Pallab De is a blogger from India who has a soft spot for anything techie. He loves trying out new software and spends most of his day breaking and fixing his PC. Pallab loves participating in the social web; he has been active in technology forums since he was a teenager and is an active user of both twitter (@indyan) and facebook .
Opera Software has just released a minor update to Opera 10.62 for Windows, UNIX and Mac. The newest release fixes a high severity vulnerability that could have been exploited to load malicious DLL files and execute arbitrary code.
Other minor feature improvements include the addition of Fastmail and Hotmail.co.uk to the email auto-configuration list, and support for more MIME file types and suffixes for compressed tar files. Additionally, nearly a dozen bugs, many of which could have crashed Opera, have been squished.
Opera Software has also been working on the upcoming Opera 10.70 release. If you love to stay on the cutting edge you can download the latest builds from here.
The much-hyped $35 tablet announced by the Indian government is on track, and is expected to arrive before January 10, 2011. LiveMint is reporting that the contract for manufacturing the low-end tablet has been awarded to HCL Technologies Ltd, which will be manufacturing 100,000 units.
Back in July, India’s HRD (Human Resource Development) minister had created a flutter by promising to deliver an Android tablet to students for just $35. Initially, in spite of the hands on demo provided by Mr Kapil Sibbal, many pundits maintained that the tablet was priced too aggressively to become a reality. Nevertheless, this announcement should help the device in shedding its vaporware status.
IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) Rajasthan has been tasked with carrying out intensive laboratory and field tests across the country. The government is hoping to make the affordable portable computing device available to university level students from the second half of next year.
After dominating the Apple App Store charts and amassing millions of downloads, Angry Birds has finally arrived on Android. The beta build of the Lite version has just been released, and should become available in all Android Markets by the end of the day.
Angry Birds is a puzzle game from Rovio, which has sold more than 6.5 million copies and might be made into a movie. Like most brilliant games, the objective of Angry Birds is simple – in each level you are supplied with some angry birds that have had their eggs stolen by evil pigs. There are five different kinds of birds, each with its own traits. You have to launch the birds at an appropriate angle using a catapult to eliminate the pigs.
Techie Buzz Verdict
Angry Birds is an incredibly addictive game. It simply grabs you by the collar and pulls you in. Once you get hooked, you will find yourself wasting hours trying to destroy the evil little pigs and their castles. While dumb luck might get you through a few levels, you will need to employ solid logic and planning to master the game.
Angry Bird Lite for Android is currently in beta. I experienced occasional crashes while launching the game. However, in general the game worked well. There were no unexpected frame rate drops or other hitches during the gameplay. Go ahead and download it from the market right now. This game is a winner.
One of the most distinctive aspects of HTC’s Sense UI is the combined weather and clock widget. It has been replicated on multiple platforms by numerous applications. For example, all Android users can get enjoy a similar home screen widget thanks to the Beautiful Widget application. However, there was nothing quite as good for Windows. The good news is that a free app called HTC Home has stepped in to fill the void.
HTC Home is an open source application for Windows Vista/7 that accurately emulates the HTC weather widget. Everything from the icons and styling to weather animations have been replicated. Here’s a screenshot demonstrating the default appearance.
The widget is fairly configurable. You can toggle animations, change the update interval and configure z-ordering. I am not confident about this, but the source of the weather information appears to be AccuWeather.
Techie Buzz Verdict
HTC Home is simply gorgeous. There is no doubt about that. However, its system resource usage might be of concern to users on slightly older rigs. It consistently consumed about 30 megabytes of memory. However, CPU usage was negligible. It also crashed on me on first launch, but has behaved well since. Of course, it is unfair to be too harsh on an alpha build. They are expected to behave unpredictably.
In the end, if having a beautiful desktop matters to you, you will probably appreciate HTC Home. Others, might be put off by the high memory consumption.
In Mozilla’s Dan Mills’ words, The Account Manager makes it incredibly easy for users to create new accounts with optional randomly generated passwords, and log into and out of them with just a click”. We had previewed an early prototype back in March and had found it to be capable of dramatically simplifying how users connect to websites.
Mozilla is aiming for a feature freeze by September 10. If Firefox 4 continues to fall behind schedule, then more features might be stripped. The prime candidates for removal are silent updates on Windows, Inspector and Web Console. However, even without some of these features, Firefox 4 will have enough to excite fans. The new version will introduce a brand new skin, tab candy, revamped add-ons manager and more.
