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Rajesh is a 19 year old nerd, currently pursuing B.Com Hons from Bhawanipore college in Kolkata, India. He loves everything tech, especially Android. You can follow him on twitter @ePandu or mail to him at [email protected]

250Gb HDD for Microsoft Xbox 360 Now Available In US

Microsoft has finally started offering a standalone 250Gb hard disk for its popular gaming console Xbox 360, in the US. Earlier the 250Gb HDD was available as a bundle with the console in North America. All this is soon going to change though. An advertisement came up on Xbox 360 dashboard with the tagline Make More Room for Entertainmentsaying that users can now purchase a 250Gb HDD for their consoles.

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Microsoft had earlier announced that it won’t be selling a standalone 250Gb hard disk for Xbox 360. The 250Gb hard disk was earlier available as a part of various Xbox 360 gaming bundles including that of Call Of Duty : Modern Warfare 2, and Final Fantasy XIII. Earlier, the 120Gb hard disk for Xbox 360 used to sell at the same price point, so this is definitely not a bad deal.

The 120Gb hard disk will now sell at a revised price point of 99 US$. There was no word on the pricing of the hard drive, but Amazon.com lists the product at a price of 130 US$.

SanDisk To Launch 32Gb microSD Cards

Currently, 16Gb of storage space might be enough for many people on their cellphones and other gadgets. SanDisk thinks otherwise – they are soon going to launch microSD cards with 32Gb capacity. It is believed that SanDisk willsandisk_logo-b release the 32Gb cards in the market by next month. If it does happen, SanDisk will become the first manufacturer to sell 32Gb microSD cards on the market. Samsung had also announced in January this year, that it will be producing 32Gb microSD cards soon.

Right now, only a few phones in the market offer a mammoth 32Gb storage capacity – Nokia N97 and Apple iPhone 3GS – being a couple of them. With mobiles phones more or less becoming capable of playing HD videos, the storage needs of people will automatically increase with time. The maximum supported capacity by SDHC format is 32gb.

After 32gigs, microSD card manufacturers will need to shift to SDXC (Secure Digital eXtended Capacity) format to release cards with much higher capacities. There are hardly any consumer gadgets on the market right now which support SDXC format. Purchasing a 32gig microSD card will set you back by around 200 US$. For some paying 200 US$ for a 32gig card might be ridiculous now as prices will definitely go down in the future.

Sony Announces Two New Cybershot Cameras

Today, Sony announced 2 new Cybershot cameras The TX5 and The H55. The H55 Cybershot camera from Sony has a 14 megapixel, 25-250mm lens with 10x zoom capability. It is also able to record videos at 720p, but the sound quality will be mono. The camera has a 3 inch LCD to view your clicked pictures and videos.TX5_06_001

The more capable sibling of the H55 is the TX5. The TX5 is exactly opposite to H55 and is less than an inch thick. According to Sony, the TX5 is the thinnest waterproof camera in the world. The cam is water proof in up to 10 feet of water, and can also survive drops of up to 5 feet. The TX5 features a 10.2 megapixel lens, with a 3inch touch screen. Like its sibling H55, the TX5 will also be able to record videos in 720p resolution.

The H55 and TX5 cameras features Sony’s Sweep Panorama mode along with Active Mode. The former assists you in taking Panorama images by stiching up to 100 images together. The latter helps in shooting smooth videos when walking or running. Sony’s Smile Shutter and Face Detection technologies are also present. Both the H55 and TX5 support SDHC and Sony’s proprietary Memory Stick card formats.

The H55 and TX5 Cybershot cameras will hit the stores in April, this year and will cost 250$ and 350$, respectively.

HTC Announces The HTC Legend And HTC Desire

The HTC press conference just got over, and the company definitely lived up to its tagline of Quietly Brilliant. The company has launched 2 new Android based handsets namely HTC Desire and HTC Legend. The HTC Legend is the successor of the highly popular HTC Hero.

The phone is made up of a single block of aluminum. The phone runs on Android 2.1, and uses an updated version of Sense UI. The phone has a 3.2 inch AMOLED Capacitive touch screen, along with an optical trackpad. The phone also features a Qualcomm MSM7227 600Mhz Processor. The phone has 384MB of RAM and 512Mb of ROM. The usual Wi-Fi, GPS and a 5mp camera, are all present.

According to Drew “Legend is one continuous smooth surface. It’s machined out of single block of aluminum. You could say it’s carved. The body is the frame, the frame is the body. Legend is extremely solid.”

