LG G2 is one of the Fastest Android Smartphones On the Market


In the ever-expanding smartphone war, the only two mobile phone manufacturers making any notable profits at present are Apple (with iOS) and Samsung (with Android). Despite Android togather with Samsung dominating the global market share, players such as LG, HTC, Pantech, and Sony are scrapping for market share as well.




The LG G2 is the follow-up to LG's Optimus G Pro.
It is one of the few smartphones on the market powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 quad-core SoC.
The G2 sports a 5.2-inch 1080p display, 2GB of RAM and up to 32GB of on board storage. However, the 2.26GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 chip on board also has Qualcomm's Adreno 330 GPU that even gives NVIDIA's Tegra 4 a run for its money in gaming and graphics performance.

Though the G2 has a rather unorthodox volume rocker and power button assembly on the back of the phone, once you get used to the location, it's actually a pretty comfortable system.

What's pretty impressive though is the G2's performance combined with its 3000mAh battery that offers a solid balance of horsepower and battery life and rivals flagship phones like the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Apple's iPhone 5S.


Specifications and features:

Processor and memory
2.26GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU
2 GB RAM
16GB or 32 GB internal memory

Operating System
Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)

Connectivity
UMTS: Band I (2100);UMTS: Band IV (AWS)
UMTS: Band IV (1700/2100);Band II (1900);Quad Band GSM;LTE
802.11a/b/g/n (Dual-Band) Wi-Fi
Mobile Hotspot
Bluetooth 4.0 LE+EDR
aGPS
USB 2.0

Ports and expansion
3.5 mm audio jack
micro-SIM
micro-USB 2.0

Display
5.2-inch Full HD IPS (1,920 x 1,080) Display

Size and weight
5.45 x 2.79 x 0.35 inches (HxWxD)
5.04 ounces

Cameras and multimedia
2.4 MP HD Front-Facing Camera
13 MP Rear-Facing Autofocus Camera, Full HD Video Recording

Other features: Rear Volume + Power Toggles; Google Now; QSlide

Battery
3,000 mAh Li-Polymer

Super Deal: Nexus 7 Tablet for just $121 or INR7649 at Flipkart


Here comes the festival season and there is no better time for fabulous electronics deals. Nexus 7 is one such and the Indian retailer Flipkart is offering the Nexus 7 2012 version for just Rs 8999 and additional 15% off if you shop using your standard chartered credit card. The time is running out as the deal closes in less than half a day.

This offer has expired!!!!!





NEXUS 7 TABLET (WI-FI, 16 GB) PRICE: RS.8999
Key Features
7-inch HD Display with 216 ppi
16 GB Internal Storage
1.2 MP Front Facing Camera
Android v4.2 (Jelly Bean) OS
NVIDIA Tegra 3 Quad Core Processor
NFC (Android Beam)
Wi-Fi Enabled

Beautiful in a way the world has yet to see, Google captures the essence of all its expertise in technology and design in a tablet that is crafted to woo your heart and mind - the Nexus 7.

Changing The Way You See
With sharp images that change the way you will look at life, the 7 inch LCD IPS screen of the Nexus 7 with capacitive touch will transport you into another plane of clarity and brightness that adds a smoother dimension to everything that you use the tab for - be it playing your favorite game with amazing responsiveness from the tablet or reading the latest from your favorite author or even just chilling with a bit of jazz playing in the background - even videos come alive in full HD. With a pixel density of 216 ppi, the letters and photos are sharper and crisper than real print itself.

Serious Power
The Google Nexus 7 discreetly packs an NVIDIA Tegra 3 Quad Core processor with four cores and a backup of 1 GB of RAM to blow your mind away regardless of what you are doing - from taking down a grocery list, to watching a favorite movie, to launching Zomato to find a new brunch place to even playing a graphic heavy game, life is super fast with the Nexus 7.

Wherever you go
With a simple design complemented by a slim body and bestowed with a massive battery backup of 8 whole hours, the wi-fi enabled Nexus 7 comes with enough juice to get you through the day - especially handy when it comes to long commutes or boring waits.

