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Microsoft Announces a Contest for Security Researchers

Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing Group has announced a new initiative to inspire computer security researchers to focus on security defense technologies. The announcement was made today at the Black Hat 2011 security conference in Las Vegas. The inaugural Microsoft BlueHat Prize intends to encourage the world’s most talented researchers and academics to tackle key security challenges and generate original ideas to protect customers and provide a more secure computing experience.

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The BlueHat Prize is the first and largest award offered by Microsoft for defensive computer security technology. With over a quarter million dollars in cash and prizes, the BlueHat Prize will motivate the community and foster greater collaboration with researchers across the industry. Researchers will own the intellectual property from their inventions and Microsoft will be able to use the technology under a royalty-free license.

Microsoft wants to encourage more security experts to think about ways to reduce threats to computing devices. We’re looking to collaborate with others to build solutions to tough industry problems. We believe the BlueHat Prize will encourage the world’s most talented researchers and academics to tackle key security challenges and offer them a chance to impact the world.

– Katie Moussouris, senior security strategist lead for the Microsoft Security Response Center

The contest challenges security researchers to design innovative solutions to address serious security threats such as Data Execution Prevention (DEP) which helps prevent attacks that attempt to exploit vulnerabilities in software. The solution considered to be the most innovative by the Microsoft BlueHat Prize board will be presented the grand prize of US $200,000. A second prize of US $50,000 and a third prize of MSDN Universal subscription (valued at US $10,000) will also be given away.

The contest entries should be emailed to [email protected] between August 3rd 2011 to April 1st 2012. Microsoft will judge entries based on practicality and functionality, robustness, and the impact. The winning entry will be announced at Black Hat USA 2012.

Winner of Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc

We recently held a contest for our Indian readers where we set out to giveaway a Free Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc worth Rs. 32,000 to one lucky person. We were certainly overwhelmed with the responses we got and were happy with the enthusiasm shown by our readers in the contest.

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Unfortunately, we could only pick one winner and that saddened us. However, don’t worry. Our 5th birthday is coming up soon and we will definitely have a and giveaway huge prizes to our readers.

Coming back to the contest, I want to personally thank the folks at India and their PR team including Vasundhara and Deepanshi to help us set up the contest and award a lucky winner with a free Xperia Arc.

We had a tough time picking the winner and did a random spin using random.org to pick the winner after using some criteria to sort out the best entries for the contest and picking all the users who had answered all three questions. And the winner is…

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Congrats Vikisha on winning yourself a Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc. We hope you have fun with the phone and click a lot of photographs. So this is the end of the contest, but wait there is more. We are always in a generous mood. We will be giving away either a memory card (mobile) or a headset to the 5 people who came in between number 2 and 6. Isn’t that great Smile.

We will get in touch with the winners through email shortly. Have fun and stay tuned for our upcoming Birthday Bash, you will definitely not be disappointed about the prizes we will have in store for you then.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc Giveaway Contest

This contest is only open to residents of India.

Last week Sony Ericsson launched two new exciting phones in India. The two phones; Xperia Arc and Xperia Play are unique, have some great specifications and consist of some great features.  The best part is that they are both based on 2.3 .

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc

I have had the chance to play with both these devices and they are definitely worth the money, you can see a hands-on video and pictures of Xperia Arc and a hands-on video and pictures of Xperia Play along with reading the Xperia Arc and Xperia Play specifications. You will also find complete details of the phone at the official Sony Xperia Arc page and official Sony Xperia Play page.

Both these phones are priced at Rs. 32,000 in India, however, they are definitely worth the price considering the specifications they have and features they bring to the table. Now we know that you are excited about these devices and will be looking to buy one for yourself. However, we have some good news for all our Indian readers. Techie Buzz has collaborated with Sony Ericsson India to giveaway the Xperia Arc to one lucky person in India for free.

Yes, we are giving away a Xperia Arc to one lucky person thanks to Sony Ericsson India for answering some simple questions. The contest will run for a period of 7 days where we will ask you 3 questions and you have to answer them to win yourself a Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc worth Rs. 32,000.

