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Yahoo to release digital newsstand for tablets

February 11, 2011 |

Yahoo announced that it would be launching a digital news stand for tablet devices in the near future. The service, named “Livestand” will feature Yahoo’s finance, sports,newspapers, magazines and celebrity contents together with other releases.It is expected to create a personalized reading experience covering a variety of feeds.

Livestand is not the first of the kind, there will be stiff competition from news readers like Flipboard and Pulse, as well as digital publishes of Google, Apple, Adobe and others.The news stand will have content from a wide range of publishers that will be published to users in exchange for a reduction of advertising and subscription charges.

However, no information has been passed on relating to the revenue sharing deal. Livestand is expected to be launched in the first quarter of the year and will be initially available on the iPad and other Android powered tablets from Google.

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Apple releases iOS 4.2.6 with bug fixes for Verizon iPhone 4

February 11, 2011 |

Apple has released an iPhone4 software iOS 4.2.6 that can resolve bugs affecting the accuracy of Personal Hotspot data reporting in the smartphone. It is interesting to note that the software has been released on the same day as the debut date of iPhone4 on the Verizon network.

Verizon’s Personal Hotspot WiFi tethering plan supports up to 5 WiFi devices and costs an additional $20 per month for 2GB of tethered data.Exceeding the limit will cost each gigabyte an additional $20.The bug might have resulted in billing errors due to in-efficient reporting of the hotspot data usage. The iOS4.2.6 takes care of these reporting errors.

The release of iOS 4.2.6 would have come as a great news to the Verizon as the carrier has had billing error related issues lately. Though Verizon is not the only carrier that has had trouble, it is notable that last October Verizon had to refund $90 million to … Read More

Blackberry Playbook tablet PC coming in April

February 10, 2011 |

Research in motion has taken a much appreciable effort in pricing its forthcoming tablet. It comes as a much more advantageous move when compared to the pricing that Motorola has placed for its Xoom tablet which stands at a mammoth $800. The 16GB version will be available in April as per the available reports.

According to the report from Office Depot the Playbook will be priced at $499.99 for its 16GB model. This would make it come on par with Apple iPad in cost. The document also reveals an on-sale date of late March/early April, which will make it appear a few months before the roll out of HP TouchPad.

Though RIM’s pricing is a huge relief than the Motorola pricing, there is still some reluctance in undercutting the price of iPad. It’s a scenario where there are many dirt-cheap tablets running on Android cruising the markets from no-name vendors, and there are still … Read More

Verizon iPhone is in for Sale

February 10, 2011 |

And the wait for Verizon Wireless iPhone is finally over! Starting today, the Verizon’s version of iPhone 4 will be available in retail stores.

Apple and Verizon Wireless stores, along with Best Buy and other selected Wal-Mart stores, will start selling the Verizon iPhones at 7 a.m. local time. Apple and Verizon had quickly sold out the initial batch of iPhones that had been made available through presale to Verizon customers last week. Also Verizon had claimed that demand for iPhone 4 had surpassed any other previous smartphone launch on its network, including the much anticipated Motorola Droid and Droid X, as well as the HTC Incredible.

In an attempt to move the sales process more quickly, Apple has been taking online reservations for customers buying the phone in its retail stores. Customers who have reserved their iPhones can drop in to pick up their smartphones at the Apple stores. It comes with the … Read More

Acer unveils 23.6- inch GN245HQ monitor with HDMI 3D

February 10, 2011 |

Acer is in again with the world’s first 3D monitor. This 23.6- inch GN245HQ can support the HDMI 3D solution from NVIDIA. Users have two options to get 3D content. They can either get it through NVIDIA’s HDMI 3D connectivity or through DVI-DL. The specific feature of this GN245HQ is that it comes with active shutter 3D glasses in the box that work with the display’s built-in IR emitter.

As for the information about the specs this sleek monitor of full HD(1,920 x 1,080) packs together a 2ms response time, 16:9 aspect ratio, 120Hz refresh rate and a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio. It also has LED- backlighting that contributes to saving power up to 68% approximately.

There has been no word about the launch in the U.S but this Acer product will appear in the U.K market in mid-March. It is expected to carry a price tag of £419.99($675).

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Flash Player 10.2 for Windows, Mac, and Linux released

February 10, 2011 |

Adobe has released Flash Player 10.2 that works for Windows,Mac and Linux. The new Player comes packed with features and is now available for download. The most impressive of the lot is the new Stage Video architecture that drastically reduces the processor load of playing back high resolution videos.With the feature, Adobe claims that a 1080p playback will not take up more than 15 percent of a CPU cycle.

The additional features in Flash Player 10.2 include the ability to go to true full screen playback in a single click. The multiple display full screen support adds to the multitasking ability. Developers can create their own cursors with the added support for  native mouse cursors that the 10.2 version holds.

To add-on, the new sub-pixel text rendering is a credible update for all complex character-based languages. GPU rendering technology that will be seen in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 is supported as well.

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INQ announces Android- based Facebook phones

February 10, 2011 |

Mobile phone manufacturer INQ has collaborated with Facebook on phones facilitating the social networking site, and the outcome are the Android based INQ Cloud Touch and INQ Cloud Q.

