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Friday, January 21, 2011

White iPhone 4 to enter in the market

Here's the good news for iPhone lovers. Seems like the white iPhone 4 will arrive in the market in the near future. As a matter of fact, the image of the handset was spotted at the web site of Best Buy. The image was spotted by MacRumours.

It reveals two models that came with 16 GB as well as 32GB of storage. The white iPhone is expected to land on Sunday 27th February, 2011. Similar leak is offered by Vodafone Germany that reveals the iPhone 4 White can be on track for an imminent release. It was last speculated that the handset was headed towards Sprint 2011.

Due to numerous obstacles Apple had to postpone the release of the white handset. Still it is widely considered that the delay of the handset is due to color matching issues. As a matter of fact, Foxconn is trying to match white color of the handset’s home button to the bright white of its front plate.

It is still unknown whether the handset is available in the market by the end of February, but still let’s wait and hope that soon we will be able to see the white iPhone 4.

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India Launches Full Nationwide Mobile Number Portability

Mobile Number Portability (MNP) has finally, after many delays, been launched across India today. The launch of the nationwide service was staged by Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh making an inaugural call to Shri Kapil Sibal, the Union Minister of Communications & IT from a ported number.

Mobile Number Portability (MNP) Service will allow subscribers to retain their existing Mobile Telephone Number even when they switch from one access service provider to another irrespective of mobile technology or from one technology to another technology of the same or any other access service provider within the same service area.

TRAI has put a ceiling of Rs. 19/- on porting charges which the new service provider may collect from the subscriber. Post-paid subscribers before making the porting request, have to make sure that their last bill has been paid failing which the request for change to a new service provider shall be rejected. In the case of pre-paid subscriber any balance amount left will not be carried forward when the number is transferred to the new service provider.

Knight Rider is now a Smart Car

RoboCar ZMP gets an upgrade. At the time, it was a little robot head on a car frame that came off as cute. Clearly, the Robocar MEV has grown up a little, and looks more like a real car!

Well, a Smart Car, at least. It is definitely following the Knight Rider model as it is self driving! Since it is electric, it is a gentler, more eco-conscious KITT.

So how does it drive on its own? It uses GPS as well as front and rear sensors. It sounds like you can actually buy one now. A self-driving car that isn’t some concept car for a future date? Check the prices out after the jump.

The simplest version, Type A, is about $35,000, and it only has speed control. Type B is at $59,000 and has steering control as well as speed. As for type C, it has automatic braking control as well as imaging and inertial sensors for a price of $84,000.

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Cabinet approves new symbol for Indian Rupee

India has finally got a symbol for the Rupee and joined a select club of countries whose currencies have an unique identity.

The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved the design, which includes both the Devnagiri 'Ra' and the Roman capital 'R' and has two parallel lines running at the top. The parallel lines symbolise the equal to sign.

"With this India will join an elite group of countries which have a distinct currency symbol. It denotes the robustness of Indian economy. I will now hold up the design that was finally selected. This was sent in by Udaya Kumar," said Minister for Information and Broadcasting Ambika Soni in New Delhi.

She said that the Rupee symbol was a nice blend of modernity and Indian culture.3

The symbol selected has been designed by an Indian Institute of Technology postgraduate D Udaya Kumar and was selected from among five short listed symbols. Kumar, who is with the Department of Design at IIT Guwahati, explained that the design is based on the Indian Tricolour.

"My design is based on the Tricolour with two lines at the top and white space in between. I wanted the symbol for the Rupee to represent the Indian flag. It is a perfect blend of Indian and Roman letters: a capital 'R', and Devnagari 'Ra', which represent rupiya, to appeal to international and Indian audiences. After working on the design for few months, I shortlisted eight to 10 designs and then refined them further till I got this one," said Kumar

All new notes will now bear the symbol.

