Google Opinion Rewards program launched in Germany

Google today announced the launch of Google Opinion Rewards platform in Germany. It has been available in US, UK, Canada and Australia until now.

Google Opinion Rewards platform is designed to let Android users earn free credit on Google Play store by responding to surveys.

Google said:

The Google Opinion Rewards mobile app allows Android users to earn Google Play credit by answering quick surveys. The longest survey you will be prompted to answer is 10 questions and should only take a couple of minutes to complete. To get started, download the app from Google Play (goo.gl/BW2p4j). You’ll get a notification on your phone that a short and relevant survey is ready for you.

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Get your Daily Dose of Style only at Myntra.com’s Style Service

Acclaimed Model and Bollywood Actress, Nargis Fakhri Unveils India’s First Style Helpline

Worried about what to wear for your job interview, the weekend party or your first date and make the best impression? We say, the wait is over. India’s online fashion mecca, Myntra.com, has set a new benchmark by unveiling India’s first ever ‘Style Service’, a complimentary telephonic style helpline service that enables people to avail trendy tips on-the-go for the young fast moving generation, at an exclusive cocktail party in Bangalore.

The gorgeous model and actress, who embodies the perfect fashionista, Nargis Fakhri launched the service, inviting people to call Myntra’s ‘LookGood’ Helpline number 080-43541999 (available from 10am to 6pm on weekdays) and send in their style queries to expert stylists who will provide a simple, yet trendy way to get that perfect look for the day.





The innovative and engaging service available across the country was unveiled at an elite 90’s themed party at a premium hotel in Bangalore and saw Nargis Fakhri and other prominent names in the fashion and lifestyle industry grace the event. This is a step further in Myntra’s focus on constantly providing shoppers with a personalised shopping experience that goes beyond a mere transactional relationship.

The Style Service Helpline endeavors to provide a quick fix solution to queries about anything and everything related to fashion, from pairing the right accessories with one’s apparel, donning on the right shade of lip-gloss or mascara or simply about what will complete the day’s ensemble.

Speaking at the event, Mukesh Bansal, CEO, Myntra and Head of Fashion, Flipkart, said, “Myntra has always been committed to helping customers’ look and feel great by providing them with a curated collection of apparel, footwear and accessories to choose from. We now take this engagement a notch higher with the launch of ‘Myntra Style Helpline’. We are excited to roll out this first of its kind style service, where shoppers can avail personalised style advice directly from fashion experts regarding the latest trends and style alerts to help them look their fashionable best, every day.”

The beautiful model turned actress, Nargis Fakhri, said, “The fashion industry is a dynamic world where trends change with the blink of an eye. To keep pace with these ever-changing style mantras and exude an elegant and classy look consistently is a challenge. Myntra’s ‘Style Helpline’ is an exciting prospect for every fashion conscious individual looking for simple, effective and trendy style tips on-the-go.”

After the phenomenal success of initiatives like the ‘30 Day Exchange’ and ‘Customer Wow program’, the ‘Style Helpline’ is the latest offering by Myntra to connect to its shoppers and make online shopping an enjoyable experience for them.

Google Photo Sphere can now be created from Apple iPhones

Google is releasing an app today that would allow Apple iOS device owners to create photo spheres and share them with the world.

Google Nexus device owners have had this capability for a long time now. Other modern Android devices got it recently through the Google Camera app that is now available through the Google Play store.

Google of course has allowed users to create photo spheres manually from photos taken from any camera (even high end DSLRs) using third party apps and submit it to their database.

Ability to create it natively on the Apple iPhones should give this feature a massive boost.

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SuperClear® wide-viewing angle technology in ViewSonic’s New Vivid Colour Display range of Products

VX56 series enables a richer viewer experience and interface.

ViewSonic Corp., a leading global provider of visual solution product has successfully introduced its exclusively SuperClear® Image Enhancement Technology that delivers the best color performance and extends display viewing angles to 178 degrees both horizontally and vertically. The new VX56 series includes the 24” VX2456Sml and 27” VX2756Sml that brings wide viewing angles enable users to view from any angle with consistent levels of brightness and without any colour distortion or decay. Integrated with Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL), the VX56 series enables digital content from mobile devices to be viewed in stunning Full HD resolution on the larger screen and and enlarge the enjoyment.

