BabyPing Turns Your iOS Device into a Baby Monitor; Launched in the UK; US in Late June

We’ve talked about the BabyPing system which turns either your iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone into a baby monitor before. The system was designed to ensure the safety and the well-being of your infant while they soundly sleep. According to BabyPing, it is “the first device to offer a truly reassuring alternative to old-style monitors by using the latest in modern, safe technology to keep parents constantly informed” through its usage of a Wi-Fi network along with infrared night vision.

The device will come with a free iOS monitoring application which offers a plethora of security and safety features including double-layer security and alerts to inform users if the baby cries, if the Wi-Fi connection has been broken or even if your iOS device is out of range. We already know that users will be able to monitor their beloved children through a full-color video at a resolution of 640 x 480, a built-in microphone and “superfast wireless Wi-Fi”. With that said however, we didn’t know when the product would be hitting retailers.
Now apparently, that has changed, the company has just launched the device in the UK and it is retailing at £165 ($259). If you get it from certain etail and retail partners, you will be privileged to a discounted introductory offer price of £149.99 ($235). BabyPing has also just informed us that if you are looking to purchase this for your own baby, it will be hitting the US market sometime in late June. For now, there has been no announcement with regards to its pricing but it should be somewhere along the same lines as the UK prices.

Bing Maps adds 165TB of new images of Earth

Total coverage of new satellite imagery currently live on Bing Maps.
(Credit: Bing)
Bing is now offering 165 terabytes of new birds-eye-view satellite shots of locations all over the Earth, from the Moroccan Mountains to Egypt's pyramids of Giza to the Extraterrestrial Highway in the U.S.
This is Microsoft's mapping engine's largest satellite data release ever. Before today, Bing Map's total amount of data was 129TB. So, what can be seen on the search engine's maps has now more than doubled in size.
"This release features imagery over North America, South America, Africa, Australia, Europe and Asia," Bing wrote in a blog post today. "The total area covered in this data release is nearly 38 million square kilometers."

Besides satellite imagery, Global Ortho photography taken from aircrafts or satellites is also included in this release of data. Bing says that as of this month, it completed 100 percent of aerial photography of the U.S. and is planning to finish Europe by the end of the year. The Global Ortho Photography on Bing Maps covers 9.54 million square kilometers.
To see more photos and satellite images, users can look at Bing Maps World Tour App.
Here are some samples of Bing's new satellite imagery:
Samples of new satellite imagery on Bing Maps.
(Credit: Bing)

Free Wi-Fi comes to New York City via Google Offers, Boingo

New Yorkers can now spend their time on the subway checking e-mail and surfing the Web on a free wireless network. Starting today, Google Offers is sponsoring free Wi-Fi via Boingo Wireless in six MTA subway stations and more than 200 hotspot locations across New York City.
"We're glad our riders will be able to access free Wi-Fi this summer in six subway stations to stay connected while they're underground," MTA director of strategic initiatives Jerome Page said in a statement. "Reliable Wi-Fi is an important benefit for straphangers in New York City subway stations."
Google Offers is the Web giant's deals service, which sells online coupons for restaurants, shopping, and activities. It operates in New York City and 39 other cities across the U.S. Sponsoring free Wi-Fi as a marketing move makes sense for Google -- not only is it advertising its Offers service, it's also making it easier for users to buy its deals.
Here are the subway stations that offer the free wireless: 
 A, C, E station at Eighth Avenue and West 14th Street
L station at Eighth Avenue and West 14th Street
C, E station at Eighth Avenue and West 23rd Street
1, 2, 3 station at Seventh Avenue and West 14th Street
F, M station at Sixth Avenue and West 14th Street
L station at Sixth Avenue and West 14th Street

The free Wi-Fi kick off began today and lasts through September 7. This is just the beginning of a colossal rollout of accessible wireless in New York's subway stations.
According to Boingo, 36 stations will have Wi-Fi by the end of the year, including Times Square, Rockefeller Center, and Columbus Circle. And in the next five years, wireless will become available in all of the city's nearly 300 stations, which an average of 1.6 billion passengers pass through every year. Come September, however, the Wi-Fi will no longer be free.
The Boingo and Google Offers collaboration comes as news that accessing wireless networks is about to get a lot easier. In March, the Wireless Broadband Alliance announced a partnershipdesigned to simplify the way in which smartphones and tablets connect to Wi-Fi hot spots cutting down on confusing settings reconfigurations and maze-like Web access.

Google's new cloud service said to be imminent

Talk has been circulating recently about Google building an Infrastructure as a Service cloud computing platform in the near future. Now, GigaOM is reporting that it's possible the Web giant could be launching this service as soon as next week during the Google I/O developers' conference in San Francisco.
The tech news site is also saying that several people familiar with Google's plans have confirmed that the company will also be offering its current app engine and storage with its forthcoming service.
The Web giant's platform will most likely compete with Amazon's EC2 cloud service, but it could also be up against a similar Infrastructure as a Service cloud computing offering that Microsoft is supposedly building.
Both Microsoft and Google already havesoftware suites in the cloud, Microsoft with Office 365 and Google with Apps for Business; moving into Infrastructure as a Service territory could be a financial boost for both companies.
According to GigaOM, Google's main target is actually Microsoft and its developer community. "The enterprise developer community is also one of Microsoft's biggest strengths, and Google wants to go after them," GigaOM writes. "In order to lure these enterprise developers, the company has focused heavily on making it easier to write, deploy and manage applications on its platform."
When CNET contacted Google for comment, its spokesperson said the company is not commenting on rumor or speculation.

RIM reportedly considering splitting company in two

(Credit: Research in Motion)

Research In Motion is considering a plan to split its company in two, separating its handset division from its messaging network and selling off the struggling BlackBerry hardware business, according to The Sunday Times.

The British newspaper (subscription required), which didn't cite sources, also mentioned Facebook and Amazon as "potential buyers." Another option has the company staying intact but selling a large stack to a larger tech company such as Microsoft.

