This SmartPhone rewards you Free TalkTime

Micromax has officially debuted one of its kind, the MAd A94, a smart phone that rewards people for watching advertisements which is equal to free talktime. The phone is priced at Rs 8,490.

How does it work?

You have to watch an ad before you dial a number and earn points, which can be converted into Indian Rupees and rewarded to you postpaid or prepaid accounts for free talk time. You can also watch ads through the stand-alone MAd app and get rewarded for the same.

MAd A94 smart phone users will have to register with telecom operators to activate this service. It’s not yet clear on how many points the user gets for watching an ad. Micromax says that in the future, the points could possibly be redeemed for other services besides the ones currently being offered. This feature is only available on the Micromax Mad A94 right now.

The specifics about the phone are scarce, though Micromax does say it is a 4.5-inch FWVGA display (854×480) with a 5-megapixel camera on the front and rear, which can shoot 720p videos. It’s got a Broadcom BCM23550 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 512MB of RAM and runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

The battery is 1800 mAh, which could prove to be less than ample, if one is watching ads most of the time. You will find Bluetooth v4.0, Wi-Fi, and 3G connectivity and 4GB of storage onboard. That can be expanded up to 32GB with a micro SD card.

Free Talktime

The rewards for ads feature is obviously the headline maker and Micromax believes it will give brands an opportunity to stand out. Rahul Sharma, co-founder of the company believes it will “provide a high engagement communication channel for the brands to break away from the clutter.” He also said in a statement that it will help operators improve per user profitability.

The point of contention is how operators could possibly increase profitability when users are going to get their accounts credited for watching ads. Secondly, users would actually be consuming from their data plan to watch the ads, so it’s not all that rewarding getting a small amount of credit in your account. At the moment, with no clarity on these points, the MAd phone comes off as just a gimmick.

This is a CRAZY venture by Micromax and will screw all the other smartphones ranging at this price range. If not anywhere else, it will see significant boost in sales in India with this type of business model.

How to Avoid Friend Request Ban from Facebook

Do you feel angry when Facebook blocks you for 7 days or even further, 30 days? Fret not because you are not the only one. There are thousand other Facebook users who feel the same.

And the below pop-up is one of the most irritating thing that can happen to a Facebook user.

Remove Facebook Request Ban

 

Why am I blocked for so many Days?

Well, the simple reason is, you sent too many friend requests to someone who did not accept your request and went unanswered. This is so that you will send requests to the only person that you know in real life.

Make sure you use real name and real profile image so people can recognise you when you send them the friend request.

How can I prevent Facebook from giving me friend requests Ban notice?

Now, here is a simple logic, Facebook will not ban you for having a single unanswered friend request. So, you will need to cancel the remaining friend requests that you have sent.

Follow the below steps to remove the Ban from your Facebook Profile:

1. Click on Friends icon, then select “See all”

Unblock Facebook Friend Request

 

2. Now click on “View Sent Request”

Unblock Facebook Ban

You can also directly click on this link to go on View Sent Request.

Here, you will find a list of all the Facebook users you sent the request to but went unanswered.

3. Cancel the unwanted sent requests

Avoid Facebook Ban

Once you see all the users you want to cancel the friend request, click on the “Friend Request Sent” next to the users and click on “Cancel Request”.

This way you will cancel all the unwanted requests that you sent and for which Facebook blocked you from sending more Friend Requests.

As I said before, Facebook will ban you only if you have more than 3-5 unanswered requests, you can cancel all the requests keeping 1-2 untouched, if you want.

Once you have cancelled all the requests, you can now regain the original authority of sending requests.

But note:

It would be useless sending requests to people you don’t know, or you are aware that they won’t accept your request anyways.

It is always recommended to stay within limits and don’t get carried away in sending friend requests. If you ever get blocked again, or any of your friends get blocked, don’t forget to share with them this trick of avoiding Friend Request Ban on Facebook for those haunting 30 days.

