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Google Glass with prescription lenses leaked online

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Google is letting Glass Explorers swap in their first-generation wearable device for a newer model if they want to try out a faster, more durable device that also works with prescription glasses and comes with new accessories. While Explorers won’t have to pay anything on top of what they already paid for Google Glass to make the switch, only those Explorers who bought their units before October 28 can apply. The hardware upgrade is not mandatory though, Engadget reports, although in its notification Google warns Explorers that future features and accessories may not work with first-generation Glass units.

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In addition to Google inviting Explorers to make the switch, a Google employee posted images on Google+ showing a Glass unit mounted on prescription glasses (pictures above and below), although the images appear to have since been removed. The prescription Google Glass unit has a special slot in which users can insert the right arm of their actual glasses. Assuming the images show the real product, this may be the Glass version Explorers are invited to upgrade to.

Google continues to both upgrade its Google Glass product including software, and to allow more users to purchase Explorer units. However, the company is yet to launch a commercial version of the product, which would be available to general consumers.

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Picture of the battery case of Nokia EOS or Lumia 909 surfaces online

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After so many leaks of the device, today a pic of hybrid case/charger of the Nokia EOS or the Lumia 909 has been reported by The Verge. The device which is set to launch on July 11 at an event in New York is now a part of almost all the news of this month.

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Government of India proposes official specifications of the Akash IV Tablet, to have dual-boot and 4G support

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The next model of low-cost tablet under Aakash project will possess calling facility and high speed 4G services support, as per specifications released by government.

The specifications released by government suggest it will have “Driver for Phone Functionality with external dongle” and support “Data functionality with external 2G or 3G or 4G dongle”.

The Aakash project was Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal’s brainchild when he was the HRD Minister. The idea is to provide low-cost computing device at subsidised rate to students so that they can access Internet for educational purposes.

The first version of the tablet was launched on October 5, 2011. The tablet PC then launched had basic feature and costed government around Rs. 2,276. Government later upgraded the tablet with some advance features at the same price.

The latest version will have multiple new features but the the final price of the tablet has not been disclosed.

The new version of the tablet will have Bluetooth in-built which was missing in the previous versions. Other specifications included in the document posted online include minimum 1GB RAM, 4GB internal storage (expandable up to 32GB), 7-inch 800×480 display, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n.

The document says the Aakash IV tablet should be able to minimum 3 hours of 720p video on a single charge and the battery should be able to hold at least 90 percent of its charge after 30 days of standby time (tablet is turned off).

Software wise, the document mentions the tablet should come with Android 4.2.1 (Jelly Bean) or above, and should be able to dual-boot Linux stored on an external card.

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Purported photos of the cheaper iPhone’s back cover in plastic surface online

Cheaper-iPhone-back-coverToday a French blog  posted a photo which they claim is the rear cover of the rumored low-cost iPhone. Continue reading Purported photos of the cheaper iPhone’s back cover in plastic surface online

Intel launches Fourth-generation core processors (Haswell) in India

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Intel has launched its fourth generation core processors in India which have been  Code named Haswell. Notably, it is the first system on chip for PCs and will enable 2-in-1 design form factors. Perhaps the biggest improvement with the Haswell processors is in the field of battery life and graphical performance.

The new chipset is built on Intel’s 22nm microarchitecture, and Intel claims it will provide up to 50 percent gains in battery life from the previous generation. This means most UltraBooks in the market will deliver up to 9 hours of battery life. In fact, we already seen Apple launch the new 13-inch MacBook Air in the US which uses the very same processor, and it delivers around 12 hours of battery life, so these processors are really a big deal.

Intel has managed to reduce the power requirement of the chipset to 6-watts, and Intel has also worked on a lot on the power optimisations.

Generally, Intel says that people will have their computers run twice as fast and will wake up eight times faster and users will be able to edit and share HD video twenty times faster than a four year old computer.

The Haswell CPUs will also be very good in terms of graphics as Intel has introduced its new Iris graphics stack. Intel claims to have doubled the performance of the current generation Intel Integrated Graphics stack.

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