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Five Apps To Help You Quit Smoking On World Anti-Tobacco Day

Posted on May 31, 2012. Filed under: Mobile, Technology | Tags: , , , |

According to a survey by the World Health Organisation (WHO), around 10 million cigarettes are sold worldwide every minute. Unfortunately, many people in today’s world cannot get themselves to quit,despite knowing all about its illeffects. However, there still seems to be hope as new applications aiding the process of quitting are beginning to come up on various platforms.
On World Anti-Tobacco Day, we thought it best to display afew apps that could really benefit all the smokers out there.
1) Livestrong My Quit Coach Lite
This application creates a personalised plan, along with motivational tips and progresscharts, to ensure that you canquit smoking. It helps keep you on track, and even presents you with achievement badges to reward you for the progress made.
Download (iOS, Free)
2) My Last Cigarette – Stop Smoking Stay Quit
In this application, simply enter your smoking habits, and watch as various indicators appear displaying your expected increase in lifespan, your lung function improvement and much more as you embark on your journey to quit smoking.
Download (iOS, $1.99)
3) Quit Smoking by Azati
This quit smoking app acts as a widget on your home screen.To begin with, you will have toenter your gender and your smoking history. Hence forth, every time you have an urge to smoke, click on the big boldred button and key in your urge and stress levels. The app records all the data and presents the progress made through a graph.
Download (Android, Free)
4) QuitNow! by Fewlaps
QuitNow! By Fewlaps is another app that can help yougive up smoking and it comes with several features. It has achat room where people sharetheir experiences, an image gallery that has posters showing the effects of smoking. It also has a log that shows you the time since you have quit and also the money saved.
Download (Android, Free)
5) KickSmoking
This application comes with a timer that records the amount of time you’ve been smoke free, as well the number of cravings resisted and the number of cigarettes avoided. Thus, it takes your mind of the craving by giving you an end goal to focus on instead.
Download (Windows Phone, Free)

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Download: Skype 1.0 (Windows Phone)

Posted on May 31, 2012. Filed under: Mobile, Technology | Tags: , , , |

The popular VOIP app finally arrives on Microsoft’s smartphone platform.

Skype has finally landed on the Windows Phone platform, and is now ready to be downloaded from the Marketplace . Although the private betaversion has been available in some countries for the last two months, it was plagued with many bugs.
In this release version for WP though, the developers have ironed out most of the bugs. Theapp allows you to make calls, video chat, and IM other Skype users, for free. Additionally, Skype claims to offers low-cost VOIP calls to landline number. However, it doesn’t let you receive calls while running in the background, which is a downer.
The app is free to download and works over3G and Wi-Fi connections.According to the developer, the WP version of the app is onlycompatible with Windows Phone 7.5 ( Mango ) and above. Therefore, make sure that your handset is running the latest firmware.

Developer: Skype
Version: 1.0
Size: 6 MB
Licence: Freeware
Platform: Windows Phone 7.5 or above

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Download: Photosynth (Windows Phone)

Posted on May 31, 2012. Filed under: Mobile, Technology | Tags: , , , |

A free photo-stitching app from Microsoft that helps you create panoramic images.

decent panorama app is over, as Microsoft has finally released the much-awaited photo-stitching app, Photosynth on its very own mobile platform.

Reportedly, Photosynthis the only app that can stitch photos in 360 degrees. It allows users share their creations via Facebook, Twitter, and Bing . Users also get to choose whether to share it as an interactive panorama or an image. The app debuted on the iOS platform last year, and was received very positively. However, WP version was held back due some some API issues, which seem to have been fixed now.

The app is available for free and can be downloaded from WP Marketplace . Make sure you’re running the latest iteration of the OS though, since Marketplaceis no longer available compatible with pre- Mango devices.

