sabato 13 marzo 2010

New HTC Incredible Photos Leaked

Remember the HTC Incredible? The supposedly soon to arrive, Android based handset that is yet to make its arrival? Well. It has appeared again in quite a few spy shots with a Verizon logo (at the bottom right of the first image) and some interesting information regarding the specs.

What we know now, after this latest leak is that the Incredible is largely the same size as the Nexus One. It has a better camera (8 megapixels) and comes with 512MB of RAM. It was earlier thought to be laden with a 5 megapixel camera. The 1Ghz Snapdragon processor has been down clocked to 768MHz for some strange reason.


The images of the phone show it with the Verizon logo on it although Verizon has not indicated that it is launching this phone. It will come loaded with Android 2.1 as well as the Sense UI which is expected to be "blazing fast" on this phone.

As of now, the Incredible is expected to be announced by April or May. We have no inkling regarding the piece but this should cost you about the same as a Nexus One.. maybe slightly lesser. We're still wondering what is so incredible about this phone. Maybe HTC will have something to reveal at the time of announcement of this one! Till then, we wait.

mercoledì 10 marzo 2010

What do you want from a smartphone?

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Smartphones are already in danger of becoming commoditised. At this year's MWC a bunch more were launched, each claiming to allow us to do more stuff, more easily, on the move. But how many of us use a fraction of the features available to us on our phones?

You can now do most of the things restricted, until recently, to the PC on your phone. You can publish online, shoot, watch and even project video with them. The only hindrance is the UI, and that has now become the focus of phone-maker.

Earlier this week, a senior Google exec ventured that, such is the power of the smartphone as a conduit to the cloud, soon they will render PCs obsolete. Gartner reckons sales of touchscreen mobile devices will double this year, while next gen chips and wireless technology will soon make even current high-end devices seem pathetically obsolete.

But amid all this hyperbole, are we falling into the convergence trap as we have so many times before? Do we really want these devices to to everything, or are we expecting too much of a pocket-sized gadget. Have we just got into yet another technology arms race in which we deride a new device for not having a feature, merely because there's another one that does?

Take front-facing cameras, for example. It's already pretty amazing that we can take decent-quality photos with our phones, let alone that we can immediately upload them to the web and make them available to the whole world within seconds of taking them. But that's no longer enough, now we get howls of derision if the phone doesn't have another camera so that we can make video calls.

We recently saw the video below in which some clever chap has developed a game using the face-tracking capability of the Nokia N900. We've got an N900 and that's the first we've heard about this feature. We probably still won't use it now that we do know about it.

Google, Facebook Sued Over Patent Infringements

Google, Facebook Sued Over Patent Infringements

Legal battles that started with the Nokia vs. Apple had last month reached the Apple vs. HTC standoff. While the latter is still fresh in our minds, here is one more patent infringement suite against the biggies - but filed by a not-so-famous company based in New York. The companies at the receiving end this time are Google and Facebook - both of which are being sued by Wireless Ink Corp. over an invention related to software that lets people join social networks on their mobile phones.
The litigant claims that both Facebook and Google have infringed upon a patent issued to Wireless Ink  that allows people to join social networks from their mobile phones. Wireless Ink runs the Winksite service and claims that Facebook Mobile and Google Buzz infringe a patent issued for it in 2004. The company has filed a complaint in a federal court in Manhattan and is seeking cash compensation and a court order to prevent further use of its invention.
According to Wireless Ink's lawyer, the patent was filed in 2004 and "given the time and resources defendants have invested in their desktop and mobile Web sites as well as their strategic importance, both Google and Facebook had to have known about the patent". Both Google and Facebook use their contact list functionality to create a social network.
Both Google and Facebook are currently in the process of reviewing the complaint.

Is Intel working on Dual-core Atom for Netbooks?


