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Monday, May 30, 2011

pReview : Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Google I / O Edition

The Google I/O version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 ran Honeycomb 3.0.1 
when it was given away in early May 2011. Expect the official version of the tablet to come with 3.1 installed.

(Credit: Josh Miller/CNET)

Samsung officially launch the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, June 6 A few weeks ago, we were one of the 5,000 fortunate to receive the Google I / O version of the shelf and put to the test. Version will be available next week will sport a design change that prevents small bathroom wallpaper comes and replaces it with a frame more uniform seconds IPAD Indeed. Samsung 10.1 Tab Galaxy is more than a passing similarity with IPAD 2 with a profile that is as thin and even lighter weight, the real test for me is a personal decision. I got really used to how I can turn IPAD 2, rotate 90 degrees in one hand. The lightweight and slim is one of the approvals to use a tablet that all tablets can match. Galaxy Tab 10.1 is the shelf honeycomb first time I feel comfortable with doing. About Honeycomb, the official Galaxy Tab 10.1 3.1 Honeycomb also come with built-in charge.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Galaxy II smartphone market hots up against debut of the iPhone4 in India

The Samsung Galaxy S II While last Samsung phone is priced at Rs 32,890, an Apple product starts at Rs 34,500.Announcing the introduction of Galaxy S II model, Mr Ranjit Yadav, Country Head, Samsung Mobile & IT, said: “With Galaxy S II, Samsung wants to set new standards of quality viewing and powerful performance on mobiles packed in a slim and modern design.”Samsung Android 2.3 of gingerbread, the latest version of the world's fastest operating system ever more mobile. Includes an application processor dual-core 1.2GHz and HSPA (High Speed ​​Packet Access) connectivity, your phone has an 8 megapixel camera and large camcorder with Full HD 1080p and reading.

Competition in the smartphone market in India has gone up a few notches, Samsung and Apple announced the launch of the Galaxy II, S 4 and iPhone4, respectively.

Samsung has created a hub for "drive, which gives more than 2.2 million books and novels, 2,000 newspapers worldwide in 49 languages ​​and 2,300 popular magazines in 22 languages." We begin online pre- Reservations for S Galaxy II. Consumers can pre-order a Galaxy II S line of Rs 1000 and get exclusive online offers.Galaxy S II will be available exclusively on Vodafone across the channel and through June 3 Samsung Smartphone Canal June 9 on a pan-India, "Mr Yadav said. Consumers who purchase a galaxy has S II 1GB 3G data download per month for six months from Vodafone. The new pricing model iPhone4 Aircel has launched the network is 27 May with a new pricing model. After an initial payment of Rs 34,500 for 16GB model and 32GB model for Rs 40,900, customers will be able to recover 100 percent of their cost iPhone initial credits per month on their service plan over 24 months.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Almost free facebook on mobile in India

Now, access Facebook on mobile without internet in India

NEW DELHI: Singapore-based software applications developer U2opia Mobile has developed a new application for mobile phones that will allow them to access Facebook on all kind of handsets without paying for a data connection. 

"We are using USSD technology, which will enable users to access Facebook without having a GPRS connection on their phones," said Sumesh Menon, the co-founder and CEO of U2Opia Mobile. 

Unstructured Supplementary Data (USSD) is the technology used by telecom players to send alerts to their users that inform them about their balance at the end of call or for sending miss call alerts. 

Menon mentioned that though the technology will not provide access to graphics, it will help users send and view updates on their friends' Facebook walls. 

"It is like sms and hence, the load on the network is negligible. We have built some commands through which a user can receive alerts on activity happening on his wall as well post an update," said Menon. 

U2opia launched this application today with Indian telecom major Bharti Airtel. 

While Airtel customers can update their Facebook status through this USSD service free of cost, Rs 1 per day will be applicable for accessing the full-feature application, which enables viewing news feeds, commenting on or liking news feed stories, posting on friends' walls, confirming friend requests, viewing notifications and finding as well as adding friends. 

"In the Indian market scenario, where the penetration of smart phones is relatively low and the use of internet on mobiles is primarily limited to key cities, many users are excluded from accessing their Facebook accounts via mobile phones," said Shireesh Joshi, Bharti Airtel Director - Marketing, Mobile Services , in a statement. 

Airtel users can dial *325# and *fbk# for non-qwerty mobile handsets to access Facebook without subscribing to data plans, the statement said. 

"We look forward to bringing millions of Facebook users in India closer to their love for social networking by allowing them to access it anytime, anywhere on their Airtel-powered mobile phones," Joshi added.

Friday, May 13, 2011

adulterated tea powder sold in Goa: FDA

Panaji, May 13 (PTI) Goa Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that chemistry experiments with tea bags from Calcutta and Assam based companies have confirmed that 'adulterated tea powder' was sold Goa. Authorities said today that tests on the powder seized from suspects tea wholesaler, revealed that it had been dyed. colors soluble in oil was found in the tea powder, said assistant controller drugs, RY Arlekar, PTI. Adding color is prohibited under the Food Adulteration Act legislation, 1964. Arlekar said the department would now continue wholesaler and perhaps also the manufacturers of powdered tea. When a raid on May 3, 580 bags of five kilograms each brand Ruby Kolkata and Assam-based tea powder Sona brand were seized from a storage facility in the village of USGAO.

