Watch iPhone 4 Press Conference Online Updates and Feeds

Apple will be holding a Press Conference about the presumably to address concerns about the Antenna "Death Grip" issues, plaguing them since the 4 launched. It is not clear at this time whether Steve Jobs himself will be talking at the conference or not.


Apple has been dodging the iPhone 4 reception issues by asking users to hold the iPhone 4 differently and also addressing the public through an open letter about the reception issues. However, a recent Consumer Reports article which asked users to avoid the iPhone 4 has not yet gotten any response from Apple.

Many users thought that a software update may resolve the issues, however, which was made available earlier does not solve reception issues with the iPhone 4. It will be interesting to see what Apple and Steve Jobs have to say at the conference.

Apple usually does not allow live streaming of the conference, but there are several other ways in which you can stay on top of the Apple iPhone 4 press conference on Friday, July 16, 2010 to be held in California.

Lucky folks from Engadget get to attend the conference live, which you can follow at Engadget Live. Mac Rumors may also cover the press conference live and you can view the updates at In addition to that our favorite site GDGT may also cover the event which you can view updates for at

Audio streams for the iPhone 4 press conference will be available at, you can also follow the updates on by following @macrumorslive.

More options to get updates on the Apple iPhone 4 press conference will be added once they become available, we will also try to add some video streams if they are available later on.

Apple To Hold iPhone 4 Press Conference On Friday

Looks like Apple is finally going to make a statement about the  Antenna issues that have been haunting them since the 4 released.

Apple Logo

According to Loop Insight, Apple on Wednesday invited select press to a special press conference they will be holding this Friday in California. The only news available right now about the Press Conference is that it will be about the iPhone 4, which obviously points towards the Death Grip reception issues users are facing.

Apple may also address the press about the recent Consumer reports, though it is highly unlikely. All eyes and ears will be tuned towards California. We will update when more information about the Apple Press Conference on Friday becomes available. Hold your iPhone 4 right till then.

(The Loop via Techmeme)

Google Translates Wikipedia In Hindi, Guajarati, Kannada, Telugu and Arabic

Earlier today, I tweeted "I visit almost 15-20 Wikipedia page on any given day, without it I would definitely be lost, its the 2nd Google for me" and everything about it true. My first go-to for information has almost always been Wikipedia, and the fact that Wikipedia articles are available on the first page of Google search results has also played a big part in it.

Wikipedia Articles Language Graph

Wikipedia is available in multiple languages, however, it is still not available in Indian and Arabic languages which makes it difficult for non-English speaking Indians and Arabians to find information. For the past few months, Google has been working with volunteers, translators and Wikipedia folks across India, Middle East and Africa to translate more than 16 million words on Wikipedia.

The result is there to show as several Wikipedia articles are now available in Arabic, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Swahili, Tamil and Telugu. Google has used search data and Google Trends data to identify the words which needed translation and used their Translator Toolkit to translate articles in the above languages.

Google plans to add more translations to Wikipedia in its attempt to make one of the best information resources more accessible. Anyone who is interested can volunteer and join in the translation efforts to make Wikipedia more accessible to users.

(Google Translate Blog via Techmeme)

Apple Buys Canadian Mapping Company, Trying a Google Earth Alternative ?

Looks like Google Earth is soon going to face tough competition from a strong rival. Apple has just bought a Canadian mapping company named Poly9. The company specializes in interactive 3D software designed to be used in browsers.

Poly9 (read Apple’s Google Earth) is a very lightweight program which uses only 303 kb of your browser’s memory. The application is cross platform, does not require any download and can run from your iPhone as well. The interface consists of a spinning 3D globe with comprehensive satellite imagery.


A report from the Apple insider blog reports that Poly9 was purchased “recently” by Apple, though the official confirmation has not been given. The office was closed a few weeks ago and all the employees were asked not to discuss anything regarding the agreement. The company has earlier worked with popular brands across the globe – this includes Microsoft, Yahoo, MSNBC, NORAD   to name a few.

Although Apple has snatched the Canadian company under their grip, there are some companies and web applications currently using the Poly9 technology. A very good example is Skype

[ via Gizmodo ].

Google Maps Gets Integration With 20 Car Brands

Three years ago, Google experimented the Send to Carservice of Google Maps with BMW. On today’s date, more than 20 brands support the Send-To-Car option for Google Maps. That’s a fantastic news for both the drivers and automotive industry.

If you are in US and own a Ford, Lincoln, Mercury enabled with Ford Sync, you can now send business listings or addresses found on Google Maps directly to your car. Other brands are also down the line, some of the very popular being Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac, GMC, Hummer, Pontiac, Saab to name a few.

Watch the following video to see the GM Service in action

With the Send to Carservice enabled, drivers can use their car maker’s navigation system to be guided to their selected destination. What’s interesting to note is that drivers can send selected destinations from Google Maps to their connected vehicles in 19 different countries !

This is a really useful feature, if you don’t know the route to some place in an unknown city, you can use Google Maps to your advantage. Browse through Google Maps on your computer or mobile, prepare the route and send it to your car. Not only your ride will be hassle free, you don’t have to stop the car in every signal and ask passers by about the correct route to your destination.

