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Happy Deepawali 2011 :))


 

Deepavali or Diwali, popularly known as the “festival of lights,” is a festival celebrated between mid-October and mid-November for different reasons. For Hindus, Diwali is one of the most important festivals of the year and is celebrated in families by performing traditional activities together in their homes. However, in recent times it is an occasion that is celebrated by Indians of all religions living in India and abroad. The day also has significance for other religions in India.

Foe more info on Deepavali ->  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diwali

October 26, 2011 Posted by | My Domain, My Family | , , , , | Leave a comment

Spain tops FIFA rankings


Spain skipper Iker Casillas holds the World Cup trophy after the team's arrival at Madrid's Barajas Airport on Monday. Spain overtook Brazil to become the No. 1 ranked football nation in the world on Wednesday.

Spain skipper Iker Casillas holds the World Cup trophy after the team’s arrival at Madrid’s Barajas Airport on Monday. Spain overtook Brazil to become the No. 1 ranked football nation in the world on Wednesday.

Spain returned to the top of the world football rankings issued on Wednesday by the ruling body FIFA in the wake of their first World Cup triumph.

But the 2006 winners Italy crashed out of the top-10 and the runners up from four years ago, France, even out of the top 20 after both went out of the group stage of the tournament in South Africa.

Spain, who had lost first place to Brazil a few months ago, returned to the top with 1,883 points. The Dutch moved from fourth to second with 1,659 points while quarter-final victims Brazil dropped from first to third with 1,536 points.

Semi-finalists Uruguay shot from 16th to their best ever position of sixth. Egypt, the African champions, moved from 14th to ninth even though they did not play at the World Cup while Chile climbed from 18th to 10th.

The other top 10 teams are Germany (fourth), Argentina (fifth), England (seventh) and Portugal (eighth).

On the other side of the spectrum, Italy plunged from sixth to 11th, non-World Cup team Croatia dropped from 10th to 15th place and France crashed 12 places, from ninth to 21st.

July 14, 2010 Posted by | My Domain | , | Leave a comment

Google Pac-man Controversy


Two articles contradicting each other…                                                                                                                                            

Google’s Pac-Man logo cost $120 mn to economy

Google’s Pac-Man logo led to almost five million wasted hours and cost the economy about $120 million, an analyst estimated.

Google apparently had about 505 million users Friday when the Pac-Man doodle went live. The game took up 4,819,352 hours of employee time and cost the economy a whopping $120,483,800, said Tony Wright, founder of Rescue Time, which is a tool that helps businesses to measure how time and attention was being spent.

‘For that same cost, you could hire all 19,385 Google employees. That includes Larry (Page) and Sergey (Brin), right down to the janitors. You could hire them for six weeks – imagine what you could build with that army of manpower,’ The Telegraph quoted from Wright’s blog post.

Internet users were happy to find the Pac-Man doodle on the search engine’s home page. It was to mark the 30th anniversary of game’s release.

The game could be played by clicking ‘Insert coin’. It was online for 48 hours before Google went back to its usual logo.

The search engine giant was ‘overwhelmed, but not surprised’ by the reception given to the Pac-Man doodle, said Marissa Mayer, vice president of user experience at Google.

‘Due to popular demand, we’re making it permanently available at google.com/pacman http://www.google.com/pacman,’ she was quoted as saying.

Pac-Man did NOT lead to $120 lost productivity, false arguments lead to false conclusions

The media is awash over the last few days about a piece of analysis from RescueTime, a time management firm that claimed that U.S. workers lost $120 million in productivity due to Google replacing their logo on Friday with a version of Pac-Man. Their argument goes something like this, the average amount of time spent searching on Google increased on Friday because workers were playing Pac-Man rather than working. This lost time can be converted into a dollar value by multiplying the productivity per hour.

Probably the biggest reason why this argument is incorrect is the assumption of substitution. This analysis assumes that the time the worker spent playing Pac-Man substituted for productive work. It ignores the fact that workers don’t spend all of their hours at the office at work and so a certain percent of time everyday is spent on non-work activities whether that be lunch, talking around the water cooler, playing with their new I-pad, chatting with friends or any other of the countless activities available while we are at the office. The Pac-Mac entertainment could easily have substituted for other non-work activities which, of course, were not measured. Imagine someone has just spent 10 minutes gobbling ghosts and then realizes that they still have to do their work, they will either spend less time that work day on other non-work activities (water cooler, I-pad…) or they will often stay later. That is, the author’s false argument about substitution also extends to the fact that the calculation ignores that many workers will end up spending a little more time at work in order to finish what they needed to accomplish that day. Project work is less dependent on hours and more depending on achieving milestones. Workers who are able to avail themselves to Pac-Mac games in the middle of the day may often be on project work and thus find themselves having to stay a little later to complete the work.

