Saturday, January 31, 2009

Microsoft Adds Clickjacking Protection to IE8 RC1

Protection against malicious Web attacks and tweaks to a feature that lets users browse the Internet privately are among updates Internet Explorer users can test in the first release candidate for IE8.

Microsoft released the feature-complete version of IE8 to the Web. Microsoft added performance tweaks to existing features and one major security update to block Web attacks known as "clickjacking" that the company said makes IE8 the only Web browser to offer such protection.

Clickjacking lets hackers put a transparent filter on sites so they can view what information a user is accessing and what activities that user is doing, said James Pratt, an IE senior product manager at Microsoft. For example, if someone is on a bank Web site, attackers can use clickjacking to see the user's bank information and acquire passwords, and the user will not know the information is being viewed remotely, he said.

The security feature that thwarts clickjacking in IE8 RC1 allows Web-site content owners to put a tag in a page header that will help detect and prevent clickjacking. If a site that uses the IE8 tag detects clickjacking, it will give Web users an error screen letting them know that the content host has chosen not to allow that content, and gives them the option to open the content in a new window that is protected from the attack.

Microsoft also in RC1 expanded the functionality of a feature it introduced in the IE8 beta 2 release called InPrivate. InPrivate has two settings -- InPrivate Browsing, which lets users browse the Web without creating a record of where they've been or enabling cookies, and InPrivate Blocking, which has been renamed in RC1 to InPrivate Filtering.

InPrivate Filtering lets people set a threshold for how many times third-party content appears on sites they are browsing before the feature allows them to view information on how those third-party content owners are collecting information about browsing habits. That threshold can be set between three times and 30 times.

For example, Pratt said that if the same third-party advertisement appears 10 times on Web sites that a user is browsing in a session and the person's InPrivate Filtering threshold is set to 10, the user can then view how the third-party content owner is collecting information about browsing activities.

The Compatibility View introduced in IE8 beta 2 also got a refresh in RC1. The feature allows users to view Web sites that may not be compatible with current Web standards IE8 supports in another view so the sites render properly.

Microsoft added more support for current Web standards such as CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) and RSS in IE7, but sites that were designed for previous versions of IE that didn't support these standards didn't work properly. One of Microsoft's chief goals for IE8 is to make it as Web standards-compatible as possible, but also to ensure older sites can be viewed the way they were designed.

In IE8 RC1, Microsoft built into the browser a list of common Web sites that it discovered must be viewed in Compatibility View mode to render properly, Pratt said. Now when someone browses these sites in IE8 RC1, they automatically appear in that mode without a user having to click on a "Compatibility View" button, as they had to in IE8 beta 2, he said.

Microsoft also tweaked browser performance features so IE8 RC1 opens faster as an application and also opens new tabs or Web pages faster, the company said.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Transcend introduces 1.8” Portable SSD in India

Transcend has announced the availability of its new 1.8-inch portable solid state drive (SSD) – the SSD18M in India. The Transcend 1.8-inch portable SSD is available in 3 different capacities of 32GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities. According to a press release, the SSD18M offers greater resistance to shock and vibration and comes with both eSATA and USB2.0 interface options.

The release further claims that the eSATA interface provides a maximum read speed of 90MB/s and write speeds of 50MB/s. The SSD18M features dimensions of 80mm x 50mm x 12.5mm and weighs 50g. The SSD also has built-in ECC (Error Correction Code) functionality.

The prices for the 32GB, 64GB and 128GB models are Rs. 7,000; Rs. 12,000 and Rs. 20,000 respectively and all the models come with a two year warranty.

The release quotes Austin Huang, Regional Head - Sales, SAARC & APAC, Transcend, " Unlike traditional hard disk drives, this handy device (SSD18M) is made of reliable NAND flash memory that contains no moving parts, which not only eliminates the possibility of mechanical failure resulting from vibration and shock, but also provides substantial weight savings and reduced power consumption."

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Choosing the Best Bluetooth headset gadgets

Wanting to be on hands free device with Bluetooth headset enabled phones- this posts can act as a basic guide to you. Best devices for you (crème de la crème) can be purchased from Amazon. The choice is again yours whether you want a single ear piece or the both.

Motorola S9 Bluetooth Active Headphones

Motorola S9 Bluetooth Active Headphones

One of the best designs, user-friendly controls, better sound quality, built-in microphone for making phone calls

 

Jabra BT620s - Bluetooth Stereo Headset

Jabra BT620s - Bluetooth Stereo Headset

best to listen music and make phone calls,  play music from your laptop directly on Jabra Bluetooth Stereo Headset

Plantronics Voyager 520

Plantronics Voyager 520 

lightweight, comfortable, very good call quality, relatively cheaper

Plantronics Voyager 510 with Multipoint Technology

Plantronics Voyager 510 with Multipoint Technology

Lightweight, versatile headset, wearing comfort, clearer voice transmission, superior sound quality, deskphone adapter

Samsung WEP200 Black

Samsung WEP200 Black

compact ear-but Bluetooth headset, cozy buttons, adaptation needed to use

Aliph Jawbone and Jawbone 2

Aliph Jawbone and Jawbone 2

modern finishing, ear comfortable, noise-cancelling technology that senses vibrations in jaw to verify if the sound is coming from the user, best sound quality, no simpler volume changer

