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Wolfram Alpha Ditches iPhone Version – Promotes App

When Wolfram Alpha app last appeared on the App store for $50, we ran a small poll to find out whether users would pay $50 for an app which has no additional features than that of its web version that is freely available. Not quite surprisingly, 94% of people voted for NO.
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Now, Wolfram has pulled down its iPhone version of webpage and is promoting its very expensive iPhone app instead. The iPhone version of Wolfram Alpha now redirects to a page that is linked to the iTunes link to download the iPhone app.

Although Wolfram Alpha is quite interesting and tremendously useful app, we feel $50 is way to high for the app and Wolfram Alpha leaves no other option on iPhone/iPod than to download the app.

Nokia 5800 XpressMusic Unlocked for $198 [Gadget Deals]

Many people say that the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic is better than the Nokia N97, and we do agree to some extent. So why not get your hands on a Nokia 5800 for a really good deal?

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You can now buy a Nokia 5800 XpressMusic Unlocked from Dell for $198. The retain price of Nokia 5800 is $370, so this gives you a cool $172 discount.

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The actual cost of the phone is $219, however you need to apply the coupon code DCRNV0R2WJRWTFto get a further $22 discount on the phone. The coupon code is valid till December 10th, 2009.

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Christmas 2009 Theme for Nokia and Symbian Smartphones [Unicef Donations]

Rarely do we promote paid products on this site, but when our favorite Nokia and Symbian Smartphone theme developer PiZero came up with a 2009 theme for Nokia and Symbian smartphones, we could not resist.

Christmas Theme for Nokia and Symbian Smartphones

PiZero is selling an excellent Christmas theme for Nokia and Symbian phones for 1.99 Euros. All the sales proceeds will be donated to Unicef foundation. The theme works on both Symbian S60v5 (touch phones) and Nokia S60v3 devices.

The theme will be on sale till January 6th, 2010. So go ahead and celebrate the Christmas season by getting a wonderful Christmas theme and donating money to a good cause.

If you are looking for free themes for Nokia and Symbian Smartphones, checkout some really cool themes from PiZero we covered earlier.

All themes work on both Symbian S60v5 and Symbian S60v3 devices.

Purchase Christmas Theme for Nokia and Symbian Smartphones

Buy Nokia N900 for $425 with Bing Cashback [Gadget Deals]

Update: Bing Cashback is no longer applicable on this deal. You can still buy the Nokia N900 for $449.99.

Another great deal for people looking to buy Nokia N900. Dell.com has a instant rebate of $100 and mail in rebate of $50 on the Nokia N900. The effective cost for Nokia N900 is $449.99, however, you can apply a further Bing Cashback of 5% to bring the total cost down to $425.

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To get your 5% Bing cashback with the purchase, follow the steps given below.

Step 1: Go to Bing.com and search for Dell.com.

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Step 2: Click on the first result at the top of the page. Enter your email address you will use to shop at Dell on the next page.

Step 3: Visit the Nokia N900 product page and add the item to your cart.

Once you have purchased the product you will get a Bing cashback of 5% or $25.

Firmware Update For Sony Ericsson Aino Now Available

sony-ericsson-aino-01 Sony Ericsson rolled out a new firmware update for its flagship handset Sony Ericsson Satio last week. The firmware update was aimed at fixing numerous problems with the phone. Today Sony Ericsson has   rolled out a new firmware update for another phone in its portfolio Aino. Sony Ericsson Aino, like its sibling Satio, has many software stability issues and hopefully this firmware update from Sony Ericsson should fix them. The firmware brings with it lower battery consumption, and certain improvements in Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS. The firmware also includes a new game Loco Roco.

The firmware update for Sony Ericsson Satio did improve the stability and the performance of the phone. The new firmware also increased the loudness of the loudspeaker of the phone and the camera quality. Hopefully the new firmware update for Sony Ericsson Aino should also improve the performance and stability of the phone. The new firmware update is currently available for certain regions, and should be available throughout the world in the next few days. It is also believed that Sony Ericsson will soon be launching a new firmware update for another important handset in their portfolio Sony Ericsson Yari.

