20 May 2015

ASUS Zenfone 2 ZE550ML Vs ZE551ML: What’s the Difference?

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At this year’s CES in January, ASUS launched its latest-gen flagship Zenfone series smartphone, the Zenfone 2. The device holds the title of being the world’s first phone to boast 4GB of RAM. Ever since the CES unveiling, the Taiwan-based electronics major has introduced several variants of the Zenfone 2 in its home market. The company recently started teasing the launch of the phone in India, and has scheduled an event in New Delhi on April 23rd to release the device in the country.
ASUS Zenfone 2 ZE550ML Vs ZE551ML
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Among the several variants of the Zenfone 2, the brand has announced to release three models here, two of which are expected to be the Zenfone 2 ZE550ML and Zenfone 2 ZE551ML. If you are eagerly waiting for these phones to reach Indian shores, let’s compare the features of these devices in this ASUS Zenfone 2 ZE550ML vs ZE551ML showdown.

ASUS Zenfone 2 ZE550ML Vs ZE551ML: Comparing two of the best Zenfone smartphones

Design & Display 
Design-wise, the ASUS Zenfone 2 ZE550ML and ZE551ML, both look premium devices with a plastic back that emulates brushed steel. Since they are phablet territory devices, they are a bit thick with a 10.9mm waist, but are pretty light-weight at 170grams. Both offer 5.5-inch displays with layers of Corning Gorilla Glass 3. However, the Zenfone ZE551ML offers better colour reproduction with a full HD resolution screen, the Zenfone ZE550ML on the other has HD resolution display.

Processor and RAM
The Zenfone 2 ZE550ML is powered by a 1.8GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3560 processor, further supported by a PowerVR G6430 graphics processing unit and a whopping 4GB of RAM. The Zenfone 2 ZE551ML on the other hand utilises a more powerful 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3580 CPU, aided by a PowerVR G6430 GPU and 2GB of RAM.

SEE ALSO: Say Hello To New Technology with Vivo X5 Pro

Storage
The Zenfone 2 ZE550ML comes with 16GB of flash memory, while the Zenfone ZE551ML is being offered in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB internal memory models. Both the variants have a microSD card slot to expand the memory further.

Software and Camera
The Zenfone 2 ZE550ML and ZE551ML, both run Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box with the overlay of ASUS ZenUI that brings a handful of additional software features. Both the Zenfone 2 models are equipped with 13MP PixelMaster primary cameras with autofocus and LED flash, and 5MP wide-angle PixelMaster secondary shooters.

Connectivity and Battery 
In terms of connectivity, the Zenfone 2 ZE550ML and ZE551ML, both support India’s 4G LTE networks, and come with dual-SIM support, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, micro-USB, and A-GPS. Both are powered by a healthy non-removable 3,000mAh battery, and support BoostMaster fast charging via an optional adapter.

Conclusion
The ASUS Zenfone 2 ZE550ML vs ZE551ML showdown has revealed that they are not really much different to each other. They offer different processors, amount of RAM, internal memory, and display resolutions. As far as the prices are concerned, the Zenfone 2 ZE550ML recently went on sale in Taiwan at a starting price of Rs 12,000, the ZE551ML on the other hand retails starting at Rs 18,000.

Looking on the success of the previous Zenfones in India, the brand is expected to price these devices aggressively in the country.

Well, which one of these Zenfone 2 model have caught your attention, share in the comments.
Rizwan Ahmad
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He is a passionate Blogger, Entrepreneur, Writer and Thinker. He has been blogging from last couple of years and love every thing about it. He covers almost every thing related to technology on his Blog, Cyberockk.com.
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19 May 2015

Say Hello To New Technology with Vivo X5 Pro

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Mobile phones are on evolutionary path faster than any known species on earth. Everyday new technology is launched which makes even a month’s old technology seem obsolete. Gone are the days when we waited for the next big thing to arrive months or even weeks later because in today’s time every day is a big day in the world of technology and a new significant leap is taken.
Vivo X5 Pro
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Just when you thought you had seen it all with the fingerprint scanner, the much hyped Vivo X5 now brings a camera enabled with eye recognition technology to give you added protection as if you were on a covert CIA mission.

