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only the third CEO in 38-year-old Microsoft’s lifetime, 47-year-old Satya Nadella is being lauded by the American and Indian press alike.. I am, in fact, sweating a couple of jugs for what Satya’s elevation as Microsoft’s new CEO will amount to in a few weeks.

Here is my biggest grief. Satya Nadella will be used as an example by Indian parents to tell their children that engineering is not dead and can indeed take you places such as the CEO’s chair at Microsoft. At a time when the creative arts need a fillip and our historical heritage as well as cultural mores needs additional modes of expression, this is a dangerous thing.


Wonder what the new CEO will be taking home? According to a recent regulatory filing by Microsoft with the SEC, Nadella’s annual salary has been increased to $1.2 million.

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As a professor of journalism at a top Mumbai college, I have had parents come up to me confidentially and tell me that they did not approve of their wards take up subjects as journalism, advertising, PR etc. To them, these are not real streams of education but more of a hobby class that needs to be tolerated for a finite amount of time. Most parents secretly hope their kids will realise their folly and go back to engineering just as they had envisioned. It is only when realisation finally hits that they come and ask me about the prospects in these new fields.

Satya’s bachelor of engineering in electronics and communication degree from Manipal Institute of Technology and MS in Computer Science from the University of Milwaukee-Wisconsin as well as an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business will be the new benchmark for teenagers hereon.


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If only Satya himself had something truly revolutionary with his own career then things might have been a whole lot different. In fact, he could have been the new poster boy of a young India hungry for success across the world. But Satya himself chose to lead a simple and staid life, putting in the years at Microsoft by putting in all his hard work before his elevation to CEO. That is not path-breaking but a routine way of getting to the top.

You could call my analysis baseless paranoia and I would gladly like to be proved wrong but history is a better teacher than we credit it for. When I was studying in the last decade, almost 90 percent of my schoolmates went to engineering colleges after their junior college. Most were just following the family tradition and did not know what to make of their careers while doing engineering.

A good student went to a university in California to study computer science but is now working for his father’s interior design company after dropping out mid-way through the course. A brilliant student went into depression after he could not cope with the accumulated KTs and non-performance and dropped out to take banking exams. They were driven by their parents to emulate another Indian who had made headlines by joining hands with Microsoft to offer a revolutionary email service to the world called Hotmail. His name was Sabeer Bhatia.

The new generation of students have a new talisman to emulate now and his name is Satya Nadella.

Google’s new wearable project is a smart contact lens with medical uses.

Google’s new wearable project is a smart contact lens with medical uses
ImageGoogle loves wearables and this time it’s getting even closer to your body with a developmental smart contact lens. Through miniaturized electronics, it can apparently measure the levels of glucose in your tears, offering diabetics an easier way to monitor their condition without the needles and the blood — something we’ve reported on a several before. A tiny (really tiny) wireless chip and glucose sensor are wedged between two layers of “biocompatible” contact lens material, and Google is saying that it’s already working on embedding tiny LED lights for notifications, too. There’s been no shortage of developmental contact lens tech over the last few years, but the clout of Google means this could well be the most realistic mainstream offering, in addition to its very practical use cases. Google is currently angling for partners with more expertise in the medical market to help make it happen and is “in discussions with the FDA” to ensure the tech ticks all the right healthcare boxes before it progresses further.

Recode’s got a deep dive on the make-up of the smart contact: we’ve added their science textbook-grade diagram right after the break.

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There can only be one: Xbox One vs. PlayStation 4


The years of waiting have finally come to a close: Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PlayStation 4 are here. Many of you have undoubtedly already made your choice, but there are millions more who are setting aside some cash or carefully crafting a holiday wish list this year who have yet to decide which console is worth the investment.

We reviewed both the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 without getting into any comparisons between the two, but all bets are off in this final console showdown. Only one black box can be crowned king of this console generation.


Hardware: From a visual standpoint, the PlayStation 4 is a better looking, less bulky piece of hardware. Despite its odd, angular design, the PS4 is compact enough to fit comfortably under any television set. The Xbox One is noticeably heavier, it looks like a VCR, and the added appendage that is the Kinect can take some getting used to.

We knew that the hardware was going to be an issue when reports started coming in which revealed that Call of Duty: Ghosts had been upscaled from 720p on the Xbox One as opposed to running natively in 1080p as it does on the PS4. Hardware issues stretch beyond resolution though — everything just moves a little bit slower than it should. Disc installs are longer, in-game loading appears to be more pronounced, and you can’t move through the main menu nearly as quickly on the Xbox One as you can on the PS4.