Motorola H 98689 T820 Bluetooth Stereo Headset

Motorola H 98689 T820 Bluetooth Stereo Headset

ultimate choice of audiophiles, music and phone calls seamlessly streamed, A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile) & AVRCP (Audio Video Remote Control Profile) allow to stream music directly from laptop/PC, most PMPs including MP3,MP4 players

Sony Ericsson Bluetooth HBH-GV435

Sony Ericsson Bluetooth HBH-GV435

Sony's best Bluetooth headset using DSP (Digital Signal Processing) technology, clear sound, almost all sorts of noise canceled out, fast, automatic volume adjustment, auto pairing and redialing

Other worth mentioning Bluetooth headset/stereo devices include:

  • SoundID SM100 Bluetooth headset
  • Plantronics Voyager 855 Bluetooth headset
  • BlueAnt V1
  • Jabra BT8040

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Friday, January 16, 2009

SuperSpeed USB 3.0: More Details Emerge

Intel's Jeff Ravencraft, who is also president of the USB Implementers Forum, discussed more details about USB 3.0 today at the Storage Visions conference in Las Vegas.
The focus of the new spec is three-fold: Retain backward compatibility, increase speed, and provide better power handling.

"USB has been the most successful interface in history of personal computing," Ravencraft noted. "Over 6 billion products are in the market, and over 2 billion ship a year now."

Compatability

Backward compatibility shows up in the new standard. USB 3.0 maintains the extensive device class driver infrastructure of USB 2.0, and a USB 2.0 devices will work via a 3.0 connector.

Performance

Performance improvements are notable, too. "We have research that shows that after 1 minute, 1.5 minutes waiting for a transaction, users get impatient.," says Ravencraft. "The transfer times have to get much faster." Hence the evolution of USB SuperSpeed's Sync & Go concept.

SuperSpeed USB 3.0's 5Gbps data rate (compared with Hi-Speed USB 2.0's 480Mbps) should help--and with very clear real-world advantages. For example: A 25GB HD movie will take 13.9 min to transfer with USB 2.0, and 70 seconds with USB 3.0, says Ravencraft.

Practically speaking, the implications are tremendous. Imagine not having to wait hours on end for your full-drive data backup to complete, or not having a lengthy delay when off-loading 32GB flash memory cards from your digital camera.

Power

As for power consumption, "power today is king for portable devices. It is the pinnacle, the focus for the PC, the notebook, and all devices. All of these new specs had to be optimized for power efficiency," says Ravencraft.

For example, there's no longer any device polling, so connected USB devices can enter a virtual sleep mode; more power will be able to go to the device (which will hopefully eliminate some of the power issues we see today with portable hard drives that require extra power from a second USB port); and USB 3.0 will no longer broadcast information to all connected devices, thereby saving power, too. Plus, when a device's battery is drained, it will now still be recognized by a laptop, for example, so you can charge it (this doesn't work with USB 2.0).

The intention is for SuperSpeed USB 3.0 to provide headroom for the next five years.

"We've designed the protocol so it should operate at up to 25 gigabit per second data rates if the pipe supplies that type of data rate," says Ravencraft. "I don't think we'll get to that over a copper wire, but we might look at an optical interface next. And we're ready if it does."

Ravencraft expects host controllers and device controllers by mid-2009, and consumer products by early 2010. His estimates are more conservative than those offered by Symwave, which is demonstrating USB 3.0 at CES 2009 in conjunction with Seagate.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Yahoo Bolsters Mail App

Yahoo unveiled on Monday improvements to its Web properties, including customization capabilities for Yahoo Mail and direct integration with third-party sites like Flickr.

An advanced Yahoo toolbar also was revealed, featuring constant access to essential tasks. Additionally, the company is providing updates between the Yahoo Music and Yahoo TV sites via Yahoo Updates, offering visibility into online activities of connections across the Yahoo network. My Yahoo, which offers a more personalized interface for Yahoo, is being fitted with the ability to link to third-party applications.

Yahoo showed off its host of improvements at a press event in San Francisco on Monday. The company with its efforts seeks to leverage social application capabilities. Innovations are part of Yahoo Open Strategy, which is intended to provide a more socially relevant Web experience.

With Yahoo Mail, the company is offering what it calls a "smarter inbox."

"Yahoo Mail is what we consider a key starting point on the Web. It's got 275 million monthly global users," said John Kremer, vice president of Yahoo Mail.

The smarter inbox, which is being rolled out to users on a limited basis in coming months, features a new Welcome Page that surfaces messages, information, and activity updates from persons of most concern to the user. An updated inbox and folder view filters messages from personal connections. Users also can get immediate access to relevant third-party applications.

"We really believe opening up Yahoo Mail will have a game-changing influence on the industry," Kremer said. Developers with Monday's rollout gain access to documentation and guidelines for building applications that run on the new mail canvas, according to Yahoo.

