Monthly Archives: September 2015

TAG Heuer will launch its Android Wear smartwatch on November 9

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Android Wear didn’t feature much during Google’s Nexus announcement yesterday (which you can catch up on right here), but it’s still managing to garner some headlines for itself. This comes courtesy of TAG Heuer, who has revealed it will launch its Android Wear running smartwatch, the Carrera 01, in November.

The TAG Heuer smartwatch is scheduled to go on sale in New York on November 9 at 11am with a price tag of $1,800. The Carrera 01 is said to appear just like a normal, TAG Heuer watch. TAG Heuer CEO, Jean-Claude Biver, had this to say about the company’s upcoming smartwatch:

“That was our biggest challenge,” Biver said. “How can we make a connected watch that looks like a normal watch with the normal DNA of the Swiss watchmaking?”

Instead of the usual Snapdragon 400 processor used by most of the other Android Wear devices (except the original Moto 360, of course), the TAG Heuer wearable will be sporting a chip produced by Intel.

Source: Bloomberg

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Foxit PDF Reader Sees New Linux Release

Foxit PDF Reader for Linux was updated recently, after years of no new releases. The new version brings support for opening PDFs in tabs, annotations and more.

Foxit PDF Reader Linux

Foxit Reader is a popular free to use (but proprietary) PDF viewer available for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X. Compared to the Windows version, Foxit PDF Reader for Linux lacks some features – most importantly, the ability to create PDF files, but the app still has quite a few useful features.
The latest Foxit Reader for Linux features a new user interface as well as new features such as annotations (called commenting tools in Foxit), multiple views, bookmarks, printing both the documents and annotations (you can print the document, the documment with annotations or just the annotations) and more. 
Among the available “comment tools” are highlighting text, underline, strikeout, replace or insert text, add a note or draw using a pencil (and erase):

Foxit PDF Reader Linux

For the comments, you can choose from various icons such as an arrow, pointer, cross, star and more, useful for both adding notes for yourself or for collaboration.
I should also mention that in my test, the application was able to open a large PDF file (which contains a large number of images) very quickly and it allowed me to scroll through it easily, without any lag, as opposed to Evince for instance, which took 1-2 seconds to load new pages, so as far as performance is concerned, Foxit Reader works great.

If you’re looking for an open source PDF reader that can open large PDF files quickly, check out MuPDF.

Unfortunately there’s no official changelog for the latest Foxit PDF Reader for Linux so I can’t tell you what’s new under the hood.
Download Foxit Reader for Linux

(click the “Free Download” link on the left and select Linux from the Platform drop-down).

To install it, simply extract the downloaded archive, double click the extracted .run file and follow the instructions.

Thanks to Saurabh for the tip!

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Intex launches the Aqua Ace – 6.7mm thick with 3GB RAM and Android 5.1 for Rs. 12,999

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A change of pace is in order after yesterday’s Google announcement (which you can catch up on right here), and here we have the Indian handset maker, Intex, revealing the sleek Aqua Ace which is just 6.7mm thick. It runs Android 5.1 Lollipop, has 3GB of RAM, a 13MP rear camera and a price tag of Rs. 12,999 ($198).

Aqua Ace Mobile

Specifications:

  • Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • 5-Inch IPS AMOLED display with 1280 x 720 resolution
  • Gorilla Glass 3 protection front and rear
  • MediaTek MT6735 Quad-core processor @ 1.3GHz (64-bit)
  • 3GB RAM
  • 16GB Internal storage
  • MicroSD Card support (up to 128GB)
  • 13MP Rear camera (Samsung) and flash
  • 5MP Front camera
  • Bluetooth 4.0/ WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • 4G/HSDPA/HSUPA/EDGE/GPRS/WAP
  • Battery: 2,300mAh
  • Dimensions: 145 x 71.5 x 6.7mm
  • Weight: 121.5 grams
  • Available in black and white

The Intex Aqua Ace also comes with a 1-year warranty that covers the handset against screen breakage, a complementary goodie bag and a smart flip case. Does the Aqua Ace stand up to the competition? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

 

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Full Press Release:

Intex breaks the barrier with 3GB RAM in Aqua Ace

Category defying product priced attractively at Rs12,999/-

Company becomes the first Indian smartphone maker to offer such specifications in sub 15 k segment.

Sleek & sturdy with double sided Gorilla Glass – best in segment.

