Steve Jobs Wants You To Buy An Android If You Want Porn

AndroidWith the battle between iPhone and Android gaining serious momentum, the two parties are not leaving any chance to drag each other out. In a recent response to a customer inquiry about Apple’s policies, Steve Jobs said that users who want porn on their phones should get an Android device.

When Matthew Browning, an Apple customer, emailed Steve Jobs about unjustified removal of Mark Fiore’s application and ranted out about Apple’s recent policies regarding seemingly inappropriate apps, here is what Steve Jobs had to say:

Fiore’s app will be in the store shortly. That was a mistake.  However, we do believe we have a moral responsibility to keep porn off  the iPhone. Folks who want porn can buy and Android phone.

You know, there’s a porn store for Android. You can download nothing but porn. You can download porn, your kids can download porn. That’s a place we don’t want to go so we’re not going to go there.

To me, that is a little bit more than what we call bashing your competition. It is almost as if Jobs think of Android as a promoter of pornography and iPhone as a saint. Can somebody ask him how his views about adult apps changed so suddenly and why he allowed them in his app store for a long while before blocking them without any notice? One thing is clear though, the Android and iPhone war is much more serious than we think it is.

Facebook is Sponsoring and Hiring From TopCoder

Facebook employees are an elite group of coders, engineers and entrepreneurs who have all it takes to manage the 400+ million user base Facebook has developed over years. The Facebook team is extremely small and the ratio of a Facebook engineer to Facebook users is more than one million. This is possibly the largest ratio amongst all tech giants.

Facebook is now a part of 2010 TopCoder(R) Open as a sponsor. It also has plans of taking in winners as interns and full time employees. Facebook says,

Help develop the second most-trafficked site and one of the largest MySQL installations in the world.

Facebook uses PHP, C++, Python, Java and Erlang besides other languages.

Every technology has some form of a limit. Tech companies like Facebook hack these technologies to scale them according to their needs and go beyond that limit. Facebook uses Cassandra, Hive, Scribe, and Thrift open source projects and is active in developing them as well.

Facebook boasts more by saying,

At Facebook, we move fast. Our rapid development cycle is supported by tools that always keep us operating ahead of the curve. Our engineers are able to write code and have it running live on the site that same night – see the impact you’re making in real-time.

Learn more at the  http://www.topcoder.com/tco10 page.

Tata Docomo Introduces 6 new call/sms schemes in TamilNadu

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Tata Docomo has introduced a bunch of new special tariff vouchers for its subscribers in Tamilnadu and Chennai circle.

The following are the details of services offered:-

1) Rs 16 SMS PACK

  • Offers 200 local and national SMS free everyday valid for 30 days

2) Rs 119 CALLING PACK

  • Allows local calling to any network at 1paisa/2 seconds for 90 days

3) Rs 35 ONNET MEGA PACK

  • Local calling rates gets reduced to 1p/6sec (first 2 mins are charged at 1p/sec each day)
  • STD calling is reduced to 1p/sec
  • Free Local and National SMS ( first SMS will be charged 60 paisa each day)
  • Validity: 90 days

4) Rs 25 ONNET PACK

  • Local calling rates gets reduced to 1p/2sec valid for 60 days

5) Rs 54 LOCAL PACK

  • Local calling charges are 1p/sec valid for 30 days

6) Rs 61 ONNET MEGA PACK

  • Local calling charges are 1p/6sec (first min is charged at 1p/sec each day) valid for 1 year
  • STD calling charges at 2p/sec valid for 1 year
  • 200 National and Local free msgs (first SMS will be charged 60 paisa each day) valid for 1 year
  • 10 MB free data usage per month valid for 3 months

Via: Telecomtalk

Videocon Launches Extra Talktime Vouchers For TamilNadu & Mumbai

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Videocon Mobile Services has announced two new EXTRA TALKTIME recharge offers for the customers in Tamil Nadu and Mumbai Telecom Circles.

The following are the details of the two e-recharges

With an E-Recharge of Rs 62, you get a FULL TALKTIME benefit of Rs 62 in the Main Balance and with an E-Recharge of 97, you get an extra bonus talk time of Rs 13 in addition to Rs 97.

Videocon certainly seems to be doing well as far as offering services in Tamil Nadu is concerned. This is just the beginning. With Videocon introducing its services in different states, the day is not far when it will be compared to one of the best telecom industries.

Via: Telecomtalk

Google Chrome May Stop Showing HTTP in the Address Bar

chromium-logo One of the most recent builds of the Chromium web browser is drawing some criticism. As you may know, Chromium is the open source browser project that Google’s Chrome web browser is based on. In the Chromium version 5.0.375.3, something new showed up. The address bar was not displaying the normal http://in front of addresses. It was reported in the issues at Chromium’s code site as a possible bug.

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However, it turns out that this is an intentional move, and it’s started a fairly heated debate there. Some of the people posting there do not want to have the http prefix removed. Some people argue that it’s a feature that everyone will eventually want.

Apparently, if you need to copy and paste the address from the Chromium address bar, it will automatically add the httpprefix, even though you don’t see it. This will need to happen in order to use copied URLs in other applications.

In my opinion, I don’t think it’s going to be a problem as long as the feature works as they say it will. I sometimes wonder why we even need to type the wwwin the address. It’s a waste of time and I’ll be happy if it goes away for good.

What do you think? Be sure to comment below.

Oracle Announced the New ODF Plugin With Ridiculous Pricing

The ODF (Other Document Plugin) plugin was first launched for Microsoft Office by Sun Microsystems in 2007. It can extend the Open Document Format capabilities to Microsoft Office 2010. With this plugin, we can store open and edit files  as belonging to one of the standard Open Document Formats.

Now that Sun has been acquired by Oracle, the Open Document Format plugin for Microsoft Office is managed by Oracle. Oracle has recently released a new version of the plugin as a free software.

However, although the official page of ODF at Sun says its free, it still does not explain everything because in reality, the software is not free anymore.

Now, Oracle is charging a sum of $90 per user for a right to use the license for a year and another $19 for support throughout that year. The customer also requires a minimum order of 100 licenses to make a purchase. This needs a purchase of $9,000 before you can think of starting with ODF. Clearly, they did not at all care about personal computer users because they would have no reason to buy keys in mass.

One interesting fact here is that the plugin in this case costs even more  than the application itself.
Get the plugin here.
(Via: HOnline )

Tracking Flight Cancellations Due To Iceland Volcano

If you have read any newspaper or watched any news channel in last 3-4 days, you are sure to know about the disaster in Iceland and its implications. A volcano has erupted in Iceland but the ash cloud formed by the lava has moved so fast across Europe that thousands of flights have been canceled due to potential of engines being harmed.

NewYorkTimes has designed an interactive tool that tracks flight cancellations based on airports and countries. A nice colorful map shows you which airports have all flights canceled (marked in red), which airports have some flights canceled (marked in yellow) and which airports are open (marked in green). Below the map, is a complete list of European airports that have been affected along with their airport code and a recently updates status. Clicking on any of the airport takes you directly to their website where you can read latest news.

It is a great tool to track impacted airports and flights through this natural disaster that has already caused airlines billions of dollars.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini and X10 mini Pro Price

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It seems like the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini and X10 mini Pro’s prices are out in the UK. An online shopping site called Play.com have listed both the X10 mini and X10 mini Pro with their prices and release dates.

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The Xperia X10 mini is priced around £229.9 ( around $351.5 or 15,695 INR) and is supposed to get released by early June this year. The QWERTY version of X10 mini, the X10 mini Pro is priced around £249.9 ( around $382 or 17,060 INR) and is supposed to get released by end of May this year, a bit earlier than the X10 mini. The X10 mini Pro cost a bit more because of the QWERTY keypad.

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The Xperia X10 mini and X10 mini pro will be available unlocked in UK. This may not be cent percent accurate but this is likely what these two phones will cost.

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XAuth: A New Social Sharing Service To Take On Facebook Connect

With 400 Million users and a FacebookConnect button on thousands of websites, Facebook is slowly monopolizing the way people do social sharing. Not any more. Meebo, the company behind Meebo Bar and web-based chat platform is introducing a new way for people to share links.

Instead of giving users 10, 15 or 20 top social bookmarking sites to choose from, XAuth will find out what services the site visitor uses and prompt them to log-in so they can share stuff with friends on those networks. It completely eliminates the need to guess is visitors to a site would be more interested in Digg or Reddit or StumbleUpon. What makes XAuth seriously competitive to FacebookConnect is the fact that Google, MySpace and Yahoo! have already joined in.

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This is how XAuth would work. When a visitor comes to Techie-Buzz, XAuth will ping all participating social networks like MySpace and Yahoo! and Google Buzz to see which of these services are used by the visitor. Whichever services return a positive reply, will be displayed to the user. For Meebo, it provides another opportunity to display more ads and make some money. For other networks who will opt-in, it will just provide a way to counter the growing share of FacebookConnect on social sharing.

There are ofcourse privacy implications because not every user would want every website in the world to know what social networks it uses. For example, if a NSFW or adult website implements the XAuth system, it can also get information about the social networks you use, something most of the people would not like due to privacy concerns.

[Image Credit: VentureBeat]

UPDATE: Nokia 5800 v50 Firmware Update Released

Nokia has released a new firmware update for its first S60v5 touch phone the Nokia 5800. The Nokia 5800 got a major firmware update at the beginning of this year with firmware version 40. The v40 firmware update for Nokia 5800 brought with it – Kinetic Scrolling throughout the interface except for Icon based menu(s), New updated homescreen, better performance, Ovi Maps 3.3 and better reliability. The v50 firmware update for Nokia 5800 brings Kinetic scrolling in menus, new N97/Mini type music player, more reliability and smoother interface. It was just yesterday that Nokia had released a new firmware update for Nokia N86.

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QuickOffice has also been integrated into the phone with this firmware update. Users who updated their phone to the latest version, also report that the camera quality has marginally improved. A new application called Ovi Sync is also installed by default. Users can update the firmware of the phone using Nokia Software Updater Or via FOTA. The Nokia 5800 features UDP (User Data Preservation) so users can update the firmware via FOTA, without any fear of loosing their data. Even then, users are recommended to create a backup of all their sensitive data before updating the firmware of the phone. As of now, the firmware update is only available in the APAC region.

UPDATE: The new firmware also enables kinetic scrolling in the web browser of the phone. Sadly, the web browser does not have the option to go in full screen mode now. Quite a strange move by Nokia here.

UPDATE 2: The browser automatically goes into full screen mode, just like the web browser on the Nokia N97/Mini. It was not working on my phone for some reason. Started working properly after a hard reset!

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