Posts Tagged ‘Technology’


maxresdefault If you remember this logo from your old days when you  switched on the TV set, you will realize how the technology has  changed your viewing experience since then.

There was a time when I used to wait for a serial to start and  not do anything during the time period. The broadcast used to  be uninterrupted, without any advertisement. (By the way, the  earlier days of watching the films with family and friends had  it’s own fun. People from adjacent homes also would come and  enjoy watching TV. It used to become a small theatre with a 24″ black n white screen (Texla TV) but still the entertainment was unparalleled.)

But then slowly these break times crawled in and destroyed the fun. I remember the day once, when “Don” was being tele-casted  on a Friday night. Sharp at 11:00 PM, the break started by saying “Is BHAAG ke Prayojak hai ….” and there goes the endless list of products. By that time everyone was used to these break. Slowly and patiently, we waited for the break to get over. But they continued, owing to the greed of broadcasters who knew that with the a single source of entertainment and a blockbuster film on AIR, public had no choice but to wait and watch the ads. At 11:20 PM, the film started again and continued for another 15-20 minutes and the break came in again. Thankfully, rest of them were not as long.

The point is that we had no choice.

Jump into the present times and I find that the ads displayed before any video I try to watch on YouTube seems to be the longest and unbearable times of my life. It seems to be worst time that has gone wasted. With so many streaming channels and zillions of Cable channels being aired today, our lives are flooded with more options than we can handle. Still the breaks in between are inevitable and only option I have is to keep shuffling the channels. It actually makes me kinda feel like a self declared video jockey who multitasks to watch a bit of everything but fails to entertain.

Now with the new range of Smart TV’s and easy access to Web, the market is frenzied with user generated broadcast. I no longer can sit and watch the scheduled series or movies. I like to have the ability to go back to time and enjoy the telecast that I have missed because of the busy schedule. The schedule of Television does not dictate me to alter my other priorities. It has to wait till the time I finish my other chores.

And the moment I pick up the remote and start watching a telecast or streaming, these ads pop-up and ruin the mood. But with the growing impatience, I don’t think that this is going to work.

The industry has to come up with a strategy soon that counters to the mood swing of the viewers. I no longer can wait for the breaks to end. They should start and end on my command. And there I believe comes the strategy.

With my ever shortening span of focus, I have to juggle between many things while watching television. I’m quite sure everyone’s span of focus is diminishing like me. So the strategy should be to give the viewer control over the breaks. When I want a break, I push a button and you display the ads in that period. Whether I watch it or not, it doesn’t matter. The ads should be able to convey it’s message quickly. They need to be creative, innovative and should fit in to the changing times. That’s how they can grab my attention.

The viewing was linear yesterday but with ever growing technology, in coming future, it is bound to get more and more dynamic.

The advertisements needs to adapt to changing times to stay relative. 

 


Samsung released the much awaited Gingerbread firmware update (DDJV6) for Indian users starting 31st May, 2011. The update is available via Kies.

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My story starts ugly as Kies showed me the upgrade notification, but when I started the process it crashed in between saying “Firmware Update Stopped”.

When I contacted the customer care for the support the guy sounded more frightened than me. He told me he can not do anything and I should better visit their service center. I specifically remember him saying – “Sir, itna mehenga mobile hai. Yaha se nahi bata sakta. Agar kharab ho gaya to?”. (Sir, it is an expensive mobile. I cannot give you a solution on phone. What if it gets bricked?) They themselves don’t believe in Kies, what else to say? Now as rumors goes, the service center guys are the least helpful people in India. First of all, they would unnecessary keep your phone for at least 1 day and chances are they will probably screw up the whole thing to teach you a lesson for your mistake of affiliating with Samsung.

With such high standards of Samsung, it is a pain to see such an inexperienced unit of guys hired by them at the support level in India. They are a total waste.

I, instead, searched the net for a probable solution and tried reinstalling the software, tried different OSes and different system but it didn’t worked. What I didn’t try was doing a factory reset because I didn’t want to loose my data and apps. It might have solved the problem but still I didn’t take the chance.

So I was left with only one option – update the firmware via ODIN. For nearly one year, I avoided the use of this S/W for flashing ROM. There are so many custom Rom (Darky’s Rom is the best IMO) and stock Rom available but I stick to my region firmware, updated via Kies only. Froyo was so frustrating with the lags and hang ups and crashing at odd times. And I desperately wanted an upgrade and because of this impatience

I finally decided to update the Android 2.3.3 (DDJV6) firmware update via ODIN. After downloading the firmware (thanks to Sam Firmware) and ODIN, it took me only 5 minutes to flash my ROM with the awesome firmware Gingerbread.

Ginger bread upgrade

Now I can see a distinct up boost in performance. There are no lags. The touch is buttery smooth. I plugged in to Kies after manually updating the firmware. It is having no problem recognizing my phone and the firmware. It shows – "This is the latest firmware".

So concerns related to warranty are none. The best part was I didn’t loose any data or apps after the upgrade. All my contacts and messages along with all the apps were there much to my surprise.

