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Google Earth used in Mumbai Terror Attack 2008: US Commander

Posted on May 17, 2012. Filed under: India, Technology | Tags: , |


WASHINGTON: Citing the example of the 26/11 Mumbaiterror attack, a top US military commander has warned of the dangers posed by “democratisation” of technology in future warfare.
“Now, in many ways, technology has been democratised,” Marine CorpsLt Gen George J Flynn said atthe sixth annual 2012 Joint Warfighting Conference at Virginia Beach Tuesday.
Referring to the greater availability of information potentially empowering conventional and non-traditional state actors, he cited a Harvard Business Review article detailing the November 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack as an example.
“All the mission planning wasdone via Google Earth ,” he said. “There was no investment in technology of [intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance] platforms or anything like that.”
Flynn said the terrorists used cellular phone networks as command and control and social media to track and thwart the efforts of Indian commandos.
“How much technology or how much investment was made to create that terroristcapability?” he asked.
The future operating environment — both the technology and the threat –will continue to increase at greater rates of change due to the accessibility of information, Flynn said.
“Space and cyber will continue to play an increased role in events, with each becoming increasingly contested domains — so it’s a new domain that we’re going to have to contest.”
“Security challenges will have both local and global aspects, we think, with events occurring across the globe,”he said. “So the bottom line [is that] if you liked the past challenges of the past 11 years, you will like the future.”

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Bharti Airtel Cuts 3G Tariffs By 70% in India

Posted on May 17, 2012. Filed under: Technology | Tags: , |


NEW DELHI: Telecom major Bharti Airtel on Thursady slashed mobile broadband rates on its 3G networks by up to 70 per cent.
“Volume based browsing rate on 3G down from 10 paise per 10kb to 3 paise per 10 Kb. This will be applicable for 3G non-pack users with effect from May 17, 2012,” the company said in a statement today.
The offer is for those customers who have not subscribed for 3G service, which provides average highInternet speed of between 1 megabit per second to 2 mbps, under any special offer and want to use high speed Internet as per their need.
Airtel provides 3G services across 21 telecom service, with its direct present in 13 telecom service area and in rest of the circles under roaming agreement with other companies.
The company has won 3G spectrum for 13 telecom service area in 2010 for little over Rs 12,000 crore.
The statement mentioned special tariff for pre-paid users starting at Rs 10, which will enable them 30 minutes of internet access on its 3G network with validity of 1 day.
Apart from this, Airtel 3G pre-paid users can buy 3G high speed Internet service starting Rs 45 for 150 MB with for use within 7 days to Rs 1,500 for 10 Gigabit (GB) to be used within period of 30 days.
Airtel currently offers 1GB internet usage to its pre- paid users for Rs 98 which isvalid for period of 30 days.
The new rates for post-paidusers ranges between Rs 100 for 300MB to Rs 1,500 for 10GB use within 30 days.
The company also announced ‘Smartbytes’, an additional usage pack, for 3Gpost-paid users who exhaust there monthly limit of high speed internet usage.
The company announced Smartbyte package ranging between Rs 80 for 200MB to Rs 300 for 1024MB or 1GB.

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SICT Launches Ivory Feature Phone For ₹3600

Posted on May 17, 2012. Filed under: Mobile, Technology | Tags: , |

Packs in a 3.2″ touchscreen,mobile tracker, 1.3 MP camera, and webcam.

SICT has launched an entry-level feature phone called, the Ivory . The handset offers touch-friendly UI and comes pre-loaded with Bollywood movies and songs.


The phone has a 3.2″ screen, 1.3 MP primary and front VGA camera, Bluetooth with A2DP profile, 3.5 mm jack, 32 GB memory card support, FM radio, mobile tracker, and 1400 mAh battery. It also features a caller blacklist that helps you get rid of unwanted calls. The handset is said tohandle popular video formats such as MP4, 3GP, and AVI. According to the press release, it comes pre-installed with Angry Birds and Talking Tom and users can also install their favourite Java apps. The device also doubles up as a webcam when connected to a PC.

