Nokia Officially Announces E72 White Edition

Nokia recently announced the White Edition of its powerful business phone, the Nokia E72. This handset comes with a full QWERTY keypads, improved navigation, 5 megapixel camera, 16 GB expandable memory and much more. This device is also available in Black and Titanium colors.

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Nokia E72 Features:

  • 2.36 inches TFT display
  • Symbian S60v3 OS
  • 600 MHz ARM processor
  • full QWERTY keyboard
  • 128 MB RAM
  • 250 MB internal storage
  • expandable upto 16GB
  • EDGE
  • 3G Connectivity
  • 5 mega-pixel camera with autofocus
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Nokia Messaging
  • Office Productivity Suites
  • FM Radio
  • A-GPS support
  • Multimedia player
  • document editor
  • flash lite v3.0
  • Java
  • Digital compass
  • OVI Maps

This handset comes with a price tag of $359. Which is the ideal color for Nokia E72 – White, Black or Titanium? Please let us know in the comments.

Super Talent Releases The VSSD Line-Up Of SSDs

Super Talent is quite popular for its memory modules and SSDs. Today, the company launched a value for money solid state drive product line-up known as the Super Talent VSSD. The VSSD line-up of SSDs from Super Talent have a SATA II port, and feature sequential read speeds of up to 150MB/sec. The sequential write speeds are at an impressive 100MB/sec.

VSSD

The drives are enclosed in a polymer shell that protect the drives against sudden shock and physical damages. The capacity of the VSSD’s ranges from a mere 8Gb to 64Gb. The VSSDs are of the 2.5inch form factor. According to Super Talent, the VSSD line-up of SSD’s offer shorter OS bootup time, faster application loading, less system power consumption and a brand new experience the customer can never get from traditional hard-disks.

The price of the 8Gb VSSD drive is 65$, while the 64GB model costs 175$. The VSSDs are currently available all over the world at Super Talent resellers shop.

Nokia X2 Offers 5-megapixel Camera, Dual Speakers and Social Networking

Nokia has just announced the X2 and if the spec sheets are any indication, Nokia may have a winner in its hands. The X2 is a candybar handset with a 2.2-inch QVGA screen and measures in at just 13mm thin and 81g light.

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This handset has plenty to please everyone. Music lovers will appreciate the dual speakers, dedicated music keys, 3.5mm headphone jack and FM stereo, while snaphappy folks will love the 5-megapixel camera with video recording capabilities. For the net-addicts there is Facebook widget and Nokia Messaging. Whilst the former provides direct access to the social networking site from the home screen, the later takes care of email and Instant Messaging.

Other features include Ovi Player PC for transferring songs from you PC over USB 2.0, Ovi Store for getting quick access to Nokia apps, up to 16GB of storage via microSD card and Bluetooth 2.1 for wireless music enjoyment.

Nokia X2 is expected to be launched in June. According to the official announcement, it will be available for an estimated retail price of €85 before taxes and subsidies. We are hoping that this translates to a street price in the range of Rs. 5000 and Rs. 6000.

Opera Mini 5.0.1 For iPhone Released

Opera Software has just pushed through the first update to Opera Mini for iPhone. Opera Mini 5.0.1 is a mainly a bug fix release, which addresses several issues reported by users, including the “freeze at start-up” issue. It also adds support for Hungarian, besides adding several stability fixes.

Earlier this month, Opera Mini for iPhone was approved by Apple. It quickly went on to become one of the most popular free apps in the App Store. In fact, Opera Mini managed to amass one million downloads on day one itself.

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Opera Mini for iPhone features full tabbed browsing, search engine integration, Opera Link (data synchronization), visual speed dial, password manager, find-in-page and session restore. However, the biggest draw of Opera Mini is speed. All webpages are routed through Opera’s servers where they are rendered and compressed. This can provide a significant speed boost on slower networks, besides reducing your bandwidth bill.

Opera Mini 5.0.1 can be downloaded from the Apple App Store.

