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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Android L: 8 New Features in the Next Major Android Release

Android has grown from a tiny upstart to the world's dominant mobile computing platform with over a billion active users. Google isn't sitting still, though, and has just unveiled what it calls the most ambitious Android release yet. Currently known only as Android L, there's no dessert-themed codename or even formal version number yet. Android L will release later this year, though an exact date isn't known.
We hope to see new smartphones launch around the same time which take advantage of all the new features, and also updates to existing smartphones. HTC is amongst the companies committed to bringing it to its existing HTC One family, while others should announce support soon.
Here are some of the most exciting new features of Android L



   Material design
Android will receive a complete visual overhaul aimed at promoting a consistent experience across Android device sizes and types. The new "Material Design" identity is bolder, more colourful, and more animated. Every transition between screens and every user interaction has been refined, down to the system-wide Roboto typeface and the Android navigation buttons.
Screen elements will be able to simulate depth, with automatic shadows and scaling, but will also inherit elements of classic magazine typography and layout. There's more emphasis on simple shapes and consistent actions that lead you from one app into another. Google's new design page offers hints of what is to come.
The change could also be aimed at discouraging third-party vendors from developing custom Android overlays which greatly deviate from Google's vision. A strong enough core UI experience could lead users to reject anything seen as inferior to it.
The Material Design identity integrates elements of responsive Web design and will extend to other Google properties including Gmail, which will be redesigned for the Web as well as mobile apps. Material Design takes into account the fact that touch, voice, mouse and keyboard are all equally important input methods, clearly illustrating goals above and beyond smartphone usage scenarios.



Improved notifications
You will be able to interact with notifications more easily in Android L. For starters, you can choose which ones show up on the lock screen and what amount of detail they'll show. You can decide whether snippets of actual messages are displayed when your phone is potentially visible to others, or whether more details will only be revealed when you unlock it. They also aren't necessarily displayed in chronological order anymore - the OS can learn which ones you're more likely to respond to urgently and prioritise those.
There's also a new type of notification altogether - Google calls these heads ups. These appear on top of whatever you're doing and allow you to take action or dismiss them immediately. These are meant to be less intrusive, and can be used for things that can't wait, such as incoming calls.
Trusted environments
Speaking of the lock screen, you'll soon be able to have your phone detect when it's in a trusted environment, which will dispense with the lock code. This could be triggered by the presence of a Bluetooth device such a smartwatch that you wear all the time, a specific Wi-Fi access point, or other factors. When the environment is deemed safe, you won't have to bother with unlocking your phone.



Project Volta, battery improvements
Android L will be able to manage battery life much better, but Google's moves go beyond that to the app development stage, for which new tools have been developed that let developers track battery drain and optimise apps before they ever reach end users. The battery saver mode is similar to those implemented by third parties so far - non-essential services can be turned off or made to run only at intervals in order to save power. Android L will also be able to lower the screen refresh rate, reduce the frequency of data exchanges, or force apps to change their behaviour to match the prevailing battery state.
Google Fit
Everyone's getting into health and activity tracking, and Google is no exception. The new Google Fit framework will take Apple's Healthkit head on, tying into sensors on phones themselves as well as connected accessories to collect data which will be ready for apps to use. Major partners including Nike, Adidas, Runkeeper, HTC, Asus, LG and Motorola are already on board. Google Fit could monitor physical activity and food intake as well as health indicators such as heart rate and breathing.
Greater Web integration
There's also a change to the way individual tabs and documents in apps are handled by Android L. They'll now show up as individual entries in the Recents menu, allowing users to jump directly between them. This pulls the focus away from apps and puts it onto all the things you do with them. For example, Web apps open in Chrome tabs would appear much like native apps running on your device, and you'd be able to jump in and out of them more quickly.



Links on the Web can now also be used to launch apps instead of websites (presumably falling back to the website in case the app is not installed). For example, Google demonstrated looking up a restaurant in Chrome and then tapping a link to not only launch the OpenTable app, but also have it know that it should bring up that restaurant's booking page. Google search results can also now be links that trigger an app, rather than links to websites.
ART Runtime and Android Extension Pack
Google is ditching the Dalvik runtime which has served well for years, in favour of a new one called ART. It can make apps load and run quite a bit faster while using less RAM. ART is 64-bit compatible, and is also engineered to allow apps to work across hardware architectures such as ARM and X86. This also means that Android devices will be able to address more RAM than the 32-bit limit allowed.
With greater diversity in Android hardware obviously envisioned for the near future, the move is a welcome change. Google has worked with major hardware vendors to enable more fluid graphics, potentially paving the way for new Android-based game consoles and set-top boxes. Desktop-class graphics including tessellation, geometry shaders and texture compression will potentially be possible on Android devices.




