Opera Mini emerged as most popular mobile web browser

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The Opera Mini emerges as India`s most popular mobile web browser. This browser is claimed to be cost effective as it delivers high-speed data transfer rate of 7MB per user. Apart from being successful in India, Opera Mini also has record stats of 46.3 million worldwide. It has seen a tremendous hike from November 2009, having a growth rate of 11%.

SOME OPERA MINI STATS

Most popular WebPages accessed in India by Opera Mini includes Orkut, Google, Yahoo, Facebook, YouTube, songs.pk, Wikipedia, Zedge.net, my opera.com and wap.in.
The top handsets through which the users access web-pages (via Opera Mini) includes Nokia 2700c, Nokia 5130 XpressMusic, Nokia 3110c, Nokia N70, Nokia 6300, Nokia 7210, Nokia N73, Nokia N72, Nokia 6700c and Nokia 5310 XpressMusic.

Via: Telecomtalk and Duniyalive

Firefox 1.1 Beta For Nokia N900

Firefox on Nokia N900 is available as a public beta, version 1.1 now. Nokia N900 is based on the latest Maemo platform and Firefox is solely being developed for the N900 currently extensively.

Firefox 1.1 beta features the same engine as that of Firefox 3.6 for the desktop. The mobile version of this browser features auto-complete on forms, a new context menu to open new tabs and save images. You can add search engines and save a we-page as PDF in the browser by default. This makes Firefox even more awesome.

This video will give a better impression.

(Via: Phonearena)

FOSS Friday: Ubuntu, Ubuntu and More Ubuntu

Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx has already crawled into my hard dive and boot sector. To tell you the truth, I just let it in. This week in FOSS Friday, we will talk about Ubuntu and some other topics, whose thunder Ubuntu stole with its launch.

News

  • Ubuntu Release

Ubuntu 10.04 is here. Get Ubuntu by download from the server today.  The latest version features removal of HAL, better GPU support and better looks. Get more release and download information. Already have the CD? Install Ubuntu following a guided walk-through.

  • Ubuntu CD

Ubuntu Shipit is Open. Order your free CD at Shipit. You will need a Launchpad account and get your CD within 10 weeks of order.

  • Sony gets a class action  Lawsuit for removing Other OS Support

An individual from San Francisco has filed a class action lawsuit against Sony for removing the Other OS support with its latest firmware for PS3. This is a bold move by an aware consumer and should be supported. Get more on this at  Wired.

Tips

  • Ubuntu Installation Walkthrough

Are you planning to install Ubuntu on your system? This detailed walk-through will take you to installing Ubuntu on your computer safely without destroying any data. Follow the steps given here.

Steve Jobs: A Patent Pool Is Being Assembled to Go After Theora

Apple Most of you have probably read Steve Jobs’ thoughts on Flash. It was undoubtedly an entertaining read. He was spot on about Flash being a closed platform, which has a poor security and stability track record. Yet, anyone with an analytical mind could not help but notice the hypocrisy inherent in the letter by Apple chief.

OSNews has already done a brilliant job at dissecting the letter and illustrating Jobs’ ‘holier than thou’ attitude, so I won’t be repeating the same points over here. Even Fake Diary of Steve Jobs succeeded in highlighting the shortcomings in Jobs’ reasoning – albeit in its own tongue in cheek way. Both of them are highly recommended reading.

Anyway, Steve Jobs’ open letter prompted Hugo Roy to write another open letter to Jobs’, to which Mr. Roy surprisingly enough received a reply. You can find both Hugo’s letter and Jobs’ reply over here. Here I am concerning myself only with Jobs’ reply.

From: Steve Jobs
To: Hugo Roy
Subject: Re:Open letter to Steve Jobs: Thoughts on Flash
Date 30/04/2010 15:21:17

All video codecs are covered by patents. A patent pool is being assembled to go after Theora and other open sourcecodecs now. Unfortunately, just because something is open source, it doesn’t mean or guarantee that it doesn’t infringe on others patents. An open standard is different from being royalty free or open source.

Sent from my iPad

(emphasis mine)

If I am not completely misreading things, Steve Jobs’ letter seems to strongly hint that Theora may soon face a patent infringement lawsuit. If you are wondering why Theora matters, check out my post on the recent codec squabble. In brief, browser vendors haven’t managed to agree on the codec to be used for the HTML5 <video> tag. The two major codecs being considered are H.264 and Ogg Theora. While Opera and Firefox are backing the open source Ogg Theora, Safari and Internet Explorer have pledged to go with the proprietary H.264 codec. Google Chrome supports both.