A limited beta testing program has started for bringing in third-party applications into Yahoo Mail. Users will be able to access these applications from within the Yahoo Mail interface. Initial applications include Family Journal, for building a family tree; Flickr, for photo-sharing; Flixster, for sharing movie show times; WordPress, for posting photos and links to a WordPress blog; Xoopit, for sharing photos stored in e-mail, and Yahoo Greetings, to send e-cards.

Also, Yahoo Updates is being integrated into Yahoo Mail.

The new Yahoo Toolbar, available in a sneak preview later this week, checks new e-mails from Yahoo and other Web-based e-mail providers, monitors and searches for items on eBay and finds local movie show times. The toolbar also alerts users about Updates from personal connections.  Personal search suggestions surface the sites a user has visited and provides search results in the toolbar.

With the My Yahoo update, users can enhance personal start pages by adding applications created by third-party developers via the Yahoo Application Platform. Applications will range from productivity tools to games. The company also is launching a My Yahoo Theme API for third-party designers to build and share their own look and feel for My Yahoo pages.

Yahoo to Delete Your Searches After 3 Months

Yahoo is to anonymise most of the data it collects about people's web searches after three months, a move that could put further pressure on competitors Google and Microsoft to do the same due to privacy concerns.

Yahoo, which previously kept the data for 13 months, will now retain it for the least amount of time compared to its rivals.

Google said in September that it would anonymise data after nine months, down from 18 months. Microsoft keeps data for 18 months, although it said earlier this month it would reduce the period to six months if its rivals did the same.

A European Union group has recommended that search engines discard data after six months. The recommendation has been endorsed by data protection officials from the 27 countries in the European Union. Countries could eventually choose to enforce the recommendation, which will be discussed further next year.

Privacy campaigners have expressed concerns that web users could potentially be identified on the basis of search terms and other data. An IP (Internet protocol) address can identify a person's ISP (Internet service provider) as well as their approximate geographic location. It also has been shown that a person can be identified on the basis of search terms they've entered.

Technology companies have maintained they needed to keep the data to observe how people use their search engines in order to improve their search services, such as increasing the relevancy of results.

Yahoo said it would anonymise its "user log data", although the company did not define exactly what data it collects. Other data that will be scrubbed include page views and clicks on ads.

Yahoo said it will keep some data for up to six months for security and fraud reasons, as part of some "specific and limited exceptions", it said in a statement. It may also be required to keep some data longer to meet legal obligations, it said.

16GB JetFlash Pen Drive from Transcend

transcend-16GB-jetflash Transcend introduces the JetFlash V33 16GB pen drive in India. The JetFlash V33 has dimensions of 60mm x 16.5mm x 8.1mm and weighs 7g. According to a press release, the JetFlash V33 supports Windows Me / 2000 / XP / Vista, Mac OS 9.0 / OS X and Linux Kernel 2.4.2 or later.

The release quotes Austin Huang, Regional Head - Sales, SAARC & APAC, Transcend, "With renowned Transcend build quality at down-to-earth prices, the JetFlash V33 represents a new standard in value. The JetFlash V33 allows you store a whole lot more of your personal files, documents from work or school, digital photos, movies and music on a flash drive smaller than your finger."

The JetFlash V33 further comes with Transcend’s JetFlash software that offers features such as AutoLogin, PC-Lock, Mobile Favorites, Secret-Zip encryption, Mobile E-mail, DataBackup, Online Update and the My JetFlash browser. Apart from 16GB (Rs. 2,300), the V33 is also available in 1GB (Rs. 400), 2GB (Rs. 500), 4GB (Rs. 800) and 8GB (Rs.1,300). 

Article Symantec Launches Public Beta of Norton 360 3.0

Symantec has announced the availability of the public beta of Norton 360 version 3.0.  Norton 360 was first launched in early 2007, and is Symantec's 'set it and forget it' security suite for users who don't want to have to think about internet security.

The public beta of Norton 360 v3.0 includes Norton Safe Web, the security giant's website-rating service (similar to McAfee SiteAdvisor). Right now, according to Symantec, Norton Safe Web has more than 100,000 registered beta testers and provides site rating information for more than 13 million search results each day. Symantec says the version 3.0 release of Norton 360 also sees enhancements to tuneup and backup, and the security and performance improvements launched last year with Norton Internet Security 2009.

"Our goal for this version of Norton 360 is to deliver comprehensive protection with zero impact on performance, so consumers can be productive online, backup their valuable data, and keep their computer running at peak performance," said Symantec's Rowan Trollope. "With Norton Safe Web, we are extending that protection to make shopping and other everyday online activities safer," he added.

The Norton 360 version 3.0 beta including Norton Safe Web is available for free public download . For Norton Internet Security 2009 users, a browser plug-in version of the Norton Safe Web beta is available for download . Internet users can access the Norton Safe Web free online community site at safeweb.norton.com.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Intel to Offer Touchscreen Classmate PC

Intel will unveil a touchscreen version of its Classmate PC at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, next month.

The new Convertible Classmate is a tablet PC with a touch screen that swivels, which Intel claims makes data input easier.

The Classmate is a rival to Asus' Eee PC and as well as being marketed as an educational laptop for kids in developing countries, it will also be available in the general market. The touch-screen interface makes software more interactive and easier for kids to use, Intel said.

