Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Review

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HTC One X Review

It's mean, charming, exhilarating and power-packed. Rating: 8.5/10.

Nokia finally launches 808 PureView in India at Rs.33,899

The much-hyped Nokia 808 PureView withholding its huge 41-megapixel snapper is finally getting an Indian launch today

2012-02-29

Windows 8 Consumer Preview available for DOWNLOAD right now!

Microsoft has made over 1,00,0000 changes since the Windows 8 Developer Preview was launched back last year. All the hype, wait and curiosity can take rest now. Microsoft has just made the all-new Windows 8 Consumer Preview available as a public download. Go get it right here. It's in the form of an ISO file and is available in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions It's available in English, Chinese, French, German, and Japanese. The minimum requirements for the Consumer Preview are a 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of free storage space, and a DirectX 9-compatible graphics card. Just give your email address along with the country and your good to go. We have kept a copy on download and will be back soon with a review on it.


Facebook rolls out Timeline for Pages

Facebook Timeline for Pages






See that above? Yes, that's a Notification on MAG CUBE's Facebook page informing us about the launch of much-awaited Timeline for Pages. 


Facebook Pages around the world can now upgrade to Timeline just like users had updated their profiles. This will bring along a lot of changes for big brands and businesses. The old Tab system where we could use special Welcome page or apps or any other such tabs is practically useless now. 


The new Timeline features include the option to pin posts to the top of the page for a period of over one week. Wait there's more. You can even receive and reply to private messages from any Facebook User. Obviously, the cover photo design element is present in here. Expect a lot more of creative brand designed cover photos now. We ourselves have gone busy designing one. 


All Facebook Pages can upgrade to Timeline right away but they have also been given an optional 30 day period to revert back before Timeline is forcibly published on March 30th. A new admin panel and Activity Log lets Pages feature, hide, and delete posts. In case of mobile users, the Timeline on Pages isn't visible yet but soon will be. 

Ford Fiesta goes Automatic, starts at Rs 8.99lakh


Ford Fiesta Automatic

The Ford Fiesta now comes with a segment-first dual-clutch automatic gearbox. 

In a segment where bigwigs like Honda, Hyundai and Volkswagen offer conventional auto 'box with the usual 4 or 5-speed to play with; Ford, on the other hand, is going for an all-out attack with its 6-speed dual clutch auto 'box that boasts quite a list of features like grade assist, a feature which selects lower gears or downshifts and uses engine braking while going downhill or when you come off the throttle. What's more is the launch assist which engages the brakes for 2.5 seconds after you lift off the brake pedal, ideal while driving on steep hills or in slow-moving traffic. 

This DSG gearbox is currently available only with the 1.5-litre Ti-Vct petrol engine. It produces around 108hp at 6000rpm and 140nm of torque at 4500rpm. 

Two trim levels are on offer for the Fiesta automatic - the base 'Style' version, is priced at Rs 8.99lakh and the high-end Titanium + with alloy wheels, voice command, bluetooth, reverse parking sensors and other features, comes at around Rs 9.70lakh. Prices shown are ex-showroom, Delhi. This automatic version is called the Fiesta Powershift and the dual clutch auto 'box has been designed to run without any maintenance and engineered to have a life of 10 years or 2,40,000km, whichever comes first.  

Ford Fiesta Automatic


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2012-02-28

BREAKING NEWS: Apple iPad3 officially to be unveiled on March 7th


Apple iPad 3 launch


Finally, finally and finally all the rumors buzzing around the web about the next-gen iPad 3 can take rest. Technology website, theverge has just confrimed that the iPad 3 will officially be revealed at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco at 10AM PST, on Wednesday, March 7th. As you can see in the above invitation, this is pure Apple style invite. We loved it. We are expecting to see that Retina display or some goodness of a quad-core chip with an 8-megapixel snapper. 


If you observe closely, there's a missing home button, a design change that Apple has been aiming for. Has Apple copied this from already button less Android tablets? Many such curiosities can rise up. We'll have to wait if this is true or not.


Get ready to be amazed by the next-gen iPad. Set your reminders as we will be blogging LIVE about the launch from numerous sources. 

Updated: Ferrari F12 Berlinetta Revealed!


Ferrari F12 Berlinetta



The latest and meanest Ferrari has officially been revealed and its called the F12 Berlinetta. Thanks to a 730bhp 6.3-litre V12 engine under the hood, the F12 Berlinetta is the most powerful road car ever to come out of Maranello.

