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RunPee Helps You Plan Your Bathroom Break during Movies

Intermissions were necessary in the olden days because as they enabled the operators to change reels. However, as technology improved, intermissions became unnecessary, and were phased out in most parts of the world to save time and squeeze in more shows. India remains an exception, where for both Bollywood and Hollywood movies, theatres have an intermission, which gives the audience a chance grab more popcorn.

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RunPee – Plan your Bathroom Break During Movies

The unfortunate downside to phasing out intermissions is that, in case you need to take a leak, you are forced to miss out on parts of the movie. RunPee is a mobile app that’s designed to help you with planning your bathroom break during a movie. Theaters don’t have pause buttons, but with RunPee you can at least ensure that you don’t miss out on the best parts of the movie. RunPee’s database is updated the day a movie comes out with the best moments to run to the bathroom. These scenes are normally three to five minute intervals in the movie where not a lot happens. RunPee tells you the exact time that the scene will start at as well as a dialogue by which you can identify the scene.

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RunPee – List of Best Peetimes during a Movie

For an app with just one purpose, RunPee is rather feature packed. You can either select a movie, and chose to identify the scene manually. Or you can start a timer as soon as the movie starts, and RunPee will vibrate your phone, when a ‘peetime’ comes along. It also provides a quick summary of what happens during the scene.

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RunPee- Countdown Timer to the Best Bathroom Breaks during Movies

There are also a couple of bonus features. If you’re running late, you can read a summary of what happens during the first three minutes of the movie on RunPee. Additionally, it also informs you if there are any extra scenes during or after the end credits.

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RunPee – Bonus Features

RunPee is a free download on iOS and Android, while the Windows Phone version costs $0.99. I reviewed the Android version, and found it to work rather well. The user interface doesn’t strictly adhere to the Android design guidelines and is a mishmash of Android and iOS UI elements. RunPee won’t blow you away with its design, but the apps is undoubtedly handy, and serves its purpose brilliantly.

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Micromax launches two Windows Phones in India, the Canvas Win W121 and Canvas Win W092

Micromax, the second largest smartphone manufacturer in India, introduced its Canvas Win series with the launch of two Windows Phone devices – Canvas Win W121 and Canvas Win W092. With this announcement, Micromax has become the first Indian smartphone player to launch a Windows Phone device.

micromax_canvas_win“I congratulate Micromax on the launch of their first Windows Phone today. The Micromax Canvas Win will be available both in India and other emerging markets. Our deep engagement with local OEMs is one of the engines of growth for Windows Phone and we are proud of our partnership with Micromax. With Micromax Canvas Win, Windows Phone is now available to a whole new group of consumers in India, who are looking for innovation and value.”
– Bhaskar Pramanik, Chairman, Microsoft India.

Powered by the latest Windows Phone 8.1 operating system and a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 quad-core processor, the Canvas Win W121 and Canvas Win W092 are dual SIM smartphones. Both phones feature 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage expandable up to 32GB with a microSD card.

The Canvas Win W121 sports a 5-inch HD IPS display, and features a fine leather-texture back cover. The phone packs in 8MP rear camera with LED flash and a 2MP front camera, and includes a 2000 mAh battery. The Canvas Win W092 features a 4-inch IPS display and packs in a 1500 mAh battery. The phone sports a 5MP rear camera with flash and 0.3MP front camera.

The Canvas Win W121 is priced at INR 9,500 and the Canvas Win W092 is priced at INR 6,500. Both phones will be available across retail stores and online portals starting early July 2014.
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Canvas Win W121 Specifications:

  • Windows Phone 8.1 OS
  • Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 200 processor with 1.2 GHz Quad Core CPU
  • 5-inch HD IPS display
  • 2000 mAh battery
  • 8MP rear camera with flash; 2MP front camera
  • Dual-SIM
  • 1GB RAM; 8GB ROM
  • Up to 32GB expandable memory
  • Proximity Sensor, Gravity Sensor, Light Sensor and Accelerometer

micromax_canvas_win_w092Canvas Win W092 Specifications:

