WhatsApp starts rolling out voice calling feature

WhatsApp starts rolling out voice calling feature

01/Feb/2015  //  626 Viewers

NEW DELHI: It looks like mobile messaging service WhatsApp has started rolling out the much awaited voice calling feature.

Reddit user Pradnesh Patil (pradnesh07) posted screenshots and even a video of WhatsApp's new interface that features voice calling.

Patil was able to use the feature on his Nexus 5 running Android Lollipop. The screenshots suggest that there would be separate screens for dialing a voice call to WhatsApp contacts, call logs and ongoing calls. The screenshots are similar to leaked pictures of the interface that appeared online in December.

As per Patil, the calling feature is included in WhatsApp's new build (2.11.508) which is only available on WhatsApp's website at the time of filing this story. So users will need to download the .apk file and side-load the app until it arrives on the Play Store.

However, even after installing the new version, voice calling will not be activated for all users. Users will only be able to get the voice calling feature if someone who has it enabled calls them through WhatsApp similar to an invite system, as per Patil. He added that the person who sent him the invite has confirmed that it works on all Android phones (and not just Android 5.0 phones) and in other countries (not just India).

WhatsApp has not announced the rollout of the feature yet. Perhaps, it's still testing the feature with select users.







Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/


How to Format PC using USB pendrive???

How to Format PC using USB pendrive???

24/Jan/2015  //  825 Viewers

STEP 1:MAKE YOUR PENDRIVE “BOOTABLE”

Many of people face lots of problems once we got to format/reinstall windows on our pc.Very First thing we’ve to choose from where to install windows?

The choices available are optical disk(DVD) or USB Pendrive.Within the latest new netbooks, largely there’s no DVD drive. Therefore if you wish to install windows you have to choose the other option, which is USB Pendrive. Therefore here I’m providing a brief and 100% tested tutorial on

“how to create a Windows 7 Bootable USB Pendrive to install Windows 7 from USB Pendrive”

Very First issue, You must check whether or not your BIOS supports booting from USB. Most of the computer/laptops support. However if your BIOS doesn’t, then sorry, you can’t boot from a USB Pendrive.

Second issue, You need another pc with Windows installed with a DVD drive, to COPY its contents later.

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So here is the procedure:

1) Run command prompt(cmd). this will be done by clicking start and typing cmd in Windows 7/Windows Xp, click on start and then click on run. Type cmd and run. This may Open the command prompt which is able to appear as if this:



2) Then run diskpart utility from CMD, by typing “diskpart” on command prompt and pressing enter. this will run the diskpart utility in a very separate windows, that is shown in image below:






3) Now insert USB pendrive in any USB port. Remember that Your pen drive should be atleast 4 GB, 8 GB USB pendrive is best for This purpose. Now return to the diskpart console & type “listdisk” and press enter. this may list the different storage devices available. You’ll see the size column of the disk and here ‘disk 2′ is our pen drive. Warning: In your PC it may be some other number. In our case it’s “disk 2″.



4) Then you’ve got to type “select disk 2″ and press enter. Note: in our case it’s disk 2, in your case it may be disk 3/disk 1 or any different number. you can enter “detail disk” to check the details of the disk once you select it to verify that you’ve chosen the right disk. you’ll be able to see these steps within the image below:



5) Then you’ve to run a Series of commands. The commands to be run within the order are:

- clean

- create partition primary

- select partition 1

- active

- format fs=fat32

These steps are shown in the following Image:



6) The format step can take some time.after the format is complete you’ve to run “assign” command. and after this U can exit diskpart utility by entering the “exit” command. The steps are shown below:

- assign

- exit



 The image below shows all the steps taken from the 1st step:



7) when the format is complete, insert your original “Windows 7 DVD” in your DVD drive, or If you’ve an .iso image of the DVD, Mount that .iso image using “power ISO”(any virtual drive software).

