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3 essential techniques to protect your online privacy

The Web is a wild place, with more than the NSA potentially out to get you. With the so-called six strikes antipiracy initiative in full effect, you never know if Hollywood is monitoring your peer-to-peer activity. Then there are the malicious hackers trying to reset email, Facebook, and Twitter passwords.

No security regimen short of complete hermitage can keep you 100 percent secure. Nevertheless, you can take a few simple precautions to maintain your privacy online and deterbut the most determined bad guys.

Secure the line
One of the worst online security mistakes you can make is to connect to an email, bank, or other sensitive account over public Wi-Fi. If that’s unavoidable—because you spend a lot of time in caf├ęs, hotels, or airports, for example—paying for access to a virtual private network can significantly improve your privacy on public networks.
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How to keep your real name and face out of Google's ads

The journey was long and full of baby steps, but we’ve finally reached the destination: Google updated its terms of service on Friday to allow the company to slap your real name and face alongside ads, under an expansion of its “shared endorsements” program.

Getting here took a while, and it took a slow expansion of the Google+ social service.

First, Google+ users had to sign up for the service with their real names, rather than pseudonyms. Next, all new Google Accounts—even if you only wanted Gmail—required you to sign up for Google+. Then, back in May, Google began coaxing veteran YouTubersinto adopting Google+ accounts, and a few weeks ago, the company announced that allYouTube comments will be powered exclusively by Google+.
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How to stay private now that anyone can find you on Facebook

Facebook is tweaking your privacy settings again, but it’s not quite as serious as it sounds—the change, which removes an option to hide your name in search results, was announced last December and has already been in effect for 90 percent of users. On Thursday, Facebook removed the option for the last users still hanging on.

This change only affects the less than 10 percent of you still using “Who can look up my timeline by name?” In December, Facebook said it would be retiring the setting “in coming weeks,” but that really meant more than 10 months, apparently. If this change is a shock to your system, listen up: There are other privacy settings you can use to control who has access to your profile.
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Samsung India launches its most expensive smartphone

Samsung has launched its Galaxy Golden flip phone with dual-touchscreens in India. The company has priced the new gadget at Rs 51,900, making it the most expensive device in its line-up in the country.

Galaxy Golden is powered by a dual-core 1.7 GHz processor and has 3.7-inch screens on the front and back. On the imaging front, there's an 8MP rear unit with LED flash and a 1.9MP front camera. The phone runs on Android 4.2 operating system, 1.5GB RAM and packs a 1,820mAh battery.

Apartthe two touchscreens, the phone also has a T9 keypad for input. Hardware keysBack, Options and Home are placed in the alphanumeric keypad for the inner display, while the outer touchscreen has three buttons at the bottom.

Vineet Taneja, country head, Samsung Mobiles, said, "At Samsung, we are committed to making lives easier and smarter for our customers and Galaxy Golden does exactly that. With its innovative dual display and premium golden finish, Galaxy Golden brings together the best of touch and type experience on a smartphone."

The device was unveiled in August, but was only available in the South Korean market.

Samsung recently cut the price of its Galaxy Note 3, which was the most expensive device in its portfolio till now. The device is officially priced at Rs 47,900 in the market at present. The company is also offering a 10% buyback on cards on the phone.

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Extend your Wi-Fi network throughout the house

The wireless signalAidan's router doesn't reach throughout the house. Here are a few ways to fix the problem.

Extending a Wi-Fi network can be as easy as playing with cardboard and tape, or as difficult as rewiring your house. Itdepends how big a boost you need, and how much time and money you're willing to devote to the task.

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Dream of becoming a CEO? Here‘s what you need

A subtle and silent change is under way in India Inc on the emphasis it seeks in its CEOs: humble and not haughty, sensitive and not insular, about solid teams and not about star individuals. This greater emphasis on soft skills, a manifestation of an economy in crisis and change, is illustrated by how a global bank, with headcount of about 1,000 in India, redefined its search for a country head to executive-search firm Kelly Services a few months ago.

When Kelly presented candidates with plum degrees who had nurtured big brands, the bank's board showed no interest in even meeting them. It, instead, asked Kelly to shortlist candidates who possessed, along with ability and confidence, soft skills to develop talent and win customers.

"The client wanted to know how the candidate has done as a people's person," says Kamal Karanth, managing director of the India unit of Kelly, declining to name the bank for reasons of confidentiality. Adds Jayesh Pandey, managing director, talent and organisation, Accenture: "Increasingly, organisations are looking for CEOs who are humble and have a greater people connect. It is permeating into the way companies are spending their talent dollars."
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Micromax Canvas Turbo with 5-inch full-HD display launched at Rs. 19,990

