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Vivo X5Max is the world’s thinnest smartphone
Fri, 19/12/14 – 4:34 | No Comment

Chinese phone maker Vivo has launched its X5Max smartphone in India for a price tag of Rs. 32,980 (US$520.54).

The Chinese manufacturer claims that the X5Max is now the world’s slimmest smartphone at 4.75 mm thick. Meanwhile, the Oppo R5, which is currently being touted as the world’s slimmest smartphone, measures 4.85 mm.

The company said that the X5Max features the industry’s thinnest chassis at 3.98 mm, while its screen measures just 1.36 mm thick.

First launched in China last week, the Vivo X5Max sports 2GB of RAM as well as a 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor.

With a focus on the musical experience, the new device supports Hi-Fi 2.0. It also comes with a Yamaha YSS-205X chip.

Measuring 153.9 x 78 x 4.75 mm, the new handset runs Android 4.4.4 KitKat along with Vivo’s proprietary Funtouch OS 2.0 UI. Funtouch UI is Vivo’s take on Android, which is similar to what Chinese firms Xiaomi and Oppo have done with MIUI and ColorOS respectively.

Other notable features of the X5Max include a 5.5-inch 1080 Super AMOLED display and 16GB of inbuilt storage, which is expandable via a microSD slot up to 128GB. Equipped with the Sony IMX214 sensor, the new phone boasts a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 5-megapixel selfie snapper in the front.

The dual-SIM device (nano SIM and Micro-SIM) supports 4G LTE on both SIMs. The phone is powered by a 2000mAh battery.

Aside from 4G LTE, X5Max’s connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, Micro-USB, USB OTG, GPRS / EDGE and 3G.

Asia to post world’s highest e-commerce sales growth
Fri, 19/12/14 – 4:31 | No Comment

Asia is expected to record the highest growth in e-commerce sales for 2015, surpassing that of North America and Europe. This is according to a study by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).

MonkeyOh is a cool way to simplify phone charging
Mon, 15/12/14 – 6:56 | No Comment

There are literally hundreds of products to help you charge your phone or connect it to your computer. There are docking stations, “clip” holders, and even questionable aftermarket “chargers” with retractable cords or other devices …

Users to prefer smartphones and tablets over PCs and laptops by 2018
Fri, 12/12/14 – 4:00 | No Comment

Over 50 per cent of all users will turn to a smartphone or tablet before reaching for a desktop or laptop for all online activities by 2018, according to market research firm Gartner.

Experts urge Hollywood to strengthen cybersecurity
Fri, 12/12/14 – 4:00 | No Comment

The recent hacking incident at Sony Pictures Entertainment should push Hollywood to beef up its security against hackers, according to experts who attended the recently held Content Protection Summit in Los Angeles, California.

Satechi USB Portable Air Purifier
Mon, 8/12/14 – 18:03 | No Comment

Like most people, I prefer to breathe clean air, or at least air that smells good. I don’t like scents and sprays that just cover up odors and I definitely don’t like the chemical smell …

Ecommerce sales hit US$2.68bn on Cyber Monday
Fri, 5/12/14 – 5:32 | No Comment

Online sales on December 1 soared by 17 per cent over last year’s Cyber Monday, hitting a record high of US$2.68 billion. This is according to figures from Adobe Systems that were verified by Forrester Research.

Android continues to dominate smartphone space
Fri, 5/12/14 – 5:26 | No Comment

Android will continue to dominate the smartphone business, with shipments expected to reach 1.06 billion by the end of 2014, according to research firm IDC.

BitTorrent To Offer Original Web Series
Mon, 1/12/14 – 1:34 | No Comment

BitTorrent is going legitimate by offering its own full-production Web series of videos. The show, called Children of the Machine, is produced by Marco Weber and is a sci-fi action-adventure in which androids have taken …

Xiaomi postpones expansion plans
Fri, 28/11/14 – 4:08 | No Comment

The world’s third biggest smartphone maker, Xiaomi Corp, is postponing plans to expand into five countries as it shifts its focus to boosting production.

Pre-Thanksgiving sales up 18.7 per cent
Fri, 28/11/14 – 4:06 | No Comment

IBM Digital Analytics Benchmark data showed that online sales rose 18.7 per cent this past weekend over a similar period last year as a number of retailers, including Target, Walmart, Staples, Amazon, Sears, Lowe’s and several others, launched pre-Black Friday sales.

Ms. Kong 3-D Endless Runner Coming Soon
Wed, 26/11/14 – 0:05 | No Comment

Remember Donkey Kong? How about Donkey Kong 3D? Well, now there’s Ms. Kong and she’s being rendered in lavish three dimensions on your smart phone or tablet. This endless runner game is much like the …

Snapchat unveils partnership with Square
Fri, 21/11/14 – 7:14 | No Comment

Mobile messaging firm Snapchat unveiled a new service that allows users to send money to each other.
Snapcash is the result of collaboration with Square, an online payment firm that also offers a stand-alone friend-to-friend payment …