Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Let the Patents War Begin... (If they really want to)

Till now it seemed that Android was in a dangerous enviroment which has lots of threats from its eco-system.
Well the acquasition of Motorola Mobility is proovinig to be a Gold mine for google in porder to resist the attacks from apple and Microsoft.

With the bunch of 17k patents + 7.5K pending patents there come "18" key patents which can be enough for Google to make Apple call its hounds back.

  • US patent #5,311,516 – Paging systems using message fragmentation to redistribute traffic
  • US patent #5,319,712 – Method and apparatus for providing cryptographic protection of a data stream
  • US patent #5,490,230 – Digital speech coder having optimized signal energy parameters
  • US patent #5,572,193 –Method for authentication and protection of subscribers in telecommunications systems”
  • US patent #6,175,559 – Method for generating preamble sequences in a code division multiple access systems
  • US patent #6,359,898 – Method for performing a countdown function during a mobile-originated transfer for a packet radio system
  • US patent #5,359,317 – Method and apparatus for selectively storing a portion of a received message in a selective call receiver
  • US patent #5,636,223 – Methods of adaptive channel access attempts
  • US patent #6,246,697 – Method and system for generating a complex pseudonoise sequence for processing a code division multiple access signal
  • US patent #6,246,862 – Sensor controlled user interface for portable communication device
  • US patent #6,272,333 – Method and apparatus in a wireless communication system for controlling a delivery of data
  • US patent #7,751,826 – System and method for E911 location privacy protection
  • US patent #5,710,987 – Receiver having concealed external antenna
  • US patent #5,754,119 – Multiple pager status synchronization system and method
  • US patent #5,958,006 – Method and apparatus for communicating summarized data
  • US patent #6,008,737 – Apparatus for controlling utilization of software added to a portable communication device
  • US patent #6,101,531 – System for communicating user-selected criteria filter prepared at wireless client to communication server for filtering data transferred from host to said wireless client
  • US patent #6,377,161 – Method and apparatus in a wireless messaging system for facilitating an exchange of address information

For the starters...
One patent from 2001 disables a "touch sensitive" sensor when a smartphone is near a user’s head to prevent inadvertent hang-ups or dialing. Another from 1994 aims to increase data storage, while a third enables users to control when a global positioning system sends their location data over a network.

Well it all looks quite beautiful again for Android...

Thursday, August 18, 2011

What is Lokpal How can it Help?

Recently got a mail about the much talked about Lokpal Bill.
For starters... This is a bill presented by Indian civil society in order to overcome growing corruption in India.
Some of the advantages are discussed here...
If anyone has any other info about the same or in case any of the mentioned points seems to be incorrect please let me know.

As per wikipedia : "The Jan Lokpal Bill (Hindi: जन लोकपाल विधेयक), also referred to as the citizens' ombudsman bill, is a proposed anti-corruption law in India. It is designed to effectively deter corruption, redress grievances of citizens and protect whistle-blowers."

For your education if you do not know this ---- See how Lokpal Bill can curb the politicians
Existing System
System Proposed by civil society
No politician or senior officer ever goes to jail despite huge evidence because Anti Corruption Branch (ACB) and CBI directly come under the government. Before starting investigation or initiating prosecution in any case, they have to take permission from the same bosses, against whom the case has to be investigated.
Lokpal at centre and Lokayukta at state level will be independent bodies. ACB and CBI will be merged into these bodies. They will have power to initiate investigations and prosecution against any officer or politician without needing anyoneⳠpermission. Investigation should be completed within 1 year and trial to get over in next 1 year. Within two years, the corrupt should go to jail.
No corrupt officer is dismissed from the job because Central Vigilance Commission, which is supposed to dismiss corrupt officers, is only an advisory body. Whenever it advises government to dismiss any senior corrupt officer, its advice is never implemented.
Lokpal and Lokayukta will have complete powers to order dismissal of a corrupt officer. CVC and all departmental vigilance will be merged into Lokpal and state vigilance will be merged into Lokayukta.
No action is taken against corrupt judges because permission is required from the Chief Justice of India to even register an FIR against corrupt judges.
Lokpal & Lokayukta shall have powers to investigate and prosecute any judge without needing anyoneⳠpermission.
Nowhere to go - People expose corruption but no action is taken on their complaints.
Lokpal & Lokayukta will have to enquire into and hear every complaint.
There is so much corruption within CBI and vigilance departments. Their functioning is so secret that it encourages corruption within these agencies.
All investigations in Lokpal & Lokayukta shall be transparent. After completion of investigation, all case records shall be open to public. Complaint against any staff of Lokpal & Lokayukta shall be enquired and punishment announced within two months.
Weak and corrupt people are appointed as heads of anti-corruption agencies.
Politicians will have absolutely no say in selections of Chairperson and members of Lokpal & Lokayukta. Selections will take place through a transparent and public participatory process.
Citizens face harassment in government offices. Sometimes they are forced to pay bribes. One can only complaint to senior officers. No action is taken on complaints because senior officers also get their cut.
Lokpal & Lokayukta will get public grievances resolved in time bound manner, impose a penalty of Rs 250 per day of delay to be deducted from the salary of guilty officer and award that amount as compensation to the aggrieved citizen.
Nothing in law to recover ill gotten wealth. A corrupt person can come out of jail and enjoy that money.
Loss caused to the government due to corruption will be recovered from all accused.
Small punishment for corruption- Punishment for corruption is minimum 6 months and maximum 7 years.
Enhanced punishment - The punishment would be minimum 5 years and maximum of life imprisonment.