The Classmate is a reference design created by Intel, but the laptops are actually shipped by PC makers throughout the world. PC makers will discuss their plans to ship Convertible Classmate products at CES, an Intel spokeswoman said. Laptops built by using the reference design will become available in early 2009.

The new laptop has a clamshell design with an 8.9in screen. The screen can be used with either a stylus or a finger. There is also an option to rest palms on the touch screen while inputting data.

The laptop has a number of other bells and whistles, including an accelerometer that changes the display's orientation horizontally or vertically depending on the laptop's position.

The Convertible Classmate will run on an Intel Atom processor and come loaded with either the Windows or Linux OS.

With the new Classmate, Intel is a step ahead of its other competitor, the XO laptop from nonprofit One Laptop Per Child (OLPC), which plans to offer a touch-screen interface in its XO-2 laptop, due to ship in 2010. The XO-2 will include a software-based, touch-sensitive keyboard and two touch-screen displays.

The laptop is also an upgrade from the current Classmate PC, which is widely known as Classmate 2. Classmate 2 is a no-frills laptop without a touch screen that can be used for basic applications such as surfing the web and checking email. Priced at around $300 (£194), Classmates do include many of the basic features found in laptops today, like USB ports and wireless networking capabilities.

From http://pcworld.in/

Saturday, January 10, 2009

New Android Phones Sneak Into View

Google is planning an update to the software -- and gave around 18,000 of the first-generation phones to its staff as a Christmas present.

google-android-cell-phone Google gave 85 percent of its staff (around 18,000 people according to reports) customized, unlocked versions of the HTC Dream, the first commercial Android handset, which is sold by T-Mobile as the G1.

Meanwhile, handset makers are planning to improve on the HTC G1, which got mixed reviews despite strong sales, and Google is readying a new version of the Android operating system. In December, Sony Ericsson was one of a group of new members who joined the Open Handset Alliance, the industry group supporting Android. Other supporters include Motorola and Huawei, with Samsung, predicted to be the first tier-one handset maker to deliver an Android phone, according to Korean sources quoted at Rethink Wireless.

Google has developed an update to Android, known as Cupcake, which includes bug fixes for e-mail and the clock as well as new features such as speech recognition, virtual keyboards, and handling of attachments, and improved camera functions such as video capture. All this is a private Google development, which will be released to open source through the Open Handset Alliance, early in 2009.

These updates may get their first outing in an updated "G2" from HTC. Reports on various blogs give this phone a 5-megapixel camera, a touchscreen and Wi-Fi -- with a delivery date somewhere between the end of January (early) and April (around the time Samsung is expected to deliver).

Imation Introduces Dual-Layer 50 GB Blu-ray Discs in India

Imation India Pvt. Ltd. has announced the availability in India of the TDK LoR's (Life on Record) new Blu-ray Discs capable of recording at 4x speed. The four new TDK LoR Blu-ray Discs include the BD-R25 (single-sided, single-layer, 25GB) and BD-R50 (single-sided, dual-layer, 50GB) write-once type discs, as well as the BD-RE25 (single-sided, single-layer, 25GB) and BD-RE50 (single-sided, dual-layer, 50GB) rewritable discs.

The press release said TDK LoR Blu-ray Discs incorporate a recording layer comprised of inorganic material. The discs are further highlighted by TDK LoR's exclusive DURABIS 2 hard coating technology, an ultra-smooth cover layer created through the innovative spin coating method, and a host of other advanced TDK LoR technologies that enable the creation of high-reliability media.

A TDK LoR 4x 25GB Blu-ray Disc can be fully recorded in 22 minutes, and a TDK LoR 4x 50GB Blu-ray Disc can be fully recorded in 45 minutes, cutting the recording time in half in comparison to 2x Blu-ray Disc media.

A recording layer boasting high sensitivity is utilized for compatibility with 4x recording (144Mbps transfer rate). 4x recording reduces recording time by half compared with the previous 2x disc. 4.7GB of data can be copied in less than 5 minutes, which is comparable to a DVD-R recording speed of 16x.

Since the area of the laser spot on the Blu-ray Disc is small (about one-fifth that of the DVD), scratches or dirt on the recording surface can have an especially detrimental effect, causing errors. DURABIS 2 overcomes the issue by offering significantly higher resistance to scratches, and exceptional resistance to dirt and grime (particularly fingerprint smudges).

Previous write-once optical media such as CD-R and DVD-R utilized organic dye for their recording layers. Write-once type BD-R media is based on a completely new concept for the recording material wherein a two-layer structure composed of silicon (Si) and copper alloy (Cu) inorganic materials is utilized. When heated by the recording laser beam, these melt and the Si and Cu alloy become a composite to form recording marks. Because the material is inorganic, it is not affected by light, and offers superior archivability.

Friday, January 09, 2009

Feature rich yet cheaper mobile phones from China

Looking for an all-in-one cell phone? Don't want to pay much? The only boundary line: they are Chinese, but don't think they don't. Ranging from car entertainment, digital photo frames to high end mobile phones to surveillance equipment, all will drag your attention. Let's take a look on mobiles.

