Monday, November 16, 2009
The regulator, however was silent on the most important aspect of 'porting charge' which is the amount that a mobile user shall have to pay for porting the number. The regulations come a year after the government had announced MNP implementation. The communications and IT minister, A Raja had last August said that MNP would be implemented last year however the process kept getting delayed.
According to a statement issued by the regulator, MNP facility shall be available only within a given licensed service area.
A subscriber holding a mobile number is eligible to make a porting request only after 90 days of the date of activation of his mobile connection. If a number is already ported once, the number can again be ported only after 90 days from the date of the previous porting.
The subscriber who wishes to port his mobile number should approach the recipient operator (the operator to whom the subscriber wants to port his number). The subscriber may be required to pay porting charges, if any, to the recipient operator. Also, the subscriber must clear all the bills issued prior to the date of porting. The subscriber shall give an undertaking that he has already paid all billed dues to the donor operator as on the date of the request for porting.
Also, he shall pay dues to the donor operator pertaining to the mobile number till its eventual porting, and that he understands and agrees that in event of non-payment of any such dues to the donor operator, the ported mobile number shall be liable to be disconnected by the recipient operator.
A subscriber may withdraw his porting request within 24 hours of its submission to the recipient operator. However, the porting charges shall not be refundable. Access providers are required to implement the all call query method.
The originating operator shall be responsible to route the call to correct terminating network.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Yes you have heard it right...After a long –drawn speculation, Yahoo Inc and Microsoft Corp have come together to challenge Search Giant Google’s Dominance in Internet Search and Advertising space. It is to note that Google itself holds 60% of market Share alone. Microsoft will now power Yahoo search while yahoo will take on the responsibility of worldwide relationship sales force for both companies’ premium search advertisers. Its a 10 year contract in which Microsoft will get license of Yahoo’s core search technologies, and Microsoft then can integrate Yahoo’s search technologies into its another products like Bing a new Search Engine...sorry Decision Engine not search engine. Yahoo in turn will get the Handsome share of on traffic generated on both owned and affiliated sites of Microsoft Corp.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Apple’s latest and free iPhone OS 3.0 software updates includes patches for multiple vulnerabilities, some with serious security implications.
The update, which is only available for download via iTunes, covers a total of 46 documented vulnerabilities, including several that allows malicious code execution if a user simply visits a rigged Web site or views a manipulated image.
According to an Apple advisory, the most serious vulnerabilities were fixed in ImageIO, CoreGraphics, Safari, Mail and WebKit.The update also fixes security problems in libxml, IPSec, the MPEG-4 Video Codec, Profiles and Telephony.
Apple iPhone includes new features like
Cut, Copy & Paste
Quickly and easily cut, copy, and paste text from application to application. Select entire blocks of web text with a tap. Copy and paste images from the web, too.
Want more room to type? Rotate iPhone to landscape to use a larger keyboard in Mail, Messages, Notes, and Safari.
Send MMS messages and include video, photos, audio, and contact info. Even tap to snap a picture or shoot a video right inside Messages.MMS support from AT&T coming in late summer.
Find what you’re looking for across your iPhone, all from one place. Spotlight searches all of your contacts, email, calendars, and notes, as well as everything in your iPod.
Capture a memo, a meeting, or any audio recording on the go. Voice Memos works with the built-in iPhone microphone or with the mic on your headset.
Create meetings via Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync and subscribe to calendars with new CalDAV support.
Buy Movies, TV Shows, and Audiobooks
Download movies, TV shows, music videos, and audiobooks from the iTunes Store on your iPhone.
Enhanced Stocks App
Get more at-a-glance information and view charts in landscape mode.
Enjoy faster performance, autofill user names and passwords, and more.
Share your Internet connection with your laptop with Internet tethering via Bluetooth or USB.4. Tethering is not currently offered in the U.S. and some other countries. See your carrier for availability.
Connect compatible Bluetooth stereo headphones, car kits, or other accessories.
Automatic Wi-Fi Login
Log in to a Wi-Fi hotspot and iPhone automatically logs you in when you connect again.
Never leave a note behind. Now you can sync all the notes you write on your iPhone back to your Mac or PC.
