3 Feb 2013

iPhone 6 coming in June, Includes Laser Keyboard

There have been rumours that the next iPhone as well as the cheaper version of the handset will be released together in June.There have been rumours about a low cost iPhone coming our way and these go back to early last year. Some people have said that the device will be the Apple iPhone Mini while some say that it will be the Apple iPhone Lite.

Steve Jobs said before that he wants Apple products to cannibalise their own sales as opposed to competitors doing it. However, Apple seemed to be taking a new course this year by releasing a cheaper version of iPhone. Some people thought that it may eat into the sales of the regular Apple iPad, however a survey had shown that a lot of the buyers of the Apple iPad Mini were indeed first time buyers of Apple tablets.

2 Feb 2013

Retailers Recommend Samsung S3 over iPhone 5

Some retailers in the United Kingdom say they recommend the Samsung Galaxy S III over Apple’s iPhone5.This report comes from a recent shopper survey.The survey was conducted last month by Telecoms & Media during the holiday shopping season. It was conducted at eight of the nation’s top retail stores which included John Lewis, 3, O2, Everything Everywhere, Carphone Warehouse, PC World, Phones 4 U, and Maplins.The survey results show that among all the major smartphone brands including Samsung, Apple, LG, Motorola Mobility, and Research In Motion Limited, the phone that was recommended the most was Samsung’s Galaxy S III. On an interesting note, the latter three brands were rarely mentioned in the stores or by sales representatives.Apple’s chief executive officer, Tim Cook, recently held a meeting inside the company’s headquarters in Cupertino. He took the opportunity to remind everyone that Apple’s goals are less about revenue and more about making the best products.

28 Jan 2013

iPhone 6: Few parts and Features Leaked

While some people haven’t had a chance to get their hands on an iPhone 5, we’re already seeing leaked parts for the next two generations of the iPhone. These leaked parts are rumored to be from the iPhone 5S and iPhone 6.There’s no way to confirm the validity of these parts, but they do contain several differences between each other and the current iPhone 5.

These leaked parts come from French site The source claims that the parts are speaker enclosures from the iPhone 5S that’s rumored to be released in the summer and iPhone 6 that we may not see until 2014.It’s definitely impossible to tell whether or not these parts are official, but does have a solid track record when it comes to leaked iPhone parts.

26 Jan 2013

BlackBerry will launch their first Operating System

The BlackBerry is ready for game time.Research In Motion (TSX:RIM) said Friday that its new operating system will appear in a 30-second advertisement during this year’s Super Bowl.The announcement comes as RIM prepares to unveil its latest BlackBerry smartphone devices on Wednesday.

A Super Bowl commercial is a great opportunity to show the redesigned, re-engineered and reinvented BlackBerry to tens of millions of consumers on the largest advertising stage of the year, said Frank Boulben,chief marketing officer at RIM in a release.The ad will be shown in both the U.S. and Canada on Feb 3.The Super Bowl is the most-watched television event of the year, drawing 111.3 million U.S. viewers in 2012.In Canada, last year’s broadcast drew a record 8.1 million viewers.

It’s also the most expensive event for advertisers, costing an estimated average of $3.4 million for a 30-second spot on NBC last year, according to ratings firm Nielsen.Super Bowl advertisements are typically a flashy showcase of new cars, beer and technology products, often with celebrity appearances. Aside from airing on television, the ads also get plenty of mileage from being streamed on the Internet.

25 Jan 2013

Google Completes Wireless Network Project

Google is seeking permission from the Federal Communications Commission to build an intriguing yet vaguely worded experimental wireless network around its California-based headquarters.The FCC application was discovered Jan. 22 by Steven J. Crowley, an electrical engineer from Washington D.C., who routinely checks FCC applications as part of his work for clients. After finding the application, Crowley mentioned it in a post on his professional engineering blog.

The experiment is to take place within a 2-mile radius, so this is a quite dense network, which could have very high capacity for carrying data,wrote Crowley.That sparse information was interesting, so he revealed its existence on his blog,Crowley told eWEEK in an interview.There are not a lot of details here, he said. From that you can extrapolate many things.

