Two moons on 27 August

27th Aug the Whole World is waiting for......... ....

Planet Mars will be the brightest in the night sky starting August. It will look as large as the full moon to the naked eye. This will cultivate on Aug. 27 when Mars comes within 34.65M miles off earth. Be sure to watch the sky on Aug. 27 12:30 am. It will look like the earth has 2 moons.

The next time Mars may come this close is in 2287

Fire Gestures - Mouse gestures for Firefox - 1

Envious of your friend using cool mouse gestures in Opera ? No problem. With the power of add-ons in Mozilla Firefox you can add almost any feature to Firefox.
Fire Gestures is one such add-on which adds mouse gestures to Mozilla Firefox.
A simple mouse movement opens a new tab, another one closes tab and more ….
You have to use it to get addicted to it

Google Adsense Video Units now available in India

If you are living in India you no longer need to wait to put Adsense video ads on your blog.
The Google Adsense team has announced that starting today you will be able to put Google Adsense video ads on your website. Along with India the other countries where video will now be available are Brazil, Germany and Mexico. Before you start using Adsense video ads you will need to link your YouTube and Google Adsense accounts. You can do that by logging in to your Adsense account and going to the Adsense setups tab.

Hoping for better CPM from video ads.

India Map in the sky

The Nice picture of India's Map creaed by Indian Air Force in the sky

Google Enabled TV's

Matsushita, the owner of popular Panasonic Brand is about to start producing Google enabled television sets. This new feature will allow Panasonic customers to access YouTube and Picasa web albums with a click on the remote.

This is the first time a search engine company is signing a deal with a consumer electronic major to expand their business. We believe this new televisions set will also allow u to browse websites and use other Google services.

Perhaps this will at least improve the TV Viewership.

USB 3.0 coming soon

Engadget reports on the upcoming USB 3.0 connectivity. The new USB 3.0 interface is slightly different and allows up to a speed of 4.8 Gigabits /s, which would be almost 10 times, the speed of current USB 2.0.

USB 3.0 also supports a new power management feature that removes power when a device is not in use. The USB 3.0 interface is backward compatible and hence all current USB devices would seamlessly work on the new USB 3.0 ports.

The USB 3.0 specification is planned to be finalized in the first half of 2008, commercial products are expected to arrive in 2009 - 2010

Sony's Reply to IPhone

Finally, a phone that is better than iPhone in features and performance. Sony just introduced their newest phone with Touch screen called XPERIA X1. The X1 would be the first product in the XPERIA series that Sony plan to introduce in coming months.

A New Experience
I believe that is what meant by XPERIA. A new experience in smart phones that all started with the iPhone. The standard feature of such phones is a touch screen with loads of features. This phone also has such a screen and it is believed that Sony developed a new user interface called “panel” for the Windows Mobile OS 6 exclusively for this particular phone.
This interface shows nine tiny tiles that represent individual application windows. When touched, they open up to display the application using a smooth animated style. The new experience also comes with a full QWERTY keyboard, 3-inch widescreen display capable of producing a resolution of 800 * 480 pixels. This phone also feature a 3.2 Mega Pixel camera that iPhone really lacked.
XPERIA also feature the brand new arc slider design that easily slides the display part over the QWERTY keyboard. The other features are: full multimedia capability, full internet capability with wi-fi, an internal memory of 400MB, a MicroSD slot, Bluetooth, A2DP and aGPS.
Sony expects to start selling this phone from second half of this year.
Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 full feature list below.
* Auto focus
* 3.2 megapixel camera
* Photo light
* Video recording
* Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP)
* Media player
* Music tones
* PlayNow™
* Windows Media Player Mobile
* 3D games
* FM radio
* Java
* Video streaming
* Video viewing
* Internet Explorer® Mobile
* RSS feeds
Communication and Messaging
* Polyphonic ringtones
* Speakerphone
* Vibrating alert
* Video calling
* Email
* Picture messaging (MMS)
* Predictive text input
* Text messaging (SMS)
* XPERIA™ panels
* Optical joystick navigation
* Navigation key
* Picture wallpaper
* Touch navigation
* Alarm clock
* Calculator
* Calendar
* Document editors
* Document readers
* Flight mode
* Handwriting recognition
* Notes
* Phone book
* Tasks
* Touchscreen
* aGPS
* Bluetooth™ technology
* Modem
* Synchronization
* USB support
Windows® Mobile® Operating System
* Microsoft® Outlook Mobile: email, contacts, calendar, tasks
* Microsoft® Office Mobile: Word, Excel, PowerPoin
* Internet Explorer® Mobile
* Windows Media™ Player Mobile
* Windows Live™
* Exchange ActiveSync®
* Voice control
* Utility Applications: file explorer, calculator, pictures & video, notes
Facts and Figures
* Size: 110 x 53 x 16.7 mm
* Weight: 145 grams
Available colours
* Black
* Silver
* Main screen: 65,536 color TFT
* Resolution: 800 X 480 pixels
* Size: 3 inches
* Phone memory: up to 400 MB
* microSD™ memory card support
* GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
* UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA 900/1700/1900/2100 MHz
* UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA 850/1700/1900/2100 MHz

