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Affle brings a Smartphone messenger-Pinch

July 19, 2010 Leave a comment

Affle, a renowned mobile media company has globally introduced its latest Smartphone messaging product called Pinch. The company claims to revive the way users find friends and converse with them.

This Smartphone messenger searches friends using phone contacts, Facebook, Twitter, Blackberry, Android and email contacts and provides contact & group management services. It is location aware and thus enables selective sharing of location. It enables cross platform support for animations and over 475+ emoticons.

The most interesting feature supported by Pinch is that it allows the users to send messages over data across platforms without incurring any SMS/MMS charges.

Pinch that supports mobiles and Platforms of iPhone 2G, 3G, 3GS, iPhone 4G (iOS4), iPod Touch, Android 2.x, Blackberry 4.x, Symbian and PC costs around $0.99 (Approx. INR 45).

Categories: Technology

PlayStation 3 ownders to get Hulu Plus preview

July 19, 2010 Leave a comment

Owners of PlayStation 3 will be offered Hulu Plus-Preview, according to a recent announcement from Sony, the maker of the gaming console. The first such service will be provided to the U.S customers.

According to the newly released reports, the US customers will get Hulu Plus video service plan at monthly subscription of $10. However, you will have to first buy PlayStation Plus subscription service at $50 per year. This will allow all PS3 owners to download Hulu Plus app and subscribe to the service.

Amongst other developments, Google is rumored to have invested $100 million to $200 million in Zynga, social gaming honcho Zynga who have created games like Farmville, Mafia Wars etc. Reports are that Google wants Zynga to develop Android exclusive social games. In another reports, Microsoft India has reduced its prices of Xbox 360 Arcade gaming console for the Indian consumers from Rs 16,900 to Rs 14,676. The price cut will be effective immediately. Recently, Microsoft had announced new Xbox 360 WITH 250GB storage with slimmer profile. A new Arcade of the gaming console was on Amazon’s German website and its prices are 149 Euros.

Categories: Technology

Logitech Rolls Out Z205 Speakers in the Indian Market

July 17, 2010 Leave a comment

It is not always possible to get a decent quality sound output especially while you are on the go. But the problem can be resolved with the help of the new Logitech Z205 speaker, which is designed specifically for netbooks as well as laptops.

The Z205 speakers are available for Rs. 2,195 and it is offered by Rashi Peripherals in India.

It is possible to clip the new Logitech Z205 on the laptop by means of USB port. It is possible to use the speakers on Mac as well as Windows platform. It is claimed that they are able to offer better audio quality.

The measure of the Logitech Z205 is the following: 1.35 inches thick and 2.5 inches tall. So it means you are able to carry them along with you. The speakers are equipped with built-in amplifier as well as high-performance drivers. As for the enclosure, it is tuned acoustically.

There is no need to worry about the power as you can draw power from youth netbook or laptop.

Categories: Technology

Audible Unveils an App for iPhone and iPod Touch

July 17, 2010 Leave a comment

If you use audiobooks then no doubts you know what is Audible. If not I will tell you. It is a major online provider of audiobook download. Till present day you are able to play Audible content on iPhones as well as iPads. And now the company has decided to make its first steps to the App Store by offering a free app for the iPod Touch as well as the iPhone. It comes with iOS 4 multitasking support, offers detailed listening stats, Wi-Fi delivery of your Audible library and others.

Aduble has added the standard features, such as chapter navigation, listening, bookmarking, viewing controls as well as high end features that are expected to please audiobook enthusiasts. Among such features one should name the ability to transfer books from your Audible library to your iPad or iPhone by means of Wi-Fi as well as button-free mode, with the help of which one can control audio playback through gestures.

Also the app features a sleep timer and it is supportive to iOS 4’s multitasking that is available with downloading and background audio playback. Apart form that you are able to find several fun extras, such as the ability to track your personal listening preference, get insider information about author events as well as earn badges so as to perform some actions.

If you are not a member of Audible, the app provides you with seven audiobook excerpts. If you create an Audible account in the app, you will be able to get a bonus, i.e. free excerpt of David Kirkpatrick’s The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting the World.

Categories: Technology

People in Delhi to get diesel cheaper by Rs 2.37 from July 20

July 16, 2010 Leave a comment

On Friday, the government announced that the prices of Diesel are expected to reduce by Rs 2.37 per litre in Delhi from July 20. Delhi

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said, “We have decided to decrease the VAT on diesel from 20 percent to 12.5 percent from July 20. This is likely to bring down the prices of the fuel in the capital.”

The VAT on diesel was increased in March from 12.5 percent to 20 percent to meet the increased expenditure on infrastructural projects related to Commonwealth Games 2010.

Currently diesel costs Rs 40.10 per litre in Delhi which will now be available for Rs 37.73 per litre.

She added, “It was necessary to reduce the VAT on diesel as petrol pump owners were facing losses.”

Well there is a sigh of relief for Delhi resides.

Categories: Business

Make your skin fairer on Facebook

July 16, 2010 Leave a comment

A new application has been incorporated in Facebook for the people who want to have a fair skin or a lighter shade of the skin. There is a growing number of the people who always want to look better and well groomed. This application on the social networking site is provided by Vaseline, which is the leading face cream maker.

