Iphone clone- sciphone

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Recently there have been a bunch of mobile companies coming with the Iphone clone, most of them Chinese. What caught my attention today, Sciphone i68+. It has all basic feature of Iphone. Touchscreen, similar display, JAVA et cetra.

And guess what, It has its own official forum too. Most appealing feature of this Iphone clone is users can actually upgrade the firmware, Just like anyother branded phones; Nokia, Iphone, sony ericsson. So you can enhance the features with the upgrades.

It comes in three version so far:

V1: Normal crappy, which tried to duplicate Iphone with nothing much to offer.

V2: Dunno the addtion of features in this version, though it got heard everywhere with this version.

V3: This version comes with movable Icons like in Iphone.

V4: Will they bring 3G in V4?

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PS: Visit their official forums to get the sciphone from authorized dealers. Yes AUTHORIZED DEALERS! but beware its a clone after all

Kindle 1.1 For Iphone Released

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Amazon updated it free Kindle app for Iphone, adding more features in the app that many demanded. Amazon’s Iphone kindle is a heaven for prolific readers who read mostly on their Iphone. The Iphone Kindle app is a stripped down version of the original Kindle app.

New features to Kindle:

  • A couple of new choices of text color. Version 1.0 just had a single option of black text with white background. The new options now available are-
  • White text on a black background.(Though i                         prefer  reading books on White background and black text, easy on eyes) & Sepia text on an off-white background
  • Kindle now allows readers to read in landscape mode, the feature which everyone wanted and is available on Stanza since ages. It, of course, also allows readers to read in portrait mode. They don’t want to degrade, you know.
  • Pinch to Zoom the images in the book.
  • Tap on either side of the screen or flick to turn pages. In Kindle 1.0 you had to drag your finger across the screen, exactly the way you do while reading a paper book. Though this gave similar experience of reading the paper book, but i am happy with the new method. A new experience.

With these new features and more than 240,000 Kindle-formatted books to select from, I am sure of better experience for the readers. The only point remains is, Kindle does not support huge collection of books from Project Gutenberg.

You can download the application for free from App store.

PS:You can’t loan Kindle books to another reader. You can’t sell them when you’re done reading them

Palm Pre To Hit Markets On June 6

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Palm Pre is ready to debut on June 6 under its initial exclusive carrier: the Sprint CDMA network in the United States. Palm Pre comes with mind blowing hardware and its new Operating system called Palm webOS.

Hardware:

Palm comes with 3.1-inch touchscreen, just like the Iphone. The sliding QWERT keyboard is slightly curvy and the Phone goes slightly smaller than Iphone when the keyboard closed. It comes with a nice 3.1 Mega Pixel camera with LED flash. Palm is the the first mobile phone to use Texas Instruments OMAP 3430 processor.

The Pre will be available in two versions:

  • EV-DO Rev. A and 802.11b/g, as well as Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR and A2DP
  • 3G GSM in place of EV-DO

The big turn off for me is, it doesn’t come with a microSD slot. That means memory is not expandable and will have to stick to the 8GB provided. On the sides, it has 3.5mm headphone jack along with volume up/down buttons and large speaker on the back side.   It comes with MicroUSB port which will let you charge phone/transfer files from your workplace.

Software:

Palm_webOS_Launcher Palm is implementing in its webOS, the           operating system it’s developed based on Linux.

webOS is designed for use with a touch screen-based graphical user interface. It includes a suite of applications for personal information management and makes use of a number of web technologies such as HTML 5, JavaScript, and CSS.

The OS supports multitasking and users will be able to perform more than one tasks at a time.

The Palm Pre will be available across the US on June 6 in Sprint stores, Best Buy, Radio Shack, select Wal-Mart stores and online for $199.99 with a two-year service agreement and after a $100 mail-in rebate.

Apple Asks Iphone Developers To Test Push Notifications

Apple has sent email to the Iphone developers to test features on Iphone 3.0. In a E-mail forwarded to few of the developers, Apple wants to test its push-notification technology, which allows apps to receive updates.

In the email Apple asks the developers to download the pre-release version of the Associated Press app for iPhone OS 3.0 by entering a unique redemption code which will expire within 7 days.

The Iphone 3.0 push notification technology is believed to be based on the same technology as Apple’s push system for MobileMe.

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How it will work for the developers?

  • Developers will get to test the new OS3.0 three weeks prior to the worldwide release.
  • Apple will take the stress of the developers’ server. It will first send the information to Apples’ server, which Apple will forward to the developers.

Apple earlier missed its deadline of launching this technology with Iphone 2.0. Instead Apple made it huge and are launching with their new OS 3.0 beta 5. Currently, the service only works with the device’s core applications: incoming calls, texts, and calendar appointments,pushes through twitter, RSS feeds and more. The service was delayed as Apple realized there will be more demand from both third-party developers and the users.

Here’s the screenshot iPhone’s new notification system.

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Although Apple has asked the developers to test the new Push Notification technology, it wont be able to make any changes in it if they find problems at this stage as iphone OS 3.0 beta 5 is to launch in next three weeks. What Apple can do is, add more servers.

Google Android gets Barcode scanner

Android now get Barcode scanning feature. when you are looking up a specific item in a store rather than a category of products (like “bluetooth headsets”), its rather good to just scan a barcode to see results for the exact product that you are searching for.

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Here’s how to enable it: Browse on your Android phone to Google.com, select “More” and then “Shopping” and Product Search. Then click on the Scan Barcode button. This should install the software on your device. To use the app once it’s open, you can just point the red line over a barcode, and Android should do the rest.

It works best with electronics, books, movies or video games. If it doesn’t work for you, you can anytime revert back to the default version.

TweetGenius: Twitter client for Blackberry

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Recently, there have been surplus in twitter applications. And as the twitter popularity grows the number of twitter applications is only going to increase.

Sadly enough our Blackberry dint have any good looking, dashing feature-full twitter client yet. Though the client is not exceptional on GUI, it fills the gap by integrating advanced features like search, twitpic.   TweetGenius might become a tough competitor for twitterberry.

At $9.99 its a steal. Currently they are offering Bold and Curve 8900 versions for sale with 50% percent off. Go grab it.

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Opera mini updates to 4.2.14320

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Looks like operamini silently updated to version 4.2.14320. Though there are no new features but this could mean many bugs have been fixed.

Though my phone comes with default browser in it, it’s not as fast as Opera Mini. Apart from loading sites faster it also loads website content correctly than the default browser on my Sony ericsson z550i.

What concerns me about using Opera Mini is that it uses proxy servers to send data, so not quite secured.

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AT&T Doubled its Smartphone market in U.S

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AT&T claims in its press release that it has doubled the Smartphone market in U.S. AT&T says it will market more aggressively in their new ad campaign.

AT&T   believes it achieved this success because it was the first service provider   for blackberry, Windows Mobile and Iphone. And the most popular device for them being the Apple Iphone.

AT&T believes for a better Smartphone experience, the quality of the service plays a vital role and hence it will continue to invest in its network. AT&T invested more than any other publicly traded company in the U.S. and more than any other publicly traded global telecommunications company last year.** And AT&T expects total capital expenditures to be $17 to $18 billion in 2009, with more than three quarters of it again supporting mobility and data.