Ubuntu 11.04(Natty Narwhal)-Alpha 1 released

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The Alpha 1 Release of Ubuntu 11.04, often known as “Natty Narwhal,” is intended as a “developer snapshot” of the next major Ubuntu version, which is due in April. 
That version has already generated considerable interest and controversy in recent weeks, most notably because of Canonical’s announced decision to use the 3D-enabled Unity interface in the desktop version of the application as well as the Wayland graphics method.

Canonical on Thursday released the first alpha version of Ubuntu 11.04, offering fans of the open source Linux operating method an early glimpse at the next major version.

four more alpha releases of Ubuntu 11.04 are planned for after this one, followed by a beta version due roughly a month before Natty Narwhal’s scheduled official release on April 28.

Natty Narwhal Alpha 1 can be downloaded from the project’s website, though it’s a  early release and not intended for production systems. Users currently running Ubuntu 10.10 on a desktop method can upgrade by pressing Alt+F2 and typing “update-manager -d” in to the command box.

Unity is indeed the default desktop interface in this new Ubuntu version, but it’s only partially implemented so far. Currently, the Unity Launcher is available for launching applications that are pinned to the launcher and for switching among running applications.

Under the Hood

Ubuntu 11.04 Alpha 1 also includes version 2.6.37-rc3 of the Linux kernel, which is based on the latest mainline release candidate. This represents a major update from version 2.6.35, which is what’s used in Maverick Meerkat, or Ubuntu 10.10. By the time Natty Narwhal releases officially next spring, it is expected to include version 2.6.38, which will offer considerable speed improvements under heavy lots.

Users can pick to run either Ubuntu Desktop, which requires 3D driver support and offers Unity by default, or the Ubuntu Classic Session, which is based on the traditional GNOME desktop and supports all video hardware and video drivers, Canonical says.

The current kernel update includes  a few desktop-related responsiveness improvements along with AppArmor for security and multiple improvements to virtualization performance.

Download Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) Alpha 1
natty-desktop-i386.iso – 717MB Desktop CD for PC (Intel x86)
natty-desktop-amd64.iso – 723MB Desktop CD for 64-bit PC (AMD64)
natty-desktop-amd64+mac.iso – 719M Desktop CD for 64-bit Mac (AMD64)

Android eating away share of other OS – comScore Report- October 2010

When it comes to dealing with stats about the mobile market, the best principle follows the line of “the more, the merrier”.

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ComScore has now shared its data for October 2010 in the mobile market – the smartphone platform share looks like this:

OEM Market Share

For the three month average period ending in October, 234 million Americans ages 13 and older used mobile devices. Device manufacturer Samsung ranked as the top OEM with 24.2 percent of U.S. mobile subscribers, up 1.1 percentage points from the three month period ending in July. LG ranked second with 21.0 percent share, followed by Motorola (17.7 percent share), RIM (9.3 percent share, up 0.3 percentage points) and Nokia (7.1 percent share).

Top Mobile OEMs
3 Month Avg. Ending Oct. 2010 vs. 3 Month Avg. Ending Jul. 2010
Total U.S. Mobile Subscribers Ages 13+
Source: comScore MobiLens
Share (%) of Mobile Subscribers
Jul-10 Oct-10 Point Change
Total Mobile Subscribers 100.0% 100.0% N/A
Samsung 23.1% 24.2% 1.1
LG 21.2% 21.0% -0.2
Motorola 19.8% 17.7% -2.1
RIM 9.0% 9.3% 0.3
Nokia 7.8% 7.1% -0.7

Smartphone Platform Market Share

60.7 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones during the three months ending in October, up 14 percent from the preceding three month period, representing 1 out of every 4 mobile subscribers. RIM was the leading mobile smartphone platform in the U.S. with 35.8 percent share of U.S. smartphone subscribers, followed by Apple with 24.6 percent share (up 0.8 percentage points). Google Android saw another month of strong growth, rising 6.5 percentage points to capture 23.5 percent of smartphone subscribers. Microsoft accounted for 9.7 percent of smartphone subscribers, while Palm rounded out the top five with 3.9 percent. Despite losing share to Android, most smartphone platforms continue to gain subscribers as the smartphone market overall continues to grow.

Top Smartphone Platforms
3 Month Avg. Ending Oct. 2010 vs. 3 Month Avg. Ending Jul. 2010
Total U.S. Smartphone Subscribers Ages 13+
Source: comScore MobiLens
Share (%) of Smartphone Subscribers
Jul-10 Oct-10 Point Change
Total Smartphone Subscribers 100.0% 100.0% N/A
RIM 39.3% 35.8% -3.5
Apple 23.8% 24.6% 0.8
Google 17.0% 23.5% 6.5
Microsoft 11.8% 9.7% -2.1
Palm 4.9% 3.9% -1.0

Mobile Content Usage

In October, 68.1 percent of U.S. mobile subscribers used text messaging on their mobile device, up 2.1 percentage points versus the prior three month period, while browsers were used by 36.2 percent of U.S. mobile subscribers (up 2.6 percentage points). Subscribers who used downloaded applications comprised 33.7 percent of the mobile audience, representing an increase of 2.3 percentage points. Accessing of social networking sites or blogs increased 2.4 percentage points, representing 24.2 percent of mobile subscribers. Playing games represented 23.7 percent of the mobile audience (up 1.4 percentage points), while listening to music increased 0.9 percentage points, representing 15.4 percent of subscribers.

Mobile Content Usage
3 Month Avg. Ending Oct. 2010 vs. 3 Month Avg. Ending Jul. 2010
Total U.S. Mobile Subscribers Ages 13+
Source: comScore MobiLens
Share (%) of Mobile Subscribers
Jul-10 Oct-10 Point Change
Total Mobile Subscribers 100.0% 100.0% N/A
Sent text message to another phone 66.0% 68.1% 2.1
Used browser 33.6% 36.2% 2.6
Used downloaded apps 31.4% 33.7% 2.3
Accessed social networking site or blog 21.8% 24.2% 2.4
Played Games 22.3% 23.7% 1.4
Listened to music on mobile phone 14.5% 15.4% 0.9

Twitter Updates-OAuth for all applications & t.co as Official Link shortener

Twitter announced two new updates on August 31, 2010

Email as sent by twitter:

Over the coming weeks, we will be making two important updates that will impact how you interact with Twitter applications. We are sending this notice to all Twitter users to make sure you are aware of these changes.

What are applications?

There are over 250,000 applications built using the Twitter API. To use most applications, you first authorize the application to access your Twitter account, after which you can use it to read and post Tweets, discover new users and more. Applications come in many varieties, including desktop applications like TweetDeck, Seesmic, or EchoFon, websites such as TweetMeme, fflick, or Topsy, or mobile applications such as Twitter for iPhone, Twitter for Blackberry, or Foursquare.

Update 1: New authorization rules for applications

Starting August 31, all applications will be required to use “OAuth” to access your Twitter account.

What’s OAuth?

OAuth is a technology that enables applications to access Twitter on your behalf with your approval without asking you directly for your password.
Desktop and mobile applications may still ask for your password once, but after that request, they are required to use OAuth in order to access your timeline or allow you to tweet.
What does this mean for me?

Applications are no longer allowed to store your password.
If you change your password, the applications will continue to work.
Some applications you have been using may require you to reauthorize them or may stop functioning at the time of this change.
All applications you have authorized will be listed at http://twitter.com/settings/connections.
You can revoke access to any application at any time from the list.
Update 2: t.co URL wrapping

In the coming weeks, we will be expanding the roll-out of our link wrapping service t.co, which wraps links in Tweets with a new, simplified link. Wrapped links are displayed in a way that is easier to read, with the actual domain and part of the URL showing, so that you know what you are clicking on. When you click on a wrapped link, your request will pass through the Twitter service to check if the destination site is known to contain malware, and we then will forward you on to the destination URL. All of that should happen in an instant.

You will start seeing these links on certain accounts that have opted-in to the service; we expect to roll this out to all users by the end of the year. When this happens, all links shared on Twitter.com or third-party apps will be wrapped with a t.co URL.

What does this mean for me?

A really long link such as http://www.amazon.com/Delivering-Happiness-Profits-Passion-Purpose/dp/0446563048 might be wrapped as http://t.co/DRo0trj for display on SMS, but it could be displayed to web or application users as amazon.com/Delivering- or as the whole URL or page title.
You will start seeing links in a way that removes the obscurity of shortened links and lets you know where each link will take you.
When you click on these links from Twitter.com or a Twitter application, Twitter will log that click. We hope to use this data to provide better and more relevant content to you over time.

PayPal Removes Wire Transfer to India-Another Reason to Dump PayPal

Starting August 1, 2010 Electronic Transfer from PayPal to India Banks will no longer be available. They have already removed Personal Payment/Gift option earlier this year. PayPal is leading payment processor worldwide but is losing a lot of Indian users by making them suffer and passing on the problems to them. Reversing payments is one of many.

PayPal decline has caused increase in usage of other processors like MoneyBookers, 2CO etc which now seems far better to use & safer(No nonsense reversals & Account Limitation).

They also do not have any support for Indians & not many are able to call US Customer care.

Here is the official email:

Dear xxxxxxx,

In accordance with regulatory instructions, we would like to notify you about a change in our withdrawal functionality in India starting on August 1, 2010. At present you can request for either an electronic or cheque withdrawal of funds from your PayPal account if you are an India user.

From July 29, 2010 onwards, you will only be able to request for a cheque withdrawal of funds from your PayPal account.

While we are working hard to restore the electronic withdrawal service, in the meantime, we are bringing this matter to your attention so that you can plan your future withdrawal activities accordingly.
To request for a cheque withdrawal:

1. Log into your PayPal account, click on ‘Withdraw’.
2. Click on the ‘Request a cheque from PayPal’ link.
3. Enter the withdrawal amount and select your mailing address, then click ‘Continue’.
4. Click ‘Submit’ to confirm your request.

In order to help you with this change and until further notice, we will refund the $5 USD cheque withdrawal fee to you for cheque withdrawals made on July 29, 2010 onwards.

For any questions, please log into your PayPal account and click ‘Contact Us’ at the bottom of the page.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused from this change in our withdrawal functionality. We will provide ongoing updates to you here. We thank you for your attention and patience as we work tirelessly to resolve this situation as quickly as possible.

Thank you,

The PayPal Asia Team

Also, here is link to official blog:

https://www.thepaypalblog.com/2010/07/update-on-paypal-accounts-for-india-users/

Not sure how PayPal is going to survive in India

Update: Twitter Changed Its Terms Of Service

mm_twitterTwitter has updated its terms of service. Please read them before using Twitter as there are many changes.

Here is the abstract from Twitter’s Blog:

Now that we know more about how Twitter is being used, we’ve made changes to our Terms of Service—these are the basic rules that go along with using Twitter. The revisions more appropriately reflect the nature of Twitter and convey key issues such as ownership. For example, your tweets belong to you, not to Twitter. With these revisions, we expect some discussion so here are a few highlights from the updated page.

Advertising—In the Terms, we leave the door open for advertising. We’d like to keep our options open as we’ve said before

Ownership—Twitter is allowed to “use, copy, reproduce, process, adapt, modify, publish, transmit, display and distribute” your tweets because that’s what we do. However, they are your tweets and they belong to you.

APIs—The apps that have grown around the Twitter platform are flourishing and adding value to the ecosystem. You authorize us to make content available via our APIs. We’re also working onguidelines for use of the API.

SPAM—Abusive behavior and spam is also outlined in these terms according to the rules we’ve been operating under for some time.These updates complement the spirit of Twitter. If we’ve left something out, or the nature of the service changes, then we’ll revisit the Terms—there’s a feedback link on the page

Full Story Can be read on Here

Twitter Adding Location to microblogging service

sshot-1Twitter is adding location to its globally popular microblogging service in a move that will let people see where “tweets” are coming from.

“We’re gearing up to launch a new feature which makes Twitter truly location-aware,” Twitter co-founder Biz Stone said in a message posted Thursday at the San Francisco-based Internet firm’s website.

“A new API (application programming interface) will allow developers to add latitude and longitude to any tweet.”

Accurate “tweet-level” location data would let people switch from tracking messages based on individuals or topics to following microblogging by neighborhood or city, according to Stone.

sshot-2“It’s easy to imagine how this might be interesting in an event like a concert or something more dramatic like an earthquake,” Stone wrote.

“There will likely be many use cases we haven’t even thought of yet which is part of what makes this so exciting.”

Outside software developers who create applications for Twitter will be able to experiment with the location API prior to the feature being added to the microblogging service.

Twitter users interested in letting their whereabouts be known will need to activate the new feature, which will be “off” as a default setting. Exact location data will not be stored for extended periods, according to Twitter.

“If people do opt-in to sharing location on a tweet-by-tweet basis, compelling context will be added to each burst of information,” Stone said.

Outside developers have been incorporating location into Twitter applications “for some time despite having access to only a rudimentary level” of support, according to the microblogging service.

“Most of the location-based projects we see are built using the simple, account-level location field folks can fill out as part of their profile,” Stone said. “Since anything can be written in this field, it’s interesting but not very dependable.”

An everyday chatting tool for many, Twitter has also become a weapon for dissidents to circumvent censorship in places where freedom of speech is suppressed.