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Monday, 6 April 2015

A layman answers TRAI’s 20 questions about Net Neutrality and OTT players in India

Read my Previous Blog Post on Net Neutrality and the brief about Consultation paper of TRAI.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has come out with a consultation paper on attempting to define a regulatory, licensing and distribution framework for Over-The-Top (OTT) services on the Internet (click to go to TRAI’s website or Read a simplified version). Just to make clear, OTT encompasses every form of online content and service that is not licensed, regulated and/or distributed by an Internet Service Provider (ISP) or a Telecom Service Provider (TSP) (click to go to source). Quoting from TRAI’s paper, “The best known examples of OTT are Skype, Viber, WhatsApp, Chat On, Snapchat, Instagram, Kik, Google Talk, Hike, Line, WeChat, Tango, ecommerce sites (Amazon, Flipkart etc.), Ola, Facebook messenger, BlackBerry Messenger, iMessage, online video games and movies (Netflix, Pandora).TRAI has invited replies from all stakeholders at advqos@trai.gov.in before 24th April, 2015.
The general citizen of India does not realize the implications this paper’s results will have on their choices as a consumer and their Fundamental Right to Freedom of Speech online. The paper’s basic premise and underlying arguments are subtly biased towards the Telcos (or TSPs). It is also lengthy, overly complex and full of legalese which makes a great inhibitor for anyone wishing to be a part of the discussion. Here goes an attempt to simplify the questions and answers for everyone.

Definition of NET NEUTRALITY

(also Network Neutrality or Internet Neutrality): “It is the principle that Internet service providers and governments should treat ALL data on the Internet EQUALLY, not discriminating or charging differentially by user, content site, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or modes of communication.”
(For clarity on the definition, see the following video. Head over to Youtube to see other related links)


 

Why Net Neutrality?

Anybody can become a creator, an innovator and a medium of transformation, even if they do not have any “control” over the network. Anybody can create new content, products and services, and share, communicate, enjoy, compete and earn.

Dear TRAI,
As a citizen and layman of India who has a great stake in this country adhering to the principles of democracy, here go my answers to your biased and repetitive questions.

Question 1: Is it too early to establish a regulatory framework for OTT services, since internet penetration is still evolving, access speeds are generally low and there is limited coverage of high-speed broadband in the country? Or, should some beginning be made now with a regulatory framework that could be adapted to changes in the future? Please comment with justifications.
ANSWER: Any regulatory framework which breaks the principles of Net Neutrality should NEVER be adopted, neither now nor in the future.

Question 2: Should the OTT players offering communication services (voice, messaging and video call services) through applications (resident either in the country or outside) be brought under the licensing regime? Please comment with justifications.
ANSWER: NEVER because it will hamper consumer choice, stifle growth of new kinds of products and services, and impede India’s economic progress. For example, if airline companies decide to offer online customer service through voice chat, an already heavily taxed and loss-making industry should not have to take another license.

Question 3: Is the growth of OTT impacting the traditional revenue stream of TSPs? If so, is the increase in data revenues of the TSPs sufficient to compensate for this impact? Please comment with reasons.
ANSWER: Radio channels cannot tax television channels for reduction in revenue. Even if OTT players are impacting the traditional revenue streams of TSPs, the TSPs cannot tax OTT services. Market forces should allow TSPs to reach a profitable price-point. TSPs need to invest in the quality and expansion of their existing products. TSPs need to explore outside their traditional revenue streams. India’s economy needs to favour innovative companies’ not outdated incumbents with vested interests.

Question 4: Should the OTT players pay for use of the TSPs network over and above data charges paid by consumers? If yes, what pricing options can be adopted? Could such options include prices based on bandwidth consumption? Can prices be used as a means of product/service differentiation? Please comment with justifications.
ANSWER: OTT players should NEVER pay TSPs for anything that can entail the violation of principles of Net Neutrality.

Question 5: Do you agree that imbalances exist in the regulatory environment in the operation of OTT players? If so, what should be the framework to address these issues? How can the prevailing laws and regulations be applied to OTT players (who operate in the virtual world) and compliance enforced? What could be the impact on the economy? Please comment with justifications.
ANSWER: The Internet IS a levelled playing field for everybody. In today’s world, OTT players do not operate solely in the virtual world but, on the contrary, interact with “REAL” world products and services, and result in creation of innumerable jobs. In an ever more connected world, any law or regulation which breaks this ‘FLAT’ and ‘NEUTRAL’ nature of the Internet would harm economic growth.

Question 6: How should the security concerns be addressed with regard to OTT players providing communication services? What security conditions such as maintaining data records, logs etc., need to be mandated for such OTT players? And, how can compliance with these conditions be ensured if the applications of such OTT players reside outside the country? Please comment with justifications.
ANSWER: This question requires a completely separate debate in itself. First and foremost, governments and all companies should respect and uphold the consumer’s Right to Privacy. If we lose privacy, we lose freedom itself because we no longer feel free to express what we think. India cannot be allowed to become a complete surveillance state which taps every OTT service which a consumer accesses. Second, OTT services should be allowed to freely combine and bundle online communication services within applications, and shouldn't be forced to keep data records. For example, an online vegetable ordering service should not be forced to save online communications between a buyer and seller.