- Now open My Computer, and open the contents of DVD Drive.Select all contents and copy all the contents

- Now open the USB Pendrive and press paste all the contents of DVD into the USB Disk.

8 ) Once the copy finishes, you’re done simply remove the USB Pendrive safely and use it to install Windows 7 in your PC.

STEP 2: FORMAT YOUR PC

Insert pendrive in USB port then Restart your computer.press F8 for Boot drive option.Select “pendrive”(it may be appear as your name of your pendrive’s company).Then format your pc as you are doing with DVD.
WhatsApp Is Now Available on a Web Browser

WhatsApp Is Now Available on a Web Browser

23/Jan/2015  //  551 Viewers

Users of the popular messaging app WhatsApp can now conduct their chats via a Web browser — with a few restrictions.

The Facebook-owned service with some 700 million monthly active users said in a blog post Wednesday that people can now link their mobile phones with a WhatsApp Web client, allowing them to write and read messages via their computers.

There are, however, a few limitations to the setup. First, those with iPhones are out of luck due to “Apple platform limitations,” WhatsApp says. The service works with Android, BlackBerry, Nokia S60 and Windows devices, but users need the latest version of WhatsApp.

To start, WhatsApp users can visit Web.WhatsApp.com via Google’s Chrome browser on their computers, where a QR code will appear.

Then they need to open WhatsApp, click a button that says “WhatsApp Web,” and use their phone’s camera to snap a photo of the code. (WhatsApp notes that users’ phones must remain connected to the Internet for the setup to work.)

So, why would anyone want to do this?

For one thing, using a keyboard to write messages is faster than doing so on a smartphone. Users can also more easily save images or videos on their computers using this arrangement. And people like office workers, who spend much of the day sitting at their desks, can opt to receive WhatsApp alerts on their computers, effectively uniting their work computers and their phones.

WhatsApp didn’t disclose the reason for offering the new functionality. But it’s no secret that Palo Alto, Calif.-based Facebook is keen to connect users all over the world, whether that’s via their own platform, via WhatsApp, or on Instagram, the photo sharing app Facebook acquired for $1 billion in 2012. A Facebook spokeswoman referred questions to WhatsApp; a representative there did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

This isn’t the first such offering from a messaging app. Asian competitors like China’s WeChat and Line, which is owned by South Korean Internet portal Naver, have offered similar functionality for some time.

In that sense, WhatsApp is just now catching up with its international rivals.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/
Samsung Group To Drop Qualcomm Inc.’s Snapdragon 810 For Galaxy S6

Samsung Group To Drop Qualcomm Inc.’s Snapdragon 810 For Galaxy S6

22/Jan/2015  //  342 Viewers

A report by Bloomberg on Wednesday confirmed Samsung’s (OTCMKTS:SSNLF) decision to replace Qualcomm’s (NASDAQ:QCOM) Snapdragon 810 with its own microprocessor for its flagship device, Galaxy S6. As Samsung is among Qualcomm’s top customers, a pull-back from the South Korean company will significantly affect Qualcomm’s reputation and future business.  

Although the processor is said to be used in most of the next generation smartphones, sources privy to the matter told Bloomberg that Snapdragon 810 got overheated in a test carried out by Samsung.

A similar news was reported by DigiTimes last week, claiming that the processor was hit by delays on the back of some technical issues. According to the report, Samsung will now use its own Exynos 14nm processor in the initial 80-90% of S6 devices, and will later switch back to Snapdragon once the problem gets resolved.

"Samsung will likely show off the new Galaxy S phone in about a month and a half, so one would have to assume that the chips have been tested a fair amount in order for them to be used," said HMC Investment analyst Greg Roh.

Samsung is set to move ahead in the chip market by developing advanced sensors. The South Korean company is becoming more self-reliant by increasingly manufacturing its own processors and baseband technology.

