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The much awaited Flipboard’s Android update has been rolled out on a global platform a couple of weeks ago. Flipboard version 2.0 was first made available to download for iOS users in March. The new Android version of this application allows people to create and organize their own personalized virtual magazine for absolutely free.

Android users would now be able to share and edit their own aspiring feeds with contents, images and videos on their board to make them look like their own visualized publication. They can even set privacy controls on their magazines for public and private viewing and can also share it with friends via social networks. Earlier, board users’ could have only read through the content and feeds that had been previously posted by the editorial team of Flipboard. But with this update they can personalize it according to their own taste and preferences.

The Andriod users were previously restricted to the limited ‘read only’ functionality of the magazines that were created on iOS. Whereas now, the Android users are on par with iOS users, as in, they also have the same ability –  to create their own collective articles, images and various add ons, for giving a materialize appearance to their boards.

The Flipboard has recorded an astonishing 500,000 magazines having being created and personalized within first two following weeks of the launch of the application version 2.0 on iTunes for Apple users. With the UK, US and Canada emerging among the top five countries, where the users have downloaded and used this application to create magazines.

The app new version 2.0 is now available to download from Google Play for Android devices. We would love to hear your opinion or experiences on this updated app version in the comment box below.

Twitter has launched its much awaited Music app for iPhone and web users on 18 April. Android phone users would have to wait a little further – Twitter has promised that service will eventually be available on Android devices very soon as well. This music app collects users’ activity information based on their account as to which bands or artist they follow, and will find music they like accordingly.

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The app has an extremely intuitive user interface with a sleek and polished design made up of each artist or song’s page displayed in a grid. As you tap the play button on an image of an artist, it will start playing a clip from one song picked to represent them and an animated CD will spin on the bottom of left corner. It has four swipeable tabs “Popular”, “Emerging”, “Suggested” and “Now Playing” to help users navigate new songs and provides a dedicated page for Artist that the user is following at present.  The “Popular” tab is dedicated to trending songs on Twitter while “Emerging” tab is for up-and-coming artists. “Suggested” tab displays result on the basis of user’s following of bands or artist. “Now Playing “tab lists the songs tweeted by the people whom the user follows.

For web users it is available at https://music.twitter.com. However, for iPhone users, the app will be initially available in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Ireland, Australia and New Zealand only before it is spread to other countries.

It was one of those weeks that just flew by. Office deadlines coupled with social responsibilities in the ongoing marriage season hasn’t really helped matters. I mean all one has time for is a power nap every now and again while juggling between all the tasks in your schedule. In spite of having my own apartment, it feels like I have been living out of suitcases for the past couple of weeks.

But in a way, it was a good thing as well as buying stuff for marriage turned out to be an enlightenment session for me to get to know about the new gadgets that have launched recently. The first one was a Samsung Galaxy Camera which turned out to be quite a surprise. Packed with a 4.8 touch-screen display, the camera runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box and has both Wi Fi and 3G capabilities. The interface was smooth and impressive with the integrated tools to instantly share media on social hubs without any lagging. The image quality was clean as well but I can’t really give a true opinion on that as it was just a few snaps clicked within the showroom. The downside is obviously the hefty price tag of close to 29K which will not attract many suitors as one can get a decent DSLR for that price which boasts of a superior image quality. Nonetheless, I found the device very nifty and innovative.

The second gadget was the recently launched LG Optimus L9. The handset had a sharp design with a 4.7” IPS panel screen with a 5 MP rear camera and runs on ICS out of the box. With a dual core 1 GHz processor at its heart, it falls in the mid-range Smartphone segment as the retailer price on this one was around 19.5K. What I liked most about the phone is its glitch-free interface and the inbuilt QTranslator which worked on OCR technology. Add to that, the swift processing speed and powerful 2150mAh battery makes this phone a very appealing package.

Unfortunately for me, that’s all the time I got as the remaining duration was spent in blissful engagements and weddings for a few colleagues of mine but was nothing less than an endless pit of boredom for me. In fact, I am much more calm and high-spirited when blogging while sitting on my bean bag with a cup of black coffee by my side J

The last month in the techie arena has been overshadowed by the patents wars between California based Apple Inc. and Korean heavyweight Samsung. In the aftermath of this decision, the Cupertino giants have unveiled their latest iPhone 5 with the all-new iOS 6 and a much more responsive SIRI. And in spite of the venom spewed by Android users and analysts alike, the response to Apple’s newest gadget has been nothing short of overwhelming as Apple received 2 million pre-orders within 24 hours of launch. However, the unfavorable ruling has left a bad taste in Samsung’s mouth who has devised a series of Anti-Apple video commercials depicting the Galaxy S III as a far superior phone.

This has triggered a cyber war of sorts with both the legion of fans from both sides defending their favored product. What has gone unnoticed is the gradual emergence of Windows phones from the shadows of these two dominating OS’s. Nokia had been the biggest sufferer since Apple and Android handsets flooded the market as the Finnish mobile manufacturer was left digging at the heels of latest technologies. So much so that one could be forgiven for assuming if Nokia phones were actually competing for a market share. But instead of taking the easy route and jump on the same bandwagon as other brands, Nokia decided to re-invent their flagship handsets on Microsoft Windows OS. And even there have been a few major drawbacks in it with the lack of apps and operational glitches, WP8 promises to iron them out.