So, who was the winner in this Pac-Mac/Google controversy? Rescue Time of course, for getting fantastic publicity by writing a very cool, but also incorrect story. The media also won by getting people to read and discuss a fun, but misleading article.

May 26, 2010 Posted by | My Domain | , , , , | Leave a comment

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May 21, 2010 Posted by | My Domain | | Leave a comment

Symantec warns of cold war in the cyber world


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People use computers at an Internet cafe. Some hacker training operations openly recruit thousands of members online and provided them with cyberattack lessons and malicious software. File photo

People use computers at an Internet cafe. Some hacker training operations openly recruit thousands of members online and provided them with cyberattack lessons and malicious software.

Enrique Salem, President and Chief Executive Officer of California-based Symantec Corporation, warns against a cold war of an unusual kind.

In an interaction with The news media last week, Mr. Salem said cyber space was the battlefield for this war, and might prove a huge threat to virtually the whole world.

The spread of the Internet and the move towards virtualisation to reap operational efficiency has seen a rapid growth in cyber storage. From individuals to corporates and Governments – enterprises have increasingly begun storing their data in cyber space. However, data is far from safe here. According to Mr. Salem, there are definite signs that data on the cyber space was under attack from tech-savvy hackers. He asserted that cyber attacks have become increasingly frequent. “Indian companies also are attacked and targeted,’’ Mr. Salem pointed out.

The real challenge lay in finding out ways to protect the ‘crown jewel’. Considered a critical infrastructure data, the ‘crown jewel’ usually would constitute about 10-15 per cent of total data. Discussing a range of issues on the subject, Mr. Salem said cyber attacks came from within and without. With China and India registering robust GDP growth rates, they were vulnerable to data threats from external hackers, he said. To a question, he said there was greater awareness in India on the possibilities of increased attacks on cyber storage.

Driving innovation, putting in place reputation-based securities and moving towards next generation security technology were among the ways by which Symantec would strive to stay ahead of canny hackers and protect attacks on IP (intellectual property) and critical infrastructure data, he said.

In the short-run, the data protection initiatives would revolve around focussing on early warning and putting in place a remediation plan. Also, Symantec would focus on spreading education on best practices in this area, he said. In the medium term, he felt, there was need to design and structure new technologies that would have the ability to protect data and critical infrastructure from newer threats, he pointed out.

In this context, he underscored the need for a coordinated approach to tackle the `new cold war’ which could result in disproportionate damage to the world as a whole. Mr. Salem pointed out that Symantec had just signed a memorandum of understanding with the Co-operative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE), which was established in 2008 to beef up the cyber defence capability of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation). Under the MoU, Symantec had agreed to provide technology and manpower to research online threats.

“It is a research agreement,” he said. Essentially, Symantec would supply CCGCOE of NATO with technology to collect information about attacks. The CCDCOE, based in Tallinn, was established in 2008 following extensive, coordinated denial-of-service attacks against Estonian financial and Governmental organizations. It is an international effort sponsored by Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Germany, Italy, the Slovak Republic and Spain. Symantec would use a system of remotely-deployable collector nodes to gather cyber-attack data from specific, targeted geographic areas. The collector nodes would make use of Symantec’s existing global intelligence network (GIN), which consists of 240,000 software sensors and its customers’ 120 million desktop, server and gateway antivirus installations. The GIN allows malicious software to be captured and transmitted back to Symantec security response centres for analysis. On the individual customer front, Symantec, he said, would strive to do its best to make the online back-up service cost-effective and full-proof.

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March 2, 2010 Posted by | My Domain | , , , , | Leave a comment

Women get wilder in the bedroom


Women gets wild in BedroomA section of British women are having far wilder sex than they did a year ago and 76 percent of women contacted in a survey admitted using pornography.

The survey published by the Sun, however, shows that three quarters of women were having less sex than a year back. But when they made love it was far wilder.

Around 76 percent of women admitted to using pornography – a ten percent rise on the two-thirds who admitted to watching pornography with their partners in a survey last year.

