Sony to begin phased global launch of latest 84-inch BRAVIA 4K LCD TVs, from the end of 2012

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High-resolution large screen picture and high-quality powerful sound deliver an immersive experience, offering new ways for customers to enjoy television

Sony Corporation (“Sony”) today announced that it will begin the phased launch of its latest BRAVIA LCD television, the KD-84X9005, in all global regions from the end of the year. The new BRAVIA boasts a 4K (3840 x 2160) LCD panel, in the industry’s largest 84-inch class and incorporates Sony’s ‘4K X-Reality PRO’ super-resolution high picture quality engine. This formidable combination seamlessly delivers a high-resolution large-screen picture with high-quality powerful sound to provide viewers with immersive experiences, unlike anything offered by existing televisions.

This new 4K TV comes equipped with a 4K LCD panel comprising approximately 8.29 megapixels which is 4 times the resolution of Full HD standard, and incorporates ‘4K X-Reality PRO’, Sony’s super-resolution high picture quality engine optimized for 4K LCD TV. This engine is capable of reproducing a variety of content with different resolutions, such as HD digital broadcasts or Blu-ray discs content, into stunningly crisp, high-quality images with 4K resolution. Viewers will not be bothered by the pixels and notice images are breathtakingly realistic and beautifully clear with the 60-degree viewing angle, even if they sit as much as half the distance to the screen, as compared to when viewing Full HD (for which distance equal to 3 times the screen height is recommended).

Main Features:

 Powerful, high-resolution large-screen picture

  • The 4K (3840 x 2160) LCD panel boasts four times the pixels of Full HD, achieving 52ppi (pixels per inch) even ona large 84 inch high-resolution screen.
  • Industry’s largest-class 84 inch 4K LCD panel
  • ‘4K X-Reality PRO’ super-resolution high picture quality engine
  • The 84 inch 4K panel and ‘4K X-Reality PRO’ super-resolution processing enables the viewer to enjoy 3D footage in high picture quality that exceeds Full HD resolution. The KD–84X9005 4K TV upscales ‘Blu-ray 3D’ Full-HD resolution 3D images to 4K (3840 x 2160) images
  • “PlayMemories Studio,” a special PlayStation®3 software, makes organizing, editing and viewing videos and photos as easy and intuitive as playing a game.

High-quality Powerful sound

  • ‘10 Unit Live Speaker’ System – This three-way 10-speaker system (total output 50W) is installed along the sides of the 4K TV towards the viewer, and is optimized for large-screen TVs.
  • Advanced signal-processing technology – The 4K TV incorporates Sony’s original ‘Clear Phase technology’ to realize the reproduction of natural sound with high resemblance to the original sound as well as clear sound localization.
  • ‘S-Force Front Surround 3D’ creates the virtual 5.1ch surround sound field by only using the front speakers, and enables the viewer to feel enveloped in a three-dimensional sound field.

Network compatibility

  • Sony will offer a variety of network services through “Sony Entertainment Network (SEN)”. With a single push of the ‘SEN’ button on the remote control, users can easily access services from the ‘“Sony Entertainment Network” Portal,’ a new portal for ‘BRAVIA’ TVs equipped with Internet functionality. Users can quickly and easily enjoy any services they like by simply registering their preferred applications in the “Favorites” list.

 

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Samsung presents ‘Camera, Reborn.’ – The GALAXY Camera

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Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, has yesterday announced the launch of the GALAXY Camera. Developed to fit the changing ways we communicate, the GALAXY Camera combines high performance photography with the latest Android™ 4.1 platform, so called Jelly Bean, and wireless network connectivity, creating a brand new type of device. Samsung GALAXY Camera fits perfectly for those who wish to shoot, edit and share high quality photographs and video easily and spontaneously from anywhere, at any time.

The GALAXY Camera’s 21x super long zoom can be controlled by either button or touchscreen, rendering long-distance pictures in a quality that users will be proud to share, while OIS ensures that images stay clear and crisp. The camera’s 16 Megapixel 1/2.3” BSI CMOS sensor captures images in brilliant color and resolution, while the 23mm aperture lens delivers impressive wide-angle shots incomparable to smartphone pictures.

The GALAXY Camera boasts large and vivid enough camera display – a 4.8”(121.2mm) HD Super Clear LCD screen, which makes it a pleasure to shoot, share and edit images from the palm of the hand. Another advantage of smartphone technology is the Voice Control option which allows the user to control a number of functions such as ‘Zoom in’ and ‘Shoot’ through voice. All these features are housed in a beautifully designed, ergonomic body with the GALAXY Camera’s minimal, organic design complementing its easy-to-use professional features.

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Google now lets you search with your preferred settings on any browser and computer

Google announced today that any changes you make in your search settings after logging to your account will now be saved to your account. The settings will be available on any logged-in web browser or computer. This means that choices like SafeSearch, Google Instant and languages don’t have to be made on every computer you use, even if they’re public.

The settings that can currently be saved are SafeSearch, Google Instant predictions, Results per page, opening results in a new window, blocking unwanted results and using web history for personalised results and recommendations.

Saving settings to your account is especially helpful if any of the following is true:

  • You use multiple computers or browsers
  • You share a computer with friends, family members, or co-workers who prefer to use distinct search settings
  • You use a private browsing mode (like incognito mode on Google Chrome) that clears cookies upon exit
  • You, or specific programs on your computer, frequently clear your browser’s cookies

To get saved search settings, regardless of which computer or browser you’re using, follow these steps:

  • Click the Sign in button in the top righthand corner of the search results page to sign in to your Google Account .
  • Click the  gear icon in the top right corner of any search results page.
  • Select Search settings. (You can also visit the page directly at google.com/preferences.)
  • Customize your search settings.
  • Click the Save button at the bottom of the page to save your search settings to your account.

 

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Microsoft has launched a Official Upgrade offer Website for Windows 8

Microsoft has launched a official Upgrade offer and a dedicated website for those who buy a Windows 7 PC. As per the website customer who purchase a qualifying Windows 7 PC between 2 June 2012 and 31 January 2013 will be eligible for this offer. The last day to register and order your Windows 8 upgrade is 28 February 2013. Customer will get Windows 8 Pro for INR 699.00.

Eligibility Details
The offer is for customers (e.g. Home users, students, and enthusiasts) who purchase a qualified PC. A qualified PC is a new PC purchased during the promotional period with a valid Windows 7 OEM Certificate of Authenticity and product key for, and preinstalled with:
Windows 7 Home Basic;
Windows 7 Home Premium;
Windows 7 Professional; or
Windows 7 Ultimate.

The promotional price is limited to one upgrade offer per qualified PC purchased, and a maximum limit of five upgrade offers per customer.

Offer Redemption

  • Eligible customers must register for the Windows Upgrade Offer through the website by 28 February 2013.
  • After customer registration and Microsoft validation, customers will receive a registration confirmation email.
  • Beginning on 26 October 2012, registered customers will receive an email with a promotion code and instructions for purchasing and downloading the software. The promotion code can be redeemed during the upgrade ordering process to receive the promotional price.
  • Customers will be able to purchase a downloadable version of Windows 8 Pro. An optional installation DVD is available for an additional fee, plus shipping and any applicable taxes or duties. Customers can also choose to create their own installation media on DVD or USB media after downloading Windows 8.

Each upgrade license will apply to only one PC and may only be installed on PCs with a valid base license to a qualifying operating system (i.e., Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista or Windows 7).

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Official: Samsung Galaxy S Duos launches in Europe next month

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Samsung has officially unveiled the Galaxy S Duos through its press release and has announced that the smartphone will be available from September starting in Europe and will be rolled out across other territories.

Samsung’s new Android 4.0-powered smartphone is ideal for users who balance fast-paced work and social lifestyles. The GALAXY S DUOS offers all the style and high-end performance users expect from GALAXY smartphones. It also affords the convenience of Dual SIM access, giving the smartphone added communication flexibility.

The GALAXYS S DUOS boasts 1GHz processor and 1500mAh battery for breezy multi-tasking across the most demanding applications, while the 4GB of on-board storage, which can be expanded upto 32GB using microSD, provides ample space for your favourite images and videos. Its capabilities are boosted by the exciting new features of Android 4.0, which include stunning graphics and upgraded menu systems for easier browsing and navigation. It also has 5 Megapixel camera with LED flash and a front VGA Camera.

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Sony unveils Xperia SL: 12.1MP, ICS, Dual-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm

 

The Sony Xperia SL which is rumored to be the successor of the Xperia S smartphone, is a reality now. Sony has officially listed the device as “coming soon” on its website, along with full details and specs.

The Xperia SL is a slight refresh of the S, with 2 additional color choices (silver and pink), a faster dual-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm CPU and Android Ice Cream Sandwich.

Xperia SL is loaded with a 720p HD Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine and 12.1 megapixel camera with pulsed LED flash and Auto focus with the abilty of HD video recording (1080p). Also includes a Front-facing camera (1.3 megapixel, 720p)

Connectivity options include High speed 2.0 and Micro USB, WiFi and WiFi Hotspot functionality, HDMI and it is a DLNA Certified device. It can provide 3D surround sound and its PlayStation® Certified. Xperia SL comes with a internal phone storage of 27.8GB (up to 25.8GB user-accessible memory) and a 1GB RAM.

The smartphone also offers 50GB of free storage for life through Box.

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Voice Search for Android now supports 13 new languages

Voice Search enables you to speak into your phone to get search results quickly and easily. Voice Search for Andriod is already available in 29 languages, and now, Android has announced that it included support to 13 new languages for its users—bringing the total to 42 languages and accents in 46 countries. In fact, 100 million new speakers can use Voice Search now, with the addition of:

  • Basque
  • Bulgarian
  • Catalan
  • European Portuguese
  • Finnish
  • Galician
  • Hungarian
  • Icelandic
  • Norwegian
  • Romanian
  • Serbian
  • Slovak
  • Swedish

Android posted that adding these new languages led engineers and scientists to tackle some unique challenges. While languages like Romanian follow predictable pronunciation rules, others, like Swedish, required native speakers to provide with the pronunciations for thousands of words. Scientists then built a machine learning system based on that data to predict how all other Swedish words would be pronounced.

This update has already started to roll out, and will continue to do so over the course of the next week. As with other languages have been added, one of the major benefits to Google’s cloud-based model is that the more people use Voice Search, the more accurate it becomes.

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