So without further ado, here are the contest details (please read full contest details carefully at end of the post):

  1. We will ask you three questions on Friday, April 15, 2011; Sunday, April 17, 2011 and Tuesday, April 19, 2011.
  2. You will have to answer all the three simple questions to be a part of the contest.
  3. You will have to leave a comment on this post to confirm your participation.
  4. Tweet about this contest to your friends. Click here to tweet this to your Friends (tweet button also at top of this post).
  5. You may fulfill optional criteria to earn more goody points.

Xperia Arc Giveaway Questions

Question 1: Which two phones has Sony Ericsson launched in India last week? Name any two cool things about each of these new smartphones.

Please post your answer in the form embedded below. If you can’t access the form on the webpage, please go to this link.

Round 1 is now over, thanks for your responses. We will be putting up the second question for the Xperia Arc giveaway shortly. Stay Tuned.

The answer to the question was very simple. We won’t count it against you if you answered wrong though Winking smile.

Xperia arc and Xperia PLAY. Both are based on Android 2.3, Sony properties Exmor R and Mobile Bravia Engine, PLAY is first PlayStation certified phone; can also be related to other features such as camera resolution, gaming titles, ergonomics et al.

Question 2: What will you do with the all new Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc?

Please use the form below to answer the question. Click here if you can’t view the form. As a hint take a look at the video to see what someone did with the Xperia Arc.

Question Number 2 has now been closed. Please answer question 3 below.

Question 3: What’s bigger technology, entertainment, applications, or experience?

Don’t forget to answer the last question of the giveaway. We will announce one lucky winner for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc on Thursday, April 21, 2011. We will stop accepting responses for the third question on Wednesday, 20 April 2011 at 11:59PM IST. And yes, you can also tweet to your friends that you are waiting for the price announcement by using the tweet link. Tweet that you are waiting for the prize announcement. Click here to tweet this to your Friends.

Contest has now ended. The Sony Xperia Arc is a great technology device which provides great entertainment, applications and a wonderful experience. Well, we know you want it all, so hold your breath till tomorrow, because that is when we announce the winner!

Optional Bonus Love

Since Sony Ericsson India and Techie Buzz are giving away the Xperia Arc worth Rs. 32,000, you can show us some love by performing some additional tasks which will earn you some more goodie points Smile.

These tasks are optional, but you can always earn more brownie points for this.

Full Contest Rules and Details

  • Contest will start on April 15, 2011 and end on April 20, 2011. No entries will be accepted after that.
  • Contest is ONLY open to residents of India. The phone will only be shipped to an address in India.
  • Contestants will have to complete all three questions in order to be eligible to be considered to win a Xperia Arc.
  • Only one entry per person will be accepted.
  • In addition to completing the three questions users will have to leave a comment on this post to confirm their participation. Please use the same name and email you use to answer the questions for the comments too.
  • Winners will be notified on a post on Techie Buzz and through an email from us.
  • We will confirm the shipping dates and other details once the winner has been chosen.

Good luck to everyone, have great fun and hope you enjoy taking part in the contest.

P.S. In past competitions, we have seen some comments go into spam. If your comment does not show up within a few hours, please send us a note using our contact form and we will dig it out from there.

Apple iPad Giveaway Winner

Phew, boy, we ran a contest to giveaway an Apple and let us tell you the responses that came in overwhelmed us and made it a tough one to pick a winner.

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We saw a lot of good entries and use multiple criteria to list out the best ones and then pull an entry that would be decided as the winner. Everyone who participated was part of the judging criteria we had put in, but sadly there will only be one winner.

And the winner of the iPad is Cory, we hope you have fun with the new iPad coming your way. Cory, you will be receiving an email from us at the email ID you used for commenting on the site shortly. Here is the comment Cory left on the site, it definitely touched us a lot.

For the rest of you who did not win, we are really thankful that you participated, and as promised we will be doing another big giveaway either today or tomorrow, so stay tuned for it and this one is really big Smile.

Once again, thanks everyone for participating in the contest and stay tuned for the next one.

3G Is A Game Changer For India. What You Can Do With 3G In India.

My 3G LifeAfter a long wait which was frustrating, India will finally get access to 3G services in the next few months. India has been missing on 3G which is a norm in countries like US and continents like Europe. 3G not only brings higher data transfer rate, but also better voice clarity. Another advantage of 3G is that it allows simultaneous usage of data and voice.

In India, data services have recently become popular thanks to heavy usage of social networking sites like and and video and picture sharing services like and . Another important reason behind this is the introduction of cheap data plans from many telecom operators like Tata DoCoMo.

Tata DoCoMo

3G services were launched in India by BSNL in late 2009-early 2010. Since BSNL is known for its poor network, I never bothered to check out how their 3G service was. Recently, the 3G spectrum auction was concluded in India, and most of the telecom operators will be launching 3G services in India by this year-end or early next year. The first private operator to launch 3G in India will be Tata DoCoMo. Tata DoCoMo is a merger of Japan’s NTT DOCOMO and India’s very own Tata. Tata DOCOMO has promised to launch 3G by Diwali (November 5) in India. You can find more information about 3G at http://www.3glife.com/.

Tata DOCOMO is no stranger to innovation in the Indian telecom industry. Tata DOCOMO were among the first private operators in India to announce the per second calling scheme. The company has in a very short span of time managed to get a lot of customer and appreciation due to the reliability of its services.

The advantages of living a 3G life are many. Apart from the thousands of features about 3G which you have heard thousands of time I will list a few lesser known but equally useful features below –

Live TV/News On The Go

Indian Cricket Mobile

A 3G Life will allow me to watch live sports on the go on my mobile phone. I can watch all those cracking shots from Sachin Tendulkar or watch the beautiful goal scored by Rooney. Thanks to 3G, I will never miss all those exciting nail biting moments of a match while I am on the move. I can easily watch them on my 3G phone like HTC Desire.

Also, I would not miss watching my favorite news channels online without having to wait to get to a TV to catch on a breaking news, disaster or good news. It would make my life much more easier to watch videos on the go, without having to worry about the quality

Access Email and Documents Quickly and Easily

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In my 3G life, I will be able to access emails and documents quickly on the go, making use of several internet enabled document creation services like , Zoho and Microsoft’s Docs.com to instantly create documents, all from the comfort of my phone.

If I realize that I have made a mistake in a presentation I am going to present, I can use 3G to quickly make changes to it while I am on my way to the venue itself. No more fumbling with the presentation just moments before presenting it.

Mobile Access Point

Being a blogger, it has happened to me many times that my net has stopped working during an important online tech event or while covering some breaking news. In my 3G life, I can simply use my phone as an Access Point by tethering internet to my laptop or PC and then get back online and finish my important blog post. Since 3G provides very high data transfer rates, I won’t miss the speeds of my wired or wireless net connection at all.

Video Streaming

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In my 3G life, I can stream videos right from my PC located at my home to any device irrespective of my location. This would allow me to share some precious videos with my friends and/or relatives whenever I meet them. The joy of recalling all those crazy school and college memories by watching those videos is only possible in my 3G Life because of the high download speeds offered by the 3G technology.

I can also use the 3G service to quickly record videos and share them online using services such as Qik. This would allow me to show people who matter to me things even when they are not around me.

Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP)

VOIP Calling

Thanks to the high bandwidth offered by 3G, I can use numerous VOIP applications on my phone in my 3G life. With the help of VOIP based applications like Skype and Fring I can talk to my dear ones at low costs, irrespective of their location. I can also have a video chat with them for free by using Yahoo Messenger Video Call feature or Google’s own Video Chat feature.

Access To More Information On The Go

Being a very active Twitter user, on the go, I have many times bumped across interesting tweets accompanied by a link. Most of the time, I have to favorite that tweet and read it later on when I have access to a faster net connection. All this, just because the slow speeds offered by GPRS will take ages to load the web page. In my 3G Life, I can simply click on the link in a tweet and read the article at that very moment.

Better Voice Clarity

Along with the above mentioned advantages of 3G, another important advantage of 3G which is rarely highlighted or marketed is that it brings better voice clarity. So in my 3G Life I can hear the voice of my dear and near ones clearly.

Summarizing

3G in India is no longer a dream, it is going to turn into reality pretty soon. With the help of 3G services, users from all across the country will have access to better features, high data transfer rates and better voice clarity.

Small businesses in India can take advantage of the 3G services to access their business on their phone, keep in touch with clients through email and quickly send documents to them without even having to have access to computers.

For people in rural areas where Internet has not yet reached, the 3G service will open a new mode of communication. Bloggers will also benefit and be able to do more things without having to worry about the bad internet connection in India. As for other people, they will have access to more entertainment and social networking on the go.

Is 3G life required in India. Absolutely yes, it is definitely going to be a game changer. I hope when Tata DOCOMO launches 3G in India by Diwali I will be able to live a true 3G Life.

This post is part of Tata DOCOMO’s My 3G Life Contest. If you are an IndiBlogger, please help us promote this post at http://www.indiblogger.in/indipost.php?post=37857

Watch Miss Universe 2010 Live Online

A very highly watched and anticipated beauty contest, Miss Universe 2010 will be held today where 83 contestants will battle it out to win the most prestigious crown in the universe. This year Miss Universe 2010 Pageant is being hell in Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas.

Miss Universe 2010

The Miss Universe pageant has usually been one of the highly competed beauty contest and the winners are usually decided by judges taking into consideration both beauty and brains. This year NBC is broadcasting the Miss Universe 2010 pageant and you can watch the telecast online.

The official NBC site has videos of the pageant online which can be watched by visiting the official NBC Miss Universe 2010 site here. Users can also find streams of Miss Universe 2010 online at atdhe.net. In addition to that you might also find live streams on Miss Universe 2010 on user streaming sites like Justin.tv and Ustream.tv. Just load the websites in your browser and use the search box to search for Miss Universe 2010.

We will try and upload the post with more options to watch the Miss Universe 2010 Online live. Have fun. Do you have any predictions on who will win the Miss Universe 2010 pageant this year?

T-Mobile Kicks Off FIFA World Cup 2010 Sweepstakes

The FIFA 2010 World Cup is a little over 99 days away and will be played in South Africa from 11th June 2010 to 11th July 2010. If you are a soccer fan, you would definitely love to experience being in South Africa and watching the matches live.

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However, before you buy your tickets, here is some good news. T-mobile has kicked off the El Llamado de Futbol Sweepstakes, where 10 lucky winners will get a chance to win a trip for 2 to South Africa.

The contest is open to all legal residents the 50 US states who are 18 years or older. Also, participants do not have to be a T-mobile user to enter. The contest will end on April 19th 2010, after which the winners will be announced.

Winners will win:

  • Round-trip coach-class air transportation to South Africa
  • Five (5) nights/six (6) days’ hotel accommodations for two (2) persons
  • A South African city excursion and spending money

You might have to buy your own tickets to watch the World Cup matches. Nevertheless, being in South Africa during the FIFA World Cup 2010 is a treat in itself.

iTunes Countdown to 10 Billion Song Downloads, Win $10,000 iTunes Gift Card

A recent update from the official iTunes account, pointed users to a very interesting counter on the the official iTunes site. The counter is question is counting the number of song downloads in the iTunes store, and, that counter is now inching slowing towards the 10 billion mark.

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In the next few days, iTunes will set a new record of 10 billion song downloads through the iTunes store. As a mark of celebration, Apple is offering users a chance to win a $10,000 Gift iTunes Gift card for whoever helps iTunes reach that milestone.

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No purchases or downloads are required to enter the $10,000 iTunes Gift card, however, users have to fill up this form and follow the official rules to be eligible for the prize.  The contest is open to legal residents of United States or the District of Columbia, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada (excluding the Province of Quebec), Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, or the United Kingdom.

That aside, 10 billion songs will definitely be a worthy achievement and goes on to show how Apple has change the landscape of the music industry by providing users with cheap songs that they can easily download and listen to.

Have you ever purchased a song through the iTunes store? How often do you buy songs from there? Let me know through your comments, and see you at the 1 billion mark.