Dual SIM handsets have become commonplace in the Indian market thanks to manufacturers like Lemon, Lava, MicroMax, Zen, Spice, Olive and Intex. Sensing an opportunity to one-up its competitors, LePhone has now released a triple SIM handset (GSM+GSM+CDMA).
The Symbian powered LePhone A10 sports a 2.2 inch screen and a 3 megapixel camera with flash. Connectivity options supported include Bluetooth, GPRS and WAP. It is a competent multimedia phone with inbuilt FM and MP3 player, video player, Xpress Music, shake to change track support and 3D sound stereo speaker.
The LePhone A10 claims to offer a talk time of 300 minutes and a stand by time of 150 hours. It is available for just Rs. 4,990.
LG’s Chang Ma set the expectations really high when he claimed in an interview given to the WSJ that LG’s tablet PC is going to be better than the iPad. The tablet, which is being dubbed as the Optimus Pad, will run an unknown version of Android operating system, and is expected to be released in Q4.
LG is claiming that the Optimus Pad will offer superior performance, while being sleeker than its competitors. The slide shown above also claims that the tablet will boast of “many firsts”. With very little information being currently available about LG’s iPad competitor we can only wait with baited breath. Let’s hope that it will live up to the expectations.
GPU accelerated browsing experience is the big new feature that all the major browsers are gunning for. The latest builds of Firefox, Chrome, Safari as well as Internet Explorer have this feature enabled. In fact, Opera is the only major browser without hardware acceleration support. Nevertheless, even Opera has hinted that this is something they definitely intend on doing. I won’t be surprised if we soon see a weekly build with hardware accelerated Vega (Opera’s graphics rendering engine).
In the meantime, Sebastian Anthony from DownloadSquad has recreated his earlier Aquarium test to compare the rendering performance of all the three hardware accelerated browsers. Here is the video:
Not surprisingly, Chrome came out on top. Internet Explorer also performed quite well. However, Firefox turned out to be 30% slower. Nevertheless, the bleeding edge speed offered by Chrome came at a cost. It was the most system resource intensive browser. In fact, system resources consumed turned out to have a direct correlation with the rendering speed. The question is, what is more important? Are you willing to opt for a heavier browser, if it provides more speed? Don’t forget to share your opinion with us.
Just last week, we reported that ViewSonic is planning to enter the rapidly growing tablet market. Now, we have official confirmation. In a press release, ViewSonic revealed that the ViewPad 7 is going to be 7″ Android 2.2 (Froyo) tablet with phone facilities.
The 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled device will come with front (VGA) and back (3MP) facing cameras. Other features include G-sensor (for automatic screen orientation), AGPS, handwriting recognition and document reader.
The ViewSonic ViewPad 7 will be on display at IFA 2010, Berlin. Although the price is yet to be determined, the ViewPad is not expected to cost more than £350 (including VAT).
Celebrity bloggers are a common specimen in both Bollywood and Hollywood. However, very few blog with the sincerity of Amitabh Bachchan. The Indian film industry legend, pens his thoughts almost daily at the BigB blog hosted by Blog Adda.
While the open platform provided by blogs offers a great way to communicate and connect with fans, the anonymity offered by the Internet also encourages mischief makers. Apparently one individual has been targeting Mr Bachchan and using the blog to submit derogatory and abusive comments. The concerned individual has also been sending abusive SMS messages for several months.
In an attempt to put an end to the matter, Mr Bachchan has filed a formal complaint with the cybercrime cell. This is what he had to say about this incident:
There is a serious effort by a member that writes and comments on this blog to use language and expression that is abusive,filthy and utterly disgusting. I have brought this to the notice of the authorities and corrective measures to see none of the stuff that comes from this foul mouthed individual shall ever be allowed on this platform. Any further attempt from this person shall now be under legal cyber space action, now very prominently activated in this country. Further more. This individual has been sending me the most unprintable abuse on sms on my phone. I have after great tolerance for many months now reported the matter to the police and they will be taking serious punitive action, not just in my country but in the country of the origin of these missives.
This blog, this platform, this home for our extended family members is a sacred and revered destination and any attempt to defile it shall be dealt with in the most severe manner.
Police officials claimed that they are yet to receive a complaint. However, in typical fashion, they promised to keep an eye out for further offenses.