Share and Have Fun
With the latest Android v.4.2 Jelly Bean operating system powering the tablet, the Nexus 7 from Google grants you a smooth yet simple interface that you could easily get addicted to. You can also share the tablet with the entire family with individual settings for each person. What’s more, with the Play Store at your disposal, you will never be in need for any apps.

Capturing Memories
A 1.2 megapixel camera with auto focus is what the Nexus 7 has on offer enabling you to capture every worthwhile moment with great clarity and perfection to relive when you feel like, later. The tablet also supports HD video recording that ensures that the best day of your life is captured and immortalized in the best possible way.

Who says technology is not art?
The Google Nexus 7 strives to prove otherwise.

A cheap mains operated led light circuit


An idea for the festival season. This basic circuit can be easily modified for 120v operation and more LEDs can be added as well.



Please use extreme caution while handling this circuit since the mains is not isolated and so there is a risk of heavy electric shock.

Broadcom begins layoffs of its LTE team


Post Japan based Renesas Electronics aquisition, the hatchet is on its own LTE design teams across the globe. The layoff started last week in San Diego, as well as in New Jersey, Colorado and India, sources say.



The figure could go substantially higher because the company expects to cut roughly $45 million in operating expenses relating to the deal between now and the next 12 months.

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The Economics of Smartphone Damage


A cell phone that is fed with beer at your favorite watering hole is likely not much useful. The following infographic provides an insight into the type, cause and cost of damages .






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Apple CEO Tim Cook reflects on anniversary of Steve Jobs’ passing in letter to employees


On the eve of the second anniversary of the passing of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, CEO Tim Cook reflects on the moment in a company-wide email.




Apple also has honored Jobs with a tribute video on its homepage.

Nexus 5 is revealed in a leaked Service Manual


LG’s New Nexus Phone Gets Detailed In Leaked Service Manual.



The new Nexus from LG will likely feature the inclusion of a 4.95-inch display, 1080p IPS screen, a 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 with 2GB of RAM, 16/32GB variants, LTE radio and an 8-mp camera with optical image stabilization. Wireless charging and NFC are the likely new additions with no juice boost in the battery.

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World's first Carbon Nanotube based Computer


A Carbon Nanotube with its unique properties are a big breakthrough for electronics. Due to their thermal conductivity, mechanical and electrical properties, they find applications as additives to various structural materials. A team of Stanford engineers have taken this and built a basic computer harnessing the huge energy conservation capabilities and thereby promising to extend 'Moore's Law' for years to come.

Intel co-founder Gordon Moore's 1965 prediction that computer circuitry will keep getting smaller and cheaper to produce has held up. But as integrated circuits (ICs) keep getting more densely populated with transistors, the large amounts of heat they dissipate have prompted concerns over whether silicon can be used for many more generations of transistor shrinkage.



"People have been talking about a new era of carbon nanotube electronics moving beyond silicon. But there have been few demonstrations of complete digital systems using this exciting technology. Here is the proof," Mitra said in a statement.






Mihail Roco, senior advisor for Nanotechnology at the National Science Foundation, called the Stanford work "an important, scientific breakthrough". The research was led by Stanford professors Subhasish Mitra and H.S. Philip Wong.

Non-Synthesizable VHDL Code


RTL Synthesis is done by matching high level code against templates or patterns. It is important to use idioms that your synthesis tool recognizes. If you aren’t careful, you could write code that has the same behavior as one of the idioms, but which results in inefficient or incorrect hardware.





Most synthesis tools agree on a large set of idioms, and will reliably generate hardware for these idioms. This post is based on the idioms that Synopsys, Xilinx, Altera, and Mentor Graphics are all able to synthesize. We consider combinational loops to be unsynthesizable. Although it is obviously possible to build a circuit with a combinational loop, in most cases the behaviour of such a circuit is undefined.

