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Samsung Omnia

Saturday, January 31, 2009

The Samsung Omnia has plenty of features and includes some interesting Samsung-developed enhancements. It does fall short when it comes to full finger input and the fact that the stylus is attached outside the body of the phone is also a little disappointing.

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Since the launch of the iPhone, almost every other cellphone manufacturer has been trying to duplicate Apple’s success by giving their customers a product that works or looks similar to their ‘fruity’ competitor.

The Omnia is Samsung’s take on the booming touchscreen phone market, and while it is able to pull it off, there are still a few things that I’d like to see changed.

From a design point of view, the Omnia is a sexy device with a large 3.2-inch touch-sensitive display. Its specifications are not bad either and it features a 624MHz Marvell PXA312 processor with 128MB RAM and a 256MB ROM.

Impressively, the Omnia has an 8GB or 16GB flash drive for storage, depending on the model you opt for. While you can expand the memory further using a MicroSD card, you have to unfortunately remove the battery to access the memory card slot. An external memory slot would have been preferred, but with a minimum of 8GB, we don’t foresee this to be too big an issue.

The Samsung Omnia is powered by Windows Mobile 6.1, and we were pleased to see that they had developed a slightly modified version of the user interface to make it a lot easier to navigate the phone using finger gestures.

A stylus is included in the box, but the only way to attach it to the phone is via a mini-lanyard. After the first day of use, it became irritating and we reverted back to using finger taps to use the phone.

While Samsung had made an effort to make this an easy process, the problem is still largely the operating system, which was not really designed for finger input only. Many parts of the operating system require a stylus to effectively navigate it.

While this is not Samsung’s fault, this is a trend we have spotted on all Windows Mobile devices that take on the Apple iPhone market.

Impressively, the Omnia also sports a 5-megapixel camera and LED flash. While there is no optical zoom, the image quality is still rather impressive and for candid shots, it will certainly not disappoint.

Much like other devices in this market space, the Omnia puts up a good fight when it comes to multimedia playback. Samsung has even developed its own media player for this phone.

Their software, unlike Windows Media Player, is optimised for finger input and the audio and video quality was impressive to say the least.

Over the week or so that we used this device, we continually had mixed feelings about it. It does what it claims to do effortlessly, but the ‘external’ stylus and spotty finger input capabilities on some parts of the operating system left us a little disappointed.

While Samsung users or anyone wanting a touchscreen device will be happy with what the Omnia has to offer, slightly more advanced users might shy away from this device.

 

Technical Specifications:

General
2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 2100 HSDPA 850 / 1900 - American version
Announced 2008, June
Status Available. Released 2008, July

Size
Dimensions 112 x 56.9 x 12.5 mm
Weight 122 g

Display
Type TFT touchscreen, 256K colors (65K effective)
Size 240 x 400 pixels, 3.2 inches

- Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate
- Optical trackpad
- Handwriting recognition

Ringtones
Type Polyphonic, MP3
Customization Download
Vibration Yes

Memory
Phonebook Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall
Call records Practically unlimited
Card slot microSD (TransFlash), up to 16GB (verified)

- 128 MB RAM, 256 MB ROM
- 624MHz Marvell PXA312 processor
- 8 GB/16 GB internal memory

Data
GPRS Class 12 (4+1/3+2/2+3/1+4 slots), 32 - 48 kbps
HSCSD No
EDGE Class 12
3rG HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11b/g
Bluetooth Yes, v2.0 with A2DP
Infrared port No
USB Yes, v2.0

Features
OS Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, Email, Instant Messaging
Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML, RSS feeds
Games Yes + Java downloadable
Colors Modern Black
Camera 5 MP, 2592х1944 pixels, autofocus, image stabiliser, video, flash; secondary videocall camera

- Built-in GPS receiver with A-GPS support
- Java MIDP 2.0
- FM Radio with RDS
- Pocket Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, PDF viewer)
- MP3/AAC/AAC+/WMA/OGG/AMR player
- DivX/XviD/WMV/MP4 player
- TV Out
- Voice memo
- Built-in handsfree

Battery Standard battery, Li-Ion 1440 mAh
Stand-by Up to 500 h
Talk time Up to 5 h 50 min

Disclaimer. We can not guarantee that the information on this page is 100% correct

Lighter or Spy Cam ?

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Ever seen those spy movies in which the Hero pulls out his cigarette-lighter and clicks the pictures and videos from the Villain's Premises.  Ajoka's latest product is able to shoot video in VGA quality at 640 x 480 resolution in AVI format at 30 frames per second, with a microSD memory card slot that can hold up to 8GB of videos. The built-in lithium ion battery is able to last for half a dozen hours after being charged fully via USB. Your cover wont' be blown if someone asks you for a light though since it also works as a standard lighter, although the $150 price point might scare some people away.

