Above is the first shot at what we can expect Isis to look like on our Android devices. Looking past the Froyo notification bar, we see a simple layout of your synced credit cards, an “Isis Feed” which is most likely a payment history page, a shopping directory, and a settings button. So far, we are fans of dark and minimal approach with the purple accents. What are you thoughts on the first look at Isis?
Grab 50GB of Free Storage for Life on Box by Using the Android App
Online storage and sharing service Box is serving up 50GB of free space to all Android users. All you have to do it log in from the Android app, which has been updated with some new features, by midnight March 23rd.
Last year Box gave iOS users this 50GB upgrade and now it’s finally Android users’ turn. Here are the instructions from Box’s blog:
This promotion ends on Friday, March 23, 2012 at 11:59pm PST, so grab your free 50GB on Box by following these steps:
1. Visit the Android Marketplace and download Box for Android
2. Log into your account or register for a new one directly from the app
3. Start sharing and collaborating in the cloud
4. (optional but recommended) Tell the world how you’ll use your 50GB with the hashtag #Box50GB
Your file upload limit will also be bumped up to 100MB. Your new 50GB total storage space can be accessed from any device (not just Android).
Updates to the Android app include bulk uploading, adding collaborators to a shared folder, leaving comments on files, and additional languages.
While Box doesn’t sync your files, 50GB of extra cloud storage could come in quite handy.
Box | Android Market via ComputerWorld
Chrome: Google’s chat feature is useful for sending quick IMs and starting video chat sessions, but you can only view it when you’re on a Google page like Gmail. Google has released an official Chrome extension that detaches it from your browser, allowing you to view it no matter what web page you’re viewing.
This extension has actually been out for awhile, but was Chrome OS only. Now, you can grab it for Chrome on other platforms, letting you carry on chats, make voice calls, and even start Google Hangouts right from your desktop (my personal favorite feature). It doesn’t have support for phone calls with Google Voice, which is kind of a bummer—that would take this from “cool” to “fantastic”—but it’s helpful all the same, especially if you’re tired of switching back to your Gmail tab to chat. Hit the link to check it out.
Chat for Google is a free download, works wherever Google Chrome does. Of course, if you want more than just Google Talk on your desktop, you can always install a multi-protocol instant messaging client like these instead.
In an effort to protect its users’ copyrighted images, Flickr has updated its site with Pinterest’s do-not pin code.
Pinterest has just hit its first major roadblock. On Friday, photo-sharing giant Flickr confirmed with VentureBeat that it has blocked Pinterest users from “pinning” copyrighted photos on its site to Pinterest. The blockage is achieved using a do-not pin code released by Pinterest last Monday after allegations that the popular startup promoted wide-spread copyright infringement.
According to a Flickr representative, “only content that is ‘safe,’ ‘public’ and has the sharing button enabled can be pinned to Pinterest.” All other content — that which is copyright protected and does not allow sharing — is officially un-pinable.
For those of you who haven’t yet been hit with Pinterest fever: Pinterest allows users to “pin” (i.e. repost) photos from around the Web to their Pinterest “boards” using a bookmarklet installed in their browser. Other users can then re-pin that content to their own boards. While some argue that this is tantamount to copyright infringement, some experts assert that Pinterest is within the bounds of fair use. By releasing the no-pinning code, which can be installed on any Website by an administrator, Pinterest is further protecting itself against those who do not want their content shared on the site.
Unfortunately, Pinterest’s Terms of Service contain a troubling passage that should give any user pause. It reads:
By making available any Member Content through the Site, Application or Services, you hereby grant to Cold Brew Labs [Pinterest’s parent company] a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, royalty-free license, with the right to sublicense, to use, copy, adapt, modify, distribute, license, sell, transfer, publicly display, publicly perform, transmit, stream, broadcast, access, view, and otherwise exploit such Member Content only on, through or by means of the Site, Application or Services.
In plain English, that means any content posted to Pinterest (and thus uploaded to the Pinterest servers — in full-resolution, no less) essentially becomes the property of Pinterest, and can be reused however Pinterest sees fit. If that leads to a copyright infringement lawsuit, it is the user who posted the content — not Pinterest — who holds ultimate responsibility in the eyes of the court.