Initial Values
Initial values on signals (UNSYNTHESIZABLE)
signal bad_signal : std_logic := ’0’;
Reason: In most implementation technologies, when a circuit powers up, the values on signals are completely random. Some FPGAs are an exception to this. For some FPGAs, when a chip is powered up, all flip flops will be ’0’. For other FPGAs, the initial values can be programmed.

Wait For
Wait for length of time (UNSYNTHESIZABLE)
wait for 10 ns;
Reason: Delays through circuits are dependent upon both the circuit and its operating environment, particularly supply voltage and temperature.

Different Wait Conditions
wait statements with different conditions in a process (UNSYNTHESIZABLE)
-- different clock signals
process
begin
wait until rising_edge(clk1);
x <= a;
wait until rising_edge(clk2);
x <= a;
end process; 

-- different clock edges
process
begin
wait until rising_edge(clk);
x <= a;
wait until falling_edge(clk);
x <= a;
end process; 

Reason: Processes with multiple wait statements are turned into finite state machines. The wait statements denote transitions between states. The target signals in the process are outputs of flip flops. Using different wait conditions would require the flip flops to use different clock signals at different times. Multiple clock signals for a single flip flop would be difficult to synthesize, inefficient to build, and fragile to operate.

Multiple “if rising edge”s in Same Process
Multiple if rising edge statements in a process (UNSYNTHESIZABLE)
process (clk)
begin
if rising_edge(clk) then
q0 <= d0;
end if;
if rising_edge(clk) then
q1 <= d1;
end if;
end process;
Reason: The idioms for synthesis tools generally expect just a single if rising edge statement in each process. The simpler the VHDL code is, the easier it is to synthesize hardware. Programmers of synthesis tools make idiomatic restrictions to make their jobs simpler.

“if rising edge” and “wait” in Same Process
An if rising edge statement and a wait statement in the same process (UNSYNTHESIZABLE)
process (clk)
begin
if rising_edge(clk) then
q0 <= d0;
end if;
wait until rising_edge(clk);
q0 <= d1;
end process;
Reason: The idioms for synthesis tools generally expect just a single type of flop-generating statement
in each process.

“if rising edge” with “else” Clause
The if statement has a rising edge condition and an else clause (UNSYNTHESIZABLE).
process (clk)
begin
if rising_edge(clk) then
q0 <= d0;
else
q0 <= d1;
end if;
end process;
Reason: Generally, an if-then-else statement synthesizes to a multiplexer. The condition that is tested in the if-then-else becomes the select signal for the multiplexer. In an if rising edge with else, the select signal would need to detect a rising edge on clk, which isn’t feasible to synthesize.

“if rising edge” Inside a “for” Loop
An if rising edge statement in a for-loop (UNSYNTHESIZABLE-Synopsys)
process (clk) begin
for i in 0 to 7 loop
if rising_edge(clk) then
q(i) <= d;
end if;
end loop;
end process;
Reason: just an idiom of the synthesis tool.
Some loop statements are synthesizable. For-loops in general are described in the VHDL cookbook by Ashenden. For the curious reader, the above code is an 8-bit serial-to-parallel converter. The signal d is the serial data and q is the parallel data. On each clock cycle, d is copied into one of the bits of q.

For the synthesizable alternatives, please discuss/leave comments below.

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Acer Liquid C1: The Intel-powered Android 4.0 Phone


Intel and Acer have announced the Acer Liquid C1, an Android 4.0 smartphone at an event in Thailand.
Read more at: http://ibnlive.in.com/photogallery/12481.html?from=HP&utm_source=ref_article

Intel integrated LTE Modem + AP only in 2014


According to EETimes Intel is already shipping data only LTE modems to customers and data-and-voice multimode modem would ship during 2013.
Intel is significantly lagging in the integrated modem and processor space that puts Intel way behind Qualcomm Inc., which already offers integrated LTE capability in its Snapdragon line of application processors. Intel's wireless capabilities are largely credited to the acquisition of wireless business unit of Infineon Technologies AG (Munich, Germany). This very team is known for its solid engineering capabilities while being cost effective and cost competitive.






