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May 31, 2012

The latest 3G plans in India


With 3G literally exploding all over the country, picking the right plan can be a little harder than it looks. This ...
The latest 3G plans in India
With 3G literally exploding all over the country, picking the right plan can be a little harder than it looks. This is especially true since we have to deal with a plethora of service providers and their in-your-face-ads. Airtel, Vodafone, BSNL (MTNL), Idea et al have come up with a massive range of plans to ‘help’ us consumers, but it can be quite a confusing task to keep up with the latest plans, top ups and rates. Off late, the prices have dropped quite substantially making 3G a more affordable option. 4G is slowly making a headway into India, after a hopeful start with first Kolkata and then Bengaluru, recently. With 4G slowly coming into existence, the latest plans across various mobile operators have taken a huge cut, making them only beneficial for us, consumers. While it may be some time before the entire nation is dotted by 4G services, 3G continues to grab headlines and more so now, after a slew of telcos have slashed 3G tariffs throughout the country.

We’ve sifted through the current offerings of the network  providers to bring you a table which consists of the latest 3G tariffs across the popular networks in the country. 
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From the image above, the ‘data usage by minute’ plans are beneficial only for those wanting to try out the 3G services before settling for their ideal plan. Between 1 – 2 GB of data usage in a price range approx. between Rs. 200 – 450 per month is what network operators are currently charging, which could be sufficient for casual surfers. For those requiring heavy data usage, it’s best to use the individual data usage calculators that are available on network providers’ individual websites giving before choosing the right plan. 

The main objective of the above image is to showcase the latest plans across various operators, so that users can view the current rates for their operator as well as the competition, which may it easier for them to select their ideal plan. However, it’s important to understand that network providers generally have additional charges post the data usage exhaustion and it’s best to read the fine print with your network operator before choosing a plan. For example, Fair Usage Policy is a part of a couple of plans, including those of Aircel, Reliance and if you exceed your usage beyond their FUP, then your speed is capped to a threshold. For example, Aircel’s policy caps data usage bandwith to 128 kbps, and each operator have their own threshold. The speed Pre-activation of the FUP for Aircel is 3.6 Mbps for lower priced plans, while it is 7.2 Mbps for higher priced plans. Another example, is Reliance’s Postpaid 250 plan. For 1GB of consumption, the customer is charged at 20p/MB till the next 5GB, following which the speed is throttled to 64 kbps till unlimited usage. Taking these seemingly minor factors into account, it’s difficult to judge, which is truly the best plan out of them all and hence it’s best that customers look at the fine print and the complete details before committing to a particular plan. 

Also, depending on your location, the plans will vary. There are also other plans that vary on a daily basis, so you might want to check those with your service provider as well. A lot of companies also have Fair Usage Policies, which are activated for certain plans, while others simply cap your bandwidth once the plan is over. It’s imperative to have a check with your local mobile operator to avoid any potential bill shocks. 

The plans we’ve selected currently cover the main areas in India. However, please understand that prices and plans will vary slightly with the state and the city you currently are in. Also, mobile network operators are known to change plans without prior notice, so that should be another factor to be taken into consideration. Always check with your provider for more information. (Via Tech2)

Have a 3G plan you’re using that has been cost effective? Share it with our readers in the comments section below. 

Galaxy S III launched in India at Rs.43,180


Samsung has finally launched their next flagship handset, the Galaxy S III, in India. The successor to the very popular Galaxy S II, the S III ups the ante, not only for Samsung, but for Android smartphones as well. The design is heavily inspired by pebbles, which is reflected in the curved design of the phone. It measures just 8.6mm in thickness and weighs 133g, making it thin and light. The screen size is slightly larger, as compared to the One X at 4.8 inches and will sport a resolution of 1280 x 720. 

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Rs. 43,180!



If one has missed out or just wants a quick look, here are the highlighted specifications of the Samsung Galaxy S III:
  • Android 4.0 with TouchWiz
  • 1.4 GHz quad-core Exynos 4212 processor
  • 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1280 x 720
  • 8MP camera with AF, LED flash, BSI sensor and 1080p HD video recording
  • 1.9MP front camera with a resolution of 720p for video chat
  • 16/32/64GB Internal memory, expandable upto 64GB
  • 1GB RAM
  • NFC, Wi-Fi, DLNA, GLONASS, micro-USB 2.0, HDMI, Bluetooth 4.0
  • 2100 mAh battery

One of the main features of the S III is the Siri-esque voice recognition system, called S Voice. It also features Smart Stay, a technique that uses the front facing camera to track your eye movement, so it keeps the screen on as long as you're looking at it. Pretty cool. Social Tag uses face recognition that scans the faces in your gallery and maps them to your friends on Facebook or other social media sites. S Beam lets you bond and share data instantly between two S III devices using a combination of NFC and Wi-Fi Direct. AllShare Play uses DLNA to share your photos and videos on compatible TVs. Coming to the camera, it’s an 8MP shooter in the rear with a BSI sensor and a 1.9MP front facing camera. The camera also features new modes, like Burst Mode and Best Buddy mode. The S III will have TouchWiz running on top of ICS, so extra multimedia features, like DivX playback is possible out-of-the-box.

