Monday, October 29, 2012

Zync launches Z1000 Android tablet for Rs. 10,990


Zync has launched a new 9.7-inch tablet in India for Rs. 10,990. Known as the Zync 1000, the tablet is already available with online retailers like Snapdeal and Homeshop18.

The Zync Z1000 ships with Android 4.0 and features a 9.7-inch capacitive multi-touch IPS display with a 1024 x 768 pixel resolution. The tablet comes with two cameras on-board; a 2MP rear camera and a front VGA camera.

On the inside, the tablet is powered by a 1.5GHz single-core Cortex A8 processor with 1GB RAM. Other specs include 8GB internal storage with external expansion upto 32GB via microSD card. Ports and slots on the tablet include a mini HDMI port, two Micro-USB ports, a SIM card slot and a 3.5mm audio jack.

On the connectivity front, the device supports Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth v2.0, the Z1000 comes with stereo speakers, a built-in microphone, and a 7,000mAh battery. The company is also offering one month free subscription for Bigflix.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Windows 8 now available in India for Rs. 699 and Rs. 1,999


Microsoft on Thursday launched the much awaited version of its new operating system, Windows 8 in the national capital, about three and half hours before its launch in the United States.

The new Operating System which aims to be fast, fluid and fun is a mishmash of multitasking capabilities with a crisp and intuitive user interface and cluster of groups of applications which can be accessed simultaneously.

Old Window users who have at least Windows XP or a Windows 7 PC, can also upgrade to Windows 8. Those who bought a PC June 2 onward this year can upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8 for just Rs. 699. Others can update their Operating System via an electronic software download which will cost Rs. 1,999. The company will provide technical support for Windows 7 till January 14, 2020.

All Windows 8 devices will also come with the Windows App store which sees around 700 apps added to each day. Among the apps for the Indian users are popular apps like PVR, Dhingana, Make My Trip, Burpp and Book My Show among others.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

All new Chevrolet Spark launched for Rs. 3.26 lakhs


General Motors India on Thursday launched an all new version of its entry level small car Chevrolet Spark, starting at Rs. 3.62 lakh.

The new Spark is available in both Petrol and LPG options and is costlier by up to Rs. 10,000 from the existing comparable versions of the model, which will be discontinued, the company said.

The small car is now available between Rs. 3.26 lakh and Rs. 3.81 lakh for the petrol variant and Rs. 3.81 lakh and Rs. 4.10 lakh for the LPG option.

Apart from new design such as the twin-port grille, the new Spark is powered by a 1-litre petrol engine with new age innovations that ensure smooth, noiseless, efficient, powerful, reliable and low maintenance operation, the company said.

General motors India is offering a three-year/1,00,000 km standard warranty under the Chevrolet Promise Cost of Ownership Programme, which also provides free maintenance for three years or 45,000 km.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Xbox games to get more expensive


Microsoft has significantly bumped up the prices of all first party Xbox 360 games in India.

Master Chief's latest adventure, Halo 4, will now set you back by a whooping Rs. 3,299 while the limited edition will be available for Rs. 4,599. The open world racer, Forza Horizon's Limited Edition will cost the same as Halo 4, but the Standard Edition will sit a bit cheaper at Rs. 2,999.

The price hike isn't just applicable to the core games; Kinect titles like Dance Central 3, Nike+ Kinect Training, Kinect Sports Ultimate and Fable; The journey will all hit the Rs. 2,999 mark.

Samsung to launch Ultra high Definition TV by next year


Korean Electronics giant Samsung is going to introduce ultra high definition television sets in Indian market by the end of next year. Samsung has developed the technology for ultra hogh definition TV and will roll out the technology globally in 2013. The minimum resolution offered by the ultra high definition television would be 3840 x 2160 pixels or 8.3 megapixels.

"We have developed the technology and are ready with it. We are planning to introduce it globally sometime in the next year and in India the launch will happen by the end of next year," Samsung India Electronics General Manager (AV Division) Taeho Park told reporters here. The company is not launching the ultra high definition television immediately as the content is not yet available for it, he added.

He also added "Many of our competitors are also working on this technology, which uses four times more pixels than the high definition TVs. Samsung has developed it in Korea and we will sell ultra high definition television in India by importing them from Korea. he however declined to share details such as possible price range or the size of the panels.

