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Apurva is a tech enthusiast, works at ClassMatrix , cycles on her Firefox Cyclone, and runs a newsletter at Techknots . Follow her on Twitter

Google To offer Information Service in Delhi Metro

Google India and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation have announced that complete information on Delhi metro schedules and routes will be offered to commuters through "Google Transit".

In line with Delhi Metro’s vision for a people-centred public transport system, we have launched several initiatives to help commutersbetter manage their travel time, transfers, and make more informed transport decisions. The collaboration with Google is another step in this direction to make it even easier for the public to plan their trips with transit information on Google Maps, said Mr. E Sreedharan, Managing Director, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation.

Manik Gupta, Product Manager, Google Maps & Local said, Google India said, Google Transit’s goal is to make public transport information easily accessible and useful. With just a click on a station, commuters can get information showing timings, stations, passing lines, frequency of service etc. As Delhi Metro becomes the favoured public transportation for thousands of commuters every day, it would benefit by attracting new commuters and helping existing commuters to discover new routes. All this will be available on desktops as well as mobiles to make it easier for the commuters.

Of course, the service will be provided free of cost. Google also has similar tie-ups with Chennai MRTS, Kolkata Metro, Hyderabad Metro transit services to commuters in Chennai, Kolkata and Hyderabad respectively. We also hope Google comes up with this service as and when Mumbai Metro is up and running.

Airtel launches Unlimited SMS Pack

In an attempt to cope up with the competition, Airtel has launched unlimited SMS pack its prepaid and postpaid subscribers. Although, Airtel promotes it as unlimited SMS package, it truly isn’t unlimited and entrusts FUP of 500-700 SMS/day. I doubt if anyone sane enough would send that many SMS though.

Plan Details:

Voucher: Monthly rental of 95-99 INR per month. Check here for your circle. To activate the pack, SMS UNLIMITED to 121.
Validy: 30 days
Benefits: 500-700 SMS free everyday (almost unlimited)
Circle: India

You can earn free talk time by sending us tips which we will publish here, read more about how you can earn free talktime at Techie Buzz. The free talktime would be credited within a time period of 10 days after your tip has been published.

Skype For Symbian^1 Launched

Skype, after the launch of its Symbian Client for S60v5 devices, has now launched its client for all of its Symbian^1 devices. However, the major drawback of the Symbian client is that is works only on 3G and WiFi.

Features of Skype for Symbian:

  • make free Skype-to-Skype calls to other Skype users anywhere in the world
  • save money on calls and texts with our low rates
  • send and receive instant messages to and from individuals or groups
  • share pictures, videos and other files
  • receive calls to your online number
  • see when Skype contacts are online and available to call or IM
  • easily import names and numbers from the phone’s address book

Symbian Devices that it works with:

Nokia N97, Nokia N97 mini, Nokia X6, Nokia 5800 XpressMusic and Nokia 5530 and the following non-touch devices: Nokia E72, Nokia E71, Nokia E90, Nokia E63, Nokia E66, Nokia E51, Nokia N96, Nokia N95, Nokia N95 8Gb, Nokia N85, Nokia N82, Nokia N81, Nokia N81 8 Gb, Nokia N79, Nokia N78, Nokia 6220 classic, Nokia 6210 Navigator, Nokia 5320.

Download Skype for Symbian

Nimbuzz Java Client Now Touch Screen Optimized

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There aren’t many IM clients for  available for touch screen Java based phones. So you got phone like Samsung Jet or any other Java based touch screen phone, you are in a soup. I mean, really iPhone, Blackberry, Symbian and Android users are spoiled for choice in such cases.

Well, Nimbuzz has recently released an update for its java client and one of the major update includes support for touch screen phones. The new version brings kinetic scrolling and bigger touch areas to Samsung and LG touch screen mobiles.  We also listened to your requests and now we support:  LG Prada, LGVX9100,  LG Voyager,  LG Vu,  Samsung SPH-M540,  Samsung Star and Samsung Jet.

You can download Nimbuzz From here.

Nokia Music Now DRM Free

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Just after Nokia announced that it will be rebranding its Nokia Music store to OVI Music, Nokia has now announced that it will be now rolling out DRM free music. What does this mean? This means that, you can now play your favorite MP3’s from anywhere — from PC to any MP3 player.

Unfortunately, Nokia’s comes with music’ isn’t DRM free yet. That means if you bought handset like Nokia 5800 Comes with Music and download from the millions of track available, you won’t be able to transfer it to any other handset or PC. However, did you know that OVI store now serves up to 1.5m downloads a day? With Nokia announcing its rebranding and rolling out of DRM free music, that number is just about to climb the Everest.

Nokia To Launch Nuron On T-Mobile

Nokia announced that it will launch Nokia 5230 Nuron on the T-Mobile network with free navigation software. Nokia 5230 Nuron is a touch screen Symbian based device and will be one of the first Smartphones with completely free mapping technology that lets users find directions, pinpoint their location and explore new restaurants, landmarks, concerts and more with guides from Lonely Planet.

