action, with the launch of its latest offering, a 75-inch Samsung D9500 LED-backlit 3D LCD HDTV in Korea. The new 75-inch Samsung D9500 3D TV will now be the world’s largest 3D LED TV surpassing the LG 72-inch LZ970. The new 3D TV comes with some smart features and a unique touchscreen QWERTY flip remote which makes it ideal for web browsing.

Samsung D9500 3D TV Features

  • 75 inch Active 3D LED backlit Screen
  • 240Hz refresh rate display
  • Touchscreen Qwerty Smart TV Remote
  • Black Diamond Panel
  • SNS
  • Web browsing
  • Samsung Remote Application
  • Samsung Smart TV Contents
  • 3D Hyper-real Engine
  • Social networking support
  • Smart Search
  • Black Diamond Panel
  • Secret Design
  • Wi-Fi
  • Full HD 1080p
  • Smart Hub
  • Active shutter technology
  • Flash support

According to Samsung the new 75 inch 3DTV is expected to be priced around $17,600. The company is planning to launch it around the end of this month.

So get ready to enjoy a theatre like 3D experience on Samsung’s D9500 3D TV.

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Photobucket’s Snapbucket App for iOS and Android Launched

Photobucket, a place which offers its users to store, create and share photos and videos on their website, has launched today a new mobile app called the Snapbucket. The Snapbucket app for iOS and Android allows you take a picture, edit them with some cool effects available, and share it with everyone on your social network almost instantly.

Snapbucket App for iOS and Android

CEO Tom Munro of Photobucket says;

We are seeing explosive growth in mobile and at the same time we are adding a million new users a month on our web site. With our integrated platform, Photobucket is uniquely positioned to bring together the simplicity and spontaneity of mobile and the creativity and permanence of the Web

Snapbucket App

Snapbucket Features

  • Choose from individual filters, effects, vignettes, and frames
  • Create your own unique filter sets
  • Over 9500 combinations of sets available
  • Unlock new effects the more you use Snapbucket
  • Share pictures instantly with friends to Photobucket, Facebook or Twitter

Watch the video after the break to find out more about this little application made for both iOS and Android photographers. It has got some really nice effects, plus you can also create your own effects.

The Snapbucket photo editing app is available for free in both iOS and Android versions

What do you think of this amazing image editing app? Tell us about the apps that you use to edit photos on your device.

Spotify Launches New Services to take on iTunes

Spotify, the company which offers music streaming service has announced the launch of its latest offering, with a new iPod management functionality. The new service from Spotify offers users to sync all their music as well as buy MP3s through their revamped download service. The service can also be used on their mobile phones with the help of the Spotify Mobile app for iOS and Android, which will now allow its users to sync wirelessly with their favourite  MP3 playlists from their PC.

Features

  • The app allows you to connect your iPod to your computer via your USB cable which will then appear in the new ‘Devices’ section of your Spotify sidebar to sync all the MP3s in your Spotify playlists to your iPod
  • The Spotify iPhone & Android apps will let you sync wirelessly with your MP3 playlists in Spotify from your computer, by addind your phone to the ‘Devices’ section.
  • Spotify’s MP3 download service introduces a new range of MP3 bundles, which will now be available at competitive prices, starting from 50p per song, with 10 tracks for £7.99/€9.99 (80p/€1 a track), 15 tracks for £9.99/€12.99 (67p/€0.87 /track), 40 tracks for £25/€30 (63p/€0.75) or 100 tracks for £50/€60 (50p/€0.60).

The new service is compatible with iPod Classic, iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle, iPhone, iPod Touch and iPod, which will also allow its users to sync MP3 content from Spotify Playlists to any iPod without the need of iTunes.

Spotify for iPod

Daniel Ek, CEO & Founder of Spotify stated;

Free and Open users can use our mobile app for all MP3s they would like to sync, both songs bought in Spotify and songs on their computer that they’ve purchased from before. If you’re missing MP3s in your Spotify playlist that you would like to sync to your iPod you can easily complete it by purchasing missing songs in one easy step in Spotify, before syncing.

The new service will soon be available all across the world, but currently is only available in selected European countries.
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BookmyShow Launches its Android App

India’s largest entertainment ticketing website, BookmyShow, has finally launched its own Android app. Bigtree Entertainment’s BookMyShow has been the one-stop destination for movie and non-movie options like events, plays and sports which offers advance booking of movies, showtimes, movie tickets, concert tickets, plays, events, discounts, cinema tickets online, cricket T20 tickets.

