OnePlus 2 Rocks the Floor with awesome specs , Only Thing you need is an invite

OnePlus 2, the second version of the flagship killer from OnePlus, is now out and will be available in the Indian market from August 11.  OnePlus 2 will start at $329 (around Rs 21109) for 16GB and $389 or Rs 24,999 in India for the 64 GB version.

The 64GB OnePlus 2 will be available for purchase with an invite in India starting August 11 for Rs 24,999 exclusively on Amazon. The 16GB OnePlus 2 with 3GB LPPDR4 RAM will be available later this year.  OnePlus has also promised that it will be hosting pop-up events in 9 cities including New Delhi and Bangalore on July 31 to help users experience the new OnePlus 2. Lucky customers could win an invite or even the OnePlus 2 as well at these pop-up stores.

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OnePlus 2 features a 5.5-inch 1080p display with Gorilla Glass. In terms of design,  OnePlus 2 is made of aluminum-magnesium alloy frame and jewelry-grade stainless steel. OnePlus 2 also comes with a fingerprint sensor which the company says is faster than Apple’s TouchID. Users can store 5 fingerprints on the OnePlus 2 scanner.On the camera front, OnePlus 2 has a 13-megapixel camera with 1.3 micron pixels for the image sensor and Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). Additionally OnePlus 2 has dual LED flash and a slow motion mode as well. The front camera is 5 megapixels. OnePlus 2 runs OxygenOS, with Android 5.1. OnePlus says Oxygen OS has subtle customizations like on “screen gestures, dark mode, the ability to switch between hardware and capacitive buttons and toggle quick settings.” The OnePlus 2 features an alert slider for quick access to custom notification settings, which can also silence the device with a simple click.

OnePlus 2 will require invites to buy the device but this time the company is promising a reservation list, more inventory and a “quicker rollout of shareable invites.” The company says that the first couple of OnePlus 2 invites will be given to the earliest supporters, forum members, early OnePlus buyers. OnePlus will also have contests and/or other promotions to help other users get invites. Additionally there is a reservation list and user have to sign up their email address here to get on the same. If there are any unused invites, then these users who have are on the reservation list, will the chance to buy the OnePlus 2 when it is in stock. “Everyone on the list will eventually receive an invite,” says OnePlus. OnePlus says that the OnePlus 2 may take up to 3 weeks before it is ready to ship and the invites are only valid for 24 hours. To share invites, a user will get 1-2 weeks and initially the number of shared invites that can be sent out will be low, and it will increase as production ramps up. “The more you share, the more invites to share you get,” says OnePlus.

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The Turing Phone is the craziest Android device you’ll see this year

“We’re walking into the cipher phone age.” That’s the way Turing Robotics Industries CEO SYL Chao introduces the Turing Phone, an Android smartphone that aims to put security, durability, and fashion above all else. In a myriad of ways, the Turing is anything but your typical phone. There’s no headphone jack, and the thing doesn’t even have a USB connector. Instead, you charge it with a plug that looks like a clone of Apple’s MagSafe.

But Chao would have you believe that the Turing Phone makes up for these unconventional design choices in other ways. First off, the device’s frame and exterior chrome are made of “liquidmorphium,” or liquid metal, which is claimed to be stronger than steel and titanium — and impervious to bending. The reflective qualities of liquidmorphium are unique, and Chao likens the mirror-like appearance to a skyscraper. “There’s always a new material that sets the stage for the upcoming era,” he says.

The Turing is also fully waterproof thanks to a nanocoating that shields its internal components. It can survive dunks in the pool and most submersions without issue. Those internals aren’t top of the line, however; the Turing is powered by an aging 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 chip and features a 5.5-inch, 1080p display that falls short of today’s big-brand flagships in terms of sharpness. But Turing Robotics isn’t Samsung, and in fairness the screen looked fine.

