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Iphone 5 in Demand

September 13th, 2011 No comments

Turns out the tech press isn’t alone in lusting after the phone Apple is expected to unveil within the next month. More people are likely to buy the iPhone 5 than were ready to put their money down for an iPhone 4 before that launched, according to a survey of 2,200 potential cellphone buyers.

The survey, conducted last month for ChangeWave Research, shows that 31% of customers who are currently shopping for a new phone consider it “very likely” (13%) or “somewhat likely” (18%) they will end up with an iPhone 5 in their hands. Compare that with the numbers for the iPhone 4 — 12% and 13% respectively — and what you have is a level of pent-up demand that is unprecedented in surveys like this.

Of course, that’s largely a function of the fact that we’ve had to wait so long for the iPhone 5. Its predecessor is nearly 15 months old at this stage; that’s a lifetime in cellphone years. Some 66% of current iPhone owners say they plan to upgrade to the new model, sight unseen. That includes a whole lot of iPhone 3GS users — myself included — who opted to skip a generation.

There’s also some interesting news for Sprint in the survey: Fully 54% of their subscribers say they are “significantly likely” or “somewhat more likely” to buy the iPhone 5, which reports suggest will be launched on Sprint complete with an unlimited data plan, of the kind that AT&T and Verizon no longer offer. But it may be a case of being careful what you wish for. If current iPhone usage is any indication, the amount of bandwidth those customers will suck up may be more than Sprint can profitably afford.

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Using Gmail, Docs, Calendar without internet !

September 2nd, 2011 No comments

The great thing about web apps is that you can access all of your information on the go, and we’ve introduced ways to use Google Apps on a variety of devices like mobile phones and tablets. But it’s inevitable that you’ll occasionally find yourself in situations when you don’t have an Internet connection, like planes, trains and carpools. When we announced Chromebooks at Google I/O 2011, we talked about bringing offline access to our web apps, and now we’re taking our first steps in that direction. Gmail offline will be available today, and offline for Google Calendar and Google Docs will be rolling out over the next week, starting today.

Gmail Offline is a Chrome Web Store app that’s intended for situations when you need to read, respond to, organize and archive email without an internet connection. This HTML5-powered app is based on the Gmail web app for tablets, which was built to function with or without web access. After you install the Gmail Offline app from the Chrome Web Store, you can continue using Gmail when you lose your connection by clicking the Gmail Offline icon on Chrome’s “new tab” page.

Google Calendar and Google Docs let you seamlessly transition between on- and offline modes. When you’re offline in Google Calendar, you can view events from your calendars and RSVP to appointments. With Google Docs you can view documents and spreadsheets when you don’t have a connection. Offline editing isn’t ready yet, but we know it’s important to many of you, and we’re working hard to make it a reality. To get started using Google Calendar or Google Docs offline, just click the gear icon at the top right corner of the web app and select the option for offline access.

IT administrators can deploy Chrome Web Store apps to users en masse by setting up organizational policies for Chrome.

Today’s world doesn’t slow down when you’re offline and it’s a great feeling to be productive from anywhere, on any device, at any time. We’re pushing the boundaries of modern browsers to make this possible, and while we hope that many users will already find today’s offline functionality useful, this is only the beginning. Support for offline document editing and customizing the amount of email to be synchronized will be coming in the future. We also look forward to making offline access more widely available when other browsers support advanced functionality (like background pages).

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W3C Validator: A Spell & Grammar Checker for Website Code

August 19th, 2011 No comments

W3C Validator: A Spell & Grammar Checker for Website Code

To make a good customer impression on the web, businesses owners need to ensure a clean and clear website. One way is by using a W3C validator. Think of it this way; if you were writing an important report or a letter to a customer, you would want to use a spell and grammar checker to catch unintended errors. Website markup also has a syntax and grammar that needs to be checked. Business owners need to be sure that they have not overlooked potential flaws in the markup code. Similar to word processing applications, web browsers do not distinguish invalid from valid statements. As a result, your web sites may look fine at first glance but have compromised functionality. For example, people may not be able to find information about a product because the link is missing or there is some invalid text. Using a W3C validator helps reduce this risk.

