Archive for May 28th, 2012

No Skype, Angry Birds, PES 2012 On Lumia 610 – potential Deal Breaker?

Posted on May 28, 2012. Filed under: Technology | Tags: , , , , , |

Popular apps, such as Angry Birds, Pro Evolution Soccer 2012, Skype and even video calling app, Tango have been refusing to install on Nokia’s Lumia 610 smartphone causing concerns over Microsoft’s claims that close to 95 percent of the apps in the market would work on low-end devices.

Windows Phone Apps had posted a hands-on video of the new Nokia Lumia 610 and while the handset was smooth in overall navigation and functionality giving an indication that and 800 MHz processor and 256 MB of RAM was more thanenough, it had some major problems installing popular applications. Microsoft had mentioned earlier that only 5 percent of the apps from the market would be incompatible with low-end, budget handsets, but if these 5 percent of apps are surmounting to the most popular ones, then that’sdefinitely not good news.

For those not in the know, here is a quick rundown on the specifications of the Nokia Lumia 610 once again: Display: 3.7-inch LCD display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels Processor: 800 Mhz single core Camera: 5 MP camera Video resolution: 1280 x 720 pixels, 30 fps Internal memory: 8GB RAM: 256 MB USB 2.0 high-speed through micro USB connector NFC 3G, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi hotspot Bluetooth wireless technology 2.1 EDR Battery: 1300 mAh

In the current scenario, apps are slowly, but surely gaining a lot of importance for those wanting to get more out of their smartphones. There are chances that developers might need toinclude ‘256 MB of RAM’ devices in their minimum requirement list, but chances that the Apps may not be supported altogether, are pretty high. Games like Angry Birds definitely do not laythe benchmark for what may or may not be termed as a smartphone;but if these apps do not work, they could be a potential concern for those wanting to buy the Lumia 610 and other similar low-budget, WP7 smartphones. We’re stillgiving Microsoft the benefit of doubt, here asthere could plenty of reasons why the apps aren’t working at present. However, if these and other popular apps are permanently unsupported, they may be a potential deal breaker.

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Pro-tip: Do Not Post A Pic Of A Pile Of Cash To Facebook

Posted on May 28, 2012. Filed under: Technology | Tags: |

As tempting as it might seem, please do not upload a picture of a bunch of cash and then upload it to a social network.

That’s just dumb. But that’s also what one 17-year-old Australian girl did only to have two robbers armed with a knife and a club show up at her house.
The story goes that a 17-year-old girl was helpingher grandma. Likely somewhere in between vacuuming and feather dusting, the two started counting money, and, as we all know, the elderly tend to keep a good sum of cash onhand. Apparently the 17-year-old snapped a picture of the pile which waslikely fanned-out in the traditional gangster style. This girl then uploaded the picture to Facebook.
The picture of the undisclosed amount apparently attracted the attention of two robbers looking to make some quick cash. The two showed up at the girl’s house, however, the mother informed these men that the daughterno longer lived there. The two men searched the houseanyway, leaving with what the BBC describes as “a small amount of cash and a small number of personal objects.” No-one was injured.
Let this be a lesson to everyone. There is such a thing as sharing too much. As tempting as it might be toshow off your new BMW, flatscreen TV, or even puppy, sharing this information on Facebook is essentially akinto posting the same information on your grocery store’s public bulletin board.But for the love of Mark Zuckerburg, do not share a picture of a pile of cash — especially if said pile isn’t even your money.

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GameStop Rolls Out Android Tablets With Pre-Loaded Games To 1,600 Stores

Posted on May 28, 2012. Filed under: Technology | Tags: , , |

Diversification is the key to longevity. With that likely in mind, GameStop just announced widespread availability of Android tablets throughout its chain of retail stores.

This comes after a 200 store trial that started last October.
These aren’t ordinary Android tablets, though. GameStop is pre-loading the Samsung, Asus, Acer, and Toshiba with extra gaming titles such as Sonic CD, Riptide, the Kongregate Arcade app and a free issue of GameStop’s gaming mag, Game Informer. Thanks to these extras and with prices that are inline with other stores, GameStop actually has a chance to capture a bit of the tablet market.
GameStop has recently been bulking up its non-game retail stock in a likely attempt to stop the bleeding . While brick and mortar locations still focus mainly on video games, the website offers headphones, tablet accessories, even refurbished iPods and iPads.The company started testing selling Android retail stock in a likely attempt to stop the bleeding . While brick and mortar locations still focus mainly on video games, the websiteoffers headphones, tablet accessories, even refurbished iPods and iPads.The company started testingselling Android tablets last October. Today’s announcement states loud and clear that GameStop sees a future in Android tablets even if no one else does .

