Details Of Meizu’s Mbook Surface

Meizu, a Chinese company, is soon going to release an Apple iPad competitor. The device will be named Mbook and will feature a 8.4 inch screen. The touchscreen is a capacitive one and has resolution of 1024*768. The battery life of the Mbook is rated at around 12 hours. The Mbook will feature a 1.5Ghz processor and will be capable of playing 1080p videos via a HDMI cable.

Meizu’s Mbook will also feature 3G, GPS and Wi-Fi. The Mbook will apparently be running Google’s Android OS. The Mbook does look like a worthy competitor to the iPad. If the device is priced right, it could very well eat into iPad’s market share. Also, it is not yet known whether the applications currently present in the Android market will work on the Mbook or not.

The higher screen resolution of the Mbook compared to other Android devices present in the market, might pose a problem. The Mbook does have impressive hardware under the hood and a phenomenal battery life. As of now, no details are available about the release date and pricing of the device.


Vodafone Offers Unlimited Local Vodafone Calling At Rs.149 In Jammu And Kashmir

Vodafone currently offers unlimited Vodafone to Vodafone calling at low cost in Jammu and Kashmir Circle. Unlimited calling is limited to local Vodafone numbers in this circle. This special recharge is useful for those who wants to stay connected with their friends, during the day as well as at night.

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Plan Details:

Price: Rs.149
Validity: 30 days
Circle: Jammu And Kashmir
Benefits: Free unlimited local calling to any Vodafone numbers.

This special recharge voucher is available only for Rs.149. Vodafone also offers an alternative pack in Jammu and Kashmir circle for Rs.175, which offers unlimited local Vodafone calling and other local calls will be charged at 1 paisa/2 seconds. If you have any queries, call Vodafone Customer Care by dialing 111 or you can even ask us in the comments.

Airtel launches Norton smartphone security

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Airtel has tied up with Norton AntiVirus to bring its antivirus services for mobile phones. This step is taken to ensure that smartphone users are free from spam, virus attacks and unwanted messages. Let us have a look at the features offered by Norton Smartphone Security (NSS).

1) Advanced Protection: – Norton Anti Virus will automatically scan and detect viruses and spams. It will make sure that your phone is safe from virus intrusions by checking individual files and applications. It even guarantees safety while Bluetooth transfers, Wi-Fi, GSM and 3G.
2) Real-time protection: It includes prevention from Dos attacks with enhanced firewall blocks.
3) It helps in blocking SMS/MMS from unknown senders.
4) NSS comes with an easy to use interface. Now you can easily manage and schedule antivirus scans.
5) LiveUpdate ensures that the virus databases are always updated.

For information related to downloading the application, click here.

Via: Telecomtalk

How To Use Regedit

reg-icon Windows stores its configuration settings in a database called the registry. These settings are constantly modified by the many different programs running in Windows. Users can also make changes to the registry by using the Windows registry editor, regedit. Making changes to the registry is a common way to correct problems and change the way Windows looks and acts.

However, making the wrong registry changes can cripple your Windows system. So before you start hacking away with regedit, you should learn a little about it. This tutorial will explain some of the features in regedit and tell you how to use it safely.

Backing up the registry

Back up the registry before you make changes. One convenient way to do this is to use Windows System Restore. Here’s how to use System Restore. Another method for backing up the Windows registry is using a free utility named ERUNT, and here is how ERUNT works. Make sure you understand one of these methods before going any further.

Launching regedit

Unlike most other system tools, regedit will not appear in any of your menus when you click the Start button. That means you’ll have to launch it some other way. I’ll tell you how to start it using the Run dialog.

To bring up the Run dialog, hold down the Windows key and tap the R key.

winkey r

Now type regedit into the command entry box and click OK.

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Using Regedit

Once launched, regedit will pop up pretty quickly. Here’s what it looks like:

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First, I’ll mention that you can see a Helpmenu in regedit and you’ll find plenty of information in it that I won’t cover in this tutorial.

