Dec 31, 2009

Give me wave!!

Need an invite to Google Wave desperately? This is your chance to grab one. Just ask for one in the comment below with your email address. The first 20 gets the invitation.

For those of you who don’t know what Google Wave is, take a look at here.

 

A long description about Google Wave from the Google itself.

http://wave.google.com/help/wave/about.html#video

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The year that was in tech history (2009):- May and June

May:-

May 1st:- Microsoft announces Xbox to get full body motion sensing device add-on (Project Natal)

May 2nd:- NASA develops electronic nose to smell those cancerous cell inside the brain

May 4th:- BlackBerry Curve 83X takes over iPhone in US market

May 4th:- RIM confirms of new Storm

May 4th:- Apple/Google relationship begin investigated for antitrust violation

May 4th:- Windows 7 RC officially available for public

May 4th:- Microsoft announces to distribute Windows Vista till January of 2011 and continue to support till April 2012

May 5th:- Windows Marketplace comes with 12 commandments

May 5th:- CenTrak intros world's smallest RFID

May 6th:- Amazon awarded design patent for Kindle v1

May 6th:- Mvix announces Nubbin, world's smallest Wireless N USB adapter

May 6th:- Verizon introduces Mi-Fi 2200

May 7th:- Intel's ad campaign rolls on.

May 7th:- DJ Hero announced

May 7th:- Palm Pre banner hits Best Buy

May 7th:- Spring awaits for Palm Pre launch date

May 7th:- Acer says US smartphone won't arrive until 2010

May 8th: Vizio LCD TV becomes the most popular bargain in US

May 8th:- Mini-HDMI cable prototype shown

May 8th:- Rumor of PlayStation Phone spreads again

May 10th:- Palm's touchstone and various accessories arrive in Best Buy

May 11th:- EU to rule against Intel in Intel and AMD feud

May 11th:- Apple rejects Bittorrent app

May 11th:- Palm Pre slowly leaks out

May 11th:- Chevy Camaro supports Zune

May 12th:- Microsoft Project "Pink" leaks out

May 12th:- First Windows Mobile 6.5 launched without announcment

May 12th:- Apple OS X 10.5.7 released

May 13th:- Intel fined $1.3 billion in AMD antitrust case

May 13th:- Microsoft Marketplace for Mobile developer opens for business

May 13th:- AMD shows off with world's first 1 Ghz air-cooled GPU

May 14th:- Sony posts $1 billion loss, first in 14 years

May 15th:- Intel and Nokia collaborating on new Linux-based phone called oFono

May 15th:- Firefox Fennec available for WinMo in alpha form

May 17th:- Microsoft Surface gets it's first Service Pack

May 18th:- Touchpanel Laboratories shows off touchscreen with 9 point detection

May 18th:- LG sets the worlds thinnest LCD (0.23 inches thick)

May 19th:- Microsoft's beta My Phone service for Windows Mobile now free to all

May 19th:- Palm Pre to be officially announced on June 6th for $200

May 20th:- Mobile 2.0 beta demoed

May 20th:- Virgin America flights getting ready to be equipped with in-flight Wi-Fi

May 21st:- AT&T slowly rolls out CruiseCast in-car satellite TV service

May 22nd:- Google launches Google Chrome Browser 2.0

May 22nd:- Microsoft drops three app limit from the Windows 7 Starter Pack

May 22nd:- Microsoft announces the maximum netbook specs for Windows 7

May 23rd:- Air fuelled STAIR Battery comes into labs, boasts that it lasts ten times the normal battery

May 26th: Nokia Ovi Store live everywhere

May 26th: Windows Vista SP2 is live and ready to download

May 26th:- Zune HD becomes official

May 27th: Apple quietly updates Macbook again

May 27th: AT&T moves straight from 7,2 Mbps to LTE, skips HSPA+

May 27th: Android "Donut" demoed

May 27th: Intel debuts Core i7 unannounced

May 28th: Palm Pre announces that it syncs nicely with iTunes

May 28th: HDMI 1.4 officially detailed

May 28th: Steve Ballmer demos Zune HD

May 28th:- Google Wave unveiled, rush for invitation starts

May 29th: Windows 7 and Vista downgrade rights leaked

May 29th:- World's largest laser open for business in California

May 31st:- Zune HD release date announced

 

June:-

Jun 1st:- Xbox Live gets 1080p Zune, Netflix browsing, Twitter and Facebook integration

Jun 1st:- Microsoft officially announced "Project Natal" motion controller for Xbox 360

Jun 1st:- iPhones to come from 4GB to 32 GB

Jun 1st:- Google gets into e-book business

Jun 1st:- Adobe finally bringing GPU acceleration to Flash

Jun 2nd:- Acer to launch world's first Android based netbook in Q3

Jun 2nd:- Microsoft announces Windows 7 launch date (Oct 22nd)

Jun 2nd:- PSP Go announced

Jun 2nd:- Sony announces it's own PS3 motion controller

Jun 2nd:- Motorola debuts world's first retail DOCSIS 3.0 cable modems

Jun 2nd:- AMD shows off world's first DirectX 11 GPU

Jun 4th:- RIM buys Dash Navigation

Jun 4th:- End of E3

Jun 5th:- BenQ says it will work on smartphones and netbooks in 2010

Jun 5th:- Acer's first Android netbook to dual boot on Windows

Jun 5th:- xpPhone is introduced to the world

Jun 6th:- Palm Pre gets launched to public, not just for superstars

Jun 6th: The new iPhone rumor spreads

Jun 7th:- Apple codenames iPhone 3GS to it's new iPhone

Jun 8th:- Acer announces it will launch 3D laptop in October

Jun 8th:- JPMorgan claims Palm Pre's 50,000 units sold in opening weekend

Jun 8th:- Apple's WWDC kicks off (iPhone 3GS, Snow Leopard, new Macbooks and other iPod related updates)

