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Another gold-plated phone from Nokia. The first one was Nokia Oro, which was announced in May and will release in September. Nokia C3-01 Gold Edition was announced earlier in August and has been launched yesterday. This is a Gold Edition of the much successful Nokia C3-01 touch and type so it will definitely have a lot of similarity in specifications with the original C3-01 but the gold-plated body makes it a lot more better than the latter.

Also, many features have been improved and some new features have been added with this release. The specifications are nice so the phone won’t give you the feeling that it is only good because of the gold-plated body. You may read the specifications below.

  • It is a touch and type phone and it comes with a TFT resistive touchscreen.
  • The size of the display screen is 2.4 inches and the resolution is 240 x 320 pixels.
  • The internal memory is 140 MB and can be expanded up to 32 GB using a microSD card.
  • GPRS, EDGE, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v2.1 and USB v2.0 are available in the “Connectivity” section.
  • It will have a 5 megapixels rear camera with LED flash. Video recording is available in VGA@30 frames per second. No secondary camera in this phone.
  • It comes with a 1 Ghz processor which is very rare in Nokia phones.
  • It has a 18-carat gold plating which makes it very special.
  • It has a 1050 mAh standard battery.
    Talk time - Up to 5 hours 30 min (2G) / Up to 4 hours (3G)
    Standby -  Up to 405 hours (2G) / Up to 440 hours (3G)
    Music play – Up to 20 hours
  • It weighs just 100 grams and it is good to see that even with the gold-plating Nokia has managed to keep it low-weight.

You can see from the specs and features above that Nokia C3-01 is a feature rich phone. It would cost around €220 but cost in INR has not been revealed yet. It would be revealed very soon, hopefully.

Share your views and opinions about this phone in the comments.

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One thing that I like the most about smartphones is the innovative lock screens, you swipe your finger or input a combo to unlock your phone. But sometimes we tend to get bore of these lockscreens even on our smartphones, so my today’s post is for those Android users who want to give their smartphone Lockscreen a makeover.

MagicLocker

MagicLocker for Android gives your stock lockscreen a spin my giving you option to choose an altogether different lockscreen. This particular Lockscreen alternate application has by default two built-in skins, a perfect looking clone of iPhone’s lockscreen and the other is a scruffy looking 3-point lockscreen codenamed as Robot Lost. The quality of these themes is quite remarkable and if the developers stick to their claims then it means that we will see a lot of other Lockscreens as well.

MagicLocker Features and Specs

iPhonelock screen

MagicLocker iPhone’s lockscreen is a perfect replica of iDevice’s original screen, plug in your phone for charging and the lockscreen will transform into an iPhone’s charging screen with a battery displayed on the screen.

iPhone charging screen

The only noticeable difference you will find is that the unread message count is just below the clock which is not there on an iPhone.

RobotLost screen

Lost Robot skin has a totally different layout and visual appearance, it features 3-side unlock with shortcuts that will lead you directly to Dialer and Messaging applications. In the center of Lockscreen there is an animated version of Android depicting Mad Eye Moody.

Just launch the app, go to settings and check the Enable button, select the screen you want to set and tap Apply. You can download MagicLocker for free from Android marketplace. I will definitely recommend you this app because it will give your Android device a new look. Try it out and Let us know in comments that whether it’s worth it or not.

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Earlier I shared download Facebook Videos using Greasemonkey script and it’s time for a Chrome extension which can do the same. Here I’m talking about a chrome extension call Facebook video downloader which will help you to download Facebook videos in High quality and in normal quality.

Using this chrome extension is easy, download the extension from official repo and go to any Facebook video. You can use Face to find to search for Facebook videos. On the right hand side of the video you will see an option to download video. <Check out screenshot>

Download Facebook Video Chrome You will get lots of options to download Facebook video like download in HQ or low-quality. You can also convert the video into mp3 format and download it. If you will select the convert video to mp3 option, you will be redirected to the third part site where you can configure several options like Bitrate, Audio frequency, Audio channel before converting video into Mp3.

Many time you won’t see the download video link, in such case simply reload the page and link will appear. I liked this extension as it offers so many different formats for download videos and depending upon your Internet connection speed you can download videos in specific format.

Here is a quick video guide on downloading video from Facebook using this chrome extension:

 

Do let us know which method are you using to download Facebook videos to your computer?

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When it comes to taking notes on an iOS device, the only best alternative to the stock Notes app is Evernote. It’s used by almost all iOS users and is one of the best note-taking apps on the App Store. The app is also available on other platforms and that makes it really useful. It’s also available on the Mac App Store and on Windows too.