What is WiMAX ?

WiMAX is a digital wireless data communication system that can deliver high-speed broadband services up to a large distance of 50KMs.

The WiMAX system was designed to popularize broadband access the way cell phones have done to our telephone communication system. WiMAX may replace the old form of broadband access through landlines, DSL and cable in future.
The WiMAX system can be considered as an efficient alternative to Wi-Fi, where the un-avoidable limitation was the distance of coverage. WiMAX solves this problem by using higher frequency range to deliver more data to a larger distance.

How WiMAX Works?

WiMAX, just like Wi-Fi uses radio waves to transfer data. The important difference is that WiMAX uses two spectrums of frequencies to provide two kinds of wireless broadband access services. (Mobile WiMAX & Fixed WiMAX)
The WiMAX system has two parts; one is the WiMAX tower (similar to a cell phone tower) and a receiver. The receiver can be of two types depending on the device. It can be an embedded device just like our wi-fi receivers or it can be advanced hardware equipment with dedicated antennae.
The WiMAX tower connects to internet through regular mediums of connectivity like fibre optic cable or T1 lines. It can also connect with other WiMAX towers using radio link.
This additional line-of-sight connectivity is the biggest advantage of WiMAX. Technically, this is called the backhaul system. Thus by installing multiple towers, WiMAX can easily provide broadband access to large number of people.

Mobile WiMAX & Fixed WiMAX Operation

WiMAX delivers broadband access in two ways depending on the operational frequencies.
Low Frequency Operation - Mobile WiMAX

In this form, WiMAX tower works more like an efficient & powerful wi-fi access point. The frequency range of operation is 2GHz - 11GHz, almost similar to wi-fi frequencies.

In this mode of operation, the data transfer occurs between WiMAX tower and the internal mobile receivers. As the frequency of operation is low, there is a limitation in area of coverage.

According to theory, this type of WiMAX can only deliver up to 6-7 KMs.
The same effect can be analogized to cell phone tower system. That is the same reason, why we need more number of towers for wide area coverage.

