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Increase your chances to get a confirmed train ticket from IRCTC

I believe almost every one of us have faced problems while booking online tickets from IRCTC. And especially when it comes of booking the Tatkal tickets. Time plays the most crucial part in the booking. The more it takes time in filling in the details, the less are chances of getting a confirmed tatkal ticket. And we need to fill in that details every time the transaction gets cancelled or we need to book an another train ticket. You must be thinking isn’t there any way by which we can reduce the time which we waste every time in filing in the same details like name, age and sex and ID number? Of, course there is. You just have to click on a bookmark and all the details of the passenger are automatically inserted into the IRCTC booking details page. You may save as many number of passengers you want to. Here is how. The video explains how to reduce the time spent in booking hence increased chances of getting a tatkal ticket from IRCTC.

Now here is a trick to make sure you are all ready with your filling details even before the bookings are started. What you will need for this is Magic Autofill. It’s a simple online tool which will fill the passenger details on the IRCTC website with the click of a button thus giving making you ahead of others.

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Now how to do. Click on “ctrlq.org/IRCTC” around ten minutes before the time when Tatkal booking is going to be open complete the form on the website – its almost a copy of the form available on the Indian railways website. Once you’ve filled the passenger details, click on I’m Feeling Lucky and the tool will generate a Magic Autofill button. You need to drag this button to your bookmarks toolbar.

Now when you are ready to book a ticket on the Indian Railways website , just click the same Magic Autofill button on your bookmarks toolbar and magic will happen as your form will be automatically filled up with the passengers details!

This happens because you are filling a form in advance and saving it as a bookmark. When you are on the actual form, and you click the bookmark, you  transfer the previously filled values to your new form.

There are some forms in IRCTC form which may not have every field that’s available on the Magic Autofill website like food preference or ID details, in that case, you can just ignore these fields on the Magic Autofill site. Try it yourself for any train you feel like or you are about to board very soon.

You’ll also have to provide an ID number on the online reservation form of all passengers when booking for Tatkal tickets.

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The Next Galaxy About To Hit

The hype surrounding the upcoming Galaxy smartphone has just gotten bigger. The folks at Samsung have devised a new way to further egg on the excitement regarding their upcoming flagship smartphone, commonly referred to as the Samsung Galaxy S III. The brand has put up a cryptic message on their Twitter account with the words, ‘Destination: tgeltaayehxnx.’ The latter word may seem like like rubbish and in actuality it is, but those with a keen eye for puzzles can figure out that it is actually an anagram and when deciphered reads, ‘the next galaxy.’

Few hours till the next puzzle

Few hours till the next puzzle

 

The brand has not just stopped there and has also made a URL with the same cryptic word and when the link http://www.tgeltaayehxnx.com is clicked, it takes one to a countdown page with the words, ‘Coming Soon’ in bold and below that the reference to when the next step in presumably another puzzle can be taken. This would lead one to believe that if not a puzzle, Samsung might reveal something more about the upcoming Galaxy smartphone like maybe a teaser video or like in the case of Motorola when they revealed an image puzzle before announcing the RAZR smartphone.
In case any of you missed out here are some of the rumoured specifications of the next Galaxy smartphone:

 

  • Android Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 4.6-inch display Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1184 x 720
  • 1,4GHz quad-core processor
  • Mali-400MP GPU
  • 16GB Internal memory
  • Expandable via MicroSD card
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8MP rear camera
  • NFC
  • 2250mAh battery

Rumours of this smartphone have been doing the rounds since late last year and over the last few weeks have gathered a lot of steam. The biggest bit of information came a few days back when a Vietnamese website posted a hands on video of the device. The website had detailed specifications of the smartphone, but what still remains in doubt is how this handset will look once it is officially unveiled.

 

As of now we have to just wait and see what Samsung has planned regarding their much talked about smartphone. For all the rumours and speculations surrounding this smartphone, click here.

Ultrabooks vs MacBook Air: What Should You Buy?????