But as always the case, I didn’t stop on this. I went ahead and a few hours ago wiped data and partition via recovery mode and lo! I had a nothing left with me. Thankfully, I had took a backup before on my SD card so I restored my contacts and messages but my apps are all gone and there is no remarkable speed boost. In fact, there is a strange zooming effect when I click on any icon or app to open. The touch is not that sensitive now. I don’t know the problem as of now. Will fiddle with the settings and see if there is anything that can be done from there.

In any case, I’ve Gingerbread ROM on my Galaxy S and it sure is fast and improved. In a matter of minutes I’m all praise for this nice upgrade. Now it’s time to play around on my refurnished mobile. Will keep you all updated.

Screen Shots

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Adieu!!!


market-homeAndroid market is the spine of android OS. Whether you are techy, a junkie, a gamer or just another guy who happens to own an android based mobile, you will need to visit the market to access its’ vast collections of applications. But just when you get a feeling of being the most powerful person, your source of power stops giving you the energy.

This is a serious problem that many of you may be facing or may encounter in the coming future on your android based mobile phone. Just one fine day, the android marketplace stop downloading apps for you and says “Downloading paused” or will stuck on plain starting download message. I faced it recently and searched the internet for possible solutions. Needless to say, there were a lot of solutions given. And fortunately, for me the easiest of them worked. You don’t need to do a factory reset or a hard reset to get your market app working.(Thank God and not Google for that Hot smile). I thought Google was good at this but they disappointed me Devil. They didn’t show any support on this issue.

Please follow the following steps:

Go to Settings =>Applications => Manage Application => Go to All applications

Search for all google applications like Gmail, Gtalk, Market.

Additionally you can also search for download Manager etc.

Hit Clear Data and if also clear cache if any.

Restart your phone.

Go to Gmail and if prompted for username and password, enter it with the existing username you were using or you can also use new username.

Now open market on your mobile. Start downloading. Hopefully it will work now.

I own a Samsung Galaxy S GT I9000. Call me

Please give your comments if this helps you. Or you may describe your experience with android.


The year 2010 was a great year for me w.r.t blogging. I stick to my resolution of atleast one blog per month and it paid off. Currently my blog stats shows near about 19000 visitors which makes it around 16000 visitors visited my site last year. This is a great news and thanks to the summary report sent to me by WordPress for bringing it to my attention.  The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured imageThe average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 16,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, this blog would have filled about 4 fully loaded ships.

In 2010, there were 58 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 105 posts. There were 133 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 8mb. That’s about 3 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was November 2nd with 318 views. The most popular post that day was Dell Streak 16GB- Launched in UK.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were blogsurfer.us, facebook.com, ifreestores.com, google.co.in, and en.wordpress.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for dell streak, dell streak 16gb, angrezi, dell streak phone, and samsung i9000 galaxy s, LOMA, insomnia, Galaxy vs N8.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

Dell Streak 16GB- Launched in UK June 2010
15 comments and 1 Like on WordPress.com,

2

Samsung Galaxy S GT-I9000 – Review August 2010
70 comments and 1 Like on WordPress.com,

3

Samsung Galaxy S vs Nokia N8 October 2010
12 comments

4

Froyo update delayed till October for Samsung Galaxy S I9000 September 2010

5

LOMA Certification – Step I cleared September 2010
28 comments

 

With this encouraging statistics I will try to write better articles in 2011 and hope that more and more readers enjoys their visit. Keep visiting and don’t forget to leave your impression on this blog via comment box so that I can visit you too just to say a simple ‘Hi‘ or a humble ‘Thanks


3G

Tata DoCoMo launched the much awaited 3G services during Diwali this year. It brought some great plans before also and I seriously believe they have the potential and technology to provide a hassle free 3G service as Tata DoCoMo’s 3G services are powered with technology support from its partner NTT DoCoMo of Japan, a global leader in these services.

Airtel has also started promoting its “Soon-to-be-Launched” 3G services. It has a refurbished logo too to embark a new journey. I also saw the Demo of 3G on Airtel network at Phoenix Mall and registered myself as a possible prospect. 

Both these tele giants are getting creative with the new advertisements about their newly acquired over budget sensational domain. I like an ad of Airtel in particular by the name of “Endless Goodbye” showcasing a very cute couple bumping into each other repeatedly after having said their goodbyes. Mohit Beotra, head, brand and media, Bharti Airtel, says, "The TVCs showcase our new services and the new brand value of Airtel. The TVCs will be on-air for four to six weeks and will be followed by other campaigns, wherein we shall talk about more exciting and new services we have for our consumers."

Although MTNL and BSNL have been in this game for a while, but their presence is as untouched as today’s government who made sure that the auction of 3G spectrum to be delayed at least by the number of years as is the age of Mr A.K. Hangal. Needless to say the corruption involved have made sure that the services aren’t gonna be provided at throw away price at least not in the initial periods.

