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Apple will launch iPhone independent smart watch by end of this year.

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Apple will launch iPhone independent Smartwatch to increase market share.

According to a news report published in Bloomberg Apple is planning to launch a new smart watch that will not be dependent on iPhone. Apple may announce the release of this smartwatch in upcoming Worldwide Developers conference. Continue reading Apple will launch iPhone independent smart watch by end of this year.

Vodafone Play will stream 12 SD and HD discovery channels

12 HD and SD Discovery channels will be available on Vodafone Play for streaming.

The Discovery channels that the users will be able to stream include Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Discovery HD World, Discovery Science, Discovery Turbo, Discovery Kids, Investigation Discovery (ID), Animal Planet HD World, TLC HD World, Discovery Tamil and a sports channel DSPORT.

 

“Vodafone Play is a single window offering content across genres and languages and this association with Discovery strengthens our infotainment category. All consumers, including the Velvet Rope Generation, can now watch what they want, when they want and how they want,” said Dipankar Ghoshal, National Head – VAS, and Content, Vodafone India.

Motorola will open 6 MotoHub stores in Delhi and Mumbai.

Mobile companies preferring offline stores instead of online portals to sell their products.

After Xiaomi and OnePlus now Motorola is planning to sell their products through offline stores.

 

Motorola will open 6 offline stores in India. These stores will be opened in Delhi NCR and Mumbai. 3 stores will be opened in Delhi NCR and Mumbai respectively.

These stores will offer all products and accessories.

 

First MotoHub store was opened in The Great India Place in Noida.

Motorola has also launched a few offers to lure customers into buying smartphones from the MotoHub. The offers are as follows – there will be a 50 per cent discount on select Moto Mods till Sunday and discounts on certain smartphone accessories.

 

Motorola is not the first company that is preferring offline route to increase sales.

Chinese mobile company Xiaomi chose offline route to sell Redmi 4. Xiomi also opened its first offline retail store named as ‘Mi Home Store’ in Bengaluru.

Xiaomi is planning to open 100 such offline stores all over India.

Researchers developed a Palm sized Magnetic tape that can store 330 TB data

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IBM and Sony jointly developed a palm-sized magnetic cartridge that can store 330 terabytes of data.

Do you have a habit to capture all the precious moments of life but have to think twice before capturing those moments as storage of those pictures is the cause of concern for you?

Many people have to kill their desire as their hard disk is already full of millions of pictures and movies.

There is no need to worry anymore as Researchers at IBM and Sony are very close to solve this problem.

In a path breaking invention IBM and Sony jointly developed a palm-sized magnetic cartridge that can store 330 terabytes of data.

This cartridge can store 201 gigabits data per square inch. This is a ground-breaking development.

This tape can store 330 million of books. Keeping this fact in mind this is a remarkable achievement. Currently World’s largest hard drive can store only 60TB data.

Sony developed a new kind of tape using ‘sputter deposition’ technique. This new tape is named as “sputtered magnetic tape”.

This invention will solve the problem of storage. In the internet of things era data is being generated exponentially while storage technology is not growing accordingly. This is a shot in the arm for Cloud and Big data arena.

Just Forget Nuclear Arms race. China started Artificial intelligence Arms Race

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China Started AI arms race.

China unveiled a ‘grand national plan’ to become the World leader in Artificial Intelligence by the year 2020.China is leaving no stone unturned to become the leader in this filed by the year 2020.

The China State Council released a detailed policy document to achieve the target. Strategies and policy were mentioned in details to provide the conducive environment for the development of Chinese artificial Intelligence Industry.

Apart from Artificial Intelligence other disruptive technologies were also discussed in great detail in this Policy document. Super Computing,Brain Science and Deep learning are technological areas that will be promoted as part of this policy.

According to this policy document Artificial Intelligence has become the new focus of the International competition. It has become the new engine of the economic development.

This vision document wants to build a $150 billion Artificial intelligence industry in coming years.Chinese tech giants like Baidu,Tencent and Alibaba have established AI research center in the United States.China is not the only country that is understanding the importance of the Artificial Intelligence. RecentlyThe United Kingdom consulted experts to understand the Artificial Intelligence and its impact on economy, society, law and order and ethics.

The United States government is also doing the same. During National Governors association meeting Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk warned the US government regarding the impact of Artificial Intelligence on humanity.

Elon Musk said “AI is a fundamental existential risk for human civilization, and I don’t think people fully appreciate that.”Musk termed AI as “the scariest problem”.Musk urgfed the government to formulate a regulatory authority that will define the scope of the AI.

Stephen hawking and other prominent AI innovators already raised concern regarding the misuse of Artificial intelligence and Robotics.

Alibaba founder and chairman Jack Ma also warned that AI is going to change the society in a drastic way as robots are going to eat jobs and will replace CEOs in coming years

MIT is developing Recipe Identification system that will read the picture of the food to name the recipe

Gone are the days when you must share the recipe of a food to your friends explaining how did you cook the delicious food.

Now just click the picture of the delicious food you cooked and neural network based system developed by MIT will tell the recipe reading the picture of the food.MIT’s CASIL is working on this project.

According to a news published on TechCrunch

MIT is developing pic2recipe System that will scan the picture of food and will tell the recipe.