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Your T-Shirt Could Charge Your mobile Phone!!

Posted on May 28, 2012. Filed under: Mobile, Technology | Tags: |

Engineers at the University of South Carolina have successfully figured out how a mobile device can be charged by a simple cotton t-shirt.

According to Discovery News , researchers at the university have managed to turn a cotton t-shirt into a flexible and highly conducive component. The project was led by Xiaodong Li, a mechanical engineering professor atthe University of South Carolina, along with postdoc Lihong Bao. Their project has been published in the journal, Advanced Materials. Li had previously converted a cotton t-shirt into lightweight body armour. He did this by converting the cotton fibers of the t-shirt into boron carbide nanowires. Li said about the project,”In the future, you can imagine our cell phones will be just like a piece ofpaper you can roll up. But we need to have a flexible energy device to integrate with flexible, stretchable motherboards.”

The engineers started with a simple cotton t-shirt, which they purchased for $5 (approx Rs.275). They soaked this t-shirt in a sodium flouride solution for an hour. They then took the wet t-shirt and placed it in a pre-heated oven for three hours. After that, they heated the t-shirt further in a hotter furnace, as though they wanted to bake conductivity in. After all these steps, thecotton had effectively changed to carbon. Even though the t-shirt had been through the furnaceand heat, the researchers were still able to fold it. The engineers then coated the t-shirt with a nano layer of metal manganeseoxide. The device is thencalled a super capacitor and responds quicker than a battery to power needs.

Their testing states that the device is on par with other carbon-based, super-capacitors. After 1000 cycles, it had 97.3 percent retention. Li said the process is simple, low-cost and it’s green. Even though the project already started with a renewable material, purchasing cotton directly from textile companies could be about10 times cheaper than converting petroleum andcoal to carbon. Li said that he’s looking for business partners to scale up the project as well as appeal to local governments to use the process to revive local textile mills. The main idea behind the project, according to Li, is to reduce dependency on oil. And of course, in the end, you might be able tocharge your cell phone with your t-shirt!

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CBSE Class 12 Results To Be Declared Online Tomorrow

Posted on May 28, 2012. Filed under: India, Technology | Tags: , , |

Starting at 11 am, will be made available on several websites, as well as via SMS and IVRS.

The Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE) is scheduled to declare the results of its Senior School Certificate Examination 2012 (Class XII) for all regions tomorrow at 1100 IST. The Delhi-based board has eight regional offices all over India and affiliated schools in almost every state and union territory. The results will be made available on several websites, by email, SMS, as well as IVRS (Interactive Voice Response System).
The results can be accessed at , , and . Students can access their results through email by registering their addresses in the a forementioned websites. Additionally, schools can get results for the entire institution by providing their school code and email address during the registering process.
Students can also obtain results via SMS, at a charge of 50 paise per message. The procedure to thus obtain results is to type cbse12 followed by the roll number and send it to the following:
*. 52001 ( MTNL )
*. 57766 ( BSNL )
*. 580 0002 ( Aircel )
*. 5545 6068 ( Idea )
*. 54321 , 51234 , or 533 3300 ( Tata Teleservices )
*. 5432 1202 or 55077 ( airtel )
*. 92123 57123 ( National Informatics Centre (NIC)
IVR services have also been set up for information about the results, at a rate of 30 paise per minute. The numbers to call up are:
*. 011 – 2435 7276 (NIC)
*. 011-2812 7030 (MTNL)
*. 55530 (Idea)
*. 125 5536 (BSNL)
*. 5432 1223 (Tata Teleservices)
*. 5432 1202 (airtel)
All the best!

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3G Tariff War: airtel vs Idea vs RCom

Posted on May 28, 2012. Filed under: India, Technology | Tags: , , , , , |

All the three leading 3G operators have reduced 3G tariffs in last one week, so who is the most attractive of all?