Jun 8th:- AT&T says it will support tethering in iPhone

Jun 9th:- Sony planning to cut price off of PS3 for madden release

Jun 9th:- ExpressCard 2.0 finally finalized

Jun 9th:- Fedora 11 launched

Jun 9th:- Palm Pre has it's own Konami Code

Jun 10th:- Snow Leopard saying goodbye to PowerPC

Jun 11th:- Linux gets the first driver for USB 3.0

Jun 11th:- Apple patents activity monitor for skiers, bikers (kind of like Nike+)

Jun 11th:- Windows 7 gives an option to chose browser in EU

Jun 12th:- US says hello to Digital TV and Goodbye to analog TV

Jun 12th:- Palm pre runs doom for the first time

Jun 12th:- MMS and tethering to start on some AT&T iPhone 3G S

Jun 12th:- SDXC to blow our mind next year (2010)

Jun 13th:- Project Natal basis for Xbox 360 console coming Fall 2010

Jun 14th:- Palm Pre gets NES emulator (more games)

Jun 15th:- Dell's Android smartphone gets a leaked snapshot

Jun 15th:- NVIDIA releases five more new mobile GPU (40nm G210M, GT 230M, GT 240M and GTS 250M)

Jun 15th:- Palm Pre allows data tethering in spite of Sprint not allowing it

Jun 16th:- Buzz about Blackberry Tour on Verizon and Sprint

Jun 16th:- Opera launches Opera Unite to "reinvent the web"

Jun 16th: Tegra confirmed for Zune HD

Jun 17th:- SPRXmobile's Layar introduces us with augmented reality in browser

Jun 17th:- iPhone OS 3.0 available

Jun 17th:- Palm and Apple's feud on iTunes starts

Jun 18th:- Microsoft confirms new Xbox 360's memory bumped to 512MB

Jun 19th:- iPhone 3G S officially available to public

Jun 19th:- Microsoft extends XP downgrade to 2011

Jun 20th:- 700,000 apps downloaded so far on Palm Pre

Jun 22nd:- Ballmer apologizes for wrong release information on Project Natal

Jun 23rd:- Intel and Nokia to officially partner on Mobile devices

Jun 24th:- Adobe demos flash on HTC Hero

Jun 24th:- Microsoft releases Hohm beta for analyzing your home energy usage

Jun 25th:- Palm App sees 1 million downloads after 20 days

Jun 25th:- Microsoft sets the prices on Windows 7

Jun 25th:- Android gets official SDK

Jun 26th:- Windows 7 pre-order begins (not for Europe though)

Jun 27th:- Palm Pre's SDK Mojo leaks out in wild

Jun 28th:- HTC Hero is ready to pre-order in UK

Jun 28th:- Microsoft announces Windows Marketplace to launch with 600 apps

Jun 28th:- Acer becomes number two PC maker in US

Jun 29th:- Windows 7 pre-order sells out in Japan

Jun 29th:- RIM, Apple, Nokia agrees on micro-USB phone charger for Europe

Jun 29th:- Steve Jobs back to work at Apple

Jun 29th:- OLED mini-projector for mobile using multiple lenses developed

Jun 30th:- The Pirate Bay acquired by Global Gaming Factory

Jun 30th:- Microsoft uploads some instructional videos of Windows 7

Jun 30th:- HTC Hero Rom leaked

Jun 30th:- Firefox 3.5 released

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New Year 2010:- Google Wave Invitation giveaway!!

On new year, I will be handing out 15 invitations to the first 15 comment.

Rules:-

Just ask for one with your email address in the comment box with the topic “Give me Wave!!” which will be posted on Jan 1st 00:00 CST.

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Dec 30, 2009

The year that was in tech history (2009):- March and April

March:-

Mar 1st:- Red Ring of Death problem solved.

Mar 2nd:- Microsoft shows the glimpse of future

Mar 3rd:- Apple announces new Core i7 Macs and Mac Pro

Mar 3rd:- Maemo 5 gets Alpha SDK

Mar 3rd:- Amazon Kindle hits the App Store

Mar 4th:- IBM develops ZTIC USB for safe online banking

Mar 4th:- Blackberry names its app store App World, minimum paid price 2.99

Mar 5th:- Windows Vista and Server 2008 SP2 RC available for download

Mar 5th:- The Beatles comes to Rock Band

Mar 5th:- Nokia confirms 5800 3G reception issues fixed

Mar 6th:- NASA's Kepler begins searching for other earth like planet

Mar 6th:- Hulu returns to boxee via RSS feed

Mar 6th:- UK college begins testing facial recognition attendance system

Mar 6th:- Cydia developer begins their own App Store for iPhone

Mar 6th:- Hulu blocks content to boxee again

Mar 9th:- Apple Tablet rumor begins

Mar 9th:- Compact Disc turns 30

Mar 9th:- Seagate demoes 6Gps SATA, world's first

Mar 10th:- Cricket builds the world's largest cellphone

Mar 10th:- iPod touch 2G jailbroken finally

Mar 11th:- Apple releases iPod shuffle that talks (4GB)

Mar 11th:- Microsoft unveils the fees for Windows Marketplace

Mar 11th:- Mitsubishi shows off "3D Touch panel" display

Mar 12th:- Intel declared still the king of chip, AMD slips, Toshiba and Qualcomm climbs up

