Oppo N1: Five features that make this the most innovative Android smartphone in a while

If you are looking for a high-end Android phone and don’t mind spending Rs 39,999 then consider the Oppo N1

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Over the years, my biggest grouse with Android devices have been their lack of variety. Once you switch them on all these phones and tablets look, and work, alike. The differentiator is usually in the design and that too is more often subtle. But recently there was a big exception to this rule, the Oppo N1. If you haven’t heard of Oppo, it is a global brand that is quite popular in some parts of the world. Interestingly, the company also chose to enter the market with high-end device that wants to take on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the Nokia Lumia 1520, not the mid-range Galaxy devices or the Micromaxs.
Here are five things that set the Oppo N1 apart.

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  1. Just one camera, not two: Android device manufacturers have struggled to offer one great camera in their phones, let alone two. So as a rule, the front camera is much lower specced than the rear one and can at the most be used for a Skype call or a dark looking selfie. Oppo has thought around this problem giving the phone a good 13MP camera and giving it the ability to rotate on an axis. So you have a 13MP front and rear camera. It helps that this camera is really good, though it gives an over-saturated feel at time. But the details are amazing and rare of camera phones. That is good enough for me to overlook the noise that comes with it.

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  1. The OS is different: There is no doubt that the plain vanilla Android is the best there is. There have been many attempts to give the users something new, and some like the HTC Sense have been quite good. The Oppo N1 tweaks Android and calls it the Color OS. This was my first tryst with this overlay and I can definitely live with it. It is very intuitive and uses gesture better that most other phones. I also like the homescreen that gives a camera windows inside in case you want to add stuff to remember. The music and video players are much more fun and easier to use.

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  1. The gestures work: Everyone has been trying to make use use of gesture on Android phones. I think Oppo has pretty much cracked the best way to do it. You can pull down a screen from the top to use gestures that you have preset for certain apps or functions. For instance, I calibrated it to
    open the camera every time I scribbled C on this screen. There is more. A simple three finger scroll up saved a screenshot. As this is a feature I use a lot, I loved the fact that it had become so easy. And gesture work no just on the screen. You can swipe you finger behind the body to click pictures. However, we felt this only added to the shake in images.
  2. This one has a remote: The phone ships with a small device called the O-click. This small white disk works like a remote that connects to the phone over Bluetooth 4.0. It takes seconds to pair the two devices and once done, it will beep when there is an incoming call or message. We used it to trigger a shot when the camera window is open. It also alerts you if you move too far away from the phone and call also lets you track the phone when you can’t find it. The remote can be worn as a band around your arm. It is all a bit gimmicky and I doubt if anyone will use it on a daily basis. But this is something that works.

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  1. It is built like a tank: At a time when we end up writing the word plasticky in every Android phone review, Oppo shows us that good design and build quality is not something that needs to be compromised on. You start feeling confident about the device from the time you see the packaging for the first time. Only Apple devices have been able exude such confidence with its packaging. This confidence show up inside the box too, with the phone’s all while body reminding me of the HTC One, arguably the best built Android device. This comes close, and maybe goes a step ahead as it has been able to create a camera that rotates but does not feel like it will fall off.

So should you buy this?

If you are looking for a high-end Android phone and don’t mind spending Rs 39,999 then this is definitely a phone that is worth a look. The only cause for worry is the fact that this is a new company and you might be stuck if something happens to the phone. We expect the company to have a service network in place in the coming months, just take care of your phone till you town gets one.
Price: Rs 39,999

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GadgEts n MobilEs: Windows 7: Tips & Tricks

GadgEts n MobilEs: Windows 7: Tips & Tricks.

Tips and Tricks for Microsoft’s operating system, Windows 7

Microsoft brings many innovations and improvements, however small things are the ones that sell the product.In the few pages that follow we will make review exactly those small and tiny things that make you love the Windows 7.

I decide to transfer my experience in previous work with Windows 7 but not in the form of a standard review of the operating system but rather in the form of tips and best practices (Tips & Tricks). In this way you may be able to help you out and show you how to use Windows 7 better, in other words, Microsoft will show you what you did to make you switch from your XP, Vista or any other operating system to Windows  7 .

Manage your windows in Windows 7

Windows 7 simplifies the management of documents and programs in a way that allows you to “pin” a window or manipulate the same size with one mouse maneuver or a simple keyboard with one click.

– See more at: http://gadgetsnmobiles.blogspot.in/2014/02/windows-7-tips-tricks.html#sthash.ZooqEdh4.dpuf

GadgEts n MobilEs: Windows 8 useful tips and tricks

GadgEts n MobilEs: Windows 8 useful tips and tricks.

