October 17, 2013
Update Your Sony Xperia Z1 (C6902 & C6903) To Firmware Version 14.1.G.2.257 Manually

Sony Xperia Z1 is a great phone, at least on paper. But in a rush to release the device to the market ahead of the Apple iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, Sony shipped the Xperia Z1 with less than stellar firmware version. The camera although had a great hardware, took some hit and miss shots sometimes. Also the battery life was not as great as it should have been.

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Now Sony has just released a major update to the Xperia Z1 C6903 (LTE) and Xperia Z1 C6902 (Global HSPA+). Although the Android version is retained to v4.2.2 JellyBean but the firmware is said to be build from scratch (just the rumours, can’t confirm). There are improvements to the camera, which now takes images with much less noise. There are improvements to display, fonts and battery life as well as some other bug fixes.

If you own an LTE C6903 Xperia Z1 handset, chances are that you are already getting the OTA update. But the owners of Sony Xperia Z1 C6902 (Global HSPA+) still didn’t get the OTA update, it could be days before the OTA update starts rolling to your respective countries. Can’t wait till then? Here’s how to update your Xperia Z1 manually.

  1. Backup your phone contents completely.
  2. Download the Sony Xperia Z1 14.1.G.2.257 Firmware FTF files (C6902 & C6903) from the given links.
  3. Download the Sony Xperia Flash Tool from here.
  4. Paste the Update FTF File that you’ve downloaded to the folder named as “Firmware“ included in the Xperia FlashTool
  5. Now open the FlashTool and click on “Flash” & choose the downloaded firmware file.
  6. Click OK and turn off the Xperia Z1.
  7. Now the FlashTool shows the pop up window. You can now connect your Xperia Z1 to your PC. Remember to hold the VOLUME DOWN button while connecting phone to PC.
  8. This process takes a few minutes. Make sure that the USB is not disconnected while this operation is going on.
  9. After the flashing process is completed, the FlashTool displays the message to unplug the device and restart.
  10. Voila! Your Sony Xperia Z1 is updated to the latest version (14.1.G.2.257)

August 13, 2013
Apple iPhone 5S News, Rumour Round Up & Guesstimates

As per the fresh round of rumours, the Apple iPhone 5S and the Apple iPhone 5C will be announced either on September 10th or on October 25th.

Will be under the hood hardware revision of Apple iPhone 5, as we all know. These are my guesstimates complete with inputs from all trusted sources as reported by various websites.

  • New A7 SoC, Dual Core Processor [Samsung Manufactured HKMG], PowerVR SGX544MP4 GPU, 2 GB of LPDDR2 1066 RAM, 16/32/64 GB Storage.
  • 4 Inch LCD Screen, 1136 x 640 Pixels.
  • 8 MP AF Camera, F/2.0 Aperture, Front 1.3 MP, Dual LED Flash, Full HD Video Recording.
  • Sapphire Covered Convex Home Button + Inbuilt Finger Print Sensor.
  • iOS 7, OS Wide FingerPrint Security Options.
  • Bigger Battery, Increased Weight Compared To iPhone 5.

There might be supply shortages, thanks to limited production/availability of Finger Print Sensor components that will be used in the Apple iPhone 5S.

August 8, 2013
Flash News: Developer Working On Emulator That Can Run Mac OS X Apps On Linux

Are you like Mac OS X apps and have been wanting a Wine like emulator to run your favourite Mac apps on your Linux machine? Your wish has been heard!

ArsTechnica is reporting that a developer named Luboš Doležel is trying to build and emulator for Linux which can run Apple Mac OS X apps. This emulator, “Darling,” has been named after Darwin + Linux + Parsing (executable files).

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August 8, 2013
LG G2 Revealed, Officially This Time. LG’s Take On Galaxy S4.

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Finally, after a bunch of high quality leaks, followed by the official press shot leak from @evleaks, LG has announced their flagship smartphone for 2013; LG G2.

Yes, they are done with the ‘Optimus’ branding for their Android smartphones. Good Lord!

LG G2 Technical Specifications:

  • 5.2 Inch FHD 1080p Display, 424 PPI, True HD IPS, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, 450 Nits Brightness.
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974), 2.3 GHz Quad-Core Processor (Krait 400 CPU Cores), Adreno 330 GPU, 2 GB RAM.
  • 32 GB Internal Storage (24 GB Free For User), No Micro SD Card Slot & Micro SIM Card Slot.
  • Android 4.2.2 JellyBean, LG Custom UI.
  • 13 MP AF Camera, OIS [Optical Image Stabilisation], HDR, FHD 1080p @ 60 FPS Video Recording, Stereo Sound Recording, 2.1 MP Front Camera [FHD 1080p @ 30 FPS Video]
  • Dolby Mobile Sound, Stereo FM Radio.
  • 42 Mbps HSDPA, Wi-Fi ac/b/g/n [Dual Band], Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 A2DP, NFC, IR Blaster, Micro USB 2.0 [MHL], USB Host & USB OTG.
  • 8.9 MM, 143 Grams & 3000 mAh Battery.

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July 13, 2013
Dropbox Can Achieve Better With App Data Sync Service

People have started using devices with various operating systems and changing their devices frequently. They are finding a need to sync private as well as app data to save themselves of losing data that they have saved over months on a device. Also, even if they keep the data on each of their device manually, there is a chance of ambiguous data.

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With Dropbox announcing their slight pivot of focus during DBX event, I feel that they might achieve more than what they have achieved until now. Of what I remember, this is their 2nd pivot.

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May 14, 2013
Nokia Announces Lumia 925. Some Thoughts On It.

So, after a lot of crazy waiting for Nokia EOS happened but Nokia released the long rumoured Nokia 925 “Catwalk” in the live event today. First, let’s have a look at specifications, it is very similar to Lumia 920 except the new Aluminium + Polycarbonate design. It is also thinner and lighter than the built-like-and-feels-like-tank Lumia 920.

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May 2, 2013
How Google & Apple Are Different

This is related to their mobile operating systems and services. Although people have fun in comparing both of them but their fundamental strategy is different altogether. I would like to explain them in most simple terms as follows.

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May 1, 2013
Galaxy Nexus To Get Android 4.3 Update

According to the server logs of Android Authority, multiple devices with Android 4.3 are doing the rounds on the Internet.

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According to these server logs, Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10 and even Galaxy Nexus running Android 4.3 are visible. So it is a good news for Galaxy Nexus owners like me that Google isn’t ditching its last year device and giving it some more life with Android 4.3 version. Also, Android 4.3 will be named JellyBean. Earlier, Gadgetronica reported that there has been delays in Android 5.0 development and Google wanted OEMs to rollout Android 4.2 updates to their devices before releasing Android 5.0.

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April 15, 2013
Perfect Specifications For Smartphones In Mid Range Price Segment

This is April 2013 and here are the perfect hardware and software specifications of a smartphone that consumers should be watching for while buying one.

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April 9, 2013
5 Things I Expect From Google I/O 2013

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Google I/O 2013, the annual developer event by Google. is to be held next month. There are a lot of rumours doing the round about Google I/O 2013 announcements. But here are 5 guesstimates that I think will be mostly true. There may be even more announcements, but these will be the most important from the lot.

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