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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.

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

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Iphone 4 -> FaceTime = FacePorn

The porn industry is hiring girls to have live sex chats with Apple iPhone 4 owners using  its new video-call feature, it has emerged.

Using the iPhone 4’s Face Time , companies are developing video-sex chat services and are hiring workers through internet adverts in the US.

Many even offer to throw in a free iPhone 4 for the new employees.

FaceTime lets people call another iPhone 4 user and have live video conversations over a Wi-Fi connection through the phone’s camera and screen.

Adult film star Teagan Presley poses with her iPhone in Atlanta. Presley is experimenting with Apple's FaceTime featureAdult film star Teagan Presley poses with her iPhone in Atlanta. Presley is experimenting with Apple’s FaceTime feature

In one TV advert for Apple’s Face Time, a soldier uses the feature to get a look at his faraway wife’s ultrasound pictures.

 But the adult industry wants its customers to share moments of an entirely different kind with its stars. And while the technology may be new, the idea is not.

In the 1970s, the demand for explicit videos at home helped VCRs become widespread, and the industry was the first to embrace DVDs, too.

Internet porn sites were some of the first to make wide use of streaming video and online credit card payments.

‘The first time someone created a camera there was someone who said, ‘Wouldn’t it be good for someone to take off their clothes in front of this camera?” said Michael Gartenberg from Interpret, a media research company.

And for years, cameras mounted on computers have helped connect people for racy online video sessions. But the portability and privacy of a mobile phone makes FaceTime a new frontier for the industry.

‘A phone is such an intimate thing, you usually don’t lend it out or have someone else use it,’ said Quentin Boyer, of Pink Visual, an adult production company.

Apple boss Steve Jobs demonstrates the FaceTime feature on the iPhone 4 at its launchApple boss Steve Jobs demonstrates the FaceTime feature on the iPhone 4 at its launch

He said his company began planning for iPhone 4 video services almost as soon as the device came out. They should be ready in a matter of weeks.

He said the company will offer FaceTime sessions with some of the same women who appear in its videos.

‘It has a very personal feel – your mobile phone to hers,’ he said.

The rise of FaceTime porn puts Apple in an awkward position. Its competitors have products that allow video chat, too – HTC’s Evo 4G phone, for one.

But Apple has made a point of keeping applications sold in its iTunes store clean.

Apple has rejected book apps for featuring sexual content and political satires for their potential to offend.

And last week it was accused of censoring its iBookstore by removing the risque short stories from its top ten list.

FaceTime is not even an outside developer’s app, but a main feature of the phone.

Watchdogs worry that FaceTime could connect children to pornography or predators. Parents can put computers in public areas of the home to supervise internet usage, but mobile phones go anywhere.

‘Unfortunately, both children and sexual predators are often ahead of parents when comes to technology,’ says Donna Rice Hughes, president of Enough Is Enough, a child safety group.

Apple said that people can choose whom they chat with and parents can turn off the FaceTime feature.

Another obstacle is that the iPhone 4 camera was designed specifically for face-to-face chatting.

‘You can have the phone on your face, or other body parts, but not both at the same time,’ said Teagan Presley, who acts in adult films and performs in video chats.

‘Most customers want the full package, and it’s going to be difficult holding a phone.

[Source : Daily Mail]

BlackBerry Beta Zone

July 6, 2010 1 comment

BlackBerry Beta Zone

Just enrolled for the first beta program for BlackBerry since I bought my BB Bold 9000. Only the BlackBerry platform was left in my portfolio as I hadn’t tested for it till now but looking forward to be a beta tester for them. As a Beta Tester, it is very important to be critical in your review of an application or a product so be prepared for some scrutiny. Here are some screenshots on how to join the BlackBerry Beta Zone, available list of programs for Beta Testers and also step by step guide on how to install the BBM 5.0 . For further queries contact me on BBM – 20e50398 (RIP BOLD 9000)  22CB8B16 or Twitter@nikhilchawla.

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BBM 5.0

BBM 5.0 Registration Form

BBM 5.0 Agreement Form

BBM 5.0 Download

BBM 5.0 Download & Keynote

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BBM 5.0 Install complete

PS: Even after the download & installation of BBM 5.0 is completed in your device you would have to wait for the Keynote to arrive in your mail from the BlackBerry Team and an estimated waiting time for it is 48hours.

Apple – WWDC : Why We Do Care?

June 8, 2010 1 comment

WWDC –  One of the most prestigious event when it comes to tech. The first thing you would like to know is –  What is WWDC?

The answer to that question is – WWDC is Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) it is the premier technical conference for developers innovating with Apple technologies. Over 1,000 Apple engineers will be at Moscone West to present advanced coding and development techniques that will show you how to enhance the capabilities of your applications with the revolutionary technologies in iPhone OS and Mac OS X. But for me WWDC stands for – Why We Do Care ?

Not just that Over 5,000 of the world’s best and brightest Apple developers come together for the week-long Apple Worldwide Developers Conference at Moscone West, in San Francisco, California. This technical event provides you the opportunity to hear about the latest advancements in iPhone OS and Mac OS X through practical examples that you can apply directly to your app development. And trust a million others sit at home and read,tweet,blog about it.

One thing I fail to understand is WWDC (Why We Do Care) what Apple is doing? Has there ever been a time when Steve Jobs has launched something new and the World hasn’t gone hysterical about it, till the time its out in the market cos as soon we get our hands on to it we realise that nothing could have been dumber than this. Be it the most recently launched ‘Apple iPad’ while the people from all over the world were going gaga over it. I just passed one judgment about it and that explained everything about it. For me ‘Apple iPad’ is –  A dumber Macbook Air + A Bigger iPod Touch. You can’t call that silly bigger iPod Touch an invention. The only invention worth calling an invention was a sanitary pad or a writing pad but not iPad ever. And if anybody disagrees to it then please feel free to comment. I can mention everything about WWDC,the new iPhone,iOS4 etc but I am not going to waste my time on it as I am not a blogger who blogs what’s in the news or what will people read, I blog what I want people to know as the rest of the tech blogs are already doing the same job and I hate yellow journalism.

But for all those who really care about Apple WWDC, here are the best sources to know about it:

1) http://www.crunchgear.com/2010/06/07/live-from-apples-2010-wwdc-keynote/

2) http://www.macrumors.com/

3) http://www.redmondpie.com/iphone-4-ad-from-wwdc-10-video/

4) http://www.techknots.com/mobiles/iphone-4-released/

5) http://www.technixupdate.com/17-new-features-in-ios-4-iphone-4-os/

WWDC 2010

WWDC 2010

Thats all for now but will post more soon as we move ahead in the WWDC – Why We Do Care 😉

Nokia ECO – #FutureNokia for @WOMWorld

April 10, 2010 2 comments

All thanks to @WOMWorld for giving me an opportunity to bring out the creative side of me after a long time. In fact, its got me all nostalgic as it reminded me of the days where we used to have weekly photography competition at blogs.nokia.com and every week we had to come out with a fresh and creative idea. Well, here I am again with my creation of how a flagship Nokia device will look like in ten years time #FutureNokia. So,I’ll let @WOMWorld and twitterverse be the judge of my creation – #FutureNokia – Nokia Eco: The most envoronment friendly phone ever to be made.

PS: I also welcome negative feedback and comments :p – @nikhilchawla

Reset Lifetimer of your Nokia Device

March 25, 2010 3 comments

Nokia Lifetimer is a counter that keeps track of the Total call time of your phone. It will show how much the phone has been used, and it’s the best thing to check if you’re planning to buy a used Nokia Mobile or when you plan to sell your’s at a higher price :p

To see the Total Call Time or the Lifetimer counter, On the standby screen type the following code *#92702689# (Easy way to remember this is – *#war0anty#). And it will pop up a message that shows the lifetimer in hours and minutes.

