Thursday, May 31, 2012

Intel launches low voltage Ivy Bridge Chips

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After launching the Ivy Bridge Platform for desktops, Intel today launched the Ultra Low Voltage(ULV) and Standard Voltage(SV) mobile Ivy Bridge Chips which would be used in laptops, ultra books and hybrid devices.

The price of these Ivy Bridge ULV processors is expected to over $225. Intel has only announced the core i7 and core i5 parts today whereas the core i3 parts will be announced some time later. Unlike the quad-core desktop chips, the ULV chips are mostly dual-core.

Samsung Galaxy S III hits Indian market for Rs 43,180

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The Samsung Galaxy S III has finally hit Indian markets for Rs 43,180. The phone will be available in retail market from tomorrow, 1 June. The price is announced for the 16 GB version.

A bad news for users is that Samsung is not launching 32GB and 64GB variants in India, but users looking for large capabilities shouldn't be too disappointed as the S III supports microSDXC cards up to 64GB.

The smart features of Samsung S III include gesture recognition, buddy photo share, face zoom, face slideshow, group tag, social tag, smartstay, exclusive navigation features and a brand new music hub that features over 17 million songs along with a scan and a match feature.

Ranbir Kapoor now brand ambassador of Lenovo India

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On Monday, Lenovo India reported that they have appointed Ranbir Kapoor as their brand ambassador. Lenovo India has appointed Ranbir Kapoor as he is an idol for the youth and at this time main target of the company is the youth of India.

Lenovo has emerged as a number one PC maker as per research firm IDC with a 15.8 percent market share in January-March 2012 period. And the youth idol Ranbir Kapoor will now endorse the company's new range of products.

Lenovo will launch a set of TV commercials starring the actor, which will be on air between June 8-12, 2012.

Apple begins testing of iTV in China

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According to recent reports Apple has secretly begun testing of its iTV in China and is believed to launch before Christmas this year.

According to Daily Mail reports, China's Foxconn's Shenzhen Factory has received the first order for production of iTV. At this time the company is producing initial models on trial basis.

Apple's British Designer Sir Jonathan Ive admitted that iTV was one of the major projects Steve Jobs was working before he died. In his final days, Jobs told his biographer, Walter Isaacson  that one of the many technologies he still want to remake was television.
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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Dirt Showdown now available in India

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Dirt Showdown, the latest Dirt game from Codemasters is now available across India for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. The game will cost you about Rs 2,799 for Xbox 360 and PS3, while the PC version will retail at Rs 999.

Dirt Showdown will feature an exciting new line up of off-road machines. Ken block's all new Gymkhana FOUR H.F.H.V. Ford fiesta debuts along side an electric mix of vehicles across a range of classes. From saloons and muscle cars to pick-up-trucks, hearses and vans, players have a wide selection of custom cars to trick, race and destroy.

Intex launhes iTab in India for Rs 8,900

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Intex today launches iTab tablet for a reduced price of Rs 8,900.

 The device runs on Android 2.3 (GingerBread), powered by a 1 GHz cortex A8 core processor. It supports an 8-inch capacitive two point touchscreen display and comes with a front video calling camera, 3.5mm jack and 8GB internal memory.

On the phase of connectivity it features Wi-Fi, 3G via Intex dongle, USB port and GPS. Pre-loaded applications include Adobe Reader, Android Market, Angry Birds, Solitaire and Talking Tom.

 The iTab comes with Intex 3G Data card, a LAN Adaptor, a leather cover and a pair of Reebok sunglasses at no extra cost as an introductory offer.

Google pays Tribute to Peter Carl Faberge on his 166th birthday

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Google Today pays Tribute to Peter Carl Faberge, the Russian jeweller, on his 166th birthday by displaying a colorful doodle on its homepage.

Faberge was born on May 30, 1946 in Saint Petersburg, Russia, to a Baltic German jeweller. He was known for his unique creation of Easter eggs by using glittering gemstones and precious metals. Therefore, Google also decorated its doodle with a set of six gold and precious metals which combines to make the 'Faberge Easter Eggs'.

Because of his exceptional work in the field of jewellery, he was awarded the title Master Goldsmith, which empowered him to use his own hallmark in his work.

The well known jeweller died on September 24, 1920.

Rajasthan starts e-tracking of State Roadways buses

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On Tuesday Rajasthan launched an online tracking system to provide realtime information and updates about location of state roadways buses. Transport Minister of Rajasthan, Virendra Beniwal inaugrated the vehicle tracking system, which has been installed by a private firm at Sindhi Camp bus stand.