  • Windows Phone 8.1 OS
  • Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 200 processor with 1.2 GHz Quad Core CPU
  • 4-inch IPS display
  • 1500 mAh battery
  • 5MP rear camera with flash; 0.3MP front camera
  • Dual-SIM
  • 1GB RAM; 8GB ROM

OPPO launches their next flagship, Find 7 in India for ₹37,990; also launches the Find 7a

OPPO India today unveiled their next flagship smartphone – Find 7. The 4G/LTE compatible OPPO Find 7 is the first smartphone in the country that sports a 5.5-inch Quad HD screen. Continue reading OPPO launches their next flagship, Find 7 in India for ₹37,990; also launches the Find 7a

Another day, another Android Smartphone: XOLO Q1200 launched in India for ₹13,999

XOLO, the premium smart devices brand from LAVA International, today announced the launch of XOLO Q1200. With exciting smart features like cold screen access, gesture control, voice recognition, and dual window, the Android smartphone is priced at ₹13,999. Continue reading Another day, another Android Smartphone: XOLO Q1200 launched in India for ₹13,999

Save Mobile Data on Android with Opera Max

Opera web browsers have long had the ability to speed up web surfing and conserve bandwidth by compressing web traffic. Opera Mini compresses all web traffic and serves a static representation of the web page, while Opera for Desktop and Android have an ‘Off-Road’ (previously Turbo) mode that can be enabled to turn on data compression. However, Android users can enjoy the same benefits without being tied down to Opera browser thanks to Opera Max.

Opera Max acts as a VPN, which reroutes all unencrypted traffic through its servers, where the data is first compressed and then sent to your Android smartphone. Opera Max is also the first product from the Norwegian browser developer to leverage SkyFire’s Rocket Optimizer technology. Opera had acquired SkyFire Labs in early 2013 for $155 million. Rocket Optimizer can compress nearly every streaming video, including YouTube videos, to realize data savings up to 60%. Additionally, Opera Max also compresses standard web traffic including text and images.

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Opera Max – Data Compression Statistics

Getting started with Opera Max is pretty simple. After you download the app, you’ll be prompted to grant it permission to act as a VPN. There’s no configuration required beyond this. Opera Max will stay in the background and compress data used by various apps. It can’t compress everything. For example, streaming music as well as encrupted traffic aren’t compressed. However, you should be able to realize about 10% data savings during normal web surfing, and a lot more during video playback. It automatically disables itself when you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network. Opera Max also acts as a pretty neat bandwidth monitor that gives you daily and monthly breakdowns of network bandwidth usage. You can select a app to view its history of data usage, and even prevent that app from using mobile data.

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Opera Max – Prevent an App From Using Mobile Data

Opera Max is free to use, but it also has a Recharge tab. There isn’t much you can do other there, other than tapping a button to recharge Opera Max for free every seven days. Presumably, the recharge tab is there because Opera intends to switch to a freemium model later on.

Most people with smartphones are tied down by meagre data packs that are often not bigger than 1 GB. Even if Opera Max manages to save only a hundred megabytes per month, that will enable users to get several extra days’ worth of usage from their data packs. How useful Opera Max proves to be will depend on your internet usage habits. People who mainly use mobile data for streaming music on the go, won’t be able to realize significant benefits. However, if you watch a lot of videos or surf a lot, you might end up with significant savings. Over the past week, I’ve consumed 450 MB of data, out of which, more than 300 MB was file downloads and Spotify streaming that Opera can’t compress. For the remaining 150 MB of bandwidth usage, Opera managed to save 19 MB of data usage.

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5 Reasons Why the LG G3 Might Be the Best Smartphone of the Season

LG Mobile has officially unveiled its latest flagship, the LG G3. Due to the flood of leaks in the days leading up to the official unveiling event held in London, there were very few surprises. However, the star of the night still left an impression. LG has come a long way over the past few years. The recent Nexus devices manufactured by LG have received rave reviews, and the G2 and other recent launches did well enough to push LG into the #3 spot (behind Samsung and Apple) in the world of cell phones.

The LG G3 has a lot riding on its back, and based on what we saw tonight, LG might have another hit on its hands. With the G3, LG has rectified its mistakes and enhanced its strengths. Here are five reasons, why the G3 might turn out to be the best Android smartphone of the season.

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LG G3

Superb Display

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The G3 features a 5.5’’ screen with a whopping QHD resolution (2560 x 1440 pixels). This amounts to a pixel density of 538 ppi, which is way ahead of anything its competition can offer. In order to ensure that the QHD display doesn’t kill the battery, the G3 dynamically throttles frame rates in addition to throttling the CPU. However, the big question is how much 4K content will become available in the coming months, as right now none of the non-stock apps are designed to take advantage of the super high resolution display.

Slim Body

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The G3 uses faux metal (“light-weight metallic skin” is the term being used by LG) for it’s latest flagship, which might not be as premium as the Xperia Z2 or the One M8, but is still better than the G2 and the Galaxy S5. This isn’t the only improvement in the G2’s design. The LG G2 was smaller than the Xperia Z1, in spite of having a bigger display due to the edge-to-edge display. With the G3, LG has managed to trim the bezels even further. The G3 is a big phone, but it’s not much bigger than the other flagships. The G3 (5.5’’ display) measures in at 146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm compared to the Xperia Z2’s 146.8 x 73.3 x 8.2 mm (5.2’’ display) and HTC One M8’s 146.4 x 70.6 x 9.4 mm (5.0’’ display). LG has also retained the smart ergonomic choices it had made with the LG G2, such as having the power on and volume buttons at the bottom of the phone, instead of at the edges, which can be tough to reach.

Smarter Camera

The LG G3 sports a 13 megapixel camera with Optical image stabilization, and dual LED flash. Going by LG’s previous releases, the camera should be a very competent shooter, with good low-light capabilities. The dual-LED flash with BSI sensor promises a sharper image and a more natural color pattern. However, the real innovation in the camera department is the inclusion of LaserAF. LG is promising almost instantaneous autofocus with LaserAF. The camera interface has also been greatly simplified, and taking awesome selfies is now simpler than ever before.

Improved Sound

Somewhat disappointingly LG has shied away from implementing front-speakers. This is possibly a compromise the Korean giant was forced to make to avoid making the phone even. However, LG has added a 1 Watt speaker with an AMP, which it being claimed to be powerful enough to produce deep bass and clear trebles.

Powerful Hardware

The LG G3 is powered by the Snapdragon 801 chipset, which has a Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400 CPU and Adreno 330 GPU. The battery is as powerful as it was in the G2 (3000 mAh), but is now removable. The only weak spot is the 2 GB RAM in the 16 GB edition (the 32 GB model has 3 GB RAM).

Besides the aforementioned hardware enhancements, the G3 also boasts of numerous software enhancements. Instead of adding more gimmicks, LG has trimmed a lot of fat from the software. It promises to have removed all unnecessary visual elements. Security has been enhanced through Content Lock (personal data encryption) and Kill Switch (remotely disable phone). Knock Code from the G2 Pro, which enables you to directly unlock your phone by tapping on the screen in a predefined pattern, has also been retained.

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Panasonic launches P81, its first flagship smartphone with octa-core processor, for INR 18,990

Panasonic has unveiled its latest Android smartphone, P81, with 5.5-inch IPS HD display and 1.7GHz true octa-core smartphone. Powered by Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean), the 7.9mm thin smartphone boasts of a nice leatherette design. The phone features a 13MP Full HD-capable autofocus camera with a decent 2500 mAh battery.

The Panasonic P81 will be available to consumers in India from the third week of May at a best price of INR 18,990.

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The phone packs in several additional features like the new multi-tasking experience where users can play around designing screens. ‘Device Cleaner’ to free up device RAM, Multi Play capabilities like dual window operation, and Panasonic’s signature feature, the ‘Gesture Play’.

“With the launch of the Panasonic P81, we have reached yet another milestone as this is the first model of the “P” series featured with octa-core processor. The introduction of this model reiterates our commitment to keep innovating as we believe that it is a direct result of the consumers’ needs, and customer centricity has to be at the core of developing products for the Indian consumer.”
– Manish Sharma, Managing Director, Panasonic India

In India, the phone comes bundled with Apps Freebies of INR 9,900 including 6 months of Evernote Premium subscription, free entertainment downloads from Hungama for a month, and content from India Today.