Archive for January, 2009

15 Killer Android Applications for the G1

January 28, 2009

If Google wants its Android-based phones to unseat Apple’s iPhone as the top touch-screen handsets, it will have to offer cool apps. On the G1, T-Mobile customers will be the first to check out about 50 available applications. T-Mobile says that all apps are free until 2009. Here’s a look at some of them.
Tom Spring, PC World

GPS-Enhanced Social Network

1. Beetaun GPS-Enhanced Social Network

1. Beetaun GPS-Enhanced Social Network

Beetaun is a social network application for anyone who wants to share and explore interesting destinations and routes, be it a city or a cool cafe. When you use Beetaun, one view of the application offers a map with pushpin-marked destinations near you. Select a pushpin/destination, and you can then read what people have said about it.

 Lock Up Your G1 With Your Eye 

2. Biowallet  Lock Up Your G1 With Your Eye

2. Biowallet Lock Up Your G1 With Your Eye

Biowallet uses biometric iris-scan authentication to lock down your G1. Put the phone’s camera to your eye and wait, and the software scans your eye to verify that it’s you. The security software also allows you to send remote commands to your phone in the event that it is stolen.

 Calling a Cab Was Never So Easy CallACab finds the local cab company  for you–and it knows your location, too. This application is handy if you’re traveling and you don’t know the local cab number or an easy way to give directions to your current location and your destination.

 

CallACab - Calling a Cab Was Never So Easy

3. CallACab - Calling a Cab Was Never So Easy

These Bread Crumbs Are Made of JPEGsWith BreadCrumbz you leave behind a trail of pictures, not crumbs, for others to follow. Through this software you create a step-by-step visual map using photos you’ve taken with the G1. You can then share routes with just your friends or make routes public.

 

4. Bread Crumbs Are Made of JPEGs

4. Bread Crumbs Are Made of JPEGs

 Reduce Risk While Keeping Tabs on the Family If you buy everyone in your family a G1, you’ll be able to keep tabs on one another using mobile mapping software that will plot your family’s whereabouts through an application called FreeFamilyWatch. The service sends a warning when you or any family members have entered a reportedly risky environment. Risk factors are based on crime statistics, environmental health hazards, or unfolding emergencies.

5. FreeFamilyWatch Reduce Risk While Keeping Tabs on the Family

5. FreeFamilyWatch Reduce Risk While Keeping Tabs on the Family

 Virtual Worlds Go Mobile City Slikkers is a location-based game that employs the G1’s GPS capabilities to let you interact with nearby people using the same application. City Slikkers creates a virtual world that you inhabit with other nearby City Slikkers users. You can interact with other Slikkers and modify your virtual environment too.

6. Virtual Worlds Go Mobile City Slikkers

6. Virtual Worlds Go Mobile City Slikkers

 G1 Goes to Work in the Kitchen As its name suggests, Cooking Capsules is a cooking application that shows cooking videos, lets you create recipe ingredient lists, and helps you explore new recipes. Using the phone’s GPS capabilities, Cooking Capsules can also help you find the nearest grocery store.

7. Cooking Capsules is a cooking application

7. Cooking Capsules is a cooking application

 Jukebox in the Cloud Diggin is a music application for wireless streaming of music from preset Internet-based radio stations. It also has discovery tools for finding music, a tool that will show you a song’s lyrics, and a highly customizable user interface.

8. Jukebox in the Cloud Diggin

8. Jukebox in the Cloud Diggin

 GPS Tool Keeps You Out of Harms Way Em-Radar keeps you informed of sudden severe weather conditions and emergencies near your location. Using the G1’s GPS capabilities, Em-Beacon also helps you locate and stay connected to loved ones in an emergency.

9. Em-Radar GPS Tool Keeps You Out of Harms Way

9. Em-Radar GPS Tool Keeps You Out of Harms Way

G1 Turns a Cell Phone Into Geeky Golf Gear Golfing gear just became more phone friendly, with the debut of the GolfPlay Android application. Using the G1’s GPS mapping technology, GolfPlay can display a 2D map overview of courses as you play on them. It also allows you to access historical data such as course scoring and the distance between holes. GolfPlay creates a social network that you can join to exchange course impressions and scores.

10. Golfing gear Geeky Golf Gear

10. Golfing gear Geeky Golf Gear

 Get Thrifty, G1 Style The Android application

11. ShopSavvy Get Thrifty

11. ShopSavvy Get Thrifty

ShopSavvy allows you to run your own cheapest-price check on the go. While in a store, you can scan a bar code on a product with your G1’s camera; ShopSavvy will then retrieve the best prices for that product available online and at the nearest store.

 ‘Get a Life’ With This G1 App Do you find yourself complaining that you have no life? The LifeAware application may not be able to give you a life, but it will help you make the best of the one you have. LifeAware uses the G1’s GPS technology to help you keep tabs of other people running LifeAware on their GPS-enabled phones. If you walk into a zone where a friend is, you’ll receive an alert.

12. LifeAware 'Get a Life'

12. LifeAware 'Get a Life'

 Getting Lost Has Never Been So Productive PedNav is a location-aware day planner that allows you to create an itinerary and suggests public-transit routes as well as walking directions. Want to stop by a certain grocery store, have lunch at a nearby cafe, or drop by a record shop? PedNav is aware of your location and schedule, and based on that information it will give reminders of what you intended to do and when might be a good time to do it.

13. PedNav Getting Lost Has Never Been So Productive

13. PedNav Getting Lost Has Never Been So Productive

Annotate Directly on G1 Pics, and Send

14. PicSay Annotate Directly on G1 Pics, and Send

14. PicSay Annotate Directly on G1 Pics, and Send

 PicSay allows you to take a picture with the G1’s phone and then embed text, graphics, and effects into it. That way, when you take a picture of Times Square, you can circle the Naked Cowboy and note directly on the picture what you think of him.

Carpooling Has Never Been This Easy Piggyback is a handy application for people who carpool. It links you to a network of like-minded people willing to give you a lift, and lets you offer a ride too. To use the service just enter your destination into the application and make your car available for searching by other PiggyBack users. Interested parties can send you a ride request, which you are free to accept or decline.

15. Piggyback Carpooling Has Never Been This Easy

15. Piggyback Carpooling Has Never Been This Easy

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Cleaner air can help add 5 months to your life

January 23, 2009

In A First, An American Study Quantifies The Impact Of Pollution-Free Environment On Lifespan  – on TOI on 23/Jan/2009

Cleaner air over the past two decades has added nearly five months to average life expectancy in the US, according to a federally funded study. Researchers said it is the first study to show that reducing air pollution translates into longer lives. Between 1978 and 2001, Americans’ average life span increased almost three years to 77, and as much as 4.8 months of that can be attributed to cleaner air, researchers from Brigham Young University and Harvard School of Public Health reported.
   Some experts not connected with the study called the gain dramatic. “It shows that our efforts as a country to control air pollution have been well worth the expense”, said Joel Kaufman, a University of Washington expert on environmental health. Scientists have long known that the grit in polluted air, or particulates, can lodge deep in the lungs and raise the risk of lung disease, heart attacks and strokes. The grit — made of dust, soot and various chemicals — comes from factories, power plants and dieselpowered vehicles.
   In 1970, Congress passed a revised Clean Air Act that gave the Environmental Protection Agency the power to set and enforce national standards to protect people from particulate matter, carbon monoxide and other pollutants. The law is widely credited with improving the nation’s air quality through such things as catalytic converters on cars and scrubbers at new factories.

In US, lifespan has risen by 3 years between 1978 and 2001. Of that, 4.8 months can be attributed to cleaner environment, says the study

EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE: In US, lifespan has risen by 3 years between 1978 and 2001. Of that, 4.8 months can be attributed to cleaner environment, says the study

For the study, scientists used government data to track particulate pollution levels over two decades in 51 US cities. They compared these changes to life expectancies calculated from death records and census data. They adjusted the results to take into account other things that might affect life expectancy, such as smoking habits, income, education and migration.
   On average, particulate matter levels fell from 21 micrograms per cubic meter of air to 14 micrograms per cubic meter in the cities studied. At the same time, Americans lived an average 2.72 years longer. “We saw that communities that had larger reductions in air pollution on average had larger increases in life expectancies”, said the study’s lead author, C Arden Pope III, a Brigham Young epidemiologist.Pittsburgh and Buffalo, New York, which made the most progress cleaning up their air, saw life spans increase by about 10 months. Los Angeles, Indianapolis and St Louis were among the cities that saw gains in life expectancy of around five months.
   “This finding provides direct confirmation of the population health benefits of mitigating air pollution”, Daniel Krewski, who does pollution research at the University of Ottawa in Canada, wrote in an accompanying editorial.The EPA said such studies provide critical information that can help the agency set standards on particulates. EPA data show that average particulate levels nationally have fallen 11% since 2000.

How To Fully Enjoy What You Acquire

January 21, 2009

by Swami Parthasarathy

Human desires manifest as two powerful motivations in life: acquisition and enjoyment. You want to acquire whatever you desire from the world. And after acquiring you long to enjoy what you have acquired. For instance, you build a house and enjoy living in it. You prepare a tennis court and enjoy playing the game.
   Propelled by these two motivations — of acquisition and enjoyment — every human being craves to acquire and enjoy more and more in the world. But no one has found true happiness in mere acquisition or enjoyment. Yet the chase never ends. People are ultimately exhausted with their futile efforts and become frustrated and unhappy.
   The mind has a tendency to acquire, yet it cannot qualify or quantify what it wants. Even in the present, when the mind acquires the object of its desire it forthwith pitches up something else. This thirst for acquisition continues. The wealthiest man in the world wants more wealth. The most powerful seeks more power. The most beautiful more beauty. All this despite knowing that on most accounts, the process of acquiring and enjoying these things only bring in their wake agitation and loss of peace of mind.
   The thirst can never be quenched by sheer acquisition of whatever the mind demands. Neither can the problem be solved by suppressing the desire for acquisition. However, there is no taboo to acquisition. You are advised only to control, to regulate the mind’s indiscriminate craving for acquisition.
   The second motivation is the desire to enjoy what has been acquired. Here again, there is no objection to enjoyment. You are not to refrain from enjoying what the world offers you but to restrain, control your indulgence in them. You enjoy objects or beings only when you exercise voluntary regulation and moderation. Otherwise what you acquire loses its charm. You cannot enjoy it anymore. Unrestricted indulgence kills enjoyment.
   In truth there is no joy content in the objects and beings of the world. But an average person cannot be convinced of this. He equates enjoyment with the pleasure he gets eating ice cream or chocolate. How can he be convinced that this is not what joy is about? The truth remains that none can find enjoyment in the external world.
   The following example can perhaps help you examine the veracity of the statement. You sit outside in your garden on a full moon night. You ‘enjoy’ the beautiful moonlight. Just think. Does the moon actually produce light? Does it have light in it per se? No, not at all. Yet some believe that the light comes from the moon. Educated as you are, you know that there is no light in the moon. It only reflects the light of the sun. Whatever arguments you put forth, the ignoramuses can never accept that there is no light in the moon. They see the light coming from the moon. They experience it. They enjoy it. So it becomes impossible for them to conceive that the moon has no light in it.
   Similarly, many lack the wisdom to accept the truth that there is no joy content in the world. Their argument is similar. They can perceive the joy in sense-objects. And argue that they gain enjoyment out of them. Hence they can never accept there is no joy in the external world. You may likewise hold on to your views but just ponder over the moonlight example.
   Abstract from ‘The Fall of the Human Intellect’ by Swami.

AR Rahman Created a History

January 13, 2009

‘Slumdog Millionaire’ wins four Golden Globe awards
In a fairy tale that mirrors its own narrative, a little movie from Britain — about a poor Indian kid who gets on a game show to win a girl’s heart and ends up winning a fortune — has won big at what is the world’s second-biggest movie awards show. ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ was nominated for four Golden Globes, in adapted screenplay, direction, original score and best dramatic movie categories. It has swept all four awards. A R Rahman, one of India’s most prolific music directors, has won for his work in the film.

Created history on Sunday night by winning the Golden Globe Award

AR RAHMAN Created history on Sunday night by winning the Golden Globe Award

   Rahman’s impact on Indian popular music has been tremendous. He composes across genres, from swing to pop to rousing anthems and semi-classical tunes and is known for high technology. He rose from scoring for Tamil movies to composing for big-budget stage productions abroad like ‘Bombay Dreams’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’. In his debut with ‘Roja’ in 1991, Rahman lifted Indian movie music out of the doldrums it had fallen into in the eighties. He represented a break from the past in more ways than one, trained as he is in Indian and western classical forms. Building on the work of other south Indian masters like Ilayaraja, Rahman brought innovation and improvisation to the music industry. Once christened the ‘Mozart of Madras’ by ‘Time’ magazine, this latest recognition might presage an Oscar, which would be a worthy tribute to a master musician.
   A critical and commercial success, ‘Slumdog’ has proven that it is possible for films about India to do well globally, and not just within the NRI community. With India’s rising international profile, interest in the country and the Indian way of life is high. British director Danny Boyle has taken the typical Bollywood movie formula, complete with song and dance, and improved upon it to enormous success. Now the movie is considered to be a shoo-in for an Oscar nomination for best film and will be a favourite to win the coveted trophy.
   Partly in Hindi, the movie is an uplifting tale, but manages to balance fantasy with a stark look at the life of the urban poor in India. It is this balancing act that seems to have touched a chord in audiences abroad. There’s no reason why more film-makers cannot take a leaf out of Boyle’s book and adapt the formulaic Bollywood song and dance extravaganza to something logically consistent even if fanciful. – by TOI

AR Rahman becomes first person of Indian descent to win a Golden Globe Award.

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Most awaited Flash player will come for Google Android

January 9, 2009

Adobe showed at the Adobe MAX 2008 developer conference Flash 10 running on Android. See a video of full flash running on the T-Mobile G1 below.

Google Android G1

Google Android G1

The Apple iPhone might never get Adobe Flash because it would impact Apple’s software control over the iPhone. See this new Wired article about this topic. This is a real disadvantage for the iPhone as Flash is very popular on the web especially for video playback and online games.

When the Flash Player 10 will be released on the Android OS is not known yet. [I4U]