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Sunday, 1 December 2013

Winamp fans want AOL to release source code

The news of Winamp’s impending demise came as a bit of a bolt from the blue for long-time users and fans of the media player. Even as rumours about a possible Microsoft takeover seems to be doing the rounds, fans of Winamp have kicked off a website and a petition, imploring AOL to release source codes for the software. 

Back last week, an announcement was posted rather gruffly onto Winamp’s website, announcing that it would be shut down next month. “Winamp.com and associated Web services will no longer be available past December 20, 2013,” the notice read. “Additionally, Winamp Media players will no longer be available for download. Please download the latest version before that date."
Llama asks you to release source codes
Llama asks you to release source codes


Of course, this sudden jolt by AOL led to an outpour of nostalgia all around the Internet, with fans reminiscing about Winamp. Some went ahead and created a website called savewinamp.com as well as started a petition on Change.org, asking AOL to reveal the media player’s source codes. 

“Winamp is the best media player ever built. If there were other alternatives then that would be fine, but there is nothing that can do what Winamp can do. It is the most versatile media player on earth,” reads the petition. “It can't be left to die. It must live on.” The petition was started by Peter Zawacki from Melbourne, who believes that if AOL cannot manage to sell Winamp, it must be kept alive by releasing its source code to the public for support and development.

Indeed, there are rumours that Microsoft may be looking at purchasing both Winamp and Shoucast media players from AOL. Fans and former employees have blamed AOL for its inability to put Winamp to good use. While the Windows version of the software did tremendously well under Nullsoft – which was then acquired by AOL – the Mac and Android versions of the media player didn’t do too well. “Maybe it just needs a new marketing strategy,” reads the petition. AOL could well be spoilt for choice right now.

iOS devs benefits more than Android

Several reports earlier this year have pointed that though Google Play Store revenue has surged, Apple App Store is still way ahead though in terms of pure revenue earned. A new report compiled by Business Insider reveals that iOS brings developers five times more revenue per download than Android. 

The report suggests that for every $1 revenue earned by iOS developers, an Android counterpart earns just $0.19. However, in case of up-front and in-app purchases, the different of revenue reduces. An Android user brings in $0.43 for every $1.00 on iOS. The difference between advertising revenue is even smaller with $0.77 for every $1 on iOS.

Take a look at the chart below that shows the difference between revenue earned by Android developers against $1 earned by Apple developer.
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Revenue on Android for every $1 on iOS


Though Android has a wider user base, iOS still leads in terms of monetisation. Earlier ABI Research revealed that Play Store growth could double this year and reach a massive amount of $6.8 billion. Despite this, the report said that iOS App Store will still rule the roost as far as generating revenue is concerned. The report pointed out that $6.8 billion is mere 60 percent of Apple’s revenue from apps.

In terms of the number of app downloads alone, Play Store has the upper hand over the App Store, thanks largely to the burgeoning user base the Google OS enjoys. Around 80 percent of all smartphones in the world run Android, so naturally Play Store has a lot more users. Considering the fact that China does not have official Play Store support, the app revenue numbers could change if at all Google decides to launch in China.

Thanksgiving 2013 was our busiest day, says Instagram

Thanksgiving 2013 and the first day of the Hanukkah fell on the same day for the first time since 1888. And if your Instagram feed was littered with filtered pictures of roast turkeys, latkes and other Thanksgiving and Hanukkah staples, you weren't alone. The double holiday brought in a very busy, rather the 'busiest' day, for the Instagram team. 

The world's favourite picture-sharing app was flooded with photos and videos of celebrations. Despite this, the company hasn’t shared any numbers to show exactly how busy their servers were. So we just have to take their word for it as of now.
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Instgram has "record" day on Thanksgiving (Image credit: Getty Images)


This is what the company said in a blog post, “We saw record usage as Instagrammers shared a heaping help of holiday cheer. Your Thanksgiving and Hanukkah-related photos and videos helped make yesterday our busiest so far—and for that we give thanks to you.” It should be noted that last year's Thanksgiving was earlier Instagram's busiest day, with no numbers released then either. About time, Instagram gives us pedants some hard facts about the number of shares. 

Last week, Instagram made its much-awaited debut on the Windows Phone platform earlier this month. However, the app came sans video capture, a feature that had only been added to the service this year to compete with Twitter’s Vine. No doubt having an extra few million new Windows Phone users helped Instagram break last year's record. Check out our review of  Instagram for Windows Phone.