Store Potatoes with an Apple to save them from sprouting


In this post of tips and tricks section we are going to tell an amazing tip "how to save your potatoes from sprouting". Every one of us hate those ugly sprouts that came out of our potatoes after just a couple of weeks. 

But as we say "an Apple a day keeps the Doctor away". Just like that an Apple a day might keep those sprouts away and help the potatoes last longer. 

In an experiment it is found that the ethylene gas produced by apples prevents potatoes from sprouting. Since apples also cause other fruits to ripen too quickly, storing the apples away from them is good for your other products too. 

The apple and potato storage tip has been proven by America's Test Kitchen. In their experiment potatoes stored with apples stayed firm and sprout-free even after eight weeks, compared to the potatoes stored without an apple. 

LG Optimus L7 gets a price cut by 20 percent in India


LG might not necessary be the most popular brand in India, but there is a good news for those who are looking for a new LG smartphone. The price of the LG Optimus L7 has dropped from Rs. 19,990 to Rs. 15,990. The Optimus L7 is one of the models from the latest range of smartphones released by LG last month known as the L series.

This device is one of the mid-ranged smartphones which come pre-installed with Android 4.0 ICS. Other features of this device include 1GHz processor alongwith 512MB of RAM and 2.7GB of internal memory. It also sports a 4.3-inch display and 5 megapixel camera with LED flash. This smartphone also boasts a 1. megapixel front-facing camera which enables you to make video calls. Connectivity features of this phone include WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and 3G capability.

Check out the full details of this smartphone here.

Apple introduces 80% thinner iMac


Apple on Tuesday launched the next-generation iMac. The latest offering from Apple comes in two display sizes 27-inch and 21.5-inch.

The new iMac is 80% thinner than the previous generation at 5mm. The new iMac was introduced by Apple's Senior Vice President for Marketing, Phil Schiller. It comes equipped with a FaceTime HD camera and stereo sound.

"The iMac comes with a wireless keyboard and mouse," said Schiller. The 21.5-inch version of the iMac is priced starting at $1299.

Apple also introduced a new 13-inch Macbook Pro. The computer which weights 3.5 pounds is the lightest Macbook Pro that Apple has ever made, claimed Phil Schiller.

The Macbook line-up from Apple has Macbook Air for $999, Macbook Pro for $1199 and Macbook Pro with retina display for $1699.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Nokia to launch affordable Lumia in November


Smartphone giant Nokia today unveiled its most affordable phone in the Lumia series which will be available in the country starting first week of November.

Although the company did not divulge the exact price but said it will be priced below Rs. 11,000. "With the Nokia Lumia 510 we continue to meet our commitment to bring Windows phone to new, lower price points," Nokia India Director and Head Vipul Mehrotra said.

He said the phone is designed with Indian consumer in mind and hence the company is launching it first in India.

The phone features a four-inch display and has a 5 megapixel camera.

With this latest addition to the Lumia series, the company is looking to strengthen its position in the smartphone segment.

CNG version of Nano to hit market in six months


Tata Motors plan to do more with the Tata Nano and is working on repositioning it to find the right kind of customer.

A new CNG version is expected to hit the market in the next six months, but the diesel version is expected to take a little more time, said Karl Slym, MD, Tata Motors..

Admitting that Nano has not met expectations, Slym said the product has seen a resurgence in the last quarter, having sold 9,000 units a month. The company would launch a next-generation version of the Nano in the next three years and would look at all kinds of options for this, he said.

"The Nano is not just a car for Tata Motors, but is a brand name for the company. The Nano is also important for India because the country gained global recognition with this car.  

Nokia Asha 308 dual-SIM touch phone launched at Rs. 5,685


Nokia has launched the Asha 308 dual-SIM touch phone in Indian market. This phone is available from its online store at Rs. 5,685. This phone is the latest member in the Nokia's Asha Touch family of mobile devices.

Nokia Asha 308 features a 3-inch capacitive display, a 2 megapixel camera and microSD card slot. The phone runs on Nokia's S40 full-touch interface. For connectivity the phone supports Bluetooth, EDGE/GPRS.

Nokia Asha 308 comes with the free gift of 40 premium EA games and pre-loaded Facebook, Twitter and Whats-App apps. The device also features Nokia Messaging service and video streaming through the browser from sites like YouTube.  

