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HCL Launches Me Y2 Android ICS Tablet at ₹14,999

Posted: 15 Aug 2012 09:55 AM PDT

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ME Y2 is the latest tablet that HCL Infosystems has launched in India. Priced at ₹14,999, the tablet does not feature anything special, but is 3G enabled and has a SIM card slot.

The tablet is powered by a Cortex A9 processor having a clock speed of 1 GHz and 1 GB RAM. The capacitive touchscreen display is multi-touch enabled, having a rather sedate screen resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. Internal memory stands at 8 GB but is expandable to 32 GB via memory card slot. For OS, the tablet runs Android 4.0.3 ICS. The tablet also boasts of a twin camera setup with a 0.3 and 2 megapixel camera integrated at the front and rear of the device.

For connecting additional accessories, the tablet also offers a mini USB port and a mini HDMI slot. It is Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled and is powered by a 4000 mAH battery pack.

Applications that come pre-loaded on the HCL ME Y2 are LinkedIn, Twitter, 3D Digital Weather Clock, Games, Sweet ‘N’ Spicy , iBrowser , ICS Browser, Bollywood Hungama, and Saavn, along with the ThinkFree Office Mobile application. You can also download the Good e-Reader app store that boasts of a whole host of convenient apps.

You gets unlimited access to music, videos, and ringtones via the Hungama application, a three month subscription that comes included in the tablet. Users will also have access to BigFlix where you can stream media at the cost of just ₹1 per month.

“The HCL ME Y2 is yet another value product from our company. This third generation tablet delivers enhanced experiences to our customers through advanced connectivity and innovative features. With the growth in tablet market and increasing adoption, on-the-go connectivity has become vital and the ME Y2 promises seamless connectivity with great user interface. The Y2 is yet another innovation from HCL and we expect it to meet the growing demand of our diverse customers to meet their specific use cases on the tablet,” said Gautam Advani, EVP & Head, Mobility, HCL Infosystems Ltd.

HCL is going to provide 24×7 services for the tablet via their HCL Touch services.


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DRM, Compatibility, and Myth

Posted: 15 Aug 2012 08:20 AM PDT

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/> To the average reader who owns a brand-specific device and only shops for books through the device's parent company, concerns about things like cross-platform compatibility and DRM status might not really be on the radar. And for a large portion of the reading population, that may be the case; browse for a book on your favorite retailer's site, click the Buy button, and wait for your book to appear on your small screen.

But for many other readers, a growing number, if the traffic on this issue is an indicator, the discoverability of new books by indie authors and the court-protected right to share a good ebook with a friend without worrying about different devices are a growing concern. Factor in the ever-increasing numbers of authors—both indie and traditional—who simply believe that books are meant to be read by as wide an audience as possible, and concerns over the artificial limitations of ebooks seem very, very real.

Cory Doctorow made this point both quite effectively yesterday in a blog post on Publisher's Weekly's website. The full text of his post can be found HERE. Doctorow, a champion for removing the restrictions that limit the potential of books, makes a very clear case for the belief that DRM, or the "locking" of a book to one platform and the limitations that are supposed to protect the author and publisher from piracy and illegal file sharing, actually leads to piracy and loss of books sales for the author. He even points to well-known authors and books like JK Rowling's Harry Potter series that have thrived due to their DRM-free status.

While piracy and protection are only one half of the equation in the debate over these restrictions, compatibility is the other half; with the sheer volume of choices in the digital reading market, it's also a concern that authors, publishers, and self-publishers need to address. In marginally related news, digital publishing solutions mainstay Aptara will be hosting a webinar today on "eBook and App Device Compatibility: Separating Fact From Fiction." The event will feature moderator Scott Abel and speakers Jean Kaplansky, a Solutions Architect with Aptara, and Joshua Tallent, CEO and founder of eBook Architects. The free event begins today 1:30pm Eastern time, 10:30am Pacific and registration can be found HERE. />google_ad_client=”pub-5776314496161013″;google_ad_slot=”5610832462″;google_ad_width=468;google_ad_height=60;

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Maternity Clothes With A Difference

Posted: 15 Aug 2012 06:45 AM PDT

We are not speaking about the fashion angle here, but the possibility of wearing the same set of clothes pre, during and post pregnancy! Sounds magical but designer Rita seems to be onto something big, Dior – I hope you are listening, apparently she chose two different materials, one in ivory color, which had resistance fibers when washed in high temperature. And the other was a black material, which had shrinking fibers when washed in high temperature. Combining the two in the belly area in a knitted fashion, resulted in this amazing top!

