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Foxconn: A Million Bots Being Deployed To Make Your Next iPad

Foxconn, the name most commonly heard for producing products like the Apple iPad actually employees over 12 lakh people in its Asian factories. The load is shared by some 10,000 robots at the moment and Foxconn’s ambitious push towards automation promises as many as 1 million robots working in these factories in the next 3 years.

While the demand for handheld products is on a rise across the globe, Foxconn is busy scaling up their facilities with robots, and perhaps even counter a lot of scaling issues that arises from 1.2 million humans working in these factories. Poor working conditions, leaks of unreleased products / stolen IP (intellectual property) and employee suicides are some issues that Foxconn would tackle by brining in machines. Add to that the ‘efficiency, speed and cost cutting’ that these robots would brings in.

The Taiwanese giant serves big international names like Apple, Nokia & Nintendo amongst others. The robots are said to be planned for simple tasks like “spraying, welding and assembling” as reported by Xinhuanet, thus replacing a lot of human touch that current handheld manufacturing requires. To us, it points a step towards the future of automation and of course geeky as well!

India: MAXX Outs SCOPE MT150 Touch Screen Phone For Rs 3272

MAXX SCOPE MT150

We aren’t sure why MAXX prices are as odd as Rs 3272 (numerology?), but that’s a 2.8-inch touch screen phone hitting the market. And it doesn’t run Android! MAXX is strategically targeting a gap between low cost phones and entry-level smartphones with the SCOPE MT150. At Rs 3272, the SCOPE is priced a little over some feature phones we have seen and at the same time much cheaper than any Android touchscreen (even with a resistive display) out there.

The MT150 is powered by a 1000 mAh battery, features 1.3 MP camera and is pre-loaded with licensed music and video on a 2GB Micro SD card. The OS is Java enabled bringing a host of apps like Opera, Yahoo Mail / IM etc and supports MP4 & 3GPP video formats. The phone also sports FM radio and bundles a sync software MySynch.

The design, price point and feature set looks promising to us, we would keenly observe how these pseudo-smartphones perform in the market.

Free Partition Manager for Home

Although Windows Vista and Windows 7, 8, 8.1 does have its own disk management utility to create, resize and delete partitions, in some cases it is still pretty worthless.

I am using Windows 7 x64 Pro and I am facing this problem right now, as shown in the screenshot below.

Note that, my C: drive still has 57.81 GB of free space, but Windows 7 Disk Management tool isn’t allowing me to shrink the partition further. I was going to reduce the size of C: drive and increase the size of my Z: drive….and I am out of luck.

Prior to writing this post, I trusted Acronis Disk Director 9 or 10 to manage my partition. But since Acronis still doesn’t support Windows 7 x64, I often used Paragon. However, Paragon is more or less like GParted with a fancy and at times redundant partition manager, both are good open source partition managers, but they do take a long time to repartition a 1TB hdd especially if it full.

Hence, I moved on..and stumbled upon this nifty free partition manager for home (yes, guys you heard it right, FREE). It is known as Partition Wizard Home Edition v5.0.

This is the screen that will do everything. Pretty user-friendly.

My attempt to make the C: drive 50GB smaller. Just drag the slider.

And now moving on to create a larger Z drive,

Click yes…

and oops… it can’t resize C: drive while Windows is running..well..that is understandable. OK then…let’s click Restart Now. (owh..wait wait..better save this article first…phew..ok..lets restart).

Tick – tock – tick – tock…erm… after exactly 2 minutes and 51 seconds, it rebooted my PC.

And…holy crap of the cracker…

It successfully did resize my partition and that too in less than 3 minutes, where softwares like paragon and gparted take hours (yes, I am not kidding, hours. I had to let my PC run overnight and hope that there won’t be a power cut until my machine rebooted).

So, for those who are still looking for a partition manager that is free, has a small footprint, is light-weight but still effective (without any drama..owh..how i hate dramas when it does involve my hdd which literally contains my whole encrypted little world)
I do recommend this pioneer of free partition software.

TDK Unveils New 1TB Optical Disks

TDK has proudly introduced the new 1TB or 1000GB optical disk at CEATEC this week. The new 1TB disc has the same diameter as a standard Blu-ray disc, but with 16 layers, storing 32GB per side of each layer (32 layers each storing 32GB = 1TB of data).Stay tuned for more updates.

