Monday, December 22

N97 unveiled

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Wow.. so the ultimate device for mobile 2.0 arrives?


The N 97, first qwerty for Nokia in N series line up and this one comes with S60 5th generation touch screen interface. Claims to have the biggest memory (upto 48 gb) and the best in multimedia capabilities including the DVD quality recording and playback and its seamless integration with Ovi.com service.

Highlights
  • 640x360 resistive touchscreen
  • qwerty keyboard slider
  • customizable desktop widgets
  • 32GB of on-board memory
  • Maps 3.0 app and a compass
  • e to begin shipping in the first half of 2009 at an estimated retail price of EUR 550 before taxes or subsidies.

Setting aside the 5 mp camera and big screen with horizontal qwerty keyboard, whether N97 can take on iPhone in user interface needs to be seen. Gizmodo's report already indicates a not so perfect touch screen response.


HTC touch diamond, SE experia, Blackberry Storm and many more tried to out do Apple iPhone with more features and hardware but failed to make a serious dent to iPhone's leadership in Lifestyle device segment.
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Expected to hit EU and Asian markets in H1 2009, this might reach US by the second half or 09. And Mr. Jobs would be announcing iPhone 3.0 by that time.


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Techmeme - Nokia N 97




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Thursday, December 18

God of War 3 - VGA Trailer (HD)

Just awesome!!! The world's best game series is going HD. The fifth one in God of War series - God of war III is the most anticipated game for year 09 and is exclusive to PS3
Kratos takes on mighty Zeus himself.

This is one game that will extract the full potential of PS3's hardware and blue ray discGhost of Sparta in high definition is going to be the new bench mark in console gaming and can tilt the console war in favor of Sony.
Check out this video on YouTube:http://www.youtube.com/watchv=WKtWwEmJoqI

Watch the HD version of this video. This GOW III teaser gives a preview to the new weapons, moves and the game environment. Its just awesome.
Sent from my iPhone
Jammy

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Sunday, December 14

vurnerable like a Goliath

Google Maps HybridImage by Telendro via Flickr
There is a big debate going on the misuse of tools like Google maps and messaging platforms like twitter by terrorist organisations. Many have called for restricting the availibility of google maps and similar services including global positioning systems. 
Instead of being restrictive like Taliban, we should use the same technology and information to our advantage. Had mumbai police been better equiped with gps and similar navigational and command n control aids, we might have possibly save more lives. From managing traffic for quick movement of armed forces and fire engines to locating and alerting the nearest police team, the scope is endless. 
We should be using our edge in IT in building an intelligent survillence network that can cover our huge shoreline and the porous borders with pak and bangladesh. 
Make it mandatory to have gps onboard all small n large vessels for entering indian waters. We have every right to know who enters n exits. If there is a deviation from pre declared routes, then our survillence software can alert the nearest coastguard vessel. 
Such an approach to adopting technology to leverage the best of our existing infrastructure would be far more productive than investing 100s of billions in an aged russian aircraft carrier.
Our enemy is not one country anymore. What we are dealing with is a small agile group of perverts who probably have more funding than the whole of Indian army. They remain so small and obscure that they still manage to evade even american search lenses. Like micro organisms they disperse and regroup across the globe, like mutants, they strike in different locations in different forms.
Our intelligence networks and security setups were designed for the coldwar period, for spying on countries, to fight invasions. Infront of these small groups, we stand vurnerable, like GOLIATH.
We must embrace technology to be one step ahead of terror groups.  Else all our measures to combat terrorist threats will be only reactive and cannot pre empt such an event.


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A Restrictive mindset wont help fight terror

I read an article about an advocate filing a public interest litigation against google n similar saterlite imagery based mapping services, sighting use for terrorist activities!
Wtf
They are just providing information that already exists in public domain. Gmaps increased accesability of information. Detailed hardcopy maps have always been available for purchase at any bookstore since ages.
Technology has always been a Two sided coin. This debate has been going from the day man started using science to his advantage. Probably from the time man tamed fire. Atomic energy has been the subject of another major debate.
Registering case against google cause gmaps were used by terrorist is ridiculous. would someone register a case against cycle manufacturers cause cycles were used for the serials blasts across our country a few months back? Nor do we think of stop making planes because it was used for 9 / 11.
We should be using our edge in IT in building an intelligent survillence network that can cover our huge shoreline and the porous borders with pak and bangladesh.
Such an approach to adopting technology to leverage the best of our existing infrastructure would be far more productive than investing 100s of billions in an aged russian aircraft carrier.
What you and I can do for better security?
CO Operate. Co operate with security agencies, follow their guidelines while hiring a servant or while renting out an apartment.
AND VOTE. Exercising one's right to vote is now also one's duty to society and the Nation.
Arun

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