This system is using an algorithm, Food-101 Data Set, built by Swiss scientists in 2014.Food-101 Data set is a food identifying algorithm.

Signals from red dwarf star Ross 128 detected by Scientists

Scientists at University of Puerto Rico detected some peculiar signals from red dwarf star Ross 128 while conducting a scientific study about the radiation and magnetic environment around red dwarf stars. The signals consisted of broadband quasi-periodic non-polarized pulses with very strong dispersion-like features.

These signals were detected by Arecibo Observatory of the University on 12th May 2017 while studying red dwarf star with planets.

Still origin of the signals is doubtful and is the matter of further studies but three possible explanation is being provided regarding the origin of the source of signals.

According to Planetary Habitability Laboratory of University of Puerto Rico At Arecibo “We do not know the origin of these signals but there are three main possible explanations: they could be (1) emissions from Ross 128 similar to Type II solar flares, (2) emissions from another object in the field of view of Ross 128, or just (3) burst from a high orbit satellite since low orbit satellites are quick to move out of the field of view.”

“We believe that the signals are not local radio frequency interferences (RFI) since they are unique to Ross 128, and observations of other stars immediately before and after did not show anything similar,” says Abel Mendez, director of the Planetary Habitability Laboratory at the University of Puerto Rico.

Scientists at the PHL feels aliens can not be the cause of these signals.PHL is working with . SETI Berkeley with the Green Bank Telescope and SETI Institute’s ATA to get a final conclusion on this.

Earth and other extraterrestrial objects share same level of chemical origins

According to a new study by scientists at Western University Earth and other planetary objects formed in the early years of the solar system share similar chemical origins. This study was published by scientific journal Nature. This is a path breaking study as it is challenges decade old theory accepted by scientists till now.
The study was done by cosmochemist Audrey Bouvier and french scientist Maud Boyet.
Both scientists found that there is same initial levels of Neodymium-142 (142Nd) in Earth and other extraterrestrial objects.

WhatsApp shares phone number and contact details with Facebook

WhatsApp said that they are not going to share any kind of content with Facebook as WhatsApp have no access to the content. WhatsApp only store user name,phone number and information regarding other users with whom they are in contact on it’s server. This information was provided to the Delhi high court by senior advocate Siddharth Luthra who is representing WhatsApp.
The bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal directed WhatsApp to file an affidavit regarding this.

A PIL has been filed in Delhi High Court by Karmanya Singh Sareen and Shreya Sethi against the new policy of sharing data with Facebook.
Senior advocate Pratibha Singh, who was representing petitioners Karmanya Singh Sareen and Shreya Sethi argued that the new privacy policy issued by WhatsApp clearly stated that if a user chose to opt out of the sharing of information for Facebook ads and products, the information shared via WhatsApp could “still be used for other purposes”.

WahtsApp was acquired by Facebook in February 2016 for US $ 19 billion. In August 2016 WahtsApp changed it’s privacy policy. According to new privacy policy WahtsApp will share user’s account information with Facebook, consisting of the phone number of the account owner and aggregated analytical data.

 

Scientists at MIT develops artificial human skin

Scientists at MIT developed an artificial skin that can temporarily protect and tighten skin, and smooth wrinkles. This “second skin” is using a silicone-based polymer and this can be applied as second skin and it is very hard to distinguish it from human skin as it is very thin and have elastic properties of the human skin.

This scientifically developed skin provides long-lasting ultraviolet protection.

Now scientists are working to develop it further so that it can be used to treat skin conditions by supplying drugs to the affected area.

According to MIT News

“It’s an invisible layer that can provide a barrier, provide cosmetic improvement, and potentially deliver a drug locally to the area that’s being treated. Those three things together could really make it ideal for use in humans,” says Daniel Anderson, an associate professor in MIT’s Department of Chemical Engineering and a member of MIT’s Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research and Institute for Medical Engineering and Science (IMES).

Jaguar Land rover will build smartphone with Bullitt

Currently India’s smartphone market is the war zone of all major smartphone players. India is the second largest smartphone market in the world. There are 220 million active unique smartphone users in India.

Traditional smartphone makers like Samsung,Apple,LG,Lenovo,Micromax etc are fighting very hard to capture maximum share in this huge market.

Jaguar Land rover has announced that it is also entering in Indian smartphone market. Land Rover has tied up with UK based Bullitt. Bullitt is UK based consumer electronics company.

Land Rover will built Smartphone and multiple accessories with Bullitt.

“Incorporating the iconic Land Rover design and innovative technology into the mobile-phone sector with the Bullitt Group presents an exciting challenge and fantastic opportunity to take the brand into a new dimension,” Lindsay Weaver, director of licensing and branded goods at Jaguar Land Rover

“An engineering and design team from Jaguar Land Rover special operations will be assigned to the partnership and subsequently deliver a number of bespoke applications tailored to Land Rover brand and product values,” Weaver added.

“We are confident the new range of products will perfectly encapsulate everything that Land Rover represents, appealing to those who already love the brand and providing an introduction to those who are yet to discover it,” noted Peter Stephens, CEO of Bullitt Group.

