The Notion Ink Adam Fiasco Worsens: Why I Am Not Pre-Ordering, and You Shouldn’t Too

Notion Ink’s Adam was expected by many to be the dream tablet – a tablet that will successfully marry iPad’s elegance and usability with Android’s flexibility. Critiques questioned the ability of a startup with little experience to pull off such grand plans, while others, including me, hoped that Notion Ink might just have what it takes to succeed.


After a long delay, Notion Ink finally opened pre-orders for Adam yesterday. However, things have gone rapidly downhill since then. It’s been one disaster after another. Keith discussed some of the issues raised by Android Police and others. However, that’s not all that bothers me. Some of the other factors raising eyebrows and causing suspicion are:

  1. As pointed out by PhanDroid, NI takes your money even without asking for a shipping address. This has now been fixed, and was possibly an oversight. However, how many oversights can one ignore from a company that is launching an international product that costs around about half a thousand bucks (depends on the model).
  2. We had earlier pointed out the lack of any real pictures or videos of Adam. Once again, it’s possible that this is just a marketing strategy gone wrong. Notion Ink had been building up hype by slowly unveiling the product, and Rohan probably thought that holding back the hands-on videos will probably help sustain the air of mystery. The trouble is that you can’t just expect people to shell out money in blind-faith, especially when you are the new kid in town.

    Notion Ink has now stated that an in-depth video will be released on December 18. The justification being offered is that NI wanted to hold back videos and photos of the actual product, as they intended to demo it at CES 2011. That is a pretty flimsy logic, and also brings me to the third caveat.

  3. Although Notion Ink claims that they will be demoing Adam at the CES, as pointed out by Android Police, they aren’t anywhere to be found in the official CES exhibitors list.

    It’s also worth mentioning that, Adam is yet to receive a formal approval from the FCC. Without that, Notion Ink can’t even ship it to the US. Obviously, NI is confident that Adam will soon be approved. However, this only adds another element of uncertainty to the entire equation.

    Even if all of this is just a series of massive but honest mistakes by Notion Ink, and Adam is not an elaborate scam, I don’t think I can recommend Adam any longer. The main culprit being the refund and return policy.

  4. There is a lot that can go wrong with electronic gadgets, and that is why warranty and return policies are extremely important. Unlike its competition (Apple and Samsung), Notion Ink doesn’t have established retail presence or support centers spread across the globe. Hence, if something goes wrong, you will have to simply ship your device to Notion Ink. This is not an ideal scenario, but could have been acceptable. The trouble is that Notion Ink wants you to bear most of the charges, as a result of which, you will end up paying a hefty amount, even during the warranty period. Here are the relevant sections from the ToS.

    In case your products needs a physical inspection or repair, you need to ship the product with return shipping paid to Notion Ink’s International Service Centre’s along with an transaction number of 9USD payment made on Notion Ink Website as International Service Assistance Fees.

I hope that I am wrong and Notion Ink succeeds. I really do. However, at this moment things are looking bleak. I still believe that the device is real. However, we have to remember that Notion Ink is a new startup without any proven track record. There is uncertainty regarding how they are sourcing the hardware for the device and its quality. There are simply too many unknowns at this moment. It’s obvious that a lot of people are willing to give Notion Ink a chance – the Pixel Qi editions were sold out within hours. Unfortunately, I can no longer be among those recommending Adam.

Pakistan Cyber Army PCA Offers Cease Fire Over Hacking Indian Websites

A few days back, the Pakistan Cyber Army PCA hacked the Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) for India’s website. The hack was done in order to retaliate against the hacking of over 35 government websites by the Indian Cyber Army.

In a statement sent to us, the PCA has said that they have stopped their plans of mass defacing several important Indian GOV websites and are offering a one-sided cease fire to this affair. You can read the entire media statement below.

WHO We Are

Pakistan Cyber Army (Real PCA is a Reality) would like to say thank you for all of the people across the globe and specially from Pakistan who are
behind our team . We would like to clarify that Pakistan cyber army do not have any forum, website, face book page or orkut community.  We are the team who are born for the retaliation purpose only we do not have any hatred or offensive thinking against anyone person, group or country. Pakistan Cyber Army only defaced websites when the situations becomes out of control and Indians kids try to defame Pakistan’s cyber security.

What We did

We defaced Oil & Natural Gas Corporation India in November 2008, Indian railway and other websites just to answer the attack on Pakistani websites. Pakistan Cyber Army is not involved in any defacement after that. The website of Vijay Mallyawas hacked by some kids and tries to pose that they are the real one. In our earlier statement on media we clarify that we are not associated with any websites forums or page.

What we always do

We are always watching and having eye on the things happening around Pakistan cyber security. Mean while a bunch of kids from India form a group who were inspired what we did and our name and they form Indian Cyber Army. The kids’ battle was going on between Fake PCA & ICA for almost a year.