Theora is built on On2’s VP3, which was open sourced and handed over to the Xiph.Org Foundation. Most of the patents related to video codecs are owned by MPEG LA. So, in all likelihood it is playing an active role in gathering the afore mentioned patent pool. Interestingly enough, Apple is also a part of MPEG LA. MPEG LA is also the firm which stands to benefit if H.264 becomes the de-facto standard for web video. It’s not very hard to see the interrelation among the recent developments. I would leave it up to you to draw your own conclusions, but one thing is sure – the codec squabble will only get murkier.

Adobe says No Flash for iPhone

We posted the statement given by Steve Jobs regarding Flash and why he hates it. As we expected Adobe did reply to that comment made by Steve Jobs. Adobe is now shifting away from Apple devices for Flash Player and AIR.

Here is the quote posted by Adobe.

This morning Apple posted some thoughts about Flash on their web site. The primary issue at hand is that Apple is choosing to block Adobe’s widely used runtimes as well as a variety of technologies from other
providers.

Clearly, a lot of people are passionate about both Apple and Adobe and our technologies. We feel confident that were Apple and Adobe to work together as we are with a number of other partners, we could provide a terrific experience with Flash on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

However, as we posted last week, given the legal terms Apple has imposed on developers, we have already decided to shift our focus away from Apple’s iPhone and iPad devices for both Flash Player and AIR. We are working to bring Flash Player and AIR to all the other major participants in the mobile ecosystem, including Google, RIM, Palm (soon to be HP), Microsoft, Nokia and others.

We look forward to delivering Flash Player 10.1 for Android smartphones as a public preview at Google I/O in May, and then a general release in June. From that point on, an ever increasing number and variety of powerful, Flash-enabled devices will be arriving which we hope will provide a great landscape of choice.

The Journal’s Alan Murray had an exclusive interview with Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen. Here is the video.

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Executives of Guruji.com Arrested For Alleged Music Piracy

Several Guruji.com executives, including founding CEO Anurag Dod, have been arrested for alleged copyright infringement. The police action was triggered by a FIR (First Information Report) lodged by T-Series (Super Cassettes Industries Ltd).

Guriji.com is India’s first crawler based search engine. It was started by two IIT-Delhi graduates and has raised capital from Sequoia and Sandstone Capital. Although, it covers several verticals including Music, City, Movie Timings and Cricket, its focus is clearly on Music. The search engine’s home page brandishes a list of Top Songs as well as Top Albums. Although, Guruji.com doesn’t host any illegal content, it aggregates and serves content provided by music piracy websites like songs.pk, musicplug.in, and bollymobile.in.

Speaking on the arrest, T-Series VP digital content Neeraj Kalyan said, Guruji.com was infringing our copyright under the garb of a search engine. The website was working in nexus with some music pirate websites and was exploiting our content.

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Guruji.com clearly encourages its users to violate music copyrights. In fact, one can even argue that music download is one of its biggest draws. However, is Guriji.com breaking the law or is it simply exploiting a legal loophole? Does its disclaimer, “Guruji.com indexes third party websites and does not have control over, nor any liability for the content of such third party websites”, hold any legal merit? I have little expertise when it comes to laws that govern our country, so I am not in a position to say. Drop in a word if you have more to say on this developing story.

Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Installation Guide

Ubuntu 10.04 is out and it is here to stay for another five years. If you have not downloaded Ubuntu already, you can see this post to choose the best edition suited to your needs and get your hands on a copy.

Although, if you have downloaded your copy of the ISO, it is time to install Ubuntu. This step by step guide will take you through the installation procedure. To start with, get hold of a 4 GB thumb drive and create a boot-able image with Unetbootin. Now, plug the thumb-drive into your USB port and restart the computer.

Set boot device to the USB drive from BIOS options and you are good to go.

Let the live system fire up. Now, click on the install icon on desktop and proceed as shown below.

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Select a desired language to install Ubuntu.

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Select your region and and time zone.

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Select your keyboard layout. You can alternately, detect your keyboard layout if you do not know it already.

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Select a partitioning option. Unless you want to format all the hard drive and install Ubuntu afresh, select the last option and proceed.

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Select the partition to install Ubuntu into and click on the change button.

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Set the formatting options.

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Provide account information and sit back and watch.

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Freeware Fridays | Top Tools Of the Week #7

freeware-sign In case you haven’t seen them, here are the most recent posts in our Freeware category. We hope you enjoy reading about these freebies, and maybe you’ll find a keeper in the mix.