Here is a detailed procedure to make this lifetimer zero.

REQUIREMENTS:

The following files are required to reset the lifetime:

  1. Nemesis service suite link: Download from Here
  2. Nokia Connectivity cable driver link: Download Here (This version of Nokia Connectivity is necessary if you are using latest PC suite)
  3. Lifetimer.pm file: See the download link down this post.

PROCEDURE:

1. Download and Extract the Lifetimer.pm file,  and Download Nemesis Service Suite.

2. Install Nemesis Service Suite on your Computer, It won’t take much time.

3. Install Nokia Cable Drivers (No need to install, if you have Nokia PC Suite already installed)

4. Connect The Phone in “PC Suite” Mode to the PC

5. Open Nemesis Service Software

6. Click on “Scan for new Device” Button on Top right Corner

7.  It Will take a few seconds to scan, and it will load up the software interface after communicating with the Phone.

8. Click the “Phone Info” Button.

9. On the Bottom left, Select  and open the “Permanent Memory” Tab, which is next to the Fbus info.

10. Click the “Write” button on Below right, and open the Extracted Lifetimer.pm file on your PC.

11. After the Lifetimer.pm file is opened , it will immediately start writing it to the Phone’s EEPROM Area.

12. The Procedure will end when the progress bar reaches 20%. This is normal , and on the bottom right side, it will display its down.

13. Unplug the Phone, and Restart it.

14. After boot up, Check the Lifetimer .

Download: Lifetimer.zip

Tweet with a Look

For all those who are Twitter freaks and their life revolves around #(Hash-tags), @(Reply),RT(Re-tweet) then try this phenomenal application called Seesmic Look. All of us agree that twitter is a storm that can’t be stopped similarly  Seesmic Look is a beauty that can’t be ignored. It’s simply a delight for people who love visually appealing graphical user interface (Windows 7 users). I can go on and on about it but pictures speak louder than words so lets do it that way.

This is from their website :

Seesmic Look is a unique way to immerse yourself in the real-time web. Optimized for Windows 7, this innovative interface allows you to feel the pulse of millions of users or be inspired by individuals of your specific interest. Beginners learning to understand real-time can stay engaged and connected without even logging into Twitter, while experienced users can take advantage of Look’s powerful features in creative and imaginative ways.

Interests
Find accounts and view tweets that match your qualities and style you might have in common. In Seesmic Look,”Interests” are lists of twitter accounts represented by categories such as news, sports, entertainment, celebrities, music, politics, humor, culture, business, and style. You can choose any one of those categories to view all the tweets of that particular category or explore your interests in a specific twitter account.

Login to Look
When you log into Look you can save your favorite twitter feeds as well as your saved searches so your settings are the same every time you login. If you don’t already have a twitter account creating one is easy. Click on username at the top of look then then click create account. You will be directed to twitter’s sign up page where you can quickly create a new twitter account.

Stay Engaged and Connected
With Seesmic Look simple yet powerful interface, you can view profiles, post replies and direct messages, retweet, and favorite messages. When posting messages, shorten links and post photos with ease.

Trends
Discover what millions of users are saying in the Twitterverse. By using Trends, you can find out what’s popular now, in the past day or in the past week. In Look, you can learn why a word or phrase is trending and view all the trends or specific topics in timeline or playback mode.

Search
Track any word or phrase being said on twitter in real time and display it in Look’s unique playback interface. Search a person, brand, or any other interest you may have, and save that search so you can always refer back to it.

Inbox and Social
The inbox and social timeline features becomes readily available when you log into Look. View and manage your Mentions, Direct Messages and Sent Message in the Inbox section. In the Social section, view your friends timeline of the accounts your following including Twitter Lists

Timeline or Playback Mode / Light or Dark Theme
View Twitter in a standard timeline view or observe the stream of messages in Look’s distinguished playback mode which fades in messages in a visually engaging way. Match your theme by choosing a light or dark background.

PS: Follow me @technyk@nikhilchawla or @seesmic for more updates.