Over to you:

I hope this tutorial will help people in regaining back their request sending authority. If you face any problem, comment down below. Share this article with your friends so they don’t miss on sending important friend requests.

Also read my another post on – How to Send Friend Requests even When you are Blocked

How to Read eBooks on Windows 8

This post will help you read eBooks on Windows 8 devices. The tutorial is valid for eBook types EPUB, PDF and Kindle.

More and more people today have moved to Windows 8’s camp, largely out of curiosity and its chic metro-style interface, which delivers us a brand-new feeling with the fusion of traditional computers and tablets.

Among several versions of Windows 8, ARM version comes for tablets / smartphones, which exclusively support ARM-processor-based apps whereas other versions are theoretically compatible with all Windows applications.

To be specific, 41 people have asked me how to read different types of eBooks on Windows 8 devices. So I have decided to gather some information and type them down for you.

This artcle will cover how to read eBooks (EPUB / PDF / Kindle) on standard Windows 8 devices (including Windows Surface Pro).

ebooks on windows 8

Read eBooks on Windows 8

1. Read EPUB books on Windows 8

Many professional reading apps originally supporting EPUB formats have already released Win 8 version, such as Nook for Win 8 / RT and Kobo for Win 8 / RT. Others like Sony for PC and Calibre can be installed on Win 8 OS as well.

In addition, you can also read EPUB eBooks with another reading app, Metro Reader, which is said to be the first reading app for Windows 8 OS, if you hate to be confined to some eBook stores. Metro Reader also supports TXT formats and is for sale Windows app store.

Metro Reader for Windows 8

For purchased eBooks (excluding Kobo / Sony / Nook / Kindle eBooks), which are mostly DRM protected, we are likely to switch to Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) as above reading apps can’t work in this case.

However, there is no ADE for Win 8 available (for the time being) and current ADE 2.0 requires .Net 3.5 on your computer. Fortunately, previous ADE 1.7 can be installed on Win 8 and enable readers to read Adobe DRM protected books.

2. Read PDF books on Windows 8

Almost all reading apps supporting EPUB work on PDF as well, except for Metro Reader, which only work for eBooks formatted in EPUB and TXT. One professional PDF reader for Win 8 is Adobe Reader, and it is free in Windows app store.

Adobe Reader for Windows 8

Adobe Reader offers many functions to maximize users’ reading experience such as password-PDF support (non-DRM), words/images zooming, etc. Similarly, you can turn to Adobe Digital Editions (1.7) if you need to read DRM-protected PDF books on Windows 8.

3. Read Kindle books on Windows 8

One thing we have to mention is to read Kindle books on Windows 8. Yes, it’s a piece of cake since Amazon has released Kindle for Win 8, as what it has done on other platforms.

Kindle for Windows 8

Steps to read Amazon Kindle books on Windows 8

#1 Download and install Kindle for Win 8 / RT app on Windows 8. #2 Register Kindle for Win 8 app with your Amazon account. Once you have registered your Kindle app on Win 8, all your purchased Kindle books will be synced automatically.

Things will be a bit cumbersome, nevertheless, if you have already got a Win 8 ARM device, say the hot MS Surface RT. Compared to a heap of android reading apps, there are far fewer reading programs in Windows Metro app store. The absence of ADE for Win 8 / RT makes it even tougher to read DRM-protected eBooks on mobile devices running Win 8.

In this case, you will have to firstly rely on DRM removing tools such as Calibre plugins and free ePubee to make your books DRM free and then read with Win 8 reading apps. Well, this case actually explains to us why full Windows 8 is a better pick to some extent.

Have you adopted Windows 8 on your personal computer yet? Do you read eBooks on Windows 8 powered devices?

Here’s how Android looks on Nokia Normandy

I had never imagined that I will have to write this update on my blog. Because I always believed Nokia is a powerful phone maker that would never descend.

But things have changed since past few months. Microsoft acquired Nokia’s mobile business and Nokia started implementing their Windows Phone operating system.

It did not end there itself. Nokia also tweeted that it has discontinued the support for its Symbian and MeeGo apps.

