Archive for December, 2010

Intex is joining the Android bandwagon by releasing its first Android smartphone in February 2011. And this is not just the end of news. The smartphone from Intex will also be the cheapest Android phone to be available in the Indian market at 5,500.

Due to launch in the first week of February next year, the phone will be running on Android 2.2 (Froyo), complete with a 3.2MP camera, 2.8 inch resistive full-touch screen, Wi-Fi and GPS.

It should be noted that the Intex phone will be in competition with Micromax’s Andro A60, launched earlier in the month. The Andro A60 however costs more at 6,999 and runs on Android 2.1. This will give an edge to the Intex phone when it releases.

While we don’t have the full specs of the Intex phone at present, we will get all of that when the phone releases. We have to wait for the phone to release to see how the market reacts to it.

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Computer giant Apple, the company behind the iPod and iPhone, is working on a next generation 3D technology for TV and movies that does away with its biggest problem – 3D glasses.

Most current 3D technologies require viewers to wear glasses that allow the right and left eye to see slightly different images to produce the illusion of depth on the screen.

The Apple system relies upon a special screen that is dotted with tiny pixel-sized domes that deflect images taken from slightly different angles into the right and left eye of the viewer, reports the Telegraph.

By presenting images taken from slightly different angles to the right and left eye, this creates a stereoscopic image that the brain interprets as three-dimensional.

A patent recently granted to Apple, however, has now sparked speculation that it may even go further than 3D domain by offering the chance for holographic films.

But holographic movies would require new filming techniques, different from the one currently used by the movie industry to ensure actors are filmed from multiple angles.

Apple also proposes using 3D imaging technology to track the movements of multiple viewers and the positions of their eyes so that the direction the image is deflected by the screen can be subtly adjusted to ensure the picture remains sharp and in 3D.

The Apple patent claims this technology would also create images that appear to be holographic because of the ability to track the observers movements.

It states: “An exceptional aspect of the invention is that it can produce viewing experiences that are virtually indistinguishable from viewing a true hologram.

“Such a ‘pseudo-holographic’ image is a direct result of the ability to track and respond to observer movements.”

Leander Kahney, consumer technology expert and author of the book “Cult of Mac” said: “If Apple cracks the technology, it could help make 3D the dominant display technology. It certainly does away with the biggest problem – the 3D glasses.”

Google’s cauldron seems to be quite fascinated with sweet products at present. After the release of Gingerbread, now, it’s Honeycomb, the tablet platform, an iteration of the Android operating system (v3.0). Whether it’s the Samsung Galaxy tab or the homegrown Adam from Notion Ink, the tablet market is heading on a quite furious note and Google definitely, couldn’t resist it too.

Ofcourse, as the company maintains, it will limit it’s foray to just the¬†Android guru or the creator Andy Rubin gave the gadget freaks a glimse of Google’s tablet platform, ‘Honeycomb’ within the button-less Motorola prototype. The roughly 10-inch, Motorola device was sleek, black, thin and sported an Android interface.

The desktop appears to be redesigned with the extra screen space in mind, along with the new app grid. There was a very clean homepage, but the app page looked almost Apple iPad-like. When Rubin brought up the Gmail app, it resembled Gmail on iPad. It flaunted an NVidia dual core CPU. Rubin said that HoneyComb brings “new APIs that… allow an application to split its functionality to multiple views.

Apps will know when they’re on a tablet.” According to engadget, Rubin unveiled the platform during his talk at All Things D’s Dive Into Mobile conference, where he demoed the new software and hardware.

Honeycomb and Motorola tablet will release some time next year.

A unique privacy protection feature called ‘Tracking Protection’ in Microsoft’s next-generation Web browser will protect users from being tracked. This recently announced feature will enable users to stop certain websites and tracking companies from gathering information about them.

A list of the web addresses used by tracking companies called “tracking protection lists” can be subscribed by the users and the Internet Explorer would then automatically block those companies from the user’s computer.

The feature is expected to arrive in the first release candidate of IE9 early next year. This will direct the browser which third-party page elements sites can and cannot be blocked from tracking. The new feature will allow users to prevent being tracked by small text files called “cookies” and bits of software known as “beacons.

Dean Hachamovitch, Head of Internet Explorer development, explain its working in detail on the Microsoft’s IE blog. A Tracking Protection List (TPL) contains web addresses (like msdn.com) that the browser will visit (or call’) only if the consumer visits them directly by clicking on a link or typing their address. By limiting the calls to these websites and resources from other web pages, the TPL limits the information these other sites can collect.

The lists will not be created or hosted by Microsoft, but likely by consumer protection organizations or interested enthusiasts. Once downloaded to the user’s PC, they will be automatically updated via a subscription mechanism.

The tracking protection will not be on by default when it arrives, but users will need to opt-in to enable it and will have to seek out lists of sites which will not ship with the browser. Two years back, Microsoft had abandoned a set of similar privacy features planned for Internet Explorer 8.

NASDAQ listed company Bistream has unveiled its BOLT mobile browser that supports nine Indian language scripts that include Hindi, Bengali, Punjabi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Gujarati, Malayalam, Oriya.

This is the first time a mobile web browser perfectly renders Indic text on a web page, claims the company. The new BOLT is an end-to-end solution for mobile operators and device manufacturers for the using, reading and inputting of Indic text into a mobile browser.

In case of the other mobile browsers, they either render the Indic text on the screen imperfectly or just display a static picture of a web page. It makes it difficult to read text and thereby affecting the aesthetic of a website’s design.

Another key aspect of the browser is that the support for Indic languages is not just a feature available in the high-end smartphones, BOLT works on a number of low-end phones as well.