6.0.1 released, brings myriad improvements
and bug fixes
AT&T Locker opens its cloud to iOS users, offers
5GB of storage free
US Cellular intros Motorola Electrify M, gets a slice
of the Droid RAZR M on November 8th for $100
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 with 4G LTE hits Sprint
on November 11th for $550
Slickdeals’ best in tech for November 1st: 14-inch
Lenovo IdeaPad Y480 and ASUS Transformer
TF300
ZTE Flash may bring its 12MP camera to Sprint on
November 11th with LG Mach following suit
Amazon Game Studios releases its first mobile
game, Air Patriots, for iOS, Android and Kindle Fire
Five iPhone 5s in five days: win a Verizon 16GB
with two cases, courtesy of Otterbox!
Google Earth 7 update brings 3D imagery, tour
guide features to your PC
MSI launches the 27-inch Wind Top AE2712 all-in-
one brandishing Windows 8, military specs

Aside  —  Posted: November 1, 2012 in Uncategorized

The newest addition to struggling
phone manufacturer Nokia’s Lumia Windows
Phone devices is the Lumia 510. The Nokia
Lumia 510 has been aggressively priced by
Nokia below Rs 11,000. Nokia says it will reveal
the exact price a day before it is available in the
market.
The entry-level Windows phone was unveiled
in New Delhi, as a part of the phone’s global
launch. Nokia said the phone will be available in
India in the next two weeks. Nokia says the
Lumia 510 is its most affordable Lumia phone
yet.
The Lumia 510 is a Windows Phone 7.5 device.
It has a 4-inch WVGA 800×480 TFT capacitive
touchscreen. The phone comes with a 1300
mAh battery and has a 5 megapixel rear
camera. The Lumia 510 does not have a front
camera.

Aside  —  Posted: October 23, 2012 in Uncategorized

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg
has said that if the social networking website
had not worked out he would have probably
landed at Microsoft. “I probably would have
taken an engineering job…(and) always had a
lot of respect for Microsoft,” he told Paul
Graham, a co-founder of the tech venture
capital fun Y Combinator, during a 45-minute
interview before an audience of 1,700 at
Stanford’s Memorial Hall.
“A lot of people from Harvard went to work
there,” the 28-year-old added. The social
networking mogul opened up about his startup
experience and opined on the problems with
entrepreneurs these days, at the annual
conference for entrepreneurs and computer
hackers at Stanford University held on
Saturday, the Daily Mail reported.
Though Facebook’s lagging stock performance
has been the topic of discussion, Zuckerberg
instead shared tales of his early years at
Harvard, his path to becoming one of the most
powerful figures in Silicon Valley and even
imagined what he would have done if things
had turned out differently. Even though
Facebook is one of the most visited pages on
the web, employs nearly 4,000 people and
boasts 1 billion users worldwide, the founder
divulged that he most likely would have made
his way to Seattle if his idea had flopped.
Zuckerberg provided his account of his school
days and was the first to admit he wasn’t the
model student. Contrary to what one might
expect, Zuckerberg was actually a psychology
major at the Ivy League university and enjoyed
the study of classical languages instead of
computer science or business. But despite his
best intentions, he rarely attended class and
instead spent his time computer programming.
“My life is a long history of people thinking I
would drop out of school long before I did,”
Zuckerberg told the audience. He said his
parents came to the realisation pretty early on
that though he enrolled at Harvard in 2002, he
was unlikely to stay put, much like the story of
Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who dropped out
of Harvard in 1975 to start the computer
company. “I started building Facebook because
I wanted it at college, which is one of the
ironies, since I then left college,” he said.
As Zuckerberg worked away at the idea for a
revolutionary social network in college, the
website grew in popularity but in retrospect
Zuckerberg said the pace was actually slow
compared to today’s standards. “Facebook did
grow quickly but it took a year for us to get a
million users,” he said. He also admitted that
even he wasn’t sure that Facebook would be his
golden ticket.

Aside  —  Posted: October 23, 2012 in Uncategorized

Apple, which has always avoided
live-streaming their product launches on the
web, is all set to take a different route this time.
The company is going to live stream the
October 23 event, where it is expected to unveil
the smaller version of the iPad.
There is a dedicated channel for the event that
says, “Watch a live video stream of the special
event online or via Apple TV starting at 10:00
a.m. PDT. Live streaming video requires Safari
4 or later on Mac OS X v10.6 or later; Safari on
iOS 4.2 or later.”
According to a MacRumors report, a new
“Apple Events” icon has appeared on the Apple
TV, which also convinces us to believe that
Apple is going to live stream the October 23
event. Streaming via Apple TV requires second-
or third-generation Apple TV with software
5.0.2 or later. A click on the particular channel
also shows a few other Apple press event
videos, dating back to June 2011.
In the past, Apple has offered live video streams
of its events, but has not done so in several
years. The last time Apple live streamed its
event was back in October 2010.