Mar 12th:- Google sets up Android support team in Taiwan

Mar 13th:- Sony France chairman held hostage by the workers

Mar 13th:- Windows 7 bug fixes multi-touch zoom for explorer

Mar 13th:- Web turns 20

Mar 16th:- Dell Adamo announced

Mar 17th:- Apple previews iPhone OS 3.0 and new SDK giving copy and paste and MMS

Mar 18th:- Nokia White E71 arrives in America

Mar 19th:- Internet Explorer 8 gets released

Mar 19th:- Pwn2Own:- Safari , IE 8 and Firefox all exploited Chrome Browser left un-injured

Mar 19th:- Microsoft declares "Second Light" is not the next version of Surface

Mar 23rd:- Sony Ericsson's Us president steps down

Mar 25th:- OnLive Gaming promises to revolutionize gaming world, demonstrated live

Mar 26th:- Graphene Chip from MIT could hit 1,000 Ghz

Mar 26th:- General Electric brings 3D HD baggage screening at airports

Mar 27th:- iPhone 3G available contract-free

Mar 27th:- Microsoft starts I'm a PC ad campaign

Mar 27th:- Intel and NVIDIA keeps suing each other over Nehalem chipset licensing

Mar 28th:- NVIDIA in talks to buy part of VIA

Mar 29th:- Tata unveils Nano (a $2000 car)

Mar 30th:- Skype for iPhone releases

Mar 31st:- Google quietly pulls out tethering apps

Mar 31st:- Researchers develop vibrating touchscreen braille

Mar 31st:- Blackberry App World goes live

April:-

Apr 1st:- Nokia releases it's beta Point & Find

Apr 1st:- Hulu begins HTML encryption

Apr 1st:- Obama offers iPod to Queen of England

Apr 1st:- Microsoft launches entry-level Foundation Server 2008

Apr 1st:- Palm announces webOS SDK and Palm OS emulation for Pre

Apr 2nd:- Google allows tethering apps to Android Market again

Apr 2nd:- Google Data Center secrets revealed

Apr 3rd:- MIT builds battery from bacterial virus

Apr 3rd:- RIM sells it's 50 millionth BlackBerry

Apr 7th:- iTunes Store varying on the price of songs

Apr 7th:- Gmail mobile supports offline and whole lot of features

Apr 8th:- Boxee's App Box and API go live

Apr 10th:- Zune HD shows up in screenshot

Apr 13th;- Tesla's Roadster travels 241 miles on single charge

Apr 13th: - Augmented reality hands on museum in Netherland

Apr 13th:- Android 1.5 announced, has something to do with cupcake

Apr 13th:- The much anticipated Nikon D5000 announced

Apr 17th:- The Pirate Bay founders sentenced to prison

Apr 18th:- Windows 7 RC out for MSD/TechNet subscribers

Apr 20th:- Sharp manufactures worlds' first waterproof solar cellphone

Apr 23rd:- Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope ready to download

Apr 23rd:- T-Mobile sells 1 million G1 in US

Apr 23rd:- Apple App Store hits 1 billion downloads

Apr 23rd:- Microsoft profits sink for the first time in 23 year

Apr 24th:- Windows 7 RC 7100 OEMs available for download in torrent sites

Apr 28th:- Microsoft's Project Pink surfaces

Apr 29th:- Microsoft says there's no Project Pink or ZunePhone

Apr 29th: Samsung promises 21 inch OLED TV in 2010

Apr 30th: Apple cuts the price on it's computer

Apr 30th:- Windows 7 RC and XP to last till 2010 says Microsoft officials

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Dec 28, 2009

The year that was in tech history (2009):- January and Feburary

January:-

Jan 1st:- iPhone 3G unlock version arrives

[CES TIME!!]

[Many products unveiled and concept displayed]

[Shows us what 2009 is going to be]

Jan 11th:- Palm Pre FCC Approval

Jan 12th:- Microsoft removes Windows 7 Beta download limit

Jan 14th:- Windows 7 beta security patch, fixes MP3 and other problems

Jan 14th:- Sony's Vaio P pre-order

Jan 14th:- Psystar trying yet another tactic against Apple

Jan 14th:- Steve Jobs, taking a sick leave from Apple

Jan 14th:- Motorola lays off 4,000 employees

Jan 14th:- Sony sells 50 million PS2 in America

Jan 15th:- Philips introduces ultra widescreen LCD TV 21:9

Jan 16th:- Dell Inspiron 15 ready to order

Jan 16th:- Circuit City closes down

Jan 16th:- App Store hits 500 million downloads

Jan 19th:- Microsoft accused by EU of harming the browser competition

Jan 19th:- TechCrunch's internet tablet gets a new prototype

Jan 20th:- Blackberry starts Application storefront (appstore)

Jan 20th:- AMD sells handheld graphics to Qualcomm

Jan 21st:- PS3 2.6 firmware update

Jan 21st:- Apple quitely launches Macbook with unibody

Jan 22nd:- New Storm OS 4.7.0.9 leaked

Jan 22nd:- Obama gets his new Blackberry

Jan 22nd:- Apple patents adaptive volume control.

Jan 23rd:- Microsoft extends the Windows 7 beta to Feb 10

Jan 25th:- JoliCloud pops out

Jan 26th:- AMD's Phenom breaks the record at 6.5 Ghz

Jan 26th:- Lenovo Thinkpad W700ds introduces two screens to laptop market

Jan 27th:- iPhone firmware update 2.2.1

Jan 29th:- Google launches Measurement labs to monitor the tubes

Jan 30th:- Intel's Moblin Alpha released

Jan 31st:- Windows 7 gets successfully installed on Amtek U560 UMPC

Jan 31st:- Apple in talks with Adobe to bring Flash to iPhone

Feburary:-

Feb 2nd: Nikon unveils eight new Coolpix cams, S220,S230,S630,S620,P20,L19,L20,L100.

Feb 3rd:- Windows 7 SKU announced

Feb 3rd:- India unveils $20 laptop "The Sakshat"

Feb 4th:- The Sakshat is not a laptop at all.

Feb 4th:- Nikon unveils Fabre Photo Ex DSLR-based stereoscopic microscope

Feb 5th:- Nine year old writes an app for iPhone

Feb 6th:- MIT's sixth sense brought more public

Feb 6th:- Microsoft refusing that it is not making a phone, just changing WinMo to Windows Phone

Feb 9th:- Kindle 2 launched

Feb 9th:- Google announced Google Sync for iPhone, Windows Mobile and SyncML devices

Feb 10th:- Intel working on 32nm processors (i7)

Feb 11th:- Canon patents LiveView autofocus software

Feb 12th:- Garmin-Asus announces Windows Mobile nuvifone M20

Feb 13th:- Microsoft Marketplace appears in WinMo 6.5 screenshot

Feb 13th:- Darpa develops a 1.8 gigapixel digicam

Feb 13th:- Google accepting paid apps in Android Market

Feb 13th:- Macbook Pros 17-inch unibody starts to ship

Feb 15th:- Samsung OmniaHD becomes first phone to capture 720p video

Feb 15th:- Microsoft releases Recite to search your voice notes

Feb 15th:- Microsoft My Phone pre-registrations begins

Feb 15th:- Palm joins Adobe to support flash in Pre

Feb 16th:- Nokia Ovi unveiled

Feb 16th:- Microsoft announces Windows Mobile 6.5, Windows Marketplace and My Phone for Windows Mobile

Feb 16th:- Texas Instruments introduces us with much more tinier projector chip

Feb 17th:- Microsoft My Phone live

Feb 18th:- Google demos offline Gmail for iPhone and HTML 5 on Palm pre

Feb 19th:- Paid apps appear in Android Market

Feb 20th:- Palm Pre appear in UK website

Feb 20th:- New Mac Mini revealed ...in video

Feb 22nd:- Kindle 2 ships

Feb 24th:- iTunes tries iTunes Pass

Feb 24th:- Hitachi acquires Fabrik

Feb 24th:- Steve Ballmer confirms Windows Mobile 7 next year (2010)

Feb 25th:- Toshiba releases 32nm NAND flash chips

Feb 25th:- Snow Leopard leaks screenshots and video

Feb 26th:- PSP 2 ready for UMD-less

Feb 27th:- Alaska Airlines offering in-flight WiFi

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Monday is over and we haven’t revisited the history?

Why, do you ask?? Have we been scammed?? No!!

From this day till New Year we look back at some of the important incident in technology history.

We look back every two months of 2009 everyday.

Beginning Today.

Dec 23, 2009

On December 30th we will travel back the time

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Come back on December 30th, Monday to re-visit the past.

Dec 8, 2009

Three dead simple steps to unlock your iPhone

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Come on, you have to admit it that iPhone with contract on AT&T is unfair. You should get unlocked iPhone on every Walmart. Ok may be not on Walmart but the point is finding the unlocked iPhone can be hard sometimes and even if you do it’s not guaranteed to work on all sims and this is exactly what you will need to get your iPhone start working on almost every sim.

Let’s go through the steps!!

STEP 1

Download blackra1n and install it.

STEP 2

Connect your iPhone and and run blackra1n. Follow the instruction or in this case you would have to wait couple of minutes

STEP 3

After you iPhone  gets restarted go to blackra1n and install Cydia. It will take a couple of minutes to show your network bars.

 

Wasn’t that easy?

There are many ways to unlock your iPhone and one of them is this.

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Disclaimer: The above steps were tested on iPhone 3G with the U.S sim card and is not guaranteed to work on all version of iPhones.

Nov 21, 2009

Chrome OS: The Overview

You have heard of Chrome Browser (the video below shows the stat) or at least now you know what Chrome is. But Google has even more things to make you scratch your heads about. Enter Chrome OS.

 

I think most of the people know what OS is. It’s an Operating System that makes your computer surf the web, play games, prepare the document on, listen and watch videos and many stuffs that makes the PC come to life. But if asked you would need a certain hardware to run certain OS, then you would probably think about Apple(although PCs can be made hackintosh). And Chrome OS is almost the same but instead the whole design for this hardware is different. Chrome OS is a browser based OS. The very first thing that you see in your computer once you start your PC is a browser and that’s it. Because people spend most of their time on the internet (according to Google), Google went ahead and made an OS out of the browser. Like I said, you would need the whole new hardware to run this OS if you want it to work properly. Let me clarify on why this is. Our normal PC after the power on loads the BIOS checks everything, OK? then checks the hard disk to load your OS on. Starts the bootloader and probably prompt you to enter the specific bootloader. Starts that bootloader and probably asks which version of OS to start and just after that your OS starts to load. Chrome OS on the other hand loads the custom firmware(aka BIOS), enters custom Kernel(aka bootloader) and bam!! Your OS is ready to launch which is why it needs a specific hardware, probably not on the market right now but as OS completes it’s final stage, we will see some hardware dedicated to it.

 

Now, why a browser based OS?