The survey of 4,200 women also revealed four in five women like to dress up for their other halves and indulge in role play, the media report said.

The most popular outfit is of a French maid that is used by 42 percent, followed by a nurse’s outfit selected by a quarter of women. Sixteen percent of the couples preferred policewomen’s uniforms.

Siobhan Freegard, the founder of Netmums, said that women “have busy family lives and careers to juggle. So while they might not be having as much sex as they’d like, they want to ensure they make the most of the precious time they do get.

“Our survey shows they are taking control in the bedroom.” “They know what to do to get their sex lives back on track and are not afraid to experiment and introduce new methods to spice things up,” she was quoted as saying.

Online pornography is a popular format and is watched by 61 percent of the couples. More than half of the women surveyed used sex toys in the bedroom.

Article from –>> http://www.hindustantimes.com/lifestyle-news/relationships/Women-get-wilder-in-the-bedroom/Article1-510134.aspx

February 24, 2010 Posted by | My Domain | , | Leave a comment

A Hilarious Mail from a frustrated victim of chain mails


A Hilarious Mail from a frustrated victim of chain mails

I wanted to thank all my friends and family who have forwarded chain letters to me in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 and continuing it in 2009 also……. 

Because of your kindness:

* I stopped drinking Coca Cola after I found out that it’s good for removing toilet stains.

* I stopped going to the movies for fear of sitting on a needle infected with AIDS.

* Forwarded hundreds of mails but still waiting for FREE DESKTOP, LAPTOP, CAMERA, CELLPHONE etc…..

* I smell like a wet dog since I stopped using deodorants because they cause cancer…
* I don’t leave my car in the parking lot or any other place and sometimes I even have to walk about 7 blocks for fear that someone will drug me with a perfume sample and try to rob me.

* I also stopped answering the phone for fear that they may ask me to dial a stupid number and then I get a phone bill with calls to Uganda, Pakistan, Singapore and Tokyo…

* I also stopped drinking anything out of a Can for fear that I will get sick from the rat faeces and urine.

* I also donated all my savings to the Amy Bruce account. A sick girl that was about to die in the hospital about 7,000 times…. (Poor girl! she’s been 7 since 1993…)

* Still open to help somebody from Nigeria who wants to use my account to transfer his uncle’s property of $ 100 million. So much trustworthy.
* I have forwarded 35 emails to 400 people hoping that Ericsson or Nokia will send me latest mobile phones but those models are also obsolete now.

*
Made some Hundred wishes before forwarding those Ganesh , Tirupathi Balaji pics etc. Now most of those ‘Wishes’ are already married (to someone else)

NOW IMPORTANT NOTE :

If you do not send this e-mail to at least 11,246 people in the next 10 seconds, a bird will Pee on your head today at 6:30pm.

Nothing has happened till now……… ……… ….. but who knows. So please forward.

February 22, 2010 Posted by | My Domain | , | Leave a comment

CHAMPIONS of Australian Tennis Open 2010


Photo Titled Roger Federer holds aloft the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup

Roger Federer

1 R.Federer Rod Laver Arena 6 6 7
5 A.Murray 3 4 6

Photo Titled Serena Williams poses with the Daphne Akhurst Trophy

Serena Williams

Photo Titled Leander Paes and Cara Black pose with the trophy

Leander Paes and Cara Black

January 31, 2010 Posted by | My Domain | | Leave a comment

Apple Launches iPad… starting at $499


Live from the Apple ‘latest creation’ event

Will the Apple tablet finally, really be unveiled? We’re at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco (see above)
patiently waiting to get inside and get this thing underway! Keep reading after the break for the minute by minute coverage!
10:06AM “And by revenue… it’s even bigg
10:06AM “So those are the updates that we have today.”
10:07AM “So let’s get to the main event.”
10:07AM “Let’s go back to 1991, when we first shipped our Powerbooks. The first with a TFT screen,
the first with palm rests, and had an integrated pointing device. Just a few years ago in 2007 we
reinvented the phone… and a few years later we got the iPhone 3GS.”
10:08AM “SO all of us use laptops and smartphones… the question has arisen; is there room for
something in the middle. We’ve wondered for years as well — in order to create that category,
they have to be far better at doing some key tasks… better than the laptop, better than the smartphone.”
10:09AM “What kind of tasks? Browsing the web. Doing email. Enjoying and sharing pics.
Watching videos. Enjoying music. Playing games. Reading ebooks.”
10:09AM “If there’s gonna be a third category, it has to be better at these tasks — otherwise it has
no reason for being.”
10:09AM “Now some people thought that was a netbook — the problem is that netbooks aren’t
better than anything!” Big cheers! Ha!
10:10AM “We think we’ve got something that is better. And we call it the iPad.”
10:10AM “Let me show it to you now.” Wow — looks like our leak!
10:11AM “So, gonna give you a little overview. It’s very thin — you can change the homescreen to
whatever you want. What this device does is extraordinary. You can browse the web with it. It’s the
best web experience you’ve ever had.”
10:11AM “Way better than a laptop, way better then a phone. You can turn it any way you want.
To see the whole page is phenomenal.”
10:12AM “Phenomenal for mail.” Wow, new drop downs in the mail interface… and a large onscreen
QWERTY!
10:12AM “Album, photos… you can look at all of them, flick through them, it’s a wonderful way to
share. Calendar… months…” The interface really does look like an exploded iPhone.
10:12AM The leak was real! Same maps application!
10:13AM “We have the iTunes store built right in. YouTube, and YouTube in HD.”
10:13AM “And it’s awesome to watch movies and TVs… let’s take a look at the device.” Demo time!
10:14AM Slide to unlock screen just like the iPhone. “This is the lock screen — icons fly in. Let’s go
right to the web…” Apple.com — Bookmarks drop down from a bunch of contextual menus up top.
10:14AM Wow, super smooth scrolling.
10:14AM It’s essentially a huge Mobile Safari — looks really really slick.
10:15AM No flash here… the missing plugin icon is on screen.
10:15AM “Let’s go to Time magazine… see what’s up there.”
10:16AM Now Steve is on Fandango… Now National Geographic. Switching to landscape. If you’re
an iPhone owner this will seem very familiar.
10:16AM We’re basically just watching Steve casually browse. This is odd.
10:17AM “So that’s browsing the web. Let’s go to email.” Again, menus pop down from the top.
10:17AM Wow, nice email display — message list in a column on the left, full message on the right.
10:18AM “Now if I want to send a message, I hit compose — up pops this gorgeous keyboard.” Steve
is typing, it looks very responsive.
10:18AM “Next, photos… this is what photos looks like. I can look at everything as a list of photos.
I can tap on it…” Flicks and gestures just like the iPhone.
10:19AM “If I’m on a Mac, I can get events, places, and faces from iPhoto here.”
10:20AM Now Steve is flipping through photos. Places is up now — Google Maps in effect!
10:20AM Places in the photo app, that is.
10:20AM Now we’re watching a photo slideshow… just like iPhoto, cute music and all.
10:21AM “You get the idea.” Applause.
10:21AM This is the ultimate tease. We’ve got a sneaking suspicion there’s a lot more to come.
10:21AM Wow, iTunes interface is really nice, very expansive.
10:22AM Steve is playing more Dylan!
10:22AM “Let me show you a few other things. The iTunes store is built right in. I can sample music,
buy songs.” The interface has modals that pop over what you’re viewing to show you song / album info.
10:23AM Now he’s showing off calendar. Some new looks here.
10:24AM Steve is in Maps now. Zooming looks super fast — no idea what this chip is, but it has no
trouble handling pretty graphically intense stuff. Everything looks polished — zero hiccup. “Now
here’s street view…” Wow. Big applause for that. “Now let me show you video.”
10:25AM “Let’s go to YouTube. I know this clip is in HD. I can go full screen.”
10:25AM “It just all works. And of course videos… we’ve got movies, TV shows, music videos.”
10:26AM Now we’re watching a clip of Star Trek. Looks great.
10:27AM “So that is video on the iPad. It gives you an overview of what the iPad can do.”
10:27AM Big cheers. “Watching it is nothing like getting it in your hands.”
10:28AM “Let’s go back to the hardware.” .5 inches thin, 1.5 pounds — 9.7 inch IPS display
