Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Conference Calls on the Go

Do you frequently dial in to conference calls while on the go? Calling in a conference call while driving or on the  go can be quite a pain. You will first need to find the phone number to call in and then again look up the pin number and enter the pin. This can be quite annoying and also dangerous if you are trying to do all this while driving or running to your gate for your next flight.

InstantMeeting has a solution for you. Now you can download a simple app, InstantMeeting, from Android Market which can make your life much easier. InstantMeeting app can look up the conference bridge number as well as the pin number from your calendar and store that information in the app for quick one touch dialing. The application can also remind you of the meeting just before it is scheduled to begin.

It supports variety of conferencing services in North America and Europe. If the service provider is not found you can also enter the conference details manually in the application. Now you can concentrate back on the road and leave the conference call dialing duties to InstantMeeting.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Google Maps for Airports and Shopping Malls

Have you ever lost your way at Atlanta Airport, or in the Mall of America? Download the latest Google Maps 6.0 on your Android phone to guide you through some of the biggest airports and shopping malls. Google Maps 6.0 will store floor maps of airports and retailers so that you can find your way without having to ask people around you for directions.

Detailed floor plans automatically appear when you’re viewing the map and zoomed in on a building where indoor map data is available. The familiar “blue dot” icon indicates your location within several meters, and when you move up or down a level in a building with multiple floors, the interface will automatically update to display which floor you’re on. All this is achieved by using an approach similar to that of ‘My Location’ for outdoor spaces, but fine tuned for indoors.

Mall of America - Before and After with Floor Selector

Source: Google Blog

BlackBerry Playbook Available for $99 to Employees

If you are a friend or relative of one of the unlucky lucky employees of RIM you can now ask him or her for a favor. RIM is reportedly offering BlackBerry Playbook to its employees for $99 through employee only website. According to The Verge 16GB BlackBerry Playbook will be available for $99 to employees.

Employees can order up to 8 devices, so call up your friend and see if you are in the top 8 list of your friend. If not, don't feel dis heartened as I am sure these will eventually land up on craigslist or ebay.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Moving Platforms

A designer has come up with a unique and futuristic solution for speeding up rail travel: he doesn't want to change the engines, or the tracks -- he wants to get rid of the stations.

Determined to take rail transport into the 21st century, Paul Priestman, director of British design group Priestmangoode, is the man behind the "Moving Platforms" concept, which he believes could potentially revolutionize the rail industry.

His scheme would see travelers served by a carousel of trams and high-speed trains that would take passengers from their homes to their destinations without them ever having to use a bus, car or taxi.

"The idea with Moving Platforms is that ... if you were going on holiday or on business for instance, you could get onto a tram on your street and then seamlessly travel from that onto the high-speed line and then get off at your destination in another city, then onto a tram and then end up at your destination without ever having gone in your car or perhaps got on a bus," says Priestman.

"It's totally integrated into a sort of larger transport system," he adds. The idea is to have a city-wide network of trams that travel in a loop and connect with a high-speed rail service.

But instead of passengers having to get off the tram at a rail station and wait for the next HSR service to arrive, the moving tram would "dock" with a moving train, allowing passengers to cross between tram and train without either vehicle ever stopping.

"The trams speed up and the high-speed train slows down and they join, so they dock at high speed," explains Priestman.

"They stay docked for the same amount of time that it would stop at a station," he adds.

"There are big doors, there are wide doors, they're all the same level so you can seamlessly go between the two vehicles quite peacefully; there's no hurry.

"Then, when everyone's done that, the doors shut and then the trains separate and the tram then goes back into the city or town and picks up more passengers and drops off passengers." Instead of using paper tickets to pass through a barrier, passengers would used an RFID (radio-frequency identification) system to transfer from tram to train.

Similar systems that let passengers scan pre-paid smartcards are already used on many public transport networks. While Priestman admits that it will be some time before his vision could be implemented, he says the time has come to rethink how we travel. "This idea is a far-future thought but wouldn't it be brilliant to just re-evaluate and just re-think the whole process?" he says.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

AT&T to pay $4Billion to T-Mobile

AT&T said last night that it will take a $4 billion accounting charge in the fourth quarter to cover a breakup fee to T-Mobile should the deal fail to gain regulatory approval. At&t has been struggling for few months to obtain clearance certificate from department of justice regarding its acquisition of T-Mobile USA.

AT&T and T-Mobile parent Deutsche Telecom also said they've withdrawn their pending approval applications to the FCC "to facilitate the consideration of all options at the FCC.

