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The newly-relaunched third Moto G phone Motorola Moto G 4G LTE is blessed with a better hardware and comes equipped with an advanced 8-megapixel camera. However, it’s still holding on to its position of being the faster phone for data as its data speeds top out at HSPA+. This quality makes it all the more affordable and you’ll find a graciously designed phone in your hand.

The curved backplate flaunting a Motorola dimple along with a frisky 1.2GHz quad-core chipset makes it a front-runner. The best in-hand feel because of the flat sides makes it a nice home for your index finger. You can choose from the fifteen available backplates for your own personal expression. With a 5.6 inches length and 2.8 inches width, this fits perfectly in to the gamut of today’s phones.

The dual speakers on the phone’s front give it an audio boost, especially when you’re using your phone to stream music and videos. The top portion houses the headset jack with a micro-USB charging port nestled on the bottom. Though, you need to peel away the back cover to access the microSD card and SIM card slots.

 Loaded with an Android 4.4 KitKat, it runs cleanly. But it does slip a few apps into the experience, such as a safety alert, an automated assistant, a device manager and a program that’ll help you transfer items from your previous phone. All in all, the unlocked unit is refreshingly uncluttered.

There are few simple annoyances that you’ll come across while using its camera. Like there’s no auto focus. You can tap the screen and take a picture, but you won’t be able to drag a focal frame around or refocus by tapping on another area. Image quality is satisfactory. Here, we’d say it’s not that good as the colors are not as rich as the real-world tones. However, the video quality is good at 720p HD camera resolution. The microphone is particularly quite sensitive, picking up even the ambient audio from few feet away. The 2-megapixel front camera isn’t that great, but its soft-focus is better anyway.

Its 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor and a 450 MHz Adreno 305 GPU achieve midrange in speed and quality test. Globally, it comes with 8GB and 16GB variants, but both storage options can be inflated by 32GB through an SD card. With 1 GB of RAM and battery life of 2070mAh, it’s a long-lasting performer and is here to stay. 

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Samsung previous launched the compact versions of its flagship products Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4 phones, so the launch of Galaxy S5 Mini was well anticipated beforehand. The S5 Mini has the same rubber design, which is waterproof along with a vivid .5-inch screen and a decent camera.

Loaded with a 1.4 GHz quad-core processor and an 8-megapixel camera, S5 Mini carries a 4G LTE, finger print and heart rate sensor and runs the older Android 4.4.2 KitKat software. Being 131 mm long and 65 mm wide, it’s far smaller than its brother and is also quite comfortable to use in one hand, which would otherwise have been a struggle on S5.

There’s a removable back panel that provides access to the microSD card slot along with a removable battery. The in-built memory storage is expandable up to 16 GB. There’s also no flap over the micro-USB port on the bottom to cover it. S5 Mini is akin to its brother in terms of its waterproof feature. It can remain submerged in water of up to 1 meter for around 30 minutes without experiencing any harm.

The Android 4.4.2 KitKat has a Private mode, which enables you to protect your files and folders using a password and a fingerprint scanner, both built in to the home button on the front. But don’t rely on the fingerprint scanner much as it has been found that sometimes it fails to recognize the print. 

Samsung reckons that you can easily get around 10 hours of 3G talk time from a single charge, using its 2100mAh battery. iYogi found out that if you’re fairly careful with the usage, you can easily get a day out of it. 

Above all, the camera is simple a watered-down version of S5. It uses an 8-megapixel image sensor and it does achieve good results using that. The camera allows you to take the manual control of settings such as white balance, exposure, and ISO speed along with the usual lineup of image filters.  Moreover, there are other shooting options too on board such as panorama and burst. But it does not provide live HDR view unlike its big brother, S5. But, all in all, the camera performs decently.

Last but not the least; Mini comes with a decent price tag of $450 on Amazon in the US, offering it on contract as well.

And this one is a sure-hot potboiler just like you watch in Hollywood flicks!

One fine day, when you are least expecting a call from a government agency, let alone be it from the Internal Revenue Service, you indeed get a call and when you receive it, this is what you get to hear…

  • You haven’t paid revenue as per what you are supposed to, or,
  • You have manipulated the amount and paid substantially less than what you should pay, or,
  • A family member has missed paying the tax either for the current year or a previous one, or,
  • A brilliant offer that can help you save paying tax and get away from getting caught and penalized

Now that you are reading it here, you will find that such calls are dubious in nature and isn’t worthy of taking seriously. However, had it been you on the receiver, it wouldn’t probably take the caller much time to convince you. It is of course human nature and the belief that we are smart enough not to get fooled by any Tom, Dick and Harry.

Here’s everything about this social engineering-cum-phone fraud that you ought to know.

What is the IRS Scam? 

This is nothing but a bogus call by deceivers who ‘claim’ to be from the ‘IRS’ or the ‘Police Headquarters’. The caller can further notify you that there is an impending tax and that you will be penalized for the same. You would also be told of specific ways in which you could pay the tax at the earliest and thereby prevent arrest and further legal action. The idea is to scare you and thereby force you into paying up.

