Friday, June 10

Gfleet & more - Clean Energy by Google

While research on cutting edge computing technology or even self driven cars is a business necessity , Google's contributions as CSR, in education & non profit, health & environment are impressive and praise worthy. 

It is heartening to see Google investing in EVs and engaging its employees in its efforts to contain emmisions in the present day. A fleet of Chevy volts & Nissan Leafs and free charging at work. Wow! 

At the other end, most who claim to be green, don't even insist for CNG vehicles while contracting the hundreds of cars used for employee commute. 

Google is keen on clean energy, which is bound to become a future business advantage,  and is making big investments to seed this nascent industry. 

If Google's peers and top corporates commit with similar passion, we can certainly develop far more efficient and viable energy alternatives. 
Apart from climate change, this can end oil dependency and maybe even dry up funds of Islamist terrorist groups!

Thursday, June 9

NGP is now PlayStation Vita

NGP is now PlayStation Vita, Starting at $249

Sony during their 2011 E3 press conference proudly unveiled an incredible 2011 software lineup and amazing new PS3 peripherals, and also shed new light on highly anticipated handheld gaming device, officially named PlayStation Vita (PS Vita). “Vita,” which means “Life” in Latin, They chosen as the name for their next-generation portable entertainment system because it enables a revolutionary combination of rich gaming and social connectivity within a real world context.

Successively launching in the global market for $249 starting the end of this year, PS Vita incorporates a beautiful 5-inch multi-touch organic light emitting diode (OLED) as the front display and a unique multi-touch pad on the rear. Two analog sticks enable a wider range of game genres. Together with the front touch screen and the rear touch pad, And one of my favorite is the front and rear cameras which will enable you to take your pictures to use as Avtar in the games and might be some video conferenscing in the future, PS Vita offers new gameplay, enabling entirely new experiences.

With mobile connectivity playing a huge role in PS Vita’s interactive experience, They also announced a partnership with AT&T, which powers the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network, who will serve as the exclusive service provider for PS Vita in the United States. By having both Wi-Fi and 3G/Wi-Fi models available, PS Vita will enable infinite possibilities for you to “encounter,” “connect,” “discover,” “share” and “play” with your friends wherever they are.

The excitement doesn’t stop there. With the official North American unveiling of PlayStation Vita also comes the introduction of an extensive line-up of software for the platform. PS Vita’s launch lineup is a force to be reckoned with, featuring exciting and attractive new titles from SCE Worldwide Studios, including UNCHARTED: Golden Abyss, LittleBigPlanet, and Ruin (working title), which utilize PS Vita’s groundbreaking technology to make unprecedented immersive, interactive and social game play available on-the-go. In addition, titles such as Little Deviants, Hot Shots Golf, Reality Fighter, Hustle Kings, ModNation Racers, Wipeout, Super Stardust Delta and a broad range of third-party game developers and publishers make use of PS Vita’s unique feature set. We can let all of you know that the biggest and best 1st and 3rd party gaming franchises will be coming to PS Vita.

Further enhancing your entertainment experience are new PS Vita features, such as “LiveArea,” an interactive space for each PS Vita software title that allows you to access the latest game information through PlayStation Network; “near,” a pre-installed application that lets you see what other PS Vita users in the vicinity are playing; “Party,” which lets you voice chat or text chat while playing games or using the Internet browser; and “Welcome Park,” a tutorial application designed specifically to guide you through PS Vita’s new user interface.

In a PlayStation Vita session for European and Australian press at E3 today, Michael Denny, Sony's Vice President of Sony Worldwide Studios Europe, confirmed that - to the best of his knowledge - Vita would be region free.

This means games from any region will play on systems from any region. This is in line with the PlayStation 3 - which is also region free, but not with the 3DS, which has region restrictions. Good news for PlayStation fans who want to check out niche Japanese titles or purchase games while travelling.

