Technology:: Bend it like beckham

O yes, technology is bending the rules again and I, I am lovin’ it. Bendy phones sound like science fiction – but the far-out gadgets could be on sale in just a few months’ time.Can’t really comment on who actually pioneered the same but nokia and samsung both are woking on it.

In nokia the new concept phone is part of an online display presented in conjunction with the “Design and the Elastic Mind” . Nokia unveiled a basic prototype of the Nokia Kinetic – a bendable smartphone – at Nokia World. Kinetic allowed users to bend the screen to control functions such as music and video.

Samsung shown off OLED screens which can be folded over. The company demonstrated ‘bendable’ AMOLED screens 4.5 inches across and just 0.3mm thick in January this year.

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Ferrari – so what on your mind,, red hot cars zooooooming………. is’nt it.
Well like its card Ferrari also is moving fast. They have launched mobiles with Acer.

The Acer Liquid E Special Edition Smartphone has a 3.5 inch WVGA touch screen with 3G HSDPA support and 65k colour support. These smartphones are powered by Android. The Acer Ferrari allows easy access to all the popular social networking websites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.

The 135 gm Acer smartphone has a variety of connectivity options like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and A-GPS. It also offers a Ferrari brand Bluetooth. The Acer Web Player and Acer Media Player are in-built in these smartphones. The phone has an 5MP camera that has auto focus, geo tagging and accelerometer that enables enhanced picture quality.

Gmail voice and video chat makes it easy to stay in touch with friends and family using your computer’s microphone and speakers. But until now, this required both people to be at their computers, signed into Gmail at the same time. Given that most of us don’t spend all day in front of our computers, we thought, wouldn’t it be nice if you could call people directly on their phones?

You can call any phone right from Gmail.
Calls to the U.S. and Canada will be free for at least the rest of the year and calls to other countries will be billed at our very low rates. We worked hard to make these rates really cheap (see comparison table) with calls to the U.K., France, Germany, China, Japan and many more countries for as little as $0.02 per minute.
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Celebrations for me and alike for whom finding locations is like searching for GOD. Hurry!!!!!!!
Location-based services (LBS) are here and soon to hit India. Gone are the days when one would use mobiles just for calls and sms. Mobiles are now allowing us to organize our lives, connect to the Internet, shop and take photos. It goes without saying that LBS are based around a single context location. Where are you located ? The premise being that if the location is known, app providers can easily pass on useful data to you. Useful because the data would be location relevant. What’s the closest ATM or where’s the Metro Station? The potential and possibilities of such location aware services are endless.

Location-based services (LBS) are wireless “mobile content” services which are to provide location-specific information to mobile users moving from location to location.

Typical Location Based Services applications fall under following categories:

1) B2B (Business to Business) : e.g. resource tracking (fleet management, courier tracking etc)
2) C2B (Consumer to Business) , i.e. Proximity-based actuation services like searching for a business/restaurant etc.
3) B2C (Business to Consumer), i.e. Proximity based notifications (push/pull) : Receive targeted ads, location based billing/discounted ads etc
4) C2C (Consumer to Consumer): Share your location/status with friends, Track your friends etc.
LBS players in India

BSNL has launched it”s Location Based service in East Zone and is currently offering enterprise services as well as consumer services:

Enterprises can locate, monitor and manage their mobile assets and employees in a secure way using a simple Web browser named “Real time fleet and asset management”.

“Friend finder” which alerts subscribers when one of their friends in their buddy list is in close proximity to their location or vice versa.

“Location-based advertisement”, broadcasts advertisement/promotion information to subscribers.

“Location-based chatting service” that enables users to communicate and/or meet someone with same interests within the same vicinity.

Google: Don’t be Evil For now.

Posted: March 24, 2010 in google

Tough competition, sliping shares, money crush all this and what not. All this are pressing google hard to be on Microsoft lines.

Read more here about how all these factors may compel google to do what it has not done yet.

Google is an industry giant, google makes millions, google is topping everywhere and what not.
Google does not sell anything, everything you use from them is free and top of that they seem to be very active in the open source community.

Hmmmm,, seems a huge contradiction. Well life is like that only and we all love contradictions, Isn’t it. Actually last week I was sitting with some of my relatives and all the techies of my family were sharing their thought on GOOGLE and its power. Suddenly out of no where a question came from a teen “How does google make money?” After some silence I broke the ice and tried to make that teen understand how google makes money. So here is all who have similar question marks on their minds:

Advertisement: Yes that’s how Google is making its money. Every time you do a search on Google, you’ve probably noticed that there is a section called Sponsored Links. Every time you click on one of those links, Google charge a certain amount of money to the website for the click. Also when you go on a website you’ll notice advertising from Google too. Same thing happens here, when you click, Google charge a certain amount of money to the website you clicked on and part of that money is given to the webmaster publishing the ads. This is called AdSense and is an enormous source of income for Google.

How much does Google charge for a click?
The price advertisers pay for a click depends on a lot of factors and this is where Google is playing smart. They use a sort of bidding system. When you want to advertise with Google, you select keywords you are targeting. Let’s say I own an online mobile store and I want to bring potential customers to my website. I’m going to bid on the keywords mobile and buy mobile online for example. The price I’m going to pay will depend if there is other companies bidding for that keyword. The more companies are fighting for a keyword, the more I’m going to pay for a single click to my website. The price can vary from 0.01$ to 100$ and more. You can imagine that for highly competitive keywords like finance and health it can cost quite a lot of money for a company to advertise with Google. This program of Google is called Adwords.

No production cost
The beauty of google business is that Google doesn’t sell any tangible product. They sell something that doesn’t really exist. They really sell traffic. It mostly comes down to this: They get paid for sending traffic to other websites. That’s why Google seems to be everywhere now: They have to show substantial growth to their stakeholders and to do that they have to drive more and more traffic to provide more and more advertisement.

Hope that clears out atleast some of the mysterious business of Google. Keep questioning, Keep knowing more……..