What to do if you receive such a call?

You should quintessentially be alert at all times to avoid getting trapped. Even if you have missed paying tax, there would be ways to do it and clear up the mess; believing anyone on the phone and paying up without cross checking can be fatal.

If you get a call from such an agency, do make sure to call back and cross check if indeed someone from the office attempted to contact you and whether your name is featuring in the defaulter’s list for sure. With easy methods available to manipulate technology, don’t be surprised if the caller id on your phone flashed the legit IRS number! Call back and be sure.

Another best practice is to try finding out more information about the missed deadline, tax, etc, from the caller. If it isn’t authentic, chances are they wouldn’t be interested in letting you take over – they would get angry and even disconnect the call.

Also, no government agency would suggest and insist on specific payment modes to pay the bill. If your caller is doing this, it should be a clear hint for you to understand the situation and thereafter take charge.

Typically, to make the conversation sound authentic, you may also subsequently receive an e-mail from the said agency. And this may prompt you in trusting the caller and thereby land yourself in soup. So, the easiest and the surest way to deal with this would be to connect to the particular agency and get the matter sorted.

Facts and Figures

  • As per the latest statistics, senior citizens (people above 60 years of age) are the most potential targets of such scams.
  • There has been so far over 1100 people in the US alone who have been targeted.
  • An approximate loss of over $5 million has been reported and these digits could only increase, rather than decrease, if the actual number is to be believed.

So, the situation is actually pretty scary and you could be the next victim unless you are watchful and take proper steps to come out of it. Try out the preventive measures shared here and at all times keep these numbers handy:

1-800-829-1040 for IRS

1-800-366-4484 Treasury Department

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Even with its increasing reputation, Windows Phone has remained a distant name for many Smartphones. But its unique style has managed to pull out a large fan base of followers and so far, they’ve remained its valuable user for the past two years.

The new HTC one M8 has lately launched a handset with Windows 8.1 OS. A familiar Android Phone, HTC has got a brand new makeover after the launch and success of HTC Windows Phone 8X in 2012. This phone is now available at a promotional price of $100 in US, exclusively on Verizon with a two-year contract. It is also available at $30 if you want to switch to Verizon Edge. So far, there has been no price or availability for UK and Australia. 

Loaded with Windows 8.1.1, it has 1,920 x 1,080-pixel 5-inch OLED display, a dual-lens rear camera, front-facing ‘BoomSound’ stereo speakers, completed with a sleek aluminum construction. Along with these, it has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 32 GB of storage, 2 GB of RAM, a microSD card slot, NFC, 802.11 ac dual-bands Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. Apart from that, it is also the first Windows Phone to offer support for Verizon messages (Verizon-specific phone). 

The Windows Phone 8.1.1 comes pre-installed in to this, having all the improvements of Windows 8.1. This phone is an outcome of Microsoft’s approach to HTC a year ago to build a Windows-oriented version of HTC one. 

It also has the HTC’s own camera app that works with the two-lens multi-focus Duo Camera and can take adjustable focus and depth-of-field photos. Around 90-95% of Android HTC One M8’s camera app functions have been carried over in Windows version of the phone. 

Windows Phone is really an aesthetic fit to HTC One M8. It has open up a pool of opportunities for the other phone-manufacturing companies to make it over to Windows Phone. 

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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is the thinnest Intel Core i-series device and is much lighter than the previous two versions. This model is specifically optimized to include a digital pen. Its thinner body is coupled with a 12-inch higher-resolution screen and a much-developed design, which might give you a feeling of using a primary PC device. Given to the aforesaid things, it can easily become a true laptop replacement for people.

This new system is so designed so as to run on ultra-low voltage Core i3 or i5 CPUs and at times on Core i7 CPUs too. It also comes equipped with an adjustable kickstand, which can be attuned to any angle from 22 degrees to 150 degrees, enabling the easy tilting of the screen. The magnetic hinge, which is provided, helps in raising the back edge of the keyboard to a better angle to enable an easy and natural typing. So, it won’t be wrong to say that this time Microsoft has seriously considered the ergonomics while designing the Microsoft Surface Pro 3.

The Windows logo button has shifted to the shorter edges of the whole framework. Reason being that the new keyboard covers the area where the Windows button was located in the previous versions. Not only this, the new placement of the button also enables the user to hold the device upright and use it in the portrait mode. A little downfall is that this time the keyboard cover is not included in the price range of the device. 

The Surface Pro 3 does not have a pen/stylus holding loop so you’ve to keep it separate. This pen works in the variety of apps. One Note is the best example. If you’ve cloud-service properly set up on your Microsoft device, your one note files can easily sync in to your other devices such as your phone. You just need to click on the Pen’s top to open the One Note app. Your notes will automatically get saved even if your surface is asleep. 

