Mobile Mondays | HTC Evo 4G Announced, Xperia X10 Launched And More

Welcome to the Third Edition of Mobile Mondays. This week two powerful smartphones were announced at CTIA 2010. On the other hand, Sony Ericsson launched the most awaited Xperia X10 and Vivaz in India. There were reports that claimed HTC is planning to launch budget smartphones in the US. This week was amazing since many smartphones were launched and few of the most awaited handsets were available for purchase. Lets start the third edition of Mobile Mondays with some interesting news, views and related stuffs.

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HTC:

The most rumored HTC Supersonic smartphone, which was expected to be announced this week was finally unveiled at the CTIA 2010. HTC Supersonic is now officially known as HTC EVO 4G and it will be launched on the airwaves of Sprint. HTC EVO 4G is the Sprint’s first smartphone which has a 4G connectivity.

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Budget smartphones which are mostly sold in emerging markets will also be sold in the US, thanks to HTC, since they are planning to launch HTC Smart and other budget smartphones in the US from next month. HTC Desire which was expected to launch today in the UK on the airwaves of T-Mobile UK was delayed by one week due to some unknown reason.

HTC HD2 was finally launched this week on the airwaves on T-Mobile USA. The early reports showed that this handset is a huge hit in the US and the device was completely sold out within 4 hours of the launch.

Samsung:

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Samsung officially unveiled the powerful Samsung Galaxy S this week at CTIA 2010. This handset is powered by Android 2.1 operating system and it runs on a 1 GHz Application Processor. Some notable features of this handset include a 4 inches Super AMOLED touchscreen display, 5 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording, 3G connectivity, A-GPS, 32GB expandable memory and much more.

Samsung also launched the stylish Diva S7070 in the UK. This handset is specially designed for female users. Within a few days, a Gold Edition of this handset was announced. The Gold Edition of Samsung Diva S7070 will be available for purchase in the UK on the airwaves of T-Mobile UK and Orange.

Sony Ericsson:

sony ericsson x10

This week, Sony Ericsson launched the most awaited Xperia X10 and Vivaz in India. They also announced Xperia X10 Mini, Xperia X10 Mini Pro and Vivaz Pro, which will be available in the coming months. Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 is priced at Rs. 35,795 while Vivaz comes with a price tag of Rs. 25,695.

Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro is expected to go on sale from next month in the UK. This device will start shipping from April 30 onwards. This handset will come with a price tag of £339.99 (approx. $500). You can pre-order this handset at Play.com.

LG:

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LG Remarq is a eco-friendly phone which was recently launched on the airwaves of the wireless carrier Sprint. This handset is made from 87 percent of recyclable materials and 19 percent of recycled plastic. This handset features a slide-out QWERTY keypad, 1.3 megapixel camera, 16GB expandable memory and much more.

Handset Of The Week – HTC EVO 4G:

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HTC EVO 4G is the Sprint’s first smartphone which has a 4G connectivity. This handset is powered by Android 2.1 operating system, 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, 8 megapixel camera and much more. Head over to this page to learn more about this powerful smartphone.

Video Of The Week – Windows Phone 7 Ported To HTC HD2:

We will be back next week with some interesting news, rumors, handset leaks and detailed analysis. Don’t forget to catch us every Monday at Techie Buzz.

Zen Mobile`s QWERTY Z66 at Rs. 2999

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Zen Mobiles has launched yet another dual SIM phone-Z66. It has a QWERTY keypad and supports two GSM SIM cards simultaneously. Zen has already launched Z77 and Z90 few days back. It seems that Zen is targeting QWERTY keypad lovers. The price of Zen`s latest offering is also nominal- Rs 2999.

Talking about Z66, Mr. Deepesh Gupta, MD, Zen Mobile said,

popularity of QWERTY phones is fast catching up which can be judged by the fact that sales of these phones have grown 150 percent in the past one year. Our recently launched handsets Z77 and Z90 have been received well by our customers and we are confident that Z 66 will garner similar response. Zen mobiles aim to cater to the needs of the tech-savy Indian mobile users at an affordable price. Loaded with attractive features, the Z 66 comes at an affordable price range without compromising on quality.

