Apple Watch Official Launch Date to be revealed on March 9

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Amidst ongoing speculations about the launch date for the much-anticipated Apple Watch, the company sent out exclusive media invites for a March 9 event being held in San Francisco.

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The event, taglined as “Spring forward,” might be a reference to time and the subsequent unveiling of the Apple Watch. It will be held at the San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts where everyone is expecting the official launch date and pricing to be revealed. The event will also be streamed live and can be viewed at apple.com/live from all Apple devices.

At an earlier media event attendees were given a sneak peek at Apple’s flagship device where they saw the watch running in demo more. CEO Tim Cook had described it as a “precise and customizable timepiece” and “as much about personal technology as it is style and taste.” At this event however, we can possibly expect a proper preview of the watch working in full capacity.

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Earlier Apple CEO Tim Cook had let out that Apple’s first wearable smartwatch will be ready for shipping by April, sending the tech community into a frenzy of deliberations. While the starting price for the aluminum Sport model has been around $350, the prices for the regular and the ultra-luxurious Apple Edition are still under wraps.

The actual watch comes in two sizes, 38mm and 42mm, and three different editions – the Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and an 18k gold Apple Watch edition. The company will also include 11 watch faces with the device and an option to choose from six different straps – leather, polymer, metal mesh and stainless steel and an interchangeable mechanism to easily make the switch. All three editions need to be paired with an iPhone upwards of iPhone 5. Some of the unique features of the Apple Watch include:
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Top Launches to Watch Out For at the Mobile World Congress 2015

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As March draws close, all eyes are trained on the 2015 Mobile World Congress to be held between March 2nd and 5th at Barcelona, Spain this year. This year’s event is rumored to be even better given the number of top devices set to debut this time.

One of the biggest technological events in the world, the MWC is attended by some of the world’s most powerful companies showcase their latest innovations and flagship mobile devices such as smartphones, wearable technology and tablets.

While companies like Samsung, HTC, Microsoft, Sony LG etc. are the biggest crowd-pullers at the event, Apple, as usual, will give it a miss and host its own event, called ‘Spring Forward,’ on March 9 at San Francisco. Here are some of top launches we can expect to see at the MWC 2015
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Apple’s Patent Battles continue with Second Lawsuit from Smartfish

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gsmarena_001Apple seems to be having a spate of bad luck as it was hit by yet another lawsuit this week, this time from Smartflash LLC, a Texas-based company which earlier won another lawsuit against Apple.

This time Smartfish contends that it is suing Apple over the use of the same patents in devices that came after the original case was started which include the  iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPad Air 2. Apart from the three previously mentioned patents related to digital rights management (DRM), data storage, and payment systems, four additional patents are mentioned which were also parts of the earlier complaint but were omitted during the final litigation. The new case has been filed in the same court which ruled in favor of Smartfish in the previous lawsuit.

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Xiaomi Mi Note can give Apple a Run for its Money

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xiaomi-mi-note-officialThe Verge reports it as is “the best phone you can’t have if” you are living in the US. The Xiaomi Mi Note is making waves in phone circles all over the world!

While big name companies like Nokia have bowed out of the phone industry and Sony is considering packing up its phone division, a little known Chinese firm founded in 2010, Xiaomi is gearing up to give Apple some tough competition. Earlier it hired former Android expert Hugo Barra from Google and since then, its product line and marketing campaigns have really taken off.  It even held a US media tour even though the phone is not slated for a US launch!

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Lizard Squad Strikes Again: Lenovo’s Website Hijacked over Superfish Protests

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Coming just days after the Superfish fiasco, Lenovo’s security was once again compromised as attackers seized brief control over its DNS servers.

Attackers allegedly calling themselves the ‘Lizard Squad’ were able to hijack the site which for a time showed a slide-show young people sitting around with the song “Breaking Free,” from High School Musical, playing in the background.

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 The hacked front page HTML showed it as the new, rebranded and improved Lenovo with the images being sourced from Imgur and powered by JavaScript SlideJS script. Anybody clicking on the images is re-directed to Lizard Squad’s Twitter account.
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Sesame Smart Lock is the World’s First Instant Smart Lock

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After smartphones and watches comes a smart lock – Sesame – that brings the concept of connected smart-home technology right to your door (step).

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While the concept of a smart-lock was introduced to the world last year with brands like Kwikset, Schlage, and even startups like Lockitron each coming out with their own version of it, Sesame, the new Smart Lock by Candy House is being marketed as a one of a kind innovation – the world’s first Instant Smart Lock.

Seasame comes with a ‘military-grade encryption’ and can be instantly installed not only in high-tech homes but also in apartments and historic properties to ensure nearly fool-proof security.  A single 3M strip of command tape allows users to fit over any existing latch for easy installation. The strong sticky-tape comes with the lock and can simply be attached to the door, no need for hammer and tools.

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Have You Heard of these 5 Awesome Google Apps?

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2000px-Get_it_on_Google_play.svgIf you are not an iPhone user, you are an Android junkie. But no matter how avid a fan, even you might not know about these cool apps on the Google Playstore.

While most people know about the popular Gmail, social networking, gaming or business apps, there are some apps that are just as useful but not as popular. So check out this list of some really awesome and but lesser known Android apps:

Sound Search for Google Play

This can be best described as Google’s Android-only answer to Apple’s Shazam. It let you find out any song that is playing in your vicinity when you hold your phone close and record a bit of it. This music-recognition app identifies and directly links to Google Play from where you can purchase/download the tune.

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Students can get Microsoft’s Office 365 for Free!

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Microsoft’s announcement offering to make Office 365 Free (for educational purposes) on a global level, comes as welcome news for students and teachers all over the world.

After the initial promotional offer that ran only in the US, where students and faculty were offered free subscriptions, the company declared that the productivity suite would be available globally to millions of students and teachers. The statement by the company said, “Students getting Office at no additional cost to schools is a benefit Microsoft provides to education institutions that buy Office for faculty and staff.”

bgr-office-iphone-1The world-wide campaign by the company now makes it much easier for students to download and use the software on their own PC/Mac rather than wasting precious time trudging all the way to the library for the licensed versions.

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Pebble Time Crosses $6.5M mark After Debut

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Pebble Time, the new color e-ink smartwatch from Pebble crossed the $6.5 million mark within half a day of debuting on Kickstarter.

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The new Smartwatch from Pebble was revealed on Kickstarter early this morning and has already bulldozed its way through the initial target. The initial campaign target was set at $5m when it was launched and crossed this within 20 minutes of its debut  making it currently one of the Top 5 most funded projects on Kickstarter.

Infinitely better than its predecessors, with a slim, curved body design, colored display, it is the latest from Pebble’s list of wearable smart devices. The e-paper display saves power consumption and increases battery life significantly. A new voice-control feature will allow the wearer to send voice replies or take notes through compatible apps. Other features include:
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5 Great Paid iOS Apps You Can Get for FREE this Week

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These great paid apps are being offered free on the AppStore for a limited time only depending on how long the sales last. At the moment they are available for free but hurry before the offer ends.

1.       Aura

This easy-to-use, handy app lets you apply a variety of filters, effects, frames and border and even stylish tool texts to spice up your images. A single tap also lets you share the pictures instantly via Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or any other social media and sharing platform.

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2.       Air Transfer+

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