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deleteting the hibernation file

When you put your computer into hibernation, everything in computer memory is saved on your hard disk, and your computer is switched off. When you turn the computer back on, all programs and documents that were open when you turned the computer off are restored on the desktop. To put your computer into hibernation, you must have a computer that is set up by the manufacturer to support this option. Using Power Options in Control Panel, you can adjust any power management option that your computer's unique hardware configuration supports. Because these options may vary widely from computer to computer, the options described may differ from what you see. Power Options automatically detects what is available on your computer and shows you only the options that you can control.

To put your computer into hibernation
-You must be logged on as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group in order to complete this procedure. If your computer is connected to a network, network policy settings might also prevent you from completing this procedure.
-Open Power Options in Control Panel.
-Click the Hibernate tab, select the Enable hibernate support check box, and then click Apply.
-If the Hibernate tab is unavailable, your computer does not support this feature.
Click the APM tab, click Enable Advanced Power Management support, and then click Apply.
-The APM tab is unavailable on ACPI-compliant computers. ACPI automatically enables Advanced Power Management, which disables the APM tab.
-Click the Power Schemes tab, and then select a time period in System hibernates. Your computer hibernates after it has been idle for the specified amount of time.




When you put computer in hibernation huge amount of storage is used. It is used to store all the stuffs so that it can be as before when we turn on computer again. But another thing we get huge hibernation file is even though hibernation feature is disabled. Window XP still takes all the contents of the RAM and dumps and store it in a file hiberfil.sys and store in hard disk.It means that your hiberfil.sys depends on the amount of RAM you have. So, we can delete this file to free up the space. But Windows won’t allow you to delete the file while your PC is running.

So to delete thif file you should follow the following steps:
-First of all goto Control Panel and open Power Options.
-Select the ‘hibernation’ tab, select the Disable hibernate support check box, and then click Apply.

After performing these step you need to restart the computer. On next restart hiberfil.sys will be deleted automatically.

Theft Prevention Accessories for PDAs

Now you can protect Your Investment, Your Data, and Your Privacy With Theft Prevention Accessories for PDAs. The biggest challenges owners of personal data devices face is losing a PDA through theft. Stealing of PDAs increases year after year as the prices and capabilities of these units increases. Locking the unit up in a drawer and never taking it out is about the only certain way of making sure a PDA is never stolen, but that limits the usefulness. Attaching a heavy chain and a wheel hub may surely help, but it won't fit in your pocket. So, consider one or more theft prevention accessories for PDAs, instead of taking these sorts of extreme measures.

Permanent Markings Scare Away Thieves
If you're a little handy and have a steady hand, you can try the tried-and-true method of etching. Grab your rotary tool and lightly carve an identifier into the back of the case, like a phone number or email address. Doing this will probably void your warranty. Don't try this unless you have a steady hand and neat handwriting.

A less extreme option is a security sticker. A sticker may not seem like much of a deterrent, but what if peeling off that sticker announced that the PDA is stolen? That's the idea behind security sticker theft prevention accessories for PDA units. The self-adhesive sticker is attached to the back of the unit, and gives an 800 number to call and report the PDA. The sticker also advises them that by reporting the unit, they can avoid prosecution.

However, if the sticker is peeled off, the phrase "STOLEN PROPERTY" and the 800 number are left behind in large, very obvious lettering of indelible ink. This type of theft prevention accessories for PDA units stops theft from those who want to snatch the item while you're not looking, and turn around and sell it on the street. Few people, regardless of how dishonest they are, will buy an item that announces it has been stolen.

Tracking the PDA With GPS
The GPS functionality built into many modern PDAs is usually used for convenience for the unit's owner, but with tracking security software, it can also be a way to find a stolen PDA. This form of theft prevention accessories for PDA units consists of software that is installed on the unit and a subscription service. The software installed will be linked to the unit's built-in password protection, and will automatically broadcast an emergency signal after an incorrect password has been entered. The subscription service will then pick up the signal and start tracking the PDA, informing the authorities where to find it.

Common Sense
Probably our own common sense is the best theft prevention accessories for PDA units. Don't leave it lying unattended on a table, even for a moment.Someone else will probably pick it up if you put it down and look away. Don't leave it in plain sight inside a vehicle, even a locked vehicle. Make sure you use the built-in security functions of the unit itself. A password can, at the very least, protect the information on a unit from prying eyes if it is stolen. Think about that if you keep your kids' pictures and contact information for your kids' school on the unit.

Stabilizing and Speeding Up Your Windows PC


Wise Registry Cleaner v. 3.4 and Wise Disk Cleaner v. 3.31 has been released by WiseCleaner, a pair of affordable Windows applications that stabilize your computer, and make it run more quickly. Unlike complicated utilities that are designed for software developers and other power users, Wise Registry Cleaner and Wise Disk Cleaner are safe and practical for novices to use.

Wise Registry Cleaner speeds up the user's computer by cleaning the Windows Registry. The Registry is at the heart of every Windows computer. Each time users install new software, information is added to the Registry. Few uninstall programs remove this information properly or completely. Therefore, over time as users install and uninstall software, the Registry accumulates junk files, and the computer's performance suffers.

Wise Registry Cleaner identifies and safely removes the useless information that has accumulated. In addition to scanning and cleaning Windows Registry, the program optimizes the PC. If the user accidentally makes a mistake during a tune-up, they can undo all changes with a single click. The latest version of Wise Registry Cleaner includes a useful feature: "System Optimization Tool." Using this tool, users can easily tune up their PC in minutes - and without being a PC expert!

Wise Disk Cleaner is an intuitive, fast, and easy-to-use application that frees up disk space by deleting files that are no longer used by any software. In addition to the temporary files, log files, and backup files that accumulate over time, the program can identify more than 50 additional types of unnecessary files that users can safely remove.

Novice users can simply run Wise Disk Cleaner to keep their hard drive running more efficiently. Power users can customize the program's list of junk files, and save even more hard drive space. Instead of sending deleted files to the recycle bin, the program can compress these files and save them to a special directory, allowing users to restore files in the future if they find that they really need them. The latest version of Wise Disk Cleaner contains additional advanced customization options that lets users fine-tune cleanup operations.

Both applications are designed to be used in tandem, allowing users to streamline their Windows Registry and optimize their hard drive. Whether they are a business user who values a stable and brisk computer, a parent who needs to clean up after the software that their children install and uninstall on the family computer, or a computer consultant who needs applications that will keep their customers' PCs running optimally, Wise Registry Cleaner and Wise Disk Cleaner have the tools that they need.

Wise Registry Cleaner and Wise Disk Cleaner also support for more than twenty languages. It is also very easy to add additional language support into Wise Registry Cleaner and Wise Disk Cleaner. The User Interface messages are loaded from a resource file for all supported languages. This means that you can add a resource file that contains messages in your own language.

Please note that there are FREE versions of both Wise Registry Cleaner and Wise Disk Cleaner. User can choose to pay for PRO version, or only use the free version if preferred. Great for students and those on a budget!

Wise Registry Cleaner v. 3.4 and Wise Disk Cleaner v. 3.31 run under Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/XP-x64/2003/Vista/Vista-x64/2008 Server, and cost $19.95(US) each. As a bundle, users can buy both programs for $32.95. Everybody can visit http://www.wisecleaner.com/ to purchase the software securely online, or to download free trial versions. Users can also download free versions of each program, without the advanced options and system optimization tool.

For more information, visit http://www.wisecleaner.com/

Acquire and analyze digital evidience from mobile devices



Oxygen Software nnounced the availability of Oxygen Forensic Suite 2, which is designed for forensic extraction of electronic evidence from cell phones, smartphones and other mobile devices. The tool is intended for law enforcement officers, computer forensic examiners, corporate and private investigators. The users of the suite may have minimal computer skills and may be new to the field of mobile phone forensics.

Oxygen Forensic Suite extracts all possible data from the device memory, including the SIM card, contacts list with all contact fields; incoming/outgoing/missed calls; receive and delivery reports log; GPRS traffic counters log; calendar events; SMS, MMS, E-mail messages; multimedia (photos, pictures, videos, melodies, text documents, applications); voice records; Life Blog. You can see the deleted messages that have not been written over. The amount of extracted data depends on the model of the phone. The software extracts data in the forensically sound manner without altering it in anyway so it can be presented as evidence in court.

A built-in interface for exploring and analyzing data distinguishes Oxygen Forensic Suite from competitors that only read HEX memory dump and then the investigator must

analyze it manually, which is very inconvenient and takes quite some time. Being logical analysis tool, Oxygen Forensic Suite 2 goes beyond standard logical analysis. Using advanced proprietary protocols permits Oxygen Forensic Suite 2 to extract much more data than usually extracted by other logical forensic software, especially for smartphones.
With Oxygen Software, all evidence can be explored in one window: you can see the phone properties, case details, its status and much more. For archiving purposes, it's possible to export retrieved data to most common formats, such as Microsoft Excel, PDF, RTF, or print reports to paper. The program also allows you to make a snapshot of the data from the seized device and load it to another copy of the program installed on the remote computer.

The program has a powerful built-in search engine that allows you to search through all retrieved data quickly and find the necessary information in seconds. What is important is that the search results are saved between sessions.

Oxygen Forensic Suite supports and parses more than 500 of the most common mobile devices from Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Motorola, Samsung, RIM (Blackberry smartphones) plus Windows Mobile 5/6 smartphones and communicators, with more devices being added on a regular basis.

Top 5 new benefits of Oxygen Forensic Suite 2

Building on the success of the previous version, Oxygen Forensic Suite 2 delivers many new features and benefits that can help investigators collect digital evidence more efficiently.

- The suite integrates the power of two versions of Oxygen Forensic Suite: the one for Nokia phones, the other for smartphones powered by Symbian OS.

- The suite acquires data from smartphones and communicators powered by Windows Mobile 5/6 without the need for ActiveSync (the latter may potentially modify the data).

- Blackberry smartphones produced by RIM are added to the list of supported devices.

- The suite introduces a smart search for all data associated with a specific contact, including calls, SMS and MMS messages, calendar events, etc.

- The suite has a single database to store all the data from smartphones, which is convenient for searching throughout the database.

- The suite reads Nokia LifeBlog that records all main events happening with the phone, as well as their geographic coordinates (MCC, MNC, LAC, Cell ID).

"We are proud to be at the cutting edge of the forensics market, and I believe we have exceeded the expectations of the customers with this latest release," says Nike Golubev, PR Officer in Oxygen Software. "Oxygen Forensic Suite has been the tool of choice for forensic investigators for quite some time. Now its second generation takes performance to the next level by extending the tool's applicability to challenges faced by forensics professionals."

New Oxygen Forensic Suite 2 is available today.

Pricing & Availability

Oxygen Forensic Suite 2 runs on Microsoft Windows 2000, Server 2003, XP, Vista and costs $999 (US). Registered customers are entitled to free updates and priority-driven technical support for one year (that includes new major releases). Additional information on the product is available http://www.oxygen-forensic.com or by calling +7 (495) 222-9278.

About Oxygen Software

Founded in 2000, Oxygen Software is a Moscow, Russia-based company, targeting the mobile market with its PC software for cell phones and smartphones. Among its leading titles are Oxygen Forensic Suite, Oxygen Express for Nokia phones and Oxygen Phone Manager II for Symbian OS smartphones (all Symbian smartphones supported - Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Motorola, Samsung, etc). The company is an official member of Nokia Trade point and Forum Nokia PRO.

For more information, visit http://www.oxygen-forensic.com.

Use BitLocker Drive Encryption without TPM chip

Windows Vista includes a new hard drive encryption feature called BitLocker Drive Encryption. BitLocker can be a very useful security feature for businesses and home users that have sensitive and confidential information stored on their computer. Unfortunately, BitLocker Drive Encryption by default requires a Trusted Platform Module (TPM Chip) version 1.2 or later installed in your computer. A lot of the computers and laptops on the market do not come with TPM chips installed since they are typically only found in premium model business computers. If you have Windows Vista Business, Ultimate or Enterprise but do not have a TPM chip, you can still use BitLocker Drive Encryption.

Hidden away in local group policy is a setting that will allow you to turn on the ability to use a USB storage device instead of a TPM key to store the encryption key. This is a great feature for users that don't have the latest high-end hardware because you can still use hard drive encryption. However, every time you turn on your computer, the USB storage device that has the encryption key located on it must be plugged in. Without it, your computer will not boot up. One BitLocker Drive Encryption is setup with a USB storage device, that USB storage device basically becomes the key to your computer.

Follow these steps to turn on the ability to use a USB storage device with BitLocker Drive Encryption on hardware that does not have a TPM device:

1. Click on the Start Button and key in 'gpedit.msc' and hit Enter.
2. Navigate through: Computer Policy, Administrative Templates, Windows Components and BitLocker Drive Encryption.
3. Right click on Control Panel Setup: Enable advanced startup options and select Properties.Check Enabled and hit OK.

That's it and you are done.

Detect and Repair Disk Errors

In addition to running Disk Cleanup and Disk Defragmenter to optimize the performance of your computer, you can check the integrity of the files stored on your hard disk by running the Error Checking utility.

As you use your hard drive, it can develop bad sectors. Bad sectors slow down hard disk performance and sometimes make data writing (such as file saving) difficult, or even impossible. The Error Checking utility scans the hard drive for bad sectors, and scans for file system errors to see whether certain files or folders are misplaced.

If you use your computer daily, you should try to run this utility weekly to help prevent data loss.

Important: Be sure to close all files before running the Error-Checking utility.
To run the Error Checking utility:
1. Click Start, and then click My Computer.
2. In the My Computer window, right-click the hard disk you want to search for bad sectors, and then click Properties.
3. In the Properties dialog box, click the 'Tools' tab.
4. Click the 'Check Now' button.
5. The 'Check Disk dialog box will pop-up. In that dialog box, check the "Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors" box, and then click on Start.
6. If bad sectors are found, choose to fix them.

Tip: Only select the Automatically fix file system errors check box if you think that your disk contains bad sectors.

Google preps online storage service

Google Inc. is preparing to take the covers off its own brand of hosted-storage services, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday.

The online storage subscription-based service may be ready for release early next year, according to the report. The service will reportedly include a limited amount of free storage with extra space available for an undisclosed price. Google officials could not be reached for comment this morning.

Increased mobility of end users and the rapid proliferation of stored digital content, including photos, video and music, is driving businesses and home users toward fixed fee-based online storage systems that can meet growing storage needs without relying on spinning and space-constrained hard drives.

Freedom to access personal storage files from any device or PC is another attraction of online storage. Armed with only a Web browser and password, users can quickly upload, share or see their files (which will reside on Google's servers) via a high-speed Internet connection. In particular, students and campuses have lauded the cost-effective data storage option.
Despite its vast resources, Google is a late entrant into the hosted-storage arena, observers noted. Microsoft Corp. in August announced its free 500MB online storage service dubbed Windows Live Skydrive. Another Google rival, Amazon.com, last month guaranteed 99.9% uptime for its year-old S3 online storage offering, while Facebook in September unveiled its open Data Store API program.

Even EMC Corp. has driven a stake into the hosted-storage landscape with its October agreement to buy start-up Berkeley Data Systems Inc. and its popular Mozy online backup business for $76 million.

Google has already started adding extra storage for users of its Gmail Web-based e-mail service, which has been burning up capacity because of large digital files being stored such as photos and attachments.

Turn your Webcam into a Surveillance Cam

Let your Webcam be your eyes and ears while you're away from home or the office. A simple Webcam costs about $20, and a good surveillance-software package can be downloaded for free or cheap.

I recommend NovoSun's free SurveillizCam Lite. This program can monitor your home and office by stably detecting motion and logging the surveillance video into an AVI file with MPEG1 or MPEG4 codecs. In SurveillizCam, you can define multiple regions in any channel for motion detection. By doing this, you can mask some unstabe areas on a video. Moreover, SurveillizCam uses an adaptive algorithm, which makes the detection more stable and reliable.

Everytime it will detects some abnormal motion in your place of monitoring, it will be notify you via sound alarm or live video. You can even configure the system to record the motion video into AVI on it's own. You can view all the logged videos with Windows Media Player or SurveillizCam's video management and playback system. Version 1.16.1 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.

You can try it and then upgrade to one of their paid packages which include sound recording, remote connection, scheduled recordings, and recording up to 16 channels (webcams) simultaneously.

Download SurveillizCam Lite

TeraCopy - Copy Files Faster

TeraCopy is a program designed to copy and move files at the maximum possible speed. It allows you to Pause and Resume file transfers. TeraCopy uses dynamically adjusted buffers to reduce seek times while Asynchronous copy speeds up file transfer between two physical hard drives. In case of copy error, TeraCopy will try several times and in the worse case just skips the file, not terminating the entire transfer. File list makes sure that all the files that are copied are listed and if any errors found during the process, it will be listed there. Also, it's seamless integration with Windows Explorer allows you to keep working with files as usual.
TeraCopy is available both as a Freeware and a Paid version, but the freeware contains all the features that are required by a Home user and can satisfy one's need.

Download: TeraCopy

NETEagle

NETEagle is a tool that optimizes your modem connection. Your internet connection can be optimized up to 200% or higher by using NETEagle. NETEagle supports all current Windows versions, and works with any internet connection. NETEagle optimizes internet related settings, allowing for faster throughput. NETEagle has been tried and tested on numerous machines and has been found to work over 99% of the time to increase your download speeds.Many network settings in Windows are configured for dialup (low speed) or Ethernet (low latency) devices. With today's high-speed Internet connections, this oversight hampers the performance of your Internet connection as much as 200%. However with simple modifications your computer's internet connection speed will be increased for faster throughput, download speeds and stop dealing with slow internet connections when playing online games, streaming music, audio and video. NETEagle optimizes Internet/Network related registry settings on your end of the connection (your PC) as well as several configuration files. This increases modem performance substantially. The whole process should take seconds to complete, the program works with any Internet connection, from dialup to satellite lines and supports all current Windows versions so no matter what type of modem you use.
Download ..NETEagle is a tool that optimizes your modem connection. Your internet connection can be optimized up to 200% or higher by using NETEagle. NETEagle supports all current Windows versions, and works with any internet connection. NETEagle optimizes internet related settings, allowing for faster throughput. NETEagle has been tried and tested on numerous machines and has been found to work over 99% of the time to increase your download speeds.Many network settings in Windows are configured for dialup (low speed) or Ethernet (low latency) devices. With today's high-speed Internet connections, this oversight hampers the performance of your Internet connection as much as 200%. However with simple modifications your computer's internet connection speed will be increased for faster throughput, download speeds and stop dealing with slow internet connections when playing online games, streaming music, audio and video. NETEagle optimizes Internet/Network related registry settings on your end of the connection (your PC) as well as several configuration files. This increases modem performance substantially. The whole process should take seconds to complete, the program works with any Internet connection, from dialup to satellite lines and supports all current Windows versions so no matter what type of modem you use.

Download: NETEagle

Best-ever Freeware Utilities ..

Best Free Web Browser ~
Mozilla Firefox
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Best Free Anti-Virus Software ~
AVG antivirus
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Best Free Adware/Spyware Remover ~
Spyware Terminator.
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Best Free Desktop Search Utility ~
Google desktop search
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Best Free File Cleaner ~
CCleaner
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Best Free Screen Capture Utility ~
PrintScreen
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Best Free Download Manager ~
Star Downloader
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Best Free Download/Upload Meter ~
NetMeter
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Best Free Resource Meter ~
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Try out the Orkut applications

Google has started a new project named OpenSocial. OpenSocial is a set of common APIs for developers to create applications that work on websites like Orkut, Facebook etc. that have chosen to participate.

The much awaited Orkut applications are now live. For now, these applications are available only to Ethiopian Orkut members. But don't worry, you can still get them.Follow the steps below:* Change the country in your profile to Estonia.* Now, you'll will get an option to 'add apps' in the left hand side menu.* Click on the option. Now you'll be in the application directory. Choose the application you want to try.

For now, these are some of the available apps -
1. PhotoAttack
2. Horoscopes
3. Emote!
4. Music iLike
5. JogaTV by Nike
6. Top Friends by Slide.com

There are not much apps on Orkut at the present moment but you will see many more in the time to come. So just wait and watch.

Yahoo! enters the social networking arena


Yahoo! has finally stepped into the shoes of social networking websites and has launched its own exclusive social network which is known as the Yahoo! Mash.

Modules are basically the widgets you can add to pimp out your page. Yahoo’s modules include Flickr RSS, Ego Boost, Common Friends, MyMoshLog2, Blog Module, Asteroids, Astrology, PimpMyPet, Hover, Kaleidescope, Guestbook, and My Stuff. The modules can be loaded onto your profile page and moved around using drag-and-drop
The profile page gives you a wide array of options to play with and edit like - your photo, friend list, tags, about me, modules (widgets), Blurts (status messages) and a guestbook.
Wiki-friends is where users are encouraged to edit each other’s pages and create new pages for friends. Every time you visit your profile page, you will see new modules which your friends loaded for you.

Blurt is a Yahoo! Mash Module which will let you add announcements to your Profile page. The My Stuff module is a very good and handy module that will allow you to interact with your friends. You paste HTML snippets there which includes Flash Games, YouTube videos and other miscellaneous interactive content. Tags module is used to tag your profile with the most relevant keywords and The Mash Pet is a funny new way to express your mood to others who visit your profile.

Pulse is a feature which takes you to a page which compiles updates and blurts from all your friends. Whether they added a new friend or added a new module… it’s all reported here.Overall, Mash is Yahoo’s latest attempt at social networking and still needs some work. It’s currently in BETA. It will surely get a lot of early adopters and members purely based on it’s Yahoo! brand and existing Yahoo loyalists will like the idea of their own network to hang out in.

Keep an eye on the official Yahoo! Mash Blog which will enlist the updates and will inform you about the latest feature and system updates.

Compose Text Messages with your Voice

Some people hate text messaging simply because of the hassle to compose a message using the cell-phone keypad. You could always upgrade to a keyboard-equipped phone like the LG Voyager, AT&T Tilt, or RIM BlackBerry Curve, but even those models require you to use your thumbs when it comes to text input. Plus, it probably seems excessive to spend hundreds of dollars on a new phone just for the sake of easier text messaging.

How about your voice doing the fingerwork for you? A free service called Jott will transcribe your spoken message into text and deliver it via SMS to anyone in your contact list (which you have to set up in advance on the Jott site). Just speed-dial Jott from your cell phone, say the name of the person you want to contact, and then start talking.

Samsung BlackJack II






Why spoil a good thing? Samsung kept this idea in mind when designing the BlackJack II, an evolutionary update to the original and well-received BlackJack smartphone. The new version adds a number of useful enhancements: the built-in camera now has 2-megapixel resolution; there's a built-in GPS radio with optional TeleNav GPS Navigator; and it's compatible with AT&T's (expensive) Video Share service. My review unit was made of glossy black plastic instead of a rubberized casing like the original; there's also a burgundy version available. Thankfully, Samsung has replaced the odd split-numeric keys with a tighter, more conventional arrangement. You also get a slightly increased processor speed and double the RAM—always a good thing with a Windows Mobile handset. There's also a higher-capacity battery. At just $149, the BlackJack II isn't perfect, but it's a worthy upgrade and a compelling high-speed alternative to the RIM BlackBerry Curve 8310.


The BlackJack II is a bit larger than the original, weighing 4.1 ounces—about half an ounce more—and measuring 4.4 by 2.3 by 0.5 inches (HWD), which is a little thicker as well. Screen size is up to 2.4 inches, though it retains the same 320-by-240-pixel resolution, brightness, and 65K color support. The BlackJack II features a jog/shuttle wheel that also acts as a control pad. The wheel scrolled a bit slowly, but it's a nice enhancement and makes quick work of thumbing through menus, Web pages, and option lists.


The BlackJack II's keyboard is a little cramped and clicky, but it's fairly comfortable to type on, though not as comfy as the keyboard on the Motorola Q9h, which costs $50 more. The BlackJack II's keys are oval as before, but wider than on the original model and closer to being square. The device's proprietary connectors aren't all that practical. The box includes a charger and a USB cable, but you're on your own for wired earbuds, and finding emergency replacements will be difficult, since the device doesn't have a standard headphone jack.


Voice quality was bright and crisp over 3G and somewhat less so over GSM, but still not bad. Despite its proximity to Manhattan, my Queens neighborhood has spotty 3G coverage, so I experienced the problematic high-speed hand-off fairly often—as did my callers, who pointed out static and a volume drop whenever it occurred. The BlackJack II exhibited good reception otherwise. Calls made outdoors on the street were intelligible except when an overhead train rolled by. The handset sounded fine when paired with a Plantronics Voyager 510 Bluetooth headset, and the speakerphone was loud enough to use outdoors in a pinch.


The BlackJack II features 256MB of ROM and 128MB of RAM, with 87MB of free memory and 131MB of free storage available, both of which are welcome improvements over the original. The new 260-MHz CPU and extra RAM definitely help when running multiple programs at once: "Out of Memory" error messages are rarely seen. However, the handset still felt a little sticky in operation. Screen redraws were occasionally sluggish, and some key presses took a beat or two before registering, but that's endemic to most Windows Mobile 6 handsets.


Since the BlackJack II runs Windows Mobile 6.0 Standard, you can edit but not create Microsoft Office documents. AT&T also bundles an RSS reader and an IM client that supports AIM, MSN, and Yahoo! Messenger. (The Q9h goes the BlackJack II one better, though, with its built-in DataViz Documents To Go office suite and excellent Opera Mobile browser.) Using the BlackJack II's built-in HSDPA 3.6 radio, consistent data speeds in the 1,000-Kbps range are seen —an impressive showing. AT&T packs in its clumsy XpressMail client, but you also get Outlook Mobile, which supports POP/IMAP, Yahoo! Mail, and Windows Live support, along with Microsoft Direct Push E-Mail. There are also icons for AT&T Video Share, which lets you stream live video to other callers; TeleNav GPS; and MobiTV; all of which cost extra to activate. Video Share, in particular, is too expensive at 35 cents per minute. AT&T offers a few Video Share–related plans to offset the cost, but none are unlimited, and none reduce the additional cost below 25 cents per minute.


With MobiTV, you get dozens of streaming television channels. Live MSNBC and CNBC look okay, but transmission sometimes stutters and takes a while to begin streaming. MP3 and WMA music files sounded clear over a set of Bluetooth Etymotic Ety8. Inconveniently, the music stopped every time the BlackJack II's volume was adjusted. To resume playback, the Done soft key in Windows Mobile had to be pressed and then press Play again, which was pretty lame. Standalone video files played smoothly, even in full screen mode, though there was no way to skip forward or backward while watching files.


The 2-megapixel camera took disappointingly soft and blurry photos. The BlackJack II lacks auto-focus and an LED flash. You are able to record smooth 320-by-240-pixel videos—a usable size—but some of my test files were plagued by intermittent stutters. The phone's microSD slot supports up to 4GB microSD cards, but not higher-capacity microSDHC media.
HSDPA data radios are notoriously hard on cell-phone batteries. Fortunately, the BlackJack II was a welcome exception, lasting 6 hours 14 minutes on a talk-time rundown test. That's more than 2 hours longer than the original BlackJack's score of 3:51. This alone might be enough to sway BlackJack owners to upgrade.


Anyone tethered to Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Outlook can make a solid bet on the BlackJack II on AT&T, especially if they can't afford the HTC Tilt or aren't a fan of its larger size. The Motorola Q9h's comfortable keyboard and Documents To Go suite makes it a better choice for Microsoft Office mavens on the go, but that device doesn't match the BlackJack II's sheer broadband speed. The BlackBerry Curve wins out on e-mail handling and overall OS responsiveness, although its pokey EDGE radio pales in comparison to the BlackJack II's HSDPA chipset. Overall, the BlackJack II plays a strong, winning hand, just like the original BlackJack did back in 2006.

Free iPhone unlocking solution released for download

A team of hackers attempting to unlock Apple Inc.'s iPhone for use with GSM-based wireless carriers other than AT&T appear to have finally succeeded in their efforts, and last night began distributing their solution as a free download via several websites.


Dubbed "iUnlock," the SIM unlocking tool represents the fruits of a multi-month effort on the part of the unofficial "iPhone Dev Team" -- a community of independent contributors who've banded together to discover and develop additional uses for the inaugural Apple handset.
Unlike commercial efforts from groups such as iPhoneSIMfree and UniquePhones, iUnlock was released Tuesday evening as a free download, and has since begun to spread rapidly across the web. Several iPhone owners and members of Apple online communities claim to have tested and verified the solution as genuine.


In its current state, however, the iUnlock solution is not for the technically-challeneged or faint-of-heart. It requires a "jailbroken" iPhone, rudimentary knowledge of using a unix terminal, experience with SFTP and some patience. Some tutorials on how to apply the hack have also begun to crop up, but they're currently rough around the edges.


Several more user-friendly installation guides are believed to be under development at the present time, as is a version of iUnlock that will be based around an installer for the less technical savvy.


Unlocking mobile phones for one's own use, for instance to place calls with a different carrier, appears to be legal under an exemption of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. However, the same may not be true for the specific steps taken by the iPhone Dev Team's unlocking solution, which has not been scrutinized in that regard.


Because the iPhone is GSM-based, U.S. consumers who unlock the phone will be limited in their alternative wireless carrier choices to just T-Mobile, the only other national GSM-based service provider outside of AT&T. Internationally, however, the unlocking solution would seem more compelling due to the proliferation of GSM-based networks and carrier soverseas.

Download: iUnlock application

Nokia Secret Codes

Here are some useful secret codes for Nokia S60 phones to get system information, such as IMEI and software versionIn order to enter these codes, the phone must be in the idle screen, not in any of the menu screens. The idle screen is where you see the operator name, date, time, battery level, signal strength
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*#06# - Displays the IMEI (GSM standard).

*#2820# - Displays the Bluetooth device address of your phone.

*#62209526# - Displays the MAC address of the WLAN (wireless lan) adapter. This is available only in the newer devices that support WLAN.

*#7370# - Resets your phone to the default factory settings. Usually you will need this code when you want to reset your phone back to the same condition when you got it for the first time. When the phone ask for security code, the default one is 12345 unless you have specified one yourself.

Warning: Before you do reset the phone, make sure that you don’t have important data and that you know the security code for your phone. Your data on the phone memory will be lost once you reset it.

*#7780# - This will soft reset your phone. It is different from *#7370# because all data, like contacts, calendar and notes, are not removed. It will only reset the phone settings, such as profiles, themes and shortcuts. The default lock code is 12345.

*#0000# - To view software version.

*#67705646# - This will clear the LCD display(operator logo).

*#92702689# - Takes you to a secret menu where you may find some of the information below:
1. Displays Serial Number.
2. Displays the Month and Year of Manufacture
3. Displays (if there) the date where the phone was purchased (MMYY)
4. Displays the date of the last repair - if found (0000)
5. Shows life timer of phone (time passes since last start)

*#3370# - Enhanced Full Rate Codec (EFR) activation. Increase signal strength, better signal reception. It also help if u want to use GPRS and the service is not responding or too slow. Phone battery will drain faster though.

*#3370* - (EFR) deactivation. Phone will automatically restart. Increase battery life by 30% because phone receives less signal from network.

If you forgot wallet code for Nokia S60 phone, use this code to reset: *#7370925538#Note, your data in the wallet will be erased. Phone will ask you the lock code. Default lock code is: 12345 .

Mobile Battery tips

If your mobile battery is troubling you in between your work and you feel like throwing away your set, then try these tips , they might be useful .

Reserve battery: Nokia instrument comes with a reserve battery. To activate, press the keys *3370# Your cell will restart withthis reserve and the instrument will show a 50% increase in battery.Thisreserve will get charged when you charge your cell next time.

Turn Down Screen Brightness: The screen is one of the most power-consuming parts of the mobile phone. The lower the brightness, the lesser power it needs. Keep it as low as you can, so long as you can still see it! Also, some phones like the E61 and the BlackBerry Pearl come with auto-adjust features that increase the brightness in brightly lit areas and dim it in low-light areas. If you're setting the brightness low, make sure that auto-adjust is turned off.

Don't Use Animated Wallpapers or Screensavers: The animations in wallpapers and screensavers can drain a bit of battery as they also consume a wee bit of CPU. Turn them off.

Turn Off Keypad Lights: If you've been using the phone for a while, you may be able to use the keys without seeing them. If this is the case, the keypad backlight can be turned off. However, not a lot of phones support this, but it's worth considering if your phone does.

Decrease Screen Standby Time Out: The time till your screen dims out and/or gets turned off is configurable in most phones. 10 seconds is good, 5 seconds is better. Set it as low as you can go without it becoming inconvenient.

Close Background Applications: If you're using a Smartphone, close applications that you don't need. Applications that stay active in the background use up a bit of CPU, which uses up battery. Make sure you 'exit' the applications from the menu, not by pressing the 'End' key, as that merely puts the application in the background. In Series 60 Smartphones (mostly Nokias), hold down the 'Menu' key to get a list of all applications running in the background to close them. In Windows Mobile 5 phones, open the 'Memory' application and check the 'Running programs' tab to close them.

Turn Off Vibration: Probably the second most power-consuming feature of any mobile phone is the built-in vibration alert. See if you can do without it.
Turn Down Ringer Volume, Keypad Tones and Speaker During Calls: If you're mostly indoors, like in the office or at home, a low ringer volume can go a bit towards saving your battery. Most phones also have DTMF-like keypad tones, which are not necessary if the keypad has decent tactile feedback. I keep them turned off most of the time — you can try it too. Volume of the earpiece when you're on a call can also be lowered, and that helps too.

Disable Voice Clarity / EFR / Voice Privacy: Almost all phones now do Enhanced Full Rate (EFR) for voice communication that consumes a little more power. In most cases, the enhanced quality of EFR doesn't make a difference thanks to the high noise levels in our city. Keep it off, you probably won't miss it. Some phones (mostly Samsungs) have a 'voice privacy' feature which can also be turned off to save battery.

Turn off 3G / GPRS / EDGEMost 3G/UMTS/WCDM: A phones keep searching for 3G coverage by default. In India, they'll keep searching till 2008, draining your battery, so go to the network selection screen and choose GSM-only. If your phone has a secondary camera near the screen, it's a 3G phone. Check your phone’s specs on the website if you aren't sure. Sometimes, even regular GPRS or EDGE connections stay active in the back, so make sure you specifically disconnect when you're done browsing the web.

Use Bluetooth and WiFi Only While Transferring: If you only use Bluetooth occasionally to transfer files to and from other devices, there's probably no point keeping it on all the time. Most phones only come with an on/off setting for Bluetooth, unlike the 'Turn on for 10 minutes' setting available for Infrared in some phones (mostly Sony Ericssons). People tend to forget about Bluetooth being left on after transferring the file — avoid doing this. Same goes for WiFi, if you're phone has that.

Here's another tip — find a USB cable if your phone supports recharging via USB: The Motorola RAZR/KRZR/SLVRs and most Windows Mobile Smartphones have a standard miniUSB slot that can use the same cable as most digital cameras. You're more likely to find one of these lying around somewhere than a charger for your phone, unless it's a Nokia, of course.

Finally, if you've tried everything else above then the only remedy will be don't use the phone too much.

Make Yahoo Messenger ads-free

Tired of the irritating pop up ads each time you login to Yahoo! Messenger ? If yes, then no need to tolerate these ads. Get rid of them now.

While trying to figure out how to remove these ads, I came across a way to get rid of these. The way we are going to do this is through registry editing.
Follow these steps:
1. Click Start>Run. Type 'regedit'.
2. Goto HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Software -> Yahoo -> Pager -> Locale
3. Right click "Enable Messenger Ad" and click on 'Modify'.
4. Enter the value as '0'.

Note: I tried this trick on Yahoo! Messenger 9. Don't know if this would work on the previous versions or not but I think it should. If you want to enable that ad windows again, edit that Binary value as '1' again.

If you don't want to mess up with your registry, then no need to worry.Download this patch. Not will it just make the messenger ads-free but will also make it a multi messenger ie. you will be able to open 2 or 3 accounts of yours simultaneously and chat.

There you go. Now open the messenger and login. You won't see the pop up ad this time.

