Saturday, June 8, 2013

Crisis in the clouds what to do if your service provider goes bust

Like businesses across all sectors of the economy, cloud service providers are far from immune to the worst ravages of the recession.
But when a provider does go bust what happens to the businesses that have put their faith, money and resources in finding a suitable partner and are now threatened with losing services, resources and data as a result of their collapse?

Oracle Adds More Jolt To Java Security Procedures ReadWrite

Oracle Adds More Jolt To Java Security Procedures
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Google Keyboard App Now Available, No Nexus Required

Google’s Android software includes one of the best smartphone keyboards around, but you might not know it if you own a phone from Samsung or HTC. Both companies, at least in their latest Android phones, have replaced the main Google keyboard with their own homemade offerings–and they’re not as good. I’m not crazy about the default keyboard on my HTC One, and Samsung’s been criticized by some reviewers for its own Galaxy S4 keyboard as well. Fortunately, Google is now offering a way for users running Android 4.0 and higher to install the company’s own software keyboard. Just head to Google Play, install the app, and follow the setup instructions. I like how simple and solid Google

Microsoft Windows RT tablet to get Outlook

Microsoft will add its popular Outlook email program to more tablets running on a lightweight version of its Windows operating system as part of a free software update this year.

The Outlook 2013 app will be given to owners of Microsoft's Surface tablet and similar devices running Windows RT. That's a slimmed down version of Windows 8, a radical overhaul of the ubiquitous operating system used on most personal computers. 

Are Programmers In C,Cpp More Preferred At Google Than Programmers In Java Forbes

AreProgrammersIn C/C++ More Preferred At Google ThanProgrammersIn Java?
If there are twoprogrammerswho are equally good, but one knows Java and the other knows C++, Google Google would hire both. Really. But, does Google prefer, on the margin, C++ over Java? Not really. Java is actually easier in some ways in that you won’t have to worry about memory management and pointers in an interview. On the other hand, you’re also unlikely to understand computer architecture as well if you don’t know C++.

HTC One Max Rumored to Challenge Galaxy Note 3

A larger HTC One Max could on tap for 2013.
HTC One Max Rumored to Challenge Galaxy Note 3 is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.
The HTC T6, a rumored phablet based on the HTC One, is thought to be arriving on shelves as the HTC One Max, a device that appears to be aimed squarely at the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
At the moment, HTC and Samsung are waging war against each other in the mobile sector with their HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 flagships that hit shelves just a short time ago. Later this year though, there appear to be several other battles planned, first with the HTC One Mini and Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini and after that, a fight between an HTC phablet and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

Future research shows consumer tech confidence

Future research shows consumer tech confidence
UK consumers are becoming more confident in using technology, according to the annual Techmonitor research by Future, publisher of TechRadar.
Carried out with research specialist The Source, the findings from close to 2,900 UK responses show that 69% consider themselves experts in at least one area of technology, and that 58% are more confident using technology than they were a year ago.
The research also shows that the boundaries between home and work are blurring, in particular for 16-35 year-olds, and social networking is becoming more common, driven by the increased use of mobile devices.

Updated, iOS 7 release date, news and rumours

Updated: iOS 7 release date, news and rumours
With Apple's WWDC 2013 developer conference taking place over the coming days, we're about to learn more details on the forthcoming iOS 7 update for the the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.
The last major iOS 6 update for Apple's mobile devices was mostly hit, but there was a big Maps-shaped miss.
Lots of people were rightly angry about Apple ditching Google data, but beyond that mis-step there were things to like: a more useful Siri (App launching plus the recognition that a world exists outside of the USA), shared Photo Streams, handy Phone app controls such as 'send to voicemail', and major improvements to Mail, Safari, accessibility and the Camera app.

Is this a Fully Assembled Nokia Lumia EOS

Is this a Fully Assembled Nokia Lumia EOS? is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.
We now know nearly everything there is to know about the external design of the Nokia Lumia EOS, the Windows Phone powered follow up to 808 PureView that featured a 41 megapixel sensor, thanks to new photos.
Two new sets of photos detailing the alleged design of the Nokia Lumia EOS have surfaced showcasing the color hues and entire body styling of the device.
The first set, which originate from GSM Arena, feature the same casing and components that were leaked earlier this week, albeit assembled. Instead of yellow, this device’s polycarbonate shell seems to be matte black. As hypothesized yesterday, it does appear as the device will ship with Xenon flash for taking pictures as it its flash looks identical to the Xenon flash module included in the Lumia 928.

