All posts by Venkatesh Atluri

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Nokia X7-00 & E6-00 Launched

Nokia today launches its two new phones, the Nokia X7 and the Nokia E6. The Nokia X7 is  first 4-inch entertainment smartphone from the X-series, which boasts of a toughened glass and seamless stainless steel, and offers a unique and durable design. The Nokia E6 is a QWERTY and touch device, which is made for business and general users, offers faster navigation and operation than either a pure touch or keyboard-only system.

Both the phones run on the latest Symbian operating system, Symbian Anna, which offers a fast and fluid experience from browsing the web to scrolling through your music collection with its new UI.

Nokia X7-00

  • Symbian Anna OS
  • 4-inch Capacitive AMOLED display with 640 x 360 pixels resolution
  • Corning Gorilla Glass
  • 119.7mm x 62.8mm x 11.9mm
  • Weight: 146g
  • 2G/3G connectivity
  • 8-megapixel camera with 720p video recording, dual LED flash
  • 8GB memory card (pre-installed) along with 350MB internal memory
  • MicroSD card slot (up to 32GB)
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP
  • A-GPS
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity sensor
  • Ambient light detector
  • Battery: 1200mAH (up to 450 hours standby and 4.5 hours talktime on 3G)
  • Colors: Black and White
  • Price: €380 (approx. Rs. 24,000)

 

Nokia E6-00

  • Symbian Anna OS
  • 2.46-inch LCD capacitive touch display with 640×480 pixels resolution
  • Corning Gorilla Glass
  • 115.5mm x  59mm x 10.5mm
  • Weight: 133g
  • Pentaband 2G/3G network support
  • 8GB memory card (pre-installed) along with 350MB internal memory
  • 8-megapixel (EDOF) camera dual-LED flash, 2X digital zoom (3X in video mode)  HD 720p video(25fps)
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • MicroSD card slot (up to 32GB)
  • USB On-The-Go
  • AV-out
  • A-GPS
  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity sensor
  • Ambient light detector
  • Battery: Nokia BP-4L 1500mAh (up to a month on standby, 7h 30m talk-time on 3G)
  • Colors: Black, Silver, White
  • Price: €340 (approx. Rs. 21,000)

Both the phone are expected to start shipping in the Q2 of 2011.

Source: NokiaConversations

Creative Launches ZiiO Tablets in India

Creative Technology Ltd., which is know for its audio products, now enters into the tablet market, with the launch of its two new products – ZiiO 7″ and ZiiO 10″ tablets in India. The Creative ZiiO touch tablets are the world’s first apt-X(codec and lossless audio format) enabled touch screen tablets, which runs on Android OS.

Creative ZiiO tablets boast of the most seamless, fuss-free Bluetooth pairing experience with Creative’s extensive range of speakers and headphones. The company claims that the tablets have been designed to offer users with an all round multimedia experience, with the best wireless audio performance on an Android-based tablet in the market, and inbuilt Sound Blaster and X-Fi (X-Fi Crystalizer, X-Fi Expand) audio enhancement technologies.

Creative ZiiO 7 inch Tablet Specs

  • 7 inch 16.8 million color TFT, Resistive Touch Screen
  • Android 2.2 Froyo OS
  • ZiiLABS ZMS-08 HD Media-Rich Applications Processor
  • 207.4mm x 133mm x 13.7mm
  • Weight: 415 g
  • 8GB / 16GB internal storage
  • microSD Slot (up to 32GB)
  • Front facing camera (VGA)
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g
  • Bluetooth 2.1 EDR (with apt-X, A2DP & AVRCP)
  • X-Fi Audio Enhancements (Crystalizer, Expand)
  • mini USB port
  • HDMI port
  • 3.5mm stereo jack
  • Audio support: MP3, AAC, WMA9, FLAC, OGG, MIDI, WAV
  • Video support: H.264, MPEG4, WMV9, MOV, AVI, MKV
  • Battery Life: Up to 25 hrs (audio), up to 5 hrs (video)
  • Colour: White
  • Price: Rs. 17,999/-(8GB version)

 