Question 7: How should the OTT players offering app services ensure security, safety and privacy of the consumer? How should they ensure protection of consumer interest? Please comment with justifications.
ANSWER: All OTT services should adopt state of the art security standards in online communication. And they should keep consumers informed about the right privacy and security choices. In fact, the government should be pro-active in making companies aware of such practices.

Question 8: In what manner can the proposals for a regulatory framework for OTTs in India draw from those of ETNO, referred to in para 4.23 or the best practices summarised in para 4.29? And, what practices should be proscribed by regulatory fiat? Please comment with justifications.
ANSWER: As already answered, NO regulatory framework is required which violates Net Neutrality.

Question 9: What are your views on net-neutrality in the Indian context? How should the various principles discussed in para 5.47 be dealt with? Please comment with justifications.
ANSWER: A FREE and OPEN Internet is a pillar of democracy and our fundamental rights. Internet service providers and governments should treat ALL data on the internet EQUALLY, not discriminating or charging differentially by user, content site, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or modes of communication.

Question 10: What forms of discrimination or traffic management practices are reasonable and consistent with a pragmatic approach? What should or can be permitted? Please comment with justifications.
ANSWER: Any kind of traffic discrimination or management practices should never violate principles of Net Neutrality. And TSPs should be completely transparent about their traffic management principles.

Question 11: Should the TSPs be mandated to publish various traffic management techniques used for different OTT applications? Is this a sufficient condition to ensure transparency and a fair regulatory regime.
ANSWER: Again, any case by case traffic management of OTT applications, even if it is transparent, violates Net Neutrality. So, this question won’t arise if TRAI ensures Network Neutrality.

Question 12: How should the conducive and balanced environment be created such that TSPs are able to invest in network infrastructure and CAPs are able to innovate and grow? Who should bear the network upgradation costs? Please comment with justifications.
ANSWER: Free market forces should allow TSPs to reach a price-point where they can profitably invest in network infrastructure. As a municipal water supply does not charge companies making washing machines and does not tax people for using these machines, similarly OTT players should be given a free market to flourish.

Question 13: Should TSPs be allowed to implement non-price based discrimination of services? If so, under what circumstances are such practices acceptable? What restrictions, if any, need to be placed so that such measures are not abused? What measures should be adopted to ensure transparency to consumers? Please comment with justifications.
ANSWER: Again, DO NOT violate the principles of Net Neutrality.

Question 14: Is there a justification for allowing differential pricing for data access and OTT communication services? If so, what changes need to be brought about in the present tariff and regulatory framework for telecommunication services in the country? Please comment with justifications.
ANSWER: Again, DO NOT violate the principles of Net Neutrality.

Question 15: Should OTT communication service players be treated as Bulk User of Telecom Services (BuTS)? How should the framework be structured to prevent any discrimination and protect stakeholder interest? Please comment with justification.
ANSWER: ALL data on the Internet is EQUAL. ALL bits are bits, NO need to segregate OTT players. TSPs need to focus on improving their existing products and quality of service.

Question 16: What framework should be adopted to encourage India specific OTT apps? Please comment with justifications.
ANSWER: Ensure that the principles of Net Neutrality are upheld. TSPs with vested interests should NEVER be able to impede consumer access to any app.

Question 17: If the OTT communication service players are to be licensed, should they be categorised as ASP or CSP? If so, what should be the framework? Please comment with justifications.
ANSWER: Again, NO regulatory framework required. NO segregation of OTT players required. NO traffic discrimination required. ALL bits are bits. DON’T hamper industry growth. Uphold Net Neutrality.

Question 18: Is there a need to regulate subscription charges for OTT communication services? Please comment with justifications.
ANSWER: Again, NO regulatory framework required. DON’T hamper industry growth. Uphold Net Neutrality.

Question 19: What steps should be taken by the Government for regulation of non-communication OTT players? Please comment with justifications.
ANSWER: Again, NO regulatory framework required. DON’T segregate or discriminate OTT players. DON’T hamper consumer choice. DON’T hamper industry growth. Uphold Net Neutrality.

Question 20: Are there any other issues that have a bearing on the subject discussed?
ANSWER: Uphold Net Neutrality. Uphold an Open Internet. Uphold the citizens’ Right to Freedom of Speech.

How Airtel, Vodafone & TRAI are trying to screw Indian internet users.


Perhaps you've heard of this phrase "net neutrality". And about some tussle over it.

And perhaps you've let it slide from your consciousness, because it doesn't seem like it could concern you, especially in India.

