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The much awaited OLED TV to launch in 2012

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In the CES 2012, electronics majors Samsung and LG shows off the much awaited OLED TV. These TVs use organic light-emitting diode (OLED) screens which can make the screens extremely thin. It is the latest technology in the field of televisions which was in research since many years. The picture quality of OLED TV is simply awesome and can present highly saturated colors and a nearly perfect black.

It will be now interesting to see who will first launch this amazing TV. LG is believed to be launching it near the fourth quarter of this year while Samsung has still not revealed any tentative dates. But, as Samsung is already a global leader in the TV segment, it can be expected that Samsung will once again lead the market by launching it before anyone else. Though, it is also possible that LG might be playing a game by giving a tentative date and may launch it much before that to beat the Samsung’s plan. Well, that we will come to know in the days to come. So, for now let’s wait till the next big announcement comes.

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Best Gadgets of 2011

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2011 was certainly the year of ‘Gadgets’. Almost all electronic giants launched some of their best products and fascinate the world by the innovations. Below are some of the best gadgets that were launched in the year 2011:

  • Samsung Galaxy S II – Galaxy S II, the phone which runs on Android 2.3 operating system is a combination of great looks and ultimate performance with 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen and dual-core 1.2 GHz processor.
  • Apple iPad 2 – Apple launched its second generation iPad – the iPad 2 which is much faster than the previous one and includes front and back cameras.

  • Nintendo 3DS – Nintendo launched the first gaming console that can provide the stereoscopic 3D effects without the use of 3D glasses.
  • Sony PS Vita – Sony recently launched its latest PlayStation ‘Vita’, which has touch-interface with front and back cameras. It also has two knob-like joysticks and gamers can even connect over cell phone networks and Wi-Fi hotspots.
  • Kindle Fire – The Kindle Fire is like an all-purpose computer than an e-reader which is the first full-color, touch-screen Kindle. You can watch movies, play games, surf web-pages and do whatever you like to do apart from reading your favorite books.

Though, all these gadgets were launched in 2011 but they will also remain popular in 2012.

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India to give tough competition to Apple and tablet PC makers

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India is all set to manufacture Tablet PC, which will be a low cost computing-cum-access device. The expected price of the model is going to be around $35. The union minister for Human Resource Development, Mr. Kapil Sibal told that price may further get reduced to $20 and eventually to around $10.

Indian Tablet PC

He also states the primary aim is to provide these low cost devices to students and teachers of all colleges and universities, which will enable them to gain access to high-quality digital content. This concept is a combined effort of group of professors/experts at IISc, Bangalore, IIT Kanpur, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Madras and IIT Bombay.

The development efforts are still on, and various refinements and enhancements are being tested to reduce the cost without affecting the quality of the device. The device is expected to be made available to students in 2011. It 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.

The minimum functionalities expected are:
• Internet browsing
• Wireless communication
• Multimedia content viewer
• Unzip tool for unzipping zip files

If India will successfully ship this computing device at the price mentioned, it will be really tough for Apple and other tablet PC makers to compete in India, which could be world’s cheapest laptop.

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A chip to make desktop computers run faster

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Recently, scientists have unveiled an ultra-fast chip to make your computer run faster. A team in the University of Glasgow has developed a CPU with 1,000 cores on a single microchip while the modern computers have a processor with at most 16 cores to process different tasks. In testing, it was found that the chip was able to process around five gigabytes of data per second, which will make desktop computers run almost 20 times faster than the current ones.

These days, desktop market is shrinking with the advent of various high-end computing devices which are much compact than traditional desktop computers. To make the desktops run faster, scientists have used FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) chip, which contains millions of transistors. According to Dr Wim Vanderbauwhedea, the team leader of this project, “FPGAs are not used within standard computers because they are fairly difficult to program but their processing power is huge while their energy consumption is very small”.

Though, this project is still in its nascent stage, but if carried out effectively, the real potential of FPGA chips will be utilized to provide very fast processing power in future computing and electronic devices.

Bharat Berry – A mobile communication service and alternative to BlackBerry services

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An Indian company, ‘ Ltd’ has launched an alternative to Blackberry, known as ‘Bharat Berry‘ to provide a concrete solution for interception of data sent using Blackberry messenger. Service of Bharat Berry works with all BlackBerry® phones and provides all data and communication functionalities you are used to. Bharat BerryRecently, there was a big issue about the online usage and monitoring of BlackBerry phones by the government and now with the launch of Bharat Berry, it will be completely solved.

This service provides more advanced push mail technology on BlackBerry handsets and ensures that the user remains connected to email, calendar and contacts through the servers hosted in India. It also provides over-the-air (OTA) Contact and Calendar backup. Bharat Berry works using it’s very advanced email server known as XGeNPlus and open source technologies.

According to Ajay Data, Founder and CEO of Data Infosys Limited, “the unchecked terrorist activities are the major concern of security agencies, as it can escape detection by using BlackBerry’s coded services. And services of Bharat Berry are the perfect solution to the problem that has left one million Indian BlackBerry phone users in limbo”. The Bharat Berry software can be purchased online and downloaded from the website bharatberry.com.

As per the official statement, “users will be charged Rs 100 ($2 approx.) per month in order to access the services like emails and to ensure access and synchronization of calendar and contacts, users will have to pay Rs 50 ($1 approx.) per month. We will have to wait for quite some time and see how the service of Bharat Berry will emerge in the coming days.

Latest Innovation – Advertisement on Number Plates

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The California Legislature in the US is considering a bill that would allow the state to use digital license plates for vehicles. This digital plate will switch to advertisements when vehicle is stopped for more than four seconds while the number would remain visible at all times in some section of the screen. Though it is quite creative and innovative in nature but the move is intended as a moneymaker for a state facing $19 billion budget deficit.

The electronic plates would look like standard plates when the car is in motion, showing the registration number. But when a car will stop for more than four seconds, whether stuck in a jam or at a red light, advertisements would be displayed to people sitting in the vehicles behind. Though the basic purpose is to show ads and generate additional revenues but in emergencies, the plates could also be used to display public service announcements like missing children alerts, or traffic information.

The bill’s author, Democratic Senator Curren Price of Los Angeles, said “California would be the first state to implement such technology if the state Department of Motor Vehicles ultimately recommends the widespread use of the plates and other states are also exploring something similar”. A company named ‘Smart Plate’ in San Francisco is developing the plates and envisions them not just as a new outlet for advertisers, but also for drivers.

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