Thursday, July 29, 2010

BeagleBoard finds new purpose in DIY wearable computer


Perhaps it makes us unbearably geeky, but we do have more than a soft spot for wearable computers.  Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately for what little sartorial dignity we have left these days) manufacturers are proving more reluctant to put out suitable products, and that leaves the niche clear for DIYers.  Martin Magnusson pointed us in the direction of his own project, taking a Myvu Crystal eyepiece and hooking it up to a Beagleboard fanless computer and four AA batteries.

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Connectivity is via Bluetooth, which tethers wirelessly to Martin’s iPhone, while input is through a Nokia Bluetooth keyboard.  The Beagleboard is running Angstrom Linux and outputting graphics through S-Video; the OS is stored on an SD card.

So far Martin has experimented with a few different ways to carry his compact computer: the bandolier strap gets geek-points, but squeezing everything into a CD wallet and wearing it on a discrete shoulder strap probably makes you stand out less in public.  The four AA batteries are good for up to three hours of use, though you could always slap a few more in if you don’t mind the extra weight.  Geeky, yes, but still very cool if you ask us.

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Inception: The Infographic


Need a little help understanding Inception? Meet Cliff Notes 2.0, the infographic. This handy guide to the Leonardo DiCaprio blockbuster will have you looking smart in front of your movie buff buddies in no time.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

HTC Wildfire available in India for a price of Rs.15000


We already told  you that the Wildfire is coming soon to India . The handset was expected to hit India in August . 

Now the Wildfire is available in India from various dealers across the country for as low as Rs.15000

Here are the features of the Wildfire

* Android 2.1 OS
* Quand Band GSM , Dual Band 3G
* 3.2-inch capacitive touch
* 5 megapixel camera with auto focus and LED flash
* 3.5mm audio jack
* micro SD
* HTC SenseHTC Sense UI
* Friend Stream Social Networking Application
* Wi-FiWi-Fi, Bluetooth , GPSGPS
* 528MHZ Qualcomm Processor
* Optical Trackpad
* 384MB RAM
* 512MB ROM
* FM Radio
* 1300 mAh battery
* Talktime : 7 hours
* Standby : 480 hours

In other news still no official word about the Desire. We had a chance to play with the Wildfire and it’s certainly a very affordable Android phoneAndroid phone running on EclairEclair 2.1. It’s a bit slow for some tasks but that’s not going to be a deal breaker .

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A letter of the Editor Of Times Of India To The Honourable Prime Minister

Dear Mr. Prime minister,
I am a typical mouse from Mumbai. In the local train compartment which
has capacity of 100 persons, I travel with 500 more mice.  Mouse at
least squeaks,  but we don't even do that.
Today I heard your speech, in which you said, 'NO BODY WOULD BE
SPARED'.  I would like to remind you that fourteen years have passed
since serial bomb blasts in Mumbai took place.  Dawood was the main
conspirator.  Till today he is not caught.  All our Bollywood actors,
our builders, our Gutka king keep meeting him, but your Government can
not catch him. Reason is simple;  all your ministers are hand in glove
with him. If any attempt is made to catch him, everybody will be
exposed. Your statement 'NOBODY WOULD BE SPARED' is nothing but a
cruel joke on these unfortunate people of India.
Enough is enough.   As such, after seeing terrorist attack carried out
by about a dozen young boys,  I realize that if same thing continues,
days are not far away when terrorists will attack by air, destroy our
nuclear reactors and there will be one more Hiroshima.
We the people are left with only one mantra. Womb to Bomb to Tomb.
You promised Mumbaikar Shanghai;  what you have given us is Jalianwala
Today only your home minister resigned.  What took you so long to kick
out this joker? Only reason was that he was loyal to Gandhi family.
Loyalty to Gandhi family is more important than blood of innocent
people, isn't it?
I am born and brought up in Mumbai for last fifty eight years.
Believe me, corruption in Maharashtra is worse than that in Bihar.
Look at all the politicians, Sharad Pawar, Chagan Bhujbal, Narayan
Rane, Bal Thackray , Gopinath Munde, Raj Thackray, Vilasrao Deshmukh
all are rolling in money.  Vilasrao Deshmukh is one of the worst Chief
ministers I have seen. His only business is to increase the FSI every
other day, make money and send it to Delhi, so Congress can fight next
election. Now the clown has found new way and will increase FSI for
fishermen, so they can build concrete houses right on sea shore.  Next
time terrorists can comfortably live in those houses, enjoy the beauty
of the sea and then attack  our Mumbai at their will.
Recently, I had to purchase a house in Mumbai. I met about two dozen
builders. Everybody wanted about 30% in black. A common person like me
knows this and with all your intelligent agency & CBI, you and your
finance ministers are not aware of it. Where all the black money goes?
To the underworld isn't it? Our politicians take help of these goondas
to vacate people by force. I myself was victim of it. If you have time
please come to me, I will tell you everything.
If this has been a land of fools, idiots,  then I would not have ever
cared to write to you this letter. Just see the tragedy.  On one side
we are reaching moon, people are so intelligent;  and on the other
side, you politicians have converted nectar into deadly poison. I am
everything Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Schedule caste, OBC, Muslim OBC,
Christian Schedule caste, and Creamy Schedule caste;  only what I am
not is INDIAN.   You politicians have raped every part of  Mother
India by your policy of divide and rule.
Take example of our Former President Abdul Kalam. Such an intelligent
person; such a fine human being. But you politician didn't even spare
him.  Your party along with opposition joined hands, because
politicians feel they are supreme and there is no place for good
Dear Mr Prime minister, you are one of the most intelligent persons, a
most learned person.   Just wake up, be a real SARDAR.   First and
foremost, expose all selfish politicians.   Ask Swiss banks to give
names of all Indian account holders. Give reins of CBI to independent
agency.   Let them find wolves among us. There will be political
upheaval, but that will be better than dance of death which we are
witnessing every day.  Just give us ambience where we can work
honestly and without fear. Let there be rule of law. Everything else
will be taken care of.
Choice is yours Mr. Prime Minister.   Do you want to be lead by one
person, or you want to lead the nation of 100 Crore people?

