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Thursday, March 28, 2013

China's next-generation internet is a world-beater
The net's new tiger, China, is creating a faster, more secure system that is way ahead of the West

THE net is getting creaky and old: it is rapidly running out of space and remains fundamentally insecure. And it turns out China is streets ahead of the West in doing anything about it.

A report published in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society last week details China's advances in creating a next-generation internet that is on a national level and on a larger scale than anything in the West.

At the root of the problem are "two major gaps in the architecture of the internet", according to a report from the New England Complex Systems Institute, compiled in 2008 for the US Navy and released to the public this week. 

First up is the internet's inability to block malicious traffic as a whole. While malware can rapidly replicate and distribute itself across the net, organisations can only respond to individual instances of online aggression.

China is already coming up with better defences. One of the most important aspects of its next-generation backbone is a security feature known as Source Address Validation Architecture (SAVA). 
Many of the existing security problems stem from an inability to authenticate IP addresses of computers that try to connect to your network. SAVA fixes this by adding checkpoints across the network. These build up a data.........For more details visit NEWSCIENTIST

World's 'largest' cyber attack allegedly jams Internet

A squabble between a group fighting spam and a Dutch company that hosts websites said to be sending spam has escalated into one of the largest computer attacks on the Internet, causing widespread congestion and jamming crucial infrastructure. 

Millions of ordinary Internet users have experienced delays in services or could not reach a particular website for a short time. 

However, for the Internet engineers who run the global network, the problem is more worrisome. The attacks are becoming increasingly powerful, and computer security experts worry that if they continue to escalate, people may not be able to reach basic Internet services, like e-mail and online banking. 

The dispute started when the spam-fighting group, called Spamhaus, added the Dutch company Cyberbunker to its blacklist, which is used by e-mail providers to weed out spam for more details THE HINDU

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Govt. unveils IPv6 roadmap

  Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal and Telecom Secretary R. Chandrashekhar release the “National IPv6 Deployment Roadmap Version II” at Sanchar Bhavan in New Delhi on Tuesday. Photo: R.V. Moorthy

All government organisations should have a plan to shift to a network that supports new version of internet addresses, IPv6, by 2017-end, Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal on Tuesday said. 

“By 2017, we should be a smart knowledge society. We will use IPv6 for rural emergency healthcare, tele-education, smart-metering, smart-grid, smart-building, smart-cities which has tremendous potential for socio-economic development of this country,” Mr. Sibal said while unveiling the roadmap. 

The government has started issuing IPv6 addresses.......The Hindu

What is IPv6?

Internet has been growing extremely fast so the IPv4 addresses are quickly approaching complete depletion. Although many organizations already use Network Address Translators (NATs) to map multiple private address spaces to a single public IP address but they have to face with other problems from NAT (the use of the same private address, security…). Moreover, many other devices than PC & laptop are requiring an IP address to go to the Internet. To solve these problems in long-term, a new version of the IP protocol – version 6 (IPv6) was created and developed.

IPv6 was created by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), a standards body, as a replacement to IPv4 in 1998. So what happened with IPv5? IP Version 5 was defined for experimental reasons and never was deployed.

While IPv4 uses 32 bits to address the IP (provides approximately 232 = 4,294,967,296 unique addresses – but in fact about 3.7 billion addresses are assignable because the IPv4 addressing system separates the addresses into classes and reserves addresses for multicasting, testing, and other specific uses), IPv6 uses up to 128 bits which provides 2128 addresses or approximately 3.4 * 1038 addresses. Well, maybe we should say it is extremely extremely extremely huge:
IPv6 Address Types

Address Type Description
Unicast One to One (Global, Link local, Site local)
+ An address destined for a single interface.
Multicast One to Many
+ An address for a set of interfaces
+ Delivered to a group of interfaces identified by that address.
+ Replaces IPv4 “broadcast”
Anycast One to Nearest (Allocated from Unicast)
+ Delivered to the closest interface as determined by the IGP

A single interface may be assigned multiple IPv6 addresses of any type (unicast, anycast, multicast)

IPv6 address format
x:x:x:x:x:x:x:x – where x is a 16 bits hexadecimal field and x represents four hexadecimal digits.  (

Sunday, March 24, 2013


Smartphones based on Open Source Technology will be hitting the market this year.