Now this thing Trend is really on a move. Every PC maker now has at least one Ultrabook on the market, and some have this more . It may even be said that as the time passes by knowing all this more clearly, you’ll see many of these super-sleek laptops all set with much more attractive prices.  How aggressive? Try $600 less than the $1,299 MacBook Air.

Now the question here is what is an Ultrabook and how does these notebooks comparable to Apple’s first-class ultraportables?

What is an Ultrabook?

An Ultrabook is a mini notebook computer designed to provide similar or superior computing functionality as that of a standard laptop but with less size, weight and an extended battery life.
The Ultrabook is a trademark name that was initially conceived by the Intel Corporation in 2011, but the term has expanded to refer to a new category of notebook computers that sits somewhere between lightweight laptops and tablets. Ultrabooks are integrated with consumer ultra-low voltage (CULV) processors, graphic card accelerators, solid state drives and limited external communication ports.

Where Ultrabooks Beat the MacBook Air

They’re Cheaper

While the 13-inch Air costs a somewhat steep $1,299, you can pick up an Ultrabook like the Toshiba Portege Z835 (pictured) for as little as $799. It’s the lightest Ultrabook yet at just 2.4 pounds and lasts nearly 7 hours on a charge. It’s Core i3 processor and 128GB solid state drive aren’t as fast as the Air, but you get good performance for the money.

Other Ultrabooks, like the Asus Zenbook UX31 and Dell XPS 13, cost $999. These laptops step up to faster Core i5 processors and have sexier designs. Plus, thanks to Intel’s Smart Connect technology inside the Dell, the Ultrabook can keep your email and social networking feed up to date even with the lid closed.

By this summer I expect to see a number of Ultrabooks in the $699 range, though they won’t be equipped with solid state drives.

See Full ReviewsToshiba Portege Z835Asus Zenbook UX31, Dell XPS 13

More Sizes, More Choices

There’s no question that the sweet spot for Ultrabooks is 13 inches. This size laptop is small enough to take anywhere but big enough to be your primary PC. But not everyone shopping for an Ultrabook is a road warrior. Some people just want a bigger screen in a sleek design.

The HP Envy 14 Spectre is particularly unique in that the lid and palmrest are made of scratch-resistant glass, while the Samsung Series 9 15-inch crams a high-resolution 1600 x 900 screen into a chassis that’s less than 4 pounds. Or how about a 15-inch Ultrabook with discrete graphics like the Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M3?

See Full ReviewsHP Envy 14 SpectreSamsung Series 9 15-inchAcer Aspire Timeline Ultra M3

Additional Port Options

While some Ultrabooks leave out important features like SD Card slots (Dell XPS 13, Lenovo IdeaPad U300), many of our top picks include more ports than the MacBook Air. For example, the HP Folio includes two USB 3.0 ports, a full-size HDMI port (no adapter required) and Ethernet for those users who demand it. The Portege Z835 goes a step further by including a VGA port, which will help business users connect to older projectors.

See Full ReviewHP Folio 13

Some Models Give You More Storage

One of the complaints people have about the MacBook Air and certain Ultrabooks is that you’re limited to just 128GB of solid state storage in most cases out of the box. If you need more room for all your stuff consider an Ultrabook like the Samsung Series 5 Ultra. This 14-incher combines 16GB of ExpressCache (which allows for a 30-second boot) with a 500GB hard drive.

However, while the price is a relatively low $849, Ultrabooks in this price range-and cheaper-don’t offer the same speed and responsiveness of the MacBook Air and more premium Ultrabooks with a full-fledged SSD.

See Full ReviewSamsung Series 5 Ultra

Where the MacBook Air Beats Ultrabooks

Superior Screen Quality


I don’t know where Apple got its displays for the 11- and 13-inch Air, but they’re vastly superior to the vast majority of Ultrabook screens out there. They’re bright, have excellent viewing angles and don’t suffer from nearly as much glare when used outdoors. They’re really in a class of their own. I recently used the 13-inch Air outside on a sunny day with no problem. I couldn’t do that with the Zenbook UX31, even though it has a higher-res screen. The only Ultrabook screen that’s in the same league as the Air is the 13-inch Samsung Series 9.

