Mig33 Chatting Software for Mobile Phones

There are several chatting software’s are available for mobile devices, but people faced many problem with them. One of my readers asked me which is the best mobile software for communication and chatting and he wants to get all features in one software. So today I am sharing one of the popular and best chatting software with you. Mig33 is one of the great and feature loaded communication and chatting software for mobile device today. Mig33 provide popular messengers support like Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo Messenger, AOL Messenger, Google Talk etc. Not only messengers but also Mig33 support several social networking websites like Facebook, Twitter and inbuilt chatting features of mig33 chat world.

Mig33 also provide several features for calling in cheap rate, send SMS to your friends in all over the world with free of cost and also they provide social networking platform for mig33 users to interact with each other. What more you want from one software? I think its one of the best chatting and communication software. Try it and you will be pleased by their services.

Mig33 Features:

Faster & keeps you connected better than ever before:
Up to 4 times faster in starting up, viewing profiles and other activities
Auto reconnect - mig33 is the only chat application that reconnects if you have network disconnects and keeps all your info active

Uses even less data than competitors:
Half the size of other messaging apps
Cached features mean mig33 looks better, runs faster and still keep data usage to a minimum
Can turn on and off updates and chatroom tabs as you need them

New features including:
Chatroom portal - a new interface so now you can bookmark your favorite chat rooms and see recent rooms you have visited
Call friends by name - in chatrooms or on your friends list, you can call friends needing to share phone numbers

Better look makes mig33 easier to use:
You can show only online friends in your friends list
Status icons are easier to read
Menu flows have been redesigned to gets you to where you want faster

Try it now!
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Current Version: v4.20

Windows 7 Update (KB971033) Stop Windows 7 Activation Cracks

Microsoft has released an update against Non-Genuine Windows 7 to trace their copies of Windows. For those users who have genuinely activate their windows won't be effect through this update but for those peoples who are using the pirate copy or non-genuine copy of windows 7 may be faced some serious issues on their windows. The new update will be delivered via Windows Update, with title of “Update for Microsoft Windows (KB971033)”; Users can also download this update manually from Microsoft Download Center.

After Effects:
  • This update of Windows will detect more than 70+ known and potentially dangerous activation cracks and non-genuine copies.
  • Deactivate their copies of windows and bypass their copies of windows activation process
  • If any non validation or exploits found, the desktop wallpaper will be switched to a plain desktop (all of the customer’s desktop icons, gadgets, or pinned applications stay in place). Periodic reminders and a persistent desktop watermark act as further alerts to the customer.
  • Customer has to re-install their copy of windows 7 or buy the genuine copy of windows for the future used of their windows.
For user who wants to install update KB971033 to verify the genuine copy of their Windows 7 system can download the update manually from Microsoft Download Center:

32-bit (x86): Windows6.1-KB971033-x86.msu
64-bit (x64): Windows6.1-KB971033-x64.msu
You can get rid of this Windows 7 (KB971033) deactivation update and also make your Windows 7 Genuine here.

Windows Live Messenger 2010 Screenshots Leaked

Windows Live Messenger 2010 Pictures has been leaked on internet. Microsoft is completely going to change the way and look of Messenger and its features. Let’s have a closer look at new Windows Live Messenger Wave 4 Milestone 3 screenshots and pictures.
You can see WLM 2010 is completely changed from its previous released of Windows Live Messenger 2009. In WLM 2010 you can see "Social Panel" separately showing the updates of your all social networks (Facebook, Twitter etc) and on right panel you can see Windows Live Contacts list. Windows Live Messenger 2010 also appears to have support for more popular social networks than just Facebook, Twitter and Windows Live, similarly like Windows Phone 7 Series is receiving.
Facebook is not only showing your friends status update and latest feeds but also it will show you photos, profiles, news and more updates. Microsoft is also going to integrate SkyDrive support in Windows Live Messenger 2010 so that users can access their online data quite easily from Messenger It self. Microsoft is also adding some new Emotions and Winks in new messenger. So just wait for the final build.

Flash coming to iPhone, iPad and iOS Device

Apple said it clear that iPad and iPhone will not support Adobe Flash so now company has just started work on how flash works on iPhone and iPad devices to entertain their flash users and customers. So now Company found a solution to bringing Flash onto any iOS device, and yes, it was approved by Apple.

The startup company called Skyfire, has been working hard with Apple to bring a brand new browser to the mobile phone that supports Flash video. Skyfire will use a revolutionary technology that they have been developing for the past few months that downloads video onto their servers and converts the flash video into HTML5, which will then be streamed to your iOS device.

There wasn’t any mention on CNN if there is any delay between the conversion, but nevertheless, it is Flash video on your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. There are some setbacks to the application however; Skyfire won’t be able to convert flash-based games or non-video content and of course you’ll have to use the Skyfire browser.

Skyfire’s CEO Jeffery Glueck said two or three websites have opted out of the technology, including Hulu, because of their business model to charge customers on mobile devices to play video.

Skyfire will be available for the App Store this Thursday at 9am and will sell for $2.99.

Top 10 Web Brands of January 2010

According to the latest statistics to know top 10 web brands of January 2010. Facebook holds the highest time occupied website for users of the month January, Out of 200+ million peoples who used the web in the United States last month, more than 116 million peoples were used facebook. The interesting fact is that Google is number one website which holds highest number of Unique Audience of 152,708. Facebook holds the highest Facebook Users Average of 7 hrs a Month with a 5.80% change in MOM UA. Facebook holds its position strong to be the most popular website amongst many people all over the world.

Here is a statistic report of Top Web Brands for January 2010 (U.S. Home and Work users)

Amazon Sells Droid Phones in Penny

Amazon is now offering variety of offers for their valuable customers worldwide. Now Amazon also comes up with their latest offer regarding Droid smartphones.

Amazon is currently selling all Droid phones for a penny when customers sign up for a new Verizon Wireless contract.

The deal is good for all of Verizon's (VZW) U.S. Droid phones, including the Droid X and new Droid Pro, through November 22. Customers starting new accounts will also get a $35 credit to cover the full cost of activating the phone.

Smartphone competition across all carriers seems to be sparking a race to the bottom in pricing -- a far cry from the $199 "magic price point" that's been in place so far. Droid Pro is also looking promising smartphones with new Android version.

Amazon (AMZN, Fortune 500) kicked off the smartphone-for-a-penny campaign back in August, when it slashed the Samsung Vibrant to 1 cent. Just last week, the site was selling two Windows 7 phones -- the HTC Surround and LG Quantum -- for 1 cent with a two-year contract from AT&T (T, Fortune 500). Last week's special also included some BlackBerry, Android and Palm models.

It's tough to beat a 1 cent deal, but that's applicable only to new accounts -- current customers are left out. Those eligible to upgrade their phones and extend their contracts can get a discounted phone -- for the Droid X, it's currently $49.99 -- but anyone not eligible for a trade-up will be paying full freight. That's $559.99 right now on Amazon for the Droid X.

A Verizon Wireless representative declined to comment on the offer, which Amazon said the company is sponsoring.

Motorola Milestone Unlocked Phone Quad Band GSM with 5 MP Camera, MP3, gps navigation- International Version with No Warranty (Black)
Motorola Milestone Unlocked Phone Quad Band GSM with 5 MP Camera, MP3, gps navigation- International Version with No Warranty (Black)

Motorola DROID II Android Phone (Verizon Wireless)

New Google Buzz Features - Gmail Buzz Social Networking

Google Buzz is Google's another latest features they have introduced in Gmail. Its look like after the Google Wave now Google Buzz is also all set to gain peoples attentions. Google Buzz is look like an internal social networking feature within Gmail. People don’t have to worry about new website they just have to get connected with their friends and family within Gmail account.

Google Buzz is almost works like Twitter, facebook and friendsfeed status updates and sharing videos and photos. Gmail Buzz and Google Wave are not same. But Google Buzz adopts the most popular and common features of Google Wave due to which Google Wave come on death watch. Google Wave offers the feature of Media sharing’s, Photos sharing, video sharing and get connected with friends with voice and apps. But the Best feature of Google Buzz is location which is not in Google Wave.
New Google Buzz Features:
  • Gmail Supporting (E-mail, Chat etc)
  • Status and Post updates in one place
  • Get connected with friends within Gmail
  • Follow your friends
  • Buzz your friends
  • Share photos, videos, status with your followers
  • Inbox Support
  • Quick sharing and start conversation
  • See updates from your friends and followers
I think Google is going to change the way people get connect and makes peoples work quite easier to find all things under one platform.

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Download Avira AntiVir Personal Free

Avira Anti-Vir is one of the best and effective Anti-Virus available today with lots of inbuilt security features like runtime scanner, e-mail scanner, link scanner etc. I had tested many anti-viruses over couple of months and find out that Avira Anti-Vir is one of the less resources and high scanner anti-virus amongst all anti virus. Now you can try it for free. Avira free version is also an effective like a premium version or paid version. Its not only provide total security but as well as many online security tools. You don’t need to connect internet every time if you want to update your virus definition file, you can also update your avira virus definition file through manually without internet connectivity, for this You just have to upload update file manually and it will update automatically to a latest version. Your windows will be pleased and never get corrupted by using Avira Anti-Vir.

Avira Anti-Vir Free Edition features:

  • AntiVir protection against viruses, worms and Trojans
  • AntiDialer protection against expensive dialers
  • AntiRootkit protection against hidden rootkits
  • Faster Scanning up to 20% faster
  • New User Interface
  • AntiPhishing protection against phishing
  • AntiSpyware protection against spyware and adware
  • NetbookSupport for laptops with low resolution
  • QuickRemoval eliminates viruses at the push of a button
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10 Things You Didn't Know About the BlackBerry

BlackBerryMany business peoples are using BlackBerry smart phone, but many of them don't know exactly the main and crucial functions of BlackBerry. Today i will tell you some unseen functions and things which you never know about BlackBerry smart phones.

Here's a quick checkout of some facts that either were news to me or that I'd forgotten along the way in between RIM's assorted legal battles and new product launches:

1. The U.S. government uses more than 500,000 BlackBerries.

2. RIM co-CEO and co-founder Mike Lazaridis, taking a page from Bill Gates' book, dropped out of college before starting the company.

3. Lazaridis was born with the first name Mihalis in Instanbul, Turkey.

4. Lazaridis accepted an Oscar for technical achievement from actress Anne Heche for RIM's Digisync Film Barcode Reader.

5. The White House installed its first e-mail services under President George H.W. Bush; Florida Governor Jeb Bush in 2006 unveiled his official portrait, featuring a BlackBerry in the background.

6. RIM's first job was a $600K deal with General Motors for networked terminals designed to show displays to assembly line workers.

7. The first true BlackBerry, the 950, was code-named LeapFrog.

8. Lazaridis said during the early 2000s that there were 16 million lines of code in the BlackBerry.

9. In November 2005, Oprah Winfrey gave away BlackBerry 7105t devices to attendees of her pre-Christmas giveaway show.

10. The BlackBerry Storm had been known during development as "Thunder."

Amazon Kindle App for BlackBerry

Amazon is now offering its Kindle App for BlackBerry users. Amazon online retailer and reseller are already elaborated with Amazon Kindle Applications that let people read books on the Windows Computers, Apple iPhone Touch and Apple iPod Touch, but customers have to purchase rights of particular books to read it on any of these devices. Amazon has now included Black Berry Smartphone in this list; So Black Berry users can also read books on their smart phones. Amazon will soon include Apple Macs and Apple iPads in those lists, But Amazon didn't mention any news about including Android smart phones in press releases.

According to the Ian Freed (Amazon's Vice president for Kindle App)

"Since the launch of our popular Kindle for iPhone app last year, customers have been asking us to bring a similar experience to the BlackBerry, and we are thrilled to make it available today"

Amazon Kindle Application is now supporting seven models of BlackBerry Smartphone’s listed below.
  • Black Berry Bold 9000
  • Black Berry Bold 9700
  • Black Berry Curve 8520
  • Black Berry Curve 8900
  • Black Berry Storm 9530
  • Black Berry Storm 9550
  • Black Berry Tour 9630

Apple Integrate iPhone OS to more Devices

According to the latest posting of Job (Apple Inc.) has revealed that the company is now looking to integrate the iPhone OS onto new Gadgets, devices and other platforms. Apple is now focusing to developed and bring the iPhone OS on upcoming devices to boost the architecture of iPhone OS and to leads the new technology. Job is now coming up with new ideas to developed the iPhone OS over gadgets and devices.

According to the first two paragraph of the Job posting, which explains exactly what the company is looking for?

“The Core Platform team within Apple’s Core OS organization is looking for a talented and inspired manager to lead a team focused on bring-up of iPhone OS on new platforms. The team is responsible for low level platform architecture, firmware, and core drivers and bring-up of new hardware platforms. The team consists of talented engineers with experience in hardware, firmware, IOKit drivers, security and platform architecture.

This position requires a very technical and hands-on leader, experience in working closely with hardware team and a deep understanding of bare metal software. You must be a highly self-motivated individual who seeks to create a dynamic and creative team environment in which old problems are solved in new and innovative ways.”

It’s now almost clear that Apple wants to expand the iPhone OS and wants to integrate it with new devices and platform. But which device and platform they wants to used it still undecided now we all have to see how long will go. Does it mean that Apple is thinking to bring iPhone OS in upcoming computing and mobile technology in future.

Mozilla Released first mobile Firefox Browser

Mozilla has officially released the first mobile Firefox, a condensed version of the popular open-source browser that runs on Nokia's Maemo platform.

Codenamed 'Fennec,' Firefox 1.0 for Maemo was previously available only as a beta. Mozilla calls this the first mobile web browser to accomodate add-ons - long a staple of the Firefox desktop browser. More than 40 add-ons are already available for the new mobile platform, including AdBlock Plus, the most famous of Firefox extensions.

The inaugural mobile Firefox also offers Mozilla's Awesome Bar, a way of quickly returning to sites you've visited in the past; the new Weave Sync tool, for synchronizing bookmarks and other Firefox settings across multiple machines; and, yes, those familiar Firefox tabs.

Two days ago, when it pushed out a third release candidate for Firefox mobile 1.0, Mozilla removed support for an Adobe plug-in, saying it had "degraded the performance of the browser to the point where it didn't meet our standards." Instead, the open sourcers urge you to install a YouTube Enabler add-on that will at least let you watch Googlevideos on the browser.

The new browser runs on Maemo 5, which means your only smartphone option is the Nokia 990. You can download the browser here.

Mozilla is currently alpha testing a version of Fennec for Window Mobile, and it has prototyped Firefox browsers for Google's Android platform. But it has no intention of building anything for the iPhone. Apple, you see, doesn't allow interpreted code of the Jesus Phone, and Mozilla won't waste time trying to put Firefox where it's "not wanted." ®

Windows 7 reduced Vista laptops battery life

Laptop owners upgrading their Windows XP and Windows Vista machines to Windows 7 are complaining that Microsoft's new OS has severely reduced their available battery life.

One user tells The Reg that after upgrading his circa 2007 HP notebook from Vista to Windows 7, the machine's battery life dropped from two hours to a half hour, and countless others are voicing similar complaints on Microsoft's TechNet forums.

The problem is caused by a new tool designed to alert users when their battery needs replacing. In some cases, according to TechNet posts, this alert appears time and again - even as a battery continues to run as it always did - falsely warning that the machine may suddenly shutdown. But in other cases, the machine does shutdown prematurely. It would seem this occurs well before the battery has run out of juice.

In a statement sent to The Reg, Microsoft has acknowledged the issue, saying it's related to the way Windows 7 reads system firmware. "We are investigating this issue in conjunction with our hardware partners," the statement reads. "The warning received in Windows 7 uses firmware information to determine if battery replacement is needed. We are working with our partners to determine the root cause and will update the [Technet] forum with information and guidance as it becomes available."

According to some users posting to Technet, the issue dates back several months, to the Windows 7 beta. But others say they didn't see a problem until the final "release to manufacturing" (RTM) build. "I was having excellent battery life until I installed the RTM of Windows 7 - all RC and beta builds that I installed I had nearly three hours of battery. Now, I have about 20 minutes and Win7 shuts down my laptop," writes one user.

"This change in behavior happened when I went from an RC to RTM. Instant behavior change. Needless to say, I - like you that have posted here - [am] not happy."

Microsoft confirms that its "consider replacing your battery" warning is new to Windows 7. But the company also says that in some cases, the new tool may be working properly. In other words, if it says your battery needs replacing, it may need replacing. But for so many laptops owners posting to TechNet, this is clearly not the case.

One poster says the problem has occurred on the same machine with two different sets of batteries. "At first, I was thinking the laptop is a couple years old, and sat on a shelf gathering dust, not being stored properly," he writes. "I went to replace the batteries, and realized that HP had recalled them. So i replaced them with brand new batts from the factory. And wala! same issue."

According to posts, the issue occurs across many multiple laptop makes and models, and Microsoft's statement seems to confirm this is the case. ®

Microsoft's Boost Windows 7 as Record Selling OS

Microsoft LogoWith a boost from the release of Windows 7, Microsoft on Thursday said that its quarterly revenue topped $19 billion as the company sold a record number of copies of its operating system.

The software maker said it earned $6.66 billion, or 74 cents per share, on revenue of $19.02 billion for the three-month period that ended December 31. Those results included revenue deferred from the prior quarter, as the company was preparing for Windows 7 and offering free upgrades to those who bought Windows Vista-based computers. Excluding the deferred revenue, Microsoft said it had revenue of $17.31 billion, and diluted earnings per share would have totaled 60 cents per share.

"Exceptional demand for Windows 7 led to the positive top-line growth for the company," chief financial officer Peter Klein said in a statement. "Our continuing commitment to managing costs allowed us to drive earnings performance ahead of the revenue growth."

Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner touted the record quarter for Windows unit sales, spurred by the Oct. 22 launch of Windows 7. "We are thrilled by the consumer reception to Windows 7 and by business enthusiasm to adopt Windows 7," he said in a statement.

The company said that through the end of December it had sold more than 60 million Windows 7 licenses, which it said made Windows 7 the fastest selling operating system in history.

In October, Microsoft reported better-than-expected sales, also boosted by stronger demand for Windows.

The company said overall PC sales grew 15 percent to 17 percent in the quarter, although that was led by a 20 percent growth in consumer sales as the business market remained roughly flat. The market for new servers remained weak, down slightly year over year, although Microsoft's server and tools business unit managed to grow revenue 2 percent as compared with a year ago.

Microsoft's online unit saw its revenue dip 5 percent, led by a 2 percent drop in online advertising, although the company noted that its Bing search engine continues to gain market share.

The Microsoft Business Division, which includes Office, saw sales off 3 percent, perhaps as customers await this year's launch of Office 2010.

On the Xbox side, Microsoft said it sold 5.2 million consoles during the quarter, down 13 percent from a year ago, leading the entertainment and devices unit to post a double-digit decline in revenue.

The company didn't give a full forecast for the coming quarter, saying it would have more to say on a 2:30 p.m. PST conference call. It did tell analysts to expect operating expenses for the full fiscal year ending June 30 to total $26.2 billion to $26.5 billion.

Here's a chart of how each of Microsoft's individual business units performed:

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Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 4000 Review

Wireless MobileBlueTrack™ Technology
Microsoft BlueTrack Technology combines the power of optical with the precision of laser for remarkable tracking on virtually any surface.*

Plug-And-Go Nano Transceiver
Leave the Nano Transceiver plugged in when you’re on the go, or stow it in the mouse.

2.4 GHz Reliable Wireless
Microsoft 2.4 GHz wireless delivers a reliable connection with up to a 30-foot range, with virtually no interference.

10-Month Battery Life
Use your mouse without power interruption for up to 10 months on a single battery. Battery status indicator tells you when battery power is low.

Windows Flip in Windows® 7
Easily switch between open windows with the click of a button.

4-way Scrolling
Scroll four ways for greater efficiency and comfort with Tilt Wheel Technology.

4 Customizable Buttons
Get quick access to the media, programs, and files you use most often with customizable buttons.

3 Year Warranty
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Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.5.3 SDK

Windows Mobile
Microsoft published a software development kit (SDK) of Windows Mobile 6.5.3 on January 22 but abruptly pulled the release this week.

The SDK was available for download and included emulator images to run a virtual copy of Windows Mobile 6.5.3. According to Microsoft’s Windows Mobile Dev Twitter page:

“With regards to 6.5 SDK, we prematurely released an untested SDK which was not ready. We pulled it so proper testing can be completed…. we’ll def make an official announce when the SDK is ready to go. Those responsible have been sent to the dungeons for execution.”

In other news, the mobile industry is eagerly awaiting next months Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. It is widely expected that Microsoft will share details of Windows Mobile 7 during a press briefing at MWC.

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Facebook Dominates Social Network in World Map

A lot changes in three years, especially in the social networking space. The mind behind xkcd comics – “a webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math and language” that has garnered a large following of the geeky sort – has updated his original 2007 Map of Online Communities to show what happens to social networks over time. The most significant change? The mountainous region of Facebook has experienced massive geological growth, expanding from a small nook hanging off MySpace to become the uber-continent dwarfing the other social network islands, bays and territories. Check out the full 2010 Map of Online Communities below.

While the 2007 Map of Online Communities measured a network’s size by the sheer number of users, xkcd has refined his measurements for 2010 – the size on this map represents the volume of daily social activity on the site, like messages, status updates and games played. Take a look at the Map of Online Communities 2010 below and notice the dominance of Facebook, the Great Firewall of China blocking QQ and Happy Farm off from the rest of the land masses, and the perseverance of MMO Isle.

If you have some spare time, it’s worth heading over to the larger image of the 2010 Map and looking at some of the detailed landmarks that populate this world of social networks. For instance, take a gander at Twitter island – notice the Bieber Bay making inroads into the land? And how about the Sea of Protocol Confusion that separates Twitter from Skype?

It’s probably no mistake that the large chunk of Facebook carved out in the name of Farmville is just underneath the Northern Wasteland of Unread Updates. Since the 2007 map, lots more Facebook-specific land masses have cropped up – take a stroll over to the Plains of Awkwardly Public Family Interactions for some entertainment, or try to see if you can locate the Privacy Controls outpost in the pit of lava behind Duckface Mountains.

This map follows on the heels of a Flowtown map that also paid homage to the original xkcd 2007 Map of Online Communities. Both 2010 versions show the dominance of Facebook, but it’s interesting to compare them to see how different measurements, perspectives and imaginations can create different social network landscapes.

Microsoft Xbox 360 Console, 60GB Review

Xbox 360
Thumbs Up:

High definition games can now be played, user friendly dash board interface, great communication and online gamming through Xbox 360, also works as an excellent media hub, you can watch movies, play songs, view data on memory cards, Marketplace lets you purchase TV shows, games, movies online, the console has 1080p HDMI support, cooler quieter processor.

Thumbs Down:

You need to pay for subscription to Xbox Live, no Blu-ray player, ‘red ring of death’ still lurks.

Inside the Trunk:

Bundled accessories – 60GB external hard drive, Xbox Live headset, Ethernet network cable

The Whiz Kid Speaks:

The Microsoft Xbox 360 is powered by IBM PowerPC 3 cores 3.2 GHz. RAM is 512 MB ( 512 MB ) GDDR3 SDRAM – Integrated, of 1 MB cache memory, the hard disk is 60 GB.

Graphics card is ATI Xbox 360 – 256-bit – 2D/3D graphics acceleration and the maximum resolution is 1920X1080 or 1080p. Connectors include AV cable port, USB 2.0, HDMI output, Ethernet (RJ-45). The console is compatible with MS Windows XP Media Center compatible. The optical drive is DVD-ROM

Razzle Dazzle:

We all know what the Xbox 360 looks like, and this new update is nothing different from the previous product. But looks hardly matter when it comes to consoles; they just fit in a small place below your TV and sometimes are even not visible. Performance is what matters the most because you are not going to flaunt this console like you would with a mobile phone or a camera. This model weighs 8.8 pounds, is 3.27 inches high, 12.15 inches wide. 10.5 inches deep, this is a bit smaller than the previous Xbox, but weighs the same. If you really want your console to look good you can buy the faceplates which cost about $20.

Inside Dope:

We always thought that Xbox 360 was made by Microsoft because it looked at Sony’s play station consoles as substitutes for computers and not to mention the great gaming experience. But then Microsoft has worked really hard and since then it hasn’t looked back. It first came in on November 2005 as the first next-gen console and had about an year before the nearest competitor would launch their products. So they have quite a lot of time to make an impression on the market.

Cold War between iPhone and Android ?

iPhone and AndroidOn the same day the iPad is unveiled, it sounds like Apple’s exclusivity deal with AT&T may be expiring. If true, I can imagine Steve Jobs making this an important part of his announcements on January 27th:

“I’m excited to announce that starting today, the new iPhone will be available for any carrier in the United States to sell.”

What does this mean for Google though? One advantage of Google’s Android strategy is that it’s not limited to only one carrier — it’s available where the iPhone isn’t, and so far, that has worked alright. On the other hand, I don’t believe they have tapped the potential that exists outside of AT&T.

On Wednesday, Android may be directly competing with the iPhone. The question is what percentage of people who want to buy an iPhone has already left their carrier and moved to AT&T, and how many are looking to jump ship as soon as possible from the carrier.

Considering the Nexus One flop (some say only 20,000 units sold on the first week), it will be interesting to see how no exclusivity for iPhone could make it even more difficult for Android to gain momentum.

If the non-exclusive thing happens, what do you think Android’s future looks like?

Google might release Nexus Two next month?

After the success of Google Nexus One, Google is now going to launch its Google Nexus Two Smartphone. The inside news from Google is that they are hard at work on the successor of the Nexus One, dubbed the Nexus Two.

Although not too much information has been revealed about the Nexus Two, the tipster has revealed Google is going to release it within the next month. With other rumors of Android 3.0 in the wild, running on what looks to be the Nexus One, which could actually be the first image of the Nexus Two, shows the device running a new firmware with a piece of paper covering the top of the phone.

Nexus One may not have sold a lot of units, around 135,000 units in the first three months, and was even dropped by Sprint due to poor sales and because its bigger competition, the HTC EVO 4G, was about to debut for release. As we mentioned earlier about Top 5 Android Phones the HTC EVO 4G was on top chart in previous week.

Google stopped shipping the Nexus One earlier this month, closing its online store so consumers couldn’t purchase the phone directly from the company themselves.

According to our source, the Nexus Two is set to release next month, but no pricing, date or technical specs were released, but Google is secretly working on the Nexus Two. One thing is for sure, Google will need to make this release a good one if they want to compete with Apple’s iPhone 4, Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7, and the HTC EVO 4G.

Google to ape Apple with Nexus One 3G patch

Nexus OneGoogle's Nexus One is following in the iPhone's footsteps. Its 3G connectivity is spotty, and Google is hurrying a patch, just as Apple was forced to do when it introduced the iPhone 3G.

Thanks to some sharp eyes at Cnet's Deep Tech, we've been alerted to a blog post in the Nexus One help forum in which an apologetic Googler writes that, yes, Mountain View is aware of the 3G problems "some of you have been facing," and that help is on the way.

"Our engineers have uncovered specific cases for which a software fix should improve connectivity to 3G for some users," he writes. "We are testing this fix now, initial results are positive, and if everything progresses as planned, we will provide an over-the-air software update to your phone in the next week or so."

If this sounds like the proverbial déjà vu all over again, that's because Google's 3G travails mirror those of Apple's iPhone 3G, which also had a rough time out of the gate when it came to 3G connectivity.

The iPhone 3G's OS was patched not once but twice before the problems faded - but not before Apple was threatened with a class-action lawsuit due to its poor initial performance.

The relationship between Apple and Google may be icing up - so much so that Apple is reportedly thinking of jumping in bed with Bing - but it appears that Mountain View still has a thing or two to learn from Apple.

Android to overtake iPhone by 2013

Android Nexus OneAccoring to the new report of IDC. It can be possible that Google Nexus One android operating system could overtake iPhone and Blackberry in near future.

Android will rise to be the second most used mobile OS in the world by 2013, according to a new IDC estimate. Analysts still expect Symbian to hold on to its lead but that Google's OS will have grown 100 times larger since starting off in 2008, reaching 68 million phones three years from today. The prediction doesn't immediately gauge the position of BlackBerry, iPhone or Windows Mobile but expects all three to be eclipsed.

The upset would come about as a virtue of the Android ecosystem. As more companies start making Android phones, the platform should become the default choice for those who aren't making their own operating systems and will replace both Linux and Windows Mobile in these areas. Apple and RIM are the only manufacturers for their platforms and limit their exposure as a result.

Nokia's security, meanwhile, should come from its established dominance in areas outside of North America. Linux and webOS are the only major platforms expected to struggle, as the former will likely lose out to Android while webOS' relatively limited availability could hurt, even as it grows overall.

Android remained small for most of its first year but has rapidly grown through late 2009 and early 2010 as companies like Acer, Dell, LG, Motorola, Samsung and Sony Ericsson have all launched their own phones using the software. In some cases, companies have either started off using Android for their first smartphones or even replaced some if not all of their Linux and Windows Mobile devices with the more modern, open OS.

PlayStation 3 Firmware Cracks by iPhone Hacker

PlayStation 3With the arrival of every new console comes a race for hackers to crack their way through the new toy's security, and the PS3, after just over six months, has finally been defeated.

An exploit has been found in versions 1.10 and 1.11 of the PS3 firmware which has allowed one cunning hacker to boot up copied versions of PS3 games.

Up to this point, just about every gaming console--from the Xbox 360 to the Nintendo DS--has been hacked in some way, usually to allow it to play pirated games. This excluded the PlayStation 3, which remained unhacked for over three years, leading many to believe that it is virtually impossible to hack.

Unfortunately for Sony, the PS 3’s security streak ended today. George Hotz, most famous for being the first person to hack the iPhone at the age of seventeen, announced that he has done the “impossible” by successfully hacking the PS3, and it only took him a total of five weeks. Hotz (who goes by the alias geohot) does, however, give credit to the PS3 as being a “pretty secure system.”

“It’s supposed to be unhackable, but nothing is unhackable,” Hotz told the BBC. Hotz admitted that while he had not managed to hack the entire system, he was able to “trick” the console into doing whatever he wanted by using a hardware exploit.

The hack could potentially allow the PS3 to play older PS2 games, and could also allow people to play pirated games or run homebrew software. However, Hotz has officially stated that he created the hack for research purposes only, and that he in fact does not condone piracy at all.

Hotz has not released the full details of the hack/exploit, but says that he will eventually, just as he did with the iPhone, and he continues to work on the hack as we speak.

“I have hacked the PS3. The rest is just software. And reversing. I have a lot of reversing ahead of me,” writes Hotz on the personal blog that he uses to record his progress. At the time of this writing, Hotz is currently able to read and write to the PS3's memory, and is discovering the function (coding) names used the system’s software.

Five weeks and--eight blog posts--later, geohot has been able to get farther than anyone has in the past three years. Whether you’re a gamer, fellow hacker, or game company, you can either love or hate the guy, but you will have admit it: he’s good.

Facebook Top Social Network on Opera Mini in 2009

Since Opera is extremely popular in South Asia, Opera’s state of the mobile web report is some what skewed towards South Asian countries. Due to this reason VKontakte used to be the top social network on Opera Mini – as it is extremely popular in Russian speaking countries. However, Facebook has overtaken VKontakte in terms of unique users in 2009. Twitter is another success story, which has managed to grow by almost 2,900% amongst Opera’s users. The only social network to lose users is Frienster, which saw a usage decline of 29%.

From this report, as is also evident from a lot of other reports before it, 2009 could really be termed as the year of Facebook by all counts. From Facebook’s performance during the previous year, we can safely say that it is not a question of “if”, but “when” Facebook becomes the top web property world wide.

Source: AllFacebook

SkyPe Rival Google Voice with Chrome Support

Google Voice is still restricted to its long waiting period, but if you're registered for Google's forwarding system the update to the Google Voice Notifier makes it a must-have. It brings both Google Voice features and some smartphone-style one-click powers to the Chrome browser for Windows, Mac, and Linux.Google VoiceThe features themselves are not remarkable, but do bring Voice some parity with similar Skype features and add-ons. The extension makes phone numbers on Web sites callable via Google Voice by just clicking on them. You can place calls and send free text messages by typing any number or contact name, and you can view the most recent messages you've received. The toolbar button displays the number of unread messages you've gotten and offers fairly quick access to recent messages and their transcripts.

Most phone numbers are clickable, but not all of them. For those that aren't, which includes numbers in Google Calendar, highlighting a phone number will open the click-to-call pop-up. In the extension's Options menu, you can toggle the clickable numbers option and set which tab the toolbar button defaults to, or deactivate it entirely.

Voicemail playback isn't supported in the current version, although Google says that it's being worked on.

Google Voice finally on iPhone 3Gs

Google VoiceGoogle's end run around Apple's App Store is complete: Google Voice is ready as a Web application.

Owners of the iPhone and Palm's WebOS devices can now get in on the mobile Google Voice experience with the Web app, which will run in the browsers of iPhones with the 3.0 software installed and all Palm WebOS devices, said Vincent Paquet, senior product manager at Google. The application should be available for current users of Google Voice--which is still an invitation-only service--as of Tuesday at m.google.com/voice.

Google Voice allows incoming calls to ring mobile phones, office phones, or desk phones depending on how the user sets their Google Voice profile. It also treats voice mail like e-mail, transcribing voice messages into an in-box where they can be read and deleted.

Last year Google submitted a native version of Google Voice to Apple in hopes of getting the software onto the iPhone. As most will recall, Apple and Google then entered into a semantic war of words over whether Apple rejected the application (Google's version) or merely continues to study it (Apple's version). Either way, the FCC got involved and Google Voice remains in App Store limbo, Paquet said.

"We haven't had any updates regarding our native app for the iPhone, unfortunately," Paquet said. However, now that the Web app is ready iPhone users will be able to get essentially the same experience that the native app would have delivered, although the user interface will be slightly different because the application will be running in the browser. Paquet declined to comment on whether Google plans to continue the App Store approval process with the native version.

The Web application is another sign of Google's strong desire to encourage people to think of Web-based applications as a ready alternative to native applications. The company has spoken about its plans for Web development at length, and even plans to develop a lightweight operating system based on its Chrome browser as a sort of proof-of-concept for the Web development mindset.

Samsung world's biggest technology company

Samsung Logo HP Drops to Second Place

Samsung has becomes the world's biggest technology company, after 2009 sales of its devices hit $117.8 billion.

HP, who was formally number one in the technology sector, managed an impressive but not good enough $114.6 billion for the year, some three billion less than Samsung.

A major drive in the TV market, camera market and memory chips have shot Samsung up the technology charts. It was obvious by its massive presence at CES 2010 that the company was destined to reach the top spot at some point this year.

Gap in profits

The only sector where Samsung seems to have dropped the ball money-wise is in the mobile phone market.

Although its releasing a multitude of phones on to the market, Jae Lee, of Daiwa Securities, feels this is a place the company could strengthen, telling CNN: "Compare it with Apple. There is still a gap in profit margins of their phone businesses."

Google likely to face questions on ads, says Microsoft

Google new logoMicrosoft Corp.'s top lawyer said Monday that Google will inevitably have to answer questions about its huge market share in selling advertisements linked to results from its search engine.

Microsoft's general counsel Brad Smith said the search advertising market has become "the fundamental economic engine for content online" and "the gateway to content on the Internet."

"Whenever you have a company that has more than a 90 percent market share in a key market, it is inevitable that people will have questions to ask. We say that with some experience," he said after giving a speech in Brussels.

Unlike Microsoft, Google Inc. has never been formally investigated by the European Union executive and the only EU scrutiny of its advertising business came when it asked regulators to approve its $3.1 billion purchase of online ad tracker DoubleClick. The EU waved through the deal in March 2008.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said earlier this month that French antitrust regulators should look at Google's dominant position in the online ad sector.

However, the European Commission, which would deal with any Europe-wide competition problem, has said it sees no issue with Google's dominant position in advertising unless there is "any implication or suspicion" that it is abusing its near-monopoly to hike prices or squeeze rivals and suppliers.

Smith confirmed that Microsoft sees Google as a direct rival, saying they were both active in some of the same product markets.

Microsoft trails Google in search, with a European market share of 2 percent. But Microsoft provides the most-used Web browser, Internet Explorer, which competes with Google's Chrome and others.

Smith laid out his vision of what regulatory changes are needed to keep pace with a shift toward cloud computing -- where software services are used online, on-demand, instead of stored on a user's computer.

He said that calls for new thinking on data privacy, saying ultimately a global treaty on data protection or free trade agreements may be needed to govern the constant data transfers across the world that will be part of cloud computing.

He said Europe's 27 governments should set an EU-wide deadline on how long companies should store data -- Smith suggested 12 months -- to replace the current patchwork of limits between six months and two years.

Microsoft also advocates a federal privacy law in the United States, he said, and is concerned about different laws emerging at state level.

Smith said security concerns may require giving the right to cloud service providers -- such as Microsoft -- to take legal action to sue hackers or others who try to hack into data hosted in "the cloud."

He said Microsoft's vision of cloud computing saw its own proprietary software in use alongside open source programs -- with both using "open formats" to allow different software to work smoothly together.

EU regulators fined Microsoft in 2004 for not providing technical information to rivals that wanted to make software compatible with Microsoft's servers. The company last year promised changes to share some data on its products with others.

10 features Apple should include in Mac OS X 10.7

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Mac websites exploded in a frenzy of excitement recently when it became clear development machines running Mac OS X 10.7 were online.

The thing is, you'd have been crazy to think that Apple was somehow done with its desktop operating system after Snow Leopard.

In fact, if Apple's track record's anything to go by, a road-map will be announced in the not-too-distant future, and we'll perhaps see a preview at WWDC, with a release date in early 2011.

But the fact that Apple's working on Mac OS X 10.7 - codenamed Lion, Ocelot, Lynx, or, er, Lolcat, depending on which rumour you subscribe to - isn't interesting in itself. What we'd love to know is what new features it'll bring to the party.

We've listed what we'd like to see below; post a comment if we've missed something from your wish list.
  • A Unified Interface
  • System-wide tagging and smart collections
  • Superior Spotlight
  • Better Stacks
  • More multitouch
  • Configurable Spaces
  • Cloud services
  • Finder tabs and enhancements
  • Embrace third-party services
  • Availabilty of more Mac App Store

Google Pays 500$ for Chrome Bug Reports

Google has announced a bug-bounty program that will pay researchers $500 for each vulnerability they report in the Chrome browser and its underlying open-source code.

In a post to the Chromium project's blog , Chris Evans, who works on the Chrome security team, said the base bounty would be $500, but that "particularly severe or particularly clever" bugs would reap rewards of $1,337 each.

The latter amount is a reference to "leet," a kind of geek-speak used by some researchers; there, "leet" is rendered as "1337."

New vulnerabilities in Chrome, Chromium -- the open-source project that Google uses to craft Chrome -- and plug-ins that ship with Chrome, such as Google Gears, are eligible for bounties, said Evans. Bugs that are ranked "high" or "critical" in Chrome's rating system get preference, he added, but others may be considered.

"We are hoping that ... this program will encourage new individuals to participate in Chromium security," said Evans. "The more people involved in scrutinizing Chromium's code and behavior, the more secure our millions of users will be."

"Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox...those browsers have been out there for a long time," said Pedram Amini, manager of the security research team at 3com's Austin, Tex.-based TippingPoint, which operates Zero Day Initiative (ZDI), one of the two best-known bug-bounty programs. "But Chrome, and now Chrome OS, need researchers. Google needs people to put eyes on the target."

Google's new bounty program isn't the first from a software vendor looking for help rooting out vulnerabilities in its own code, but it's the largest company to step forward, Amini said. Microsoft , for example, has traditionally dismissed any calls that it pay for vulnerabilities. "This will be beneficial to Google," Amini added. "There are actually very few vendors who play in the bounty market, but Google doing it is definitely interesting."

Both Amini and Google's Evans cited Mozilla's similar program as the first notable vendor-sponsored bounty. Mozilla kicked off a $500-per-vulnerability bounty in August 2004 that it is still in operation. The Mozilla program pays for bugs in the code used to create Firefox, Thunderbird and other open-source applications.

Mozilla declined to comment on Google's decision to pay bounties, or answer questions about the current status of its own bug bounty program.

Apple video shows Flashed iPad

Will Apple's new iPad support Adobe Flash when it ships in March? Not if you trust Steve Jobs' much-picked-over presentation in San Francisco on Wednesday - or the current EULA attached to the device's beta SDK. But for some reason, the marketing materials on the Apple website tell a different story.

If you watch Apple's promo video - available either here (Apple) or here (YouTube), depending on whether you want to register your precious click in Cupertino or Mountain View - you'll notice that the iPad is displaying Flash content in a New York Times story.
We highly doubt the Apple video is displaying some sort of top-secret HTML5-enabled NYT page that was unavailable for Jobs to use during his demo. Either Apple has Flash running on its tablet or someone in Apple marketing didn't want to display NYT pages without colorful slideshows and had the video mocked up to look like a Flash browser.

In a blog post earlier this week Adobe's Adrian Ludwig barked that if you want to view one of the millions of web sites that use Flash on your iPad, you'll be "out of luck," citing images from Apple's iPad launch event.

If you were one of the few who attended the iPad's roll-out on Wednesday in San Francisco, you would have witnessed Flash content in an NYT demo not appearing when Steve Jobs scrolled through a Flash-enabled page.

Apple does not allow Flash on the iPhone, and iPad apps will share the same SDK. On Wednesday, Apple released a beta incarnation of the iPhone SDK - version 3.2 - that adds certain support for the iPad. As of Friday morning, Apple's iPhone Developer Program License Agreement (PDF) still says the platform can't run interpreted code, which includes Flash.

Image creadit: the register