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January 21, 2012

Facebook launches more Open Graph applications


Facebook first launched apps on its Open Graph, back in September. The three apps that it launched were "read", "watch" and "listen". These apps allow developers to report back to Facebook what users might read, watch and/or listen. It's the same system that posts to Facebook when someone has listened to a song on Facebook using Spotify or read a Wall Street Journal article through Facebook. Now, according to All Things D, as more and more users get Timeline, more and more apps will be available on the Open Graph. The idea is to include more interests that users can share chronologically.
More apps for your Timeline
More apps for your Timeline



Apps that can be expected to use Open Graph and post on user Timelines are travel apps like TripAdvisor, ticket booking apps like StubHub, Eventbrite and even Ticketmaster, and food apps like Foodspotting. Other apps they've added (as mentioned on their blog), include Rotten Tomatoes, Pinterest and more. They said that soon there will be new apps for every type of interest, including snowboarding, knitting or gardening.

Alienware launches x51 mini-ITX gaming pc


Alienware desktops have always been outlandish and flamboyant machines, which are appealing to gamers. What if you wanted something a little more compact, without forfeiting the gaming pedigree? Well, they’ve just announced the X51 gaming desktop, a miniature version of the standard Aurora desktops. The X51 is based on a mini-ITX motherboard, but despite that it accommodates a standard desktop Sandy Bridge CPU and graphics card. Prices start at US $699 and for this you get a Core i3-2120 CPU, 4GB RAM, 1TB hard drive and Nvidia GT 545 graphics card. You also get a slot-loading DVD burner and built-in Wi-Fi. The cost does not include a keyboard, mouse or even a monitor. It’s not available in India yet, but we expect to see it pretty soon.


The configurations are entirely configurable and you have a choice up to a Core i7-2600, up to 8GB of RAM and a GTX 555. While we are perfectly fine with the CPU and memory, the graphics card is a bit weak even in the highest configuration. The GTX 555 is an OEM only card which features 288 CUDA cores and a weak 192-bit memory bus. If we compare this to the commercial desktop cards, it turns out to be even slower than the GTX 460 or the HD 6870, so it is not really ideal for Full HD gaming. If you pair this desktop with a 20-inch monitor then newer games should run smoothly, but I wouldn’t push my luck. We would have liked to see a custom version of the GTX 560 Ti as an option, so that one doesn’t have to compromise too much on gaming performance. Let’s see how Dell handles the pricing, once it lands on our shores.

Lawsuit filed by Kodak over patent infringement against Samsung


South Korea-based, Samsung Electronics now has a new worry in its kitty. As if battling it out with Apple over a series of alleged patent infringements was not enough, Samsung now has a fresh set of accusations from Eastman Kodak to deal with. Reportedly, Eastman Kodak Company has accused Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd of infringing on a set of five patents pertaining to digital imaging, owned by the former. To this effect, Kodak has now filed a lawsuit at U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York. Kodak alleges that the five infringed digital imaging technology patents have been used by Samsung in their tablets.

Suing Samsung
Suing Samsung


According to an official statement released by the company the infringed patents, in question include:

  • U.S. Patent No. 6,292,218 – "Electronic Camera For Initiating Capture of Still Images While Previewing Motion Images"
  • U.S. Patent No. 7,210,161 – "Automatically Transmitting Images from an Electronic Camera to a Service Provider Using a Network Configuration File"
  • U.S. Patent No. 7,742,084 – "Network Configuration File for Automatically Transmitting Images from an Electronic Still Camera"
  • U.S. Patent No. 7,453,605 – "Capturing Digital Images to be Transferred to an E-Mail Address"

LG shows-off Optimus Pad LTE


LG has had a good week at the recently concluded CES, but the brand does not intend on stopping there with product announcements. At an event, LG took the wraps off their first LTE tablet, the Optimus Pad LTE, which boasts of features, such as a True HD IPS display and LTE capabilities.
LG's first LTE tablet
LG's first LTE tablet


Speaking at the launch of the tablet, Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Mobile Communications Company said, “With tablets generating five times more traffic than the average smartphone, it's not a huge jump to assume that tablet users need and want faster connectivity. The combination of LG's LTE technology with the tablet form factor is a clear advantage for consumers who use a tablet as their primary consumption device when on the move.”

Here is a quick look at the specifications of the Optimus Pad LTE:
  • Android 3.2 Honeycomb
  • 8.9-inch IPS True HD Display with a resolution of 1280 x 768
  • Qualcomm 1.5GHz Dual-Core processor
  • 8MP rear camera for capturing HD video
  • 2MP front facing camera
  • HDMI, DLNA
  • MicroSD card expansion up to 32GB
  • 6,800mAh battery

Apart from this, the Optimus Pad LTE also sports other features, such as Smart Movie Editor for editing images and videos, Web Duet for e-mailing, messaging and SNS sharing as well as On-Screen Phone, which allows compatibility with LG smartphones. The Optimus Pad LTE is going to be first launched in Korea and later rolled out globally. For more information on the tablet, click here. However, no word is yet available regarding the worldwide launch or pricing for the tablet, yet. We hope to know more regarding the same during the MWC in Barcelona.

Wikipedia officially comes to Android


Well, it did take long for an official app, but better late than never, as Wikipedia has finally got its new Android application to the market. It’s the official Wikipedia app for Android, so users can get access to more than 20 million articles in 280 languages on their Android smartphones. The free encyclopaedia, arguably, is one of the most comprehensive and widely used reference work humans have ever compiled and it coming to Android will only make information and knowledge more accessible.
Screenshots
Screenshots


Here are a few of the features of the Wikipedia application:

  • Save article to read later or offline
  • Search articles nearby
  • Share articles using Android "Share" function
  • Read article in a different language
  • Full screen search

The application does seem quite nifty from the screenshots itself. Wikipedia for Android can be downloaded from here

Motorola rolling out ICS update for Xoom Wi-Fi now


Motorola is officially rolling out Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Wi-Fi version of the Xoom tablet. The roll-out will be in waves, starting with the U.S, so we may have to wait a tiny bit longer. The Xoom was the first Honeycomb tablet to rival the iPad, and today, it gets a little closer to achieving that goal. While this is great news for Xoom users, the actual advantage will only kick in, once the apps get updated to take advantage of the new features of ICS.
On its way...
A fresh start...


Some of the new features that will be gracing the Android tablet include: 
  • Updated Browser with faster rendering, zoom and pan -  Users can also now save pages for offline reading and request desktop versions of websites.
  • Swipe to dismiss notifications, tasks, and browser tabs  - You can now dismiss individual notifications, apps from the Recent Apps list, and browser tabs with a simple swipe of a finger.
  • Redesigned app launcher - In All Apps launcher, you can now simply drag an app to get information about it, immediately uninstall it, or disable a pre-installed app.
  • New System Font for Improved Readability - An entirely new typeface (called Roboto) optimized for high resolution screens improves readability and brings a polished feel to the user interface.
  • Updated “People” Application - Replaces contacts and integrates seamlessly with Google+ and other social networks.
  • Improved text input and spell-checking - The keyboard now features improved accuracy to make text input faster. It also now includes an in-line spell checker to make corrections easier.
  • Type with your voice - Now you can simply touch the microphone on the keyboard and start talking to write emails, SMS, or any other text—more than 20 languages supported. Text appears in real time, so there’s no waiting for server processing.
  • Richer and versatile imaging capabilities - For capturing larger scenes, the camera introduces a single motion panorama mode. Also, you can now take still shots while shooting video just by tapping the screen as video continues to record. You can also launch camera directly from the Lockscreen. When you shoot videos, you can now choose from a number of silly faces and other fun effects which recognize individual facial features so you can give your friends big eyes, squeeze heads, make noses bigger, or change the scenery with background replacement.
  • Redesigned Gallery app with photo editor - To help pictures look their best, the Gallery now offers a powerful photo editor so you can crop and rotate pictures, set levels, remove red eyes, add effects, and much more.
  • Richer, resizable widgets - You can expand widgets to show more content, or shrink them to save space. 

Zynga buys four mobile gaming companies


Zynga Inc said it bought four small mobile game companies for an undisclosed sum as the top maker of Facebook games seeks to expand its lineup on smartphones and tablets.

The company's top mobile executive David Ko told Reuters on Wednesday it had acquired German company Gamedoctors in December. Gamedoctors, based in Bielefeld near Hanover, makes the game ZombieSmash.The company also bought Page44 Studios, which is based in San Francisco, in September. That studio created the "World of Goo" game for Apple's iOS platform.

Sued..
Buy... buy... buy...


Zynga acquired HipLogic, another San Francisco-based games company, in August. Ko also confirmed Zynga purchased New York based Astro Ape Studios in August to develop new titles. Ko declined to comment on the size of the deals.

While Zynga was one of the earliest game makers on the Facebook platform, it lacks that first mover advantage on mobile, where companies such as Walt Disney Co and Electronic Arts Inchave released hit games. The company's shares have been lagging since it went public in December. The stock fell 6 percent on Wednesday to close at $8.65 per share.

Reuters

Untethered iOS 5.0.1 jailbreak caught on cam


Acouple of weeks ago Pod2G had announced through his blog that iDevices running on the Apple A5 chip were to get the untethered jailbreak treatment in a few weeks. Though the hack for jailbreaking the latest iOS devices from Apple are yet not available for a general release, Pod2G and his fellow hackers have released an image and a video of an iPhone 4S and an iPad 2 running an untethered jailbreak on Apple’s latest operating software – iOS 5.0.1.

 

From the video above posted by the Chronic Dev Team showing an iPhone 4S functioning flawlessly using the untethered jailbreak with the Cydia app running smoothly as well. The video also demonstrates various functions of the iPhone 4S working without any glitches including Siri. In a later post on Pod2G’s blog, he shows a picture of the Apple iPad 2 running the jailbreak and he also mentions that the app he wrote called IntelliScreenX, works with both the devices.

Untethered jailbreak previewed on an iPad 2
Untethered jailbreak previewed on an iPad 2


There is no timeframe as of yet when this form of the jailbreak for the tablet and smartphone will be available but in a post on Pod2G’s blog, he states, ‘Only a few to wait now.’ .

January 18, 2012

Special:Overview On LTE Technology


What is LTE Technology?

To be able to offer users a mobile broadband service over a truly fourth generation or 4G network a provider will have to completely upgrade their entire network infrastructure. One such technology currently being considered by mobile broadband providers is Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology, which is currently one of the most likely candidates to be officially classes as a 4G technology by the telecommunications industry. When mobile broadband providers do roll out LTE technology over their networks it will offer users a whole range of benefits and new facilities, which will allow them to get far more out of their mobile broadband service.

What new features will LTE technology offer users?

Users will find a whole host of great new advantages over their current 3G connections when LTE technology is finally deployed by mobile broadband operators. This will include much faster connection speeds that will allow users to stream high quality audio and video over the internet and also the ability the download much larger data files than they are currently able to over their 3G service. For mobile network providers LTE technology will allow them to support far more users over their network and the extra bandwidth will also allow them to handle much data moving around their network, even during the busiest times of the day.
Far better network coverage will also be available using LTE technology and providers will need to install less equipment in order to achieve this extra coverage, which will greatly reduce the cost of upgrading their network and this will allow them to provide much cheaper services. Users living in rural and remote parts of the country that are currently very limited in the level of fixed-line and mobile broadband services they are able to receive will stand to benefit the most from the introduction of this technology as it will provide them with internet access over an affordable high-speed broadband connection.
Image Courtesy:3g.co.uk

Which users will get the most out of using this technology?

The improvements that will be made when LTE technology is finally rolled out in terms of speed, network capacity and coverage will make mobile broadband a far more viable option for many users, whether they are using the service for personal or business use. Faster connection speeds and greater levels of coverage will allow users to access the internet from almost anywhere in the UK at a speed that is similar to a fixed-line broadband connection and this will appeal to existing users who wish to upgrade to a better service and new users who now feel that LTE technology will allow them to do everything they want to do.

What alternative will users have to Long Term Evolution technology?

At the moment the biggest rival to LTE technology is WiMAX and although they offer almost identical benefits in terms of speed and coverage they are completely different technologies. The cost of the two technologies will also differ, and this may have a major impact on which of the technologies network providers opt for. Even after a number of successful trials of LTE technology there is no guarantee that this will be the technology they use for their next generation networks.
source-broadbandexpert.co.uk

The SOPA & PIPA Hype:Extracting Contents

Exclusive:

Many of you might not be familiar with the fact that its the US Congress Anti-Piracy Act Called SOPA(meaning Stop Online Piracy Act) & PIPA(Protect IP Act) bill being battled out in the legislation..
  
Many Internet sites have gone off for protest against this.As of the law,when asked Jimmy Wales,Wikipedia founder explained that,The Piracy  Act Might Take on Freedom  from the Citizens.Due to which today most of them have announced a Web Blackout.
     
 But the Piracy Act is being supported by Authors & Film fraternity as most of the piracy occurs in this sector.As reported earlier by us,Google might also join the SOPA protest.The buzz around the whole thing has been a bit confusing,going on that many sites including Facebook allow the sharing feature.


 



What does the legislation do?
There are already laws that protect copyrighted material, including the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). But while the DMCA focuses on removing specific, unauthorized content from the Internet, SOPA and PIPA instead target the platform -- that is, the site hosting the unauthorized content.
The bills would give the Justice Department the power to go after foreign websites willfully committing or facilitating intellectual property theft -- "rogue" sites like The Pirate Bay. The government would be able to force U.S.-based companies, like Internet service providers, credit card companies and online advertisers, to cut off ties with those sites.
Why Internet companies oppose SOPA and PIPA
Internet companies and their investors would readily say that they're holding the "blackout" to protect their corporate interests -- and the entire burgeoning Internet-based economy.
"The success of Reddit... is one of the smaller examples of the success that has happened in our industry -- and will continue to unless bills like SOPA or PIPA become law," Ohanian said Tuesday.
Under the rules SOPA or PIPA would impose, Ohanian and others argue, start ups wouldn't be able to handle the costs that come with defending their sites against possible violations. Such sites would not be able to pay the large teams of lawyers that established sites like Google or Facebook can afford.
The legislation in question targets foreign companies whose primary purpose is to sell stolen or counterfeit goods -- but opponents say domestic companies could still be held liable for linking to their content. While sites like Reddit wouldn't have a legal duty to monitor their sites all the time, "you might have your pants sued off of you" if you don't, said Jayme White, staff director for the Senate Finance Subcommittee on international trade.
Brad Burnham, managing partner at the venture capital fund Union Square Ventures, said his company has avoided investing in companies related to the music industry because of the copyright risks -- but under the proposed legislation, that risk would hit just about any Internet company. SOPA and PIPA, he said, "takes the risk of frivolous litigation... to the entire Internet."
That should be a concern, Burnham said, when the Internet accounts for 21 percent of economic growth among developed nations, according to one study.
The impacts could go beyond the economy, some argue. Rebecca MacKinnon, a senior fellow at the nonpartisan New America Foundation, argues that if blogging platforms are motivated to monitor their content, that could have "a tremendous chilling effect on people tyring to conduct political discourse and trying to use content in a fair use context."

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