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  • Looking For iPhone 4S Alternatives? Here Are 3 Smartphones You Should Consider

    - by Gopinath
    If you going to buy iPhone 4S on a two year contract in USA, Europe or Australia you may not find it expensive. But if you are planning to buy it in any other parts of the world, you will definitely feel the heat of ridiculous iPhone 4S price. In India iPhone 4S costs approximately costs $1000 which is 30% more than the price tag of an unlocked iPhone sold in USA. Personally I love iPhones as there is no match for the user experience provided by Apple as well as the wide range of really meaning applications available for iPhone. But it breaks heart to spend $1000 for a phone and I’m forced to look at alternates available in the market. Here are the four iPhone 4S alternates available in almost all the countries where we can buy iPhone 4S Google Galaxy Nexus The Galaxy Nexus is Google’s own Android smartphone manufactured by Samsung and sold under the brand name of Google Nexus. Galaxy Nexus is the pure Android phone available in the market without any bloat software or custom user interfaces like other Androids available in the market. Galaxy Nexus is also the first Android phone to be shipped with the latest version of Android OS, Ice Cream Sandwich. This phone is the benchmark for the rest of Android phones that are going to enter the market soon. In the words of Google this smartphone is called as “Galaxy Nexus: Simple. Beautiful. Beyond Smart.”.  BGR review summarizes the phone as This is almost comical at this point, but the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is my favourite Android device in the world. Easily replacing the HTC Rezound, the Motorola DROID RAZR, and Samsung Galaxy S II, the Galaxy Nexus champions in a brand new version of Android that pushes itself further than almost any other mobile OS in the industry. Samsung Galaxy S II The one single company that is able to sell more smartphones than Apple is Samsung. Samsung recently displaced Apple from the top smartphone seller spot and occupied it with loads of pride. Samsung’s Galaxy S II fits as one the best alternatives to Apple’s iPhone 4S with it’s beautiful design and remarkable performance. Engadget summarizes Samsung Galaxy S2 review as It’s the best Android smartphone yet, but more importantly, it might well be the best smartphone, period. Of course, a 4.3-inch screen size won’t suit everyone, no matter how stupendously thin the device that carries it may be, and we also can’t say for sure that the Galaxy S II would justify a long-term iOS user foresaking his investment into one ecosystem and making the leap to another. Nonetheless, if you’re asking us what smartphone to buy today, unconstrained by such externalities, the Galaxy S II would be the clear choice. Sometimes it’s just as simple as that. Nokia Lumia 800 Here comes unexpected Windows Phone in to the boxing ring. May be they are not as great as Androids available in the market today, but they are picking up very quickly. Especially the Nokia Lumia 800 seems to be first ever Windows Phone 7 aimed at competing serious with Androids and iPhones available in the market. There are reports that Nokia Lumia 800 is outselling all Androids in UK and few high profile tech blogs are calling it as the king of Windows Phone. Considering this phone while evaluating the alternative of iPhone 4S will not disappoint you. We assure. Droid RAZR Remember the Motorola Driod that swept entire Android market share couple of years ago? The first two version of Motorola Droids were the best in the market and they out performed almost every other Android phone those days. The invasion of Samsung Androids, Motorola lost it charm. With the recent release of Droid RAZR, Motorola seems to be in the right direction to reclaiming the prestige. Droid RAZR is the thinnest smartphone available in the market and it’s beauty is not just skin deep. Here is a review of the phone from Engadget blog the RAZR’s beauty is not only skin deep. The LTE radio, 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM make sure this sleek number is ready to run with the big boys. It kept pace with, and in some cases clearly outclassed its high-end competition. Despite its deficiencies in the display department and underwhelming battery life, the RAZR looks to be a perfectly viable alternative when considering the similarly-pricey Rezound and Galaxy Nexus Further Reading So we have seen the four alternates of iPhone 4S available in the market and I personally love to buy a Samsung smartphone if I’m don’t have money to afford an iPhone 4S. If you are interested in deep diving into the alternates, here few links that help you do more research Apple iPhone 4S vs. Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs. Motorola Droid RAZR: How Their Specs Compare by Huffington Post Nokia Lumia 800 vs. iPhone 4S vs. Nexus Galaxy: Spec Smackdown by PC World Browser Speed Test: Nokia Lumia 800 vs. iPhone 4S vs. Samsung Galaxy S II – by Gizmodo iPhone 4S vs Samsung Galaxy S II by pocket lint Apple iPhone 4S vs. Samsung Galaxy S II by techie buzz This article titled,Looking For iPhone 4S Alternatives? Here Are 3 Smartphones You Should Consider, was originally published at Tech Dreams. Grab our rss feed or fan us on Facebook to get updates from us.

