08 Feb

Participate in Google Mapathon 2013 and Win Android Phones, Tablets and more!

Google India has launched a mapping competition, “Mapathon 2013″, for the first time in India. The contest will begin on Feb 12, 2013 and will end on March 25, 2013. The top 1000 contestants decided by maximum number of published edits will receive cool prizes such as Android tablets, phones, T-shirts, Flipkart Gift vouchers, and much more.

What is Google Mapathon?

Google Mapathon is a mapping competition to improve the Google maps. Go to Google Map Maker and add or update the details in the Google Maps. The aim is to make Google Maps more helpful to users by adding information such as nearby Hospitals, Restaurants, Banks and more. All the edits will be verified before being published on the Google maps.

Google Mapathon 2013 India

Map your world with Google Map Maker

How to Add a Place on Google Map Maker

Users can also add new websites, or update data of existing sites on the Google Maps. As Google said in a blog post, “Make India maps even better! You can co-create with Google, the best maps experience for millions of users and help us make maps for India even better.”

This is the first time such a competition is being launched in India. I’m sure it will help make Google Maps more useful for users.

How To Participate?

Visit Google Mapathon 2013 to participate in the competition. The contest is open to just about anybody who lives in India.

17 Jan

Apple Final Cut Pro X Certification Exam

Apple Final Cut Pro X Certification

Apple’s associate level certification program includes several product specific certification exams, and among them is the Final Cut Pro X exam (9L0-809 – Associate Level). The Final Cut Pro X exam is also offered at the Professional certification level as the 9L0-809 – Pro Level One. Those who wish to validate their entry level skills and knowledge with the program can do so by successfully passing the associate level exam, while those interested in documenting their more advanced understanding of the platform will want to take the pro level one exam instead.

Apple Final Cut Pro X Certification

Associate level 9L0-809 candidates should possess prior knowledge of Mac operating systems and software, including experience utilizing navigation tools in these environments. You should additionally have a basic understanding of editing, operating and outputting projects utilizing Final Cut Pro. Some knowledge of the editing process and the associated terminology is required for success on the Apple 9L0-809 exam as well.

The specific subject matter covered on the Apple 9L0-809 exam can be found in the Apple exam guide. Just a few of the tasks you’ll be required to demonstrate your ability to complete include:

• Editing of simple projects
• Importing and management of media
• Application of templates for effects
• Adjust color and other features
• Successfully output finished projects

The Final Cut Pro X associate level exam is best undertaken by entry level IT professionals and students who are looking for formalize their credentials prior to graduation and seeking their first full time position. The Final Cut Pro X professional level one exam is for more experienced IT professionals and can be pursued later in your career. No matter which of these tests you decide to complete, you’ll want to stage yourself well for success by utilizing Apple training and self study materials, as well as other resources, like the tutorials and practice certification exams offered by TestsLive.com, for example.

It is a very useful certification if you’re looking to build a strong resume and a successful career in the IT world.

07 Dec

Google Kills Free Version of Apps for Businesses

Google Apps

Google has killed off the free version of its useful apps for businesses. Google Apps offers Gmail, Calendar, Google Drive, in-browser word processor, spreadsheet and presentation graphics app.

Google Apps

Google Apps

Earlier, there were two versions of Google Apps – free and premium. The free version allowed you to use Google Apps for up to 10 users. But now there will be only one version – Premium. Businesses with 10 or fewer people will now have to pay $5 per user per month or $50 per user per year.

Though the change will not effect the existing users and they can continue using free services for up to 10 users.

How to Use Google Apps for free for new domains

If you already have an existing Google Apps account under any of your domains, you can still use Google Apps for free even for new domains. All you have to do is to add another domain to that account. The setting is located under Domain settings in your Google Apps account.
Or if you are a new user, check out this simple workaround. All you need is a free Gmail or Google account.

Office 365, the main competitor of Google’s Apps market, also offers only paid plans currently. Both companies offer free trials.

So, what do you think of this move by Google? Would it hurt small businesses and bloggers?

