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Nitin Agarwal is a crazy Soul from India. A Pro Blogger, PC Evangelist and Risk Taker. Awarded as Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for Three times by Microsoft in Windows Expert - Consumer category. Startup guy, Entrepreneur! Love to take high risks. Immensely inspired from Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and APJ Abdul Kalam.

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The next generation Samsung Galaxy S3 is expected to launch on May 3rd in London and going to be the official phone of London Olympics is still a mystery for this world.

It’s the first non-Apple product which is creating this much buzz in the market. Samsung’s idea of using the same strategy as of Apple seems to be successful in creating the enthusiasm for Galaxy S3 in gadget world.

But the most successful locked down by Samsung seems to be broken. Samsung Galaxy S3 device information has been listed on Amazon Germany website.

galaxy s3

Though the images are not yet available on the site but it has revealed the specs details in the listing. BestBoyZ noticed that a listing for the device appeared on Amazon’s site, listing a 4.7-inch Super AMOLED screen, 12-megapixel camera, and Ice Cream Sandwich.

Samsung Galaxy S3 has been priced at 599 Euros ($790) in the listing with no information of pre-orders or availability.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Specifications as per the listing

  • 11.9 (4.7 inches) Super AMOLED touchscreen with 16 million colors
  • 12-megapixel camera with autofocus, LED flash and face detection
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system
  • 16GB of internal memory, expandable up to 32GB
  • Delivery: Phone, battery, charger, data cable, headset and manual (Note: exact scope of delivery are not known)

We are expecting the Super AMOLED HD Plus touchscreen with corning Gorilla Glass 2 screen in Galaxy S3 and 16 GB internal memory which is expandable up to 32GB is still not believable. 32GB and 64GB variants are also expected with the capacity of expandable memory up to 48GB.

Though the listing is done by none other than Samsung itself on the Amazon so we can’t say that its totally fake or not real.

It’s hard to believe on some rumors and some features are easily expectable. The picture will only get cleared after the official release of Samsung Galaxy S3.

[The Verge]

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Apple has launched iPad in 2010 and they have sold more than 55 million units of Apple iPad since then. It made it the one undefeated king of the tablet market. And being worldwide leader in something brings the greater responsibilities.

The biggest concern world is facing is the increasing pollution. Producing devices in such a large number takes a lot of energy and resources. So, let’s find out how green is the Apple iPad?

Apple have taken serious measures to make iPad more environment friendly but it is not enough to control the damage done by it to the environment but it’s greener than its other competitors out in the market.

The body of Apple iPad is made of fully recyclable aluminum and glass. The screen of iPad is made of arsenic free glass and mercury free LCD. It uses 2.5 watt of power to run (1/5th of the power required to light a fluorescent bulb) which makes it environment friendly.

One Apple iPad emits 180 Kg of Co2e in its lifetime starting 67% while in production, 25% by customer use, 6% in transportation and 2% in recycling it.

The new iPad is less eco-friendly as compared to its previous versions. The greenhouse gas emission by iPad 1 was 130Kg Co2e, iPad 2 was 105Kg Co2e but the new iPad emits 180Kg of Co2e which is way more than older iPads. When you average out the emissions from all 55 million iPads sold (7,590,000 kg CO2), it equals the emissions of 1.2 million cars in one year.

The new iDataCenter is a dirty job done by Apple and hurting the environment a lot. So, to make it eco-friendly by using clean power, Apple is building a 100 acre solar facility to power their massive iDataCenter.

Let’s take a look to the infographic below, created by Sortable.com, breaks down the environmental footprint of the new iPad. The data is based on research compiled by the company.

How green is the Apple iPad ?

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Image courtesy: Sortable. 

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Ever wonder about your emailing habits? How many mails you have sent, how much of emails do you actually read, and do you reply fast enough?

If you are a Gmail user than you can easily track all your email activities with Gmail Meter tool. It has been developed by Romain Vialard, a Google Apps Script Top Contributor.

Gmail Meter is an Apps Script which runs on the first day of every month and sends you an email containing different statistics about your Inbox. In a similar way to how recently introduced Google Account Activity gives key stats about how you’ve used your Google Account, Gmail Meter gives you different types of statistics that will help you analyze your Gmail habits.