The company covers for over 850 screens across 87 cities, and has partnerships with all major Indian production houses and studios with real time ticketing for major cinema chains like Inox, Big Cinemas, Cinemax, Fun Cinemas etc.

 

The app has been designed to provide a simple and user-friendly experience which lets the user to easily select & book all the favorite movies with just a tap. The app also provides movie & cinema listings, movie synopsis & details, showtimes with support for multiple secure payment options and is expected to get an upgrade soon, to offer play, concerts and sports tickets.

The BookmyShow app is available for free and can be downloaded from here.

So now you can book tickets for all your favourite movie shows right from your Android smartphone.

Dell Launches Alienware M14X & M11X Gaming Laptops

Alienware M14X

 

Dell officially launches its ever popular gaming laptops, the Alienware,  redefining mobile gaming, with three new, all-powerful laptops, including the soon to be released Alienware M18x, which claims to be the  most powerful 18-inch gaming laptop.  The Alienware M14X and an enhanced Alienware M11x, are meant to deliver unprecedented performance and portability. All three platforms offer the latest in gaming technology, and feature second-generation Intel Core i processors to deliver the high-performance gaming experience.

The Alienware M18X is expected to launch next month globally. All three laptops also offer HDMI 1.4 for connection to 3D-capable HDTVs for incredible, lifelike 3D gaming and Super-speed USB 3.0 ports for up to 10x the speed of USB 2.0 connections for a new level in data transfer.

M14X

Dell Alienware M14X Specifications

  • 14-inch WLED HD (720p) display standard (1366×768) or optional 14-inch WLED HD+ (900p) display (1600×900)
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
  • Weight: 2.92 kg (6.45lbs)
  • 337mmx258.34mmx37.8mm
  • Second-generation Overclockable Intel Core i CPUs with Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
  • Updated graphics featuring the NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M with up to 3GB of VRAM
  • NVIDIA Optimus technology to extend battery life
  • Up to 8GB of 1600MHz Extreme-Performance system memory
  • Up to 750GB hard drive (7200RPM)
  • HDMI 1.4 to support connectivity on HDTVs and 7.1 digital audio
  • 2.1 audio speakers powered by Klipsch (onboard speakers)
  • 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet NIC
  • Intel Wireless-N WiFi Link 1000 a/g/n
  • Optional Intel WiMAX technology
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • 2.0 Megapixel HD Video and Picture Camera with dual digital microphones
  • RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet
  • 2 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Ports
  • Hi-Speed USB 2.0 Port with PowerShare Technology
  • Mini-Display Port
  • HDMI 1.4 Audio and Video Output
  • VGA Port
  • 9-in-1 Media Card Reader
  • Audio Out 1/8″ Ports
  • Audio In / Microphone 1/8″ Port (retaskable for 5.1 audio)Security Lock port
  • High Capacity 8-cell Lithium Ion (63whr)
  • Colour options: Stealth Black and Nebula Red with Soft Touch Finish
  • Price Dell M14x: Rs. 82,000/- (Starting from)

Dell Alienware M11X Specifications

  • 11.6-inch WLED HD (720p) display (WXGA 1366×768)
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
  • Weight: 2.0 kg (4.4lbs)
  • 285.7mmx233.3mmx32.7mm
  • Second-generation Overclockable Intel Core i CPUs with Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
  • Updated graphics featuring the NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M
  • Mobile Intel GS45 Chipset
  • Up to 16GB of 1333MHz high-performance system memory
  • HDMI 1.4 to support connectivity on HDTVs and 7.1 digital audio
  • 2.1 Audio speakers powered by Klipsch
  • 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet NIC
  • Intel Wireless-N WiFi Link 1000 a/g/n
  • Optional Intel WiMAX technology
  • Bluetooth® 3.0 (Optional)
  • Wireless WANVodafone 3G Mobile Internet (Optional)
  • 2.0 Megapixel HD Video and Picture Camera with dual digital microphones
  • IEEE 1304a (4-pin) Firewire Port
  • RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet
  • 2 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Ports
  • Hi-Speed USB 2.0 Port with PowerShare technology
  • Display Port
  • HDMI 1.4 Audio and Video Output
  • 3-in-1 Media Card Reader
  • 2 Audio Out 1/8″ Ports
  • Audio In / Microphone 1/8″ Port
  • Security Lock port
  • Price: Rs. 64,000/- (Starting from)

Specs of both Alienware M14X and M11X looks interesting and appealing. Do let us know which one of these gaming laptop you planning to buy?