Users can now experience accurate and vivid colours with consistent levels of brightness from all angles—whether looking at the screen from above, below, the front, or the side—with no color distortion or decay.

The SuperClear® wide-viewing angle technology expands the red and green color spaces and brings enriched color performance. Accurately displaying 78 % of the NTSC color space, the VX56 series features wider color gamut than the traditional display monitors that only can display 68% ~72% NTSC color space. Along with the innovative SuperClear® wide-viewing angle technology, the display explores the ultimate viewing capability, reaching a consistent and true-to-life image effect from any angle.

The ViewSonic VX56 series offers two sizes in 24-inch and 27-inch for consumers emphasizing for incredible color display and image quality. The smaller 24-inch display monitor is for soho users, studuents and those who ask for more comfortable efficiency at home and work place. The bigger 27-inch is ideal for professional users, home users, gaming users and those who ask for high efficiency and enjoyment of audio-video entertainment. The bigger size design brings the convenience when browsing and reading, and also an ultimate visaul experience. The 24-inch VX2456Sml and 27-inch VX2756Sml will bring the viewing experience to the next level.

ViewSonic VX56 series display features Full HD 1080p resolution, SuperClear® image enhancement technology with wide viewing angles, 30M:1 dynamic contrast ratio, and dual 3W stereo speakers (VX2756Sml) to deliver a superior viewing experience. MHL support allows users to connect a smartphone or tablet directly, and display content on the 24’’ / 27” screen without needing to turn on a PC. Devices will also be charged when connected to the monitor via MHL. D-sub and HDMI inputs provide flexible connection to various high-definition devices, while one-touch Game Mode and Eco-mode hotkeys let users select optimized gaming and energy-saving options. It can be easily mounted on a wall, or multiple-display stands with its VESA-compliant 100x100mm mounting plate. With a sleek and slim premium design, this display is perfect for multimedia entertainment, gaming, videos, and more.

“ViewSonic’s has introduced ths SuperClear® wide-viewing angle technology across its diffenent range of display monitors to ensure true, lifelike color from virtually any viewing angle. ” said Max Hsu, PM Director for ViewSonic Asia Pacific. “The 178-degree vertical and horizontal viewing angles allow friends and family menbers viewing on-screen content from any angle without color decay. The new introduced VX56 series provides accurate, vivid colors and consistent brightness levels whether users are looking at the screen from above, below, the front or the side. Equipped with MHLI, the VX56 allows the connetion with mobile devices to share audio/video content on a large monitor, in addition, the device is simultaneously chargd while it is connected. Users can sit back and enjoy their visual experience without worrying about the power consumption by these devices. “

The 24-inch VX2456Sml and 27-inch VX2756Sml will be available in India in Time.
For further information, visit ViewSonic.com

SuperClear® Image Enhancement Technology with wide viewing angles
SuperClear® Image Enhancement Technology delivers the best color performance and extends display viewing angles to 178 degrees both horizontally and vertically. Users can now experience accurate and vivid colors with consistent levels of brightness from all angles—whether looking at the screen from above, below, the front, or the side—with no color distortion or decay.

Full HD 1080p for Superior Pixel Performance
ViewSonic VX56 series features Full HD 1920×1080 resolution for unbelievable pixel-by-pixel image performance. Users would experience the most amazing clarity and detail whether it be while gaming or enjoying the latest in multimedia entertainment. A 16:9 widescreen ratio minimizes eye fatigue even after hours of playtime, and is perfectly compatible with multi-window viewing without toggling.

MHL functionality for easy connection to mobile devices
Integrated with Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL), the VX56 series enables users to connect compatible mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, directly to the display. This allows digital content from mobile devices to be viewed in stunning Full HD resolution on the larger screen. For additional convenience, the batteries of mobile devices are charged while connected to the display via MHL.

Energy-Saving LED Backlight with a long lifespan
The ViewSonic VX56 series utilizes an energy-saving LED backlight that consumes 35% less power than conventional CCFL backlight displays, and has an extended lifespan of up to 30,000 hours. This provides for a lower overall cost of ownership, along with a higher ROI, making this display a great long-term investment.

Eco-mode conserves more energy and cuts costs
ViewSonic’s proprietary Eco-mode energy-saving feature is built into all LED displays, offering “Optimize (75%)” or “Conserve (50%)” settings that save up to 25% in electricity costs. In low ambient light, Eco-mode adjusts brightness and improves visibility, while reducing eye fatigue. With Eco-mode, the lifespan of the LED backlighting is also greatly increased.

Game Mode for Higher Visibility in Dark Scenes
With just the press of a button, gain a competitive edge when playing the favorite video games. Game Mode provides enhanced visibility and detail by highlighting dark scenes without over-exposing the bright areas. This allows users to see their opponents’ every move, even in the darkest scenes of a video game.

Dual integrated 3W stereo speakers (VX2756Sml)
ViewSonic VX2756Sml has two integrated 3W stereo speakers for enhanced multimedia performance with crystal-clear stereo sound. (VX2456Sml comes with two integrated 1.5 W stereo speakers)

VESA-Mountable for easy installation
ViewSonic VX56 series features a 100 x 100mm VESA-mountable design that allows users to mount the display on a monitor stand or on a wall, depending on users’ specific needs. Users can easily detach the base by unscrewing four screws and then mounting the display on its new stand or wall mount.

Opera Mini comes to Robi users in Bangladesh

Opera Software and Robi Axiata, the second-largest mobile operator in Bangladesh in terms of revenue, have signed an agreement to offer a co-branded Opera Mini web browser for Robi subscribers. Opera Mini is a cloud-based browser that compresses data by up to 90% and works on almost all kinds of mobile handsets.

Mahtab Uddin Ahmed, Chief Operating Officer, Robi Axiata Limited, says, “For a large majority of our users, their mobile phone is the only way to access the web. The availability of affordable devices has fueled the usage of mobile internet and pushed the demand for better services. We always keep our customers at the center of our operations and align our services to meet the requirements of the changing industry. We plan to offer Opera Mini to our users to ensure they get a seamless browsing experience from their mobile devices.”

Opera Mini will enable Robi to provide a high-quality browsing experience across their device portfolio, while managing data delivery costs. In the co-branded version, Robi will get a unique opportunity to engage with Opera Mini users in a more personalized and non-intrusive manner, presenting its brand and services as an integrated part of the user experience.

“The growth of mobile internet users in Bangladesh is evident. Opera Mini empowers operators to deliver a fast, smooth mobile browsing experience that will keep users coming back,” says Sunil Kamath, Vice President for South Asia at Opera Software. “We are glad to associate with partners such as Robi, who share our commitment to enabling the best internet experience for users.”

Robi has more than 25 million mobile subscribers who stand to gain from this browser.

Bangladesh is an extremely unique market when it comes to web usage. According to latest statistics by the Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC), more than 95% of all internet users in the country access the web using mobile devices.

For more information on Opera Mini for operators, visit http://www.operasoftware.com/products/opera-mini/. Robi subscribers can download this co-branded, free version of Opera Mini by visiting m.opera.com from their mobile devices.

Google Chrome getting material design on desktop

Google developers have started work on bringing their material design theme to Chrome.

The first update is now available in the latest Chromium builds. You can enable it through this Chrome Flag setting: chrome://flags/#enable-material-design-ntp.

There is not much to see right now. I can only hope that material design do not mess up the already clutter Chrome interface for a seasoned user.

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Feedly mobile app gets a major update

Feedly this week announced a major update of their mobile apps for both Android and iOS. The company said:

We can’t wait for you to try feedly mobile for iPhone and Android. We’ve spent the last few months making a ton of awesome improvements to our apps, including increased stability, better performance, an easier way to discover feed and fantastic integrations with Evernote and OneNote.

The company of course also support third party apps to connect to their platform.

Feedly: Blogs, RSS News Reader – Android Apps on Google Play
Feedly: Blogs, News, Magazine, Youtube and Tumblr Reader on the App Store on iTunes