1. Open from the lock screen

Windows 8 opens on its lock screen, it looks good but unfortunately displays nothing about what to do next. It’s all very straightforward . Just tap on the keyboard space bar, spin the mouse wheel or swipe upwards on a touch screen to reveal a regular login screen with the user name you created during installation. Enter your password to begin.

2. Handle basic navigation

Windows 8 interface is all with colourful tiles and touch-friendly application. And if you’re using a tablet then it’ll all be very simple: just swipe left or right on the touch screen to scroll, and tap any app tile that you want to open. On a regular desktop PC, you might alternatively spin the mouse wheel to scroll backwards and forwards.

You can also use the keyboard to. Press the Windows logo key to return to the Start screen; mouse right-click (or swipe down on touch screen ) apps you don’t need and select Unpin to remove them; and drag and drop the other tiles around to arange them as you like. Press the Home or End keys to jump from one end of your Start screen to the other, for instance, use the cursor keys to select a particular tile, hit Enter to select it…. See more at: http://gadgetsnmobiles.blogspot.in/2014/02/windows-8-useful-tips-and-tricks.html#sthash.yuZvodPn.dpuf

Brightech Kuler Bulb

10-Watt Color Changing LED Light Bulb with Remote Control – Powered by 3 Vibrant LED’s and 10 Watts of Power, its the Brightest Multi Color LED Bulb and Mood Light.

Product Description

The BrightChoice Color Changing Light Bulb is a revolutionary product in decorative lighting. Featuring a spectrum of 15 colors to choose from, the bulb places you in direct control of your room’s ambiance. Use the remote to control one or multiple bulbs together and simply select a color on the remote to bathe your room in light that reflects your personal style. Powered by 3 vibrant LEDs, the bulb places an entire rainbow of color options at your fingertips. Bring bright sunshine yellow inside when it’s grey outside, or a subtle light-blue to relax you. Touch the remote and adjust the colors shade to fit your mood, from soothing pastel shades to rich, intense colors. Or, you can sit back and enjoy the adjustable pace of the automatic color changing mode.

The remote control provides a total of 4 mode types including: Flash, Strobe, Fade, and Smooth. The speed of each mode can also be easily adjusted by pressing the black decrease or white increase buttons.

Explore light in ways you never thought possible, at any moment, for every mood, in every color.

Note: Some customers may experience that the Kuler bulb may not be functioning after some use. This is due to the light switch being turned on/off too quickly. To resolve the issue, just press the white button 3 times to reset the bulb to factory settings.

Price: $23.99

xSCELL Digital Scientific Camera

This camera offers a revolutionary combination of speed, resolution, and sensitivity. This should be a great boost to developing ultra-resolution microscopy technologies, which are normally limited by the slow speed of high-resolution cameras.

The new Photonis xSCell Digital Scientific Camera combines low-light capability, high speed, and high resolution. The camera can connect easily to a microscope—via a C-mount—shoot at 1024×1024 pixel resolution, capture images at 1000 frames per second, quickly switch to streaming video at full resolution, store up to 16GB of data, and (depending on the model) be cooled to -30 °C.

“There is a push for higher speed in modern fluorescence microscopy techniques, especially super-resolution microscopy,” says xSCell user and Yale School of Medicine cell biologist Joerg Bewersdorf. “High sensitivity down to the single-molecule level is required. The new xSCell camera, with its dramatically improved speed, represents another large step in this direction, and will help to advance the field of biomedical microscopy.”

Photonis director of imaging products Marc Neglia points out that the camera will be useful in a wide range of applications, including astronomy as well as spectroscopy and any high-throughput screening, particularly because the high-end model can be cooled to -30 °C, which helps reduce the snow-like effect on images caused by the camera’s sensors getting too hot—a common problem with digital photography.

The xSCell digital camera sells for a little more than $40,000. Having just started shipping this new model, the company has sold about 10 so far this year and expects to sell 50 in 2013.

Reduce, Reuse, Masticulate- Eatable Food Packaging

“As we know how much food packageing we throw in the garbage, what if we could eat them?”
It’s depressing to think how much food packaging there is in your kitchen right now — all those juice cartons, water bottles and ice-cream containers. But what if you could eat them? “We’ve got to package in the same way nature does,” says a Harvard bioengineer named David Edwards. And so he has devised a way to convert foods into shell-like containers and films that he calls Wikicells. Yogurt will be encased in a strawberry pouch, for instance. You could wash and eat the packaging, like the skin of an apple, or you could toss it, like the peel of an orange, since it’s biodegradable. The newly wrapped ice cream and yogurt will be available later this month at the lab store in Paris, with juice and tea coming within the next year or two.