LG’s ‘Smartphone Idea Camp’, win prizes worth Rs. 15 lakhs

LG India has launched a new campaign ‘Smartphone Idea Camp’ which is an online contest for its costumers and tech enthusiast people. In this two month long contest, consumers can suggest a unique application, feature, design or user interface ideas that they desire in their phones. The best ideas will get LG Optimus Smartphone and a prize value of Rs. 15,00,000. Also they will be shortlisted for the second round which’s a 3 day long workshop in New Delhi.

LG Smartphone iDEACAMP

The campaign started on 1st of August 2012 and will end on 15th of September 2012. To participate in this contest go to www.lg.com/in/smartphoneideacamp.jsp and click “GO ON! SHARE YOUR IDEA”. Please note that this contest is for Indian residents only. You can take part either individually or in a group (max. 4 people). LG will select top 40 best ideas based on imagination, creativity and utility.

If you are from India then I think you should definitely give it a try. If your idea gets selected then you can win cool prizes plus you’ll soon see a Smartphone with your own suggested feature in it. ;)

Reason why you should and shouldn’t buy Samsung Galaxy Note

Galaxy Note is a new Phone (or a Tablet may be) by Samsung which is gaining lot of popularity in the gadget world and the main reason behind it is the design of this phone cum tablet. With 5.3″ display screen you can even do your tablet PC or netbook work on this huge phone. But the question is whether you should buy Samsung Galaxy Note or not? Well we have the answer for you.

If you want to read the detailed specification of this phone please click here.

Why you should buy Galaxy Note?

  • Buy it if you can’t afford a Smartphone and a Tablet separately.
  • If you like to buy a handy Tablet which you can carry in your pocket as well.
  • If you always have to stay connected to internet for your work or business (I’m not talking about Facebook and Twitter :P )
  • If you like bulky and flashy gadgets and if you like showing off your gadgets. No one is going to notice an iPhone or Samsung Galaxy S-II in your hand and one can’t ignore such a huge phone like this one.
  • If you are a teenager.
  • If you love android and it’s applications.
  • If you don’t care about the market after buying a gadget. Samsung will definitely cut its prices and will launch a new phone in this segment soon just like Samsung Galaxy S series. They launched S and S-II and now S-III on its way.
  • If you like using a Stylus. This thing hardly matters as you can still use your fingers on Galaxy Note.

Why you shouldn’t buy Galaxy Note?

  • Don’t buy it if you want a stable device that you can use for next 2-3 years.
  • If you don’t like bulky phones, this device looks weird in a pocket of a trouser.
  • If you’re already using a tablet or you’re planning to buy one.
  • If you are buying a phone just to get cool application. In that case go for an Apple device.
  • If you are expecting a high resale value of your phone.
  • If you hate Andriod and just impressed by the looks of this phone.
  • If you are not good in handling delicate stuff. The only delicate part of this phone is the screen. Google is full of queries like “Galaxy Note cracked screen”.
  • Last but not the least, if you’re an Apple iPhone lover then don’t buy it. In that case either wait for iPhone 5 (expected in June 2012) or buy an iPhone 4S or even iPhone 4; that will give you more happiness. :)

Verdict:

Well I can just give you suggestion, the final decision is still yours. Galaxy Note is technically a very good phone. The good feature of this phone is its display and its a bad feature too.

According to me if you are planning to buy a smartphone then go for something else like Samsung S-II or Apple iPhone. And if you’re looking for a Tablet PC then go with Apple iPad. Don’t mix up a phone and a tablet as both are different things with different usage.

F-Secure is a seriously nice tool to protect your phone from theft

Since the advent of Android and iPhone, there are plenty of apps in market that promises to save your mobile from theft. But there are very few companies that are providing solution for multiple platforms.

F-Secure is a nice tool that can secure your mobile from theft. It supports multiple mobile platforms including Symbian, Windows mobile and Android. It supports mobile phones of Google Nexus One, HP, HTC, Nokia, Palm, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and Toshiba.

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To use this tool, download and it in your computer. You can also directly download it on your mobile phone. After sending the software in mobile using data cable or bluetooth, install it on your phone.

#LOCK# – Remote Lock Your Phone

Send text SMS #lock#<your code> to your phone to lock it quickly. The phone will lock and it can be open with a correct password only.

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#LOCATE# – Locate Your Missing Phone

Send text message: #locate#<your code> to your phone to see its location on a map.

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#WIPE# – Remote Wipe Your Phone

If you want to erase all the data then send the text message #wipe#<your code> to your phone to wipe all the data.

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Theft Control

If someone find or thefts your phone and tries to replace the SIM card then the phone will automatically lock down and the new SIM number will be sent to you.

