Sunday, September 30, 2012

Enjoy Android apps on Windows


Soon many of you will have a chance to add applications from the most popular mobile operating system, Android, to the most popular desktop system, Windows and enjoy the technological marvel, thanks to the Chipmaker AMD and Bluestacks.

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and Bluestacks have teamed up to let consumersrun Android Apps on their AMD-powered PC's. The qwo companies have teamed up to bring 5,00,000 mobile Android apps to Windows PC's through the AMD AppZone Player starting Thursday.

"By collaborating with BlueStacks we are enabling software developers to more easily tap into the full capabilities of AMD's products, and providing millions of consumers with great experiences as they can now run Android Apps on AMD powered devices."

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Apple iPhone 5 on high demand in India


Despite the Apple iPhone 5 not being officially launched in India there are reports that the online retailers and the grey market are seeing a lot of demand for the new smartphone.

One of these retailers,will start selling the iPhone in India from Friday, September 28. The site will make the smartphone available to customers for Rs. 71,995. The deal on the website opens at 10 am and will only be available for 24 hours or untill the very limited stocks last.

Apple hasn't announced the iPhone 5 officially in India but speculations on the internet suggest that it will be available towards the end of October or early November.

If you are one who can't wait for Apple to officially launch the iPhone in India, you can pick one up from the grey market today. The first iPhone 5 was sold in Khan Market, New Delhi for a whooping 1.35 lakhs a few days ago.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

1.5 million new species discovered during 'health check-up' of world's oceans


A research ship has discovered more than one million new species after trawling through the Atlantic, Pacific, Southern and Indian oceans.

The creatures will be unveiled tonight at a special exhibition at the Science Museum in London, after the ship docked back into London last week.
The team say the discoveries could change our understanding of climate change's impact on the world's oceans - and said their journey showed just how vulnerable the sea is due to man's actions.
More than 30,000 samples of sea water were taken from a variety of spots across the planet, which led to the discovery of 1.5million species - ranging from the relatively large - 1cm in length - to the small, measuring just fractions of a millimetre.
The research provides a snapshot of marine micro-organisms - but points out how much plastic we dump in the ocean, with up to 50,000 plastic fragments per square mile within the Atlantic.
These plastics will not break down for hundreds of thousands of years, and can enter the food chain through fish, seabirds and other marine animals. The toxins can poison the ocean, and also find their way into humans through seafood.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Google news turns 10


This week Google news completed its 10 years. The service was launched on September 22, 2002, and over the last ten years the service has expanded to as many as 72 countries and 30 languages, aggregating news from over 50,000 news sources.

"Inspired by the widespread interest in news after the September 11 attacks, we invested in technology to help people search and browse news relevant to them. Google news broke new ground in news aggregation by gathering links in real time, grouping articles by story and ranking based on the editorial opinions of publishers worldwide," says Krishna Bharat, Distinguished Scientist and Founder, Google news in a blog post.

Google news over the years has added quite a few new features such as local news personalisation, editorial picks, spotlight, social discussions and others. Google further says it has also optimised news for mobile devices.

Research reveals how cats get their stripes


It is very interesting that very rare of us have ever thought how the cats got their stripes. Many of us neglected this because we would have no answer of such an answer.

But a recent research done by scientists revealed that how the cats got their stripes. The new study reveals a mutation shared by the housecats and cheetahs, which may explain how the cat got its stripes.

The sharp evenly spaced stripes of the tabby cat are among the most common of coat patterns. To pinpoint the gene responsible for the difference, an international team of researchers scanned the genomes of feral cats that had either stripes or blotches. Their search led to an unnamed gene about which little is known except that it produces an enzyme that cuts up nearby proteins.

The researchers found that every blotched tabby had mutations in both copies of this gene, whereas every striped cat had at least one copy without the mutation. They then found the distinctive mutations in the same gene among DNA samples from a pedigreed family of king cheetahs, conforming their suspicious that mutations in the gene which they dubbed, turned ordinary stripes into the more regal blotches.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Samsung launches Champ Neo Duos priced at Rs. 3,190


Samsung has introduced another player in its budget phone class, the Champ Noe Duos. The dual-SIM device has some neat features to it making it budget friendly.

This device from Samsung sports a 2.3-inch screen with a stylus pen to, Champ Neo Duos has on the go connectivity options and a dual-SIM hot swap functionality.

This device is fully capable of social network support with apps like Twitter, Facebook. Samsung's own chat application, the ChatON comes pre-installed along with 20MB memory expandable to 32GB, VGA camera and a 1000 mAh battery.