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  • How To Delete Top 100 Rows From SQL Server Tables

    - by Gopinath
    If you want to delete top 100/n records from an SQL Server table, it is very easy with the following query: DELETE FROM MyTable WHERE PK_Column IN(     SELECT TOP 100 PK_Column     FROM MyTable     ORDER BY creation    ) Why Would You Require To Delete Top 100 Records? I often delete a top n records of a table when number of rows in the are too huge. Lets say if I’ve 1000000000 records in a table, deleting 10000 rows at a time in a loop is faster than trying to delete all the 1000000000  at a time. What ever may be reason, if you ever come across a requirement of deleting a bunch of rows at a time, this query will be helpful to you. Join us on Facebook to read all our stories right inside your Facebook news feed.

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  • iPhone 4 vs iPhone 3GS Comparison – Graphical Chart

    - by Gopinath
    600000 people pre-ordered iPhone 4 on a single day and this rush of fan boys left both Apple and AT & T web servers down for many hours. If you wonder why so many people are rushing for iPhone 4, here is the chart that explains the difference between iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4. As Steve Jobs said at WWDC 2010, iPhone 4 is definitely going to change smart phone game all over again. via Join us on Facebook to read all our stories right inside your Facebook news feed.

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  • Buy iPhone 4 Without Contract: $599 (AT&T) and $699 (Verizon)

    - by Gopinath
    Purchasing iPhone without a contract is a good option when you are planning to gift it to someone or going to use it outside US. Both AT&T and Verizon lets you iPhone 4 without a contract but this information is buried deep under blurred text in FAQs and agreements.  Here is the pricing information of AT&T and Verizon iPhone 4 without contract AT&T iPhone 4 16 GB without contract – $599.99 AT&T iPhone 4 32 GB without contract – $699.99 Verizon iPhone 4 16 GB without contract – $649.99 Verizon iPhone 4 32 GB without contract – $749.99 This information is seen on the bottom of Apple’s iPhone purchase page and on Verizon’s frequently asked questions about the iPhone 4 page. Screenshots embedded below I live in India and I’m happy to know the price at which  I can buy an authentic iPhone 4 without contract . Now I can ask my friends to gift an iPhone 4 for me iphone cc image credit: flickr/williamhook This article titled,Buy iPhone 4 Without Contract: $599 (AT&T) and $699 (Verizon), was originally published at Tech Dreams. Grab our rss feed or fan us on Facebook to get updates from us.

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  • Apple iPhone 4S Launch In India On Nov 25

    - by Gopinath
    Aircel, one of the leading wireless mobile services provider of India has just announced that iPhone 4S will be available to its customers on November 25. You can start pre-booking the phone from November 18 through Aircel website or walking into an Aircel showroom near you. My multiple calls to Aircel customer care division were no use to get the details on the price information. Three times the call got disconnected before a customer care executive tried fetching the details on price and models. We hear from BGR India blog that iPhone 4S price is going start at Rs. 40,000 for a 16GB model and may go up to Rs. 50,000 for a 64 GB model. Airtel, another leading mobile service provider in India, who sells iPhone in India is not sure when they are going to start offering iPhone 4S to its customer. I reached customer care regarding the iPhone 4S and they don’t have any details to offer at the moment. It’s good to see Apple releasing iPhone 4S to India markets just after couple of months of International release. Apple was earlier criticized for releasing iPhone 2, iPhone 3G in India almost an year after the international launch while companies like Nokia release their flagship models just after weeks of international launch. One of the most sought after feature of iPhone 4S is Siri and my friends in US told that it works amazingly good. Siri does not have any problem in understanding Indian English accent and it is very good at recognizing the Indian names in contacts list. But at the same time we do hear reports that Siri does not help much if it’s used outside USA. Considering that Siri is a software it should be possible for Apple to improve it to work better outside USA. But who know the priorities of Apple! This article titled,Apple iPhone 4S Launch In India On Nov 25, was originally published at Tech Dreams. Grab our rss feed or fan us on Facebook to get updates from us.

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  • Gizmodo Made No Money On Their iPhone 4G Scoop Blog Posts

    - by Gopinath
    Amit Agarwal of Labnol reported couple of days ago that Gizmodo would have made $150,000 from the iPhone 4G scoop that revealed  all the secrets about iPhone 4G. But the reality seems to be entirely different. Gawker Media owner Nick Denton says that "There were no immediate revenue benefits whatsoever — in fact, only costs,"(via businessinsider) Gizmodo paid $5,000 to get hold of iPhone 4G which was lost by an Apple Engineer at a bar after his birthday party. Plus an additional amount of $7000 is spent on keeping the servers up to server 23 page views attracted by the iPhone 4G blog posts. Irrespective of whether Gizmodo made profits or not, they got huge publicity. But at the same time Apple should be very angry with Gizmodo for derailing it’s planned unveiling of the product. We have to wait and see what action Apple is going to take against Gizmodo. Join us on Facebook to read all our stories right inside your Facebook news feed.

