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Top 3 2016 Q1 Tech News

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  1. Apple fights with the FBI – First there was a terror attack. But in the aftermath of the attack a strange battle began between a law enforcement agency and a tech company. Apple first brought it to the public attention via an open letter. The tech companies were quick to take Apple’s side, just as fast as the politicians who took FBI’s side. To provide a trivial summary of each side’s arguments: FBI believed that the phone is just as similar as any other data record and Apple is obliged to help them obtain it. Apple’s argument is that a backdoor/hack into the phone can be eventually exploited and compromise the security of all it’s customers. In the end, turns out there is an exploit (although the difficulty of performing this is unknown) and a third party company managed to break into the terrorist’s phone and provide FBI with the data it needed.
  2. Tesla makes a lot of money on pre-orders – So Tesla pulled off the wraps of the much awaited and much hyped about Tesla 3. Pre-orders began and boy, they got a lot. 276,000 lot. And at $1000 for reserving your car, they just racked in $276 million dollars. For a car 18 months away from production. If this isn’t a mega-coup, I don’t know what is. They hype and aura they have generated is just brilliant. Now (or rather 18 months from now) it’s time to deliver.
  3. Bots are taking over the world – And finally Microsoft is bringing it’s A-game to the field. Cortana is being widely appreciated, and Microsoft in their latest Build developer conference, showed us how bots will start being part of our daily lives. It’s very very cool. With bots , each of us will get our own personal assistants and the opportunities in this nascent field is vast. Amazon is constantly improving it’s Alexa system. Time for Apple and Google to respond!

Oneplus One – Ringtone not working

One of the most common complaints most of the oneplus one/two users faced these days was the ringtone issue which is one of the most basic requirements of a phone.
I tried a lot of settings andnone of them worked. I gave up for a month (imagine a month with unexpected vibrations).
But fear not, a solution is at hand discovered by yours truly!
1) Go to “Settings”.
2) Go to “System Profiles”.
3) Select any profile. I selected Default.
4) Click on the settings on the right side for “Default”.
5) Scroll down to “System settings”.
6) Select “Ring mode”.
7) Now select “Normal”
Not at all tough, ain’t it? :)

How to top up BSNL internet usage limit

When your fair usage limit(the bandwidth usage during which you will receive the best speed according to your plan), BSNL will allow you to top-up your usage(just once) to continue to browse the internet at your faster speed.

When you have exceed the limit, automatically, you will be re-directed to this page in any of the browser


Click on the UPGRADE button

You will next see:


On the bottom left of the page , there is a drop down menu  where various top-ups and the additional data usage are present.


Choose the one you think you need (but let’s face it, you will exceed this as well) and click on the Go “button”(the button where the image doesn’t load. Good work BSNL!)

And that’s it! You will be greeted with the below page


And you can now get back to watching cat videos on the Youtube.

Use Chrome to Split PDFs !

Now this is a really cool trick which everyone with a Chrome browser can do.

Google Chrome logo

  • Open the pdf in chrome
  • Go to print option
  • Change the “Destination” to “Save as pdf”
  •  Now this is the step where we split the PDF: Change “Pages” from default “All” to the required pages.
  • For example:
    •  If you want pages 1,2,3 only, 1-3
    • If you want a random order such as second, fifth and sixth page => 2,5,6
  • Save it in the destination folder

That’s it! No clunky software or online tool required to split your PDFs


Notion Ink Cain Review

Notion Ink is back ! Except this time it’s with Windows.

For those who do not remember, Notion Ink made a big splash when they announced their Adam Tablet. It carried a custom OS on top of the Android and it was simply a mind-blowing concept. However they ran into trouble with the final production version and the received not-so-glowing reviews. They followed it up with Adam II and the Nimbx tablet ,  both were good but did not garner much attention.

Now they are back with something that catches your attention straightaway.  And this one looks very promising indeed. The Cain is a Windows 8.1 tablet at a very affordable price range. We found very few companies offering a full Windows 8 tablet and Notion Ink has a great opportunity to be successful here.

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Know Your Tech – May Week 3



Another week is past us and here are the top tech news of this week!

1) News that matter the most to you… if you are in the United States that is. The FCC (the organization makes rules for the mobile operators) is now introducing a new net neutrality proposal. Many say that this can lead to mobile operators forcing you to pay for even the website you visit(else they will make it just a slow experience). We must wait and watch what happens next.

2) Microsoft Surface Pro tablet to release on May 20. The surface tablets are good, the surface pro are even better.  The surface Pro 3 may be the software (and now hardware ) giants’ biggest attack on iPad to date. Watch our news for the details next week.

3) iOS 8 rumored to feature multi-tasking support. This feature is one of the oldest chinks in the armour of iOS. iPad and iPhone owners have been clamoring for this feature for ages, but if rumors are to be true, this will be a feature in the next major release of iOS.


Know Your Tech – May Week 2


We skipped a beat last week, but we are back!

