Top Four Screenshot or Image Capture Utility For Android Smart phone

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If you are Android based mobile phone users and are looking for way to screen capture or snapshot any image appeared on the mobile phone screen, here are some simple utilities that you can try.

Screenshot

Screenshot is pretty simple to be used. Without complicated setup required, users just need to fill up some basic configurations such as how long delay (from 2 up to 40 seconds) to trigger the shot, what type of format (Bitmap, PNG, or JPG) they would like the screenshot to be saved into and etc. Once captured, all the snapshots will be kept under /sdcard/screenshots/ that can be retrieved later. Only one concern, users will need to root their device before can enjoy the app.

ShootMe

As compared to Screenshot, ShootMe seems to be much simpler and with similar method of shaking your mobile device, it will take the snapshot instantly. However, it does lack the ability to configure what type of file format users want to save the snapshot and by default, it will be saved into .PNG format which could be bulkier for certain usage.

Screen Shot It Trial

Out of these few, Screen shot it Trial offers the most features with ability to customize the captured screen with crop and share features. Besides, users can easily pin the activation icon on status bar so that it can be activated instantly. However, the app is not free and only comes with 5 trial before it prompts users to purchase a copy from Market.

PicMe
PicMe employs a slightly different approach for those that prefer to use PC to snapshot the display on mobile device. Just launch PicMe and go grabbing from PC by following on http:// as appeared on mobile device and users have options to capture still or live images depending on usages. Also, there is a need to root the device before users can enjoy the app.

Depending on what is your preference, these few apps are actually free for download from Market so do try out yourself for one that are most suitable for your applications.

iPad Tips and Tricks:Print Remotely to your Home Printer from your iPad.

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Fine, AirPrint allows you to print files from your iPad provided you are connected to the same local network as your printer/Mac. But have you ever wondered about whether you can print remotely from your iPad to a printer at home.

20110417 printcentral iPad Tips and Tricks:Print Remotely to your Home Printer from your iPad.While I don’t suppose AirPlay can provide you with this feature but there is way by using 3rd party applications.

There is an app known as Print Central. This app allows you to print a file on your iPad remotely via 3G to any printer at Home or anywhere (where you set it up to). It works without by hitch but there is some setting up required before you can start using this app.

iPad.net brings you details about how Print Central works and how you can set it up to enable the feature.

20110417 printcentral2 iPad Tips and Tricks:Print Remotely to your Home Printer from your iPad.

Remember, you will require an iPad 3G for it to work.

1)      To start off, find and purchase ($8.99) the Print Central app from the App store. Install it on your iPad.

2)      Next, you need to download the companion app on your computer. It is called WePrint. Download and install it.

3)      You need to create a new Gmail account to use with Print Central. It is advisable to create a new account even if you already have an existing account. Needless to say, make a note of the username and password.

4)      Go into the settings of WePrint and then Print via Proxy Tab. Here add the Gmail account credentials.

5)      Once you finish entering the details you need to click on the Test button on the right. This is to check and confirm whether the connection works or not.

6)      After this, go to your iPad and on the Print Central app. Tap on the + button on the printers screen. Add the same Gmail information in the Print Via 3G tab.

7)      Once you have completed these steps you will be able to print documents on your iPad via 3G through the printer connected to your computer.

One thing to note is that the WePrint app for your computer is a print server and is thus accessible through the internet. It has file sharing and the start automatically option on by default. You may want to switch them off for security sake.

XeLL Updater for freeBOOT v1

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XeLL Updater for freeBOOT – v1
Based on dashlaunch installer by cOz

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! USE AT YOUR OWN RISK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Use it on Single NAND-freeBOOT only (9199, 12611, 12625 or above – if nothing on the flash layout changes!).
Rename xell-2f.bin to updxell.bin and stuff it together with the default.xex on your xbox.
Execute the XEX, Confirm the update.
Shutdown your XBOX, press eject to poweron and you will be greeted with an updated XeLL :P

Greetz to cOz, Cancerous, Redline99, GliGli and Ced2911 :)

Doodles come to Google Search for iPhone

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The Google doodle to honor Bunsen

A Google doodle honors Robert Bunsen.

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Google)

At long last, Google’s “doodles” are making their way to the Google Search for iPhone app. The topical, witty, and often whimsical takes on Google’s logo appear globally and in selected countries to honor holidays and other historically important dates.