Prakash B. Bajaj
Editor Mumbai-Times of India

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कसबा नगर IT मिलन - गुरुपूजन उत्सव

कसबा नगर IT मिलन
" गुरुपूजन उत्सव "
सस्नेह   नमस्कार 
आपल्या शाखेचा गुरुपूजन उत्सव
दिनांक :   १ ऑगस्ट २०१० रोजी सकाळी
९.०० वाजता आयोजित केला आहे.
आपण वेळेवर उपस्थित राहावे.

वेश : मंगल वेश.
स्थळ : त्वष्टा कासार मंदिर
वक्ते : ज्ञानेश पुरंदरे

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Mobile phone evolution: Story of shapes and sizes



This week we step away from our usual line of work to do some time travel. We’re looking back at the ten years that we’ve been following the mobile phone industry. It doesn’t start nor end with us, but we just couldn’t resist the temptation to pause and slowly rewind the evolution of mobile phones.

It’s a live show and tomorrow we’ll all be back to covering the whole thing as it unfolds. But today it’s the flashback episode, where we find out how it went from Motorola StarTac through Moto RAZR to the iPhone and a bunch of phones with the HD moniker.

People tend to romanticize the past but mobile phones seem to have no respect for their ancestors. Technology has advanced at breakneck speed and our humble database is nothing short of a time machine. Hop on for a journey in the history of mobile phones. And by the way, it’s history you – our readers – wrote.

We dug deep inside our server logs ten years back. We traced certain trends to present day and we have some interesting charts to show you. It’s all there: how form factor preferences have mutated through the years and how touchscreen has changed the game today.

For complete 7 page article visit :

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Why India’s $35 Tablet May Be Just a Dream

Why India’s $35 Tablet May Be Just a Dream

A prototype tablet from India that looks similar to the iPad but costs a few hundred dollars less than the magical device is on its way, according to the country’s government officials who showed the device at an event Thursday.
The Linux-based tablet from India is priced at $35 with the potential to drop it to either $20 or $10. The tablet will support video conferencing and wireless, have open source software on it including Open Office, and will include a media player. It will also have a solar-power option.
The government has not disclosed details about the tablet’s processing power, memory or storage. It is also not clear if the device will have a touchscreen or a pen-based input.
The Indian government hopes to bring the tablet into production in 2011, but first it must find partners to build it. So far, no manufacturers have been announced, though officials claim several have expressed interest.
The success of Apple’s iPad and the demand among consumers for a slick media-consumption tablet has spurred the quest for a low-cost device that has the looks of an iPad and the functionality of a laptop. The One Laptop Per Child Project in the United States recently announced that it is planning to create a $75 OLPC tablet. But the first version of that tablet is unlikely to be available before the end of next year. OLPC’s current low-cost laptop sells for $200.
In March, chip maker Marvell showed a prototype that will offer web access and high-definition content for just $100. The tablet called Moby will be targeted at students, says Marvell, and it will run Marvell’s Armada 600 series of application processors. So far,  Marvell’s $100 tablets have yet to go beyond a reference design.
Current estimates on the cost of components show that getting the cost of a device below $100 isn’t easy.
The cheapest version of Apple’s iPad costs $500. A teardown of the iPad shows the bill of materials alone for it is $230. A six-inch black-and-white screen on a Kindle 2 alone costs $60, according to iSuppli.
To create its $35 tablet, the Indian government says it partnered with some of the country’s best technical universities including the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT). Students involved in the project created their own motherboard and PCBs for the device, say officials. Interestingly, the government says private companies in the country showed little interest in the idea.
The bill of materials of a prototype tablet came to $47. But officials didn’t explain how they think that cost can shrink to $35 and lower.
“It could be seen that by customizing the device to the needs of learners across the country, and by utilizing the processor capabilities of the processors suitable for the purpose, it was possible to substantially reduce the prices of such access-cum-computing devices,” a press release from the country’s Press Information Bureau said.
Deciphering that is not easy. Even more puzzling is that the announcement of the tablet did not mention who will manufacture the product or how it will be distributed. It is also not clear if the $35 price tag includes a small profit margin or if the product will be sold entirely at cost.
Despite the introduction of the latest tablet with much fanfare, India doesn’t have a history of delivering on its much-hyped promises about electronic devices. For instance, Indian startup Notion Ink has been promising a tablet for months called Adam that is yet to hit the market. In February 2009, Indian government officials announced a $10 laptop that ultimately proved to be vaporware.
The $35 tablet could go the same way.
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Mulshi Trip - Palase Waterfall

Palase (पळसे ) waterfall at Mulshi Dam.
Dist: 45KM from Pune.
Time: It took 1:30 hours to reach at Palase from Shaniwar Wada.
Have look at few photos:
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My Family Doctor -- Dr. Avinash Bhondwe

Dr. Avinash Bhondwe is our family Doctor for my birth.
He is also ex-president of the Indian Medical Association (IMA).
He had organized many health camps, lectures, awareness programs.

Dr. Avinash Bhondwe's clinic at Shivaji Nagar.

Dr. Avinash Bhondwe

Dr. Avinash Bhondwe checking Amit Karpe :)

Dr. Avinash Bhondwe checking Amit Karpe :)

My favorite Suvarnarekha dining hall

My favorite Suvarnarekha dining hall
Very testy food at economical cost. Full thali at 50/- Rs.

Suvarnarekha Dianing Hall Prabhat Road, Deccan Gymkhana, Pune, 411004, Maharashtra, India, Phone: 20 - 25431922.