There will be two models of Vita:

Wi-Fi Model: 24,980 Yen (including tax), $249 and euro 249

3G/Wi-Fi Model: 29,980 Yen (including tax), $299 and euro 299

Sony said the Vita will launch "in global market starting the end of 2011."


Wednesday, June 8

Talent Wars

The social + cloud breed is leading in the battle for talent as Facebook , linkedin zygna & likes lure top quality brains from the super stars of last decade.

While the Giants , Google and Microsoft, continue to attract talent, they are loosing em at a much rate even after taking unprecidented actions to contain this erosion. Social jobsite topprospect released the stats based on their user data and its clear that now all roads ends at Facebook.

Just 2 years back, being at googleplex was THE dream for every developer.  Maybe Facebook is the new Google.

Check the full analysis on this techcrunch post.

VIA techcrunch & topprospect


Saturday, June 4

Samsung Galaxy S II - Neat!

S2 can be summed up as an incredible screen mounted on a wafer thin phone with a ridiculously flimsy plastic packing.

It's almost a engineering marvel. It's more of a large screen with built in phone rather than being a phone with large screen.  Its so light it feels like holding a floppy disk (poor guy, extinct). A desire HD battery would probably weigh more than this device.

With a dual core processor n super AMOLED Plus screen, the only downside I see is : no Nvidia Tegra2 awesomeness and this phone cannot substitute a paper weight!

The best ever paper weight fone would be iPhone 4 followed by Droids n dHD :-)


Friday, June 3

Bad times continue for Sony

Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Go Back in the Water... Sony Pictures Hacked

Just as PSN was brought back to life, Sony gets yet another blow, rather a deadly hacker punch.

Sony Pictures was targetted and the hacker group claims to have breached its security  and gaining access to user account and other data.

With 75000 user accounts being compromised along with tons of music coupons, Sony is still working on a decent press statement .

The question is

- didn't Sony have a decent security system in place , especially after the PSN breach?

Or is it that

- Sony has a system at par with similar businesses like xboxlive or  itunes and its just bad luck that the hackers chose Sony over others?

While Sony sees a new low, thanks to the hackers, IT Security vendors are certainly going to beat market expectations for q3 q4


Thursday, June 2

Google ChromeBook by Samsung on sale

The first netbook from Google using Chrome OS goes on sale from June 15th of 2011.

Built by Samsung, the ChromeBook series 5, comes with built-in 3g  and will be available on Verizon network for $499.

For all Chrome ethusiasts who showed interest in the earlier  prototype, Google has arranged a special invitation only sale that begins today VIA premier shopping site - GILT and it includes a special edition sleeve from Rickshaw

The device comes with rather humble specs and thankfully Google doesn't claim it to be a super netbook unlike their super phone Nexus One.

• 12.1" (1280x800) Display
• 3.26 lbs / 1.48 kg
• Up to 8.5 hours of continuous usage*
• Intel Dual-Core Processor
• Built in dual-band Wi-Fi and World-mode 3G**
• HD Webcam
• 2 USB 2.0 ports
• 4-in-1 memory card slot
• Mini-VGA port
• Fullsize Chrome keyboard
• Oversized, fully-clickable trackpad

Chromebook Series 5 3G models include up to 100MB per month of Mobile Broadband service included with device for 2 years, provided by Verizon.

Also available are an unlimited day pass for just $9.99 and pay-as-you-go rates that don't require any long-term contracts.

What needs to be seen is, whether there are any worthwhile advantages a Chrome OS netbook can have when compared to Android devices of similar form factor.

Will Chrome OS and Android OS co exist ?

Android had such a great year that it finding itself in devices much bigger than what must have been orginally intended. 

Combined with Android app ecosystem, an android based netbook is more appealing than a Chrome book , well that's if at all some one needs a netbook now!

It's like the pool drained away just as you dived!

As Google is still going ahead with Chrome OS, there should be reasons, maybe reasons not comprehensible to the avg man.