iGoogle was launched way back in 2005 to facilitate the users for quick and easy personalization of their Google experience with all the information on the web that was most useful to them.
Currently tens of millions of people use their iGoogle homepage to check email, track news, watch videos, chat with friends and much more.
Today, new social features have been introduced to iGoogle.
One of the major features is the launch of the social gadgets for iGoogle. Social gadgets let you share, collaborate and play games with your friends on top of all the things you can already do on your homepage. In total 19 social gadgets have been launched.
The 19 social gadgets launched offer many new ways to make iGoogle homepage more useful. Marissa Mayer, VP, Search Products & User Experience and Rose Yao, iGoogle Product Manager wrote:
If you’re a gaming fanatic, compete with others in Who has the biggest brain? or challenge your fellow Chess or Scrabble enthusiasts to a quick match. Stay tuned in to the latest buzz with media-sharing gadgets from NPR, The Huffington Post, and YouTube.
You can also manage your day-to-day lists withth the social To-Do list gadget.
And of course your friends are able to see what you share or do in your social gadgets either by having the same gadgets on their homepages, or through a new feed called Updates.
These updates include your recently shared photo albums, your favorite comics strips, your travel plans for the weekend and more. There is also a Friends group to manage your sharing with others. You can easily add and edit friends in this group at any time.
Financial Times previously spread a rumor that Nokia might dump the Symbian operating system and instead go for LinuxOS, Mameo. The rumor spread like a fire and it was reported by numerous blogs.
Well here is a twist in the tale. Symbian will soon release an overhauled version of its operating system later this year and will eventually release it to developers and handset makers.
Given that Nokia had bought shares worth $410 million on Symbian before open sourcing it, I couldn’t buy into the story. A similar non-sensical rumor had surfaced a few months ago and was quickly shot down by Nokia.
Today, Nokia spokesperson dismissed the rumor:
We absolutely remain committed to Symbian and S60. Symbian remains our choice for smartphones and we’ll continue to see enhancements that further the value and experiences on this platform.
Nokia is working on non-smartphone devices such as the N900 tablet. Maemo is the operating system for Nokia’s Internet tablets.
The spokesman further said:
However, recognizing that the value we bring to the consumer is increasingly represented through software, there is logically not just one software environment that fits all consumer and market needs,
He went on saying that:
In addition, as we’ve stated before, we also continue to explore opportunities around a new class of devices that we see as the next segment of high performance mobile devices. Maemo is very much part of that thinking but of course there’s nothing new to announce in this regard.
Many of us truly believe that Nokia and Symbian are slow in their response to the challenges posed by other Internet mobile operating systems: Google’s Android, Palm’s WebOS and Apple’s iPhone OS.
It has been reported that the 23rd of August is going to be quite a day for mobile phone lovers as a snapshot of Best Buy’s computers shows that several handsets will hit the market.
The snapshot suggests that on August the 23rd we will see number of mobile phones inlcuding the LG BL40 Chocolate Touch, the Samsung Rogue, Samsung Omnia 2, Samsung u450 Intensity, and Global AirCard.
On the same day the LG Xenon in red and Samsung Solstice will be hitting AT&T, the Samsung Gravity 2 hits T-Mobile, and the BlackBerry Tour, a new shipment hits Sprint. It is not confirmed but the it has been stated that there is a chance of the M330 to hit on the 8th of September, moreover there is not much information about that phone.
For the time being it’s a Samsung handset headed for Sprint, along with the Samsung Reclaim can be seen just off screen at the very top. Date can not be predicted but it will be out sometime in August.
Google Chrome’s latest dev build is embedded with the Windows 7 jumplists.
The screenshot below suggests the latest Google Chrome’s jumplist works just like any other in Windows 7. Recently browsed sites are listed below those you have included to the list.
Space is also reserved for quick access to recently closed tabs and opening new windows.
Sure, you could set up it yourself by adding a command line argument to your Chrome shortcut, but this is a much more elegant solution. That’s assuming, of course, you’re on Windows 7 and can take advantage of the feature.
Every one is aware of Apple’s controversial decision. Yes I am talking about Apple’s decision to reject Google Voice. And you may also be aware that FCC is looking into that decision. Well this post is really interesting and is surely going to give headache to Apple and not to forget AT&T as well. The news is that Google is working on Google Voice and is planning to release it as an iPhone optimized web app. The NewYorkTimes was the source that revealed this interesting news. According to them:
Google says it is readying a replacement for the Google Voice app that will offer exactly the same features as the rejected app—except that it will take the form of a specialized, iPhone-shaped Web page. For all intents and purposes, it will behave exactly the same as the app would have; you can even install it as an icon on your Home screen.
So what will be the next dirty thing Apple will be planning. The only option now that I can think of is to block the URL that users will use to access the app. But will the authorities accept this attitude if Apple decides to carry out this action.
Nikon has made history and reached a new landmark. Nikon has launched world’s first ever digital camera which comes equipped with an integrated projector. The integrated projector allows users to share their pictures on any reasonable flat surface which may include wall and other suitable objects. It is a 10 lumen projector which has the ability to project images or video clips in VGA quality. with the size of image as large as 40 inches. It supports maximum distance of 2 meters.
Coolpix S1000PJ is the name of the camera. It has a 12.1 megapixel sensor, 5x optical zoom, 2.7 inch LCD monitor and comes with a remote control and stand. It provides the slideshow feature as well. If the user want to go for this option, camera provides some slideshow effects which can be added to make slideshows more interesting. The slideshow effects can be applied very quickly and easily. This is how Nikon announced it:
The world’s first compact camera with a built-in projector, it offers an exciting way to share your photos or movie clips without the need to connect to a TV or computer. Extremely simple to operate, you only need to touch a button to project your favorites onto any flat surface: be it the wall for a presentation or the ceiling for a bedtime story. Combined with a slim body that offers superb portability and a host of automatic functions that make it easy to take superb images, sharing your stories with family and friends wherever you go was never more fun. The COOLPIX S1000pj – a groundbreaking way to share your moments.