According to RSRTC officials, this will help in tracking of the buses and passengers and they will get realtime information about the location of the buses.

Under the first phase of the project, 1000 buses will be linked with the VTS and Fuel Management System (FMS). Passenger information system will be installed at 25 main bus stands across the state. According to the officials, so far, the firm has linked 300 buses with the VTS and FMS.  

Acer launches 30 new notebooks

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Acer, on Tuesday launched 30 new models of notebooks in Indian market, which, it claims "would redefine the notebooks in future". The new models are launched under Aspire range's S, M, V3, V5 and E series. These notebooks are powered by Intel's second generation core processors.

Acer India Chief Marketing Officer S Rajendran said the 'instant connect' feature offer four-times faster connectivity to the internet and Acer display technology offers clear display for HD videos. Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M series is at the top with, 20 millimetre thickness and weighing 2.3 kg, offering dedicated NVIDIA GeForce graphics and "first15-inch" Ultrabook to have optical drive with large storage and eight-hour battery.


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Nokia Lumia, PureView Smartphones to be waterproofed in future

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Nokia has introduced new nano-technology capabilities which it plans to incorporate in future Lumia and PureView smartphones. The Finnish company showcased a new "Superhydrophobic" technology at the launch event of the Lumia 610 in London last week.

According to Conor Pierce, Vice President of NW Europe, Nokia, the technology is one many technologies the company aims to add to next range of devices.

The Nokia official, however, did not disclose any information related to the availability of the smartphone with the new technology. However, he did confirmed that the future Lumia and :PureView versions of smartphones.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Samsung Galaxy S III to launch in India on May 31

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The wait is finally over! After weeks of waiting, Samsung is going to launch the much-hyped Samsung Galaxy S III in India on May 31. But Samsung would only have stocks of the device in Marble White on the day of launch. Those who have booked the Galaxy S III in Pebble blue can either pick up the Marble White variant or wait till the second week of June when the Pebble blue version is expected to be available.

The phone is powered by Ice Cream Sandwich Android operating software, the smartphone comes with a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED screen, 16/32GB storage, 8 megapixel rear camera and a 1.9 megapixel front camera and is only 8.6mm thick.

Facebook trying to buy Opera: Report

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According to a new report, social networking-giant Facebook is trying to buy web browser maker Opera Software. According to Tech blog Pocket-lint social media giant is looking to buy Oslo, Norway-based Opera to expand into the browser space.

When contacted both Facebook and Opera declined to comment. If Facebook succeeded in doing so then it would be facing competition from Google, Microsoft, Mozilla, Apple and even Yahoo, which just launched its own Axis browser this week.


Facebook working on Smartphone with former Apple Engineers

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Adding the latest rumors of a Facebook phone, there are reports from media that the social giant is planning to create a Smartphone. Facebook is reportedly exploring more opportunities to earn more revenue by making Smartphone.

According to NY Times sources, Facebook, the social giant has hired more than half a dozen Apple Engineers who worked on the iPhone and iPad. These Engineers have joined the company's already existing mobile team, which is working on a smartphone, code named "Buffy".

With mobile being the biggest growth area right now, Facebook seeks to extend its mobile presence going beyond apps. 

Google going to launch Android-based Nexus Tablet in July

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According to media reports Google is all set to launch its Android-based Nexus tablets to the market by July. Earlier the Google Nexus was expected to launch in May, but the tablet launch was postponed to make changes to the design and find way to reduce hardware cost even further.

For this tablet Google is working with Asus to develop the device, and the entry level price would be around USD 200. The tablet details are not known but there has been speculation about Android 4.0 running on top of a Quad-core chip.

The tablet is expected to give a direct competition to the Amazon's Kindle Fire, Samsung's Galaxy Tabs and Apples iPad, as it would feature a seven-inch display.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Indian-origin student cracks 350-years-old Mathematical riddle posed by Sir Isaac Newton

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A 16-year-old Indian student from Germany has managed to become the first person to solve a mathematical riddle posed by Sir Isaac Newton more than 350 years ago.

Shouryya Ray, from Dresden, has solved two fundamental particle dynamics theories that had stumped mathematicians for centuries. The Indian-born teen solved the problem while working on a school project. Before the discovery of this theory physicists would have to calculate the results only by using powerful computers.

