IPL 2014 schedule: IPL starts in UAE on April 16, ends in India on June 1

IPL starts in UAE on April 16, ends in India on June 1

Virat Kohli plays a sweep shot during his innings, Royal          Challengers Bangalore v Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2013, Bangalore,          May 14, 2013

The IPL will start on April 16 in the UAE and is likely to be held in three phases across three countries, ending in India on June 1. A detailed schedule of dates and venues is yet to be finalised but an IPL announcement said that the first 16 matches would be held in the UAE from April 16 followed by a set of matches between May 1 and 12 to be held in either Bangladesh or, the Indian Home Ministry permitting, in India.

The announcement brought to an end a long period of speculation over the final venue. The problem arose because the tournament dates coincided with the Indian elections, scheduled from April 7 to May 12, and brought security and related issues. At the end of the players' auction in Bangalore in February, senior IPL officials had stated that the primary objective was always to hold the maximum number of matches in India. But the Indian Home Ministry made it clear that it would not be possible to provide the required security for the tournament during the elections.

However, the BCCI presented the Indian government with an alternative plan in which the tournament would return to India in early May, by when seven of the nine polling dates would have passed. The board's statement said it had approached the federal Ministry of Home Affairs for permission to play IPL matches in India from May 1-12 in cities where the polling has concluded. "If it is not possible to play in India during this period, IPL matches will be held in Bangladesh," the statement said.


Tech Buzz: Nokia X launched @ Rs. 8,599/- to run on Google's Android OS

Nokia X launched @ Rs. 8,599/-  to run on Google's Android OS

Nokia has launched Nokia X, the first phone from the company to run on Google's Android operating system. The phone, priced at Rs 8,599, will be available through online and offline retailers across India starting Monday.

Nokia X was unveiled by Nokia on February 24, during the MWC at Barcelona in Spain, along with Nokia X+ and XL.

Nokia X sports a 4-inch WVGA LCD display (480 X 800p, 233ppi). The dual-sim phone is powered by a 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon ..

Nokia X features a 3MP fixed-focus camera and doesn't sport an LED flash. In terms of connectivity options, the phone offers Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and A-GPS. It comes with a 1,500mAh removable battery and the company claims a talk time of 10.5 hours on 3G and standby time of 28 days.

The phone runs a highly customised version of Android (based on Android 4.1.2) that has been stripped of Google services and apps including the Play Store. Nokia X comes with Nokia's own app store, HERE Drive and Maps for location service, and Nokia MixRadio music service.

Nokia has also bundled Microsoft's cloud storage service, One Drive with the phone and is offering 10GB of One Drive storage for free, along with one month of free unlimited Skype calls to landlines and mobiles.