LG launches 5-inch phablet Optimus Vu for Rs. 34,500


LG Electronics has officially launched its phablet Optimus Vu in India. This stylish phablet is priced for Rs. 34,500. The smartphone was initially announced by LG at the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona in February 2012. And after some time it is available in Indian market.

LG has launched this product to compete with Samsung's Galaxy Note II which is priced for Rs. 39,990. LG Optimus Vu runs on Android Ice Cream Sandwich where as the Samsung Galaxy Note II on Jelly Bean.

The LG Optimus Vu is powered by a 1.5GHz quad core processor and a 1GB RAM. This smartphone boasts of a 5-inch display with a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels with IPS display. It comprises an eight  megapixel rear camera and 1.3 megapixels front camera. This phone comes with an internal storage of 32GB. 

If Facebook won't succeeded I'd be at Microsoft


Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg showed his respect for Microsoft.

Mark Zuckerberg said that if his social networking giant had not succeeded than he would have probably opted foe Microsoft.

" I probably would have taken an engineering job and always had a lot of respect for Microsoft," he told Paul Graham, a co-founder of tech venture capital fun Y Combinator during a 45-minute interview before an audience of 1,700 at Stanford's Memorial Hall.

"A lot of people from Harvard went to work there," the 28-year old added.

Even though Facebook is one of the most visited pages these days, employs nearly 4,000 people and boasts 1 million users worldwide, the founder divulged that he most likely would have made his way Seattle if his idea would have failed.

Zuckerberg provided his account of his school days and was the first to admit he wasn't the model student.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Bharti Airtel becomes World'd 4th largest mobile operator


Bharti Airtel India's largest telecom operator has overtaken Spain's Telefonica to become the world's fourth largest operator in terms of subscribers.

According to the scoreboard report by analyst firm Wireless Intelligence, the company had oover 250 million mobile subscribers at the end of the quarter ended June 2012, representing an year on year growth of 13 percent. This was the highest subscribers growth among the top five operators globally.

"India's Bharti Airtel is the only other member of the top ten to move up the ranking, recording a 13 percent year on year growth in terms of connections.

In June 2010 Bharti Airtel became the fifth largest mobile operator in the world following its acquisition of Zain Group's mobile operations across 15 African nations.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

LinkedIn unveils new Profile design


LinkedIn on Tuesday started rolling out a revamped design for its profiles which will make it easier for users to build a professional identity. The updated LinkedIn profile is available immediately for English language users, and will be rolled out for all users over the next few months.

Addressing a media presentation at LinkedIn headquarters, the engineering team of the professional networking website said the new profiles come with several enhancements and new features. Some of the notable enhancements are in-line editing. sidebar for adding profile sections, high resolution images and drag and drop profile sections, to sort according to users preferences.

"The ability to follow thought leaders to LinkedIn allows members to engage directly in professional conversations with influences, comment directly on professionally relevant topics, and share them with their peers," LinkedIn said.

Facebook offering Rs. 50 talktime to new signups for mobile users


Facebook India is currently running a promotion in country, under which every new sign up from social network's mobile website will get Rs. 50 talktime. The social giant is also offering the same talktime if anyone signs up via your referral.

The promotion which seem to have gone live around ten days ago, does not seem like a potent strategy and will only add to more fake profiles on the social network.

On one hand the company seems to be worried about fake profiles and has recently reported the numbers to be as high as 83 million and on the other hand, it is launching offers which are likely to bring in more fake users rather than genuine ones.

New users don't even need email address register a new account, and will only need a mobile number that is not already associated with any other Facebook account. 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

HTC launches Desire X in India at Rs. 19,799


HTC has launched its new smartphone Desire X in India at Rs. 17,799. The phone has a 4-inch super LCD display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. Weighing 114 gm with battery, the phone comes armed with a 1GHz dual core processor.

The phone runs on Android 4.0 with HTC sense 4.0a, and has an internal storage of 4GB. The expansion card slot supports microSD memory card for additional storage. The phone has a 768MB RAM. The HTC Desire X sports a 5 MP camera with autofocus, LED flash. It comes packed with a 1650 mAh battery. HTC unveiled this phone at the IFA 2012 event held in August in 2012.