Decide what music, videos, and apps your kids can access.
iTunes Store Account
Create and log in to one or more iTunes Store accounts directly from your iPhone.
Log in to your YouTube account to save and sync bookmarks and rate favorites.
Shake to Shuffle
Give iPhone a shake and it shuffles to a different song in your music library.
iPhone supports 30 languages and more than 40 keyboard layouts.
MobileMe Find My iPhone and Remote Wipe
Find your iPhone if you lose it and protect your privacy with Remote Wipe.
Run the Latest Apps
Run the next generation of iPhone apps, like peer-to-peer games and more.
and many more.....Apple Rocks... :)
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Remember the old "Don't call it a phone" ads for wireless company Helio? I was reminded of the "don't call it" imperative when I first laid my fingers on the new Palm Pre from Sprint this evening. Everyone wants to know how it compares to Apple's iconic handheld. Is it an iPhone killer?
No, it's not. And that's not a bad thing. It's simply different. Despite having a capacitive touchscreen, snappy animations and even many of the same designers (defects from Apple's iPhone team), the Pre is a very different device.
"Smaller dimensions don't sacrifice usability"
For one, it's so much smaller. At only about two-thirds as tall and about 20 percent narrower, this Palm fits easily in your palm (no matter how small your mitts) and slips easily into a pocket. Even with the screen slid up and the tiny keyboard exposed, the Pre is an amazingly tight package – something you can't appreciate from photos but only by actually handling it. Being so petite, it breaks the whole perception of smartphone as a synonym for "brick."
"The Pre's keyboard is incredibly accurate"
But the smaller dimensions don't sacrifice usability. Sure, you have a bit less screen (3.1 vs. 3.5 inches diagonal on the iPhone). But you can use the whole thing. Sporting a mechanical keyboard, the Pre doesn't need to sacrifice the bottom half of its LCD as the iPhone does with its soft keyboard. And despite being genuinely tiny, the Pre's keyboard is incredibly accurate. The rubberized little buttons held on tightly to my fingertips, so that I didn't produce a single typo –more than I can say about my experience on a full-size laptop. (And it's a world apart from the wild key mashing that happens on the iPhone's virtual keyboard.)
Palm's WebOS operating system also uses the screen very differently. Tapping the (OK, iPhone-like) center button below the screen reduces program windows to "cards" that float onscreen like windows on a computer desktop. Like all animations on the Pre, switching to the card view takes a little longer than you think it should, making you wonder if it's really going to happen. But it's worth the wait. Flicking the cards back and forth to select among open apps is so much faster than closing one app and starting another one on the iPhone. This multitasking approximates the Windows or Mac experience more than any cellphone I've ever touched.
The Pre also has a different take on gestures. In addition to multitouch sliding and pinching (to zoom in or out), it allows you to swipe along a touch-sensitive strip below the screen. Sliding your finger to the left, for example, backs out of a program one step at time. So, for example, after creating a calendar entry, I could back out first to a view of the entire day and then back out to the "card" view of all my open applications.
"Another huge time-saver is the universal search function"
Another huge time-saver is the universal search function. From virtually anywhere, simply start typing a name or word, and Web OS automatically presents you with any of the venues you might search for it. For example, while in the card view, I typed "Susan Boyle" and was presented with options to look up the flash-in-the-pan chanteuse on Google, Wikipedia, or Twitter – all the places where the search engine found her name. If Susan and I were pals, and she were in my address book, that search option would have come up as well. Ditto with the calendar if we had a lunch date on the books.
"In some aspects, however, the Pre is in fact like the iPhone"
I know it may appear that I am, in fact, comparing the Pre to the iPhone by saying how much better it is. But for everything I see as a benefit, other people may see as drawbacks. I like the mechanical keyboard, but some aesthetes may look down on the two –piece sliding design of the Pre and instead prefer the monolithic slab of the iPhone. Likewise, the power multitasking that I love could be too busy for people who like the one-thing-at-a-time, easy-to-get-home navigation on the iPhone.
