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iPhone users have always been boasting about the innovative lock screen that is incorporated in these phones. I am always fascinated by this lock screen feature of iPhone but recently I saw an Android powered phone of a friend and was fascinate by its lock screen feature because it was having virtual dots, like a combination on a safe that you have to complete in order to unlock your phone.

So Apple got the idea and according to some inside resources the Cupertino-based tech giant has been working on a totally new gesture-based lock  screen for all of their iOS devices. With this gesture-based lock screen available on iDevices, users will need to setup a dedicated pattern and while unlocking they have to input that same particular pattern. It means that users will get free from the hassle of setting up a password or a 4-digit code to lock their iOS devices effectively.

Apple-gesture-based-lock-screens-visuals

Apple has already dished out this new lock screen for their employees “Apple Connect” application. Till now it is not clear that whether Apple will make this new feature available for normal iOS device users or not.

Moreover, according to some sources Apple is also planning to bring this gesture-based locks to their latest mobile payment systems on the various EasyPay Machines. One more concern is that this Android like lock screen patents are with Google so this feature might not make its way for common iOS devices users. Do let us know in comments that whether you will like this gesture-based lock screen for your iOS devices or not.

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If you loved Starcraft for the PC and Mac you’ll love Gameloft’s latest incarnation for the iTunes Apstore. Starfront: Collision is an RTS game that takes the player onto the planet Sinistral, where an epic battle begins over control of the rare Xenodium crystals.

Starfront’s game mechanics are very similar to any RTS game. You’ll begin each map with only a few units and will need to mine for resources to build up your home base. Once you start collecting enough resources you’ll be able to build more structures, and subsequently train and upgrade battle units to destroy your enemy.

A big chunk of the game will be spent in the campaign mode with up to three playable races. You will begin as the Consortium. They are humans who land on Sinistral to mine for the Xenodium crystals. Soon you will take the role of the indigenous insect-like Myriad who is trying to stop the Consortium. Finally the advanced-robotic Warden race will appear to try to manipulate things in their own favor.  Each race is equally balanced and will have different set of upgrades and army units that will give them their own unique feel.

 

 

Controls are intuitive and easy to use. Just tap on the screen and drag to pan the area and pinch your fingers to select multiple units. After you select your units you can tap to force them to attack or tap and hold for them to move without attacking. There is also a sidebar that will be used to build structures. Actions were performed with ease and I was surprised that I could do everything on my iPhone as if it was a computer. Some of you may be worried about the iPhone’s small screen as it does hinder gameplay. But Gameloft ingeniously created the controls so that nothing seemed cluttered at all.

In addition to the campaign mode, there is also a single-player skirmish mode and an exciting multiplayer mode. The skirmish mode will feature seven different maps for you to play against any of the three races. Multiplayer mode was my favorite and can support up to four players on of five different maps.

 

 

The graphics are stunning and vivid. Starfront takes advantages of the iPhone’s Retina Display and presents beautifully 3-D rendered environments. Gameplay is not laggy and is incredibly smooth which makes me wonder how they fit everything into such a small package. As with other Gameloft titles, music design is excellent and features an orchestra soundtrack that makes the gameplay feel epic.

Starfront: Collision is a must have for RTS fans. The game is intriguing and exciting and with multiplayer options it raises the gameplay value immensely.

Currently, Starfront: Collision is available as a free download but players can only play one campaign mission. If you want to continue playing you will have to shell out $6.99 via in-app purchase but with that price you’ll unlock all the campaign missions (17 in total), skirmish mode and the online multiplayer mode.

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Have you played this iPhone game? Do let us know your review of this game.

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There are many softwares out there which will let you capture videos of your desktop, or capture video from your webcam. Personally, I use camtasia which is one of the best paid solution out there, but at the same time there are many free softwares which will let you record Webcam or your desktop screen.  Usually recording a screencast and recording video from your webcam requires separate programs. But what if there was a program that would let you perform both functions? Surely it would be very convenient.

SMRecorder: Create Screencast by recording your Desktop screen

That exact convenience is brought to you by Video2Down’s SMRecorder. SMRecorder is a freeware application for Windows operating systems. The setup file of the program is sized at nearly 5.5MB and it installs without any complications. When you run the program this is how it looks like. To start your video recording, click on the first button to the left.

SMRecorder

Clicking on this buttons pops up a window where you specify the source of video and audio that will be in the resultant recording. You can specify the video source as a portion of the desktop or a connected webcam.

Record Desktop screen

You can also specify the frame rate and audio/video interleave interval under the “Video Settings” tab.

