Sunday, November 10, 2013

Twitter Launches An “Alpha” Testing Program On Android, Invites Users To Give Feedback And Collaborate Directly

Twitter launched a beta testing program on Android which allows users to opt-in to try out early versions of the Twitter application and other unreleased features which are being considered for inclusion in the official Twitter mobile applications. Now it seems the company is taking this testing one step further – or rather, one step back – with the launch of an alpha testing program for Android users.

Alpha versions of the Twitter app “will include earlier iterations of experiments,” says Twitter in a post to the Twitter for Android Alpha Program Google Group, where it shares announcements about its testing programs.The program will also give users the opportunity to provide direct feedback and collaborate directly with the company via a forum, the message explains.

That’s much more involvement that the beta program allows for, as beta users generally just receive a new build of the Android app for testing purposes, but don’t really interact with the company beyond sharing bug reports. Alpha testers, meanwhile, may have the ability to actually influence the direction Twitter heads.

The program will have limited space, and it will be accepting requests on a first-come, first-serve basis. Those who are invited in will receive an email confirmation in a few days if they’re able to get in. Note that joining a test group like this is not for those who rely heavily on the Twitter app working perfectly all the time. An alpha build of an app will have stability issues and far more bugs than the beta or public releases.

Twitter is not the only company to turn to Google Groups and the Android platform to gather up app testers. Other companies have also begun running tests there in recent months, including both Snapchat and Facebook. But Twitter is keen to experiment with its mobile interface, having added a number of new features and changes just ahead of yesterday’s IPO event, including rich media-filled Twitter Cards, a blue line to connect conversations, interaction buttons on the mobile timeline, pre-expanded images, and more.


Not all the changes have been warmly welcomed by Twitter’s user base however – the blue line, in particular, irks some to no end. But with Twitter’s alpha program, there may be room for Twitter’s most vocal and engaged users to have a say in these changes earlier on.

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Twitter launched a beta testing program on Android which allows users to opt-in to try out early versions of the Twitter application and other unreleased features which are being considered for inclusion in the official Twitter mobile applications. Now it seems the company is taking this testing one step further – or rather, one step back – with the launch of an alpha testing program for Android users.

Alpha versions of the Twitter app “will include earlier iterations of experiments,” says Twitter in a post to the Twitter for Android Alpha Program Google Group, where it shares announcements about its testing programs.The program will also give users the opportunity to provide direct feedback and collaborate directly with the company via a forum, the message explains.

That’s much more involvement that the beta program allows for, as beta users generally just receive a new build of the Android app for testing purposes, but don’t really interact with the company beyond sharing bug reports. Alpha testers, meanwhile, may have the ability to actually influence the direction Twitter heads.

The program will have limited space, and it will be accepting requests on a first-come, first-serve basis. Those who are invited in will receive an email confirmation in a few days if they’re able to get in. Note that joining a test group like this is not for those who rely heavily on the Twitter app working perfectly all the time. An alpha build of an app will have stability issues and far more bugs than the beta or public releases.

Twitter is not the only company to turn to Google Groups and the Android platform to gather up app testers. Other companies have also begun running tests there in recent months, including both Snapchat and Facebook. But Twitter is keen to experiment with its mobile interface, having added a number of new features and changes just ahead of yesterday’s IPO event, including rich media-filled Twitter Cards, a blue line to connect conversations, interaction buttons on the mobile timeline, pre-expanded images, and more.


Not all the changes have been warmly welcomed by Twitter’s user base however – the blue line, in particular, irks some to no end. But with Twitter’s alpha program, there may be room for Twitter’s most vocal and engaged users to have a say in these changes earlier on.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 2 dual-mode notebook

Lenovo has planned to sell the IdeaPad Flex 2 multi-mode notebook in India for a price of Rs 42,250 for users who are not interested in carrying multiple devices all the time. Like its Yoga counterparts, the laptop can act as a tablet when its display is flipped backwards. The company has a range of such gadgets on offer and only recently it launched slates under the Yoga brand which can be used in various modes.
To make the Flex 2 capable of offering the functionality of a tablet, it has been fitted with a 10-point multi-touch display apart from the AccuType keyboard which also graces the gadget. This screen claims to render visuals in 1366 x 768 pixel resolution and can bend up to an angle of 300 degrees. This flexibility lets you have a makeshift stand to position the notebook on a table.
The Flex 2 includes 720p Webcam, USB 3.0 ports, memory card slots, HDMI ports, connectivity options like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, 4GB of DDR3L RAM and high performance GPU Nvidia GeForce GT 740M . It can be customized with a fourth generation Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 processors and a 45Wh battery stays under the hood to deliver battery life of about 9 hours runs on Windows 8 .
Its exterior measures 13.51 x 9.87 x 0.23 inches and weighs in at around 2 kilograms. The device is drenched in the shade of black and features silver-grey edges. And as it sports an HD webcam, you can engage in video conferencing over the internet as well. Wireless communication options like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are present along with connectivity ports for USB and HDMI cables. It even has a memory card slot.


