Rekonq Getting Extensions Support



It seems like the being picked as the default browser for the upcoming Kubuntu Maverick Meerkat has really boosted the development of Rekonq, the KDE web-browser based on Webkit. The browser, which has till now been just about functional, is getting extensions support.

KDE developer Nikhil Marathe is currently working on bringing extensions to Rekonq. The good thing about  this is that the Rekonq  extensions  are based on Google Chrome’s  extension  API. This means that once completed, you will be able to use Google Chrome extensions in Rekonq.

In another Rekonq related news, Rekonq is getting its first beta release on 25 May as Rekonq 0.5. The extensions will not be there in the beta though. If you are using Ubuntu Lucid Lynx, Rekonq 0.4 is already present in the repository. You can try it out with the command:

sudo apt-get install rekonq

[via Markus’ Little Blog ]

Namco Bandai to Distribute The Witcher 2 in Europe, Asia-Pacific

The highly anticipated sequel to the legendary RPG The Witcher (yes it’s been just a few years since The Witcher released, but the game is by far one of the greatest RPGs I’ve ever played, so it entails the term legendary) will be released in the EMEA and Asia Pacific by Namco Bandai Partners S.A.S.

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The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings is scheduled for release in 2011 and will be based on a proprietary engine that has been built from bottom to top. The game’s breathtaking visuals are a testament to the developers at CD Projekt RED as is the non-linear gameplay. The morally ambiguous storyline that involved thought-provoking quests as well as grey choices whose consequences affected the player several gaming hours after the choice was made will make for a thoroughly engaging and mature story.

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Considering just how amazing the first game was, I cannot wait for the second installment!

Bollywood And Hollywood Personas For Firefox Browser

Sometime back, we had written a post on Bollywood Themes for Google Chrome browser. In this post, I have listed some nice Bollywood and Hollywood Firefox personas. Go ahead and try them out!

[For newbies: Personas for Firefox is a feature in the browser  Mozilla Firefox that allows a user to select simple-to-use themes, known as “Personas,” more easily than normal themes.]

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Here is a list of a few bollywood personas which you can use on your browser.

  1. Amrita Rao Persona for Firefox.
  2. Main Hoon Na
  3. Sharukh Khan Persona
  4. Desi Chick Persona
  5. Sharukh Khan and Kajol Pair
  6. Aishwarya Rai Persona
  7. Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna
  8. Kurbaan
  9. Kareena Kapoor in Kurbaan
  10. 3 Idiots 1
  11. 3 Idiots 2
  12. 3 Idiots 3
  13. Teen Patti

Here is a list of a few Hollywood themes for your Firefox browser.

  1. Twilight Saga Eclipse
  2. Twilight Forest
  3. Twilight Nomads
  4. Twilight Bella Swan
  5. Twilight Eclipse 2010
  6. Edward Cullen
  7. Old Hollywood
  8. Megan fox Theme
  9. Robert Pattinson
  10. Avatar Neytiri
  11. Avatar Jake and Neytiri
  12. Batman Black

These were some of the themes I found attractive and appealing. There are still a lot of them. You can go ahead and choose anyone you want here.

Don’t forget to share your thoughts on these themes through your comments.

Fly Mobile Booom MC10 – Stylish Dual SIM Multimedia Phone for Rs. 3649

There is no dearth of cheap multimedia phones in the Indian market. Fly Mobile Booom MC10 is the another entrant, which is hoping to wow the youth. Speaking on the launch of the MC10, Prem Kumar, CEO of Fly Mobile commented, We are targeting it towards the music aficionados in tier I and tier II cities at an age bracket of 18-35. It’s like carrying your own music system along and having a boom time wherever and whenever.”

Indeed, the biggest draw of the MC10 is its music playing capabilities. The FM radio player can save up to 15 channels, has 5 different FM alarms and supports FM recording. On the other hand, the gorgeous audio player (MP3/MP4A) supports album art as well as lyrics. Both of them are well supported by a super loud speaker.

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Although the Booom supports both photography and video capture, the image quality offered by its VGA camera is lacklustre. If you want a decent camera phone, this handset is obviously not for you. On the other hand, if you want a capable music player, Booom might just win you over. It even ships with a 2GB memory card, which is preloaded with Bollywood content.

Fly Mobile Booom MC10 is available for Rs. 3,649.

G-Fone 571 – Feature-packed Full QWERTY Handset with Dual SIM Support for Rs. 3,999

Telecom Talk is reporting that the G-Fone 571 has finally launched in India. The G-Fone 571 is a dual SIM, full QWERTY handset, which offers an impressive feature-set.

It is equipped with a 208 Mhz processor, which can flawlessly playback MP4 videos on its 2.2-inch, 64k colours QVGA Display. The G-Fone boasts of plenty of other features including FM radio playback, FM recording, MP3 audio playback and audio recording. The 1.3 megapixel camera with flash takes care of photography as well as video recording. The G-Fone 571 even includes a motion sensor and a mobile tracker.

The G-Fone bundles Snaptu and Nimbuzz to take care of your social needs. Since, it supports JAVA you can always install additional apps. Unfortunately, the G-Fone is strictly GPRS only and doesn’t offer EDGE support.

If that is not a deal breaker for you, then G-Fone 571 is indeed worth considering. It has a lot of things going for it including Dual SIM support, QWERTY keypad, PC sync, expandable memory up to 8 GB and an impressive list of built-in apps. The G-Fone is a pretty sweet deal at just Rs. 3,999.