Micromax has finally unveiled its first smartphone with full-HD display, the Canvas Turbo at Rs. 19,990. The smartphone will be available in retail outlets starting Saturday and will be come in two colour variants, Blue and White.
The Micromax Canvas Turbo features a 5-inch full-HD CGS (Continuous Grain Silicon) IPS display with 1080x1920 pixels resolution. It is powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core MediaTek 6589T (Turbo) processor along with 2GB of RAM. The smartphone runs Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean and comes with FOTA support. It features 16GB of inbuilt storage, though there is no word on expandable storage.The Canvas Turbo sports 13-megapixel rear autofocus camera and also houses a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. The company mentions in a press note that the Canvas Turbo's camera includes a number of features like Panorama, Cinemagraph and Object Eraser.
The Canvas Turbo packs a 2000mAh battery. On the app front the Canvas Turbo includes BBM, hike, Spuul, Kingsoft Office, M!Security, M!Unlock, M!Live and Game-hub. Interestingly, Micromax's dedicated site for Canvas Turbo notes that the smartphone supports dual-SIM with one regular SIM and other micro-SIM.
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Micromax Turbo to retail at Rs19,990 starting October 26

Indian mobile handset maker Micromax has launched its Canvas Turbo A250 handset in the market with a promise to offer super-fast speed and seamless experience. Positioned as the first full HD smartphone from Micromax, the Canvas Turbo boasts of a 5 inch SHARP FHD CGS (Continuous Grain Silicon) power saving display that offers a dynamic contrast coupled with superior 360 degree wide angle viewing and colour clarity making visuals appear brighter and more vivid.

The the Canvas Turbo A250 is powered by MediaTek’s MT6589T processor, which offers 1.5GHz processing speed and a 2GB RAM thus taking care of all the multitasking and gaming needs. Company management claim it to be the fastest and most powerful smartphone from Micromax thus far.
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Google ‘leaks’ Nexus 5 pricing, details

Google's upcoming Nexus 5 smartphone has been in the news for quite some time, with reports of its pricing and specs leaking frequently. Now it seems Google has accidentally confirmed the pricing and some details of the device on its Play Store.

The upcoming Nexus smartphone was briefly listed on Google Play Store, alongside the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 devices. The listing showed that the 16GB version of the handset will be priced at $349. The currently available Nexus 4 also cost $349 for the 16GB variant at the time of launch. Its 8GB and 32GB versions were priced at $299 and $399, respectively.

In line with earlier reports about the device, the images showed the new user interface (UI) of the upcoming Android 4.4 KitKat, as well a few apps on the home screen.


Micromax names Hugh Jackman as brand ambassador

Hollywood superstar Hugh Jackman has been chosen over a Bollywood star as the brand ambassador of Indian mobile handset brand Micromax. He says he is a "huge lover" of India.
"I am extremely thrilled and honoured to be part of the Micromax family. I am a huge lover of India as it is one of the most exciting countries in the world and we also share our love for cricket," Jackman said in a statement.
Jackman is known for films like "Les Miserables", "The Wolverine" and "Prisoners". His association with Micromax will start with its new smartphone Canvas Turbo, which will be launched in India soon.
"Phones are genuinely time saving devices that can help you live a better life while juggling around with different situations," he said in a statement.
He is convinced about the features offered by the brand's new Canvas range.

"The new Canvas phone from Micromax is a leap in innovation with great sense of fun and amazing features that helps me balance my work with all the different roles that I play in my everyday life," added the 45-year-old.
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Suggest external hard drives within Rs 12,000 range

I'm looking for an external hard drive within a budget of Rs 12,000. Could you please inform me of what I should be looking for, and also suggest a few models?
— Siddharth Sharma, Manav Parekh, J Rodricks
External hard drives are of two types: portable and desktop. Regardless of whichever you decide upon, make sure it supports USB 3.0. Portable models are smaller in size. If you decide on this type, opt for one with rugged, shock-proof protection. Desktop models, while bulky, are faster performers, and you can also get higher storage capacities. Here, opt for a drive that comes with a network (Ethernet), as well as an extra USB port.
The network port will allow you to connect the drive to your home network via your router. The additional USB port will allow you to connect pen drives, whenever required. Opt for hard drives that come with good software: automated back-up and some sort of digital encryption for data security.
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Google Nexus 5 price leaked

News details are trickling in about the Google's upcoming Nexus 5 smartphone. A Romanian Android blog has revealed the device's pricing. According to the blog, the 16GB Nexus 5 will be priced $399, while the 32GB model will have a price tag of $449 in Play Store.

The blog notes that the new Nexus will be priced higher than Nexus 4 as Google would be launching a 4G LTE variant of the Nexus 4 at around the same time. The new model is reported to have the same technical specifications as the current-generation Nexus 4 except in terms of internal storage, the LTE-enabled model will come in either 16 or 32GB storage options.

Google is likely to launch Nexus 5 at the end of this month along with the next Android OS version called KitKat. Several details about Nexus 5 have leaked on the internet. Codenamed Hammerhead, Google Nexus 5 is said to run on Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 800 chipset, which is the most powerful in the world right now. The quad-core application processor will be clocked at 2.3GHz and will be complemented by Adreno 330 graphics processor. Its display will have 1920x1080p resolution, with on-screen resolution being 1794x1080p.
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How to run Android 4.4 KitKat on old phones

Android 4.4 (also now known as KitKat, in keeping with the software's tradition of dessert-themed nicknames), is expected this month. On its website, android.com/kitkat, Google says, "It's our goal with Android KitKat to make an amazing Android experience available for everybody."

