Monthly Archives: August 2013
Facebook has a new competitor, but this one is probably not on Mark Zuckerberg’s radar for now. The social networking giant is being challenged by an Indian website Jumpbook.in. The website has been developed by Patna-based brothers Nilay and Ankur Singh who say that they’re already catering to 22,000 users within four months of its launch. The brothers, who spoke to CNN-IBN said that their website offers a lot more features than Facebook does. Jumpbook has been receiving a lot of publicity lately, so we thought we’d check out the site.
Jumpbook is supposed to be a ‘five-in-one’, according to the brothers. Besides basic sharing and posting, Jumpbook offers a marketplace, a quiz application, forum and a blog platform as well. All very familiar if you have used Facebook for the past few years. In fact, Jumpbook seems to be a mashup of Facebook and Orkut, and even looks very much like Zuckerberg’s site.
There’s no doubt that the website is in need of improvement. You would be forgiven if you thought that the website was a time-travelling version of Facebook from the late 2000s. Almost bare in its interface, the website gets straight down to business, in a very Facebook style. You can upload pictures, write status messages, insert polls and even post songs on the site. We are not sure about the legal implications of uploading music, but that’s being offered by Jumpbook. Besides these, you can search through classified ads and connect with users you’d like to purchase something off. There is also a games and apps section on the website that seems to be in a nascent stage yet. It contains only a handful of applications and games and seems more like a test-area than a full-fledged, working section.
The Singh brothers seem to be facing a bit of a hurdle with taking Jumpbook to the next level. As the website started to gain attention, Nilay and Ankur realised they were not equipped to deal with large amounts of people being online together. The website would crash regularly and the Singhs are now thinking of increasing Jumpbook’s server capacity. The Singhs grew up in tough financial conditions and learnt website designing amidst financial hardship. Nilay learnt designing in a local institute and had to quit engineering college so that his brother could study. Both then hit upon the idea of launching Jumpbook.
Ankur and Nilay are now looking at attracting investors who can help them with funding for increasing Jumpbook’s server capacity. “We are planning to launch this on a huge scale and we need some investors to invest in our website so that we can market our website to a certain level to advance to big entrepreneurs from Bihar,” Nilay said.
Source : CNN
Vuclip, an independent mobile video and media company, launched a dynamic adaptive technology that allows buffer-free play of videos across any network and any mobile device.
The new mobile technology allows a seamless experience across any network and any device by simultaneous optimisation of the content and dynamically adapting the video stream to the constantly varying bandwidths, Vuclip said in a release.
The company has also introduced the application for Andriod phones. With over one million downloads, the Android app debuted in the Google Play store on July 1 and garnered more than 3,000 reviews, it said.
Researchers, led by an Indian-origin scientist, have developed a new technology that lets wireless devices communicate with each other without relying on batteries or wires for power.
The new communication technique, called “ambient backscatter”, takes advantage of the TV and cellular transmissions that already surround us around the clock.
Two devices communicate with each other by reflecting the existing signals to exchange information. The researchers built small, battery-free devices with antennas that can detect, harness and reflect a TV signal, which then is picked up by other similar devices. The technology could enable a network of devices and sensors to communicate with no power source or human attention needed.
“We can re-purpose wireless signals that are already around us into both a source of power and a communication medium,” said lead researcher Shyam Gollakota, from the University of Washington.
“It’s hopefully going to have applications in a number of areas including wearable computing, smart homes and self-sustaining sensor networks,” said Gollakota. “Our devices form a network out of thin air. You can reflect these signals slightly to create a Morse code of communication between battery-free devices,” said co-author Joshua Smith. The technology can also be used for communication — text messages and emails, for example — in wearable devices, without requiring battery consumption.
The researchers tested the ambient backscatter technique with credit card-sized prototype devices placed within several feet of each other.
Google’s Android system runs on a variety of different phones
Some 79% of malicious attacks on mobiles in 2012 occurred on devices running Google’s Android operating system, US authorities have said.
Public information website Public Intelligence published the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation memo to US police and emergency medical personnel.
Nokia’s Symbian system, on the Finnish company’s basic-feature handsets, had had the second-most malware attacks.
Apple’s iOS had had 0.7% of attacks.
Android is the world’s most popular mobile operating system, and the memo blamed its high share of attacks on its “market share and open-source architecture”.
Text trojans – fake messages that trick users into clicking on premium-rate numbers -accounted for half of the Android attacks.
The memo also cited fake sites that appeared to be like Google’s Play marketplace and “rootkits” that allowed hackers to track a user’s keystrokes and passwords.
It said 44% of Android users were still using older versions of the operating system -specifically 2.3.3 through 2.3.7, dubbed Gingerbread and released in 2011.
These have a “number of security vulnerabilities that were fixed in later versions”, the memo added.
“The growing use of mobile devices by federal, state, and local authorities makes it more important than ever to keep mobile OS patched and up-to-date,” it said.
‘Master key’ exploit
Apple has said that more than 93% of the 600 million iPhones and iPads sold run iOS 6, the latest version of the operating system.
The next version is expected to be released to the public next month.
This is the not the first time the open nature of Google’s popular phone software has been questioned.
Security firm Symantec noted last month that a “master key” bug – which allows attackers to take control of Android phones – was being exploited in China.
The bug exploited a vulnerability in all Android apps contain an encrypted signature that the operating system uses to check the program is legitimate and has not been tampered with.
Xolo has officially announced its Q1000S flagship smartphone in India.
The newest addition comes with an elegant design and is only 6.98mm thick. Xolo Q1000S also offers impressive features and hardware specifications for the price tag it carries.
The Xolo Q1000S comes with a 5-inch 720p IPS display with OGS technology, which makes the colors more vibrant. Under the hood, the Q1000S packs a 1.5 GHz quad-core MediaTek processor along with 1 GB of RAM.
The Xolo Q1000S feature sets continues with a 13 megapixel rear camera with BSI 2 sensor, 5 megapixel front facing shooter, 16 GB of internal memory and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
The juice for the smartphone is provided by a 2,500mAh battery which, according to the
company, lasts for about 53 hours on music playback, up to 327 hours stand-by on 3G and 425 hours on 2G or up to 22.5 hours of 2G, 12.5 hours of 3G talk-time.
Xolo Q1000S is priced at INR18,999 (about $300) and will be available over the coming weeks.