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Google Maps

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Finding any geographical location on earth is not a difficult task anymore. Users of Google will now be amazed by using google aerial map. It is a free web based mapping technology. Through this users can locate street addresses, find businesses in urban areas etc free of cost. Google aerial map does not only locate destinations but also provides other information.

What else google aerial map can do?

Google maps can also provide their users with entertainment and attractions in general areas. Users can search any location in the world and can get full knowledge about it. If you want to know about parks of any particular area you can simply type park and the technology will provide you with a list. Further it will provide you with the image of the park and its directions. By looking at the map users can zoom the image to have a closer look of the image.

Driving and walking directions

Google aerial maps can help their customers in obtaining walking and driving directions. Users only need to enter where to go and what is their destination and it will provide you with driving directions. Moreover it will provide you with a map and with the estimated duration of travel. In addition to driving directions users can also obtain walking directions.

Moreover if any one finds out that google satellite maps are wrong about any location users can simply correct it. But if the problem is extensive the moderator will have to approve the change before it appears on the internet.

Standard viewing options

Google mapping applications offer six standard viewing options. Firstly is the map view which offers relevant look of the location demanded with its detailed images. Secondly google satellite map offers a high resolution, great quality images of the location. As the other options google aerial maps also offers the same capabilities of zooming and planning. Then there is terrain view which provides high relief rendering and an overlaying street image which increase understanding. 360 views of street level geography are offered by street view. Lastly it is the traffic view which shows traffic situation in certain areas. Read the full story

The Best Cell Phones of 2011

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Mobile Phone technology has rapidly evolved in the last decade. Since the introduction of pagers and simple fax smile, a lot of changes have been recorded. Mobile Phones do not only help us connect but make lives easy for us.

Cell Phones That Amaze – A Human Touch

Have a look at some of the most brilliant and fantastic mobile phones of the year 2011 and the Mobile World Conference held in Barcelona, Spain. The conference is one of its kinds and features the latest advancements of the cellular technology on the planet.

1. Sony Xperia – Gaming For Life

The Sony Xperia Play may just seem like the PlayStation Portable at first sight. It is an extremely compact yet classy tool to play games just about anywhere and anytime. This device will be available in the summers of 2011 and is an Android phone as well which supports excellent gaming features.

2. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 – Cosmic Havoc

The Samsung Galaxy Tab is a giant of its kind. This extremely sophisticated device is powered by Google’s Android Operation System 3.0 and is available in 16GB and 32 GB version. The device features two webcams and a Dual Core processor which makes processing extremely fast and easy. This device will surely faze you.

3. Bring the Salsa – HTC

HTC Salsa is one of the latest developments of this emerging brand. The World Mobile Conference featured the HTC Salsa. It is a touch screen Android Cell Phone with a dedicated Facebook key. The Cell Phone has received positive reviews and is recording a growth in its sales.

4. The Optimus Prime – LG Gone 3D

The LG Optimus 3D is one Cell Phone that has literally shocked the world with its bizarre and excellent features. The Cell Phone will run on the Android Operating System 2.2. It is capable of capturing videos in a 3D format and they can be directly uploading onto YouTube and other services. This touch screen monster is amazing.

5. HTC ChaCha – Facebook Crazy!

The twin brother of HTC Salsa is this amazing device. The HTC ChaCha is a brilliant Cell Phone which also comes with a dedicated Facebook button. This Cell Phone is brilliant for working and online chatting. The keyboard like keypad ensures quick typing.

6. Samsung Galaxy S II – The Monster

The Samsung Galaxy S II is a marvelous piece of technology. This Cell Phone is brilliantly designed keeping in mind the fast paced life style. Read the full story

Best iPhone Apps for Photos

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iPhone is one of the top most selling android phones on the planet. People often debate on which application is useful and the best for users but the truth is we just cannot compare them with each other roughly based on opinions rather than on facts. Let us take an inside look, not on the entire directory of the available iPhone applications found worldwide but on the category of Applications available for Photographs you possess.

1. Best Camera

Best Camera

The brilliant Camera application offers a reigning and user friendly set of filters and graphic effects for your iPhone and iPod photos. Heap them. Mix them. Remix them. The possibilities end where your imagination halts. Whenever you are then ready, just share your images easily. Optimum Camera allows you to quickly and easily upload them to Face book and flicker without any sort of stress to accumulate.

2. Photoshop.com Rotatable

Photoshop.com Rotatable

Originally, this software is completely developed by Adobe. By making usage of this website on your iPhone you literally edit any of your photographs in any way you want to without any restrictions!

Some of the features it has allow cropping and flipping photographs. It has some frames which you can add to your images and make them much more attractive and memorable.

3. Lo-Mob

Lo-Mob

Lo-mob brings lo-fi and photographic experimentations to your roving pictures. Hump you put a 35mm cinema in a line formatting embodied?

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Why Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a Failure

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Samsung has just added a new tablet to its lineup for Galaxy Tab Series. Its new edition is called Galaxy Tab 10.1. In my humble opinion, it is a total failure. A disaster for the company and disappointment to fans all over the world.

The design is good, sleek and stylish. But in an attempt to compete with iPad, It made loads of compromises on functionality and usability. It is not a phone and its not a computer as well, so what is it good for? Browsing the internet! Yeah, you can do that on it.samsung-galaxy-tablet-10.1

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has Flash enabled browser. That’s great. But the good news stops here… For everything else, you need an adapter.  I hate lists but here is my list of things I hate and love about new tablet.

Things I Love about Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

  1. Its Andriod 3.0 HoneyComb
  2. It has WiFi Built-in
  3. It has Flash Support so web browsing is great
  4. It is light-weight
  5. It is slim
  6. It is cheap
  7. It multi-touch

Things I hate about Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

  1. It has short battery Life
  2. Back Camera is 3.0 Mega Pixel and front is 2.0
  3. No GPS
  4. No Mobile Network
  5. No 3G Network , No Edge Connectivity
  6. No USB Port
  7. No SD Card Slot
  8. No HDMI Output
  9. Non Standard Charger Cable 30pin
  10. No Stylus
  11. No TV out Cable

So verdict is out, I have 11 reasons to hate and only 7 to love the new Galaxy Tab 10.1. I will not have it even if someone pass it as a gift to me.

NookColor: eReader Game Changer

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Nook eReader from Barnes and Noble is considered to be the only competitor for Amazon Kindle DX and Amazon Kindle 3rd generation readers in the market. Without wasting time, the company has launched the 2nd generation Nook eReader named NookColor. These eReader are based on different approach and are a big step ahead.

When we compare the previous model of Nook and different models of Kindle with the latest NookColor we observe that the screen is big 7 inches and fully touch sensitive. The software is also improved and upgraded to Google Android Os 2.1 éclair. Although you cannot install ordinary Android application still some applications which are provided by Barnes and Noble are supported. Honestly that doesn’t make much difference because it is only a dedicated media reading device.

Reading Materials

As it is clear from the name that the eReader is related to reading which means that library is essential. Barnes and Noble have provided us almost 2 million reading different reading materials which cost $ 9.99 at maximum. They have also provided us ease of selection. We can read the books for some time before making our choice and purchasing the material. You can also subscribe magazines. A trail period of 14 days is provided for any magazine you like. This a great feature because now can check whether the book or magazine is suitable for you or not. The company has also promised his customers that they will provide downloadable Enhanced Nookbooks including illustrations.

What’s It Good For?

Although the main feature of eReaders is reading stuff still it provides its users entertainment like surfing on internet, get connected online through social networks, listening to your favorite music and playing many games. NookColor is closer to IPad and many tablets to some extend but the eReader is not a replacement of your notebook. You also have to carry a notebook along with any eReader device.

We easily understand the difference between models and devices by considering few stats such as:

Size

The screen size of 1st Gen Nook, iPad, 3rd Gen Kindle and Nook Color are 6” diagonal, 9.7” diagonal, 6” diagonal and 7” diagonal whereas Touch screen size of 1st Gen Nook, iPad and Nook Color are 3.5” color, 9.7” diagonal, and 7” diagonal correspondingly. Read the full story

Tablet Reviews: Motorola Xoom

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Motorola has finally launched the much anticipated Tablet of 2011. Motorola is known for the smart gadgets. Motorola cell phones have already gained the very attention of millions of consumers in US. The brand value of Motorola has increased in the recent years. For a couple of months, it was expected that Motorola would get involved in the tablet game—that wasn’t beyond the realms of possibility—and happily, Motorola has now launched the Xoom tablet officially.