The Google FCC filing includes portions of the application, and accompanying exhibits are designated confidential,while parts of an accompanying letter are redacted for confidentiality,according to Crowley's post.So what could Google be interested in testing.There are a wide range of unsubstantiated possibilities,said Crowley.

24 Jan 2013

Sony fines Playstation hackers with £250,000

Sony Computer Entertainment has been fined a record £250,000 by the data protection watchdog after the personal details of millions of gamers  including passwords and credit card numbers  were leaked online.The privacy blunder happened in April 2011, when computer hackers targeted the Sony PlayStation Network.The Information Commissioner's office ICO on Thursday said the security breach was one of the most serious it has handled under the Data Protection Act.The £250,000 fine is the maximum penalty awarded by the ICO against a private company.

There's no disguising that this is a business that should have known better.It is a company that trades on its technical expertise, and there's no doubt in my mind that they had access to both the technical knowledge and the resources to keep this information safe, said David Smith, the ICO's deputy commissioner and director of data protection.The watchdog said millions of customers were exposed to the risk of identity theft after their names, addresses, email addresses, dates of birth and account passwords were leaked online.

22 Jan 2013

Google Plans to replace Passwords with Smart Chips

Search giant Google is set to kill off passwords and is experimenting with USB keys,mobile phones and even jewelry that can act as a physical key to give users access to their account.The firm's security experts including an Indian are set to publish their findings next month,the Daily Mail reported.In the upcoming issue of IEEE Security & Privacy Magazine, Google Vice President of Security Eric Grosse and engineer Mayank Upadhyay will detail what is basically a physical key with a 'smart chip' embedded inside it.

Along with many in the industry, we feel passwords and simple bearer tokens such as cookies are no longer sufficient to keep users safe," the pair write in their paper, according to Wired.To log, users simply place the tiny Universal Serial Bus USB drive into their computer.The firm is also believed to be experimenting with wireless chips that are already built into some mobile phones, and can even be built in jewelry.

We'd like your smartphone or smartcard-embedded finger ring to authorise a new computer via a tap on the computer, even in situations in which your phone might be without cellular connectivity, the team writes.One option uses a tiny USB key called a YubiKey.When the user plugs the key into a latop, they are automatically logged into all of their Google accounts  without ever having to type in a password, they explain.

21 Jan 2013

Sony Xperia: New tablet will be slimmer than ipad

Sony has announced a new high-spec Android tablet, the Xperia Tablet Z.It offers up some meaty internals—but the most exciting news is the svelte package into which the hardware is crammed.The 10.1-inch tablet packs a 1,920 x 1,200 screen, Qualcomm 1.5GHz quad-core APQ8064 processor, 2GB RAM, 32GB storage, 8.1-megapixel camera, NFC, LTE, and a microSD expansion slot. It's also curiously waterproof and dustproof.

But what's impressive here is that those guts are squeezed into a tiny frame: the tablet is just 6.9mm thick and weights 495g. That's slimmer than the iPad mini, which is 7.2mm front-to-back, and actually the slimmest tablet that we can think of. At less than 500g, it also seems to be one of—if not the—lightest 10-inch tablet out there.Impressive, then especially if you're a fan of super-slim devices.There are currently no details on pricing or availability.

20 Jan 2013

iPhone and iPad: New Online Diary Apps

Overview : Day One is the best option for journalling from multiple Apple devices (including Macs) because new entries are synchronised automatically using iCloud or Dropbox. It doesn't have many personalisation options; the emphasis is on providing a clutter-free interface that makes it easy to add new entries and look through existing ones.

App Details: My Wonderful Days is the cheaper alternative to Day One, with apps for the iPhone, iPad and Mac computers synchronising via iCloud. The difference with My Wonderful Days is that it lets you make only one entry a day. It has a fun, quirky interface and offers a few unique features such as note statistics and a mood slider.

The brilliance behind Momento is that you don't have to make an effort to keep it up to date. Momento pulls data from the services you already use, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Foursquare, and uses it to create a diary for you. You can also add entries manually using a combination of plain text, photos and tags.

