Videocon A42 Smartphone Launched At Rs 7,490

Videocon Mobiles has launched the A42 budget smartphone in the country. This handset boasts of Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) operating system as well as 3.75G connectivity and costs Rs 7,490.

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The latest handset in Videocon’s portfolio, the A42 has a 4.5-inch screen with 654x480p resolution. It runs on a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, backed by 512MB RAM, and features dual-sim functionality. This phone comes with 4GB internal storage and supports microSD cards up to 32GB.

Videocon has used a 5MP rear camera with LED flash on the back and a 1.3MP unit in front. Connectivity options in the phone include 2G, 3.75G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and microUSB. It is powered by a 1,700mAh battery and comes in black and white colours.

Khalid Zamir, head product planning & development, Videocon Mobile, commented, “For these first time Android users, our endeavour is to bring an easy, intuitive yet immersive Android experience with which they can stay connected to their friends, peers and family on the go. The device’s well laid out feature set tuned up with the latest Android (Jelly Bean version 4.2.2) provides a deeper engagement with the consumers thus helping them to experience the best of Android Smartphone capabilities on offer.”

Key specs:

*Display: 4.5-inch screen with 854x480p resolution

*Operating system: Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)

*Processor & RAM: Dual-core 1.2GHz CPU, 512MB RAM

*Storage: 4GB internal storage, microSD expansion up to 32GB

*Camera: 5MP rear unit with LED flash, 1.3MP front camera

*Connectivity: 2G, 3.75G, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, microUSB

*Battery: 1,700mAh

Param Yuva-II, Another Proud In Indian’s Bucket.

 

The Indian IT sector has always been at the top and by seeing their efforts; the future certainly looks bright for our nation. Param Yuva-II is another proud in Indian’s bucket.

Developed by the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), Param Yuva II was inaugurated by J Satyanarayana, secretary, department of electronics and information technology, yesterday.

With the launch of PARAM Yuva –II, C-DAC has taken a quantum jump towards creating a general purpose research-oriented computational environment. This system is designed to solve large and complex computational problems. This will provide an opportunity for new scientific endeavors for the research community. By making use of hybrid technology, the increase in peak compute power from 54 Teraflop/s to 524 Teraflop/s has been achieved without any significant change in the electrical power consumed by the facility.

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The supercomputer has been upgraded to 524 teraflops, about 10 times faster than the present facility. With an investment of Rs 16 crore, it was developed in a record three months.

Satyanarayana said “While the Indian IT sector has always been at the top, the dynamics of the market especially in the light of financial meltdowns force us to take a re-look at juggling our priorities. Advanced R&D in emerging areas can be a major interest area for India as nations struggle to find viable solutions within budget constraints. Computational infrastructure and trained manpower will be the initial requirements to take the initiative forward.”

Satyanarayana said, “The facility is a stepping stone for the petaflop version of the supercomputer that India has envisioned. What we need to do now is speak to users, researchers and scientists and take feedback from them on the issues relating to usage of the facility and help them in accelerating their research work for the benefit of common man.”

C-DAC director general Rajat Moona said, “Although we initiated the project in June 2012, we only intended that it would upgrade the facility. However, we later realised that it could be upgraded to half-a-petaflop (524 teraflop) and we achieved this within three months.”

With this launch, C-DAC also becomes the first R&D institution in India to cross the 500 TF milestone.

Moona said, “The list of top 500 supercomputers in the world is released twice in a year, in June and November. Had we launched Param Yuva II in November, it would have been in the 62nd position.”

 

Lenovo Releases ThinkPad Chromebook for Schools.

Lenovo is launching its latest laptop model for schools that will now run Google‘s operating instead of one from Microsoft.

The rugged ThinkPad X131e Chromebook was designed with school administrators and teachers in mind, ZDNet reports. The device can be easily controlled from the cloud and runs thousands of educational apps. The company has yet to announce pricing of the computer, but special bidding will begin for schools on Feb. 26.

Lenovo has previously made Windows-powered X131e ThinkPad for schools — which has sold out in the education market — but the company’s switch to Google OS allows students to take advantage of Google’s Apps for Education and its Chrome Web Store.

“Chromebooks are in use today by more than one thousand K-12 schools, and they make an ideal one-to-one device because they’re more cost effective, easier to manage and maintain than traditional laptops or tablets,” said Caesar Sengupta, director of product management for Google’s Chrome OS.

The 3.9-pound Chromebook includes an 11-inch anti-glare display with 1366 x 786 resolution, a webcam, three USB ports, as well as both HDMI and VGA ports. Lenovo didn’t specify the name of its Intel processor or the device’s battery life, though it claimed the device lasts the duration of a school day.

The device is designed to withstand students’ wear and tear, featuring a rubber bumper, reinforced corners, and hinges that have been tested to withstand 50,000 opens and closes.

