Microsoft’s HOTMAIL mail is now “OUTLOOK MAIL”

Microsoft has launched Outlook.com, a new, feature-packed web-based email system that will eventually replace Hotmail.

As it continues to prepare for the impending release of Windows 8, Microsoft has launched Outlook.com, a new web-based email service that embraces the name of the company’s well-known desktop email client, and will eventually replace the aging Hotmail.

Previously leaked as Newmail, Outlook.com doesn’t only offer email, as it also incorporates social networking integration, SkyDrive, Office Web Apps and in the future Skype video chat — showing Microsoft wants to challenge Gmail and Google’s suite of online apps.

Hotmail, which Microsoft acquired in the late 90s, is still a major player in the market, boasting the most users compared to its rivals; but its share is decreasing and Google is waiting to pounce.

Little has changed for Hotmail over the years, and Microsoft says it realizes it must “take a bold step, break from the past and build a brand new service from the ground up” if it wants to compete. The result is Outlook.com.

Visually, it’s in keeping with Microsoft’s Metro interface, and anyone familiar with Windows Phone or Windows 8 will feel right at home. Like the recently renovated Gmail, there’s a lot of white space, but Microsoft is keen to point out some key differences between Outlook.com and Gmail, such as the lack of adverts displayed in the conversation window, and how it won’t pass information gained from emails along to advertisers.

Outlook Page View

Social interaction is a big part of Outlook.com too, with the ability to connect to Facebook, LinkedIn and if you search for it, Twitter as well. In the near future, Skype will be added and allow for video chats without leaving the site, while Facebook chat is built-in too. Social updates are delivered by mail, and all your contacts are imported, where they can then be grouped together.

Other features include Microsoft’s spam filter, a “graymail” filter to keep subscribed email content such as shopping site updates and newsletters separate from junk mail, plus unlimited email storage space. Microsoft also says that the clean design shows 30-percent more messages on a single page than other webmail clients.

Finally, Outlook mail can easily be setup on your phone or tablet, and it uses Exchange ActiveSync too.

It’s still early days though, and as Outlook.com is still a “preview” version, not all the promised features have been added, and even those that are don’t all seem to work yet.

Don’t let that put you off though, and if you want to try it, you can sign-up for an Outlook.com email address right now, or if you already have a Hotmail or a Live.com account, it can be upgraded through the settings menu.

Apple reportedly cuts down Samsung’s involvement in iPhone 5 supply chain

Internet is abuzz with reports that Apple’s next flagship smartphone, dubbed as the iPhone 5, may not be featuring Samsung’s memory chips, displays and other components. Apple has reportedly shifted some memory-chip orders for its next iPhone from Samsung to other Asian chip makers in an attempt to ‘diversify’ its lines of supply for memory chips and reduce its dependence on Samsung.

Samsung, however, hasn’t been completely ousted from the iPhone 5 supply chain. Reuters quotes a person privy to the development as saying that Samsung is still on the list of initial suppliers for the forthcoming iPhone 5, which is expected to be unveiled on September 12.

The source, who declined to reveal his/her identity, rejected the notion that the move was an aftermath of the patent-war between the two companies, which recently got murkier with Samsung being asked by a US court to shell out more than $1 billion in damages to Apple for infringing upon the latter’s patents.

According to reports, Apple is now going ahead with Japan’s Toshiba Corp, Elpida Memory and Korea’s SK Hynix to supply DRAM and NAND chips. “Samsung is still in the list of initial memory chip suppliers (for new iPhones). But Apple orders have been trending down and Samsung is making up for the reduced order from others, notably Samsung’s handset business,” the Reuters source said.

Despite being a major competitor in the smartphone market, Samsung is one of Apple’s largest component suppliers. Apart from memory chips and processors, Samsung provides displays for Apple’s iPad. Wall Street Journal in its report citing other people familiar to the situation points out that the new Asian partners use different technology than Samsung. The report further says Apple anticipates huge demand for its product, thus aims to ‘diversify’ its supply chain for chips.

Top games to watch out for in September!!