Attempts to draft a compromise bill, merging the Government's version and that of the civil group's version, by a committee of five Cabinet Ministers and five social activists failed. The Indian government introduced its own version of the bill in the parliament, which the activists consider to be too weak.

Difference between Government and activist drafts

Difference between Draft Lokpal Bill 2010 and Jan Lokpal Bill
Draft Lokpal Bill (2010)Jan Lokpal Bill (Citizen's Ombudsman Bill)
Lokpal will have no power to initiate suo motu action or receive complaints of corruption from the general public. It can only probe complaints forwarded by the Speaker of the Lok Sabha or the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha.Lokpal will have powers to initiate suo moto action or receive complaints of corruption from the general public.
Lokpal will only be an Advisory Body with a role limited to forwarding reports to a "Competent Authority".Lokpal will have the power to initiate prosecution of anyone found guilty.
Lokpal will have no police powers and no ability to register an FIR or proceed with criminal investigations.Lokpal will have police powers as well as the ability to register FIRs.
The CBI and Lokpal will be unconnected.Lokpal and the anti corruption wing of the CBI will be one independent body.
Punishment for corruption will be a minimum of 6 months and a maximum of up to 7 years.Punishments will be a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of up to life imprisonment.
For detailed difference you can checkout at wikipedia link : 

Currently India is on the verge of writing its own fate... Lets join in ...

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Google + Motorola = Gotorola ?

2011 has been a big year for Google, full of product announcements and growth. However, few announcements can overshadow yesterday’s news that Google plans to purchase Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion in cash. We as a developer community can expect lot of good things from this merger. Also
Owning Motorola’s 17,000 issued patents and 7,500 pending patents was one of the major reasons Google announced its acquisition plans for the company.

Lets measure up what all are possibilities of Google + Motorola now.

Rooting and early Updates to Motorola devices
There are more benefits to using the stock version of Android. By choosing to stick tight and use Google’s UI without all of the heavy modification, Motorola could have a big advantage that will draw in geeks of all types. Much like Nexus S owners, Moto owners could be six to nine months ahead of other handset owners when it comes to receiving Android operating system updates, which Google tends to release twice a year. Without a clunky custom user interface and apps to tweak and rework around every new release, Motorola could become the most responsive and iterative handset maker on the market. Those who want to run the latest and greatest Android OS will choose Motorola. I know I would.
Then there’s the issue of changing the bootloader and rooting. Motorola has long had a policy against geeks digging around and tampering with its devices, but Google has a more open policy toward rooting and modifying OS attributes. Chrome OS was built with rooting as an identified feature. We’d love to see a unified Motorola and Google embrace the hacking world. After all, what good is expensive technology if we can’t play with it?
Atrix Laptop Dock gets an Ice Cream Sandwich redesign
Motorola Atrix 4G
We really liked the concept behind the Motorola Atrix and its laptop dock. The concept largely failed in its first go around thanks to a strange custom interface for the laptop that had few to no apps and a horribly expensive price, but there is a future for laptop and smartphone symbiosis, and it’s coming faster than we think. A joined Google and Motorola might be able to explore the concept more effectively (and affordably). Android “Ice Cream Sandwich” will rear its head in the coming months and promises to work on both tablet and smartphones, changing its interface from a Honeycomb-like desktop to a smartphone display on the fly. This OS will naturally lend itself to a smartphone laptop dock like the Atrix had without any of the hassle the Atrix came with. Imagine plugging your smartphone into a dock and instantly using it as a laptop of sorts, complete with a keyboard and an extended battery that actually charges your phone while you use it. 
Google TV 
Google TV
Since it’s debut in late 2010, Google TV has been so unpopular that returns of the Logitech Revue box are actually outpacing sales, Apple TV is doing quite well and Google is not ready to give up on the TV market yet. The company has been quietly reworking Google TV and will likely relaunch it later this year or early next. 


So owing the company also means that Google has taken ownership of all the law suits against all the list mentioned above.
Now we got to see how is it going to be...

Friday, August 12, 2011

Windows Lovers.. Something good for you... :)

Windows Phone 7 Mango actual Mango
It is rumored that the Mango update to WP7 will be be released on September 1, this release date should put it in direct competition with product launches from both Apple and Google.
With all of the iPhone rumors swarming around lately there hasn’t been much Windows Phone 7 news to talk about. Well that changed today, with reports that the Mango update to WP7 will come out on September 1. Just a couple of weeks ago we heard from Microsoft that the OS was ready for phones, and it was only a matter of time before we would see it in the wild.
There is still no word on yet if new hardware will be coming out on September 1 along with the updated software.  When WP7 was first launched it was launched on several phones and carriers all at once, but we don’t know if that will happen this year. The current generation of WP7 devices will start getting over the air updates on September 1, but everything else is still up in the air.
The Mango update to WP7 is supposed to address most of the main areas of concern with the current product, and add some features on top of those improvements. For a more in-depth overview of what to expect from Mango check out the post on its features
We just talked about Google bumping up the Ice Cream Sandwich launch to October to compete with Apple’s still unannounced iPhone; Now with Microsoft launching Mango around the same time it will create a perfect storm of cell phone choices. The key features of both iOS 5 and Mango have already been highlighted so the only real wild card operating system wise will be Ice Cream Sandwich. On the hardware side of things it is pretty much anyone’s guess to how most of the new phones will look or function. No matter what happens we’re looking forward to this fall, and are starting to save up money now.