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Improved and Revamped TechToll.in

Right now i am no body in the blogging field and i enjoy being this by experimenting things on my blog. Few months back i used the minimalistic theme 2012 on my website TechToll.in. 

Recently i used Thought theme which doesn’t have a sidebar and i am okay with that. Focus should be more on comment.

Have a look how techtoll.in looks like. Let me know if you like the new design.

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What makes Instagram such a steal for Facebook

Gigaom

When Facebook decided that it would spend a billion dollars (though in reality it turned out to be $715 million) to buy Instagram, a San Francisco-based photo-sharing network, it was a decision that was met with raised eyebrows, some tears and a lot of anger. There was this feeling that Facebook bought the one true challenger to its core value proposition — photos and photo sharing.

RaviLaurynI was reminded of that feeling this morning when I ended up having coffee with Ravi Vora and Lauryn Meyers, twenty-something creatives from Los Angeles. These two travel around the country, combining their work and love of photography and sharing it with thousands via Instagram. I am one of those thousands who have been spell-bound by the ethereal beauty of their Instagrams.

Vora told me that he grew up in Michigan wanting to be a geneticist but when he scratched his creative…

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Apple’s $1,049,343,540 victory over samsung

Apple Samsung Ruling

Last year, Apple claimed in a lawsuit that Samsung violated some of the designs and technology that made up the iPhone and iPad. These include features like rounded corners of the user interface, much talked about pinch zoom, and a rubber band feature. On the contrary Samsung denied this and countersued and accused Apple of infringing on some of its patents.

However the jury has found five of the six patent filed by Apple which have been violated by the Samsung.

Now that Apple has won its patent claims against Samsung, the company has to pay Apple $1.05 Billion as a monetary damage.

There were more than 700 questions regarded alleged infringement by both the companies.

How Google is also blown by this verdict

The verdict comes as a major blow to the entire Android community. Samsung is one of the strongest Android player and Google has been quietly providing its own quiet support to Samsung. The most important part of this verdict is that now Apple has a special morale to sue all other Android devices maker which will affect Google directly.

Android is not free anymore

Many of the Android users are already paying a license fee to Microsoft, now will also have to pay an additional fee to Apple. Hence Google’s free Android operating system will not be free anymore.

Company’s statement after the ruling

Apple said

                 “The lawsuit between Apple and Samsung were about much more than patents or money. They were about values.”

While the Samsung statement came as

        “Todays verdict should not be viewed as a win for Apple but as a loss for the American consumers. It will lead to fewer choices, less innovation, and potentially higher prices”

Well, I personally believe its not all over yet. But at present Tim Cook must be rejoicing with the ruling in favor of his company.

Finally facebook makes iphone app which runs twice as fast

Facebook for iOS

The new Facebook app for iPhone and iPad hit the App Store yesterday which promises a mobile experience that’s twice as fast as the previous version. Download it from iTunes Store. The new version speeds up the Facebook mobile experience to make everything from scrolling through your News Feed and photos to simply starting up the app a bit smoother.

With a faster load times for news stories and photos there are minor upgrades too. Messenger, which was previously a standalone app has now been integrated into the general Facebook app. Photos now appear in full screen mode and you can swipe between those like you did in the iPhone’s camera roll. 

A “Sort” feature lets you sift through the stories in your News Feed by Top Stories and Most Recent. And iPad users can now view Timeline.

Definitely this long awaited speed update is good news both for the users and for the advertiser-hungry Facebook. 

iPhone Is Now More Worth Than All Microsoft Products

This is one of the most stunning statistic which I recently came across. Apple’s iPhone sales are now worth more than all of Microsoft.

One Apple product, something that didn’t exist five years ago, has higher sales than everything Microsoft has to offer. More than Windows, Office, Xbox, Bing, Windows Phone, and every other product that Microsoft has created since 1975. In the quarter ended March 31, 2012, iPhone had sales of $22.7 billion; Microsoft Corporation, $17.4 billion.

And the thing is, that’s not really the most remarkable thing about Apple’s recent achievements. The truly strange thing is that they’ve managed to gain this level of sales while making software style margins on selling hardware. That’s the trick that no one else is managing at all.

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.

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.”