See MoreFace-off: ASUS Zenbook UX31 vs Apple MacBook AirSamsung Series 9: Has the Air Met its Match?

Best Touchpad

This is what happens when you have total control of the hardware and software. While many Ultrabooks we’ve reviewed have touchpads that offer erratic performance, the glass trackpad on the Air is silky smooth, dead accurate and reliable. On the Windows side of the house, we’ve seen Ultrabook after Ultrabook get touchpad driver updates after launch that fixes one issue or another. Here’s a thought: test your product before you release it.

Another advantage for the Air is the myriad multitouch gestures you can use to perform various tasks, from opening Launchpad (four-finger pinch) to engaging Mission Control (three-finger swipe up).

See MoreCrappy Clickpads Could Kill the Ultrabook

Comfy, Well-Backlit Keyboard

Having tried all 10 Ultrabooks we’ve reviewed thus far, I can say with confidence that none of them are as comfortable to type on than the MacBook Air. Apple’s ultraportable offers a good amount of travel for its thin profile, enough that I don’t have to think about it. Meanwhile, the backlighting is bright and easy to read. Some Ultrabooks don’t have backlit keyboards at all (to save on cost), while others like the Samsung Series 9 15 inch are so I could barely see it in the dark.

See More5 Things to Look For in Your Next Notebook Keyboard

Friendlier Software

As we learned from the recent Flashback Trojan attack, which affected more than 600,000 Macs, Apple’s OS is certainly not immune to security threats. But overall I find OS X Lion easier to use than Windows 7. Features like Resume and Auto Save, the time-saving search token feature in Mail, and Mission Control, I find it easier to get work done. Plus, I find Lion to be more stable than Windows 7. I have to force quit or restart much less often.

See MoreOS X Mountain Lion Preview

Bottom Line

Ultrabooks are a work in progress. For every model we strongly recommend like the Zenbook UX31 and Samsung Series 9 there are underwhelming Ultrabooks like the chintzy Acer Aspire S3 or SD Card-less IdeaPad U300s. But I expect the quality to improve quickly, especially with upcoming laptops that take advantage of Intel’s new Ivy Bridge processors. Lower prices will help, too.

Ultrabooks will get even more exciting when Windows 8 launches later this year. I’m psyched to review models that integrate touchscreens like the IdeaPad Yoga that take full advantage of the OS’ capabilities. This Cove Point Tablet-Ultrabook Hybridconcept also looks compelling.

Then again, the 11-inch Air continues to be a great value, while the 13-inch Air remains my favorite ultraportable on the market. If you’re willing to spend $1,299, there’s no reason to get anything else unless you really want Windows.

Apple will also likely adopt Intel’s next-gen Core processors in short order and likely expand its screen size options. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a 15-inch Air this year. And with OS X Mountain Lion launching in summer, which brings more iPad features to the fold, the Airs will continue to be the “Ultrabooks” to beat.

Why to Buy A Smartphone…

Faster Internet accessibility and ability to use more applications are the main reasons that drive people to buy smartphones, a report by Ericsson Consumerlab said.

“Among today’s users in high growth markets,smartphone adoption is driven by application functionality and a faster Internet experience,” the Ericsson ConsumerLab’s Emerging App Culture report said.

About 43 per cent people say that better Internet access is the main reason for buying a smartphone while 33 per cent prefer to buy these devices to access more applications, the report said.

The research was carried out among smartphone users in the 15-54 year age group, who accessed Internet at least once a week, in India, Russia and Brazil.

“The app culture emerging in these high-growth markets reflects a trend similar to that in the US… we see a general evolution toward new users purchasing increasingly specialised apps, such as those for dating services and price comparison, from the moment they get their smartphones,” Ericsson ConsumerLab Senior Specialist Jasmeet Singh Sethi said.

