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31 Dec 12 LG Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus: Camera shootout


We had a run-in with Google’s flagship smartphone today and we put it to work right away. The Nexus 4 is built by LG and follows the Galaxy Nexus very closely in terms of design and aesthetics. We’ll have an in-depth first impressions of the phone for you very soon, but first, how about a little camera showdown against the Galaxy Nexus. The camera in the previous phone was only good if all the conditions were ideal like a bright summer’s day. Anything else and you might as well not bother taking the phone out of your pocket. The Nexus 4 on the other hand has an 8MP BSI sensor from Sony, so we can expect great things from it, especially in low light.

We will be comparing it with other handsets like the iPhone 5, Lumia 920, etc in the future but for now, we just want to see how much of an improvement it is over its predecessor.

On Video

We’ve shot a quick hands-on video of the LG Nexus 4, highlighting its design and build as well as a quick comparison with the Galaxy Nexus itself. We also get to see the new powerful Qualcomm SoC in action through a quick lap of NFS: Most Wanted.

Good detail on both but the Nexus 4 edges out the GNex with better depth of field

Good detail on both but the Nexus 4 edges out the GNex with better depth of field

 

In the first out door test, both cameras appear to capture very good amount of detail. However, the colours are a bit exaggerated in the Galaxy Nexus as compared the Nexus 4. Also, the depth of field is stronger in the Nexus 4 as the blue wall and shrubs in the background are more blurred out.

No real competition here

No real competition here

 

Our second test was indoors, under sufficient ambient lighting. Here, the BSI sensor come into play by offering a much better white balance as well as a lot more detail. The Galaxy Nexus is simply unable to capture enough detail and colours in this sort of lighting.

Good detail and accurate colours from the Nexus 4

Good detail and accurate colours from the Nexus 4

 

We finally come to our macro test. Once again, the Nexus 4 came out on top with better white balance and much better contrast. The detail is also a lot better.

There’s no word when the Nexus 4 will actually launch in India but latest rumours state a possibility of an early Jan launch. You can buy the handset right now from the gray market for approximately Rs 36,000 for the 16GB model. You can read our in-depth first impressions of the handset right here.

Product sourced from: Cell Point, Shop No.76, Heerapanna. Contact no:+91 9819 031 860

Article source: http://tech2.in.com/features/smartphones/lg-nexus-4-vs-samsung-galaxy-nexus-camera-shootout/664542

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28 Dec 12 LG Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus : Camera shootout


We had a run-in with Google’s flagship smartphone today and we put it to work right away. The Nexus 4 is built by LG and follows the Galaxy Nexus very closely in terms of design and aesthetics. We’ll have an in-depth first impressions of the phone for you very soon, but first, how about a little camera showdown against the Galaxy Nexus. The camera in the previous phone was only good if all the conditions were ideal like a bright summer’s day. Anything else and you might as well not bother taking the phone out of your pocket. The Nexus 4 on the other hand has an 8MP BSI sensor from Sony, so we can expect great things from it, especially in low light.

We will be comparing it with other handsets like the iPhone 5, Lumia 920, etc in the future but for now, we just want to see how much of an improvement it is over its predecessor.

On Video

We’ve shot a quick hands-on video of the LG Nexus 4, highlighting its design and build as well as a quick comparison with the Galaxy Nexus itself. We also get to see the new powerful Qualcomm SoC in action through a quick lap of NFS: Most Wanted.

Good detail on both but the Nexus 4 edges out the GNex with better depth of field

Good detail on both but the Nexus 4 edges out the GNex with better depth of field

 

In the first out door test, both cameras appear to capture very good amount of detail. However, the colours are a bit exaggerated in the Galaxy Nexus as compared the Nexus 4. Also, the depth of field is stronger in the Nexus 4 as the blue wall and shrubs in the background are more blurred out.

No real competition here

No real competition here

 

Our second test was indoors, under sufficient ambient lighting. Here, the BSI sensor come into play by offering a much better white balance as well as a lot more detail. The Galaxy Nexus is simply unable to capture enough detail and colours in this sort of lighting.

Good detail and accurate colours from the Nexus 4

Good detail and accurate colours from the Nexus 4

 

We finally come to our macro test. Once again, the Nexus 4 came out on top with better white balance and much better contrast. The detail is also a lot better.

There’s no word when the Nexus 4 will actually launch in India but latest rumours state a possibility of an early Jan launch. You can buy the handset right now from the gray market for approximately Rs 30,000 for the 16GB model. Stay tuned for our first impressions on the Nexus 4 coming up shortly. 