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  • HTC Launches HTC Mozart Windows Phone 7 In India

    - by Gopinath
    Here comes the second Windows Phone 7 device to Indian market – HTC Mozart. HTC India website has a special page for this smartphone that showcases details of the phone. The phone is not yet  widely available in retail stores across Indian and it’s expected to be available in couple of weeks. The first Windows Phone 7 smartphone released in India was also from HTC, the HTC HD7. It’s available in selected retail outlets at a price tag of  Rs. 27,885. HTC Mozart is expected to cost around Rs 30,000. Features of HTC Mozart Specs of  HTC 7 Mozart is nearly identical to HTC HD7, apart from 8 GB internal storage, 3.7 inches screen size and 8 MP camera. 3.7 inch, 480 x 800 16M colours S-LCD capacitive touchscreen. Accelerometer, Proximity sensor and pinch Zoom. 11.9mm thick and Weighs 130g. 1Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 Processor. 8GB Internal Memory with no Expansion Slot. 8 MP Camera with Auto focus, Geo tagging and Xenon Flash, 720p Video recording, No secondary camera. 3G HSDPA 7.2 Mbps and HSUPA 2 Mbps, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n FM radio with RDS, GPS with A-GPS. 1300 mAh Li-Ion Battery Standby 360 h (2G) and 435 h (3G), Talk time 6 h 40 min (2G) and 5 h 30 min (3G). This article titled,HTC Launches HTC Mozart Windows Phone 7 In India, was originally published at Tech Dreams. Grab our rss feed or fan us on Facebook to get updates from us.

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  • What’s New In Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 And How To Upgrade To 2.0

    - by Gopinath
    Since Microsoft released Microsoft Security Essentials(MSE) couple of years ago, I stopped worrying about antivirus programs on all my Windows PCs. MSE is just awesome and it’s the best free antivirus available in the market. Microsoft released version 2.0 of MSE yesterday with enhanced security features and more love for Windows users. New features introduced in this version are New protection engine - Heuristic scanning engine is introduced to bump the virus detection and cleaning mechanism. Network inspection system to monitor network traffic as we browse and protects us from malicious scripts and programs. Better integration with Windows Firewall With this upgrade, MSE is irresistible antivirus application to have on every Windows PC. How To Upgrade MSE 1.0 to 2.0 Generally upgrading Microsoft applications are kids play. All one would require to upgrade is to go to Help->Check for upgrades menu option and follow the wizard to complete upgrade process. Microsoft Security Essentials 1.0 to 2.0 upgrade is also expected to be this way, but somehow it’s not working for me in India. May be I guess, MSE 2.0 is not released for Indian users. What ever may be the reason, it’s very easy to upgrade MSE 1.0 to 2.0  manually. Just download the installer from Microsoft(link given below) and run the installer. Choose Upgrade option when the installer is executing to have MSE 2.0 installed on your PC. MSE 2.0 Download Link You can download Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 at Microsoft Download Center. This article titled,What’s New In Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 And How To Upgrade To 2.0, was originally published at Tech Dreams. Grab our rss feed or fan us on Facebook to get updates from us.

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  • iPhone 4S Post Paid Rental Plans From Airtel & Aircel [India]

    - by Gopinath
    Apple iPhone 4S is available from Airtel and Aircel cellular operators with mind blowing price tags close to Rs. 50,000/-. If you are a fan boy and ready to buy iPhone 4S here are the details of monthly tariffs offered by Airtel & Aircel. Airtel iPhone 4S Post Paid Plans Airtel has a range of post plans for iPhone 4S lovers. Irrespective of the model of iPhone 4S you are planning to buy they offer post paid plans starting from Rs. 300 per month(after 50% discount on original rental of Rs.600 ) with 200 MB free 3G data to Rs. 1000 with 3072 MB free 3G data. The following table runs down complete details of various plans in offer. For pre-paid iPhone 4S tariffs please check this iPhone 4S Airtel website Aircel iPhone 4S Post Paid Plans Aircel has an unique plan for it’s iPhone 4S customers depending on the model they are willing to buy. For some reason the post paid plans are closely tied with the model of the phone and I believe this is not the right thing for its customers. The plan for 16 GB model costs Rs. 900 for 32 GB model that monthly plan costs Rs. 1150.  Like Airtel these monthly rentals are after 50% discount. This article titled,iPhone 4S Post Paid Rental Plans From Airtel & Aircel [India], was originally published at Tech Dreams. Grab our rss feed or fan us on Facebook to get updates from us.

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  • Embed Google’s Pac Man Game On Your Website

    - by Gopinath
    Google is celebrating the 30th anniversary of Pac-Man with a playable Pac Man game doodle on it’s home page. You can play the full game(255 levels) at http://google.com. This is the first time ever Google released an interactive doodle. How To Embed the Pac Man Game In Your Web Pages? I’m surprised to see this game being a non-flash version and it seems to be a pure javascript + html script. Michael at RustyBricks.com published an unofficial way of embedding Google’s Pac Man game in any website along with a link to demo page. Check out How To Get Google’s Pac Man Game On Your Page for a quick script to have this game for your website users. Join us on Facebook to read all our stories right inside your Facebook news feed.

