Dell Dethrones HP as the Most Popular PC Brand in India

Dell According to a recent report published by Gartner India, Dell is now the “No 1 PC brand” in India. HP, the global leader, had held onto that position for the past 5 years.

Unlike in most other parts of the world, Dell has a retail presence in India. This move has seen Dell’s market share increase sharply over the past couple of years, as most Indians are still weary of making purchases over the internet. Dell India has also succeeded in building a reputation for itself by providing quick and efficient customer care.

According to the Gartner report, around 2.47 million PCs were sold during Q2 2010. Dell took the lead by selling 3,53,000 PCs (2,35,000 notebooks and around 1,18,000 desktops), while HP and Acer clocked in 3,31,000 and 272,000 PC sales respectively.

Dell has done exceedingly well in consumer, SMB and education segment during Q2 recording a substantial gain over Q1. HP on the other hand has seen a negative growth over Q1 primarily because of the introduction of its new distribution policy in the consumer space,said Diptarup Chakraborti, Principal Analyst of Gartner India.

The Fascinating Samsung Captivate Is Now Available For $199.99

Amidst all the hoopla surrounding the Apple iPhone 4 and the Droid X it’s quite easy to forget about this not-so-little gem from Samsung. But, don’t worry, that’s what we are here for. Samsung Captivate, the second Galaxy S series phone to be launched in the US, is now available for purchase.


The Captivate features a stunning 4″ Super AMOLED multi-touch capable screen, 1 GHz Hummingbird processor, HD video recording and Android 2.1. As you might expect, in many ways it is quite similar to the Galaxy S I9000, which we recently reviewed. For more information, check out our earlier articles on the Captivate.

AT&T is offering the Captivate for $199.99 with a 2 year contract, and for $499.99 without an contract. If you don’t wish to opt for AT&T, you might want to pick up T-Mobile’s Samsung Vibrant.

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Type the Indian Rupee Symbol with Foradian Rupee Font

Indian-Rupee After contemplating on various designs for over a year, the Indian government finally zeroed in on an Indian Rupee symbol earlier this week. The government intends on adopting the chosen symbol nationally within six months, and internationally within 18 to 24 months.

One of the essential steps in this formal process is getting approved by Unicode Consortium. That would lend Rupee a place in the Unicode character map, which will make it possible to use and view the symbol on almost any computer around the globe. Keyboards incorporating the sign should start appearing in India, soon after.

In the meantime, the best option is to use a font, which incorporates the Rupee symbol. Foradian has already created an excellent free font with the Indian currency symbol. In order to use it, simply install the font on your system and press the ` key.

The limitation of this approach is that the symbol won’t be readable on system’s which don’t have this particular font installed. One possible solution is to simply embed the font while saving your document.

[ Download Indian Rupee Font ]

Justin Bieber’s “Baby” Is Now The Most Watched YouTube Video Ever

You can either love Justin Bieber or hate him, but you just can’t ignore him. The teenage pop star’s music video “Baby” is now the most watched video on YouTube. After fighting it out for the past few days, Bieber has finally displaced the reigning champion Lada Gaga’s “Bad Romance”. At the moment, Bad Romance has 247,146,961 views, while Baby has 249,386,942 views.


Justin Bieber’s supremacy is not restricted to YouTube. Earlier, his dominance on Twitter had forced the micro-blogging service to change its trending topics algorithm. He has also been declared as the most searched celebrity on the web.

The aforementioned videos are embedded below. Go ahead and knock yourself out. By the way, if any of you manage to decipher exactly what’s so captivating about Bieber’s music, feel free to enlighten us.

HTC Says That Droid Eris Signal Reception Related Complaints Are Minuscule

A lot has already been said about Apple’s misguided attempts at proving that the iPhone 4’s death grip problem is a non-issue. Their iPhone 4 press conference was a joke. Their attitude towards consumers was nothing but downright condescending. And finally, their ploy of diverting attention by bringing in products offered by competitors like RIM, Samsung and HTC was ludicrous.

Yesterday, both RIM and Nokia slammed Apple for not owning up to its mistakes. HTC, whose Droid Eris was also mentioned by Apple, is yet to issue an official statement. But, that doesn’t mean that they intend on keeping mum.


According to Apple’s tests, HTC Droid Eris lost as many as 4 bars, when held in a particular fashion. However, Eric Lin, HTC’s global PR and online community manager, has revealed to PocketLint that they have received very few reception related complaints. The approximate percentage of Eris owners who have formally complained regarding antenna problems is 0.016%. Apple has on the other hand admitted receiving complaints from 0.55% of users for this non-issue.

Alien Swarm: New Free Shooter From Valve

If the name Alien Swarm sounds familiar to you, that is because there was a fairly popular mod of the same name for Unreal Tournament. Apparently, while no one was looking, Valve quietly hired the team behind the mod – Black Cat Games.

For the past two years, they have been working on major Valve projects like Left 4 Dead and Portal 2. However, at the same time, they also continued working on their pet project, a sequel to their original claim to fame.

The new Alien Swarm runs on Valve’s Source engine and will be made available tomorrow for free. The game is a top-down shoot-em-up, which supports up to 4-player co-op mode. Alien Swarm will also have four unique classes of characters, each with its own unique strengths and weaknesses. Like in the original game, the player will be tasked with killing waves of aliens.



Modders will be pleased to know that Valve will release the full game code, in addition to releasing the SDK. Head over to the official website for more screenshots and trailers.

Hat tip: Rock, Paper, Shotgun

Lava B2 and B5 – Cost Effective Dual-SIM Handsets with QWERTY and Alpha Keypad

Budget mobile phones with physical full QWERTY keypads seem to be in high demand. Lava B2 and B5 are more of the same, with a critical difference. The B2 as well as B5 are available with QWERTY as well as Alpha keypads.