September has its own fair share of great games however, which will keep gamers occupied before the likes of Hitman Absolution and Assassin’s Creed III take on the market. It is another month, another list, and more games to give you a kick!

1.TEKKEN TAG TOURNAMENT :

A sequel to 2000’s Tekken Tag Tournament, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 brings the action of the arcades to the home consoles. The roster of characters is a blend of old and new that will appeal to veteran fans of the franchise as well as intrigue new comers. The game will offer a variety of modes such as 2 vs 2, 1 vs 1 or 2 vs 1 battles and a bunch of online modes.

Gamers can get set to pull off some of the craziest combos as Tekken Tag Tournament hits store shelves on September 11 for the PS3 and the Xbox 360 for Rs. 2,999.
WATCH GAME PREVIEW HERE:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DhKMUYfNgg&feature=player_embedded

2.BORDERLANDS 2:

Borderlands 2 is a sequel to 2009’s Borderlands and can be considered as one of the most anticipated games of 2012. The game stays true to its roots and is a first person shooter with RPG elements thrown into the mix. The sequel features all new characters, environments and enemies for you to take down in new and unexplored areas of Pandora. Players can choose from one of the four new characters, Salvado, Maya, Axton and Zer0.

Borderlands 2 launches on September 18 at Rs. 2,499 for the PS3 and Xbox 360, and Rs. 999 for the PC.
WATCH GAME PREVIEW HERE:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8U7nYb3ts7w&feature=player_embedded

3.F1 2012:

The next iteration of the popular racing franchise, F1 2012 has new modes for players to play such as the Young Driver Test mode in addition to the regular modes such as challenges and career.

Gamers can get into racing mode when F1 2012 launches on September 18 for the PS3 and the Xbox 360 for Rs. 2,799 and Rs. 899 for the PC.
WATCH GAME PREVIEW HERE:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAd9m3plTa8&feature=player_embedded

4.LITTLE BIG PLANET Vita:

Sackboy is making his PS Vita debut with Little Big Planet Vita. The unique controls of the Vita can be used to navigate Sackboy through the environment. You also have the ability to create levels on Sony’s hand held device and share your creations with the world.

Gamers can get creative with Little Big Planet Vita on Sony’s handheld on September 25, for Rs. 2,299.
WATCH GAME PREVIEW HERE:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5wLygejfYA&feature=player_embedded

5.WORLD OF WARCRAFT: Mists of Pandaria

The fourth expansion pack to the famous MMO World of Warcraft. Mists of Pandaria will raise the existing level cap from level 85 to 90. It will introduce a new character class, the Monk, along with a new playable race, the Pandaren. The vanity pet system will be overhauled and will include a pet battle system. The expansion will also bring nine new dungeons, three new raids, and four new battlegrounds.

You can pick up the expansion on September 25, in two editions – Standard Edition for $39.99 USD, Digital Deluxe edition for $59.99 USD – only for the PC.
WATCH GAME PREVIEW HERE:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvYXoyxLv64&feature=player_embedded

6.JET SET RADIO:

Jet Set Radio brings the classic Dreamcast game to the PC, PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360.

The government is attempting to silence the kids of Tokyo, but with their Overdrive Magnetic-Motor Skating Shoes, the cops will have to catch ’em first. The Jet Set Radio program keeps the kids unified and inspired to fight for their rights of expression, which include graffiti art.

Gamers can check out this classic on the PC, PSN and Xbox Live, on September 18.
WATCH GAME PREVIEW HERE:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yvca4CoW0C0&feature=player_embedded

7.DEAD OR ALIVE 5:

DOA 5 brings to the table the classic fighting action that we have come to love from the franchise mixed with MMA to add variety to the fighting techniques in the game. A nice addition to the game is that as a fight progresses, the backdrop will change and interact with players. Gamers can use the dynamic environment to deliver a lethal blow to their opponents.

