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Friday, February 27, 2015

UBER slashes prices again! Now the lowest

The fare wars have started again. This time with Uber has brought down the prizes considerably and UberGo will now cost Rs7/km, Uber X Rs 8 and Uber Black as cheap as an auto rickshaw. The minimum fares also have been brought down to a minimal 50, 75 and Rs 120 respectively.

This is what they had to say on their blog:
"We’re dropping our prices so everyone can now try the full Uber experience. Nothing can beat the fares and the convenience of moving around in an Uber. Press a button and the cheapest ride in town will come to your doorstep."




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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Google starts Lollipop rollout to Android One Devices in India

Google in a Google Plus post announced that it has begun the roll out of the much awaited Lollipop OTA to the Android One Devices. The Post clearly outlined that this would be a gradual process where users were being picked in random lottery and no particular order. The update would roll out to a small sub set of users on a weekly basis and would gradually increases to number of users over time. However, it is still not clear whether this would be the elusive 5.1 update or 5.0.2 update, however, given that Phillipines users are already on 5.1, we are guessing it would be the same for the Indian users as well.






Source: Android One Google Plus Page

Lava brings the XOLO Win Q1000 running Windows Phone 8.1 to India

Going with the Indian Prime Minister's call for Make in India, Lava has just launched the XOLO Win Q1000 smartphone running Windows 8.1 OS in the already over crowded Indian smartphone market. The device would be priced at INR 8499 and would compete with the likes of Lumia and Low Budget Android phones. Until now, the only options that one had in the budget Windows phones were the phones that Microsoft had in its Lumia 5XX and the newly launched 4XX range. With this, the market would definitely heat up and bring in more choice to the customer which is necessarily a great thing as always!

Specs:

  • Dimensions (LxWxD): 143 x 71.3 x 8.8 mm
  • Dual-Sim support
  • 1.2 GHz Quad Core, MSM 8212 Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 Processor
  • 5-inch Display, 720 x 1280 resolution, 294 PPI
  • 8MP rear camera
  • 2 MP FFC
  • 1080p video recording
  • Scene detection
  • Micro SD card support up to 32 GB
  • 8 GB internal storage
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 2200 mAh battery
Point to be seen now is if Microsoft would make available to Lava all those primary and unique apps that it makes available on the entire Lumia range.

While the release dates and the general availability is still a question, we will keep you posted the minute we hear about the same.

BTW, is it just me or does the phone resemble one of the recent HTC devices in the form factor??



Source: Lava via Nokia Power User

McAfee Labs™ Finds Mobile Apps Left Vulnerable for Months

Intel® Security today released its McAfee Labs Threats Report: February 2015, including assessments of the mobile threat landscape and the failure of mobile app developers to patch critical secure sockets layer (SSL) vulnerabilities, potentially impacting millions of mobile phone users.  McAfee Labs also revealed details on the increasingly popular Angler exploit kit, and warned of increasingly aggressive potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) that change system settings and gather personal information without the knowledge of users. 
McAfee Labs researchers found that mobile app providers have been slow to address the most basic SSL vulnerabilities: improper digital certificate chain validation. In September 2014, the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) at Carnegie Mellon University released a list of mobile apps possessing this weakness, including apps with millions of downloads to their credit.
In January, McAfee Labs tested the 25 most popular apps on CERT's list of vulnerable mobile apps that send login credentials through insecure connections and found that 18 still have not been patched despite public disclosure, vendor notification, and, in some cases, multiple version updates addressing concerns other than security. McAfee Labs researchers simulated man-in-the-middle (MITM) attacks that successfully intercepted information shared during supposedly secure SSL sessions. The vulnerable data included usernames and passwords and in some instances, login credentials from social networks and other third party services.
Although there is no evidence that these mobile apps have been exploited, the cumulative number of downloads for these apps ranges into the hundreds of millions. Given these numbers, McAfee Labs' findings suggest that the choice by mobile app developers to not patch the SSL vulnerabilities has potentially put millions of users at risk of becoming targets of MITM attacks. 
"Mobile devices have become essential tools for home to enterprises users as we increasing live our lives through these devices and the applications created to run on them ," said Vincent Weafer, SVP of McAfee Labs, part of Intel Security. "Digital trust is an imperative for us to truly engage with and benefit from the functionality they can provide. Mobile app developers must take greater responsibility for ensuring that their applications follow the secure programing practices and vulnerability responses developed over the past decade, and by doing so provide the level of protection required for us to trust our digital lives with them."
Another Q4 development followed closely by McAfee Labs was the rise of the Angler exploit kit – one of the cybercrime-as-a-service economy's latest contributions to off-the-shelf tools delivering ever greater malicious functionality. Researchers saw cybercriminals migrate to Angler in the second half of 2014, when it surpassed Blacole in popularity among exploit kits.  Angler employs a variety of evasion techniques to remain undetected by virtual machines, sandboxes, and security software, and frequently changes patterns and payloads to hide its presence from some security products.
This crimeware package contains easy-to-use attack features and new capabilities such as file-less infection, virtual machine and security product evasion, and the ability to deliver a wide range of payloads including banking Trojans, rootkits, ransomware, CryptoLocker, and backdoor Trojans.
The report also identified a number of other developments in the final quarter of 2014:  
  • Mobile Malware. McAfee Labs reported that mobile malware samples grew 14 percent during the fourth quarter of 2014, with Asia and Africa registering the highest infection rates. At least 8 percent of all McAfee-monitored mobile systems reported an infection in Q4 2014, with much of the activity being attributed to the AirPush ad network.
  • Potentially Unwanted Programs. In Q4, McAfee Labs detected PUPs on 91 million systems each day. McAfee Labs sees PUPs becoming more and more aggressive, posing as legitimate apps while performing unauthorized actions such as displaying unintended ads, modifying browser settings, or collecting user and system data.
  • Ransomware. Beginning in Q3, the number of new ransomware samples began to grow again after a four-quarter decline. In Q4, the number of new samples grew 155 percent.
  • Signed Malware. After a brief drop in new malicious signed binaries, the pace of growth resumed in Q4 with a 17 percent increase in total signed binaries.
  • Total Malware. McAfee Labs now detects 387 new samples of malware every minute, or more than six every second.


