Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Samsung Galaxy S2 - The most Advance Mobile so far!!

Dual-core power, 4.3' Super AMOLED Plus Screen - the Galaxy S II is the kind of sequel we like


The Samsung Galaxy S II is the phone the Korean firm deems the successor to its best smartphone so far. And with a 1.2GHz processor, super-slim chassis and feather-light innards, it's easy to see why.
The dual-core race is set to heat up massively over the next few months, with the LG Optimus 2X already released, and the Motorola Atrix, HTC Sensation and iPhone 5 all set to bring the tech to market too.

The Samsung Galaxy S2 is almost impossibly thin when you pick it up – dimensions of 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5mm mean it's one of the thinnest smartphones on the market at the moment, rivalling the likes of the iPhone 4 and Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc for the title
It's crazy-light too – when i show you what tech is rammed under the hood, you'll be amazed that it all goes in a device that weighs only a shade over 100g (116g, to be precise).
Samsung clearly traded the premium feel an all-metal chassis might have brought to keep the grams off the Galaxy S2 – pop the battery cover off and you'll find you're holding a piece of pretty flimsy plastic.

However, most of the time you won't be removing this and it fits nicely into the contoured chassis – the mesh feel on the rear also helps keep your hand from getting warm during extended holding.
The other thing you'll notice when you first pick up the Galaxy S2 is the screen – at 4.3 inches it's hard to miss, and when you turn it on the Super AMOLED plus technology hits you square in the eyeballs (once it's got through the toughened Gorilla Glass).
I called the Samsung Galaxy S "the best phone on the market for media" when i reviewed it, thanks to its first-gen Super AMOLED screen. Now the Galaxy S2 has definitely improved on that, with a superbly crisp and vibrant screen.

In the hand, the Galaxy S2 sits much better than i had have expected, given the whopping screen on offer, and that's mostly down to its slim depth.

The front of the phone is pretty sparse, with the home key the only piece of furniture on offer. This rectangular button flanks two touch-sensitive buttons – Menu and Back – so there's no room for contextual search here.
The volume keys are located on the left-hand side, and the power/lock key is on the opposite flank; both are easy enough to hit without error, and crucially the travel on the power key is softer so that it's much easier to hit when you're juggling it in the palm – compare that to its predecessor, where you could accidentally drop it trying to shut off the screen.

The 3.5mm headphone jack lives on the top of the phone, bucking the lower placement on other 4.3-inch screen phones, and the microUSB slot (which also doubles as an HDMI out port) lives on the bottom.
The only other element of note is the 8.1MP camera with single LED flash on the rear – it's slightly raised, but not so much that it disrupts the Galaxy S2 when you're placing it on a table, thanks to a rear lip to help you hold the phone.

Samsung Galaxy S 2
General 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
Announced 2011, February
Status Available. Released 2011, April
Size Dimensions 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5 mm
Weight 116 g
Display Type Super AMOLED Plus capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 480 x 800 pixels, 4.3 inches
- Gorilla Glass display
- TouchWiz UI v4.0
- Multi-touch input method
- Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate
- Touch-sensitive controls
- Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
- Gyroscope sensor
Sound Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
Memory Phonebook Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall
Call records Practically unlimited
Internal 16GB/32GB storage, 1 GB RAM
Card slot microSD, up to 32GB, 8 GB included, buy memory
Data GPRS Class 12 (4+1/3+2/2+3/1+4 slots), 32 - 48 kbps
EDGE Class 12
3G HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth Yes, v3.0+HS
Infrared port No
USB Yes, v2.0 microUSB (MHL), USB On-the-go
Camera Primary 8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, check quality
Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization
Video Yes, 1080p@30fps, check quality
Secondary Yes, 2 MP
Features OS Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread)
CPU Dual-core 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A9 proccessor, Mali-400MP GPU, Orion chipset
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS
Browser HTML
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS
Games Yes
Colors Black
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
Java Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- NFC support (optional)
- TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
- SNS integration
- Digital compass
- MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264/H.263 player
- MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3/FLAC player
- Organizer
- Image/video editor
- Document editor (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
- Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa integration
- Adobe Flash 10.1 support
- Voice memo/dial/commands
- Predictive text input (Swype)
Battery Standard battery, Li-Ion 1650 mAh
Stand-by Up to 710 h (2G) / Up to 610 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 18 h 20 min (2G) / Up to 8 h 40 min (3G)
Misc SAR US 0.16 W/kg (head)     0.96 W/kg (body)    
SAR EU 0.34 W/kg (head)    
Price group   Expected price of Samsung Galaxy S2 in India is Rs. 32000 approx.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Google Adsense - How to Maximize the visibility & getting users to click?

Google Adsense - How to Set your ads to Her Internet users to click?
3.1 Format of ads: "Decorate" your ads to success! How do you want your ads? "Banners? "Skyscrapers? "Rectangles? Pictures? And as to the colors of the edges and bottom? The choices can be overwhelming. So...
Its Internet Users to click? 

