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“World’s first” 3D camera launched by FUJIFILM

Fujifilm has just launched its new FinePix REAL 3D W1, which is the world’s first camera to be able to capture and display images in 3D.

Capturing a 3D image is actually a simple matter of taking two different images of the same object, albeit from slightly different angles, to simulate the way our eyes capture the world around us. However displaying images in 3D is trickier.
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This new camera features two lenses, placed at a distance that mimics the distance between human eyes. The best part is that the LCD panel at the back of the camera is capable of displaying 3D images, so you can actually live-preview the image you are taking in 3D without requiring any special glasses. However, unlike some most of the current LCD screens, the viewing angle is once again important here.

The camera offers point-and-shoot functionality for capturing 2D or 3D images or video, and manages everything automatically for the most part. The 3x zoom had to have been especially tricky with the dual lens system.

The camera can capture 2D or 3D images upto 10 megapixels, and can even record videos (2D or 3D) at VGA resolution. Fujifilm has tried to fully utilise the both the CCDs even while shooting 2D images, by allowing you to shoot an image in different modes with the different lenses. For example, you could shoot a close-up image with one and a wide-angle one with the other, all with a single click. The settings for both can be configured separately, so it is possible to capture the same image with different tones or effects.
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Fujifilm will also shortly launch a 3D viewer to see the images without special glasses, the FinePix REAL 3D V1. The 8-inch LCD panel will offer some image and video management features. Unfortunately the viewer on display, while it did display images in 3D, also seemed to cause a mild headache. While this could be because of the slightly odd angle of viewing the screen, overall it is not a desirable effect. Not something you’d want to play Crysis on unless a haemorrhage is an acceptable risk.

FujiFilm claims to be the first in the world to offer the ability to not only shoot 3D images with their new 3D camera, and view images with the soon-to-come viewer, but they also offer the facility to print the said images in 3D. With a new service that they will launch soon, you will be able to print your photographs in 3D using lenticular printing.

In all, if you have been waiting for 3D to come to the mainstream, this might be it. 3D photography is only viable if there are means to view, store, and capture images in 3D, and Fujifilm has tried to address all three issues by launching products and services.

Priced at Rs. 41,999 the FinePix REAL 3D W1 it is still rather expensive if you are not explicitly interested in 3D photography.

Nokia launching new ‘X’ series of phones

What would you get if you made the 5800 XpressMusic sleeker, slimmer, sexier and threw in a 5-megapixel camera?

The Answer is , the Nokia X6, of course !

Nokia X6
Nokia X6

Like its predecessor, the phone sports a 3.2-inch touchscreen that displays 16 million colours at a resolution of 320×640 pixels, and comes complete with accelerometer and proximity sensor. As of now, it is unclear whether this is a resistive or capacitive touchscreen, so more on that as we find out.
The 5-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics boasts of geo-tagging, autofocus and dual LED flash, not to mention video light for VGA video recording at 30 frames per second. As for storage, there is no expansion slot for a microSD card in this one. But would you really need it, considering it has 32GB of onboard storage? That’s more than enough space to enjoy all your songs on the 3.5mm headphone jack; and well, you can listen to the radio too, if you really want to.
Of course, it still runs on the Symbian Series 60 5th edition OS, powered by the same 434MHz processor and 128MB RAM as the N97 and N97 Mini. The X6 lets the user have any connectivity option he can think of, from 3G and Wi-Fi with UpnP to Bluetooth with A2DP and GPS with A-GPS.
The gaming features of the X6 are particularly impressive, with Spore, DJ Mix Tour and Asphalt4 coming pre-loaded on the phone. Nice!
The battery, as always, remains impressive as it clocks in 8 and half hours of talk-time, 35 hours of music playback, 4 hours of video playback and over 400 hours of standby time.
For a full specification sheet of the Nokia X6, click here; or check Nokia’s X6 page for more details. And for a truckload of photos, check out the gallery below.
Nokia will be pricing the device at 459 euros (Rs 32,000 approx) – almost the same as the N97 Mini– when it releases in the fourth quarter of this year.
Is this the Finnish giant’s latest answer to the venerable Apple iPhone?
Lets wait & see !!!!!

Speed Up your XP : # 1

Extra or unwanted items in the startup list

will definitely increase your startup time in Windows XP,perhaps
by several minutes.

