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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

Skype Drops its Support For Windows Mobile

Skype, the VOIP software maker, has withdrawn its support for Windows Mobile. Skype has pulled out both Skype Lite and Skype Mobile for   Windows Mobile from their site. This means, you cannot download the app from the Skype official site but if you already have it installed on your device it will seamlessly work.

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Skype for Windows Mobile did not always give the best possible consistent user experience and Skype has grown tired of supporting it. Instead, Skype wants to focus on delivering mind blowing app for the Windows Phone 7 Series. From the Skype blog we’ve decided to make a few changes to our lineup. Skype Lite and Skype for Windows Phones are no longer available for download. This isn’t a decision we’ve taken lightly, but the reason is simple. Neither of these apps offered a great Skype experience.

Apart from that, just last week Skype partnered with Verizon to offer free Skype to Skype unlimited calls. If Skype partners with more operators, it can completely eliminate the need for a mobile app. If you ask me, this is an indeed good move by Skype, only late. But we can understand the timing for completely kicking out the support for Skype for WinMo, when Microsoft itself is phasing out Windows Mobile and renaming it to Windows Phone Classic.

LG Announces Ice Cream KF 350 For Women’s Day

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Now that Women’s day is nearing, which comes on 8th of March, LG felt the need to commemorate the day by launching LG KF 350. The phone as guessed is pretty girlish, in fact too much girlish and is a flip phone.

LG KF 350 sports a 2.2″ QVGA, TFT display and an external LED display that displays time and various other notifications. It also sports various other features like 3MP Camera, QVGA video recording, FM Radio and a MP3 player. It possesses 25MB of internal memory which can be expanded by 2GB microSD card. It supports Bluetooth 2.1, microUSB, EDGE, Java etc.

The LG KF 350 is aptly priced at Rs 7949 and comes in 3 colors namely White-rosy, Blue and Pistachio.

Nokia To Bring OVI Maps to Android?

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In an interview with Austrian national newspaper Die Presse, Nokia’s general manager for the Alps and South East Europe, Greig Williams, when asked if Ovi Maps could come to Android or Windows Mobile, he simply replied That will be the next step.

From the reports, even though Smartphone sales jumped tremendously in the last quarter of 2009, Nokia’s handset shares in the market dropped by 2%. We guessed this made Nokia try out out of the box stuff. Just last month Nokia made OVI Maps turn by turn navigation free of cost. Now this seems a little odd. If Nokia wants to gain back its lost glory, how would they if they offer exclusive features to other OS. And even if Nokia plans to give away its first even seamlessly working client for free to Android and Windows Phone/Mobile, does it mean Nokia might get into Android/Windows Mobile phone business? Now that would be interesting.

Also, what about its other millions of OS (Meego and Maemo) they are simultaneously working on?

Intex Mobiles Introduces Triple SIM Phones

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Intex Mobiles have introduced first of its kind; triple SIM (GSM+GSM+CDMA) mobile devices IN 5030, in the Indian market. It comes with dual batteries for an extended talk time. It can maintain an active CDMA connection while you receive/make a call from GSM.

Features:

  • 2″  TFT Screen Display.
  • Mobile tracker, Auto Call recording, Indian Calendar and Torch Light.
  • Support for MP3 Ringtones
  • FM Radio, MP3 Player and MP4 Video Player.
  • Dual Speakers.
  • 1000 Phonebook capacity and 400 SMS capacity.
  • 1.3 MP Camera.
  • Support for Bluetooth with A2DP, MMS and WAP Services.

Priced at just 4,700 INR, it’s a steal for those who cannot maintain three mobile devices.

Nokia’s Explore and Share Technology Concept

Nokia’s brains at at the Helsinki branch of the Nokia Research Center introduced a new concept for sharing contents — Explore and Share.

Explore and share is based on radio technology, wherein you need to place your device on a writer’ which is connected to a separate touchscreen monitor. This new radio tech forms a short-range connection between the writer and the device, and doesn’t use any other radio networks the writer is immediately paired with and recognizes your handset, and instantly brings up relevant content that is available for it on the large touchscreen monitor. From here you simply tap to transfer the apps, music albums, games, apps, videos and other extras you fancy, direct to your phone in a flash. ^

In the video demoed below, an entire music album was transferred to the device within 10 seconds from the Nokia Music Store, which is quite amazing. Check out the video:

Finally Here Comes The 3G Auction

 

After what seemed like an endless delay, the Telecom ministry has finally resolved its issues with the defense ministry. Hurray! We had lost hopes so much that, we started speculating whether 4G would arrive before the launch of 3G.

