Category: News & Updates

Install Brave Browser via Snap

Linux install instructions

NOTE: If you experience a problem with dependencies while installing, you may want to try installing git using the package manager for your distro.

NOTE: If Brave does not start and shows an error about sandboxing, you may need to enable userns in your kernel. Running with the --no-sandbox flag is NOT recommended!

Snapcraft

According to snapcraft.io

Snaps are quick to install, easy to create, safe to run, and they update automatically and transactionally so your app is always fresh and never broken.

Installation instructions for snapd can be found here. Once snapd is installed, installing Brave looks like this:

snap install brave –beta

source:

https://github.com/brave/browser-laptop/blob/master/docs/linuxInstall.md

digital cameras

http://wizsurf.com/?p=162

http://gadgetophilia.com/top-10-amateur-digital-cameras-for-2010/

http://www.webtechpoint.com/digital-camera-prices-in-india-february-2010/

Model Market Price Tested In Sensor Optical Zoom LCD Screen Size
Canon Powershot SX120 Rs. 14,995 October 2009 10MP 10x 3.0 inches
Canon IXUS 100IS Rs. 12,999 October 2009 12MP 3x 2.5 inches
Canon Powershot A480 Rs. 7,499 October 2009 10MP 3.3x 2.5 inches
Canon A1100IS Rs. 9,499 October 2009 12MP 4x 2.5 inches
Canon IXUS 95IS Rs. 10,500 October 2009 10MP 3x 2.5 inches
Canon SX200IS (Best Performer) Rs. 21,500 October 2009 12MP 12x 3.0 inches
FujiFilm FinePix S1500 Rs. 12,500 October 2009 10MP 12x 2.7 inches
Kodak C140 Rs. 4,999 October 2009 8MP 3x 2.4 inches
Nikon P90 Rs. 23,995 October 2009 12MP 24x 3.0 inches
Nikon Coolpix L20 Rs. 7,750 October 2009 10MP 3.6x 3.0 inches
Nikon S220 Rs. 8,500 October 2009 10MP 3x 2.5 inches
Olympus FE25 Rs. 5,995 10MP 3x 2.4 inches
Panasonic FS4 Rs. 6,750 8MP 4x 2.5 inches
Samsung ES55 (Best buy) Rs. 6,990 October 2009 10MP 3x 2.5 inches
Sony HX1 Rs. 29,800 October 2009 9MP 20x 3.0 inches
Sony S930 Rs. 7,800 10MP 3x 2.4 inches
Sony H20 Rs. 17,500 10MP 10x 3.0 inches
FujiFilm FinePix F200 Rs. 17,999 10MP 5x 3.0 inches
Fujifilm FinePix S1500
Price Range :Rs. 11,499 to 13,495
Resolution :10 MP
Optical zoom :12
Digital zoom :5.7
Video :mpeg, hd
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55
Price Range :Rs. 12500* ( * approx. price)
Resolution :14.1 MP
Optical zoom :10
Digital zoom :20
Video :
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H3
Price Range :Rs. 15,599
Resolution :8 MP
Optical zoom :20
Digital zoom :10
Video :mpeg
Canon Powershot SX110 IS
Price Range :Rs. 11,799 to 18,500
Resolution :9 MP
Optical zoom :10
Digital zoom :4
Video :mpeg
Canon PowerShot SX210 IS
Price Range :Rs. 16332* ( * approx. price)
Resolution :14.1 MP
Optical zoom :14
Digital zoom :4
Video :mpeg
Fujifilm Finepix F80EXR,
Price Range :Rs. 13895* ( * approx. price)
Resolution :12 MP
Optical zoom :10
Digital zoom :4
Video :
Casio Exilim EX-FH100
Price Range :Rs. 16000* ( * approx. price)
Resolution :10.1 MP
Optical zoom :10
Digital zoom :4
Video :
Nikon Coolpix L100
Price Range :Rs. 11,399 to 17,990
Resolution :10.1 MP
Optical zoom :15
Digital zoom :4
Video :
Panasonic-LUMIX DMC-TZ11
Price Range :Rs. 12,499 to 15,990
Resolution :8.1 MP
Optical zoom :10
Digital zoom :4
Video :
Kodak EasyShare Z950
Price Range :Rs. 13,495 to 15,074
Resolution :12 MP
Optical zoom :10
Digital zoom :5
Video :mpeg, hd