Still, check with your phone's manufacturer for announcements about your particular model. Even if your phone is on the list for an official update from the manufacturer, it often takes longer for the software to become available after Google releases an update.

Many hardware makers have customized Android to work better on their own devices and have added their own features to it — like custom interfaces or special apps — so putting out a new version of the system often requires some extra time.

And most do not bother to update software for models more than a few years old, partly because of outdated hardware and partly because of the desire to sell you a new phone.


Instagram updates app with new features

Instagram has reportedly updated its iOS and Android apps with latest sound and data use control and photo straightening features.
The photo straightening update allows users to straighten a photo which is crooked or tilted in one push of a button. According to Mashable, the update also allows users to mute video sound or make it consistent with the phone's ringer, which means if the phone's setting is on silent, the videos will also be mute in the feed and vice-versa.
The data usage controls allow users to choose if they want videos to pre-load when connected to Wi-Fi, which will ultimately save user's data by not automatically downloading the videos.
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HP Chromebook 14: Affordable but not for all

Two years after Google launched Chromebooks in the US, these sleek and affordable laptops are officially available in India.

What is a Chromebook? It looks similar to other laptops. But don't let the looks fool you. Chromebooks are powered by Google's Chrome OS. They work differently compared to Windows-powered laptops.

Today we are reviewing HP Chromebook 14. But before we talk about it, let us explain the Chrome OS. Google believes that Windows is an operating system created for a world which lacked widely available internet. Chrome OS, on the other hand, is built to connect a user to the web and services that are available online.
If you have used Google's web browser you will feel at home with Chromebook in terms of user interface. It is simple to use. You don't have to install any drivers or patches. You don't have to partition internal storage. You don't have to set up the desktop. You open the Chromebook, connect it to a Wi-Fi link or a 3G dongle, log in with your Google/Gmail account and you are good to go. The basic applications are all pre-installed. You can add more apps from Chrome store.
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Samsung to launch Galaxy S5 in Jan 2014: Report

South Korean manufacturer Samsung has reported less than stellar sales of Galaxy S4, the top smartphone in its portfolio. It seems that the disappointing sales of the handset have compelled the company to move up the launch of next year's flagship device, the upcoming Galaxy S5.
A report by South Korean internet giant Naver says that the Galaxy S5 will be unveiled in January 2014 and will hit the shelves the following month. This means that Galaxy S4 would spend the least amount of time at the top of the company's smartphone portfolio among all Galaxy S series phones. Both Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy S III remained on the top of the chain for a year each, while Galaxy S II was the flagship smartphone for 15 months.
The report also says that the Galaxy S5 will have Samsung's 64-bit eight-core Exynos 5430 chipset. This chip will feature Heteregenous Multi-Processing (HMP) technology that allows all eight cores of the processor to work simultaneously. In the current eight-core chips that Samsung uses in its Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3, only four of the eight cores can operate at a time.

Samsung Galaxy S5 is also expected to have a 16MP camera with optical image stabilization and better performance in lowlight conditions. The recently unveiled Isocell sensor is also expected to debut with this smartphone.
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Windows Phone update brings new features

Microsoft is updating its Windows software for cellphones to accommodate larger devices and make it easier for motorists to reduce distractions while driving.
It's the third update to Windows Phone 8 software since the system's release a year ago. Devices with this update will start appearing in the coming weeks, and older phones will be eligible for a free upgrade, too.
Something that may appeal to motorists: a new Driving Mode will automatically silence incoming calls and texts so that you can focus on the road. You also can configure the feature to automatically send out a reply to say that you're driving.
It can be activated automatically when the phone is linked wirelessly with a Bluetooth device in the car, such as a headset. Apple has a Do Not Disturb feature for iPhones, but that needs to be turned on manually.
What the Driving Mode won't do, however, is block outgoing calls or texts. And there will be ways to override it. The feature won't stop a teenager from texting while driving, but it will help reduce distractions for those who want that, says Greg Sullivan, director for Microsoft's Windows Phone business.
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iPhone 5S to debut at Rs 54,000; 5C @ Rs 42,000

Leading telecom operators Bharti Airtel and Reliance Communications will start selling Apple's iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C smartphones from November 1.
Airtel has started pre-bookings for the latest iPhones which saw record sales in the first three days of launch in the US market.
"Interested customers can visit select Airtel Retail Store for pre-registration," Airtel said in a statement.
RCom said it will offer the iPhones "to customers beginning on November 1, 2013."
iPhone 5C would be available at price starting from about Rs 42,000 and iPhone 5S at Rs 54,000, market sources said.
A contract-free and unlocked 16GB version of the iPhone 5C is available for $549 (about Rs 34,700) in the US, while an unlocked and contract-free iPhone 5S can be bought for $649 (about Rs 41,000).
iPhone 5C will be a choice for consumers evaluating Apple's 16GB model of iPhone 5 while iPhone 5S can be an option for customers looking for an alternate option to 64GB model of iPhone 5.
The 16GB variant of iPhone 5 is available in the country for around Rs 45,000 and 64GB variant of the smartphone is available for around Rs 59,000.
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First look: Hewlett-Packard‘s Chromebook 11

Hewlett-Packard's newChromebook 11 is a laptop at heart, but it's light and portable enough to work well in places where you'd normally prefer a tablet.