In a briefing with reporters at the time, FCC officials said the merger would create an "unprecedented" level of concentration in the wireless market and that it was impossible to see how the deal could serve the public.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

AirBnB - Interesting Real Estate Rental Concept

Airbnb - Travel like a human.

A innovative concept for people to rent a condo, townhome, house, etc from real people in 186 countries  (and growing) on a nightly or weekly basis. 

Airbnb is a community marketplace for you to list, discover, and book unique spaces around the world. With listings in over 18,000 cities and 186 countries, you're sure to find something inspiring. And now, with Social Connections, you're sure to find someone you know!

As posted on their website "We connect people who have space to spare with those who are looking for a place to stay. Guests can build real connections with their hosts, gain access to distinctive spaces, and immerse themselves in the culture of their destinations. Whether it's an urban apartment or countryside castle, Airbnb makes it effortless to showcase your space to an audience of millions, and to find the right space at any price point, anywhere."

Source: AirBnb

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Such a Small World!

I am sure you have heard that phrase several times, but really such a small world. Chances are the random person sitting next to you in a movie theater is a friends friends friends, friend.  According to a study conducted by Facebook the average number of people who separate any two individuals in the world is only 4.74 connections. The idea of ‘six degrees of separation’ -- that any two people are on average separated by no more than six intermediate connections -- was first proposed in 1929 in a short story by Hungarian author Frigyes Karinthy, and made popular by the John Guare play and movie, Six Degrees of Separation.

Facebook findings are based on all of their 720 million active users. That is more than 10% of world population. If the analysis is limited to a single country the degree of separation reduces to a mere 3 connections.

According to the report published on Facebook "While we will never know if it was true in 1929, the scale and international reach of Facebook allows us to finally perform this study on a global scale. Using state-of-the-art algorithms developed at the Laboratory for Web Algorithmics of the Università degli Studi di Milano, we were able to approximate the number of hops between all pairs of individuals on Facebook."

Source: Facebook

Monday, November 21, 2011

BlackBerry Playbook for $199

Did you think the only tablet available for under $200 was Amazon Kindle Fire? For a limited time you can get a BlackBerry Playbook for $199 or less at Staples, Walmart, and other participating locations. RIM's Playbook was launched back in April for $499, however due to slow sales RIM is forced in reducing the price of the tablet drastically to make it look more attractive to buyers.

Both BlackBerry Playbook and Kindle Fire are 7" Tablets with similar if not same hardware specifications. Major difference between the two is Playbooks runs on RIM's QNX Operating System compared to Kindle Fire running on highly modified Android OS.

With Playbook still lacking some critical features like Native Email Support it will be interesting to see how much sales does the reduced price tag generate for RIM. Are you more like to buy BlackBerry Playbook or Kindle Fire for $199?

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Analytics for your Website

Chances are if you own a website you are already using Google's Analytics to sneak gather data on your website visitors. If not I would highly recommend giving Google Analytics a try. It is very easy to setup and use. All you need to do is put a small code generated by Google on each page of your website. Best part is you don't need to be super technical to do that.

For the ones who are already using Analytics, in the coming days Google will be rolling out a new version of Analytics with significant enhancements. Three major enhancements will include:
  • A redesigned Google Analytics platform to enable major new functionality
  • A streamlined interface to make it easier to get to the information you want
  • Improved report performance for faster reports
Google has finally introduced Real-Time data with the new interface. Real-Time data is very helpful in measuring immediate impact of Social Media sharing. It would help you to analyze how many hits to your website were directly related to sharing the site on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, etc. You can find the entire change log here

Amazon Selling Kindle Fire for a loss of $3 per tablet started selling its cheaply priced tablet, Kindle Fire, this week for $199. That is pretty cheap compared to the $500+ price tag for Apple's iPad and $400+ for most of the Google's Android Tablets. Amazon's Kindle fire runs on modified version of Android's operating system.

According to a report by IHS the cost to manufacture Kindle Fire is $210.70 which would indicate that Amazon is currently selling the Kindle Fire for a loss of $2.70 per device. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos told The Associated Press in September "Amazon was willing to live with a smaller margin than most electronics companies would." 