Cognizant ranked 12th on Forbes Fast Tech 25 list, LinkedIn at No 1

US-headquartered Indian IT services major Cognizant has been ranked at 12th place on a Forbes list of America's 25 fastest growing tech companies, which has been topped by business networking site LinkedIn.

Social networking giant Facebook is ranked second, followed by global IT major Apple at the third place.

Nasdaq-listed Cognizant, which recently pipped Infosys as the second-largest IT services firm in India, is the only Indian company on the list. Despite being a US-based company, a significant portion of its employees are from India.

Indian student from US hacks ICSE, ISC database

ImageA 20-year-old Indian student from Cornell University hacked into the database of ICSE (Class X) and ISC (Class XII) school exam results, exposed glaring anomalies in the marking system and went on to merrily write about his exploits in an online post.

Kolkata-born Debarghya Das, majoring in computer science, says that all he had to do was run a simple program that entered all roll numbers after defining a range to get access to all the results. "It is shocking they haven't implemented a more secure system," Das told TOI on phone from New York. 

Why banks current defences are not foolproof

As most banks urge customers to shift to the virtual space, their ability to create fortresses against cyber aggresses has come into the spotlight. ET argues that banks' current defences against online fraud are not unbreachable.
Two Indian payment processors, ElectraCard and Enstage, were in the spotlight recently for their alleged role in a $45-million credit card fraud impacting Indian and international banks.

* In the last week of May, phishers embezzled over Rs 5 lakh from the Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation's bank accounts through refunds after booking over 100 fake tickets and cancelling them.

See Michael Dell s advice to Indian entrepreneurs

"Be crazy and don't seek too much advice on what you propose to do," this is the mantra that Michael Dell, the man who founded the world's third largest PC making company -- Dell -- has given to budding entrepreneurs in India for becoming successful. 

"...entrepreneurs I think have to be a little bit crazy, at least in the eyes of others," Dell, who is also the CEO of the company, said. 

Successful entrepreneurs will be those who venture to do what others will not; if it's "obvious," everyone would do it, he said in an interaction here, hosted by IT industry body Nasscom with hundreds of start-ups in attendance, late last evening. 

Now, tablet for intermediate students

IT software startup company AppThoughtz has launched a tablet, 'iTopper', which helps students of Class 11 and 12 develop insights into v arious subjects, a company official said here Tuesday. 

Announcing the launch, Vijay Kallepalli, managing director of AppThoughtz, said: "iTopper comes with a bundle of in-built applications that not only enables students to access quality content from top class publishers but evaluate their own performance through self-test method." 

HTC COO steps down amid management rejig

HTC's chief operating officer has stepped down in the middle of a management restructuring intended to improve product quality and supply chains, following delays in the launch of the Taiwanese firm's flagship new phone. 

Matthew Costello became an executive advisor from Europe effective on June 1, according to an email from HTC president of engineering and operations Fred Liu to employees. Liu took up the operating responsibilities with Costello's departure. 

Smartphone sales to touch nearly 1bn in 2013, IDC

Smartphone sales will eclipse those of basic mobile phones this year for the first time as desire for handheld computing power grows, a market tracker said on Tuesday. 

International Data Corporation (IDC) expected smartphone shipments worldwide to reach 958.8 million units, topping last year's total by 32.7% to account for 52.2% of the mobile phone market. 

"2013 will mark a watershed year for smartphones," said IDC mobile phones programme research manager Ramon Llamas. 

Google s good side shown in new movie, The Internship

This scene isn't in the movie, but it might have been fitting if The Internship had ended with stars Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson wearing ruby red shoes while clicking their heels and dreamily whispering, "There's no place like Google; there's no place like Google." 

The new comedy depicts Google as corporate America's equivalent of the Emerald City from The Wizard of Oz - a colourful place where all the food is free, interesting people and gadgets loom around every corner and dreams can come true for those who think big enough, work hard enough and collaborate as a team to make it happen. 