The gap will likely close as developers have more time to polish their games andMicrosoft has time release a system update or two, but for visual-conscious gamers, the PS4 does have a leg up on the competition.

I can’t speak to the PlayStation 4 camera as I do not own one, but having watched plenty of streaming footage from others using the camera, and videos of how the camera works, I think I can safely say that the PlayStation Camera is very much an optional accessory, and has been marketed as such. Kinect, on the other hand, is a vital piece of the


The controller: I have to admit, despite my initial concerns, I’ve come around on the Xbox One controller. The lack of any meaningful additions is a bit of a bummer, and the shoulder buttons could use some readjustments, but after a few hours with the controller, most of these annoyances become moot. After sitting down with Dead Rising 3 for an hour, using the controller became second nature.

That said, the DualShock 4 is still a better device. While the Xbox One controller looks like an updated version of its predecessor, the controller for the PS4 is a complete overhaul of the PS3′s controller. It might just be my realization that the DualShock 3 wasn’t a great controller to begin with (and the Sixaxis was even worse), but the DualShock 4 feels like the culmination of what Sony has been trying to accomplish all along.

The indentation on the analog sticks and the lips of the triggers make granular adjustments easier, the extended grips allow the controller to contour perfectly to your hand, and some of the new features are genuinely revelatory. Much like the Wii U GamePad, the DualShock 4 has a headphone jack that routes all audio through the controller — that means no more silent late night gaming sessions.

Other major changes, such as the touchpad and the Share button, will take more than a few weeks after launch to prove themselves useful, but as the foundation of how players will be interacting with its console, Sony has designed a stellar controller.


UI & Features: This category surprised me more than any other. We knew up front that the Xbox One had a broader launch lineup, we knew that the PS4 was going to be marginally more powerful, but we didn’t know how the consoles were going to function once they were actually sitting in our living rooms and bedrooms.

The user interface of the PS4 is nearly as sleek and uncluttered as the PS3′s, but unlike the XMB, the PS4 UI looks like something Sony can build upon. Everything moves fast and nothing is ever too deep into a menu. The Xbox One features a much more robust interface, one that will evolve as the generation moves forward, but it does feel slightly crowded. Once

Microsoft eats Sony’s lunch when it comes to entertainment apps — there’s no way around it. The requisite Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Instant appear on both consoles, but Microsoft managed to secure HBO GO and the NFL. The inclusion of Skype is also being touted as a major draw of the console, and the ability to Snap into Skype while playing a game or watching a movie is just a bonus.

Microsoft did a much better job with home screen customization too. If you use pins intelligently on the Xbox One, you’ll never lose your most valuable apps and games. On the PS4, the endless scrolling log of everything you have installed on the system is a huge blot on an otherwise sparkling UI. There’s no way to decide which apps appear where, and your most recent app or game is always pushed to the front of the line. Both interfaces could use some work, but the issues on the PS4 stand out much more than those on the Xbox One.

ImageFinally, the Xbox One’s optional cable box connection could be a huge draw for a certain audience. After having spent the entire Thanksgiving weekend trying to get my family to use the Xbox One voice commands to change the channel, I have discovered that my family is not that audience, and neither am I. The OneGuide is a great feature if your cable provider has a sub par guide of its own, but for my money, the only worthwhile use of running cable through the Xbox One is gaining the ability to swap between gaming and TV watching without hitting the ‘source’ button on my remote.

Verdict: The easy answer, and probably the most valid answer, is that each console offers something different. Sony has hedged its bets and built what could be the best gaming console ever released. Microsoft opted for the kitchen sink approach and unleashed a hefty box that does just about anything you’d want it to do.

And therein lies the problem.

As we said in our review, the Xbox One does everything, but it only does one thing really well: play games. Other than the occasional Battlefield 4 crash (which is EA’s problem, not Microsoft’s), the Xbox One plays games just as well as the PS4, PS3, Xbox 360 or any other competent console. Everything else is a bit iffy. Kinect is hit-or-miss, the cable box functionality needs work, installs take too long and the UI is inconvenient at times.

As for the PlayStation 4, there’s really nothing to complain about on a hardware level. There is no arguing that the Xbox One has a better lineup right now, but the balance will shift very quickly as indie developers begin flooding the PlayStation Store later this month.

So if you still haven’t yet picked up a new console but you’re in the market to purchase one, I have to recommend the PS4. In a year’s time, things may change, but the best console of 2013 is the PlayStation 4.


