Author: technodelight

Ubuntu drops Unity desktop environment for good

In his latest blog post Mark Shuttleworth has said Ubuntu is stopping its investment in Unity desktop environment. It was rather an unpopular decision among Linux enthusiasts that Ubuntu choose to develop Unity instead of GNOME 3. This alienated many Linux users and was the driving force of creation of many Ubuntu based spin offs like Linux Mint. With Unity it’s also the dream of convergence is also axed. Convergence is the usage of same OS and interface for all form factors like desktop, mobile and tablets. Some test devices were made with Ubuntu Mobile, but there were too many...

BSNL Broadband Increases Minimum Speed To 1Mbps For Everyone

Feeling the pinch from the imminent launch of Reliance Jio 4G services, BSNL has finally said goodbye to its 512kbps minimum speed. From August 2016, the base speed for all BSNL Broadband subscribers is 1MBPS. Reliance Jio has started testing out its JioFi WiFi hotspot devices. These devices offer speeds that BSNL can’t even compete; Jio 4G speed is like 10-60Mbps depending on location. This speed increase seems like a precautionary measure to prevent frustrated broadband users flocking to other high speed low cost services. It’s pretty sure once a user buys a device like JioFi(~Rs.3000) and experience high-speed Internet...

3 Best Indoor Plants to put near your Computer Desk for Fresh Air

Did you know that the indoor air quality is two to five times more polluted than outdoor air quality? Choose from these following three house plants to make the air around you cleaner while you are working on your computer. These plants are chosen based on its durability, low-maintenance and taking consideration of low-sunlight conditions. 1. Sansevieria One of the plants which was included in NASA’s Clean Air Study experiment. It was found to absorb indoor air pollutants: formaldehyde, benzene, Trichloroethylene, Xylene and Toluene. Sansevieria is popularly known by names Mother-in-law’s Tongue and Snake Plant for its sharp edges and shape. This...

Micromax to replicate Xiaomi’s business model; launches new Yureka phone

Micromax will be launching a new array of Android devices running on popular Cyanogenmod custom ROM. The first one has already been launched in India. The new phones are introduced under a new brand ‘Yu’. The is one the first wave of Yu phones. The model is named Micromax Yureka, a wordplay by adding Yu and Eureka. Key specs of Micromax Yureka Screen: 5.5″ LCD IPS display with HD resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection Camera: 13 MP (Sony sensor), 5 MP rear cam. Network: 2G, 3G, 4G LTE Software: Android (Cyanogenmod OS 11) Speed: 1.5GHz octa-core CPU with...

Free SSL certificate from CloudFlare for blogs. Is it worth it?

It has been a little over a month since CloudFlare started offering free SSL, or Universal SSL as they call it, to over 2 million websites using their free service. This essentially doubled the number of websites using SSL overnight, literally! Let us be clear about what we mean by free. As of now this service is free indefinitely like CloudFlare’s other services included in CloudFlare’s free plan. This is NOT a free trial for 90 days, which is like the industry standard of SSL providers. SSL is traditionally only used by eCommerce, social networks and email providers. And even...

After #BentGate, It’s Now #HairGate aka #BeardGate

Social media hasn’t been a good friend to Apple after the release of new iPhones; iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+. And now, a new problem is being trending on Twitter about how the new iPhones can possibly cause even balding. However we think that’s a big stretch. The problem is some users get their hair or beard struck in the seam between the glass screen and the aluminum back. When the call ends the hair gets ripped from the head. This only applies if the user has long hair or a beard. The #hairgate is trending on Twitter and there...

Project Ara

Google’s Grand Plan with Project Ara Modular Smartphone

Google made a lot of buzz in the tech-world in the beginning of 2014 by announcing its plan to launch a modular smartphone platform with interchangeable units. It almost feels like a science fiction project and rightfully so. After-all, the project is headed by former DARPA director, Regina E. Dugan. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is an agency of the United States Department of Defense responsible for the development of new technologies for use by the military. But what is really behind Google’s initiative? Is it just another way to monetize already booming smartphone market? Or, is it...

Ebook Reader

3 Best E-book Readers for Java Mobiles

If you own a Java supported feature phone like Nokia’s Asha Series phone, and you want read e-books on your device, here are a few useful apps. Although feature phones don’t have app support nowhere near Android or iOS, it sure has a well matured app eco-system from pre-iPhone era. Most of these projects are no longer maintained properly but you can still use these applications to achieve a comfortable reading experience. All for these are free to use and will work on Symbian smartphones like Nokia 5800/5233. 1. Albite Reader This is the best Ebook reader available for Java...

You cannot experience 3D-movies like Avatar on Amazon Fire Phone. Here is why.

There is a lot of buzz about Amazon’s new 3D smartphone. The best thing is, it is possible to look the screen from any angle and see the amazing 3D effects on this phone. But, at least for now, the 3D effects are limited to UI and some simple games Amazon introduced at its launch. The 3D effects of existing 3D-films cannot be experienced when watched on Amazon Fire. The reason is how 3D is implemented in the Fire phone. This phone equips four ultra low-powered IR sensors to constantly track the position of eyes and mouth of the user....

Why can’t I find my blog on Technorati?

If you have visited Technorati recently, you might have noticed it looks more like a tech blog, like The Verge or TechRadar, instead of looking like a Blog directory. From May 29, millions of users of Technorati couldn’t find their blogs on Technorati, world’s biggest tech blog directory. However, it is likely that this is a temporary thing and information about the blogs may come back once they relaunch Technorati as an advertising platform as they explain in this blog post. But the blog post does not say anything specifically what will happen to all those user data. Technorati was...