My Daily Journal offers a more customised experience than the other apps. You can change the background of each page using one of the paper styles or your own photo, and you can mix it up further with different fonts for each entry. However, you can't add photos as attachments, nor is there an automatic sync option.

18 Jan 2013

Japan is making a 9.7- inch iPad

Sharp Corp has nearly halted production of 9.7-inch screens for Apple Inc's iPad, two sources said, possibly as demand shifts to its smaller iPad mini.Sharp's iPad screen production line at its Kameyama plant in central Japan has fallen to the minimal level to keep the line running this month after a gradual slowdown began at the end of 2012 as Apple manages its inventory, the industry sources with knowledge of Sharp's production plans told Reuters.

Sharp has stopped shipping iPad panels, the people with knowledge of the near total production shutdown said. The exact level of remaining screen output at Sharp was not immediately clear but it was extremely limited, they said.Company spokeswoman Miyuki Nakayama said:We don't disclose production levels.

Apple officials, contacted late in the evening after normal business hours in California, did not have an immediate comment.The sources didn't say exactly why production had nearly halted. Among the possibilities are a seasonal drop in demand, a switch to another supplier, a shift in the balance of sales to the mini iPad, or an update in the design of the product.

Blackberry 10 : 15000 News Apps Added

Overview : RIM’s next platform, the BlackBerry 10 OS is due to be launched on 30 January.RIM’s new range of device will see a completely revamped OS and new touch-screen devices with no QWERTY keypads and according to RIM’s Vice President for Developer Relations, the company has received nearly 15,000 apps for its new BlackBerry 10 store.

Details : This past weekend’s Port A thons brought in more than 15,000 apps! It has been truly inspiring to see so much excitement and support for BlackBerry 10. So we’re going to do it one more time. All new BlackBerry 10 apps built using any type of development approach or the BlackBerry App Generator are eligible.RIM also help a special Port A thon with Android app developers to help them launch their Android apps for BlackBerry 10.

RIM has also claimed that user response to the new devices was very positive.Bryan Lee, senior enterprise accounts director for the company told Reuters that more than 1,600 customers in North America had registered for its recently launched BlackBerry 10 Ready Program and more than a thousand were actively using the program, which offers customers access to services, information and tools to ease their transition to the BlackBerry 10 and the BlackBerry enterprise server 10.

17 Jan 2013

Facebook working on "FB Search Graph Engine"

On Tuesday, Mark Zuckerberg announced Facebook Graph Search, which gives users the ability to search their social networks for things like photos and restaurant recommendations. For a long time, search has been one of the weaknesses of the site; now it might actually be useful. You can search for all the photos that you have liked, or all the restaurants in San Francisco that have been liked by your friends who like Lady Gaga. It pores over individualized information that no other search engine has; more interestingly, it represents a different way of thinking about searching, stressing the integration of information across your posts and those of your friends , rather than just returning a particular page that seems to fit your criteria.

Most search engines, including Google’s, mainly sort pages to see which come closest to some set of keywords (or their synonyms), but they do relatively little to integrate information across pages. If you want a list of all the books written by members of Congress in 2007, you can do a search, but you’ll end up lost.We can’t be certain, yet, how Graph Search will really work, and how it will evolve when it has masses of users.The company is only rolling it out to a small group of people at the moment, and it will certainly evolve, particularly as people raise concerns about privacy. But, in theory at least, Facebook Graph Search consolidates information over time and space.

In effect, each user can now use Facebook as if it were a giant,custom tailored database, not just a librarian that gives a list of documents that are most relevant to your query. Although the ideas behind Facebook Graph Search aren’t entirely original Google can do similar things in limited domains, such as shopping, and Wolfram Alpha can do math and draw graphs based on data in its archives it really is likely to change the way many people think about search.

16 Jan 2013

LG: Working on Windows Phone

LG is to announce several smartphones running Windows Phone 8 this year, along with additions to its Optimus range, which the company hopes will increase sales by 40 percent.Arriving in October, there are just five smartphones with Windows Phone 8 currently on sale from HTC, Nokia and Samsung, and while we have been impressed by the hardware and user interface, the lack of a central notification centre and quality third party applications are problems Microsoft must address.

