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Nokia City Lens Technology

We have seen maps, Street Views…. now comes the CITY LENS Technology which gives you more details to the Roadmaps along with categories which makes our search much simpler. Thanks to NOKIA for having created a technology which will have a heap change in the world of Navigation.

Nokia Lumia set of phones are compatible with CITY LENS as of now, which Nokia is planning to extend it to other set of phones like N8, Nokia 808 Pureview etc.,

Tough luck for Lumia 610 owners though, City Lens cannot run on 256 MB of RAM. It’s good to see Nokia bring a big feature like this to its previous smartphones as Microsoft had announced that none of the current Windows Phone 7.5 devices will get an upgrade to Windows Phone 8. They promised an update called Windows Phone 7.8 which brings a bunch of new features including the new start screen to older devices though. Even Symbian Belle phones like the PureView 808, N8 and such will get a version of City Lens. After being in beta for a couple of months, it is now officially available for these devices as a release version. However, Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 will be getting a different version of City Lens with more features once they release.

How does it work

Nokia City Lens uses a combination of Nokia Maps, GPS and the inbuilt compass to determine where you are and then displays nearby places of interest. When you fire it up, there’s a screen from which you can choose one of eight categories: nearby, food, hotels, shopping, famous, fun, sights, and transport. You can select one or more categories, point your phone in any direction as if snapping a photo, and voila! There’s all the information you’ll need in an overlay format, distance, categories, ratings and all. Tapping a specific place reveals more details about it. Everything is color specific and you can easily distinguish the categories of the places. On our test phase, even small restaurants were showing up, which is pretty cool. All this information is pulled from Nokia Maps and TripAdvisor.

When you pan the phone, you can see that the places update in real time and yes, everything is accurate. The closer ones appear in more detail while the further ones appear as smaller icons. As you move in a direction, everything updates and you know exactly what progress you’re making.

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Many Enterprises use  third party software’s to connect to their internal Organization Network if they are not at their work place. Employees use either Blackberry Phones to connect to the Internal Network through Blackberry private network OR Apple IPAD IPHONE, Android Phones through a software called GOOD.

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Many of the Multi national companies including Franklin Templeton, Infosys etc., are using Microsoft Sharepoint 2010 because of its flexibility to share data, organise sites and group members into a single platform.

Key Features include

  1. Collaboration
  2. Portal
  3. Search
  4. Content management
  5. Business forms
  6. Business intelligence

 

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IPAD MINI

Rumors of an iPad smaller than Apple’s current 9.7-inch model have long dogged the Cupertino company, but the talk is heating up this year — just as Google tries to go big with its Jelly Bean-based Nexus 7 from Asus.

The new model will have a screen that’s 7 inches to 8 inches diagonally, less than the current 9.7-inch version, said the people, who asked not to be identified because Apple hasn’t made its plans public. The product, which Apple may announce by October, won’t have the high-definition screen featured on the iPad that was released in March, one of the people said.

A smaller, less expensive iPad could undercut the ambitions of Google, Microsoft and Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) to gain traction in the advancing tablet market, said Shaw Wu, an analyst at Sterne Agee & Leach Inc. The new device will probably have a price closer to Google’s Nexus 7 tablet and Amazon’s Kindle Fire, both of which have 7-inch screens and cost $199.

So, We might expect a MINI IPAD soon in the market….

Analyst claims the iPad Mini could land in September, alongside the much-mooted iPhone 5.

courtesy : http://www.bloomberg.com, theverge.com, t3.com

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We have seen in the previous articles about Google Drive ( Which is an Online Storage option started by Google ), even Microsoft has come up with online storage concept – SkyDrive….

Amid the excitement over Google Drive, the search giant’s new Dropbox competitor, Microsoft recently improved a similar online sync and storage service, SkyDrive. Microsoft added the ability to store files online and sync across multiple devices right from your Windows or OS X desktop. That puts SkyDrive squarely in competition with Dropbox and Drive, five years after Microsoft first introduced its online storage solution in 2007.