In some aspects, however, the Pre is in fact like the iPhone. It also offers Google Maps, for example, and they pop up slide around about the same as on an iPhone, which is to say, a bit slowly and a bit choppily. Web browsing seemed to be about the same as well. The Pre's browser did launch a bit quicker, but the surfing experience was similar, at least in my very limited tests This was surprising, given Sprint's powerful EV-DO data network and AT&T's own-far-from-loved 3G service.
Just before I handed the Pre back to its very patient owner, Sprint marketing president Paget Alves, I remembered one more thing I should test – call quality. I quickly dialed my sister in LA (on her landline). Despite being in the bustling-loud Sprint store in Manhattan, I heard her crystal clear, as she did me. "You sound much better on this than on your own phone," she said, referring to my iPhone. So, unlike with Helio's old handhelds, you can indeed call the Pre "a phone."
Courtesy to : - http://www.ubergizmo.com/15/archives/2009/06/palm_pre_review_dont_call_it_an_iphone_killer.html
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
* Cons Weak LED camera flash. Flaky web browser
It isn't easy being the smartest kid on the block. Since the N80 was announced back in 2005, Nokia has dedicated itself to shoving more cutting-edge tech into our pockets than anyone else. But it’s been unable to match the sizzle of its more showy rivals. Until now.
The N95 and N96 bristled with iPhone-busting specs, but were hampered by poor battery life and an antiquated control system. But with the N97, Nokia has finally honed a phone that's fit to fight for the smartphone top spot.
Touch me, I'm thick
Nokia has arrived shockingly late to the touchscreen party. But it's doing its best to make up for lost time. While the N97 doesn't offer the multi-fingered gesture controls of the iPhone or Palm Pre, Nokia's Series 60 operating system has been sensibly tweaked to be more finger-friendly than Windows Mobile.
You'll have to prod the screen hard, as Nokia has opted for a pressure-sensitive resistive touchscreen for the N97, but haptic feedback helps to keep the experience enjoyable.
Control doesn't stop at the touchscreen, either. The N97 is also the first N-series phone to offer a nano-laptop form factor, with a QWERTY keypad that slides out while the screen is pushed upwards by a reassuringly solid hinge.
The result is an ergonomic joy, which invites you to hook your forefingers behind the screen and type with your thumbs.
The N97's design will please fans of the old Psion PDAs (we are legion at Stuff) but it does have an inevitable impact on the N97's girth. At 16mm, the N97 is 4mm thicker than the iPhone and a smidge fatter than the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1.
The great communicator
The N97's QWERTY keyboard is easier to use than the iPhone's cramped virtual keypad. But with so little travel in each key, it's not much more responsive than tapping a touchscreen, and isn't blessed with Apple's error-correcting smarts. The keyboard is certainly no match for the Blackberry Bold, and the lack of number keys is frustrating.
On the bright side, the N97's direction pad provides a precise method of navigating around documents and webpages, and selecting text to copy and paste.
What's more, email is gloriously easy to set up - and thanks to Exchange support it will work with corporate email too. It'll even read your mails to you in a hilarious robotic voice if you need cheering up.
The N97 deserves a better browser
The N97 features a lovely Facebook app, with a widget that sits on the customisable homescreen. Sadly, the same thought hasn't gone into the N97's web browser, which appears to be stuck in the 1990s. Zooming in and out is clumsy and, criminally, there's no web search box.
Website rendering is patchy, too - some sites look great on the full-width screen, but others fall apart. In short, the N97 desperately needs its own version of Firefox or Opera Mobile. The good news is that, unlike Apple, Nokia won't stop 3rd parties from developing their own browsers.
Review continues after the break...
You can download files direct from the web, too, so you can buy music from the store of your choice rather than being restricted to iTunes. Indeed, a general sense of openness is one of the N97's most charming characteristics, and will appeal to many people who don't like the idea of submitting to Apple's totalitarian regime.
Music and movies
While the N97 ditches the dedicated media keys of the N95 and N96, it's still a media marvel. There’s a 3.5mm headphone jack and bundled remote control – plus a whacking 32GB onboard memory, expandable to 48GB with a MicroSD card. That's enough for 10,000 high-quality MP3 files.
And with double the battery life of the N96 (40 hours for music playback), you'll actually be able to listen to a fair few of your songs between charges.
