Chidambaram to Respond to Budget Queries on March 4 Google+ Hangout!

?Be ready to ask P. Chidambaram, the union finance minister, budget questions on his March 4 Google+ Hangout. This is the first time when an Indian finance minister will be on Google+ Hangout to response to queries about the budget he presented on 28 February. If you want to watch the session live, tune in at 8 pm IST.

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Along with Chidambaram, there will be a group of panelists including Jahangir Aziz, Senior Asia Economist and India Chief Economist, JP Morgan; Anand Mahindra, Chairman and Managing Director of Mahindra & Mahindra; and Amit Singhal, Senior Vice President, Google Inc.

To put up a query, go to the InConversation YouTube channel, where you can submit a question as a video or a comment. Another way of doing that is through the Google India Page at by submitting a question using the hashtag #askthefm.

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi earlier used Google+ Hangout to address people. He received an overwhelming response with more than 20,000 questions posted. The topic of Modi’s Google+ Hangout session was “Strong and Glorious India long cherished by Swami Vivekananda.”

Google+ Hangouts is facilitate group video chat. It allows multiple users to join a pre-arranged video conference.

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MacBook Pro Retina Display in India launched in India!

Apple has introduced the next generation MacBook Pro with Retina Display in India. These notebooks were earlier launched in U.S. after their date of announcement and now Apple has brought these devices in Indian market. However, the price of these device is a bit higher from the U.S. price which has sure brought disappointment to Indians users. The hike in the price for the Indian market by Apple could be a reason of the country’s low economy and the fall in Rupee. Continue reading

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Mercury launches mTab Rio tablet!

Mercury launched the new mTab Rio adding to its mTab range of tablets. Mercury had earlier launched mTab Neo 2 tablet. Mtab Rio runs on Android v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. However, mTab Neo2 and previous tablets of Mercury couldn’t deliver a good picture quality but the company assures of providing better display quality this time. Mercury mTab Rio has been provided a 9.7 touchscreen display and is powered with a 1.2GHz processor.

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Samsung Omnia and Dell Venue Pro to get Windows Tango Update!

Microsoft has started releasing the Windows Phone Tango updates. So far, Samsung Omnia W and Dell Venue Pro users could only get to experience the update as Microsoft is releasing the updates on these two handsets. However, it was earlier reported that Nokia Lumia 710 and 800 are getting the updates but the users confirmed that the update has yet not reached India.

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So, it is just Samsung Omnia W and Dell Venus Pro who are receiving the updates. The users with handsets running on version 7.10.8107 Operating System will get their first update as to upgrade the OS version to 7.10.8112, then followed by a 7.10.8773 Tango update. The update will allow users to add files in MMS, exchange contacts and many other features. Even, phones like Dell Venue Pro, which is less used by youngsters now, is getting the updates which is a good sign for the customers.

The features which have been noticed with the update are internet sharing or Wi-Fi tethering and flip to silence. Internet sharing will enable users to access mobile internet over Wi-Fi using many devices simultaneously. It will turn your mobile devices into a hotspot (Wi-fi). About the other feature – flip flop, the phone will go in the silent mode when kept down faced, it will not make any sound, even on receiving incoming call, message or a mail. The update can be accessed using Zune software on a PC or Windows Phone 7 on a Mac by connecting their phones to PC or Mac with the USB cable.

The newly released Windows Phone Tango update is not even a demo. The present windows phone devices will not come with Windows 8. However, Microsoft is planning to provide an update to its current devices to provide them Windows Phone 8 start screen which will called as Windows Phone 7.8

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BSNL launches pocket Wi-Fi Router!

BSNL is all set to launch its Wi-Fi router called Winknet MF50 along with Shyam Networks. The router is of the size of a pocket and the company will soon announce its data plans with 3G capabilities. Winknet MF50, 3G router will act as a Wi-Fi and will allow users to connect their devices like phone, laptop, tablet and others to the router. The router is easy to be carry around and is useful during travelling. BSNL has earlier launched Winknet 3G dongle that also supports 2G connections at a price of Rs. 1,900 with a downloading speed of 7.2 Mbps and upload speed of 5.76 Mbps.

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However, LAVA Mobiles is among the first to come up with a pocket wireless router (W 150) in September, 2011. Its most impressive feature was that it could easily share the internet between 32 users within a range of 50 meters. It came with a USB port to connect 2G and 3G dongles and a 10/100 Ethernet port for WAN/LAN connectivity. It has a built-in 2300 mAH Li-ion battery that can be charged using a standard USB charger/port or a computer. It featured a data transmission speeds of 802.11 n @ 150 Mbps, 802.11 g @ 54 Mbps and 802.11 b @ 11 Mbps.

Recently, Kobian introduced a Mercury 3G Mobile Router which can provide connectivity to six devices at the same time. It comes with an additional Li-ion battery to provide a battery back up of 5 hours. It provides a broadband speed up to 7.2 Mbps and supports all the GSM users. The router is priced at Rs. 5,200 and comes with a warranty of 1 year. The device can easily switch between router and modem mode.

BSNL Winknet MF50 is priced at Rs. 5,800. With such a reasonable price and high features, will you buy the router?

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Samsung Launches Galaxy Beam Projector Phone in India!

The highly anticipated Galaxy Beam Projector phone has finally been launched by Samsung in India. The phone comes with a mobile beam projector to display good definition videos along with the interchangeable adjustment with the size of the video.

Galaxy Beam runs on Android Gingerbread Operating System and is powered with a 1 GHz dual core application processor. It has 768 MB RAM and comes with 8 GB of onboard storage. The device sports a 4 inch WVGA TFT touchscreen display.

image 1 Samsung Launches Galaxy Beam Projector Phone in India!

Here is a look at some of the specifications of the phone:

  • 2G and 3G enabled
  • Android v2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • 768 MB RAM and 8 GB onboard storage
  • Expandable memory: 40 GB via 32 GB microSD card
  • 5 Mega Pixel camera in the front with CMOS sensor and LED flash
  • 1.3 Mega Pixel rear camera with CMOS for video conferencing
  • 2,000 mAh battery
  • Talktime: 575 minutes (3G)
  • Stand by: 769 hours (2G and 3G)
  • Bluetooth, Wi-fi and GPRS
  • Geo-magnetic sensor and accelerometer

With just 148g in weight, the device is quite handy for both, as a phone as well as a projector. The phone comes with a 40 GB expandable memory allowing users to download and listen to various songs and movies. It was told by NDTV Gadgets that the most amazing thing about the phone is its image and video projector that comes with an ability to expand the display content up to 50 inches.

Samsung Galaxy Beam Projector phone is available at a price if Rs. 29,900.

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iphone 5 Could Come with NFC for PassBook App in iOS 6!

Apple has always been ahead in the hardware race from its competitors, yet it keeps on coming with something new and innovative for its consumers. They always serve people in the best possible way they can. However, it has been rumoured that Apple will launch iPhone 5 with NFC support. The investigation of the upcoming iphone prototypes – N41AP and N42AP by 9to5Mac lead to the conclusion that the company may introduce iPhone 5 with NFC (Near Field Communication) for PassBook App in iOS 6 built in to the Power Management Unit.

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Apple has already introduced the PassBook application at WWDC this year. The PassBook application comes with a unique feature to make the phone act like a wallet and help the consumers to pay for goods and services. Now, with the introduction of NFC in the upcoming iPhones, it would be easier to do so, as it will function similar to Google’s Wallet and the latest app named ‘Wallet’ by Microsoft. CTO of SITA, Jim Peters stated, “Opinion is that Apple is going to incorporate NFC into Passbook. Apple just thinks about how they can make it really easy for the user, and then they figure out how to monetise it. They don’t think about how to monetise it and then tell the user what they can have. There is a lot of debate that NFC will never take off because of all the arguments. But you need to get ready, this is coming. This is going to happen. By the end of the year the majority of smartphones that you go and buy will have NFC on them. If in October the next iPhone comes out and it has NFC on it, it’s game over.”

We get to hear rumours about Apple everyday but it is hard to believe all. Now, after the confirmation of iOS 6, the rumours seem to carry some weight. Head of Emerging Payments at MasterCard, Ed McLaughlin stated,”The timeline is always as rapid as it makes sense for consumers,” he said. “That’s a combination of having a critical mass of the merchants, which is what you’re seeing right now, and getting devices into the hands of consumers. I don’t know of a handset manufacturer that isn’t in process of making sure their stuff is PayPass ready.”

Apple has always been very particular about every update and now if the company is planning to introduce iPhone5 with NFC support, then a good response from the buyers can easily be expected.

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Researchers to Detect Parkinson’s Using Siri-like Software!

Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that may result into death of dopamine-generating cells in the substantia nigra, a region of the midbrain; the cause of this cell death is unknown. But now, there may be a chance for an early escape. A report from the Oxford University by Gizmodo, Max Little, stated that they are in a middle of making a software to confirm the change in the voice patterns. He even believed that the software will prove to be a great help in detecting the symptoms related to Parkinson’s disease. A post in the Pa rkinson’s Voice says that the step taken will be a major breakthrough in getting a step closer in detecting the disease at an early stage as the ‘voice is affected as much by Parkinson’s as limb movements.’ In the report explained to BBC, it was stated,”This is machine learning. We are collecting a large amount of data when we know if someone has the disease or not and we train the database to learn how to separate out the true symptoms of the disease from other factors.”

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In the research based on the data collected from 50 patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease. The voices of these patients were recorded once a week in every six months. With the help of the data, Max managed to ‘develop an algorithm to detect changes in voice purely associated with Parkinson’s.’ In the tests conducted on various people, he found that the software was successful in detecting people suffering from Parkinson’s disease from a random crowd with an accuracy rate of 86%.

Max Little announced at TEDGlobal that there will be a further growth of the project and asked people to leave their voices for tests as that would help him to improve the software. Max aims to record 10,000 voices and encourages people from all around the world to participate. He claims if he succeeds in developing this software then he would offer it to the doctors to use it for the diagnosis of the disease. Max further stated to BBC,”We’re not intending this to be a replacement for clinical experts, rather, it can very cheaply help identify people who might be at high risk of having the disease and for those with the disease, it can augment treatment decisions by providing data about how symptoms are changing in-between check-ups with the neurologist.”

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LG Launched a New App for Mobile TV!

LG has launched a new application for Mobile TV users. The application allows live streaming of the movies using Wi-fi and also through 3G connection. It provides users to choose watching full length movies in different languages including latest trailers of the upcoming movies. The in-built application comes with online widget support. It offers on demand service and provides free viewing of television in the initial 2 months from the day of activation.

The mobile TV app offers various features like watching Bollywood entertainment, pre-recorded cartoons, movie trailers, news, live TV and movies. The application comes pre-loaded in the latest LG smartphone, Optimus L7. Along with the launch of Optimus 3D Max, LG released Optimus L7 that runs on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System and is powered with a 1GHz processor. The device comes with a 5 Mega Pixel rear camera and a 0.3 Mega Pixel camera in the front for voice conferencing.

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Here is a look at some of the specifications of the phone:

Android (4.0.3) Optimus UI

Capacitive, Multi-touch display

Single core, 1000 MHz, ARMv7 processor

MicroSD slot, expandable up to 32 GB

2400 MB in built memory, 512 RAM

Adreno 200 graphics processor

5 Mega Pixel camera with auto focus and LED flash

Wi-fi: 802.11 b, g, n


The demand of the consumers regarding the features of the mobile phones have changed. Their perception towards mobile content has transformed, watching TV on mobile phones is on a high rise. Zenga TV has set an example in the past by providing content to users through its partnership with Bollywood to offer movies and trailers. However, its not the first time for LG to come up offering mobile TV to users, it has done it before when mobile TV was not even so much in demand. Few years ago, LG launched the VX 9400 mobile phone claiming it to support MediaFLO Mobile TV technology by Qualcomm. It has been reported that the market value of the company has been on a decline from some time due to its late Android updates in its smartphone handsets. With the launch of its new mobile TV app, LG is trying every possible thing to bounce back in the market.

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Dell Introduced XPS 14 Ultrabook in India!

Dell has expanded its XPS range of laptops with the launch of XPS 14 ultrabook in India. Dell has been awarded earlier for its creation of the XPS 13 ultrabook and now the company has provided the same design to its latest XPS ultrabook. However, it has been provided with an additional screen size along with advanced features for users obsessed with performance and results. The Dell XPS 14 is currently available in Dell India stores.

With the launch of Dell XPS 14 ultrabook, the company has added another option for its users to choose the best suited laptop from the XPS series according to their needs. On one hand, where XPS 13 is sleek & compact and is appropriate for mobile consumers, XPS 14, on the other hand provides longer battery back up for users with greater usage of the device. Both the laptops are given a unique and a stylish design combined with desired features and security required by IT departments.

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Dell XPS 13 ultrabook is powered with 2nd generation Intel Core i5-2467M processor (1.60 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 2.30 GHz,TPM) and runs on Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (English) Operating System. It comes with features like Intel Rapid Start, Smart Response and Smart Connect technologies and has a 4GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz . Executive Director and General Manager, Consumer and SB, Dell India, Mahesh Bhalla said, “Following the exceptional success of our XPS 13, our customers wanted to see more of the XPS brand. The XPS 14 laptop offers powerful performance, thoughtful design and a superb user experience, along with enterprise friendly features so you can use them for work and for play.”

Dell XPS 14 ultrabook is powered with 3rd generation Intel Core i5-3317U processor (3M cache, up to 2.6 GHz – TPM) and runs on Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (English). It comes with 14.0″ HD + (900p) True Life Infinity Display with Skype-Certified Hi-Def Web cam and has a 4GB DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz. XPS 14 provides a longer battery back up of 10 hours nd has a 500GB hard drive, along with a 32GB SSD. With such high configuration, the device doesn’t take much time to boot and respond faster.

Dell provides a 3 year Premium Phone Support Warranty with every XPS device and offers 24X7 support availability through e-mail, phone or chat. 3 years Complete Cover will also be provided along with 3 years Pro Support Warranty ( Hardware + Software Support).

Dell XPS 14 Ultrabook is priced at Rs. 82,990 in India.

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