Microsoft India Indulges in a Bollywood Chase

Yes, Techie-Buzz is still a technology blog. We still couldn’t help having Shahrukh Khan feature twice here in the last couple of months. In October, I wrote about Shahrukh Khan’s aggressive digital marketing for his film RA.One. Now, for his upcoming release, Don 2, Microsoft India in partnership with Excel Entertainment, the producers of the film, has launched a unique contest which gives winners a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet SRK and travel to Berlin.

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To enter the Meet the Don2: Mission Berlin contest, you need to buy one of the Microsoft products Windows 7 PC, Windows Phone, Microsoft Office 2010, or Xbox 360 from a retail store in the contest period and then answer five simple questions and write a catchy slogan at www.MissionBerlin.in. The contest runs from November 25th to December 20th, 2011. If your entry is shortlisted, you will be asked to send a copy of the invoice as a proof of purchase.

The first 1000 correct and complete entries will win 4 tickets to the first day first show of Don 2 to watch it with family and friends. Top five winning families with best slogan will get a chance to meet Shahrukh Khan in person. And one of the luckiest family amongst these will win an all-expenses-paid trip to the beautiful, historic city of Berlin. Don 2 is shot in Berlin and the sightseeing arrangements include trips to shooting spots!

Well, Microsoft India just made the futile chase to Don possible!

LG Optimus 2X Now Available In India For Just Rs.19,999

Do you still remember the world’s first dual-core smartphone manufactured by LG? Yes, we are talking about the popular LG Optimus 2X. This handset originally runs on the Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS, but it was later updated to the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. LG Optimus 2X was launched in India with a price tag of Rs.30,000.

Most of us in India preferred Samsung Galaxy S II over Optimus 2X, thanks to the better specifications and features. Hence, the sales of LG Optimus 2X was too less compared to the Galaxy S II. After 6 months of its official launch, the price of LG Optimus 2X has been finally dropped. If you are planning to buy one, then check out the complete specs below.

lg optimus 2x

LG Optimus 2X features a 4 inch WVGA screen, Android 2.2 (FroYo) OS, 1 Ghz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, Micro USB, 8 megapixel rear camera with full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.3 megapixel front camera, 8 GB internal memory, 32 GB expandable memory, 3.5mm headset jack, HDMI mirroring, 1500 mAh battery and so on.

LetsBuy, a popular online retailer in India is selling this powerful smartphone in India for just Rs.19,999. Yes, that’s a Rs.10,000 discount on the original price. If you are planning to buy one, then head over to this page. If not, then which smartphone would you like to buy in this price range? Let us know your views in the comments section below.

HTC Sensation XL Launched In India For Rs.39,990

Last week, HTC launched the HTC Sensation XE smartphone in India. It is the company’s first smartphone to sport the Beats Audio tag. Today, HTC launched another smartphone in its popular Sensation family, the HTC Sensation XL. This handset runs on the latest Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System and the device is bundled with the Beats audio headphones.

With Beats Audio, the HTC Sensation XL continues HTC’s commitment of delivering the best audio possible on your phone whether you’re listening to music, watching a movie or playing a game,said Faisal Siddiqui, Country Head, HTC India.This is an amazing example of why our partnership with Beats makes so much sense for customers today and into the future.

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HTC Sensation XL features a 4.7 inch WVGA display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1.5 Ghz Qualcomm MSM 8255 processor, Adreno 205GPU, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, HTC Sense 3.5 UI, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 8 megapixel camera with two LED flash, HD (720p) video recording capabilities, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and so on.

It also comes with a 3.5mm headset jack, stereo FM radio with RDS, 768 MB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Android Market, Bluetooth 3.0, HTC Sync, GPS with A-GPS, 3G Connectivity and a 1600 mAh battery.

HTC Sensation XL integrates HTC Watch, an application and service that allows you to watch an entire library of the latest premium movies and TV shows. HTC Sensation XL comes with a price tag of Rs.39,990, but you can easily get this handset for a Best Buy price of Rs.38,799.

Nokia 500 Now Available In India For Rs.10,200

Back in August, Nokia announced the Symbian powered Nokia 500 smartphone. This handset runs on the Symbian Anna Operating System and it comes with a 3.2 inch display, 5 megapixel camera, 3G Connectivity, 2GB internal memory and more.

Nokia 500 is the first Symbian Anna powered smartphone, which runs on the 1GHz processor. We have a good news for those, who were eagerly waiting for the launch of this smartphone. Flipkart, a popular online retailer in India is already selling this smartphone in India. If you are planning to buy one, then check out the complete specs below.

Nokia 500

Nokia 500 features a 3.2 inch display, sporting a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels, 1 GHz processor, Symbian Anna Operating System, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, 3G connectivity, 5 megapixel camera, VGA video recording, 4x digital zoom, geo-tagging and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, 2 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 2.1, up to 7 hrs talk-time, up to 500 hours stand-by time and a 1110 mah battery.

