YouTube on Thursday announced the new offline feature for Indian users that allows them to download videos from the YouTube app itself for offline viewing. The update has been rolled out to both the Android as well as iOS users, three months after their official announcement during the Android One launch in September this year.

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The update has not been done On-Air and one needs to go to Play Store and update the app. [click to continue…]

Apple has a somewhat uphill battle to win back the smartphone war. Yes, let’s admit it that they have fallen behind and in their own words “Consumers Want What We Don’t Have”. As smartphone market explodes across the globe, Apple is finding it hard to stay relevant in emerging markets. India and China are large mobile markets. The sheer number of people living outside the United States makes the global play important. A lot of what Apple does is magic in US, but does it work globally?

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Why Small Screens Is A Problem

Apple has relatively smaller screens on its smartphones today. Android has taken the smartphone screen to over 5″ and anything below 4.5″ isn’t really a flagship phone anymore. While Apple need not compete with Android on specs, but consumers now want larger screens. Imagine an entry level consumer who uses a Micromax Canvas phone with 5″ screen. It costed him Rs 10,000. Over the years he would upgrade and as he looks to get a high end smartphone, he is already used to LARGE screens that that would eliminate iPhone from his choice list. Evolving smartphone users are used to large screens, apart from that Androids ecosystem has them covered very well with Dual SIM and Free apps. Small screens is becoming a vicious circle for Apple.  [click to continue…]

While Appel did budge and increase the size of the Apple iPhone with the iPhone 5, however a 4″ screen in 2014 isn’t the right size? Has the market moved away from Apple’s magical iPhone screen size? Something that was gigantic back in 2007 even with 3.5″ surface.

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In documents submitted to the court during the ongoing Samsung vs Apple patent battle, it has come to light that Apple has been fretting over the iPhone screen size falling short of popular demand. Cheap Android devices with 5″ screens have become very popular with manufacturers like Micromax making the most of this opportunity. [click to continue…]

In yesterday’s launch of Facebook Home, Mark Zuckerberg was quite keen on stressing about the openness of Android OS as a whole that made it possible to develop Facebook home that allows to make some deep system level customisations. When asked about the possibility of extending Facebook Home to iOS users, Zuckerberg was quite non-committal saying that the experience of Google’s Android platform cannot be seen anywhere else. When questioned about iOS users to get to use Facebook Home, Zuckerberg had positive views about Apple as such saying that they had a great experience with Apple so far but he assured that unless and until some kind of partnership happens with Apple they cant extended something like Facebook Home to iOS users.

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Many times, it so happens that your Android phone’s auto rotation stops working. And there are quite many devices that do not provide the option of calibrating the G-sensors.  What do we do to solve this? Here is a solution I happened to come across by hit-and-trial.

Requirements : a rooted phone, better if it has CWM Recovery. Those who are not understanding a word from either of the above, please stay from this article.


1) If u do not have a working CWM, then you will be required to download an application called Titanium Backup / Pro.

2) Allow the application the SU (Superuser) right.

3) Select the options menu, tap the option that says Clear Dalvik Cache.

4) Reboot you android and this should work!

Same can be done using Link2SD (PlayStore link provided : app is free).

Now those who have a working CWM and do not want to download any app, go to the recovery mode, select advanced using volume rocker buttons to scroll and power button to select, similarly select Clean Dalvik Cache.
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Many Android tablets are currently boasting about the presence of a fully functional USB port to allow you to connect to your flash drives or dongles. And obviously, for this extra feature, they are charging more.

However here is workaround for that, which may help you save that bit of money, as published on CNET. The workaround is quite simple. A cheap cable called the On-The-Go cable, popularly known as the OTG cable. Well, if you haven’t heard about it, don’t worry, we are here to help you on it.

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I used to have this basic mobile phone earlier, a Spice MI-280. All it had was a 2 MP camera, MP3 player and a horrible ultraslow internet connectivity. But one thing that it had what all my Androids lacked, be in Karbonn A5, Galaxy Fly, Galaxy Ace, HTC Cha-cha or the current handset Karbonn A15 was the option to use the mobile camera as a web-cam to use on Skype. None of my Android phones had the in-built options to use the device camera as the web-cam, as the VGA camera on my laptop offered horrid quality.

However, here is a solution that I came across few hours back! So it now gives another extra score to the smartphones over the dumb phones. Here’s how you can put that fancy smartphone camera of yours to better use, in the form of a webcam. [click to continue…]

Apple proves to be the smartphone leader in the US yet again, according to ComScore’s January report Apple currently owns 37.8% of smartphone shipments with a gain of 3.5% from previous quarter in the US followed by Samsung with 21.4%. Analysts are continuously being proved wrong by Apple with record breaking profits and record breaking sales, yet Apple’s stock is plummeting to an all time low lately.

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Apple might be posting record profits and sales since the last few quarters continuously but various concerns over stagnation of innovation from Apple’s products and lack of further growth is driving investors away from Apple’s stock lately. Apple’s share price crashed by a staggering 21% in the last 12 months whereas Google’s stock increased by 35%. Even after all the negativity going on against Apple it is still trading on the top of the charts along with Exxonn Mobil.

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In December 2012, IDC released a report of smartphone sales figures in China and even after extraordinary craze over iPad in China the best Apple could manage is to be 6th position over number of devices sold in China. Does this mean things look bleak in the journey forward for Apple? Or is it a case of adaption problems for Apple? Well, the scenario seems to be the same for all tech giants including Google and Amazon. Welcome to the land that hates being locked down!

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