Rahul Agarwal

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Apple Dropped The Biggest Hint Yet That An 'iWatch' Is Coming

Apple just offered the most tantalizing clues yet that an "iWatch" is coming.<p>At the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday in San Francisco, Apple executives showed off the latest versions of Apple's mobile operating system, iOS 8, which comes with features that would work pretty darn well …

Philips Introduces Android-Powered 4K TVs Coming Later This Year

Google TV is likely going away entirely, to be replaced by a familiar face – Android. Philips has just unveiled new Ultra HD (4K, whatever you prefer) TVs (via 9to5Google) that will be running Google’s mobile OS when they hit stores in Q2 of this year. The sets seem to be coming to Europe and …

BeHere app uses iBeacons to automatically take attendance as students enter the classroom

A new app called BeHere aimed at teachers uses Apple’s new Bluetooth LE iBeacon technology to recognize students and automatically take attendance as they enter a classroom.<p>With the BeHere app installed, the teacher’s iPad acts as an iBeacon and students entering the classroom with an iPhone, iPad, …

Japanese phones will soon get alerts for inbound missiles and other attacks

The Japanese get phone alerts for natural disasters, but they have more than that to worry about these days with an occasionally belligerent North Korea just a stone's throw away. Accordingly, Japan's Fire and Disaster Management Agency says that it will soon warn phone owners when there's a …

Why Office for iPad Took 4 Years to Get Here

Microsoft just unveiled Office for iPad. The move makes complete sense. The iPad, after all, is by far the strongest and most popular tablet platform …

Which phones do world leaders use?

Apple and Samsung are hoping for some powerful customers as BlackBerry goes into decline. Could even Obama switch?<p>For years, the well-connected world leader would use nothing but a BlackBerry to get their email on the move – and it is still Barack Obama's phone of choice. He uses a model specially …

We may already know how we will cure death—but should we?

A pair of advocates—they do legitimate research too, but their ardor is so intense, it’s hard to call them scientists—believe that they will, within their lifetimes, make ours the first generation of humans to live forever.<p>Their quest is elegantly laid out in <i>The Immortalists</i>, a new documentary …

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Office for iPad: It's arrived!

Microsoft has released its highly anticipated Office suite for iPad, a freemium app that lets everyone view documents but grants Office 365 …

Apple now warns users of in-app purchase settings in iOS 7.1

Sure, Apple's legal scuffle over in-app purchases made by misbehaving youngsters has ended, but the firm's added a precautionary measure to avoid additional costly mishaps. Among other changes included in iOS 7.1, Cook and Co. snuck in an alert after micro-transactions that tells users similar …

World Famous Samsung Endorser LeBron James Tweets That His Phone Had A Meltdown

Oops!<p>Samsung spokesperson LeBron James just tweeted out that his phone had a total meltdown and erased everything that was on it.<p>"One of the sickest feelings I've ever had in my life!!!" said LeBron.<p>James has been a big Samsung endorser since it released the Galaxy Note II, a giant phablet phone. …

Pacific Crest Upgraded Apple Based On $299 4.7" iPhone 6

Pacific Crest’s Apple analyst, Andy Hargreaves, raised his rating on Apple from Sector Perform to Outperform based on the iPhone 6 having a 4.7 inch screen and selling for a subsidized price of $299. He also believes that given the low valuation of the shares at 6.5x Enterprise Value/Earnings …

Microsoft: We're 'Extremely Committed' To Xbox One

Past all the debate about Titanfall, the carping about the difference between resolution on Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's PS4, musings about release schedules, Halo, and all of that, lies a slightly deeper question, one that people have been asking since 2001: what, exactly, is Microsoft doing in …

It's Actually Cheaper To Buy Digital Storm's New Gaming PC Than To Build It Yourself

In a sure sign that the world is ending — or that perhaps a boutique PC vendor is actually making use of economies of scale to benefit their customers — Digital Storm’s newly released Vanquish II gaming rig is cheaper to outright buy off the shelf than it is to build yourself.<p>For the sake of …

Seagate Backup Plus Fast review: The fastest and most capacious portable drive - CNET

<b>The Good</b> The <b>Seagate Backup Plus Fast</b> is indeed extremely fast, and includes helpful backup software. The drive also provides top capacity, and is bus-powered.<p><b>The Bad</b> Users can't change the internal drives; the RAID 0 setup might result in a higher risk of data loss.<p><b>The Bottom Line</b> The Backup Plus …

Gear & Gadgets

Digital Storm's Vanquish II makes the 'Ultimate' gaming PC affordable

Digital Storm took the wraps off of its new Vanquish II PC today, a desktop gaming rig with a hurricane of features designed to give you a custom-built feel without actually having to assemble your own computer. Prices start at $699 for the"Good" version, which comes with a Core i3 4330 processor, …