RIM declined to comment on the report's specifics but reiterated that it's examining a wide range of strategies.

"RIM has hired advisers to help the company examine ways to leverage the BlackBerry platform through partnerships, licensing opportunities, and strategic business model alternatives," a RIM representative told CNET. "As [CEO] Thorsten [Heins] said on the company's fourth-quarter earnings call, 'We believe the best way to drive value for our stakeholders is to execute on our plan to turn the company around.' This remains true."

The company has been struggling to bring back lost market share and sales for its once popular BlackBerry devices, but it's not having much luck in an industry ruled by Apple and Android. Fourth-quarter reports show a company loss of $125 million and a 25 percent drop in revenue, and the company announced last month that it would post an operating loss for the first quarter as well.

RIM, which has announced a broad restructuring in an effort to save $1 billion by the end of the fiscal year, has quietly begun its much-anticipated layoffs as part of a cost-cutting restructuring. The company has also experienced an exodus of key executives in recent months. The company's chief legal adviser announced her resignation last month after 12 years with the company, a week after the company lost its London-based head of global sales.RIM recently hired J.P. Morgan and RBC Capital to advise it on its business and financial performance. The company also referred to looking at "strategic business-model alternatives," often corporate-speak for the exploration of a potential sale.

Nokia, At Last, Gets its Pakistan Specific Website

Nokia Pakistan thumb Nokia, At Last, Gets its Pakistan Specific WebsiteNokia today announced the launch of a dedicated Nokia Pakistan website with an aim to provide up-to-date information about Nokia business and key activities in the country, said a statement issued by Nokia today.
As pointed out by ProPakistani earlier, Nokia didn’t had its Pakistan specific website at a time when every other country had dedicated Nokia websites.
The Nokia Pakistan website follows the template and layout style found in the Nokia Global and other regional Nokia websites. Pakistani consumers can now log onto the Nokia Pakistan website www.nokia.com/pk and find information about products, apps, consumer support, store finder and Nokia contact information relevant to Pakistani consumers.
The website has cataloged all the latest mobile phones that are available in Pakistan; giving the potential buyers the ability to compare a set of different mobile phones to help them choose just the right one for themselves.
The website also offers a dedicated tab for a list of latest applications available on Nokia Store and for the user convenience another important feature is the Store finder, which directs a potential consumer to a nearby Nokia retail outlet/care center based in selected location.
The website also provides support for Nokia devices including software updates, product fixes and a discussion forum where consumers can get answers to their queries and general product/OS specific information. The support section of the website also offers contact details where consumers can raise queries or get in touch with the Nokia team for product related information.
“Nokia’s localized website for Pakistan will aid us in offering enriched services to our loyal customer base that is increasing in Pakistan every day, so every day we are looking for new and better ways to let them enjoy an enriching mobility experience” said Adeel Hashmi, Head of Communications, Nokia Pakistan & Afghanistan. “Nokia is the leading mobile phone brand in Pakistan – while it is a great position to be at, it also brings in added responsibility to constantly push boundaries. In this context, a Pakistan specific Nokia website doesn’t just provide information but brings together solutions that accentuate what we call ‘connecting to what matters the most’.”
Source: ProPakistan

Microsoft Introduces Windows Phone 8

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Yesterday saw Microsoft doing another important announcement after unveiling its Surface tablets earlier this week. It introduced the highly-anticipated Windows Phone 8 at Microsoft Phone Developer Summit that, according to many, have exceeded the industry expectations.
However, the earlier devices will not be upgraded to WP8 because of the hardware requirements and will instead get the ‘Windows Phone 7.8’ update which will have some of the features of the new update but true capabilities of WP8 will sparkle only when new enabled devices are launched.
Windows Phone 8’s hardware limitation will impact current WP7 phones, Nokia Lumia for instance, devaluing WP7 sales and margins. It is most likely that consumers will wait for WP8 phones expected later in the year.
This is exactly why majority of phone manufactures have said that they will hold off until WP8 gets ready. Analysts predict that WP8 platform will attract key phone manufacturers including HTC, Samsung LG and of course Nokia.
Huawei and ZTE has said they won’t get engaged with WP8 until the platform is ready. They will keep embracing Android till then.
Here are the new features brought by Windows Phone 8 update:
Customizable Live tiles
Windows Phone 8 brings customization for tiles so now you can resize or stretch live tiles on the start screen compared to the square and rectangular tiles on WP7. All the tiles, no matter what the size is, remain live and are updated continuously. You can add apps, games, photos, contacts and more and can change color of the tiles too.

High-resolution displays
Windows Phone 8 brings support for higher-resolution displays which were previously limited to 800 x 480 only. Now the screen resolution can go up even higher to 1280 x 768 or the more common 1280 x 720. This will allow devices of larger displays to be made while also keeping the resolution perfect.
Multi-processor support
Windows Phones until now ran on single-core processor only but Windows Phone 8 now allows phones to be build with multi-core processors. The demo unit demonstrated by Microsoft was a dual-core processor device but Windows Phone 8 allows devices with up to 64 cores to be build.
MicroSD card support
Windows Phone 8 brings microSD card slots to the phones. Card slots were previously very rare for Windows phones – only ‘certified’ cards were allowed which were uncommon and card slots had strict requirements.
Internet Explorer 10
Windows Phone 8 brings Internet Explorer 10 to your pocket. This newer version features the same JavaScript performance and HTML rendering as any slate, laptop and desktop PC. The HTML rendering is now 2 times faster and JavaScript performance is now 4 times faster as compared to Windows Phone 7.5.
It also brings ‘SmartScreen anti-phishing’ to Windows Phone which blocks malicious websites in real-time and filters data of users from millions of PCs. The performance is also faster compared to iPhone and Android dual-core phones.
Change in core architecture
Windows Phone 8 replaces Windows CE based architecture of Windows Phone by that of Windows NT kernel. Windows Phone 8 now enables software developers to write apps in the native code. This makes porting of apps extremely easier and now same apps can be written for Windows 8 and Windows Phone.
NFC (Near field communication)
NFC is finally on the Windows Phone. It is quite simple to Google’s wallet and Apple’s passbook. It allows tap-to-pay i.e linking credit and debit cards, integration with apps and compared with Google’s Wallet, but it stores elements on the SIM cards rather than on the phone itself and this uses carrier support.
Microsoft says it will offer the most complete wallet experience on the phone. So far, only one carrier for NFC is announced, i.e Orange in France.
Partnership with Nokia for Nokia maps
Microsoft announced a new partnership with Nokia, because of its famous Nokia Maps which will replace Bing. Maps data will be stored on the phone now so now you can use them offline as well. Third-party apps can now access Nokia services even when you’re not having a data connection.
Windows Phone 8 for Business
Microsoft also tries to appeal to its business eccentric users by its secure boot and BitLocker encryption. Microsoft also announced a company hub which will allow companies to highlight apps and make them available easily for their employees.
This new update does bring some good, new features and Windows Phone now has the potential to become the leading OS in the smartphone business.

