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Freedom 251 to be delivered to you by June 30 :Ringing Bells

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Despite all controversies, Ringing Bells says it will deliver Freedom 251 smartphone by June 30 and has sent confirmation SMS to those who registered.

Noida-based Ringing Bells may have been given all sorts of labels, but it sure doesn’t seem to be ready to quit. The maker of the Freedom 251 smartphone, is under trouble from all quarters, but it is still defiant about delivering the world’s cheapest smartphone. Ringing Bells is now promising to deliver the Rs 251 smartphone by June 30 via cash on delivery.

Ringing Bells put up a post on its Facebook page saying, “Today is a historic day. We have sent out the confirmation SMS/E-mail to the people who will be receiving the Freedom251 phones by June 30 through Cash on Delivery. Kindly like the post and comment here as and when you receive the SMS/E-mail.”

Quite a few users have commented on the post confirming that they have indeed received a SMS from the company with the order number and delivery promised by June 30. That said, there are a few users who have commented saying that they haven’t received any SMS or email despite having booked on freedom251.com.

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Ringing Bells created quite a buzz since it announced the Freedom 251 smartphone. But from showing an Adcom-branded smartphone at the launch event, to claiming it is a part of government’s Make in India initiative, there have been controversies aplenty. The company’s claim to deliver a 3G smartphone at Rs 251 sounds too good to be true, and it is currently being investigated by the Income Tax Department, Department of Electronics and IT,Enforcement Directorate (ED), and the Noida Police among others.

Amid all the controversies, Ringing Bells maintains that there is nothing shady about its operations and it is ready to co-operate with all investigations. In fact, the company has said that it plans to import 50 lakh units of the smartphone, and make Rs 31 profit on each of them.

The Ringing Bells Freedom 251 is now set to be delivered by June end. We will wait to see if the Noida-based company stays true to its word.

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ICC T20 World Cup 2016: Top Apps to get live cricket scores, live streaming, news on Android,IOS and Windows phones

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With the T20 World Cup in full flow and the IPL to follow, the next three months are going to be a delight for the cricket lovers in the country. And while the cricket fever is soaring high, it’s often difficult to balance your work with all the action on the field. If you’re stuck in office during the all-important match, thrashing the refresh button every few seconds, we might have a better solution for you. Thanks to a wide variety of apps, following your favourite team and players have never been easier. So let the game begin…

ESPN Cricinfo (Android | iOS |Windows Phone)

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No matter which device you use, the ESPN Cricinfo app has got you covered. It provides you with all the updates on the game including stats, latest scores, fixtures, news, rankings, and even live commentary. It can easily be your cricket companion when you are on the move as it brings together all you need to know about the game in one place.

Hotstar (Android | iOS)

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No commentary can ever match up to the excitement of watching live action, and if you’re one of those people who prefer watching over reading, the Hotstar app is for you. The app is available across Android and iOS platforms and brings exclusive video coverage of the T20 World Cup matches including live streaming and interesting video insights. The Hotstarwebsite is equally good in offering live streaming facility to its visitors.

ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 (Android |iOS)

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ICC’s latest update to its official cricket app brings the T20 World Cup closer to the end user than it was ever before. Rich in colour and graphics, the app offers information on fixtures, standings, results, live scores, short videos, as well as all the news on your favourite team. Users can also share their views by taking part in the polls that’ll feature throughout the World Cup. All in all, ICC’s app is a complete package.

Star Sports (Android | iOS |Windows Phone)

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The official Star Sportsapp also offers live scores, updates and streaming to its users. Plus, it takes things one step ahead by offering the option of live audio commentary for select matches. As a welcome addition, you also get the option to follow all the important news in the cricketing world.

Cricbuzz (Android | iOS |Windows Phone)

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Though not as popular as the apps above,Cricbuzz has almost all the features that Cricinfohas. It also showcases player profiles giving you statistics from their careers including the runs scored, wickets taken etc.

Yahoo! Cricket (Android | iOS |Windows Phone)

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The Yahoo! Cricket app brings Yahoo’s web offerings to mobile. It comes with a slew of features and a user-friendly interface to give you an wholesome experience. Apart from live scores and real time updates, the app features an interactive scorecard along with photo galleries. The latest news articles make sure you are one step ahead in the game, while fixtures allow you to plan your day ahead.

UC Browser (Android | iOS |Windows Phone)

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The popular UC browser has joined hands with Twitter and Microsoft Bing to provide a mobile gateway for everything cricket ahead of the season through the debut of a revamped UC Cricket. It now provides live scores, news, live tweets, photos, stats, previews and commentary making it an ideal platform for cricket fans to enjoy the sport.

Other than these apps, you can also have a peek at the scores fromGoogle Now or the Hikemessenger app, if you’re a user of the same. The official Twitter app can also be used to follow all things cricket.

Thanks to these wonderful apps, your favourite sport is now just a tap away.

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T20 World Cup 2016:Reliance Jio offering free unlimited Wi-Fi at 6 stadiums

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There’s good news for cricket fans in India planning to watch the upcoming T20 World Cup matches live at stadiums. Reliance Jio today announced free high-speed Wi-Fi with unlimited downloads at six stadiums across the country.

The service offered by Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited’s Jionet will be available in Bangalore (M Chinnaswamy Stadium), Dharmashala (Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium) , Kolkata (Eden Gardens), Mohali (Punjab Cricket Association Stadium), New Delhi (Feroz Shah Kotla) and Mumbai (Wankhede Stadium). The service provider has fixed a certain range to allow only spectators inside these stadiums to have access.