Product sourced from: Cell Point, Shop No.76, Heerapanna. Contact no:+91 9819 031 860

Article source: http://tech2.in.com/features/smartphones/lg-nexus-4-vs-samsung-galaxy-nexus-camera-shootout/664542

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25 Dec 12 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Note 7 appears on GLBenchmark


Samsung has always been bullish about the 7-inch tablet segment and
seems like the company is now gearing up to launch Galaxy Note 7.

Earlier
this month, a model by the name GT-N5100 had surfaced in NenaMark2 and
now it has been spotted at GLBenchmark. According to grapevine this
device might be 7-inch Galaxy Note.

The benchmarks
seem to confirm that the Galaxy Note 7 will sport a 1.6GHz Exynos 4412
processor, a 1280 x 800 display resolution and Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
right out of the box.

It is now a little too early to predict
whether Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will be unveiled at the forthcoming CES
2013 or Mobile World Congress (MWC), or in fact any other time.

Samsung
has managed to taste success with its previous Note models. Samsung
Galaxy Note II managed to sell over 5 million units within two months
since the phablet started shipping. Currently, Samsung is also offering 10.1-inch Samsung Galaxy Note
800, (aka Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1) for Rs. 39,990 in India.

So
there are going to be plenty of expectations pegged around Samsung
Galaxy Note 7 when it launches and it will be interesting to see what
will be Samsung’s pricing strategy for this tablet. There are already
rumours doing the rounds that Asus and Acer may launch affordable 7-inch
tablets soon that will be available for $99. In order to compete with
them, Samsung too might have to price its forthcoming tablet on the
similar lines.

Another interesting Samsung device that might be
launched at the CES of MWC is Samsung Galaxy S IV. While the Samsung Galaxy S III was unveiled in May 2012,
there’s plenty of buzz that its successor may be unveiled a bit earlier
next year.

Article source: http://gadgets.ndtv.com/tablets/news/7-inch-samsung-galaxy-note-7-appears-on-glbenchmark-309334

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22 Dec 12 Google disables silent extension installs to Chrome


Updated 22 Dec, 2012, 5:33 pm IST

10 Jun 12 Indian firm to invest RO30m in Sohar plant


Muscat: India’s Metkore Alloys and Industries Ltd is set to build a world class 165,000 tonnes per annum capacity ferro chrome smelter project in Sohar, with an envisaged investment of RO30 million.

This is the third ferro chrome project coming up Sohar free zone, giving the much needed boost to Sohar free zone’s plans to become a steel hub in the Middle East region. Other two companies that are planning to establish similar ferro chrome projects in Sohar are Al Taman Indsil Ferro Chrome (a joint venture between Indsil Group and Muscat Overseas) and Gulf Mining Group.

The project work of Metkore is expected to start in October, with the completion of the work within 18 months. A land lease agreement was signed by Sheikh Sa’ad bin Mohammed Al Mardhouf Al Sa’adi, Chairman of Port of Sohar, and Prashant Boorugu, Managing Director of Metkore Alloys Industries, here yesterday.
Metkore is negotiating with a well-established local firm for a joint venture agreement for the ferro chrome project, but no agreement has been signed so far.

“We see an opportunity to set up a ferro chrome plant in Oman for two reasons -” the domestic availability of chrome ore and the long-term growth prospects of Oman’s economy,- Boorugu told Times of Oman, after signing the pact. He added that his company, which has been in existence for the last 29 years, is the best performer in terms of productivity and power efficiency in India. “We have our strength in technology and productivity.-

“We have started our work to get clearances from the government agencies. We probably start work to build the project in the fourth quarter of this year.- The ferro chrome plant will become operational in 2014 and is expected to generate direct employment for about 500 people.

The company has already appointed consultants to carry out technical and environmental studies for the project. Omanisation is the prime objective of the company and all efforts will be taken to train the local Omani nationals and appoint them to operate the plant profitably. Further, the low grade chrome ore available in Oman will be beneficiated and put to gainful use thereby adding value to the mineral resources available in Oman.

Neelima Vyas, Deputy CEO of Freezone Sohar, said Metkore is planning to establish its plant in an area of 22 hectares. Metkore, formerly known as Cronimet Alloys India, is a leading ferro alloy manufacturer in India with a turnover of $45 million in 2011-12. The company along with its associate companies currently operates two ferro alloy plants of capacities 15 MVA and 28 MVA in India.

