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Thursday, May 19, 2011

U2opia Launches Fonetwish Service For Facebook Access on Airtel in India

U2opia Mobile, a Singapore-based mobile solutions provider has launched Fonetwish, a platform for accessing Facebook via USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data) in partnership with telecom provider Airtel. The service has been developed jointly with Facebook and it’s the first of its kind.
USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data) is a menu-based system that allows interfacing with content based services. Unlike a normal browser, the USSD menu acts as browser to pull content to the phone, hence it does so without using the internet or activating GPRS capabilities.

Airtel’s 150 million Indian customers will be able to update their Facebook status for free, but to use other features like viewing, commenting, posting on friends walls, confirming friend requests, ‘Like’ news feeds, view notifications and finding and adding friends, they will have to pay a minimal charge of Re 1 per day.

The users will have to dial *325# (“*fbk#” for non-qwerty mobile handsets) from their handsets which will open a menu that will prompt the user to enter their Facebook username and password and after the one-time registration, a text menu is displayed for browsing through content.

“Although smartphones are available in India, the number of users are not very high. Fonetwish will allow everyone with a mobile phone to access Facebook on their mobiles,” said Sumesh Menon, Co-Founder and CEO, U2opia Mobile, speaking to “Currently the USSD based service is only available on Airtel but talks are ongoing with other telecom operators for similar services. We are also looking at expanding our services to other countries like Indonesia and Philippines.”
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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Steps to include Indian Rupee Symbol Font in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Gmail, Facebook, Twitter and in Browsers got easier with Unicode recommended code position

Foradians who first helped you type the rupee symbol on your computers with their legendary Rupee Foradian font has now come up with a quick and easy solution which will make you type the rupee symbol with out changing the keyboard, while sticking to the Unicode standard. Now its possible to type India rupee symbol in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Gmail, Facebook, Twitter and Mozilla. Currently its not supported in IE and Google Chrome, waiting for ISO approval.
Steps to type Indian rupee symbol:

  • Download this file .
  • Extract the contents of the zip file.
  • First you have to install the new fonts.
  • Double click the Rupee Installer.exe File and follow the instructions.
  • This will install four new fonts to your computer with support for new rupee symbol in Unicode recommended code position.
  • Then double click the Keyboard Install.exe file.
  • This will install a new keyboard layout in your computer
  • To enable the keyboard layout selector right click on the task bar and select language bar from the toolbars menu.
  • Now you can click on the small keyboard icon and enable the Rupee Foradian Keyboard Layout.
  • Double check the keyboard layout is active.
  • Now you can use the grave accent key on the keyboard to type the rupee symbol by selecting the Rupee Foradian Standard fonts.
  • You can set Rupee Foradian Standard as the default font in browser and start using the rupee symbol in any applications like gmail, twitter or facebook.

If you can see only squares instead of rupee symbol, please check whether the font selected is "Rupee Foradian Standard" or  Rupee Foradian Keyboard Layout is enabled or not

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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Sony Tablet S1, S2 with Android 3.0

Sony Corporation announces “Sony Tablet” that delivers the perfect combination of hardware, content and network with seamless usability for a high-quality, engaging entertainment experience. Based on decades of engineering heritage, Sony is developing two tablets with unprecedented design, including S1 (codename) which is optimized for rich media entertainment and S2 (codename) which is ideal for mobile communication and entertainment. “Sony Tablet” will become available in the global market starting in fall 2011.

“Sony Tablet” is equipped with the latest Android 3.0 which is designed for devices with larger screen sizes. Both tablets are WiFi and WAN (3G/4G) compatible and users can not only browse the internet or check e-mail but they can also smoothly access digital content including videos, games and books through Sony’s premium network services and more, on-the-go at any time.

Sony S1

Sony S2

Sony Tablet S1, S2 Specification
  • S1 has 9.4-inch display for enjoying the web and rich content on a large screen.
  • S2 has two 5.5-inch displays that can be folded for easy portability.
  • Android 3.0
  • Because of Sony’s rapid response technologies, users can perform smooth, quick touch-screen operations and enjoy fast and efficient website loading.
  • Through Qriocity music and video services, users can enjoy rich video and music content. Also, through PlayStation®Suite, users can immerse themselves in high quality first generation PlayStation® titles.

In 2010, Sony launched a network platform called “Qriocity” which connects many of Sony’s network-enabled devices, and has been expanding its services into global markets.

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