What you’re looking at here are the very first pictures of the much-talked-about Ferrari that will debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show next month. This new flagship Ferrari is the successor to the 599 GTB grand-tourer. 

Earlier, a picture of the car leaked on GTspirit.com before its official public debut. Talking about the engine and power-train details, the car produces 730bhp at 8,500rpm, 118bhp up on the 599 GTB. Meanwhile, the torque figure is a massive 690Nm.
The Engine is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox with rear-wheel-drive setup. 


Ferrari F620 GTThe performance figures are simply mind-bending. The F12 Berlinetta does 0-100kph in 3.1 seconds with a top speed of well over 320kph. Watch this space for official pictures and information as we are about to cover more on this and other Geneva Motor Show highlights in good time.



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Ferrari F12 Berlinetta








Microsoft Research builds a transparent 3D desktop [VIDEO]

Microsoft transparent 3d display
I'm sure we all have seen some high-tech transparent displays or crazy gizmos in Hollywood films but this transparent 3D display built by Mircosoft Research is for real. It's built using Samsung's transparent OLED screen. To create a virtual environment at your fingertips, Microsoft has used their own Kinect motion sensors. With a unique design build, the keyboard lies at the back of the display. The display will adjust according to your eye and head angle to give you a 3D view. Before I go into much more details, just sit back and hope that this video demonstration below gets into production for the masses.



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MWC 2012: LAVA's XOLO X900 is India's first Intel-based smartphone


We had seen Intel's medfield based Android smartphone back at CES but there were no details about the phone coming to India. Now, thanks to the Indian based LAVA International Ltd., the Indian market will get their first Intel-based smartphone running on Android. Unveiled back in Barcelona at MWC, it's called 'XOLO X900'. The 'XOLO X900' runs on Intel's smartphone reference design, featuring the Intel 1.6GHz Atom processor Z2460 with Intel Hyper-Threading Technology. 


List of specifications we know by-far:

  • 4.03-inch 1024x600 resolution LCD display
  • 1.6GHz Atom Z2460 processor
  • HSPA+ network support, NFC, HDMI
  • 1,460mAh 
  • 8-megapixel rear camera with 1080p video and burst shot of 10 photos a second, 3-megapixel front camera.
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread

Vishal Sehgal, Co-Founder and Director of Lava International said, “We are proud to partner with Intel on XOLO to bring a superior smartphone computing experience to customers in India. Over the last two and a half years, we have built our business in the feature phone segment where Lava has been the brand of choice for nearly 10 million Indian customers. With XOLO, we intend to now serve the discerning and fast-paced smartphone customer, which is where this collaboration with Intel is critical to us.”


Although LAVA isn't a big name in the mobile industry, they are still growing very fast in the Indian market and if publicized properly, then the XOLO X900 can bring in fame and growth to their company. Kudos to them, we will get to see the first Intel-based phone in India by the second-quarter of this year. No word on the pricing yet.


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2012-02-27

MWC 2012: Nokia unveils 808 PureView, a 41-megapixel camera phone!

Nokia PureView 808
Over the years we have come across technologies that revolutionize things or set a trend. The above smartphone can be counted as one such device. The huge bulge your seeing in the image above is due to a 41-megapixel camera at the rear of the phone. That is the one feature that made us first ask ourselves - What?! and then a brief - Wow! 


Yes, meet Nokia PureView 808 that carries a 41-megapixel sensor made up of Carl Zeiss optics along with a Xenon flash and a LED one, acting as a video light. The images taken by this sensor collects data from seven adjacent pixels and condenses it into one. It is also capable of capturing 3 MP, 5 MP, 8 MP, 38 MP snaps at 4:3 aspect ratio and 2 MP, 5 MP, 8 MP, 34 MP at 16:9 aspect ratio. Do you need anything more?


Video recording is obviously FullHD 1080p at 30 fps and there's also 720p@30fps. We wish that if Nokia was able to build such a sensor then why miss out on 1080p at 60fps too? Anyways, it also supports 4x zoom in 1080p and 6x in 720p. Stereo sound recording is present here. 


