Jammu and Kashmir Floods, Tech that can help in Rescue.

The state of Jammu and Kashmir is facing its worst floods in 60 years. Given that the flood has uprooted communication modes making the area almost inaccessible, companies have come forward to offer help from their side. This article briefs up a couple of initiatives.
Google Person Finder, a web application that allows individuals to post the details of, and search for the status of, family members or friends affected by the disaster. If you’re worried about someone in the disaster affected area, then click on “I’m Looking for Someone” and type in their name. If you want to let people know you’re safe, or if you have heard from someone in the disaster affected area, then click on “I have information about someone” and put in their names and details. As the number of names and records increases, the tool will make it easier for those who are safe to pass on their status to people worried about them. It is available in both English and Hindi.

Google has also made Person Finder available on mobile phones. You can request status via SMS by sending the message “Search”, followed by the person’s name i.e. “Search” <name>, to the number 9773300000 . For example, if you are searching for Rohan Gupta, send the message “Search Rohan Gupta”.

Aircel, an Indian Mobile network operator  is offering free calls to all its postpaid and prepaid J&K customers for the next two days, the 10th and 11th of September 2014, in its support towards the natural calamity faced in J&K. Aircel is also working together with the local administration and the Army to restore 2G network in the city and to ensure no outages reoccur on their 3G network, which is presently up and running in Srinagar.

Aircel has offered its network to all other mobile service operators to help the people of J&K to connect with their families and friends. In this need of the hour,  Aircel has also set up mobile charging units & calling booths to offer the stranded flood victims the facility to make free calls to their homes/families and friends. The booths are equipped with handsets, sufficient talk-time and mobile charging units to enable free calls.

The Rescue Teams of Aircel employees are working to evacuate people stranded in flooded areas. Aircel is also working closely with the local agencies and Government’s disaster management groups to render help and support with relief work being carried out. The company is also stocking up relief material like medicines, water, non-perishable food items at their offices.

While on-ground disaster response is being carried out by specialised entities, everyone can do their bit to help by sharing information. The helpline information of the Army, Home Ministry, and NDRF Control Room are  listed below:

  • Emergency Army Helpline:(+91) 011-23019831
  • Home Ministry Helpline:(+91) 011-23093054 · (+91) 011-23092763
  • NDRF Control Room:(+91) 011-26107953 · (+91) 0-9711077372

Amazon Fire Phone is now 99 cents with a Two Year Contract

Amazon today announced that, the Fire Phone is going to be available for 99 cents with a two year contract. This comes right in time before Apple makes its iPhone 6 launch tomorrow.
Fire phone is powered by the latest version of Fire OS, which starts with Android and adds cloud services, a content-forward user interface, built-in media libraries, productivity apps, and platform enhancements to integrate Amazon’s digital content and improve performance. Fire is the only smartphone with Dynamic Perspective and Firefly, two breakthrough technologies that allow you to see and interact with the world through a whole new lens. Fire features an advanced, 13MP rear-facing camera with backside illumination, LED flash, 5-element f/2.0 lens, Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), and high dynamic range (HDR) capabilities for beautiful, crisp photos, even in low-light conditions. Fire also includes a 2.1MP front-facing camera, and photos taken with Fire receive free, unlimited cloud storage.

Fire Phone is backed with free unlimited cloud storage for photos, 32GB of storage—and, for a limited time, customers get 12 months of Prime membership with Fire phone, which includes unlimited streaming of tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes from Prime Instant Video, access to over a million songs to download or stream from Prime Music, over 500,000 books to borrow from Kindle Owners’ Lending Library and free two-day shipping on tens of millions of items.

In the U.S., Fire is available exclusively on AT&T – the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network. Fire with 32GB is available for 99 cents with a two-year contract or $0 down and $18.75 per month (for 24 months) with AT&T NEXT 18. Customers can purchase Fire at, or AT&T stores nationwide.

The unlocked version is going to be available around 449 USD (off contract) in the US. In the UK, Fire phone will be available exclusively on O2 on 30 September with a range of tariffs available for data, calls and texts including a new 20GB 4G data plan, with pre-orders available from today.

