Happy New Year

Wishing You All... Blissful, Bright, Terrific & 
Extremely HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017.

Cherish each moment!

Celebrate the blissful New Year!

May all your dreams come true.

Google Offers Free Android Basics Nanodegree

Google, along with Udacity, is offering Android Basics Nanodegree.

You can enroll in this course even if you have little or no programming experience. This course teaches you how to build simple Android apps. You learn step by step to make simple apps, like an app to build an order form for a coffee shop, or an app on recent earthquakes in the world.

You will learn introductory computer science concepts in the Java programming language. You will also learn the following skills.

  • Build app user interfaces
  • Implement user interactions
  • Store information in a database
  • Pull data from the internet into your app

The course is available online for free at udacity.com/google.

Read more at http://goo.gl/4LGpAO

Bing Rewards Now In India

Bing Rewards, a service that lets you earn credits for searching on Bing or trying new features from Bing or other Microsoft products and services, is now available in India.

Earlier, it was available in US only, but is now being rolled into other countries, including India.

You need to have a Microsoft account to sign up for Bing Rewards. You can use an existing Microsoft account or create a new one. You can sign up using a phone number or a valid email address.

Bing will give you credits whenver you search on Bing or windows 10 Search bar, while being logged into your Microsoft account. You can earn up to 10 credits daily. You need just 90 points to recharge your phone for Rs. 30.

Visit here for signing up for Bing Rewards India.

Global Math Challenge is Back

Global Math Challenge returns for it's third installment next month. It is a worldwide math competition held online and hosted by Sony Global Education, Inc. Great brainteasers in this test will excite & fascinate math lovers both young and old.

The test consists of multiple choice & number entry questions. You can try some sample questions given at the website. The questions focus on creative, logical thinking rather than formula. With Global Math Challenge you can choose from a range of age-based courses. The higher the grade, the more difficult the challenge.

You can have enroll with a free plan or a standard plan. With the Standard Plan, you will receive the explanations for all questions and full graphical analysis of your results.

To take part in Global Math Challenge, you have to register here.
You will definitely enjoy it!

Google Launches Public Transport App For Delhi


Google has released Delhi Public Transport Offline app, making it easier for Delhi residents to use public transport, without needing internet connectivity.

It covers the Delhi Metro, Gurgaon Rapid Metro, DTC buses and DIMTS Orange buses. It makes directions and timetable information for New Delhi metros and buses available offline. That way, even if you don’t have a connection, you can still get directions between any bus or metro stops and find how late your bus or train will run.

You can even get public transport news and delay information if you are online.

The app, just about 1 MB download size, is free to download from Google Play store.

Google India Code To Learn Contest 2015

Google has announced the Google India Code to Learn Contest 2015 for school students in classes 5 to 10 enrolled at any school in India.

The students can develop their projects in Scratch or App Inventor and submit them for the contest. Scratch and App Inventor are tools developed at MIT that make programming very easy. It helps students to tell stories, make animations, build games and create Android apps in a quick and intuitive manner.

The contest is open to all students in classes 5 to 10 enrolled at any school in India. The students will compete in three class groups:
  • Classes 5 & 6 
  • Classes 7 & 8
  • Classes 9 & 10

The 9 winners (3 from each class group) will get a certificate of achievement and a Nexus tablet or Chromebook laptop or an equivalent gift. All the finalists will get a certificate of achievement.

Parents or Legal Guardians of students in classes 5 to 10 can register for their children here for the contest

Read more at this Google India blog post.

Net neutrality - Stop Airtel Zero

I came across an article about net neutrality in India, as Airtel has introduced 'Airtel Zero' plan. I am also against such a plan, and I have the signed the petition at change.org, and also written to TRAI. I urge you to do the same, if you agree.

Here are a few excerpts from the article by Mr. Mahesh Murthy.

Here's what Airtel Zero is - it's a collection of apps that are chosen by Airtel and offered for free surfing by the public. So if you used Airtel Zero, your bandwidth meter stops ticking for any app that's part of the plan. Before you get excited, see what it really means.

First - this isn't for use by the poor - the real users will be all of us wanting to save a dime on bandwidth costs - which Airtel and others are raising anyway though global costs are falling.
Now you've heard that Flipkart has paid a chunk of money to be the e-com store featured on Airtel Zero. That means Airtel gets the money for the bandwidth from Flipkart - and in turns keeps other stores including yours out of this very select set. So if you're an e-com entrepreneur or a VC funding e-com companies, then tough luck - because you've just been locked out of the free internet that up to 200 million people will use in India. Airtel is busy striking expensive deals with others to be the exclusive real estate / matrimony etc type providers on this service.

It's horrible from the consumer point of view too. 

We go from the open internet to the closed internet. Flipkart has paid through its nose for their spot and if you're in front of it, there's no competition on this free channel. They'll raise their prices on their products not just because they can, because you can't compare here - but because they have to, so that they can pay Airtel the ransom demanded.

And given that Airtel revenues are in the billions of dollars, you can be assured they wouldn't touch a thing unless it could mean another billion to them. So if you had a few dozens of crores of rupees - that is, a few dozen million dollars every year - lying around, you might have a chance of getting on to the free bus. If you don't, too bad, you're going to wither away and die. The Indian Internet dream will become a Sunil Bharti Mittal fiefdom. Oh, you can be sure that Sunil's son's little company, Hike Messenger, will be part of Airtel Zero - what's life without nepotism?