View Google Maps Offline with GmapCatcher

GmapCatcher is a freeware utility for Windows, Mac and Linux which can be used to save Google Maps in your computer for offline viewing. The application comes handy, when you do not have internet access and want to view a Google Map. Read More |Tweet This

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Macpup Opera 2.0 is Launched Fast Portable Linux

It’s small, fast, free and really pretty to watch. It’s a great place to start for those who’ve never used Linux before. Read More | Tweet This

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iTunes Alternative SharePod Rocks

SharePod is a small portable freeware alternative to iTunes. You can store it right on your iPod and take it with you everywhere you go. Read More | Tweet This

How to Change Windows Screen Resolutions Using Hotkeys

HotKey Resolution changer is a freeware utility for Windows which can be used to change Windows screen resolution in just a single key stroke. Read More | Tweet This

FileTrack Helps Tracking Changes on a Shared File

FileTrack is a freeware utility for Windows which can be used to track the changes made on a shared file. You can use it to monitor changes made on files shared over a network or with files shared with other users of your computer. Read More | Tweet This

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Hide Your IP Address and Surf Anonymously with UltraSurf

Do you need to hide your IP address so that you can surf the web anonymously? Do you need to get past internet censorship or blocked websites? If so, UltraSurf may be a good solution for you. Read More | Tweet This

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Encrypt Your Files Quickly with AxCrypt

For those who need to encrypt files, AxCrypt integrates it’s actions into the Windows right click menus. This makes it an easy to use solution for security and privacy. Read More | Tweet This

Be sure to let us know if you have a favorite freebie you’d like to see posted here. Our comments (below) are always open to you.

Tata Docomo launches GPRS combo pack for Mumbai

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Tata Docomo has launched a special tariff voucher for its customers in Mumbai, Maharastra and Goa circle. The details of the tarrif voucher is provided below.

Price
Rs. 94 (For existing customers) and Rs 99 (For new customers)

Benefits

1)12 GB free GPRS data free for a period of 12 months. (1GB/month for 12 months)
2)2 lakh total tata 2 tata seconds free for a period of 12 months (16667 sec/month for 12 months). The local to local includes calling to any local tata docomo, tata indicom mobile, virgin mobile GSM & CDMA networks.

Validity

Up to 28th May 2010

Terms and Conditions

1) Every month the unused talktime is considered in subsequent months.
2) Local calling includes calling to Mumbai, Maharastra and Goa circles only.

Via: Telecomtalk

Opera Acquires Web Based E-mail Service Fastmail.FM

Opera-Fastmil.FM In a surprising move, Opera Software has acquired web based e-mail provider FastMail.FM for an undisclosed sum. FastMail will continue to operate as usual for the moment; however, changes are definitely in the pipeline.

Back in the day, FastMail.FM used to be one of the best free e-mail providers. However, it was one of many email providers left in the lurch by the Gmail revolution. While others like Gmail, Yahoo Mail and Windows Live Mail have marched into the modern webmail era by introducing desktop client like interfaces, huge inbox sizes and other fancy features, FastMail.FM still feels like a reminder of the bygone days.

Exactly what Opera plans to do with Fastmail.FM is not clear. However, it’s safe to assume that Fastmail will be replacing the existing Opera Mail service. Opera has also hinted that it will be building upon FastMail to deliver cross-platform messaging.

Excerpts from Opera’s Press Release:

Opera Software today announced that it has acquired Web-based e-mail provider FastMail.fm. The acquisition will enable Opera to expand its current messaging product portfolio and deliver cross-platform messaging to a wide range of devices, including computers, mobile phones, TVs and gaming consoles.

Since the release of Opera 4 in 2000, Opera’s desktop browser has included its own innovative e-mail client. Following this acquisition, Opera will be able to offer a consistent e-mail experience across all products. Opera currently has more than 50 million users of its desktop browser and more than 55 million users of Opera Mini, a mobile Web browser that works on almost all handsets available today.

The newest generation of Web users will discover the Web through a mobile device. Having world-class messaging capability alongside a rich and compelling Web experience is essential. By combining forces, Opera and FastMail.fm can offer messaging on any device. This will enhance the value Opera provides to consumers, while assisting our operator partners in reducing customer churn,says Rolf Assev, Chief Strategy Officer, Opera Software.

Excerpts from Fastmail’s Statement:

In an increasingly competitive market, we believe we need to make some big investments to take the next steps forward. Joining together Opera’s expertise in web browsers and especially the mobile market, and FastMail.FM’s expertise in email, will allow us to grow and take on the next big challenges in running and building an email service.

The FastMail.FM staff are also excited about this change. We’ve already been working with Opera’s technical teams to exchange expertise, and to develop new and innovative products. Some FastMail.FM staff are already gearing up to move to Norway (Hei!), and vice-versa. Also one of our great long-term part time developers (Neil Jenkins), who helped develop the photo gallery feature, and the new webmail interface (all the HTML, CSS and JS), is going to work for Opera full-time as well, so he’ll be available to work with the email team to build an even better interface!

With Opera’s expertise, and the combined technical talent of our staff, we believe we’ll be able to create a significantly better FastMail for customers in the future.

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