A credit card sized computer – Raspberry Pi for Internet of Things

A single computer board device, handy for starting developing for Internet of Things, have sold over 8 million units. It’s a tool for the budding developers to enhance their skills. Costing around USD 40 it has computing power of 1.2 GHz along with on-board Bluetooth and WiFi. Also packed with an operating system install manager – NOOBS. Easily available online Premier Farnell or RS components.

The original post by Nick Heath.

Further links :

  1. https://www.raspberrypi.org/help/noobs-setup/
  2. https://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads/noobs/
  3. http://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/processor-microcontroller-development-kits/8968660/

Microsoft Office 365 or Google Apps – which way to go?

In an enterprise, the Owner/Manager/CEO comes across a decision – how to cut cost without affecting the efficiency of the employees. In this era, when people are debating openly in-favor or against Open Source or Closed End technologies, you need to decide the best way to go. If we compare Microsoft Office 365 and Google Apps, there are quite variations and i’ll give all votes to Microsoft Office 365.

Office 365 has grown from a weak sibling to a major source of revenue for Microsoft. It provides all relevant features which all organizations require, around the clock. All an executive requires is an Internet Enabled Device and he is hook to his email courtesy Microsoft Exchange, or editing documents with Word, Excel, Powerpoint. Gone are the days, when companies used to pay heavy amount for the licensed version of Microsoft Office, whose half of the components were irrelevant to a normal user. With Yammer, you are mixing your desktop with conference room and have all features at one place. Google apps on the other hand, haven’t posed much competition to this excellent product from Microsoft Stable.

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Google voice search goes Indianised

Google India recently announced the Indianisation of it’s voice search. Though the primary language will be english, but the new version of Google Voice Search will be able to understand and interpret words/phrases spoken with Indian accent. The Indian people have a totally unique dialect when it comes to English speaking capabilities. Google’s voice search is available to all Android devices (with version 2.3+) and Apple’s proprietary iOS devices – iPhone and iPad. This facility is available on windows computers throught their flagship browser – Google Chrome. Google also combined this facility with Google Now. Details here – http://bit.ly/T6dASP

Things you can do with Samsung Galaxy S5 and not with iPhone 5S

Samsung is giving Apple a tough competition. With the launch of Samsung S5, this competition has heated up. Leave aside the differences between Android OS and the iOS, here is a list of things you can do with your Samsung Galaxy S5 and can’t do with iPhone 5S. Be it be making payments using PayPal or soaking your phone in the water, the list will definitely impress you – http://bit.ly/1ezt5a9

Windows Phone 8.1 to include Siri’s clone and Notification Center

Microsoft is testing the beta version of the Windows Phone 8.1 which include a notification center and a Siri like personal assistant. The complete specifications are planned to be disclosed in the Build Developer Conference in April, 2014. The phone will also have missing parts from the previous version like audio controls, Bing smart search, VPN support etc. – http://bit.ly/19taMok

Google readying ‘Mobile Meter’ app that offers rewards for tracking mobile usage

Google, known for passively collecting data of the users to improve it’s apps performance is working on “Mobile Meter”, which will track mobile app usage, browsing habits from your mobile device. Though, denied as “rumor”, the app will target iOS and Android platforms. The participation will be voluntary and not mandatory for the users. http://engt.co/1gEXzv3

Android Apps to improve security and full remote device lockdown

Android mobile phones are always prone to hacking attempts. The vulnerabilities existing in the system, gives jitters to Android based users. Here is the list of some, new improved security apps for an Android phone. http://ubm.io/161M1tu

To prevent data loss in case of handset loss, the Android Device Manager is now equipped with full remote device lock-down. It will override your pattern or pin protection. http://bit.ly/18lGcK1

Few handy tricks for all iOS 7 users

The appearance of iOS 7 is totally different than it’s predecessors owing to the gradients, in with the trippy fluorescent colors. Though it’s confusing for a user, yet iOS 7 has all sorts of nifty little tricks tucked away in places. These tricks like swiping down for search, call/sms/face time blocking enables users to master the extra-terrestrial appearance.  http://tcrn.ch/18zD1fJ

Why Nokia didn’t sell patents to Microsoft

Though Nokia sold it’s handset business to Microsoft for a whooping 3.79 billion euros, it has not divulged it’s valuable patent portfolio. Nokia has been eyeing Android market for sometime, and might opt for the same, once the handset deal is closed. The idea is to sell the complete patent portfolio for a higher price, not acceptable to Microsoft.  http://bit.ly/1bhEDBS