Monday, November 7, 2016

Lyf smartphone explodes, investigation under progress: Reliance Retail


On Sunday, a man Tanvir Sadiq, claimed on social media that his 4G enabled Lyf smartphone burned into flames. The phone was sold by RIL's retail arm Reliance Retail.

"My family had a narrow escape today after @reliancejio's @ Reliance_LYF phone exploded and burst into flames, "Tanvir Sadiq said on twitter.

He has also posted a picture of the burnt phone and also warned people from using Lyf phones.

The firm has promised a thorough investigation in the matter and will also take appropriate action said a Lyf spokesperson.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Finnish smartphone maker Jolla enters Indian market soon


Finnish smartphone maker Jolla, founded by some ex-Nokia employees, has signed an exclusive deal with online shopping website to introduce their smartphones in the Indian markets.

Jolla smartphones run on its own software, called Sailfish, which is an offshoot of the MeeGo software that used to be found on the old Nokia phones and acts as an open-source alternative to Google's Android mobile operating system.

However, the platform does work with existing Android smartphones and tablets, and Jolla claims it is a more secure OS for those seeking privacy.

The phone will debut in India as early as next month. Price of the Jolla smartphones in India is not confirmed, however the phone is expected to be priced below Rs. 30,000. Jolla phones are available for orders online at its web shop at the price of Euro 399to all European union countries, Switzerland and Norway.

There are no navigation buttons on the Jolla phones, so taps, swipes and various other gestures on the touchscreen are used to navigate the phone, the report said.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Rubik's cube turns 40


Internet giant Google is celebrating one of the greatest toy inventions ever — Rubik's Cube — with a doodle. 

Today's Google homepage showcases Rubik's Cube whichis an exact replica of the invention and you can play it virtually on your computer. By clicking on cube in homepage, it will get enlarged, there you can see option "?" telling how to play the game and also providing an option of the search page of Rubik Cube invention.

It is one of the world's best sold puzzle games and about 350 million cubes have been sold till now. The fastest time it has taken for a human to solve the puzzle is 5.55 seconds.

Rubik's Cube was invented in 1974 by Erno Rubik. Erno Rubik was a Hungarian inventor, architect and professor of
architecture. It was originally called Magic Cube, and Rubik licensed it to Ideal Toy Corp in 1980.

Rubik was also known for inventing mechanical puzzles — Rubik's Cube Invention, the Rubik's Magic 3D combination puzzle, Rubik's Magic: Master Edition and the Rubik's Snake. However, only Rubik's Cube became popular
across the globe.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Motorola launches Moto E budget smartphone at Rs 6,999


Motorola has barged into the sub-Rs 10,000 segment with the new Moto E smartphone. Just like its two recently launched smartphones Moto G and X, the economical model Moto E will be exclusively available via online retailer Flipkart in the Indian market. The new smartphone is priced at Rs 6,999 and it will be up for sale starting May 14.

Moto E has a 4.3-inch display with 960x540p resolution, making it the only smartphone offering a high quality display at this price point. The dual sim phone runs on the latest Android 4.4 (KitKat) OS and packs a 1.2GHz dual- core Snapdragon 200 processor, with 1GB RAM and 4G internal memory. Unlike Moto X and G, this phone supports microSD cards for storage expansion.

The budget offering of Motorola sports a 5MP camera on the back, but does not have rear LED flash and front camera. It can access the internet over 2G, 3G and Wi-Fi networks, while data can be transferred via microUSB 2.0 and Bluetooth 4.0. The smartphone has a decent 1,980mAh battery and Motorola claims it can last a whole day once fully charged.

Moto E will come with 20 user-removable back covers. Motorola is eyeing the large number of mobile phone users who are switching from feature phones to budget smartphones with Moto E. At this rate and with these specifications, Moto E is likely to be a hot seller and take the market by a storm. This game changer handset can be expected to give several domestic players a run for their money in this bracket.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Airtel Offers new WhatsApp data packs


Mobile instant messaging service, WhatsApp, has partnered with Indian telecom operator Airtel to offer users a customized data plan for WhatsApp use. 

