French designer’s invention: A Bonsai-shaped mobile charger, Electree+ !!

A French designer has developed with a digital bonsai tree, which can charge gadgets like smartphones and tablets. Designer Vivien Muller has named the bonsai tree ‘Electree+’.

The digital bonsai tree features 27 high-quality amorphous silicon square solar panels, each measuring around 3.7-inches. The solar panels are designed similar to trees and are placed at the end of branches – very reminiscent of a bonsai plant.

“Nature has selected over millions of years the most efficient structures to capture solar energy. The tree’s shape is thus the best means to take advantage of solar energy. While studying fractals, I realized that one could draw a tree by repeating and transforming a basic pattern,”Vivien Muller is quoted by Kickstarter.

The website claims an electric tree charger was first conceptualized way back in 2008 by the same designer. The idea didn’t incite much then. The Electree+ charger is considered to be an improved version of the predecessor. The designer claims the Electree+ comes with adjustable solar leaflets to maximize sunlight absorption.

The Electree+ comes with a battery with a capacity of 14, 000mAh. The Electree+ takes 36 hours to get fully charged. Fully charged, the device can charge an iPhone 5 nine times over and an iPad 2 twice without exposure to light. The Electree+ comes with two USB ports, one for smartphone that need less power and another for the tablets that need faster charging. There’s an NFC chip as well to enable wireless device charging – the new technology gaining popularity among smartphone makers such as Nokia and Samsung.

The device is priced at $199. The company behind the Electree+ project are planning to launch the Electree+ Charger globally by May 2013 if everything goes according to the plan.

The concept of Electree+ will certainly please the green enthusiasts as the device is expected to reduce carbon footprint, and inspire more green initiatives such as stress on renewable energy sources.

Source: IBTimes

Nokia 114 with Dual SIM and Facebook launched in India!!

India might be waiting for Nokia’s next range of Lumia devices, the 920 and 820 but the struggling Finnish handset maker is not done with launching web-enabled feature phones in India.

One such device, Nokia’s 114 is now officially listed on the company’s India website. The 114 comes with a dual SIM option and has more importantly will let you browse Facebook.

NOKIA 114

Key features of the device include:

  • A 65k colour 1.7-inch display
  • Nokia Browser.
  • Support for Bluetooth v2.1, GPRS and EDGE.
  • SD card slot that can support a microSD card with a capacity of up to 32 GB.
  • Internal memory of 16 MB and mass memory of 64 MB. The mass memory is what you can expand in the device.
  • It also has a 0.3 megapixel camera that can capture images of up to 640 x 480 pixels. The camera has a $X digital zoom.

It also comes loaded with the usual personal information management features such as dictionary, digital clock, recorder, calculator, etc. and also has a few Java games.

The price of the device has not yet been revealed. But we can expect it around Rs 2,400.

Latest India releases in tablets and mobiles!!

Soon after the festive season, the Indian tech market as faced a lot of launches from both local and global vendors in the last week of November 2012. There has been a plethora of launches from low cost dual SIM feature phones to high-end Windows 8 based tablet-laptop hybrids.

Hence, Gizbot has come up with the list of all the products that have been launched over the week in order to update the readers and tech enthusiasts.

Read through the pages to know more on the launches.

Nokia Asha 205 and Asha 206

Following the launch of Asha 308 and Asha 309, Nokia has launched two feature phones Asha 205 and Asha 206. On the whole, both Asha 205 and Asha 206 have similar specifications with slight differences in order to let the consumers choose the right one suiting their needs.

When it comes to Asha 205, the handset sports a 2.4 inch LCD display with 320 x 240 pixel resolution, Series 40 platform, VGA rear camera, 10MB free user memory, microSD card slot supporting up to 32GB additional storage, GPRS/EDGE, Bluetooth v2 .1 with EDR and 1,020 mAh BL-5C battery offering 11 hours talk time and 608 hours standby.

As far as Asha 206 is concerned, the handset packs a 2.4 inch LCD display with 320 x 240 pixel resolution, Series 40 platform, 1.3MP rear camera and has no front camera, 64MB free user memory, a microSD card slot supporting up to 32GB additional storage, GPRS/EDGE, Bluetooth v2.1 with EDR and a 1,110 mAh BL-4U battery offering 20 hours talk time and 680 hours standby.

The new handsets have Nokia Slam, a new service that allows users to transfer media between devices that support Bluetooth connectivity without having to manually pair them.

Both are entry-level handsets that will be released in India by the end of this year.  As of now, there is no information regarding the exact release date and pricing of the handsets, but, it is claimed by Nokia that they will fall in the sub Rs 3,500 price range.

Intex Aura

Intex Technologies has launched a dual SIM feature phone dubbed as Aura following the launch of Aqua 5.0, the budget phablet. According to the company, Aura is a sleek and lightweight handset that has been designed to suit the consumers who are seeking to have a device will a strong battery backup.

Aura features a display of unknown size and 240 x 320 pixel resolution, 1.3MP rear camera, a micro SD card slot supporting up to 16GB expandable storage option, Bluetooth with A2DP, GPRS/WAP and a USB port for connecting with PC and is loaded with a 1,800 mAh battery delivering up to 5 hours talk time and 360 hours standby.

Intex Aura is preloaded with additional features including mobile tracker, FM Radio with recorder, torch, preloaded games and support to Hindi and English languages.

Intex has priced Aura at Rs 1,690 and the handset is available in three color options including red, white and black.

Lava Xolo A700

Following the launch of two budget dual SIM smartphones in India – Iris N320 and Iris N350, the Indian manufacturer Lava has launched a mid-range Android ICS dual SIM smartphone – Xolo A700.

Speaking of the specs, Xolo A700 features a 4.5 inch IPS capacitive touchscreen display with 960 x 540 pixel resolution, 1GHz dual-core MediaTek MT6577 processor, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS, 5MP rear camera with autofocus and LED flash, VGA front facing camera for video chatting, 512MB RAM, 4GB internal storage and expandable memory option up to 32GB via microSD card.

Further, the handset comes packed with connectivity features including 3G HSPA 7.2Mbps, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v2.1, aGPS and micro USB 2.0 and is loaded with a 1,700 mAh battery offering up to 3 hours talk time and 288 hours standby. Also, the handset will support dual SIM feature (3G + 2G).

When it comes to the pricing, Xolo A700 is priced at Rs 9,999 and is available from online retailer sites Flipkart and Infibeam.

Karbonn A5+ and A15

Karbonn Mobiles has launched A5+ and A15, two new dual SIM handsets for Rs 4,899 and Rs 5,899 repsectively. A5+ is the upgraded version of A5 and hence, it comes with slight improvements as compared to its predecessor.

As far as specifications are concerned, A5+ sports a 3.5 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels, 1GHz single core processor, micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB expandable memoryAndroid 2.3.6 Gingerbread OS, 3.5MP rear camera, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 3G, and 1,420 mAh Li-ion battery.

When it comes to A15, the handset houses a 4 inch LCD capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, 1GHz single core processor, micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB expandable memory, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, 3MP rear camera, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 3G, micro USB 2.0, and 1,420 mAh Li-ion battery of undisclosed backup.

When it comes to the pricing, Karbonn A5+ and A15 are priced at Rs 4,899 and Rs 5,899. Check goProbo.com for online smartphone pricing.

Magicon M1, M2 and mNote

Aircel has joined hands with Magicon Impex has launched a new range of dual SIM smartphones including Magicon M1, Magicon M2 and Magicon mNote at competitive price points.

Coming to the specs, Magicon M1 packs a 3.5 inch WVGA Ultratouch touchscreen display, single core 1GHz processor, Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS, 5MP rear camera, VGA front camera, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

As far as Magicon M2 is concerned, the handset comes with a 3.5 inch WVGA Ultratouch touchscreen display, single core 1GHz processor, Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS, 5MP rear camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G.

Speaking of mNote, the phablet comes with a 5 inch Ultratouch touchscreen display, dual core 1GHz processor, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, 8MP rear camera with LED flash, VGA front camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 2,000 mAh battery.

All the three handsets come packed with attractive voice and data plans from Aircel including 250 minutes talk time, 250 SMSes and 1 GB data for three months. The phones are come with a 4GB memory card and a warranty cover of 18 months.

When it comes to pricing, M1 and M2 are priced at Rs 4,499 and Rs 4,999 respectively and the phablet Magicon mNote is available at Rs 9,999. Visit goProbo.com for online smartphone pricing.

Swipe Fablet F1 Tab and Legend Tab

Swipe Telecom has launched a tablet and a phablet dubbed as Legend Tab and Fablet F1 Tabpriced at Rs 8,990 and Rs 10,990 respectively.

Fablet F1 Tab is a phablet sporting a 5 inch WVGA capacitive multi-touch display, 1GHz MediaTek MTK 6575 processor, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS, 5MP rear camera, 0.3MP front camera, 4GB internal storage, micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB expandable memory, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and 2,500 mAh battery.

When it comes to Legend Tab, a dual SIM tablet with a 7 inch TFT LCD 5 point multi-touch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, dual core 1.5GHz processor, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS, 2MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera for video calling purposes, 4GB internal storage, micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB expandable memory, Bluetooth, 3G, Wi-Fi and a 3,600 mAh battery.

Byond Mi-book L9

Byond Tech, a manufacturer of budget tablets has launched Mi-book L9, categorized as Laplet, which is a term used by the company for devices that can act as tablet or laptop.

Mi-book L9 features a 9 inch 5 point capacitive touchscreen display with 800 x 480 pixel resolution, 1.2GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor. Android 4.0.4 ICS, 8GB internal storage, 512MB RAM, micro SD card slot supporting 32GB expandable memory support, 0.3MP front camera for video calling, USB OTG with support for external 3G dongles, HDMI-out, Wi-Fi and 6,000 mAh battery.

Mi-book L9 comes preloaded with productivity tools including Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Moreover, the tablet comes with a free keyboard accessory that can double it into a laptop.

When it comes to pricing, Mi-book L9 is priced at Rs 8,499 in order to compete with the other low cost products in the market.

Samsung Ativ Smart PC and Ativ Smart PC Pro

Samsung has launched Windows 8 based tablet-laptop hybrids Ativ Smart PC and Ativ Smart PC Pro alongside Series 5 Ultra Touch ultrabook based on Intel processors.

Coming to the specifications of Ativ Smart PC, the tablet-laptop hybrid packs an 11.6 inch PLS touchscreen display with 1366 x 768 pixel resolution, Intel Atom Z2760 processor, 8MP rear camera with flash, 2MP front camera for video calling, 2GB RAM, 128GB eMMC memory and a 2-cell battery offering 13.5 hours backup.

On the other hand, Ativ Smart PC Pro sports an 11.6 inch full HD PLS touchscreen display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, Intel Core i5 processor, 5MP rear camera, 2MP front facing camera, 4GB RAM and 256GB SSD and a 4-cell battery delivering 8 hours backup.

Further, Ativ Smart PC comes packed with Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi and 3G, a micro-HDMI port, a USB 3.0 port, a microSD card reader, a headphone jack and Samsung’s proprietary dock port.

On the pricing front, Samsung has priced Ativ Smart PC and Ativ Smart PC Pro are priced at Rs 53,990 and Rs 75,490 respectively.

Source: Gadget Guru

 

First flexible smartphone by Samsung soon?

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Flexible smartphones could indeed debut in 2013, and the first offering would come from South Korean electronics giant Samsung.

Its already know fact that a host of mobile hardware companies like Sony, Nokia, LG, and Phillips are also working on the flexible smartphones.
BBC reports that Samsung will most likely be the first electronics manufacturer to launch such a device. There is no word on whether we could be seeing flexible screen technology on the next Galaxy S or Galaxy Note smartphone, or whether Samsung will introduce a new line of Galaxy ‘Flexible’smartphones.

Samsung has already repoted stating that its flexible displays will be “foldable, rollable, wearable and more, [and] will allow for a high degree of durability through their use of a plastic substrate that is thinner, lighter and more flexible than… conventional LCD technology.”

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Nokia introduces City Lens 1.5 beta for WP7

The Nokia City Lens app that incorporates LiveSight technology is now available in a beta version for Nokia Lumia 900, 800 and 710. Nokia City Lens, exclusively developed for Nokia Lumia devices, is the first application to provide a LiveSight-enabled experience.

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Nokia said that, City Lens 1.5 beta version will help it make the app even better and soon all Nokia Lumia owners, including owners of Nokia Lumia 820 and 920. The existing version of City Lens shows you all the places nearby, even around the corner or a block away. The latest Sightline feature lets you switch your view to only what’s in your direct line of sight, making it easier to spot great places that are right in front of you. With this beta version of Nokia City Lens app, users can quickly view a place’s address without leaving camera view. Nokia’s official blog read, “You can just tap to view the information overlaid on display while you keep scanning. When you’re ready to learn more about the place, another tap pulls up complete information of that place.”

With this new version of Nokia City Lens, Nokia said that, it is making good use of the key features in Windows Phone. The blog further adds, “Nokia City Lens now lets you pin individual categories to your home screen, so you can jump directly to your favourite category searches with just a tap. Art buff? Create a Sights tile. Foodie? Create a Food tile. Wherever you are, you can instantly find what you love.”

Users interested in trying out Nokia City Lens for their Nokia Lumia 900, 800 or 710, can  download it from Nokia Beta Labs.

Nokia Lumia 920, 820 coming to India next year!

The new Windows Phone 8 devices by Nokia are probably the most sought after handsets of recent times. There has been a lot of debate as to when the Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 will be launched in India. The brand recently announced that these devices will hit shelves in Singapore on December 8, 2012. This has led to speculations that these handset will make their way to India too, in December. For those looking forward to the new Windows Phone 8 Lumia handsets, our sources have just confirmed that these handsets are not coming to India this year and will be launched only by 2013. As of now, the official date of availability has not been finalised, but in all likelihood, the handsets should be available in January.
Lumia 920 PureView

 

With the prices of the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 being released, we now have a vague idea about the pricing of the new Lumias when they are launched in India. The Lumia 920 is priced in Singapore at S$899, which roughly translates to Rs 40,750, whereas and the Lumia 820 costs S$699, which roughly translates to Rs 31,700. However, one should not expect the prices to be the same when the handsets come to India—the additional taxes could make the devices cost a bit more.

Image representing Nokia as depicted in CrunchBase

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Nokia has a lot depending on the success of these handsets, and we expect them to launch an aggressive marketing campaign prior to the release of these handsets. 

Nokia first took the wraps off its Lumia 920 at the Nokia World 2012 event in New York City. Featuring a a polycarbonate body, the Nokia Lumia 920 packs in a Snapdragon S4 processor and a PureView sensor. It also comes with the Blink app, which is the smartphone’s Burst mode. The smartphone will feature an LCD display, which is a little better than the HD displays available now.

 

The Nokia Lumia 920 includes the latest Nokia PureView camera, which the company claims captures five times more light than competing smartphones. It gives bright pictures without flash, even indoors and at night. It also features built-in wireless charging, making it easy to keep the battery topped up throughout the day.
 
The Nokia Lumia 820 offers exchangeable covers in a range of colours. Both phones have the option of wireless charging, a sensitive touchscreen and Nokia ClearBlack display technology. The Lumia handsets come with the full suite of Nokia navigation applications, including Nokia City Lens and Nokia Music that streams unlimited music directly to the phone.

BlackBerry maker RIM loses patent dispute with Nokia!!

Canada’s Research In Motion (RIM) has lost a contract dispute over the use of Nokia patents in a case which could halt sales of its BlackBerry phones if it does not reach a deal to pay royalties to the Finnish company.

Nokia said on Wednesday a Swedish arbitrator had ruled that “RIM was in breach of contract and is not entitled to manufacture or sell WLAN products without first agreeing royalties with Nokia.”

Wireless local access network (WLAN) technologies, usually marketed under the WiFi brand, are used across BlackBerry devices and by most other smartphones.

Nokia, which is trying to boost its royalty income as its phone business slides, said it had filed cases in the United States, Britain and Canada to enforce the arbitrator’s ruling.

“This could have a significant financial impact to RIM, as all BlackBerry devices support WLAN,”IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo said.

The (job)hunt begins...

Nokia wins.

 
RIM declined to comment. At 6 a.m. EDT its Frankfurt-listed shares were down 5 percent at 8.245 euros. Nokia shares were down 1.6 percent at 2.526 euros.

“If a sales ban was imposed it would be a massive blow for RIM as it manages its transition to the new BlackBerry 10 software platform,” said Canalys analyst Pete Cunningham.

However, analysts think it is much more likely that RIM will reach a royalty agreement with Nokia to avert such an outcome.

RIM, a smartphone pioneer, hopes new devices using BlackBerry 10 software, due early 2013, will rescue it from a prolonged slump in the face of competition from the likes of Apple and Samsung.

RIM promises its new devices will be faster than previous smartphones, and will have a large catalogue of applications, which are crucial to the success of any new line of smartphones.

Nokia said it signed a cross-license agreement with RIM covering standards-essential cellular patents in 2003, a deal that was amended in 2008.

RIM sought arbitration in March 2011 with the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, arguing the license should be extended to cover WLAN patents.

The arbitration tribunal concluded a nine day hearing in September 2012 and it issued a decision on November 6, Nokia said in a U.S. court filing seeking to enforce the ruling.

During arbitration RIM did not contest it manufactures and sells products using WLAN technology in accordance with Nokia’s WLAN products, Nokia said, quoting the tribunal decision.

Nokia, along with Ericsson and Qualcomm, is among the leading patent holders in the wireless industry. Patent royalties generate annual revenue of about 500 million euros ($646 million) for Nokia.

Based on a Nortel patent sale and Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility, some investors and analysts say Nokia’s patent portfolio alone merits its current share price of around 2.50 euros.

However, the patent market has cooled since those deals were made and industry experts say that fair value of patents in large portfolios is $100,000 to $200,000, pricing Nokia’s portfolio at up to 0.50 euros per share.

Source: Reuters