Samsung Corby S3650W Will Get Wi-Fi

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Samsung Corby S3650 which is already been a hit in mid-range phone market will be soon getting Wi-Fi. Although it is not official till now but keeping in view the Samsung Star which also got Wi-Fi this cannot be ignored.

The Wi-Fi version will be S3650W. The certification paper of Corby was spotted in Wi-Fi alliance official site. Samsung understands the importance of high speed internet so if 3G is not available in their device then Wi-Fi surely will be.

The people who were looking forward to get Samsung Corby S3650 must now wait for the Wi-Fi version S3650W. It is not official till now but it is just a matter to time when it gets official.

Nokia E72 Makes Its Way to US (NAM) Markets

Nokia E72, the latest Eseries smartphone from Nokia has sneaked its way into US (NAM) markets. Nokia E72 runs on Symbian OS Series 60 v3.2 and 600 MHz ARM processor. It comes with 2.36 inches TFT display, full QWERTY keyboard, 128 MB RAM, 250 MB internal storage, expandable upto 16GB, EDGE, 3G and an excellent 5 mega-pixel camera with autofocus and Carl Zeiss optics.

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The unlocked E72 phone is available officially in the Nokia USA Store for $469. Keep your eye on our to find discounts and more. In the meantime you can watch a video review of Nokia E72 and download some beautiful Nokia E72 wallpapers.

Buy Nokia E72 for $407 from Amazon

Sony Ericsson Satio Update R1CA037 Available

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Sony Ericsson Satio finally gets a treatment for its illness by Sony Ericsson. Satio which is one of the best Symbian S60 v5 phone was facing a lot of problems since its release.

Due to this, UK retailer Carphone Warehouse stopped its sales. Lot of customers where also returning there handsets due to the problems the device faced. The major problem with Satio was frequent crashes.

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However, Sony Ericsson has released an update R1CA037 which fixes several problems with the phone. After the update there are some noticeable changes in the phone, like the speaker volume has increased, the camera quality has improved a lot especially in night shooting mode. Browsing through menu is lot smoother and the home screen’s transition is also smooth.

After the update Carphone Warehouse has said that Satio will be re-stocked to sell again from 5th December. The phone still does not have kinetic scrolling, and also does not have an equalizer in the music player, which hopefully will be sorted out in the next update.

Review: Nimbuzz For Blackberry Released

Nimbuzz, recently launched the Nimbuzz app for BlackBerry.   Nimbuzz for BlackBerry lets you connect to the most popular social networks and IM communities like Skype, Facebook, WLM (MSN), MySpace, Yahoo, Gtalk and many more!

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Features:

  • runs in background allowing you to be online and available to your friends while writing an email, watching a movie or updating your agenda
  • connects you to all your friends stay in touch with all your friends from the most popular social networks and instant messaging communities
  • brings home screen notification whenever you receive a chat and the app is running in background you will see a notification on your home screen
  • auto-reconnects whenever you lose the connection Nimbuzz will try to reconnect you switching between 3G, 2G or   Wi-Fi searching for an available internet connection
  • ClickableURL’s for a complete online experience you can open the links from chats or personal messages.

Many a times, BlackBerry service provider blocks a certain Instant Messaging app on your Blackberry device.   In my case, it is Gtalk and I am heavily dependant on  Gtalk for communication. A third part app comes to rescue in such situations and Nimbuzz does a great job. While I was connected to the app server, it disconnected me frequently asking me to reconnect again and again, which gets quite frustrating in long run. Now, I have no idea whether  it was the fault with the app or with my GPRS provider.

This new app is specially designed for Blackberry O.S. 4.6 and higher. You can download the new Nimbuzz for Blackberry from Nimbuzz.com or via Blackberry App World .

Motorola Droid Sholes Tablet Gets HDMI Port [Leaked Pictures & Specs]

We have posted some pictures of Motorola Droid earlier, along with some leaked specs for the phone. However, looks like Motorola is just rolling the dice on this new phone codenamed Sholes Tablet which will run on Android 2.0 or 2.1.

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BGR just came across the new specs and pictures for Motorola Droid 2.0. The most interesting feature in the new phone is the introduction of a HDMI Port.