Phew! Now, let's also talk about other specifications. It has a 16:9 4" AMOLED display of nHD (640 x 360) resolution covered with curved Gorilla Glass. Running on the latest Nokia Belle OS, it has been powered by a single-core 1.3Ghz processor and 512MB RAM.  16GB of on-board storage, Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth 3.0 are loaded in. 

The Nokia PureView 808 is expected to arrive in May at a price of €450. Did this give you jaw-dropping reaction? If yes, Share your thoughts. 





















The Oscars 2012 Winners LIVE



The big day is finally here - get ready for the 84th Annual Academy Awards i.e. the OSCARS. The Awards with the host as Billy Crystal are being held right now and we are live-blogging the show. Red-carpet is on and the awards will be LIVE within the next 15mins. Stay tuned. Visit HERE for the LIVE blog.

2012-02-26

Samsung reveals Galaxy Beam, now your Android smartphone has a built-in HD projector

























Samsung has started-off revealing their line-up for Mobile World Congress with this new offering in the galaxy line-up called the 'Galaxy Beam'. 


This built-in projector is capable of 15 lumens of brightness and also project HD stuff on to surfaces up to 50 feet wide. Things like videos, pictures, presentations and even games can be thrown on to a surface from this 4" display. A special app has been designed by Samsung to do this. We wish they had added Android 4.0 ICS instead of Gingerbread here. One specification that is shocking us here is 6GB of RAM. 


Samsung failed to give pricing details but the phone is expected to be available in March. Apart from the projector, other specifications include: 
  • 1Ghz dual-core processor
  • 5-megapixel rear with a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera, 720p@30fps video recording
  • 4-inch display with an 800 x 480 resolution
  • 2000mAh battery
  • 8GB internal memory
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-fi  MicroUSB 2.0 and a 3.5mm audio jack.

2012-02-25

Range Rover Evoque Convertible Concept - World's First Convertible SUV!



After launching the achingly beautiful 'Evoque', Land Rover is now ready with yet another shocker. The Range Rover Evoque Convertible you see above will be showcased at next month's 2012 Geneva Motor Show.  

This drop-top version is based on the three-door Evoque, and comes with seating for four. The roof is fully retractable and it is also equipped with a Roll Over Protection System (ROPS). The stunning interior comes with all the bells and whistles; including a premium audio system, Land Rover's terrain response system, park assist, surround cameras, Leather seats, and an infotainment system with an 8-inch display. The concept comes shod with 21-inch wheels, that massively improves the overall stance. 

We still do not know whether Land Rover will put this amazing concept into production, however, if they do, the convertible Evoque would cost around 10-20 percent more than the three-door hard top version.  




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2012-02-23

New Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse


Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse

Behold the most powerful roadster the world has ever seen - the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse.

To give you an idea just how mental this new Veyron is, here are a few numbers; 1185hp @ 6400rpm and 153kgm of tarmac shattering torque when the engine spins between 3000-5000rpm. That's 197bhp and 26kgm up from the standard Veyron's 987bhp and 127kgm (the standard Veyron, on its own, is quick enough to tear your face off!) The new 'Vitesse' - which is French for ''speed'', is basically a mixture of Super Sport and Grand Sport versions of the Veyron. The engine itself is a work of art; its an 8-litre, 16-cylinder engine with 4 turbochargers, yes, four! And while we're at it, the number of radiators in total is ten.

The extra juice over the standard Veyron's engine has been squeezed by enlarging all the four turbo-chargers and intercoolers. Bugatti have also beefed up the chassis to cope with the extra power, they have claimed that the Vitesse will hit a top speed of over 400kmph, making it the fastest and most powerful roadster of all time.

Pricing will be somewhere close to that of the Super Sport. We'll get to more details after it's been revealed at the 2012 Geneva motor show to be held next month. 



Samsung sells 20 million Galaxy S II's in 10 months



The mobile industry had their eyes blown-off when Samsung had shown-off the Galaxy S II for the first time last year. We even called it the Best Smartphone one can buy up until we came across the Galaxy Nexus
The news for proud owners of Galaxy S II is that this device has managed to reach a sales figure of 20 million units across the world within just 10months of its launch. It was sold in different shapes and sizes in different countries and many variants came along in the galaxy line-up. All those proud owners now you have one more reason to brag about your S II.
Do you own a Samsung Galaxy S II? If yes, let us know in the comments section below.