High Frequency Operation - Fixed WiMAX
In this form, the receiver requires dedicated antennae properly installed in the line-of-sight of WiMAX tower. These types of connections are stronger and stable as it uses 66GHz frequency spectrum to carry more data.
This mode of operation can deliver broadband services to about 50KM radius.
WiMAX vs. Wi-Fi
Even though both WiMAX and Wi-Fi works on radio waves, there are differences in their operations and functionalities.
WiMAX is a long distance system capable of providing high-speed broadband access to several KMs. While Wi-Fi is short-range system that can only provide broadband access to several hundred feet.
Data Rate:
WiMAX can deliver data rate of up to 70Mbps, while that of Wi-Fi G is 54Mbps. The next version Wi-Fi (Wi-Fi n) can deliver 108Mbps speed; however, it can only provide this to a short distance of few hundred feet.
WiMAX is highly scalable. By setting up multiple towers in the line-of-sight, WiMAX can cover a large area. Each of these towers does not necessarily need separate internet connectivity. On other hand, each wi-fi access point would need separate internet input to scale it.
Local Networks:
As WiMAX is an ISP based system, you cannot use it for your own private network. While Wi-Fi can still work for private networks even if you do not need broadband.
Spectrum Licensing:
The high frequency operation mode of WiMAX requires spectrum licensing (to be owned by ISPs). On other hand, wi-fi implementation does not require such a license.
Advantages of WiMAX
Large Area of Coverage: As WiMAX can deliver high-speed internet to large distance, it is very well suited to provide broadband access to remote areas of the world.
Scalability: As earlier mentioned, by using backhaul feature of WiMAX, you can set up large number of WiMAX towers in matter of days as opposed to wiring that requires proper planning and heavy labor.
In Built QoS: Quality of Service mechanisms in WiMAX allows mission-critical services to run smoothly even if there is lack of resources. This way, mission critical services are allowed to run at full priority when everything is busy.
Multi-User Connectivity: A single WiMAX tower can connect to 100 client receivers. These clients can of different modes of operation.
Disadvantages of WiMAX
Specialized Equipment Required: For utilizing full functionality of WiMAX, you need specialized hardware with dedicated antennae.
Limited Date Rate: When compared to other modes of broadband connectivity, for example, fibre optic cables and satellite internet, WiMAX is still slow.
Bandwidth Shared Among Users: WiMAX’s another drawback is that it distributes the bandwidth among users. This means, you will experience slow down when there are more uses in the base.
Speed Decrease over Large Distance: Because of bit rate errors happening at large distance, WiMAX system is forced to use lower bit rates at these distances. This means less data transfer rate.
Interference May Affect Connectivity: As the WiMAX uses radio waves, it is susceptible to interference caused by other equipments.
Rain can affect Connectivity: As fixed WiMAX requires line-of-sight radio link, heavy rain can disrupt the entire link.
As WiMAX delivers high-speed internet through wireless medium, the cost of implementing broadband access to remote parts of world are very low. Because of the same reason, we believe WiMAX have huge potential to become the world’s popular broadband access method in near future.
WiMAX Forum

Optiwind Mouse

Finally, a gadget that literally cools you! ( Ahem…your hands actually ;-)) Yes. this optical mouse has a fan inside it that blow air to your hands, thus keeping it cool.

This ergonomically designed optical mouse connects through its USB interface and has a switch to turn the fan on/off.

Technical specification of this mouse

800 dpi optical sensor
Cooling fan with switch
USB connectivity
3-button wheel mouse

Targeted at avid computer users including gamers and frequent internet surfers, this optical-wind mouse is priced at $22

Sony's 16 GB Memory Stick

USB Sticks are getting bigger and faster. For instance thisUSB flash drive from Sony offers16GB capacityand a reading speed of 31 Mbps. This data transfer rateis compatible for ready boost, where you can use the memory stickas additional RAM in Windows Vista

The data transfer speed of 31 Mb/s is good enough to transfer your 1GB file in just under few minutes. The transfer rate is equivalent to 3.9Mb/s, above the minimum requirement for ready boost sytem at 3.5Mb/s

The USB drive has a unique looking prism LED indicator that will tell you easily the data tranfer activity. This drive is USB 2.0 and is available in 1GB - 16 GB sizes. It is expected to cost around 212 Euros for the 16GB version.

Here are the Technical Specifications:

Type: USB 2.0

Read Rate : 31Mb/s

Write Rate: 11Mb/s

Capacity: 1 GB - 16 GB

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