Facebook tweaks News Feed again to focus on articles

Facebook News Feed

Facebook has tweaked the News Feed algorithm again and this time it focuses on surfacing news articles. With the latest update, the social network is adjusting the way it ranks articles, taking into account how often you spend time with an article. Continue reading “Facebook tweaks News Feed again to focus on articles”

Pocket introduces recommendations feature for articles and videos

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If you don’t know what Pocket is then allow me to explain. It is a neat little app that helps you you to save stuff for viewing at a later time or date. This could be anything from articles, videos, photos etc. Now Pocket is introducing a new feature that gives you article and video recommendations that you may find interesting.

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Mobile Blogging Guide

Mobile Blogging – You might have heard about this term. I spoke about this topic at Mobile Blogging BlogCamp.In back in September last year.

Methods

  • WAP / XHTML
  • SMS
  • Using a 3rd party Application

Blogging using WAP / XHTML over GPRS / EDGE

In this method we will take wordpress.com for example

Login to m.wordpress.com and you would see the screen below

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Type the content of you blogpost here.

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Hit publish on your phone and this is what you will see on your PC.Do you notice that the new post is not top ?

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Blogging via SMS

This is a costly solution but there are many providers like Reliance for instance which offer blogging via SMS.

You send a SMS to a predefined  number with the post contents and it gets published to your blog.

Using a 3rd party Application

Shozu is a application which is currently free which lets you upload phones / videos to flickr or Youtube

Litefeeds is a free Mobile RSS reader which has blogging support.

Mobile phone theft whom to blame?

Mobile phone theft whom to blame?

Mobile phone theft is on the rise in India.

A huge section of India’s working population use public transport.
IT, Call center jobs have lead to an increase in purchasing power.
Low Cost handsets have also lead to an increase in mobile phone users.

In a country of vast geographical distribution, the mobile phone has
transformed from being a luxury to a bare necessity. Cell phones have
become so common and theft also has risen dramatically over the past 2
years.

Major locations where theft occurs are railway stations, bus
stops, traffic signals, pathways Motorists who use their mobile when
driving might not only be risking their lives but also be a potential
target for the culprits. Of late there have been too many incidences of
bikers being robbed on roadways.

Insurance Cos had stopped offering Mobile Theft Insurance due to a
large number of false claims.

When you loose your mobile phone, more than anything it’s the personal
information that really matters.

Some pointers to avoid mobile theft

* Avoid using your mobile phone in heavily crowded areas
* Avoid using your mobile phone in public transport
* Avoid lending your mobile phone to strangers who might try to trick you
* Don’t talk while driving
* Avoid leaving your handset in your vehicle
* Do not leave you phone unattended in any place, even at your home

Fring : Make free mobile VOIP Calls

Fring™ is a 3G mobile application that allows you to make free mobile calls and send instant messages (chat) to other fring users and PC based VoIP services such as Skype and Google Talk at no extra cost.
fring™ calls cost nothing extra because they utilize the 3G mobile internet connections and VoIP technologies that are already embedded in your mobile handset.

I was surprised to find that this Software works in India.The voice quality was really great for a normal GPRS connection.

Will post a video or images of our test soon.

fring™ works transparently over 3G networks while bypassing traditional mobile voice and sms text messaging services. This means that fring™ enables mobile-to-mobile calls, mobile-to-landline calls, and mobile-to-PC calls including integration into Skype and Google Talk services wherever you are.

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Reduce your mobile bills

This is a great website I have come accross recently.Texas-based technology-enabled business value services provider, Trilogy, has developed a portal YourBillBuddy.com. Its currently in Beta and free for use. If you are an Airtel subscriber like me, or have an ebill available from your operator head straight to YourBillBuddy.com and upload the same. Even if your Ebill pdf is password protected , the service is smart enough to validate the same.

Once you upload the bill, within seconds the site analyses your bill and gives you a break up of your usage viz. Local Voice,STD Voice , SMS, Data and Roaming

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The Current Networks supported are : Airtel , Reliance, Hutch, Spice, Bsnl and Tata Indicom

The service is certainly a laudable one.

3 Killer Mobile Apps

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Shozu is a free app to upload photos and videos from your mobile phone.

Its supports Flickr, WordPress, Blogger,Youtube , TypePad and a variety of services.

It also offers Contact backups

Its assisted by timely SMS alerts when the transfers fail or when you move out on roaming.

Gmail Mobile


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Google’s J2ME client for its free Gmail service is one of the best mobile email clients out there.

  • automatic pre-fetching of messages
  • Slick and user friendly inteface
  • Attachments support for files and photos, viewable and automatically resized to fit the user’s phone

Just goto http://gmail.com/app on your mobile browser to download the client which is about 130KB in size

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Sony Ericsson M600i

Sony Ericsson M600i is a perfect multitasking phone.The highlighting features are the secure push email,internet and intranet access. The sleek design with 2.8-inch QVGA high resolution touch-sensitive display makes it easy for accessing the internet, watching videos and images. M600i has got a dual form keypad which houses both the QWERTY form and normal keypad apart from the handwriting recognition that makes it easy for writing emails and messages.

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Mobile back up for Free!!

zyb logoThe service is free and works with more than 200 different phone models. Its very simple to get started, just sign up on zyb.com, select your mobile phone model and in a matter of seconds you will receive a message (SMS) that automatically configures your mobile to your
ZYB profile.

If you are afraid of losing all the contacts stored on your mobile, try ZYB.com a free and easy to use service that allows you to store and manage your mobiles data online for free.

Once configured, the mobile is now ready to be synchronised with ZYB. No installation of software required. After the first synchronisation the mobiles contacts and calendar can be edited from the users personal profile on zyb.com and all changes can be copied directly to the mobile.

ZYB allows users to store an unlimited number of contacts and calendar entries and access them online from anywhere in the world. As such ZYB also works as a backup, so if a user is unlucky and loses his mobile, all he has to do to get his data back is to sync a new mobile with his ZYB account.

ZYB enables users to:

    – Backup their mobiles contacts and calendar
    – Manage their mobiles contacts and calendar online
    – Share contacts and calendar with friends and family
    – Import public calendars to mobile.
    – Clean up contact list with the unique merge contacts feature

– Synchronize their mobiles data with other devices and services (iPod, Outlook and others)

Note:
Some old phones like Nokia 3310 etc. might not allow you to use this service as they dont have the Sync feature.

ZYB – Free Mobile Backup

Also check out the previously mentioned Yahoo SMS backup.