But lend me your eyes for a few minutes and let me tell you how India's telcos and telecom regulators are trying to pull wool over them.

First, is there a problem now? Actually no. You've enjoyed the internet, the way it's supposed to be - freely and fully, till now. But in 16 days from the day I write this - April 22, 2015, the telecom regulators in India are preparing to recommend that it all change. Against you.

Here's what the big fight is all about.

Till recently, the telecom companies had enjoyed a great run in India, making tens of thousands of crores in profits over a long run, as India grew to 800 million mobile phone users from virtually nothing.

During this time, they've largely focused on selling voice minutes - while at the back end they have been using voice over internet protocol (or VOIP) to connect with other telcos and deliver calls using the internet. And given that the cost of VOIP is a tiny fraction of the cost of traditional voice calls they were charging, they raked in the moolah.

But, now thanks to the likes of WhatsApp and Skype and Google Hangouts, consumers can get the same voice calls delivered at internet prices, direct to their handsets. And this has the telcos running scared. Their margins are eroding.

So now the telcos want to charge for the internet differently, based on how you use it. By now you're saying - sure, if I use more bits and bytes, I'm ready to pay more. Actually, as bandwidth is infinite, the cost of bandwidth goes down globally all the time, you rarely pay more. But the telcos know this.

No - this is different - they want the right to charge what they want, when they want and how they want, with no logic whatsoever. In effect, if Airtel doesn't like YouTube but wants to push its own video app Wynk - it wants the right to offer that for free while charging you a bomb to access YouTube.

One of our telcos, Reliance, has already gone ahead with this Facebook-driven evil scheme called Internet.org - where you can access Bing for free, but you have to pay to access Google - and you have access to BabaJobs for free, while you have to pay for Naukri.com. They've sold it as a "solution for poor countries" but what they really mean is that it's a "solution to keep countries poor".

This breaks the very nature of the Internet.

In the US, this kind of differential pricing at whim has been made illegal. The US government has ruled strongly in favour of net neutrality.

But in India, the telcos have managed to get one person to write a "consultation paper" on behalf of the supposedly-independent TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) asking for public opinion on allowing telcos to break net neutrality.

The note - which is terribly written, and deeply biased - is at http://www.trai.gov.in/WriteReaddata/ConsultationPaper/Document/OTT-CP-27032015.pdf - and if you don't want to read through 117 pages of shoddily-written propaganda full of deliberately confusing jargon, there's a much shorter summary by Nikhil Pahwa of Medianama at Http://Tinyurl.com/TRAIpaper and a set of answers to frequently-asked questions at Http://tinyurl.com/TRAIfaqs

But if you want the really, really, really short summary, here is logic in the TRAI paper: Telcos have invested lots of money to build out the network. They used to make a lot of money off it. But now other people are making money on this network, because they innovated while the telcos did not - so this is a bad thing. So we need to let telcos charge people however they want so telcos can make the money they need. Basically: poor telcos. Sob, sob, sniff, sniff.

This TRAI Consultation Paper is a load of complete bullshit.

For the following reasons. The first fallacy: that the telcos did us a favour. To start with, the airwaves are ours, the people of India's. Telcos bid for and paid a license fee to our representatives, the government of India, to temporarily license our airwaves to sell their networks on it. So building out the telecom network in India wasn't a favour someone did for us - we asked these firms to do it and they paid us for it and profit from it. They knew what they were buying, they paid for it, and they got it. Now the world has moved past their fat margins on their outdated technologies, and they've failed to innovate. Other people, not telcos, have built WhatsApp and Skype. Their problem. Not ours.

Second fallacy, these firms are hurting financially. Nonsense again. Look at the publicly-quoted revenue figures of Indian telcos - and you'll find that, like in any other business, some did very well, some did very badly and others did middlingly okay. Like in any other business. And look at them historically - they've all more than recovered the amounts they bid for the spectrum. No one is in the poorhouse. And even if they get into the poorhouse in the future, we don't have any sovereign duty to help them out. Business is Darwinian. They didn't innovate, we don't need to bail them out.

Third fallacy, that there is a natural reason we need to be telco-friendly as technology changes. Nope again. Consider this analogy. We own our water. Let's say we want to license a firm or set of firms to distribute our water to residents across town. Some private and public firms, after open and transparent bidding, get these licenses. They distribute water, charge for it and all is well.

Now, after a little while, one person who gets water decides to use it to make soft drinks. He uses more water, and pays for it, at the agreed-to rate. And he sells the soft drinks. Another uses the water, pays for it, and sets up beautiful water fountains that people pay him to come and see. A third uses the water, pays for it, and opens a water park, where kids come and enjoy themselves.

Now imagine that the water distribution companies could have done any and all of these things all along - but chose not to. Now they get jealous of these other businesses - and want to be allowed to charge soft-drink users and water-park visitors any fee, without any logic, without it being based on water usage.