Samsung plans to ditch Android for its new Tizen OS

Samsung Electronics Co. wants to change that. The South Korean electronics giant is in a quiet push to make its Tizen operating system a part of the technology lexicon as familiar as Google’s Android or Apple’s iOS. Its ambition doesn’t stop there. Samsung sees the software in your car, fridge and television too. The first developer conference in Asia for Tizen wrapped up Tuesday after a two-day run, bringing together app developers and Tizen backers from Samsung, Intel and mobile operators.

Samsung supplied about one third of the smartphones sold worldwide in the third quarter, nearly all of them running on Google’s Android. Its early bet on Google’s free-of-charge operating system served Samsung well and the company’s rise to top smartphone seller also helped Android become the most used mobile platform in the world. According to Localytics, 63 percent of all Android mobile devices in use are made by Samsung. But while Samsung was wildly successful with selling its Galaxy phones and tablets, it had little success in locking Galaxy device users into music, messaging and other Samsung services. Google, however, benefited from more people using its search service, Google Play app and other Google mobile applications on Galaxy smartphones. Owners of Galaxy devices remain for the most part a slave to Google’s Android update schedule and its rules. About nine in every 10 smartphone users are tied to either Google’s Android or Apple’s iPhone ecosystems, generating profit for Google and Apple every time they purchase a game or application on their smartphone. That is partly why Samsung wants to expand its control beyond hardware to software, by building its own mobile operating system. “With only hardware, its influence is limited,” said Kang Yeen-kyu, an associate research fellow at state-run Korea Information Society Development Institute. “Samsung’s goal is to establish an ecosystem centered on Samsung.” The consolidation of global technology companies in the last few years reflects such trends. Apple has always made its own operating system for the iPhone. Google Inc. acquired Motorola Mobility in 2011 and Microsoft Corp. announced in September its plan to buy Nokia Corp., leaving Samsung the only major player in the smartphone market that does not make its own operating system. Samsung executives told analysts last week that the company plans to beef up its software competitiveness through acquisitions and splashing cash on the development of mobile content and services. But Tizen’s start appears bumpy. Samsung said earlier this year the first Tizen phone would hit the market this fall but it has not materialized. Samsung declined to comment on release schedules. Even though Choi Jong-deok, Samsung’s executive vice president overseeing Tizen, said a launch of Tizen phone or televisions will happen “very shortly,” analysts said Samsung is unlikely to reveal the first Tizen device until February of next year, when the company said it will announce winners of its Tizen app contest. During the developer conference, Samsung gave more clues about how its first Tizen device would look and revealed that it has recently launched a Tizen-based camera in South Korea. Tizen would work across a vast range of consumer electronics made by Samsung, encompassing mobile devices, televisions, fridges as well as wearable devices. The mobile operating system will also work with automobiles. Samsung and Intel said Toyota Motor Corp. and Jaguar Land Rover are working together to bring Tizen OS to vehicles. “You can build an application once and relatively easily move from device to device,” Mark Skarpness, director of systems engineering at Intel Corp., told the conference. Samsung and Intel are also aiming to capture a bigger share of business in emerging markets where demand for cheaper smartphones is growing. Skarpness said future versions of Tizen will support lower-end phones, the same direction that Google is taking with its latest version of Android, KitKat. “I got an impression that Tizen was benchmarking Android,” said Park Minhyung, a developer who attended the conference. “Speakers at the sessions said that they adopted strong features from Android. But with Android’s place well established in the market, I wonder how Tizen would undermine the front runner.”


Nokia unveils new metal Lumia smartphone

LONDON/HELSINKI (Reuters) – Nokia unveiled a lighter, metal model in its Lumia smartphone range, as it tries to catch the eye of buyers to close the huge market lead of rivals Samsung and Apple Incin the lucrative handset market.

The Lumia 925 is the latest in Nokia’s range using Microsoft’s Windows Phone software and will be sold for 469 euros before taxes and subsidies through carriers such as Vodafone and China Mobile .

Nokia Chief Executive Stephen Elop has pinned the future of the loss-making company on Windows Phone, hoping to reverse a dramatic drop in revenue over the last two years.

The phone weighs 139 grams, compared with 185 grams for the earlier 920 model, which some critics had said was too heavy. It also utilizes a new smart camera mode, a photo editing function which Nokia intends to introduce to all Lumia devices.

“Lumia 925 looks like a solid product and should be able to attract new customers who have considered 920 too bulky for their taste,” said Nordea analyst Sami Sarkamies.

“One can think of Lumia 925 as a new version of Lumia 920 that has been put on a diet to fit inside an iPhone-like frame.”

