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Yet another + from Google Motorola. Don’t you think Google is just stretching the Google+ too long. After Google bought Motorola Mobility, two phones were announced  - Motorola Defy+ and now Motorola Pro+. But that doesn’t matter really because the specifications and features of the phones are still as great as they ever were. Motorola always announces cool and nice phone and it’s no exception this time.

This is yet another Touch-and-Type phone which are now flooding the mobile phone market. Motorola also announced that Defy+ would hit the shelves of United Kingdom sometime in September. That would be good to see. For now, we would just check with the specifications of Motorola Pro+. Read on!

  • It comes with a QWERTY keypad and a TFT capacivite touchscreen(Touch and Type phone).
  • The size of the display screen is 3.1 inches with a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels.
  • It weighs 113 grams.
  • It has an internal memory of 4 GB which is expandable up to 32 GB using a microSD card. 512 MB RAM is available.
  • It has a 5 megapixels rear camera with autofocus, dual-LED flash and geo-tagging. Normal video recording is available. No secondary camera is available in this phone.
  • It runs on Android v2.3(Gingerbread) which you are most likely to see on all the latest smartphones.
  • It has a 1 Ghz processor to make your experience of using this phone as fast as possible.
  • GPRS, EDGE, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v2.1 and microUSBv2.0 are available in the “Connectivity” section.
  • It has a 1600 mAh standard battery.
    Stand-by : Up to 312 hours
    Talk time : Up to 8 hours
  • Motorola Pro+ is expected release someday in October 2011.

Just like all the other smartphones, this phone will also be packed with 2G and 3G compatibility. These kind of phones(Touch and Type) really benefit people because the users can use their phone in any way they are comfortable with. If you want touch, you will use touch and if you want to type, you will use the buttons. And yeah, the QWERTY keypad would make all the typing much easier and hassle-free in this phone. So, I am just waiting for its launch to see what is the response of the people.

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Another announcement of multiple phones from Samsung. Very recently, they announced four phones in their Galaxy series to suit their new name-scheme and now they have announced three new phones in the Wave series. The phones are – Samsung S8600 Wave 3, Samsung Wave M S7250 and Samsung Wave Y S5380. This trio was announced yesterday and I am sure it would be a successful trio when all of them hit the stores. All of these phones are great in specifications as well as in design. You will get to know the specifications about all these three phones in this post. So, read on for the specs and features.

Samsung S8600 Wave 3

  • It comes with a Super AMOLED touchscreen.
  • The size of the display screen is 4.0 inches with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels.
  • It weighs 122 grams.
  • It has an internal memory of 3 GB which can be expanded up to 32 GB using a microSD card.
  • It has a 8 megapixels camera with autofocus, LED flash, Geo-tagging, face, smile and blink detection, image stablilization and touch focus. Video recording is available in 720p@30 frames per second. It also has a VGA secondary camera.
  • It runs on Bada OS v2.0 which is Samsung’s own creation.
  • It has a 1.4 Ghz processor.
  • GPRS, EDGE, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v3.0 and microUSB v2.0 are available in the “Connectivity” section.
  • It has a 1500 mAh Li-Ion standard battery.
    Stand-by : Up to 480 hours
    Talk Time : Up to 8 hours 30 min
  • Samsung S8600 Wave 3 is expected to release in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Samsung Wave M S7250

  • It comes with a TFT capacitive touch screen.
  • The size of the display screen is 3.65 inches with a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels.
  • It weighs 121 grams.
  • It has an internal memory of 150 MB which can be expanded up to 32 GB using a microSD card. Plus you would get 2 GB free in the box.
  • It has a 5 megapixels camera with autofocus, LED flash, smile-detection and geo-tagging. Video recording is available in HVGA@30 frames per second. A VGA secondary camera is available as well.
  • It runs on Bada OS v2.0.
  • It has a 832 Mhz processor.
  • GPRS, EDGE, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v3.0 and microUSB v2.0 are available in the “Connectivity” section.
  • It has a 1350 mAh Li-Ion standard battery.
    Stand-by : Up to 480 hours
    Talk Time : Up to 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Samsung Wave M S7250 is expected to release in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Samsung Wave Y S5380

  • It comes with a TFT capacitive touch screen.
  • The size of the display screen is 3.2 inches with a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels.
  • It weighs 102 grams.
  • It has an internal memory of 150 MB which can be expanded up to 32 GB using a microSD card. You will get 2 GB card free in the box.
  • It has a 2 megapixels camera with LED flash. Video recording is available in HVGA@30 frames per second. No secondary camera is available in this phone.
  • It runs on Bada OS v2.0.
  • It has a 832 Mhz processor.
  • GPRS, EDGE, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v3.0 and microUSB v2.0 are available in the “Connectivity” section.
  • It has a 1200 mAh Li-Ion standard battery.
    Stand-by : Up to 570 hours
    Talk Time : Up to 6 hours 40 minutes
  • Samsung Wave Y S5380 is expected to release in the fourth quarter of 2011.

