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Samsung Galaxy Gio S5660 Review

Samsung has announced its brand new mid-range Samsung Galaxy Gio S5660 Android Powered Smartphone, just in time for official unveiling of the same at forthcoming Mobile World Congress 2011, that is powered by Qualcomm QCT MSM7227-1 Turbo 800 MHz processor and runs Android 2.2 Froyo.\r\n\r\n

Samsung Galaxy Gio S5660
Samsung Galaxy Gio S5660
\r\n\r\nThe Samsung Galaxy Gio S5660 smartphone is Quad-band GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 dual-band 3G HSDPA: 900, 2100 ready device which is powered by 800 MHz Qualcomm QCT MSM7227-1 Turbo Processor and features 158MB RAM with microSD card supporting 32GB expandable memory allowing practically unlimited entries contact phonebook and SMS memory.\r\n\r\nSamsung Galaxy Gio S5660 smartphone features 3.2-inch, HVGA 320 x 480 pixel TFT capacitive touchscreen supporting 16 million colors and sports two touch-sensitive keys and a large home key in same fashion as on Galaxy S series smartphones.The smartphone also includes Accelerometer sensor for auto screen rotate and runs on Android 2.2 Froyo version with Samsung’s TouchWiz v3.0 user interface over Android just like the one in Samsung Galaxy series smartphones.\r\n\r\nThe new Samsung Galaxy Gio S5660 offers exhaustive data connectivity that includes GPRS, EDGE, 3G HSDPA 7.2 Mbps download speed, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/N Wireless LAN with DLNA, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR with A2DP wireless connection, GPS with Assisted GPS (A-GPS) and microUSB 2.0 for wired connectivity.\r\n\r\nSamsung Galaxy Gio S5660 includes 3.15 megapixel (2048 x 1536 pixel) rear auto-focus camera ( no LED flash) with added geo-tagging, face and smile recognition capability along with video recording in QVGA resolution. The device does not sports any front-facing camera for video calling.\r\n\r\nSource: MPhone, W3

The iPad 2: What is known, what is unknown Read more about next-generation iPad by ssysadmin.com

We’re just 48 hours away from getting our first look at the long-awaited, next-generation iPad—or that’s what we’re expecting, at least.\r\n\r\n

iPad 2
iPad 2
\r\n\r\nIndeed, with all the leaks, rumors, and wild guesses we’ve been hearing in the past months about the next iPad, it’s easy to forget that Apple hasn’t even officially announced the thing yet, much less doled out any details or pictures.\r\n\r\nSince we still have a couple days to kill before Apple ends the suspense, now might a good time to summarize what we know, what we think we know, and—most importantly—what we definitely don’t know about the iPad 2.\r\n\r\nWhat we know\r\n\r\nThe original iPad is still the only iPad, for now: Like I just said, Apple has yet to announce, acknowledge, make veiled references to, or even hint at a new iPad. Well … strike that: during Apple’s most recent quarterly earnings call, Apple COO Tim Cook told analysts (who’d been asking about competition from impending Android-based tablets) that “we’re not sitting still” in terms of the tablet market, a remark that may qualify as a vague hint.\r\n\r\nApple is holding an iPad-related event Wednesday: The invitations went out last week, with an image showing a Mac OS calendar page peeled back to reveal an iPad peeking out from behind. The caption: “Come see what 2011 will be the year of.” So yes—the writing’s on the wall, but the invite stops short of saying “come meet the iPad 2″ or anything like that.\r\n\r\nLast but not least, we know that … uh … : If we’re only talking about things we definitely know about the next iPad … well, strictly speaking, we don’t know much more than what I just outlined above. Oh, wait: Wednesday’s Apple event will be held in San Francisco, at 10 in the morning local time. And iPad-related topics are on the agenda. There you go.\r\n\r\nWhat we don’t know\r\n\r\nWhat it’ll be called: Everyone’s been calling the next iPad the “iPad 2,” and there’s even a new (and likely fan-generated) rendering of the next-generation tablet floating around with the “iPad 2″ name stamped on the back. But as far as I know, no one’s come out and reported that the iPad 2 will, in fact, be called the iPad 2. Apple’s been known to throw curve balls when it comes to naming its next-gen products (like, for example, the iPhone 3G and 3GS), so I wouldn’t put all my eggs in the “iPad 2″ basket.\r\n\r\nHow much internal storage it’ll have: Will we get an iPad 2 model with 128GB of built-in flash storage, or will the largest next-gen iPad still top out at 64GB? Hard to say. There have been scattered reports of iPad 2 mockups with “128GB” etched onto the back, but that may be more a case of wishful thinking than a concrete clue. I predict the priciest iPad will still offer “just” 64GB of flash storage (which still costs a premium compared to conventional disc-based hard drives), but that’s only a guess on my part.\r\n\r\nHow much it will cost: Apple is in the habit of marking its next-generation products with the same price as the previous generation, and there’s no reason to believe that Cupertino will change course with the iPad 2. Again, though, we’ve yet to hear any reliable rumors about pricing. (For the record, the current iPad costs anywhere from $499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi-only version to $829 for the 64GB 3G iPad.)\r\n\r\nWhen it will ship: Conventional wisdom initially had it that the new iPad would probably hit stores about a month or so after being announced, but now there’s talk the iPad 2 might be available immediately. Maybe so, but personally, I’m hedging my bets until Apple serves up the official line.\r\n\r\nWhat we think we know\r\n\r\nSlimmer profile, less heft: Just about everyone seems to agree that the redesigned iPad will be “smaller” and “lighter” than its predecessor, complete with a flatter back and tapered edges. Indeed, chatter about a slimmed-down iPad 2 shell has been so consistent (not to mention a logical progression for the iPad line) that I’d be shocked if it didn’t come to pass Wednesday.\r\n\r\nA camera, or two: Another consistent iPad 2 rumor has it that Apple will fix one of the biggest criticisms of the original iPad—namely, the lack of a camera. A recent Wall Street Journal story claimed that the new iPad will have “at least” one camera in front for FaceTime video chat, and there have been countless sightings of purported iPad 2 cases with strategically placed holes in back for a second, rear-facing lens. While there still seems to be some lingering doubt about a second camera, a front-facing lens is pretty much a no-brainer, particularly since each and every iPad competitor out there has one.\r\n\r\nSame-resolution display: The hot rumor back in December had it that the iPad 2 would arrive with a sharper, 2,048-by-1,536 pixel display, good for a “retina”-style screen similar to the one on the iPhone 4. But the latest word and some leaked spy shots have poured cold water on the buzz, and it’s now looking almost certain that the revamped iPad display will come with a 1,024-by-768-resolution display, same as the original. Oh well. (Don’t worry; recent chatter has it that the iPad 3—yes, 3—might get the retina-display treatment.)\r\n\r\nFaster, beefier processor: “Dual-core” is the gotta-have spec when it comes to this year’s hottest smartphones and gadgets, and the iPad 2 is no exception. Most believe the revamped tablet will get an updated, dual-core version of Apple’s A4 “system-on-a-chip,” complete with 512MB of RAM (double the 256MB RAM in the original iPad) and some seriously souped-up graphics capabilities.\r\n\r\nBetter speaker: The new iPad is reportedly in line for an improved, “wide-ranged” speaker, with the more prominent speaker grille said to be sitting right where the current three-hole speaker on the first iPad lives. Or so they say.\r\n\r\nNo SD card: An SD (or microSD) card slot on the next iPad would allow for easy memory expansion and speedy photo uploading. It’s a nice idea, but early buzz on Apple adding an SD card slot to the iPad has given way to near-universal agreement that it won’t actually happen. Bummer.\r\n\r\nNo 4G support: Not on Verizon Wireless, at least, according to the Wall Street Journal, which adds that the 3G version of the iPad 2 will be available through AT&T and Verizon but not Sprint or T-Mobile.\r\n\r\nSource: yahoonews, W3

Magic W3: Mini-PC with phone capabilities

Magic W3, Mini PC with phone capabilities
Magic W3, Mini PC with phone capabilities
\r\n\r\nRecently, devices like LG’s Tegra 2-powered Optimus 2X have blurred the lines between smartphone and mini-computer but they’re still geared towards the former. The Magic W3’s primary function is as a handheld computer that also happens to have telephone functionality. What’s the difference? The Atom-powered W3 runs on a full version of Windows 7 Home Premium for multi-tasking productivity and includes 32GB of onboard solid state storage.\r\n\r\nIn addition to the Windows 7 OS, the Magic W3 microcomputer runs a Magic Telephony Touch User Interface to cater for user voice and texting needs over a suitable quad-band GSM network. An Intel Atom Z530 processor running at 1.6 GHz provides the computing power, with support from 1GB DDR2 RAM. The 4.8-inch touchscreen display is capable of 720p high definition playback and there’s a 1.3 megapixel webcam for video conferencing or web chat.\r\n\r\nThe device also benefits from 3G, Bluetooth and 802.11b/g wireless connectivity, and in addition to the obligatory SIM card slot also sports mini-HDMI, mini-USB and microSD. Completing the specs checklist is built-in GPS, accelerometer, dual microphones, stereo speakers and a 3.5mm audio jack.\r\n\r\nHaving a full version of Windows running on a handheld device may have been enough of an attraction just a few short years ago to make the Magic W3 a huge success, but it’s questionable that it will be able to compete with the many more advanced mobile offerings either already or soon to be available. That said though, there’s nothing wrong with having another choice for mobile computing.\r\n\r\nSource: gizmag, W3

Download, Install, and Configure SyncML for Smartphone

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This article describes the process of downloading and installing the funambol.com SyncML plugin for the PocketPC.  This will allow the synchronization of calendars, contacts, tasks and notes between a SmarterMail user account and the PocketPC. NOTE: SmarterMail does not support Corporate Calendar because it is a special app and does not follow AS standards. This note only effects the Motorola Droid, Droid 2 and Droid X.

