About Awais Imran





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Passionate writer at Redmond Pie, casual photographer, sharer of amusing links and an amalgam of all things geeky. Follow me on Twitter: @waisybabu


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Awais has blogged 1123 post(s).

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One of the biggest Apple-related news items last week – other than the launch of the iPad 4 and iPad mini – was the announcement from CEO Tim Cook that Senior Vice President (VP) of iOS Software, Scott Forstall and Head of Retail John Browett would be leaving the company in 2013.

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We’ve heard it multiple times over the past few months and we’re hearing it again today: Microsoft is working on their own smartphone.

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With PlayStation 3 sales slowly decreasing year over year, Sony appears to be preparing key developers for their next generation PlayStation console.

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In an effort to convince existing smartphone owners to switch to Windows Phone 8, Microsoft has released an update to Windows Phone sync tool for OS X. Check it out after the jump.

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Visually speaking, iOS’ Springboard “launcher” hasn’t changed much over the years. If you look at the iOS 1 vs. iOS 6 image we’ve placed after the jump, you’ll find the preceding statement to be very much true.

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The Galaxy S III may have a multi-core chip, a gig of RAM, high-end optics and an HD display, but that HD display is also freaking huge! At 4.8-inches, it is among the tallest and widest Android smartphones available in the market. As comfortable as it is to hold, with its smoothly curved body, it is mighty uncomfortable to use with one hand.

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The high-end superphone of today is the mid-end, economical smartphone of tomorrow. HTC’s Desire X, which was announced back in June, 2012, comes with a dual-core chip, a 4-inch 480 x 800 display, 768MB of RAM, 5-megapixel sensor on the back and, well, no optics on the front. It is powered by Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

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Yesterday’s biggest Apple-related news was that of veteran Apple executive, Senior Vice President of iOS Software, Scott Forstall and recently inducted Head of Retail operations, John Browett leaving the company.

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If you want to make changes to iOS’ user interface or wish to get rid of pre-installed, stock apps, you are required to first jailbreak your iOS device and then install the relevant tweaks from Cydia. This is fine on older A4 / A5 devices running previous versions of iOS, but if you’re using a device like the iPhone 5, iPod touch 5G or iPad 4, you’ll be out of luck. That is until now!

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The most unexpected announcement at last week’s Apple media event was that of the 4th generation iPad; Apple broke its steady February-March release cycle of three years to shift to more business-friendly pre-Christmas holiday shopping cycle. The new tablet is essentially an iPad 3S considering the fact that it has received under-the-hood specifications bump without any updates in its somewhat chunky design.

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After the success of software distribution platforms like Software Center and App Store, Microsoft has followed suit by introducing Windows Store on Windows 8. Like the App Store, it has its fair share of limitations over which apps go in and which don’t and, like the Software Center, it charges a fee per download of a paid app, but what’s different about it is that, by design, apps on the Windows Store (generally) run both on desktops running Windows 8 and tablets running Windows RT.

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As mentioned in my detailed review of Windows 8 Pro, there are significant visual changes in Microsoft’s new desktop operating system. Nearly every UI element has seen some sort of brush-up based on Microsoft’s Metro design language that focuses on content over chrome.

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One of the (many) reasons why you may want to go for a $199 16GB Nexus 7 over the $329 16GB iPad mini is the former’s ability to be radically customized in ways Apple devices just can’t be.

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In my detailed Windows 8 Pro review, I mentioned that there is a distinct lack of a large variety of quality apps on the Windows Store when compared to offerings on the Mac App Store and, in some ways, the Ubuntu (Linux) Software Center.

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Windows 8 Pro [REVIEW]

By | October 26th, 2012

Windows 8, along with Surface RT, is the biggest, most riskiest product Microsoft has worked on since the original Xbox over ten years ago. On the face of it, the company has significantly changed the way users use Windows , with a user-interface that is targeted more towards touch input on tablets rather than your traditional mouse and touchpad, but I’m here to tell you, in a good amount of detail, that that would be insult to folks who have been working on Windows 8 for the past 3-4 years.

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Competing directly with the Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire HD in the quickly expanding small but powerful, cheap but well designed tablet market, the iPad mini is most important new product to come out of the October 23rd Apple media event.

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Apple announced multiple products at their event on Tuesday including the all-important iPad mini, an unexpected 9.7-inch iPad refresh, specs bump for the Mac mini, all new iMacs and, of course, the rather exciting 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display. Apple today has released the first TV ad for the new MacBook Pro showcasing its amazing display. Check it out after the jump.

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This last week of October is jam-packed with really exciting media events from the personal computing industry. Apple revealed awesome new products like the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, all-new iMacs, “iPad 4” and, of course, the iPad mini at their event yesterday. Microsoft’s Windows 8 and Surface RT launch event is set for tomorrow and Google’s event is scheduled for October 29th.

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Apple announced a smorgasbord of new and updated products yesterday, including the 13” MacBook Pro with Retina Display, all-new iMacs, refreshed Mac mini, fourth-generation iPad and, the most important device of all, the iPad mini.

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Although today’s special Apple keynote in San Jose is centered around the announcement of the iPad mini, lest we forget the Retina-displaying, 9.7-inch iPad complete with all the bells and whistles. Released back in March, the 3rd-Gen Apple slab brought a host of improvements on its predecessor such as the A5X processor for quad-core graphics, and today, in line with recent changes made by Apple, a slightly-amended version of the slate, dubbed as iPad 4th-generation has been announced today.

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