LG shipped 41.2 million in the first nine months of 2012, and it is expected to have shipped a further 15 million in the October-December quarter, results for which will be announced by the company on 30 January.LG has become a second tier smartphone manufactuer in recent years, falling behind the like of Huawei, ZTE, Apple and the all-dominant Samsung in the race for smartphone supremecy.

15 Jan 2013

Apple: iPhone Demand Goes Down

Shares in Apple fell after a newspaper report said orders were cut for spare parts due to unexpectedly weak demand for the iPhone 5.Apple's share price dropped in early pre-market trading by almost 4% to below $500 (£310) - a place the company was at around a year ago and well below the year-long peak of $705 (£430).Shares rallied slightly after the opening bell.The Wall Street Journal said two unnamed sources told it that Apple's first-quarter orders for iPhone 5 screens have dropped to about half of what the company had planned.

The report indicated one source also said the US-based firm had cut orders for other components, and that the order cut occurred last month.Apple did not immediately reply to requests for a comment.The move is seen by analysts as a sign that new iPhone sales have been worse than expected as demand wanes.Apple, the world's most valuable technology firm, has been facing increased competition from Samsung and other makers of smartphones that run Google's Android operating system.

South Korea's Samsung has already overtaken Apple as the world's largest smartphone vendor by market share, with some 50% greater unit movement.Android devices accounted for 75% of smartphone shipments during the three months ending in September, up from 58% at the same time in 2011, according to the research firm IDC.The iPhone's share stood at 15% in September, up from 14% in the previous year.

Google says more than 500 million Android devices have been activated since the software's release four years ago.By comparison, Apple had sold about 271 million iPhones up to the end of last September.Apple has recently also had to weather criticism of the conditions of its workers at massive production facilities in China, which are operated by Taiwan's Foxconn.

14 Jan 2013

Samsung:100 million Galaxy S Smartphones Sold

Samsung Electronics Co. said Monday that global sales of its Galaxy S smartphones surpassed 100 million units since the first model in the series was released less than three years ago.Samsung said it has sold more than 25 million Galaxy S smartphones, 40 million Galaxy S II smartphones and 41 million Galaxy S III smartphones.

Samsung launched the first Galaxy S model at the end of May 2010, scrambling to catch up with Apple, which was reshaping the market with the iPhone.But Samsung was quick to narrow the gap with bigger smartphone makers. Research firm IHS iSuppli said last month that Samsung beat Nokia in cellphone sales and Apple in smartphone sales last year.Apple's iPhone sales hit the 100-million mark in March 2011, nearly four years after the introduction of the phone in 2007.Analysts expect Samsung to announce the fourth version of the Galaxy S smartphone before this summer.

13 Jan 2013

Intel will introduce Socketed CPUs in 2016

Would Intel ship or not ship Socketed CPUs with its future generation platforms? This question has been looming the net since the last month after PC Watch revealed a roadmap which showed that the Chip giant would stop its production of Socketed CPUs to be replaced by BGA offerings.Tech report confirms through a trusted source which happens to be a motherboard manufacturer that according to their roadmap tells that Socketed CPUs are here to stay but only till 2016. Previously, it was thought that Intel Haswell would be the last generation of Socketed CPUs from Intel.

Intel denied the rumor and said that the CPUs would be available till a Foreseeable Future.AMD also revealed that it is committed to offer Socketed CPUs to its consumers.Two weeks ago, PC Watch once again leaked Intel’s Haswell and Broadwell variants listing which revealed that the transition of Socketed CPUs to BGA packages would happen sooner than expected.

The listing shows that while Socketed CPUs would be available in High-End Core i7 and Core i5 Quad Core models, the entry-level Core i3 would be shipped as BGA packaged CPUs. In our very own interview with Intel, the company revealed its plans of transition to BGA packaged CPUs with Broadwell Generation.

