Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Micromax Canvas Power, Turbo Mini

Micromax Canvas Power, Turbo Mini
Micromax has launched the Canvas Power smartphone with a 4,000mAh battery in India at Rs 9,900. This device sports a 5-inch TFT display with resolution of 480 x 854p and is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek processor with 512MB RAM. The phone sports a 5MP rear camera and 0.3MP front-facing camera.

Canvas Power runs Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and supports 2G, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0 and GPS. The dual-sim phone comes with 4GB internal storage and supports storage expansion up to 32GB via microSD card.

The company has also launched the Canvas Turbo Mini at Rs 14,490. The device’s price was recently reduced to Rs 12,990. A compact version of Canvas Turbo, this device sports a 4.7-inch 720p display and is also powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor and 1GB RAM.

Canvas Turbo Mini sports an 8MP rear camera and a 5MP front-facing camera. Internal storage in the device is 4GB, and users can add a microSD card with capacity up to 32GB; it also has 1,800mAh battery.

Oppo N1

Oppo N1
Chinese manufacturer Oppo has forayed into the Indian market with N1, the smartphone with a rotating camera. The 13MP rear camera of the device can swivel to the front when you want to take a selfie or make video calls.

Oppo N1 sports a large 5.9-inch full-HD IPS display. Powered by a 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor and 2GB RAM, the smartphone runs a highly customised version of Android 4.2 (Color ROM). The smartphone is backed by a 3610mAh battery and comes in 16 and 32GB storage variants. Connectivity options include WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and DLNA.

LG G Flex

LG G Flex
LG has launched its first curved screen smartphone, G Flex, in India. With a price tag of Rs 69,999, it is the most expensive Android smartphone in the Indian market.

When sufficient force is applied, the smartphone’s screen bends a little as well. The G Flex is also the first handset in the world to feature a self-healing back panel, which repairs minor scratches and cuts on the back automatically.

The new LG G Flex has a 6-inch 720p display that curves across the vertical line and runs on Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean). Other key specifications of LG G Flex include 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB RAM, 13MP rear camera and 3,500mAh battery.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

New Technology: Driverless cars

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Mira Jasmin is an enthusiastic blogger from Manchester, UK. In her extra time, she composes articles on many subjects, for example, engineering and travel. She is currently concentrating on driving practical test, which helps to enjoy your self-drive.
Driverless cars are automobiles that navigate using an autopilot system that has them move from one destination to another without any aid from a human driver. Ideally, a human’s role in such a machine would simply be to indicate the destination. Theoretically, such cars would have numerous benefits to the transportation industry such as increasing road capacity, reducing automobile accidents, and making transportation more efficient. 

This technology however faces numerous obstacles in its implantation. This is especially the case where driverless cars would have to navigate alongside non-driverless ones. For the purpose of usefulness, the bare minimum a driverless car would have to fulfil would be to arrive at their destination with the instructions that the passengers provide while safely avoiding other vehicles and obstacles.

Challenges and Benefits 
Some methods by which vested parties propose to meet these goals include coming up with an entirely new infrastructure or altering the existing ones substantially to accommodate this technology. One proposed idea is the development of a monorail where cars can dock. The monorail would then guide the cars to their desired destinations. This would greatly simplify their navigation and reduce collisions. On the other hand, it would require significant changes to the existing infrastructure. Other ideas put forth include the development of a completely new kind of automobile that would operate on existing infrastructure. Such automobiles would operate exactly like their traditional counterparts. Driverless cars would not likely be subject to human error, which is the leading cause of collisions on the roads. 

There would be little if any need for licences, traffic laws, traffic police, or even traffic lights. The automobiles would be unaffected by erratic and jerky human controllers and would therefore be quite able to drive in very close proximity to each other. This could spawn a situation where a high road density would not have any effect on speed such that cars could maintain a close proximity to each other while, at the same time, travelling at average speed. The concept behind autonomous cars currently is that they would be able to move by sensing their surrounding by utilizing technology such as computer vision, GPS, lidar, and radar. The vehicles would additionally be able to keep track of their locations even when in uncharted territory or when conditions change. 

The Current Situation
The technology for driverless cars has slowly been in the works with quasi-autonomous cars dating back to the 1920s. Major companies including Volvo, Toyota, Mercedes-Benz, and numerous others are committing resources to the research and development of driverless cars. Some countries such as the US even have legislation that permits the use of driverless cars. These efforts seem to be paying off as predictions show that such automobiles may come into being in the near future. Public opinion on this issue is in favour of autonomous driving if the price were competitive with conventional driving practical test. If the technology were to deliver all that it promises, there are numerous people all over the world who would not only be comfortable with driverless cars, but would actively seek it out. 

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Microsoft Launches 'Most Affordable' Lumia Smartphone

Microsoft Devices today announced the launch of "most affordable" Lumia 530 dual SIM smartphone for Rs 7,349 in India.

Microsoft Devices said Lumia 530 will be available in stores at a best buy price of Rs 7,349 starting August 14.

The new Lumia 530 will provide a powerful entry to Windows Phone 8.1 with a Quad Core processor delivering faster and smoother user experience, among others, it said in a press release.

This device will expand the reach of Windows Phone as it allows more people to enjoy Lumia innovations and Microsoft services similar to those offered in high-end Lumia smartphones, the release added.

"The affordable smartphone segment is growing exponentially, driven primarily by youth who are constantly looking out for smartphones with power-packed features at affordable prices," Viral Oza, Director-Marketing, Nokia India, a subsidiary of Microsoft Mobiles Oy, said.

World's First Smartphone Turns 20 Saturday

The first ever smartphone - a $900 clunky IBM Simon mobile phone - has turned 20 Saturday.

The phone with a battery life of one hour was developed by IBM and the American cellular company BelSelf and went on sale in 1994.

At around 23 cm long and weighing half a kg, it was about half the size of a house brick.

"It was called Simon because it was simple and could do almost anything you wanted," the Irish Times reported.

With its green LCD screen, Simon had touch screen technology.

Its software allowed users to write notes, draw, update their calendar and contacts and send and receive faxes, as well as allowing calls.

"It has all the components of a smartphone, including a slot in the bottom to insert different applications such as mapping ones, spreadsheets and games. So it was really a forerunner to the iPhone," Charlotte Connelly from the London's Science Museum was quoted as saying.

Around 50,000 handsets were sold.

In October, the relic phone will go on display as part of a permanent exhibition on the history of communication and information technology at London's Science Museum

Forget Me, Search Engines

Mario Costeja González is now a global celebrity. He did not want to become one. He did not even want to become famous. If anything, he wanted to disappear into the shadows. Here is what happened. González, the man who sued Google is a Spanish man whose name appeared in a Spanish newspaper way back in 1998 regarding a government-ordered real estate auction to recover the social security debts he owed. Now, he is a changed man and in a good position financially. He had a peaceful life, except when he Googled his name and came across those old newspaper articles. 

Incensed Google is ruining his reputation, he has sued both the newspaper and Google Spain saying they should remove those articles because they infringed his right to privacy. On the 13th of May, the European Court of Justice(ECJ) ruled in his favour stating Google should remove the links from its listings as everyone has a ‘right to be forgotten’ which applies to any search engine, be it Google, Bing or Yahoo. Anyone can ask the search engines to remove the listings. Four months later, even as the shockwaves from that judgement continue to reverberate around the internet and González and his earlier debts gained unwanted attention all over the world, it is time to bring in the ‘right to be forgotten’ to the privacy-poor population of India.

Before Google adorers who love the Schmidtian anti-privacy mantra ‘if you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place’ and the fans of the philosophy ‘everything that happens must be known’ start frothing at the thought of introducing the law to India, it is important to note that the ‘right to be forgotten’ applies only to search engines and lets us users to request the search engines to take down the listings in our names. It means, whatever content has been published on a website will still be there. Only that no one will be able to find it using Google or Bing.

It also doesn’t mean that seedy politicians, or scamsters or such lot will be able to erase their past actions from the Internet. As the European ruling specifically states, “if it appeared, for particular reasons, such as the role played by the data subject in public life, that the interference with his fundamental rights is justified by the preponderant interest of the general public in having, on account of inclusion in the list of results”. In plain English, if a person who wants a listing deleted is a public figure and if that deletion is not in the interest of public interest, then the search engine can deny the request for deletion. On the other hand, the ‘right to be forgotten’ can be one of the most powerful weapons that we could give our ordinary citizens. People born in the 1980s and earlier have been lucky that their youthful antics have not been recorded on the internet for posterity. For ‘millenials’ who are not that fortunate, girls who have been victims of revenge porn and many such others, the ‘right to be forgotten’ will be the best gift.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

How to convert scanned JPEG to Editable Word File?

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Alia is a writer/blogger. She loves to writing about Scanned JPEG to Editable Word File ConverterThe days she is busy to writing about technology and image converter softwares.
It is always required to carry out certain editing over the hard copies of document specially in offices having archives of legacy paperwork, which was never save in any computer or where the electronic copies have since been damaged or misplaces or not compatible with the modern file systems. One such technology, which helps in converting the scanned JPEG files into editable word file comes, is the optical character recognition method. Though earlier it was very much expensive and was not accessible to everyone but today things have changed as these have become very much affordable. Now, you are not required to do things again in order to save it electronically since you have options to convert it into the editable word file. Let’s check how you can do so as under:

Step 1
First you need to scan copy of the file, which is supposed to be converted into editable word format. In case if it is scanned, this step automatically skips away. Make sure you the scanner is switched on and then connected to your PC or laptop and have the required drivers to carry out the show on your system. Now place the paper copy encompassing the image, which has to be converted into editable word file. Just push the scan button when everything is ready to get the scanned file over your file. Save it at your desirable location to start doing things on your own.  

Step 2
Repeat this step to get all the files or images, which you want to convert into editable word file. Now, launch your web browser of your choice and then navigate the free of cost OCR the Free of cost OCR simply offers the web based conversion of image files over the MS Word format, without having the urge or installing the additional software over your PC.

Step 3
In the third step, you are supposed to click over the button Choose File and then locate over the first image file over your PC and then need to convert the same for editing over the world file. All you need to do is to simply double click the file in order to select it or simply use the right click of your mouse to do the needful. Now the OCR comes into picture. If you find the sour image into PDF format with multiple pages make sure you separate the same into individual documents. A majority of PDF applications have the option of saving the current page over the new file, while the file size limit comes to be 2MB for the free OCR. 

Step 4
Now you need to choose the language for the output text and then enter the right security text captcha, which is seen over the graphics. Now simply click over the Send File. As per the size and the complexity of source documents, you would find the process of conversion taking place, which takes mere few minutes to complete. Click anywhere over the Text Recognition Window and then press CTRL in order to highlight the output.

Step 5
Now, you are supposed to press CTRL and C to copy the content over the clipboard, now simply open the MS word and create a blank document followed by simply pressing the CTRL and V in order to paste the content over the clipboard over the document. Now, you are free to carry out the editing thing over the world file followed by saving it as you are done with the same. 
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New versus Old Media Billionaires: Mark Zuckerberg versus Rupert Murdoch

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Radel is part of the marketing team at, a global recruitment platform where you can access very talented staff at reasonable rates.

We know that new media businesses are growing at a much faster pace than their old media counterparts. I thought it would be interesting to see just how this is affecting these wealthy businessmen in the media industry. How much faster did these new media billionaires make their money? Check out the comparison on the infographic below. presents New vs Old Media Billionaires - Infographic – Connecting Great Companies with Global Talent

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Monday, August 11, 2014

FIFA 14 by EA SPORTS - Review

Like last season's Manchester United team, FIFA 13 took the iOS footy title through efficient play and a lack of serious competition.

A shortage of new contenders means that EA could have coasted home with FIFA 14. However, following the old football adage that you need to move forward in order to maintain your position, the company has made some fairly notable changes.

Those changes could be equated to restructuring the club's finances and making a risky new signing with a slightly dodgy touch rather than improving its skills.

Route one

What hasn't really changed is the simplified game at FIFA iOS's core. This is still a stripped-back, streamlined, and - yes - dumbed down version of the console series that spawned it.

And necessarily so. As has been well documented, a lack of physical control inputs poses a bigger problem to virtual footy than pretty much any other genre.

So you get the same sedate game of footy with the same functional virtual joystick and buttons. Once again, these controls handle passing, shooting, and sprinting when you have the ball, with a second virtual stick-of-sorts representing the console version's 'trick stick.'

Again, you can initiate advanced techniques through various touch-and-swipes. A touch and upward swipe of the 'shoot' button initiates a lofted through-ball, for example.

These combinations work well at lower difficulty levels, but once the pressure's on in tougher modes or online they can prove to be a little inconsistent to pull off.

Possibly the most glaring issue we found in general play was a sluggish and somewhat unreliable player-switch feature, which enables mobile forwards to burst between centre-back and full-back a little too easily.

Heavy touch

It's a shame EA hasn't really tightened up or rethought these virtual controls to any significant degree. We're also surprised that it's stuck with some of the half-baked touchscreen elements that we criticised in the previous version.

There's still the impractical option to send players on runs by touching and dragging them, and the flick-to-kick free kick system remains a write-off.

EA has introduced a major new element to the controls, but it's not a successful one. You can now play the game without virtual controls - a noble gesture, but the execution is unsatisfactory.

Here you can pass to players simply by tapping on them, and sprint with the ball by pressing and holding the screen - which proves to be joylessly precise and frustratingly vague respectively.

It is possible to take direct control of your player, but only by holding on them and then dragging them lethargically around the screen, like a parent pulling an uncooperative child around a shopping centre.

Well-run club

FIFA 14's core action hasn't really moved forward sufficiently from FIFA 13, then, but that still means that it's a more-than-competent kick-about.

EA has ploughed more of its attention into the structure of the game, with pleasing results. You've no doubt heard that this is the year that FIFA iOS goes freemium, which probably made you as apprehensive as it made us.

There's absolutely no need to worry. You'll find a surprisingly generous amount of content available for free here, including quick online matches and Game of the Week, which provides a constantly updating selection of scenario matches that mirror real fixtures.

You also get access to Ultimate Team mode, which lets you assemble a team of nobodies and trade, win, and purchase new superstars, Top Trumps-style.

Unless you want to invest heavily in that mode, the only IAP you'll need to make is £2.99 / $4.99 to unlock the traditional tournament and matchplay modes. This is the same cost as previous versions of the game, so EA has essentially laid on a very generous demo here. Well-played.

Breakdown in communication

FIFA 14's online element was disappointing during our test period. Playing several games against PG's biggest football fanatic, Rich Brown, we both noted that performance was sluggish (he was on an iPhone 4S, I was on an iPad 3) and that, somewhat oddly, it degraded after half-time.

We also experienced a few total crashes when trying to set up online games.

Hopefully EA will sort out these issues before too long, as online play was one of our favourite features of FIFA 13.

The heat of online competition also highlighted a couple of AI deficiencies, including one or two occasions where our defensive line from an attacking corner was so high that it left a counter-attacking player with literally the whole attacking half to himself.

Then there's the performance of the ref, who made a number of suspect decisions. In particular, he doesn't seem able to judge that there are players covering when a defender brings down a breaking attacker, defaulting to an instant red card.

Creative player needed

All of these niggles in control, AI, and online play have been there in some form in all of the iOS FIFAs to date. FIFA 14 isn't any worse in these respects. In fact, it's undoubtedly the best mobile FIFA yet.

It's just that EA hasn't made enough progress in these areas - the areas that really matter - for our liking. Its attempts to make the game more accessible are laudable, if only partially successful.

But the fact remains that we're still yet to see a truly great, free-flowing approximation of footy on iOS. Maybe that's not possible on touchscreen devices. Maybe it is.

All we know is that FIFA 14 retains the iOS footy title for another year almost by default. It's a slightly hollow victory, but a victory nonetheless.


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