AppUp: Intel App Store For Moblin

On this Thursday, Intel announced that its AppUp is live for all Moblin users. The app store from Intel is available for those running Moblin version 2.1. Intel had announced AppUp earlier this year at the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) as a software store designed for netbook users running either Windows or Linux.

The AppUp store will be similar to the app stores available for smartphones like the Apple iPhone app store, the Android store and the Ovi store. The AppUp store has been formed by Intel and Nokia in partnership with the likes of Dell, Acer

This initial phase of AppUp has support for US and Canada only but Intel aims to extend the support to around thirty countries in Europe within the next week.

AppUp currently has hundreds of apps and supports all Intel Atom processors. The AppUp center is expected to be supported on the Meego platform as well.

You can download the app center for Moblin/Meego here.

[Via: informationweek ]

The Witcher: Enhanced Edition Director’s Cut for $9.99 on Impulse. Buy it.

As you may have noticed from the title of this post itself there is no question about this deal. If you like RPGs, you have to utterly, completely, definitely, unquestionably buy The Witcher. I have never been so vociferous when it comes to a game but this is no mere RPG.
This is by far one of the triumphs of gaming evolution, with moral dilemmas whose consequences you have to face 10-15 hours into the game.
Although it does seem like I am going overboard with my love for this game (and I might have just a teeny bit mind you) this game from CD Projekt deserves as much. As an RPG gamer, I haven’t played anything quite like this. With Impulse’s deal, there is no question of debating. I repeat, if you have the money and like RPGs, you should not wait and go ahead and buy it for $9.99.

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As the renowned monster hunter (a Witcher) Geralt of Rivia, players will explore the rich and well-written universe where there is truly no rightor good. The player’s decisions have a major impact on the storyline. I still cannot believe the ending of this game which stayed with me for a very long time. When a game actually makes you feel guilty for a lot of things that you have done, it definitely deserves to be right up there with the greats.

The Witcher: Enhanced Edition Director’s Cut features the D’jinni Adventure Editor, the Official Soundtrack CD, a Music Inspired by The Witcher CD, an official game guide, a Making-of DVD with behind-the-scenes video footage, and a map of The Witcher’s world. Loaded with this enhanced features this game is a must buy.

I really hope the RPG fans go ahead and buy this amazing game. This is one deal that should not be missed.

Buy The Witcher: Enhanced Edition Director’s Cut from Impulse for $9.99.

Facebook Cozies Up With Cricket and IPL 2010

has started to show a growing inclination towards India, firstly by opening up an operations office in Hyderabad, and now by cozying up to Cricket and promoting the extravaganza and cricket in general.

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Meenal J. Balar, a manager at Facebook for International growth, recently wrote a blog post on the Facebook blog promoting the sport (cricket) people are crazy about in India and several other parts of the world.

Though Cricket is not as popular as Football (soccer), it definitely has a lot of fan following, and it being promoted on a social network which has more than 400 million users definitely shows where Facebook is heading in the future after it has almost become the number 1 site in US.

Though Meenal did promote several external sites, the main focus was on how users can use Facebook Connect to easily access the site by using their Facebook account.

India is no newcomer to the social networking scene and there are people who use a mix of Facebook, and to keep in touch with friends, but using a sport which is almost touted to be a religion in India is a good move by Facebook to connect with people and grow their user base in India and even around the Indian sub-continent.

Dell Moving China Operations To India, Following The Google Bandwagon

In a severe jolt to China, Dell has announced that it will be moving almost $25 billion of operations from China to India, following Google and GoDaddy, who recently quit China this week.

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According to reports from Indian newspaper Hindustan Times, the Chairman of Dell, Michael Dell has assured Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh that Dell will be moving its $25 billion operation out of China to India.

Dell reportedly told the India Prime Minister that they were looking for a safer environment with [a] climate conducive to enterprise. However, Dell will not be a new entrant into India as they already have an office there and moving there would just bring more business India’s way.

This is definitely bad for China since this is the third big company to have already walked out or are planning a walk out of an industry which is notorious for its sanctions and censoring.

I would definitely not be surprised if several more companies start to walk out of China after having enough of the monopolistic nature of the government. The coming weeks will be pretty crucial on how things pan out. However, all we can do is keep an eye to see how many companies have the itch to start packing their bags and moving onto more liberal shores.

[via Nexus404 and Gizmodo]

Facebook Sending Stats Summary to Facebook Fan Page Admins

fan pages are a great way to have people who use Facebook keep up-to-date with your brand or website. In-fact many brands even use them to promote exclusive offers and more.