Make screencast

Clicking on the OK button sends the application to its System Tray icon and initiates the recording. You can pause or stop the recording through this System Tray icon. Offering valuable features in its small packaging, SMRecorder is a program that will surely be appreciate by all.

Download SMRecorder.

There are many usage of this software, like you can create video tutorials and upload them on Youtube. You can not only make money from it, but this will also help others to learn something that you know of. Along with this, you can use your Webcam and make a video with your face, and talk about something important. Once you have created a screencast using SMRecorder, you can share it on various video sharing Websites.

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If you happen to be a music lover you’d definitely want to have a Radio app on your phone so you can listen to your favorite genre of music and find out what new songs are playing around the world.

Certain phones like the iPhone don’t come with a radio, so you’ll need to utilize certain internet streaming based Radio Apps to get the job done. Of course there are lots of free Internet Radio apps that you can download and use it on your device. Even people with radio’s on their device hardly ever use it because you get broadcasts from only that certain area. Internet radio on the other hand handles almost all available Radio stations across the world and requires an active internet connection.

One such Radio App that I’d like to discuss and recommend to all those music lovers is TuneIn Radio. The best thing about this App is that it’s available across many different mobile platforms such as iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Palm, Windows etc. And to make things better, TuneIn Radio is available for free on most of the platforms and provides you with the ability to choose between over 40,000 radio stations from all over the world. And it’s not just music, you can also listen to live Podcasts, Talk Shows and much more.

Why do I recommend this to you? Well, first of all it’s a very easy to use application and isn’t heavy on your phone and won’t take lot of storage, secondly if you’re connected to the internet via a fast Wi-Fi connection then you can listen to the radio non-stop without facing any buffering problems. I use this almost everyday and not once I have had to wait for the music to load. The sound quality is amazing even at 64kbps, but you also get the option to stream music at 320kbps if you want to make use of those brand new headphones that you spent a fortune on!!

For iOS devices like iPhone/iPod Touch and iPad the TuneIn Radio App will cost you $0.99, requires iOS 3.0 or later and can be downloaded from the App Store.

For Android Devices, you can either search using your phone’s Android Market or download it from the Android Web Market. Doesn’t cost a penny and requires Android OS 1.5 and later.

For devices running on Palm’s webOS(basically Palm Pre and Pixi) you can download the TuneIn Radio App from here. Requires webOS version 1.4.0 and yes its FREE.

If you happen to own a Samsung Bada OS device like the Wave and Wave II you can download TuneIn Radio from Samsung Apps.

To get TuneIn Radio for Windows Phone 7 and BlackBerry you’ll have to visit TuneIn from your device and download it directly.

Also available for Google TV, Yahoo TV and Roku. For more information visit TuneIn.

Do try out this amazing radio app and give us your feedback and also other such Radio Apps.

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There are loads of Google Chrome extensions available on the internet that enhances the users browsing experience, some of them are just for fun while some are very useful. So recently I came across a very useful Google Chrome extension called as BetterYouTube. Basically this You Tube extension enhances the video streaming process on YouTube by eliminating the clutter and giving a very minimalist look.

BetterYouTube-without-installed

Google-chrome-BetterYouTube-extension

BetterYouTube extension alters the entire look of You Tube page by stretching video and moving it to the screens center for a very comfortable viewing. These are the things that Better YouTube extension does:

  • Centralizes comments
  • Removal of ads from the entire Homescreen
  • Removing promoted videos
  • Auto hiding the suggestions
  • Remove ads from the search

With this extension installed, users can focus on the video with a very clean looking page. So if we summarize all the BetterYouTube features then we can say that it moves the video to the center position and automatically resizes it so that users can view it comfortably. Moreover, it also centers comments and also auto-hides the video suggestion that can be accessed any time from top-right corner of that particular page. But this auto-hiding thing of video suggestions is a feature that most users will not appreciate because this will make searching for videos distributed in parts a hassle. But overall I think this is quite a useful and cool utility for users who spend a lot of time on YouTube.

Do let us know if you know about any other useful Youtube chrome extension?

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Nokia E7 Hands On Images

Till now I have posted Nokia E7 Video review and Nokia E7 unboxing Video and now it’s time for Nokia E7 hands on Images. All the pictures were taken using Nikon D5000 and iPhone 4.

 

Nokia E7

Nokia E7 Preview (5)

Nokia E7 accessories with box
Nokia E7 and iPhone 4

You can see more Nokia E7 images on my Flickr Account.