The pack is available to both 2G and 3G subscribers and is priced in the range of Rs 36 and Rs 49, depending on the service area. It will offer 200MB monthly data allowance exclusively for Whatsapp use. To activate the plan, users need to SMS the keyword 'Whatsapp' to the number 121. 

It's not the first time that WhatsApp has tied-up with Indian telecom operators to offer special plans. The service had previously partnered Reliance Communications and Tata Docomo for offering WhatsApp specific data plans. 

WhatsApp claims to have 50million monthly active users in India, which is the largest market for the messaging service provider. About a fortnight ago, WhatsApp had announced that it had half a billion active users, worldwide and has grown fastest in countries like Brazil, India, Mexico, and Russia, with users sharing more than 700 million photos and 100 million videos every single day. 

44 Indians shortlisted for one way trip to the Red Planet


As if setting foot on the Moon was not enough, spaceflight agencies are now in a race to send people to Mars. This time, it is the Netherlands-based Mars One leading the pack, taking leaps ahead NASA who openly stated intentions of sending astronauts to the Red Planet.
The Mars One project makes it possible to live in a world beyond our grasp. It aims to establish the first human colony in a foreign planet by 2024, opening an exciting opportunity for anyone who wants to live in a world other than ours. There is just one catch, though. The mission is a one-way trip to Mars, which means there's no turning back for them.
Yet roughly 200,000 applications flooded Mars One. However, not everyone is fit to go there. When the company screened the applications in December last year, a tad 1,058 was shortlisted. This time, the pool is reduced even more to 705 aspirants and 44 of them are Indians.
"We are excited that 44 Indians have been shortlisted in round two. It shows that India is a major player in Mars trip and the chance of an Indian being selected for the final trip is pretty high," said Bas Lansdorp, co-founder and chief executive of Mars One, in an interview with Indian local paper Hindustan Times.
A total of 27 men and 17 women from India made the cut, outlasting the other 18 Indian hopefuls who got in the first screening. They made up the 32 percent of the 136 applicants from Asia and most of them come from the cities of New Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Pune, Kolkata, and Thiruvanathapuram.
After completing Mars One's tasks of providing a physician-approved medical statement of health and opening an online Mars One profile to the public, the 44 Indians, as well as the rest of the shortlisted applicants from the Americas (313), Europe (187), Africa (41) and Oceania (28), will now proceed to the Round 2 of screening where they will be interviewed by the Mars One selection committee.

Now Karbonn Titanium Hexa smartphone to be exclusively available on Amazon


Indian handset firm, Karbonn has announced that it will sell its Titanium Hexa smartphone exclusively on e-commerce website Amazon India ( with pre-orders for the phone starting May 13 and sales commencing May 20. 

Consumers who buy the phone through the website will also get a free Plantronics Bluetooth Headset with the purchase of the phone as part of a promotional offer. 

The phone was launched last month at Rs 16,990. Karbonn Titanium Hexa sports a 5.5-inch full-HD LTPS display (1280x1920p) with scratch-resistant oleophobic coating. The phone is powered by MediaTek's new MT6591 hexa-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz and 2GB RAM. 

The dual-sim phone sports a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front-facing camera. It comes with 16GB internal storage and supports USB on-the-go. 

In terms of connectivity, the phone supports Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and Wi-Fi. It comes with a 2050mAh battery. 

Karbonn also announced that it will pre-load the Amazon shopping app on its new smartphones, starting with its upcoming range of Titanium Hexa, Octane and Octane Plus devices. The phone will feature the Karbonn e-bazaar application which it says is reverse mapped to and showcases customer offers from the marketplace. 

It's not the first time that a device maker has announced an exclusive tie-up with an e-commerce retailer. Motorola sells its Moto G and Moto X smartphones exclusively via Flipkart.