10:28AM Full capacitive multitouch
10:29AM “It’s powered by our own silicon. The 1GHz Apple A4 chip. It screams.”
10:29AM Available in 16GB, 32, 64…
10:30AM “What is the battery life like? We’ve been able to achieve 10 hours of battery life. I can
take a flight from San Francisco to Tokyo and watch video the whole time. And it has over a month
of standby time.”
10:31AM “Now, let’s go back to software. We’ve seen some great built in apps. Let’s talk about
third party. Let’s talk about the app store.” Scott Forstall is out!
10:31AM “Morning. The app store has been a huge success. Already our customers have
downloaded 3b apps.”
10:31AM Can run all iPhone apps unmodified out of the box.
10:32AM “We can also pixel double and run the apps full screen.”
10:33AM “Let’s start with Facebook. It just works.” He’s showing off the non-pixel doubled version,
a small app in the middle of the screen. It’s kind of silly looking. A lone app in the center of a black
screen. The scaled up app looks silly as well, especially in Facebook.
10:33AM Gaming obviously will handle this better, but a text heavy app looks lonely or weirdly huge.
10:34AM So far no word on multitasking, but we haven’t seen it. Jumps into and out of apps,
nothing running concurrently.
10:34AM Games look amazing. He’s playing an OpenGLS title right now and it looks super smooth.
10:35AM “So all of the iPhone apps will run on this. In fact when you buy it, download all the apps
you have right onto the iPad. Now if the developer spends some time modifying their app, they
can take full advantage of this display.”
10:36AM “We rewrote all of our apps for this display. the iPhone SDK supports development for
this now… and we’re releasing it today.”
10:36AM “We think it’s going to be another gold rush for devs. And of course every iPad comes
with the app store on it.”
10:36AM “We’re going to feature iPad apps front and center for you.”
10:37AM “We’re exciting about possibilities on this. So we invited some developers two weeks
ago to see what they could create. We want to show you what they came up with. First, Gameloft.
” Mark Hickey from Gameloft is up.
10:39AM Showing off their FPS Nova. “I can slide the d-pad on the screen…” You can set up your
own controls. New gestures for interacting with games. This isn’t anything breathtaking just yet —
fairly standard graphics (though nice), nothing new in terms of interaction.
10:40AM “The iPad version of Nova ships later this year…” Interesting. Scott is back. “Next up,
the New York Times.”
10:40AM “To tell you about their plans for the iPad — Martin Nisenholtz.”
10:41AM “So Steve showed you the Times website, it’s beautiful. Why did we come out here to
develop a new app for the iPad? Our iPhone app has been downloaded 3m times. We wanted to
create something special for the iPad.”
10:42AM “We think we’ve captured the essence of reading the newspaper. A superior experience
in a native application.” Wow, the layout is just like a standard paper, and again we’ve got those
dropdown context menus. You can resize text with a pinch.
10:42AM Wow, nice. Embedded video inside of articles that can be played.
10:43AM “This is just the beginning.” Big cheers.
10:43AM And Scott is back! That was brief.
10:44AM “Next is Brushes. It’s an extremely popular app.” Steve Sprang from Brushes is up.
10:45AM “Today I’d like to show you how brushes looks on the iPad.” This is nice. Context menus
for brush and color options. We’re loving these new pop-over menus. No more diving!
10:46AM This is very slick — probably the most impressive demo yet. A very sophisticated use of
the screen real estate. Brushes for the iPad looks like you can go pretty deep. Available at product
launch.
10:46AM Scott is… back.
10:46AM “Next up, EA.” Of course!
10:47AM Travis Boatman from EA is up. “When Apple invited us to come on site, we couldn’t
have been more excited. But we wanted to check out this device’s performance as gamers.”
10:48AM Need for Speed Shift on screen. Looks pretty good. “Building for the iPad is a little
different — it’s kind of like holding an HD display up to your face. It’s really cool.”
10:49AM A handful of new touch controls. Graphics look smooth, fairly fast.
10:49AM And that’s it for EA. Really?
10:49AM Finally, MLB.com…
10:50AM Chad Evans from MLB.com — “We were excited to build something for the iPad. We
had to create a whole new experience for this display.”
10:51AM Nice, live video within the app. Full screen too.
10:52AM Scott: “While we wait for those apps to come out, we can all run our existing apps…
and that is the app story for the iPad.” And Steve is back.
10:53AM “Isn’t that awesome? These guys only had two weeks. So we’ve seen some really great
apps. Let me show you another… one of our apps. That’s an ebook reader. Now Amazon has
done a great job of pioneering this… we’re going to stand on their shoulders for this. Our new
app is called iBooks.”
10:54AM “It has a bookshelf. In addition there’s a button which is the store — we’ve created the
new iBook Store. You can download right onto your iPad.”
10:54AM Five big partners… Penguin, Macmillion, Simon & Shuster… and more.
10:55AM Demo time. Steve is showing it off.
10:56AM The store is very similar to iTunes. Same modal pop-overs. Pricing doesn’t look too bad.
The book page display is nice. You can turn pages slowly — really slick looking page animation.