Being a thin body, it still has a full size USB 3.0 port, microSD card reader, a mini display port, 5-megapixel and 1080p HD front and rear-facing cameras. It also has stereo speakers with Dolby audio-enhanced sound. Besides, it has SSD storage ranging from 64GB to 512GB; 4GB to 8GB of memory; 802.11ac Wi-Fi; and TPM 2.0 for the enterprise security purpose. 

There is a win-win situation for Surface Pro 3 in terms of battery life as it ran for 7 hours and 28 minutes in the video playback battery draining test unlike its predecessors, which fell short slightly behind. So, with the Surface Pro 3, starting at $799 for an Intel Core i3 CPU and a 64GB SSD, we can see that this time Microsoft has taken a big leap to make it your coffee-shop companion. 

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Acer America has proved its mettle in the Chromebook market and advanced beyond its predecessors with the introduction of industry’s first Chromebook equipped with a 4th Generation Intel Core i3 processor. The two new models of Acer C720 Chromebook come powered by the 4th Generation Intel Core i3-40005U processor with better multi-tasking performance and a longer battery life. 

The two new models- Acer C720-3404 has 4GB of system memory and is priced at $379.99, while the Acer C720-3871 has 2 GB of system memory and is priced at $349.99. These new Chromebooks will be readily available this month at retailers in North America. 

The new Celeron process is capable of rendering out 8.5 hours of battery life, making the Chromebooks ideal for users who are comfortable working in the Google environment with Chrome applications. The new Acer C720-3404 and C720-3871 has 32 GB Solid State Drive (SSD) that boots up in less than 7 seconds and resumes instantly from sleep mode.

Both these models feature an 11.6 inch HD display with a 1366×768 resolution. You’ll also get a standard HDMI port for connecting to an external monitor, USB 3.0 port, USB 2.0 port, as well as 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and an integrated HD webcam with microphone. Moreover, it has an in-built virus protection system, so you don’t need to bother over annoyances caused due to virus infection.

Here are few more advantages you’ll get on hitting upon Acer C720 Chromebooks:

  • 100 GB Google Drive Cloud Storage with 16 GB SSD
  • 30-day free trial with Google Play Music All Access
  • VGA camera
  • Bluetooth 4.o Compatible

                           

Five years ago, BlackBerry (the company formerly known as Research in Motion) was surely the ruler in the market. It was the time when everyone from students to housewives to businessmen was ready to pay a lot of money to own a BlackBerry. However, with the entrance of Android and the iPhone, QWERTY phone began losing its hold in the market.  BlackBerry felt a huge setback here. However, it didn’t lose hope and made its entry into the world of smartphones in the form of BlackBerry Z3.  Despite these efforts, BlackBerry was unable to create its place due to its ridiculous pricing and features of the smartphone.

Here, it makes us say that people who have moved on to Android or iOS are not going to give the company another chance without a lot of very good reasons including its pricing.  So, in order to make its presence felt strongly in the market, BlackBerry came up with another smartphone ‘BlackBerry Z3’.

iYogi reviews BlackBerry Z3 to give a clear picture about its features and specifications.

Appearance

The appearance of BlackBerry Z3 is strikingly amazing. From front, it carries all smooth glass, while its rear is made up of a texturized soft-touch plastic. Its camera and flash are placed in the top-left corner of the rear. 

The power button is placed at the top of the left edge along with the volume controls and voice command shortcut button, while its right edge covers the SIM and Micro SD card slots. Its Micro-USB port is placed at the bottom, while 3.5 mm headset port is available on the top edge of the phone. The best part is that it is slim, slick and very –well organized which can surely give a tough competition to several high-end phones.

Camera

Since, BlackBerry Z3 is a budget phone, so it carries a decent rear camera with 5-megapixel and flash. It also includes front camera with 1.1-megapixel. The still shots taken from this camera are descent. It also lets you choose between a normal shooting mode, image stabilization mode, burst and HDR. 

Get detailed specifications about BlackBerry Z3 here:

Dimensions: 140x72.8x9.26 mm

Weight: 164 g

Display: 5-Inch QHD Touch Screen Display with 540x960 pixels resolutions.

Media: Audio Playback, Video Playback, ringtones – 64 Polyphonic MP3/MAV/MIDI, FM Radio, 3.5 mm Headphone Jack.

Camera: Rear Camera - 5.0 Megapixel (16000000 colors) and Front camera – 1.1 Megapixel

Memory: 8 GB inbuilt and Micro SD/TransFlash Memory slot

Connectivity: Bluetooth, Wlan/Wi-Fi, USB, GPS

Software: Runs on BlackBerry OS 10 Operating System.

Battery: Li-Po (2500 mAh) Non-Removable battery

This is what the new BlackBerry Z3 delivers. So, if you were waiting to explore a latest smartphone that fits your budget, BlackBerry Z3 can surely become your latest choice.