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Microsoft has announced yet another affordable smartphone

Microsoft has announced yet another affordable smartphone

Microsoft has announced yet another affordable smartphone
 for the IMEA, Italy, and APAC regions at sub $150 price
 point before subsidies. The new Microsoft Lumia 540 Dual SIM
 will arrive next month and will offer lower midrange specs.

 Worthy successor of the Lumia 530, the Lumia 540 Dual
 SIM features the Smart Dual SIM feature to let you
create unique profiles for each SIM and also stay
connected with call-forwarding. The handset is powered
 by Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim update out
of the box and it will be upgradable to the Windows 10
when that comes. Lumia 540 flaunts a 5" 720p display
and is powered by a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm
Snapdragon 200 mobile chipset armed with 1GB of RAM.

 Onboard storage is the modest 8GB, but there's a microSD
 card slot for expanding that. Of course you also get gets
15GB OneDrive cloud storage by default and additional 15GB
 storage if auto-upload to OneDrive is activated. Measuring 9.35mm
 thick and tipping the scales at 152g, the Lumia 540 has 8MP
 rear snapper with LED flash and autofocus.

Lenovo new A6000 Plus is a 5-incher

Lenovo new A6000 Plus is a 5-incher

Lenovo is working on keeping its midrange up-to-date
 and has now announced in India the new A6000 Plus
 model. As the name suggests, it's not an entirely new
device, but an improved version of the already existing
 A6000. What the Plus moniker brings to the table is
 increased operating memory - 2GB over the standard
 model's single gig, and 16GB of built-in storage as
opposed to the previous 8GB. The upgrade will be
easily felt in both areas with more relaxed space for app
installation and multimedia storage as well as improved
 multitasking experience. Other than that the A6000 Plus
 is very much the same phone, built around a 5-inch display
 of 720p resolution.

The mainstream Snapdragon 410 provides computing
 power, with its quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz.
 The dual-SIM device supports Cat.4 LTE for up to
150Mbps download speeds. A 2,300mAh battery is
fitted in the 141 x 70 x 8.2 mm body, weighing 128g.
 An 8MP/2MP camera combo is on board for capturing
 memories, and the phone runs Android 4.4 KitKat out
 of the box. The Lenovo A6000 Plus will command a minor
 premium over the non-Plus model but no exact numbers
 have been quoted.

BLU Win HD LTE quietly arrived Microsoft

BLU Win HD LTE quietly arrived Microsoft

LU Win HD LTE quietly arrived on the shelves
of the Microsoft Store. The newcomer is a significantly
 updated variant of last year's BLU Win HD.
 In addition to 4G LTE connectivity, the BLU Win
HD LTE features a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chipset.

 The latter marks a significant improvement over the
 Snapdragon 200 found in the non-LTE BLU Win HD.
The rest of BLU Win HD LTE's specs include 5" 720p
 IPS display, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of expandable storage,
 8MP main camera, and 2MP front-facing snapper.

The dual-SIM handset is powered by a 2,500mAh battery.
 BLU and Microsoft will update the smartphone to
Windows 10 for smartphones when it becomes available.
 The device boots Windows 8.1 out of the box.

HTC announces the M9+, E9+

HTC announces the M9+, E9+

HTC has announced three new smartphones
 in the Indian market. The first is the very new
 HTC One M9+ that was revealed very recently.
 The M9+ is the bigger brother of the M9 and has
 a larger 5.2-inch Quad HD display, fingerprint
 sensor on the front, and 20 megapixel rear camera
 with Duo Camera feature. It also runs on the new
 64-bit MediaTek Helio X10 processor with an
 octa-core Cortex-A53 CPU clocked at 2.2GHz
 and has a 2,840mAh battery.

Other than that the two phones are similar.
The E9+ will be the cheaper variant of the M9+.
It has a larger 5.5-inch Quad HD display, 3GB RAM,
20 megapixel camera on the back but without the Duo
 Camera, UltraPixel front camera, and BoomSound
 speakers with Dolby Audio. It has 16GB internal
storage as opposed to the 32GB on the M9+ and the
 Xelio X10 processor is clocked at 2.0GHz instead
of 2.2GHz. The battery is 2,800mAh. Another difference
 between the two is that while the M9+ is made entirely
out of metal, the E9+ has plastic on the back but a metal
 frame around the side.