The well known players of open source are Linux and Mozilla challenging the top players Apple's iOS and Googles Android.

The Mozilla Foundation, developer of the Firefox browser and a new mobile operating system, claims to have 17 operators on board and plans Firefox OS phones in Brazil, Colombia, Hungary, Mexico, Montenegro, Poland, Serbia, Spain and Venezuela. .............ANI

Monday, March 11, 2013

Lava launched Xolo Q800 at Rs 12,499

Lava Mobiles launching Zolo, its first quad-core Android phone, Xolo Q800. The device is priced at Rs 12,499.
Xolo Q800 comes with runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean based phone and comes with  a 4.5 inch IPS panel display with qHD (540 x 960 Pixels) resolution. 

It has  a 1.2 GHz quad core Mediatek chipset and 1 GB RAM. The Q800 has 4 GB ROM. 

It has an 8 megapixel autofocus camera with backside illumination CMOS sensor for better low light photography at the back.

Xolo Q800 has 3G (up to 21 Mbps speed which is again much higher than almost all other phones from Indian brands), WiFI, Bluetooth, A-GPS, Proximity sensor, and Accelerometer. The Xolo smartphone has a 2100 mAH battery. 

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Nokia 301: A clever feature phone for 2013

The Nokia 301 is classic Nokia from top to toe, from its iconic numbered keypad to the immediately recognisable design, but this classically designed feature phone has a few surprises up its sleeve.

Expected Price of Nokia 301 in India is between Rs.4500 - 6000.

The Nokia Look

Nokia 301

Before we look too deeply at the features of the Nokia 301, it’s worth dwelling on its fabulous looks. For a relatively affordable feature phone, it’s a stunning looking handset. 

Strikingly, it shares much of the same design and colour language of the Nokia Lumia smartphones. It’s also made out of a premium-feeling material similar to that used for the Lumia devices and feels equally solid, durable and natural to hold. 

There are some design touches too. The camera detailing on the back, with its metallic bezel, has strong echoes of the camera on the Nokia Lumia 800. 

The iconic Nokia numerical keypad sits flush below the screen, so the screen and the keys appear to be almost completely seamless. 

I also love how the glossy finish on the keys and the screen contrasts with the matte finish on the rest of the phone.

SIM City

Regular readers will know that I’m a recent convert to the idea of having a Dual SIM phone. I’ve got the Easy Swap Dual SIM variant of the Nokia 301, although it is also available in a single SIM version.

Access to the second SIM on the Nokia 301 is through a slot on the side of the phone (the first SIM lives as normal underneath the battery). On the opposite side there’s another slot for the micro-SD card.

The extra SIM can be super useful for when you’re going on holiday, need to use two phone numbers without carrying around a second phone or just want to take advantage of deals from different operators.


One of the real glories of the Nokia 301 is the 3.2-megapixel camera, which is packed with features to get your creative juices flowing.

This is a good example of Nokia’s imaging know-how trickling down from its flagship devices to feature phones. Among the camera’s features are. 

  • Panorama (a first for a feature phone)
  • Self-portraits with voice guidance to make sure you’re in the frame!
  • Sequence shooting mode, which takes a burst of shots for you to pick the best one
  • Self-timer countdown before the camera takes a photo
  • Video camera
  • Photo sharing via Bluetooth, Nokia Slam, eBuddy or email
  • Photo editing and effects

As ever, the key is just how easy all these camera features are to use. My favourite is definitely the voice-guided self-portraits – such a simple idea, you wonder why no one had ever thought of this before!

We’ll be looking at the camera features on the Nokia 301 in much more detail in the weeks ahead.

Nokia 301

Feature packed feature phone

While the Nokia 105 was, rightly, getting a lot of plaudits at MWC for being such an affordable device, the Nokia 301 also offers you tremendous value for money.

It’s a 3.5G device with HD call quality and battery life in excess of 30 days on standby – 39 days in fact for the single SIM variant of the Nokia 301.

In addition, you can access social networks, like Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter, send and receive emails, play games, download apps from the Nokia Store, listen to the radio (with a connected headset), play music and videos, personalise the home screen and access the Internet with the Nokia Xpress Browser. 

