31 January 2011

Multitasking 4th-Gen iPod Touch Is Finger-Swipin' Good


There’s a joke widely told among tech nerds ending with a punch line that goes something like, “I loved my first gen iPod Touch when it could make calls and was called an iPhone.”
The iPod Touch may constitute 40 percent of iOS sales, but the general consensus among gadget hounds is why? Why would you shell out for a device that looks like an iPhone, operates like an iPhone, but doesn’t make calls? (It might be argued that the iPhone doesn’t really make calls either.)

For its 4th generation iPod Touch, Apple has done much to answer this question and labored hard to set the gadget apart from the iPhone. First off, it does not co-opt the iPhone 4’s aluminum and glass ice-cream sandwich design. Instead, the Touch retains a trapezoidal shape with a flat glass front and a smudge-attracting chrome back plate. It’s also extraordinarily thin at 4.4 x 2.3 x 0.28 inches, weighs just 3.6 ounces and flaunts a vibrant 960 x 640, 3.5-inch screen. When compared side-by-side, the iPhone 4 looks rather like a behemoth next to the Touch. But aside from outward appearances, the two devices do share some important similarities.

Like the processor! Using Apple’s A4 CPU (same chip in the iPhone 4 and iPad) the Touch runs supremely quickly. Scrolling through the OS is swift and simple. Multitasking is also effortless—we ran the music player while engaging in some heavy app usage. If you’ve never FatBoothed a friend while listening to Thunderstruck, then, well I don’t think you’ve truly lived yet.

Overall the VGA quality cam takes some decent images but is not quite as sharp as ones taken with the iPhone 4. Colors are a bit more washed out and there is some distinct noise. Check out the difference below.

The rear-facing video cam records at 720p and 30 FPS. The footage is … meh. But it’s also just good enough to stay competitive with video recorders like the Flip. The front-facing cam, designed to work with apps like FaceTime, only operates at VGA resolution but still has 30 FPS.
Speaking of apps, FaceTime is a hoot. The app allows you to video chat with anyone who has iOS 4.1, is easy to set up and conversations are passable but the audio is slightly muddled. Gaming, which is rapidly becoming the iPod touch’s raison d’ĂȘtre, is baked into the software of the Touch. Called GameCenter, it wasn’t active when we received our review unit. We’ll be sure to update the review when this feature becomes active.

And what about media playback? You know, the thing the Touch was designed to do in the first place? Video is smoother than a freshly oiled veal cutlet, while scrolling through the music library is a breeze. Audio playback is sparkling—especially in Apple lossless. As always, it’s wise to steer clear of the garbage earbuds packaged with this thing and upgrade to a grown-up set of headphones.

So this brings us back to the question at hand: Why get the Touch over say a new iPhone? Good question. When you look at the sum of its parts, the Touch is actually a lot of single-serving devices rolled into one. Its video camera makes it competitive with the Flip, its gaming abilities (while not on par with a Gameboy or PSP) are decent for casual users, and video playback is better than just about any dedicated device available out there. So if you want to trade all of those gadgets in for an all-in-one device, you could do a lot worse than the Touch. It may not make phone calls, but hey, we hear your iPhone doesn’t either.
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30 January 2011

iPhone 5 rumours: what you need to know

iPhone 5 (or the iPhone 5G, as some are calling it) rumours are flying thick and fast already.
Will there be a rush release to erase memories of the iPhone 4's antenna problems?
Will the 5th generation iPhone deliver ultra-fast mobile internet? Will it ever end up on Verizon in the US?
Let's raid the iPhone 5 rumour fridge to find the tomatoes of truth amid the stinky stilton of baseless speculation.
The iPhone 5 isn't the Verizon iPhone, and vice versa
The Verizon iPhone rumour has been around forever, and one day it'll come true - but it won't be the iPhone 5. The Wall Street Journal said a Verizon iPhone was nearly ready back in October, and we'd take that one seriously: the WSJ is the paper Apple tends to share its secrets with.
It says that "the [Verizon] phone would resemble the iPhone 4 currently sold by AT&T, but would be based on an alternative wireless technology used by Verizon, these people said." Which people? "People familiar with the matter".
The iPhone 5 will have a different form factor to the iPhone 4
WSJ: "Separately, Apple is also developing a new iPhone model, said people briefed on the phone. One person familiar said the fifth-generation iPhone would be a different form factor than those that are currently available… it was unclear how soon that version would be available to Verizon or other carriers."
This has since been backed up by reports from Engadget we reported on 17 January 2011, which state the design will be a 'total rethink'.
The iPhone 5 specs will be evolutionary, not revolutionary
According to the Chinese Economic Daily News (via AppleInsider), with the exception of Qualcomm chipsets - which would replace the current Infineon chipsets in the iPhone 4 - Apple's sticking with the same suppliers for the 2011 iPhone 5G components.
We'd expect the basics of the iPhone 5 specs to get a bump - more memory, faster processor, more storage - but DVICE quotes a single insider who claims to have handled Verizon prototypes.
The specs? A new antenna, 1.2GHz processor and a larger screen: 3.7" instead of 3.5". The iPhone 5 may also be made from a new kind of alloy, or maybe meat.
However, we're also hearing word of a multi-core design, in keeping with the rest of the mobile world, as Apple looks to improve both battery life and performance.
The iPhone 5 will also get a massive graphical boost as it moves to a dual-core GPU - this could herald true 1080p output from the new device, according to our news story on 18 January.
The iPhone 5 specs may include a digital wallet
There's been some speculation that Apple might include Near Field Communication (NFC) technology in the iPhone 5G, turning it into a kind of credit/debit card. However, as Techeye.net notes, "Apple has looked into NFC before" so this might not be imminent.