Amazon's main goal seems to be making profit by selling other services offered by Amazon, like Amazon MP3, Amazon App Store, Amazon Books, etc. Even though Kindle Fire runs on Android OS it looks no where close to a typical Android Phone or a Android Tablet. Amazon's Kindle Fire OS has been highly modified to focus more on services and products offered by Amazon compared to a typical Android which would focus more on integration with Google Products and Services.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Make free local, STD, and ISD calls from India using your Android phone

To make free local, STD, and ISD (to certain countries) you will need Vonage World Plan. There is no rocket science involved to make free calls once you have your Vonage adapter hooked to your phone you can make free calls to any number in India as well as 60 other countries as listed on Vonage's site when you are physically located near the Vonage phone.

However, I am going to show you a way to use the same functionality from your Android Smart Phone. You will still need to have a Vonage account.

I am going to assume you already have a Vonage account with the Vonage World Plan associated with it.

  1. Login to your Vonage account and enable Call Forwarding to your local India's cell phone phone.
  2. Download and Install WorldonGo Trial on your android phone. Try out the application before you buy the full version ($1.99). You will need to have Android 2.3 or higher.
  3. Open the app on your phone and click on Vonage Account details. Enter your Username, Password, and Vonage Phone number
  4. Check "Use Call Back Method" and again enter your Vonage number as your Call back number.
  5. Click Save & Verify
  6. Enter a number and click Call. (You will need data connection on your phone). In couple of seconds you should receive a incoming call on your cell phone (incoming free in India). Once you answer the call vonage will connect you with the person you are trying to call (free as you only received an incoming call)
Happy Calling!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Free Calling and Texting to USA and Canada from anywhere in the world

You can make and receive free calls and texts to USA and Canada using Gmail and Google Voice. Once you have a Google Voice number you can make and receive calls for free from anywhere in the world. There are 3 ways you can use this service:
  1. Make and receive calls from your laptop/desktop by signing in to your gmail account. 
  2. Order a device called ObiTalk from Amazon (Roughly under $50) and connect this device internet and then you can use a regular phone to make and receive calls.
  3. Install a application called GrooveIP ($4.00) on your Android phone. You can make and receive calls from your phone via Wifi or 3G. This is also useful to avoid Roaming charges when travelling international as you can make free calls via Wifi.
Google will not allow you to sign up for google voice if you are trying to do that from outside USA. If you need help you can email me and I can help you sign up for a free Google Voice account.

Some More Bad News for BlackBerry

Unfortunately bad news just don't stop coming in for RIM. In a note to investors on Friday, Canaccord Genuity analyst Mike Walkley noted "Our recent checks indicate slowing sell-through trends for the new BlackBerry 7 smartphones the past couple weeks,” the analyst wrote. “Further, with the launch of the iPhone 4S, increasingly price competitive Android smartphones, improving Windows smartphones, and the launch of the Amazon Kindle Fire tablet, we anticipate increasing competition across all tiers of RIM’s products in C2012"

Only yesterday we blogged about how iPhones and Androids are taking over BlackBerry's niche market, Corporate. RIM had hoped for a turnaround with the launch of its latest BlackBerry Bold running OS 7.0 which also featurs a unique design with a full qwerty keyboard (not a slide out) as well as a touch screen.

RIMM has lost more than 50% of its market share in the stock market. Currently stock price for RIMM is trading at $18.76 down from its all time high of $70 back in Feb 2011. That is a significant drop in 8 months. It is sad to see a company which started the mobile email revolution to be going down like this. RIM's last hope is  to see a turnaround with its BBX platform which is supposed to launch sometime in 3Q of 2012.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Walmart to Payout Netflix Customers

Walmart is willing to settle Netflix case for $27.5 based on allegations that the video subscription service and Walmart illegally conspired to inflate the prices to rent and buy DVDs. The proceeds will be offered in Walmart gift cards or cash.

However out of $27.5 lawyers and costs are going to take away around $8.5 million. Remaining $19 million would be distributed amongst 25 Million Netflix subscribers. Assuming everyone is eligible don't expect more than $1 payout.

Unlike Walmart Netflix is not willing to payout and is still preparing to fight the allegations. Next hearing is scheduled to begin on Jan 23rd.

Using Gmail on your BlackBerry Phone

Now that Google is going to end support for Gmail app on Blackberry, I am sure you are looking for ways to still sync email, contacts, and calendar stored on your Gmail account. BlackBerry OS5.0 and above have integrated native support for Gmail sync using Enhanced Gmail plug-in. However, if you are still running OS4.5 or 4.7 you will need to download and install a plug-in to use enhanced Gmail features like labels.

Here is the link to step by step instructions on how to setup Gmail on your Blackberry Smartphone.

