Sunday, 4 March 2012

Nokia Lumia 800 now available for Rs 23,590; gets a 20 per cent price cut off

New Delhi: Considering the recent price cuts, it won't be wrong to predict that the Nokia Lumia series has failed to lure people at a price point set by the company.
After Nokia Lumia 710, now the price of Nokia's flagship phone - the Nokia Lumia 800 - has been slashed by approximately 20 per cent. The phone that was originally carrying a price tag of Rs 29,900 is now available for Rs 23,590 at, an online shopping store.
While the other online retailer is offering the Lumia 800 smartphone at a price of Rs 23,790.
Nokia Lumia 800 now available for Rs 23,590; gets a 20 per cent price cut
The Nokia Lumia 800 features a 3.7 inch AMOLED ClearBlack curved display and is powered by a 1.4 GHz processor with hardware acceleration and a graphics processor.
Running Windows Phone 7.5 OS, the phone includes an 8 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, HD video playback, 16GB of internal user memory and 25GB of free SkyDrive storage for storing images and music.
A month back, the price of the Nokia Lumia 710 had been slashed by approximately 20 percent.
Now these massive price cuts raise questions about the performance of Nokia Lumia series in India.

Monday, 27 February 2012

VLC 2.0 -Two flower

VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVD, Audio CD, VCD, and various streaming protocols.

Simple, Powerful and Fast
Plays everything, Files, Discs (DVD, CD, VCD, Blu-Ray), Webcams and Streams
Plays most codecs with no codec packs needed:
MPEG-2, H.264, DivX, MPEG-4, WebM, WMV player
Completely Free, 0 Spyware, Ads or User Tracking
Works on most platforms: Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, Unix…
Media Converter and Streamer
What is new in vlc 2.0
VLC 2.0 “Twoflower” is a major new version of our popular media player.
Large Orange VLC media player Traffic Cone Logo
With faster decoding on multi-core, GPU, and mobile hardware and the ability to open more formats, notably professional, HD and 10bits codecs, 2.0 is a major upgrade for VLC.
Twoflower has a new rendering pipeline for video, with higher quality subtitles, and new video filters to enhance your videos.
It supports many new devices and BluRay Discs (experimental).
Completely reworked Mac and Web interfaces and improvements in the other interfaces make VLC easier than ever to use.
Twoflower fixes several hundreds of bugs, in more than 7000 commits from 160 volunteers.
Install vlc 2.0 in ubuntu
Open the terminal and run the following commands
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:n-muench/vlc
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install vlc


PowerTrekk Offers Unlimited Water-Based Gadget Power

LAS VEGAS — You’re on the road, far from any outlet and your precious cell-phone is thisclose to running out of juice. You look around and the nearest thing to you is a dirt road and—wait, what’s that? A little babbling brook. You’re saved! No, not because you can get a cool drink, but because now you can recharge yoursmartphone. You can, that is, if you have myFC’s new PowerTrekk portable, water-powered fuel-cell charger — and if it works as advertised. It’s making its debut here at CES 2012.
Fuel-cell technology uses the chemical reaction between the hydrogen in water and special electrodes and electrolytes in fuel cells to generate electricity. What’s better is that fuel cells never deplete — as long as you have hydrogen gas produced by water to flow through them, they can deliver an endless supply of cheap electricity. The energy technology has been around for years and numerous companies have tried to commercialize it, even promising shipping products within weeks, months or years. So far, however, none of us are carrying around a pack of fuel cells and a bottle of water, confident we’ll enjoy a full charge on all our devices for a day or more. Sweden’s myFC may change that with PowerTrekk.
Developed in Stockholm, the friendly-looking green and black device is only a little larger than a couple ofiPhones stacked on top of each other. It comes with two USB ports (micro and standard), a fuel-cell assembly that appears to comprise a half or two-thirds of the device and a chamber for the fuel-cell pucks.
Like most other fuel cells, PowerTrekk works by converting hydrogen gas into electricity. The charger uses neither fans nor pumps to move the water, about a table-spoon’s-worth and, according to myFC, only produces some vapor gas as it generates fresh electricity. It can then deliver electricity directly to your phone or other USB-powered devices. The green lid, which includes its own rechargeable battery and can be charged with the fuel cells or via a traditional USB-based charging cable, pops off so you can leave the pucks and fuel-cell system behind.
One of the big hold-ups for delivering fuel-cell technologies to consumers has been concerns over the safety of the necessary hydrogen fuel. myFC notes that the recyclable PowerPukk’s are made of materials that prevent corrosion and more importantly, leakage. Plus, safety concerns have been easing in recent years as airlines like Delta actually publish rules and restrictions for the use and transport of fuel cells (on its “Restricted & Dangerous Items” page), which actually allow fuel cell cartridges on flights as long as they’re transported in carry-on bags.