Keep in mind that the Nokia 301 is priced at about 65 euros. For that sort of money, it’s pretty awesome that you get all those features in such a gorgeous looking phone.

Tech specs

  • System: GSM 850/900/1800/1900, WCDMA 900/2100, 850/1900
  • Size & weight: 114 x 50 x 12.5 mm; 102g
  • Display: 2.4” QVGA TFT colour display
  • Memory: Up to 256MB, 64MB RAM (plus up to 32GB microSD card)
  • Connectivity: 2.0 mm Charger Connector, 3.5 mm AV Connector, Bluetooth 3.0
  • Battery:
    • Single SIM – standby 2G/3G: 37/39days,
    • Dual SIM – standby 2G/3G: 31/34days
    • Talk time – 2G/3G = 20/6hrs

Facebook, eBuddy, WhatsApp and Twitter are all preloaded to the home screen and the email app supports a lite version of Mail for Exchange for syncing your calendar, contacts and emails.

The design is striking. The Nokia 301 might sport a traditional ‘candybar’ shape, but its inherent colour and clean lines mean it’s ultra-modern at the same time. It comes in yellow, cyan, magenta, white and black varieties and single SIM or dual SIM versions.


In terms of the specifications, two more things stand out. It has a terrific battery life – up to 39 days on standby, when using the single SIM version on a 3G network. Then, it supports HD Voice, for much clearer calls when used with an operator network that supports the protocol.

Innovation comes in small sizes: Nokia 105

  Nokia 105 review

A glance up at the picture above and with the word "Lumia" missing from this device's name you may think we've travelled back in time, but oh no the Nokia 105 is very much part of the here and now.

While smartphones having been ruling in the roost in places such as Europe and the States, feature phones still play massive part in the mobile phone ecosystem in developing countries where demand for low cost, basic handsets is high.

The Nokia 105 takes over from the Nokia 1280 as the entry point into Nokia's mobile world, and it's got some pretty big boots to fill as the 1280 managed to shift 100 million units in three years.

Nokia 105 review

There is a twist though. Nokia isn't just targeting the emerging markets this time round, it plans to bring the 105 to Europe as a companion phone which can offer rugged, cheap functionality and standout battery life.

When we say cheap, we mean it as the Nokia 105 will set you back €15 (which is around £13) CLICK HERE TO KNOW MORE (

Saturday, March 9, 2013

NTT Docomo Sony Xperia Tablet Z LTE price disclosed in Japan

Sony Xperia Tablet Z LTE

The Sony Xperia Tablet Z price and release date information has been revealed for Japan, and the device will be available for ¥85,470 starting March 22 via NTT Docomo. A point to be noted is that this information pertains only to the LTE version.

The Wi-Fi variant will be put for sale from April 13 in the aforesaid country as per Xperia Blog. It further states that this edition wouldn’t have an antenna and hence will not support 1-Seg TV or NOTTV. The manufacturer has been promoting the slate as an ideal companion to its phone equivalent. The device will be launched dipped in shades of either black or white.
The maker claims that Mobile Bravia Engine 2 used in the display adds new dimensions like contrast enhancement, color management, noise reduction and a sharpness filter. These would apparently bring forth a TV-like viewing experience to users. The elimination of a layer of air from the touchscreen’s construction results in less reflection and an increase in sensitivity.

Having achieved the standards of IP55 and IP57, the tablet is crafted in such a manner that makes it resistant to both water and dust. The glass used for the front panel is a tempered one that has been covered with an anti-shatter film. 

The device is kept light, weighing just 495 grams and possessing a thickness of only 6.9mm.Other specifications of the slate include the Jelly Bean platform, a 1.5GHz quad core CPU, 2GB of RAM and a battery that’s complemented by the Stamina mode software.

Pre-orders for the Xperia Tablet Z will be accepted by the carrier from March 9. Another piece of information that has been exposed is that prospective buyers in the rest of the world can expect the slate to be released in the second quarter. It was earlier disclosed that customers in the US would be able to pick up the tablet in spring for $499.

