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 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
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.
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.
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 MagicLockerfor 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.
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!
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.
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
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
The 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.
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
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
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.
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!!
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?
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.
Simple yet a very useful app, Chordsis 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
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
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.
One of the most used feature of Facebook is poking. Any of your friend can Poke you or even a stranger can poke you depending upon your Privacy settings. And if you have tons of friends (maximum limit: 5000) and they in habit of poking you, you might find it troublesome to poke every individual manually. How about using some script or addon which will auto poke your friends for you.
Here I’m sharing about a Chrome extension call Poke all for Chrome which does what it says. This addon will auto poke all your Facebook friends with one single click. Using this chrome addon is very simple. All you need to do is install this addon on your Chrome browser <Link>. Once installed click on Facebook icon on the extension bar of Chrome and Enable auto poke by checking the check box. This will Auto poke everyone when ever you open Facebook.com or Else you can use manual Auto poke all feature.
Automated Facebook Auto Poke screenshot:
Now head over to your Facebook homepage and under Pokes you will see an option to Auto poke everyone. See the screenshot for better understanding. Click on Auto Poke and it will start poking everyone who have poked you.
Isn’t it simple? Though you should be cautious when Auto poking in masses as Facebook might flag it as spam or unnatural action. Instead
Here is a quick video for better understanding of this extension:
Do let us know what other Facebook Chrome extensions do you use for Automation of your Facebook account.
You might like to check out Autobudder which automatically wish you facebook friends on their birthday.
Twitter is one of the largest social networks on the internet right now. You can follow people, get to know them, share stuff and much more. One good thing about Twitter is that you cannot only follow people you know but also those who you don’t know. But the problem arises whether following them will benefit you or not? Do they share useful stuff? How active they are on Twitter? Questions like these arise and to answer them, you should give Twtrland a try.
Twtrland is a free online website which helps users analyze and decide whether to follow different twitter users or not. To get started, simple type the username of the person you wish get statistics for and hit enter. It will quickly analyze the twitter profile and in seconds will display different statistics about his/her tweets. For any new username, it might take 2-5 minutes to analyze the account. Once its complete, it will show you information like account stats, top followers, tweets, famous words tweeted by that user, pictures uploaded and much more. It will also show you how many tweets the person does, how many retweets he gets/does, his favourites, how many tweets contains links and much more.
Twtrland is useful online tool which can help users decide whether to follow a specific user or not. You should give this simple and easy to use service a try.
When you are working on any project (e.g take your post graduate thesis or just a random question for example), you will come across many unanswered questions and queries. To find answers to those questions, you will have to look in to different journal articles and books which are available in your library or even on the internet but this process can be really time consuming. To solve this problem, we came across an excellent website Mind The Book.
Mind The Book is a useful website where you can ask your questions to other book fans from around the globe and find answers to your questions. You check the questions asked by other users and you may be able to find the book you are looking for. Click on the question and you will see the name of all the suggested books. Other users can vote up or down the suggestions given by users and recommend whether the book is relevant to the question asked by users. The posts even contain links to places from where you can buy the books as well.
If you can’t find what you are looking for, you can post your question and wait for other users to suggest books. To post your question or even suggest books to other users, you must sign up for a free account by filling a simple form.
Mind the Book is a useful website which can be used to find answers to different questions and can be helpful in many scenarios.
Google+ is becoming a popular social network these days and many people have started using it. To improve user experience, many new tools and extensions have been released to manage Google+ and Gtools+ is one of them.
Gtools+ is a useful extension for Google Chrome which adds many useful features to Google+ services. With Gtools+, you can translate posts on Google+, customize notifications color, manage Gmail and Google Reader notifications and much more.
Once the installation is complete, a small Google+ icon will appear in the extensions area. Clicking on it will redirect you to Gtools+ options. Lets take a quick look at the options before we check the usage of this extension. In General options tab, you can select basic Gtools+ settings like sticking Google bar on top on all websites, select the option to receive notifications on Gmail or Google Reader, Customize Notification colors and much more.
Now, go to Google Plus tab and their you can customize the features which you can use on Google+. You can select whether to add the translation feature or not and whether to add Google Chat in Google bar. To use the translation feature, click on the small arrow in the top right corner of a post and you will see the translate buttons.
If you really love Google+ and want to customize the default look of it, you should check GTools+.
Nokia has been talking about the Symbian Anna update for the Symbian ^3 devices from a long time. Finally, Nokia is rolling out the Symbian Anna firmware for all compatible devices. The list of devices that can be upgraded to the latest firmware include the N8, E7, C6-00 and C7.
If you happen to own one of these Nokia devices, then you’d want to get this software update and enjoy Anna. It’s best to upgrade it using the PC, since that’s the most reliable and safest method if you like to not have a bricked phone.
Ilari Nurmi, Vice President at Nokia stated;
Nokia’s Symbian smartphones are used by millions of people around the world every day, addressing specific consumer needs and providing choices at many price points. Symbian Anna represents a significant update to the experience those users have and demonstrates our ongoing commitment to Symbian, which will see up to 10 more phones introduced over the next 12 months, further updates to the user experience and support for the software until at least 2016.
What new will you experience in Symbian Anna? Well, firstly, there’s the all new user interface and the homescreen customization options. Then there’s the new on-screen portrait QWERTY keyboard, split-screen messaging screen and much much more. There are new icons and wallpapers, a better and faster web browser with new features. New version of Ovi Maps, Ovi Store and Quick Office also come pre-installed with Symbian Anna. Some performance tweaks are also included in this new OS, which should make your Nokia device even better and easier to use.
As I said earlier, there are two ways to upgrade your Nokia phone to Symbian Anna, also remember that only the devices mentioned earlier in this post can be upgraded. If you do not have any of those, then you should best forget about it.
To install Symbian Anna via PC, you’ll require the Nokia PC Suite that came along with your phone, a fast internet connection and some free time. Remember to backup your contacts, photos, music, videos and other data before you even think of upgrading the firmware. All that can be done with the help of the PC Suite.
Or if you want to go the easier way, and install it using only your phone, then do the following:
Head over to Menu > Settings > Phone > Phone Updates.
Then select the update you want to install, most likely the latest Symbian Anna.
Follow the given instructions to download and install.
Make sure you have a good Wi-Fi connection.
That’s pretty much it. Enjoy the new user experience on Symbian Anna.