PAY PHONE: Apple patents show how a near field communication-equipped iPhone 5 could act as a kind of credit card
The iPhone 5 release date will be in the summer…
Apple's established a rhythm with iPhone releases, with new models appearing in late June or early July each year. It's a safe bet that the iPhone 5 release date will also be late June or early July.
As Beatweek magazine points out, Apple's A-Team can't be everywhere at once; by staggering the releases of the iPad 2 and the iPhone 5, they get to work their magic on both devices.
…or maybe the iPhone 5 release date will be earlier
iLounge said its source reckoned Apple would push the iPhone 5 release date forwards - possibly to January 2011 - because of the iPhone 4 antenna problems, although iLounge itself said the claim was "hard to believe". The source could be confusing the Verizon iPhone and the iPhone 5.
The usual July release date was mentioned by Engadget's source too in January 2011 - meaning the standard release cycle looks set to continue.
The iPhone 5 specs may include LTE support
At least one analyst thinks the iPhone 5 will support LTE, super-fast mobile broadband, in the US. That would make the iPhone 5G a 4G phone, which won't be confusing at all. LTE is certainly coming - AT&T plans to roll out its LTE service in 2011 - but an LTE iPhone has been rumoured for a while. USA Today floated the idea of an LTE iPhone on Verizon last year.
The iPhone 5 price won't change
If the iPhone 5 is an evolutionary step like the move from the iPhone 3G to the iPhone 3GS then we'd expect the price to stay more or less the same, although in the UK higher VAT rates may well mean a higher price tag.

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Download Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac | Buy from Amazon

Microsoft has released the Mac version of Office 2011 in trial format. The trial version lets you assess Office for Mac 2011 for a 30-day period; once this period is over, you get the choice of uninstalling the program, buying the suite from a store or purchasing a product key online.

The 30-day period is half the length of time that Microsoft currently allows Office for Windows users to test out the Office 2010 suite, as they get a full 60-day test drive.

The trial version of Office for Mac Home and Business 2011 includes the new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook, the suite's word processor, spreadsheet, presentation programs respectively, and revamped and renamed e-mail client

Although some Mac users may have been put off from having any Microsoft software near their computers, Office for the Mac has not only been selling extremely well, the reviews of the latest version have been glowing. The only real competition on the Mac at the moment is the now dated iWork suite and Microsoft believes it is the perfect time to give Office for Mac a try.

Those who are interested in trying out the Office suite can download the free version from the Microsoft Office for Mac website. The cost of a product key or full-boxed edition of Office for the Mac 2011 varies from site to site, so it is well worth shopping around once your trial has ended.
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Lauch Date Of Internet Explorer 9 RC - '10 Feburary'

Microsoft is all set ready for the launch of its most awaited browser Internet Explorer 9 as it attempts to remain competitive in the browser marketplace. Microsoft delivers everything in its latest browser IE9 to compete with other browser platform and become browser king with its contenders Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Opera.
Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 RC build was leaked out earlier and Winreview.ru has posted some screenshots of that leak. The version which will be going to hit the web is 9.00.8073.6018 (WIN7_IE9_Partner.110121-2300). It is believed by many that Microsoft is gearing up for the release of IE 9 and the RC builds are of near final quality. Microsoft is also taking privacy to a new level, allowing the browser to block a website's ability to use location based services too.

Microsoft has just announced through its media press release about Internet Explorer 9 event on February 10th. The announcement will take place in San Francisco.

Microsoft is gearing up for the launch of IE 9 as it attempts to remain competitive in the browser marketplace. For Microsoft, IE 9 represents its latest attempt to remain the browser king while it fights off contenders Firefox, Chrome and a host of others. If Microsoft does not find a way to stop users from leaving the platform, its market share will continue to drop until it is no longer the market leader.
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29 January 2011

Apple iPad2, The Next generation iPad

 
Apple about to launch iPad2 "The Next generation iPad"iPad2 would have more advanced features that may faced competition with Samsung Galaxy Tab , Motorola Xoom
BlackBerry PlayBook 4G etc.

These iPad 2 features not presented in earlier iPad.

iPad lover waiting for the new Apple's iPad 2 and are too eager to know whether Apple will be launching an LTE 4G compatible Verizon iPad 2.


Apple launch iPad 2 as early as possible, because various new tablets as Motorola Xoom and Samsung Galaxy is about to hit the market in 2011 as shown in CES 2011.
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26 January 2011

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Update List Leaks

The rumors about latest Windows 7 Service Pack still continues. Now Russian website Wzor has leaked a list of updates which compiled Windows 7 Service Pack 2 (SP2), the site claims that work on Windows 7 SP2 started in the fall of 2010, ahead of the finalization of SP1. We have already mentioned before in our blog about Release Date of Windows 7 SP 2 in middle of 2012.
Microsoft is said to include no less than 132 updates for x86 Windows 7 SP2, as much as 171 updates for x64 Windows 7 SP2 and 114 updates for IA-64 Windows Server 2008 R2 SP2 systems.

