Paris motor show cuties

Paris Motors Shows are always a season ahead of the game be it new models of cars or their re-styled versions. This year show was not an exception. Frankly speaking, in 20087 the accent was made on really small cars like Chevy Cruze. Enjoy the list of the most interesting and the cutest cars of the show.
2009 Ford Ka
Do you still remember this funny city car. It was a dream of millions of girls: small, economical, compact and nice. Be happy girls, all-new, next-generation Ka for 2009 had been unveiled at Paris.

Ford ka

The new Ka was co-developed with Fiat and it will be build in Poland. Like the predecessor it should be economical and practical. The exterior of the Ka adopts has a new design as well. The car looks nice and funky, bold and cute. Powertrain choices include a 74-hp, 1.3-liter turbo-diesel achieving a claimed 56 mpg. The car comes with Bluetooth and USB audio player functions. 

2010 Nissan Nuvu
Nissan loves shocking people with their amazing and even a bit futuristic car ideas. Their Paris debut was hot and small: the tiny, three-meter-long Nuvu (a stylistic derivative of “New View”) electric car. It is a kind of nice and super economical urban car. The manufacturers call it “a witty representation of its green credentials.” Nissan ensures everybody that three people will be comfortable in this fairy-tale a car. The cabin seems rather spacious and there is even a luggage area sufficient to grab some products.

Nuvu is a concept electric car. That is going to become a production-ready electric car next fall at the 2009 Tokyo auto show. It will hit markets in 2010.

2010 Pininfarina B0 Electric Car
And once again electric car. The Pininfarina B0 (say “B Zero”) is a five-door, four-seat hatchback. A 45kW electric motor drives the front wheels. The whole structure of the car is aimed to make its driving as efficient as possible. The battery can be charged at a household socket and it needs only a couple of hours. Top speed of the car is 80 mph.

The cars will be made at Pininfarina’s production facility at Cambiano,and hit the markets of Western Europe—by the end of 2009. Most professionals claim that seats are rather comfy and its interior is very impressive. 

2009 Suzuki Alto
Hurray – this time super nice and fuel-efficient car. The Suzuki Alto is a nice and super attractive city car that is based on the A-Star concept we saw in Geneva earlier this year. The stylish Alto offers a 1.0-liter gasoline engine for big-time fuel efficiency. The car irradiates reasonable practicality.

 

2009 Toyota iQ
Have you missed this nice car? Toyota has revealed their a production-ready version of iQ city car. The car is just 117.3 inches long, but it offers a rather spacious interior and even 4 passengers can sit there freely. The iQ will be eco-friendly, spurting just 99 grams of CO2 per kilometer.

 
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Gmail | Working with labels | Setting up a Label for First Crush

Hi All,

These are few simple steps on how to set up labels on Gmail. I know many geeks might be aware of the same, just making all of you aware of how to use this feature to the max.

1) Open any mail from First Crush Google Group ‘firstcrush@googlegroups.com‘  ( Refer to attached screenshot ‘Step 1‘ )

2) Go to More Options>> Filter messages like these ( Refer to attached screenshot ‘Step 2‘ )

3) A default filtering criteria is automatically suggested, you can add your desired filtering criteria here ( Refer to attached screenshot ‘Step 3‘ )

4) Click on Next Step
5) Tick on Apply the Label, then from the dropdown menu choose New label.. ( Refer to attached screenshot ‘Step 4‘ ). You can also select several other options like forwarding to an email address etc.

6) Enter First Crush in the pop up box ( Refer to attached screenshot ‘Step 5‘ )

7) Now Tick on Apply to conversations below
8) Now Select Create Filter Button, Voila your filter has been set up.
9) Now Select your label colour for your filter from the Label Box just below the Chatbox.( Refer to attached screenshot ‘Step 6‘ ), I would suggest first row second colour.

Now, whenever a mail from the filteration criteria i.e the mail address firstcrush@googlegroups.com in this case arrives it will be automatically marked by label ‘First Crush‘. Also if you click on the label First Crush in the label window, it will display only the mails received from the group.