As she explains, "In order to retain the product easily stretching and elastic, it is recommended to wash it at lower temperature, 30C, gentle mode, during the entire time of pregnancy. After giving birth, when shrinking of the product is needed in the belly's area, it is recommended to wash it just once at temperature above 50C, gentle mode. Belly area of the garment will shrink, but breast area- will stay the same. After that, wash it at 30C temperature."

Using two different fibers of the same color, although invisible in the product, performs an important function. I think the idea is great and being through two pregnancies, I know how much it pinches financially to let go of good maternity dresses.

Designer: Rita Kazokaite Kaupeliene

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Spectrum – Time in 8 Colors

Posted: 15 Aug 2012 05:10 AM PDT

Design submitted by Sam from Germany.

Sam says: SPECTRUM is a stylish fun watch with a scientific background. It started as binary idea. 1 is an activated LED and 0 is a deactivated LED. Or you can say, one is white and 0 is black. I had the basic shades for the basic numbers and thought it would be cool to give all the other numbers parts of the color spectrum. The cool thing is, the spectrum can be divided into 8 distinguishable colors! I'm using four long bars to tell the time. This is inspired by emission spectra of elements that get passed by light (Thank you, my astronomy teacher).

So basically, each number is a color. Sounds simple, but how do you learn which color belongs to which number? Make a story.

Red is love between 2 people.

Orange three sounds like orange tree.

Yellow is my plastic fork that has 4 teeth.

Green five leafed clover. So rare, you can't forget.

Cyan Six sounds so sophisticated.

Blue… The seven dwarfs are blue cause Snow White has a prince now.

Purple will be the start screen of my Windows 8.

Magenta, or pink if you prefer for 9 cause I went ninepin bowling and someone painted the pins pink. 9 pink pins. Pink ninepins.

It doesn't matter how complicated the story is… Actually the more absurd, the better. Once you visualized it, it's stuck in the head. If you can't remember a story, you might remember the one of the neighbouring color so if you just knew 5 stories, you can still do it. After a while the numbers just pop up when you see a color and time reading occurs quicker.

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Hachette Draws Author’s Ire on DRM Mentality

Posted: 15 Aug 2012 03:36 AM PDT

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Hachette UK drew a few double-takes and even more responses this week as the publisher stated that its current model of selling eBooks with DRM (Digital Rights Management) and fair prices was "working very well."  Specifically, the statement drew a "chastising response" from author, Cory Doctorow on Publishers Weekly's Columns and Blogs post.

To be fair, the statement from Hachette UK was made in a letter sent to an author whose published books (some through Hachette's imprints and some with Tor Books) were recently acquired.  The statement warned that Tor's no-DRM policy "will make it difficult for the rights granted to us to be properly protected."  Hachette also suggested that the author insist that Tor use DRM on the titles in question.

Doctorow, a firm advocate of DRM-free eBooks, read the letter released by Little, Brown U.K. CEO Ursula Mackenzie and had no problem responding. "Let's just say that Hachette has balls the size of Mars if it thinks it can dictate what other publishers do with titles in territories where it has no rights."

In addition to Doctorow's striking metaphor, his response also attacked the logic of DRM as effective protection for the publisher and author. His key points are; DRM, or not, pirated eBooks are still easily found and that DRM does nothing to stop pirates from scanning or retyping books. He also mentioned that Cracks are widely available on the internet to remove DRM. His final key point was that honest people BUY eBooks, but may experience problems accessing the purchased book on multiple devices.

And here's the big kicker… "DRM is not a selling point. There's no one who's ever bought a book because it had DRM. People buy DRM e-books because they have no choice, or because they don't care about it, or because they don't know it's there. But DRM never leads to a sale."

This all leads right back to Doctorow's outrage at Hachette's play to push authors into accepting DRM, and he closed with a very relevant caution about platform switching and potential issues with DRM. “The phone is fast becoming an e-reader of choice, and readers usually cycle out phones with their cellular contracts every 12–18 months. This is going to be a hell of a ride." />google_ad_client=”pub-5776314496161013″;google_ad_slot=”5610832462″;google_ad_width=468;google_ad_height=60;

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T-Mobile SpringBoard Is Updating to ICS Starting Today!

Posted: 15 Aug 2012 02:01 AM PDT

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T-Mobile is rolling out the Android ICS update for the SpringBoard tablet that it launched last year. The process starts today, Aug 15th, and an official notification should be out soon. If not, users can check the update section on their tablet devices themselves.

As for the tablet itself, the Springboard is a re-branded version of the Huawei MediaPad and is a pretty decent device in its own right. With a 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor and a 1 GB RAM, the tablet can’t be considered a laggard, though the fact that there are better devices such as the Nexus 7 available at cheaper prices does damage its appeal. The tablet is 4G capable, boasts of a 1280 x 800 pixel display, and 16 GB of internal storage. It initially comes pre-loaded with Android 3.2 Honeycomb and the ICS update should polish things up for Springboard owners. The Springboard can be found at T-Mobile for 9 on contract.


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Darksiders II Review

Posted: 15 Aug 2012 12:26 AM PDT

Darksiders II merges action, exploration, and loot-driven progression into an excellent and sizable adventure.

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Score: 8.5 / great

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Samsung EX2F Digital Camera Available For Pre-Order

Posted: 15 Aug 2012 12:05 AM PDT


Samsung’s latest digital camera ‘EX2F’ is now available for pre-order in the US via B&H Photo. This compact camera can be yours for 9 and will begin shipping from August 15th. To refresh your memory, the EX2F sports a 12.4MP 1/1.7″ BSI CMOS sensor, a 3.3x optical zoom lens, a 3.0-inch tilt/swivel rear AMOLED display, an SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot, an HDMI port, WiFi and 1080p Full HD video recording capabilities. [Product Page]

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Twittering shark laser intrusion detection system, in honor of Shark Week

Posted: 14 Aug 2012 11:20 PM PDT

Thanks again @bbenchoff for the post about the DIY perpetually-powered wireless outpost on @hackaday! A lot of good discussion on natural/perpetual power sources :)

I got an email from Dan earlier this week about making a fish tracking aquarium. Being that we're right in the middle of Shark Week, I respectfully obliged…


This may or may not have implications for real-life shark tracking, but I'll take an excuse to have my shark tweet me when he (or she, I'm no marine biologist) breaches the perimeter over to the sunny side of the tank.

Of course, I'm doing this with my toy shark-on-a-stick and only a laser level and a light sensor, but it's possible to make this much more accurate and granular just by adding more strategically placed sensors/light sources into the mix.

Disclaimer: This project was designed purely with fun and proof-of-concept in mind, and in no way is designed to replace the 0 million airport intrusion detection system at JFK. The jet ski was too big and too fast for my 10 gallon fishtank…

I couldn't find a picture of Tom Cruise doing this 
because the lasers in Mission Impossible weren't visible…


Most laser security systems rely on infrared sensors that detect changes in heat, based on a beam of light hitting the sensor. If that beam is interrupted, it's interpreted as a change in the thermal profile on the sensor, and an alarm goes off. Usually the beams are invisible too, so that picture above is mildly inaccurate. Here's the basic idea of how the project went:



I took a little field trip to Petco and Toys R Us to get a fish tank simulation setup. For the laser pointer, a laser light level I had in the shop worked really nicely, but any standard laser pointer will do.

Tank Setup

Building the light sensor/laser setup

I ended up using a real, visible laser for two reasons: first, it's easy to line up against my light sensor, and second, because I'm shooting the beam through water and 2 glass panels (on either side of my tank), which might otherwise diffuse the beam's heat profile. Dry museums have it so easy…

Tank Setup Closeup

On the other side of the tank, I have an Arduino with a light sensor elegantly taped to the glass.

Light Sensor Closeup

I cut a hole in the wallpaper – on the left side, the laser is hitting the sensor directly. On the right, I moved the laser away, so you can see it the light sensor more clearly.

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Chris and I just have some basic code running on the Arduino to get analog readings out from the AMBI light sensor. (The dead simple up-and-running post from way back when, as well as the wiki here). I uploaded the code to the Arduino, checked the output from serial, it seems like I'm good to go!

Connecting the sensor setup to a web-connected Android/BeagleBoard system

I connected the Arduino + Light Sensor to the BeagleBoard/BeagleTouch/Android stack sitting in my freshly dug up Mystery Box.

Mystery Box Setup

For a recap on how to connect the Arduino and sensor outputs over serial to output to the BeagleBoard over Android, here's a link to the Antipasto wiki post. (This can still be tricky even with the Android Ambrosia SD card, so email me justin@liquidware.com, or comment below if you get stuck.)
Once I was able to get readings from the light sensor/Arduino in Android, I wrote a quick little Android APK to do two things:

1) Flash a Red Alert on BeagleTouch screen
2) Trigger a tweet to be sent

Why Twitter? It's excellent for posting event alerts in an easy to subscribe fashion, and it's also really easy to have these alerts forwarded to SMS, email, and Facebook. And they have a pretty excellent API, which I'll get to in the next section.

If nothing is obstructing the the light sensor, the laser drives a light value of about 700-800.


BeagleTouch Android App Off

As soon as the laser is obstructed by Bruce the shark himself, that light value drops. Once it's below 400, the Android program issues a Red Alert warning that the sensor has been tripped, and sends a tweet.


BeagleTouch Android App On

This serial app, which Chris originally wrote for the Liquidware Amber, simply takes the values being sent from the Arduino/light sensor, then funnels it through the following logic:

A ratchet digital filter that detects when the sensor has been obstructed (and resets)

if ( (sensorVal < NIGHT_TRIP_POINT) && (ratchetCounter > ratchetMin))
if (ratchetCounter == ratchetMin)
    time = NIGHT;
if ((sensorVal > DAY_TRIP_POINT) && (ratchetCounter < ratchetMax))
if (ratchetCounter == ratchetMax)
    time = DAY;

Then here are a few of Bruce's tweet alerts, stored in a String array:

String [] mTweets = {
        “Fish are friends, not food!”,
        “I am a nice shark, not a mindless eating machine.”,
        “Anchor! Chum!”,
        “So, what’s a couple of bites like you doing out so late?”

Finally, bringing these two pieces together…

if ((time == NIGHT) && (prevTime == DAY)) {


    if (mTweetIndex >= mTweets.length)
        mTweetIndex = 0;
    Tweet tweet = new Tweet(mContext,

I posted the full source code to the Android serial reading application on Github, if you're interested. Big thanks to the folks who developed the twitter4j Android library!

Twitter Alerts from Bruce the Shark

Two of the world's most famous sharks have been named Bruce (see hints below):

So I figured @BruceSharkAlert would be a fitting Twitter handle. In order to make Tweets actually happen, the code above needs to be linked to an authenticated Twitter developer account. Logging in as BruceSharkAlert on dev.twitter.com, this is what I've got:

I created this application…


Filled out the forms and got authentication keys…



(which I neatly chopped out :) They're required in my Tweet.java file, which requires an authenticated account to automate tweet posts:

package com.liquidware.


import android.os.AsyncTask;
import android.util.Log;
import twitter4j.Twitter;
import twitter4j.TwitterException;
import twitter4j.TwitterFactory;
import twitter4j.auth.AccessToken;

public class Tweet {
    private static final String TAG = “Tweet”;

    /** Name to store the users access token */
    private static final String PREF_ACCESS_TOKEN =“[***your key here***]“;
    /** Name to store the users access token secret */
    private static final String PREF_ACCESS_TOKEN_SECRET =” [***your key here***] ”;
    /** Consumer Key generated when you registered your app athttps://dev.twitter.com/apps/ */
    private static final String CONSUMER_KEY =” [***your key here***] ”;
    /** Consumer Secret generated when you registered your app athttps://dev.twitter.com/apps/  */
    private static final String CONSUMER_SECRET = ” [***your key here***] ”//XXX Encode in your app
    /** Twitter4j object */
    private final Twitter mTwitter;

    /** Called when the activity is first created. */
    public Tweet(String message) {
            Log.i(TAG“Loading TweetToTwitterActivity”);

            // Load the twitter4j helper
            mTwitter = new TwitterFactory().getInstance();
            Log.i(TAG“Got Twitter4j”);

            // Tell twitter4j that we want to use it with our app
            Log.i(TAG“Inflated Twitter4j”);

            new postMessage().execute(message);

     * Login and tweet
    public class postMessage extends AsyncTask {
        protected Void doInBackground(String… message) {
            return null;

     * The user had previously given our app permission to use Twitter
     * Therefore we retrieve these credentials and fill out the Twitter4j helper
    private void loginAuthorisedUser() {
            String token = PREF_ACCESS_TOKEN;
            String secret = PREF_ACCESS_TOKEN_SECRET;

            // Create the twitter access token from the credentials we got previously
            AccessToken at = new AccessToken(token, secret);


            Log.d(TAG“Welcome back user.”);

     * Send a tweet on your timeline, with a //Toast msg for success or failure
    private void tweetMessage(String message) {
            try {
                    Log.d(TAG“Tweet successful!”);
            } catch (TwitterException e) {

Now Bruce is tweeting one of the above pre-programmed lines (borrowed from Finding Nemo)


Phone Perimeter Breach Alerts

From there, I just followed @BruceSharkAlert, and since I have Twitter via SMS already set up, all I had to do was text 40404 (my Twitter "short code") the command ON BruceSharkAlert. Now Bruce's Tweets show up on my phone every time he breaks the laser line:


Mike gives us a little video walkthrough here:

When my phone goes off, I like to tell people that my shark tweeted me. Anyway, that's my tribute to Shark Week, but if I had more time, laser pointers, and light sensors, I'd probably set up a crazy grid defense system. Till next time…


What else could I use this for? Let me know in the comments, over email at justin@liquidware.com or twitter me @liquidware

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Fancy a Backup e-Reader? Jetbook Lite Available for $56.95

Posted: 14 Aug 2012 10:51 PM PDT

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The Ectaco Jetbook Lite is a very low cost device that makes the perfect backup e-reader. Online website Newegg is currently offering this for a very cheap .00, considering the normal price is 9.99.

The Jetbook Lite features a 5 inch TFT LCD screen with a resolution of 640×480. Although it is not E-Ink, it does use a monochrome based technology allowing it to be read in various lighting conditions. One of the great aspects of the screen is that there is no flicker as pages turn. Entry level e-readers are well known for the delay in page refreshing when you turn  pages or access different menus. The Jetbook Lite‘s screen performs very well.

The Jetbook Lite has 100 MB of internal memory to read books and can be further increased via SD card up to 32 GB. This is a great upgrade compared to the Jetbook Mini, which has a paltry 1.4 MB of internal storage. You can literally store thousands of books on your electronic reader.

Most electronic readers have an internal battery used to power it, but not the Ectaco Jetbook Lite. It runs on 4 AA batteries, which give you around 20 hours of constant usage. The one great thing about using tangible batteries is that it brings the cost down significantly, although in the long term your end cost is increased by having to buy batteries. We recommend buying some rechargeable batteries. Another great benefit is how accessible batteries are worldwide. Many different countries use different voltages for charging devices, where as a AA battery anywhere in the world would be compatible with your e-reader. />google_ad_client=”pub-5776314496161013″;google_ad_slot=”5610832462″;google_ad_width=468;google_ad_height=60;

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