Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Want Ubuntu like Workspace on Windows Machine? Here are few...

Love working on Ubuntu desktop using Workspace...

Tired navigating through many minimized applications on Windows machine?

Tired working on single desktop all day? Now you can have as many desktops you want & switch between them...

Simplify your working experience by trying these awesome free utilities & feel the difference...

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1. Dexpot

Dexpot is a feature rich desktop manager for Windows. You can setup Dexpot to simply enable extra workspace up to 20 total workspaces just to have a little extra space to spread out your work. If you delve into the more advanced features you can set up rules for where applications will end up when launched and customize each virtual desktop to have its own wallpaper and resolution. Dexpot has multiple ways of navigating your virtual desktops including keyboard shortcuts, a small thumbnail catalog of your active desktops, and a full screen Exposé-like preview of all desktops.

2. VirtuaWin
VirtuaWin is a simple virtual-desktop manager that a power user can quickly turn into a highly customized tool thanks to a large library of plug-ins. Out of the box VirtuaWin does a great job with simple window switching and management, but VirtuaWin users have contributed a variety of useful plug-ins to the project that do everything from change wallpaper based on your current desktop to selectively enabling and disabling icons on each individual desktop. If you're using VirtuaWin to separate work from play or to separate individual projects, you'll even find a plug-in for tracking how much time you spend in each virtual space.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

NFC Technology – Everything You Need To Know

NFC Technology (Near Field Communication Technology) will bring in the ‘next level’ convenience and sensibility to the way we exchange information. This technology can easily be scaled up to many areas of applicability, which is what makes it another add-on into the list of ‘Next-Big-Things’. Now, lets look at some of the key aspects of NFC Technology including what it is, how it works, NFC in the market place and it’s future.

  • What is NFC?
    NFC stands for Near Field Communication and as the name suggests, the key for this technology lies in devices being in close proximity or contact with each other. Once devices have established the proximity, which is enabled very quickly (0.1 sec), the communication is enabled. The distances in terms for NFC must be very small, usually less than an inch and as such it is different from comparable communications like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for which there are natural comparisons.
  • How NFC Technology works:
    Near field Communication operates through short wave radio transmission. Devices that operate NFC technology like smartphones or PDAs, are equipped with an NFC chip. The process of communication between the chip in one device and the chip in another device is an electronic process called inductive coupling. This coupling is a development of an earlier technology, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID). With RFID, the technology had a ‘send and receive’ process and was used in a one directional format. NFC takes this process to the next level and allows two way communication between NFC Technology enabled devices.
  • NFC in the Marketplace:
    The current scope of NFC services is in its infancy in terms of market launch and proliferation. The global range of the product is sporadic and there are a variety of test locations which have embraced this technology, the key markets of USA and Japan are showing a steadily growing rise in the number of transactions as the technology takes hold. In recent surveys, a growing number of people have stated that they would much rather pay using their phone than carry cash. The scope is of demand is being trialled in some key market areas in Europe and Asia with a growing body of evidence revealing general product in performance in France, South Korea, Turkey, United Kingdom and Tanzania.

    France offers the earliest evidence of information with NFC technology in operation, during the early May 2010. There, NFC has been used for purchases of civil services like transportation information and ticketing, similar services have been used for the system in South Korea from later in that same year. More recent progress of the technology can be seen in Turkey where, from early 2011 in Turkey up to 55,000 separate retail processes could be operated using the system. A more limited facility (15,000 outlets) mainly through banks and mobile phone companies has been in evidence in the UK through 2011 and Tanzania.

    The statistical data on the number of Near Field Communication transactions globally illustrates a growing trend for usage, but one which is only at the tip of the iceberg if general predictions are to be believed. According to statistics released by Juniper Research Visa has issued 20,000,000 NFC enabled cards and Google Wallet can currently operate at 311,000 locations globally. Predictions for the number of transactions to be made using NFC devices over the coming couple of years show a sharp increase to a plausible 50,000,000 global transactions by 2014. The bulk of these will occur in Europe, US and Asia.
  • Brands already incorporating NFC:
    It is also estimated the more than 1/10th of the smart phones sold globally were NFC ready devices with many of the major brands including Blackberry, Nokia, Google and Samsung employing the technology in a range of their handsets. In addition to the handsets. the technology is a part of MasterCard and it can even be found in the Wii controller. Although this claim is yet to be verified, it is rumored that Apple has come on board and has planned to have NFC as part of iPhone 5 and iPad 3.
  • Emerging markets:
    The growth of NFC technology is not limited to developed markets either with the rise in usage occurring in a number of emerging markets. A recent report for Financial Firm Citigroup stated that there were,

    40 million mobile money users exist in Africa – the lion’s share of this is attributable to the over 20 million users of Safaricom’s M-Pesa offering in Kenya.

    A further report by Communications Commission of Kenya highlighted this growing trend,

    The continued growth is an indication of subscribers’ preference to mobile money transfer, which could be attributed to accessibility and affordability even to low-income earners who form the bulk of the unbanked population.
  • The Future of NFC:
    Near Field Communication is here and set to be the next big thing. Watch out for stores in your locality promoting the use of paying by handset. With key players like Google and Apple preparing themselves for this market, it is inevitable that the NFC Technology (with the era beginning with NFC Phones) will become a part of our society.

NexPhone: Futuristic Concept Smartphone Using Ubuntu for Android, Real Deal or Hogwash?

NexPhone concept is a new kick-starter like project where the promoters intend to build a smartphone that becomes your tablet, laptop and PC, all at the same time. Might sound familiar since ASUS has a similar project called ASUS PadFone. The interesting thing about NexPhone project is that, they intend to use Ubuntu for Android as their preferred desktop OS. It all looks very promising (video below), but there are some suspicious bits too.
NexPhone - Android Smartphone that Becomes a Tablet, Laptop or PC using Ubuntu for Android
NexPhone - An Android Smartphone that Becomes a Tablet, Laptop or PC

The video introduction to the project is impressive and the demo of hardwares and docks shown are really nice too. They intend to use Ubuntu for Android software to create a smartphone that will function as a full PC. Additionally, the NEX series will feature affordable options to dock NexPhone to peripherals such as a tablet, laptop or wide screen monitor.

What I don't like is the fact that NexPhone campaign is a Flexible Funding campaign, which means, this campaign will receive all of the funds contributed by Sat Nov 10 at 11:59PM PT, even if they doesn't reach the intended goal of raising $950,000.
NexPhone Funding Campaign []

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Top 5 Cydia Repos for Jailbroken iPhone

This is the list that I have compiled for your usage.
Sinful iPhone Repo : If you have been looking for the nice and resourceful place to find cracked app, mods or tweaks of any form for your iOS device, you don’t need to worry more.
Hackulo.Us Repo : If you are unable to get money to use for app on App Store, then this will be a nice advantage for you. This is one of the best repo that I have used and it is good for people who cannot afford to buy the apps they needed from App Store directly. This repo has another advantage that made me to add it to this list, it has Installous which lets you download premium apps from the App Store and test it out on your phone before you finally purchase it.
iHacksRepo : This is the best for iPhone 4 and iPod Touch 4G repo. You can find another one that can perform better than this for now! It has got more tweaks you might need on your iPhone 4 and iPod Touch device.
xSellize Repo : This is one of the best repos, if you’re someone who loves to play emulator games and other on your iOS device, then you will find this useful.
YourCydiaRepo : This repo is good for tweaking performance of iPhone device. If your iphone device is not performing well, you can use this repo to tweak and make things work right.
All of these are the 5 Cydia repos for your next iPhone iOS device jailbreaking without stress. You can use them at any time you want to add features to your iphone.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Samsung Galaxy smartphones with new naming scheme

Samsung today unveiled its new naming scheme for its Galaxy range of smartphones. According to the new scheme, smartphones will be categorized under five alphabets –
S (flagship, supersmart)
R (royal, refined, premium)
W (wonder,  high-end)
M (magical, mid-end) and
Y (young, entry-level)

For instance, it isn’t clear how R and W series are different from each other. And there’s more: device names can have a plus affixed to them to indicate it is a feature update of an existing model; pro to indicate a physical QWERTY keypad and LTE, well, to indicate LTE connectivity. Samsung today also introduced four Android 2.3 smartphones in the Galaxy Series - Galaxy W, Galaxy M Pro, Galaxy Y and Galaxy Y Pro smart – that will be unveiled during IFA next week.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Few more Dropbox alternatives

Online file storage is a pressing issue these days for users on any platform. Here are few more Dropbox alternatives.

5 dropbox alternatives

According to, "ownCloud aims to give everybody a personal cloud, letting them store, share and interact with their data from everywhere. But unlike competing implementations, ownCloud allows the user to easily mash up and connect data from different providers, decide where his or her data is stored and even run their own cloud server." ownCloud gives you universal access to your files through a web interface or WebDAV.
ADrive dropbox alternative

ADrive uses cloud storage to provide online backup, file sharing, and online data storage. ADrive's browser-based file manager is compatible with Windows, Linux and Mac. And then there is the highlight, 50GB of free storage! But there is a catch, unlike Dropbox and the likes we have seen so far, the client for ADrive is not free.

AeroFS is designed to let you go beyond simple file syncing and collaboration. AeroFS is completely decentralized. You can sync files between any two or more devices with or without Internet access, over a LAN, and behind a firewall. Your files do not need to be uploaded to the cloud, so you will retain full control of your data. AeroFS is invite only for now.
syncany cloud storage

Syncany is perhaps the most recommended Dropbox alternative among the lot and the strange fact is that, Syncany is still a work in progress and no release has happened yet. But the hype building around Syncany is quite understandable. Syncany is an open-source cloud storage and filesharing application that allows users to backup and share files using any kind of storage like FTP, Amazon S3 or Google Storage. Syncany provides data encryption and uses a plug-in based storage system which can be used with any type of remote storage.
Jungle Disk dropbox alternative

Jungle Disk is an online backup tool that stores its data in Amazon S3 or Rackspace Cloud Files. It was highlighted by Amazon as one of the earliest S3 clients. The basic Jungle Disk software is sold as a monthly subscription model, and the customer is billed directly by Amazon for data storage and transfer. The first 5 GB of storage with Jungle Disk is free of any charges. Windows, Linux and Mac clients are available.