And now, we have started getting leaks on how Google’s mobile operating system Android will look on Nokia’s smart phone, codenamed – Nokia Normandy.

If a tipster is to be believed, the smart phone is still under research and prototypes and shall see a day of light this fall, or next year.

Even though the tipsters have been pretty accurate, there is no 100% confirmation on whether an Android powered Nokia phone is a rumour or really a reality.

Check out this image running Android 4.4 KitKat on Nokia phone code-named “Normandy”

Nokia Normandy with Android 2

It would be very exciting to see what Android and Nokia bring to the consumers, with already iPhone 5s, Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One, LG G Flex into a tough competition to be on top of the list.

Of course, there are no words on its releasing, nor any vague idea on what would be its pricing range if at all it is released.

Still, looking at the leaks and images, we consider that Nokia Normandy, running Google’s Android operating system could range anything between INR 10,000 to INR 25,000; depending on its internal specifications and memory capacity.

If Nokia Normandy ever launches to the public, will you get one for yourself? Will Nokia running Android be a tough competition to the Samsung hardware running Android operating system?

Let us know what you think about Android powered Nokia Normandy in the comments below.

Google Employees Give Up On Google Glass

Of course, when you go back to the year 2013 and talk about technological advances, Google Glass is sure to rank the list. And why not, it is a completely different category and stepping stone to the wearable technology.

Personally, I always wanted to try to get my hands on it, but being in India, that dream could not be fulfilled.

No matter how excited we bloggers and tech enthusiasts are,  Glass is slowly and steadily losing its trend. And what’s more dangerous is, the makers of Glass itself are giving it up. Lets see what’s happening.

Below is an excerpt  from Glass-evangelist Robert Scoble:

I’m also worried at a new trend: I rarely see Google employees wearing theirs anymore. Most say “I just don’t like advertising that I work for Google.” I understand that. Quite a few people assume I work for Google when they see me with mine.

I just hope it doesn’t mean that Google’s average employee won’t support it. That is really what killed the tablet PC efforts inside Microsoft until Apple forced them to react due to popularity of iPad.

Its like, if the maker of a product itself is not very fond of its product, who will be?

Glass is a Search giant Google’s step into the wearable technology, which gained too much hype in the latter part of 2013, but seems like all of it has died down.

And not to forget, the Google Glass is still not perfect, still in to its beta phrase with loads of fundamental flaws and many controversies flawed around wearing it on the face.

According to me, Google built the Project Glass so that the users stop getting distracted from pulling out their smartphones to check messages or calls, and view them directly through their eyes.

It’s obviously a good idea, but it can surely be evolved and made a better, tinier product that does not look horrendous on your face.

Here is what Wired’s Mat Honan has to say after wearing it for an year:

“My Glass experiences have left me a little wary of wearable because I’m never sure where they’re welcome. I’m not wearing my $1,500 face computer on public transit where there’s a good chance it might be yanked from my face.

I won’t wear it out to dinner, because it seems as rude as holding a phone in my hand during a meal. I won’t wear it to a bar. I won’t wear it to a movie. I can’t wear it to the playground or my kid’s school because sometimes it scares children.”

Let me tell you, Mr Honan is a big fan of Google glass. Imagine, if he, and other Google employees have put their hands up on the Google Glass, feeling uncomfortable wearing them, who else will?

Lastly, if your own employees don’t use your product, the flaw is in the product, not the employees.

We think Google will surely come out with a next iteration of Google Glass which is not much “noticeable” and does not make your face look like a $1500, stupid face.

But the controversies shall still exist even at that time, as everyone knows people can use Google Glass in wrong way in public.

LG Announces Pocket Photo 2: We Take You For a Spin

LGs pocket printer, as the name suggests, is the most portable pocket printer in the world. As much as the size of a hard drive, the LG’s pocket photo printer just weighs 212 grams.

LG Pocket Photo 2

Previously around October 2013, the LG Pocket Photo 1.0 was launched. It is a highly portable pocket-sized printer which has the ability to pair with your phone via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or NFC and print your photos using its own LG app.

Pocket Photo NFC

Pocket Photo Bluetooth

The predecessor was compatible with iOS and Android, but the new version is also compatible with Windows phone.

Since the images printed through this device, are taken using your mobile phone (for most of the times though) the final printed image may appear a bit washed out than the ones you see on your phone’s display.

That is because, the images seen on your phone are backlit, this increases the contrast and makes the picture quality appear a bit better. However, that simply won’t be the case when you print your photos!

The LG Pocket Photo 2 claims to print better images than its older cousin since the image quality for this version is set to 600 dpi than the earlier 313 dpi.

Pocket Printing

How it Works?

Inkless paper that is exclusively made for the LG Pocket Photo is placed inside the printer. Once that is done, the power is turned on.

Pocket Photo Print Quality

The next thing is to pair it up with your phone (Windows Phone, iOS, Android) via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or NFC. LG has its own app (available for free at the Play Store) which has the same name as this product; it allows you to edit the photo according to your preferences and print the photo accordingly.

Editing options include changing brightness, contrast, hue levels and adding Instagram like effects along with the same old regular editing options.

Once that is done, you can proceed to print your photo. The printing uses the ZINK technology which involves heating up certain chemicals to produce the image onto the paper (Inkless Paper). Your photo gets printed in just 45 sec.

Zero Ink

The LG Pocket Photo 2 is all set to go live in CES January 7, 2014 at Las Vegas. It will start shipping to retailers only around February.

How will the LG Pocket Photo 2 differ from its predecessor?

  • Extended its compatibility to Windows Phone OS
  • Prints come out to be more crisper than the previous one (600 dpi compared to previous 313 dpi)
  • Slimmer than the predecessor
  • Better battery life

What I like

  • Zero Ink (ZINK) feature: Means you wouldn’t need to carry the toner ink cartridge anymore!
  • Bluetooth, NFC, Wi-Fi compatible
  • Print passport photos in less than a minute: No need to go to the photographer! 😉
  • Print 30 photos in one single charge!

Final words

The LG Pocket photo 2 is a highly portable photo printer; almost as small as your hard drive and can print 2” X 3” photos quite well.

Pocket Photo by LG
Practically, today, it’s quite rare for people to maintain a hard copy of their photos. If you ask me, the moment I finish clicking photos with my phone camera, or my digital camera, they’re straightway sent to my hard drive (or cloud storage) and I have a look at them whenever I feel like! So it might seem like an unwanted luxury for most of you out there!

The LG Pocket Photo 1.0 is available in India and costs between INR 13,000-15,000 and that means the LG Pocket Photo 2.0 won’t cost anything less than INR 20,000 which seems to be too costly to show off, isn’t it ;)?

On second thoughts, for those who still like to preserve their memories on photo, in hard copy, might find this an innovative device!

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The images above are courtesy of LG Image Gallery

Nokia Stops support for Symbian

Days after the software giant Microsoft bought Nokia in a $4 billion deal, Nokia has officially stopped support for its Symbian and MeeGo apps. The Finnish mobile company has abandoned the two in-house mobile operating systems in favour of Microsoft’s Windows Phone.

The Symbian Signed Team announced the end of support for Symbian and MeeGo apps via Twitter. The tweet said,

Following the deal with Microsoft in October, Nokia had published on its developer page that Symbian and MeeGo materials in Nokia Store will remain available to customers and developers for download, would continue to receive revenue reports and payouts for downloaded content.

However, developers will no longer be able to publish new apps or any sort of content, or even update existing content for Symbian and MeeGo operating systems from January 1, 2014.

Nokia in a public meeting said that it has decided to focus completely on its support and investment in new content towards Nokia Asha series, the company’s feature phone platform, and Windows Phone.

With this move, Nokia has finally bid farewell to all of its old software platforms. An ecosystem where nothing is permanent, Nokia ruled billions of homes with its Symbian operating system, and finally comes to an end.