03 Dec

Google launches Great Online Shopping Festival in India

Great Online Shopping Festival

In a move to promote Ecommerce in India, Google launches Great Online shopping festival that will host super saver deals from most of the major players of Indian Ecommerce industry on December 12 (i.e. 12.12.12). Many companies like myntra.com, Jabong, Flipkart and many others are participating in the festival.

Great Online Shopping Festival

Apart from discount deals, Google also shared 10 reasons why online shopping is better and easier than offline shopping to spread awareness among internet users in India.
Though the ‘Buy’ button is not yet active on the website but it seems Google is either testing Ecommerce in India to launch a service like Google Offers in the country or it could actually be interested in promoting Ecommerce in India. Only time will tell.

Meanwhile, Google also shared this small video on its Google India YouTube channel about this festival.

So, what do you think? Could this Black Friday or Cyber Monday like program work in India?
Share your thoughts.

01 Dec

WhatsApp fixes Status Error Issue, Warns users of hoax messages

WhatsApp Hoax Messages

WhatsApp has reportedly fixed the bug that started earlier this week that showed “Error:unknown” as contact status. According to various reports, the bug had affected thousands of users worldwide.

WhatsApp  Hoax Messages

The glitch was followed by a hoax message from the CEO of WhatsApp, one ‘Jim Balsamic’, and reads,

‘Whatsapp is shutting down on 28th jan Message from Jim Balsamic (CEO of Whatsapp) we have had an over usage of user names on whatsapp Messenger. We are requesting all users to forward this message to their entire contact list. If you do not forward this message, we will take it as your account is invalid and it will be deleted within the next 48 hours. Please DO NOT ignore this message or whatsapp will no longer recognise your activation. If you wish to re-activate your account after it has been deleted, a charge of 25.00 will be added to your monthly bill. We are also aware of the issue involving the pictures updates not showing. We are working diligently at fixing this problem and it will be up and running as soon as possible. Thank you for your cooperation from the Whatsapp team..:) FINAL WARNING! If your WhatsApp status is error:status unavailable then you are not frequent user and by 5:00pm C.A.T WhatsApp will start charging you. To become a frequent user send this message to 10 people who receive it.”

Within no time, the hoax message got viral and users in fear of losing access to their accounts, start sending message to 10 people in their friends’list.

WhatsApp posted a blog to warn users of the service, it said,

“We have been getting a lot of emails and questions from you about a chain letter message circulating in our network. Please understand that this is a hoax and there is no truth to it.

“While we are flattered that we made it Hoax Slayer we would rather work on cool new features instead of debunking silly stories like these.”

But now the issue seems to be resolved, though the official confirmation is yet to be received from WhatsApp.

Check out the Official WhatsApp Accounts:
Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/whatsappstatus
Twitter- https://twitter.com/wa_status

This is not the first time such hoax viral messages have surfaced. BBM messenger have also faced such issues in the past.

05 Sep

5 Things To Expect From Apple Event on September 12

Apple iPhone 5 September 12 Event

 

Apple is holding an event at 1 PM ET on September 12,2012 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Apple has invited all members of the press to the event, and is expected to launch its next generation iPhone in this special event.

Apple iPhone 5 September 12 Event

iPhone 5 Event

Here are 5 Things To Expect From Apple Event on September 12:

1) The new iPhone will most probably be called iPhone 5. The press invitation sent across media features a giant number 5 in the shadow of the date 12. Although Apple has always proved media wrong in the past when everybody expected the iPhone 5 this time around last year but the device turned out to be iPhone 4S. Same thing happened in March this year with “The New iPad”.

2) The company is also expected to unveil “iPad Mini” ,smaller-screen version of its iPad tablet. The new tablet would be around 8 inches diagonally (rather than 9.7 inch), will offer a non-Retina plain display, & be priced in the $250 range (to directly compete with Google’s Nexus 7). But recent rumors also suggested that release of iPad Mini is delayed for few months.

