Samsung Launches Star Nano 3G – Stylish Touchscreen Phone For the Masses

The 3G spectrum auction in India is over and 3G is well on its way. If you are going to buy a new phone, it makes a lot of sense to opt for a 3G enabled one. The good news is that thanks to stiff competition in the mobile segment, the cost of 3G phones has been dropping rapidly.

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Samsung has just unveiled their latest handset for the Indian market – Star Nano 3G S3370. Nano is a stylish, 3G enabled phone with a 2.6-inch touchscreen and a curvilinear design. Nano sports Samsung’s Touchwiz 2.0 interface with 4 page menus like the Corby series of phones. As expected, it bundles a nice selection of social apps including Google Talk, Palringo Chat and AIM. Nano provides quick access to MySpace, Facebook and YouTube out of the box.

The 1.3-mega pixel camera is nothing to boast about, but given the phone’s price one can’t really complain. Nano comes equipped with a 2 GB memory card and can support up to 16 GB of expandable memory. Other features include Microsoft Active Sync, Google push email service and sync calendar.

Priced at just Rs. 7,320 the Start Nano 3G S3370 an enticing option for budget conscious buyers looking for an enjoyable touchscreen phone.

Indian Post Office Is Now On Twitter

Call it a social networking bug or the larger move to be more accessible to people who rely on them, but I find it really interesting that an organization is taking an initiative to be available and ready for answers on a social networking platform like .

When I saw a tweet from Shashi Tharoor, an ex-minister in the current Indian government congratulating the Post Office of India on being on Twitter, my light bulbs quickly lit up, this was clearly a new breakthrough for me at-least, considering how hidden and greasy Indian government agencies work.

I am really thrilled to see an entire Government organization take on a social networking outlook and look forward to more and more interactions with local as well as the country’s Government to tackle issues on a real-time basis.

However, I would also like this initiative to last a long time and see dedicated resources to take the internet channel to address problems that are being faced. Kudos to the Indian Post Office, and you can follow them @PostOfficeIndia

For the record, I did pay Rs. 50 as a gratuity to my postman for delivering my passport, but otherwise have never done it, however, they do know what you want and can act accordingly :-P.

WordPress 3.0 RC1 Released on 7th WordPress Birthday

Earlier today I told you on WordPress celebrating it’s 7th birthday, you can also check a post by Matt M on the birthday celebration.

However, in addition to that, WordPress has some more good news on it’s birthday, a release for WordPress 3.0 Release Candidate 1 (RC1).

WordPress 3.0 RC1 contains several new improvement, including:

  • Custom menus are finished
  • WordPress MU or Multi-site is all set.
  • The look of the WordPress admin has been lightened up a little bit, so you can focus more on your content.
  • Plugin authors need to test their plugins to ensure they are compatible with WordPress 3.0.

So all excited? Then go help the folks behind WordPress celebrate their 7th birthday by testing WordPress 3.1 and filing bugs.

Note: This is a release candidate release of WordPress 3.0, though this may be stable, it is highly recommended not to try this out on a production blog.

Download WordPress 3.0 RC1 (Direct Download link)

iPad Goes International, Launches in Nine Countries Today

This is it, the worldwide (at-least in 9 countries) wait for Apple’s next-gen plaything, , is over. Today, 9 countries will be able to purchase the iPad in retail stores starting 8AM.

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Apple iPad goes on sale in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK on May 28, 2010. This worldwide launch will allow Apple to further increase the sales of iPad which has already sold in millions in the United States.

The International release of iPad was delayed by a month due to manufacturing issues based on the high demand for the device in US. However, everything aside, if you are in any of the above countries listed above, you can wake up and say hello to the iPad.

There are few reports which say that there are already huge lines in retail stores in Japan, which is touted as the electronic district with most users toting high end gadgets.

Will you be in a line to buy a iPad today in your country, do let us know and send us pictures of the stores you are buying the iPad in.

Watch So You Think You Can Dance Season 7 Online

"So You Think You Can Dance" Season 7 kicks off today with a two hour premier. The show is one of the premier dance competitions and can be rivaled with American Idol, the singing show, whose 9th season ended yesterday.

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So You Think You Can Dance has had very successful seasons in the past, however, season 7 will see some changes in the rules where instead of the earlier 20 dancers, only 10 dancers will be chosen (5 boys and 5 girls).

In addition to that, there will also be changes in the elimination round where participants were asked to chose a dance style from a hat. Also instead of the usual 2 elimination per week, only one participant will be eliminated per week in Season 7.

