All these days Windows Phone Developers from Sri Lanka had no way of submitting apps directly to the Windows Appstore. We have to go through third party app companies such as Yalla Apps to resolve this issue.
But from today Microsoft is accepting developers directly from Sri Lanka to submit apps. Good news for Windows Phone developers in Sri Lanka.
Annual fee of $99 will be deducted from your account so make sure you make hell of an application to recover the money u put in . You can join the program here. I hope Google will follow the paths of Microsoft and will allow developers to sell applications from Sri Lanka.
Good Luck Windows Phone Devs in Lanka.
Skype is one of the most commonly used communication software. Skype is used more by business users than non business users where as Yahoo and Gtalk users mostly use it for non business purpose. If you are to talk with someone on Skype then you gotta create a Skype account.
For example, let’s say you want to call someone on Skype but you don’t have a Skype account and you are not interested in creating one too. If above mentioned scenario applicable to you then you can probably use Mobile to Skype calling service from both Dialog Telecom and Etisalat Sri Lanka.
It was first introduced by Etisalat but later Dialog also joined the party. Now you can simply make voice calls to Skype users.
In both networks all you have to do is few steps as given below.
- Type the username and send to the given number (Dialog 678 and Etisalt 4545)
- You’ll receive a number to call the contact
- Make your call from mobile
Filed under: Android, Entertainment, Mobile, Movies, Sri Lanka, Video Post
Watching TV on mobile is fun indeed but it won’t bring the pleasure of watching it on real TV. There are so many apps that can let you stream videos on your mobile. It can be either live or VOD (Video on Demand). YouTube is one good example. We can watch live streams or VOD in YouTube.
Recently Dialog Telecom ventured into TV on Mobile and they named it MYTV. Dialog has access to good number of Television sources compare to other mobile operators in Sri Lanka because of their subsidiary Dialog TV. They’ve got both National and International TVs line up.
If you have the mobile that supports Video Streaming then you can check out this feature. First you need to enable the service by sending an SMS “MYTV” to 678. Then you’ll receive a link to download the app to your mobile or to stream online. It is upto you to download the standalone app. You can check out the available Channels and packages at the page. As you guess, App is rich in feature compare to web interface, though I could spot a couple of bugs in the App (Remember I used to work as Software Tester lol).
I tried both web interface and native app on my Samsung Ace (Running Android 2.3). Both worked perfectly fine. Before watching any channels you have to subscribe to a package or channel. Alternatively you can check out the hands on experience with MYTV in the video given below.
I didn’t go for monthly package instead I choose daily package as I’m not gonna continue to watch Television on my Mobile every day. When there is a need arises, (especially when there is a match or flash news) I can enable day package and pay for the day instead of paying the whole month in vain.
The quality of the video when you stream is poor. It is not very great. I guess it’s due to the fact that Dialog compresses the video as it should be transmitted via the data network (either 3G or 2D). Even with 3G the quality of the video is very poor.
Another thing you have to remember when you activate this service is, you’ll be charged for the data you consume while streaming the videos. Oops yeah? well, you can get rid of the data charges by paying 300 LKR per month, but I’m not stupid to do that. I already have a data package enabled with my connection so I can stream as long as I don’t breach the free bundle data.
I’ve learned that Sri Lanka Telecom has enhanced their broadband speed this new year. Even entre package can go upto 2Mbps speed, which is awesome. The highest speed you can reach via SLT broadband is enhanced to 16Mbps.
In one hand fixed broadband connections are more stable and reliable than mobile broadband. But mobile broadband have the advantage of mobility, affordability and cost effective. So I’m gonna stick with my mobile broadband.
There was a time broadband means unlimited. But this luxury is no longer available from SLT Net. Early days we used to download even 100Giga bytes per month by running the computer 24*7, but this is no longer possible. New Broadband packages from SLT Net is not only limits the speed but also the usage amount in GB. When you reach the download limit your download speed will go down to 64Kbps and you can restore the speed by paying 250 per GB which is tooo much.
Unlike mobile broadband, SLT’s broadband usage limit is bit fuzzy. Just like you see on voice call tariff sheet, you see Peak and Off-Peak in Mobile broadband price list. Usage is limited based on time also. Those who download torrents while you sleep, I’m sorry to say but these SLT packages are gonna hit you hard on your movie & TV series downloads
SLT net’s Packages starts from as low as 499 and goes upto 20,000. you can check the list of packages here.
All in all, I love the wide pool of choices available in the new packages but the download limit hits back hard. Sri Lanka’s broadband should mature more to match the developed countries.
Filed under: Entertainment, Google, Internet, Sri Lanka
Google’s innovative Doodle’s are one of the most creative items I find online. Few weeks back they had Pac-Man game and I end up playing it whole day. Now the Soccer fever has caught up with us and Google respond to it with a FIFA Doodle.
If you visit Google home page you’ll see the FIFA Doodle. If you click the Doodle it’ll show the results with latest match. Check out the screen shot, it shows with Sri Lankan time also.
I’m going to bookmark the link “FIFA World Cup” so I can check match schedules via simple Google interface.
iPhone 4 will be available by this month 15th in USA. Today Apple made announcement on their web site also about their new revolutionary device (That’s how they call their device).
HD video is one of the most interesting feature with this phone and they have packed the device with iOS 4.
- Official Site
- iPhone Models Comparison
- About Apple’s New OS
- iPhone 4 guide: preview, pricing, availability
We don’t have the very first iPhone officially released in Sri Lanka so can’t expect iPhone 4 to hit Sri Lanka any sooner. But there is a deal available for iphone 3G at Dialog for about 60 K (Correct me if I’m wrong).
Recently Dialog has started to offer SMS alert service from Twitter. You can send free SMS from the specified followers. I’m gonna tell you how to exploit this free service and get free Daily Mirror alert on your mobile.
- Open a Twitter Account
- Activate “Twitter SMS Alerts” on your Dialog Mobile
- Follow Daily Mirror
- Set to receive SMS alert from DM
You can use this simple method to receive free SMS alert from almost any news agency having Twitter account.
You can use this same technique to get alerts from many Twitter feeds such as Cricket, Astrology etc.
Before buying a computer accessory it’s worth doing an analysis on the accessory, especially on price and quality.
A simple Google search would reveal most of the quality issues related to the product but when it comes to price we Sri Lankans have to go either to a shop physically or Unity Plaza.
Here few of the online stores where you can check the price online. Hope it’ll help you reduce the work load.
Some of the blow mentioned shops are offering products to buy online too. MAYUonline is not recommending any of these sites. This is just for your information. If you are to buy something online buy it on your own risk.
One of the main problems I had with Dialog Mobile broadband is the static IP given to all the users across the mobile broadband. As I remember there were only two IP addresses used. As the result we had enough with sites which block users based on IP.
For example, one dialog mobile broadband user did some automation stuff on Google Blogger and Google sensed it and started to block the IP address. In this case the blogger will be blocked to all the Dialog mobile broadband users as we all share the same IP address.
Another typical example I can think of is Rapidshare. Rapidshare limits the user downloads using IP address. When one users downloads a file from Rapidshare, all other users will be given a error message saying “you’re already downloading a file”.
Fortunately, now dialog mobile broadband is coming with dynamic IP. Every time you connect you’ll have different IP. I believe each broadband users is getting dynamic IP.
Good move from Dialog Mobile Broadband. I’m wondering whether Airtal is giving static or dynamic IP for their users.
You can check your IP at http://whatismyipaddress.com/
Sri Lankans are very unlucky fellows when it comes to iPhone. Apple has announced about a new version of their iPhone OS which will enable you to send MMS and it’ll also allow you to perform copy and paste functionality.
Meanwhile Apple has released a new model of iPhone (known as iPhone 3GS). This model got much more features such as built-in video camera etc.
You can buy iPhone with an operator contract for about $99 and iPhone 3Gs for $199. Unfortunately iPhone is not available in Sri Lanka and none of the operators are supporting it.
If you see someone with a iPhone, he is either using a iPhone like fake phone or illegally bought iPhone.
Sometime back Dialog came up with the iPhone deal and everyone was talking about it. Later they dropped the plan and the page also went missing from their site. If we can get one of our local operators to support iPhone we can get iPhone with a connection for about 11, 000 LKR, which is far way cheaper than all Nokia smart phones.
Hope to see iPhone in Sri Lankan market soon.