Archive for April 30, 2010

Smart Phone Market Share – iPhone and Android are battling, Symbian, RIM are down!

AdMob serves more than 10 billion ads per month to more than 15,000 mobile websites   and applications. This kind of huge traffic lets AdMob to provide a realistic statistics on what kind of mobile devices are in their network. Please note that the below statics are mains Ad impressions but it may be taken as page views as ads are embedded in normal web pages and can give pretty good indicators of the genuine web impressions. If you see the below graph, Android is the clear winner because of its steep growth over others and soon it looks like it will be together with iPhone. Symbian is looking like it just had a free fall!

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One of the top blogs, Ars technica has released their mobile web stats, which closely matches the AdMob statistics. Android has gained a great momentum and if it continues the same way, probably iPhone will be knocked out of the race? Time needs to tell that for sure.

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  • In February 2010, the leading smartphone operating systems in the AdMob network were the iPhone OS, Android, and Symbian. Over the last year, the iPhone increased its share of smartphone requests from 33% to 50% while Symbian’s share of requests fell from 43% to 18%.
  • Android was the fastest growing operating system in the AdMob network year-over-year. Android’s share of smartphone requests increased from 2% in February 2009 to 24% in
    February 2010. The top five Android devices worldwide, by traffic, were the Motorola Droid, HTC Dream, HTC Hero, HTC Magic, and the Motorola CLIQ. (Source AdMob)

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Source: Ars Technica

Resizing Digital Images Easily – 10 Free Software List

If you are one of those who frequently resize image then you would need a software that does the job easily for you preserving the quality of the image. If your are unhappy about the quality of your digital image enlargements, then read on. There are many innovative algorithms in the image processing space that lets user to enlarge the images without loosing much quality. Some software makes use of these unique innovative algorithms to provide quick and easy steps to resize digital images.

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Here in this post we have listed ten free software that lets you resize the digital image. Some of them are freeware and can be bought for a reasonable price.

 1. Able Photo Resizer

Able Photo Resizer is a simple, quick and easy tool to resize (reduce or enlarge) any single or batches of photos or images for the purpose of sending it by e-mail, publish it on the Web or just to save space on your hard drive

More info here.

2. Dema Image Resizer 2005 with B-Spline

Dema Image Resizer enlarges your photos without quality loss. It uses algorithms like B-Spline, lanczos, mitchell, and hermite to make your photos clear.

More info here

3.STOIK Smart Resizer 1.0

This program offers you various methods to resize digital photos including new STOIK Smart Resize algorithm which allows to enlarge digital images up to 1000% without loss of visual sharpness. You will find it useful for multiple tasks – from quality zooming to increasing resolution of digital photos to creation of good-looking photo thumbnails.

More info here

4. PhotoZoom Pro 3

PhotoZoom Pro 3 is software for enlarging digital images, available for OS X 10.3+ and Windows. It is based on S-Spline XL: a renewed and improved version of our patented, self-adjusting S-Spline interpolation technology. S-Spline XL is able to render sharp and crisp clear image magnifications, perfectly focused, yet without the jagged edges, loss of detail or lack of photorealism that normally come with enlarging images.

More info here.

5. Enlarger Pro 3.0

Enlarger PRO is remarkably easy to use, yet offers incredibly powerful photographic enlargement. Just select your input image, select an output file-name, choose your enlargement factor and click the "Process" button and Bearded Frog Enlarger PRO will do the rest.

More info here.

6. Cleanerzoomer

Cleanerzoomer is an advanced image processing tool designed for reduction of different kinds of noises and artifacts as well as for sharpening and sharp-edge enlargement of images for printing. Its specially developed noise removal algorithm carefully takes away only noise, keeping the image as sharp as it was, while the sharpen algorithm produces very satisfying image enlargement results that are nicely balanced between art-like sharp-edged and more natural look.

More info here.

7. PhotoZoom Classic

PhotoZoom Classic is specialized in enlarging digital images while preserving quality. Equipped with BenVista”s patented S-Spline technologies, this software easily surpasses alternative solutions such as Photoshop’’s Bicubic interpolation. This software is extremely easy to use. It comes with handy presets that are specially designed for different types of photos and graphical images.

More info here.

8. Alien Skin Blow Up

Alien Skin Blow Up is a Photoshop plug-in that produces enlargements dramatically sharper than any other software, especially Photoshop. Blow Up uses an innovative algorithm that temporarily converts pixels to a vector representation which results in perfectly smooth, crisp edges. Simulated texture and film grain keep photos looking natural even in extreme enlargements.

More info here.

9. ResizeDrop

ResizeDrop is a simple drag and drop image resizer. Just drag files into the drop zone, set the new dimensions, and the entire batch gets resized in seconds. Images can be enlarged or reduced, and resizing can maintain the aspect ratio of the original or redefine both the width and height of the final image.

More info here.

10. Resize Pilot

Resize Pilot helps you resize photos quickly and easily. This photo resizing program has a unique algorithm for image enlarging. The enlarging algorithm is most productive for focused images. Sharpness of the image may slightly improve as a secondary effect of applying the algorithm. The program allows you to enter a desired percentage value to resize the image or select it from the pulldown.

More info here.

Free WiFi Analyzers For Laptops, Mobile Devices

WiFi Signal sometimes can be weak and may cause internet speed issues. Your download may choke or slow down. You may want to see the best place to get high WiFi signals. reasons may be plenty, but WiFi analyzers are essential to analyze your WiFi signal strength. Here is a partial list of WiFi Analyzer tools for Laptops, Windows Mobile, Android and iPhone. If you know better ones, please add a comment, we will take a look at them.

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inSSIDer

inSSIDer is an award winning free WiFi analyzer for Windows Vista/XP systems. It can do a lot of help for you;

  • Inspect your WLAN and surrounding networks to troubleshoot competing access points.
  • Track the strength of received signal in dBm over time.
  • Filter access points in an easy to use format.
  • Highlight access points for areas with high Wi-Fi concentration
  • Export Wi-Fi and GPS data to a KML file to view in Google Earth.

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CommView for WiFi

CommView for WiFi is a powerful wireless network monitor and analyzer for 802.11 a/b/g/n networks. Loaded with many user-friendly features, CommView for WiFi combines performance and flexibility with an ease of use unmatched in the industry. he program presents a clear, detailed picture of network traffic that facilitates the examination and analysis of packets, helping the user to pinpoint network problems and troubleshoot software and hardware. With over 70 supported protocols, CommView for WiFi makes it possible to see every detail of a captured packet using a convenient tree-like structure to display protocol layers and packet headers. CommView for WiFi can perform on-the-fly and post-capture decryption of encrypted data packets utilizing a user-defined WEP key or WPA passphrase.

An evaluation version is available for Download:

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SnifMon

Ufasoft Snif is a network sniffer, designed for capturing and analysis of the packets going through the network. Using the packet driver, it requests all the packets from the network card driver (even the packets not addressed to this computer). Then the packets go to protocol analyzers which are written as separate modules and their set may be extended by the user himself. Various analyzers may be interdependent and are organized in a tree structure.

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AirGrab – for Mac OS

AirGrab WiFi Radar  is a tool to display information about Apple Airport base stations and other WiFi (802.11b/g/n) wireless  access points. Using AirGrab WiFi Radar you can determine most popular WiFi channels and select optimal channel for your WiFi network. Signal level and Noise level helps to diagnose common wireless network problems and optimally position your base station and or computer to achieve the best possible signal strength.

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WiFi Monster – for Windows Mobile

The best Wi-Fi discovery tool for PocketPC and Windows Mobile.

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WiFi Analyzer – for Android

Analyze WiFi signals straight from your Android device. More info is here.

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WiFi Speed Meter – for iPhone

Accurately measure your wireless internet connection, using an advanced mathematical model with the WiFiSpeed webapp. WiFiSpeed allows you to take repeated measurements and it will continuously average your result with the previous ones, for a more accurate reading. Check it out here.

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How To Use Kuler And Choose Colors Easily For Your Interior Designs

Choosing the right combination of colors is one of the most important elements in a interior design. The colors you choose often have effect on your mood. If you would like to use your creativity, the combination of colors can easily be generated using existing natural patters around us.

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Adobe Kuler, an internet application from Adobe Systems lets individuals to use their creativity and try out various color schemes. It is available in a simple browser-hosted variant that runs on Adobe Flash. Use Adobe Kuler one an generate various color schemes that suits their taste and have their room painted based on the color combination generated. As the application lets you to create color schemes from images, you could use the natural combination of colors and patters around you to create fantastic color combinations. Here are some examples of color schemes generated using naturally available color combinations and patters:

Deep colors from Beet Eater

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Bright Colors from Sunset

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Colorful Mood using natural colors from Sky

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Bright Pink Colors

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There are endless possibilities to use natural harmony of colors available and generate you color combination for interior designs. Kuler is indeed a nice tool to play with these and create color schemes.

15+ iPad Alternatives – But How Good Are they?

Apple iPad is creating another technology wave, many players are chasing them with their breed of touch-screen enabled tablet devices. Here we have featured some of them, most of which are just prototypes under active development (some of them aren’t). We may to have wait for few months before they matured. We are all finger crossed and waiting if they can clash with the mighty Apple’s iPad :) (We really like to see some competition for iPad)

HP Slate

Upcoming Windows 7 based tablet PC from HP. HP Slate has Intel Atom 1.6GHz CPU, 3MP Camera on the back panel and a VGA Web Cam on the front, 8.9’’ Capacitive Multi touch Screen, 1GB RAM. It will have great multimedia capabilities. More is here. (Update – Canceled)

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ExoPC Slate

ExoPC Slate is a powerful Windows 7 netbook with a multi-touch interface to browse the web, play flash games, watch TV and movies, listen music and news, read books, organize your photos, download apps and more.

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OpenTablet 7

The OpenTablet 7 beautifully combines the highest quality VoIP telephony with an advanced multi-media communications and information center, converging voice, video, and data into an attractive and portable device.

The 7” touch screen display provides an engaging, interactive experience with an intuitive navigation menu for easy access to family organization, information, and entertainment applications including photos, videos, music, calendar, contacts, and many other popular applications. Check out more here.

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WePad

Android based WePad is German designed. It is based on Intel Atom 1.66GHz based CPU. It has larger 11.6’’ touch screen with Android Market place built in. Official site.

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Lenovo Skylight

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Skylight is a sleek, stylish 10" mobile HD device with a web-optimized interface that lets you enjoy the web and rich media everywhere you go. Skylight is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon ARM processor, 20GB storage on device with 2GB online, it lets you enjoy web experience on the go.

JooJoo

Brilliant 12.1’’ multitouch capacitive screen, accelerometer, camera and other goodies on this tablet. More info here.

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Dell Streak

Apparently leaked pictures of tablets from Dell. Engadget has reported that Dell Streak are in 2 variants, 7’’ and 10’’ tablets. We will need to wait and watch out for more.

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Archos Home tablet

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The ARCHOS 7 and the ARCHOS 8 home tablet are two new Android™-based multimedia tablets specifically designed for home use to enhance one’s digital lifestyle. The ARCHOS home tablet range bridges the gap between the Smartphone and the desktop PC to provide always-on access to the web and multimedia content in a large-screen format. Their screen sizes are 7” and 8” respectively. More is here.

Notion Ink – Adam

An Indian startup with its upcoming Tablet – Adam. It has Pixel Qi transflective display, NVIDIA Tegra T20 chipset, 180 degree Swivel Camera, 1080p Full HD video playback, integrated WiFi, Bluetooth and UMTS/HSDPA

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MSI

Engadget featured Tablet. More is here.

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ICD Vega

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Vega is Android Eclair based 15.6’’ touchscreen tablet. It has 3G, FM radio, 32GB SD and much more. check it out.

enTourage eDGe dualbook

The enTourage eDGe™ is the world’s first dualbook, combining the functions of an e-reader, netbook, notepad, and audio/video recorder and player in one. Read here for more.

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Alex eBook Reader

Alex is Dual Screen Reader – The fundamental difference between Alex and other eReaders is that it intuitively and elegantly integrates its two displays, com- bining the efficiency and reading comfort of the EPD display with the responsiveness, multimedia, and browsing capabilities of the LCD display. More is here.

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Lenovo Ideapad Hybrid

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Upcoming Lenovo U1 Hybrid notebook features an unique PC style, it is like a notebook but with 11.6’’ LED Multitouch screen that is removable. It can be used as a 3G/WiFi enabled tablet as well. More is here.

Compal Tablet

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Compal Tablet is Android powered and is from Nvidia. A 7’’ tocuhscreen tablet with WiFi, brilliant screen is just a concept for now. Soon, will be available. Engadget has more.

Asus Eee Tablet

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This Asus 7’’ capacitive touchscreen tablet has lots of features, A-GPS, WiFi, Camera and more. It is rumored to either have Windows 7 or Android as OS. More is here.

Quanta Tablet

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Quanta is an early prototype running Android on Tegra 2 chipset. It has WiFi, 3G and other essential tablet features to give you great internet experience. More is here.

Via [TechCrunch][Mashable]

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