The handset, prior to its official launch had been up for pre-booking on several sites like eBay,Infibeam, Snapdeal, among others. Now, that it’s officially available at Rs.43,180; how many of you’ll are gearing up to buy this beast? (via Tech2)

May 29, 2012

Super High Definition 33MP Video Camera Captures 4 Billion Pixels Each Second

 


Some of the biggest recent advancements in imaging technology have come in the form of video. Case in point, the new Ultra-High-Definition video camera made by NHK in Japan. This baby takes in 33-megapixel video at a mind numbing 120fps — that translates into an input of 4 billion pixels per second (count ‘em… it’ll take a while).
The cool thing is that unlike most crazy cameras, this one will actually be put to use; more specifically, it will be used to shoot footage for Japan’s 7580×4320 Super Hi-Vision format they’ve been developing for some time. Because the video is meant to be shown on wall sized screens, 60fps just wasn’t quick enough. So, in order to handle that 4 billion pixel per second output, NHK developed an entirely new analog to digital converter and put it to use here.
(via Gizmodo, Petapixel)

May 27, 2012

6 Best Antivirus for Android OS : Espikes09


No one will like to share his or her personal data and information to a suspicious person or third party. It is not only true for the Android Smartphone but any model. But when it comes to Android handset, the science has given a lot to this Smartphone. Yes, users have a lot of data and personal information which cannot be shared at any cost. Thus, it becomes essential for the owner to protect every bit of information on the Android phone at any cost. We will take a look at the 6 most effective and promising security applications for the Android handsets today.
Best Antivirus App for Android

Lookout Mobile Security

This mobile application is available for Windows, BlackBerry mobiles and Android phones. It boasts of locating t6eh lost phones, backing up personal information and data on the web service; and protecting the phone from viruses and evil applications. To protect call logs and photos, you will have to pay $2.99 every month to the developer for getting its Premium version. The version can swipe off all data from SD card and mobile remotely along with locking the phones.

BullGuard Mobile Security 10

It protects your calendar, calls and phone for doubtful and evil applications. This application is greatly compatible with the popular platforms of Windows Mobile, Symbian, Android and BlackBerry. The application can turn on GPS to look for the lost Android phones. Benefits are also there for the parents that can spy on their children while messaging and photo activities through an effective parental control feature.

Norton Mobile Security

Locating handsets, changing passwords remotely and locking your Android handsets from a distance will be much easier with this excellent Norton Mobile Security compatible with Android 1.5 version. Also, you will be capable of wiping off all the data of your phone. The application also allows you to block spam text messages and complete virus scanning. The SD card will also come in the powerful domain of this security application for Android.

McAfee Wave Secure

You can easily back up your contacts, messages and call logs to McAfee web servers and restore from any internet location. This software also locks the phone when SIM card in not available in the slot and will help you in locating the device at the current position. You can also erase all the phone data remotely. It can be used with Symbian, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile and Android. The renting plan for this security application is $19.90 every year.

Trend Micro Mobile Security

Along with 30 days of trial, you can buy it at the annual rental price of $3.99 and it also blocks any unwanted installation of malicious application. Nonetheless, you can also block text messages and calls. It also has got parental controls and protection against phony websites.

F-Secure Mobile Security

You can simply buy this security app for $59.99 and $39.99 for 1 and 2 year subscription respectively to protect your phone from spyware. It also provides you immediate alerts to suspicious websites. Backing up personal data, locating lost handsets, wiping of data remotely and knowing the current number in use are some other important features included in the Anti-Theft department.
Summary: – To serve your intended purpose, you will find a lot of security applications available in the Android market. Some of them are free but a few of these applications will cost you some bucks which is inferior to the value of your information on Android. (via smashingeeks)

Samsung Galaxy S III pops up on eBay India for Rs. 44,770


With the launch date of the Samsung Galaxy S III just around the corner, the question on everyone's mind is the price at which it will retail. As of now, the brand has not revealed the pricing of the Samsung Galaxy S III in India, but according to an earlier report, one could gather that it would cost Rs.38,000. However, as per a listing on eBay, a seller has put the handset up for pre-order and it sports a price of a whopping Rs.44,770. The price is higher by Rs.6,000, than what was initially expected and this may put off those looking to purchase this handset.