Source: Official BlackBerry Blog

Customize your next Headphone

If you are a kind of person who likes to stand out in a huge crowd customize your next headphones from Fanny Wang. Fanny Wang allows you to customize any 1 of their 3 headphone models which range from $220 - $350. You can pretty much customize anything from the Outside band to the ear muffs. You can also choose your own color for the cord.

Some of the hideous colors are surely gonna put you in the limelight next time you are travelling through a busy airport or train station.. As far as I am concerned I think I will stick with my Black headphones :-).

iPhone preferred over BlackBerry in Workplace

A new Mobile WorkForce Report by iPass suggests corporates are ditching Blackberry for iPhone. in 2011 45% of smartphones in workplace were iPhone compared to only 32% Blackberrys. Information was obtained by surveying employees at over 1100 enterprises worldwide. Just under 50% of respondents were from North America and 32% from Europe. As seen from the graph above Blackberry market share only went down by 2%, however iPhone market grew over 10% and Android doubled its market share. 
Location Breakdown of Survey

Are you ready to divorce your BlackBerry and start dating iPhone as your company phone? Click on the source link to read the entire article.

Source: iPass

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Google Music Store

As expected Google deleted "Beta" from its Google Music site today. You will no longer need an invite to sign up for Google's Music site. You can store up to 20,000 songs from your personal music library. Google Music users can also purchase their favorite music tracks for as little as 99c per track. If you are using your Andorid on T-Mobile, purchases can be directly charged to your T-Mobile bill.

With Google Music you can access your Google Music library anywhere and anytime - no syncing, no wires. You can also Stream music instantly on the web and listen on your Android phone or tablet with the Google Music app. Not online? No problem. Just save your favorites to your mobile device for offline playback.

Google has also integrated its Music store with Google+. Purchased songs can be shared with friends on Google+ who can listen to the song once for free before deciding if they would like to purchase the song or not.

Best of all Google Music will continue to be a free service unlike iTunes Match which is $24.99 yearly. What are you waiting for? If you aren't signed up at Google Music yet go hit the source link to sign up for free.

Source: Google Music

Netflix chooses Android over iOS

I read an interesting article on NYTImes by Nick Wingfield. He talks about how Netflix launched its latest app for Android tablets before developing one for iPad. In his words "The bounty of apps for iPad and iPhone are one of the cornerstones of Apple‘s strategy for promoting the devices. It isn’t a great sign for the company then, when an important developer says it’s going to do a superior app first for Google‘s rival Android operating system."

Even though Netflix has announced that iPad update will follow soon it is still an interesting observation given that traditionally developers have been more keen on releasing iPhone/iPad apps before updating Android. Even though iPad competitors might have sliced iPad's tablet market share by couple of percentage points, no competitor has come close to iPad's market share.

It is yet to be seen if Amazon can make in roads with Kindle Fire which was recently launched. Kindle Fire runs on Android OS, so a win for Kindle Fire would ultimately mean win for Android.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

iPhone 4S to come to world's 2nd largest mobile market, India

Bharti Airtel and Aircel will launch iPhone 4S in India on November 25th. Neither one of them have revealed the pricing of the phone. Apple has started selling unlocked version of iPhone 4S 16 GB for $649 on their US site. Converting that in Indian Rupees I would guess Airtel and Aircel would sell the unlocked version of 16GB iPhone 4S for around INR 35,000. It is still unknown if either one of the mobile operator would offer subsidy if you are willing to sign a contract.

If you are an iPhone fan-boy you can start queuing outside Apple/Airtel/Aircel starting midnight on the 25th.

iCloud and iTunes Match for the Music Lovers

Apple announced iCloud, iTunes in the Cloud a while back. With iCloud, the music you purchase via iTunes appears automatically on all of your devices. You can also download your past iTunes purchases. Where you want, when you want.

iCloud is only useful if majority of the songs in your music library are purchased from iTunes. If you have purchased your songs from other sources, or imported songs from a CD ( I could only think of these two options as I know you guys wouldn't steal music) you are out of luck, unless you sign up for iMatch (iTunes Match).

iTunes Match, launched on November 14th, works on any device with iOS 5.0.1 or higher. You will also need to pay $24.99 yearly subscription fees. Once you are signed up you can store your entire music library (25,000 Songs limit) in the cloud. iTunes matches the songs in your collection with the 20 million songs available in iTunes Store. If a match is found the song will be automatically added to iCloud and available for you to stream on any of your iOS5.0.1 or higher devices. The good part is you don't have to wait hours for 1000s of your songs to be uploaded (I hope Google Music is listening). If a match is found there is no need to upload the song. Even better, all the music iTunes matches plays back from iCloud at 256-Kbps AAC DRM-free quality — even if your original copy was of lower quality. iTunes will upload the song if it can't find a match for it.

