The most influential ratings and review magazine Consumer Reports has reviewed Apple’s new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c models, praising them for better processor and camera than previous generation but calling the 4-inch Retina display and 8-10 hour battery life “NO MATCH” for latest flagship Androids. According to Consumer Reports
“The iPhone 5s tops the already great iPhone 5 with a surprisingly reliable fingerprint reader, a faster processor, and better-than-ever camera. And the affordable iPhone 5c is a compelling offering for budget-minded buyers. Consumer Reports testers found both phones delivered better performances than the iPhones they succeed—they even have longer talk times (a tad less than 7 hours). Both phones benefit from the latest operating system upgrade (iOS 7), available to existing iPhone models, which gives the Siri voice-activated assistant access to more apps than before, and allows you to access a new Control Center with a swipe up from the bottom of the screen.
Yet, battery life was still notably shorter than on other phones in our tests, including three of the latest Droids from Motorola, which ran for as long as 24 hours. Also, their small screens, while sharp and bright, can’t beat the larger, sharper displays that adorn flagship models from Samsung, LG, and HTC.”
Apple has overhauled its UI with latest release of iOS7. Now, it seems, Apple will have to take another lesson from Android and abandon its more compact displays in favor of larger displays . According to some rumors Apple has reportedly been testing Next Gen iPhones with larger displays. Bigger may not always be better, but its in demand.
This might have been the best bargain in history when Google Wanted To Sell To Excite For Under $1 Million — And They Passed
.In 1994, six Stanford University students created a primitive search engine called Architext. In December 1995, Architext was re-launched as Excite — the search engine to end all search engines.
In 1999, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the founders of Google, decided that their creation was interfering with their studies and made an offer to sell it to few companies (Alta Vista, which passed, and Yahoo, which also passed). An offer was then made to Excite’s CEO George Bell, who deemed the asking price of $1 million too high. Vinod Khosla of Kleiner Perkins who backed Excite at that time negotiated with Larry & Sergey and brought the asking price down to $750,000 — But Bell still rejected.
Google is now the undisputed leader in search, with 65.4% of all Internet searches and a market capitalization of about $297 billion. The closest competitor in the search space is Microsoft’s Bing, with 11.3%.
Excite, meanwhile, was acquired by Ask Jeeves in 2004. That company became Ask.com, and now it’s owned by Barry Diller’s IAC. Which most of us don’t even know about.
The entire Android world has been eagerly waiting for update to Android 4.4 KitKat and the Nexus 5, not to mention rumor after rumor everyday. This afternoon something different has surfaced, Android Police have managed to get their hands on UI screenshots of the upcoming 4.4 update that showcase this new UI.
This leaked UI seems to be a work-in-progress and not the complete version of the new Google Play Store for Android. It looks like Google will be dropping the long menu and settings options in favor of a quick slide-out navigation drawer. Instead of using one pop-up when a user selects menu, you’ll now have a quick to access slide-out navigation bar according to latest UI standards of stock Google apps.
The slide-out navigation will have the following tabs:
My Apps, My Movies & TV
Shop – this one doesn’t appear at all times
The tipster also revealed some details about what’s next for the Play Store besides this minor change. Google is reportedly going to revamp the entire user interface to closely resemble Google Now, Google Keep, and the newly updated Gmail app with a card-based UI.
This update is expected to roll out at the same time as Android 4.4 KitKat starts reaching other Nexus devices, so the wait will probably be over by end of this month.
Google is known for its pranks, brain teasers and Easter Eggs hidden in its products and services, and it expected that Google might hint the release date of Android 4.4 KitKat and Nexus 5 in the same way. Previously we were expecting that Google will be announcing the highly anticipated Nexus 5 smartphone, as well as the new Android 4.4 KitKat on October 15th, but nothing happened. It turns out to be another false rumor.
Yesterday Kit Kat posted a dancing android robot on Google Plus account with the tag “Everybody dance now! #AndroidKITKAT,” which means Google is teasing us with a hint. As per some comments on the status “Everybody Dance Now” by C&C Music Factory was released on October 18th 1990, which means that Android 4.4 will be announced on October 18th. But then we got another teaser.
In second teaser the status message says “Sometimes you have to look for the signs” and the image says “This is it.” “This is It” was a documentary on Michael Jackson which was released on 28th October 2009. So it left us confused between two dates October 18th or October 28th.
According to Wikipedia the C+C Music factory is also known as Clivillés + Cole, The 28th Street Crew, C&C Music Factory. So the 28th street crew hints at October 28th. October 28th is similar to what we are predicting in the second image. Still, we’re also approaching the October 29th anniversary of the launches for both Android 4.2 and the Nexus 4 — so whatever the date is, we are expecting it in last week of October. What do you think?
Two engineering students from the University of Florida have put their brains together to come up with a solution to a serious problem: warm beer. They have created a portable device with a basic power drill and chill bit that can spin the container. By spinning the container, convection is introduced to both the inside and outside of the container increasing the rate of heat transfer by a minimum of 20 times faster.
“Since ice water is always 32 degrees Fahrenheit, Spin Chill can only chill a beer to 32 degrees in ice water. However, ice that hasn’t melted yet is below freezing so Spin Chilling in fresh ice can get a beer colder than 32 degrees and create a beer slushy. Get your beer as cold as you want!” It said. Setting a can or bottle in the freezer takes 20-30 minutes to become drinkable. Putting it in ice water take 10-20 minutes. Using The Chill Bit it takes 30-60 seconds.
Its an awesome idea isn’t it? As they said “necessity is the mother of invention.”