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WickedLeak launches quad-core Wammy Titan II for Rs 13,990


WickedLeak has launched its new phone, the Wammy Titan II, that is set to be an upgrade to the original Titan. Along with a host of other upgrades, the Titan II will have an upgraded quad-core processor, as opposed to the original’s dual-core processor.

The Wammy Titan II will come out of the box with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and the company has stated in its press release that it will be upgradeable to Android 4.2. The smartphone is currently available for booking on WickedLeak’s website and the delivery is set to start from March 21. The phone is priced at Rs 13,990.

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Here are the key features of the WickedLeak Wammy Titan II:

  • 5.3-inch IPS display with a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels
  • 3G, EDGE, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • GPS with A-GPS
  • Bluetooth
  • 12 megapixel camera, 5 megapixel front-facing camera
  • 4GB internal memory expandable up to 32GB via microSD

The phone is equipped with MediaTek’s MTK 6589 quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz and the graphics will be powered by a PowerVR SGX544 GPU. To keep smartphone alive, it is equipped with a 2,300 mAh battery with a quoted working time of up to five days. Equipped with 1GB of RAM, the smartphone should be able to multitask well.

With the phone essentially being an upgrade to the Wammy Titan, we asked if consumers who own the original Titan can trade their devices in to get a new one and pay the difference—the answer was a resounding “no”. The process being too complicated was the reason cited.

The processor upgrade possible at such a low cost is mostly possible because as per the new Union Budget, chips can be imported without any duty levied on them.

Thanks to the launch of the Titan II, the price of the original Titan has been cut down to Rs 11,000.

The original Titan was launched back in January and is equipped with dual-SIM slots and 1GB of RAM. It has an internal memory of 4GB and comes with Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean out of the box.

The device measures 144 x 89 x 12 mm and runs on a 2500 mAh battery that the company claims will provide up to 8 hours of talk time and 260 hours of standby time.

 

Top 5 Secrets to Boost Your Wi-Fi Signal for Free


Wireless Router
Wireless Router (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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Wi-Fi is probably the biggest thing in wireless technology since the telegraph. It can power devices at a distance and even send large amounts of data in a matter of seconds. Though many prefer wired connections for their PCs and other devices, there’s no arguing with the fact that with regards to convenience, Wi-Fi will always come out on top. But there are problems with Wi-Fi that many of us would like to fix but wouldn’t know where to start with. In this piece, we’ll try to uncover some of the ways in which you can boost your signal without any major expenditure like buying repeaters and such.

 

#1: Change the Channel

 

Not the TV, dude, your router! When you set up a router, it picks a default channel that provides connectivity to your network. Normally, the least congested channel is chosen by default, but in your case, this may not be true. But to do this you need a special tool, like the inSSIDer – it’s a free tool and it gives tons of information about your network, but don’t worry about all those graphs that give you an overload of data; just check the column that says ‘channel’ and see how many are on the same channel as you, in your area. Once you’ve identified the least crowded one, go to your router’s interface and change it to that (you can see how to get there in the router’s user manual.)

 

#2: Update your Firmware

 

Network device manufacturers periodically update the software that is used on their routers. Though business devices get automatic notifications when there’s a new version available, consumer units may not have this as a standard feature. If the channel-changing doesn’t work, then head to the manufacturer’s website and check for updates that will make your connectivity better. Most fixes address connectivity issues so it’s likely that you’ll find a solution in this method. Most consumers don’t even know that they need to regularly update their firmware, so be one of the first few to be in on this secret.

 

#3: Update your Driver Firmware

 

Another great method is to download and install new firmware for the wireless adapter on your PC, laptop or other device. A good thing to remember is that major connectivity issues can be addressed by fixing your router and your wireless adapter. By updating the firmware, you’re riding the crest of a wave set up by the manufacturer to fix ongoing issues such as connectivity, stability, etc. Do this and you’ll probably be the first of your friends to tap into this little nugget.

 

#4: Change the Router’s Position

 

This is probably the least technical of all solutions, but may end up being the best. It’s possible that your router is nested somewhere between the modem and the power strip behind your PC, on a table, in the corner of the room furthest away from your door! That might give you a clue as to why visitors in the living room can’t get a decent signal from your router. You can buy an additional cable if what you have isn’t enough to get the router into a more elevated and central position, but then it would be a ‘secret… for free’ anymore. However, even a minor change in position can often strengthen the signal to a surprising extent. Try it and see if that was the problem in the first place.

 

#5: Get DD-WRT Software

 

This one’s a bit dicey because getting this software to optimize and enhance your router’s performance may not be an easily reversible process. Besides, if your router is under warranty when you do the installation, it may get voided altogether. Though not highly recommended for those with little or no technical knowledge about how this software works and how to uninstall it, it is a tremendous way to boost the performance of your entire system. The software is open-source so it’s free to use, and the site http://www.dd-wrt.com/ can tell you whether your router is supported.

 

These are all great ways to boost your Wi-Fi signal for free. With this arsenal of secret methods in your hands, odds are that you’ll find at least one (maybe more) of them gives you the kind of signal boost that you’re looking for. Happy surfing!

 

How To: Use a laptop as a Wi-Fi repeater


 

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Almost all homes and offices today have an Internet connection either via a cable operator, telephone line or USB dongle. Sharing a single Internet connection with all other wireless-enabled devices at home or office requires a wireless router and these are available for as little as Rs. 1,000. But wireless routers are usually stationed at home or office and cannot be carried around because of the power requirements. There are times when you go on a holiday or travel around and need an Internet connection. USB 3G Internet dongles serve the purpose of an Internet connection whilst you are outdoors, but this connection is only available on your laptop or a tablet that has USB internet dongle compatibility. But what if you want your mobile or iPad also connected to the Internet at the same time? The Internet connectivity needs to be shared and a router is the only possibility. In this case, you will share the network connection of your laptop with the other devices and Ad-Hoc connectivity is the only option. But this method again has a limitation and only one device can connect at a single given time. We will show you how to create a temporary router using any laptop or PC within a few minutes. This will save you the cost of a new portable router.

Take another scenario where you are at home. You have your broadband connection and a router installed and configured. Your router is beaming out the Internet connection for all the devices you have. You need to chill out in your building premises with friends or monitor your children in the play area, while still using your mobile or tablet on the Internet.  Now, you know that your home router will not be able to beam out the Internet to this distance and it will call for a relocation of the router to the balcony or the main door. But this is not practical and you will need to get yourself a wireless repeater, which will wirelessly relay the home internet to a further distance. This calls for an investment of a wireless repeater and they don’t come cheap. We will show you how to create a wireless repeater using any laptop or PC in less than Rs. 700.

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In this How-To, we shall show you how simple it is to convert any regular laptop or PC into a wireless router or repeater using some freely available software. Before you begin, let’s take a look at the requirements.

  • A laptop or PC with Windows XP SP2 or higher operating system
  • A wireless USB adapter
  • Any of the following software: Connectify, MyPublicWiFi or MaryFi
  • An Internet connection (USB 3G dongle, broadband or DSL)

To convert any PC or laptop into a router, you will need the computer to have an Ethernet interface, a USB port and a wireless USB adapter or Wi-Fi network card. Laptops usually have all of the above, while desktop PCs will definitely sport the USB and Ethernet interfaces. Some newer desktop PCs have motherboards with wireless networking interfaces. If your PC does not have a wireless interface, then you will have to get a wireless USB adapter; these are available for as cheap as Rs. 700. Any brand will work fine as long as you install the drivers correctly.

To convert the PC or laptop into a wireless repeater, you will need two wireless network interfaces. In this mode, one wireless interface works as a client to receive the Internet from a wireless router while the other interface relays the same Internet connection to other devices. Laptops usually have a single wireless network interface and to make a repeater, you will need to install a wireless USB adapter. PCs will have to use two of the USB adapters.

