- Apple Beat Google in US Smartphone Market
- 10 Health Gadgets for 2012
- HTC’s surprises for MWC 2012
- Nokia Lumia 900 Coming to India
- e-tutor, India’s First Cloud-based Tablet Solution Launched
- Now a Satellite to Track Down People in Distress!
- Teach Your Child About Money
- Dow row: London Olympics Ethics Commissioner Quits
Posted: 26 Jan 2012 09:38 PM PST
Apple’s iOS overtook Google’s Android to become the leading smartphone platform in the US in the fourth quarter of 2011, thanks to strong demand for its latest iPhone model, a study said Wednesday.
In October-December quarter last year, Apple’s share of the US smartphone market doubled from a year earlier to 44.9 percent, while Android’s share fell from 50 percent to 44.8 percent in the same period, according to market research firm Kantar Worldpanel.
While Android retains global smartphone crown, Apple is now growing at a faster rate, driven by the launch of its latest iPhone 4S model in October last year, Kantar Worldpanel noted.
“Overall, Apple sales are now growing at a faster rate than Android across the nine countries we cover,” Xinhua reported quoting Dominic Sunnebo, global consumer insight director at the research firm.
Apple posted better-than-expected quarterly results Tuesday, saying it sold a record-breaking 37.04 million units of iPhone in total in the fourth quarter last year, an increase of 128 percent over the year-ago period.
Posted: 26 Jan 2012 09:35 PM PST
Technology is penetrating into the health industry in a faster phase. Some innovative technologies are trying to make to healthier through your smartphones and tablets. Have a looks at these health gadgets which are going to fight with each other to make you live more in the coming years.
Fitbit Smart Scale:
Fitness Evolved headphones:
Smart Baby Scale:
Mobile MIM 3.0:
Wahoo heart rate monitor:
Posted: 26 Jan 2012 09:30 PM PST
Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 on February 27 in Barcelona is one of the most important annual events for the global technology giants. This year's MWC will be coming up with new interesting and innovative mobiles from various mobile manufacturers such as Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Motorola, LG, HTC, Nokia and many more.
1. HTC Edge
2. HTC Ville
3. HTC Primo
4. HTC Quattro
Posted: 26 Jan 2012 09:27 PM PST
Nokia's latest Windows Phone based smartphone Lumia 900 will be available in India till June.
The Nokia Lumia 900 has an admirable design which is slightly resembles the previous version of Nokia Lumia 800. The smartphone sports 4.3 inch touchscreen AMOLED ClearBlack display at 800×480 pixels of resolution.
Posted: 26 Jan 2012 09:24 PM PST
Sam Pitroda, advisor to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Wednesday launched the country’s first cloud-based tablet solution for school students called ‘e-tutor tablet’.
This can be used by students from Class 1 to 12.
Priced at Rs 7,500, inclusive of content, the product would be available in the market from April onwards.
The e-tutor tablet is a joint effort of Technopark-based e-tutor and Oztern Technology.
Ranjith Balan, founder and managing director of e-tutor, said that this will be the first complete solution for education to be made available on Tablet PCs.
“The teacher can easily explain concepts using the digital whiteboard that is set up in the Tablet PC. Using e-tutor learning tablet the students can access what was taught in the classroom and can also access the collaborative learning platform for discussions on relevant topics taught in the classroom,” said Balan.
The product is also aimed at making internet a safer place for children. E-tutor tablet safeguards the connectivity from the personalized Tablets PCs provided as a part of the solution, and restrict it to connect to internet only through the synchronization module in the product.
Detailing on the technology, Saiju V. Stella, CEO of Oztern Technology, said cloud computing technology can bring about a major leap in the way technology is being used in the educational sector.
“Most of the technology products available in the market today for education act as teaching aids rather than learning aids. Cloud computing also fulfills another major social commitment by reducing the carbon emissions, from dedicated servers and data centres that consume huge amounts of energy, thus making computing more energy efficient and green,” said Stella.
Lessons will be made available to the learner through personalised Tablet PCs, and regular content updates will be made available through a unique cloud – tablet synch mechanism, thus making sure that the device connects only to the relevant locations to access content.
Rajinish Menon, director, Business Strategy and Operations, Microsoft, who was present at the occasion, expressed his happiness to see partners like Oztern coming up with innovative solutions in the education sector using Microsoft Windows Azure which is Microsoft’s cloud computing infrastructure.
Cloud computing is a technology that uses internet and central remote servers to maintain data and applications. Cloud computing allows consumers and businesses to use applications without installation and access their personal files at any computer with internet access. This technology allows for much more efficient computing by centralising storage, memory, processing and bandwidth.
Posted: 26 Jan 2012 09:21 PM PST
Israeli scientists are developing miniature satellites that can identify people in distress.
Experts at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology aim to launch three small satellites weighing six kg each to orbit earth at an altitude of 600 km for one year.
Once in orbit, the satellites would pinpoint people showing signs of distress, Xinhua reported quoting the daily Ma’ariv Wednesday.
The orbiters will also help conduct surveillance of birds’ migratory patterns across the globe, among other missions.
Project head Pini Gurfil received a $2.1-million grant from the European Research Council last June to develop Disaggregated Spacecraft Architectures (DSA), a method for launching satellites in separate components.
After reaching their designated altitude, these unattached components would cluster together and communicate wirelessly to form a complete satellite.
The researchers’ ultimate goal is to develop technology that will enable flight in a DSA formation.
“This is the first time ever that an attempt will be made to launch three satellites, which will fly together in a unified formation,” Gurfil told Ma’ariv.
“A launching of this kind has not been possible until now due to the size and weight of the satellites and other problems,” he said.
As part of the experiment, the satellites will be equipped with a specially-designed propulsion system that will assist in maintaining the flight formation for an extended period of time. Once in space, the satellites will attempt to receive signals from earth and calculate their origin.
The project will be officially inaugurated next week at the 7th annual Ilan Ramon Space Conference near Tel Aviv, which will be attended by representatives of international space agencies and leading space experts. Technion researchers have set 2015 as the deadline for a launch.
Gurfil said that if successful, the experiment would be significant to the development of miniature satellites and technologies that seek to miniaturize electronic components for civilian applications.
Posted: 26 Jan 2012 09:17 PM PST
'A penny saved is a penny earned' makes the same sense to children as it does to adults. So, it becomes exceedingly important for parents to teach their kids about money, its importance and about saving and investing it. With the economies of the world talking about various economics terms, kids might become curious about what they hear. So, explaining them in basic terms about money and managing it is always a good deal. Here are some do's and don't's given by SmartMoney to teach our kids about moolah –
Discuss More Often About Money – Talking to our children about money properly is a challenging but mandatory task. Making them understand the importance of starting on early savings is a good option. However, one must know that teaching them about money can be tricky. They must learn the importance of money but not get blinded by it. No one would want another Scrooge after all. Inculcating the importance of money is not a destination but a journey. So, parents must be patient about this tedious, yet fruitful process.
Teach to Attempt at Earning Money Themselves – One is not advising children to go and look for part-time job or anything. This highlights the fact that saving money and spending it wisely from an early age is going to become a very good habit as an adult. When kids will learn that money is hard to ear but moderately easy to save, they themselves will ask their parents about what they want to do with their share of money. This is again a tricky area and needs to be dealt with patience. Remember, kids will not listen to you in the first go. Be patient, make them learn using terms they are comfortable with and never forget that this takes time. Never expect overnight results.
Coach Them About Investing – Investments are an inevitable part of life. We make an investment each and every day. These need be just monetary ones but philosophical ones as well. We invest in our lives, our loved ones and our work. These investments teach us that a little progress everyday reaps great rewards. Kids must be taught this important life lesson as well. Being a good role-model in this sphere is extremely important as kids learn from parents.
Steer Clear Of – As parents, we tend to overdo certain things and our kids will do the same when they themselves become parents too. It's like a parent gene to interfere in certain matters of our children because we care. However, this is not a good deal all the time. Remember that not all our fingers are of the same size but each is important to perform daily tasks. So, kids need to do their own thing and learn what goes best for them, be it their clothes, toys or ways of saving money. Interfere only if things go awry and otherwise not.
Posted: 26 Jan 2012 09:11 PM PST
Sustainability Commissioner to the London 2012 Olympics, Meredith Alexander, quit on Thursday in protest of the sponsorship deal with Dow Chemical Company for its connection to the Bhopal gas disaster. Alexander was appointed by Mayor of London Boris Johnson to monitor the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).
Alexander, head of trade and corporates at the charity Action Aid told the Commission for a Sustainable London 2012 that she could no longer remain in the unpaid post given LOCOG’s refusal to end the association.
She was one of 13 commissioners.
“I don’t want to be party to a defence of Dow Chemicals, the company responsible for one of the worst corporate human rights violations in my generation. It is appalling that 27 years on, the site has still not been cleaned up and thousands upon thousands of people are still suffering.
“I believe people should be free to enjoy London 2012 without this toxic legacy on their conscience,” she said.
Welcoming Alexander’s resignation, Amnesty International said the London 2012 Olympic organisers must admit their mistake in awarding the lucrative seven million pound contract to the Dow Chemical Company.
Dow Chemical owns US-based Union Carbide Corporation (UCC), the company that held a majority share in the Indian subsidiary that owned and operated the UCC plant responsible for the 1984 gas leak disaster, which killed thousands of people.
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