Knox
Google also made a few announcements that indicate interesting things on the horizon for enterprise users. The company announced that Samsung's Knox feature for work and personal separation will become a part of Android itself. Knox allows corporate IT administrators to control work-related data and policies on employees' smartphones while letting the employees themselves continue to store personal data and use unrelated apps. This alleviates many of the problems with accessing secure information from mobile devices and could make Android far more attractive to businesses.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

BlackBerry Z3 With 5-Inch qHD Display Launched at Rs. 15,990



Canadian smartphone manufacturer has launched its recently unveiled large-screen smartphone in India, the BlackBerry Z3, priced at Rs. 15,990. The BB10 OS-based smartphone will be available to pre-order from Flipkart, The Mobile Store, and BlackBerry stores from Wednesday, and go on sale from July 2.

The BlackBerry Z3 is the first phone to be launched by BlackBerry since new CEO John Chen took the helm late last year. A special pre-order price of Rs. 14,990 is being offered by Flipkart and The Mobile Store.

The Z3 runs BlackBerry 10 OS (version 10.2.1) and features a 5-inch qHD (540x960 pixels) display offering an aspect ratio of 16:9. It is powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (MSM8230) processor with 1.5GB of RAM.

BlackBerry's Z3 sports a 5-megapixel autofocus rear camera and also houses a 1.1-megapixel fixed-focus front-facing camera. The smartphone includes 8GB of inbuilt storage, which can be expanded up to 32GB via microSD card. 

The smartphone packs a 2500mAh battery, which is rated to deliver up to 15.5 hours talk time and up to 384 hours of standby time. Connectivity options on the BlackBerry Z3 include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G, GPS, NFC and Micro-USB.

The BlackBerry Z3 smartphone also comes preloaded with some BlackBerry services such as BlackBerry Hub, BBM, Time Shift, Story Maker camera features, and BB10 browser.

The Z3 was initially announced in Indonesia and is one of the first devices being made with FIH Mobile Ltd, a unit of the Taiwanese Foxconn Technology Group best known for building devices such as the Apple iPad and iPhone. 

The smartphone was made available for the Indonesian market starting in mid-May, and was priced less than $200 (roughly Rs. 12,000).

Google to unveil new Android version, wearable at I/O 2014


SAN FRANCISCO: An Android update, wearable gadgets and so-called smart home devices are just some of the innovations Google is likely to show off at its two-day developer conference, which begins Wednesday in San Francisco.
In recent years, the conference has focused on smartphones and tablets, but this year Google's Android operating system is expected to stretch into cars, homes and smartwatches.
Pacific Crest analyst Evan Wilson believes Google will unveil a new version of its Android operating system - possibly called Lollipop - with a "heavy focus" on extensions for smartwatches and smart home devices.
"We think Google will directly counter Apple's recent announcements of health products (Apple HealthKit) and home automation (Apple HomeKit)," Wilson wrote in a note to investors.
Google's I/O event comes at a time of transition for the company, which makes most of its money from advertising thanks to its status as the world's leader in online search. The company is trying to adjust to an ongoing shift to smartphones and tablet computers from desktop and laptop PCs. Though mobile advertising is growing rapidly, advertising aimed at PC users still generates more money.
At the same time, Google is angling to stay at the forefront of innovation by taking gambles on new, sometimes unproven technologies that take years to pay off, if at all. Driverless cars, Google Glass, smartwatches and thinking thermostats are just some of its more far-off bets.
On the home front, Google's Nest Labs, which makes network-connected thermostats and smoke detectors - announced earlier this week that it has created a program that allows outside developers, from tiny startups to large companies such as Whirlpool and Mercedes-Benz, to fashion software and "new experiences" for its products.
Integration with Mercedes-Benz, for example, might mean that a car can notify a Nest thermostat when it's getting close to home, so the device can have the home's temperature adjusted to the driver's liking before he or she arrives.
Nest's founder, Tony Fadell, is an Apple veteran who helped design the iPod and the iPhone. Google bought the company earlier this year for $3.2 billion.
Opening the Nest platform to outside developers will allow Google to move into the emerging market for connected, smart home devices. Experts expect that this so-called "Internet of Things" phenomenon will change the way people use technology in much the same way that smartphones have changed life since the introduction of Apple's iPhone seven years ago.
Google is also likely to unveil some advances in wearable technology. In March, Google released "Android Wear," a version of its operating system tailored to computerized wristwatches and other wearable devices. Although there are already several smartwatches on the market, the devices are more popular with gadget geeks and fitness fanatics than regular consumers. But Google could help change that with Android Wear. Android, after all, is already the world's most popular smartphone operating system.
Google may also have news about Glass, including when the company might launch a new and perhaps less expensive version of the $1,500 Internet-connected eyewear. Google will likely have to lower the price if it wants Glass to reach a broader audience. But that's just one hurdle. Convincing people that the gadget is useful, rather than creepy, is another one.