Mr Ray won a research award for his efforts and has been labelled a genius by the German media, but he put it down to "curiosity and schoolboy naivety".

His family moved to Germany when he was 12 after his engineer father got a job at a technical college.When he was young, his father, began testing his brain by setting him arithmetic problems. He used to study calculus at the age of six.

Blackberry Curve 9320 now available for Rs 16,000

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Research In Motion has launched a new smartphone, the curve 9320, in India. Reportedly,the main highlights of the device include the Blackberry Messenger and a long battery life.

According to the company, the 9320 features the best keyboard in its class and even includes a dedicated BBM key. The handset has a 2.4 inch screen and apart from that it comes with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, micro- USB port, GPS, FM radio, 3.1MP main and a front VGA camera, micro SD card slot and a 1450 mAh battery. The phone runs on Blackberry OS 7.1 and comes pre-loaded with Facebook and Twitter apps.


Huawei Honor Review

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The Huawei Honor is a mid-range Android smartphone that retails for Rs 19,990, and has relatively a lot to offer in exchange. The Huawei Honor is feels cheap and plasticky. It is 11 millimeters thick, which is okay for a contemporary mid-range device. However with a weight of 135 grams, you will surely feel the handset resting in your pocket

The 4.0-inch display on the Huawei Honor has a thin bezel around it. Below the display are four touch sensitive keys-options, home, return and search. The left spine has the volume rocker, while the opposite spine is completely clean. Top is where you find the power key and the 3.5mm jack.

Take a look at the specifications:
  • Platform: Android 2.3
  • Processor: 1.3 GHz 
  • RAM: 512MB
  • Display: 4-inches
  • Camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 1930 mAh

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Nokia 808 PureView available at a pre-order for Rs 32,000

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Good news for Indian users who were waiting for the dynamic Nokia 808 PureView, the phone is going to hit the Indian markets this month. But those who want it now can do so, as an online retailer "buytheprice.com" has started taking pre-orders for the Nokia 808 PureView for Rs 32,000.

Yahoo launches new web browser 'Axis'

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On Thursday, Yahoo jumped into the fray of web browsers with the launch of its new browser enhancement which it calls 'Axis'. By the launch of this browser Yahoo has also joined the battle to redefine internet search.

Primarily it is launched as an app for iPhone and iPad, but is also available in the form of plug-ins for popular desktop browsers such as Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari.

Ethan Batraski, head of product for the Search Innovation Group at the company, claimed that this browser will eliminate the middle step of web search process. This browser will take you directly to the web page instead of showing the results. In a normal search process, users first enter a query, views the results and then at last got to the web page. But as Yahoo claims 'Axis' will take you directly to the webpage and of course it would save some of your precious time.

Soon your palms can be set as your password for iPad

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Good news for iPad users, soon you can set your palms as your password for your iPad. A doctoral student, Napa Sae-Bae at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, is working hard to build an app which consisting of multitouch sensors will biometrically authenticate tablet users.

This app will recognize their users specific biological traits such as their hand shape and finger length and those unique characters which do not change. This app will totally replace passwords and hence the risk of password being cracked will also go down.

 She said that, in an experiment with 34 people, she has achieved 90 percent accuracy rate in authenticating the hand movements made by each participant.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Men In Black 3 iOS and Android game now available for free

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The much awaited Men In Black 3 movie hits theaters today and to match with the movie you can download a free version of this game on your iOS and Android device. The game is developed by Gameloft, which is known for its good quality games for mobile platforms.

In this game, gamers can create and manage their own MIB agency, train them and give them missions to accomplish. Gamers will also have access to MIB weapons such as the Infamous Noisy Cricket, the Deatomizer and the Neuralizer. The gamers can also travel through time to different areas of New York such as Central Park, Times Square and Brooklyn, in both 2012 and 1969, keeping the theme of the movie in mind.


Micromax A50 Superphone Ninja Review

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Micromax has launched another contender in the category of Dual-SIM Android devices. The device is named as "Micromax A50 Superphone Ninja". Pretty bold name, what do you think?

The Micromax is launched to compete with the other ones under this category and is loaded with brand new feature "AISHA" (Artificial Intelligence Speech Handset Assistant) which is a voice assistant for users. Micromax plans to integrate AISHA with all its phones.