Apple Keeps Turning Bluetooth On When You Update Your iPhone

The last few times iPhone users updated their operating systems per Apple's prompting, they may have noticed something weird. Those of us who keep Bluetooth turned off for battery and privacy/security reasons suddenly had Bluetooth turned on by default after the update. There are scattered …

Shakira beat PewDiePie as world's most popular YouTube channel in February

With nearly 2.3bn video views in 2013, Swedish gamer PewDiePie had the world’s biggest YouTube channel. In February 2014, though, he was no match for Shakira and Rihanna.<p>The music stars’ Can’t Remember to Forget You duet was released at the end of January, and made Shakira’s official YouTube …

Sony could show off its long-rumored VR headset at GDC next week

The appearance of Oculus Rift on the scene has done a great deal to increase the potential of VR, but new rumors indicate Sony is going to show off a headset of its own. Sony launched several head mounted displays (including the HMZ-T3W shown above), but so far hasn't released units with VR …

ThL W200S full review and hands-on

The Chinese smartphone maker ThL has been releasing some interesting phones recently including the ThL T100S which featured MediaTek’s true octa-core processor. The performance of the T100S was impressive, especially for non-GPU related tasks and when a review unit of the ThL W200S arrived on my …

Phones

Apple Develops Smart Pedometer Tech That Could Feature In iWatch [Patent]

Apple dropped another heavy hint about its interest in the iWatch on Thursday, as it published a patent application relating to a smart watch-mounted pedometer.<p>The Wrist Pedometer Step Detection patent application is another example of Apple’s interest in health-tracking technology for future …

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Speedtest.net App Updated, Now Has Full iPad Version

<b>Speedtest.net Mobile Speed Test</b> is one of the simplest and best network speed testing tools around – and now it has a shiny new full iPad version. It was updated earlier this week (o Version 3.2.0) and is now a universal app for iPad and iPhone – with full landscape support on the iPad.<p>The app …

China's Xiaomi Is Readying Its Next-Gen Budget Smartphone

Popular Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi is holding an event to celebrate its anniversary in early April, where it is speculated that a new device will be released.<p>Signs are pointing to a second generation of its budget Android smartphone, the Redmi (previously known as the Hongmi in China). …

Apple Patents A Smarter, More Accurate Wrist-Based Activity Tracker

Apple has applied for a patent for an improved wearable pedometer design, according to a new filing published by the USPTO today (via AppleInsider). The filing describes a way to vastly improve accuracy on wearable step counters, by determining where a user is wearing it and adjusting the way it …

iOS 8: Apple works to further push iCloud as the future of the file system

When Apple introduced both iOS and iCloud, its goal was to eliminate the classic file system found in Mac OS X and make synchronization so seamless between devices that it “just works.” Nearly three years after iCloud’s introduction, Apple is still moving closer to this goal. The company is working …

Why The Next iPhone Should Have A Bigger Screen

Is the iPhone too small? One designer thinks so, and he may have a point.<p>What will the next iPhone look like when it is released in September after its first major redesign in two years? In a new concept, Sam Beckett, an independent concept designer, imagines a next-gen iPhone Air with a 4.7-inch, …

MIT Builds A ‘Soft Robotic’ Fish That’s Perfectly Cuddly, Moves Like The Real Thing

Video: Melanie Gonick, MIT News<p>Soft robotics is a field that’s growing so fast MIT has created an entire journal dedicated to the field, and the first edition profiles a robot fish that can perform a getaway maneuver with its flexible body almost as fast as the real thing.<p>The fish is built partly …

Garmin Vivofit review: a truly fitness-focused activity tracker

Keep moving. That's the message you'll get from anyone offering up fitness advice these days. It's snappy, simple and probably quite valid. The problem is that it can be hard to quantify how much activity is merely part of our basic existential requirements before we get to the part that counts as …

iOS 7.1 Warns You When It’s About To Fire The Flash

The iOS 7 update has another nice tweak in the camera app. Just like the iPhone 5S warns you when it decides to automatically engage the HDR mode, it now tells you when it’s going to fire the flash. To be honest, you should probably have the flash turned off all the time, but if you don’t, you at …

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China Now Has 700M Active Smartphones, Says Umeng

The number of active smartphones in China exceeded 700 million by the end of 2013, says a new report from analytics firm Umeng . Out of all the devices sold in 4Q 2013, 41% were to people purchasing their first smartphone. The rest were bought by people upgrading their phones.<p>(As a commenter below …

Samsung wants a patent to let you unlock your phone with a squiggle

Swiping from left to right to unlock your phone is so passé.<p>The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application last week from mobile device maker Samsung for a new way to summon a “mobile terminal” out of lock mode: by dragging your finger in a curved line and having it intersect at …