Monday, June 23, 2014

4 Things Shoppers Want in an Online Retailer's Return Policy


Imagine a customer is shopping online for a new pair of sneakers and stumbles upon what seems to be the perfect pair. After skimming the reviews, he notices comments that the shoes tend to run a little small. That’s when he checks the store’s return policy, which he finds complicated and ambiguous. It could have been written in a different language.
Would he still click that 'purchase' button? Probably not.
And he would not be the only one to abandon the shopping cart because of a cumbersome returns process. My company, Endicia, recently surveyed more than 1,000 consumers and found that the majority of folks who have never purchased an item online cite “returns” as the reason for cold feet. 
It’s critical to identify what a good return policy offers. Here are the top four things online shoppers want when it comes to returns: 
1. Clarity. A positive returns experience starts with clear communication. It’s the only way customers will know what to expect. 
Online retailers should make their return policies simple to understand and easy to find on their websites. A good policy outlines what can be returned, whether customers will be granted a full refund or store credit, how long they have to make a return and if return shipping is free. Taking the time to clearly spell out these details will show customers that the business is one they can trust.
2. Convenience. There’s a reason why people gravitate toward online shopping: It’s convenient. They don’t have to deal with crowded malls or long lines. In fact, they can get anything their hearts desire without ever leaving home. The same concept should apply to a returns process. 
If it makes sense for the business model, consider simplifying things for customers by including a return label with the purchase. If it would work out better for customers to contact the company for a return, be sure to include the appropriate phone number and instructions on the packing slip. Ensure that there's a way to send shoppers a PDF of the return label, so they can quickly and simply print the label at home...

Know Why This Company Pays Its Employees $25,000 To Quit?


Riot Games, the maker of the hugely popular PC game "League of Legends," pays unhappy employees up to $25,000 to quit their jobs - even if they just joined the company. The company does this because it doesn't want to keep staffers who are struggling, or who aren't a good fit with the company culture.

"Rather than allow mismatches to fester, we want to resolve them quickly. This is good for the company, and good for the professional. ... we'll learn from this and make better hiring decisions as a result,"the company said in a blog post announcing the program.
The payment essentially solves that long, dragged-out process that frequently occurs when managers suspect a new hire isn't going to work out but it feels "too soon" to actually pull the trigger...

Saturday, June 21, 2014

BlackBerry confirms Passport phone for September launch



BlackBerry has confirmed the recently-leaked handset code named 'Winder mere' will officially be announced under the name Passport. It will debut at an event in London this September.
Following its quarterly earnings report, during which it announced a return to profit of sorts, BlackBerry CEO John Chen confirmed that the short and wide-set device currently doing the rounds is the real deal.
Naturally, as Crack Berry reports, the device will be named after its passport-like dimensions. According to the presentation, the Blackberry Passport will feature a 4.5-inch 1440 x 1440 display that's as square as an Instagram photo.
The Passport will be a wide 3.18-inches, which is even wider than the pocket-busting 3.12-inch Samsung Galaxy Note 3. An accompanying photo shows the handset will have BlackBerry's stoutest keyboard yet featuring only three rows of physical buttons. The Passport also appeared along two other handsets named the Z3 and Classic.
Internally, the Passport is said to be packing a quad-core Snapdragon MSM8974 processor backed by an Adreno 330 GPU and 3GB of RAM. The phone will also supposedly be powered by a 3,450mAh battery.

Some juice left in the 'Berry?

