Screenless Display

One of the more frustrating aspects of modern communications technology is that, as devices have miniaturized, they have become more difficult to interact with – no one would type out a novel on a smartphone, for example. The lack of space on screen-based displays provides a clear opportunity for screenless displays to fill the gap. Full-sized keyboards can already be projected onto a surface for users to interact with, without concern over whether it will fit into their pocket. Perhaps evoking

T-Mobile Offers iPhone Tests and Unlimited Music Streaming

1 (1)T-Mobile US, the fourth-largest American phone carrier, has spent the past year and a half introducing aggressive new offerings to lure customers. Late Wednesday, the company said it would add to those offerings with unlimited streaming music and the ability to test-drive an iPhone.The company’s moves have helped attract millions of people to T-Mobile. And they have also impressed federal antitrust regulators, who have publicly patted themselves on the back for resisting a potential merge

Facebook launches mobile app that does not require Facebook account

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc launched a smartphone app on Tuesday that will allow consumers to exchange disappearing photos and videos without requiring Facebook accounts, the Internet company’s latest effort to develop mobile services beyond its core social network.

The new app, dubbed Slingshot, allows users to sign up for the service with their mobile phone number and connect with friends in their phone’s contact list or, if they want, by finding their Facebook friends.

Photos on Slingshot disappear from users’ phones shortly after they are viewed, reflecting a growing anxiety about privacy in the age of Internet social networking.

Facebook’s release of Slingshot comes as a new crop of mobile messaging services gain popularity and threaten to draw younger users away from Facebook’s 1.28 billion-user social network.

To help mitigate the threat from alternative social networks, Facebook is developing a variety of standalone apps and acquiring fast-growing rivals. In 2012 it acquired photo-sharing service Instagram and in February it announced plans to acquire messaging app WhatsApp for $19 billion.

Snapchat, an app that lets users send messages that automatically disappear after a few seconds, turned down a $3 billion acquisition offer from Facebook last year, according to media reports at the time.

Unlike other messaging apps, Slingshot will not allow users to view the messages they have received from their friends until they reciprocate and send back a photo or video of their own. The rule is designed to make Slingshot a service for which everyone contributes material, although it could require a learning curve that confuses or turns off some users.

“When everyone participates there’s less pressure, more creativity and even the little things in life can turn into awesome shared experiences,” Facebook said in a blog post announcing the service on Tuesday.

Slingshot will be available in the United States on Tuesday for Android and iOS devices

India’s first cyber forensic lab set up in Tripura

India’s first Cyber Forensic Laboratory (CFL) has been set up in Tripura, an official said Monday.
The lab, established at the Tripura High Court will provide court case related information.

“From the CFL, automatic SMS alert would go to both lawyers and the litigant about the fate of the court case. If any lawyer or the petitioner remains absent on the day of trial, the SMS alert would go to all concerned,” a law department official told IANS.

Supreme Court judge Justice Madan B. Lokur, who was earlier the chief justice of the Gauhati High Court, inaugurated the CFL on Sunday.

“We want decentralisation of legal services across the country. It is difficult to control everything from Delhi. High courts in the states would look after the lower courts to dispose the pending cases in the quickest possible time,” Lokur said.

“A National Judicial Data Grid (NJDG) is being developed under the Supreme Court’s supervision. All information about legal services, court cases and judicial actions would be available from the NJDG,” Lokur said.

The NJDG would be fully operational by January 2014.

“So far, 13,000 judicial officers, including judges, have been trained about the e-court system and to equip them with the ongoing modernisation of legal services. Several thousand judicial officers would be given training about this new system,” Lokur said.

To conduct an online trial, video conferencing systems are being expanded across the country, he said.

“Under this system, any judge or lawyer sitting in the court can talk to the accused lodged in jails”.

Lokur first introduced the e-court programme in India when he was a judge in the Delhi High Court. He was a pioneer in introducing video conferencing systems between the Delhi High Court and Tihar jail in 2007.

Of the 620 district courts in India, 140 have created their own websites to provide case related information, he said.

“All e-court schemes would help judges take appropriate action for quick disposal of pending cases in various courts,” he said.

“With this new system of trial and administrative works, the litigants will be immensely benefited. It will save both time and money to get quick justice and prompt disposal of cases,” Lokur added.

Tripura High Court Chief Justice Deepak Gupta and Justice Subhashish Talapatra also spoke about the lab.

Separate high courts were set up in Tripura, Meghalaya and Manipur in March.

The seven northeastern states – Assam, Tripura, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh – were earlier under the Gauhati High Court with benches in the state capitals. Sikkim had a separate high court.

BlackBerry 9720 OS 7 smartphone with touchscreen and QWERTY keyboard unveiled

BlackBerry 9720 OS 7 smartphone with touchscreen and QWERTY keyboard unveiled

BlackBerry has lifted the curtains off its next device, the BlackBerry 9720, which runs the legacy OS 7.1 instead of the revamped BlackBerry 10 platform.
The BlackBerry 9720 boasts aesthetics similar to the company’s Curve series. It features a full physical QWERTY keyboard and a 2.8-inch touchscreen display with a 360×480 pixels resolution, boasting an image density of 214PPI. The device runs BlackBerry 7 OS (version 7.1).

It is powered by an 806MHz Tavor MG1 processor and has 512MB of RAM. It sports a 5-megapixel rear camera with 4X digital zoom and image stabilisation, but lacks a front-facing camera. It also includes a 1,450mAh removable battery that delivers up to 7 hours of talk time and 432 hours of standby time. The device supports microSD cards of up to 32GB capacity, while the internal storage offered by the device is a meagre 512MB. The BlackBerry 9720 has dedicated BBM and BBM Voice shortcut keys, placed on the sides of the device. It also features FM Radio functionality.

Commenting on the launch of the device, Carlo Chiarello, Executive Vice President for Products at BlackBerry, said, “The BlackBerry 9720 smartphone gives you all the essentials of the BlackBerry smartphone experience to support a communications centric lifestyle. It has the best keyboard and functionality for BBM, as well as an updated BlackBerry 7 OS that adds many enhancements. It’s perfect for customers upgrading from a feature phone or entry-level Android or Windows Phone device, as well as existing BlackBerry smartphone customers, that want a richer experience and jump up in style and performance.”

The all new BlackBerry 9720 will be available in selected markets like Asia, EMEA and Latin America in the coming weeks. However, the pricing of the device has not been revealed yet.

Earlier, leaked images of the BlackBerry 9720 had appeared online.
BlackBerry 9720 key specifications

2.8-inch display with 360×480 pixels resolution and pixel density of 214PPI
806MHz Tavor MG1 processor
512MB RAM
512MB internal storage, expandable up to 32GB via microSD card
5-megapixel rear camera
BlackBerry 7 OS (version 7.1).
1,450mAh battery

iBall Andi 4a Radium with Android 4.1 now available online for Rs. 6,990

iBall Andi 4a Radium with Android 4.1 now available online for Rs. 6,990

iBall has launched a new Android smartphone, the Andi 4a Radium, through an online retailer for Rs. 6,990.
The iBall Andi 4a Radium features a 4-inch IPS display with a resolution of 480×854 pixels. It is powered by a 1GHz dual-core Cortex A9 processor and has 512MB RAM. It offers 2GB of internal storage which can be expanded up to 32GB via microSD card. The device sports an 8-megapixel rear camera accompanied by an LED flash and a VGA front facing camera. The iBall Andi 4a Radium runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It is a dual SIM handset with support for GSM+GSM with dual standby. Other features include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, EDGE, GPRS and 3G. The device includes a 1450mAh battery.

iBall has been expanding its Andi range of smartphones aggressively and the product line boasts of about 13 products that include, Andi 4.7G Cobalt, Andi 4.5d Quadro, Andi 5Li, Andi 5L, Andi 4.5h, Andi 3.5KKe, Andi 3.5r, Andi 5h Quadro and the Andi 4Di, among others.

Earlier this month, the company launched the Andi 5h Quadro. The phone comes with a 5.0-inch qHD display that sports a resolution of 540×960 pixels with a pixel density of 220ppi and is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor alongside 1GB of RAM. It comes with a 12-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front shooter. The smartphone comes with 4GB of internal storage that can be expanded by 32GB via microSD card. The iBall Andi 5h Quadro is a dual-SIM device with dual-standby and is 9.9mm thick. It runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and comes with a 2200mAh battery.