On a separate note Google is going to launch Google Music Store tomorrow, November 16th. Details are fuzzy at this point on what to expect from this launch, but it will be interesting to see if Google also launches something similar to iMatch without the subscription fees.

Two New BlackBerry Models on the way

Today RIM announced two new BlackBerrys to add to its current product line. BlackBerry Bold 9790 is the latest addition to the famous and most popular Bold series. Bold 9790 will feature touch screen as well as qwerty keyboard. It is thinner and lighter than its predecessor. Bold 9790 will also sport a 1GHz processor along with 768 MB Ram and of course BB OS 7.0. It was also feature a NFC chip.

RIM also announced all touch screen BlackBerry Curve 9380. Curve 9380 is 3.2" all touch screen phone with the sleek and stylish Curve design. Curve 9380 will also run on BB OS 7 and feature a NFC chip just like its cousin Bold 9790.

Pricing and Availability dates are not known yet.

Netflix App Updated for Android. iOS Update Coming Soon

Today Netflix launched a fully revamped Netflix App for tablets running Android 2.2 or higher including Kindle Fire and Nook.According to the official Netflix Blog "The new design is much more immersive and provides greater focus on the growing number of titles in the Netflix catalog. In fact, the new interface displays twice as many movies and TV shows as before, enabling you to discover even more titles you'll love. Also, we've taken greater advantage of the tablet's unique features, inviting you to swipe through rows of titles featuring larger artwork."

If you are a Apple fanatic and using iPad don't be disheartened. Similar update is coming for the iPad in coming weeks.

Click here to download the latest update.

Monday, November 14, 2011

World's biggest Android Tablet, 65 inches

Ardic Technology, based in Istanbul, Turkey has ported a regular Android Tablet in to a 65 inch full screen Tablet. Imagine playing Angry Birds on a 65 inch screen. WOOT.

Android vs iOS

If you own iPhone or a Android phone I am sure at some point you have argued with your friends/colleagues why your phone is better than the other. Users would come up with the most innovative ways to defend their choice as supreme and why their friends should also make the switch.

This is one war in which I don't think there is a clear winner nor will be in the near future. I feel both are winners and ultimately it is what the end users are looking for in their dream phone and which one of these would be a better fit.

As far as profitability goes there is no argument there. Clearly Apple's iPhone till date is way more profitable than Google's Android. Comparing phone features may be seen as subjective (which I may compare at a later date), so I decided to put out a comparison chart based on statistics. I hope this will help you in your next debate.

As of 3Q 2011
iOS (Apple)
Android (Google)
Total Devices
250 Million iOS devices sold including iPhone, iTouch, and iPad
190 Million Devices Activated. Including Phones and Tablets
 New Sales
367,000 iOS devices sold daily
500,000 androids activated everyday
27.7% of Smartphone subscribers in USA are iPhone users
43.7% of Smartphone subscribers in USA are Android users
Available Apps
More than 500,000 iOS apps
Around 250,000 Android Apps
Launch Date
June 2007
October 2008
Different Phone Models
In 4+ years iPhone has come up with 5 different hardware models. Latest being iPhone4S
In 3+ years dozens of hardware models run Android. Motorola, HTC, and Samsung lead the pack.
Tablet Sales
iPad rules 66.6% of Tablet Market Share
Android Tablets have 26.9% of Market Share

Source: Stats from CNET

QuickOffice Pro for Android Free today only on Amazon App Store

Amazon AppStore for Android gives out 1 paid app for free everyday. Today on 11/14/2011, Amazon is giving out QuickOffice Pro for free which normally would cost you $14.99. This offer will expire at midnight PST time.

Source: Amazon App Store

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Amazing Video of Earth as seen from Space

Michael König, editor of this amazing video, puts together time lapse sequences of photographs taken with a special low-light 4K-camera by the crew of expedition 28 & 29 onboard the International Space Station from August to October, 2011. I only have one word for Michael and his Video, Brilliant!

Earth | Time Lapse View from Space | Fly Over | Nasa, ISS from Michael König on Vimeo.