Dining hall Entrance

My Father (left) and Manager (right)

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Friday, July 23, 2010

Android based Tablet released by India at Rs 1,500

Today I just hit with news which is about 30$ Tablet. After little study I found out that it is based upon Android OS (which is developed by Open Source Community with initial work from Google & Android Company). Here are technical specifications:

  • Operating System: Linux - Android 2.2 ( My Guess )
  • Display: Touch Screen
  • Keyboard: Built in
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Connectivity: Wifi, USB
  • Power: 2 watt.
  • Architecture: ARM ( My guess )
I had watch a video on IBN site . On that video I can see some flash programs are running. Based on this I can say that this Android version is Android 2.2 Froyo. Which had support for adobe flash player ( for ARM architecture ). This new device will compete  with OLPC from MIT, ClassMate PC from  Intel and Mobilis from DSK Digital.
This tablet ( Android OS actually ) support video web conferencing, multimedia content viewer (pdf, docx, ods, adp, jpeg, gif, png, bmp, odt, zip, avchd, avi, ac3, xls), searchable pdf reader, unzip tool. Which is not great deal, except "Video Web Conferencing". All other file format are well support of any Linux or Open Source Operating System. As they mention that it dose not have hard disk means it uses NAND Disk or Flash memory. Which is good for computing device's ruggedness.

This tablet is released by Indian government  just for RS 1500. Mr. Kapil Sibal ( Union Minister for Human Resource Development [ HRD] of India ) on 22 july 2010. Rs. 1500 is really catching and competing figure, which really bits 100$ OLPC or any other projects. This will be the cheapest computer of world. Which makes every Indian proud to be Indian. And this efforts from really great team. Yes, developer behind this project are all top brain from India. This tablet has been developed by R&D team by IIT & IISc experts.
The laptop is currently not available for sale in the market as the Government has decided to launch it for students in 2011.

India unveils Rs 1,500 tablet PC

New Delhi: India unveiled a Rs 1,500 (around $ 30) tablet PC designed specifically for students.
"If more companies decide to manufacture a similar device, prices will come down automatically," Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal said after unveiling the low cost-access-cum computing device here.
The device would be made available to students in 2011.
When the ministry floated the concept of a low cost laptop some years ago, officials said it would cost Rs 500 ($ 10). It will now cost about three times the initial projections.
The ministry expects the prices to drop to Rs 1,000 ($ 20) and reach Rs 500 ($ 10) as innovations are introduced.
The device, no bigger than a conventional laptop, is a single unit system with a touch screen and a built in keyboard along with 2GB RAM, Wi-Fi connectivity, USB port and powered by a 2-watt system to suit poor power supply areas.
"This is real and tangible and we will take it forward. Sun will rise for the Indian students in 2011," he said.
The ministry also invited private players to produce similar low cost computers.
"When we started the project, the response from the private sector was lukewarm. Now many are willing to join the innovation," Sibal said.
The ministry started its efforts by holding discussions on this concept with a group of experts at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, IIT Kanpur, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Madras and IIT Bombay, a ministry official said.
The low cost tablets will be distributed in institutions by the HRD ministry. The final price will depend on the transportation cost.
"We will give some subsidy on the device. As far as transport is concerned, if the transport cost in less, the government can bear that as well," Sibal added.

Olive launches Olive Pad, India's first 3G tablet

Source: Google News & Milind Kshirsagar

Olive launches Olive Pad, India's first 3G tablet

Olive Pad - VT100 is powered by Android and the device will be priced below 25k



Olive Telecom has launched their newest innovation, after products like OliveFrvrON, OliveZipbook, OliveWiz and OliveGenie, their Olive Pad - VT100, which is India's first 3.5G pad.


Weighing a good 410 grams, the device is said to be perfect to be used as a touch notebook allowing browsing, Multimedia, Instant Messaging, easy access to social networking and GPS for maps, gaming console, an e-book reader, television and as a smart phone allowing voice and video calling.


The device with a 7-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen, operates on the Android 2.1 OS, supports 3.5G HSUPA, GPS and  Wi-Fi and boasts of being a multi-functional device.


It also features a 3MP camera,  a front camera, Bluetooth, flash support, mini USB port, 3.5mm audio jack, microSD card slot and SIM card slot as well.


The device will be made available in all Chroma stores from August and will be priced at under 25k.

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Forget all these Android tablets, let me at that Chrome OS


Hardly a day goes by when we don’t hear about a new Android-based tablet in some ever-so-slightly-new size, configuration, or spec. Chances are that every PC manufacturer out there is going to have one, and chances are they’ll all be more or less interchangeable — like the Windows 7 tablets that they often announce at the same time. With the clear exceptions of Apple and HP, most computer-makers don’t seem to be interested in doing anything but getting a product out the door that’s competitive.

This bulk approach to such a personal computer as a tablet has taken the shine off of Android for me — not that it had much to begin with, being an OS designed around a smaller form factor. I love my Android phone, but the idea of Android running on some stock Dell hardware with a little spritz of UI on top really isn’t that attractive to me. I say, bring on the Chrome OS tablets.

We’ve heard that Google’s mysterious browserish OS will hit this fall on a few devices, likely including a flagship netbook and tablet. When I wrote at length about its potential last winter in Google, Rome, and Empire, I essentially conflated it with a sort of archetypical next-generation OS, and the reality will likely start out as something a little more humble. My personal guess: a highly versatile browser with a ton of APIs ready to be taken advantage of, launching with partnerships and a few new services so that it can be a tolerable replacement for a netbook or laptop. It’ll take a while for it to get going.

But I think Google is going to get this right: Chrome OS is a browser OS, and that will always be the focus. It really will be as simple as that, though you can complicate it if you want with lots of plugins — as you can with current browsers. I feel some people will see Android 3.0, which is rumored to be tablet-orientated, and think “why would you want only this basic Chrome OS functionality?” Well, more isn’t always better. And with a tablet, the benefits are several.

Simpler hardware. In all likelihood, Chrome OS will be a one-button affair for the most part. Although it will of course support keyboards for text input and likely other devices for this or that app, I think Google will want this to be the simplest and cleanest browser experience out there. It may not be able to beat the iPad in terms of simplicity, but it can at least match it. Chrome OS tablets will likely have very few hardware controls and little in the way of inputs and outputs. I’d guess SD, one USB, and one combo audio port will be the standard. Less need for storage and storage control, plus less demand on the CPU and other components means that the entire thing can be thinner and run cooler.