Google launches latest Chromecast with features like higher video resolution and less buffering at Rs 3399

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New Google Chromecast in India
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Google launches new version of Chromecast and Chromecast Audio at Rs 3399. New version have additional functionalities like higher video resolution,less buffering,faster Wi-Fi,more colours and sleeker design.

What is Chromecast ?

Chromecast is a streaming dongle that is plugged into the HDMI port on your TV.

You can cast content from your phone to TV. So basically it is a medium that integrate your phone to the TV. Using Chromecast content of your phone will be displayed on TV.

Chromecast works with iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets, Mac and Windows laptops and Chromebooks.

You need to install Cast App on your phone which will open the gate of unlimited content on your mobile .

Features of New Chromecast

1) No more adapters or extension cables required as new Chromecast supports more TVs.

2) Higher video resolution and less buffering provided.

3) Wi-Fi Performance has been improved.

Chromecast can be ordered directly from Google website

https://www.google.com/intl/en_in/chromecast/tv/#?discover

 

Astronomical News for Indian Scientists: Modi gifted advanced gravitational-wave detector LIGO-India to study gravitational waves

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India will have it’s own gravitational wave observatory LIGO-India
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India will establish a state-of-the-art gravitational wave observatory with the help of US. Union cabinet approved a proposal regarding this. Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) in the U.S will provide support in this endeavor.

This is a great news for scientists working in the area of gravitational-wave astronomy.

Department of Atomic Energy and Department of Science and Technology (DST) will handle the project with the help of LIGO Laboratory based in US.

What is LIGO?

The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) is used to study gravitational waves by scientists. It was founded in 1992 by eminent scientists from Caltech and MIT University in US and many other colleges and universities.

900 scientists and 44000 active volunteers worldwide involved in LIGO project managed by LIGO Scientific collaboration.

Vodafone launches 4 G services in Delhi and NCR Region.

Vodafone launches 4 G services in Delhi and NCR Region.
Vodafone 4G packs ranging from a trial pack of 35 MB at Rs 11 to a bonanza pack of 20 GB at Rs 2,499.

Now Vodafone’s 4G services will be available in Delhj and NCR.Vodafone will roll out 4G services in a phased manner. Vodafone is using robust 1800 MHz band for it’s sate of the art 4G services.

“We are delighted to launch our high-speed 4G services in Delhi and NCR for our customers to experience the most advanced wireless broadband experience available across the globe today.” – Naveen Chopra, chief operating officer, Vodafone India.

One can also access 4G using 4G Mobile Wi-Fi that supports connectivity for up to 10 devices. Vodafone 4G packs ranging from a trial pack of 35 MB at Rs 11 to a bonanza pack of 20 GB at Rs 2,499.

3 months 3 months access to free TV, movies & music, 100+ Live TV channels on Vodafone Play will be offered as part of the 4G services. Apart from this premium video-on-demand service with over 35,000 hours of Hollywood blockbusters  will also be the part of the 4G package.

 

Facebook announced to shut down its cloud platform Parse

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Facebook is shutting down its cloud platform Parse. Image Credit Parse

According to a blog post, Facebook is shutting down its Parse mobile backend as a service (MBaaS) cloud.Parse will be fully retired after a year-long period ending on January 28, 2017.

Facebook acquired Parse in 2013.

Parse was launched in year 2013 and after that

“We’re proud that we’ve been able to help so many of you build great mobile apps, but we need to focus our resources elsewhere,” Facebook Parse chief technology officer Kevin Lacker

Facebook released a database migration tool to migrate Parse app data into any MongoDB database. Apart from this Parse Server will be now an Open Source software.

 

Google’s artificial intelligence system defeated human European champion of ancient Chinese game Go.

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Google’s artificial intelligence system defeated human European champion of ancient Chinese game Go.
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According to journal Nature,A Computer System built by Google defeated the European champion Fan Hui, in Ancient Chinese board game Go. This is a major breakthrough in the area of artificial intelligence (AI) research.

The Google system, named AlphaGo defeated Fan Hui in a five-game match at the Google DeepMind office in London in October.

Google is planning to put AlphaGo up against the highest-ranked Go player, South Korea’s Lee Sedol, at a match in Seoul in March.

“This is the first time that a computer program has defeated a human professional player in the full-sized game of Go, a feat previously thought to be at least a decade away.” – Nature

“If we win the match in March, then that’s sort of the equivalent of beating [Garry] Kasparov in chess,” said Demis Hassabis, cofounder of Google-owned DeepMind, during a press briefing on the research earlier this week. “Lee Sedol is the greatest player of the past decade. I think that would mean AlphaGo would be better than any human at playing Go.”

Go is a board game invented in China more than 2,500 years ago. In this game 19 horizontal and 19 vertical lines forms a grid and players place black and white stones alternately.

“Go is the most complex and beautiful game ever devised by humans,” Demis Hassabis, head of the Google team, and himself an avid Go player, said at a press briefing. By beating Fan Hui, he added, “our program achieved one of the long-standing grand challenges of AI.”

 

Volunteers discovered the largest prime number having over 22 million digits.

A team of Mersenne organization at the University of Central Missouri, headed by Curtis Cooper has claimed that they have found the largest prime number. This number is 274,207,281 – 1 and this number has 22 million digits.