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The HTC Desire (formerly Bravo) is similar to Google Nexus One. It features a 3.7 inch AMOLED Capacitive touchscreen of HVGA resolution, along with an optical trackpad. The HTC Legend has 576Mb of RAM, and 512Mb of ROM. Like the Legend, the HTC Desire also runs on Android 2.1 and uses the latest version of Sense UI. The web browser has pinch to zoom, and text reflow to fix the given text on the screen. HTC Desire will be the first phone on the market with Flash 10.1 support out of the box. HTC Desire, like HTC Legend has a 5mp camera with a LED Flash along with the usual Wi-Fi, and GPS. The Legend also features a Digital Compass.

Both, the HTC Legend and HTC Desire will be available in April 2010.

Apple iPad – How It Stands As A Gaming Device

The Apple iPad bridges the gap between the iPod Touch/iPhone and Apples’ Macbook lineup. The iPad has a 9.7′ inch multi-touch LED display. Apple has itself manufactured the processor of the iPad. The processor of the iPad runs at 1Ghz and is known as the A4. Along with the use of this processor and some software tweaks, Apple has managed to make the iPad a great little gaming device. To make most of the current games compatible with the iPad, Apple has used two notable software tweaks here. Scotts said to make the application and games compatible with the iPad, they approached the do it with pixel for pixel accuracy in a black box, or we can pixel-double and run them in full-screen.

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Since the iPad also features an in built accelerometer, gaming on it is an absolute pleasure. Gaming on the iPod Touch/iPhone was already a pleasure. The iPad has taken the pleasure of gaming to the next level. The iPad in fact feels like a bigger version of the iPod Touch/iPhone. During the event, EA demonstrated Need For Shift on the iPad and the graphics looked pretty slick. The game did run a bit sluggish though. Since the game was developed in only under 2 weeks, it could not be properly optimized for the iPad.

The use of the inbuilt Accelerometer, along with the large 9.7inch multi-touch screen is definitely going to make way for games with awesome game play. The Need For Speed demo depicted this, when users need to double tap on the mirror on the screen to look back.Apple also released a new version of the SDK which includes new tools for the iPad. Developers will soon make use of these tools, to make some addictive games for the iPad.

Aside from being a great device for reading eBooks, and browsing the web on the go the Apple iPad is also a great gaming device.

iPad Details and Specifications – All You Want To Know About the Apple Tablet

So the bigApple event is finally over! The rumors were spot on, with Apple launching the iPad. The Apple iPad is a touch screen tablet based device, as the rumors suggested. The device is only 0.5 inches thick, and has a 9.7 inch multi-touch IPS panel LED screen.The resolution of the screen is 1024*768 at 132 pixels per inch. Rumors suggested that Apple will be naming the device either iSlate/iTablet or the iPad, and in the end iPadwon.

The iPad uses a 1Ghz A4 Processor, which has been made by Apple itself. The iPad has all the usual sensors found in most of the devices today like the Compass, Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer etcetera. The iPad also has Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, along with Wi-Fi (a/b/g/n). There is also going to be a WiFi + 3G model of the iPad. The iPad also has built-in speakers along with microphone and 3.5mm audio jack. It will also have TV-Out along with support for multiple languages. apple-tablet-keynote_190

The iPad will only be having a 30 pin connector to sync it via USB to a Mac computer. The device will not have USB ports, SD Card reader or an inbuilt camera. The iPad can be synced using iTunes, just like iPod Touch/iPhone. The battery life of the iPad is quite impressive at 10hours, with the standby time being a whooping 30days. The iPad will be available in storage capacities of 16Gb, 32Gb and 64Gb. The price of the base model of the iPad is 499$, while the 32Gb model costs 599$. Users need to shell out another 130$ for the 3G Wi-Fi model.

The iPad runs on a new OS which is more of an advanced version of the iPhone OS. The UI of the OS is quite different from that of the iPhone OS or Snow Leopard. All the existing and future applications on the app store will work like a charm on the iPad. Apple also released a new SDK today with special tools for the iPad. Steve Jobs also announced a new version of the iWork, developed specifically for the iPad. The new version of the iWork was under development for more than a year.

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Apple also launched a new store called the iBook Store. The iBook store along with the iBook application, makes for a perfect ebook reader. The Amazon Kindle has got some tough competition in the form of the iPad now. Looking at the specifications, features and pricing of the iPad, the device bridges the gap between Apple iPod Touch/iPhone and Macbook Pro line-up. The lack of USB ports here is a serious deal breaker. Apple this time though has priced the iPad at a very competitive price.

