BlackBerry Playbook Web-browsing experience video

This video demonstrates the power of flash and RIM’s BlackBerry Playbook’s browser capabilities in general and flash and video capability in particular. Browser embedded video playback has been demonstrated not only for Flash based Youtube videos but for embedded mp4 videos on Facebook and even HTML 5 videos like videojs.com player.

Other browser capabilities are also demoed. Here comes the video:

Word Target by Pepper.pk reviewed by Ovi Blog

Nokia Ovi official blog has reviewed word-target as a top-app and they say it has an edge over Scrabble and Boggle. The app has been selling on Ovi store for a while now targeting Nokia’s touchscreen devices. This is what the reviewer has to say:

I enjoy word games like Scrabble and I love Boggle, but for sheer convenience and fun Word Target from Pakistani developer Pepper.pk might have an edge on both of them. Word Target does the same thing–tap into your imaginative ability to see words within a random collection of letters.

You can read the whole-post here.

Android based Playstation phone caught on videos

SonyEricsson’s Android based PSP phone caught on video for us. This is really exciting to finally see a phone with dedicated gaming keys. Playing games on touchscreen is fun but the conventional gaming keys have a lot of value. The phone has the four direction keys, four action keys conventionally found on the PSP and a few more controls. The touchscreen, accelerometer and orientation sensing adds loads of value on top of the Android operating system.

PSP Android Phone

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Windows 7 phones in Lahore now -HTC HD-7

HTC-hd7- Windows Mobile 7Windows 7 mobile is creating news everywhere. Mobilink today has announced HTC HD-7 and it is exclusively available on Mobilink. The phone has quite good specs and what’s new is … errrrm…  Windows 7. You can get this great phone from Mobilink office for Rs. 55,999. You can get detailed specs of the phone here.

Make wireless speakers at home – DIY how-to

Today I’ll tell you how you can make your own wireless speakers. Wireless speakers of different sort are available in the market but they are much more expensive as compared to the wired ones. So how do we make a wireless speaker at home? Here we go

Nokia BH-502 bluetooth headset

What do we need to make stereo wireless speakers:

  1. A pair of good old wired speakers, may  be a pair that you already have.
  2. A stereo blue-tooth headset, any cheap one will do.
  3. A basic tool to cut/strip wire
  4. A female 3.5mm stereo connector
  5. A basic wire soldering tool or a tape to hold a twisted wire together

The trick is to use an A2DP based blue-tooth headset, connect it to a wired speaker and you are ready to enjoy wireless music.

Where to get a blue tooth headset

If you have an old Blue tooth headset, you are in luck. If you don’t have one, you are still not out of luck. Stereo blue tooth headsets are not that expensive and you can buy a cheap variant here. Luckily I had a used Nokia BH-502 blue tooth headset that I have used for this tutorial.

How to connect the female jack to the headset

This process depends on which headset you are using. I used a Nokia headset that was easily to open using a screwdriver. I simply removed the foam covering on the earpiece and opened three screws to expose the audio wires. If you have a different headset, all you have to do is to find the wire that connects to the both ear pieces. Warning: You may have to cut the plastic, metal or whatever body parts of your headset and you will eventually render your headset useless as a headset after this.

You need a pair for left ear and one for the right ear. Usually the wiring has a left channel wire, right channel wire and a common that connects to both ears.

Same is the case with the stereo 3.5mm female jack, you have a left, right and a common. You simply have to disconnect the wires from the ear pieces and connect to the 3.5 mm jack, hence the audio received by the blue tooth headset will be redirected ot the wire. Later you can connect a pair of wired speaker to the 3.5mm jack.

In most of the cases, the wiring in the headset is very very thin and handling the wires and soldering them is difficult. You can also leave the wires intact and connect the 3.5mm jack to already connected wires. In this case the audio will get directed to both speaker jack as well as the headset tiny earpieces.

Final Steps

Make sure you pack the headset in a box, casing, cover or something that helps avoiding any unintentional wire pull as the headset will be a bit of a wires mesh now :). All you have to do is pair your blue-tooth headset with your audio transmitter that could be your mobile phone or your blue-tooth enabled PC. All the sound that you play on the blue-tooth A2DP sound output will now be available on 3.5mm jack that you can connect to your favorite wired speaker without any direct connection between audio transmitter and the speaker.

Please do share your experience if you try something similar out. Happy untangled life.

