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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

End of Windows XP: 34K bank branches to be hit

NEW DELHI: Over 34,000 branches of Indian public sector banks would become vulnerable as the popular Windows XP operating system would no longer be supported by Microsoft in about 150 days, shows a study conducted by the software giant.

The study on the Indian banking sector, conducted by Ascentius Consulting on behalf of Microsoft, said penetration of Windows XP in the sector is as high 70 per cent.

"Some 34,115 Indian PSU bank branches are at risk, thanks to their reliance on Windows XP. Windows XP will no longer be supported by Microsoft, beginning April 8, 2014, but the study shows that the penetration of Windows XP in the banking sector is still high at 40-70 per cent," Microsoft said in a release.

Amongst the greatest risks facing banks that maintain their Windows XP installations, despite the end of support, are their ability to respond to customers and manage waiting times, it added.

"The fiscal impact of this could be as much as a loss of business opportunity worth Rs 1,100 crore in a day and a loss of income worth Rs 330 crore over a period of 3 days (assuming that a major incident may take 3 days for the systems to come up to normal functioning)," the study said.

A large number of branches that rely on XP, especially in the rural and semi-urban areas may go down and therefore completely "deny service" to customers, it said.

In metro and urban branches, the impact may be as great as 55 per cent of customers face an extended waiting time of up to 30 minutes for an average transaction.

According to a recent Microsoft security intelligence report, XP users are 6 times more likely to be infected than users of modern operating systems like Windows 8.1, despite encountering same amount of threats. XP users are also 21 times more vulnerable.

Microsoft further said that as per a study by research firm IDC in India, companies are prone to spend three times more if they do not put a planned migration strategy in place from the outset.

By Times Of India
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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

iPhone 6 Release Date.When will the iPhone 6 come out?

The 2013 iPhone launch and release date has already been and gone and there was no sign of the iPhone 6. So we're back to the start, and as such, are starting a fresh with the iPhone 6 release date, specs and new feature rumours. See also: iPhone 5C vs iPhone 5 comparison review.
For the last iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c rumour round-up (see page 2) we correctly reported on - and predicted - the addition of the colourful iPhone 5c, the fact that the iPhone 5s would come with a fingerprint scanner, dual flash (true tone), improved battery, we even brought you leaked images of the iPhone 5c new cases long before Apple wanted you to see them. What we're trying to say here – other than blatantly boasting – is that our release date and rumour round-up articles tend to get a lot of things right. Take a look at: The best phone you can buy in 2013?

iPhone 6 release date 2014

History repeats itself people, so guess what? That's exactly where we are going to look for a first clue as the when we might see the iPhone 6.

Previous iPhone release dates:

iPhone 1st gen June, 2007
iPhone 3G July, 2008
iPhone 3GS June, 2009
iPhone 4 June, 2010
iPhone 4s October, 2011
iPhone 5 September, 2012
iPhone 5s/5c September, 2013
While the history books suggest that there will be an new iPhone 6 release date around September/October 2014, we have a gut feeling that Apple might – just might – shake things up a little bit and launch an iPhone 6 earlier than expected, just like it did with the iPad 4, which was launched just eight months after the iPad 3 (previous iPads were release 11-12 months apart). But for the record, the smart money goes on an iPhone 6 release date of September/October 2014.

5 features Apple could/should add to the iPhone 6

Rumours for the iPhone 6's specs are pretty thin on the ground right now - in fact, we can't find any of note yet - so instead we thought we'd bring you five areas where Apple has deliberately distanced its iPhones from the rest of the high-end smartphone market.
iPhone 6: NFC
The mobile world is crying out for the iPhone to join the NFC movement and give contactless payment on smartphones the boost that both NFC and iPhone need.
iPhone 6: Bigger screen
Is it time for an Apple iPhablet? A 5/6-inch and above screen could be just what Apple has up it's sleeve for the next iPhone. Apple already has two different sized smartphones and tablets and has dodged the fragmentation bullet masterfully so far. An iPhablet with bespoke Apple apps would be a force to reckon with in the business world.
iPhone 6: Expandable storage
This is a contentious issue, because Apple have both a very successful pricing structure based on storage options and also an ever developing iCloud. But expandable storage is still the most popular way and unrestricting way that the majority of people would chose to expand the storage capabilities of their smartphones. An iSD card and slot would be a great way for Apple to tackle this current flaw of the iPhone. It almost definitely won't happen though.
iPhone 6: Wireless Charging
This is almost too Apple, it's almost shocking it hasn't been included yet. Apple's big rival, Samsung, already has the feature and other smartphones are sure to catch up soon also.
iPhone 6: Flexible screen
A flexible screen, that's crazy talk! Apparently not. Those chaps over at Samsung are already making noises suggesting that there will be a smartphone with a flexible smartphone coming out in 2014. If it's a hit, then it won't be long till Apple joins the party. God knows enough people have smashed their existing iPhone screens.