Here is a simple trick to speed up your pc

1. Go to Start button ? Run
2.  Type “msconfig”, without quotations
3. Hit enter key or click the OK button
4. A System Configuration Utility window will show up
5. Click the Startup tab
6. In the Startup tab you will see several boxes and some of them
will selected (checked). All you have to do is to uncheck
extra items that are of no use. If you run an antivirus
program it is not recommended to uncheck it.
7. After making you choices press the OK button, you will be
prompted to restart computer to apply changes.
8. After restarting your computer a dialogue will be displayed.
You can check the option for not showing this dialogue every
time your PC reboots.

#2: Remove Spyware, Adware, and Malware

Scan your system for spyware, adware and other
unwanted pests.

Use high
quality anti-spyware programs like XoftSpy Pro, which gives the
ability to scan and repair these problems in seconds.

Stand-alone programs
do a much better job than the “all-in-one” packages (eg. Norton
Internet Security) at detecting spyware, adware, and malware.

#3: Optimize Display Settings


Displaying all the visual items can
waste system resources.

To optimize:

1. Click the Start button
2. Select Control Panel
3. Double-click the System icon
4. Click the Advanced tab
5.  In the Performance box click Settings
6. Leave only the following ticked:
a.  Show shadows under menus
b. Show shadows under mouse pointer
c.  Show translucent selection rectangle
d.  Use drop shadows for icons labels on the desktop
e.  Use visual styles on windows and buttons
7. Finally, click Apply and OK

#4: Speed-Up File Browsing

Every time you open “My Computer” to
browse folders that there is a slight delay. This is because Windows
XP automatically searches for network files and printers every time
you open Windows Explorer. To fix this and to increase browsing
speed significantly:

1.  Double-click on My Computer
2.  Click the Tools menu
3.  Select Folder Options
4.  Click on the View tab.
5.  Uncheck the Automatically search for network folders and
printers
check box
6.  Click Apply
7.  Click OK
8.  Reboot your computer


Increase Your Internet Speed : A hidden trick!

About 20% of your available bandwidth is reserved by MICROSOFT for their own purposes like Windows Updates and interrogating your PC etc To get it back:

Click Start > Run and type “gpedit.msc” without quotes.

This opens the group policy editor.

Then go to: Local Computer Policy  >  Computer Configuration >Administrative Templates

> Network >  QOS Packet Scheduler > Limit Reservable Bandwidth.

Double click on Limit Reservable bandwidth.

It will say it is not configured, but the truth is under the ‘Explain’ tab i.e. “By default, the Packet Scheduler limits the system to 20 percent of the bandwidth of a connection, but you can use this setting to override the default.

” So the trick is to ENABLE reservable bandwidth, then set it to ZERO. This will allow the system to reserve nothing, rather than the default 20%.”

ENJOY the full Bandwidth !!

Speed Up your Torrent Downloads !!!


P2P file sharing is one of the widely used applications now days. The Torrent search engine is the utility which is excessively used in this context. As the young generation says “impatience is the new world”, means the generation can’t afford anything too slow, same is the case with torrent download. But there are some tips which can really help to improve your download speed. Let’s have a quick glance at these tips.

1. Choose your ISP wisely

The basic rule is that the maximum Torrent download speed that you can get can’t cross the upper limit of the bandwidth provided by your ISP. Usually ISP’s specify the upload and download maximum for the connections. So it is always better to have an ISP who provides better Download and Upload limits for an affordable price.

2. Choose the right BitTorrent client

Always choose the latest versions among the available BitTorrent clients. mTorrent, Vuze etc are some of these latest versions available now. The latest versions are equipped with provisions for obtaining the highest download speed and an overall smooth downloading experience.

3. Check the seeds and peers

A peer is a computer which participates in the P2P sharing either for downloading or uploading. A seed is a computer who has got a complete copy of the file and is sharing that file in the network. A leech is a computer who doesn’t have a complete copy of the file, and is downloading the file at the moment. A leech becomes a seed when it completes the download and shares it over the network. It is always advisable to choose the files with more number of seeds and less no of leeches. That means the file with the highest seed to leech ratio.

