Boy Sells Kidney To Buy iPad 2

A 17-year old boy, identified by the surname Zheng in the  Anhui Province in eastern China sold one of his kidneys to buy an iPad 2 tablet. Zheng searched over the Internet and found a buyer who offered to pay 22,000 yuan ($3000) for the organ.

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Zheng reports, I wanted to buy an iPad 2 but could not afford it. A broker contacted me on the Internet and said he could help me sell one kidney for 20,000 yuan.’The report states that the operation was carried out in Chenzhou on 28th April and his parents knew nothing about it. Zheng’s mother grew suspicious when he returned home with an iPad 2 and an iPhone in his hand. When she successfully forced him to reveal the truth, she filed a complaint to the police immediately. The police could not locate the broker whose cell phone was switched off. The case is under investigation now.

This is what you call heights of stupidity!


Microsoft Buying Nokia For Around $12 Billion – Looking to Become Apple Part 2

Earlier today BGR reported that Microsoft is buying Nokia’s phone business for around $19 billion. While I usually don’t get into speculations, I picked up the phone and spoke to some people who are very reliable and have learnt that this deal should go through by end of June or early July sans the Federal lookups.

While Nokia and Microsoft’s Windows Phone have never been a big thing is the USA ever, this deal means a lot for both companies who are struggling to keep with competition from Apple’s and Google’s .

Nevertheless, it should be a FAIL deal as this kind of announcement will eventually effect the prices of this companies on stock exchanges and it sounds like a very desperate deal by Microsoft to get into a failing business they have not been able to get a hold of since they launched Windows Phone 7 and also tied up with Nokia to get their software on them.

Let me remind you that Nokia and Microsoft are both notorious at delaying software for the devices and no matter what hardware they get this is going to be an uphill battle for both these companies.

Also I have confirmed with more than one of my sources that this deal is a go through. This should be announced in late June or early July. I am hinting for early July because my contact was very adamant about it and I am too because of the fact that June is a quarter end and they would not want to risk it by having dipping stock prices, would they?

As per my contact Microsoft will possibly buy Nokia and their entire operations for around $12 billion. I find that a fair price and find $19 billion too high on the price for Microsoft. Up to you.

Why Would Microsoft Buy Nokia?

For the past few years, Microsoft has been the be-behind player in the mobile segment. They were so desperate to get things going that they tied up with Nokia to get their software on their devices.

Now, Windows Phone 7 is not a software which can only run on a single platform and Samsung, HTC and LG all have devices running Windows Phone 7. Only Nokia did not have it.

Why not? Because Nokia was still running on the age-old-never-smartphone-friendly OS and Microsoft had an upcoming OS which was maybe good but not up to par. Both these companies got into a commitment that Nokia would produce devices with Windows Phone 7 and get along really well.

So Why Buy Nokia?

Nokia is a practical dying business. Few years ago I had a love for Nokia thanks to the Nokia N95 (which was the first smartphone device ever), but their touchphone devices have disappointed me over and over again. Not because of their hardware, but because of their software.

In the meantime, Apple managed to steam roll them and Android managed to literally get them into a submission position. With Microsoft they have a new hope which I am certainly not hopeful about. I hope that you are optimistic but this is a FAIL deal.

Microsoft Pissing Off Other Manufacturers? Becoming Apple?

Of recent, Microsoft seems to be on a path which looks to be emulating Apple. There have been rumors that they only want a single manufacturer for their tablets, and it would be no surprise if they are looking to go the Apple way by having their software on a single platform, that is Nokia.

Understandably, this might have been a good decision. However, it would be one when you have some market leverage. Right now, both Nokia and Windows Phone 7 are in doldrums in United States and in Europe.

I really can’t imagine how both these companies agreed to this, but this is how it goes. Eventually you will stop seeing WP7 devices on HTC, Samsung, LG and more.

Good luck Microsoft and Nokia…

Lodsys is Back with a Vengeance. And a $1000 Bet.

Lodsys, the patent troll which has been in the news all month after sending patent infringement notices to many iOS and Android developers over in-app purchasing is back.

After a brief period of silence, and probably many visits to their lawyers, Lodsys is back to refute Apple’s claims that its licences to the Lodsys in-app purchasing patents extend to its developers as well.

Lodsys has published a series of blog posts on their website explaining its position on the lawsuit.

First of all, it claims that Apple’s license to its patents doesn’t cover its developers

“On May 22nd, Apple’s chief lawyer Bruce Sewell unequivocally announced that Apple’s license to the Lodsys patents gave Apple’s 3rd party developers complete and undisputablefreedom to use the covered inventions without paying royalties or fearing lawsuits. There was a very positive reaction in the press and blogs. Apple appeared to give the Developer community what they wanted. Unfortunately for Developers, Apple’s claim of infallibility has no discernable basis in law or fact.”

Secondly, it is offering $1000 to each developer they have sent the infringement notice to, if it turns out that Apple’s license does indeed protect them.

“While it is true that Apple and Lodsys have an obvious dispute about the scope of Apple’s license to the Lodsys Patents, we are willing to put our money where our mouth is and pay you something if we are wrong. Therefore, Lodsys offers to pay $1,000 to each entity to whom we have sent an infringement notice for infringement on the iOS platform, or that we send a notice to in the future, if it turns out that the scope of Apple’s existing license rights apply to fully license you with respect to our claim relating to your App on Apple iOS.”

This battle is going to be quite interesting. If its claims do turn out to be valid, Lodsys could make millions or even billions of dollars in the coming years, however unlikely it may seem now.

Apple To Unveil Mac OS X Lion, iOS5 And iCloud Services At WWDC 2011

In less than a week from now, Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) 2011 will kick start. Today, in a press release Apple has revealed some more information about this year WWDC.

Like in all the previous year’s WWDC, this year also WWDC will start with a keynote from none other than the man Steve Jobs himself! The keynote is scheduled to begin at 10AM on June 5. Apple also gave us a sneak peak of what the keynote will address.


The keynote will mainly revolve around Mac OS X Lion the eight major release of OS X, iOS 5 a major upgrade of the iOS for the iPhone, iPad and the iPod Touch, and iCloud a new cloud based service from Apple.

The press release does not mention anything about the next generation iPhone. This confirms the rumors floating around that there will be no new iPhone at WWDC this year.

In all probability, the iCloud service from Apple will be a music streaming service like Google Music, and perhaps provide users with some storage space to save their data as well.

Samsung Galaxy S II Is The Fastest Selling Phone In Korea, EVER!

At the beginning of this month, we reported that the Samsung Galaxy S II has already been ordered in excess of 3 million units by carriers all over the world. Sammy also managed to sell 120,000 units of the Galaxy S II in Korea in just 3 days.

Today, Samsung has announced that they have managed to ship more than 1 million units of the SGS II in a month of its public availability. The original Galaxy S took nearly 70 days to reach the same milestone.


This also makes the Samsung Galaxy S II the fastest selling phone in Korea, ever! One major reason behind this is that the handset was available at all major carriers right from its first week of launch.

The Samsung Galaxy S II has been getting ravishing reviews by reviewers all over the Internet, and is being dubbed as the best *smartphone*. I am pretty sure the handset is selling like hot cakes in other regions of the world, where it is already launched.

Looking at its popularity, the Samsung Galaxy S II is going to be one of the highest selling Android handset this year.


Samsung Asks Apple to Turn Over the iPhone 5 and iPad 3

We already know about Apple’s lawsuit against Samsung about the Galaxy Android devices, as well as Samsung’s counter lawsuit in retaliation, but here’s the most interesting part.

As part of Apple’s lawsuit, Samsung was ordered to hand over pre-production samples of the Samsung Infuse 4G, Galaxy S 2, Droid Charge, Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Galaxy Tab 8.9 over to Apple, so that Apple could decide if those products were also a part of the lawsuit and seek an injunction against their release.

On Friday, Samsung filed a motion asking Apple to turn over final samples of the iPhone 5 and the iPad 2, along with the retail packaging. It claims that it needs to examine those devices in order to check for any similarities with the Galaxy S 2 or the Galaxy Tab 10.1, so that it can prepare for any potential legal action by Apple.

The problem is, while most of the Samsung products have either launched or have been revealed, Apple’s iPhone 5 and iPad 3 are strictly under wraps. It’s highly improbable that Apple will agree to the request, but it’s a very bold move by Samsung. This lawsuit is definitely getting interesting.

Samsung vs Apple Lawsuit

via ThisIsMyNext

Lodsys Attacks Android Developers over In-App Purchasing

Lodsys first came in the limelight a few weeks back when it started sending patent infringement notices to iPhone and iPad app developers who used in-app purchasing in their apps. Though it didn’t respond initially, Apple did publicly back its developers and stated that it had licensed that patent, which covered its developers as well.

Whether or not the license is valid only for Apple or for its developers as well is still unclear, but today, Lodsys has made a move against some Android developers as well, over the same in-app purchasing patent.

An Android developer posted this in the Android Discuss Google group:

If you’ve been following tech news lately, you may have read about a company named Lodsys that is threatening to sue iOS app developers (many of them small shops) for infringing on patents relating to in-app purchases. We recently implemented in-app purchases for our Android application and several weeks later we received a letter from Lodsys, claiming that we infringed on their patents.

Have any other Android developers out there been sent a letter? Has Google taken any action on this issue yet? Has Google given direction to any developers that have been hit by this? We are obviously a small shop and are not financially capable of defending ourselves over a litigation.

We would appreciate any helpful responses (especially from the Android team).

It’s very likely that Google will respond to this claim by Lodsys and fight it on behalf of its developers, much like Apple. Stay tuned for more updates.

Airtel Finally Launches The iPhone 4 In India

Last month, Aircel and Airtel announced that, the much awaited iPhone 4 will be launched soon in India. Finally after waiting for a month, Aircel launched the iPhone 4 in India. And now, Airtel joined the bandwagon and finally announced the launch of iPhone 4. Aircel’s postpaid plans offers a great discount, but the Airtel’s postpaid plan offers a monthly discount of Rs.1000 for 24 months. So, the Airtel’s postpaid plan helps you to save up to Rs.24,000 in a span of 2 years.

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Announcing the launch, Mr. Atul Bindal, President, Mobile Services, Bharti Airtel said, As 3G services drive the next wave of growth in the country’s telecom industry, iPhone 4 on Airtel’s exceptional high-speed network will provide customers with a truly mobile 3G experience at affordable service offerings”.

iPhone 4 comes with 3.5 inch touchscreen display with 640 x 960 pixels resolution, Apple’s A4 chip, iOS 4, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, HD (720p) video recording and more. iPhone 4 allows you to access more than 500,000 apps from the App Store. The 16 GB variant of iPhone 4 comes with a price tag of Rs.34,500, while the 32 GB variant comes with a price tag of Rs.40,900.

Airtel’s postpaid plan for iPhone starts from Rs.600 and goes up to Rs.2000 per month. The Rs.600 monthly plan offers a discount of Rs.300 while the Rs.1000 plan offers a discount of Rs.1000 per month. On the other hand, the prepaid plan offers a maximum discount of Rs.907 per month. To learn more, head over to this page.

Samsung will soon release its powerful “superphone”, the Galaxy S II in India. Which handset you are planning to buy? Samsung Galaxy S II or iPhone 4? Let us know your views in the comments section below.

What To Expect From WWDC 2011

The Apple World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) is just around the corner. This year, WWDC is scheduled to start from June 6 and will end on June 10th. Like the previous years, the event will be held at San Francisco.

All Apple fan boys and developers eagerly look forward to WWDC every year, since Apple generally launches a new iPhone and an iOS version. The tag line of this year WWDC reads Join us for a preview of the future of iOS and Mac OS X’. This more or less confirms the rumors floating around, that Apple won’t be launching the iPhone 4’s successor at WWDC 2011. Instead, this year the iOS platform as a whole will get a major overhaul.   Perhaps, OS X and iOS will be unified into one OS!


I have already blogged about what all features I expect the next generation iPhone to have.

The major changes I expect iOS5 to include are :

New Notification System

iOS5 must feature a new and better notification system. The current notification system of iOS is being criticized from a long time now. It does not stand a chance in front of Android, Palm’s and WP7 notification system. I am pretty much sure that iOS5 will come with a much better and fully revamped notification system. The final verdict whether iPhone and iPad users like it or not, will depend once iOS5 is publically available.

Widgets/Better Home Screen

Personally, I ABSOLUTELY hate the iOS home screen. Icons, icons and icons. I can get truckloads of info in just a single glance of my Android home screen, while in iOS I need to open up multiple apps for the same thing. Along with a new notification system, iOS is in dire need of a new home screen. A screen full of icons is not only useless, but impractical as well.

Better Integration With Apps/Social Networks

This is another area where Android trumps iOS hands down! In Android, users can simply add their social networking login credentials and the OS will simply pull the details and status updates of your friends and link with their specific contacts. Nifty as well as useful! Hopefully, the next version of iOS5 will feature integration with popular social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook, which will allow users to get updates of their friends from just one place.

Improved Multi-tasking UI

The current multi-tasking switcher implementation in iOS is simply useless at best. I *hate* to multi-task on my iPad just because of that multi-tasking switcher. Most of the time when I try to kill some apps running in the background, I end up going back to the home screen. Just because I precisely need to hit the red button at the top of each icon.


WWDC 2011 will be about the next version of OS X as well Lion. Apple has already given us a preview of what all features OS X Lion will bring. This includes Folders ale iOS style, Launchpad, Full Screen apps, more intuitive gestures and Mission Control. Users should also expect the next version of iOS to include share features from Mac OS X.

WWDC 2011 is just the starting point of Apple’s move towards unifying iOS and OS X into one OS.

How To Remove MacDefender Virus/Malware From Your Mac

Remember the Mac Defender malware which disguised itself as an anti-virus, and tricked users into paying for removing viruses from the Macs? The virus has been on the loose for quite some time now and has managed to infect quite a number of Macs out there.

Here are the steps to remove the Mac Defender malware from your Mac -:

Step 1 – Open up Activity Monitor, and select the option to view ‘All process’ from the drop down list.


Step 2 – Find the ‘MacDefender’ process from the list of running processes, and then click on the ‘Quit Process’ option and finally select the ‘Force Quit’ option.

Step 3 – Now, head over to the Applications folder in your Mac and find the ‘MacDefender’ folder. Right click on the folder, and select the ‘Move To Trash’ option. Empty the Trash folder of your Mac after this.


Step 4 – Fire up Safari on your Mac, and click on the ‘Safari’ option at the top of the screen and select the Reset Safari option.

There might be a possibility that users might not be able to delete the files related to Mac Defender. If so, reboot your Mac into Safe Mode and repeat all the steps stated above.

Alternatively, Mac users can also download and install anti-virus software like Sophos etc. However, some of these anti-viruses might make your Mac unstable or give kernel panics. So I would recommend readers to follow the steps stated above.