The navigation pane (on the left) is showing the 5 main hivekeys, which always start with the word HKEY. To navigate deeper into the registry, you need to click on the plus (+) signs next to a hive key. The same applies the further into registry you go. Once you click on a plus, it will display all the sub-keys under that key and the plus will change into a minus (-) sign. Clicking on the minus sign will collapse the structure back to the way it was.

In the view below, you can see that I’ve located the key for a piece of software that I had installed.

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At the bottom of the window you can see the registry path to this key. Right clicking on a key will bring up a menu showing several actions.

  • New, will create a new key under the key I have selected.
  • Delete- If this was a program that was no longer installed on my PC, I could safely delete this key.
  • The Copy Key Nameaction places the full path to the key in your Windows Clipboard, and it can be pasted as text into other applications, such as email or a web browser.
  • Exportaction allows you to save the information under a registry key, and this information can be restored later if it’s needed. It’s a good idea to export a key before you make changes to it. I’ll talk more about exported keys later.

Here you can see that I’ve navigated down into the Current User hive to take a look at my mapped network drives.

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In this view, I have the Zkey open. In the right pane (data pane), you can see the entries for the data values under this key. Each piece of data under a key has a name, type and value. The data name can be almost any string of letters as long as it doesn’t contain a space. There are several types of data, as shown above, and you can learn more about them in the regedit help file.

Right clicking into an empty area in the data pane will bring up the Newmenu, as shown above, which allows you to add new data entries. Right clicking on one of the data entries, as shown below, will allow you to modify its value or delete it entirely.

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Importing data into the registry

Above I mentioned that you can export a key to save all the sub-keys and data under it. When you export a key, you will see that it wants to save as a REG file.

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A .reg file is actually a plain text file and you can open it up in Notepad to see what’s inside of it. Here’s a look inside of one:

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That’s good to know, because you will often find registry tweaks published online in plain text as shown in the image above. All you need to do is to copy the text, paste it into Notepad and then save it as a .REG file.

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Once you have a REG file that you want to restore or add to the registry, all you need to do is double click on it, or right click on it and Mergeit into the registry. When you do this, you’ll get a message asking you to confirm this action.

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After you confirm, you’ll get a message telling you that the information was entered.

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Notes:
  • If you’ve made changes to the registry, you won’t always see an immediate change (if it’s one you can see). Many times you will have to log out of Windows and log back in before you see any changes.
  • Some free tools make it easy to change your registry without using regedit. These programs are often called tweakor system enhancement tools, such as TweakUI (from Microsoft).
  • Here are some sites with lots of registry tweaks you can apply to Windows.
  • Here are some tutorials on how to use the registry and REG files.
  • Here is a list of free registry tools.
Summary

I’ve told you what the registry is, how to back it up, make changes to it, and finally, how to add to the registry using REG files. Now you have enough information to safely make registry changes, and you can learn even more about these topics in the regedit help file and other places online.

What’s New in WebKit2 | What Webkit2 Has to Offer to The Browser World

WebKit, the open-source engine behind browsers like Apple Safari and Google Chrome has recently announced that it will bring a new API layer to itself creating a WebKit2. This will let web content and the application to run in two different processes.

This model is already implementated in many browsers like Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Google Chrome has gained some great success in launching tabs as separate processes.

Though, the addition of the feature to the WebKit engine itself means, other browsers using this engine need not develop their own. This feature is exactly what Mozilla has been working on for a while now. Chrome already has this and calls it the Sandbox. This change will make it much easier and faster for Safari to implement this feature and get even in the race.

The name WebKit2 has been chosen because it is the next version but it does not feature any major changes apart from this.

As soon as the change arrives, browsers based on WebKit will directly see this. This includes the iPhone OS browser, the Google Android and the Symbian s60 browser. This will make them much more stable on mobile devices.

WebKit2 will release a C API to make use of this new implementation model. This will facilitate development of browsers using this new feature.