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

TrueCaller hacked, 1 million Indians’ data at risk

Global phone directory app TrueCaller has been hacked by hacktivist groupSyrian Electronic Army (SEA). The hacking group announced this in a post on Twitter, along with an image that showed details of some users of the app.

Syrian Electronic Army broke the news via a tweet saying, "Sorry @TrueCaller, we needed your database, thank you for it." The hackers openly released TrueCaller's database host ID, username and password via another tweet.

TrueCaller app is available on Android, iOS, Windows Phone, BlackBerry and Symbianplatforms. The app's databases have access codes to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Gmail accounts of millions of users globally. Reports say that TrueCaller website went down for a while but is now back online. In June this year, TrueCaller announced that its user base has touched the 20-million mark, representing growth of 100% in a period of five months. It said that it has 1 million users in India in March.

The Syrian hacking collective revealed that it exploited the TrueCallerwebsite as it is based on outdated Wordpress platform, which gave them access to the admin panel. Speaking to E Hacking News, the SEA hackers said that they have hacked into the phone directory's servers and downloaded more than seven databases. The biggest database has data worth 450GB.
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Thursday, June 6, 2013

How to Delay or schedule sending e-mail messages

Have you ever sent a message in Microsoft Outlook and immediately regret for the delivery? Or maybe you don’t want to send your message immediately when you finish composing your email. Outlook has a built-in feature that allows you delay single message delivery at a time or some messages every time. You can do them respectively by the following steps:

Delay single message sending

1. Launch Outlook 2013 or 2010. Create your new e-mail and compose it.
2. When you finish composing the email message. In the message editing window, click Options > Delay Delivery.

3. When a Properties dialog popping up, under Delivery options, check the Do not deliver before box and choose your final delivery date and time from the two drop-down lists. Then click on Close button to save the change and close the dialog.


4. Now, click on Send button. You will see the message keep staying in your Outbox folder until it meets the delivery property and send automatically.

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Delay messages delivery

1. In Outlook 2013 and 2010, click File > Info > Manage Rules & Alerts. See screenshot:


Note: For Outlook 2007, on the Tools menu, click Rules and Alerts.

2. Click New Rule under E-mail Rules tab.


3. In Rules Wizard, under Start from a blank rule, select Apply rule on massages I send. And then click Next to continue.

4. In this dialog, you can select the conditions which meet your needs or you can also leave all the conditions unchecked and then click Next button.

Notice: If you leave all the conditions unchecked, when you click Next, there will pop up a prompt box, please clickYes button.

5. In this new Rules Wizard, check the defer delivery by a number of minutes box. Under Step 2, click on the words (a number of) with underline.




6. Type your ideal time directly in the field or you can choose the time by click the up and down button. When you finish selecting time, click OK. The provided maximum number is 120 minutes. When it turns to the previous wizard, clickNext.


7. Select you exceptions or leave them unchecked, then click Next.



8. Name the rule in Step 1, and check the Turn on this rule box, then click Finish.


9. Now, all new messages will be delayed 5 minutes to deliver.

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Monday, May 27, 2013

‘Smartphones apps help you save 22 days per year‘

Smartphone apps help users save 88 minutes of their time in a day or 22 days a year, a new study has found.

The study by market research firm Harris Interactive, based on the responses of 2,120 adults, found that 97 per cent of smartphone owners use at least one app on their device.

On average, those smartphone users estimate app usage amounts to 88 minutes of time saved a day or 22 days of free time a year.

Email apps were the most frequently used apps, followed by text and social networking apps. Additionally, smartphone users said they used apps for games, Web browsing, weather, maps or Global Positioning System (GPS) and calendar functions, 'BusinessNewsDaily' reported.

Though email apps were the most frequently used, people saved more time using text applications than any other type of app. Text apps saved users an average of 53 minutes a day, compared with 35 minutes a day for email apps.

Twenty per cent of workers who use email apps said they were extremely productive when using those apps.