Overall, if the iPad does not have niggling issues most first generation of Apple products have, the iPad will be a terrific entertainment device. The Wi-Fi models of the iPad will start shipping from late March, while the 3G models will ship from the month of April.

Here is a link to the official website of the iPad.

Live Coverage of Apple Event

Its here! Its finally here! The Apple event is finally going to begin in less than half an hour now. All the gadget freaks must be eagerly awaiting the launch of a new revolutionaryproduct from Apple. In the past, all the products from Apple have changed the whole technology industry. Even after 3 years of the launch of iPhone, all the major phone companies have been unable to come up with an iPhone killer. The rumors suggest Apple launching a tablet based touch screen device. The Apple iTablet device has been hogging all the limelight in all the popular tech blogs for nearly the whole of the month of January. Looking at the leaked screenshots of the iPad/iTablet, iPhone OS 4.0, everyone can be sure that Apple won’t be letting us down today.

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Readers can read our article on the round-up of all the rumors around the Apple iTablet/iPad. It will be interesting to see whether all these rumors turn out to be true or not. Earlier today, we posted pictures of the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco, where the Apple event will be held. Things looked calm in the morning, but by now there must be a huge hurdle of news reporters outside the Center. The effect of the event can already be seen on Twitter. 4 out of the top 10 trends in Twitter this morning were regarding the Apple event only. Twitter is also working slow right now, so the impact of the event can be clearly felt now.

Techie-Buzz will be covering the event live, so readers can check back this post for live updates about the event.

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9:58 AM: The event will start is just a couple of minutes now.10:00 AM: The event has started!

10:01 AM: Steve Jobs enters *applauds*

10:10 AM: Steve Jobs wishes everyone a good morning and gives a small introduction about Apple and its background.

10:11 AM: Ladies and gentlemen! The rumors have turned out to be true! It is the iPad! A touchscreen tablet based device for browsing the web on the go.

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10:12 AM: Steve Jobs now explaining all the features of the iPad one by one.

10:20 AM: The homescreen of the iPad can be extensively customized. Steve says that typing emails thanks to the large on-screen keyboard is an awesome experience. It’s a dream to type on.Steve Jobs.

10:30 AM: The UI of the iPad is quite different from that of the iPhone and OS X. It features a 9.7inch IPS display. There is a Two-pane view for Email, along with Photo Scrubber bar with Fast, Smooth Transitions

10:35AM: The iPad runs on a custom Apple 1Ghz A4 Chip. It features all the usual Compass, Accelerometer sensors. Also onboard is 802.11n Wi-Fi chipset. The device has got a staggering battery life of 10 hours and a standby battery life of 30 days!

10:40 AM: Steve demoed few games on the iPad. They looked beautiful, but were a bit sluggish. The developers only got 2 weeks of time to create something for the iPad so I guess the game is still not polished. Also there is a native newspaper reading app which captures the essence of a newspaper, but it’s so much more.There is also inline video clips for Newspaper applications.

10:45 AM: Steve now demonstrating an art browser and painting application for the iPad named Brushes.

10:47 AM: Now Steve is demonstrating Need For Shift for the iPad by Electronic Arts.

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10:48 AM: The game is both touch and motion controlled. Users need to tap the mirror on the screen to look behind.

10:50 AM: The Amazon Kindle has some competition here. Steve introduces a new application for the iPad called iBooks. There is also an online book store to go along with it. Users can directly purchase ebooks from the iBook store, and start reading them on your iPad.

10:56 AM: Steve demos the iBook store along with the iBook application. Tap left or right to change pages or just drag the page. Neat! There is also an iWorkfor the iPad. Good Job Steve!

10:59 AM: The whole of the UI of iWork has been reworked for the iPad. Steve is now demoing iWork for the iPad. First up is Keynote.

11:01 AM: Phill shows off a demo of how Keynote works on the iPad version of the iWork.

11:03 AM: Oops! Apple stock value is down by nearly 2%.

11:04 AM: Phill is now showing Numbers on the iWork by doing some typical speard sheet tasks.

11:06 AM: So what are we going to charge for applications like this? We’re gong to charge just $9.99 each.9.99$ for keynotes, Numbers etcetera.

11:08 AM: Steve’s back! The iPad syncs over USB just like an iPod Touch/iPhone via iTunes. Here sync includes everything from your Music, Movies, Photos to Calendar and Applications.

11:10 AM: There will be few models of the iPad with 3G modems built-in.

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11:15AM: 14.99$ per month with a data limit of up to 250MB is great for casual use. There is also an unlimited plan for 29.99$. AT&T is again the network provider here. AT&T is also providing access to free Wi-Fi hotspots. Good move here considering the poor 3G network of AT&T.

11:17 AM: Steve then gives a small review of the iPad and gives a quick rundown of all its features. Then he announces the pricing of the iPad. The prices of the iPad starts from only 499$ for the base model with 16GB on board storage. The 32Gb will set you back by another 100$. The 3G models cost an additional 130$.

11:20 AM: There are some accessories for the iPad as well. First up is a Keyboard Dockaccessory. The size of the keyboard is roughly the same as that of a Laptop.

11:25 AM: A video being shown of the iPad. Pretty impressive I must say!

11:27 AM: There is only a 30 pin connector on the iPad. No USB port, no SD card slot, no Camera. Disappointing!

11:31 AM: Time for a another video We think we’ve got the goods. We think we’ve done it. Another thing we’re excited about is that there’s already 75m people who know how to use this because of how many iPhones and iPod touches we’ve shipped.

11:33 AM: This is a magical device, at a breakthrough price. We’ve always tried to be at the intersection of technology and liberal arts — we want to make the best tech, but have them be intuitive. It’s the combination of these two things that have let us make the iPad.

11:34 AM: Apple’s the one place we can do this: we built battery tech, chip tech, software — we bring all those things together in a way no one else can do.As the video ends, Steve comes back on stage.

11:36 AM: The official site for iPad is now up! There are also some videos of the iPad on the site. Check it out!

That’s it folks! The event has ended.

Motorola Droid Processor Overclocked To 1.1Ghz

Motorola Droid is one of the most popular Android phones in the market right now. The phone runs on Android v2.0. The phone features a 600mhz ARM A8 Cortex processor along with 256Mb of RAM. Even though the Droid features a 600Mhz processor, Motorola have underclocked the processor to run at 500Mhz.

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Droid has also been selling in very well numbers. Verizon reportedly sold 1.1million Droids in the last quarter. Due to its popularity, Droid has become a favorite among the modding community. A lot of custom ROMs are available for Droid. These custom ROMs added many new features to the phone, increase the amount of free RAM etcetera. Now a modder with the username tasmanian_droid over at the AllDroid forums has been successful in overclocking the processor of his Droid to 1.1Ghz. After its overclocked speed of 1.1Ghz, the speed of the Droid processor is more than the default speed of the Nexus One 1Ghz Snapdragon processor.

The modder (tasmanian_droid) also posted benchmarks of the overclocked processor on the forums. He benchmarked the processor after overclocking it to a speed of 900Mhz, 990Mhz, 1Ghz and 1.1Ghz. The results of the benchmarks are as follows –

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    7.646 Mflops/s on linpack
    3054 on BenchmarkPi
  • 990MHz
    8.367 Mflops/s on linpack
    2695 on BenchmarkPi
  • 1GHz
    8.498 Mflops/s on linpack
    2661 on BenchmarkPi
  • 1.1GHz
    9.254 Mflops/s on linpack
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Currently the Droid processor is stable at an overclocked speed of 850Mhz, 350Mhz up from its stock speed. Currently the 1Ghz overclock works on Droid phones running on the Sholes ROM. The steps for overclocking the Droid along with all the required files can be found here.

Keep in mind that Overclocking the processor of the phone, will increase the battery consumption. It may also decrease the life of the processor. It can also lead to an increase in the working temperatures of the phone.

Apple iPad/iTablet Rumors Roundup

The Apple Come See Our Latest Creationevent is drawing close. Less than 24 hours are left for the event to start. The rumors of Apple launching a major device, has already been confirmed by Steve Jobs himself. If rumors are to be believed the major device is the iSlate or the iPad or whatever Apple decides to call it in the end. The whole month of January was buzzing with rumors of the iSlate/iPad/iTablet from Apple. Even with so many rumors and leaks, the name of the device has still not been confirmed. Kudos to Apple, who have successfully managed to keep the wraps on the hottest topic of the Internet right now.

Readers might not have forgotten what happened to Google Nexus One? Before the Nexus One event, Google miserably failed to keep the Nexus One under wraps and nearly all the information about the device got leaked. Thus, the event from Google turned out to be nothing more than a boringand official announcement of the Nexus One from Google.

Here we try to look at the obvious questions about the iSlate/iTablet and see what we can infer from the rumors.