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We know Apple is working on this, but so far we have always desired that the iPhone notifications be improved. Mobile Notifier is a Cydia app from Peter Hajas and Kyle Adams is one of the best attempts at this it seems. It allows unobstrusive alerts. Requires a jailbroken iPhone to install.

 

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Angry Birds was and still is a huge success, but to be honest I’m kind of tired and bored with flinging birds at pigs, even though it’s really addicting and hilarious. Although, Angry Birds is available for almost all software platforms now, BlackBerry users still haven’t got a taste of this game on their business phones. Of course it is quite understand that a Business person wouldn’t really enjoy flinging things at smiling frogs, but come one.. it’ll surely help you take the edge off all that work as a business man.

Rovio hasn’t yet developed any version of Angry Birds that would run on the BlackBerry’s OS, and thus another developer took things in to their own hands…or slingshot. A company called Smarter Apps has stolen the idea from Angry Birds and brought out a new game called as Angry Farm. BlackBerry users can now rejoice and make the other Angry Birds counterparts jealous. What’s different in Angry Farm? The name should explain it, but to elaborate, the story begins when the Farmers leave the farm only to attract foxes. The farm animals have to stop the invasion by destroying the foxes that are placed on/inside farm structures and drive them away. The animals that you can fling include chinckens, pigs, goats and cows. What fun!!

You can download this game for your BlackBerry device from the App World for $4.99. Requires BlackBerry OS version 4.6 and above.

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Apple Says Future of Optical Drives No More

It may look a bit to say ‘anachronistic’  for this moment as there are news that apple seems the future of Optical Drives dingy. Apple plans to launch its Mac OS X Lion in summer of this year. In this new version of Apple Mac OS Apple says to be introducing a new striking feature (though i do not think this a new thing) called Recovery Partition as part of the OS installation. This recovery partition has been named as Recovery HD. This Recovery Hard Disc will remarkably disparage the use of optical drives and displace them. At least Apple hopes so.

Apple optical drive termination step

With Recovery Hard disk option,Now every time when you would want to restore your system, you will not mandatorily need a disc or USB drive. After starting your Mac system  You will just follow some instructions and will be provided with options of  boot partitions. Then you would select  the Recovery HD as a drive to boot your system. It will bring you to the Mac OS X Lion recovery partition.your system will start to boot. Apple users (or Apple Chauvinist as we may coin the term) are considering it a big leap forward in the direction of strangulation of Optical Drives. By getting rid of Optical Drives Apple will incorporate multiple lithium polymer battery cells in the freed space.That will result in a longer battery life.

Though Apple has already has its Optical Drive free launches like as MacBook Air but as optical drives are still much needed, Apple has not completely terminated optical disc drive into recently  introduced MacBook Pros  and we are not heading for Apple Store for everything  all and sundry. But in the morrow days when new movies , songs,software or everything else still  present  in market in optical drives will be available on Apple Store and system will be able to be restored by Recovery Hard Disc wish of Apple panjandrums may come true.

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HTC Merge [Specs & Features]

Its time for HTC, HTC has already filled the market with most innovative and powerful Android Smartphones, But there was a common feature in those Smartphones i.e. they were support only GSM network. So keeping in mind about the CDMA Network users, HTC has introduced Android CDMA Smartphone, HTC Merge.

HTC Merge

HTC Merge is a Full QWERTY Slide-out keyboard phone with large 3.7-Inches Touchscreen display. HTC Merge is added with 5 MP Camera with LED Flash and this phone is given as the World’s First Android CDMA Phone. The phone is capable of supporting and Capturing HD Video Recording @ 720p. HTC Merge is also known to be as HTC Lexikon.

HTC Merge

HTC Merge

Features & Specifications of HTC Merge

  • 3.7-Inches Capacitive Touchscreen
  • 800MHz processor, MSM7630 chipset
  • Android 2.2 OS (Froyo)
  • Slider in Design
  • Full Slide-out QWERTY Keyboard
  • HTC Sense UI v1.6
  • 363 MB of RAM
  • 5 MP Camera with LED Flash
  • HD Video Recording @ 720p
  • Internal Memory: 4GB
  • MicroSD Card Support upto 32GB
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g,DLNA
  • Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP
  • FM Radio with RDS Support
  • GPS & A-GPS Support

This phone is not released in India yet but it is announced in the foreign countries. Price Details of the phone are not available.

Are you the one who is waiting for CDMA Android OS Phone? Are you interested in buying HTC Merge? Do share your opinion with us.

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