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Sony Puts a Phone Display on Your Wrist

You know how people who rudely check their phones every 42 seconds can drive you completely bonkers?

Thanks to Sony they won’t do that any longer. Instead they will drive you bonkers by checking their watches.

Sony’s SmartWatch links with a phone to show text messages, e-mails,  photos and updates from your social networks on its face.

The watch can also be used to hit redial and control other functions, like the smartphone’s music player.

Oh — it also tells time.

There is clearly interest in this sort of device. A proposal to produce a phone-connected watch called the Pebble didn’t raise the sought-after funding of $100,000 when it was posted on Kickstarter, the Web site that seeks investors for creative projects — it raised more than $10 million. The creators are indebted to deliver about 60,000 watches to investors.

The Sony version lacks the style of the Pebble. It is a simple 1.4-inch square with a glassy face and polished silver-colored bezel. The display screen measures 1.3 inches diagonally, well shy of an inch square, yet it’s oddly easy to read, except outdoors, where the sun can wash out the display.

Sony Xperia phones come ready to sync with the watch (natch), but because the watch uses the Android platform, some other Android phones can connect once the LiveWare app is downloaded. But it doesn’t connect with as many as I would like — not one of the five I had on hand made the list of about 20 phones (other than Sony’s) that link with the device. With the right phone and software the SmartWatch pairs much like any Bluetooth device.

When a call or message comes in, the phone vibrates and wakes the screen, which stays lit for 15 seconds. Incoming calls showed the number and name if the person was in my contact list. Messages just came in as a blue icon, though.

The watch requires a phone to work. On the occasions when I lost a connection, even the clock went to 00:00. I didn’t get anything close to the advertised four-day running time for the watch’s battery, but it didn’t matter; the Xperia Ray phone it connected to conked out long before the watch.

So far there aren’t a lot of apps available for the phone and to find them you are consigned to the fifth circle of Google Play (the torture formerly known as the Android Market). Look under “Sony Smart Extras” to improve your results. I found about 20 apps.

The watch has a clip on the back, much like an older iPod Shuffle, so it can be clipped to clothing or to the interchangeable watchbands Sony sells for $20 each. The watch lists for $150 from Sony, which plans to ship it this week.

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Posted by on May 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Ever heard of Gentoo Linux

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Gentoo is a free operating system based on either Linux or FreeBSD that can be automatically optimized and customized for just about any application or need. Extreme configurability, performance and a top-notch user and developer community are all hallmarks of the Gentoo experience.

Thanks to a technology called Portage, Gentoo can become an ideal secure server, development workstation, professional desktop, gaming system, embedded solution or something else — whatever you need it to be. Because of its near-unlimited adaptability, we call Gentoo a metadistribution.

Of course, Gentoo is more than just the software it provides. It is a community built around a distribution which is driven by more than 300 developers and thousands of users. The distribution project provides the means for the users to enjoy Gentoo: documentation, infrastructure (mailinglists, site, forums …), release engineering, software porting, quality assurance, security followup, hardening and more.

Get if from http://www.gentoo.org/main/en/where.xml

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The development project and its products are named after the fastest-swimming penguin, the Gentoo, to reflect the potential speed improvements of machine-specific optimization. Gentoo package management is designed to be modular, portable, easy to maintain, flexible, and optimized for the user’s machine. Gentoo describes itself as a meta-distribution, “because of its near-unlimited adaptability”, in that the majority of users have configurations and sets of installed programs which are unique to themselves

 
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Posted by on March 12, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Nokia unveils 41 megapixel phone

Nokia has unveiled a 41 megapixel camera-phone – designed so phone users can ‘zoom in’ without a bulky lens.

The 41-megapixel sensor is around three times more powerful than the ones in any existing handsets.

A Nokia executive says, ‘It shows what we can do.’

The phone will be launched in May and cost 480 Euros.

Nokia says the technology is designed so users can zoom in quickly and easily without losing picture quality.

Most smartphones use digital zoom functions where the picture quality drops when users ‘zoom in’ – in practice, the zoom functions are rarely used.

PureView’s huge 41-megapixel sensor lets users zoom in up to six times simply by ‘selecting’ an area – and because of the super-high resolution of the PureView, images still come out at five megapixels, the same as many normal smartphone cameras.

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With video, users can zoom in up to four times and still shoot in 1080p Full HD.

‘When you zoom with the Nokia 808 PureView, in effect you are just selecting the relevant area of the sensor,’ says the Finnish company. ‘With no zoom, you simply use the full area of the sensor.’

The phone is bulkier than normal camera phones, according to reports from Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress, where it was unveiled, but even on full resolution, it shoots instantly.

 

The phone has been in development for years, Nokia said, and produces pictures that can be blown up to ‘poster size’.

Tech site Pocket-Lint said, ‘What it shows us though is that Nokia can create amazing technology in a device that is small and compact – relatively speaking.

‘We’re also told it will come to other handsets in the future. The reason you don’t want it is that, beside the amazing camera tech, it runs the company’s Symbian operating system, which is basically winding down.’

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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msnNOW New Social News Aggregator by Microsoft

Microsoft  has launched a new online service called msnNOW, which is a social media powered trends and news aggregator. It analyzes data from Twitter, Facebook, Bing and some other services to identify, curate and display the latest news stories and trends. It is like a mash-up of Google News and Google Trends, but instead of search, it is powered by social data .

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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DELETE YOUR PC DATA PERMANENTLY

Most people have some data that they would rather not share with others – passwords, personal information, classified documents from work, financial records, self-written poems, the list continues.
Perhaps you have saved some of this information on your computer where it is conveniently at your reach, but when the time comes to remove the data from your hard disk, things get a bit more complicated and maintaining your privacy is not as simple as it may have seemed at first.
Your first thought may be that when you ‘delete’ the file, the data is gone. Not quite, when you delete a file, the operating system does not really remove the file from the disk; it only removes the reference of the file from the file system table. The file remains on the disk until another file is created over it, and even after that, it might be possible to recover data by studying the magnetic fields on the disk platter surface.
Before the file is overwritten, anyone can easily retrieve it with a disk maintenance or an undelete utility.
There are several problems in secure file removal, mostly caused by the use of write cache, construction of the hard disk and the use of data encoding. These problems have been taken into consideration when Eraser was designed, and because of this intuitive design and a simple user interface, you can safely and easily erase private data from your hard drive.

Eraser is an advanced security tool for Windows which allows you to completely remove sensitive data from your hard drive by overwriting it several times with carefully selected patterns. Eraser is currently supported under Windows XP (with Service Pack 3), Windows Server 2003 (with Service Pack 2), Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

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Posted by on February 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Windows 8 : Bye Start button?

With Microsoft’s latest operating system looming large on the digital landscape – set for a public beta launch at the end of the month – casualties are beginning to emerge.

It turns out that the launch of Windows 8 could see Microsoft’s iconic Start button going the same way as Clippy.

Now a mainstay of personal computing, the Start button was launched 17 years ago amidst a massive advertising campaign featuring the Rolling Stones song “Start me up“.

With Windows XP/Vista and 7 installed on a huge portion of PCs worldwide, the Start button has become a design icon that is effectively synonymous with the Redmond based software giant.

Sadly in Windows 8, rumours are that Microsoft has decided to kill off the Start button, with the space to be occupied by what is being called a “hot” corner.

In essence this will equate to moving the mouse pointer (if on a PC) into the corner which will fire up the new full-screen Metro-style start screen. Tablet users will be able achieve the same result by flicking their finger to the same bottom left corner of the screen.

Windows 8 will perhaps sport the most radical interface overhaul since Microsoft jumped from Windows 3.11 to Windows 95, and killing off the Start button will arguably free up more on screen real-estate.

From a cursory play with the new interface at Microsoft’s CES stand recently, the new interface may have impressed, but it is likely that many long term Windows users will find it baffling.

For first time users the news is potentially worse as there’ll be no visual cues for returning to the full-screen start menu of Microsoft’s newly minted Metro interface.

With the Windows 8 public beta due out in a couple of weeks, the Start button could possibly reappear by then, rumours are that die hard windows users shouldn’t get their hopes up.

So will there be a wake held for the soon to be deceased Start button? Will there be much of an outcry?

This remains to be seen, but the good news is that the Windows key on the keyboard of most PCs will still have the same function as it has today under Windows 8 and will pop up the Start screen – which should at least provide a solution for some frustrated users.

 
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Posted by on February 11, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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How to Unlock Hidden Themes in Windows 7

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In Windows 7, there are several hidden & locked themes provided for regional countries such as Australia, Canada, Great Britain, United States and South Africa. You can unlock these themes easily so you have more options with which to customize your Windows 7 desktop. Do checkout our collection of 70+ Themes. To unlock hidden themes do the following:

  1. Open Windows Explorer
  2. Click Organize, and select Folder and Search Options.
  3. Go to View tab.
  4. Select Show hidden files, folders and drivers and uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended). If prompted with confirmation, click Yes.
  5. Click OK.
  6. Browse to the following folder \Windows\Globalization\MCT\
  7. There are five folders in the name with format MCT-XX (where XX is AU, CA, GB, US, or ZA) which represents globalization settings for each region. Go into the folder that you want to activate its theme. Note: AU, CA and ZA regions have the same themes.
  8. Open the Theme folder inside the selected region folder.
  9. Double click on the XX.theme file to apply the theme to the Windows 7 desktop system. Once a theme is ran and activated, the theme will be remembered and saved into Personalization options, so that user can change or select the theme again directly from Personalization settings screen.
  10. Now to go to Folder Options to reverse the first 5 steps to hide the hidden and protected system files and folders again.
 
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Posted by on January 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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