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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Prisma Turns the Most Boring Photos Into Striking Paintings!

Madhav Biju
There was a time when people thought a painter’s work was so intricate and personal, it was deemed impossible to recreate.

Well, that time is over. With Prisma, you now have your own, personal Picasso in your pocket. Just pick a photo from your phone, and it starts painting.
By using a combination of neural networks and artificial intelligence, the end results are a real sight to behold. It doesn’t just put a filter over your image, it actually scans the data to apply the style in an impressive way

   See the result by yourself:

Update: Prisma has confirmed that the app will also be available for Android later this month.Hold tight!

They also said that they will soon launch Prisma Videos in its app “soon”.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Huawei is reportedly working on its own mobile OS as a 'contingency measure'

Madhav Biju
Huawei is working toward making its Android software more palatable for a western audience before it goes all-in on the US market, but that's not the only mobile project the Chinese OEM is undertaking. The Information reports that Huawei is also running a secret project to build its own mobile operating system as a hedge against Android. The new EMUI software layer is expected this fall, but the mobile OS might never see the light of day.
The ever-popular "people briefed about the project" tell The Information that Huawei wants to avoid being totally dependent on Google. Huawei is concerned what might happen in the event the management model of Android changes in the future. If Google were to stop supporting Android on third-party devices or restrict what OEMs can do with the platform, that could spell trouble for Huawei. Executives want to have a fallback option.
The secret OS project is still in its infancy, and is being developed by a team in Scandinavia that includes former Nokia engineers. We don't know if it's a complete ground-up project or if Huawei is starting with Android as a base. It seems unlikely Huawei will ever have reason to deploy its secret OS, but it's apparently getting some of the work done just in case.

This $4 smartphone finally has a ship date after sparking investigations

Madhav Biju
Chances are, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
That seemed to be the case for the Freedom 251, the world's cheapest smartphone, announced in February. Ringing Bells, the Indian company behind the phone, sparked controversy when it claimed the smartphone would sell for just $4. 
Naturally, people were very curious to know how the company could sell an Android smartphone for so little, prompting the Indian Cellular Association (ICA) to write to India's telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to get some hard answers.
The ICA also accused Ringing Bells of potentially fraudulent claims saying even the cheapest build-of-materials would cost about $40 for a phone with barebone specs such as Android 5.1, a 4-inch screen, 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, 1,450 mAh battery, and a 3.2-megapixel back and 0.3-megapixel front camera.
Furthermore, there was no clear wireless carrier backing the $4 phone and providing subsidies on it to offer savings to customers.
Just when things couldn't get any worse, it was discovered that the Freedom 251 was actually an illegally rebadged version of China's Adcom Ikon 4, which sells for about $54. Oh, and the app icons were basically ripped right off iOS.
During investigation, Mohit Goel, Ringing Bells's Managing Director, remained unfazed.
"We remain committed to cooperating with any government agency that may require inquiring our organisation for any reason or suspicion," Goel said. "I do maintain that we will deliver the most-affordable quality products to our customers through our various range of smartphones, including the Freedom 251."
Fast forward a couple of months and 70 million registrations for the device later and Ringing Bells is finally gearing up to ship the first $4 Freedom 251 phones to customers on June 30, according to IANS.
"We learned from our mistakes and decided to go silent till we come out with the product. Now we have a 4-inch, dual-SIM phone ready for delivery. I feel vindicated," Goel told IANS.
Goel says the company is losing money on every unit sold, but the goal is to allow rural and poor Indians to access the digital world.
The phone's specs have also been updated since the original version was announced. The rear camera's a higher resolution 8-megapixel shooter and the selfie camera is a 3.2-megapixel shooter. There's also a larger 1,800 mAh battery. The phone will be available in black and white. The rest of the specs are the same as the original: 4-inch screen, 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage.
The company plans to fulfill 2.5 million orders by the end of the month and ship 200,000 units per month afterwards.
It remains to be seen how well a $4 smartphone will function. The Freedom 251 may seem extremely underpowered if you're used to flagship performance devices, but consider this: It has better specs than even the original iPhone when it was released nine years ago, and that was originally sold for $599.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Moto G (Gen 4) aka Moto G4 India Launch Expected on May 17

Madhav Biju
Motorola is expected to launch its 4th generation Moto G series of smartphones soon. On Thursday, the company's India arm also began sending invites for a New Delhi event on May 17, tipping it may launch the Moto G (Gen 4) aka Moto G4. It might also launch the rumoured Moto G4 Plus as well that houses a fingerprint sensor in addition.

Although nothing is mentioned in the press invitation except for the date, the Lenovo-owned company is anticipated to launch the next-generation Moto G-series smartphone in India first. To recall, Motorola had launched the Moto G (Gen 3) in India first, ahead of similar events around the globe. More details about the event can be expected to be shared by the company soon.

It is worth mentioning that since Lenovo has confirmed plans to overhaul the Moto brand to "Moto by Lenovo", the Moto G (Gen 4) smartphone is likely to be launched with slightly different branding compared to its predecessors.

The Motorola Moto G (Gen 4) and the Moto G4 Plus have leaked quite a few times recently via videos and images. However, none of the information has been confirmed by the company.

Earlier this month, both the Moto G (Gen 4) prototype and the Moto G4 Plus leaked separately in a video and an image. The leaked image showing the white-coloured Moto G4 Plus showed a square-shaped fingerprint sensor placed as a home button, a speaker grille, a front-facing camera, and the rear camera with flash and autofocus sensors enclosed in a pill-shaped module and a dimple with the company logo below the camera.

The video published on YouTube showed the alleged Moto G (Gen 4) lacking the fingerprint sensor seen on the Moto G4 Plus. The black-coloured smartphone was compared with 2014 Moto X model and clearly seemed slightly bigger in size than any other Moto G handsets. The video also showed its Active Display technology, something that has been there in the Motorola handsets since quite a while.

Windows 10 gets New Facebook app,Messenger and Instagram

Madhav Biju
Fresh off its stellar earnings report, which owed much to its remarkable mobile performance, Facebook is giving a little focus back to the desktop.
On Thursday, Facebook unveiled its first Facebook Messenger app for Windows 10 desktop, along with an updated Facebook app for Windows 10 and, yes, in a nod to Microsoft's struggling mobile efforts, a fresh Instagram for Windows 10 Mobile.
The arrival of the apps, which should happen sometime Thursday, is not a surprise. Facebook promised during its most recent F8 Developer conferences that it would be building Universal Windows 10 apps.

The new Facebook for Windows 10 App can live in your start menu and in a pinned Live Tile. Because it's a Universal Windows app, it will offer deeper integration with other Windows 10 apps and systems, including File Explorer. 
According to a Facebook blog post, you'll be able to share photos directly from File Explorer to Facebook.

Messenger, which is new to the Windows 10 desktop world, will use its native integration to deliver message notifications on your desktop and inside the Messenger Live Tile.
When Instagram first arrived on Windows Phones in 2013, it was a somewhat pale imitation of the experience you get on Android and iOS. Facebook says in its blog post that, at the time, "we were focused on bringing the app’s core features to the Windows Phone community as quickly as possible." 
The new version promises to include key Instagram features like Explore and video.

With Windows Phone market share now at a reported 2.8%, the rationale for bothering to build a Windows 10 Mobile app is questionable, at best. However, Facebook has already invested in building Facebook Messenger for Windows Phone and the Windows 10 Universal app subsystem ostensibly makes it easier to build apps for desktop and mobile at the same time.
The core Facebook app and Messenger for Windows 10 arrive on Thursday in the Windows App Store. Instagram for Windows 10 Mobile will be in the Windows Phone Store.