Asidea new, albeit slightly odd smartphone, there was more good news for BlackBerry fans after seemingly years of gloom-laden financial reports.
BlackBerry surprised the bean counters on Wall Street by posting a small quarterly profit.
Waterloo managed to earn a net income $23 million (about £13.5m, AU24.5m) in the three months ending May 31, although after adjustments the loss was $60 million (about £35.2m, AU$63.9m).
The turnaround in fortunes, which resulted in a 10% share rise on Thursday, comes as BlackBerry continues to cut costs and moves awaythe business of selling hardware to consumers and towards a services-centric operation.
Fifty-four percent of its $966 million ( about £566m, AU$1.02bn) revenue in the quarter camesuch services, while only 39% camethe sales of 2.6 million BlackBerry phones, down steeply 3.4 million this time last year....

Apple's smartwatch to go in mass production in July



Taiwan's Quanta Computer Inc will start mass production of Apple Inc's first smart watch in July, a source familiar with the matter said, as the US tech giant tries to prove it can still innovate against rival Samsung Electronics Co Ltd.

The watch, which remains unnamed but which company followers have dubbed the iWatch, will be Apple's first foray into a niche product category that many remain skeptical about, especially as to whether it can drive profits amid cooling growth in tech gadgets.

The production will be a boost to Quanta, given that its work for Apple till now has focused on laptops and iPods, product lines that are in decline. Quanta's role though is likely to raise questions about what involvement Hon Hai Precision Industry Co, one of Apple's biggest suppliers, will play in production.

While the watch is widely expected, the start date of its mass production and the extent of Quanta's involvement were not known until now. Mass production will start in July and the commercial launch will come as early as October, according to the source and another person familiar with the matter.
 
Apple will introduce a smart watch with a display that likely measures 2.5 inches diagonally and is slightly rectangular, one of the sources said. The source added that the watch face will protrude slightlythe band, creating an arched shape, and will feature a touch interface and wingless capabilities.

The source said Apple expects to ship 50 million units within the first year of the product's release, although these types of initial estimates can be subject to change. The watch is currently in trial production at Quanta, which will be the main manufacturer, accounting for at least 70% of final assembly, the source said.

Like many other smart watches, Apple's watch will be able to perform some functions independently, but tasks messaging and voice chat will require a paired smartphone, according to the source. The device will only be compatible with gadgets running Apple's iOS,its flagship iPhone, one of the sources said.

Most mainstream smart watches collect data about the user's heart rate and other health-related metrics, in addition to facilitating tasks checking e-mail and making phone calls.

A third source said LG Display Co Ltd is the exclusive supplier of the screen for the gadget's initial batch of production. It also contains a sensor that monitors the user's pulse. Singapore-based imaging and sensor maker Heptagon is on the supplier list for the feature, two other sources said.

Apple declined to comment. Quanta, LG Display and Heptagon also declined to comment.

Game-changer?
Apple's move will follow on the heels of releases of similar devices by Samsung, Sony Corp, Motorola and LG Electronics Inc — gadgets that tech watchers say haven't been appealing or user-friendly enough to ignite a wave of mass adoption.

But the market is growing fast, with data firm IDC saying that worldwide shipments of wearable computing devices — a category that includes smart watches —will triple in size this year over 2013.

Apple has already dropped hints of its plans in this arena, hiring the former chief executive of French fashion house Yves Saint Laurent, a unit of Kering SA, and proclaiming that it will introduce "new product categories" this year.

Many are hoping that Apple's entry into the field of so-called smart wearable will be a game-changer that transforms the industry the company's iPhone did in 2007.

Some are foreseeing that smartphone sales, the current cash cow of the consumer tech world, will lose momentum in the years ahead as the market reaches saturation.
 
IDC predicts that worldwide smartphone sales will increase 23% this year, a slowdown the 39% growth of last year, and that growth will average only 12% annually 2013 to 2018.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Amazon Fire phone review roundup





The Amazon Fire phone has finally been announced after years of speculation, and it's certainly bringing some different ideas to the table.
First up it sports five cameras on the front - one is the traditional front-facing snapper, and the other four are part of the Fire's Dynamic Perspective feature.
Dynamic Perspective tracks your head, and works out the distance it isthe screen, to produce 3D-like graphics on-screen.
Firefly is a supercharged barcode scanner which you can use to scan, well, anything. A pub sign, a car, a magazine, a bottle of beer. You name it, Firefly will scan it, and then probably try and make you buy something.
Mayday - Amazon's 24-7-365 interactive customer service - also makes the leapthe Kindle Fire HDX tablet to the Fire phone.
Thatsounds lovely, but is it any good? We've taken a look at the early hands on Amazon Fire phone reviewsaround the web to gauge the interest.

