With hundreds waiting in line and hundreds of thousands watching online, Samsung unveiled the flagship smartphone in its lineup, the Galaxy S4, at what seemed to be the center of the universe ,Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
If Apple has long been renowned for throwing spectacular events, Samsung proved itself equal to the task. Where Apple relied on the sheer charisma and magnetic personality of Steve Jobs in a black turtleneck, Samsung went for pizzazz, enlisting the talent of a myriad of dancers, a full orchestra and extravagant sets, at one point, a car was suspended sideways in midair , during the highly choreographed event.
Radio City was packed with not just the media but also fans of the new kid on the block.
Samsung wasted little time before revealing its new flagship phone, accompanied with the tagline, “life companion.” More than just a smartphone, Samsung pushed the idea that the new Galaxy S4 is a constant friend, a willing companion and able assistant.
"For each of us, life is a journey. What you want is a device that can help us on the journey,” Samsung's CEO JK Shin said on stage later adding that “We will make life richer, simpler, and fuller.” (Shin proved himself a showman as well, though perhaps no Jobs; he appeared as several different characters throughout the hour-long, staged unveiling event.)
The smartphone will be available at the end of April in 155 countries, although Samsung did not reveal the price yet. Sprint immediately announced plans to carry the device, though it did not say when.
“Sprint is excited to bring the benefit of Truly Unlimited 4G LTE data to the U.S. variant of Galaxy S 4 in the second quarter of this year,” Fared Adib, senior vice president of product development, said in a statement.
As expected, the phone is best in class against most quantifiable measures.
“It’s slimmer, yet stronger,” Shin said, who at one point appeared on stage dressed in full costume. The new phone is visually almost identical to its predecessor, the SIII, but slightly larger with a 5-inch 1080p AMOLED screen and a 13-megapixel camera, all of which is enclosed in a polycarbonate case that comes in white and black. It feels thin yet solid in the hand, and the screens transitioned smoothly and looked sharp.
The S4 is powered by a 1.9-Ghz processor, 2GB of RAM, and 4G LTE, running on a 2,600-mAh removable battery.
Samsung emphasized more “human” modes of interaction through eight sensors, including infrared “air” gesture and eye-tracking, enabling users to manipulate the device without actually touching it.
An advanced touchscreen accepts input even with gloves on. The phone can also detect the temperature, humidity and your heartbeat.
More than impressive specs, Samsung showed off a plethora of new software features that includes instant translation, pictures with sound, and numerous TouchWiz updates. Samsung wants the Galaxy S4 to be central to your interconnected life, allowing seamless interaction with the cloud and also the ability to control your television or car. S-Health can then tell you how many calories you’ve burned and detect your sleeping patterns.
In the end, however, the S4 appears to be a continued evolution more than revolution. While every category appears to have been improved, there’s nothing that resoundingly screams “breakthrough,” despite the energy of the event, which was at once enthusiastic but sometimes also awkward. It also remains to be seen whether users embrace the mountain of new features.
But what is clear is that Samsung has once again raised the bar, leaving no stone unturned for the next generation of the world’s most popular Android phone, and will put further pressure on Apple with a new flagship that more or less lives up to expectations.
Star War fevers are grabbing the gamers all over the world and the fever is riding high now with the latest updates to Angry Birds 365, “Escape from Hoth”.
The latest update is now available for PC, Mac, iOS, as well as the Android Google play as well.
According to sources, the game will be available to more platforms in the coming days.
What makes the update special is that it introduces final 20 levels of Hoth.
The game play does not actually take place in the Hoth but on an asteroid field nearby.
“Our walkthroughs are live and can be found on the Hoth page”, comments one of the designer experts who is a member of the team that developed the new update.
“Two new bonus levels are Star Level 8 that requires 480 stars and Droid 7 that is hidden somewhere within the 20 levels”, the designer went on to elaborate further about the updates.