The features don’t end here. Here are some stunning features of this futuristic phone:

The mobile is enabled with a 5.2 inch Super Amoled full HD 2.5D glass with an astonishing resolution of 1080x1920 to give you crisp and clear display bringing alive every colour.
It runs on a 2GB RAM with 64 bit Snapdragon 615 Octa Core Processor that makes this phone a powerful device for seamless transactions and a very fluid interface that makes switching through tasks and apps super fluid so you can now play nonstop games, watch videos and multitask with various apps thanks to this powerhouse.

The phone runs on Andriod 5.0 Lollipop and the Chinese Funtouch OS 3.0 UI which should make the phone an instant hit. The phone is dual sim and also supports 4G LTE technology which again gives it a futuristic edge.

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What makes this phone really ahead of its time is its ability to support an 8 Mega Pixels front camera for those perfect selfies moments when you don’t want a single moment in life slipping you by. The camera has the ability to interpolate the images up to the quality of 32 mega pixel which really make this phone amazingly innovative and way ahead of its competitors. Its rear camera is of 13 Mega Pixels which takes sharp images defining every detail your eye might miss. Even at night its LED flash will let you take bright and lit up photographs you will want to share instantly.

SEE ALSO: Micromax Canvas Spark - Best Budget Smartphone with Lollipop

What truly sets this phone apart is its ability for retina scanning and eye ball recognition by studying patterns of the eye nerves to give unmatchable security to your phone. You can lock the phone, app folders and basically anything you want with this neat feature.

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The features don’t end here. The Vivo X5 Pro is backed by a 2300 mAh battery to bring you nonstop entertainment on the go so you ddon’t have to keep running after a charger every now and then. The body is light with an aluminium build which proves to be elegant yet sturdy to give your phone the protection it needs.

It has inbuilt storage of 16GB which is sufficient but what is really amazing is that it supports an SD card of up to 128 GB to store unlimited movies, videos and songs to watch on its mesmerising full HD screen.

The world of technology is moving faster than we can keep track and we’re constantly amazed at what the world of technology is capable of doing in the palm of our hand.

Smartphones have truly revolutionised our life and it always comes as a breath of fresh air to find new features being added with every new step we take making our lives simpler!
Rizwan Ahmad
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He is a passionate Blogger, Entrepreneur, Writer and Thinker. He has been blogging from last couple of years and love every thing about it. He covers almost every thing related to technology on his Blog, Cyberockk.com.
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Salesforce CEO Takes a Bold Step to Pay Women and Men Equally

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‘Equal pay for equivalent work’ is not a mantra you expect to come from the boss of a multibillion-dollar company. Yet this is exactly what the CEO of Salesforce, Marc Benioff, is not only saying, but also doing. Marc is taking radical steps to review employee salaries. The chief executive is ensuring that both women and men enjoy fair pay.

Marc is currently examining the salaries of all sixteen thousand employees at Salesforce in a bid to ensure equal pay. So far, according to Marc, women are enjoying pay raises. The Salesforce boss said, “I expect to be giving a lot more.” He is of the opinion that the process he has undertaken will take a number of years.
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Marc said that his job is to ensure that women get 100% equal treatment at Salesforce when it comes to advancement, opportunity, and pay. Although currently he has no idea what the pay gap between women and men is at his company, the chief executive said that when he is done, no gap will exist. Quite determined the CEO is!

Empty talk without actions
Today, most companies talk about measures they are putting in place to address women issues. However, very few address the pay gap between sexes comprehensively or directly. The truth is that in most workplaces, there is active frowning when it comes to open conversations about salaries. When companies keep their workers in the dark, they ultimately allow for wide gaps in pay. According to Marc, “Pay is the third rail.”

Shocking statistics
Across the country, there is a totally stubborn gulf between what women and men earn. For instance, according to census data, in 2013, women working full time earned approximately 77% of what men earned. Surprisingly, the wage gap exists even among the most elite workers.

Roughly ten years after completing Harvard Business School, male graduates normally earn more than $400,000 annually. Their female counterparts on the other hand earn roughly $250,000 annually. This is according to data from the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics.

What is the reaction of economists on the gaps?
Economists have mixed reactions to the difference. According to some economists, women might gravitate to the lower paying industries. Alternatively, women might trade pay for some flexible hours. Other economists are of the opinion that sex discrimination equally plays a role.

Unfortunately, most women opt not to negotiate for higher salaries. If a worker does not negotiate for higher salary in her maiden job, low wages could haunt her for the rest of his or her life.

Most recently, Ellen Pao, Reddit’s interim CEO, made headlines for trying to fix the pay gap at the company through banning negotiations during the recruiting and hiring process.

According to Ellen, “If you want more equity, we’ll let you swap a little bit of your cash salary for equity, but we aren’t going to reward people who are better negotiators with more compensation.”

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Rizwan Ahmad
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He is a passionate Blogger, Entrepreneur, Writer and Thinker. He has been blogging from last couple of years and love every thing about it. He covers almost every thing related to technology on his Blog, Cyberockk.com.
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12 May 2015

Micromax Canvas Spark - Best Budget Smartphone with Lollipop

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Micromax has recently launched the Canvas Spark Smartphone which has been priced affordably. The Micromax Canvas Spark is made available to the customers exclusively through the retail website, Snapdeal. The biggest USP of this mobile is its price and the aspect that it runs on the latest Android Lollipop 5.0 OS. Apart from Intex Aqua L and Moto E second generation, Canvas Spark is one of the latest budget smartphones that runs on the latest Android OS version.
Micromax Canvas Spark

Look and Feel:
Micromax has put in lot of efforts to launch its latest budget device, the Canvas Spark that boasts of premium and elegant looks. This mobile device is available in white and black colours to choose from. The device has a gentle curved design with 8.5 mm thickness which making this phone nice to hold. This budget smartphone weighs just around 134gm for comfortable daily usage. The gold trim that runs along the edges is actually plastic with metallic coating and not real metal, but it add some class to the overall design.

Screen and Display:
Micromax Canvas Spark boasts of a QHD screen of 4.7 inches that is compact enough to ensure ease of use. The screen size is big enough to read and view videos and pictures comfortably. Text on the screen is also easy to read and appears crispy. The device’s screen resolution is around 960x540 pixels, while also providing good viewing angles to help the users to get the most out of it.

However, the screen’s brightness levels are not good enough to compensate the reflective nature of the display. Nevertheless, with capacitive touch screen and corning gorilla Glass 3, the Micromax Canvas is much better when compared to its competitors.

Above the screen, you can find the front camera, light sensor and earpiece. The touch sensitive capacitive buttons ensure easy navigation but the buttons are backlit and are difficult to see. The screen is extremely prone to fingerprint smudges and has come with a screen guard which is really beneficial for those who are not so careful with their smart device.

Interesting Features:
The most interesting features of Micromax Canvas Spark is Android L’ Floating as well as off screen notifications. It is also possible to swipe any of the notifications to the left in case you don’t want to look them at. Apart from this, you can also visit Notification setting and can block notifications from specific applications and select which ones should be shown in priority mode.

While it is quite a daunting task to set off the notifications for every app, it is of great importance if you want your battery life to be saved. In addition, Micromax has also included a battery saver option in Canvas Spark which lets you restrict the background data use and apps such as email that rely on syncing, from opening if you have not opened them.

Camera:
One of the best features in the Micromax Canvas Spark is its camera. It includes both primary and secondary cameras. The primary rear camera is 8 MP which is not only a great option in budget range smartphones but also helps you to take high quality snaps easily.

One can even expect to perform some great tricks in photography with this smart device. Of course, there is some noticeable lag in its camera features, especially when you switch modes but you can take sharp and clear pictures easily. When it comes to the front or secondary camera, it is just a 2 Mega pixel sensor. You can include filters and even click photos in the beauty mode. With the beauty mode canvas spark camera, you can easily take flawless pictures.

Memory:
When it comes to memory, the Micromax Canvas Spark has 8 GB of internal storage which is more than enough for an average user. However, those who are in need of more memory space then you can extend it with MicroSD up to 32 GB which can be used for all your extra apps and photos.

Performance:
Powered with Quad-core ARM Cortex A7 processor and MediaTek MT 6582M system chip, the Micromax Canvas Spark offers good performance when compared to the other budget smart phones available in the market. This device also includes Mali 400 graphics processor. However, the smartphone is not so responsive at certain times.

In terms of benchmark, canvas spark has scored 19698 in AnTuTu and in quadrant, it has scored 5793. While this budget smart phone is aimed at the first time users, the user experience of canvas spark is above average.

Operating System:
Micromax has enclosed the operating system in a minimal custom interface that is dependent on the material design interface of Android. Of course, there are certain changes made - the navigation keys are not integrated with the on screen interface.

Rather, they are replaced with touch sensitive keys. As Canvas Spark runs on the latest android lollipop OS, it is considered to be the most affordable smartphone with the latest android platform providing great benefits such as improved application performance, rejuvenated notification system and optimized battery usage.

Connectivity:
In terms of connectivity, Micromax Canvas Spark supports various options including Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi and USB 2.0. Other connectivity options include mass storage device, USB charging, micro USB, OTA Sync, computer sync, and Tethering. It is a GPRS and EDGE enabled handset and supports both 2G and 3G networks which means that the user can make video calls.

Battery:
Micromax Canvas Spark comes with 2000 mAh lithium ion battery. The user can enjoy talk time of up to 10 hours in 2G and 7 hours in 3G. The stand by time of the device is around 18 days in 2G and 14 days in 3G.

Verdict:
Micromax has put in a lot of efforts to establish its presence in the smartphone industry with its Canvas Spark. With solid performance, elegant design and affordable price, Micromax has grabbed the attention of those who are longing to get a smartphone within their restricted budget.
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The author is an expert in mobile technology and loves to write about different handsets launched. He has listed the specifications Micromax Canvas Spark for the readers to make an informed buying decision.
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11 May 2015

4 Best Smartphone Films Ever Made

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There are numerous movies that are made by just using a smartphone. Some of them are really good.
Sam Murray, a blogger at http://www.cheapcontractphones.org.uk and film buff believes that Tangerine is the best film to be made on a Smartphone so far:

"Tangerine shows what is possible with an iPhone and an $8 app called Filmic Pro. The storyline is pretty good but what fascinates me more is how it's all brought together and shot on one device. Very interesting and the budget of the film is minute compared to Hollywood films but the quality not that much different."
4 Best Smartphone Films
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After reading his review, we were promoted to compile a list of our own,
Here is a list of four smartphones films that you must not miss!

Goldilocks:
Goldilocks is the first famous series made by a smartphone. Michael Koerbel and Anna Elizabeth James attached their iPhone 4 to a motorcycle in 2010 to make a beautiful series that everybody loved. Apple’s iPhone had the perfect size as they hid it in a medicine cabinet. They also dropped an iPhone in a wine glass to take 3 minute shorts. The picture quality is great and the viewers stayed tuned to the 8 episodes of the series. They also made short videos on behind the scene happenings. Goldilocks was played by Jolene Kay, who played a role in the recent Star Trek film.

The Nails:
The Nails is an extremely horror movie which is shot by using an iPhone only. This scary short film is made by Clement Deneux. The movie is about a party in Paris in which one of the guests is compelled to leave his bad habit. This movie won the first prize at the Disposable Film Festival.  It is definitely a perfect movie for Halloween. The movie has a lot of blood in it so be careful and do not watch it in front of the children.

Paranmanjang (Night Fishing)
This is another amazing horror movie made by an iPhone. This 33 minute film was an instant hit in the cinemas of South Korea. The movie is made by ParkChan-wook and its original name is Paranmanjang. It is a weird tale of a man who pulls out a woman out of a lake instead of a fish. In the beginning the movie looks like a musical video but it soon changes in to one of the scariest movies.