5.1 Placement of Ads: Where to put ads?
The position is critical. First of all, the best ad of the world
will be equal if not visible. However, after many
Experiments with Google AdSense, I noticed that ads
most visible is not always the most effective. In fact, it is likely that
look "cheeky ads and why people ignore them.
What works is the intelligent placement. Put your ads where
your content is most likely to interest visitors and
draw your attention.
You can create multiple "foci of interest" if you use graphics, tables and other
intelligent design techniques.
Once you've gotten the attention of your visitors with content
attractive and relevant, it is more likely to read and click on the ads
appropriate. And this is exactly what Google wants: clicks "cults" that
coming from real prospects, not random visits from people
Here are some simple tips to get clicks
your ads. 
5.2 Follow the "current" 
Identify the reading patterns of your visitors. What draws them
attention first? What prompts them to click?
As I said before, you must put your ads on areas
attract visitors for their interesting content. It makes no sense
placing ads in some little corner where nobody looks.
Your visitors will continue its content and this requires that your ads
take their content too.

Look at the layout and design of your site, identify the most visited sites
for its Internet-these are the places to put their ads.
In fact, Google offers a pretty great tool to help
to identify the most likely places to look at their visitors. His
"Heat map" is in
https: / / www.google.es/support/adsense/bin/static.py?page=tips.html and
sums up all the options:

5.3. Above the bend 

There is a general rule in the scope of the Internet according to which Internet
will spend most of your visit "above the fold."
The first thing people do when they visit a Web site is to absorb as much
information as possible before you scroll down the page.
We refer to the page you see without having to
scroll down as the "above the fold."
In that part has to place their ads.
The number of links available above the fold will influence the
likely to receive clicks on your AdSense ads. Therefore, it is
always think that the more accurate ads to put more money
Google always puts the top-paying ads and least
paid down.
If you have a stack of three or more ads, you may pay the least
draw attention to the detriment of more pay and groceries to your site
It's better than no competition between the advertisements and links. If you want
increase their earnings per click, remember that "Less is More!" in
particularly above the fold.
I propose that we look at two examples of websites:

Now guess which of these two sites has a clickthrough rate more
high ... It is actually the second. Your CTR is trez
times higher than the first. What is the moral of the story? If you want
maximize their clicks, have little choice to offer its visitors in the
part just above the crease. 
5.4 Use Table 
I have explained earlier that one of the principles to achieve a
High CTR is a blending ads with website. How much
most are mixed with your page, better clickthrough achieved. A
clever way to achieve this effect is to place ads
in tables.
In the following example, the technology expert Chris Pirillo puts
ably in a <table> ads. AdSense ads appear
orderly and attractive and thus become a new focus.

Visit the site to see better http://www.lockergnome.com how

Want the same result with your Web site?
Dave Taylor (http://www.intuitive.com) offers this simple code that allows
create a table with left alignment containing ads
AdSense. You simply paste this code where you want to place their
Very easy!
Table with alignment left AdSense ads containing:
<table border="0" align="left"> <tr> <td>
Google AdSense code is placed here
</ td> </ tr> </ table>
Table with alignment right AdSense ads containing:
<table border="0" align="right"> <tr> <td>
Google AdSense code is placed here
</ td> </ tr> </ table>
5.5 Links 
So far I have spoken of where to place the ads: I
recommended above the fold, with little competition and suggested that
could be placed on a table. But you also have to think in
Ad type who likes to get and at what place.
AdSense Link units let you put on your website a box
containing four or five links, and is available in several
sizes from 20 x 90 to 200 x 90. The best place to place are
the side menus.
Because you can put a link unit in addition to three
ad units, it may be helpful to have this option: if a user does not
is nothing to be interested in a type of block, maybe it will be something
interesting otherwise.
AdSense ties differ from other types of ads to the extent
they do not teach the ads themselves but are composed of a list of
Google considers issues related to the content of your website. When
visitantee one clicks on an item, it opens another window where you can
display Google ads related to that topic.
It is conceivable that link units are ineffective because the
Internet users must click twice for you to collect. Is
true that only charges for the second click (but that lets you check
what ads offered to their users.)
However, one can also think that if someone takes the time to
click on an item, you are very interested and so is
likely to click on an ad on the next page. According to some
people, all visitors who click on a link also AdSense
click on the ads that appear on the next page.

I tried the links at several sites and have had very
different in each case. It is hard to say whether it will work with your site
or not.
First, put links in a rather informative site with a
rather general public. I got nothing special. Say the
CPM was enough to pay a large candy bar.
On the other hand, I placed links on a site dedicated to a specific product
with a limited audience. The results were fantastic! I got a CPM
than it could gain someone working in a restaurant
fast food all day.
The conclusions are obvious. If you want to use link units, has
that place:
1. In a place dedicated to a specific focus of interest. A site
usually receive general announcements and a few clicks.
2. Above the fold with few links and more. This is crucial for
ties: if your visitors click, do so on a link (in
link here) that you would bring money.
It'sa good idea to keep your link units to sites whose words
key pay much. If a web surfer arrives at your site in search of a
product or information on a keyword that pays a lot, often
An example:

so that their ties are mixed with your Web site.
I mentioned Lockergnome.com, Chris Pirillo's site, as a
excellent model for implementing AdSense. Although not accessible to
your AdSense statistics, I have enough time analyzing their sites
as to assume that is very successful.
On the central column of your page, it is the traditional way
placing the ads: Pirillo uses a medium or large rectangle with
blue links, black text and URLs discreet. The ads are located
rather in the middle of the page and flush right. The
Visitors begin at the left and drift to the right. My tests
have also shown that ads placed on the right are more
Use a skyscraper 120 x 600, which is generally not recommended although many
People use them in the side menus. Pirillo has used all their imagination
and used the empty space next to his cartoons on this page.

been astute align right and put the skyscraper on the
center of the page.
But look where their adSense links in the column on the left,
top, above the fold. This means that the first thing you see are the
Google ads. If such links are appropriate to AdSense
Site content may generate a clickthrough rate of 1% -2%. If
have space in your sidebar menu and can fit there, I you to
5.6 horizontal link units 
Google has recently introduced a new format block
AdSense links: horizontal format. This is a huge difference
as users of the new format have managed to increase
clickthrough rates up to 200%!
The stacking of the links above should link lists
but draws too much attention when placed within the text. In
Instead, agree very well horizontal ad sites
composed of articles that blend perfectly.
Figure 5.6 The new horizontal link units are right to be inserted
in articles and also clearly highlight the keywords that your
Web site generates.
Standards are maintained, so it can only put a block of
AdSense links per page and the Internet have to click twice
for you to collect. But really worth it crept into
of a long article. I recommend that are placed on top of the article or
within but not down where they could easily ignore.

5.7 Using Multiple Ad Units 
So Google allows to be put up to three ad units
AdSense on the same page and one link unit and AdSense
search box. What does this mean for Web publishers?
A real bonanza!: Now has many more possibilities
"Hook" to readers through new ads because the ads
of each block are always different.
To enhance this opportunity, think about adding new content to the
sites receive more traffic. You can use attractive graphics that load
quickly to entice surfers to scroll down. By
example, bold graphics and relevant could be a good way
attract visitors to a listing. A B2B website (transactions
between companies known to one another) could offer every day a story that
with a humorous address the issues and news concerning
business. You can place your ads just below the comic for
be seen immediately.
This strategy will maximize the visibility of the blocks AdSense, which
produce more clicks and therefore more money!
With multiple ad units, you decide where best to place
each type of ad you want to provide on its website.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Sphero – Robotic ball controlled with the iPhone

Sphero was created by robotics lovers, types with PhDs, but you'd never know it just to play with it — it all seems so simple and fun. And that's OK: that's what the creators behind it want you to have with this ball controlled by an iPhone.
Inside the basic-looking, baseball-sized ball are some high-tech elements, including Bluetooth and a wireless induction charger. On the iPhone, the software lets you change the color of Sphero or control its movementup to 80 feet away. Just crazy stuff from some serious thinkers!!
You can't buy Sphero yet — the developers hope to have it out late this year. But for now, have a ball watching it in action.
Heres a live demo of the Sphero -- a robotic ball that can be controlled with the iPhone / iPad. You can find the video demo after the break.

YouTube Brings 3D HTML5 To The Web - Thats AWESOME Guys!!

Finally YouTube announced the support for HTML5 based 3D video viewing. 

Now viewer can enjoys 3D experience from home. You will be need a special 3D glasses, otherwise normal view option also available for watching without 3D glasses. Enjoy below video in 3D...

Mozilla Firefox 5 Beta now out - Fast!

Mozilla is proving me and other naysayers wrong today, with the release of Firefox 5 Beta.

That's right Firefox 5. This is the fastest turnaround from one major release to the Beta of the next in the history of Mozilla (Netscape is another story though...).

While this is a Beta - it has a mountain of changes on stability and bug fix issues.

Clearly the days of a long list of BIG NEW FEATURES in each and every Firefox release are now gone, but that doesn't mean there aren't new features too. Though those new features just aren't as obvious as they were to me in say the transistion from Firefox 3.6 to Firefox 4.

In that way, Mozilla mimics Chrome where the difference between Chrome 10 and 11 is an evolutionary, not revolutionary improvement.

According to Mozilla, Firefox 5 includes improved canvas, JavaScript, memory, and networking performance. Though from my first 30 mins of usage, it's hard to tell.

There is also improved support for CSS animations and the Do-Not-Track header has been made more obvious for users to select.

Overall, the real story here is that Firefox 5 is in Beta and likely on track for a June release too. As opposed to the Firefox 4 Beta period which was ridiculously drawn out, Mozilla developers will likely NOT include any major new features between now and June.

The Beta period will likely be a testing, hardening and bug hunting exercise which is what a Beta really should be all about - right?

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Google Adds Flight Info to Search Results.. It makes you easy!

Next time you use Google to search for a non-stop flight, a new feature in the search results will help you find a list of destinations, durations, and airlines.
If you know where you want to go (for example, [flights from new york city to san francisco]), Google will show you how many flights there are per day, the duration, available airlines, and the ability to view a schedule of upcoming non-stop flights.
Don’t know where you want to go? A search for [flight] will show flights to possible destinations based on your current Google location if it’s a city with an airport. If you aren't in a city with an airport, you can search for [flights from + the nearest city with an airport].
More generic searches, such as [flights to las vegas] will list the airports you can take flights from to get there, and it doesn’t default to your Google location. For example, there are flights from Los Angeles, Phoenix, and San Francisco highlighted, and you can click the plus box to get many more.

Google’s new flight search feature only works with non-stop flights. So if you want a cheaper connecting flight, or if you’re looking to go to Hawaii or overseas, this feature won’t show up.
Though Google was finally cleared to buy ITA last month, Google says this tool doesn’t use ITA technology.
This feature is pretty basic and not helpful beyond getting you to an airline's website, where you then have to do a second search for the same flight.

Google trails way behind Bing Travel (powered by Kayak), which offers much more in the way of sorting features (e.g., price, airline, depart/arrive, stops and duration). Also, with Bing, there's no need to do a second search when you're taken to the airline's website.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Twitter VS Facebook: Should you Choose One? or Both?

The Evolution of Social Networking Compared to Search

In the now-infamous dotcom era, Yahoo, Lycos, Excite and others evolved into portals in a desperate attempt to find ways to make money, since nobody had really found effective ways to monetize search. That was, until companies like Goto.com (which became Overture and was eventually bought by Yahoo) and Google invented the concept of paid search and contextual, pay-to-click advertising models. The rest is history and we all knew who won the war.
So it seems today that applications like Twitter and Facebook, while attracting new users at astounding rates have not fully defined their business models and the 800-pound gorilla has yet to emerge. It is still early in the game and, as with search in the mid 90s, the eventual winners in the social networking space may not even yet exist, but I would argue that Twitter and Facebook are emerging as potential contenders to dominate.
The differences between the two networks are substantial and in some ways a direct comparison between the two is actually difficult to make. Twitter is simple and feels like Google did in 1998, while Facebook offers a portal-like interface somewhat reminiscent of Yahoo.

Key Elements of Facebook and Twitter

Facebook appeals to people looking to reconnect with old friends and family members or find new friends online; the mashup of features like email, instant messaging, image and video sharing, etc. feels familiar, while Twitter is a bit harder to get your arms around at first.
Most people can very quickly grasp how to use Facebook to connect to friends and family, using it to share thoughts, images, etc. Like MySpace but more geared to adults than teens, Facebook is a social networking Portal; beckoning you not to leave but rather to stick around and communicate within the network.
Twitter on the other hand, encourages you grab ideals in byte-size chunks and use your updates as jumping off points to other places or just let others know what you’re up to at any given moment.

Why People Love Facebook

Facebook appeals to social animals and can be very addicting to people who have an insatiable appetite to stay connected with friends and make new acquaintances. In fact, some people report they rarely use email or IM tools anymore in their online social communications anymore, relying almost entirely on Facebook for email, chat, image and video sharing.
Facebook addicts prefer the social portal model versus having to log into AIM, Yahoo Messenger, Gmail, Hotmail, Flickr, YouTube, MySpace, etc. Instead, Facebook gives them a single alternative to all these applications, with one login and interface to manage their online social interaction needs. This largely explains the explosive growth Facebook continues to experience and why the company reportedly invested $200 million in data center upgrades last year to keep up with demand!

Why People Love Twitter

The usefulness of Twitter is not readily as obvious to some people as Facebook; although it may be more addictive once you get the hang of Tweeting; you get more immediate responses and it seems to live somewhere between the worlds of email, instant messaging and blogging. Twitter encourages constant “linking out” to anywhere and, in that respect, is more analogous to a pure search engine; another way to find people and content all over the Net.
Twitter has quickly built brand awareness and a loyal following, especially among the technically adept; bloggers, online marketers, evangelists, basically anyone with something to promote seem to find Twitter extremely valuable.
When asked why they love Twitter, users say like “I can ask a question and get an instantaneous response”. They crave the ability to “tap into the collective consciousness” of others on the network, bouncing ideas off others with whom they would otherwise have no means of connecting. Twitter addicts claim it’s like the old fashioned water cooler, where people can gather to shoot the breeze on whatever topic is on their minds. Twitter is like a communications stream you dive into for an invigorating swim.

Different Communication Styles for Different Social Settings

Let’s say you go to a wedding or other social gathering where lots of people know each other. The style and tone of communication there will be more like using Facebook; you chat with old friends and acquaintances, mixing and mingling in an intimate manner. In this setting, people tend to feel more relaxed and “in their element”. Conversations are familiar and center on shared experiences and connections.
Now, when you go to a large party or social event where you don’t know most of the people in attendance, you will use a very different style of communication, more like Twitter; you want to meet people and somehow make yourself known, stand out from the crowd, make an impression, self promote and make new connections. Twitter is like getting the podium and not everyone feels comfortable or knows how to stand comfortably in the spotlight.
In fact, almost all of us, when first approaching Twitter, tend to use it to post useless updates like “Going to lunch”, thinking of it as a another tool to communicate with friends, when in fact, it is more like stepping on to a stage, where you are communicating with an audience and quickly find that you need to find a voice and say something useful and interesting or quickly lose the attention of your audience. People refer to Twitter as a mini or micro blogging platform.

So Which Social Network is the Best?

While zealots will immediately point to either Twitter or Facebook as being superior, the truth is that each has its advantages and disadvantages and will tend to appeal more to different types of people and for different reasons. Each can have great or little value to anyone; it really depends on what you are trying to accomplish in a given situation. Consider some of the pros and cons of each network:

Twitter Pros
  1. Easy to navigate and update, link to and promote anything
  2. Reach far beyond your inner circle of friends
  3. One feed pools all users; anyone can follow anyone else unless blocked
  4. Pure communication tool, rapid responsiveness
  5. You don’t have to be logged in to get updates; you can just use an RSS reader
  6. Very interactive, extensible messaging platform with open APIs
  7. Many other applications being developed (Twitterific, Summize, Twhirl, etc.)
  8. Potential SMS text messaging revenue from wireless networks (although Twitter states they are not currently getting any cut)
  9. Potential future advertising and/or enterprise subscription-based revenue streams
  10. With its “thin” overhead, Twitter is probably more scalable than Facebook, giving it a cost advantage
Twitter Cons
  1. Limited functionality; find people, send brief messages, direct replies
  2. Limited to 140 characters per update
  3. Not all people find it immediately useful
  4. Over-emphasis on follower counts
  5. Easily abused for spam and increasing the noise level
  6. Relatively smaller installed user base
  7. As yet no readily apparent monetization strategy
Facebook Pros
  1. Application mashup; find people, make connections, email, instant messaging, image/video sharing, etc.
  2. Most people can quickly grasp the value of connecting with friends, family and established contacts; some people report they use Facebook instead of email and IM
  3. More emphasis on deep connections with others vs. who has the most connections
  4. “True Friends” feature increases your transparency to selected connections; almost like having private and public profiles
  5. Huge, rapidly growing installed user base
  6. Inherit stickiness, third party applications, “gift giving” and personal data collection make Facebook a powerful advertising platform
Facebook Cons
  1. More difficult to navigate and update
  2. Requires investment of time to realize sustained benefit
  3. Opt in model requires a user to allow others to connect
  4. Less immediate responses; unless you stay logged on continually
  5. Overhead of mashup and “thick” applications could limit scalability, bloat cost structure

The Future of Social Networking

In the end, both Twitter and Facebook are simply communication tools; both will continue to evolve and morph as users find new ways to extract value and either network may or may become a long term winner in the rapidly evolving social networking space. Ultimately, the fact remains to be seen whether either application has a profitable, scalable and sustainable business model or whether the exit strategy is simply to be acquired.
As we learned in the search space, consolidation will eventually prevail. Unless they can find a way to turn all those eyeballs into profits, social networks will lose relevance. It does seem obvious that the venture capitalists are betting they will not only continue to enjoy tremendous growth but will also successfully monetize all that traffic.
But, will either Twitter or Facebook become the next Google or will they fade into the rear view mirror of technological and social evolution? What do you think?

India’s SM: Facebook vs Orkut

Google PR Rank: Facebook 10/10 (2004 Rank 3/10) 
Alexa Rank: Facebook - 2
Google PR Rank: Orkut - 7/10 (2005 Rank 10/10) 
Alexa Rank: Orkut - 93

The financial press is abuzz this week over Facebook and its $50bn valuation, which comes out to about $100 per user. Increasingly, those users come from outside the US, as the social network pushes into emerging markets.
And that move is bearing fruit: Facebook now accounts for more than 36 per cent of visits to social media websites in India, far ahead of the former leader, Google-owned Orkut, according to Experian Hitwise, the internet measurement service.
Experian Hitwise estimates that Facebook registered 5.3 per cent of all internet visits in the country, while Orkut India received only 2.1 per cent of the traffic. In the social media segment, Facebook’s visitor share stood at 36.4 per cent in December while Orkut’s visitor share was less than half that at 14.6 per cent.
Orkut had been the leading social network in the country since 2005, but despite this early movers’ advantage, Facebook dethroned Google’s social media site from its number-one position in July 2010.
“Facebook applications and games have been very popular in India, contributing to the website’s pre-eminence”, said Navin Chandani, Experian’s marketing director in India.
“Though Orkut had the first mover’s advantage, the average Indian internet user was still not using social networking sites a lot to be loyal to one site. However, at the same time, Facebook entered the market and created a buzz with the features and was able to move Orkut users to Facebook”, Chandani added.
Apart from its technical features, analysts also point to the ‘glamour quotient’ associated with Facebook.
“Most of the younger crowd in the country is more active on Facebook than Orkut”, said Ashish Raina, an analyst at Gartner Research.
“Facebook has many active communities such as alumni associations connecting global Indians to alma maters in the US and UK. The trend from the US and UK has percolated to India now”, he added.
Facebook communities have also helped local activism – the Delhi Police and Delhi Municipal Corporation both have active Facebook pages where users participate in the running of the city’s public services.
Orkut has tried to regain some of the market share by introducing more features, but analysts believe that Facebook’s acceleration is unstoppable.
Since July 2010, the gap in the visitor traffic share of the two social media sites has widened. Visitor traffic to Facebook has grown 11 per cent per month since April 2010 while Orkut’s visitor levels have declined at 5 per cent per month.
The statistics also reveal the differences between the usage patterns of the visitors to the two websites. Facebook users, on average, spend 22 minutes per visit on the site, but Orkut users spend little more than half as much, averaging 12 minutes per visit.
But the race is far from decided. Analysts highlight that DesiMartini.com– a network based around Bollywood films and celebrity culture – and LinkedIn are two social networks which have also risen to spectacular popularity in the last quarter.
As the last bastions of Orkut’s dominance are starting to wither away, it remains to be seen whether Facebook will reign in the future.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

"Dislike" Button is the Latest Malware Scam on Facebook

While Facebook enjoys the coveted spot as the world's number one destination for social networking, the platform's success comes at high price, as Facebook continues to be targeted by new scams and exploits on an almost daily basis.
The latest in a slew of mischievous undertakings is the appearance of the "Enable Dislike Button" scam.
Many users have probably thought to themselves how nifty it would be if Facebook offered a counter to the "Like" button - a way to register one's disapproval of another member's posting.
Clever cyber scammers have thought of this too, and reports are surfacing that users are seeing the option to enable a "Dislike" feature on their Facebook accounts.
Clicking on the link will result in the posting of messages on the walls of the victim's contacts which contain further solicitations and links designed to infect more users.
One version of the "Dislike" scam appears as follows: 
 Another example of the faux "Dislike"solicitation appears as such: 

Facebook does not offer a "Dislike" feature, nor does the social network offer the ability to see who has been viewing your member profile, the basis of another scam that has been placing fake messages on member's walls with a solicitation to follow a tainted link.
While neither scam has thus far proved to be distributing viruses that would disrupt a victim's computer, both exploits appear to employ hidden javascript code that would enable the attackers to study the user's browsing habits, and it is possible that the scams could be adapted to infect victim's computers with harmful malware.
Facebook has implemented several new security and privacy features this year, including the option to view Facebook over a secure SSL connection (HTTPS), the option to enable two-factor authentication ("Login Approval"), and notifications when an attempt to login to your account has been made from an unrecognized device ("Login Notifications").
To enable these security features, users need to go to the "Account" drop-down menu in the upper right hand corner of their Facebook page, choose "Account Settings" and then the"Account Security" option.
Check the boxes for each of the features and follow the directions. For the "Login Approval" feature, you will need to have your cell phone handy to complete the process.

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Beware of New Video Malware on Social networking Sites like FACEBOOK (Eg. Bin Laden)

New fake videos has been posted on internet for infecting computers, reported on fake codecs being delivered on sites promising bin Laden death videos, these videos are promoted on social networks and internet search engines.
By clicking on the link a file named XvidSetup.exe will be downloaded and wait to be executed directly on victim machine this executable file is actually a popular adware that is called hotbar. Only 19 of 41 AV identified the malware. 
While navigating internet even if we have antivirus with the latest signatures we risk that our computers gets infected, some antivirus do not integrate their security solution in the browser , that’s why we should be very careful while searching for some news or videos , for example YouTube do not control all videos posted as it requires time for malware verification.

Geek.com Spreading Malwares! - A popular Well Known Site!!

ZScaler informed about an attack on Geek.com a website that has been very popular for online technology resources since 1996. Hackers managed to redirects users to malicious sites and tried to install malicious software on all visitors machine.
On Sunday zScaler reported that the main page of the site including the homepage and the About Us section, containing an invisible iframe, JavaScript downloaded from sites contaminated with a homemade set of exploits. Next, the malicious code is trying to take advantage of vulnerabilities on the end user’s machine.
According to zScaler:

If you look at the screenshot , you will notice that they feature the latest articles on the home page. The latest topic or article currently discussed is “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 details leaked”. As this is first article is highlighted and “Call of Duty” is a very popular game, one can assume that many people have fallen victim to this attack. It is in the article itself where the malicious Iframe has been injected.
 The malicious Iframe redirects victims to a malicious website hosting an exploit kit. Once you visit, heavily obfuscated JavaScript is returned which will target various known vulnerabilities. Here is what the exploit looks like:
 Unfortunately on a daily bases there are hundreds of attacks conducted on web pages like the one demonstrated. Many legitimate web resources  are subject to cracking due to lack of experience in web application programming, that are often used by cybercriminals to spread their malicious software. Attackers are always looking for popular sites and news portals and use them as platforms for their attacks. You always have to remember safe sites do not exist.

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Password Tips (Password Hacking is todays biggest Threat)

For your own security, you should remember the following tips for your webmail client:

1. Use a relatively complicated password (e.g., “ClearSkyL8@Night”

rather than “clearskies”). The key is to have at least a change of case and a number, or change of case and a special character, or number and special character – preferably a couple of each category – and to make sure it’s at least around 11 characters long if you can (but at the very least, 8 characters long).

2. Use different passwords for email and for bank accounts. There are all sorts of tricks you can use.

3. If you log into your email from another person’s account, change the password when you get home.

4. Make sure your anti-virus software on your home computer is up to date (which can prevent key loggers that can capture your passwords).

5. Never enter your password into a page you reached by clicking an email link. Just don’t do it. You’ll be happier that way.

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T-Mobile Doubles 4G, Introduces Rocket 3.0 Laptop Stick!

In a world where second-gen devices launch mere months after their predecessors, I guess it’s not too much of a surprise that large-scale upgrades are already being implemented to 4G networks. T-Mobile, specifically, has announced that it will double the speed of its 4G network in 55 different markets.
The goal is to offer download speeds of 42 Mbps to Atlanta, Ga., Chicago, Ill., Los Angeles, Calif, among others. And that’s not all T-Mo customers have to look forward to, as the pink carrier is also launching its first 42 Mbps-capable 4G product, a laptop sick called the T-Mobile Rocket 3.0.
Manufactured by ZTE, the Rocket 3.0 laptop stick will sell for $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate on a 2GB two-year contract. Off-contract, the Rocket 3.0 will jump to $199.99. T-Mobile promises more 4G devices soon, 25 in 2011 to be exact, to join the dozen 4G-capable devices already in its portfolio.

KINGMAX World’s First 64GB MicroSD Card

A powerful phone with less-than impressive storage space is potentially one of the most peeving situations imaginable. And apparently KINGMAX seems to agree, as the Taiwan-based manufacturer has debuted the world’s first-ever 64GB microSD card, which should be sufficient for just about everyone. The 64GB microSD card from KINGMAX can store approximately 30,000 digital photos (in their original resolution), more than 2,000 albums, or 24+ hours of 720p HD video. The card touts a Class 6 rating, or in other words, the card can read and write data at speeds up to 48 Mbps. What’s more, KINGMAX added error correction control, and promises low energy consumption, all protected by a lifetime guarantee.
Pricing and availability have yet to be announced, but it shouldn’t be too long before we get some word on when and where we can pick up this impressive new microSD card. Plus, we expect that KINGMAX will want to get this on shelves as soon as possible, lest some other manufacturer come up with a 64GB microSD card and beat KINGMAX to the punch.

Hasselblad’s Newest Cam Gets 200 Megapix From A 50-Megapix Sensor "Unbelievable"!!

Hasselblad is known for high megapixel counts, but this is getting a bit ridiculous. On the other hand, the engineering solution they’ve employed to create that count is really interesting. Most camera makers, including Hasselblad, increase the pixel count of their sensor by reducing the size of the photosensitive wells and pushing them closer together. This has some benefits, but also drawbacks, one of which is a sort of pixel density wall that Hasselblad has probably been running up against for a while. But instead of making the sensor bigger or packing more into it, they created a clever hardware-software combination that might give them a real advantage over the competition.
What they’ve done is mounted the sensor on a piezoelectric motor, which moves the sensor by infinitesimal amounts and takes an exposure multiple times. This allows the single-color pixel wells to be exposed to different parts of the image, creating tiny variations which, properly processed, create more detail and sharpness. Their final output is 200 megapixels, which is almost certainly an arbitrary number they picked, a target that can be reached in a reasonable amount of exposures (six, in this case).

You can output to a CF card, but they recommend attaching a hard drive, as the final image can be around 600MB. The need for multiple exposures makes the total shot time extremely long; 20-30 seconds are required, so shots of human beings are pretty much right out.
It was actually announced a while back but technical difficulties have delayed it for a while and they’re only now selling it. At $45,000 to start, these aren’t really in our price range, but advances like this in sensor and imaging tech occasionally trickle down, and I think it’s interesting enough on its own.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Twitter To Buy TweetDeck For $40 – $50 Million

Twitter has acquired TweetDeck, we’ve heard from a source with knowledge of the deal, and the transaction will be announced in the next few days. The $40 million – $50 million purchase price includes both cash and Twitter stock, says our source.
In February we reported that an acquisition of TweetDeck by Bill Gross’ UberMedia was all but done, in the $25 – $30 million range. And that deal was in fact all but done. But Twitter quickly provided an unsolicited counter offer, and TweetDeck was in play again. TechCrunch EU has the full story on how that played out.
This deal is defensive for Twitter, say all the sources we’ve spoken with over the last couple of months. They simply couldn’t allow UberMedia to have so much market share in this space. The company has acquired UberTwitter, EchoFon and a number of other Twitter-related startups. Adding TweetDeck to the UberMedia stable of products would give them too much leverage over Twitter, say our sources, and so Twitter made a strong defensive bid to disrupt the deal. Which succeeded nicely, apparently.

Why Isn’t Google Chrome Part Of Android?

Over the past couple of years covering Google, there’s one seemingly simple question that comes up again and again, that Google just can’t seem to answer. Why isn’t Chrome a part of Android?
Read the wrong way, that could seem like a deep question. But it almost never means “why isn’t Chrome OS simply merged with Android?” or the like. Most of the time, it’s simply a question wondering why Google’s very popular web browser is not a part of their very popular mobile operating system? After all, that OS has a browser (the aptly-named “Browser”), but it’s not Chrome. Why not?
Unsurprisingly, the question came up once again at Google I/O last week. During a panel with a bunch of engineers on the Chrome team, it was one of the first questions asked. The response? “It’s not something we’re talking about right now.” Ouch.
“I don’t know how to answer that,” the engineered continued. Okay…
Another team member, probably realizing those answers sounded both cryptic and harsh, chimed in. “The important thing at the end of the day is to make browsers better. While it’s not strictly Chrome, we share a lot of code with the Android team. We’ll share more over time.” Okay, that’s better. Still, a bit odd.
Based on my understanding, after having a number of discussions on this topic over the years, it would seem that boils down to a few things. First, the Android team is a completely separate team from the Chrome team. Second, it’s a branding issue that Google isn’t quite sure how to resolve. Third, the Android browser, while similar to Chrome, really isn’t Chrome.
The first and second issues are interesting because more and more, they’re related. As they showcased at I/O this year, Google now is fully backing two horses in the OS race: Android and Chrome OS. Each are made by two entirely different teams that don’t often mix with one another.
As Google executives kept saying over and over again when asked last week, the two OSes have different goals — and are going about things in completely different ways. While Chrome may have started out as a web browser, it’s now much more from an ideology perspective inside of Google. No one will admit this, but if they’re to ultimately succeed, they sort of have to believe that Android won’t. That makes it hard to work together.
When Android first launched in October of 2008, it seemed like either a small oversight or precautionary measure that the browser bundled with it wasn’t branded as Chrome. After all, Google’s browser had just launched in beta (on Windows) the month before. Assuming people liked it, you would have assumed that Google would transfer the branding over to use in Android, right?
Well people did like Chrome. A lot. And yet, Google never moved it over. This despite the fact that Apple did just that on the iPhone with its much less successful Safari browser. Meanwhile, Opera and Mozilla’s Firefox were committed to mobile versions of their popular browsers as well. But Google stuck with “Browser” for Android.
And now they may be stuck with it for good. The problem is that Chrome, for better or worse, is now associated with another product that is similar but different from Android — again, Chrome OS. Imagine if they start including a Chrome browser on Android tablets and then next year Chrome OS tablets launch. Consumers will wonder what the hell the difference is? (And this may already prove to be an issue on the PC/Chromebook side of things, we’ll see.)
All that aside, it is still important to remember that Android’s Browser really isn’t Chrome. The two are both based on WebKit and use Google’s V8 JavaScript engine, but there are dozens of other features that Google is trying to associate with Chrome that they couldn’t possibly squeeze into a mobile web browser (at least not yet).
The same issues are true with Apple’s regular Safari browser and their mobile one. But that browser generally seems to be less feature-focused, so the branding might not be as big of an issue. Plus, even if the two sides don’t work closely together inside of Apple (though it seems like they might), does anyone really believe there’s any way in hell Steve Jobs would let the browser in iOS be called anything but Safari?
Back to Google, on the flip side of things, the Android team have their own wants and needs for the browser bundled with their software. And imagine if a problem on the Chrome team was stalling a new Android build? Or vice versa?
But with the launch of Honeycomb, Android’s Browser is now starting to look a lot more like Chrome as well, thanks to the tabbed browsing experience it offers. This will only lead to more questions. And it’s only a matter of time before users start demanding that elements are fully synced between the two (Chrome and Android’s Browser).
At that point, Google may have to consider this question yet again. Is it time to bring Chrome to Android?

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