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Online Collaboration Tools for Software Engineers

{by Nishadha Silva }
Collaboration means a group of people working together to create something. In general most software engineers do this in there day to day life. However the advances in technology and the increasing number of people working from distributed locations lead to more advanced online collaboration tools. Below are some online collaboration tools that are well suited for software engineers.
Confluence is software to manage wiki’s. Wiki’s became very popular after the success of community driven websites like Wikipedia. Business started noticing this and adopted this to manage their business knowledge. People can share their articles and his peers can give feedback instantly. A great tool for manage business knowledge in a collaborative way. Creately
Creately is an online diagramming tool, specifically built for software teams. Even as a standalone diagramming tool it compares well and can be considered as an alternative to Microsoft Visio. But when it comes to col…

Nokia Mobile Money application

Nokia has launched a new application/initiative called the 'Union Bank Money powered by Nokia' across India for its all upcoming Nokia devices, merging with various retailers, merchants and institutions like Obopay, Union Bank of India and Yes Bank. This app will be integrated in Symbian smartphones-Nokia's series 30 and series 40. 

The service will let users to use their mobile phones as a wallet that can be used to make Bill payments, Money Transfer, Prepaid SIM top-up and Cash withdrawals from ATMs. The new app will allow users to manage their account and provide a convenient options for money transaction via mobile phones and keep a track of balance information. As of now, Bharti airtel offers "airtel money" service, allowing users to pay for bills through their mobile phones.

To activate this service, users can visit their nearest Nokia retailer to set up the service on their device, users will have to make a cash payment to the dealer and the dealer will tr…

Sports Tracker for Nokia Lumia 800 and 710

Sports Tracker is a Premium app for fitness free on Windows phone and is available free at the Marketplace for Nokia Lumia 800 and 710.The free app is also available for Android, iPhone and Nokia Symbian devices.  Sports Tracker is an application which will Analyze and Keep a track of your exercise and performance, and sharing your workout and photos via the Sports Tracker community, Facebook and Twitter taking it to a whole new level.
Features TrackingDistanceDurationSpeedAverage speed and paceMax speedEnergy spent (kCal)Training Diary for workout data analysisDiary sync to service for further analysisSharing of workouts to Facebook, Twitter and the Sports Tracker community(

>>download Sports Tracker for Windows

Sony Tablet S and P is here

Consumer Electronics & IT Products giants-Sony, has launched its latest tablet to S and P in India, competing with the Apple I pad and the recently launched ultra low cost Akash tablet. The Tablets are expected to hit the Indian market by Mid-January 2012, available across 500 stores in India.The new Sony Tablet S & P is equipped with the latest Andrid  3.2 O S and is tagged at Rs 33,990/- and Rs 36,990/- respectively.

Sony has collaborated with local developers to develop and design unique applications for the  Indian consumers to deliver a high quality and excellent entertainment. Sony Tablet S and P would be the first Tablet ever to have a PlayStation certification. Apart from other Tablets in the market Sony Tablets have an exceptional asymmetrical design with a wedge shape , similar to a magazine that can be folded over making it unique. The tablets with dual screen, will provide amazing entertainment experience and portability. Another amazing feature of Sony Tablets is …

Must have apps for your Android phone

         Astro File Manager
Astro File Manager helps you to organize and manage your pictures, music, videos and other files. ASTRO is in top ten Android App list and is one of the easiest app to update and manage files. Its features include file management, file backup, image and text viewers, downloader, thumbnails, search files, application manager and many more
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Ringdroid is an app for recording and editing sounds, one can create ringtones directly on the handset. It access all sound files on the phone to edit and create ringtone. You can play it anywhere just by tapping on the screen . Save clipped audios as a new audio file and mark it as music, ringtone, alarm or notification. It supports MP3, AAC/MP4, WAV, AMR formats.
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Nokia Lumia 800 - Software update is ready online

Conversations Nokia has reported that software update for Nokia Lumia 800 will be available online in all country where there are Lumia 800 users. Nokia has released Lumia 800 only couple of weeks ago with MS Windows Phone 7.5 Mango OS.
As per the update list it shows comparable increase in  performance and usability.
° Improved charging
° Voicemail notification improvement
° Replying to mail improved for Microsoft Exchange 2003 users
° Improved display in switching in bright light
° Improved audio quality
Not everyone will get the update at once – the number of simultaneous downloads has to be limited – but it should be delivered in all the initial launch countries over the course of the next two weeks. The software will be downloaded through Microsoft Zune.

cordy-a good choice for android game lovers

Cordy is a 3D puzzlergame ,a cute little Robot whose task is to run, jump, push, pull, lift, throw, bounce , swing and hover all around in various levels. It is one of the best apps on Android market.