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GIONEE ELIFE S5.5 Announced in India at 22,999 INR – Slim Smartphone

Gionee, one of the leading global designer and manufacturer of mobile devices launched the World’s Slimmest Smartphone – ELIFE S5.5 in India. Named after its biggest feature a 5.55mm slim body, the launch was announced at a grand event in Grand Hyatt, Goa. The path breaking innovative smartphone ELIFE S5.5 is going to hit India market by mid April 2014. The ELIFE S series is a new product category developed through Gionee’s deep understanding of customers’ desire for a slim and powerful smartphone to also act as a fashionable accessory. The ELIFE S series products will incorporate an emphasis on design without compromising the hardware and software of a smartphone to create a whole new user experience.


Established in 2002, Gionee Communication Equipment Co. Ltd is a hi-tech company engaging in mobile device designing, R&D, manufacturing, sales in international markets, and mobile internet application services. Today, Gionee sells over 23 million handsets per year worldwide and ranks No.10 in the world by smartphone market share.

It is not just about the slim design; performance is not compromised in the ELIFE S5.5. The S5.5 is equipped with a stunning 5.0 inch Full HD Super AMOLED plus screen, a true Octa-core 1.7GHz processor, a 13 megapixel rear camera and the world’s first 95 degree ultra-wide angle 5 megapixel front camera. With the 95 degree wide angle front camera, taking self-group shots or full body selfies is made possible and easier than ever before. From colors, icons to fonts, the Android based AMIGO OS has also been customized specifically for the ELIFE S5.5. As for the camera software, it is similar to the ELIFE E7 which consists of two shooting modes, the professional and normal camera settings, as well as the availability of the “Charm Camera” which includes auto make-up mode, footprint mode, and meeting memo mode features which were only available to the flagship model ELIFE E7.

Gionee--Worlds-Slimmest-Smartphone-ELIFE-S5.5High power consumption has always been a problem for ultra slim phones. With the ELIFE S5.5, the battery is just as good as the flagship model ELIFE E7. The highest capacity density ratio allows S5.5’s battery to reach 2300mAh. And with the next upgrade, battery capacity can be reach up to 2450mAh. The ELIFE S5.5 supports HSPA+42 Mbps with up to 6 different band sets, which allows it to function in most 3G WCDMA coverage areas as well as enabling global 3G roaming.

ELIFE S5.5 Standard Version Full Specifications:

  • 5.0” Super AMOLED Plus display
  • Octa- Core 1.7GHz CPU
  • Single SIM
  • 13.0MP AF +5.0MP AF Camera 95 Degree Ultra-Wide Angle
  • AMIGO OS 2.0 (based on Android OS, V4.2)
  • Memory: 16GB+2GB
  • Ultra slim 145.1 x 70.2 x 5.55mm
  • GSM-850/900/1800/1900MHz
  • WCDMA-850/1900/2100MHz or 900/1900/2100MHz
  • 3.5 mm Earphone Jack
  • WIFI/GPS/BT4.0/FM/G-sensor
  • Non-removable 2300mAh Battery
  • OTG

The GIONEE ELIFE S5.5 is available in Black, White, Blue, Pink, and Purple. ELIFE S 5.5 will be available at the price of @22, 999 in India.

Arvind.R.Vohra, India Head – Gionee Smartphones said, “Gionee has witnessed rapid increase in popularity within a year of operations in India and experienced an unprecedented success with the ELIFE series. The new ELIFE S series brings to the consumer an element of style, design and substance. Apart from being the World Slimmest smartphone the ELIFE S5.5 is powered by a lightning fast processor and has impressive hardware specification to offer great consumer experience. It’s our belief that the S5.5 will not only be a big success for Gionee in the Smart phone category but will create yet another benchmark for the industry”


William Lu Weibing, President of Gionee added “Smartphones are treated both as electronics and pie of art by consumers worldwide and that’s why we adapted a new approach with a focus in design. Smartphone is something that we carry on a daily basis, they are like a part of the human body, and there is zero distance between a user and their smartphones. This is similar to a piece of fashion clothing; it represents its user’s taste, personality, and even identity. The ELIFE S5.5 is crafted with a distinct metallic frame and Corning Gorillas Glass Uni-Body. It uses the world’s thinnest AMOLED Screen, thinnest PCB board with a 0.6MM and 0.4mm glass rear cover. We are proud to bring in this unique innovation first time in the world and it will be our constant endeavor to continue bringing in the best always”

More Pictures from the launch Event here



Nikon India announces two lightweight 1 NIKKOR VR Lenses

Nikon India introduced two brand-new CX-format lenses 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM and 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6, to help photographers capture the best images possible. 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM is a normal zoom lens and the 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 is world’s smallest and lightest super-telephoto zoom lens with an overwhelming 810mm equivalent (in 35mm format) angle of view.

Commenting on the announcement Mr. Hiroshi Takashina, Managing Director, Nikon India said “We are thrilled to enhance our NIKKOR lens line-up with these extraordinary zoom lenses that enable photographers to capture the best images possible from a distance and wide range of angles. These lightweight lenses respond to the demands of hobbyists, photography enthusiasts and advanced amateur photographers looking to achieve best quality images”. He added, “Nikon’s aim is to provide product and services that surpasses the demands of the consumer and in return give them an edge over the others.”

The 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM is a feature-packed slim CX format normal zoom lens covering 10-30mm range of focal length that provides a level of versatility to suit most photographers in a wide range of situations. This world’s lightest2 power-drive zoom equipped lens also supports electric power-drive zoom for smooth and comfortable movie recording. The 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 is a super-telephoto lens offering beautiful images from a distance. This lens is world’s smallest and lightest super-telephoto zoom lens covering a focal length from 70-300mm. This is the first 1 NIKKOR lens to include a focus-limit switch that enable faster AF operation which effectively captures fast-moving subjects at a distance.

1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-ZOOMNIKKOR VR 10 30mm f3.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM

  • Versatility for a wide range of situations: This is a slim 3x CX format normal zoom lens that covers the 10-30mm range of focal lengths (angle of view equivalent to 27 to 81mm in 35mm format). The 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM offers a maximum reproduction ratio of 0.55x (equivalent in 35mm format) and a minimum focus distance of 20cm, providing a level of versatility to suit most photographers in a wide range of situations.
  • Lightweight performance: The 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM measures approximately 58mm (maximum diameter) x 28mm3 and weighs just 85g, making it the world’s lightest4 power-drive zoom equipped lens to maintain the svelte, light portability of the V3. It also features a mechanism that retracts the lens when it is not in use, ensuring it remains compact for storage.
  • No-fuss setup: The new model is the world’s first interchangeable lens equipped with a power-drive zoom to employ an electrically controlled lens cover, removing the need to attach and remove a lens cap. This eliminates risk of losing or misplacing the lens cap when shooting outdoors and makes it easier to quickly set up the perfect shot.
  • Flawless video performance: The 1 NIKKOR lens has been designed with versatility in mind, and the electric power-drive zoom is ideal for smooth and comfortable movie recording. It also includes a zoom ring to enable the lens to feel more similar to an interchangeable model for photographers who prefer to not rely purely on the motor for zooming in to subjects.
  • Price and Availability: This product will be available across India by end of April 2014 at an MRP of: 8,450 INR

1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6

1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6

  • Compact yet powerful: This is the world’s smallest and lightest super-telephoto zoom lens1. The CX-format lens features a focal length from 70-300mm, which is equivalent to a lens with an approximately 189-810mm focal length in 35mm format.
  • Faster setup for hard-to-get shots: It is the first 1 NIKKOR lens to include a focus-limit switch to enable faster AF operation by limiting the range of autofocus to the telephoto side only. This innovation makes it particularly effective for capturing fast-moving subjects at a distance or when the subject unintentionally moves out of the focus area as it helps prevent an out-of-focus image. This feature is especially convenient for sports photography where the distance to subjects changes quickly as it makes it easier to frame a shot. The extremely narrow angle of view provides powerful zoom and compression effects, while the shallow depth of field emphasizes the main subject with beautiful bokeh to draw more attention to the subject.
  • Portable perfection: Like the 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM lens, the super-telephoto model also features a mechanism that retracts the lens when it is not in use to make it easier to transport and store. Tipping the scales at approximately 550g, it is also light enough to pack when attending sporting events, or for nature and wildlife photography.
  • No-compromise image quality: In another first for 1 NIKKOR lenses, the VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 also employs a Super ED glass element, which is only found on NIKKOR lenses, to reduce chromatic aberration as much as possible and provide clear, sharp images. It also includes Nano Crystal Coat, a technology originating from Nikon’s work in semiconductor manufacturing technology that works to effectively reduce flare and ghosting effects and offer the highest possible image quality.
  • Price and Availability: This product will be available across India by end of April 2014 at an MRP of: 64,950 INR
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Nokia India Announces Nokia X at an exciting Price of Rs. 8599 MOP

Nokia today announced that the Nokia X, part of the new Nokia X family of affordable smartphones that run Android™ apps, will begin selling in India. The new Nokia X family that includes Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL is the perfect introduction to the world of Android apps, coupled with signature Nokia experiences, and the most popular Microsoft services.