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HTML5 apps vs. native apps: Amazon, choose both

August 14th, 2011 No comments

HTML5 or native apps? This can be a tough question for mobile developers.

Does a developer build applications for HTML 5 or Apple’s iOS? Google Android, BlackBerry (and its different mobile operating systems), Microsoft Windows Phone or HP WebOS? Or for all of these different platforms?

The debate between native apps and Web apps is one we’ve covered on the Technology blog, and even a bit on our sister blog Company Town. And as of now, there is no definite winner.

Amazon’s release of Kindle Cloud Reader, an HTML5 app that looks and works a lot like Amazon’s Kindle app for the iPad, is an example of a Web app done right. Cloud Reader offers one difference that justifies Amazon building it; users can buy books from within the app, something they can’t do in the iOS app. released a new HTML5 app this week, as well as an update to its Android app and a new BlackBerry app for its cloud hosting service aimed at business users. Here too the reason cited for building an HTML5 Web app was control –- control over how the app looked and worked across all mobile platforms.

In both cases, and many more, HTML5 apps offer companies more control over the look, feel and money making abilities of their app.

There are downsides, too. HTML5 doesn’t work with every browser out there — Cloud Reader is confined to Apple Safari and Google Chrome for now, while’s Web app is available only on mobile devices. And app stores for Web apps don’t match the ability to boost an app’s success the way Apple’s App Store and Google’s Android Market do, yet.

But what do you think? As a user, do you prefer native apps or Web apps? If you’re a developer, which do you choose to build?

Sound off in the comments below and check out the video below where we show off a few Kindle Cloud Reader and a few other HTML5 apps.

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German court bans sale of Galaxy Tab 10.1, says Apple

August 12th, 2011 No comments

A German court has issued a temporary ban on the sale of a Samsung digital product in every single EU member state with the exception of the Netherlands, according to media reports.

Apple was successfully granted the injunction against the sale of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the UK and every other EU member state apart from the Netherlands, the reports said. The tablet computer product is a rival to Apple’s iPad.

Apple alleges that Samsung has violated its Community design rights over the way the Galaxy Tab 10.1 looks, according to a report.

A registered Community design is a monopoly right for the appearance of the whole or part of a product resulting from the features of, in particular, the lines, contours, colours, shape, texture and materials of the product or its ornamentation.

Applications are filed at the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market. Approved Community designs cover all 25 member states of the European Union.

In order to qualify for Community design rights, designs must be new and have individual character. To be new, the design is required to differ from known designs by more than “immaterial details”. To have individual character a design must create a different overall impression on an informed user. Although a design application can be filed up to one year after the design has been made public, it is preferable that a design application is filed as soon as the design is created.

Community design rights can last up to 25 years, although the designs must be renewed every five years within that period.

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 ban is in place with immediate effect, an Apple spokesman has said, according to the report.

“It’s no coincidence that Samsung’s latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad, from the shape of the hardware to the user interface and even the packaging,” an Apple statement said.

“This kind of blatant copying is wrong, and we need to protect Apple’s intellectual property when companies steal our ideas,” Apple said.

Samsung said it was “disappointed” with the decision of the Dűssledorf district court, according to Reuters.

“The request for injunction was filed with no notice to Samsung, and the order was issued without any hearing or presentation of evidence from Samsung,” Samsung said, according to the Reuters report.

“We will take all necessary measures to ensure Samsung’s innovative mobile communications devices are available to customers in Europe and around the world,” the statement said.
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August 3rd, 2011 No comments

Research in Motion will launch five new BlackBerry smartphones starting later this month in an attempt to rebound in the wireless market.

Two of the phones are part of the company’s BlackBerry Bold line, as well as three revamped versions of the BlackBerry Torch.

The Bold 9900 and 9930 will feature a touchscreen display, traditional BlackBerry keyboard and built-in support for Near Field Communications (NFC), which could open the door for options such as mobile payments.

The BlackBerry Torch 9810 will feature a larger touch display and slide-out keyboard, while the 9850 and 9860 models sport slightly bigger screens powered by Liquid Graphics technology.

All five devices will run RIM’s new BlackBerry 7 operating system, which will offer an improved browser, voice-activated searches and a host of personal and productivity apps.

Wireless carrier AT&T will launch the Torch 9860 in August, while the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and Torch 9810 will debut later this year. All three smartphones will run on AT&T’s 4G network.

The next wave of BlackBerrys represents RIM’s latest attempt to reverse its downward turn in the smartphone market. Once the dominant device, the BlackBerry has quickly been overshadowed by Apple and its iPhone as well as the rising army of Google Android smartphones.

Last week, RIM announced it was cutting 2,000 jobs and shuffling senior executives.
by: Brett Molina, USA TODAY

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Google+ hits 20 million users

July 22nd, 2011 No comments

Google+ continues to go from strength to strength, with 20 million people visiting the site in less than a month – and all this despite it currently being an invite-only service.

Google+ may still have some way to go to equal Facebook’s 700 million users and Twitter’s 200 million, but 20 million unique visitors to the new social networking site in the space of just three weeks isn’t a bad way to start. Of the 20 million, five million were inside the US. The Google+ iPhone app released on Tuesday is sure to boost numbers further.

The new service allows members to create a variety of groups, called “circles,” enabling them to share information and content with only the people they choose. One circle could be made up of co-workers, while another might consist entirely of family members.

The statistics, reported by the Wall Street Journal on Thursday, come from web analytics company comScore, who based its results on a “global measurement panel” of two million Internet users.

Speaking about the findings, vice president of industry analysis at comScore, Andrew Lipsman, commented: “I’ve never seen anything grow this quickly. The only other site that has accumulated as many new visitors in a short period of time is Twitter in 2009, but that happened over several months.”

What makes the figures all the more remarkable is that the new social networking service is currently open only to those who receive invites. “Right now, we’re testing with a small number of people,” the Google+ homepage says, “but it won’t be long before the Google+ project is ready for everyone.” We can safely assume that the line on the graph will go through the roof when the doors open to all.

The long-term plan for Google+ is to integrate it with other Google services such as YouTube and Gmail. When that happens, it’ll become a service to be reckoned with and will likely begin to make big gains on competitors such as Facebook and Twitter.

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Ten features that might appear in iOS 5

June 3rd, 2011 No comments

Apple will talk about iOS 5 at WWDC, but what changes can you expect to see?

iOS 5 may share the stage with Mac OS X Lion during next Monday’s Worldwide Developer Conference keynote, but Apple’s two operating systems arrive at the developer get-together in very different states. The latest Mac OS X update has already gotten its own on-stage preview and seen multiple developer releases come and go. iOS 5, in contrast, remains shrouded in Apple’s customary invisibility cloak. The mobile OS update is what a former government official might call a “known unknown.”

We’ve detailed what you can likely expect from Lion’s debut, but for iOS 5, we’ve had to don our deductive reasoning caps and venture hypotheses as to what, exactly, Cupertino has in store—and whether the new version will address any of iOS’s current shortcomings.

In the past, we’ve written about the big picture items we’d like Apple to roll out, as well as some of the subtler changes, but as we all know, Apple will do what it wants to. And so, in advance of the big show next week, we thought we’d run down ten features that we think might be coming to iOS, along with their relative chances for making Apple’s cut.

  • Notifications: Make no bones about it, if there’s one thing we hope to see in the next major version of iOS, it’s an improved notifications system. iOS’s current use of alerts and notifications is functional—but only just. The one-dialog-at-a-time approach can lead to a cavalcade of alerts, when all you want to do is check your e-mail. Not to mention that all too often you find yourself accidentally having dismissed that one note you wanted to read.

    Notify the family: iOS’s modal dialog boxes feel decidedly old school these days.
    Palm’s webOS and Google’s Android operating systems have both dealt with this challenge in a better—if still imperfect—fashion, providing unobtrusive and expandable trays to keep track of notifications and allow users to deal with them when they see fit.

    The question is what such a system will look like on the iPhone. Far be it from Apple to merely ape what its competitors have done. In true Cupertino fashion, we expect to see a clever solution that fits with iOS’s design ethic, though we’d also wager there will be a few ways in which it falls short of our hopes and dreams. Chances: Likely.

