Husband hits wife for not liking his Facebook status

October 10, 2011 by  
Filed under Internet, News

A Texas domestic dispute has been reported by Current-Argus, informing that a husband hit his wife for not liking his facebook status. The person accuused of this charge is  Apolinar who had updated his Facebook page with a reminder about the anniversary of his mother’s death. Many of his friends and family pressed “LIKE” on this status as well as posted their comments, except his wife. Which led the man to anger and he hit her.

Apolinar told his wife Dolores: “That’s amazing everyone ‘likes’ my status but you, you’re my wife. You should be the first one to ‘like’ my status.” And then the dispute took physical form leading the husband to hit her wife in the face with his cellphone. After the police came to resolve the domestic dispute he accused the wife of hitting him and herself with the cellphone. The matter has now been put in court.

uTorrent Plus: a paid software for downloading free torrents

October 9, 2011 by  
Filed under Desktop Apps, News, Software

uTorrent has become an industry standard for downloading torrents of the internet. Its small size, clean interface and no non-sense features do attract lot of users. But now uTorrent aims to brings you all those extra additions to their basic version and ask you money for using this “PLUS” version.

But what features will be there in uTorrent Plus that will make you pay around $25 when it launches? Check out the list of those additional paid features below:

  • Drag-and-drop file conversion for transcoding files and then transferring them to other device. The list of supported device profiles right now is: iPod/iPhone, Apple TV/iPad, Xbox 360 and PS3. But you can expect more devices (default profiles) to be added later.
  • A built-in media player.
  • Remote file transfers.
  • Customer support.
  • Antivirus protection provided by Bitdefender.

The software has entered alpha stage and is being tested for a near future beta and final release. But real question is that are these features really enough for you to pay out extra for a software that does its main job well and for free? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Disclaimer: tbreak media doesn’t support using torrents or other p2p software for downloading illegal or copyright files.

Abu Dhabi and Spain joint venture Molten salt Solar plant starts operation

October 9, 2011 by  
Filed under News

Gemasolar is one of a kind solar plant in Spain that has started operation with the help of a joint venture between Sener, Spanish engineering firm and Masdar, Abdu Chabi’s energy company.

This Solar plant uses a central tower filled with molten salt to store energy as it heats up to 500 degree Celsius by giant heliostats reflecting sunlight at the tower. This heat is used to generate high-pressure steam which in turn turns a turbine to generate energy. The molten salt continues to power the process even after the sun has set as compared to conventional photovoltaic cells. The 19.9 MW power plant is to provide electricity to 27,500 homes.

The power plant was inaugurated by King Juan Carlos of Spain and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi, along with Masdar CEO Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Sener President Jorge Sendagorta, and several other royals from the United Arab Emirates.

Gemasolar was the first of three plants planned under this partnership of Spain and Abu Dhabi engineering firms. Spain has taken lots of interest in solar energy as form of clean and free energy source and has issued $62 million grants to 13 companies to develop more solar plants.

Snapdragon S4 revealed by Qualcomm

October 9, 2011 by  
Filed under CPUs/Memory Modules, News

Qualcomm has revealed its next generation Snapdragon S4 processors. These SoC (system on a chip)  are built for mobile and small form factor low energy consumption devices, and the new processor is set to fulfill all those demands more successfully. The biggest change from previous processors is that it will be using 28nm manufacturing process. This means that more power per square inch of the chip, so a more smaller size, lower power consumption and even lesser thermal dissipation and energy losses. The S4 SoC will have Krait CPU and Adreno 225 GPU.

The Krait CPU is promised to have a 60% boost over current Scorpion CPUs. These new CPUs will have speed range of 1.5Ghz to 2.5Ghz. Moreover they support asynchornous multi-processing and dual channel memory. The Adreno 225 GPU will have a 50% boost and confirms to DirectX 9.3 for Windows 8 as well as OpenGL ES 1.1 and 2.0. S4 will be a true multi-mode capable processor with support for worldwide mobile technology standards and features. The samples of processor are already being sent to manufacturers to test it out and we can sure hope to see some amazing devices in future based on this new processor.

AppBrain Stream: Facebook for apps

October 8, 2011 by  
Filed under App News, Internet, News

AppBrain is famous Android app sharing market and it has started a brand new feature called “Streams”, which makes your apps have a social life on the internet. AppBrain previously had a listing of apps installed on your phone which you could manually share with your friends. But now with these social streams you can see that what new apps your friends are trying out or what apps they have liked. The interface takes form of very much like Facebook where you see updates from your friends and their “App activity”.

Moreover instead of status updates you get the option to “Share an app..” to manually update your stream to tell friends about some cool app or share your mini views on it. Your installs or status updates will appear on home screen of connected friends.

Appbrain uses existing Google, Facebook and Twitter networks to find your friends network and add them in your stream. This social discovery of apps is very similar to what Facebook has done with its apps and games sidebar where you can always see new games and apps in use by your friends. And now you have something similar for your Android apps.

Check it out yourself @ AppBrain.com

HTC Sensation XL: Titan on Android OS

October 8, 2011 by  
Filed under News, Smartphones

The HTC Sensation XL phone brings HTC Titan’s huge footprint with Android on top. If you have read about HTC Titan then specs don’t vary that much from it. It has same huge 4.7″ across screen, 480×800 pixel display, 16gb storage, 8mp camera with dual flash, 720p video capture, nearly same weight of 162 grams and the same single core 1.5 GHz Scorpion processor. The main differences: It runs Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) with HTC Sense UI 3.5 and comes with Beats audio.

There are things that are disappointing in this XL version e.g. you would expect new models to shift to dual core processors but HTC is sticking with bigger screen than more horsepower. Moreover with such a big screen, one would expect a resolution of 1280×720 which Samsung is boosting but HTC Sensation XL sticks to Titan’s 480×800 resolution. On WP7 it is understandable since that is a limitation of the OS, but with an Android running they could have improved. On such big screen, low resolutions would just turn grainy.

Like the HTC Sensation XE, the larger Sensation XL features Beats audio integration. The standard set comes with in-ear Beats headphones while the limited edition model comes with over the ear headphones. The other attractions to this set include the aluminum body in white color and the new cloud services by HTC as found in upcoming HTC Rhyme and HTC Explorer.

Nuance buys Swype for $100 million

October 8, 2011 by  
Filed under App News, Mobile Apps, News

Nuance communication is well known for their excellent speech recognition software: Dragon Naturally speaking; but what most people don’t know is that they also have lots of “keyboard” projects. They own the T9 typing style, they have their own Android Flex T9 keyboard, they previously bought Shapewriter which was main Swype competitor but now they have even bought Swype for $100 million. Hey! if you can’t beat them, just buy them out, right?

Its apparent that Nuance wants to be the only major gun in the competition of keyboards for mobile devices. It is being rumored that iPhone 4S will also purchase license from Nuance to bring the Swype to its phone officially.

I think after this step, Nuance next target would be to make Dragon Naturally speaking app for smartphones. Apple already has announced Siri, but as impressive it may be, it is still a 4S exclusive feature. While an app from Nuance could be made for Android, Windows Phone 7 and older iPhones as well.

Google Chrome coming to Android?

October 3, 2011 by  
Filed under App News, News

I always wondered that why there is no Google Chrome app for android. Yes there is default Android browser, but its no Chrome. But it looks like its only a short while now that Chrome may finally make its debut on Android.

Google’s Chromium OS is the open source project that works as a test bed for many of their technologies as they get ported to Android. And as per its latest logs the Chrome for Android is being tested right now. Right now Androids use a WebKit browser, that uses some of Chrome code but rest is modified by vendors. With Chrome brand you can expect that Google will bring true tabbed browsing, better flash and HTML5 support, fast rendering of pages and hopefully add-on support.

This rumor is based on the Chromium test logs, and not a confirmed announcement from Google yet.

Sony Ericsson helping custom Android Rom modders

October 3, 2011 by  
Filed under Mobile Apps, News, Operating Systems, Smartphones

One of the strong powers of Android remains its semi-open platform as compared to iOS. It is not 100% open source to protect some developers from tinkering low level functions but there are lot of aspiring modders and hackers providing hacks to unlock devices, modify android market restrictions as well as provide full custom mods for changing the base operating system. But these custom mods have been limited to HTC and Samsung till now as Sony Ericsson’s Androids have been some what more complicated to customize. But that is about to change now as Sony Ericsson are actually helping such modders to bring the same custom stuff to their Xperia range too.

The popular team behind CyanogenMod is getting all the help they need from Sony Ericsson developers for their initiative called “FreeXperia”. Under this initiative many SE library binaries will be released to developers to customize and use in their mods. These will be officially made public on their Developer world under special license. Do note that modding still voids your warranty, so if it bricks your phone, don’t expect a refund from Sony Ericsson.

Nokia low end phone OS: Meltemi coming

October 2, 2011 by  
Filed under News, Operating Systems

Nokia and Symbian relation is not going so well as they continue to loose market share against Androids. Nokia already made a deal with Microsoft for Windows Phone 7 for its high end phones but its mid range and low end phones still use the obsolete Symbian platform which is struggling to stay competitive.

Moreover with the recent closure of MeeGo project, it looks like Nokia’s high-end handsets will exclusively feature WP7 in future. But Nokia’s main strength is not the smartphone market, but the low end phones. It is still the biggest market holder in third world countries. Accordingly, Nokia has already started to look at future for that market segment; as even the third world dwellers want cheap phones but with Android and iPhone like interfaces. Nokia has tipped that they are developing a new Linux based OS called Meltemi that would be their replacement for Symbian S40 based phones. The new OS will be made to run on low end hardware and offer modern features that people want these days.

Also keep in mind that Microsoft has their own plans to release a low end variation of WP7 called Tango. If Nokia shifts solely to Microsoft OS then they will save a lot of money on internal developments and OS fragmentations, but problem is that Tango may not scale down to level of very low end S40 phones. For now there is no confirmed news when WP Tango or Meltemi will show their features, capabilities and more importantly their requirements.

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