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Skype and FacebookSkype and Facebook have teamed up to make it easier  than ever to stay in touch. Instant message, import your news feed, comment and ‘Like’ all from within Skype.

Now we can Instant message – direct from Skype to Facebook. that is really cool feature. yes! you can. Skype 5.5 beta allows you to chat with your Facebook Friends. Get all the latest Skype features plus send instant messages direct to Facebook chat. See when your friends on Facebook are online and get in touch in one click.

Facebook IM from Skype

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Video call from Facebook -powered by Skype

Enjoy the magic of video calls when you and your friends are logged in to Facebook.

Facebook video calling powered by Skype. I have written a post all ready about this

Nokia has confirmed the date of its Nokia World conference. 
News groups has reported that Nokia has confirmed the date for its London-based Nokia World conference.

The annual get together is happening on October 26, 2011.

According to multiple sources, Nokia says that it is still bang on schedule with its Windows Phone project, which means no delays and a device by the end of the year as promised by new head-honcho, Stephen Elop.

France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, England, and Spain will be getting the Nokia/Windows Phone first – those in the US will have to wait.

What we’re not sure of is what kind of specification the handsets will be packing.

Of course Nokia will need to make a statement of intent with these handsets, so we’re thinking big hardware (dual core processors), NFC, DLNA, 4G, 1GB of RAM, lots of storage, an awesome Carl Zeiss camera (8 or 12-megapixels) and a beautiful design.

If Nokia gets all these in, which we really hope it does, the ailing Finnish phone giant might just be able to turn around its fortunes. We’ve just got this sneaking suspicion that Nokia is going to play it safe – and by safe we mean 2010 specs.

Why? Simple, just look at the Nokia N9 – it’s hardly breathtaking in the specs department. Sure it’s got MeeGo, but is that enough? We don’t think so, and when you stack it up against the likes of the iPhone 4 and the Samsung Galaxy S2 it will, no doubt, pale in comparison.

Nonetheless, Nokia will be releasing 10 Windows Phone handsets in the coming 12 months.

At present though, no one really knows what the devices are going to be like – will they all have similar spec? Will some be better than others? How will Nokia differentiate the handsets?

Video conference on Skype

Posted: June 21, 2011 in Software

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Group video calling,feature is named by Skype team, bye which You can share, celebrate and collaborate from anywhere in the world. There’s so much you can do together over group video. It is really cool feature provided supported by Skype.

Ideal if you work from home, too. Simply add two or more people to a video call to get together face-to-face.

Group video calling can help you to build relationships and work effectively with colleagues, customers and clients from all over the world. Plus cutting down on travel means more time with loved ones at home.

Group video calls can be between three or more people (up to a maximum of 10). For the best quality, Skype recommend calls with up to five people.

How it Works:

What do you need?At work

At least one person on the call needs Skype Premium or a group video subscription from Skype Manager.

For everyone on the call to see video, each person needs:

that’s it, and its really simple 🙂

Try Studio for SharePoint risk-free

ComponentOne Studio for SharePoint’s 2011 v2 release is now available and it’s never been easier to try! Start with the Studio for SharePoint demo site: a public SharePoint 2010 site that contains a collection of sample pages showcasing our Web Parts. Visit the site, sign in, and interact as much as you like.

This growing collection of Web Parts make it possible to create useful data portals in minutes without code. Just install Studio for SharePoint & insert a ComponentOne Web Part onto your page. Sandbox versions are even available for those who would rather not install on the server!

The 2011 v2 release debuts:

New pivoting Web Part: OLAP for SharePoint

Software Development Kit for developers who would like to create extensions

Full Sandbox compatibility

New to the world of ComponentOne Web Parts?

Watch this short video. It introduces the Web Parts and reveals their value in less than 2 minutes…

Microsoft Previews “Mango” Release of Windows Phone

The next version of Windows Phone, codenamed Mango, will feature a number of new capabilities and enhancements, including integration with Microsoft cloud platforms and services like Office 365 and Windows Live Skydrive, and unified communications via Lync Mobile. Watch the video demonstrating the new features, and check out the Windows Phone for IT Pros blog for an overview of the new business features that make it easier to connect and communicate.

Touch Screen that Feel Sticky

Posted: May 17, 2011 in Software

“Its a  touch screen which provide Programmable friction”  which provides a new kind of feedback.

An experimental touch screen that uses variable friction to make different areas feel sticky or rough could point the way to a new paradigm in interfaces.

The touch screen uses high frequency vibrations to create a thin layer of air betweenthe glass and the user’s finger. The finger glides easily over the air layer, but catchesslightly on the glass when the vibrations are switched off. Vary the vibrations thatmove the user’s finger can cause different parts of the screen to feel smooth or sticky

“It adds a sense of realism, “says Vincent Levesque, a computer scientist at theUniversity of British Columbia in Vancouver. “It’s more physical. It feels like there areactual buttons that actually exist. “Levesque and his colleagues have demonstrated a prototype of the device at the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems in Vancouver this week.

The screen is one of a number of new devices that offer complex tactile feedback.Some mobile phones on the market, for example, the use of vibration to generate a click or other signal touch. But the new device, called a touch screen model (T-PAD),aims to do more than just buzz or click, says Ed Colgate, a mechanical engineer at Northwestern University, whose team developed the touchscreen.

“We’re not just about giving signals,” he says. “We’re about giving physical sensations like the experience you have when you interact with the real world.”

The T-PaD uses piezoelectric discs positioned against a glass plate. When a current is run through the discs, they vibrate at 26 kilohertz and transmit the vibrations to the glass. Lasers track the motion of a user’s finger and vary the vibrations accordingly.

For example, when a finger across a button, the vibrations slow down or stop, giving the impression that this part of the screen is sticky. If you drag a file into a folder, youwill feel the screen becomes sticky as your finger hits the target. Turn a wheel or ascroll bar on the screen, you’ll feel your finger to touch move “graduations.” Regardingthe vibration on and off very quickly-for example, whenever a finger moves amillimeter on-screen may be part of the screen rough feel as if she was covered with a grid.

In a paper presented at the ACM, Levesque and colleagues showed that tactile feedback has allowed people to perform tasks a bit faster. Users also generally likedthe touch screen, although some complained that their fingers got tired after using itfor a while.

“Actually it’s pretty magical when touched. It’s really good,”says Vincent Hayward, a mechanical engineer at the University Pierre and Marie Curie in Paris, who is familiarwith the device. However, it warns that the approach has problems, the prototype is bulky and consumes power. It also provides information that every finger is moving.Tapping the screen does not feel special. He said he expected that tactile displays tofinally make their way into consumer electronics. “A lot of engineering to do, ” admitsColgate. “But it is not theoretically impossible.”

Source:technology review

Software company Limewire has reached an out of court settlement with record labels that sued it for helping people pirate music.

The Lime Group has agreed to pay $105m (£64.6m) to 13 music firms.This amount is far less than the damage done by the software, developed by the Limewire group, to the music indestery.
The prolonged legal fight has led to Limewire being shut down.
“This hard fought victory is reason for celebration by the entire music community, its fans and the legal services that play by the rules,” said Mr Bainwol in a statement.
Limewire was a program that used peer-to-peer technology to help people find media on other computers and let others see their libraries of files.