    Cloud integration: As we’ve already heard, at least part of the WWDC keynote will be devoted to Apple’s new cloud services offering, cleverly dubbed iCloud. We can’t imagine the company would roll out any sizable initiative of this sort without tying the service to its insanely popular mobile platform, but the question remains what that integration will look like. The inclusion of some sort of media streaming seems a no-brainer, but will it also include file sync capabilities? We’d certainly hope so; dealing with moving files between your iOS devices and your Mac feels decidedly last century, and if iCloud is even partially the MobileMe successor that we’re hoping for, then it will replace Apple’s flawed iDisk with something that looks a lot more like the super-successful Dropbox. Chances: Bet on it.

    Portrait of discontent: Mail’s portrait orientation in iPad is awkward. Why not a split-pane view?
    Mail improvements: Of all of the core iOS apps, Mail has arguably gotten the most love over the years. It seems like every major iOS update has improved Mail in some fashion, and that’s no shocker; not only is checking e-mail one of the most common tasks people use their iPhone for, it’s also probably the one included app for which there really isn’t much in the way of third-party competition.

    So what’s left to add to Mail? Well there are plenty of candidates, including the ability to flag messages, the ability to mark multiple messages as read, sending messages to contact groups, and the inclusion of multiple signatures. An overhaul of the portrait view for Mail on the iPad wouldn’t go amiss either.

    While not all of these will find their way into iOS 5, given the history of Apple’s frequent revisions to Mail it’s a good bet some of them will. Chances: Some Mail updates likely.

    Now tweet this: If rumors are true, expect to see Send to Twitter joining the ranks of these options in iOS 5.
    Systemwide Twitter integration: A late entry to the field, prompted by rumors last week, is that systemwide integration with social-networking service Twitter will appear as part of iOS 5’s underlying technologies. This might manifest in a couple of ways: As an option in the Camera app for sharing pictures and videos to the service, for example, and also as an API for developers to add Twitter integration to their own app. Right now, that process requires programmers to reinvent the wheel every time, and with Twitter’s new, more stringent third-party client rules, it’s only going to become more onerous. But if Apple and Twitter strike up a deal, it might become easier for everybody all around. Chances: Mixed.

    Expanded voice recognition: iOS’s Voice Control feature debuted in 2009’s iPhone 3GS. It was a welcome feature, as up until that point, you had to spend time fiddling with your phone if you wanted to make a call—not a particularly safe practice if you were, say, driving a car. But Voice Control is limited, and looks especially paltry when stacked up against Google’s Android platform, which allows you to use your voice pretty much anywhere you can type. Now, I have no desire to start whispering seductively to my smartphone, as one of my Droid-toting friends is fond of doing, but with Apple’s 2010 acquisition of personal assistant software Siri and rumors of a deal with speech-recognition specialists Nuance, signs do seem to point to expanded voice recognition throughout iOS—and that’d be the talk of the town. Chances: Fair to middling.

    Background downloading API: It sounds a bit technical, but before your eyes glaze over, let me explain how this is just what you’re waiting for. iOS 4 introduced the ability for apps to take advantage of a finite number of background tasks—that’s how Pandora can keep streaming even when you’re checking your Mail or how you can keep talking on Skype while you check something on the Web. But the one thing that the third-party apps can’t do is just download information in the background. So your tweets don’t get updated until you launch your Twitter client, your feeds don’t refresh until you launch your RSS reader, and so on. There’s no reason Apple couldn’t decide to implement a system where apps register their request for new information, and then download said information when the system is idle. Does that mean Apple will actually do it, though? Chances: Maybe, just maybe.

    Game of the year: Game Center has promise, but fails to deliver as a social service.
    Game Center 2.0: iOS’s answer to Xbox Live rolled out in iOS 4.1, and while it’s finally started to see some traction from game developers, the service’s shortcomings have become all too apparent. A lack of built-in messaging, no persistent location for missed invites, lackluster customization and social features—all of this add up a screaming need for a major revision. iOS has become a major game platform, and Apple needs to go beyond just acknowledging it to outright embracing it. While the company’s at it, it should look to step up even further and add a service that lets you sync your games between iOS devices. And, dare we even suggest the idea, how about a Game Center for Mac? Chances: Low, but fingers crossed.

    A plethora of folders: Springboard was great when there were a dozen apps, but it gets unwieldy with a hundred or so.
    Springboard revisited: You might call iOS’s Home screen one of its most iconic features, but it’s also gotten a bit long in the tooth. Even iOS 4’s addition of folders only have barely helped most iPhone users tame their proliferating apps, and if you’re a serious app user, then you know this more than most. It’s time for Apple to admit that the Springboard, as the Home screen’s behind-the-scenes system is dubbed, was designed for a world with just a dozen or so apps and is out of its depth when the App Store offers around half a million. The place to take a cue here, surprisingly enough, might be Microsoft, which has really tried to focus its Home screen in the Windows Phone 7 OS on what people want to do when they pick up their phones. But reversing the polarity on Redmond’s copy machine might be a tough pill for Apple to swallow, especially when it’s already committed to bringing the same experience to the Mac OS with Launchpad. Chances: Not looking good.

    FaceTime 3G: Every Apple device has FaceTime these days, from your iPhone, to your iPad, to your Mac. But in every case, it’s still limited to when you have a Wi-Fi connection. When it announced the video chat feature at last year’s WWDC, Apple said it would investigate bringing the feature to 3G connections too, so why not now? Then you can have lovely video conversations with your family and friends no matter where you are. Then again, given the sometimes shoddy connections we’ve seen over Wi-Fi, 3G might still be a ways off. Chances: Don’t bet the farm.

    Widgets: You might group this with notifications or a Springboard refresh, but what the heck? Let’s break it out. Wouldn’t it be great if you could glance at your iPhone’s lock screen and see an assortment of useful information? I’m thinking of things like the weather forecast, the status of your stocks, any missed e-mails or calls, the latest breaking news, and so on. Think of all the information you could garner without even delving into apps. Great, right? Sounds like Mac OS X’s Dashboard, only perhaps even more useful. Well, I’d find it handy anyway, and why shouldn’t Apple cater to me? Chances: The same as a snowball’s in hell.

    Of course, these are only just a few selections that skim the surface of what a major iOS update might include, and Apple has been known to come up with a surprise or two in its time. We’ll know a lot more about iOS 5 come Monday morning—and probably have an updated wish list of features come Monday afternoon.

    Serenity Caldwell contributed to this story
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    One Click Facebook like Button

    June 2nd, 2011 No comments

    Now we will be using one click like button for our clients and our own facebook page.
    Once click facebook like button helps gain facebook page fans faster and easily.
    Its very important for businesses to get likes for there page, but normally its not achieved because customers are not giving enough time to visit your page read about it and then locate like button and then click on it.
    Since it requires more than 1 click and other distractions its hard to convert page visitor in to fan.
    But with the help of one click like button, it just needs customers to click on that tiny button to like your page.
    Provided customer is logged in to their profile and 70% of people are logged in to their facebook account while surfing web, if customer is not logged in then browser will ask customer to log in to facebook to like.
    The beauty of one click like button is that it can be embedded in to Email, Blog, Newsletters, Posts, etc.
    Here is one click like button for Meticul Solutions facebook page, Click it Just Once, Thanks

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    Recommendations when you want them

    June 2nd, 2011 No comments

    Google +1 Button

    The +1 button is shorthand for “this is pretty cool” or “you should check this out.”

    Click +1 to publicly give something your stamp of approval. Your +1′s can help friends, contacts, and others on the web find the best stuff when they search.
    See +1′s

    Sometimes it’s easier to find exactly what you’re looking for when someone you know already found it. Get recommendations for the things that interest you, right when you want them, in your search results.

    The next time you’re trying to remember that bed and breakfast your buddy was raving about, or find a great charity to support, a +1 could help you out. Just make sure you’re signed in to your Google Account.
    Show +1′s

    In order to +1 things, you first need a public Google profile. This helps people see who recommended that tasty recipe or great campsite. When you create a profile, it’s visible to anyone and connections with your email address can easily find it.

    Your +1’s are stored in a new tab on your Google profile. You can show your +1’s tab to the world, or keep it private and just use it to personally manage the ever-expanding record of things you love around the web.

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