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Siri alternative Evi available for iOS and Android devices

Are you waiting to try Siri (Apple's virtual voice based personal assistant), but don't wanna get locked by Apple walled garden or enjoy Android or have an iPhone older then 4S. You can try hacking Siri onto another device, but Apple’s so-called “intelligent personal assistant” is only officially available for iPhone 4S only.

Introducing,a new voice activated personal assistant for smartphones that may give Apple's "Siri" a run for its money.

So, if you’re looking for a straightforward, legal way to enjoy Siri-like functionality on Android hardware — or any Apple gear other than the fanciest of iPhones — you’ll have to enlist a Siri copycat app. The latest of the bunch, released Monday, is called Evi. According to the developer’s description, “Evi understands what you want to know and gives back exactly what you’re after.”

Right now, She may not be Siri, but Evi is a useful AI tool for getting quick information on the go.

“Evi knows about a billion facts and is built…

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Precise Pangolin Supports Voice Based Menu Commands in form of HUD

Mark Shuttleworth founder of Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu Linux reports in his blog that a new Head-Up Display, or HUD computer menu system, will be implemented into the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS release scheduled to go live in April. The new HUD feature will replace current menus in Unity applications, providing a faster way to access menus in applications. Instead of clicking through menus, users simply type the command they require in a search box.

According to Shuttleworth, the new HUD can actually learn the actions a user most often requests and prioritize options for commands based on past use. HUD also covers system functionality, meaning users can play and pause music, or even change their IM status or go offline without having to access Skype directly, as an example.

"It’s a way for you to express your intent and have the application respond appropriately," he writes. "We think of it as 'beyond interface,' it’s the 'intenterface.' This concept of &…

SOPA/PIPA acts on postponed, A small victory achieved but war is not over for free Internet

According the statement released by Lamer Smith about his proposed SOPA bill:-

“I have heard from the critics and I take seriously their concerns regarding proposed legislation to address the problem of online piracy. It is clear that we need to revisit the approach on how best to address the problem of foreign thieves that steal and sell American inventions and products.  “The problem of online piracy is too big to ignore. American intellectual property industries provide 19 million high-paying jobs and account for more than 60 percent of U.S. exports. The theft of America’s intellectual property costs the U.S. economy more than $100 billion annually and results in the loss of thousands of American jobs.  Congress cannot stand by and do nothing while American innovators and job creators are under attack.  “The online theft of American intellectual property is no different than the theft of products from a store.  It is illegal and the law should be enforced both in the store and online. …

Play your desktop PC or MAC OSX games and use applications like Microsoft Office on Apple iPad, Android or TV

OnLive is a cloud gaming platform: in which games are synchronized, rendered, and stored on remote servers and delivered via the Internet.
The service is available using the OnLive Game System, PCs running Microsoft Windows (XP, Vista, 7), Intel-based Macs with OS X 10.5.8 or later, Android devices and iOS devices. Since the games are rendered on OnLive's servers, a low-end computer may be used to play any kind of game as long as it is able to play video. For that reason, the service is being seen as a competitor for the console market. All games on the service are available in 720p format. OnLive recommends an Internet connection of 5 Mbit/s or faster, and a 2 Mbit/s connection meets the minimum system requirements. In this Consumer Electronics Show, OnLive announced "OnLive Desktop" an iPad application. OnLive Desktop uses virtualization technology to create a remotely hosted Windows 7 desktop. 

Firing up OnLive Desktop on the iPad 2 presents a full-screen Windows 7 desk…

Apple Inc. is worth more than whole Greece

Accrding to CNN, Apple's value on the stock market briefly rose to $400 billion on Thursday,a record high for what was already the world's most valuable technology company.
The company's market cap slipped below the $400 billion mark by midday as Apple's stock fell back from the all-time high of $431.37 it set earlier in the morning. Shares ended the day slightly down, leaving Apple with a $398 billion market value.

Still, that puts Apple in some pretty exclusive territory. Only Exxon Mobil has a higher valuation, at about $420 billion. PetroChina  is Apple's closest competitor, at $270 billion, and Microsoft follows at $235 billion. 

Apple's market cap is higher than the gross domestic product of Greece, Austria, Argentina, or South Africa. (For more comparisons, check out this excellent blog: Things Apple is Worth More Than.)

Despite its size, Apple is still one of the fastest growing technology companies. The company will report its finances for the past quart…

Megaupload site shut down on piracy allegations

A serious blow to free internet landed when on Thursday The Department of Justice announced that it has conducted a major action against seven individuals and two companies behind the popular file-sharing website, a popular file-sharing site widely used for free downloads of movies and television shows.

After receiving indictments from a grand jury in Virginia for racketeering conspiracy, conspiracy to commit copyright infringement and other charges on Jan. 5, federal authorities on Thursday arrested four people and executed more than 20 search warrants in the U.S. and eight foreign countries, seizing 18 domain names and an estimated $50 million in assets, including servers run in Virginia and Washington, D.C.

The indictments, which do not include Swizz Beats, seemed to trigger a series of distributed-denial-of-service attacks, apparently by the hacker group Anonymous, that hobbled several federal and entertainment industry websites. 
MegaUpload is a "digital locker&q…

Breaking News: Windows Phone 7 OS is the most expensive component in your Windows Smartphone

Any guess, how much it costs a smartphone maker to build a phone, most of you will say CPU, memory, camera or the screen being the most expensive parts. But the correct option is licensing for the operating system. According to IntoMobile reports that ZTE is paying Microsoft about $27 for each Windows Phone it makes.

ZTE’s Tania smartphone will hit markets starting from next month and will be running Windows Phone 7.5 OS. The smartphone features a 4.3 inch screen with the same 800 x 480 pixel resolution that all Windows Phones are required to have, 1 GHz processor from Qualcomm, 5 megapixel camera, no front facing camera, which makes it no special phone except its killer pricing. This phone is currently sold by SFR at 270 euros without ZTE branding. That $27 per device is a lot of money, but it seems that smartphone maker is getting quite a bit for its money too. According to IntoMobile, that $27 licensing fee gets ZTE a list of the exact specs it needs to make a working smartphone run…

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak prefers Android over iPhone

One of the Apple's co-founder Steve Wozniak said that he prefers Google Android phones, for certain functions.
He quotes 'My primary phone is the iPhone, I love the beauty of it. But I wish it did all the things my Android does, I really do.'

His comments, in an interview with the Daily Beast, are in stark contrast to Steve Jobs' take on Android, which according to him is a 'stolen product'. 
Android, created by Google, entered the market after Apple but soon gained greater market share. A lot of Apple fans dismiss Android as a ripoff of Apple’s ideas, and a crappy one at that.

Apple has conducted high-profile lawsuits around the world against Android phone manufacturers such as Samsung, HTC to restrict them from selling Android phones.

Although, he is no longer an employee of Apple, Wozniak is often pictured camped out overnight for Apple iPhone launches, and is a very vocal fan of the Apple smartphones, so his comments might come as a surprise to some.

But Woznia…

Boycott SOPA: An Android app for everyone to protest against supporters of SOPA

Armchair activists now have a tool that can transport their SOPA protestations into the real world: Boycott SOPA, an Android app that scans barcodes and tells you if an object’s manufacturer/publisher is a supporter of the much maligned Stop Online Piracy Act.
Boycott SOPA works in exactly the same way like if you scanned a barcode on your Android phone to look up a book or CD on Amazon. First you have to install the ZXing Barcode Scanner app, but then you simply go around pointing your phone’s camera at product barcodes. Boycott SOPA gives you a big red cross if the product is distributed by a SOPA supporter, or a green tick if it’s “clean.” Much to my chagrin, Coca-Cola supports SOPA — but Smirnoff, on the other hand, does not. If you ever needed a sign from Above that you ought to drink more, there it is. Scanning food isn’t really where Boycott SOPA is at, though: Really, it’s all about scanning books, CDs, movies, and games — products that are protected by massively militant groups…

Dual SIM Android phone launched in India for Rs. 5123

Spice Mobiles known for its affordable feature rich phones has launched yet another Android smartphone in the market, called Spice Mi-280. Affordably priced at Rs. 5,123. It is a multi-touch dual-SIM phone, offering Android 2.3 Gingerbread to price conscious consumer.

It is the successor to the Spice Mi-270, and offers various benefits compared to its predecessor.
Some of the features are:- * Dual-SIM functionality (GSM + GSM) dual standby, * A 2.8-inch capacitive display multi-touch with 240x320 pixels resolution, * Four touch sensitive buttons, * A 650MHz processor + 200 MHz GPU,  * 256MB of RAM,  *134MB of built-in storage expandable up to 32GB via microSD. * 3.2MP rear camera,  * VGA front-facing camera,  * 1000 mAh battery,  * Connectivity options as 3G / Wi-Fi with hotspot functionality / Bluetooth 2.1 and USB.
* Proximity sensor and three-axis gyro sensor.

While, we still haven't got our hands on this device. Its sure looks pretty impressive with its features to price comparison. If you …

Safely Root Android phones and remove Bloatware

When users purchase a new Android mobile, they are greeted by pre-installed applications. And not many of them are of any use to users. This is similar to when users purchase new Windows PC, but one catch is that these pre-installed applications on Windows can be uninstalled by users but pre-installed apps in Android can't be uninstalled by users. Since the users are given a user very low privileges by default. So for users with some little technical knowledge have an option to root your mobile to get Root user privileges and remove unwanted apps.
Mind you root has a little chance of Bricking your phone. by rooting, However rooting software won't unlock your bootloader which means that your warranty remains intact. However we are yet confirmed this.

So Lets start Rooting your Android:-

* Download latest version of SuperOneClick from here or here.

* Download and install Android SDK from here.

* For Android SDK you need to have JDK installed, if not pre-installed on your system go he…