The new prime number is named as M74207281 (calculated by multiplying together 74,207,281 twos then subtracting one).

The new record has broken the old record by approximately 5 million digits. Interestingly older prime number has also been discovered by same team.

Head of team Curtis Cooper announced this via a press release.

What is GIMPS ?

Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search (GIMPS) is a collaboration of volunteers to find special larger prime numbers known as Mersenne. Mersenne is one less than a power of two. The official discovery date is January 7th.

GIMPS team developed a software named prime95 to search new and bigger prime number.

Fighting the plastic bag menace: A story of courage and action

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Recently I spent nearly six months at a small township of Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh. I was amazed to find that the use of plastic bags was totally banned there. It directed me to think about the state I belong to. Why could we not enforce such rules and punishments there? Nearly, 25 years back, while teaching at a school at Nagpur, we established a nature club – The Basilican -for to make students aware of the enviornment.

 

We generally take the most precious gifts of nature for granted. Do we ever think that the supply of air that we breathe, the water we use, the food we eat could get exhausted one day..no, we go on assuming that the bounties of nature are inexhaustible. If we can sow the seed in young minds, our future generation, about the wise use of nature’s gift, there is a hope for saving our mother Earth.

 

Our mission started with the interaction amongst the nature clubs of different schools through competitions on debate, painting, singing, staging drama, nukkad natak

Interestingly I found a similar code while visiting the islands of Andaman, very strict rules helped the Union Territory keep the beaches very clean as we find in some of the foreign countries, a treat to the eyes.

 

Now, in Kolkata, I witnessed the anti- plastic bag campaign, though without any result. As a child, I used to read and hear that ‘what Bengal thinks today, the rest of the country thinks tomorrow.’ In practice, I am unable to find this to be true. The awareness program, we have started nearly 25 years back in a small city of Maharashtra is unable to set its foot among the so-called educated and civilized citizens of Kolkata. They insist the shopkeepers for plastic bags, sometimes even double- otherwise they prefer to walk out without buying from that shop or else engage themselves in unending argument.

 

I loved it when I visited Nicco Park and Science City, as they do not allow plastic bags in. Now, recently all the shopping malls have started charging for carry bags. It amuses me to watch people not walking out of the shops, rather they prefer to carry their own bags to save a penny or so.

 

The housing complex I stay in, once faced the problem of water logging, especially during monsoons. Exchange of hot talks could always be heard between the maintenance authority and the residents, though the main reason behind the water logging was plastis bags.

 

Once, after a heavy shower, I made up my mind, accumulated my courage and set forth. I folded my salwar and went out in knee deep water with a stick in my hand and started clearing the mouths of the drains by collecting the plastic bags. As expected, I became a laughing stock, but I didn’t mind. The water cleared off within fifteen minutes. Next day, when it rained again, I found it easier to carry on the work and to my surprise, I found a small girl with a smiling face asking me, ‘Aunty, can I help you?’ She had a paper boat on her little palm. I remembered my childhood days, when we were free to play in the rain water. Once, I got drowned too, in a drain while holding the competition to jump across the over flown nallah. I was worried about the child and asked her, ‘Your mom will not scold you?’ She didn’t bother to answer. We floated the paper boat together and went on with our job. To our surprise, we enjoyed the work very much. Next day, there were three more young girls and the group went on getting stronger day by day. The housing complex was free of water logging within a few days. People did not laugh or talk anymore. The self appointed cleaning society, consisting only of female members earned respect from the residents. The complex now stands neat and clean and free of mosquitoes.

4G services are affordable due to Airtel price cut

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Bharti Airtel is offering 4G services at 3G prices.

Bharti Airtel is offering 4G services at 3G prices. With three new plans Airtel is trying to make 4G services affordable.

Bharti Airtel has slashed 4G services price. Airtel has launched three plans starting from Rs. 450 for its customer in Bangalore, Kolkata, Pune and Chandigarh.

Airtel has increased the data allowance while prices has been lowered drastically. Airtel is offering three plans – Rs 450, Rs 650 and Rs 750.

Data quota

The GSM operator would also increase the data quota (per GB) at a rent similar to 3G plans. The plans, starting from Rs 999, offer accelerated data benefits at the rate of Rs 100 per GB, the company said.

Customers subscribing to Rs 999 and above would get free access to a library of 1,000 movies and 100 games powered by BigFlix and Indiagames.

Google’s project loon – Balloon powered internet access to all on earth

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Google will build a ring of balloons that will fly around the globe on the stratospheric winds and will provide Internet access to the earth below.

There is no doubt that internet has changed the way of interaction and connectivity and it is one of the most innovative creation of our time. The world is a village now thanks to internet. Internet has touched each facet of life. Indeed role of internet cannot be denied to bring political revolution in various countries like Egypyt, Seria and Turkey.

But still there are places on earth where internet is not available or affordable due to many factors like terrestrial challenges, economical issues and political issues as well.

 In an effort to provide internet connectivity to everybody on earth Google came out with a innovative solution that is cost effective also. Google will provide internet on earth using balloons.

Sounds weird? All great ideas are weird initially till they become reality. Google named the project as Project loon.