[Via Google latlong ]

Google Testing Multiple Account Sign In

I have several Gmail accounts for various reasons, now checking multiple account emails through a browser can be quite a pain since you have to sign in and sign out to access those accounts. However, Google is testing a new feature which will allow users to sign-in to multiple accounts at once.


The new Multiple account sign in works with Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Reader, , Google Sites and Google Code, however, Google may add support for different sites too.

Multiple Sign in will allow you to open different Google accounts in different tabs and you might not have to open another browser for it. This is definitely a great feature and I am eagerly awaiting it’s release since it will definitely increase my productivity. What about you? If you cannot wait for the feature to come out, you can try out the Gmail Notifier for which notifies you whenever a new mail arrives in your Gmail account and supports multiple accounts.


Open Source Hardware is now an Industry Standard

Over thirteen companies in this world deal in open source hardware and are all million-dollar companies. Though, the ideology of open source hardware has not become popular yet due to ignorance. However, things have started changing and open source hardware will see more acceptance very soon.

CNET News writes,

Unlike open-source software, because there have been no formal definitions, many people may not even be aware of the growing industry. But already some of those practicing its general principles have become household names among the geek set: Arduino, the programmable single-board microcontroller and software suite; Chumby, a popular Wi-Fi device; MakerBot, a low-priced 3D printer; and Adafruit, a maker of do-it-yourself hardware kits for things like MP3 players and more.

The first step to this is issuing a formal definition of open source hardware and the change is already in place. open source hardware has been formally defined as given in  this page.

The formal definition will go a long way in establishing businesses around this ideology and popularize it. This video on Open Source hardware gives an overview of the concept.

Open source hardware $1m and beyond – foo camp east 2010 from adafruit industries on Vimeo


We hope to see more such popular businesses based around open source hardware.

Reddit is having Funding Problems In Spite of Doing 280 Million Pageviews per Month!

Is Reddit having funding problems in spite of doing 280 million pageviews per month?  Reddit is supposed to be a place for great geek minds. It is famous for its geeky humor and for doing stories and threads rarely found elsewhere.

This popularity pushed Reddit to 280 million pageviews per month, which is  humongous  in itself. However, the funniest part of this is that Reddit is not really monetizing this traffic. On top of that, it has started to face some monetary issues and has considered asking for donations from its readers.

For those of you who do not know, Reddit is part of Condé Nast that happens to be a billion dollar corporation and has  authoritative blogs like ArsTechnica and Wired under its banner.

Clearly, the company is ignoring Reddit for some weird reason. The Reddit community is one of the most popular across the Internet and this is the reason why Mike Schiraldi, one of the engineers behind Reddit had to ask for donations. Apparently, Reddit’s enjoys only a small share of the annual budget of Condé Nast  here.

However, Reddit has survived this long without making use of its readers to earn and this might be the right thing to do. Though, going low on funds changes many things.


Hackers Crack Skype’s Proprietary VOIP Protocol

Skype is the current leader in VOIP technologies and generates a lot of buzz with each of the developments it makes. Skype holds its VIOP technology as its most prized possession and a hacker has recently managed to crack it!


For obvious reasons, Skype is unhappy at the blog, which pointed this out and brought down the post in question. However, it is still available on  Google Cache.

The author  Sean O’Neil  writes in his blog saying,

For over 10 years, Skype enjoyed selling the world security by obscurity. We must admit, really good obscurity. I mean really really good obscurity. So good that almost no one has been able to reverse engineer it out of the numerous Skype binaries.

It is not all security by obscurity of course. There is plenty of good cryptography in Skype. Most of it is implemented properly too. There are seven types of communication encryption in Skype: its servers use AES-256, the supernodes and clients use three types of RC4 encryption – the old TCP RC4, the old UDP RC4 and the new DH-384 based TCP RC4, while the clients also use AES-256 on top of RC4. It all is quite complicated, but we’ve mastered it all.

O’Neil  wants to say that Skype uses all the security it can to secure its voice data. There are seven encryptions involved in Skype’s protection and it was broken only for educational purpose. The people behind this hack are IT Cryptologists. However, they also admit to the fact that a part of this code was leaked and might be in use by crackers already.

Skype is being very secretive about this and is refusing to make any official reply. Clearly, it is a fault on part of the hackers that this code was leaked. Still, Skype should officially assure its users regarding this security issue.

(News Source)

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Beta Available For Downloads

Today at the Worldwide Partner Conference 2010, Microsoft announced the availability of Service Pack 1 Beta to the public. The new SP1 includes previous updates that have been issues through Windows Update as well as other incremental updates for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 platform.

Windows 7 Service Pack 1

The new Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 is only available to users who are using a RTM version of either OS. The SP1 is not available for users who have the Home edition of Windows 7 or Server 2008.

There is not much information available about what is included in the SP1 for Windows 7 except that there are some Minor updates included in them. Users can download the new Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 by visiting this TechNet link.

(Source: TNW) – Image via Twitpic