Specifications of the tablet:

8.1MP Exmor R rear camera, 2.2MP lens on the front panel

10.1-inch TFT display

1920 x 1200 pixel resolution

1.5 GHz quad core Qualcomm APQ8064+MDM9215M processor

Adreno 320 GPU

172mm x 266mm x 6.9mm

495 grams

16GB or 32GB, expandable up to 64GB via a microSD card

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean environment

Thursday, March 7, 2013

HP unveils ElitePad for enterprise segment

Hewlett-Packard has introduced ElitePad business tablet targeting the enterprise segment. Starting at a price range of Rs 43,500, the 10.1-inch tablet weighs 630 grams with a width of 9.2 mm. 

Targeting biz customers: Sunish Raghavan, Head -Commercial PC Category - HP India, showcasing the ElitePad in Hyderabad on Thursday. — P.V. Sivakumar

Relatively a late entrant to this segment where BYOD (bring your own device) is becoming an important trend, HP said it has come out with a ElitePad Smart Jackets, which offers several add-ons such as a spare battery. 

Priced a little over Rs 5,000, this spare battery provides an additional 11-hour back-up. The standalone tablet offers eight hours of battery life. 

“The tablet can double as a PC if one gets a docking system and a keyboard. You can use an existing keyboard too. Virtually, it replaces a notebook and a desktop PC,” Sunish Raghavan, Country Category Head (Personal Systems – Commercial), HP’s Printing and Personal Systems, said. 

Addressing a press conference here on Thursday after showcasing the tablet, he said the ElitePad ecosystem would also include an Executive Tablet Pen that lets users write on the screen and save it as typed text. You can print a document remotely from anywhere in the world to a printer of your choice.

Buying Internet protocol addresses to get cheaper, faster

Minister for IT and Communications Kapil Sibal flanked by Secretary, IT, J. Satyanarayana (left), and CEO of NIXI Govind at the launch of National Internet Registry services in the Capital on Thursday. — Ramesh Sharma
Minister for IT and Communications Kapil Sibal flanked by Secretary, IT, J. Satyanarayana (left), and CEO of NIXI Govind at the launch of National Internet Registry services in the Capital on Thursday. — Ramesh Sharma
This will enable Internet service providers to buy Internet protocol (IP) addresses from this registry in India, instead of buying it from international agencies.

Till now, companies wanting to get an IP addresses in the country had to apply to APNIC (a regional Internet registry based in Australia), which was time consuming and also expensive.

By setting up a local NIR, buying IP addresses will get cheaper by around 70 per cent. This also allows Indians can buy the IP addresses in Indian rupees instead of paying in dollars. 

“For example, if an IP address was costing $2,000 (Rs 1.08 lakh), now it can be bought at around $800 (Rs 43,200). This will ultimately make the Internet services cheaper to end consumers as the service providers can sell the IP addresses cheaper to its customers,” an Internet service provider said.

While launching the registry Communication and IT Minister Kapil Sibal said,” Setting up of NIR will not only reduce cost in procuring IP address but will also facilitate faster access to information for cyber crime investigators and Government authorities.” 

The Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) had entrusted the operations of NIR to National Internet Exchange of India earlier, which was recognised by the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) in March last year.
Globally, IP addresses are controlled by the US-based Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Though, ICANN will remain the mother source of getting the IP addresses and will sell it through APNIC, India will buy the IP addresses from NIR only.

Facebook event at 1pm ET: changes you can expect

In just a little over an hour, Facebook will be showing off what we think is a redesign to the frontpage News Feed on the social network. We received an invitation to the event last week, and it mentioned to “come see a new look for News Feed,” so that really can only mean one thing. However, what new features will they introduce, and how drastic will the redesign be?

Facebook has been focusing a lot on its Timeline profile pages and it’s new Graph Search feature, so today’s News Feed update will be one of the first focused redesigns of the News Feed in a long time. According to TechCrunch, Facebook is said to be launching content-specific news feeds that will consist of multiple categories like Instagram photos and Music feed that will show what friends are listening to, as well as recommend new albums to listen to.

It’s also said that larger images and image-based ads in both the web and mobile version of the news feeds will be introduced. Facebook has certainly been focusing its efforts in photo sharing, so more emphasis on photos could definitely be a main part of the News Feed update, and more-prominent photos on the frontpage could very well be in the cards for the social network.

