BlackBerry App World now available in more countries. Pakistan still not in the list


BlackBerry app world is RIM’s official application store. Since its launch, this store has been gaining more and more popularity. Initially app world was available in a very few countries including USA and UK. Later more countries have been added. Today, RIM has announced support for app world in a few more countries. The newly added countries include:

  • Indonesia
  • Hong Kong
  • Singapore

Moreover, RIM also announces that several more countries will be added to the supported countries list soon. The upcoming supported countries list is as follows:

  • India
  • Honduras
  • Nicaragua
  • El Selvador
  • Bolivia
  • Paraguay
  • Uruguay

This is also interesting to note that vendors will not be able to sell there apps in these countries. Only free apps will be listed to users in these countries. RIM is working to make payment processing available in these countries and paid applications will start showing up in the app-world users of these countries once the payment processing mechanism is in place.

I was expecting Pakistan to be one of the country in at least the up-coming countries list but unfortunately that has not been the case. Do you think the number of BlackBerry users or their purchase power is less than that of BlackBerry users in Honduras or Bolivia?

Fake Chrome OS – even Gizmodo guys mis-reported it :)

Earlier today a post on Gizmodo steared me to a link that claimed to be a download site for much anticipated Google Chrome OS’s beta download site. In anticipation, I reported that in my earlier post as well. Quite interestingly, the site was not a google product site but was hosted on sites.google.com. I still gave it serious shot and tried downloading it. Second thing I felt strange about was, the download was available in both iso as well as vmx format that allows you to run the OS on a vmplayer. Last but not least, the download tool was a third party torrent tool that quickly downloaded the 560 MB OS for me.

I preferred a VM download so that I can boot it right on top of my existing OS. Then I went back to the download site to read the other information on that page, but by that time the site had already been removed by Google for the obvious violation of terms of service. Then I tried to hit Gizmodo but their link was dead too by that time. What I ended up was with a VM that is still running on my VM player and looks for sure like a modified linux OS that has a chrome browser and other google tools installed on it.

I’m not sure if the real Chrome OS will look like this but everything on this copy of OS works for real. I’m posting some of the screenshots here.

Here are the screenshots:




Google Chrome OS is here!

Good news friends and fellows. Google’s much awaited Chrome OS that is targetted for Netbooks is available in its early Beta now. Version 0.4.223 is available for download from Google’s site. You can either download a virtual machine or download an ISO that you can burn to a disk. Please note that if you download an ISO, you’ll have to install it on the PC and it will not run as a live disk (the way Ubuntu or other Linux flavors do).

I’m downloading the OS right now. Will post you more info as soon as I have the OS running.

So far it has been a smooth download. The download page launches a java based applet that works as a torrent client and connects to several sites to quickly download the OS. The size of the VM file is 560 megabyte. Happy downloading.

Chrome OS 0.4.223 download link

Updates******
After downloading, installing and running the OS, I figured out that IT IS A FAKE CHROME OS

Nokia Q3 2009 goes un-happening

Nokia has just posted their Q3 results for 2009. No big surprises there. Most of the figures have not changed much as compared to the last quarter or even last year but overall the trend is negative. The biggest change is a 21% drop in sales of Nokia-Siemens networks as compared to the last year. Actually Nokia has taken a goodwill impairment charge of $1.36 billion on Nokia Siemens Networks.

You can see the detailed results here http://www.nokia.com/press/press-releases/showpressrelease?newsid=1347757

How to export your Facebook Page’s wall to RSS

This one is tricky. I know a lot of people who import RSS feeds to their Facebook pages and it works great when it comes to drawing traffic to your blogs using a Facebook page. But this friend of mine came up to me with a question that how can I export the wall posts from my Facebook page to an RSS feed.

I’ve been searching around and did not find a straight solution. Many Facebook apps were reportedly banned for doing such an export activity and it actually discouraged my search to some extent as well.

Then I noticed a link on top of my own page that was asking me to link my page’s feed to Twitter. Walla! Here’s the solution.

  1. Logon to Facebook
  2. In the same browser, go to http://www.facebook.com/twitter
  3. This page will list all your pages. Click on “Link to Twitter” button next to the page you want to get an RSS feed for.
  4. You’ll be redirected to a twitter page where you have to “Allow” Facebook to post things to your twitter. You may have to enter your twitter user name and password if you are not already logged in.
  5. This feature also lets you chose which items you want to export like events, text, images etc. Select the items you want to put on your RSS feed.
  6. You are done with Facebook part here. No go to twitter.com and login using the same account.
  7. On the right panel, you’ll see a typical RSS feed sign.
  8. That’s your feed to this twitter account.

How will it work now?

  • Whenever there is a post on your Facebook-Page’s wall, it will be posted immediately to this twitter account.
  • Whenever you have that post in your twitter account, it will be available in the RSS feed. So we’ve used Twitter as an RSS feed generator here 🙂

Please note

  • I’m assuming that you already have a page on Facebook. Your own wall is different from your Page’s wall. This solution only works for pages, not for personal account walls.
  • I’m assuming that you have a twitter account. Please use your own account or make a new one for this page only. Depends on your need. But you can link only one twitter account with one Facebook account.
  • This RSS feed that you get from Twitter is password protected and will not work on our good old Google Reader 🙁

Please let me know if you have a better solution to this problem or you can find a way to get me an un-protected rss feed out of twitter.

Google Wave – Finally got my preview account

Thanks to my friends who got me an invite to a Google Wave’s preview account. I’ve been so excited since I saw the Google-Wave video at Google IO 2009 (see below).

As the video show-cases, Google Wave is certainly an evolution of email, IM, social networking and will definitely change the way we communicate today over the web. My preview-accoutnt is pretty cool but is not much of an action right now as not many of my friends are on the account yet.

All of you who have Google Wave account already, please add me up and lets Wave!

Cricket Revolution – Made in Pakistan

Pakistan’s first complete 3D Cricket game


Mindstorm Studios‘s Babar Ahmad caused several hundred audience’s jaws to drop last night at P@SHA’s ICT awards. He showcased a video demo of “Cricket Revolution“, a great looking game that they’ve been working on for quite some time now. But the output was worth the wait.

The game is neat, simple to play, easy controls, lots of options, multi player/network modes, social/viral aspect and last but not least, its comprehensively made in Pakistan. I’m so proud to see such great work being done in Lahore. And for obvious reasons, the game did a clean sweep at the awards too.

Instead of making you read a lot, I’ll show you a few videos here. I simply went to their website and downloaded the demo. The demo does not contain the teams, stadiums, matches or network mode and for obvious reasons, it’s only practice mode. You can do both batting and bowling practice and in both cases, the game feels better than any other Cricket game I’ve played so far. Yes I have played all the Electronic Arts titles over past decade and I started from the good old Allan Border’s DOS based cricket.

The game is scheduled to be released on October 31st and is already available for pre-order at http://store.steampowered.com/app/25500/ and the pre-order price is $18. So hurry up, as the retail price of the game will be somewhere between $20 and $25.

Here are a few practice videos that I recorded right during this demo run of the game.

Demo Startup and Main Menu

Batting Practice

Bowling Practice

And finally in the end, this is the video Babar played at the end of his presentation that is absolutely marvelous. Enjoy!