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Monday, February 18, 2013

Simmtronics launches 10.1-inch Android tablet XPad X-1010 at Rs 8,449

After the launch of the XPAD X-720 and X-801, Simmtronics has now introduced a new tablet named "XPAD X-1010", which features a 10.1-inch capacitive multi-touch display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. The tablet tuns Android 4.0 ICS and is priced at Rs 8499.
The Simmtronics XPAD X-1010 is engineered with a 1.2 GHz A8 cortex processor and 1GB RAM. The tablet has 8 GB of internal memory; its memory can be expanded up to 32 GB. It sports a front VGA camera for video chat.
The X1010 is packed with a 5600 mAh Lithium polymer battery which is claimed to offer 150 hours of back up and six hours of internet browsing time.


        From 'Arpanet' in 1983 to present day revolutionary technology, Internet turns 30

        The Internet, a revolutionary and cheap communications system that has transformed the lives of billions of people across the world, turned 30 on Tuesday. The computer network officially began its technological revolution when it fully substituted previous networking systems on January 1 1983.
        Known as "flag day", it was the first time the US Department of Defence (DoD)-commissioned Arpanet network fully switched to use of the Internet protocol suite (IPS) communications system. Using data "packet-switching", the new method of linking computers paved the way for the arrival of the World Wide Web.
        "I don't think that anybody making that switch on the day would have realised the importance of what they were doing," British newspaper Daily Telegraph quoted Chris Edwards, an electronics correspondent for Engineering and Technology magazine, as saying.
        "But without it the Internet and the World Wide Web as we know them could not have happened." Commenting on the historic event's impact on the world, Edwards said: "The internet means there is nowhere and no one in the world you can't reach easily and cheaply."
        Based on designs by Welsh scientist Donald Davies, the Arpanet network began as a military project in the late 1960s. It was developed at prestigious American universities and research laboratories, such as the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the Stanford Research Institute.
        Starting in 1973, work on the powerful and flexible IPS and Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) technology which would change mass communications got under way. The new systems were designed to replace the more vulnerable Network Control Program (NCP) used previously, making sure the network was not exposed to a single point of failure.
        This meant a single attack could not bring it down, making it safer and more reliable, the report said. By January 1 1983, the substitution of the older system for the new Internet protocol had been completed and the Internet was born.
        British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee was then able to use it to host the system of interlinked hypertext documents he invented in 1989, known as the World Wide Web.

        Internet emits 830 million tonnes of carbon dioxide

        Internet and other components of information communication and technology (ICT) industry annually produces more than 830 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2), the main greenhouse gas, and is expected to double by 2020, a new study has found.
        Researchers from the Centre for Energy-Efficient Telecommunications (CEET) and Bell Labs explain that the information communications and technology (ICT) industry, which delivers Internet, video, voice and other cloud services, produces about 2 per cent of global CO2 emissions the same proportion as the aviation industry produces.
        In the report published in journal Environmental Science & Technology, researchers said their projections suggest that ICT sector's share in greenhouse gas emission is expected to double by 2020.
        They have also found new models of emissions and energy consumption that could help reduce their carbon footprint.
        The study said that controlling those emissions requires more accurate but still feasible models, which take into account the data traffic, energy use and CO2 production in networks and other elements of the ICT industry.
        Existing assessment models are inaccurate, so they set out to develop new approaches that better account for variations in equipment and other factors in the ICT industry.
        They describe development and testing of two new models that better estimate the energy consumption and CO2 emissions of Internet and telecommunications services.
        The researchers suggest, based on their models, that more efficient power usage of facilities, more efficient use of energy-efficient equipment and renewable energy sources are three keys to reducing ICT emissions of CO2.

        Transparent smartphone to debut by the end of 2013

        In a revolutionary development, a Taiwanese company claims to have developed a gen-next transparent mobile phone which it says will be in the market by the year end. The company, Polytron Technologies, has already begun marketing a transparent multi-touch phone. Its prototype uses a 'Switchable Glass' technology.
        That is a conductive Organic light-emitting diode (OLED) using liquid crystal molecules to display images, the 'Daily Mail' reported.
        When the phone is in off mode, the molecules align to form a milky composition, but when switched on they re-align to form text, icons, and other images. Electric current is carried through transparent wires. "It will happen near the end of 2013. Trust me," said Polytron general manager Sam Yu.
        The device still contains some parts that are not transparent, including a SD card and SIM card. The microphone, camera, and batteries are also visible, and will be hidden behind a dark glass cover when the model goes into production.
        The company, according to Yu, will develop a smaller lithium ion battery that would be much less noticeable. When complete, the phone will have a dual-sided multi-touch display in front and back.
        The prototype phone has yet to feature any software or operating system, the report said. A Japanese company recently used a transparent liquid crystal display (LCD) in its wristwatch but had trouble adding hardware to the smaller frame.
        "The challenge of using a transparent display in a wristwatch, and I suppose other wearable technology, is that you need to store the batteries somewhere else (usually they are stored behind the LCD panel)," Tokyoflash marketing manager Paul Cooper said.
        It remains to be seen whether the phone's transparency by itself will attract buyers, as the prototype does not offer significantly different functions than most smartphones.
        "Display quality is paramount," Avi Greengart, research director at Current Analysis, told The Verge.
        "If the display quality is not up to par with the best of today's AMOLED and LCD screens, a phone using it won't sell even for its novelty value," said Greengart.