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  • How To Apply Online For New Passport Or Renewal Of Your Passport [Indian Websites]

    - by Gopinath
    Are you bored wasting time and energy in standing lengthy queues at Passport offices in India to apply a new passport or renew it? Indian Government Passport Office has an online portal that lets you apply for new passport or renew your expiring passport by filling details online. By filling the details online you can complete half of the required formalities sitting at home and the rest of tasks like submitting required proofs, paying money etc at your regional passport office. Saves lot of time. Advantages of Applying For Passport Online Ask anyone who already obtained a passport by visiting the passport office, they will narrate stories of spending long time in queues. In certain office, the length of queues may require you to stand 3 to 4 hours. And sometimes by the time your turn comes, the officers may break for lunch, coffee or the day if your time is very bad. The main advantage of applying for passport using this online portal is – we can skip the process of standing in long queues to obtain tokens for submitting tokens and also we get a pre booked appointment with passport issuing officer for submitting the proofs and paying fees. When you submit the application online, an appointment will be booked automatically for submitting the required documents and fees so that  you can just walk-in to passport office 15 minutes ahead of your appointment. List Of Passport Offices Accepting Online Application Forms I know that you are excited and all set to apply online, but hold on. The online Passport application submission is supported in 37 regional passport offices across India as I write this post. If you are residing in any of these cities, then only you can apply online – Ahemdabad,  Amritsar, Bareilly, Bhopal, Bhubneswar, Chennai, Cochin, Coimbatore, Dehradun, Delhi, Ghaziabad, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Jalandhar, Jammu, Kolkata, Kozhikode, Lucknow, Madurai, Malappuram, Mumbai, Nagpur, Panaji, Patna, Pune, Raipur, Ranchi, Shimla, Srinagar, Surat, Thane, Trichy, Trivandrum, Visakhapatnam. Others should approach the passport office directly. Government is trying to expand this to other locations, so please check if place accepting online registration by visiting registration page(link given below). Types Of Applications Accepted Online The online system accepts following types of passport applications Fresh Passport / Renewal New Passport in lieu of Damaged/Lost Passport Passport for Children up to 15 Years of Age Re-issue of Passport / Additional Booklet Indian Govt. Passport Office Website And Online Application URL To apply for passport online visit the url https://passport.gov.in/pms/Information.jsp using Internet Explorer browser. This site may not work on your Firefox, Chrome or other browsers as the site request users to use Internet Explorer. Here are few other links that will help you get more details on passport application Govt. Of India Passport Office Website Passport Application Fee Structure Information Passport Application Filling Guidelines Passport Application Check List URL For NRIs To Apply Online If you are an NRI then the above links and the list of supported Passport offices are not for you. NRIs should use the URL http://passport.gov.in/nri/OnlineRegistration.jsp for applying passport related services online. For more details you can visit special NRI section on Passport website. CC Image credit: LucasTheExperience This article titled,How To Apply Online For New Passport Or Renewal Of Your Passport [Indian Websites], was originally published at Tech Dreams. Grab our rss feed or fan us on Facebook to get updates from us.

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  • Google’s April Fools Day Prank– Google Maps For Nintendo Entertainment System(NES)

    - by Gopinath
    Google is a funny organization and they celebrate most of events we love, in a geeky way. On the occasion of April Fool’s day 2012, Google released 8 bit Google Maps for Nintendo Entertainment System(NES). Here is the screen grab of Buckingham Palace, on 8 bit Google Maps. For those who are not aware of NES,  it is XBox of 1980’s.  NES is considered one of the most influential video game systems ever produced. Released in 1983, NES conquered millions of gamers heart and had a long lasting impact of 20 years. In the year of 2003, Nintendo finally stopped production of NES. Check out the embedded Google’s launch video of 8 Bit Google Maps for NES If you interested to take a tour the 8 bit Google Maps, go to Google Maps and click on the quest button available on right top corner. The guys at techi.com has a good collection of screen grabs taken from 8 Bit Google Maps, check it out here.

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  • 5 reason why you should upgrade to new iPad (3rd generation)