What would be its dimensions? What would it look like?

Rumors and leaked pictures of the iPad/iTablet suggest that the device will be quite thin and portable. The device will have a screen size of 10 inches with the touch panels being supplied by Innolux. The leaked pictures of the device show a sleek looking device made of Aluminum, which is trademark Apple style now.

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The above picture was posted on TechCrunch, by Curtnis, who said he got hold of the pictures from his friend who works for Apple. Earlier today, we posted a leaked commercial of the iTablet as well.

What would be its specifications? What Would It Run?

Earlier the rumors suggested that the Apple iPad/iTablet will be using the popular Intel Atom processor. Soon another rumor popped up that the iPad/iTablet will be using processors manufactured by P A Semi. Apple had acquired P A Semi 2 years ago. Then again a leaked image stated that the Apple iPad/iTablet will be using a 2.26Ghz low voltage Intel Core 2 Duo Processor.

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Whatever the rumors suggest, I can conclude that Apple won’t be using the Intel atom processor in their iTablet device. The Intel Atom processor is too weak for multi-tasking. Apple definitely won’t be equipping their iTablet with underpowered hardware.

Like the hardware, what the iTablet will run on is also not known. Rumors either a lighter version of OS X or a new version of the iPhone OS (v4.0). We had earlier posted some leaked screenshots of the iPhone OS v4.0 here.

What will be its primary target? What will it be priced at?

The size of the iTablet along with its features, gives me a feeling that the device will be primarily targeted towards entertainment. Browsing the web, watching pictures, movies is what the iTablet is supposedly going to excel at. Also since its a so called tabletdevice, taking notes on the go must not be too troublesome either.

The iTablet like all other Apple devices, will of course come at a premium. Rumors suggest that the iTablet can be priced at a range of 600-1000$. My estimation is that the device will be priced within a range of 800$ to 1200$.

Less than 24 hours are left for the Apple event to begin. It will be interesting to see whether Apple launches a iPad/iTablet kind of device or not. They might just launch a new iPhone 4G and announce the new OS 4.0 for iPhone. You never know!

Apple Tablet Leaked Screenshot and Videos

The Apple event is drawing closer and with it, the rumors surrounding the possible launch of the “iPad”. Apple is supposedly going to launch a touch screen based tablet device at the event, which is being held tomorrow in San Francisco. The touchscreen based tablet device was earlier known as the “iSlate”, but is now being referred to as the “iPad”.

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Now fueling the rumors of the iPad, before the event are some leaked pictures of the iPad/iSlate/iWhatever. TechCrunch somehow have managed to get their hands on a couple of nice pictures of the upcoming device. Dustim Curtnis , the UI designer, uploaded these pictures on his posterous. He received these pictures from his friend who is working at Apple. From the picture, it seems that the iPad is more of an entertainment device. The size of the device gives me a feeling that the primary use of the device shall be browsing the web and watching movies. The device is also believed to be running the iPhone OS 4.0, and not Snow Leopard. We had earlier posted some leaked screenshots of the iPhone OS 4.0 as well.

A 36 second commercial of the iPad has also been leaked on Youtube. The video can be a fake one though. The commercial states that the iPad has supposedly been under development since the last 10 years. It also states the iPad will bring a “Revolution in personal computing”.

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Watch Apple Event Live Online on January 27th

The Apple event is going to be held at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco. The event is scheduled to start from 10:00AM PT (-8 UTC). Like always, many of the popular blogs will be covering the event live.

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Techie Buzz will also be covering the event live, so visit us to keep tabs on all the latest happenings from the Apple Event. The expectations are, as usual, high from an Apple Event. Rumors suggest Apple launching a new touchscreen tablet based device and/or OS 4.0 for iPhone. It is also believed that Apple may also launch OS X 10.7. Read our earlier post to know all you want to know about the Apple Event.

We will update this post, once links streaming the Apple event live becomes available. Until then, readers can check out our Apple iSlate related posts to know more about the device.

New Ovi Maps for Nokia N97 Coming Next Week With Firmware Update

Nokia today released a new version of Ovi Maps with improved UI and various new features at their bigOvi event.They have also started offering free turn-by-turn navigation, and voice based guidance for Ovi Maps, across 74 countries and in more than 40 languages. As we reported earlier, right now the free turn-by-turn navigation is available for 10 of the most popular Nokia devices with GPS including the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, N97 Mini, Nokia E72 and the recently launched Nokia X6. As you can see the Nokia N97 is not included in the list.

