Opera has announced that its Opera Mini browser now comes with an integrated ad-blocker. Opera was the first major browser maker to integrate a built-in ad-blocker on the desktop as well.

Opera Launches Integrated Ad-Blocker For Android And Desktop

The company also announced a free VPN bundled with its desktop browser last month, and at the time, the company had stated that it would be launching a free VPN for mobile users soon as well.

Ad-blockers are a category that's generating a lot of interest at the moment - Samsung's preloaded browser for Android also added ad-block support, and there are a number of ad-blocking apps available right now.

"Opera is the first browser company to offer an native ad blocker across devices. We do this because we want to provide people with the fastest browsers in the market. Our speed test shows that online ads slow down the browsing experience. Now, with Opera, you can browse a lot faster than, for example, in Chrome," said Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera.

According to the company, Opera Mini with the integrated ad-blocker loads webpages 40 percent faster by blocking ads, and this also reduces the data consumption for loading a page by around 14 percent.

The mobile VPN is still in development, however it will not be bundled with the Opera browser on mobiles - according to the company, the way people access the Internet is a little different on mobiles, and people rely on apps a lot more than just browsers. For this reason, Opera will be rolling out its free VPN as a standalone app that will work with all the apps installed on your phone.

Micromax has launched a new laptop in India, the Canvas Lapbook L1160. Priced at Rs. 10,499, the Windows 10-based laptop is exclusively available via Amazon India.

Micromax Launches Canvas Lapbook L1160 With Windows 10 For Rs. 10,499

The Lapbook L1160 sports an 11.6-inch display with a resolution of 1366x768 pixels. It is powered by a quad-core Intel Atom Z3735F processor (four cores, four threads, 2MB L2 cache, 1.33GHz base clock, 1.83GHz Burst clock), coupled with Intel HD Graphics and 2GB of DDR3 RAM.

It comes with 32GB of inbuilt storage that's expandable via SD card or an external HDD. Connectivity options on the Micromax Canvas Lapbook L1160 include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.1, two USB 2.0 ports, one HDMI port, and one Ethernet port.

The Canvas Lapbook L1160 weighs 1.1kg, measures 295x199x18mm, and features a VGA (0.3-megapixel) webcam. It is powered by a 4100mAh battery, and offers a stereo speaker setup. It will be available in a Black colour variant only. The Canvas Lapbook L1160 does not feature 3G connectivity via a SIM-card slot. It also does not feature a detachable display.

Micromax had last launched a laptop (a laptop-tablet hybrid to be precise) in India in October, the Canvas Laptab LT777 - priced at Rs. 17,999. The single-SIM supporting Micromax Canvas Laptab LT777 runs on Windows 10 and features an 11.6-inch (1280x800 pixels) resolution multi-touch IPS display. It is powered by a 64-bit 4th-Generation Intel Atom Z3735F processor (2MB cache, four cores, four threads, 1.33GHz base frequency, 1.83GHz Burst frequency), clubbed with 2GB DDR3L RAM and Intel HD Graphics. Like its predecessor, the device also works as a tablet when detached from the 8.8mm magnetic keyboard dock, which features a trackpad and a full-sized USB port on the base

Lenovo has announced that it will be launching its new Z1 smartphone in India on May 10.

Lenovo Z1 Set To Be Launched On May 10 In India

Unlike the Chinese market where it is sold as the Zuk Z1, the smartphone in India will be dubbed "Lenovo Z1 - powered by Zuk." The biggest highlight of the Lenovo Z1 is that it runs Cyanogen OS 12.1 based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, which means that users will get many options to customise their phones.

Under the hood, the Z1 smartphone packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.5GHz with integrated Adreno 330 graphics, coupled with 3GB of RAM. The Lenovo Z1 packs 64GB of inbuilt storage, but there's no option for storage expansion. Another notable feature of the Lenovo Z1 smartphone is that it packs large 4100mAh battery. The dual-SIM phone supports two Nano-SIM cards, both of which support 4G LTE connectivity and Indian LTE bands - FDD Band 3 (1800MHz) and TDD Band 40 (2300MHz).

The smartphone sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with a Sony IMX214 sensor and optical image stabilisation (OIS), a feature usually found only in high-end smartphones. There is also an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. The smartphone weighs 175 grams and measures 155.7x77.3x8.9mm.

Notably, Z1 embeds the fingerprint scanner on home button. Much like recently launched flagship smartphones, Lenovo's Zuk Z1 features the USB Type-C 3.0 port. It features an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, digital compass (magnetometer), and proximity sensor. On the connectivity front, it has Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, GPS, and Glonass. 

As per the report by Canalys, Apple and Lenovo are fastest growing smartphone vendors in India.

Lenovo, Apple Are Fastest Growing Smartphone Manufacturers In India: Report

Indian smartphone market grew 12 percent year-on-year in terms of shipments, with 24.4 million units shipped. While the top five vendors (Samsung, Micromax, Intex, Lenovo, and Lava) remained the same as Q1 2015, Lenovo experienced the largest growth - its shipments rose 63 percent year-on-year.

The report attributed Lenovo's massive growth to its "value-for-money handsets and offline channel strategy." The report added that Microsoft, BlackBerry, Sony, and LG were the biggest losers in market in terms of shipments, unable to compete in a market that is trending towards low-cost handsets. Micromax on the other hand experienced a slight drop in market share from the year ago quarter to 16.7 percent.

As for Apple, the company was on the number 8 position in terms of shipments in Q1 2016, but experienced the second largest growth behind Lenovo amongst the top 10 smartphone vendors. It saw smartphone shipments increase by 56 percent when compared to Q1 2015.

According to Canalys, in the premium segment or for devices priced above $300 (Rs. 20,000), Samsung saw its market share deplete from 66 percent in Q1 2015 to 41 percent in Q1 2016, while Apple saw its market share grow from 11 percent to 29 percent in the same period. The iPhone 5s, thanks to its many price cuts over the year, became the most popular Apple device in the Indian market.

Canalys added that it expects to see more vendors getting financing to help boost overall affordability of their products, and ensure growth in the cost-conscious Indian market.

"Apple is outperforming the overall market in India, and still has great growth potential," said Canalys Mobility Analyst Wilmer Ang, adding, "Apple's growth run could be short-lived. The 5s' success in India has more to do with affordability of a premium brand than a preference for smaller phones, and the move to the more expensive SE will discourage budget buyers. Also, the recent government regulation curbing discounts on smartphones sold by online platforms will affect demand."

According to Google, now 7.5 percent Android phones are running Android 6.0 Marshmallow. This means there is a 2.9 percent increase as previously it was 4.6 percent.
Now 7.5 Percent Of  Android Devices Running Marshmallow Says Google

Marshmallow-powered phones have definitely increased in recent months. To compare, Android 6.0 Marshmallow finally made it to 1 percent of active devices in February, five months after its release to Nexus devices.

Google reported that Android Lollipop has a total share of around 35.6 percent of active Android devices (with Android 5.0 Lollipop running on 16.2 percent of devices and Android 5.1 Lollipop at 19.4 percent) that check into Google Play. Last month, Android Lollipop had a total share of 35.8 percent of active Android devices - implying Marshmallow's gain was Lollipop's loss.

The Android Developers' webpage shows that Android KitKat is going down steadily on the charts, and now powers 32.5 percent of devices compared to 33.4 percent last month - a decrease of 0.9 percent.

Android Jelly Bean has a combined share of 20.1 percent - falling 1.2 percent from April's 21.3 percent. Android 4.1.x is seen on 7.2 percent devices (down from 7.8 percent), Android 4.2.x on 10 percent (down from 10.5 percent), and Android 4.3 on 2.9 percent devices (down from 3 percent).

Android 4.0.x or Ice Cream Sandwich, in Google's latest numbers, registered a share of 2 percent, down from 2.2 percent in April. Android Gingerbread (v2.3.3-2.3.7) and Android 2.2 Froyo's device distribution shares are 2.2 percent (down from 2.6 percent) and 0.1 percent (same figure as April) respectively in the latest charts. To note, the figures are gathered from devices visiting the Google Play app, which only supports Android 2.2 and above.

There’s a large contingent of photo enthusiasts online who will dismiss a photo straight away if they find out it was taken with a smartphone. The rally cry of “get a real camera” can be heard echoing through the rafters of comment sections for many websites. We think everyone should have a dedicated camera, but a good photo is a good photo, regardless of the gear used to take it. Camera phones have some inherent strengths and weaknesses, and by emphasizing the good and downplaying the bad, you can take silence naysayers before they can get to the enter key. Here are some things to keep in mind when firing up the photo app on your iPhone, Android, Lumia or whatever.


1. Get Close

Many cell phone cameras, especially the iPhone, really start to shine when you bring them in close to your subject. The small sensor provides a relatively wide depth of field  so you can get entire objects in focus where cameras with bigger sensors and longer lenses would have trouble.

When getting close, you can also usually have more control over the lighting of your subject. Are bright patches in the background of your composition throwing off the camera's meter and making your subject dark? Get closer and block it out all together. Small detail shots can be quite effective if done right.

2. Crop, Don't Zoom

Many smartphone camera offer a digital zoom function, but you're almost always best served by pretending it doesn't exist. Even in the liveview preview, you'll be able to see how noticeably your images degrade the second you start to "zoom." The camera is simply extrapolating what's already there and basically guessing what the image looks like. It gets ugly fast.

When you're cropping, however, you're actually just sampling pixel info that was actually recorded. Many smartphones have 8-megapixels of resolution and sometimes more. That means you can crop substantially and still have plenty of resolution left for display on the web. And the lack of gross upscaling artifacts will help mask the fact that it was taken with a phone.

3.Edit, Don't Filter

If you want your images to be unique, the last thing you should do is paint them with the same filters that literally millions of other people are using. For the record, I'm not anti-Instagram. I think the sharing element is fantastic, but the pre-determined "retro" washes are played out. And that goes for every other app slinging the same stuff.

I suggest getting a full-on image editing app like the excellent Photoshop Touch. They'll let you make reasonable adjustments, like contrast, sharpness, and color temperature. Stuff you'd actually do with images from your big camera. It's also not crazy to dump your images into Lightroom or another piece of editing software if you don't feel the need to share them right away. OK, it’s a little crazy, but people do it.

It's with this decision that you can actually begin to choose your own style, or even extend the style you've already developed outside of your smartphone. It's a heck of a lot more effective than picking your favorite Hipstamatic filter and slapping it on every photo.

4. Don't Add Fake Blur

Depth of field will always be one of the biggest challenges for a smartphone camera. Wide angle lenses and tiny sensors make any substantial background blur difficult to achieve. But faking it almost always makes things worse.

First, blur added with an editing app is usually applied uniformly across most of the frame. That's not the way a lens works, so it looks unnatural.

Second, it's hard to be precise when selecting the object you want in focus so you can end up with harsh transitions from sharp to blurry. It's distracting and a dead give away that you’ve been messing with the image.

If you want the viewer to focus on one specific thing, make it the central object in the frame. Try to keep your backgrounds as simple as possible, even if it means asking your subjects to turn around or move a few steps back. It's worth it.

5. Pick a Better Camera App

This one applies more to iPhone users than Android users, but in any case, the goal is more control. There are a couple of standard choices in this category and any of them will treat you better than the stock camera app. I like Camera Awesome (made by SmugMug) because it allows you to shoot in bursts and separates the AF lock from the exposure lock. Other apps like Camera 2 have similar options for more controlled shooting.

Whatever you pick, it's worth it to spend a little time really getting used to it. It seems silly to take out your phone and practice taking pictures, but you'll be glad you did it if you manage to catch a great shot while others are still flipping through pages of apps or trying to turn off their stupid flash. 

6. Ditch The Flash

The problem with many smartphone flashes is that they don't actually, well, flash. They're glorified LED flashlights, thrust into a duty they're not fully prepared for. They are bright, but the color temperature can be gross and they miss one of the primary duties of a strobe: freezing the action in the frame. The actual "flash" duration is much too long, so you end up with an image that's both blurry and terribly-lit. Not to mention how close it is to the lens, which makes those horrible demon eyes almost a given.

So, what do you do in the dark, then? Unfortunately, even with advances like Nokia's nifty PureView technology, there's only so far you can push a smartphone sensor in low-light. Often, your best bet is to seek out another light source. It likely won't be perfect or even flattering, but it can be interesting. In a dark bar? Look for a neon sign or a bright juke box. At a concert? Wait until one of the wacky swinging stage lights makes its way over to your area. Photography is about creativity after all.
If it comes right down to it, though, getting a bad flash picture can be better than getting no picture at all if you just want to remember a moment. 

7. Keep Your Lens Clean

Your pocket is not a clean place, and the grime that lives within loves to glom onto your smartphone camera lens. The result are hazy, dark images that won't look good no matter how many retro filters you slap on them.

The lenses are now remarkably tough, so giving them a quick wipe with a soft cloth can't hurt (and your T-shirt will do OK in a pinch, but try not to make a habit of it). Once in a while, it's worth the effort to break out the lens cleaning solution and really get the grime off of it. It may not look dirty and you might not even notice it in your photos, but often a deep clean will make a difference.

8. Watch The Lens Flare

Adding lens flare is another trend in mobile photography right now that's getting more overdone by the minute. But, this one can actually work for you if you do it the natural way. The tiny lenses are often more prone to wacky light effects than their full-sized counterparts, so you can really play it up if you want to. A silhouette with a bright, flaring background can actually look very stylish.

If you want to control the flare in your shot, move the sun (or whatever bright light source is causing the refraction-based mayhem) around in the frame. As you get closer to the edge, you'll often see the flare spread out and become more prominent. This is especially true with the new iPhone 5, which is also prone to image-ruining purple fringing that should be avoided if possible.

You can also cup your hand around the lens in order to make a DIY lens hood, which will cut down on the amount of flare if the light source happens to be out to the side of the frame. It may even be able to get rid of it all together.

9. Make Prints

There's a disconnect that exists between digital and analog photography at the moment. Many photo enthusiasts barely make prints anymore, if at all. Putting photos to paper makes them tangible and take away some of the assumptions people often make when looking at photos online. 
It sounds a bit crazy, I know, but I've found it to be true. Give it a try. Chances are, if the photo is good, you'll get the whole "you took this with your phone?" reaction that you're looking for.

10. Don't Forget The Rules Of Photography

This is by far the most important suggestion of all. The rules for taking a good picture don't change when you switch between cameras. Just because the camera can also make calls, doesn't mean you should ignore everything you know about balanced composition and expressive lighting. If you need to keep the rule of thirds or golden ratio layover on your screen at all times to help remind you, certainly turn it on.

While the tips I've outlined here will help you maximize the strengths and minimize weaknesses of a smartphone camera, it's ultimately your skill, knowledge, and eye that will make photos worth looking at.

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