(Via: WebKit-Dev)

HTC EVO 4G Expected To Release On June 13th

Last month, Sprint announced the powerful HTC EVO 4G at the CTIA 2010. HTC EVO 4G is Sprint’s first smartphone which has a 4G connectivity. It will be available on the airwaves of wireless operator Sprint. This handset is powered by Android 2.1 operating system, 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, 8 megapixel camera and so on.

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HTC EVO 4G Specs:

â–ª Android 2.1 operating system
â–ª 1 GHz Snapdragon processor
â–ª 4.3 inches WVGA display
▪ 800×480 pixels resolution
â–ª 4G connectivity
â–ª 1GB ROM
â–ª 512MB RAM
â–ª 8 megapixel camera
â–ª HD (720p) video recording
â–ª built-in kickstand
â–ª 3.5 mm audio jack
â–ª Wi-Fi
â–ª Bluetooth 2.1
â–ª Digital compass
â–ª G-Sensor
â–ª proximity sensor
â–ª light sensor
â–ª A-GPS
â–ª 1.3MP front-facing camera
â–ª high-quality video streaming
â–ª MicroSD card slots
â–ª 32GB expandable memory

According to the rumors, this handset is expected to launch on June 13, 2010. The price of this handset is not announced yet. Are you planning to buy this amazing device? Please let us know in the comments.

Apple iPhone OS 4.0 Won’t Bother The Android Market

No matter how many adjectives Steve Jobs punches into describing his products, the iPhone OS 4.0 this time, smart gadget users know what others in the race are offering. With the iPhone OS 4.0, the iPhone will see multitasking and some customization on the desktop. One thing to notice is that, this feature has always been available on Android.

Though, this and most other features of the new firmware are only a subset of those offered by Android currently. It is expected that the launch will not affect the market capturing growth of Android.

The new loud-shouted feature of the iPhone OS – multitasking was a key component of Android OS from the time of its inception.

Apple has been a trend-setter and an innovator.  It has survived on its superior user experience and popularity but customers are getting smarter now.  Android offers better features at lesser prices and it seems like a fair deal.

The iPhone OS needs to gear up and get ahead of Android to get back its thunder. At least, that will help it retain the huge market it has managed to capture.
(Via: PCWorld)

Zune HD 64 GB Available For Pre-order, For $349.99

Microsoft has just released its Zune HD 64 GB pre-pre-order. In case you were left wondering what that means, Microsoft had originally scheduled the pre-order availability for April 12th. Though, it seems to have been launched ahead of schedule.

The Zune HD 64 GB is available from the Zune website and it is $50 cheaper than the iPod touch. This makes it a good contender for the music player market.

This new version of Zune HD does not include the latest firmware version 4.5. The users will be prompted to upgrade once they connect to the internet. The new firmware version has features like SmartDJ.

The Zune HD is available in colors of green,  platinum, black, blue, magenta, purple and red. You can customize your Zune with artwork at just $15.

This is just another product launch disaster from Microsoft but let’s just say, it is serving the greater good. To order your piece of the Zune, head over to the official website.

(Via: ArsTechnica)

Getting iPhone Internet Tethering Working in Linux

I’ve owned couple of mobile phones now, all in increasing number of features. But the one thing that remained common amongst all of them, was the ability to use a tethered Internet connection in both Windows and Linux. Until I got the iPhone, that is. With the iPhone, I could no longer use the iPhone as a modem in Linux. Not anymore.

I was recently researching about claims that Ubuntu could sync with the iPhone, even the non-jailbroken ones. I was a little skeptical about this. What I found was libimobiledevice, and the iPhone Ethernet driver for Linux. I’ll write on libimobiledevice at a later day.

Let’s have a look at the USB Ethernet driver: The iPhone USB Ethernet driver was written by Diego Giagio, and is a kernel driver which adds support for iPhone tethering through USB cables. Like libimobiledevice, the driver doesn’t require you to jailbreak your iPhone, so bonus marks here.