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Lenovo has planned to sell the IdeaPad Flex 2 multi-mode notebook in India for a price of Rs 42,250 for users who are not interested in carrying multiple devices all the time. Like its Yoga counterparts, the laptop can act as a tablet when its display is flipped backwards. The company has a range of such gadgets on offer and only recently it launched slates under the Yoga brand which can be used in various modes.
To make the Flex 2 capable of offering the functionality of a tablet, it has been fitted with a 10-point multi-touch display apart from the AccuType keyboard which also graces the gadget. This screen claims to render visuals in 1366 x 768 pixel resolution and can bend up to an angle of 300 degrees. This flexibility lets you have a makeshift stand to position the notebook on a table.
The Flex 2 includes 720p Webcam, USB 3.0 ports, memory card slots, HDMI ports, connectivity options like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, 4GB of DDR3L RAM and high performance GPU Nvidia GeForce GT 740M . It can be customized with a fourth generation Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 processors and a 45Wh battery stays under the hood to deliver battery life of about 9 hours runs on Windows 8 .
Its exterior measures 13.51 x 9.87 x 0.23 inches and weighs in at around 2 kilograms. The device is drenched in the shade of black and features silver-grey edges. And as it sports an HD webcam, you can engage in video conferencing over the internet as well. Wireless communication options like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are present along with connectivity ports for USB and HDMI cables. It even has a memory card slot.


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Friday, November 1, 2013

Apple and Microsoft sues Google and most big Android manufacturers

Many companies including Microsoft, Apple, Sony, Ericsson, and BlackBerry filed lawsuits again Android manufacturers such as Samsung, HTC, LG, Huawei, Asustek, and ZTE, as well as other Android manufacturers. All the lawsuits target Google as well, if only indirectly, and one mentions the company by name, saying its core money-maker, Adwords, violates a 1998 patent.

The company is called Rockstar, and was established as a consortium in 2011, to bid on the trove of technology patents left behind by the bankrupt Canadian technology company Nortel. Back then, Apple, Microsoft, BlackBerry, Ericsson, and Sony teamed up to bid for almost 6,000 of Nortel’s patents, many covering mobile technology. The so-called Rockstar Bidco consortium eventually won the acution, with a bid of $4.5 billion. The other big competitor in the auction was Google, who bid $4.4 billion before giving up. Later, Google bought Motorola for $12.5 billion, and its own treasure trove of patents was reportedly one of the main reasons behind the acquisition.

Rockstar was widely expected to attempt to monetize the 6,000 patents it bought from Nortel, and this week the company made its first move by filing lawsuits against Google, Asustek, HTC, Huawei, LG Electronics, Pantech, Samsung, and ZTE. The suits were filed in the Eastern District of Texas, a district that is well known for favoring plaintiffs in patent cases.

The complaint against Google involves six patents related to serving ads in a search engine describing “an advertisement machine which provides advertisements to a user searching for desired information within a data network”. The technology isn’t related to mobile, but it’s a frontal attack to Google’s bread and butter business, AdWords. The oldest patent precedes Google’s founding, being awarded in 1997, while the newest was awarded in 2011.

Rockstar attacked the group of Android manufacturers with a batch of seven diverse patents, including ones that pertain to navigation through electronic interfaces or to an integrated message center. The stakeholders of Rockstar claim that the consortium acts independently. And, because Rockstar doesn’t have any operations of its own, Google, and other companies in its sights, can’t retaliate with a countersuit, like Samsung did with Apple.

Because Rockstar is a distinct entity, it can even sue companies that its owners have patent agreements with – for instance, Apple and HTC signed a 10-Year patent licensing deal, but that didn’t shelter the Taiwanese company from Rockstar’s suit. Sony, as a stakeholder in Rockstar and a major Google Android partner, is also in an interesting position.


Patent lawsuits can take years to finalize, and it’s not clear yet if the patents that Rockstar yields as a weapon against Google and Android OEMs are essential to their business. In other words, there’s a long way to go before these lawsuits have any tangible effects. However, the fact that Rockstar has finally commenced its attack should be worrying for consumers, who have absolutely nothing to gain from it.

viswanath sai  /  at  Friday, November 01, 2013  /  No comments

Many companies including Microsoft, Apple, Sony, Ericsson, and BlackBerry filed lawsuits again Android manufacturers such as Samsung, HTC, LG, Huawei, Asustek, and ZTE, as well as other Android manufacturers. All the lawsuits target Google as well, if only indirectly, and one mentions the company by name, saying its core money-maker, Adwords, violates a 1998 patent.

