Monday, April 16, 2012

Akash manufacturer Datawind accuses Quad of intellectual violation

Datawind and Quad – the manufacturers of the low cost Indian tablet Akash are in a feud. Datawind has accused that Quad Electronics have violated the intellectual property rights as they signed an agreement with the IIT-Rajasthan for the sake of the development of the gadget. However, it is not the first time that the Akash has been seen in a controversy.
Suneet Singh Tuli, who is the CEO of Datawind has said in a statement that it was Datawind that developed the low-cost tablet with its own intellectual. Quad was given the sub-contract of the same. That is the reason why the intellectual property rights remain with Datawind, Mr. Tuli said.
He further made a claim that it was Quad who has signed an agreement of non-disclosure with IIT-Rajasthan. There was also the manufacturing services agreement to confirm the same.
When the confirmation about Datawind’s claims was needed to be confirmed, emails were sent to both IIT-Rajasthan and Quad. However, none of them replied back. A notice has been sent to Quad regarding the violation of intellectual property and the company is ready to approach the court if the issue remains unresolved.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Sony launches the Xperia S in India

Sony has finally launched the Xperia S handset in India. It was a much-awaited and a lot talked of handset from the house of Sony. The handset is tagged at a price of Rs 32,549. The handset is the first by Sony under the brand name Sony Mobile Communications. Sony was earlier paired with Ericsson and made business as Sony Ericsson.
The phone has a 4.3 inch TFT touchscreen and is scratch-resistant. The screen has a resolution of 1280 X 720 pixels. The OS in the phone is the Google Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). The best thing is that with time, you can upgrade it to Android 4 or Ice Cream Sandwich.
The 1.5 GHz Qualcomm dual-core processor powers the Xperia S. The phone has 1GB RAM. The 12.1 MP camera is good enough to give you crystal clear pictures as it also comes with auto focus. LED flash and 16X digital zoom gives more power to your pictures.
Apart from the 12.1 MP camera, the phone has a 1.3 MP front-facing camera.

Features & Specifications
1280 X 720 pixels
4.3” scratch-resistant TFT touchscreen
1.5 GHz Qualcomm dual-core
12.1MP and 1.3 MP front-facing
PlayStation certified
Expandable Memory
Operating System
Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
Price (Rs.)
Rs 32,549 (in India, approx.)

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Facebook purchases Instagram for $1 billion

Social networking giant Facebook has bought the image sharing app Instagram for an amount of $1 billion. The purchase has been done partly cash and partly in stock. Instagram is a photo-sharing app specially used in mobiles. Facebook has bought the app to strengthen their dominance in the mobile photo-sharing world.
Interestingly, Instagram that is only about a couple of years old has only about 1/14th of traffic as compared to Facebook. However, it has its own strong points and that is why Facebook was desperate to own the app. Instagram gives users the power to add photo effects as well as add filters.
Instagram did not have a decent revenue flow, in spite of having around 30 million users. When the company started the team consisted of nearly 12 employees. The entire team will now go with Facebook.
This will also be a first time for Facebook when it will be acquiring a team, a product that has such a huge number of users.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Bharti Airtel to start 4G services in India today

Bharti Airtel might be the first company in India to introduce the 4G services. It will make commercially available broadband services in India with high-speed wireless connection. It has been understood that Airtel had paid around Rs. 3,314 crores for the 4G services spectrum.
It will cover four circles in the country – namely, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Kolkata and Punjab. The 4G services will be launched in Kolkata today – Tuesday April 10. The company from China, ZTE – the telecom equipment maker, has assisted Airtel in setting up the network in Kolkata.
The three other circles will soon by covered by Bharti Airtel. There will soon be the Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) in the remaining circles, but it is still not clear which circle will be given the priority.
It is understood that the Reliance Industries which already has the nationwide license of the BWA spectrum, which they acquired in 2010 have also began their preparations to start their services in their circles soon.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

The Flashback Trojan infects millions of Macs

The products of Apple have hardly been vulnerable to viruses or worms. However, history is in the making. There’s a Trojan called Flashback that is on a Mac-infecting spree all over the world. By now, it has taken more than half a million Macs in its grasp and is still threatening to devour many more.
According to the experts in the field, this could potentially be one of the biggest security threats that have hit the Macs until now. It has been more than a couple months now that the Trojan is playing with the Macs and its security. The Trojan targets Macs that are run on the OS X.
Dr. Web is a security solution vendor in Russia, which boasts of the details and how danger the Flashback can be. The United States has seen the largest amount of infected Macs with more than 56%. Canada is at number two and the United Kingdom stands at number three in the most infected list of Macs.
If people visit a JavaScript code, the system gets infected easily. As a matter of fact, there are loads of sites with this malicious code and infected pages. Once the link is activated, an exe file is downloaded and the PC gets infected.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Google Project Glass gives you a new eye

Whatever Google touches on the web, turns to gold. Google Project Glass will certainly be an example that will bring this belief into reality. The web giant has surged into the eyewear business. They will be the thinly manufactured wraparound shades that will look majestic to wear.
But it is not the question of looking majestic. When Google has it, they have something special – always. The company unveiled the prototype of the glasses on their Google+ social networking site on Thursday. Apart from that, they also posted videos on YouTube.
However, the glasses are still ‘under construction’. That is why they are still not available in the stores yet. A Google+ page on the site says that the information has to be shared as it will get invaluable input from the users.
However, there are not the similar responses from the audience. Some comments asked if that was the April Fool’s joke, while some others wanted to confirm if it was Siri.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Micromax launches Funbook - the tablet

Micromax has launched a new tablet called Funbook. The tablet runs on the Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS. The gadget bears a 7" multi-touch touchscreen. The Funbook comes with a resolution of 800 X 400 pixles. It is built with1.22GHz Cortex A8 processor.
There are two things that need to be mentioned about this Micromax Funbook. The first thing is that the Funbook is being tagged as the slimmest tablet in India and secondly it is the fully “Made in India” tablet. In India, the tablet is priced at Rs. 6,499.
It comes with 512 MB RAM and a 0.3MP (VGA) front camera. Slate grey and midnight black are the two colors in the Micromax Funbook comes in. for the intenet connectivity, there are Wi-fi connectivity as well as the HDMI. Tata Photon 3G dongle is built in the Funbook.
The gadget has an internal memory of 4GB that can be expanded up to 32GB. It also supports the 1080p video pack.

Features & Specifications

800 X 480 pixels
7” multi-touch touchscreen
512 MB
1.22GHz Cortex A8
0.3MP (VGA) front camera
Internal Memory
Expandable Memory
2800mAh battery
Operating System
Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Price (Rs.)
Rs. 6,499 (in India, approx.)

Sunday, April 1, 2012

LG Display begins the mass production of EPD

LG Display is the prominent manufacturer of thin-film transistor LCD (liquid crystal display). They have come with an announcement saying that they would soon start the mass production of EPD – electronic paper display, which will be used in eBooks. The 6-inch XGA will have resolution of 1024 X 768.
With trendy and sleek design and a lot of features to boast of the plastic EPD is expected to make its mark in the world of eBook market. The display is flexible which makes it easier to handle. It allows easier grip and superior handling experience.
The ODM markets in China will be the first beneficiary of the mass production of the plastic EPDs. It will then be followed by deliveries to European countries starting next month. The highlight of the product is that it will give you a paper-like experience.
You can bend it as far as 40 degrees and is slim like a film used to protect cell phones. There are glass EPDs available as well. However, the plastic EPDs are 1/3 times slimmer even when the resolution and size are the same.
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