Android Jelly 4.1 Bean rollout is underway

By Sarah Halzack, Published: July 11

Stephen Lam/Reuters - An Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean" mobile operating system logo is seen during Google I/O 2012 Conference at Moscone Center in San Francisco, Calif. June 27, 2012.

Less than two weeks after Google first showcased Android Jelly Bean at its annual I/O developers’ conference, the operating system is starting to make its way onto Android-powered smartphones and tablets.

Google announced the rollout Tuesday evening in a post on its Google+ social network. Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ devices, the post said, would be the first to get the update. Jelly Bean is slated to come to the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S, and Motorola Xoom soon after, and it will be featured on the new Google Nexus 7 tablet.

Compared with its predecessor, Android Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean has improved photo sharing and viewing functionalities; packs a better keyboard and smarter predictive typing; and allows for more streamlined personalization of one’s home screen.

Jelly Bean, version 4.1 of the Android OS, also includes a redesign of how Google Search looks and works on mobile devices.

Google Nexus 7 obliterates every reason for buying the Kindle

July 12 (Bloomberg) — It’s the most-asked question by consumers about any new tech gadget: “Should I get this now or is something better coming along soon?”
For buyers of Amazon’s Kindle Fire, we now have the answer: You should have waited.
Google’s new Nexus 7 is aimed directly at the Kindle Fire, the seven-inch color tablet that was the runaway hit of the last holiday season. The Nexus 7 obliterates every reason for buying the current Kindle, and sets a high bar for whatever Amazon comes up with to replace it.
The Nexus 7 is Google’s first foray into selling a tablet under its own brand. It’s currently available for pre-order from Google Play, the company’s online store, with customer deliveries expected to begin next week. It costs $199 for a model with eight gigabytes of storage, same as the Kindle, or $249 for 16 gigabytes.
The device is manufactured by Taiwan-based Asustek, and Google chose its partner wisely. Asus makes some of the prettiest tablets and personal computers this side of Apple, and the Nexus 7 is as attractive and smooth as the Kindle Fire is chunky and clunky.
At 7.8 inches tall and 4.7 inches wide, the Nexus 7 is compact enough to slide into a jacket pocket. A rubbery, textured back makes it easy to grip. Like the Kindle Fire, it works only over a Wi-Fi connection; while the screens are the same size, the Nexus 7’s has a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, compared to the Kindle Fire’s 1024 x 600.
More and Better
The Google tablet also has a more powerful, quad-core processor from Nvidia, twice the internal memory and better battery. At four-tenths of an inch thick and 12 ounces, it’s also thinner and 18 percent lighter.
Go down the list of standard tablet features, and the Nexus 7 wins every one. Camera? None for the Kindle; the Nexus has a front-facing camera and microphone for video calls.
Bluetooth? The Kindle doesn’t have it; the Nexus 7 does.
GPS? Yes on the Nexus, along with a newly-enhanced Google app that lets you save maps for use even when you’re offline. The Kindle has nothing like it.
The Kindle has the Nexus beat in one significant area: the depth and breadth of the online stores that are designed to keep them stuffed with content. The Kindle is deeply integrated with Amazon’s shops for e-books, music, movies and videos, which are all far richer than the sparsely stocked Google Play store.
Amazon Alternatives
On the other hand, Amazon makes an excellent free app that allows you to buy and read Kindle e-books on the Nexus 7. And there’s always Netflix for movies and Spotify for music, among many others, as long as you’re willing to manage the various accounts and log-ins yourself. (With the Kindle Fire, a single Amazon password is all you need.)
The Nexus 7 marks the debut of yet another iteration of the Android operating system: version 4.1, which Google calls “Jelly Bean.” (Who knows why Google’s sweets-themed naming system seems so much sillier than Apple’s big cats for its Mac releases?)
Google’s constant Android updates can be maddening for consumers, who often find that even recently purchased devices won’t run the latest software.
Still, this new version is the most polished yet. It’s fast and smooth, without any of the herky-jerkiness in reorienting the device from landscape to portrait, or in transitions from one screen to another, that afflicted earlier releases.
Google Now
There is also a passel of new features, notably Google Now. This is a neat app that, with a single finger-swipe, supplies useful information about where you are and what you’re doing at any given moment.
Right now, for example, it’s telling me how long it would take to drive home given current traffic conditions, what the weather’s like, nearby mass-transit departure times and the closest restaurants. At an airport, it might show flight information; in a city, nearby places of interest.
Of course, Android wouldn’t be Android without a head- scratcher or two. For instance, you can’t view your home screen or display all your apps in landscape mode. Google says it will address that one by the time Jelly Bean shows up on larger, iPad-size tablets.
And that’s the real endgame here. There’s no doubt Apple is Google’s No. 1 enemy in its struggle to establish Android on tablets, but no Android device has yet gained any traction going head-to-head against the mighty iPad. So Google, which needs a hit device to convince developers to help it dent Apple’s enormous lead in tablet-specific apps, went smaller and cheaper.
Apple, meanwhile, isn’t standing still; if reports are to be believed, it is working on its own smaller, cheaper iPad.
As for the Kindle Fire, in its current form you’d have to consider it collateral damage.
(Rich Jaroslovsky is a Bloomberg News columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.)
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Satyamev Jayate: Why untouchability is still a tradition