The company is called Rockstar, and was established as a consortium in 2011, to bid on the trove of technology patents left behind by the bankrupt Canadian technology company Nortel. Back then, Apple, Microsoft, BlackBerry, Ericsson, and Sony teamed up to bid for almost 6,000 of Nortel’s patents, many covering mobile technology. The so-called Rockstar Bidco consortium eventually won the acution, with a bid of $4.5 billion. The other big competitor in the auction was Google, who bid $4.4 billion before giving up. Later, Google bought Motorola for $12.5 billion, and its own treasure trove of patents was reportedly one of the main reasons behind the acquisition.

Rockstar was widely expected to attempt to monetize the 6,000 patents it bought from Nortel, and this week the company made its first move by filing lawsuits against Google, Asustek, HTC, Huawei, LG Electronics, Pantech, Samsung, and ZTE. The suits were filed in the Eastern District of Texas, a district that is well known for favoring plaintiffs in patent cases.

The complaint against Google involves six patents related to serving ads in a search engine describing “an advertisement machine which provides advertisements to a user searching for desired information within a data network”. The technology isn’t related to mobile, but it’s a frontal attack to Google’s bread and butter business, AdWords. The oldest patent precedes Google’s founding, being awarded in 1997, while the newest was awarded in 2011.

Rockstar attacked the group of Android manufacturers with a batch of seven diverse patents, including ones that pertain to navigation through electronic interfaces or to an integrated message center. The stakeholders of Rockstar claim that the consortium acts independently. And, because Rockstar doesn’t have any operations of its own, Google, and other companies in its sights, can’t retaliate with a countersuit, like Samsung did with Apple.

Because Rockstar is a distinct entity, it can even sue companies that its owners have patent agreements with – for instance, Apple and HTC signed a 10-Year patent licensing deal, but that didn’t shelter the Taiwanese company from Rockstar’s suit. Sony, as a stakeholder in Rockstar and a major Google Android partner, is also in an interesting position.


Patent lawsuits can take years to finalize, and it’s not clear yet if the patents that Rockstar yields as a weapon against Google and Android OEMs are essential to their business. In other words, there’s a long way to go before these lawsuits have any tangible effects. However, the fact that Rockstar has finally commenced its attack should be worrying for consumers, who have absolutely nothing to gain from it.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Intel reviled what happens in an Internet Minute

What happens in an Internet minute? Today, the number of networked devices is equal to the global population. By 2015, the number of networked devices will be twice the global population.

              Everything moves fast on the Internet, but just how fast are we talking about here? How much data gets shared across the Internet? How much data transferrers through Internet, While you start reading this article and thinking how the data is transfered in the span of time, Petabytes of data transfers through Internet this is how huge and faster Internet is, we are talking about emails, status posts, tweets and retweets,the downloading of apps and uploading of vacation pictures, streaming of online videos and music, online transactions and many more the list goes on.

Intel's internet minute infographic reveals exactly what we do online - with 639,800GB of data transferred
              What about the other side of the data transferrers i.e, servers, hosting, data storage, social networking and all other stuff.

             So what happens in an Internet minute? Well, folks at Intel did some number crunching and came up with a figure that describes what happens in sixty seconds on the Internet — 639,800 GB of global IP data gets transferred, that’s what. Above is an infographic to show you a breakdown of what contributes to more than half a million gigabytes of information being transferred all across the world every minute through the power of communication technology.

           This new study, by chipmaker Intel, found that more than 204 million mails are sent every minute, while 47,000 apps are downloaded and retail giant Amazon rings up around £55,000 ($83,000) are in sales. Around 20 million photos and
6 million Facebook pages are viewed, 1.3 million video clips on YouTube are watched.
Nearly 64,000 GB of global ip data is transferred in just one Internet minute.

             'Computing is transforming and touching more people in a wider range of devices,' said Intel's Krystal Temple. But while it's hard to miss the proliferation of portable devices, it's what we don't see that's the bigger issue.

              What many people don't see is that the increase in mobile devices has a tremendous impact on the amount of data traffic crossing the network. It's a little easy to understand once we think about all that's done on a connected device like a smartphone's .