Friday, October 12, 2012

HTC slashes prices of Desire V and One S

HTC has slashed prices of its two smartphones - Desire V and One S, which are now are available for Rs. 16,999 and Rs. 25,000 respectively. Online retailers such as Saholic and Flipkart are already selling the One S and Desire V at the new rates.

The HTC One S had originally launched in India with and MRP of Rs. 33,590. The One S is powered by a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor. The device runs on Android 4.03 Ice Cream Sandwich wuth sense UI and has a 16GB of RAM.

The HTC Desire V is the company's first dual-SIM smartphone. It runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Sense UI v4.0 

LG Optimus L5 dual now available for Rs. 13,499


The LG Optimus L5 dual first showcased at MWC held in Barcelona this year is now available in India with a price tag of Rs. 13,499. The phone is now available in the country in Black and White color options with online retailer Flipkart.

This is the third-dual SIM Android smartphone from the Korean manufacturer, the other two being the L3 Dual and Optimus Net Dual in India.

Specs wise, the Optimus L5 Dual is similar to its single-SIM variant, the Optimus L5. It sports a 4-inch IPS display and runs o Android 4.0 with the customised Optimus UI 3.0 atop. It has dual-SIM support similar to the Optimus L3 dual that went on sale in India in August.

On the inside the Optimus L5 dual is powered by 800 MHz processor with 512 MB RAM. It also features a 5MP auto-focus camera with flash, 4GB of internal memory and 32 GB of expandabe memory via microSD card.

The device comes with a 1,500 mAh battery and connectivity features include 3G, Wi-FI, Bluetooth 3.0 and a GPS.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

iBall launches Andi 4.3j dual-battery Android phone at Rs. 9,499


iBall has announced the launch of a new Android-based smartphone, Andi 4.3j featuring dual-SIM and dual-batteries. The device has been priced at Rs. 9,499.

The iBall Andi 4.3j runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system and is powered by 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 processor. It has 4.3-inch capacitive touch screen, 5 MP camera, 2 GB internal storage, 512  MB of RAM and micro SD card slot that supports additional storage upto 32 GB. The device supports 3G, Bluetooth, GPRS and EDGE for connectivity.

The most notable feature of the iBall device is the dual-battery- one 1,600 mAh and another 900 mAh battery, which together give output of 2,530 mAh battery.

" We are excited to launch for the first time in India a dual-battery smartphone. Battery back up is the major problem to the smartphone users. Realizing the high utility of smartphone, long hour chatting and longer browsing we have launched this stylish dual battery phone to provide unhindered and seamless usage," Sandeep Parasrampuria, Director, iBall is quoted as saying.

CRIS introduces Live train tracking application, Rail Radar


Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS) has introduced Rail Radar, an application that will enable commuters to know the location of a train on a map and visualize the running-train network in real-time. Rail Radar has been jointly developed by CRIS and Rail Yatri Team.

Rail Radar boasts of user friendly interface and functionality. The interactive map can zoom in and zoom out to get station and train details. User can search for a particular train or station to get specific details of train around the station or running status of a train, location, its route and stoppages. Rail Radar also gives an overview on trains running on time as well as status of delayed trains. In case of a mishap/unplanned activity, Rail Radar would be able to provide users with an overview of situation and train status across the country.

" With the launch of Rail Radar, we are offering information in an entirely new way about train movement, which is perhaps the first for any major railway system in the world," said Sunil Bajpai, General Manager, CRIS.

Violent video games making teenagers aggressive: Study


According to a new study from Brock University in Canada, teenagers who play violent video games for over a number of years become aggressive towards other people. Moreover the girls who played such games during their school years were found to be affected just as much as boys. The study findings are considered as first indication of a clear link between a sustain period of playing violent games and subsequent rise in hostile behaviour.

According to the research team, the long term players of violent games are likely to react aggressively to unintentional provocations such as someone accidentally bumping into them. The study which is now published in the Journal Developmental Psychology, involved 1,492 adolescents at eight high schools in Ontario, 51 percent of whom were female and 49 percent were male.

Surveys were carried out annually across four school years with the participants aged 14 or 15 at the start of study and 17 or 18 when the study concluded. Teenagers were asked series of questions like how often they pushed or shoved people and whether they frequently kick or punch people who make them angry. They were also asked whether they play

Enjoy free SMS on Gmail in India


Search giant Google has started rolling out free SMS for its free email service Gmail and paid email service Google Apps customers in India. The service allows users to send SMSes to mobile phones from chat windows. Users have to add mobile numbers of their contacts in email address book and they are set.