    - by Gopinath
    Apple released the new iPad, 3rd generation, couple of days ago and they will be available in stores from March 16 onwards.  It’s the best tablet available in the market and for first time buyers it’s a no brainer to choose it. What about the iPad owners? Should they upgrade their iPad 2 to the new iPad? This is the question on the lips of most of the iPad owners. In this post we will provide you 5 reasons why you should upgrade your iPad, if more than two reasons are convincing then you should upgrade to the new iPad. Retina display – The best display ever made for mobile device, a game changer The new iPad comes with Retina display with screen resolution of 2048 x 1536, which is twice the resolution of iPad 2. Undoubtedly the iPad 3’s display is the best display ever made for a mobile device and it’s a game changer. With better resolution on iPad 3 eBook reading is going to be a pleasure with clear and crisp text Watching HD movies on iPad is going to be unbelievably good The new Games targeted for Retina display are going to be more realistic and needless to explain the pleasure of playing such games Graphic artists and photo editors get a professional on screen rendering support to create beautiful graphics 2x Faster & 2x Memory – Better Games and powerful Apps The new iPad is more powerful with 2x faster graphics and 2x more memory. Apple claims that the A5x processor of new iPad is 2x faster than iPad 2 and 4x faster than the best graphic chips available from other vendors. The RAM of  new iPad  is upgraded to 1 GB compared from 512 MB of iPad 2. With the fast processor and more memory, Apps and games are going to be blazing fast. 4G Internet – Browse the web at the speeds of 42 MB/sec Half of the iPad owners are frequent commuters who access internet over cellular networks, the new iPad’s 4G LTE is going to be a big boom for their  high data access needs. With the new iPad’s 4G LTE connectivity you can browse the web at 42 MB/sec and it mean you can watch a HD video without buffering issues. iPad 2 comes with 3G network support and it’s browsing speeds are way less than the new iPad. 5MP Camera – HD Movie Recording & gorgeous Photography iPad 2 has a 0.7 mega pixel camera and the new iPad comes with 5 megapixels camera. That is a huge boost for hobbyist  photographers and videographers. With the new iPad you can shoot gorgeous photos and 1080p HD video. The iSight camera of new iPad uses advanced optics with features like auto exposure, auto focus and face detection up to 10 faces. Amazon Pays up to $300 for old iPad 2 16 GB Wifi and more for other models Do you know that you can trade in your iPad 2 16 GB Wifi for upto $300? Amazon has an excellent trade in program for selling your used iPad 2s. Depending on the condition of the iPad 2  Amazon offers $234, $270, $300.00 for 16 GB Wifi versions that in Acceptable, Good and Like New conditions respectively.  The higher models of iPad 2s fetch you more money. With this great deal from Amazon the amount of extra money you need to spend for new iPad is almost half of their price. Visit Amazon Trade In’s website or read Amazon’s brilliant plan to pay you crazy money for your iPad 2 for more details. Related: New IPad Vs. IPad 2–Side By Side Comparison Of Hardware Specification [Infographic]

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  • 6 Interesting Facts About NASA’s Mars Rover ‘Curiosity’

    - by Gopinath
    Humans quest for exploring the surrounding planets to see whether we can live there or not is taking new shape today. NASA’s Mars probing robot, Curiosity, blasted off today on its 9 months journey to reach Mars and explore it for the possibilities of life there. Scientist says that Curiosity is one most advanced rover ever launched to probe life on other planets. Here is the launch video and some analysis by a news reporter Lets look at the 6 interesting facts about the mission 1. It’s as big as a car Curiosity is the biggest ever rover ever launched by NASA to probe life on outer planets. It’s as big as a car and almost double the size of its predecessor rover Spirit. The length of Curiosity is around 9 feet 10 inches(3 meters), width is 9 feet 1 inch (2.8 meters) and height is 7 feet (2.1 meters). 2. Powered by Plutonium – Lasts 24×7 for 23 months The earlier missions of NASA to explore Mars are powered by Solar power and that hindered capabilities of the rovers to move around when the Sun is hiding. Due to dependency of Sun the earlier rovers were not able to traverse the places where there is no Sun light. Curiosity on the other hand is equipped with a radioisotope power system that generates electricity from the heat emitted by plutonium’s radioactive decay. The plutonium weighs around 10 pounds and can generate power required for operating the rover close to 23 weeks. The best part of the new power system is, Curiosity can roam around in darkness, light and all year around. 3. Rocket powered backpack for a science fiction style landing The Curiosity is so heavy that NASA could not use parachute and balloons to air-drop the rover on the surface of Mars like it’s previous missions. They are trying out a new science fiction style air-dropping mechanism that is similar to sky crane heavy-lift helicopter. The landing of the rover begins first with entry into the Mars atmosphere protected by a heat shield. At about 6 miles to the surface, the heat shield is jettisoned and a parachute is deployed to glide the rover smoothly. When the rover touches 3 miles above the surface, the parachute is jettisoned and the eight motors rocket backpack is used for a smooth and impact free landing as shown in the image. Here is an animation created by NASA on the landing sequence. If you are interested in getting more detailed information about the landing process check this landing sequence picture available on NASA website 4. Equipped with Star Wars style laser gun Hollywood movie directors and novelist always imagined aliens coming to earth with spaceships full of laser guns and blasting the objects which comes on their way. With Curiosity the equations are going to change. It has a powerful laser gun equipped in one of it’s arms to beam laser on rocks to vaporize them. This is not part of any assault mission Curiosity is expected to carry out, the laser gun is will be used to carry out experiments to detect life and understand nature. 5. Most sophisticated laboratory powered by 10 instruments Around 10 state of art instruments are part of Curiosity rover and the these 10 instruments form a most advanced rover based lab ever built by NASA. There are instruments to cut through rocks to examine them and other instruments will search for organic compounds. Mounted cameras can study targets from a distance, arm mounted instruments can study the targets they touch. Microscopic lens attached to the arm can see and magnify tiny objects as tiny as 12.5 micro meters. 6. Rover Carrying 1.24 million names etched on silicon Early June 2009 NASA launched a campaign called “Send Your Name to Mars” and around 1.24 million people registered their names through NASA’s website. All those 1.24 million names are etched on Silicon chips mounted onto Curiosity’s deck. If you had registered your name in the campaign may be your name is going to reach Mars soon. Curiosity On Web If you wish to follow the mission here are few links to help you NASA’s Curiosity Web Page Follow Curiosity on Facebook Follow @MarsCuriosity on Twitter Artistic Gallery Image of Mars Rover Curiosity A printable sheet of Curiosity Mission [pdf] Images credit: NASA This article titled,6 Interesting Facts About NASA’s Mars Rover ‘Curiosity’, was originally published at Tech Dreams. Grab our rss feed or fan us on Facebook to get updates from us.