People are online today. It’s a fact, almost 95% of the time you are in someway connected to the outer world through internet. Internet on your PC, internet on your console, internet on your cellphone, internet on your photo frame. Surprising but true that we all are connected from the internet. And how do you surf this interconnecting world? From the browser!! You enter the address of certain site and you can do certain activities offered by that site. Watch videos? Listen to songs? Prepare a document? Edit Photos? Almost everything now you do is on the internet. and hence the browser based OS.

Where the browser based OS fails?

The rest 5% when you are organizing your music library, programming or anything that you would love to do in PC than in internet what would you do in that 5% of time in browser based OS ?

Also, because your browser depends heavily on internet, if your internet fails your PC fails. And internet hasn’t yet evolved to feed our daily 3 to 4 GB of data transfer that is done easily by your browser (although there is a rumor that Google will give user GDrive as their primary storage, not confirmed though) Anyway where I am getting at is there would be no download system in the internet, once you enter the browser world. You are downloading and uploading from the given site and that is it.

There are certain tasks that can be multi-tasked on the Chrome OS so far, chat, notepad and others. That is very limited compared to  PC these days.

Internet has yet to provide huge apps for the users to switch to browser based world. You couldn’t play Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 on your browser could you?

So all in all Chrome OS is great for some but not all. It will not replace but enhance the daily experience in this computer eco-system. Some are just happy with their few daily apps while some needs even more flexibility. Just like you choose between Mac and PC today. In future, there would also be an option of Google.

 

Google Chrome OS Overview from the Google itself.

 

Google Chrome OS UI:-

Walkthrough of Chrome OS from a normal computer, of course running on Virtual PC (I am running VirtualBox as my virtual PC)

 

Comments are always open, will be more than happy to help setup Chrome OS on your PC. BTW, the build that’s above is developer’s build and is totally different from the one from Google’s Chrome OS Conference.

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Nov 9, 2009

iPhone vs Android vs Windows Mobile..their strengths and weaknesses.

With the release of Droid (the so called iPhone killer) the battle among the phones has heated up much more fiercer than before. With the Android 2.0, Windows Mobile 6.5 and iPhone 3GS all have their strengths and weaknesses and that will distinguish their market share in future. Here I will point out some of the key points why they are where they are.

iPhone 3GS 

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Strengths:-

1) Undoubtedly iPhone is the best when it comes to hardware.

2) iPhone OS is stable and elegant.

3) Massive App Store.

Weaknesses:

1) AT&T.

2) App Store’s biased rules.

Android

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Strengths:-

1) It’s open.

2) Has more than one phone.

3) Android OS is stable and flexible.

4) It’s Google.

5) Open App Store.

Weaknesses:-

1) Hardware still can’t take the full possibility of OS.

2) Not as elegant as iPhone.

3) It’s Google.

Windows Mobile

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Strengths:-

1) Almost as flexible as Android and almost as elegant as iPhone.

2) Hopes for Windows Mobile 7

3) Hopes for Zune HD Phone

Weaknesses:-

1) Hardware still have a lot to improve, HTC HD2 isn’t enough.

2) Marketplace still needs some developing to do.

3) OS still need more work.

And that just summarizes on where they stand in the market right now. Hope all of their weaknesses moves to strength one day, but that’s just hoping for a peaceful world isn’t it? or is it not!!??

Oct 28, 2009

Windows 7 :- The quiet apps

Ok by now most of you might have heard the launch of Windows 7 if not then where were you?? just born yesterday?? Anyway Windows 7 is great, I know I’ve heard that with all those big shiny taskbar and those jumplists and that shaky and snap things it’s cool right?? Of course it is, but with all that flashy and glittery happening in it, it is also highly likely that you will miss out on other useful things. This kind of remind me when you see a show the audience always seem to have a different respect to the actors in the stage than the people working behind off-stage. But this is OS you say??  Correct it is OS but OS and basically the whole life reflects the show. Enough about my philosophy of life, the point is with all those glitters in front of your eye you might miss out on tiny yet very useful tools that will make a difference on how you use your PC. And NO!!! I am not here to talk about Windows Shortcut, you can find that plenty here and can find the complete guide here.

 

Sticky Notes:-

What can I use it for?

Basically it’s a replacement for notepad and since it’s so tiny and can actually put a clickable link makes it even more powerful than notepad. Got that favorite link that you would want to hold on to but don’t want to clutter your firefox bookmark? Sticky Notes is there.

A brief and complete video tutorial of Sticky Note :D

Snipping Tool:-

What can I use it for?

To capture your desktop of course, but there are many programs that lets you take a picture of your desktop the way you want but why use it when you got Snippy!! Although this tool is just a basic tool for capturing your desktop it comes in very handy to perform basic tasks or even to capture a shot from your favorite movie.

 

Problem Steps Recorder:-

What can I use it for?

This tools is mainly useful for administrator or if you are a tutorial writer. What this tool does is, based on your click it automatically prints the screen and inserts the action performed in html format.  Here’s how it works:-

Don’t get aggravated by the frame-rate, it’s kind of self explanatory just wanted to show you a demonstration, that’s all.

 

Windows Resource Monitor:-

What can I use it for?

To view the overall resource of your PC but of course you can view this from task manager but with Windows Resource Monitor you can view each and every resource of your windows. Located at Administrative Tools in Control Panel you can also run this from start bar by just typing ‘resource monitor’.

Just a screenshot for this one..(hint:- used a snipping tool for this one ;) )

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Task Scheduler:-

What can I use it for?