Create account in Gmail

To create your Gmail account you only need a web browser - the program you are using to read this page - and an internet connection.

You should now get to a page that looks something like the one below. At the time of writing Gmail offers a little over 7Gb of inbox space - though not unlimited but still more than enough to keep any prolific emailer occupied for years.

Click on the Sign up for Gmail link that I have circled in the screenshot and then proceed to the next page to get your free Gmail email address.

Step 2 - Enter all the required information in the "Create an Account" online form

Once you click on the signup link, you shall be shown the Create an Account form with several fields that need your inputs.

Do not worry if the screen displayed to you and the screenshot image on the left are not exactly the same.

You now need to start filling the form. Once you have entered your first and last names, it is time to choose a login name. This is important as your login name will decide the email address you will get, and in case of a Gmail account, would be your-chosen-login-name@gmail.com. So be sure to pick a login name, also called the username, with care.
Step 3 - How to choose a login name or username for your email address

Choosing a login name is part art and part common sense. And because it determines what your email address will be, I suggest you spend a little time over it. Since, email addresses need to be unique which means no two people in the world can have the same address, there is no guarantee that your preferred login name would be available - more on this below. The following is my advice and suggestions on how to choose a login or username.

First check if you can get a login name of your name, firstname, lastname, as firstname-lastname or the more popular, firstname.lastname (yes, the period sign can be used in a login name). You can also try out firstnamelastname. Getting a Gmail email address of your name is indeed very fortunate because of the sheer number of subscribers to the service. However, if you have a relatively uncommon name, you do stand a good chance; I don't even try this because mine is such a common name - both my first name and lastname.

If your name doesn't work out, seek to couple your name with your profession - such asjohn.webdeveloper.

Your login name needs to be catchy and at the same time describe you so people are able to recall it without much difficulty and associate it with you. For instance, if you are a docile accountant from a small town, choosing "hells-angels" as the login name would be unwise. Rather, boone-accountant@gmail.com would be a lot better - FYI, Boone is a small town in North Carolina where I spend a day - lovely place.

I also advice against using numbers and digits in your login name unless, of course, they are a part of your company/business name. Again, you need to have a username that is easy to recall - you don't want people racking their brains and calling you up each time they forget your email address.

The availability of a login or user name can be verified by entering it first in the text field and hitting the check availability button.

Step 4 - Choosing a password for your email

Securing your Gmail email account with a strong> password is imperative. Think of the password as the key combination to your safe and you need to give the same amount of importance. A combination of uppercase and lowercase letters with some digits thrown in would be a strong enough password. on the right of the textfields in which you enter your password a sort of meter would indicate the strength of the password.

You need to enter the password twice and you can leave the "Remember me on this computer" box unchecked.

Step 5 - Protecting your Gmail account with a security question

You now need to either select a security question from the drop down list or enter one - and you need to provide the answer. This additional security helps in getting your email account password if you forget it.

You may also enter a secondary email address but this field is optional, i.e. you can leave it blank. And rightly so, because if the Gmail address is your first email account you will not have an alternate email ID.

Step 6 - Word verification and confirmation

After providing your secondary email address - you can leave this blank, if you don't have one - and your location, you need to enter the characters that you see in the picture above the field in your form. Why is this required? So that Gmail knows the inputs are from a human being and not some automated program.

Now that everything is set, you can go through the Terms of Service and click on the "I accept. Create my account." button which will create your very own free Gmail account! Hurrah and congratulations.

To access your Gmail account in future, you need to go to the web site (links mentioned above) using a web browser and enter your username (login name) and password once again.
Solutions to some problems in getting your Gmail email address

Here are solutions to two common problems faced by account creators:
Login names of my choice are not available

Gmail is a very popular service and it is likely that the login names you choose are no longer available. The only solution to this dilemma is to keep trying to work with different permutations and combinations and also brainstorming to come up with new ideas.
Gmail Account Creation Failed

Occasionally you might get a screen like one below that displays an "Account Creation Failed" message.

The error message is a result of Gmail's spam filters working overtime! As mentioned on thehelp pages, Gmail refuses to create email addresses from a computer/connection if it exceeds a defined limit. Web users trying to create a lot of addresses at once, like a class or a group, may hit this limit. This is Gmail's way of protecting itself from users who they believe will be creating email addresses for spamming. The solution is to go through the process of getting your Gmail address from another computer using a different I.S.P.

How to browse sensitive subjects without being tracked

Firefox Private Browsing is just one of the many tools you can use if you want to keep prying eyes out of your Web activities.
Firefox Private Browsing is just one of the many tools you can use if you want to keep prying eyes out of your Web activities.
(Credit: Firefox)

A reader commenting on a Q&A about the rise in behavioral tracking for targeted advertisingasked a great question: How does one browse sensitive subjects without being tracked via cookies?

