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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Nokia to give away four Tinchy Stryder signed Lumia 800s


Celebrating 200,000 likes on their UK facebook page, Nokia has partnered with Tinchy Stryder and they will be giving away four Lumia 800 smartphones, all signed by this artist. 3 lucky runners up will receive Nokia Purity HD headsets by Monster. All you need to do is head to this page and enter your contact detail. Some things to know:

  • The competition ends at 5pm GMT Friday 17th February 2012
  • Winners will be announced and contacted between 20th February 2012 – 2nd March 2012
  • Minimum age 16 years.

HP accepting preorders for Envy 14 Spectre

The superhot HP Envy 14 Spectre premium Ultrabook is now available for pre-order. base config costs $1,399.99 and comes with the following specs:

  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • 2nd generation Intel Core i5-2467M (1.6 GHz)
  • 4GB 1333MHz DDR3
  • SSD 128GB
  • Microsoft(R) Office Starter
  • 4 Cell Lithium Ion Battery 
  • 14.0" diagonal High Definition HP BrightView Infinity LED Display (1366x768) 
  • No Internal DVD or CD Drive 
  • Webcam with Integrated Digital Microphone 
  • Intel 802.11a/g/n WLAN and Bluetooth(R) 
  • Backlit Keyboard 
  • Included 2 Year Warranty 
  • Up to 9.5 hours of battery life
  • 2-in-1 Integrated Digital Media Reader
  • 2 USB (1 SuperSpeed USB 3.0), HDMI, mini DisplayPort
  • 1 Headphone Out/Microphone In
The higher config comes with 2nd generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2677M Processor and dual SSDs etc and will cost around $1,899.99. Do note that this ultrabook will be shipped on February 17th.

Sony Tablet S rooted

Dan Roserberg has just posted root for Sony Tablet S. To make is easy for those who want to apply the root, he made a windows that automates the process and you can download the file from here. Just make sure that Tablet S is in debugging mode and connected via USB. Procedure is simple. 
  1. Connect the tablet S that is in USB Debugging mode
  2. Unzip the downloaded file
  3. run run.bat batch file. 
Do note that rooting your tablet should be done at your own risk and neither we nor Dan will be responsible if you break your tablet while trying to root it.

Use this Nokia Tool to check status of Belle availability in your country


Nokia has started rolling out Belle updates to 'eligible' Symbian devices and the update is pushed to many markets. If you are one of those who is yet to get Belle update on your 'eligible' Symbian device, head here to get to know the status of that 'highly awaited' update.

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T-Mobile offers 4G devices for free on Feb11th


On 11th of Feb, every 4G smartphone available on T-Mobile network will be available for free on signing a 2 year contract.This deal also  includes select tablets. All you need to do is sign up for a 2 year contract, get a mail-in rebate card and then select desired model.
“T-Mobile has a commitment to make the 4G experience affordable and accessible to everyone, so this sweet deal on smartphones and tablets is our Valentine’s gift to consumers,” said John Clelland, senior vice president of marketing, T-Mobile USA. “No matter where loved ones live, T-Mobile wants to bring them closer with unlimited talking, photo sharing, video chatting, texting, and more.”
Hit the source button on top to get more information on this deal.
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Microsoft OneNote now available for Android


Looks like Evernote and Springpad will get some competition. Microsoft has finally released OneNote note taking application for Android users and is available in Android market now. Hit the source link if you want to try this application rightaway. Do check below requirements list before installing this app

  • Gingerbread or higher version of Android
  • Windows Live account
  • Web browser must support SkyDrive which is essential for OneNote
  • OneNote Mobile for Android opens notebooks created in Microsoft OneNote 2010 or the OneNote Web App
Feature set
  • Create notes with text, pictures, and bullets
  • Create/manage to-do lists with checkboxes
  • Sync notes via SkyDrive to edit and view them from anywhere
  • Access notes online at www.skydrive.com
  • Access/Create/Edit upto 500 notes (make in-app purchase to get unlimited note taking)

Apple generates 50% of mobile industry revenue and 80% of mobile industry profits


This is unbelievable but true. Forget about Nokia still being top mobile phone maker, forget about Android being on top in 2011 worldwide smartphone shipments. When it comes to 'money' Apple seem to have nailed everyone else. Morgan Keegan’s Tavis McCourt has reported that Apple has generated 50% of mobile industry's revenue and 80% of profits in mobile industry belong to Apple.
“Apple simply dominated Q4:11 handset/mobile computing trends, and now accounts for nearly 50% of the revenues of the entire industry and over 80% of the profits by our calculation,” writes McCourt.
McCourt has also made an interesting point. Global mobile computing revenue rose by 34% thanks to Apple and if you remove Apple from equation, revenues fell by 0.4%. This clearly shows how deep Apple has penetrated the industry and how insignificant the term 'marketshare' has become.

Cyanogen Mod 9 Progress Report


It seems like CM team is facing lot of difficulties with the development of CM9 as Icecream Sandwich contains lot of changes from previous versions  that require updated graphics drivers and since these drivers are usually closed, one has to wait until device or devkit using these drivers is released. Due to this reason, CM9 may not be available for many devices. Currently, CM9 can be compiled to work on Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (Wi-Fi and T-Mobile versions), HP Touchpad and Motorola Xoom. We should soon see devices with Samsung's Exynos  chipset and Qualcomm MSM8660 and 7×30 based chipsets get CM9 port while support for earlier devices based on QSD8x50 is still a big ?.

Team Cyanogen has removed CMParts application and added custom features into the main settings. They have also decided to cut down on tweak options that were provied in CM7 as they feel that the options are too many and that they are now looking for a balance between tweakability and works out-of-the-box style.

Head here to read more on this.


Google Voice for Android updated

Google Voice has received an update from Google with following changes:

  1.  Asynchronous SMS sending (offline queuing. stack outgoing SMSes when the phone is out of network and push SMSes when the phone is back in network)
  2. New UI for Honeycomb and ICS versions
  3. Official user feedback menu on each screen

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Chrome for Android is available for select countries and on ICS!


Atlast, after three years, Google has ported Chrome to Android. Yes. the 'Official' Chrome browser for Android is out (currently in beta but installable from Android market). Feature list first:
  • Accelerated page loading, scrolling, and zooming
  • Search and navigate directly from the Omnibox
  • Open and switch between unlimited tabs in an easy-to-view stack, innovative tab management.
  • Sync your bookmarks and open tabs and windows that were open in your PC's chrome browser
  • Incognito mode
  • Place shifting: keep track of windows open in all your PCs al the time so that when you want to move away from PC, you can continue browsing those pages from your phone and from where you left off. 
Do note that this is available only for IceCream Sandwich and is currently available only in the following countries:
  • United States
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • France
  • Germany
  • Spain
  • Australia
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Mexico
  • Argentina
  • Brazil

Below is the hands-on video from 'theverge.com'


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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Apple to devs : manipulate app store ranking and you are out

"Once you build a great app, you want everyone to know about it," said Apple in a letter to developers. "However, when you promote your app, you should avoid using services that advertise or guarantee top placement in App Store charts. Even if you are not personally engaged in manipulating App Store chart rankings or user reviews, employing services that do so on your behalf may result in the loss of your Apple Developer Program membership."

It seems that some devleopers are employing services and methods to gain better position in top xyz list, methods like adding fake reviews and ratings.