The 3.5in, 640x320-pixel widescreen is perfect for viewing videos too, which makes it rather galling that Nokia opted not to pre-load the N96's BBC iPlayer app.
Hopefully iPlayer – and the Comes With Music subscription service – will be available as options at a later date. For now, you'll have to make do with YouTube and files you copy from your PC using the Nokia Music software (or by dragging and dropping if you're a Mac user).
You can make and share your own movies, too, thanks to the good quality VGA video capture and a TV output. As for stills, the N97's 5MP autofocus camera produces excellent shots in daylight, but at night it's let down by the weak LED flash.
But don't fill up all that memory with movies and pictures - you'll want to leave room for some maps, too. While not as comprehensive for local search as Google Maps, Nokia Maps offers 3D views, sophisticated routing and traffic infromation.
With integrated compass and A-GPS, the N97 is a fully-featured satellite navigation unit that can be used on foot, in the car or – with a bit of ingenuity – on a bicycle.
You can side-load maps from your computer to avoid data charges, but you'll only get 3 months of Walk and Drive navigation out of the box – a year's subscription to the service costs approximately £85.
Not appy with Ovi
You've long been able to download applications to Nokia's Symbian phones. But the runaway success of the iTunes App Store has led Nokia to develop its own one-stop shop for applications, music and games and maps (and, eventually, storage for your emails, pictures and videos).
Unfortunately, Nokia's Ovi store has been suffering from downtime since it was launched. When it does work, it gives access to a small number of apps and games.
No doubt the list will grow, but a search tool is (once again) absent, making it impossible to find anything other than Nokia's recommendations. There's no Twitter or Skype client. No iPlayer. And no evidence of the rumoured Spotify app.
The N97 is a truly desirable object that elicits coos of appreciation from audiences jaded by the ubiquity of the iPhone. It's a powerful smartphone that excels in email. It's a useful navigator and digital camera. And, unlike its predecessors, all this power doesn't come at the cost of a weak battery or poor control system.
But like any modern smartphone, this hardware is just a platform. The N97, good as it is, will only become great if Nokia sorts out Ovi and manages to encourage developers to produce apps that rival the iPhone.
Courtsy from:- http://stuff.tv/Review/Nokia-N97-review/
Apple Announces the New iPhone 3G S — The Fastest, Most Powerful iPhone Yet
SAN FRANCISCO — June 8th, 2009 — Apple today introduced the new iPhone 3G S, the fastest, most powerful iPhone yet, packed with incredible new features including improved speed and performance — up to twice as fast as iPhone 3G — with longer battery life, a high-quality 3 megapixel autofocus camera, easy to use video recording and hands free voice control. iPhone 3G S includes the new iPhone OS 3.0, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system with over 100 new features such as Cut, Copy and Paste, MMS*, Spotlight Search, landscape keyboard and more. iPhone 3G S customers get access to more than 50,000 applications from Apple’s revolutionary App Store, the largest application store in the world where customers have already downloaded over one billion apps. iPhone 3G S offers twice the capacity with a 16GB model and a new 32GB model.
“iPhone 3G S is the fastest, most powerful iPhone yet and we think people will love the incredible new features including autofocus camera, video recording and the freedom of voice control”, said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of WorldWide Product Marketing.
iPhone 3G S offers incredible speed and performance, on average up to twice as fast as iPhone 3G, so you can render web pages quicker and launch applications faster. iPhone 3G S takes advantage of the OpenGL ES 2.0 standard for stunning high-quality 3D graphics, making mobile gaming and other graphic intense applications better than ever. iPhone 3G S is not only faster, but with longer battery life you can watch more videos, listen to more music, browse the Internet or keep using your favourite apps even longer. The new iPhone 3G S also supports 7.2 Mbps HSDPA for faster networking speeds.**
iPhone 3G S features a new 3 megapixel autofocus camera that takes amazing pictures and video, making it easier than ever to capture, edit and share those moments instantly with family and friends. The new autofocus camera adjusts focus, exposure, colour and contrast for the best possible image and includes an automatic macro focus for extra close up shots. With the new “tap to focus” feature, you simply touch the display to select an object or area of interest and the camera automatically re-adjusts focus and exposure. You can record incredible high-quality video clips and edit them right on your iPhone 3G S by simply trimming the start and stop points. With iPhone 3G S you can send photos and video by email or MMS and post them to MobileMe or YouTube with just one tap.