So while most operator are preparing for a 3G embark, my service provider is focusing more into number portability system. Idea is focusing more on number portability which also started in Haryana and is expected to be launched in full flow by January next year. With the roll out of ‘Switch to Idea’ campaign, IDEA Cellular, the pan-India mobile operator, has affirmed that it is ready to enable Mobile Number Portability (MNP) on its network. Post the announcement of MNP launch on November 25th from Haryana circle, by the Government, Idea has taken the lead to make mobile consumers aware of the upcoming mobile portability service, through its latest campaign.

So what’s the reason behind Idea campaigning for number portability system, when the entire India is looking forward to 3G era. The reason could be that they are not ready yet to set a sail for 3G so they decided to board a different ship meanwhile which will help them to be in the competition while they built a Noah’s ark in backyard.

Whatever be the reason, finally after all hush mush 3G is a reality in Indian market and simultaneous launch of number portability is a good sign for customers to choose among the best. It is for the best I hope. So get started and stream and chat and talk and stay close to family and friends more than you were ever.

Happy Ending…


Nokia launched it’s long awaited smartphone N8 a few days ago for Rs 26259. Yesterday I got a chance to use it and unfortunately I found it disappointing. Being a proud owner of  Samsung Galaxy S, I couldn’t help but compare N8 with my phone.

Writing about it’s specifications is futile as it is already on so many sites floating with the reviews and views and videos. Instead what I intend to write  here is a quick comparison between Nokia N8 and Samsung Galaxy S.

The first obvious point that comes to my mind is Camera. Nokia has placed a giant 12 megapixel camera poking out of the body with Carl Zeiss optic lens and a Xenon flash in its new gadget while Galaxy has got a simple 5 MP with no flash.

The bulging camera design gives an attractive feel on the first look. Obviously the sensor is too large to be contained within the phone’s relatively slim dimensions, so this arrangement was necessary. But on comparison I found the photos clicked on a N8 were not as attractive as were supposed to be owing to much advertised 12 MP camera. Galaxy has much better quality from a 5 MP but that’s just me.

This statement brings me to my second point Screen. Maybe the difference is of the screen. N8 has a 3.5 inches 360×640 pixels Amoled Capacitive Touch Screen while Galaxy got a super 4 inches 480×800 pixels Super Amoled Capacitive Touch Screen. So from where I judge might be the differnce of screen and not the camera itself. I didn’t got a chance to transfer the images from N8 to my system for better analysis but the point is at that moment I was not at all satisfied with the quality. be it the camera or screen. The combinations wasn’t doing the miracles it is supposed to do. Video wise too I would rate it lower than Galaxy which I think is much better in HD recording. The low resolution of N8 is a massive disappointment.

My third point of comparison is Memory and CPU. Both have got a massive 16 GB internal memory with an expandable memory card slot of 32 GB. With the power they both have, I think its wiser on their part to provide such huge storage capability.

But…a big but comes in picture when stating the CPU. While Galaxy boast to have a Arm Cortex A8 1 GHz processor (which to my personal experience is under clocked to 800 Mhz by factory setting maybe to save battery), my dear Nokia still hangs out with Arm 11 680 MHz Processor and a 3d Graphics HW accelerator. Why do they not upgraded themselves. They launched N8 at a time when we are seeing a lot of 1 gig processors. This step can only dissolve their hope of future enhancements that might have been possible.

Fourth point to mention is Connectivity. Nokia has out done Galaxy S. Apart from standard Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and micro USB the two other remarkable and worth mentioning features are the USB on the go support and HDMI port. Now that’s something I always miss in Galaxy.

Browsing and navigation are a few things that are boring and so much resembling to symbian earlier edition. While I very much respect the Symbian OS (I grew up with it after all), it’s true that iOS and Android are a fad now. Symbian ^3 is a big let down. It does all things required but with extra efforts and extra clicks. We need a better and sensitive OS certainly.

Well this is all from my side. For further reviews about touch sensitivity, build and material, applications and etc, we have the google god which is easily accessible from both N8 and Galaxy or if you don’t own any and planning to buy one of these then take my advice and go for Samsung Galaxy S which by far is the best of all in the Ivy League Smartphone till date.

BTW Nokia has released its new model in 5 vibrant colours, if it makes any difference to some. Well not to me atleast.


Alas…Alas…Alas…

I had been waiting too eagerly, anxiously, impatiently for a Froyo 2.2 update for my Galaxy S but this news came like a thunder bolt hitting it hard on me. Now the update is delayed till late october.

This is not an official press release though, the news came in through Twitter (Samsung India)   and Facebook .

Those of you who cannot wait, there was leak earlier which can be installed, but I will better suggest to wait for an official release. Because the firmware leak is risky and has some features missing. Lags are still there. See here.

So for us all waiting for an update to Froyo (Android 2.2), the journey is still on. But I’m sure or atleast hope that Froyo update will bring out the hidden capabilities of Samsung galaxy and one willget  more enhanced and enriched experience than this gadget presently offers.

For complete review of Samsung Galaxy S I9000 – Click Here.