Microsoft Store to Offer Windows Phone for FREE

msstorebfriday Microsoft store to offer Windows Phone for FREE tomorrow

Everyone is preparing for Black Friday and the deals are starting to pour in. This time it’s Microsoft with some great offers for those who want to pick up a Windows Phone. If you have a Microsoft Store nearby, get there tomorrow. You’ll be able to grab a new Windows Phone for free from any Microsoft brick and mortar store tomorrow with the occasion of the Black Friday deal. Of course you still have to sign a two-year carrier contract but if a new Windows Phone was already on your shopping list — how about a Titan or Focus S? — you know where to find them for free. Chances are the offer will also be valid for online purchases so keep an eye out!

SOURCE: WMPoweruser

Motorola Droid Razr vs. Apple iPhone 4s

Motorola droid razr vs. apple iphone 4s

The Motorola Droid RAZR is one of the most-hyped phones in recent memory. But you don’t need to think back too far to recall the months of rumors and speculation surrounding the Apple iPhone 4S. So now that the RAZR is available, how does it stack up to Apple‘s month-old iPhone? We’ve compiled specs for each phone in the table below to find out.

Priced at $299.99 with a two-year contract, the Droid RAZR is astoundingly thin, at just 0.28 inches. But it manages to pack in a dual-core 1.2-GHz TI OMAP 4 processor, 4.3-inch Super AMOLED advanced qHD display, and 8-megapixel rear camera with 1080p video recording. There’s also 16GB of internal storage, along with a 16GB microSD card, expandable to 32GB. And of course, there are the numerous accessories, not included, that can transform the RAZR into other devices, such as a laptop (via a laptop dock similar to the one available for the Motorola Atrix 2 and Droid Bionic).

The RAZR is shipping with Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread), but Motorola has said that it will receive an update to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) in early 2012.

The iPhone 4S ($199.99—$399.99 with a two-year contract), meanwhile, is powered by Apple‘s new dual-core A5 chip, which Apple claims can deliver up to two times more power and seven times faster graphics performance than the iPhone 4. In addition, the iPhone 4S is a world phone, meaning it supports both CDMA and GSM networks. It has an 8-megapixel rear camera with 1080p video capture, and is available in 16, 32, or 64GB versions.

motorola razr vs apple iphone 4s Motorola droid razr vs. apple iphone 4s

While the specs for both phones are relatively similar, one of the biggest differences is that the Droid RAZR taps into Verizon’s 4G LTE network, while the iPhone 4S uses 3G. While Verizon’s 3G network offers excellent coverage, it is no match for the blazing speeds devices can reach over 4G LTE. In testing speeds on the Droid RAZR, we saw downloads range from 3 to 16 Mbps down. That’s significantly speedier than 3G, over which we saw an average of 0.76 Mbps down when we tested for the Fastest Mobile Networks earlier this year.

Then there are some features you can’t compare in a spec box: like the diamond-cut aluminum accents, tapered corners, stainless steel core, and laser-cut woven Kevlar fiber that make up the Droid RAZR; or the impossibly sharp retina display and beautiful ndustrial design of the iPhone 4S.

So which phone is the winner? Judging by specs alone, there is no clear cut answer. Take a look at our review of the Motorola Droid RAZR, or the Apple iPhone 4S. Then decide your self. Please let us know in comments, which one is better?

10 Best Racing Games for iPhone

NFS Hot Pursuit on iPhone 4 10 Best racing games for iPhoneRacing games have long been one of the most successful genres for the iPhone. The motion of tilting the device left and right makes for a great simulation of a steering wheel.

Of course, the App Store is home to more than just traditional racing games – there are plenty of titles that stretch the limits of the genre, and introduce new ways to race.

Here are 10 of the best racing games for iOS.

1. Death Rally

DeathRally 10 Best racing games for iPhone
This isometric-perspective racer has players trying to win races, but also take opponents out in the meantime.

Players compete in various events, from standard races to knockout races, and ones where specific weapons must be used. The most recent update allows up to 6 players to race against each other online.

2. Forever Drive

ForeverDrive 10 Best racing games for iPhone
Players race against the clock in this game, increasing their combo meter to go faster, which makes it easier to crash, but speed must be maintained to keep the timer from running out.

All the tracks in the game are created by users, through the easy-to-use level creator.

3. Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing

SonicAndSegaAllStarsRacing 10 Best racing games for iPhone
Players racing around tracks in this kart racer as Sonic the Hedgehog and other famous Sega characters. The game lets players pick up weapons and other items to try and sabotage their opponents on the tracks, which are all inspired by various Sega games.

While the game does serve as a nostalgia trip for Sega fans, it’s a great example of arcade-style kart racing. Challenge a friend over Bluetooth or up to three friends online.

4. Real Racing 2

RealRacing2 10 Best racing games for iPhone
This game from Firemint is one of the best racing simulators and best-looking iOS games. Players are behind the wheel of several real vehicle brands to race against up to 15 other opponents across a variety of locales.

iPad 2 owners will enjoy the TV-output options for up to 1080p, so they can use their iPad as a remote control. Split-screen multiplayer is available with other remote control devices.

5. Cubed Rally Racer

CubedRallyRacer 10 Best racing games for iPhone
Players must reach the end of the courses in this unconventional racing game without running out of gas.The game’s tracks are composed of randomsegments, so players learn how to navigate and adapt to the course changes and various hazards.

There’s also an endless mode, so players can challenge for high scores on randomly-generated levels.

iPad owners can compete with a friend on the same device.

6. Reckless Getaway

RecklessGetaway 10 Best racing games for iPhone
In this racing game, players control a getaway car, avoiding cops and recklessly takingout anyone who is in the way.

The goal is to weave skillfully through traffic while destroying other cars and collecting coins and powerups. Crashing will limit the maximum number of points that can be earned in a level.

For those not content with sports cars, a separate mode with a big rig is available, where the only goal is destruction.

7. Jet Car Stunts

JetCarStunts 10 Best racing games for iPhone
This game has players racing through tricky levels filled with ramps, midair gates, and other perilous elements. Players must tilt their device to angle a jet car in mid-air, and deploy their limited turbo strategically to make it through the air and complete the levels as quickly as possible.

The ability to see friends’ times and view their replays adds lasting value to this game.

8. 1000 Heroz

1000Heroz 10 Best racing games for iPhone
This might be an unorthodox choice for the list, since it more closely resembles a side-scrolling platformer. However, its time trial gameplay — with courses that require repetition and practice to properly master — makes it share plenty of elements with more traditional racing games.

The addictive hook here is that there’s a new level to race on every single day, with global leaderboards comparing single races and overall performance.

9. DrawRace 2

DrawRace2 10 Best racing games for iPhone
Imagine if FlightControl was a racing game – that’s what this game is.

Players draw lines around race tracks, and the faster a line is drawn, the quicker the player goes. With turbo boosts to deploy, there’s no just sitting back and watching the cars race.

The game features asynchronous online multiplayer, where players race three other players, trying to beat them to increase their online rank.

10. 8 Bit Rally

8Bitrally 10 Best racing games for iPhone
Remember racing games like Pole Position and Rad Racer? This game pays homage to the classics, with simple  graphicsand racing that feels like it came straight out of the 80′s.

Of course, with upgradeable cars, money earned through wins and an overall more forgiving attitude, this is one that even modern gamers will want to play.

Buy Samsung Galaxy Note in India at Rs 34,990

Buy Samsung Galaxy Note in India at Rs 34,990

Samsung today announced its huge Android smartphone/tablet combo for the Indian market. The 5.3-inch Galaxy Note will grace the Indian markets soon that will allow consumers to draw sketches, take handwritten notes and more with the included S Pen stylus input and apps like S-Memo and S-Planner. The 178g device is also equipped with a 5.3-inch Super AMOLED HD display (1280×800), making it one of the very few smartphones to sport an HD display and comes with Android 2.3 OS, 1.4GHz dual-core processor, 21Mbps HSPA+, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, 16GB internal memory, 8MP camera with full HD video recording support, front-facing 2MP camera and microSD card slot. Galaxy Note should be available within the next couple of weeks for a price of Rs. 34,990.

SuperPhone with the biggest screen

Summary:  Dual-core 1.4GHz processor | 1GB RAM, 16GB Internal storage | 5.3 inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen | 8MP camera with professional capabilities | 3G, GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, NFCSamsung Galaxy Note is a brand new Android Smartphone, pretends to be a tablet with 5.3 inch HD Super AMOLED display. Galaxy Note packed with powerful 1.5 Ghz processor for which helps for multitasking and smoother performance. The device comes with an inbuilt S-Pen a kind of stylus for screen operations and handwriting. The stunning 8MP camera can do a lot of stuffs like with Anti-shake technology, Exposure compensation, Multiple focus modes, Scene modes, shooting modes, Blink detection, Self-Timer, Auto white balance, Metering, auto-contrast, GPS tag. For extra long working hours the device comes with a 2500 mAH battery.

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.

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

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.

Porsche Designed BlackBerry Coming on 27th October

Porsche Designed Blackberry

Research In Motion is set to launch a Porsche designed BlackBerry at the end of the month, for those that want something a little different from the standard models. Invites have been going to a select few for a special VIP preview evening of an exclusive collaboration between Porsche Design and BlackBerry in Dubai, asking people to “Be part of something truly exclusive.”

The event is being held on 27 October.

That’s got BlackBerry fan sites wondering whether it is the same phone that turned up in September – one that shows strong German lines in the design ethos and something that could easily have come out of the Porsche Design stable. Intriguing…

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