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    Download the SyncML plugin for the PocketPC from the funambol website.
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    Select Windows Mobile PocketPC
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    You will be prompted to fill out a registration form or you choose to select “No thanks-please take me straight to the downloads!”
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    Download the file funambol plugin for pocketpc to the desktop (or a local download folder)
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    Connect the PocketPC to the Active Sync or Sync Center (Vista)
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    Install the funambol.com plugin by double clicking on funambol plugin
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    Once the installation is finished you will see to a configuration screen on the PocketPC
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  15. The server location needs be for formatted as:\r\nhttp://domainname.com/Sync/Default.aspx\r\n
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      If you are using a port number other than 80 then, the Sever location needs to be formatted:\r\nhttp://domainname.com:9998/Sync/Default.aspx
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    3. Username need to be: username@domainname.com
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    5. Enter password
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    7. Save
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Install and Configure SyncML for PocketPC

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    Download the SyncML plugin for the PocketPC from the funambol website.
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    Select Windows Mobile PocketPC.
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    You will be prompted to fill out a registration form or you choose to select “No thanks-please take me straight to the downloads”.
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    Download the file funambol plugin for pocketpc to the desktop (or a local download folder).
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    Connect the PocketPC to the Active Sync or Sync Center (Vista).
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    Install the funambol.com plugin by double clicking on funambol plugin.
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    Once the installation is finished you will see to a configuration screen on the PocketPC.
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Configure SmarterMail Accounts for Synchronization Using SyncML

SmarterMail uses multiple data synchronization technologies to sync mailbox data with email clients and mobile devices. Before users can sync using SyncML, the system administrator must enable synchronization using SyncML for the domain. NOTE: SmarterMail does not support Corporate Calendar because it is a special app and does not follow AS standards. This note only effects the Motorola Droid, Droid 2 and Droid X. Funambol 8.5 is recommended to use due to protocol changes that were made in later version.\r\n\r\nFollow these steps to enable SyncML for all of the users on a domain:\r\n

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Microsoft Unveil Windows Phone 7 with Partners

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\r\n\r\nMicrosoft today joined its partners in revealing nine new Windows Phone 7 handsets that will be available this holiday season from leading mobile operators inNorth America,  Europe and Asia Pacific. With more than 60 mobile operators in over 30 countries worldwide committed to bringing Windows Phones to market, the millions of people around the world looking for a phone that plays as hard as it works will have a variety of phones from leading device-makers to choose from.As for the two other major U.S. wireless carriers, Microsoft promises that Verizon and Sprint will have phones in 2011, and that “select models” would be sold at Microsoft Stores and on Amazon.  Microsoft is gearing up for another attempt to take on RIM’s BlackBerry, Apple’s iPhone, Google’s Android, and other smartphone contenders.\r\n\r\n The hardware \r\nAT&T’s phones include the HTC Surround, LG Quantum and Samsung Focus, all pictured up top. They all have 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processors, capacitive touch screens and 5-megapixel cameras. They will each sell for $199.99 with a two-year contract.\r\n\r\nThe HTC Surround has pop-out speakers and uses Dolby’s mobile technology, for better sound when watching movies. It has a “kickstand,” so that it can be propped up on, say, an airplane tray table, without the use of severely bent paperclips, intricate origami or a $30 case.The LG Quantum has a slide-out real QWERTY keyboard, so it will be favored by BlackBerry converts and people who don’t like software keyboards. AT&T says it will also play music and video wirelessly via home networks to compatible devices, so you can, say, stream a song to a Sonos wireless music system with a tap of the screen. The Samsung Focus, scheduled to be the first Windows Phone 7 device to hit retail in the U.S., on Nov. 8, is the thinnest. At 9.9mm, it’s nearly (but not quite) as thin as the iPhone 4.\r\n\r\n T-Mobile’s core offering, due out mid-November, will be the HTC HD7, also with a 1GHz processor and a 5-megapixel camera. The HD7’s distinguishing feature is a 4.3-inch touchscreen, which is the same spacious size as the HTC Evo and Motorola Droid X. Like the Surround at AT&T, T-Mobile’s HD7 also has a kickstand. \r\n\r\n The sales pitch \r\nMicrosoft CEO Steve Ballmer as saying that Windows Phone 7 is “a different kind of mobile phone and experience — one that makes everyday tasks faster by getting more done in fewer steps and providing timely information in a ‘glance and go’ format.”\r\n\r\nClearly, the marketing strategy Microsoft is employing is to show how different Windows Phone 7 is, interaction-wise, from Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android. The trouble is, Android is doing gangbuster business precisely because it resembles the iPhone (while selling on all four carriers and in many configurations). Microsoft’s zag-while-everyone-else-zigs strategy may be risky, but no more risky than being perceived as more of the same.\r\n\r\n Why you’d buy \r\nSo what does make Windows Phone 7 “different”?  For starters, there’s the “glance and go” interface of “Live Tiles,” customizable plates on the home screen that update regularly, so that users don’t have to open apps, or wait for pop-up alerts, to receive new information. (Android users could argue that “widgets” serve a similar purpose, though they tend to be app-specific). Another differentiator is the Xbox Live integration. Microsoft is definitely sticking it to its gaming console competition.\r\n\r\nAnother differentiator is the Xbox Live integration. Microsoft is definitely sticking it to its gaming console competition.\r\n\r\n

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