QWERTY layout doesn’t offer any special speed advantage. After all, it was designed to simply avoid jamming classical typewriters. At the same time, thanks to its ubiquity, most of us are simply too used to it. However, QWERTY does have some learning curve associated with it. Lava believes that people who have never used computers will benefit from their Alpha models, in which the keys are simply arranged alphabetically.

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Lava Mobile B2 and B5

Both the B2 and the B5 feature a 2.2” TFT screen having resolutions of 220×176 and 320×240 pixels respectively. Another feature common to them is dual SIM card support, FM Radio and Bluetooth. The B2 has some additional goodies like dual memory card support, powerful tin led torch and mobile tracker.

The B5 on the other hand bundles applications like Opera Mini and Nimbuzz. Since it supports Java, you can always download more applications. As you might expect, email functionality is baked right into the handset.

The B5 is also a superior multimedia phone thanks to the 2 megapixel camera and support for MP3, MP4, AVI, 3GP, MIDI and AMR playback. Surprisingly enough the B2 comes with a more powerful battery. The 1800mAh ensures that you can go several days without charging. The B5’s battery life is also impressive, since 1400mAh has more than enough juice to power a java phone.

Lava B2 is now available across India for Rs. 3,999, while the B5 is selling for Rs. 4,399. Both of them come equipped with a free 2GB memory card.

Vaseline Launches Facebook App to Make You Appear Fairer

Vaseline-Men Vaseline, a popular cosmetics brand owned by Unilever, has launched a new Facebook app that will retouch your photographs in order to make you appear fairer. The app is mainly targeted at Indians and is promoting a new cosmetic product for men from Vaseline.

Indian’s are well known for their despicable obsession with fairness. The sad reality is that not being fair is still considered to be a disadvantage by most sections of the population. In such an environment, it’s not surprising that fairness creams and lotions continue to sell like hot cakes.

The Vaseline Men page also includes several fashion tips for men, with new ones being added regularly. Pankaj Pariha, the man behind the campaign, claims that the response to the entire Vaseline Men campaign “has been pretty phenomenal”. The application currently has close to 9,000 active users.

Origin of Skin Colour

It is probably unfair to pick on Vaseline alone. It’s not doing anything or suggesting anything that hasn’t been done or said before. Television advertisements for similar products from competitors are still getting away with suggesting that having a fair skin complexion is essential for getting jobs or getting married. The real problem is a lot more than skin deep. The real problem lies within the society itself. And until we change our attitudes, blaming a commercial company tending to the demands of the market won’t get us far.

RIM and Nokia Slam Apple for Poor Design Choices

Yesterday, Apple tried to do what it does best – brainwash its customers. A defensive Steve Jobs pulled up statistics after statistics in an attempt to prove that the iPhone 4 antenna problems were a non-issue. He even went on to compare the high and mighty iPhone with mortal competitors from RIM and HTC. Obviously, other manufacturers aren’t pleased that Apple is dragging them into the controversy.


RIM and Nokia have formally issued statements slamming Apple for poor design choices. The essence of both the statements is same – while signal attenuation is a fact of life, most phones are carefully designed to ensure that normal usage won’t lead to dropped calls. Apple messed up by choosing aesthetics over usability.

RIM’s Statement

Apple’s attempt to draw RIM into Apple’s self-made debacle is unacceptable. Apple’s claims about RIM products appear to be deliberate attempts to distort the public’s understanding of an antenna design issue and to deflect attention from Apple’s difficult situation. RIM is a global leader in antenna design and has been successfully designing industry-leading wireless data products with efficient and effective radio performance for over 20 years. During that time, RIM has avoided designs like the one Apple used in the iPhone 4 and instead has used innovative designs which reduce the risk for dropped calls, especially in areas of lower coverage. One thing is for certain, RIM’s customers don’t need to use a case for their BlackBerry smartphone to maintain proper connectivity. Apple clearly made certain design decisions and it should take responsibility for these decisions rather than trying to draw RIM and others into a situation that relates specifically to Apple.

Nokia’s Statement

Antenna design is a complex subject and has been a core competence at Nokia for decades, across hundreds of phone models. Nokia was the pioneer in internal antennas; the Nokia 8810, launched in 1998, was the first commercial phone with this feature.

Nokia has invested thousands of man hours in studying human behavior, including how people hold their phones for calls, music playing, web browsing and so on. As you would expect from a company focused on connecting people, we prioritize antenna performance over physical design if they are ever in conflict.

In general, antenna performance of a mobile device/phone may be affected with a tight grip, depending on how the device is held. That’s why Nokia designs our phones to ensure acceptable performance in all real life cases, for example when the phone is held in either hand. Nokia has invested thousands of man hours in studying how people hold their phones and allows for this in designs, for example by having antennas both at the top and bottom of the phone and by careful selection of materials and their use in the mechanical design.

Google Acquires Metaweb – Aims To Get Smarter At Answering Questions

Google Google has acquired Metaweb, a San Francisco based start-up, which has been working on building an open and shared database of the world’s knowledge. The Mountain View based search giant is hoping that access to MetaWeb’s technologies and metadata will allow it to gain a better understanding of the web.

Google is already quite good at throwing up pages relevant to the search query, but when it comes to directly answering questions, it still has a long way to go. Google is capable of answering straight forward queries like “India’s independence day”. However, for complicated queries like “actors over 40 who have won at least one oscar”, you will have to do all the legwork.

Semantic search is something all major search engines are currently working on. Wolfram Alpha is quite good at answering certain specific types of questions. DuckDuckGo also tries to tackle this issue by pooling in answers from various sources (including Wolfram Alpha). However, the biggest threat for Google is Facebook, simply because of the vast pool of user data that is available to the social networking behemoth.