Microsoft had previously released an RC version of its upcoming service pack last October. The version, windows6.1-KB976932, had been officially released possibly due to the leaked version surfacing earlier in the same week. The Service Pack will provide several enhancements to Windows 7 including Remote FX and many incremental updates to the platform. The Release Candidate can be found here and weighs in at 865.4MB for the 64 bit version and 514.7MB for the 32 bit version.

The build reportedly went final on January 18, 2011, according to Techarp, and subsequently leaked to torrent sites on January 20th.

Here are the details of the reportedly final RTM build:

x86
Build: 7601.17514.101119-1850
File: Windows6.1-KB976932-X86.exe
Size: 563,934,504 bytes
SHA-1: C3516BC5C9E69FEE6D9AC4F981F5B95977A8A2FA
MD5: 4BF28FC00D86C936C89E2D91EF46758B
CRC: 5EB0FA87

x64
Build: 7601.17514.101119-1850
File: Windows6.1-KB976932-X64.exe
Size: 947,070,088 bytes
SHA-1: 74865EF2562006E51D7F9333B4A8D45B7A749DAB
MD5: 28D3932F714BF71D78E75D36AA2E0FB8
CRC: 068C79C6

Microsoft have yet to announce a date to ship Windows 7 SP1 stating rather vaguely that it will be made available in the first half of 2011 as an integrated release.

As this release is an RC, a release candidate, it should be a stable version of the service pack, but as with any software that is not the final release version, install at your own risk.
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Google Hiring New Talents and Comers - Join Google! for better Future

If you'r looking for a promising job, then why not Join Google!. Google is hiring new comers in their organization, so if you want to build your career with world's largest and biggest company Google so join it today.
Today, Google post on their blog about latest induction in company. Google announced that they added 4,500 workers in 2010. This number is seems to be high but wait, it still comes second to 2007 when they added 6,000 new people. Now Google wants to expand their business even more and bigger with new employees, claiming this year will top 2007 and become their biggest hiring year in company history. Google says;

"We’re looking for top talent across the board and around the globe and we’ll hire as many smart, creative people as we can to tackle some of the toughest challenges in computer science"

It seems that business must be going good at Google, however, which is buying small sites and startups (including failed attempt for GroupOn) pretty rapidly. The company acknowledged that new hires would work on what they consider startups within Google even though most of last year's hiring took place in engineering and sales. Google was quick to assure that there is a job for any interest.

If you think you’re eligible and wants to join the team, check out google.com/jobs.
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25 January 2011

Release Date and Pricing of Nintendo 3DS Announced

The Release Date and Pricing of most awaited console Nintendo 3DS has been announced by Nintendo. The company has now announced specific details about the gaming platform. According to Nintendo’s site, the 3DS features a glasses-free 3D screen, a 3D “depth slider” to allow the player to adjust just how three dimensional they want their games to be, and a motion/gyro sensor to detect movement. The system is backwards compatible with the DS (with the exception of Game Boy Advance accessories). There’s also several built-in pieces of software with the 3DS, including a tool to create your Mii, an activity log, a web browser, and more.

The Launch Date of Nintendo 3DS is going to be March 27 and the Pre-Order Price will be $249.99. It will be available in two colors, Aqua Blue and Cosmo Black, and have a lineup of 20 games available at launch. This makes the 3DS the most expensive console that Nintendo offers, since the retail price of the Wii has dropped to $199.99. Compared to other handheld gaming devices, the 3DS seems a bit expensive – you can purchase a PSP for $150 or a DSi XL for $160, but those systems obviously lack the 3D hook. For sake of comparison, the Sony PSP released with the same street price back in 2005.

One interesting hardware feature that is built into the device is a 3D camera. According to the site, it can be used to take pictures that can be displayed in 3D on the device.
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Follow Apple App Store On Twitter Now !!

After brings Apple iTunesMusic on Twitter, now Apple has launched Apple App Store on Twitter with the twitter name @AppStore, new Twitter account for its popular iOS and Mac App Store. The new @AppStore Twitter account only made its debut a few hours ago, but it has already amassed more than 35,000 Twitter followers as of this writing. For comparison, its sister account, @iTunesMusic, has more than 680,000 followers.
As the accounts first tweet explains, @AppStore will feature new apps in Apple’s iOS and Mac App Stores and provide exclusive offers for Twitter users. For example, the account’s second tweet provided a quick pitch and a link to Nike’s Training Club App.

Creating a Twitter account for the App Store seems like a simple and effective way to generate more buzz and more downloads about featured apps. It’s essentially the same thing Apple has been doing with its App Store Facebook Page, which has nearly 1 million fans. Apple also has five popular iTunes Twitter accounts tweeting about new films, music and TV shows.

Still, Apple is known for its lack of engagement in social media. The company doesn’t have official Facebook or Twitter accounts. While the @AppStore account is a refreshing addition to Apple’s social media roster, don’t expect Steve Jobs, Tim Cook or Apple, Inc. to be tweeting anytime soon.

Follow @AppStore on Twitter Now.
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Secret of Facebook Marketing - Interesting Facts about Facebook Marketing

Everybody wants to know about the secret of facebook marketing facts. To enhance your online business presence on most popular social networking websites like Facebook, Twitter, MySpace etc you must know the facts and figures about latest trends. So today i am going to share the secret of Facebook Marketing, which will helps you to build and make your social networking strategy more effectively.

Dan Zarella, author of the new Facebook Marketing Book, recently published an interesting statistics report about Facebook Marketing Facts.

Have a look on the following Facebook Marketing Statistic chart.