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Via: UberGizmo

New Concept for Future Vechiles

Almost all the people are thinking about finding out new innovations. The new vehicle design by Christian Susana is a nice combination of car and a caravan camper. Christian has called it COLIM (Colors of Life in Motion), which might not win many points on looks department, but still is quite useful given the kind of flexibility it offers. Colim provides the advantage of detaching the front part if one does not have a usage for the home part. Design wise it reminds more of geometric shape, which one can say to be a welcome change from the regular designs, but the designer has really explored a possibility using different shapes which may pave way for better shaped cars.

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Via: Tuvie

Transformer Shelfs

Every household needs shelf that should occupy less space and provide large storage area. Owing to the need an Amsterdam based product designer Martin Saemmer has recently designed a great shelf that could be transformed into various shapes and evolve multiple storage and shelving needs. Looking like a solid block, this shelf can be changed into different shapes and styles just by pushing and pulling the racks. This transformer shelf doesn’t even occupy much space and can be put up in any corner of your house. It’s a multipurpose shelf that could provide you ample of storage area to arrange every small and medium size items of your room.

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Rain Water Harvesting - The Watree

The new rain water harvesting and sports stadium storage design by Australian designer Chris Buerckner can be said to be innovative product in all respects. He has named it as Watree which looks like an umbrella placed upside down also acts as a shade in the rain. The rain water gets accumulated and is stored in it tank underground as these can be placed on areas away from the playing surface, the water stored can be used to sustain the stadium during the summer months through series of underground pipes.

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Source: TUVIE

BurnAware Free - Freeware for Burning CD/DVD/Blueray

BurnAware is the ultimate disc burning software. BurnAware Free is ideal for users with basic disc burning needs as backup, creating data, audio, video discs and burning disc images. Free, easy to set up and maintain, it enables you to save your files to disc quickly, provides more flexible interface to help you complete your burning tasks much faster.

Since the day I found it on the Internet I gave up using the other CD/DVD Burning software and have shifted to this. It works perfectly on Windows Vista also.

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My-Choice

Features

  • Create data, bootable and multisession CD/DVD/Blu-ray Discs
  • Create Audio CDs and MP3 CD/DVD/Blu-ray Discs
  • Create DVD-Video
  • Record boot disc images
  • Create and record disc images
  • Supports all current hardware interfaces (IDE/SCSI/USB/1394/SATA)
  • Supports UDF/ISO9660/Joliet Bridged file systems (any combination)
  • On-the-fly writing for all image types (no staging to hard drive first)
  • Auto-verification of written files
  • Supports CD-Text and unicode characters
  • Supports Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista/7 (32 and 64 Bit), no drivers required

Benefits

  • 100% Free for personal, home use
  • Does NOT contain any spyware, adware, banners etc.
  • Does NOT require .Net framework or service packs
  • Based on the most stable and fast disc recording SDK
  • Windows 7 support

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New Tag/Category - My Choice

We have introduced a new Tag/Category for our readers to make sure the Product/Review is tested/used by one of our team members and the results are true as per our post.

My-Choice

Just look for the "My Choice" tag or the logo as shown in the right.

Hubless Monster Motorcycle

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

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Source: Likecool

Play And Convert Any Multimedia File

In this post I will list some problems many people have with multimedia formats and one solution. But let's start with the problems:
* I have a video file and I want to extract the audio part.
* I have an AVI video and I want to put it on my web page in a format optimised for the web.
* How can I transfer videos from my PC to my mobile phone that supports only 3gp format?

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* I have an AVI/MOV/ MP4/WMV file and I want to convert it to AVI/MOV/ MP4/WMV.
* How can I save on my disk MMS and RTSP streams?
* Ok, I downloaded a file from YouTube as a flv file, but how can I encode it in a format that can be viewed in any player?
* I got a file in a strange format: 3gp/amr/mp4/ogg/mpc. Does anyone know how can I view it?
There's only one answer to these frustrations and many others: SUPER.
SUPER is a free program that lets you view and convert almost any multimedia format you've ever heard. And you don't have to have any fancy codecs or player, because SUPER includes MPlayer, the best Unix media player, and a lot of codecs, including FFDShow.
Let's see how easy is to save a YouTube video as an AVI file.
Step 1. Go to a video.
Step 2. Select the URL value from the "About this video" box in the right.
Step 3. Paste the value at keepvid.com and save the file as a flv video.
Step 4. Drag and drop the file to SUPER and select the AVI container. Press Encode button.

