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Nokia C5 mobile enters the market at Rs. 7999

Nokia C5 mobile enters the market at Rs. 7999Bangalore: Nokia has unveiled its latest handset, Nokia C5, for the Indian market. It comes with the price tag of Rs. 7999. The C5 comes with features like a 3.15 MP camera, 3G connectivity and a 2.2 inch wide color display screen. The phone has an expandable memory up to 16GB . It operates on Symbian S60v3 and also supports OVI map, which is huge navigation application for the mobile devices. For connectivity purposes, Nokia C5 supports USB, Wi-Fi Bluetooth, onboard FM Radio and pre-installed Java. The new phone's vital feature entails Nokia Messaging and undemanding renovation of silhouette on Facebook.
Along with the Nokia Messaging attributes, addicts can approach mails from Yahoo, Gmail and Hotmail on the new mobile.

Also users can get the access of mail version from Ovi mail for entree' mails on this new handset. C5 clientele can also update their contour on the social networking site Facebook effortlessly and can check posi…

Transcend launches Indian online shop

Transcend launches Indian online shopNew Delhi: Transcend Information, a manufacturer of storage and multimedia products, has come up with a new e-commerce initiative, launching its Indian online shop in association with Supertron Electronics, its India distributor. Transcend's portal will lead the customers to, which will provide customers specifications of the products, along with the price.

The company has already established its presence on social networking platforms like Facebook in order to connect with its Indian customers better.

Austin Huang, Director - Sales, Transcend Asia, said, "Customers can take a look at the exhaustive range of Transcend products available in varying capacities, colors and form factors; study the specifications in order to compare; order and pay for selected products online; track their orders; download drivers etc., on this shopping portal."

The products made available in the portal include Tr…

Cabinet approves new rupee symbol

Cabinet approves new rupee symbolNEW DELHI: The Indian rupee will have its own symbol, a mix of the Devanagri 'Ra' and Roman 'R', to become the fifth currency in the world to have a distinct identity.

The new symbol, designed by IIT post-graduate D Uday Kumar was approved by the Union Cabinet on Thursday.

The rupee will join the elite club of US dollar, British pound-sterling, Euro and Japanese yen to have its own symbol.

The symbol will be printed or embossed on currency notes or coins, information and broadcasting minister told reporters after the cabinet meeting.

Kumar's entry was chosen from among 3,000 designs competing for the currency symbol. He will get an award of Rs 2.5 lakhs.

Soni said the government will try that the symbol is adopted within six months in the country and globally within 18 to 24 months.

The symbol will feature on computer key boards and softwares so that it can be printed and displayed in electronic and print, she said.

Soni said it woul…

RIM's BlackBerry tablet to run a 1GHz processor, sport a touchscreen and dual cameras

RIM's BlackBerry tablet to run a 1GHz processor, sport a touchscreen and dual cameras
A research analyst seems to have stumbled upon some knowledge about the rumoured BlackBerry tablet, and claims that it will feature a 7-inch touchscreen (the previous rumour had it pegged at a 8.9-inch screen), and a 1GHz processor, along with both back and front cameras for video chat. We’re starting to thing of Cisco’s Android 'mobile collaboration ablet", the Cius, and how it might be the biggest business competition that the BB tab might face in the future. The same analyst, an Ashok Kumar, also let on that the tablet would launch only by the end of 2010 at the earliest.

The Service Pack 1 beta for Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 has landed, promising many new features

The Service Pack 1 beta for Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 has landed, promising many new features
After a few leaked builds now and then, we finally get to have our hand on what we can call the 'official' Windows 7 SP1 beta. Yes, the service pack for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 is now up for testing at Microsoft TechNet site.

Apart from the hotfixes and security patches, the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 beta brings a handful of new features. The virtualization capabilities of Server 2008 R2 have been enhanced with the integration of some tools; the update also adds RemoteFX, an upcoming technology that enhances the visual capabilities of Remote Desktop clients. It also comes with a Dynamic Memory handling feature for the server edition. On the Windows 7 front, the update promises to add support for USB 3.0 and improve the performance of WiFi, Bluetooth and all other aspects of networking.

Despite being a hefty 1GB+ download, the update installs quicker than any other Windows …

TouchType's SwiftKey to make mobile users type faster

TouchType's SwiftKey to make mobile users type fasterLondon: TouchType has introduced a text prediction app called SwiftKey which could help the smartphone users by saving their time. It could make typing on touchscreen mobiles fifty percent faster than before. By using the language technology, the new innovation can predict the word which the user intends to type.

"The incredible technology underpinning our application completely changes the way mobile users interact with their smartphones," said Jon Reynolds, Chief Executive of TouchType. SwiftKey has language models that understand how words are combined within sentences. It adjusts itself by understanding the writing style of an individual and is available in various languages such as English, Spanish, French, German, Dutch and Swedish.
"We've analysed over 50 billion words in nine major languages to build the models that drive our prediction engine," said Ben Medlock, Chief Technical Officer, TouchType.

Tiny Marine Microbes Exert Influence on Global Climate: Microorganisms Display a Behavior Characteristic of Larger Animals

Tiny Marine Microbes Exert Influence on Global Climate: Microorganisms Display a Behavior Characteristic of Larger Animals

New research indicates that the interactions of microscopic organisms around a particular organic material may alter the chemical properties of the ocean and ultimately influence global climate by affecting cloud formation in the atmosphere. Justin Seymour, a research fellow at the University of Technology Sydney, is the lead author of a paper published in the July 16 issue of Science that describes how a relative of the smelly chemical that sea birds and seals use to locate prey, dimethylsulfide (DMS), may serve a similar purpose at the microbial scale, helping marine microorganisms find food and cycle chemicals that are important to climate. "We found that ecological interactions and behavioral responses taking place within volumes of a fraction of a drop of seawater can ultimately influence important ocean chemical cycling processes," said Seymour.


Dell to launch mobile phones in India

Dell to launch mobile phones in IndiaNew Delhi: Eyeing a big slice of the fastest growing mobile handset market in the world, multinational IT giant Dell plans to bring its range of smartphones to India. Dell had announced its entry into the growing smartphone category globally late last year.

"India is one of the key markets for Dell consumers and as we work on the plans to bring the smart phones to this market, we continue to explore various go-to-market options," Dell India General Manager (Consumer) Mahesh Bhalla said. He, however, did not disclose specific details on the exact date for launch of Dell's mobile handsets or the models to be made available in the country. In an advertisement in a local newspaper, Dell today said it is "making a move into mobile phones" and has sought distributors with "retail reach". Dell, which is the world's third largest PC maker, will be following its global peer Apple in introducing its handsets in the Indian…

Hands Free Computer Mouse Electrical Engineers Create Voice-controlled Mouse

Hands Free Computer Mouse Electrical Engineers Create Voice-controlled Mouse

Computer scientists worked with electrical engineers to move the cursor on a computer screen with the userýs voice instead of a mouse. Software interprets vocal commands to move the cursor, allowing people who cannot use their arms to browse the web, player video games, or use photo editing software.
Simple sounds matched with new software are helping people get where they want to go -- and it's all hands-free.

Rich Eldridge suffered a spinal cord injury in a car accident ten years ago. Limited mobility in his arms and hands makes using a computer mouse difficult. But vocal joystick software being developed at the university of Washington is making hands-free mouse movement a reality.

"So what I am doing is making vowel sounds to direct the mouse pointer on the screen," Eldridge said. "So when I go 'ahhhh,' the pointer will go to the right, when I say 'ohhhh,' it will move down…

NASA and Microsoft Provide Mars 3-D Close Encounter

NASA and Microsoft Provide Mars 3-D Close Encounter

NASA and Microsoft Research are bringing Mars to life with new features in the WorldWide Telescope software that provide viewers with a high-resolution 3-D map of the Red Planet.
Microsoft's online virtual telescope explores the universe using images NASA spacecraft return from other worlds. Teams at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., and Microsoft in Redmond, Wash., jointly developed the software necessary to make NASA's planetary data available in WorldWide Telescope.

"By providing the Mars dataset to the public on the WorldWide Telescope platform, we are enabling a whole new audience to experience the thrill of space," said Chris C. Kemp, chief technology officer for information technology at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

The fully-interactive images and new NASA data will allow viewers to virtually explore Mars and make their own scientific discoveries. New features include the highest-reso…

Open-source hardware standards set formally

Open-source hardware standards set formally
Bangalore: The open-source hardware community has received its first set of standards recently. Dubbed the Open Source Hardware Draft, it's in version 0.3 and has 11 rules.

The rules include documentation, necessary software, derived works, free distribution, attribution, no discrimination against persons or groups, no discrimination against fields of work, distribution of license, not limiting a license to a specific product, allowing use on other hardware or software and making the standards technology-neutral.

Before this, there were varied opinions about what open-source hardware is, as there were no defined rules or standards. There are at least 13 companies making open-source hardware, with annual revenue in the $1 million range. Despite the nature of open-source hardware, which allows anyone to take an existing design, modify it and sell it, the category has yet to take off. Companies have often instead rolled money into customer ser…

Software System to Predict the Evolution of the Ash Cloud from the Icelandic Volcano

Software System to Predict the Evolution of the Ash Cloud from the Icelandic Volcano
Researchers at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid's Facultad de Informática have developed a system to forecast the evolution of the ash cloud from Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull volcano.The system is based on an estimate of the volcano's daily emissions gathered using OMI, GOME-2 and SCIAMACHY satellite observations, and is available for consultation over the Internet free of charge. These emissions vary on a daily basis, although, for forecasting purposes, the emissions observed on the satellites are assumed to be constant during the forecasting or model simulation period. This is the biggest source of uncertainty, as it is not known exactly how the volcano's emissions will evolve in the future.

The system combines information on the volcano's behaviour, gathered twice a day from the above satellites, with environmental information, like wind speed and direction, air humidity, etc.,…

Featured Articles: Turning Off the Air Conditioning Helps Save Fuel, Swiss Study Finds

Featured ArticlesTurning Off the Air Conditioning Helps Save Fuel, Swiss Study Finds
Automobile air conditioning systems do not run "free of charge." In fact in the hot parts of the world they can account for up to thirty per cent of fuel consumption. Even in Switzerland, with its temperate climate, the use of air conditioning systems is responsible for about five per cent of total fuel usage, rising to around ten per cent in urban traffic, as shown by a new study undertaken by Empa on behalf of the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN). Furthermore, two thirds of the additional fuel usage could be saved if air conditioning systems were simply turned off when the air temperature falls below 18 degrees Celsius
Car air conditioning systems require energy to compress the cooling agent, and the greater the degree of cooling required the more energy (i.e. fuel) they use. Little known, however, is the fact that these systems also used fuel when the outside air temperature …

Featured Technology Talk Charging Up Electric Car Batteries in Environmentally-Friendly Way

Featured Technology TalkCharging Up Electric Car Batteries in Environmentally-Friendly Way
Electromobility makes sense only if car batteries are charged using electricity from renewable energy sources. But the supply of green electricity is not always adequate. An intelligent charging station can help, by adapting the recharging times to suit energy supply and network capacity.
Germany aims to have one million electric vehicles -- powered by energy from renewable sources -on the road by 2020. And, within ten years, the German environment ministry expects "green electricity" to make up 30 percent of all power consumed. Arithmetically speaking, it would be possible to achieve CO2-neutral electromobility. But, in reality, it is a difficult goal to attain. As more and more solar and wind energy is incorporated in the power grid, the proportion of electricity that cannot be controlled by simply pressing a button is on the increase. In addition, there is a growing risk that the risi…