Creative ZiiO 10 inch Tablet Specs

  • 10 inch 262k color TFT, Resistive Touch Screen
  • Android 2.1 OS
  • ZiiLABS ZMS-08 HD Media-Rich Applications Processor
  • 262mm x 173mm x 13.7mm
  • Weight: 650 g
  • 8GB / 16GB internal storage
  • microSD Slot (up to 32GB)
  • Front facing camera (VGA)
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g
  • Bluetooth 2.1 EDR (with apt-X, A2DP & AVRCP)
  • X-Fi Audio Enhancements (Crystalizer, Expand)
  • mini USB port
  • HDMI port
  • 3.5mm stereo jack
  • Audio support: MP3, AAC, WMA9, FLAC, OGG, MIDI, WAV
  • Video support: H.264, MPEG4, WMV9, MOV, AVI, MKV
  • Battery Life: Up to 25 hrs (audio), up to 5 hrs (video)
  • Colour: Black
  • Price: Rs. 21,999/-(8GB version)

The tablets come with accessories such as a Stylus, Universal Power Adapter and USB cable.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 & 10.1 Unveiled

Samsung announced its two new Google Android Honeycomb-based tablets, with a slimmer 10.1-inch tablet and an 8.9-inch model joining the Galaxy Tab lineup, at the CTIA 2011, Orlando. The new models are only 8.6mm thick which means that they are thinner than the Galaxy Tab 10.1, which we have seen at the MWC 2011.

 

Samsung also quotes that the 8.9-inch tablet is ideal for business use and creative tasks, while the 10.1-inch tablet is meant for multimedia consumption. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 incher, which has been revamped with much sleeker looks, is the biggest surprise of the event. The tablets also feature a TouchWiz user interface implemented on the Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) platform, offering superior multi-tasking and enhanced user interaction and navigation.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 inch

The 10.1 incher weighs just 595 grams, and becomes the thinnest and lightest large-screen tablet in the industry. The new tablet will be available in Wi-Fi, WiMAX, HSPA+ 21, LTE and Bluetooth 3.0 models, which comes with a 1,280-by-800 WXGA TFT LCD display and 1 GHz dual-core processor. The 10.1-inch model has a 6800 mAh battery , which lasts for nearly 10 hours of usage. The tablet also features Adobe Flash 10.2, 2-megapixel front camera and 720p video recording on its 3-megapixel rear camera.The tablet is expected to launch in the month of June 8, 2011.

 

Price (WiFi version)

  • 16 GB – $499
  • 32 GB – $599

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 inch

The 8.9-incher also comes in Wi-Fi, WiMAX, HSPA+ 21 and LTE models. The tablet features a 1,280-by-800 resolution,  6000 mAh battery, Adobe Flash 10.2,  1 GHz dual core processor, Bluetooth 3.0, microSD and packs in a 3-megapixel camera out the back and a 2-megapixel on the front for video calling. It can playback 1080p video, and record 720p. The tablet weighs 400gm and offers a battery backup upto 10 hours of usage.The 8.9 incher is expected to launch this summer.

 

Price (WiFi version)

  • 16 GB – $ 469
  • 32 GB – $ 569

 

 

So here we have the new sleek Samsung Galaxy Tablets, which will be expected to give the Apple iPad 2 a tough competition.

Source: SamsungHub

How to View Flash Content on your Apple Devices?

Apple devices have been suffering with no flash support since long time from now, but this never affected the company’s sales or the market domination at all. But it does trouble the users a bit, with the missing Adobe flash plug-ins.

But do you still wish to watch Flash video on your iPad, iPod touch and iPhone? Then here is the solution. There are a couple of apps to enable flash support on your Apple devices, thanks to some server-side Flash-to-H.264 transcoding, though you won’t get Flash games or Flash apps.

Check out some of the web browser apps to enable flash videos on ur iPad and iPhone.

 

SkyFire

SkyFire is available with its new version 3.0 and its support for Flash has been improving with every release. The app boasts about smoother video playback and because they proxy the content it could save your time and bandwidth (especially for those using low 3G data caps). It’s not a universal app so you’ll have to buy it twice if you want it on both iPhone/iPod touch and the optimized version for iPad. The app also provides other features like social integration and private browsing modes.

 

iSwifter

 

 

iSwifter has been around for the past few months in the form of an app that could play a few flash based games. But the new version of the application gets support for streaming flash videos as well from sites like Ted Talks, MUZU, JamboTV Sports, Green.TV, Aol Games.com, Facebook, Kongregate and more.

iSwifter is available for only iPad with some games available for purchase inside the app.

Source: TiPb

How to Enable Multi-Touch gesture in iPad 2

Apple has been working on their multi-touch feature since a long time, and was also expected on their newly launched iPad 2. Though Apple is planning to enable the muti-touch gesture in their future devices, there seems to be a hidden feature in the iPad and iPad 2 which can be enabled just in a few minutes and spending $5. According to our sources, users can purchase Apple’s iOS developer software Xcode 4, which is available for $5 from the App Store and enable the nifty feature with a single click. Once enabled, users will be able to use a four-finger swipe from side to side in order to switch  and open apps, swipe up with four fingers to open the app switcher, and use a five-finger pinch to return to the home screen.

How to Enable Multi-Touch Gesture in iPad 2?

  • Purchase the app Xcode 4 from Mac App Store
  • Launch Xcode 4 and connect your iPad or iPad 2 to your PC
  • Click the “use for development” button
  • Ignore Xcode’s request for developer credentials and disregard the ensuing error
  • Once developer mode is activated, you can enable gestures by going to Settings > General on your iPad or iPad 2

Source: Gizmodo

If you have purchased iPad 2, I would love to know your initial reaction and experience with iPad2. Do you think it’s worth to sell iPad first generation and buy iPad2?

CloudTalk Unveils New Partner Program

CloudTalk launched their new Partner Program with their new app called ‘atzip’ at the SXSW 2011 in Austin, Texas. The CloudTalk Partner Program enables mobile and Web application developers to integrate a whole new dimension of voice, text and rich media to any application where human communication is important. According their new program, partners can access a full range of social networking and communications services for delivering natural and compelling user experiences and dramatically reducing time and cost to market.

CloudTalk, a social communications platform that enables natural communication through voice messaging, texting and photo and video sharing in today’s mobile and social world.

The atzip app is a  free social meet-up application that connects people who share similar interests and hobbies. The atzip mobile application is built on CloudTalk’s new social communications platform, and lets you talk and text with other people in a refreshingly new way. With atzip, you can choose to talk or text by sending “zip-ins,” short messages that describe what you’re in the mood for whether it’s coffee, a movie, or dinner, etc.

CloudTalk Platform also offers users to customize their experience to fit the unique requirements of third-party developers working with Internet-connected applications, whether they are group messaging, dating, education, celebrity broadcasting, etc.

Source: IntoMobile

Lenovo Launches ThinkPad X220 Notebook and Convertible Tablet

Lenovo officially launches its two new devices of the ThinkPad X Series line-up – the ThinkPad X220 Laptop and the Convertible Tablet. The ThinkPad X220 laptop features a 12.5 inch display and comes with the Intel Core i-series processors. Lenovo seems to have decided that the notebook’s 12.5 inch displays falls in between netbooks and full sized computers, offering portability as well as room for a full-sized keyboard and a high resolution display. The company has launched these notebooks, giving more importance for a longer battery life.

The ThinkPad X220 laptop will ship with a standard 6 cell battery that provides up to 9 hours and an upgrade to a 9 cell battery is available, which gives upto 15 hours of run time. There’s also an external battery option available for $179, which provides up to 24 hours of run time. It also comes with an optional IPS screen which provides wide viewing angles and an optional WiMAX and 3G modems.

 

ThinkPad X220 Notebook Specifications

  • 12.5 inches LED backlit display with 1366 x 768 resolution
  • Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processor
  • Intel Huron River platform
  • Weight: 1.3kg(2.86 pounds)
  • Up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM
  • Up to 320GB hard disk drive or 160GB of solid state drive
  • Integrated Wi-Fi connectivity
  • 3 USB 2.0 ports
  • USB 3.0 port(optional)
  • 54mm Express Card slot
  • SD card slot
  • buttonless touchpad (aka ClickPad)
  • 720p webcam
  • dual digital microphones to enable noise cancellation
  • VGA, Display ports

The Lenovo ThinkPad X220 Tablet also comes with similar features as that of the notebook. The tablet comes with a standard 12.5 inch IPS display, with an optional Gorilla Glass and Infinity Glass. The X220 Notebook and the X220 Tablet comes with a price tag starting at $899 and $1,199, respectively and are expected to arrive in the month of April.

Source: Engadget