VoIP Phone, Watch Phones, Dual/Tri/Quad-Band Mobile Phones, , Special Mobile Phones, Magic Voice Phone, TV Mobile, Nokia/Motorola/Sony Ericsson/Samsung Mobile Phones, WIFI Mobile Phone and a lot to name. A single Google search will produce a lot.


Mobile Phone With TV Function: Most of them have dual sim cards dual standby, dual sliding, bluetooth,  TV, FM radio and dual camera, MP3 and MP4 player, price ranging from as low as 120$. Imobile Phone V311 - GSM 900/1800/1900, Imobile Phone V318 -GSM850/900/1800/1900MHZ, Imobile Phone V306 - GSM900 / 1800mHz ( Hand Shaking Function), Imobile Phone V280 - GSM 900/1800MHz (Lady TV Phone).

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Google, Microsoft Say They Still Support Net Neutrality

Google and Microsoft said Monday that they have not backed away from their support for net neutrality principles, despite a report to the contrary.

Both companies denied much of the information contained in a Wall Street Journal story, which suggested both companies have abandoned their support for network neutrality rules. The article reported that Google is trying to negotiate with broadband providers for an Internet fast lane for its content, apparently in conflict with its support for net neutrality rules prohibiting broadband providers from blocking or slowing content from some applications or companies.

The Google efforts described in the article, to enter into edge caching agreements with broadband providers, are consistent with the company's efforts to support net neutrality, Richard Whitt, Google's Washington, D.C., telecom and media counsel, wrote on Google's public policy blog. Edge caching involves the temporary storage of frequently accessed data on servers that are located close to the users accessing that data, and Google has offered to colocate caching servers within broadband providers' facilities, Whitt wrote.

Whitt, in a blog post from June 2007, suggested that local caching would be an acceptable behavior for broadband providers, under Google's view of net neutrality. "These activities do not rely on the carrier's unilateral control over the last-mile connections to consumers, and also do not involve discriminatory intent," Whitt wrote then.

In Whitt's Monday blog post, he defended edge caching as an already common practice, offered by companies such as Akamai, Limelight and Amazon.com's Cloudfront, and used by broadband providers to distribute Web content.

"Google and many other Internet companies also deploy servers of their own around the world," Whitt wrote. "These solutions help broadband providers by minimizing the need to send traffic outside of their networks and reducing congestion on the Internet's backbones. In fact, caching represents one type of innovative network practice encouraged by the open Internet."

Google's colocation agreements with broadband providers are nonexclusive, meaning other online companies can make the same agreements, Whitt added. "Also, none of them require (or encourage) that Google traffic be treated with higher priority than other traffic," he said. "In contrast, if broadband providers were to leverage their unilateral control over consumers' connections and offer colocation or caching services in an anti-competitive fashion, that would threaten the open Internet and the innovation it enables."

The Wall Street Journal article also said Microsoft and Yahoo have quietly withdrawn from a net neutrality coalition. A Microsoft spokeswoman said there have been no recent changes.

Back in October 2006, Microsoft withdrew from the now-defunct It's Our Net coalition, during debates over a proposed merger between AT&T and BellSouth. Microsoft continues to support consumer net neutrality rights, and it has long supported the ability of broadband providers to offer tiers of service and other enhancements, said spokeswoman Ginny Terzano.

Both Microsoft and Yahoo were members of It's Our Net, but chose not to participate when the coalition morphed into the Open Internet Coalition, a group focused on broader broadband issues, when it formed in early 2007, said Eric London, a spokesman for the newer coalition.

Several groups supporting net neutrality said Google's support of local caching does not raise concerns.

Google has never been against tiered pricing as long as broadband providers "offer the same deal to everyone else willing to pay more, although there are legitimate questions to be asked about some configurations of such schemes," Ed Black, president of the Computer and Communications Industry Association, said in a statement. "The article equates mundane, beneficial caching services with potentially illegal broadband discrimination."

The push for net neutrality is "alive and well" and includes support from Google, added Gigi Sohn, president of Public Knowledge, a digital rights group. "The practices described in the article, known as 'caching,' are commonplace and have been for many years," Sohn added in a statement. "Caching in no way is a part of the net neutrality issue of preventing discrimination by telephone and cable companies."

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Virgin Mobile Launches vDesire Phone With Over 1000 SMS Storage Capability

Virgin Mobile today further enhanced its handset portfolio by launching vDesire. Distinctively slim, measuring just 11.5 mm, this stylish, chrome finished mobile device can store 1000 SMSs and supports a internal phonebook with 500 X 5 entries. The phone comes with a 65K color screen, FM Radio, Stereo headset, Speaker phone, Prepaid connection and Lifetime Validity at a price point of just Rs.1,699/-. Moreover, the handset allows users one touch access to Vbytes, Virgin Mobile's data portal, from where they can download wallpapers, ring tones and games at a daily access charge of just Rs. 5/-. 