The mobile phone is available in pink and blue colours, and sells for around ₹ 3600. SICT is also offering a 2 GB memory card free with the gadget.

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Anonymous Brings Down The Indian Congress Website To Protest Web Censorship

Posted on May 17, 2012. Filed under: Technology | Tags: |

Tells Indians that it’s time to”trash the government”.

A few days ago, we informedyou about a few Indian ISPs banning ThePirateBay and Vimeo . Needless to say that this act didn’t go down too well with the online community. Interestingly, thewhole scene has grabbed international eyeballs, and Anonymous has returned thefavour by hacking the websites of the Supreme Court of India and All India Congress .


Anonymous believes that websites are being blocked on government order, and therefore, they decided to take down the website of India’s ruling party along with that of the Supreme Court. Although the SupremeCourt’s website seems to beback on track again, the Congress site continues to be down.


Here’s what Anonymous has posted on their Twitter account :

 “Namaste India, your time has come to trash the current government and install a new one. Good luck.”

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Jesus Comes Calling On Facebook!

Posted on May 17, 2012. Filed under: Technology | Tags: , |

Journey of Jesus: The Calling is world’s first FB game about the prophet.

Lightside Games known for creating religious social games, has launched Journey of Jesus: The Calling for Facebook users. According to the company, it’s the first video game based on the life of Jesus.


Reportedly, this fun adventure game enables you to be a part of prophet’s journey. Additionally, the developer claims to give you a chance to explore the ancient world, experience miracles, and overcome obstacles.

Like every other FB app, the gameplay here is built around point-and-click mechanism. The missions include helping Baptists, finding artifacts, and collecting coins. Throughout the journey, you also interact with various historicfigures. Players can make in-game purchases by spending real-world money.
The idea behind the game seems interesting, but the characters in the game look similar to those found in FarmVille , which is somewhatweird as many people wouldn’t like to see Jesus with an abnormal head-to-body ratio. Finally, here’s the game link for those who wish to give it a try.

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Spice FLO Me M-6868n Dual-SIM Handset Available For ₹3900

Posted on May 17, 2012. Filed under: Mobile, Technology | Tags: , |

Comes with a 3.5″ touchscreen, 3.2 MP camera,and Wi-Fi.

Spice has launched a new mobile phone, FLO Me M-6868n, in its bid to incorporate several features into a single handset at a low price. This dual-SIM handset sports a 3.5″ capacitive touchscreen. It is powered by a 312 MHz CPU that claims to run applications faster. While that claim may or may not betrue, it will certainly help delivering better battery lifewith the lower clock speed and a 1150 mAh battery.
The phone runs on a proprietary OS with Cosmos UI, rather than Android . A 3.2MP camera is provided, in addition to other multimedia features such as a media player and FM radio. Connectivity is taken care of by Wi-Fi. There is an S AppsPlanet feature that allows users to connect to social networks such as Facebook , while the Push mail service, also keeps you in touch with your friends and colleagues. The Spice FLO Me M-6868n is priced at an MRP of ₹ 4500, but it is available online at just ₹ 3900.

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Budget Users, Say Hello To Android 4.0 – Courtesy HTC’s Desire C

Posted on May 17, 2012. Filed under: Technology | Tags: |

Cheapest ICS handset yet packs in a 3.5″ touchscreen,600 MHz CPU, and 5 MP camera; expected for Rs 14,000.

After several leaks, HTC has finally announced the Desire C. Going by the looks, it seems like a successor to the HTC Explorer . Despite being a budget smartphone, the handset runs Android 4.0 out of the box.
The Desire C is powered by a modest 600 MHz CPU, and has 512 MB of RAM. Its 3.5″ screen has pixel dimensionsof 480×320. Apart from that,it features a 5 MP camera, 4GB of internal storage, microSD card slot, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 1230 mAh battery. Additionally, the phone will come with the Beats audio software enhancement. However, since the handset belongs to budget segment, I’m not sure whether it will ship withthe Beats-branded earphones.
The cellphone will be made available in the UK first, after which it will be rolled out for rest of the world. It’sexpected to retail at aroundEUR 200 (approx Rs 14,000), and will come in red, black, and white hues.