There isn’t much official news from Google yet. CNET requested more information from Google after we noticed an update to the iTunes app store and updated the app on an
iPhone 4.

In the meantime, you can peruse Google’s doodles in reverse chronological order here.

Doodles come to Google Search for iPhone(Credit:
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PoV: Next console generation can wait 3-5 more years

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Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot recently stated that the five year cycle of this console generation has already worn out, and the lack of new hardware is beginning to hold back the industry.

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“At this stage in the consoles’ lifecycles it is possible to do new IP, but it will be more attractive when new consoles come along,” he said. “That’s when consumers are more open to trying new things.

“As consoles get more mature it is the big established brands that soak up most of the sales. When a new format launches, we look to use the new technology to bring new games and new ideas to our consumers. We would always hope to be more successful on new formats than our competitors.

He also said that consoles are becoming out of date and that’s why the industry is in a slump: “Processors are more and more powerful, graphics cards have moved on, there are many technologies that would help us deliver a better experience and help the industry to grow.

“That’s part of the reason why the industry is in depression. Consumers like the current formats, but there is not enough creativity at the end of a cycle to really spark the business.”

While he may have a valid point regarding the technology, game developer’s need to focus more on gameplay. There’s still plenty of room left to squeeze in these current gen platforms to innovate and not just rehash their old money making IPs.

 

Are you ready for the next console generation guys? Is it time for a new hardware? Share your thought below or continue the discussion at the forum.

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Custom Firmware 6.35 V21 from Neur0n

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Alooooot of Custom Firmware releases as of late. Remember we had that dry patch without CFW releases for a long time till GEN CFW’s were released. Well its raining CFW these days. Keeping up with the weekly updates has released Custom Firmware 6.35. If your following this CFW, this update is of course for you. Version 21 fixes a syscall an changes the iso cache file name.

Remember this is a PSP-2000 only custom firmware and as always keep that Pandora battery handy just in case….

Custom Firmware 6.35 V21 changelog:

v21
– Change iso_cache filename.
– Fix syscall patch.

Dev notes:

– What is this?–
This is CFW work on PSP2000.

this CFW is beta version.
you shouldn’t use this tool ,if you donft have a pandora battery handy.
This will only work on hackable psp 2000 models. other model is not supported.

The degree of stability is still unknown.
Please test it on your own and refer to different people’s test reports.

–How to Install–
First, you need to install CFW or HEN(ex. 5.00M33 , 6.20TN , 6.35PRO-B3) in your PSP.

1. copy UPDATE folder at ms0:/PSP/GAME/.
2. Put 6.35 official update at ms0:/PSP/GAME/UPDATE/635.PBP .
If you are a‚Œready installed 6.35, Step 2 is not necessary.

3. Run installer from xmb.
4. If you install this from 6.35PRO-B3.Reboot manually again after auto reboot.

– features –
Hold R trigger and turn on the psp, you can enter recovery menu.
Hold Home button and turn on the psp, you can Boot OFW !

– For Developers –
vshmenu_src is vshmenu’s source.
If you have a Programming skill,you can create original vshmenu!

If you create satelite.prx , put it in ms0:/seplugins/satelite.prx .
It would be loaded priority than flash0.

– Credit –
This CFW is based Dark_AleX’s 5.00M33.
And usbdev.prx is his own.

– Memo –
If you used Prometheus patch at ISO image, it may not work well in Custom/ME.
So, I recommended that re-dump ISO if your dumped game won’t work well.

Source: Neur0n’s Twitter

Download: PSP 6.35 Custom Firmware V21

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Google Translate 2.1 For Android Adds Japanese, Korean And Arabic Text-to-Speech (TTS)

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Google has released an update (version 2.1) to its highly-popular Google Translate for Android, which adds text-to-speech (TTS) spoken language support for 3 new languages, namely Japanese, Korean and Arabic, in addition to the current 21 supported languages. Besides, the Google Translate for Android also enhances the quality of TTS function in over 15 languages including Russian, Portuguese and Chinese.



Furthermore, the comprehensive and simple-to-use mobile translating app that supports spoken translations in 24 languages also allows users to easily, instantly translate text-to-text between 58 languages. The version 2.1 also marks the introduction of support for Google Translate alpha languages, namely Armenian, Azerbaijani, Basque, Georgian, Latin and Urdu.