Evernote is also available on the iPad, but it wasn’t as good as it’s iPhone or iPod Touch version. Hence, they’ve released a new updated version specially made for the Apple iPad that brings along some awesome new features. To start with, the new updated app receives a complete user interface overhaul. The new app shows all your recent notes on a single page as snippets, so you can zoom in check one single note or zoom out to browse through all the notes.

That’s not it! There are a  lot of other new changes as well that makes the app even more worthy and a must have app for your iOS device. Rich text editing is another important feature that will make Evernote ever more useful. You can now edit your text, make it bold, italic, underlined, highlight text, make lists and more. All just with a tap of button. There’s also the option to include URL’s in your notes and creating heading texts.

In other new features, you can now search within a note for words/text and an all new Slideshow view in Images. There are few more minor changes too, that you can read about. Hit the source link to check them out.

You can download Evernote for iPad from the App Store for free. Don’t worry it’ll work just fine with the iPhone and iPod Touch and all the features will still available other than the new UI for iPad. That’s exclusive!

[ Source: Evernote Blog ]

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There are many websites that provide funny Facebook status updates, but there’s nothing better than Lamebook.

Lamebook is a website that is updated on a daily basis, with funny, hilarious, stupid, dirty and insane statuses from around the world. It’s more like the funny side of Facebook. This is not a new website, and even though Facebook has blocked this page many number of times due to obvious reasons, certain Pages are still at large in Facebook. The main theme of this website is to showcase all the ridicules in the form of funny status updates, pictures, comments and others.

Facebook-lamebook(1)

You can get all kinds of funny status updates from over here that are divided in to various categories depending on what it’s all about. To avoid issues with the owner of the published content, Lamebook blurs the last names, faces and other information that may reveal private details and the person’s identity. There’s also an option to remove the content posted on the website if you happen to be the owner or a person included in the post. You can also post your own status and get famous.

lamebook screenshot

Above is an example of what kind of posts get published on this website and most of them some really funny stuff. Laughter is good, and I’m certain that Lamebook will help you laugh a lot by reading funny Facebook status updates from people around the world.

Facebook happens to strongly object the running of this website, but hasn’t yet managed to budge or even scare the people running it. The website is still running and you can be a part of the laughing squad by visiting Lamebook. They also have an iOS app for the website that lets users stay connected and receive the latest load of funny statuses and photos. It’s pretty neat, looks similar to the Facebook app and lets you share things on Facebook and on Twitter. It also lets you share your funny status or photo from your iOS device. However, the app is not free.

You can download Lamebook for iOS from the App Store for $0.99.

Enjoy your stay.

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We’ve got with us a Nokia E6, the latest offering from Nokia, which runs on the new Symbian Anna. They launched this phone sometime back along with the Nokia X7, both of them having some new features and design. Well, the E6 doesn’t really have anything that different from, say, a Nokia E72, E71 or the E63. You’ll only see the difference when you hold it in your hand and turn it around. Behold, the 8 megapixel camera. There’s more, if you’re wondering.

Nokia e6 front

Anyways, I got to play around with this phone, like literally, and here’s what I think of the Nokia E6. I solemnly swear that I’m up to an honest review. And speaking honestly, I’m no fan of QWERTY phones, but this one’s different.

Looks, Design and Feel

Nokia e6 side

Like I said before, there isn’t much dissimilarity between this and other E series models, but there are some differences when it comes to features. But, lets talk about the design and feel of this device for now. It definitely has that business feel, sturdiness and the metal battery cover like few other E series phones.

Don’t be disappointed if people don’t ask you what phone you’re sporting, as the E6 is not much of a looker unless you have it in silver. Well, even then, it’s not that attractive, but certainly more attractive than the previous E series models.

A perfect fit in your pocket and palm, so you don’t have to worry about losing it when involved in a cop chase. There’s a slight bulge on the back thanks to the camera, which is also made up of metal. If you’re a fan of the Nokia E series family, then you’re certainly going to dig this and probably replace your old one with this.

Display, Keyboard and Camera

Nokia e6 displayThe E6 has a 2.46-inch VGA Capacitive Touchscreen display with 328ppi, more than that of the iPhone 4. Now, that’s something right, but on a small display, it’s really of not that great an importance. I’m not saying the display is bad, it’s certainly better than all the other Nokia phones I’ve ever used, it’s bright, can be seen in bright daylight and the touch is great as well.