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23 January 2011

5 Best Available Bluetooth Headsets Users Should Have

After the revolutionary change in trend of Mobile Phones and Smartphones with Bluetooth technology, now every single mobile phone holder wants to use classy and stylish Bluetooth Headsets with their smartphones and mobile phones.

The demand of Bluetooth Headsets is dramatically increases in past few years, but to choose and buy the best and stylish Bluetooth Headset is the first priority of every mobile phone owner. So today i am going to share Best Available Bluetooth Headsets for mobile users. We have picked up 5 classy Bluetooth headsets that will keep you connected on the go and which suits on your style.

So have a look on following Best 5 Bluetooth Headsets Available in the market which you can buy without any hesitation!

Get your Favorite Bluetooth Headsets for your Mobile Phone Device Now!!


1) Plantronics Discovery 975
Gorgeously minimal, Plantronics’ Discovery 975 is ideal for anyone looking for a particularly elegant solution for wireless cellphone conversations. Striking in its simplicity, the 975 is more than just good looking, its carry case conveniently charges the earpiece, a clever design that means you can juice up on the go.


2) Motorola Oasis
Boasting all day comfort, the Oasis is no slouch in the looks department, with a modern black and chrome finish and a tidy, behind-the-ear design. Motorola claims the Oasis is the lightest headset available, but it still manages to pack in voice prompt commands, dual-mics for noise cancellation and the ability to pair with two Bluetooth devices at the same time.


3) Jawbone Icon
Jawbone makes hip headsets for the cool kids. The Icon is the company’s flagship model (in Jawbone’s words, “simply the best friggin’ headset on the planet”). It’s available in 10 unique styles, all of which are cool and contemporary. The gadget also comes with seven different earbud options, so it’s safe to say you’ll almost certainly find a combination to suit your taste.


4) BlueAnt Q2
With a classic design, the Q2′s simple good looks are backed up by some serious technology. This high-end headset won’t draw unnecessary attention to itself, yet it will offer you comprehensive voice recognition commands and text-to-speech technology that announces the names of incoming callers and reads aloud SMS messages. You can get all of that wonderful Star Trek tech with none of its clunky looks.


Arguably the most dramatic design on this list, Jabra’s Stone headset is about as far removed from your standard wireless Bluetooth accessory as you can get. The Stone boasts cool, curvaceous looks, as well as a portable charging unit that the headset slots neatly into, and it is available in both black and white. If you want to stand out from the crowd, the Stone is a rocking option for you.
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90% of Windows copies are pirated in China says Microsoft

According to Microsoft's CEO, Steve Ballmer, when he met with a number of high ranking government officials, including United States president Barak Obama, and Chinese president Hu Jintao, according to NetworkWorld.com.

Steve Ballmer raised some issues and concerns with Chinese president Hu, discussing how 90% out of 100% copies of Windows in China are pirated and only 10% is legit. Microsoft estimates that 90% of China uses some form of pirated software on their computer, with over half of the countries residents still using Windows XP and Internet Explorer 6, a claim which is backed up by StatsCounter.com.
84% of Chinese users still running Windows XP and over 50% using Internet Explorer 6, Microsoft addresses the concern that these users may be at risk of worms, Trojans, spyware and other malicious software running on their computers. The reason for China still running dated software on their computers is because of piracy. Some users are too afraid to upgrade, in case they can't bypass the security system on the operating system.

White House quoted Obama raising the concerns from Steve Ballmer says;

"We're making progress on making sure that the government procurement process in China is open and fair to American businesses. And we've made progress as a consequence of this state visit".


"Some of it has to do with intellectual property protection. So we were just in a meeting with business leaders, and Steve Ballmer of Microsoft pointed out that their estimate is that only 1 customer in every 10 of their products is actually paying for it in China. And so can we get better enforcement, since that is an area where America excels intellectual property and high-value added products and services."

Microsoft has been battling piracy for years in America, and has gained tremendous ground in the market.
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22 January 2011

Google Voice 'Number Porting' Feature - Port Your Phone Number

After introducing Google Voice into iPhone, Google is now comes up with its new Google Voice calling feature for their users. Google is now currently testing a new feature for Google Voice called 'Number Porting', through which users will get the ability to port their existing landline or cell phone number over to Google Voice.
BGR reports that the new number porting feature is open to a selected number of Google Voice users, but it comes at a price. Google is charging a $20 number transfer fee, payable through Google Checkout. However, there may be other fees for transferring your number over. Your current landline or carrier may charge you an additional early termination fee, which could range in the hundreds of dollars to end a contract.

You can convert your number with a few clicks, you can have people call the regular phone number that you’ve been using all these years, without having to teach them to call a different number just so you can use Google Voice and all its Gmail like features. Simply click on Settings in the top right, then click voice settings, and finally, on the phone tab, click change / port. Click that and you’ll soon be done. Follow the two easy steps and pay the $20 transfer fee, and you'll have all your incoming calls forwarded to Google Voice.

Users with a contract should check with their carrier first, to ensure they aren't going to be nailed with an early termination fee.After introducing Google Voice into iPhone, Google is now comes up with its new Google Voice calling feature for their users. Google is now currently testing a new feature for Google Voice called 'Number Porting', through which users will get the ability to port their existing landline or cell phone number over to Google Voice.
BGR reports that the new number porting feature is open to a selected number of Google Voice users, but it comes at a price. Google is charging a $20 number transfer fee, payable through Google Checkout. However, there may be other fees for transferring your number over. Your current landline or carrier may charge you an additional early termination fee, which could range in the hundreds of dollars to end a contract.

