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First Impressions: Oppo F1 – the Self Proclaimed Selfie Expert

OPPO is one of the well known Chinese smartphone makers especially in the premium segment and they recently celebrated two years of operations in India. They have been fairly aggressive in terms of opening exclusive retail stores in most of the major cities in India, and there are instances where they’ve extended this to the tier-2 cities as well, bold steps these. While most of their phones have been on the premium side with loaded specs, design and build, OPPO seems to be diving into the notion of making phones with one primary area that they will focus on. And in doing this they’ve launched the OPPO F1, which will be the first in its series which will be catering to the selfie frenzy folks.Handy phones have become a rarity and we cannot tell you how glad we are to hold a phone that fits well and easy into one’s hands, is light and well designed. Coming at 7.3mm thickness and 134 gms in weight, the F1 is certainly not amongst the slimmest, but thanks to the double chamfered edges an…

Samsung’s New 256GB Flash Memory are Aimed for Premium Smartphones

While most manufacturers are currently focused on improving the battery and design aspects of a smartphone, Samsung seems to be aiming for something completely unforeseen. The Korea-based giant announced a brand new 256GB embedded flash memory chips built specifically for high-end phones. These chips are more compact than a MicroSD card and are based on the Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 2.0 standard.The new chips are almost twice as quick as SATA-based solid state storage drives on PCs and in some cases, three times faster than high-performance external microSD cards. To achieve those beaming fast speeds, they wield two lanes of data transfer resulting in 850 megabytes per second (MB/s) reading pace and 260MB/s during sequential writing processes.“By providing high-density UFS memory that is nearly twice as fast as a SATA SSD for PCs, we will contribute to a paradigm shift within the mobile data storage market,” mentioned Joo Sun Choi, Executive Vice President, Memory Sales and Market…

Hackathons: They’re taking over the Tech Industry and why do they even matter!

“Isn’t this thing Illegal?”baulked my friend when he learnt that I’m headed for a Hackathon.I had been accepted to my first offline Hackathon since I landed in the United States almost a few months back. This is about HackIllinois 2016, and moreover, it is about how Hackathons are changing the face of the Tech industry, for good.As I received my first acceptance to the prestigious HackIllinois 2016 at The University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign, I was excited just as anyone who were to attend their first Hackathon, that is completely paid for, every sense. Being one of the biggest Hackathons of the mid-west regions, HackIllinois 2016 kicked off on a fine weekend on 19th February. The event was attended by over 1500 hackers ranging from developers, designers, aspiring entrepreneurs and over 150 companies seeking talent and some amazing things to be built over the span of 3 consecutive days.Hackathons: What they are like exactly?At its core, Hackathons are where some skilled and ambit…