People mostly use their smartphones to check in to locations, use maps for navigation, watch Internet TV, movies, live news, play online games, among others, the study showed.

A majority owners are first-time users who purchased their smartphone during the past six months, it added. However, mobile applications (apps) are used differently across the three markets.

“The Indian smartphone users are more interested in downloading personalisation applications, such as screen savers, live wallpapers and third party browsers apart from social media applications and games,” it said.

Russians use their phones for navigation and maps, shopping comparisons, barcode scanners, translators, dictionaries while the Brazilians used applications to enhance their social interactions, the report said.

The study said users have few applications on their phones but they use them frequently.

“While 69 per cent say they access Internet using applications daily, almost half do not use more than one to five applications on a weekly basis,” the study said.

When it comes to the daily application usage, 49 per cent people say they use it for social networking, 39 per cent for chat, 31 per cent for weather forecasts, 26 per cent for news, 20 per cent for maps, GPS and navigation and 12 per cent for timetables and traffic.

Adobe to offer Creative Suite 6 online…

Adobe is launching the latest version of its software package for designers and Web developers.

Adobe Systems Inc unveiled Creative Suite 6 at an event in San Francisco. CS6 includesPhotoshop, Illustrator and other programs.

Unlike previous versions, which came shrink-wrapped in a box, Creative Suite 6 will be available on a monthly subscription basis as part of Adobe’s Creative Cloud offering. Subscriptions will start at $50 a month for those who sign up for a year. Subscribers will be able to download programs such as Photoshop, InDesign or Illustrator, store their work online and share files with others.

This will likely make the pricey software package more desirable to new customers who may not want to shell out thousands of dollars upfront.

Scott Morris, a senior marketing director at Adobe, compared the new pricing policy to the company’s decision nearly a decade ago to start selling its design-software products in one package. The result then was higher sales, and Adobe hopes to replicate that success with its new revenue model.

Selling CS6 through subscriptions should also help Adobe reduce piracy, a persistent problem for companies that sell shrink-wrapped software.

Customers will still be able to buy CS6 as a packaged software suite, just as they can still buy the programs separately. Prices for CS6 range from $275 for the cheapest upgrade to $2,599 for the full “Master Collection.”

Adobe’s Creative Solutions business, which is responsible for Creative Suite, accounts for the bulk of the San Jose, California, company’s revenue

iPad popularity sends laptop component makers to cloud

The world’s two biggest laptop assemblers are seeking shelter in the cloud as Apple Inc’s iPad threatens the future of personal computers.

Quanta Computer Inc and Compal Electronics Inc, the Taiwanese companies that together make half of all portable computers, are turning to servers and the tablets that access them.

Revenue from building notebooks for clients such as Hewlett-Packard Co and Dell Inc at Taoyuan, Taiwan-based Quanta fell last year for the first time since the company listed in 1999 as the US PC market declined for the first time in a decade.

Sales of the iPad, cheaper and lighter than most laptops, have forced a slowdown in the $233 billion PC market, pushing the assemblers to chase orders from Google Inc and Amazon.com Inc for servers and tablets.

The Taiwanese companies are taking a cue from their customers. Dell is cutting its reliance on PCs and HP considered spinning off the business, seven years after International Business Machines Corp ( IBM) exited the market.

“The golden era for notebooks is over,” said Arthur Liao, an analyst at Fubon Financial Holding Co in Taipei, who rates Quanta an add and has no rating on Compal. “Quanta and Compal need to diversify into cloud computing devices like tablets and servers if they want to survive and grow.”

The success of iPads and other tablets has accelerated the growth of the cloud. Unlike PCs, tablets don’t store reams of data, but rather rely on frequent access to remote servers to run their applications, stream videos and music, and tap into all manner of other data.

Cloud computing

Sales at Quanta, the world’s biggest laptop assembler, from cloud-computing products will climb 80 per cent this year as Google and Amazon boost orders, said Kirk Yang, an analyst with Barclays Plc. Compal last year more than doubled the proportion of its revenue from devices other than notebooks, said Jimmy Chen, an analyst with Masterlink Securities Corp in Taipei.