As per a report by BGR.in, the author notes that initially when the listing was first put up on the online retail website, the price of the handset was slated at Rs.39,999. According to the report, “It seems the Galaxy S III listing on EBay India is probably a hoax as the person who listed it has just raised it up to Rs 44,700. However, multiple sources have confirmed to us that the Galaxy S III will be launched between Rs 36,000- Rs 40,000. Unless, of course, Samsung decides to bump the price owing to a week Indian Rupee, which makes importing the device costlier.” 
Classy and elegant
Classy and elegant, but will come at a higher price


The steep bump in the price would be a bit heartbreaking for those interested in being early adopters. However, it could also be that the reseller on eBay has taken a cue from the iPhone, as resellers bump up the cost of the device considerably before it officially launches in India. The reseller could also be looking to cash in on the hype surrounding the handset and has in turn priced it higher before the final prices are announced. But as the author noted, the weak Rupee could also be playing a role in the high price of the device and hence the device is being sold at such a high rate. (via Tech2)

Let us know your reactions about the price of the Samsung Galaxy S III in the comments section below. Do you think the brand will price it in the bracket it was initially expected?

Indian boy solves 350-year old math puzzle set by Newton

LONDON: A 16-year-old Indian origin school boy in Germany has managed to crack puzzles that baffled the world of maths for more than 350 years, it was reported here on Saturday. 

Shouryya Ray, from Dresden, has been hailed a genius after working out the problems set by Sir Isaac Newton

Ray solved two fundamental particle dynamics theories which physicists have previously been able to calculate only by using powerful computers, Daily Mail reported. 

His solutions mean that scientists can now calculate the flight path of a thrown ball and then predict how it will hit and bounce off a wall. 

Ray only came across the problems during a school trip to Dresden University where professors claimed they were uncrackable, the newspaper said. 

"I just asked myself, 'Why not?'," explained Ray. 

"I didn't believe there couldn't be a solution," he added. 

Ray began solving complicated equations as a six-year-old but says he's no genius. 

After arriving from Kolkata four years ago without knowing any German, Shouryya is now fluent in the language. 

His intelligence was quickly noted in class and he was pushed up two years in school - he is currently sitting his exams early, the Mail said. (via TOI)

May 26, 2012

Google's Project Glass taken for a spin, 720p video recording showcased

 

The ability to digitize a part of our world for accessing all kinds of data based on location and what you’re actually looking at, i.e. augmented reality is no longer science fiction. While mobile applications have been available for some time now, based on AR technology, we as consumers are always “looking” for something more advanced and that’s where Google’s Project Glass (PG) comes into the “pictures” (pardon the puns). 

Project glass has been an intriguing concept, since Google’s fascinating advertorial video for the prototypes made it out, about a month ago. The idea that we could have mobile technology combined with AR tech in a lightweight, wearable module naturally piqued the world’s curiosity. Within the span of its ‘debut’, test results of the Project glass prototypes have been making the rounds as Google employees take the technology to the field. There’s nothing like a field test to give you the right perspective. 
Speedy photography
Speedy photography

The Google Runners
The Google Runners


A few photos taken from the device made it to Project Glass’ Google+ page and they look quite impressive as is. Take a look at some of the samples below. While some may look a little too perfect i.e. digitally cleaned up, others look very real for a mobile-like camera. At the end of the day though, if the quality of the camera is anything like this when the prototype makes it to the sales model, this is a product that would be worth holding out for.

Not only has Google showcased images taken from their PG prototype, but only very recently a 720p video has been released as well. While the video may not be altogether entertaining, the fact that it’s shot by someone jumping around on a trampoline shows us just how versatile the device is. The device will apparently be capable of recording on 720p, for now, but whether or not that would be boosted to 1080p full HD is something we can let our curiosity run with. 

 

The media recorded from the prototype devices was captured by Google’s own employees during various recent activities and events undertaken by the search giant including their Google+ Photographer's conference and Google Glass Walk event. The photos themselves feature the likes of Sergey Brin, Colby Brown, Peter Hurley, and other Google employees. 

The potential for a concept like this is not as farfetched or futuristic as we might have thought even 10 years ago. Technology from our imagination and the Hollywood genre are slowly being processed by the big players in their respective fields and becoming a reality. With an AR concept, like Project Glass, Google plans on taking the mobile communication stream to a whole new level, making our world come alive with data and useful information whenever and wherever we need it. 

