Saturday, 23 July 2011

Xerox Business of Your Brain

 Xerox Corporation launched a free desktop application that lifts the curtain on your inbox and your brain. The ‘Business of Your Brain’ desktop application analyzes emails and calendar notices to identify those distractions that take the focus away from their real business.

 The Microsoft Windows desktop app securely creates data from a user’s Microsoft Outlook account. Through interactive visuals, it outlines by day, week and month the activities, people, events and vocabulary that fill a user’s inbox. The free Microsoft Outlook plug-in lets you know who's dashing in the most exclamation marks and buzzwords per email, who sends the longest messages, and which senders are wasting your time with emails that just say "thank you."

Aim:  to help to find the distractions that get in your way of focusing on real business.


Meeting Buddy: show up to the office today dressed just like a colleague? Could be because he is the person with whom you have the most meetings.

Quickest to Panic: find out who sends the most emails flagged with the high alert exclamation point.  

Focus Drainer: what are the latest buzzwords in your email subject lines? Your Focus Drainer results will clue you in.

Motor Mouth vs. Many Thanks: we all have a few contacts notorious for their lengthy emails; find out who takes the prize in your inbox. On the flip side, you’ll also see who most frequently adds to your email count with reply all “thanks” notes.  

Most Ignored:  delete emails without reading? Business of Your Brain will tell you who you’re most likely to ignore.

System requirements

·         Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7
·         Microsoft Outlook 2003 or later

Friday, 22 July 2011

Access Face Book on Mobile with no internet

Access Face book on Mobile with no internet

Singapore based software applications developer ‘U2opia Mobile’ has developed a new application for mobile phones that will allow users to access Face book on all types of handsets without paying for a data connection.

The working principle and USSD Technology

USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Data) technology will enable users to access Face book without having a GPRS connection on their phones. This is used by telecom players to send alerts to their users that inform them about their balance at the end of a call or for sending missed call alerts.

USSD is a session-based communication. It has significantly faster response times, and is more suited for content-based and interactive applications. It functions somewhat like a menu-based browser. The technology is unique to GSM, and is a built-in way to transmit data over signal channels.

The technology will not provide access to graphics but it will help users send and view updates on their friends' Face book walls. It is like SMS and hence, the load on the network is negligible. There are build-in commands through which a user can receive alerts on activity happening on his wall as well post an update.


U2opia launched this application on May 17th with Indian telecom major Bharti Airtel.
 Airtel customers can update their Face book status through this USSD service free of cost, Re.1 per day
will be applicable for accessing the full-feature application, which enables viewing news feeds, commenting on or ‘liking' news feed stories, posting on friends' walls, confirming friend requests,
viewing notifications and finding and adding friends.

As per the statement, “Airtel users can dial *325# and *fbk# for non-qwerty mobile handsets to access  Facebook without subscribing to data plans”

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Universal Charger - Qi

 Keeping all your handy digital devices jazzed up is quite a challenge due to incompatible chargers and messy cables. How about using a universal charger which charges up all your devices wirelessly?  If your answer is "Yes", then we have Qi (pronounced Chi) to your help.
Qi which literally means "Lifeforce" or ‘Energy Flow’ in Chinese, is an open standard like Bluetooth or Wi-Fi which enables portable digital devices like mobiles, mp3 players, cameras etc.. to be charged wirelessly. The Qi standard is being developed and followed by "World Power Consortium", which has around 90 members including companies like Nokia, LG, Sony etc..

This standard was released in July 2010. The Qi standard makes use of a technology called "Inductive charging". Though this technology has been effectively implemented in various devices, Qi was proposed to bring interoperability among otherwise incompatible devices.

The working principle
Inductive charging uses electromagnetic fields to transfer energy from a charging pad to a compatible special receiver on or in a device. The power transfer happens when the charging pad is connected to the AC wall outlet and a compatible receiver is placed on the surface of the pad.

Enabling ‘Qi’ on devices
Any device can be made Qi-enabled by using appropriate add-ons.  Add-ons are already available for popular devices like iPhone and Blackberry. Manufacturers like LG and Motorola have announced mobile phones which are Qi-enabled.

The cons
Qi standard currently supports only low power devices which operate in sub 5Watt power. However a new standard which supports devices like Laptops and Video cameras is under development.

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