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Photos Credit – GSMArena

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Voice Recognition is a feature that hasn’t been perfected yet, but every smartphone manufacturer is trying to improve it every day. Google’s voice recognition is pretty wonderful and quite accurate if you’re not a heavy breather and speak fluent English. Recently, there was this Apple Patent that was all about the text-to-speech and speech-to-text capabilities and Voice related developments for iOS and iOS devices. There isn’t any real such feature in the new iOS 5 either, but reports have suggested that there might be. For now, if you’re eager to check out Speech-to-text on your iOS device, then this Cydia App will make it happen.

VoiceKeys is a free Cydia app that brings voice recognition to native iOS apps such as Messages, Notes and anything that might require you to type. It’s actually pretty good and adds a new VoiceKeys button to the usual shortcuts that appear when you tap on the screen to type. It uses Google’s Voice Recognition engine, hence an internet connection is required and also some pretty good speaking skills. You’ll have to speak word by word for the app to understand what you’re saying. I played around with it for a bit and also tried speaking punctuation marks, when things got really interesting.

This app actually converts punctuation to text, which is quite impressive, well, I din’t know that Google Voice could do that. Wonderful in short. If you speak slowly, the voice will be converted to text and that too proper words, not some gibberish. You can download and install this on your jailbroken iOS device from the Big Boss Repo. It doesn’t weigh much, so it’ll just take some seconds to install.

It’s a very useful app if you’re one of those who like to take the easier and lazier route towards everything. Instead of typing words, you can just speak it out slowly and then hit the Recognize button. Yes, after you select VoiceKeys, a pop-up appears that says ‘recording voice’, and you’ll have to hit the Recognize button for it to stop and start doing its thing.

Do try out VoiceKeys and let us know what you think of it.

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It is by no doubt a fact that consumer electronics and gadgets like PCs and Tablet devices have also revolutionized the education systems in Schools, colleges and universities. Now students don’t have to carry bundle of books with them, rather a single gadget is good enough to carry all of their course and stuff. In the recent times we have seen that Apple’s highly popular tablet iPad has increasingly become popular amongst educators and people attached with academia. So today I will be outlining 4 uses of iPad that can eventually help students excel in their educational institutions.

An Instant Source of Reference

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This is by far the best way a student can employ iPad in their studies, there are loads of iOS apps that can help a student to find facts, definitions and statistics. Apps like Qwiki, Britannica Encyclopedia and Wikipedia offline are perfect examples of how you can use iPad as a referencing tool.

Notes Taking

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Another department in which iPad acts as a perfect tool for students, though there are loads of Note taking apps available on iTunes app store but some of them are really useful and helpful. Apps like Evernote, Simplenote and Plain text are ideal iPad applications for taking down notes while student are sitting in a class or taking lectures. All of these note taking apps that I have mentioned houses the capability of synchronizing and transferring text pieces from one device to another.

Managing Assignments & Classes

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Time Manager on your iPad is very necessary if you happen to be a student because so much is going around and keeping track of all the things is difficult. I personally like InClass app, it is a perfect time managing apps for students that can help them to put things in order. Moreover, apps like Producteev and Wunderlist are also good quality To-Do managers that also allow users to share and sync tasks amongst various devices.

Digital Books

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The obvious use of iPad for a student is that he/she can keep their entire books collection whether course books or reference books on iPad. Students can place loads of books on iPad and can take them along anywhere. Students can add notes or any kind of annotation on these digital books without being concerned for damaging the book. Internet is full of eBooks in varying formats like PDF and ePub, you can download them on your device easily.

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Well these are some of the obvious ways In which a student can use iPad for their studies, if you happen to use iPad for studies in a different way then do share it with us in comments.

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Recently we reviewed a one of a kind camera app for iOS devices known as ShutterVox, which clicked photos when you shouted Cheese, Snap etc. If you were sad that you couldn’t do the same with your Android device you would be wrong.

A new camera app is now available for Android phones that does the same things. However, the Android version adds some extra features too, such as a Stealth mode.