Qualcomm has so far dominated the smartphone market and has expanded its share with the release of the Snapdragon series. The Snapdragon 810 is an octa-core processor with four Cortex-A53 energy-efficient cores for background tasks and four Cortex-A57 cores for heavy tasks. Built on Adreno 430, the processor is capable of supporting HD and 3D resolutions as well as 4K video streaming. The processor is built on a 20nm chip that is manufactured by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (NYSE:TSM).

Qualcomm recently paired up with Huawei and EE to test the LTE Category 9 on the Snapdragon 810. The trio successfully achieved a record-breaking 410 Mbps download speed. The test proved 810’s capability to respond faster to applications, and maintain reliable and stable connections.

The news of Snapdragon’s delay is not new, as about a month ago, several sources including Bidness Etc confirmed that the processor would face delays in its delivery, owing to overheating and low speed. Mobile manufacturers such as Samsung, HTC, LG, and Sony were thought to lose their competitive disadvantage, as the rival Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) had already launched its latest iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Smartphones that are set to feature the 810 include HTC One M9, Xperia Z4, Galaxy S6, and LG G4.

Back then, Qualcomm responded to the rumors, confirming that the delivery will be on time.

In a recent report, JP Morgan also commented on the potential delay of Snapdragon 810. Analysts at the firm believe that the Snapdragon 810 will be delayed by at least three months, as it struggles for mass production.

A JP Morgan report read: “By our calculations (one month for prototyping and design fix and two additional months for completing the metal mask layers in final production). This would mean that high-volume availability of this chip would be likely only from mid-2Q15, at the earliest.”

The delayed Snapdragon isn’t Qualcomm’s only worry. The company undergoes a long-time investigation by the Chinese regulator, National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). A decision is expected to be announced soon, and it is likely that Qualcomm will be required to lower its licensing charges and pay fines up to $1 billion.

Source: http://www.bidnessetc.com/
Why Microsoft Corporation Windows 10 Has To Be a Winner : Investor Review

Why Microsoft Corporation Windows 10 Has To Be a Winner : Investor Review

22/Jan/2015  //  508 Viewers

Microsoft experienced its fair share of wins and losses in 2014. It started the year abysmally with the disastrous launch of its gaming console, the Xbox One, and the poor reception of its attempt to appease customers via the Windows 8.1 update. Moreover, the failure of the Windows Phone 8, despite Microsoft’s best efforts, is sure to have an adverse effect on investor confidence in the company.

Despite this, the Redmond-based tech giant has shown great resilience. It has expanded its horizons and attempted to become omnipresent as a company, by not only linking itself to its own products’ success but to that of other platforms as well.

Echoing Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s sentiments about “Mobile First, Cloud First,” the company has been aggressive on the Windows Phone front, despite receiving mixed responses for its efforts. By making Windows Mobile free for all mobile devices under 9-inches, Microsoft has opened the doors to generic Chinese OEMs to mass produce its devices in the near future.

Adding to its arsenal is the Surface Pro 3, a laptop-tablet hybrid that effectively combines high-end hardware with portability and good pricing, and which has had a great response among critics and users alike.

Microsoft Corp’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) reorganization has been taken positively by most investors with the step to finally launch Office for iPad. The move has been appreciated as Microsoft seems to be reprieving its role in the hardware sector and is set to focus on its software aspect of development; with a focus on mobile and cloud development. The latter has seen much progress toward making it a key player in the cloud-computing market alongside IBM, Intel Corp, and Amazon Inc.

This has also fueled rumors that the tech company might decide to spin off its Xbox brand in the near future to release capital and reiterate its determination to control the cloud market, or at the very least have a critical mass in its operations.

Windows 10 is a success that Microsoft, as well as the overall industry, needs at any cost. It might be the pivotal factor in how Microsoft approaches technology. Effectively, Windows 10 is expected to bridge the gap between desktops and mobiles as the architectures move increasingly closer to each another.