10:57AM “You can change the font… whatever you want. And that is iBooks.”
10:57AM “So iBooks again, a great reader, a great online bookstore. All in one really great app.
We use the ePub format. We’re very excited about this.”
10:58AM “Now, something very exciting… iWork. A little over a year ago I asked the head of our
team about creating iWork for the iPad. The reaction was… ‘ahhh they require a lot of horsepower'”
10:59AM “Could the tablet handle that? You betcha. But they required a new UI — here’s Phil
Schiller to tell you about it.”
11:00AM Phil is out. “Good morning everyone. iWork is a suite of apps that millions of customers love.”
11:00AM Phil is showing off spreadsheets “It’s cool and easy to use.”
11:02AM They’ve really redone this interface. We don’t know about you, but using iWork wasn’t
one of our fantasies when we thought about what an Apple tablet would be like. This is nice…
but it’s iWork.
11:03AM We’ll say this — iWork looks really robust. Far more than an iPhone app. Lots of
options, lots of ways to work with your data.
11:05AM Automatic transition animations. Very nice. “So that’s a preview. Now let’s go to Pages.”
11:05AM “Like Keynote I see a gallery of documents.”
11:06AM New tool: Page Navigator. It’s a bit like the magnification loop and lets you jump
through pages. Automatic image outlines — just drag your image and text reformats.
11:09AM Interesting. A data entry keyboard just for entering info into a spreadsheet. There are
a number of different keyboard for specific tasks, also a date and time keyboard.
11:10AM It looks as though these new dropdowns menus are a major part of the iPad OS.
Will be interesting to see how this translates to the iPhone and iPod touch. Is there going to
be room? Or will they be left out entirely?
11:11AM And the iWork demo is done. “So what are we going to charge for applications like this?
We’re gong to charge just $9.99 each.” He means $10 for Pages, $10 for Keynote… etc.
11:11AM “That’s iWork on the iPad.” And Steve is… back!
11:12AM “Isn’t it great?” Some slight hesitation. “A few other things. I’d like to talk for a minute
about iTunes. The iPad syncs over USB just like an iPhone or iPod.”
11:13AM “Now I’d like to talk about wireless networking. Every iPad has WiFi… but we’re also
going to have models with 3G.”
11:14AM “Now what does it cost for the data plans? Well in the US carriers charge about $60 a
month. We have a real breakthrough. Two awesome plans for iPad owners. The first one gives
you 250MB of data a month for $14.99.”
11:14AM “We have an unlimited plan for just $29.99 a month.”
11:14AM “We have a breakthrough deal with AT&T.” Wow. Some serious sharp intakes of breath
here.
11:15AM “So how do you turn this on and manage it? You can activate this right on the iPad.
And there’s no contract — it’s prepaid.”
11:16AM “So we have a breakthrough deal in the US. We hope to have our international deals
in the June / July timeframe. However, all of the iPad 3G models are unlocked, and they use the
new GSM microSIMs.”
11:17AM “WiFI plus 3G if you want it. So iPad. It’s phenomenal. Email is fantastic, best device
for photos, great for music, great for video. It runs almost all of the 140k apps on the app store,
as well as a whole new generation of apps.”
11:17AM “And the new iBooks application. You can carry literally thousands of books around.
And the iWork suite of apps with the best UI we’ve ever seen for something like this.”
11:17AM “What should we price it at?”
11:18AM “If you listen to the pundits, we’re going to price it under $1000, which is code for $999.
When we set out to develop this, we had ambitious tech goals, but we had aggressive price goals.”
11:18AM “And just like we were able to meet or exceed our tech goals, we have met our cost
goals… iPad pricing starts at $499.”
11:20AM “So $499 for 16GB of iPad. That’s our base model. 32GB is $599, 64GB is $799.
3G models cost an extra $130. $629, 729, and 829 with 3G.”
11:20AM “We will be shipping these in 60 days. 3G models will ship in 90 days.”
11:21AM “We’ve got some really great accessories. First one is a dock. You know the slideshow
I showed you? When it’s in the dock you have a great picture frame. We have another dock
that’s interesting… the keyboard dock.” What!?
11:22AM Third… a case.
11:22AM “Now we made a video we’re going to put on the web… let’s run it here.”
11:22AM Jonny Ive talking about magical devices. “That’s exactly what the iPad is.” Magical?
Really? Doesn’t seem that magical to us!
11:26AM So to recap. No multitasking. No word on notifications.
11:26AM No phone calls from what we can tell.
11:27AM “The iPad is the most advanced piece of tech that I’ve ever worked on at Apple.”
11:29AM Okay, finally some casual typing shown! On the lap folks.
11:30AM Steve is back!
11:30AM “Do we have what it takes to establish a third category of products?”
11:31AM “We think we’ve got the goods. We think we’ve done it. Another thing we’re excited
about is that there’s already 75m people who know how to use this because of how many iPhones
and iPod touches we’ve shipped.”
11:32AM “This is a magical device, at a breakthrough price.”
11:33AM “We’ve always tried to be at the intersection of technology and liberal arts — we want
to make the best tech, but have them be intuitive. It’s the combination of these two things that
have let us make the iPad.”
11:33AM That’s it. TIme for a hands-on!