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Nokia 5230 Nuron Features

  • 3.2-inch touchscreen display (640 x 360 nHD resolution)
  • Up to 16.7 million colors
  • Dual band 900/2100 WCDMA and 850/1900 WCDMA
  • GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
  • microSD memory card slot; supports up to 16 GB
  • 70 MB internal memory
  • On-screen keyboard
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • Micro-USB connector
  • USB 2.0 high speed port
  • 3.5 mm Nokia AV connector
  • 2-megapixel built-in video camera with 3x digital zoom (records at 640 x 480 pixels and up to 30 fps)
  • Supports IMAP, POP, SMTP e-mail protocols
  • MP3 player and FM radio
  • 3.5 mm stereo headphone plug

Nokia has determined to provide Smartphone experience for cheap and with goodies like free turn-by-turn navigation solution in the hope to gain its stature in the US market. Apart from mobiles like Nokia E71 none of Nokia’s handset had made any impression in the US market partly due to its refusal to tie up with any network. It looks like it has now decided to do the right — tie up with networks to provide handsets.

HootSuite Releases An Android and iPhone App

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Back in December, HootSuite announced it first iPhone app. Today, HootSuite has added more apps to its mobile section Android (pro and lite) and iPhone (lite). The pro version of HootSuite for Android which is priced at $1.99 features:

  • Multi Account Support
  • Custom views for tags and searches
  • Trending Topics significance
  • Scheduling Tweets
  • List Support with ability to add followers to it
  • Background Notifications
  • Photo Sharing
  • URLs Shortening using its custom Ow.ly URL
  • complete sync between the web and mobile version

While HootSuite Lite version for Android and iPhone supports only 3 twitter account and is completely free of cost.

Download Hoot Suite for Android (Pro and Lite versions)
Download Hoot Suite for iPhone Lite (iTunes Link)

Mi-Fone Introduces 4 Phones In India

Africa based Mobile company, Mi-Fone, recently announced that it will be entering the Indian market soon, and it did with a bang. Mi-Fone introduced not one, not two but four phones in the Indian Market. With the target audience being youngsters, the phones range between 3000-5000 INR.

Mi-5QS:

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Mi-5QS is a Dual SIM QWERTY handset with a 2.2″ LCD Colour Screen Display. It features a Mi-Q (voice/SMS), Mi-Q1 GPRS with VGA Camera, Mi-Q5S and MI-APPSwhich offers a Blackberry experienceto the mass market by including Push email and Messenger etc. The handset has a talktime of 5hrs with standby time of 360hrs and is priced at Rs 3220 approx.

Mi-338

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Mi-338 is a touch screen device a 2.4″ LCD display with a resolution of 240*320. Other features include an Analog TV,VGA Camera, MP3 and video capability as well as support for SMS, MMS, GPRS, WAP and a shake sensor. The device sports 3hrs talktime with 200 hrs standby time. It is priced at Rs.4370 approx.

Mi-350a

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Mi-350a is also a touch screen dual SIM device. One of its special features being double battery which gives a talktime of10hrs and 720hrs standby time. The device has a 2.4″ LCD Display with a resolution of 240*320, Bluetooth, VGA Camera, Video Player, FM radio, MP3 Player and support for GRPS/WAP/MMS. It is priced at 4600 INR.

Mi-2010

Mi-Fone-2010

Mi-2010 is a low cost Dual Sim handset which features a 1.8″ LCD Color Display with VGA Camera, MP3 player, FM radio with support for GPRS, WAP, MMS and is priced at Rs 3000 approx.

While the devices are targeted towards the youngsters the design isn’t. The device design looks like a cheap copy of LG and Nokia devices.

Nokia C5 Debuts

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Nokia had made clear that it would categorize its phone in E,N,X and C series. While the first three series are already out, today a C series phone debuted in the market Nokia C5.

Nokia C5 runs on Symbian S60 3rd Edition with  a built-in Nokia messaging and social networking features. Apart from that other features include Free walk and drive Ovi Maps navigation, Easy Access Contact Bar on the homescreen, Sterio FM, 3.5mm audio jack and comes with 2GB MicroSD card (expandable up to 16GB). Nokia C5 comes with 12hrs of Battery Life with 26 days Standby time and is available in two colors White and Warm Grey.

Nokia C5 will be available in the Q2 2010 globally i.e. Europe, Eurasia, SEAP, China and MEA and will retail at €135 (approx $183)

Fring Now Supports Video Call on Symbain 9.3 Devices

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Last week Fring released a Video Calls support for all the Symbian OS 9.2 Devices and Fring hasn’t stopped it there. Fring has now extended its support for Symbian 9.3 devices. This means, now you can make video call to your friends on Fring and Skype for free, from your Nokia e72 & E75 (and all other Symbian 9.3). And that’s not all! Fring’s official blog post mentions more improvements in coming week. Maybe Jabber support with video call? Or Maybe Symbian address phonebook backup/restore?

The newest  version contains some quality improvements, bug fixes and better connectivity in some specific scenarios so we highly recommend that you get the latest and greatest version, as well. You can download Fring for Symbian 9.3 from here.