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Most of the people in the world use WINDOWS Operating System as it is more user friendly and most of the Third party Applications run on Windows, but coming to the Windows Media Player ( WMP ), we find it to be very shabby because it does not play many different File Formats….

File Formats Supported by Windows Media Player are :

  • .avi
  • .wav
  • .wax
  • .wma
  • .wm
  • .mpg
  • .mpeg

Most of us must have used a Microsoft product atleast once in a Lifetime….Many famous Microsoft products like WINDOWS OS, Microsoft office etc., According to the recent statistics more than 70% of people who use Computers have Windows Operating System in it and the remaining use other OS like LINUX and MAC….

This is the reason why Windows is much affected by Virus than any other OS, as the number of users are more all the hackers will try to target the larger population so we have around 100,000 known computer viruses only for Windows.

More of the complaints we get regarding Windows PC is about virus infection. You cannot use a Windows machine without antivirus or anti-malware. Even after having these programs installed there is still the risk of getting infected. Sometimes, viruses and malware even get past the best solutions. On the other hand, with Linux, you don’t need to worry at all about this. Your PC will hardly get infected with viruses with this operating system.

One of the key reasons LINUX and Mac are less prone to virus infection is that these systems require privileged access to install and run viruses. Malware rarely is able to gain root or privileged access to these devices and so it is more difficult to leverage system vulnerabilities. The idea that the dominance of Windows is a reason for its susceptibility is specious. LINUX install base covers everything from embedded processors to super computers. While Windows is definitely the dominant desktop OS, the increasing prevalence of embedded devices is rapidly making LINUX the most prevalent OS in the world. All without a major increase in susceptibility to malware.

Advantages of Linux

Stability 

If you have used other operating systems, once you have made the switch to Linux, you will notice that Linux has an edge over Windows here. I can remember rebooting Windows many times over the years, because an application crashed, and I couldn’t continue working. Linux can crash also, but it is much harder to do. If an application crashes in Linux, it will usually not harm the kernel or other processes.

 Free Software

Most software can be obtained without cost for Linux. For example, one thing that has kept people from Linux is the lack of office software. That has changed with Open Office, and now you can edit documents and presentations from the popular Microsoft software. The conversion isn’t 100% perfect, but it has worked remarkably well in allowing me to correspond and use documents that people send me via e-mail or the web.

 Runs on old hardware

If you have an old 386 or 486 laying around collecting dust, you can use this to run Linux. I remember running Linux just fine on a Pentium 100 with a 1 GB disk drive, and 16 MB of memory. One use of an old machine like that could be a file server. Just go to your computer store, buy a large hard disk (as long as your old stuff can support it), and you can make a great storage server. With all the digital pictures and movies around today, this could be a great use for Linux. Look into using Samba, a server application for Linux that allows you to make your machine share the disk as a Windows share.

Security

Linux has the advantage of the code being in the public domain. This can be a double-edged sword; while you can look at the code, and developers can fix holes rapidly, it also means hackers can find bad code. I have been very impressed with the security of Linux, and the programs that run on it. I think having the code out in the open, and the ability to fix things yourself if necessary is a big plus. Who likes to work blind? With some distributions, on installation the computer will ask you what levels of security you would like for your system. You can be very trusting, or you can be paranoid. Linux gives you this flexiblity.

courtesy: wiki.answers.com, itknowledgeexchange.techtarget.com, linux.bihlman.com, http://www.pcworld.com

 

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Microsoft Touch Mouse

Microsoft touch mouse is a touch pointer device designed for windows7. It combines virtues of high precision mouse with the rich language of multi touch gestures to create the idea input device for windows7. With Microsoft touch mouse one can comfortably do everything on the typical moves like left and right click. In addition by sliding the finger on the top surface people can manage individual documents or pages to scroll in any direction one can also flick the finger to scroll down or adjacent. One can use their thumb to move back and forward through documents or web pages in a browser. One can use two fingers gestures to manage windows for example one can maximize or minimize windows or snap them side by side for easy comparison. With three fingers people can manage whole desktop by switching between different tasks or clearing all open windows with these multi touch gestures Microsoft touch mouse brings windows7 features at your finger tips.

