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Synchronize Your Mobile With Mac OS

Apple has a pretty bad habit to be closed to everything except its products. It’s a nightmare if you want to synchronize Mac with other device, let alone a winMo.

SyncMate is an awesome utility software for your mac to synchronize mac-to-mac and mac-to-other devices. SyncMate is FREE software and allows you to sync your contacts and calendar events to many devices simultaneously.  It also synchronizes your contacts and events with google calendar.

Syncmate offers so many features that you need not install thousands of other applications to achieve the same. Syncmate does it all. Synchronizing your contacts and events on WinMo to Mac is now just a piece of cake.

SyncMate supports synchronization with following devices:

  • Win Mobile

    (via Wi-Fi or USB)

  • Another Mac

    (via Ethernet)

  • Online backup

    (via Internet

  • Nokia S40

    (via Bluetooth)

  • Google

    (via Internet)

Features offered by Syncmate expert:

Contacts Synchronization (Entourage and Google Calendar supported!)

iCal Synchronization (Entourage and Google Contacts supported!)

iPhoto Synchronization

iTunes Synchronization

Safari Bookmarks

Firefox Bookmarks

Folders Synchronization

Time Synchronization

Device Info Plugin

SMS Reader Plugin

SMS Manager Plugin

Internet Sharing

Actions Log Plugin

Applications List Plugin

Calls history plugin

Mail plugin

To Do’s plugin

Mount your device as additional disk

Mail notes synchronization

Entourage notes synchronization

Stickies synchronization

Online backup storage space

Download/Buy SyncMate

Sony Ericsson Satio Preview

Sony Ericsson on the MWC held in Barcelona this year previewed their three upcoming phones. They have adopted new goal called "Entertainment Unlimited", in which they will merge the two famous Sony Ericsson series the "Walkman" and the "Cybershot", and one of the offspring of these two is Satio which SE has previewed. They call this a complete phone and we will see why they called this so.The specification of the phone is as follows-

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Size-                        112*55*13 mm

Weight-                   125gms

Screen-                    3.5 inch full TFT touch screen, 16 million colors, 360*640 resolution.

Network

2G Network-            GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

3G Network-            HSDPA 2100, HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100, Satio(a) for the Americas

Memory-                  128MB internal and microSD expandable up to 32GB(8GB included)

Data

GPRS-                       Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 – 48 kbps

HSCSD-                    Yes

EDGE-                      Class 10, 236.8 kbps

3G-                          HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 3.6 Mbps

WLAN-                     Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, DLNA

Bluetooth-               Yes, v2.0 with A2DP

Infrared port-          No

USB-                        Yes, v2.0

Camera-                  12MP, 4000*3000 pixels

Camera Features-    Xenon flash, intuitive touch focus, smile shutter, face detction, geo-tagging, video stabilizer, image stabilizer, active lens cover.

Video-                     VGA @30fps, video light.

Secondary Camera- VGA for video call.

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Phone Features

OS-                         Symbian Series 60, 5th edition

CPU-                       ARM Cortex-A8 600 MHz processor; 3D Graphics HW Accelerator

Messaging-            SMS, MMS, Email, IM

Browser-                WAP 2.0/HTML, RSS reader

Radio-                   Stereo FM radio with RDS

Game-                   Yes(nHD gaming)

GPS-                      Yes, with A-GPS support

Java-                     Yes, MIDP 2.0

Google maps

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Mutimedia-           WMV/RV/MP4/3GP video player

                              MP3/WMA/WAV/RA/AAC/M4A music player

                             Walkman UI  

Battery-                Li-Po battery

This is what we know till know about this phone. The phone is heavily loaded with features, however the phone will face competition with Samsung Pixon 12 and Nokia N97 who are already out in the market.

iPhone 3GS 8GB To Come Soon

Apple quietly plans to launch iPhone 3GS 8GB. From the screenshots shared by Boy Genius , this seems to be legit.

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Although its an unconfirmed news, I guess iPhone 3GS 8GB will be priced at $99. As of now, iPhone 8GB is priced at $99, so its a possibility that Apple wants to replace iPhone 8GB with iPhone 3GS 8GB.

When most of the companies are coming up with minimum 16GB models, I don’t see why 8GB still interests Apple. Also, most of the updates from Apple takes up huge space on the phone. Is the 8GB going to satisfy the needs? I highly doubt. But its a better option for people who can’t afford 16GB/32GB iPhone.