Google Nexus 4 getting the Android 5.1 Lollipop

 Google Nexus 4 getting the Android 5.1 Lollipop

Google Nexus 4 smartphone released back in
November 2012 will be happy to know that Google
 continues to shower updates for it. The Nexus 4 device
 owners are now getting the Android 5.1 Lollipop
OTA update. The new Lollipop update brings some
 key improvements like the new quick-settings menu
 and tweaks to the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth settings.

You can manage the notifications from system apps
 and others through the Interruptions option in the
 Priority profile settings. On security front, the new
 Device Protection feature will you track a stolen
or misplaced device. Even if the device falls in the
 wrong hands, factory reset would require the
original user's login credentials. Voice calls get
clearer with the HD Voice feature .

Dell Venue 10 7000

The iPad made waves in the business world years ago, its rivals have spent countless hours and dollars on sprucing up their slates to make them worthy of companies' BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device, plans. Dell is one of those companies meeting Apple on the frontlines, and it's latest weapon is its sharpest tablet yet: the Dell Venue 10 7000.

Upon first glance at this 10.5-inch Android slate, I had to ask the representative showing it off: what's up with the name? (Especially given the recently released Venue 8 7000.) I was told that the "7000" in the name denotes Dell's most premium, cutting edge line of products. (Note the "7140" in the name of Dell's Venue 11 Pro.)

Whether its a laptop or a tablet, the "7000" series of business-focused devices is where Dell tries out the latest technologies and designs. If they prove successful, those features will trickle down into the company's "5000" and "3000" lines. The name is still goofy, but at least we know what it means.

Permeating through everything about this device – from its design to the features and software – is Dell's desire to, well, sex up work life. For instance, the company has brought Intel's RealSense 3D depth cameras to the Venue 10 7000.

As we've noted before, the technology is cool, but it's use cases are rather niche at the moment. The Dell representative showing off the device offered an anecdote about a grocery store owner using the RealSense cameras to measure out end caps. Super cool, but I'm sure most grocery stores have a tape measure handy, too.

Another example is the choice of Android as the operating system – one that people don't immediately associate with productivity. In 5.0 Lollipop, Android for Work launched, which Dell uses here in the Venue 10 7000 to a great extent. Essentially, the technology allows for IT departments to manage app access and use on Android devices on their network and create custom app stores for their teams.

Google X labs shifted in 2013 from testing

According to a story in Friday's Wall Street Journal,
 a small four person group inside Google X labs shifted
 in 2013 from testing third party batteries, to looking
at new technologies that Google could use itself on
devices like smartphones, wearables, tablets and more.
The group, led by former Apple battery expert
Dr. Ramesh Bhardwaj, was originally formed back in 2012.

One concept that Google is working on is a flexible
 solid-state battery similar to the project that Dyson
recently invested $15 million in. These batteries replace
 liquid chemicals with a solid that current is transmitted

Apple iPhone remains on top

The latest figures from comScore have been released,
 and it is no surprise that Apple remained the top smartphone
 manufacturer in the U.S. for the three months that ended in
February. The company had a 41.7% market share during
that time period, down slightly from the 41.8% of the U.S.
 market that it held for the three months ended in November.

The more interesting dynamic in the industry took place on
 the Android side of the field where Samsung lost 1.1 percentage
 points from the November tally. That gave Samsung 28.6%
of the stateside market during December, January and February.

HTC to skip update to Android 5.0.2

A tweet sent out by ROM developer @LlabTooFeR
indicates that outside of the HTC One M9, which comes
 with Android 5.0.2 and Sense 7.0 out of the box, that
 combination will not be found on any other HTC handset.

 In other words, the manufacturer is skipping Android 5.0.2
 altogether and instead will update certain models with
Android 5.1 and Sense 7.0.

According to a second tweet, the HTC One M8 will receive
 Sense 7.0 as will the HTC One M8s, the HTC Desire EYE,
 the HTC Butterfly 2 and some other devices. The HTC One
 M7 is not supposed to receive Android 5.1

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Android 5.0 update bricks Nexus 7

For some Nexus 7 owners both the first and second-gen models,
 the thrill of updating their tablet to Android 5.0 quickly turned
 into horror when the update bricked their pride and joy.

