Make Skype Video Call On HTC Sensation And Samsung Galaxy S2

Very recently I was pointing out that it was not possible to make skype video calls on  Samsung Galaxy phones. I was bit too early in voicing my concern as I just read that Skype video calling is indeed possible now !

Read the news on iGyaan, and they also linked to Droid-life who apparently have found a hack to get Skype video calling work with HTC Sensation.

I need to update my friend who was looking to get it work. Oh btw did I mention you need to be on Android 2.3 to enjoy this feature ? The earlier apps were fine on Android 2.2, so upgrading to 2.3 is the only homework you need to do to use skype video calling.

Is Video Calling On Skype Android Phone (Galaxy S) Possible ?

A friend wanted to figure out if there is a way to make Video Calls o Skype from Galaxy S (an Android phone).

Skype has done a good job when it comes to iPhones, but unfortunately they are a long way from catching up when it comes to phones that run Android. They are still away from enabling video call function. They should take some quick measures to get video calling feature as they are losing a chunk of their market share to Tango.

They do have an app which works on Samsung Galaxy S, but the app does not support Video Calling (you can now make skype video calls from HTC Sensation and Samsung Galaxy provided you are on Android 2.3 ). To run Skype on Samsung Galaxy S – you need to be running Android OS 2.2 or later, you can even have the app on your phone’s SD card !

Skype has taken care of voice calls over3G, but that’s not enough if they want to stay ahead in competition, as their app seems to have limitations / problems which needs quick attention.

Make video calls from Android phones:

Tango allows users to make free mobile video calls from iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android devices and it works on Wi-Fi and 3G. You can download the apps from : Tango download.


Apple Backs Down On In-App Subscription Policies – Hikes Prices

There are many that claim that the multimedia giant Apple has gotten somewhat greedy lately and a few new updates to their policies may have affirmed those accusations.

Early this year, Apple put up new policies that would be enforced June 30th of this year (that’s another two weeks from now). These new policies made more than a few jaws drop at their audacity. Section 11.13 of the policy states:

Apps can read or play approved content (magazines, newspapers, books, audio, music, video) that is sold outside of the app, for which Apple will not receive any portion of the revenues, provided that the same content is also offered in the app using IAP at the same price or less than it is offered outside the app. This applies to both purchased content and subscriptions.

This was placed on top of a 30% cut for Apple on In-App Subscription payments. Many publishers were astounded at these new policies that they would have to abide by if they wanted to have their products and subscriptions bought within the App store.

Many people believed that the market and the customers would decide if Apples new regulations would work. If publishers sought other means of advertising then Apple users would begin to notice a change and would be frustrated. This in turn would affect Apple and the company would be forced to change. Unfortunately for most publishers, this 30% cut for Apple would dig deeply into their revenue and the restrictions on In-App Subscriptions could quite possibly force a lot of publishers to look elsewhere.

Quick to seize an opportunity to take advantage of the rift that Apple had created between themselves and the publishers, Google set out new policies of its own on February 16th. Google’s new One Pass was a service that Google stated let publishers set their own prices and terms, and Google only took 10% of the revenue as opposed to Apple’s 30%.

After a few months consideration and with the deadline for the new policies to be enforced drawing nearer, Apple quietly released an updated version of their policy, Section 11.14. This new section is significantly different and while it doesn’t change the astronomically high 30% to Apple, it does address the In-App subscriptions:

Apps can read or play approved content (specifically magazines, newspapers, books, audio, music, and video) that is subscribed to or purchased outside of the app, as long as there is no button or external link in the app to purchase the approved content. Apple will not receive any portion of the revenues for approved content that is subscribed to or purchased outside of the app.

So what’s going to happen? Will publishers agree to Apple’s ridiculous rates and restrictions or will they seek new outlets for their advertising? These high rates will ultimately turn some publishers away, but there will be those whose eyes are on the sheer number of Apple users and will try to justify the cut they are paying to Apple because of it. If Google and other competitors can keep the pressure up though, hopefully Apple will change their ways sometime in the future.

Where Can I Get Google Location Alert From Now ? Is It Dead Really ?

To be able to use any social networking services, it is very essential to have good location based service. In that direction, there are many things that need to be taken care of, not all of them pleasing the users. Google Latitude, from the well known internet Search Engine giant Google, is in the industry long enough to study people and t o understand that Location Alerts is a touchy subject for users. It used to be quite annoying [although it is not in use anymore], to learn of the whereabouts of your friends even if you did not ask for it.

This is what Google had to say: “The experimental Location Alerts [beta] app was retired in December 2010. Retiring features is always a tough decision to take, but part of building experimental features is picking the best ones on which to focus. Rest assured, we are continuing to develop apps such as location History as well as location API to enable the developer community to create even more ways fro you to use latitude.

It may seem very neat on paper, but actually it is not very practical. Whether or not the user opts to receive location alerts, he/she still gets notifying mails of their friends’ movements, in case that friend chooses to make use of this feature. One other probability could be that users get unusual location alerts, about some place where their friends generally never went to! Now I wonder, if it’s really dead !!

Block, Hide Or Ignore Facebook Quiz, App And Request Using Boookmarklet

Block, Hide Or Ignore Facebook Quiz, App And Request Using Boookmarklet

If you spend your maximum time in chatting with your friends via Facebook or other social networking websites, you will be guaranteed to get several unwanted requests repeatedly. These requests generally display over your Facebook news feed and the main page of your account. It is really time-consuming and frustrating to ignore applications and requests one by one manually.

You will surely get wretched with numerous unwanted and uninteresting requests regarding quizzes, applications, games, and friend requests. Since it is a kind of legitimate spamming, you can’t block it officially, however there is a utility application, which is developed by CY Choi and Eddy Wong from Hong Kong.

This Facebook application is especially tailored to block your all requests regarding any applications, invitations, and other unwanted applications. It is truly the best application for those people who use facebook website frequently. The main page of your account will not be overloaded with redundant requests so you will easily navigate to desired options.

This application is in the form of bookmarklet named One-Click Quick Blocker, which automatically block/hide all unwanted requests. Initially, you just have to add this facebook application in your facebook account as your favorites or just bookmark this application by right clicking in the application and choose “Add as Bookmarks” option.


Navigate to your news feed page and click on the created bookmark to activate one -click quick blocker. Once this application is activated, it scans entire page for any latest quizzes, game applications, events, group invitations, apps, and friend requests in order to allow you to ignore/block or hide them by a single click. You can directly download this application by clicking on the given link.

The application automatically uses facebook settings and block request from displaying on your news feed page. You can customize its settings in order to make it more convenient to use. If you want to recover back or concern the pending requests again, then simply unhide or unblock them .you just need to bookmark or add in favorites this application on your facebook account to avail its services instantaneously.

Googles E-BookStore And Apps For Android And Apple Devices

The eagerly awaited release of Google’s electronic bookstore is here at last! It will now be available in the US from a latest Google eBookstore which enables users to read and purchase e-books. Since the name is Google, you can certainly expect most of the great publishers as Penguin, Macmillan, Simon and Schuster, Hachette Book group and Harper Collins, to put their books on the stands.

With the brand name Google, this search giant brings to you much better offers than the regular eBookstore. To begin with, this great service provider depends on Cloud technology, where you can read any of your books with the help of any device which can give you an internet connection. Reading, and buying as well as storing e-Book is made possible in the cloud and accessing your e-Book collection would be just as simple as your messages in gmail or photos in Picasa with a password-protected Google account.

Google e-Books are compatible with Android phones, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Web Browsers and many supported eReaders. Then Google has stated that free apps for Android and Apple devices can be obtained in addition to the full featured web reader. This permits readers to shop and read on the go. Also, users have a choice to either purchase the e-Books right from Google or from other private bookstores and retailers. Of course, these outlets must have a prior understanding with Google. Then Google assures you of enjoying the same benefits and usage rights, irrespective of where you purchase e-Books.

Right after the release of Google’s eBookstore, news is out that Amazon too is all ready to release a web-only version of its Kindle app, enabling its customers from its Kindle eBookstore to access books from web browsers. it also has ideas of offering free apps to its users not only on Kindle e-readers but also for iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, Android devices etc. e-Books at the Google new store cost approximately the same as the other stores, charging between $9.99 and $14.99. This just shows how prepared e-Books are for a high level technology boost.

Tough competition is bound to make e-Book reading better and easily accessible. A sincere reader would have no problem if he would not have to make choices regarding Google e-Books. You can browse and search through the biggest e-books collection in the world with more than 3 million titles to choose from. You have them on sale too! Let’s say best sellers like James Patterson’s Cross Fire; Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom, or evergreen classics like Gulliver Travels or Great Expectations, any title you just name it and you have it right there!

You have various devices that are adaptable t Google e-Books –everything from laptops to netbooks to tablets to smart phones reachable to the e-readers. You can search, purchase new books from any of their partners [private] as Powell’s Alibris and members of the American Booksellers Association and keep them all on the same shelf regardless of where you got them from.

Google Books have grown well and wide since they first established in 2004, and have successfully digitalized over 15 million books from more than 35,000 publishers more than 40 libraries in over 100 countries and more than 400 languages ever since! They have set out to direct competitors to Amazon’s Kindle Store and Apple’s iBookstore. Earlier, there were rumors that Google files were not readable on the Kindle. In fact they are readable but with a slight conversion!