How to download Win 7 SP1 ISO and verify its Hash Key

You bought a laptop with Windows 7 license (probably Home Premium or Professional). But the manufacturer did not provide you with the installation media (CD/DVD). Bummer. They did provide you with the recovery kit or recovery partition but you think that their installation has damn too many bloatware (yes brother! you are right, kudos !). You want to start anew with a fresh installation of Windows 7, SP1 all by yourself. Hold that thought….

  • You don’t have the Windows 7 <whatever version,build>SP1 DVD.
  • Since you already have the license, you don’t need to buy a new one. So, you just need to download the ISO file.
  • But where to download? (Stop scratching your head !) head out for a torrent site.
  • Then, you start nagging and wondering whether the ISO has been tampered by crackers / hackers or what not, waiting to exploit your computer to be their botnet minion. (Mind you, 99% of Windows 7 ISO that one downloads via torrent has been tampered with, which basically means that somebody has modified the original ISO and injected something (either a non-malicious software such as an unlocker, pdf reader,a new build OR an extremely malicious software such as a rootkit/trojan/etc. A big warning placard if you do use your computer for internet banking or often purchase items via credit or debit card).
  • So how to ensure that the ISO files have not been tampered with? Well, this is what you should do.

A few years back laptops usually surfaced with Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1.

  • You will find Windows 7 Home Premium x64 with SP1 in the ‘ISO NAME AND HASH KEY (RECORD) just below. From there,copy the file name,viz :
    en_windows_7_home_premium_with_sp1_x64_dvd_u_676549.iso
  • Search (Google) en_windows_7_home_premium_with_sp1_x64_dvd_u_676549.iso and download it. Hell yeah !! you found it at piratebay.
  • Download the torrent. {I believe that we are not breaking any cyber laws by downloading something that we have already paid for. We own the license after all 😉  }
  • Once the download is complete, you need to check whether the ISO is genuine or has been tampered with. Download MD5 / SHA1 Download Checker. [no sneakwares] Get it here from CNET.
  • Use MD5 / SHA1 Download checker and openen_windows_7_home_premium_with_sp1_x64_dvd_u_676549.iso. Get MD5 and SHA1 value.
  • Compare the MD5 and SHA1. Ideally, the one that is generated by the MD5 / SHA1 Download Checker should be identical with the record below. (Where did I get these? Refer to the ISO NAME AND HASH KEY (RECORD) Section.
  1. SHA1: 6C9058389C1E2E5122B7C933275F963EDF1C07B9 
  2. ISO/CRC: 4A182640
  • If they are identical, you are safe.

PS: Some tidbits for those who are feeling damn lazy…Scroll down to the end of this page. Mind you, please double check the hash. If you don’t trust the Hash record here, please check https://technet.microsoft.com .You can use your Live / Hotmail / whatever account to check the hash key, the only complication being you cannot download a legal copy yourself from there assuming that you are not their ‘special’ subscriber .

ISO NAME AND HASH KEY (RECORD)

Windows 7 Starter with Service Pack 1 (x86) - DVD (English)

File Name: en_windows_7_starter_with_sp1_x86_dvd_u_678562.iso

Date Published (UTC): 5/12/2011 2:43:48 PM

Last Updated (UTC): 5/12/2011 2:43:48 PM

SHA1: E1653B111C4C6FD75B1BE8F9B4C9BCBB0B39B209

ISO/CRC: C810B42C

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Windows 7 Home Basic with Service Pack 1 (x86) - DVD (English)

File Name: en_windows_7_home_basic_with_sp1_x86_dvd_u_676470.iso

Date Published (UTC): 5/12/2011 2:32:46 PM

Last Updated (UTC): 5/12/2011 2:32:46 PM

SHA1: 080EC1DE94B88B0F7E8D000690A4AAAA031E2719

ISO/CRC: FF5299DA

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Windows 7 Home Premium with Service Pack 1 (x86) - DVD (English)

File Name: en_windows_7_home_premium_with_sp1_x86_dvd_u_676701.iso

Date Published (UTC): 5/12/2011 2:33:58 PM

Last Updated (UTC): 5/12/2011 2:33:58 PM

SHA1: 6071B4553FCF0EA53D589A846B5AE76743DD68FC

ISO/CRC: 85B5EF4A

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Windows 7 Home Premium with Service Pack 1 (x64) - DVD (English) File Name: en_windows_7_home_premium_with_sp1_x64_dvd_u_676549.iso Date Published (UTC): 5/12/2011 2:34:16 PM Last Updated (UTC): 5/12/2011 2:34:16 PM SHA1: 6C9058389C1E2E5122B7C933275F963EDF1C07B9 ISO/CRC: 4A182640