This device is available in ceramic white color.

The phone is available on online giant Flipkart at Rs. 3,190.

BSNL introduces video calling for Landline phones


Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), the state run telephone services provider has launched landline phones with video calling facility.

BSNL has partnered with Sai InfoSystem Limited to launch telephones with video calling facility which will primarily be used to set up public Video Call Offices (VCOs), replacing the Puclic Call Booth (PCos). Company is assure that this launch will boost the revenue of the company, since a major source of revenue are the landline phones.

"There will be no need to use computers for making video calls for users of these video phones. People will be able to make voice calls to any phone and video calls to any other IP phone," said RH Upadhyay, Chairman and Managing Director of BSNL.

The call charges will be Rs. 3 for 45 seconds video call made from the VCO which will include 30 percent commission for the franchise owner.

Use self stirring mug to stir your drink


Are you tired of using the old mugs, well its time to change our old mugs with a new one that hold your drink as well as stirs your drink just by pressing a special button.

The mug is called the Self Stirring Lazy Mug and was created by Plain Lazy to hold your tea, coffee, hot chocolate or other mixed drink and by pressing the special button on the handle it starts to stir your drink. In this mug you won't need a spoon to stir your drink, just press the button and the mug will stir the drink for you.

This mug powers from batteries and keep your drinks warm for a long period of time.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Rolls-Royce Phantom Series II out in market


Rolls-Royce today launched the latest version of its super luxury car Phantom Series II in Indian market. This super luxury car has a price tag of Rs. 4.64 crores. 

On the occasion of the launch event Rolls-Royce Motor Cars General Manager For Emerging Markets, Asia, Herfried Hasenoehrl said, " The Indian market continues to prove its appetite for luxury products. There is sustained demand from the country's discerning client base, who appreciate the timeless design of Phantom series II."

The car comes with fully-LED headlamps as well as a characteristic whiter light, augmenting safety and preventing driver tiredness.

Stating that super luxury car consumers were not hit by the slowdown in the economy, Hasenoehrl said there was much higher potential for the in the Indian market.

The company which at present has three dealerships in Mumbai, Delhi and Hyderabad, will be adding two more outlets shortly, he said.

Micromax launches free messaging app, Hook Up


Micromax has announced the launch of its own free messaging application called "Hook Up". The new messaging app is available for Android Smartphones and will allow users to share images, music, videos and text messages. Micromax's Hook Up app is set to compete with other free cross platform services such as WhatsApp.

Micromax is offering the new IM services pre-loaded with its new A25 Smarty smartphone. The company says that the users of the A25 Smarty smartphone will n\be able to send messages to non-hook-up users as well. Moreover, the company is offering upto 330 free messages per month for a year giving full return on the amount paid for the device.

Hook Up messaging service is available for the devices namely 57 Ninja 3.5, A87 Ninja 4.0, Q34 and X355.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

India to build the fastest Supercomputer by 2017


India is now planning to build its indigenous supercomputer by 2017. The telecom ministry has drawn up an ambitious blueprint to build a supercomputer which would be 61 times faster than any machine available. The estimated cost of this project is Rs. 4,700 crore over the next five years.

A supercomputer's performance is measured in FLOPS or Floating Point Operations Per Second. IBM's Sequoia pushes itself up to the 16.3 petaflops mark and is currently being employed by the Department of Energy's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to run simulations of Nuclear Weapons Testing. India's supercomputer is geared at beating the current champ, but it'll be used for is not very clear.

At present India's fastest supercomputer is employed at CSIR Center for Mathematical Modelling and Computer Simulations in Bengaluru, delivering a top performance of 303.9 teraflops. Telecom and IT minister Kapil Sibal has has written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, detailing a Rs. 4,700 crore investment over the next five years to develop "petaflop and exaflop range of supercomputers". According to reports Sibal has proposed that the Department of Electronics and Information Technology be commissioned to oversee the supercomputing development in the country.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Apple iPhone 5 to be unveiled in India by December


Now this is a bad news for Apple fans in India. Indians willing to buy Apple iPhone 5 will have to wait a little. Apple is expected to launch the latest edition of its iPhone 5 in India by December 2012.

The iPhone 5 may hit Indian stores in the third batch of its release. on September 21 the phone will debut in nine countries: US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore followed by an additional 22 countries a week later on September 28: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Netherlands, New Zealand,  Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Apple at the iPhone launch event on September 12 announced that the iPhone 5 will be available in a total of 100 countries with 240 carriers by December this year.

