Jatinder Singh

Oct 082012
 

Facebook has revealed figures that show that an astounding 185,000 iOS and Android apps have Facebook integration, driving downloads through Facebook’s sharing and recommendation functionality.

The figures revealed that 55 percent of the top 40 grossing iOS apps are connected to the social network. The company added that the platform drives more than 170 million app referrals to Apple’s App Store and Google Play each month as users interact with the activities of their friends on various apps.

The social network’s app centre, which is home to both mobile and web apps, has more than 22 million monthly active users.

Oct 082012
 

At times, it pays to be local. Micromax, the name behind super cheap mobiles and now tablets has emerged as a clear leader for tablets segments in India.

According to CyberMedia Research, Tablet shipment in India grew by 673 percent year-on-year and 59 percent over the preceding quarter to reach 0.55 million units. According to the report, Micromax had a 18.4 percent market share followed by Samsung at 13.3 percent and Apple at 12.3 percent.

The key factors responsible for these figures are an appetite for 7 inch form factor which is favored over 10+ inches and the price factor. While Tablets used to sell for around Rs. 25000 ($1=Rs 55) a year back, their prices have almost reached the Rs 12000-15000 mark, with a horde of vendors offering them for as low as Rs 6000.

We await the launch of the iPad mini and Windows 8 Tablets. Only then would be there some real competition for Micromax. Until  then, we should hail it as the king.

Oct 052012
 

The computer processor company AMD has announced an app store to bridge the prevalent gap in smooth running of the Android apps on the computer. This store will showcase how the apps will be optimized for its processors. With this, we will be able to download and run popular Android apps on AMD based PC running Windows. The joint efforts of Blue Stack and AMD have enabled the AMS AppZone Player which in turn has led to such possibilities.

amdlogo AMD bridges Android and PC gap

This is expected to be a big leap to bridge the gap and enabling the Android apps to be run on AMD-powered devices. With this collaboration, the software developers will now be able to easily tap AMD’s products and keep the great expectations of the users satisfied. Manju Hegde, corporate VP of heterogeneous applications and developer solutions at AMD confirmed the news.

Further, users will be able to download featured apps directly from the AppZone Player or search for the AppZone store. This collaboration is a success already and they are now planning and working with leading OEMs to preload the player on the upcoming AMD-powered devices.

We are waiting fingers crossed for more surprises. Thanks to AMD for the good news!

Aug 272012
 

After the “supposedly humiliating” defeat of Samsung in the Samsung versus iPhone case, Samsung has released an internal memo the showcases Samsung’s position regarding the verdict.

We initially proposed to negotiate with Apple instead of going to court, as they had been one of our most important customers. However, Apple pressed on with a lawsuit, and we have had little choice but to counter-sue, so that we can protect our company.

Certainly, we are very disappointed by the verdict at the US District Court for the Northern District of California (NDCA), and it is regrettable that the verdict has caused concern amongst our employees, as well as our loyal customers.

However, the judge’s final ruling remains, along with a number of other procedures. We will continue to do our utmost until our arguments have been accepted.

The NDCA verdict starkly contrasts decisions made by courts in a number of other countries, such as the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany, and Korea, which have previously ruled that we did not copy Apple’s designs. These courts also recognized our arguments concerning our standards patents.

History has shown there has yet to be a company that has won the hearts and minds of consumers and achieved continuous growth, when its primary means to competition has been the outright abuse of patent law, not the pursuit of innovation.

We trust that the consumers and the market will side with those who prioritize innovation over litigation, and we will prove this beyond doubt.

The memo was published on August 24 and clearly mentions the “contrasting verdicts” of different courts across the globe.

What is saddening is that the company that claims to be the most innovative in the world has to resort to dirty tactics just to gather a few billion dollars.

Aug 272012
 

The Indian mobile app development market is expected to grow past the $227 million mark in 2012, growing at a 22.6% from last year, as analyzed by Gartner.

Growing at a steady pace, the mobile app development market is expected to surpass the PC software market by a whopping ratio of 4:1 by 2012. According to Asheesh Raina, principal research analyst at Gartner:

Application modernization and increasing agility will continue to be a solid driver for app development spending, apart from other emerging dynamics of cloud, mobility and social computing.

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These emerging trends are directing app development demand towards newer architectures, programming languages, business model and user skills.

The report also predicts that 90 percent of large, mainstream enterprises and government agencies will use some aspect of cloud computing by 2015.

Open source software tools will continue to erode revenue for some App development categories in design, testing and Web development.

This is being driven primarily by the success of Eclipse and NetBeans, as well as by overall revitalization of the market by new small software providers looking for technical and market disruptive approaches for offering products. Limited budgets and economic conditions compelling enough to focus on cost reduction, also fuel the use of open-source software in various development projects.

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Jun 252012
 

Chinese government funded consumer watchdog has raised fingers over Apple’s repair policies. The scanner on the policies unveiled the use of refurbished parts to fix the products.

The repair policies have been released recently by the China Consumers’ Association to protect the rights of the consumers and working “fair” for the service. The watchdog group stated that these policies are unfair and violates the laws.

The use of refurbished or new parts while repairing products by Apple sparked the debate. The watchdog group believes that the consumer should be aware what they are paying for. The group emphasised the use of new products for products under warranty period.

The group criticized Apple for retaining the replaced parts as its own property after the repair and advised compensation for faulty repairs and damages by Apple while repair.

The watchdog group in association with the country’s major regulatory body: China State Administration for Industry and commerce (SAIC) made a detailed report.

Zhao Zhanling, a legal expert on China’s Information Technology law said:

“Despite the evaluation, the action against Apple cannot be ascertained for the changes in the policies. Only the media and the SAIC will decide the fate of the debate”

A rough translation of the source page can be seen at http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cca.org.cn%2Fweb%2Fxfxx%2FpicShow.jsp%3Fid%3D57657

Jun 252012
 

The tear down of the Mac Book brought tears in our eyes…

Reason: The vulnerable inside of the MacBook. The tear down proved this the least repairable laptop ever and therefore it scored a disappointing 1 out of 10.

When we ventured inside the Apple‘s Retina Mac Book Pro and new Air we discovered the Pentalobe screws, that makes it difficult to be repaired. In fact Apple’s proprietary screws do not open sans special screwdriver.

As if this was not enough, the display is fused to glass, battery is glued to the glass, RAM is soldered to the logic board. The above stated reasons make this the most worthless electronic gadget made by Apple.

We are to be blamed in equal proportions for the Apple’s new inventions: Apple Pro and Apple Air; as it relies heavily on customer response and opinion. Our decision for light and sleek hardware is to be blamed for the compromise on the repair ability and longevity of the laptops.

You can see the full teardown over at  http://ifixit.org/2763/the-new-macbook-pro-unfixable-unhackable-untenable/