Friday, October 31, 2014

Introducing the Samsung Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5, Samsung’s slimmest phones to date



Samsung has announced two new devices, the Galaxy A3 and the Galaxy A5, that will satisfy your mid-range device needs in an extremely thin, metal constructed frame. The new devices are designed with social networking in mind and will be promoted for the younger crowd.


Both the Galaxy A3 and the Galaxy A5 are designed in a similar fashion, but the A5 is clearly the larger and more powerful device of the two. While the Galaxy A5 may be larger when measured edge to edge, it is the thinner of the two, measuring in at just 6.7mm, while the thicker Galaxy A3 also measures in a fraction under 7mm itself.


Samsung Galaxy A5 Group Selfie


In supporting social networking, you should expect a handful of tools to improve your selfies. With a 5MP front camera listed for both models, Samsung lists Wide Selfie, Rear-cam Selfie and Beauty Face Features as camera features for the new phones. The selfie technology includes the ability to automatically focus on a person’s face and even an animated gif mode, for a bit of life in your social media stream.


Both the Galaxy A5 and A3 will come packing a 1.2GHz Quad-core processor, 4G connectivity and include Galaxy line specific features, including Ultra-Power Saving Mode, Private Mode and Multiscreen. In addition, the A3 and A5 will come with adjustable audio, which will adapt to noise levels in your surrounding environment to adapt and enhance sound output of the devices.


Samsung Galaxy A5


Samsung Galaxy A5 press shots


The Samsung Galaxy A5 is the larger of the two new phones, bringing a 5.0-inch HD Super AMOLED display. As mentioned, it will clock through tasks using a 1.2GHz Quad-core processor. Backing the SoC will be 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage with support for microSD up to 64GB and a larger 13MP rear shooter.


If battery life is of concern for you, we’ll be eager to see what day-to-day usage of the Galaxy A5 can do on the 2300mAh battery.


Samsung Galaxy A5 Specs





















































CPU/GPU1.2GHz Quad-core
Display5.0-inch, 1920 x 1080
RAM2GB
Memory16GB, microSD up to 64GB
Battery2300 mAh
Camera13MP/5MP, AF with LED flash
ConnectivityWiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, A-GPS / GLONASS, NFC, Bluetooth® v 4.0 (BLE, ANT+)
Network3G HSPA+ 42.2/5.76Mbps or 4G LTE Cat 4 150/50Mbps
SensorsAccelerometer, Geo-magnetic, RGB, Proximity, Hall Sensor
OSAndroid 4.4.4 KitKat with TouchWiz
Dimensions139.3 x 69.7 x 6.7mm, 123g
ColorsPearl White, Midnight Black, Platinum Silver, Soft Pink, Light Blue and Champagne Gold

Samsung Galaxy A3


Galaxy A3 all


The Samsung Galaxy A3 is a little less impressive on the specs sheet, good thing we like to get our hands on these devices before we judge them. A 4.5-inch qHD Super AMOLED display is backed by that same 1.2GHz Quad-core processor. 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage with support for 64GB microSD and a decent 8MP rear camera round out the main specs. Turning things down a bit, the Galaxy A3 comes with a 1900mAh battery.


Samsung Galaxy A3 Specs





















































CPU/GPU1.2GHz Quad-core
Display4.5-inch, qHD
RAM1GB
Memory16GB, microSD up to 64GB
Battery1900 mAh
Camera8MP/5MP, AF with LED flash
ConnectivityWiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, A-GPS / GLONASS, NFC, Bluetooth® v 4.0 (BLE, ANT+)
Network3G HSPA+ 42.2/5.76Mbps or 4G LTE Cat 4 150/50Mbps
SensorsAccelerometer, Geo-magnetic, RGB, Proximity, Hall Sensor
OSAndroid 4.4.4 KitKat with TouchWiz
Dimensions130.1 x 65.5 x 6.9mm, 110.3g
ColorsPearl White, Midnight Black, Platinum Silver, Soft Pink, Light Blue and Champagne Gold

These super slim phones will be available in Pearl White, Midnight Black, Platinum Silver, Soft Pink, Light Blue and Champagne Gold for ‘select markets’ including China beginning in November. Stay tuned for further price and availability information.


At first glance, what do you think of the new Samsung Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3?






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Google wants more companies to highlight actionable content on Inbox app

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Sync or update your Band with the Microsoft Band Sync app for Windows or Mac





The Microsoft Band Sync app for Windows or Mac lets you sync your Band to the cloud while it is connected via USB cable. Your phone can already sync your Microsoft Band, but Microsoft says this method syncs faster than your phone while your device is charging over USB.


Another reason why you would want this app on your Mac or PC is that it lets you get updates and restore the software on your Microsoft Band.
















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Samsung's all-metal Galaxy A5 and A3 are its slimmest smartphones ever

A unibody metal body, 5-inch AMOLED display, 13-megapixel camera, a claim as Samsung's "thinnest smartphone to date" and yet, this isn't a flagship smartphone. Especially for Halloween - or not related at all - the Galaxy A5 and A3 yet more...



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'Arrested Development' season four is getting a re-edit

It wasn't a huge mistake, but the structure that Arrested Development's fourth season used was a bit off-putting for some viewers. Each episode followed the foibles of single members of the Bluth family in a few different timelines, and the early...



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Microsoft Band is out of stock in all sizes on the Microsoft Store site





The Microsoft Band made quite a splash with its brisk unveiling, and since then stock of all three sizes on the Microsoft Store has completely dried up. At $199 it isn't exactly in "impulse buy" range for many people, and you have to think Microsoft had quite a few of them in anticipation of the launch, so a complete sell out is interesting to see.
















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Spain is making Google (and others) pay news publishers a tax

For companies like Google, facing problems with the law across Europe has become a common thing. The most recent example of this is now taking place in Spain, where the country's parliament just gave the go-ahead to what's being known as the "Google...



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