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Windows 7 Professional with Service Pack 1 (x86) - DVD (English)

File Name: en_windows_7_professional_with_sp1_x86_dvd_u_677056.iso

Date Published (UTC): 5/12/2011 2:37:38 PM

Last Updated (UTC): 5/12/2011 2:37:38 PM

SHA1: D89937DF3A9BC2EC1A1486195FD308CD3DADE928

ISO/CRC: E8C2AD67

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 Windows 7 Professional with Service Pack 1 (x64) - DVD (English)

File Name: en_windows_7_professional_with_sp1_x64_dvd_u_676939.iso

Date Published (UTC): 5/12/2011 2:37:46 PM

Last Updated (UTC): 5/12/2011 2:37:46 PM

SHA1: 0BCFC54019EA175B1EE51F6D2B207A3D14DD2B58

ISO/CRC: AD44DB36

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Windows 7 Professional with Service Pack 1, VL Build (x86) - DVD (English)

File Name: en_windows_7_professional_with_sp1_vl_build_x86_dvd_u_677896.iso

Date Published (UTC): 5/12/2011 2:39:37 PM

Last Updated (UTC): 5/12/2011 2:39:37 PM

SHA1: D5BD65E1B326D728F4FD146878EE0D9A3DA85075

ISO/CRC: DB028749

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Windows 7 Professional with Service Pack 1, VL Build (x64) - DVD (English)

File Name: en_windows_7_professional_with_sp1_vl_build_x64_dvd_u_677791.iso

Date Published (UTC): 5/12/2011 2:39:30 PM

Last Updated (UTC): 5/12/2011 2:39:30 PM

SHA1: 708E0338D4E2F094DFEB860347C84A6ED9E91D0C

ISO/CRC: AAFC72AE

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Windows 7 Enterprise with Service Pack 1 (x86) - DVD (English)

File Name: en_windows_7_enterprise_with_sp1_x86_dvd_u_677710.iso

Date Published (UTC): 5/12/2011 2:29:50 PM

Last Updated (UTC): 5/12/2011 2:29:50 PM

SHA1: 4E0450AC73AB6F9F755EB422990CD9C7A1F3509C

ISO/CRC: E3586659
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 Windows 7 Enterprise with Service Pack 1 (x64) - DVD (English)

File Name: en_windows_7_enterprise_with_sp1_x64_dvd_u_677651.iso

Date Published (UTC): 5/12/2011 2:30:00 PM

Last Updated (UTC): 5/12/2011 2:30:00 PM

SHA1: A491F985DCCFB5863F31B728DDDBEDB2FF4DF8D1

ISO/CRC: CE09FA98

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 Windows 7 Ultimate with Service Pack 1 (x86) - DVD (English)

File Name: en_windows_7_ultimate_with_sp1_x86_dvd_u_677460.iso

Date Published (UTC): 5/12/2011 2:45:59 PM

Last Updated (UTC): 5/12/2011 2:45:59 PM

SHA1: 65FCE0F445D9BF7E78E43F17E441E08C63722657

ISO/CRC: 35511F11

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 Windows 7 Ultimate with Service Pack 1 (x64) - DVD (English)

File Name: en_windows_7_ultimate_with_sp1_x64_dvd_u_677332.iso

Date Published (UTC): 5/12/2011 2:46:21 PM

Last Updated (UTC): 5/12/2011 2:46:21 PM

SHA1: 36AE90DEFBAD9D9539E649B193AE573B77A71C83

ISO/CRC: 992B8FCD

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Japan: Fujitsu IS12T Windows Phone 7.5 Announced

Fujitsu Windows Phone 7.5
Fujitsu-Toshiba IS12T is a power packed Windows Phone Mango device prepped for a September release in Japan. The IS12T features 13.2MP camera, 32GB internal storage and a design that is touted as dust & water-proof. IS12T sports a 3.7″ screen and a Qualcomm 1GHz processor.Available in three colors (Yellow, Pink and Black) the Fujitsu IS12T weighs 113gms. The IS12T design appeals to youngsters and the rough-tough qualities only pushes it more to that segment.
Fujitsu Windows Phone 7.5
The IS12T would be out for display from tomorrow but would go on sale in September. No word on the pricing yet, but we are sure several manufactuers are waiting to announce their WP 7.5 devices before the holidays. Microsoft has already announced Mango RTM (release to manufacturers).

Mango update brings a pseudo multitasking gesture, Internet Explorer 9 and several UI tweaks to Windows Phone. This is also expected to be the same version that Nokia would run on its early WP devices.

India, US Lead Google+ Visitors List; Crosses 20 Million Userbase

Just three weeks after Google Plus opened its gates to users, the service has managed to garner over 20 million users. This makes the service way faster than either Twitter or Facebook to reach that mark. Earlier last week, Google had announced that Google Plus had crossed the 10 million users mark.
The latest figures are from ComScore which has revealed that in the UK alone, over 870,000 people had signed up for the service even at the time it was invite only. Another report by The Telegraph reports that Google Plus users crossed 19.93 million till July 19.
Another interesting thing is the fact that India, along with the US lead the charts when it comes to number of visits to the site. US, leads the pack with over 5 million unique visits, India is number two with over 2.8 million unique visits.
The ComScore report also adds that there have been very few websites that have managed to achieve such large numbers within this short period of time. They however also add that Google already had a nice 1 billion user base that already use its services so all the company had to do was to convert these existing users to log on to the service.
While these numbers certainly sound impressive, Google Plus is still way behind leading services like Twitter and Facebook both of which command a user base of 300 million and 750 million respectively.

Wallee: iPad to Apple TV

Observe the above picture closely. Anything unusual? Yes, right there. That’s an Apple iPad hung on the wall using a fixture called Wallee.

The $49 wall mount for your iPad comes in multiple colors. Wallee is similar to any other mount used for other flatscreen devices. When not attached to the wall plate, wallee acts as a protective case for your iPad. The wall mount cum protective case is ideal for those who would like to keep their iPad away from the reach of any uninvited trouble like kids, neighbors or pets.

Nokia 5250 leaked on Ovi Store

Nokia’s application store website slipped an image of Nokia’s unannounced handset, Nokia 5250. The handset shares space with other mid-range touchscreen phones by Nokia. The picture of this phone suggests of a design very similar to the Sony Ericsson’s Satio.

Although there are no spec details available for the device, 3G along with a 5MP camera and Nokia’s free Navigation should not come as a surprise when the specs are released. The operating system on this device would be Symbian S60 5th edition. Too bad it wouldn’t bring the Symbian^3 power to Nokia’s mid-range segment.

The phone’s picture roll-out on Nokia’s Ovi Store sure suggests that it would be announced soon. We’ll keep you updated with its detailed specifications along with pricing and availability.

Surf’s down! Google Wave subsides

It was heralded as the ultimate communication platform, something that was a mix of IM, social networking, wikis and e-mail, but Google Wave has finally subsided. In spite of all the hype surrounding it at the launch as being a potential threat to Facebook and Twitter, the service really could not hold its own, partly because users could not get to grips with it, and mainly because many did not feel too inclined to try out yet another communication-oriented service (many more were attracted to the relatively easier to use Google Buzz). The result was a steep fall in the number of users, which eventually led to Google pulling the plug on what was arguably one of its more audacious ventures of the past year. First the Microsoft Kin and now, Google Wave. My, 2010 is not being too kind to social networking ventures by the big guns. We are keeping our fingers crossed for Yahoo! Pulse, though.

Nokia introduces C3, C6 and E5 social networking QWERTY phones

Nokia E5, C3 & C6

Nokia has announced the launch of three new handsets – Nokia C3, Nokia C6 and Nokia E5. All three are full physical QWERTY phones with built in social networking integration. The Symbian phones would have access to all the apps on the Ovi Store.

Nokia C3 is a power packed budget phone and would be the first series 40 featuring a QWERTY. The phone features WiFi, 2MP camera, 2.4″ screen, Bluetooth, FM radio, 3.5mm headphone socket and microSD support upto 8GB. The phone comes pre-installed with Ovi Mail and Ovi Chat. The phone provides one-click access to social networks like Facebook and Twitter. It will be available in Q2 2010 for a price of EUR 90 ($120) in three colors – golden white, slate grey and hot pink. Guess Nokia has decided to counter the cheap phones by Spice, Maxx, Videocon and Samsung with this one!

Nokia C6 features a 3.2″ touchscreen with a slide-out QWERTY (that IMO takes inspiration from the N97 in design.) The phone supports multiple e-mail accounts and social networking platforms. The phone also provides access to Facebook feeds on the homescreen. The specifications include WiFi b/g and quadband UMTS/HSPA, 5MP autofocus camera with flash, front-facing camera for video calls, FM radio, Bluetooth and A-GPS. C6 would support Nokia’s free walk and drive navigation. It will be available in Q2 2010 for EUR 220 ($299).

Nokia E5 would fit into the business series of the phone. The S60V5 phone would feature built in WiFi, A-GPS, HSPA, bluetooth and 5 megapixel camera. It also provides direct access to over 90% of world’s corporate e-mail through Mail for Exchange and IBM Lotus Notes Traveler.  It too would feature Ovi Maps with free walk and drive navigation. It would be available in Q3 2010 for a price of EUR 180 ($245).

All these three phones pictures above have a soft touch and looks more like a Samsung product than Nokia. Will this help Nokia speed up and race ahead of the competition?

Nokia comes to Indian social networking slugfest with stunning C5

We should have seen it coming. After letting the likes of Samsung, LG and INQ boss around the mobile social networking segment, the big N has finally shaken itself up and come out with what we think is a really terrific device for those looking for a value-for-money phone that will keep them connected to their networks and do a lot more besides. We are talking of the Nokia C5, which on paper, seems to be one of the best value for money propositions we have seen from the company.

On offer are features are A-GPS with turn-by-turn navigation, push mail, a dazzling 16.7 million colour display, out of the box support for a number of social networking sites

, a 3.2 MP camera and all significant connectivity options barring Wi-Fi. Oh, and before you start wondering, we  hasten to add that it runs the trusty Symbian Series 60 (3rd edition, FP2) OS, the same that makes the E series tick away efficiently, rather than the much-maligned Series 60 (5th edition) touchscreen OS.

All this in a stainless steel hood that tips the scale at a featherweight 89.3 grammes and would make most of the other players in the segment run for cover. And at a price of (bring on the trumpets please) – Rs 7,999. Yes, some might quibble about processor speed and lack of onboard memory (just 50MB which can, however be expanded to a very respectable 16gigs with an expansion card), but we really think that this device signals the arrival of Nokia to the mobile social networking battle. The 5233 and 5530 were decent devices, but this one really brings back to our minds the Nokia of not too long ago – solid as hell and not costing half the earth. Oh, and it looks good too.

Microsoft Kinect coming on November 4 – for $149.99!

The suspense over the price of Microsoft’s new game controller (without a controller!) system, Kinect, has ended. Microsoft has officially revealed both the price as well as the release date of the device. The controller, which lets users play games on the Xbox 360 by just moving their arms and legs (and in some cases, facial expressions), will hit stores on November 4 and will retail for $149.99, and will come with a free game Kinect Adventures, which we are told is worth $50 on its own. Gamers will also be able to get a Kinect with the new slim Xbox 360 for $299. On the surface, it does not seem like too bad a deal, really, except for the fact that the console will have only 4 GB of storage, so one will end up spending a fair bit more on one of those hard drives.

Now, we are waiting for what the Sony and Nintendo camps will come up with.

Juice up your devices while you walk

Designer Soledad Martin has developed a cellphone charger concept that uses the energy generated from your movement to charge cellphones. The device converts kinetic energy into electrical energy which is used to juice up cellphone batteries.

The charger can be easily attached to your shoe and connected to your cellphone through a USB port. The charger keeps generating electric energy as you walk, run or play any sports. So, whenever you run low on battery, just start running. This device can keep you as well as the environment around you healthy.

Too bad this is just another concept. But until some of these environment friendly ideas gets implemented on a big scale, lets be happy that some of us are thinking in the right direction

Indian Government shows a $35 tablet, readying a $10 one!

Yes, you read that heading right. The Indian Government is evidently working on a tablet that will cost about as much as a low-end phone – around Rs 1500 ($35 approx). And that is not all, efforts are on to trim the price further to an unbelieved Rs 500 ($10 approx). According to reports coming in from different sources in the media, the tablet (which is called Sakshat) will be an all touchscreen affair, running a basic version of Linux and is targeted squarely at students. A prototype of the device was shown off yesterday by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (which actually looks like a tablet unlike what we had seen earlier). Evidently a number of teams comprising experts, students and professors from prestigious tech institutes like the IITs and IIS Bangalore  are working with the HRD Ministry to bring out the low-cost device. We do not have any images of the device, but you can take a look at the one that appeared in the Mid-Day newspaper here.

Specs of the device are sketchy at the moment but what we have assimilated is that the device is about seven inches in length, has Wi-Fi connectivity, 2GB of internal storage and most amazing of all, can run on just 2 watts of power. The catch, of course, is that the final version of the tablet will be available only next year. Needless to say, we have great expectations, but we just hope that they won’t be belied, because judging by what we have seen, Sakshat could be just what students need – a low-cost computing device that allows users to do most basic tasks with minimum fuss.

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