The phones are primarily meant for people who use Facebook as their main means of communication. The home screen contains a feed for seeing  friends updates, pictures, videos and web pages. Some touch links to facilities like Facebook Chat, Friends, Messages, Wall and Notifications. Facebook events will come as a pop up in the Google calendar on both phones.

The INQ Touch and INQ Cloud Q also packs together streaming music service Spotify through which the users can access the service’s application via a dedicated key. To use Spotify on mobile phones, users at the moment have to sign up and pay a monthly fee for premium service.

INQ Cloud Touch and INQ Cloud Q use the Android 2.2 version. INQ Cloud Touch carries a … Read More

Opera to roll out iPad browser

February 10, 2011 |

Opera Softwares, leader in mobile-internet browser softwaremanufacture today announced that it has entered the field of tablet computer software. Opera confirmed that it has reached the 100 million cellphone users mark lately. As part of entering the new horizon of tablet softwares, a new version of Opera Mini for Apple’s iPad would make its debut at the Mobile World Congress trade show this month.

Research reports state that the iPad’s market is expected to jump from a 19.5 million this year to a massive 55 million next year. Together, it is a known fact that the mobile internet market has boomed since iPad’s introduction . The Opera’s move to introduce browsers for the iPad is hence, no surprise taking the tablet trends into consideration.

Presently, Opera has 90.4 million users for its Mini browser version and around 15 million users for the full Opera Mobile browser. All round the year, Opera has maintained its … Read More

Walmart offering Samsung Galaxy S 4G

February 9, 2011 |

AndroidLife has come up with the announcement of the Samsung Galaxy becoming available at the Walmart at a time when the T-mobile and the smartphone is hogging the limelight with its arrival plans onto the T-Mobile new cell phones shelf probably this month. As per the reports from the Walmart the Galaxy S 4G will carry a price tag of $148.88 with two years of service agreement. Consumers can buy the device for $248.88 with a two-year FlexPay agreement while it costs $650 for those who do not wish to come into any contract.

As for the features of this dainty device it includes a 4-inch AMOLED touchscreen, 5MP camera with 720p recording ability, front facing camera. It also bundles up a 16GB microSD card. This device is powered by a 1GHz Hummingbird processor and it runs on Android Froyo 2.2. Being Android based, one can access the Market for free and paid apps.

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Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 now available through

February 9, 2011 |

Following the enthusiastic and encouraging feed back for making available Samsung’s intriguing Galaxy Pop and Nokia’s polished C5-03 at attractive prices Flipkart is back again with the announcement of the availability of Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830.

Bundled with very interesting features, the smartphone is listed as in stock with a service promise of three days delivery. The most prominent feature of this wonder set is its photography features. It integrates with it a cool 5 megapixel camera. The picture clicking will become a very enriching experience with the geo tagging, face detection and smile detection. The smartphone comes in black and white colors and it includes TouchWiz V3.0 user interface, GPS with AGPS support, touch-sensitive controls, Wi-Fi, and 3.5G connectivity.

Being made available through  the price tag of Galaxy Ace S5830 is at Rs. 14,990.

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BBC iPlayer app to come to Android as well as iPad by the end of this week

February 9, 2011 |

The British Broadcasting Corporation has come up with an official announcement of the arrival of its iPlayer app plans which are iPad and Android specific versions of its software by the end of this week.

The iPlayer is a free TV catch up service hosting only the best and the most popular, which are in fact mutually exclusive categories from the BBC’s catalog of recent programming. The new native apps are inclined on bringing this feature to the users portable device in a touchscreen- optimized format which combine a simple and intuitive design.

The apps are going through their final preparations for a noteworthy launch and it should be available with us before the week is through. But the main cause of excitement is that BBC is planning to project the iPlayer internationally which is most probable to depend on such platform specific apps for distribution and the collection of subscription fees. However Android … Read More

Microsoft India introduces Office Web Apps

February 9, 2011 |

Microsoft Office Web Apps has arrived in India. Web Apps is on the same platform with Google Docs, which helps users create, access, edit and share documents from the Office suite, which includes Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote from any PC which has an internet connection. And the best thing of all is that the service is absolutely free.

Office Web Apps  is claimed to be a key piece of Microsoft’s overall cloud strategy. There are also features like ease of sharing and high document fidelity that make Office Web Apps a favorite for modern information workers and consumers alike.

The basic requirement to run Office Web Apps is a Windows Live ID on SkyDrive or Hotmail to access Microsoft Office Web Apps from any of the supported web browsers like Internet Explorer 7 or later, Mozilla Firefox 3.5 or later, Google Chrome and Safari 4. The documents that are ported retain their style, formatting, … Read More

Sophos Mobile Launches Control for iOs and Android devices

February 8, 2011 |

Leading security firm Sophos has launched Sophos Mobile Control, targeting security for mobile devices and smartphones. The new product is an add on the company’s existing line-up of end point security and data protection systems that include Sophos Anti- Virus, Sophos Client Firewall and Sophos Disk Encryption.

The company has been offering protection for a large array of businesses for smartphones and other hand held devices.Sophos is a major player in security systems for only the enterprise level and not for the home users. The new product will help businesses in mobile device management, giving corporate networks comprehensive administrative control of securing, monitoring and configuring attached devices in the domain.

Taking into account the mobility of the portable devices, the new Mobile control allows companies to enforce policies over air like in the case of theft of handset the producer can remotely lock the device or wipe off its contents. Another attracting feature … Read More