Vodafone Launches New Services For Poila Boishakh aka Bengali New Year

On the eve of the Bengali New Year, Vodafone has launched a plethora of Value Added Services for it’s Bengali subscribers to help them celebrate the Bengali New Year in a much better way. Here is a list of the Value Added Services:

  • A Voice Portal – Poila Baisakh’ which is a mash-up of various utility services such as customised bengali caller tunes, ring tones, recipes of popular Bengali cuisines, mobile greetings, song dedications and trivia around the Bengali New Year. These services can be accessed by dialing <567450> and the call is chargeable at Rs 6 per minute.
  • A WAP Portal for animated wall papers based on the theme of the Bengali New Year. The wallpapers can be downloaded from a link which the customers can get via SMS from Vodafone after sending a text-message:   <Poila> to <111> toll free from GPRS enabled phones
  • Vodafone has also made available personalized picture messages on the same theme and can be sent by Vodafone customers to their friends and loved ones by messaging <PB name of the subscriber> to 53636. This SMS will be charged at Rs 3 per SMS.

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SiftLinks Filters Important Links From Your Twitter Timeline

I am not very active at Twitter and do not update my Twitter profile throughout the day. However, Twitter is a great place to spot breaking news, interesting stories and if you are a blogger or a writer, you can’t ignore the tweets.

One of the problems with Twitter is the “Signal to Noise ratio”. Sometimes the Tweets are really interesting but most of the time, your timeline is flooded with irrelevant tweets such as “I am having Coffee ” or ” I am watching a movie”.

If you are like me and use Twitter to consume content, you might want to try a simple way to find the most interesting and popular links in your Twitter timeline. You don’t want to unfollow people in bulk but just need a way to mute the less important updates. Check out SiftLinks – a simple web based Twitter app which filters important Tweets from your Twitter timeline and presents the most popular links in reverse chronological order.

Here is how my Twitter timeline looks after using SiftLinks:

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SiftLinks also provides an RSS feed for the most popular links in your Twitter profile so it might be a good idea to copy the RSS feed and subscribe in your news reader. Doing that will allow you to check important Twitter updates from your Feed reader (e.g Google Reader, Feeddemon etc).

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Also do check out this guide on how to create RSS feed of Twitter lists.

Techie Buzz Verdict

SiftLinks removes the unnecessary updates and shows only the tweets that matter. The RSS feature is really useful as you can read the tweets as well as blog posts from one central location – your feed reader. One addition would have been perfect – the ability to see the number of RT’s and mentions. This way, we can know how much is the influence and reach of a particular tweet right from the feed reader and without having to go to Tweetmeme.

Techie Buzz rating: 3/5 (Average).

Nokia C3 Full Specification

Nokia recently launched the Nokia C3 smartphone with full QWERTY keypad and a 2 megapixel camera. Other features include a Wi-Fi, 8 GB expendable memory, Bluetooth, Stereo FM Radio, etc. This handset comes with an 1 click access to SMS, MMS, Email and IM. Check out the complete specs of this device below.

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Nokia C3 Full Specs:

â–ª 2.4 inch QVGA display
â–ª 320 x 240 pixel resolution
â–ª 262K colors
â–ª Series 40 User Interface
â–ª Full QWERTY keyboard
â–ª GPRS/EDGE
â–ª Opera Mini
â–ª Wi-Fi
â–ª 2 megapixel camera with 4x digital zoom
â–ª Media Player
â–ª Stereo FM Radio
â–ª Built-in hands-free speaker
â–ª 55 MB internal memory
â–ª 8 GB expandable memory
â–ª 2 GB MicroSD card included
â–ª 3.5mm headphone jack
â–ª Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR
â–ª OVI Chat
â–ª OVI Share
â–ª 7 hours talktime
â–ª 20 days stand-by time

Nokia C3 allows you to view alerts and news on the homescreen. It supports multiple email accounts of popular services such as Yahoo mail, Windows Live Hotmail, Gmail, OVI Mail, etc.

Nokia C3 comes in 5 different colors Hot Pink, Golden White and Slate Grey. This handset will be available from Q3, 2010. It comes with a price tag of 90 Euro (Approx. $120 / Rs.5,500).

Google is Experimenting With a New Search Layout

Google is experimenting with a new search layout. This layout looks cleaner and offers better control on the search results. The results are scalable with time, content type and location. The search button has been merged into the search box giving it a different look.

This new search interface packs in a lot of result in an excellent layout and I give this layout a thumbs up over the present one. Here is a screenshot tour of the changes.

The Logo

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The Search Box

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The Page Navigation

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The Complete Page

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Nokia C3 Official Pics

Nokia recently launched Nokia C3, the first series 40 device with full QWERTY keyboard. It comes with a 2 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi connectivity, Conversational SMS, easy email and instant messaging through Nokia Messaging and much more.

Nokia C3 allows you to access social networks like Facebook and Twitter live on the homescreen with the new Communities application. Check out the official pics of this device below.

Nokia C3 Official Pics:

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Nokia C6 Full Specification

Nokia recently launched the Nokia C6 smartphone with a slide-out QWERTY keypad and a 5 megapixel camera. This handset comes with a 3.2 inch touchscreen display, 3G connectivity, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 16 GB expendable memory and so on. Check out the complete specs of this device below.

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Nokia C6 Full Specs:

â–ª 3.2 inch TFT touchscreen display
â–ª 640 x 360 pixel resolution
â–ª Symbian^1 User Interface
â–ª Slide-out QWERTY keyboard
â–ª GPRS/EDGE
â–ª 3G Connectivity
â–ª Wi-Fi
â–ª 5 megapixel camera with autofocus
â–ª 200 MB internal memory
â–ª 16 GB expandable memory
â–ª 2 GB MicroSD card included
â–ª 3.5mm headphone jack
â–ª Bluetooth
â–ª A-GPS
â–ª OVI Maps
â–ª Secondary Camera for video calling
â–ª OVI Chat
â–ª OVI Share
â–ª 7 hours talktime
â–ª 16 days stand-by time
â–ª 1200 mAh battery

Nokia C6 allows you to connect with your friends on popular Instant Messaging services such as Yahoo Messenger, Google Talk, Windows Live Messenger, OVI chat, etc. Nokia E5 comes in 2 different colors Black and White. This handset will be available from Q2, 2010. It comes with a price tag of 220 Euro (Approx. $300 / Rs.13,000).

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Nokia C6 Official Pics

Nokia recently launched the Nokia C6 handset, which comes with a 3.2 inch HD touchscreen with slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 5 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, Built-in GPS and OVI Maps with free navigation and so on.

This handset allows you to add favorite contacts and Facebook status updates on the homescreen. With the help of this device, you can simultaneously log in to work and personal email accounts. Check out the official pics of Nokia C6 below.

Nokia C6 Official Pics:

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Nokia E5 Full Specification

Nokia recently launched the Nokia E5 business smartphone with full QWERTY keypad and a 5 megapixel camera. This handset comes with an 1 click access to SMS, MMS, Email and IM. Other features include a 3G connectivity, A-GPS, Wi-Fi, 32 GB expendable memory and much more. Check out the complete specs of this device below.

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Nokia E5 Full Specs:

â–ª 2.4 inch QVGA LCD display
â–ª 320 x 240 pixel resolution
â–ª Full QWERTY keyboard
â–ª 3G Connectivity
â–ª Wi-Fi
â–ª 5 megapixel camera with LED flash
â–ª 250 MB internal memory
â–ª 32 GB expandable memory
â–ª 2 GB MicroSD card included
â–ª 3.5mm headphone jack
â–ª Bluetooth
â–ª A-GPS
â–ª OVI Maps
â–ª 1 click access to SMS/MMS and email
â–ª OVI Chat
â–ª OVI Share
â–ª 18 hours 30 mins talktime
â–ª 29 days stand-by time
â–ª 1200 mAh battery

Nokia E5 supports multiple email accounts of popular services such as Yahoo mail, Windows Live Hotmail, Gmail, OVI Mail, etc. It also allows you to connect with your friends on popular Instant Messaging services such as Yahoo Messenger, Google Talk, Windows Live Messenger, OVI chat and much more.