This is no longer the open internet - this is the closed network, where Airtel is the toll-tax collector. Airtel is the goonda asking for collection money to put your app in front of people. This is the old Airtel - the killer of VAS— back in full form.

What is truly terrifying is that the firms you'd expect to stand up for the open internet - Google and Twitter - have bought into this terrifying plan. They're on Airtel Zero - but Airtel gave them a free pass for now. Their logic is "Well, we're not paying, so who cares". Shame on you two and your shameful Indian managements who signed these deals - I'm sure if your owners and management in Silicon Valley knew the full impact of your decisions, you guys would be boarded out in a hurry.

Think a little, Google and Twitter. Sure, the first year, Airtel needs you, to get traction for their horrendous Zero product. But by year three, you'll need them. And you'll end up paying the tens of millions of dollars a year in hafta vasooli - protection money - to India's most thuggish telco. And who will you have to recover it from? The consumer again.

And who are you screwing over in the process, Google and Twitter? The consumer AND the young entrepreneur. Dear Google, you once said "Don't be evil". I don't know if you're watching - but your Indian team has just gone over to the dark side.

We're going back 30 years, to the days of the license raj, where the guy who owned the pipe could dictate what flowed through it. Can something stop this outrage, though? Can we get the open internet back?

Actually yes.

The thing is that the atmosphere and airwaves this stuff goes through is ours, the people of India's. And our government licensed it to these thugs, under our terms and conditions.

There's currently a move by the telco-lovers at supposedly-independent government organisation TRAI to make things like Aritel Zero which break net neutrality legal and kosher. We have 13 more days to stop them.

It's up to us - the general public and the entrepreneurs - to fight back and stop this internet holocaust.
I'd written another piece a  that gave you a broader view of the same move. Some momentum has started on this front.

We have only a few days left to fight this. Here's what you can do:
2. Write directly to TRAI at "advqos@trai.gov.in". You can write what you like - but you could have words that say something like

Dear TRAI, I am writing to express my concern against the actions that telecom carriers are taking against Net Neutrality. Zero Rating Apps are one of these neutrality-breaking moves.
I believe the internet is a vital resource - if telecom operators can determine which apps I use for free and which I cannot, because of their secret backroom deals - this creates an environment that is deeply anti-competitive and deeply anti-consumer.

India is an inclusive country, and we cannot have such elitist structures on the internet. We have to allow the open internet, where consumers and entrepreneurs can be free to market and use any and all apps, without the burden of knowing which apps have free bandwidth pre-paid and which don't.
I am writing to ask you to demand net neutrality from telcos and specifically disallow Zero Rating Apps from all Internet Service Providers
Regards, {Your Name}

3. (Revised on Apr 12) Go over to http://savetheinternet.in - a site put together by some of our friends who care deeply about this. TRAI has asked 20 questions in their so-called "Consultation Paper" - here is a set of answers you can send them for each of those questions.

4. Write to the management at Google and Twitter to get them off any and all Zero Rating apps, including Airtel, so that they don't encourage rapacious telcos.

5. If you're part of an industry organisation like FICCI, CII, Assocham, IMC or others, get them to lobby on behalf of consumers and entrepreneurs around India. Ask them to put forward a simple message - yes to net neutrality and no to zero rating apps.

6. Spread this message by sharing this piece on LinkedIn, and ironically on the culprits Facebook, Twitter & Google Plus. Let's get all their members to see how evil their apparently-friendly social networks can be.

7. Get this message to your MP, and / or to Ravi Shankar Prasad or Prime Minister Modi. Make sure they know you care deeply about net neutrality and get them to legislate that neutrality-breaking activites cannot be allowed in India.

Thank you for your continued support.

Read full article here.

Microsoft To Offer Free Windows 10 Upgrade

Microsoft is offering free upgrades to Windows 10 to all qualified PCs, genuine and non-genuine. The offer will be available worldwide and anybody during the first year of Windows 10 release can n upgrade to Windows 10 for free, regardless of whether they are running genuine copies of the software.

Microsoft has also clarified that PCs with pirated copies of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 will be allowed to get free upgrades to Windows 10, but will remain in a 'non-genuine' status and Microsoft will not support them.

According to industry experts, use of pirated software results in a higher risk of malware, identity theft, credit card theft, etc., and a higher risk for poor performance or feature malfunctions."


How To Build A WiFi Home Surveillance System With Your PC

This is an article about how you can set up a system of security webcams that will alert you to even the slightest intrusion into the space the camera is monitoring.

How To Build A WiFi Home Surveillance System With Your PC

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Active Webcam - a video surveillance software and security system

Active WebCam software captures images up to 30 frames per second from any video device including USB, web cameras, TV-boards, camcorders, and from network IP cameras. This camera software performs simultaneous recording and broadcasting from unlimited number of cameras. If it senses motion, it can sound an alarm, send e-mail alerts, and record or broadcast video.

Active Webcam - a video surveillance software and security system

Read more at http://ift.tt/OCGKHB

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