For most Web activities, many people won't be bothered that they are served up ads for cars or even acne cream if they have been reading news about the newest Tesla or visiting dermatology Web sites. But what about when someone is researching a hereditary or embarrassing medical condition that one would not want revealed to advertisers, shoulder surfers or, worse yet, insurance companies?

Private Mode
You might want to start by perusing the Web in Private Mode. Private browsing, affectionately dubbed "porn mode," allows you flip a switch in the browser so it stops saving a record of the sites you have visited and content you have downloaded until you flip the switch off.

In Firefox it's called "Private Browsing."
There's an Incognito mode extension for Chrome. This article tells you how to switch any tab to Incognito with one click and here's information for using Incognito for specific sites.
Internet Explorer has an InPrivate browsing feature, as well as offers a way for people to selectively block sites from tracking.
Apple has had private browsing since OS X Lion.

Do Not Track
Not only have researchers figured out ways to defeat some of the private browsing features, but private browsing offers limited protection. For example, private browsing tools don't stop social sharing buttons and ads from following you as you bounce from site to site.

As a result, we have software like Abine's Do Not Track Plus browser add-on, which blocks Web sites and ad networks from following you around the Web and lets you see who is trying to track you.

And there is AVG's Do Not Track, which lets you fine-tune the blocking of ad networks and Web analytics.

Most of the major browsers offer do-not-track code that, when enabled by the user, notifies Web sites that you do not want to be tracked. But it's useless unless the sites support the Do-Not-Track technology. Microsoft is taking it a step further and proposing to have the Do Not Track cookie preference turned on by default in IE, despite opposition from advertisers. And then there are plug-ins that provide more control and insight into the tracking. There's Collusion for Mozilla and Google has Keep My Opt-Outs for Chrome. Other tools for opting out of tracking areTrackerBlock for Firefox and PrivacyChoicefor Chrome.

IP masking
Cookie disablers block the storing of cookie data on your computer, so your browsing history can't be recovered later from the machine. But they do nothing to prevent Web sites you visit from grabbing your IP address and correlating that data with other information the site may have on you or your account. Governments regularly ask ISPs for user data as part of investigations and this can lead to real names and addresses. Even though Web browsing is logged according to the customer's IP address, which identifies the computer used, the ISP can easily associate IP addresses with subscribers who are required to provide personally identifiable information for payment purposes.

The latest version of HotSpot Shield from AnchorFree hides the IP address of Web surfers andblocks ad tracking. It operates like a virtual private network, transmitting data over encrypted connections through its servers to hide the IP address. This has the added benefit of protecting users against wifi spoofing or man-in-the-middle attacks.

Anonymous browsing And for the truly hard core, there's the Tor Project, which operates a network that offers anonymous browsing over encrypted channels. But it may be overkill if you are mostly interested in staying out of sight of ads.

Got any other tips or suggestions? Let us know

Add Google Search Box in your Blogger blog

By adding Google Custom Search Box to Blogger (blogspot) Blog gives opportunity to the visitor to search your blog by using the best search technology on the internet. It is always recommended to improve your blog navigation by adding the categories to your blog , adding page navigation to blog, add monthly archive etc but the search field make it easy for the visitor to search the blog for anything he like to search.

As the Blogger belongs to Google so Google custom search engine can be added to the Blogger blog by simply adding the Search Box Gadget. The Gadget is available in the Basic Gadgets in Blogger.

Google Search Box Gadgets have following options

Title : It will add the title for the Search Box.You can add the title of your choice.

This Blog : It will allow to show the search result from within your blog. As it is given there it is powered by Google Blog Search which means it will show the result already indexed in Google Blog search. So make sure that your Blogger blog is already in Google index. If not then submit sitemap to Google.

Linked from here : If you select this option when any one will use the search box it will also create a Tab “ Linked from here” in the search results. Which will show the WebPages linked from your blog posts and containing the search term.

The Web: As clear from the name it will create the tab “The Web” which will show the search results from the web search.

Add the Google Search Box gadget in Blogger (blogspot) and select the options of your choice. I will recommend to check only This Blog as the other options can allow visitor to leave your page and go to other pages.

Microsoft renames its old Surface computer as PixelSense

The device formerly known as "Surface" gets a new name.
(Credit: Screenshot by Steven Musil/CNET)

A table-top Surface device at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel, near the San Francisco Airport, in 2008.
(Credit: Stefanie Olsen/CNET)
With Microsoft's unveiling of a laptop today carrying the "Surface" name, the company has bestowed a new name on the product that formerly carried the Surface moniker.
The table-top, multitouch computer that Microsoft unveiled in 2007, which was largely relegated to retail outlets, hotel lobbies, and museums, has been rebranded as PixelSense. The original Surface, which resembled a 1980s sit-down arcade machine, wasn't much of a gadget for consumers, thanks largely to its $12,500 price tag.
But the new name is a bit of return to the product's roots. The device's panel features 2 million sensors that have been built into the panel, between the pixels, and that trade off between picking up visible or infrared light. The technology that powers the recognition of that data, which was around 1 gigabit per second, is something Microsoft called PixelSense.
The tech titan unveiled version 2.0 of the device at last year's Consumer Electronics Show. The new version is thinner, more accurate to the touch, and can be put in places the previous one couldn't.
Priced at $7,600, the newer version sported a 40-inch-wide, 4-inch-thick screen that offers full HD 1080p, with a 16:9 aspect ratio and 1920x1080 resolution.