Gizmodo

Gizmodo doesn't hold back, declaring the Fire phone to be "Great for Amazon, less for you."
From the various hands-on reviews it's clear that the Amazon Fire isn't convincing people it's worth ordering just yet.
"The biggest impression one's left with is that Amazon poured the bulk of its resources into the part of the Fire phone - that's Firefly - that makes it easiest for you to buy thingsAmazon."
"Our advice for now, though: Hold off on pre-ordering. Amazon's Fire HDX tablet is fantastic. The Fire Phone? We're less sure."

Wired UK

The face and head tracking cameras are certainly impressive tech, but as Wired notes it's still not perfect.
"We had a representative at our side throughout the demo, and any time he had control of a head-tilting moment and aimed the phone my way, the control or sense would become wonky.
"This noticeably occurred at least six times in our half-hour of testing. "It's seeing both of our faces," he'd say apologetically each time. That's a huge hurdle to overcome, especially if Amazon expects to virally advertise this phone by having enthusiasts show it off."

Cnet

Cnet reckons Amazon is taking a bit of a gamble with the Fire phone. "Amazon is taking huge risks in going against the big guysSamsung and Apple. It's done it before, but in a tablet space that isn't as entrenched - or as vital - as smartphones."
Plus it's not the likes of Firefly and Mayday which will attract customers to the phone either.
"More likely, customers will come for the free year of Amazon Prime, especially if they rely heavily on Amazon's online services,shopping and music and video streaming, or own a Kindle or Amazon Fire TV."

Engadget

The folks over at Engadget appear relatively non-plussed about the Amazon Fire phone.
"Spec-wise, it isn't the most impressive phone, despite commanding a $199 price tag on-contract ($650 off-contract). But it's not horrible either - it's simply what you'd expectan average phone."
"Users with motion sickness will notthe Dynamic Perspective option. It reminds me of the parallax motion on iOS 7, a feature that frustrated a fair number of iPhone and iPad users. Fortunately, Amazon will let you turn this feature off.

The Verge

The Verge highlights that one of the core reasons Amazon has produced the Fire phone is to drive sales.
"There simply has never been a better device to help you indulge in impulse purchases - a prospect that has us both intrigued and terrified in equal parts."
As with the others, the Verge doesn't see it as a bad device, but the Fire appears to be struggling to win people over. "The Fire phone makes a neat first impression, but it has a mid-range ethos to it that makes the total asking price feel a little steep."

Android Central

Over at Android Central the feeling is that the retail giant has done the right thing. "Amazon created a mobile device that speaks to its customer base perfectly, and the end result is the Fire Phone."
"How much appeal it actually draws will ultimately be limited by its price and carrier restrictions, but as a first start for Amazon in the phone marketplace, we're excited about the Fire Phone."


$50 million Google coding initiative targets girls

Google News


Teamare Gaston, 17, thinks she'd like to be a business journalist. But Google has other designs on her brain.
On Thursday, Gaston and 150 other New York-area high school girls will attend the kickoff event for Made with Code, a $50 million Google initiative with the simple and singular focus of bringing more girls into the coding fold.

"Our industry has lots of stereotypes, including the notion that coding means sitting at a computer alone," says Google Vice President Megan Smith. "We hope to show girls that coding is fun. But there's also the simple fact that supply and demand is not working. There are millions of jobs out there going begging."


Google's event, held at a hip Manhattan loft called Skylight Modern, features host Mindy Kaling (of TV's The Mindy Project), speakers such as Chelsea Clinton and a range of tech-savvy women bent on inspiring the teens in attendance.

Made with Code's mission is anchored by a websitegirls can use basic coding technique to make bracelets and other items; Google also will dole out grants to host girl-coding parties at Girl Scouts and Boys and Girls Clubs around the country, as well as fund a range of marketing and other awareness campaigns.

The idea is to de-couple coding with dry tech chores, and instead show how the skill is vital to everythingmovie-making to helping cure malaria.

Although the tech field has seen the ascent of late of stars such as Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg and Yahoo's Marissa Mayer, there is a glaring lack of female equivalents to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, says Clinton, who works for both the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative.

"It's hard to imagine being something you can't see," says Clinton, noting that the number of women graduating with computer-science degrees has droppednearly 40% in the '80s to 14% today. "The issue of role models is a big one, and (Made with Code) represents a new, comprehensive effort to provide just that."

