Is iPhone’s Digg App Better Than The Website?

Wouldn’t it be nice to share and view all the top stories at one place? It will surely save time and lessen our effort.

Digg.com does exactly the same. Digg has been a common resting place for most of us for quite some time. Now, it’s also available on iPhones. Digg, a popular social news aggregator has released its free app for iPhone which helps you to Digg and view top stories with just a tap from your home screen. Incidentally, it’s named TapTapTap.

Using this app, you can also view popular Diggs by topic (e.g., technology, sports, business, etc.) or forthcoming articles that are about to go popular. Also, you will find buttons to like or dislike the story, a button to save the story and an option to share the link.

Digg’s latest app provides a simplified interface making browsing Diggs real easy. No extra information apart from the stories is present. Even extraneous text about Digg features is absent. It is much easier on the eyes than the site, which comes loaded with tonnes of features, colors and text.

Bookmarking is one of the prime addition to iPhone’s latest app. Now you can browse your favourite categories and bookmark them, so that you can have a look at them later on.

Inspite of its benefits over Digg.com, it sure has some disadvantages. This app doesn’t allow you to post comments and it does not include the video or images section of the site.

Meanwhile be sure to keep an eye out on TapTapTap, which is expected to put some improvements in the coming weeks.

To celebrate the launch of iPhone’s Digg app, TapTapTap is giving away a ColorWare custom, very limited edition Digg iPad every day for 2 weeks!

For further information click here.

WePad’s Spec Sheet is finally in the Open

WePad has been a topic of many talks recently. Now at last, the spec sheet of WePad is in the open, thanks to UberGizmo. For those of you who don’t yet know what WePad is, it’s a tablet from NeoFonie which is aimed mostly at reading newspaper and magazines. It aims to get the interest of today’s new generation as well as the elder people. NeoFonie clearly states:

Elderly are the core target group of newspaper and magazine publishing house

So, without further ado, here goes the general specs:

  • 11.6 inch display with a crisp 1366X768 resolution
  • 1.66 GHz Intel Atom Processor
  • 16/32 GB (Optional) Internal Memory
  • 1.3 MP Webcam
  • WePad AppStore as well as Android’s supported Apps
  • Multitasking Support
  • Li-ion Battery
  • Supports all basic eBook formats
  • Bluetooth
  • WiFi
  • GPS
  • Ambient Light Sensors
  • Motion Sensor
  • Microphone

For more details, see UberGizmos post.

These specifications makes iPad look a bit too ordinary. But we must bear in mind that Apple has always focused more on UI and User experience rather on hardware. The crux of this debate relies solely on users and will be more clear in days to come.

Ray M45 – Dual Sim Support and Much More for 3500 Rs

Ray has launched it’s new phone – M45 in India and it’s really cheap – Rs. 3500. For those of you who don’t know, Ray is a Chinese brand which started its distribution in India some time back.

The key feature of M45 is that it has slots for two SIM card. Of course, you cannot simultaneously operate on both. However, since they are both active, you will not have to keep switching between them. It has dedicated call buttons for both the SIM cards which helps you to just dial a number and press either of the buttons to make a call from the respective SIM card.

Ray M45 is not at all eye-catching by its looks. It has a very minimalistic and simple design.

Specifications :

  • 176 x 220 pixel display (262K)
  • 2 MP Camera
  • Expandable Memory – upto 4 GB
  • FM Radio
  • Bluetooth
  • Music Player
  • Large capacity Lithium – Ion battery (1800 mAh). 10 Hrs Talktime and 500 Hrs Standby
  • Dimension – 110 X 58 X 12.2 mm

There are hardly any devices in the market which offer a dual SIM phone at a price around Rs. 3,500. Ray M45 on the other hand, gives you many extra features to go with it. Though the handset lacks style, the phone is definitely ideal for you if you have a  low-budget.

Techie-Buzz Verdict

Not everything of this phone is a show-stopper. If you compare it to Nokia’s high-end smartphones or SE’s superb camera phones then you’re sure to be disappointed. But, if you want to have nearly all the amenities of a smart phone at a low budget price, try Ray M45. It will not disappoint you.

Targus Launches Wireless Laser Mouse in India

Targus, a leading manufacturer of computer equipment and accessories, has announced the launch of it’s new Wireless Laser Mouse- AMW51 AP in India.

This mouse features 1200DPI laser technology. The 1200DPI laser sensors enhances the accuracy of the mouse and helps in flawless mouse movements. Targus AMW51AP also uses the new RF 2.4GHz technology which reduces the cordless interference significantly.

This mouse has been ergonomically designed for ambidextrous usage and provides an unmatched comfort.

Other key features:

  • Soft and flexible side grips
  • A solid battery life of 15 months
  • Weighs 118 g
  • Dimension:- 10.8 x 5.7 x 3.4 cm
  • Available in Black/Grey
  • Accessibility range of 10m away from the system, even through walls
  • Compatible with PCs, Macs or Netbooks
  • Also has a battery life indicator

It’s a really great mouse and is one of the first wireless mouse meant for serious gaming. Try out this new mouse of Targus as it is priced just Rs 1,775.It also come with a 3 years warranty.

MTS Expands Its Services

MTS-India

MTS India, the mobile telephony services brand of Sistema Shyam Teleservices Ltd (SSTL) binds with more than 200 operators across the globe for messaging services.

MTS services has been extended to popular destinations like Australia, United States of America Brazil, Canada, Egypt, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Singapore, UAE, United Kingdom and Japan.

Mr. Leonid Musatov, CMO, SSTL said in a meeting, Our association with more than 200 operators worldwide is yet another extension to our consumer centric approach and reflects our commitment to offer best of service. He further added, Our exclusive tie up with leading operators around the world is aimed to establish connection between our valuable consumer and their loved ones across the world and strengthen our consumer base.

MTS is surely on journey to emerge as one of the best telecom service providers in India.

Fox Mobiles introduces Bitbop: Video Subscription Service For Smartphones

Fox Mobile gives a new dimension to the smartphones by introducing Bitbop – a new wireless subscription service that delivers on demand mobile TV and movies directly to U.S. consumers smartphones.

Bitbop’s mobile video subscription service is very simple to use. It   provides full-length television programs for streaming as well as temporary download. This amazing service is available for just $9.99 a month. It also allows you to manage a queue of your viewing choices. Bitbop’s service works on most advanced technology handsets like iPhone, almost all Androids and several BlackBerry models.

Bitbop service’s launch date has not yet been announced but it is expected to arrive this spring.

Though this service seems to be very nice, we can’t yet be sure that the carrier networks will be able to cope with 3G bandwidth requirements to provide uninterrupted viewing. Lags in video playback will kill all the joy of watching them. The temporary download feature is not yet quite ready and it might be the only solution for slower networks.

Want to Call for free from your iPhone? Go to Line2

Ever wanted to call for free? To talk to your heart’s content? Line2 is an amazing little app for iPhone that helps you do exactly that. This app has been developed by a company named Toktumi. It’s basically a 3G/WiFi based VoIP software but it boasts some features that might very well give nightmares to companies like AT&T.

Line2 offers a separate number, phone book, features like call forwarding, call waiting, etc.

You need to register at their site first to get a new Line2 number. If you are in a WiFi hotzone, this app lets you call other numbers at amazing quality. If you are out of range of WiFi, this app connects to other numbers using AT&T’s 3G network. The reception is not as good as in WiFi but it’s still workable. If the number you are calling is a Line2 number, it uses some enhancements to further boost the sound quality. Users have said this connection to be so good that they could hear the clothes rustling on the other end of the line.

If you are calling through Line2 and a call comes on your original number, you are asked to choose which call to attend. Also, if your Line2 app is closed, you can route all your Line2 calls to your original number.

This app also has an edge over other VoIP clients like Skype and Google Voice:

  • Receive inbound calls via cellular or WiFi network
  • Auto-Attendant
  • Multi-Line Support
  • PC/Mac calling via integrated softphone
  • Call Screening
  • Call Announce
  • Caller ID based routing
  • Visual voicemail
  • Call Waiting
  • Call Swap
  • Call Transfer
  • Conferencing – up to 20 people at once

This app is priced just at $1. Features like voicemail, unlimited US/Canada calling, and others cost about 15$ / month. It’s still dirt cheap if you ask me. The first 30 days are free.

Some screenshots:

Verizon plans to Open App Store

It seems that even Verizon is trying to enter the App store race. Today in the CTIA annual wireless trade show, Verizon Wireless stated that it is going to open it’s own App Store as soon as March 29.

Verizon is the biggest US mobile operator and holds a major portion of today’s smartphones. It has many Androids under it. As such, this new idea may prove to be a big hit for Verizon.

Verizon also claims that their App Store will be more convenient to users as they will be able to pay for their Apps directly via their phone bills. Other App Stores require a seperate account for handling such transfers.

Laser Security System: Not easy to beat

Light-Pulse

As hackers get smarter, computers get more powerful; nation’s security is at stake. The same is true for your own personal and financial information transmitted by phone or over the internet.

The work of hackers is surely not going to be easy any more, with the invention of laser security system.

Two Israeli scientists have made use of existing fibre optic and computer technology. It is found that by transmitting binary lock-and-key information in the form of light pulses, the device ensures that only the sender and receiver, and absolutely nobody else can unlock a key.

The data can reach over 3,000 miles without any serious parts of the signal being lost.It is done by transmitting the signal in a binary code (the key bearer) in the form of 1s and 0s, but using light and lasers instead of numbers.

For further information click here.

Sidewinder: A New Watch Phone

If you fancy wearing a stylish watch and have a deep interest in mobiles, then why don`t you go for a wristphone?

Sidewinder is one such phone that you could wear on your wrists.

According to the designer, Susan Cho, the watch phone has several menus and a number of tools such as media player, GPS, maps and other features that can be found on todays smartphones. A full search crawl allows you to index all of your data with a handwritten input. In addition, the Sidewinder makes use of multi-touch technology providing a big user interface.

It seems that Sidewinder will require at least a couple of more years, when nanotechnology gets more mature, in order to revise all this smartphone into a tiny watch.