Publisher: Microsoft
Size: 1 MB
Licence: Freeware
Platform: Windows Phone 7.5 or higher

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Bharat Bandh: Tweeples Take To Their Timelines

Posted on May 31, 2012. Filed under: India, Technology | Tags: , |

Bharat is on bandh in protest against the rising petrol prices and as always, the Twitter community gathers together to either voice their opinions, offer updates on situations in the city or just simply make jokes. Twitter, of course, is a very effective tool to get short quick messages out there, as seen in many crisis situations and popular events. Be it concerts, elections or entire revolutions, Twitter users come alive,add a hashtag or two and make their voices heard. The hashtag du jour is #bandh and tweets span multiple genres of today’s event.

Some users commented on the bandh using an economic platform:

@calamur says: and yes. iam so impressed with theGenius that thought that the best way to deal withan economic crisis is a bandh… what brilliance

@mithunk says: Oh people, by the way, the markets will plummet today. #DownDownDown

The jokes that twitter users are making on the bandh are more or less just comments on how conveniently empty the roads are or how they get to skip work today. However, there are a few notable jokes worth mentioning.

@nikhilchawla says: I hope #bandh doesn’t play foul in the #SGS3 launch event. @Samsung_India like the tech angle there)

@nixxin says: The only thing #bandh till now were my eyes. #yawn

@madmanweb says: The company that comes up with a flame resistant design for buses will make a killing in India.
In another tweet, @madmanweb said: We allknow that buses are the root of all evil and must be burned as much as possible.

@rajeshtahil says: we 40-somethings should apologise to you 20-somethings, we lied to you about how India was shaping up #oops#bandh

@khamba says: Everytimea protestor burns a tyre,a slum kid loses a toy

Some users offer opinions that differ from the usual “What will the bandh achieve”. Don’t getus wrong, they’re still anti-bandh. But they’re astep or two ahead from mob mentality.

@pradx says: The bandh is as much a result of a non functioning opposition as a non functioning government in a democracy.

@NewtonLewis says: People are protesting therise in fuel prices by using fuel to burn public transport. And then they wonder why prices rise.#bandh

Tweets are coming in from all over India. While the majority currently seem to be from Mumbai, we have a few interesting inputs from Twitterers in different corners.

@WHYRaj says: Reportinglive from Kerala, third bandh of the week, couldnt care less if it wasan All Asia #Bandh

@SandipGhose says:#Kolkata Airport operations normal. No flight cancellations. A big”poriborton” from before shall we say? #Bandh

@sakisaki1 says: Kannada marriage happening next to my place #Bangalore #bandhKi aisi taisi

And as usual, there is the usual “Hey politicians, you suck” theme.

@unusualrant says: Thank you @sushmaswarajbjp and the entire #BJP for proving that you are as uncaring as #congress by creating ruckus using the #bandh excuse.

@Palsule says: Dear BJP, please let us know when you are going to pay for repairing all the damage you’ve caused to public transport. #Bandh #Pune

If you’re angry about the bandh or just have an opinion on it, continue your rant in the comments section below.

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As Facebook Rumors Swirl, Opera Plays Up Its Social Cred In New Opera Mini 7 Browser For ‘Basic’ Phones

