Archive for March 22, 2013


i was using iphone 3 before i got Droid DNA. i prefer this better than iphone. the battery life is the main feature. this has long life compared to the other phones i used. the camera is 8 mega pixcel and i was able to take very clear photos. i dont need to use my camera anymore because this has got a very good video recorder too.


the display is very crisp and the text and photo are very clear. i was watching the HD YouTube videos on this 5 inch screen. thats convincing. as far as i know it’s not the most advanced version of the OS that Google has officially announced, but however  this is as fresh as you’ll likely find outside of a true Nexus device.



How to face a formal interview…

In this fast moving world one has to know how to face a formal interview with a lot of confidence. Even experienced employees find it very hard to face an interview with ease. People should have good command in their verbal and non-verbal communication to achieve success. Any organization would love to recruit a person who is good in communication and possess sufficient educational knowledge and work experience. Employees fear about interviews, because they are scared of not knowing the answer for unpredictable questions asked by the interviewer and tend to get too nervous when the question is too tough.

There are crucial things that you need to do in advance when you are called over for an interview, when you receive a phone call regarding your selection for an interview, you have to ask your interviewers name and also before attending the interview, you need to do a full research about the company that you are about to work for. It’s always helpful if you prepare a set of basic question and answer and practice a lot.


At the interview

As the employee walks into the office, he should not be nervous, walk confidently and firmly shake hands, while maintaining eye contact. The interviewee should not take a seat before the interviewer says to take a seat. As soon as you take your seat, don’t try to sit too casually, sit in a way that is comfortable for you and provide your portfolio and wait till the question starts. When a question is asked do not rush to answer instantly, think quickly and answer clearly and quite loudly to the interviewer. If interrupted by the interviewer, give a pause and then continue with your answer.


Most of the organization would ask you to give details about their organization, you have to be well prepared for this as you would have already done enough research about the organization at the beginning itself.


A tricky question that is very common in an interview is the reason for you to leave the previous job. Never tell bad things about your x-work or x-employer even if you didn’t enjoy working there. This would give a bad impression, which would reduce your chances of getting selected.

When asked about your strengths and weakness, say your strengths are hardworking, willing to work long hours, love to work in teams, quick learner, etc. But when asked about the weakness, do not try to be too genuine, do not tell anything that would give them a bad impression about you. Your weaknesses should sound like indirect strengths. You can say your weakness is, that you are very stubborn in completing a task on time or you strain a lot to seek new technology to keep your self-updated etc.


When asked about the salary expectation never say that it’s up to the management to decide about it, because they all know salary is the main reason for you to work somewhere, also do not give a fixed value as your salary expectation. Always say it in a range with some extra details, such as “based on my experience and educational knowledge I would be happy if the salary is between 20000 to 30000”. This would show the employer how much confidence you have on yourself.


Finally when your interview is over thank the interviewer for his time and consideration, and that you hope to meet him soon in the near future. Your job does not end here because you have to follow up with a call and see how they are progressing in a week or so. They will give them a message than you are very keen on working for them.



20th March 2013



First Google laptop

This is the first Google-designed laptop. not one that was farmed out to a partner like Acer or Samsung. And Google has upped the ante, adding a high-res touch-screen. with a pixel density greater than that of Apple’s vaunted Retina screens, and a real Intel Core i5 processor. But the 3.3-pound Pixel also has a high-end sticker price: it starts at a whopping $1,299. That goes to $1,449 for the step-up model, which adds a built-in 4G LTE cellular modem

Pricing starts at a lofty $1,299; Web-based Chrome OS requires you to be online to do most tasks. Web apps can’t yet compare to most Windows or Mac software, especially for mediacentric activities like video. Despite impressive hardware specs and solid industrial design, the Chromebook Pixel’s high price and cloud OS limitations make it impossible to recommend for the vast majority of users.


The slick-looking, Intel-powered Google Chromebook Pixel combines the touch screen support of Windows 8 with the MacBook Pro’s high-res Retina display. It also includes three years of free 1TB cloud storage, and has a 4G LTE option.