The voice control feature in iPhone 3G S offers hands free operation for both iPhone and iPod functions. Simply speak the appropriate commands into the built-in microphone or headset microphone to dial by name or number. With voice control you can play your favourite music by artist, album or playlist and activate the Genius feature by saying, “Play more songs like this”. You can also tell iPhone to pause the music, play the next track, turn on shuffle or ask, “What’s playing right now?”
iPhone 3G S features a new built-in digital compass for instant navigation.*** The Compass app shows you which way you are headed and rotates as you change direction. You can orient yourself to true north or magnetic north, and iPhone’s built-in GPS automatically displays the coordinates of your current location. The new built-in digital compass is also integrated within Maps, so it automatically orients any map to the direction you are facing.
iPhone 3G S provides new accessibility features including VoiceOver, a screen reader that speaks what appears on the iPhone 3G S display, enabling visually impaired users to make calls, read email, browse web pages, play music and run applications. The new universal Zoom function magnifies the entire screen, and the White on Black feature reverses the colours on screen to provide higher contrast for people with low vision. iPhone 3G S also supports Mono Audio which combines left and right audio channels so that they can be heard in both earbuds for those with hearing loss in one ear.
iPhone 3G S includes the new iPhone OS 3.0 software with more than 100 new features including: Cut, Copy and Paste; MMS; Spotlight Search to search across iPhone or within Mail, Contacts, Calendar and iPod; landscape keyboard for Mail, Messages, Notes and Safari; expanded parental controls for TV shows, movies and apps from the App Store; and the ability to capture and send audio recordings on the go with the new Voice Memo app. iPhone 3.0 software also includes a new Find My iPhone feature that works together with MobileMe so you can locate your lost iPhone on a map, send a message that will appear on the screen or play a sound to help you find it even if your phone is set to silent. If you cannot find your iPhone, you can erase all data and content on your iPhone with the new Remote Wipe feature. New iTunes features available with iPhone 3.0 software include wirelessly downloading movies, TV and audio programs as well as iTunes U so students can download learning materials on the go.
iPhone 3G S gives users access to the revolutionary App Store, the largest application store in the world with more than 50,000 applications. The App Store allows developers to reach tens of millions of iPhone and iPod touch users around the world. To date, customers have downloaded more than one billion apps from the App Store. And with more than 1,000 new APIs available with the iPhone SDK, developers can create even more innovative applications using In-App Purchases, a new Maps API and Push Notifications.
iPhone 3G S also features built-in Nike + iPod support making it an incredible workout companion. Users simply place the optional Nike + iPod sensor (£14) in their Nike + shoe to seamlessly connect with iPhone 3G S to track miles run or sync with the latest generation gym equipment.
Pricing & Availability
iPhone 3G S will be available in the UK on June 19th with pricing available at launch. iPhone OS 3.0 software will be available on June 17th as a free software update via iTunes 8.2 or later for all iPhone customers. iPod touch customers will be able to purchase a software update for £5.99 (inc. VAT). New MobileMe features for iPhone require iPhone OS 3.0. MobileMe is available for an annual subscription price of £58 (inc. VAT). iPhone 3G S will also be available in more than 80 countries in the coming weeks. For further information about UK and international pricing and availability visit www.apple.com/uk/iphone.For india it is to be released by August 2009 exactly after a year of release of its previous and yet another powerful version iPhone 3G. Lets wait and watch...about the prices !!
Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh. Today, Apple continues to lead the industry in innovation with its award-winning computers, OS X operating system and iLife and professional applications. Apple is also spearheading the digital media revolution with its iPod portable music and video players and iTunes online store, and has entered the mobile phone market with its revolutionary iPhone.
*MMS messaging is available only on iPhone 3G or iPhone 3G S; fees may apply. MMS may not be available in all areas.
**7.2 Mbps HSDPA may not be available in all areas.
***Compass reliability may be affected by usage conditions such as nearby magnetic fields.