Technical Specifications are given below:

  • Dimensions-- 113 x 61 x 13mm
  • Weight-- 121 grams
  • RAM-- 202 MB
  • Expandable Memory-- upto 32 GB
  • Processor-- 650 MHz
  • Operating System-- Android 2.3.6
  • Display-- 3.1-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen
  • Primary Camera-- 2.0 MP
  • Secondary Camera-- NO
  • Battery-- 1200 mAh

This phone is competitively priced at Rs 4,990. 

Windows phone overtakes iPhone in China:Microsoft

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After just two months of launch in China Microsoft's Windows phone has overtaken iPhone in Chinese market. This statement comes from Microsoft's Greater China region COO. According to them company's Window phone has captured 7pc of the smartphone outdoing iPhone's 6pc share.

According to research firm IDC, this year China is set to become the largest smartphone market in the world overtaking United States. China would be a great market for Nokia too as partnership of Microsoft and Nokia could provide consumers with better phones at low cost. Nokia's traditional strength has always been emerging markets like China and India, where consumers want a varied range of smartphone in different price range and Nokia can surely provide this with the help of Windows Phone.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

20 free SMS sites

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  1. http://www.sms2india.org
  2. http://www.gsmvault.com
  3. http://thesmszone.com
  4. http://zyb.com
  5. http://www.sms.ac
  6. http://www.mobizone.com
  7. http://www.shortmessage.com
  8. http://www.hot.it/sms
  9. http://www.smspress.com
  10. http://www.freesms.com
  11. http://www.textmefree.com
  12. http://www.genie.co.uk
  13. http://www.sms.de
  14. http://www.uni.de
  15. http://quicksms.de
  16. http://www.world-free.com/free-sms
  17. http://www.vazu.com
  18. http://www.agentsms.com
  19. http://indyarocks.com
  20. http://way2sms.com


More Indian teens are using social networking sites for communication:Study

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Now a days activities of teenagers are increasing on social networking sites. An increasing number of teenagers are using social networking sites to remain in touch with each other with mobiles and PCs.

According to the study conducted by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) teenagers are using mobiles as their favorite gadget. The GenY Survey 2011-12 covered 12,000 high school students aged between 12-18 in 12 cities including Mumbai, Delhi, Kochi, Pune and Lucknow between July and December 2011.

While 84 percent students had internet access at home, 85 percent used social networking sites like Facebook and 75 percent owned a mobile phone. Preferring entertainment on the move, 28 percent of the students said mobile phone was their favorite gadget.

Further text and chat are emerging as preferred alternatives to voice calls with 50 percent of those surveyed in metros said they used SMS most to communicate while 45 percent used instant messaging and 38 percent used Facebook or Twitter.

How to select right smartphone for business purpose

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When it comes to select a Smartphone particularly for business purpose, then it is very easy that people can get swept with the latest models of the mobile phone whether it is Nokia. iPhone or Blackberry. But you don't need to worry, in this post we are going to give you few tips which should be kept in mind while selecting a Smartphone for business purpose.

A Smartphone can be very beneficial for business as it exhibits wireless service and it depends entirely on the user that how he/she wants to use the phone. Here are some basic guidelines that can help you to choose between wide range of Smartphone mobiles:

Physical Features:
When evaluating specific Smartphone models, the two features that impact business users are voice quality and keyboard input.

Voice quality
Voice quality is critical for professionals. Without a decent speakerphone and the ability to clearly be heard and hear the other person, using your mobile phone will be more of a work hindrance than a help.

Keyboard
If you may be creating or editing documents on your phone or typing long e-mails, you may prefer a physical keyboard which will help you narrow down your smartphone options greatly.


Mobile Apps:
Speaking of apps all of the smartphone platforms offer common office and business productivity apps. You my lean toward one platform versus another, however, based on your other app needs:

Apples's iOS is the way to go if you want first access to apps and the broadest number of them, since most developers prioritize developing for the iPhone.

Windows mobile has superior out-of-the-box integration with Microsoft Outlook and Office on the desktop.

Android is giving the iPhone a run for its money, with more devices that can access Android apps, ans a more open platform.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Google celebrates Robert Moog's 78th Birthday with synthesizer doodle

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Internet search giant Google has continued to mesmerize us with its innovative doodles. The search engine giant has come up today with an interactive and musical doodle to mark the 78th birthday of Arthur Bob Moog, an American music enthusiast who invented the 'Moog Synthesizer'.

Robert Arthur Moog was born on May 23, 1934 in New York, started his carrier in building electronic musical instruments as a teenager. Moog had set up two companies for manufacturing electronic musical instruments. His Moog Synthesizer is regarded as a milestone that inspired many and laid the foundation for making of synthesizers in the following years.