Regards,
First Crush



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Gmail | Working with labels | Setting up a Label for First Crush

Hi All,

These are few simple steps on how to set up labels on Gmail. I know many geeks might be aware of the same, just making all of you aware of how to use this feature to the max.

1) Open any mail from First Crush Google Group ‘firstcrush@googlegroups.com‘  ( Refer to attached screenshot ‘Step 1‘ )

2) Go to More Options>> Filter messages like these ( Refer to attached screenshot ‘Step 2‘ )

3) A default filtering criteria is automatically suggested, you can add your desired filtering criteria here ( Refer to attached screenshot ‘Step 3‘ )

4) Click on Next Step
5) Tick on Apply the Label, then from the dropdown menu choose New label.. ( Refer to attached screenshot ‘Step 4‘ ). You can also select several other options like forwarding to an email address etc.

6) Enter First Crush in the pop up box ( Refer to attached screenshot ‘Step 5‘ )

7) Now Tick on Apply to conversations below
8) Now Select Create Filter Button, Voila your filter has been set up.
9) Now Select your label colour for your filter from the Label Box just below the Chatbox.( Refer to attached screenshot ‘Step 6‘ ), I would suggest first row second colour.

Now, whenever a mail from the filteration criteria i.e the mail address firstcrush@googlegroups.com in this case arrives it will be automatically marked by label ‘First Crush‘. Also if you click on the label First Crush in the label window, it will display only the mails received from the group.

Regards,
First Crush

Nokia N85

review bad
“C” and Menu button not easy to access
Battery is not up to par
Only one full free game

Here’s yet another generic looking cross-between-N81-and-N96 handset from Nokia that’s been designed to be part of their gaming range. The N85 gives the impression that it’s a very capable handset on all fronts with features galore, but allow me to give you a better idea.

Form Factor
The N85 dual slider may be a bit generic in design for Nokia but it still manages to pull off a chic look and feel. It’s quite sleek and sexy to be more accurate. It has a 2.6-inch OLED display that sports a 240 x 320 pixel, 16 million color resolution. The use of this type of display was a smart idea, because it not only has better colors and sharper tones, but also manages to reduce the consumption of power from the screen. It’s a bit of a problem in direct sunlight though. The display tends to get a bit lost amongst the reflections but not too much.

 

It has a very minimalist look when the front navigation panel and keys are not active. The handset is equipped with Nokia’s Navi-Wheel that can be used for touch sensitive navigation as well as a regular five way-nav pad, a shortcut quick access menu key and rubberized Call Answer and End keys. The open keys although a bit hard under the fingerprint-magnet hard plastic casing are manageable. My issue was with the Menu and Cancel keys. The position is a little too close to the edge and hence they tend to not only be a little harder to press but sometimes a bit difficult to reach. Nothing you can’t get used to though.

 

The pop sliders are both smooth and very responsive for opening and shutting the multimedia and data entry keypads. Once again we see that Nokia could have a made better use of the keypad space and had maybe little larger keys, but there’re no other issues other than just that. The keys are neatly spaced out and comfortable to use. The multimedia keypad that pops out from the top also doubles as games keys and can also be used for zooming for the 5MP AF camera (with dual LEDs for a flash) that’s protected with a smooth sliding lens cover.

 

A micro USB port is located on one side at the top. On the other side at either end are a set of stereo speakers. Volume/zoom control, a key lock slider and the camera’s shutter release are located in between. A standard 3.5mm earphone socket, power key and universal micro USB port for the charger and PC connectivity are also placed here.

The N85 is a sturdy looking handset that gives off an air of machismo with a hint of class. If it weren’t for the plastic casing that looks quite bad after usage with fingerprints all over, I’d give it a five out of five on looks alone.

Features and Performance

Interface
A Symbian OS 9.3 with a Series 60 UI coupled with an ARM 11 369 MHz processor makes the N85 a smooth handset for navigation and control. The Accelerometer is quick when it comes to adjusting the screen orientation. However, the sensitivity is a bit too high. Nothing you can’t get used to. Using the Navi-Wheel to get around the menus is bliss and something the super lazy can appreciate. The shortcut menu activated by the dedicated key located near the nav-pad, is handy when you need to access media and such but not much else. The interface, of course, is still something to talk about.

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How to make your blog popular

Rule #1. Write an article on “how to explode blog traffic !!!”
Rule #2. Read on

To be very frank there are quite a bit of so called tried and tested ways to increase you blog traffic, but these merely focus on increasing hits on your blog, but do not focus on the main reason why you want more traffic viz. to read what you write and keep coming back for more.

Some Sites do deliver on their hits, but sadly most of these hits stay for a maximum of 30 secs only, after which they click on the next blog to increase their traffic.
That brings us back to the topic, What can really be done? Is there a way out? How do i make myself heard above the din?

Well, here are some tips for starters.

1. Write. Write stuff. Write stuff people like to read.Most often blogs end up being abused by people who think the world is waiting to know what happens to them every second (I don’t deny them this right…they have it!), however the same thing can be presented in a way that forces the reader to continue reading. Simple check! read as though you didn’t write it. Funny? worth posting? go ahead post.

2. Make friends.I don’t mean going around shaking hands with people and expect a sudden spurt in your traffic, instead post reciprocal links on your blog. Yes people do read others links and if you are there, people will visit your blog. Its an easy way to piggyback on some good blogs.

3. Articles!!!!Take some of your posts, tweak them a bit, add a snazzy caption and Presto! you have your own article ready. Now take that article and post it all around you (on the net please….i don’t expect people to walk around with faces stuck with paper muffling away….thish is smy aaarticle!). There are quite a list of websites that do this.

4. Check your Site title and description ( I think this should have come in second in order….lets just forget the order for now)Get a cool title something that makes people go, “oooohh thats hhhhhhooooootttttttt” (if not that much atleast…….a “i think this might be interesting”). And remember to give a matching description (the funnier the better). This will also help you get better results on search engines.

5. Submit to Blog Search engines.Most people search for blogs not on the major search engines, but on blog search engines. So make sure your blog has been submitted to these engines. The more the merrier. Search on google for blog search engines and submit your blog to all of these.

6. PHOTOS ROCK!!!!Face it, most people do search blogs to see something interesting and what best but a photo to give them a 24million color view of something. Yes photos rock, and they do bring in traffic. It kinda gives a coolness to your site. Its like wearing colors while everyone else is in uniform. Most blogging providers support photoblogging, but if you need a place to host photos photobucket.com is a place as good as any.

7. Get original ! Showing others content may bring people to your site, but it would not make them stay. all they would say is . ….”another smartass trying to keep his blog updated by somebody else’s work”. So keep the blog original with what you would like to say.

8. Publicize!!!I am not talking about banner exchanges ( not only do give free advertising on your site, you also have to put up with ugly graphics that can be out of place on your beautiful site.) Think up creative ways. Get a bumper sticker on your car, your boss’s car, your company delivery truck…the works. Another easier option, get it on your company’s email signature or atleast on yours.

9. Evangelize!!! No i am not a religious nut and i’m not expecting you to be one. Write stuff that would make people go on and talk about you without you threatening them or paying them. And refer to “the blog” in common discussions, parties etc…. wherever you find people.

10. Ok so you got so far…….on more important thing.Don’t expect to find any of the above on my blog, the only reason being, i don’t need to explode my blog traffic !!!!

PS3 Price Dropped This Christmas

All the people out there who’ve been contemplating picking up a PlayStation 3 may be happy to know that the console (40 GB version) has now become cheaper by Rs. 2000 so it costs Rs. 22,990 as opposed to Rs. 24,990. Here’s what PlayStation India’s head honcho Atindriya Bose had to say:


 

“We are excited to bring to Indian consumer offers like these during the Christmas. This not only gives a boost to gaming in India but also makes the PlayStation 3 more affordable than ever. We recognize the need of the Indian gamers and stand committed to develop gaming as the most interactive entertainment mode.”

I still don’t understand how a Rs. 2000 drop makes this console “more affordable than ever”.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 – Was it worth the wait?

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Just when we got sick of hearing about it, and were beginning to wonder if the Xperia X1 from Sony Ericsson was just more vapourware, it lands up at our test labs. Sure, it’s still a “Prototype”, as the plain white box it came in proclaims, but at least it’s no longer a video on YouTube or pictures on some random site. 
We were excited to get it open, apart from being the X1, it was also our first look at Windows Mobile (WM) 6.1. Immediately after the un-boxing, whilst holding on to the X1, our first reaction was, “Wow, it’s a lot smaller than we imagined.” It’s probably the ultra-high-res images that SE released of the X1, or the knowledge that this is a side-slider phone with a QWERTY keyboard and a 800×480 pixel screen that made us feel it would be a lot bigger.
The X1 feels like a brick, but in a good way — you can’t help but notice the weight and solidness that only a metal body can offer. The brushed metal finish (black in this model, but silver is also available) means the device is not a fingerprint magnet; the screen, however, will need constant fingerprint cleansing.
A gentle press of the metal power button on the top and we were booting into WM 6.1. It took a minute to start up though, which is a lot slower than we’re used to.
After boot-up, we noticed that although most of the body is metallic, the front buttons are plastic, which were hoping will change at launch. We spent a few seconds feeling for the stylus, which fits in perfectly with the body – no chance of pulling this out of your pocket and losing a stylus. The stylus quality is good too, so no complaints.
Stylus in hand, we took a close look at the screen. The gorgeous 3-inch, high-resolution screen is one of the best we’ve seen. It’s crisp, crystal clear and no complaints even in direct sunlight. Tapping on it with the stylus did nothing at first, and we felt that it was probably because we were being too gentle. A minute later we had our first complaint – you have to tap a lot harder than normal.
Apart from this, the phone was quite responsive when going to settings and menus – not Symbian fast, but fast compared to other WM devices. We found it quite surprising that there was no Walkman branding to be seen in the programs, and instead, a WM version of Windows Media Player is left to handle all the media files. While using this, some files would hang the player for a few seconds, and it rather than slow hardware, we think it’s more likely a software bug. Wide-screen format videos play flawlessly, and look really good on the X1.
The X1 has dropped IE for Opera when it comes to the default browser, and we have to admit that this is a good move. IE is still available for use in the programs menu, but isn’t the default browser. We’re sad to report that Opera Mobile breaks even more terribly with Gmail on the X1 than we’ve ever seen.
The 5-way navigation button on the X1 acts like a touch control, with four actual clicks on either side. The centre button is like a trackpad, but without a mouse. Although the centre button is meant to scroll through long pages and links, we found the stylus and the click buttons just offer more control.
We slid open the phone to type in a URL, and were shocked by the ease and smoothness of the slider – brilliant. The curved design to the slider also offers a slight ergonomic edge over similar devices, and is a good thought. The QWERTY keyboard is quite impressive to look at, and since each button has a triangular-shaped raised part, it’s also quite easy to find the right keys. Key feedback is lacking, so again, there’s a little bit of a learning curve involved.  Having to press a function key first to type numbers is a little irritating at first, it’s something that’s unnoticeable after a few days.
The X1 allows you to choose different looks and layouts for the WM Today screen, and they call this feature X-panels. Using the dedicated X key, on the bottom left of the device, pops up the panel options you have, and these can be displayed in various ways. This is cute, but we don’t see too much utilitarian value here. Also, there’s a little wait involved in changing panels, with low-res images of the panel being displayed while the high-res version loads.
Connectivity is the X1’s forte, with all the options you can think of — Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPRS, Edge, GPS, etc. Thanks to WM 6.1, and its new Connection manager, it’s really easy to switch off or on different connections. We tested the X1’s Wi-Fi and GPRS connectivity, and found that it all worked flawlessly.
With PDA / Smart phones, it’s easy to forget that they’re also ~phones~, and this being the X1, we didn’t get down to testing it as one for a few days. The first time we inserted the SIM card and started it up, the X1 claimed there was no SIM. When trying to remove the SIM, it ended up dislodging the chip from the plastic that holds it. Now admittedly the SIM in question was over 7 years old, but we do have to complain about the retention mechanism here — a Nokia-style clip for the SIM retention would be preferred here. Even when we got a brand new SIM, the X1 refused to detect it at first — we will give it the benefit of doubt here, as this is a review piece that’s probably much used.
One we got it working, the network reception was good. We have quite a few dead zones for our service provider in the office, and we made it a point to walk through these while on a call, and apart from a few stutters, the X1 managed to stay connected — again, not as good as Nokia’s N-series, but much better than the regular breed. Voice clarity was exceptional, and the people at the other end of the call said we were crystal clear. The ear piece volume and clarity of the X1 are also impressive, so no complaints here.
With PDA functionality in mind, the X1 is a brilliant phone. Running WM means that mobile MS Office is available, and you have a very long list of office related apps to choose from. Though we said earlier that you have to tap a little hard on the touch screen, it’s still very responsive and easy to use, once you’re used to the amount of pressure that’s necessary.
Most importantly, it’s the quality of the screen that makes this the perfect PDA-phone, because working with documents and e-mail are a joy. Unless your optometrist has prescribed reading glasses for you, you should soon start enjoying the clarity that the screen offers at even miniscule font sizes — which obviously translates to being able to see much more per page.
A minor irritant was the lack of directional keys on the keyboard, but the 5-way, touchpad-style controller allows you to leave the stylus sheathed. Although far from the ideal solution, it’s easy enough to get used to.
So is that all there is to the X1? Not by a long shot; there are many more nice little features as well as niggling irritants to talk about. To start with, we’re shocked that the X1 doesn’t have an orientation sensor, and the screen only changes when you open or close the slider.
We’ve come to expect more of cameras on SE phones too, and the X1 is a disappointment here again. The 3.2 MP main camera is nowhere close to as good as the cameras we’ve become used to. It also features a front facing 0.3 MP camera for video conferencing, but that’s not something we’re used to using in India, so no points gained here. The main camera does offer touch focus though, but this doesn’t work well at night.
The 3.5 mm headset jack on the top of the device is something we’ve been waiting for from SE, and is good to have for those who want to connect a better set of headphones than the bundled ones. The provided headset offers decent quality, but the audio quality improves drastically with even a Rs 800 pair of Sony earphones.
The X1 features a light sensor that auto-adjusts the screen brightness based on ambient light, and this feature works so well that you never notice any drastic changes in screen brightness; it keeps the screen clearly visible at all times. Speaking of lighting, multi-colour LEDs at each of the four corners of the sides of the phone offer some really cool lighting effects when starting up, or when you are notified of an event such as a message or a missed call. Really cool for some; others might not want this.
The X1 is charged using a mini USB connector, and SE has smartly integrated the charger and USB cable. Basically, there is a mini-USB to USB connector, and the charger just has a female USB connector, so as long as you pack the charger, you know you have the USB cable at hand too.
Memory expansion is needed, because the device only features 512 MB ROM and 256 MB RAM, and this is taken care of by a Micro SD slot that’s below the battery cover, but not below the battery — so no need to power down the device to insert / remove the memory.
We’re told the price for the X1 is Rs 44,500, which is just way too much in our opinion. Sure you get WM 6.1 device with a decently fast processor and RAM; yes this device is unique, and definitely offers amazing flaunt value; it’s also true that you get a really nice PDA / Smart phone with an impressive screen; multimedia playback is enjoyable as well and this phone is packed to the brim with features, but a Netbook and a good phone would probably be much better as solutions for those who need to work on the move, and they’d be cheaper too! We suggest you wait for prices to fall a bit before buying this phone, and if it’s available for around the Rs 30K mark, it’s something you really should own. For now, we can tell you from experience that whipping out this phone, even in upper class restaurants, grabs attention – especially when you slide it open and start typing. The bottom line seems to be hidden in the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1’s initials: SEXX1 (sexy)!
Specifications
WM 6.1 Pro, CPU — Qualcomm MSM7200A (528 MHz), 512 MB ROM, 256 MB RAM, Screen — 3-inch (800×480), 65k colours, 3.2 MP Auto Focus camera, A-GPS, BT 2.0, WLAN, microSD expansion, 1500 mAh battery, weight — 158 g
Contact: Sony Ericsson
Phone: 39011111
Website: www.sonyericsson.com
Price: Rs 44,500
Features: 4
Performance: 3.5
Build quality: 4.5
Value for Money: 2.5
Overall: 3.5