You can convert your number with a few clicks, you can have people call the regular phone number that you’ve been using all these years, without having to teach them to call a different number just so you can use Google Voice and all its Gmail like features. Simply click on Settings in the top right, then click voice settings, and finally, on the phone tab, click change / port. Click that and you’ll soon be done. Follow the two easy steps and pay the $20 transfer fee, and you'll have all your incoming calls forwarded to Google Voice.

Users with a contract should check with their carrier first, to ensure they aren't going to be nailed with an early termination fee.

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Google Voice finally on iPhone 3Gs


Google VoiceGoogle's end run around Apple's App Store is complete: Google Voice is ready as a Web application.

Owners of the iPhone and Palm's WebOS devices can now get in on the mobile Google Voice experience with the Web app, which will run in the browsers of iPhones with the 3.0 software installed and all Palm WebOS devices, said Vincent Paquet, senior product manager at Google. The application should be available for current users of Google Voice--which is still an invitation-only service--as of Tuesday at m.google.com/voice.

Google Voice allows incoming calls to ring mobile phones, office phones, or desk phones depending on how the user sets their Google Voice profile. It also treats voice mail like e-mail, transcribing voice messages into an in-box where they can be read and deleted.

Last year Google submitted a native version of Google Voice to Apple in hopes of getting the software onto the iPhone. As most will recall, Apple and Google then entered into a semantic war of words over whether Apple rejected the application (Google's version) or merely continues to study it (Apple's version). Either way, the FCC got involved and Google Voice remains in App Store limbo, Paquet said.

"We haven't had any updates regarding our native app for the iPhone, unfortunately," Paquet said. However, now that the Web app is ready iPhone users will be able to get essentially the same experience that the native app would have delivered, although the user interface will be slightly different because the application will be running in the browser. Paquet declined to comment on whether Google plans to continue the App Store approval process with the native version.

The Web application is another sign of Google's strong desire to encourage people to think of Web-based applications as a ready alternative to native applications. The company has spoken about its plans for Web development at length, and even plans to develop a lightweight operating system based on its Chrome browser as a sort of proof-of-concept for the Web development mindset.

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21 January 2011

Release Date of Windows 8 and Windows 7 SP Leaked Out

The latest news and information about Windows 8 and Windows 7 SP2 Launch Date has been leaked out by Wzor.net, who is very well known for as Infamous Leaker. Wzor.net has confirmed the news about the launching of Windows 8 pre beta and about Windows 7 SP2 launch.
According to Wzor.net Windows 7 SP2 is already actively underway since the autumn of 2010, and if all goes according to plan then the appearance of a second service pack, Service Pack 2 for Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 is expected in mid-2012 " and looking forward to Windows 8, Wzor states, " Windows 8 is scheduled for the very end of 2012, so it really can be called: Microsoft Windows 2012 Apocalypse Edition, at least the server version will be named as Windows Server 2012."

Further, for more recent information, the site states that Microsoft is planning two betas for Windows 8 and states that at least one, if not both versions, will be for public consumption and three months after the RC is released, Windows 8 will go RTM. Specific dates were not mentioned.

By far the biggest bombshell is that "according to our information, Microsoft will plan to begin selling boxed retail versions of Microsoft Windows on Monday January 7, 2013!”

Again all this information comes from a reputable leaker but as with any information, its subject to verification. Hopefully the information is on track but as for Windows 8 leaks, Wzor states, “Possible leaks in the network of test assemblies may be expected only close to the appearance of the first beta version of Windows 8 Beta 1"
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Download Facebook App for Java Enabled Phones

There are many Facebook Apps available online for iPhone, Mac and Android smartphones, But now Facebook have launched its Mobile App for Java enabled feature phones. Now Java users can also use Facebook Apps in their Feature Mobile Phones.

Today, the largest social network introduced Facebook App for Feature Phones through a partnership with Snaptu, extending to simpler devices functionality previously available only to smartphones. The app will give feature phone users access to Facebook messages, events, pictures, news feeds, profiles and more.

The app gives users a better, almost smartphones like Facebook experience that includes simple homescreen navigation, contact syncing and fast scrolling of updates and photos. The new application works on 2,500 different models of devices from the likes of Nokia, Sony, Ericsson, LG and other manufacturers.

You can download this Facebook Application from Snaptu Right here.

Users will be able to use the Facebook app without incurring data charges.

The app is available on the following carriers in the following countries and will launch on more networks and in more areas soon:
  • Dialog (Sri Lanka)
  • Life (Ukraine)
  • Play (Poland)
  • StarhHub (Singapore)
  • STC (Saudi Arabia)
  • Three (Hong Kong)
  • Tunisiana (Tunisia)
  • Viva (Dominican Republic)
  • Vodafone (Romania)
Launching soon:
  • Mobilicity (Canada)
  • Reliance (India)
  • Telcel (Mexico)
  • TIM (Brazil)
  • Vivacom (Bulgaria)
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Intel To Integrate Windows 8 Into Phones

In Intel financials conference call with CEO Paul Otellini, Intel has shared information about Windows 8 to put into Mobile Phones. Otellini discussed the company’s future plans for products, including mobile phones.
Intel openly talked about the possibility of having a mobile phone running Windows 8. The only holdback in the near future with a full OS running on a mobile device is battery life. Intel was quoted, via ZDnet.com that Windows 8 could run on their lowest-power Intel processor.