January 28, 2010 Posted by | My Domain, My Gadgets | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bollywood Controversies of the Decade ( 1999 – 2009)


Aamir-Jessica: Papa kehte hai…

Aamir-Jessica: Papa kehte hai…

British journalist Jessica Hines shocked everyone with claims that her son Jaan Harry Hines, born in 2003, was fathered by none other than Aamir Khan. Aamir denied the whole thing, and the whole thing remains unresolved. Hasn’t anyone heard of a thing called Paternity Test?

Kareena-Shahid: Jab We Smooched!

Kareena-Shahid: Jab We Smooched!

Big surprise! Kareena and Shahid kiss! The couple had been very vocal about their relationship status. The MMS video of the two of them kissing became a rather unnecessary controversy in the year 2006.

Richard Gere-Shilpa Shetty: Angrezi Babu, Desi Mem!

At a press conference for HIV-AIDS awareness, Hollywood star Richard Gere gave Shilpa Shetty a kiss on her cheek. All hell broke loose after that – effigies were burnt, protests were carried out and a court in Rajasthan even issued a warrant for their arrests. Fortunately, nobody was arrested and the case lies suspended for the time being.

Bipasha Basu- C Ronaldo: Corner Kiss!

Bipasha Basu- C Ronaldo: Corner Kiss!

In 2007, there was talk that everything was not quite right between one of Bollywood’s favourite couples – John and Bipasha. Then came pictures of Bipasha partying with and kissing Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo. The news channels were buzzing but Bipasha maintained that she’d been a fan of Cristiano for five years and that they were just friends. How original!

Aamir vs Shahrukh: Khan-ons roar!

This war has been going on quietly for as long as one can remember. From time to time, one or the other says something that reminds us of it. Like the time Aamir named his dog Shahrukh. Or when Shahrukh was asked by a journalist what he would do if he woke up one day as Aamir. His reply: “I would tell the world that Shahrukh is the better actor.” Keeping it going, fellas!

Shahid-Kareena-2: Yeh Ishq Haay..!

One day Kareena Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor were the “it” couple of Bollywood, appearing in movies and talk shows together. The next, they had delivered a mega hit of a movie and broken up! Suddenly, Saif Ali Khan entered the picture and swept Kareena off her feet. Nope, not the kind of love stories Hindi movies are made of.

Shiney Ahuja: Sins-erly Yours!

Shiney Ahuja: Sins-erly Yours!

In June 2009, audiences were shocked when reports surfaced that up and coming actor Shiney Ahuja had been accused of rape by his maid servant. First, he claimed it was consensual, then he apparently confessed to raping the maid. Shiney was thrown behind bars for three months and is currently out on bail. If convicted, he’ll face a minimum jail sentence of three years.

SRK @ Newark: Whose name is Khan?

SRK @ Newark: Whose name is Khan?

Shahrukh had gone to attend an Independence Day function in the US when he was held for two hours at the Newark airport. The controversy arising from this, however, lingered on. Phone statements were made, press conferences were held and many-a-speculation took place. As with everything else in Bollywood, it soon died a natural death.

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