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Autostereoscopic Display

Technology is ever evolving. A new technology comes in a particular field one day; the next day, we find it in the cold bag, substituted by a newer and better technology.

In the field of mobile displays, the above made statement stands as true as sunrise every morning. When new technologies including AMOLED, Super AMOLED and Super AMOLED Plus displays are incorporated in today’s smartphones, a unique autostereoscopic display has been introduced in a few smartphones to bestow the users with glass-free 3D effect for still images and videos.

Autostereoscopic Display is a technology that enables you to view stereoscopic (3D) images without the help of head gears or glasses designed especially for the purpose.  In simpler terms, it is 3D viewing without any additional hassles. At the present moment high end smartphones like HTC Evo 3D sports this feature as does the legendry gaming console called Nintendo 3D. 

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There are two different methods to lend 3D effects for the viewers- Parallax barrier and Lenticular array.

In the parallax barrier technology, a second layer for LCD is placed above the main LCD display that acts like a light barrier, blocking certain pixel from reaching a particular eye of the user. The effect is precise only when the viewer’s face is located at a specific distance and angle from the screen. The exact position where, the parallax barrier gives best 3D viewing results is known as “sweet spot”. When the viewer moves away from the sweet spot, the wrong pixels get blocked, resulting in failure in 3D perception.

In Lenticular display, an array of lenticular lens is placed on the LCD. It is designed in such a way that different areas of screen are magnified and refracted in the direction of viewers’ eyes. This technology allows 3D perception at various viewing angles, that means, multiple “sweet spots’ are created along a horizontal viewing angle. Though HTC has not revealed the exact technology involved in the autostereoscopic display of Evo 3D, the product enables viewing 3D images and videos from multiple “sweet spots”, so it could be using lenticular array to enable stereoscopy.

The readers should note that the technology was pretty exorbitant in the past and continues to be the same at the present time. But as they say, quality never comes cheap!

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Posted by on February 27, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

What is DLNA Technology?

Getting content from your smartphone, TV or even PC is no longer a hassle. Thanks to DLNA technology that enables our gadgets to connect with each other, wirelessly. Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) is a revolutionary technology that will turn your house to a “Digital Home”.

DLNA is an organization that was founded in 2003 by a group of global companies with the vision to let consumers easily connect their devices over a network for sharing digital content. The organization sets guidelines for home networking & media devices like TV, PCs, mobile phones etc that allows sharing of HD videos, photos, and other digital content between DLNA certified devices.

At present more than 250 companies are members of DLNA and over 9,000 DLNA Certified products including TVs, DVD, PCs, mobile phones etc are present in market. In the year 2008, around 200 million DLNA certified products were shipped and the numbers are expected to cross 300 million in 2012.

How Does It Work?

The first requirement of DLNA technology is that all the devices you want to connect together should be DLNA certified. You require a wireless home network with the help of which, all your devices will remain connected & you can easily access the digital content stored in these devices. There’s no involvement of cables or set-up procedures for using DLNA technology. If you want to watch a movie on big screen TV, but the content is stored in your DLNA certified PC, you simply have to select the movie & ask it to play on the DLNA certified media player that is attached to the TV.

What Can You Do With DLNA?

Watch Movies – So, you have captured a movie on your camcorder and have transferred it to your computer. And if you want to watch that movie on TV, you will normally burn a DVD & play it on the DVD player attached with the TV. If your devices are DLNA certified, all you will have to do is, search for the movie from the DLNA certified network attached storage and play it on your DLNA certified TV.

Photo Sharing – You can easily share your photos on DLNA certified devices like HDTVs or even PCs. Moreover, you can store these pictures on the network attached storage drives. If you want to take print-outs of these images, simply connect the device wherein these pictures are stored to a DLNA certified printer.

Music Sharing – So, you have downloaded a new track on your DLNA certified mobile phone and want to listen to it on your music system. If your music system is also DLNA certified, you will just have to choose the track & select the option to play it on the music system.

DLNA Certified Devices Available in Market

More than 9,000 DLNA certified devices are currently available in market. You will find DLNA technology in everything starting from cellphone to TV, digital media player, and gaming consoles. Here’s the list of a few DLNA certified devices:

Cellphones – Samsung Galaxy Note, Samsung Galaxy SII, Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, Motorola Defy +, LG Optimus 2X, Nokia E5, Nokia N8, HTC Sensation

Gaming Consoles

Sony PlayStation CECHH00

Television

Sony BRAVIA HD TV (LED & LCD) – HX925 Series

Network Attached Storage

Seagate BlackAmor NAS 220 2TB

Printer
HP Photosmart Premium Fax All-in-One Printer CQ521

So, gone are the days of burning CDs, using cables, and taking the entire hassle of connecting two devices for data transfer. DLNA has revolutionized the way how our devices communicate with each other. Whether it’s streaming videos to TV, gaming or viewing photos, DLNA has made it easy to manage & use multiple devices at your digitally updated home.

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2012 in Mobile-Technologies, Uncategorized

 

How to Recharge Mobile Phone Online

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2012 in Mobile-Technologies, Uncategorized

 

What is Prepaid Mobile?

A mobile phone with a cellular prepaid plan is prepaid mobile. It is also called as “pay-as-you-go” mobile. The plan lets users pay for the service as they use it.

The prepaid service mainly caters customer segments with lower incomes and credit problems. Prepaid plans are good to avoid billing surprises.  It lets users plan mobile budget conveniently.

Prepaid mobiles can be independent or carrier – locked.

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2012 in Mobile-Technologies, Uncategorized

 

What is Mobile Banking?

Mobile banking is a mode of banking using mobile devices such as mobile phones or personal digital assistant (PDA). Mobile devices can be used for actions such as balance checks, account transactions, payments, credit applications and other banking transactions.

Initially, mobile banking services were performed using SMS services. With the upsurge of smart phones and incorporation of WAP support into mobile devices in 1999, mobile banking attained a new height.  One of the European banks was the first to offer services from the mobile web.  The application developers are burning the midnight oil to develop easy access point from mobile devices to enjoy banking easily and safely. Apple application developers and Android developers have successfully developed apps for different banks. Users can download apps and keep track on their bank account on-the-go.

Mobile banking has become a fairly accepted method of banking among technically oriented masses that are packed in tight schedule. It may be surprising data but a fact that 43 million urban Indians found accessing banking services through their mobile devices during 2009, which is 15% of urban Indian mobile phone user. The trend indicates that mobile banking will create a bang in India. Checking account balance status is most popular banking service used by e-populations.

Banking Services that can be availed on mobile devices:

Customers can avail below mentioned account information if the bank has activated the services

Checking Mini-statements and account history

Alerts on account activity

Term deposits monitoring

Access to loan statements

Access to card statements

Mutual funds/ equity statements

Insurance policy management

Pension plan management

Cheque status

Cheque books order

Balance checking

Recent transactions

Due date of payment

PIN provision

Blocking of lost/ stolen cards

 

Following payments, deposits, withdrawals, and transfers can be done with Mobile Banking:

Transfers of domestic and international fund

Handling of micro-payment

Mobile recharge

Commercial payment

Bill payment

Withdrawal at banking agent

Deposit at banking agent

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2012 in Mobile-Technologies, Uncategorized

 

What is Mobile Antivirus?

Antivirus is utility software that detects, prevents, and takes action to disarm or remove malicious software programs, called as virus from the device. Viruses are deliberately designed to interfere with operation of device to record, corrupt, or delete details.  They replicate and spread themselves to other processor and throughout the Internet. Antivirus software includes auto-update feature to download profiles of new viruses so that it can check for the new viruses as soon as they are discovered and delete them. So, an antivirus is very essential for any device running on computer programs.

Mobile phones are just like computer. They also have processor and operating system. Mobile devices are connected to Internet and are susceptible to malicious programs such as viruses and malware threats. They can damage the applications as well as the operating system of the phone. Such programs can also enter the device through while Bluetooth and USB file transfer. Thus, installation of antivirus program is imperative.

Mobile antivirus is dedicated software programmed for detecting and deleting malicious programs such as viruses and malware from mobile devices. They are designed to run on mobile operating system and protect devices.

F-Secure, BitDefender Mobile Security v2, Kaspersky Mobile Security 8.0, Eset Mobile Antivirus, Norton Smartphone Security, and mcafee VirusScan Mobile are some popular antivirus software for protecting mobile devices.

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2012 in Mobile-Technologies, Uncategorized

 

What is Mobile Number Portability (MNP)?

Mobile Number Portability allows users to retain their mobile numbers when switching to another operator of choice.  MNP was launched In India from January 2011. However, MNP is applicable for porting between mobile operators in the same telecom circle only. Also, customers can port to another operator only if he/she has been with that operator for at least 90 days. Even, one can switch from GSM to CDMA network. So, users do not need to circulate the number after they switch from one operator to another – maintain contact consistency with one number for lifetime!

How to port number:

Type a text message PORT <Your Mobile Number> to 1900

Subscriber will receive an SMS with unique porting code. Please note, porting code has an expiry time. So, subscriber should apply to the new operator with that code within the specific time.

Submit required documents to the new operator.

New operator will provide you a new SIM card.

Once your number is ported, you will lose the network coverage from the previous operator. Insert the new SIM (which you got from new operator) in SIM slot of your phone and experience services of the new operator.

Why you need to provide porting code to new operator:

The new operator will communicate with existing operator and ask for permission using the porting code. When the request is approved from the old operator, new operator will set a time for porting and communicate this to MNP provider. On the decided date, the current operator will disconnect the number and pass the message to MNP provider. Now, the new operator will claim that number and MNP provider would maintain a central database with the new details.

You Must Know

The maximum charge for MNP is Rs.19.

Users can change operator multiple time after completion of at least 90 days with one operator.

Your number will be dead for about 2 hours when switching from old operator to new operator.

Prepaid balance cannot be carried forward to new operator.

MNP allows switching from CDMA to GSM.


 
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Posted by on February 27, 2012 in Mobile-Technologies, Uncategorized