What and Why We hacked CBI

When ICA defaced our 36 important Government websites we were unable to stop ourselves to retaliate again. CBI website was hacked and defaced in response and later the server was rooted. "It is to be noted that not a single file from the CBI server or a single record database has been deleted."

Plan of Mass Defacement Canceled

We had the plans to mass deface the Indian important Indian GOV sites but we canceled the plan. We never hack sites for the fame but in retaliation and we at PCA think that it’s enough to show our capability by hacking one of many important websites.

One Sided Cease Fire

We Pakistan Cyber Army are doing one sided cease fire from our side. We hope that the common sense prevail on the other side of the border as well. Website defacement won’t take us anywhere. Website defacement is just like kids playing with color guns :) and we are no more kids.

What Authorities should Do

We at PCA really appreciate the efforts of Pakistani authorities that recently they successfully arrest hackers who hacked into Pakistani Supreme
Court and president of Pakistan’s websites.  CBI should arrest guys on their side of border as well to stop these kiddies from playing around and hacking for fun.

What Young Guns Should Do

As always we would like to advise the young guns on both sides of the border to concentrate on their studies. Try to test out their hacking skills on Virtual machines (Lab environment) and be a part of your countries security administration.

Last Words

We would like to thank all of the people across the globe and specially Pakistanis who follow and appreciate us but sorry we have no email address, website or forum to respond to your wishes.  Pakistan Cyber Army is awakening as always. We are going to be sleeping once again but nobody should ever consider us dead. We are for Pakistan & Pakistan is for us. Always consider us in your prayers. Pakistan Zindabad.

So what do you think about this statement, should the Indian Cyber Army also stop defacing sites across the border now?

PlayStation Move Lands in India

Earlier this week, Sony quietly launched the PlayStation Move controller in India. The Move is Sony’s attempt at catching up with the casual gaming revolution initiated by the Nintendo Wii. It is a motion sensing game controller that was demoed at the E3 2010.


The Move consists of two controllers – the main motion controller has a light bulb at its end, while the navigation controller has a joystick and a d-pad. A camera unit, known as PlayStation Eye, is used for accurately tracking the position of the Move controller. To learn more about the Move, check out our earlier extensive preview of the controller.

According to PCWorld, the Move motion controller is priced at Rs. 2,499, while the navigation controller is available for Rs. 1,899. The starter pack which bundles PlayStation Move motion controller, PlayStation Eye camera and a Starter disc including demos of the titles Sports Champions, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11, Start the Party!, costs Rs. 3,650.

Ubuntu 10.10 First OS to Have Indian Rupee Symbol

India recently got a symbol for the currency Indian Rupee. Though there are several fonts for the Indian Rupee Symbol, none of them have been integrated into any operating system yet. However, there is a specialized keyboard for the Indian Rupee symbol.

Ubuntu Rupee Symbol

Ubuntu was working on the Ubuntu Font licensing, and now that it has been approved, they have already uploaded it to the archive. However, the good news is that it gained the Indian Rupee Symbol recently and will now be available by default in the upcoming Ubuntu 10.10.

So if you have been waiting for Ubuntu 10.10, here is another reason to shift to it.

(Source: KDE Developers)

India’s $35 Tablet Will Arrive in January 2011, Will Be Manufactured By HCL

The much-hyped $35 tablet announced by the Indian government is on track, and is expected to arrive before January 10, 2011. LiveMint is reporting that the contract for manufacturing the low-end tablet has been awarded to HCL Technologies Ltd, which will be manufacturing 100,000 units.


Back in July, India’s HRD (Human Resource Development) minister had created a flutter by promising to deliver an Android tablet to students for just $35. Initially, in spite of the hands on demo provided by Mr Kapil Sibbal, many pundits maintained that the tablet was priced too aggressively to become a reality. Nevertheless, this announcement should help the device in shedding its vaporware status.

Related: Meet STAMP: The $50 Tablet from India

IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) Rajasthan has been tasked with carrying out intensive laboratory and field tests across the country. The government is hoping to make the affordable portable computing device available to university level students from the second half of next year.


Dimensions: 8.9×7-inch
Weight: 1.5kg
Connectivity: Wi-fi, USB
Operating System: Android


Panasonic Brings Dimensions to India: Get Ready For 3D Bollywood Movies

PanasonicWith (most of) Hollywood adopting 3D with open arms, can Bollywood be far behind? Panasonic is obviously confident that 3D will help take the Indian entertainment industry to the next level. The Japanese multi-national held a live demonstration at the Yash Raj Films Studios, which was attended by several members of the Indian film fraternity.

Panasonic’s ‘camera to couch’ range of solutions cover everything from creating and editing 3D content to viewing them at home. Speaking on the event, Daizo Ito, President, Panasonic India, said, “Panasonic has been the harbinger of new technology for several decades now. With Indian creativity getting applauded across the world, it becomes imperative for our company to make available the latest movie-making and broadcast technology in India”.