Sales of cloud-computing products, including servers, tablets such as Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Internet routers, at Quanta will account for 13.4 per cent of revenue this year from 8.7 per cent last year, Yang said. Analysts estimate revenue growth will be 9 per cent this year after dropping 1.3 per cent last year, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Quanta Chief Financial Officer and spokesman Elton Yang declined an interview request.

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“Quanta and Compal recognized a while ago that notebook growth is slowing and they needed to look for new products,” said Chen, who rates both companies hold and estimates that combined they made about half the world’s laptops in the past decade. “Moving into cloud devices is new and risky territory for them, but it’s a move they need to make.”

Quanta’s shares have climbed 20 per cent this year in Taipei and Compal’s have added 8.6 per cent, compared with a 7.8 per cent advance in the benchmark Taiex index.

With social networking sites such as Facebook Inc, Google and Twitter Inc gaining in popularity and more people using the Internet to buy and store music and data, demand for servers continues to climb.

That same can’t be said for PCs. Global computer shipments climbed 0.5 per cent last year to 353 million units, trailing the 7 per cent rise in sales volume for servers, according to researcher Gartner Inc. Significantly, server revenue gained even higher, at 7.9 per cent, Gartner said, indicating average prices increased during the year.

Reign of PCs

Computer prices have declined annually since 2008, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The average price on Dec. 31 was $660.07, compared with $786.90 on Dec. 31, 2008.

Tablet shipments will almost double to 119 million units this year, while computer shipments will climb 4.4 per cent, according to Gartner. Sales of smartphones, which also can access cloud-based services, will climb 34 percent this year to 660 million units, according to IDC Corp.

In the past seven months, Google has announced more than $700 million of spending on Asian data centers, which are large warehouses that host its servers. That’s because increasingly more users in the region are accessing sites such as YouTube from handheld devices, Asia-Pacific President Daniel Alegre said in an April 3 interview.

Amazon, the largest Internet retailer, almost doubled capital spending last year to $1.9 billion, according to Bloomberg data. The Seattle-based company boosted technology and infrastructure expenses to support its Web services, Chief Financial Officer Tom Szkutak said Jan. 31.

Apple products

“The reign of the personal computer as the sole corporate access device is coming to a close,” Stamford, Connecticut- based Gartner said March 12. “By 2014, the personal cloud will replace the personal computer at the center of users’ digital lives.”

Compal, based in Taipei and lagging only Quanta in laptop assembly, is the manufacturer of Acer Inc’s Iconia tablet. Compal boosted revenue from non-notebook devices such as tablets, all-in-one PCs, televisions and smartphones, to 16 per cent of sales last year from 7 per cent the year before, Masterlink’s Chen estimates.

That figure may climb to about 20 per cent this year, though the company’s decision not to manufacture servers makes Compal less diversified than Quanta and more at risk from the notebook- industry slowdown, Chen said.

Compal Chief Financial Officer Garry Lu, who also is the company’s spokesman, didn’t answer calls seeking comment. Besides servers for Amazon, Quanta is manufacturing the online bookseller’s Kindle Fire. The device was the second-best selling tablet in the fourth quarter behind the iPad, according to DisplaySearch Inc.

Quanta also is the biggest assembler of Apple computers and laptops, making it an indirect beneficiary of the iPad, which has helped Apple lure consumers to its Mac devices from Microsoft Corp’s Windows-based models, Liao said. Apple accounted for 24 per cent of Quanta’s revenue in 2011, and that should climb to 34 per cent this year, he estimated.

“Cloud computing is their future.” Barclay’s Yang said. “The challenge is that it’ll take a few years to get there.”

Google triples cash reward to $20,000 for hackers….

 Google has raised to $20,000 its bounty on software bugs that hackers could exploit for cyber attacks on the Internet giant’s online services.