Zen Z66 Specifications
• 2.2-inch display
• Dimensions: 111.5 x 60 x 13.3mm
• Weight: 90 gms
• 1100 mAh Li-Ion Battery with USB Charging
• Dual SIM
• 3.5 mm Audio Jack
• Motion Sensor
• VGA Camera, Bluetooth, Wireless FM Radio
• Java enabled
• External Memory expandable upto 4 GB
• MSN Messenger and Opera mini browser

Tata Indicom Introduces Prepaid Plan for BlackBerry Users

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Tata Indicom has announced the launch of weekly-prepaid plans for Blackberry users. It has introduced two amazing service plans -Blackberry Messaging Bundle and BlackBerry Internet Bundle.

Blackberry Messaging bundle is available at a monthly package of Rs 299 and weekly package of Rs 85.On the other hand, BlackBerry Internet Bundle is slightly costlier. It is available at a monthly package of Rs 900 and weekly package of Rs 85.

Services Available Under BlackBerry Messaging Bundle service plan

  • Users are provided with unlimited access to e-mail and instant messaging. Thus, allowing customers to access at most ten email accounts on Hotmail, Yahoo! Mail, Google Mail and chat on popular messengers like Google Talk , Yahoo Messenger and Windows Live Messenger.
  • Various formats like doc, ppt, xls, pdf, txt, zip, jpg, bmp, png, gif and tiff are supported.

Services Available under BlackBerry Internet Bundle plan

  • Users are provided with unlimited access to web browsing in addition to unlimited instant messaging and access to at most 10 POP3 email accounts.

These plans are applicable on all BlackBerry smartphones from Tata Indicom.

Photoshop’s Content Aware Fill Rant Finally Matches GIMP’s Age Old Feature

On one hand, when the whole Internet is going crazy about the new feature of  “Content Aware Fill” in the latest Photoshop available with Adobe CS5, Gimp, which has had this feature, is remaining quiet.

The latest feature in Photoshop was demoed by Photoshop product manager Bryan O’Neil Hughes. You can see the  Content Aware Fill preview video on Youtube. Basically, with this new feature, we can remove an object from an image safely. Photoshop will automatically create a background with a suitable fill.

Apart from that Photoshop features many new selection technologies and texture generation algorithms. According to the countdown on the homepage, the release is due 19 days from now.

Resynthesizer in Gimp has had this feature from a long time. Add the Gimp resynthesizer to your Gimp with the command:

sudo apt-get install gimp-resynthesizer

Joey at OMG!Ubuntu has posted images of how well this feature works in Gimp. The object removed here is a tree which is definitely harder to remove than regular shapes.

(Via: OMG!Ubuntu)

PS3 Latest Firmware Removes Support for Linux and Other OS

The latest firmware release for PS3 from Sony will remove the “Other OS” feature. The update is scheduled to arrive on the 1st of April. Do not go by that date because Sony has confirmed that this is not an April Fool’s Day joke.

The update which is scheduled to arrive on Thursday this week will not be mandatory though. It will be an optional upgrade but those using the older firmware will be devoid of many features of the latest 3.21 firmware. Sony says it has released this update for security concerns.

Though, after the PS3 hack by the famous iPhone hacker, this looks more like an insecurity concern.

For those going for this update,

  • You will not be able to use another OS on your PS3.
  • No more playbacks of unsupported formats like MKV.
  • No more interesting PS3 hack reports.
  • No more fun.

If you are planning on not using this update,

  • You will miss out on all the security Sony will probably talk about.
  • You will not be able to play the latest games requiring the latest firmware.
  • You will not be able to play Blu-ray discs.
  • You will not get access to PSN (PlayStation network) anymore.

Gaming consoles like PS3 are a power juice machine and are used in researches as well. The removal of Other OS feature will affect many more communities apart from gamers.
(Via: Techherald)

Jolicloud Robby Pre-Final Released

The Jolicloud team has released the pre-final version of Jolicloud Robby which contain a number of updates including support for HTML5 through Chrome. Jolicloud Robby also has a new network manager and a new desktop mode.

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You can install Jolicloud Robby either through a windows installer or by using the ISO file provided for downloads. With this release Jolicloud has officially exited the beta stage and a final version of Jolicloud Robby will be released shortly.

There was no clear indication on the blog post on whether current Jolicloud users will have to download the new version. Also, the new version is not yet available as an update for users. We have asked for confirmation with regards to this, and will update the post once we have a confirmation on it.

Download Jolicloud Robby Pre-Final

Nokia launches Ovi Music Unlimited in India

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Nokia has announced its new Ovi Music Unlimited. It’s Nokia`s latest music service which has rebranded its predecessor, Comes With Music service. The launch of Ovi Music Unlimited also brought about a change in the name of Nokia Music Store’ to Ovi Music Store.

Even though the services seem to have been launched, the “Ovi Music Unlimited mobiles and prices” link points to Nokia Malaysia’s website, which indicates that the services are not fully accessible in India. I hope that it will not take much time to come to Indians.

Ovi Music Unlimited allows buyers of Ovi Music Unlimited phones to download just about any number of songs for a period of 12 months(probable duration). The songs can be any type starting from Bollywood hits, Indian classical to international numbers. However, Ovi Music Unlimited membership is not being sold separately- you need to have a compatible handset to subscribe to Ovi Music Unlimited.

Some of the handsets where Ovi Music Unlimited is compatible include Nokia N97, N97 Mini, Nokia 5530, Nokia 5233, Nokia N86, Nokia E71 and Nokia E72.

Emergency IE6 and IE7 Security Patch Will Be Released Tomorrow

Microsoft has released a security advisory which states that a emergency patch for a critical security hole in Internet Explorer 6 and Internet Explorer 7 will be released on Tuesday, 30th March.

The vulnerability that exists in IE6 and IE7 is being active exploited by hackers and users computers are being infected. However, the vulnerability does not affected users of Internet Explorer 8 and .

The out-of-band security bulletin is a cumulative security update for Internet Explorer and will also contain fixes for privately reported vulnerabilities rated Critical on all versions of Internet Explorer that are not related to this attack.

Earlier this month, Microsoft had also released a workaround to fix this vulnerability, however, this is a proper patch. If you are using IE6 or IE7, it is highly advisable to download and install the patch.

You will find more information on the patch at the Official Microsoft Security Bulletin page.

Kubuntu 10.04 and Lubuntu 10.04 Gets New Plymouth Theme

When Canonical’s “Self-Appointed Benevolent  Dictator for Life”, Mark Shuttleworth, announced the new branding of Ubuntu, many asked him if there is going to be new  branding  for other Ubuntu-derivatives like Kubuntu. Shuttleworth replied that there will be new brandings and that the designers at Canonical are working on that.

Now, a part of the new branding for Kubuntu 10.04 and Lubuntu 10.04 has  emerged  with the release of the new plymouth themes for both of them. Sadly, the new theme has not come in  Xubuntu 10.04 yet.

The new plymouth themes in both Kubuntu and Lubuntu are identical in design to that of Ubuntu. The only difference is the logo and the color.

Here are the new plymouth themes for Kubuntu and Lubuntu:

Kubuntu 10.04 Plymouth Theme
Lubuntu 10.04 Plymouth Theme

The Kubuntu plymouth theme is not final. As part of the new branding, new logos are being designed for Kubuntu. When the new logos are available, the logo that is used in the plymouth theme right now will be replaced by the new logo.

The some decisions of the Canonical design team regarding the Ubuntu branding did not go down very well with certain sections of the Ubuntu community. When the news of the new Kubuntu branding emerged, certain  sections of the community has already started raising concerns if the design team will make those same decisions for Kubuntu as well.

David Hussey Catch To Dismiss Paul Collingwood In IPL 3 KKR vs Delhi Match

Some of them are touting this as the catch of the IPL, however, it could possibly be much more than that. The catch taken by David Hussey to dismiss Paul Collingwood was superb at its best.

The ball first went beyond the boundary and was brought back into play by Hussey, after which he jumped back in to take a single handed catch, definitely one of the best pieces of fielding I have seen in a long time. Unfortunately for Kolkata the catch could not save the match and they lost with a huge margin.

Enjoy watching the David Hussey catch to dismiss Paul Collingwood from the KKR vs Delhi match in IPL 3 below through the video.

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