Archive for September, 2010

Being a constant companion, our cellphone is prone to accidents. It’s not tough to accidentally drop your cellphone on stairs, or from a table, or spill water on it. Then begins the nightmare of taking it to the company’s workshop. However, do you know if the damage is not much, there are some simple ways by which you can fix your mobile phone all on your own. So here is a list of simple quick fixes for cellphones.

    1) My Phone gets Wet

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Accidentally dropped your phone inside a water pool? It is almost dead. Chill, there is still a chance to revive it. Just remove the battery cover and put the phone in a plastic bag of dry rice. This may help you soak out the water from your phone. You can also put the bag out in sun for quick evaporation.

    2) Trackball malfunction

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Looking for an important email, and the trackball on your smartphone just refuses to scroll. It’s dust and dirt. Just like in a computer mouse, dust and dirt also make the movement of your trackball tardy. Just soak alcohol in a cloth and rub it over and around the trackball. Another way can be to pop out the trackball and clean it manually.

    3) Damaged charger

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An aging cellphone can often give tough time charging the device. Also, charging connector within the phone also at times gets damaged, loose or corroded. For mild corrosion, scrubbing the connector with a soft brush or a cloth soaked in alcohol can help. However, for damaged or loose connector one needs to visit the repair centre.

    4) Body scratches

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Got scratches on your mobile phone’s body, there is a simple way to get rid of them. Just do a light buffing with fine sandpaper. However, this may affect the shiny coating of your phone. Take care!!

    5) Scratched display

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Scratches on your phone’s screen gives you a tough time reading? Applying metal polish with a soft cloth may help here. Special scratch removal liquids and gels are also available.

    6) Phone gets Hanged

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Your phone often hangs? It simply refuses to respond. Here the first step is to switch off the device and power it again. In case this does not work, remove the battery and reboot it. Another way to restore it is to try connecting it to your computer. Also, look for instructions in your phone’s settings or menu. It might help.

    7) Cracked case

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Your phone’s case got cracks. But its working, so all seems to be fine. Not really, continuing with a phone with a cracked case can be damaging for your phone in the long run as it exposes your phone to dust and water. To protect it from further damage go for a close-fitting case.

Off-course there is other major damages which happens to phone which we need to work with a good mobile technician rather than spoil it out ourself.

Ever wondered how mobile phones may look like, say, in another 5-10 years? What features they may offer: OLED screens, glass body, sensors…. ComputerWorld recently showcased a collection of futuristic phone designs. While some of these are from design firms, others are real prototypes from handset makers. Here’s over to 10 hot concept cellphones.

Kyocera Kinetic

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Here’s a phone from Kyocera that unfolds from a wallet-shaped, pocket-friendly device into a widescreen OLED display. The kinetic-energy-powered concept phone comes with a physical keyboard that almost disappears when not is use. Courtesy, the keys that are inset into the phone’s frame.

Nokia Morph

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Morph concept phone is a result of joint collaboration between Nokia Research Center (NRC) and Cambridge Nanoscience Centre (United Kingdom).

The concept phone is made of transparent and flexible material, can self-clean, and includes nano-sensors that can respond to the environment around. For example, the phone can sense airborne threats and alert users to them.

Bend in Touch

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As the name suggests `Bend in Touch’ is a touchscreen phone from Ukrainian designer Andy Kurovets. The designer has placed a pop-out display that nearly doubles the screen space of the device. Thus, while one screen can handle, say, Internet browsing, the second can display videos.

Bracelet phone

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Here’s a wearable phone that looks just like a bracelet. The concept phone with lots of buttons has a directional pad, camera button and keypad. According to Akihabara News, the phone is called a Kora Bracelet Phone and is made by Fujitsu.

Window Phone

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How about a phone that tells you the weather literally? Yes, this Window Phone concept ‘illustrates’ the weather through the phone’s user interface. The mobile phone concept has been designed by designer Seunghan Song.

Camera-Projector-Printer

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Here’s a multi-tasking phone? And here we are not talking about multi-tasking where you can switch between apps, but a phone that can actually be used for multi purposes. Here’s a designer phone that can be a game controller cum photo printer cum projector.

Separate Keitait

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Separate Keitait is a touchscreen concept phone developed by Japan’s NTT Docomo. The phone features a separate screen and keypad linked together via Bluetooth. There are Magnets that join the two sides of the phone together when required.

According to the creators of the phone, the concept phone can allow a user to write an email while talking on the phone at the same time.

Pebble phone

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Dubbed Pebble phone, the concept phone first appeared at the technology trade show CEATEC 2009. Developed by Fujitsu, the Pebble concept phone features a black blob encased in rounded glass.

When the blob is dragged to different areas on the phone, it can morph into different screens, including a keypad, a media player and a Web browser.

O2 concept phone

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Known as O2 Mobile phone, the concept was inspired by `molecule esthetics’ of the oxygen molecule. Created by Tjep Design, it has a screen and a keypad.

Touch Wood

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Here’s a concept phone made of wood. Developed jointly by NTT Docomo, Sharp and Olympus, the phone is a part of Touch Wood project. The mobile phone is built of surplus wood from forest-thinning operations, and is claimed to be waterproof and bug-resistant. The phone is also said to maintain the texture and aroma of natural wood.

Thought let’s give some break to the Web Apps part 3 as I am still digging in good websites, In the meantime let’s talk about the new Apple iPod Nano, the MP3 player is so small it is nicknamed the “iWatch” — yet with the ability to show your holiday snaps and track your movements..

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Apple launched the nifty new iPod nano dubbed ‘iWatch’, arguably the smallest music player in the market which can be worn on the wrist.

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It is functionally similar to the iPod and iPhone and also boasts a ‘multi-touch’ screen, allowing more than one finger to be used on the screen at once. The tiny player measures just 1.48 inches by 1.61 inches by 0.35 inches and weighs a mere 21 grams, The iWatch, the latest addition to the iPod family, boasts a clock face which appears with the flick of a button but still allows users to view pictures and track your movements.

Its battery life is also impressive, with 24 hours of music playback in addition to an FM radio. “It’s very tiny and instantly wear able,” said Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. “It even has a clock – one of our board of directors says he’s going to wear it as a watch.” The fourth-generation of iPod Touch has a new slimline appearance and now uses the same high-definition screen as the iPhone 4.

New front and rear-facing cameras complete the make-over while the new budget iPod shuffle now costs just £39. Gamers are happy with the release of new iPhone software which allows for live competition gaming with other iPod and iPhone users worldwide.

Overall though, this is a real step forward for small iPods, packing a usable touch-screen device into something small enough to clip on to your shirt or wear on your wrist.