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Monday, July 13, 2015

Tizen Developer Summit – Bangalore Chapter

The Linux Foundation Project has announced the Tizen Developer Summit – Bangalore Chapter. This is happening on the 30th and 31st of July, 2015 at the Ritz Carlton in Bangalore. It is a technical event for application and platform developers seeking to learn more about Tizen, an open platform that is expected to power a large range of devices from smart phones to TVs. The conference program will feature technical content for App developers, platform designers, ISVs, OEMs, hardware vendors, software vendors, open source enthusiasts, and anyone who wants to learn more about Tizen.

Tizen is expected to be a game changer as it is open source and provides an excellent experience for both native and HTML5 application developers. Programmers acquainted with web programming or C can easily develop cost effective applications in a short time with Tizen. In addition, popular development frameworks such as Unity3D and Cocos2d-x can be used to rapidly deploy applications into the Tizen Store.

Tizen was designed to be efficient and scalable, and to be used for virtually any type of device with a screen and a network connection. Platform developers who are building embedded devices are encouraged to use Tizen as a base platform, and take advantage of years of engineering and tuning.

Tizen Developer Summit offers an excellent opportunity to learn from the core Tizen developers and understand the technology behind the Tizen platform, App development and porting, and monetization through the Tizen Store. Tizen events are the best way to interact with the companies and developers working within the Tizen ecosystem.

Schedule:

DAY1
08:30 - 09:30
Registration Open
09:30 - 12:00
Inaugural Keynote
Industry Keynote
12:00 - 13:30
Lunch
13:30 - 14:30
Trailblazing with Tizen : An Overview & Roadmap
Track: Platform
Location: Ballroom 1
Breakthrough Games with Tizen
Track: Mobile
Location: Ballroom 2
Taking TV to another level : Introducing the Tizen TV SDK and App Development
Track: TV
Location: Tasar & Eri
14:30 - 15:30
Panel Talk 1 - Then, Now, and Tomorrow with Tizen
Track: Biz Opportunities
Location: Ballroom 1
Heighten your App user experience with new TIZEN mobile UX - New style, controls and design patterns
Track: Mobile
Location: Ballroom 2
Wear Your Apps - A Tizen Wearable Overview
Track: Wearable
Location: Tasar & Eri
15:30 - 16:30
Panel Talk 2 - Startup: Building Story & Getting funding
Track: Biz Opportunities
Location: Ballroom 1
One Size Fits All : Building Apps for any platform with Tizen
Track: Mobile
Location: Ballroom 2
Tools of the trade : New Tizen SDK & Tools
Track: Mobile
Location: Tasar & Eri
16:30  - 17:30
Building Next gen products for Indian Consumers
Track: Biz Opportunities
Location: Ballroom 1
Building Exciting User Interfaces on new Tizen Platform with EFL/DALi
Track: Mobile
Location: Ballroom 2
Get an Edge to your Web Apps with Core APIs & Tizen Advanced UI (TAU)
Track: Mobile
Location: Tasar & Eri
17:30 - 18:30
Opportunities for the Next Samsung Gear Smartwatch
Track: Wearable
Location: Ballroom 1
Enriching and fulfilling experience to Eyes & Ears - Tizen Multimedia
Track: Platform
Location: Ballroom 2
Tizen TV - Video On Demand n App Development
Track: TV
Location: Tasar & Eri
13:30 - 18:30
Tech showcase
19:00 - 22:00
Social Event, Networking Dinner, Lucky Draw & Entertainment

DAY2
08:30 - 10:00

Registration Open
09:30 - 13:00
Tech showcase
10:00  - 11:00
Under the Hood: Performance Tuning with Tizen
Track: Mobile
Location: Ballroom 1
Creating Synergies on the Cloudbox
Track: IoT & Cloud
Location: Tasar & Eri
11:00  - 12:00
IoTivity - Connecting Things in IoT
Track: IoT & Cloud
Location: Ballroom 1
Team Up : Contributing to the Tizen Platform
Track: Platform
Location: Tasar & Eri
12:00 - 13:00
Connected Intelligence - driving the way for IoT fusion of industries
Track: IoT & Cloud
Location: Ballroom 1
Guiding through the Tizen Ecosystem & Store
Track: Biz Opportunities
Location: Tasar & Eri
10:00  - 13:00
Tizen TV - App Development Workshop
Track: Workshop
Location: Ballroom 2
Tizen Game Development Workshop
Track: Workshop
Location: Ballroom 2
13:00 - 14:30
Lunch
14:30  - 18:00
Tizen DevLab
Track: DevLab
Location: Ballroom 2

With eminent speakers like Ram Sevak Sharma, Naveen Tewari and many others speaking at the dias, the summit is sure going to be a power packed punch.

Teewe 2 - Review

I have been using the latest iteration of Teewe known as Teewe 2 since some time now. The device has proven to be extremely handy and meets the major expectations that one would expect out of a device that is supposed to be used solely for streaming purposes at home or office. Featuring a solid build, the device is an iterative improvement over the previous version that was released about a year back. The device now feels much more robust and better to look at. While devices like these are generally expected to be hooked to the back of the TV and forgotten, it is important to ensure that the device stands out when compared to the competition. Mango Man has done just that. The device now is much more compact and exhumes a premium feel while holding in the hand. Mango Man has also reduced the amount of power that the device consumes and ensured that this can work without really having a need to connect to an external charging device. The device can hook up to your TV’s USB Port using the cable provided in the box. The setup process for the device has also been simplified and it connects to the WiFi network with ease. Connecting devices on the same WiFi network with the Teewe 2 Device is even easier and can actually be considered a breeze. Whole in whole, the device features several improvements over the previous iteration and is a recommended accessory at every home.

Pros:

  1. Easy to Setup.
  2. Compact in Design.
  3. Supports major formats in Bundled Application.
  4. Allows multiple devices to connect and control the play list queue.
  5. Allows to set up the home PC as a Network accessed Storage device by giving the option to set directories to be monitored.
  6. Available as an Android, iOS and Windows app. Also available as a chrome plugin that allows you to stream YouTube videos only.

Cons:

  1. There is a plugin available only for Chrome and not other browsers. This was told to be a strategic decision.
  2. The plugin allows to stream only videos from YouTube but not other Video sharing sites.
  3. The device when received did not allow extended hours of usage causing the device to reboot again and again after more than 2-3 hours of continuous usage, however, an update has fixed this issue.
  4. The device does not support miracast format which could be a decider for many in case they are looking at something equivalent to Chromecast.

The device is excellent for a family or group of friends who would like to share and show photographs and videos on a large screen. The device comes bundled with an offer from Airtel and Eros which give you 10GB of extra data as well as a year of movie subscription respectively.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Brother Printers – DCP-T500W – A Review

We received the Brother’s printer model number DCP-T500W a few days back and have been using it as a main device since then. First a little about the specs.
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What’s in the Box?

  1. Power Cable
  2. USB Cable
  3. Manual and CD with Drivers
  4. Two sets of Inks, one each of CMY bottles and another with two Black Bottles.
  5. Printer
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Review:

Ease of Setup: The device setup begins with the filling up of the ink tanks that replace the traditional cartridge method followed by most inkjet printers. Instead, it sports individual tanks for each of the colors, Cyan Magenta and Yellow along with a separate tank for Black ink. The tank mouth pieces angle such that the bottle with the ink needs to be tilted at 45 degrees in order to pour the ink into the tank. This angled process reduces the chances of ink spillage largely and also ensures that the entire ink is transferred into the tank. The device on being powered up performs a set of checks that lasts a whole round of 7 minutes. While this does seem to be long, it seems to be fair enough given that the inks have to be pulled from the tanks onto the printer head through a set of capillary tubes. It next begins the process if setting up the printer in terms of connecting to the Wi-Fi network if available. For this it provides with the option of Network setup Wizard, WPS/AOSS, WPS with Pin and WPA. Once the setup is complete, the device is ready for use with most devices, however; for optimal use, it is advised that the device be installed using the software that comes bundled with the printer.
Ease of Use: The device comes from a company that has long been known not 2015-06-30 21.50.26just for their Industrial Grade machines but also for copiers and other office stationery. This means that there is a lot that Brother has learnt and implemented from the heavy duty office stationery, especially copiers. This is evident from the fact that the device provides several options from the copier series like Copy Quality, Reduce/Enlarge and number of Copies. The device has a paper cassette that can hold at best 100 sheets at once. The device also has several nifty features like a built in stand to hold the upper half of the printer up in case of a paper jam.
Quality of Output: The device provides several options that affect the quality of end product. When used in copier mode, the device allows usage in Normal and Best quality. The front panel also provides the option to decide whether the copy needs to be done in Color or Black and White. When used in scanner mode, the device scans up to 1200 DPI at best and 100 DPI when a quick and immediate solution is needed. As a printer, the device provides multiple options that include one for minimal ink usage thereby providing maximum number of pages per refill to the photo mode that provides the best output when used with a good quality photo paper.
Pros:
  1. Revolutional Tank based Ink Refilling system that allows lower TCO.
  2. Faster print throughput in comparison to competition.
  3. Ease of setup when done through the software on a PC.
  4. Concealed ports makes for cleaner device body. The only visible port throughout is the power cord port.
Cons:
  1. Single line LCD screen makes for difficult set up when done from the device itself.
  2. In comparison to competition, the device appears to be bulky.

Verdict:

Ease of Setup: ***
Ease of Use: ****
Quality of Output:
  • Copier: ***
  • Printer: *** 1/2
  • Scanner: ****
Overall: ****
    Excellent: *****
    Very Good: ****
    Good: ***
    Average: **
    Poor: *

    Thursday, July 2, 2015

    OnePlus - A New Way to Experience (Alternate) Reality


    OnePlus.netOnePlus Cardboard : A New Way to Experience (Alternate) Reality
    OnePlus who are all about unsettling the status quo and looking at ways to enthral all with the tremendous leaps in technology that happen, this time they plan to put you on the path to VR (virtual reality) nirvana.
    Last week, Carl spoke to all on virtual reality holding a monumental amount of potential and the team at OnePlus is equally excited about the prospect of dabbling with a game-changing fan experience. For the first ever time in the history of product launches across the globe, they would be unveiling their latest flagship device, the OnePlus 2, completely in VR.

    What do you get on joining the fold with a OnePlus Cardboard?
    This is not just a product; it's an initiative. The team believes that there will come a day in which we will be able to travel the world and immerse ourselves in amazing things without ever leaving the comfort of our homes. OnePlus Cardboard exists to drive this idea forward. To make sure all of you back home have a ringside seat to the presentation of our latest device and to have some fun on the virtual side, the OnePlus Cardboard brings across an immersive VR adventure in a fun and affordable way.

    What is new about the OnePlus Cardboard?
    The OnePlus Cardboard meets the latest norms and specs that were unveiled at Google I/O this year. In addition to the Cardboard 2.0 features, they have made a few more improvements.

    – Durable, not Disposable
    Compared to other  variations out there, our Cardboard uses a stronger, thicker material and added high-quality velcro for maximum durability.

    – Compact without Compromise
    Optics have been fine-tuned to deliver the same amazing visual experience in a package that is 20% smaller. Designed to perfectly hug the OnePlus One, the Cardboard is compatible with most devices up to 6" in size.

    – Clean and Crisp
    Every inch of OnePlus Cardboard has been coated with a special film that repels dirt and oils, creating a premium feel that lasts. Avoid the dreaded "forehead stain." You've never seen cardboard quite like this. And last of all, it's still about VR for everyone. With the OnePlus Cardboard and any smartphone in tow, one can also explore a variety of applications that unfold all around you. Visit new places, play immersive games, fly through space and much more with the variety of apps available on the Google Store.

    How do we obtain one?
    There are two ways the fans in India to get their hands on the OnePlus Cardboard:
    1. Sign Up & Participate
    They are giving away a plethora of headsets to our fans for free and shipping is on the house! To win, simply sign up with this form, OnePlus Cardboard Giveaway, and the winners will be chosen at random. The contest closes on July 3, so act fast! Keep your keen eyes on the lookout for the announcement on our social media channels as well. The contest winners will be contacted by us post the draw.
    2. Buy it on Amazon India
    The OnePlus Cardboards will go on sale from the third week of July at a super price of Rs. 99 (shipping terms will be as per standard Amazon India policy). The exact sale date on the platform will be communicated to all our fans on our social media channels soon.

    One Last Thing…
    Vikas last week in his weekly update encouraged our fans to guess the launch price of the OnePlus Cardboard in India. The winner will be announced on the weekly update post this Saturday. Stay tuned and let the VR experience begin! Never Settle.

    Interview with Sushma Rajagopalan, MD and CEO, ITC Infotech

    Sushma RajagopalanSushma Rajagopalan is not a new name in the IT Industry. Said to be the only second woman to be a part of the senior leadership in ITC, Sushma, coming from Manjeri near Calicut in Kerala, has scaled heights not for being a woman, but, being a visionary par excellence. Being the driving force behind pushing ITC Infotech towards being a technology leader, she is known to get her way done without much ado. We had a chance to meet her and discuss with her about the thought and idea behind holding the first ever hackathon supporting IOT this Saturday, the 4th of July, 2015.
    Sushma said that she aimed for iTech to help her create long time partners who would help in the success of implementation of IOT in the real world. She felt that not only is the buyer changing indicating a paradigm shift about who’s buying but also a shift in what is being bought, how it is being bought. She felt that buying was more in terms of subscription model and/or SAAS. The reason this was being done was so that they could continue to be more competitive. With this, ITC Infotech wants to be ahead of the curve and be seen as the thought leaders.
    We asked Sushma why she would prefer IOT to the other technologies. She was very clear with what she wanted. She said that the use cases for IOT are still emerging. She said that she was fighting the cause to not only be Future Ready but also in the process build a sustainable ecosystem; Sushma plans to hold iTech Hackathon annually every year to in the process nurture good startups that would have otherwise not been able to cut a mark. We are told that it was not just about IOT but about building something that was relevant to the future. ITC Infotech is the first ever services company that is having such an event at such a large scale.
    iTech has already seen over 700 registrations including some big names like IIT Madras, Accenture Labs etc. Filtering them using a strict criteria, they have shortlisted 30 participants to take part in the event. We asked her if she was doing this to get ready made solutions from a crowd sourced market and thereby reducing the costs on the R&D. She replied in the negative emphasizing that it was rather to increase the reach of R&D that would have otherwise been impossible for these startups to get their hands on to. This way, she aims to create a win-win situation and also take advantage of the opportunity in the market.
    We wish Sushma and her dedicated team a great success in hosting the first ever IOT hackathon, iTech-2015. You can know more about iTech at http://www.itcinfotech.com/itech. Sushma regularly interacts with people on Twitter. Follow her at https://twitter.com/sushraj.
    Sushma’s Image credit – her Twitter Bio.
    More about iTech and its coverage here.




    Videocon Mobiles launches Feature Rich Smartphone Z51 Nova+

    New Delhi, July 2, 2015: Going apt with the increasing demand of affordable Android experience and excellent on-the-go connectivity, Videocon Mobile Phones, from the house of a billion dollar Videocon Group launches the power-packed smartphone Z51 Nova+.  The smartphone that offers lucid user experience, robust hardware, stunning finish and comes handy with multitasking features is available at a striking price of Rs 5799/-.
    The handset offers an engaged user experience, which is backed by a powerful 1.2 GHz Quad-Core processor and fast 3G-network. It runs on latest Android KitKat 4.4.2, offering blazing fast performance and best-in-class Android experience. With expandable memory of upto 32GB, the device comes with huge 8GB internal storage for apps and 1GB RAM to handle tough tasks with absolute ease. A robust 2000 mAh battery keeps the entertainment going on a 5- Inch FWVGA Capacitive Touch Screen that offers a visual treat of ultra sharp videos and HD online content. 
    Videocon Z51 Nova+ boasts of an 8MP Auto-Focus Rear Camera and features 5MP Front Camera for perfect selfie and superior video calling experience on Skype. The best-in-class device elevates the user experience with an excellent range of connectivity and utility features including Dual SIM support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, Proximity Sensor, and FM Radio with recording.  Videocon Mobiles offers a 90 days free subscription of V-Secure mobile security app and V-Safe antivirus software with Z51 Nova+.
    Mr. Jerold Pereira, CEO, Videocon Mobile Phones said, “With the ongoing trend of on-the-go connectivity, the consumers prefer devices, which can complete their daily tasks with much ease. While rich features are must, affordability is the main concern for today’s hyperactive consumers. Reaching out to these consumers, we have launched Z51 Nova+ that offers affordability and stylishness along with a smooth, faster and an elevated user experience. By launching such devices, we aim to bring top smartphone features at a highly affordable pricing and cater to the demand of new-age smartphone users across the country.”
    About Videocon Mobile Phones
    Part of a billion dollar global conglomerate; Videocon Group commands its name with the trust of its associates, clients and customers and delights them with its innovative products. Videocon Mobile Phones Division steered by ideas, and led by innovation has a wide range of mobile devices from multi-media feature phones to high-end Android-based smartphones and tablets.
    Intending to capture the market with a range of contemporary, high-quality, affordable smart devices, Videocon Mobile Phones Division is one of the fastest growing mobile handset companies, with one of the largest service network across the country. 

    Wednesday, July 1, 2015

    The all-new SpiceJet Mobile App - now available for download

    Gurgaon, 24 June, 2015: SpiceJet, the country’s #2 and most innovative low fare airline, unveiled its all-new SpiceJet mobile application today. With this app, customers on-the-go will find it more convenient than ever before to make and manage bookings, check flight status, and receive exclusive offers on their mobile devices with just a few taps on the screen. Booking and managing your flights and travel experience was never so easy!

    The interface is so simple that even the origin of journey helpfully gets auto-filled thanks to in-built geo-tagging. To make the payment procedure more convenient, customer information ones filled is stored for future bookings.

    The payment gateway of the app offers a variety of options like Quick pay, credit card, debit card and Internet banking. The Quick pay option ensures instant booking with just a single click. 

    The app also allows customers to book or add exciting SpiceJet add-on products such as seats, meals, SpiceMAX, and Spice Assurance. Customers can also pre book excess baggage at discounted rates through this app, with just a few taps on the screen. Flight changes, cancellations, and refunds can also be easily handled through the app.

    The app is now available for download on Android and Apple iOS smartphones.
    Download the Official SpiceJet App at Google Play Store and  App Store.

    About SpiceJet Ltd:
    SpiceJet is India’s #2 low fare airline that has made flying more affordable for more Indians than ever before. SpiceJet operates 252 daily flights to 41 destinations, including 34 Indian and 7 international cities.

    SpiceJet connects its network using next generation fleet of 18 B737 (Boeings) and 1 A319 (Airbus) along with 14 Bombardier Q-400 aircraft.  The majority of SpiceJet’s fleet offer SpiceMAX, the most spacious economy class seating in India and perhaps the world, as an additional fee option.

    ITC Infotech launches ‘iTech 2015’- an annual innovation platform for start-ups, professional developers and students

    An initiative to foster technology innovation
    Key Highlights:
    - As part of iTech2015, ITC Infotech will conduct a 2-day hackathon themed around Internet of Things (IoT)
    - A 30-hour prototype building contest will be held at the ITC Infotech campus in Bengaluru
    - The best and brightest minds will unite to develop prototypes using IoT kits provided by ITC Infotech
    - Opportunity for IoT start-ups, Professionals & Developers and Students to participate, present their solutions directly to business users, and validate ideas through live simulations of real business scenarios. Register: http://www.itcinfotech.com/itech/
    - ITC Infotech to provide intellectual capital for mentoring budding innovators and providing engineering tools

    Bengaluru, 19 June 2015 – ITC Infotech, a leading global IT services & solutions company and a fully owned subsidiary of ITC Ltd, today announced the launch of ‘iTech 2015’, an annual technology conference platform to foster technology innovation. As part of the iTech 2015 platform this year, ITC Infotech will organise a 2-day IoT hackathon at its campus in Bengaluru on July 4th and 5th, 2015.
    The hackathon will provide participants with an opportunity to develop ideas to prototypes across a wide range of business challenges. This platform is also a testimony to ITC Infotech’s commitment towards accelerating innovation in disruptive technology areas.
    Aimed at boosting talent amongst technology enthusiasts and providing an acceleration platform for entrepreneurs, ITC Infotech is seeking to engage with innovators and will partner with the winners to help them develop the solution, create a joint go-to market and provide market access. The programme is part of the company’s larger initiative to encourage and nurture start-ups.
    An entry free competition, iTech 2015 IoT hackathon is a team-based event. Participation is open to students, professionals and developers and IoT start-ups, who will go through a shortlisting and selection process. Teams can register on the iTech 2015 registration site and submit their IoT solution idea, post which ITC Infotech will notify the shortlisted entries.
    The competition categories include:
    Smart Retail: Retail is about continuously enhancing customer shopping experience. It is also about ensuring availability & visibility of stocks, specifically in Consumer Goods. Entries in this category can focus on anything from stock keeping and inventory management to in-store customer experience. Selected teams will be provided with actual retail display shelves, using which their solutions can be demonstrated to solve this real-world challenge.
    Smart Manufacturing: Entrants should create a solution to constantly monitor and predict in real-time the health of machines and equipment to enable proactive servicing and avoid disruption of manufacturing units. Entries and solution ideas can also be shared on creating smart manufacturing units and assembly lines, which can utilise analytics to optimise the production process – a step towards realising the ‘Make in India’ drive.
    Smart Supply Chains: Entries should have ideas on how IoT solutions can help create a smarter supply chain – warehouse, inventory management, transportation, planning and tracking, demand-planning, etc.
    Smart Agriculture: Entries should have IoT solutions that provide feedback/recommend corrective action from remote farms to research laboratories for agriculture.
    Open Category: For entries on IoT ideas that do not fall in the challenge areas mentioned above. ITC Infotech’s panel of experts will assess the submission on the strength of the business case presented and its viability for companies to adopt and implement.

    Ms. Sushma Rajagopalan, CEO & MD, ITC Infotech, said, “iTech 2015 is one of our multi-dimensional initiatives for encouraging innovation and boosting tech entrepreneurship. This year’s theme is the "connected world" and "Internet of Things". We have created this platform to aid participants in developing prototypes of their ideas to address real-world business challenges. We will nurture some of the relevant ideas in our Innovation Lab to drive competitive advantage for ITC’s businesses or our clients' businesses.”
    The winners and runners up will be awarded a cash prize of Rs. 2,00,000 and Rs. 1,00,000 respectively.
    About iTech 2015
    iTech, an ITC Infotech initiative, is an annual technology conference. The platform will focus on leveraging emerging and disruptive technologies to create business-ready solutions, for addressing some of the most challenging problems faced by the industry.
    For more information, please visit www.itcinfotech.com/itech
    About ITC Infotech
    ITC Infotech is a specialised global scale - full service provider of Domain, Data and Digital technology solutions, backed by a strong business and technology consulting focus. The company caters to enterprises in Supply Chain based industries (CPG, Retail, Manufacturing, Hi-Tech) and Services (Banking, Financial Services and Insurance, Airline, Hospitality) through a combination of traditional and newer business models, as a long term sustainable partner.
    ITC Infotech is a fully owned subsidiary of USD 8bn ITC Ltd –ranked as India’s most admired company by Fortune India.
    For more information, please visit www.itcinfotech.com