How cloud computing is helping IBM, Salesforce

A decade ago, the mere idea of cloud computing was a difficult concept to explain, let alone sell. Today, the technology is spurring a high-stakes scramble to buy some of the early leaders in the cloud-computing movement. 

The latest examples of the trend emerged as two major technology companies announced acquisitions aimed at seeding their own clouds. 

Cloud-computing pioneer said it will spend about $2.5 billion to buy ExactTarget, a specialist in helping other companies manage marketing campaigns and other business functions through email, social networks and a variety of digital services that can be reached on any device with an Internet connection.

BlackBerry India MD, Don t have a portfolio like Samsung

A month into his new role, BlackBerry India managing director Sunil Lalvani says his company will not ape competition strategies of price drops or liquidating old stock, but will bet on offering value to drive its sales. The Canadian smartphone maker also has no intention to get into the $100 (approx Rs 5,600) device market in India, he told ET in an interview. 

About the plans to offer BlackBerry Messenger free on Android and iOS platforms, Lalvani says there is a possibility of losing customers to rivals but adds that it may also bring customers back to BlackBerry devices because they can connect to friends using other smartphones. Edited excerpts: 

Official says data show US cyberattacks on China

China's Internet security chief has told state media that Beijing has amassed large amounts of data about US-based hacking attacks against China but refrains from blaming the White House or thePentagon because it would be irresponsible.

The state-run English-language China Daily reported Wednesday that Huang Chengqing, director of the government's Internet emergency response agency, said Beijing and Washington should cooperate rather than confront each other in the fight against cyberattacks. Huang also calls for mutual trust.

EBay to open shoppable windows in New York

EBay Inc is launching virtual stores called "shoppable windows" this month that the e-commerce company hopes will help retailers generate more sales from their existing physical store networks.

The first four of these screens will open from June 8 through July 7 in busy parts of New York City, such as the lower east side and Soho. They will sell 30 items from Kate Spade Saturday, a new fashion brand launched this year by apparel retailer Fifth & Pacific Companies Inc. 

EBay set up a window display in New York City in late 2011, but those storefronts did not let shoppers order products on the screen. 

Zynga to cut 30 jobs in India

Online gaming company Zynga is laying off at least 30 of its over 400 employees in India as part of a global restructuring. Globally, Zynga , creator of the once wildly popular FarmVille and City-Ville games, is laying off 520 employees, about 18% of its 3,000-strong workforce. 
Zynga had not responded to a mail sent by TOI at the time of going to print, but company founder Mark Pincus's letter to employees said the layoff impact would be felt across every group in the company. The word in Zynga India is that at least 6% of the employees here would be impacted. Zynga's Bangalore centre, started in 2010, has rapidly expanded to become the company's second largest operation in the world, after its San Francisco centre. It started as a centre doing core R&D for the company. A year later started a studio that now manages multiple games, developing new content and creating new features for them. 

TCS increases CEO‘s monthly salary to Rs 15L

Tata Consultancy Services, India's largest software services exporter, said it has raised the chief executive N Chandrasekaran's maximum salary limit by 50% to Rs 15 lakh a month with effect from April 1, 2014, to "compensate for the additional business activities and responsibilities." 

Including benefits and bonuses, TCS CEO was paid around Rs 12 crore in the year to 31 March 2013. The salary bump comes at a time when TCS is easily outpacing its competition in the Indian IT outsourcing industry. Revenue in 2012-13 grew 14%, ahead of the industry growth rate of about 11%.

IBM buys SoftLayer, creates new cloud division

International Business Machines (IBM) said on Tuesday it would acquire web hosting company SoftLayer Technologies and create a new division for clients interested in so-called cloud services, a move to better compete with larger rivals in the space. 

Executives with IBM and SoftLayer declined to comment on the terms of the deal on a call with reporters. 

Reuters reported in March that IBM, among others, had been in talks to buy SoftLayer in a deal that could fetch more than $2 billion. 

Friday, June 7, 2013

Windows Phone gains amid Apple Android clash

Windows-powered smartphones made strong gains in the US market in early 2013, capturing third place, with Android and Apple at the top, a survey showed.