Gamers can check out Dead or Alive 5 for the PS3 and the Xbox 360 on September 25.
WATCH GAME PREVIEW HERE:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOMzQJLbQ6o&feature=player_embedded

 

 

 

 

Nokia Lumia 920 vs. Lumia 900

Just five months after grandly returning to the United States with the Lumia 900, Nokia’s switching it out for an even better Windows Phone 8 offering. The 920’s coming with a beefier display, better internals and has wholly embraced wireless charging — but that’s not the feature everyone’s gonna be talking about. No, that’s reserved for the 8-megapixel PureView hardware and the new imaging tech behind it. Still, that shouldn’t distract from the real business at hand: identifying the tiny hardware differences that separate the current and future iterations of the flagship, which we’ve broken down for you after the break.

 

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Price (on contract) TBA $50 AT&T
Processor 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 1.4GHz Snapdragon
RAM 1GB 512MB
Storage 32GB 16GB
Display 4.5-inch PureMotion HD+ IPS LCD 4.3-inch AMOLED ClearBlack
Resolution 1,280 x 768 800 x 480
Primary camera 8.7-megapixel PureView 8-Megapixel Carl Zeiss AF with LED Flash
Secondary camera 1,280 x 960 1-Megapixel
Video recording 1080p 720p
Cellular HSPA+ or LTE GSM /WCDMA / HSDPA / LTE
NFC Yes No
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 3.1 2.1+EDR
Orientation sensing A-GPS, Magnetometer, Accelerometer, Glonass, WLAN Network Positioning A-GPS, Accelerometer, Magnetometer
SIM standard micro-SIM micro-SIM
Battery 2,000mAh 1830mAh
Wireless Charging Integrated QI N/A
Weight 185 grams 160 grams
Dimensions 130.3mm x 70.8 mm x 10.7mm 68.5mm x 127.8mm x 11.5mm
Colors White, Black, Grey, Yellow, Red White, Black, Cyan, Pink

 

A NEW LOW COST SMARTPHONE ANNOUNCED – SONY XPERIA J !!!

Sony is arrived with the new smartphone without green logo. Sony Xperia series has added a new member, as the Sony Xperia J. Sony Xperia J is code named ST26, and the phone has been dropped on the web recently.
On that occasion I learned that the new smartphone running on Android 4.0.4 and support a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels. The image right side would be new phone, according to Asian website IT168. Interestingly, I see no trace of specific green logo Sony / Sony Ericsson, who was present on all models so far.

Rounding up the lower end of the segment is the newly launched Sony Xperia J. The 9.2mm thick phone has a FWGA display. A 5MP camera unit can be found around the back of the phone.

The Xperia J comes with a front facing camera to allow video calls. Details are still coming in but the phone will be available in black, gold , white and pink when it is available towards the end of the year.
Price for this phone is not yet confirmed.

Sony Xperia J Specifications:

DESCRIPTION
The Sony Xperia J offers a great screen for its price range – a 4 Inches screen of FWVGA resolution and Gorilla glass. The phone itself is powered by a single-core 1GHz Scorpion processor with 512MB RAM and will launch with Android ICS, just like its more expensive siblings. It has 4GB of built-in storage plus what you put in the microSD card slot.

GENERAL:
Network:GSM
Style:Bar
Dimensions:124.3 x 61 x 9.2 mm
Weight:130 g (With Battery)
Battery Type:Li-Ion 1750 mAh
DISPLAY: Display Colors-16M Colors, TFT
Display Resolution:854 x 480 Pixels, 4.0″
MEMORY:Memory InBuilt
4 GB (Internal) + 512 MB (RAM)
Memory Extended: MicroSD upto 32 GB
MESSAGING:MMS,SMS-Yes
Email:Yes
Push Mail:No
CAMERA:Ext:5.0MP, 2592×1944 Pix; Int:0.3MP, 640×480 Pix, VGA
Camera Zoom: Digital Zoom with Auto-focus and LED Flash
Video Capture:MP4, H.263, H.264, WMV

CONNECTIVITY:

Ports:USB Port
Infrared:No
Bluetooth:Bluetooth v2.0 with A2DP
A2DP:Yes
Wifi:Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Internet:GPRS, HTML5

ENTERTAINMENT:

Music Player:MP3, eAAC+, WMA, WAV
FM Radio:Stereo FM Radio with RDS
Games:Yes
Ring Tones: Polyphonic, MP3 Ringtones
Loud Speaker:Yes
TECHNOLOGY:3G
HSDPA upto 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA upto 5.76 Mbps
OS:Google Android OS, v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Interface:Timescape User Interface
Dual Sim:No
QWERTY:Yes

NETWORK:

Operating Frequency:Quad-band GSM 850/ 900/ 1800/ 1900 MHz
Talk Time:Upto 7.3 Hours
Standby Time:Upto 618 Hours
GPS:A-GPS, Google Maps

OTHERS FEATURES:

CPU: Cortex-A5, 1GHz Processor,
Chipset: Qualcomm MSM7227A, Snapdragon,
GPU : Adreno 200, Google Talk, Twitter (Timescape Integration) [2], xLOUD Experience,
50 GB of Cloud storage (time limited offer),
Active Noise Cancellation dwith Dedicated Mic,
Document Viewer,
Voice Memo & Dial,
Sleek and slender,
Shoot it Sharp

Vodafone issues warning about unsolicited international calls

vodafone customers have been receiving missed calls from unknown international numbers (looks like +22455104324) for the past few days. Vodafone has issued a warning note to ignore such calls and not call back on those numbers. Some have also reported that people are being charged Rs.45 per minute if they call back to such numbers.

They have also said that they are investigating about the issue and want the customers to call the customer care (198 (tollfree) or 111 (chargeable)) and report the number if you receive any such calls. Have you been receiving any such calls on your Vodafone connection?

DataWind’s Aakash tablet sold out; UbiSlate 7 up for pre-orders

It’s been less than a week since the Aakash tablet was released online, and DataWind has already sold out what is touted as the world’s cheapest tablet. However, the company highlights that its UbiSlate 7, the upgraded version of the Aakash tablet, is still available for pre-booking. It’s notable that the UbiSlate 7, priced at Rs. 2,999, is scheduled to be launched in January next year.

The overwhelming response to the Aakash tablet was very much expected. The tablet, priced at Rs. 2,500, comes with a monthly data plan of Rs. 98. Read more details about the device in Your guide to the new $35 Aakash Tablet.The UbiSlate 7 gives you an upgraded operating system and battery life. Also, you get the Wi-Fi and 3G, with its SIM functionality also extending to voice calls. The UbiSlate 7 costs you just Rs. 499 more than the Aakash.

 

Considering the massive response to the Aakash, we’re expecting similar response to the UbiSlate 7 when it is launched next month. Meanwhile, DataWind has not provided any information when the Aakash will be available again or when the tablet will hit the retail shelves.

The  Aakash tablet,The ultra low-cost tablet is priced at Rs. 2,500, and comes with a delivery time of seven days. The Aakash tablet, previously nicknamed as Sakshat and touted as world’s cheapest tablet, is aimed at students and can be used for various functions. The 7-inch tablet however, has already been criticised for its slower processor and minimal features, especially when compared to the better-specced Aakash 2, which is due to be launched in January.

Perhaps DataWind, the maker of Aakash, aims to address its limitations with the launch of the Aakash 2, which for now is officially being called the UbiSlate 7 tablet, and has been priced at Rs. 2,999. DataWind has already started accepting pre-orders for the UbiSlate 7.

Both devices are expected to change current market dynamics, as they are already being pitted against other budget tablets in the market such as Reliance 3G Tab and Beetel Magiq.

The UbiSlate 7, or Aakash 2 as it might end up being called, costs marginally more than the Aakash, and offers better specs. Most importantly, you will not have to wait for long to lay hands on this. Therefore, will be much wiser to wait for another few weeks, and then lay hands on a better tablet. Let us compare the two tablets to understand just why the Ubislate 7 is a better choice:

Aakash Tablet:

The Aakash tablet runs on Android 2.2 Froyo operating system and is powered by a ARM11 – 366MHz processor. The tablet has a seven-inch resistive touch display with 800×480 pixels resolution. It has 256MB of RAM. The device supports the following document formats: DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, XLS, XLSX, ODT, ODP, and can also run a PDF viewer and text editor. It has a 2,100 mAh battery which is rated to deliver up to 3 hours of backup, depending upon usage.