Monkey vaccine against HIV 'effective', say scientists

A new vaccine that protects macaques against a monkey equivalent of HIV, and could provide a new approach to HIV vaccine, research suggests.
U.S. researchers say the vaccine offers protection to 13 of 24 rhesus macaques treated in the experiment. In 12 monkeys, the vaccine was still in force 12 months later. They claim that the work, published in the journal Nature, could 'contribute significantly' to develop an effective HIV / AIDS vaccine cons. The researchers gave 24 subjects rhesus macaque vaccine containing a genetically modified form of the virus, rhesus cytomegalovirus (CMV).

n 13 of the monkeys, the vaccine appeared to offer protection against simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV), the monkey equivalent of HIV. Of these 13, 12 monkeys were still protected one year on.
The researchers say the vaccine works by stimulating the production of a particular type of blood cell, called "effector memory T-cells", which can remain vigilant in the body long after an infection has abated.
Lead author Professor Louis J Picker, of the Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute in Oregon, compares these cells to armed soldiers at the ready.
"There are soldiers that are back at the base with their rifles in the shed, and then you have the guys out in the field," he told the BBC.
There was also evidence, he said, that the vaccine all but eradicated traces of SIV in the monkeys, something which he said was "unprecedented" in HIV vaccine research.
Safety concerns
Researchers in the field welcomed the study, but said safety issues would need to be addressed before similar approaches could be tried in humans.
"I'm excited by the science because it really does demonstrate that it may be possible to eradicate the HIV virus by a strong immune response," said Professor Sir Andrew McMichael of Oxford University.
"But at the same time I'm scratching my head how to take this approach into humans."
An artist's impression of the HIV virus, which is thought to have originated from a similar virus in chimpanzees
Professor McMichael said HIV arose from a type of SIV found in chimpanzees, so the animal model used in the study was a good one. The problem, he said, was the potential safety and regulatory issues with introducing CMV into humans, even though many of us already carry the virus.
"CMV is not totally benign, it does cause a number of diseases. If you're giving people something you're not going to be able to get rid of should it cause problems, then that's quite a difficult risk to manage."
Professor Robin Shattock of Imperial College, London, agreed safety would be key.
The HIV virus
"The breakthrough here is in using a viral-delivered vaccine that persists - essentially using an engineered virus to thwart a pathogenic virus. The tricky part will be showing it is safe and effective in humans."
Professor Picker responded by saying such issues would be addressed in forthcoming work, pointing out that early forms of the smallpox vaccine also carried health risks to humans.
"On one level 99% of people in sub-Saharan Africa are CMV-positive and half the people in the developed world are, so we know at lot about it and it's mostly non-pathogenic, except in vulnerable populations like pregnant women," he said.
"We're fully aware to make it available to humans, then the next step is to make a virus which retains or has an enhanced ability to make effector memory cells, but no longer has the capacity to infect vulnerable parts of the population."
Vaccine failureDeveloping an HIV vaccine has so far proved a deeply challenging task, but there have been some promising results.
In 2009, researchers in Thailand published in the Lancet the results of an experimental HIV vaccine, which they said reduced by nearly a third the risk of contracting HIV.
Then last year, a study in the New England Journal of Medicine suggested a drug used to treat HIV-positive patients may offer gay and bisexual men some protection against contracting the virus.
Trials of the combination drug Truvada among nearly 2,500 men suggested it could reduce the chances of male-to-male HIV infection by 44%.
But major breakthroughs remain hard to come by. Indeed, the new Nature study comes as a separate paper in The Lancet Infectious Diseases reports on the failure of an HIV vaccine trial in South Africa.
The MRKAd5 HIV-1 vaccine was trialled in a study involving 801 patients, and no evidence was found that the vaccine was effective.
However, the report authors concede that the study's conclusions may have been compromised by a premature end to the trial.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Facebook admits running anti-Google campaign

Computerworld - Facebook has been caught hiring a well-known PR firm to plant anti-Google stories in the media.
Both Facebook and the PR firm, Burson-Marsteller, admitted Thursday to trying to get journalists and bloggers to write negative articles about Google's privacy practices. The move comes as competition between Facebook and Google has accelerated over the past several months.
The Internet was abuzz with the news that Facebook undertook what many industry analysts and commentators are calling a surreptitious smear campaign against one of its competitors.
"When companies get big enough and grow really quickly ... you start to get these rather bizarre political marketing ploys," said Hadley Reynolds, an analyst with IDC. "It certainly isn't serving Facebook or the industry or Burson-Marsteller well, in this case. The power of social media exposes these shenanigans."