What is the crazy idea ?

Google will build a ring of balloons that will fly around the globe on the stratospheric winds and will provide Internet access to the earth below. Speed of the internet will be similar to today’s 3G network and using this internet can be accessed to in rural, remote and undeserved areas.

Commercial planes will not affect these internet balloons as they will fly at altitudes twice as high as commercial planes.

What are the pros and cons?

There were many challenges faced by Google to solve this problem.Controling freely freely sailing balloons at high altitude was one of those challenges. It is a difficult task to control and regulate the path of the ring of the balloons. Google will use wind power and solar power to move the balloons up and down.

There is another major challenge that Google is trying to overcome. Google is trying to set the balloons for a particular region .If someone in India trying to connect with a balloon user should connect to India specific balloons only not to US specific balloons.

Google has launched 30 balloons in New Zealand to test this functionality and soon this will be launched for testing in different countries.

If this project is successful it will surely bring a revolution in internet. It is not difficult to imagine a world where free internet will be a reality and people from each corner of the earth are connected to each other.

Zync unveils Quad 10.1 inch Android 4.1 Jelly Bean tablet at Rs 14,990

There is new offering in the tablet market. For customers and tech enthusiasts there is no dearth of options in mobile and tablet market. There is one more addition in these options by Zync.

Zync Quad 10.1 seems to be a value for money as it can be used as business tool and an entertainment tool.

After launching three tablets (Dual 7.0, Quad 8.0 and Quad 9.7) earlier Zync is now unveiling its latest tablet Quad 10.1 .

Zync’s latest offering

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Zync unveils Quad 10.1 inch Android 4.1 Jelly Bean tablet at Rs 14,990

uad 10.1 is a full HD tablet having 10.1 inch screen.The tablet price is Rs.14.990.

Zync is eyeing high-end affordable tablet market in the country. Keeping those factors in mind company is offering this tablet at a price of Rs. 14990.

The tablet offers many cool features like capacitive screen with a ten point multi-touch, 5 MP rear auto focus camera with face detection, 2 MP front-facing camera for video chat, 16 GB internal storage capacity, which is expandable to 32GB via a microSD card, Quad-core 1.5 GHz processor, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, screen resolution of 1920×1200 pixels and a rechargeable Lithium-Ion 8000 mAh battery.

Amul Mohan Mittal, Co-Founder, Zync Global said, “After seeing the success of the Quad 8 and the quad 9.7 tablets, Zync is now entirely targeting the high-end affordable tablet market in the country. This Quad 10.1 tablet is packed with premium features and is being offered to the consumer at a very affordable price.”

The tablet offers multitude of apps that makes user experience lively and vibrant.Some apps that boost the user experience are e Google Play Store, Google Maps Navigation, HTML Browser, Adobe Flash, Adobe Reader, Aldiko e-Book Reader, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, GTalk, Skye, MSN Messenger.

This tablet can be used for business purposes as office suite with World/Excel/Powerpoint is being provided with the tablet.

Popular games like Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja etc are also being provided by the tablet.

Some of the supported games applications include Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja etc.

Spice unveils android Smartphone in Rs 6,999

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Spice Mobility Limited has unveiled a low budget Android phone ‘Smart Flo Pace 2 Mi-502‘ with features like 5-inch capacitive touch screen, Android ICS OS,1 GHz Dual Core Processor,512MB of RAM embedded within the body and 1.3 MP front camera.
This phone also provides 5 megapixel rear camera with dual LED Flash. Memory can be expanded up to 32GB.
Price of the phone is Rs 6,999.
This dual SIM Smartphone is the new addition to Spice Smart Flo series.
Apart from this Rs 500 leather cover and screen guard is being provided with phone.
Battery time is 5 hours of talk time and 280 hours of standby time according to the company.

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Spice Smart Flo Pace 2 Mi-502 Specification:-

Display                               :- 5-inch WVGA capacitive touch screen
Processor(CPU)             :- 1GHz dual core processor
Operating System         :- Android 4.0 platform
Camera Main                  :- 5MP main camera with dual LED flash, 1.3MP front sensor
Memory                             :- 512MB of ROM and up to 32GB micro SD memory card expandability
Battery                               :- 2100mAh battery
Talk Time                         :- for up to 5 hours talk time
SIM Support                    :- Dual SIM capable
Sensors                              :- G-sensor, proximity sensor
Connectivity                    :- Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity
Others                                 :- FM radio, 9.6mm profile, 3.5mm headphone jack

Living Social Hacked – 50 millions users affected by the cyber attack

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50 millions users affected by the cyber attack.Customer credit card and stores merchants’ financial and banking information was not affected or accessed in the cyber-attack.

Living Social has been hacked. Usernames, encrypted Passwords, Birthdates of 50 million users has been accessed by the hackers. This has been revealed in an email sent to employees by CEO Tim O’Shaughnessy.

All of Living Social’s countries across the world appear to have been affected, except in Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia and the Korea.

There is some good news for living social that customer credit card and stores merchants’ financial and banking information was not affected or accessed in the cyber-attack. Living Social is a daily deals site partially owned by Amazon. Amazon owns 29 percent of the company.

Users impacted by this attack have been informed via email with proper explanation. User’s are requested to change password immediately.

Living Social is actively working with law enforcement to investigate this issue.

Samsung smart phones GALAXY Grand with 12.7cm screen display

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Samsung Galaxy Grand smart phone is a 12.7cm screen phone. It is having Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) OS. Apart from this 1.2 GHz dual-core processor , 8MP Camera Resolution(Rear), Dual SIM, Multi Window, Resolution 480 x 800 (WVGA) make it grand experience for users.

Samsung Galaxy Grand smart phone offers you Large screen space and slim size smartphone with latest technology for entertaining mobile experience.

It provides many social applications to make and Google Search,Google Now and other Google Services are integrated into this.

You can Buy it in India around Rs. 21,500/

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Samsung smart phones GALAXY Grand Specification :-

Network Connectivity       :- GSM 3G, HSPA-PLUS

Display                                 :- 12.72cms with TFT

Processor(CPU)                  :- 1.2GHz Dual Core

Operating System               :- Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)

Camera Main                      :- CMOS, 8.0 MP

Camera Front                    :- CMOS, 2.0MP

Video                                   :- 3GP, MP4,

Audio                                   :- MP3, MP4, AAC, AAC+, AMR, AMR-NB, eAAC+, IMY, MIDI, MP3, OGG

Connectivity                        :- PBAP, PBA, A2DP, AVRCP, GAP, HFP, OPP, SAP, SPP, HID

Memory                                :- 8/16GB Internal Memory (microSD up to 64GB) + 1.5GB RAM

Dimension                          :- 143.5 x 76.8 x 9.6mm

Weight                                 :- 161gms

Battery                                 :- 2100 mAh

Talk Time                           :- 610min

Standby Time                    :- 440hr

USB Chargeable                :- Yes

USB                                    :- USB 2.0

SIM Support                    :- DUAL SIM

Color Depth                       :- 16M

Sensors                              :- Accelerometer, Geo-magnetic, Gyro-sensor, Proximity Sensor

Samsung launches two Mega Series smart phone with 6.3 and 5.8 inch screen

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Samsung Mega smart phone has many latest feature with sensor (Accelerometer, RGB light, Geomagnetic, Proximity, Gyroscope).

Samsung is offering new smart phone to the customer on regular basis. They seem to study consumer’s behavior very closely and try to address consumer’s needs in all their creations.

Samsung launched two new phones in Mega series – Galaxy Mega 6.3 and Galaxy Mega 5.8 combining the “combines the portability and convenience of a smart phone with the power, multitasking capabilities and extensive viewing experience of a tablet.

Galaxy Mega 6.3 has 6.3- inch screen Galaxy Mega 5.8 have 5.8-inch screen.

Samsung Mega smart phone has many latest feature with sensor (Accelerometer, RGB light, Geomagnetic, Proximity, Gyroscope).

Samsung tries to provide Samsung Galaxy Note II features in this Mega series phone. Both phones has 8.0 Mega pixel main camera and 1.9 megapixel front camera. GALAXY Mega 6.3 provides 1.7 GHz Dual Core CPU.

Google services has been integrated closely with the these phones. Smartphone fully support Google mobile services Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Latitude, Google Play Store, Google Plus, YouTube, Google Talk, Google Places, Google Navigation, Google Downloads, Voice Search.

Prices are not yet decided .Phones will be launched in Europe next month and then will be rolled out all over the world gradually.

 

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Samsung Mega Series phone with 6.3 inch screen.

Samsung smart phones GALAXY Mega 6.3 inch Specification

 

Network Connectivity :-   LTE100/50Mbps, HSPA+21/5.76

Display diagonally         :-  6.3-inch with HD TFT

Processor (CPU)              :- 1.7 GHz Dual Core

Operating System         :- Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)

Camera Main                 :- 8 megapixel

Camera Front                : – 1.9 megapixel

Video                               :-  3GP, MP4, AVI, WMV, FLV, MKV

Audio                               :- MP3, M4A, MP4, 3GP, 3GA, WMA, OGG, OGA, AAC, FLAC

Connectivity                   :- Wi-Fi, USB, BT 4.0(BLE), GPS+GLONASS, NFC, MHL

Memory                          :- 8/16GB Internal Memory (microSD up to 64GB) + 1.5GB RAM

Dimension                      :- 167.6 x 88 x 8.0 mm,

Weight                            :- 199gm

Battery                            :- Li-ion 3,200 mAh

 

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Samsung Mega Series phone with 5.8 inch screen.

Samsung smart phones GALAXY  Mega  5.8  inch Specification

 

Network Connectivity :-   HSPA+21/5.76

Display diagonally        :-  5.8-inch with QHD  TFT

Processor(CPU)              :- 1.4 GHz Dual Core

Operating System         :- Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)

Camera Main                  :- 8 megapixel

Camera Front                  :- 1.9 megapixel

Video                                :-  3GP, MP4, AVI, WMV, FLV, MKV

Audio                               :- MP3, M4A, MP4, 3GP, 3GA, WMA, OGG, OGA, AAC, FLAC

Connectivity               :- Wi-Fi, USB, BT 4.0(BLE), GPS+GLONASS, NFC, MHL

Memory                          :- 8/16GB Internal Memory (microSD up to 64GB) + 1.5GB RAM

Dimension                     :- 162.6 x 82.4 x 9.0 mm,

Weight                            :- 182gm

Battery                            :- Li-ion 2,600 mAh

Mahindra e2o latest electric car technology ushers new age of automobile and automotive

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In a single charge Mahindra Reva electric car can go to 100 km.

Mahindra and Mahindra is spending heavily on latest electric car technology. It seems they have seen the glimpse of future in electrification of cars .Climate change and Global warming factor will surely consolidate M&M’s position strong in this new emerging segment of automobile and automotive.

Future of mobility is going to change soon. It will not be same .There are indications in this directions and there are many factors like environmental concerns, ever changing consumer needs, rising fueling costs and global warming.

Fuel efficient and eco friendly mobility solutions will be the need of the future. Keeping this in mind Mahindra and Mahindra presentation electric car e20 in Indian market.

Recently Mahindra Reva Electric Vehicles has launched four seater electric car e2o in two models. Mahindra e2o T0 and Mahindra e2o T2.Initially car will be available in Banglore City and later on will be launched all over India .

Starting price of the car Rs.5.96 lakhs.

Lithium ion batteries with three phase induction electric motor is being used as power back up in this car. In a single charge this electric car can go to 100 km.

Complete charging takes 5 hours. Fully automatic car charge 15A power socket used for city. Car has a emergency charging facility from mobile application, GPS navigation system.

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Fully automatic car charge 15A power socket used for city. Car has a emergency charging facility from mobile application, GPS navigation system.

Mahindra e2o Specifications

Mahindra e2o Models

Mahindra and Mahindra launch e2o two modal Mahindra e2o T0 and Mahindra e2o T2.

Mahindra e2o Mileage

The Mahindra e2o Car battery charging time is 5 hours from a home use 220 V 15 A socket and also mobile phone charging facility are available. E2o run one time full charging 100 km.

 

Power of Mahindra e2o

Three phase induction motor powerful motor for this car giving best  possible performance  by offring Torque (NM) 53 Nm , Transmission-Automatic, Power (PS)-25.83 PS

Mahindra e2o Colors

These colors are available with all variants of Mahindra e2o

Arctic Silver, Coral Blue, Eco Green ,Sunfire Yellow  ,Oceanic White  ,Spanish Red

HTC one android Jelly Bean Smartphone launched in India with price Rs 42000

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HTC ONE is expected to give competition to Samsung Galaxy S3, Apple’s iPhone 5, BlackBerry Z10 and Nokia Lumia 920.

There is one more addition in the overcrowded Smartphone market by Taiwanese company HTC.

HTC (High Tech Computer Corporation) has launched “HTC-ONE” smart phone. This phone is expected to give competition to Samsung Galaxy S3, Apple’s iPhone 5, BlackBerry Z10 and Nokia Lumia 920.

HTC ONE price range is Rs. 42,000 to Rs. 45000.

The phone will be available from starting of May.

 

Smart Phone Prominent features

HTC-ONE offers many features like “Ultrapixel” camera, HTC BoomSound’, HTC BlinkFeed

And Full metal body in this new age smart phone.

Ultrapixel camera

“Ultrapixel” camera that can capture up to 20 photos and a 3-second video in a single shot making the album lively and breathing as per HTC.

HTC BoomSound

HTC also providing Dual frontal stereo speakers powered by built-in amplifiers to make it a music phone.HTC termed it ‘HTC BoomSound’.

HTC is  providing 25 GB of Dropbox space free for two years.

Reliance has partnered with HTC and providing 1GB of 3G data free for 3 months.Apart from this BigFlix subscription is free for three months.

Nilanjan Mukherjee, Chief Revenue Officer, Reliance Communications Limited said, “We are happy to exclusively partner with HTC to bring the new HTC One in India. Every Reliance GSM subscriber can now avail 1GB of 3G data free for 3 months along with free sharing of unlimited text, music, pictures and videos through WhatsApp and Facebook for 3 months. We are also offering free BigFlix subscription for 3 months that will enable Reliance 3G users to watch the latest movies on the go without having to worry about any additional data charges.”

He added, “Our bundled offers on RCOM’s superior 3G network is set to provide a compelling new experience with incredible affordability to Smartphone users across the country”.

 

HTC-ONE Technical Specifications:-

  • 4.7-inch full-HD touch screen display  with a full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 32GB/64GB internal storage
  • 4MP UltraPixel rear camera with BSI sensor
  • Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS
  • 2.1MP front camera for video calling
  • 1MP front camera for video calling
  • Wi-Fi 802, Bluetooth , GPS, NFC, Infrared, 4G,
  • Micro-USB
  • 2,300mAh battery
  • 137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3mm
  • 143g (Weight)
  • high speed HSPA+,
  • micro USB
  • Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS

Facebook Home : Facebook uses Google against Google

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Facebook Home will be a challenge for Google.Facebook is using Google against Google.

Facebook unveiled its much awaited and hyped phone – Facebook Home, today. Facebook Home is simply a ‘Facebook Experience’ on Mobile (read Android). Facebook just added a layer on Google’s Android Mobile OS.

