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Rhythmbox – A Tool to Sync Android Smartphones Using Linux

Interest levels in synchronize music collections have notched up a bit of late with the introduction of a plethora of new Android-based super phones. That is, unless you happen to be one of those owners with a large quantity of digital music encumbered by digital rights management (DRM) also known as copy protection. For this purpose, you might want to do some research into converting said digital files into a more portable format. Meanwhile, for the rest, with media ready to load up on a new cool phone, we’ll take a look at Linux options.\r\nThe good news is that Linux has supported the multitude of “dumb” MP3 players since they first started showing up on the market. These devices simply look like an attached USB disk when you plug them in. Android phones use this approach of making their internal storage accessible to your desktop or laptop. Option two for many owners is to remove the internal micro-SD card and sync your files directly by using a SD card reader. While this isn’t a bad option, it often involves removing batteries or at least the battery cover, which is not the simplest task in some cases.\r\n\r\nBasic Ubuntu Sync\r\nUbuntu 10.4 ships with the Rhythmbox media player and totally supports disk-based synchronization. It also includes the features like media player including CD ripping, playlists, podcast downloading and support for Internet radio. Rhythmbox will play virtually any audio format as it’s based on the popular GStreamer media framework. It will even transfer music from an iPod, MTP, and USB Mass Storage music players.\r\n\r\n

Rhythmbox Visualization Image
Rhythmbox Visualization Image
\r\n\r\nRhythmbox is an integrated music management application, originally inspired by Apple’s iTunes.\r\n\r\nThe key features:\r\n
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  • Easy to use music browser
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  • Searching and sorting
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  • Comprehensive audio format support through GStreamer
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  • Internet Radio support including last.fm streams
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  • Playlists
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  • Display audio visualizations
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  • Display album art and song lyrics downloaded from the internet
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  • Automatically download audio podcasts
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  • Browse, preview, and download albums from Magnatune and Jamendo
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\r\nRhythmbox is bundled with many other distributions, If it’s not installed on your box you can download from their site.\r\n\r\nCo-Contributor: Paul

Lumix Phone finally unveiled at CEATEC

At CEATEC (Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies) 2010 in Chiba, Japan, Panasonic exhibited the Lumix Phone, amid some significant excitement as they had teased the specs in a release the previous week.\r\n

\r\nWhile it remains to be seen exactly how good the Lumix Phone is, it’s certainly interesting to see a product that at least approaches the model of a camera with a phone rather than a just another phone with a camera. Despite carrying the Lumix brand, the Lumix Phone is in the end still a phone. But the camera is no slouch boasting a 13 megapixel CMOS sensor and a 27mm wide-angle lens. Glancing at the front face one might be inclined to think that there’s an optical zoom on the Lumix Phone, but unfortunately that’s not the case.\r\n\r\nThe phone features a slide-out key/number pad, a 3.3-inch LCD screen with 854×400 resolution, and a micro SDHC slot for storage. It will have Wi-Fi and DLNA support as well. No details on the processor other than the fact that it’s been branded with the catchy “Mobile VenusEngine” moniker.\r\n

\r\n\r\nAny enthusiasm generated by Panasonic’s teaser release last week was significantly muted by the Lumix Phone’s presentation at CEATEC. We’d have liked to have spent some hands-on time with the phone but the demo models were all kept locked away in quiet corner of the Docomo booth under a glass case. Apparently there were some at the Panasonic booth too, though it seems that display was ‘no-touch’ as well.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nFor more information, Panasonic has put up a Japanese-language Lumix Phone website, accessible via http://LumixPhone.jp which then redirects to this product page. According to Asahi, Docomo will be selling the Lumix Phone by March of next year.\r\n\r\n

\r\nAt CEATEC (Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies) 2010 in Chiba, Japan, Panasonic exhibited the Lumix Phone, amid some significant excitement as they had teased the specs in a release the previous week. While it remains to be seen exactly how good the Lumix Phone is, it’s certainly interesting to see a product that at least approaches the model of a camera with a phone rather than a just another phone with a camera.\r\nDespite carrying the Lumix brand, the Lumix Phone is in the end still a phone. But the camera is no slouch boasting a 13 megapixel CMOS sensor and a 27mm wide-angle lens. Glancing at the front face one might be inclined to think that there’s an optical zoom on the Lumix Phone, but unfortunately that’s not the case.\r\nThe phone features a slide-out key/number pad, a 3.3-inch LCD screen with 854×400 resolution, and a micro SDHC slot for storage. It will have Wi-Fi and DLNA support as well. No details on the processor other than the fact that it’s been branded with the catchy “Mobile VenusEngine” moniker.\r\nAny enthusiasm generated by Panasonic’s teaser release last week was significantly muted by the Lumix Phone’s presentation at CEATEC. We’d have liked to have spent some hands-on time with the phone but the demo models were all kept locked away in quiet corner of the Docomo booth under a glass case. Apparently there were some at the Panasonic booth too, though it seems that display was ‘no-touch’ as well.\r\nFor more information, Panasonic has put up a Japanese-language Lumix Phone website, accessible via http://LumixPhone.jp which then redirects to this product page. According to Asahi, Docomo will be selling the Lumix Phone by March of next year.

Mozilla has just announced Firefox 4 beta is now available for Android and Maemo

Firefox 4 beta for mobile
Firefox 4 beta for mobile
\r\n\r\nMozilla has just announced Firefox 4 beta is now available for Android and Maemo. Saying, “A major focus of this release is to increase performance and responsiveness,” Mozilla says on its blog that Firefox 4 beta for mobile is, “built on the same technology platform as Firefox for the desktop,” but optimized for the mobile environment.\r\n\r\nThe mobile version features Firefox Sync to sync your phone browser with your desktop browser, the Awesome Screen and Bar, “which instantly gives you access to your recent history, bookmarks and tabs,” and probably most importantly this release features pinch-to-zoom as well.\r\n\r\nOn the technical side, Mozilla says:\r\n
“Two of the big architecture changes are Electrolysis and Layers. Our alpha contained Electrolysis which allowed the browser interface to run in a separate process from the one rendering Web content, resulting in a much more responsive browser. This beta brings the Layers pieces which improve overall performance and in graphics areas such as scrolling, zooming and animations.”

\r\nMozilla wants your help to test this beta version, go ahead to download the release, use it and post your feedback.

HP to Launch New WebOS Phones Soon (early Next Year)

HP will introduce smartphones in early 2011 using the WebOS software it acquired through its $1.2 billion Palm buy earlier this year.\r\n\r\n

HP-Palm-WebOS
HP-Palm-WebOS
\r\n\r\n”You will see us coming early next year with new phones,” Senior Vice President Eric Cador told an industry conference. HP bought Palm, an early pioneer in handheld devices, to tap into the fast-growing smartphone industry and get access to Palm’s acclaimed WebOS operating system.\r\n\r\n”More importantly we acquired WebOS,” Cador told the conference in Barcelona, adding Palm’s intellectual property was “extremely fundamental” in the deal.\r\n\r\nHP, the world’s largest technology company by revenue, is already a dominant force in PCs, servers, services and printers. But without a credible smartphone offering, it risked being left behind in a rising and highly profitable market, one that rivals both at home and in Asia are increasingly moving into.\r\n\r\nPC makers Dell, Lenovo and Acer are all pushing into smartphones, which offer advanced services such as streaming video, e-mail and GPS in addition to voice calls.\r\n\r\n
HP Palm Pre-Web OS Phone
HP Palm Pre-Web OS Phone

Motorola hopes for Android Tablet

Motorola co-chief Sanjay Jha painted a future for the company that included beefed-up smartphones and a tablet computer running on Google-backed Android software.\r\n\r\n

Motorola Android Tablet
Motorola Android Tablet
\r\n\r\nJha hoped Motorola would have an Android tablet computer ready early next year, he said while sharing thoughts at a Deutsche Bank Technology Conference in San Francisco. “I will only develop a tablet if it is sufficiently compelling,” Jha said during an on-stage chat. “Hopefully, that is early next year.”\r\n\r\nJha has been counting on smartphones running Android to help turn around the Illinois-based company’s flagging fortunes but didn’t consider the latest generation of the mobile software ready for use in tablets.\r\n\r\n”I see the tablet market as an opportunity; no cannibalization with smartphones,” Jha said. “iPad is more an extension of iPhone than a migration of a Macintosh. I think that is a natural expansion for us.”\r\n\r\nApple has sold millions of iPad tablet computers since the California company began selling them internationally in April.\r\n\r\n”The convergence of mobility and computing is very important for us,” Jha said. “There could be more form factors that are more smartphone-centric.”\r\n\r\nA priority in the Android “eco-system” is to improve the online marketplace for fun or functional applications that is key to the popularity of smartphones.\r\n\r\n”The Marketplace experience on Android is good, it is not great,” Jha said. “We are trying to rectify that situation. You will see us as an ecosystem very focused on that.”\r\n\r\nHe also expected more powerful multi-core computer chips to be built into smartphones in the coming year to boost capabilities, speed and features.\r\n\r\nCompetition in the smartphone market promises to be intense as this year finishes. The iPhone continues to be a hot seller and a host of smartphones based on Windows Phone 7 should debut soon with the new Microsoft software.\r\n\r\nBlackBerry maker Research In Motion is also due to release the latest generation of its mobile operating system.\r\n\r\n”Nearly everyone in this business is clicking on all cylinders.” Jha said.\r\n\r\nThe US remains the biggest market for high-end smartphones but Jha spoke of growing markets in China, India, and Latin America.\r\n\r\nJha noted that Motorola also makes TV set-top boxes and that it is “eager to participate” in an Internet-driven evolution of home entertainment that could involve routing digital content from smartphones to televisions.\r\n\r\n”You’ve seen Google TV and Apple TV in that space,” Jha said. “I think there are some very good opportunities there.”\r\n\r\nMotorola posted a six-fold increase in quarterly net profit in July and an optimistic outlook for its mobile phone division ahead of its separation next year.\r\n\r\nJha said at the time that demand was outstripping supply for the “Droid X,” an Android smartphones seen as Motorola’s answer to Apple’s iPhone.\r\n\r\nMotorola is selling most of its wireless network infrastructure business to Finnish-German giant Nokia Siemens Networks for 1.2 billion dollars.\r\n\r\nMotorola plans to split its businesses in the first quarter of next year, separating products for consumers from its professional equipment division.\r\n\r\nThe mobile and home entertainment devices division will operate as Motorola Mobility.\r\n\r\nThe other company, Motorola Solutions, will consist of its enterprise mobility solutions and networks businesses, which include two-way radios, mobile computers, secure public safety systems and scanners.

iPhone Case with flip-out keyboard

If you happen to love your iPhone to bits, but still have problems getting used to the virtual keyboard, then perhaps, just perhaps, you might want to consider bringing home the TK-421 iPhone Case with Flip-Out Keyboard.\r\n\r\n

iPhone Flip case
iPhone Flip case
\r\n\r\nThis will certainly provide you with the best of both worlds, where the physical QWERTY keyboard would increase your productivity and make typing on the iPhone a whole lot easier, while offering some form of protection to your favorite smartphone simultaneously.\r\n\r\nRetailing for $49.99 a pop, you can choose from either iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4 models, but unfortunately for those who have yet to place a pre-order, it is already out of stock at the moment. Well, if your boss gets you this for Christmas, you can be sure that he’s dropping a subtle hint for you to start replying emails the moment they are pushed to your inbox without complaining that you just don’t know how to use the virtual keyboard.

Nokia starts shipping flagship N8 model

Nokia N8 Shipping
Nokia N8 Shipping
\r\n\r\nThe world’s top cellphone maker Nokia said that it has started to ship its flagship smartphone model the N8. Last week Nokia said it has delayed by a few weeks deliveries of the N8 model to the clients who had ordered the phone, hitting its shares on the day new chief executive Stephen Elop started at the helm of the company. The N8 is seen by analysts as Nokia’s first model to challenge Apple’s iPhone more than three years after its launch.\r\n\r\nIts success and timing of its sales start are seen as being crucial for Nokia’s profit margins in the third and fourth quarter.\r\n\r\nNokia said the N8 would be widely available in the coming weeks. “The Nokia N8 has received the highest amount of consumer pre-orders in Nokia history,” Jo Harlow, the head of Nokia’s smartphone unit, said in a statement.\r\n\r\nThe N8 smartphone, first to use Nokia’s new Symbian software, was originally scheduled to reach consumers in June. In April, Nokia warned that the software renewal would take longer than it had expected due to quality problems and said that the model would reach consumers by the end of September.\r\n\r\nThe weak smartphone offering and problems with software were seen as the main reasons for Nokia to replace its chief executive Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo with Stephen Elop from Microsoft\r\n\r\nThe N8 stands out among its rivals for its 12 megapixel camera but has a slower processor than Samsung’s top model Galaxy S and the latest iPhone.(Reuters)