New Skype App Designed for India Reportedly in the Works

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At a time when the concept of net neutrality and a regulatory framework for over-the-top (OTT) apps is being intensely debated in India, Skype is reportedly planning to launch a country-specific app.Skype spokesperson, Filipp Seljanko, revealed plans of an India-specific Skype app on Thursday, while speaking with the Indian Express. The app is aimed at offering video and voice over Internet protocol services that are optimised for India’s mobile networks – specifically, to offer a better experience over 2G and 3G networks.

The Microsoft-owned company decided to develop the app after market research showed it that competitors like Viber were managing to provide better services for mobile users in the country. Explaining how the app would be better, Seljanko said, “India’s 2G and 3G network[s], as well as the mix of phones in use, pose very specific challenges for us. The new application will be much lighter than the one now available, and will require far less computation resources and memory.”

Though the report claims Microsoft is hoping the new Skype for India application will spur sales of Lumia and Nokia Asha handsets preloaded with it, it would be foolhardy of the company not to offer the country-specific application on Android and iOS platforms as well.

Addressing the issue of the hour, Seljanko agreed that VoIP apps like Skype do eat into operators’ revenue. However, he added that the telecom operators need to evolve their business models to cope, rather than put out reactionary policies. Seljanko was of course responding to a query on Airtel’s now defunct plans to charge extra for VoIP calls and Trai’s subsequent release of a consultation paper to decide a regulatory framework for OTT players.

Calling it an opportunity rather than a crisis for operators, Seljanko said Skype has faced similar issues across the world including the United States and Europe, where the issue was addressed by “finding ways for mobile service providers to enhance their revenues by selling data.” He contentiously added that telecom operators in India are currently charging tariffs for voice that the “technology just does not justify.”

Android Bot Peeing on an Apple Logo in Google Maps

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Google has been known to do crazy things with its Maps – like letting you play Pac-Man on any street – but this one is rather out of left field even by Mountain View’s wacky standards.

Open Google Maps in your browser and visit this spot near the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi and you’ll be greeted by the image of a giant Android bot peeing over Apple’s logo. Is this an easter egg left there by an over-enthusiastic Google developer in the hope it would never be discovered? Or is this some kind of crazy bug? Well, as it turns out, it’s none of the above.

Google has a tool called Map Maker that lets anyone submit data for Google Maps. The most likely explanation is that the image is a Map Maker submission by someone who clearly likes taking the piss out of Apple and its fans.

A Google spokesperson gave Mashable Mashable pretty much the same explanation. “Even though edits are moderated, occasionally the odd inaccurate or cheeky edit may slip through our system,” he said in a statement to Mashable. “We’ve been made aware of the issue and are working on getting it removed.”

However, at the time of filing this report, the image was still visible on Google Maps app as well as desktop. While Google may not have had anything to do with the image, the fact that it found its way on to Google Maps is an embarrassment for the company and a clear failure of its review process. Team Android, which first reportedthe ‘bug’, also points us to the spot inside Google Maps where someone has left Google a reminder that its “review policy is crap.”

Steam Workshop Creators Can Now Earn From Skyrim Mods

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Not content with Steam being the premier destination for PC games, Valve, the company behind it recently decided to take things up a notch. Now, people who make modifications, maps or in-game items, can sell their work via the Steam Workshop – which was set up in 2012 to allow creators to offer their add-ons to games for free. The move allowing mod makers to be paid for non-Valve games, begun in February, now extends to the ever popular The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

“Many of our fans have been modding our games since Morrowind, for over 10 years. They now have the opportunity to earn money doing what they love – and all fans have a new way to support their favorite mod authors. We’ve also updated Skyrim and the Creation Kit with new features to help support paid mods including the ability to upload master files, adding more categories and removing file size limit restrictions,” a post on Skyrim maker Bethesda’s blog reads.

This is not the first game not made by Valve to allow this. In January Valve announced that creators will now be able to earn from their creations for non-Valve games that enable the Steam Workshop. Dungeon Defenders: Eternity, and Chivalry: Medieval Warfare are the first two to support this. Support for paid mods for other games is expected in the next few weeks.