Nokia has recently launched new products in the lower and mid-tier range to protect its position in emerging markets, but its success in the high-margin smartphone market will be crucial to its long-term survival.

The company unveiled the slightly heavier Lumia 928 for the U.S. market last Friday. It was priced at $99 after a rebate and a two-year deal with Verizon Wireless .

Both the Lumia 925 and 928 are targeted at the high-end, flagship segment, which accounts for 35 to 40 percent of the total global market, said Jo Harlow, Nokia’s executive vice president for smart devices.

“Our goal is to have a complete portfolio across the price range,” she told Reuters, adding that Nokia expects to see accelerated growth in sales of Lumia phones.

Sales of Lumia phones have grown in recent quarters, but at 5.6 million in first quarter, they still account for only around 5 percent of the market.

Research company Gartner said on Tuesday that Nokia lost 5 percentage points of market share in the first quarter, falling to 14.8 percent compared to number one Samsung’s 23.6 percent share. Nokia held a 19.7 percent share just a year ago.

Shares in Nokia were down 3.6 percent to 2.84 euros by 1310 GMT, valuing the company at 11 billion euros.


Nokia Lumia 920 Hands On


Nokia finally unveiled their flagship smartphone, the Lumia 920, in India. ‘Although the phone is still not out on shelves, Nokia allowed us to spend some quality time with the handset to test its new PureView camera with optical image stabilization.’. Here are some of our initial

Visually, the Lumia 920 looks almost identical to the Lumia 800 and the Lumia 900. Although Nokia has been recycling this design  for some time now, it still looks beautiful. Nokia has once again used polycarbonate plastic for the unibody design, which has a glossy finish that looks and feels great.

Much has been said about the weight of the Lumia 920. There is no doubt that the phone is heavier than many of the current high-end smartphones out there on the market today. But is that really a bad thing? Not really. It takes a while to adjust to the weight if you’re moving from a lighter device but after a couple of hours you hardly notice it. It’s also not that big an issue when it comes to carrying it around in your pocket. The solid polycarbonate body and the heft also means the phone feels built to last like few devices out there.


Now coming to the camera, this was the main feature that Nokia invited us to test. We especially had a good opportunity to test the optical image stabilization used in the camera, a first for a mobile phone.

First impressions were quite positive. The images, on the phone’s display at least, looked absolutely amazing. This is partly due to the images themselves being pretty good and also because of the amazing display. Viewing the same images on a computer monitor revealed that quality was far from perfect, with chrominance noise being a major detraction. We were told the devices were pre-production units, so quality could improve with the retail units, which we look forward to reviewing in future.


Moving on, the Lumia 920 uses a 4.5-inch, 1280 x 768 resolution, PureMotion HD+ LCD with ClearBlack technology. That sounds like a lot of jargon but what’s important is that the display looks fantastic. The colors are vivid yet natural and Nokia’s PureMotion tech ensures no motion blur while scrolling. The sunlight visibility is also excellent, thanks to the ClearBlack technology. Compared side by side to a Galaxy S III directly under the sun, the Lumia 920’s display was a lot clearer and less washed out. Also, you can use the touchscreen on the Lumia 920 even through



As for the images stabilization, it didn’t make itself felt while shooting stills since the images were mostly taken in bright sunlight that significantly increases shutter speed. However, during videos, it did help smoothen some of the jerks associated with minor movements of the hands, compared to other smartphones. The videos obtained, as a result, were easily some of the best we have seen from a smartphone.

In terms of software, the Lumia 920 is running Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 operating system. Compared to other devices on the market, Nokia’s Lumia series gets the benefit of Nokia’s superior apps and services (Maps, Music, etc.) and also some exclusive games and apps from third party developers that you won’t find on devices from, say, HTC.

Unfortunately, at the end of the day, this is still Windows Phone 8, which means the app ecosystem is still in its infancy. Although Microsoft does like to boast of increasing app numbers at every event, the reality is that Windows Phone still lacks most of the major apps and games that you can get on iOS or Android, making a switch a rather difficult decision. In our short time with the Lumia 920, this was the only thing that bothered us the most, with everything else being very impressive.

Nokia is yet to announce when the Lumia 920 goes on sale in India and at what price. It is expected to go on sale some time in January and we hope Nokia does not overprice it at launch, unlike some of their recent high-end devices. The hardware is good enough to go head to head with the best smartphones out there but the software is still lacking, which is something both Nokia and the buyers need to keep in mind.




For those who missed out last time.