I'm thinking cramped buses and airplanes, the waiting area of a doctor's office or even the cushiony couch in your living room. The Chromebook is small enough to rest comfortably on your lap and easy to carry when you need to pick up and go.

The drawback is it relies heavily on the internet to run various services, so you'll need to plan ahead if you're looking to write that great masterpiece without access to Wi-Fi. That's because the Chromebook doesn't run Windows or Mac OS, like the majority of laptops. Rather, it uses Google's Chrome OS system, which needs a steady Internet connection.

Although it's possible to use apps while offline, Chromebooks are really designed for online use. Many apps don't work fully - or at all - without the internet connection, or they need to be configured while you still have the connection to work offline. It's not as simple as installing a program and expecting it to work wherever you are. In addition, Chromebooks have little storage on the devices; Google steers you toward its online storage service, Drive, for your documents, photos, music and movies.

Chromebooks aren't meant for graphic designers who use sophisticated software, such as Adobe's Photoshop, or business executives who rely on Microsoft's PowerPoint slides. These notebooks are for people who primarily use Google's online services, including search, Gmail, Google Docs, Google Maps and Google's players for music and video. That includes schoolchildren who need a computer for homework and merchants who want something small next to a cash register.
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Samsung launches 85-inch Ultra HD TV at Rs 28 lakh

Samsung Electronics has unveiled three new Ultra High-Definition (UHD) TVs in India under its F9000 range. These televisions have four times the resolution of Full HD TVs and come in three sizes, 55-inch, 65-inch and 85-inch.

The company has priced the 55-inch and 65-inch at Rs 3.29 lakh and Rs 4.39 lakh, respectively. The 85-inch model under this range has been launched at Rs 28 lakh.

The LED panel of the new UHD TVs produces crisp detail, optimal colour and contrast, says Samsung. Its Quadmatic Picture Engine adapts the source image, eliminates visual noise and improves the detail and sharpness of the image before up-scaling the picture to be displayed in Ultra HD resolution.

Samsung has also used its Precision Black Pro technology and Micro Dimming Ultimate feature in the new F9000 UHD TVs. This provides better brightness, contrast with the deepest blacks, and real 4K resolution using proprietary algorithms.

The new range of Samsung UHD TVs features narrow bezels, metal stand and metallic finish and its design hides the built-in speakers and subwoofers that produce 70W audio. The One Connect Box used in these TVs removes cable by aggregating all connectors from multimedia players.
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Samsung launches Galaxy Round with curved screen

Samsung Electronics launched the world's first smartphone with a curved display, a variant of the Galaxy Note which moves the Asian giant a step closer to achieving wearable devices with flexible - even unbreakable - screens.

Curved displays are on the frontline of Samsung's innovation war with rivals such as Apple and LG Electronics, as the South Korean firm seeks to expand its lead in the slowing market for high-end smartphones.

"It's a step forward for having unbreakable gadgets and flexible devices eventually. But for now, the new phone is more of a symbolic product," said Hana Daetoo Securities analyst Nam Dae-jong, adding that Samsung did not yet have capacity for large-scale production of curved touch-screens for the new Galaxy Round.
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Samsung Galaxy Gear: All you need to know

In the beginning, computers were the size of buildings. To use one, you walked into it. Over the decades, they grew small enough to sit on a desk, then to carry in a briefcase, then to keep in your pocket. And now we're entering the age of computers so small we wear them like jewellery.

Just what kind of jewellery, however, has yet to be decided. Will we wear our computers on our foreheads, as with Google Glass? Or will we wear them on our wrists, as with the new Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch ($300)?
Apple's iWatch is only a rumour. But Samsung's Galaxy Gear watch is here now. It's ambitious, impressive, even amazing. But it won't be adorning the wrists of the masses any time soon.

One big reason: It's really only half a computer. It requires the assistance of a compatible Samsung phone or tablet; without one, the watch is pretty much worthless. And right now, only two gadgets are compatible: the Galaxy Note 3 (an enormous phone with the footprint of a box of movie-theater Raisinets) or Samsung's new 10.1-inch Galaxy tablet.

By Thanksgiving, Samsung says, it hopes to make its popular Galaxy S4 phone compatible , too; after that, the older Note 2 and S3. But the Gear watch will never work with devices from rival companies; Samsung is trying to create an Apple-like ecosystem of Samsung gadgets that work smoothly — and exclusively — together.
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Samsung Galaxy S5 specs leaked

Internet is abuzz with speculations on the next-generation SamsungGalaxy S smartphone. According to reports, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 will be water and dust-resistant.