"As powerful as our survey results prove the smartphone to be, the exciting reality is today's mobile technology innovation has only scratched the surface of its potential to propel success, both in personal life and in business," said Gil Bouhnick, vice president of Mobility at ClickSoftware, which conducted the research.

Smartphone users also admitted their devices were not simply for personal use. One in five users of GPS and email applications said they used those apps mainly for work, while one in three said they used them equally for work and personal reasons.

Even though users are spending all that time on their smartphones, most people do not think they are getting the most out of their devices, the researchers found.

Eighty-two per cent of respondents said they are not using all the features on their smartphones.

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Friday, April 19, 2013

World‘s first smartphone for the blind, made in India

The world's first smartphone for blind people is here. Soon, they will be able to read SMSes and emails on this phone, which converts all text into Braille patterns.

"We have created the world's first Braille smartphone," says its innovator, Sumit Dagar, whose company is being incubated at the Centre for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship, located in IIM Ahmedabad campus. "This product is based on an innovative 'touch screen' which is capable of elevating and depressing the contents it receives to transform them into 'touchable' patterns," he says.
Dagar, who is a post-graduate from the National Institute of Design (NID), says he was motivated to develop the device when he realised that so far, technology was only serving the mainstream and ignoring the marginalised. He is collaborating with IIT Delhi on making the prototype, which is currently being tested at L V Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad.
"The response during the test has been immense. It comes out as a companion more than a phone to the user. We plan to do more advanced versions of the phone in the future," Dagar adds.
Dagar started the project three years ago while studying interaction designing at NID. After working with a couple of companies, he gave up his job to concentrate on his technology, formed a team of six people and started his venture, Kriyate Design Solutions. Currently, the venture is being funded by Rolex Awards under its Young Laureates Programme, in which they select five people from across the world every two years and fund their projects.
How it works
· The smartphone uses Shape Memory Alloy technology, based on the concept that metals remember their original shapes, i.e. expand and contract to its original shape after use.

· The phone's 'screen' has a grid of pins, which move up and down as per requirement. The grid has a Braille display, where pins come up to represent a character or letter.
· This screen will be capable of elevating and depressing the contents to form patterns in Braille. 

· All other elements are like any other smartphone.
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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Security flaw affecting 120,000 free Android apps revealed

By Tech Gig

A flaw in commonly used applications on Android smartphones such as texting, messaging or microblogging could spread private information or allow forged fraudulent messages to be posted, a recent study has revealed.

University of California graduate student Dennis (Liang) Xu has identified security flaws in about 1,20,000 free apps in Android smartphones, which has about a half-billion users worldwide.

The flaws start to appear just when the victim downloads a piece of malicious code onto their phone which could be hidden in a useful app, or attached to a 'phishing' e-mail or web link, that could harm the vulnerable programmes by invading them. Xu said that the vulnerability results from the developer's error of leaving private codes public.

Xu has found that it is possible for an attacker to access and read personal information, including even 'private' messages from one of the popular text-messaging app, Handcent SMS that allows users to place some text messages in a private, password-protected inbox.

Weibo is a hugely popular microblog service described as the Chinese equivalent of Twitter. But, according to Xu and the researchers, it is possible for the malicious code to forge and post fraudulent messages.

The professor of computer science at the university Zhendong Su has said that his team has notified the app developers of the problems, but has not yet received a response
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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

7 Wi-Fi Tweaks to Increase Your Speed

Chances are if you have a wireless internet connection at your home, you have had some trouble with the speed of the connection at least once before. That being said, a slow wireless connection can be frustrating to deal with. You are probably paying good money to your internet service provider, so slow speed is something you should not have to deal with, right? Well, the truth is wireless speed can be affected by a number of things. Luckily there are some Wi-Fi tweaks you can try that should help boost your speed and get you rolling in no time.

1. Reposition Your Router

The position of your wireless router plays a major role in the speed and strength of your wireless connection. If you are having trouble, you should try to reposition your router in a centrally located area, where the signal can equally reach each wireless device in your house. If your router is near an outside wall, try to move it closer to the middle of your house. Routers that are placed near outside walls can send some of the signal outside, which can risk your wireless connection’s strength and speed.

2. Purchase a Wireless Signal Repeater

Adding a wireless signal repeater to your home network can greatly increase the speed of your connection. A repeater works by extending your signal without having to add any additional wires. All you have to do is simply place the wireless repeater in a location that is between your router and your wireless device(s). It will instantly boost the wireless signal that is sent from the router to your devices, meaning faster speeds for you.

