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Thursday, 25 October 2012

Your smartphone could make you sick

Our increasing reliance on smartphones is making us more prone to diseases because they are dangerous breeding grounds for bacteria, doctors have warned.

According to doctors, the combination of a cellphone's close proximity to your ears, nose and mouth with its bacteria-loving warmth, means people are exposing themselves to germs that are harmful to their health.

Tests have found that smartphones typically carry as many germs as the handle of a bathroom door, and common illness that can be caught include the flu, diarrhoea and eye infections.

The studies point to a lack of proper hygiene and adequate hand-washing by smartphone users.

The type of germs found on your cellphone can also be found on other everyday devices including computers, keys, pens and landline phones.

However, the risks are greater from cell phone usage because people are so attached to them and take them everywhere including their bed, the treadmill at the gym and restaurant tables.

Smartphones carry an abnormally high numbers of coliforms, a bacteria indicating fecal contamination.

Of the eight phones tested by HML Labs of Muncie, Ind., there were between about 2,700 and 4,200 units of coliform bacteria. In drinking water, the limit is less than one unit per 100 ml of water.

For some of the bacteria, you only need to ingest as few as 10 organisms to get sick.

"We're feeding the little creatures," the Daily Mail quoted Michael Schmidt from Medical University of South Carolina as telling WSJ.

"We've all seen that greasy smear [on the touch screen]. Where there is grease, there are bugs," he said.


Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Nokia Lumia 510 brings Windows Phone to lower price points




Bright 4-inch display and signature Lumia experiences in Nokia's new entry-level Windows Phone

Finland - Nokia today announced the Nokia Lumia 510, a smart and modern entry-level smartphone. Featuring a bright, 4-inch display, the Nokia Lumia 510 makes the unique benefits of Lumia and Windows Phone even more affordable.

"With the Nokia Lumia 510 we continue to meet our commitment to bring Windows Phone to new, lower price points," said Jo Harlow, executive vice president of Nokia Smart Devices. "People who use Windows Phone quickly realize how much more intuitive it is than other smartphone platforms, and Nokia Lumia is the best embodiment of the Windows Phone experience. With the Nokia Lumia 510 we're looking forward to welcoming more people into the Windows Phone experience."

Following on from the success of the Nokia Lumia 610, this latest addition to the Nokia Lumia range comes in five vivid colors for a fun and personal way to enjoy Windows Phone.

Windows Phone is different to other smartphone platforms thanks to Live Tiles, making it easy to see incoming messages and updates; People Hub, which brings together contacts and updates from across social networks into one location, and access to Microsoft Office and Internet Explorer 9 on the mobile.

Unique Lumia experiences also make the Nokia Lumia 510 unlike any other entry-level Windows Phone. Downloading the Camera Extras app provides exclusive digital lens functionality to go with the five megapixel camera and built-in autofocus. Nokia Maps, Nokia Drive and Nokia Transport also offer the most comprehensive smartphone location and navigation experience available.

The Nokia Lumia 510 will be available in red, yellow, cyan, white and black. Nokia estimates the retail price for the Nokia Lumia 510 to be around USD 199 [INR 11,000], excluding taxes and subsidies. Sales are planned to begin in November 2012, starting with India and China, and followed closely by other Asia-Pacific countries and South America.

Product specifications:

Product:
Nokia Lumia 510
Operating System: Windows Phone 7.5
Display: 4-inch WVGA 800x480
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Capacitive Touch Screen
Battery: 1300 mAh
Processor: Snapdragon(TM) S1
Main camera: 5MP Autofocus
RAM: 256MB RAM
Memory: 4GB mass memory (no memory card slot)
Freebies:7GB free SkyDrive storage

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