It’ll run great. Android has come a long way, and Froyo even runs well on a four-year-old HTC Touch. But a lightweight OS will always do more with fewer resources, and I think Chrome OS is less likely to run into limitations than a big Android tablet — certainly less likely than a Windows 7 tablet, which will be working at the limit constantly.

Really instant on. All that really needs to be loaded into active memory is display, a blank browser page, and the wireless/IP stack. The iPad has this down pretty good, but I suspect Chrome might be even quicker to its feet. That’s entirely speculation, but I’m guessing Google knows it’s a good selling point.

A defined purpose. This is really the one I care about. The simplicity of offering what is essentially a single-service device, crossed with the versatility of that single service. The iPad, Android, webOS, Windows 7 — all these things have a complicated statement of purpose. Their functions are numerous and you can expand them and add apps, widgets, and so on. Pages of settings, local contact information, 3G, music, storage, multitasking… man! I already have a computer. Chrome OS will offer a browser that you hold in your hand. That’s pretty much it! Sure, you can do a lot of stuff in your browser, but Google doesn’t make those promises for you. They’re implicit in the dedication of the device to the browsing experience. It’s a window into the web, and that’s all. That straightforward nature comforts and attracts me.

Now, I sometimes forget this, but I am not in fact the only person in the world. Other people prefer different things and even enjoy devices like the Dell Streak, which I would exile to Neptune if I could (A five-inch tablet? Are you kidding me? Viewing this rich, wonderful Internet of ours on a screen less than 7″ seems like self-flagellation to me. But have fun.). I just think the tablet as a device is evolving, and just as some people will prefer a full-featured Windows 7 or OS X machine in the desktop/laptop world, some will prefer a powerful multimedia omnibus device in the tablet world. On the other hand, some people prefer the elegance of a customized Linux build on their microATX system, and will prefer the elegance and simplicity of the window into the web I hope Chrome OS will be.

There’s no way to tell until Fall rolls around, unless Google wants to spill the beans to us early and prove me right or wrong. Even if Chrome OS turns out to be something completely different, I have faith that I’m not the only one who wants what I’ve described, and that’s what we call a market. I just realized I’m curious whether this is really the case or not, so please chime in and describe whether you think you’re more interested in a pared-down, web-centric thing or the more powerful, more complicated “full” tablet experience.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Harvard develops test to identify entrepreneurs


Researchers at Harvard formulated a simple, inexpensive, and efficient way to test the skills of a would-be entrepreneur in an emerging market like Nairobi or Lima. The computer-based psychometric test, which asks about 150 questions, asesses traits like honesty, ethics, intelligence, and motivation. See three question examples below:

  • Do you like taking things apart to see how they work?
  • Do you enjoy going to parties?
  • Given five seconds, how long a sequence of numbers can you memorize?

If the startup champ-to-be’s questions add up, it’s then safe to say that individual has a better chance than most of running a successful small business in a developing economy. 

Full story at BusinessWeek.

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बोला पुंडलिक वरदे हरी विठल

From : Rahul Punde

बोला पुंडलिक वरदे  हरी विठल श्री ध्यान्देव तुकाराम्म
पंढरीनाथ महाराज कि जय 
आषाढी एका दाशी साठी पंढरीच्या विठुरायाचे दर्शन घ्या घरी बसून
आषाढी एकादशी च्या शुभेचा

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Five Androids to Watch


Five Androids to Watch

The second half of 2010 and early 2011 will be a fast-moving and important phase in the development of Google (Nasdaq: GOOG)'s Android open mobile operating system with phones becoming available that stretch from high-end smartphone to value-conscious handsets and new form factors like Internet tablets arriving.

With that in mind, Light Reading Mobile is running down new Androids due in the coming months, picking out five that break new ground or give an indication of how the market is evolving:

Motorola Droid X
The Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) Droid X from Verizon Wireless is a key device for both carrier and vendor. The $199 Droid is being aggressively positioned as a summer rival for the iPhone 4. The device's launch Thursday didn't inspire vast early-morning lines like the iPhone 4, but the Verizon Wireless store in New York City on 5th Avenue and 20th Street had sold out their full stock of around 40 of the new Droids by early afternoon. (See The Droid's Summer Price Push and Verizon Reveals iPhone 4 Challenger From Moto.)

Cisco Cius
Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) is taking a shirt-and-tie approach to Android with its "Cius" tablet, aimed at "business collaboration," due early in 2011. The 1.15-pound tablet will do HD video streaming, real-time video, email, and Web browsing, and will be Cisco's first tablet product and one of the early Android tablets. The Cisco device could help to break down enterprise barriers for the operating system, which has seen success mainly in smartphones aimed at the consumer market so far.

HTC HSPA+ Android
T-Mobile USA could have five or more new Androids available before the end of the year. Key amongst these will be a High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC) (Taiwan: 2498) Android phone developed to take advantage of the operator's 21-Mbit/s upgrade to its 3G network. The unnamed phone is expected to be available in September and will offer some of the fastest download speeds on any smartphone available in the near future. T-Mobile needs some fast flagships to take on Sprint Nextel Corp. (NYSE: S)'s WiMax phones and -- in 2011 -- new Long-Term Evolution (LTE) devices from Verizon. (See T-Mobile HSPA+ Smartphone Due in September .)

Samsung Epic 4G

Speaking of Sprint and WiMax, the upcoming Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (Korea: SEC) Android smartphone that supports both 3G CDMA and WiMax will be a proof-point for the operator: Was the recent HTC EVO launch a novelty, or can it continue to sell dual-mode smartphones in large numbers, even in markets that don't support the new technology? The "Epic 4" is one of five new Android phones that Samsung will offer in its "Galaxy S" line. The first of those -- the T-Mobile "Vibrant" went on sale Thursday in the US. There's no word yet on pricing or availability for the Sprint phone. (See Samsung's US Galaxy Quest and Samsung Gets Epic With WiMax Smarty for Sprint.)

