Ubuntu Women Project Team is Being Restructured

The Ubuntu Women Team is being restructured and a new election process will be put in place to elect the next leaders This time though, there is not one single leader but three leaders being elected.

Ubuntu-Women is a team functioning under Ubuntu to provide a platform and encouragement for women to contribute to Ubuntu-Linux.

An EC funded study (2006) summarized in the FLOSSpolls indicates that about 1.5% of FLOSS community members are female compared to 28% of proprietary software.

Ubuntu-Women is an attempt to better this picture.

The nomination page has two running contenders: Melissa and Lyz. If you want to run for this nomination, register at this page.

The three elected leaders will span across all activities under the community. The benefits of forming a leadershiop community are:

  • Co-leaders can manage the group effectively and provide more leaders for better handling of the community.
  • Co-leaders can divide the job and give individual attention.
  • Co-leaders can provide more expertise.
  • Co-leaders can give different perspectives on topics and explore more options.

The complete election process is explained in details at this page. Keep following the election process for more updates.

Apple iPad will be launched on May 28

We have a good news for all people who are looking forward for buying an Apple iPad. The international launch date of iPad is out and it is May 28, 2010.ipad

Apple iPad will be up for pre-order on May 10, 2010. Countries like Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK will get the iPad on May 28. In July, 2010 Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore will be visited by iPad.

The price of the iPad is also out. The price of the iPad is as following:

Europe:

  • 16GB WiFi-only €479
  • 32GB WiFi-only €579
  • 64GB WiFi-only €679
  • 16GB WiFi+3G €579
  • 32GB WiFi+3G €679
  • 64GB WiFi+3G €779

UK:

  • 16GB WiFi-only £429
  • 32GB WiFi-only £499
  • 64GB WiFi-only £599
  • 16GB WiFi+3G £529
  • 32GB WiFi+3G £599
  • 64GB WiFi+3G £699

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Simply Unlimited CDMA Plan from Reliance Offers Monthly Unlimited Calls

Reliance-Unlimited-CDMA-Calls Reliance Communication (R-Com) has launched a new tariff model for its pre-paid customers, which offers unlimited talktime for a flat monthly fee. The ‘Simply Unlimited CDMA’ offer is available in two flavours:

Simply Unlimited CDMA Local Pack: The local pack offers unlimited local calls to any Reliance phone (CDMA, GSM and Landline) as well as virtually unlimited local free calls to any other network. STD calls to any network will be charged at Rs. 0.50 per minute.

Simply Unlimited CDMA National Pack: The national pack offers unlimited calls (STD as well as Local) to any R-com phone in India, along with virtually unlimited calls to other networks.

The Local pack costs Rs. 299 per month, while the STD pack is available for a monthly rental of Rs. 599.

Most of you are probably wondering what R-com means by virtually unlimited calls. It is nothing but a misleading PR jargon. According to Medianama, what Reliance actually means by virtually unlimited calls is that subscribers will be getting 30 minutes of free calls per day or 900 minutes of free calls per month. If you exceed the 30 min of free talktime/day, you will be charged at Rs. 0.50 per minute.

Samsung Guru 1175 Launched in India for Rs. 1690

Guru 1175, the latest low-end mobile phone from Samsung, has been launched in India. Speaking on the launch, Mr. Ranjit Yadav, Director, Mobile & IT, Samsung Indian Electronics Pvt. Ltd said, “The new, stylish Guru 1175 is a valuable addition to the popular Guru series of Samsung phones in the essential phone segment”.

The newest Guru handset offers an interesting mix of features including torch light, advanced mobile tracker, fake call, bike mode, Indian calendar and SOS messages. When “bike mode” is enabled, you will only receive calls from a select few contacts. Everyone else will automatically get a busy tone.

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The stylish and ergonomic Guru 1175 has a 1.52-inch CSTN screen with 65K colours and measures in at 108.5×45.95×14.4 mm. All the standard features like FM Radio, MP3 ringtones, regional language input (with support for 9 regional languages) are present. Thanks to the inbuilt 1 MB memory, Guru 1175 is capable of storing 1000 contacts and 500 SMS messages. The 1000 mAh battery should provide up to 12 hours of talktime, 23 hours of FM radio playback and 38 hours of torch light.

The mobile segment in India has been growing at an explosive rate and everyone wants a piece of the cake. Guru is decently priced, looks good and even more importantly, it has a few unique gimmicks. Overall, if promoted well, Guru 1175 has the potential to be a winner for Samsung.

Sony Ericsson Rolls Out Firmware Update For The Aino, Adds 3 New Themes

Sony Ericsson has just rolled out a new firmware update for the Sony Ericsson Aino. The Sony Ericsson Aino is a slider phone with a 3 inch 240×432 resolution capacitive touchscreen. This is the second major firmware update for the Sony Ericsson Aino. The first firmware update brought with it a new game Loco Rocco and better battery life. This new firmware update also focuses on better battery life, and improves performance and stability.sony-ericsson-aino

The new firmware update also includes 3 new themes, along with a new game the Bubble Town 2. The Aino now also supports MIME-type MPEG4-generic video codec. The WLAN and Bluetooth performance of the phone has also improved. Sony Ericsson has been doing a good job by providing major firmware upgrades for all the phones present in their portfolio.