For a full copy of the McAfee Labs Threats Report: February 2015, please visit: www.mcafee.com/February2015ThreatsReport

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About McAfee Labs
McAfee Labs is the threat research division of Intel Security and one of the world's leading sources for threat research, threat intelligence, and cybersecurity thought leadership. The McAfee Labs team of more than 400 researchers collects threat data from millions of sensors across key threat vectors—file, web, message, and network. It then performs cross-vector threat correlation analysis and delivers real-time threat intelligence to tightly integrated McAfee endpoint and network security products through its cloud-based McAfee Global Threat Intelligence service. McAfee Labs also develops core threat detection technologies—such as DeepSAFE, application profiling, and graylist management—that are incorporated into the broadest security product portfolio in the industry.

About Intel Security
McAfee is now part of Intel Security. With its Security Connected strategy, innovative approach to hardware-enhanced security, and unique McAfee Global Threat Intelligence, Intel Security is intensely focused on developing proactive, proven security solutions and services that protect systems, networks, and mobile devices for business and personal use around the world. Intel Security is combining the experience and expertise of McAfee with the innovation and proven performance of Intel to make security an essential ingredient in every architecture and on every computing platform. The mission of Intel Security is to give everyone the confidence to live and work safely and securely in the digital world. www.intelsecurity.com.
Note: Intel, Intel Security, and McAfee are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation in the United States and other countries. Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.

Google Attempts to make Internet a Safer Place, works on Web and Mobile browsers

Cross-posted from the Google Online Security Blog

SafeBrowsing helps keep you safe online and includes protection against unwanted software that makes undesirable changes to your computer or interferes with your online experience.

We recently expanded our efforts in Chrome, Search, and ads to keep you even safer from sites where these nefarious downloads are available.

  • Chrome: Now, in addition to showing warnings before you download unwanted software, Chrome will show you a new warning, like the one below, before you visit a site that encourages downloads of unwanted software.
  • Search: Google Search now incorporates signals that identify such deceptive sites. This change reduces the chances you’ll visit these sites via our search results.
  • Ads: We recently began to disable Google ads that lead to sites with unwanted software.
If you’re a site owner, we recommend that you register your site with Google Webmaster Tools. This will help you stay informed when we find something on your site that leads people to download unwanted software, and will provide you with helpful tips to resolve such issues. 

We’re constantly working to keep people safe across the web. Read more about Safe Browsing technology and our work to protect users here.

Posted by Lucas Ballard, Software Engineer

Monday, February 23, 2015

Microsoft launches uber affordable Lumia 435 and Lumia 532

Microsoft today launched its two most affordable Lumia devices till date, the Microsoft Lumia 532 and Microsoft Lumia 435. With a great 5MP camera, premium layered design, Glance screen, front facing camera, 1GB Ram and more memory, Lumia 532 enables people to achieve their goals and accomplish more with the best of Microsoft's experiences. The Lumia 435 is the first 400 series Lumia and the most affordable Lumia yet. Lumia 532 and Lumia 435 deliver competitive hardware alongside innovative software that will continue to receive the very latest updates and enhancements, keeping users up-to-date with the best new features.

Offering the latest Windows Phone 8.1 operating system and Lumia Denim, the Lumia 435 opens up the Lumia Windows Phone experience to even more people. Lumia 435 is available at a best buy price of INR 5999/- and Lumia 532 will be available at a best buy price of INR 6499/- starting 19th February, 2015.

The Lumia 532 and Lumia 435 bring the latest Windows Phone experiences to newer price points, without compromising on innovation and overall experiences
·        Comes with the latest version of Windows Phone 8.1 and the Lumia Denim update, complete with one-swipe Action Centre, Word Flow and Live Folders
·        Capture photos quickly and easily with Lumia Camera right out of the box, and take, edit and share great selfies with the front-facing camera and Lumia Selfie app
·        Smoothly enjoy all of your favourite websites, leading apps and games thanks to the on-board 1GB of memory, 8GB of on-board storage and a dual core processor on the Lumia 435. For those who want more power, the Lumia 532 comes with a quad core processor
·        Stay up-to-date with the best features through regular updates to Windows

More on the Go with the new Lumia 532 and Lumia 435
·        Make memorable Skype video calls and seamlessly switch between voice and video with built-in Skype integration and the front facing camera
·        Access, edit and share Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents and OneNote notebooks wherever you are, with the pre-installed Office suite
·        Save and sync photos, videos and Office documents securely with up to 30GB of free OneDrive cloud storage
·        Connect with work and personal e-mail while on the go, with Microsoft Outlook built-in

The India offer for Lumia 532 and Lumia 435
·        All Lumia 532 and Lumia 435 owners on Airtel subscriptions will get to enjoy 500 MB data internet pack per month, free of cost for 2 months.
·        Travellers can use the Windows Phone RedBus app on their Lumia 532 and Lumia 435 and get Rs. 1500/- worth of discounts on bus tickets over 6 single trips through the app (Rs. 250 off on every trip for 6 journeys - Valid for 6 months from the date of app activation)
·        Paytm, India's largest mobile payments service will offer Rs. 750/- cashback of recharges through the Paytm app (Rs. 150 off every month for 5 months)
·        Consumers can now make your phonebook smarter with Truecaller, get 6 months of Truecaller Premium subscription worth Rs. 360/- free

Lumia 435 and Lumia 532 will begin rolling out in India in February. Both devices will be available in bright green, bright orange, white and black, and will be available in single and dual SIM variants.

Tech specs summary:


Lumia 435
Lumia 532
Operating system
Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim
Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim
Display
4" WVGA 800x480 screen
4" WVGA 800x480 screen
Battery
1560 mAh battery
1560 mAh battery
Processor
Dual Core Snapdragon 200 processor
Quad Core Snapdragon 200 processor
Main camera
2 MP, Lumia Camera
5 MP, Lumia Camera, LED flash
Front facing camera
VGA 0.3 MP
VGA 0.3 MP
Memory
8GB + up to 30 GB free OneDrive, micro SD up to 128GB + 1GB RAM
8GB + up to 30 GB free OneDrive, micro SD up to 128GB + 1GB RAM

About Microsoft
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

About Microsoft Devices
The Microsoft Devices Group includes award-winning hardware used by over a billion people around the world, including Lumia smartphones and tablets, Nokia mobile phones, Xbox hardware, Surface, Perceptive Pixel products, and accessories.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Special offer for a special Occasion


Asus Mobiles have come up with the Valentines day offer for it's flagship Asus Zenphone in partnership with Flipkart.

The Mobiles can be purchased exclusively on Flipkart. using the given link here!

Zenphones have come up with a commercial with the theme of #UnConditionalLove

Friday, February 20, 2015

BlackBerry 10 OS 10.3.1 Arrives for Existing BlackBerry 10 Smartphone Users

BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB), a global leader in mobile communications, announced that BlackBerry® 10 OS version 10.3.1 will begin rolling out globally today for in-market BlackBerry 10 devices, including the BlackBerry® Passport, Z30, Z3, Z10, Q10, and Q5, as well as the Porsche Design P’9983 and P’9982 smartphones from BlackBerry®.

Once downloaded, users will gain access to incredible new enhancements, including BlackBerry® Blend, BlackBerry® Assistant, battery boosting technology, plus improvements to the BlackBerry® Hub, calendar, camera, multimedia and more. This latest version also introduces dual app stores, offering access to hundreds of thousands of apps through the BlackBerry® World® storefront and the Amazon Appstore.

BlackBerry 10 OS 10.3.1 offers a fresh look that incorporates updated icons and an instant action bar so that each user’s most commonly accessed functions are in the center of their screen. With this operating system update, users gain access to powerful features, including:

·         BlackBerry Blend - BlackBerry Blend brings messaging and content that is on your BlackBerry smartphone to your computer and tablet. Get instant message notifications, read and respond to your work and personal email, BBM™ and text messages, and access your documents, calendar, contacts and media in real time on whatever device you are on, powered by your BlackBerry. BlackBerry Blend works across multiple operating systems including Mac, Windows®, iOS and Android™.*
·         Dual app storefronts, offering hundreds of thousands of apps:
·         BlackBerry World – BlackBerry World showcases essential business and productivity apps for professionals looking to drive efficient communications and collaboration.
·         Amazon Appstore – The Amazon Appstore is the place to download popular Android apps and games including favorites like Candy Crush Saga, Pinterest, Kindle and Cut the Rope 2.
·         BlackBerry Assistant – The BlackBerry Assistant is BlackBerry’s first digital assistant and can be used with voice and text commands to help users manage work and personal email, contacts, calendar and other native BlackBerry 10 applications. It’s the only smartphone assistant on the market today that can access both personal and work content in your work perimeter. BlackBerry Assistant intelligently determines how to respond to you based on how you interact with it – if you type, it responds silently, if you speak, it speaks back and if you activate over Bluetooth, it speaks back with additional context because it assumes you might not have access to the screen.
·         BlackBerry Hub with Instant Actions – The one place to manage all your conversations – email, texts, BBM, phone calls, social media and more – just got better. The new instant actions feature allows you to quickly organize and action your inbox without having to go into each individual message or calendar invite. Toggle the read status and file, flag or delete an email message with a single tap. When you’re composing an email, you can now transfer the conversation to a voice call, SMS or meeting invite.
·         Time Saving Keyboard Shortcuts – Keyboard shortcuts are back for BlackBerry 10 smartphones with a physical QWERTY keyboard including the BlackBerry Q5, Q10, Passport and the Porsche Design P’9983 smartphone from BlackBerry. As you once could on your beloved BlackBerry® Bold and as you can on the recently launched BlackBerry® Classic, you can now make use of nearly every letter in the physical keyboard and give it an action like Speed Dial for a contact, or use them to launch your most-used apps. For example, from the Hub press “T” to get to the top of your inbox or “B” to get to the bottom to make short work of getting through your messages. 
·         More Battery Power – You can now boost your battery life by up to 15 percent by customizing your Power Saving Profile. Quickly select the applications and functions you would like to restrict or remain active to conserve power.
·         New Camera Functions – The upgraded camera software automatically recommends modes and settings, including HDR when sharp contrast is detected and an enhanced Time Shift mode when faces are detected. Now you have the option to store your Time Shift captures and edit them into the perfect photo whenever you want. Get the whole picture by capturing a panorama. Our new camera also brings your most common modes and actions to the forefront – you’ll never need to switch between your camera and video recorder again. You can even record video and take pictures at the same time.
·         More Ways to Edit, Create, Sort and Listen to Media – Enjoy your media the way it was meant to sound, with 17 preset equalizer options for both music and video. With 10.3.1, you now have the ability to “Favorite” songs, photos or videos so they are always at your fingertips. With the new slow motion video edit feature and built in Story Maker, it’s never been easier to master your media and share it with the world.
·         A Calendar that Works for You – The new Meeting Mode option will automatically set your phone to quiet mode for the duration of your meeting, and then turn notifications back on when it’s over. Plus, a new weekly agenda view allows you to see your events and tasks for the selected week or month.
·         BBM® Meetings – BBM Meetings offers business users a new way to work smarter and be more productive from any Android, iPhone, BlackBerry 10 smartphone or Windows PC or Mac.** It combines a mobile-optimized user experience that allows on-the-go professionals to schedule, host and participate in meetings anywhere you have an internet connection. All at a fraction of the cost of other leading collaboration solutions.

Subject to carrier approvals, BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.3.1 will be rolling out to customers around the world, starting today in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific, and will be available for the entire line of smartphones running BlackBerry 10. BlackBerry Classic comes pre-loaded with the software. Customers will receive a notification in the BlackBerry Hub when the software is ready for download. If they have enabled automatic software downloads, they will be notified in the BlackBerry Hub that the software is downloading.

For more information about BlackBerry 10, visit www.BlackBerry.com/BlackBerry10OS.

* Requires download of BlackBerry® Blend app and pairing with a compatible device. BlackBerry Blend works across desktop operating systems, including Mac OS X 10.7 + and Windows 7+, iPad tablets running iOS 7+ and Android tablets running Android 4.4+. For more information visit www.BlackBerry.com/Blend.
** Smartphone client requirements: BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.2.1 or later, iOS version 7.0 or later, Android 4.0 (ICS)—no support for Gingerbread. Computer client requirements: Mac OSX with Mac 10.6.8 or later (Snow Leopard or greater) or Windows 8, 8.1, 7, Vista w/SP1 or greater, XP w/SP3 or greater. BBM Meetings is free for any user to join a meeting. A subscription is required to host a BBM Meeting.


About BlackBerry
A global leader in mobile communications, BlackBerry® revolutionized the mobile industry when it was introduced in 1999. Today, BlackBerry aims to inspire the success of our millions of customers around the world by continuously pushing the boundaries of mobile experiences. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, BlackBerry operates offices in North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America. The Company trades under the ticker symbols "BB" on the Toronto Stock Exchange and "BBRY" on the NASDAQ. For more information, visit www.BlackBerry.com. 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Tourism Ministry Launches HolidayIQ's Offline Mobile Guide for 1300 Indian Destinations

HolidayIQ, India's largest holiday information portal powered by a thriving Indian traveller community, today announced the launch of the 'Offline mobile guide' for over 1300 Indian destinations. Each destination guide will contain details on hotels, sightseeing options, etc, allowing the user to download and access traveller reviews and maps for on-the-go access, even while offline.  The offline guide was launched by Dr. Lalit K Panwar, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, as part of the initiative to promote tourism in the country.
Launching HolidayIQ's offline mobile guide, Dr. Lalit K Panwar, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, said, "This is a well thought-through innovation by HolidayIQ, aiming to offer travel and tourism information in the offline mode for over 1300+ destinations in the country. It is a commendable effort by the HolidayIQ team to provide access to a large database of travel information, in the offline mode. We are glad that this is in line with the government's high priority to promote tourism and travel in the country. As the tourism infrastructure gets stronger, we see more and more people wanting to travel within the country."
HolidayIQ's offline mobile guide answers the five key questions before each holiday - where to go, how to reach, where to stay, what to do and where to book. The offline feature offers the largest repository of travel information – 37,000+ hotels, 50,000+ sightseeing options across 1300+ destinations, which includes resorts, homestays, serviced apartments, tented camps etc for each destination.
Commenting on the innovation, Hari Nair, Founder & CEO, HolidayIQ, said, "HolidayIQ.com provides highly customized rich information and insights on places, hotels, sightseeing and transport made uniquely relevant, what we call the 'science of holidays'. We take pride in enabling travellers to discover, plan holidays and share holiday experiences. HolidayIQ's online travel app received tremendous response within a couple of days after it was launched in October 2014, and it was also trending at the Play store. However, our constant battle within our team was to provide access to this large database of information on-the-go, where internet accessibility is the biggest challenge. Thus, the launch of the offline feature, with a native-mobile experience."
"With issues of internet connectivity during travel, especially when travelling in rural pockets of the country, jungles, desserts, hilly areas etc, the offline guides will certainly prove to be every traveller's boon. We have touched 98,306 mobile downloads of the HolidayIQ app so far, and are undoubtedly certain that this offline feature will be an added impetus to every traveller search", added Nair.
Reviews, photographs, maps to find accommodation, etc have all been mapped and included in the guide, which also allows users to compare prices across 15+ travel agencies along with contact details, so at the click of a button one can reach-out to the preferred choice of accommodation.  It's not rocket science but close enough!
About HolidayIQ.com:
HolidayIQ is India's largest travel community with over 30 lakh members from 80+ Indian cities and is India's first holiday planning website powered entirely by reviews, photos, videos and other advice generated from these Indian travellers. Currently, around 50 lakh Indian travellers plan their vacations on HolidayIQ.com every month of which 50% activity is through mobile.
HolidayIQ.com is a VC-backed company (invested in by Tiger Global & Accel Partners) operationally headquartered in Bangalore, India.
HolidayIQ.com lists over 2000 tourism destinations & 50,000+ accommodation options (hotels, resorts, home-stays, jungle camps & serviced apartments) in India. All of which are bookable through over 1600 partnerships with leading online travel agencies like Makemytrip, Yatra and Expedia & offline players such as Thomas Cook, SOTC, etc.
HolidayIQ.com is not a travel agency, nor is it partially or fully owned by any travel agency, hotel chain or any other travel industry player. Therefore HolidayIQ.com is fully independent and can provide travellers with truthful information not affected by any requirements to sell specific travel products.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Toshiba's Ozone Generation System

Toshiba highlights “SmartCommunity” as their corporate philosophy. “SmartCommunity”, by bringing together ICT, encourages IoT and clean energy throughout the society, and manages and controls infrastructure such as electricity, heat, water, supply transportation, healthcare and living support.

Toshiba aims to achieve safe, secure and comfortable society through the energy supply, water, transportation, health care, even in office / factory / homes by bringing together integrated solution which takes environmentally friendly approaches.

Ozone generator is one of the environmentally friendly water systems. Ozone is essential for clean water and improving and maintaining the environment. Due to its strong oxidizing power, ozone is used in advanced water treatment facilities for bleaching, deodorizing, deactivating viruses and microorganisms, and oxidizing organic and inorganic matter.

Ozone generation is part of that plan. To celebrate the power of Ozone, Toshiba has produced a remarkable video using 3D Projection Mapping and Hologram. The original  video was made using a human motion control tracking camera. The camera moves along predetermined floor markings to trace changes in the computer graphics. The result? A more in-depth look at the holographic images inside, and a beautiful vision of the future of ozone generation.


Lumia 638- Review

The last in the Lumia 638 series, I bring to you the final review of the device. I have been using the Lumia 638 with a 4G sim since about a month, and not once did I miss my lumia 1020. Well obviously the Camera abilities are extremes but, I could manage well.

To start off, it is one of the cheapest 4G phones available in the market right now. for a price tag of 8499, I cannot think of any other hone that offers you 4G connectivity.

The specs stand at:
  •  1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Quad Core Processor
  • - 1GB RAM
  • - 4.5 Inch FWVGA IPS LCD Touch Screen Display
  • - Micro SIM
  • - 5 MP Rear Camera
  • - 4G
  • - Wi-Fi
  • - Bluetooth 4.0
  • - FM Radio
  • - 1830 MAh Battery

Only bummer that I feel is there is no external flash, nor does it have a front camera. I mean if you have a 4G enabled device, you would want to use Skype and other such services over such high speed networks. 

You must have seen the 4G speed tests and the unboxing that I did a couple of weeks back, post that this has been my saviour while I sit in cafe's to work and send out mails. The tethering speeds are really good and I would get a consistent 15-20Mbps depending on network coverage. 

It runs on Windows 8.1, the latest update and I am guessing it should get windows 10, the latest upgrade that Microsoft teased its fans with recently. I found it hard to use the on screen buttons, otherwise it was a great device to use. The display was crisp and clear, due to its IPS LCD screen. 

The battery lasted a good 16 hours on 4G usage, Minimal calls and app usage. That is good I guess if you need a device to surf the internet or use as a tethering device. You could get a USB dongle instead, but this allows you to do a lot more. 

As a windows phone device, most of the popular apps have crossed over to this platform and you don't really feel the need for an android device. 

In all the device is an excellent one if you are looking to go for a 4G enabled handset, and with that price band, you wouldn't complain. 
 




HCL Infosystems and NISPL extend partnership by 3 years

New Delhi, 17th February, 2015: NISPL (subsidiary of Microsoft Mobile OY) and HCL Infosystems Ltd., India’s premier IT Services and Distribution Company has signed a contract that will enhance the footprint of Microsoft Mobile devices across the Organized Trade and General Trade channels and rural India.

This engagement strengthens HCL Infosystems’ partnership with NISPL (subsidiary of Microsoft Mobile OY) for distribution of mobile devices and is geared to trigger significant business growth and synergy for both companies. The partnership also enables both companies to explore new channels to enhance their last-mile connect.

HCL Infosystems is one of the largest distribution organizations in India in terms of revenue with a network of over 1, 00,000 retail outlets, 800 direct distributors and 12,400 channel partners across 15,000 towns and 664 districts.

Speaking about the contract extension, Sutikshan Naithani, Joint President – Consumer Distribution Business, HCL Infosystems Ltd. said, This engagement with Microsoft Mobile Devices is at the core of our strategy, as it presents us with an opportunity to widen our existing channel reach. We envisage this association unlocking new markets for both the organizations by leveraging our respective strengths.”

About HCL Infosystems Ltd.
With (LTM) revenues of Rs. 6864 crore, HCL Infosystems is India’s Premier IT Services, Solutions & Distribution Company. The Company has one of the largest sales, services and distribution networks in India and provides value added distribution for partners in Telecom, IT, Office Automation and Consumer Electronics products. The Company’s distribution business has an unparalleled network that reaches more than 100,000 retail outlets, over 800 Direct and Micro Distributors and over 12,400 Channel Partners across 15,000 towns and 664 districts in the country. The Company is also a leader in IT Services and Solutions with a comprehensive portfolio of Infrastructure Managed Services, Enterprise Application Services, System Integration Services, Office Automation Services, Managed Print Services, Multi-Vendor Technology Services and After-Sales Support Services. HCL Learning, the Company’s learning solutions business, serves the entire spectrum of education and training requirements across schools colleges, individuals and enterprises and offers Digital Content & Learning Solutions.
For more information, please visit us at www.hclinfosystems.in


About HCL
HCL is a business enterprise with presence in the fields of Technology, Healthcare and Talentcare. Founded in 1976 as one of India's original IT garage start-ups, the HCL enterprise currently comprises four companies in India - HCL Technologies, HCL Infosystems, HCL Healthcare and HCL Talentcare , with annual revenues of US$ 6.5 billion and over 100,000 professionals from diverse nationalities operating across 31 countries including over 500 points of presence in India. In the technology space, HCL’s offerings span a wide range of software and hardware services and solutions including R&D, Technology Services, Enterprise and Applications Consulting, Remote Infrastructure Management, IT Hardware, Systems Integration, Distribution of Technology and Telecom Products. HCL Healthcare, aims to provide innovative medical services, products and training to meet the growing demand for quality Healthcare in India. HCL Talentcare is focused on providing Professional Vocational Employability solutions through an innovative signature learning experience.  
For further information, visit www.hcl.com

Monday, February 16, 2015

Biscoot gets recognition for revolutionary distribution model.

Biscoot, an Offline App Store initiative by Shotformats Digital, won a place in “The 2nd Inc. India Innovative100 Award”. The conference and awards ceremony, presented by Inc. India Magazine, is an initiative to identify and recognize top 100 innovative mid-sized companies in India. Biscoot was judged winner under the “Innovation in Supply Chain" category.
Biscoot bagged the award for its completely revolutionary distribution model. Biscoot’s brick and mortar mobile app stores ensure that movies, songs, games and apps are available with ease, throughout the country. Biscoot has nearly achieved pan India presence through its 7,000 plus outlets. They are targeting a presence across more than 12,000 outlets by the year-end and more then 40,000 outlets by end of 2015.
At being recognized amongst the top 100 innovators in India, MD and CEO of Shotformats, Niyati Shah said, “Innovation is like a drug to the company. To ensure innovation is embedded in the company, we keep sharing results and impact of the practices they introduce to keep the teams excited and motivated.”
In the past, the company has won similar award for its unique distribution model. Niyati Shah, MD & CEO Shotformats had bagged the award of a ‘Women Leader’ in the Telecom sector for bringing in the path-breaking concept in the mobile space and hence taking the innovations to the higher levels.
Selection Process - The Inc. India Innovative 100 campaign seeks nominations from independent (not a subsidiary or division of another company) companies and their CEOs (must be the founder member) based in India, and with net sales between Rs 50-crore and Rs 1,500-crore in the most recent accounting year.
Categories and Assessment Criteria - Companies where judged on total 10 categories -  Innovation in Branding & Communication, Innovation in Technology, Innovation in Responsible Business, Innovation in Product, Innovation in Manufacturing, Innovation in Marketing, Innovation in People Practices, Innovation in Corporate Governance, Innovation in Supply Chain and Innovation in Smart Money. Each innovation across the 10 categories of business functions was judged on four parameters: uniqueness of idea, reliability, scalability, and tangible business impact.
Jury Members - The eminent jury at this years India Inc. awards  included Prof. Rishikesha Krishnan, Director, IIM Indore, Prof Karan Girtora , Professor of Technology Operations management INSED, Mr.Bhawani Singh Shekhawant , Senior Associate Ehrehwon Consulting, Mr. Debrata Mishra, Director , Hay Group, Mr. Ravi Kiran , Co-Founder, Friends of Ambition.
The awards recognize companies that have demonstrated a smart and fresh approach towards looking at business problems in a tough environment, and have come out successful. They are not only successful, but also serve as fascinating case studies of growing and managing companies in India. The list of 100 companies has emerged after a four-month long nomination and evaluation campaign where they received 368 nominations. Each firm was allowed to nominate themselves in a maximum of three categories, but could only win in two out of those three after being vetted by capable jury.


About Biscoot: Biscoot is India’s first offline app distribution store introducing a range of apps across, Movie, Music, Games, Utility and Security. Being a pioneer of path breaking products in the Mobility segment, Biscoot has redefine the way content is consumed on mobile by providing high quality movies at rock bottom prices, music compilations, cassettes for various artists & movies, a range of utility, security, and devotional apps catering the needs of the Indian customers. Through Biscoot Offline App Store, anyone can enjoy digital content by making direct cash transaction at dedicated retail stores. This distribution channel is dedicated to masses that do not have internet access on their mobile phone. It is also for people who are starving for quality media content for entertainment and prefer to make cash transactions to buy content. Biscoot also caters to the evolved internet users through its diverse portfolio of online offerings Biscoot Bajao, Biscoot Talkies, Biscoot Apps Miner and Biscoot Showtym.


About Shotformats Digital Productions Pvt. Ltd: Shotformats Digital Productions Private Limited is a promising digital distribution and a new media company that develops innovative digital platforms, products, and content to service and reaches audiences via varied digital distribution streams.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Practo Raises $ 30 Million, Announces Expansion To 35 Cities in India & Several New Countries.

Practo, the #1 doctor search engine in Asia, today announced it’s expansion plans to 35 Indian cities and 6+ international locations by March 2016. Practo is already present in India, Singapore & Phillipines and growing rapidly in each of these markets.

The $30M series B funding is one of the largest investments into Digital Health globally and the largest for any Indian healthcare technology company.

Existing investor Sequoia Capital led the round with participation from Matrix Partners. Avnish Bajaj, Managing Director at Matrix India will join Practo’s Board of Directors.

Every month, over 1M users book 120,000 appointments via Practo Search. Practo Search volume has grown more than 10x in the last 1 year.

“We are on a mission to improve human longevity by simplifying healthcare. Over the next 12 months we will expand to 35 cities in India and several more international locations to help hundreds of millions of consumers around the world find the best doctors and make better healthcare decisions.” said Shashank ND, Founder & CEO, Practo.

“Practo is revolutionizing healthcare by enabling consumers to find the best doctors, book instant appointments and make better, more informed health decisions. It is our privilege to work with Shashank ND and Abhinav Lal, the founders of Practo, to scale and bring Practo to millions of consumers around the globe.” said Avnish Bajaj, co-Founder and Managing Director, Matrix India.

“From our first seed investment in Practo in 2011, the company has come a very long way, thanks to the hard work of an incredibly committed entrepreneurial team. The company has now scaled to being the market leader in online healthcare in India, a category that has created multiple multi-billion dollar companies around the world. We are deeply committed to Practo’s goals and aspirations to transform access to healthcare and positively impact society.” said Shailendra Singh, Managing Director at Sequoia Capital.

About Practo: 
Practo’s mission is to help improve human longevity by simplifying healthcare. We’re leading the way with Practo Search – Asia’s #1 doctor search engine used by over 1M patients every month and Practo Ray – the practice management solution of choice for thousands of doctors managing millions of appointments and digital healthcare records every year. More information is available on www.practo.com 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

WWE Immortals Free-To-Play Mobile Game is Now Available for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android Devices

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and WWE today announced WWE Immortals for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android devices is now available worldwide on the App Store and Google Play™. Developed by NetherRealm Studios, the creators of the best-selling Mortal Kombat franchise and Injustice: Gods Among Us, in conjunction with Phosphor Game Studios, WWE Immortals is a free-to-play title that features Superstar battles in a fantastically re-imagined WWE world.

WWE Immortals offers an action-packed mobile gameplay experience that takes WWESuperstars such as John Cena®, The Rock®, Brock Lesnar®, Triple H®, Roman Reigns®, The Bella Twins™, Big Show® and Sheamus®, out of the ring and into an alternate universe where they battle as out-of-this-world versions of their in-ring personas.  Utilizing a touch-based combat system, opponents can wield over-the-top signature Superstar moves and devastating powers to conquer opponents in bone-crunching matches.  As the game progresses, participants can supercharge their roster with gear and support cards, engage with players around the world, and participate in in-game challenges tied to WWE pay-per-view events. 

WWE Immortals is a heart-pounding experience that brings the world-renowned WWE brand to fans and gamers in a whole new way,” said Greg Ballard, Senior Vice President, Mobile, Social and Emerging Platforms, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “The game will continue to evolve with our ongoing support of events and updates to the roster that will keep the game fresh for many months to come.”

“Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment and NetherRealm Studios have brought the larger-than-life personalities of WWE Superstars and Divas to fans in a new way,” said Casey Collins, Executive Vice President, Consumer Products, WWE. “WWE Immortals is a great addition to our portfolio of free-to-play mobile games that lets fans and gamers around the world enjoy fast-paced and over-the-top action.”

WWE Immortals is available for download from https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wwe-immortals/id941421328?ls=1&mt=8 and

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About Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, a division of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Inc., is a premier worldwide publisher, developer, licensor and distributor of entertainment content for the interactive space across all platforms, including console, handheld, mobile and PC-based gaming for both internal and third party game titles. 

About NetherRealm Studios
NetherRealm Studios is a leader in the development of interactive entertainment, and the creator of the billion dollar Mortal Kombat franchise. Mortal Kombat has spawned two theatrical films, multiple television series, and has sold over 35 million games to date. Located in Chicago, Illinois the award-winning NetherRealm team has been working and creating games together since 1992. Additional information about NetherRealm Studios can be found at www.netherrealm.com
 
About WWE
WWE, a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to family friendly entertainment on its television programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing platforms. WWE programming reaches more than 650 million homes worldwide in 35 languages. WWE Network, the first-ever 24/7 over-the-top premium network that includes all 12 live pay-per-views, scheduled programming and a massive video-on-demand library, is currently available in more than 170 countries. The company is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Dubai, Munich and Tokyo.

Additional information on WWE (NYSE: WWE) can be found at wwe.com and corporate.wwe.com. For information on our global activities, go to http://www.wwe.com/worldwide/.
          
WWE IMMORTALS software © 2015 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Developed by NetherRealm Studios. All WWE programming, talent names, images, likenesses, slogans, wrestling moves, trademarks, logos and copyrights are the exclusive property of WWE and its subsidiaries. © 2015 WWE. All other trademarks and copyrights are the property of their respective owners. All rights reserved.