And to make matters worse, it seems that Asus and Google
are not responding to the many complaints that have piled up
 on Twitter. If anger were electricity, you would be able to
power a large metropolitan city for days with the bile posted
on hashtag #Nexus7 bricked.

While no theory for the "bricking" has come from official sources,
 the affected tablets do not boot up past the image of the Google logo.

The Jawbone UP3 is finally on track

After a slight delay, the Jawbone UP3 is finally on
track to arriving on store shelves on April 20th.
The official release date has been moved to this
late-April timing after Jawbone had to re-evaluate
 some features, and it has decided to scrap the
10-meter water-proofing that the UP3 was
originally supposed to have.

The Jawbone UP3 went up for pre-order a couple
 of months ago, and since then, customers have
been waiting for an official release date. Luckily,
those early customers will get their pre-orders
following the schedule the orders were placed

Apple talks with musicians about exclusive streaming

When the next iOS update is released, it should
come with Apple's revamped Beats Music feature.
 Apple purchased Beats for $3 billion in May of last
 year, and speculation has the tech titan offering a $9.99
 a month streaming music service for individuals and a
 $14.99 plan for families. Looking to compete against
 such popular music streamers as Spotify, Apple is
hoping to sign up certain musicians to exclusivity deals.

For example, a report is circulating that Apple is in talks
 with Florence and the Machine to get the limited
 streaming rights to a track off the group's next album.

MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina display

The 13-inch Macbook Pro hasn't had a radical redesign,
and its shape, dimensions, weight and port configurations
are identical to the outgoing model. That means two Thunderbolt
2 ports, a USB 3.0 port, a headphone jack and a MagSafe 2
 port on the left, and a second USB 3.0 port, SDXC card slot
and HDMI 1.4 port on the right.

The screen resolution is 2,560 x 1,600 pixels, but you actually get the screen real-estate of a 1,280 x 800 pixel-resolution display due to the pixel-doubled effect that provides Retina-like sharpness. Apps like SwitchResX allow you to access even higher resolutions than OS X allows, stretching all the way up to 3,360 x 2,100.

Text is too tiny to be legible at that setting, but opting for one in-between, such as 1,920 x 1,200, lets you fit much more of spreadsheets and other apps into the display than any of the default screen resolutions at the expensive of clarity.

CPU: 2.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 with 3MB L3 cache (Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz)
Graphics: Intel Iris Graphics 6100
Screen: 13.3-inch IPS, 2,560 x 1,600 pixels
Storage: 128GB SSD
Optical Drive: n/a
Ports: 2 x Thunderbolt 2, 2 x USB 3.0, SDXC card slot, HDMI, headphone
Connectivity: 801.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0
Camera: FaceTime HD
Weight: 3.48lbs (1.58kg)
Size: 12.35 x 8.62 x 0.71-inches W x D x H

The MacBook Pro is significantly faster than its predecessor, and while we still wouldn't recommend the 13-inch MacBook Pro or any other machine with integrated graphics for serious gaming, our benchmarks show that graphics performance has improved.

HTC has started rolling out the new Android 5.0.2 Lollipop

HTC has started rolling out the new Android 5.0.2
 Lollipop update for its selfie smartphone - Desire
 EYE. To our surprise, the Taiwanese company has
 started seeding this Lollipop update first in its home
 country - Taiwan. HTC Desire EYE Taiwan receives
 Android 5.0.2. ROM version is 2.19.709.1 1008.9MB.—

 LlabTooFeR (@LlabTooFeR) April 10, 2015 The new
Lollipop system update bears 2.19.709.1 build version
and weighs 1008.9MB heavy. The update brings all great
 features of the Lollipop version but surprisingly doesn't
bump the Sense UI to Sense 7 version. Instead, the update

 has Sense 6.55 on board. LlabTooFer, a ROM developer,
 estimated that the Sense 7.0 UI will arrive with Android 5.1
 update and will be made available for several existing models.
We look forward to the improvements especially in the camera section.

LG tablet to get updated to Android Lollipop

So far the only LG tablet to get updated to Android
 Lollipop is the G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition,
unsurprisingly since in that case such rollouts are
 handled by Google. However, if you own one of LG's
three midrange tablets launched last year, you're
 apparently in for a treat too.

