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Amazon to launch Glass-free 3D Smartphone this June: WSJ

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Amazon Smartphone has been an expectation for a quite some time and that expectation is fueled by the latest Wall Street Journal report that claims that Amazon is getting ready to launch 3D smartphone that doesn’t require Glasses to experience the 3D-effect.

HTC Amazon Kindle Smartphone

According to WSJ, Amazon has been demonstrating their smartphones to developers in San Francisco and Seattle, thus prepping for a launch in June and shipping them in September ahead of the holiday season.  Might be named as Amazon Fire Phone, is expected to come with new retina-tracking technology embedded in front-facing cameras/sensors to project hologram-like 3D images.

Recently the company landed in Set-top box business with Amazon Fire TV and now it seems like the next product in line up is Amazon Fire Phone 3D Smartphone. It has to be also noted that earlier attempts of 3D smartphone like HTC EVO 3D and LG Optimus 3D were flopped, so it’d be interesting to see how does Amazon place its 3D smartphone in the current competitive market.

[Source WSJ Via TNW]

Cortana is what if Google Now is cute and Siri is more Intelligent

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Microsoft has announced its Virtual Personal Assistant, Cortana as part of Windows Phone 8.1 (WP8.1) at Microsoft Build Developer Conference where Cortana exclusively stole the show.

Cortana Screenshot

Humans are always excited about talking to machines and that excitement has brought Human-Computer Interaction to the level that we already have some nice Virtual personal assistants like Apple Siri and Google Now and more than that, Her’s Samantha, and now we got Cortana from Microsoft.

What is Cortana?

Cortana Meaning

For Game Junkies, the name Cortana might not be new and for others, Cortana is the Personal Assistant of Master Chief in video game series Halo but for the question “why did Microsoft chose Cortana as the name for their Personal Assistant?” – This Petition signed by thousands can answer better than me and the voice of Cortana in Windows Phone belongs to Jen Taylor who’s behind the actual Halo Cortana’s voice.

Why does Microsoft need Cortana?

Windows Phone Operating System, since its arrival has no charming software feature – except big Camera equipped smartphone, WP has got nothing to attract existing iOS and Android users. Most of the user base that WP got is mainly because of the brand name ‘Nokia’ and others are the users frustrated because of iOS or Android and landed in WP because they had no choice (obviously Blackberry will never be a choice) and till now Microsoft hasn’t got anything special for that but now with Cortana, Microsoft has spelt the magic words correctly. Yes! Cortana is capable of attracting new users from iOS and Android community. Though the fanboys are hard to acquire, the neutrals can switch to Windows Phone and Cortana will do it for Microsoft.

What is Cortana capable of?

In simple terms, Cortana is a perfect combination of Google Now and Siri but Cortana is what if Google Now is cute and Siri is more intelligent.

Yes, Google Now is great in bringing results – It’s more accurate, faster and sharper than Siri which is the pioneer in Smartphone-based PA but the problem with Google Now is that it’s not cute – it’s not the personal assistant that everyone wants to have – it’s just an improved Search methodology that’s capable of NLP with more access to the Android device that we own but it has never showcased the charm to be a beautiful-cute-lovable personal assistant whereas Siri on the other hand has all the necessary qualities to become a perfect PA – Siri is cute (cuter than Cortana), brilliant, quick, listens properly but Siri is brilliant enough – not as clever as Google, that might not be a problem from Apple because Google has got Knowledge Graph to bring right results but Apple doesn’t have its own Search engine or Big data rather it uses Wolfram Alpha and Bing to power Siri so Siri is not that clever.

Cortana

And here comes Cortana with a circular bluish icon, Cortana looks beautiful and the way it interacts, listens to the master (device owner) – it’s cute and Yes, It’s brilliant too, cleverer than Siri because Siri can’t make perfect conversations because it doesn’t remember the result of the previous question or any noun in previous question and when we talk with pronouns, Siri is just blank but this new comer Cortana gets that right, It understands that the pronoun refers to the previous noun so it’s pretty conversational and that gives Cortana a big edge than Siri. Not only this but there are a lot other things that Cortana can do which Siri can’t.

Cortana Notebook

Another big thing about Cortana is that she has got a personal notebook to record all the information about her Master but the Master has control to read and modify the content in the notepad which makes Cortana to understand more about her master. Unlike Siri, Cortana accepts queries in text and also replies in text which is really useful in both extremely noisy place and places where extreme silence is required. IFTTT-type requests, Better Search results, Deep Phone Integration, Third-party apps accessibility are some other nice features of Cortana.

Microsoft has not only studied Siri and Google Now but also interacted with real-world Personal Assistants and that’s how they made Cortana much better (Yes, It is!) than both these existing Personal Assistants. But remember Cortana is just born and is yet to land in the hands of common but Siri debuted (with most of these features) in iPhone 4S almost 3 years ago so it’d be interesting to see how all these three biggies – Apple, Google and Microsoft – are taking their Personal Assistants to the next level of Future so now the real Game begins!

Moto X successor, Moto X + 1 is coming soon

Moto X

Under the supervision of Google, Motorola’s flagship smartphone, Moto X has really brought Motorola back into Smartphone business and its sibling Moto G is turning around the company’s fortune in many regions esp. UK

Moto X

Now it’s time for another Moto-branded Android smartphone and popular leaker @evleaks revealed that the successor of Moto X is going to be called Moto X+1 (Moto X + 1).

Weird name isn’t it? Doesn’t matter if the phone is really as good as Moto X but all the recent flagship upgrades like iPhone 5S, Sony Xperia Z2, Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 are not so ambitious and this is what Lenovo (Motorola) has to keep in mind to launch a real successor rather than an improved-specs-device.

[via r @evleaks]

The meaning behind Cyanogen Inc.’s new Logo

Cyanogen Inc Logo

Cyanogen Inc., the company that evolved from an Online open source community CyanogenMod has announced it’s new logo and also the meaning behind the new logo.

Cyanogen Inc Logo

The company has also revealed the meaning behind the new Logo. First the new logo is full of Cyan (as the name suggests)

Cyanogen Logo meaning

Putting the user in the center of customization, security and open source, Cyanogen’s new Logo wants to reiterate that they are still the same community guys who longed for better open source rather than changed commercial guys.

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And more than 60% of users feel that the new Cyanogen Inc., Logo is hot and let’s see how Cyanogen as a company is going to do in this competitive market.

[via CyanogenMod Blog]

Apple announces WWDC 14 from June 2nd-6th to unveil iOS8 and new OSX

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Hey, iOS and Mac developers, Mark your calendar (doesn’t matter whether it’s iCal or Google calendar ;)) for June 2nd 2014 as Apple has set this year’s WorldWide Developers Conference (WWDC 14) to happen from June 2nd to 6th in San Francisco.

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More than 1000 Apple Engineers are going to be there at the event to help the devs and give them hands-on experience on various dev tools. The registration starts through Monday, April 7 at 10:00 a.m. PDT and it’s not FCFS but random selection (Guess it’s first time that Apple’s trying this!) so better bet on your luck than your Internet speed and Apple has spots for 200 students via Student Scholarship who has a different procedure to avail the free ticket and for all other confirmed attendees the ticket charge is $1,599.

Last year’s conference, WWDC ’13, was much anticipated & equally criticized after the event as Apple went flatter with iOS 7 and launched OSX Mavericks as free update and this year, it’s expected that Apple’s new iOS for Cars or an extended version of Apple CarPlay could debut along with iOS 8 and new Mac OSX.

For non-devs, this WWDC 14 might not be a big deal but don’t forget to watch Apple’s Making a Difference video before Tim Cook’s keynote which for the past two years (2012 & 2013) resulted as the best-made videos to project how devs are making differences in every individual’s life via their apps.

[via Apple]