Friday, March 27, 2009

Simple video and music search

I came across this site, A very simple, ad free, video search site. Just lists all the videos and music. The attractive thing about this site is the simplicity and the ease of finding something that you are really looking for. The search engine is pretty good in finding the songs and videos that you are exactly looking for.

The capture is an example of the ease of access to a video you are looking for. Buffering is simply amazing and it has two options for every result found, watch video or just listen to the song. A site to try out. Of course the videos and songs are limited as its a pretty new site i guess. But should pick up pretty soon.

One more music search engine, equally good and simple in its looks and use is

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Apple to release iPhone OS 3.0

Just came across the news that apple is going to launch iphone OS 3.0 which would include all the missing features of OS 2.x. Some of the main features are listed below

  • Search your iPhone
  • Cut, copy, and paste
  • Send photos, contacts, audio files, and location via MMS*
  • Read and compose email and text messages in landscape

Some of the other interesting features include stereo bluetooth, shake to shuffle, notes sync, youtube accounts etc. In addition, the iPhone Mail app is getting support for sending multiple photos simultaneously - they can be selected in the Photo gallery and then pasted into the message.

There are also new applications and tweaks to existing Apple software. Voice Memos allows you to use the onboard microphone or an external mic to record sound files. Stocks now has improved data and news stories, plus a landscape orientation view. Speaking of landscape, the keyboard is now available in landscape orientation across all “major apps”. Mobile Safari gets a password manager and form auto-fill, together with new phishing protection, while Calendar gains support for the CalDAV format (as used by Google and Yahoo!) and .ics subscriptions. Notes can by synchronized via iTunes to a Mac or PC, and there’s newly added YouTube account support with favorites, sharing and subscriptions.

New : Google Maps API are released (including turn-by-turn direction support, though only if the developer brings their own mapping data). This will enable developers or companies to develop navigation software for google maps which will transform iPhone into a GPS navigator. One of the most expected features coming into life.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Movies, Videos, Entertainment -

Well if you are looking for sites where you can watch free movies, free TV serials, bollywood stuff etc., then heres the site for you, a collection of all the movie screening and video sharing sites that you would ever find over the internet.

I watched a couple of movies through this site till now. Believe me, the movie you want you will find it. The interesting part of this site is the search functionality. You could just type the name of the movie or TV series that you wish to find, and it lists all the search results from relevant movie/video sharing sites. I never thought that internet would have so many online sites sharing movies for no cost.

If you have a decent broadband connection, then this site would be of interest to all the movie lovers out there.

Some of the sites listed in this I found interesting were

Movie Lab TV

DivX movies

Good site to check out!!!

Sync up your life - Dmailer

I stumbled across this when I was looking for a new development project. Dmailer is a software which comes preinstalled on all the Western digital hard drives, Sandisk drives. Of course its a trial version for 30 days, after which you need to buy it. Its an useful utility to back up your harddisk and sync you computer data on to your harddisk.

With Dmailer Sync software you can synchronize & save all your personal data such as your files, photos, music, emails, contacts, calendars, Favorites/Bookmarks and even your desktop background, to your potable storage device (USB key, external hard disk drive, SIM card, mp3 player…). Tried it recently and its quite good, offers an email client which you can set up and be updated on any PC.

Apart from dmailer, I came across a set of relating interesting technologies. Portable applications which will work from your USB key! To be more precise, this technology allows you to install an application on to your mobile HD. Now this HD acts as your personal computer, which can be plugged into any other computer. The data you browse or create using these applications, will be stored on your mobile HD rather than the computer you are browsing on. Cool stuff... You just dont need to install any software on to the PC which you would be using. Some companies which deal with such technologies are listed below

These sites offer software packages that you could just install on your mobile harddisk or a usb key. The package comes with a preinstalled set of application, of course offering addon capability.Try it out when time permits, its free.

Saturday, March 07, 2009

A skype Update - Better voice quality

Skype has finally released SILK, a New Skype-designed and developed default audio codec for all Skype-to-Skype calls. SILK is currently used in the latest version of Skype. If you don't have latest skype version, I strongly suggest you download one, its way better than older version and has superior audio quality.

Skype claims that with SILK, a super wideband audio codec it redefines the entire VOIP market by giving the best audio quality on VOIP calls with almost 50% less bandwidth usage.

What did they achieve with SILK codec:

-improved audio bandwidth going from 8 kHz to 12 kHz, meaning that a SILK conversation sounds like you are in the same room as the person you are speaking with. SILK can go upto 24 Khz.
-provides real-time bandwidth scalability to deal with degraded network conditions

-balancing codec optimization between voice, music and background noise, each of which can have an impact on the overall user experience.

-delivering a robust solution that delivers a more consistent audio experience, regardless of network conditions and an individual user’s voice signature

Skype is now expecting that industry and third party application developers will adopt SILK as a standard in wideband audio. SiLK is available for FREE. It would be interesting to see SILK adoption with Trixbox, Asterix and the likes with wideband hitting the entire VOIP world.