Indian teenagers spend 86% time on Facebook daily: McAfee

Posted on November 23, 2012. Filed under: Technology | Tags: , , , |

Indian teens spend 86 per cent of their time daily on Facebook followed by 54 per cent on Twitter, a survey by McAfee today said.

“On a daily basis, the surveyed Indian teens spend86 per cent of their time on Facebook followed by 54 per cent time on Twitter,” McAfee’s ‘Secret Lives of Teens’ survey said.
It added that 97 per cent of teens have access to social network , while there is a growing digital divide between teens and their parents. The survey showed that 70 per cent of the teens responded that they should not reveal their address on the interest, but 40 per cent did it anyway. On the other hand, 21 per cent parents polled by McAfee believed that the teenagers would do so.
“This divide is attributed to the fact that Indian teens are growing up as digital natives,with increasingly active onlinelives but lack of parental assistance,” the survey said.
The research commissioned by McAfee was carried out in seven cities — Mumbai, Delhi,Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Pune and Chennai comprising a sample size of 757 teenagers and 750 parents.
“Close to half of surveyed teens (45 per cent) are now using their smartphones for internet access. On an average, they open an account at the age of 13,” it said.
The survey said there is an evident discrepancy between parental perception and actual reality regarding the online activities of the teenagers.
“…while parental concerns prevail, teens do end up sharing more dangerous information online, contrary to their parents belief,” the survey said.
It added 89 per cent teens believe social network is safewhereas parents are less believing at 71 per cent.
20 per cent of the surveyed teens revealed they access porn/nudity online willingly several times a day, while 32per cent parents think teens willingly access it only a few times a year.
“It’s very challenging for parents to educate their technology savvy children. We hope this study provides Indian parents with some key insights and learning’s on how to protect their children online,” McAfee Consumer Marketing Director (APAC) Melanie Duca told reporters here.
The survey said 38 per cent teens have witnessed cruel behaviour online, whereas only 16 per cent parents are aware of this. 87 per cent of this behaviour has been noticed on Facebook, 31 per cent on Twitter and 23 per cent on email by teens. McAfee also revealed 70% of the polled parents completely trust their teens to tell them everything they do online, while 58% polled teens strongly believe that they know how to hide their online activities from their parents.
Editor’s Punch: If Indian teenagers had spent 5% daily for nation development then Scenario would be different. 😦

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Nokia Lumia 610 launched with price tag of ₹12,999

Posted on July 6, 2012. Filed under: Technology | Tags: , , , , , |

Nokia has launched the long awaited entry level phone of its Windows Phone based Lumia series.

Nokia has launched itsentry level phone of the Windows Phone operating system based Lumia series. Called the Lumia 610, the phone is priced at Rs 12,999.
The phone announced back inthe month of February during the Mobile World Congress, and India is one of the first country to get the phone.
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HTC Desire C officially Launched in India for ₹ 14,999

Posted on June 25, 2012. Filed under: Technology | Tags: , , |


Taiwan-based smartphone manufacturer HTC has officially launched the HTC Desire C in India. Retailing for Rs.14,999, the phone features a 5 MP camera, Beats Audio and 3.5-inch HVGA screen. The phone has a metal-framed body, packs a powerful battery and is available in red, white and black. HTC has also revealed that an NFC-enabled variant of the model would be available, but its pricing was not mentioned.
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Cable TV digitization Deadline Pushed to Nov 1, 2012

Posted on June 21, 2012. Filed under: Technology | Tags: , , |

The wait for the cable TVtransition (read digitization) has now got pushed further to November 1, 2012 after it was found that only 25 percent of set top boxeswere placed in cable TV homes across the four metros – Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai, justdays before the switch was originally scheduled (June 30, 2012), as reported by the Times of India.