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  • Windows 8: Is Internet Explorer10 Metro mode disabled? Here is the fix.

    - by Gopinath
    Are you having issues with Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8? Is Internet Explorer 10 application not launching in Metro mode and always launching in Desktop mode? Continue reading the post to understand and fix the problem. When Internet Explorer 10 does not launch in Metro mode? On Windows 8 when Internet Explorer is launched from Start screen it launches in Metro UI mode and when launched from Desktop it launches in traditional desktop UI mode. But when Internet Explorer  is not set as default browser, Windows 8 always launches Internet Explorer in Desktop mode irrespective of whether its launched from Start screen or Desktop. This generally happens when we install the browsers Firefox or Chrome and set them as default browser. How to restore Internet Explorer 10 Metro mode? The problem can be resolved by setting Internet Explorer 10 as the default web browser in Windows 8. But setting default web browser in Windows 8 is a bit tricky as there is no option available Options screen of  of Internet Explorer. To set Internet Explorer 10 as the default web browser follow these steps 1. Go to Start screen of Windows 8 and search for Default Programs app by typing Default using keyboard. 2. Click on the link Set your default programs 3. Choose Internet Explorer on the left section of the screen(pointer 1) and then click on the option Set this program as default available at the bottom right section(pointer 2) 4. That’s it. Now Internet Explorer is set as default web browser and from now onwards you will be able to launch Metro UI based Internet Explorer from Start screen

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  • How To Jailbreak iPad On Windows & Mac OS X

    - by Gopinath
    As the iPad are selling like hot cakes at Apple Stores(where are the critics who said iPad sucks!), many of the iPad owners are looking for the ways to jailbreak it. Thanks to Spirit application that makes jailbreaking of an iPad as simple as a kids play. In this post we will guide you the steps required for giving freedom to your iPad on your Windows PC or Mac. 1. Backup Your iPad SHSH – Backup SHSH of your iPad. This is required for restoring your iPad if something goes wrong while jailbreaking. Here is a nice article on how to perform the backup on Windows as well as on Mac OSX. 2. Install iTunes – Most likely that you have the latest version of iTunes. If not, install it from here 3. Activate Your iPad – If you iPad is already then you are all set to start the jail breaking. If not activate your iPad. 4.  Download Jailbreaking tool Spirit – The Spirit tool that can jailbreak the latest version of iPads and iPhones is available for Mac OSX and Windows XP/Vista/7. You can download it from Spirit website 5. Connect your iPad to your computer 6. Launch Spirit Jailbreak and click on Jailbreak button. Wait till you see “Jailbreak Complete!” message on your screen. 7. Voila! Your iPad is jailbroken and Cydia should be there in the list of applications. Join us on Facebook to read all our stories right inside your Facebook news feed.

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  • Steve Jobs Proposes New Apple Campus.It’s As Beautiful As An iPad.

    - by Gopinath
    After the launch of iOS 5, OS X Lion and iCloud Steve Jobs proposed Apple’s plans for construction of a new campus in Cupertino. In a presentation to Cupertino City Council, Steve proposed to construct a spaceship style beautiful building that can house 12000 employees. Apple recently purchased 150 acres of land from HP and others in Cupertino and this land will be used for their new campus. The architectural design of the new campus looks awesome just like their products: iPad / iPhone.It’s a four storied circular building with all curved glasses that can accommodate 12000 employees.,  “We do have a shot at building the best office building in the world,” Jobs told the Council members, “Architecture students will come here to see this.”. The facility is going to be eco-friendly with 80% of landscaping with most of the parking going to underground. The current campus has 3700 trees and Apple is planning to increase them to 6000 trees. The campus will be powered with its own renewable energy source and electric grid as backup. Steve described It’s a pretty amazing building. It’s a little like a spaceship landed. It’s got this gorgeous courtyard in the middle… It’s a circle. It’s curved all the way around. If you build things, this is not the cheapest way to build something Check out the embedded video of Steve Jobs at the City Council meeting An Apple Fan boy quickly photoshopped the new campus to something more interesting This article titled,Steve Jobs Proposes New Apple Campus.It’s As Beautiful As An iPad., was originally published at Tech Dreams. Grab our rss feed or fan us on Facebook to get updates from us.