CherryPal Asia
A $99 mini netbook using the Android operating system and sporting a seven-inch screen, the newly launched CherryPal computer might be the cheapest netbook yet offered. Expect to see Android crop up in many more lower-end devices over the next year as Samsung and others offer phones and gadgets that dip below $100. (See Vodafone Launches Low-Cost Androids.)

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

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Armaments in India through The Ages

Armaments in India through The Ages

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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Hapus Movie Review

"हापूस" चित्रपट :
"हापूस" चित्रपट प्रभात सिनेमा गृहात बघितला. चित्रपट आवडला. चित्रपटाचे विपणन ( Marketing ) प्रभावी वाटले. यात थोड्या तांत्रिक चुका होत्या, परंतु नवीन संचाने चांगले प्रयंत्न केलेले  दिसले. चित्रपटात  मराठी माणसाची व्यवसाय किवां भविष्य या विषयाकडे बघण्याचा दुष्ट्रीकोन व्यवस्थित मांडला आहे. अभिजित साटम या नवीन दिग्दर्शकाने कथा अतिशय सफाईदार रीतीने सदर केली आहे. कोकणातील हापूस ज्याची किमंत सोन्या एवढी, पण तेथील शेकरी हापूस पिकवतो, कष्ट करतो आणि  त्यास मातीमोल विकतो. हेच जर त्याने व्यवसाय केला तर काय होऊ शकते आणि काय काय अडचणी येतात याच गोष्टी चित्रपट सुंदर रीतीने मांडल्या आहे. सर्व कलाकार खूप तयारीचे आहेत. प्रत्येकाने काम सुंदर केले आहे. विनोद आणि सामाजिक संदेश हे उत्कृष्टरित्या सदर केले आहे.
मि यास ७/१० गुण देतो.

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Google App Inventor Opens Android Possibilities

Despite the belief of some skeptics that Google's new, free development software, App Inventor, will flood the Android market with useless apps, it's not necessarily true that this product will lower the bar for application development.

The point is, there is some truth to that old cliché, "Necessity is the mother of invention." Some of the greatest inventions came from average, everyday people with no formal education in the fields they exploited.Admittedly, some of the home-grown applications people create may be frivolous or ineffective, but take a closer look at some of the iPhone apps, such as Tickle Me, which laughs when you fondle the screen, or iBeer, which shows fat lips chugging a beer. Wow, these are useful, quality products.
In other words, you don't have to be a programmer to write programs, which is the thought behind Google App Inventor. That's especially true now that many programming languages have easy, menu-driven user interfaces that are essentially fill-in-the-blank forms; that is, the "programmer" just clicks options on the screen, and the software generates the code.
And that's what Google's App Inventor is built to do. Once you download the application, set up your computer and phone for App Inventor, then skim through the tutorials, you should see another menu driven, point-and-click--or drag-and-drop--program that generates the code for you.
Who's to say the pros have any better ideas for creating applications than the amateurs? For example, the DroidMuni app for Android devices displays schedules for the San Francisco transit system. ParkIt is an app that locates where you parked your car. Drum Kit is a fun and educational app that lets you select and play back drum sounds. All of these applications were created by students using Google App Inventor. Are the apps useless? Not to the people who ride a bus to work in San Francisco every day, or the employees who can't remember where they parked their cars, or kids striving to learn how to play the drums.
So, how does this new code generator help you and your company? The potential is endless. Employees could create apps that manage their timesheets, sales receipts, expense reports, or phone records. You and your colleagues could create apps that send custom reminders of meetings, conferences, or client deadlines. Imagine an app that sends alerts to your IT staff when hardware fails, or an app that scans your competition's Web site and sends new product information to your R&D staff. Or, more simply, you could create applications that function like macros, which record keystrokes in order to automate repetitive functions.
By contrast, creating apps for the iPhone, iPad, or the BlackBerry is left to developers with serious coding skills. As for creating apps for the planned Windows Phone 7, Microsoft released beta tools for developers today. Microsoft also touts a drag-and-drop app-creation interface in its Expression Blend 4 software, which is part of the $599 Studio 4 Ultimate package.
Although there is not an "official" release date published yet, the App Inventor site at Google Labs provides a form where you can request access to the free tool, which it says will be available in the "coming weeks".

Friday, July 16, 2010

Introduction to Drupal

After last week's blog "Drupal 6.17 released" my Non-IT friends ask me what is Drupal ?

So here I am for introducing Drupal, in minimum technical words.
Drupal is an English word from Dutch word "Droppel" which means Drop or Water Droplet. Drupal is Open Source CMS and Web based Framework. CMS is Content Management System. ( I will write a new blog to Introduce CMS ) In simple words CMS is Software which helps user to maintain his website, blog, media content without having technical knowledge of html & web.  Where adding, deleting or editing content can be mange without knowledge of HTML. Overall organizing and publishing content is easy with CMS. Framework is collection of functions or libraries, which can be used by developer to develop new application in less time & efforts. So Drupal can used any Non Technical as well as Technical user. Drupal is Open Source project started by Dries Buytaert and now it has huge community who had contributed a lot in its success. Drupal can help to develop any kind of website, blog, social networking, online shopping/ e-commerce, intranet, collaboration, knowledge management sites. Drupal written in PHP programming language. Drupal can run on many operation system like Linux, Windows, Mac. Drupal required webserver like Apache or IIS and Databse like MySQL or PostgresSQL.
Drupal have many features and with the help framework/api, Drupal can do anything in Web Technology. And for non-developer it have ready made modules ( Modules: code which provide particular feature to drupal basic software).


1. Book: Wiki like functionality where author can develop content in collaboration.
2. Clean URL: SEO ( Search Engine Optimization: Google or Bing must able find the site easily) friendly URL which are easy to remember for end user as well as easy to search by search engine instead of complex page, node id or numbers.
3. Modules:  These are like addon feature or package which is easy to install and configure. Which provide functionality which in not in core/basic Drupal.
4. Community Help: Drupal Project have many ways to help end user/developer. You can find any help from online forum/ mailing list/ irc channel/ online documentation which is maintain by Drupal Community.
Drupal have very active community which help new user to adopt it as well as always come with newer features, release, bug fixes, better support environment.
5. Open Source: As drupal is under GPL2 license, you get full source code of drupal and many other modules. Because of Open Source it have many advantages.
6. Permission System: Drupal support various level permissions on content and theme where administrator can fine tune permission on user or role.
7. Searching: Content is fully indexed, so it is searchable at very ease.