Posted on May 31, 2012. Filed under: Mobile, Technology | Tags: , , |

Talk about coincidence. Just earlier this week, in a post on Facebook and the possibility of buying web browsing company Opera and facial recognition company, we highlighted how a new version of Opera Mini would feature much stronger social integration — specifically aimed at the feature phone segment — both key points for Facebook. Today, Opera come good with a full release of that Opera Mini browser, Opera Mini 7 (but still has no official comment on those acquisition reports).
As expected, the new browser is aimed not at Apple and Android-based smartphones but more “basic” devices — specifically those built on Java ME, Nokia’s S60 and BlackBerry (yes, Opera categorizes RIM’s smartphone basic) — and Opera is using the release to incorporate some new, key social features. This includes a Smart Page, which provides a one-page summary of news from a user’s Facebook and Twitter feeds, directly from the home page of the browser.
Other Smart Page features include links to a user’s most-visited sites; links to relevant content based on your browsing history; and suggestions for news sites to follow with the option of adding those to the Smart Page as well. The Smart Page will now also include other features Opera has long been using in past versions of its Opera browser such as Speed Dial shortcuts.
An Opera spokesperson declined to make any comment to me on the Facebook acquisition reports, but if there is even a shred of truth to them, a launch of a product like this plays right into Facebook’s hand.
Not only is the browser much more socially integrated, but it is aimed very much at the wider market of non-smarphone users, the kind used by the majority of people in developing markets, and still widely in use in mature markets, too. This is still a growing area for Facebook and a crucial one to get right as it looks to keep growing while at the same time make money out of those them, a launch of a product like this plays right into Facebook’s hand.
Not only is the browser much more socially integrated, but it is aimed very much at the wider market of non-smarphone users, the kind used by the majority of people in developing markets, and still widely in use in mature markets, too. This is still a growing area for Facebook and a crucial one to get right as it looks to keep growing while at the same time make money out of those traditionally low-cost users.
Opera has been trialling this new version of Opera Mini since February . Opera Mini is the company’s most popular product, with 168 million monthly users and some 3,000 phone models supported. Overall the company has 250 million monthly users of its products, which also include Opera Mobile and a browser for desktop computers.
Opera has long touted its data technology, which it says compresses pages in such a way that they load faster and take up less of your data allowance — Opera says it can compress page data by up to 90 percent.
The new launch of Opera Mini 7 fits into this concept: users need to browse less pages to get all the data they need. And given that it’s designed for phones that have little buttons and typically smaller screens, anything that minimizes navigation should be welcome.
On Opera’s side, of course, putting all this into its browser means people will spend more time there and less time going elsewhere. (Sound familiar, Facebook?)
Curiously, it looks like the germination of this product may have come straight from the top ranks, with the CEO Lars Boilesen noting hisfrustrations with his own (feature?) phone: “I’ve spent hours typing web addresses on my mobile phone, but now there’s a super smart way to get most of your content at a glance,” he said in a statement.

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Flipboard Makes its Way to Android

Posted on May 31, 2012. Filed under: Mobile, Technology | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The beta version of the application is compatible with most Android devices.

Flipboard, the social magazine application that has been very popular on iOS platform, has now made its debut on Android. The beta version of the application is compatible with most Android devices. Although there has been no official announcement, the .APK or the Android installation file has been made available online.
Flipboard had been released for the Apple iPhone, iPad andthe iPod Touch, previous to its debut on Android. This popular news and social media consumption app was previously meant for Apple iPad tablets only but due to its growing popularity, it was later on ported for devices with smaller displays.

The Flipboard application provides news and web feedsin the form of easy to read web magazine like interface. Along with that not just text but pictures are also presented in a better way making readability better for the users. Flipboard can take feeds for local or web based RSS reader feeds as well as other news sources and presents it in a web magazine format.
Following the rollout on Samsung devices, the Flipboard application has beenmade available to other devices as well. So if you are also interested in getting this application for your Android device, then you can download the .APK file of Flipboard here . All you need to do is make sure that the option to install form unknown sources is open on your smartphone/tablet as the application is yet to be uploaded or made available through Google Play store.

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Spice Mobile to Launch a 5 inch Android Phone

Posted on May 31, 2012. Filed under: Mobile, Technology | Tags: , , |

Spice mobile plans to launch several Android phones with screen sizes ranging from 2.8 to 5 inches and a price range of ₹ 5,000 to ₹ 15,000.

Spice will launch a range of smartphones which it is calling the Android ICS ready range. The phones will come with Android 2.3 operating system but will be upgradable to Android 4.0 ICS.
The company has confirmed to’The Mobile Indian’ that it plans to launch the range of smartphones with screen sizes in the range of 2.8 inch and 5.0 inch. These will be priced between Rs 5,000 to Rs 15,000.
Spice hopes to launch at least one phone from this range in next 15 days. These phones will feature added security with preloaded antivirus and will have GPS / AGPS , WiFi / WiFi Tethering and dual SIM functionality with combination of 3G +2G.
However, the spokesperson of the company refused to divulge further details about the phone. The name or model number of the phones have not been disclosed either.

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Future Nokia Mobilephones Will Be Waterproof

Posted on May 30, 2012. Filed under: Mobile, Technology | Tags: , , , , , , |

With the use of Nano technology, Finnish mobile manufacturing giant wants to make all its handsets waterproof so as to enhance its life and usability as well.