Price: Rs. 2,500

UbiSlate 7:

DataWind has not given detailed information about the UbiSlate 7 apart from the features that have been upgraded. The UbiSlate 7 runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system and is powered by a Cortex A8 – 700 MHz processor. The tablet has a 3,200 mAh battery, which is likely to give a better backup than the Aakash. While the Aakash was restricted to the Wi-Fi network, the UbiSlate 7 supports Wi-Fi and 3G, with its SIM functionality also extending to voice calls. “This tab is made for the requirement of the users and especially for student needs,” DataWind quotes on its website.

 

FacebookTimeline

  • FacebookTimeline

Social networking site Facebook’s latest service Timeline has been globally rolled out. The company said Timeline had so far been available only to a few people, but now it had made it available to everybody.

Timeline was announced by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at the f8 conference in September. Here’s all you need to know about Facebook Timeline.

  • What is Timeline

Timeline allows users to compile and let others see everything they have shared so far, from photos, stories to shared videos and music. Some of the things a user can do on Timeline are: edit his basic info, jump to the past, view his activity log, check highlights from each month, star stories he wants to highlight, add life events, update his status, view and add photos and share his app activity.

  • How it is different from your current profile
 Presently, only latest pictures or posts of users are visible, while large part of the previous posts are hidden. The only way to retrieve them is to scroll down and click on “More Stories”. Timeline on the other hand retains a user’s older posts, photos etc and also groups them datewise making it easy and convenient for viewing.
  • Activating Timeline:

To get timeline, a user needs to simply go to the Introducing Timeline page and click on ‘Get It Now’. Or he can wait till he receives an announcement at the top of his profile.

  • How it works

Once a user upgrades to Timeline, he will get seven days to review everything that appears on his Timeline before anyone else can see it. You can also choose to publish your timeline at any time during the review period.

If a user decides to wait, his Timeline will automatically go live after seven days. His new timeline will replace his profile, however, all his stories and photos will remain there.

Users who want to see how their Timeline would appear to other people, can click on the ‘gear menu’ at the top of their Timeline, and select “View As.” This shows them how their Timeline will appear to a specific friend or public.

  • Friends List

For those who always keep their Friends List private, Timeline is a curse as it prominently displays just how ‘popular’ you are on Facebook and who all are connected with you.

There is no apparent way to turn it off, unlike earlier settings. This may be a major put-off for those who do not want to share their Friends List with all and sundry for various reasons.

Timeline puts your life out in the open like never before. Unlike the earlier single webpage design where older content – shares, status updates, notes, likes, comments, photos and notes – kept getting buried under labyrinths of time, Timeline’s scrapbook interface has now given an excellent tool to people to datamine others’ Facebook.This may not be such a great news for those not keen on sharing each and everything from their life with everyone. So before rushing to Publish your Timeline, it is advisable to spend hours and hours reviewing what content you don’t want to share, and delete or remove from Timeline. You get a week before Timeline will automatically go live on December 23, even if you decide not to publish.

  • Activity Log

Activity Log is a place where users can review all their posts and activity, from today back to when they first started using Facebook. Only users will be able to see their activity log.

A user will be able to see two dropdown menus next to each story in their activity log. The first is to see and adjust the privacy of a post. The second one is to allow a user to decide if he actually wants a post to appear on his timeline. Users can feature, hide or delete any of their posts.

As for how to find a certain story, post or photo, all a user needs to do is click the “All” dropdown at the top of his activity log and select what he is looking for.

Apart from making Timeline available on Web, Facebook has also launched Timeline on Android and m.facebook.com.
  • Timeline on my mobile

Mobile timeline starts with a user’s unique cover photo. As a user scrolls down, he will see his posts, photos and life events as they happened. Photo albums and other posts are horizontally swipeable, so that one can view multiple photos or posts inline without leaving timeline. A user can also swipe through the views at the top of his timeline to navigate to your map, photos, subscribers and more.

PREVIEW OF TIMELINE: