SMARTPHONES

  • Smartphone touchscreen use leads to greater brain activity 11 hours 48 minutes ago

    London: Your smartphone touchscreen can actually change the way your thumb and brain work together, a new study has found. More touchscreen use in the recent past translates directly into greater brain activity when the thumbs and other fingertips are touched, researchers found. "I was really surprised by the scale of the...
  • Ban on sale of OnePlus One handsets in India lifted by Delhi HC 14 hours 26 minutes ago

    New Delhi: The Delhi High Court lifted the December 16 ban on sale of OnePlus handsets embedded with Cyanogen software and asked its single judge who had passed the earlier order, to hear it afresh two weeks from now. A bench headed by Justice Pradeep Nandrajog while setting aside the single...
  • Steve Jobs biopic: Katherine Waterston to play the role of Apple founder's partner Yesterday

    Los Angeles: Actress Katherine Waterston will play Apple co-founder Steve Jobs' longtime girlfriend and the mother of his first child in the upcoming biopic, to be directed by Danny Boyle. Waterston will be seen in the role of Chrisnann Brennan. The length of her role is uncertain but it is said...
  • Fx0: A transparent Firefox phone launched; the most expensive Firefox handset yet Yesterday

    New Delhi: Mozilla in association with KDDI (with LG a silent partner) has announced the launch of what is the first Firefox phone in Japan. Named Fx0, the USP of the phone is its transparent shell and the golden Firefox logo adorning the home button. The phone that has been designed...
  • These 3 smartphones may outperform your stand-alone cameras Yesterday

    New York: Phones have gotten so good at taking photos that I rarely bring along a stand-alone camera anymore. Of course, a phone is never going to replace a full-bodied, single-lens reflex camera, otherwise known as an SLR. There's just no way to squeeze a powerful, SLR-type lens into the small...
  • Samsung Galaxy Note Edge with curved edge display launched at Rs 64,900 in India Yesterday

    New Delhi: Samsung has announced the launch of the much-awaited Galaxy Note Edge smartphone in India. The phone that has a side display for quick access to the flashlight, Twitter, news and frequently used apps carries a price tag of Rs 64,900. The phone will be available in India from the...
  • India to be the second largest smartphone market by 2016: Report 3 days ago

    New Delhi: India will surpass the US as the second largest market for smartphones globally by 2016, helped by device makers offering affordable handsets, research firm eMarketer said. According to eMarketer, increasing penetration of affordable smart mobile devices in emerging markets will help smartphone users worldwide surpass the 2 billion-mark in...
  • Motorola launches 32GB Moto X (2nd generation) in India at Rs 32,999 onwards 3 days ago

    New Delhi: Motorola has now launched the 32GB variant of its new Moto X (2nd generation) in India. The 32GB Moto X is priced at Rs 32,999 for the base variant and Rs 34,999 for the wood finish and the leather back panel versions. The new model is also exclusively...
  • Tech in 2014: The year of nothing 3 days ago

    2014 has been a happening year. In politics, in sports, in cinema and elsewhere. But not in consumer technology. The year has almost passed by, and we are still waiting for something that we can remember the year by. Though we saw a lot of new products coming, new categories emerging...
  • India likely to have 10-15 million 4G subscribers by December 2015: Report 3 days ago

    New Delhi: With more operators launching the super-fast fourth-generation mobile services next year, the 4G subscriber base is expected to reach 10-15 million by December 2015 in the country, consultancy firm PwC has said. "We expect 4G LTE subscribers to reach 10-15 million by December 2015 driven by competitive pricing, superior...
  • China's Xiaomi raises more than $1 billion in funding: Report 3 days ago

    Beijing: China's top smartphone seller Xiaomi is raising more than $1 billion in a fresh round of funding, a move which would raise its valuation above $45 billion, a report said Sunday. Dow Jones Newswires, citing a person familiar with the issue, said the latest round of funding could close as...
  • BlackBerry working with Boeing on a high-security self-destructing Android smartphone 5 days ago

    Waterloo: BlackBerry is working with Boeing on Boeing's high-security Android-based smartphone, the Canadian mobile technology company's chief executive said on Friday. The Boeing Black phone being developed by the Chicago-based aerospace and defence contractor, which is best known for jetliners and fighter planes, can self-destruct if it is tampered with. The Boeing...
  • Huawei to launch 4G smartphones below Rs 10,000 within 6 months 1 week ago

    New Delhi: To cash in on the next generation high-speed mobile data services, Chinese telecom gear maker Huawei said it has plans to launch 4G smartphones for less than Rs 10,000 within six months. "We are largest owner of essential patents for 4G technology. The essential patents are technology required to...
  • Lumia 638: Microsoft launches the most affordable 4G Windows Phone smartphone in India at Rs 8299 1 week ago

