Friday, November 30, 2012

India’s $35 Aakash2 tablet debuts at the United Nations

India’s first Aakash tablet proved that it was possible to build a $35 tablet for low-income students.

 India’s $35 Aakash2 tablet debuts at the United Nations

 India has delivered an extremely cheap tablet that you may actually want. We’ve already had a (very favorable) in-depth look at the Aakash2. But now India, and its manufacturing partner Datawind, has to convince the rest of the world that it has learned from the issues with the first Aakash, which was difficult to use because of its slow hardware.

From the specs alone, the Aakash2 is faster and more capable than its predecessor. It features a 1 gigahertz processor and 512 megabytes of RAM. That’s the same CPU speed of the first iPad and twice as much RAM, Suneet Sing Tuli, Datawind’s CEO, made sure to note. The Aakash2 also features a capacitive touchscreen, a bigger battery, and a front-facing camera for video conferencing.

 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Who Needs Cable? 3 iPad Apps That Glue Me To The TV

The Internet may be changing TV, but it is nowhere close to completely disrupting it.

Web videos can rack up millions of views, but the Web isn't yet giving us content as compelling as Downton Abbey or Breaking Bad. Netflix, Hulu and YouTube are all trying to change that by investing in TV-quality programming for the Internet. But there's another problem: the user experience. Even the best Internet videos have to be clicked, queued, buffered and occasionally refreshed. You can't just sit down and watch. Fortunately, that's starting to change.
I don't have a subscription to cable TV, nor have I had the slightest desire for one. When I sit down in front my TV, it's with an iPad and Apple remote, which controls my Apple TV set top box. I stream shows from all the usual suspects: Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon. But lately, a handful of innovative social video apps have been nabbing more and more of my attention.

Showyou

Showyou has long occupied a spot in the top row of my iPad's "Entertainment" folder, and it's only gotten better since I first installed it. The app borrows heavily from the Flipboard concept, but instead of articles and blog posts, it curates personalized video clips based on my social connections and interests I've explicitly declared by adding channels. I can also follow individual friends on Showyou, independently of whatever relationship I may (or may not) have with them on Twitter or Facebook. In that sense, Showyou is a bit of a social network in its own right.

Vodio

 
Like ShowYou, Vodio merges self-declared interests with socially fueled recommendations. Its channels are far less granular (they're more like general categories rather than feeds from individual content providers). Its design is decidedly simpler, with a big rotating carousel of video channels and minimal controls.  Some channels are more useful than others. The Music channel pulls in videos from a range of sources, and seems to presume that I'm interested in UK boy band One Direction. By contrast, other social video apps let you subscribe to specific music publications, labels and artists, which obviously results in a more personally relevant selection of videos.
 

Frequency


 
It's pretty much the same concept as the other apps - plug in your social networks and select your favorite Web video content channels - but with an interface that more deliberately mimics the experience of watching TV. Tapping each channel icon is akin to "changing the channel" on a television, jumping from Reddit to Ars Technica, from Gawker to Lifehacker. Whatever you're into.
Like ShowYou and Vodio, Frequency pulls in the videos your friends are sharing on Facebook and Twitter. I can't overstate how much more effective it is to peruse these videos in this context than it is to scroll through the noise of tweets and status updates to find them. And like the other apps, Frequency plays videos continuously back-to-back. This turns watching Web video from a hunt-and-tap experience to a lean-back and don't-make-any-decisions experience.
Source : Readwrite

Kids' Fashion Trends

Carrying fashion trends is not as easy as you think, and some people make a complete fool out of themselves because they do not know how to carry-out such trends. The most popular trendsetters are celebrities and movie stars who are seen in various media outlets. But in the end, it is the public who decides which is trendy and which is not.The world changes, progresses and grows every day, although at a different rate most of the time. But fashion is here to stay, and it changes along with other things. After all, change is the only permanent thing in this world.Fashion designers and trendsetters focus on originality, beauty, and ideals. It is one way of expressing yourself because it is a reflection of your mentality, cultural providence, feelings, and personality.Fashion trends are regarded as an art in pragmatic form, because it is a combination of aesthetics and practicality.

It is usually influenced by many social and cultural factors, and each generation has its own distinct fashion characteristics or traits.Before, fashion fever involved only the adults, but today’s modern world has greatly changed. Even children are already in line with fashion trends.The fashion industry now caters to children’s designer clothing. Young children can now enjoy a varied and extensive range of fashion clothes, which helps them to set a fashion trend of their own.Even very young children have their own preferences, and many fashion designers are now focusing on babies and children’s wear. You can now find colorful, original, ingenious, stimulating, and appealing clothes for both the girls and the boys. You can now find superhero costumes and outfits, as well as accessorized girls dresses.Children of todays times are inclined towards aesthetics, originality, and beauty. Clothing stores for children provide a wide range of clothing choices for boys and girls; and so your little one is taught to choose a particular fashion trend at a very early age.Clothing lines today are equally attractive as children’s toys.
 
There is an increasing awareness among children about the value of wearing fashionable clothes.Unlike before, children’s clothes are more affordable and this is due to emerging discount shops, import of clothes, and equal merchandise distribution between clothing stores and supermarkets.Another contributor to the reduction of children’s clothes prices is the increasing number of online stores. Most online stores offer high quality clothing articles at a much cheaper price. You can choose from among a wide variety of designer clothes and other cost cutting alternatives.Online stores, and local clothing stores, offer boys suits, shirts, trousers and girls dresses and capes. They also offer unisex items, along with children’s accessories like bow ties, booties, and shoes.If you want to save a lot of effort and time, you can make an online purchase. All you need is an Internet connection and you can choose from among the many websites that sells children’s clothing.But if you want to do a little shopping together with your kids, there are also many local stores in your area. Let your child choose among the magnificent displays of clothing line-ups. Your Childs creativity and aesthetic sense will reflect his or her choice of clothes.Do not let your child be left behind; give them the opportunity to keep up with fashion trends. Let them choose clothes which they feel are comfortable to wear and makes them look great.

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