The Department of Telecom (DoT) will issue Notice Inviting Applications (NIA) from the potential bidders by the end of this week. All pending issues have been resolved," said telecom minister A Raja.
Asked about the date for auction of spectrum, he said, "You can take 40-45 days from the date of issuing NIA." Going by this, the auction cannot be completed within the current financial year with only 36 days remaining. The law Ministry had earlier objected to a clause in the draft NIA that successful bidders may ask for compensation in case they were not allotted spectrum within stipulated time period. ^

Though it’s unclear of how many slots would be allocated in each circle, rumor is that state government will be allotting as much as four slots to new players, due to availability of excess spectrum.

MTNL Mumbai Introduces New Life Scheme For 3G Subscribers

Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL), Mumbai, has introduced a new life scheme for 3G services, offering local, STD at half paisa per second and video calls for one paisa per second.

Plan Details:

Voucher: Rs.101 (Rs.10 for 3G SIM KIT +91 for FTRC)
Validy: Lifetime
Benefits: free talk time of Rs.41 and local, STD at half paisa per second and video calls for one paisa per second.
Circle: Mumbai

Vodafone Launches Movie Booking Scheme

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Vodafone Essar has tied up with BookMyShow.com to to enables its mobile subscribers book movie tickets over the mobile medium through IVR or SMS channel. As an introductory offer, there will be no convenience fee till February 28, 2010. With this, M-shop service you can also make various bill payments, recharge any Vodafone prepaid connection, pay any Vodafone postpaid bill, recharge Dish TV or TATA Sky connection, shop for popular books, buy flowers, gifts and tickets using their Visa or MasterCard credit card.

Rajesh Dongre, Head Mobile Commerce, Vodafone Essar said, This initiative offers our customers the ease and convenience of booking their favourite movie tickets even as they are on the move. It is an innovative application of technology and the beauty of this service lies in its utility.

To avail this service, Vodafone subscribers need to call 53333 (toll free) or send SMS MSHOP to 53333 (no charge).

RaidSonic Announces Three USB 3.0 Drive Enclosures

RaidSonic has publicly announced its love for USB 3.0. In coming months RaidSonic will be launching three   new external HDD/SSD enclosures that make use of the ‘SuperSpeed USB’ standard.

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First being, the Icy Box IB-230StU3, a compact enclosure that makes for a portable and pocket-able solution that can hold a single 2.5 inch SATA HDD or SSD. It gets a healthy dose of brushed metal and aluminum overalls that keep it light and sturdy. It uses USB 3.0 and is backwards compatible with USB 2.0. It will ship next month for 27 EUR a piece. This one in the lot would be my personal  favorite for its brushed  metallic  looks.

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In April, RaidSonic will release the Icy Box IB-330StU3, a 3.5-inch enclosure which also has USB 3.0 connectivity. Its unique feature includes silicon inserts to minimize vibration and features a design enabling screw-less drive mounting. This one will cost 39 Euro.

The third in the batch includes the Icy Box IB-RD4320StU3-B desktop enclosure. It can hold two 3.5″ SATA drives with RAID 0, 1, 0+1, and JBOD support, and USB 3.0 interface to let you make use of the transfer speeds. The pricing and the release date of Icy Box IB-RD4320StU3-B is yet unknown.

Recycled Keyboard Purse For Geek-Chicks

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Hand bags and purses always make a fashion statement and if you want your statement to shout out that you are a Geek-Chick, you might want to take a look at the recycled keyboard purse. The recycled purse is eco-friendly and will give out right message of Go Green.

Recycled Keyboard Handbag:

  • Zippered handbag / purse with shoulder strap
  • Top Flap
  • Cotton-lined interior
  • Size: 9" x 6-1/2" (purse)
  • 365 black keys are used in each bag

This purse is available for $39.95 from netroma.