How Google Apps can help in classrooms

When I was in school, the Internet did not exist at all. I’m really happy for some of the kids if not all of them, to have access to the tools that prepare them for the future. While I go down the memory lane to thank all my teachers, I want you to please watch this video shared by Google discussing how Google apps can help school children to learn better and how they can be beneficial for the teachers in the classrooms.

Once you have seen above video, I want all you thinkers to suggest, how can we use technology in our schools in Pakistan, where access to technology is scarce and drive to bring the change is very low. I don’t say that the traditional teaching methods are incorrect, but we need to bring the change, jump ans skip the techniques being used in recent past by the modern school systems and to adopt the latest teaching and learning methodologies in our classrooms.  What do you think?

Google Wave is dead – Long live the web

Google Wave

I’ve been using Google Wave for quite some time now but I admit, I couldn’t find many active users and the use was very limited. A communication and collaborative discussion tool without many users is useless. Google Wave has not seen a wide spread user adoption and due to the same reason, Google has decided to stop further development on Google Wave. The Wave site will be up till the end of the year but at the end of the day, the project is dead.

Web has seen so many interesting and exciting solutions that could not find a commercial success. Google Wave will always be remembered for being super-innovative and I’m sure we’ll see the same concept growing up in one or more of Google’s other products to make them even better.

BlackBerry apps that add value to your phone – Part 2

I’ve already posted a number of useful apps that you should at least have on your BlackBerry phones to start with. Today I’ll give you a few more apps links to try out. If you have not tried these apps out, I’m sure you’ll love them. Here is today’s list:

Quick Search with Google

Quick Google Search This app will allow you to search the web using the popular Google Search and its very quick to use. Doesn’t sound too interesting of you think the browser is good enough? Just give it a try, its free. Download here.

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AOL Instant Messenger

Have you been using AOL messenger for your instant  messaging and you have all your friends on AOL? Just download this free app by RIM and stay in touch with your friends on your BB. Here’s the download link.

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ICQ

ICQ for BlackBerryDo I need to say more? This is obviously instant messageing clicent for ICQ and you can download it here.

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BlackBerry App World

BlackBerry App World DownloadLast but not least, this is where all the other apps reside. Yes, BlackBerry app world is the on-device application store where you can download and buy apps for your BlackBerry. Most probably your phone came pre-installed with this app, if not, you can go to the download site and download the app world.

This concludes the two-part posts series that showcases RIM’s own applications that you should always have on your device to increase productivity and access to your social networks. We will also see some useful third-party apps in my posts to come.

Mobilink Milestone Launch and a free phone :)

What a day in the life of a blogger!

It all started when the whole local blogger community was invited to the launch event by Mobilink and Google to join hands and make good use of the social media and blogger community to create a stir in the online world and announce the launch of the Motorola Milestone. The launch event was quite a happening event right from the beginning with free giveaway key chain with a 50 year calendar, red bull servings and a cool setting altogether.

I thought I’m the last person to reach as I got quite late though I found out the event is yet to start when I finally reached the venue. The event was all about Mobilink, its new handset Motorola Milestone and obviously the Android 2.1 OS by Google. The session was really interactive with not only speeches but discussions, interaction with the audience, several interesting competitions including sms speed typing test but the biggest of them all was a free Motorola Milestone Giveaway.

And guess what? Yours truly (yeah that’s me) ended up winning the big prize. What was the competition? Well it was “Post a Facebook status about the launch event and get most comments on it“. I’m highly grateful to my friends and fellows who commented on my status and by the time the comments counting began, I had more than 800 comments on  my status. Woohooo!! While there were many close competitors, the phone lands in my hands and now I’m the first proud user of Mobilink Motorola Milestone. My free gift pack comes with a Mobilink Motorola Milestone  handset with an 8 GB of Micro SD card and a beautiful charging doc that I use more for watching videos now 🙂  . Thank you very much Mobilink for a great free phone and an amazing evening.

More about the phone

Motorola Milestone is an Android 2.1 smart phone with a 3.7 inch multi touch TFT screen with a slide keyboard. This is the same phone that is known as Motorola Droid out there in US. The black colored device has a 5 megapixel camera and features a ARM Cortex A8 600 MHz processor for normal processing and PowerVR SGX530 for graphics. You can find more details about the phone here.

Google Motorola Milestone

The phone has been introduced in Pakistan by Mobilink exclusively and the latest 2.1 version of Android OS is the biggest attraction for me. When you  buy this phone from Mobilink, you get 3 months of GPRS/EDGE free and I’m waiting for a referral code that Mobilink promised. Once I have the referral link, I’ll update this post and you’ll get some discount on your purchase. So if you are looking for an Android phone locally, why buy used T-Mobile Androids? Go for a Motorola Milestone.

Google Voice – No more free internationl SMS

Google Voice SMSI covered it earlier that Google Voice offers unlimited SMS worldwide. I think somebody in Google read our post and took the action. International SMS are not going out anymore. Google Voice is officially available in US only and you can sign up for an account only if you are  in US and you register at least one of  your existing US phone number with it. You can still send SMS / Text messages within US from your Google Voice account.