Motorola Droid Shoes Tablet Specifications

  • 550MHz OMAP TI 3430 processor.
  • 3.7″ touch screen, 800 x 480 resolution
  • HDMI port
  • 3.5mm headset jack
  • UMTS/HSPA
  • 8 megapixel camera, and a xenon flash;
  • Android 2.0 or 2.1 depending on launch

Opera Mini 5 and Opera Mobile Beta Now Available For Download

Opera today announced the new beta versions of Opera mini 5 and Opera Mobile. With this release, Opera has integrated features like Opera Link and the Download Manager into both the mobile browsers.

With Opera Link, you can synchronize all your bookmarks and speed dial with the Opera for desktop. Since this is a beta version we would highly recommend using a test account first for the bookmark synchronization, as there is a chance that you might lose your important bookmarks. Download Manager gives a smart way to control your downloads from within the browser.

Both the browsers, Opera Mini 5 beta 2 and Opera Mobile beta continue to share the unified look. Besides Opera Link and Download Manager, both continue to sport features like tabbed browsing, mobile view, password manager, Adaptive zoom, Landscape mode. The touch screen versions also support copy/paste feature which is quite revealing.

Check out the video:

 

 

You can download Opera Mini 5 Beta and Opera mobile by pointing your browser to Opera Next Mobile.

Nokia E75 Firmware version 201.12.51 Now Available

Nokia has rolled out the new firmware version 201.12.51 for Nokia E75 up from its previous version 110.48.125. This release promises lots of new and improved features. You can download this new firmware via OTA (Over The Air) or via NSU (Nokia Software Updater). It is highly recommended to backup all your data before the upgrade.

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Check out how to upgrade via OTA.

New supported features:

  • OVI Contacts
  • Facebook, YouTube and MySpace
  • N-Gage baseline update to N-Gage 1.2
  • Share Online update to 4.3
  • Accidental/Double key press filter
  • Area Description Comment
  • Ovi Contacts • Integrated to Contacts. Chat with your friends using your Ovi account. Gtalk is also enabled. Share your status and location. Ovi Contacts users can upgrade to Chat 2.0, which will be available in Ovi Store.
  • Facebook, YouTube and MySpace • In Applications folder, there are icons to launch these services.
  • N-Gage update to 1.2 • The user can more easily find and purchase games
  • Improved support for Chinese
  • Improvements for developers
  • Share online update to 4.3 • Provides direct sharing from Camera and direct upload from Gallery
  • Improved uploading experience (the next image can be uploaded when the previous in uploading)
  • Direct sharing using device address book
  • Geo-tagging
  • Accidental key press filter • When accidentally pressing two keys at the same time on the qwerty key mat, the second press will be ignored

ESERIES HOMESCREEN

  • Corrections concerning Wlan and Calendar plug-ins
  • Improvements in Easy dialling
  • The following reported issues have been solved in this release:
  • The icon of E-mail notifications changes from grey into yellow cover after disabling/enabling.
  • Eclipsing item feature not working in Homescreen shortcuts
  • Pressing keys during a call appears as letters on screen
  • Homescreen settings help topic missing
  • Default call type is ignored in Offline profile
  • Wlan plug-in is missing in Homescreen applications
  • Wrong preview type of E-mail notification after switching between modes with different E-mail Notifications settings
  • Customized FS Homescreen shortcut with URL link not visible in selection list

EMAIL SETTINGS WIZARD

  • Security enhancement
  • Gmail shown as Google Mail in Email folder in Germany and UK

ESERIES EMAIL

  • Baseline update (incl. Email, Calendar and Contacts)

Features:

  • Email in Email support (if an email message is received, where an email message is as attachment, the attachment is opened in email viewer, not in notepad as earlier).
  • IAD support (enables upgrading the email software later)
  • OMA-CP support (Settings Provisioning for MfE) Improvements in stability
  • Improvements :
  • Stability improvements
  • Improved compatibility with different Exchange server configurations
  • Improvements in attachment handling
  • Faster response , especially when large number of Emails
  • Additionally, the following issues have been solved:
  • Incomplete note and fetched text when fetching message body
  • Screen update takes too long when opening/closing slide in message list with ~500 mails
  • Mailbox name is not changed (NES)
  • When forwarding Meeting Request to 3rd person then participant list is not updated in original Meeting Request
  • Email application closed when user Exit from MR’s details
  • English string Search for WLAN’ displayed in AP setting view.
  • Pressing shortcut on title divider displays black screen
  • MFE_2.9.158 MFE After initial synchs, can not sync to this 2007 server, HTTP 502/501 is received.
  • Cannot send email via action menu from meeting viewer
  • Sync after performing restore: no prompt displayed to user to enter
  • Meeting with alarm 0 min before event is not synced correctly
  • Load HTML images’ has no effect
  • Phone has no response after selecting Open in intranetto open Intranet link in an email.
  • Receive an Appointment: in the mail for exchange message folder accept, temporaryor rejectdo not work (MEMORY FULL PART)
  • Sending POP3 emails: in the forward folder only the subject text was visible
  • Contacts disappear after phone has been used for longer period
  • Incorrect pasting into address fields of Message and Meeting request editors
  • Message body is empty. Extra characters visible. Different results for different languages.
  • URL based picture is not shown in HTML viewer if WLAN is not configured
  • Move to Draftsdoes not work in Outbox of MFE.
  • MFE loses AP configuration when different connections are up.
  • Issues with Gmail in UK and Germany
  • E-mail sync does not start with shortcut 9′
  • Reply/forward causes slowliness in Message composer (AS, IMAP, POP)
  • Incorrect pasting into address fields of Message and Meeting request editors
  • Sorting with MFE does not work in PC Outlook when sending email

ESERIES CALENDER

  • Performance & Usability improvement (eg. opening of calendar items is faster).
  • Improvements in Calendar syncronisation
  • Meeting request improvements
  • Corrections concerning layout
  • In addition, the following issues have been solved:
  • The first attempt to connect with Open link in intranetfails
  • Option button without any name in Calendar->Options->Settings->Default Mailbox
  • Empty mailbox shown under Default mailbox setting in Calendar
  • Keep prompted to select Gmail as the default email
  • Meeting request, write mail address and add contact in the contacts clears addresses

MEETING REQUEST:

  • The following issues have been solved:
  • Feature not supportedwhen trying to send MR via email
  • All-day recurring Meeting Request is changed to 0min Meeting Request after opening it in editor
  • Meeting request with Fortnightlyrecurrence is shown as Weekly’ in meeting request viewer.
  • Wrong start time in Meeting Request.

ESERIES CONTACTS

  • Performance improvements, especially when handling a large number of contacts, eg. opening a contact is faster.
  • Improvements in Contacts syncronisation
  • Search algorithm improvements.
  • Improvements in handling groups:
  • List of group members with no matching parts is displayed after group member is removed from group or new contact is added to the group
  • View is returned to the group members list after group is deleted from edit group view
  • Many operations in contacts are impossible after pressing clear key when call conference service is in focus in Group Members list.
  • Contacts: system error (-6)pops up when delete several marked groups.
  • The following improvements have been made since 110.48.125:
  • Phonebook application is opened after memory card backup if VoIP settings are set.
  • If a user tries to clear the find pane by long press of a clear key, delete confirmation query is displayed and some contacts are not shown in phonebook.
  • Wrong background for the contacts selector view and incorrect positions of thumbnails are displayed
  • With Chinese input, Contacts Apps. is closed when sending a message to a contact.

WEB BROWSER

  • Update to browser 7.1
  • performance improvements, faster browsing and smooth zooming.
  • 9-way navigation
  • Updated WebKit Engine (better support for the web standards)
  • better web widget development support
  • Automatic Full-screen
  • Multi-file download
  • CJSE support (System API’s) support via JavaScript for widgets
  • Improved Cookie support
  • Improved cache support

VoIP

  • Baseline Update
  • Fixes for voice call continuity VCC (seemless handover between Voip calls (WLAN as bearer) and 2G/3G calls)
  • The following improvements have been made since 110.48.125:
  • Gizmo icon in net settings is not displayed properly in Landscape mode
  • VCC VoIP settings: Can not open VCC settings in Net settings.
  • VCC: VoIP to VoIP call mute in MT phone not goes on
  • No automatic handover when held-waiting call setting is 1