12 Jan 2013

Apple: We'll never make a cheap iPhone

First Apple was going to make a cheaper iPhone, either to try to blunt the rapid rise of Android phones or to compete in international markets. Then it wasn't. Now after a new interpretation of comments from Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior VP of global marketing, maybe it could. Or not It's all so confusing.
So let’s settle this now: Apple will never make a cheap iPhone. Most certainly Apple itself will never use the word “cheap” in association with anything it makes, iPhone or otherwise. Or inexpensive, or value-priced, or anything of the sort. That has never been the Apple way, and given that it owns most of the profits in the industry with its current strategy even in the face of Google‘s Android onslaught, why it would change ?
More than that, though, it seems doubtful that Apple would sell an iPhone that anyone else would call cheap, either. Full-freight iPhone 5s bought without a contract start at $649 in the U.S., and even the cheapest iPhone 4 starts at $450 off-contract. It’s very difficult to see how Apple could profitably sell an iPhone of any kind that still deserves the name for a third to a half of those price points.

10 Jan 2013

Apple: China will be the biggest Market in Future

Apple CEO Tim Cook has told a Chinese news agency the computer giant expects China to overtake the United States as its biggest market.China is currently our second largest market. I believe it will become our first. I believe strongly that it will, the Xinhua News Agency quoted Cook as saying in an interview.Cook was visiting Beijing to meet with Chinese regulators and managers of state-owned phone companies.Xinhua said Cook did not respond to rumors Apple might be developing a lower-cost iPhone for developing markets such as China.

Smart Watch will be released this month

A smart watch, funded by crowd-sourced financing, which can receive texts and emails when linked to an Android or Apple phone will be in production later this month.Called Pebble, the watch has 3.2cm e-ink black and white display and costs $150.The project to develop Pebble started in April 2012 when the founder, Eric Migicovsky, asked for $100,000 on Kickstarter and got $10m after 38 days.Initial production is set at 15,000 watches a week.Apple and Intel are said to be producing a smart watch. The Peoples’ Pebble seems to have pipped them to the post.

8 Jan 2013

Google will launch free Wi - Fi in New York

Google's ambitions to wire the world are expanding.The company announced on Tuesday that it will provide free Wi-Fi service to Chelsea, a New York City neighborhood where Google has its local headquarters.In a joint press conference with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New York Senator Charles Schumer, Google Goog, Fortune 500 said it hoped to keep the tens of thousands of residents, and millions of tourists, in the area connected at all times when they're outdoors. Google also will be providing indoor coverage for public housing units in the area.

The announcement comes at a time when Google's broadband offerings are being closely tracked by both citizens and politicians eager for tech infrastructure upgrades. The company recently brought high-speed fiber-optic Internet coverage to the Kansas City area, capable of download speeds up to 1 Gigabit per second. That's about 200 times faster than your average home broadband connection.Tired of slow Internet speeds, high costs and few choices in providers, Americans have been eagerly watching for any hints that Google would expand its fiber offering to their hometowns.

Google's Wi-Fi has impressive speeds of its own  about 5 to 10 Megabits per second, or around the same as a typical home Internet connection. But Ben Fried, Google's chief information officer, said in unequivocal terms that the Wi-Fi offering is not a harbinger of bigger things to come for New Yorkers.This has no relation to Google Fiber, Fried said.We're citzens of this community, and we felt that it was important to contribute.

7 Jan 2013

Sony:Latest Handycam, Camcorder and Cybershot

Sony has unveiled a massive array of Cybershot and Handycam cameras and camcorders that it will be rolling out this year.The 8 Handycam models support Bravia’s TRILUMINOS Display, while the 7 Cybershot models boast an array of features, including water resistance, durability, and a combination of CCD and CMOS sensors. Check out the pictures after the jump.

First up is the upcoming Cybershot line, which is comprised of the following models: the WX200 (18.2-megapixels, Exmor R CMOS sensor), WX80(16.2-megapixels, Exmor R CMOS sensor), WX60 (16.2-megapixels, Exmor R CMOS sensor), TF1 (16.1-megapixels, Super HAD CCD sensor), H200 (20.1-megapixels, Super HAD CCD sensor), W730 (16.1-megapixels, Super HAD CCD sensor), and the W710 (16.1-megapixels, Super HAD CCD sensor).