 

 

It is a stack of ‘Facebook Apps’ developed by Facebook for Facebook (though Facebook saying for users) and obviously on Google.

Sounds weired ?

 

It is just a trailor of a magnum opus that will be released in chunks to the world. How ?

It is not a new Mobile OS by Facebook as Facebook said, “Our answer is Home. Home isn’t a phone or operating system, and it’s also more than just an app. Home is a completely new experience that lets you see the world through people, not apps.”

Google’s Strength used against Google by Facebook

With the launch of ‘Home’ Facebook has waged a war in Google’s turf  by using Google’s weapon against Google. It is yet to be seen how Google is going to tackle it. But it is sure Larry,Eric and Bin would be furious.

Instead of building a New Mobile OS and competing with a much powerful Android and iOS, Facebook decided to use them for its own benefit. Android is helpful for Google if Google services are being used on Android as this way Google can show Ads by Google. Since Facebook layer called ‘Home’ will put Android in the background and Facebook in the foreground, anyone can imagine how Facebook can use ‘Home’ to show Facebook ads. If this happens, and chances are very high that this will happen, Google may have to re-think in the long term to stall Facebook’s emergence.

Since Android is an open source project, Google is not in position to object to Facebook’s move.

Google’s two weapons – Adsense and Android are also being used by Facebook against Google.One directly and another as an inspiration.

Facebook working on its own Mobile OS ?

The big question is, why did Facebook choose Google’s Android for its’ foray on mobile?

There are rumours doing the round that Facebook is working on it’s Mobile OS based on Android.Facebook Home seems to be a glimpse of that endeavour to the world. In technical terms, it may be just a test to gauge the reaction of people before launching the final product.

Facebook said,  “We designed Home to be the next version of Facebook. But we also wanted to do something more.” What is this ‘something more ‘ is yet to be seen.Future is going to be tumultuous  in mobile arena.

Facebook Home will be free to use and can be downloaded from the Google Play Store starting April 12.Intially it will be available in the US but later on it will be rolled out in other countries.

Facebook Home can be seen as a unison of Mobile and Social Media. Facebook is the king in Social Media arena but Mobile was not Facebook’s forte.Since more and more people started using Facebook on mobile, Mark Zuckerberg knew this very well that it is going to work with Android being the most popular Mobile OS.

Google introduces new rendering engine ‘Blink’ for Chromium

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Google has developed a new Rendering Engine ‘Blink’ based on ‘Webkit’. Now Blink will be used for Chrome and Chrome OS replacing ‘Webkit’.

Google has developed a new Rendering Engine ‘Blink’ based on ‘Webkit’. Now Blink will be used for Chrome and Chrome OS replacing ‘Webkit’.

Rendering engine is also called browser engine and they power browsers.

Google is hopeful that this move will increase ‘collective pace of innovation’ and will provide developers an opportunity to explore “other performance improvement strategies”

Webkit was developed by Google in 2001.Due to the growing complexity of web, developer’s was facing constraints in development of Chromium and it was hampering innovation.

Due to this Webkit was no longer able to handle the growing complexity of Chromium’s multi-process architecture’.

Performance,security,innovation and speed  is the reason

Explaining the reason for change Google said “The main reason is that Chromium uses a different multi-process architecture than other WebKit-based browsers. So, over the years, supporting multiple architectures has led to increasing complexity for both the WebKit and Chromium communities, slowing down the collective pace of innovation.

In addition, this gives us an opportunity to do open-ended investigations into other performance improvement strategies. We want web applications to be as fast as possible. So for example, we want to make as many of the browser’s duties run in parallel, so we can keep the main thread free for your application code. We’ve already made significant progress here–for example by reducing the impact JavaScript and layout has on page scrolling, and making it so an increasing number of CSS animations can run at 60fps even while JavaScript is doing some heavy-lifting–but this is just the start”

Due to these reasons Google decided to spawn ‘Blink’ that will inherit its attributes from Webkit.

Google said “This was not an easy decision. We know that the introduction of a new rendering engine can have significant implications for the web. Nevertheless, we believe that having multiple rendering engines—similar to having multiple browsers—will spur innovation and over time improve the health of the entire open web ecosystem.”

Opera  will also use ‘Blink’ as a rendering engine. Blink will be an open source project like Chromium.

Baidu Eye : Chinese Search engine Baidu is developing copy of Google Glass

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Chinese Search engine Baidu is developing copy of Google Glass and the name of the project is “Baidu Eye”

Chinese Search engine Baidu is developing copy of Google Glass and the name of the project is “Baidu Eye”.

Baidu Eye offers features similar to Google Glass like speech recognition for Mandarin and image search features.Baidu is working on Baidu eye with Qualcomm.

Baidu Eye is an Internal R&D project and it is being tested internally. Baidu Eye is worn like Google glasses, features an LCD display, can recognize images, and is controlled by voice.

Image recognition technology can recognise human faces,books and buildings.Pictures can be taken and send through gestures.

Chinese technology website Sina Tech reported on this. Later on Mashable contacted   Baidu’s director of international communications, Kaiser Kuo regarding this and Kuo’s response was positive on this.

Baidu and Qualcomm working together to improve battery life of the device and accuracy of media recognition technology.

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