LG Optimus 4X HD is the smartphone you desire for, Quad-core Tegra 3 processor with Android ICS


LG loves making history as we remember they had announced world's first ever dual-core smartphone - the LG Optimus 2X and now they have been successful in doing it again. Read along to know why I call this all-new just launched LG Optimus 4X HD smartphone desirable. 


The blazing fast Quad-core Tegra 3 processor stuffed inside a 8.9mm thin body has with it a huge 4.7" True HD IPS LCD (1280x720) display which will finally offer you the true taste of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. To accompany this power-hog, a 2,150mAh battery and NVIDIA's Tegra 3 processor chip will offer an extra 'companion core' with its "4+1" core setup that can be used in low power situations to extend overall battery life. 1GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, DLNA and MHL and the common 8-megapixel camera in back with 1.3-megapixel camera in front add up to the list of desirable specs. If at all LG had made up an 12 megapixel sensor, then this could have been epic. 


LG confirmed that the Optimus 4X HD will be available in Europe in the second quarter. More information and pictures will be available at MWC 2012 starting just after three days. 

2012-02-22

LG Optimus 3D Max gets official, brings more of 3D than you expect


LG is bombarding smartphones. Yesterday they announced the LG Optimus 3D Cube and now they have yet another device ready. This one's called 'LG Optimus 3D Max'. Yes, its a higher version to the just launched Optimus 3D Cube.


Differences among these two are very minute. As the name for 3D Max suggests, it brings in more of 3D content like an HD Converter which will convert all games and apps to HD resolution as soon as you connect it to an HDTV. Another converter named 3D converter, will convert 2D apps to 3D. We wonder how will it manage to convert all apps.


Optimus 3D Max will carry a WVGA 4.3" LCD while the Optimus 3D Cube has a NOVA display. Other specs are the same including a 1.2Ghz dual-core processor, Android 2.3 Gingerbread and the internal memory in here has been cut down to 8GB.

The Optimus 3D Max will go on sale in Korea this March and then gradually be available to other markets globally. We will have to wait till MWC to get more details about this one.








Honda CBR 150R launch in March, to be priced around Rs 1.15Lakh




Indian motorcycle scene is suddenly getting red-hot, it is only the second month of the year and we have already seen the launch of two much-awaited and very exciting motorcycles; KTM's Duke 200 and the Bajaj Pulsar 200NS. Now, the bike that we are really looking forward to is the Honda CBR 150R. This new motorcycle was earlier showcased at the Auto Expo held in New Delhi last month. Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) is now all set to launch the baby CBR in coming month. 

The CBR 150R comes powered by a single cylinder, 150cc engine with DOHC and four valves per-cylinder. The bike is a younger sibling of the popular CBR 250R that Honda sells here. The rev-happy 150cc engine is mated to a six-speed gearbox and produces around 18hp and a peak torque of 12.6 Nm (slightly more than the Yamaha R15
Honda hopes to sell over 3,500 units of the CBR 150R every month. Yamaha, in comparison, sells around 3,000 units of the R15 version 2.0. We expect the launch to be in the middle of March with a price-tag of around Rs 1.15Lakh. Stay tuned. 


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LG Optimus 3D Cube is World's First Smartphone with 3D Photo/Video Editing

LG Optimus 3D Cube

LG seems to be in a rush to announce new phones ahead of Mobile World Congress 2012. First they revealed Optimus Vu, then the L-style phones L3, L5 and L7 and now we have a third one in the 3D dimension. 


3D technology in smartphones hasn't been much appreciated by consumers but LG has decided to keep this fact apart and announced LG Optimus 3D Cube, a successor to the last year launched LG Optimus 3D. 


A 4.3-inch IPS display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, dual 5-megapixel cameras, 16GB of storage and lastly a 1520mAh battery will altogether power the new feature LG has added in and that is world's first phone with 3D video/photo editing software. A first of its kind in the smartphone arena. 


To top all of this, LG has trimmed down the device to 9.6mm thin right from the old 11.9mm. For now, its built-in with Android 2.3 Gingerbread and as usual a future ICS upgrade is expected soon. The device is NFC enabled making it compatible with 'LG Tag' system. 


The Optimus 3D Cube is all about the 3D gimmick and LG has made sure to add it all for you but before you decide to get this one, let me tell you that it's only available for now in Korea through SK Telecom. After MWC, we hope it will be launched globally in different countries. 