To appeal to the youth segment, Virgin Mobile handsets have all been designed to present a blend of competitive pricing, style and features. This includes introduction of a few bundled offers such as vKewl, vBling, vSleek, vTrendy and vSwing. vKewl has features like video recording, 1.3 mega pixel camera, MP 3 player, FM radio and is loaded with MMS, speakers and headset. All this is available with lifetime incoming and prepaid connection for just Rs. 3,499. vBling offers a stylish mirror finished, dual screen, clam shell handset bundled with lifetime validity and a prepaid connection at Rs. 2,199 whereas vSleek offers an ultra slim phone priced at an attractive point of Rs. 3,299 bundled with lifetime validity and a starter user kit. vTrendy is a combination of an extremely stylish color screen phone loaded with FM Radio. This is available at an attractive price of Rs. 1,499 and comes bundled with lifetime validity recharge and a starter user kit. vSwing is yet another handset which comes bundled with lifetime validity and a starter user kit, all of this at Rs. 1,799.

Nationally Virgin Mobile handsets are available across 25,000 outlets and over 1000 organized retail outlets including The Mobile Store, Univercell, Croma, Convergem, Big C, Vishal Mega Mart, Planet M, Vijay Sales and Sangeetha to name a few. Customers can enjoy Virgin Mobile service in over 7,400 cities across the country.

For any queries, Virgin Mobile champs can be reached at 600 166 66 from any number and at 125999 from a Virgin Mobile number.

Monday, January 05, 2009

Getting UltraISO work much for you- creating bootable dvds or creating virtual drives or more

Most of us are enchanted by some few disk which contain more file size than the capacity of the disk. One will be able able to burn 800+MB(rough guess) to a single CD of 700MB size using ZB Systems UltraISO software. One can create a New ISO Image, Edit ISO Image content, Create ISO Image from CD/DVD Disc, Convert CD/DVD Image format (.iso, isz, .bin, .cue, .mdf, .mds, .nrg, .img, .ccd, .sub), Make Bootable CD/DVD, Make multi-boot CDs and DVDs and many more features of UltraISO to be explored by you.

The size limitation of the ISO Image that UltraISO can process is 2TB(2000GB)- it's yet a monster space. Runs on 32bit or 64bit Windows Vista/2003/XP, Windows 2000, ME, 98SE, 98, Windows NT4.0 SP6a+ operating system . To purchase a licensed copy of UltraISO Please visit their website to get more details: http://www.ezbsystems.com.

Along with large capacity hard disk popularity,  people were already used to coping compact discs to CD/DVD image files (also called compact disc image document) , generally used  is the famous ISO 9660 international standards format, therefore CD/DVD image files are called ISO files. Because the ISO file retained complete data information of the compact disc (including compact disc boot information), you were allowed the convince to use commonly used CD burning software (for example Nero-Burning ROM ) to record the disc with your CD-R/RW over and over forever, it can also be used directly through Virtual CD-ROM drive software (for example SoftDisc ) .

ultraiso-tools UltraISO  is a CD/DVD image file creating/editing/converting tool , it can directly edit the CD/DVD image file and extract files and folders from it, as well as directly make ISO files from your CD/DVD drive or  hard disk. At the same time, you can maintain the ISO bootable information, thus creating your own bootable CDs and DVDs. You now have the power to make and  edit your own ISO files, and then burn them to CD or DVD for your own needs.

UltraISO is in sole possession of the intellectualized ISO document format analyzer, it can process at the present time almost all types of image files, including  ISO and BIN, it may even support new image files which are yet to be created. UltraISO can open these image files, directly extract files and folders, edit it and convert other image files to the standard ISO format.

UltraISO uses the double window unification user contact interface, you have the choice to only use the quick buttons and/or the mouse Drag & Drops, you can handle any CD/DVD image file easily.

The UltraISO main characteristic includes :

  • Can directly edit the ISO image file.

  • Can directly extract files and folder from ISO image file

  • Can add / delete /create new directory /rename ISO file image content.

  • Can make ISO file from hard disk document.

  • Can create CD image from CD/DVD-ROM, maintain bootable information.

  • Can process the compact disc boot information, you can directly add/remove/extract boot image of the ISO image.

  • Supports nearly all known CD image file formats (.ISO, .BIN, .IMG, .CIF, .NRG, .BWI and so on) , and converts them to the standard ISO form image.

  • May directly set the file/folder to hidden attribute

  • Supports ISO 9660 Level1/2/3 and Joliet extension

  • Automatically optimizes the ISO image file structure, saves the CD space.

  • Supports the shell document type integration, Open Image files through double clicking them or the Right Click menu of the mouse with the open dialog.

  • The double window user interface is extremely convenient to use.

  • There are rich add-on tools, you can create ALL in 1 bootable compact discs, CD image file management, even the virtual CD/DVD drive, those functions are really powerful.

Bluetooth wireless technology- maximizing use of Windows Vista's inbuilt Bluetooth features

Bluetooth technology uses radio transmissions to enable devices such as computers, printers, mice, or mobile phones to communicate wirelessly over a short distance. Some of the ways to use Bluetooth technology are:

  • To transfer files between computers or between a computer and another device

  • To print using a Bluetooth enabled wireless printer

  • To use a Bluetooth enabled wireless keyboard or mouse

  • To listen to music using Bluetooth enabled wireless headphones

  • To synchronize a Bluetooth enabled personal digital assistant (PDA) to a computer or another device

  • To create a wireless connection to the Internet with a Bluetooth enabled mobile phone or a modem server

  • To join a Bluetooth personal area network (PAN)

After successful installation of your Bluetooth devices ie Bluetooth mobile phone, Bluetooth printer or any other Bluetooth enabled computer peripherals, make proper arrangements for passkey and encryption, if your Bluetooth device support and you really want that. Encryption features and a passkey can help to secure your data. However, these and other security measures can be compromised or fail and, if that happens, your data could be visible to or accessible by other devices or computers within range. Therefore, Bluetooth wireless technology should not be considered completely secure.

You can also Use a Bluetooth hands-free device or headphones or sync the Bluetooth devices with Windows Media Player or automatically backup your data with your devices. This is very easily done task and should take no time of yours.

For more articles on advantages and usages of Bluetooth devices from this blog, please click here to search.

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Convert video to any format using Xilisoft PSP Video Converter

Click to enlarge the image : Convert video to any format using Xilisoft PSP Video Converter Xilisoft PSP Video Converter is a powerful video and audio conversion program. It supports converting most video formats including DVD, VCD, AVI, WMV, MP4, MOV, 3GP, animated GIF, RM, ASF to MP4 and MP3 which can be played in your Sony PSP.

Features


  • Convert various video file formats to MP4
  • Convert most audio file formats to MP3
  • Extract audio from video file and save to MP3
  • Encode several files simultaneously
  • Pause encoding process to run other CPU time consuming programs at any time

    Specification


    Supported file format

    • Video:
      MPEG(mpg, mpeg, dat, vob); WMV; ASF; AVI; QuichTime(mov, qt); MPEG4(mp4); 3GP; DV(dv, dif); Real Video(rm); Animated GIF(gif - decoding only); Macromedia Flash(swf - decoding audio only);
    • Audio:
      MPEG Audio(mp2, mp3); WMA; WAV; AU; MPEG4 Audio(m4a); Real Audio(ra); OGG; AAC; Raw AC3(ac3); NUT Open Container Format(nut);
  • Supported video and audio codecs

    • Video codecs:
      MPEG1 video; MPEG2 video; MPEG4(DivX4/DivX5/XVID); MSMPEG4 V1; MSMPEG4 V2; MSMPEG4 V3(DivX3); WMV7; WMV8; H263(+)(Real Video 1.0); MJPEG; Lossless MJPEG; Apple MJPEG-B; Sunplus MJPEG; DV; Huff YUV; Asus v1; Asus v2; Creative YUV; H.264; Sorenson Video 1; Sorenson Video 3; On2 VP3; Theora; Intel Indeo 3; FLV; ATI VCR1; ATI VCR2; Cirrus Logic AccuPak; 4X Video; Sony Playstation MDEC; Id RoQ; Xan/WC3; Interplay Video; Apple Animation; Apple Graphics; Apple Video; Cinepak; Microsoft RLE; Microsoft Video-1; Westwood VQA; Id Cinematic Video; Planar RGB; FLIC video; Duck TrueMotion v1; VMD Video; MSZH; ZLIB; TechSmith Camtasia; IBM Ultimotion;
    • Audio codecs:
      MPEG audio layer 2; MPEG audio layer 1/3; AC3; Vorbis; WMA V1/V2; AAC; Microsoft ADPCM; MS IMA ADPCM; QT IMA ADPCM; 4X IMA ADPCM; G.726 ADPCM; Duck DK3 IMA ADPCM; Duck DK4 IMA ADPCM; Westwood Studios IMA ADPCM; SMJPEG IMA ADPCM; CD-ROM XA ADPCM; CRI ADX ADPCM; Electronic Arts ADPCM; RA144; RA288; RADnet; AMR-NB; AMR-WB; DV audio; Id RoQ DPCM; Interplay MVE DPCM; Xan DPCM; Apple MACE 3; Apple MACE 6; FLAC;

    System requirements


  • Windows 98/Me or Windows 2000/XP or better
  • >750MHz Intel or AMD CPU

    For full information about ImTOO PSP Video Converter, please visit http://www.xilisoft.com/psp-video-converter.html

  • Windows 7 January launch at CES

    Details about the new Microsoft OS Windows 7 from their official website: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/ 

    windows7-logo Software could overshadow gadgets at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES), with Microsoft expected to shed light on its upcoming Windows 7 OS.

    The financial meltdown may also be lingering topic as tech vendors gather to flaunt products at the show in Las Vegas, hoping to show enough glitter and sparkle to bring them better fortunes in the new year. Attendees will pour over the latest technologies, including OLED (organic light-emitting diode) TVs, netbooks, smartphones, media players, and other entertainment devices.

    Audiences may miss the show's perennial star, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, who gave his final CES speech earlier this year. Instead, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will kick off the event with a keynote address on January 7. He's expected to give a peek at Microsoft's Windows 7 OS, which many hope will be zippier and less resource hungry than Windows Vista.

    Microsoft expects to make "significant" Windows 7 announcements, including a possible release of Windows 7 beta software. A "sneak peek" at future Microsoft Office software may also be offered.