There many more features like User Management, Content Management, Blogging, Platform, Administration, Analysis, Performance and Scalability.
Still for more info visit

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Traditional Arts and Business in India | नंदी बैल, गोंधळी, वासुदेव

नंदी बैल, गोंधळी, वासुदेव हि सगळी पारंपारिक वेशातील, गावोगावी फिरून पोट भरणी लोक. हि लोक त्यांचा व्यवसाय अजूनही करतात याचे फार आचर्य वाटते, तेवढेच कौतुकहि वाटते. पण अजून दहा वर्षांनी हि लोक हा पारंपारिक व्यवसाय करत असतील का ?
मि असा व्यवसाय करणारांच्या घरी गेलेलो आहे. अठराविश्व दारिद्र काय  असते, ते तिथे दिसते. काही मिरवणूक, सभा, शोभा यात्रा, काही प्रासंगिक सांस्कृतिक कार्यक्रमात यांना बोलावले जाते. आपण सर्व त्यांच्या पाया पडतो, त्यांनी सांगितलेले भविष्य आपण खरे समजतो, त्यांनी सांगितलेले उपाय आपण प्रामाणिक पणे करून बघतो. पण यांचे भविष्य ते काय ? त्याच्यावर उपाय तो काय ?
अनेक   कार्यक्रमात video शूटिंग, प्रकाश किवां  ध्वनी  योजना  किवां इतर कोणत्याही सेवेला आपण योग्य ती किमंत देतो किवा द्यायचा आग्रह करतो. पण या पारंपारिक व्यावसायिक किवां कलाकारांना आपण योग्य तो मोबदला देत नाही.
यांच्या विषयी आदर, श्रद्धा वाटणारे अनेक जन आहेत, असतात.  पण यांच्या भाविषाचा विचार कोणालाही नसेल . देव करो आणि हि कला आणि हा व्यवसाय जगो. मला वाटतंय पुढे  जाऊन हि लोक फक्त चित्रपटात, पुस्तकात, किवां सांस्कृतिक कार्यक्रमात दिसतील . पण ती खरी कलाकार नसतील, तुम्ही आम्ही त्यांचा वेश घालून काम करत असू.

Monday, July 12, 2010

आणि स्पेनने वर्ल्ड कप जिंकला :)

गेले दोन आठवडे आम्ही मित्र फुटबॉलच्या आजाराने ग्रस्त होतो. घरच्यांना फुटबॉल काय आणि क्रिकेट काय त्यांच्या टीवी वरील मालिकांना अडचण म्हणजे अश्या स्पर्धा. बाकी काय ! अगदी सुरवातीला एखादा सामान्य फुटबॉलरसिका प्रमाणे मी ब्राझीलने जिंकावे आणि ब्राझीलच जिंकणार ( फार तर फार आर्जेन्टिना ) अशा मानसिकतेमध्ये मी होतो. पण एका  नन्तर एक असे धक्का दायक निकाल लागत गेले. पण ज्यांना युरो कप आणि इतर स्पर्धे बद्दल माहिती होती, त्यांना हे निकाल विशेष वाटले नाही. आणि प्रत्येक खेळा नंतर माझा आवडता संघ बदलत गेला. विशेषता जेव्हा Brazil and Argentina हरली तेव्हा मी नाराज झाहलो होतो. [ Nerthlands Vs Brazil (2:1) आणि  Germany Vs Argentina  (4:0) ]. नंतर काही विचारंशी, जो संघ उत्तम खेळ दाखवेल त्याला माझा पाठींबा असे मत बनले. आणि तो पर्यंत मला स्पेन विषयी विशेष माहिती नव्हती. पण ज्या दिवशी स्पेन ने जर्मनीला ( ०: १ ) हरवले , तेव्हा पासून मी माझा पाठींबा स्पेनला देऊ लागलो. त्यांची नेट वरती सर्व माहिती वाचली. त्यांच्या क्लबचा आणि युरो कप चा इतिहास वाचला. स्पेनच्या आर्थिक  संकटा विषयी सुद्धा कळाले. आणि मनोमन देवाला प्रथांना केली कि स्पेन जिंको. ( पॉल ऑक्टोपस चा भाकीत खर ठरो, जरी अश्या गोष्टीं वर माझा विश्वास नसला तरी :)
मी आणि माझे मित्र स्पेनला पाठींबा द्यायचे ठरून, खेळ बघायचे ठरवले. सुरवाती पासून दोन्ही संघ आक्रमक होते. पण गोल कोणालाच करता  येत नव्हता. काहीच्या मते खेळ रंजक नव्हता, कंटाळवाणा होता. पण माझ्या मते जसे सचिनचे एकेरी, दुहेरी धावसाठींचे फटके जसे खेळाची रंजकता आणि सुंदरता, कलामक्ता वाढवतात तसेच स्पेनचे संघाचे बॉल वरील नियंत्रण आणि सांघिक खेळ हि खेळाची गुणात्मक उंची वाढवतात. मला या संघातील नियोजन, संघिक्ता, एकमेकांकडे बॉल पास करण्याची वेळेची सूचकता यांनी विशेष प्रभावी केले. काळ खेळताना बर्याच Free Kick  (चुका), पाडा पाडी झाली. अनेकांना पिवळे  Card आणि एकाला लाल Card मिळाले. पण यात Netherlands संघाची निराशा, राग, चिडचिड दिसून येत होती. खरोखर दोन्ही संघांनी अप्रतिम खेळ केला. दोन्ही संघात चांगले आक्रमक / बचाव्त्मक खेळाडू होते. गोल रक्षकांचे तर विशेष कौतुक केले पाहिजे. तरीपण स्पेन सरस आहे हे दिसत होते. बॉल त्यांचा नियंत्रणात जास्त वेळ होता. पण खेळ जास्तीच्या वेळेपर्यंत जाऊन हि काही यश मिळत नव्हते. दोन्ही संघातील निराशा चांगलीच दिसून येत होती. Arjen Robben (Netherlands) या खेळाडूने तर referee शी हुज्जत घातली आणि त्याला पिवळे card मिळाले. हा खेळ penalty shootout मध्ये जाऊ नये हीच इच्छा होती.  Nerthlands च्या अनेक आक्रमक चाली हाणून पडल्या. त्यांनीच बर्याच चुका केल्या. त्यांचे खेळाडू एकटेच पुढेजाऊन गोल करण्याचा प्रयत्न करत होते. ते अज्जिबात पासिंग करत नव्हते. आणि त्यांचे सर्व प्रयत्न वाया जायचे.
स्पेनचा  David Villa आणि Netherlands चा  Wesley Sneijder  यासारखे Golden Boot चे दावेदार सुद्धा काही करू शकत नव्हते. १५  मिनिटांचा वेळ दोनदा वाढूनही कोणीही गोल करू शकत नव्हते. हि लढाई अति तटीची होती. प्रत्येक क्षण मी श्वास रोखून बघत होतो. एवढ्यात एक जोरदार चाल स्पेनच्या खेळाडूंनी केली, त्यात गती, उत्स्हः, नियंत्रण, चापल्य, समतोल, संयम या सर्व गुणांनी उक्त अशी ती खेळी / चाल होती. आणि अगदी शेवटच्या क्षणाला Andres Iniesta  या  खेळाडूने गोल केला आणि मी जोरात आनंदाने ओरडलो :)  काय गोल होता तो ?? आंद्रेस ने T-Shirt काढून आनंद व्यक्त केला. मी सुद्धा सुटकेचा श्वास सोडला. जवळ जवळ २-३ तास  ज्याची वाट बघत  होतो, तो गोल खेळाच्या ११६ व्या मिनिटाला झाला होता.
आणि स्पेनने वर्ल्ड कप जिंकला :)

Highlights/Videos from Spain FIFA world cup 2010 victory over Netherlands

Highlights/Videos from Spain FIFA world cup 2010 victory over Netherlands
( Low quality video from my Mobile )

K'naan's Wavin Flag is better than Shakira's Waka Waka

I just enjoy a lot with this video song from K'naan and FIFA world cup. Great Music !!! Great Lyrics !!!
Instead of Shakira's "Waka Waka" I feel K'naan's "Wavin' Flag" is any time superior song.

This world cup I will remember for long years. Amazing and unexpected matches. Super performance.
I truly believe that Football is for Hope.

Spain Wins the World Cup 2010 !!!

Spain wins FIFA World Cup 2010 against Netherlands :)

Match was really touch :D    Netherlands    0    :    1    Spain.

Credits goes  to Andres Iniesta & Spain team for this result.
More info about Iniesta at FIFA page
He is the Hero for Spain. I hope this win will help Spain to recover from economic crisis. My best wishes are with Spain.

Friday, July 09, 2010

Drupal 6.17 released

Drupal 6.17, a maintenance release fixing issues reported through the bug tracking system, is now available for download. There are no security fixes in this release. Upgrading your existing Drupal 6 sites is recommended. For more information about the Drupal 6.x release series, consult the Drupal 6.0 release announcement.

Drupal 6.17 can be downloaded at
Highlights of changes in this release include improvements of session cookie handling, better processing of big XML-RPC payloads, improved PostgreSQL compatibility, better PHP 5.3 and PHP 4 compatibility, improved Japanese support in search module, better browser compatibility of CSS and JS aggregation and improved logging for login failures. An incompatibility of Drupal 6.16's new lock subsystem with some contributed modules was also resolved. In total there were about 55 patches committed to improve Drupal 6.

Monday, July 05, 2010

Google plans Android expansion in India, China

Google Inc. plans to push its Android mobile software in India and China, and is exploring ways for developers to make more money from applications, stepping up competition with Apple and Nokia.

To attract programmers to its Android operating system, Google may offer tools that help them sell subscriptions, virtual goods and other items from within applications on mobile phones, Andy Rubin, vice president of engineering at Google, said in an interview.
The company also intends to put its Android operating system on lower-priced phones made by Huawei Technologies Co. and LG Electronics Inc. in parts of Asia and Europe, where it's taking on Nokia, the mobile market leader.
"The down-market opportunity is about to happen," Rubin said. "It's actually quite a revolution."
Android is part of Google's strategy to get more of its software on mobile devices, opening up new opportunities to sell advertising - its main source of revenue. The total mobile-ad market will grow to $13.5 billion in 2013 from less than $1 billion last year, according to research firm Gartner Inc. in Stamford, Conn.
Google, based in Mountain View, lags behind Apple in mobile apps, which are a growing platform for ads and help attract consumers to devices. Android users have about 65,000 apps available, less than a third of the more than 200,000 Apple programs.

