Monthly Archives: April 2013
The petition says it’s against the Indian laws for people below 18 years to open Facebook accounts.
Delhi High Court has issued a notice to the Union government seeking an explanation on how the children below 18 years were having accounts on social networking websites such as Facebook and Google.
A division bench of Justice B.D. Ahmed and Vibhu Bakhru sought response from the Centre within 10 days. The high court also sought response from Facebook and Google. The court was hearing a plea filed by the former BJP leader, K.N. Govindacharya, who accused the social networking sites of not verifying details of its subscribers.
“How can children below 18 years have an agreement with any of the social network sites, including Facebook? The Union of India is directed to file an affidavit on the issue within 10 days,” said the bench. It further said that “Both Facebook Inc and Google Inc are US-based entities and are hereby impleaded as respondents. Notices should be issued to the newly added parties.”
The court has deferred the matter on May 14 for the next hearing.
Govindacharya’s counsel Veerag Gupta told the court the minors were accessing the social networking websites that was against the Indian Majority Act, the Indian Contract Act and also the Information and Technology Act.
According to Govindacharya’s counsel, lack of proper verification has led to more than 8 crore ‘fake’ Facebook users across the world – fact the company acknolwedged before the US authority. Gupta also slammed the Union government for not taking any action against these companies.
Govindacharya, currently associated with Rashtriya Swabhimaan Aandolan, had filed a public interest litigation (PIL) against these companies last year in a bid to “ensure proper accounting compliances as per RBI guidelines”.
“Facebook gross revenue for previous year was $37 billion approximately but they are not paying due taxes to Indian government,” the petition argued seeking safety of the data of 50 million Indian users, which was transferred “to the US and is being used for commercial gains in violation of the right to privacy”.
The PIL further urges the court to “issue a writ of Mandamus …to ensure verification of all existing users and future new members of social networking websites with instructions not to do agreements with children below 18 years.”
The petitioner also highlighted that the government had “Know Your Customer” policy in place for all sectors, especially for the telecom companies. But, the social networking allegedly were not abiding by the guidelines, and were posing a ‘security threat’ to the country.
Facebook explains why entering birthday is important
Cyber experts believe the petition may have enough merit to invite penal action. “Creating a false electronic record is an offence under the Information Technology Act and the Indian Penal Code. Under Section 465, the offence would attract punishment up to two years’ imprisonment and if the account so opened is used for the purpose of cheating, it would be punishable with a maximum of seven years’ imprisonment,” cyber law expert Pavan Duggal is quoted as saying.
Kids were “openly lying about their age to create accounts on these websites were likely to face potential legal exposure” and even parents “who knowingly misrepresent information about their children while opening accounts in their names,” could be prosecuted under the IPC and the IT Act. “Ignorance of law is no excuse,” he said.
It’s notable one needs to be at least 13 years old to have an account on Facebook. However, reports suggest the social networking site may allow preteens to access the social networking website.
In order to be eligible to sign up for Facebook, you must be at least 13 years old.
However, many have expressed concern over the possible move as cases of cyber-bullying, pornography and trolling have significantly surged. But that being said, a number of online surveys tell the site already is flooded by under-13s, who have opened an account on the network by lying about their age.
Do you think users below 18 years should be allowed to access social networking sites? Will the involvement of the Indian court make any difference? Let us know your views in the comments section below:
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Samsung has officially announced the Galaxy Tab 3 running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The device boasts of a dual-core processor, and voice-calling capabilities
Samsung has added yet another tablet to its Galaxy Tab portfolio. Just like its predecessor, the Galaxy Tab 2, the device comes in two variants – Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + 3G. The 3G variant of the tablet boasts of voice calling capabilities as well. The Galaxy Tab 3 is light weighing a mere 306 grams and is lighter than its predecessor the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 that weighed 345 grams.
The Galaxy Tab 3 has a 7-inch WSVGA (1024 x 600 pixel resolution, 169 PPI) TFT LCD display. It runs on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), has a 1.2GHz dual-core processor along with 1GB of RAM. The rear of the device has a 3MP camera (same as the Tab 2) and the front has a 1.3MP camera for video calling. The device has two built-in storage options, 8 and 16GB expandable up to 64GB via a microSD card slot. A 4000mAh battery powers the device.
It supports a large array of video formats including MPEG4, H.264, H.263 and WMV along with audio formats including MP3, OGG, AC3, AAC, AAC＋, eAAC＋, WMA, WAV and FLAC. The Android OS is skinned with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI. Apart from the Play store, Samsung gives users access to Samsung Apps, Samsung Hub (including Music Hub, Game Hub, Video Hub and Learning Hub) and more. It also comes preloaded with Samsung ChatON mobile communication service.