The latest version of Google Translate app for Android platform is now available for free download from Android Market.

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iPad 2 News: Best Buy to Have iPad 2 “Promotion” on April 17

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Well, now we know why Best Buy’s been stockpiling all those iPad 2s for a mysterious “promotion.” Run over to your neighborhood BB on Sunday and you might get lucky! (Then again, you probably won’t.)

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We’ve heard those rumors that Best Buy has gotten in trouble with Apple over refusing to sell the iPad 2s they have in stock. The retail chain retaliated with a claim that the tablets were being reserved for a “special promotion.” That didn’t stop a certain BB manager from selling one to a customer who agreed to his threats of extortion and coughed up $109 for a service contract.

But now Best Buy is ready to haul out those hidden iPad 2s and give you a chance to buy one. A small chance, but chance. According to this internal memo, Best Buy will be having a big promotion on Sunday, April 17, and to “minimize customer disappoints” will be fulfilling reservations first. The memo also reveals that “the iPad 2 will be featured on the front cover of the April 17 ad and because of this, the reserve order system will be turned back on on Sunday.”

Yeah, we all know the iPad 2 needs all the promotion it can get, because nobody’s buying the darn things and they’re piling up in the stockrooms, gathering dust and taking up space. Let’s move ‘em out and make more space for those RIM PlayBooks coming out next week, or whenever.

Love Rock ‘n’ Roll? Say It Loud With Free Font Jett

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Here’s a tale of two cities. She’s a Philadelphia-born rocker known for driving beats and in-your-face lyrics. He’s a Parisian design student with a guitar hero alter-ego and a handful of pixel bricks. What bad grrrl guitarist Joan Jett and apprentice typographer Izzy-sparks have in common is a heart made for rock and a homage font as black and distressed as the lead singer’s wardrobe. Jett (free) is a display font with attitude to spare.

Jett font screenshotJett’s B and V rotate and combine to create a black heart, but that’s not the only trick this font can do.Jett was created as part of a class assignment to capture the essence of a favorite artist using Rob Meek’s online application FontStruct. The work began as a clone of another FontStruction. Designers in the FontStruct community encourage cloning (copying a font set) by choosing a Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike license. This was the case with Formal Roman, a FontStruction inspired by, (but not a direct copy of) Minion Pro, an Adobe font designed by Robert Slimbach in 1990.

Izzy-sparks cloned Formal Roman using a simple one-click process to copy individual characters onto a FontStructor grid. Bezier curves are not available in the application. Instead designers build and manipulate “bricks” made from clusters of pixels. The effect is anything but square. The blurred quality of Jett is made from several overlapping combinations of bricks, but it is a tenuous quality. Above 200 points, this smudged illusion opens up to a high-contrast, disintegrating form that is visually engaging in its own right, but visually different.

As with Tangle, an experimental display font by Claire Mitchell, the added decoration in Jett is figured into the point size. The characters appear much smaller than unadorned fonts set at the same size. For instance, a 100-point character in Jett matches a 33-point character set in Minion Pro. Be aware of visual height differences when pairing this style.

Jett plays well small, making it a swell choice for Web designers working on small format ads and distressed site themes. Unfortunately, the text range is limited. Fifty-three uppercase characters comprise the set. Lowercase, numerals and punctuation are absent, but the designer has provided less distressed versions of each cap, useful for lowering the volume on letter combinations of more than five characters.

The license for Jett allows for commercial work as long as attribution is provided. Want to use Jett to create a new font? Play fair and follow the ShareAlike license restriction, thus keeping the commons creative.

It’s hard not to like this outsider with an attitude. Jett is a solid tribute to a musician who continues to play past the critics, even as Izzy-sparks’s characters, blurred and distressed as they are, stand ready to strike the perfect chord for clubwise designers.

Note: To use this font, unzip the folder and install the .ttf files in the folder C:WindowsFonts. Note that the fonts won’t appear in your applications until you close and re-open them.

3D sound and 3D snowboarding: iPhone apps of the week

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A couple of days ago, some long-awaited
iPhone hardware news finally hit the Web. No, it’s not the iPhone 5 (which some are saying won’t be released until fall). The big news out this week is that the white iPhone 4 will finally become available as soon as by the end of this month.

I have to admit that the white iPhone 4 looks pretty cool, but I can’t imagine anyone waiting to take the plunge to buy an iPhone based on the color of the device. Is it just me? If anyone reading this has been waiting for the white iPhone 4, let us know in the comments.

This week’s apps are an audio-enhancement app that gives your music 3D surround sound and a snowboarding game that might be the best in the App Store.

3D Music Player Pro

Hit the 3D Sound button for immediate results or hit the gear icon in the upper right to tweak sound settings.

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Screenshot by Jason Parker/CNET)

3D Music Player Pro ($2.99) gives you some interesting options for enriching the sound of your music, and it does a pretty good job with only a few flaws. Upon launch, use the plus sign button in the upper left to add a couple of songs from your music library and test the various effects. Once they’re queued up, you can play a song and then touch the 3D Sound button to hear the basic audio enhancements in the app. I noticed a difference immediately in my testing, with the app adding a much fuller and warmer sound to my songs.

Beyond the main button, there’s much more to play around with in 3D Music Player Pro. Hit the gear icon in the upper right to bring up the settings screen. From there you can fiddle with all of the app’s sound enhancements individually and turn them on and off to hear the results. The 3D.STEREO control lets you turn on surround sound and adjust bass output for a 3D stereo listening experience. The G.EQ control lets you adjust the levels for songs like a regular equalizer, and the ON.STAGE control gives you three options simulating the sound and reverb effects of playing the song in a studio, a concert hall, or a stadium.

3D Music Player Pro’s features are fun to play around with and each of the effects definitely enhances the way your music sounds, but the app is not perfect. When I added my entire music library the app seemed to choke on the approximately 8GB of music. After a restart I was able to get all my music to show up, but 3D Music Player Pro doesn’t share your
iPod‘s ability to let you search through your music quickly (think of the alphabetized strip of letters on the right of your iPhone music library that allows you to jump to different parts of the alphabet). This means that you’ll spend a lot of time scrolling to listen to specific songs. An even bigger issue is that when you quit the app and relaunch, your previously uploaded music will no longer be listed. This is definitely a bug the developer must have overlooked and will probably be fixed soon.

Overall, 3D Music Player Pro is a unique app that lets you mess around with audio settings to give your music a much warmer sound. With the right bug fixes and some slight interface enhancements, this app will be a great way to get more out of your music.

Snowboard Hero

The graphics are silky-smooth as you navigate through the gates during a slalom race.

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Screenshot by Jason Parker/CNET)

Snowboard Hero ($4.99) is a 3D snowboarding game that might be the best yet for iPhone–once you get the settings squared away. Start by choosing between Career and Record Chaser modes. In Career mode you’ll start by playing as the default character, “Dude,” but after racing and beating specific challenges, you’ll be able to choose from six different characters with varied skills. Start by going through the tutorial, which gives you the basics for jumping, grinding rails, and performing tricks. From there you’ll need to complete challenges that vary from going down the hill as fast as possible to trying to pull off the most tricks as possible to get a high score. Earn money by pulling off tricks and grabbing pickups as you speed down the hill.

After a few races you’ll earn enough money and unlocks to buy new clothing. You’ll also be able to purchase new boards that have varying strengths and weaknesses. Part of the fun in Snowboard Hero is choosing the best board for the challenge at hand. Later you’ll be able to unlock new characters, each of whom has higher stats than the last, and you can buy new tricks for bigger scores.

When I first hit the slopes in Snowboard Hero, I thought the game looked great graphically, and I liked the onscreen trick controls that include pressing the screen and swiping in a direction for more complex tricks. My only issue was with the tilt-to-steer controls, which felt far too stiff. I highly recommend exploring the options to set the sensitivity to about 80 (out of a 100) for a more realistic turning experience. After I tweaked the settings I found Snowboard Hero to be one of the best of its genre in the App Store, so I think it’s crucial to try changing the sensitivity early before you judge this game.

Overall, Snowboard Hero offers great-looking graphics, solid controls (once you tweak them), and enough challenges and unlocks to keep you coming back for more. If you’ve been looking for a good 3D snowboarding game, Snowboard Hero is the game to buy–even at $4.99.

What’s your favorite iPhone app? Are you impressed with the enhanced sound quality in 3D Music Player Pro or do the bugs outweigh the cool features in this app? Do you have a better 3D snowboarding game than Snowboard Hero? Let me know in the comments!

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