My personal sugestion GO FOR WINDOWS PROFESSIONAL 32 OR 64 BIT.(Enterprise only for buisness use)

Retail keys:-


Enterprise: 32JNW-9KQ84-P47T8-D8GGY-CWCK7


Note: The keys above are for installation only, you can’t activate with them.


If you want simple method to activate go direct to METHOD:3.

Activation for Windows 8 RTM PRO x64/x86 only (thro skype)

1.Open CMD as Administrator and insert one of the following keys with command “slmgr -ipk ” (PRESS ENTER)
Example: slmgr -ipk QGR4N-78PMD-KCRQ7-83BXT-YG667

Key list:
Give 1st priority:

Give 2nd priority:

2.Then type command “slui 4” and choose United Kingdom as home country.

3. In Skype call +448000188354 and lead the instructions. When you type all numers they gonna be checked and if key is not still blocked you will be asked On how many computers do you have installed windows. Type 1 as an answer. and enter the key given thro the call in the required place.

note: above keys will work only for certain periods.

METHOD:2(not verified personally by me).
Open cmd as admin and type the following
slmgr.vbs -ipk (press enter)
slmgr /skms (press enter)
slmgr.vbs -ato


METHOD:3(VERY SIMPLE ACTIVATOR FILE FOR ALL VERSIONS WORKS 100%)(but can personalise account pic, metro theme and lock screen with a seperate .exe file included in the torrent)


1. Microsoft Windows 8 Activator(All Edition).exe (use it to activate windows but windows doesnt allows to personalise account pic, metro theme and lock screen)
2. OnThreeSeasPersonalization.exe (use to personalise account pic, metro theme and lock screen.)

Microsoft to retire Messenger, begins migration to Skype



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We’ve heard plenty of rumors about Microsoft’s plans for Skype. Finally the company is laying its cards on the table. After working diligently to bridge the gap between Messenger and its VoIP purchase, its aging IM platform will indeed be retired and users migrated to the more video-focused property. Redmond hopes to complete the move during the first quarter of 2013, after which Messenger will be retired everywhere except in mainland China. Users of both services will be able to merge their accounts and combine their contacts, while those with only a Microsoft account will have to transition to a Skype one. Though, rest assured, your Messenger buddy list will automatically be transferred. With the imminent death of this MSN descendant, it’s clear that Microsoft is positioning Skype not just as a VoIP client, but as an all-in-one messaging solution meant to take on the likes of Google Talk, with its Voice and Hangouts features.


Microsoft Surface smartphone could be available in Q1 of 2013


ImageEarlier this year, reports indicated that Microsoft may be building its own handset that will run on the forthcoming Windows Phone 8 platform. Microsoft did not confirm or deny the speculation, but a spokesperson stated that Microsoft, together with its hardware partners, was focused on bringing Windows Phone 8 to the market this year. In what may add fuel to these rumours, a report by BGR has indicated that Microsoft may launch its own Windows Phone 8 handset that could be launched within the next few months.   The report states, “Utilizing a strategy much like the one it is using with Windows 8, Microsoft is now looking to have its cake and eat it too in the smartphone market. With a number of high-profile partners like Nokia and Samsung secured for the launch of Windows Phone 8 later this fall, a trusted source informed BGR several weeks ago that Microsoft is quietly working on an own-brand smartphone that will compete directly with high-end devices like Apple’s iPhone 5 and Samsung’s Galaxy S III, and also with Windows Phones built by its own vendor partners, of course.” The report goes on to state that BGR’s source has informed it that the handset is in the late stage of development, and that it will be launched in the coming months. The report also indicates that much like their tablets, this smartphone too will be launched under the Surface brand name. As for the launch period, it is likely that the handset will be available by the first quarter of 2013.  The report ends by noting, “BGR has been unable to confirm the exact timing of the launch, though a second well-placed source did suggest that Microsoft will likely not release an own-brand smartphone during the first round of Windows Phone 8 device launches coming ahead of the holidays this year.”  A recent report by Windows Phone Central also shares the same views on Microsoft unveiling a smartphone, “Information has come forward to Windows Phone Central that demonstrates Microsoft does have their own Windows Phone hardware in the works; in fact, we’ve heard it already exists and is in testing. The source(s) are known to us and not anonymous, though for obvious reasons we must keep them off the record”.  WPCentral speculates the reason behind Microsoft releasing a smartphone, “Sold through Microsoft Store, the devices could fill in a niche for Microsoft while their OEM partners can have the carriers. This would allow Microsoft to have their own “vision” of Windows Phone and a way to update the devices directly, with no one compromising their vision. In addition, their OEMs will mostly be kept “happy” since unlocked phones are not the crux of their business model.”