You can watch the episodes of "So You Think You Can Dance" online on the internet. To watch episodes of "So You Think You Can Dance" season 7, you can visit the official Fox site for the show at this link.

You can also watch Season 7 episodes of So You Think You Can Dance at SideReel or Yidio where full episodes are available.

So will you be tuning in to the Season 7 of So You Think You Can Dance?

Watch Steve Ballmer Keynote Live At IndiMix 2010

Steve Ballmer, the Microsoft CEO is in India to present keynotes at the IndiMix 2010 event. He along with Moorthy Uppaluri will be presenting keynotes at the event which will be held in Taj Lands End hotel in Mumbai on May 28, 2010.

Steve Ballmer Live at IndiMix 2010

The event is slated to begin at 9:30AM local time. The IndiMix 2010 event is an exclusive conference for web developers and designers building some of the world’s most innovative websites.

Steve Ballmer’s keynote will focus on new opportunities to create compelling experiences and will be held between 2:15PM and 3:15PM IST. The event will also have several other speakers who will speak on web development and web apps.

If you are unable to attend the IndiMix 2010 event, you can watch the event live online. To watch the IndiMix 2010 event online, head over to http://www.microsoftindimix.com/. The shows will begin after 9:30AM local time.

CBSE Class X Results 2010 Online, SMS or Email

The CBSE 10th Standard will be declared on May 28, 2010 at 10AM IST. Check the CBSE Class X exam results online on SMS or email.

It is time for another big announcement of exam results in India. The Central Board of Secondary Education will be declaring the results of CBSE Class X exams held in 2010 online at 10AM IST.

Students who appeared for the CBSE Class X exams in all regions will be able to check their results online after 10AM. To check the CBSE Class X exam results online, students will have to visit http://cbseresults.nic.in/.

In order to check your CBSE Class X exams online, you will require to have your exam roll number handy. After 10AM visit the results site and enter your roll number to view your results.

CBSE Class X students can also register to get their results by email or SMS by registering themselves at this page.

If you are unable to check your CBSE Class X results due to server load, you can try it after some time. We wish all the CBSE Class X students best of luck for their exam results.

Facebook Announces Android SDK for Enhancing Mobile Support

Facebook has released the beta version of its latest Facebook SDK for Android, today. This SDK, which was demoed at the Google I/O last week, is being released at a ripe time; when the news of Android overtaking iPhone sales is spreading like fire.

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The release of an API gives app developers power to incorporate more features into their applications. The release is in a beta stage and Facebook will soon release example source codes to help developers begin using their SDK.

Some of the features included in this SDK are,

  • Strong authentication using OAuth 2.0
  • Making requests to the new Graph API
  • Publishing stories back to Facebook via Feed forms

Facebook is slowly shifting its focus from Apple to Google as it clearly sees that Android OS is the next big thing. What is surprising here is that the API released for Android, although in beta has more features than the one to be released for Apple.

The release date of the iPhone SDK has not been announced yet but it is expected soon. With these two releases, Facebook ensures a better reach from mobile devices.
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Evernote Web Adds Drag and Drop For Files

Evernote is one of the most popular note taking software I have ever come across, it is easy to use and syncs across multiple devices. Users can also access their notes online at Evernote.

Drag and Drop Files to Evernote Web

If you have been using desktop based app, you might know how easy it is to add files to your notes, however, don’t fret if you are a Evernote web user, since starting today, Evernote web allows users to drag and drop files to their web interface. Free users will be able to attach images, audio and PDF files to their notes using drag and drop.

However, the new feature is only available in and Safari right now. Users can drag and drop the files on the notebook in the left-hand panel to create a new note, or drag and drop the file into any note too.

More info on this at the official Evernote blog.

Access Flash Websites on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

Steve jobs is not relenting to entertain Flash on the or , he even went to the extent of saying that he had no issues with Adobe, but would not allow Flash on the iPad and iPhone.

Flash on iPhone and iPad

However, with software and hardware there will always be a workaround to things, and the same can be said about accessing Flash on an iPhone or iPad. Cloud Browse is an iPhone app which allows users to browse and access flash-enabled websites on the iPhone and iPod touch.

However, Cloud Browse does not display Flash on the iPhone or iPad directly, when you browse to a website which has flash content, Cloud Browse will process the flash content on its own servers and then display it on your device.

The flash content displayed by Cloud Browse is not as fast as the original flash objects, however, you can at-least access Flash on your device.

Watch a video of Cloud Browse in action on an iPad below.

You can download Cloud Browse for free using this iTunes link.

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