To further optimise the sale of user-created content, Valve had announced in January that there are new analytics and measurement tools on the horizon as well, so creators have greater clarity on which of their wares are more popular. These would let the view real-time sales data and detailed per-item revenue breakdowns and historical statements as well.

 

5 Best Android Phones under 10000INR

Always enjoy the various features on your smart phone do not hesitate and consider any features by any cause. Sometimes we step back from our needs for insufficient budget but now you have not to scarify any for your budge. If you are finding smart phone under Rs.10000/- then here are some awesome phone model with full of features which might be right for you.

  1. Asus Zenfone 5

It is the leading newly launched android smart phone model in the market by ASUS powered by Intel.  It is popular for its stunning awesome looks and quietly brilliant performance with Intel Dual core 1.6GHz and 1.2GHz processor. It has also 2 GB of RAM which makes it more efficient for smooth processing. This phone has two various storage capacities with various range. If you want 8GB of storage with 1.2GHz processor then it will be in Rs.8499/- or if you want more then it will be Rs.9999/- with 1.6GHz processor and 16GB of storage capacity. And also has the ability of 32GB of external micro SD support with both models.

  1. Micromax Canvas Nitro A311

Micromax is the well known trusted smart phone maker in the market. Micromax Canvas Nitro A311 one of the best Android Smart Phone model by Micromax. This phone comes with 5 inch HD LED screen with awesome performance speed by 1.7 GHz of processor and 2GB of RAM. You can also get 13 MP primary and 5 MP secondary cameras with this phone model which can change your picture experience to more live. It also a budget fix phone which is reasonable for its various quality and features.  Click Here This phone price is Rs.9999/-.

  1. HTC Desire 526 G Plus

HTC is one of the best smart phone companies in the market. They always take care of their quality of their product. Their aim is to satisfy their customer and give the best value for money for their customers. HTC gives 1.7 GHz processor and 1GB of RAM space which gives it efficient for its work done. It also has ARM mali-450 graphics inbuilt which gives more quality to your graphics experience. This phone model price is Rs.9603/-.

  1. LAVA IRIS X8

This smart phone comes with 12.7 cm of larger HD screen with super clean picture quality. It has also 1.4 GHz ARM Cortex-A7 MTK 6592M processor which gives smooth performance experience to users. Also have 2GB RAM for better performance and 16GB of storage capacity with 32GB external micro SD storage support. You can get this smart phone in RS.9349/-.

7 Essential Tech Tips for Travel

Traveling is an experience that many people look forward too. However, there are a lot of issues that can create major problems for travelers, making the experience very stressful. Needless to say, everyone wants to take the necessary steps to make sure these do not happen during their next trip.

Luckily, there are a lot of tech tools that can help make travel a lot better for everyone. Anyone can use these ideas to stay entertained, avoid getting lost, and make the most of their next vacation. Here are seven essential tech tips for travel.

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Take home entertainment with

There is nothing worse than having to sit on a long flight or car ride without anything to do. Stay entertained the entire time by bringing your favorite home entertainment along for the ride. People can use their Cablevision service on their mobile phone to watch their favorite TV shows and movies, even while they travel.

Check in online

Checking in for flights and hotels at the location can mean a lot of wasted time waiting in line. Checking in can be easy and fast from a mobile device, saving a lot of time. Anyone can either use their mobile browser to check in via the business’s website, or download their mobile app to speed up the process.

Track flights

Flying can be stressful enough for people who are not used to it, but getting to the airport and finding out the flight is delayed can be an annoyance to anyone. Use the airline’s mobile app to get updates about flight status as notifications on your phone to avoid this issue.

Get up-to-date maps

Maps are usually still available at gas stations or other stores, but many of these can be out of date and confusing to read. Make sure to get the best information with a mobile maps tool that updates automatically to give the best information and directions every time.

Call home for free

Calling outside of the normal phone range can be expensive, which puts a big hole in the souvenir budget. Everyone can make sure that they can stay in touch with everyone at home without paying the high prices by getting a mobile phone service provider who works within all countries. Additionally, there are a lot of free video chat services anyone can use where they have a free Wi-Fi connection.