Project Glass, to be fair is still a work in progress and while the initial video, as fantastic as it seemed could be a reality someday, for right now, its progress to that final stage is looking quite good. We’re looking forward to seeing just how far this technology will go and how soon will rival tech emerge out of the woodwork. Although we shouldn’t expect to see a final product anywhere as good as the promo video, but half as good could still make for an interesting piece of tech. 

22-inch Android tablet from ViewSonic to be unveiled at Computex

 

Is bigger always better? Apple would say yes... with its range of iPad tablets, they have shown that tablets with a larger form factor are in fact the way to go. Amazon would say no... their Kindle Fire tablet has attempted to prove that smaller packages can also pack a punch. But we clearly know what Viewsonic thinks. 10 inches is the standard size for most tablets and ViewSonic aims to break this barrier and has teased us with a monstrous 22-inch tablet which they are set to unveil at Computex this year.
Something big is coming
Something big is coming


As per a report by Engadget, “ViewSonic sent around a teaser for its "Touch and Connect" series prototypes, including a 22-inch "smart business tablet monitor," powered by what appears to be Ice Cream Sandwich.” This will be a first of its kind and though it is marketed as a tablet monitor, one can gather as more of the latter than the former. 

A tablet is essentially a portable device and hence marketing as a tablet makes one wonder how can they manage to port this around. But as far as innovations go, it will be pretty exciting as it will be a very large monitor running on Google’s latest Android operating system, Ice Cream Sandwich. As of now, there are no more details available as to what the resolution of the display will be or what inputs it will possess. All we can do is eagerly wait for the brand to unveil the gadget at Computex.

ViewSonic is well known for their range of monitors so it may not come as a surprise for some that they have built a monitor running on the Android operating system. The website goes on to state,“The giant touch-enabled device will be joined by a Windows 8 multi-touch display, new cloud computing solutions, high-end laser projectors and some interactive electronic billboards -- all set to make their debut on June 5th at Computex.”      (VIa Tech2)

Let us know your thoughts on this humongous business tablet monitor in the comments below.

Dell Latitude 10, first Windows 8 tablet shows up

 

While Nokia shrugged aside reports about a Windows 8 tablet, calling it ‘misconstrued,’ a Windows 8 tablet unexpectedly emerged from Dell. As per reports by Neowin, the image (as seen below) is of the Dell Latitude 10 Windows 8 tablet. It’s a 10-inch tablet with HD capacitive multi-touch screen with 1366 x 768 resolution. The device is powered by Intel Clover Trail Atom Dual Core processor with 2GB RAM and graphics chipset from Intel. This Dell tablet wouldn’t come across as the lightest and slimmest in the market, as it weighs 710 grams and measures 10 x 7 x 0.4-inches. Dell, a renowned PC maker, hasn’t been able to make a mark in the smartphone market. Its Streak could not make waves like Samsung’s Galaxy Note, although both were intended to bridge the gap between tablets and smartphones.
Are the specs weak? Image Source: Neowin

Are the specs weak?



PCWorld, however, points out that the spec sheet revealed about the first Windows 8 tablet is weak and underwhelming. It says that although the RAM and storage is higher than most tablets available, the Dell Latitude 10 is an Intel x86 device and not based on the ARM architecture. It claims that several entry-level laptops have specs similar to the Dell Windows 8 tablet and cost just $300 or so. Reportedly, when someone buys a bargain laptop with hardware that just meets the minimum requirements to run Windows, performance is expected to suffer. The question arises that will users pay premium to get the same in a tablet form? Windows 8 RT can’t run traditional Windows software, and won’t be able to connect to a Windows network domain, so it doesn’t offer a very compelling proposition. Windows 8 tablets may gain traction only if they are priced cheaper than the iPad and same class of Android tablets.

The Dell Latitude 10’s spec sheet displays 128GB SSD and an 8 megapixel camera and a 2 megapixel front facing camera. We think the camera bit is usually given least priority when building a tablet, so this is a welcome change for the first Windows 8 tablet, if it happens to reach the market with the above stated specs. It also includes a fingerprint reader, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, integrated speakers, a microUSB charging port, and a stereo headphone/microphone combo jack. (via Tech2)

Google Nexus tablet to be unveiled at Google I/O 2012

 

We know that Google plans to finally launch its Nexus tablet sometime in June, following a delay from the initial May launch, due to design and cost issues. Their goal was to launch a powerful 7-inch tablet under the $200 mark and now that everything has fallen into place, they will be unveiling it at this year’s Google I/O conference for developers on June 27.TechnoBuffalo have also managed to secure some additional information about the tablet. According to their trusted source, it’s now confirmed that the Nexus tablet will be made by Asus and will have a 7-inch form factor. One would have initially come to expect that either Samsung or Motorola would manufacture Google’s first tablet.

The Nexus tablet will be unveiled sometime during the three day conference and developers attending the conference will walk away with one. This is not confirmed, but there is talk that the Nexus tablet will come with Android 5.0 or Jelly Bean pre-loaded, which make sense, since developers have had access to the Motorola XOOM, since a long time now and it was the first tablet to receive ICS update as well so handing out this new tablet with ICS doesn’t really serve any purpose. This also fits in with the rumour that Google would announce Jelly Bean sometime in June or July.
Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun with the Asus ME370T
Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun with the Asus ME370T


The second piece of news that has been confirmed is that the Nexus tablet will be powered by Nvidia’s Tegra 3 SoC. Looking back a bit, Nvidia recently talked about how “Project Kai” will change the way we think about cheap Android tablets. They talked about Kai being a platform, more than a piece of hardware and along with Tegra 3 and a mix of low-cost components; it’s very much possible to deliver a sub-$200 tablet, without having to compromise on performance. And what better way to launch this than with Google’s Nexus tablet. We also hope to hear about the next Nexus smartphone at Google I/O. This time around, Google will be going with multiple manufacturers for their reference phone and if rumours are to be believed, then we could see as many as five Nexus branded phones, possibly in different price segments when they launch in November. We can count Samsung and Motorola to be among the manufacturers, while the others are yet to be announced. So, who’s excited about the Nexus tablet? (via Tech2)

May 25, 2012

Google's official 7-inch tablet ready, to ship in June

 

Google’s got their official mobile handsets that have been co-developed with various handset manufacturers. Now, an official Google tablet is also on the way. We heard about the existence of such a device quite some time back. Digitimes now has a report that states that Google is quite definitely going to start shipping the device, as early as June. The tablet, which will sport a 7-inch display is being developed, along with Asus. Apparently some 600,000 tablets are being manufactured by Asus and these should hit markets soon after they are shipped. Digitimes expects the product to hit stores in July. When Digitimes asked Asus about it they refused to comment. 
Nexus tablet is a done deal
Like reference design for Google's Android tablet


Initially, the tablet was said to be ready by May, but things slid back to July due to a number of reasons. Apparently, the design and cost aspects of the tablet weren’t up to the expectations of Google. Changes were required to be made to the initial design, which pushed manufacturing back by quite a bit. After the initial 600,000 units that are expected to ship in the first batch, there are some 2 to 2.5 million units expected  to ship by the end of the year. The 7-inch tablet space is expected to heat up as some of the other manufacturers, such as Samsung, Asus and Acer are expected to launch new models this year as well. 

Amazon, one of the biggest names in the Android tablet space is expected to launch their own line of updated tablets with upgraded specifications in the next few months as well. There’s no official date of launch or price set for the product so far, but it’s expected that the product will be priced around the same as the Kindle Fire. The tablet is expected to be something, like the Asus MeMO ME370T, which was shown off at CES, this year. That tablet sported a 7-inch display as well, along with Wi-Fi support and ICS loaded on it. It’s just not the Android tablet manufacturers who are looking at the 7-inch tablets, Apple, too is expected to launch a small iPad tablet this year.

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Facebook Launches Its Own Camera App

 

Huge news came out of the Facebook universe today with little to no warning: Facebook has launched its own camera app. Seemingly out of nowhere, the social networking giant has launched its own “Facebook Camera” camera app that, of course, connects directly to your Facebook account, making it that much easier to take, upload, tag, and comment on your photos.
The app also comes loaded with a few features to make it even more useful: You can crop, rotate and add filters to any picture in your camera roll in app (Instagram inspired anyone?). It also all but replaces the regular Facebook app for those people who only use Facebook for photos by offering a “news feed” that shows only pictures as its home page. No more status updates, if all you’re using Facebook for is uploading and looking at pictures, you may stop using the regular app all together.
Needless to say this is pretty big news in the world of camera apps, news that probably has some app developers groaning right about now. For more information on the app click here to grab it straight from the app store or check out the promo video below:

Facebook Camera [Facebook]

May 24, 2012

14 Rules for Being YOU

 
Be yourself. Trying to be anyone else is a waste of the person you are. Embrace that individual inside you that has ideas, strengths and beauty like no one else. Be the person you know yourself to be – the best version of you – on your terms. And above all, be true to YOU – if you cannot put your heart in it, take yourself out of it.



Starting today…

Get your priorities straight.

Twenty years from now it won’t really matter what shoes you wore today, how your hair looked, or what brand of jeans you bought. What will matter is how you loved, what you learned and how you applied this knowledge.

Take full responsibility for your goals.

If you really want good things in your life to happen, you have to make them happen yourself. You can’t sit around and hope that somebody else will help you; you have to make your own future and not think that your destiny is tied to the actions and choices of others.

Know your worth.

When someone treats you like you’re just one of many options, help them narrow their choice by removing yourself from the equation. Sometimes you have to try not to care, no matter how much you do. Because sometimes you can mean almost nothing to someone who means so much to you. It’s not pride – it’s self-respect. Don’t expect to see positive changes in your life if you surround yourself with negative people. Don’t give part-time people a full-time position in your life. Know your value and what you have to offer, and never settle for anything less than what you deserve.

Choose the right perspective.

Perspective is everything. When faced with long check-out lines, traffic jams, or waiting an hour past your appointment time, you have two choices: You can get frustrated and enraged, or you can view it as life’s way of giving you a guilt-free breather from rushing, and spend that time daydreaming, conversing, or watching the clouds. The first choice will raise your blood pressure. The second choice will raise your consciousness.

Don’t let your old problems punish your dreams. 

Learn to let go of things you can’t control. The next time you’re tempted to rant about a situation that you think ended unfairly, remind yourself of this: You’ll never kill off your anger by beating the story to death. So close your mouth, unclench your fists, and redirect your thoughts. When left untended, the anger will slowly wither, and you’ll be left to live in peace as you grow toward a better future.

Choose the things that truly matter.

Some things just don’t matter much – like the kind of car you drive. How big of a deal is that in the grand scheme of life? Not a big at all. But lifting a person’s heart? Now, that matters. The whole problem with most people is, they KNOW what matters, but they don’t CHOOSE it. They get distracted. They don’t put first things first. The hardest and smartest way to live is choosing what truly matters, and pursuing it passionately.

Love YOU.

Let someone love you just the way you are – as flawed as you might be, as unattractive as you sometimes feel, and as unaccomplished as you think you are. Yes, let someone love you despite all of this; and let that someone be YOU.

Accept your strengths and weaknesses.

Be confident being YOU. We often waste too much time comparing ourselves to others, and wishing to be something we’re not. Everybody has their own strengths and weaknesses, and it is only when we accept everything we are, and aren’t, that we are able to become who we are capable of being.

Stand up for YOU.

You were born to be real, not to be perfect. You’re here to be YOU, not to be what someone else wants you to be. Stand up for yourself, look them in the eye, and say, “Don’t judge me until you know me, don’t underestimate me until you challenge me, and don’t talk about me until you’ve talked to me.”

Learn from others, and move on when you must.

You can’t expect to change people. Either you accept who they are, or you start living your life without them. And just because something ends, doesn’t mean it never should have been. You lived, you learned, you grew, and you moved on. Some people come into your life as blessings; others come into your life as lessons.

Be honest in your relationships.

Don’t cheat! If you’re not happy, be honest, and move on if you must. When you’re truly in love, being faithful isn’t a sacrifice, it’s a joy.

Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. 

Life as we know it can change in a blink of an eye. Unlikely friendships can blossom, important careers can be tossed aside and a long lost hope can be rekindled. It might feel a little uncomfortable at times, but know that life begins at the end of your comfort zone. So if you’re feeling uncomfortable right now, know that the change taking place in your life is not an ending, but a new beginning. Read The Power of Full Engagement.

Be who you were born to be. 

Don’t get to the end of your life and find that you lived only the length of it; live the width of it as well. When it comes to living as a passionate, inspired human being, the only challenge greater than learning to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes, is learning to walk a lifetime comfortably in your own. Follow your heart, and take your brain with you. When you are truly comfortable in your own skin, not everyone will like you, but you won’t care about it one bit.

Never give up on YOU.

This is your life; shape it, or someone else will. Strength shows not only in the ability to hold on, but in the ability to start over when you must. It is never too late to become what you might have been. Keep learning, adapting, and growing. You may not be there yet, but you are closer than you were yesterday.

Samsung blocks S-Voice feature on non-Galaxy S III devices


When Apple launched the iPhone 4S, the highlighted feature of the smartphone was the voice recognition assistant, Siri. However, unlike most Apple features, this software was available only for the iPhone 4S and not for any other of their iOS devices. The new iPad, though has been an exception, since Siri features on it. Recently Samsung showed off the Galaxy S III and like its Cupertino rival, the brand too, has equipped a voice recognition software with the feature called S-Voice, which of course is one of the highlighted features of this yet to be launched handset. Like in the case of Apple, wherein developers began dishing out this software to other iOS devices via a jailbreak, Samsung too is facing a dilemma where developers at XDA forums have offered S-Voice to other Android devices running Google’s latest operating system, Ice Cream Sandwich. It seems that this feat has not gone down too well with the folks at Samsung and they have now blocked this service from being used on any other device, except on the Galaxy S III.
Blocked on all non Galaxy S III devices
Blocked on all non-Galaxy S III devices


As per a report by TNW“The S-Voice APK, which contained services that were exclusive to the Galaxy S III, allowed owners of other Ice Cream Sandwich-powered smartphones to install Samsung’s new voice assistant (its Siri rival) and perform commands on their devices. It appears that in the last 24 hours, Samsung (and it’s partner Vlingo, the technology behind the voice functions) have begun detecting requests from non-supported devices and blocking them, displaying the message: ”Network Error. Please Try Again.” 

A post by an XDA member provides details about the script that is sent from Android devices to Vlingo servers and states that when they try accessing this feature on a handset other than the Galaxy S III, they receive the message which states, 
63.116.58.58 10.8.0.1 HTTP 340 HTTP/1.0 404 Not Found 
Expert Info (Chat/Sequence): HTTP/1.0 404 Not Found 
404

The report by TNW goes on to state, “By sending a string of data that identifies the device generating the requests, Vlingo can proactively block any device that shouldn’t have access to S-Voice. However, this does mean that it could be possible to spoof the device ID of an unsupported device, fooling Vlingo into processing requests again.” 

It appears that Samsung wants the S-Voice feature to be exclusive to their Galaxy S III smartphone. The brand has added a lot to the feature set of this handset, hence they aim to keep this new feature exclusive to this device only and do not want it shared on other Android Ice Cream Sandwich devices. Let us know your thoughts on Samsung blocking S-Voice from other Android handsets in the comments section below. (via Tech2)

Samsung officially launches Galaxy Tab 2 310 in India


Just yesterday, we reported that Buytheprice.com had already started selling the Galaxy Tab 2 310 in India and today Samsung has made it official. Light and portable, the Galaxy Tab 2 310 is the perfect on-the-go device without breaking the bank. The new 7-inch device, available with 3G and Wi-Fi, encompasses Samsung’s vision to offer a range of tablets across different screen sizes to match the varied needs and lifestyles of consumers. This is Samsung’s first Android 4.0-powered tablet that features new and improved Android OS features. This includes Google Play, your new hub for more than 450,000 applications, as well as improved web browsing, faster response times and a more intuitive UI with upgraded swipe control applications. The Galaxy Tab 2 310 is priced at Rs.23,250, but you can get it for lower on online stores, like the one mentioned above. Flipkart and Letsbuy are yet to stock this new tablet. With every purchase of this tablet, Tata DOCOMO is giving a very attractive offer of 3GB data download free to customers over a 3 month period.

Some exclusive features, include Samsung's Readers Hub, which gives users access to more than 2 million e-books, 3,500 magazines in 25 languages and more than 2,000 newspapers in 51 languages; the Game Hub the instantly connects users to the latest game titles and ‘My Movies’ that gives consumers access to more than 500 full movies and more than 2,500 music videos. The Galaxy Tab 2 310 is powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor that makes it a true powerhouse for multimedia downloading and sharing. The tablet can also access content from the cloud via AllShare Play, which allows content to be transferred between the tablet and other devices.
New and improved
New and improved


With its 3G+Wi-Fi capability, users can experience high speed downloads and a very fast web experience on the Galaxy Tab 2 310 .The Galaxy Tab 2 310 features Wi-Fi Direct and built-in social networking features, such as ChatON, Samsung’s cross-platform communication service. Weighing only 345 grams, the Galaxy Tab 2 310 is fully equipped with mobile voice call feature, which enables users to communicate freely with ease. It comes with an extended 4000mAh battery and 16GB storage expandable up to 32GB for extra storage of large size multimedia and digital contents.

Here are some of the specifications once more:
  • 7-inch capacitive touchscreen display with a 1024 x 600 pixel resolution
  • 3G, EDGE/GPRS and Wi-Fi capabilities for net access
  • GPS, GLONASS with A-GPS support for Google Maps
  • Bluetooth with A2DP and USB 2.0 (Micro)
  • 3MP camera with LED flash and secondary camera up front
  • FM radio
  • 8/16/32GB internal + microSD card support for up to 32GB more memory (via tech2)

22 Creative 4D Artworks That Invade Reality


No matter how professional we have become, we all had that childhood game (or dream) to have things we draw – be it a cute animal, a character, or a console we wish to have for Christmas – come to life. After all, that’s the time when we could exercise our imagination and express our expectations without any limitations. Some of us never let that phase pass, which is a good thing, because then the rest of us could watch these drawings come to life – with some help from graphic editors!
artworks invade reality 22 Creative 4D Artworks That Invade Reality
(Image Source: Macacolandia)