Android, the free operating system from Google, remained the top platform with 51.7 per cent of US sales in the three months to April, up from 50.3 per cent a year earlier, according to Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.

Apple's iOS was second with 41.4 per cent, up from 39.1 per cent a year earlier, the survey found.

TCS Finland may layoff 290 employees

Tata Consultancy Services, the country's largest software company, may sack as many as 290 employees at its Finland office, a move that the workers say is an attempt to shift jobs to India.

TCS, which has a registered office in Helsinki and has an employee strength of about 800 in Finland, is currently in negotiations with the employee representatives (ERs) over the move to cut jobs.

The Union of Professional Engineers in Finland (UIL) claimed that the jobs at stake were about 412, a figure which TCS said was inaccurate.

Suggest a good battery pack for smartphones

I use an Android handset with a dual-core processor. My problem is that its battery barely lasts 8 hours. I have heard of battery cases for phones. Can you suggest a good brand? Also, suggest a good externalbattery pack for smartphones

—-Rohan Sharma, Prashant Patil

We have seen such cases available for the iPhones and certain Android smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S III, but are not aware of their availability in the Indian market. You can, however, pick up an external power bank. These are battery packs that comprise either lithium-ion or lithium-polymer cells that can be charged to store power - and later, when your phone runs out of juice, you can simply connect these via USB to charge your device. When buying... Buy a battery pack that uses lithium polymer cells.

Silicon Valley at front line of global cyber war

Chinese President Xi Jinpingand American counterpart Barack Obamawill talk cyber-security this week in California, but experts say the state's Silicon Valley and its signature high-tech firms should provide the front lines in the increasingly aggressive fight against overseas hackers.

With China seeking to grow its economy and expand its technology base, companies like Facebook, Apple, Google and Twitter are inviting targets. In fact, all have been attacked and all point the finger at China, which has denied any role.

How Zynga s job cuts may impact Indian staff

Online gaming company Zynga's decision to lay off 520 employees may impact its Indian headcount as well. According to reports, around 400 employees were working for Zynga in India as of April 2013. "We are not commenting about specific offices - the impact will be felt across every group in the company," said a company statement in response to an e-mail query by ET.

The US-based gaming company started its India operations in 2012 and has an office in Bangalore. According to media reports, during his maiden visit to India in April, CEO and founder Mark Pincus had said that after San Francisco, India was their biggest centre and has been a 'terrific investment' for the company.

Dell cuts CEO Michael Dell s pay by 14 per cent

Dell trimmed CEO Michael Dell's pay by 14 per cent to $13.9 million last year amid a slump that culminated in a proposed $24.4 billion deal that could end the personal computer maker's 25-year history as a publicly traded company.

Most of Michael Dell's compensation last year consisted of stock awards designed to give him a greater incentive to boost the Round Rock, Texas, company's market value.

Michael Dell's stock awards were valued at $11.6 million last year while his salary remained unchanged at $950,000, according to a company filing with securities regulators Monday. He also received perks and other benefits worth $19,122.

3 ways how cybercheats defraud you

As the popularity of online transactions is on the rise, so are the attempts by unscrupulous entities to defraud you and make good with your money. Here are some common ways of defrauding the online citizenry and some must-have precautions when you are transacting online.

Most financial (banking, credit/debit card) hack attacks start with 'phishing' - a term given to an online scam where fraudsters steal a victim's personal information by sending out emails that appear to have originated from legitimate financial institutions, mostly banks. These emails usually state that the user needs to urgently update or validate his/her account information after clicking on a link in the email. The link, however, leads the victim to a fraudulent website.

NIIT to offer courses through cloud campus

In one of its most significant shift in business model, computer education major NIIT will offer courses directly on student's tablets and desktops, via what it calls a cloud campus. Besides, in the next three years, it sees non-IT courses like banking, design and social media marketing account for about one-third of its revenues.

This branching out into an alternative medium, as well as diversification drive, is about both a pull and push. "We are using the slowdown opportunity to shift to cloud," says Rajendra S Pawar, chairman of NIIT. "It will redefine how education is delivered." NIIT will offer about 50 courses via the cloud. Among the new ones are social media marketing, which will train students on how to use Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and blogs for marketing. There's also digital media marketing, online marketing, business & financial services for commerce graduates to make them job-ready for sectors like banking and insurance.

