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Specs Battle: The New Nexus 7 VS the 7-inch Kings!

With the brand-new Nexus 7 just announced a few days ago, most of you are undoubtedly weighing on how the new tablet from Google would fair against the competition. Luckily for you, we have you covered! Below is a head-to-head specs comparison between the new Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HD, iPad Mini and Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0.

  Nexus 7 2 Kindle Fire HD iPad mini Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0
Screen Size 7.02-inches 7-inches 7.9-inches 7-inches
Resolution and Pixel Density 1920×1200, 323ppi 1280×800, 215ppi 1024×768, 163ppi 1024×600, 169ppi
CPU Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, 1.5Ghz Dual-core 1.2Ghz OMAP 4460 Dual-core A5 Dual-core 1.2Ghz
Battery Life Up to 9 hours active use 11 hours continuous use Up to 10 hours Up to 8 hours
Storage 16 or 32GB 16 or 32GB 16, 32 or 64GB 8GB, up to 64GB via microSD
Camera 1.2MP front, 5MP rear Front facing only 1.2MP front, 5MP rear 1.3MP front, 3.0MP rear
OS Android 4.3 Jelly Bean Amazon’s Version of Android 4.0.x Ice Cream Sandwich iOS 6 (iOS 7 Coming this Fall) Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
LTE Option Yes No Yes TBD

Given the wealth of information above, one could that (1) the new Nexus 7 packs one hell of a display, with an overall better screen resolution and pixel density compared to its competitors, (2) it is the only one with a quad-core processor in tow, and (3) the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out of the box, without any bloatware from the other manufacturers, is surely a bonus.

Of course, all those numbers means nothing if not for the user experience and overall usability of the tablet. As such, when considering your next big gadget purchase this coming months, do take note of how you would be using your device in line with your personal and professional needs and priorities. Nonetheless, whatever your decision might be, I’m quite sure that with the new Nexus 7 in town, you will be having quite a difficult time weighing in as to which tablet is the best for you. Happy shopping!


Red Cross Mobile Apps: Preparing You For Emergencies

Life is very much unpredictable. Most of the time, we are faced with challenges whenever we least expect them. As such, it pays a lot to be always prepared to face anything life throws against us. Surely, there have been a number of instances wherein we were faced with adversity or emergency and we did not have a clue on how to handle situation.

To remedy this, the American Red Cross has developed a slew of Tools and Resources packaged inside their Disaster and Safety Library to help you in preparing your home, school and workplace in the event of a disaster or emergency. Here, we highlight the six free mobile apps they are promoting and how they could be of great help in preparing us for the days ahead. Although some are only applicable for the United States and its territories, these should still be helpful for you and your loved ones here and abroad. 

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How To Publish An App in 10 Easy Steps


Are you an aspiring programmer? Are you dreaming of owning your own app development company someday? I know I do. That has been my aspiration, among other things, since I graduated from college. And boy, getting there isn’t as easy or glamorous as it sounds. Enter Chad Mureta.

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Lazada celebrates its 1st birthday with $100M funding and its first mobile app

Lazada, arguably one of the biggest online retailers in Southeast Asia, just celebrated its first year anniversary with a bang. Joining existing investors Holtzbrinck Ventures, Kinnevik, Summit Partners and Tengelmann Group, Verlinvest, a Belgian holding company, invests an additional $100M into the website’s parent company in Germany.

After only a year since its introduction, Lazada just surpassed 1M online orders. This is where Verlinvest Chairman Frédéric de Mevius gets his confidence in the venture. According to him, “we are thrilled to join Lazada as a partner of Rocket Internet and an investor, the company’s scale and achievements after only one year of operations are highly impressive. Given the management’s track record and the region’s macro outlook we are very confident in Lazada’s future.”

A large chunk of the Verlinvest funding will be used to further improve delivery time and customer satisfaction with the company. To accomplish this, Lazada will be investing in its IT infrastructure in the foreseeable future. Complementing this strategy is the company’s announcement of its new mobile application to provide its customers a fast and intuitive shopping experience even on-the-go. Already available in Android and coming soon in iOS, the app uses an advanced internal search engine to allow users to explore products by categories, brands, price and more. Using the app, customers are able to discover amazing deals and discount vouchers to use, not to mention exclusive updates on special promos and offerings.

For Android phone users, you may download the app from the Google Play Store here.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom: your 16MP camera smartphone

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Last June 12, Samsung Mobile Press officially introduced the Galaxy S4 Zoom, which converges the best of the smartphone and camera worlds. Combining an impressive 16MP CMOS Sensor, 10X optical zoom, optical image stabilization, xenon flash and the very latest of Samsung’s Galaxy S4 technology, the Galaxy S4 aims to set the bar in mobile photography.