The maximum reward for exposing a vulnerability that would let an intruder’s code get up to mischief in a Google datacenter was ramped up from the $3,133.70 payout set when the bounty program launched in November of 2010.

“When we get more bug reports, we get more bug fixes,” Google security team manager Adam Mein said. “That is good for our users; that is good for us.”

Google has paid out approximately $460,000 since it established the Vulnerability Reward Program.

Of the 11,000 software flaws reported to Google, more than 780 qualified for rewards ranging from $300 to the maximum, a figure selected because the digits translate into a technical term in a hacker programming language.

The bounty was raised to inspire software savants to hunt for difficult-to-find, and potentially perilous, bugs hidden deep in programs, according to Mein.

“We want them to know the reward is there for them if they find the most severe bugs,” Mein said. Bugs found in more sensitive services such as Google smartphone “Wallet” software tends to merit more generous rewards.

People vying for bounties have tended to be computer security professionals; engineering students honing their skills, and website operators, according to Google.

Google Drive launching soon….

Google Inc is preparing to roll out a service to let consumers store photos and other content online, a source familiar with the matter said, pushing into a market now dominated by the likes of Dropbox and Box.

The service, to be called Google Drive, could be announced as soon as Tuesday and would be offered with both free and premium for-pay versions, the source said.

Google’s “cloud storage” offering will incorporate search capabilities and allow users to store pictures, notes and other documents on the Internet and access them from any Web-connected device.

Consumers will get 5 Gigabytes of storage for free with Google Drive, while various versions with incrementally more storage capacity, topping out at about 100 Gibabytes, will be available for monthly fees, the source said.

It was not immediately clear how much Google will charge for the premium versions.

A Google spokeswoman said the company does not comment on rumor or speculation.

The move turns up the competitive heat with high-profile Web startups such as Dropbox, Box and Evernote, as well as with Microsoft Corp and its SkyDrive service.

Some of those services, such as Box, have offered an increasing array of business-oriented features such as online collaboration capabilities.

Google is increasingly developing services to let consumers store their personal information, from digital music to photos, on remote internet servers and access the data any time with any device, such as smartphonestablets and desktop computers.

The world’s No.1 web search engine with roughly $38 billion in 2011 revenue, Google generates 96 per cent of its revenue from advertising, such as the small ads that appear alongside its search results.

Google Drive will work with sophisticated image search technology to let consumers sift through a wide variety of document types, which could include the likes of Adobe PDF files andphotographs, the source said.

Some details of Google Drive have appeared in various online blogs in recent months, including The Next Web, which first reported that the service could be rolled out this week.

Facebook to pay Microsoft $550m for patents

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON: Facebook will pay Microsoft Corp $550 million for hundreds of patents that originated with AOL, beefing up its intellectual property arsenal.

The deal gives social network Facebook 650 patents and patent applications and license to another 275 patents and applications. It comes shortly before Facebook is expected to have the largest initial public offering in Silicon Valleyhistory.

Patents have become a top priority for technology companies as many of them, including Google Inc and Apple Inc, become embroiled in patent-related lawsuits.

The patents, which Microsoft bought this year from AOL, cover a broad spectrum of technology, including mobile services, cell phone handsets, advertising and e-commerce, a source familiar with the situation said.

Microsoft trumped Amazon, eBay and other tech companies this month with its more than $1 billion purchase of most of AOL’s patent trove. Valuing patents is a complex process, and it was not immediately clear whether Microsoft profited from the deal with Facebook.

Brad Smith, Microsoft’s general counsel, said in a statement on Monday that the Facebook deal allows it “to recoup over half of our costs while achieving our goals from the AOL auction.”

Facebook was also a participant in the AOL auction, a source said at the time.

The auction included technology rights from AOL’s current and former businesses, ranging from Web browser Netscape and instant messaging service ICQ to MapQuest and early online service CompuServe, the source said on condition of anonymity because the information was not public.