Sonata launches touchscreen wristwatch


Good news for tech lovers..... Titan's Sonata has launched its first ever touchscreen wrist watches. Now in the age of touchscreen phones, you can show your touchscreen wrist watch to everyone with confidence.

There are three touch zones on the screen that allows users to control the watch. The Sonata touchscreen watch has water resistance of up to 10 ATM and include features such as light, stop watch, multiple time display, day-date alarm, and is available in three colors.

The touchscreen watch is part of Sonata's Super Fibre Ocean Series and is available at an introductory price of Rs. 1,499.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Avoid using social networking e-mail id for online transactions


If you want to save your financial data from stealing then avoid using social networking email-ids used for Facebook, Twitter etc for carrying out online banking or business transactions. This guideline is issued by security software maker Symantec.

According to Symantec MD Shantanu Ghosh " Internet users should be more cautious while on social networking sites. They should have separate email-id for social networking sites and other one for carrying out transactions and banking.

According to Ghosh, people usually share their details including personal ones with their friends and as well as with those whom they do not know much and here they face the risk of being attacked. Cyber attackers then try to get into your e-mail ids through malware on these sites and try to steal vital information .

Ghosh also cited an example when a malware in the name of bollywood female actress, Katrina Kaif video was received by internet users on their e-mail ids in India and later it was found that the malware was intended to steal credit card information of the user.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

TRAI to deactivate the ISD facility for prepaid customers


Telecom regulator TRAI has asked telecom companies to deactivate the international calling facility of the prepaid users. This service will be activated for those users who are wiling to use it.

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India(TRAI) asked the telecom companies to "Inform all the prepaid subscribers having the ISD facility through SMS, within 10 days of the date of issue of this direction, that ISD facility of the subscribers shall be discontinued after sixty days."

If the customers want to continue with ISD facility, they should give their consent for availing such facility wihin sixty days of the receipt of the SMS.

TRAI has issued this directive following the complaints from customers about missed calls from international phone numbers that are often premium numbers charging high tariff and prompting customers to call a particular number to claim the prize or lottery money.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

4G coverage to reach 5 million by 2013 in India

While 3G gradually expands its coverage in India, the latest fourth-generation mobile services has seen a rapid growth since its launch in April this year. Bharti Airtel so far added 3,180 TD-LTE subscribers through its 4G network in Kolkata and Bangalore, while state run BSNL has provided 50,077 connections through  4G/WiMAX. The relevation was made by communications and information technology Milind Deora.

The growth for TD-LTE market also depends on the OEM's such as Nokia, Samsung, Apple which are expected to launch LTE-enabled smartphones in the near future.

"Indian telecom operators should offer cost effective 4G services in order to increase the subscriber base. Currently 4G dongles are costly. If they need to offer cost effective services, 4G penetration should enhance across the world so that equipment prices come down. 4G prices are also reflecting the BWA spectrum price in India.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

BenQ launches two budget 16MP SLR cameras


BenQ India has just launched its two new budget cameras, GH700 and GH600 designed on the SLR platform. These cameras features a 16MP camera and come with a starting price of Rs. 10,999.

Both of the cameras feature a 16 megapixel back side illuminated sensor and a 21x optical zoom. In terms of features both cameras are identical except in the design elements and battery life. The GH700 offers slightly higher battery life of 400 shots on standard AA cells whereas GH600 offers 330 shots on a full charge. Other difference between the two cameras is the gold ring that adorns the front of the lens on GH700.

It is an interesting part on BenQ's part, launching two cameras having similar features that compete with Nikon, Sony and Canon. The pricing of these cameras is sure to attract many of those who are on a tight budget.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Nokia Lumia 920 to feature wireless charging


According to new reports, Nokia's upcoming Windows Phone Lumia 920 will include wireless charging.

According to a reportby technology blog The Verge, the Nokia Lumia 920 will support wireless charging, will be powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage.

The new smartphone which will be announced at a special event hosted by Nokia and Microsoft in New York on Wednesday, is also rumored to have 8 megapixel camera.

Nokia and Microsoft are also expected to launch their second handset, smaller Lumia 820 at the event. The Lumia 820 is said to have a 4.3-inch display, compared with the Lumia 920's 4.5-inch display

New app for Airtel users


The leading global telecommunication company Bharti Airtel, today launched its "my Airtel" app for users in India. Customers can download the application by simply logging into or visiting the device app store. The usual downloading charges depending on the subscriber data connection will apply for downloading the

This app is available for free and can be used for checking bills, recharging accounts, making payments, activating and deactivating any service. Airtel digital TV customers can also order movies and games with just a click without any assistance from the customer care.