The report further revealed that, “The I&B ministry said that it had decided to “modify” the June 30 deadline for a complete switch over to October 31 2012. A statement by the ministrysaid, “All the TRAI regulations for digital addressable systems willcome into effect from November 1, 2012.” It said that the assessment of ground realities compelled the Ministry of I&B to set a new deadlinewhich would now be monitored more vigorously.”
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Samsung Starts Selling Galaxy Ace Duos S6802 in India

Posted on June 14, 2012. Filed under: Technology | Tags: , , , , , , , |

The newest member of the Galaxy Ace family offers a 823 MHz processor, Android Gingerbread, & a 5 MP camera.


Samsung had announced its latest Galaxy Ace series smartphone, the Galaxy Ace Duos, for the international market last month. But even though Samsung has yet to officially kick start the sales of the new galaxy Ace Duos, the smartphone has already started selling through online sellers for a price of Rs 12,900.
Infibeam, a popular online sellers, is offering the new Galaxy Ace Duos S6802 exclusively for the buyers in India. The smartphone is an upgraded version of the Galaxy Ace duos i589 that is presently available in the markets worldwide.
The new upgraded Ace Duos brings along dual GSM radios for cellular connectivity as compared to the GSM plus CDMA radio combination found on the older Ace Duos i589.

The Galaxy Ace Duos S6802 comes with a 3.5 inch display with a 320 x 480 pixel resolution along with HSDPA 7.2 connectivity. The device ispowered with an 833 MHz processor running Android Gingerbread 2.3 operating system for maximum compatibility with most presentday apps as well. Users can also take the advantage of the integrated 5 megapixel camera to take and share stunning photos and videos.
Samsung’s Touchwiz user interface has been incorporated in the device that lets users navigate the phone easily and fluidly. An onboard 3 GB of storage ensures users can comfortably store videos, music, and images on the go.

Also Samsung’s ChatON communication service also comes preinstalled on the device and lets users connect to any phone platform into a single community.

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Sony to Launch SmartWatch in India for ₹ 6,299

Posted on June 11, 2012. Filed under: Technology | Tags: , , , , |

The SmartWatch works like a wrist watch but allows users to control their Android smartphones remotely.


Sony will launch its SmartWatch, a mobile accessory that displays information like incoming call, massages and can also be used to control music, will be launched by this month. The device, which comes in a wristwatch form factor, will be priced at Rs 6,299, according to Sony India’s Facebook page.
The Sony SmartWatch has a 1.3 inch OLED display that is used by the watch to notify users about the updates and events with the use of vibration and screen alert.
You can get alerts about key events like an incoming call, text, messages and social feeds.
Along with that the SmartWatch also allows users to read texts and emails as well as receive Facebook and Twitter updates all while the smartphone lies in the pocket.
The Sony SmartWatch connects Android smartphonesusing Bluetooth giving users the ability to control key functions of the device withoutremoving their smartphones from pocket or bag. With just a tap, touch, and swipe, SmartWatch turns from a watch displaying the time to a remote information center for and Android smartphone.
The Sony Smartwatch has hadits share of troubles with recent updates that rendered it useless. However, accordingto Sony that problem has been solved.
The big question is that is it rightly priced? Well that’s a question we would like to ask you.

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Another Tablet For Students Now in India For ₹ 10K

Posted on May 30, 2012. Filed under: Mobile, Technology | Tags: , , , , |

The 7 inch tablet has 1.2 GHz processor, Android 4.0 OS & preloaded with educational content and applications.