Although SUPER has a very basic interface, it's very powerful. You just select the format of the output file, drag-and-drop the input file and click Encode. Using the same simple steps, you can convert a MOV file to MP3, an AVI to a 3gp file, an MP3 to a Flash file or any video to a format supported by iPod, PSP or PocketPC. Or you can just play a file in one of these formats.

The package at a glance:
* contains ffmpeg, mencoder, mplayer, ffmpeg2theora
* supported formats: 3gp (Nokia, Siemens, Sony, Ericson) asf, avi (DivX, Xvid, MPEG4, MSmpeg4), fli, flc, flv (used in Flash), mpg (Mpeg I or Mpeg II), mov, mp4, ogg, qt, rm, str (Play Station), swf (Flash), viv, vob, wmv, ac3, amr, mp2, mp3, mp4, ogg, ra, wma
* download size: 25 MB
* freeware

It's pretty hard to find the download links on SUPER's site, so here's a tip: download the software from third-party sites like AfterDawn or Softpedia.

GOM Media Player

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The moment I opened GOM Player, I realized that's how a media player should look. Ok, maybe the colors and icons aren't great, but nobody's perfect and you can always change the skin.

GOM Player, the most popular media player in South Korea, is free, has a simple interface and includes many advanced features. The player includes many codecs (DivX, XviD, MP4, AC3), so you don't have to download them. It's also possible to watch incomplete AVI files or play media files while you download them.

There are options that improve the quality of videos (the player is optimized for TV OUT), boost sound.

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It's not better than VLC or MPlayer, which are open source and cross-platform, but it's easier to use.

Source: Google-System Blog

Use Auto-Complete Anywhere in Windows!!!

LetMeType is a small Windows tool that extends the concept of autocomplete at the operating system's level. The application runs in the background, monitoring everything you type in any input box and creating a database of frequent words and 2-grams. When you start typing a word, LetMeType displays a list of the most probable words that start with the letters you've just typed and you can select one of the options.

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The program lets you select different values for the length of the words, and for the minimum probability of a suggestion. This works well especially for long or complicated words.


The interface is not very user-friendly, but program has been open sourced and you can improve it. It would be nice to combine this with Google Suggest and to make it less annoying by only making suggestions when the user requests it or when the next letters/words are obvious.

Source: Google-System Blog

TapeLink converts cassette tapes to MP3

Let’s say you still have a huge library of cassette tapes for some reason. Maybe you just hate to part with them. Maybe you’re cheap and treat yard sales like your own private iTunes. Whatever. Here’s a quick way to digitize those old tapes into MP3 formats.

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It’s the TapeLink from Alesis. The recorder will do more then just make a copy. It will virtually remove all hissing or other abnormalities in sound quality and convert them to MP3’s. Just plug it into the USB cable on your Mac or PC and you’re good to go. The bundled EZ Tape Converter makes transfer easy and convenient. The files can then be retrieved via USB on your computer to store on any device you want. Get with the times man. Out with the tapes, in with the MP3 already.

Source: SlipperyBrick

Cartoon - Inflation

 
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Cartoons by: Irfaan Khan. (http://www.cartoonistirfaan.com)

Shark Fin Ice Tray

 

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What are these ?

 

Fur is murder !

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I will have the leg piece plz !!! (Turkey Phone)

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I hate bananas. :( but i don't mind the phone. :) (Banana Phone)

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for the golden oldies...(Cell Phone Headset)

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Sorry this is a non-smoking blog :)) (Cigarette Headset)

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Hands up ! (Gun Phone)

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Hair Dryer or Headset ???

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Hand grip IPhone Charger

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Can it iron my shirt also ? (Iron-Phone)

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Pen Charger

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No Butter Please. (Toaster Phone)

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Violin Phone...violin-phone

Cartoons - Cricket

Monday, January 26, 2009
 
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Cartoon by: Irfaan Khan. (http://www.cartoonistirfaan.com)

Inflation

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Cartoon by: Irfaan Khan. (http://www.cartoonistirfaan.com/)

Great Cartoons - Saying it all the fun way

I would like to appreciate Cartoonist Mr. Irfaan Khan for his kindness to give us the permission to showcase some of his gr8 work on this website. I personally thank him on behalf of all the visitors of this site and myself.

So, in the series of posts I will try to bring up some of his cartoons from various categories like Current Affairs, Political, Indo-pak relations, Pollution, Inflation, The Indian Police, Terrorism, Health, Weather, Wild Life, Cricket and many more.

for the full collection of his cartoons, you may visit his website:

http://www.cartoonistirfaan.com/

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Nokia N97 - Nokia's iPhone Competitor

Nokia N97 is one of the most impressive mobile phones featuring a 3.5'' touchscreen display and the full QWERTY keyboard. The device has been designed so that it always knows the area of the world it is in, by using its own incorporated compass feature. The N97 delivers a storage memory of 32GB, and also disposes a memory card slot for microSD card of up to 16GB. Such recommendations invite users to store as much music and video as possible, since it also comes with the promise that it is going to run while listening to music for about 37 hours at a time and 4.5 hours of video at once. The only features remaining are the 5 Megapixel Carl Zeiss, dual LED Flash camera, the HSDPA connectivity, the GPS, Wi-Fi, USB and Bluetooth support, plus the always popular 3.5mm jack. The slider will cost somewhere around 550 Euros (about 35,000/-INR), and it will be available in Q2 2009.

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Happy 60th Republic Day !!!

Republic Day, celebrated on January 26th every year, is one of India’s most important national events. It was on January 26th, 1950 that the constitution of India came into force and India became a truly Sovereign, Democratic and Republic state.

On this day -India finally enjoyed the freedom of spirit, rule of law and fundamental principle of governance. The patriotic fervors of the Indian people on this day brings the whole country together even in her embedded diversity.

Republic Day is a people’s day in a variety of ways:

It’s when regional identity takes a backseat and what matters most is the universal appeal of unity and brotherhood projected by all Indians.

The Indian constitution basically stands for the aspirations which ‘the common man of India’ cherishes.

Republic Day is a day of the citizen of the country when he is entitled to be ‘all supreme.

Republic Day is celebrated most majestically in the capital, New Delhi, where symbols of the great nation's military might and cultural wealth are displayed in what is the world's most impressive parade. All Government buildings are illuminated lending the city the atmosphere of a fairyland. This day is celebrated with much zeal and pride all across the nation.

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A Tribute to India's 60th Republic Day

Be online on Yahoo, MSN, Google Talk from your mobile...

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Fring™ is a mobile internet service & community that enables you to access & interact with your social networks on-the-go, make free calls and live chat with all your fring, Skype®, MSN® Messenger, Google Talk™, ICQ, SIP, Twitter, Yahoo!™ and AIM®* friends using your handset’s internet connection.

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Fring 3.35 is a new version of the popular free to download, free to use mobile phone application, packed with additional features which enable anyone with a compatible handset to talk, chat, and interact with other fring users from their mobile phones. The new feature-rich fring is de-bugged,improved & enriched mainly thanks to your bug alerts, requests and suggestions.

Stability of the just released Symbian client is significantly Improved with significantly less interruption, logout's, etc. The voice quality is improved as well, it adds ability to enable speaker... .. .

Here is the full change log:
- Improved stability – with significantly less interruption, logouts, etc
- Made voice quality even better all round
- Added speaker phone for Symbian 9.2
- Enabled file transfer from Yahoo! & Skype

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Geek Watches - The 8GB Video Watch

Saturday, January 24, 2009

If you looking for a geeky watch to view your favourite movies on, then check out this fun 8GB Video Watch.

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The 8GB Video watch has a built in OLED screen, which can display videos at 128 x 128 resolution, it can play back MP3’s and also has a built in mic and voice recording function.

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Here’s the specs.

  • Fully functional digital watch
  • 1.5-inch OLED true color screen
  • Plays videos in full colour on 128 x 128 pixel screen
  • Menu Languages: English (default); Chinese; Korean; Spanish; Portuguese; German
  • Buttons: vol +/ -, play-pause, track +/ - , menu
  • Animated colour icon menu / animated welcome screen
  • When not playing music, displays clock with black background
  • Earphones are supplied and plug into a 2.5mm jack in the side of the watch
  • To play videos, use the included conversion software to compress and resize the video for the watch (to NXV format)
  • Opening for the mini USB port has a built-in microphone for recording
  • Voice recording: 32 kbps in mp3 format - e.g. 8hrs on 128MB
  • 6 equalizer settings for music playback
  • Display settings include option to view ID3 tag or lyrics instead of filename for MP3s
  • Readout for memory usage status
  • Watch is not waterproof
  • Watch charges via USB
  • Plug and play in Windows 2000 / XP / Vista only
  • Approximate dimensions: 3.9cm x 3.9cm x 1.4cm (thickness)
  • Available with 2GB storage capacity

The 8GB Video Watch is available for $99.99 from Think Geek

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