The app on the sit aims at promoting the fairness cream for men. By using the app, the users can tone their skins on their profile pictures on Facebook. Thus, they are able to have a preview of their look. The page has already more than 500 fans and the number is likely to go up fast.

The people who designed the ad campaign have claimed a roaring success. But the app is now being labeled as racist in its nature as it makes you obsessed towards fairer skin. To promote the cream, Vaseline has roped in Bollywood star actor Shahid Kapoor, though he is not a dark skinned person and has no such complexion. It is to be noted that a similar brand of fairness cream has Sharukh Khan as its prompter. It looks like the concept of tall, dark and handsome man is no more required.

Categories: Technology

Jackson fans offer to clean vandalised tomb

July 15, 2010 Leave a comment

A group of fans of pop legend Michael Jackson has offered to clean up his vandalised tomb in California, US, which has been defaced with tributes by fans in permanent ink.

Several members of the official Michael Jackson fans of southern California group, who visit the site monthly, have offered to clean up the cemetery, reports contactmusic.com.

“Fix this mess,” said one Jackson fan, so that they aren’t banned completely from paying their respects at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, California, where the singer was buried following his death last year.

Ever since, Some mourners started writing tributes such as “Miss you sweet angel” and “Keep the dream alive”. Many of these were made using permanent ink, and officials are planning to beef up security at the location.

Categories: Entertainment

Sanjay Dutt-Bipasha Basu starrer ‘Lamhaa’ not to screen in UAE theatres

July 15, 2010 Leave a comment

‘Lamhaa’, a movie by the National Award winning director Rahul Dholakia that features Sanjay Dutt and Bipasha Basu has been banned to release in Middle East including Kuwait, Qatar, UAE and Oman. The UAE National Media Council Censorship Board says that it is a highly objectionable and controversial subject.

The film’s producer, Bunty Walia came to know this after the prints subtitled in Arabic had been dispatched.

The film shows Kashmir as a “beautiful prison’ that talks about the nexus between politicians, the intelligentsia, the military and the militants which leads to the killings of innocent idealists.

However Dholakia disagree with this decision and believes that the censor board in UAE must watch the film in “totality” before taking such rigid action.

He said, “The Indian censor board has passed the film which proves that we have not crossed any lines.”

Even Indian censors had earlier objected at the film but later passed it with an A certificate, again a decision not accepted by Basu who believes that children must know the reality of their country.

Showing his disappointment, the producer said, “First the special premiere in Srinagar was cancelled because the authorities feared backlash from the locals. Since there are no theatres in the state now, my film that is about Kashmir and its people and was the filmed there, will not play there. And now, this ban in the Middle East that is the third biggest overseas market for Hindi films. We stand to lose between Rs 3-5 crore.”

Bipasha Basu tweeted regarding this ban, “Ban on an honest film?? What happened to the freedom of expression??”

The film is all set to release on July 16. Well when will people try and accept the realities around them??????

Categories: Bollywood News

Nokia C5 is Available in India

July 14, 2010 Leave a comment

After Nokia unveiled the C3, it was decided by the company to release its latest handset, such as the C5 in India.

In fact, the C5 is a mid-range handset. It is designed for those users who are in need of decent entry-level smartphone. The handset is equipped with a 2.2-inch QVGA LCD TFT display and features the Symbian OS 9.3. You can take pictures with a 3.15-megapixel camera that is offered with video recording support as well as LED Flash. It is also possible to record videos at 15 fps.

As for other specs, it is enabled with an FM Radio receiver, EGPRS, Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP that are considered to be standard features nowadays. The handset is powered with the ARM 11 processor that is relatively powerful. Also it is offered with 128MB of RAM.

The C5 is loaded with 50MB of internal memory which you can expand with the help of microSD cards up to 16GB. It is equipped with a powerful battery.

The C5 is available for Rs. 7,999 that is no doubts a decent price for such a handset.

Categories: Technology

HTC’s Droid Incredible & Evo 4G Inconceivable Shortages Give Way to Droid X

July 14, 2010 Leave a comment

It is known to public that Verizon Wireless’s Droid Incredible and Sprint’s Evo 4G which are deemed to be the best Android smartphones, face a sever supply shortage. The current situation with these phones will benefit greatly Motorola’s Droid X which will appear next week. However, some problems may arise for the Droid X too.
Motorola’s Droid X will launch on Verizon on Thursday. Such problems are predicted with this smartphone appearance as shortages expected by Verizon, pre-orders and day one availability are not guaranteed by Best Buy.
It is not surprising that the supply problem of HTC concerning its Droid Incredible and Evo 4G is more troubling. Both of these devices are equipped with AMOLED displays, whereas the Droid X – with LCD. iSuppli has recently reported that only LG and Samsung produce AMOLED screens, and both these companies can’t meet the demand. TPO Display and AU Optronics, 2 Taiwanese producers, are already working on products with AMOLED screens, however, they will be ready only early next year.
HTC’s supply problems were unveiled in the Wall Street Journal, and the company is searching for effective solutions at the moment.

Categories: Technology
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