Netbooks which are currently looked down upon for being low processing power computers might now get more processing booIs Intel working on Dual-core Atom for Netbooks?st. This is because Intel is being rumored for prepping dual-core Atom family microprocessors for netbooks,

reported French Website PC Impact. No further details about these dual-core Intel Atom N500 processors have been divulged yet.
Intel already has a dual-core Atom chip for nettops - Atom D510. If the rumors are to be believed, the processor succeeding the 1.83Ghz Intel Atom N470 chip might be a dual-core Atom for netbooks. Since there are no details available on the same, we don't know if it would be 45nm fab process built or 32nm fabrication process built chip.
Also read: Affordable Asus Seashell Eee PC 1201T Unveiled

However the dual-core chips for netbooks will have integrated memory controller and integrated graphics. The thermal envelope and the power effectiveness of the chip are still unknown.
If Intel launches dual-core Atom then, by the year-end, we may see a couple of netbooks sporting it. Thus netbooks with dual-core Atom may earn some performance brownie points and compete with the existing single-core Atom bearing netbook models.

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martedì 9 marzo 2010

Affordable Asus Seashell Eee PC 1201T Unveiled

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Asus has added yet another member to its Seashell family of ultraportable Eee PC. However, this time around, this ultraportable comes with an AMD processor in it. New Asus Eee PC 1201T features AMD Athlon Neo processor and supports full HD playback. Ideal for those who watch HD movies while on the move, this notebook also equips ATI Radeon HD discrete graphics.

Bearing the stylish Seashell design, this ultraportable comes in a glossy chassis with an in-Mold roller technology. The panel around the chiclet keyboard too appears glossy. The new 12.1-inch Eee PC 1201T has 1366x768 pixel resolution supporting LCD display with 16:9 aspect ratio. Though the screen is technically capable of supporting full HD content, the difference between half HD (720p) and full HD (1080p) would hardly be visible to an average Joe.

Apart from that, the 1201T equips 1.6GHz AMD Athlon Neo MV-40 processor, 2GB DDR2 memory, and 320GB HDD for storage. To support the HD playback, Asus has placed ATI Radeon HD 3200 discrete graphics in this ultraportable notebook. Here, the pre-installed ArcSoft SimHD software upscales the standard definition video to an HD video. The only heart breaking part here is the absence of HDMI outport.

Even with Asus' Super Hybrid Engine feature for power management, this ultraportable offers a battery life of six hours with a six-cell battery pack. Other standard features of this notebook include a 0.3 megapixel web cam, HD Audio Codec, multi-media card reader, three USB 2.0 port, LAN port, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR and Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n). Surprisingly, the default operating system in this ultraportable is DOS and hence customers will have to buy a copy of Windows 7/Vista/XP.

The ultraportable Eee PC 1201T is available for Rs. 21,490 and is backed by a one year warranty.  

HTC Desire – Best Android Device


What was left-out in Nexus One, has been filled into HTC’s latest creation, leaving user’s desiring for more..

The HTC desire bring the Polished, shaped and smooth UI to Android, making it the best Android device ever built. Why is it best? Well, hardware is as good a Nexus One and the UI is far more intuitive.

HTC had long showcased their Sense UI with HTC Hero, since then they made a new niche of users who loved the way it navigates. But they haven’t seen the true power combined with Android and 1Ghz Snapdragon.

The Desire, of course, fulfills all your senses by featuring everything original Nexus One’s did plus a trackpad in place of the old trackball. Sense UI now features new Leap function that allows viewing different home screens at the same time by pinch gesture. We already know about Friend Stream feature that collates all the social network updates to the contacts in Address Book. Other improvements come in the browser, web client, widget and better news reader application.

The display is still the same 3.7-inch AMOLED display carries over, but the software uses it better than ever. Users can leverage full Flash 10.1 multi-touch features.

Let’s go detailed on the Specs:

    * Display: 3.7-inch AMOLED WVGA
    * Processor: 1 Ghz Snapdragon
    * ROM: 512MB
    * RAM: 576 MB
    * Camera: 5 MP, DVD quality video (near 480p)
    * Dimensions:  119×60x11.9 mm
    * Weight: 135g
    * Cellular: quadband GSM/EDGE, dual band (900 MHz, 2100 MHz) 7.2 Mbps HSPA
    * Battery: 1400 mAh
    * WiFi, GPS, accelerometer, compass

Monitor Android Battery Power usage

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How often have you have thought of acquiring the power of monitoring your cellphone’s battery? Well, for most phones it would be just a dream, but thanks to openness of Android, it’s truly transparent.