Noted filmmaker Karan Johar was equally enthusiastic about the launch and said to Times of India, “I am so excited that the 3D technology is now available to filmmakers like myself. It will literally add a new dimension to our story telling and creative expression. We all acknowledge the influence of this medium and with 3D captivating the audience so much more, there is going to be a new revolution in movie making. I’m sure the next 3D blockbuster movie just like Avatar is going to come from India”.

Panasonic will also be organising competitions across India to encourage students of leading film and television institutes to create original 3D content.

Researcher Who Exposed Vulnerabilities in India’s Electronic Voting Machine Arrested

Recently, a group of researchers, Hari Prasad, Rop Gonggrijp and J. Alex Halderman, demonstrated serious security vulnerabilities in the electronic voting machines (EVMs) being used by India. The EVMs, which were introduced by the Election Commission in 2004, were found to suffer from serious weaknesses that can be used by anyone with physical access to manipulate the outcome of the election. In spite of working demonstrations by the researchers, the Election Commission still maintains that the EVMs are secure and tamper proof.

Unfortunately, being ignorant and blind isn’t the Indian government’s biggest crime. Halderman revealed in a blog post that his colleague, Hari Prasad has been arrested by the police. The authorities appear to be interested in uncovering the source who supplied the voting machine to the researchers. Halderman maintains that the voting machine was supplied by an anonymous source who had rightful access to it. The EVM in question was earlier reported as stolen by the Collector’s office at Mumbai.

On inquiring with the officials there, it was learnt that Waimuru brought the machine himself and the channel had nothing to do with it. It was also learnt that Waimuru had gone to Nashik earlier this year. He met a local leader and a social activist there who gave him the machine. Moreover, it came to light that a government official believed to be working in the Old Customs House had given the said machine to the local leader,an official informed DNA. Hari Prasad has been remanded to the police custody till August 26.

While the Indian police is quite possibly well within its rights to try and track down the source of the leak, there is a real possibility that the government is simply trying to silence its critics. The researchers exposed the Election Commission and broadcasted their ignorance, incompetence and stupidity to the world. I can’t help by notice that the government is being more proactive in closing the source of leak than rectifying the serious problems plaguing the EVMs.

Meet “STAMP”: The $50 Tablet from India

Last month, the Indian government made headlines by announcing the $35 tablet. While the hands-on demo by the Indian HRD minister Kapil Sibbal might have allayed fears that the tablet will turn out to be another vaporware from the Indian government, it is still a year away from mass production. In the meantime, Bangalore based Allgo Embedded Systems has created their own prototype tablet, which should cost around $50.

The tablet, which is being called “STAMP“, will sport a 7 inch touchscreen, and run Android or Linux. K. Srinivasan, the founder of Allgo said, “We have developed the prototype for which the material costs are $35 and are currently in talks with manufacturers”.

Stamp is still just a prototype. According to the estimates provided by Srinivasan, Stamp’s cost can be brought down to $45 if 100,000 units are manufactured and $40 if 1,000,000 units are manufactured.

Spice Launches Affordable Android Mobile Phone, Announces Two Tablets

Last month, we reported that Google is working with manufactures like Huawei to introduce cheap Android handsets in parts of Asia. Following in Huawei’s footsteps, Spice has launched its own affordable Android powered mobile phone in India.


The Spice Mi-300 sports a 3.2 inch HVGA capacitive display with a resolution of 320×240. It runs on Android 2.1 and is powered by the Qualcomm MSM7227 chipset. Supported connectivity options include 3G (HSPA enabled), Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. The handset features a 5 megapixel camera capable of recording 720p HD videos. Although the ROM offers just 156 MBs of space, microSD cards up to 32 are supported. The Mi-300 is now available in stores across India for Rs. 9,990.

Spice Mobile has also announced two Android powered tablets for computing on the go. The first of them is the Mi-410, which is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255. The Mi-410 is a micro-tablet with a 4.1 inch HVGA capacitive screen. The second tablet, which was announced by Spice, is Mi-700. This tablet will run on a Qualcomm MSM7227 chip and feature a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen. The tablets are expected to be launched in October-November.

Kerala IT Firms Mark Nordic Countries For Future Growth

While most IT professionals and companies are busy with building links and ties with US based clients for growth and future business, the small and medium IT enterprises in Kerala are however taking a different route altogether. The Group of Technology Companies (GTECH) in Kerala has identified the 4 Nordic countries – Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland as markets for future business where potential growth of the IT companies from Kerala is possible.

The US and the UK still are the current targets for the Kerala IT industry, however due to the gradual economic slowdown in these countries there is a possibility of a cut on the IT spendings of companies located there. This makes the need to look at newer markets even greater.

So Why  The Nordic Countries?

These countries viz. Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland  face demographic challenge and cost pressures to sustain their economic growth which is in turn dependent on cutting edge technology and innovation as with any sector located in any country in this world. The Kerala IT industry could play a critical role in sustaining the competitiveness of these economies by offering cost effective and quality solutions in the  emerging sectors like clean technology, health and life sciences.

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