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Article source: http://www.timesofoman.com/innercat.aspx?detail=6120

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09 Jun 12 Metkore to invest $80m in Ferro alloy plant at Sohar Freezone


By Bader al Kiyumi — MUSCAT — To set up a 108 MVA Ferro chrome plant spread across 20 hectares of land at Sohar Freezone at a cost of $ 80 million, the Port of Sohar inked a pact with the Metkore Alloys and Industries. The leading Indian company has completed the land lease agreement with Sohar Freezone yesterday. Ferro chrome is a key input material for stainless steel production. The company has already appointed consultants to carry out technical and environmental studies for the project. The Ferro chrome plant will become operational in 2014.

The pact inked by Shaikh Saad bin Mohammed al Mardhouf al Saadi, Sports Affairs Minister and Chairman of the board of the Port of Sohar and Prahsant Boorugu, Managing Director of Metcore. The company is expected to generate direct employment for about 500 people. Metkore Company along with its associate companies currently operates two Ferro alloy plants of capacities 15 MVA and 28 MVA in India. It has also undertaken an expansion to add another 140 MVA capacity in the next two years in India.

With this new establishment Freezone Sohar gives further rise to nominating itself as the steel hub in the Middle East. The availability of the upstream steel industries in the port, the establishment of various Ferro alloy facilities in Freezone Sohar and the last week signed stainless steel company puts Oman front seat as a location for downstream steel fabrication and distribution.

Article source: http://main.omanobserver.om/node/98449

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21 May 12 Google Chrome Now the No. 1 Browser in the World


Google‘s Chrome web browser just passed Microsoft’s Internet Explorer to become the most-used browser in the world, says the latest data from a digital analytics service.

Although Chrome has edged out IE before for short periods, the last week marks the first time Chrome was the No. 1 browser for a sustained period of one week. Exactly 31.88% of the world’s web traffic was done on Chrome, according to StatCounter, while IE is a close second at 31.47%.

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Although the difference is slight, Chrome has been trending up for some time, while IE has been trending down. IE is still the top browser in many regions, including North America, but Chrome is extremely popular in both India and South America — the latter being a region where Google’s Orkut social network also has significant market share.

Source: StatCounter Global Stats – Browser Market Share

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IE is still king in most other regions, though, for obvious reasons: It’s the default web browser for Windows machines, which still constitute about 90% of the world’s computers. Tech-savvy Internet users tend to prefer Chrome, however, due to its minimal user interface and loading speed.

The browser trends are expected to continue at least until the general release of Internet Explorer 10 later this year. IE10 is tied to the launch of Windows 8, and it may introduce a wild card into the browser game.

While the desktop version of Windows 8 will support third-party browsers just like Windows has in the past, there’s some question whether certain Windows tablets will limit their functionality, in effect forcing users toward using IE10 if they want the abilities of a full web browser.

SEE ALSO: Google Confirms It’s Working on Chrome for Windows 8

While StatCounter’s numbers, which are based on page-view data on 3 million websites, are often seen as a reliable barometer on browser popularity, other services that look at unique visitors to determine market share tell a different story. The most recent numbers from Net Applications, for example, show IE with a commanding lead of 54% to Chrome’s 19%. Mozilla Firefox is slightly more popular, at 20%.

Which data do you think is more reliable? Have your say in the comments.

Image courtesy of iStockphoto, andrearoad

This story originally published on Mashable here.

Article source: http://news.yahoo.com/google-chrome-now-no-1-browser-world-111324988.html

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29 Apr 12 No proposal to impose complete ban on chrome ore export


India’s minister of mines (independent charge) Mr Dinsha J Patel informed Lok Sabha in a written reply that there is no proposal by the ministry of mines to impose complete ban on export of chrome ore.

He further informed that India has 203 million tonnes of total resources out of which there is only 54 million tonnes are reserves and 149 million tonnes are remaining resources. At present India’s production is sufficient to meet domestic consumption as well as export. Therefore, presently export of chrome ore is not directly impacting the steel industry.

Replying to written question, the minister said that the present production of chromite is sufficient to meet domestic consumption as well as export requirements. As per available information, export of chrome ore is guided by Exim Policy of the country.

Source – Press Information Bureau

(www.steelguru.com)

Article source: http://www.steelguru.com/stainless_steel_news/No_proposal_to_impose_complete_ban_on_chrome_ore_export/261360.html

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28 Apr 12 No plan to ban chrome exports for now: Minister



SME Times News Bureau | 28 Apr, 2012

The Centre has no plan to impose complete ban on export of chrome for now ore as the present production of the steel raw material is sufficient to meet domestic consumption as well as export requirements, the Lok Sabha was informed Friday.

Replying to written question, Minister of Mines (Independent Charge) Dinsha J. Patel said that there is no proposal by the Ministry of Mines to impose complete ban on export of chrome ore.  

