Raveesh Bhalla

Multifaceted too the highest degree: I'm the co-founder of Apps Culture (an app development studio), an amateur golfer, former sport-blogger, now a tech blogger. And all this, while pursuing an undergrad degree in Computer Science in India.

“Big announcements” for Google TV coming Monday

Feb 12th - The Verge has spotted an update on Google TV’s Facebook page, stating “Get ready for Monday, we have some big announcements!”. So far, I can’t find the official Google TV page, so we’ll just have to take their word for it. It’s quite possible the page was temporarily taken down, following the update. As for ...

Sprint to start an “Upgrade Now” program?

Feb 12th - PocketNow reported earlier today that Sprint might be preparing an “Upgrade Now” program. This would allow current users to buy out the rest of their contract and upgrade to a new device for a fee (on a new 2-year agreement). The program is said to last for two months starting today, but we haven’t received ...

No throttling down of Full Monty data plan users: T-Mo UK

Feb 12th - At a time when truly unlimited data plans seem like a thing of the past, T-Mobile UK’s announcement to offer it as part of their Full Monty option had people looking for possible loopholes. The most common suggestion was that the speed would be limited to 1 Mbps. But fear not, our British readers, for ...

Galaxy Note arriving at retail locations across Canada

Feb 12th - Oh Canada! The Galaxy Note launch is tantalizingly close across the border (technically, across half a dozen or so, for me) and the phablet has started arriving at retail locations earlier this morning. Personally, I had the opportunity to play with it at a mall nearby, and though I was impressed with the digitizer, the ...

TMo’s Valentine’s sale officially extended for another day

Feb 12th - Edgar reported last night that T-Mobile’s Valentine’s sale might be extended for another day. System glitches caused several buyers to not be able to make their purchases. TmoNews has confirmed it this morning, with a screenshot of an E-Mail detailing the cause  of the problem and the procedure to be undertaken by store employees. What ...

HTC Endeavor RUU leaked, breakthrough for custom ICS ROMs?

Feb 12th - For years custom ROMs such as CyanogenMod have been saviors for us users. They have helped us receive the latest version of our beloved OS long before the manufacturers push it out (and in many cases, even when they didn’t). Yet the move from Gingerbread to Ice Cream Sandwich has proved to be extremely frustrating ...

ChaCha provided controversial responses to Iris

Feb 11th - Ever since its inception at a hackathon, late last year, Iris has championed itself as the closest thing to Siri for Android. And things started looking good when Dexetra (the company that created it) announced its partnership with ChaCha. This would allow Siri to gain a content-base to search from, a partnership similar to Wolfram ...

Apple at it again, file injunction request against Galaxy Nexus

Feb 11th - I’m not even going to bother to write about this patent mess. We all know the system is broken, and that any change for the better is not going to dawn upon us any time in the foreseeable future. What I will let you know is the main bullet points: the filing was done at ...

Dear Users: Happy Valentines! With Love, Samsung

Feb 11th - It’s time for love! And I’m so glad that the companies we’re fond of are showing us some, too. Take Samsung, for example. In a bid to boost their own app store, the Korean manufacturer has announced that it will be offering a number of apps and games for free until the 21st of February. ...

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The Xyboards go global

Feb 11th - The horribly-named Motorola Xyboard will very soon receive an OTA that will add some very useful features.  Users of both the 8.2 and 10.1 inch tablets can soon enjoy improved browser performance, maintenance of a data connection when switching between WiFi and 3G/LTE, and stylus enhancements for the 10.1 inch version. But the new capability ...

Apps I uninstalled this week – I

Feb 11th - Over the week, I decided to do a little experiment. Just about every blog on the web has an X-of-the-week post, usually to highlight new apps, YouTube videos, or other similar topics. I’ve decided to start a series of “The apps I uninstalled this week, and why”. Being present in the list does not necessarily ...

Aviary gives you yet another photo-editing option

Feb 5th - There are dozens of photo-editing options available in the Android Market (I probably have 7-8 installed in my phone). So when I learnt of Aviary releasing an Android version of their app, I wasn’t too interested in checking it out. I’ve only used it to edit one picture so far, and I’ll come back to ...

Find those pesky Ad-pushing apps with Lookout

Feb 5th - I never use ad-blocks. Not on my phone, or my computer. I completely understand that a developer has put in a ton of effort to create something that I’m using for free, and the least I can do is let them try to make money through advertisements. But I have one golden rule: Keep those ...

Could Google’s new Privacy Policy have something to do with Majel?

Feb 5th - DISCLAIMER: This bit of news is based from a post on the forums over at The Verge. It is based entirely on rumors. But it just seems worth sharing. December of 2011 was a very exciting month for Android – No, not because of the availability of the Galaxy Nexus, or the roll-out of Ice ...

Yahoo adds “App Search” feature

Feb 5th - Yahoo may be losing a lot of ground in terms of search engine marketshare, but it isn’t going to go down quietly. They’ve just added a tab to their search engine allowing users to search for Android Market and the Apple App Store applications. After performing a search, you can filter results by category, as ...