The app is called Say Cheese Camera, and is a perfect stock camera app replacement because it has voice recognition, stealth mode and mass photo sharing options. That’s what everyone needs at the moment, don’t they? A cool camera app that does more than just click photos. I haven’t tested the voice commands, but reviews say that not all of them work perfectly, just as the iOS app. There are many camera apps for Android, but this has all those features put together plus some more.

The voice recognition is the most interesting one, which lets you take pictures by saying words like Cheese, Smile etc. Another useful feature is the ability to mass upload photos to Facebook and create slideshows using rainSlides.

The app has many settings and useful options that’ll make it easier to take pictures. If you click on settings, you’ll find options for auto-focus, Auto-Save, Timer, Stealth ModeVoice Response & Voice Pitch, effects and the option to use your Camera button to launch this app.

It also has a Gallery for easy picture viewing so you don’t have to navigate all the way to your Android gallery. You can select multiple photos together and as I mentioned before, upload to Facebook. It’s easy to setup, all can be accessed through the settings option. There’s also a pretty useful Torch option to keep your flash on during the photo shoot, just in case you’re afraid of the dark. That mostly sums it all up. I would suggest that you try this app right away and let us know what you think of it.

You can download Say Cheese Camera app from the Android Market for free and it would require Android 2.2 and above.

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So HP decides to stop production of WebOS devices and the HP TouchPad sales increased as if the world were going to end and the only way to survive was to buy one. No, of course that’s not why the sales have increased tremendously. The HP TouchPad is a brilliant device with a good collection of hardware that some folks believe is better than the iPad 2. However, all that doesn’t matter as HP has stopped production of said device and will soon be selling webOS too. So, naturally, the deflation in the pricing.

Few days ago, the HP TouchPad 16GB was going online for a mere $99 and the 32GB for $149. The online stores that were selling the TouchPad quickly went out of stock and it’s no longer available anywhere on the internet of in stores. HP has said that they will be clearing off all the remaining tablets for the same price in the same way, but we have no idea when that Firesale will kick off again. Since the tablet has some pretty nice hardware, a 9.7 inch display and a very Linux friendly processor, it has all the required ingredients for being Android friendly too. Yup, that’s one of the main reasons why people want to get their hands on the TouchPad.

The tablet was seen by Mr. Blurrycam running Android OS right after HP announced the tablets horrible fate. Later on, the TouchDroid project was started by four developers who took an oath to run Android Gingerbread on the HP TouchPad. And now, days later, they’ve made some progress and the future looks good. They have managed to cook an all new Android Gingerbread 2.3.5 ROM based on CyanogenMod 7 for the TouchPad. And these aren’t any normal cooks, they’re the CyanogenMod developers themselves, the masters of custom Android ROMs.

There’s a video of CM7 running on the device, but nothing is working yet, except for the display. The touch doesn’t work and the graphics is all messed up. Yet, it does feel good to see that familiar Android on the HP. Watch after the break;

So? Happen to have a TouchPad lying around somewhere? Don’t worry, it will be reborn. Read the official announcement by the guys over here.

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Recently, Samsung announced a new service, just before the start of IFA 2011, that normally wouldn’t be their cup of tea. They unveiled an all new cross-messaging platform for all smart phones and feature phones called ChatOn Messenger. It’s like they’re trying on every shoe, to see what fits best for them. The ChatOn messenger by Samsung is similar to Whatsapp messenger and lets you communicate with friends and family around the world and exchange photos, texts, videos and files.

Yeah, I know. That’s exactly like Whatsapp, Viber, IM+ and many other cross-platform messengers. However, this new ChatOn messenger will also be available on those less fortunate feature phones. It will also be available for Tablet PC’s, Notebooks and smart phones. Samsung has stated that they’ll be launching this messenger along with their new phones that will be revealed at IFA.

Ho Soo Lee, Head of Media Solution Center at Samsung Electronics stated;

With ChatON, Samsung has vastly simplified mobile communication by allowing users to connect to our upcoming feature phones and all major Smartphones in the market. Users around the world can now enjoy easier and richer interactivity with whoever they want, in the format they want—this is mobile communication reinvented and democratized.

Democratized!! That’s quite bold isn’t it? And true. Instead of developing apps for specific mobile phones and OS, why not make one for all. The ChatOn app will have a basic and advanced user interface, with the former designed for feature phones and the latter for smart phones, tablets and notebooks. Both of them come with certain features, but the smart phone version is certainly bound to have better and more features. Watch the video after the break to know more about this messenger.

But the question is, do we really need another one of these messengers? Blackberry has its BBM, iOS will soon have iMessages and Android has Whatsapp. What’s the point behind having another messenger app that does the same thing as all the other mentioned services. To stand out, it has to be able to do something out of the box. Let’s wait for it be available to find out what’s different about this one. ChatOn will be available in 120 countries and 62 languages beginning next month.

What do you think?

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Google Mail is used by a lot of people every day and Gtalk is one of the most frequently used chat clients. I use Gtalk all the time to keep in touch with my Gmail friends and contacts. It’s pretty simple, the audio clarity is okay and so is the video chat. It’s fast too and comes free with Gmail, so you don’t have to install anything to use it. However, the chat is only available in Gmail tab and Google+, meaning you cannot access it from any other tab and will have to switch back to the Gmail tab to reply to your conversation.

Gtalklet is a really super useful Google Chrome extension that lets you use the Gtalk chat on any tab, any webpage in Chrome browser. It’s really simple to setup and works really well too.

With this installed, the need to switch tabs every time you need to reply to a friend or client is a thing of past. I’ve tried this extension and it works really well. After you’ve installed the extension, you’ll need to head over to the Extension Settings and then add your Gmail username and password so that it connects to Gtalk.

Unfortunately, Google Apps account can’t be used with this extension. So only regular, non-business Gtalk users can enjoy this at the moment. Once you’ve set it up, you’ll need to refresh your page to see two new buttons on either the right side bottom or left side.

Click on the Circle button to set your status to Available, Busy or Idle or even go Invisible. To start a chat click on the + button and type a contacts email or name. You can directly sign-out from here too. To disable Gtalklet click on the Chat icon on the address bar, if it’s grey it’s offline and blue means online.

Download Gtalklet from the Chrome Web Store for free and try it out.

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If you’re an Android user then you must be familiar with the annoying problem of not being able to pull down the notification tray in Fullscreen apps. Mostly, this situation arrives when playing games and watching movies or videos. You cannot pull down the notification tray when in a fullscreen app, well most of them, and that is annoying when you receive a notification and the only way to check it is to quit the application. It gets even more annoying when you find out that the notification was just something unimportant.

If you’re part of millions of others who are annoyed by this, then there is a very easy solution to your problem.It’s an app called as Bird Bar notifications tool. Bird Bar adds a invisible/visible toolbar, which pops up when you swipe from any edge/side of your screen in full screen apps and lets you check your notifications. A very useful application for your Android device that will certainly help you to check on your notifications without having to quit your current running app.

Pretty simple to use too. There are two presets that come with the app, the first one is the invisible mode that lets you swipe any corner/side of your phone to reveal the notifications tray. The second shows a rectangular Notification bar on the top of your screen and can be accessed by swiping down or from the top edges. You can do all this while you’re in the game or movie, without the need to pause them.

Bird Bar Notifications Tool is available both as a free and paid app, with the paid app having few extra features such as adjustable notification toolbar, the ability to use a certain corner to make the tray appear and sensitivity options. The best part, there are no ads in the free version.

You can download Bird Bar from the Android Market for Free or purchase the Paid version for $1.99.

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Another projector phone has hit India. Technology is undoubtedly progressing here in India. Sometime in March, Spice Popkorn was launched which turned out to be the first projector phone in India but it was priced at Rs. 6,700 so when compared, Micromax X40, would turn out to be a better pick because it has some awesome features and it is the cheapest phone with a projector. Another great thing is that the projector lens is adjustable which helps you to change projection sizes on the viewing screen. This phone is definitely going to be a hit. Want to know more about it? Keep reading.

micromax x40

  • Micromax X40 supports dual-sim feature.
  • Multiple-format document reader that opens up Word, Excel, PDF and PowerPoint files for you.
  • It has a TFT display screen.
  • The size of the display screen is 2.4 inches with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels.
  • Internal memory is 80 MB which can be expanded up to 4 GB using a microSD card.
  • It will have a 2 megapixels rear camera with not much special features. No secondary camera, of course.
  • It will just be another light weight phone with a weight of 148 grams.
  • Bluetooth, WAP and USB data would be available in the “Connectivity” section.
  • Micromax X40 is powered by a standard battery for up to 2.5 hours of battery life.
  • Social networking applications would be available in the phone.

Hmm… so this phone is great when its specifications and price is compared. It has totally outdone its only competitor Spice Popkorn just by making sure that people can afford it easily. The adjustable projector sounds good and would definitely feel good.

The price of Micromax X40 is around Rs. 5,000.

If you are looking for a projector phone and are stuck between Spice Popkorn and Micromax X40, go for X40 without any other thoughts. It’s much affordable than Popkorn and the features are great as well. The looks might not be much attractive, but this is a phone which is high-at-features and low-at-cost.

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