2012-02-21

LG reveals three L-Style phones, calls them L3, L5 and L7

LG L3 L5 L7

Before you gaga on looking at the ladies, let me stop you there. The three phones these models withhold are reportedly the L-series smartphones announced by LG called L3, L5 and L7. 


LG L-style phone
The L7 will carry a 4.3" display, the L5 would be carrying 4" one and the lower-end L3 will have a 3.7" display. The L7 and L5 will offer Android ICS while the mid-range L3 would have Gingerbread. 


LG has decided to put their design team at task. The all-new L series phones will concentrate more on the design area and will be called the 'L-style'. We expect to see more of thin designed phones.


Their new design mantra "is comprised of five aesthetic elements: Modern Square Style for a comfortable grip, Floating Mass Technology for a slimmer look, Seamless Layout for a more intuitive arrangement of keys, Harmonized Design Contrast utilizing metallic accents and Sensuous Slim Shape that naturally draws one’s attention", the company explained in their press release.


There are no more details available at the moment. To appreciate the effort LG has taken for the design, we will have to wait till we get to see these for real when MWC 2012 kicks off next week. Stay tuned.




2012-02-20

Meet PACPAD 1 - Android Tablet built by Pakistan's Military

PACPAD 1 Tablet


No it's no joke. What you just read is 100% true. The Pakistan Air Force based out of Kamra, in northern Pakistan have gone ahead and built this Android tablet called PACPAD 1 (Pakistan Aeronautical Complex PAD) for a price of $200. According to reports, the Pak military has tied up with a Hong Kong based company named 'Innavtek' to manufacture this tablet. 


At such a low-price, the 7-inch tablet manages to pack in a 1Ghz processor, Android 2.3 Gingerbread but there's no camera here. We were impressed by the video playback capabilities which even includes Full HD MKV format playback support. PAC eBook 1 and a PAC nBook 1 laptop are the other products made by the military before this tablet. 

Other specifications of the PACPAD 1 tablet are: 

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Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire - Picture Gallery

The new Swift Dzire is one car that's hard to fault. It looks way better than its predecessor and is almost every bit as practical as well. And now it’s much more desirable; the interior has a nice, airy feel to it with good plastics all-around and the new Dzire is slightly roomier as well. Sit back and enjoy our picture gallery or you can read our full review here.



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It is often quite hard to improve on something as good as the original; be it Movies, Autos or Gadgets (no pun intended) When you come to think of it, It's rare that a sequel is as good or even better than the original. Maruti Suzuki’s very own Zen is a classic case in point. Introduced in the year 1993, the original Zen was a class act. With a high-revving engine (that was born to scream) mated to a slick-shifting gearbox; the tiny little hatchback was an enthusiast’s wet dream. However, in the wake of better competition, the Zen lacked a practical side. Maruti tried to fix it by launching a sequel, the new Estilo, a much more rounded alternative to the original Zen. However, the Estilo somehow, lacked character, and character is what the made the Zen such a hoot to own. The car failed to live up to the cult status of the original and without the flair or the aura of the Zen, the Estilo, is still a notch below when it comes to putting a smile on your face every time you get behind the wheel and take it for a spin. Now, to top it off, Maruti has done it again. This time around with its beloved and hot-selling entry-level saloon, the Dzire. That said, there really is nothing wrong with the current Dzire; it’s well priced, comes with ample list of features, the comfort levels are good and best of all, its economical- the Diesel returns over 19 kmpl, for crying out loud! So the big question is: has Maruti nailed it? Is the new, improved Dzire any good than the earlier one? Read on as we take it out for a spin.


A first look at the car will give you an impression that the 2nd generation Dzire is completely different from the car it replaces; it is based on, plainly, the new Swift. Hold on for this one though - Its 165mm shorter, 5mm wider with a wheelbase that is 40mm longer than the current Dzire. This new model is also Maruti Suzuki’s first stab at the sub-four metre saloon category. This, coupled with the engine size allows the new Dzire to fall under sub-four metre norm that attracts less excise duty on cars, thus bringing down the price-tag. Enough with the boring details, now let’s get on with the looks. If you look at it head on, it becomes quite evident that the new Dzire comes with the same front-end design seen in the new Swift, albeit with a few changes to the grille and front bumper. Move onto the side and you’ll notice that the design is a bit odd. The new Dzire might not be the prettiest thing on four wheels but surely, it looks a million times better than it did when it was first launched a few years ago. The current design looks totally out-of-place from just about every angle. The front-end and back-end of the current Dzire look like they were styled by two different design teams that were mad at each other. Thankfully, gone are the ungainly curves and bulges, the tail-section now has been well matched with the rest of the car which basically is the Swift hatchback. The boot itself is quite short, which makes the new Dzire look more like a notchback than a proper saloon car.