Video playback works really well too, although I haven’t really tested any gaming, but it shouldn’t be any problem on this display.

If you notice in the picture to the left, there are no Option and Menu keys that were usually present in all E series phones. Instead, you’ll have to use the touchscreen to open or go back, which is annoying at times. The keypad is just like any other E series phone, laid over in 4 rows and are quite soft.

Like I said before, I don’t fancy Qwerty keyboards, hence I did not like it much. But, if you’re not like me, then you’d love it, perhaps. The response is good, and I did manage to type a complete sentence rather quickly.

nokia e6 camera

The Camera, in simple terms, is awesome if you have a steady grip. Beefed up with 8 megapixels of picture and video taking power, the Nokia E6 does a very good job at taking 720p HD videos. The video recording quality is really amazing, plus it looks extra amazing on that small screen. However, the camera doesn’t have any auto-focus or a dedicated camera button, which is a slight problem.

See, a normal human being does shake his hand a bit while taking photos and since there’s no auto-focus, you know where I’m getting at. Otherwise, the camera takes really well still images too and the flash is great as well, dual-LED’s act as though you just created a Patronus to scare away the dementors.

Camera has a lot of modes, so you can basically just select a setting and use the touchscreen or the D-pad to take photos. You can also use the front camera, yes there is one!!

The Hardware, Features and Software

nokia e6 hardware

Having given a 680Mhz ARM 11 processor, the E6 makes pretty good use of it. It’s faster than the previous E-series phones and packs in a lot of new features. It’s only normal to expect a lot of features from a phone that’s priced among higher end smartphones. And yes it does, specially for a business person, this is one awesome piece of technology. It has everything that you’d look for in a high-end smartphone. Below are the most important features of this phone;

  • Symbian Anna OS
  • 8GB internal storage, 1GB ROM, microSD card slot
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • GPS receiver with A-GPS support and free lifetime voice-guided navigation
  • Built-in accelerometer and proximity sensor
  • 3.5 mm audio jack, microUSB port, USB-on-the-go, Flash and Java support for the web browser, Stereo Bluetooth 3.0 and Social network integration

So, now you know that the phone does have almost all the features that you’d require.

Coming, to the software department, I believe Nokia did not do such a great job. I mean, sure the Symbian Anna is prettier and has newer icon sets and customizable homescreens, but it’s still Symbian under the skin.

I’m not saying Symbian is bad, but they should worked more on making Symbian Anna faster and have lots of new features. One of the only interesting things that I found on the software was the VPN feature, which lets you connect to a VPN server and enjoy free internet services. Apart from that, there wasn’t much changes done to the software other than the new UI.

However, Anna is certainly smoother and faster than Symbian S60 software and on par with Symbian^3.

Applications, Internet Browsing and Performance

Nokia e6 apps

I’m sure you may have used the Ovi Store before, hence I don’t have to say that it’s growing slowly, but you won’t find lot of applications for the E6. Since this runs on Symbian Anna, there aren’t a lot of applications available, but that doesn’t stop it from being functional.

The phone comes filled with lots and lots of important and necessary applications that will come handy every day. There aren’t pages of them, but there are enough. Ovi maps did not disappoint as well, the in-built GPS does a great job of tracking you down.

The stock browser that comes along is really nice to use. Thanks to the touch interface, you can do a lot of things while browsing the internet, and yes it has Adobe Flash pre-installed to watch YouTube videos without any problems. Browsing is really smooth, it has tabbed browsing and the web pages do load fast, if you have a fast internet connection. Rest assured, all the applications that come in the phone will work well.

If you’re a first time Symbian Anna user, you may be irritated with the Ovi Startup, which you have to sign-up with to actually be able to use the phone.

Performance of the phone is good as well, like I mentioned before. You may however be greeted with some sluggish performance, but that’s something you can neglect. I did not experience any freezing of the device during it’s stay in my pocket, even though it was thoroughly exploited.

Price and Availability

The Nokia E6 is currently available in the market for a price of INR 17,999, which is well below the 20K mark. For that price you get all of the above mentioned features, a great looking QWERTY phone, an 8 megapixel camera and a sealed box with all the necessary accessories.

Final Verdict

Nokia E6 verdict

I’ve never used a Symbian Anna device, well how could I? This was the first. Anyways, because of the new UI, the phone actually felt like an Android phone, until I entered the Menu. It’s a really good and worthy buy for the price, since it has all the features that you’d ever require on a phone, specially if you own a business. As it’s a Symbian device, you should be fairly used to how the phone works, if you don’t you’ll learn it in an hour or so. If you were planning on buying a fairly expensive Blackberry with similar features, I’d suggest you forget that and go for the Nokia E6. After all, it’s Nokia!!

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Once in a while a new app comes along that tries to do things in a different way. It’s good in a way, but sometimes people try to mix two things in to one and it all goes wrong. I don’t think this app is wrong, but it doesn’t work very well, even though it’s a great idea.

ShutterVox is an iPhone application that brings the magic of voice recognition to the camera app and takes photos when you say words like Cheese, Snap, Doodle or Popsicle. It is however not a free application, so only buy and try it if you really want to see what it’s all about. The application is basically another camera app that you’ll have to put on your Home screen, but it functions a lot different from the others.

It’s a really good idea, the only problem being it doesn’t recognize words so well. The real problem here is the lack of a setting that can adjust the mic sensitivity, because only shouting the words counts. You say Cheese like you have no life in you, the app is not going to do anything. It works best when you’re with at least 10 people and all of them say Cheese or any of the other words at the same time. Thus, this app is best for large gatherings or photoshoots during Prom or some sport event or a wedding.

When you start the application, you can head over to settings and select what word you want the app to recognize and turn on Automatic Flash if you want. Also, you’ll have to touch the Headphone logo to actually make it work, which is located on the screen. That’s all the settings there is, it’s really very simple to use, but will it be a daily app? I don’t think so. However, it is good to have it on your screen just in case you happen to be at a party and want to take a group snap.

You can download ShutterVox from the App Store for $0.99 and the Lite version for free.

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PMP stands for Portable Media Player. These kind of devices are capable of storing and playing digital media such as audio, images, video, documents, etc. The PMPs are especially made for those people who are very much on-the-go and cannot survive without the daily dose of technology and entertainment. PMPs can entertain you a lot and won’t make you feel lonely. Even though, mobile phones are quietly replacing the PMPs but still many people like having PMPs as their must have Gadgets. The PMPs help you to enjoy and have fun with the digital media you want to see and listen. That’s why I decided to find three PMPs which you would search for if you are looking for a PMP in India:

1. Apple iPod Touch 4

It’s Apple only, which took PMP to new heights. The coolness of the iPod touchscreen is one of the major reason to call it as best PMP available in the market. iPod is not only available in the Touch form but it is also available in other different forms(iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle and iPod Classic). This PMP is truly a gem. The best of them all.

  • iPod Touch 4 comes in three models – 8 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB. These three models would cover all the needs of a person.
  • It is lightweight and it weighs only 101 grams.
  • It has a display of 3.5 inches with multi-touch function. The resolution is 960 x 640 pixels.
  • iPod Touch comes with 2 cameras. Rear camera of 0.7 megapixels and front camera of VGA quality(for Facetime).  It also allows us to record videos in High Definition (720p).
  • Up to 40 hours battery for music playback and up to 7 hours for video playback.
  • 256 MB of RAM & 800 Mhz Processor is available.
  • Facetime, Retina display, HD video recording and Game center.

Apple iPod Touch 4 is a great PMP with superb features and it should be the first choice if you are out in search of a PMP.

iPod touch prices in India:

  • iPod Touch 4 (8GB) – Rs. 15,400
  • iPod Touch 4 (32GB) – Rs. 19,900
  • iPod Touch 4 (64GB) – Rs. 25,900

2. Sony Walkman NWZ-A845/B 

Sony Walkman is one of the most famous brands that offer PMPs. Sony Walkman series is very preferable in India because of the famous-ness of Sony, here in India. Sony Walkman NWZ-A845/B is one of the best in the whole Sony Walkman series and hence I am including it in the list. Read about its specifications and the features below and you may get impressed as well.

  • Sony Walkman NWZ has a storage of 16 GB.
  • It weighs just 62 grams which is just too light to carry.
  • It has a 2.8 inched OLED color display screen with a resolution of 400 x 240 pixels.
  • No camera is available in this PMP.
  • Up to 9 hours battery for music playback and up to 8 hours for video playback.

This PMP is just a simple one. Two things where it excels would be the weight and the cool design. The design is enough to attract and the specs are fine enough to take this PMP into consideration.

The price of Sony Walkman NWZ-A845/B is Rs. 11,990

3. Cowon V5 HD

Cowon isn’t a much famous PMP brand in India but it surely is outside India. Cowon produces exciting and great gadgets. It has also launched a few PMPs, Cowon V5 HD being one of them. This PMP would impress you with its sleekness and great battery life. This PMP is cool and is filled with awesomeness. The specifications and features are given below.

  • Cowon V5 HD comes in two models –  16 GB and 32 GB.
  • It weighs 197 grams which maybe a little over-weight for a PMP.
  • It has a 4.8 inches display screen with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels.
  • No camera is available in this PMP.
  • Up to 45 hours for music playback and up to 10 hours for video playback.

This PMP is sleek and great in design. A PMP that should be totally considered when looking for a PMP. The only negative point would be the absence of Wi-Fi which should be added soon. The pricing is given below.

  • Cowon V5 HD (16 GB) – Rs. 14,000
  • Cowon V5 HD (32 GB) – Rs. 17,000

My choice would be Apple iPod Touch 4. Go for it if you have big pockets and want some awesomeness. Do let us know if you have any other recommendation for PMP’s in India?

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Oh yeah! Another leak and again HTC has been surrounded with a new leak. Some 3 or 4 days before HTC Pico was leaked on a Chinese site(Xda.cn) and then the whole internet caught the news and started covering it leading to yet another big leak. Two photos of the phone (front-side and back-side) were leaked with the specifications.

So, this was totally a full-fledged leak from the Chinese website. The specifications of the phone seems a little low-end and it feels that HTC wants to enter the low-end market with this phone. Also, there are a few similarities between HTC Wildfire S and HTC Pico in the specifications. You can find HTC Pico’s specifications below.

  • It will have a TFT capacitive touchscreen.
  • The size of the display screen would be 3.2 inches with a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels.
  • Internal memory isn’t revealed but the phone would support memory up to 32 GB.
  • RAM = 512 MB ; ROM = 384 MB
  • Just like other HTC mobiles, this mobile would also come with HTC Sense.
  • It will have a 5 megapixels rear camera with autofocus, LED flash, face detection, wide-screen photo capture and geo-tagging. Secondary camera won’t be available.
  • GPRS, EDGE, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0 and microUSB 2.0 would be available in the “Connectivity” section.
  • It will run on Android v2.3(Gingerbread).
  • It will have a 1230 mAh battery.
  • MSM 7227 600 Mhz processor would be available in HTC Pico.

HTC has to be more serious to stop these leaks which give the audience the inside scoop of their phones before their actual launch or announcement. This leak would definitely be a delight for the tech world but a warning for HTC. They have to take some actions because their leaks are going to a high number.

This phone looked cool and the specifications were great. It is a very good phone and if it actually makes an entrance in the market, I am sure it will be a hit.

Share your views and opinions about this leaked phone in the comments.

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Apple App store is filled with loads of guitar apps that provide users not only guitar playing experience but also provide them with the requisite information about this instrument. So if you happen to be an enthusiastic guitarist owning an iDevice that is iPad or an iPhone then this post is a must read for you. I will be lining up 3 free of cost apps that will help out wannabe guitarists to improve their skill level without taking into consideration the music ability you have.

Chords

Chords

Simple yet a very useful app, Chords is by far the simplest guitar app you will find on iTunes app store. There is no flashy interface no complex diagrams, just chords that are represented in a black-on-white format. The app includes 28 different types of chords each representing a separate note. You just have to choose a note and a variation and you are all set to go.

Guitar Free with Songs

Guiatar Free with Songs

It is a full fledge virtual guitar app and I found this app to be an amazing virtual alternative to a real guitar. It is a very easy to play virtual guitar and anything you will learn on it can be straight-forwardly applied to your real life guitar. So if you are in a mood to strum away while traveling or you want to learn few songs on the go then Guitar Free with Songs is the perfect app for you. You can upgrade the app with 500 songs but even without this upgrade this app is a wonder.

Epic Chromatic Tuner

Epic Chromatic Tuner

Tuning your guitar or learning how to tune your guitar is an essential ingredient of guitar playing thing. Like other chromatic tuners available, Epic Chromatic Tuner scans for tones directly from your iDevice’s microphone and then checks back with essential notes and other fine tuning options. App has a built-in array of tuning styles and I must say that it does a pretty decent job of tuning up your instrument. The interface is clutter free and is overall app is quite fast. You can download Epic chromatic tuner for free from iTunes app store.

So guys I am sure that if you are looking to learn guitar on your iDevice then above reviewed apps are a must download.

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