Yahoo! Messenger for Vista finally launched


The long awaited Yahoo! messenger for Windows Vista is finally here. This new messenger has been made exclusively for Windows Vista users. The messenger has something new, especially it's cool looks.
The new features in Yahoo! Messenger include a complete change of layout, skin chooser, filter-as-you-type for easy searching, spell checker and a convenient tabbed conversation window that controls your desktop clutter. The rebuild also incorporates sidebar graphics that have the ability to show favorite contacts separated from conversation windows. Graphical elements in the new IM take Microsoft's graphic subsystem into play for vector based interfaces and enhanced emoticons. The overall look is very Vista-y. In terms of sharing items with your contacts, you can send files as large as 2 GB. There’s also the ability to send IMs to both your Yahoo! and Windows Live Messenger contacts. Yahoo Messenger for Vista also leverages the desktop search in Vista to let the user search for photos stored on the computer, and it includes new animated emoticons.



There are some things missing in this version of Yahoo! Messenger. What’s missing for this preview, however, is the voice, webcam, chat rooms, SMS, IMVironments, Audibles, plug-ins, photo-sharing (unless you send the photo as a file), and conferencing. These features will most probably appear in the next Vista update as they are in works now.


Grab a copy of Yahoo! Messenger for Vista ..

Chat Bots

Chat Bots are robots that you can chat to over messenger and talk to like a real person ....
They are intelligent and remember what you say so you can have interesting and funny conversations with them ...

Just add the bots to your messenger and start chatting !!!

1. Smarter Child
ID - smarterchild@hotmail.com

This bot will learn and remember what you say so you can have funny conversations with it. Also it can display search engine results, weather reports, cinema times and more.


2. Spleak
ID - spleak@hotmail.com

Spleak is a female chat bot. She plays games, makes jokes, can give you all kinds of information, from weather to spell checks and definitions.


3. Games Bot
ID - gamesbot@botmetro.net

If you're bored this is great bot to play games with. You can play Hangman, 4 In A Row, Word Scrambles and more fun games !


4. The World Of Alice
ID - alice@worldofalice.com

This is a virtual buddy who talks to you and can give information about weather and more !


5. Quiz Master
ID - quizmasterbot@hotmail.com

This bot asks you 20 quiz questions. If you answer them all correct you can get into the top 5 quiz masters !


6. Virtual Secretary
ID - secretarybot@hotmail.com

Have your own virtual secretary in your contact list. This bot can do lots of things that a secretary would do for you.


7. Magic Crystal Ball
ID - crystalballbuddy@hotmail.com

This is a very smart messenger bot. You can ask it any question and it will tell you the answer like "Will my team win the football?".


Have fun talking to these !!

Download YouTube videos with a 'kiss'

Watching videos over YouTube is great fun. You get to see loads of videos everyday. Seeing them is pretty easy but when it comes to saving these videos to your hard drive, then it might be a bit difficult.

What about downloading these videos with just a 'kiss' ? You might be wondering what this 'kiss' is. Well this relates to a new method of downloading YouTube videos. What you actually have to do is to just add the word 'kiss' at the begining of a YouTube video URL. For example you want to download this video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AX8L1QYwZ7c.To get it using the method described above, modify the URL like this - 'http://www.kissyoutube.com/watch?v=AX8L1QYwZ7c'. Hope you got hold of it now.

You must be thinking how all this happens. It's pretty simple. There's a website called kissyoutube.com which is doing all this work for you. This method is quite simple and easy and requires you to install no other software.

Pay Less Domain Registration

Are you setting up a domain? Then make sure you buy your domain name from a reputed domain seller. Pay Less Domains is one such domain registration website. It makes your work easy and sells domain names at cheap and affordable rates.
Sometimes domain resellers do charge high rates but getting your domain through Pay Less Domains is affordable. It's an amazing reseller and even provides users with web hosting service. They sell out .com and .net domains for 11.95 AUD per annum. That comes out to be less than 1 AUD a month! You can even get yourself a .com.au domain for 34.98 AUD for 2 years. You can check out more on their pricing here.
That's not all. With every domain name you register through them, you get 24/7 Customer Support, FREE Email Hosting, FREE URL Forwarding, FREE Domain Name Parking, FREE Renewal Reminders and much more. You can even get some discount if you register a domain for two years or more or on bulk domain registration.
Seems interesting, ain't it? So, for your next domain registration, try Pay Less Domains.

Download Torrents without any external Torrent Client


FireTorrent is a Firefox Extension for all the Torrent Lovers! While there are few similar extensions already out there but what makes this cool is its easy interface!
Can you imagine that you don’t need any external application like ĀµTorrent or bittorrent to download your torrents ??
Just click on a torrent link and the downloading will start immediately.
#Features:
* Nice Integration: This extension adds a separate Torrent tab to the Firefox’s built-in download manager.
* Options: Provides option for selecting port nos, download/upload limit, location to save files, security & encryption configuration, etc! you can configure parameters like no. of connection, port no. to accept incoming connection, proxy settings, default folder, download/upload limit, etc! Everything like a standalone torrent client!
* Need More Info: If you like to see more info like no. of peers you are downloading from just click on more info link!
* Easy Access: Just click on folder name next to Downloaded to as highlighted in above screenshot and it will open the folder where downloaded files are saved!
The FireTorrent extension strives to offer the most user-friendly BitTorrent experience. The torrents manager has been integrated as a separate tab in your browser’s download manager, and torrents can be downloaded from any website with a single click.
This results in a great user experience and should be attractive to both people that are new to downloading torrents and advanced users.

Mozilla to bring out Firefox for Mobile devices

There isn't a perfect mobile browser and there is plenty of room for competition in the space, which is why Mozilla is stepping up its efforts to improve the browsing experience on mobile phones, the company said this week.
"People ask us all the time about what Mozilla's going to do about the mobile Web, and I'm very excited to announce that we plan to rock it. We are serious about bringing the Firefox experience and technology to mobile devices," wrote Mike Schroepfer, Mozilla's VP of engineering, in his blog on Tuesday.
Mozilla's plans include adding mobile devices to the first class/tier-1 platform set for Mozilla 2, the company's all-in-one open source Internet application suite that comes with a Web browser, e-mail, and newsgroup client. The move will make mobile devices part of Mozilla's core platform, Schroepfer said.
Mozilla also will roll out a version of Mobile Firefox, which can run Firefox extensions on mobile devices. Developers will be able to build rich applications for Mobile Firefox using extensible user-interface language (XUL), a markup language based on XML.

Dell XPS M1530: Newcomer in the XPS series


After the XPS M1330 and XPS M1730, Dell has brought out the XPS M1530 to expand it's XPS range. The Dell XPS M1530 maintains the same metallic finish and stylish chassis that made the M1330 so adorable. The system is optimal for workaholics who bind themselves to their work place and for home theater fanatics who fancy things like luxury hardware.
The M1530 can be considered as a desktop replacement while still being light enough for short trips at 6.2 pounds—and that's with a nine-cell, 85-Wh battery. With a standard six-cell battery reducing the system's weight to 5.9 pounds, it becomes less of a burden. The XPS M1530 is sleek and is available in three colors: Tuxedo Black, Alpine White, and Crimson Red.
Unlike the XPS M1330, the M1530 doesn't provide you with an option for an LED screen. (LED options will be available early this year). The benefits of LEDs include slimmer profiles and long-lived battery life. The fluorescent lighting in the M1530's screen adds to the overall thickness of the system; it doesn't, however, take anything away from its brightness or quality of the viewing experience. It offers you a resolution of 1,440-by-900.
The M1530 is one of the first notebooks ever to sport a slot-loading (not a tray-ejecting) Blu-ray burner. With all the Blu-ray movies popping up lately, the 15.4-inch widescreen is more than capable of accommodating a decent high-definition experience. This system has three USB ports and a single Firewire post. There's also an HDMI-out port that'll let you run a cable over to a larger display, so you can view your Blu-ray content n your big-screen HDTV. You'll need to purchase a separate HDMI cable, though. The 2-megapixel webcam grants you good face time with friends and family.
The M1530's energy swallowing levels won't earn it an Energy Star sticker in the near time, but the system's raw horsepower seems to be quite notable. This notebook comes with an Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 (2.2 GHz) processor and 2GB of RAM. The XPS M1530 loads Windows Vista Home Premium.
Undifferentiated from the M1330, the M1530 loads discrete graphics for high-definition enthusiasts who are also part-time gamers. The bundled nVidia GeForce 8600M GT is a tier higher than the nVidia GeForce 8400M GS found on the XPS M1330. Both sets have nVidia's PureVideo engine, which offers hardware decoding for high-definition playback and cranks up frame rates when playing the latest 3D games.
Priced at $2,174, the Dell XPS M1530 is the newcomer in the XPS series, featuring a 15.4-inch widescreen, awesome performance scores, and one of the first ever slot-loading Blu-ray burners. It's design elements and raw horsepower make it a great choice for guys who are seeking to replace their desktops.

Fastest-Ever Mac Pro launched by Apple

Apple has launched its fastest-ever professional Macs, introducing re-vamped versions of the Mac Pro and Xserve.
Available immediately, the new Mac Pro's offer eight processor cores and a new system architecture that the company claims offers "up to twice the performance of its predecessor". The new professional desktop Macs use two of Intel's brand-new 45-nanometer Quad-Core Xeon processors running at up to 3.2GHz.
These new Macs also offer much-improved graphics and up to 4TB of internal storage for creative professionals, with listed price starting at just £1,749 (including VAT).
"The new Mac Pro is the fastest Mac we've ever made," said Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide product marketing. "With 3.2GHz 8-core Xeon processing, a 1,600MHz front side bus and 800MHz memory, the new Mac Pro uses the fastest Intel Xeon architecture on the market."
The new Mac Pro features the latest Quad-Core Intel Xeon 5400 series processors based on state-of-the-art 45nm Intel Core microarchitecture running up to 3.2GHz, each with 12MB of L2 cache per processor. These systems host a new high-bandwidth hardware architecture, dual-independent 1,600MHz front side buses and up to a whopping 32GB of 800MHz DDR2 ECC FB-DIMM memory. All told, Apple promises the new Mac Pro's achieves a 61 per cent increase in memory throughput.
Graphics processing power has been optimized by Apple's choice to deploy the ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT graphics card with 256MB of video memory. The Mac Pro also includes a new PCI Express 2.0 graphics slot that delivers up to double the bandwidth compared to the previous generation, and supports the latest generation of graphics cards from NVIDIA, such as the GeForce 8800 GT with 512MB of video memory, or Quadro FX 5600 with 1.5GB of video memory and a 3D stereo port for stereo-in-a-window applications.
With an eye to the needs of the most advanced video, 3D and scientific markets, these new Macs can support up to four graphics cards, meaning they can drive up to eight 30in displays at once.
Expandability options include four internal hard drive bays with direct-attach, cable-free installation of four 1TB Serial ATA hard drives, (4TB in total of internal storage) and support for two SuperDrives.
As an option, users can select 15,000rpm SAS drives that can deliver up to 250MB/s of RAID 5 disk I/O performance. Combined with SATA or SAS drives, using an optional Mac Pro RAID card offers excellent data protection and disk I/O performance on the Mac Pro. These Macs are equipped with five USB 2.0, two FireWire 400, two FireWire 800, optical and analogue audio in and out, dual Gigabit Ethernet ports and a headphone jack. Naturally, all new Mac Pro's ship with Apple's latest Leopard OS and the Apple Keyboard. The standard 8-core Mac Pro costs $2,799.
Features:
* Two 2.8 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon processors with dual-independent 1,600MHz front side buses;* 2GB of 800MHz DDR2 ECC fully-buffered DIMM memory, expandable up to 32GB;* ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT with 256MB of GDDR3 memory;* 320GB Serial ATA 3Gb/s hard drive running at 7,200rpm;* 16X SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+/-R DL/DVD+/-RW/CD-RW);* two PCI Express 2.0 slots and two PCI Express slots;* Bluetooth 2.0+EDR; Apple Keyboard and Mighty Mouse.
In addition to the standard configuration, the Mac Pro offers numerous build-to-order options including: one 2.8GHz, two 3.0GHz, or two 3.2GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon processors; up to 32GB of 800MHz DDR2 fully-buffered ECC memory; up to four 1TB Serial ATA hard drives running at 7,200rpm or up to four 300GB SAS drives running at 15,000rpm; Mac Pro RAID card; up to two 16x SuperDrives with double-layer support; NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT or NVIDIA Quadro FX 5600 graphics cards; AirPort Extreme 802.11n; Apple USB Modem; Apple wireless Aluminum Keyboard; Apple wireless Mighty Mouse; and Mac OS X Server Leopard.

Playstation 3 Ready to Rumble, But Not Go Home



You win some, you lose some, and sometimes it's better to put your foot in your mouth than on the hands of gamers, who probably know better than to take you seriously anyway when you call something like force feedback a "last generation feature." Enter the Playstation 3 DUALSHOCK Wireless Controller, announced in Tokyo yesterday, coming as a standalone accessory in November to Japan and spring 2008 to North America and Europe. Welcome back force feedback, we sure did miss ya.
For posterity, let's revisit what Harrison told GameDaily in this interview last February, after being asked "If gamers want it and are vocal enough, will Sony reintroduce the force feedback at some point?"

We have no plans to do so in the standard controller that ships with PlayStation 3. I believe that the Sixaxis controller offers game designers and developers far more opportunity for future innovation than rumble ever did. Now, rumble I think was the last generation feature; it's not the next-generation feature. I think motion sensitivity is. And we don't see the need to do that. Having said that, there will be specific game function controllers, potentially like steering wheels that do include vibration or feedback function—not from us but from third parties.

Nokia N95 with 8GB storage starts shipping



Nokia has announced that the global shipments of the Nokia N95 with the storage capacity of 8GB has been started. Nokia is claiming it to be the memory-packed big brother of the Nokia N95 multimedia computer.
The 8GB memory provides up to 20 hours of video or up to 6000 songs. It also offers Nokia Music that allows user to access million of music tracks and N-Gage Games including FIFA 2007 and Asphalt 3: Street Rules.
The features of the Nokia N95 8GB include 5 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, 2.8″ (240 x 320) QVGA display, built-in A-GPS, WLAN, HSDPA and an innovative 2-way slide.
“Our Nokia Nseries family has expanded with added pizzazz and performance with the Nokia N95 8GB, a device as personal as it is powerful. We’ve reached a pinnacle with the Nokia N95 and now with the addition of one of the largest ever displays, built-in Assisted-GPS and improved battery power, the Nokia N95 8GB takes entertainment enjoyment to another level,” said Jonas Geust, vice president, Multimedia, at Nokia.
The A-GPS feature enables the phone to support locations on Nokia Maps and give access to more than 150 countries. It allows users to explore the specific routes or locate services that include restaurants and hotels, covering more than 15 million points of interest. In addition, an optional city guides and voice guided navigation are also available, but the owner needs to spend some more bucks.
The estimated price of the Nokia N95 8GB is EUR 560 without taxes or subsidies. The mobile phone will be soon available worldwide.

Sony launches new Walkman players with Digital TV


Sony has unveiled its new series of Walkman players, called the NW-A919, NW-A918 and NW-A916 Walkman.
The specifications of all the three portable devices are same; the only difference is the storage space.
The A910 series of Walkman measure 47.2×86.x12.3mm, claiming to be the smallest and lightest device to watch and record digital TV.
Featuring 2.4-inch screen with 320×240 pixels of resolution, the latest line of Walkman device also provides direct recording of TV programming, 6 hours of video playback, 36 hours music playback, direct encoding, Clear Bass, Clear Stereo, MP3, WMA and ATRAC music format support, AVC(H.264/AVC)/MPEG-4 video format support and photo viewer.
The NW-A919 comes in 16GB memory, the NW-A918 will be available in 8GB and the NW-A916 carries 4GB of storage capacity.
All the three A910 series of Walkman player will be available from 17th November 2007. The price of the NW-A919, NW-A918 and NW-A916 are 45,000¥ (approx. Rs. 15,600), 35,000¥ (approx. Rs. 12,080) and 30,000¥ (approx. Rs. 10,400), respectively.

Limited Edition of Ceramic White PlayStation2 announced



Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) has announced the old PlayStation with a new look. The manufacturer plans to ship the Ceramic White PlayStation2 in limited edition.
The console features the same ultra-sleek body and functions like current Charcoal Black and Satin Silver PlayStation 2s.
The new PS2 will come along with SingStar and Pop, two high-quality USB microphones. In addition, the limited edition features CD playback capabilities, digital surround sound, two memory card slots and an integrated Ethernet port for network gaming.
Jack Tretton, president and CEO, SCEA said, “With our expansive library of titles for PlayStation, led by social gaming experiences such as SingStar, and Buzz!, we have an incredible offering for first-time gaming families.”“At $149, the limited edition Ceramic White PlayStation 2, bundled with the family-friendly social gaming title, SingStar Pop, is an unbeatable value that will provide fun for everyone this holiday,” Tretton added.
The new version of PlayStation2 in Ceramic white color will be available in the North American markets by November 2007 at the price of US$149.99 (approx Rs. 6,160).

Creative Zen V Plus

Creative's latest effort--the Zen V line of flash-based player--is aimed right at Apple's popular iPod Nano line. And judging by the 2GB, $170 Zen V Plus I tested, it offers some serious competition to the Nano.
The Zen V and Zen V Plus come in 1GB, 2GB, and 4GB capacities. In both lines, each model includes a voice recorder, a line-in jack, and a 1.5-inch organic light-emitting diode (OLED) screen that displays photos with great clarity indoors but doesn't offer the best outdoor visibility. The V Plus also plays video and has an FM tuner. Both the Zen V and the Zen V Plus work with Plays For Sure subscription content and handle the standard complement of MP3, WMA, and Audible files.
The V Plus can play video clips, but the viewing experience was less than impressive. Though the device ships with Creative's Video Converter application for downsampling clips to the right format, watching anything that runs more than a minute or so on the V Plus's 128-by-128-pixel, 1.5-inch screen just seems silly.
While the Zen V models are about twice as thick as the iPod Nano, they are also shorter, just as light, and very comfortable to use. A small joystick and several hard buttons control most navigation. The extremely responsive interface lets you quickly move through stored tracks, photos, and video clips. In addition, you can customize menus, build and save playlists on the fly, choose from among several built-in color schemes, and set a stored photo as a background image.
The V Plus is a little light on bundled accessories, coming with just a line-in cable, a very short USB cable, and an oddly mismatched carrying pouch. (It looks like the same carrying case that came with the much larger Zen Vision M.) Protective cases are available from Creative's Web site.
The V Plus includes a standard mini-USB port on top of the device--a nice design choice in a world where so many manufacturers use proprietary connectors. Unfortunately, sync speed isn't the greatest. Filling my 2GB test unit took approximately 40 minutes using a USB 2.0 connection. With its integrated battery, the Zen V is rated for a respectable 20 hours of audio playback.
Overall, the 2GB Zen V Plus offers impressive sound quality and useful customization options. It's a more than worthy competitor to Apple's pricier iPod Nano.

A guide to Digital Cameras

Basically a digital camera is a device use to capture pictures without the use of film. The increased weight is because these cameras often use heavy batteries even though they have fewer moving parts. The storage used is similar to other computer based products so they are compatible with may other types of media we use to view images. This computer language is called pixels, tiny colored dots represented by ones and zeros that make up the picture that you just captured.
These cameras still use lenses in much the same way that conventional cameras do. Instead of film the digital camera captures the light with the aid of a system which records the light rays digitally. A feature of the better quality versions is they have a sensor that converts light into electrical charges using a different system to their less expensive cousins. Some people believe the device used to capture an image in cheaper cameras the CMOS will eventually be the replacement for the better CCD but this is highly doubtful.
You may have noticed the price of some models has dropped, making them much more affordable to many people; the CMOS image capture device is the reason for this. Whilst both the CMOS and CCD systems both capture an image using millions of solar cells to make up the whole picture, they perform this in slightly different ways Information to help you choose a suitable model of camera is mention in this review. From the point of view on having good quality photos, search for a high megapixel version as it will be worth it for the image you will capture with it; if you are lucky you may find a model that is discounted because a new version is about to be introduced.
Where you have a choice, optical zooms on digital cameras are better than digital ones - always; perhaps you can remember how grainy and blurred images become when you used your camcorder’s digital zoom function? Today’s nickel metal hydride rechargeable batteries are very powerful and last for around a 1,000 charges so always use these if you want to save money. Although most are supplied with a number of photo functions, try for as many as you can because you will appreciate the effects that can be achieved; just a few examples of functions to look for are shown here:
* Video capture * Time lapse (i.e. one shot every 5 minutes for example) * Self-timerHigh resolution cameras require more space to store images so you will probably need an additional storage card. Although larger storage cards have plummeted in price, a 1GB card should be enough for most peoples needs; some cameras won’t accept very high capacity cards anyway.
Cameras are now very tiny compared to a few years ago so you can actually carry around a high specification variant in your pocket and still be able to take fantastic pictures. Professional photographers may need heavy, bulky equipment but there is no requirement for a keen amateur to do so! Hopefully, these few tips will be enough to steer you in the right direction when you come to buy your camera. With all its technology, versatility and portability, the digital camera is the future of photography.

Twin sided LCD display converts into a large LCD TV on demand


Brilliantly Awesome! Nothing else could be a better compliment for this spectacular LCD wonder. A double sided transforming LCD screen could be the future displays.
This concept display can be divided into two back to back monitors allowing two persons to indulge in their own worldly pleasures. With this you can be working on your next project on one screen and your room mate can be busy with the sci-fi movie on the other. If you want to watch the same stuff together, fold it back to recreate a big LCD TV. Isnt that a cool concept?
Unfortunately it is still in the concept phase and may take some more time to get finer details revealed. And so about pricing. Lets wait for that golden moment when this one finally gets launched in our part of the world.