 Google’s data center in Douglas County, Georgia, just outside of Atlanta.
               Listening to music, watching videos, downloading and uploading photos, playing online games, refreshing and retweet twitter feeds and status updates - all of those activities generate network traffic. The study by Intel also looked at how the data could expand dramatically in the future, It predicted that by 2015, the number of networked devices is expected to be double the world's population and it would take five years to view all the video content crossing IP networks each second by then. 

              The Intel also reveled it is developing new networking equipment to deal with the increase in traffic, codenamed 'Crystal Forest,' that will boost performance and specially designed chipset for network infrastructure.

 

 Intel's new Crystal Forest chipset includes an undisclosed embedded CPU, an 89XX-series chipset and their Data Plane Development Kit which is the SDK they've created for designing fast path network processing.
 
This is not a competitor to AMD's Freedom Fabric which is designed for communication within a large series of processing nodes, instead you will see Crystal Forest powering high end routers and web appliances.

Intel has designed this new chipset to increase the performance of cryptography and compression on network packets and claims it will increase speed as well as security, along with the benefits of support coming directly from Intel.








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What happens in an Internet minute? Today, the number of networked devices is equal to the global population. By 2015, the number of networked devices will be twice the global population.

              Everything moves fast on the Internet, but just how fast are we talking about here? How much data gets shared across the Internet? How much data transferrers through Internet, While you start reading this article and thinking how the data is transfered in the span of time, Petabytes of data transfers through Internet this is how huge and faster Internet is, we are talking about emails, status posts, tweets and retweets,the downloading of apps and uploading of vacation pictures, streaming of online videos and music, online transactions and many more the list goes on.

Intel's internet minute infographic reveals exactly what we do online - with 639,800GB of data transferred
              What about the other side of the data transferrers i.e, servers, hosting, data storage, social networking and all other stuff.

             So what happens in an Internet minute? Well, folks at Intel did some number crunching and came up with a figure that describes what happens in sixty seconds on the Internet — 639,800 GB of global IP data gets transferred, that’s what. Above is an infographic to show you a breakdown of what contributes to more than half a million gigabytes of information being transferred all across the world every minute through the power of communication technology.

           This new study, by chipmaker Intel, found that more than 204 million mails are sent every minute, while 47,000 apps are downloaded and retail giant Amazon rings up around £55,000 ($83,000) are in sales. Around 20 million photos and
6 million Facebook pages are viewed, 1.3 million video clips on YouTube are watched.
Nearly 64,000 GB of global ip data is transferred in just one Internet minute.

             'Computing is transforming and touching more people in a wider range of devices,' said Intel's Krystal Temple. But while it's hard to miss the proliferation of portable devices, it's what we don't see that's the bigger issue.

              What many people don't see is that the increase in mobile devices has a tremendous impact on the amount of data traffic crossing the network. It's a little easy to understand once we think about all that's done on a connected device like a smartphone's .

 Google’s data center in Douglas County, Georgia, just outside of Atlanta.
               Listening to music, watching videos, downloading and uploading photos, playing online games, refreshing and retweet twitter feeds and status updates - all of those activities generate network traffic. The study by Intel also looked at how the data could expand dramatically in the future, It predicted that by 2015, the number of networked devices is expected to be double the world's population and it would take five years to view all the video content crossing IP networks each second by then. 

              The Intel also reveled it is developing new networking equipment to deal with the increase in traffic, codenamed 'Crystal Forest,' that will boost performance and specially designed chipset for network infrastructure.

 

 Intel's new Crystal Forest chipset includes an undisclosed embedded CPU, an 89XX-series chipset and their Data Plane Development Kit which is the SDK they've created for designing fast path network processing.
 
This is not a competitor to AMD's Freedom Fabric which is designed for communication within a large series of processing nodes, instead you will see Crystal Forest powering high end routers and web appliances.

Intel has designed this new chipset to increase the performance of cryptography and compression on network packets and claims it will increase speed as well as security, along with the benefits of support coming directly from Intel.








Thursday, October 10, 2013

HTC Desire 500 launching in india with Android 4.2, Sense 5.0

HTC launched a new phone in its Desire series - the HTC Desire 500 for Rs 24,290 today. The mid-range model features a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, HTC Blinkfeed and Video Highlights.
“The Desire 500 is perfect for people who are always-on-the-go, it enables powerful multitasking and live-streaming of important and interesting information, and it boasts an excellent camera and that bring your important moments to life.”
Camera:
- An 8MP camera combines with the dedicated HTC Image Chip processor to take pictures 
- A 1.6MP front-facing camera
Video Highlights
This feature allows you to take stills and videos from one event or days’ shooting and compiles them into a 30-second reel, set to music according to one of five themes.
Blinkfeed
The HTC Desire 500 brings HTC’s acclaimed BlinkFeed to the Desire range. Transforming the home screen into a customisable stream of live information, HTC BlinkFeed is displayed on a 4.3inch display and aggregates social streams and news.
Processor and memory
Sporting a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, the HTC Desire 500 offers high-speed multitasking, super-fast web browsing and graphic-intense gaming on the move. With 4GB onboard memory and support for microSD cards of up to 64GB, you need never run out of space for the photos, videos, apps and games that matter most.
Availability

The new HTC Desire 500 will be available with major retailers at MOP of Rs. 21,490, and MRP of Rs 24,290 across India market. The HTC Desire 500 will also be available with dual SIM support and NFC in select markets.