A 4G-enabled device with a 5-inch SUPER AMOLED HD IPS display.

Sports a 13MP rear and 5MP front camera; has expandable memory of up to 128GB

New Delhi (India) – September 30, 2015: Intex Technologies, the second largest smartphone maker of Indian origin, with a market share of 11%,today announced its entry into the 10k-15K segment with the  launch of a 3GB RAM smartphone – Aqua ACE, a first ever by an Indian handset player in this price category.

The 4G-enabled Aqua ACE features a 5-inch SUPER AMOLED HD IPS display, powered by a 3GB RAM Mediatek (MT6735) chipset. The display and body is well protected by Double Sided (both front and back) Corning Gorilla Glass 3, one of the best for protection and sturdy usage.

The smartphone sports a sleek look at 6.7mm ID thinness giving the handset a classy feel coupled with feather-like weight of 121.5gms.  It basks of a super smooth Android OS Lollipop 5.1 and is powered by a 1.3 GHz Quad Core Processor for smooth multitasking. It is powered with 2300mAh Li-Poly battery that helps the verbose user a talk time of 4-6 hours along with a standby time of 250-300 hours.

Commenting on the launch, Mr. Sanjay Kumar Kalirona, Mobile Business Head, Intex Technologies said, “Intex has been consistently raising the bar for the industry and with Aqua Ace, we have once again taken a leap to the next level with 3GB RAM, double gorilla glass and a massive memory capacity of up to 128 GB. The Aqua Ace combines the best of everything – sleek looks, sturdy nature, and a breathtaking performance which clearly makes it the best smartphone in   sub 15 k segment.”

For the amateur clickers and selfie lovers, the handset comes with a brilliant 13MP rear camera with LED Flash to capture vivid images effortlessly and a5MP front camera to click beautiful selfies with various modes even in low light.

The camera comes with innovative features like Gesture capture, HDR, flash, live photo mode, motion track mode, capture while recording, face detection, voice capture, Panorama mode, multi-angle view mode anti-shake camera (in front camera).

Some unique features in Aqua ACE include Smart Wake that allows one to access the camera, music, files or any other feature without unlocking the phone. Another similar feature is the Smart Motion that helps carrying out tasks like answering phone, calling, unlocking without touching the smartphone. Also Features Cast Screen, which mirrors everything on your android device onto the TV screen, thereby giving users Big Screen Experience.

The device comes with an in-built 16GB ROM with an expandable memory of up to 128GB. Additionally, Aqua ACE has a bunch of pre-loaded Apps such as You Tube, Play Store, Play Newsstand, Play Music, Play Movies & TV, Play Games, Play Books, Photos, Maps, Keep, Hangouts, Gmail, FM Radio, Drive, Email and Chrome.

The high-end Aqua ACE comes with a 1-year screen breakage warranty and a complementary bag pack and a smart or sensor-based flip cover. It is available in two premium colors – Black and White.

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[Video] Catch on yesterday’s Google event right here

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Yesterday’s Nexus event saw a whole bunch of new devices and services announced by Google, it was engrossing stuff. Google didn’t waste any time at all, moving from one device launch to another, bada-bing-bada-boom. But wait, did you miss the proceedings? Don’t sweat it, you can watch the Nexus announcement in its entirety because Google has uploaded the event to YouTube. And, because we are nice like that, we’ve handily embedded the video after the break.

In the video you can watch Google announce the following devices, apps, and services:

Enjoy!

Click here to view the embedded video.

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‘au by KDDI’ will launch the Xperia Z5 in Japan next month

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Japanese carrier ‘au by KDDI’ announced earlier today that it’s adding Sony’s flagship smartphone of 2015, the Xperia Z5, to its rapidly-growing lineup of LTE-enabled devices. The handset will be available from its website in late October. However, no pricing information has been detailed just yet.

With regards to its design, this model of the Xperia Z5 will have one disparity when compared to the standard International variant, and that’s ‘au yt KDDI’ branding on the rear of the device, which can be seen both above and below the Sony logo in the image higher up.

The Xperia Z5 packs a 5.2-inch Full HD display, a Snapdragon 810 quad-core processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage (expandable up to 200GB via microSD), a 23MP rear-facing camera, a 5.1MP selfie shooter and a 2,900mAh battery.

Source: KDDI

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