The App is called PowerTutor, it does provide insight as to what’s using the most juice out of the battery – Is it the display, or CPU usage on an App, and even breakdown of power usage by apps.

No doubt, it’s far more superior than Android’s native power monitor, and in fact most advance app that ever landed on a Phone. The native Android monitor  is limited to the percentage of battery use by component or application.

PowerTutor goes down into detail and draws a graph to represent the actual power consumption over time at the component, app level. This can be a great benchmark for choosing applications, when there are two identical apps in the Android Market :)

It’s likely to be a great app for App developers who can now analyze and Optimize battery usage while developing one so as to optimize it for the best battery life. And when the god work is done, they can compare and declare that their app is efficient and more competitive than others.

One more use I could see is in it’s Wi-Fi Power usage monitor. User will now know at which positions in the room, wifi signal drops by fractions and results in higher power usage.

If you own Motorola Droid, this app can help you monitor Battery usage while Droid is OverClocked to 1Ghz or above.

PowerTutor itself uses about 5-7% of a Nexus One’s CPU, so running it all the time is such a bad idea. But it’s definitely a great app to play around.

Upgrade Motorola Droid to Android 2.1

Google’s novelty Android OS v2.1 did wonders on the Nexus One platform. It’s time to take it to level the Android devices as Android 2.1 for Motorola droid gets leaked to the web.

DroidForums have published the leaked version of Android 2.1 Update 1 which will appear as OTA update for Motorola droid over a period of next few weeks. The curious people can do hackery today to get it running.

Droid on Android 2.1 is fast and nasty, gives you some solid reasons to upgrade. Here’s how to Upgrade Motorola Droid to Android 2.1

First off Warning:

If done incorrectly, or half heartedly you can endup bricking your device. If you don’t know what you are doing, probably you shouldn’t be doing it.

Download Droid 2.1 from here, and get started:

Step 1. Download all of the files above including the 32-bit OR 64-bit Motorola USB Drivers.
Step 2. Install RSDLite 4.6 AND the 32-bit or 64-bit Motorola USB Drivers
Step 3. Connect your phone to USB and turn it off then while your phone is booting hold up on the DPAD.
Step 4. Run RSD Lite 4.6 as Administrator (For all you Vista and 7 folks out there. If you are using XP you may not need to run as Administrator)
Step 5. Click the … next to the filename box and brows

Easy Note: gestire le proprie note su Android

Easy Note , è un’applicazione sviluppata da Ximad e consente di creare e gestire le proprie note sul proprio smartphone Android. L’interfaccia grafica dell’applicativo è ben fatta e molto carina, è possibile creare cartelle per archiviare le varie note, impostare un icona alla cartella creata, scegliere il colore e impostare una password. Inoltre, è possibile effettuare il backup dei dati direttamente su google docs, sulla sd card e successivamente ripristinarli tramite l’opzione restore.



Access Multiple Social Networks with New RCom App

Reliance has launched a 3G ready application called "Socially" for phones using its network. The application, now accessible via Reliance's RWorld portal, allows users to post simultaneous status updates over multiple social networks. The "supported networks" include Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
Socially also shows up-to-date social information of the caller during an incoming call and collates significant events across social networks and pushes them as alerts on select smartphones supporting the application, enabling users to have better conversations.  
The application also links data from the contact list on your phone to associate them with your social networking buddies and thereby offers a seamless experience whether you wish to call, reply or send a text to the individual you selected. In the future, the use of this linked contacts will also be extended to video calls. Socially is quite secure and also features alerts of friends' activities on the idle phone screen.

View Your POP3 Mails on Gmail with a Click

Now, you can access your office and/or college e-mails with a single click without waiting for Gmail to automatically update them. This way, one can save time over the e-mail check that Gmail does at specific time intervals.

Gmail has launched a new option in Google Labs through which users can access their POP3 (Post Office Protocol) account mails in Gmail at their convenience. You can access your office or school account e-mails on Gmail using this guide. You can enable this new feature by clicking on "Refresh POP Accounts" option under Gmail Labs (Settings>Labs options). Once the Refresh POP Accounts is enabled, simply click on the Refresh link on the top of your Gmail Inbox and you are good to go.