Another analogy. Imagine if your electricity distribution companies - Tata or Reliance / BSES or whoever would suddenly get up and start charging more for electricity from you if you used efficient light bulbs, or if you were used appliances that consumed less electricity. Because they made less money as a result of your smartness.

You'd say it was ridiculous. It is.
The TRAI paper is trying to make a make-believe case that telcos and ISPs who chose not to innovate should be compensated for their incompetence.

What can we end up with if we allow this to pass?

Once, shoddier products. Like Reliance and Facebook who are together offering Facebook for free and Twitter at a price, or Babajobs free but asking you to pay to access Naukri, or forcing you to use Bing because it is free unlike Google - allowing anti-net-neutrality will make our internet experience worse. And I say this, not because I have any grudge against Facebook, Babajobs and Bing - but because I think we consumers should have the ability to pick whichever social network, job site and search engine we want - and not leave it to some rapacious telco or social network to decide what we should use.

Two, higher bills. It's one thing to charge for bandwidth - and no one should have a problem with that. The price of that is falling anyway, as it should. Today, I have a 5 mbps connection at home for the same amount that I used to have a 256 kbps connection a few years ago. And I'm happy to pay for 10mbps too, if it comes to my home or my phone and does so at price I can afford. Or I can choose to save money and stay at 5 mbps as it becomes cheaper. It's my choice.

But it is completely wrong for me to have to pay Airtel or Vodafone or some ISP any money to specifically access YouTube, or Skype, or any particular site that they decide to charge for at their whim and fancy. These folks are the pipe-layers and their job is to push stuff through the pipes - which we can pay for, based on how much of the stuff they push is used by us. They have no other rights.

What we do with the bandwidth must be up to us, not up to some profiteering telecom tycoon in Gurgaon or Mumbai.

So what can you do to help?
The telcos, their cosy cabal, the COAI (Cellular Operators Association of India) and the author of the TRAI paper are trying to push through anti-net-neutrality in India.

My request to you is to do your little bit to stop it, and to ensure net neutrality.

There are a few things you can do. One - sign this petition over at https://www.change.org/p/rsprasad-trai-don-t-allow-differential-pricing-of-services-let-consumers-choose-how-they-want-to-use-internet-netneutrality

Two, write directly to TRAI at "advqos@trai.gov.in". The author of TRAI's paper may be biased - but it is a government body after all - and they have to listen to you. Here's one suggested text of what you can mail them - do modify at will:

Dear TRAI, I am writing to express my concern against the actions that telecom carriers are taking to restrict fair access to the internet (Net Neutrality). I believe the internet is a vital resource - it helps me communicate, work, and thrive as a citizen. If telecom operators can discriminate internet traffic on the basis of which services pay the most, we are allowing telcos control over a vital and necessary technological resource. By doing so we allow them to define what information we can view; what entertainment we can access; and how companies can innovate.

This is completely unfair and harms India's long term role in the global market. I strongly believe the growth of telecoms and the well-being of the internet can go hand-in-hand. I'm asking for a framework to ensure long term and fair access for all services regardless of size. I want my generation and those that come after me to have unfettered access to the Internet, with no telcos or ISPs having the ability to charge for specific services I use on top of it. Please understand that the internet is an important resource and vital to me and to every other Indian citizen. I would like to see it kept free and protected under Net Neutrality to ensure fair and equal access for all and forever. Regards, {Your Name}


Three, if you do have access to Ravi Shankar Prasad, the telecom minister - or anybody else in the ruling party - tell them that you believe strongly in net neutrality and that you expect the government to take a strong stand on it.

I don't have that access - so I can also suggest a fourth option: share this piece on LinkedIn, or on Facebook or on Twitter, or on email - and get it across to your others. Someone, somewhere who reads it can make a call, make a point, or make a big difference.

We have 2 weeks left. Let's not allow the telcos to get away with this.


Read my blog post on
  A layman answers TRAI’s 20 questions about Net Neutrality and OTT players in India
And thank you for taking the time to read this.

 -
Karthic keyan

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Moto E budget Smartphone priced at Rs.6999

It's hard not to love the Moto G, it being an incredible handset for the asking price and the benchmark against which other affordable smartphones should be judged. A lot's happened since that phone's release, though, namely the news of Lenovo's planned acquisition of Motorola from Google. Motorola may be facing new leadership, but recognizes it's on to a good thing with low-cost, high-value Android hardware, today announcing another smartphone of that nature, the Moto E.




The Moto E has slightly weaker specs than that of the G, with
*4.3-inch, 960 x 540 display (covered by Gorilla Glass 3 and an anti-smudge coating)
*1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon 200 processor
*1GB of RAM
*4GB of internal storage (with a microSD slot for more)
*1,980mAh battery and
*5-megapixel main camera. [No Front Camera]





The company is touting durability as one of the phone's key attributes. Its body is covered with water-resistant coating in addition to the Gorilla Glass front panel. Like the G before it, you'll be able to customize the handset with a number of different rear shells of varying colors and textures. It'll run (almost stock) Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box, and Motorola has committed to at least one major update cycle. Motorola's also crafted a few apps to launch alongside the Moto E with a focus on location sharing, including "Location Status" which sends a message to a nominated person when you leave or arrive a particular destination, and "Meet me/Follow me" which helps you to track down a friend in a crowd. Most importantly, the Moto E has launched today on Flipkart at a WoW price of Rs.6999/-

http://www.flipkart.com/motorola/motoe?disp=1012033074217055225036018091318O139

Some of the Sources from the Motorola's launch event in London has Reported that Moto E is not much of a departure from the X and G that came before it. A tad shorter than the the G, due to its smaller 4.3-inch display, but more or less a ringer otherwise. The same clean, tight design logic can be seen in the E, including the curved back cover and plain face sans any kind of soft key. Not as plain as we might've liked, though, as the large and lurid speaker grilles on the front of the device don't quite seem to fit among the relative simplicity of the rest of the phone. It's nice and light but with that sturdy, robust build quality that betrays its price point.

Thumbing through the home screen and app drawer, first impressions are that performance will certainly be adequate, and during the on-stage announcement, Motorola called out the Galaxy S4 for being slower than the E in basic metrics like time to return to the homescreen from within an app. It's obviously not as capable as the S4 in terms of raw power, but if we've learnt anything from the Moto G, it's that Motorola knows how to get the best of mediocre components.



Read the Entire Specs from the Company's Website
http://www.motorola.com/us/consumers/shop-all-other/Moto-E/moto-e.html


Author:
Karthickeyan
karthic@madlygeek.in






Sunday, 4 May 2014

Most Hilarious Reviews on Flipkart


It all Started when Flipkart Posted a Sennheiser HD 800 headphones for a Whooping price tag of Rs.84499 on its site and the Users went Hilariously Crazy.



1. "After selling my Mom's jewelry and underwear..."


2, 3, & 4. "The only problem i faced was because of the 50 rupees delivery charge. I think they are asking for too much."

5 & 6. "Awesome product. Worth robbing a bank."

7. "Now whenever my parents shout at me, I put this great headphones and listen to Honey Singh songs."


8. "I sold my brand new WagonR just to buy this headphone."

9. "Jindagi Badal Gayi."

10. "Thank u Flipkart"

11. "I got it by selling off my left kidney."

12. "I do Aarti all night with this headphone." - Allegedly, Alok Nath



you can also read other reviews from the product Site itself

Saturday, 3 May 2014

Nokia Lumia 525- Overview,Specs,price,pros and cons

Hello Madlygeek readers,

In competition with the Street Popular Moto G, Microsoft's Nokia Lumia 525 take its chance to drift off the Moto G users with its own treat. 
Few Days Back My dad got me a new Nokia Lumia 525 Wp8 Smartphone., I earlier had a Nokia 5233 Symbian Smartphone.,uhm.. indeed it was a Smartphone at those days.

If we were to put the Nokia Lumia 520 and Lumia 525 side by side, you’d have a truly impossible time telling the two apart. A true twin to its predecessor, the Lumia 525 is, on the outside, a complete copy. The same petite proportions are at play here.
Being the successor of Nokia lumia 520, it sports certain eye appealing features under the hood.


LUMIA 520 Sports a 512MB RAM., while LUMIA 525 has a Beefed 1GB of RAM., Double of its predecessor,
If you are Hard-Core Gamer, You could take a chance on Lumia 525, with its massive RAM capacity, it can run High Graphic Games Smoothly without any glitches,Run a Pack of Apps simultaneously without freezing up the CPU.

DESIGN:

Beautifully Designed, with Conservative Dimensions and rounded edges, It fits easily in your palm.
It has Swappable polycarbonate Back Shells, you can swap with your favourite eye candy colors, I had my all time favorite Black on.
It looks sleek and weighs nearly 125 grams.

DISPLAY:

Coming into the Display part, it has large 4 Inch IPS LCD Display and sports a low pixel density of 235 pixels per inch, which is a considerably a better Display in comparison to the Similar Competitors around its price range. It Lacks from Oleophobic treatment, the screen witness greasy smudges on the screen
But HEY it has a Scratch Resistant Glass on top, you can even operate your phone smoothly having your gloves on.

CONNECTIVITY:

It has GPRS(Class B), EDGE(upto 236.6 kbps), 3G(HSDPA, 21.1 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps), bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, LE, wifi, wifi direct, and wifi hotspot, connectivity is also available through microUSB 2.0

CAMERA:

It sports a 5MP camera with no Flash Support, Yes that seem to be a Drawback. but Believe me you wont need a Flash, coz it still gives out beautiful images with its mere 5MP camera that's more than enough for casual Photos unless you are into taking Photos of Models, you might need a DSLR for that.
you can also download various camera apps that can Set the Lens at your Control.
I personally recommend Nokia Camera app for that, you can manually control iso,shutter speed,focus,white balance etc to bring out the perfect snaps out from the camera.
It doesnt have a Secondary Camera, Trust ME, you wont need it unless you are a Busy Businessman having a video conference all the day on the go.
It can take pretty videos with 720p@30fps.

STORAGE:

It has 8GB of internal Storage which is more than enough for a lot many of apps and Games to Fit in.
The memory can also be expanded via microSD card upto 64GB to put your Fav Music Tracks,Videos, Movies and Office files.

INSIDE:

Lumia 525 runs on Windows phone 8 Black OS.And Guess What? It is upgradeable to Windows phone 8.1 which microsoft claims that, it ll be the massive update that would make user, experience the Real Smartphone Environment.

You can also read on the features of Windows phone 8.1 update[coming soon]

It has got Qualcomm Chipset ,which make no Sense to you and me anyway.
It has 1GHZ Dual core processor which is a pretty decent processor in the case of Windows phone, coz unlike Android, windows phone consumes a very less processor, so you can have a hell lot of apps and games running simultaneously.
Lumia 525 comes with GPS and GLONASS support

BATTERY:

it sports a 1430mAH Removable Battery which can stand all day long on a intermediate usage.

TALKTIME- 17hrs of battery life
ON WIFI- 7 hrs of battery life
ON 2G internet- 5 hrs of Battery
ON High Graphic Games[like Asphalt 8,Halo, NOVA 3,NFS]- 3 hrs of Battery life
ON Casual Games[ like Subway Surfers,Temple run, angry birds] - 4-5 hrs of battery life
ON Standby- More than 3 weeks[ collected from various source]

The Price of Lumia 525 in India is 10,500 INR.,
I had got this from Poorvika Smartphone Retailers.
You can also get it online at a Price of around 8k.

PHOTOS:












CONCLUSION:

Low Cost, With No Compromising with Nokia's Quality. Nokia lumia 525 budget Smartphone is the Best for every buck Spent.Trust ME! you wont regret.

Post your Questions, User Reviews on the Comment Section Below

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Author:
Karthickeyan,

Saturday, 14 December 2013

100 Thing Android Can do but IOS or IPhone Can't

Here is the List of 100 Things that ANDROID can do but IOS or IPhone Can't do,So Apple users you'll understand the Importance of Android stop buying useless IPhone which cost more to buy.




1. App integration with Operating System.
2. Can’t set default apps.
3. No NFC capabilities.
4. Google Now (with card notifcations).
5. True HD resolution.
6. Widgets.
7. Dual User(Android 4.3).
8. Replaceable keyboards (Swype, etc).
9. Photosphere (panorama) – without the use of a third party app
10. USB host – USB OTG(Attach Pendrives,etc).
a. Transfer media to and from an external SD card
b. Watch streaming video or listen to streaming audio from external SD.
11. Use a bluetooth mouse
12. Floating window apps for desktop like multitasking
13. Switchable launchers
14. Apps that allow gesture based control
15. Adblock
16. Data usage monitor. App usage, Set warning and maximum
17. Battery usage monitor. What apps are using up power
18. Many system monitors like wakelock
19. VPN Proxy for privacy bypassing country restrictions (Tunnelbear)
20. security apps like Cerberus and . Anti-theft, discreetly take a picture of the thief, see what they’re up to (Cerberus) like prey on mac.
21. Launcher shortcuts for apps e.g. evernote, not just bookmark shortcuts
22. Turn the phone into a server: phone to become a DLNA, DNS, Email, FTP, IRC, Proxy, SMB, SMS, SSH, Web, WebDAV, XMPP server (Servers Ultimate)
23. Android can run on many other devices: USB stick computers, laptops (HP, Asus, Acer), cameras, TV set top, google glass, smartwatch, consoles, televisions
24. Run Ubuntu
25. Run various emulators
26. Run system maintenance tools like cache cleaner, Automatically cleanup all app related files once an app is uninstalled (CCleaner)
27. Change profiles based on situation and location
28. Change desktop based on situation.
29. The ability to backup apps and restore them in case you upgraded to a faulty version
30. Bluetooth transfer to and from different devices not just from android devices.
31. Ability to send Bluetooth signals as serial port to be accessed by another device.
32. Ability to assign commands to the phone when the phone’s state is detected eg. light level, magnetic field, orientation, proximity sensors, etc.
33. Able to change file extensions without the need to import the file into an app because of a true file system.
34. Seamlessly pair and use an external GPS device with an android phone.
35. Allow apps to specify download location and not just in the same app container. This means you can copy a file once, such as a pdf, and open it with different apps.
36. No removable storage(Many Android phones have Micro-SD card Slot but IPhone dont).
37. No replaceable battery(Many Android phones have Replaceable Battery but IPhone dont).
38. Use the device as usb storage without iTunes. Windows only see it as read only.
39. Allow multiple Gmail accounts on one device
40. Flash Custom ROM’s – No need root if you buy an Oppo Phone.
41. Smart app protector – You can password protect specific apps. (ios has my secret folder but does not work for apps. ios needs to be jailbroken for this to work.)
42. AIDE – integrated application development. Develop apps directly from your android device.
43. Disable background data per app when on mobile networks.
44. Support 6 different ways to unlock screen, including no lock
45. Miracast
46. DLNA
47. Find out in detail how your storage is used – apps like disk usage
49. Change system wide font size
50. Almost always have the same app available on phone and tablet
51. Integrated FM Radio (HTC One, Oppo R819, Others)
52. The Ability to change icons system wide
53. Face Unlock :)
54. Multi Picture Wallpaper
55. Ability to hide apps (NO ROOT REQUIRED EITHER)
56. Run Flash Websites
57. Voice Control Anything (using Voice/Tasker)
58. Control Televisions (IR Blaster)
59. Air Gestures (Samsung)
60. Google Wallet
61. Be able to download any files onto your phone
62. Make geeks happy (intangible)
63. Can’t theme your phone, all iPhone’s look the same. No personality
64. Choice of features
65. Boom Sound or Dual Front Facing Speakers (HTC)
66. Thermometer
67. Barometer
68. Back button. Without it, switching to the previous app requires two actions
69. No Porn Apps
70. WiFi direct
71. No Wireless Charging
72. Always Listening (Moto X / AutoVoice)
73. Launch apps from a dock like on Mac os (dock4droid). This will confuse the fanboys because it is an Apple feature that is not on ios
74. Install caffeine like the very popular Mac utility
75. Swipestarter – most efficient launcher
76. Gesture search
77. Anticipatory computing ** See the end of this post
78. Dynamically change your home screen – one home screen for work, and one for play
79. Customize LED notifications
80. Connect to your lan workgroup, copy files back and forth. No need for iTunes
81. Stream movies, music from your shared drives
82. The largest developer support (XDA-Developers, Rootzwiki, Etc)
83. Choose from a dizzying array of form factors and hardware. Different screen sizes. Ruggedized phones. Different price points.
84. Can’t set mobile data limits (why they overpay)
85. HDMI output
86. No 15 Minute grace period for apps. once you buy in iOS you’re stuck.
87. Install apps to your mobile device directly from the web play store.
88. Voice Actions on Home Automation
89. Boot into Safe mode
90. Disable background processes on startup without root.
91. Batch modify/move/copy files from one directory to the other.
92. Easily switch from one browser to another (flashify) without copying and pasting.
93. Backup files locally with any version available not just the present and previous ones. Eg. I have 10 different versions of Google maps and I can roll back to any of them.
94. Control lock screen when a bluetooth signature is detected. Eg. Pebble locker. Can also activate any profiles upon detection.
95. Perform tasks depending on magnetic field strength. This is particularly effective to mimic an NFC feature. Eg. Open an app (car mode ultra) by reading and sticking a magnetic strip on a car mount.
96. Make your own Siri. Autovoice + Tasker
97 Run shell Scripts
98. Use phone as external GPS for android tablet that doesn’t have a GPS.
99. Extract apks so no need to re-download from the internet. Just are reinstall from a windows network share or SD card.
100. Ability to control other Android devices (AutoRemote).
101.  iOS user’s can’t eat KitKat’s anymore.(Android 4.4 Kitkat is Sweet but IOS 7 Isn't :D :D ).


Thats my list but the list can be Expanded to more than 1000 if Android is Rooted.

So Guys tell your opinion on this List.

And last but not the Least IPhone users hopefully Understand the meaning of Android and its Importance :P .

Monday, 12 August 2013

Asus Google Nexus 7(2013)

Just before few days the new Google Nexus 7 Tablet was launched by Google and Asus.This is a successor to the old Nexus 7 Launched by Google last year.
Nexus 7 is a best competitor for the Ipad Mini but with a lower price.Google has made Some Interesting Improvements to this years Nexus 7.
Specifications of New Nexus 7-
  • 7 inch ips LCD Display with 1920/1200 pixel Resolution.(332PPI)
  • 5 Megapixel Rear camera without Flash and 1.2 MP front Camera.
  • CPU-1.5 GHz Quadcore Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro Processor.
  • GPU-Qualcomm Adreno 320 with 400MHz.
  • Ram-2GB
  • Latest Android 4.3 out of the Box
  • Stereo Speakers on Top and Bottom
  • 3950 MAPh Battery
  • Corning Gorilla Glass.
Seeing from the Specs above,Its clear that google had made huge improvements in the Display making this Tablet to be the Highest Resolution Display in a 7 inch Tablet.There is also improvement in the CPU from the Tegra 3 to Qualcomm snapdragon s4 pro.Ram has also improved from 1 to 2 Gb as expected.There few interesting things here in the New Nexus 7,

1.There are Stereo Speakers which Help in sound quality for Using this tablet as an Entertaining device.
2.Addition of a 5MP camera makes it clear that Google had been targeting for the Rivalry of Ipad Mini which also had an 5 Mp camera.
3.There is also an LED notification Light at the Bottom which looks good.
4.This new Nexus 7 has a Narrow Design than the previous one,So this makes it comfortable to hold the device.

Price
Its very good that Google has again made the Nexus 7 one of the Cheapest Tablets.The Price Starts at
16Gb-229$(Rs.20999)
32Gb-269$(Rs.23999)
32GB&LTE-350$(Rs.27999)
So there is only a 30$ increase for the basic 16GB model which Cant be bargained considering the Specs you get in the Device.
Asus has also planned to release a 4G LTE Model with 32Gb storage in coming September.


http://www.google.co.in/nexus/7/

Author:
Ankush
ankush@madlygeek.in

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Wish A Dream Username On Yahoo Before 7th August And Grab One

Wonder each time you created an email address that you need a particular username but it’s already taken? Then you might get lucky with Yahoo’s new strategy to get users back on their website. Yahoo is well aware of the number of users who left a few years back and haven’t logged into their Yahoo accounts for quite a while. But the company sees that as an opportunity to get new users on-board. Yahoo is offering up those dormant e-mail addresses and starting today new or current Yahoo users can create a wish list of their most desired usernames or email addresses. Users can go to Yahoo’s new wish list site at https://wishlist.yahoo.com to request the username of their dreams — or, you know, a first name or first, last name combination.

Last month the company informed users whose accounts were dormant for over a year that they would begin a process which would give away their addresses. That part is over now – Yahoo says and it’s now time to free up those unused addresses for others to use.
The username wish list project is just one of many changes that Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has made since she took over a year ago this week. Mayer has made a series of acquisitions and refreshes to products, including Yahoo’s weather app and Flickr photo-sharing service.
It sounds like a fun way to get a new user name, but there are some concerns, notably around privacy and for those who had these e-mail addresses before and used them to log in to social media and e-commerce sites. Yahoo says it is working with sites like Facebook to get around these issues and has begun to detail the process on its developer site. It plans to detail more in the coming weeks.

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Author:

karthic
karthic@madlygeek.in

Saturday, 8 June 2013

View Locked Profile Picture on Facebook-Enlarged View

Hey MadlyGeek Readers,
We're back again with a new trick on how to view an enlarged image of a locked profile picture on facebook.

Offcourse, It's a bit old one But Still I'd like to Share it for our Loyal readers who doesn't know about this trick

So Here we go :) :)


Step #1:Visit any profile whose profile picture is locked

Step #2:Right click and Select "Open Image in  new tab"




Step #3:In the below URL., remove the highlighted text and HIT Enter.
Eg: https://fbcdn-profile-a.akamaihd.net/hprofile-ak-frc1/c54.54.672.672/s160x160/398786_10150663514753034_495337828_n.jpg

remove the "/s160x160" alone

TAdaaaanNNNNNn :D :D
Thats it.
You will get the original resolution of the locked Profile pic.






Hope you liked it
"Disclaimer:The account ID and the picture taken is completely random, This picture will be removed on Owner's request."


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Author:
karthickeyan
karthic@madlygeek.in

Monday, 1 April 2013

Run ANDROID OS in your PC


ANDROID OS IN YOUR PC

Hi friends ....
it has been so long since i have turned up .

Today i am gonna teach you How to run android OS in your PC Without installing.

Even Though We can Run Android apps in computer in PC by using BLUE STACKS,running android OS in PC would be a better experience about running multiple OS in a PC without installing.


STEP 1

Download the file android-x86-2.2-generic.iso 




 STEP 2

Download and install ORACLE VM Virtual box or other such softwares like VMWARE FUSION which allows you to run a virtual  desktop.
(Here i am using ORACLE VM VIRTUAL BOX.)

Install the software (a dialog box appears as shown below)








STEP 3

Open the installed software.


Create a VIRTUAL DESKTOP (here i am creating a WIN 7 Virtual desktop)
Select the Memory Size of the Virtual Desktop.
Now the Virtual Desktop is created ,open it.
Then a dialog box appears,in that GO TO
DEVICES--> CD/DVD DEVICES-->CHOOSE A VIRTUAL CD/DVD DISK FILE.
then select the android.iso file which you have downloaded.

Select LIVE CD-RUN ANDROID-X86 WITHOUT INSTALLATIO (HDPI)
SUCCESS WE HAVE DID IT !! HERE U GO !!
Video Tutorial.

video
Hope It Was Helpful ! 








then try to run it.

Hope you like it. :)



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Author:

S.Santhosh Nagaraj

santhosh@madlygeek.in