How smart is your mobile device (Part I – RSS)?

Many people have phones that are very smart, but they themselves are not. Our people say that a tool is as good as the user….

I bought my first internet enabled mobile phone a few years ago, which was rather late compared to the rate at which it was used at that time (). After filling it up to capacity with all the music I could get, and later got tired of listening to music, I said to myself, “Is this all I can do with this toy? Is there no better thing to do?”

The Internet

Since I had access to the internet, I began to explore the world as much as I could. search engines (Google, I admit, was virtually the only search engine I found interesting because I later learnt the art of Google hacking) became my best friend. I searched everything that came to mind. I had so many bookmarks, ranging from news (mostly information technology), sports and many more (and even pornography). And that was a bore – going through all my bookmarks everyday to check updates to content I was interested in. And after I got tired of having to navigate through uninteresting pages before getting to my page of interest.

Really Simple Syndication (RSS)

I had to somehow find a way to solve this little problem of mine, and I finally found one – RSS. RSS (mostly called RSS feeds) is a means of delivering regularly updated content on the web. It is more like a subscription service that notifies you of any updates to a website content.

RSS delivers added convenience to information gathering. Virtually anything can be retrieved or updated via RSS, ranging from calendar events to forum discussions. It can enable you to get updates about a site, without regularly having to check the “What’s new” page every time you visit the site.


RSS feed readers and aggregators

Many feed readers are available today. Some are platform-based and some are web-based. A few web-based readers are Google reader, My Yahoo and Bloglines. For my mobile, I used the Opera Mini feed reader (bundled with the opera Mini 4.2).

If you want a cool solution to information gathering, or are tired of continuously checking your favourite news site, and you have not started using a feed reader, you should start doing so as soon as possible (or else you will be sitting on a long thing like we would say in my country).

Getting on the train. How?

The website has to enable RSS (meaning that the site has to syndicate content) before you can subscribe, but which site in this present age doesn’t?

To subscribe to a site’s feeds, all I had to do was click the RSS icon on the top left of my phone screen, and subscribe. The method of subscription by your feed reader may differ.

To subscribe to feeds from this blog, just click the RSS icon at the top right, or click here


The Apple iPhone 5: Now in three versions

For those interested in jumping on the iPhone 5 train, Apple’s just released tech specs that reveal it has decided to split the iPhone line into three separate devices, each targeted at different regions and carriers.
Apple’s official iPhone 5 specs show two GSM models and one CDMA model, with the critical differences between them being which global LTE bands they support.
Oddly the CDMA model appears to be the global version of the device. It not only has the support for the most LTE bands (including Japan, Korea’s and some of Europe’s 4G bands along with Verizon and Sprint, it also has support for global GSM and HSPA+ frequencies.
The two GSM models aren’t just regionally focused, one is targeted
specifically at AT&T. The LTE bands in one GSM version line up exactly with AT&T’s 4G networks, a configuration that no other operator in the world uses (though half of its bands will also support Canada’s LTE networks). The other GSM model appears to be targeted at Asian carriers, but has additional support for the 1800 MHz bands used by UK’s Everything Everywhere and a few other European operators. All of those bands are supported in the CDMA version, but Apple is likely looking to cut down on its radio components cost by targeting this phone specifically at particular regions.
What’s most surprising though is that Europe’s primary 4G frequency bands 2.6 GHz and 800 MHz aren’t supported in any of the three devices. That means that most European operators deploying LTE next year will have to wait for the next generation of the device to offer 4G services over the iPhone.

If you’re geeky enough to understand tech jargon, here are the specs:

=> GSM model A1428*: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 4 and 17)
=> CDMA model A1429*: CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1900, 2100 MHz); UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 3, 5, 13, 25)
=> GSM model A1429*: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 3, 5)

wordpress for mobile

I now have Mobile wordpress. I guess I can now “press” on-the-go.

Maybe this time, I can be a lot more active and resurrect this blog

Let’s see how it goes

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