The report, which comes courtesy Korean language ET News, also claims that the company is working on a dust and water-proof version of Galaxy Note 3, likely to be calledGalaxy Note 3 Active.
With these, Samsung would be treading the path of Sony which has several water- and dust-proof devices.
Earlier this year, Samsung launched several variants of the Galaxy S4, including Galaxy S4 Active. Samsung Galaxy S4 is a dust- and water- resistant version of Galaxy S4. Apart from this, the company also launched Galaxy S4 Zoom with an upgraded camera and Galaxy S4 Mini sporting a smaller display and size.
Reports also suggest that Galaxy S5 will sport a premium metal design instead of the regular plastic exterior. The company recently deviated from its plastic finish design for a faux leather back cover in Glaxy Note 3.

YouTube plans to come on TV soon

Google is making a big push to boost YouTube usage in India and is in talks with direct-to-home cable providers to bring the service to televisions screens, its global director of platform partnerships, Francisco Varela, said.

Varela, who is on his first trip to India, said the country was among the video service's fastest-growing markets and that talks were on with partners to boost usage further. Strategically, YouTube is an important part of Google's revenues, which crossed $50 billion (about Rs 3.1 lakh crore) in 2012.

About 6 billion hours of video are watched each month on YouTube and about 100 hours of video are uploaded to the service every minute. "When we talk to direct-tohome providers or television makers or device makers, it's so that you can watch YouTube on every screen you have, in a fully scalable way," Varela told ET.

Varela declined to name the DTH providers he was in discussions with and would only say the company was working on a tie-up "as soon as possible". The video platform receives more than 55 million unique monthly users from India, up from 15 million in 2011, a number set to grow as internet and mobile penetration in the country rises.
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Micromax’s rival to Samsung Galaxy S4 in works: Report

Samsung has been in the news for the past few weeks for the launch of its Galaxy Note 3, while Micromax has been relatively quiet. Its last top-end smartphone was Canvas Doodle 2, which was launched in July.

It is now rumoured that Micromax is gearing up to launch a new top-of-the-line smartphone in November, which is expected to be named Canvas Turbo. And the specifications of this device have leaked already, courtesy technology website DroidNext.

The report claims that the phone will have a full HD display (resolution of 1920x1080p). Similarresolution is already a standard feature in all top-end Android smartphones and phablets today, including Samsung Galaxy S4 and Note 3, HTC One, Sony Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra as well as LG G2 and G Pro etc. Entire current crop of Micromax phones has maximum screen resolution of 1280x720p only.

The upcoming Micromax Canvas Turbo is said to have a Mediatek MT6589T chipset, with a 1.5GHz quad-core processor and 357MHz GPU. This handset will come with Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) out of the box, but it is speculated that the manufacturer will release the Android 4.3 update soon after the launch.
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LG announces 8.3-inch G Pad tablet

LG Electronics introduced its first tablet with a high-resolution screen, joining global rivals trying to take on Apple's dominance in the popular small-sized tablet market.

The new tablet, which is available for Wi-Fi only version, will be sold for 550,000 won ($510) from next week in South Korea and will be introduced in some 30 countries by the end of this year.
The G Pad 8.3 is the first tablet by the South Korean firm in nearly two years as it has struggled to regain lost ground in the mobile market due to a slow response to the industry's shift to smartphones.
The world's third-largest smartphone maker after Samsung Electronics and Apple hopes the new tablet with a sharper display will help it gain traction during the year-end holiday season as Android-based tablets continue to win market share from Apple's iPad.

The launch comes as Apple has been unable to widely roll out a new version of its iPad Mini with a high-resolution "retina" display this month, according to sources familiar with Apple's supply chain, leaving the gadget without the sharper screen found on rival tablets.

The G Pad 8.3 has 1,920x1,200 resolution at 273 pixel per inch (ppi), better than Apple's 7.9-inch iPad Mini, which has 1,024x768 resolution at 163 ppi. It will square off against such products as Amazon's faster and lighter versions of its Kindle tablet that were introduced late last month.
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Google Nexus 5 launch date leaked

Speculations about the upcomingGoogle Nexus smartphone are rife, with almost all specifications of the device leaked by various sources. The upcoming device -- likely to be called Nexus 5 -- is expected to be showcased by the internet giant soon, accompanied by the newest version of Android named KitKat.

The latest rumour about the Nexus 5 comes courtesy technology website AndroidSAS, which claims that the smartphone will be unveiled on October 30. Google launched the current Nexus phone in October last year as well.
But it seems Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 will not be the only newcomers in Google's portfolio. EVLeaks, which is known for providing accurate gadget leaks, has tweeted an image with a poster of the Nexus 10 tablet with the caption "Getting Closer." This has sparked rumours that Google will launch Nexus 10 alongside Nexus 5.
The image leaked by EVLeaks does not have a photo of Google's next 10-inch tablet, but it shows that the device will be manufactured by Asus. Taiwanese company Asus has manufactured the past two iterations of Nexus 7, while Samsung made last year's version of Nexus 10.

Several details about Nexus 5 have leaked on the internet. Codenamed Hammerhead, Google Nexus 5 is said to run on Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 800 chipset, which is the most powerful in the world right now. The quad-core application processor will be clocked at 2.3GHz and will be complemented by Adreno 330 graphics processor. Its display will have 1920x1080p resolution, with on-screen resolution being 1794x1080p.
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‘Windows Phone coming to HTC Android phones‘

Despite buying Nokia's mobile phone arm, Microsoft is trying to push itsWindows Phone mobile operating system on devices made by other manufacturers. The company is reportedly in talks with Taiwanese company HTC to provide Windows Phone as an option on phones powered by Android.