Nokia E5 comes in 5 different colors – Carbon Black, Chalk White, Sky Blue, Copper Brown and Silver Grey. This handset will be available from Q3, 2010. It comes with a price tag of 180 Euro (Approx. $240 / Rs.11,000).

Facebook Launches Safety Center For Teens, Parents, Educators and Law Enforcers

Facebook has launched a safety center as part of creating more awareness among it’s users on social security. The safety center has some good tips for teenagers, kids, parents, law enforcers and educators. The purpose of the “Safety Center” section is to educate the users on their profile security, responding to objectionable content and teach the kids to use Facebook in a safer way.

Basically, it’s a “Question Answer board” where users can find answers to common privacy issues and tweaking their profile or application settings. This is how the safety center looks:

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Important Facebook Privacy Issues

Profile Personification: This is one of the most common “unfair use” of Facebook. If someone is pretending to be “You” on Facebook and trying to personify your profile, head over to this page at the Facebook Safety center and you will see the step by step procedure to take action.

Photos: Suppose someone posted or tagged you in a photo but you don’t like the image and want to remove it from Facebook. The person who tagged you never responds to your request to remove a particular image from his/her profile. In such situations, here is the help page to get started.

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Inappropriate Content: Suppose an unknown friend starts posting objectionable photos or started an abusive group about you or your organization. The first step to be done is to delete the person from your friend list. However, to ensure that the profile is completely removed and the group is shut down, head over to this page and take the required actions as described.

The safety center acts as a knowledge base on the serious security and privacy issues of Facebook users. Sure, it’s a positive step taken to encourage and respect personal privacy of users and looks like Facebook wants no stone unturned to deliver maximum user satisfaction.

Add Sticky Notes and Comments on any Webpage with XSticky

Sticky notes are a great way to quickly jot down ideas and comments. You can use Sticky notes for a variety of purposes like to-do lists, task management, ideas etc.

We have earlier seen some useful desktop application for creating and managing sticky notes. But if you want a simple sticky note application for Firefox, try the Xsticky Firefox add-on. With the Xsticky-Addon you can easily create Sticky-Notes at every webpage you like.

Once the add-on is installed, right click on any webpage and select “Add Sticky note”. This will open a yellow square box where you can add text and save the note for later viewing.

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You can create as many notes as you want and the boxes can be moved anywhere on that page or minimized to the bottom. Other features includes changing the background color, transparency and font size.

I found this tool especially useful for designers, who tweak the CSS properties of themes and HTML layouts. You can quickly note down the hex codes and other CSS properties while designing a theme and do not have to rely on other applications for the same purpose.

Writers can also use this tool to their advantage. Suppose you are reading a blog post and suddenly got a unique idea about the same topic. You can note down that idea on that same webpage and return to that page later on. This helps on outlining and creating a rough draft of a news item, which you may wish to blog at a later time.

With over 16000 downloads the add-on seems to be quite popular and one of the best sticky notes extension for Firefox. Please note that the note text is saved locally in the add-on preferences and will be destroyed if you uninstall the extension. Google Chrome fans can try this extension for creating sticky notes in the Chrome browser.

Techie Buzz Verdict

The add-on looks cool but there should be a way to backup the notes and comments. Syncing notes can be difficult but a decent backup option is much expected. Otherwise you will loose all the notes when you reinstall Firefox.

Techie Buzz rating: 3/5 (Average).

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