4. Altering the firewall configuration

By default the firewalls block all the BitTorrent connections coming through. This can adversely affect the downloading speed. So you must make sure that your firewall is configured in such a way that it allows the BitTorrent connections through it. This can be done by checking the box ‘Add Windows Firewall Exception” in the firewall settings following the path options/preferences/connection. For ease some users may disable the firewall, but it is strongly advised that you shouldn’t disable your firewall that it will open your computer to serious threats. (www.techinterplay.com)

5. Limiting your upload rate

A peer to peer sharing is all about simultaneous upload and download. So every BitTorrent clients must upload some data at the same they are downloading some other data through torrent. For obtaining a high download speed you should vary your upload speed accordingly. Usually the upload maximum by the ISP is very much less than the download maximum. It is only 50Kbps for a 2Mbps connection. For fast downloading you can set your uploading speed to 80% of your maximum uploading speed. You must vary the speed as the download progresses for an efficient downloading. Keep the uploading limit maximum in the beginning and then slightly decrease it as the download progresses. In mTorrent the upload limit can be set from the option Global Upload Rate.

6. Selecting a different port

The default port for the BitTorrent file sharing is one between 6881 and 6999. As BitTorrent sharing involves high bandwidth usage the ISP’s usually throttle traffic on these ports. So you can increase the downloading speed by selecting some port above 10000. Usually mTorrent randomly assign the port as the application starts. So set a specific port with a number above 10000, by disabling the Randomize port checkbox.

7. Increasing the number of Maximum Half Open TCP Connections

Usually the maximum no of half open TCP connections in Windows XP with SP2 is set as 10 for blocking the virus multiplication. But torrent needs more. To facilitate this a patch TCPIP.sys is available. Through this patch you can set the maximum no of open TCP connections. Set it to any number between 50 and 100.

8. Protocol encryption

Some ISP’s constrict the bandwidth for P2P sharing. Protocol encryption can be used to override this restriction. Check the Allow incoming legacy connections box and make the outgoing  Encryption as Disabled for getting maximum speed on Torrent downloads. Between non-encryption is not advisable as it may lead to some encrypted client to be left as undiscovered.

9. Connections and bandwidth

The BitTorrent client you are using will allow you to enter values for Global maximum no of  connections: It is the maximum no of connections BitTorrent client can make for any P2P sharing. Setting this no to a very high value will take up useless bandwidth, and to a very low value will miss out some peers. For a 256kbps connection you can set this number to 130.

Maximum no of connected peers per torrent: Set this no to one which is closer to the no of available peers for the file. No of upload slots per torrent: It gives the maximum no of peers to which the BitTorrent client uploads at a time. Since a low settings may affect the download set it to a moderate low value.

10. Miscellaneous

Disable the individual files for download along with a particular file, if we don’t want them at the beginning of download. Be familiar with your BitTorrent client settings from the users manual or web.

NOKIA N97 IS OUT: JUST HAVE A LOOK

The release of Nokia N97 is the Nseries counter-move that geeks have been waiting for since November. Easily one of the most complete smartphones ever created, the N97 has been haunting Symbian buffs’ dreams for quite a while.

We’re about to see if this feature-loaded son of a gun is the stuff dreams are made of and if it has the gut to stand up to the best on the market. The 5800 XpressMusic was cheap enough to easily be forgiven a couple of shortcomings but the N97 is not the begging type. Nokia-faithfuls are used to only getting the best treatment, so they won’t settle for less with the Nseries skipper.

Key features

  • Slide-n-tilt 3.5″ 16M-color resistive touchscreen of 640 x 360 pixel resolution
  • 5 megapixel autofocus camera with dual-LED flash and lens cover (VGA@30fps video recording)
  • Symbian OS 9.4 with S60 5th edition UI
  • Slide-out three-row full QWERTY keyboard
  • ARM 11 434MHz CPU and 128 MB of RAM
  • Quad-band GSM support and 3G with HSDPA support
  • Wi-Fi and GPS with A-GPS (plus 3 months of free voice-guided navigation via Ovi Maps)
  • Digital compass
  • Class-leading 32GB onboard storage
  • microSD card slot with microSDHC support
  • Built-in accelerometer
  • 3.5 mm audio jack
  • TV out
  • Stereo FM Radio with RDS
  • FM transmitter
  • microUSB and Bluetooth v2.0
  • Full Flash and Java support for the web browser
  • microUSB v2.0 and Bluetooth v2.0
  • Good audio reproduction quality