The virtual synthesizer allows users to play it by simply moving the cursor on the keys. It also allows the users to create their own music, record it, play back ans even share them on the social networking site Google+ by just clicking g+ button.

Difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 processor

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In this post we are going to tell you the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 processor. These processors have been around for over a year now, but some buyers still get stumped when ever they attempt to build their own systems and are forced to choose among the three.

In general speaking, core i7 is better than i5 which is in turn better than i3. Neither i7 have 7 cores nor i3 have three cores. These numbers simply indicate their relative processing powers.

Their relative levels of processing power are also signified by their Intel Processor Star Ratings, which are based on a collection of criteria involving their number of cores, clock speed (GHz), size of cache, as well as some new Intel technologies like Turbo Boost and Hyper-Threading.

Core i3s are rated with 3 stars, i5s have 4 stars and i7s have 5. If you're wondering why the ratings start with three, well they actually don't. The entry-level Intel processors- Celeron and Pentium- get one and two stars respectively.

Google finally acquires Motorola Mobility for US $12.5 billion

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After waiting for months Google CEO Larry page finally announced that his company now officially owns Motorola Mobility. Google announced to acquire Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion in August. But the companies had to clear the regulatory hurdles in order to get the deal done. Regulators in both thee U.S. and the European Union approved the acquisition back in February, but the companies were forced to wait for China. Over the weekend, China approved the deal, paving the way for Google to close it.

Google has made it clear that Motorola will operate independently from its own operation, and the search giant/Android maker will not show any favoritism. However, according to reports, China was not so convinced of that, and forced Google to agree to keep Android open and free for a period of five years to ensure it didn't change its stance and give Motorola preferential treatment.

As the of the acquisition, Page announced today that Motorola Mobility Chief Sanjay Jha has stepped down from his post. In his place, Google has announced Dennis Woodside to be the mobile firm's new chief executive.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Lenovo launches two new Desktop PC's in INDIA

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Lenovo India has added two new additions to its desktop lineup for the Indian market. The IdeaCentre H430 and IdeaCentre H520 claims to offer a host of entertainment features with a new design at an affordable price.

Lenovo H520 is claimed to be two times smaller than a standard desktop PC. It combines a slim design with the performance of a 2nd/3rd generation Intel Core i7 processor. The desktop PC has been priced at Rs 24,990 excluding taxes.

Lenovo H430 is believed to offer a package of entertainment features. It is powered by 2nd/3rd generation Intel Core i processor with Turbo boost. The Lenovo H430 desktop PC is priced at Rs 21,250 excluding taxes.

Both desktop PC's feature Chicklet keyboards with Rupee symbols, customized specially for the Indian customers.

YouTube now turns Seven

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YouTube celebrated its seventh birthday by saying it has hit fresh milestones in terms of its offerings and the amount of time spent on the video-sharing website.

They said "today 72 hours of video are uploaded to the site every minute". This statement was posted in the blog of the Google-owned website.

Google bought YouTube in 2006 for $1.65 billion. The Mountain View, California-based Internet search and advertising giant has not yet announced the profit for the video-sharing website despite its massive global popularity.

Facebook chat window being used to spread new virus

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A new virus is reportedly spreading across computers through the chat window of the social networking site Facebook.

The pop-up window, used for person to person chat, pops up with a message from a 'friend' which links to an innocent looking website. Clicking on the link immediately infects users computer with virus, labelled
Steckt.Evl by discoveres Trend Micro.

The virus is so powerful that it instantly disables and removes the anti-virus software, then spreads itself by opening chat windows Facebook friends of the user.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Samsung Galaxy Tab 310 to launch in India this week

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 310 is all set to launch in the country this week. The tablet will be priced at Rs 23,250. Unveiled at the Mobile World Congress earlier this year, Samsung Galaxy Tab 310 features Android  4.0, weighs 345g, measures 193.7 X 122.4 X10.5mm and runs on 1 GHz dual core processor, 1 GB RAM and 7-inch PLS display with 1024 X 600 P resolution. The camera also sports a 3 MP rear camera, front camera. On connectivity front it supports 3G, Wi-Fi and voice-calling support. The device runs on 400 mAh unremovable battery and has 16GB internal memory which is expandable upto 32GB.

