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Google+ The Social Network

On Tuesday, Google revealed yet another product named as Google+ Project. Google+ is a new social networking platform created by the popular search giant. It is a social network which will completely revolutionize the way people interact on the Web 2.0.

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Vic Gundotra, Senior Vice President of Google Engineering and founder of the Google+ Project said in Google’s official blog that

We’d like to bring the nuance and richness of real-life sharing to software. We want to make Google better by including you, your relationships, and your interests. And so begins the Google+ project

Here are some features of Google+ that will surprise you of how creatively the Google team have designed this project to meet your requirements.

Google+ Feature:

  • Circles

Did you ever wonder how to stop those annoying tagging of friends on Facebook, constant App invitations, unwanted addition to Facebook Groups and million other small things that really get on your nerves, well that’s when Google+ comes into the picture dressed as a Superman. What the Circles feature is all about is that it allows you to categorise your friends and family in a very easy and smart way. This way you dont have to worry about what you share and whom you share it to.

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Categorising is as easy as dragging and dropping your friends from the friends list into a particular circle created by you and visible only to you. Sharing the things you like is more easy now and the next time you say something no need to be cautious about whom you say it to because the Circle will automatically take care that your content is shared to the people you would like it to.

  • Sparks

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Are you bored on Facebook when there’s no one online and when you have nothing to talk about. Google+ breaks that silence by providing you with a built-in recommendation engine to discover the content you are interested in. Google knows what your interests are (just like your wife or girlfriend) by analyzing what you constantly share on the Google+, through the +1 button and your queries on the google search. Google smartly gathers all that information and provides you with the latest articles, photos, videos pertaining to your specific interests at the click of button kinda like Stumbleupon but in a Google fashion.

  • Hangouts

You see your girlfriend or your best friend online in your Facebook chat. You ping them by saying Hi…………………………………… waiting this much wasn’t your plan! What do you think? You will ultimately assume that he’s just not so interested to talk to you or has left his PC to go check out your girlfriend! Isn’t that rude? Definitely it is, don’t worry Google+ isn’t that mean to you.

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No more embarrassments and no more hiding under the rug, Google+ introduces to you a video chat interface where you get to hangout with your friends whenever you want. Just go to your favourite  circle and click ‘Start a Hangout’, you will immediately jump in a video chat screen and your friends will join you as soon as they know that you are “HANGING OUT”.

  • Mobile

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Google+ is available on the Android platform too. What makes Google+ing on Mobile cool is its auto-upload feature. According to Gundotra, your phone now is not just a device which can take photos and videos and store them on a memory card. With Google+ power comes less responsibilities, captured multimedia content gets directly uploaded to your PC and is available for instant sharing the next time you log onto your computer. No wasting time sitting and uploading pics, latest is the best what Google+ believes in.

End of Tour.

Presently Google+ the social network is being tested only for a select few. Invites are temporarily disabled at the moment. If you wish to receive an e-mail as soon as the service is ready for use, request an advance invite over here.

How did you enjoy this article? Do you think Google will be successful in reinventing its lost credibility from its last failure from Google Buzz? Share your thoughts by a comment.

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Friendthem: An iPhone app to friend someone in real time!

The many times you go outside, you always see new faces around you. Some known and mostly unknown. Facebook has become the newest medium of interacting with someone when not face to face. It is the quickest and the most reliable form of effective communication.

Guess what has changed now? Friending, yes now when you realise you have made a connection to someone, no need to look back and see that person walk out of your life, you can use the new Friendthem app and quickly friend him right then and there. No unwanted hassle of asking his/her full name and sitting down and spending time searching that person on Facebook. The new Friendthem iPhone app allows you send a Facebook friend request in real time or also to schedule that request to be sent at a later time.

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The good news is you will have full control over your privacy. You can change how you want others to see you. Hiding sensitive information has just become easy. Also you can become invisible anywhere. According to MASHABLE, Friendthem lets users create geo-faces so that you can become offline in certain places such as a bar or at a conference. If in case you forget a face, another cool ‘Friendthem Later’ feature tells you exactly how and where you met that particular person in your life. Pretty cool, isn’t it? Another neat feature of this app is that along with sending friend requests it can also tell you how many mutual friends you both share! What do you think?

Working with it is simple. Just log into the app using Facebook and start using it. The application is currently available for iPhone only. In the near future, apps for Android and Windows platforms will also be released. Friendthem app founder Richard Passer tells us that he will further develop apps for Twitter and Foursquare too. Two small caveats of this app is that it works only within a 1500 foot radius and allows you to send upto a maximum 10 friendthem requests per day. So what are you waiting for, make your life simpler, download this free app from the iTunes Store now! Watch this nice video to experience first hand.

Have you found this app useful? Share your comment to let us know!

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Nokia N9: Swipe and get it done

Hi friends. Remember just 1 month back we had written a post on the new Nokia N9 rumored phone surfacing around the internet. Well to your surprise it has now become hands on. Yes, engadget was the first to land its hands on this marvellous device.

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Lets set aside all the rumors and lay down the facts on the table. It runs on a Meego 1.2 Harmattan Operating System and features a 3.9 inch AMOLED display. engadget has done a comparison test to check out how impressive the display works and in the result they have nothing but praises for it. The outer material is made of polycarbonate, a plastic which is known for its long term durability at least that’s what the laddies at the Finnish company have to say. It also boasts of an all-HD 8 megapixel camera.

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I saved its best feature for last so here it comes. Nokia N9 has no buttons, yes surprised?  The UI is a complete swipe technology, there are no buttons seen on the front end, except the three buttons seen at the right side, the smartphone is a complete masterpiece. If you would like to know the various swipe navigations, head onto NOKIA SWIPE and check it out. You can also feel the swipe experience in a virtual environment over there.

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There is no official release date as of yet but you will be seeing it late this year. According to NYTimes, the pricing is set at $670 for the 16GB model and $760 for the 64GB model and is available in colours Black, Cyan and Magenta.

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Drop a comment if you wish for a Nokia N9 to fall off from the sky! 🙂

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Firefox 5 released: Overview of Pros and Cons

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Firefox 5 stable version has just been released yesterday. Here is a overview of what new features you will be seeing in this new browser.

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For starters, after you download and install the browser, you will notice no major change has been done to the interface. It still carries the good old Firefox 4 look. Now lets jot down the pros and cons and you yourself decide whether you really want to upgrade to 5 or not!

PROS:

  • Do-Not-Track feature is taken care of and is easily accessible via the preferences section allowing a greater deal of control over cookie storage.
  • Browsing the web is a lot faster compared to the previous version. According to a test conducted at PCW, Firefox 5 even beat Chrome  and Opera in terms of both speed and efficiency. Firefox 5 continued to work smoothly even with 25 websites opened.
  • Firefox 5 has fixed many major bugs like HTTP idle connection bug. It has also added extra level of security to its Web-based Graphic Library. Improved support for HTML5, Javascript and CSS animations. Additional support of the new iPv6 protocol.

CONS:

  • No major change in its interface. Carries the same GUI as seen in its predecessor.
  • Add-on incompatibility. Many add-ons are  not supported in Firefox 5. I myself checked out that the Google Toolbar extension had been automatically disabled because of incompatibilty.
  • Hogs a large amount of memory in a Linux environment resulting in a slow and draggy performance. I have tested the new Firefox 5 stable build on Ubuntu only to find out thats it still hangs off on me.

VERDICT:

I give Firefox 5  an OK for a upgrade. Yes there are a few minor bugs, but i think the Pros section holds a stronger stand than the Cons. Firefox 5 also features a new Add-on SDK kit which will prove a lot helpful for the add-on developers.

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Also Mozilla is claiming Firefox 5 to be the first browser to debut the Rapid release cycle giving out many browser updates  over the year.

Download Mozilla Firefox 5.0 for Windows!

Drop a comment if you found this review helpful. Also tell us what you thought of this new version of Firefox, is it good enough?
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Apple goes berserk! iOS5, Mac OSX Lion and iCloud at WWDC

Apple is launching its iOS 5 mobile operating system, MAC OS X Lion desktop operating system and also its iCloud service: Apple’s very own Cloud service to be held at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco, this June 6.

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According to engadget, the team will be focused on its latest software enhancements and also its release of the newest, MAC OS X Lion operating system. This is gonna be a big day because some folks at Buzzle are already regard this as a clash between Apple and the Android developers since Google already launched its latest Android OS the “Ice Cream Sandwich” just this month. The release will be done by Steve Jobs himself along with other executives.

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The launch of iOS 5 is creating a major buzz for the Apple users. Some customers are already creating a wishlist of what improvements they would like to add in the new release. If you want to know what other people are thinking, browse through this gallery as BusinessInsider brings it to you. Regarding the iOS 5 features, this time it will introduce voice control to type the text automatically and widgets too possibly to compete with the Android, as we have seen Android OS is full of widgets. Of course, there will be integration of NFC chips and Cloud computing (Google wallet and iCloud respectively). GET IT? Other than these there’s a fully redone user interface and addition of an updated camera app (iPhone 4S will have a 8-megapixel camera), thats why!

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Coming to MAC OS X Lion, this is going to be a major concern at the WWDC this time. According to CNET, the poor MAC OSX Snow Leopard was already being hit by a rogue antivirus causing a MAC malware scare so you will possibly see the release of a software update for SL. Moving on, there is a pretty nice featurelist we are going to see in Lion this time, some of them being, introduction of Wi-Fi Direct, wireless iTunes sync capability, Finder,Mail,AirDrop and iCal improvements.

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iCloud service being new one on the line, we have not been able to gather much news about it but our reporters at CNET say that Apple will integrate “music features” with the Cloud support. Already deals have been made with the music giants such as EMI Music, Warner Music and SONY Music.

Here is an official PRESS RELEASE made by Apple.

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Now its time for your comment. Tell us what your thoughts are about Apple. Will Apple keep dominating the industry or will Android overtake them soon? Also if you are an attendee at the WWDC 2011 please share with us your latest updates!

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Google Wallet’s arrival! What is it?

Officially announced this Thursday, Google wallet has arrived in US bringing brand new changes to online payment systems. With Google wallet you can just wave your mobile on Mastercard paypass terminals and the payment will automatically be made.

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Yes it is that easy. This facility has been currently introduced only on the Nexus S handsets. Google wallet works only on NFC (Near-Field-Communications) based smartphones. According to engadget, this service also works on non-NFC phones but will require a NFC sticker instead.

How does it work: The working is pretty simple.Your card number and all the transaction information is encrypted and stored on a tamper-proof chip from NXP Semiconductor onto the smartphone. Google is calling this functionality as the “Secure Element”, according to CNET. Customers just need to enter their PIN to open the Google wallet application and carry on their transactions.

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What If? Yes exactly, i was too wondering about that. Fortunately there are no What If’s!!! Google has assured us that if there be a chance that your phone is lost your banking credentials will not be compromised and your financial entities will be left intact. A thief should firstly have to bypass your smartphone security and then has to bypass Google Wallet App security. That’s not as easy as it sounds. Bypassing Google Wallet security is no child’s game, if the app senses a wrong password has been entered too many times, the SECURE ELEMENT locks in itself. No transactions can be carried out in this state and can only be revived by resetting it. Successful reset can be performed only when a secret combination is entered provided by the issuing bank, the Trusted Service Manager and the user. Same is the procedure if you forget your PIN.

For other dangerous ideas that slug your mind, you can read an article here to address all your possible vulnerability issues.

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Google Wallet is currently only available in US, but slowly it will hit our streets too. Google has described a nice and simple pictorial representation of how Google Wallet works, check it out over here.

Don’t forget to share your comment on this story! We would like to know your opinion of what do you think about the new Google Wallet. Will it prove to be a success and replace Paypal and all other online payment services or will you review your options and then decide?

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iMac cranked up with Thunderbolt!

Apple has recently released its newest series of iMac lineups. The surprising thing about these is that they are fitted with the latest technology, the ‘Thunderbolt’ high speed I/O ports. It thrashes even the USB 3.0 standard which is the latest in technology. If you have not read our review about the USB 3.0 here it is USB 3.0 to power a new era.

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Thunderbolt had already made its debut in Macbook Pro this year, now Apple has integrated the Thunderbolt ports even in its 21.5 inch and 27 inches iMacs. Apple is not only upgrading its ports but also its internal hardware, revamping the whole system. With the Thunderbolt, comes (wait for it) the Intel ‘Sandy Bridge’ second generation Quad Core i5 and i7 CPUs also dont forget the AMD Radeon HD 6750M and 6970M graphics card. After a complete overhaul of the iMac, imagine what the price tag will be?

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Here is a complete featurelist of what the iMac will be withholding together:

21.5 inch                                   27 inch

1920×1080 pixel IPS panel            2560×1440 pixel IPS display

2.5GHz QUAD-CORE Core i5 CPU           3.1 GHz QUAD-CORE Core i5 CPU

AMD Radeon HD 6750M         AMD Radeon HD 6970M

500GB HDD           1TB HDD

1 Thunderbolt port       2 Thunderbolt ports

4 USB 2.0 ports

Firewire 800 port

Gigabit Ethernet

Facetime HD webcam

PRICE TAG: $1,199           $1,999

The above specifications are factory installed configuration. However you can configure your PC parts while ordering, such as add a new Graphics card or upgrade your CPU to an i7. Also according to the latest news from AppleInsider you can remove the existing Graphics card and install a new one later without the need to replace the whole logic board.

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With the enormous addition of Thunderbolt ports, Apple has already made a statement. Thunderbolt ports are believed to be twice as faster than USB 3.0 ports. Delivering a classic 10Gbps data transfer speeds, Thunderbolt has flushed the USB 3.0 down the drain. Also the new integration of Facetime HD gives users the capability to video call through other Apple devices such as iPhone’s and iPad’s.

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So this is the inside out of latest iMac news hovering around the planet. For more enticing stories and updates please Subscribe to our daily feed. And as always your views are very important to us! Please drop in a comment to share what you feel about the new iMac lineup! Will you buy them or are you just satisfied with your Macbook Pro?

Twitter plays a huge role in Osama’s death

Osama’s death was big shocking news to me too. I first heard the news on Facebook. Soon everybody was posting news about Osama’s death. Social Media played a great role in delivering this breaking news. I swear if I hadn’t heard it on Facebook or Twitter, I wouldn’t have even known it, because I hardly read newspapers.

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Sohaib Athar

Coming on to the big news, do you know who posted the first tweet about Osama’s raid. You all would already be knowing it. Perhaps to jog your memory, it was first tweeted by Sohaib Athar. His greatest twitter status was as in here. CNET managed to capture all his tweets regarding Osama’s raid and display it as an excerpt. Here are those excerpts:

https://twitter.com/#!/ReallyVirtual/status/64780730286358528
Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event). about 10 hours ago via TweetDeck

https://twitter.com/ReallyVirtual/status/64783440226168832
A huge window shaking bang here in Abbottabad Cantt. I hope its not the start of something nasty :-S about 10 hours ago via TweetDeck

https://twitter.com/ReallyVirtual/status/64792407144796160
@m0hcin all silent after the blast, but a friend heard it 6 km away too… the helicopter is gone too. about 9 hours ago via TweetDeck in reply to m0hcin

https://twitter.com/m0hcin/status/64791032579108864
Just talked to family in Abbottabad, say they heard three blasts one after another, don’t know what really happened. about 10 hours ago via web

https://twitter.com/ReallyVirtual/status/64793269908930560
@m0hcin the few people online at this time of the night are saying one of the copters was not Pakistani… about 9 hours ago via TweetDeck in reply to m0hcin

https://twitter.com/m0hcin/status/64794837077065728
Seems something nasty happening in #Abbottabad, God save us. about 9 hours ago via web

https://twitter.com/ReallyVirtual/status/64796769418088448
Since taliban (probably) don’t have helicpoters, and since they’re saying it was not “ours”, so must be a complicated situation #abbottabad about 9 hours ago via TweetDeck

https://twitter.com/ReallyVirtual/status/64798882332278785
The abbottabad helicopter/UFO was shot down near the Bilal Town area, and there’s report of a flash. People saying it could be a drone. about 9 hours ago via TweetDeck

https://twitter.com/tahirakram/status/64797447821602816
@ReallyVirtual Damn. Unusual. Was it of Pakistan Army? about 9 hours ago via TweetDeck in reply to ReallyVirtual

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@tahirakram very likely – but it was too noisy to be a spy craft, or, a very poor spy craft it was. about 9 hours ago via TweetDeck

https://twitter.com/ReallyVirtual/status/64892915167657984
@kursed Well, there were at least two copters last night, I heard one but a friend heard two, for 15-20 minutes. about 3 hours ago via TweetDeck in reply to kursed

https://twitter.com/naqvi/status/64883228590350336
i think the helicopter crash in Abbottabad, Pakistan and the President Obama breaking news address are connected. about 3 hours ago via web Retweeted by ReallyVirtual

https://twitter.com/ReallyVirtual/status/64892915167657984
Uh oh, now I’m the guy who liveblogged the Osama raid without knowing it. about 2 hours ago via TweetDeck

Courtesy of CNET

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Osama's Compound

Courtesy of PCWorld

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Osama's Hideout

Courtesy of Sohaib Athar himself.

Sohaib Athar who lives in Abbottabad, Pakistan now has 56,749 followers and counting. Sohaib will always be remembered now for playing such a vital role in bringing the latest breaking news to us live on Twitter. Hats Off to Sohaib Athar, being a Blogger himself he has done such a great job.

Word has it the soldiers use First Person View Night Vision Cameras during the raid. This DJI Goggles review shows just why these brilliant FPV goggles are the best when it comes to FPV goggles.

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Apple iPad 2 in India up for grabs!

According to a latest news from techtree, iPad 2 has been released in India as of April 29. Along with India, it has also been launched for 9 other countries.

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iPad 2 is thinner and faster than its predecessor. For more information and specs check out our complete review of iPad 2 here. As we all know Apple has always been lazy to release its products in Indian markets. Probably because the demand of iPad’s is much greater than the supply, Apple cant manufacture the iPads fast enough. After only a month since its release i.e. March 11, its now available in the Indian markets. This improvement of Apple has sure satisfied our Indian customers and Apple is planning to keep its repute this way.

Many of you will be eagerly waiting for Apple iPad 2 price in India, so here it is. iPad 2 is available from prices ranging from 29,500 to 46,900.
iPad 2 with WiFi:                                                       iPad 2 with WiFi + 3G:
16GB model- Rs.29,500                                        16GB model- Rs.36,900
32GB model- Rs.34,500                                        32GB model- Rs.41,900
64GB model- Rs.39,500                                        64GB model- Rs.46,900

The company has sold 19.5 million units in the latest quarter. According to statistics from IBNLive, Apple’s iPad is continuing to dominate the tablet industry and will be for the next three years. Only time will tell us how it is going to adapt itself from Android based devices.

Now that iPad 2 is here in India, tell us what your opinion about the new iPad is by dropping a comment. Do you find the prices reasonable or expensive, please do share ur views.
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Nintendo Wii 2 to be released in 2012

Nintendo Wii is a video game console developed by Nintendo and manufactured by Foxconn. Wii was first launched in November 2006. Known for its motion gaming technology Wii captured many hearts and promised to be one of the best gaming technology ever created. Its rivals being Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony Playstation 3 have always outrun Wii. Statistics taken from November 2006 – March 2010 records a whopping 86.01 million Wii units to be sold worldwide but the Wii suffered a major decline last year selling a mere 15.1 million units.

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The latest news by Nintendo is that, its planning to release its next console in March 2012. The successor will be named Wii 2 and is codenamed: ‘Project Cafe’. The company announced that a playable version of the system will be unveiled at the E3 Gaming expo to be held in Los Angeles on June 7th. Click here to read the Official Press Release made by the company on this April 25, 2011.

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Nintendo states:

April 25, 2011

To whom it may concern: Re: Wii’s successor system

Nintendo Co., Ltd. has decided to launch in 2012 a system to succeed Wii, which the company has sold 86.01 million units on a consolidated shipment basis between its launch in 2006 and the end of March 2011.

We will show a playable model of the new system and announce more specifications at the E3 Expo, which will be held June 7-9, 2011, in Los Angeles.

Sales of this new system have not been included in the financial forecasts announced today for the fiscal term ending March 2012.

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Nintendo has made a good call by announcing its release of the newest console as its sales are already falling rapidly and this is the time to give a hard blow on its competitors, Microsoft and SONY.

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According to the latest report by IGN, Nintendo is gonna be a lot more powerful than its predecessor. The Nintendo Wii will be housing a revamped version of AMD’s R700 GPU architecture under the hood, which can easily outperform Playstation 3’s Nvidia 7800-GTX processor. The system will support HD resolutions of 1080p and also will be stereoscopic 3D enabled. The CPU will be a custom built triple-core IBM PowerPC chipset with unimaginable clocking speeds. So much to say, Microsoft and SONY will already be threatened by such advanced schematics of the Wii 2 that they will bite their own tongue.

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If IGN’s sources are correct, Wii is gonna pose as a serious threat to its rivals and hopefully will rekindle its lost passion among gamers.
As for the pricing, Wii is expected to cost around $350-$400.  How well the Wii 2 will promise to perform this time will only be revealed at the Expo this June. As for your comments we are very excited to hear what your say is.

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Please comment as to what you feel about the new Wii! Will it break the barriers of Xbox and PS3 or will it still continue to remain as an outcast. Your views are important to us!

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Armor the best, Forget the rest!

How to squeeze out maximum performance from my PC? How to attain extreme efficiency from my system? These are the questions that revolve round your head when purchasing for a high-end PC. You will be trying out custom parts for your system to run it at peak levels. Although there are many factors that play hand in determining the speed of a system, there is one factor that you almost forget to give a thought to it because it is so damn general. I am talking about CPU cases.

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Yes many of us purchase high-tech parts for their system such as quad Graphic cards, i7 processors, 16GB DDR3 RAMs but whats the use of all these if you dont have ample amount of space to install them in? So today i am going to give you a quick glance to maximize your PC performance and to prevent it all from blowing up!!!

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Thermaltake brings to you the all new Armor+. This is a Full Tower LCS (Liquid Cooling System) fitted Chassis which offers extraordinary cooling solution and spacial structure for all your CPU components.  Lets have a look at its special features:

  1. 10 PCI slots to connect your graphic cards, modems, audio cards etc.
  2. Sliding Motherboard tray (If you want to install additional hardware to your MOBO you can easily set ’em up by sliding out the tray)
  3. Supports all Motherboard Form Factors (Micro ATX, ATX, Extend ATX)
  4. 14 Drive bays (7 5.25″ bays and 7 3.5″ bays)
  5. Separate cooling management for CPU, Graphics Card and Hard Disk Drive
  6. Offers both Liquid Cooling and Air Cooling
  7. Cable Management System (Ensures all your wiring are systematically setup to prevent blockage of air flow)
  8. 320 c.c. reservoir for liquid cooling (Liquid cooling is industry standard solution to ensure max. cooling even under worst conditions)
  9. Silent Fans (No noise pollution)
  10. Additional toolbox space on the top

SHOTS

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The price tag for this baby is $399.99. If you think this was made for you then go for it!

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Why Meego Could Live Long in Mobile Space

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There was a growing fear among handset manufacturers that Nokia, Apple and Blackberry were taking the lead in the mobile industry. This left no room for smaller companies like Samsung, Motorola, HTC, Dell, etc. for joining the mobile industry. Why ? Simply because the best Mobile OS(Operating Systems) were made by Apple, Nokia and Blackberry.. Without a good OS manufacturing a phone is worthless.

Thats why in November 2007, 35 big handset companies came together to form the OHA(Open Handset Alliance). The OHA was lead by Google who had acquired Android Inc.(a small team devoted to provide a better mobile experience) and using the expertise at Google the OHA released the Android software platform as open source.

This was a big hit for most smaller companies. Handset manufacturers could now focus on the hardware and install the latest version of Android with minimum charges. Thus a revolution of new devices started appearing as the cost of manufacturing a suitable mobile OS was reduced.

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This is partly the reason for the success of Android. To support Android, all you need to do is manufacture a handset and install the Android OS. If you want to advertise the fact that you use Android, then you must get the approval from Google at a small fee. This is not much of an issue for a handset manufacturer.

As you may have guessed, this meant trouble for Nokia, Apple and Blackberry..
Samsung left its bada OS in favor of Android. This boosted sales for Samsung.
Blackberry had a clear advantage – The Blackberry Enterprise Server – The IT standard for push email with high security.
Apple had a clear advantage – The iOS – The best ever known mobile OS.
Nokia – ??

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Well, Nokia had acquired the Symbian Foundation and used the Symbian OS on all its devices, but fact was that Android was way better than Symbian. To make Symbian usable is not a pleasant experience. As one of the respected GNOME developers stated “It is not easy to make the Hippo dance.”

Nokia had to come up with something. It realized what Google did immediately, used the term “open-source.” So immediately Nokia announced that Symbian would gradually become open source. But by the time it became open source, Android had acquired more market share. Did I tell you that Android outperformed Symbian by now ?

