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Last night, when everyone was all over the Doomsday rumors, an Apple facility in China exploded claiming 2 innocent lives and injuring 16 others. The explosions took place when the place was filled with employees and staff at the Foxconn facility in China.

Foxconn Plant Fire

According to reports, the explosion took place at Foxconn’s iPad 2 assembly line, in the A5 building where most of the parts for the Apple iPad 2 is made. Foxconn is Apple’s top manufacturers for the iPad and this event may cause some problems with the iPad 2 production.

There is no information on what caused the explosion, but Local Police have ruled out foul play and stated this as an accident. They are still at the scene and are investigating the explosion, the loss and how much overall damage it has caused. The explosion is very serious as there were not more than 10 fire engines and ambulances at the scene last night. Among all the employees who were present in the building at the time of the explosion, 2 have succumbed to major injuries and about 16 of them were injured and hospitalized. Foxconn later on issued the following statement regarding the issue;

We can confirm that at approximately 7 pm on May 20, there was an explosion at our Chengdu campus. At this point, we can also confirm that there were two fatalities with injuries to 16 other employees. We are working with medical officials to provide treatment to the injured employees and we are working with government and law enforcement officials to contact the families of all employees affected by this tragedy. The situation has been brought under control by the fire department and the cause of this explosion is being investigated by local police officials. Foxconn is cooperating fully with that investigation. Production has been suspended at the site of the explosion until the completion of the investigation. The safety of our employees is our highest priority and we will do whatever is required to determine and address the cause of this tragic accident.

A video on the aftermath of the explosion also surfaced showing lots of smoke, which the guards say was toxic. Check it out after the break.

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Tomorrow is the Doomsday and here we are starting a contest! That’s right, a CallingAllGeeks contest, that you’ll have to participate to be eligible for winning a brand new Apple iPod Shuffle from us. The contest is pretty simple, and only requires you to play a game online, get some really high scores and you’re good to go.

Urban Thrill CallingAllGeeks Contest
The game is known as Urban Thrill and is based on the growing sport of Free running. Running through cities and rural landscapes performing acrobatics to pass buildings and obstacles. I’m pretty sure you may save seen this kind of sport somewhere on the TV, most likely in movies. Hence, the flash based game Urban Thrill is quite interesting and fun to play.

The game requires you to collect certain items that are located on buildings, alleys, roads etc within a given period of time. You can jump, run around, perform acrobatics in the air and hang from buildings. It’s not an easy game however, you’ll have to be quick to be able to collect all the items to get the most points, as points is what matters in this game. Urban Thrill is spread over 9 countries and you’ll have to complete all the places and then submit the total score along with your details.

Urban Thrill is developed by Reckitt Benckiser (RB), a leading brand in household, health and personal care and is mainly designed to create awareness of the company among graduates and those early in their business careers.

Win a Trip for 2 to any one of the 9 Countries

When you play Urban Thrill and get a really high score, you can always check the score boards to see where you’re standing,  and let us know either by commenting or by tweeting the score with #cag. The person who has the highest score will win, wait for it—- two flight tickets to any one of the 9 countries in the game, i.e. Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, India, Italy, Russia, UK and USA. Yes, that’s right, 2000 Euros worth of travel. Of course to win this you’ll have to submit your score in game, as this price is not given by us. Also don’t forget to check the competition tick-box when submitting your score. Read the complete terms here.

Free iPod Shuffle for CallingAllGeeks Readers

iPod Shuffle

Specially for CallingAllGeeks readers we are giving away 1 Apple iPod Shuffle 2GB. All you need to do is fulfill certain terms and you will be eligible to win the iPod Shuffle.

  • Join and follow CallingAllGeeks on Twitter and Facebook.
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This contest will end on 31st May 2011. So you have 10 days to participate and win free tickets to your favorite destination(of the 9 given countries) and of course the Apple iPod Shuffle 2Gb.

So head over to urbanthrill.com and start playing!

Update: We have selected the inner and SATISH is the winner.

Here is how we selected the winner:

Thanks for your participation  and stay tuned to CallingAllgeeks for more such giveaway in the future.

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If you are an email person then you must be aware of the fact that in certain instances emails become a pretty important part of our daily routine because it contains things that need a follow up plus these emails also contains action items.

Gmail is a very useful email client that makes the whole process of sifting through emails and planning action accordingly a pretty easy job. With features like smart labels and attachment searches, Gmail is quite useful. But when it comes to planning and assigning then Gmail can’t do anything and you have to do all of this stuff on your own.