Around back is a 13-megapixel camera, non-removable 3,000mAh battery, and integrated NFC chip. But in yet another far out, strange idea, the phone comes with a built-in cryptocurrency called Turing coin. Chao says the device could appreciate in value if it somehow catches on. That sounds like a dream, which is maybe something you can say about this entire project. Is anyone actually going to buy this thing? Chao seems to think so, and there are even plans to open a New York City retail store next year. That makes this seem more like a Vertu rival than a true mainstream gadget, but Chao disagrees. “This is mass market, but geared towards the designers and fashion-consious individuals. The elite.” If you think you fit that bill, you’ll be able to pre-order the Turing Phone starting July 31st for $610 (16GB), $740 (64GB), or $870 (128GB). 10,000 of them will be made to start.

There’s no shortage of reasons why this product may fall on its face. Google already has an enormous security team working every day to keep Android safe, and here you’re trusting a lesser-known company with protecting some of that data. And then there’s the missing headphone jack and weird charging port, two hardware decisions that will almost definitely prove too inconvenient for users. But at the very least, it’s interesting and fun to see something this out of the ordinary pop up amid the regular rotation of smartphone announcements. Don’t count on it kicking off the “cipher age,” but it’s still intriguing.

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Google says it translates more than 100 billion words a day, shows off improved conversational results

google-translate-appGoogle claims that its Translate service is used on over 100 billion words a day. However, it hasn’t been as useful in translating casual conversation as with official documents until now.

The company says it’s been working with thousands of people in its user community to improve translations. It recently rolled out an update to better handle informal speech, instead of only returning literal translations.hi_final

In the example above, Google’s service recognizes that the phrase entered by a user is conversational and returns a more useful result than a literal translation.

The company updated its Android and iOS apps earlier this year to supportreal-time voice translations. Google says it will continue to incorporate translation corrections suggested by users via its community tool across the 90 languages it supports.

You can remotely start your Hyundai with your Apple Watch now

After launching its Android Wear app earlier this year, Hyundai is taking its Blue Link connected car platform to the obvious next destination: the Apple Watch. The Watch-compatible Blue Link app is now in the iOS App Store, offering seemingly all of the same features that are on the Android Wear version — remote engine start and stop, remote door lock and unlock, remote light flashing, and a car finder with a map, among other things. All features can be activated by voice, because — let’s be honest — there’s nothing better than starting your engine by talking to your wrist.

The advent of the mainstream smartwatch has kicked off debates nationwide about their impact on distracted driving, but many watch apps in development from automakers — Blue Link included — sidestep the issue because they’re primarily intended to control vehicle functions remotely, not be used while driving. (In fact, it doesn’t seem like there are any features of this app that are useful while the car is in motion.) It’s similar in principle to BMW’s i Remote (compatible with the i3 and i8 electric and hybrid models) and the Apple Watch functionality inside Volkswagen’s Car-Net and Porsche’s Car Connect. Over the course of the next few months, many additional automakers will inevitably roll out their own takes on the wearable remote concept.

hyundai-blue-link-apple-watch-1024x538The updated Blue Link app is compatible with all Blue Link-equipped cars, going back to the 2012 Sonata.

Top Programming Languages on GitHub, JavaScript Tops the List

The trends of  top programming languages on GitHub which has 2.2 million active repositories and 3.4 million users.

GitHub is one of the favorite websites of programmers, developers and geeks, and they are constantly raving about it. It is a version control system where developers create a new project and make constant changes to the codes and release new versions before releasing the first beta version. Another important and recurring term is “repository.” A repository, abbreviated as “repo”, is a storage location where a particular project files are stored and can be accessed by a unique URL.

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A cool visualization and it shows that JavaScript tops the repository roost by a fairly big margin on GitHub. I found this visualization on GitHut which describes itself as an attempt to visualize and explore the complex world of programming languages and repositories on GitHub

Here, JavaScript is at the top with 323,938 active repositories.

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This data supports the popularity of Java which is at the top position on PYPL popularity index, and on second position RedMonk index and TIOBE index.

Also, JavaScript was named the language of the year for year 2014 for its growth by the TIOBE index. Visit GitHub to see more visualizations of individual languages.

Why Windows 10 is the ‘last’ version of Windows

Microsoft just said in plain English what it’s been talking about for months: Windows 10 will be the last major launch for the Windows platform.