It was just yesterday, that Sony Ericsson had announced that they will release the Android v2.1 update for the Xperia X10 in Q4, this year. The new update will bring with it HD recording, and improvements in the proprietary MediaScape and TimeScape applications from Sony. Sony Ericsson will soon release another update for the X10 which will double the phone’s battery life.

GOG.com Weekend Sale – Kalypso Titles 50% Off!

Do you like simulation games? Do you like building things? Things such as buildings, cities and even life-forms? Yes, I am talking to you, you megalomaniac. If you fit this bill, go buy GOG.com’s weekend sale!

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What does this strange bundle contain that it impresses people wanting to play God or mayor (or gangster controlling the city)? Well, for starters it has the wonderful, adaptable and deep Creatures series, that I as a biotech student have been yearning to play for quite some time now. All three games have a list price of $9.99. However, with the 50% discount applied, they come out to $4.99!

Then we have the managerial simulator Constructor which pretty much explains itself. Taking the role of a real-estate developer, you soon will find yourself caught in the midst of resource and human-resource management! Darn those workers getting in way of your tycoonery! This one is listed for $5.99 so it comes to a sweet $2.99 for this one!

Lastly we have the almost-successor to Constructor called Mob Rule. Remember the Roaring Twenties? Of course you don’t you weren’t even born then (and probably, neither was your dad). This comedic look into the gangster rule of the 1920s is as engaging as the original game, and with the same list price, you wouldn’t mind playing them both for the price of one, would you?

Get the GOG.com weekend sale today!

Track The US Oil Spill On An Interactive Map

We have been hearing a lot about the US oil spill and how serious it can be. Everybody seems to have their own version of how fast it is spreading and where it is right now. Well, New York Times has again come up with an amazing tool to track the spill.

The interactive map shows you where the spill was each day starting on the 22nd of April. You can click on play to see a slide-show or click on any particular day to see the status on that day. The data is sure to be reliable since it is coming from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The map also clearly shows the site of actual oil rig explosion and the closest land and fishing water.

The tool is updated daily to include the latest information. As the spill gets closer and closer to the land, it is one of the best tools to track it and get the bigger picture without going into much details. New York Times had previously also come with a similar tool to track the effects of the Iceland Volcano and the flights being delayed due to it.

US Oil Spill Map

iPad Launching Internationally on May 28th, Indian Customers Will Have To Wait More!

The announcement came officially from Apple earlier today. iPad has only been available to US customers as of now and be launching in  UK, Canada, Italy, Japan, Australia, France, Germany, Spain and  Switzerland on the 28th of this month. Sorry India and China, you’ll have to wait a little more.

Pre-ordering of iPad for these countries will become available on May 10th and the prices will probably be announced at the same time. Apple has already sold over a Million iPad devices in the US and with this international launch, the numbers are gonna go crazy. Almost 5000 apps have already been developed exclusively for iPad and the more than 200,000 iPhone apps are also usable on the iPad. Apple also claims that iPad users have downloaded more than 12 million apps so far and over 1.5 million eBooks have been downloaded to iPads.

Come July and another nine countries will see iPad. These include Austria, Belgium, Netherlands, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, New Zealand and  Singapore. Do you think Apple should’ve made the launch in more countries simultaneously? Tell us in the comments if you are planning to buy one.

Opera Mini 5 Now Available in 32 Languages

Opera-Mini Opera Software has released a minor update to Opera Mini 5 for Java and Blackberry. This silent update adds support for 32 languages including Indian languages like Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Kashmiri, Marathi, Oriya and Telugu. The full list is available here.

Opera Mini 5 is the most popular mobile web browser in the world with more than 55 million users. It brings full tabbed browsing, visual speed dials, password manager, profile synchronization and a capable RSS feed reader to budget phones.

Some of the notable bug fixes included in this update are:

  • RSS feed links should now appear at the top of pages again.
  • RTL (Right To Left) languages should now display properly on phones with supported fonts.
  • Problems with daylight savings time have been fixed.
  • Some problems with keypad text input have been fixed.

The newest build can be downloaded from m.opera.com or opera.com/mobile/download/

Google Goggles Now Does Translation Too

Remember Google Goggles? If you thought searching for stuff by simply snapping their picture was cool, you are definitely going the like the latest improvement announced by Google.

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Google Goggles can now quickly translate text from pictures snapped by you. Using Goggles translation is as simple as it gets. Just point your phone to a word or phrase, select the region of interest and snap the photograph. Goggles will take care of the rest for you.

Goggles’ latest feature should come in handy to travelers left befuddled by the menus in a restaurant or monoglots stumped by billboards and banners in a foreign country. Goggles translation was first demonstrated with German language support in the Mobile World Congress ’10. Now, it recognizes several more languages including English, French, Italian and Spanish. In the future, Google plans to add support for non-Latin languages like Chinese, Hindi and Arabic as well.

Google Goggles 1.1 runs on Android 1.6 mobile phones and features several other improvements including improved barcode recognition, a larger repository of artwork, recognition of many more products and logos, an improved user interface, and the ability to initiate visual searches using images in your phone’s photo gallery. You can download the latest version from the Android Market.

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