Powering the Galaxy S4 Zoom is a 1.5GHz dual-core processor paired with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box. It features 8GB of internal memory (expandable up to 64GB) and 1.5GB of RAM. Screen size is at a respectable 4.3inches (sAMOLED, 960 x 540 resolution). The gadget is already LTE capable, with WiFi, NFC, Bluetooth and A-GPS + GLONASS as additional connectivity features. As the Galaxy S4 Zoom is primarily a camera with phone capabilities, it packs a number of camera features including: SMART Mode(25): Smart mode suggest, Beauty face, Best photo, Continuous shot, Best face, Kids shot, Landscape, Dawn, Snow, Macro, Food, Party/Indoor, Action freeze, Rich tone (HDR), Panorama, Waterfall, Animated photo, Drama, Eraser, Sound & Shot, Silhouette, Sunset, Night, Fireworks and Light trace. Its battery is rated at 2,330mAh.

For the full press release, see below:

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Cherry Mobile Fusion Wave, coming soon!

Continuing their aggressiveness in the Philippine mobile device market, Cherry Mobile is once again marketing their upcoming tablet, the Fusion Wave. For now, we have limited information about the specifications of the new tablet, although what we know is that it will be sporting Android Jelly Bean out of the box, and that it features a rear and front camera and at least 1GB of RAM.

Further amping the hype on the Fusion Wave is the company’s hints that it will be packing a Samsung Exynos chip, although nothing specific has been released yet. However, sources claim that most probably, the Exynos chip that the Fusion Wave will  be having is the same one found in Samsung’s Galaxy S3 smartphone.

Jelly Bean now on 33% of Android devices

Google just recently announced that Jelly Bean (Android 4.2 and 4.1) is now well on its way to rank first in software adoption, while ICS, Gingerbread and the other prior Android releases are slowly being retired in terms of usage on different Android devices.

Specifically, 33% of all Android users are now on Jelly Bean,although a big 36.5% of users are still stuck with Gingerbread. 26.5% still run on Ice Cream Sandwich, 3.2% are still unfortunately stuck on Froyo while a small 0.1% run Honeycomb.

We should note, however, that Google recently changed how it counts users of the different Android versions. According to the company’s official statement, “Beginning in April, 2013, these charts are now built using data collected from each device when the user visits the Google Play Store. Previously, the data was collected when the device simply checked-in to Google servers. We believe the new data more accurately reflects those users who are most engaged in the Android and Google Play ecosystem.”

Source: Google

The show’s not over yet! Sammy announces 8-Inch and 10.1-Inch Galaxy Tab 3


With the Samsung Galaxy S4 just recently unveiled, and with news of the S4 Active and S4 Mini circulating all over the web, Samsung attacks once again, this time with a trio of new Galaxy Tab 3 devices. In addition to the 7inch version that surfaced last April, the company has announced that an 8inch and 10.1inch variant of the Tab3 will also be available.

Both variants will be sporting a 1280×800 screen resolution, 5MP primary camera and 1.3MP secondary camera. However, the 10.1inch variant packs a 1.6GHz dual-core processor and a 6,800mAh battery while the 8inch one goes with a slightly slower 1.5GHz dual-core processor and a 4,450mAh battery.

The two devices will be available in the coming weeks in WiFi, 3G and LTE versions. Availability in the country though is yet to be determined.

Source: Mashable

Leaked! First pictures of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

The folks at GSMArena has been dealing with prevaling rumors about the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active for quite some time now. However, now we know for sure that the said device is for real, as the latest leaked images reveal what to expect from Sammy’s latest handset.

Compared to the flagship Samsung Galaxy S4, the Active is expected to be tougher overall as well as dust and water resistant. Specifications of the device is quite the same though, with a quad-core 1.9GHz Snapdragon 600 CPU and Adreno 320 GPU pairing. The screen is expected to be of the same size as the original, meaning it should be a 5.0inch 1080p display. What’s unsure though is whether the screen is a Super AMOLED one or not. The camera is said to be an 8MP shooter at the back, an obvious downgrade from the 13MP that the Galaxy S4 sports.

No official announcement has been made regarding the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, so for interested fans out there, we would just have to wait and see if and when it comes to our shores.


The NEC Medias X 06E: the world’s first liquid-cooled smartphone!

Think liquid-cooling is just for PCs? Think again! The folks at NEC has just recently announced the NEC Medias X 06E, which sports a liquid cooling pipe behind the display and next to the processor. This, according to the company, will transfer heat away from the phone’s processor via an evaporation and condensation cycle.

Apart from the liquid-cooling system, the Medias X 06E features a 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor under the hood, a 4.7inch OLED screen, a 13.1MP camera and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box. It should be available in Japan on the NTT Docomo carrier this coming June. For a quick overview of the device, see the video below:

For a summary of the Medias X 06E specifications, you may visit pdadb.

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