Jon Stewart Rips Into Apple on The Daily Show [Video]

You may have already heard that the San Mateo police raided Jason Chen’s (Gizmodo Editor) home. Reportedly, this action was prompted by a theft complaint lodged by Apple. Gizmodo’s legal troubles may just be beginning, but it has found support from unlikely quarters. Last night, Jon Stewart blasted Apple in The Daily Show for its handling of the stolen iPhone incident.

Here is a partial transcript from InOtherNews:

Apple – you guys were the rebels, man, the underdogs. People believed in you. But now, are you becoming the man? Remember back in 1984, you had those awesome ads about overthrowing Big Brother? Look in the mirror, man! …It wasn’t supposed to be this way – Microsoft was supposed to be the evil one! But you guys are busting down doors in Palo Alto while Commandant Gates is ridding the world of mosquitoes! What the fuck is going on???!!!

…I know that it is slightly agitating that a blog dedicated to technology published all that stuff about your new phone. And you didn’t order the police to bust down the doors, right? I’d be pissed too, but you didn’t have to go all Minority Report on his ass! I mean, if you wanna break down someone’s door, why don’t you start with AT&T, for God sakes? They make your amazing phone unusable as a phone! I mean, seriously! How do you drop four calls in a one-mile stretch of the West Side Highway! There’re no buildings around! What, does the open space confuse AT&T’s signal???!!!

…Come on, Steve. Chill out with the paranoid corporate genius stuff. Don’t go all Howard Hughes on us.

You can grab full episodes of The Daily Show from its official website.

New Features that Rock in Ubuntu 10.04 Desktop Edition

Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx Desktop Edition will be here soon and has a list of some exciting new features. If you have ever used Ubuntu before, you will be able to tell, this is the best Ubuntu distro ever.  Here are quite a few reasons to use this latest product.

The boot speed brags

A test conducted by Phoronix in December 2009 reported that Ubuntu 10.04 should break another boot barrier in its product lineup. The 10.04 beta version booted in 24 seconds on a Dell Mini 9 as compared to 54 seconds of Karmic Koala. Since then, Ubuntu has included the latest kernel and has also applied a Moblin patch. Moblin, as we know boots extremely fast and Ubuntu will get a share of that boot speed. Another improvement, the removal of HAL will be a major factor behind boot enhancement as HAL takes up a considerable amount of time to load and is the biggest boot hog apart from NFS.

The MeMenu is all about you

The new MeMenu designed my Mark Shuttleworth included in the panel will appeal to all social networking junkies. Ubuntu has never been this right. With a larger section of Internet users, at times, being there for the sole purpose of socializing, the MeMenu will completely rock. MeMenu provides an integrated access to all you social channels on Digg, Twitter, Facebook and good old messengers like MSN, Google Talk and the Stone Age IRC.

Gnome improvements

Gnome in Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid is of the latest version and it has a new and improved Nautilus which looks classy. New features have been included in Empathy and Tomboy notes can now be synchronized to the cloud. Copy-pasting of rich HTML is also supported now. The full changelog is available at this page.

Ubuntu One Music Sync and File Store to make you feel at home

Ubuntu One is Ubuntu’s desktop integration for online services. It lets you sync your files, directories, bookmarks and contacts anytime and anywhere. Now, access your files on the fly and purchase and listen to music from 7Digital  right within your favorite music players with Ubuntu Music Store. The PC is now all about Personal Computing.

Better nVidia Support for viewing pleasures

Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx has an improved support for nVidia graphics drivers. The Nouveau video driver is the default on Ubuntu with Lucid and this new driver has better resolution detection. This driver is being developed upstream and this will ensure better support. Drivers already supporting this are available as nvidia-current (190.53),  nvidia-173, and  nvidia-96.

Apart from this, there is a new kernel based on the 2.6.32.9 version and the all new KDE SC 4.4 for Kubuntu. The version of popular software products like Firefox is also expected to be seen.

Apple Getting Ready To Launch Its Mobile Advertisement Platform – iAd

Apple-iAd Apple is almost ready to make its debut in the advertising business. Its mobile advertisement platform dubbed iAd will be used to display ads inside applications available in the Apple App Store.