TELEPHONY

  • Better conference call performance.
  • Nokia BH-604 usability correction
  • A2DP corrections
  • Spool icon correction
  • Voice call stability improvement
  • OTHER CHANGES
  • Support for coming hardware component changes, no new features
  • Engine clock speed increase about 10%
  • Quickoffice 5.3, with Windows 2007 document support. Additionally, the user can update to Quickoffice Premier 6 in-device using the Quickoffice application.
  • Welcome video icon to Welcome application. The video itself is on the memory card
  • Memory card content update (content might vary depending on the sales unit and country)
  • Psiloc Wireless Presenter
  • Font Magnifier
  • Advanced Comm. Manager
  • World Traveler
  • Block Cascade
  • Boom Letters
  • Top Hits Solitaire Collection
  • Bounce N-Gage game (trial)

ISSUES REPORTED THROUGH GENIUS TOOL

  • Device unable to receive text massages
  • Nokia E75: default bookmark in browser is directing to wrong page
  • Problem in writing Turkish characters
  • Calendar letters are shown in opposite order in V24

Genuine IMEI Implant May Legalize Blocked DoT Phones in India

We have been covering news where DoT (Department of Telecom) India has blocked over 24 million users using fake Chinese handsets, and whether or not the IMEI block will be useful. However, if you are one among the 24 million users whose phone went dead recently, there might still be small hope for you.

You may be able to legalize your fake handset which contains a wrong IMEI number or no IMEI number at all by using the Genuine IMEI Implant program. Using this program you can legalize your phone and start using it again. The best part is that it is supported by DoT and the Government of India.

To legalize your dead handset you will have to visit an authorized GII (Genuine IMEI Implant) center and follow the process to implant a new IMEI on your phone. The process to implant the IMEI will cost you Rs 199 including taxes.

This is definitely a low price to pay, considering that you at-least spent anything between Rs 2000 to Rs 5000 to get the phone in the first place.

There are hints that this program may be officially closed. However some reports do suggest that you can still get a Genuine IMEI Implant. Do fish around and see if you can fix your illegal phone and make it legal.

[via UB News]

Will IMEI Ban by DoT Work In India?

Starting December 1st, the Department of Telecom (DoT) of India gave directives to cellphone providers to start blocking handsets which do not have a valid IMEI code. Most of the handsets that were blocked are manufactured in China, and sell cheaply in India.

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Considering that 24 million handsets will be blocked, you will definitely see some crooks play tricks with their phones. They might try to fool cellphone service providers by hacking the handset and adding a false IMEI to it.

Can IMEI Number be faked?

Whenever technology moves forward, you will see the good side, and also the bad side in the form of hackers and crackers. Cracking a phone and adding IMEI to a phone may not be that easy. However, with the help of certain software, it can be done in less than 5 minutes..

Performing a search for IMEI hacks will give you millions of results. Considering the number of people who will be blocked by cellphone service providers, expect search for terms like these to be very high in the next few days.

However, IMEI cannot be spoofed without valid IMEI numbers. Though, they can be obtained from stolen phones or cellphone service providers. The latter might be a bit difficult, but imagine the amount of phones stolen everyday, and how easy it would be for someone to use the IMEI from stolen phones.

How To Get Your IMEI Number?

You can see the IMEI number of your phone when you open up your phone and remove the battery. However, you can view it the easier way too by typing *#06# on your handset. Once you do that, you will see the IMEI for your phone, copy the IMEI number to a safe place so that you can use it in case your phone is lost or stolen.

What to Do If your Phone Is Stolen or Lost?

If you lose your handset or if it’s stolen, call up your cell provider and have them block the IMEI  immediately, lest it falls in wrong hands and lands you into trouble.

Once the IMEI number is blocked all service providers will block the phone using that IMEI number. It cannot be used again unless the IMEI is unblocked.

Summarizing

Blocking IMEI is a huge step forward, however it is definitely not a foolproof way and should not be used as the only way, when it comes to securing a country.

Hopefully DoT and cellphone service providers will come up with a much better way to do this. What do you think? Do you think that blocking IMEI numbers will make you feel safer? Do you have any other ideas? Do share them with us.