With Samsung recently launching the Galaxy S4 with the Exynos 5 Octa SoC, and the Note II running on the quad-core processor, it is a little disappointing to see the Tab 3 working on a dual-core processor. Another downside to the specifications of the Tab 3 is that the 7-inch display has a 1024×600 resolution (same as its predecessor, in a day and age where other 7-inch tablets show off a 1280×800 resolution.
Looking at the specifications of the Tab 3, the device may be priced around the Rs. 15,000 price point. For the same price tag, you can take a look at the Asus FonePad, Zync Quad 8, Google Nexus 7, Samsung’s very own Tab 2 and many more.
There is no information on the price of the Tab 3, though Samsung has announced it will start rolling out the Wi-Fi version globally in May and the W-Fi+3G version in June.
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Remember when Facebook updated its Android app, but not through the Google Play Store? Well, Google does, and now the search giant has updated the Play Store such that no app can roll out updates without using the Store’s official update mechanism.
Google has made certain amendments to the terms and conditions attached to the Play Store and there is now much more clarity on how things will go forward from here on.
To ensure no other developers try to circumvent the Play Store, Google has clearly made a mention of this new condition in the “Dangerous Products” section. “An app downloaded from Google Play may not modify, replace or update its own APK binary code using any method other than Google Play’s update mechanism,” Google says.
The company behind Android had previously said that “applications that cause users to unknowingly download or install applications from sources outside of Google Play,” are harmful and will be banned.
In March, Facebook had bypassed the Google Play Store and started prompting users to download an update to its app (Build 141046) without having to go through the Play Store. Once downloaded, the APK would install like any other Android app, but the notification for the update could not be cleared by users, which prompted many to think it was some form of malware.
In its defence, Facebook had said that the unique update process was to inform users who didn’t use the official Play Store to get the app for the world’s largest social network. These users obviously have no other way but to rely on Facebook’s notifications to know when an update has happened. But now that Google has made it pretty clear that such a thing is not possible, those users will have to continue looking for APKs of newer versions to get the latest app.
For the last month or so, Google has been sprucing up the Play Store by removing more than 60,000 low-quality apps, bumping off games for spamming and even changing the interface and look of the Play Store. The latest build 4.0.26 brings a much improved Play Store with more emphasis on app visuals and a clear category demarcation in search results.
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Micromax The Biggest Rival Of Samsung Taking On Samsung’s New Ad Campaign
In a facebook post Micromax showed that,Micromax is the biggest rival of Samsung in India .Samsung recennly announced a good offer for the consumers .The offer is
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Samsung Galaxy S4 launched in India for Rs 41,500
The phone comes with an octa core processor and is considered as the fastest handset as of now.
Samsung Galaxy S4, which is considered as the fastest phone in the world in terms of computing power as of now, has been launched in India. It has been priced at Rs 41,500.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is the first Android smartphone to feature an eight core Exynos 5 Octa 5410 mobile processor, clocked at 1.6 GHz and the new PowerVR SGX544MP3 graphics chip. It has 2 GB RAM and comes in three on-board storage versions including 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB. Notably, the phone is considered as the most powerful phone at present as per its Antutu benchmark results; you can read our earlier story to know more.
The Galaxy S4 features a 5 inch full HD Super Amoled display, built using Corning Gorilla Glass 3 technology. Galaxy S4 is just 7.9 mm thick and it is still slimmer than the 8.6 mm thick Galaxy SIII. In terms of weight, the Galaxy S4 measures 130 grams compared to the Galaxy S III which weighs 133 grams.
At the back, Samsung Galaxy S4 has a 13 megapixel camera with LED flash, autofocus and zero shutter lag features. This camera is capable of recording full HD videos and clicking high quality images. There is also a front facing camera capable of clicking high quality self-portraits and video.
Samsung Galaxy S4 has also something called ‘dual shot’ feature that allows the phone to record video and click images, as well as click two images at the same time using both cameras. For connectivity, the Galaxy S4 has high speed WiFi support, Bluetooth 4.0 and infrared LED for remote control. The Samsung Galaxy S4 runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with a layer of the latest Nature UX as part of TouchWiz UI. For longer run time, Samsung has packed a 2600 mAh battery and will also offer an extra battery kit as part of accessories.
By default, the company has added an inductive charging chip on the back panel cover so the phone can be charged wirelessly without using an additional cover
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