Google is taking steps to rev up Android's growth. Increased presence in new markets such as South Korea helped drive up the number of users who activated Android devices to 160,000 a day in June, up from 100,000 in May, the company said. Sixty-nine percent of Android-based phones sold in the first quarter were in the U.S. market.
"We are definitely in the hockey stick," said Rubin, referring to Android's growth pattern. Gartner predicts that Android will leapfrog Apple's iOS by 2012 to become the world's second-most-popular mobile operating system behind Nokia-supported Symbian.
Google also is increasing incentives for app developers. It's exploring ways for programmers to make more money from their software, such as by making it easier to accept payments within the apps or sell subscriptions, Rubin said.
That provides a way for consumers to purchase new game levels, virtual weapons and monthly subscriptions to digital magazines. Apple added similar features to the iPhone in 2009.
Most Android developers still make money from ads being placed within their apps or from one-time fees. That makes it harder for them to earn as much as their Apple counterparts. Of the $4.4 billion consumers will spend on app downloads this year, Apple's App Store will receive at least 77 percent of the revenue, according to Futuresource Consulting in Dunstable, England. Android Market will collect 9 percent.
Natalie Harrison, a spokeswoman for Apple, based in Cupertino, didn't return a call seeking comment.
While businesses like eBay Inc.'s PayPal already offer in-app payments tools for Android developers, dealing with multiple companies increases the complexity, Rubin said. Since starting its in-app payments tool on May 19, PayPal has had more than 1,000 developers download it, said Osama Bedier, a vice president at PayPal. Most of the developers came from China.
Google is also helping handset makers like Huawei in China and LG in South Korea offer cheaper Android-based smart phones, Rubin said. Huawei, the biggest maker of wireless equipment for carriers in China, unveiled four Android phones and an Android-based tablet in February.
Smaller Chinese manufacturers, which make up about 10 percent of the global phone supply, are also adopting Android, seeking to gain share with lower-priced devices.

Friday, July 02, 2010

PuneTech:6 events in next 4 days: science, maths, cleantech, IP and open source

PuneTech:6 events in next 4 days: science, maths, cleantech, IP and open source

Link to PuneTech

Posted: 01 Jul 2010 08:25 PM PDT
The events in Pune in the next four days are a great example of the diversity of Pune in the "science and technology" sector. Far too often, we assume that technology means software technology, but Pune does have much more. NCL is one of the top institutes in the country for chemical technology, and has a history of coming up with chemical science breakthroughs that make it into commercial products. Today, a scientist from NCL will give a talk on the patent and other intellectual property issues that scientists and small businesses should know about. The Bhaskaracharya Pratishthana is a great institute of Mathematics, and it regularly schedules very interesting talks for people interested in Mathematics. (And if you're a software engineer who is not interested in Mathematics, you should be ashamed of yourself.) Monday will have a talk on probiotics – the use of bacteria and other micro-organisms in industrial waste treatements and other cleantech. And by the way, if you're interested in finding out what other world-class institutions Pune has, (and it's a huge number!), check out PuneTech's top ranked websites of Pune page.
Click on the logo to get all PuneTech articles about events in Pune
Click on the logo to get all PuneTech articles about events in Pune
And all of this is in addition to our usual talks on open source (the Pune Linux Users Group), issues for small startups (the Pune Open Coffee Club), and Microsoft Technologies (the Pune User Group).
This weekend – try to get exposure to a different science & technology community than the one you normally hang out with.
Here are the details:
Posted: 29 Jun 2010 11:08 PM PDT
Professor Sridharan, Chennai Mathematical Institute, Chennai, will
give a lecture at Bhaskaracharya Pratishthana.
Topic: Differences in Style but not in Substance: Ancient Indian
Combinatorial Methods
This lecture is free for all to attend. No registration required.
Posted: 29 Jun 2010 09:21 PM PDT
PuneCleanTech is proud to present an enlightening talk on 'Probiotics in CleanTech' on July 5th, 2010 at 4:00pm at the NCL Innovation Center. The talk will be presented by Dr. Pillai, a renowned authority on the subject. This event is supported by Fusiontech Ventures and NCL Venture Center.
As you know, Probiotics is the use of beneficial micro-organisms to increase the health, vitality and efficiency of various animal processes. The same techniques can be applied to Industrial activity in areas such as soil remediation, effluent treatment, waste management etc. The talk will focus on such applications of Probiotics.
The talk will be suitable for all entities that are actively dealing with such technologies (such as Praj) or might benefit from their applications to industrial and municipal waste management. As a result, institutions such as MCCIA and Pune Municipal Corporation might benefit from this talk. If you agree, please canvass it within your or affiliated organizations.
This broad-ranging talk should be interesting also for concerned citizenry (such as ecological society) and the scientific/technological elites (such as NCL), as well as, educational and research institutes.
As always, the talk is free but the seating is limited to first 60 people. There is no RSVP and the seating will be on a 'first at the door gets the first chair' basis :-)
Posted: 29 Jun 2010 09:18 PM PDT
Dr. Nitin Tiwari, a scientist with NCL and part of the NCL IP Group will talk about Intellectual Property. The focus will be general awareness of IP for small and medium enterprises.
This is a free event . It is open to all
Posted: 29 Jun 2010 09:15 PM PDT
Are the following significant problem areas for your startup?
* Non-payment from clients who have already taken delivery (ITES, other domains)
* Intellectual Property (trademark violations, copyright enforcement)
* Industry Ethics, price cutting by competitors (who then don't deliver quality)
Our next meetup is focused on how entrepreneurs deal with these issues.
Attending Counsels:
Kaushik Kute
This is a free event. Anybody can attend. Register here:
Posted: 29 Jun 2010 09:11 PM PDT
PLUG meeting for July is scheduled on Saturday 3rd July, 4 pm @ SICSR
These are the details:
Location: SICSR, Atur Centre, Model Colony.
Room No 704. 7th floor ( room no. may change )
Time: 4 pm
1. We will have a talk on distributed version control and TeamGit by
Abhijit Bhopatkar. Abhijit Bhopatkar is the author of TeamGit
Audience: Anyone interested in version control
(, TeamGit, and/or
contributing to an interesting Qt project.
2. Open discussion and QA session
This event is free for all to attend. No registration required.
Posted: 29 Jun 2010 07:24 PM PDT
9:00am – 9:30am Registration
9.30am – 9.45am Tea Break
09.45am – 10.00am Keynote
10:00am – 11:00am What's new in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP 1 – Aviraj Ajgekar
11.00am – 12.00pm Setting Up Remote Access Service on Windows Server 2008 R2 for VPN – Dev Chaudhari
12.00pm – 01.00pm Lunch
01.00pm – 02.00pm Introduction to Forefront Identity Manager 2010 – Mayur Deshpande
02.00pm – 03.00pm Deploying application using Application Virtualization (App-V) – Ninad Doshi
03:00pm – 04:00pm Tea Break & Networking
This event is free for all to attend. Register here: