You probably would be aware of the fact that Google Maps saves your 100 most recent searched locations. Google Maps does this with the primary intent of making it convenient and easier for the user to retrieve your searched locations.
Fair enough, but is that all you want?. Or do you want to export your saved locations to a different Google Account, Google Earth, Bing Maps or any other mapping service. This is what this post is exactly about. Google has added the option of exporting your saved locations to a KML file. Wait that is not all. You can also import a KML file which may contain various placemarks of your visited places.
Google regards this feature as one that prevents data lock-in. Infact you would be glad to know that Google has a team in place called Data Liberation team whose primary purpose is to
Make it easier for users to move their data in and out of Google products.
Since we are talking about data. It might not be such a bad idea to share with you what Google believes regarding user’s data in terms of ownership.
Many web services make it difficult to leave their services – you have to pay them for exporting your data, or jump through all sorts of technical hoops — for example, exporting your photos one by one, versus all at once. We believe that users – not products – own their data, and should be able to quickly and easily take that data out of any product without a hassle.
Attention iPhone users or should I say once again happy iPhone users. I say this because there are reports flying around revealing the news that MMS feature has been enabled for certain iPhone users. You might say that it is a bit early infact two weeks early but hey who cares as long as I get the MMS feature, I have no complains. US based iPhone users are claiming that the MMS capability has been enabled on their phone. Now they can send and receive MMS messages comprising of images/videos.
Previously AT&T was reluctant to enable the MMS feature, fearful of the risk of becoming overloaded.
There is no clarity as to why AT&T has begun providing this functionality and that too earlier than decided. My guess is that it wants to maintain its user base and keep Apple and AT&T subscribers happy.
A grey cloud still exists as to which users are getting the MMS functionality enabled first
It might come as a surprise to some of you, but it is true, Apple has discontinued the 40 GB Apple TV. Some of you might say that this was expected while others might be surprised at this. All of this was done without much fuss and noise and was done overnight.
Prior to this Apple offered the 40 GB Apple TV for $229 whereas it put a price tag of $329 on the 160 GB Apple TV. But with this recent development, the price of the 160 GB Apple TV has reduced to $229. There was a feeling that something of this sort was bound to happen once Apple slipped the shipping dates for the 40 GB Apple TV.
Ever since the introduction of Apple TV, not much has changed when considering the device from the hardware perspective. Apple has always maintained the Apple TV project as being a hobby project. Apple is still working on discovering ways and methodologies to expand the market of Apple TV.
The concept design seems to have come to life in the form of the Nokia 7705 Twist. Find out more about the Nokia 7705 Twist swivel phone after the jump.
The Nokia 7705 Twist has been launched in the US and looks exactly like blueprints that were doing the rounds on the internet earlier this year. The Nokia 7705 Twist has been designed with social media and networking in mind and will ship on the US carrier Verizon.
The Nokia 7705 Twist has a unique, the screen is one one half, while the keyboard is on the other and you twist to get it to open. When it comes to specs, this is a rather basic device but you’ll find a 3-Megapixel camera and social networking integration fitted as standard.
There is a rather large circle on the right of the Nokia 7705 Twist, which is called a ‘Contcat Light Ring’ that will flash different colours depending on who is contacting you.
A new mobile phone has been spotted recently, namely the Nokia 8800 Erdos, it is a luxury device that includes more than just expensive materials and high-quality crafting. The new device is headed to the market with a different approach when it comes to the way the phones are built, as well as great differences in materials.
The Nokia 8800 Erdos is expected to come with Symbian S60 3rd edition, and should hit the market in October 2009. The video below will show you a little more on this handset.
The specifications list of the phone, we can count a 2.4-inch OLED display that boasts a QVGA (320 x 240 pixel) resolution and support for 16 million colors, a 5-megapixel photo snapper with Carl Zeiss optics, auto focus, video recording capabilities and LED flash, as well as a series of connectivity options, including High Speed USB (micro-USB), Stereo Bluetooth v. 2.0 (A2DP & AVRCP), WLAN, WCDMA bands: I + VIII, GSM 900/1800/1900, and AGPS.
The new Nokia 8800 Erdos measures 116.9 x 50,3 x 15.0 mm and includes 8GB of available internal memory, with no MicroSD memory card slot included in the equation. Other things that can be said about the phone are that it has been carved out of a single piece of metal that cellpassion says has been marketed as “bullet silver.” The device comes in a sliding form factor, and its keypad will rise to the display’s level when slid.
The Nokia 8800 series of luxury phones from the Nokia is already known around the world, especially due to the fact that the devices included in the lineup come to the market with high quality materials and great build quality.
Novell will offer a kit for developers to build Apple iPhone and iPod Touch business applications using Microsoft’s .Net Framework.
Miguel de Icaza, vice president of the developer platform at Novell and the leader of the Mono project said:
What’s important here is that C# and .Net are considerably more productive development environments than the native iPhone language, which is Objective-C,
With MonoTouch, the Mono runtime provides such developer services as garbage collection, thread management, type safety, and Web services
MonoTouch has a software development kit and a suite of compilers, libraries, and tools to integrate with the Apple iPhone SDK. A cross-compiler is included to turn .Net executable files and libraries into native applications for distribution on the Apple App Store or for deployment by enterprise iPhone users.
Integration with Apple’s XCode IDE enables devloeprs to test on the iPhone device or on the Apple iPhone Simulator,
Al Hilwa, program director for application software at IDC said:
MonoTouch brings a new option to the table, I would say that applications closest to the metal will continue to be written in Objective-C, but where developers want to target multiple platforms, including apps that cross over between desktop and mobile, MonoTouch allows them that portability. Of course, the big win with it is that it opens the door for some 5 million .Net developers to begin to do iPhone applications.
Mono is associated with the LGPL (GNU Lesser General Public) license used for distributing free and open source software, Novell with MonoKit is distributing Mono under commercial terms. The LGPL requires that users can replace an LGPL library with their own version of a library, a conflict with App Store requirements, according to Novell.
Joseph Hill, product manager for Mono at Novell said:
We have the rights to redistribute Mono under commercial terms and that’s what we’re giving to users here,
MonoTouch Enterprise Edition is available for a one-year subscription for $999. About 2,000 persons have been signed up for the MonoTouch beta program, which began in early August.
If you people are thinking to upgrade Windows 7 from Windows Vista later this year, then you should set aside some time, especially if you’ve got a lower-end machine with a bunch of applications already installed and a hard drive full of files.
One of Microsoft’s own engineers took 1220-minute to upgrade on an average machine. A 32-bit Vista to 32-bit Windows 7 upgrade on a rig outfitted with an AMD 64 X2 dual-core 5200+ CPU, 2GB of RAM, and a 1TB Western Digital hard drive spinning at 7,200RPM. That’s what was considered “Mid Range Hardware”.
The “Super User” scenario under which the tests were run includes 650GB worth of data, 40 applications installed, modified OS settings, and 15 optional components installed. The test wasn’t even run with the same simulated user settings on the “Low End Hardware,” which consisted of an AMD Athlon 64 3200+ CPU and 1GB of RAM.
Were you making plans to purchase your very own Zune HD once Microsoft rolls out their media player on 15th September. Well you might need to change those plans provided you live outside US. I say this because Ars Technica reports that Microsoft has no plans of selling Zune HD outside US. Although there is a glimmer of hope as this decision of Microsoft seems to be a temporary one. This is what Microsoft spokesperson said:
For the time being the Zune HD device will remain US-only.
Microsoft spokesperson also shared news regarding Zune Video and Microsoft’s plan to deploy the Zune Video service in 18 markets. The spokesperson said:
Right now we are focused on deploying an exciting service in the form of Zune Video to 18 markets. We are looking at potential future hardware experiences for these markets, but do not have anything to announce right now.
You probably remember the news which we shared with you regarding Microsoft‘s move to discontinue all Zune Models previous to Zune HD. When asked about the rumored Zune HD 64 GB model, a typical response was given which was
We are constantly looking at other options and evaluating what consumers are looking for.That said, we have not announced any plans to offer a larger device.
One thing which one can say is that Microsoft has taken this decision and wants to use US as a testing ground for Zune HD. And Microsoft will be hoping that it gains better results that it did the last time with the introduction of Zune.
Motorola has announced it will launch a range of phones running the open-source Android operating system that was developed by the internet search giant Google.
According to the sources, T-Mobile PowerPoint slide showing the Motorola CLIQ release date listed as October which was expected. Don’t get freaked out there isn’t a picture of the CLIQ in the PowerPoint but a placeholder instead it was only publicly announced two days ago, and you know, things have a tendency to leak.
The slide above says November, but BGR says its older and provided just for information purposes. There is a newer internal slide that does show October.
T-Mobile’s pricing has been revealed ahead of time on the carrier’s official website and it has been noticed well before the company fixed the unexpected leak.
The phone isn’t available on Tmo’s site now but we have a new leak. Thanks to an internal PowerPoint presentation.
You probably would be aware of the fact that Windows Live Wave 4 M1 was rolled out. So your next question would be what are the changes that you can expect from the upcoming Windows Live Wave 4 M1 release Do not worry if you don’t see these changes right now. These changes will require a duration of about 3 weeks to reach the global audience. These include:
Changes made for Windows Live Wave 4
Auto Inbox Refresh
Previously Inbox was refreshed after every 60 seconds, however with Wave 4 Inbox will be refreshed when user logs into WebIM.
Auto Save Drafts
Automatically saves emails as drafts as users type them. The current time is set to 3 minutes.
A huge amount of KeyBoard shortcuts have been added to Wave 4 with an effort to match those of Yahoo and Gmail. Here is the list of all the Hotmail Shortcuts
Download all attachments
If an email contains multiple attachments, then these attachments will be downloaded together as a .zip file
WebIM Contact List
A new feature called “view online contacts” is added to the WebIM Contact List
Mobile browser improvements
Backend changes have been made to improve and optimize mobile performance
Action Bar at bottom of page
Reply/Forward/Delete is now available from both the top and bottom of an email.
Contact Picker Improvements
More than one change has been made to contact picker. These changes are:
- edit contacts in compose
- recent email data used in auto-complete and contact picker
- copy/paste enabled in IE
- a “verify recipients” feature added
Are these all the changes that Wave 4 will bring. Apparently it seems that way. If that’s the case, then it probably would disappoint you once you read these changes. Please do share as to what you feel about these changes.