That said, the release of the no-pin code is evidence that Pinterest is taking the complaints seriously. Unfortunately, there’s only so much copyright protection Pinterest can offer. For example, a determined user is persistent can still grab copyright-protected content from Flickr by taking a screen shot – a simple task on Macs and PCs — and uploading that file directly to Pinterest.
As we reported earlier, not all content owners mind having their content pinned. Still an invite-only social network, Pinterest has already become the one of the fastest growing sites on the Web, having reached the 10 million unique monthly visitor mark sooner than any other site in history, according to comScore. This offers artists, retailers, and other content owners a fruitful level of free advertising.
Regardless of the potential benefits of Pinterest, the fact remains that content owners have the right to not have their work redistributed without consent. Pinterest’s no-pin code is a step in the right direction, and Flickr’s use of it proves a need exists for such tools. It will be interesting to see who, if anyone, employs the code next. Pinterest’s future may depend on it.
Users have already started coming up with ways of bypassing this update, simply by taking a screen-shot of the image, and cropping out the picture in an image editor.
The other announcement from Samsung so far at MWC – aside from the Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) – is an interesting phone, to say the least. It’s called the Galaxy Beam and includes everything that you have come to expect from a smartphone now a days, but Sammie then packed a projector inside. That’s not a type-o. This phone actually has a real projector inside that can project video, pictures, or other media onto just about any wall or flat surface. Think about that for a second. Wherever you are with this phone, you can essentially beam a 50″ representation of your screen onto a wall. It’s tough to tell how locked up the feature is, but I’m just imagining what devs could potentially do with this.
Other than the projector, the Beam sports a dual-core processor, 6GB of RAM (that’s what the spec list says and has to be an error), 5MP camera, front camera, 4″ WVGA display, 2000mAh battery, and Gingerbread. It’s no HTC One X, but it’s not bad.
Is anyone even slightly interested? Projector, baby?
Share the Fun with Samsung GALAXY Beam
February 26, 2012
Samsung’s projector smartphone offers unforgettable shared experience for playing multimedia content anytime, anywhere
Barcelona – February 26, 2012 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today introduced Samsung GALAXY Beam, the projector smartphone that allows users to display and share multimedia content anywhere on a large luminous projector screen.
GALAXY Beam lets users spontaneously share photos, videos or other digital media with family or friends by beaming content stored on the device directly onto walls, ceilings or improvised flat surfaces, so that everyone can share the fun without the need to huddle around smartphone or pad-sized screens. GALAXY Beam’s ultra-bright 15 lumens projector allows users to freely share life’s memorable moments instantly and in crisp clarity, even in outdoor environments.
“GALAXY Beam provides mobile freedom, enabling a unique shared experience around digital content for everyone—anywhere and instantly—from a smartphone as slim and portable as any on the market,” said JK Shin, President of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics.
“GALAXY Beam is a device borne out of Samsung’s insight and innovation, demonstrating Samsung’s commitment to providing extraordinary experiences for consumers with products that let them express and fulfill themselves.”
Video clips, maps, business information, games – a whole range of multimedia content can be beamed instantly by GALAXY Beam on a crisp, high-definition projection up to 50’’ wide. The device features a projector-dedicated application which makes it easy to select content and activate projection in a few simple steps.
Add a dose of ambience or entertainment to a friends’ gathering by transforming any household room or outdoor deck into an instant mini home-theater, projecting full-screen video clips on a ceiling or wall for common sharing, at the touch of a button. Or capture your favorite holiday moments using the GALAXY Beam’s 5MP camera, then display a full photo slideshow to family members on a dining room wall while playing accompanying music straight from the device, so that everyone shares the experience.