Will you miss Symbian, which was once the favorite operating system of every mobile phone user?

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110 inch UHDTV announced by Samsung

After exhibiting the giant 85-inch 4K display, also called UHDTV (Ultra High Definition TV), earlier this year, Samsung is towering the competition bar with a positively gigantic and whooping 110 inch version.

This 110 inch version of 4K display has the same framed floating panel design, the new 110 inch model goes on sale today in China, Middle East and a few other European countries.

UHDTV
Credit: GSM Arena

The 110 inch beast is the largest of its kind having 2.6m breadth and 1.8m vertical height. It’s bigger than a king-size bed (Not completely though 😛 ).

The features on the 110 inch display will be similar to the comparatively smaller 85 inch display, with no additional features.

There is no call on the pricing of this model but still if you have to guess, know that a common man would not be able to afford it as per our prediction.

Features of UHDTV

Picture Quality

  • Quadmatic Picture Engine
  • Micro Dimming Ultimate
  • Precision Black Pro
  • Picture Engine: 3D HyperReal engine
  • Intelligent viewing
  • 3D Converter
  • Digital and Analog Clean View

Sound

120W (20W x 2, Woofer 20W x 2, Centre 40W)

Smart Features

  • Quad core Processor
  • Smart Hub 2.0
  • Smart Interaction
  • Smart Evolution

Design

  • Timeless gallery Design
  • Super Narrow Bezel
  • Camera built-in
  • Push & Pull Camera

Input and Output

  • HDMI x 4
  • USB x 3
  • ConnectShare Movie
  • Wireless LAN Built-in
  • Content sharing
  • Screen mirroring

Obviously, with the price it will have, this product is certainly not for an Indian unless you are a electronics fanatic. It will be exciting to see how the sales go around in India.

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Top 5 Tablets to Buy in India [2014]

After Apple launched the first ever tablet, the iPad, all the top notch companies like Samsung, Google, BlackBerry have been hard at work to make tablets that are very portable to use.

Since the inception of iPad, more then thousand tablets have come into existence and it is becoming a little difficult for people to choose which one should they opt for.

These portable computer devices are now available at a range from Rs. 5000 to Rs. 70,000 which al most 4 different operating systems, like iOS, Android, Windows RT, Blackberry 10 and also a new Firefox OS.

If you are still lagging behind technology and thinking to buy one at the end of this year, we have jotted down Top 5 Best Tablets to buy without shedding out much from pocket.

Top 5 Tablets in India

1. Apple’s iPad Air

iPad Air India
Credit: Apple

Even though Android devices are becoming popular in India, Apple has braced itself very tight with the innovation they bring in their products.

Apple launched its fifth generation iPad, the iPad Air in India just this month and it has got excellent reviews then any other tablet in the market.

With iPad Air priced at Rs. 35,900 it makes it to the first spot in top 5 tablets in India.

Visit the Product Page – iPad Air

2. Google Nexus 7

Google Nexus 7
Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Nexus devices, know as ‘Truly Android’ devices are making its spot in top tablets since its launch. Google’s latest release, the Nexus 7 2013 is a second iteration of its kind.

A tablet with better resolution then fourth generation iPad makes the display highly crisp and clear. It will come pre-installed with Android 4.4. KitKat if you buy it after January 7, 2014.

With 2 GB RAM and all the latest network bands and memory models, it starting costs are from Rs. 20,000 and makes it to the second spot.

Visit Product page – Google Nexus 7

3. Apple’s iPad mini with Retina Display [Author’s choice]

iPad mini retina display
Credit: Apple

The second generation iPad mini you can say is just a smaller version of iPad Air with same designs and display. If you are not on an high budget, iPad mini with Retina display fits perfectly with your needs.

If you are not an Android or Windows RT fan, but a low budget fan, this gadget is just perfect for you.

Second iteration of iPad mini costing just over Google’s Nexus 7, it is priced at Rs. 28,990 for the starting model.