For die-hard denizens of the cloud, this may look to be the ultimate online-only laptop. But like its less-expensive predecessors, the Chromebook Pixel comes with a long list of caveats all of which are amplified by its high price. The screen is gorgeous, but, unlike Windows 8, which has been designed to interact well with touch the Chrome OS itself is not particularly touch-friendly right now


Until Google can provide a Web app ecosystem that’s as robust as the vast software libraries for Mac and Windows, and a cloud-based architecture that’s as convenient as working on your local hard drive, this sort of high-end Chromebook is going to remain a tough sell.




iphone 5 is here to dominate

This Latest smart phone from apple has been a big success, as many users have liked its slim look and crisp clear screen. The screen is made of gorilla glass which is scratch resistant, which makes the user feel that the screen is pretty robust. Compared to the other previous smartphones that were developed by apple, this has got a longer display and the weight has been reduced, which makes the user feel that the phone is as heavy as a feather.


The IOS 6.0 is effective and the users can use the Siri function to do tasks by just talking the way you talk to a human being. The advanced AI helps the user to do tasks with ease as it understands what the user really means. One can call, text, even set reminder my talking to Siri.


IPhone 5 has a special sensor just like the other smart phones, which turns off the display light, when it’s close to your ear to avoid accidental touches, however if you take the phone away from your ear, the display comes back so that you can click and navigate to other options. This is simply cool once you experience it for real.


The camera in this smart phone is simply superb, as it has some special features to take close up photos which can be taken in poor lighting conditions too. The 8 megapixel camera is more than you would bargain for, because the camera does not contain any complex features to take a photo. Users have to just run the camera app and start taking photos with ease. Unlike its predecessor’s the photo gets stored within seconds and you can get ready to take the next shot. With the camera function this smart phone also has a video recorder which takes video’s in 30 frames per second that can be compared with standalone digital camera video recordings.


One would feel the disadvantage of this smartphone could be its screens height. The width is the same size as its predecessor, but height has been increased which gives it a weird look. Battery life is very short and its quite annoying to charge the phone each and every day for approximately 2 hours, however all the other non-apple smart phones share the same problem, so the users can’t really consider this as a big let off. According to my knowledge this phone stays alive for 24 hours or so, but when on wifi, it’s got much shorter battery life.


19th March 2013


Windows releasing the best smart phone ever…

Nokia Lumia 920 review



This smart phone is quite heavy and thick and has a look and impressions that makes people think of it as a tablet pc because of its size.  I find it very hard to put it in my pocket most of the times, however this phone has got a smooth look which makes us forget the thickness. As a user i always felt happy to carry the phone in my hand and utilize its full features when necessary.


The newly introduced wireless charging function is awesome, but i feel that the direct cable charging charges quickly. Even though they call it wireless charging, it does not mean that the phone can be charged  while you are on phone or withoutout touching the fatboy pouch. Fatboy pouch gives a different feel when charging the phone wirelessley, it saves time by not encouraging us to plug in the cable. All you have to do is, just place the phone on top of the pouch and wait til it gets charged. This is something that i was waiting to try for years.


Lumia 920 has a 32gb memory which is not enough for most of the users as they all download a lot app apps which requires more space. This is a drawback of this particular smart phone which has to be rectified in the near future. However when you compare the memory with other smart phones which a are available in the market, this does not seem a big problem. This device has So far the biggest screen size i have ever experienced.  The screen size is more than 4 inches. so i am able to view more contents than any other phone i used in the past. Camera feature is not at all convincing, because no matter how big or small your photo resolution is, the phone always stores it in 400 Kilo Bytes.  I really dont understand how this is possible as iphone and other devices store high resolution photos in Mega Bytes.


According to my knowledge, this is the only phone where i can touch the screen and open programs with gloves and navigate with ease. As far as i know, no other phone had this feature, and hopefully will not have it in future too. When it comes to the multimedia side, i prefer listening to music via headset rather than throught the speakers. I was able to hear boost in songs  when listening to music after activating dolby-boosted playback which had amazing equalizer settings too.