Nokia realized that it needed an alternative. Symbian was a dying platform. It had to be tweaked a lot. This was not an easy task. So Nokia decided to use the world’s most advanced OS – LINUX !

Do I sound crazy ? Linux is a free and open source OS kernel(most important component of an OS). It was used a lot on PCs and Laptops. I repeat – PCs and Laptops..

The new mobile OS was called Maemo. This was one of the first major attempts to use the Linux kernel in a mobile environment. There were other attempts, but rather insignificant, except for one, which happened almost the same time.

It turned out that Intel – The World’s leading silicon chip-set manufacturer – was developing its own Linux OS for mobile devices – called Moblin. Why ?? Intel stated “Mobile OS disappoint us as they do not support the Intel Atom.” Intel Atom is a stripped down version of the x86 architecture. Most software is written on the x86 architecture. But Mobile OS usually supported the ARM architecture because it was easier to license ARM and ARM processors usually consumed less power.

Nokia and Intel realized that they had the same goal in mind – to create the first (truly) Linux based OS. Thus they merged both their projects into what is today known as MeeGo.

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MeeGo being linux had its core kernel(linux) under the General Public License(GPL). The User Interface was licensed in permissive licenses like the MIT License. To keep it free and open source, the project was hosted by the LINUX Foundation.

MeeGo was a promise for an open mobile OS. However, when Nokia decided to team up with Microsoft, there aroused some doubt about the future of the MeeGo platform.

Nokia left development for MeeGo. However people failed to realize the truth. MeeGo still lives.

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After Nokia abandoned MeeGo, Intel continued to support it. This is the beauty of a platform like MeeGo. Its not owned by any company. Android does not follow this kind of a principle. Android is owned by Google, but MeeGo is truly free and open source.

Today MeeGo is being developed by Linux Foundation, Intel, Nokia, Novell, AMD and several others. The beauty of it is that any company can join MeeGo development. This is not true for Android – since only Google and their approved companies can officially develop Android, although unofficially anyone can develop it.

Thats only part of the advantage of developing for Meego. The main advantage is that the Meego platform supports x86 architecture. This means that all applications running on a desktop can easily be ported to the mobile world. There are millions of free linux applications out there that are just waiting to be ported to MeeGo with the simple changes.

Intel had stated that mobiles running the Intel Atom processor will be released in 2011. This is a huge hit in the mobile industry. The worlds most advanced architecture – The x86 is now coming to mobile consumers.

Also MeeGo is using the Qt framework for GUI(Graphical User Interface). Qt is C++ binding for creating GUI applications. It is one of the most popular GUI frameworks.

The fact that MeeGo apps are all written in C++(usually) means that MeeGo performs better than Android. As a developer, anyone would be able to say that C++ is directly related to the hardware and thus it runs really fast. However Android is written in Java and works on the Dalvik Virtual Machine thus interpretation of Java code means slower programs. People don’t realize it but you need really powerful processors(at least 600MHz ARM processor) to enjoy the true experience of Android. Linus Torvalds had once said “If your not fast enough, (then) your not worth using.” Thats a fact. Android is not fast enough, since Java is not fast enough. Its just popular since you don’t expect that speed in a mobile environment.

MeeGo being an open platform, was modified by a lot of external sources who eventually came up with alternatives. The standard MeeGo platform was kept intact but the user interface was changed to suit mobiles, tablets, vehicles, TVs and netbooks. This meant that the applications that run on the standard MeeGo platform will be able to run on MeeGo phones, tablets, TVs, vehicles, etc. without any modifications. This is a big success for a developer as he can develop for one platform and deploy his program on all platforms.

So to simply sum up, why should someone develop for MeeGo:

  • MeeGo is not owned by any company – so it can live on even if the creators abandon it. (Good eg. Nokia)
  • MeeGo is hosted by the Linux Foundation who ensure that the platform is always free and open source
  • MeeGo supports the ARM and x86 architecture – This means that it’ll run applications already running on a desktop
  • MeeGo is supported by the leading companies of the world – Intel, Novell and AMD just to name a few
  • MeeGo uses C++ so its applications are faster than Android applications
  • Meego uses the Qt framework which is well known to a lot of developers
  • MeeGo runs everywhere – Handsets, Tablets, TVs and in-vehicle devices

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