Park shot the movie by attaching iPhone 4 to an Owle Bubo and shooting through a 35mm lens. This film did not come with subtitles so just sit back and enjoy the good quality scary movie. It got the award for Best Short at the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival.

Two Scoops:
This movie is shot with a BlackBerry 10 by the director Robert Rodriguez who also made Sin City. This movie was made in 2013 and it is about sisters who ran an ice cream truck during the day. They battled aliens during the night time.
 Nuur
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Nuur Hasan is a software developer, web developer and a technical writer with more than seven years of experience. He believes that sharing knowledge can do wonders and that is why he likes to blog. His other interests include politics and sports.
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28 March 2015

Some Great Business Apps for Android Users

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Android is one of the most common operating platforms for smartphones and tablets. With the aid of the right apps, it is now possible to keep up with the needs of your business wherever you are and at any hour of the day. There are some excellent apps on the market to assist a small business owner – the following apps are some of the most essential:

Microsoft Office for Android
After the disappointment of Microsoft’s mobile office apps, it is now very reassuring to have the full feature version available to Android users. Word, Excel and PowerPoint have the same functions as the desktop version combined with large, easy to tap buttons. An additional benefit is that this software can integrate with Microsoft’s OneDrive. This cloud storage allows your files to be accessed at any time, on any device.
Microsoft Office for Android



Google Docs, sheets & slides
Until recently, Google Docs was the best option for accessing and editing files created by Microsoft Office. It remains an excellent product because it has a cleaner, more user friendly face than many of its rivals. The software offers a complete range of tools and it is possible to edit files offline.

Google Drive
Google Drive is now one of many cloud offerings. It has the additional benefit of being fully integrated into the operating system. It provides flawless integration between QuickOffice to ensure your documents can be accessed and edited anywhere in the world. Basically, you can gain access to the Google Drive app from tablets, smartphones, laptops, and iPads. All you need is an account and an internet connection.

Microsoft Remote Desktop
The Microsoft Remote Desktop app allows you to access your PC from practically anywhere and utilize your normal programs. The software makes it seem as though you are sat right in front of your computer. This is great if you’re a business person who needs to stay connected but doesn’t have a physical office.
Microsoft Remote Desktop


OneNote
OneNote is possibly the easiest to use app for taking notes. It may not have quite as many features as a few similar products but this is more than made up for by its intuitive operating system. Notes taken are automatically synched to OneCloud. This ensures you never lose your work and you can access it anywhere. It works with existing Microsoft accounts and is therefore an easy to use option. If your product has a stylus this, is especially good with OneNote. It can even read your handwritten notes.

QuickBooks for Android
QuickBooks is only available with a purchase of the desktop software. It is not a fully functioning version. It does provide all the key statistics which will enable you to make decisions whilst on the move.  The app allows you to track sales, dispatch invoices, and check recent payments. This is definitely a worthwhile companion for any businessman.

Square Register
It doesn’t matter how small your business is, you will probably need to accept credit cards at some point. Square Register will allow you to sign up and receive a credit card reader. Once you have the dongle this can be plugged into the headphone jack on your phone and you will be able to swipe credit cards to take payment. Although Square may take a cut of each payment, you will certainly be completing more business than if you could not take payment by card.

Expense Manager
Expense Manager is aimed at entrepreneurs and allows you to keep track of your finances. It has a very easy to use interface which allows you to monitor your business expenses. There’s even an option to view the data in graph form.

Skype
If you need to do a video conference or maybe just poach an employee from a company a long distance away, then Skype is essential. Skype remains the most well-known and probably the best video messaging service around. It is possible to connect multiple users or just check on the progress of one particular member of staff. This is one app no businessman should be without.
Skype


Google Calendar
There are a multitude of calendar apps available, but Google’s offering remains one of the best. It has an easy to use interface and automatically provides reminders of meetings and other important dates.
Which of the apps we just mentioned would you like to use first to help your company succeed?
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