Thursday, May 7, 2015

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Google will announce Android M at I/O keynote this month

Just as it's done in years past, Google will unveil the latest version of Android at its annual I/O developer conference. The company hasn't officially come out and confirmed this directly, but a session description that briefly appeared as part of the I/O schedule made specific mention of "Android M." (The session in question has now been removed from Google's I/O website.) When it was announced in 2014, Android 5.0 was first known as "Android L" before Google revealed its final "Lollipop" name months later. And while that version has so far made it to just 10 percent of all Android devices, Google isn't slowing down any in pushing the operating system forward.
Sadly the I/O session descriptions don't offer too many details on what to expect; the "Android at Work" session only says Android M "brings power of Android to all kinds of workplaces." Google has already started putting Android everywhere it can; it's on phones, tablets, in cars, powering TVs, and even running on Chrome OS. Now it sounds like there'll be a greater focus on making Android a force in the enterprise — and Google obviously needs developers to play a role in that.

IMPROVED NOTIFICATIONS AND MORE POWERFUL VOICE CONTROLS COULD BE COMING IN ANDROID M


Another session focused on "interruptions" hints that the company has been working to refine the new approach to notifications that came alongside Lollipop. Yet another session mentions something called "Voice Access" and suggests Google wants to let users control every feature of Android apps (and the device they're running on using only their voice. This would expand beyond the "OK Google" commands that are possible now. Google describes Voice Access as such:
Mobile hardware has adopted the touch screen as the primary mode of input. And with 1 billion active Android users, there’s no sign of this slowing down. What if you could provide users with a new method of access to your apps with little to no development overhead? In this talk, we introduce Voice Access, a service that gives anyone access to their Android device through voice alone. We will focus on simple steps developers can follow to ensure that Voice Access provides an optimal experience within their apps.
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Tesla announces 38,000 pre-orders for Powerwall home battery

During Tesla's earnings call, CEO Elon Musk just announced that the company has so far taken 38,000 reservations for its Powerwall home battery. "The response has been overwhelming. Like, crazy," Musk said. He went on to describe the reception to Tesla Energy's introduction as "crazy off the hook." Tesla has also tallied 2,500 reservations for the PowerPack. Musk said this actually equates to more like 25,000 since reservations averaged around 10 Powerpacks each. "The volume of demand here has just been staggering," he said. "It really feels like, man, the stationary storage demand is just nutty. Like, worldwide, it’s just crazy."
Those are strong numbers for Tesla's latest venture, and Musk sounds downright giddy. But the early success also means that some customers will be dealing with an extended wait. "There’s no way we can possibly satisfy this demand this year," Musk admitted. "We’re basically sold out through the first half of next year."

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Aircel starts offering unlimited calling at Rs. 21 and introduces new Data offer

Aircel has introduced slew of offers for its subscribers in Maharashtra circle. New packs offer affordable SMS, calling and data services to Aircel subscribers.
SMS Packs Rs 16 & Rs 19
SMS pack Rs 16 offer 100 daily local/national SMS(1st 2 @ Rs 1) and comes with 30 days validity. Rs 19 pack offer 250 local/national SMS for 30 days validity. The SMS packs offer a full month SMS benefits for at affordable rates.
Unlimited 2G Data packs Rs 128 & Rs 148
Both Rs 128 and Rs 148 data pack offer unlimited 2G internet with FUP of 4GB. While Rs 128 comes with 30 days validity, Rs 148 comes with 40 days validity. Earlier Rs 148 pack was offering only 2GB data and 28 days validity.
Unlimited A to A calling packs Rs 21 & Rs 44
Aircel has introduced Rs 21 and Rs 44 packs offering Unlimited Aircel to Aircel local Calls between (5:00 AM to 5:00 PM), A2A rest of the day and other local calls @ 1.4p/2sec. Rs 21 comes with a validity of 28 days and Rs 44 offer 60 days of validity.
Aircel has re-ignited the mobile tariff price war by bringing down cost of SMS, voice and data offering at the same time. Recently TRAI had reduced interconnect charges which has enabled Aircel to further lower its tariff.
Thanks to Shashikant

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Google to announce Android M and Voice Access at I/O 2015 this month

Google’s I/O developer conference is soon going be held in San Francisco this month and the event is going to be a platform for many new announcements, including the forthcoming version of Android operating system succeeding Lollipop. As we know,Google is going in Alphabetical order when naming the OS and after L, there comes “M”. So, the forthcoming version, as of now, is being dubbed as “Android M”. It could be Marshmallow or Macaroon, but that’s just our guess.
Although the company has not made any official announcements regarding what’s going to be launched at the conference, but as per the public description of the I/O schedule, it mentions Android M. The Verge, found out that, “Android at Work” states that Android M “brings power of Android to all kinds of workplaces.” However, the reference was removed from the site shortly. We assume that to be Google’s way of teasing the upcoming launches.
As a matter of fact, Google has been pretty active in launching fresh OS versions every year, however the adoption of these updates is moving at turtle speed. For instance, Android 5.0 Lollipop, still runs on merely 10 percent of Android devices, which is menial when compared to other OS versions.
Moreover, Google is also planning to launch “Voice Access” feature at the conference. The feature would enable users to control their apps through voice commands. It would be integrated with Google Now and developers would be required to integrate it with their apps so that users can access it via voice commands. Also, it is not clear if this new feature will be specific to Android M or it

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

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Lenovo's super-light LaVie Z laptop is now available


If you've been jonesing for a featherweight laptop but feel that Apple's MacBook rubs you the wrong way, you're in luck: as promised, Lenovo is now selling the LaVie Z andLaVie Z 360 in the US. Both 13-inch systems largely resemble what you saw in January, and strike a careful balance between brisk performance and a light design that won't strain your shoulder when it's in your bag. They share Quad HD screens, fifth-generation Core i7 processors, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB solid-state drive. The only big difference is the 360's namesake convertible touchscreen, which turns your PC into a makeshift tablet.
Lenovo may have been optimistic about what it could deliver this month, though. The standard Z is ever-so-slightly heavier than claimed at 1.87 pounds, and the models available now are significantly more expensive than what we were quoted a few months ago. You're looking at $1,700 ($1,500 after a discount) for the regular LaVie Z, and $1,850 ($1,699 on sale) for the 360 -- that's at least $200 higher than expected. It's entirely possible that lower-end versions are coming, but you'll have to pay a premium if you simply can't wait.

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