Though Clinton says time is of the essence with this pressing national jobs issue, there are precedents that provide a hopeful picture: "Medicine used to be entirely male dominated, but slowly that was turned around, and the same can happen here."

Ruthe Farmer, of the National Center for Women and Information Technology, says the shift can't happen soon enough.

"It's been a five-alarm fire for some time now, ever since Bill Gates told Congress decades ago that if we didn't fix education he wouldn't be able to hire their kids," says Farmer, who is speaking at the Google event. "We need a wider swath of kids to come into this field. But why not focus on the majority of college graduates: women?"

By the year 2020, there will be 1.4 million programming-related jobs but only about a quarter of qualified candidates available to fill those roles, according to Code.org, which lobbies for the discipline to be taught more widely in schools.

Those who are qualified tend to be men, as evidenced by a far-from-surprising Google report last month noting its workforce was 70% male. LinkedIn recently revealed its rosters were 61% male, and more than half are white.

Kaling, who is of Indian decent, jokes that "as a very nerdy, indoor kid, I would have been a candidate for coding, but instead I sat around a wrote plays." She says that making coding accessible and fun can help overturn the stereotype that coding isabout boys and video game-making.

"I always felt tech stuff was for boys, but clearly that's not the case," she says. "This is a cultural thing, and we've got to overcome it."

Brittany Wegner, 19, will be a freshman at Duke University next fall, focusing on the intersection of computer science and biology. Although she was the only girl in her Florida middle school's coding course, her teacher was an inspirational woman — a gift she hopes to repay by speaking to the assembled high school students.

"I think many girls just think of coding and gaming, but I'm using it to work on breast cancer diagnostics," says the Sarasota, Fla., native. "It's important for girls to feel empowered and passionate about this skill. It's not just about math, there's a lot of creative thinking involved in coding."

Wegner recalls attending a United Nations session awhile backHillary Rodham Clinton spoke about the need for women to increase their presence in traditionally male-dominated professions.

"It's exciting to live in a day and age when we're finally realizing that the skills and viewpoints of women in computer science will only enhance the field as a whole," she says. "We need to be involved."

Aspiring journalist Gaston may already have the coding bug. The Central Park East student has already taught herself the basics.

"I thought it would be difficult, but it really wasn't," she says with a laugh. "A lot of my girlfriends seem to be curious. I guess that's a good thing." 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Google improves password security in Chrome

WASHINGTON: Since the report about stored passwords just a URL away on its Chrome web browser, Google has reportedly decided to hide users' credentials in a bid to increase secure browsing.

The search giant has built Chromium for OS X, which includes an option that requires users to authenticate with their computer's system password before it will allow access to the list of stored passwords.

According to The Verge, the site earlier allowed access to the passwords by navigating to chrome://Settings/Passwords in the browser and showed up all of the login/password data a user saved on Chrome.

The company suggests that users should lock their systems when not using it so as to save it from any vulnerability of being exploited, the report added.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Who is gaining in mobile number portability services?






  NEW DELHI, INDIA: About 20 lakh mobile subscribers have opted for new service providers ever since the launch of mobile number portability (MNP) services with Vodafone making a maximum gain, says a PTI report.

According to the report, the state-owned BSNL lost more customers than it attracted from other service providers.MUMBAI, INDIA: In this interview, Sanjay Kasturia, Syniverse's vice president and also the CEO of the company’s joint venture, Syniverse Technologies India Private Limited, talks to Pankaj Maru about Syniverse's strengthen in providing platform to operators for MNP, the trends of subscribers' choice for MNP and his experience of working in India. Read on...

Syniverse Technologies has implemented the clearing house and centralized database for MNP to the mobile operators. So, can you brief about what kind of IT infrastructure, technology and resources (including man-power) have been used in setting up the clearing house facility for the MNP initiative and what kind of investments have been made?

Syniverse has been able to build the MNP infrastructure that leverages its vast experience worldwide by bringing in the industry’s best number portability experts to the task.

Syniverse already has extensive experience providing not only the technical infrastructure behind number portability – the database part of the equation – but also it has successfully implemented the additional critical operator-side MNP gateway systems (with some of the Indian operators) that individual mobile operators need to ensure their own systems are able to provide subscribers with seamless, end-to-end portability.

As you are probably aware, Syniverse has a deep experience with number portability and has played a key role in MNP implementations in a number of countries around the world, including in the United Kingdom, Finland, Singapore, the United States and Canada. The transition in those locations to MNP has been nearly seamless for both the operators and the subscribers, and we are experiencing the same successful process in India with the Haryana launch.