    A look at Microsoft's future software could add pep to what otherwise might turn out to be a subdued show. Attendance at CES 2009 is expected to drop as consumers and technology vendors cut spending amid the economic crisis. Hotels, which in previous years were often packed months before the show, have been offering discounted rates to fill rooms.

    WINDOWS 7 BETA LEAKS TO INTERNET
    Pirated copies of a Windows 7 build pegged by many as the beta Microsoft Corp. will release next month have leaked to the Internet, according to searches at several BitTorrent sites today. A search on the Pirate Bay BitTorrent site, for example, returned two Windows 7 Build 7000 listings, both of which had been posted Friday. As of Saturday afternoon, one torrent on Pirate Bay showed more than 1,800 "seeders"

    WINDOWS 7 PIRATED AND AVAILABLE NOW
    Pirated copies of a Windows 7 build pegged by many as the beta Microsoft will release next month have leaked to the Internet, according to searches at several BitTorrent sites. A search on the Pirate Bay BitTorrent site, for example, returned two Windows 7 Build 7000 listings, both of which had been posted last Friday. The Pirate Bay and other BitTorrent sites, including Mininova, listed the beta build as a 2.44GB download.

    Google Suggests Gmail Users Dump IE

    Google Inc. is pushing users of its Gmail  e-mail service to dump Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer for its own Chrome browser or Mozilla Corp.'s Firefox.

    When users of IE6 reach Gmail.com, a "Get faster Gmail" message appears in the Web-based service's menu bar. The message, in turn, links to a page on Google's Web site that touts Chrome and Firefox 3 as being "twice as fast" at running Gmail.

    Last week, the Gmail site also displayed the message to users browsing with Microsoft's IE7, but Google has since discarded that version of the notice. Users running other browsers, including Apple Inc.'s Safari and Opera Software ASA's namesake browser, haven't been shown the speed-up message.

    Google currently lists IE7, Firefox 2.0 and later releases, Chrome and Safari as the only supported browsers for Gmail . Others, including Opera and older editions of IE, Firefox and Safari, can be used to access the e-mail service but aren't able to handle some of its features.

    Google has been aggressively marketing Chrome since it stripped the browser of its beta label earlier this month. A day later, for example, Google dropped Firefox as the default browser bundled with Google Pack application bundle and added Chrome in its place.

    Google, Mozilla and WebKit -- the open-source project that provides the engine for Apple's Safari -- have spent much of the second half of this year trumpeting JavaScript performance improvements , a necessary move, they say, to make Gmail and other Web applications run at speeds similar to that of traditional desktop software.

    Thursday, January 01, 2009

    Performance for your PC- Registry Fix

    windows_vista_manager_cleaner_optionsRegistry Editor is a Windows tool intended for advanced users only,  view and change settings in the system registry that contains information about how your computer runs. Windows refers to this information and updates it when you make changes to your computer, such as installing a new program, creating a user profile, or adding new hardware. Registry Editor lets you view registry folders, files, and the settings for each registry file.

    Ordinarily, you do not need to make changes to the registry. The registry contains complex system information that is vital to your computer, and an incorrect change to your computer's registry could render your computer inoperable. However, a corrupt registry file might require changes. We strongly recommended that you back up the registry before making any changes and that you only change values in the registry that you understand or have been instructed to change.

    Did you know that many PC issues are easily repairable? Don't pay a technician loads of money for an issue that you can easily repair yourself? Performance for your PC depends on most of the times on fixing registry values. You can download ready-made registry hacks from the download link in the menu bar of this geeklog.

    tuneUp_registry_cleaner How does this affect me?
    Every Microsoft Windows operating system has a registry. Your system registry holds a wealth of information about your computer, which is why we constantly hear from users that after using their PC for a short length of time, it no longer works the way it used to. This is due in part to invalid entries that exist in your system registry, that might exist because of software you are no longer using or software that was not properly removed. By removing these invalid entries, you can significantly increase the performance of your PC.

    Why should one fix registry?
    The most common PC troubles are found at locations spread throughout your PC.  These programs pinpoint those infected or invalid locations scans for invalid registry entries that might be causing your PC issues. The program will inform you of where the errors exist, and what potential errors they might cause. Most issues or errors related to ActiveX controls, DLL issues, Windows explorer errors, Windows installer issues, Internet Explorer errors, Iexpore and System32 errors, Runtime errors, Outlook and Outlook Express Errors, EXE errors, Svchost errors and a wide variety of other system issues can detected and cured by many third party Windows Utility softwares such as RegistryFix,
     TuneUp Registry Cleaner, Vista Manager Registry Cleaner and many related programs.

    Further info: Restore, Fix & Clean Up Your Registry Files and Errors in Windows.  Does your PC crash, is your system running slow or are you receiving regular error messages?  These programs will scan your system registry and hard drive for invalid file and system references for free. These invalid references cause system instability, PC errors, constant crashes, and general system slowdowns. Please, click your choice for detail explanation of the following programs from this geeklog.


    This article is intended for registry fix, registry cleaner, windows vista registry cleaner, please see documentation of the respective software before handling registry entries and never forget to back you the whole system registry. 

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