TaskForce Browser Extension

Taskforce

So recently I came across a very useful browser extension with the name of TaskForce, compatible with FireFox, Google Chrome and Safari. This extension simply turns ordinary emails into tasks. With this particular extension, you can simply organize your tasks into lists created by yourself. TaskForce simply integrates with Gmail but it is has an independent frame that can be easily dragged around the browser’s interface.

How To use TaskForce Extension?

In-order to add TaskForce for your Gmail, simply head over to the official page of TaskForce and click on Add to Gmail button. For users that use platforms other then Gmail, there is a selection option as well. Once you click on Add to Gmail Button a prompt will pop-up asking for your email ID. Entering the ID and clicking on  Signup will take you to the Download page.

Taskforce email entry

I am a Chrome user so I was directed to the Chrome Web store from where downloading is pretty easy.Now once it is installed, TaskForce will automatically appear every time you log-in Gmail. Using the extension, you can now simply convert any email residing in your inbox to Activity and Tasks. A Convert to New Task button will appear directly under the subject of an email message. You can simply set a date for any of the added tasks or even create a new list by adding various tasks in it.

There is a feature that really fascinates me and it is that you can also notify the sender of an email that you have converted their email into a task. Once you complete the task, a notification will be automatically sent to the sender. Plus you can also collaborate on a task by inviting people.

I think it’s a great Gmail productivity extension that can really streamline your impending tasks and activities. Do use it and Let us know that what do you think about this particular browser extension.

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May 21 is a big day, not for me at least, as I’ll be playing Modern Warfare and having a drink, but for all those believers of God it is. It has been predicted by a Christian Group in the United States that the end of the world will begin on May 21 2011. Yes, just a day away from the worldwide destruction caused by floods and earthquakes and what not that will ultimately lead to our dear Planet Earth bursting in to flames.

May 21 Doomsday posters are probably everywhere now, thanks to the worldwide promotion by Familyradio.com. There you go, I mentioned their name again, some more promotion to them, as more of you will go and visit the website and check out what’s really going on. I don’t know what’s really going on, apart from some rational ideas by irrational people suggesting that a Rapture will begin tomorrow May 21 2011 and will last for about 153 days until everything on Earth will be killed on October 21 2011. Not exactly everything, according to the prophecy(the Bible), all those who are the believers of God will be killed and taken to heaven and others will be left behind. I have no words to express my joy about me staying behind, I get to live another 153 days than all the others.

Okay, now you’ll be wondering why so soon? What happened to the December 21 2012 deadline, what’s the reason behind  all this? All your questions will be answered on May 22 when I start playing Angry Birds all over again.

Alright, I’ll tell you why!!

The Christian group in the United States has come out with some crazy mathematical equations that prove the end of the world will start tomorrow May 21 2011. The equations are based on some excerpts from the Bible itself, which they believe is more of a calendar than a Holy book. Below are the two excerpts that have played an important role in determining May 21 Doomsday theory.

God had written in the Holy Bible in Genesis 7:4:

For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.

God added in Genesis 7:10-11:

And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the Flood were upon the earth. In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.

If you don’t understand what the above lines mean, don’t worry you’re not alone. To read more you can go here or here.Or you can also watch the video after the break.

I would suggest you to still keep following us on Facebook and Twitter as there will be more updates on the latest technology and gadgets even after the May 21 doomsday begins. If you believe that May 21 2011 is the beginning of the end then you should probably subscribe to that iPlayboy Magazine soon, a 6 month subscription should be good enough.

Give us your thoughts, laugh it out, shout it out, and cry if you want to in the comments.

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If I’m right, every iPad owner will be a little bit more happier today than the day before, do I have to explain why? Thought so! Well, it’s finally happened, although the Playboy magazine was supposed to come to the Apple iPad in the month of March, but was delayed due to Apple not allowing such an app on the App Store.

iPlayboy

Apparently all those issues have been resolved and the Playboy magazine for iPad has finally arrived. If you were wondering, there is also a Playboy app for the iPad, but with no nudity. That’s disappointing aren’t it? And you just got lucky, because the iPlayboy magazine for iPad has all the uncensored nudity you want, and every issue of Playboy that was ever made will be yours digitally.

iPlayboy for iPad

Of course this app, sorry web app is not free, you can’t even view the content without a Membership Id or a subscription. The web app is known as iPlayboy and can be accessed using i.playboy.com, and is completely optimized for the iPad. The pinch to zoom feature is available for your pleasure, with other options such as easy scrolling through content and searching for certain topics within a magazine. Like I mentioned before, you’ll be given access to all the copies of the Playboy magazine till date on the iPad, even ones that you’ll no longer find anywhere and those special issues too.

But, here comes the but, to subscribe to the iPlayboy Magazine iPad it’ll cost you $7.24 a month for a yearly subscription, $17.95  a month for a monthly subscription and $0.95 for a 3 days trial. You can subscribe by visiting this site on your Apple iPad.

We are not sure what will happen to the whole web apps on the iPad scene now, as Playboy is now officially one such app, will there be more? What will the world say to this, there is a chance that this could be misused by the kids? iPlayboy Magazine has started a new revolution, will it be followed by more such magazines? Time will only tell, until then go check out this on your iPad before Apple decides enough is enough!

What do you have to say about this? Leave your opinions! And how many of had that evil smirk on your face when you read the title?

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Yahoo messenger is a great tool for voice and video chatting, a software that everyone has installed on their desktop, laptop and mobile devices. Yahoo Messenger was already available for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, but now it’s also available for the iPad 2.

Yahoo Messenger iOS App

The iPad with its larger screen is a good tablet for video chatting, but the first generation iPad did not support video chatting because it did not have a front camera. Now there is the iPad 2, with a front camera and support for FaceTime. There are many other alternatives to FaceTime and one of them is the Yahoo Messenger App for the iPad 2.

The Yahoo Messenger App was updated earlier yesterday and can now be installed on an iPad 2 to utilize its front camera for video chatting. Although, I’m not sure how good the quality of the video call will be, it’ll still be useful as you can also make video calls and voice calls. Yahoo Messenger on the iPhone is a very useful app, just as it will be on the iPad 2 as many users have an Yahoo account.

Yahoo Messenger iPad 2

The new version is also optimized for the iPad 2, for it’s large screen and for multi-tasking to make the whole Yahoo experience faster and easier.

You can download Yahoo Messenger App for iPad 2 over at the Apple App Store for free. It weighs about 22mb and is compatible with iOS devices running iOS 4 and above.

Do you use Yahoo Messenger on your iOS device for voice or video chatting?What chat application do you normally use?

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Windows Phone 7 is in the latest news right now. Windows Phone 7 is Microsoft’s latest smart phone platform. WP7 moved to the new step when they partnered with Nokia to produce more high quality WP7 phones. WP7 already has an advantage by Microsoft being the creator as the high quality programs are being added to WP7 without any effort by the consumer. WP7 is impressive and is miles ahead of the earlier Windows Mobile platform. Coming to the topic, India, as of now might not have a handful of WP7 phones but it surely has some awesome ones. I will share them in this post. So, lets begin.

1. Dell Venue Pro

Dell has not been in the smart phone business for a much longer time but they have given a chance to the customers for using a WP7 device. Dell Venue Pro is a large and a heavy mobile. It has a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels with a display of 4.1 inches. It runs on Windows Phone 7. It has an AMOLED capacitive touchscreen. It has a 5 megapixels camera with geo-tagging. It has a RAM of 512 MB and an inbuilt storage of 8GB. It weighs 192.8 grams which definitely makes it a little over weight. GPRS, EDGE, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and USB2.0 are available. It has got a microSD card slot. It has got a 1400 mAh Li-on battery.

The price of Dell Venue Pro is around Rs. 28,500 which might be comfortable for a lot of people.

2. HTC HD7

HTC has launched 2 WP7 phones in India. HTC HD7 in one of them and the other one would be displayed afterwards. HTC HD7 has got a good build quality and a capable hardware. This phone weighs 162 grams. It has a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels with a display of 4.3 inches. It runs on Windows Phone 7. It has an LCD capacitive touchscreen. It has a 5 megapixels camera with auto focus, dual LED flash and dual tagging. It has a Ram of 512 MB and internal storage of 16GB. GPRS, EDGE, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and USB2.0 are available. One minus point would be that it doesn’t has a card slot. It has a Li-on 1230 mAh battery.

The price of HTC HD7 is around Rs. 27,000 which definitely gives it an edge over the phone above.

3. HTC Mozart 7

 

Another phone from HTC. This phone has got a great build quality. This phone weighs 130g which definitely makes it better from the above 2 in terms of weight. It has a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels with a display of 3.7 inches. It runs on Windows Phone 7. It has an S-LCD capacitive touchscreen. It has a 8 megapixels camera with auto focus, xenon flash, geo-tagging and face detection. It has a Ram of 512 MB and internal storage of 8GB. GPRS, EDGE, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and USB2.0 are available. The minus point in this phone is that it gives only 8GB of storage and it is not upgradeable as there is no card slot. It uses a Li-on 1300 mAh battery.

The price of HTC Mozart 7 is around Rs. 25,500 which might be less but the above phones are of course better than this one.

So, I have told you the top 3 options for Windows Phone 7 in India. If you are looking to buy one, I would suggest you HTC HD7 as it has nice features and a good price tag.

What do you think of the phones? Which one are you looking forward to buy? Do comment.

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With the inclusion of modern technology in our daily lives, exploring the cosmos has become a pretty easy thing. If you happen to own a smartphone or a tablet device then with the help of some real cool applications, you can explore the space frontiers right from your couch.

So NASA, a premier space exploration agency has recently released an app for iPad that provides mission information, videos and other online NASA sources.

NASA iPad App features

NASA has previously launched an iPhone app that has been a hit and a favorite amongst lot of users. But thanks to the bigger screen size of iPad, the NASA app has now got even more feature-rich and powerful.

NASA iPad APP main page

When you launch the app for the first time, you will get an instant notification that there are links to Flash videos and features that are present on the standard webpage. Simply stating that some of NASA’s iPad app contents are not viewable within the app interface. You will see the entire solar system on apps main startup screen, tapping anyone of them will direct you to a more detailed explanation of them. Apart from solar system details about asteroids, meteors, comets are also available.

NASA iPad Buttons

If you happen to be interested in International Space Station, you can simply tab on the Globe icon visible on top of apps main interface. The app will start detecting your location automatically and then will give you corresponding timings for the ISS sightings.

NASA ISS sightings

Next up is the “NASA Center” location icon where you can see a map showing the location of their centers. Just after “NASA Center” icon is the “Shuttle and Rocket Launch Schedule”. This option give users an insight that when will the missions take place. You can also find stuff like images and videos for international space station and outer space imagery.

I think if you own an iPad and is always inquisitive about the space technology then you should definitely buy NASA iPad app. Apart from providing loads of information the app is a great source of educational entertainment as well.

You can download NASA app for iPad from Apple App store.

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If you don’t own a Jailbroken iPhone, well, then you don’t own one. It’s never too late though, I’m pretty sure after reading the title you’d want to jailbreak your iPhone. Jailbreaking your iPhone will never harm it, it’ll just make it cooler than before and probably make it appear on the Guinness Book of Records once again.

RecognizeMe iOS App

Being a jailbroken iPhone user, I know what it means and how it feels when you know you can make your iPhone more advanced and feature filled than a normal iPhone. Yet, many users don’t opt for breaking their iPhone from the jail. Good for them!!

Anyways, here’s a really cool Cydia application that will make your girlfriend believe that you work for the CIA or that you’re a secret Agent. This Cydia app is known as RecognizeMe and it actually scans your face biometrically to give you access to your locked iPhone, face recognition that is. It’s a pretty useful application if you don’t want your friends lurking around your inbox and mails looking for some embarrassing or personal stuff. Instead of the traditional lock code, it will open your front camera and scan your face to see if it’s really you.

The developer Apocolipse, has played around with the front camera of the iPhone 4, and added a new button on the lock-screen. It scans an existing database on your phone with photos of yourself and matches them to let you in. It works very well as you can see in the video after the break.

However, for some reason it doesn’t recognize your face, then you can always use the normal lock-code to enter into your iOS device. At present, I wasn’t able to find RecognizeMe on Cydia, but it is supposed to be up on the BigBoss Repo in the next few hours. Also, this package will cost you $6.99 for the first few weeks before inflation, so you can grab it now and then show your friends how cool your phone is.

What do you think of this amazing app? Are you going to buy it and pretend you’re one of those Secret Agents?

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Top 5 HD DTH Services in India

Remember the days when we used to watch TV on cable with bad quality, bad signal, etc. TV broadcasting in India has come a long way, thanks to Direct-To-Home services. DTH services have transformed the way we view TV in India. From watching grainy cable TV footage, we can now watch HD and 3D channels as well as record them. As the competition of DTH services has increased, it is difficult to choose a DTH service which can offer HD channels too. Are you planning to buy a HD DTH service? If yes, then let me make your work of choosing the best HD DTH service easy for you. In this post I will tell you the top 5 HD DTH services that are currently available in India.

1. Tata Sky+ HD

Tata Sky+ HD

Tata Sky was the first to bring digital video recording to India. After being successful with Tata Sky+, they introduced Tata Sky HD. And in Feb 2011, Tata Sky moved a step further when they introduced Tata Sky+ HD which has the features of Tata Sky+ as well as high-definition support. The specifications of Tata Sky+ HD are listed below:-

1. 1080i HD picture quality.
2. 16:9 wide aspect ratio.
3. 625 hours(500 GB hard disk) of recording.
4. 3D ready.
5. Pause, rewind and record features.
6. Dolby Digital 7.1 surround sound .
It has 7 true HD channels. According to some reviews Tata Sky+ HD has the most impressive features in the HD DTH services. If you want to see English news, English entertainment or sports channels, then Tata Sky+ HD might be the best choice. It gives you an option to add 50 favorite channels. Tata Sky+ HD, in my opinion, is the best HD DTH service in the market now.

The price of Tata Sky+ HD is just Rs. 3999 . Also read our recent review of Tata Sky + HD.

2. Airtel 3D HD DVR

Airtel 3D HD DVR

Airtel would not stay behind in this race. Airtel introduced its 3D HD DVR just a few days ago. Airtel 3D HD DVR has got some features which cannot be neglected. They had introduced HD television before than Tata Sky+ HD but was just short in adding DVR to it. The specs of Airtel 3D HD DVR are:-

1. 550 hours of recording.
2. Pause, rewind and record features.
3. 3D ready.
4. Multiple viewing/recording, disk management, advanced search and time-shifting.
5. Record using your mobile.
6. Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 surround sound with True Home Theatre experience.
It has 3 true HD channels and is best for watching infotainment channels if talking about high-definition.

The price of Airtel 3D HD DVR is Rs. 3999 for existing subscribers and Rs. 4999 for new subscribers.

3. Videocon d2h 3D HD DVR

Videocon D2H 3D Set Top along with HD-DVR

Another 3D+HD+DVR. I have to say, India is progressing very fast. Videocon introduced its 3D HD DVR in the middle of March and was the first service to bring 3D to India. In Videocon d2h, the recording offers a variety of options such as starting or ending recording up to 30 minutes later or earlier. The specifications of Videocon 3D HD DVR are:-

1. 200 hours(160GB) of recording.
2. Maximum resolution is 1080i with an aspect ratio of 16:9.
3. 3D ready.
4. Pause, rewind and record features.
5. 5x picture quality and HD digital sound.
6. Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 surround sound is available.
It has 5 true HD channels and is best for watching Hindi GEC channels if talking about high-definition.

The price of Videocon D2H 3D Set Top along with HD-DVR in India is Rs. 3,990 whereas the same pack without DVR costs Rs. 2, 490.

4. Reliance Digital TV HD DVR

Reliance Digital TV HD DVR

Formerly known as Big TV, Reliance introduced its new name with its new product. Reliance also launched it HD DVR this year and now Reliance has said that it will be providing customers a bouquet of over 250 channels in High Definition like quality at no extra cost. That is a good marketing strategy. 250 HD-like channels would get them a lot of new subscribers. The specifications of Reliance Digital TV HD DVR are:-

1. 200 hours(160GB) of recording.
2. Pause, rewind and record features.
3. 5x sharper picture quality.
4. Maximum resolution is 1080i with an aspect ratio of 16:9.
5. Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 surround sound is available.
6. Parental control.
It has 3 true HD channels and is best for watching English entertainment and music channels if talking about high-definition.

The price of Reliance Digital TV HD DVR is Rs. 3990 and Rs. 500 is off for the existing subscribers.

5. DishTV TruHD

Dish TV TruHD

DishTV TruHD is at last because DishTV has not added DVR to its HD service. One more reason for to be in the last position is that it is just fooling the consumers by saying that they are providing 35 HD channels whereas the truth is that they have only 3 true HD channels and all the others are just up-scaled SD channels. The specs of DishTV TruHD are:-

1. 5x better picture clarity.
2. 16:9 aspect ratio.
3. Maximum resolution of 1080i.
4. Theater like sound experience.
5. Parental control.
6. 20 audio languages offered.
It has 3 true HD channels and is best for watching Hindi GEC channels if talking about high-definition.

The price of Dish TruHD is Rs. 2990 and existing subscribers can get Rs. 400 off by exchanging their set-top box.

Those were the top 5 HD DTH services. If you are looking to buy any HD DTH service, my suggestion would be Tata Sky+ HD.

So, what do you think of it? Which if your favorite HD DTH service? Do comment.

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