Once you are ready with the hardware requirements, it is time to download the software.
Download any of the following software from the Internet. These software utilities have the capability of converting a regular PC with an Internet connection into a wireless hotspot as a router or repeater. The software takes the Internet connection from the PC and shares it via the wireless interface, allowing other devices to connect and use the Internet from it. The download links are given below.

The entire procedure is very simple and will take you just a few minutes to configure and deploy. All you need is to download any of the above software, install it, restart the PC once if required and start the utility. Here is how you can configure each of the three utilities. We shall explain using Connectify as an example; you can also apply the similar methods to the other two utilities.

Router mode:

 

Step 1: Click the settings tab
Step 2:  Enter the SSID name or Hotspot name for your network. (free version has limited access to using the entire SSID name, while paid version users can specify any name)
Step 3:  Enter a desired 8 – digit password for securing the wireless network
Step 4:  Select the Internet line you want to share from the list in the “Internet to Share” drop-down list. This will be your Ethernet network or USB dongle / DSL dial-up connection.
Step 5:  Expand the “Advanced Settings” tab. Here, choose the wireless interface in the “Share over” drop-down list and choose the security mode for the network in the “Sharing Mode” drop- down list. Paid version users can have the option to set up the firewall and allow or disallow Internet and local network access.
Step 6:  Once done, hit the “Start Hotspot” button and your PC/laptop is now a wireless router. Connect your devices to the PC router using the SSID and password you just specified.

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Repeater mode:

 

Step 1: Follow the same steps mentioned above, but just make a small change in the Step: 3where you will need to select the first wireless network interface in the “Internet to Share” drop-down list and the second network interface in the “Share over” drop-down list. Do make sure that your first wireless network interface is already configured to connect to the host router for an Internet connection.

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using the other two utilities is very similar and takes a few seconds to implement. There may be many more similar utilities that can do the same and if you stumble on any of them, do mention it in the comments below for the benefit of other readers. If you are using any of these or other utilities and find out any issues or tweaks to make it function better, please post your comments too.

 

How To Protect Your BSNL WiFi Internet


 

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Hi everyone, we all are under the threat of terror as we are using an unprotected wifi at home or at office.

Recently the attacks on Ahmedabad city, Mumbai city and many other Indian cities were plotted and many email treaths were sent through unprotected wifi networks of our own.

Many innocent peoples from corporate level and individual level were taken to police custody as the IP Address matched from the IP Address of the treath emails sent. This was because of unprotected wifi system.

So if you are using the WiFi for internet you need to protect it right now, to avoid any problems that can ruin your life.

Unprotected or WiFi without proper encryption can be used by anyone coming under its range, anyone coming under your WiFi range can use internet without you knowing untill you get a heavy bill amounts and problems.

So I will tell you how to protect your BSNL WiFi system.

How to put username and password as well as encrption in BSNL WiFi internet system. It’s very eay, follow the following steps:

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1.    First log on to websitehttp://192.168.1.1

2.    Enter the usrname and password

3.    By default the username and password is admin/admin

4.    Now click o the Wireless link

5.    Under the Wireless link you will see Basic link, click on Basic link

6.    Check the box Enable Wireless

7.    Enter any name you like to inSSID and click on save/applybutton

8.    After you have done the above steps click on Security link

9.    Here under WEP Encrptionoption, make it Enabled

10.  So you will see some more fields to be entered

11.  Now Choose 128bit security andNetwork Key 1

12.  Enter your Network Key in the first field

13.  Network key should be in 13 Hexa digits i.e. (A-Z)(0-9)For example : ABCDEFGHZRQ98, letters are case sensitive

14.  After you have entered this settings click on save/applybutton

And here you go, your BSNL WiFi network is safe and protected.

Now go to your Network Connections and search for a wireless netwrok, you will see your name that you entered in SSID field, click on that name enter the 13 digit key and relax and surf the protected and problem free internet.

Hope this helps you.

Plz leave comments, thanks in advance.