Few salient features of Gmail Meter tool

1. Volume Statistics show you the number of important and starred messages, the number of people who sent you emails, and more. Volume statistics can be very useful in determining how you are using email efficiency tools like Priority Inbox.

gmail meter

2. Daily Traffic gives you an estimate of when you receive messages and when you send them during a given month. For example, in the graph below you can see how the peaks in my “Sent” curve indicates that I write emails in spurts.

gmail meter

3. Traffic Pattern lets you get a sense of your overall email activity over the past week.

4. Email Categories tells you how you are managing your Inbox. In the pie chart below, you can see that the majority of my emails are labeled. My Inbox is tiny compared to other labels which indicates that I keep a lean and mean Inbox.

gmail meter

5. Time Before First Response shows you how long it takes you to reply, and how long it takes others to reply to you. By looking at this chart, I can infer that I reply faster than others I communicate with.

6. Word Count tells you whether you are writing long emails. The example below shows that most of my emails are shorter than 200 words.

7. Thread Lengths help you understand whether you participate in long conversations resulting in long threads.

8. Top Senders and Top Recipients help you identify who you communicate with more frequently.

How to Setup Gmail Meter

It is easy to set up Gmail Meter. First, go to Google Docs and open a Spreadsheet. Click on Tools > Script Gallery. Search for “Gmail Meter” and click Install.

You will now see a new menu item called Gmail Meter on your spreadsheet. Click on Gmail Meter > Get a Report. You can then choose the type of report. Preparing a report may take some time and you will get an email once the report is ready.

Learning about your email habits will help you in becoming more email efficient. So, before you read email, be sure to learn more about your own email habits using Gmail Meter.

Official Blog.

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Apple has today released OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Developer Preview 3 to developers of Mac applications.

The ninth major release of OS X, Mountain Lion introduces great features inspired by iPad, re-imagined for the Mac. With Game Center, Notification Center, Documents in the Cloud, new sharing capabilities, advanced security features and so much more, you can build the most innovative Mac apps ever.

Read: Apple users get ready for Gatekeeper.

OS X Mountain Lion and Xcode 4.4 Developer Preview are available to Mac Developer Program members from the Mac Dev Center to download. The company has also posted a list of known issues and bugs with the latest OS.

Read: How to migrate from Windows to Mac.

Known Issues in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Developer Preview 3

- On systems with FileVault enabled, canceling the restart to the Mountain Lion Developer Preview 3 Installer may leave your system unable to present a password dialog at boot time. You
can repair the problem by holding down command-R to boot to the Recovery OS and then using Disk Utility to unlock and Repair your volume.
– Installing OS X 10.8 over 10.7.2 or earlier with FileVault turned on may fail
– Pre-Lion FileVault user accounts are not supported in this Developer Preview
– Some Apple menu items such as Restart may not work when a sandboxed app is in the foreground
– iTunes no longer syncs Notes
– Mail’s photo browser cannot access the iPhoto library
– Back to My Mac doesn’t work for the first 5 minutes after rebooting
– DVD Player may not launch after inserting a DVD on some systems
– Most help topics are unavailable in this Developer Preview
– In the Recovery HD:
– Some icons may be missing
– Network Utility’s Lookup pane does not work
– Time Machine restoration via a AFP share does not work
– Restoring from a Time Machine backup via AFP does not work
– Migration from a Time Machine backup that excludes paths such as /System may yield an unusable system
– Brightness settings may change unexpectedly after reboot
– Display brightness may be dim after sleep or reboot
– If Mail is hidden at logout time, it may not be correctly relaunched during a subsequent login but will appear to be running
– Java applets may not work in Safari
– QuickTime screen recordings may produce corrupted videos or cause an exception when run on machines with NVDIA graphics
Game Center
– In this seed, the Game Center application will view Production data by default. Games in development will be programmatically switched to use the Sandbox server environment
– No Top Games are displayed on the Me tab and no game recommendations are shown on the Games tab
– To use Game Center in your game on OS X, you must install a provisioning profile that enables Game Center for your app. Code signing, entitlements, and provisioning profiles are all
described in detail in Tools Workflow Guide for Mac
– Multiplayer gaming with Game Center between iOS and OS X is not available in this seed
– In the Game Center app, game detail information such as game provider, pricing, etc. is not displayed
– The local peer-to-peer GameKit API (GKSession, GKPeerPickerController, and related classes) is not supported.

To know more about Apple Mac Developer Program and OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Developer Preview 3, visit official website.

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The Canadian smartphone manufacturer Research In Motion (RIM) has launched BlackBerry Curve 9220 in India that will be available from April 19 from its authorized retailers and distributors chain in Indian market.

Read: RIM announces BlackBerry 10 Platform at BlackBerry World 2012.