Nokia Lumia 1020:At the age of 41

Writing a review about Lumia phones gets challenging after a point since apart from a couple of distinct features, they are essentially very similar. The fact that Microsoft has the hardware and other components locked down tightly means there’s no real surprises in that department either. Despite this, Nokia has managed to differentiate their offerings by adding innovative features like OIS, PureView sensors, etc on the hardware front as well as software tweaks like the recent Refocus app and Pro Cam. Today, we’ll be taking a look at the most expensive Lumia in the series – the 1020. The phone boasts of a 41MP PureView sensor which is modelled around the original that debuted in the 808 PureView. So is this the best camera-centric phone in the market today? Let’s find out. 

Design and Build 
The Lumia 1020 continues the legacy of Nokia’s phenomenal build quality and it’s at its best in this flagship model. The design of the unibody polycarbonate chassis is a throw-back to the Lumia 800 and it looks and feels extremely classy and well put together. The stark contrast between the yellow and black grabs your attention as there’s no mistaking this for any other handset. From the front, the phone looks like any other Lumia with the thick bezel all round and three unlit capacitive buttons at the bottom. We also have the typical layout of buttons on the side and the respective ports gracing the top and bottom of the phone.
Nokia Lumia 1020
Superior build


There’s a significant bump around the back where the sensor sits but it’s not as intrusive as that on the Galaxy S4 Zoom. We also have a Xenon flash and an auto-focus assist light just above the shutter. The 1020 doesn’t have native wireless charging support but you can add a wireless charging jacket. The phone is slightly larger than the Lumia 925 and a bit heavier as well due to the bigger sensor. Overall, the 1020 scores full marks in terms of aesthetics and build quality. It’s also lot more pocketable than the 808 PureView was.
Nokia Lumia 1020
The bump tends to raise the front of the phone


Features
As far as core specifications go, the 1020 is pretty identical to the Lumia 925. The display is the same HD AMOLED panel at 4.5-inches diagonally and their proprietary PureMotion HD+ technology. Text and images are crisp and vivid thanks to the relatively high pixel density of 332ppi. The interface is typical Windows Phone 8 with a sprinkle of some custom apps from Nokia.
Nokia Lumia 1020
Same 'ol Windows Phone 8 UI


The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus SoC (MSM8960) which consists of a dual-core CPU running at 1.5GHz and 2GB of RAM. The interface is smooth for the most part but we found that Nokia’s Pro Cam app slightly sluggish when tinkering around with its settings. The phone also ships out-of-the-box with the Nokia Lumia Amber update. While there’s no expandable memory, the 32GB onboard storage should be enough.  

Media 
The Lumia 1020 is a well-equipped media device thanks to Dolby’s Headphone Sound Enhancement and Dolby Digital Plus. This adds a pleasing punch to your music which sounds good even with the stock earphones. There are equaliser presets in the main settings menu and you can also toggle the Dolby enhancement mode and audio levelling. The enhancements work on a system-wide scale and not just for the music player. You also have a choice between the stock player and Nokia’s Music Player. Both are essentially the same with the only difference being the layout.
Nokia Lumia 1020
Very good media playback


The video player is capable of reading a few MOV, MP4, WMV files but AVI refused to play. Full HD videos also playback just fine and the colours are fairly vibrant with good detail. 

Saturday, 30 November 2013

AppIN:CSR Racing



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CSR Racing is a typical drag racing game which we find on play store.But due to its great graphics and detailing.It can be called as the best drag game around.With "Daily Battles" everyday and gas filling every 10 min.approx.
   CSR starts of with a player wanting to compete for No.1 position just like the NFS series.You need to choose your ride from the range of hatchbacks.After which you can buy from Pagani's to McLaren's..We played it for a week,and were impressed ,the only problem would be the background which is restricted to only one team.And about the detailing, it gives a real life experience like the camera goes slow-mo while you are very close to your opponent or vice-versa..We havent played the multiplayer game but would seriously like to ball on it..And the fact that you even get the best car deals is just irresistible.

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CSR RACING GAMEPLAY STATS:

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  • DEVELOPERS APPRECIATED
  • GRAPHICS
  • CARS

CONS:
  • NO NEW PROFILE OPTION.
  • THERE SHOULD BE QUICK RACE OPTION.
  • NONE




Wednesday, 20 November 2013

PREVIEW:NewSense IN 2.0 Coming December 2013

We are ready for the launch of this amazing blog next month..Here are the things you can look forward to:

  • New Segments Which Provide Better And Clear View About Smartphones.
  • Top 10 is now five phones less..get the best of the best..
  • BETA site also to be updated do visit newsenseinhq.blogspot.in
  • BETA is a timeline.(absorbs less data) and we are improving it.
  • Some more features as soon as we start working out..