The service starts with 50 SMS credits for each user, every sent SMS costing one credit. Apply reply received adds on 5 credits subjected to the maximum level being 50 SMS at any given time. There is no official statement from Google on the launch of this service, however the service has gone live this evening in the chat windows of many users.

Google is rolling out this service in partnership with cellular operators, which means they would share revenue with Google out of SMSes users on their network send. It specifies a way to buy more SMS credits.

The SMS sent from Gmail are delivered to mobile phone while reply from mobile phone appears in chat window. For the mobile phone user the reply is charged at local SMS rate as per his/her normal billing plan.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Gadgets soon to identify their users by measuring heartbeats


Smartphones, tablets, gaming devices and other devices may soon recognize their owners at a touch. The gadgets will identify their users by measuring their heartbeats through their finger tips.

"ECG biometrics identifies people by their cardiac rhythm," Foteini Agrafioti, an engineer at the University of Toronto who developed a version of the technology and started a company, Bionym, to make it.

"Not just their heart rate but the actual shape of their heartbeat," he added.

Heartbeat could be a secure alternative, or supplement, to more established biological ID measures, such as fingerprints. And unlike some futuristic identification schemes, heartbeat IDs are technologically ready to go.

The finger sensors have made it possible to embed heartbeat measurements into smartphones and other devices, although they aren't precise enough for doctor's diagnosis.

Meanwhile, engineers have found that the exact shape of ECG spikes varies from person to person. Everyone has his or her own unique shape, which remain even during heart rate changes caused by excitement or exercise. That shape also stays the same over time.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Apple pays tribute to late Steve Jobs


Apple paid tribute to its co-founder by posting a video on its website. The tribute video features famous quotes and images of Jobs, and highlights some of the best company's inventions.

Apple's website featured a note from the company's CEO Tim Cook, praising Jobs and his contributions to the company. Cook wrote:

" Steve's passing one year ago today was a sad and difficult time for all of us. I hope that today everyone one will reflect on his extraordinary life and the many ways he made the worls a better place.

One of the greatest gifts Steve gave to the world is Apple. No company has ever inspired such creativity or set such high standards for itself. Our values originated from Steve and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple. We share the same privilege and responsibility of carrying his legacy into the future.

I'm incredibly proud of the work we are doing, delivering products that our customers love and dreaming up new ones that will delight them down the road.

It's a wonderful tribute to Steve's memory and everything he stood for."

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Apple plans to store its own sores in India


Apple Inc, the maker of iPhone and iPads is evaluating the possibility of setting up its own stores in India, if the Indian Government eases local sourcing conditions, said two senior executives who havee business relations with the California-based Company in India.

It might be easier for Apple, the world's most valuable company, to set up stores if the government allows its IT sourcing operations in India to be included as part of the mandatory 30 percent local sourcing requirement, the executives said.

iPhone 4 and 4S price slashed in India: Reports


According to reports quoting an Apple Spokesperson, the company has slashed its iPhone 4S and iPhone 4pricing in India, ahead of the iPhone 5 launch. Airtel and Aircel however have not updated the prices on their websites yet.

The reported new price of the Apple iPhone 4S (16 GB) is Rs. 41,400, while the iPhone 4 (8 GB) now bears a price of Rs. 28,300 respectively.

We expect the iPhone 5 to it the Indian market by November this year, and to bear pricing similar to, or a slightly higher than the iPhone 4S pricing at launch, in November last year - starting from Rs. 44,500 for the 16GB model.

Mobile users in Kashmir can't access Facebook, Twitter


Though authorities have refused to ban some popular websites, thousands of mobile users here were unable to access social media websites like Facebook and Twitter as well as video-sharing website YouTube.

After Google India blocked an anti-Islam video on YouTube, mobile phone users here have been complaining that they are unable to access GPRS, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter on their devices.

Even those using broadband services through secured connections are complaining that they cannot access YouTube in the Kashmir valley.

Various service providers here have also downgraded their 3G service to 2G without any warning, thus depriving users from viewing email attachments and other heavy files on their devices.

However Minister for Science and Technology, Aga Syed Ruhullah and various service providers in the valley said there was no such ban in Kashmir.