What You Need To Know About Blackberry’s BB10-Powered Z10 Smartphone

As Google and Apple fight to be king of mobile OS mountain, there have been many companies moving to claim third place. RIM may be late to the next generation of smartphones, but today they took to the stage to announce BlackBerry 10 running on the new Z10 smartphone.

When you think of a BlackBerry, the image that comes to mind is the plastic slab with a keyboard. It’s been a few years since that design was the most common, but there are still plenty of users out there who prefer a physical keyboard. In most cases, the only reason these users moved away from RIM in the first place is for the superior browsing experience and the availability of lifestyle apps. Smartphones have grown to be more that just business-oriented devices, and RIM failed to offer those features in order to remain relevant. The BlackBerry Z10 does away with the image that we most associate with the BlackBerry brand, focusing instead on looking like a black or white slab with a 4.2-inch touch screen.

The Z10 is a 9mm thick flat smartphone with a 1280×768 display at 356PPI. The dual-core 1.5Ghz processor powering the Z10 is accompanied by 2GB of RAM with all the trimmings. Inside you’ll find NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, MicroHDMI, and a dual-band N WiFi radio that also supports mobile hotspot. The 135.4 gram smartphone has a 2MP camera in the front and an 8MP camera in the back with an LED flash. The back casing is removable, revealing a battery that RIM claims will get up to 11 hours of video playback. The Z10 is a global smartphone, supporting LTE as well as HSPA+ networks. Compared to any current generation phone save for the recent 5-inch Android based monster phones, the Z10 can easily hold its own on paper.

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As we’ve seen time and time again, hardware isn’t quite as important today as it was in the past. BlackBerry 10 has been in development for some time now, and its reveal today shows a well thought out user experience that makes good use of the all touch environment. In fact, the OS seem to pull the best from iOS, Android, and WebOS in order to create a unique yet familiar experience.

As the only buttons on the Z10 are the power, volume, and voice command buttons, the OS focuses on an entirely gesture driven experience. The home screen for BB10 offers a phone, search, and camera button at the bottom of the screen, with your installed apps sitting in a grid above. UnlikeAndroid, these buttons go away when you are in an app, but they always return when you are on the homescreen. You pull down from the top to access setting, similar to how Android operates today. Apps can be placed in folders on the home screen, and you move and remove apps on the home screen is very much the same way you would on iOS.

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Continuing to build on the personal experience was built up by this release, BB10 features a powerful camera app. Considering what a significant part of the smartphone experience the camera has become, this isn’t a surprise. Outside of the expected burst shot, image stabilization, and light condition settings, RIM has included a feature they call Time Shift to capture group images. Time Shift takes multiple images over a few seconds, and allows you to edit separate parts of the image by splicing in parts from one of the other images taken in the group. If you’re taking photos of a group, the idea is that you’d be able to edit the photo until you have a shot where everyone is looking at the camera and smiling.

Outside of the camera app itself, the Pictures app allows you to edit the photo with a series of preset filters and image manipulation options. It’s a big step forward for RIM, and puts the photo experience on par with Android and iOS out of the box.

 

Multitasking on BB10 is a fairly unique experience. When you need to move away from an app, but you’d like to keep it around, you swipe up from the bottom bezel and minimize it into what RIM is calling an Active Frame. This app is still functional, but shrunk down to a quarter of its size visually and stored in its own area on the home screen. When displaying an information in Active Frame mode, these apps function in a way that is similar to widgets in Android, though each Active frame takes up the same amount of space and Widgets can be placed anywhere on the desktop. You can have up to 8 Active Frames running on your desktop at any given time, and stacks of Active Frames create a different page icon on the homescreen to make it easier to navigate to them.

Another key feature in BB10, one that has been unsuccessfully replicated elsewhere, is BlackBerry Balance. For those of us who do still use our phones for work as well as play, it can occasionally be problematic to have a single device that combines the two. Balance allows Enterprise Service 10 users to separate their work apps and data from everything else, offering features that lock access to the work apps and securing the data behind a 256-bit AES encryption. Switching between work and personal setting is very simple, and does very little to interrupt the overall experience.

 

The big question that is bound to come from anyone right about now is apps. If BB10 doesn’t have the apps that users want, it’s not going to matter how great the Z10 is. RIM has been working hard for the last year to help developers prepare apps for this release, offering free hardware and contests to encourage users to put their best foot forward. With over 70,000 apps in their store, they have a good starting point. There have even been efforts to help developers port Android apps to the new BlackBerry World so the BB10 shelves will not be bare. BlackBerry World may not be ready to compete with the millions of apps that Android and iOS have, but the storefront is far from empty. There’s plenty of great apps that are still not available on Windows Phone 8, and the new store is designed to make it easy for users to find the apps they are looking for.

In the battle for third place in the smartphone world, RIM has made a compelling case for itself. This hardware may not be the image that most people have in mind when they think about BlackBerry, but it is already an impressive step above Windows Phone, FirefoxOS, and Ubuntu for smartphones. Despite the last few years of wandering around in the dark, RIM seems to have a good handle on what users expect out of a smartphone experience today.