October 29, 2007

$100 Laptop to Get Windows XP

The much talked about $100 laptop, designed to work with the Linux operating system (OS), may soon incorporate Microsoft Windows software.

Microsoft is working on a basic version of Windows XP that will be compatible with the $100 (XO) laptop of the 'One Laptop per Child' (OLPC) foundation. The Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (R ADAG) will be bringing the XO to India.

During the Government Leaders Forum held in Washington in March 2006, Microsoft Chairman, Bill Gates, had publicly slammed the $100 laptop, saying that the last thing one would expect from a shared-use computer is the lack of a disk and the presence of just a tiny little screen.

Gates had said that hardware is only a small part of the cost of providing computing capabilities, while the big cost typically comes from network connectivity, applications, and support.

The same Microsoft is now looking to associate with the $100 laptop. The company is spending a not-so-small amount of money in getting Windows XP to run on the low specifications machines.


Apple Imposes New Limits on iPhone Sales

Apple Inc. no longer accepts cash for iPhone purchases and now limits sales of the cell phone to two per person in a move to stop people from reselling them.

The new policy started Thursday, according to Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris. Before then, there was no cash restriction and the purchase limit was five per person.

"Customer response to the iPhone has been off the charts, and limiting iPhone sales to two per customer helps us ensure that there are enough iPhones for people who are shopping for themselves or buying a gift," Kerris said. "We're requiring a credit or debit card for payment to discourage unauthorized resellers."

More than 1.4 million units of the hybrid cell phone-iPod have been sold since it debuted on June 29, according to Apple. It is expected to be a hot gift for the holidays.

Apple thinks some people already have purchased multiple iPhones to resell, including those looking to modify or 'unlock' the phones so they work on networks other than AT&T, Apple's carrier partner in the US.


October 20, 2007

Airtel unveils mChek

Airtel mobile bills can now be paid through SMS using mChek services. If you have a Mastercard or a Visa credit card, you can now pay your Airtel mobile bill anytime and from anywhere.

Airtel and mChek guarantees the safety of your transaction and assures the user that the information provided during the transaction will be secure. The registration for mCheck can be done through SMS or through the mCheck website.

The registration via SMS is very simple:

1. SMS ‘MCHEK’ to 121
2. Enter any 4-digit numeric PIN of your choice
3. Enter your credit card details
4. Re-enter your PIN
5. You are registered!

Now, there are two more steps involved for the payment procedure. Every time the user wishes to make payment:

1. SMS ‘PAY AIRTEL’ to 121
2. Enter your 4-digit numeric PIN

You will get an instant payment receipt through SMS.


Reliance Communications Gets GSM Approval

Even as Reliance Communications (RCOM) received formal approval from the government to launch GSM technology of mobile phone services in India, existing GSM players are up in arms to oppose the move.

"Reliance Communications Limited has received requisite approvals from the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to offer GSM services on a nationwide basis under its existing Unified Access Services Licences," the Anil Ambani-promoted company said in a statement to the National Stock Exchange (NSE).

Opposing the move, the Cellular Operators association of India (COAI), a leading GSM industry body in a letter to the DoT secretary D.S. Mathur said: "It may first be pointed out that crossover is not permissible under the present policy and license regime has been recognized by both DoT as well as TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India)".

"Without prejudice to our submissions that such crossover/dual allocation of spectrum cannot and should not be permitted, it is submitted that even if the same were to be allowed, it can only be done through change in both policy as well as license as also after following due process of law," COAI added.

October 18, 2007

Nokia N810 gets official

Details are still incoming, but here's what we know for sure:
  • Same 4.13-nch WVGA (800 x 480), 65k color display as the N800, brightness increased by ~20%
  • GPS with particular focus on the "context sensitive web" via Ovi
  • 2GB internal storage (not including memory cards), ships with maps for use with GPS
  • Has WiFi (802.11b/g), does not have WiMAX
  • Bluetooth (2.0+ EDR) DUNs to capable phones, totally Foleo-like
  • 400MHz OMAP 2420 CPU, 128MB RAM, 256MB ROM
  • Integrated frontal camera, ambient light sensor, mini USB 2.0, hardware lock switch
  • Plays back video: 3GP, AVI, H.263, H.264, MP4, ASF, WMV, MPEG-1/4, Real video; audio: MP3, WMA, AAC, AMR, AWB, M4A, MP2, Real audio, WAV
  • Battery life aimed at 4 hours of "typical use" (movies, music, internet access, etc.), 10 hours music only, and up to 2 weeks totally idle time, and 5 days active standby ("improved compared to previous generation devices")
  • Runs Nokia's Linux Maemo interface (duh)
  • 5 x 2.83 x 0.55-inches, 7.97 ounces
  • Ships in November, $479


October 4, 2007

iPhone Nirvana - Buy iPhone in India!

just got this from chirag's blog...

Just came across following advertisement on one of sites iPhone Nirvana

ITs about getting iPhone in India that too unlocked one …