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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.

Samsung Launched Galaxy J2 with 4.5-inch HD AMOLED display 4G with Opera Max Ultra Data Saving Mode Android 5.1 At Rs 8,490

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Samsung has officially launched the Galaxy J2, the company’s latest entry-level 4G smartphone in India. It has a new Ultra Data Saving mode powered byOpera Max that let users to allow and block individual apps from using mobile data and save data by enabling data optimization. Ultra Data Saving mode promises up to 50% savings in data across all the content and most apps and also frees up to 11% RAM.

The smartphone has metallic finish on the sides and has faux leather back. Samsung said that the Galaxy J2 has been developed in Samsung’s Indian R&D facility.

Samsung Galaxy J2 specifications

4.7-inch (960 x 540 Pixels) qHD Super AMOLED display1.3 GHz quad-core Exynos 3475 processor1GB RAM, 8GB internal memory, expandable up to 128GB with microSDAndroid 5.1 (Lollipop) OS5MP auto focus rear camera with LED Flash, f/2.2 aperture, 720p HD video recording2MP front-facing camera, f/2.4 apertureDual (micro) SIMDimensions: 136.5x69x8.4mm3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio4G LTE / 3G HSPA+, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS2000mAh battery

The Samsung Galaxy J2 comes in Black, White and Gold colors and is priced at Rs. 8,490. It will be available from September 21st across all the channels in India.

Commenting on the launch, Asim Warsi, Vice President, Marketing, IT & Mobile at Samsung India, said:

We at Samsung are committed to empower our customers with the best-in-class and innovative technology across price segments. Samsung Galaxy J2, our entry level smartphone, has been specially made keeping in mind the Indian customer’s sensibilities to make 4G accessible and relevant for all. The Galaxy S2 reinforces our commitment to ‘Make in India’. Ultra Data Saving Mode, which is the key feature in the device, has been developed at our Indian R&D facilities to deliver the most cost efficient 4G device.

Regarding the new data saving mode, M.D, Dr. Oh, Samsung Research India, said:

To ensure that our mobile devices can deliver the greatest value to our consumers, we want to answer their concerns about excessive data usage by providing an easy-to-use solution. Integrating our Ultra Data Saving mode with Opera Max will give our users the most advanced saving cloud in the world with unique video optimization technology and enable them to get the most out of their data plans.

Nitin Bhandari, SVP Products at Opera Software, said:

Opera Max is more than a data-management app; it gives users device-wide data savings for video, images, streaming music and webpages. We are happy to work with Samsung to power its Ultra Data Saving feature. Together, we will be able to help more smartphone users to get the most out of the internet.

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How To Increase Your Smartphones Speaker Volume with a Bowl

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Smartphones are a great place to store your favorite music, and listen to it on-the-go. Even though it is the best gadget for personal music indulgence, putting it on loudspeaker for others to hear can be challenging – especially outdoors. However, there’s a simple life hack that automatically elevates the volume of the speaker on a smartphone. This ingeniously eliminates the need for any additional standalone Bluetooth speakers, and makes the music louder instantly.

If you’re looking to put on music from your smartphone at a small gathering, and don’t have Bluetooth speakers to elevate the sound from the device, a simple cereal bowl should help in turning the volume up. This hack was shown by the comedy duo Tripp and Tyler running the The Tripp and Tyler Show on YouTube.

All you need is a bowl, and of course your smartphone. Just place the smartphone inside the bowl, your speaker facing downwards and resting diagonally on the edge of the bowl. You will instantly hear the music play louder from your smartphone. Use this cool tip outdoors, at a small party or a gathering and evade the need of speakers!

Here’s the video on how to make your smartphone speaker louder easily:

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MasterCard working on Facial recognition App technology for payment authentication

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Not that we need one, but MasterCard is giving us a reason to take a selfie. The company is working on a new payment method that will let you pay by simply taking a selfie.

A latest report from CNN Money states that MasterCard is testing new facial recognition technology that would let customers verify their identity online by taking a selfie. The experimental feature uses your camera’s front-facing camera and facial recognition technology so that you can pay with your face. In order to use the upcoming function, customers will be required to download the MasterCard app on their phone. This app then converts the photo into 1s and 0s using facial recognition technology, and transmits it over the internet to MasterCard, which compares it with a stored code representing the cardholder’s face. If the two codes match up, then the purchase will be approved.

“The new generation, which is into selfies … I think they’ll find it cool. They’ll embrace it,” Bhalla says. “This [app] seamlessly integrates biometrics into the overall payment experience”.

said MasterCard chief product security officer Ajay Bhalla.

The biometric system is called ID Check, created by MasterCard in partnership with Google, Apple, BlackBerry and Samsung. MasterCard’s facial recognition feature will roll out to only about 500 users at first and they will use either a fingerprint or a selfie to verify identity. If all goes well, the company will start rolling out its new plan starting this fall. Bhalla says the image like other biometric forms will be converted to a format such that a person’s photo is neither stored nor transmitted in its normal construction. MasterCard is even working on pay-with-your-voice technology

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Panasonic P55 Novo with 5.3-inch Display 1.4Ghz Octa-Core Processor 13MP Camera with Triple Flash Light Android 4.4 At Rs 9,290

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Panasonic has launched the Panasonic P55 Novo, its latest smartphone in the P Series. It has a 5.3-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD IPS display, is powered by a 1.4 GHz Octa-Core processor and runs on Android 4.4 (KitKat). It has a 13-megapixel rear camera with triple LED flash and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with LED flash for capturing better selfies in low-light.

It comes with dual SIM support, similar to other Panasonic smartphones and comes with Peel Smart Remote app that lets you control TV, DVD Player, AC and other appliances using IR LED sensor easily. It has Double Tap to Lock/Unlock and Smart Swipe, wherein a combination of number of fingers & direction of swipe can help user perform various predefined functions.

Panasonic P55 Novo specifications

5.3-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD IPS display
1.4 GHz Octa-Core processor
1GB RAM, 8GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 32GB with MicroSD
Android 4.4 (KitKat)
Dual SIM with dual standby
13MP rear camera with Triple LED Flash, 1080p video recording
5MP front-facing camera with LED flash
3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio
Smart IR-based remote Control
Dimensions: 147.9×73.8×8.15mm
3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS
2500mAh battery
The Panasonic P55 Novo comes in Champagne Gold, Smoke Gray and Midnight Blue colors and is priced at Rs. 9,290.

Commenting on the launch, Manish Sharma, Managing Director, Panasonic India said:

With consumer priorities changing radically, we believe in enhancing customer experience by providing them with smart technology on the go. With the new smartphone, we are here to to offer a new dimension wherein the model has been specially designed to provide easy accessibility to consumers looking for a single app to control all home devices.

Pankaj Rana, Business Head – Mobility Division, Panasonic India said:

Indian customers are curious to have multiple options in a single device and keeping that need in mind, we came up with the P55 Novo – an all in all innovative smartphone meeting the needs of our smart users. Panasonic’s advanced technology that’s important to our customers has been seamlessly integrated into this smartphone. This is a step further to make the smartphones smarter and intuitive.

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