10 Feb

Google Buzz! Will it really Buzz?

Google has launched its latest in social networking Google Buzz. This puts Google in direct competition with the top shots like Twitter.

Our belief is that organizing the social information on the web — finding relevance in the noise — has become a large-scale challenge, one that Google’s experience in organizing information can help solve. We’ve recently launched innovations like real-time search and Social Search, and today we’re taking another big step with the introduction of a new product, Google Buzz.

From Google Blog

Now the million dollar question that arises is, will it really buzz? I don’t have the answer as I am still waiting for my account to be activated with buzz. But I tried it on my iphone and was not too impressive. Will use it more and comment again here! Will appreciate your comments.

07 Jan

Netflix and Warner Bros. deal: They win we loose!

Netflix

Netflix

Online DVD rental pioneer Netflix Inc.  has reached a new deal with Warner Bros. As per the agreement Netflix will wait 28 days before offering any of the Warner Bros. new release DVDs to its customers.

The Winners are:

Netflix

  • Warner Bros. Netflixgets discount on Warner Bros. titles
  • gets rights to stream many additional movies
  • gets many old movies/series that are currently not a part of their library.

Warner Bros.

  • As nearly 75% of the DVD sales are made in the first month of the release, this will ensure that Warner Bros. sell enough of DVDs.

Here we loose:

Customer

  • Wait for 28 days (most probably more as everyone cannot get it at the same time, limited copies) or go out and buy DVD
  • Watch a handful of old movies (similar to what is done by most renting companies in India as they all have a limited library and that too with more old titles)

What are you going to do now? Bear the frustration/ Move to someone else (Blockbuster etc.)

06 Jan

Google Superphone “Nexus One” is official

Finally Google and HTC have officially revealed the SuperPhone (as called by Google). It has been many weeks of rumors and leaks as everyone was anxious to know about this cool thing. It is a android Smartphone being pushed to the market as the first real android competitor for Apple’s iPhone.

Manufactured by HTC, the Nexus One features dynamic noise suppression from Audience, Inc., a large 3.7″ OLED display for deep contrast and brilliant colors and a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon™ chipset for blazing speeds. Running on Android 2.1, the newest version of Eclair, the software includes innovations like a voice-enabled keyboard so you can speak into any text field, fun Live Wallpapers, a 3D photo gallery for richer media experiences and lots more. Of course, it also comes with a host of popular Google applications, including Gmail, Google Voice and Google Maps Navigation. [Source: Google Blog]

VITAL SPECIFICATIONs: (more details ):

Processor

Qualcomm QSD 8250 1 GHz

Operating system

Android Mobile Technology Platform 2.1

Capacity

512MB Flash

512MB RAM

4GB Micro SD Card (Expandable to 32 GB)

Location

Assisted global positioning system (AGPS) receiver

Cell tower and Wi-Fi positioning

Digital compass

Accelerometer

Display

3.7-inch (diagonal) widescreen WVGA AMOLED touchscreen

800 x 480 pixels

100,000:1 typical contrast ratio

Camera & Flash

5 megapixels

2X digital zoom

LED flash

Video captured at 720×480 pixels at 20 frames per second or higher, depending on lighting conditions

Cellular & Wireless

UMTS Band 1/4/8 (2100/AWS/900)

HSDPA 7.2Mbps

HSUPA 2Mbps

GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)

Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n)

Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR

A2DP stereo Bluetooth

AVAILABILITY:

It is available at the Google web storeGoogle.com/Phone with following options:

  • $179 on T Mobile with a two-year contract.
  • $529 no contract- no carrier, Only phone
  • Coming on Verizon in Spring 2010.
  • Vodafone will launch this in Europe very soon