KloudPad, a UK based company, has announced its entry into the Indian tablet market with the launch of its first ever 3G Android 4.0 based tablet for India. This low cost tablet, called KloudPad, comes with 3G calling functionality as well as preloaded educational content for allowing students to read and learn as well.
KloudPad comes bundled with contents for CBSE and ICSE courses which will help students in India to use this tablet for learning. KloudPad has tied up with Attano for receiving educational course related contents like sample test papers for professional studies related to medical and engineering etc. This tablet also has preloaded contents like Edu TV and Attano eBook app which enhances the studyreference options for students.
KloudPad is powered by an ARM Cortex-A8 based processor with a processing speed of 1.2 GHz , supported by 512 MB RAM. It has a 7 inchdisplay screen with 800 x 480pixels resolution. Its 4 GB internal memory can be expanded up to 32 GB using micro SD card. Users can also enjoy capturing their favorite shots with a rear Camera and can have video chat as well with the front camera. However, the exact nature of the cameras (in terms of megapixels) has not been revealed yet.
On the connectivity side it features WiFi , USB and HDMI options. The KloudPad is powered with Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system and has a 4000 mAh battery, which can give 6 hours of battery life.
This new tablet comes in blackcolour option only. KloudPad Android 4 tablet can be purchased for Rs 9,999 only from slatestore.in as of now, more stores are expected to sell this tab in the days to come.

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UCBrowser Topples Opera Mini from the top slot in India

Posted on May 23, 2012. Filed under: Technology | Tags: , , , , , |

UCbrowser got 33 percent more downloads compared to the long time number one mobile browser.


Opera Mini has long been the reigning king in the mobile browser space for feature phones. But now, that space has been taken by UCbrowserfrom UCWeb.
According to the latest data from Mobango, a popular applications marketplace with 8 million registered users worldwide, UCBrowser registered close to 33 per cent more downloads than Opera Mini Browser.
Another surprising entry in the list of most popular browsers is the recently launched QQ Browser from theTencent Group, which has seen rapid uptake on Mobango.

iBrowser, at third place after OperaMini, is a version of QQ Browser for India. It integrates customized content within the browser for Indian users, and is amongst the fastest mobile browsers today.
UC Browser, which, like the QQBrowser, also has Chinese roots, has close to 20 percentmarket share in India and over 300 million users in more than 150 countries.
But the user base of Opera Mini is still much higher, and with many feature phones coming with Opera Mini browser built in, the need to download Opera Mini doesn’t arise. For instance, MediaTek,which provides chipsets for many feature phones in India, has a tie-up with Opera to preinstall the browser in feature phones. Opera has many similar tie-ups with handset brands as well
Nonetheless, till last year Opera Mini was number one even in terms of downloads and therefore UC Browser is certainly challenging its dominance.

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TRAI Puts Its Foot Down, TV Ads Can’t Exceed 12 Mins Per Hour

Posted on May 18, 2012. Filed under: Technology | Tags: , , |

Move comes after numerous complaints about excessive ads being telecast during primetime.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has issued a new regulation under which, television channels cannot show advertisements in excess oftwelve minutes per hour. As directed under the Standards of Quality of Service Regulations 2012 , the authority has further stated that shortfall in duration during any clock hour cannot be carried overeither.
That is not where the stipulations end. The statement further specifies that the minimum time gap between two consecutive adbreaks should not be less than 15 minutes. When broadcasting movies, this minimum time gap has been set at 30 minutes. Moreover, advertisers cannot increace audio levelsto pull viewer attention, it needs to be in sync with “… the audio level of the programmes being broadcast in the channel” .
The move comes after TRAI noticed several complaints from the consumers, being raised across several forums with respect to duration, repetition, increased audio levels in ads, and misplaced break timings that hamper viewing continuity, among other things. With this, not only will channels have to increase play time of shows,especially during primetime, but this will also ensure thatviewers get access to more content in the stipulated airtime. Although AdvertisingStandards Council of India ( ASCI ) regulates ad-content related issues in the country, TRAI has stepped in because this does not deal with content, but takes into account regulatory issues with respect to duration and timing of commercials.
However, these regulations will not come into effect during live relays of sporting events. TRAI has clarifed, “The advertisements during live broadcast of a sporting event should be only duringthe breaks in the sporting action” . The statement also adds that only full-screen ads should be put up and “part-screen and drop-down advertisements would not be permitted” .
With the digitization processgaining momentum, and set top boxes coming into force by 1st July in several cities,TV lovers will surely welcome this move with openarms. They can finally watchtheir favourite shows with better picture quality and fewer interruptions or buying compulsions.

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