There are multiple teams managing different tasks to ensure the porting process is smooth for the end subscribers. We would not like to provide numbers here as part of the work of managing the datacentre operations have been outsourced to TCS.

When it comes to financials, we do not disclose the exact investment costs or projected revenues. However, we do plan the appropriate amount of investment in projects to ensure that operators and subscribers are provided a world-class number portability solution and that has been our overriding objective for our MNP roll-out in India this month.

Since Syniverse has been awarded the zone-1 by DoT, what would be the average number of applications per month per telecom circle that you are expecting for processing?

It is too early to comment on it since the MNP went live in all circles on January 20, 2011.

Given Syniverse's past experiences, what kind of customer shift you expect in India – will it be CDMA to GSM or vice verse? What will be the average number of users that would be availing MNP facility?

We definitely see a shift from CDMA to GSM. We still have to see if this trend continues once the momentum picks up after the pan-India launch on January 20. As regards to the porting rate as seen in Haryana, there has been an initial enthusiasm in terms of higher port rate of 4-5 per cent and we feel it will stabilize to the levels of 2-3 per cent which is in line with the global trends.

In India, the number of mobile operators, whether GSM or CDMA, are more compared to other countries. So, what challenges do you see in such a situation in meeting the customers' expectation as well as that of the operators for the MNP initiative?

From Syniverse's perspective, the implementation of the entire system has not been challenging at all. Syniverse has a deep experience with number portability and, as said earlier, it has played key roles in MNP implementations in a number of countries around the world.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Mobile Music Revenues to Reach $5.5 Billion by 2015, Although Growth Threatened by Online Piracy, According to Juniper Research

Mobile Music Revenues to Reach $5.5 Billion by 2015, Although Growth Threatened by Online Piracy, According to Juniper Research - A new report published today by Juniper Research forecasts that music consumed on mobile handsets will generate $5.5 billion annually in 2015, a rise of $3.1 billion from 2010. The report finds that mobile music is becoming an increasingly important part of the digital music sector, which is propping up a failing industry hit by over a decade of widespread online piracy.

Since the popularisation of P2P file sharing at the end of the last century, the music industry’s sales have gone into free fall, as consumers rejected the physical distribution of music in favour of easier, but illegal means of acquiring it. The industry response was initially slow, but legal digital distribution services, such as Apple’s iTunes are now blossoming, and mobile handsets are increasingly becoming the key platform for them.

Mobile Music Opportunities report author Daniel Ashdown argues: “Initially, PC downloading and sideloading to MP3 players was the only way to go; but the development of mobile devices has now reached the point where they match the technical specs of dedicated MP3 players. Add in connectivity – just one click to buy and download – along with all the other smartphone features, and there is no competition between the two. This is why sales of Apple’s iPhone are going to outstrip its iPod in the not too distant future.”

However, the report warns that piracy still remains a significant threat – both online and on the mobile. Juniper Research finds that P2P file sharing is slowly migrating to the mobile, with BitTorrent applications now available on Android Market, for example. With the rollout of 4G networks about to increase, the report recommends that the graduate response – enacted by legislation in many countries – be strongly enforced and expanded to mobile networks.

The Mobile Music whitepaper, Mobile music hits the right note and further details of the study Mobile Music Opportunities: Market Size, Strategic Analysis & Forecasts 2011-2015 are available at http://www.juniperresearch.com .

Juniper Research provides research and analytical services to the global hi-tech communications sector, providing consultancy, analyst reports and industry commentary. [Source]

