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Top USSD Apps to check balance on your phone

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For mobile subscribers in India there are plenty of mobile operators to choose from. Prepaid mobile users often face this challenge to remember the codes to check balance on phone. In our earlier posts, we had exclusively covered How to Check Balance? listing  various popular mobile operators like Airtel, Vodafone, Idea, BSNL, Reliance etc and their balance checking codes.  Today we are listing out some of the top apps which eases the process of checking balance, these apps have tried to aggregate all the available USSD codes for different mobile operators at one place. Not only to check balance but also for handy things like activating a service, checking internet balance and other value added services.

USSD Codes India

USSD Codes India
USSD Codes India

This application includes all the available USSD codes for Airtel, Vodafone, BSNL, Idea, Docomo, Reliance, Aircel, Uninor, MTS, Videocon, MTNL,Loop Mobile and Virgin Mobile. The application had a good design with a good listing of codes to check balance. You can download the app from Google Playstore here

Balance Check- Prepaid India

Balance Check- Prepaid (India)
Balance Check- Prepaid (India)

Another good USSD Application which covers following operators Airtel, BSNL, Vodafone, Tata Docomo, Tata Indicom, Aircel, Idea, Reliance GSM, Reliance CDMA, Uninor, MTNL, Virgin, Videocon, S Tel, LOOP and MTS.  Features include balance, data, SMS and validity check. You download this app here 

Balance Check – USSD Codes

Balance Check - USSD Codes
Balance Check – USSD Codes

A good application which helps you in checking the main balance, 2G internet balance and 3G internet balance. You can download this app here

Let us know if you know more such apps by commenting below. We would list it out here!

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ZEN- Firefox U105 smartphone stock-out on HomeShop18

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Homeshop18’s exclusive launch of the ZEN- Firefox U105, an innovative smartphone at only Rs. 1,999 went stock-out on the launch show. ZEN- Firefox U105 received a staggering 15,000 orders, and received 20,000 calls,creating a record in itself on the first day of sales.

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The Firefox operating system offered, is the latest mobile platform that is built on Open-source language, HTML-5 to provide a smooth user experience.

The ZEN- Firefox OS 105 Fire  is the only smartphone of its genre that enables expandable memory up to 16 GB,  comes pre-loaded with popular Apps ConnectA2 which is compatible with Whatsapp, YouTube and Facebook and provides a HotSpot facility. The phone has a 3.5-inch HVGA display, is Dual SIM with Dual Standby and has a 1 GHz Processor. It also has Dual Camera Rear – 2 MP / Front – VGA with GPRS, Bluetooth & Wi-Fi connectivity and is powered with 1200 mAh Battery.

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BuzzFeed gets into WeChat app

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Today in one of the blog posts, Buzzfeed announced that they are now officially available on WeChat messenger app. As we know, BuzzFeed is a breaking news service and WeChat is a cross platform chat client. We have to wait and watch  how this mixed combo where a news service being available on a chat client attracts the end users. The 400 million audience at WeChat  can now follow the BuzzFeed account under official accounts section.

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Let us know what’s your take on WeChat attracting services like BuzzFeed

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Yahoo launches New Flickr App for iPad

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Yahoo today announced that users all over the world can browse over 10 billion Flickr photos on the new iPad app. The new Flickr App for iPad makes it easy and enjoyable to access, organize, and share your snapshots from any device.

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The app will deliver a better experience with iOS 8 so that you can best capture, improve, and explore your images. Catch your favorite moments with our powerful camera, then bring them to life on your screen with high resolution images – we’re talking up to three million pixels per photo!

If you already have Flickr on your iOS device, just update it today. If not, download the app on the app store.

The app is available around the world in English, Italian, French, German, Spanish Portuguese, Indonesian, Korean, Chinese, and Vietnamese.

Note:  Users will need to update their device to iOS 8 to enjoy this experience.

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Malicious YouTube ads lead to exploits, ransomware

In the last few months, Trend Micro researchers have been following a malvertising campaign that ended up affecting almost exclusively US users at the beat of more than 113,000 per month.

In the latest stage of the campaign, the criminals behind this campaign have concentrated their efforts on Youtube visitors, and have succeeded in making the ads appear on extremely popular videos.

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“The ads we’ve observed do not directly lead to malicious sites from YouTube. Instead, the traffic passes through two advertising sites, suggesting that the cybercriminals behind this campaign bought their traffic from legitimate ad providers,” the researchers noted.

