Microsoft to cut 7,800 jobs, take $7.6B charge as phone woes drag on

Microsoft is cutting more employees and restructuring its mobile phone business, in a costly maneuver that continues the company’s struggle in the smartphone market. The software giant announced Wednesday that it will lay off 7,800 workers, most of them in its moribund smartphone unit, which it bought from Nokia last year to the tune of slightly more than $7.2 billion. ... Read More »

Apple unveils improved two-factor login system and device management with latest software betas

                                                  Apple has published a new support document detailing its plans to revamp the existing two-factor authentication system that it first launched last year. The document is careful to differentiate the two systems, referring to the ... Read More »

OnePlus One Gets New OxygenOS Build That Claims to Fix Touchscreen Issues

After releasing an incremental Cyanogen OS update last week that claimed to bring fixes for the long-lamented touchscreen issues of the OnePlus One, the Chinese manufacturer has released an OxygenOS build to address the same.The 716MB build of OxygenOS is claimed to contain a patch for the touchscreen issue, and the firm has not detailed any further changes that come ... Read More »

Lava Iris X1 Atom S With 3G Support, 4-Inch Display Launched at Rs. 4,149

Lava has launched a slightly cheaper variant of its Iris X1 Atom handset that waslaunched in April this year, called the Iris X1 Atom S, at Rs. 4,149. The smartphone has been listed on the company site with price in Black and White colour variants, butLava has yet to detail exact availability – though we can expect it to hit ... Read More »

Smartphones Pose Danger for Wearers of Cardiac Devices Like Pacemakers

If you wear a cardiac device such as a pacemaker, better keep away from smartphones, researchers say.”Pacemakers can mistakenly detect electromagnetic interference (EMI) from smartphones as a cardiac signal, causing them to briefly stop working,” said first author Carsten Lennerz from German Heart Centre, Munich. “This leads to a pause in the cardiac rhythm of the pacing dependent patient and ... Read More »

Micromax Invests in Mobile Travel Search Provider Ixigo

Smartphone handset maker Micromax Informatics on Monday announced a “strategic investment” in Ixigo, a mobile travel search and marketplace, as part of its ongoing investments of up to $20 million dollars in over 20 startups in the coming year.This investment would further reinforce Micromax’s foray into application services and innovative product offerings, the company said in a statement without disclosing ... Read More »

Motorola Moto X (Gen 1) Starts Receiving Android 5.1 Lollipop Update

Motorola has started rolling out the Android 5.1 Lollipop update for its first-generationMoto X. Senior Director of Software Product Management at Motorola, David Schuster confirmed the news in a Google+ post and revealed that full deployment of theAndroid 5.1 Lollipop update has begun for US Retail, Brazil Retail and Rogers in Canada.Last month Motorola announced that its first-generation Moto X ... Read More »

Apple Patents New Metallic Material That Can Hide iPhone Antenna Bands

Apple was granted a patent by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) last week, titled “Non-capacitive or radio frequency-transparent materials with anodized metal appearance”. The company is being speculated to use the newly patented metallic material to get rid of the antenna bands on the rear of the iPhone.The Cupertino-based company in the past has faced several complains from ... Read More »

Xolo Cube 5.0 With 5-Inch Display, Android 5.0 Lollipop Launched at Rs. 7,999

Xolo has launched a new smartphone in India on Friday – the Xolo Cube 5.0 – priced at Rs. 7,999. The smartphone will be in Black and White colour variants. The dual-SIM Xolo Cube 5.0 runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop, and features a 5-inch (720×1280 pixel) IPS display with a pixel density of 294ppi. The new Xolo smartphone is powered ... Read More »

Lenovo India Claims to Have Sold 1 Million 4G Smartphones in 2015

Lenovo India has announced that it sold 1 million 4G-enabled Lenovo A6000, A6000 Plus, and A7000 smartphones in India via Flipkart this year till June 2015.The firm attributes the reason for the success to be that the three 4G smartphones fit the market requirement well. While considering majority of regions are yet to gain 4G network access, the company added ... Read More »