He informed that India has 203 million tonnes of total resources out of which there is only 54 million tonnes are reserves and 149 million tonnes are remaining resources.

At present India’s production is sufficient to meet domestic consumption as well as export. Therefore, presently export of chrome ore is not directly impacting the steel industry, Patel added.  

Chrome or chromium is an important alloying material for steel. Stainless steel is formed when chromium is added to iron. High speed tool steels also contain chromium.  

Replying to another question in the Lok Sabha, the minister said that prices of iron ore in the country has shown an increase in the last three years.

He said that the mining sector, including mining and trade in iron ore, has been liberalized since the year 1993 and prices of iron ore is driven by global market demand and the government does not administer the prices of iron ore in the country.

Article source: http://www.smetimes.in/smetimes/news/top-stories/2012/Apr/28/govt-has-no-plans-ban-chrome-exports-minister71633.html

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07 Apr 12 China to cut SA chrome imports


Articles

Domestic Chinese ferrochrome costs about half of that of imports from SA, where production is being squeezed by soaring electricity prices and by uncertainty over Eskom’s ability to deliver uninterrupted power.

China is busy adding domestic ferrochrome capacity, with 1.76million tons of new annual capacity coming on stream between 2012 and 2015. To put that in perspective, China imported 409316t of ferrochrome in last year’s fourth quarter, of which 271706t was South African. By the middle of this decade, new Chinese capacity is likely to lead to a global oversupply even if the South Africans close more furnaces.

Executives of existing or would-be South African ferrochrome producers – Merafe CEO Stuart Elliot and Ruukki director Danko Konchar among them – have reacted to the Chinese competition by calling on Pretoria to tax chrome ore exports. At a March conference in Hong Kong, Konchar urged Pretoria to impose an export tax of $100/t. At that time ore prices were only fractionally over $200/t landed at Chinese ports. Higher, taxed ore export prices could, the idea was, tip the competitive balance in SA ferrochrome producers’ favour. SA ore exporters, who sit on four-fifths of the global chrome resource, might demur over interference in their trade.

Should Chinese ferrochrome makers object to SA ore prices they could turn to Zimbabwe, Turkey, India or Kazakhstan. That’s despite the fact that Zimbabwe is continuing to restrict ore exports, that Kazakhstan continues to push for its domestic ore to be smelted at home and that India is adding export quotas to its existing 30% ad valorem export tax. China itself was holding substantial stocks of ore at the end of 2011 and is expected to draw on them rather than pay higher import prices. There’s enough chrome in the ground worldwide to satisfy demand for several centuries.

In a new report, Johannesburg-based Core Consultants says SA ferrochrome producers cut output by 15% in this year’s first quarter. Producers continue to struggle with Eskom’s power buy-backs, which have curbed electricity availability. The upshot, says Core, was that SA’s ferrochrome producers only operated at 55% capacity in this year’s first quarter, though there are upper-end suggestions of a rise to 65% in the second quarter.

Smelters continue to be closed or converted to ferromanganese production. Back in 2001, SA produced 50% of the world’s ferrochrome. By 2010 the share was down to 42% and falling.

Global output of ferrochrome totalled 2.072 million tons in this year’s first quarter with a small supply:demand deficit. An expected return to surplus this quarter should contribute to some price stodginess. Near-term demand for stainless steel and, by extension of ferrochrome, is hardly positive.

Europe’s demand for ferrochrome for current steel production is likely to require a protracted convalescence, though steelmakers appear to be replenishing alloy stocks, as are US steelmakers. China appears set to draw down its stainless stocks before raising production.

In the EU, this year’s first-quarter high-carbon ferrochrome contract benchmark prices fell by some 4% quarter-on-quarter to $1.15/lb but are expected to advance to $1.25 or more in the second quarter. In the US, spot prices of between $1.17-$1.21/lb were 12% higher quarter on quarter. In contrast, first-quarter low-carbon prices declined generally across the globe, falling from $2.18-2.28/lb early in January to $2.07-2.12/lb in early March. SA largely produces the high-carbon product.

High-carbon ferrochrome producers are being squeezed by rising input costs. For the longer term, Core estimates that rising costs will force producers to lift prices to $1.32-$1.35/lb by 2016 if they are to remain profitable. Ore may be cheap, but the SA smelters that are crucial to the country’s beneficiation hopes will be closely watching Eskom’s electricity prices and supply.

Article source: http://www.businesslive.co.za/world/int_markets/2012/04/07/china-to-cut-sa-chrome-imports

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