Will you buy iPhone 3GS 8GB for $99?

Mobile Internet & Advertising Conference 2009

Julysystems, a mobile media company,on 20th July 2009 organized Mobile Internet & Advertising conference(MIA). Here are the few highlights that were discussed.

  •  Rajesh Reddy, CEO of July Systems, in his presentation concluded that Mobile will be the internet. With 6.2 million fixed line users out of 117.8 million mobile users, use internet on mobile.
  • Advertising on mobile is the future for compelling content, ROI for advertisers, and a broad user base.
  • Reasons for Mobile Internet Adoption in the US:
    • Faster networks,
    • Better devices
    • Easy discovery of content
    • Improved reporting and metrics
    • Better prices
  • Rahul Pandey, Head Mobile 18, disclosed that popular brands such as IBN Live, Moneycontrol and Cr,icketnext receive 1 million mobile internet users every day.
  • Pandey, narrated the email he received from a mobile internet user from remote India with no access to business channels, that used the Moneycontrol mobile site to navigate the stock market to his benefit.
  • It was discussed that the reach mobile internet market is rapidly increasing with more people opting for more feature based mobiles. The only challenge is to convert those high-end mobile phone users into internet users.

Here are few videos of the conference and panel discussion:

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Apple In Trouble

Apple blocking the Google Voice application stating that it duplicates the functionality of iPhone native application, has taken a new twist or say gotten Apple in trouble? The Federal Communication corporation, FCC, has asked Apple, AT&T the reasons for rejecting the applications submitted to App store. Also, FCC has asked Google to give in written the reply they received from Apple for rejecting the app.

Apple-Logo

FCC, in its letter to AT&T, clearly asked about the role AT&T plays in deciding which app gets accepted and which doesn’t, for the Apple’s app store. FCC also wants to know the difference between Google Voice and other VOIP apps that have been approved by Apple’s app store.

This shows that Apple just can’t have dictatorship over its app store.  It’s clear that Apple alone did not make this decision as it has nothing much to lose. It is AT&T’s loss if Google Voice had been approved by Apple’s app store, as Google Voice allows users to make cheap network calls and send cheap sms than that of the network(AT&T here).

Acer Backing out from Android Project?

Just after a month Google announced its new product, Chrome OS, Acer has decided to backout not to speak about the launch of its android based netbook.

Back in June, the demo of Android OS on the netbook didn’t quite appeal to the people. There is not much demand for the android based netbooks in the market, if you see the trend. Even though, Android seems strong for the smartphones, its integration with the netbook is not.

Asustek too is not quite enthusiastic about developing more Android based netbooks until 2010. Though Asus plans to release its products,Eee PC T91, Eee PC T101, which are planned to release by year end.

Does Acer and Asus feel that installing Chrome OS in their netbooks will increase their sale? I think yes. Android for netbook was a tweaked OS and i’m not sure how strong it would hold the netbook and its softwares. Whereas, Chrome OS by Google is a dedicated OS for netbooks.

Apple Blocks Google Voice Application From Appstore

In a move that is more likely to get ugly, Apple has blocked the Google Voice application from appearing in App Store.

Google Voice is a service provided by Google that allows users to use a single number for multiple numbers and a host of other features, however this move was not expected since the application had been personally approved by Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior VP or product marketing back in April.

According to TechCrunch a Google spokesperson had this to say:

We work hard to bring Google applications to a number of mobile platforms, including the iPhone. Apple did not approve the Google Voice application we submitted six weeks ago to the Apple App Store. We will continue to work to bring our services to iPhone users — for example, by taking advantage of advances in mobile browsers.

According to that statement it looks like Google may take a different route (read mobile browsers) to make the application available to users, that would definitely be a punch in the face to Apple, and many users would be eagerly waiting for that.

Hopefully Google should quickly get the browser application out for benefits of iPhone users.

How To Run Android OS inside windows

With so many new phones coming out in market every single day, I’m sure most of us are confused with which phone to go for. LiveAndroid gives you a chance to try out Android OS even before buying any Android based phone. LiveAndroid, a LiveCD for Android running on x86 platforms.

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to run Android OS on your PC.

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  • Name the OS android and select OS type/version as unknown/other and click on Next’.

2

  • Assign memory. Usually even 64MB is fine but i just allocated 128MB just in case. And then neglect the next few steps and keep on clicking Next’.