The LG G Pad 7.0, G Pad 8.0, and G Pad 10.1
 should all run Lollipop starting this Sunday, on April 12.
This is obviously the intended day for the commencing
of the rollout.

Getting it to all the devices out there might
 take a few days, keep that in mind. And as usual, we might
 see different regions scoring the update at different times.
 On the other hand, LG says the updates will be available
to download on its website as well, so perhaps you'll be
 able to grab the necessary files and install them through
your computer if you don't like waiting.

The Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime

The Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime that made its
 international debut last fall is now available at a US
 carrier for the first time. Said company is Cricket
 Wireless, the AT&T subsidiary focused on prepaid
 plans. The Grand Prime is already listed in Cricket's
 online store.

Cricket Wireless today released a new Samsung smartphone that won't break the bank: the Galaxy Grand Prime, a device that's been available in Asia since last year.

Customers can buy the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime from Cricket for $179.99, no contract required. The highlight features of the new handset include LTE connectivity, an 8 MP rear camera with LED flash, and a 5 MP wide-angle lens front-facing camera. The smartphone also comes with a 5.0-inch, 540 x 960 pixels display, a quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor clocked at 1.2 GHz, 1 GB of RAM, and 8 GB of expandable internal memory

It's priced at $179.99. Since this is a prepaid carrier,
 the price is without any long-term contract signing requirements.

The device is in stock in white. The smartphone comes
 with a 5-inch 540x960 touchscreen, an 8 MP rear camera,
 a 5 MP selfie snapper, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of expandable
 internal storage, and a 2,600 mAh battery. At the helm we
 can find Qualcomm's Snapdragon 410 chipset with a
 1.2 GHz quad-core Cortex-A53 CPU and Adreno 306 GPU.

Internet Information Today

W3C Will Provide MOOCs via edX The
 World Wide Web Consortium teamed up
 with edX to offer W3Cx, a series of
 massive open online courses on core
 web technologies.

Safari Private Browsing History
 Is Not Forgotten After All A list
 of the URLs you have visited during
 private browsing sessions are stored
in a database file, viewable by anyone
 using your computer who wants to take
 the time to access it.

The Internet Archive and the Digital
 Public Library of America joined forces
 for a joint program that will enhance
 collection sharing from the Internet
 Archive in the DPLA.

Many websites are adapting their content
 for users who are accessing the Web using
 smartphones and tablets. The growth of
this Mobile Web has required web archivists
 to change their practices in order to
collect this ephemeral web content.

Building an NES Emulator

Programmer Michael Fogleman recently built
 his own emulator for the original Nintendo
Entertainment System. He's now put up a
post sharing many technical insights he learned
 along the way. For example: "The NES used
the MOS 6502 (at 1.79 MHz) as its CPU.

The 6502 is an 8-bit microprocessor that was
designed in 1975. ... The 6502 had no multiply
 or divide instructions. And, of course, no floating
 point. There was a BCD Binary Coded Decimal
mode but this was disabled in the NES version of
the chip—possibly due to patent concerns. The
 6502 had a 256-byte stack with no overflow
detection. The 6502 had 151 opcodes of a possible 256.
 The remaining 105 values are illegal / undocumented
opcodes. Many of them crash the processor.

But some of them perform possibly useful results by
 coincidence. As such, many of these have been given
 names based on what they do." It's an interesting look
 at how software and hardware interacted back then,
 and what it takes to emulate that in modern times.
Fogleman released the source code on GitHub.

Highly Voted Requests In Windows 10 Feedback Pool

jones_supa writes: Some of you have probably
 used the Feedback app of Windows 10 Technical
 Preview, which has enabled us to submit feature
 requests and bug reports directly to Microsoft in
 order to improve the operating system as the
company approaches the final release.

While Microsoft tries to make some of the
 requests available, it also depends on the
number of votes that each submission gets.
 Softpedia takes a look at the top 5 requests
 right now: make Feedback app available in
final Windows, too; improve network connections
 management; allow task view drag windows
between desktops; give Cortana the ability to
 open programs; and bring back resize options for Start Menu.