Facebook denies to lift ban for children under-13

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The world's largest social network , fresh from a Friday IPO that raised a record $105 billion and created a small army of millionaires, is still appropriate for only for those ages 13 and over -- despite a Sunday Times report that it was opening a public debate on overturning the minimum-age requirement.

Toady it was reported that Facebook is going to lift the ban for the under-13 group. This would have added   million of new users for the social networking site. They reported that, there is reputable evidence that there are kids under-13 who are lying about there age to get onto Facebook. Some seem to be doing it with there parents permission and help.

But now the Facebook officials have declined from any such report. The Facebook spokesman said, "All we have said is what we have been saying for months -- that minors on Facebook and Internet is an important issue and we want to work with the broader industry to look at ways of keeping minors safe".

Mark Zuckerberg's married status gets 1 Million likes

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The weekend wedding of Facebook's co-founder has certainly captured the world's attention. Since Saturday when Zuckerberg changed his status to married, more than one million Facebook subscribers have clicked the 'Like Button' for Zuckerberg's change of status to "married".

Chan's wedding page on Facebook has also garnered more than 39,000 likes.


Depressed people spend more time chatting online:Study

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According to a new study, which followed 216 college students, monitored their actual Internet use and correlated certain patterns with higher scores on depression surveys. This theory revealed that people who are mentally depressed spend more time chatting online than the normal ones.

Depressed people use the Internet differently than others, spending more time chatting online and file sharing.

For the study Sriram Chellappan , an assistant professor of computer science at Missouri University of Science and Technology and his colleagues asked volunteers to fill out surveys that contained some questions designed to ferret out depression symptoms. The questions were asked in such a way that students wouldn't realize that the researchers were interested in depression levels, Chellappan said.

Soon under-13s would be joining Facebook, as the Social network Site set to lift the ban

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Soon under-13s would be able to join the social networking site Facebook, as the Facebook is set to lift the ban on children using its site. Perhaps this is done in a move that could see millions of new users for the site.

A senior employee of the company said the decision to lift the restriction could come about after admitting a large number of under 13-year-olds join up anyway. If the decision to loft the ban is implemented, a flood of new users are likely to sign up to the site.

The senior employee said that 'There is reputable evidence there are kids under 13 who are lying about their age to get onto Facebook.

Facebook have a strict under-13 rule because of legal issues in America and they apply the same rule all over the world.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

New memory chips 100 times faster:Scientists

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According to British Scientists, a new kind of memory chip made from silicon could be a 100 times faster than the standard Flash memory chips.

Researchers at the University College London reported in the journal of Applied Physics that they have developed a new kind of Resistive RAM memory chip.

The chip is based on the materials whose electrical resistance changes when a voltage is applied, and they remember this change even when the power is turned off.

"Our ReRAM memory chips are around a hundred times faster than the Standard Flash memory chips, "Xinhua quoted Tony Kenyon of UCL as saying.

Pakistan blocks Twitter over contentious tweets

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Pakistani authorities today blocked Twitter on the grounds that it was being used to publicise a contest for blasphemous caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed on Facebook.

The ministry said Twitter was blocked after it failed to several requests from Pakistan for taking action against blasphemous content. The Information Technology Ministry said Twitter had been blocked for publicising "blasphemous and inflammatory content". Calls for participation in the contest for blasphemous caricatures were being made on Twitter, it said.

Users from across Pakistan reported that they were unable to access the site on their computers and mobile phone since the afternoon.

Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg updated his status to "married"

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On Saturday Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg updated his status to "married".

Zuckerberg and 27-year-old Priscilla Chan tied the knot at a small ceremony at his Palo Alto, Calif. home, capping a busy week for the couple, according to a guest authorized to speak foe the couple. The couple met at Harvard and have been together for more than 9 years, the person said.

According to the person, Zuckerberg himself designed the ring featuring "a very simple ruby".

The ceremony took place in Zuckerberg's backyard before fewer than 100 guests, including Facebook's chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Use Bing's Beautiful Backgrounds as your Rotating Google Wallpaper

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Prefer Google's search but wish you had Bing's beautiful daily images. With the "Bing Wallpaper for Google  homepage" Chrome Extension, you can set Bing's wallpaper to automatically load on your Google homepage. The extension offers different themes and loading settings.

In the extension options you can set the background to be current Bing homepage image or a random one, and it can also pull in Picasa images from a RSS link. Choose to load the new background every time you visit Google.com, only once or when you load Chrome.