HTC One …

HTC One has Rectangular, flat, and extremely thin, the HTC One is practically all screen. Its 4.7-inch LCD display uses the SoLux technology for improved picture quality and generates 468 pixels per inch. This helps the screen to boast the most impressive viewing experience of any phone it has ever created. Since the display is slightly smaller at the same resolution, the One’s screen has a denser pixel count than the Droid DNA


the display has plenty of impact with vibrant colors, wide viewing angles, and plenty of brightness. Details also look extremely crisp. Just how this device’s screen measures up against the best mobile displays from Samsung and Apple, however, remains to be seen.


HTC also makes a big deal about the One’s all-aluminum chassis, describing it as using a zero-gap unibody design. Indeed, available in hues of black and silver, the handset feels sturdy, has reassuring heft, and its smooth metallic skin exudes high-end craftsmanship. HTC also took pains to point out that while the thin white trim encircling the silver model I manhandled appears to be plastic, it is in fact meta


dual speakers act in unison to deliver a more lively audio experience whether while watching movies or listening to music. Paired with an onboard amplifier and Beats technology, HTC has given the system the rather unfortunate name BoomSound. It reminds me of the kind of cheesy trademark Philips used to plaster all over its old boom boxes.


A flagship smartphone wouldn’t be worth its weight in salt if it wasn’t backed up by a bevy of screaming components. You’ll be glad to know that the HTC One doesn’t disappoint. Beating inside the heart of this regal machine is a 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, fresh off of Qualcomm’s factory floor. It’s the first device I know of to officially feature the new silicon. Because of that I’m sure a lot of smartphone addicts out there will be itching to get their hands all over this gadget.


In the limited time I’ve spent with the HTC One, I can definitely say it’s fast, thin, and flaunts a very sexy design. Of course these words describe a lot of new smartphones. If the phone’s screen and camera live up to the hype, however, then HTC may have a big winner on its hands. I have to say I am concerned about the BlinkFeed feature, which may be exciting for Android newbies but doesn’t seem extremely useful for smartphone old hands.



Martian Passport Watch review

the Martian Passport has a stainless-steel case and clasp, and an antiscratch glass crystal face, with a gray plastic resin plate on the back. It’s thick, but looks stylish though. In person, it feels and looks even better than photos suggest. The attention to quality shows, and it impressed me.


Slick throwback design with an analog flair, decent battery life, easy pairing for basic speakerphone calls. Useful for screening incoming calls and texts.

it  has a one-line OLED display at the bottom, too, and a multicolor LED notification light, but those stay nearly invisible. There’s also a microphone and speaker crammed in there. What does it do? The Martian screens phone calls and messages. It has Bluetooth and a Micro-USB port. It makes calls. It connects with Siri or Android Voice.



the only disadvantage of this is that it is Way too expensive compared with its competition; not water-resistant, background noise makes Bluetooth speakerphone feature tough to use in noisy outdoor environments.

What is the best high-end Windows 8 tablet?



At least several times each week, we get a reader inquiry via e-mail or Twitter asking which of the current crop of Windows 8 tablets is the best. The answer isn’t so simple when you consider that tablets running full Windows 8 (as opposed to Windows RT: don’t get us started) are split into two hardware classes: those with slower Atom processors, including the HP Envy x2, and those at the high end, such as the Microsoft Surface Pro.

What makes a high-end Windows 8 tablet? Generally, an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, giving it the performance of a full-fledged ultrabook-style laptop. The drawbacks tend to be a shorter battery life and a higher price tag. Many come with either a laptop-like docking station, or are compatible with a keyboard-cover accessory.

Those less-expensive Atom tablets are more plentiful, but the higher-end performance tablets are better at being your full-time work machine. There aren’t a ton of options out there, but here are the top candidates we’ve reviewed to date.



At least several times each week, we get a reader inquiry via e-mail or Twitter asking which of the current crop of Windows 8 tablets is the best. The answer isn’t so simple when you consider that tablets running full Windows 8 (as opposed to Windows RT: don’t get us started) are split into two hardware classes: those with slower Atom processors, including the HP Envy x2, and those at the high end, such as the Microsoft Surface Pro.