All or nothing
Microsoft bought the AOL patent portfolio knowing that it was an all-or-nothing deal and always planned to sell a large number of them while retaining licenses to them, a source close to the Facebook deal said. Microsoft will retain a license to the patents and applications it is selling to Facebook under the terms of the deal.

The purchase marks Facebook’s second recent move to bolster its patent portfolio, which consisted of 56 issued patents and 503 applications as of December 31, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

In March, it acquired 750 patents from International Business Machines Corp.

Facebook’s deal with Microsoft comes as the world’s No.1 social networking company prepares for an initial public offering that could value it at up to $100 billion and as it battles Yahoo Incin court.

Yahoo sued Facebook earlier this year, claiming that Facebook had infringed 10 Yahoo patents, including several covering online advertising technology. Facebook countersued Yahoo in April, accusing Yahoo of infringing 10 of Facebook’s patents.

“Nothing about today’s action changes the fact that Facebook continues to infringe our patents … We see today’s announcement as a validation of our case against Facebook,” a Yahoo spokeswoman said in an emailed statement.

The deal for AOL’s patents, which is subject to regulatory clearance, would help “protect Facebook’s interests over the long term,” the company said.

Technology companies have sparked a frenzy for patents in recent years, bidding up prices in a defensive move to keep competitors at bay.

On July 1, 2011, Apple, Microsoft, Research in Motion Ltd and three other leading technology companies outbid Google to buy wireless patents from bankrupt Nortel Networks Corp for $4.5 billion.

Google quickly responded by successfully announcing plans to acquire Motorola MobilityHoldings, which owns 17,000 patents and 7,500 patent applications, for $12.5 billion.

The agreement between Facebook and Microsoft is the latest occasion that the world’s No.1 online social networking service and the world’s largest software company have teamed up.

Microsoft invested $240 million in Facebook in 2007 for what was then a 1.6 percent stake.

The two companies have forged various business collaborations over the years. Facebook features search results from Microsoft’s Bing search engine in its social networking service as well as video chat technology provided by Skype, which Microsoft acquired last year.

Netflix Chief Executive Reed Hastings serves on the board of directors of Facebook and Microsoft.

Microsoft also has ties to Yahoo through a 10-year search partnership they struck in 2009.

Nokia Lumia 610 NFC

It didn’t took a long time for Nokia to announce its new NOKIA LUMIA 610 NFC  just after the rumors spread a video revealing this phone leaked.

Technically the Lumia 610 NFC is similar to the standard Lumia 610. It has the same 3.7-inch WVGA LCD, 5 megapixel camera with 720p video, 800MHz processor, 256MB of RAM and 8GB internal memory. whats make it different and a think to look on this phone is  NFC hardware which makes it the world’s first Windows Phone with this thing.

Just like with the processor and RAM, Nokia had to make special changes to Windows Phone 7.5 Mango to incorporate the support for the NFC hardware, although this should become standard once handsets running Tango start releasing.

Its Specification

2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
Announced 2012, April
Status Coming soon. Exp. release 2012, Q3
Dimensions 119 x 62 x 12 mm, 77.6 cc
Weight 135 g
Type TFT capacitive touchscreen, 56K colors
Size 480 x 800 pixels, 3.7 inches (~252 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass
Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
Card slot No
Internal 8 GB storage, 256 MB RAM
GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 – 48 kbps
EDGE Class 10, 236.8 kbps
Speed HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth Yes, v2.1 with A2DP, EDR
NFC Yes
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0
Primary 5 MP, 2592х1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Features Geo-tagging, face detection
Video Yes, 720p@30fps
Secondary No
OS Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
CPU 800 MHz
Sensors Accelerometer, compass
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML5
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
Java No
Colors Black, white
– MicroSIM card support only
– SNS integration
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMA player
– MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player
– Document viewer
– Video/photo editor
– Voice memo/dial
– Predictive text input
Standard battery, Li-Ion 1300 mAh (BP-3L)
Stand-by Up to 670 h (2G) / Up to 720 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 10 h 30 min (2G) / Up to 9 h 30 min (3G)
Music play Up to 35 h