Another nice feature is the option to view the wallpaper image in a new tab when you click the extension button. Then you can right-click and download for your wallpaper collection.

Go Tech launches Tab equipped with Android for Rs 3,999

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On Thursday Go Tech Digital Pvt Ltd launched two affordable Android based tablets Funtab Fusion and Fonetab -- and aims to sell up to 10,000 units of the two devices in the next quarter. Funtab fusion is priced at Rs 3,999 and the Fonetab which comes with a Sim slot, will be available for Rs 6,999.

Company is targeting tier-2 and tier-3 cities for its products and also talking to corporates and educational institutions for selling the devices.

Fiat launches diesel variant of Punto Sport

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The Fiat Punto Sport, a limited edition 90 hp is in the Indian auto market selling at Rs 7.36 lakhs (ex showroom Delhi). The diesel hatchback is available at a price of Rs 7.58 lakhs (ex showroom Mumbai) and for Rs 7.36 lakhs (ex showroom Pune).

Punto Sport diesel carries a turbocharged 1.3 liter multijet diesel engine churning 93 PS @4000 rpm and 209Nm torque @ 2000 rpm. Its turbocharger also allows for fuel efficiency of 20.5 kmpl, remembering it is to cater to Indian roads.

Twitter joins "Do not Track" initiative, gives users privacy option

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On Friday Twitter has announced that it has joined the FTC's Do Not Track (DNT) initiative, better helping users ensure their data will not be shared with third parties, once they enable DNT on their browsers.

"Do Not Track" allows users to block third-party cookies, which are used to piece together internet users personal information and online activity. To opt into the service on Twitter, users must select the "Do Not Track" feature within the Firefox Browser. Other top web browsers, including Apple's Safari and Microsoft's Internet Explorer has similar features.

According to Mozilla, around 9 percent of Firefox Users opt into "Do Not Track". The highest percentage of users turning on the feature live in the Netherlands, France and the United States. 

Microsoft sets Sandbox boundaries for Metro developers

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With so many apps running around the Windows playground, Microsoft wants the grown-ups to be in charge of metro. Programs for the new interface will be available only through the Windows Store, which will allow one click installs, user feedback and crash monitoring. Developers shouldn't worry too much as the heavy lifting for those features will all be handled by the OS. All the software will be vetted, App Store style, while access to the devices like GPS and cameras must be granted by users before the apps can grab them. 

Microsoft giving free Xbox 360 to students on buying a PC

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Bingo!! Similar to last years deal Microsoft's hooking up students with a 4 GB Xbox 360 if they drop some cash on one of its Windows machines. It's simple: shell out of over $699 on a PC, or $599 if you're in Canada, and you'll be walking out with a shiny new console free of charge-- naturally, you'll have to do so at participating shops such as Best Buy, Fry's Newegg, Staples, The source and, of course, Microsoft's own stores. The promo is set to kick off here in the States on the May 20th, while those living in the True North can take advantage of its starting today.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Handset market Shrinks Worldwide , grows in India

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The Indian mobile handset market saw a growth of 6 percent in the first quarter of 2012, while the global worldwide sales dipped by 2 percent, says market research firm Gartner.

According to Gartner, mobile devices sales in India are estimated to hit 231 million units this year, which accounts for 8.5 percent annual growth, as compared to 231 million units sale in 2011. The Gartner report also highlights the mobile companies have increased the price of the devices by 3-5 percent in last quarter, as the Indian rupee continued to weaken against the US Dollar.

Globally the mobile handset sales have dropped by 2 percent -- first time since 2009 there's been decline in sales of mobile phones, says Gartner. Also, Samsung has surpassed Nokia, for the first time to become no.1 cellphone brand in April.

Asus launches two new notebooks

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Taiwanese computer manufacturer brand Asus launched two new notebooks in order to enhance its market. The new notebooks are Multimedia N56VM and the other one is a Gaming notebook G75VW on Wednesday.

While N56VM prices at Rs 89,999 is the latest addition to Asus's N Series of multimedia notebook, G75VW  is gaming notebook equipped with full HD Non-Glare 3D panel and costs Rs 1,39,999.

"Crafted through innovative Asus DNA, new N Series multimedia show pro-grade sound and third generation Intel Core Processors under latest Ivy Bridge microarchitecture. Gaming notebook Asus G75VW further redefines portable gaming, said Alex Huang, Managing Director-Systems Business Group Asus India Pvt Ltd at the launch.