Audi launches new 2.0L Q5 TDI in India @ Rs 39.05 lakhs

Audi’s new Q5 2.0L TDI has been launched in India at Rs 39,05,000 (Ex-Showroom, Maharashtra). Audi will start 2011 Q5 2.0 TDI delivery to Indian buyers from April, 2011. The new Audi SUV features a 2.0 TDI engine which provides better efficiency and performance.
2.0 TDI engine generates 170 bhp and 350 Nm torque which is mated with a 7 speed automatic S tronic transmission to provide a wonderful driving experience. Michael Perschke, Head – Audi Indi, stated, “We are confident that the addition of the powerful 2.0 TDI q engine to the Audi Q5 range in India will strengthen and sustain our leadership position in the luxury SUV segment. The all new Audi Q5 2.0 TDI q, resonates higher efficiency and dynamic performance with its new engine and refreshed array of characteristics, that reflect our core brand essence of „Vorsprung durch Technik.”
Mr Perschke expects the new SUV from Audi to perform better in terms of sales and provide full customer satisfaction. Audi Q5 SUV is also available in two other variants- one with a 2.0l TFSI petrol engine and the other being a diesel one with a 3.0l TDI engine.  The German automaker, Audi has done extremely well in India last year and looks forward to repeat the same feat this year.


FIR against Facebook for abusing religion

LUCKNOW: A social activist has registered an FIR against Facebook, the US based social networking website and its members for abusing Hindu religion and gods. The FIR accused a Facebook profile of “instigating communal passions” and feared that it could lead to riots in India.
The complaint was lodged by a social activist Nutan Thakur in the civil lines police station of Meerut, under section 66 A of the Information Technology Act 2000.
“Though in my complaint I have named several persons whose comments and names figure in Facebook, lot of them appear to be fake IDs,” Nutan told TOI. But, she added, there is a `virtual riot’ on the profile of Facebook members of two communities where people post the choicest of abuses against the two religions — Hinduism and Islam.
The title of this Facebook profile itself is highly inflammatory. In place of the photograph of the person who has created the account, a picture of Hindu gods have been placed with the title three idiots. The remarks from Hindus and Muslims are unprintable. The person who has created the profile has warned of creating such profiles if profiles insulting and abusing Islam were not removed from Facebook. In response to this, people have posted anti-Islam remarks on the profile along with links of websites with equally bad abuses against Islam.
The act, says Thakur, amounts to promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of communities and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony, assertions prejudicial to national-integration , public nuisance (290 IPC), intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace, criminal intimidation and using information technology for these purposes.
Facebook Inc., she added, has been charged with providing the platform for dissemination of all the information and overlooking requests of several saner people to block the profile.
Last month, Thakur along with her IPS husband, Amitabh Thakur, had lodged complaint in Gomtinagar police station of Lucknow against a Faceboook group calling itself “we hate Gandhi”. Subsequently, Facebook blocked the profile.

Firefox 4 to rescue Mozilla from decline?

Mozilla launched its Firefox 4 on March 22, and since then it has more than doubled its shares, sources informed. It has been close to a week and such a success graph has brought good news for Mozilla, sources added.

Mozilla reached upto 3.7% from 1.4% since March 22. On the first day of Firefox 4’s launch it was downloaded 7.1 million times and unofficially saw 8.75 million downloads on the second day, sources reported.

Firefox was losing share in the browser market but with version 4 it has progressed almost two and a half times.

In comparison Internet Explorer’s newest version reportedly is off to a slow start as it only increased six tenths of a percentage point of usage share. But still IE9 too has done better with double the share in two weeks after its launch.

Though both the new versions of the browsers are doing well, experts are not sure if these numbers have taken a toll on their older versions usage shares.

According to sources, Both Mozilla and Microsoft are losing to Google and Apple, and any good numbers comes as a ray of hope for them

Russian man jailed for 6-yrs for airing porn on electronic billboard

A man in Russia has been jailed for six years after he hacked into the server of an advertising agency and made its electronic billboard show porn to motorists.
Igor Blinnikov, 41, brought Moscow traffic to a standstill after he screened the hardcore porn movie onto the advertising firm’s 20ft x 30ft billboard next to the Interior Ministry building on the Garden Ring.
Blinnikov had thought it would be fun, but the authorities were not as amused by the stunt in January 2010.
The shipyard fitter appeared in court in his home city of Novorossiysk in May on charges of selling 13 grams of marijuana, and was sentenced to five years hard labour.
And prosecutors asked for a six-year prison sentence, which the court handed down in full, for the hacking.
Confessing to the offence, Blinnikov described it as a “bad joke”.
Before his hearing, he told journalists he had hacked into the billboard using a computer at his home “just for something to do”.
“I expected a bit less,” the Daily Mail quoted him as saying about the new sentence. (ANI)

5 things to know about IE9

Software giant Microsoft has launched the latest version of its browser, Internet Explorer 9 (IE9), in India. Unveiled at TechEd India 2011, Microsoft claims that Internet Explorer 9 uses full capabilities of Windows and enables a Web that is faster, cleaner and more trusted by default.

The IE9 launch comes at a time when the race to capture browser markets share is heating up. The browser market is becoming increasingly competitive with an increasing number of devices going online every day. According to one report, when all versions of browsers are taken together, Internet Explorer leads the pack with 45% market share.

Available for download in 30 languages, the latest version of Microsoft Web browser reportedly tallied 2.3 million downloads on its first day of release.

Here’s looking into all that’s new in Microsoft’s latest browser.


Internet Explorer 9 claims to be much faster than its predecessor.

According to Microsoft, IE9’s new graphic capabilities boost the browsers’ performance. This means high-definition videos can now run smooth, graphics would be clearer and responsive and colours will be more clear, claims Microsoft.

Hardware-accelerated text, video, and graphics speed up performance and make websites perform like programmes that are installed on the computer.
The latest version of the Internet Explorer has all several design changes. The back button has gone larger, the address bar and search box are combined into one address bar, and the multiple menus from previous versions of Internet Explorer are consolidated into a single menu.
The Pinned Sites feature in IE allows users to get their favourite sites directly from the Windows taskbar without having to open the browser first.

To pin a site a user just needs to click the icon on the left of the Web address in One Box, or the tab for the website, or the website’s icon on the New Tab page, and then drag it to the taskbar.

Once a site is pinned, it shows up as its own thumbnail, separate from Internet Explorer.

The latest version of Microsoft IE comes with One Box which has the functionality of combined search and Address bar.

One Box allows users to either navigate to a website or start a search from one place. With this, users can start typing a Web address and AutoComplete helps them get to the websites quickly.

And with the integrated search functionality, users don’t have to remember the full web address.

App turns Google Nexus phone into payment tool

Owners of Google’s Nexus S smartphones can soon use the device to process mobile payments via near-field communications tech, via software from a company called Charge Anywhere.
Charge Anywhere’s existing mobile payments application has already allowed owners of iPhone, BlackBerry, and Android devices to process credit card payments with their phones and a dedicated reader to swipe the cards.
But the latest version to the software, announced at yesterday’s CTIA trade show, turns the Nexus S phone into a full mobile payment terminal. This means that owners can process MasterCard PayPass and Visa Blink payments remotely using the phone’s built-in NFC technology.
Though the software update is ready, it hasn’t been officially deployed yet. Dmitriy Lerman, Charge Anywhere’s director of marketing, told CNET that his company currently can make the software available to large customers and will soon release it for all customers.
The cost of Charge Anywhere’s overall service to customers is $9.99 a month, which includes the back-end payment processing, tech support, and a Web-based management system.
Near-field communications allows devices, such as mobile phones, to swap information when they’re near each other. The technology is being touted as a wallet-free way for consumers to pay for items by using their smartphones to send payments directly from their bank accounts to a store terminal.
“The Charge Anywhere payment platform has always stayed ahead of the payment technology curve and by adding NFC payments ensures that our partnering financial institutions, mobile network operators, and distributors always have the most competitive advantage in delivering secure payment technology,” Charge Anywhere CEO Paul Sabella said in a statement.
The Nexus S is currently being offered by T-Mobile. But a new 4G version of the phone will be heading to Sprint this spring. Samsung’s new Galaxy S II smartphone also includes an option for NFC. Charge Anywhere said it will expand its updated software to other phones beyond the Nexus S as they gain the necessary NFC technology.
Rumors have been swirling recently over whether the iPhone 5 will include NFC. But some experts believe Apple faces hurdles before it can do so. Those hurdles rest not so much with the technology itself but more with the overall infrastructure and how Apple would partner with retailers and other players.
Research In Motion has also been eyeing NFC but has been running into conflicts with mobile carriers over who will control the mobile payment information, according to a recent Wall Street Journal story.
Several mobile carriers and manufacturers have been jumping onto the NFC bandwagon with plans for their own mobile payment networks.
AT&T Mobility, Verizon Wireless, and T-Mobile USA have started a mobile payment network called Isis with an eye toward officially launching it by early next year. T-Mobile has been working with companies in the U.K. to unveil an NFC system there this summer. T-Mobile parent company Deutsche Telekom is ramping up a system destined for Europe and eventually the U.S. this year.
LG is developing a mobile payments system for Europe, slated to launch next year. And recent reports say that Google plans to test an NFC system in New York and San Francisco within the next few months.

Microsoft partners with 29 websites in India to promote Internet Explorer 9

BANGALORE: Vying for a larger share of the browser market, Microsoft India has partnered with 29 of the most popular websites in India.

The company, which recently launched its latest browser Internet Explorer 9, has partnered with websites like the group buying website SnapDeal, e-commerce site Flipkart, online booking site BookMyShow , Photovault , ESPNCricinfo , Kotak Bank , PhotoVault, Naukri , Rediff SongBuzz, Reliance Global Call, Sameer Belvalkar’s, Sify, and Zapak Games.

Globally, Microsoft has partnered with over 250 top websites and global brands that have created new experiences to show off the capabilities of Internet Explorer 9. Microsoft India unveiled the new browser at TechEd India 2011, an annual IT conference organised by Microsoft India.

The launch of Internet Explorer 9 came at a time when the race to capture browser markets share is heating up. The browser market is becoming increasingly competitive with an increasing number of devices going online every day. According to one report, when all versions of browsers are taken together, Internet Explorer leads the pack with 45% market share.