Features Of Xoom Tablet

Features Of Xoom Tablet

The headline of Xoom Tablet is “It supports the Android 3.0 Honeycomb”. One finds the features spellbinding: 10 inch display with 16:10 aspect ratio (1280 x 800 pixels); Tegra 2 dual core CPU with 1 GHz processing; 1 GB RAM and 3G data modem, which can be upgraded up to 4G, given the availability of the chipsets. And, to everyone’s surprise, one will be able to upgrade their 3G Xoom from an authorized dealer in a matter of minutes and there’ll be no need of purchasing a new model—Motorola says so. Read the full story

10 Things Google has to Change in Android 3.0

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There is good news for all the Android fans, “Android 3.0 has been released in the market” and it is the most beautiful device ever. This incredible operating system has been released for the Motorola Xoom tablet. This is a marvelous system that has given life to the Android smart phones first and now it is going to make larger touch screens like Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 lavish.

Android 3.0 is expected to be a big hit for tablet PCs of different manufacturers like Acer, HTC, Dell, LG, MSI, Asus and Toshiba. The much enhanced operating system of Google has boasted the number of upgrades.

Android 3.0 Release Date

The release date for the marvelous system named Android 3.0 is not finalized yet and is a bit unclear. The manufacturers of Motorola Xoom have already released it in the United States of America but others are waiting for Google to ensure that they can put their devices for sale in the market.

According to some of the most authentic sources the release of Android 3.0 is expected in just few weeks. People are looking forward to the huge supply of Android 3.0 tablets in the PC market at the time of its release. It is assured that the final launch is going to happen in next few weeks.

Tseng is a senior marketing manager at Google. It is reported that in the year 2008, he didn’t mentioned tablet PCs, but he did revealed a bit about an operating system that is expected to work on different computing devices. He also declared that he was a proud owner of Android prototype phone.

Android 3.0 is an Open Source

Android 3.0 is considered as a project by Google that is open source. It is observed that Google has not managed to make an extraordinary income so far from the operating system and they have planned to generate revenue through their traditional way of ads that show up while you are searching something.

The developers of this operating system have got full access to the base code. They have also gained an access to the search-able documentation.

Flexible Base Code

The only drawback of Android in the past was that its code was really flexible that made easier for it to run on various different kinds of devices. However, the interface of Android is specially designed for smart phones. The Android 3.0 is very incredible in looks as it has been observed that it has made a much better use of the tablets’ screen size.

You can understand it better with the example of Gmail. It runs best on the smart phones in the vertical orientation as it is easy that way to scan through the emails. You can run a preview pane on the right side of your tablet and your messages on the left with the help of Android 3.0 if you are an email client.

The screen size of the tablet is often accommodated with the Android 3.0, but sometimes there are some apps that still run in the smart phone mode. Android 3.0 is supposed to be much sleeker for the tablet PCs in comparison with the iOS 4.3 that is currently running on the iPad 2. The preview of the open apps is shown by the pop-ups that resemble with the thumbnail views. On the other hand the settings are also more advanced along with the status overlays.

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Asus Eee Note EA800

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Because of the confusion Asus’s eReader caused, being associated with regular tablets, its name has been changed and re-released. ASUS has just officially announced the EEE Note EA800, an intriguing 8 inch eReader which comes with added functionality of a notepad, video and photo camera and an educational tool. Due to this added functionality the EEE Note EA800 is in a league of its own.

Here is the system specification of the EEE Note EA800 taken from the official website:

Operating System:

  • Linux

Display:

  • Size: 8″, 3:4
  • Resolution: XGA, 768×1024, 64 grayscale
  • Hardness: 3H, designed for pen
  • Anti-Glare

Touch Screen:

  • Touch pen: 256 levels pressure to express different words weight
  • Resolution: 0.01mm (2540dpi)
  • Accuracy: ±0.4mm with pen vertical / ±3mm with pen tilt 50 degree

WLAN:

  • 802.11b/g

Storage:

  • ROM:4GB
  • External: Micro SD card slot available, support SD/SDHC (expansion) up to 16GB

Camera:

  • 2 mega pixel

Audio:

  • Speaker: mono 1 Watt
  • Microphone: high-sensitive

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Best 10 Inch Tablets

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Touch screen tablets with their portability feature are getting famous in market of Top Product, display size, camera, storage capacity, hard disc range and high speed processor are some features on which can take part in classification of best tablet.   Here we are going to introduce some 10 inch tablet.

1. Motorola Xoom Android Tablet

Motorola Xoom is released in February 2011. It has HD display of 10.1-inch (1280 x 800-pixel) wide-screen which can support 720p video. Its processor comes with dual core property in which each core runs at 1 GHz. It is supportable for android applications. It works on operating system of Android 3.0 Honeycomb. This operating system supports multi-touch system. It gives support android applications for example notifications, multi-tasking, widgets and browsing etc. It provides 3G connectivity.  At the launch it don’t come with 4G/WI-FI-enabled connectivity but a user can upgrade it up to 4G by a proper procedure offer by manufacturers, which can work 10 times faster than 3G network. Motorola Xoom is first 4G tablet of Motorola manufacturers. Because of android 3.0 it offers you web surfing without any interruption, support for adobe flash. You can enjoy multi-media based applications games; you tube applications, e-Books reading, audio/video songs and check e-mail. Its operating system also allows you to switching feature between applications. Its battery timing is up to 10 hours or more while its stand by time is 14 days and up to 3.5-hour is its charge time. Its memory includes 32 GB internal memory, 2 mega-pixel camera at front facing and 5-mega pixel rear-facing camera. Its other features are Integrated Google Maps, Mobile Hot-spot feature, 1 GB of DDR2 RAM, 32 GB internal memory, on-screen keyboard, 3.5 mm headphone jack and saving data from unauthorized access.

2. ASUS EEE Pad Transformer

Its weight is about 680 grams. Its design looks most commonly around us. It has 10.1 inch display with 1280 x 800 pixels high quality resolution that gives a good and bright effect for videos or zooming pictures. It also based on android 3.0, and its battery timing is up to 16 hours. It comes with 512 MB RAM and 16 or 32 GB internal storage but these both features can be enhanced on the bases of requirements, its internal storage can add up to 32 GB more by using flash cards, and user can also replace 512v MB RAM with 1 GB RAM. ASUS EEE has dual camera featured. This product is supportable for multi-media applications, web searching and for advance applications. Its price can differ on the basis of its specification mostly range $399 to $699.

3. Samsung Sliding PC 7 Series

This product is released by Samsung, having smart and stylish design while its weight starts from 2.18 lbs. It differs from others in some aspects first difference is its operating system, using Windows 7 Home Premium, and second is that it can slide on two faces, according to your desired angle (which its design allowed ) or horizontally. It has HD LCD display of 10.1-inch having 1366 x 768 pixels resolution with touch screen feature. Its CPU based on Intel ATOM Oak Trail Z670 technology, ranges 1.66 GHz, and its memory ranges 2 GB DDR2. Hard disc capacity range is 32 GB or 64GB. It comes with 1.3 MP camera. Its battery made up of lithium polymer and can give a long time support of 9 hours. It gives support to Internet services, audio/video technology with integrated speaker. Its price starts at 699$.

4. ASUS EEE Pad Slider

ASUS EEE is another form of ASUS Pad Transformer but it differs in some features. Its display comprises on 10.1 LCD screen with 1280 x 800 pixels resolution, which provides a bright, sharp image and clear text. ASUS EEE Pad Slider basically comes with android operating system.  It’s CPU based on dual core Tegra. With RAM ranges 512 MB to 1 GB and with 32 GB flash card. Its features also offers 3G chip, other features includes dual camera and USB port that uses to attach some other devices for example printer etc. Read the full story

Best Free Android Widgets

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If you are Android user then you must have knowledge about what you can do with your Android. There is a great number of free applications and widgets that are available for Android phones. You can make most of these widgets and can turn your Android into a complete pocket PC for you. Following are some free widgets for Android.

1. Power Widget

This widget works wonders, as it allows you to move from one application to other in quick time. It allows you to toggle among wifi, GPS, Bluetooth, screen brightness and sync.

2. Scoreboard Application Widget

This is wonderful and useful widgets if you are a sport geek and want to have sport news in your palm. It is an official application that is released by Google. Via this application widget you get the latest news and scores of your favorite team during the game. You can also scroll through different teams to view the dates and history of their previous and upcoming match dates and history.

3. Facebook Widget

Who doesn’t use Facebook? Off course everyone upon the earth is a Facebook user and if you have Android then this widget is perfect for your Android phone. Via this widget you can change your pictures, set updates and reply to messages in quick time. This application works efficiently, so you can rely on it for Facebooking.

4. Android Agenda Widget

This widget is available in two views i.e. medium and large. It is a useful and efficient way to get access to your expected appointments. It also allows you to extract data from multiple calendars instead of only the native Android Calendar application.

5. Fox News Widget

Everybody wants to keep a close eye on what is going on around the world, so this widget is perfect for getting latest news updates. It has an auto-refresh button that minimizes your work.

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