What makes a high-end Windows 8 tablet? Generally, an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, giving it the performance of a full-fledged ultrabook-style laptop. The drawbacks tend to be a shorter battery life and a higher price tag. Many come with either a laptop-like docking station, or are compatible with a keyboard-cover accessory.

Those less-expensive Atom tablets are more plentiful, but the higher-end performance tablets are better at being your full-time work machine. There aren’t a ton of options out there, but here are the top candidates we’ve reviewed to date.





Acer Iconia W700

The closest competitors to the Surface Pro are other tablets and hybrids with Intel Core i5 processors — essentially full-featured ultrabooks squeezed down to tablet form. Acer’s Iconia W700 fits the bill, and includes a space-age-looking dock, but the nonadjustable stand limits viewing angles, and you’ll need an external mouse or touch pad for efficient Windows navigation.




Microsoft Surface Pro
There’s a lot to like here — if not to love. While the Surface Pro isn’t the first Windows 8 tablet, it may well be the best one to date, at least in terms of design. The magic here is in the details: the ingenious detachable keyboard cover and the included pressure-sensitive stylus both go a long way toward setting the Surface Pro apart from the other laptops, tablets, and hybrids we’ve seen so far.




Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T
The top-heavy ATIV Smart PC Pro is a clever little device, but it feels too low-rent for its high-end aspirations. Samsung makes better-designed ultrabooks and better tablets. The Smart PC Pro feels best as a laptop…in which case, why not simply buy a laptop?

Google testing new navigation design borrowed from Chrome


Google tests a new navigation system for its services that dumps the controversial black bar along the top of the screen.

Google is testing a new version of its home page that eliminates the controversial navigation bar that has sat atop its services for two years, the company said.

The version now being tested requires users to click a grid icon borrowed from Chrome OS for links to Gmail, Google Maps, YouTube, and other products. The design, which was first spotted by blog Google Operating System, appears to be in an early stage of testing — screenshots show the grid icon includes a redundant link to Google search, even when accessed from the search page.

“We’re always experimenting with the look and feel of our home page,” a Google rep told CNET.

If it tests well, the grid would replace the prominent black bar that has served as the company’s site navigation tool since 2011. The nav bar has always polarized design-minded users: Some like the unified look it brings to Google products, while others think the interface could be improved. Among those who think that: Google itself, which has eliminated the navigation bar in the past only to bring it back later.

In November 2011, Google moved its list of services into a drop-down menu that descended from the Google logo. But some users criticized the move for making those services harder to find, and the experiment was dropped six weeks later.

A similar criticism might be levied at the new design, which buries the services under an icon in exchange for a cleaner overall look. And with the company putting greater emphasis on Chrome OS this year than ever before, perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised to see elements from the operating system migrating into more and more Google services.

Home networking explained, Part 4: Wi-Fi vs. Internet

Wi-Fi and Internet are two very different things.

With the popularity of wireless networking, the term Wi-Fi is often synonymous with access to the Internet. In fact, our seasoned editor Scott Stein compared how fast the new iPhone 5’s 4G LTE Internet speed was with his “home Wi-Fi,” which is a skewed comparison at best. To be fair, most of us use “Wi-Fi” as a shortcut to mean our home broadband Internet connection, and Scott just wanted to say that his was really lame (no offense, Scott) when compared with the iPhone 5’s 4G LTE speed.

In this post, based on many questions from readers, I’ll clarify the two and provide answers to other connection-related questions. Among other things, knowing the difference between Wi-Fi and Internet connections can help you troubleshoot problems at home and purchase the right equipment for your home network.

Wi-Fi vs. Internet

Wi-Fi: As mentioned in Part 1 of this series, Wi-Fi is just an alternative to network cables as the way to connect devices of a local area network (LAN). (By the way, most networking terms used in this post have been explained in Part 1; others will be explained here.) Prior to Wi-Fi the only way to connect devices together was to run the physical network cables between them, which is very inconvenient. Wi-Fi allows devices to connect to one another the same way as when network cables are used, just without the actual cables. A Wi-Fi network is basically a wireless local network.