3. Install a New Antenna

Most wireless routers come standard with an omnidirectional antenna, meaning it broadcasts the wireless signal in a circular radius to reach various places in your home. If your router is in a perfectly centered location between all of your wireless devices, this is probably fine. But if your router isn’t perfectly centered among devices, you should think about replacing the existing antenna with a stronger one, known as a high-gain antenna. You can usually remove your old antenna and replace it with one of these stronger antennas to boost your signal strength, therefore increasing the speed of your connection. Another perk of a high-gain antenna is its ability to focus the wireless signal in any direction you prefer.

4. Use One Brand of Equipment

You may not think that using different brands of equipment can reduce the speed of your wireless connection, but in reality it can. If you use different brands of equipment, your components may not work as efficiently. This is because many manufacturers of wireless networking equipment pre-install enhancements in all of their products. These enhancements can boost speed, but will only work if products from the same manufacturer are used simultaneously. If you are using various brands of equipment and your speed is suffering, this is definitely worth a try.

5. Reduce Frequency Interference

Many household electronics, such as cordless telephones and baby monitors, run at the same frequency as wireless routers. This means that these electronic devices can interfere with the wireless signal that is being broadcast from your router, which can affect the speed and performance of your connection. Check the box of your router to see what frequency it runs at, and try to avoid using other electronic devices that operate at the same frequency. You can also try to change the channel on your router to avoid frequency interference.

6. Check for Firmware or Driver Updates Regularly

The manufacturers of wireless routers and network adapters often release firmware or driver updates that can improve the function of your wireless connection. You can find and download these updates at the manufacturers’ websites. Updates are usually done to fix issues, add features, and strengthen your equipment’s performance. Check for these updates on a regular basis to make sure your firmware and drivers are always kept up to date.

7. Secure Your Wireless Network

If your network is not properly secured, neighbors could be using your signal. This can reduce the speed of your connection because you are in a sort, sharing the wireless signal. Set up secure passwords and some sort of wireless encryption that will prevent anyone else from accessing your wireless network. All of these Wi-Fi tweaks can greatly boost the speed of your wireless connection. If one of them does not seem to do the trick, try another or even a multitude of options. It may take a little time and patience, but once you figure out what works to speed up your connection, you will be happy you put forth the effort.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

How to remote log out from Gmail, Facebook

If you headed home from office, without logging out of Facebook or Gmail, you can do so from anywhere using the 'remote log out' feature. 


In Facebook, click on the tiny gear sign on the top right of the page, go to 'account settings' and then to 'security' on the left pane. Under 'security settings', click on 'active sessions'. 

No one else might be using your account, but you would not have logged out of Facebook, leaving the session active. Anyone can gain access to your account in such circumstances. To remote log out, click on 'end activity'. 

In Gmail, at the bottom right side of the page, you will see details of your latest email access. If someone else is simultaneously using your account, you will see a notification there. 

Click on the 'Details' link below it. A new window opens, with a notification on whether the account is simultaneously open elsewhere. Like in the case of FB, you might not have logged out of the account, leaving it active. If so, you will see an option to 'log out of all sessions'. It also shows you the details of your previous 10 accesses to the account.
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Monday, April 15, 2013

Nokia launches Lumia 720 at Rs 18,999


Nokia India has launched the much-awaited Lumia 720 Windows Phone 8 smartphone in the country. The phone has been launched at Rs 18,999 and will be available with retailers from April 16. The device was unveiled globally at Mobile World Congress in February 2013 and showcased in India the following month.

The latest Nokia smartphone in India, Lumia 720 features a 4.3-inch LCD touchscreen with ClearBlack Display technology. This display is extremely touch-sensitive and can be operated even when users are wearing gloves. This smartphone is powered by a 1GHz dual-core CPU, coupled with 512MB RAM. It has 8GB internal memory, 7GB free SkyDrive storage and microSD support up to 64GB.

The all-new Lumia 720 has a 6.7MP Carl Zeiss camera with LED flash on the back, and a 1.3MP unit in the front. Connectivity features in the device include 2G, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, microUSB 2.0 and NFC. Powered by a 2,000mAh battery, this smartphone boasts of wireless charging and unibody design.