We have the ability to put our lowest-power Intel processors running Windows 8, or “next-generation Windows,” into phones, because it's the same OS stack. And I look at that as an upside opportunity for us.

After Microsoft announced that Windows 8 will be able to run on a wide variety of processors, including ARM, the possibilities of running Windows 8 anywhere became a reality.

It's still unclear what direction Microsoft wishes to pursue with Windows 8 on mobile devices. Although it would be great to have Windows 8 running on a tablet PC, would Microsoft ever want to release a line of mobile phones running Windows 8? Windows 8 is still more than a year away, and with Microsoft's newly launched Windows Phone 7 operating system, it wouldn't make much sense to replace the OS after a years time, but perhaps a slimmed down version of Windows 8 might be ideal for a dual-OS phone.
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Enter Into Microsoft Spelling Contest & Win $15K

Microsoft have started a new competition between users knows as "Speller Challenge". In this competition people have to correct incorrect spelling of Bing Search Engine for better search results and the top five winners can win upto a prize of $10,000.
Bing feels that there is a lot of room for improvement in this area of their search engine as they are teaming up with Microsoft Research to offer a reward to the team that develops the best spelling alteration technique. They are calling it the Speller Challenge and goal is to "develop a spelling alteration system suitable for large-scale statistical data mining-based web search."


A common approach to spelling alteration is the noisy channel model, in which the received query (q) is treated as a noise-corrupted version of the target query (c). In this model, the spelling alteration system alters q into c and returns the latter's results. The techniques to best identify query/target pairs and best estimate these statistics are the active research problem that underlies this challenge. But that's just the foundation. Place the spelling alteration task in the context of web search, and you have another dimension to consider. The effectiveness of using a fixed lexicon is a known problem because it can lead the speller not only to miss "real word" errors but also misrecognize out-of-vocabulary tokens as errors.

If this challenge sounds like something up your alley Microsoft is offering a sample dataset for developers and researchers to use, a similar dataset will be used to test the effectiveness of the spelling alteration engine. There will be five winners with the first prize winner getting $10,000.

Click here to Enter into Challenge!

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19 January 2011

What You Need To Know When Buying A Game Console


Holiday time equals game time. And if you or your loved ones haven’t made the leap to a current-generation game console yet, now’s a great time to do it.
Game consoles traditionally have a five-to-10-year shelf life, and we’re right in the middle of that span now. That means the current generation of game boxes from Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo have all been out awhile, and you shouldn’t expect major upgrades any time soon.
Instead of rolling out brand-new hardware, each company has incrementally tweaked and improved its existing systems in 2010. Here’s a breakdown of today’s landscape.

Playstation 3

Sony’s console is the most powerful of the lot, making for fast performance and fantastic-looking games. The integrated Blu-ray drive also makes it a perfect fit for the living room.
What’s new: Motion-based control via Playstation Move (see below).
Exclusive titles: Gran Turismo 5, Heavy Rain, God of War III.
Hidden perk: 3-D gaming and 3-D Blu-ray support, thanks to a recent firmware upgrade.
Price: $300 (120-GB model), $350 (320-GB model).

Xbox 360

As a hardcore gamer’s console, the 360 delivers solid visuals and a fantastic back catalog of games. A recent chassis refresh lends it quieter operation, and its online matchmaking and community are highly polished and well-developed.
What’s new: Full-body control and speech recognition via Kinect (see below).
Exclusive titles: Halo: Reach, Fable III, Crackdown 2.
Hidden perk: Has a full-fledged movie-rental-and-purchase service baked into Xbox Live.
Price: $200 (4-GB model), $300 (250-GB model), $400 (250-GB model with Kinect).

Nintendo Wii

This tiny console dominates the market with its focus on casual gaming, motion controls and cherished Nintendo properties. Though somewhat underpowered, it has modest video chops and bare-bones online-gaming capabilities.
What’s new: Disc-less Netflix.
Exclusive titles: Metroid: Other M, Super Mario Galaxy 2, Red Steel 2.
Hidden perk: Lets you purchase and download vintage Nintendo games.
Price: $200.

Multimedia Features

The ins and outs of gaming are pretty self-explanatory (Shoot > Kill > Gloat > Repeat). Let’s take a look at some less-obvious multimedia experiences crammed into today’s systems.
Dashboard services: The days of booting up and going straight to fragging are gone. Modern systems feature dashboards, which serve as central hubs for additional services and features. All sorts of things are accessible and displayable: from news, weather (Nintendo Wii), Facebook and Twitter (Xbox 360) to sports scores (Playstation 3).
Music: Rockin’ a boomin’ sound system? Then turnin’ your console into a streamin’ jukebox is a no-brainer.  Though the feature isn’t baked into the Wii, there are plenty of third-party software options out there. As a DLNA-ready device, the PS3 is also designed to shoot your music onto the big screen and sound system from the get-go. Meanwhile, the Xbox 360 offers the most vertical integration when it comes to music. Music purchases from Microsoft’s Zune Marketplace app also scale for use on PCs, Zunes and even Windows Phone 7–enabled smartphones.
Media streaming: Using game consoles to play a cache of computer-stored video files has never been easier. The Xbox 360 works surprisingly well with Windows’ Media Center, letting you shoot your PC or Mac-stored content to the big screen. The PS3 is similarly capable and equally powerful, allowing you to stream network-accessible video files with minimal setup and requiring easily accessible software. Nintendo’s Wii can also manage this task with third-party software, though the video quality is significantly less polished compared to its much more powerful competitors.