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  • Once its done, you will see a new virtual machine Androidbeen created inside your virtualbox. Highlight it and click on settings. Go to CD/DVD ROM and mount your LiveAndroid cd location. Click OK.

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  •   Voila!! done! Now click on start and enjoy Android

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Sony Ericsson W995 Review

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The Sony Ericsson W995 is the latest Walkman series phone by Sony Ericsson. This phone was unveiled by Sony Ericsson in the WMC in Barcelona earlier this year and now the phone is out in the market. The phone being a Walkman series phone surprisingly has some features of the Cyber shot series phone of Sony Ericsson, which makes it different from other phones of this series. The phone has an 8.1MP camera with Auto Focus, Image stabilizer, Video stabilizer, face detection, smile shutter, BestPic, Video light, LED flash, 16x digital zoom and geo-tagging.

The phone also has in-built a GPS, Wi-Fi, three axis accelerometer and is DLNA certified which means that you can view pictures on your television just by connecting your TV and W995 wirelessly using Wi-Fi. It also has a 3.5mm jack on the top and a kick stand for watching video.

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Along with the phone come free accessories like the HPM 77 earphones, MS 410 speakers and an 8GB M2 card. The phone has an in-built memory of 118MB and is expandable up to 16GB. The phone supports GSM, GPRS, EDGE  850/900/1800/1900, UMTS/HSPA 900/2100 networks. Video call is also supported. The phone gives 9hrs talk time in GSM/GPRS/EDGE connection and 4hrs in 3G connection.

The phone has a 2.6 inch screen (diagonally) with 240*320 resolution. The display of the screen is brighter and sharper compared to other TFT screens. Pictures and videos where very sharp and bright in display.The screen is also scratch resistant. But the phone being a multimedia phone, it should had a bigger screen for better video experience.

The keypad of the phone is very good with keys placed at a good distance from each other, so typing was easy and fast. Three media buttons are also present on the right side of the phone, each for previous, play/pause and forward respectively. These buttons work even when the keypad is locked, so song changing is made easy. The camera button is also placed below the three media buttons.

The phone has 5 D shaped keys on the slider along with the navigation keys. Two keys for the phone browsing, two for call and end respectively and one for shortcut.

The camera is very good and can do the job of a digital camera pretty well. The camera takes very good pictures in the sunlight (as usual) and decent pictures in dim room.

As mentioned above features like Auto Focus, Image stabilizer, Video stabilizer, face detection, smile shutter, BestPic, Video light, LED flash makes a good camera. The video is recorded in MP4 format and is good in day light and video
light for dark condition.The only negative point is that no lens cover for the camera which makes it vulnerable to dust and scratches.

The music quality of the phone is backed up by the company’s latest music technology Clear Bass and Clear Stereo. The music is the clearest I have heard till now on any phone. The Bass is clear without any hint of distortion. The HPM 77 earphones are very good. The MS 410 speaker given free with the phone is loud enough compared to its size but the sound distorts when in bass equalizer and it doesn’t have its own battery, so the phone battery suffers. The phone’s speakers are at the top and bottom of the phone.

The phone has preloaded navigation applications like Google Maps 2.3.1 and Wayfinder Navigator (trial version), which is accurate enough, it also helps in finding nearby landmarks like restaurant, multiplex etc. The phone also has a fitness based application Tracker which calculates speed, distance and the direction of running/walking using the GPS. The Wi-Fi is very easy to operate and connect.

The phone has 7 preloaded games amongst which 3 are motion controlled. The phone is also Youtube compatible so watching and uploading videos on
Youtube is easy. The Music Mate 5 application helps guitar players to tune their guitar.

The coolest Sony Ericsson application TrackID is also present which helps recognizing song name, album and artist of songs using internet. Access NetFront is the default browser which is good compared to previous browsers. Java applications are supported.

The MediaGo file transfer application which comes with the PC Suite makes file transfer very easy. Now no need to convert the video before adding on the phone, just copy the video through MediaGo and it will convert the video and copy it simultaneously to the phone. Songs are also analyzed for SensMe in MediaGo.  SensMe helps creating playlist according to the mood of a song, like happy, sad, slow and fast.

The major negative point of the phone is the battery, which has not been made strong enough compared to the features available on the phone.

Overall the phone is a very good package of entertainment with good camera, very good sound quality and features like Wi-Fi, GPS and Youtube. The only negative point is the battery. I will rate Sony Ericsson W995 8.75 out of 10.