This week’s top 3 tech news:

1) Apple buys Beats . A case of A eating B, Apple is acquiring the Music service/headphone maker for $3.2 billion. It’s a big win for Dr.Dre who founded the company. They were for a period owned by HTC , but of late they became more popular for their headphones. Exciting times await Apple fans!

2) Moto E to be launched this Monday. Finally the phone after a million odd leaks is to be launched this Monday. And it will be a Flipkart exclusive by the looks of it.

The Moto E will certainly have 1Gb of RAM, Kitkat OS, a 4.3-inch screen, 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, dual sim slots and a 5Mp camera. The screen resolution is the only thing that will be revealed on Monday 😛 Excpect the price to be in the INR 9000 range.

3) Oracle v/s Google Round 2. Somethings just don’t end. Like the battle between Oracle and Google for the use of Java in Android.

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) overturned a lower court’s decision that Oracle’s Java APIs weren’t copyrightable. So now Oracle will get to again try and sue Google for billions of dollars and this in turn may prompt other API owners to make a quick buck on unsuspecting customers.


Know Your Tech – April Week 4


Welcome to another edition of KYT. This week’s top 3 tech news:
1) Nokia – Microsoft : A done deal. Microsoft now owns the mobile division of Nokia, and with this MS becomes a very large hardware manufacturer. Apart from two factories which were excluded from the deal – one in Chennai,India, another in Masan all assets of Nokia were transferred over to Microsoft. With this though the iconic Nokia brand will retire from Mobile phones.

2) More details of Moto X successor emerge. This time thanks to the popular bench marking tool  GLX Bench. Below are the details. This looks like the specs of any top end phone these days, but the interesting software tweaks are what one should look forward to in the Moto X +1



3) A legend comes true.

Excavators in a dig at an Alamagordo, New Mexico have found the fabled copies of the 1982 Atari 2600 cartridge E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. There was a legend that Atari had dumped thousands of copies of this game which had flopped in the market. It turns out they did!


Know Your Tech – April Week 3



It’s the third week of April and here are this week’s top tech news!

1) Motorola set to bring back it’s good ol’ days. Moto E will be the phone that will remind us of  Motorola’s hey days with the RAZR. Why? Not because of its specs, but it’s dimensions. 124.8 x 64.8 x 6.2mm . For comparison the “thin” iPhone 5 is 7.6 mm. It will host a 5MP primary camera, a 1.2GHz dual core processor,1,900mAh battery, FM radio, and Android 4.4 KitKat. Another hit in the making?

2) The numbers are out and the winner is… well, we don’t have a final winner in the XBOX One v/s Sony PS4. But Sony PS4 is indeed in the lead as of this month. Sony reported 7 millions PS4s sold which is very impressive. XBOX too has pulled in good numbers at 5 million units sold. Guess the battle for supremacy will rage on!

3) Amazon smartphone. This year finally?? The rumor mills have been at it for years together. But this year we could finally see the fabled Amazon smartphone. BGR. The most snazzy feature of this phone? Its 3D software interface and the way it does 3D. Not by making the user wear 3D glasses. It will use a total of 4 front facing cameras to give the 3D feel to the user. A very interesting feature which could have a lot of early tech adopters rushing to… to purchase this. Expect the launch in the next couple of months.




Know Your Tech – April Week 2


Sorry for the slightly delayed KYT post. But here are the past week’s top tech news!

1) Google Glass to go on sale for a single day. Priced at $1500 it is certainly not cheap, but hey! it’s from the future. So grab it while you can!

Read more here :

2) Heartbleed for SSL. The heartbleed issue was discovered in OpenSSL, which is a software used for security on popular web servers. With OpenSSL, websites can provide encrypted information to visitors, so the data transferred cannot be seen by others while it goes from your computer to the website. All this works on a secure key present on the server. Through heartbleed an external user can get his hands on this key and decrypt all your secure data such as passwords. The patch is already been in place in most of the popular servers, but no one knows as to how much data is already compromised.

3) The Lenovo S660 gets launched while Moto G gets offers. Looks like Moto G does have some competition finally. Lenovo launched it’s 1.3GHz quad core ,phone with 1Gb of RAM and an 8MP camera to boast of at INR 14000. Flipkart meanwhile announced this …


Know Your Tech – April Week 1



This week’s top tech news:

1) Microsoft unveils Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 : Microsoft showcased its latest operating systems and as expected they bring in a host of improvements in every sphere. You can read more about it here. The most exciting of which is the Digital Assistant named Cortana.

2) Amazon Fire TV : Amazon launched it’s FIRE TV , a  streaming media set-top box which will stream videos from Amazon Instant Video, Hulu, YouTube, Netflix and a bunch of other services. It starts at 99$ and looks very promising.

3) 2 interesting leaks: Google seems to have its own plans to relaunch Google TV, this time as Android TV according to The Verge it has its hands on documents which detail this and it is soon to be launched.

Motorola too seems to be busy, preparing the second generation Moto X