Monday, February 21, 2011

3D Internet

A Powerful Opportunity
In today’s ever-shifting media landscape, it can be a complex task to find effective ways to reach your desired audience. As traditional media such as television continue to lose audience share, one venue in particular stands out for its ability to attract highly motivated audiences and for its tremendous growth potential — the 3D Internet.
Also known as virtual worlds, the 3D Internet is a powerful new way for you to reach consumers, business customers, co-workers, partners, and students. It combines the immediacy of television, the versatile content of the Web, and the relationship-building strengths of social networking sites like Facebook. Yet unlike the passive experience of television, the 3D Internet is inherently interactive and engaging. Virtual worlds provide immersive 3D experiences that replicate (and in some cases exceed) real life.
People who take part in virtual worlds stay online longer with a heightened level of interest. To take advantage of that interest, diverse businesses and organizations have claimed an early stake in this fast-growing market. They include technology leaders such as IBM, Microsoft, and Cisco, companies such as BMW, Toyota, Circuit City, Coca Cola, and Calvin Klein, and scores of universities, including Harvard, Stanford and Penn State.
The most well-known of the 40-some virtual world platforms today is Second Life. It’s “in-world” residents number in the millions. As residents, they can:
  • Remotely attend group meetings, training sessions, and educational classes
  • Engage in corporate or community events
  • View and manipulate statistical information and other data such as biological or chemical processes in three dimensions
  • Try out new products, electronic devices and gadgets
  • Take part in virtual commerce
  • Participate in brand experiences that carry over to the real world.
Indeed, practically anything than can be done in the real world can be reproduced in the 3D Internet — with the added benefit being that someone can experience it from the comfort of their home or office. The possibilities for the 3D Internet are such that Forrester Research expects that virtual worlds may approach the Web in popularity in as little as five years, while Gartner forecasts that within ten, the greatest impact on consumer purchases will come from virtual experiences.



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Monday, February 7, 2011

Browse Facebook Without Mouse - Keyboard Shortcuts


If you think you need a mouse to browse Facebook on your desktop computers, think again.
You can browse through your facebook pages without having a mouse using only your keyboard shortcuts.
Check out some of these Facebook hidden keyboard shortcuts..The list is not that long but will give you a good basic functionality.
ALT + (Shift + 1)(!) - Facebook Home
ALT + (Shift + 2)(@) - Your Wall Page
ALT + (Shift + 3)(#) - Friend Requests
ALT + (Shift + 4)($) - Messages
ALT + (Shift + 5)(%)- Notifications
ALT + (Shift + 6)(^) - Account Settings
ALT + (Shift + 7)(&) - Privacy Settings
ALT + (Shift + 8)(*) - Facebook's facebook profile
ALT + (Shift + 9)(() - Terms Of Service page
ALT + (Shift + 0)()) - Help Center
ALT + ? - Search Facebook
ALT + Shift + m -- Compose new message

Monday, January 24, 2011

FB shuts down on March 15 Read why






Palo Alto, CA-Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook will close in March. Management of the site has become too stressful job WeeklyWorldNews said.

"Facebook is out Zuckerberg explained that Facebook is abolished 15th March and since then, users will be able to access their Facebook accounts.

"After 15 March the whole site will be shut down, "said Avrat Humarthi, vice president of technical affairs for Facebook. "So if you ever want to see your pictures again, I recommend you download them from the Internet" control, "said Zuckerberg at a news conference," a stress management company was created and destroyed my life. I want to put an end to this madness. "



 Zuckerberg said that this was a difficult decision, but he does not think that people will be upset.

"I do not think it's a great thing." he said in a private telephone interview, "And to be honest, I think it's better for us all. Without Facebook, people will have to go out and look for true friends. It is always a good thing. "

Financial circles criticize Zuckerberg for the destruction of the company worth several billion dollars. Facebook is currently ranked as one of the richest companies in the world, whose value is around 7.9 billion dollars.

"I am not worried about money,"said Zuckerberg, "I am happy that my life will be back to normal. "

Facebook recommends that all users remove all their private information from the website before 15 March. After that date, all photos, notes, links and video clips will be permanently deleted.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Windows 7 Folder Background Changer

                           Windows 7 Folder Background Changer, as the name suggested, is a freeware portable application, that enables you to add background images to Windows Explorer and folders in Windows 7 and Vista.
                           Using this small utility, you can customize backgrounds for Windows Explorer and folders using an image of your choice. After successful download, simply extract the W7FBC.exe file from downloaded zip file to any location you prefer.



                                       Simply run the executable file (right click on it and Run it as Administrator) as no installation is required. To add background image to a particular folder, just browse for a folder you want to customize with, then click the Change Background Image button.



                                   Locate the background image and the changes will be instantly applied. You can tick the Apply to Sub Folders option if you want to add the same background image all the subfolders. Or you can change the text colour and show shadows under the text to help make your file and sub-folder names stand out.



                                       To remove the background image, simply on the Remove Backbground Image option. The Uninstall button allows you to uninstall the changes made and restore to original state.
Windows 7 Folder Background Changer is free for download and works on Windows 7 and Vista.
Download Windows 7 Folder Background Changer to customize backgrounds for the Windows Explorer and folders in Windows 7 and Vista.