For young users who depend on constant, immediate socializing of digital content and entertainment, GALAXY Beam introduces a new way of sharing. It becomes much more than a phone—a handy digital tool, deployable anywhere, which can add visual entertainment to a simple street gathering, set the mood for a small party, or simply turn life’s moments into something personally and immediately sharable. With GALAXY Beam, a birthday or anniversary party can be enlivened in seconds by sharing YouTube or Hulu music videos straight onto a ceiling or door. Likewise, students can collectively share videos or study-work in any dormitory room or student lounge, turning group study into a whole new interactive experience right from a desk table or from the palm of their hands. GALAXY Beam is also ideal for action-packed interactive gaming: Users can upload their own games or choose from over 1,000 games available via Game Hub, Samsung’s dedicated virtual gaming store, then project games to co-players or observers to turn gaming into an unbeatably interactive, shared experience. Additionally, GALAXY Beam is convenient tool for mid-sized business workers. An estate agent can beam images of candidate properties to customers as they tour them; or an architect can display draft concepts or designs to co-workers on the spot at a building site or public location.
Despite featuring a full built-in projector, the GALAXY Beam does not compromise on style or portability, measuring just 12.5mm thick and featuring an elegant, ergonomic design. It runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread which is powered by an impressive 1.0GHz dual-core processor, ensuring great versatility and a highly responsive user interface. An impressive 8GB of internal memory allows ample multimedia storage without compromises, and a powerful 2000 mAh battery ensures greater display power and content freedom.
The GALAXY Beam is exhibited at Samsung stand (Hall 8), Mobile World Congress 2012. For multimedia content and more detailed information, please visit http://www.samsungmobilepress.com.
Iobit’s Advanced SystemCare 5 is one of the top PC security, maintenance and optimisation suite, it was ranked one of the top two utilities on CNET Download.com’s annual list of the Top Downloads of 2011 for Windows, and took the top place in the Utilities & OS category.
Advanced SystemCare (ASC5 PRO) is a one-stop solution for PC performance headaches. By cleaning, repairing and optimizing, Advanced SystemCare acts like your very own PC technician.
This powerful tool protects PCs from malicious software and hidden Internet threats, fixes stubborn errors, removes clutter, optimizes Internet and downloads speeds, ensures personal security and maintains maximum computer performance automatically.
Advanced SystemCare 5 Pro Features:
- Scan and remove spyware and adware with the latest definition
- Prevent spyware, hijackers and bad websites from being installed
- Erase the history of all activities in your computer
- Scan and fix invalid and improper registry entries
- Detect and remove invalid startup items
- Search and Clean up unused Windows garbage
- Repair system configurations, Eliminate System Bottlenecks and Prevent Crashes
- Tune up Windows to improve both system and Internet performance, unleash the power of your Windows
- Analyze and Show detailed information of hardware and Windows
- Finish all Work with one click, Super Easy to Use
Iobit Advanced SystemCare 5 Pro functions are classified in to four distinct categories. The first, QuickCare performs a series of rapid checks that can be run on a daily basis;the second, Deep Care provides a thorough analysis of the PC’s state of health and carries out security and vulnerability fixes, tweaks and improvements, defrags the registry and cleans-upjunk files; the third section, Toolbox has over 20 easy-to-use utilities offering even more PC maintenance power and the fourth section, Turbo Boost, turns off non-essential resources with one-click, delivering even more performance capacity when it’s needed most.
IObit 2012 Valentine’s Day Giveaway:
IObit today announced a free giveaway campaign for its award-winning Advanced SystemCare PRO, one of the world’s leading software utilities.
This Valentine’s Day interested users can get a free one-year license of Advanced SystemCare PRO 5 as a gift, regularly valued at $19.95 USD. The giveaway will begin onFeb. 14, 2012 at 12 am (PST), and last 24 hours.
So tomorrow visit this giveaway page to get Advanced SystemCare PRO 5 license(serial code) for free.
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Samsung’s never been one to hold back on new phones and tablets, but even so, the newly-announced Galaxy Tab 2 is a puzzler.
In terms of tech specs, the tablet is nearly identical to Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, which launched last year. Like the Plus, the Tab 2 has a 7-inch, 1024-by-600 resolution display, a dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM and cameras in front and back. Last year’s Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus actually has a faster processor (1.2 GHz instead of 1 GHz), and better front-facing camera (2-megapixels instead of VGA).
Samsung is talking up the Galaxy Tab 2 as its first tablet running Android 4.0, known as Ice Cream Sandwich, but keep in mind that the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is getting an upgrade to ICS this year. And although ICS has some cool features…
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