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  • Facebook and Twitter Shoes [Geek Fun]

    - by Gopinath
    For all the Facebook and Twitter enthusiasts, here are cool designs of Facebook and Twitter Shoes.   There are not real shoes and you can’t buy them anywhere. They are just dream visuals created by Mckay and he says in a blog post Facebook as a brand is increasingly on the rise and I thought it would be interesting to see what it would look like if Adidas also released a limited edition Facebook Superstar, so I worked on my own design of the shoe and this is what I came up with Would not it be cool if the social giants bring these shoe designs to reality? This article titled,Facebook and Twitter Shoes [Geek Fun], was originally published at Tech Dreams. Grab our rss feed or fan us on Facebook to get updates from us.

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  • How To Watch Live Streaming of Oscars 2010 (Academy Awards)

    - by Gopinath
    The Academy Awards or more popularly known as Oscars for this year will go live on 7th March 2010 (8PM ET) at the Kodak Theater (Hollywood), Los Angeles, California. It’s a star studded event every movie lover wish to follow and watch live. We at Tech Dreams always love to write about live streaming of popular events happening across the globe. Here is our guide to follow Oscars 2010 Oscars 2010 Live Streams Last year we did not have many choices to view the Oscars online. But this year there are plenty of them available from the best of the media power houses APLive Oscars coverage on livestream.com (embedded below) Oscars.com – The Official Web Site of Academy Awards Oscars.org Live Streaming Academy Awards – Official Live Steaming Channel on livestream.com(embedded below) APLive Oscars coverage on Facebook AP Live Oscars Red Carpet Coverage Academy Awards – Live Coverage Websites To View Highlights & Exclusive Clips Of Oscars 2010 If you miss to catch the live streaming of Oscars 2010, here are few sites you can check to view video highlights of the entire event.  Few websites like Hulu have access to exclusive moments. Oscar’s Official YouTube Channel Hulu Award Season 2010 coverage Oscars 2010  Date and Time Oscars 2010 will begin at on 7th March  Sunday 8PM EST in California. The local time in India will be around 9:30 AM on Monday. Here is list of major cities and the local time at which Oscars 2010 are going to start Date & Time California March 7th, Sunday 20:00 Adelaide March 8th, Monday 14:30 Bangkok March 8th, Monday 11:00 Beijing March 8th, Monday 12:00 Brisbane March 8th, Monday 14:00 Cape Town March 8th, Monday 06:00 Dubai March 8th, Monday 08:00 Frankfurt March 8th, Monday 05:00 Hong Kong March 8th, Monday 12:00 Delhi/Chennai/Mumbai/Kolkata March 8th, Monday 09:30 New York March 7th, Sunday 23:00 Paris March 8th, Monday 05:00 Washington March 7th, Sunday 23:00 London March 8th, Monday 04:00 For more cities visit this link If you know any other source that provide live streaming of Oscar’s, let us hear through the comments. Join us on Facebook to read all our stories right inside your Facebook news feed.

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  • Don’t miss rare Venus transit across Sun on June 5th. Once in a life time event.

    - by Gopinath
    Space lovers here is a rare event you don’t want to miss. On June 5th or 6th of 2012,depending on which part of the globe you live, the planet Venus will pass across Sun and it will not happen again until 2117. During the six hour long spectacular transit you can see the shadow of Venus cross Sun. The transit of Venus occurs in pairs eight years apart, with the previous one taking place in 2004. The next pair of transits occurs after 105.5 & 121.5 years later. The best place to watch the event would be a planetarium nearby with telescope facility. If not you watch it directly but must protect your eyes at all times with proper solar filters. Where can we see the transit? The transit of Venus is going to be clearly visible in Europe, Asia, United States and some part of Australia. Americans will be able to see transit in the evening of Tuesday, June 5, 2012. Eurasians and Africans can see the transit in the morning of June 6, 2012. At what time the event occurs? The principal events occurring during a transit are conveniently characterized by contacts, analogous to the contacts of an annular solar eclipse. The transit begins with contact I, the instant the planet’s disk is externally tangent to the Sun. Shortly after contact I, the planet can be seen as a small notch along the solar limb. The entire disk of the planet is first seen at contact II when the planet is internally tangent to the Sun. Over the course of several hours, the silhouetted planet slowly traverses the solar disk. At contact III, the planet reaches the opposite limb and once again is internally tangent to the Sun. Finally, the transit ends at contact IV when the planet’s limb is externally tangent to the Sun. Event Universal Time Contact I 22:09:38 Contact II 22:27:34 Greatest 01:29:36 Contact III 04:31:39 Contact IV 04:49:35   Transit of Venus animation Here is a nice video animation on the transit of Venus Map courtesy of Steven van Roode, source NASA

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  • Evolution Of High Definition TV Viewing