Windows 10 is like Windows 8 redesigned in the frame of Windows 7, bringing back the much coveted Start Menu that has caused so much anguish for the company, as consumers cite it as one of the reasons they are not willing to adapt to Windows 8 or 8.1.

However, for investors and analysts, the bigger upgrades will be the salient ones. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) are already far ahead in the race to build their own ecosystems. While Microsoft might be late to the party, it has a crown jewel that most companies lack: Windows.

To achieve its lofty goals of cloud and mobile domination, with the latter looking close to impossible, it is imperative Windows 10 achieves widespread adoption. In today’s fragmented world, many users prefer the familiarity that Windows offers, as well as the functionality that cross-platform applications bring. This is primarily the reason Microsoft has been so aggressive with its push in the mobile and tablet market; Bing, its search engine, can be used to monetize its platform, while low cost would incentivize more users to jump ship to Windows Phone.

Microsoft’s ambitions have not been completely unfounded as its release of Windows RT for ARM-based processors has led to other PC manufacturers to expand their operations into the tablet market. Windows might not be gaining market share, but it is fast evolving from a desktop OS to a mobile one. It would not be surprising to see Windows for ARM devices that functions identically to its X86 variant.

Source: http://www.bidnessetc.com/
Ford Opens Palo Alto Engineering Center

Ford Opens Palo Alto Engineering Center

22/Jan/2015  //  259 Viewers

PALO ALTO, Calif.—Seeking to forge deeper ties with the tech industry, Ford Motor Co. is opening a new research and development center in Silicon Valley that will become the largest of any auto maker in the region.

The center will employ 125 engineers and scientists by the year’s end and help Ford scout out new technologies that could potentially be brought into the car.

“The Valley here is a marketplace of ideas and it’s really important to be here and be a part of that,” said Ford’s Chief Executive Mark Fields , at an event marking the opening of the new center.

The new 25,000-square-foot facility will be located not far from the headquarters of Google Inc., Facebook Inc. and electric-car maker Tesla Motors Inc. and expand Ford’s presence in a region teeming with computer engineers and software developers.

The auto maker has tapped former Apple Inc. engineer Dragos Maciuca to lead the new research center and help build stronger partnerships with the universities and tech companies nearby.

As cars have become more connected, auto makers like Honda Motor Co. , Nissan Motor Co. and Volkswagen AG have opened offices and research labs in Silicon Valley, hoping to tap the expertise of those working in consumer electronics.

Meanwhile, computer chip makers like Qualcomm Inc. and Nvidia Corp. are bulking up their presence in automotive, supplying processors and other hardware to auto makers for powering graphics, displays and Internet connectivity.

The demand for talent is straining car companies as hundreds of software-engineering positions in Detroit and elsewhere have gone unfilled. Just Thursday, auto supplier Harman International Industries , Inc. announced the purchase of Mountain View, Calif.-based Symphony Teleca and its 8,000 employees, as well as Israeli software firm, Red Bend, to deepen its software-development capabilities. Ford is a Harman customer.

Ford opened its first research lab in Silicon Valley in the summer of 2012, seeking to expand its use of data and tap new innovations it could use to improve vehicle technology. Mr. Fields said he was already making regular trips to the region, spending a few days here each quarter.

Ford and other auto makers are working on technologies that will allow cars to talk to each other by shortwave radio signals and drive themselves in certain situations. The company is also trying to broaden its focus beyond traditional automotive to focus on problems of mobility, such as congestion in big cities and the potential of car-sharing services.

In-car technology has also emerged as a new battleground for auto makers trying to set themselves apart from the pack. Auto makers are rolling out more new models equipped with built-in broadband Internet connections, opening up new possibilities opening up new possibilities for piping more apps and digital content directly into the car.

Part of the lab’s mission will be to find ways to use the reams of data collected by Ford to make better business decisions, from marketing campaigns to vehicle safety. The center will also focus research into autonomous driving, in-car connectivity and mobile-phone-based parking technologies.