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This news certainly made the owners of Nokia N97 angry. Many press reporters present at the Ovi event today, even asked Nokia about the lack of support for Nokia N97 by the new version of Ovi Maps. Nokia said that installing the new version of Ovi Maps required atleast 20Mb of free space in the C: drive, which the N97 lacks. So Nokia will soon release a new firmware for N97, with the new version of Ovi Maps integrated. The firmware update is supposed to come out on 28th of January.

The new version of Ovi Maps has an improved and more polished UI, and even allows sharing your current location with your friends on Facebook. The new version will also support offline browsing, so users can load the map data on their phone, and use the GPS of their phone without any data connection. This feature makes Nokia Ovi Maps more cost efficient than Google Maps.

Nokia Ovi Maps Now Offers Free Turn By Turn Navigation

Nokia has until date sold more than 70 million handsets equipped with GPS chipset. Nokia bundles Ovi Maps with all their latest devices for GPS navigation. Until today Nokia used to offer turn by turn navigation in Ovi Maps for a small charge, which today Nokia has made free for selected devices. The devices included in that list are Nokia N97 Mini, Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, Nokia 5800 Navigation Edition, Nokia E52, Nokia E55, Nokia E72, Nokia 5230, Nokia 6710 Navigator, Nokia 6730   classic and Nokia X6.

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Many of you must have gone through that list again, since you don’t see the current top of the line Nokia N97 in the above list. Yes, Nokia has not made navigation free for N97, which is currently their top of the line handset. All those people who paid 500$-700$ for Nokia N97 have definitely not been treated like a royalowners of a royaldevice by Nokia here. Nokia will be offering free turn-by-turn navigation in 74 countries and in more than 40 languages. Compared to this, Google Maps only offers free turn-by-turn navigation in US.

It will be interesting to see whether Nokia offers free turn-by-turn navigation for Nokia N97 soon or not. There is also an event scheduled by Nokia today, where they will be announcing something bigregarding Ovi. My guess is that Nokia will be releasing a version of Ovi Suite which run on Mac Operating System.

Edit: So it seems that Nokia N97 will be getting the new version of Ovi Maps and free turn-by-turn navigation with a new firmware upgrade. Since the new version of Ovi Maps requires atleast 20MB of free space on the internal memory – which the N97 lacks, Nokia decided to integrate it into the upcoming firmware update.

Apple To Launch A Touchscreen Based iMac!!?!?

It seems that Apple will be launching a 22iMac with touch screen sometime this year, a Chinese newspaper Commercial Times stated. Looks like the year 2010 will see the launch of many touchbased devices from Apple. Already rumors of Apple launching a touch-screen tablet based device at their upcoming event to be held on 26th Jan in San Francisco, is at its peak.

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The Chinese newspaper also stated that Apple has outsourced the production of the 22iMac with touchscreen to a company called Quanta, while the touchscreen panel will be supplied by a Taiwan based company called Sintek Photronic. Currently the iMac line-up has 2 models – one with a 21.5screen and the other one with a 27screen. Nothing can be taken for granted right now, as Apple has not officially confirmed anything. In fact, Apple has not even confirmed the Apple event to be held on 26th January, but Fox Times confirmed it, earlier this month. These rumors have definitely been helping Apple a lot as the prices of its shares have been rising with each passing day.

It will be interesting to see whether these rumors around touchbased gadgets from Apple turn out to be true, or not.

New Firmware Update For Nokia N86 Available

Nokia, last night, finally released a new firmware update for its current camera flagship phone Nokia N86. The firmware update is numbered v21.006. Users can update the firmware of the phone via FOTA(Over The Air) or via Nokianokia-n86-8mp Software Updater (NSU). Nokia N86 is currently the top of the line imaging device in Nokia’s line-up. The phone has a 8MP camera with dual LED-Flash.

The last firmware update for Nokia N86 (v20), bought in face detection for the camera and few other new features. This new firmware update is basically a maintenance release and it looks to fix the numerous bugs with the current firmware. Users can easily update the firmware of the phone by entering *#0000# and then selecting the option of Check For New Updates. Since Nokia N86 supports UDP (User Data Preservation), users can update the firmware via FOTA, and they don’t need to worry about losing any of their contacts or messages. Users who have updated the phone to the latest firmware, don’t report any major performance improvement. Typical of Nokia, no official changelog is available for this firmware udpate until now.

I will update the firmware on my Nokia N86 tonight and let you guys know if there is any new feature or has most of the major bugs been resolved or not.