21 February 2013

Apple TV Now Officially Available In India

Apple has officially launched Apple TV, a media streaming device in India for the price of 8,295. Apple’s India website is already updated with the news, and one can find Apple TV under iPod section. With this launch Apple’s full portfolio of products are now available in India.

This device is not the rumored Apple television set, but a media streamer that lets you stream and share content from your Apple devices and from iTunes to your HDTV, and it can be connected through HDMI port.

An Apple spokesperson, who confirmed the development, said “Yes, we have launched the product. It will be out in our authorized resellers in the next seven to ten days,” reports The Hindu.

This launch came forth within two months after Apple launched its iTunes store in India, selling high-definition movies, music and other iTune contents. Apart from music and videos, you can also use the Apple TV to view photos from your iPhone or iPad or those hosted on iCloud, mirror content through AirPlay and you can watch videos from sites like YouTube and Vimeo. 

Right now the device faces compaction from Micromax’s Smart Stick and Akai’s Smart Box.

08 February 2013

Now, Smart Pen Will Solve Your Grammatical Errors

Smart pen

A German firm claims to have created a hi-tech pen which vibrates every time it senses a spelling or grammar mistake. German company Lernstift developed the pen to help youngsters learn to write, but it could catch on with people of all ages.

The pen, which is at the prototype stage, is capable of picking errors in spelling or letter formation in real-time, delivering a warning vibration to the writer's hand.

Users can choose between two functions: Calligraphy Mode - pointing out flaws of form and legibility or Orthography Mode - detecting orthographic and grammatical mistakes, the 'Daily Mail' reported.

Sensors built into the pen detect variations in the way letters are formed and buzzes immediately if an error is spotted. Creators Falk and Mandy Wolsky were inspired by their son's early writing attempts, according to their website Lernstift.

07 February 2013

India Gets 3 New Budget Tablets From HCL

HCL has launched three android tablets in India, expanding its HCL ME range of products. These three 7-inch tablets, ME U2, ME V1 and Me Y3 have been priced at Rs 5,999, 7,999 and 11,999, respectively, and run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, reports NDTV GADGETS.

The ME U2 is a Wi-Fi only device; however it supports 3G data cards. It has a 1GHz Cortex A9 processor with a Mali-400 graphics card and 1GB DDR3 RAM. Its 7-inch WVGA display has a resolution of 800X480 pixels. The battery type is 3000 mAh Lithium Polymer. It has 0.3-Megapixel front camera and no rear camera.

ME U2 has 4GB internal storage and can be expanded up to 32 GB with microSD card. The tablet, unlike its other siblings, has Google Play app store.

The ME V1 supports SIM and the company is even pitching it as a phablet. However it doesn’t support 3G and users can only browse the Internet over Edge/GPRS (or over Wi-Fi) unless they plug in a 3G data card. The tablet has 1GHz Cortex A8 processor with a GC430 graphics card and 1GB DDR3 RAM. Its 7-inch WVGA display has a resolution of 800X480 pixels. It has a 2-Megapixel back camera and a 0.3-Megapixel front camera.

The tablet comes with 4GB of internal storage and can be expanded up to 32 GB with microSD card. It also has a Mini HDMI port. It doesn’t feature Google Play app store, and users will only be able to download apps through HCL's own ME App Store. The battery type is 3200 mAh Lithium Polymer.

The ME Y3 is a dual-SIM tablet with dual standby support. One of the two SIMs can support 3G, voice and video calls. The ME Y3 sports a 1GHz Cortex A9 processor with a built-in 3D graphics card and 1GB DDR3 RAM. Its 7-inch WSVGA display has a resolution of 1024X600 pixels. It has a 3.2-Megapixel back camera and a 0.3-Megapixel front camera.

The tablet comes with 4GB of internal storage and can be expanded to 32 GB with microSD card. The ME Y3 too doesn’t support Google Play app store, and users will only be able to download apps through HCL's own ME App Store. It also packs in an FM radio receiver as well as an FM transmitter, and supports FM radio recording. This tablet also features a Mini HDMI port. The tablet has a 3100 mAh Lithium Polymer battery.

06 February 2013

Revealed: The Health Risks Of Cell Phone Usage

The total number of cell phone subscriptions worldwide has been estimated as 5 billion. Irrespective of the age group, everyone carry around these small devices which come with a lot of conveniences. However, we keep on hearing that cell phone users might be at a risk for regularly using their devices.
To spread light into this, MobilePhone.co.in has prepared a neat infographic which explains the health issues related with use of cell phones. Although radio waves for mobile phones are believed to affect the brain, there is no scientific evidence to support the role in causing cancer.
Here are some interesting facts from the infographic:
The largest health related study on cell phones called Interphone study says that there is no significant rise in brain or central nervous system cancers due to increased cell phone usage.
Another cohort study in Denmark tried to link increased cell phone usage data with brain tumor cases in the Danish Cancer Registry. However, the analysis showed no association between users for more than thirteen years.
Countries like United States, Japan and Europe have also conducted case-control studies to see if increased usage resulted in Glioma or Meningioma, but there were no positive answers.

Facts on Cell Phone radiation

# 5 In the Electromagnetic spectrum Cell Phone radiation falls between FM and Microwave oven.

# 4 50 percent of Cell Phone radiation is absorbed into the head and body.

# 3 World Health Organization has classified cell phone radiation as a potential carcinogen in humans in the same category as lead, chloroform and exhaust.

# 2 Cell Phones are rated according to their Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) levels. They are measured in watts per kilogram.

# 1 The Cell Phone should be far from the body based on its specific absorption rating. Higher rated Cell Phones should be kept away. The distance for Apple iPhone 4 is 0.67 inches and for BlackBerry Bold it is 0.98 inches.

The statistics based on usage of Cell Phones said that a majority constituting 66 percent carry cell phones along for lunch while 65 percent said that Cell Phones make them better parents. Only 18 percent felt the need to own latest mobile technology while 20 percent used text messages to fix their dating schedule. 32 percent used text messages instead of interacting personally and 37 percent of users checked their mobile device at least once in 30 days. Among all this, 32 percent felt uneasy without Cell Phones for longer durations.
However, there were certain limits for United States, Europe and Canada with regards to SAR limits. U.S. and Canada have a limit of 1.6 watts per KG and Europe is limited with 2.0 watts per KG according to the reports.