The owner is in total control of the Wi-Fi network. He or she can change the name of the network, the password, the number of connected clients, allowing them to exchange data with one another or not, and so on. Even the Wi-Fi router or access point itself can be changed or turned on or off any time.

A home Wi-Fi network, which is almost always hosted by a router, is independent from the Internet. This means involved devices can always work with one another to provide data sharing, printing, local media streaming, local network backups, and so on. A connection to the Internet, however, enables them to also access Internet-based services, such as Skype, Netflix streaming, browsing for news, Facebook, etc.

To connect a home Wi-Fi network to the Internet, the router needs to be connected to an Internet source, such as a broadband modem, via its WAN port. When this happens, the Wi-Fi signal of the local network will also provide the connection to the Internet for its connected clients. So Wi-Fi is just one way to bring the Internet to a device.

Internet: Generally known as the wide area network (WAN), the Internet connects computers from around the world together. In reality, as far as the current state of how the World Wide Web is run, the Internet actually connects many local networks together, via many routers. With the Internet, your home local network is no longer secluded but becomes part of one giant worldwide network.

The Internet is generally beyond the control of the users. The most they can do is pay for the desired connection speed and hope that they get what they pay for. The Internet’s speed has progressively increased in the last decade. Ten years ago, a fast residential broadband connection generally capped somewhere between 1.5Mbps to 3Mbps; now it’s about between 20Mbps to 50Mbps and even faster.

That said, most of the time, the speed of the Internet is still slower than that of a wired local network, which is either 100Mbps or 1,000Mbps. For a Wi-Fi network, the speed of the local network depends on the standards used by the Wi-Fi router (access point) and the connected clients, and can sometimes be slower than a fast broadband Internet connection.

Types of broadband Internet connections

Wired Internet (aka residential broadband): This is when you connect to the Internet using a physical cable, be it a telephone line (DSL) or a cable line (cable), or a fiber optic line (FIOS). This type of Internet connection is fast (especially cable and FIOS), affordable, and is the most popular. A wired Internet connection generally comes with no data caps or at least very high caps, so users don’t need to worry about how much they download or upload.

Satellite Internet (aka satellite broadband): This is similar to the wired Internet but instead of connecting to the service provide via a cable, the home network connects to a satellite disk on the roof. The disk then communicates with satellites to provide the Internet access. Satellite Internet tends to be slightly more expensive and slightly slower than wired Internet but is still an affordable option for remote areas with no cable, DSL, or FIOS services.

Cellular Internet (aka wireless broadband): Cellular Internet uses the cell phone signal to carry data and connect the supported device directly to the Internet. There are several cellular data standards and starting with 3G, it’s fast enough to be called “broadband.” The latest standard, called 4G LTE, offers the speed equivalent to that of a midrange residential broadband connection (somewhere between 5Mbps and 20Mbps download speed).

Cellular Internet is generally expensive because it tends to come with very low monthly data caps (about 5GB or less) and customers have to pay more than the fixed monthly cost when they go over the allowance. This type of Internet access is very popular with mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets. There’s also another popular type of this connection, called mobile hot spots, which combines Wi-Fi and cellular Internet into one solution and is one of the main reasons Wi-Fi and Internet are confused with each other.


The Verizon version of the new iPad offers the Personal Hotspot feature, which enables users to share the tablet’s 4G connection with other Wi-Fi devices.


The combination of Wi-Fi and Internet

If you have a laptop, such as the MacBook Air, the best way to connect it to the Internet is via Wi-Fi since the machine doesn’t come with a built-in network port, nor does it support a cellular connection. At home or at the office, this can be done via a Wi-Fi-enabled router that connects to a residential broadband Internet connection. When you’re on the go, however, you can’t bring the router or especially the residential broadband Internet connection with you. This is where a mobile hot spot comes into play.