    New Delhi: Microsoft launched its most affordable smartphone 4G device in the country - Lumia 638 - powered by Windows Phone 8.1 operating system for Rs 8,299. The smartphone, sporting a 4.5-inch screen, 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, 5MP camera, 8GB memory (expandable upto 128GB)...
  • BlackBerry Classic: BlackBerry returns to its roots, woos keyboard loyalists 1 week ago

    New York: BlackBerry is returning to its roots with a new phone that features a traditional keyboard at a time when rival Apple and Android phones - and most smartphone customers - have embraced touch screens. With the Classic, BlackBerry is courting its core customer, the business user. The physical keyboard...
  • Lava Iris Fuel 60 with a 4,000mAh battery launched at Rs 8,888 in India December 16, 2014

    New Delhi: Homegrown handset maker Lava launched a new smartphone - Iris Fuel 60 - offering a greater battery life to help users work for longer hours without frequent charging. Priced at Rs 8,888, the handset is second in Lava's range of smartphones focussed on longer battery life. "With smartphones becoming part...
  • By 2018, 9 out of 10 phones to be smartphones: Report December 16, 2014

    New Delhi: Smartphone sales grew over 20 per cent in the July-September quarter, 2014, on the back of strong growth in emerging markets, research firm Gartner said today. Given the fast pace of smartphone sales growth and declining preference for feature phones, Gartner estimates that nine out of ten...
  • Vivo X5 Max: The world's slimmest phone coming to India today; could be priced around Rs 30,000 December 15, 2014

    Update: Vivo X5 Max: The world's slimmest phone comes to India at Rs 32,980 New Delhi: Chinese smartphone maker Vivo is all set to launch what is touted to be the world's slimmest phone in India on December 15, Monday. At 4.75mm, the Vivo X5 Max dethrones the recently launched Oppo...
  • A new technology that could help your smartphone track sleep disorders December 14, 2014

    New York: Researchers are working on a smartphone-based technology which can help track sleep disorders, like sleep apnea, much easier than visiting a doctor. Using earbuds, equipped with an in-line microphone and an Apple iPhone, researchers from Florida State University and New Jersey-based Stevens Institute of Technology analysed participants' breathing habits...
  • Xiaomi's India smartphone ban exposes wider patent risk December 14, 2014

    Mumbai: The court order that banned Chinese mobile maker Xiaomi from selling its phones in India has halted its breakneck expansion into the world's fastest growing major smartphone market and could be just the start of a string of patent challenges. Xiaomi Technology only started selling in India in July and...
  • Vivo X5 Max: The world's slimmest phone coming to India on December 15 December 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Chinese smartphone maker Vivo is all set to launch what is touted to be the world's slimmest phone in India on December 15, Monday. At 4.75mm, the Vivo X5 Max dethrones the recently launched Oppo R5 as the world's slimmest phone that measures 4.85mm thick. The phone that...
  • Indians most addicted to smartphones: Survey December 13, 2014

    Berlin: Nearly 57 per cent of Indians admitted they cannot live without their smartphones, making them the most addicted group of respondents in a survey of users from top five smartphone regions globally. One in three Indians said they would give up their TV for a week before their smartphone, according...
  • Xiaomi may face major setback in overseas market: Report December 13, 2014

    Beijing: An Indian court which restrained the online sale of Xiaomi smartphones in India till February following a patent infringement petition from Ericsson could be a major setback for the Chinese company's "most important overseas market" and its globalisation plans, reports said today. The sudden ban may weigh on Xiaomi's performance...
  • Girl's Samsung Galaxy Ace explodes while she was asleep December 10, 2014

    Toronto: An Ontario University student revealed that her Samsung Galaxy Ace phone exploded next to her while she was sleeping. The incident, which happened in October, only came to light when the media reported it Monday. Hope Casserly said she was awakened at 1.30am Oct 22 by a loud popping sound...
  • Xiaomi's India debut one of the most talked-about topics on Facebook in India in 2014 December 10, 2014

    New Delhi: It's that time of the year when Facebook takes a look back at the redefining moments of the year and curates a list of the most talked-about topics and events on its social networking site. This year's list is out and Xiaomi's India debut has come out as...
  • Acer Liquid E700, Acer Liquid Jade smartphones launched in India at Rs 11,999, Rs 16,999 December 9, 2014

    New Delhi: Taiwanese IT company Acer restarted its smartphone business in India in partnership with e-commerce firm Snapdeal with the launch of two new handsets - the Acer Liquid E700 and Acer Liquid Jade - priced at Rs 11,999 and Rs 16,999, respectively. "We have strong presence in IT business. IT...
  • Intex Aqua i5 Octa with a 5-inch display, octa-core processor launched at Rs 7,499 December 7, 2014

    New Delhi: Homegrown handset maker Intex Technologies has launched its new smartphone - Aqua i5 Octa - priced at Rs 7,499. The phone is exclusively available on e-commerce site Amazon.in. The dual-SIM smartphone sports a 5-inch display, 1.4 GHz octa-core processor, 1GB RAM, Android KitKat operating system, 13-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel...