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Popular Faces of Indian Journalism – 2

Posted on 31 July 2009 by Ritz

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credit: indiantelevision.com

Arnab Goswami:
 
Arnab is one of the most popular news readers and talk show host of contemporary TV journalism. He currently is the Editor-in-Chief of Times Now, which was also founded by him. This 36 year old dynamic entrepreneur is basically from Assam but as his father was in army he has stayed all over India. He cleared his Standard 10th board exams from St Mary’s School, Delhi Cantonment and his Standard 12th board exams from Kendriya Vidyalaya, Jabalpur Cantonment. He did his graduation in Sociology from Hindu College, Delhi University. Also, he completed his Masters in Social Anthropology from Oxford University (St Antony’s College) in 1994. He became a Visiting Fellow at the International Studies Department at Cambridge University (Sidney Sussex College) where he was a D C Pavate fellow in 2000.

He started with a job in the newspaper, ‘The Telegraph’ in Calcutta and worked their for roughly an year. Later he joined NDTV and covered three general elections and the Jain Hawala case in his 9 and a half years tryst with NDTV. Taking the biggest step in his professional life he launched the news channel ‘Times Now’, which very

soon came in the league of no. 1 news channels in India. Shows anchored by Arnab are The News hour, Frankly Speaking, Versus. 

This guy who believes on news that is “popular and not populist” stretched beyond all limits during the November 2008 Mumbai attack, anchoring the news for 4 days at continuously. He has received Asian Television awards, the Society Young Achievers award for excellence in the field of Media, and Indian News Broadcasting Awards 2008 for Innovative Editor-in-Chief.

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credit: moneycontrol.com

Karan Thapar :
 
Karan Thapar, the president of Infotainment Television, is a veteran interviewer and television commentator. He was born on 05 November, 1955 in Srinagar. He did his schooling from The Doon School and Stowe School and completed his graduation in Economics and Political Philosophy from Pembroke College, Cambridge in 1977. He did his Phd in International Relations from St. Antony’s College, Oxford.

His career in journalism took off with The Times in Lagos, Nigeria and in times to come became their Leader Writer on the Indian subcontinent. In 1982 he joined London Weekend Television where he worked for the next 11 years. Subsequently he moved to India and worked with The Hindustan Times Television Group, Home TV and United Television. In August 2001, he set afloat his own company named Infotainment Television, which makes programmes for others BBC, Doordarshan and Channel News Asia.

He has been felicitated with innumerable number of awards.In December 2003, he won both awards in the current affairs category of the Asian Television Awards and he became the first person to do so. He won the ‘The Best Current Affairs Programme’ a record 4 times,  for interviewing Pakistan’s Foreign Minister, Khurshid Kasuri, on Court Martial, for his one of the most popular shows on BBC ‘Face to Face’, for his interview with former Indian Law Minister and BJP General Secretary Arun Jaitley on Hardtalk India and for interview with Ram Jethmalani “on Devil’s Advocate(CNN IBN). In 2008 Devil’s Advocate received  ‘Best News/Current Affairs Show’ by News Television Awards and Karan got the award for ‘News Interviewer of the Year’ by Indian News Broadcasting Awards. In April 2009 he was honored with the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award & was chosen the ‘Journalist of the Year (Broadcast)’.

In his stay in London Karan happened to meet Nisha (a successful banker),whom he married soon. But unfortunately she died of encephalitis in 1991.
 
Thapar is known for his intense and unnerving interviews with leading politicians and celebrities- like cricketer Kapil Dev(Kapil broke down into tears), George Fernandes, Jayalalithaa, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, General Pervez Musharraf, Benazir Bhutto, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and The Dalai Lama(The most prominent among all).  He writes a weekly column Sunday Sentiments in The Hindustan Times is very popular among readers.

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credit: indiatv

Rajat sharma:
 
Rajat Sharma, the ‘Apki Adalat’ man, as we all know him is the Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of

India TV, the no. 1 Hindi news channel today. He has dedicated 10 long years in print media working as editor for national publications before he came in the TV journalism business in 1992. In his show ‘Apki Adalat’ ,which has a record of being aired for 16  glorious years(Longest running TV show in India), he has questioned over 500 personalities from every possible field of interest. This show fetched him the Best Anchor felicitation several times, including the Indian Television Academy Lifetime Achievement Award. 
He came up with his own production house to make programmes for Star TV. 

Rajat did his BCom Hons and MCom from Shriram College of Commerce. He also is a part of the management committee of the same college. He also is President of the Indian Scout and Guide Fellowship. He is generic viagra a part of the board of the Indian Broadcasting Foundation, IBF.

The able leader has given a new direction to TV journalism and his firm belief on principles like “Credibility fist” has made India TV one of the most viewed news channels in India.

These are the faces from Indian journalism whom almost every Indian relates to and looks up to,  to bring them the news that matters to them, that bothers them. Hope they continue to live up to the trust we have put on them.

I am sure you would love to read the stories of other popular faces of Indian Journalism as well and I promise to continue it by adding more. Those who have missed the part one of it, read also:

Popular Faces of Indian Journalism (TV)


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Apple Tablet – coming the zing thing !

Posted on 29 July 2009 by Ritz

Apple Tablet – Though its a new concpt and most of the features are still under veil but few features, it is anticipated to possess are:

•  It is expected to have a 10-inch touch screen display.
•  The OS will be somewhat similar to the one used in iPhone but will support larger screen resolution and higher version of iPhone applications.
•  Speculations say that this device might be free from a physical keyboard.
•  It will have a built in 3GS wireless access.
•  One interesting fight is the chip on which this device is based upon. Is it the Intel’s Atom chips or the customized chip made by PA Semi (A company that was taken over by Apple last how to find reputable canadian cialis year)

One million dollar question that revolves around this device is its price. Speculations say that it will be somewhere near $800. This

project, being keenly monitored by Steve jobs himself is expected to go live in market in first quarter of 2010. But there are rumours which say Apple Tablets might hit the market as early as September 09.

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The Tablet PC makes up 2% of the portable PC market.  If Apple were able

to enter the market and match that 2%, given the amount of notebooks that they currently sell, they’d sell under 27,000 tablet PC’s per year.

As we slowly see the facts about the device uncover, we will keep you posted with the latest add-ons to it.

Update: On Jan 27th, 2010 finally Steve Jobs luanched the Tablet with the name ‘iPad’…. read more on this.


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Google Wave

Posted on 28 July 2009 by Ritz

Google wave

Google wave is the project that Google team took up 2 years back, to revolutionize the way we communicate over web. This project code named as ‘Walkabout’ was revealed at Google I/O conference on May 27, 2009. It is a new real time, open source browser based communication tool that integrates on one single platform, all the ways in which we communicate now on web, like IMs, e-mail, social networking, blogs, wikis, project management. 

Wave : Its features and

terminologies 

Waves are hosted XML documents that enable and synchronize a threaded conversation. We have to create a wave and add people to for a threaded conversation. The wave can be created for anything like conversation with a friend or for real time group editing of a document by any number of people or for both of them simultaneously. It offers a richly formatted text, photos, gadgets, and feeds from other sources on the web. Users can give a reply or edit the wave directly. You can add a contact to a wave at anytime by just dragging the person from the contact list to the wave. 

Key features: 

  • Real Time: You can see what your friend (who is involved in the wave) is typing at the very moment. This holds true both for instant messaging and editing docs in collaboration. This feature can be disabled by writing your text in draft mode. We can know who is editing the doc (among the several users) by seeing their name outlined by a bright coloured box. 
  • Open Source: Google wave will be an open source application so that developers can extend its functionality and make best use of it. 
  • Play

    back: This feature empowers one to catch up with smallest details of what has been happening in the past in that particular wave. 

  • Drag and drop file sharing: We just need to drag a file we want to attach and drop it in the wave.  
  • Waves can be embedded on any application, blogs, sites etc. 
  •  Spell check: It can autocorrect spelling and grammatical errors and also provides automated translation for 40 languages. 
  • Wiki Functionality: All conversations and documents on a wave are shared. Hence we have the liberty to edit, append or comment on any information on the wave. If we want to have a private conversation with someone in the wave we can easily break off from the main league but we still stay in the flow of the wave. 

The Jargons in Google Wave: 

  • Wavelet: A wavelet is a subset of a wave. For Example if we consider a history of conversation, considering one IMs conversation from that will cialis buy overnight be analogous to considering wavelet in a wave. 
  • Blip: Blip is an individual message in a conversation. Blips can have sub blips called children associated with them.  
  • Document: The characters, words and files in a blip are called a document. 
  • Embedded wave: This is the wave that is embedded to another website or blog. 
  • Extensions: Extensions are the applications we can use in our wave. Two types of extensions are : 
  1. Gadgets: A gadget is an application that users might use for different purposes similar to  the face book applications we use. 
  2. Robots: They are automated users which are basically used to gather more information from different source and assist users in different actions.

Google wave consists of three layers namely: 

  1. Google Wave product: The HTML5 web application, built on Google Web toolkit is the product users are going to use to access and edit waves. 
  2. Google Wave Platform: This platform provides rich APIs used to build applications that work in a wave and embed waves in other web services. 
  3. Google Wave Protocol: This is the format of storing and sharing waves which includes live concurrency control. 

The people who are making this happen:  

It was Jens Rasmussen, to whom this concept clicked for the first time and the team that is working in Google’s Sydney office to make it happen includes Lars Rasmussen and project manager Stephanie Hannon (The same team is responsible for developing Google maps also). 

The reason of this web application being named as Google Wave has its roots in the frequent reference to the popular T.V. Series ‘Firefly’ in which ‘Wave’ is an electronic communication. 

This phenomenal application is open for developers to have a hands-on and give a review. On September 30, this year, Google Wave will be made accessible to 1, 00,000 users who register on http://wave.google.com and later this year it is expected to hit the markets.

P.S. : For all WordPress lovers, there is a new plugin available to try out Google Wave called ‘Wavr’ , though at beta stage. Chill out !

 


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Nokia India launches 6700 and 6300 Classic

Posted on 27 July 2009 by Sadhan

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The two classic phones from Nokia India are out in the market and its branding is being done by none other than the Bollywood diva and the youth icon Priyanka Chopra. Not only that there is a contest too with the launch. So, read on to know more.

First, let me provide a synopsis on the tech spec of these two mobile phones -Nokia Classic 6700 and Nokia Classic 6300.

Nokia Classic 6700 is equipped with 5 megapixel camera with 2.2 inch display screen with picture resolution of 320×240 pixels. Weighing 113gm, this 6700 phone measures 109.8 x 45 x 11.2 mm in size and has in-built GPS. With micro SD-card, Nokia Classic 6700 can have 8GB memory. You can simply owe this handset at just Rs 14,000.

On the other hand at only Rs. 8000, you can grab the Nokia Classic 6300 with a little compromise on picture quality. Yes, Nokia Classic 6300 is available with 3.2 MP cameras and weighs just 96gm. It’s slim and sleek with stainless steel body and 2.2 inch display screen. For the purpose of navigation and GPS, it supports external GPS.

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Both, Nokia Classic 6700 and Nokia Classic 6300 are equipped with 3.5mm stereo jack, Micro-USB connector and supports Nokia maps.

Here is the detail of the contest that is also named same as the tagline-Pictures get us talking. The main motive of the new campaign is to have a new visionary appeal so that users get to know the elements of mobile imaging as they walk through into the world of mobile communication. The consumer contest provides with the opportunity to upload interesting picture on the Nokia website: www.nokia.co.in.  Next is to find out which picture has started maximum conversation threads or in simple words the most talked about picture on the web will be the winner.

Nokia launches the 8 MP camera phone N86 in India today. Check out the details of this phone in the link below

http://www.sadhanbiswas.com/myblog/gadgetzone/nokia-n86/



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Windows Azure : Part 2 – Benefits

Posted on 26 July 2009 by Sadhan

Benefits of using Windows Azure:

In simple words, Azure benefits the developers, Independent Software Vendors, Business Partners and any Third parties with their solutions.

Infrastructure Management made Simple: Since services platform manages many critical OS updates and management tasks, more focus can be put for the needs of the users. Also, eliminating the expensive hardware planning and management.

For the Developers: Millions of .Net developers, can utilize their skills to create cloud-based applications that are scalable across on-premises and online. In future, applications written on Ruby on Rails (RoR),Python, Php can also be deployed.

Standards Compatibility: Since Azure platform supports all industry standard protocols like HTTP, SOAP, REST etc., applications can be easily integrated though built on different technologies.

Enhanced User Experiences: With Windows Azure a variety of applications can be developed for web, mobile and hybrid domain. These applications can also easily get integrated with existing or third-party applications.

Faster: Since the Azure platform is offering lot of services up-front, applications will be created and deployed faster than custom way.

What’s Included in Windows Azure?
 
Computation Services
  • Ability to run Microsoft ASP.NET Web applications or .NET code in the cloud
  • Service hosting environment that includes Internet Information Services 7.0 and Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1
  • Security supported by flexible Code Access Security policies
  • Small runtime API that supports logging and local scratch storage
  • Web portal that helps you deploy, scale, and upgrade your services quickly and easily
  • FastCGI, a protocol for interfacing applications to web servers, which will allow customers to deploy and run web applications written with non-Microsoft programming languages such as PHP (Developers will be responsible for including the relevant runtime libraries for these languages when deploying applications.)
  • .NET Full Trust to allow usage of additional .NET features such as Windows Communication Foundation (WCF).
  • From Full Trust .NET, developers can call into unmanaged DLLs
Simple data storage services
  • Blobs, tables, and queues hosted in the cloud, close to your computation
  • Authenticated access and triple replication to help keep your data safe
  • Easy access to data with simple REST interfaces, available remotely and from the data center

Development Tools

  • Complete offline development environment, including computation and storage services
  • Complete command-line SDK tools and samples
  • Visual Studio add-in that enables local debugging
source: microsoft.com
 Read Related: What is Windows Azure in Part 1
 

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Samsung S9110-Wristwatch styled phone

Posted on 22 July 2009 by Sadhan

Samsung’s S9110-Wristwatch styled touchscreen phone to be launched this month.

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Under its S-series Samsung is adding some cool gadgets. This Korean company has recently launched for its country SCH-W760, the latest mobile that would allow video conferencing in total darkness with sharp 3 mega pixel night vision camera.

But it’s the S9110 touchscreen mobile that would definitely be the showstopper in this S series from Samsung. It will be the thinnest mobile styled as a wristwatch. This is expected to be a high-end one. It is fashioned with stainless steel body with scratch-resistant touchscreen. However, it is loaded with host of features, the details of which is yet to be released. But little sneak peek tells us this S9110 will support Bluetooth 2.1, sync with Outlook email and will be equipped with MP3 player, voice recognition system and a speaker phone.

Another on the anvil is the SCH-i920. Keep waiting as we will keep it posted as details are out.


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Total Solar Eclipse of the 21st century on 22nd July 2009

Posted on 21 July 2009 by Sadhan

The total solar eclipse of July 22nd 2009 may be the most viewed solar eclipse. Most of the best viewing opportunities of this total solar eclipse will be in parts of China. However, the path of totality of this solar eclipse will pass through densely populated parts of western, central and eastern parts of India.

Credit: Jefferson Teng

Credit: Jefferson Teng

In IST the eclipse will begin at 5:28am when the shadow of the moon will touch the earth and the total eclipse will end at 10:42am IST when the shadow of the moon will leave the earth at a point in South Pacific Ocean. The umbra of the eclipse will touch the earth at sunrise near Gulf of Khambhat. The path will be 200km wide and duration not more than 3min30 sec. The shadow crossing over Arunachal Pradesh and Myanmar enters China before passing out through Japan’s Ryuku Island.

This eclipse will be the longest total solar eclipse lasting 6 minutes 39 seconds.

If you are living in that part of the world where you cannot watch this total solar eclipse, then you can enjoy the magnificence and beauty of this celestial extravaganza at the following links in your desktop.

In India, according to the NASA report, this solar bonanza will be best viewed from Taregana village, 30 kms south of Bihar capital city Patna. More than 1000 years ago, it was in this same village that astronomer Aryabhatta did set up a camp to study the impact of celestial movements. In this small village people from all walks of life have started flocking in.

Scientists are expected to study the impact of this total solar eclipse on

  • Atmospheric ionization.
  • Possibility of asteroids
  • Geomagnetism
  • Animals and avian behavioral changes
  • Microorganisms’ behavior.

These are the following two links of NASA that provides with detailed path of the Total solar Eclipse

http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEmono/TSE2009/TSE2009.html

And the following is the official 2009 eclipse bulletin page of NASA

http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEmono/TSE2009/TSE2009.html


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