To schedule the tasks duh!!, this one also located at Administrative Tool does what the name suggests. But more importantly it can run scripts, batch files and exe files which makes it very handy for administrators and for average users as well. You don’t really need another program to automatically shutdown your PC, let the task scheduler handle that for you. Just make a batch file and voila you’re done!! (Shoot me an email if you don’t know how to do this, I’ll be more than happy to help you fellow window 7ers )

Also note that this was also available in Windows Vista but since there has been many users skipping Vista from XP this might be something new or is it also available in XP!! It’s been too long for me to remember what XP had and hadn’t, anyway here’s quick video on how to create a basic task on Task Scheduler.

 

Windows Memory Diagnostic:-

What can I use it for?

Remember scandisk?? or what about chkdsk?? NO?? Well, it’s on of the utility programs that checks if your disk is performing at it’s best or not and  Windows Memory Diagnostic is exactly like one of those only with lot of features. You can find it in Administrative Tools like others or just type it in your start button.

No screenshot for this one..Sorry you would have to do it yourself to see what it looks like in a console.

Windows Powershell Modules:-

What can I use it for?

To type and make texts appear on screen..ok I lied, this does basically nothing it’s just a screen that appears with nothing on it ok time to get serious what this is, is that it’s the daddy version of your cmd.exe. Displays lot of info in that blue background (almost reminds me of BSOD) ahem..anyway if you are a shell user then why not use this instead of your black and white shell?? Also located at Administrative Tools.

I would love to talk about how great Windows Live Writer and  other couple of products that is available as download for Windows 7 but that is a totally different topic in itself.

Got other cool tools that I didn’t mention here? Feel free to criticize my inability to dig deeper in Windows.

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Oct 14, 2009

UPS and busy people don’t mix..

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Ok this has been pissing me off lately. I often shop online for gadgets and electronics stuffs and UPS somehow always seems to be the primary option for delivery. Anyway what I don’t understand about UPS is why don’t they deliver on the time they specify they would. This hasn’t just been one or two case it’s four times now that UPS has been doing this. Even when I’m in my apartment don’t these UPS guys know how to knock?? I guess their hand gets sore by beating in people’s door huh?? And it’s not that I am anything against with these guys or anything but this has been going for many times. Especially for students and people who are not always at home. You can’t expect someone to be at their room whole day just for some package. People have life than waste a whole day. Anyway what I’m saying is, UPS or any other carrier has to find another solution to deliver the package. It’s an Internet world carriers, don’t expect people to sign in that gadgets of yours physically, make it more available!!

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Oct 8, 2009

Windows 7 could have BSoDs














After using Windows 7 RC for almost 6 months now I have to admit that RC showed a couple of BSoDs. The occurrence of BSoD was mostly when I had my PC running 3 days straight with couple of hibernation and sleep mode here and there and the BSoDs mostly occurred when you turn on your wi-fi and try to connect to internet. Atleast that was the case in my two BSoD and so far I've had three BSoD the other one was when I tried running this strange program.
Now I don't know if this is the case with everybody and I know it's just RC and not the final release but I am just saying not to expect Windows 7 as BSoD free OS, but of course BSoDs have become one of those rare cases in Windows.
Waiting for final version of Windows 7 to see if we really are free of BSods.

Sep 26, 2009

How to remove GRUB bootloader and set Windows back to it’s default boot loader

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When you installed Ubuntu or other Linux Distribution what Linux does is overwrite your Windows boot loader from GRUB boot loader. But what if you felt that Linux wasn’t for you and wanted to uninstall it from the system? NO!! there isn’t any option in your Add/Remove Programs. And this is how you remove the Linux Distribution and not make a mess of your Windows boot loader.

Here are those beautiful steps again :-

1. Goto Control Panel.

2. Double click on Administrative Tools

3. Select Computer Management (you could have just typed “cmpmgmt.msc” in your run dialog :P )

4. Goto Disk Management and check which partition is covered by your Linux Distribution (Hint:- Check your C and D drive’s size and match it with your partition table, trust me it always works…also you might want to delete the partition right by the Linux partition, i.e if you have one, it’s the Linux’s swap space kind of like Windows Virtual Memory )

5. Delete the Linux partition but before you do I must tell you should have internet or your Windows Recovery disk with you.

6. Now after you deleted the partition there are two things you can do to get your Windows boot loader back.

From a Recovery Disk

If you have a recovery disk then all you need to do is put that recovery disk and restart the computer and let your computer boot in that disk with “Repair your computer” selected. On the console type “bootrec.exe/fixmbr” and you’re done.

From a Internet (Well from a downloaded program atleast)

Goto to this address http://www.supergrubdisk.org/index.php?pid=5 

That’s the Super Grub Disk program you’ll be downloading. The one on the link I provided is for booting your computer from Super Grub Disk with CDROM but if you look closely on the right hand side of the page you’ll see that you have the option of downloading in USB, Floppy, ALL. I would recommend you download USB version if your PC supports USB boot.

After the download run the Super Grub Disk program and put it in your USB or CDROM or anywhere you like.

NOW, you can restart your computer (do I even need to tell you to set your BIOS to boot from USB or CD-ROM if you installed Super Grub Disk in one of those medias ?) After Super Grub loads select any option over there(usually the one on the bottom should work) eventually your Windows should boot that means it worked if not keep trying!!

Disclaimer:- If you restart your PC after the above indented paragraph starts, unless I tell you to, then you might need a second computer to perform this task cause your PC just won’t load assuming that you deleted your Linux partition!!

And that is how you get rid of your Linux and get back your Windows.