This is a guest post by Rahul Shah who is a class 12 commerce student from Kolkata. Rahul Shah will be joining the Mobile Buzz team soon as a regular author.

Synchronize Mobile Calendar With Google Calendar

Though there are several tools and services available to synchronize your cellphone calendar including Google Sync Beta, most of them synchronize the data over the air.

Silent Sync is a handy utility than will synchronize your mobile’s calendar with Google Calendar using either Bluetooth or through your phone’s USB cable.

Silent Sync Features

Features

  • Uploads calendar events to Google Calendar;
  • Works over any serial connection (Bluetooth, USB, Remote Desktop Connection);
  • Cleans out old appointments to make room in your phone’s memory;
  • Supports multiple phones simultaneously.
  • Is unobtrusive and works in the background.

Right now this software has only be tested with LG KE970 but it may work with other phones too.

Download Silent Sync

Motorola Woos Android Developers

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Not too long ago Motorola was a leading mobile market holder with its ROKR. Motorola again wants to create the magic but not with its new Moto ROKR ZN50 but its new partnership with Google.

Though Motorola Co-Chief Executive Sanjay Jha has declined to  comment on its much anticipated device, its a good news that their next phone will be ditching the plain old OS and will be integrating Android OS. Motorola’s senior director of developer platforms and services, Dino Brusco, talked up Android’s potential, praising the operating system’s "deep integration with mobile Web services" and its "power to enable truly innovative applications." He concluded the video by saying, "We want all of you to join us in our partnership with Google and journey with Android," and noted that Motorola will help developers create, deploy and market their applications.

Motorola also plans to include some special programs for Android developers encouraging developers to develop more applications for their device. Off late the success of a device is directly proportional to the number of applications available on it. Thanks to the Apple’s App store all device manufacturers are coming up with their own Application store where developers not only share their application but also get novelty for it.

Motorola is to launch not one but two Android based phones both suspiciously for high end users. Its rumored that AT&T will be launching Motorola’s Android based phone.

Nokia 3720 officially out

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So Nokia’s rough and tough mobile phone Nokia 3720 is officially out. If you don’t want to carry your iPhone/N97 when on touring, Nokia 3720 is the best bet for you.

Specifications:

Network: GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900
Dimensions: 115 x 47 x 15.3 mm, 69 cc

Weight: 94 g

Display: TFT, 16M colors, 240 x 320 pixels, 2.2 inches

Sound : Vibration; Downloadable polyphonic, MP3 ringtones Speakerphone

– 2.5 mm audio jack

Memory:

Internal
20 MB

Card slot
microSD (TransFlash), up to 8GB, 1GB card included
GPRS: Class 11

HSCSD: Yes

EDGE: Class 11

Bluetooth : v2.1 with A2DP

USB : v2.0 microUSB

Camera: 2 MP, 1600×1200 pixels, LED flash

WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML

Radio: Stereo FM radio with RDS

Java :Yes, MIDP 2.0

– Water and dust resistant
– MP3/eAAC+/WMA player
– MPEG4 player
– Nokia Maps for S40
– Voice memo
– LED Torch
– T9

Battery: Standard battery, Li-Ion 1050 mAh (BL-5CT)

Stand-by:  Up to 408 h

Talk time: Up to 7 h

We are among the first few to break this news to you.

Motorola To Release Moto ROKR ZN50

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Motorola on Wednesday announced its new model of music phone Motorola ROKR ZN50, which was made in the form-factor "slider" and has a full touch screen and alpha numeric keypad.

Moto ROKR ZN50 is going to be a touch screen phone. Though it looks a bit outdated model for music lovers its not a bad deal since Moto will be providing free access to online music service Melon, which allows to download music, as on a mobile phone or PC.

Specifications:

  • WCDMA 2100/HSDPA 7.2 Mbps, tri-band GSM 900/1800/1900
  • Dimensions: 108.9mm x 54mm x 14.3mm
  • Weight: 143g
  • Display: widescreen touch-sensitive 3.2-inch, TFT, 240×427 pixels resolution, 262k colors
  • Camera: 3.2 megapixels with auto-focus
  • Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR
  • SRS WOW HDsound system
  • GPS
  • microSDHC support
  • Battery: 900 mAh
  • Other applications: Alarm clock, calendar, calculator, units converter, world time

It looks like Moto is going to be launched later this year but who’s really excited?