Samsung Launches Diva S7070 In UK

Samsung has recently launched Diva S7070, a new full touchscreen handset, specially designed for female users in UK. The design of this handset is unique and you can see a diamond shaped key at the bottom of this device which makes this handset absolutely glamorous.

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This handset features a 3.2 megapixel camera with smile and beauty shot, photo editor, TouchWiz user interface, 2.8 inches QVGA touchscreen display with 240 x 320 pixels resolution, microSD memory card slot, GPRS/EDGE, 8GB expandable memory and so on.

Other feature includes a Stereo FM radio with RDS, FM recording, QVGA video recording, 3.5 mm audio jack, audio and video player, Social networking integration with live updates, JAVA, upto 10 hours talktime, upto 800 hours stand-by time, 960 mAh Li-Ion battery and much more.

This handset is available in UK on the airwaves of T-Mobile for free with a £15 per month contract. Orange subscribers can also get this device for free with a £20 per month contract.

How To Install OpenOffice 3.2 in Ubuntu 9.10

OpenOffice 3.2 has been out for about a month now. It has various improvements over the previous version like faster startup time, support for open standards like ODF and better compatibility with Microsoft Office 2007.

Although it has been out for more than a month, it is still not (and probably never be) available in the official repository for Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala. As OpenOffice.org makes the source available at the time of the release, it is possible to install it using the source right at the time of release in Ubuntu Karmic as well. However, installing from source cannot exactly be called user friendly and you will not get updates if you installed from the source. So, even if you had installed it from source earlier, it is recommended that you install it with this method.

The OpenOffice.org Scribblers team in Launchpad has however packaged and put up OpenOffice 3.2 in their PPA. So, to install OpenOffice 3.2 in Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala, follow these steps:

  • Open Terminal/Konsole.
  • Add the PPA using the command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:openoffice-pkgs/ppa

  • Update the software list with the command:

sudo apt-get update

  • If you have installed OpenOffice 3.2 from source, remove it with the command:

sudo apt-get remove openoffice*

  • Now, install OpenOffice with the command:

sudo apt-get install openoffice.org

  • If you have GNOME, run the command:

sudo apt-get install openoffice.org-gnome openoffice.org-evolution

  • If you have KDE SC, run

sudo apt-get install openoffice.org-kde openoffice-kab

Now that the installation is done. You can find OpenOffice under Applications -> Office in GNOME. In KDE SC, you will find it under KickOff -> Applications -> Office.

OpenOffice location in GNOME Menu
OpenOffice in KDE SC's KickOff Menu

Airtel Ad on Youtube Taints Google’s Net Neutrality Efforts

Google which has been trying to raise voice over net neutrality for the last few years has run into some concerns in the matter. This became an issue when Bharti Airtel, a telecom and ISP giant in India advertised preferential treatment for IPL fans watching it over Youtube.

Net neutrality as defined by Techtarget is,

Net neutrality is the principle that data packets on the Internet should be moved impartially, without regard to content, destination or source. Net neutrality is sometimes referred to as the “First Amendment of the Internet.”

IPL is the ongoing cricket league match with teams comprising of players from over the world and teams from regions all over India.

Bharti Airtel was advertising faster Internet access for watching videos on Youtube. This ad was timed in the ad-timings scheduled between matches.

The ad which was displayed read,

TV QUALITY VIDEO WITHOUT BUFFERING,the advertisement promised. Airtel Broadband gifts all its customers 2Mbps SPEED UPGRADE for youtube.com/ipl.

The catch here is that the speed offerings are valid only for IPL videos and do not hold for other normal content browsing which will still be served at a slow speed.

Google has responded on this saying it did not see the ad and has asked Bharti to revise the ad now. Bharti Airtel though, is still showing the ad, this time on its website.