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That is how your phone will be secured by this software. If you didn’t try it yet then install it in your phone and have a look. This service needs service activation which is done with the help of internet connection. So make sure that your phone is GPRS or WiFi enabled.

Check out F-Secure Anti Theft for Mobile to protect your mobile from theft.

Is it worth buying Google’s Nexus?

There are two types of breakthroughs for a company. One is the external one which is doing something different and being the first to do it. This leads to growth. The other is an internal breakthrough which happens when your company has resources, money and size but has to look for another breakthrough. This breakthrough is what Google will be looking for with the Nexus One. In the mean time, lets check if it will be worth buying Nexus One.

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Here is a comparison of different phones out there in the market. Below is a comparison of the Motorola Android, iPhone 3GS and Nexus One.

iPhone 3GS

Motorola Droid

Nexus One

Storage Capacity 16 GB 16 GB 4 GB
Battery life 5 hours talk-time 6.4 hours talk-time 7 hours talk-time
Camera

3.0 Megapixel with Recording and Editing

5.0 Megapixel with video  recording

5.0 Megapixel with video recording

Wi Fi Yes Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes Yes
Voice Commands Yes Yes Yes
App Store iTunes App store Android Market Android Market
No of Apps 93,200 20,000 20,000
Multitasking No Yes Yes

So what do you think after the comparison?Will it be worth buying Google’s Nexus One? Let me know through your comments.

Link: Mashable

Snap2Tell – Click a pic from your mobile phone to know your location!

clip_image002Ever been out site-seeing and wished someone could tell you more about the place? What if you could just take a picture of the place or monument with your camera phone and have more information pop up right on your handset?

Making this happen is a smart image recognition software – Snap2Tell, that can tell you what an image “means.” Developed by A*STAR’s Institute for Infocomm Research, this technology was displayed at the CommunicAsia 2009 tradeshow held at the Singapore Expo. The software can be tweaked to work with GPS-enabled mobile phones so the server can detect your location and send you the correct data.

Snap2Tell technology

Snap2Tell is an image recognition engine that recognizes scenes / objects without the need of labeling or putting barcode on the Point of Interest (POI), associating it with relevant information.

This technology to be implemented into:

  • Mobile devices
  • Ultra mobile computers (UMPC)
  • Regular mobile phones with camera

Snap2Play

Snap2Play is an interactive mixed reality mobile application. It employs Snap2Tell’s image recognition engine as well as GPS and accelerometer sensors to enhance the mobile application.

This technology can serve the tourism industry, where tourists can simply “snap” pictures with their camera phone and get information on various places of interest.

This technology can be used for:

  • Immersive mobile learning
  • Interactive mobile guide
  • Mixed-reality mobile gaming
  • Marketing tools

How does it work?

  • Activate the application
  • Take a picture
  • Send it on to the system’s server
  • It will return with the relevant information.

In today’s world, mobile phones have become an everyday gadget for most of us. Recognizing this growing trend, even governments and industries around the world are working on integrating mobile devices into areas such as tourism, education, and entertainment, with an effort to enrich users’ experience.

Snap2Tell relies on MMS technology for now, however, A*STAR is considering options such as Wi-Fi and 3G as well. The server has only limited information at this point, but the option of opening up the platform to users is being considered so that people can contribute pictures and information to the database as well.

(Source: Snap2Tell)

Reliance offers ‘E-Lite Plan for BlackBerry’ for just Rs. 299 per month!

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Reliance Mobile and Research in Motion (RIM) have introduced into the Indian market an affordable plan called the “E-Lite plan for Blackberry” for smartphone users. The plan allows Reliance to reach out to a wider market by providing affordable and high quality services to consumers, at the same time allowing consumers to stay connected through email and instant messaging on their smartphones while on the move.

For just Rs. 299 per month, the plan offers users “unlimited” access to email and instant messaging (IM) on their BlackBerry smartphones.

Reliance customers can use:

  • Up to 10 supported POP3/IMAP email accounts (including most popular ISP email accounts such as Yahoo Mail and Google Mail).
  • Popular attachment formats including JPEG, TIF, Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point while on the move.
  • Unlimited IM services like Yahoo Messenger, Google Talk, Windows Live Messenger and BlackBerry Messenger.

Plan available for all BlackBerry smartphones from Reliance Mobile:

  • BlackBerry 8703e
  • BlackBerry 8830
  • BlackBerry Curve 8300
  • BlackBerry Curve 8900
  • BlackBerry Pearl 8110
  • BlackBerry Pearl 8130

Airtel and Vodafone also offer similar plans, which costs subscribers Rs. 299 per month.

Share your comments on what you think.