It also has the ability to deal with blurred images in 5 different ways. It also brings some other cool features which are:
- Smile Timer takes the shot when your chosen subject smiles.
- Blink Warning alerts you when someone had their eyes closed.
- Blink Proof shoots two pictures and saves the one where your subject’s eyes are open.
- Skin softening adjusts uneven skin tones on your subject’s face for smoother looking skin.
I myself could not believe the first time I read this news, but believe me this has infact happened. It seems Apple has started blackmailing people to hide their own faults and cover up their mistakes. In just a moment you would know why I am saying all these things. Very briefly, Apple blackmailed a family to remain silent if they wanted to refund their burnt iPod.
An 11 year old girl named Ellie Stanborough had to suffer a horrible experience in which she also ended up losing her iPod. Apparently the girls iPod went 10ft into the air after it overheated and exploded. Ellie’s father, Ken accidentally dropped the iPod, after which the music player started making a hissing noise and went up in a big plume of smoke. Here is how Ellie’s father describes the whole incdient:
I could feel it getting hotter and I thought I could see vapour. Within 30 seconds there was a pop, a big puff of smoke and it went 10ft in the air
The father contacted Apple to refund £162 for the iPod touch, and this is the point where the main event took place. There is an allegation that Apple agreed for the refund but only if the family agreed to remain quiet about the exploding incident. Stanborough even received letter from bosses which imposed a similar condition, but Mr Stanborough did the smart thing and refused to sign the letter. Regarding Mr Stanborough’s feeling about the letter he said:
I thought the letter was very disturbing.They are putting a life sentence on myself, my daughter and Ellie’s mum not to say anything to anyone.If we inadvertently did say anything, they would take litigation against us. I thought that was appalling. We didn’t ask for compensation, we just asked for our money back
The letter asked Ken to agree to keep the existence of this settlement agreement completely confidential and went on to add that the breach of this agreement would result in may result in Apple seeking damages and legal costs.
America’s Consumer Product Safety Commission is said to have 800 pages of documents on cases where iPods started to smoke or burst into flames.
So what next can we expect from Apple, after this incident pretty much any thing can be expected. Is the FCC’s inquiry orders for explaining the reasons for reject Google Voice taking its toll on Apple. Or is Apple doing this to shift people’s attention away from the Google Voice issue. Please do share your thoughts with us.
Attention! all the users and fan of PlayStation 3, the news which I am going to share with you is probably going to make you happy. I am without any doubt happy on hearing this news and I am thinking of getting my hands on the latest PS3 but there is a certain thing which might just stop me from doing that. Don’t worry I would be sharing that thought with you guys as well. The news is that PS3 has become 70% cheaper to build than it was initially, so what does that mean for you?. It means: You may be getting a cheaper PS3.
This news happens to cheer even the officials at as it means that their cost will decrease. This news will certainly make them happy, specially after they were informed earlier during the week about the big losses that company suffered.
Nobuyuki Oneda, the Chief Financial Officer brought this happy news and said that the loss leading console is 70 percent cheaper to build than it was originally when it was introduced in 2007.
Initially the construction costs were around £500. After considering the current news, it means that the manufacturing cost for new or current generation of PS3 will be reduced to around £150. If these figures turn out to be accurate completely, then you will be getting a cheaper PS3.
But there is one thing you may want to consider, even if the manufacturing costs are minimized, will Sony reduce the selling price at all or a little bit, or will it look to cover the losses incurred by the PS3.
I was just using my Twitter when all of a sudden I caught the glimpse of the trending topics. And boy was I amazed when I saw this topic “I quit iPhone“. Before clicking on the topic, I just asked myself, why would one want to do such a thing. And you know what was the immediate answer that came to my mind. Yes you are right: one potential reason for getting rid of iPhone is because of the rejection of Google Voice app by Apple. Michael Arrington of TechCrunch stated this reason for quitting iPhone. His words were:
I’m not going to upgrade to the iPhone 3GS. Instead, I’m abandoning the iPhone and AT&T. I will grudgingly pay the $175 AT&T termination fee and then I will move on to another device.
Apple and AT&T are now blocking the iPhone version of the Google Voice app. Why? Because they absolutely don’t want people doing exactly what I’m doing – moving their phone number to Google and using the carrier as a dumb pipe.
So what will it take to bring Arrington and others who intend to quit iPhone back. Michael Arrington answered that too:
Apple, if you ever decide to put the hammer down on AT&T and do the right thing for your loyal users, I’ll consider switching back.
So what is Apple going to do. Is it going to reconsider its decision or will it leave it now to rue over it later. One question from you, If you had been in a similar situation, would you consider quitting iPhone?. Please do share with us.
Orange UK has thrown out all rumors regarding the arrival of HTC Hero in August. That is right Orange UK has finally released the new HTC Hero. This interesting and ice breaker news was broken on Twitter. Orange gets the honor of being the first one to release the much awaited smartphone.
The hot phone will be free on selected price plans exclusively on the Orange network. It will cost £39.15 per month on a two-year contract, giving users unlimited data usage and text message as well as 1,200 minutes of free calls.
The notable specifications include:
- 5 Megapixel camera with autofocus
- Capable of capturing a video
- Multi touch screen
- Web browsing at an impressive speed
- Runs on Android OS
T-Mobile has also plans of releasing the mobile, the date of which is yet to be known. T-Mobile will charge £40 per month. So if you were saving money to get the mobile phone, then your burden has been lightened as the phone is available on a contract basis.