Gaming enthusiasts however may consider having a copy of the guide for bonus levels that has been recently updated to include the new updates introduced in Angry Birds 365.
In the process, several new features have been added to the already popular game.
An example is the six new character icons that now finds place in the gaming zones. Providers have declared already that they would be updating their posts and guides regarding the characters shortly.
This would be necessary because players may be in a fix to know things like whether the great power boost received by Chewie would be retroactive.
Providers of Angry Birds star wars are however not content at providing these updates alone as they plan to come up very soon with the “Teaser Planet”. Yet the updates already made are no mean achievement with 20-level boost as well as a new boss.
In their own words the updates have been described as follows.
“After the epic Battle of Hoth, the Rebel Birds have barely escaped the ice planet with the Pigtroopers in close pursuit!
There’s an asteroid field close by that could provide some cover… but watch out, there’s more to it than meets the eye!”
All said and done; many experts feel that the Angry Birds 365 are worth download especially for those who have not tried their hands on it as yet. Interesting part of the game is that it combines all the best features of angry bird games together giving it a comprehensive up front.
Add to this the fact that the update costs almost nothing and is a very nice addition to boost an already enjoyable game and the new form of the game will become even more desirable.
Another feature that many gamers of Angry Birds 365 may find interesting is the introduction of new enemies called the Mynock Pigs meant to be cut into pieces with the light saber and rest birds.
The game has been now made compatible to Windows 8 phone as well.
Google Chrome is perhaps the best internet browser, in comparison to those of Mozilla or Microsoft.
However, Google Chrome has the ability to perform even faster provided the user makes certain favorable adjustments.
Optimized web browsing experience can be achieved through utilizing various experimental options provided in the browser – Chrome.
They even use the GPU and CPU to provide faster web browsing experience.
In order to prove its worth, some of the features of Chrome have been described, along with the nature of adjustments to be made, in order to experience real power of the exquisite browser.
Experts are also of the opinion that with such changes made in Chrome browser on the desktop users would certainly have an added edge.
Several crucial options are usually buried under the menu of Chrome for security reasons.
They prevent browsers from accidentally mismanaging the browser.
However, the functional prospective of such controls are described here.
Hidden experimental zone of Chrome
Any user can access the hidden options of the browser and experiment with various activities.
The browser should be launched in order to check out the vitalities of such experimentation.
A user would be able to jump into a page that contains a series of options that can directly affect browsing quality and performance. Any user can access the page by launching Chrome and typing chrome://flags/ in the designated address field.
Extension of power
Installing the latest version of Chrome would provide an array of applications for the browser.
Such extensions are certainly designed to make Chrome more efficient, leaner and even meaner than before.
In addition to these, FastestChrome also helps in adding time saving tools to the browser.
Display feature by a pop-up bubble with option to search for a keyword in four different search engines is definitely an added advantage over any other contemporary browser.
Installing Chrome Toolbox helps in accessing multiple bookmarks through a single click. It even helps in avoiding re-typing, provides advantage of image magnifying and even accessing videos directly from the browser.
Extension of Google Quick Scroll would help users to snoop down into search items over the internet. The extension would definitely help to get a highlighted preview of searched text.
Clicking on the box would take the user directly to the searchable item over the internet.
Google’s Chrome browser even presents flags menu with a list of options where experiments can be made.
A few of the listed options interfere with performance of the browser.
The option of ‘override software rendering list Windows, Mac, Chrome, Linux OS’ helps to override the in-built software of Chrome and permits acceleration of GPU on unsupported configurations of various systems.
Running GPU drivers would help to minimize loading period of videos and games.
Managing the option of ‘GPU accelerated SVG Filters Windows, Chrome, Linux, Mac OS’ can even lead to speeding up the process of loading any webpage.
Successful loading of heavy webpages using effects of visual filter and heavier drop shadows at a quicker rate can be managed through this option.
In addition to these, even several other options would definitely help in experiencing better and faster service of Chrome that would eventually help it to become the most user-friendly browser of the world.