The graphics of this game is pretty cool. The controls are simple and the game is somewhat similar to the Little Big Planet and Sonic.You have virtual scroll left and right button.

Supports on Android 2.1 an 2.2

• #1 APP in the United States, Germany, France, Canada, Spain, and many more.

• EDITORS’ CHOICE. One of the "best apps on Android Market", as chosen by Android Market staff.

• TOP 25 SMARTPHONE GAME OF 2011. -Pocket Gamer and The Guardian. "One of mobile gaming’s most accomplished platformers." -IGN

• PLAY FREE BEFORE YOU BUY. Try 4 free awesome levels so you can be sure you like the game. You can buy the full game from within using In-App Billing. This feature can be turned off in the game’s Settings.

• HOURS OF GAMEPLAY. The full game has 27 levels of fast-paced fu…

Nokia Asha 300 and Asha 200 launched in India

Nokia has finally launched its Asha series of mobile handset,the Nokia Asha 200 And Nokia Asha 300 in India earlier this week. The Asha series of phone targets the young Indian gadgets lovers. Asha 200 is Nokia's first QWERTY -dual sim phone. The expected price of Nokia Asha 200 and Nokia Asha 3oo would be around Rs 4750 and Rs 7400 respectively.

Both the phones, Asha 300 and Asha 200, runs on Symbian S40 operating software and offers one click access to email and chat via Nokia messaging and Facebook.

Nokia Asha 200
Nokia Asha 200 is a dual sim device and offers QWERTY keypad. It is incorporated with the popular whats app messenger. Nokia Asha 2oo comes with a 2MP camera and a powerful built in speakers with 52 hours of music playback. With the easy swap function you can swap cards in the second sim slot without turning off the device.

Honda feeds diesel engines- 1.6L i-dtec

Japanese Auto giant Honda SIEL reveals their new diesel technology which can be labelled as turning point in auto industry for majour markets like Europe and India. "Hot coffee" served at Tokyo Auto Show was  Honda's 1.6 L i-DTEC turbo diesel engine. The machine which produces maximum power of 120 Bhp @ 4,000 rpm and peak torque of  300 Nm @2,000 rpm.

This engine is light weighing just 170 kg and hence it is expected to deliver more fuel efficiency. Also Honda showcased a newly developed engine for automobiles called 'Earth Dreams Technology', which the company claims it will enhance fuel efficiency. However nothing has been revealed much by Honda and reserved it for some later date.  The 1.6 L diesel engine is specifically targeted for its best selling Civic sedan. To keep up
with the demand for diesel cars in India, Honda in India might consider the same engine for its flagship sedan Honda City.
Price rise of fuel was a major drawback for petrol engine  from Ho…

Google comes indoor - Google Indoor Maps

Android users can now have the pride of walking and navigating through indoors of world's shopping mall and airports. The update is available currently for some buildings in US and Japan.
"Detailed floor plans automatically appear when you're viewing tge 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". This was what Brian McClendon,Vice President of Engineering for Google Earth and Maps wrote in his Google blog.
Android users are going to get benefitted with indoor maps currently. iPhone and other smartphone users need to wait, dont know how long but. Users will be able to find stairs, elevtors, restrooms and stores within malls, terminals within airports, bus station, railway stations.
Get to know more fron here about Google …

Samsung Galaxy Note - I name it Superior Phone

South Korian company Samsung has introduced phone that holds in between tablet and smartphone, named Galaxy Note. Its a suprisingly handsome phone which has more advanced features than any other official smartphones and having all features of tablet integrated into a single device.
A true successor for Samsung Galaxy S2 which has more powerful processor, more intelligent display, wide and clear display and slim and weightless phone. This is not the first time that we are seeing an integrated phone Dell has introduced Streak with a 5 inch screen, but had a poor market reaction.
Big screen helps us giving a good web browsing experience also helpful as e-reader kit. No need to worry on battery life as its having a longer battery life. OS is android 2.3 which has already proved its capabilities and stability. S-pen smart pen but same old stylus pen is an added addition which is very handy at useful situations.
Specification(from official smasung page)

  * HSPA+ 21Mbps 850/900/1900/…

AdFree Android v0.8.9


AdFree removes most ads in the browser and other apps. 
It does this by nullifying requests to known host names in the system host file.

Requirements: Android 2.1+
What's in this version:
-Added Japanesetranslation
-French and German are coming


Chromebook's pricee slashes » $299

Chromebook which is running on Google chrome OS is a new market segment found between cloud computing and laptops. Googlechrome book providers like Samsung and Acer have reduced its prices.
Acer has dropped the price of their AC700 Chromebook (Wi-Fi) to $299. The features include an 11.6" screen, Intel Atom N570 Processor, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB SSD hard drive and runs on Google Chrome OS.

Now the Samsung Series 5 Chromebook has 12.1-inch widescreen notebook with an Intel Atom N570 processor. Its light weight only 3.2 pounds.
In chromebook you can login with your Gmail information, so you have access to Docs, Calendar, and all your Google account basics. Apps are available from Google's Web Store, like TweetDeck, Angry Birds, and so on to help fill any software and utility needs. You are expected to save everything to the cloud.
Battery life lasts over six hours.

Apple iO5 update through air

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Apple's iOS5.0 .1 update is finally in air now. Some new changes are expected which will fix tge current running bugs iOS 5 devices. Now. The update will be much more simple as the update will run on air. This means that the Apple users don't need to plug their device to computer and connevt to iTunes as the update is Over The Air(OTA).
The update is applicable to all iOS 5 running devices such as the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S , iPod Touch 3rd and 4th Gen , iPad, and iPad 2 .
All a user has to do is, go to Settings > General > Software Update, and
if there is an update available for your device, you will be notified immediately (given that
you're on a Wi- Fi or 3G network) and you can download the update right away.
A new way of update has also been introduced i.e. there will be delta updates where only required changes will be made and whole device will not be updated at once. The update takes place fairly easily and doesn't
take too m…

Latest addition to Google+

What's new on Google+With over 40 million users on Google +, Google+ has added some new features for its users. Over a billion contents and shared each day, the new feature "What's Hot" will allow users to keep a track of the trending and most popular post. Secondly the "Ripple" feature will add a visual pleasure to the users, keeping an eye on the shared post. Finally the latest addition is a photo editing software, the Creative Kit.

"What's Hot" feature appear in 2 places on Google+, firstly the mainstream, where you can read more similar topics and comment on it.It is also available as the standalone stream, on the left sidebar.

"Ripples" this feature will give a visual representation of a publicly shared content on Google+. The Ripple button can be seen on the top right corner of a shared post. Click on the drop down arrow and click "View Ripple", you will then be visually demonstrated with an interconnected network of do…

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  (2) Firework Plus
  (3) TweetCaster for twitter
  (4) Football Meister
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  (7) Mobo Task Killer
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tips for optimizing YouTube videos

From a simple video sharing website, YouTube has gained its position among some major search engines such as Google, Yahoo and many more. YouTube is ranked 3 by Alexa. Millions of videos are being watched and uploaded to YouTube every day, making it one of the popular website.

To get maximum succe of YouTube videos, video produced and uploaded to YouTube channel should be of great quality. Your target audience should find your content interesting and at the same time one should develop a unique strategy for pulling more public to watch the video frequently. One should do a bit of research on keyword analysis to optimize your content. Here are a few tips for optimizing YouTube videos Title: The title should be catchy and appropriate for the video. Use keywords that is highly searches by the audience and optimize the “title” using proper keywords. Each YouTube information can be optimized-the title, description, tags, categories with a highly searched keyword. Description: Description shou…

Android apps for Indian Stockmarket

This post refers to the android apps for Indian stock market. Find your apps here. Lets talk about the most commonly used apps and also the most handy one - " inStocksBSE/ NSE Stock Markets ". This app developed by Snapwork technologies has been the most widely and most downloaded apps. The home screen provides BSE and NSE values. There is also an option to create your watchlist. Also currency rates, options, news feed from various source provides, market advices etc can be obtained with the touch of your finger.
This app is very handy much powerful no performance issues consumes less  battery. Even with a slower dataconnectivity you can get good response from the app. The only disadvantage  which I found is the ability fo build your portfolio screen, bit its ok as you got a watchlist. Going to second one..
Moneycontrol has also provided an app for Indian stock traders.  A very good app which draws everyones attention as it got news from cnbc source. Also all the ability whic…