Local Dimming Display 640x411The bigger the display of a smartphone, the more power it tends to draw. Many things affect a phone’s battery life although the display is a big part, not to mention leaving it at the maximum brightness will probably not do your battery any favors as well. However the good folks at Microsoft Research have been working on a way to help save battery life, which is by dimming the portion of your phone’s display in which your finger is covering.

When we use certain apps, our fingers might cover a portion of the display, such as when we’re scrolling through websites, Facebook’s News Feed, and so on. The idea behind Microsoft’s research, which has been dubbed FingerShadow, is that the portion that your finger is hovering over can be dimmed, which in turn they have estimated could end up saving 5.07%-22.32% of a smartphone’s battery. Read full post →Microsoft Research Comes Up With Interesting Battery Saving Method

activationlockonFor the most part if you were to walk into an official Apple retail store, the chances of you buying a counterfeit or stolen handset is pretty much close to zero. We’re not saying that it won’t happen, it’s just that the chances are very, very slim. However sometimes unofficial channels do offer better prices, which is why it is understandable that some seek alternate means to purchase their phones.

Now the good news is that if you’re curious as to whether the iPhone you just bought from Craigslist or eBay is the real deal, Apple has recently released a new tool which allows users to check whether or not the phone they have just purchased is locked to another user, which usually happens when the phone is stolen. Read full post →Apple Launches Activation Lock Check Tool On iCloud.com

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windows10There were many out there who were pretty certain that the next-generation Windows would be called Windows 9. This was the logical progression since we had Windows 7, Windows 8, so the next step would be Windows 9, right? Well Microsoft surprised everyone when they went with Windows 10 instead.

So what gives? Why did Microsoft decide to skip a version? Well the official party line is “Windows is at a Threshold and now it’s time for a new Windows. It wouldn’t be right to call it Windows 9.” But what’s the unofficial party line then? According to a post on Reddit by a person with the handle cranbourne, they claim that it is because of Windows 95 that Microsoft had to go with Windows 10 instead. Read full post →Windows 95 Speculated To Be The Reason Why Microsoft Chose The “Windows 10″ Name

shazamEver wondered what that song was playing on radio or in that coffee house? Well thanks to smartphones and apps like Shazam and SoundHound, identifying these songs is a piece of cake. Well the good news for Windows Phone users is that it looks like Shazam for Windows Phone has recently been updated.

The latest version of Shazam will now come with Cortana support, meaning that when you launch Cortana, all you’d have to do is say “Shazam this” and it will activate Shazam to start listening to the sounds around you and hopefully identify the song that you were looking for. This is similar to Shazam for iOS which also has the “Shazam this” feature. Read full post →Shazam For Windows Phone Gains Cortana Support

sony kw11 3Back in September, Sony announced the KW1 selfie camera. The camera was unique in its design which was shaped like a perfume bottle, but also for what was under its hood. According to the rumors, it is said that the camera came with a curved sensor, and sure enough it does.

This is according to a recent interview Quesabesde did with Sony’s Mr. Aoki who confirmed that KW1 did indeed come with a curved sensor. Back in July, Sony published a photo taken by the curved sensor and according to Sony, they claimed that a curved sensor allows for less vignetting and aberration that arises in flat and more traditional sensors. Read full post →Sony KW1 Confirmed To Sport Curved Sensor

microsoft logoWhile the Microsoft Xbox One console might be doing well in some markets, there is at least one market that the console is struggling in, and that is Japan. According to previous reports, it seems that Microsoft is struggling to sell the Xbox One in the country. It is unclear as to why the console is doing so poorly, but whatever the case, Microsoft is not pleased.

When asked in the latest issue of Famitsu about the Xbox One, Xbox Japan’s head Takashi Sensui stated that Microsoft was not satisfied with the state of things at the moment. “It’s not as though we’re satisfied with the current sales state. We hope to continue through taking user feedback and improving [the Xbox One] and offering content that everyone can enjoy.” Read full post →Microsoft Not Satisfied With Xbox One Sales In Japan, Vows To Try Harder

official iphone 5c 1The iPhone 5c is like a happy middle between the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 5s. It isn’t as powerful as the iPhone 5s, but it is a tad newer than the iPhone 5, so for those who’d rather not buy the iPhone 5s, they had the iPhone 5c to consider. Unfortunately the device wasn’t exactly the most well-received, with Tim Cook admitting that the low sales were unexpected.

However it turns out that there were markets in which the iPhone 5c was doing well in, and it seems that it is over in the UK. According to the Kantar Worldpanel’s latest numbers, it was revealed that prior to the iPhone 6 being launched, the iPhone 5c was actually the best selling smartphone in the UK for the month of August. Read full post →iPhone 5c Found To Be Selling Better Than The iPhone 5s In The UK

hong kong protestAs you might have head, there are protests going on in Hong Kong regarding mainland China’s decision to approve candidates ahead of elections, which many claim makes a mockery out of democracy. China has reportedly banned Instagram from being used in China to block out the photos taken in Hong Kong, but according to new reports, that’s not all they’re doing.

It seems that there are some who are speculating that the Chinese government could be installing spyware on the phones of protesters in Hong Kong. This is done through a fraudulent message sent in WhatsApp, asking users to download an app designed by Code4HK, a group of pro-democracy programmers. Read full post →Protesters In Hong Kong Reportedly Targeted With Malware

logitech type case 640x213Typing on a virtual keyboard is fine if you’re just sending simple messages or want to type a URL to go to a website. However for longer documents and emails, a physical keyboard tends to be more comfortable, not to mention familiar. Well if you’re the owner of the iPad Air, you might be interested to learn that Logitech has recently announced their new Type+ case for your tablet.

This isn’t the first keyboard case that Logitech has announced for mobile devices, so we guess this is just another alternative for you to consider. According to Logitech, the new Type+ case will offer protection both on the outside and the inside of the case, and has also improved upon its keyboard. Read full post →Logitech Type+ Keyboard Case For The iPad Air Announced

apple iwatch front ui 640x360The Apple Watch is said to enter mass production in January and is pegged for a possible release around Valentine’s Day in 2015. The device is one that is highly-anticipated, despite the fact that there have been several smartwatches released into the market ahead of the Apple Watch, but given that it is Apple, the hype is understandable.

That being said, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster recently advised in a note to his clients that they should expect conservative sales of the Apple Watch during its first year. He claims that “consumer application may be limited initially, until developers begin to create useful applications for the watch.” This is similar to the iPod which took a couple of years before it became the icon that it did. Read full post →Analyst Predicts 10 Million Apple Watch Units To Be Sold In 2015