HTC Desire 500 detailed Specs
SIM CARD TYPE
micro SIM
MEMORY
Total storage : 4 GB, available capacity varies
RAM : 1 GB
Expansion card slot supports microSD™ memory card for up to 64GB additional storage (card not included)
NETWORK
2G/ 2.5G - GSM/GPRS/EDGE:
900/1800/1900 MHz
3G/ 3.5G - UMTS/ HSPA:
900/2100 MHz with HSDPA up to 7.2 Mbps
GPS
GPS/AGPS
SENSORS
Accelerometer
Proximity sensor
Ambient light sensor
CAMERA
8 MP camera with auto focus, LED flash
BSI sensor, Sensor size 1/3.2"
Dedicated HTC ImageChip
F2.0 aperture and 28 mm lens
Smart Flash: Five levels of flash automatically set by distance to subject
Front Camera: 1.6 MP with BSI sensor
720p video recording
Gallery with Video Highlights and HTC Share
Continuous shooting and VideoPic
Slow motion video recording with variable speed playback
BATTERY
Removable rechargeable Li-polymer battery
Capacity : 1800 mAh
Talk time :
Up to 12.1 hours for 3G
Standby time :
Up to 435 hours for 3G
AC ADAPTER
Voltage range/frequency: 100 ~ 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz
DC output: 5 V and 1 A
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HTC launched a new phone in its Desire series - the HTC Desire 500 for Rs 24,290 today. The mid-range model features a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, HTC Blinkfeed and Video Highlights.
“The Desire 500 is perfect for people who are always-on-the-go, it enables powerful multitasking and live-streaming of important and interesting information, and it boasts an excellent camera and that bring your important moments to life.”
Camera:
- An 8MP camera combines with the dedicated HTC Image Chip processor to take pictures 
- A 1.6MP front-facing camera
Video Highlights
This feature allows you to take stills and videos from one event or days’ shooting and compiles them into a 30-second reel, set to music according to one of five themes.
Blinkfeed
The HTC Desire 500 brings HTC’s acclaimed BlinkFeed to the Desire range. Transforming the home screen into a customisable stream of live information, HTC BlinkFeed is displayed on a 4.3inch display and aggregates social streams and news.
Processor and memory
Sporting a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, the HTC Desire 500 offers high-speed multitasking, super-fast web browsing and graphic-intense gaming on the move. With 4GB onboard memory and support for microSD cards of up to 64GB, you need never run out of space for the photos, videos, apps and games that matter most.
Availability

The new HTC Desire 500 will be available with major retailers at MOP of Rs. 21,490, and MRP of Rs 24,290 across India market. The HTC Desire 500 will also be available with dual SIM support and NFC in select markets.

HTC Desire 500 detailed Specs
SIM CARD TYPE
micro SIM
MEMORY
Total storage : 4 GB, available capacity varies
RAM : 1 GB
Expansion card slot supports microSD™ memory card for up to 64GB additional storage (card not included)
NETWORK
2G/ 2.5G - GSM/GPRS/EDGE:
900/1800/1900 MHz
3G/ 3.5G - UMTS/ HSPA:
900/2100 MHz with HSDPA up to 7.2 Mbps
GPS
GPS/AGPS
SENSORS
Accelerometer
Proximity sensor
Ambient light sensor
CAMERA
8 MP camera with auto focus, LED flash
BSI sensor, Sensor size 1/3.2"
Dedicated HTC ImageChip
F2.0 aperture and 28 mm lens
Smart Flash: Five levels of flash automatically set by distance to subject
Front Camera: 1.6 MP with BSI sensor
720p video recording
Gallery with Video Highlights and HTC Share
Continuous shooting and VideoPic
Slow motion video recording with variable speed playback
BATTERY
Removable rechargeable Li-polymer battery
Capacity : 1800 mAh
Talk time :
Up to 12.1 hours for 3G
Standby time :
Up to 435 hours for 3G
AC ADAPTER
Voltage range/frequency: 100 ~ 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz
DC output: 5 V and 1 A

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