According to the officials of Bharti Airtel " Data consumption in India has seen a sharp uptake. Indian customers are increasingly accessing online content through cool apps. By seeing these changes we have launched our app thet has been designed to empower our customers and help them manage their all airtel services effortlessly."

Twitter blocks third-party apps and websites that don't make money


Twitter is continuing with its war against the third-party apps. The latest victims are those sites that run on the micro-blogging platform but don't make money. Only apps and websites that are paying to use Twitter for its data will be have a sign in button.

The point was first noted by author Tom Scott of the Australian parody blog site. The author says that he won't bother developing the site with Twitter's new rules.

This latest move comes even as Twitter's control over outside web-clients that allow users to tweet has got more and more restrictive.

Firstly, the microblogging site's new API rules impose a user limit for thir-party app developers. As Scott argues in his post, the limit is useless because he would cross 1,00,000 tweets in a matter of hours.

Only 3 months mobile connection for foreign tourists: Government


The government of India has issued new guidelines for Telecom Service Providers in case of foreign tourists visiting India. The Govt. has asked the Telecom Servive Providers not to provide mobile connection for more than three months to any foreign tourist visiting India.

This step has been taken to check the missuse of SIM cards. According to the fresh guidelines, which have come into effect recently, the Department of Telecom has told the service providers that the proof of issuance of mobile connection to any foreigner would be his passport having valid visa.

New Diesel Ritz launched by Maruti Suzuki


Car maker Maruti Suzuli today announced that it has launched a refreshed version of its hatchback Ritz in diesl option. The price of the car is kept between Rs. 5.31 lakh and Rs. 6.23 lakh.

Maruti Suzuki India Vice President (Marketing) Manohar Bhat said in a statement that " It is heartening to see a fairly young brand crossing 2,00,000 sale mark in just 37 months. This reflects the huge customer acceptability of Ritz. We have made numerous changes to make the Ritz brand more vibrant.

The refreshed diesel Ritz has come with 52 changes such as new front design and dual tone interiors, new ZDi vibrant, multi-information display on instrument panel, electrically adjustible rear view mirrors and body side moulding.

This car also has a 10 percent improvement in fuel efficiency from 21.1 km per litre to 23.2 km per litre, this improved efficiency is the result of numerous effrts of company's engineers.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Now click 3D photos from ordinary smartphone camera


Now you can click 3D photos from ordinary smartphone camera and send it to friends over Facebook and Twitter. The 3D effect will bring a dash of excitement and emotion thrown in along with the photographs.

All this is brought in reality by two Indian researchers, Kshitij Marwah and Ramesh Raskar. Both  of the researchers are from Massachusetts Institute of Technology are ready with a technology which can provide developers a platform to integrate features found DSLR cameras in their smartphones.

At this time Marwah is in Banglore to introduce this technology to the Research and Development heads of the world's biggest mobile phone makers. He said "We have developed a new camera design called Light Field Camera Technology that can be fitted inside a cellphone camera to capture the bundle of light rays coming from the scene,giving user the ability to capture single shot 3D photos."

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Use your mobile away from body while talking


With stringent mobile radiation standards coming in effect from tomorrow, the Govt. has issued guidelines for consumers on Mobile handset usage.

The users have been advised to hold the cellphone away from body to the extent possible and use a headset to keep the handset away from your head.

The user should not press the phone handset against the head. Radio Frequency energy is inversely proportional to the square of the distance from the source being very close increases energy absorption much more.

The users have also been advised to limit the length of mobile calls and use text as compared to voice where ever possible.

The users should put the cell phone on speakermode

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Add an extra shelf to get more space in your refrigerator


Sometimes you have so much food that you can't stuff it all into your without creating a mess. This problem can be solved by using a cheap wire rack and this would create more storage space in your refrigerator.

Most people have a small wire rack layed around their house that they could use, but is not, you could easily pick up one at most stores for cheap. It blends in with the rest of the refrigerator's shelving and it's the perfect size. It will help you organize the refrigerator better by using your new shelf.

Depending on the type of legs that your add-on shelf have, it might fall through the built-in shelves in your refrigerator, so be aware of this when searching around for a wire rack to use.