    - by Gopinath
    The following guest post is written by Rob, who is also blogging on entertainment technology topics on iwantsky.com Gone are the days when you need to squint to be able to see the emotions on the faces of Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman as the lovers bid each other adieu in the classic film Casablanca. These days, watching an ordinary ant painstakingly carry a leaf in Animal Planet can be an exhilarating experience as you get to see not only the slightest movement but also the demarcation line between the insect’s head, thorax and abdomen. The crystal clear imagery was made possible by the sharp minds and the tinkering hands of the scientists that have designed the modern world’s HDTV. What is HDTV and what makes people so agog to have this new innovation in TV watching? HDTV stands for High Definition TV. Television viewing has indeed made a big leap. From the grainy black and whites, TV viewing had moved to colored TVs, progressed to SD TVs and now to HDTV. HDTV is the emerging trend in TV viewing as it delivers bigger and clearer pictures and better audio. Viewers can have a cinema-like TV viewing experience right in the comforts of their own home. With HDTV the viewer is allowed to have a better viewing range. With Standard (SD) TV, the viewer has to be at a distance that is from 3 to 6 times the size of the screen. HDTV allows the viewer to enjoy sharper and clearer images as it is possible to sit at a distance that is 1.5 or 3 times the size of the screen without noticing any image pixilation. Although HDTV appears to be a fairly new innovation, this system has actually existed in various forms years ago. Development of the HDTV was started in Europe as early as 1940s. However, the NTSC and the PAL/SECAM, the two analog TV standards became dominant and became popular worldwide. The analog TV was replaced by the digital TV platform in the 1990s. Even during the analog era, attempts have been made to develop HDTV. Japan has come out with MUSE system. However, due to channel bandwidth requirement concerns, the program was shelved. The entry of four organizations into the HDTV market spurred the development of a beneficial coalition. The AT&T, ATRC, MIT and Zenith HDTV combined forces. In 1993, a Grand Alliance was formed. This group is composed of researchers and HDTV manufacturers. A common standard for the broadcast system of HDTV was developed. In 1995, the system was tested and found successful. With the higher screen resolution of HDTV, viewing has never been more enjoyable. [Image courtesy: samsung] This article titled,Evolution Of High Definition TV Viewing, was originally published at Tech Dreams. Grab our rss feed or fan us on Facebook to get updates from us.

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  • Follow Steve Jobs WWDC 2010 Keynote Live Blogging On Popular Websites

    - by Gopinath
    As Apple’s WWDC 2010 is around the corner, we thought of providing links of popular blogs that cover the event live blogging. I would not have prepared this list if Gizmodo is live blogging this event. Gizmodo had done exceptionally well in covering the live events of Apple and providing great insights from live events. But this time, Gizmodo is kicked out of WWDC event as they spoiled Apple’s party by revealing the secrets of next version of iPhone. So I thought just like me many of you guys would be searching for popular blogs that cover the Steve Jobs keynote live from WWDC 2010. Here are here few popular blogs and links to their live blogging pages: gdgt live WWDC coverage Technolizer WWDC Live Blogging The Apple Blog WWDC Live Coverage Mac Observer WWDC 2010 Live Blog Coverage MacRumors WWDC Live Event Coverage Ars Technica Wired NYT Mac Life   I love the watch live of Steve Jobs key note, but I could not figure out any websites that offer live streaming of this event. If you happen to find any site that offer live streaming of the event, let us hear in the comments. Join us on Facebook to read all our stories right inside your Facebook news feed.

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  • Buy HTC HD7 Windows Phone 7 From Airtel In India @ Rs. 29990

    - by Gopinath
    Are you looking for HTC HD 7 Windows Phone 7 in India? Head over to Airtel showroom near you to grab one. Airtel in partnership with HTC is offering HD 7 Windows Phone 7 for Rs. 29990 and users will get 2 GB of data usage for 6 months at Rs. 300. Mr. Shireesh Joshi, CMO-Mobile Services of Bharti Airtel,  in a press conference says We are delighted with the opportunity to bring the eagerly-awaited HTC HD7 Smartphone in India. Combining the strength of the airtel brand and network with the innovation and design of HTC and the great user-interface of Windows Phone 7, we are happy to bring another first for our customers that will take mobile communications to a whole new level. The HD7 has a 4.3-inch display, kickstand to rest your phone on a table, 5MP autofocus camera that allows you to record 720p videos, 1GHz processor, 576MB of RAM and has 16GB of internal memory. Even though this is the official launch of HTC HD7 in India, this phone is available in the market for quite sometime at an approximate price of Rs. 27000/-. So it’s your call to decide whether buy it at HTC authorized retailers like Airtel for Rs.29K  or in the market for Rs 27K. HTC HD 7 Promo Video Thanks Fonearena This article titled,Buy HTC HD7 Windows Phone 7 From Airtel In India @ Rs. 29990, was originally published at Tech Dreams. Grab our rss feed or fan us on Facebook to get updates from us.

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  • Upgrade iPhone to iPad For FREE [Geek Fun]

    - by Gopinath
    Can’t afford an iPad or it’s not yet on sale in your country? Don’t worry. You can upgrade your iPhone to iPad at free of cost. Wondering how? Here it is. via appadvice Join us on Facebook to read all our stories right inside your Facebook news feed.

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