Main disadvantages

  • The S60 5th edition UI still has poor ergonomics and is not as thumbable as expected
  • Camera features are so two-thousand-and-late
  • No DivX or XviD support out-of-the-box
  • No smart dialing
  • Somewhat limited 3rd party software availability
  • No office document editing (without a paid upgrade)

Obvious from the list above, the Nokia N97 hardly puts anything new on the table. It is however a bold try to fit all of today’s top features under one hood and offer a nice ride at that. This certainly is an ambitious task by itself but the ever-expectant Nseries fans, who always want something new on their next handset, make it even harder. The Nokia N97 will need to be near flawless to get a warm welcome.


Nokia N97 will also be a major test for the still quite young (or immature if you want) S60 5th edition UI. The growing pains were expected and acceptable in the 5800 XpressMusic, but it’s been 8 months since. The time is long enough in mobile phone terms and the market leader is simply expected to have had everything figured by now.

Change Your IP Address in Less Than 60 Seconds

Have you thougt of changing your IP to change your identity on internet. Its possible in 60 seconds or less. This will help you if your IP has been banned from a game server, or on gunbound if your IP get’s blocked. This trick should work successfully on Windows XP and Windows 2000. The following are the steps to be done.

1. Click on “Start” bottom left hand corner of your desktop
2. Click on “Run”
3. Type in “command” and hit ok

Now you can see MSDOS window popped up.

4. Type “ipconfig /release” just like that, and hit “enter”
5. Type “exit” and leave the prompt there.
6. Right-click on “Network Places” or “My Network Places” from “all programs” on your desktop.
7. Click on “properties“

You should now be on a screen with something titled “Local Area Connection“, or something close to that, and, if you have a network hooked up, all of your other networks.

8. Right click on “Local Area Connection” and click “properties”
9. Double-click on the “Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)” from the list under the “General” tab
10. Click on “Use the following IP address” under the “General” tab
11. Create an IP address (It doesn’t matter what it is. I just type 1 and 2 until i fill the area up).
12. Press “Tab” and it should automatically fill in the “Subnet Mask” section with default numbers.
13. Hit the “Ok” button here
14. Hit the “Ok” button again

You should now be back to the “Local Area Connection” screen.

15. Right-click back on “Local Area Connection” and go to properties again.
16. Go back to the “TCP/IP” settings
17. This time, select “Obtain an IP address automatically”
18. Hit “Ok”
19. Hit “Ok” again
20. You now have a new IP address

Samsung enters the 12 megapixel competition ….

Samsung have long been rumored to have a 12 megapixel cameraphone in the works.

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Well, now it sees daylight for the first time – meet the Pixon12 – the first 12MP cameraphone to hit the market, scheduled for a June launch.

The M8910 is the model number standing behind the Pixon12. The new cameraphone pointed as Sony Ericsson Satio (a.k.a. Idou) competitor makes its mark with a 3.1-inch AMOLED touchscreen with a highly advertised 10000:1 contrast.

And taking where the original Pixon left, the Samsung Pixon12 now sports Wi-Fi connectivity along with the GPS receiver.

The Samsung Pixon12 camera goes further in to the mobile photography offering a 28mm wide-angle lens, both a xenon and a power LED flash , D1 video recording at 30fps, tracking Touch Auto Focus, Smart Auto mode changing with the lighting conditions and all the rest typical high-end camera features such as geo-tagging, face detection, etc.

The rest of the Samsung Pixon12 specs are close to what the the Samsung M8800 Pixon offered – 150MB internal storage and a microSD card slot, HSDPA support and Bluetooth.

The Samsung Pixon12 won’t be a smartphone, so expect the usual Samsung TouchWiz UI with some visual upgrades. Responding to the reactions of the end users to the lack of Wi-Fi in the Pixon, Samsung will offer it here in the Pixon12.

Samsung M8910  Pixon12

Quite unfortunate for all of you that were finally sold after the Omnia HD, the Samsung Pixon12 will be available across the Europe in June and will be expanded worldwide in August to make this summer’s cellphone choice that much harder. There is no word on pricing yet.