It’s August, and that can only mean three things: vacations, back to school shopping, and another UIST Student Innovation Contest. Taking center stage this year is Microsoft’s Touch mouse — a multitouch gesture-based peripheral that we first saw earlier this year. UIST contestants will have to come up with cool new ways to interact with the mouse, with the winning innovator receiving $1500, and $500 going to the runner-up (trophies are apparently involved, as well). All entries will be demoed on October 17th in Santa Barbara, and the winners will be announced on the following day. Hit the source link for information on registration, or squeeze past the break for a video from UIST chair Kayur Patel, along with a clip on the Touch Mouse.

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We take a look at the impending updates to two of the most popular mobile operating systems on the market

Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 has been generally well received by the public, but a series of gripes and minimal oversights have marred the platform’s initial effectiveness. Fear not though! Because Richmond’s finest are already putting the finishing touches to the grand solution to those woes: Windows Phone 7.5: Mango.

Just how effective the Mango update is will depend on quite a few factors. One such factor is where Google plans on taking Android in the coming weeks and months.

So with all this in mind, we’ve decided to compare the next big iterations of both platforms to see what fun features and cutting edge inclusions they purport to offer.

Google Android Ice Cream Sandwich

Ice Cream Sandwich promises to be something of a milestone release from the Android team, and users can expect to see a fusion of the best features taken from the current tablet (Honeycomb) and smartphone (Gingerbread) releases, making the next big update a thing of huge importance, both for the consumer and for Google itself.

Straight off the bat we’re promised that Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) will be a much more complete platform, which will be suitable for both smartphones and tablets, so you won’t have to worry about your tab-toting mates lording it over you with their jazzy UI’s and updated core applications any more.

Other new inclusions to the OS such as improved API’s for better cross-platform visuals and app development and a slick new user interface will be music to the ears of a lot of users, as will the inclusion of USB support, which is something we’re most excited about, as we can see future Android devices being used as gaming machines, plugged into large displays and tethered with USB peripherals.

Perhaps the most important thing about Ice Cream Sandwich though, is the direction Google has opted to take the software. No longer will you have to wait for your device manufacturer to pull their finger out and update your device to the latest version. You’ll be able to count on fast, stable updates coming straight from the mighty Google, direct to your device.

In fact the steps being taken by the software giant to arrest the fragmentation of the platform should be greeted with rapturous applause and the fact that all Android devices will be upgradeable to ICS is something that Google should take tremendous pride in.

Naturally you can’t expect your HTC Dream to start running the latest 3D eye-candy that’s on offer, but you can expect the device to benefit from the bug-fixes, tweaks and security improvements that updates always include.

Manufacturers are currently thrashing out the finer points of how custom UI’s will function when this new, open era begins (sometime around the end of 2011), but you can sleep easy knowing that the good folks at Google are pulling out all the stops to bring the cutting edge to every Android user.

 

Windows Phone 7.5 ‘Mango’

The next big update to Windows Phone 7, ‘Mango’ or 7.5, promises to make the operating system everything it should have been at launch. Microsoft has guaranteed that over 500 new features and functions will be included in the update (which will go out around September 2011) and we’re excited to see where the company plans on taking the software.

Among the new features present in the update users will find integration with Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, as well as turn-by-turn navigation and a smart new unified ‘people hub’, which will display all of your communications with a user, such as Facebook messaging, Twitter mentions or texts in a single spot.

It’ll also tell you whether the contact is ‘online’ in any of the assorted applications, allowing you to save money and time by, say, Facebook messaging them rather than texting or e-mailing.

Another key feature of ‘Mango’ is multitasking, which will allow users to move freely between applications by simply holding the back key down. Apps will also fire up instantly, in the state you left them, allowing you to game, e-mail, browse the web etc. without having to worry about losing data.