Motion Gaming

Thanks to the success of the Wii’s innovative motion-based control scheme, every console is getting some gesture love this holiday season. Although the concept is largely the same across all systems (flailing around wildly = moving an on-screen avatar)  the underlying tech and game libraries are drastically different. On top of this, the PS3 and Xbox 360 require additional peripherals to unlock these capabilities. Here’s the skinny on the differences and the equipment needed.

PlayStation Move

Sony’s answer to the Wii utilizes a wireless wand-style controller packed with inertial sensors and accelerometers. Paired with the PlayStation Eye (a tiny webcam peripheral), the Move can track the controller in three dimensions.
Equipment needed: PS3 + PlayStation Eye + Wand Controller.
Price: $100.
Must-have motion title: Sports Champions.

Xbox 360 Kinect

Microsoft ditched the controller entirely, instead relying on a high-tech, webcam-like sensor array. On top of sensing players’ motions (and the characteristics of the room itself), Kinect also sports speech recognition.
Equipment needed: Xbox 360 + Kinect Sensor.
Price: $150.
Must-have motion title: Dance Central.

Nintendo Wii Motion Plus

How do you remind people you were first with motion-controlling? You improve on the platform you already have by giving it a boost in sensitivity and accuracy. You don’t need it for basic Wii games, of course, which use the stock Wiimote. But the Wii MotionPlus fits over the existing Wiimote and gives added sensitivity and accuracy to your movements. Best part? Earlier this year Nintendo announced it would be offering MotionPlus controllers with new consoles — gratis.
Equipment needed: Wii + MotionPlus Controller.
Price: $20.
Must-have motion title: Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10, GoldenEye 007.
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BlackBerry Storm 3 Details and Features Leaked Out

The details and features of new BlackBerry Storm 3 has been leaked out on internet. Boy Genius Report claims to have leaked a details, features and pictures of upcoming BlackBerry lineup, the Storm 3. Leaked specifications place the phone as a serious competitor to current high-end smartphones, as well as being a decent addition to the BlackBerry lineup.

The device will reportedly feature a 3.7 inch 800x480 display, the highest resolution on a BlackBerry so far, and now features an optical trackpad underneath the Storm's unique click-touchscreen. The insides have also been given a spec boost, running on a 1.2GHz processor, 8GB of storage, and a graphics chip supporting OpenGL ES 2.0. It's entirely possible that RIM will be making a push for mobile gaming with this release, as the phone also features a magnetometer along with its accelerometer. Coupled with the powerful processor and touchscreen, the Storm 3 could make for a serious competitor in mobile gaming. Storm 3 will also feature a 5-megapixel camera with 720p video recording, matching up on paper with Apple's iPhone 4.

Storm 3 is currently codenamed Monaco and Monza for the international markets, so it's entirely possible that there'll be a name change between now and September, when the phone should be hitting the shelves.

Features and Specifications of BlackBerry Storm 3:
  • 1.2GHz processor
  • 3.7-inch 800 x 480 capacitive display
  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE
  • Tri-band UMTS/HSPA
  • 5-megapixel camera with 720p video recording
  • 8GB eMMC (storage for apps and data), 512MB of RAM
  • microSD slot
  • Magnetometer
  • Proximity sensor
  • Accelerometer
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • 2.4GHz b/g/n and 5GHz a/n Wi-Fi + UMA
  • 3G Mobile hotspot
  • Optical trackpad
  • 1230 mAh battery
  • BlackBerry OS 6.1
  • OpenGL ES 2.
                                        Pictures of New BlackBerry Storm 3:
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New Official Logo of HTML5 Introduced by W3C

As we know HTML5 is the next major revision of the HTML standard, currently under development. Like its immediate predecessors, HTML 4.01 and XHTML 1.1, HTML5 is a standard for structuring and presenting content on the World Wide Web.


Now the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has introduced a new Official Logo for HTML5 and along with it, a new way of framing the conversation about newer web development technologies.

The logo was designed by boutique agency Ocupop, a firm that focuses on branding, identity and web design, among other facets of marketing and design work.

The new Logo of HMTL5 looks like this:
Click to Enlarge Image!
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18 January 2011

Knockout Notebook Tests Limits of Performance, Price Tag

 

No question, there is lots to love about Sony’s Z-Series Vaio, model VPCZ125GX/B.
Performance is blazing, nearly at the top of the charts and surprising for a machine this diminutive: The 13.1-inch notebook weighs a paltry 3.1 pounds, yet it packs a high-end 2.4-GHz Core i5 CPU, 6 GB (yes, six) of RAM, optical drive, and switchable graphics, courtesy of an Nvidia GeForce GT 330M. All of this gives the Vaio Z-Series not just power enough to tear up a spreadsheet, but plenty of juice for gaming, too. Seriously, this unit can outperform all but the most dedicated gaming notebooks during frag-time.

But wait, there’s more! How about integrated Verizon WWAN? A backlit keyboard? A 256-GB solid state hard drive? Three and a half hours of battery life? SD and Memory Stick slots? Even upgraded screen resolution, to 1600 x 900 pixels?

Why, there’s so much to like about the Z-Series that one almost overlooks its flaws. That is, until they come roaring back to punch you in the teeth.

Said flaws number two, and they’re rather large. First is the display. LED backlighting is appreciated, as is the enhanced resolution, but there’s no explanation why, at full brightness, the screen remains one of the dimmest we’ve ever reviewed, beaming a dull gray-blue color where we expect to see vibrant white. It’s a glaring and frankly unacceptable flaw on an otherwise knockout system.

As bad as that is, the second issue is probably of greater concern to the average sub-billionaire shopper. At $2,349, this laptop is one of the most expensive we’ve tested all year. Yes, it performs like a high-end gaming notebook, but it’s priced like one too. For a machine that will likely be positioned as an executive toy, that’s an impossibly tough sell, but if you really need ultimate power at an absolute minimum weight, you’ve found it.

WIRED A powerhouse computer in an ultra-thin and light package. Looks good. Filled with features above and beyond the call of duty.

TIRED Ungodly expensive. Ultra-dim display is baffling and wrong. Wireless toggle switch is easy to bump off. Keys are a little small, touch-typing can be rocky. LCD is disconcertingly floppy.
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Hands-On with ReadPad for iPad: Better Than Reeder?


There are three kinds of RSS reader in for the iPad. The first mimics desktop readers and can be powerful (NewsRack) or abandon-ware (NetNewsWire). The second uses RSS, but keeps it a secret (Flipboard). The third category comprises apps which exploit the touch capabilities of the iPad, of which probably the best example is Reeder.
ReadPad is in this last category, and is the only one I haven’t deleted after a day (for the record, Reeder is the RSS app I use daily). Like most RSS readers, it syncs with Google Reader, making it easy to try out (just sign in with your Google ID). ReadPad’s publicity blurb says that it is “beautiful,” “download[s] articles like a wind” (sic), and that reading on it is a joy.
And that’s mostly true. After an initial sync, subsequent updates are fast. Reeder-fast, in fact (and Reeder is just about the quickest reader I have used). With both already synced, a new refresh took 20-seconds for ReadPad, and 26-seconds for Reeder.
“Beautiful” is always a subjective judgement, but as I’m a sucker for simple, elegant interfaces I’ll agree with the developer, George, on this one too. The interface is dark-on-light, reversing to light-on-dark for the article view. When in held horizontally, the source-list is on the left. Tap a title to see all the articles in that “folder”, and tap the circle next to the title to expand that folder and see the feed titles within.
Then just tap a title to read that article. You can scroll to the next post in a list by pulling the current article up, and the new one then snaps in from below (just like in Reeder). To see the articles list again, swipe the main page either left or right to reveal the list beneath.
Sharing options are many. You get Instapaper, Twitter,Facebook, Delicious, Pinboard, Read It Later. Tumblr, Google Reader (of course) and email. Only those that you have configured show up, keeping the menu free from clutter (unless you use them all, of course, in which case you’re on your own).
The speed and ease of reading actually makes the interface disappear, and I find myself liking this almost as much as Reeder. In fact, if ReadPad had come along first, it would probably be my daily RSS client. As it is, I am too used to the utility of Reeder’s big thumbnail/icon view to change now, but you never know.
As it stands, this is a very strong (and so far very stable) v1.0 release, and the only way to pick between it and Reeder is to try them. Both are competent and full-featured. Your taste will decide. $5.


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ands-On with ReadPad for iPad: Better Than Reeder?



There are three kinds of RSS reader in for the iPad. The first mimics desktop readers and can be powerful (NewsRack) or abandon-ware (NetNewsWire). The second uses RSS, but keeps it a secret (Flipboard). The third category comprises apps which exploit the touch capabilities of the iPad, of which probably the best example is Reeder.
ReadPad is in this last category, and is the only one I haven’t deleted after a day (for the record, Reeder is the RSS app I use daily). Like most RSS readers, it syncs with Google Reader, making it easy to try out (just sign in with your Google ID). ReadPad’s publicity blurb says that it is “beautiful,” “download[s] articles like a wind” (sic), and that reading on it is a joy.
And that’s mostly true. After an initial sync, subsequent updates are fast. Reeder-fast, in fact (and Reeder is just about the quickest reader I have used). With both already synced, a new refresh took 20-seconds for ReadPad, and 26-seconds for Reeder.
“Beautiful” is always a subjective judgement, but as I’m a sucker for simple, elegant interfaces I’ll agree with the developer, George, on this one too. The interface is dark-on-light, reversing to light-on-dark for the article view. When in held horizontally, the source-list is on the left. Tap a title to see all the articles in that “folder”, and tap the circle next to the title to expand that folder and see the feed titles within.
Then just tap a title to read that article. You can scroll to the next post in a list by pulling the current article up, and the new one then snaps in from below (just like in Reeder). To see the articles list again, swipe the main page either left or right to reveal the list beneath.
Sharing options are many. You get Instapaper, Twitter,Facebook, Delicious, Pinboard, Read It Later. Tumblr, Google Reader (of course) and email. Only those that you have configured show up, keeping the menu free from clutter (unless you use them all, of course, in which case you’re on your own).
The speed and ease of reading actually makes the interface disappear, and I find myself liking this almost as much as Reeder. In fact, if ReadPad had come along first, it would probably be my daily RSS client. As it is, I am too used to the utility of Reeder’s big thumbnail/icon view to change now, but you never know.
As it stands, this is a very strong (and so far very stable) v1.0 release, and the only way to pick between it and Reeder is to try them. Both are competent and full-featured. Your taste will decide. $5.


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