This handset measures 53.8 x 111.3 x 14.1 mm and weighs just 93g. Nokia 500 comes with a price tag of Rs.10,200. To buy this handset, head over to this page at Flipkart.

HTC Sensation XE Launched In India For Rs.35,490

Back in September, HTC announced the successor of its popular HTC Sensation smartphone, the HTC Sensation XE. It is the company’s first smartphone to sport the Beats Audio tag. This handset runs on the latest Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. The specs of this handset is almost similar to the original Sensation smartphone, except the 1.5 GHz dual-core processor. HTC recently launched the much-awaited HTC Sensation XE smartphone in India. If you are planning to buy one, then check out the complete specs below.

Audio is a crucial part of any consumer’s mobile experience and we are constantly pushing the audio boundaries to achieve not only improved voice but music, movies and gaming experience,said Faisal Siddiqui, Country Manager, HTC India. The HTC Sensation XE offers a truly incredible experience that demonstrates our commitment to place consumers at the center of their mobile worlds.

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HTC Sensation XE features a 4.3 inch qHD display with 540 x 960 pixels resolution, 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System, 8 megapixel camera with full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, VGA front camera, 4 GB internal storage, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi, 3G connectivity, 768 MB RAM, Internal GPS antenna, Gyro sensor, Proximity sensor, Ambient light Sensor, Micro-USB port, DLNA, Stereo sound video recording, up to 9 hrs 16 mins talk-time, up to 540 hours stand-by time an a 1730 mAh battery.

HTC Sensation XE ships with the Beats by Dr. Dre in-ear headphones and 8 GB microSD card. The exclusive Beats by Dr. Dre in-ear headphones feature a remote control, allowing you to pause, play or skip through tracks and answer/end calls while the phone is in your pocket. This handset comes with a price-tag of Rs.35,490, but you can easily get this smartphone at a best by price of Rs.33,990.

BlackBerry Curve 9380 Launched In India For Rs.20,990

Earlier this month, Research-In-Motion (RIM) announced the new BlackBerry Curve 93800 smartphone under the popular BlackBerry Curve series. The BlackBerry Curve 9380 is the first-ever smartphone in the BlackBerry Curve family with a touch display. This handset runs on the latest BlackBerry 7 Operating System. We have a good news for the folks in India, who were eagerly waiting for the launch of this smartphone in India. RIM recently launched the much-awaited BlackBerry Curve 9380 in India. Check out the complete specs below.

Krishnadeep Baruah, Director of Marketing for India at Research In Motion, said,
These new BlackBerry Bold and BlackBerry Curve smartphones offer compact designs with faster performance, enhanced browsing and richer multimedia, as well as NFC support.

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BlackBerry Curve 9380 features a 3.2 inch touch screen display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 360 pixels, 806 MHz processor, BlackBerry 7 Operating System, Optical trackpad, 5 megapixel camera with flash, 4X Zoom, Image stabilization, Face detection, Digital zoom, Geo-tagging, VGA video recording and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, integrated GPS with A-GPS ready, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, microSD/SDHC slot, 512 MB RAM, 512 MB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory and a 1230 mAh battery.

BlackBerry Curve 9380 comes with a price-tag of Rs.20,990. This handset comes with the premium version of Documents To Go, which offers powerful document editing features as well as a native PDF document viewer. BlackBerry Curve 9380 will be available for purchase from December 1, 2011.

BlackBerry Bold 9790 Launched In India For Rs.27,490

Last week, Reasearch-In-Motion (RIM) announced the new BlackBerry Bold 9790 smartphone under the popular BlackBerry Bold series. The BlackBerry Bold 9790 is the slimmer version of the popular BlackBerry Bold 9900 smartphone. It runs on the latest BlackBerry 7 Operating System. Within a week of its official announcement, RIM finally launched the new BlackBerry Bold 9790 smartphone in India.

“We are pleased with the response that the new BlackBerry 7 operating system is receiving from customers in India and we are very excited to introduce these three new BlackBerry 7 based models here,said Krishnadeep Baruah, Director of Marketing for India at Research In Motion.

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BlackBerry Bold 9790 features a 2.45 inch touch screen display, sporting a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels, 1 GHz MG1 Marvel Tavor processor, BlackBerry 7 Operating System, Full QWERTY keyboard, Optical trackpad, 5 megapixel camera with flash, Continuous auto focus, Image stabilization, Face detection, Digital zoom, Geo-tagging, VGA video recording, etc.

Other features include a 3.5mm headset jack, Integrated GPS with A-GPS ready, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, microSD/SDHC slot, 768 MB RAM, 8 GB eMMC, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory and a 1230 mAh battery.