Keep your identity safe

Identity theft is much more likely with people who travel. Everyone should take measures to keep their information safe by installing anti-spyware software on their mobile devices. Additionally, everyone should make sure to keep electronic instead of paper documents to avoid losing them.

Bring battery backups

All of these awesome tech tools are useless if the device runs out of power. Make sure to not only bring chargers for each device, but also to bring back-up batteries to avoid every being without this useful and essential technology. These tips can help anyone have a more successful travel experience.

Motorola Moto G (2nd Gen) or Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G – Which is the best pick?

There was a time when we had just one or two mobile handset options to choose from, and now there are at least one or two thousand! So, if you’re one of those who like to do their research before getting things done, and you’re also interested in knowing a thing or two about the latest budget smart phones, you’ve come to the right place for Motorola Mobile Prices.

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Let us compare mobiles – Motorola Moto G (2nd Gen) and Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G, 2 of the latest and most talked about smartphones and then you can decide for yourself which one is it for you!

Motorola Moto G (2nd Gen): This one is said to be the best budget smartphone in the market right now. At a price of Rs. 12,999, this amazing smartphone offers a plethora of features which makes it what it is. The 5.00 inch display with 720 X 1280 pixels resolution is great for those who enjoy games and movies on their smartphone. Moto G is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with four cores running at 1.2 GHz and an integrated Adreno 305 GPU. The phone consists of 1 GB RAM, and 8 GB or 16 GB internal storage.

An 8-megapixel rear camera rear and from 1.3 to 2 megapixels front camera makes for a good clicking device for smartphone photographers. Not to forget the massive 2060 mAh battery life; one of the best features of this phone. While all the features and specifications are top notch, it takes a backseat in terms of the look of the phone. The average material quality and not so appealing looks of the phone might be a repelling point for some. That being the only con, it’s still one of the best gadgets to grab right now.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G: Yet another entry that gives a tough fight to Motorola’s hero smartphone is the Redmi Note 4G. This wonderful phablet brings you many things at an affordable price of just Rs. 9,999 and also provides 4G network. To begin with, the 5.5 inch display is bigger than what Moto G offers. However, the resolution is the same as Moto at 720 X 1280 pixels. Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, 2 GB RAM and 8 GB internal storage with 64 GB extendable Micro SD capacity is really great for a phone so cheap.

A massive 3,100 mAh battery life makes the phone a big hit, along with the 13 MP rear camera which not to mention is extremely good for photographers. While the features of this phone might seem better than Moto G, that too at a lesser price, there are other factors you should consider too. While the phone is really great, there are availability issues in India because of its patent infringement dispute with Ericsson.

Although there’s a considerable difference between the costs of these handsets, currently these two models are value for money than the rest offered in the same segment. But all in all, if you can get your hands on these phones, you shouldn’t waste the opportunity.

Four Methods To Improve The Job Search

Nowadays the market is highly flooded with the many stores so when you try to select the concealed job then first identify the job vacancy. The sanitization as well as improving the search for back office jobs in Mumbai is most important this mainly needed who looking on the land for attain a great place. Most of the people require improving the way and so they hunt for the online job. When you utilize your time in online website then it will help you to search out the different jobs as well as to reach the different possibilities. While improving the job explores always people efficiently find the vacancies this will boost the vacancy on the vision. In online some of the ways are given for the job seekers to improve the searches.

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Ways For Improving Searches:

1.      Know The Recruitment Resources:

Now, there are different recruitment resources are accessible for the job seekers, where think of the recruitment agencies also the online job this offer the gateways to access the job and make use it. Now, there are amazing numbers of websites blast the CV over the online this will explore the people work. So when you are concern the agency then conform the driver jobs Mumbai searches. The online recruitment site as well as the employment agencies wants to vigilantly choose the better hunts, also keep in your mind most of the company selecting the employs in order to symbolize the hunt. So the commission hires the talents only with help of agents to promise the assessable results with best manner.