[Via: newteevee ]

GOG.com To Release Classic Atari Games on its Portal

GOG.com has been featured quite prominently around this site and with good reason. Good Old Games, the brainchild of CD Projekt co-founder Marcin Iwinski, sells DRM-free classics of yesteryear at two price brackets – $5.99 and $9.99 (or sometimes free). It also has a thriving community that is dedicated to the games it plays and is not concerned with petty fanboy disputes (mostly).

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GOG.com has been adding more and more publishers since its inception with Majesco, Ubisoft and Activision joining the ranks of GOG.com. Now Atari has signed a deal with the service and will be entering the family in April. According to the site’s twitter feed, there will possibly be 10 games from Atari adorning the catalog of GOG.com.

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There were the necessary floating teasers that are always followed by something really big where it concerns GOG.com (duh). Well, frankly speaking, I did not expect it to be this big. I do not know how I am going to survive April with so much of temptation on GOG.com! To save money for birthday or not. How about one of you guys gifting me Icewind Dale (if it is one of the 10 games) for my birthday?

MTS Expands Its Services

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MTS India, the mobile telephony services brand of Sistema Shyam Teleservices Ltd (SSTL) binds with more than 200 operators across the globe for messaging services.

MTS services has been extended to popular destinations like Australia, United States of America Brazil, Canada, Egypt, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Singapore, UAE, United Kingdom and Japan.

Mr. Leonid Musatov, CMO, SSTL said in a meeting, Our association with more than 200 operators worldwide is yet another extension to our consumer centric approach and reflects our commitment to offer best of service. He further added, Our exclusive tie up with leading operators around the world is aimed to establish connection between our valuable consumer and their loved ones across the world and strengthen our consumer base.

MTS is surely on journey to emerge as one of the best telecom service providers in India.

Fox Mobiles introduces Bitbop: Video Subscription Service For Smartphones

Fox Mobile gives a new dimension to the smartphones by introducing Bitbop – a new wireless subscription service that delivers on demand mobile TV and movies directly to U.S. consumers smartphones.

Bitbop’s mobile video subscription service is very simple to use. It   provides full-length television programs for streaming as well as temporary download. This amazing service is available for just $9.99 a month. It also allows you to manage a queue of your viewing choices. Bitbop’s service works on most advanced technology handsets like iPhone, almost all Androids and several BlackBerry models.

Bitbop service’s launch date has not yet been announced but it is expected to arrive this spring.

Though this service seems to be very nice, we can’t yet be sure that the carrier networks will be able to cope with 3G bandwidth requirements to provide uninterrupted viewing. Lags in video playback will kill all the joy of watching them. The temporary download feature is not yet quite ready and it might be the only solution for slower networks.

Want to Call for free from your iPhone? Go to Line2

Ever wanted to call for free? To talk to your heart’s content? Line2 is an amazing little app for iPhone that helps you do exactly that. This app has been developed by a company named Toktumi. It’s basically a 3G/WiFi based VoIP software but it boasts some features that might very well give nightmares to companies like AT&T.

Line2 offers a separate number, phone book, features like call forwarding, call waiting, etc.

You need to register at their site first to get a new Line2 number. If you are in a WiFi hotzone, this app lets you call other numbers at amazing quality. If you are out of range of WiFi, this app connects to other numbers using AT&T’s 3G network. The reception is not as good as in WiFi but it’s still workable. If the number you are calling is a Line2 number, it uses some enhancements to further boost the sound quality. Users have said this connection to be so good that they could hear the clothes rustling on the other end of the line.

If you are calling through Line2 and a call comes on your original number, you are asked to choose which call to attend. Also, if your Line2 app is closed, you can route all your Line2 calls to your original number.

This app also has an edge over other VoIP clients like Skype and Google Voice:

  • Receive inbound calls via cellular or WiFi network
  • Auto-Attendant
  • Multi-Line Support
  • PC/Mac calling via integrated softphone
  • Call Screening
  • Call Announce
  • Caller ID based routing
  • Visual voicemail
  • Call Waiting
  • Call Swap
  • Call Transfer
  • Conferencing – up to 20 people at once

This app is priced just at $1. Features like voicemail, unlimited US/Canada calling, and others cost about 15$ / month. It’s still dirt cheap if you ask me. The first 30 days are free.

Some screenshots:

Install Google Chrome Extensions in Firefox with Google Chrome Extensions Manager

Google Chrome’s add-on API is designed to be lightweight and secure. However, the trade-off is that it is not as powerful as Firefox’s add-on platform. As if just to demonstrate this, a Firefox developer has taken it upon himself to implement the Google Chrome API through a Firefox extension.

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The Google chrome extensions manager for Firefox does just what its name suggests – it allows you to install and manage Google Chrome extensions in Firefox. The extension is currently a work in progress and only supports a limited subset of the Chrome API.

Techie Buzz Verdict

The concept is definitely interesting, but its practical utility is limited at this point of time. As of now, for almost every Chrome add-on there is a Firefox extension. On top of that, installing new Chrome add-ons isn’t absolutely straightforward. Also, none of the extensions I tried worked perfectly. Nevertheless, I will not be too harsh on it, since it is still in experimental stage.

Techie Buzz Verdict: 1.5/5 (Average)

[ Download Google chrome extensions manager ]

(via @fearphage)

Microsoft: £25m Lawsuit From Pixart SRL Surfaces After Eighteen Months

Pixart SRL, an Open Source company has alleged Microsoft with dominating the Operating System market in Argentina through its Windows Starter Kit. This lawsuit was filed against Microsoft almost 18 months back in September 2008. It has surfaced only recently because the lawyers at Pixart SRL have claimed that the case has a better chance of getting considered now.

In an exclusive interview with eWEEK Europe, Dr. Uriel Blustien has said,

It is a suit filed in the National commission for Fair Trading’, for an alleged abuse of dominant position.  The Commission in is the process of deciding whether the trial will take place.

Pixart SRL has charged Microsoft for bad marketing practices which has dampened the market share for its products. Pixart SRL is the manufacturer of Rxart, a debian based Linux distribution. The Microsoft Starter Edition, which is essentially a stripped down version of Windows XP comes pre-installed in many PCs and this has affected Rxart sales adversely.

Pixart claims to have 320,000 users in 2005 but the number decreased steadily owing to the pre-installed hardware shipping with Windows XP. Further, offering their Operating System at a competitive price wipes out all competition in the market for Microsoft. Although, the lawyers at Pixart hope to win this case, Microsoft can drag it on by applying to a higher court.

BPhone: Unlocked Linux Smartphone at $570 With a Giant Screen [Phone Deal]

ChinaGrabber is shipping an unlocked Linux smartphone which has an impressive set of features.

Founded in 2007, ChinaGrabber is a sourcing company. We are exclusive sellers of many of the latest Phones, Car DVD Players, GPS Navigation, BT Multi Interphone, Mp3 and Mp4 players on this site.

The unlocked phone has no brand except for the name bPhone and sports ARM Linux 2.6 on Marvell’s ARM/XScale PXA320 processor.But you might have a good reason to have some interest in this feature packed gadget.
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To start with, it sports a decent 624 MHz of processor frequency with a 256 MB flash storage and a 128 MB RAM. There is a SD card which can extend your memory to 16 GB. The outstanding feature of the bPhone though, is it’s scree which is huge at  800 x 480, has a 180 degree swivel and is fully touch screen. The display can be folded back into the phone at a hinge just like a notebook.

Apart from that, it features a full QWERTY keyboard and has WiFi, Bluetooth, FM Radio and GPS. The talkime is estimated at 4 hours. The interface supports widget and the OS has support for Java applications.

The phone is selling for $57 which is a $230 discount on the regular price of $800. Head over to ChinaGrabber to claim your bPhone.
[ Via: linuxfordevices ]

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