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G-Fone 571 Specifications

General Information
Form Factor: Bar
Dimensions :112X62.5X12.2 MM
Operating Frequency: GSM 900, 1800
Key Pad: QWERTY keypad
Dual Sim: Yes

Display
Color: 2.2 inches QVGA , 262K Colors
Size: 320 X 240 px

Multimedia
Camera: 1.3 Mega Pixels Camera
Video Player: 3GP, MP4
FM: FM Radio with Recording
Music: AAC, AMR

Data
GPRS: Yes
Bluetooth: Yes
Edge: No
Infra Red: No
Salespack: Handset, Battery, Charger, Earphone, USB Cable, User Manual, Warranty Card

Clementine Music Player – Amarok for Windows and Mac

music-player-oldies [Windows, Mac, Linux] If you know your way around the world of Linux, you’ve probably heard of Amarok, the music player for Linux operating systems. Now there’s Clementine, a version of Amarok for Windows, Macintosh and Linux. Here’s a list of the features:

• Search and play your local music library
• Listen to internet radio from Last.fm and SomaFM
• Load M3U and XSPF playlists
• Edit tags on MP3 and OGG files, organize your music
• Download missing album cover art from Last.fm
• Cross-platform – works on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux
• Native desktop notifications on Linux (libnotify) and Mac OS X (Growl)
• Supports MPRIS on Linux, or remote control using the command-line

I tried out the Windows version of Clementine recently and I found that it’s a pretty good music player and library organizer. Here are a few screenshots for you to look over.

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Although Amarok is well developed and pretty much bug-free, Clementine isn’t there yet. Most of the features seemed to work fine. However, the online radio player feature for playing Last.fm never did work for me. That’s too bad because that was the only real reason I tried it out. I was not able to check out the SomaFM player since I don’t have an account with that service.

I will definitely keep an eye on this open source project. I’m sure they’ll get the bugs out of it eventually. In the mean time, I don’t have any use for it.

Download page for Clementine

Techie Buzz Verdict:

I always try to use open source software when it’s available and does a good job. Clementine shows a lot of promise, but it still has a long way to go to compete with the many older and more mature music players. I can’t recommend it at this time.

Techie Buzz Rating: 2/5 (Below Average)

Check PNR Status Of Trains Online

Travelling by trains is one of the best modes of transportation in India, but thanks to the heavy load you might be able to get a reservation online and will be in waiting or reservation against cancellation status.

Travelling without reservation is often a crime in Indian Railways and you might be fined if you are caught. In such cases, checking your Passenger reservation or PNR is the best way before you can start your travel in Indian railways.

Indian Railways customers can check or find their PNR status online by visiting the Indian Railways Passenger Reservation Enquiry at this URL. Users will find their PNR at the top left corner of the ticket.

To check the status of your ticket you can enter the PNR at the above URL and you will be able to check whether your ticket is confirmed or still in waiting status.

There are several other ways to check your PNR, however, this is the best way to do it as it is created and  managed by Indian Railways.

Google PAC-MAN Cost Users 4.82 million hours and $120 Million

Over the past few weeks, you might have been greeted with the Google PAC-MAN game whenever you visited Google.com. The game was cute, enticing and annoying at its best, however, according to some reports from the RescueTime blog, over the span of 48 hours users spent a total of 4.82 million hours playing the game, which cost us $120 million+ in total.

Google PAC-MAN Doodle

According to the study done by RescueTime, an average user usually spends 4 and a half minutes on Google with 22 page views on an average with each page view timed to 11 seconds. However, according to the data they have the average user spent 36 seconds more on last Friday, the day the Google PAC-MAN game went live.

Some of the intriguing stats from their study includes the following:

  • Google Pac-Man consumed 4,819,352 hours of time (beyond the 33.6m daily man hours of attention that Google Search gets in a given day)
  • $120,483,800 is the dollar tally, If the average Google user has a COST of $25/hr (note that cost is 1.3 2.0 X pay rate).
  • For that same cost, you could hire all 19,835 google employees, from Larry and Sergey down to their janitors, and get 6 weeks of their time. Imagine what you could build with that army of man power.
  • $298,803,988 is the dollar tally if all of the Pac-Man players had an approximate cost of the average Google employee.

So how long did you spend playing PAC-MAN on Google? Oh and by the way you can continue playing the Google PAC-MAN game at its new home.

(Source)

Microsoft Office 2010 Virtual Launch On May 25th and 26th

Microsoft is hosting a virtual launch conference for on May 25th and 26th at Mera Office. At this event, users will be able to learn about the new offerings in Office 2010 and also be able to win 20 copies of Office Home and Student 2007, with possible free upgrade to Office 2010.

Office 2010 Virtual Launch

On May 25th, users will get to learn about the new features in Office 2010 including tours of Outlook 2010, OneNote 2010. There will also be presentations from Techie Buzz author Manan Kakkar who will be talking about Word 2010, PowerPoint 2010  and Office Web Apps. There will also be introductions for Excel 2010.

On May 26th the focus will shift to communications and collaboration software in Office 2010, including sessions on SharePoint 2010, InfoPath 2010 and more.

Users can register for the free event at meraoffice.com to attend the event. Since this is a virtual event, you just need a web browser and internet connection to attend it.

All participants will get a free office eBook and certificates for attending the event.

Walmart Selling iPhone 3GS for $97

With the anticipation of the release of next month at , the 3GS will slow but surely lose its charm since people would rather wait to get the next generation device rather than buying an old device.

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However, now Walmart is enticing users to buy an iPhone 3GS by dropping the price to $97 for a two year contract. For $97 users will get an iPhone 3GS 16GB phone with a binding 2 year contract with AT&T.

If you have been reading this blog, you would know how I had raised issues on how Apple was keen on dumping iPhone 3GS in other markets when it announced the iPhone 3GS in India.

So would you be prepared to buy an iPhone 3GS for $97 considering that an iPhone 4G is just around the corner, or would you pass the offer and rather buy an iPhone 4G instead. Do let me know through your comments.

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