As mentioned above, the prime example of the combination of Internet and Wi-Fi is a mobile hot spot, such as those on this list. This is a little device that connects to the Internet using a cellular connection and then shares that connection via its own built-in Wi-Fi network. Other Wi-Fi-enabled devices, such as the MacBook Air, can connect to the mobile hot spot’s Wi-Fi network to gain access to the Internet. In this case the sole purpose of Wi-Fi is to connect to the Internet, and the speed at which the MacBook Air connects to the Internet depends on both the cellular connection of the hot spot and the Wi-Fi connection between the Air and the hot spot, and is whichever speed is slower.

A mobile hot spot lets more than one Wi-Fi-enabled device to share a single cellular connection. Many smartphones can also work as mobile hot spots; on the iPhone this is called Personal Hotspot and can be turned on in the phone’s settings.


Q. My Wi-Fi connection is very strong (full bars) but I still can’t stream YouTube video without long delays. I often even have to wait for a long time for a Web site to load. Why?

A. This is because the Wi-Fi speed has nothing to do with the Internet speed, which is what decides the quality of your Internet experience. For example, if you have a slow Internet connection that caps at, say, 1Mbps for download, and you share that connection using a high-end Wi-Fi router that offers a Wi-Fi speed of 100Mbps, a computer connected to this network will still access the Internet at 1Mbps at most. You should check your Internet connection.


As far as Internet speed is concerned, not many places can beat CBS Interactive’s HQ.


Q. My broadband Internet connection is at least 50Mbps when I connect via a network cable, but via Wi-Fi it’s only about 20Mbps at most. Why?

A. This is normal since the real-world sustained speed of all Wi-Fi standards are much slower than the ceiling speeds. For example, the current most popular standard 802.11n (Wireless-N) generally offers a speed of just around 20Mbps on the 2.4Ghz frequency band; things get worse if you use older Wi-Fi standards, such as 802.11g. To improve this, use a dual-band router and connect via the 5Ghz frequency band, but this only works if the clients also support this band. The iPhone 4 or the iPad 2 for example, only support the 2.4Ghz band. Note that the speed of a Wi-Fi connection also degrades as the client moves farther from the router/access point.

Q. If I plug my PC directly in to my cable modem, I get the full 60Mbps download speed, which I pay for, but when I connect via my Linksys WRT54GS router, still via a network cable, I now get only 40Mbps. What’s wrong?

A. The WRT54GS (as well as most 802.11g wireless routers) is a very old router and was made when the available Internet connection capped at just around 3Mbps. For this reason, its WAN port might have not been designed to handle speeds much faster than 10Mbps. If you have a broadband connection faster than 30Mbps, it’s best to get a Gigabit router with a Gigabit WAN port to make sure your router is not the bottleneck.

Q. I use to test my Internet connection and the results change dramatically between different test servers; how do I know what the speed of my Internet connection really is?

A. Take the best result as your official Internet speed. This happens because the connection speed depends on how far the test server is, how busy the server is at the time of testing, and how many bridges the test data has to cross to get to your computer. Generally, the test result changes based on the ping time (how long it takes for information to do a round trip between the server and your computer), with the shorter ping yielding faster connection. Your connection, however, should be measured by the speed at which it connects to the server that yields the highest result.

Q. My Internet speed is very fast, both via wired and Wi-Fi connections, but sometimes it still takes a long time for me to download a relatively small file; what’s the problem?

A. Having a fast Internet connection doesn’t guarantee an all-around good Internet experience. This is because the Internet is a community, and the interaction between any two parties depends on both. If you download a file from a party with a slow connection to the Internet, the downloading process still takes a long time and unfortunately, there’s nothing you can do about it.

Q. I have cable Internet with 30Mbps download and 6Mbps upload. Things are going well generally but sometimes when I upload a large file, my download speed also becomes very slow; is this normal?

A. Yes, downloading and uploading work together. Information is transferred via the Internet in packets. Each time a packet is received, the receiving end needs to send back a confirmation before it can receive the next packet. When you upload a large amount of data, there’s not much bandwidth left for the computer to send the confirmation back to the server and hence slows down the download speed.