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Time to bite the forbidden Apple(iOS5)

October 4, 2011 Leave a comment

So, its 4th of July err 4th October 2o11. Well isn’t it the same thing for Apple fanboys out there.

iPhone Event

4/10/11 – Apple is holding media event at Infinite Loop, Cupertino, CA. The event starts at 10:00 am Pacific Time. Let’s talk iPhone.

Today, we would experience the World’s most advanced phone & OS – the iPhone4S(or 5) & iOS5, which is supposedly a giant leap forward from the existing World’s most advanced phone & OS the iPhone4 & the iOS4.

Every OS that rolls out of the Apple Inc. the most advanced OS in the market? Not really, if we look back at the earlier versions of iOS they lacked basic functionality like copy-paste.

So what is it about them that makes it the World’s most advanced OS be it mobiles/tablets(iOS) or the Macs(OS X). Well lets see it for ourselves because I believe in facts.

Well! That says it all, doesn’t it? I use every platform that is available in the market today from iOS, Android, BBOS, WebOS, bada, Symbian to WP7 so don’t consider me as an Apple fanboy.

I won’t deny, I love their products and simplicity but at the same time I pin point problems like ‘Death Grip’, Notification system, Micro-sim etc. I have always been an unbiased, critical blogger and iOS5 won’t change it for me.

Who are we kidding, we all know until we Jailbreak our iOS device’s they are not worth it. Right now out of all the devices I own, iPhone4 is my primary phone simply because of plethora of apps (I mean quality apps from the App store, not like malicious junk in the Android Market). So the big question is will the iPhone4 owners like me upgrade to iPhone5 when they can get the iOS5 on their existing device. Again lets dig into some facts.

For the past 6 months we have seen around 100 types of speculated iPhone5’s. From a larger screen to ipad-like back to LTE etc. This isn’t the first time the world has gone mental on how the next iPhone’s gonna look like. Before the next generation of iPhone is released today let’s have a look at some of the fake one’s.

Hence proved, you can run..you can hide..but you cant escape the Apple Inc.

Lastly, how it all started. The journey from iPhone4 to iPhone5.

iphone5

 
techNYK signing off. For more info ↓

Twitter Outrage

It was just yesterday when @bdutt @atulchitnis and other’s were discussing ‘Outrage’ & ‘Twitter’. It seems like the spammer’s took a note of it and caused a havoc on Twitter causing a global outrage.

Beware of twitter spam stating “You should probably do this: click verify: http://bit.ly/gg7UGh

Infected tweets by new Twitter infection:

Tweets from India –

Tweets from US –

twitter infected tweets Be Aware of New Twitter Infection

Infection source and reach

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Infected Countries from Twitter Spam

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Precaution: Don’t allow any link that ask for your twitter password –

twitter infected spam Be Aware of New Twitter Infection

Beware this is how it will ask for permission –

Useful sources for more info:

http://twitter.com/SPAM

http://support.twitter.com/entries/64986-how-to-report-spam-on-twitter

http://www.honeytechblog.com/

Google Nexus S to be launched in India tomorrow?

March 24, 2011 3 comments

If my reliable sources at Google and Samsung are to be believed, then India is getting it’s first Gingerbread Android 2.3 device tomorrow. Yes! you read it right – 25th March 2011 and that too at an unbeatable price.

Google Nexus S – S may stand for Samsung, Speed, Superior, Second (First one was the HTC manufactured Nexus One, which was a success in its own way in the countries it was released). Now, before I go on about the device specifications let’s have a look at the hands-on picture of device.

It does resemble a lot with its sibbling Samsung Galaxy S rather than its predecessor Nexus One. And the reason for that is – Nexus S shares a lot of the Samsung Galaxy S components. Powered by the very same 1Ghz Hummingbird processor and having the same 512MB of RAM. So what makes it so special? In my opinion, nothing as it just seems like an over-clocked Nexus One or a faster Samsung Galaxy S thanks to Gingerbread. The only good thing about it is that its the Royal Droid.

Now, let’s read the specs of the Royal Droid. Oh! Before I forget, I call it the Royal Droid because its the first device to be launched with Android 2.3 and also, in the future all the Android updates will first come to this device by its Father – Google Inc.

Now its time we read what’s this Royal Droid all about:

Connectivity

  • Quad-band GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900
  • Tri-band HSPA: 900, 2100, 1700
  • HSPA type: HSDPA (7.2Mbps) HSUPA (5.76Mbps)
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 n/b/g
  • Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
  • Near Field Communication (NFC)
  • Assisted GPS (A-GPS)
  • microUSB 2.0

Display

  • 4.0″ WVGA (480×800)
  • Contour Display with curved glass screen
  • Super AMOLED
  • 235 ppi
  • Capacitive touch sensor
  • Anti-fingerprint display coating

Size and weight

  • 63mm x 123.9mm x 10.88mm
  • 129g

Hardware

  • Haptic feedback vibration
  • Three-axis gyroscope
  • Accelerometer
  • Digital compass
  • Proximity sensor
  • Light sensor

Processor and memory

  • 1GHz Cortex A8 (Hummingbird) processorSamsung
  • 16GB iNAND flash memory

Cameras and multimedia

  • Back-facing: 5 megapixels (2560×1920)
  • 720 x 480 video resolution
  • H.264, H.263 MPEG4 video recording
  • Auto focus
  • Flash
  • Front-facing: VGA (640×480)
  • 3.5mm, 4-conductor headset jack
    (stereo audio plus microphone)
  • Earpiece and microphone
  • Software noise-cancellation

Battery

  • Talk time up to 6.7 hours on 3G
    (14 hours on 2G)
  • Standby time up to 17.8 days on 3G
    (29.7 days on 2G)
  • 1500 mAH Lithum Ion

Software

  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • Android Market
  • Calendar
  • Gmail
  • Google Earth
  • Google Maps with Navigation
  • Google Search
  • Google Talk
  • Google Voice
  • Voice Actions
  • YouTube

If you are grinning reading all the information above or planning to get one for yourself then let me remind you, that I am unbiased blogger and you haven’t read the bad & sad part about the Nexus S.

So let’s Rock & Roll :

  • No microSD slot
  • No Gorilla Glass
  • No 720p video recording
  • All-plastic body, fingerprint magnet
  • No  Droid-pouch provided like it was in the case of Nexus One.
  • No DivX and XviD support (no actual video player) out of the box
  • No dedicated camera key and no lens cover
  • No FM radio
  • No smart dialing
  • Bluetooth 3.0 gone

Now, doesn’t it seem like a stripped down version of SGS and that too an year after it was launched. When the world is awaiting Dual-core processors, Google came out with the hardware that has already been there for an year. I wonder where all the innovation has gone from Google?

Well, that concludes my review for Google Nexus S. Now let’s wait for tomorrow to see if the device actually launches 😉

Foursquare + Flickr = Flickrsquare

December 28, 2010 Leave a comment

Foursquare – Our favourite location-based social network/micro-blogging site on the web is getting better with each passing day. Even though it’s still to catch the attention of the Indian asses and more importantly the brands/stores. But, the day is not far when we will start getting our cup of free coffee at the nearest CCD/Costa in reward of gaining mayorship. Foursquare Hits 2 Million Check-ins, 25K New Users Daily. The reason for its success is that its one of its kind, even though it has a list of competitors (Gowalla, Rally, Rummble, Plyce, Tellmewhere, Mobnotes, BlockChalk, Yelp, Brightkite, Grindr, Shoutitout, Friendticker, Dailyplaces, Geodruid , Whrrl, hummba.com, feest.je, WeReward.com, Where, Facebook, Check.In, Loopt, Hotlist).

Foursquare has been adding functionality and improving very rapidly, features like venue descriptions and website links were added two weeks. The most recent feature and also the most important one was added last week, the ability to add pictures with your check-ins. Now when the picture feature was added, we all wondered if we could collect all the pictures posted as check-ins in one place/platform like – FB, Flickr, Picassa etc. Facebook was out of the question as they have their own places feature, the only viable options left were Flickr and Picassa. Ofcourse, A new service called 4Photo or 4Pic could have been launched following the suite of tweetphoto or twitpic but that would have been a cumbersome deal so instead it’s FlickSquare for us.

How Foursquare works:

Foursquare is a location-based social network that incorporates gaming elements.

Users share their location with friends by “checking in” via a smart phone app or by text message. Points are awarded for checking in at various venues. Users can connect their Foursquare accounts to their Twitter and Facebook accounts, which can update when a check in is registered. By checking in a certain number of times, or in different locations, users can collect virtual badges. In addition, users who have checked in the most times at a certain venue will be crowned “Mayor” until someone surpasses their number. Various venues have embraced Foursquare, and offer special deals to users who are “mayors”.

Foursquare has applications for iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Symbian and Windows Mobile.

How FlickSquare works:

Inspired by a tweet from First Round Capital VC Charlie O’Donnell (“Can someone hack a Foursquare app that cc’s my checkin photos to Flickr?”), developer Benny Wong has created Flicksquare, an app that takes advantage of Foursquare’s recent enabling of photo check-in features, allowing you to also send your Foursquare photos to Flickr.

This will make life simpler :

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Once you are done with the six steps mentioned above – You are ready to go!

Sky is the limit for this camera

Leica S2 37.5MP uber camera gets price and release date

TechNYK on the one camera to rule them all

Leica has put the finishing touches on its new S-System camera, the Leica S2, and announced the full retail price and release date. We won’t beat about the bush – this camera costs a cool £15,995.

If that figure just made you spray hot tea all over your computer screen in abject horror, then unfortunately you’re just not in the kind of photographic league Leica is aiming for. You might want to brace yourself for this one too: those 16,000 bones won’t even get you a lens. That’s just the price of the body.

Leica explains that it doesn’t want to “just bundle an entry-level lens with the S2”, but would rather give consumers the choice of spending another few grand on their preferred lens. The cheapest, the SUMMARIT-S 1:2.5/70 ASPH, starts at £3,096. Suffice to say this is not the camera for taking holiday snaps.

And if you’re feeling really flush you can spend £19,092 on the Leica S2-P with sapphire glass monitor and ‘platinum service’ support. We assume that means that if your camera inexplicably breaks down, Leica will instantly dispatch a new one to you. On the back of a rare eagle.

So, why all the expense? Well, these are the specs: the Leica S2 has a 30mm x 45mm sensor which is 56% larger than you’ll find in other lowly DSLRs and provides staggeringly large, 37.5 megapixel images.

Naturally, with such a large sensor, there’s a noticeable impact on the speed at which images can be processed (not to mention how many photos you can fit on a standard memory card). In fact critics have been, well, critical of the 1.5FPS shooting speed, especially in light of the price, although Leica has been quick to point out that “Speed was a primary concern”.

In fact it gets away with it because the Leica S2 is class above other cameras.“We believe we will have the fastest autofocus in the medium format category, the fastest frame rate, and the fastest image processing,” said Christian Erhardt, Leica’s VP of Marketing.

So if you’ve got a few grand tucked away and a house or two to remortgage and want to print a baby photo the size of a barn door, the Leica S2 might be up your street. It’s going to be available in October.

Here is the official website : http://www.s.leica-camera.com/

Web Honours to celebrate Moon Landing

Forty years ago today Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin forever changed mankind with their historic walk on the lunar surface. It was one step for a man but a giant leap for mankind.

With today being the 40th anniversary, most of the web honoured the greatest moment in modern history.

First few pictures of the Apollo 11 moment and then the web honours:

Starting with google (Which was the slowest to update it or maybe it was waiting for the exact time of the moon landing to update its logo)

Bing (Bing has changed their daily background image to feature a shot of the Moon.):

YouTube (Wonder why the parent site Google was updated so late):

And twitter is full of tweets so search for Apollo11.

Please update me if you find more.

TechNews with TechNYK

July 13, 2009 2 comments

I apologise to my all my readers for my absence as I went into hibernation for a week due to unforeseen circumstances but now NYK is back with a bang so be ready for the feast. So, let me first update you all about what all has happened this week in the world of tech obviously with NYK humor embedded 🙂

  • Google plans to launch Google Chrome OS (I wonder what happened to Android Dreams?)
  • Microsoft sees light at the end of the tunnel with Silverlight(Adobe Flash is way Ahead Dear MS)
  • Google Apps is out of BETA (Oh Really! I though it will stay till Chrome OS is launched)
  • All Windows Vista system sold starting August 2009 will have an option to upgrade to Windows 7 once its launched(Xp Users doomed yet again)
  • RIP Michael: your passing has shown the power of Twitter(MJ – King of Pop/Web/World forever)
  • Sarah Brown’s G8 summit tweets and blogs(Has the BBC server crashed?)
  • Luxury Notebooks are non-starters(So are Luxury cars like Jaguar & Land Rover)
  • Windows 7 Build 7600 rumored as RTM(It’s not a rumor its a fact,we have launched it)
  • Nvidia Launches 3d graphics card(Take of your specs and put on the 3d glasses)

Enough News for a week, now its time for some freebies to be distributed to all my loyal readers  and specially to animation enthusiast:

Anime Studio is a proprietary vector-based 2D animation software for animators originally distributed by LostMarble, later by e frontier. The software comes in two different versions, named Anime Studio and Anime Studio Pro, the first being restricted in terms of possible length and image size, as well as not having all the functions of the Pro version. Anime Studio is available for the Windows and Macintosh operating systems.

The software was originally developed under the name “Moho” by LostMarble, the last Moho version 5.4 was identical with the first release of Anime Studio Pro. Current release version is 6.0. LostMarble is still the home of Papagayo, a free lip sync software which works with Anime Studio.

Anime Studio, despite what its name suggests, is also capable of other styles of animation. It can export its animations as flash cartoons, create cutout-style animation, and, within its restrictions, mimic some pencil-drawn animation. Since it features some basic 3D functionality, it can be seen as a 2½D program. Short films, especially those which tell their story in one scene, can be produced relatively quickly compared to other programs, because of the usage of vector morphing instead of frame-by-frame animation. On the 6th of June, 2009, Smith Micro released Anime Studio 6, which has more features, including motion tracking, lip-syncing and more.

Features:

  • Anime Studio features layers of different types for artwork as well as for grouping and switching assets. Layers can be animated in perspective.
  • Layer ordering can be animated (since v5.6)
  • Camera movements.
  • Pressure-sensitive tablets in combination with brush shapes can be used to create natural-looking strokes. Artwork created in Anime Studio is basically resolution-independent.
  • The animator can create a skeleton of Bones to which pieces of artwork are attached. The skeleton works with inverse and forward kinematics and makes it easier to animate characters.
  • Tweening of all layer, vector shapes, and bone animation.
  • Styles for outlines and fills.
  • Masks are possible.
  • Anime Studio has some 3D abilities, useful for multiplane camera effects and even complex set building.
  • Anime Studio supports several file formats to import pictures and video. Alpha channels of PNG and video files are recognised.
  • Multiple soundtracks can be added. In combination with Papagayo Anime Studio provides automatic lip sync.
  • Anime Studio exports films to .swf, but without certain effects which are not part of the .swf file format. Export to video or image includes everything and can be done in any resolution. Videos can be rendered with an alpha channel.
  • Most tools are completely scriptable

Here is the link for it : http://my.smithmicro.com/freeanime/