“India is one of the fastest growing markets for smart phones in the world. With the launch of Nokia X, we are adding more ammunition to our smartphone portfolio. We believe Nokia X is a unique combination of Nokia quality and experiences, Microsoft services and Android™ apps. It will resonate with consumers and set a great precedent for the level of quality that can be achieved in the fast-growing, affordable smartphone segment.” Said Mr. P Balaji, Managing Director, Nokia India

Nokia X comes with Fastlane, a screen which lets people switch between their favorite apps more smoothly. People can access curated, quality-tested apps from Nokia Store, more than a dozen third-party app stores and by side loading. All devices are also pre-loaded with a variety of very popular third-party apps and games such as BBM, Twitter, Facebook, Plants Vs. Zombies, etc.

Commenting on the opportunity Nokia X family offers to developers, Mr. Nami Zarringhalam, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Truecaller said, “Truecaller is at a very exciting juncture and it gives us immense pleasure to be associated with Nokia, which has been a preferred brand for many users over decades. Our alliance with Nokia alongside the X Series launch has helped us reach a broader audience.”

Out of the box, consumers can enjoy signature Nokia experiences including free HERE Maps, with true offline maps and integrated turn-by-turn navigation, and Nokia MixRadio for free music streaming and downloadable playlists. The Nokia X is also an affordable introduction to popular Microsoft services, including 7GB free cloud storage using OneDrive and additional 3GB if consumers enable camera back up.

Nokia X: an affordable introduction to the X family

nokia_x_front_yellow_homeThe first offering is the Nokia X, a beautifully crafted smartphone with Nokia’s signature design approach and bold, bright colours. At only 10.4mm thin, the slim, durable monobody design features a 4” scratch-proof display and exchangeable back covers that come in a variety of statement colours. Inside, the device runs on the Nokia X Software Platform and is powered by a1Ghz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.

The Nokia X features two screens: home, which features a fresh, tile-based design and Fastlane. Fastlane is a dynamic record of how people use their phone, day by day, moment by moment. It captures everything people love: they need only to swipe once from the home screen to access Fastlane, see a record of recent activity, and switch between their favourite apps, smoothly. Fastlane has been completely re-imagined for the Nokia X family. People can return a missed call by calling or texting, accept or decline calendar invitations, or control the music player – all from within the Fastlane view. Fastlane is also more customizable and social-friendly than ever. People can select what appears on their Fastlane feed, read notifications from their social networks and update their status from within Fastlane, making the experience even more productive.

Product specifications and availability

The dual SIM Nokia X will be available from today in India starting at Rs. 8599 MOP. Additional specifications for the Nokia X:

• 4’’ capacitive touchscreen
• 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Dual Core Processor
• 512MB RAM
• 3MP camera
• Dual SIM
• Up to 32GB expandable memory
• 1500 mAH battery
• Satellite GPS
• Accelerometer
• Available colours: Bright Green, Bright Red, Cyan, Yellow, Black and White

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Nokia Lumia 525 Announced at a price of 10399 INR

Nokia Lumia 525With the Nokia Lumia 525, high end innovations have been made affordable. One can capture breathtaking photos and videos with Nokia Camera and imaging experiences; create a perfect group shot with Smart mode or bring your pictures to life with Cinemagraph. The super sensitive 4” touch screen allows you to use the phone even with long finger nails or gloves on. The Nokia Lumia 525 takes Smartphone style to new heights with a premium look and glossy, changeable covers in dazzling orange, radiant yellow and luminous white.

Windows Phone 8 promises a personal Smartphone experience through the new young Lumia phone. One can pin playlists, HERE routes, web pages and documents direct to the start screen as Live Tiles and access their favorite content quickly. Select from various apps to be placed as Live Tiles and resize to reflect your personal priorities.

In an exclusive offer for Indian consumers, the Lumia 525 will come with a special package of premium games worth INR 2025 from Gameloft absolutely free of cost. This includes popular and exciting titles such as Modern Combat 4, Asphalt 8, Assassin’s Creed, Shark Dash and Nova 3 among others. The Gameloft offer will be valid for consumers on Airtel, Vodafone, Aircel, Reliance and Idea networks till March 31, 2014. Also included is Xbox gaming, available out of the box for free.