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55
Price Range :Rs. 12500* ( * approx. price)Resolution :14.1 MPOptical zoom :10Digital zoom :20Video :Source :http://www.naaptol.com/price/724828-Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-H55.html

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H3
Price Range :Rs. 15,599   Resolution :8 MPOptical zoom :20Digital zoom :10Video :mpegSource :http://www.naaptol.com/price/175-Sony-DSC-H3.html

Canon Powershot SX110 IS
Price Range :Rs. 11,799 to 18,500    Resolution :9 MPOptical zoom :10Digital zoom :4Video :mpegSource :http://www.naaptol.com/price/29781-Canon-Powershot-SX110-IS.html
Canon PowerShot SX210 IS
Price Range :Rs. 16332* ( * approx. price)     Resolution :14.1 MPOptical zoom :14Digital zoom :4Video :mpegSource :http://www.naaptol.com/price/721216-Canon-PowerShot-SX210-IS.html

Fujifilm Finepix F80EXR,
Price Range :Rs. 13895* ( * approx. price)       Resolution :12 MPOptical zoom :10Digital zoom :4Video :Source :http://www.naaptol.com/price/711457-Fujifilm-Finepix-F80EXR.html

Casio Exilim EX-FH100
Price Range :Rs. 16000* ( * approx. price)    Resolution :10.1 MPOptical zoom :10Digital zoom :4Video :Source :http://www.naaptol.com/price/708482-Casio-Exilim-EX-FH100.html
Nikon Coolpix L100
Price Range :Rs. 11,399 to 17,990       Resolution :10.1 MPOptical zoom :15Digital zoom :4Video :Source :http://www.naaptol.com/price/69041-Nikon-Coolpix-L100.html
Panasonic-LUMIX DMC-TZ11
Price Range :Rs. 12,499 to 15,990      Resolution :8.1 MPOptical zoom :10Digital zoom :4Video :Source :http://www.naaptol.com/price/14969-Panasonic-LUMIX-DMC-TZ11.html

Kodak EasyShare Z950
Price Range :Rs. 13,495 to 15,074    Resolution :12 MPOptical zoom :10Digital zoom :5Video :mpeg, hdSource :http://www.naaptol.com/price/644870-Kodak-EasyShare-Z950.html

core i3 i5 laptops

i m looking for some core i3 and  i5 laptops.

some vfm laptops in this category are from acer 5740g and sony e series

acer laptops:

The new Acer Aspire 5740G  is a 15.6-inch display laptop powered by the latest Intel Core i5 processor.

The detailed specifications of the new Acer Aspire 5740G laptop are:

  • 2.26-GHz Intel Core i5-430M CPU
  • 15.6-inch (1366 x 768) display
  • 4GB of RAM
  • Windows 7 ($74.49) Home Premium (64-bit)
  • ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 GPU (with 1GB of video memory)
  • 500GB HDD
  • 8X Super Drive
  • Memory card reader
  • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Webcam
  • Multi-gesture touchpad
  • Four USB ports and HDMI
  • 15.1 x 9.9 x 1.0-inch body
  • 2.7 kg
  • The new Acer Aspire 5740G laptop price will start from Rs.39,000. (US$750 in US)

source : http://www.newtechnology.co.in/acer-aspire-5740g-price/

sony eseries laptops:

Sony Vaio VPCEB14EN/WI/BI
Core i3-330M (2.13 GHz ), 320 GB, 3 GB DDR3 SDRAM, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470 (512MB), BT, CAM, Windows 7 Home Basic 64-bit, 2.7 Kg,Quick Web Access, HDMI Out, eSATA, 15.5 ” WXGA, 1 Yr Intl.
Rs. 38,750/-

Sony Vaio VPCEB12EN/WI/BI
Core i3-330M (2.13 GHz ), 320 GB,2 GB DDR3 SDRAM,Intel Graphics Media Acc HD, BT, CAM, Windows 7 Home Basic 64-bit, 2.7 Kg, Quick Web Access, HDMI Out, eSATA, 15.5 ” WXGA, 1 yr Intl.
Rs. 36,750/-

source:http://www.zyxware.com/articles/1346/sony-vaio-laptop-pricelist-march-2010

compaq presario:

Compaq Presario CQ41 216TU
Core i3 330M, 4GB, 320GB, Free Dos, 14.1″, Camera, Bluetooth, WiFi.
Price Rs:33990/-

Compaq Presario CQ41 227TX
Core i3 330M, 4GB, 320GB, Win7P, 14.1″, Camera, Bluetooth, WiFi.
Price Rs:41240/-

source: http://www.zyxware.com/articles/1326/compaq-presario-laptop-pricelist-february-2010


msi laptops:

MSI’s latest C-Series laptops might not break a record for their looks but do you reallt care if you get Intels Core i3 and i5 laptop for this price?

These CR620 laptops have 3 variations so far CR620-030, CR620-033 and CR620-031 and all these have a 15.6-inch display and cost about $650 to $750. For this price you get Core i3 or Core i5 processors, Windows 7 Home Premium and a Blueray drive with  usual stuff like 4 gigs of ram,  500 gb hdd and a six-cell battery.

We searched for all features mentioned above and found several MSI CR620 laptops for $700 or less on NewEgg.

Now only if your editor wasn’t a douche and paid us more i could have kept these laptops with me instead of returning after testing.

Source: NewEgg Via Engadget
dell laptop prices
content removed kindly follow the refernce given below
source : http://www.bytechip.com/2010/03/dell-price-list/

some other links:

http://vivekmishrasrm.blogspot.com/2010/03/laptops-computer-peripherals.html

http://www.priceindia.in/search-result.html?cx=partner-pub-3633147521382609:fnuc85-mpej&cof=FORID:9&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=Core+i3+&sa=Search&siteurl=www.priceindia.in/laptop/dell-vostro-3400-price/

http://blogsearch.google.co.in/blogsearch?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&q=core+i3+i5+laptop+india+price&btnG=Search+Blogs

Central Income Tax and TDS

here is a nice article explaining about TDS that is deducted from employees every month.

http://ibnlive.in.com/news/deduction-for-employees-from-salary-income/111551-7.html

it explains a lot about how the TDS and Income Tax is calculated

The first most important deduction which is available to every salaried employee is the deduction under section 80C of the Income-tax Act, 1961 whereby on a sum total of maximum Rs.1 lakh the investments can be made in terms of section 80C of the Income-tax Act, 1961. The following are the important items for which the employee can make the investment and then enjoy the deduction within the overall limit of Rs. 1 lakh.

(a)Life Insurance Premium for self, wife & children & also contribution to Unit Linked Insurance Plan (ULIP).

(b) Contributions to Provident Fund.

(c) Contributions to Public Public Provident Fund.

(d) Contribution to Equity Linked Savings Scheme (ELSS) – may be combination of more than one plan.

(e) Payment for Purchase or Construction of residential house so arrived at by looking at the breakup of your EMI Payments – but no deduction for repayment of loans to all but only for loans from employer, banks, LIC, National Housing Bank, etc. If would also include stamp duty & payment of registration fee of the house.

(f) Term Deposit/Fixed Deposit with a bank for 5 years or more

(g) Deposit in Senior Citizens Savings Scheme – may be in one lot or different lots.

(h) Investments in National Savings Certificates (NSC) & Post Office Time Deposit Scheme.

(i) Payment of tution fees for full time education of any two children excluding donation, etc to school.

In addition to the above items which entitle an assessee to claim deduction under section 80C, it is also possible for the employee to enjoy deduction for contribution to certain Pension Funds as per section 80CCC or deduction in respect of contribution to Pension Scheme of the Central Government as per section 80CCD. However, the deduction in respect of these items inclusive of the deduction under section 80C is limited to a maximum of Rs. 1 lakh. Hence, the employee should submit in the first place declaration to the employer about the proposed investments for the above purpose so that the employer can take the same into consideration and deduct tax at source accordingly.

The second important point which will entitle deduction at source from the salary income of the employee would be in respect of deduction for interest on housing loan. As per section 24 deduction available on housing loan for residential house upto Rs. 1,50,000 p.a. if loan taken after 1-4-1999 but it would be only Rs. 30,000 p.a., if loan taken prior to 1-4-1999. Do remember the following salient features:-

(1) Deduction only to the assessee who is owner of the property.

(2) Deduction available to each co-owner.

(3) If loan after 1-4-1999 the acquisition or construction must be completed within three years after taking loan.

(4) The employer can grant deduction only on furnishing simple statement to be verified by the taxpayer.

(5) Certificate from person to whom interest is to be paid to be submitted to the employer.

(6) Deduction permissible for loan from any one at any rate of interest.

(7) Deduction of interest for more than one house cannot be claimed within the limit of Rs. 1,50,000.

(8) Deduction for interest also permissible for other properties if rented out.

(9) Interest deduction for house loan available even if actual interest not paid during the year.

(10) Interest on House Building Advance taken by Govt. employees also allowed deduction even if firstly the loan is repaid & the interest is paid later on.

While claiming the benefit of deduction in respect of residential housing, care should be taken to note that the deduction cannot be available in respect of interest on housing loan in case the property is not ready.

The employer can also grant deduction in respect of other items also to the employee. Some of these important items for which deduction can be granted are as under :-

(a) Deduction as per section 80D on Medical Insurance Policies for self, spouse and children deduction upto Rs. 15,000 and further for Insurance of parents upto Rs. 15,000. However, if senior citizen the deduction is Rs. 20,000.

(b) Deduction as per section 80DD for maintenance of dependant with disability Rs. 50,000 and Rs. 75,000 for severe disability.

(c) Deduction as per section 80DDB for medical treatment of specified diseases for self and dependants Rs. 40,000 and Rs. 60,000 for senior citizens.

(d) Deduction as per section 80E for interest on loan for higher education without any upper limit.

(e) Deduction for donation under section 80G at the rate of 50% and 100% in case of Donations to P.M. Drought Relief Fund, Rajiv Gandhi Foundation National Defence Fund, etc. Employer generally not to give the deduction, employee to claim in Income-tax return.

(f) Donation to a recognised Political Party as per section 80GGC.

(g) Deduction in case of person with Disability as per section 80U of Rs. 50,000 and Rs. 1 lakh for persons with severe disability.

(h) Deduction for exemption from the amount of House Rent Allowance would be granted as per section 10 of the I.T. Act only if actually rent paid. The maximum deduction is minimum of (i) HRA amount (ii) Excess of Rent paid over 10% of salary (iii) 50% of salary for metros and 40% of salary in other towns.

(i) Deduction for Rent paid as per section 80GG upto 25% of income subject to maximum of Rs. 2,000 p.m.

To avail the above deductions from salary income it is utmost necessary to submit papers and details to the employer so that the employer can give necessary credit for the same while deducting tax at source.

(Articles by Subhash Lakhotia, Tax Expert)

apart from this one can get more information about Central It from:

http://www.incometaxindia.gov.in/

some tax calulators:

http://www.docstoc.com/search/income-tax-calculator/?catfilter=1

http://brupt.com/search.php?cx=partner-pub-5966415209736484:5uktsc-uupw&cof=FORID:10&as_filetype=doc&q=income+tax+calculator&sa=Search&siteurl=www.brupt.com%252F

for sikkim: tds calculator

http://www.ziddu.com/download/8992600/tdscal2009-10.xls.html

http://www.ziddu.com/download/8992599/TAN.zip.html

Reliance Communications in trouble over Sikh SMS Joke

Reliance Communication head Anil Ambani, and other top officials may be in troubles waters as complaints have been launched against them and the company over an SMS that was circulated through their network, which apparently hurts the the Sikh community.
PC Advisor reports that a Sikh body has already filed a complaint against them in Lucknow and the police will be taking actions.
“Ambani and the other company officials have been charged under a section of the Indian Penal Code which relates to deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings”
Not surprisingly, the company has apologized saying that the content of the SMS is provided by a third-party and the SMSs are sent only those who are under the subscription.
Article:
http://www.indiagsm.com/blog/?p=284

Chinese troops destroy Indian posts, bunker

KOLKATA/GANGTOK: A few weeks before the first ever India-China military exercises, the real war games have begun. On November 8, Chinese forces demolished some unmanned Indian forward posts near two Army bunkers against which Beijing had raised objections since July.

“The Chinese came, destroyed the posts and went back,” said an Army officer. The incident is learned to have taken place around November 8.

The revelation came on the day a 12-member People’s Liberation Army delegation landed in Kolkata on a recce for the military exercises to be held next month in China.

The destroyed posts were near the Sikkim-Bhutan-Tibet border tri-junction. Intelligence sources in Gangtok on Friday said that a “third bunker” located near the two disputed ones had been destroyed by the Chinese. But, Army sources attached to formations overseeing the location said the structures were fibre glass huts, which are manned by a few soldiers when winter sets in.

Senior Army officers in Kolkata were tightlipped about the incident, particularly because the Chinese army delegation led by a senior colonel is in the city. “I have nothing to comment,” said a defence spokesman.

The two disputed bunkers at Doka La, near Torsa Nala, had been set up about two years ago. The Chinese first objected to them in July, after which a series of border personnel meetings took place till September. Beijing wanted the bunkers to be shifted but the Indian Army stood its ground and continued to man and arm the bunkers.

The Chinese were left smarting. It is believed the attack on the unmanned posts earlier this month were carried out by the PLA “to show their strength”.

Indian officials feel if the Chinese had any objection against these bunkers they should have lodged a protest soon after they were established, or at least within a year.

Border disputes between China and India are nothing new, because China does not recognise the border and even triggered a war over it. Even the Line of Actual Control is difficult to demarcate at places because of the mountainous terrain. Two decades ago, in 1986, the two countries had come perilously close to a skirmish in the Sumdorong Chu valley.

In view of the latest dispute, the visit of Defence Minister A K Anthony and chief of Army staff Deepak Kapoor to Sikkim and north Bengal during the weekend is being considered significant. They will land in Siliguri on Saturday and visit the border at Nathu La on Sunday.

However, military observers believe confidence-building measures like joint war exercises will prove instrumental in easing border tensions.
Article:
http://sikkim-himalayanreview.blogspot.com/2007/12/chinese-troops-destroy-indian-posts.html

Topless swimmers make waves

Stockholm (Sweden): A group of Swedish women is making waves by taking their tops off at public swimming pools in a protest against what they call gender-biased rules on swim wear.
About 40 women have joined the network and staged topless protests in at least three cities, said Sanna Ferm, 22, one of the founders of the group called Bara Brost, or Bare Breasts.
“The purpose of the campaign is to start a debate about why women’s bodies are sexualised,” Ferm said on Wednesday.
She said the fact that men can be bare-chested in public swimming pools but not women is “a concrete example of how women have fewer rights than men.”
Reactions from other swimmers have ranged from support and encouragement to anger and even indifference, she said.
The network was formed after two women who were swimming topless in a public swimming pool in Uppsala, north of Stockholm, were asked to cover up or leave.
Women can sunbathe topless in the summertime at beaches around Sweden, which is known for its relaxed attitude toward nudity, but they are required to wear tops at public swimming pools.
Inger Groteblad, a manager at the swimming facility in Uppsala, said it was a matter of security.
“We want to make sure that girls don’t get subjected to sexual harassment,” she was quoted as saying by tabloid Aftonbladet.
The women have filed a complaint against the facility to Sweden’s Equal Opportunities Ombudsman.

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