Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Google Voice for iPhone

Earlier this year we launched a Google Voice HTML5 web app for iPhone users. Today we’re taking the Google Voice experience on the iPhone to a whole new level with the launch of the official Google Voice for iPhone app.

With this native app, you’ll continue to have access to all the major Google Voice features on your iPhone, like:
  • Cheap rates for international calls
  • Free text messaging to U.S. numbers
  • Voicemail transcription
  •  Display your Google Voice number as caller ID when making calls
In addition to these benefits, the app provides some features that make using Google Voice on your iPhone a   much better experience:
  • With push notifications, the app will alert you instantly when you receive a new voicemail or text message
  • Most of your calls will be placed via Direct Access Numbers, making them connect just as quickly as regular phone calls
Google Voice for iPhone is available to download from the Apple App Store today. You’ll need an iPhone with iOS 3.1 or later and a valid Google Voice account to use the app. At this time, Google Voice is available in the U.S. only.

Source from:Google

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Bharat Berry, Alternative To BlackBerry Launched In India

An Indian firm called Data Infosys Ltd has launched an alternative to Blackberry, Bharat Berry in the wake of government’s unwillingness in implementing Blackberry service without getting user details.

India is asking BlackBerry maker RIM to allow the security agencies to intercept user data. Accordingly, the service provider has been given Jan 31 deadline.

The new 'Bharat Berry' service was launched by Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.

On the occasion of the launch, Data Infosys Ltd founder and CEO Ajay Data said, "The issue that the online usage of BlackBerry phones cannot be monitored by the government will be fully-solved with our service 'Bharat Berry', a country made compliant product designed keeping in consideration with all necessary Indian laws and works with all BlackBerry and other phones,".

"The Bharat Berry service provides more advanced push mail on BlackBerry handsets and ensures that the user remains connected to email, calendar and contacts through the servers hosted in India," he said.

"It also provides over-the-air (OTA) synchronisation of calendar and contacts to outlook, so there will be no need to take backup of attach with the computer," he added.

Bharat Berry has a very advanced email server called XGeNPlus and works on open source technologies. There is no compliance issue as the servers are hosted in India, Ajay Data said.

"Unchecked terrorist activities are the major concern of security agencies, as it can escape detection by using BlackBerry's coded services. We are providing a concrete solution to the problem that has left lakhs of BlackBerry phone users in limbo," he further said.

According to him, users will be charged Rs 100 per month in order to access to the services like emails and to ensure access and synchronization of calendar and contacts, they will have to pay Rs 50 per month.

The Bharat Berry software can be purchased online and downloaded from the website

"Lakhs of people are using BlackBerry phones today and there is no certainty that the company will continue to work in future following the controversy. In such a scenario, we are ready with similar service on low charges," Nitin Walia, director of the company, said.

There are about one million BlackBerry users in India.

Motorola FlipOut Smartphone Launched In India

Motorola has launched a new smartphone called the FlipOut in India. The handset was announced last month and comes to Indian customers at a price tag of Rs. 15,990.

The FlipOut sports a 2.8-inch Rotator touchscreen and bears a five-row QWERTY keyboard pivoted within the set. The features with the set include 3G, 3MP camera with fixed focus and digital zoom, Google Android 2.1 Eclair OS, 700MHz processor, 512MB ROM, 256MB RAM and 2GB microSD card extendable up to 32GB.

Apart from that, this is a nice device with square form factor and four replaceable back panel covers such as Licorice (Black), Fairway Green, Poppy Red and White. Users can find lots of fun because of support of up to seven customizable home screens, live wallpapers and Microsoft Exchange server. Even, MOTOBLUR interface is there that syncs and merges emails, texts, social networking messages, posts, feeds and status updates in two easily accessible widgets like Messages and Happenings.

The FlipOut will be pitted against rivals like Sony Ericsson's Xperia X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro handsets which come in similar price range but sport a smaller form factor.