Aside  —  Posted: October 23, 2012 in Uncategorized

Apple, which has always avoided
live-streaming their product launches on the
web, is all set to take a different route this time.
The company is going to live stream the
October 23 event, where it is expected to unveil
the smaller version of the iPad.
There is a dedicated channel for the event that
says, “Watch a live video stream of the special
event online or via Apple TV starting at 10:00
a.m. PDT. Live streaming video requires Safari
4 or later on Mac OS X v10.6 or later; Safari on
iOS 4.2 or later.”
According to a MacRumors report, a new
“Apple Events” icon has appeared on the Apple
TV, which also convinces us to believe that
Apple is going to live stream the October 23
event. Streaming via Apple TV requires second-
or third-generation Apple TV with software
5.0.2 or later. A click on the particular channel
also shows a few other Apple press event
videos, dating back to June 2011.
In the past, Apple has offered live video streams
of its events, but has not done so in several
years. The last time Apple live streamed its
event was back in October 2010.

Aside  —  Posted: October 23, 2012 in Uncategorized

Apple’s largest store in Asia opened in
Beijing on Saturday. The store, located in the
city’s commercial street of Wangfujing, is
Apple’s third in Beijing, reported Xinhua.
John Browett, Apple’s senior vice president of
retail, had previously said that the new store is
the company’s largest store in Asia, with an
area of 2,300 square meters and more than 300
employees.
A full range of accessories for Apple products is
available in the store, according to Browett.
Hundreds of Apple fans waited in line before the
store opened at 9 AM. “We will bite the ‘Apple’,”
said one customer.
Apple currently has 390 retail stores around the
world, and the company is stepping up its
efforts to expand its presence in China. Browett
said a store in the south China city of Shenzhen
is also about to open and there will be more
stores across China in the future.

Aside  —  Posted: October 21, 2012 in Uncategorized

Google is dangling a low-priced
laptop computer in front of consumers as rivals
Microsoft and Apple prepare to release their
latest gadgets. The lightweight computer
unveiled on Thursday will sell for $249 and is
being made in a partnership with Samsung
Electronics, which also makes smartphones and
tablet computers that run on Google’s Android
software. The laptop will run on an operating
system revolving around Google’s Chrome
Web browser.
Like other Chromebooks, this laptop doesn’t
have a hard drive. It functions like a terminal
dependent on an Internet connection to get to
information and applications stored in large data
centers run by Google or other technology
providers. It’s the least expensive Chromebook
that Google has released in the two years that it
has been working on the product line. Google
and Samsung released a slightly more
sophisticated Chromebook priced at $449 in the
late spring.
The lower-priced model will go on sale early
next week in more than 500 Best Buy stores in
the US, as well as on various websites. Google
hopes to begin accepting online orders at its
Play store by this weekend. Google appears to
be trying to beat Microsoft and Apple to the
punch with the discount Chromebook.
Microsoft is poised to release Windows 8, a
dramatic makeover of its famous operating
system, on October 26. The long-awaited
makeover is designed to run on touch-based
tablets, as well as laptop and desktop
computers. A variety of manufacturers will be
selling a hodgepodge of Windows 8-powered
personal computers and tablets. The prices of
most of those machines, including a tablet
made by Microsoft, will range from $500 to
$1,000.
Apple says it plans to show off a new product
on Tuesday. The event is widely expected to be
the coming-out party for a slightly smaller
version of its hot-selling iPad. The mini iPad is
expected to feature a 7.85-inch screen
compared to the nearly 10-inch screen of the
pioneering iPad. Industry analysts expect Apple
to price a smaller iPad in the $249 to $299
range in an effort to siphon sales away from
other scaled-down tablets, such as Google’s
Nexus 7 and Amazon.com Inc.’s Kindle Fire.
Now, Google has a laptop vying for a piece of
the same market.
“This is a big step in the journey for us,” said
Sundar Pichai, Google’s senior vice president of
Chrome and apps. “I think it’s generally an
exciting time in the computing industry.”
Like tablets, the discount Chromebook will rely
on a computer chip design known as ARM,
instead of Intel microprocessors. The ARM
architecture is more energy efficient, extending
the duration of batteries between charges. With
an 11.6-inch screen, the new Chromebooks also
will have a larger display than tablets selling in
the same price range.
The laptops will be set up to automatically use
all of Google’s services, including its search
engine, Gmail and YouTube video site. Because
the laptop lacks a hard drive, Google also is
offering 100 gigabytes of free storage on
computers kept in its eight data centers. Those
remote computers provide the backbone for
Google’s online storage service, Drive.
Despite the low price, the new Chromebook will
face a tough time winning over consumers
because it isn’t set up like a traditional PC with a
hard drive, said Gartner analyst Carolina
Milanesi.
“A lot of people are going to see it and think,
‘Once I have it, what exactly do I do with it?'”
Milanesi predicted.
Google, which is based in Mountain View,
California, will try to educate and woo
prospective buyers by setting up Chromebook
kiosks in Best Buy stores where staff will be on
hand to field questions. The company also will
promote the new Chromebook in television
ads.
The attempt to grab a few early headlines
Thursday backfired, though, when Google
prematurely released its third-quarter earnings
while the company was providing a preview of
the low-priced Chromebook to a group of
reporters. Once the earnings slipped out, some
reporters bolted from the laptop presentation to
focus on numbers that disappointed investors