Earlier this month, Ford announced it was working on 25 different field experiments, ranging from parking space finders and car-sharing services to off-road mapping. The auto maker has also sponsored programming competitions and created its own OpenXC software platform that allows developers to build applications and hardware to work with Ford’s Sync system.

Ford has sought to lead in bringing new car technologies to market ahead of rivals, an effort that hasn’t always panned out as hoped.

In 2007, Ford helped pioneer the industry’s move into mobile phone-based entertainment with its voice-activated Sync system, developed with help from Microsoft Corp. However, a later version, called MyFord Touch, proved confusing and glitchy and ended up dinging Ford’s standing among auto-quality reviewers.

Ford is now launching its third-generation Sync technology, which will include a variety of user upgrades, including a wireless Internet receiver that will beam new updates into the car when it is parked at home and connected to a Wi-Fi hot spot.

Source: http://www.wsj.com/

Hands On With Microsoft HoloLens

Hands On With Microsoft HoloLens

22/Jan/2015  //  514 Viewers

REDMOND, Wash.—It is safe to say that no one in the audience at the Windows 10 launch event expected Microsoft to announce a Holographic platform.

When Alex Kipman, a technical fellow on Microsoft's OS team, first said the word holography, I thought I had misheard him. My mind flashed back to when holograms made their way onto charge cards as a security measure.

Microsoft's plans are much more ambitious. Redmond showed a video that demonstrated how holograms will be incorporated into our everyday lives, which looked a lot like the augmented-reality demos we have seen for years.

Then the company brought out a prototype headset, which looks more like Oculus Rift than Google Glass. HoloLens isn't quite ready for sale, but Microsoft let the assembled press into its development lab to take it for a spin anyway.



HoloLens is augmented-reality headset that allows you to mix the virtual world with the real world. Put on the headset and the glass screen can project a digital overlay on top of the physical word. It can be as simple as a Skype window or as complex as a 3D model of a jet engine.  In addition to the holograms, you can also see through the lens into the world around you, unlike Oculus Rift. As you move around an object, it stays in place the way a physical object would. Interestingly, the HoloLens maps physical space using a scanning technology that is very similar to the one used in Kinect. Like any new interface, it is hard to explain but a lot easier to understand when you are using it.

My HoloLens tour came with some limitations, the biggest being that no recording equipment was allowed in the lab, not even a cell phone. (You don't know frustration until you are a journalist touring a research lab with no ability to capture photos or video.) The prototypes we used were also less refined than the slick kit that was demoed on stage, which was completely wireless, self-contained, and pretty elegant.

The demo units I used required a power cable, external Holographic Processor Unit (HPU) that hung around my neck, and a headset that needed to be screwed onto my head to secure it. The technician also manually measured and set my Inter-pupil distance (IPD)—essentially the distance between pupils. Again, this will be automatic in the final version, and this is exactly what you would expect from a technology still under development. But if you thought Google Glass made you look like a geek, this takes it to a whole nother level.

Once I was properly strapped in, I had to learn the unique controls for HoloLens, which come down to Gaze, Gesture, and Voice. Turn your head and the HoloLens will follow your gaze and place a curser or arrow wherever you look.  To select an object, control, or anything else,  look at it and then execute an "air click" with your finger. Again, this is exactly what it sounds like—just hold your finger up and click. Finally, for more complex controls, you can just speak commands—Copy, Call, Open, etc. For my first holographic experience, it was pretty easy to pick up.

Of course, with a brand-new interface like HoloLens, the most immediate question is what can you use it for? Microsoft didn't let the question hang for long. I tried the device in three very different applications, all under the careful and very scripted guidance of a Microsoft developer or engineer. Each had its own merits and issues, but I could appreciate that HoloLens brought something different to the experience. The order was random, but I will describe them in the same order I experienced them.