Nokia will soon be announcing its new range of Pureview and Lumia series of handsets but that’s not all Nokia is working on at the moment. The Finnish handset giant is working on the implementation of the Superhydrophobic technology that is known to repel water with its handsets.
With the use of this technology, Nokia aims at making the future handsets including Lumia and Pureview smartphones waterproof. While making devices waterproof will certainly be a big advantage as it will allow users to use mobiles even when it’s raining hard but along with that the adoption ofthis technology will surely enhance the life of the devices.
Conor Pierce, vice president of Nokia Western Europe, while explaining it to the Somobile of UK, said,”Superhydrophobic technologymakes water bounce, it stops it, rolls it off the device and leaves it water impregnant. That’s the magic, that’s what we’re going to bring to the party.”
Although work is underway, Nokia is still not ready to comment on when this waterproofing technology will be implemented in its mobile phones. Although many manufacturers like Motorola have tried and have successfully managed to create water resistant devices but creating something that is waterproof would be a giant leap ahead.

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Watch All ETV Channels Free On Mobile, Courtesy: ZengaTV

Posted on May 30, 2012. Filed under: Mobile, Technology | Tags: , , , |

ZengaTV, a mobile TV application will offer all 12 ETV channels for free.

ZengaTV, an application that streams mobile videos and TVchannels on both 2G and 3G networks, will now offer all the 12 channels from the ETV network for free.
ZengaTv claims to have 55 million video views month on month at an average viewership of over 12 minutes. Shabir Momiin, chief executive officer of ZengaTV said, “It’s a proud moment for us as this addition of 12 channels from the ETV Group now takes our offering of channels close to 100. The 12 channels from ETV group giveus the chance to offer viewers regional channels and to reach out to those who are more glued to channels pertaining to their mother tongue. Our focus in future willbe to add more regional channels to our platform.”
ETV Network’s, bouquet of 12 regional channels include ETV Telugu, ETV2, ETV Bangla, ETV Marathi, ETV Kannada, ETV Oriya, ETV Gujarati, ETV Urdu, ETV Uttar Pradesh, ETVRajasthan, ETV Bihar and ETVMadhya Pradesh.
ZengaTV can be accessed through any mobile as well as on the web. All that the user has to do is go to http://m.zengatv.comto watch the channels or Android users can download the app of ZengaTV from Google Play Store.

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Another Tablet For Students Now in India For ₹ 10K

Posted on May 30, 2012. Filed under: Mobile, Technology | Tags: , , , , |

The 7 inch tablet has 1.2 GHz processor, Android 4.0 OS & preloaded with educational content and applications.

KloudPad, a UK based company, has announced its entry into the Indian tablet market with the launch of its first ever 3G Android 4.0 based tablet for India. This low cost tablet, called KloudPad, comes with 3G calling functionality as well as preloaded educational content for allowing students to read and learn as well.
KloudPad comes bundled with contents for CBSE and ICSE courses which will help students in India to use this tablet for learning. KloudPad has tied up with Attano for receiving educational course related contents like sample test papers for professional studies related to medical and engineering etc. This tablet also has preloaded contents like Edu TV and Attano eBook app which enhances the studyreference options for students.
KloudPad is powered by an ARM Cortex-A8 based processor with a processing speed of 1.2 GHz , supported by 512 MB RAM. It has a 7 inchdisplay screen with 800 x 480pixels resolution. Its 4 GB internal memory can be expanded up to 32 GB using micro SD card. Users can also enjoy capturing their favorite shots with a rear Camera and can have video chat as well with the front camera. However, the exact nature of the cameras (in terms of megapixels) has not been revealed yet.
On the connectivity side it features WiFi , USB and HDMI options. The KloudPad is powered with Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system and has a 4000 mAh battery, which can give 6 hours of battery life.
This new tablet comes in blackcolour option only. KloudPad Android 4 tablet can be purchased for Rs 9,999 only from as of now, more stores are expected to sell this tab in the days to come.

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