Google Docs on Cloud 9!


Google’s latest cloud based play will give users the ability to upload any kind of file to Google Docs. The file intensifies cloud services from Google and indicates that Google is slowly trying to move its users to the cloud.
Picasa a free cloud based photo sharing from Google also aims to do so.

Now users can upload any file upto 250MB on Google docs. It need not be in Spreadsheet, Word format. It could be anything!
The free cloud-based storage from Google increases its competition against Microsoft, as Google offers a free online alternative to productivity software applications like Microsoft Office.

Google Docs users will gain 1GB of space along with the ability to store any file type that’s up to 256MB online.The online files will be can be searched, organized and shared, just like Google Docs documents.

Users can even purchase additional online storage space for US$0.25 per GB per year!

App of the week : Bing

The iPhone/iPod touch app for this week is surprisingly Bing. Bing as we all know is a search engine from Microsoft! The bing app for the iPhone will well move a lot of Google users on the iPhone to this new app.
Though Google does have it’s own app for the iPhone but Bing offers a much better UI with great additional features.

The Bing app is FREE for download on the iTunes Store. As soon as the app is launched it tries to acquire your current location so that it could open up your country’s wallpaper of the day, news etc.

The wallpaper by Bing which changes everyday covers the whole screen making the status bar transparent which is awesome. It then has options to choose from like images, news, maps etc.
The app is very well designed and even sports a voice to text input for searching on Bing.
The Bing app is truly the App for the week!!!!!

5 Things the iSlate must have!

The iSlate is possibly going to be demoed on January 26th at the Macworld Expo and we have listed down the five basic necessities and features that the iSlate should be capable of for it to be a success.

1. Connectivity – Wifi, Bluetooth, DLNA(possibly), 3G and connection of a wireless Internet datacard for Internet through a USB Port.

2. Display – The screen size should be large enough for viewing HD movies and YouTube videos in 1080p. Between 10-15 inches. Though it is predicted that the screen would be 10.1 inches. Better LED and with multitouch support.Maybe 3D support for gaming!!

3. CD/DVD– A CD/DVD Drive is very necessary for the islate.

4. Multimedia– Local Internet radio included with Internet radio. Compatibility with iPhone apps. Microphone for voice recognition.

5. Camera – A camera would indeed be very useful for making skype calls , video conferencing via 3G or maybe now 4G!! It should also support video recording.

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Palm CEO : I have never used an iPhone before!


Palm chief executive and former iPod chief Jon Rubinstein said in an interview at CES that he has never used an iPhone.
Earlier in 2009 even Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer also did laugh at the iPhone during a press conference, and now we have got Palm’s CEO! It seems that both the companies are unable to compete with the iPhone and hence their CEO’s are doing nothing except criticizing the best device of the generation!

Of course, if Rubinstein is telling the truth, such a lack of dabbling in a rival’s pool could explain, at least in part, why Palm is having a hard time catching up to the iPhone’s market share. The Palm Pre has fared so-so at Sprint Nextel Corp., despite a lot of hype surrounding launches of the various iterations; and the more budget version of the Pre, the Palm Pixi, appears to have made little splash. Palm is due to start selling handsets through Verizon Wireless.

Palm has reason to fear Android: Mobile analytics firm Flurry Inc. says it has “monitored a sharp increase in new Android project starts by application developers within its system, a 94 percent jump in October compared to September,” according to its blog.

We suggest him to use the iPhone and only then would he come to know the power of Apple and also get to know where his company stands!

Chromium OS Zero!

Chromium OS, the open source build of Google’s upcoming web-focused netbook system, was made into a thumb-drive-friendly build early on by a helpful hacker named Hexxeh. His latest build, ChromiumOS Zero, adds Chrome extension support, speed boosts, and other goodies.

The new update is called Chromium OS Zero and it boasts serious speed improvements, automatic delivery of system updates, a reduction in the startup delay on Broadcom wifi adapters, and a slick, customized bootsplash graphic. The browser now has full extension support and bookmark sync, which makes it easy to experiment.

I did try to boot it in Sun VirtualBox but it didn’t boot up properly. You may still stick up with ther Chromium OS Cherry. Download it from your favorite torrent!

Review : Nexus One

The nexus one the one which has gathered a lot of hype has finally been launched by Google at the Android Press Event and also was also showed off at CES Digital Experience!

1. Camera – The nexus one has got a 5MP camera and the pictures and videos that were taken by us were OK. but not as good as compared to the iPhone. But though the iPhone does not have an inbuilt flash still it was better in picture quality when compared to the nexusone.

2. OS– The nexus one runs on the Android OS version 2.1 also known as eclair. The OS is pretty smooth and extremely fast. Apps open and close in a flash of a second. All because of the Snapdragon 1Ghz processor. Though we didn’t like the scrolling part much. It was a bit laggy.

3.Applications– With only 20000 apps in the android market,it is not something which would satisfy everyones need. A lot of the major apps are missing which is not good. Though the numbers are increasing day by day the iTunes store is far much better.

4.Looks– The nexus one is so light that it feels as if you are gonna drop it. It is also a lot slimmer and when compared to the iPhone it is definately slimmer and lighter. Though the camera placement is not that good! The back is also scratch resistant.

HTC placed two microphones on the device, one on the bottom and one on the back, for better noise cancellation. And the extra microphone pays off. The other party said that the Nexus One sounded, through their speaker, as loud as an iPhone 3G, but noticeably better. Not astoundingly better, just enough so that you’d mention it. But the speaker on the Nexus One, on the other hand, makes conversations sound tinny and thin. Actually, the better microphone setup is evident when you do a Nexus One to Nexus One conversation, because the resulting sound out of N1’s speakers is less tinny.


iSlate Update

CES or the Consumer electronics show was held at Las Vegas this year and as usual it gave new and big companies to show off their products to journalists and the press. This time a lot of tablets were shown off at CES. the lenovo IdeaPad U1 and HP-Microsoft’s new tablet PC and maybe the apple tablet or islate on January 26th.

But Apple’s tablet may not end up dominating the emerging market for tablets, as some seem to expect. One reason is price. Analysts think the Apple tablet could cost anywhere from $700 to $1,000. In contrast, the tablet design unveiled by Freescale this week will cost around $130 to manufacture and could sell for as little as $200.
Conversations with several former Apple engineers who worked on the long-gestating tablet also suggest that Apple may be asking users to learn a somewhat complex new vocabulary of finger gestures to control it, making use of technology it acquired in the 2007 purchase of a company called FingerWorks.

The price of the Apple Tablet is quite high when compared to other tablets. A 1000$ for a tablet? I mean cmon why wouldn’t someone just pay a few more and get an iMac or MacBook pro.

Apple has even asked all it’s employees to keep it a secret and hopefully they will disclose the official price and the details by the end of this month. By the way the nexus one was also displayed at CES!

The apple tablet is supposed to be an ebook reader and a killer of the kindle. But the advantage kindle has is it’s large online book store.
Though apple is believed to have engaged in a deal with publishers and other book stores for displaying books on the iTunes store, but still it would take time for it to be as large as amazon’s book store . Be tuned for future updates!
islate was rumoured to come in 7 inch and 10 inch versions but other info seems to reveal that it will only be available in a 10.1in version.

iSlate is now also on Wikipedia. Wikipedia Link

App of the Week: Easy Walk and Type

Easy Walk & Type is an innovative app that helps you keep an eye on the path in front of you while typing.

It is the safest and most convenient way for you to write email, notes or copy/paste to all popular apps like SMS, Twitter, Facebook etc. while walking. You are able to keep an eye on the surrounds whenever you type on iPhone.

And it’s cool!!!


Features include:
– Email on the move: Type in a transparent screen and press “send” button to launch the email app WITHOUT QUITTING THE APP
– Take notes on the move: Leave your notes in a transparent screen
– Do anything on the move: Copy the text and paste to any other apps

The price of the app is 0.99$
Ratings:- 9/10

Near Me Now!


Google’s latest location-based feature for mobile devices, which went live recently, will make it easier to find restaurants, bars, ATMs and more when you’re in an unfamiliar area. The feature, called “Near Me Now,” is available on the Google homepage on your iPhone (OS 3.0 or later) and Android (OS 2.0.1 or later) devices. Near Me Now is currently available only for United States users, and was first announced in December, alongside other new mobile search features including Google Goggles.
Say you’re standing outside a restaurant and want to quickly look up information about it before committing to it. You could google it by name (and do all that tedious typing), or you could just hit the new “Near me now” link.
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“Near me now” uses your location aware cellphone (currently only iPhone and Android devices) to search for surrounding businesses by category (restaurants, coffee shops, bars, ATMs and banks, and more), then returns any nearby matches based on their proximity to you. So if you’re standing outside or near a restaurant you’re considering, all it takes is firing up Google, tapping the “Near me now” link, and then choosing the category. It really is considerably faster than typing (especially on mobile devices), and might be worth working into your mobile searching toolkit.

Facebook updates iPhone App

After a very long time, facebook updated it’s iPhone app. The app now supports push notifications and contact sync.
The current version of the app is 3.1.1 and is a must have for facebook users on the iPhone.
The best and long awaited functionality being the contact sync. The contact sync is simply awesome. What contact sync does is that it matches your iPhone contact list with your facebook friends page and replcaes all of the missing profile pictures.
When you start the app for the first time it asks you whether you would like to allow facebook to activate push notifications or not. Then it asks you about the activation of the contact sync feature which is fantastic.(go for it) . Then it syncs all your contacts and you are done.
As for the push notifications, they apply whenever someone sends you a new message, or whenever you receive a new wall post, friend request, friend confirmation, photo tag, event invitations and updates, and comments.
You can get the update via iTunes for free.