Month: June 2012

Jelly Bean!

Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich…just in case you  are licking your lips, sorry to burst your bubble. These  aren’t edible, not if Google has anything to do with it (and they do!)  And you can add another to that list – Jelly Bean

Just when you were catching your breath with the Android OS, Google has  raised it to version 4.1 promising speedier interaction (“project butter” as its termed) to a select list of devices. As is usual in Google fashion, not all devices will be getting it 😦

While its been officially launched on the Nexus 7  tablet made by Asus, its been promised to arrive on the Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus and Motorola Xoom (all devices made for Google by different manufacturers) mid-July. So if you have any of these devices, you’re in luck

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The New Windows Phone 8

If you’re planning on getting a Windows Phone you might want to hold off for a while. Shortly after Microsoft launched its Surface tablet, it yesterday unveiled Windows Phone 8 (WP8) which is quite different from Windows Phone 7.5 as it will now support memory expansion (finally), Internet Explorer 10, NFC among other features.

Sadly, Microsoft has said there’s not going to be an update to version 8 for existing Windows  Phones running version 7.5 a.k.a Mango as the hardware meant for both OS are radically different.

However, if you already have one, Microsoft did state that phones running version 7.5 of the Windows Phone OS  will be getting a bump to version 7.8 which will bring some of the new features on WP8 such as the new Start Screen to current owners.

The New Tablet from Microsoft

There is a new kid on the block and it’s called “Surface”. Microsoft plans to rival Apple’s iPad which has been the leading tablet overtime.

Microsoft unveiled its own brand of tablet yesterday.

The new tablets will be powered by its upcoming Windows 8 system and contain a choice of an Intel or ARM-based processor.

The devices have 10.6 inch (26.9cm) displays, built-in kickstands and are housed in magnesium cases – which the company described as the first of their kind. (more…)

The Annoying BlackBerry Hourglass. A Temp Fix.

Ever wanted to quickly send or save a friend’s contact, send a picture or browse the internet and the hourglass or clock symbol spins continuously on the BlackBerry smartphone. Well this is one major problem which RIM is yet to find a lasting solution to. Our goal is to  provide you with a temporary solution to this annoying problem.

First Option: Running Memory Cleaner

To do this, simply go to Options>Security>Advance Security Settings>Memory Cleaning>Enable(ensure to check the box)>Reduce the Idle Timeout to at least 5mins>Click on Clean (note you can also place this on your home screen)>Once the process has been completed, simply save. (more…)

Between Hosting a site and Registering a domain.

A friend once asked me after a heated argument on the phone with a customer care representative of her hosting company “What is the difference between hosting a site and registering a domain?”.

This is an important question for newbies or clients of web developers that are looking at the option of having their presence online via a website or a blog to recognize that there is a difference between registration and hosting and what that entails.

Domain Registration

The domain name is the most important part of your website or blog. The name assist people in finding  your business or post online (for example www.nokia.com). Think of it as the postcode number assigned to your house or flat  (but subject to annual renewals).
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More Tablets

You probably thought to yourself: If  I am going to but a tablet I have three choices – Android, PlayBook or iPad. Well you can now add a fourth. Windows 8 from the all ubiquitous Microsoft is all but live.

At the ongoing Computex event in Taipei (that’s in Taiwan), some manufacturers (Acer, Asus, msi, Samsung, Toshiba…) have showed off new tablets (and PCs) running Microsoft’s latest attempt at recapturing a slice of the mobile market, especially as Windows Phone 7 isn’t exactly soaring. Windows 8, according to boffins at Microsoft, is tailored to the touch environment so it’s basically a tablet OS that is extensible to the conventional PC.

Microsoft is banking on the fact it maintains what is quite comfortably a monopoly in the PC OS market to drive interest and most importantly, sales of its new latest OS considering the vast array of programs available to the Windows platform.

Point here  for more.

Opera Mini 7

The ever so popular proxy-based mobile browser, Opera Mini, is now at version 7. It’s now available for feature phones, BlackBerry and S60 devices (its been available for Android and iOS devices for a while).

It features a Smart Page where you can have a summary of social networking and Twitter feeds (and other news too). You still have your Speed Dial shortcuts right of your screen for quick access to a choice of your favourite sites.

As always, you’ll be keeping your browsing costs down while still enjoying a desktop-like internet experience. Point your mobile browser to m.opera.com to get the new update.