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Images: Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro Ultrabook And Yoga 2 AnyPen Tablet

Images: Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro Ultrabook And Yoga 2 AnyPen Tablet

Lenovo has quietly introduced its CES 2015 range of products which will available for consumers in the country very soon via different sales channels. The company has added Yoga 3 Pro, Yoga Tablet 2 Pro (with projector) and Yoga Tab 2 series as part of its line up for the year but Yoga 3 Pro is pegged to stand as their flag bearer. We managed to take a closer look at the devices and we’re giving the chance for you to have a close look at them as well.

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Twitter’s Non-English Hashtags Aim To Break Language Barriers

Twitter’s Non-English Hashtags Aim To Break Language Barriers

India is a land of diversity in race, region, caste and language. But Twitter now offers a platform to break linguistic barriers by rolling out hashtags in non-english launguages.

The trend came in notice on the day when India defeated Pakistan in the ICC #WorldCup2015. Many users, which even includes the BCCI, tweeted congratulatory messages to celebrate the first win by using the hashtag #जयहिन्द. And later, this hashtag went on to become the first ever non-English hashtag trend in the country.

The social-networking service has now rolled out hashtags in all Devanagari script-based languages, which includes Marathi, Sanskrit and even Nepali, as well as Bengali, Assamese, Punjabi, Gujarati, Oriya, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and Kannada.

Twitter users from all corners of the country are adopting this development. The pulse of every moment is now being captured in the vernacular. It was #जयहिन्द trend on Sunday, while on Tuesday users also got two hashtags trending — one in Hindi #हरहरमहादेव, to mark the auspicious occasion of Mahashivratri and the other in Tamil #தமிழ்வாழ்க which means #LongLiveTamil.

Beside the common masses, several celebrities are participating in the conversation using these innovative hastags. Actor Dhanush showcased his excitement about the launch of hashtags in Tamil.

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What’s The Best Game For Killing Time With Your Phone?

What’s The Best Game For Killing Time With Your Phone?

Once upon a time, humans had to entertain themselves during the few idle minutes of waiting in line. No more! Now we have pocket computers with access to dozens of games at once. Tell us, which are you favorites?

On this Valentine’s Day eve, I’d like to write a brief love letter to Monument Valley, perhaps best described as an M.C. Escher-inspired album of puzzles. You are Ida exploring, your way through ancient ruins full of impossible staircases and waterfalls. The graphics are so beautiful, the music so haunting, and the puzzles so clever that it’s easy to play it all in one sustained gulp.

But it’s also compulsively replayable. There is something immensely satisfying about the tactile experience of spinning gears and pulling levers. In idle moments, I find myself going back to fiddle with the impossible geometry of Monument Valley.

Do you have a favorite game for killing time? Ideally, the game that is easy to put down and pick back up, requires minimum to moderate brain power, and-very important-has no in-app purchases.

(I may or may not have had a problem that rivaled my co-worker Ashley’s. Please don’t let me relapse.)

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Affordable Lumia’s Will Get Windows 10 Update

Affordable Lumia’s Will Get Windows 10 Update

 

Microsoft has all of sudden started making all the right moves (call it the Nadella effect). You can consider Windows 10 to become what Windows 8 never truly managed, same goes for Windows 10 mobile as well. Convergence is going to be highly prioritized at Microsoft (and cloud for that matter) but easy accessibility of its platform is another major bonus that consumers might get from here on.

They’ve already announced the prospect of giving free Windows 10 update to all Windows 7 and 8 users and now, Lumia users (across all spheres) could relish the chance to get Windows 10 on their phones.

As confirmed by Joe Belfiore, the software guy at Microsoft has given crystal clear indication that Windows 10 will indeed make its way to ALL Lumia devices, including the low-end ones. His marked tweet refers to building Windows 10 update for 512MB Lumia phones and in that space you have Lumia 520, one of the popular phones in India.

However, before you jump in delight, we’d like to tell the Lumia 520 users that Microsoft’s priority is to get Windows 10 on all phones, which is why they are not overly worried about the set of features to include. So, if you’re expecting to get all the Windows 10 goodies on budget phone then you might have to look elsewhere. What features are expected to be part of Windows 10 for low-rung Lumia? It’s hard to share that right now but we expect to hear more on this through Microsoft in the coming months.

The Windows 10 update will be released in regular intervals for varied markets and devices which might end up taking lot of time before Windows 10 (on mobile) becomes globally available.

The Technical Preview version (for select users) is expected to be released very soon and that might give us clarity as to what or what not the Lumia 520 will get (or miss) with Windows 10 mobile version.

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Displays: Curves Are Back In Vogue!

Curved (convex or outside curved) black and white televisions with cathode ray tube were a common sight in the 1980s. They were neither affordable nor as stylish as they are today. The scene of colour TVs started changing by 1990s—they became more stylish, but curves still remained. And then one fine day, flat screen TVs were introduced and since then there had been no looking back. People ditched the curves for the zero-sized LCDs; and today, LED screens are hit with masses.

You can find them everywhere—in your drawing room, in the malls, in banks and other public spaces.
But, now curves are coming back
With improvements in technology, which enables manufacturing of new age displays panels in curved shape possible, we see curved displays becoming mainstream again. The only difference, however, is that they are concave (curved on the inside) rather than convex (curved on the outside like old CRT). Does this mean that we have gone backward rather than going forward? I believe no, it is a step forward as curved displays are not only aesthetically more attractive, but also more immersive when it comes to consuming TV content. Human eyes feel more comfortable watching a concave display with slight curve. The trend is just picking up with the popularity of curved TVs. But it does not end here, we have seen curved screen phone like LG G Flex, Flex 2 which have a concave curve on the display. We also have curved display wearable devices like Samsung Gear Fit which comes with convex displays, which makes it a more ergonomic fit on the wrist and feels more natural too.

It does not end here; curved displays are making an appearance on phones as well. For instance: the Galaxy Note Edge or the recent concept phone by LG that has dual edge displays on both ends.
Why this obsession for edge and curved displays?
While you may argue that it is more of a gimmick, but I feel that there is a bright future for non-flat displays. Why I say so, is because when it comes to the product design it is ergonomics that take the front seat. Samsung Gear Fit is a fine example where a fitness band has been designed with a convex display to fit perfectly on a wrist.
I would not be surprised to see tablets, smart watches and even laptops equipped with curved and edged displays to improve product usability and ergonomics. Edge displays on [r1] smartphones with extra features, controls and buttons on the side display is another good use of technology.
It’s not going to be an easy road
Like is the case with every new technology and product, curved displays would also have to overcome certain roadblocks. I believe manufacturers would have to work towards fulfilling the pricing and demand supply gap, which will arise once they become popular. We have often seen that devices that suddenly become popular fail to fulfil consumers’ demands.

Going forward, curved TVs will become more affordable and economically-viable replacement for the flat screen LCDs or LED TVs, which most of us use these days. Also the edge display on smart phones, which is an elite feature as of now, will become more affordable and common across phones. Edge displays may even find its way on tablets and laptops and enhance the functionality of these devices. With the price drops in the curved display panels, we will see them more often on the wearables like wrist bands, smart watches. Flexible and transparent displays will be the next big thing—when and how, only that remains to be seen.