Visit the Product Page – iPad mini with Retina Display

4. Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 [2014 edition]

Galaxy Note 10.1
Credit: Samsung Gallery

As the self speaking device name says that it has a 10.1 inch screen size, it is the biggest tablet of them all. It has octa core processor with 3 GB RAM.

The statistics on paper do look awesome but personally, not recommended because my neighbours are facing some problems with the device.

This flagship tablet of Samsung starts from Rs. 47,000, which we know, can be a pretty hefty price for an Android tablet, but still makes it to fourth position because of its on-page benchmarks.

Visit the Product Page – Samsung Note 10.1

5. Xolo Play Tegra Note

Don’t be shocked if you haven’t heard about this tablet yet. This tablet is based on Nvidia’s Tegra Note design and which was first announced back in September.

It has a 1.8 GHz Tegra 4 processor powering a 72-core GeForce GPU and quad-core Cortex-A15 CPU with a fifth battery-saver core. This tablet is not much popular in market but makes it to the fifth position.

As the processor is designed by Nvidia, you can expect some pretty good gaming experience. It is powered by Android Jelly bean and Xolo has not confirmed if it is upgradable to Android 4.4 KitKat.

This tablet starts from Rs. 18,000 price point.

Visit the Product Page – Xolo Play Tegra

Your Call

I am sure, if you are looking to buy a tablet this year, this top 5 tablets listed above will help you grab one. Although there are thousands of tablets out in the market, we recommend the above five.

If you need any guide in knowing about them or buying them, you can get in touch with us through social media or use the contact form. We will reply within 72 hours or less.

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Micromax Canvas 2.2: Features and Cost in India

Just a few days after launching Bolt A61, Micromax has quietly launched a new version of its Android powered Canvas series, the Micromax Canvas 2.2 A114. Lets take a dig at whats cooking in it.

Canvas A114
Credit: Micromax Gallery

Hardware

Canvas 2.2 is sized at 73 x 145 x 9.7 mm and weighs just 147 grams. This small box is packed with sensors like Gyro sensor, light sensor and proximity sensor.

Also, note that this device has a micro-SIM card instead of full sized SIM tray just like iPhone 5 has.

Processor and RAM

Micromax Canvas 2.2 is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek processor (MT6582M) and also features 1GB RAM. It does have four cores just like LG G Flex, still not a very powerful chip.

Display

This devices features a 5 inch qHD IPS display. It comes with a 540 x 960 pixels which of course is not a retina display. Also, the touch of the multi-touch display is not as smooth as you will find in iPhones or Samsung Galaxy S4.

Camera

Canvas 2.2 has excelled in camera technology, this time, having 8 mega pixel auto focus camera at its rear end with 2 mega pixel front facing camera. It also has an LED flash light at its back. It has the capability of full HD recording through its rear camera.

Memory

Micromax Canvas 2.2 comes with a 4 GB internal storage which can hold most of the apps you will need on the smartphone. But if that cannot hold your memory needs, it is expandable up to 32 GB with a microSD memory chip.

Battery

With not much improvement to the battery life like its previous generation Canvas device, The Micromax Canvas 2.2 A114 comes with a 2000 mAh battery which as per an online e-commerce listing, claims up to 7 hours of battery life and up to 290 hours of Stand by time.

If you think 6-7 hours of battery is not enough for you, we have reviewed a portable battery backup, Fuel+ which will fulfil your battery needs.

Network

Like most of the upcoming smartphones, Canvas 2.2 also supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPRS, EDGE, GPS/ AGPS and 3G. It also supports Dual Sim (GSM + GSM).

Operating System

The Micromax Canvas 2.2 comes pre-installed with Android 4.2 Jelly bean version. However, we are not yet aware if it will support the latest version of Android, the 4.4 KitKat version.

Canvas 2.2 Price in India

The smartphone is listed on e-commerce retailer Flipkart, at a price point of Rs 12,799. Of course add a couple hundreds more if you want an extended memory support.

Concluding

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