A good feature in Facebook is that page administrators are able to monitor fan activity through something called as "Insights". Insights tracks interactions which happen on a Facebook Fan page, including new fans, wall posts, likes and comments.

However, it looks like Facebook is now sending out email updates to Facebook page administrators which contains a summary of all the basic activities a fan page has had during a week. The screenshot below, which was shared by Amit Agarwal from Digital Inspiration shows the email that was send by Facebook to summarize the activities on the fan page he created.

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The email summarizes the number of new fans that joined in a current week along with the total number of fans, the number of wall posts comments and likes in a week as opposed to last week and the amount of traffic generated by Facebook to a website.

I am not really sure if Facebook is sending out this email to everyone yet, however, users might see the Facebook page stats emails being sent in near future. Rest aside, this is definitely a good feature, since it will give a basic idea of how the fan page is doing without having to actually visit Facebook every time and on par with how Google Analytics can be used to send out daily stats report about a site.

Did you receive an email from Facebook which summarizes your website’s fan page activities yet?

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Videocon Gets Into Mobile Services – Promises Transparent Tarrifs

Videocon-Telecom-Mobile-Services-Provider The Indian mobile segment is growing at a phenomenal pace and Videocon – an international conglomerate based in India, wants a piece of it. It has announced that it will be joining an already crowded mobile services market under the banner of Videocon Telecom.

In spite of explosive growth of the mobile services segment, achieving profitability has become a daunting task for new comers due to the cutthroat competition. Videocon is obviously aware of the challenges it will be facing. Nevertheless, Videocon Group Chairman Venugopal N. Dhoot is confident that the company will break-even within two years.

Videocon will be investing Rs 14,000 crore over the next three years to build up its 2.75G EDGE GSM network. After its initial launch in Tamil Nadu, Videocon Telecom will rapidly expand over the next hundred days to cover hundred key cities across Punjab, Haryana, Gujarat, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Prasad, Maharashtra and Mumbai.

According to Mr Dhoot, Videocon Telecom will offer an unprecedented sub-one-paisa effective tariff. Videocon Telecom wants to suit all pockets with tariff plans that are transparent and simple.

Increased competition is usually better for the consumer. The Indian mobile services market is not an easy one to getting into. However, if anyone can do it, Videocon can.

WePad’s Spec Sheet is finally in the Open

WePad has been a topic of many talks recently. Now at last, the spec sheet of WePad is in the open, thanks to UberGizmo. For those of you who don’t yet know what WePad is, it’s a tablet from NeoFonie which is aimed mostly at reading newspaper and magazines. It aims to get the interest of today’s new generation as well as the elder people. NeoFonie clearly states:

Elderly are the core target group of newspaper and magazine publishing house

So, without further ado, here goes the general specs:

  • 11.6 inch display with a crisp 1366X768 resolution
  • 1.66 GHz Intel Atom Processor
  • 16/32 GB (Optional) Internal Memory
  • 1.3 MP Webcam
  • WePad AppStore as well as Android’s supported Apps
  • Multitasking Support
  • Li-ion Battery
  • Supports all basic eBook formats
  • Bluetooth
  • WiFi
  • GPS
  • Ambient Light Sensors
  • Motion Sensor
  • Microphone

For more details, see UberGizmos post.

These specifications makes iPad look a bit too ordinary. But we must bear in mind that Apple has always focused more on UI and User experience rather on hardware. The crux of this debate relies solely on users and will be more clear in days to come.

DYK Thursday – Using Single Gmail Account With Multiple Email Addresses

In today’s DYK, I will be explaining about an interesting feature in Gmail, which I thought many newbies might not know. You can use single Gmail account with multiple email addresses (variations of your emails id).

The trick is based upon this fact: Gmail does not consider the DOTS (.) in between the email addresses. For example, if an address like [email protected] is registered, then all the following addresses are also considered to be registered.

  1. [email protected]
  2. [email protected]
  3. [email protected] and so on.

So, Google gives no importance to the dots in the address. Another fact is that, you can add anything after a “+” sign in your email id, it doesn’t really matter. Example, if your email id is something like “[email protected]” then this address is equivalent to “[email protected]”.

Using this fact, you can do a trick to automatically segregate all mails into their respective labels. To do this, follow the steps below.

  1. Let us consider that you have a email id as [email protected]
  2. Let us consider you use the same id for many purposes.
  3. In such cases, you can distibute different versions of your id to different people. For example, you can add “+friends” and distribute it to your friends. Similarly, “+work” and distribute it your colleagues.
  4. After this, you can create a “to” filter in your Gmail account. In the “to” filter, enter the email address, [email protected] Click “Next” and apply the label, “Friends”.
  5. The next time anyone sends you an email to “[email protected], it will automatically get the label “Friends”.

Like this, you can use a single Gmail account for multiple purposes. Share your comments on this trick. Is this trick new to you or an old one? Do you find this trick helpful and useful?

GeoHotz Cooks Up Untethered Jailbreak For iPhone OS 3.1.3

George Hotz or GeoHotz as he is popularly known has managed to write a software based jailbreak for OS 3.1.3/3.1.2 which is untethered, aka you will not have to jailbreak your iPhone or iPod Touch if it restarts or the battery runs out.

The Untethered Jailbreak for iPhone OS 3.1.3 has not been released yet, however, GeoHotz has uploaded a video of the working jailbreak on (embedded below). Apple had made it pretty hard for iPhone jailbreak developers to create untethered jailbreaks and this news will definitely bring a lot of cheer to people who have been waiting for it.

GeoHotz is also the author of blackra1n a jailbreaking tool for iPhone and iPod touch. The new untethered jailbreak will be released as a new software, however, George has said that there is no fixed release date yet.

We will keep you in the loop on when a untethered jailbreak is released by George, in the meantime watch the video of the jailbreak in action below.

Tiny but Full Featured MP3 Player – STP

[Windows Only] ¬†STP, short for “SysTrayPlay”, is an MP3 player made in Russia by Youri Strous.

This tiny music player is contained in a single executable file about 200k in size. Despite the small size, STP has everything you need to easily listen to and manage your MP3 collection. It’s designed to stay out of your way and provide music while you are busy doing other things on your PC.

Installation and first use:
This program is offered as a ZIP file collection. Since STP is a single EXE file, you can unzip and place the STP.EXE file anywhere on your hard drive. As far as I can tell it’s completely portable and you should be able to use it from a flash drive or any other media.

Once you launch it, you’ll see the STP icon in your system tray. It will save it’s own settings in an STP.INI file after it’s started.

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A right single click on the STP icon reveals all the settings, controls and options. Normal left single mouse clicks will pause and play the current song. You can assign other functions to both right and left double and triple clicks of the mouse.

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Using the STP minibar:
Under the Windows menu, STP can be set to display a “minibar” interface that many people will recognize as common in music players. The minibar can be dragged around on the screen by grabbing the dark grey rectangle on the right end.

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The minibar also displays the standard Play, Pause, Stop, Forward and Backward buttons. The next “now playing” field is active and clicking on it will cause the player to jump to different portions of the song almost instantly. The next field shows the volume as a percentage. Clicking on the volume field allows you to change the volume up and down.

After the volume field, you can see that there are 5 letters displayed. Clicking on the letters “I E P T A” provides quick access to many of the often used player functions.

I – brings up up “MP3 Info” on the currently playing song where you can also edit the ID3 tags.

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E – launches the built in “Equalizer” which allows you to adjust the sound frequencies and save or load EQ settings.

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P – displays a playlist which can be saved as M3U or PLS files. MP3 files can be dragged and dropped on the playlist and once there, they can be re-ordered by dragging them up or down in the list. Playlists can also be searched by typing in the “Find Track” field at the top of the playlist.

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T – shows the “Tracks” menus which I’d say should really be called the “Folders” because it allows you to see all the music folders that your current playlist is using.

A – shows “Album” menu with the current music folder and the songs in it.

That basically covers using the “minibar” interface. I prefer using only the systray icon along with some custom hotkeys.

Using Hotkeys instead of the minibar:
You can set your own custom hotkeys in STP by going to the Settings / Advanced menu. You’ll find lots of other goodies in this settings menu, but let’s focus on the hotkeys which can be accessed by hitting the “Hotkeys” button at the bottom.

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Almost every function of STP can be accessed by hotkeys that you can define.

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As you can see, I only use a few of the hotkeys such as Play/Pause, Prev/Next and Volume. Those alone are enough to keep me from having to click open any other menus while using STP.

STP Home page: http://stp.byteact.com/

The only other MP3 player that I like as much as STP, is Foobar. Keshav, my friend and co-author here at Techie-Buzz, has written several posts about Foobar. It’s a well supported MP3 player with plenty of skins and plugins.

Techie Buzz Verdict:

techiebuzzrecommendedsoftware1 There are very few MP3 players that are smaller than STP and I’d give it 5 points for cramming in all of it’s features in such a small and completely portable package. However, I have to take one point back because the author is no longer actively developing this application. The source code is available for this application. Does anyone need a coding project?

Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5

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