More detail: here

Friday, July 9, 2010

Microsoft files to patent virtual page turning

Microsoft has filed for a patent to cover something that Apple’s iBook application does very well–simulating the turning page of a book while reading. According to a TechCrunch article, Microsoft filed the patent application back in 2009 when it was looking at offering a tablet like the iPad called the Courier. It seems Microsoft had a similar thought for the Courier as Apple did with the iPad when it came to using the tablet for reading ebooks. An excerpt from the patent application states:

One or more pages are displayed on a touch display. A page-turning gesture directed to a displayed page is recognized. Responsive to such recognition, a virtual page turn is displayed on the touch display. The virtual page turn actively follows the page-turning gesture. The virtual page turn curls a lifted portion of the page to progressively reveal a back side of the page while progressively revealing a front side of a subsequent page. A lifted portion of the page is given an increased transparency that allows the back side of the page to be viewed through the front side of the page. A page-flipping gesture quickly flips two or more pages.

Now to be clear, Microsoft hasn’t been awarded a chance of getting patent yet and as the article alludes the chances of them patent for simulating the turning of a page virtually may be pretty slim. After all, one would think you can’t patent the animation of a physical action. If so, Disney and Hanna-Barbera are sunk.

Read more at TechCrunch.

Google and Partners Seek TV Foothold

Google and Intel have teamed with Sony to develop a platform called Google TV to bring the Web into the living room through a new generation of televisions and set-top boxes.

The move is an effort by Google and Intel to extend their dominance of computing to television, an arena where they have little sway. For Sony, which has struggled to retain a pricing and technological advantage in the competitive TV hardware market, the partnership is an effort to get a leg up on competitors.

The partners envision technology that will make it as easy for TV users to navigate Web applications, like the Twitter social network and the Picasa photo site, as it is to change the channel.

Some existing televisions and set-top boxes offer access to Web content, but the choice of sites is limited. Google intends to open its TV platform, which is based on its Android operating system for smartphones, to software developers. The company hopes the move will spur the same outpouring of creativity that consumers have seen in applications for cellphones.

Google is expected to deliver a toolkit to outside programmers within the next couple of months, and products based on the software could appear as soon as this summer.

The three companies have tapped Logitech, which specializes in remote controls and computer speakers, for peripheral devices, including a remote with a tiny keyboard.

The project, which has been under way for several months, was described by people with knowledge of it. They requested anonymity because the partners were not allowed to speak publicly at this point, and details remained under negotiation.

Spokesmen for Google, Intel and Logitech declined to comment. A Sony spokesman said he was not familiar with the project. The companies appear to be hiring for Android-related jobs. Intel, for example, has listed jobs for senior application engineers with Android programming experience who can help extend Intel’s technology “from PC screen to mobile screen and TV screen.” Logitech also has several job listings for Android developers, including a position for an “embedded software engineer” with experience building “audio and video products based on the Android platform.”

Jacob Hsu, chief executive of Symbio, a contract engineering firm that does work for consumer electronics companies, said there was rising interest in set-top box technology among the traditional computing players. “The boxes are just getting more and more powerful, so there’s more you can do with them,” he said.

For Google, the project is a pre-emptive move to get a foothold in the living room as more consumers start exploring ways to bring Web content to their television sets. Google wants to aggressively ensure that its services, in particular its search and advertising systems, play a central role.

“Google wants to be everywhere the Internet is so they can put ads there,” said one of the people with knowledge of the project.

Based on Google’s Android operating system, the TV technology runs on Intel’s Atom chips.

Read more: Here

Friday, March 12, 2010

Just Mobile designs new accessories for iPhone, iPod, smartphones

Just Mobile has on offer the Lounge, Gum Plus and Xtand Go for iPhones, iPods, smartphones and similar mobile devices.

The Lounge is a stand for securing the iPhone 3GS/3G to dashboards or desktops. It permits access to the side controls and dock connector of the device while enabling owners to use it as a GPS tool for hands-free viewing of videos or driving directions. The Gum Plus is a compact back-up battery that works with iPhones, iPods, smartphones as also other USB powered devices.

The Xtand Go functions in a similar manner to that of the Lounge. This mobile holder is crafted for securing iPhones, smartphones and GPS devices to car windshields or dashboards. Its lightweight rear holder and folding arm allows users to rotate attached devices vertically or horizontally.

MyGearStore.com is selling the Lounge, Gum Plus and Xtand Go for $49.99 (approx. Rs.2,272), $69.99 (approx. Rs.3,181) and $39.99 (approx. Rs.1,817).

More here