        Apple second-largest smartphone maker by revenue in India

        KOLKATA: Its cool quotient may be fraying at home, but Apple's iPhone has become the second largest smartphone brand in terms of revenue and the fifth largest by volume in India, muscling its way up the league tables helped by an advertising blitzkrieg and some aggressive pricing.

        Yet-to-be-released data from industry trackers and mobile phone retailers is expected to show that Apple has dislodged BlackBerry and wrested revenue market share from No. 1 Samsung in the last quarter of 2012, no mean feat, analysts say, for a company that has long viewed India as a non-priority market. In fact, just six months ago, Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook was quoted as saying India did not have high potential in the "intermediate term".

        IDC's Asia-Pacific Mobile Phone Tracker for October-December 2012 will show later this week that Apple achieved a value market share of 15.6% compared with 3.9% in the preceding quarter.

        Samsung, Apple gap narrows
        In value terms, it was still way behind Samsung's 38.8% share, but ahead of BlackBerry's 6%, while its volume grew more than three times, putting the iPhone at fifth spot behind Samsung, Micromax, Sony and Nokia. "Apple's sudden jump to become the second-largest player by revenue in smartphones is a surprise as has been the four-fold increase in shipment of iPhones to India in the last quarter," IDC India's Senior Market Analyst Manasi Yadav said. "We expect equally high numbers for the current quarter as well."

        Indeed, analysts say the market share data for the January-March quarter will show a further narrowing of the gap between Samsung and Apple, making India the latest battleground for the high-pitch global battle between the two brands.

        According to IDC data, Samsung, which is still the leader in the smartphones segment with a hefty lead, reported an almost 12% fall in value market share and shipments in the fourth quarter compared with the preceding one. Even BlackBerry and HTC lost ground during the period, which analysts attribute to Apple's aggression in the market place.

        Another report on mobile phone shipments by Cyber Media Research is also expected to confirm Apple's jump in the smartphone league tables. The yet-to-be-published report is expected to say Apple had shipments worth Rs 1,142.8 crore in the October-December 2012 quarter into India, more than three times that of brands such as BlackBerry and Nokia.

        "Apple has deep pockets and we have to take its sudden aggression seriously. However, it still has a long path to travel," said BlackBerry India Managing Director Sunil Dutt.

        But Samsung, which sells smartphones at multiple price points unlike Apple's mostly premium pricing, is unfazed by Apple's newfound aggression in India. Company officials say Samsung enjoys more than 55% market share by value in the Rs 20,000-plus smartphones segment.

        "We are further looking at consolidating our market leadership," said Samsung Mobile V-P Asim Warsi, adding the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 was the top-selling model in the Rs 20,000-plus smartphones market.

        Analysts attribute the sudden jump in Apple's market share to a critical decision the company took last quarter to push sales in electronic stores through two retail distributors, Ingram Micro and Redington, instead of just relying on outlets of telecom operators.

        Research firm Gartner's principal research analyst Anshul Gupta said the appointment of the two distributors, which together have more than 10,000 stores, suddenly increased the retail footprint of iPhones in India. Apple's decision to quickly launch the iPhone 5 in India, almost simultaneously with the global launch, together with local billing of apps in Indian rupees have also helped the brand gain traction.

        The performance of the brand will be music to the ears of Apple's bosses in Cupertino, California, who in recent weeks have been hauled over the coals over its stock price performance and the iPhone's seemingly declining allure compared with Samsung.

        Mobile phone retail chains such as The Mobile Store, Future Group's eZone, Next Retail, Reliance Digital and Reliance iStore, which together operate 1,000 stores, report iPhone sales have doubled on a month on-month basis since January this year, helped by an aggressive pricing scheme that helps consumers buy an iPhone for a down-payment of Rs 9,990 and the rest in monthly instalments.

        The iPhone costs Rs 45,500 on average, with the cheapest model (iPhone4 8GB) priced at Rs 26,500 and its latest and most expensive iPhone5 64GB model costing Rs 60,690. By comparison, the Samsung's Galaxy models cost between Rs 5,990 and Rs 20,900, with the priciest model at Rs 35,599.

        Himanshu Chakrawarti, CEO at The Mobile Store, the Essar Group-owned largest cellphone retailer in the country with 800 stores, told ET the iPhone5 has become the second-highest selling model since January in its stores, next to Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos which is priced at less than half the Apple model.

        In the case of The Mobile Store, Apple's share of total phone sales has risen to almost 17% from 5% in the past two months, with sales of the iPhone beating BlackBerry since last November. "The EMI scheme has made the iPhone affordable for Indian customers," said Chakrawarti.