Let’s start on how we can achieve this. This post is written from a Ubuntu/Debian system perspective, if you’re using some other distribution, the steps should remain same, with the exception of getting the packages via your favourite package manager.

First: Get the source from Diego’s git repository. If you don’t have git installed, open the terminal and type:

sudo apt-get install git-core

Once git is installed, get the source for the drivers

git clone git://github.com/dgiagio/ipheth.git

The output should be something like

sathya@shaman:~$ git clone git://github.com/dgiagio/ipheth.git
Initialized empty Git repository in /home/shaman/ipheth/.git/
remote: Counting objects: 10, done.
remote: Compressing objects: 100% (9/9), done.
remote: Total 10 (delta 0), reused 0 (delta 0)
Receiving objects: 100% (10/10), 8.11 KiB, done.
sathya@shaman:~$

Now, compile the pairing program.

cd ipheth/ipheth-pair

make

You should get an output like:

sathya@shaman:~/ipheth/ipheth-pair$ make
gcc -Wall -O2 ipheth-pair.c -o ipheth-pair -liphone

Next, type:

sudo make install

You should get an output like:

sathya@shaman:~/ipheth/ipheth-pair$ sudo make install
install -m 0755 ipheth-pair /lib/udev/
install -m 0644 90-iphone-tether.rules /etc/udev/rules.d
/sbin/udevadm control –reload-rules
sathya@shaman:~/ipheth/ipheth-pair$

Compile the Kernel driver:

cd ipheth/ipheth-driver

make

You should get an output like:

sathya@shaman:~$ cd ipheth/ipheth-driver
sathya@shaman:~/ipheth/ipheth-driver$ make
make -C /lib/modules/2.6.28-15-generic/build M=/home/sathya/ipheth/ipheth-driver modules
make[1]: Entering directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.28-15-generic’
CC [M] /home/sathya/ipheth/ipheth-driver/ipheth.o
Building modules, stage 2.
MODPOST 1 modules
CC /home/sathya/ipheth/ipheth-driver/ipheth.mod.o
LD [M] /home/sathya/ipheth/ipheth-driver/ipheth.ko
make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.28-15-generic’
sathya@shaman:~/ipheth/ipheth-driver$

The kernel module is ready. Now load the module.

sudo insmod ipheth.ko

We’re all set to try the new driver out. Now connect the iPhone. The iPhone should get detected, as shown in the picture.

To confirm that the USB Ethernet driver is in use, open the terminal and type

dmesg | grep iPhone

You should get an output like:

sathya@shaman:~/ipheth/ipheth-driver$ dmesg | grep iPhone
[22871.808469] ipheth 2-2:4.2: Apple iPhone USB Ethernet device attached

Yay! That means the USB Ethernet driver is ready. Lets switch on Tethering on the iPhone.
Switch on iPhone tethering

Lets see what happens. Prior to installing the driver, I would get no notification and nothing would happen. Not now.

To confirm that we have indeed connected using iPhone let’s have a look at Network Manager connections:

iPhone tethering done

And there you go, iPhone tethering on Linux!

Notes:
1: You need to have tethering option enabled with your service provide to use this tip. From what I know, tethering is not officially allowed under AT&T’s plan, so I don’t think this method will work.
2: I tested this on my iPhone 3G running on iPhone OS 3.1.2. Although mine is a jailbroken iPhone, the author mentions that jailbreaking is not required.

LG Lollipop GD580 Hands-On Pics

LG Lollipop GD580 is a stylish clamshell phone, which has an external hidden OLED display, 3.2 megapixel camera, 3G connectivity, 8GB expandable memory, GPRS/EDGE, Stereo FM and so on. This handset was released on January 2010 and it comes in three exciting colors – Blue, Pink and Black.

The guys at Mobile 01 shared some amazing pics of this device. Check out all the exclusive hands-on pics of LG Lollipop below.

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