Quick Introduction to LTE-Advanced


3G and 4G Wireless Blog: Quick Introduction to LTE-Advanced is an article written by Zahid Ghadialy where he explains LTE-A without going in technical details. This also includes the state of market on who is doing what.

LTE QoS Concepts & Architecture - Free Video Tutorials


Topics Covered: 1.What is LTE QoS? 2.QoS Tags 3.Bearer 4.QoS Management 5.PCRF Lecturered by: Yair Shapira

Credit Suisse rates Intel Corp. stocks "Outperform" with a $32 price target


Read the full summary of Intel's Q4 results here and analyst estimates here. on Google Finance!

Nokia Lumia 900 is a Scrumptious Treat!


Any Nokia spy who has been sniffing around to get a foretaste of Nokia Lumia 900 would’ve had their plate full with all kinds of rumors. And now with the phone launched,and the rumor mills halted, we finally get to sink our teeth into the scrumptious device.


A little heads-up: The first bite is lip smacking!

Largest Ever
With a 4.3-inch display Lumia 900 is the largest smart phone ever conjured up by Nokia, often touted as Windows Phone’s flagship model. While the size has been upped, the design is clearly an evolution of Nokia Lumia 800, which in turn was an offshoot of Nokia N9 Meego. So if you ever get your hands on one of these babies, what you’ll have is a device much bigger in size than ever before with features that haven’t really been explored in the past.

Dazzling
Lumia 900’s massive screen is AMOLED and has a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels – which again is quite decent indeed. The text and icons on your phone will look sharper but it wouldn’t be excessively sharp on the display. Nokia ClearBack Display allows the screen brightness to modify itself in synchrony with the surrounding light making it more than viable to be used in any condition. The display is extremely bright and makes browsing or texting a dazzling experience.

Shade, Shape and Stone
Nokia Lumia 900 is available in three – black, cyan and white – colors, which adds to its aesthetic allure and diversity. And despite its monstrous size Nokia’s latest device is actually pleasing to the hand owing to its weight and shape. The cell phone weighs 160g – again decent, for its class and size – and measures 127.8 x 68.5 x 11.5 mm. In fact, its width is actually less than Lumia 800, hence adding to its user-friendliness and overall comfort.

Tweak or Two
There are a few variations from the Lumia 800, especially at the top of the Lumia 900. There is no plastic cover for the USB port, and change of access route for the microSIM port. There is also a slight change in the side function buttons; even so, their accessibility is as smooth as that of its predecessor.

Owing to the adjustment of the screen, there is an obvious layout reshuffle; most notably in the touch-sensitive navigation buttons. Plus a front-facing camera has been added to the design to facilitate video calling. And there is another 8-megapixel camera on the rear side which has dual-flash and also Carl Zeiss optics. The camera has the potential of conjuring up 3264 x 2448 pixel images, and has a 3x digital zoom to further add to the array of mouthwatering prospects.
The main menu is where Lumia 900 has sprung the biggest surprise: the user can now switch the front and rear cameras by a button’s tap! Not to forget the front camera giving 1280 x 720 pixel images via a 1-megapixel CCD.

Tango Time
Lumia 900 is the first handset to have Windows Phone Tango update. It might be bringing as many updates as Mango, but it still does speak volumes about the direction of the platform. And while Tango’s most significant new feature might be irrelevant to the Lumia 900, video attachment support in texts among other background tasks definitely add to the cell phone’s flavor.

Epilogue
Despite the bigger screen, Nokia Lumia 900 is incredibly user-friendly and sleek. The brightness of the screen is another highlight in this amazing device, which has been aptly coupled with a robust battery – much to the intrigue of a multitude of Nokia spies and cell phone scouts. If what you want is a Windows phone (one that accompanies a large screen) then look no further.

Author Bio
Jane Andrew writes about Nokia spy software and <a href="http://www.mobistealth.com/keylogger">keylogger</a> technology. She provides tips and news about cell phone and Nokia phone security. You can also follow her on Twitter @janeandrew01 to get the latest tips about nokia phone security and privacy.

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Reader's in India, did you have a chance to try out this phone? would you buy/recommend it?