Archive for December 24th, 2010

December 24, 2010

>Track Santa Online and Leave Him A Voicemail with Google !

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Google is getting into the Christmas spirit by letting you track Santa on Google Earth or Maps; watch highlights from the man-in-red’s magical journey on YouTube; and even leave him a voicemail on his Google Voice Number.

Google has once again teamed up with the Northern American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) to keep an exact fix on the jolly old elf’s location in real time. This year, according to Google and NORAD, Santa’s 2010 route plan includes over 200 countries and territories worldwide. You can follow Santa starting at 2 a.m. Eastern Friday morning using the Google Earth Web browser plug-in, Google Maps for mobile or desktop, Twitter and Facebook. The best part is you can teach your child a little about the world while satisfying their curiosity about Santa’s annual journey.

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December 24, 2010

>Nokia N900 gets Android 2.3 Unoffically

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Most Android devices out there waiting for Android 2.3 update. But the unexpected Nokia N900 Linux SuperPhone got its Android 2.3 unofficially. Nitdroid.de 
posted a week later that the port of 2.3 is on the line for N900.The hackers from NITDroid project have succesfully ported the Android 2.3 aka GingerBread to the Nokia N900.
December 24, 2010

>Firefox 4 Beta 3 Now Available For Android And Maemo

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Firefox 4 Beta 3 has been finally released for Android and Maemo smartphones. The new version comes with a new Android-style menus, improved support for Android keyboards, support for uploading files, improved audio performance and so on.
December 24, 2010

>Steve Jobs Named Financial Times Person of the Year 2010

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The Financial Times has announced Apple CEO Steve Jobs,the co-founder and chief executive officer of Apple  as person of the year for 2010.
Financial Times touches on other possible candidates for the “person of the year” title. “When Steven Paul Jobs first hit the headlines, he was younger even than Mark Zuckerberg is now. Now, three decades on, he has secured his place in the foremost ranks of the West Coast tech titans who have done so much to shape the world around the turn of the millennium. Long-time nemesis Bill Gates may be richer and, at his peak, arguably exerted greater sway, thanks to his monopoly over the world’s PC software. But the Microsoft co-founder has left the stage to devote his life and fortune to good works. It is Mr Jobs who now holds the spotlight,” explains FT.
December 24, 2010

>Skype to Refund Customers Affected by Service Outage: Report

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Skype’s CEO issues a statement offering refunds for customers affected by the company’s massive service outage.
Facing the wrath of its customer base following a massive service outage earlier this week, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) provider Skype said it would issue refunds to those unable to make calls during the 30-hour shut down. Skype CEO Tony Bates issued a statement on the company’s blog, apologizing for the service outage and promising compensation. Bates also issued an update on the outage, claiming the company has been able to successfully stabilize Skype due to the “dedicated supernodes deployed by Skype’s engineering team.” The service is now at roughly 90 percent of normal user volumes, Bates said. He said audio, video and IM are running normally, though a couple of the company’s other offerings, including offline IM and Group Video Calling, are not available yet. “We are working hard to restore them in due course,” he wrote. “We now understand the cause of the problem and we believe it was not caused by a malicious attack. But, we are still doing a full analysis and we will provide an in-depth post-mortem.”
December 24, 2010

>Sony Ericsson to unveil new Xperia smartphone range on February 13

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Sony Ericsson has done a smashing job building buzz for its new range of smartphones – handsets that will be super thin and powerful to gaming devices like its upcoming PlayStation Phone.
None of Sony Ericsson’s new line-up has been confirmed yet but that is all set to change come February 13 at the Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona. On this date, Sony Ericsson will be introducing us to “new members of the Xperia family”, likely unveiling the Android-powered PlayStation Phone, the X12 and we feel there might even be a little space reserved for a new Windows Phone 7 handset somewhere in all of that.