Monday, April 26, 2010

New HTC Legend in Market Now !!!

It has been seen that HTC has launched its new HTC Legend which is the new Android phone with HTC sense. It comes with a 5 megapixel autofocus camera and has a LED flash. It contains a GPS antenna, Wi-Fi and 3.5 G connectivity. It supports the Adobe Flash Player and has a 3.5 mm stereo audio jack connector and Bluetooth.

For music lovers Legend has a good audio quality. It has been seen that the neutral mids work fine whereas the quality of bass drop offs is low.

The resolution of the camera has a maximum of 2592×1936 pixels and gives a very nice picture quality. The user interface is not that impressive. The camera also comes with heaps of manual settings. The camera is not suitable for low light situation because it gives a poor contrast.

The talk time of the phone could go up to 6 hrs and 10 minutes and if the phone is kept on standby it can stay up for 560 hrs.

HTC Legend is available in India for the price of Rs. 25,990.


Friday, April 23, 2010

Facebook And StumbleUpon - The Most Traffic Generating Social Sites

Twitter generates nearly 10 percent of social media global hits to websites, according to new research from StatCounter.

The report found that Facebook is still the main source of traffic to global websites with almost half (48%) of social media hits followed by StumbleUpon with 25 percent.

The data for March is based on 13 billion page views across the StatCounter network of member sites. The analytics firm just recently added social media to the categories its tracks.

"From a business perspective the findings suggest that there is merit in having a corporate Facebook page or Twitter account," said Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter.

"The surprise packet is StumbleUpon, which over the past year has been consistently in the top two Social Media sites in terms of generating global website traffic. Indeed, in the US in March StumbleUpon was number one ahead of Facebook in terms of website traffic generation."

The top social media sites to generate global website traffic after Facebook, StumbleUpon and Twitter are YouTube (6%), reddit (4%), Digg (2%) and MySpace (2%).

"Social Media market share fluctuates a lot more than browser or search statistics," said Cullen.

"For example, Facebook peaked over Christmas and the New Year with almost three quarters of the total, perhaps reflecting its important role in communications between families and friends."


Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Apple Profile Increase 90 Percent

Boosted by an increase in iPhone and Mac shipments, Apple reported a 90 percent increase in quarterly profits Tuesday.

The company reported net profit of US$3.07 billion for the quarter ended on March 27, which compares to profits of $1.62 billion from the same quarter a year ago. The company reported earnings per share of $3.33, which beat expectations of $2.45 from analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.

Revenue was $13.5 billion, a growth of 49 percent from the year-ago quarter. Revenue beat analysts' expectations of $12.03 billion.

Worldwide iPhone shipments totaled 8.75 million during the quarter, an increase of 131 percent compared to the year-ago quarter. Mac computer unit shipments worldwide totaled 2.94 million, an increase of 33 percent compared to the year-ago quarter. iPod shipments totaled 10.89 million, a 1 percent drop.

The company estimated its third-quarter revenue to be in the range of $13 billion to $13.4 billion, with earnings per share of about $2.28 to $2.39. The third quarter has started with a bang for Apple. The company on April 3 announced the iPad tablet computer, and sold close to 300,000 units on the first day.

"We've launched our revolutionary new iPad and users are loving it, and we have several more extraordinary products in the pipeline for this year," Apple CEO Steve Jobs said in a statement.

Anticipation for Apple's next-generation iPhone has also heated up after a prototype was said to be found in a California bar recently.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Facebook Connectivity Approaching to iPhone

Facebook's iPhone app is one of the well-known app in Apple's App Store. But if recent buzz are true, some of that app's functionality could be accessible to iPhone owners after the release of iPhone OS 4.0.

According to a report from Gunning for Safety, the safety blog has discovered evidence in the developer preview of iPhone OS 4.0 that Facebook friends and events could be integrated into the new software.

"It looks like Apple plans to implement Facebook’s Events into the iPhone’s Calendar app, as well as add Facebook’s friends network to the iPhones contacts database," the blog wrote.

Rumors are already swirling over how Apple plans to integrate Facebook's information into the iPhone. But if Gunning for Safety's accounts are accurate, the company could make it easy for Facebook users to add events from the social network to their iPhone calendars. Users might also be able to bolster their contact lists with friends.

That said, it's important to note that Gunning for Safety's findings don't necessarily mean that Facebook integration is coming to the iPhone; neither company has confirmed such features. In an e-mailed statement, Facebook said only that the upcoming version of its iPhone app will deliver new features; it wouldn't confirm or deny that Facebook will be integrated into the iPhone.

"We continue to work on bringing new features to Facebook for iPhone," a Facebook spokeswoman wrote. "We're really excited about the upcoming version of the Facebook for iPhone app and we think people will be happy with it, but we don't pre-announce products or when they will be released."

Apple did not immediately respond to request for comment.

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Monday, April 19, 2010

New "Drag-and-Drop File Attachment" Feature Made Gmail More Powerful

Gmail is the fastest mean of mailing system nowadays. But attaching a file seems a very tedious task, as you have to click "attach a file" option and then browse the particular file, which is a little bit time consuming. So, here is the solution for you now. Now gmail has extended its functionality by providing drag-and-drop file attachment feature.

With this functionality now users can drag-and-drop photos, documents, spreadsheets and other files from their computer to Gmail. According to Google, the feature will help users who already have a folder open or have number of files to attach.

Google software engineer Adam de Boor wrote in a blog post, "Suppose I want to attach some files to an email, and I already have a folder open containing those files. I used to have to click 'Attach a file', find the photos, click them, etc. [Now] I can just drag and drop the files to attach them."

For now the feature is only available to Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox 3.6 users. However, Google plans to soon make it available to other browsers as well.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Twitter to Have Official Android App

Twitter managed to make a lot of developers uneasy last week when they acquired Tweetie and made it their official Twitter app for iPhone. Then there was the launch of the RIM Twitter app for BlackBerry that sounded official until Twitter stepped in to correct that impression. Now it looks like Twitter will also have an official Android app.

The news follows an announcement made at the company’s Chirp conference in this regard. Though it is clear that the company will indeed be launching their own Android app, its uncertain whether Twitter will acquire an existing third party app or partner with a developer
or mobile phone manufacturer, as reported by TechCrunch. The company has done both in the past. We’re referring to the Tweetie acquisition and partnership with RIM here.

A lot of concern has been raised about Twitter attaching the ‘official’ label to their app since this means added competition to third party clients, while some view it as a way for Twitter to have better control over the brand.

Read More Here

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Opera Mini is on Apple App Store Now!!

Opera Software announced Monday that Apple approved an iPhone version of its Opera mini mobile browser. By Monday evening, the free browser was available for download from the App Store. Many may wonder why is this such a great thing,since it already has the Mobile Safari browser.

Here's the Fact:
The Opera Mini uses Opera's powerful servers to compress data by up to 90% before sending it to your iPhone, so page-loads are lightning fast. This is great for countries (like India) where 3G isn't yet available with a majority of cell-phone operators. Opera Mini iPhone app really excels is speed. It can render pages in their full, desktop glory in seconds, and because it uses servers to compress data before pinging it over to you, anyone with a slow connection should really notice the load time difference compared to Safari for iPhone.

Some great features of Opera Mini:
  • Speed Dial gets you to your favorite Web sites with a single tap.

  • An address field with auto-completion means you type less.

  • Tabs allow for multitasking with several Web pages.

  • Bookmarks can be easily managed and accessed.

Monday, April 05, 2010

iPad 101: FAQs

With iPad in the market now, if you are still not sure what all the hubbub's about, get some questions you need answered before you click the "buy" button? Help is here.

What's so special about the iPad — or tablets in general, for that matter?

The iPad will be Apple's first tablet device since the early 1990s, when the original (and now-extinct) Newton landed with a thud. Back then, though, laptops still weighed 10 pounds, PDAs didn't really exist yet (the Newton was arguably the first), and the only people with cell phones were the likes of Gordon Gekko. Now, of course, touchscreen smartphones and ultralight laptops are everywhere, but tablet PCs — which are, as Steve Jobs himself admitted during the big iPad unveiling, stuck somewhere between a smartphone and a laptop — have yet to truly take off. Will the iPad be the device that finally turns the tablet PC into a mainstream gadget? Looks like we're about to find out.

How big is the iPad?

Boasting a 9.7-inch display, the iPad itself measures 9.6 long, 7.5 inches wide — a little bigger than a magazine — and about half an inch thick. It's not super-heavy at 1.5 pounds, but those who've hefted the iPad report that it feels a tad heavier than they expected, considering its size.

How does one use the iPad, exactly?
A lot like you would the iPhone. The main "home" screen displays your various iPad apps, with a row of four core apps (Web browsing, e-mail, photos, and iPod) along the bottom. Tap to launch an app, swipe through photos and e-mail, "pinch" to zoom in or out of a Web page — you know the drill. Nice, but those hoping for some kind of groundbreaking tablet UI on the iPad will be disappointed.

When will the iPad arrive, and how much will it cost?
The initial, Wi-Fi-only wave of iPads will go on sale Saturday, April 3, and they're available now for pre-order. The 16GB iPad sells for $499 (much cheaper than many had been expecting), while a 32GB model will retail for $599 and a 64GB version will go for $699. Later in April, Apple will start selling iPads with embedded 3G wireless capabilities for surfing on the go; the 3G iPads will also come in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB flavors, although each will be $130 more than their Wi-Fi-only counterparts.

What about those 3G iPads — will I need to sign a contract? Which carriers are supported?

The good news: No need to sign another two-year agreement for a 3G iPad data plan. Instead, you can get a month-to-month prepaid plan: $14 a month for 250MB of data (which should be fine for checking e-mail and light Web surfing, but not so great for streaming large quantities of video), or $29 a month for unlimited data. The bad news: AT&T is the only U.S. carrier offering an iPad data plan, for now anyway.

Will I be able to (wirelessly or otherwise) "tether" my 3G iPhone to a Wi-Fi-only iPad for shared, on-the-go data?

The answer, straight from Steve Jobs: No.

What about battery life?
Expect 10 hours of active use on a single charge, or a month of stand-by time, according to Apple. As with the iPhone, though, the iPad's battery is sealed in the shell, meaning you won't be able to swap in a spare battery if you're running out of juice. Apple says it can replace a dead for you, but the service will set you back a cool $99.

I can't wait to hear about the camera. How many megapixels? Will it have a flash?
Uhhh, sorry, folks: No camera on the iPad. Yes, I know. You're not the only one who's disappointed, believe me. (Can you imagine what video conferencing on, say, Skype for the iPad would have been like?)

What are the physical buttons and ports on the iPad? Is there a slot for a memory card?

Besides the Home button that sits below the display (which, as on the iPhone, takes you back to the home screen), the iPad has a "sleep/wake" button on the top, a screen rotation lock and a volume up/down rocker along the right edge, and a standard Apple dock connector on the bottom edge. So, where's the memory card slot, you ask? There isn't one. Instead, you'll have to get Apple's $29 iPad Camera Connection Kit, which includes an SD card adapter.

Will I be able to check my e-mail, surf the Web, manage events and contacts, and play music and video, just like I can on the iPhone?

Yes indeed, except the iPad versions of the calendar, contacts, Safari, and the iPad media player all promise to look and feel more like their desktop counterparts than like the pared-down versions on the iPhone and iPod Touch. For example, the calendar on the iPad looks strikingly similar to iCal for Mac, and the iPad's iPod player is a kissing cousin to the desktop version of iTunes. Surfing the Web and watching videos should especially benefit from the iPad's jumbo 9.7-inch display; personally, I can't wait to watch movies on the iPad while cooling my heels at 30,000 feet.

Nice! So I take it that Safari on the iPad will support Flash, right?
Ah, no. Steve Jobs has made it perfectly clear that he's not that keen on Flash (he called it slow and "buggy" during a recent town hall at Apple HQ); instead, Safari for iPad (and the iPhone, for that matter) supports HTML5, a new Web standard that can handle streaming video. Still, expect to see lots of little blue "there-should-be-Flash-here" icons scattered around the Web during your iPad surfing.

How do you type on the iPad? Is there an actual keypad, or do you type on the screen?
Like the iPhone, the iPad comes with a virtual, on-screen QWERTY keypad — except on the iPad, the virtual keypad is almost the same size as a standard keyboard, which means you won't have to peck on the iPhone's tiny little on-screen keys. If you're more comfortable with an actual keyboard, though, Apple will be selling an iPad keyboard dock for $69 in "late" April.

OK, what about apps? Will iPhone apps on the App Store work on the iPad?
Yes, in one of two ways: either a "windowed" mode, in which the app in question runs at its normal iPhone size surrounded by a big black window, or in full-screen mode thanks to the magic of pixel doubling. Not the most elegant solution, to be sure, but workable.

What about multitasking? Will the iPad be able to run multiple apps at once?
Not any more than the iPhone can, unfortunately. Apple's core iPad apps (think e-mail, the iPod app, etc.) will run in the background, but not third-party apps, although they will support push notifications for incoming events (like instant messages or breaking news).

Will there be apps written specifically for the iPad's larger screen?
You bet, and several companies have already announced their initial iPad offerings, ranging from Gameloft (which has already showed off a revamped version of its first-person sci-fi shooter, "N.O.V.A.") to Amazon (which is teeing up a full-screen Kindle reader for the iPad). Meanwhile, Apple has promised iPad versions of its iWork productivity suite (including Pages for word processing, Keynote for presentations, and Numbers for spreadsheets). Not only will iPad-specific apps benefit from greater resolution, they'll also have more screen real estate to deal with, meaning better and more precise touch interfaces and controls. Indeed, much of the excitement surrounding the iPad centers more on its potential for future iPad-specific apps and games than on the iPad hardware itself.

Speaking of the Kindle, isn't the iPad supposed to be some kind of Kindle killer?

Well, that's what Apple's hoping, away. One of the first iPad apps out of the gates will be iBooks, which will offer access to a new Apple e-book store complete with thousands of titles from Penguin, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Hachette. (Notably absent from the list, for now, anyway: publishing giant Random House.) E-book prices on iBooks are said to rival (if not equal) those on Amazon's Kindle store, and we can expect such niceties as animated page turning, customizable background and font colors, and high-resolution text. As I just mentioned, though, Amazon will have its own Kindle tablet app ready for the iPad, and Barnes & Noble says it'll be getting in on the iPad action, as well.

So that covers books; what about magazines and newspapers?
Magazine and newspaper publishers have been eyeing the iPad as a possible savior for their industries — imagine, they say, "Sports Illustrated" on a 9.7-inch touchscreen, complete with jumbo pictures and video, interactive polls and quizzes, live scores and updates, you name it! That all sounds quite promising, but so far we've only seen a few, somewhat tepid examples of what a newspaper on the iPad might look like. The New York Times showed off a reasonably slick app during the iPad unveiling that features pages and articles that look like the print version; and publications ranging from the Wall Street Journal and Time to Wired and Esquire say they've got their own iPad apps at the ready. But whether the first iPad versions of the Times, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, and others will truly wow us — and, more important, whether users will pay for iPad newspaper and magazine subscriptions — remains to be seen.

Say I buy an iPad and don't like it. What's Apple's return policy?
You've got 14 days from the day you receive your iPad to return it for a refund, according to the Apple store's terms and conditions. If the iPad box is unopened, you'll get a full refund; if you crack open the box, though, Apple will charge you a 10 percent restocking fee.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Facebook or Google? What say ?

Facebook traffic stats have amazed the search engine users in the week ending March 13, 2010, celebrated as Registered Dietitian Day in the US. The social networking king has surpassed Google in the US to become the most visited website for the week. According to the Hitwise stats chart: more than 400 million users, the average user spends 55 minutes a day on the site, 3 billion photo uploads per month. recently topped the charts ranking on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day as well as the weekend of March 6th and 7th. The market share of visits to increased 185% last week as compared to the same week in 2009, while visits to increased 9% during the same time frame. Together and accounted for 14% of all US Internet visits last week.

A recent Hitwise Report shows that Facebook is driving traffic to news and media sites, also its follow up data reveals that readers are more loyal to these sites and tend to come back for more, Googlers: not so much.

Its not about that Google is not performing well, as according to Hitwise, the search giant's numbers are up 9 percent as compared with the same week in 2009. It's just that Facebook's numbers are up 185 percent. This doesn't look like a Hitwise anomaly; data from signifies the same trend, although a little less starkly.

Facebook has develop itself into a form which is equally enticing to the college and high school students and for the parents as well. It has enchanted tremendous people, who are falling under its spell of status updates, photo tagging, and gaming apps. Also Facebook has no other social network to seriously compete with, Google will have to guard against the surprisingly tenacious Bing.

Google is the most powerful force on web and traffic isn't everything for it. It is all because of the breadth of its offerings—search, advertising, maps, news, YouTube, Web apps, and so much more. Even Facebook technically don't have more visits or page views in its credit. Also Google is experimenting with gigabit Internet service, while Facebook is still figuring out its ad targeting.

But the point is still looming high on Google: with the vertigo-inducing effect of the chart above and Google's inexpert incursion onto Facebook's social-networking turf, Google's need be worried.