In an email to Computerworld, Facebook denied running a smear campaign.
"No 'smear' campaign was authorized or intended," a Facebook spokesman wrote. "Instead, we wanted third parties to verify that people did not approve of the collection and use of information from their accounts on Facebook and other services for inclusion in Google Social Circles -- just as Facebook did not approve of use or collection for this purpose. We engaged Burson-Marsteller to focus attention on this issue, using publicly available information that could be independently verified by any media organization or analyst."
The spokesman added that the issues are serious ones that should have been presented in "a serious and transparent way."
However, questions arise about a smear campaign because Facebook had allegedly told Burston-Marsteller to keep the company's name out of it. When asked about that, Facebook did not respond.
The entire issue came to light when PR people from Burston-Marsteller contacted blogger Christopher Soghoian, proposing that he write a piece on Google's privacy practices and Google Social Circles in particular.
Social Circles is a feature in Google Dashboard that pulls together a user's publicly available content from social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, and adds it into the user's search results.
Soghoian, in response, published the string of emails with Burston-Marsteller about the matter.
Adding fuel to the fire, Burston-Marsteller pitched the same story to USA Today, which ran its own story about the "whisper campaign" to get news media outlets to publish anti-Google pieces.
After the emails and the USA Today story came to light, there was a quick rush of online rumors, with many pointing the finger at Microsoft or Apple as the secretive culprit.
However, The Daily Beast followed the trail back to Facebook, where executives at the social network admitted to hiring the PR firm to put out the information on Google.
Google has not commented on the situation.
For its part, Burston-Marsteller took some blame for the situation.
"The client requested that its name be withheld on the grounds that it was merely asking to bring publicly available information to light ...," a spokesman for Burston-Marsteller said in an email. "Whatever the rationale, this was not at all standard operating procedure and is against our policies, and the assignment on those terms should have been declined. When talking to the media, we need to adhere to strict standards of transparency about clients, and this incident underscores the absolute importance of that principle."

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Saturday, May 7, 2011

The wife too tired for sex? Blame it on faster sleeping cycle

LONDON: Women who say they are simply too tired for sex may be the truth, not just fantasy. They operate on a biological clock sleep different for men and the need to go to bed earlier because of it, according to a new Harvard study.

Circadian rhythms of women who held six minutes faster than men, making them much more likely that early risers rather than night owls.

Jeanne Duffy, study co-author from Harvard, said: "What we found was that the cycle length of the biological clock in women was shorter on average than it was in men. The average difference was about six minutes." 
Researchers from insomnia in women 50% more often than their male counterparts, especially the kind early morning when they wake up and can not fall asleep again, the Daily Mail But women can become chronic lack of sleep because they try to fight their sleep cycles and increasing too fast at night, before being awakened early in the light.

The results were published in the Harvard researchers at Brigham and Women;s Hospital, which is based on the results obtained with 157 people who have spent eight weeks to sleep in a windowless laboratory in Boston. They were completely isolated from the time signals from the outside world, so their body clocks to return to the natural circadian rhythm

Friday, May 6, 2011

Almost 56% of Americans have Internet data caps, the FCC asked to investigate

Two large Washington, DC tech political groups have asked the Federal Communications Commission to investigate the caps of Internet data in the United States with a focus on AT & T. New America Foundation and general information about the letter (PDF) Data caps are not necessarily a problem,
but that they do “carry the omnipresent temptation to act in anticompetitive monopolistic ways.” 

Unlike competitors whose caps appear to be at least nominally linked to congestions during peak-use periods, AT&T seeks to convert caps into a profit center by charging additional fees to customers who exceed the cap. In addition to concerns raised by broadband caps generally, such a practice produces a perverse incentive for AT&T to avoid raising its caps even as its own capacity expands.
Comcast comes in for the same criticism. Its 250GB per month caps were introduced several years ago, and they have not increased since despite years of network upgrades that have dramatically boosted total capacity.
The fact that AT&T has just slapped a much smaller 150GB per month cap on its basic DSL subscribers seems strange to these groups, since the new cap is substantially lower than caps introduced years ago (and Comcast has been making plenty of cash since adopting the higher caps, so any economic arguments here are suspect).
The lower cap for DSL customers is especially worrying because one of the traditional selling points of DSL networks is that their dedicated circuit design helps to mitigate the impacts of heavy users on the rest of the network. Together, these caps suggest either that AT&T's current network compares poorly to that of a major competitor circa 2008 or that there are non-network-management motivations behind their creation.
Noting that moves to artificially limit Internet use would move against the FCC's own policy of encouraging broadband deployment and use, the two groups asked the agency two investigate data caps in the US. Specifically, they want to know if any ISP-offered services are excluded from the cap, how often the cap is enforced, how customers are warned about usage levels, and whether enforcement is related to network congestion.
In a less-than-intensely-competitive market providing a key piece of modern infrastructure, these are all excellent questions to ask. One might ask them much more sharply in places like Canada, where operators insist that their 2GB or 15GB or caps are absolutely necessary to make a profit.