Internet Explorer-I did not expect they’ll promote it on the roads

Microsoft’s latest advertisement on Karachi road-side kind of astonished me. It’s  nothing strange but it’s really unusual. Is this really time to move on to IE 9 beta? I’m not an IE fan but this ad seems to be working … downloading now 😉

And if you cannot read the link on the board, its http://www.microsoft.com/pakistan

** UPDATE **

And that’s a put-off for those who have not upgraded to Windows 7 yet. The download link only gives you an option to download it for Windows 7 32bit or 64bit. No options for a download for Vista or earlier versions.

PSP Phone on its way

PSP Android Phone by Sony Ericsson
PSP Android Phone by Sony Ericsson

PSP gamers can now rejoice as they do not have to carry a cellphone as well as a PSP. SonyEricssson’s android based gaming console mobile phone has been spotted as posted by this Mobile Crunch post.

The device clearly runs on Android OS and has a slide out controller. I really like the idea as I always hated the slide out keyboard on droid, while the on-screen keyboard is a breeze. PSP phone is expected to download the games that run on this device off an independent game-store, which possibly means that this device will have two different app-stores. PSP (whatever) store for games and android market for normal android apps and games.

PSP Gaming phone with Android

I’m sure these early shots are showing just an early version and the keypad etc will get better with time and the actual release will have a better game-pad section. No release dates, model numbers or other information is available except the fact that it will have a 1Ghz Qualcomm processor, 512 MB ram, 1GB Rom and a Micro SD slot.

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How Google Apps can help in classrooms

When I was in school, the Internet did not exist at all. I’m really happy for some of the kids if not all of them, to have access to the tools that prepare them for the future. While I go down the memory lane to thank all my teachers, I want you to please watch this video shared by Google discussing how Google apps can help school children to learn better and how they can be beneficial for the teachers in the classrooms.

Once you have seen above video, I want all you thinkers to suggest, how can we use technology in our schools in Pakistan, where access to technology is scarce and drive to bring the change is very low. I don’t say that the traditional teaching methods are incorrect, but we need to bring the change, jump ans skip the techniques being used in recent past by the modern school systems and to adopt the latest teaching and learning methodologies in our classrooms.  What do you think?

BlackBerry PlayBook Announced – An iPad rival?

BlackBerry playbookWell this is pretty much following Apple’s footstep and launching a 7 inch tablet is really not very innovative but its a cool addition to the available tablet options. This is a very moderate start to announced the launch a very exciting product actually. BlackBerry lovers around the world are excited at the launch and we see some serious competition in the tablet market now.

It’s not only the devices but the BlackBerry tablet OS is also a big announcement at the BlackBerry Devcon in San Francisco today and those who’ve seen it are going crazy I can tell you.

The unveiling video clearly shows the camera capability, multi-tasking, flash in the browser and several other features that are definitely winning against the iPad. Though they are not the first ones to launch the lovable tablet, I’m sure they will definitely grab some market.

Features that really make me go WOW include the HDMI video output for presentations, movies and browsing, full 1080p video playback capability, dual camera for video and still photos and a dual core 1 GHz processor.

I’m sharing here some more specs of the product but if the specs are not enough to impress you, you can scroll down to the bottom of the post to see the unveiling video of the new, dashing BlackBerry Playbook tablet.

Following are the key features and specifications of the BlackBerry PlayBook:

  • 7″ LCD, 1024 x 600, WSVGA, capacitive touch screen with full multi-touch and gesture support
  • BlackBerry Tablet OS with support for symmetric multiprocessing
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • Dual HD cameras (3 MP front facing, 5 MP rear facing), supports 1080p HD video recording
  • Video playback: 1080p HD Video, H.264, MPEG, DivX, WMV
  • Audio playback: MP3, AAC, WMA
  • HDMI video output
  • Wi-Fi – 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • Connectors: microHDMI, microUSB, charging contacts
  • Open, flexible application platform with support for WebKit/HTML-5, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Adobe Mobile AIR, Adobe Reader, POSIX, OpenGL, Java
  • Ultra thin and portable:
    • Measures 5.1″x7.6″x0.4″ (130mm x 193mm x 10mm)
    • Weighs less than a pound (approximately 0.9 lb or 400g)
  • Additional features and specifications of the BlackBerry PlayBook will be shared on or before the date this product is launched in retail outlets.