Google Halloween Doodle 2011 Fun Time-Lapse Video

“A fun time-lapse video of the Google doodle team & friends carving giant pumpkins in the Halloween spirit. Shot on location at Google’s Headquarters in Mountain View, CA. Music by Slavic Soul Party! Composed by Matt Moran”

Google Halloween Doodle 2011 – Behind the Scenes
So Now, we will see how they made it and what kind of effort went into the massive endeavor, Google was kind enough to offer a making-of video, which features a look behind the scenes of this year’s Halloween project.

Exclusive EA games For Nokia Windows Phones

Exclusive EA games For Nokia Windows Phones

Aside from the two Windows Phones made by Nokia there were plenty of other exciting news coming from the Nokia World event. We’ve seen Nokia navigation apps, its own music and radio app and we also hear EA Games will bring exclusives to the phones. According to Barry Cottle, Executive Vice President and General Manager of EA Interactive, “this time, we’ll be designing our games for an awe-inspiring experience on Windows Phone for Nokia”. There will be 10 EA games, Chillingo titles as well as seven games from the Hasbro. “That’s the best games for free plus exclusive content for Nokia users. It’s a big win for Nokia’s consumers worldwide”, Barry said.

Nokia has a strong focus on delivering a rich user experience which goes beyond the phone. Hardware, together with software, services, imaging, mapping, multimedia, games and much more are added in the package with which Espoo hopes to get back on track.

SOURCE: Nokia Developer

By Davinder Singh Posted in Mobiles

How to Encrypt Your Android Devices and iPhone

How to Encrypt Your Android Devices and iPhoneYour smartphone is going to get stolen, and whether the culprits are a pack of well-meaning pranksters or police officers breaking up a peaceful protest, you’ll want to ensure that your private data is safe. No kind of encryption is foolproof, but taking a few moments to implement these simple tips will go a long way towards making sure your personal data remains secure when the trouble starts.

Encrypt your Android phone :
How to Encrypt Android
Most modern Android phones do not have data encryption built into the hardware, which means that you’ll have to rely on third-party apps to secure your text messages, e-mail, and other critical communications.

Thankfully, you have plenty of options; one of the most promising is WhisperCore, a smartphone encryption app from Whisper Systems that can encrypt your phone’s entire hard drive and even create encrypted backups in case your phone falls into the wrong hands and you have to perform an emergency data wipe. The app is still in beta and works only with Nexus S and Nexus One phones, but hopefully the Whisper team is working hard to extend this awesome app to cover more hardware.

Alternatively, Android owners can selectively encrypt specific files and folders on their phones using apps like Droid Crypt ($2.89) or AnDisk Encryption ($3.99). Both of these apps allow users to encrypt images and documents stored on their smartphones using 128-bit AES encryption, which should buy you some time if someone manages to crack your password and start rooting through your phone.

Even better, a handful of Android apps currently in development (that is, they’re in beta) can encrypt your outgoing phone calls and text messages in real time. Our favorite of these communication encryption apps include RedPhone and TextSecure, which are also from Whisper Systems. RedPhone will automatically encrypt your phone calls, making it more difficult for anyone to listen in, while TextSecure is a text messaging app that automatically encrypts all text conversations between you and other TextSecure users and stores all your text messages in an encrypted database.

Encrypt your iPhone :
How to Encrypt iPhone
It’s practically impossible to fully encrypt your iPhone, but you can significantly improve your smartphone security by updating to iOS 5 and enabling the Passcode Lock feature in the General section of your Settings menu. With iOS 5, your outgoing iMessages should be encrypted, and most modern Apple devices–including all iPads and all iPhones since the iPhone 3GS–have limited data protection built into the hardware, which encrypts some of your data with a unique key generated from your passcode. You can make sure this encryption is working by verifying that the Data Protection feature in your Passcode Lock menu is enabled.

Not many data encryption apps are available for iOS, but you can download voice encryption apps like Kryptos or Cellcrypt to encrypt your outgoing phone calls. Use text encryption apps like Encrypt SMS ($0.99) to keep your text messages secure, and consider picking up the (somewhat pricey) SecuMail app ($49.99) to allow you to send and receive email encrypted using the OpenPGP standard. Apple also provides built-in tools that allow you to remotely wipe your iPhone and ensure that nobody can steal your personal data if your phone is lost or stolen. To use those tools, first turn on the “Find My iPhone” feature and make sure that remote data wipe is enabled; then log in to MobileMe from your PC and select “Wipe All Data” on the device you’ve picked.

If you have the Siri voice command feature enabled on your iPhone, be aware that it’s possible for pranksters and thieves to send texts and email from your locked iPhone by holding down the Home button and dictating messages to Siri. To secure your smartphone against unauthorized Siri use, simply ensure that the “Siri” option in your iPhone Passcode Lock menu is switched off; this will prevent Siri access on your locked iPhone 4S.

Some of these security measures may seem like overkill, but don’t forget that our smartphones usually carry some of our most prized personal data, including credit card numbers and financial records. A strong password and reliable encryption are a one-two combination that will ensure your smartphone and the valuable data it contains are secured against unwanted use or intrusion.

Jolicloud OS Gets Open Sourced

Jolicloud OS Gets Open-Sourced

Mum’s been the word from the Jolicloud camp over the past few months — summer vacation, we get it — but the company has apparently been working quite diligently on what’s next: the “new Jolicloud platform.” According to a mildly vague blog post from the outfit, the next edition of the OS will introduce “the personal cloud,” enabling users to access the information stored there from “your iPhone, your Android phone, your tablet, your computer and pretty much any connected device with its API.” In related news, Joli OS has been open sourced and is now available to the community, and if you’re interested in finding out more about the whole ordeal, sign up for the private beta in the source links below. Invites are going out soon, or so we’re told.

SOURCE: Jolicloud (1), (2)

Google TV Software Updated to V2.0, Add Android Market access

Google TV Software Updated to V2.0

Google has announced version 2.0 of its Google TV software, bringing a Honeycomb flavoured Android experience to the table. The key new addition to the Google TV setup is the Android Market, although not all apps are supported for obvious reasons. There is, of course, no GPS or telephony based apps on offer and because your TV isn’t a ruddy great touchscreen (if it is, you’re lucky) then the majority of touch based apps won’t work either. So that’s most of them.

But the Big G has promised that “50 developers have seeded the Market with cool and useful apps for the TV” and that it is “excited to see the number of apps grow”.

The new version has been given a more simple UI with customisable home screen, designed to be “similar to your Android phone or tablet”.

Search has also improved with the addition of “Live TV, Netflix, YouTube, HBO GO, and more” and there’s also a new movie search option for 80,000 movies and TV episodes across cable or satellite, Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, and so on. The YouTube app has had a spring (well, autumn) clean as well.

Describing the first version of Google TV as a success would be a downright lie. And whilst it wasn’t exactly a car crash fail, it was akin to hitting the curb and going over your handlebars on a push bike. Not pleasant but recoverable.

At least the company realizes this though. “The initial version of Google TV wasn’t perfect, but launching it gave us the opportunity to learn,” it said. “These are still early days, and we’re working hard to move forward with each update.”

Nokia Lumia 710 & 800 Smartphone’s Detailed VIDEO

Nokia Lumia 710 & 800 Smartphone’s

On top of the Asha feature phone series, Nokia annouced its premier series of smarphones, the Lumia 710 & 800. Elop actually called the Lumia 800 “the first real Windows Phone” which is a pretty bold statement. The Nokia Lumia 800 which is on the right hand side has already launched an entire video series is you’re keen on checking out their marketing. The 800 sports a 3.7-inch ClearBlack AMOLED display, a single-core 1.4GHz processor and an 8-megapixel camera with a f/2.2 Carl Zeiss lens capable of shooting 720p video. The specs won’t exactly set anyone’s world on fire, but the design might: like the N9 before it, the Lumia 800 features a stunning unibody design that’s shaped out of a slab of durable polycarbonate material. The style-conscious among you will also be glad to know that the Lumia 800 comes in three colors: black, cyan, and magenta.

Below we’ve got the 710 (formerly known as the Sabre) is the smaller and the chunkier of the two, but that doesn’t mean it’s a slouch when it comes to hardware. It repackages the same 1.4GHz as seen in the Lumia 800, and pairs it with a 3.7-inch WVGA screen, and a 5-megapixel rear camera. It also bears the distinction of being the only Windows Phone with physical navigation keys, which is sure to please fans of tactile feedback.
Nokia Lumia 710 & 800 Smartphone’s

Expecting to see it hit shelves in both stealth black and crisp white.

The Lumia 800 will begin shipping in November to select markets, for around €420, or about $585. It’ll roll out next month across France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK, before making its way to Hong Kong, India, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan, by the close of 2011. The Lumia 710, meanwhile, is priced at €270 (around $376), and will be available in Hong Kong, India, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan by the end of this year.

RIM Offering a Buy 2 Get 1 Free for the BlackBerry Playbook

BlackBerry PlaybookBlackBerry is having a 2 for 1 sale on its 7″ Playbook! Back in the summer the price went from $499 to $299 so if you’re in the market for a tablet, this is a pretty good deal. You’ll also be able to grab a free accessory like a leather case, charging station or HDMI cable. In case you missed it the tablet sports a 1024 x 600 pixel display, a 1 GHz TI OMAP dual core processor and comes in 16 and 32GB options. The Playbook’s OS is getting a 2.0 software update that is finally adding in features that should have been there from the start like native email, calendar, and contact apps. In 2012 when the update is released you’ll also be able to run Android apps, not bad for a tablet running a fantastic dual core processor. Hop on to the source link to grab the offer now.

SOURCE: BlackBerry

Facebook Provide New Security Feature "Trusted Friends"

Facebook "Trusted Friends"Facebook security has been a great concern to both the users and the facebook employees. To add an extra edge to its security, facebook has announced its new security feature, Trusted Friends.

So what exactly is trusted friends? As the name suggests, you can get back your hacked facebook account with the help of your friends. The new security feature will allow you to pick five facebook friends you trust. If your account is hacked you can get it back with the help of code which will be provided to your selected five friends. Contact them and collect the codes, that’s it!
Facebook "Trusted Friends"
Facebook also announced app-specific passwords for when you log into third-party apps with your Facebook account.
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Angry Birds Heading Into Space

Angry Birds Heading Into Space

Angry Birds Heading Into Space

Angry Birds officially have no where left to grow on earth so they’re heading into space! An Angry Birds plush toy, as well as two Apple iPads, will be sent to the International Space Station with two upcoming Russian space launches. The iPads will be sent with the next unmanned resupply flight later this month. The toy doll of the red bird from the popular game will be sent with three crew members, which are due to fly to the ISS next month. The cosmonauts will use the iPads for entertainment purposes, but the plush toy will actually have a mission – it will signal the escape from the clutches of Earth’s gravity field when it starts to float.

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus Camera Performance is Awesome

Samsung Galaxy Nexus Camera

Samsung Galaxy Nexus Camera

A couple days ago when the Samsung Galaxy Nexus was announced along with Ice Cream Sandwich, a short video was shown demonstrating the Galaxy Nexus’ camera quality as well as Ice Cream Sandwich’s new time lapse feature, which was quite impressive. That short video is viewable below; be sure to watch it in 720p or 1080p! Of course, when you put just about any camera on professional equipment/tripods as shown above, you’ll get vastly superior results compared to shooting footage handheld for these situations. However, besides the overall quality and sharpness of the video, the color of the Galaxy Nexus footage is really nice. The warmth of the beach shots at sunset really shows through and adds to the cinematic mood.

I don’t personally have a whole lot of experience shooting with other Android phones with great cameras, but I have found the camera on my Motorola ATRIX 4G to have a very cool white balance compared to the camera on my iPhone 4, so without color correction, I wouldn’t have been able to get video quality similar to what the Galaxy Nexus can get.

This also clearly demonstrates that while the Galaxy Nexus “only” has a 5-MP camera, while other current Android phones and the iPhone 4S have 8-MP cameras, the Galaxy Nexus still shows great performance and quality. It’s well-known that it’s not just the megapixels that count.