Here’s how spectators can connect to Jionet services:

*Activate Wi-Fi on the smartphone and select ‘Reliance JioNet WiFi’
*Visit the login page
*Enter mobile number and generate OTP (sent via SMS)
*Log-in with the OTP

The OTP is valid for 24 hours only. The user will be automatically logged out if there is no internet activity for 30 minutes. Jionet claims to offer download speeds of 50 mbps. 

Recently, it claims to have tested the same during a match at Wankhede in which downloads of over 22TB occured on its networks.

“To make this possible, Jionet’s Wi-Fi access points (APs) will cover the entire stadium with a seating capacity of minimum 20,000. Jionet High Density is designed to provide stable high-quality Wi-Fi coverage to individuals in a densely packed groups, at which standard Wi-Fi deployments fail. High-Density Wi-Fi (HD Wi-Fi) creates lots of small radio footprints so as to be able to cater for pockets of clients in localised areas across the stadium. Thus, keeping the radio traffic between the user and the AP low, avoiding interference and congestion both,” the company said in a statement.

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Intex Aqua Twist with rotating camera Android 5.1 now available At Rs 4,999

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Intex Aqua Twist , the company’s latest smartphone with a 5-megapixel rotating camera is now available from Homeshop18.   The phones pack a 5-inch FWVGA screen, are powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core SoC, pack 1GB of RAM, run on Android 5.1 (Lollipop), have dual SIM support and 3G connectivity.

Intex Aqua Twist specifications

5-inch (854 x 480 pixels) FWVGA display1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6580 processor with Mali-400MP2 GPU1GB DDR3 RAM, 8GB internal memory, expandable memory with MicroSD
Android 5.1 (Lollipop)
Dual SIM
5MP rotating camera with OmniVision OV5648 sensor, LED flashDimensions: 144x72x8.4mm;
Weight: 175g3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio
3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS2200mAh battery

The Intex Aqua Twist comes in Black and White colors and is priced at Rs. 4999 (Rs. 5199 MRP)

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Google released Android N devloper preview with multi window, data saver and many new features

As a surprise Google has released developer preview images for Android ‘N’, the next major Android release, ahead of Google I/O in May. This brings several new features such as Multi-window support, Notification enhancements, Data Saver, Background optimizations, Direct boot, TV Recording, partial support for more than 100 new languages and locales and more.

Android M Developer preview is now available for Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Nexus 9, and Pixel C devices on the Android developer website here . Stable release will be available in Q3 2016. Google has also released new Android Beta Program  that lets you update your Android devices to the Android N developer preview and receive ongoing updates via OTA. Check out the new features below.

Multi-Window Support

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Android N adds Multi-Window support to run two apps side-by-side or one-above-the-other in split-screen mode.

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You can drag the dividing line separating the two to make one app larger and the other smaller

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On Android TV devices, apps can use picture-in-picture mode to continue video playback while users are interacting with another app.

Notifications

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Android N brings several new APIs that allow apps to post notifications that are highly visible and interactive.This allows users to quickly respond from the notification shade without visiting the app. It also allows to bundle similar notifications to appear as a single notification. Users can expand each of the notifications, and perform actions such as reply and dismiss on each of the notifications, individually from the notification shade.

Direct Reply in Android N lets users quickly respond to text messages or update task lists directly within the notification interface. The inline reply action appears as an additional button attached to the notification. When a user replies via keyboard, the system attaches the text response to the intent you had specified for the notification action and sends the intent to the app.

The bundled notifications is similar to the Notification Stacks feature in Android Wear. For example, if your app creates notifications for received messages, when more than one message is received, bundle the notifications together as a single group. Youcan progressively expand the notification group, and the system shows more information as you drill deeper. When the bundle in expanded, the system reveals more information for all its child notifications; when you expand one of those notifications, the system reveals its entire content.

Data Saver

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The new Data Saver that can be enabled device-wide basis in order to use less data. When a user enables Data Saver in Settings and the device is on a metered network, the system blocks background data usage and signals apps to use less data in the foreground wherever possible. Users can whitelist specific apps to allow background metered data usage even when Data Saver is turned on.

Quick settings API

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Android N adds additional Quick Settings tiles, which users can access across a paginated display area by swiping left or right. It also gives users more control over what Quick Settings tiles appear and where they are displayed — users can add or move tiles just by dragging and dropping them.

Other important new features in Android N are:

Call screening: Android N allows the default phone app to screen incoming calls.
Number-blocking: Android N now supports number-blocking. The default SMS app, the default phone app, and provider apps can read from and write to the blocked-number list. Multiple apps can use the same blocked numbers list and carriers can read the blocked numbers list on the device and perform service-side blocking for the user in order to stop unwanted calls and texts from reaching the user.
TV Recording: Android N lets you record and playback content from Android TV input services via new recording APIs. Users can schedule recordings in advance, or start a recording as they watch a program.
Locales and languages: Android N adds multi-locale support, more than 25 variants each for commonly used languages such as English, Spanish, French, and Arabic and partial support for more than 100 new languages.
Direct boot: This feature improves device startup times and lets registered apps have limited functionality even after an unexpected reboot.
Doze on the go: This makes the device go to Doze mode even when the screen is off for a period of time and the device is unplugged. Doze applies a subset of the familiar CPU and network restrictions to apps.
Project Svelte: It is a new background optimization to minimize RAM use by system and apps across the range of Android devices in the ecosystem.

Courtesy:Android Police

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