As with all things Apple, iAd won’t come cheap. Publishers interested in leveraging the new platform will have to shell out close to $1 million. In fact, Apple could charge a lot more (as much as $10 million) to be part of a handful of marketers at the launch. These rates are substantially higher than the $100,000 to $200,000 paid by Ad executives for other similar mobile deals.

Apple will allow developers to choose if they want to display ads or not. Developers participating in iAd will get 60% of the revenue generated, while Apple will hold on to the rest. What sets iAd apart as a platform is its interactivity. One of the examples cited by Apple is an ad for Nike’s Air Jordan basketball shoe. This ad appears as an animated banner at the bottom of the screen, accompanied by an iAd logo. If the user taps on the ad, it will be expanded to display a video, interactive store locator and special offers on local stores.

Ubuntu 10.04 Manual Released

We have talked of the Ubuntu Manual earlier. Finally, the Ubuntu release team has announced the Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx manual.

This manual goes by the title of “Getting Started with Ubuntu 10.04″. This manual is targeted at all Ubuntu users but can be of special interest to Ubuntu beginners. It will help them save those extra clicks and get things done easier and faster.

It is more like a walk-through where you are taken through a series of steps. There are no scary technical details in this manual. The manual is divided into chapters and it proceeds from a  beginner  to go up to an advanced level. It includes common troubleshooting problems and is available in over 50 languages.

Sized at only around 4 MB, the manual can be easily downloaded from the Ubuntu manual website.

Ubuntu is the most popular Linux distro and is the easiest to use. It is focused more on users than developers and the manual goes a further step in extending user support. With the manual release coming just hours before the release of Ubuntu 10.04, I would say Ubuntu is on a perfect roadmap.
(Via: OMG!UBUNTU)

Firefox Account Manager: Now a Reality

Account Manager is the latest and most promising feature being developed at Mozilla Labs. Now,  Mozilla Labs has finally released an Alpha version of its Account Manager as a Firefox add-on. This nifty feature allows us to manage login and signup on websites without disrupting our current browsing session. You can read more about Account Manager at this earlier post on Techie Buzz.

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The basic concept behind account manager is to allow users to simplify the process of signing in and out of your web accounts. Once you install the add-on you will see a key sign next to the location bar. Clicking on which will show you an option to connect to the current site.

Different websites have different login/logout methods. Account Manager on the other hand, simplifies the login and logout process by providing a kind of a grand unified login procedure user interface. The feature announced last month is now active and can be downloaded as a Firefox add-on in the alpha version. Though, Mozilla has assured that Account Manager will make it to Firefox integration soon. Currently, Account Manager supports Facebook, Google, Yahoo!, Mozilla Add-ons, Mozilla Bugzilla, and GetPersonas.com. (Via: Mozilla Links)

HP Will Acquire Palm for $1.2 Billion

Palm-HP Palm Inc. may live after all. Hewlett-Packard has announced that it has finalized agreements to buy Palm for $1.2 billion. This ends weeks of speculation about Palm’s future. In spite of Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein’s assurances that Palm would be fine on its own, most pundits believed that an acquisition was the only way Palm could survive. Everyone from Lenovo to HTC had been rumored to be interested in Palm, which has seen its value dwindle rapidly over the past few months.

Besides providing HP a foothold in the profitable smartphone segment, this acquisition will also allow HP to gain access to Palm’s impressive patent portfolio. However, the biggest gain for HP is undoubtedly the webOS, which powers Palm Pixi and Palm Pre.

According to Brian Humphries, HP’s Senior Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development, webOS is the best-in-class mobile operating system. Our intent is to double down on webOS. When asked to expand on his comment, Humphries added, “We think it’s one of the best operating systems out there today. We see nothing in development in the next 3 to 5 years that comes close. We want to take HP’s financial strength and use it to take webOS to the next level.

WebOS is indeed an excellent platform that was let down by less than adequate hardware. Until now, its future was clouded by uncertainty. However, HP’s backing not only guarantees a second-generation webOS but also increases the possibility of accelerated development. We could also see webOS being used in a wider array of products including tablet PCs and netbooks.

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