The Inside story
The cabin now sports a two-tone interior, a welcome change from the Swift’s usual all-black interior. The overall design is quite impressive; the interplay of beige and black plastics gives a sense of air and lifts-up the cabin ambience compared to Swift’s all-black interior. Other design feature that hits you first is the brilliant instrument cluster with smart dials that are always easy and bright enough to read. However, the dashboard fails to evoke any emotion or sense of occasion and the interiors do little to bring cheer on a miserable Monday morning.

Interior of the mid-range VXi used for the Picture


Time to slip into the comfort zone; No such groaning when it comes to keeping the occupants comfortable and happy. The Seats are quite accommodating, whether in the front or back along with lots of support at all the right places. The front seats especially hold you well when the mood calls for some hard-driving, and that is when you’ll appreciate the driving position which is spot-on, with controls falling easily to hand. At the back, chauffeur driven owners will appreciate the fact that there’s more space to play with compared to the current Dzire though it’s comfy only for two adults, adding one more would be a bit of a squeeze. Boot space on the other hand, at 316 litres, is a whole size down on the outgoing model. However, it would just about swallow enough luggage for a family of four on a weekend trip.  Moreover, the new Dzire carries a long equipment list; Dual SRS airbags, ABS, EBD with brake assist, climate control, driver-seat height adjust, steering-mounted audio controls – to name a few. The quality of plastics and materials used is fairly good and is up there with rest of the bunch.



Under the hood, the new Dzire comes with both Petrol and Diesel options – First up is the K12M VVT 1.2-litre petrol engine which puts out 85bhp @6000 rpm and 11.6kgm of torque at 4000 rpm. The other option is the 1.3 litre DDiS diesel motor producing 74bhp @4000 rpm with 19.37kgm of torque @2000 rpm. We had a go in the top-spec Petrol version, which now features Variable Valve Timing (VVT) and this has seen a 2bhp jump in power compared to the previous Dzire. Floor the throttle for the very first time and you’ll notice that this engine has been tweaked to offer a thrilling drive yet allowing for a respectable fuel-economy. The talking point of the whole drive-train is just how refined it is. Firstly, the engine is quite refined; it loves to be revved and it never feels like it is out of its comfort zone, including near the redline. Secondly, this engine delivers power in a smooth, linear way. It always has enough torque to get you out of light traffic. Gearshifts too on the short-throw five-speed ‘box were quick and smooth. Maruti is also offering a 4-speed automatic gearbox though it will be available only with the petrol-powered version in VXI trim. For the number crunchers out there: the Petrol Dzire will get from 0-100kph in 12.5 seconds and will hit speeds in excess of 160kph without breaking into sweat.  


ZXi version comes with steering-mounted controls
The Dzire is an out-and-out urban commuter with a few out-of-town trips thrown in. This new model, with the suspension tuned for comfort over handling and a feather-light steering, is not even close to what you’d sporty. However, its super-light steering comes in quite handy while slipping through the gaps in mild traffic. The Dzire feels more at home while cruising on city streets rather than corner carving and being thrashed around. On the other hand, the new model drives really well.
The ride does a good job of keeping away rough stuff from intruding into your bottom.


All in all, the new Swift Dzire is one car that's hard to fault. It looks way better than its predecessor and is almost every bit as practical as well. And now it’s much more desirable; the interior has a nice, airy feel to it with good plastics all-around and the new Dzire is slightly roomier as well. The engine options provide sufficient grunt for some spirited driving and what's more; being a Maruti Suzuki, its owners will also be at peace with respect to ease of maintenance and low cost of ownership. This new version might have lost out on a little boot space but as a sensible urban runabout, the Dzire hits the nail right on the head. 

  •   Complete list of prices (ex showroom, Delhi)
    - LXi (Petrol): Rs 4.79 Lakh
    - VXi (Petrol): Rs 5.32 Lakh
    - VXi (Petrol Automatic): Rs 6.54 Lakh
    - ZXi (Petrol): Rs 6.19 Lakh
    - LDi (Diesel): Rs 5.80 Lakh
    - VDi (Diesel): Rs 6.31 Lakh
    - ZDi (Diesel): Rs 7.09 Lakh





2012-02-19

LG officially reveals Optimus Vu, gives competition to Galaxy Note

LG Optimus Vu





















We had got the chance to see LG's Optimus Vu in a teaser video ahead of its official launch at the Mobile World Congress but the company has gone ahead and officially announced the device in Korea. 


Better late than never, the stylus-friendly Optimus Vu openly challenges the Samsung Galaxy Note with much better specs. To start off, the huge 5-inch IPS display has a 4:3 aspect ratio along with a resolution of 1024 x 768. This aspect ratio makes it wider than the Note and also slimmer at 8.5mm. To power this beast, lies a 1.5Ghz dual-core CPU under the hood and the 2080mAh battery will make sure your Optimus doesn't drain out quickly. The oh-so-common now 8-megapixel rear camera along with a front 1.3-megapixel camera are built-in. 


The down-side here is again no taste of Ice Cream Sandwich. The Optimus Vu will ship with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, although LG promises a future ICS upgrade in the next three months. 32GB internal memory along with LTE, HDMI, DLNA & Wi-Fi Direct are present in here. 


LG failed to give out any pricing details but the device will start selling from March on different carriers in South Korea. 




2012-02-18

Microsoft shows-off all new redesigned logo for Windows 8

Windows 8 new logo









Sam Moreau, Windows' Principal Director of user experiences announced the all new metro style logo for Windows 8 on their official blog. He said,"We wanted the new logo to be both modern and classic,". Looking at it, we think they have been successful in doing so.


The old four colored flag-like windows logo we have been seeing for the years is now a thing from the past. This all new logo has been inspired form Windows Phone UI which represents live square tiles. The logo was created with the help of the design agency Pentagram. The new clean lines, color and the four square tiles truly represent what the new OS is going to be. The logo color will change based on the core theme color used in Windows 8. Let's hope that the new Windows OS will also be as good as their new logo. The first games coming with Windows 8 also left us impressed.


What's your take on this new design? Do you like it or you'll rather prefer the old one's?Shower your responses in the comments below.


Check out the old logos below:
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2012-02-08

Google Chrome Browser arrives to Android [VIDEO]

Google Chrome Android App
The much-awaited plan of the Search giant to unify everything is now reaching it's aim more and more close. Google in an official blog post has just launched a Beta version of there famous Chrome browser for Android. But wait, it's only for the higher hierarchy. The only 1% owners of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich users have the advantage of using this app which leaves other Android users empty hand. The app is built obviously for both tablets and smartphones and just like from the desktop version, this one will seamlessly sync all your settings and bookmarks. Google aims to make the user experience more simple and faster. The much smarter part here is that it will also remember what you were surfing the last time on your desktop browser. Tabbed browsing is also present here. 


Chrome is available for download in the Android Market for users in the U.S., Canada, the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Australia, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Argentina and Brazil. If your a ICS user, go get it. If not, enjoy these videos below.




2012-02-07

ViewSonic ViewPad 7E Tablet coming to India at Rs.13000


ViewSonic has announced there 7-inch tablet ViewPad 7E's arrival to India on February 9 for Rs.13,000. Although, this tablet had got launched globally last year itself, it's hard for it to sell much with that price tag, as it already has a long list of tablets competing in that range. Main features include a 1Ghz Processor, 3MP camera and this will run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The tablet sports a shatter proof glass display and a rubberized grip for better handling. 



Ajay Sharma, Country Manager, ViewSonic Technologies India, said,ViewPad 7e delivers a powerful entertainment experience at an affordable price. It’s the newest addition to our ViewPad tablet series, which are equipped with the latest high-performance technologies.
Specifications:
  • 7-inch TFT touchscreen, 800x600 resolution
  • 512MB RAM, 1Ghz ARM Cortex-A8 Processor
  • 4GB in-built memory, expandable up to 32GB
  • Bluetooth 2.1 / Wi-Fi / microUSB / HDMI connectivity
  • 3MP rear camera and 0.3MP front camera
  • 3300 mAh battery
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
Would you buy this? Which tablet would you prefer at the price range of Rs.13,000?
Do drop us your answers in the comments.