Speaking at Microsoft Ignite, the company’s multi-day event for connecting with the IT crowd, Jerry Nixon, one of the company’s developer evangelists, broke the news.

“Right now we’re releasing Windows 10, and because Windows 10 is the last version of Windows, we’re all still working on Windows 10,” he said.

But the real meaning is almost as momentous: Windows 10 represents a shift in the way the company thinks about Windows. As several Microsoft executives have said — and inferring from all the updates to the current Windows 10 beta program — it’s shifting the software to a “Windows as a service” model, as opposed to a piece of software you buy and more or less leave alone until the next model.

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All this started at a moment during one of CEO Satya Nadella’s early earnings calls, when he talked (a bit confusingly) about his vision for “one Windows” running across all devices. That vision came into much sharper focus when Microsoft officially unveiled Windows 10 in the fall, where the company announced a new kind of public beta program for testing the software, with direct feedback from users as well as regular updates.

Then, in the new year, Microsoft presented its Windows vision to consumers; clearly, it meant what it said about Windows 10 on all kinds of devices when it unveiled the exciting HoloLenswearable. And last week, amid the launch the latest Windows 10 beta during the Build developer conference, the company stated the software would get many feature updates even after its launched.

Now it’s clear those updates will be perpetual. Windows will be, going forward, more akin to Google Chrome, which was one of the first big consumer-facing examples of software as a service, in the modern sense. For Chrome users, updates typically happen in the background and features are added or get turned on as they roll out.

Updates can even include big changes that are invisible to users. Chrome replaced its entire browser engine (from the open-source WebKit to its homegrown Blink) a couple of years back, but users didn’t even notice. To them, it’s still just Chrome, not Chrome 42, which is technically the current version number.

At its recent events, Microsoft has pledged Windows 10 will arrive in the summer. However, when asked about an official “release to manufacturing” RTM launch — the point in the release cycle when Microsoft sends the software to PC manufacturers — Microsoft Corporate Vice President Joe Belfiore essentially said it wouldn’t be as big a deal this time around.

That’s because

Windows 10 won’t ship with every promised feature at launch; many will be “lit up” at a later date. For example, extensions in Edge, the new browser, won’t arrive until a little while after launch.

While these kind of feature updates are the norm in the app realm, for Windows, it’s a big change from previous generations. Yes, the OS gets patches and bug fixes all the time, but feature upgrades are handled differently. With Windows 8, there were really only two major upgrades (Windows 8.1 and the Windows 8.1 Update), and the original release was back in 2012.

Switching to the Windows-as-a-service model is a significant change to Microsoft’s business model, even more so because Windows 10 will be a free upgrade to anyone running Windows 7 or later. Traditionally, Microsoft has charged a nominal upgrade fee for existing Windows users, but now the model appears to be, “You buy once, you’re in forever.”

With that membership, you’ll get keep getting upgrades as long as your hardware supports them. This is just like Chrome, your apps, and other operating systems like iOS operate. There will still be launch events for certain feature packs (and you can be sure the term “beta” will become more common on Windows features), but it’ll all still be Windows 10. I suspect the version number will eventually fade to the background, and it’ll just be referred to, colloquially, as “Windows.”

In other words, Windows, as a service, will never go to 11.

Windows 10’s new music app looks like Microsoft’s version of Spotify

Microsoft has been previewing some updates to its music and video apps for Windows 10 recently, but it looks like bigger changes are on the way. The software giant has revealed a new look and feel for what appears to be an upcoming release of the music app for Windows 10. A screenshot posted on Microsoft’s support site shows a dark themed app that looks very similar to Spotify.

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While the existing music preview app for Windows 10 doesn’t have many huge changes from the Windows 8 version, this updated preview includes recent tracks on the side and an improved hamburger menu on the left. The overall theme is black, compared to the white version that Microsoft is currently previewing. Microsoft may have dropped the Xbox branding from its Music and Video apps for Windows 10, but this upcoming release also looks very similar to the Xbox app for Windows 10. Microsoft continues to tweak the user interface of Windows 10, with black and white themes expected to be the primary color options once the operating system is released this summer.