“In order to make their activity look legitimate, the attackers used the modified DNS information of a Polish government site. The attackers did not compromise the actual site; instead they were able to change the DNS information by adding subdomains that lead to their own servers. (How they were able to do this is unclear.)”

The victims were ultimately redirected to a US-based server hosting the Sweet Orange exploit kit, which attempted to exploit a specific vulnerability in the visitors’ Internet Explorer browser.

The vulnerability in question has been patched last year, so users who keep their IE updated were not harmed. But those who didn’t were saddled with a variant of the relatively new and unsophisticated Kovter malware – ransomware that uses information taken from the users’ browser history to persuade them to pay up.

Google has been notified of the campaign, and has likely by now put a stop to it.

“But if there is one thing users should learn from this particular example, is that keeping their software updated is a great way to minimize the risk of their computers being compromised by generic malware,” said Dhanya Thakkar, Managing Director, India & SEA, Trend Micro.

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2 Easy steps to combat POODLE attack (SSL 3.0 website bug)

Poodle Attack

There is a new vulnerability discovered called POODLE. Websites using SSL certificates which makes use of SSL V3 protocol are affected. For the end user it means websites where one sees the green color lock symbol in the address bar ( secured websites where data is encrypted and sent over secured layer, generally bank transactions) which uses SSL v3 are at risk. A team in Google has discovered this bug, where an hacker could read the data which is sent in plain text under SSL V3.

How to fix or protect yourself from POODLE attack?

Server side

You can check if a given website is affected by checking if it uses SSL V3 protocol by using this tool by Qualsys SSL labs. If yes, It has to be made retired by allowing only TLS 1.0 and above.

Client side

You can adjust your settings in browsers by directing it to use only TLS v1.0 and above protocols. That could automatically disable you from exposing to SSL V3.0 where it is vulnerable to POODLE attack. You can follow these steps and adjust following settings on your preferred browsers.

Google Chrome
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Mozilla Firefox
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Internet Explorer
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Update 1 : Twitter has retired SSL v3 protocol server side.

Update 2: Firefox 34 has removed support for SSL3 to combat poodle attack.

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Xolo Hive 8X-1000 Hands on + Unboxing

The all new Xolo 8x-1000
The all new Xolo 8x-1000

A Quick word…

Hello readers, We got a chance to test out the all new Xolo device. The New Xolo 8x-1000 runs on latest android KitKat.The body of the device is attractive. The Glassy finish at the back side of the body catches everyone’s eye. I should give credits to the way XOLO has been packaged. The thin box splashing the XOLO logo, accessories coming in a stick like box.

We have captured the unboxing of this beautiful device in this video. Do watch!

We are writing a dedicated post on the Xolo’s hive UI in our next article. Stay tuned!

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Philips Xenium W6110 – The Phone with Everlasting battery

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Philips is making some news by launching back to back smartphones. After Philips W3500 we got a chance to review another device from Philips named Xenium W6110.

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Highlights for Philips Xenium W6610

  • Massive 5300 mAh battery with a dedicated Power-saving switch.
  • 5” inch smartphone with IPS Display.
  • 8 MP Camera with Auto-focus.
  • 1.3Ghz Quadcore processor.

 

First impression

The very first thing which I noticed as soon as I held the phone on my hand is the weight.  The device weighs 200 grams, Initially I felt it was bit heavy, gradually i got used to it.  There is a power saving application which is built-in to the phone, It helps  extend the phone’s battery life by turning off the battery-intensive processes like Wi-fi and Bluetooth, also by dimming the screen. A dedicated switch is present at the right side of phone called as “Power-saving switch”, with a toggle you can save the phone’s battery consumption. Of course if you run out of battery you can also have a portable solar generator with lithium battery so you can charge the phone or any other electric device.

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Camera

The 8 mega-pixel camera with auto-focus takes beautiful pictures. The phone is also equipped with a 2 mega-pixel front-facing camera.

Processor, Display, RAM and OS

This device is powered by 1.3 Ghz quad core processor with a 5 inch display (Screen resolution 540×960 pixels)

Equipped with 1 GB RAM this device runs on android 4.2.2 OS.

Overall

This heavy weight android smartphone is good for travellers who wish to have a ever lasting battery life through out their trip.One would wish they have a flexibility to upgrade to latest android versions like Kitkat or L.

Pricing and availability

The Phone is priced at 20,262  Rs. However, Online stores like flipkart and amazon are selling it for 16,499 Rs.

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Brother DCP –J105 : The Multi-function Inkjet Printer

This exciting new range boasts low ink cost, and is aimed at high print-volume users who appreciate low running cost.

The new inkjet Multi-Function Centre range allows users to benefit from cost savings with its very affordable 2,400^ page-yield cartridges which cost MRP Rs.530 only. These super high yield InkBenefit cartridges also enable users to make less frequent ink purchases and enjoy greater convenience. Moreover, with individual ink cartridge system, users may replace individual colour only when required to avoid unnecessary wastage. Brother’s accessible, front-loaded ink cartridges also make replacement of cartridges a breeze so that users enjoy added convenience.

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With Brother’s original Lamination Technology, the new models are optimized for undisrupted high-volume and fast-speed printing. Lamination Technology allows the use of stainless steel elements for lamination of the print head. This protects the print head from corrosion, giving it a longer life span. With Piezo Technology that delivers a safer and lower temperature operation, the print head wears out less easily. This minimizes repair and replacement costs, and translates into valuable savings for users.

Last but not least, DCP-J105 would boost work productivity. For instance, DCP-J105 InkBenefit help simplify the way users work with Wireless LAN** and Mobile Printing** capabilities.

RANGE OVERVIEW

Introducing the model in Brother’s latest Inkjet Multi-Function range.

DCP-J105 InkBenefit

MRP: Rs.10990

Availability: July/2014

Print, Scan, Copy

Up to 11/6 ppm+

1 Line LCD

Up to 100 Sheet Tray

Wireless LAN

Mobile Print

All prices are inclusive of the prevailing taxes and include a 1-year onsite warranty. These machines can be purchased through Brother International India Pvt. Ltd. authorized Dealers.

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Lava launches Fashionable Lava Iris 460 with Handcrafted Leather Back Cover

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LAVA International Limited, a fast growing company in the mobile handset industry, today unveiled Iris 460 which is a fashionable mid-range Smartphone with a leather back cover aptly suited for consumers who would like to make a distinct style statement. The Iris 460 is fully loaded with a host of excellent features and the latest technology to take on the best in the range.

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The classy looking Iris 460 comes with a beautiful handcrafted black leather back case with Gun Metal Middle Housing that makes it not only a phone but a beautiful accessory as well. Furthermore, it is equipped with fast 1.3 GHz Dual Core processor providing consumers a smooth experience overall along with fast downloads. The OGS multi-point touch technology makes browsing and typing very user friendly.

With a stunning 11.43 cm (4.5”) Full Lamination FWVGA IPS Display with 217 PPI & 16.7 million colours, the Iris 460  brings pictures and videos to life from multiple angles of viewing. The Device is pre-loaded with 11 Indian Languages namely English, Hindi, Tamil, Telegu, Kannada, Punjabi, Gujarati, Marathi, Bangla, Malayalam, and Oriya. The Device also boasts of supporting W-CDMA at 900 MHz, thus allowing 3G Data Services to Idea Customers in Delhi Circle, Airtel and Vodafone Customers in Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai. Further the device runs 3G Services on both the SIM Card. The package includes a Flip Cover for a complete offering

 

Running on Android Kitkat 4.4, the phone app automatically prioritizes your contacts based on the people you talk to the most. It also allows users to search for nearby places, businesses and contacts. Additionally, while listening to music on the device users can see a beautiful full-screen album and movie art when the device is locked. It also allows playing, pausing, or seeking to a specific moment of the track and plays music right from the lock-screen, it is perfect for those who like to sign they can plug in the Best Studio Microphones and start signing.
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The stylish Iris 460 comes with an excellent 5 Mega Pixel Auto Focus back camera with LED flash and VGA front camera with additional features including High-Performance 720p HDR Mode enabling a superior picture capturing experience. The camera experience is further enhanced with HD video recording capability. It comes with 8GB internal storage (expandable up to 32GB) & 1GB RAM for smooth multitasking. The smartphone supports Dual Sim, Dual standby mode and comes with an 1650 mAh battery to provide ample battery backup.

 

Priced at Rs 6,699, Iris 460 will be available in colours of black and grey .The handset will be available for sale across all national retail stores, multi-brand outlets across India and on all the major online portals.

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Opera Mini for Windows Phone is now available in Beta.

There is always a short coming for browsers in windows phone ecosystem. Till now the only popular browsers for windows phone which I noticed were Internet Explorer 11 ( comes built in with the phone) and UC Browser( This browser is popular in windows phone).

 

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Opera Mini is a well known browser and very popular on feature phones and android devices.  Opera also has their own high end browser called Coast, designed for iPad. So what is making news?  Opera mini is available as beta for windows phone now. You can register yourself at http://opera.com/wpbeta to try out this beta version.

 

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