Samsung Awesome Two-Some : Attractive Offers With Purchase of Samsung Laptops

Samsung has launched an awesome two-some offer under which you can get Samsung Metro S3310 mobile phone and Tata Indicom Photon+ at a special discounted rate with the purchase of every Samsung laptop.

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The exact price at which the Metro S3310 mobile will be bundled depends on the laptop model; quite obviously, the discount is deeper on high-end models. The handset will be made available to the customer on spot along with the laptop.

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The Tata Indicom Photon+ mobile broadband connection will be offered to customers at a special price of Rs 1,500. It includes device cost and plan benefits for 6 months. For the first two months customers will be able to enjoy, 15GB Unlimited plan and for the next four months they will get 2GB additional bandwidth.

This offer is valid only until April 30. Check out the official website for more details.

IBM to Research Mobile Access For The Aged And Illiterate

IBM is teaming up with educational institutions in India and Japan to create an open mobile user interface (UI) which will be common across all devices and will be much more user friendly. This UI will target the illiterate and the aged people who are not so tech savvy as the youth.

The Indian institution participating in this program is the National Institute of Design (NID), the Japanese one being Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST).

Nitendra Rajput, Open Collaborative Research lead at IBM Research India commented on this matter saying,

The findings of the research and any applications or technology developed will be released to the open-source community.

Working with the open-source community will help speed up the adoption of the technologies, and attract developers to build applications for the target populations.

Researchers have determined that it is easier for the aged people to use the Internet through a cellphone than through a computer. India and Japan have been chosen as the research grounds for this because Japan has the largest aging population while India has the largest illiterate population.This research is being facilitated through the IRL (Indian Research Labs).

The company is focusing on accelerometer as being a primary input source owing to it’s ease of use. This research once completed will be used to implement the results to a wider scenario including many other countries.
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John Gilmore Receives Advancement of Free Software Medal From FSF

The FSF recently announced its annual  Advancement of Free Software award to  John Gilmore. John Gilmore was the co-founder of Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and one of the first employees at Sun.

Free software has been very good to me, and I’m glad that I have been good to it.

He is also said to have coined,

The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it.

Gilmore was awarded for the promotion of Free Software and his work on protecting it. The EFF founded by Gilmore has extensively promoted projects like the GNU Tar, the GNU Debugger, GNU Radio and GNU Gnash. Gilmore has also co-founded the DHCP protocol. He also owns the domain of toad.com which is one of the 100 oldest in the world.

Other awards given was the Project of Social Benefit Award to the Internet Archive which archives and aggregates news from various sources. It archives old web pages for future reference.

The Advancement of Free Software is extremely prestigious in the world of Free Software and John Gilmore has been rightfully recognized.
[ Via: lwn ]

Samsung Launches Metro 3G S 5350 Handset in India

Samsung has launched Metro 3G S 5350 in India. The handset will be available for Rs.8250 and is targeted at budget conscious consumers looking for a 3G handset.

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The phone should appeal to the young generation as it comes preloaded with Instant Messenger, Google applications and widgets providing quick access to Web 2.0 services such as Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, Friendster, Photobucket and Picasa.

The S 5350 also includes a 3.2 Mega Pixel camera with Panorama and Smile shot. It comes with 256 MB internal memory, which can be expanded up to 16 GB (micro SD).

After numerous setbacks and delays, 3G in India is finally set to take off. Samsung Metro 3G S 5350 does not really offer anything special, but it is timed quite adequately. It will be interesting if Samsung can replicate the success of the Corby series with its new handsets.

250Gb HDD for Microsoft Xbox 360 Now Available In US

Microsoft has finally started offering a standalone 250Gb hard disk for its popular gaming console Xbox 360, in the US. Earlier the 250Gb HDD was available as a bundle with the console in North America. All this is soon going to change though. An advertisement came up on Xbox 360 dashboard with the tagline Make More Room for Entertainmentsaying that users can now purchase a 250Gb HDD for their consoles.

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Microsoft had earlier announced that it won’t be selling a standalone 250Gb hard disk for Xbox 360. The 250Gb hard disk was earlier available as a part of various Xbox 360 gaming bundles including that of Call Of Duty : Modern Warfare 2, and Final Fantasy XIII. Earlier, the 120Gb hard disk for Xbox 360 used to sell at the same price point, so this is definitely not a bad deal.

The 120Gb hard disk will now sell at a revised price point of 99 US$. There was no word on the pricing of the hard drive, but Amazon.com lists the product at a price of 130 US$.

Put.io Fetches Content From Almost Everywhere And Brings It Together

Put.io Ever seen the movie The Rundown with Dwayne Johnson playing a retrieval expert? I think that was a great movie. A retrieval expert. What a nice job. Even better if you have someone to do it for you. On the Internet, you ain’t got no Dwayne Johnson. Here, you got Put.io. Put.io is your personal retrieval expert. Say Hello!

Let’s say you download a lot of stuff through different mediums. There’s bittorrent, rapidshare, podcasts, rss feed enclosures, file sharing with friends etcetera. Now imagine if all the content you require from all these different places land up in one single spot on the internet from where you can choose and download whatever you want. Don’t want to download? How about streaming the movie you just torrented? Better? Right.

That is exactly what put.io does. It fetches content from torrents, rapidshare, http, ftp, standard download websites and even scrapes out content from rss feeds and podcasts. You tell put.io what to download; it’s servers will download the file onto themselves and then you can either stream or download the media to your computer through normal http links. You can access and download your data to your computer/iPhone/Web based device anytime you want. You can also conventionally upload files from your computer. It’s like a middleman for fetching content, only this man has got many hands.

If you are fetching torrents with put.io, it’s good to know that after downloading, put.io will also seed it uptil ratio of 1:1, and for those interested to know, put.io is currently experimenting with their server side torrent client and mostly use different builds of Transmission and rTorrent. If you are fetching music, you can stream it right inside the browser. If it is video, you will need the DivX browser plugin (link provided on the video page) to stream the video in the browser. In case you prefer desktop streaming, you should be doing good, as a link for direct streaming via desktop players like VLC is also provided. Entire folders can be downloaded as zip files.

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Put.io has also kicked in on the social aspect of the service. You can mark fellow users of the site as friends and then share files with them individually or with all of them. All it takes is a press of a button. Its servers are connected to the internet through Gigabit ports because of which they can fetch files faster than normal home connections their website says.

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In case you are a media fanatic, you will need to get your fix as put.io has it’s own set of (lenient) limits. You will get a total of 50GB storage and 150GB of bandwidth. Any single file should not be over 20GB and if the servers are high on load, you will be limited to 3 simultaneous downloads (when fetching). Put.io will not extract any archive containing more than 500 files and as for private torrent trackers, not all of them are supported.

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Put.io is currently in closed beta and you will need an invite to get in. Also, there are plans to take the service on a subscription based model where the user will have to pay to use the service. Certainly, after the beta period, put.io will become a paid-for service. So you better sign up now and reap the benefits for as long as they are available.

If you’re thinking This ship is going to sink in its own dockyardthat is something only time will tell. Sure it can be used for downloading copyrighted material and even used as a seedbox, but nonetheless, it is still a middleman*, or a retrieval expert. And as far as I know, retrieval experts are legal in USA ;) On a brighter note, Put.io assures to remove any infringing material from its servers as and when it gets a DMCA complaint.

So that’s all that Put.io is all about. Want in? Keep an eye on invites given away on Put.io’s Twitter.

*Copyright laws flummox me. I should be the last person to be asked about them. Thanks!

Yahoo Launches New iPhone Search Applications

Yahoo has introduced two new mobile search apps. The first one is Yahoo Search iPhone app and the second one being,Sketch-a-search. Yahoo Search iPhone app is an integrated search service for the Apple iPhone including a number of interesting features like voice search and Shake to Clear(clears the last search when you shake the phone).

This fully featured search tool also provides information from Yahoo Finance, Yahoo Movies, and Yahoo News into the search results. The search application also takes advantage of location information and provides search results that are relevant to the user’s location. The Yahoo! Search for iPhone app is currently available in only 22 countries across North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia, and is expected to cover the other parts as well.

The more interesting of the two apps is Sketch-a-search. The service works by allowing users to sketch a boundary on a map encompassing a specific location. This app will then, provide you with local information including restaurants and local businesses. It is really amazing because without even typing keywords,you get the search result.

The release of these new application shows that Yahoo has continued efforts to stay involved in the growing mobile industry. Well, we hope there is a lot more to come from Yahoo.

Nintendo 3DS Announced

NintendoNintendo plans to launch a new model of its DS hand-held game console that allows users to play 3D games without using special glasses. It is set for release before March 2011 in Japan. This new hand-held seems to be much more innovative than that bigger-screened Nintendo DSi XL.

Dont worry my friends,3DS will definitely be backward compatible with currrent DS and DSi games.

Earlier this year, it was discussed that there is a possibility of a motion sensor being part of a new Nintendo DS. However, it is still not clear whether 3DS will use a sensor with the ability to “read the movements of people playing.”This remains a rumour until the next meeting, which is scheduled on June 15, 2010 at Los Angeles. Another rumour suggested that NVIDIA’s Tegra processor would power a new DS hand-held.

It seems that Nintendo, a strong competitor of Sony and Microsoft, is trying its best to do a world of good in the market.

Sprint’s First 4G Smartphone HTC EVO 4G Unveiled

We already knew that Sprint would announce the rumored HTC Supersonic at the CTIA 2010. As expected, Sprint unveiled the handset at the event, but this device is now officially known as HTC EVO 4G. The rumors regarding the handset coming with WiMax connectivity options was found to be true, since the new HTC EVO 4G has a 4G connectivity.

HTC EVO 4G is the Sprint’s first smartphone which has a 4G connectivity. This handset is powered by Android 2.1 operating system, 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, 8 megapixel camera and so on. Check out the complete specs of this device below.

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HTC EVO 4G is a powerful smartphone powered by Android 2.1 operating system and runs on a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor. It has a 4.3 inches WVGA display with 800×480 pixels resolution, 4G connectivity, 1GB ROM, 512MB RAM, 8 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording, built-in kickstand for hands-free viewing and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm audio jack, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP Stereo and EDR, 1.3MP front-facing camera, high-quality video streaming, MicroSD card slots, 32GB expandable memory, Digital compass, G-Sensor, proximity sensor, proximity sensor, light sensor, A-GPS and more.

This device is expected to be available during summer on the airwaves of Sprint. The price and availability of this handset is not available yet.

Jolicloud Web App Platform Replaces Prism With Chrome, Now HTML5 Ready

Jolicloud is one of the most popular cloud-based netbook OS based on Linux. It has been quite popular with the masses for the lightweight and web-centric interface.

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The Jolicloud team has been working on underlying changes to their web app platform to make it more faster and consume less memory. For these reasons, they have switched from the Mozilla driven Prism platform to a Chrome-based web app platform, which is similar to the .

You can now enjoy the 600+ web apps available in our App Center with a faster, low memory footprint, and HTML5 ready browsing experience.

The latest update from Jolicloud will replace the Prism web-app platform with the Chrome-based web-app platform which was rewritten by the Jolicloud team to provide the same visual experience as Prism.

The customized platform is open source and is named Nickel Chromium for fullscreen web apps, which can be downloaded from here. Another major change with the new update is that Jolicloud now fully supports , so you can watch HTML5 videos on and more.

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