At a glance it’s easy to see that a lot of hard work has gone into this update, and there’s still more to be done, but there are notable omissions too. Flash, for example, isn’t included in the Internet Explorer 9 update, and native integration for Skype is missing too, though we are hopeful that some big news is on the way in that regard.

Overall the updates to Windows Phone and Android will make a lot of people happy and there are myriad features that will make the two operating systems far better.

Ice Cream Sandwich ably shows that Google has been busying itself, consolidating its firm foundation and polishing its laurels. It’s the next step in the evolution of what’s shaping up to be the world’s favourite smartphone OS.

Whereas Microsoft’s ‘Mango’, while undeniably pleasing, is simply an update that brings the platform inline with Apple and Google’s operating systems. In this sense, it’s like Windows 7 compared to Windows Vista.

And, though improvements abound, we aren’t sure that it’s enough to break Android’s hold over the market, nor is it likely to sever Apple fan-boy’s from their shiny devices. Not yet, at least.

We’re positive that Windows Phone 7(.5) is here to stay, and with Microsoft’s countless years of experience we can expect to see the platform improve steadily.

What the Mango update seems to signal is that to Microsoft it isn’t about winning the battle, it’s about winning the war….

 

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Hari Hara Sravan ( MGIT ECE 2nd year)

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Windows Mango Phone

A big update to Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform is coming this autumn, filling in many of the missing pieces that made Microsoft an also-ran in the smartphone wars. But the so-called “Mango” update is more than just a game of catch-up; it also brings a bunch of features that other phones don’t have, or can only add through third-party apps.

Here’s a rundown of what Windows Phone 7’s Mango update will bring:

Multitasking

Finally, Windows Phone apps will be able to run in the background, so if you’re listening to some tunes in Slacker Radio, the music will keep playing even as you switch to other apps. The multitasking menu is accessed by holding the “back” button on the phone’s hardware.

Location Scouting

The Bing search function in Windows Phone now has a local “scout” function that lets you see what’s nearby, based on the phone’s current location. Categories include places to eat and drink, things to see, stores to shop and can’t-miss highlights.

Bing Vision

Essentially, it’s Google Goggles for Windows Phones. Again, through the Bing search function, users can scan objects with their phones’ cameras to learn more about them….

Smarter Tiles

Live Tiles are a big part of Windows Phones. They’re those little app grids that occupy the home screen, and they often show information such as unread message counts or the weather. With the Mango update, users will be able to control the types of information that third-party apps display through these tiles. For instance, you can bookmark a specific product in Best Buy’s app, and the Live Tile will tell you where to find that product nearby.

Unified Inbox

The Mango update in Windows Phone will let users link multiple e-mails to a single inbox. On the phone’s home screen, Live Tiles can be set up to include e-mails from any number of addresses.

Twitter and LinkedIn

Although individual apps are already available for Twitter and LinkedIn, they won’t be integrated with the Windows Phone home screen until Mango arrives. The update will let users see how many messages they have through the phone’s Live Tiles.

Groups

Got a group of friends that you stay in touch with? Windows Phone’s Mango update lets you throw them all into a single Live Tile, showing their latest e-mails, messages, status updates and photos. Through this tile, you can quickly fire off a message to the entire group.

Voice-to-Text, Vice Versa

Windows Phone will throw a bone to users who can’t break the text messaging habit, even while driving. The update lets users dictate text messages by voice, and have incoming text messages read back to them.

Threads

If a contact goes offline in a messaging service such as Facebook, Windows Phone will let users continue the conversation on another service, or through text messages. A selection screen shows all services through which the other person can be reached.

Internet Explorer 9

Microsoft’s revamped mobile browser brings support for HTML5, used on the mobile versions of video sites like YouTube and Vimeo. Speed is also improved, with Microsoft claiming that its browser loads pages faster than iPhone, Android and BlackBerry devices….

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