All of the models feature a 2.7-inch ClearPhoto LCD with the exception of the H200, which has a 3-inch display. The WX60, WX80, and WX200 models feature Improved Superior Auto and Improved Optical Steadyshot, and support for TRILUMINOS color. The latter two models are both Wi-Fi enabled, while all seven models feature Advanced Flash and Beauty Effect. All seven models will be released in Europe next month.

The Handycam camcorder line up is composed of the following models: the PJ780VE, JP650VE, PJ420VE, PJ320E, CX410VE, CX320E, CX280E, and the CX220E. All the camcorders feature full HD recording, TRILUMINOS Display support, and the Exmor R CMOS sensor, as well as optical/extended zoom of various powers. Select models include Sony’s Advanced Sound System. Like the Cybershot models, these Handycams will roll out next month.

6 Jan 2013

Lenovo announced 27 inch Horizon table PC

Lenovo has just unveiled a 27-inch all-in-one desktop at CES called the IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC.As a Table PC, Horizon can lie flat on any surface, lets two or more people use the screen at the same time, supports interactive physical gaming accessories and is designed for touchscreen gameplay among several players.Building up what Lenovo did with the IdeaCentre A720, unveiled at CES last year, the company has dreamed up some pretty interesting apps and user interface enhancements. Although Lenovo has added a new multiuser interfaced called Aura, Windows 8 also appears to enhance the experience a fair bit if you check out Rich Brown's video.

The Horizon supports multiplayer games with its gigantic screen, dynamic graphics and 10-finger touch.It comes with a special set of accessories including an e-dice and four joysticks and strikers to offer a new digital gaming experience that combines the physical gaming accessory with the on-screen action. For the player, the action is part physical, part digital--an activity that Lenovo refers to as phygital.At a price point a fraction of the Microsoft Surface and with a smaller footprint, this machine may start to become the centrepiece of homes and businesses who found the Microsoft Surface interesting but too prohibitive in terms of cost.

Up to 3rd Gen Intel Core i7 processor
Up to Windows 8 Pro
27-inch backlit full-HD (1,920 x 1,080) multitouch display
Up to Nvidia GeForce GT 620M 1GB graphics
Up to 8GB DDR3 RAM
Up to 1TB HDD; optional 64GB SSD
Stereo speakers with Dolby Home Theater v4
Integrated Bluetooth and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
27mm thick
Integrated 720p HD webcam
USB 3.0, 6-in-1 card reader, HDMI
2 hours

4 Jan 2013

Samsung : Latest Galaxy S 4 Features Leaked

New images claim to show the next version of Samsung's best selling Galaxy Handset  which could go on sale next year.Image shows sleek design with no button - but does not appear to show rumoured bending screen.It could be revealed at the CES event in Las Vegas next week.The latest version of Samsung's hugely popular Galaxy S mobile phone has been spotted, according to one online site.An image obtained by Sammobile shows the new gadget sporting a 5 inch display and a new design with no buttons on the case.The handset is also believed to have a quad core processor and a 13 megapixel camera.

We can’t 100% confirm if this is indeed the Galaxy S IV but the picture he sent us looks really sharp and doesn’t look fake at all.The picture shows a new design for Samsung's flagship phone,with all of the buttons removed from the front of the device.It is expected to run the latest version of Google's Android software.Rumours had also circulated previously that the phone could include a radical new type of 'bendable' screen that would make the phone almost unbreakable. 

However, the pictures do not appear to show anything different in the 5inch screen of the device.It comes just hours after one online site claimed Apple's iPhone 6 was already being used in the California firm's Cupertino headquarters.Apple and Samsung have been locked in a battle for supremacy in the smartphone market, and releasing the S4 earlir than a new iPhone could give the Korean firm a crucial advantage.However, rival blogs have claimed the image is fake.It would be easy to enlarge the screen on a SGS3 press image using Photoshop, remove the home button and slightly reduce the size of the Samsung logo at the top, said gadget site Pocket Lint.Also,Samsung generally has more tricks up its sleeve than simply copying the same design year-on-year.

3 Jan 2013

Top 4 Fitness Gadgets in the World

Nike Fuelband - £129
Simply tracking your activity can be a good way to motivate yourself to do more.The Nike Fuelband makes that simple: it's a wristband that contains motion sensors to track your movement through the day, translating your activity into Nike Fuel points that aim to let you compare yourself to others,regardless of the sports you're doing. It also counts the steps you take  10,000 per day is seen as a good indicator of a healthy lifestyle  and tells the time.It comes in three colours but the sleek black version is the coolest.

Jawbone Up - price tbc
Another trendy wristband that monitors your movement is the Jawbone Up.First released in 2011,the up was withdrawn because of technical problems.It will be back on sale in Britain shortly,after being completely re-engineered.It's slimmer than the Nike Fuelband and adds the ability to track the quality of your sleep.However, unlike the Fuelband,it doesn't have a screen.

Polar Rcx3 GPS - £249.50
If you are a runner or cyclist and are more serious about tracking your activity then it's worth considering a GPS watch,rather than a wristband like the Fuelband or Up.The Polar Rcx3 will track your route,speed and distance, which you can upload to Polar's Personal Trainer website.The Personal Trainer gives you access to training programs, tracks your progress over time and offers feedback on each workout.

Strava Run and Strava Cycling - Free, iPhone and Android
You don't necessarily need a watch to track your exercise.Smartphone apps can use GPS to plot your route and there are plenty of services which will keep track of your performance over time.The only downside is having to strap your phone to your arm or stick it in a pocket while you exercise. If you're happy to do that then there are plenty of options. Runkeeper (free) is an online service that syncs with many popular apps, while Zombies, Run - £2.49 turns running into an immersive game.

1 Jan 2013

Intel : Working On Internet Based TV Service

Intel Corp.'s effort to develop an Internet-based TV service and associated hardware is taking longer than expected, people familiar with the company's plans say, in part due to delays in reaching content agreements with media companies.The chip maker's surprise interest in the crowded pay TV business was disclosed last March by The Wall Street Journal, which reported Intel had told media companies it hoped to launch a service by the end of 2012. The timing now seems uncertain.

One person familiar with Intel's thinking on Monday predicted it would launch its offering by mid-2013. Another person said a service might not arrive until as late as the fourth quarter, citing delays in reaching content-licensing agreements with entertainment companies that own major TV channels.Speculation about Intel's plans has intensified ahead of next week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Intel plans to discuss new chips for PCs and mobile devices at the event but not its TV plans, one of these people said.

Intel, whose chips serve as calculating engines in most computers, has long hoped to move its technology into TVs or set-top boxes. Along the way, it has teamed up with other technology companies seeking to exploit the Internet to offer consumers more content options.Most of those efforts haven't produced much in the way of benefits. Intel recently abandoned a collaboration with Google Inc. GOOG+ that was designed to get its chips into TVs and set-top boxes; most Google TV products now are based on chips designs licensed by ARM Holdings  PLC, the mainstay of most smartphones.

Why People Love Nexus 7 ?

The Nexus 7 debuted more than six months ago at Google's annual developer conference,but I am still a big fan of the device. and I have no trouble recommending it to tablet buyers.In this edition of Ask Maggie,I explain why the Nexus 7 is still a good device at a decent price. One Ask Maggie reader is tired of squinting to read books on his smartphone,but he's troubled by the $200 price tag.Meanwhile, the second reader is debating whether to get the smaller 7-inch Nexus 7 mini-tablet or a bigger Android tablet from Samsung.

I think the Nexus 7 is a terrific step up, and I highly recommend it to readers. It's very light, and the size is perfect.It's about the size of a typical paperback book and can easily be held with one hand. It fits nicely into a pocket or purse, so it's portable if you read while commuting or traveling and since it comes with the full Android OS, you can access just about anything from the Google Play store.I mention this because other tablets of a similar size, such as the Kindle Fire,offer only a limited catalog of books, games, and movies.Whatever is available via Amazon is what's available on the Kindle Fire.This is great if you are already using that ecosystem to purchase your books and other media. But it sounds like you are already getting books and other stuff via the Google Play store, so it makes sense for you to continue using that ecosystem.