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Recycled Acoustic Revolution…

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These are Sleek, effective and good looking to the boot…3 Cheers!

These speakers are made from 100% recycled materials, and can be folded flat for easy storage and portability.


They apparently sound great, and cost a meagre $14.95.

They come in a wide range of colours, from functional brown to girlie purples and pinks.

What else do you want for this change?

Support this Green Product!!!


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February 2, 2009 at 3:53 am

The power of 2 As – Finally Apple adopts Adobe Flash

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Apple had to change its long standing position on the defacto world standard for playing videos – Adpbe Flash!

It announced that now iPhones could play Flash based videos. Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen has revealed that Apple and Adobe are “collaborating” on making Flash a reality on the iPhone, citing the technical challenge it presents. If Android could do it, so could iPhone..

That’s a great news for Flash based sites and news aggregators as well as iPhone users .


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February 1, 2009 at 12:13 pm

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Palm Pre Smart phones – Smart blend of iPhone & Blackberry

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Palm Pre Smart phones ….

Its a real smart move from Palm. It has taken the best features of 2 top sellers and created a product mashup..

...Palm has learned its lessons & also lessons from Apple. So what it did?

….It combined the Touch screen & QWERTY keyboard of Blackberry

….. Like the iPhone, the Pre features multi-touch and an accelerometer, so photos and videos switch between horizontal and vertical view when the phone is turned.

…….The area just below the touch screen, which would normally be considered dead space on most phones, is actually a gesture pad that allows the user to navigate menus and programs on the phone without touching the screen.The gesture pad comes in handy for the phone’s “Card” display system, which is similar to how windows are shown on a computer desktop.

……….Each application that is running, whether it’s the MP3 player or web browser, is displayed as a Card on the screen, and it can be rearranged just like windows on a computer.


Palm Pre Applications

  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth
  • carrier-assisted and stand-alone GPS
  • three-megapixel camera
  • PP also includes a universal search function where you type a few letters and you get suggestions (much like Google Suggest)

You can design a software for the  PP  and will be free to do so and won’t be required to seek Palm’s approval, as seen with others such as Apple.

The Pre can also be charged wirelessly when placed on a small puck-shaped magnetic induction device, which then plugs into the wall. The Pre interacts with the charger as well, so if a call comes in while the phone is being charged, it can be answered by just lifting it off the pad without pushing any buttons.

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January 16, 2009 at 9:09 am

Service Cloud – Next Generation Customer service…A peep!

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Service Cloud – The logical Customer service..

Salesforce on Thursday rolled out its next-generation solution for customer service.

Service Cloud is a next generation blend of & Cloud Computing..

What will Service Cloud do?

  • Service Cloud will capture customer-service conversations with the goal of empowering companies to leverage the expertise of partner sites, which include cloud platforms like Google, Facebook and, to customers, agents and partners, regardless of location or device.


  • Majority of customer conversation takes place in the cloud – So the Sales Cloud will make customer service consistent across all channels

“The Service Cloud is the first customer-service solution that empowers companies to join and manage all service conversations happening in the cloud,” said Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO of “This has been made possible through the emergence of native cloud-computing platforms like that are built to harness the power of other clouds like Facebook, Google and”

A New Customer-Service Model said the Service Cloud is vying to create a new model for customer service by joining two disconnected worlds. The Service Cloud captures and funnels information from inside the enterprise and in the cloud into the knowledge base.

The Service Cloud is made up of seven main components around the knowledge base to gather, distill and disseminate the expert knowledge found in the cloud to customers, agents and partners. Those components are ..

  • community
  • social
  • search
  • partners
  • phone
  • e-mail
  • chat

According to Gartner analyst Michael Maoz, the new generation of consumers trusts content created by peers. “This consumer expectation that they can create answers and content as part of a community will lead businesses and other organizations to adopt similar techniques to succeed,” he said. “Ultimately, organizations will have to change their singular emphasis on tools for agents to a broader strategy that also supports the role of community experts.”

“Customers are already sharing knowledge and having meaningful support conversations in the cloud with their community of friends and experts,” Hoban said. “ will allow us to join the conversation with this expert community to improve the way we serve our customers.”

Pricing & Availability

Service Cloud packages start at $995 per month, which includes the ability to create an online customer community with unlimited usage for up to 250 customers, set up a contact center with up to five agents, connect with native cloud-computing sites like Facebook and Google, and invite up to five partners to participate in the service cloud.

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January 16, 2009 at 3:14 am

The truth about iSale…What about iBerry?

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Lets see what iSales is..

  • First of it is an iPhone application
  • The iPhone app is free, but it requires iSale 5.5, which costs $40. (Equinux offers a trial version that lets you try out three free auctions.)
  • iSale mobile works with both the iPhone and the iPod touch.
  • So you can consider iSale as an auction expediter
  • iSale integrates with Apple technology


How iSale works?

  • You can consider it as an auction helper on the go
  • So, now your auctioning while driving too…pretty neat but dangerous too…choice is yours!
  • But, is the auction real time?
  • No
  • iSale ets you create online auction drafts while you are on the move.
  • You can pick from among 222 iSale templates …. write a description for your auction item  …..set the starting price, auction duration, and category.
  • When you’re back near your Mac (and the desktop version of iSale), you can transfer all that data via WLAN.

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January 16, 2009 at 2:14 am

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Steve Jobs takes medical leave till summer!

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Steve Jobs email to his employees..

Apple CEO Steve Jobs today sent the following email to all Apple employees:


I am sure all of you saw my letter last week sharing something very personal with the Apple community. Unfortunately, the curiosity over my personal health continues to be a distraction not only for me and my family, but everyone else at Apple as well. In addition, during the past week I have learned that my health-related issues are more complex than I originally thought.

In order to take myself out of the limelight and focus on my health, and to allow everyone at Apple to focus on delivering extraordinary products, I have decided to take a medical leave of absence until the end of June.

I have asked Tim Cook to be responsible for Apple’s day to day operations, and I know he and the rest of the executive management team will do a great job. As CEO, I plan to remain involved in major strategic decisions while I am out. Our board of directors fully supports this plan.

I look forward to seeing all of you this summer.


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January 15, 2009 at 1:51 am

iPod & iPhone users – print your photos free with HP iPrint

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Captured moments printed free for iPhone & iPod users!

HP today announced HP iPrint Photo, a free application available on the Apple App store that gives iPhone and iPod touch customers the ability to easily print photos anytime, anywhere.

  • HP iPrint Photo is the first photo printing application of its kind and allows for quick and easy wireless printing of 4 x 6-inch photos from an iPhone or iPod touch to most HP inkjet printers connected to a local Wi-Fi network.
  • The application is fully compatible with Apple’s Bonjour technology and uses the innovative Multi-Touch interface for the easiest and fastest wireless iPhone or iPod touch print experience.


“Today’s news demonstrates how HP is enabling customers to turn special moments captured on the go into high-quality photos,” said Vyomesh Joshi, executive vice president, Imaging and Printing Group, HP. “More than any other company in the world, HP has re-imagined, re-engineered and re-invented the power of printing with exciting new technologies that address real customer needs.”

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January 13, 2009 at 4:33 am

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