The software giant is offering to waive off the licensing it levies for using its mobile OS in HTC's Android smartphones, reports Bloomberg. Terry Myerson, head of Microsoft's operating systems unit, asked HTC last month to load Windows Phone as a second option, it says. However, these are only preliminary talks and a decision is yet to be made, say Bloomberg's sources.

According to the report, "It's willingness to add Windows as a second operating system underscores the lengths to which Microsoft will go to get manufacturers to carry its software. HTC, the first company to make both Windows and Android phones, hasn't unveiled a new Windows-based handset since June and has no current plans to release any more, said one person."

Microsoft wants to keep working with partners other than Nokia, and expects to be able to sign accords with some phone makers who previously have focused on Android, says the report citing sources. It also says that it remains unclear whether an HTC phone would run Windows and Android at the same time or let users choose a default.
No confirmation regarding the talks over the matter has been given by either Microsoft or HTC.
Nokia, HTC and Samsung are the three biggest manufacturers working on the Windows Phone platform. Other companies that also make WP-powered smartphones include the likes of Huawei,Fujitsu etc.
According to an earlier report, Nokia makes 80% of the Windows Phone smarphones and its low-cost Lumia 520 is the highest selling handset for this smartphone.
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Instagram photos of food can ruin your appetite: Study

Instagram users, you may want to stop taking so many pictures of your food!

Looking at too many pictures of food can actually make it less enjoyable to eat, according to a new study.
Researchers from Brigham Young University (BYU) found that if your friends are taking pictures of everything they eat and posting it on Instagram or Pinterest it may be ruining your appetite by making you feel like you've already experienced eating that food.
"In a way, you're becoming tired of that taste without even eating the food. It's sensory boredom - you've kind of moved on. You don't want that taste experience anymore," said study coauthor and BYU professor Ryan Elder.
Elder and coauthor Jeff Larson, both marketing professors in BYU's Marriott School of Management, said that over-exposure to food imagery increases people's satiation.

Satiation is defined as the drop in enjoyment with repeated consumption. Or, in other words, the fifth bite of cake or the fourth hour of playing a video game are both less enjoyable than the first.
Larson and Elder recruited 232 people to look at and rate pictures of food. In one of their studies, half of the participants viewed 60 pictures of sweet foods like cake, truffles and chocolates, while the other half looked at 60 pictures of salt foods such as chips, pretzels and French fries.
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Nokia taking Lumia 1020 pre-orders at Rs 49,999

Nokia India recently hosted an event to showcase the Lumia 1020, the WP8-powered smartphone with a 41MP rear camera. However, it disappointed attendees and gadget lovers by not disclosing the price of the smartphone.

The wait is over, as the company has started taking bookings for Lumia 1020 on its official website. Nokia Lumia 1020 is available for pre-orders at a price of Rs 49,999. The listing says that the phone will be released by the third week of this month, though the company has earlier said that it will hit the stores on October 11.
Online retailer Snapdeal is also taking advance bookings for Lumia 1020 at Rs 48,778. However, the phone is now sold out on the e-commerce website. As per the listing, the official price of the smartphone is a whopping Rs 62,999.
The company showcased a camera grip (worth Rs 7,500) and wireless charging back cover (priced at Rs 3,200) compatible with the Lumia 1020 at the launch event.
The 41MP camera of Lumia 1020 has a Carl Zeiss lens and Nokia's proprietary PureView imaging technology. This camera also has optical image stabilization as well as six element lens and uses oversampling technology to process images, according to Nokia.
Nokia Lumia 1020 has lossless zooming technology, where the phone captures images first and then allows users to zoom into it later without losing clarity. Photos taken by most smartphones get pixilated upon zooming and cropping.
This smartphone also features a technology called Dual Capture, which takes two shots at the same time, one at 38MP resolution and the other at 5MP. The former is meant for photo editing, while the latter is ideal for social media uploads, said Nokia.
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Android KitKat images leaked, reveal new features

Screenshots of Google's next version of Android OS 4.4 KitKat have allegedly leaked online. Tech website Gadget Helpline has posted screenshots of a Nexus 4 running Android 4.4.

Reports suggest Google is not giving a major redesign to Android 4.4 KitKat. It may look lot like Android Jelly Bean, except for the palette colour scheme.
As per the screen grabs, white seems to be the dominant colour in the new OS version. The notification buttons appear white, not blue. White colour is also prominently featured in the Dialer app. There are also reports that the animations in Android KitKat are smoother and 'subtler' compared to those of its predecessors.
The leaked screenshots show a new Settings menu option for "Printing". There's also an option for Payments and Wireless Display within Settings. This means a new wireless NFC payment system will be added to the OS and it will no longer be a third-party application feature.
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‘LG to launch curved screen smartphone in Nov‘

Curved screen smartphones seem to be the next big thing in the technology world. Close on the heels of Samsung announcing its curved smartphone, comes the news that its south Korean rival LG too plans to launch a curved screen smartphone in November.

According to media reports, LG is working on a 6-inch curved smartphone being dubbed as theG Flex, which the company plans to bring launch next month. The phone is speculated to have an OLED display and use LG's new Plastic OLED (POLED) technology.
For users, a curved display does not mean that that they will be able to bend these smartphones. Curved display means screens which will be slightly curved but not bendable.

Recently, Samsung Electronics said it will introduce a smartphone with a curved display in October. Apple's much-rumored smartwatch too is expected to sport a flexible display.

Curved display is already commercially available in large-screen televisions. Samsung and its home rival LG Electronics had started selling curved OLED TV sets this year priced at about $9,000.
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Indian BPOs‘ big opportunity in Obamacare

As US President Barack Obama's new health insurance plan takes effect this month, Indian outsourcers handling customer care for insurers there are expecting a big boost in business.

These BPOs are betting on confused customers jamming phone lines and cluttering inboxes seeking clarity on what kind of health coverage they are eligible for, what they need to do to sign up and how much it will cost them.
The landmark overhaul nicknamed Obamacare, which brings an additional 30 million Americans into the health insurance net, is already being targeted by Indian IT services companies, such as Cognizant, Infosys, HCL Technologies and Wipro, who are vying to build parts of the technology backbone of online health exchanges that link customers to insurance plans.
The US Department of Health and Human Services estimates that the call centres will receive 42 million calls about the federal marketplaces this year—a daily average of up to 200,000—plus answer 2,400 letters and 740 e-mails, and host 500 web chats daily.

The US government has already awarded a $28-million, one-year contract to Vangent, a unit of General Dynamics, to handle consumer questions. The Indian BPOs scent an additional business opportunity as well.
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Big Data leads to better decision making: Survey

Ninety one per cent of Indian businesses that responded to a survey conducted by Information management and storage major EMC Corporation feel that Big Data will lead to better decision making.

"91% of Indian businesses surveyed reported that better uses of Big Data will lead to better decision making," EMC India & SAARC President Rajesh Janey told reporters here quoting from the survey.

"In India, big data is giving rise to markedly improved decision making and is having a significant impact on companies' competitive differentiation and ability to avert risk," he said.
EMC released the findings of a survey that asked IT decision makers in India for their perspective on challenges and opportunities that big data and IT transformation - and related skills - can present to their companies.
The company polled a total of 309 business and IT decision makers and executives, technical architects, data scientists and storage/infrastructure managers from a range of Indian businesses who have registered to attend the EMC Forum event in India on October 3, 2013.
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LG G2 review: Good phone, but novelty missing

LG G2 is the newest entrant in the overcrowded smartphone market of India. It is undoubtedly among the best of the lot and can easily take on -- and in some cases even beat -- today's most popular handsets, such as Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One and Apple iPhone 5.

Available at a starting price of approximately Rs 40,000 in the market, this phone also has the design and specs that measure up to justify the price tag.

Besides, the three (Back, Home and App Switcher/Options) on-screen keys for navigation, LG G2 has three small, well-designed hardware keys at the back (right below the camera lens). This makes the unit "more ergonomically optimized", claims LG. But the prospective buyers must know if this is a novel innovation, or just a designer quirk that would affect the routine usage.

New design, almost the same experience
It is quite easy to confuse LG G2 with Samsung Galaxy S4, considering the two have similar curved edges, plastic body and shimmering pattern on the back. However, G2 is a little bigger, heavier and thicker in comparison, has a slightly larger display (at 5.2-inch vs S4's 5-inch) and features three on-screen keys (instead of the hardware keys on S4). The phone is easy to hold and doesn't seem too big in the hand.

McAfee building anti-NSA spy shield

Computer programmer and former fugitive John McAfee has announced plans to create a new device that would be resistant to government surveillance by creating localized, supersecure networks.

McAfee, who made his fortune by founding and selling the anti-virus software which bears his name, said that the device would cost less than $100 and would be a "round, little thing" , capable of fitting into a pocket or backpack.
Speaking at the C2SV conference in Silicon Valleythis weekend, McAfee revealed the so-called 'D-Central' as the first product from his new company, Future Tense Central . During his speech, McAfee criticized the vulnerability of contemporary networks , noting that the basic infrastructure is thoroughly compromised.
"I'm 68 years old and if you can just give me any small amount of information about yourself, I promise you within three days, I can turn on the camera on your computer at home and watch you do whatever you're doing, provided you're still connected to the net," said McAfee. "If I can do it, any idiot can do it. We live in a very insecure world with a very insecure communications platform."
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‘Cloud talk has moved from whether to how’

Werner Vogels is the chief technology officer of Amazon , the world's biggest online retailer and also the pioneer in cloud computing with Amazon Web Services (AWS ). Amazon has a major R&D centre in Bangalore , and on a recent visit to the city , Vogels spoke exclusively to TOI.

Have conversations about the cloud in India changed since we met one year ago?

What's changing in India is sort of similar to what's happening in all other parts of the world , where enterprises more and more are no longer discussing whether they should be using cloud, but they are discussing how and what should be using cloud. And it's happening across industries , be it media companies moving their online properties onto AWS , building new web properties , building new businesses on it, or traditional companies like Tata Motors looking to the cloud, on one hand for their digital marketing properties , like for the Nano car , and on the other , for how can they make use of big data to build new analytics techniques to instrument their trucks
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LG G2 - Full phone specifications, Features

Key Features
2.26 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Quad Core Processor
13 MP Primary Camera
5.2-inch Capacitive Touchscreen
Full HD Recording
Android v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) OS
2.1 MP Secondary Camera
Wi-Fi Enabled
Technological expertise meets designing brilliance in the new LG Optimus G2 crafted for the true connoisseur who appreciates the fine blend of power and performance.

Displaying Life Better
Fall for the beauty of everything you see, hook, line and sinker on the G2’s 5.2 inch touchscreen that displays in full high definition. The IPS technology used ensures that you have the best view from every angle. With 423 ppi, the blue sky seems bluer and the birds seem more cheery with every pixel making a vast difference. Sharp, colored, detailed with unmatched beauty, the G2 will make you fall in love with the way your eyes see.

Beautiful Picture Capture
With an advanced 13 megapixel primary camera, the G2 captures every important moment to be saved in more that just the recesses of your memory. The camera comes with the nifty Optical Image Stabilizer that not only ensures that your picture is shake-free but also ensures that the end results are awesome even in low light conditions. Better focus and zoom which are more than just features without any loss in quality is what the G2 has on offer.

This smartphone from LG comes with dual recording and camera support that allows you to use both the cameras simultaneously. And the Tracking Zoom feature allows you to zoom in on a particular point with the entire picture in the background. You can also use this feature on a video to check out specific parts of a song and such.

Processor Built for Performance
Watch your apps perform at blazing speeds with the Optimus G2 which packs the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Processor with 2.26 GHz Quad Core CPUs that ensures that all functions are seamless. The phone is smart enough to switch among the cores depending on what function you are performing to ensure that the you don’t drain out the 3000 mAh battery too easily.

Nifty Features
The smart G2 comes with a Guest Mode that gives you complete power over what any others who want to check out the phone views and accesses. Also, the Audio Zoom feature allows you to check out a specific audio source during video recording that makes it sound better when you playback the video - very easy to capture your child’s first performance on the stage.

With the Optimus G2, you can save events to your calendar, search the web, check out a location on the map and such directly from information on your text messages with the Text Link feature. And knock on the G2 twice to wake up the display without even having to touch the power button, that’s how intuitive the phone is.

The phone comes armed with the Capture Plus feature that takes a screen shot of any webpage that you want - simplest way to keep track of anything that you want to check out later. Also, the TrayClip stores information that you want to compare making it easier for you to making informed choices especially when it comes to shopping online.



Non-Apple app store Cydia shown on iOS 7, with caveats

Popular third-party app installer Cydia, which predated Apple's own App Store, has been successfully installed on the latest version of iOS 7.
Redmond Pie shares screenshots of the software, which lets users download and install third-party software on their iOS devices without going through Apple's App Store, running on an iPhone 4 on iOS 7.0.2.
Now here's an important detail: So far it's only working on the iPhone 4, and using a version of the jailbreaking software aimed at Apple's older A4 chips -- not Apple's newest devices, which have proven to be more of a challenge. The jailbroken software is also experiencing some stability issues, iOS developer Cjori told the news site.
With that said, the effort marks an important milestone on the path to gaining deep access to Apple's system software and hardware features, which the company limits.
Apple's removed some of the allure of jailbreaking iOS devices with its last few major system releases. Many key things, like quick settings menus, multitasking, and updates to the general look and feel have been added over the years, but especially with iOS 7. Developers have also gained more access to system features and hardware.
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How Google's Project Loon rides the wind

Google's Project Loon flies its Internet-broadcasting balloons above 99 percent of the Earth's atmosphere. They're nearly in outer space. But how does Google steer them without popping, a problem that afflicts weather balloons at that altitude?
The answer, it turns out, is all in the data. Keith Bonawitz, computational choreographer for the Google [x] Lab, took to YouTube to explain how the balloons survive at extremely high altitudes, which has never been done before -- at least, not on such a large scale.
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Panasonic to launch sub-Rs 5,000 feature phones

In a bid to strengthen its position in the Indian mobile phone market, Japanese electronics major Panasonic plans to come out with devices below Rs 5,000 by November this year.

The company has already launched four premium smartphone models since May, when it entered into the domestic market and aims to achieve a market share of 8% in first year.

"Panasonic is conscious of the market and demand for phones priced below Rs 5,000. Considering the same, we plan to come out with a feature phones below Rs 5,000 by November this year," Panasonic India managing director Manish Sharma said.

He said there is tremendous potential in the Indian smartphone market and the company is ready to invest more. "We have already launched four premium models since our entry into smartphone market and we will continue to offer a wide range of phones. We are looking at budget phones and may introduce them following up on these launches," Sharma said.
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