Sunday, May 23, 2010

Dell launches Studio XPS 7100

Dell has launched its latest desktop offering Studio XPS 7100 which is powered by AMD six core processor. The desktop is touted as the cheapest six core processor based desktop available in the market and is packed with a range of powerful features too. A powerful PC, it has unmatched graphics and multimedia features.

For people who have been looking for a powerful PC to easily perform their multi thread tasks simultaneously, the PC is a perfect option to go with. This powerful PC has powerful multimedia features making the social networking experience for user a treat.

Some of the primary features of the device are AMD Phenon II X6 processor which is powered with AMD Turbo Core Technology and ATi Radeon HD graphics card. With the PC, buyers get 3D browser experience using AMD Fusion Media Explorer. Other prime specialties of this latest desktop include Dual channel DDR3 and 3TB hard disk.

All these features make the PC a perfect gaming PC which is enamored with some superb multimedia capabilities. In India, the Studio XPS 7100 will be priced at Rs. 49,990 which surely does not look costly at all in view of the powerful features, this Dell PC come with.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Dell to Come Up With Smartphone in India

Dell has opened its box of announcements for the introduction of Smartphones intothe market.

This announcement was made by Steve Felice, President of Dell’s consumer that Smartphones will hit the Indian market later this year. This was stated in a post-earnings press conference called by the company with Asian journalists on Friday.

The conference also revealed that Dell will be introducing more smartphone models in China as well adding more to the list initiated earlier this year.

According to some figures gathered by research firm IDC India, the country has witnessed far more mobile phone purchase as compared to the PC. The sales of mobile phones surpassed the personal computers as the rate was 80 new mobile phones against one PC.

There is a probability that with the launch of commercial third-generation bandwidth services by September, the usage of data services on smartphones will also rise. Smartphone is a familiar thing crowned with being the world’s fastest growing and second-largest mobile phone market.

Considering the number of units sold in 2009, currently Nokia is leading the shares with 54.1%, second in the row is Samsung with a 9.7% and then LG with 6.4%.

But in India, Smartphones will have to compete of cheap Indian and Chinese copies of Nokia, Blackberry and iPhone, and they pose a serious threat to the plans of smartphones makers like Dell, H-P and Apple.

Facebook to simplify privacy settings

Responding to complaints, the social networking site plans to make it easier for users to opt out of some, though not all, data-sharing features.

Facing growing protests over its handling of users' personal information, Facebook plans to make changes to the privacy settings available on the world's largest social networking website. But the steps, to be unveiled as early as next week, may not go as far as critics would like.

Lawmakers, regulators, privacy watchdogs and some Facebook users have unleashed a storm of criticism of the Internet company since it launched a program that shares user data with three third-party websites. A number of U.S. senators have called on Facebook to allow users to opt out of that program, which Facebook calls instant personalization.

The 6-year-old private company also has been assailed for technical glitches and loopholes that have exposed some personal data to third parties.

Facebook said Friday that it would simplify its privacy choices in response to complaints that the settings were confusing to navigate. It's expected that Facebook will offer users an easier way to dictate whether their information is shared with their friends only, with a broader group or with everyone.

But the company doesn't intend to end the instant personalization program, two people familiar with the plan said. They also said Facebook didn't plan to get explicit consent from its nearly 500 million users before adding new features.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Now, access Facebook on mobile devices for free

Popular social networking site Facebook can now be accessed through mobile devices for free or without any data charges in 45 countries, including India, on select mobile networks.

Facebook, which has over 400 million users worldwide, has tied up with Indian wireless operators -- Reliance Communications and Videocon -- to make the site available for cell phone users with zero data charges.
For this purpose, the entity has launched a new site ’’ that includes all key features of Facebook but is optimised for speed.

“Today, we are launching ... ‘’. “It, initially, is available through more than 50 mobile operators in 45 countries and territories with zero data charges,” a programme manager for Facebook Mobile, Sid Murlidhar, wrote in a blog on Wednesday.

In India, the new site would be available on the networks of Reliance and Videocon, the blog said.

Noting that the new site is fast and free, Murlidhar said it has key features of standard mobile site ‘’ such as updating user status, send and reply to messages, among others.

”... people can access without any data charges. Using is completely free. People will only pay for data charges when they view photos or when they leave to browse other mobile sites,” he added.

According to the blog, over 100 million people are actively using Facebook from their mobile devices.

Other countries where the new site would be available include Brazil, Denmark, Greece, Finland, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Hungary and Indonesia.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Aircel, Ibibo offer social games on mobile phones

Telecom service provider, Aircel has partnered ibibo. com to offer social gaming on mobile phonesfor the first time in the country.

The popular game "Great Indian Parking wars" from Ibibo will now be offered on the Aircel Pocket Internet. India's fifth largest GSM mobile service provider plans to add many more games to the offering soon.
The users will either require an ibibo. com ID or can access the games through facebook connect. The users can only access the game through WAP-enabled handsets. The offering also brings the micro-transactions to the mobile phones where users can purchase virtual items in the games and pay through theservice provider.

Mr. Gurdeep Singh, COO, Aircel said, "With first Social Gaming on your Mobile Phones the intent is to drive innovation at the convergence of Games and Social Platforms while you are on the move. It is our endeavor to offer our consumers exciting and engaging opportunities such as gaming and staying socially connected anytime, anywhere."

The Great Indian Parking wars game allows users to connect to their friends and purchase icons, manage parking, issue wrong parking fines and other such activities. The game has been popular over the internet as it does not require any download and is free to play.

Aircel a joint venture between Maxis Communications Berhad of Malaysia and Sindya Securities & InvestmentsPrivate Limited and has a subscriber base of more than 36 million users.

Please let me know if your suggestions about ibibo and aircel in the comments.

Dell launches AMD six-core processor powered desktop

Bangalore, May 18 (PTI): Leading PC maker Dell today unveiled Studio XPS 7100 desktop which it said is designed for busy multi-taskers who demand their technology keeps pace with their up- tempo lives.
The desktop PC, priced at Rs 49,900, is powered by Advanced Micro Devices' new six-core processor and it delivers a seamless intersection of social networking, entertainment and multimedia creation, the company said in a statement.

"The Studio XPS 7100 desktop with AMD Vision technology are feature-packed, yet budget-friendly. They're perfect for listening to music, streaming video and gaming, while connecting with friends and family via social networking sites and blogs," said Sriram Gopalaswamy, Marketing Manager, Consumer, Dell India.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

How to Extract Text from Images Online & PDF Files

Recently i had received a report from a company which had stats on the best laptops which was sent by a media company and while reading the report i thought to share a part of the stats with all my blog reader, but well it was not possible because it was a JPEG Image which the report was saved as and there was no option to copy any part of this. Now in order to extract all the text content from the Image i had to use a Online Tool called as Free OCR also means Optical Character Recognition which is a technology used to mechanically or electronically translate images into machine editable text which means into a kind of text which you can use it easily.

To make you understand this technology in easy format, lets take a example. Whenever you scan some important document, you will find that its available to you to be saved as a Image file and you cannot select any other format in this case, because the scanner would take a photographic screenshot of document and present it to you. Now the OCR Readers would perform the reverse job and offer you a text format of the Image files. In order to get this task done you need to visit the website and browse the Image file on your local computer and click on the send file button, which would upload the file to the website server where its being converted and then the results are shown on the same window at the end.

There are many chances that the text format is lost, because in the Image you would find the information stored in perfect tables and good layouts, but at the end you can find garbled text, which you need to format manually and still this is a good service because atleast you don’t have to manually type down all the text content from the Image. You just have to take the pieces of text which was downloaded and format it correctly for your usage.

Monday, May 3, 2010

How to make Windows XP look like Vista

Vista looks pretty cool eh, you might have even considered buying it until you saw the price tag, or maybe you just didn't want to get it because all of the bugs, but either way theres no need to fear because free vista is here! This is not actually windows vista but its pretty close. It's a theming pack called Vista Transformation Pack 7. It basically gives your old XP or 2000 a digital makeover, and we're going to find out how to use it.

step 1Download Your Files
To make this look like vista we're going to need 2 programs: 1. Vista Tansformation Pack 7 2. Fast Aero What is Vista Transformation Pack 7? Vista transformation pack 7 is a theming program that themes your os to vista by changing things like your boot screen your taskbar your wallpaper your screen savers ect. What is Fast Aero? Ya know the nice transparent window…
step 2Removing Hotfix KB925902
Now if you just tried to install the program you probably noticed an error message such as the one below. All you have to do to fix it is go to add or remove programs in control panel, and check the box that says "show updates". It will load and then scroll down to around the bottom where you'll find the hotfix we need to remove. Once found all you have to do is select …
step 3Installing
Once restarted click on the vista transformation pack 7 file and open it. An error message will pop up saying get windowblinds. you don't need it so just press ok Now a screen will say that this is free software and not to be sold. Now, lets get to installing Box 1. It basically says read everything carefully or you could (although it's highly unlikely) brick y…
step 4Installing Part 2
Box 2. You will see a donate page to donate to Mr. Windows X (why don't you, he put a lot of hard work and effort into this).

step 5Installing Part 3
Box 3. On this page you will find the requirements. Make sure your computer meets all the necessary needs and press next.

step 6Installing Part 4
Box 4. You will now see the license agreement page. Read it over carefully and accept. Press next.

step 7Installing Part 5
Box 5. This page just tells you what its going to do. read it over and press next.

step 8Installing Part 6
Box 6. This page is the faq and is very useful and should be backed up so i have provided you with a copy for future reference.

step 9Installing Part 7
Box 7. This page is very informing and includes important info. I have also provided you with a copy.

step 10Installing Part 8
Box 8. This step asks you if you want to apply vista ui transformation into system or integrate vista transformation pack into system files. choose which one best suits your needs and press next, but if your unsure on what to do select the ui transformation because if you select integrate it into the setup files you can't revert your system files back to the original ones.

For further assistance on this post please link here. Please feel free to ask me anything via comment form below.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Nokia users will get unlimited music download for a year

Nokia has joined the battle with telecom service providers for a share of the online music pie. Nokia, the world's largest mobile phone maker, on Thursday said its customers in India will be able to download unlimited music on their handsets or personal computers. 

 The catch is that only those customers who buy a smartphone where this facility is enabled will get 12 months of unlimited free music downloads.

"The 5-series and X-series of handsets will offer 12 months of unlimited music downloads," Nokia’s Vice President & Managing Director for India D Shivakumar said. The price range of these handsets range from Rs 6,000—Rs 18,000, he added. 

But, existing customers of Nokia who already use handsets from these series cannot avail this facility. "You have to buy a new mobile phone to get unlimited music downloads," Mr Shivkumar said. He added that going forward, Nokia would make this service available on other handset series too. 

Nokia customers can download music from the Ovi Music Unlimited service that has been launched in India today. Nokia executives also said the company was yet to take a call if this service would be charged after the 12-month period expires. 

Analysts say the handset maker will find it tough to come up with a business model to charge customers for music after the 12-month period, especially in a market which is used to the concept of receiving and exchanging pirated music for free. Nokia will also have to compete with telecom service providers such as Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Essar and Reliance Communications, who offer music downloads to their customers for rates as low as Rs 2–5 per track. However, industry executives say most music on mobile phones in India is consumed through data cards where customers download, store and exchange tracks for free. 

The Ovi Music Unlimited service has four million tracks and off these, one million numbers are Indian music, Mr Shivakumar explained. Our nearest competitor in India offers about 100,000 tracks, he added. 

Nokia has tied up global music labels including Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group and EMI Music for the service. It has also partnered with Indian Music Industry (IMI) to offer a consortium of more than 150 domestic music labels like Hungama, Yash Raj, Tseries, Eros and SIMCA (South Indian Music Companies Association). The firm said it had done an in-depth research with Indian consumers on how they would like to consume music on their mobile phones and used the findings to create a ‘Made for India’ music service proposition.

Shanghai World Expo park opens to public

The Shanghai World Expo formally opened its door to the highly avid public Saturday morning after years of planning and preparation.

Visitors, from home and abroad, have thronged to the gates of the Expo park, receiving security checks in long queues. More than 350,000 tickets have been sold or distributed for the opening day, organizers said.

Ge Ning, an executive of a sci-tech company in neighboring Jiangsu Province, was among the first to enter the park.

"I'm here to see new inventions concerning science, technology, environmental protection, and energy," he said. The United States Pavilion and the exotic pavilions of African countries are also on his list.

"I might only be able to visit five pavilions today," he said, wowing the crowds around him.

Top Chinese political advisor Jia Qinglin and International Exhibitions Bureau President Jean-Pierre Lafon activated the opening device together at a commencement ceremony.

The Expo, carrying a theme of "Better City, Better Life", reflects the crystallization of wisdom about urban construction and vision of a better future life, Jia, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, said while addressing the ceremony.

In his speech, Jia expressed gratitude to all participants, the BIE and those who toiled for the preparation for the grand event.

In the Expo, visitors could enjoy pavilions with original design, explore scientific and technological progress, enjoy various cultural events, and take part in symposiums to fully experience the mankind's pursue for development of civilization, he said.

BIE Secretary Teneral Vicente Gonzalea Loscertales said the Shanghai World Expo would be "the most splendid and unforgettable" and would help the world better understand the present, have a glimpse into the future and strengthen cooperation between countries and organizations.

The Expo is "a celebration of human achievements with the goal of inspiring present and future generations to pursue not only the ideals, but also the actions for 'Better City, Better Life'," Loscertales said.

The six-month Expo will "not only educate, entertain and fascinate visitors, but will spark the energies to build the cities of the future on some of its foundations," he said.

Covering an area of 5.28 square kilometers along both sides of the Huangpu River, a tributary of the Yangtze River, the Expo is expected to attract 70 million visitors from home and abroad. 

Japanese robot mimics movements

Mahru the robot can dance and wave and do just about anything you can do, while you're doing it. The latest version of this humanoid-looking robot developed by Korea Institute of Science and Technology's (KISK) Cognitive Robotics Centre can mimic a person's movement in real-time, reports the sci-tech website IEEE Spectrum.

Dubbed Mahru, the robot's movements are fluid and clean. And how it performs them is evolving every day.

Previously, the robot had to learn how to perform new tasks via video. Now, a motion-capture suit allows the wearer's movements to be transferred directly to Mahru.

The motions can be recorded for later use, too.

The KISK Cognitive Robotics Center research focuses on designing robots that do chores for people, and they have made headlines before, as newer models become capable of ever more complex tasks.

Past versions of Mahru have performed chores like grocery shopping, or bringing food to tables.

"Attention is turning to the benefits offered by human friendly intelligent robots since the market for traditional industrial robots does not offer the growth potential it once had," reads the Center's website.

"The Center’s goal is to develop new intelligent agent technologies to provide human-friendly services for human beings by combining intelligence technologies and bio-mimetic sensing-and-control technologies with traditional robot technologies."

Apple launches 3G iPad, looks to maintain momentum

In the second stage of a two-part rollout,Apple Inc on Friday began selling the pricier, high-speed wireless version of the iPad in the United States, following the successful launch of the short-range Wi-Fi tablet earlier this month.

Although the event certainly lacked the buildup and excitement of the April 3 debut -- with the heartiest waiting in line overnight -- some Apple retail stores in big cities still saw decent-sized crowds ahead of the 5 p.m. launch.

At a store in downtown San Francisco, roughly 75 people stood in line 90 minutes before the 3G iPad went on sale.

Several people said they had waited for the more expensive version of Apple's tablet because they saw it as a potential replacement for their laptops, at least in certain situations.

"I'm going to take it everywhere with me, I already take my laptop everywhere, and it'll definitely replace my laptop in a lot of cases," said Long Nguyen, 22, who works in IT repair and was first in line.

The 3G model -- which is also Wi-Fi compatible -- starts at $629 and tops out at $829. The Wi-Fi-only iPad starts at $499.

The 9.7-inch touchscreen iPad is essentially a cross between a laptop and a smartphone. It is intended as a media consumption device, good for video, games, electronic books and magazines and Web browsing.

But some said they were hoping to also use it for work, mainly because of the device's thin-and-light profile.

"I travel a lot for work, and I have a lot of projects that are out in the field, so I think it will be useful for some of that," said Gary Riley, 36, an environmental engineer.

"I'm on the road all the time, and I think it will give me a nice choice, especially when I travel," said Bob Geib, a consultant. "It will complement my laptop."

AT&T is providing the wireless data plans for the iPad, charging $29.99 a month for unlimited access.

AT&T is also the exclusive U.S. carrier for Apple's iPhone, and has been subject to plenty of criticism over the quality of its network. It remains to be seen whether iPad users will encounter any problems with their service.

Apple sold 300,000 iPads on launch day April 3 and a half-million units the first week. Although the device won't reach international markets until late May, some analysts expect Apple to sell roughly 5 million or so this year.

The iPad rollout has been accompanied by a crush of media hype, but it has not been without its hiccups. The company delayed the international launch for a month for what it said was stronger-than-expected demand.

Analyst say the company has also had difficulty ramping production of a new product.

Shares of Cupertino, California-based Apple closed down 2.8 percent at $261.09 on the Nasdaq.

Via Yahoo! News.

How to Build Your own RC Helicopter

Flying RC helicopter is really very exhilarating. Their versatility gives a RC pilot a complete access to the three-dimensional space in such a way that no other machines can! I have played RC helicopter for more than one year but still find that I have just learnt a few tricks that it can perform.

There are generally two micro-helicopters ( indoor ) in the RC market. I have already planned to buy one of them as they can fly inside the living room and even take off on ours hand. Unlike those operated by gas, these electric helicopters are very clean and give out no terrible noise at all. In one nightfall, I visited a web site, which is about how to make a hand made RC helicopter. I was totally impressed and started designing my own helicopter. Here is my helicopter:

The plan of the helicopter had finally been completed. It is not very well drew. The current plan available is only for the fixed pitch design.

If you are a fan of RC helicopters and would like to build your own then check out the site linked below. It details the steps that one guy took to build his own helicopter. No doubt, you need to have some good skills to create one of these indoor beauties and no doubt if you are not skilled then you best dish out 30 quid and buy one already made.

What makes these small helicopters great is that they are not petrol engine helicopters. They are indoor RC (battery powered) helicopters. This means you can fly this around your living room and hopefully not break any of your mothers breakables.

Good luck building and do not hesitate to link to pics of your own creations should you decide to make your own.

Click this link for full step-by-step procedure to make your own helicopter.

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