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  1. Apple Gets Anti Sexting Patent

    Before we start discussing about this, let me assume you folks know what sexting is. Okay. Now that we're good to go, let me inform you that the US Patent and Trademark office has approved Apple's Patent application submitted back in 2008 for a technology that would be used as an anti sexting tool.

    It would basically serve as a tool that can control the messages received and sent from the iPhone. The technology would be most probably used by an application that would act as a parental control for your kids' iPhone that can scan messages coming to the device and evaluate the text in the message. Should it find any inappropriate content, it either alerts the administrator or simply deletes the offending text and if needed, the entire message.

    Great tool, if you happen to be a concerned parent. Not quite so if you're a kid who's been having some fun with you iPhone!

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  2. Palm Pre 2 Images Leaked

    Folks over at French website Mobifrance has posted pics of what is thought to be Palm's upcoming update to its existing line up.

    Thats right. We have been hearing about the impending arrival of the Palm Pre 2 since the past few days - but had no visual evidence to prove the existence of such a updated handset -until now, that is.

    Take a look at the pics below.

    These look nothing like the existing Palm Pre's, do they? The phone is running WebOS 2.0 and from what we can see, it still has a similar display as the original Palm Pre.

    The internals however see a major upgrade. How does a 1GHz processor with with 512mb of RAM sound? The Palm Pre already had compelling hardware and multitasking abilities back in 2009 - the new hardware would definitely add to its capabilities from whar we infer.

    Anyone betting on an early November launch for this one?

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  3. Apple Releases Third Beta of iOS 4.2 To Developers

    Apple has just released the latest version of iOS 4.2 (build 8C5115c) and iOS SDK 4.2 to its developers. Available for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, it is also complemented by the release of a beta version of iTunes 10.1 Beta 2 with the AirPrint update.

    Here is the list of confirmed features:

    1. Multitasking, Universal inbox and game center on iPad
    2. New Fonts in notes
    3. Orientation lock switch changed to mute button
    4. New Default Lockscreen Keyboard
    5. Safari gets search for text feature
    6. iPad gets tethering support

    The iPad also gets a new animation sequence whilst multitasking. Apart from all these, the pre installed YouTube application on all iOS devices will now get the option to list the videos as public, private or unlisted

    iOS 4.2 will allow users to tether iPad’s 3G data connection to another device like the laptop as well.

    While it wold be a while till the final version trickles down to iOS devices, how does the new features on this one sound to you?
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  4. Samsung Announces New Android Phone: Galaxy K

    Samsung has just made another addition to its Android based Galaxy line up of phones. The Galaxy K, as the phone is known comes loaded with Android 2.2 Froyo.

    The Galaxy K seems to be a scaled down version of the Galaxy S and boasts of a 3.7-inch AMOLED Plus touchscreen display, a 1GHz processor, support for Adobe Flash 10.1, 8GB of on-board storage, WiFi, and Bluetooth connectivity.

    The Galaxy K, as of now is only available in South Korea as of now. But then we can expect this one in other markets too in the near future.

    The Galaxy K costs almost 800,000 Won in Korea. That translates to around $710 USD for an unlocked, SIM free handset. Very expensive!

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  5. Windows Phone7 Officially Launched

    Microsoft has finally announced Windows Phone 7 along with 10 new handsets based on the platform at an event held at New York earlier today.

    The new OS, which was first seen earlier this year is considered to be one of the most important announcements Microsoft has made in recent times and is expected to give fillip to its sharp declining market share in the smartphone OS arena.

    The new handsets would be made by major players in the smartphone arena - including HTC, Samsung, LG and even Dell. Microsoft has tied up with as many as 30 carriers across the globe for its Windows Phone 7 laden phones. In the U.S., the Windows Phone 7 handsets would arrive on AT&T and T-Mobile. Handsets for Sprint and Verizon are still in the pipeline.

    Lets now check out the handsets. Seven handsets have were officially showcased at the launch today. These are the Dell Venue Pro, HTC 7 Mozart, HTC 7 Trophy, HTC HD7, HTC Surround, LG Quantum and the Samsung Focus. Other than these there are the likes of the LG Optimus 7, Samsung Omnia 7 and the HTC Pro about whose existence we know of.

    Almost all the handsets have similar specs considering the requirements for Windows Phone 7. Anyway, lets see what these handsets have in store for you. We start with the

    Dell Venue Pro
    The Dell Venue PRO has a vertical slide out keyboard that makes the already long phone quite long! It comes with a huge-ish 4.1 inch AMOLED display capable of WVGA resolution. The processor is a Qualcomm Snapdragon running at 1 Ghz. It also has a 5 megapixel camera at the back.

    HTC 7 Mozart
    the Mozart, the first of the HTC handsets gets a 1Ghz processor alongwith 8GB of internal memory. It has a 3.7 inch display and an 800 x 480 pixel resolution. It supports 900MHz/2100MHz WCDMA/HSPA networks as well as quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE networks. The highlight of the phone is its 8 megapixel camera – which stands out from the rest of the Windows Phone 7 phones which come only with a 5 megapixel sensor.And of course, it can capture videos in HD.

    HTC 7 Trophy
    The HTC Trophy gets a 3.8 inch WVGA display and supports HSDPA, Wi-Fi, SRS WOW HD audio technology. Like almost all the other phones, it too has a a 5MP autofocus camera with support for HD video recording. The phone comes with 576MB RAM and yeah, its the same Snapdragon that you'd find inside this one too. How boring is that?

    HTC HD7
    This phone is an absolute monstrosity. It has a 4.3 inch display and is similar to the existing HTC HD2. Rest of the features are again, the same. The HD7 also gets 16 GB of memory.

    HTC Surround
    The Surround is one of the most interesting handsets I have come across in recent times. It happens to be a device that supports Dolby Mobile and SRS surround sound. If that wasn't all, it has slideout speakers! The display is a 3.8″ one capable of a resolution of 480×800 pixels. And yeah, its the same 5 megapixel shooter and processor here too.

    LG Quantum
    The LG Quantum has a 3.5 inch display and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. It comes with 16GB of memory as well as 256MB RAM.Priced at USD 199 for a two year contract on AT&T, the phone also gets Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g and a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash.

    Samsung Focus
    Samsung's Focus boasts of a 4 inch display and offers similar features to the other phones in the Windows Phone 7 range. It has a 1 GHz processor with 8 GB of internal memory.

    What do you think about these handsets and about Windows Phone 7 in general?

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  6. Microsoft Gears Up for Windows Phone 7 Launch

    Microsoft is getting ready to launch a bunch of Windows Phone 7 powered handsets at the event scheduled to be held tomorrow at New York.

    While we are still not sure what models these would be, there is speculation that the trio of Samsung, HTC, and LG are expected to unveil devices tomorrow. In the US, AT&T and T-Mobile - both are in the fray to launch Windows Phone powered handsets on their networks.

    Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and AT&T CEO Ralph de la Vega will deliver the keynote in the morning after which there would be an open house session where attendees could try out the first retail version of Windows Phone 7 devices.

    We would be looking closely at the launch and would be updating the site as we get more information.

    Over to you Microsoft!

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  7. Goo.gl Goes Public

    Google's own URL shortening service Goo.gl has finally went public. Now, if your response to that would be some thing like, "What? Wasn't it public since last year or so? Haven't you been seeing Goo.gl links all over Twitter? How then can a service "go public" even as it was being used for the past few months?" then please let me explain!
    You're right. You have been seeing Goo.gl links all over the place. But let me ask you, were you able to auto shorten URL's of your choice until now? You have been clicking, clicking clicking, right? Until now, certain Google applications were the only ones allowed to use the Goo.gl short URL. That service is now open for the public at large to try out now. Quite a difference, eh?
    Goo.gl has in its sight already popular URL shortener's like bit.ly and is.gd.
    Goo.gl has been around since December 2009 and it has taken almost an year to reach a public launch. If you're still wondering as to what more features does Goo.gl offer over others, here are a few:

    How about automatic spam detection, and “near 100% uptime since our initial launch,” as claimed by the company? Bit.ly and a few others have been known to face downtimes in the past. Like the others, Goo.gl also gets URL-tracking features using which you can view URL history, traffic sources, referrers and visitor profiles for countries, browsers and platforms.
    Anyway, you might want to head here and try the product without any further delay.
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  8. FaceTime not working? Find Out Why.

    If you happen to be a potential iPhone 4 user out side the US and are planning to get one squarely because you wanted to badly use that cool FaceTime video chat feature, you might want to read further before you invest your hard earned dough in buying the latest iteration of the iPhone.

    Apparently, the new iPhone 4's FaceTime feature isn't everyones favorite and some carriers and (even Governments) have banned the application. If you legally get an iPhone from a country where it has been banned, your lovely FaceTime video chat dreams hereby lies in tatters.

    Anyway, Apple has put up a support document that would help potential iPhone 4 users avoid a pitfall and buy the phone only to realize their favorite feature missing. (Yeah, we know how that feels!)

    So, if you live in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates – for example, sorry guys, no FaceTime for you.

    In the document, Apple has coolly put the blame for the disabling of the feature on the local "carriers" when it says “FaceTime is not available on this carrier”.
    Interesting, huh?
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  9. Google to Shut down GOOG-411

    Google has announced in a blog post that it would be shutting down its GOOG-411 service soon.

    GOOG-411 was started back in 2007 and was a free information service that used voice recognition technology. It enabled a common user, a non internet based platform to contact businesses from a user's phone. Available only to Canadian and US citizens, the service will shut down on November 12, 2010 – barely a month from now .

    According to Google, the GOOG-41 service was the precursor to many new voice based technologies that has since then come up. These include Google’s Voice Search, Voice Input you find on Android smart phones and Voice actions. The reason they want to shut down GOOG-411 is because they would like to direct all their resources to build the next generation voice based apps – apart from adding voice recognition ability to a host of other Google products.

    For those of you who are disappointed about this turn of events, here is a little breather. Google has confirmed that an alternative text messaging based service would still remain active.To use that service, text the name of a business to 466453 ("GOOGLE"),and you'd get your search results in the form of an SMS!

    Isn't that cool enough?

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  10. Chinese iPhone 4 Knock-off Runs Dual OS

    The Chinese are at it again! While there is nothing new about iPhone knockoffs emerging from that country, this latest one takes the usual knock off thingy to new levels. We have come across an iPhone knock off that apart from being visually similar to the original Jesus phone from the fruit themed toymaker, also boasts of running dual operating systems!

    Other features of the phone include a 3.6 inch capacitive display that is multi touch capable. Sadly, the only thing missing would be that retina display. The phone runs both Android and Windows Mobile 6.5 and you can choose what OS to boot in to at startup. Now that is cool!

    The Windows Mobile restriction also means that the screen wouldn't be capable of displaying more than 65k colors. The phone will come with 512/256 MB of storage. There is a decent 5 megapixel camera at the rear that should be good at taking casual pictures.

    The phone is available in China (obviously) and costs around $257. What do you think about this one?

    [Via MicGadget]
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