After an intense competition over voice tariffs, Indian telecom operators seems to have now shifted their attention towards data traffic. Last week, three key operators including Airtel, Idea Cellular and Reliance Communication have announced a steep reduction of their data prices. While others operators like Tata DoCoMo, Vodafone and Aircel are likely to follow suit.
Here is a comparison of data plans offered by Airtel, Idea cellular and RCom.
Pay as you go plans
Reliance is offering the best plan as far as unbundled or pay as you go pricing is concerned. RCom is currently charging just 20 paisa per MB,while Airtel is asking Rs 2 per MB under its pay-as-you-go plan. On the other hand, Idea Cellular is charging a steep Rs3 per MB under its unbundle plan where you need not to subscribe to any plan rather pay as you use any data.
The new data tariffs will surely shield Reliance users from bill shocks. For example, if you have opted for a 1 GB plan and you end up using 3.5GB then under RCom, you will be charged just Rs 300 extra while if you are an Airtel customer you will be asked to pay an extra Rs 3,000. On theother hand, Idea users will have to shell out Rs 4,500 over and above what they pay for the 1 GB plan.
Standard Data Pack
All the three operators are offering 1 GB of 3G data for Rs250 and 2 GB for Rs 450. However, Reliance has not announced any other data pack under its new pack, while Airtel and Idea cellular are offering different validity periods and data packets withhigher data caps. Airtel is offering 4 GB for Rs 750 for a month and 10 GB for Rs 1500, while Idea cellular is offering 4GB for Rs 1250 for 90 days (3 months).
There is no clear difference in this price bracket. However, Reliance is better in the sense that in case you exceed your data cap you will not be getting a bill shock as we explained above.
Unlimited packs
Idea has now got just one unlimited pack priced at Rs 950 which offers 6 GB of data at 3G speed. However, post that it is offering maximum speed of 128 Kbps which is two times faster than RCom’s 64 Kbps and way better than Airtel’s 20 Kbps.
Reliance has more attractive plans and wider option in this segment with three plans priced at Rs 750, Rs 900 and Rs 1,200 with 3G speeds available up to 5 GB, 10 GB and 15 GB respectively. However, post that you will be able to browse at the reduced speed of 64 Kbps without any additional charges.
Airtel on the other hand has no truly unlimited pack but it has one plan which offers a bill shield at Rs 2,000. The plan, priced at Rs 675, offers 3.1 GB data for a month at 3G speeds and there after at the reduced speed of 20 Kbps andwill charge 1 paisa per 100 KB(10 paisa per MB) till you reach the bill of Rs 2000, but there after you the data is free though at a slower speed.
Airtel also has a unique Smartbyte plan which can be used to add additional data to an existing pack, which offers 200 MB for Rs 80, 500 MB for Rs 175 and 1 GB for Rs 300. Airtel has also introduced bill caps for postpaid consumers, which is the maximum limit for monthly bill under each plan.
Under new Airtel tariff plans, Rs 1000 is the cap for pay as you go users, Rs 1500 for 2 GB plan and Rs 5000 for 10 GBpack; again once you reach the limit, the speed will be reduced to 20 Kbps.
In this segment, Reliance is a clear winner with wider and cheaper choice. However for speed buffs, Idea is a better option as it offers reduced speed of 128 Kbps so even if you cross the limit, you will have decent network speed.
Sachet packs
Reliance has not introduced any new pack, and probably they don’t need to because of low pay as you go pricing. Airtel and Idea are close to each other with Idea being slightly better in terms of sachet packs as it offers Rs 7pack that offers 30 minutes of3G usage for a day. On the other hand, Airtel is charging Rs 10 for same benefit. Idea isalso offering 100 MB data for three days for Rs 25 and 120 minutes usage for three days for Rs 44 (Rs 3/per minute after that). Airtel only offers 150 MB data for Rs 49 but for 7 days.
So here too, Reliance is much better as now you do not have to bother about taking any pack, as the charge per MB is only 20 paisa. So using 100 MB data will cost you only Rs 20 without the need of any pack, similarly 150 MB data will cost only Rs 30 (compared to Rs 49 charged by Airtel).
RCom’s 3G pricing is disruptive and will force Airtel and all others to go back to their drawing boards to re-plan their 3G strategy. In fact, we suspect that players like Aircel, Vodafone and DoCoMo have delayed their price reduction announcement just to do that. In terms of users right now there is no match to Reliance’s offering in terms of pricing.

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