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Gmail extends Free Gmail Calling for 2011

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Google is giving away Christmas/New Year gift to all of its users by extending its free calling service to all US and Canada for entire 2011. If you remember, Google started free US and Canada calling few months back.

Here's what Google said in its blog post:

We made calls to the U.S. and Canada free for the rest of 2010. In the spirit of holiday giving and to help people keep in touch in the new year, we’re extending free calling for all of 2011.

Google voice calls is a big hit ever since its launch and I am pretty sure, Gmail users would enjoy this holiday gift by Gmail! team.

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8:40 AM

Yahoo! shutting down Delicious MyBloglog Buzz

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Surprising news for everyone is that Yahoo is shutting Delicious, MyBlogLog, AltaVista and Larry King. In addition to these services, Yahoo is also terminating the Yahoo Buzz, Yahoo Bookmarks, and Yahoo Picks.

Yahoo! announced in a press conference:

"Part of our organizational streamlining involves cutting our investment in under performing or off-strategy products to put better focus on our core strengths and fund new innovation in the next year and beyond,” the company said. “We continuously evaluate and prioritize our portfolio of products and services, and do plan to shut down some products in the coming months such as Yahoo! Buzz, our Traffic APIs, and others. We will communicate specific plans when appropriate."

This can be a big change for all the bloggers out there who are dependent on Delicious, Yahoo's Buzz to bookmark and share their articles. MyBlogLog is another useful product to bloggers who prefer to add the MyBlogLog widgets on your blog sidebar. Now these widgets and plug-ins are no longer useful.

Of course there are other services sharing and bookmarks available, but Delicious and Yahoo Buzz also played an important role in the exchange of links and bookmarks. I hope that Yahoo's think again about the same and did not exit the service. Meanwhile, do not forget to share your views on the closure of the above products Yahoo.

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9:30 AM

Unlock iOS 4.2.1 on iPhone 3GS/3G Using UltraSn0w 1.2

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Just as we predicted, the iPhone dev team released the 1.2 Ultrasn0w tool to unlock the latest firmware 4.2.1 iOS iPhone 3G and the 3G baseband later than 13/05/2004. The trick is to flash iPhone 3G/3GS with 06.15 baseband iPad 3.2.2 update.


Note that the iPhone 4 is not yet unlocked, because it has a different baseband OS. It is important to reiterate the risks involved with using 4.2.1 unlock iOS Ultrasn0w 1.2

- Once you unlock your iPhone 3G/3GS, you can never go back from 06.15 baseband. Warranty is void and version baseband will not be hidden by Apple.

- If some future baseband comes with a critical patch, you will not be able to update, if it remains in the sequence 05.xx (again, you would not update for you want to keep your unlock anyway).

- From 3G FW 4.2.1 iPhone with 06.15 baseband, you will not be able to restore to original firmware (it will fail). Restore using custom IPSWs to keep your unlocks.

Before unlocking you need to jailbreak iPhone 4.2.1 iOS 3GS/3G on using PwnageTool 4.1.3 or 0.9.6b5 RedSn0w. The jailbreak procedure using either the tools were provided previously.

Make sure the iPhone 3G is fully charged and connected to a PC or Mac via USB through the process. Also, do not leave your SIM in the iPhone. eject it and keep aside.

Step 1: After successfully jailbreaking is complete, connect your iPhone 3G/3GS to a Wi-Fi and run Cydia.

Step 2: Go to manage menu & then select sources. Press the Change button in the upper right, then press the Add button in the upper left.

Step 3: Enter the URL http://repo666.ultrasn0w.com in the small Enter Cydia / APT URL window popup.

Step 4: After the ultrasn0w source gets added, tap on the ‘Return to Cydia’ option & choose repo666.ultrasn0w.com from the sources list.

Step 5: Look for Ultrasn0w 1.2, select it and then tap on Install button on top right of the screen

Step 6: Wait for the ultrasn0w package to be installed and tap on Restart the Springboard.

Step 7: Insert the active SIM you wish to use on this iPhone 3G running iOS 4.2.1 with 06.15 baseband.

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6:47 AM