Thursday, October 15, 2009

Apple's Snow leopard wiping out user account data

These are bad times for data it seems, with the failure of the Microsoft/Danger servers leading to a loss of data for T-Mobile SideKick customers, and a new Apple bug which causes data loss.

This Mac OSX Snow Leopard bug seems to be rather deadly as it leads to a loss of all user account data. Apple's support forums describe the problem as occurring if a user logs into a Guest account on their Snow Leopard computer, and then logs back into your regular account.

The solutions are few, but the good news is that
Apple has declared that they are indeed aware of this issue and are working on fixing it. They also state that the bug is extremely rare, although the severity should count towards the quick release of a fix.

Currently if you have a Snow Leopard computer, it seems it is best to disable your guest account, or atleast disable and reenable it if you need to actually use it. For those with backups on their Apple Time Capsules,
CNet has a way to recover your account.

If you thought that would be a good reason to be an Apple Time Capsule,
think again. This touted backup device seems to have random failures where the devices just dies after over a year of operation, something which is quite obviously undesirable in a backup device.

Our condolences to those SideKick customers with Snow Leopard backed up on a Time Capsule. The universe has just sent you a message, switch to a notebook, pen and carbon-paper.

Credits :- Kshitij Sobti

Reliance brings first Windows Mobile 6.5-ready phone to India, the HTC Touch 2

HTC and Reliance Communications today launched the new HTC Touch2, the company’s and India’s first touch phone embedded with Microsoft's newly released Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system.
“The HTC Touch2 is a compact Windows Mobile device which delivers a familiar touch experience that our consumers relate to, have experienced in the past, and expect in the future from the house of HTC,” said Mr Ajay Sharma, Country Head, HTC India. “The Touch2 expands HTC’s portfolio of touch-based phones and will deliver an advanced touch experience to a broader group of people whether it’s making a call, chatting with friends on Facebook or simply responding to an important email, the HTC Touch2 gives you an immense sense of control.”
Touch and Navigate Better
The HTC Touch2 ensures that everything is at your fingertips in an attractive design that fits comfortably in your hand. HTC Touch2 comes equipped with the upgraded TouchFlo user interface that presents another enjoyable experience including 11 color icons and the weather clock on the home screen for you to intuitively get the local time and weather. The Touch2 is also equipped with an internal GPS antenna that can support satellite navigation solutions including Google Maps.
Superior mobile internet experience
HTC Touch2 Opera Mobile and IE Mobile provide you an accurate display of desktop style Web pages, allowing you to view pages conveniently. The Zoom Bar (see image gallery) allows you to easily swipe your finger on your browser page or photo to view contents in an optimum size.
Life made easy with latest Windows Mobile goodies
Powered by the new Windows Mobile 6.5, the HTC Touch2 is enhanced with a wide variety of applications that enables powerful messaging, browsing and productivity capabilities. With efficient synchronization of Outlook, Calendar, Contact and Work into the Touch2, you will have the ability to manage both work and play with ease. You can also download innovative games and practical applications all from the Windows Marketplace. In addition Microsoft’s new My Phone service enables you to automatically back up and synch photos, music, contacts and text messages for free from the Touch2 to the web.
Pricing & Availability
The HTC Touch2 (detailed specifications here) will be available at a market price of Rs. 24,490 in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh and Rs. 22,490 for the Rest of India at all leading authorized HTC resellers across the country.
Special offer from Reliance
The HTC Touch2 comes with a special and exclusive offer for Reliance Mobile customers. “As part of our value proposition, we are bundling six months Free Data Usage of 200MB per month. This bundled offer can be availed by the users of HTC Touch2 smartphone on Reliance Mobile network. Through this cutting-edge device, our customers will be able to enjoy a host of Windows Mobile Applications on our 3G ready network,” said Mr Vrajesh Shelat, Head - Wireless Data Business, Reliance Communications.