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Sep 24, 2009

IDF(Intel Development Forum) in brief

Intel had something big to announce to the world in their IDF. The first and foremost being the USB 3.0 which will be start being a standard in 2011, showcasing it was a webcam broadcasting on full HD. But how much of difference is USB 3.0 comparing to USB 2.0?? Well, to be precise it’s 10x faster. Just watch the video below for the proof:

USB 3.0 comparison to USB 2.0

Another big news was the four screened laptop which is not quite what you think. Apart from the main screen the other three screen are OLED and multi-touch (let’s not get excited right away) and stays on top of your keyboard, meaning that these screen just acts as your shortcut keys. Shortcut keys or not they do seem to provide some functionality but I don’t really see the point in giving so much emphasis on the hardware aspect to accomplish the simple task. Of course it makes it easier but really?? 3 extra screens?? More on the video below:-

 

Now this next product is something that I personally wanted to exist and hopefully that is what Intel is trying to bring to us. What Tru2way Server really is broadcasting multiple cable into multiple devices making your home one big movie theater, well not really :) But what it does is make your PS3 or any device that has access to Tru2way server enable them to watch anything that the server is broadcasting. May be I should let you watch the video and let Intel guy describe you what this thing really does:-

Click here to watch video, I think engadget forgot put the embed code for this video.

 

And there were others, some looked kind of like unfinished or some just was common but these were the main highlights!!

Feel free to bash me at the comments below.

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Source: [Engadget]

Sep 23, 2009

Windows 7 launch party…..ya..

Although Windows 7 makes sense but this marketing scheme does not.

Take a look at the video  of what I am really talking about:-

But hey, if you get Windows 7 for free then why not…just don’t get drunk and start recording the things you would not want others to see.

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Sep 20, 2009

Get Windows 7 for $30, of course there is a catch!!

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And the catch is that you should be a US resident with working college email account and not to mention a genuine Windows Vista installed in your PC. But hey, $30 is better than $120 upgrade right?

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Sep 14, 2009

Why buy Zune HD?

Now that the Zune HD is ready to be released tomorrow. If you haven’t pre-ordered yet then you probably would be asking why you would need to buy this device. Apart from the it’s OLED screen, multi-touch, Tegra chip and other features there are other things that you should consider to buy Zune HD.

1. The name says it all:-

First of all, let’s face it, the world has gone HD, with the HD radio and HD video Zune HD delivers them all. Bearing 16:9 contrast ratio you have the comfort of watching HD videos in your palm and I don’t think I have to talk about it’s HD radio.

2. Your portable media center:-

Not only Zune HD a portable media player but it’s a media center too. Allowing you to connect to your HD TV, this device acts like your very own media center for your or your friend’s living room.

The guyz from Gizmodo got head start with it, but all we can do is watch their mellow musical preview video:-

Zune HD TV Interface Walkthrough from Gizmodo on Vimeo.

3. Apps:-

One of the feature that’s been missing from the earlier Zune was that it had no apps which made their possibilities limited but with their revamped Marketplace the potential of Tegra can really be tested. While writing this post zune marketplace  is down for their launch tomorrow. It should work tomorrow upon release.

4. Do you game?:-

Microsoft has been keeping this feature a bit hush hush but a short glimpses do show that Zune HD has capability to run nicely built 3D games. The video below shows the glimpse of the game called Forza 3 [on .31 seconds] to show the ability to handle heavy 3D games. Not to forget that it Xbox Live integration, meaning that you could play some of the games of Xbox from your Zune with touchscreen as your input. Can’t wait for how this one will work.

 

5. The design:-

I’ve seen many media players which were better than iPod/Touch but because of the design I thought otherwise. But Zune HD definitely has that sleek and sexy design and the UI seems much more smooth and easy to use.

6. If I have a iPod, Do I still need it?

This depends on which iPod you own. If you own iPod Classic, Nano or something like that this is a definite upgrade to your media player but if you own iPod touch then consider getting this on Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday upon seeing this device’s development. As for those who don’t own any media player then Zune HD is the best option.

You can buy Zune HD from Amazon,who promises to bring Zune HD to your doorstep(go order now!!), Bestbuy, Zune.net, Buy.com and of course if these sites weren’t enough for you to buy Zune HD then there is always Google or Bing!!

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Sep 10, 2009

New Facebook Lite (Reminds me of those old days)

Although Facebook Lite isn’t out for everybody yet, it is available for India and US users. Basically what Facebook Lite is that it has no Ajax at all which means no chat, no apps. And no java. A basic yet simple HTML page which does what it says to do. Here are couple of image about how it looks.

Facebook Lite Home

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Facebook Lite Profile

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Update:- It seems like the Facebook Lite is live for everybody and not just US and India citizens. Happy Facebing everybody!!
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Sep 3, 2009

How to replace Sony Vaio FW Keyboard?

So you spilled your Soda in your keyboard when you’re snoozing?? or did one of your stupid friend tried to wipe your keyboard with water?? But before you have the comfort of knowing that you can replace your keyboard what you may want to do is flip the laptop upside down for all the liquid to drain out and once you feel that you have drained all the water out then save your work and shut down the computer and let it dry for couple of hours.

But, if you just fail to notice the fluid getting all inside your keyboard and if it’s too late then fear not as replacing keyboard is not a rocket science, and you don’t need to pay an extra $60 to show it to mechanics either.

(But before you do this I have to warn you that it will void your warranty, so do it on your own risk)

What I will be showing you here is replacing keyboard for Sony Vaio FW but in general all the process are same for any laptop keyboards(not considering the screw locations i.e)

So without further a do here’s the wonderful steps.

(Video is at the bottom if you don’t feel like reading the steps.)

1. I don’t think I need to tell you to shut down your PC to do this.

2. Plug out the A/C Charger and take out the battery.

3. Get a Jeweler’s screwdriver, something like this.

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4. Depending on the type of screw your laptop has select the proper tool and start unscrewing.

5. Now, I will talk specifically for Sony Vaio FW for the screw part that you should unscrew. On the sides of battery and one just below the battery sitting in the middle.

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6. After that unscrew the two screw that’s inside the battery compartment.

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7. Unscrewed?? Good, now it’s time to take off the speaker cover. It might need a force but be gentle. Use a knife if you have to, there are certain locks so apply pressure on the locks and not the end of speaker cover.

As shown in image below there should be a grid to let the cover pop out.

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8. After you have unlocked all the locks you should have something like this.

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9. Before you get excited and start taking out the component of the keyboard make sure you unscrew the screw that’s shown in the image. (Sorry for the quality of image but I only had cellphone when I did this but you should know where the screw is by now, well it’s not really a screw but when you flip the keyboard you should see the screw.

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10. Now take the keyboard out, once again it has certain locks on the side and the bottom.

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11. Now take the keyboard out, it should have a wire thing plugged in the keyboard. That’s the thing that connects your keyboard to laptop. The hardest thing is taking out and plugging it back in.

In Sony Vaio it is plugged in and taped by a yellow strip.

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12. Get your new keyboard and and stick it on the red marked like above in the image. (In other laptops there should be a some kind of latch or some form that attaches the strip to the connector.)

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13. Make sure that strip is plugged in real good if it comes out then you might have to do this again, which is kind of frustrating.

14. Don’t screw yet plug the keyboard and put your battery, make sure the keyboard works.

15. If it works then make sure you lock everything, and screw everything back to where it was and your new keyboard will be ready to be typed.

If you don’t want to read all this then check out the video I made for this. (Once again, I shot this from my cell phone so you will not find the best of quality in the video either)

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Aug 12, 2009

Zune HD unveiling

This is a must buy for any music/tech enthusiast. Even though not all the features are not fully disclosed from the looks of it, it looks and feels great. The main attraction is however the OLED and operating system and not to mention the improved UI. Just take a look at the video.

Zune HD Hands On

Source: Engadget

Jul 28, 2009

Linux and the credit card

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Recently Linux Foundation launched it’s own branded credit card for advancement of Linux OS. But I just can’t seem how that will help Linux bring the user to use their OS. Sure the $50 will go to Linux Foundation on every activation will this really help?? I just wonder how will people look at the Linux Credit card when they have to pay their bills. But whatever the marketing scheme, a credit card is indeed a credit card so don’t go rushing into getting one just because you are a huge fan of Linux. Look at them Terms of Condition of the card itself and only apply if you are happy with it. And yes, it comes with TUX.

Apply here for Linux Card

 

Also if you are a fan of BSD then there is a credit card for that too.

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Apply here for BSD Card

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Jul 23, 2009

Do you like the new homepage of Yahoo?

 

Yahoo, still struggling on the market share, is still fighting back. Today Yahoo presented it’s new homepage that let’s you bookmark any page in the homepage. It not only bookmarks but shows a live preview of that page and in some cases lets you interact with the preview too.

Check it out yourself!!

http://m.www.yahoo.com/

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Jul 22, 2009

Sign up for Google Wave

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First announced in 21st July 2009 Google Wave is a communication and collaboration tool that lets you merge email, instant messaging and other social networking.

If you are not afraid of bugs and errors and eager to try out the beta version when it gets released on September 30th.

The 1 and half hour long presentation of Google Wave

 

The 10 minute summary of the same presentation if you are short on time.

Sign up for Google Wave

Sources:

[www.phonedog.com]

Jul 17, 2009

Top 7 Tech News this week

1. The Office 2010 Introduction with videos:-

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One of the biggest asset of Microsoft, Office with it’s great new features announced  the introduction to Microsoft Office 2010 with videos which previously was either just a teaser or just a screenshot. The new Office is more social than the previous version of Office. Now you can work on one document by more than one people at the same time.

Microsoft Office also announced it’s online version of Office which runs on any browser now.(Thank God!! Microsoft is not limiting to their own products ie IE)

Check out the videos below:-

Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office Word

Microsoft Office Excel

Microsoft Office Web Application

Microsoft OneNote

Microsoft Powerpoint

Microsoft Outlook

Microsoft Access

Microsoft SharePoint Workspace

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2. Windows Azure official release date:-

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After the announcement of their Office 2010 Microsoft also announced their new cloud computing OS. Surprisingly Azure will be charged as a service and not the product. If you are to get this cloud computing then you pay $0.12 per hour and $0.15 per GB for a month. Azure will be commercially available in mid November on PDC

3. iPhone 3.1 beta 2 OS released:-

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The new beta of iPhone OS was announced which introduced wifi connection to your development machine so that you don’t need to use your connecter anymore but it does kill tethering and also it is said that the itunes no longer support Palm Pre. A bad thing? Probably yes but Apple must have good reason to do that.

4. Windows Mobile will open App Store to Developers:-

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On July 27 the developers can start working on Windows Mobile Apps which is an initiative for the Windows Marketplace for Mobile platform.

5. Google Task to be default:-

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As of now Google Task will be set as a default in Gmail which previously needed to be activated from Google Labs. It still needs lot of improvement but still is good for simple tasks.

6. Google Doc Redesign coming:-

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Google announced that Google Doc will be heavily redesigned interface most importantly to rival the recent announced Office web?? Personally I feel that Google is not known for it’s eye candy looks but then again they proved that wrong with Chrome. Wonder what they will try this time.

7. Palm Pre SDK Mojo launched :-

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For those developers eager to develop your own app has freedom to do so with the recently announced SDK

Download SDK