With Nokia 808 PureView, Symbian draws final U.S. breath

Nokia 808 PureView
Not sure what you're seeing? That's because the Nokia 808 PureView runs the almost-defunct Symbian OS.
(Credit: Jessica Dolcourt/CNET)
commentary Raise your hand if you know what Symbian is. Now keep it raised if you ever expected to see another phone running Nokia's mostly defunct OS in the U.S.
It may be "popular demand" that's bringing the Nokia 808 PureView smartphone to the U.S. by way of Amazon, but it sure as shooting isn't because of its operating system.
What makes the 808 PureView shine -- the sole feature that puts it on the map -- is its 41-megapixel hulk of a camera, which uses a clever technique and some larger-than-usual parts to get into the nitty-gritty details of an image.
A slow death
By rights, the Nokia 808 PureView shouldn't even be in the U.S. Nokia has given itself freely to Microsoft here, producing moderate success with the Lumia 710 and Lumia 900 Windows smartphones.
Nokia has contributed much to the smartphone world, with early looks at a front-facing camera, and the industry's first NFC phone. Symbian helped anchor Nokia, which has always been bullish on physical features, in its global strongholds.
The U.S. hasn't seen a Symbian phone since T-Mobile took an ill-fated chance on the Nokia Astound in April 2011. A sluggish and clunky Symbian 3 OS dragged down the handset's stellar 8-megapixel camera and likable hardware design.
Sluggish, clunky, and behind the times are the kiss of death in the U.S.' highly-competitive platform landscape. Not long ago, six platforms essentially collapsed into three -- iOS, Android, Windows Phone -- with a fourth one, BlackBerry, fighting for its life.
Only a few months after the Astound surfaced, Nokia was already bailing on the U.S. and Canada, and Palm has long lost its promising Web OS gamble.
Behind the 808 PureView's dazzling mega-megapixels there's still the rest of the phone, which will pretty much only work in a satisfying way on AT&T, and which U.S. citizens have made clear runs on an OS they don't want.
As far as the stars and stripes are concerned, Symbian is dead.
Comapring the Nokia Lumia 808 PureView, HTC One X, and iPhone 4S cameras.
What's in a lens? If you're the 808 PureView, everything.
(Credit: CNET Asia)
One last gulp of air
Yet with this Amazonian turn of events -- the forthcoming sale of the unlocked 808 PureView -- the Symbian OS is only mostly dead. And to paraphrase the great Billy Crystal, mostly dead means it's still slightly alive.
After all, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop vowed to support Symbian until 2016, at least on a worldwide basis, which means we still have three and a half years of development to go.
Make no mistake, Nokia's long goodbye doesn't mean that the company expects to sell a pile of unlocked phones in America, especially at the handset's unsubsidized rate, which more than triples what U.S. customers usually pay on contract for a high-end phone.
In fact, Nokia had initially planned to skip U.S. sales entirely.
Yet the consumer interest that could make Nokia change its mind points to a deeper strategy.
Why the heck not?
Nokia has nothing to lose from purveying the PureView on Amazon. At best it offloads some units and hitches up Nokia's brand awareness in a market where it needs exposure most. At worst, the phone bombs without much overhead and Nokia moves on to other Windows phones.
When the Finnish phone-maker dropped jaws in the big PureView unveiling at this year's Mobile World Congress, the 41-megapixel camera stole the show. The photo processing technique isn't just good for a smartphone, it's novel, and clearly, people want it.
If using the Symbian platform as a method for in-house experimentation works for Nokia, then the rest of us have nothing but gain when Nokia brings it to platforms that sell. A Nokia Windows phone with the attention-grabbing looks of the Lumia 900 and the photo-taking prowess of the 808 PureView would be a phone with clout, and one that more successful rivals have yet to imitate.
That's exactly the smartphone that Nokia's short-lived Symbian revival is helping to create.

How to Add Widgets in your blog

UPDATE : Blogger has now replaced the "Add Page Element" link with the "Add Gadget" link. Clicking on this link will bring up the "Add a Gadget" popup window. All the original Blogger widgets are listed under the Basics subtab in this popup window.

Blogger widgets are now called as Blogger Gadgets. The rest are Google Gadgets which have now been integrated into the Blogger Layout----->Page Elements tab.

To add widgets/gadgets to your blog ...........

Login to your Dashboard and click on Layout under your Blog name. This brings up the Page Elements page under the Template tab.
A Page Element is the other name for a Widget in Beta Blogger. Page Element are contained within Sections. The four Sections of your Blog are : Header, RightSidebar, LeftSidebar, Main(Blog Posts) and Footer. Click on Add Page Element link in any Section of the Layout. This opens the Choose A New Page Element window. Here are listed the types of Page Elements :

  1. List. Add a list of your favorite books, movies, or anything you like.
  2. Link List. Add a collection of your favorite sites, blogs, or web pages.
  3. Picture. Add a picture from your computer or from somewhere else on the web.
  4. Text. Add some words to your blog - like a welcome message - with our rich text editor.
  5. HTML/Javascript. Add third-party functionality or other code to your blog. You can add any Javascript here. Javascript need not be written for beta blogger specifically. To search for Javascripts just Google for them and then copy paste here.
  6. Adsense. Display AdSense ads targeted to your blog.
  7. Feed. Add content from a site feed to your blog.
  8. Labels. Show all the labels of posts in your blog.
  9. Logo. Choose from a variety of Blogger logos to add to your page.
  10. Profile. Display information about yourself.
  11. Blog Archive. Display links to older posts.
  12. Page Header. Display your blog's title and description.

Choose the type of Page Element you want and enter the data you want it to carry. Then Save Changes and View Blog.

To Edit the Page Element after adding it click on the Edit link in that section in Page Elemnts tab.
This will open a window to give access to edit options of each Page Element. For example if you click on Edit in Blog Posts section you will see the following window :

Here you can choose whether to show your Labels below your posts and other options. In the same way you can access other Page Elements for editing. You can also rearrange Page elements from this page by drag-and-drop method. To do this click on the element you want to move hold the click, drag it to new position and drop it (release click) there. See image below :

You can also add third party Page Elements from other sites.
So if you're on another site and enounter a button that says [+Blogger] or [Add to Your Blog] click on such a button, you should be prompted to log in to Blogger (if you aren't already logged in) and then you can select one of your blogs. You'll also see the title, content and template for the new page element, which you can edit if you want. A logo and "more info" link may also be present to tell you more about where this page element comes from, who created it, and what it does.

By clicking the [Add Page Element] button on this screen, you will be adding code to your blog. So it's important to make sure you either trust the source of this code, or have reviewed it to make sure it's something you're willing to have on your blog.

Once you've added the page element, it will appear on the Template | Page Elements tab for your blog, where you can edit, move, or delete it, just like the other parts of your page.

Read more: http://www.blogdoctor.me/2006/10/how-to-add-widgets-to-your-blog.html#ixzz1xvvVht5m

Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K760

The good: The Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K760 has a sleek and stylish design that complements Apple products. An integrated solar panel can charge the keyboard from any light source (including a lamp), so there's no need to replace batteries. And the K760 can pair with three devices (such as Mac, iPad, iPhone) and switch among them at the touch of a button.
The bad: Though it's fairly compact, it's a little bulky to carry around with you and no protective carrying case is provided.
The bottom line: With its built-in solar-powered battery, the sleek Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K760 will save you money in the long run and is a better deal than Apple's Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard.
From a design standpoint, the K760 is more compact than the K750 and more closely resembles Apple's own Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard with the addition of the strip of solar cells at the top of the unit. It's sleek and stylish and will certainly fit in well with any Apple products you own. It's ostensibly designed for Apple products, but it works with Bluetooth-enabled Windows computers and Android tablets/smartphones, though it does have a Mac-centric layout with a couple of Mac-only keys.
The key feature upgrade here is something that Logitech calls "Bluetooth connectivity with easy-switching capability." What that means is you can pair multiple devices -- such as a Mac, iPad, or iPhone -- and quickly switch among them with the push of a button without having to reconnect.
The K760 shares a similar design to Apple's Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard, but it's significantly larger.
(Credit: Sarah Tew/CNET)
To test it out, I paired the keyboard with an iMac, iPad, and iPhone. To switch among the devices I simply pressed the "1," "2," or "3" function keys at the top left of the keyboard (each has a Bluetooth logo on it). A green LED lit up when I touched the button, letting me know I was now paired with its corresponding device. It worked flawlessly and is a nice option if you're working with a couple of different Macs or a Mac and and iPad. I don't see all that many folks using this with their iPhones or iPod Touches, but the option is there.
Like the earlier K750 and Logitech's just-introduced Solar Keyboard Folio for iPad, you can charge this keyboard in any light whether it be lamp light or sunlight. Logitech says that -- when fully powered -- the keyboard works for at least three months, even in total darkness (based on average use per day of 8 hours).

Nextcall contacts on Android

You could keep your call logs for months at a time, but chances are your phone wouldn't appreciate that too much. Instead, take a look at Nextcall.
This app will help you see how long it has been since you were in touch with someone. Additionally, it will let you schedule calls with someone every X days or weeks. This can come in handy if you need to remember to follow up with someone for business. Sure, you could add them to your calendar and get a reminder, but it might get lost among all the other things you have scheduled. Here's how to get started:

Step 1: Download and install Nextcall on your Android device. Once installed, run the app.
(Credit: Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET)Step 2: Click on the Add Contact image in the app.
(Credit: Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET)
Step 3: Configure how the app will categorize each contact.
You will be brought to a list of your contacts and each will have an icon next to their name that can be toggled. A white icon indicates that the app is not tracking this contact. A gray icon with a tie indicates that the contact is being tracked as a business contact, and a gray icon with no tie is a personal contact.
(Credit: Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET)

Step 4: Go back to the main screen of the app. Swipe from the right to the left over a contact in this list to see options. From here, press on the Edit button.
(Credit: Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET)

Step 5: With the buttons that appear, you can tell the app how frequently you want to be reminded to call the given contact, and for what reason.
Overall this is a very useful tool for seeing who you need to contact and who you've basically forgotten about. If a lot of your business depends on keeping in touch, then Nextcall could be a much appreciated tool for you.
What do you think? Should we need to schedule out calls and remind ourselves to call some of the people in our contact collection?

How to Create Posts in Wordpress

Posts are the entries that display in reverse chronological order on your home page. In contrast to pages, posts usually have comments fields beneath them and are included in your site's RSS feed.
To write a post:
  1. Log in to your WordPress Administration Panel (Dashboard).
  2. Click the Posts tab.
  3. Click the Add New Sub Tab
  4. Start filling in the blanks.
  5. As needed, select a category, add tags, and make other selections from the sections below the post. Each of these sections is explained below.
  6. When you are ready, click Publish.



Screen Options

The Screen Options allow you to choose which Post Fields are displayed, or not displayed, in the underlying SubPanel. Clicking on the Screen Options tab shows a list of the columns with a check-box next to each column. Check the box for each Post Field you want displayed, or uncheck the box to not display that module. Click the Screen Options tab again to close the Screen Options. These options are saved so that you can customize how your own editing screen looks.
Note: As of WordPress version 3.1, some screen options on the Post Administration Panel are hidden by default if they have not been saved before. Hidden by default: Excerpt, Post Author, Discussion, Custom Fields, Slug, Comments, Send Trackbacks, Revisions.

Descriptions of Post Fields

WordPress Admin Writing Post Advanced Panel - Top of Page
The title of your post. You can use any words or phrases. Avoid using the same title twice as that will cause problems. You can use commas, apostrophes, quotes, hypens/dashes, and other typical symbols in the post like "My Site - Here's Lookin' at You, Kid." WordPress will clean it up for the link to the post, called the post-slug.
Post Editing Area 
The blank box where you enter your writing, links, links to images, and any information you want to display on your site. You can use either the Visual or the HTML view to compose your posts. For more on the HTML view, see the section below, Visual Versus HTML View.
Preview button 
Allows you to view the post before officially publishing it.
Publish box 
Contains buttons that control the state of your post. The main states are Published, Pending Review, and Draft. A Published status means the post has been published on your blog for all to see. Pending Review means the draft is waiting for review by an editor prior to publication. Draft means the post has not been published and remains a draft for you. If you select a specific publish status and click the update post or Publish button, that status is applied to the post. For example, to save a post in the Pending Reviewstatus, select Pending Review from the Publish Status drop-down box, and click Save As Pending. (You will see all posts organized by status by going to Posts > Edit). To schedule a post for publication on a future time or date, click "Edit" in the Publish area next to the words "Publish immediately". You can also change the publish date to a date in the past to back-date posts. Change the settings to the desired time and date. You must also hit the "Publish" button when you have completed the post to publish at the desired time and date.
Publish box 
Visibility - This determines how your post appears to the world. Public posts will be visible by all website visitors once published. Password Protected posts are published to all, but visitors must know the password to view the post content. Private posts are visible only to you (and to other editors or admins within your site)
After you save your post, the Permalink below the title shows the potential URL for the post, as long as you have permalinksenabled. (To enable permalinks, go to Settings > Permalinks.) The URL is generated from your title. In previous versions of WordPress, this was referred to as the "page-slug." The commas, quotes, apostrophes, and other non-HTML favorable characters are changed and a dash is put between each word. If your title is "My Site - Here's Lookin' at You, Kid", it will be cleaned up to be "my-site-heres-lookin-at-you-kid" as the title. You can manually change this, maybe shortening it to "my-site-lookin-at-you-kid".
Allows you to save your post as a draft / pending review rather than immediately publishing it. To return to your drafts later, visit Posts - Edit in the menu bar, then select your post from the list.
Publishes your post on the site. You can edit the time when the post is published by clicking the Edit link above the Publish button and specifying the time you want the post to be published. By default, at the time the post is first auto-saved, that will be the date and time of the post within the database.
Post Tags 
Refers to micro-categories for your blog, similar to including index entries for a page. Posts with similar tags are linked together when a user clicks one of the tags. Tags have to be enabled with the right code in your theme for them to appear in your post. Add new tags to the post by typing the tag into the box and clicking "Add".
The general topic the post can be classified in. Generally, bloggers have 7-10 categories for their content. Readers can browse specific categories to see all posts in the category. To add a new category, click the +Add New Category link in this section. You can manage your categories by going to Posts > Categories.
A summary or brief teaser of your posts featured on the front page of your site as well as on the category, archives, and search non-single post pages. Note that the Excerpt does not usually appear by default. It only appears in your post if you have changed the index.php template file to display the Excerpt instead of the full Content of a post. If so, WordPress will automatically use the first 55 words of your post as the Excerpt or up until the use of the More Quicktag mark. If you use an Explicit Excerpt, this will be used no matter what. For more information, see Excerpt.
Send Trackbacks 
A way to notify legacy blog systems that you've linked to them. If you link other WordPress blogs, they'll be notified automatically using pingbacks. No other action is necessary. For those blogs that don't recognize pingbacks, you can send a trackback to the blog by entering the website address(es) in this box, separating each one by a space. See Trackbacks and Pingbacks for more information.
Custom Fields 
Custom_Fields offer a way to add information to your site. In conjunction with extra code in your template files or plugins, Custom Fields can modify the way a post is displayed. These are primarily used by plugins, but you can manually edit that information in this section.
Options to enable interactivity and notification of your posts. This section hosts two check boxes: Allow Comments on this postand Allow trackbacks and pingbacks on this post. If Allowing Comments is unchecked, no one can post comments to this particular post. If Allowing Pings is unchecked, no one can post pingbacks or trackbacks to this particular post.
Password Protect This Post 
To password protect a post, click Edit next to Visibility in the Publish area to the top right, then click Password Protected, click Ok, and enter a password. Then click OK. Note - Editor and Admin users can see password protected or private posts in the edit view without knowing the password.
Post Author 
A list of all blog authors you can select from to attribute as the post author. This section only shows if you have multiple users with authoring rights in your blog. To view your list of users, see Users tab on the far right. For more information, see Users and Authors.
WordPress Admin Writing Post Advanced Panel - Bottom of Page
Note: You can set basic options for writing, such as the size of the post box, how smiley tags are converted, and other details by going to Settings > Writing. See Writing Options SubPanel.

Best Practices For Posting

You can say or show the world anything you like on your WordPress site. Here are some tips you need to know to help you write your posts in WordPress.
Practice Accessibility 
To be compliant with web standards for accessibility, be sure to include ALT and TITLE descriptions on links and images to help your users, such as <a title="WordPress Codex" href="http://codex.wordpress.org/">WordPress Codex</a>.
Use Paragraphs 
No one likes to read writing that never pauses for a line break. To break your writing up into paragraphs, use double spaces between your paragraphs. WordPress will automatically detect these and insert <p> HTML paragraph tags into your writing.
Using Headings 
If you are writing long posts, break up the sections by using headings, small titles to highlight a change of subject. In HTML, headings are set by the use of h1h2h3h4, and so on. By default, most WordPress Themes use the first, second, and sometimes third heading levels within the site. You can use h4 to set your own headings. Simply type in:
<h4>Subtitle of Section</h4>
with double lines before and after and WordPress will make that title a headline in your post. To style the heading, add it to yourstyle.css style sheet file. For more information on styling headings, check out Designing Headings.
You don't have to use HTML when writing your posts. WordPress will automatically add it to your site, but if you do want control over different elements like boxes, headings, and other additional containers or elements, use HTML.
Spell Check and Proof 
There are spell check Plugins available, but even those can't check for everything. Some serious writers will write their posts in atext editor with spell check, check all the spelling and proof it thoroughly before copying and pasting into WordPress.
Think before you post 
Ranting on blogs is commonplace today, but take a moment and think about what you are writing. Remember, once it is out there, it can be seen by many and crawled by search engines; and taking things back is harder once it is public. Take a moment to read what you've written before hitting the Publish button. When you are ready, share it with the world.
Write about what you like 
You’ve heard this a thousand times before and it sounds too cliched, but it is true. If you force yourself to write something that you don’t really enjoy, it will show. Perhaps you might not have a specific theme for writing when you just start, but that’s ok. You’ll become more focused later. Just enjoy the experience and write what you like.
Write frequently 
Write as frequently as you can, may be even more than twice a day, but don’t let quantity get in the way of quality. Your viewers come for content, don’t give them useless stuff.
Don’t use too much slang 
Not all the readers will be from your part of the world so make sure people can understand easily.
Don't hide your emotions 
Tempting as it might be, don’t hide your real emotions. After all that is what a blog is about. If you want, you can stay anonymous and voice your feelings on whatever you are passionate about. You might have strong views on various subjects but let your readers know your passion. What is passion worth if you can’t even share it? You’ll actually love the discussions it can lead to. The discussions will broaden your own thinking and you might end up making some really good friends.
Consider your readers 
Perhaps this sounds weird, but consider who needs to know about your blog before you tell them about your new blogging hobby. Will you be able to write freely if you tell them? How much should you let your readers know about you? Is it ok if your boss or girlfriend reads your posts? If you don’t want them to read, take anonymity measures accordingly.
Make use of comments 
Comments let people share their ideas. Sometimes, they might not be good, but you can ask such people to shut up. Most of the times, they will and if they don’t you can delete their comments. Blogging like real life, can be both fun and not so fun at times. Be prepared. Also, give your people a place to contact you in private if they want to write to you.
Worry about blog design later 
Blog design matters, but only to an extent. Don’t give up on blogging just because the design isn’t coming up as you’ll like it it to be. Sooner or later, you’ll get around the design problems with ease. But continue writing. Content is what attracts your readers, not just the look of your blog.
Don’t play too safe 
Talk about the real you. Readers aren’t impressed by how big your house is, which cool club you belong to, or what the weather is in your hometown. Don’t be a bore and put a long post on how you fixed the leaking tap in minutes. Readers don’t care about braggers, they care about the real you--how you feel, what gets you excited, why you are the person you are. But if achievements are all that you can talk about, you will bore your readers.
Use pictures and videos 
They make the pages colorful and viewers get to see a little of your part of the world. They feel connected.
Keep writing 
Don’t stop blogging. If you don’t have anything to write about, chances are, you are still holding back. Let loose. Perhaps surf more blogs and maybe you’ll get an idea. You can write about your friends, complain about your boss, or simply rant about what’s gone wrong. Yet if nothing else works, just write a review on the latest movie, book, or product. Easy actually.
Save your posts 
Save your posts before you press the publish button. Anything can happen with your computer or with an internet connection. You don’t need to lose your post.

Visual Versus HTML Editor

When writing your post, you have the option of using the visual or HTML mode of the editor. The visual mode lets you see your post as is, while the HTML mode shows you the code and replaces the WYSIWYG editor buttons with quicktags. These quicktags are explained as follows.
  • b - <strong></strong> HTML tag for strong emphasis of text (i.e. bold).
  • i - <em></em> HTML tag for emphasis of text (i.e. italicize).
  • b-quote - <blockquote></blockquote> HTML tag to distinguish quoted or cited text.
  • del - <del></del> HTML tag to label text considered deleted from a post. Most browsers display as striked through text. (Assigns datetime attribute with offset from GMT (UTC))
  • link - <a href="http://example.com"></a> HTML tag to create a hyperlink.
  • ins - <ins></ins> HTML tag to label text considered inserted into a post. Most browsers display as underlined text. (Assigns datetime attribute with offset from GMT (UTC))
  • ul - <ul></ul> HTML tag will insert an unordered list, or wrap the selected text in same. An unordered list will typically be a bulleted list of items.
  • ol - <ol></ol> HTML tag will insert a numbered list, or wrap the selected text in same. Each item in an ordered list are typically numbered.
  • li - <li></li> HTML tag will insert or make the selected text a list item. Used in conjunction with the ul or ol tag.
  • code - <code></code> HTML tag for preformatted styling of text. Generally sets text in a monospaced font, such as Courier.
  • more - <!--more--> WordPress tag that breaks a post into "teaser" and content sections. Type a few paragraphs, insert this tag, then compose the rest of your post. On your blog's home page you'll see only those first paragraphs with a hyperlink ((more...)), which when followed displays the rest of the post's content.
  • page - <!--nextpage--> WordPress tag similar to the more tag, except it can be used any number of times in a post, and each insert will "break" and paginate the post at that location. Hyperlinks to the paginated sections of the post are then generated in combination with the wp_link_pages() or link_pages() template tag.
  • lookup - Opens a JavaScript dialogue box that prompts for a word to search for through the online dictionary at answers.com. You can use this to check spelling on individual words.
  • Close Tags - Closes any open HTML tags left open--but pay attention to the closing tags. WordPress is not a mind reader (!), so make sure the tags enclose what you want, and in the proper way.
Workflow Note - With Quicktag buttons that insert HTML tags, you can for example click i to insert the opening <em> tag, type the text to be enclosed, and click /i or Close Tags to insert the closing tag. However, you can eliminate the need for this 'close' step by changing your workflow a bit: type your text, select the portion to be emphasized (that is, italicized), then click i and your highlighted text will be wrapped in the opening and closing tags.
The Quicktag buttons also have the accesskey JavaScript attribute set, so you may be able to use a keyboard equivalent (e.g., Alt-bfor bold) to "press" the button, depending on your browser.
On Windows, IE and Firefox prior to 2.0b2 use Alt to activate accesskeys, while Firefox 2.0b2 uses Alt-Shift. On Mac OS X, Firefox uses Ctrl.
Source: Wordpress
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