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Santa Tracker for your Blackberry®

For all those Blackberry users out there, here is a beautiful way to celebrate Christmas. You can track Santa every moment till he reaches your home. It’s an amazing app for children, whose first question in the morning during the season is: “When will Santa come?” With this app, all your answering blues will be over. Santa Tracker is an app from Lahrs Apps that allows you to see Santa travelling around the globe until Christmas morning.

This app comes with some fantastic features that are listed below:-

Track Santa

This is a perfect app for anyone who spends time with children. On Christmas eve, as Santa keeps delivering gifts all over the world, the GPS on your Blackberry will keep showing the exact location where Santa is. You can feed your child’s bedtime in this app and it will bring Santa closer to your location at that time. This app also shows you the exact hour, minutes and seconds left for Christmas.

Letters to Santa

This is the most fabulous part of the app. Though writing a letter is almost a dying art, this app allows your child to write letters to Santa. Once the letter is posted through this app, a message appears that the letter is received. That’s not all. You can customize the letter that you want your child to receive.

Make sure you do this letter writing exercise with your child; it is going to create memories of a lifetime.

The app is clean and easy to use. This Christmas, let your Blackberry tell your Child where his dear Santa is.

Download this app here.

Developer: Lahrs Apps

Platform: Blackberry

Price: $ 1.99

Lenovo® will start making smartphones for the worldwide market

China based Lenovo announced in January 2011, its plan to start a new business group for the manufacturing of mobile Internet devices such as smartphones and tablets. Lenovo later also entered into a joint venture with NEC, Japan enabling Lenovo to make inroads into the Japanese market. Lenovo unlike other leading manufacturers is working on low margins in this venture, in the quest of achieving mastery and volumes in the unique and innovative range.

With the advent of Apple into China, invading into the share of their domestic markets, Lenovo is working hard towards protecting its turf with its innovative LePhone introduction. The first version of LePhone was the company’s first smartphone to have been released at CES 2010. Since then, Lenovo has come a long way in the smartphone market. The 3.7 inches 480 x 800 pixel display does not have any buttons and works on a touch screen. The LePhone has a 1GHz QualComm Snapdragon processor for speedy processing. It supports 3G, Wi-Fi, and also has a GPS. It has a 3.0 megapixel video enabled camera. It has a proprietary nine pin dock connector for the use of an external keyboard. This feature rich phone contains a swirl keyboard which is extremely fashionable in its looks. Around September 2010, there were reports of the LePhone being made available globally.

Till now, known as a successful manufacturer of PCs, laptops and notebooks, Lenovo went one step further, with a new concept of introducing the best of both worlds by creating their unique and innovative IdeaPad U1 series. Synergy and convergence of the smartphone and the laptop was the concept. Use the LePad as a tablet on the go and use it as a laptop at home by docking the LePad into the IdeaPad dock, with a full keyboard and features, innovatively designed. The tablet portion works on the Android 2.2 OS as a tablet and on docking the same with the IdeaPad, the user can now work on the Windows 7 platform, and at the same time being able to switch to tablet mode or IdeaPad mode, with the stroke of a key. In January 2011, it was announced that Lenovo would be setting up a product division called Mobile Internet and Digital Home Business Group to develop the company’s internet based devices like smartphones and tablets. The group will help Lenovo leverage their leadership in the markets towards producing and marketing of the smartphone range on a global level. At the CES 2011, it was very clear that Lenovo would first be concentrating on the domestic Chinese market alone.

With the implementation of the new division, Lenovo has recently announced going global with their smartphone range, and is expected to launch a series of products worldwide in the coming few months.

Samsung® Galaxy S GT-i9000 Android 2.2.1

The Android 2.2 version with the Froyo update has been launched for the Samsung Galaxy SGT-i9000 smartphones. The update includes enhancements for the GPS navigation system of the 2.1 version of Android. The update may be completed with the help of the Samsung Kies software meant for Windows. In the press release, Samsung briefed regarding the Froyo updateas the main change.

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., has declared the upgradation of Android 2.2 for Samsung Galaxy S, offering users access to features of new type, applications of enhanced navigation and performance of improved nature. The upgrade of Android 2.2 will be obtainable through Kies, Samsung’s excellent in house software program upgrade; Kies may be downloaded from the mobile website of Samsung. The Galaxy S is an intelligently designed smartphone of Samsung having bright four inches Supermodel screen and application processor of 1 GHz, providing user an excellent experience. The upgrade of Android 2.2 extends voice-controlled GPS through Google Maps with faster performance. In addition, new features include Adobe Flash Player and improved customization options that will also be extended with the OS upgrade.

The owners of Samsung Galaxy S waiting patiently for Android 2.2 for Samsung’s versions are starting to get the update. Features that have been additionally added in the update comprise pinch to zoom home screen flyer, an improved keyboard, a new email application and support for better exchange. Users of North America have not reported yet regarding the update. Released originally in the month of July, Android 2.2 has become very popular. Usage patterns regarding the new updates show that more than one third users are now running the new version of the OS. With releasing of the Froyo update with respect to Samsung Galaxy S users, this figure may be expected to increase.

Digital cameras with Translucent Mirror Technology introduced by Sony

Sony’s new translucent mirror technology cameras in the digital world are definitely an edge over various other technologies and product employed in the present day to day. The translucent mirror technology is something as old as 1965, a mirror component introduced by the Canon Pelix and called the Pelllicle mirror. This technology had the advantage of a zero “blackout time” which actually is a blockade of the view in the optical viewfinder when the mirror moves upward for a moment. The digital camera per se, was initially introduced way back in 1995 by various camera manufacturers starting with the Kodak and then the Canon, Olympus, Casio etc. With time, digital cameras were available with various features that earstwile SLRs, telefocus, DSLRs and various technologies saw the light of day with digitalization, coming of age.

1951 saw the first video tape recorder producing live images converted to digital format and stored on magnetic tapes. 1960 saw, NASA using this technology of digital capture after conversion from analog of space image probes mapping the surface of the moon. 1972 saw, Texas Instruments introducing a filmless electronic camera. 1981 saw the Sony Mavica, electronic still camera as one of the first electronic cameras, although still not a true digital camera. 1991 was when Kodak introduced their first professional digital camera through the Nikon F 3 installed with Kodak 1.3 mega pixel sensors. 1996 introduced the Sony cybershot. Then came IBM with their internet based image transfer facilities, Kinko and Microsoft with Kodak for digital imaging software for producing photo CD photographs and Hewlett-Packard digital cameras. Things changed drastically after that.

Organizations like Sony went superspeed with high accuracy finger vein authentication technologies, high framed rate single length 3D camera technologies etc. 2011 saw Sony introducing their first ever digital cameras with the age old translucent mirror technologies using a fixed translucent mirror that splits the optical pathway between the main image sensor and a separate 15 point phase detection, autofocus sensor.

This breakthrough in application of concepts helped in simplified mechanical design, reducing camera size as also the complexity besides overcoming traditional limitations in the erstwhile DSLR models. Sony thus managed to introduce exciting new possibilities in framing and viewing one of the highest quality video and still images. One of the major features of image stabilization with antishake corrections featured by the Sony development also allowed extra wide panaromic views with huge field of views capturable, displayed on most compatible 3D HD television systems. Another grounf breaking advancement was the integration of GPS allowing automatic geo-tagging of images and video clips. The digital image compositing and processing functions opened the world of artistic possibilities for professionals and amateurs alike.

This unrivalled speed and precision of phase detection auto focus both stills and full HD video recording allowing live view LCD electronic viewfinders helping the photographer, monitoring the images or videos while capturing them in real time is something fantastic. As regard mega pixel factors a 14.2 to 16.2 megapixel censor facilities, with informative on-screen displays and close to 100% framing activitiy is something interesting to try.

Android’s New Apps Inventor – a Multi-Function Dream

With the influx of consumers, who have recently begun to use smart phones, the need for creative and quality apps has been steadily rising. As such, Google’s Android mobile operating software is passing through its stages of infancy but Google’s open market sharing policies have gone a long way to create a potentially loyal fan base for Android. In an effort to further simplify the usage of phones powered by Android, Google has recently launched a new web-based Android applications creation and development tool called the Apps Inventor beta. This was aimed at allowing consumers to become creators of apps that simplify their own lives as well as bring a new wave of applications to the Android mobile platform. The idea behind the development of this application is the assumption that only a user can effectively gauge his/her needs and thereby, create applications that fulfill their personal purposes.

Apps Inventor beta

Lines of code made the use of professional programmers imminent. The new Apps Inventor beta makes the use of code quasi-redundant. By using a visual programming approach, Android provides the basic building blocks for the creation of applications. Users with little or no programming knowledge can now visually connect these building components and create applications as per their desires. This creator also allows one to use hardware elements that are intrinsically a part of the phones build-up like the GPS system application. While it is possible to create fairly sophisticated applications using the beta creator, it needs to be understood that it is not necessarily something you will be adept at immediately.

Learning is Inevitable

While using the Android Apps Inventor, you need not necessarily have any programming expertise to bring to the table but, as I learnt, it is imperative to run through the data provided with the project. Learning the way to use this creator is a step you cannot afford to miss. In essence, a few readings are required to get the hang of it but you will not take years to be proficient with it!

I found it relatively simple to create applications that would, for example, during working hours, automatically forward messages stating my unavailability due to attending a meeting. Creating a custom tour app for my workplace was also a cinch. Though a varied number of components are offered by the Android Apps Inventor, do keep an eye out for the Component Developer kit, due to be released soon, which allows you access to many more components and would increase the functionality of the Apps Inventor greatly.

Personally, I am of the opinion that the Apps Inventor will most likely be a great initiative amongst students for its sheer usability and will quite comfortably give a substantial boost to the Android market share.  This inventor also contains components that allow you to create applications that quite literally talk to the web! This particular function has a great many possibilities but unfortunately needs a prior knowledge of programming or at least some help from a programmer to get it set up on your phone.

Garminfone- An Easy Navigation Guide

We have seen and used phones which have navigation facility in them but how about a navigating device which has a phone in it. Garmin which is a leader in developing navigation devices has announced its new release named Garminfone. Garminfone is a navigation device which also carries feature to make calls, browse the internet, listen to audio, view video, and check emails. Garminfone has two devices built in one: first is Garmin GPS unit and the other is a Smartphone powered by Google’s Android Operating System. Garminfone has been developed in partnership with a Taiwan based company called Asustec Computers Inc.

Garminfone has a wide 3.5 inch touch screen which is bright, spacious, and helps you navigate easily. It comes with a car charger and a dashboard mount to make it easy to use when you drive. It offers options for changing the navigation voices and attractively the Garmin Navigation services are free once you buy this phone.

All the applications on the phone can be accessed just by sliding your finger from right to left. Unlike other phones Garminfone has multiple screen support and supports 5 additional screens. You can keep the applications like Facebook open on those screens for real-time use. When it comes to the main purpose of the phone which is navigation, Garminfone proves it worth. Garminfone has very precise traffic calculators and distance vs. time information. The routes shown by garminfone are very precise and it’s really of a great help for travellers. The database for various outlets and help lines is also very latest and updated.

Besides the above mentioned features there are certain features which should have been there and would have made Garminfone the only option for navigators. Garminfone doesn’t voice the street names, so you always have to keep an eye on the phones screen for the same. Garminfone is to be used by travellers so the camera should have been of high quality. The camera which comes packed with garminfone is a simple 3-megapixels camera with a not very good resolution. Pictures taken in daylight looks fine but the sharpness misses once you view them in full-size. Garminfone supports music playback or streaming from online radio tunes but doesn’t support the standard headphone jack. This just adds another cable in your travelling bag. Garminfone is good when it comes to its own display of text and images and also loads the web pages quit fast.

Lastly Garminfone is built on Google’s Android technology but supports only the old Android 1.6 version. This makes the phone to lack the latest features provided by Android and thus stands to be a second choice for people who wants a good navigating device along with all the other smart phone features.

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