King Kong. Made by Macacolandia, watch King Kong’s face as we threaten it with… a fountain pen.(Image Source: Macacolandia)
king kong 22 Creative 4D Artworks That Invade Reality
Fierce Dog. You can’t stop staring at how cool and creative this drawing is. (Image Source:Macacolandia)
fierce dog 22 Creative 4D Artworks That Invade Reality
Chef. Draw, or the crazy chef will cut off your hand! (Image Source: Macacolandia)
chef 22 Creative 4D Artworks That Invade Reality
Bike. Greatly inspired by the works of Macacolandia, Javaraj Paul has his own style when it comes to creating the artwork and illusion that both rock. (Image Source: Ads of the World)
bike 22 Creative 4D Artworks That Invade Reality
Can. Do my eyes deceive me? I saw a 2D can in 3D! (Image Source: Ads of the World)
can 22 Creative 4D Artworks That Invade Reality
Sword. A sword-yielding warrior spells adventure no matter how you call it! (Image Source: Ads of the World)
sword 22 Creative 4D Artworks That Invade Reality
Drawn That Way. “I’m not a bad guy, I’m just drawn that way.” (Image Source: DrumRoll Studios)
drawn that way 22 Creative 4D Artworks That Invade Reality
Don’t Get Drawn In. Now that’s a self-portrait. (Image Source: Josh Sommers)
dont get drawn in 22 Creative 4D Artworks That Invade Reality
Almost Drawn In. Art imitating life imitating art imitating life? (Image Source: Josh Sommers)
almost drawn in 22 Creative 4D Artworks That Invade Reality
Drawn In Together. A new form of human reproduction! Genuine one by Josh Sommers. (Image Source: Josh Sommers)
drawn in together 22 Creative 4D Artworks That Invade Reality
Drawing Comes to Life. If you have a god, this is probably how you will look at him, with a dash of curiosity and bit of fear. (Image Source: D4Ybe)
drawing comes to life 22 Creative 4D Artworks That Invade Reality
Drawing Sam. He has some artwork done on his body and a body done on his artwork. (Image Source: Elliott.G.Montello)
drawing sam 22 Creative 4D Artworks That Invade Reality
Drawing Hands. The artwork is greatly inspired by the extremely famous idea from the master artist M.C. Escher. (Image Source: Josh Sommers)
drawing hands 22 Creative 4D Artworks That Invade Reality
Don’t Stop Me From Drawing. Told you to not draw the strong guy! Nice one, by the way. (Image Source: mezoomar)
dont stop me from drawing 22 Creative 4D Artworks That Invade Reality
Art Attack. It takes a bit more effort to get the idea, that’s why this piece, done by Fanboy30, is cool!(Image Source: Fanboy30)
art attack 22 Creative 4D Artworks That Invade Reality
Draw Your Dream Tonight. Incredible! And it’s not even photoshopped, salute to the deviant WhiteSpiritWolf. (Image Source: WhiteSpiritWolf)
draw your dream tonight 22 Creative 4D Artworks That Invade Reality
Dancer Sketch. Art? Reality? You can’t really differentiate them even if you know how to. (Image Source: zepaulo)
dancer sketch 22 Creative 4D Artworks That Invade Reality
Stargate Drawing Comes To Life. Besides the awesome composition, I must say the idea is really hilarious, don’t you think so? (Image Source: Scipio164)
stargate drawing comes to life 22 Creative 4D Artworks That Invade Reality
That Would So Happen. It will be great if the cute characters you draw come to life, the world will be a lot cuter! (Image Source: winter-ghost)
that would so happen 22 Creative 4D Artworks That Invade Reality
Neville Longbottom. “Neville Longbottom as a paper child! Hang him from your wall to keep the snakes away!” (Image Source: rockyownsmyheart)
neville longbottom 22 Creative 4D Artworks That Invade Reality
Colin Meloy. Hey, don’t look at me like that, you should not play while baby is crying. (Image Source:rockyownsmyheart)
colin meloy 22 Creative 4D Artworks That Invade Reality
John Dalton’s Gif. Who is the artist, and who belongs to reality? FredoART is the one who’s a professional at distorting reality. (Image Source: FredoART)
john daltons gif 22 Creative 4D Artworks That Invade Reality

Reflection

Undoubtedly technology has once again blurred the boundary between art and reality, which also leads to one conclusion: creativity can now be achieved in more ways than before!
I hope you enjoyed and have been inspired by this post! That being said, have you seen reality distorted in other pieces of artwork? If the answer is yes, share the link and let’s all get another dose of “drawception” fun! (via hongkiat)