New Delhi: Once again the team of ‘Satyamev Jayate’ was on target. It might be a hard fact to digest for urban Indians that the practice of untouchability is still prevalent in a nation that eyes to become one of the super-powers by the end of current decade, but shows like ‘Satyamev Jayate’ is a reality check for them.
The debate regarding the caste system is not a new thing; it’s been happening for years, and different pressure groups have come up with some solutions too, but these answers couldn’t curb the demon.
However, one thing has been done; people who were very open about their apparent superiority are not so extrovert now, especially in unfavourable conditions. But this has led to a silent discrimination which is much more effective than open boycott. At least, you know your opposition in the previous case.
Satyamev Jayate: Stars Aamir Khan has created
Things have become nasty in the past due to the violent clashes between different mindsets towards the caste system. Those who have seen Stalin K’s documentary ‘India Untouched’ would understand that the film hints towards the origin of the issue, which as per the film is the control of resources. He says on the show that inter-caste marriages can be an answer to untouchability, but this seems to be a very simplified answer, because why would a resourceful person marry his or her daughter or son to someone who is not so resourceful, if there is no mutual love involved.
So, doesn’t the society and the government need to work on providing financial security to one and all in order to bring everyone on the same platform. This needs to happen before the marriage.
Justice Dharmadhikari might not be wrong in his stance about not revealing his ancestral identity, but this also fetches attention towards the so called superiority of certain sections of the society. Why can’t we simply stop taking the names (and surnames) seriously? The more Aamir mentions ‘Manvendra Singh Chauhan’ of the ‘same’ community, the more established will be the importance of being from a privileged class.
Bezwada Wilson’s anxiety needs to be addressed. Why do we consider living a life of dignity as something brave? Talk about it, discuss about it but don’t shed tears.
Believe it or not, but gone are the days when Sanskrit was associated with Brahmins only. The language is losing battle against commercial courses, so it would be better for existing patrons to accept teachers such as Dr Kaushal Panwar, if they want to preserve the inheritance.
‘Satyamev Jayate’ is a good show and there are no doubts about the makers’ intentions unless something drastically gets revealed but ‘tch tch’ and ‘OMG’ are not going to help in the longer run.
Balwant Singh was an IAS, after clearing an examination and training aimed at testing the candidate’s patience and depth of social understanding. Why did he separate himself from the system? Probably because he never wished for sympathy.
The tenth episode of ‘Satyamev Jayate’ tried to put emphasis on a topic which might have appeared like a done to death discussion for many, but fortunately that doesn’t make discussing ‘untouchability’ a crime.

Satyamev Jayate Episode 10 to deal with Corruption

Satyameva Jayate Aamir KhanSatyamev Jayate Episode 10 would deal with a thing of national importance, patriotism and if some guesses are allowed it is Corruption or Honesty.  In the Episode 10 Promo Aamir Says, Our country is touching new heights in the fields of cricket, films and science. No one can touch our country if we learn just one more thing. What is it? Watch Satyamev Jayate this Sunday at 11AM on STAR Plus and DD National, as we try to find an answer.
Watch the promo online  and guess yourself.
Aamir Khan’s  Debut TV  show would be  aired in 6 Languages and several local TV Channels. The show is also dubbed in several languages including three Indian southern languages viz., Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam, along with Marathi and Bengali. Apart from Star Plus, the show will also have simulcast on STAR World, STAR Utsav, STAR Pravah, STAR Jalsha, Asianet and STAR Vijay within the STAR Network and other channels including DD National and Eanadu TV.

Satyamev Jayate Episode 10 of on Untouchability – Dignity For All

The 10th episode of Satyamev Jayate which will air on 8th July will see Aamir Khan talk about the prevalent issue of untouchability in our Indian society. The caste system has been present in India for long where people are classified as “upper caste” and “lower caste”. The lower caste were often referred as “untouchables” in the past. Though things have changed, still a lot remains to be be done to make our society label free.
This 10th episode of Satyamev Jayate on “Untouchability – Dignity For All” will be a two hour special episode. Like every week, we look forward to what Aamir has to say about this. Have a look at the promo for the 8th July Episode of Satyamev Jayate in which the actor is asking us that “What will make our country invincible?”  Tune in at 11 AM on Star Plus on 8th July to watch this one!

How to Add an RSS Feed on Blogger

Adding an RSS feed to a blog on blogger could not be any easier. The latest version of Blogger makes it much simpler for anyone to add and move page elements and modules, including RSS feeds.
By including the RSS feed on a blog, your blog will automatically include the most recent content and articles that were published, without any extra work on your part. Using an RSS feed is a a time-saving way to keep a blog fresh.
This quick tutorial assumes that you already have a blog set up on Blogger. If you don't already have a blog set up, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and create one now. A blog on blogger is one way to promote your content.
How to Add An RSS Feed on Blogger
1. The first thing to do before actually setting up the RSS Feed on Blogger is to copy the address of the RSS feed. For example, my feed address is I found the address by clicking on the RSS feed logo. The RSS feed page appears, with this URL in the web site address field. Highlight the address and copy it, you will need it later on.
2. Log into the Blogger account at If you are already logged in, click Customize in the top right corner.
3. The page that appears is the Dashboard. If you only have one blog, click on Layout for the blog listed. If you have several blogs, find the one you want to add the RSS feed to, and click Layout.
4. After Layout is clicked, the "Edit Layout" page will appear with different options of modules and items that can be included on the blog. This is where you can "Add and Arrange Page Elements" on your blog.
5. Somewhere near the top of the layout will be a box with a frame of broken lines. The other page elements are framed by solid lines. In the box with broken lines it reads "Add a Page Element." Click on that box.
6. The "Choose New Page Element" Box will appear. In order to add an RSS Feed to the blog on blogger, you must pick the right box, or it may not always feed properly. Blogger makes it easy to select the right box Click on "Feed." The Feed box reads "Add content from a site feed to your blog." Click on "Add to Blog."
7. Go to the page which has the RSS feed. Copy it. Paste it into the "Configure Feed" box that appears. Click continue. A message will appear that Blogger is retrieving the feed.
8. Once the feed is retrieved by blogger, customize it:
a. Create a title for the feed.
b. Choose to show between 1 and 5 items.
c. Click in the box to include item dates (optional).
d. Click in the box to include sources and authors (optional).
You're almost done. Now click "Save Changes."
9. The "Edit Layout" from step 4 will reappear. Click and drag the RSS feed box to a new place on the page, or leave it where it is.
Click View Blog, to see the RSS feed. Now the RSS feed of your content is on your blog at blogger.

Satyamev Jayate - Aamir Goes 'LOL'!

Newspapers have often explained the presence of insecticides and pesticides on our food and its effect on humans in the long run. The infamous 'rail farms' of Mumbai - farms located alongside railway tracks where food is grown using drain water - has often made it to top news in our papers. However, not much is done in this regard. Until now! The eighth episode of Satyamev Jayate shall hopefully change things around as it created a tremendous impact with the startling facts and reports. Definitely one of the most hard-hitting episodes of Satyamev Jayate!

The jolt comes in the beginning itself when Dr Rashmi Sanghi revealed that the poisonous endosulfan was present in breast milk of certain mothers and that too, believe it or not, 800% more than the permissible limit! Obviously, the toxins made their way into the mother's body through the food she consumed - fruits, vegetables, food grains etc - which is deemed 'nutritious'! If the consumers are suffering, what about the farmers who grow these crops and also live near their farms? Aamir Khan then exposed the problems faced by inhabitants at Kasargod, Kerela where pesticides was sprayed on crops for 25 long years resulting in some of the most shocking cases among the inhabitants. Children were born with deformed limbs, eyes, cerebral palsy etc while the others suffered from chronic diseases, regular miscarriages (some women reportedly suffered it as many as 10 times) and even cancer. The culprit - endosulfan. 

In the northern part of the country, a passenger train runs from Bhatinda, Punjab to Bikaner, Rajasthan and is regularly boarded by sick farmers affected by the use of pesticides and who get cheap treatment in Rajasthan. Majority of the victims suffer from cancer and hence the name 'Cancer Train'. Both these instances have been widely reported by newspapers across the country but sadly didn't make an impact at all on governments and general public. 

Many farmers that were interviewed revealed that they don't use any toxins on a portion of farm land and use the food grown there for themselves and their families! The rest of the production, where toxins were sprayed, is sold to the dealers which make their way to our markets! A question that arises is - how will we protect the crops and plantations from pests if pesticides are not sprayed on them? How will our productivity increase, especially when our population is growing day by day? This was also echoed by Rajju Shroff who runs United Phosphorus Ltd, the largest pesticide company in India. However, he went on to claim that pesticide is indispensible and without its use, farmers might even commit suicide! He made many more such claims, which led Aamir to break into an unexpected guffaw, the first in these eight episodes! Also, this was the first time that disagreement cropped up between guests on the shows and even argued to prove their point. 

Shroff's points were obviously baseless and this was expected since he ran the biggest pesticide establishment and couldn't speak against its use. However, Aamir wonderfully proved that our food can be grown sans harmful toxins. Dr G V Ramanjaneyelu from Hyderabad explained his work in villages of Andhra Pradesh wherein crops were successfully grown without pesticides. The pesticides cost a bomb but Dr Ramanjaneyelu's Non-Pesticide Management (NPM) products cost as little as Rs 5-15! Towards the north-east, the state of Sikkim has put a ban on the pesticides and is in many ways the 'first organic state of the country'. In both Andhra Pradesh and Sikkim, productivity didn't suffer. Same goes for Kasargod, where endosulfan was banned in 2000 after which, production remained the same and health problems among the inhabitants too subsided. 

Sadly, awareness about NPM is negligible in our country. Subsidies need to be implemented on organic farming and use of insecticides need to be stopped on an immediate basis. There's anyways enough stress and other kinds of pollution that is harming us. We don't want our foods to be harmful as well. Let's all raise a voice!

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SATYAMEV JAYATE episode 7: Aamir Khan handles domestic violence with sensitivity

SATYAMEV JAYATE episode 7: Aamir Khan handles domestic violence with sensitivity

The actor-turned-chat show host discussed the issue with a studio audience composed entirely of men

“Patriarchy has defined masculinity such that men can’t cry even when their mothers die,” says an activist on the seventh episode of Satyamev Jayate. Aamir Khan adds, “I cry a lot.” The studio audience, composed entirely of men – the only women present are the victims – laughs nervously. You laugh too but realise that there’s a huge truth hidden behind that one statement. You recall all the other episodes when Aamir would shed tears listening to a victim recall his or her plight. Suddenly it’s no more about just being a sympathetic host or a good actor. It’s become the basis of changing patriarchal thought, the same thought that leads to domestic violence against women.

The best thing about this episode – which dealt with domestic violence – is the way Aamir brought out the fact that men are not born aggressors and all men are not violent. Instead of taking the easy way out of demonising the men and deifying the women, Aamir took a more balanced approach. He brought forward the viewpoints of women who have stayed in abusive marriages for several years, men who happily admit to browbeating their women, a male police officer who is working hard to end this crime and admits that change has to begin from his own team, activists who work for empowering women, and the men in the studio audience who have their own take on masculinity. Patriarchal thought about masculinity and the role of women in society is what causes men to behave violently and women to take it quietly. Aamir insisted towards the end of the show that it’s that thought that needs to be changed, and the change has to begin with the men. It’s a huge statement to make and the fact that he had the guts to do it on national television will hopefully turn the tide in a few households at least.

Satyamev Jayate’s Episode 7 Song with Lyrics : Sakhi

This week, the 7th episode of Satyamev Jayate was aired. It was about domestic violence. Like every other week, a new song was played at the very end – titled Sakhi.
Performed by Meenal Jain, with lyrics by Swanand Kirkire, the music of Sakhi has been composed by Ram Sampath.

Sakhi Lyrics

Aansun ke sang naa bahungi sakhi
Ab naa mein gumsum rahungi sakhi
Sehne se behtar kahungi sakhi..
Tan ke ghaav pe marham haya ka
Mann ka ghaav hai pyaasa dava ka (Repeat once)
Sitam ke andheron mein sadiyon hai bilkhi
Masoom bholi wo pyaari khushi
Ghut ghut ke kab tak jiyungi sakhi
Gumsum main ab naa rahungi sakhi
Sehne se behtar kahungi sakhi
Aansun ke sang naa bahungi sakhi
Ab naa mai gumsum rahungi sakhi
Waar ye pyaar kaa kaisaa silaa hai
seh jo gaye barambaar milaa hai (Repeat once)
Zulmi na khaabon ke peeche chhupa hai
Kaayar sa chehera dil se dukhi..
Julm main ab naa sahungi sakhi
Gumsum main ab naa rahungi sakhi
Sehne se behtar kahungi sakhi
Aansun ke sang naa bahungi sakhi
Ab naa mai gumsum rahungi sakhi
Check out lyrics of all songs ->; Hindi Lyrics

TV Show – Satyamev Jayate Episode 7 (June 17th 2012)
Song Lyrics: Sakhi
Singer(s): Meenal Jain
Lyrics: Swanand Kirkire
Music Director: Ram Sampath
Music label: T-Series
Song Duration (mm:ss): 03:00
If there are any mistakes in the Sakhi Lyrics, please submit a comment below