Windows Phone at Mobile World Congress 2012

Since CES we’ve been showing people how Windows Phone is simply faster at the everyday stuff that real people do on their smartphones.  And we’re doing it again here at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Rather than doing the same old trade show booth, we are taking on the competition on the show floor with our €100 challenge: #SmokedByWindowsPhone.
In the US so far, we’ve won the vast majority of these challenges against all the “top” smartphones, like the iPhone 4S, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, DROID Bionic, Motorola Razr, and more. Mobile World Congress is the world’s biggest smartphone conference, so we consider this to be the “pro challenge” and expect the experts to take us on.
One of the things we know people want to do on their phone is Skype. Today we’re sharing a beta of the much-anticipated Skype app for Windows Phone, bringing communication with Skype’s 200 million users to our platform (access the beta here). The Metro design in the new Skype app for Windows Phone makes Skype shine in a whole new way, delivering a clean and simple experience. Check out the video below.

We’ve also just announced that we’re bringing Windows Phone to new markets and affordable new phones by expanding hardware support and regional availability. Our engineering team did the work to optimize how Windows Phone runs on lower-cost hardware, bringing the high-end smartphone experience to more affordable devices, while still running nearly all of the applications available in the Windows Phone Marketplace. Windows Phone 7.5 now enables our partners to deliver phones using a lower cost processor (the Qualcomm 7x27a “system on a chip”) and reduced memory (256MB on-board memory)—while still delivering the buttery-smooth Windows Phone experience.
Not all platforms can make this claim about lower-cost models. People who have opted for other low-cost or “free” smartphones have found out the hard way that some of those smartphones won’t run all their apps or do everything they want. On Android, it’s not a given that your lower-cost phone can do what the phone in the commercial can. With Windows Phone, we’ve done the engineering so that nearly all of the current apps will just work on these new phones. Those apps that do need more power are flagged in the Marketplace so if you have one of these new phones with less memory you won’t unknowingly download an app that won’t run well.
Nokia Lumia 610_group
Taking advantage of the expanded hardware support, the new Nokia Lumia 610 (above) is Nokia’s fourth and most affordable Lumia smartphone. ZTE has also unveiled their second Windows Phone, the ZTE Orbit (below), which will be available in the second quarter of 2012.
ZTE Orbit 1_cropped
In terms of reaching new countries, we now have new language support for Malay and Indonesian, and technology to support network requirements in China. We recently brought Windows Phone Marketplace to five new countries: Argentina, Indonesia, Malaysia, Peru and Philippines. In the coming month we’ll be adding 23 more markets—more on that and things we’re doing to make it easier for developers to build and test apps for these new lower-cost phones from Joe on the developer blog.
You can see why we’re pumped about the momentum behind Windows Phone and the potential ahead of us as we bring Windows Phone to people in new markets around the world at a range of prices. We think 2012 is shaping up to be a great year for the whole Windows family, and Windows Phone in particular will show people they won’t have to settle for anything less than a phone that is simply faster.