Looking at some of the major features available in the three Operating systems, I observed a few favorable factors inclined towards the Windows phone. One of them is the video-chatting – while iOS and Android have their own specific software, a WP8 is going to use a Skype for the same purpose, which is considered one of the best software for video calling. It will also allow seamless Facebook and Twitter integration for getting status updates, photos, contacts etc. Even the messaging service on a WP8 is comparable to that in iOS and Android. And unlike either one of them, a WP8 uses an organized icon grid structure for better arrangement of notifications and icons. And the Redmond based unit has been signing licensing agreements to make sure that Windows 8 becomes a safer OS for manufacturers in the future. But in spite of these advantages, there are a few weaknesses that the Windows Phone suffers from as well. Features like Browser sync, Voice Commands and Media streaming needs to improve a lot.

With the launch of Lumia 820 and 920 nearing and HTC WP 8X and 8S also being unveiled recently just reflects that even major manufacturers are willing to migrate to the Windows OS. If Microsoft can address the niggling weak points by the time WP8 reaches users, the Windows 8 OS is capable of operating on a level playing field with iOS and Android from Google.

I had not planned to update the blog for a few more days but my view on this mammoth war between two of the technology giants was something I had to get off my chest. The Android market has been a boon to mass consumers since its inception in the mid of 2010. It was a viable option for technology-craving customers to have an application rich phone which is on par with iPhone and its successors. And unlike an iPhone, an Android OS based phone did not actually burn a hole in consumer pockets. Plus with the LG LTE Smartphone’s raking up millions in sales in US and due for launch here, it’s good times ahead for Android enthusiasts in India.

It has been pointed out from the preset that Apple had duly informed Samsung that the patents used in the design and OS of its flagship products was blatant copying of Apple’s own patents and therefore violation of their intellectual property. The after-effects has resulted in Apple coming out on top in the court of law with Samsung proven guilty of infringement of Apple’s innovative patents and ordered to pay Apple damages amounting to a whopping $ 1 Billion ! Senior spokesperson of Apple has welcomed the verdict highlighting that this “Patent Lawsuit” was about values and a voice against duplication of innovation while accusing Samsung of being obstreperous in heeding Apple’s warning.

I for one was bored of the ubiquity of Apple and Samsung and that is why I opted for an LG Optimus 3D P725 Smartphone. That’s because I appreciate the R&D and effort LG is putting in bringing these handsets rather than Apple iPhone replicas.

Well that must have been a bit boring to read, somewhat like a news article. But in effect, what it means is that there would be major question mark on the authenticity of Samsung and its best selling Samsung Galaxy S III and may result in a major setback for the Korean giants. On one end, you do feel hard done by what Samsung has suffered but violation of patents is never the way forward. I do agree that there were some shady claims by Apple regarding “drop down menu” and “Pinch and Zoom” features which are ubiquitous in almost all the major touch-based handsets.

Any Android lover might be thinking that “Apni to lag gayi re Mamu!” but the verdict might just be positive for us as a consumer. You may ask why? And my answer is that Samsung will have to come up with actual innovation to regain from this and it opens up an avenue for companies like LG who have been working vigorously on being the market leaders in the next generation LTE (Long Term Evolution) phones. I have already told you guys about my love for my sister’s LG Optimus LTE2 Smartphone. And with all the hustle-bustle for patents, you would not have to worry about plagiarism as far as Patents are concerned as LG holds a World Record for that.

On an ending note, I would like to quote, “Copying is an art, but the success derived from it is shortlived….” No pun intended!!!!

I have always derived pleasure from getting to experience the latest technologies in person but it has been mostly about raving of the specs and features than getting into intricacies. And since everybody has Smartphones these days, one of my colleagues just kept comparing his entry level HTC Explorer with my LG Optimus P725. At first, I just gave a hearty laugh at his naivety but once I used his phone for some time, I realized he wasn’t lying.

That is the first time Mr. Techie Boy Shivansh made me aware of Overclocking in CPU’s and Android Smartphones. In layman terms, overclocking is simply altering the operating clock speed of your phone’s CPU beyond the limit specified by the manufacturer. You root your phone and flash (or install) certain software while reducing operating voltage speeds to get both performance and efficiency at the same time. What it translates to is faster processing speeds, extremely responsive interface and the ability to install applications not possible at rated clock speeds.

Now this guy had somehow managed to overclock his Explorer’s 600 Mhz processor to an astounding 1 Ghz while lowering the operating voltage to get optimum performance. He was running apps that could only run on high-end Smartphones without the slightest bit of lagging. Naturally, I started to question about whether my Smartphone could be over clocked from 1.2 Ghz to a feasible limit to which he nodded and even offered to take my phone home for the day to do it. The only reason I didn’t hand him the phone at the time was the lack of a second contact number. And honestly, that saved my handset.

Two months on, the same guy has upgraded to HTC One X. And that is because his Explorer died on him a few weeks after overclocking. There were constant heating issues and reduced battery life along with multiple errors which prompted him to fiddle with his phone even more. The harsh result, his CPU going completely dead with a system failure. Since then, I have gained considerable knowledge on Overclocking and Underclocking and even though I am not against it I would only suggest doing this zero-budget upgrading if you have substantial knowledge and are ready for the potential risks it holds. The biggest deterrent should be that overclocking voids manufacturer’s warranty as it is being operated well above the specified configuration. I would rather trust the manufacturer’s judgment on this as they only launch products after considerable R & D and are well aware of the capabilities and limitations of the key components in the Smartphone they have assembled.

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