Building a 3D Model
To warm up, we watched an engineer use HoloLens to build a 3D model in real-time using HoloStudio, a 3D modeling tool. He stood in the middle of the room, tethered to the ceiling via a power cable and draped in gear. The 3D figure he was creating—a koala with a rocket pack—was in the middle of the room.  I could see what he saw by checking two large HDTVs on the side of the room. He walked around the hologram, grabbing tools from a holographic control panel, and then used a combination of voice and gestures to build and shape the koala.

I don't know how many times he has done this, but he built a model in minutes. He said a relatively complex model of an X-Wing fighter took about an hour and a half.  The model building was impressive, especially since the room was filled with models that were built with HoloStudio and then sent to a 3D printer for manufacturing. Koalas are nice, but if you imagine really complex 3D objects, like a car engine, this kind of prototyping and building gets really interesting. I didn't get to try the HoloLens for this demo, but the potential was pretty clear.

Minecraft-Like Gaming
My first actual HoloLens experience was with a Minecraft-like building game. Once strapped in, the small living room I was in filled with blocky castles—on the coffee table and along the wall. I could walk around the structures, gaze upon individual blocks, and then make changes to them using the air click. Voice command let me change tools quickly.  After drilling some holes in the castle I could look down through the virtual floor into the levels below. It was definitely immersive, but probably a little slower than it might be with a mouse and keyboard. With a different game, this could be a lot of fun, but this seemed like a pretty basic demo.

Installing a Light Switch
How many PCMag editors does it take to change a light switch? Just one, as long as they have a Microsoft staffer, probably MCP certified, walking them through the process via HoloLens.

For this demo, I tried a HoloLens-enabled version of Skype. At its core, it was a Skype video call. A small window appeared in my virtual field so I could video chat.  But because I was wearing the HoloLens, that person could see what I was seeing—the exposed wires, my tools, my fear that I was going to fail to properly connect the switch and go down in infamy as the guy who couldn't make the light go on. Better still, she could annotate my view—drawing an arrow that shows exactly the wire I should connect. Think of it as illustrated technical support. Again, moving beyond the light switch to something more complex like a jet engine, you can see how HoloLens could make technical support a lot more technical.

Exploring Mars
Finally, in what was undeniably the coolest application of HoloLens, I went to Mars.

Microsoft has been working with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to create a holographic version of Mars for research and maintenance purposes. I strapped on HoloLens and stood next to the Mars rover, surrounded by the Red Planet's vistas. Looking down at my feet, I could see the rocks just inches away. When the wonder passed, I had to ask how this was different than just looking at a high-resolution picture of Mars. After all, this entire environment had to be constructed from photos taken from the rover. In fact, the actual JPL control panel was open on a nearby screen, so I could see what JPL uses today. Turns out, HoloLens brings two added factors to the table, and I was prepared for neither.

First, HoloLens allows for virtual collaboration. With the click of a button, I was joined on my virtual Mars by a JPL project lead, or at least his avatar. He was able to describe the landscape, highlight portions of the terrain for more analysis, and generally explore the landscape with me. Collaborative exploration of the Mars landscape trumps swapping high-res 2D photos any day.

The second benefit is more profound. The 3D HoloLens version of Mars was made from the high-resolution photos the rover took—so there isn't any more information in the scene. In fact, if you look at the 2D pictures, they look sharper. But the hologram overlays multiple photos to create depth and enable the scene to shift naturally as you walk through it. This kind of immersion uses different parts of your brain than looking a photograph. You notice different patterns; the curve of a limestone shelf is more apparent than on a 2D photograph with no depth. I would need a lot more time with the HoloLens to say it is better, but it is definitely different.

All told, I spent about an hour trying out the HoloLens. It is undeniably cool, but will it really make us more productive, creative, and connected, as Microsoft intends? I'm paid to be skeptical, but I will say I'm really looking forward to trying it again.

Source: http://www.pcmag.com/