All-in-all, we could see a complete revamp of the frontpage News Feed. Since Facebook has been mostly ignoring it for a few years now, the layout has become somewhat dated, and the company maybe looking at shaking things up. Of course, what we’re mostly yearning for is faster loading speeds, which we’re sure that Facebook will also introduce with the redesign. Stay tuned later today to see what Facebook has been cooking up.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Samsung Galaxy S IV to come with eye-tracking functionality


The Galaxy S IV announcement — or so we think that’s what we’ll see — is just 10 days away, and the rumors are simply not stopping, nor should we expect them to. The latest one to feast your eyes on is the supposed implementation of eye-tracking technology in the Galaxy S IV, which will allow users to scroll web pages or apps with their own eyeballs.

According to the New York Times, the new phone will watch where your eyes are looking and will scroll down the page for you when your eyes reach the bottom. It’s said that Samsung has trademarked the term for this technology and are calling it either “Eye Scroll” or “Eye Pause.” Eye Scroll sounds a lot better, but we’ll see what Samsung does come March 14.

The anonymous source, who is a Samsung employee and was not authorized to speak to media (tisk tisk), didn’t say what technology was being used to track eye movement, and we probably won’t know exactly until the Samsung press conference. However, the source said that software features of the Galaxy S IV will outweigh the importance of the hardware overall.

However, Samsung’s chief product officer, Kevin Packingham, noted that he disagreed that the software would take attention away from the hardware, saying that the rumored device is “an amazing phone.” Of course, we’ll ultimately find out come March 14, but unless the Galaxy S IV comes with better hardware specs than the HTC One or other recent devices, hardware may not really be a huge deal.

Microsoft Office 365 launched for businesses in India
Software giant Microsoft, on Monday, launched the latest version of its Office 365 solution for businesses in India, which will enable them to access emails and other productivity tools from a variety of devices. 

 Chairman, Microsoft Corporation India, Bhaskar Pramanik during the launch of New Generation ''Office 365'' in New Delhi on March. Photo: S. Subramanium

“The new Microsoft Office 365 is a comprehensive suite with Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote and Access. It provides seamless sharing of data across multiple devices like desktops, laptops, mobiles and tablet PCs and since the solution is cloud-based, users can access their mails and files while on the move,” Microsoft Corporation India Chairman Bhaskar Pramanik told reporters here. The service would allow businesses as well as individuals to take full advantage of the cloud , he added 

The solution also includes the updated Microsoft Lync Online, Exchange Online and Yammer, which Microsoft acquired last year. Office 365 can be installed on up to five devices for a single user under the Office 365 licensing guidelines. Microsoft Office 365 is a subscription-based software service. 

It is priced at Rs. 4,199 per year for an individual user, while enterprise users will need to shell out between $6- $22 per month, depending on what solutions the organisation opts for. 

“Office 365 is one of our fastest growing businesses globally. It was launched in mid-2011 and now every fifth Microsoft enterprise customer globally uses Office 365 The number of small and medium businesses has grown by over 150 per cent year-on-year," Microsoft Corporation India GM (Office Division) Ramkumar Pichai said.

“One nation, one circle” roaming free service delayed till October

The national free roaming service slated to get implemented from March this year has reportedly been postponed till October this year. 

Kapil Sibal, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, has recently announced that the implementation of the Free National Roaming for operator services across the country will come into action by the October. This will be the second time that the Government has postponed the time of implementation of this service ever since it had mentioned it in the National Telecom Policy 2012.

Ever since the release of the National Telecom Policy last year, Indian operators have been opposing the move of freeing roaming charges as they have their own concerns about revenues from the service. The industry still has not been able to garner fruits from 3G services and generates a major chunk of revenues from voice service. 

Roaming charges include 9 percent of the revenues thus generated by the operators and abolishing it would lead them to lose a big portion of the revenues.

Essentially, it has reportedly been due to the industry’s dependence on revenues generated from voice that the Government has given the operators some more time and pushed to abolish the roaming charges till October.

Moreover, COAI has also been reported to be against the move and has said that this move will hit the telcos in big way, and will be discriminatory as well as destructive for the operators. Also, if forced in to action, this free roaming policy would also lead to an increase in tariffs by the operators, as they will fill the revenue gap created by free roaming by inflaming the tariffs of other services.