Lumia 720 competes with the likes of Samsung Galaxy S Advance, Samsung Galaxy Grand, HTC 8S, Sony Xperia P and LG Optimus L9 in the affordable smartphone segment. HTC 8S is the only Windows Phone 8 smartphone among its rivals and was launched in November last year in the country.

Earlier this month, Nokia launched Lumia 520 at Rs 10,500 in the country, while Lumia 620 was rolled at Rs 14,999 in the market last month.
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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Send SMS to charge your cellphone


Send SMS to charge your cellphone

By Times Of India


Out of battery? Just send a text! People living off-grid can now power their phones simply by sending a text message.

A London-based company Buffalo Grid has introduced a solar-powered cellphone charging station that is activated by text message.

A patchy or absent power grid poses a conundrum of problems for rural areas in the developing world, particularly in Africa and Asia, where the use of cellphones is rapidly rising.

The company's basic technology, which was recently trialled in Uganda, should help tackle this issue, 'NewScientist' reported.

The battery extracts power from the solar panel using a technique called maximum power point tracking (MPPT). A 60-watt solar panel charges a battery.

A solar panel's power output is dictated by environmental conditions, such as temperature and the amount of sunlight, as well as the resistance of the circuits connected to it.

MPPT monitors the conditions and changes the resistance to ensure the maximum possible power output at any given time.

The innovation lies in how the stored power is released to charge a phone. A customer sends a text message, which in Uganda costs 110 shillings, to the device. Once it receives the message, an LED above a socket on the battery lights up, indicating that it is ready to charge a phone.

At the Konokoyi coffee cooperative in Uganda, each text message allows a phone to be charged for 1.5 hours. A fully charged Buffalo Grid unit can last for three days, has up to 10 charging points and charges 30 to 50 phones a day.

To bring the cost down further, Buffalo Grid hopes to co-opt the cellphone network operators into subsidising power for charging the phones, or even making it free.

"When you bring power to phones that don't have any, people will use them more," said Buffalo Grid's Daniel Becerra.

"Instead of paying for the charge, people will spend more on airtime," Becerra said.
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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Impact of Mobile and Tablet Gifting

While we’re seeing a huge increase in the use of mobile devices for researching purchases and measuring subsequent increases in shopping purchases via mobile and tablet device, many of those purchases aren’t for the owner of the device. Mobile gifting is a growing category – taken advantage of by everyone from Amazon and Facebook.


During the holiday season, thousands of mobile devices were sold and gifted, and the immediate activation and use of these new devices created an impact on the mobile market. This special report examines the effect of new device adoption on the Millennial Media platform during the holiday week in December 2012.

           http://www.etechserve.in/search/label/Tablets



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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Tips to boost Battery backup of your mobile

Tips to boost Battery backup of your mobile



While using mobile phones for our day to day activities we rarely think about its battery consumption. This often leads to a situation where there will be no charge left on the phone when we need it the most. It is quite difficult to carry a charger every where we go and charge the phone frequently. So there arises a need for increasing the battery backup between charges. Here is look at some tips which will help you to increase the battery backup of your mobile.



Step 1: First and the most important tip will be to turn the phone off when there is no need of its service. You can do this while you are at work and don’t want calls to hinder your productivity. Turn the phone only when you really need it. 

Step 2: Stop searching for signals. When you are in an area where there is weak or no signal the phone continuously look for a better connection. A lot of battery is drained in the process. Use a cell phone repeater in areas where there is weak reception. This will take the load off the battery. 

Step 3: Turn off the vibrate mode. Leaving your phone in vibrate mode will consume a lot of battery. It is better to use regular ringtones instead. While using ringtones, try to keep the ring volume as low as possible. 

Step 4: Turn off the backlight feature in phone. Even though backlight makes it easy to read what is displayed on the phone when you are in bright areas or outside, it drains a lot of battery. Most phones available today lets you to choose the time period for which backlight will be left on. If your phone has such a facility make sure that you choose the lowest time available. One or two seconds will be just fine. 

Step 5: Turn off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi when not in use. These two functionalities consume a whole lot of battery. Turning these features off will marginally increase the battery backup of your phone. 

Step 6: Reduce the use of phone as a camera. A lot of battery is drained off when the camera feature in the phone is used for capturing images and recording videos. Extra amount of charge will be lost when flash is turned on. In order to increase the battery backup of your phone, it is necessary that you avoid using the phone as a camera.

Step 7: You should charge the phone only when the charge left in the battery is below 25%.While charging make sure that the phone is charged fully.
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