Shooting locations in order of appearance:
  1. Aurora Borealis Pass over the United States at Night
  2. Aurora Borealis and eastern United States at Night
  3. Aurora Australis from Madagascar to southwest of Australia
  4. Aurora Australis south of Australia
  5. Northwest coast of United States to Central South America at Night
  6. Aurora Australis from the Southern to the Northern Pacific Ocean
  7. Halfway around the World
  8. Night Pass over Central Africa and the Middle East
  9. Evening Pass over the Sahara Desert and the Middle East
  10. Pass over Canada and Central United States at Night
  11. Pass over Southern California to Hudson Bay
  12. Islands in the Philippine Sea at Night
  13. Pass over Eastern Asia to Philippine Sea and Guam
  14. Views of the Mideast at Night
  15. Night Pass over Mediterranean Sea
  16. Aurora Borealis and the United States at Night
  17. Aurora Australis over Indian Ocean
  18. Eastern Europe to Southeastern Asia at Night
Source: Vimeo

Watch London Olympics in Super Hi-Vision with 33 megapixel video

You thought HD NFL game on your 60" LED TV is the best thing out there? Think again. During the London Olympics in 2012, NHK is going to hold public screening of the Olympics in Japan, UK, and USA. The public screening will display the highly realistic Super Hi-Vision (16 times better then HDTV) video featuring 33 megapixel as well as 22.2 channel sound system.

They haven't disclosed the date or venue where they will hold the public screening, but they have said they plan to target Washington DC area in July/August time frame.

Don't expect Super Hi-Vision to land in your household anytime soon, but if you would like to witness it live you can plan your trip to Washington DC area during the public screening. Watch this space for more details.

Source: NHK

Replace Land Line with Google Voice and ObiTalk

I am sure most of you, if not everyone is familiar with Vonage, MagicJack, and similar Voip providers. Voip telephone service providers are replacing the traditional land lines at a rapid pace. Where traditional land lines cost you $40-$50 a month for limited calling within 50 USA states, voip provider, Vonage offers users unlimited calling to US and 60 other countries for $24.99 a month. To beat that price Magic Jack offers $19.99 a year for unlimited calling to USA and Canada.

Apart from huge monetary savings Voip services also provide the flexibility to easily shift your land line with you when you change apartment or house. Simply unplug the voip adapter from your current home and plug it back when you get to your new home. All you need is Internet connection. You can also take the voip adapter with you to a different country and use that for calling back your friends and family in the United States.

Last year Google launched free domestic calling within the US and Canada with a small plugin – right from within Gmail. To give you some technical background (mostly irrelevant), most of the voip providers use SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) for voice communication, however Google uses XMPP (Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol). ObiTalk is the first and the only device I am aware of which supports XMPP. Hence to use the free domestic calling by Google you will need to purchase a Obitalk device. Obitalk is available on Amazon for under $50.00. Either model Obi100 or Obi110 will work. This will be a one time cost for free unlimited calling for life. (Well not life, but at least until Google keeps its service free) 

Click on read more link to a Step-By-Step guide for setting up your ObiTalk Device.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Forget Micro-SIM, Nano-SIM will be the future

Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) presents the world’s smallest SIM card: the nano-SIM. A third smaller than the micro-SIM, the nano-SIM enables manufacturers to produce devices that are even thinner and perform even better. This new development from G&D could be finding its way into the first mobile devices as early as next year.

Nano-SIM will be about 30% smaller than the micro-SIM and 60% smaller than the regular SIM card. It will approximately measure 12mm X 9mm. One of the major difference that sets Nano-SIM different from its predecessor is the thickness of the card has been reduced by 15%. According G&D it was a tremendous technical challenge to reduce the thickness.

Backward compatibility will be ensured by an adapter which can fit the micro and regular SIM card slots available on most phones today.

G&D will be showcasing the nano-SIM at the CARTES & IDentification 2011 trade show from November 15 to 17 at stand 4 J 001.

Source: Giesecke & Devrient

Comparing WebSite Hosting Plans

I understand it could be a challenge in deciding which company to select for hosting your website. There are dozens of companies providing the same service. I put together a comparison chart detailing the price and basic features of today's leading web hosting providers. I hope this will help you in deciding where to host your website.

As of 11/11/2011

Monthly Price
12 Months
12 Months
12 Months
12 Months
12 Months
Storage Space
Data Transfer
Free Domain
Email Accounts *
Email Storage *
500MB Total
2GB each
500MB Total
250MB each
DNS Control
FTP Accounts
Dedicated IP
Google Adword credit

* You can also use Google Apps for your emails.