HCL Infosystems unveils ME Connect 2G 2.0 phablet

 HCL Infosystems Ltd has expanded its portfolio with the addition of HCL ME Tablet Connect 2G 2.0 smartphone-cum tablet, popularly called phablet. The 7-inch ME Connect 2G phablet is powered by a 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 processor with 1GB DDR3 RAM and 4GB internal memory expandable up to 32GB.

ME Connect 2G 2.0 runs on the latest Android Jelly Bean 4.1 operating system. The phablet comes with support for 11 local Indian languages and face recognition to lock and unlock the device. HCL ME Connect 2G 2.0 phablet offers 2G voice-calling and packs a 3800 mAH Li polymer battery.

Looking for gaming laptop under Rs 70,000, help

I want a gaming laptop with an i7 processor and at least 8GB of RAM under Rs 70,000. Please help.

—Mahesh Iyer, Fabian D'Mello

The Samsung NP550P5C-S 05IN is one of the best budget 'gaming' laptops. This machine is equipped with a 2.4GHz Core i7 3630QM quad-core processor (with Turbo Boost up to 3.4GHz), an NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M graphics processor that's capable of handling demanding games like Crysis 3 in medium settings, 8GB DDR3 RAM, 1TB hard disk, JBL speakers, a Blu-ray drive and a 15.6-inch screen with 1600x900 pixels resolution. This machine costs around Rs 57,000.
Alternatively, there's the Lenovo Y500 and the HP Envy M6-1216 TX, both of which are powered by the 2.2GHz Core i7 3632QM quad-core processor (with Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz) that consumes lesser power than the 3630QM.

India to have 348 million internet users by 2017, Cisco

India has the fastest internet traffic growth globally and is expected to have 348 million users by 2017, a study by networking giant Cisco   said.

According to Cisco's Visuals Networking Index (VNI) forecast (2012-17), internet traffic in India will reach 2.5 exabytes per month in 2017, up from 393 petabytes per month in 2012. One exabyte equals 1 million terabytes.

"In India, there will be 348 million internet usersin 2017, up from 138 million in 2012," the VNI forecast said.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Leaked images of cheaper iPhone appear online

As Apple's annual WWDC developer conference draws near, the buzz about the company launching new devices is getting stronger. Grapevine is rife that Apple may unveil two iPhones at the conference, one of which will be the cheaper version of the device. Now, a website has published what it claims is the leaked image of the long-rumoured handset.

Two users of Chinese microblogging website Weibo have posted images that are said to be of the alleged cheaper iPhone. Consistent with previous reports, the device has a curved body and is made using glossy plastic. The Weibo users who leaked the images say that the device has a curved back and feels good in the hand. 

What challenges Infosys s NR Narayana Murthy faces

NR Narayana Murthy's second innings at Infosys serves as a strong positive for the company's shares at a time when it has become tough for the IT company to post healthy growth amid competition and global demand uncertainty.

His appointment as executive chairman sends a strong signal to employees, clients, analysts and investors that the board is serious about reviving the fortunes of a firm that now looks lost in the fast-changing world of enterprise technology.

Apple supplier working on new devices for Mozilla

Hon Hai Precision Industry aims to extend its business to provide devices and applications that build on Mozilla's Firefox operating system in a bid to diversify away from the company's core contract manufacturing business that yields low margins. 

The world's largest contract electronics manufacturer said it will launch a series of products running Firefox, including smartphones, tablets, TVs, electronic whiteboards and outdoor displays. The company said there are currently more than five devices in development. 

3D printing comes to reality

ImageInvisalign, a San Jose company, uses 3D printing to make each mouthful of customized, transparent braces. Mackenzies Chocolates, a confectioner in Santa Cruz, uses a 3D printer to pump out chocolate molds. And earlier this year, Cornell University researchers used a 3D printer, along with injections of a special collagen gel, to create a human-shaped ear.

Once a science-fiction fantasy, three-dimensional printers are popping up everywhere from the desks of home hobbyists to Air Force drone research centers. The machines, generally the size of a microwave oven and costing $400 to more than $500,000, extrude layer upon layer of plastics or other materials, including metal, to create 3D objects with moving parts. 

RCom to move 5,500 employees to third party BPOs

Anil Ambani-owned Reliance Communications (RCom) plans to shift more than 5,500 employees from its call centre functions for post paid, enterprise, international calling and Reliance India back offices to third-party business process outsourcing companies. 

RCom chief executive officer Gurdeep Singh confirmed the move. Two persons aware of the development said deals with existing and new BPO companies were almost finalised and contracts will be announced in the next three to four weeks. 

80 percent Acer devices to have touchscreens by 2014

Acer expects up to 80% of its products to use touchscreen technology by next year or the year after, hoping new tablets and touch-notebook computers will revive its sales in a PC market where quarterly shipments are at their lowest in nearly four years. 

Touchscreen models are expected to rise to 30-35% of total notebook PC sales at the world's No. 4 PC vendor by the end of this year, up from 25% this quarter, Acer Chairman JT Wang told Reuters in an interview. The company shipped 1.2 million tablets in the January-March quarter and has a target of 5 million to 10 million for the whole year. 

Jayshree Ullal, Silicon Valley s most influential woman

Jayshree Ullal's passion for technology is obvious in the lucid way she explains esoteric topics such as cloud applications for Big Data and the future of the internet. Selected as one of the most influential people in technology by Forbes magazine in 2011, Ullal gave up her job at networking giant Cisco as senior vice president to move to Arista Networks, a start-up. 

Ullal joined Arista, founded by a group of well-known serial entrepreneurs, in 2008 as president and CEO. "I was part of Cisco as it grew from $600 million to $40 billion and my own division grew from 0 to $10-billion-plus in annual revenues. But in moving to Arista, I was seeking something more entrepreneurial and a new hill to climb," she says. 

Google, Infosys using internships to hire talent

Organisations like Google, Infosys and Coca Cola are increasingly looking at internship as a key HR strategy that enables them to recruit A-grade performers based on how individuals fare in an actual workplace scenario, experts say. 

A good internship programme helps an organisation build a solid talent pipeline, also known as 'bench strength'. They recruit people from the campuses for internship programmes and based on their performance and inclination, induct them for full-time roles in the company. 

Google Glass not getting face recognition feature

Google put out word that it won't add face-recognition features to Glass, in a bow to privacy fears raised about the camera-enabled internet-connected eyewear. 

"We won't add facial recognition features to our products without having strong privacy protections in place," Google said in an online message aimed at software developers creating applications for Glass. 

"With that in mind, we won't be approving any facial recognition Glassware at this time," the message continued, revealing how the company intends to refer to software designed for the devices. 

Samsung unveils 8 inch Galaxy Tab 3 with Intel chips

Samsung Electronics Co said it will use Intel processors to power a new version of one of its top-tier Android tablets. 

Its decision to begin using Intel in a marquee Android device is a coup for the US chipmaker as it races to establish itself in a mobile market it was slow initially to recognize and invest in. Samsung's announcement confirms an earlier Reuters story and media reports on May 30. 

Samsung has previously used chips designed with energy-efficient technology from the UK's ARM Holdings for its best-selling mobile devices. 

Soon, software that can read human emotions

On a recent family outing, my mother and sister got into a shouting match. But they weren't mad at each other — they were yelling at the iPhone's turn-by-turn navigation system. I interrupted to say that the phone didn't understand — or care — that they were upset. "Honey, we know," my mom replied.

"But it should!" She had a point. After all, computers and technology are becoming only smarter, faster and more intuitive. Artificial intelligence is creeping into our lives at a steady pace. Devices and apps can anticipate what we need, sometimes even before we realize it ourselves. So why shouldn't they understand our feelings?

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Acer Iconia W3 is industry s first 8 inch Windows 8 tablet

Computex Acer has revealed several products in the Windows 8 arena, coming in with a tablet that’s made for a single hand, as they say, with the Acer Iconic W3. This machine is the first 8-inch tablet to have been introduced with full Windows 8 aboard, also working with an Intel Atom Z2760 processor to assure proper processing power for the full Windows 8 experience. This machine was also introduced with the 2013 Microsoft Office Home & Student suite installed out of the box, this bringing on apps such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.

Acer Liquid S1 brings 5.7 inch self proclaimed phablet to market

This week the folks at Acer have revealed several new Haswell-toting computers and a surprise entry in the mobile world: a brand new “phablet”. This Acer Liquid S1 delivers what Acer itself refers to as a phablet form-factor, bringing a 5.7-inch display with HD 1280 x 720 pixel resolution. Inside is a near-vanilla (but not quite) Android 4.2 Jelly Bean experience with a quad-core Mediatek processor and 1GB of RAM. This machine is meant to embody Acer’s aim to reach the cloud with a rather unique entry into the handheld mobile environment.

This device is being pushed with AcerCloud Docs, allowing documents and files of many different formats to be sent to, viewed, and edited from the smartphone itself. This device also works with wireless display an print features that’ll be ready to roll with 4th generation Intel Core (Haswell) features – WiDi being one of them.

ET Review, LG Google Nexus 4

4.7-inch IPS LCD (1280 x 720 pixels), 1.5Ghz quad core, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, 8MP/1.3MP cam, Android 4.2, NFC, 2,100mAh battery, 139 grams 

Security software market revenue reached dollar 19.2 bn

 Global security software market revenues rose 8 per cent to $ 19.2 billion last year, spurred by practices like bring your own device ( BYOD), among other issues, global research firm Gartner said on Thursday.

Worldwide revenues from security software market totalled $ 17.7 billion in 2011, the firm added.
"The evolution of new threats and working practices, such as bring your own device (BYOD), is driving spending on security," it said.

Infosys rallies 8 percent as Narayana Murthy takes charge, hits Rs 2600

 InfosysBSE 6.87 % rallied over 8 per cent in morning trade on Monday to hit its psychological level of Rs 2600, after the country's second largest software services major Infosys on Saturday re-appointed NR Narayana Murthy as its executive chairman with immediate effect to put the company back on high growth path.

ET Review, Canon EOS 100D

18MP APS-C CMOS sensor, 9-point AF system, ISO 100 to 12,800, 3-inch touchscreen, built in flash, hotshoe, SD card slot, 1080p video, 4fps continuous shooting, 407 grams 

A history of wearable devices, Some hits and misses

First it was a roomful. Then it shrunk down to a desk top. And later it moved to our laps, palms and our attire. Now it's over to Apple's Cook and his team of tech evangelists to surprise us with what they have up their 'sleeve'. But the history of wearable computing is also a history of several misses and a few hits. ET traces this history and offers some glimpse of what one can expect in wearable computing 

Galaxy Note III appears in Samsung code aside Tab 3, Galaxy Zoom

As the next Samsung press event approaches, device names have been appearing here and there both with and without specifications attached. In this case it’s the inevitable Samsung Galaxy Note III, complete with its code-name SM-N9000 riding in the source code of Samsung Kazakhstan, of all places, along with some other rumored devices. Here we also see the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1, 8.0, and 7.0, along with the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Zoom - a replacement for the Samsung Galaxy Camera.
The Samsung Galaxy line of smartphone-sized devices has been an apparent success for the brand, bringing on a second round last year (two years ago the original Galaxy Note was introduced), along with two sizes of Galaxy Note tablets. As the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 appeared with styling not unlike that of the GALAXY S 4, Samsung all but guaranteed the release of another new Galaxy Note “phablet”.

Apple ebook trial set to begin Monday

ibooksStarting tomorrow, Apple will be part of a trial in which federal and state authorities have suggested the latter company was part of ebook price-fixing. This trial will work with allegations that Apple has conspired with publishers to artificially raise the price of ebooks for sale in the iTunes Store for devices like the iPad and the iPhone. This trial was originally set to include five of the six largest book publishers in the US and was originally filed in April of 2012.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

India Inc on Murthy s return to Infosys Board

Both market analysts and IT industry honchos have welcomed software giant Infosys' move to appoint NR Narayana Murthy as the executive chairman of the board with effect from June 1, 2013.

While Kiran Mazumdar Shaw and Som Mittal have applauded the IT giant's decision, market analysts also see this as an important turning point for Infosys. We take a look at what analysts and IT honchos are saying: