While Mozilla and its partners have not announced an official rollout of Firefox OS based phones in the Indian market, online marketplace eBay India has announced that it will offer the ZTE Open, the first Firefox OS based smartphone, in India through its website.
While the official statement from the company mentions the pricing as Rs. 8,590, the phone is available for Rs. 6,990 on the site with free shipping.
It’s also strange that the ZTE Open Firefox OS phone is not being sold by ZTE or eBay and instead by a Punjab-based seller ‘randeep_singh_arora’. The phone comes with one-year third party warranty through a company called Serve Pro. eBay has not put up a special page dedicated to the product but is promoting the phone on social networks like Twitter through contests.
The ZTE Open was earlier launched with Telefonica in Spain, Venezuela and Colombia.
ZTE had first showcased the ZTE Open during the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2013. The ZTE Open features a 3.5-inch screen with HVGA display. The smartphones is powered by a Cortex A5 processor, which is clocked at 1GHz. It has 256MB of RAM, and 512MB of internal storage enhanced with a 4GB microSD card that comes as part of the package. It sports a 3.2-megapixel rear camera. Connectivity options include Bluetooth, A-GPS and Wi-Fi capabilities. The ZTE Open packs in a 1,200mAh battery.
The ZTE Open offers all the functions expected from a smartphone including calls, messaging, email, camera in addition to built-in social integration with Facebook and Twitter, location-based services like Nokia HERE maps which include local transit and traffic information and features like the Firefox Web browser and the Firefox Marketplace. Applications already available on the Firefox Marketplace include eBay, Badoo, Terra, Kayak, The Weather Channel, TMZ,AOL, Wikipedia, CNNMoney, Huffington Post, Time, Facebook, Airbnb, Time Out, Twitter and SoundCloud.
Vebbler India’s hottest new personal social networking site takes on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ among others.
23-year-old graphics and web designer Sahil Bhagat has founded what is being called “India’s first clutter-free, personal social network" - Vebbler.com. The site claims to offer unique features to differentiate it, like Clubs, Wavetags, Search, Followers and Photo Galleries. Vebbler was launched in beta on July 23, and rolled out its first invites on July 28. According to the company, the social networking platform has received a good response within India as well as globally.
Clubs, one of Vebbler’s USPs, allow the user to add friends in different groups like family, friends, workmates and acquaintances. It has a ‘Followers’ feature that allows users to follow people they find interesting. According to the company, users can upload bigger profile photos in high-resolution, which is ideal for photographers as well as photography enthusiasts. It also has privacy settings, so users can choose with whom they want to share photographs, etc.
Vebbler’s ‘Wavetags’ feature allows you to follow, build and gauge the popularity of a conversation on the Wave-O-Meter. The platform allows users to search photos, waves and conversations about anything that interest them.
Sky map is an educational infographic visualizing apparent motion of the stars. It shows the sky during the longest night in the year (The Winter Solstice, from 23th to 24th December). This project was based on materials sourced date provided by Planetarium in Chorzów, Silesia. The project consist of catalog of the star constellations, poster and an animation, which shows the apparent motion.
ArduSat-1 and ArduSat-X were launched to the International Space Station (ISS) on 3 August aboard a Japanese resupply vehicle (which is also carrying fresh food, supplies and a talking humanoid robot).
Known as CubeSats, each mini satellite packs an array of devices – including cameras, spectrometers and a Geiger counter – into a cube just 10 centimetres to a side.
The cargo ship carrying the CubeSats should arrive at the ISS on 9 August, and the satellites will then be deployed using a robotic-arm technique tested last year. The method can put several small satellites into orbit around Earth, eliminating the need for dedicated launch vehicles and making citizen-science missions like ArduSat more affordable.
The maiden launch was partially funded by a Kickstarter campaign, with backers buying some of the satellites’ time slots to run experiments. If there are enough extra time slots, paying customers will also be able to program controls on the satellites and run experiments for three days for $125, or for a week for $250.
The satellites run Arduino, an open-source platform popular with hobbyists, which will let anyone write code for an app, game or research project that uses the on-board instruments. Projects that will run on the first two Ardusats are yet to be announced, but a list of ideas from the developers includes tracking meteorites and making a 3D model of Earth’s magnetosphere.
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Google launches Android Device Manager for lost phone
Losing a phone can be heartbreaking, especially if it’s a smartphone with your email, photos, Facebook and Twitter account and much more private information. To help such users, Google has launched the new Android Device Manager, which will keep your device and its data safe in case you should lose your phone.
Do note that Google’s new Android Device Manager is only available for smartphones running Android 4.2.2 and above. According to Google’s own estimates, only 6.5 percent Android devices are therefore compatible. So yes, not every Android user is going to get this, not even those 34 percent users who have Jelly Bean 4.1 build.-FIRSTPOST
Microsoft launches Bing News, Bing Finance, Bing Weather and Bing Sports apps for Windows Phone 8
The apps can be downloaded free of charge through the Windows Phone Store. Microsoft has detailed the apps in a blog post.
The Bing News app features headlines and videos of breaking news and is customisable, allowing users to track specific story categories, topics, or news sources. It also allows users to rearrange headline clusters to keep news that’s relevant to them at the top.
Microsoft has partnered with editorial and news agencies including Associated Press, Reuters, Gizmodo, and The Guardian, among others, in addition to other local and regional sources. In India, the app features NDTV, India Today, IBN Live and Reuters for local news. The app also supports Live Tiles and users can also pin a favourite news source or a personal topic to their Start screen for quick access.
The Bing Sports app offers recent scores, top sports headlines, videos, photos, schedules, standings, statistics and other content across most major sports, including soccer, football, baseball, cricket, racing, tennis, hockey, and basketball.
The Bing Weather app offers up-to-date current conditions including temperature, precipitation and wind.The app also dynamically updates the live tile based upon the user’s current location. They can also save other locations to get the weather.
The app offers weather with dynamic maps for cities or regions in a number of categories including satellite, temperature, precipitation, cloud cover and radar. Users can also check daily weather conditions, historical data and view charts for temperature and precipitation through the app.
The Bing Finance app offers financial news, market info, currency conversions, stock updates for the US and customisable interactive charts. Users can set up a watchlist to track their stocks and pin individual stocks to their phone’s Start screen for live tile updates. Users can also track performance of a stock, browse news about the company, stock statistics and an overview of the company. The financial info is provided through tie-ups with Bloomberg, CNBC, and Fox Business.