BlackBerry Bold 9790 comes with a price tag of Rs.27,490. This handset will be available for purchase from December 1, 2011. Are you planning to buy this handset? Let us know your views in the comments section below.

Katrina Kaif, Deepika Padukone, and Kareena Kapoor Are Cyber Criminals’ Favorites

According to a study by McAfee, Katrina Kaif is the most dangerous celebrity in the Indian cyber space. While Katrina has a huge fan following and is one of the most searched celebrities on the Web, this would be an awkward sobriquet. She is followed by Deepika Padukone and Kareena Kapoor in the Most Dangerous Indian Celebrity’ revealed by McAfee after they researched popular culture’s most famous people to reveal the riskiest celebrity sportsmen, actors, and politicians across the Web.

The cyber criminals create malicious software and online threats designed to steal personal information around fans looking for results on search engines using strings such as name of celebrity’ combined with words like free downloads’, hot pictures’, screen savers’, and videos’.

“In a celebrity crazy country such as India, cyber criminals find it very lucrative to use the names of popular figures as keywords to lure people to websites with malicious software. This year’s study found movie stars top the most dangerouslist, while sports stars and politicians are among the safest.

– Venkatasubrahmanyam Krishnapur, Senior Director, McAfee India

The top 10 celebrities in India with the highest risk percentages are:

  1. Katrina Kaif
  2. Deepika Padukone
  3. Kareena Kapoor
  4. Saif Ali Khan
  5. John Abraham
  6. Priyanka Chopra
  7. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
  8. Bipasha Basu
  9. Aamir Khan
  10. Shah Rukh Khan

The study for Most Dangerous Celebrity’ used the McAfee SiteAdvisor site ratings which indicate the sites that are risky to search for celebrity names on the web and calculate an overall risk percentage. McAfee SiteAdvisor technology tests and rates nearly every trafficked site on the Internet and uses red, yellow and green icons to indicate the website’s risk level.

Idea Cellular Launches Entry-Level Android Phones In India

To promote its 3G services, Idea Cellular recently launched two new entry-level phones – the Idea Blade and Idea ID 280 in India. Both the devices runs on the old Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System. These handsets are specially targeted at 2G users wishing to upgrade to 3G. Idea 3G subscribers will also get additional benefits with the purchase of this 3G phones.

Mr. Himanshu Kapania, Managing Director, Idea Cellular said,

Idea has always innovated to support the telecom services penetration in the country. In line with this commitment, Idea has introduced affordable, yet fully loaded 3G smartphones which will now fuel the aspirations of the evolving mobile user in India. The new smartphones will further drive our existing 3G services in areas of industrial and commercial activity, centers of learning, and high potential rural hinterlands.

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Idea Blade features a 3.5 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 480 × 800 pixels, Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System, 600 MHz processor, 3 megapixel rear camera, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, USB, FM Radio with RDS, 150 MB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, etc. This handset measures 116 x 56.5 x 11.8mm and weighs 130gm.

Idea ID 280 comes with a 2.8 inch capacitive touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels, Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System, 528 MHz processor, 3.2 megapixel camera, 256MB RAM, 152 MB internal memory, Bluetooth, USB, 3G Connectivity, Stereo FM Radio and a 1200 mAh battery.

The Idea Blade and Idea ID 280 comes with a price tag of Rs.7,992 and Rs.5,850 respectively. Idea subscribers will need to subscribe to the Rs. 259 pack, which offers free subscription to Idea TV for 3 months, 1 GB of data download per month for 3 months, 3G Double Dhamaka benefits for 6 months and talk-time of Rs. 25.

Motorola RAZR Launched In India For Rs.33,990

Last month, Motorola announced the new Motorola RAZR smartphone. This handset runs on the latest Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. Motorola RAZR is the thinnest smartphone with just 7.1mm thickness. This handset is already available in India from last week, but Motorola India finally launched this amazing smartphone in India.

“One of the best-selling mobile phones of all time, the original Motorola RAZR redefined what a mobile phone was as people worldwide proudly flaunted their fashion items,” said Robert van Tilburg, senior regional sales director for Motorola Mobility in South Asia. “With the new Motorola RAZR smartphone we’re bringing sexy back in a stylish and sleek body with the power to create experiences you won’t find in any other smartphone. We expect style-conscious and technology-savvy people in India will be eager to get their hands on this new fashion icon.”

motorola razr

Motorola RAZR features a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread) OS, 8 megapixel rear camera with LED flash, Full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and much more.

Other features include a 3.5mm headset jack, Corporate Sync, DLNA, Stereo Bluetooth 4.0 + EDR, 1GB RAM, 16GB internal memory, 11.5GB user available memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, GPS with aGPS, up to 10 hours of talk-time, up to 13.5 days of standby time and a 1780 mAh battery.

Motorola RAZR comes with a price-tag of Rs.35,990, but you can easily get this smartphone at a best buy price of Rs 33,990.