3) The next-generation iPhone will look pretty similar to the iPhone 4S, but it will most probably have a larger screen(4-Inch instead of 3.5-Inch), slightly thinner & a two-tone body.
If rumors are to be believed, Apple iPhone 5 will also feature 1 GB RAM which is double of what it offers in iPhone 4S.
The next iPhone is also expected to use a smaller 19-pin port rather than the usual 30-in port used on all current iPhones, iPods & iPads.

4) Some other Features which are expected in the next iPhone includes:

– Improved version of Siri.
– 10 MP Camera.
– Better Battery Life.
– Aluminium Backs(Just like iPad 2).
– NFC(Near-Field Communications).

5) Check out Apple iPhone 5 – Top 5 Rumored Design and Specs (Pictures).

29 Aug

Create a Mobile Site for Free With Google’s ‘Let’s Talk Mo’ Service

Let's Talk Mo Service

 

Google India announced a new service called ‘Let’s Talk Mo‘ to help businesses create mobile website for free. Mobile Internet is taking off in India with around 70 million mobile Internet users and this is a great initiative by Google to help businesses get ahead in Mobile era.

Let's Talk Mo Service

With the help of “Let’s Talk Mo’ service:
1) You can create a mobile optimized website for Free. You can choose from a range of partners who provide a Do It Yourself (DIY) tool to create a mobile site free of cost.
2) You can test how much user friendly is your existing mobile website. You can see how your mobile sites on a smartphone using the GoMoMeter tool and can even get personalized recommendations for creating better mobile sites.

See Also:
Top 10 WordPress Plugins to Build Mobile Version of Your Website

The ‘Let’s Talk Mo’ website also provides insights on current mobile trends, case studies, best practices, & various other resources to help businesses develop a successful mobile presence.

Whether you are a publisher, advertiser, or an agency, the website provides customized solutions tailored to your specific requirements.

Visit the Let’s Talk Mo website here.

25 Aug

Guild Wars 2 With No Monthly Subscription Fee Kicks Off Head Start

Guild Wars 2

 

Guide Wars 2, a follow up to the 2005 Massively Multiplayer online Role Playing Game(MMORPG) Guild Wars is set to release on Tuesday but users who pre-purchase the game before August 25 can play the game before the official release via access to its 3 day “Head Start” program.

Guild Wars 2

Guild Wars 2 will cost you at least $59.99 (depending on the version), but there will be no monthly subscription bill unlike other major MMORPGs like World of Warcraft. You only have to pay for transactions in the game that players use to enhance the powers of their characters.

The game provides more dynamic combat system than what users are used to from games such as World of Warcraft, or Star Wars. Another great feature which has been included in the game is a personal story for your character, which depends upon the choices you make during the creation of the character & other quests.

System requirements for Guild Wars 2:

– Windows XP (SP 2 or more)
– Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz Processor
– Core i3, AMD Athlon 64 X2 or better
– 2GB RAM and 256MB of video RAM
– NVIDIA GeForce 7800, ATI Radeon X1800, Intel HD 3000 or better
– 25GB Hard Disk available space
– Fast Speed Internet connection
– Keyboard & mouse

Let’s see how much competition Guild Wars 2 can give it to the current king of the MMORPG world, World of Warcraft.

13 Aug

Indian E-Commerce Industry Report ( Infographic )

Indian-Ecommerce-Sector

 

E-Commerce is one of the hot sector in India these days. With more than 100 million Internet users in the country, it is a great business idea with huge potential. Check out this Infographic by MySmartPrice to find out lot of interesting facts regarding E-commerce in our country.

Some of the Important Trends includes:

– Various brands such as Nokia, Puma, Reebok, etc. are moving online with their own stores.
– Fashion is the number one category in E-Commerce in India with more than 130 stores dealing in Fashion products. Out of these, 91 stores are dealing exclusively in Fashion.
– There is also a rise of online exclusive labels such as Zovi, Shersingh,etc.

Indian-Ecommerce-Sector

02 Aug

Apple iPhone 5 – Rumored Design and Specs (Pictures)

Apple iPhone 5 Rumored Design

Every year we see constant flow of design rumors before iPhone is finally launched. This year is no different. Apple iPhone 5 is rumored to be launched in September this year but World wide web is already full of design rumors, speculating what the new offering by Apple could look like.

Here are Few Possible Apple iPhone 5 Concepts:

iPhone 5 Concept by iLab Factory

Apple iPhone 5 Rumored Design

– Smaller Dock Connector
– 16×9 screen
– Long form factor
– Metal back

( Via Mashable.)

iPhone 5 With Aluminium Body

iPhone 5

– 4-Inch Display
– No teardop shaped devices
– Aluminium Backs
– 10 MP Camera

(Via Youngblah)

LiquidMetal iPhone 5 Concept

iPhone 5 Liquid Metal Concept

– 4.14″ x 2.25″
– 7mm thick
– 10 MP Camera
– Quad Speakers.

See Also:
5 Things To Expect From Apple Event on September 12,2012

iPhone 5 Concept by Ciccarese Design

iPhone 5 Ciccarese Concept

iPhone 5 Retro Concept

iPhone 5 Retro Look

(Via Gizmodo)

iPhone 5 Transparent Concept by Dakota Adney

02 Aug

Dropbox Confirms Hack, Upgrades Security

Dropbox Hacked

Dropbox, the Cloud Data Storage service confirmed that it has been hacked. Hackers used a stolen password to login to a Dropbox employee’s account & gain access to a file containing email addresses for users of the service.

Dropbox Hacked

It all started in mid-July when members of the Dropbox service noticed that they were receiving spam directed to email ac/s they only use to access Dropbox. As a result, users started making complaints on various forums and the company began the investigation.

Aditya Agarwalm, Dropbox VP of Engineering wrote in a blog post:

Dropbox Hack

Now the company confirmed that the security features has been upgraded such as automated mechanism to prevent such events in the future. Dropbox will also launch Two-Factor Authentication in the coming few weeks. Users are also advised to change their password.

See Also: Google Finally Launches Google Drive Cloud Storage Service

Here are Some Tips to Keep your Online Identity Safe:

– Do not use same password on all the websites.
– Use tools like 1Password to manage multiple strong passwords on the Internet.
– Read: How To Customize Strong Passwords For Each Website

17 Jul

Top 20 Companies To Work For In India – 2012 Survey

Top Companies To Work For In India

The results of the Annual Great Place To Work Survey are out now. Google India again topped the list for 2012 as the best company to work for in India. And with no surprise, there are seven tech companies in the Top 10.

Top Companies To Work For In India

“India’s Best Companies to Work for” Study is conducted by Great Place to Work Institute, India(www.greatplacetowork.in) and The Economic Times. Around 600 companies registered for this year’s study, which is hundred more than last year.

Out Of these organizations, 514 met the eligibility requirements of the study for being ranked as one of India’s Best Companies to Work For in 2012. More than 80,000 employees from these organizations responded to the employee survey.

The study is based on a unique employee-centric framework that measures the levels of pride, trust & camaraderie that exist in an organisation through Trust Index, which has 57 statements that measure employee experience through 5 dimensions of the Great Place to Work Model & 5 customized statements according to the Indian context.

It also captures comments of employees to make their workplace better. All companies that participate in the survey are evaluated & shortlisted primarily on the basis of their employees’ responses in the survey which is given 2/3rd weightage in the overall score.

Top 20 Companies To Work For In India – 2012 List

1) Google India
2) Intel Technology India
3) NTPC
4) MakeMyTrip India
5) Forbes Marshall
6) American Express India
7) Marriott Hotels India
8 )Intuit Technologies Services
9) Qualcomm India
10) NIIT
11) Agilent Technologies
12) Taj Hotels Resorts & Palaces
13) Blue Dart Express Ltd.
14) Godrej Properties Limited
15) Claris Lifesciences Limited
16) HT Media Ltd.
17) PayPal India Private Limited
18) Monsanto India Ltd.
19) NetApp India Private Limited
20) Cactus Communications Pvt. Ltd.

Check out the full coverage here.