BlackBerry Curve 9220

“India is a very important market for RIM and we are extremely proud and excited to officially unveil and launch the new BlackBerry Curve 9220 for the first time here in India,” said Carlo Chiarello, SVP, Smartphone Business at Research In Motion.

Read: BlackBerry 10 Alpha Device Images Leaked.

The new BlackBerry Curve 9220 smartphone offers the longest lasting battery life, giving Indian mobile users up to 7 hours of talk time or up to 28 hours of music playback or FM radio listening on headphones.

“The new BlackBerry Curve 9220 offers a unique mobile experience that young Indians will love thanks to its affordable pricing and unmatched messaging and social connectivity features,” said Sunil Dutt, Managing Director for India at RIM.

Read: Blackberry Bold Touch 9900 – Specs and Review.

BlackBerry Curve 9220 Specifications

BlackBerry Curve 9220 features a 2.44-inch (320×240 pixels) TFT display with QWERTY keypad. Other specifications include a 2 megapixel camera, FM radio, Wi-Fi connectivity, expandable memory up to 32GB using a microSD card and a 2.44-inch QVGA display.

The BlackBerry Curve 9220 features a dedicated BBM key. The Facebook for BlackBerry, Twitter for BlackBerry apps and Social Feeds are included.

BlackBerry 7.1 OS supports the full complement of BlackBerry services and the smartphone’s built in Wi-Fi can provide fast Internet browsing without incurring mobile data usage costs. It includes a built-in FM radio, allowing users to tune into their local stations, and listening to the FM radio does not require a data plan or use data services.

Read: BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0: A Whole New OS for BlackBerry PlayBook.

BlackBerry Curve 9220

As part of the launch in India, BlackBerry Curve 9220 customers can download a selection of apps from BlackBerry App World worth 2,500 INR, for free. The offer is valid until June 30, 2012 and includes a range of apps that will roll out in a phased manner, including utilities, games and other apps.

Pencil Camera, Photo Studio Pro, Horoscope Oracle – Follow Your Lucky Stars, Drive Safely Pro and Ultimate Cricket are just a few of the popular apps that will be available through this promotional offer.

Read: Five Major Flops of The Tablet Market.

BlackBerry Curve 9220 Price in India

BlackBerry Curve 9220 has been priced at 10,999 INR. It is an affordable low-end smartphone targeted at young consumers as against the enterprise BlackBerry consumers.

Find more information about BlackBerry Curve 9220 on its official website.

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Pinterest is the third largest Social Networking site in US and growing fast in the other part of the World as well. With a growth of 145% in users since the beginning of 2012, it can make millions in no time.

pinterest

If you don’t know what it is then you must read what it’s about page says, “Pinterest is a virtual pinboard. Pinterest allows you to organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. You can browse pinboards created by other people to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests.”

People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and share their favorite recipes.

The money making opportunities are seamless with Pinterest and its creator knows it very well. Right now, they are focused on growing and making it more valuable. To fund these efforts, they have taken outside investment from entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.

There are no advertisements on the website till now and still Pinterest in making money and many of us are wondering how Pinterest is making money?

There are several ways through which it can make super money but right now they are only using affiliate links to make money.

Pinterest is generating more referral traffic from Twitter and merchants are paying it for its referral traffic. Pinterest is currently working with Skimlinks to convert all e-commerce outbound links to affiliate links.

Pinterest also has a dedicated section of the site focused on e-commerce, titled “Gifts”, which feels essentially like a marketplace from the user perspective.  Here they’ve aggregated all pins with a ‘$’ character in the description, assuming these are typically e-commerce links.

The infographic attached below gives a beautiful description of how Pinterest is making money right now.

Infographic Source.

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Co-founder and CEO of Facebook Inc. Mark Zuckerberg have just announced on his Fan page that they have acquired one of the most popular photos sharing app developer company, Instagram, for 1 Billion USD ‎in cash and stock for 30 million users.

Instagram has gained lot popularity over the year and since its launch as an iOS app they have recorded more than 30 million downloads. Instagram recently released their Android app with the plan of expanding their focus to enormous market of Android users.

Facebook acquires Instagram

Zuck knows very well that how much people like they share photos on Facebook and to take the photo sharing experience to the next level facebook acquired Instagram.

The status update from Zuck says the following, “I’m excited to share the news that we’ve agreed to acquire Instagram and that their talented team will be joining Facebook.

For years, we’ve focused on building the best experience for sharing photos with your friends and family. Now, we’ll be able to work even more closely with the Instagram team to also offer the best experiences for sharing beautiful mobile photos with people based on your interests.

We believe these are different experiences that complement each other. But in order to do this well, we need to be mindful about keeping and building on Instagram’s strengths and features rather than just trying to integrate everything into Facebook.

That’s why we’re committed to building and growing Instagram independently. Millions of people around the world love the Instagram app and the brand associated with it, and our goal is to help spread this app and brand to even more people.

We think the fact that Instagram is connected to other services beyond Facebook is an important part of the experience. We plan on keeping features like the ability to post to other social networks, the ability to not share your Instagrams on Facebook if you want, and the ability to have followers and follow people separately from your friends on Facebook.

These and many other features are important parts of the Instagram experience and we understand that. We will try to learn from Instagram’s experience to build similar features into our other products. At the same time, we will try to help Instagram continue to grow by using Facebook’s strong engineering team and infrastructure.

This is an important milestone for Facebook because it’s the first time we’ve ever acquired a product and company with so many users. We don’t plan on doing many more of these, if any at all. But providing the best photo sharing experience is one reason why so many people love Facebook and we knew it would be worth bringing these two companies together.

We’re looking forward to working with the Instagram team and to all of the great new experiences we’re going to be able to build together.”

We can hope to see some dramatic changes and new functionalities to the way we share photos on Facebook now.

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A new press  invite pop up image have been emerged on few Korean websites showing a glimpse of Samsung Galaxy S3 and stating that the Korean electronics giant is going to launch the next generation Galaxy phone in London on 22nd May.

This image looks like a real deal to me, I mean the phone model showed in the above image is totally different from the several designs rumored on web in last few months. And we all know that Samsung is having very different plans for Galaxy S3 and haven’t said a single word regarding its development till now.

Samsung Galaxy S3 is going to be the next flagship Samsung product, so it is natural to expect something differ from Samsung. Quad core processors, gigs of ram has been already introduced by several mobile manufacturers like HTC has introduced its HTC One X in MWC 2012 which is going to launch worldwide in few days. We are expecting something revolutionary changes from Samsung.

Eldar Murtazin, editor-in-chief Analyst, MRG tweeted the above pic asking people, Is it real or fake? and the full tweet reads, “My comment about this sgs3 pic….hmmm no comments :-) what do u think? Real or fake?” Well Eldar, “no comment” is just another way of confirming something you’re not supposed to speak of.

I am preparing myself for the surprise from Samsung. Suggestions are to hold your new smartphone purchase for few months or you’ll regret it later for sure!

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Facebook for iPad app has updated to harness the power of new iPad’s Retina display and received new feature updates like Sign out of chat.

All have already sold millions of new iPad’s powered by the Retina display and Facebook knows very well that how much we all love to check and share pictures on Facebook, this new updated version of app will take your photo viewing experience to a whole new level.

On top of new support for the Retina display, the app also fixes bugs and adds features including:

– You can go offline in chat

– The right profile picture appears for everyone

– Your list of friends always includes all your friends

– In sets of photos, your name is displayed correctly

– Photos of people who like Facebook Pages load correctly

– Your friend-request notification only lights up if you have a request

– You can change your language to Czech, Danish, Greek, Indonesian, Malaysian, Norwegian (Bokmal), Portuguese (Portugal) or Thai

The biggest one of these fixes I like is the ability to sign out of chat. Now, I will start using this app fulltime to use Facebook on iPad.

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LG has just announced that it is all set to launch the electronic paper display (EPD) product in Europe in coming month. It has started mass production of its 6-inch, 1024×768 e-ink plastic screen electronic paper display.

Its 0.7mm thick, it weighs 14g and LG claims it’s resistant to scratches and drops from a 1.5 meter height. The specialty of this display is its flexibility, LG claims the screen allows bending at a range of 40 degrees from its center.

The product name has not been revealed till now. Everyone is just calling it from its technological name EDP. And no other information regarding the price and tie-ups has been revealed by the Korean electronics giant as well.

“With the world’s first plastic EPD, LG Display has once again proven its reputation for leadership and innovation with a product we believe will help greatly popularize the E-Book market,” said Sang Duck Yeo, Head of Operations for LG Display’s Mobile/OLED division.

There is no word on a US release, but LG says the EPD will first be supplied to ODM companies in China, with completed products hitting European shores at the beginning of April.

The technology is taking a huge shift, let’s see how much will it able to impress the people!