FASTag - Prepaid Automated Electronic Toll Collection System For India

India's FASTag Technology

FASTag is the brand name given to automated "Electronic Toll Collection" system launched by India's Ministry of Road Transport & Highways. While such type of highway tag brands are common in developed countries under brand names like “Eazee Pass”, “SunPass”, “e-Pass” and “Salik”, this is a new technology for India. The system comprises of a simple to use, reloadable RFID tag which can be used to pay toll charges without stopping at toll-plazas. The Radio-frequency Identification (RFID) technology used in the tag allows users to travel non-stop through dedicated FASTag lane at toll checker booths, automated scanning of RFID tag on vehicle's windscreen deducts toll charges from the linked prepaid account without stopping for the cash transaction. The tag employs Radio-frequency Identification (RFID) technology and is affixed on the vehicle's windscreen after the tag account is active.

FASTag Cashless Lane

The RFID cards can be purchased and loaded from banks, at the moment Axis Bank and ICICI bank have started to offer the same with more franchises/agents at points of sales are planned in coming days. The technology not only saves users time but also helps save fuel as one don't need to wait for cash transaction, this reduction in idle vehicle fuel consumption is expected to save Rs 60,000 crore in fuel bills.

Fixing "The program can't start because the detoured.dll is missing from your computer." Error On Windows

Majority of Windows users face missing .dll file errors every now and then, but missing detoured.dll takes the prize for being the most annoying of them all. Unlike other missing .dll errors this will popup with message "The program can't start because the detoured.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem." everytime an .exe file is launched on your computer either manually by the user or via autostart.

On the computer I diagnosed this, the error was being flashed 7-10 times on every boot and one needs to close each prompt, on further digging I found detoured.dll is infact part of an Microsoft Research technology named "Detours" which allowed hooks into every application launched on Windows OS (scary!!!). Having such a dll on a computer without any specific use-case was not acceptable so I devoted time to get rid of this error without the need to re-install this dll in my System folder.

detoured.dll

Fixing Lastpass Android App Login Prompts On MiUI 6

Disappointed with not only the design but overall package of the new Apple iPhone 6, I finally gave it a ditch and went for Xiaomi Mi4. The phone is not available in India but importing the device from HongKong costed me roughly $450 (Rs. 28000/-) and I am very satisfied to get such a brilliant phone for almost half the cost of an iPhone6.

Xiaomi phones are also known for their popular MiUI Android interface, and I installed the latest MiUI 6 Beta having Google Android 4.4.4 under the hood. MiUI 6 comes pre-installed with an excellent Security app which features an Anti-malware Scanner, System Cleaner, Data Monitor, Call/SMS Spam Blocker, Battery Manager and an excellent permission manager which lets you take control of which apps have root access and other permissions. Having Android allows you to do a lot more like LastPass Auto Login feature for applications, this however failed to work on MiUI6 and always timed-out as shown below, thankfully the fix was easy as instructed next.

MiUI Floating App Issue

Apple iOS 8.1 Finally Jailbroken

Apple iOS 8.1 JailbreakJailbreak fans who were holding upgrades to Apple iOS 8 can now take the plunge as Chinese iOS hacker group Team Pangu has finally achieved a iOS 8 – 8.1 jailbreak that works successfully on Apple devices including the latest iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPad Air 2 along with all previous devices. For now the jailbreak utility is Windows only and allows users to get SSH access - using which one can install Cydia (Saurik has already uploaded Cydia for iOS 8 on his website). The user must disable passcode lock and turn off "find my iphone" feature before using Pangu for iOS8.

The list of devices and iOS firmware version supported by the new jailbreak : iOS 8.0, 8.0.1, 8.0.2, 8.1 on Phone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, iPad 2/3/4/Air/Air 2/mini 1/mini 2/mini 3 and iPod touch 5.

Pangu iOS Jailbreak Tool
Pangu iOS Jailbreak Tool

WonderFox 2014 Halloween Giveaway Party

While Indians are celebrating Deepawali our readers in other part of the globe are waiting for Halloween. What’s your plan for this Halloween? This October, to welcome the big festival of Halloween, WonderFox started to seed the special Halloween gift for Megaleecher users, valid through November 6. Three products are provided for giveaway in the event period.

WonderFox 2014 Halloween Giveaway Party
  • WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro (October 20th to 27th)
    This HD conversion software helps users convert video from Standard-Definition (SD) to High-Definition (HD) like HD MP4, HD MKV, HD AVI, HD MTS, HD TRP even Ultra HD 4K standard, and it also supports the newest encoders H265 (HEVC) and VP9.
  • WonderFox DVD Ripper Pro (October 25th to October 31st)
    With WonderFox DVD Ripper Pro, you can rip any copy protected DVD to digital video, and transmit it into your portable device like iPhone6, iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung Galaxy Note 4. It lets you backup a DVD to MPG video within 5 minutes.
  • WonderFox DVD Video Converter (October 28th to November 5th)
    WonderFox DVD Video Converter provides one-stop total solution to rip DVD (released by Disney, Paramount, Sony, etc), convert video to nearly all the formats and devices, download online video, edit and play video with excellent performance.

Happy Deepwali And New Year...

Best wishes to all on Indian festival of Deepawali and Hindu Calender New Year.

[Video] Apple iOS 8.1 Review

Apple Introduces New 27'' iMac With 5K Retina Display And iPad Air 2

New Google Nexus Family With Android 5.0 Lollipop Announced

Google has officially unveiled the Android 5.0 Lollipop with a new range of Nexus family devices. The newly announced devices are a 6-inch smartphone named Nexus 6, a media streamer called the Nexus Player, and a 8.9-inch tablet built by HTC Nexus 9 - all powered by the next Google Android OS, the Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Google New Nexus Family With Android 5.0

From Idea to App: The Duration of Software Development

We’ve all done it — in the shower, in the car, even while on break at work. We’ve all had a great idea for an app that would revolutionize how the world works. However, it turns out that software development isn’t as easy as coming up with an idea and doodling pictures of the logo. Software development takes energy, and more significant than that, development of a worthwhile and usable app will take time.

You may be overeager to get your product on devices around the world, but if you want to protect yourself and your potential profits, you need to take software development step by step. Luckily, here’s the guide to help you do that.

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