2.      Improve The Job Searches:

While completing the registering the job portal then people need to run for the primary job this used to learn the method way to purify the job search. Always register your resume only in the trustworthy website because many website are officering the job site but all are not give the accurate result of the job so searching the best site always give the accurate result for you. The job seekers while online searching they need to use some of the advanced search in order to recover seek out of the best result. Mostly the quick searches give the immense for people who are often looking for the hint result. In time of looking of the sophisticated results people need to uniquely filter the job list based on the superior way this will closely select the common vacancies.

3.      Make Use Of Message Or Email Alerts:

The job alert is also called as Automated Job Search Mediator this is one of the wonderful for people to use the porch resource in order to attain the greatest talent. Normally, the job alerts and the announcement alerts are come up with the planned notice for people to receive on the different foremasts like the RSS feeds and email feeds this will notify by the job seekers. The online is also posy the job doorway, this will define the job alert, and job criteria (search mediator) by using this everyone can monitor the different actions of the website.

4.      Don’t Neglect Job Search:

As Job search is converse and so it provide the lot of resources for the seeker. Therefore always utilize the website while hunting the job, also be positive on the job alerts and search in order to make the search resource according to the relevant accomplishment of the search. While utilizing run the balance and healthy accessible resource because this will recognize the aide on the career. Also don’t forgot to use the online resource for the accessible because the ob searched used to bound for improve.

5.      Searching Improving:

Now there are innovative and new constantly ways are available for the job searching improving. The job seekers will require the basic hunt in order to do the work. So always tap the advanced process in time of job search and then brace themselves to arrival of the interview strategies according to the job requests. In online many ways and tips are given for the job seekers and so while processing use the tips this will make more beneficial. While taking the best opportunities make your life as standard way with the online job.

Market Wrap: Stocks Rise as Jitters Over Earnings, Oil Wane

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NEW YORK — U.S. stocks closed higher Wednesday, fueled by gains in oil companies and speculation that upcoming first-quarter earnings reports might not be quite as weak as previously thought.

All 10 major S&P 500 sectors gained, with the energy index leading, up 2.3 percent. U.S. crude jumped more than 5 percent after a lower-than-expected build of U.S. crude stockpiles.

Intel (INTC) jumped 4.25 percent to $32.83 after the chipmaker said late Tuesday it expects flat revenue for the entire year despite some weakness in the first quarter.

Investors have feared the March-quarter earnings season, just getting under way, would be crippled by low oil prices, a strong dollar and extreme weather in the eastern United States. First-quarter profits for S&P 500 companies are seen dropping 2.6 percent, according to Thomson Reuters (TRI) data.

“Companies can jump over a bar that’s about as low as a limbo stick,” said Jack Ablin, chief investment officer at BMO Private Bank in Chicago. “Beating expectations should be relatively easy.”

Of the 36 companies in the S&P 500 that have reported so far, 81 percent beat expectations, better than the 63 percent of companies exceeding expectations in a typical quarter.

But just 47 percent of companies exceeded revenue expectations, worse than 61 percent seen in a typical quarter. That suggests companies are bolstering their bottom lines by cutting costs instead of by expanding their businesses.

Eurozone Revival

U.S. shares also benefited after the European Central Bank said it remained committed to its full asset-buying program to revive the eurozone economy.

The strong dollar hurts U.S. companies dependent on overseas sales, while slumping oil prices erode the profits of energy companies.

But many industrial and transportation companies benefit from cheap oil and its derivatives. Delta Air Lines (DAL) posted first-quarter profit above analysts’ expectations and its stock rose 2.60 percent to end at $44.20.

The Dow Jones industrial average (^DJI) rose 75.91 points, or 0.42 percent, to close at 18,112.61. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index (^GSPC) gained 10.79 points, or 0.51 percent, to 2,106.63 and the Nasdaq composite (^IXIC) added 33.73 points, or 0.68 percent, to end the day at 5,011.02.

Wednesday’s gains bring the Nasdaq to within striking distance of its record-high close of 5,048.62 points set in 2000 during the dot-com boom.

Bank of America (BAC) shares ended down 1.14 percent at $15.64. First-quarter profit at the No. 2 U.S. bank by assets narrowly beat analyst estimates.

After the bell, video streaming company Netflix (NFLX) posted quarterly results that sent its shares 12 percent higher.

On Wednesday, advancing issues outnumbered declining ones on the NYSE by 2,037 to 1,011, for a 2.01-to-1 ratio; on the Nasdaq, 1,821 issues rose and 928 fell for a 1.96-to-1 ratio.

The S&P 500 posted 18 new 52-week highs and 1 new low; the Nasdaq composite recorded 107 new highs and 18 new lows.

About 6.7 billion shares changed hands on U.S. exchanges, above the 6 billion daily average for the month to date, according to BATS Global Markets.

What to watch Thursday:

  • At 8:30 a.m. Eastern time, the Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, and the Commerce Department releases housing starts for March.
  • The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia releases its survey of manufacturing conditions in the Mid-Atlantic region for April, and Freddie Mac release weekly mortgage rates.

Earnings Season
These selected companies are scheduled to release quarterly financial results:

  • Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)
  • American Express (AXP)
  • BlackRock (BLK)
  • Blackstone Group (BX)
  • Citigroup (C)
  • Goldman Sachs (GS)
  • KeyCorp (KEY)
  • Mattel (MAT)
  • Philip Morris International (PM)
  • Schlumberger (SLB)
  • UnitedHealth Group (UNH)
  • PPG Industries (PPG)
  • Sherwin-Williams (SHW)

Vibosoft iPhone/iPad/iPod to Computer Transfer

To keep the data on your iOS based device safe the most usual way is to keep a backup of the files in a computer or to iTunes. There are many valuable data in your iOS device and that needs to be backed up for future usage. The iOS is closed operating system and it is a tough job to copy files from iOS devices to any computers. But to solve this problem Vibososft has introduced the 3-in-1 transfer tool for better management of files and valuable data. The application is capable of transferring from an iOS device to computer or to iTunes.You can know how to transfer music from iPhone to itunes With this tool you can transfer photos from iPhone to computer and many other tasks can be performed using this software. Some of the key features of the Vibososft iPhone/iPad/iPod to computer transfer are as follows:

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  • This is smart tool to get your iPhone’s data synced up with the computer or to iTunes for keeping a solid backup for future usage.
  • It is compatible with all the iOS based devices and can recognize files like music, images, videos and more.
  • There are two modes to transfer one where the phone’s data is synced with iTunes or you have to simply keep the copies in your personal computer.
  • There are hundreds of files stored in your phone’s total memory but it will be very tedious to select which one are needs to be restored so the tools give a detailed list of all the files with full specifications.
  • It also shows the preview of the files from where we can choose which one restore.
  • This manger also allows to save backup and this back up can be used after wards in case of emergency. It can transfer photos from his phone to computer.
  • The application has a lucid user interface and thus can be operated very easily.
  • This tool is quite powerful and works very efficiently and also worth swift.

These were some of the major attributes of the Vibosoft application and thus it is a very useful and yet handy application. It can be considered as one of the best tool for managing and transferring files from iOS based decide to computer.

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Apple Acquires Israeli Mobile Camera Technology Startup LinX

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Apple has reportedly acquired Israeli camera-technology startup company named LinX.According to a Wall Street Journal report (via TheNextWeb) on Tuesday, the Cupertino giant confirmed the acquisition of LinX Computational Imaging Ltd. by replying with its standard statement of acquisition.

“Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans,” Apple replied to WSJ.

The camera startup LinX specialises in creating multi-aperture camera equipment for mobile devices. Company’s website notes that “LinX cameras are significantly smaller than any camera on the market today, leading the way to DSLR performance in slim handsets. […] We allow Apps to freely use the 3D information captured by our camera to achieve amazing new features such as the ability to refocus an image after it has been captured, measurement of the true dimensions of objects, 3D object modeling and real time background replacement for video calls”

About the financial terms of the LinX acquisition, WSJ says Apple paid around $20 million.

Looking at LinXs’ expertise in mobile camera modules, there is no secret why Apple chose to acquired it. The company has always been very focused in improving cameras with the each iteration of the iPhone and it’s been one of the highlighted features as well. Just to remind you, iPhone 5s camera supports Slo-mo video at 120fps while the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus support Slo-mo videos at 120fps or 240fps.