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Review: Devil May Cry HD Collection (PS3)

Posted on May 17, 2012. Filed under: Technology | Tags: |

This HD remake leaves a lot to be desired in the graphics department.

Innovative combat; Wide range of weapons.
Looks blurry; Skewed camera angles; Poor audio remastering; Lacklustre enemies in DmC 1 and 2.
Devil May Cry HD Collection (PS3)
Developer: Capcom
Genre: Action
Price: Rs 2500 ( Flipkart.com )

In the past few months, several PS2 games have been ported onto the PS3 in HD goodness. The latest entrant in this league is Devil May Cry HD Collection (DmC). This HD port covers the first three titles, taking us through Dante’s adventures at different points in time. Does this qualify as a worthy HD excuse to play through the PS2 classics, or is it anotherperfunctory bundle? There’sno better way to find out.

This bundle features three outlandish campaigns.

Impressive Combat
In a reckless world that houses eccentric characters, Dante is just the protagonist you would want to transform into. Offering three different timelines to explore in Devil May Cry, Devil May Cry 2 and Devil May Cry 3: Dante’s Awakening Special Edition , the HD collection gives you achance to try out loads of weapons and hack through a variety of enemies – all in a typically bizarre Japanese fashion.

The original DmC was revolutionary in its own right. It pioneered uniquely stylish combat mechanics combining swords and guns (the turn-based Final Fantasy series doesn’t count). I believe it has remained the best in the genre despite all the clones it has spawned over the years. DmC 3 is an enjoyable game as well, andoffers enough action and shenanigans to make even Rajinikanth blush.
DmC HD Collection is all aboutDante.

The black sheep of this collection, however, is DmC 2. It essentially violates the very essence of what being Dante is all about. It’s not very challenging, so it never really transitions intoan interesting game. Overall, all the games vest immense power into Dante’s character, satisfying your craving for some over-the-top third-person action.

Combat forms the core of the series. Its hack-and-slash style flows smoothly as you’re given a wide variety of killer toys, especially in the third title. You are judged in terms of a Combo Rating which scales from Dull to Stylish , depending on your play style and ability to inflict pain. Some enemies in the first and second iterations of the game seem disappointingly easy to dispatch. The third game, however, is way better in this regard. The challenges are difficult, but not insurmountable.

Hey Mr Goatling, are you related to Bai Ling by any chance?

Lost In HD Conversion
Don’t buy this expecting a complete geaphics overhaul,because you’ll be disappointed by the way thegraphics have been remastered. It’s not that the graphics are poor, they lookmuch better than the PS2 version, to be honest. However, there are many flaws in the HD version that you simply can’t ignore. Firstup, the title menu and cutscenes have been left untouched. The latter look quite outdated and blurry. Moreover, dull lighting makes everything look dreary and uninteresting.

While you are busy ripping apart opponents, wonky camera angles give you a hard time. There are times when you are neither able to watch your own moves, nor see the enemy. It can beespecially cumbersome for first times, as none of the three games manage to offer some respite in this regard. Acoustics aren’t the strongest point of the game either. Often, the dialogues are out of sync, whereas the remastered background hasn’t been transfered too well either.

The HD remastering is disappointing.

A Flawed Remake
Devil May Cry HD Collection does a good job of revivinga decade-old series. Innovative and interesting combat is this bundle’s strongest point, which giveseven the current crop of hack-and-slash games a run for their money. Nonetheless, sub-standard graphics, rigid camera angles, and lacklustre enemies (in the first and second games) take the sheen away from this HD collection.

Gameplay/Design: 3/5
Graphics: 2.5/5
Sound: 2/5
Mojo: 3/5

Overall Rating: 2.5

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