Aside  —  Posted: October 21, 2012 in Uncategorized

The window to upgrade to the next
version of Microsoft’s computer operating
system is still open. The new operating system
won’t be delivered until October 26, however.
People who own a personal computer running
earlier versions of Windows can buy the
revamped system for Rs 699 onwards ($14.99
to $39.99). The upgrade offer is available in 140
countries. Users can register for the offer at
windowsupgradeoffer.com before February 28,
2013.
The lower price is being offered to PC owners
who have bought a machine powered by
Windows 7 since June 2. Everyone else with a
Windows-based computer will have to pay the
higher price if they want to upgrade.
The estimated retail price for the promotion will
vary by region and is dependent on a variety of
specific factors including exchange rate, local
taxes, duties, fees, local market conditions and
other pricing considerations. The actual price
you pay may be more than any advertised
price due to these additional factors.
“Windows 8 can be ordered beginning on 26
October 2012. When Windows 8 is ready for
ordering, you will receive an email with your
promotion code that you must redeem to
receive the promotional pricing during the
upgrade ordering process. This email will also
include ordering and download instructions and
a link to the ordering website,” said Microsoft.
The chance to upgrade at these prices expires
January 31, 2013. Microsoft designed Windows
8 so it can power both traditional PCs and tablet
computers in response to the iPad’s popularity

Aside  —  Posted: October 21, 2012 in Uncategorized

A Cnet report confirms that Facebook is slowly
pulling its Questions feature out of the picture. A
Facebook representative said that the decison
has been made so that Facebook could focus
on other things. The Questions feature will be
unavailable for user access soon, it will still be
available on Groups and Pages.
Facebook Questions, which was launched in
beta in 2010, allowed users to ask their friends
and other Facebook contacts mutiple-choice
questions, thus enabling users to poll there
friends and the Facebook user base at large.
The report added further, “Search, in particular,
has been a pretty hot topic for the company in
the past few months. Chief Executive Mark
Zuckerberg has said that Facebook is “pretty
uniquely positioned to answer a lot of questions
people have.” It’s sort of “friend mining” – as
CNET pointed out last month — extracting
specific answers to a question by mining the
immensely data-rich social graph.”
In related news, Facebook is offering Rs 50
worth of mobile talk time to its selective users in
India joining the social network through
referrals. The system is very new, and the
program in India is one of the tests being
carried out. As confirmed by Kevin D’Souza,
Country Growth Manager, Facebook, the
amount of recharge will vary from user to user
and place to place.
DSouza went ahead and also confirmed that the
offer was for users coming through referrals.
He was quoted as saying at a press conference,
“We keep on trying new things. Because we do
not know what will work. This is one of the
tests. Just to get a feel of it, this particular test is
being done in India.
Only this week, Facebook’s “The Anti-Virus
Marketplace” or The AV Marketplace got
updated to accommodate seven new partners
to its existing network of security companies.
What this means is that now Facebook users
will be able to download software from avast!,
AVG, Avira, Kaspersky, Panda, Total Defense,
and Webroot. Users will also have access to
new anti-virus software for their mobile devices
from many of Facebook’s existing partners
such as Microsoft, McAfee, Norton, TrendMicro,
and Sophos. A user can download free anti-
virus software for his or her PCs, Macs, and
mobiles from the AV Marketplace.
If you have been spotting a slightly different
looking top navigation bar in your Facebook
account, then you are among the chosen few
on whose profiles Facebook is testing it. Inside
Facebook now reports that some users have
been spotting a rather different-looking top
navigation bar, in which the Search bar has
been pushed closer to the company logo.
The icons to view friend requests, messages,
and other activity notifications have been
moved further right on the bar. In fact, closer
inspection reveals that Facebook has completely
done away with the ‘Home’ button. Users
viewing the test design have to click on the
Facebook logo to go to their news feed.
Facebook introduced to user profiles in the
recent past remains the Timeline.

Aside  —  Posted: October 21, 2012 in Uncategorized

Uranus and Neptune may literally rain
diamonds, which then pile up miles-thick.
And those are not the only diamonds
being produced in space. You or may not
know that there are some planets covered
in diamonds. Well some planetary
scientists think we just might have a few
of them in this very system.
These scientists believe that Uranus and
Neptune might actually rain diamonds to
such a degree that they’re piled up miles
above ground level. Both of those planets
are nearly four times as big as this one,
too. How could it happen? Well you
probably know diamonds are created due
to extreme pressure. The atmospheres of
both planets contain methane, which is a
hydrocarbon.
The atmospheres, which are extremely
dense, have temperatures up to 12,000
degrees fahrenheit and pressures up to 6
million times that of our own atmosphere.
Basically all that means is the intense
pressure and temperature of the planets
turns the methane in the atmosphere to
diamonds- raining diamonds from the
sky.

Aside  —  Posted: October 16, 2012 in Uncategorized