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Bollywood is the informal term popularly used for the Hindi-language film industry based inMumbai (formerly known as Bombay), Maharashtra, India. The term is often incorrectly used to refer to the whole of Indian cinema; it is only a part of the total Indian film industry, which includes other production centers producing films in regional languages.[1] Bollywood is the largest film producer in India and one of the largest centers of film production in the world.[2][3][4]

Hollywood is a district in Los Angeles, California, United States situated west-northwest ofdowntown Los Angeles.[2] Due to its fame and cultural identity as the historical center ofmovie studios and movie stars, the word Hollywood is often used as a metonym of American cinema. Today, much of the movie industry has dispersed into surrounding areas such as the Westside neighborhood,[3] and the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys, but significant auxiliary industries, such as editing, effects, props, post-production, and lightingcompanies remain in Hollywood, as does the backlot of Paramount Pictures.

SATYA NADELLA MIGHT BE BAD NEWS FOR YOUNG INDIA……. HERE’S WHY


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only the third CEO in 38-year-old Microsoft’s lifetime, 47-year-old Satya Nadella is being lauded by the American and Indian press alike.. I am, in fact, sweating a couple of jugs for what Satya’s elevation as Microsoft’s new CEO will amount to in a few weeks.

Here is my biggest grief. Satya Nadella will be used as an example by Indian parents to tell their children that engineering is not dead and can indeed take you places such as the CEO’s chair at Microsoft. At a time when the creative arts need a fillip and our historical heritage as well as cultural mores needs additional modes of expression, this is a dangerous thing.

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Wonder what the new CEO will be taking home? According to a recent regulatory filing by Microsoft with the SEC, Nadella’s annual salary has been increased to $1.2 million.

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As a professor of journalism at a top Mumbai college, I have had parents come up to me confidentially and tell me that they did not approve of their wards take up subjects as journalism, advertising, PR etc. To them, these are not real streams of education but more of a hobby class that needs to be tolerated for a finite amount of time. Most parents secretly hope their kids will realise their folly and go back to engineering just as they had envisioned. It is only when realisation finally hits that they come and ask me about the prospects in these new fields.

Satya’s bachelor of engineering in electronics and communication degree from Manipal Institute of Technology and MS in Computer Science from the University of Milwaukee-Wisconsin as well as an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business will be the new benchmark for teenagers hereon.

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If only Satya himself had something truly revolutionary with his own career then things might have been a whole lot different. In fact, he could have been the new poster boy of a young India hungry for success across the world. But Satya himself chose to lead a simple and staid life, putting in the years at Microsoft by putting in all his hard work before his elevation to CEO. That is not path-breaking but a routine way of getting to the top.

You could call my analysis baseless paranoia and I would gladly like to be proved wrong but history is a better teacher than we credit it for. When I was studying in the last decade, almost 90 percent of my schoolmates went to engineering colleges after their junior college. Most were just following the family tradition and did not know what to make of their careers while doing engineering.

A good student went to a university in California to study computer science but is now working for his father’s interior design company after dropping out mid-way through the course. A brilliant student went into depression after he could not cope with the accumulated KTs and non-performance and dropped out to take banking exams. They were driven by their parents to emulate another Indian who had made headlines by joining hands with Microsoft to offer a revolutionary email service to the world called Hotmail. His name was Sabeer Bhatia.

The new generation of students have a new talisman to emulate now and his name is Satya Nadella.

GOSF attracts 2 million visitors; 3-4 times increase in sales, 50+ houses sold-akki


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Google‘s annual online shopping event Great Online Shopping Festival (GOSF) attracted 2 million visitors this year as people thronged to e-commerce sites to check out deals on electronics, shoes, watches and travel.

GOSF 2013 saw the number of visitors doubling to 2 million this year compared to last year’s inaugural edition.

Google said its GOSF 2013 partners (over 200 e-commerce websites) like Snapdeal, Myntra andeBay saw daily sales jumping 3 to 4 times.

“Even offbeat categories like cars and housing saw great traction during the festival with Tata Housing closing booking of over 55 flats,” Google India Director eCommerce (local and media) Nitin Bawankule said.

According to Google, of the 2 million unique visitors, almost half were women.

Google said between 2pm and 8pm was the peak time of traffic each day, with 62 percent viewers coming from the 18 to 34-year old category.

“Currently, we estimate that over 30 percent buyers were first time shoppers on most sites. Given the scale of the initiative with all the partners and the large number of online shoppers in India, GOSF this year was a huge success by all parameters,” he said.

Other popular categories included apparel, e-books, books, home and kitchen equipment, jewellery, and healthcare and wellness.

“We witnessed over 120 percent jump in traffic and 3.5x growth in revenues, which is testament to the future potential of online shopping in India,” Myntra Chief Marketing Officer Vikas Ahuja said.

Tata Housing sold more than 50 apartments with a sales value of over Rs. 25 crores across four projects during December 11-14. About 30 percent of the booking came from NRIs and 40 percent was from tier II cities.

“Initiatives like GOSF act as a catalyst to further boost adoption of online shopping in India. In fact, a lot of these new shoppers become repeat buyers and add up to the traffic on the website,” Snapdeal.com Vice President (Marketing) Sandeep Komaravelly said.

Lenskart CEO and Founder Peyush Bansal said the site registered 60 percent spike in traffic and 70 percent jump in new registrations leading to a 50 percent increase in the overall sales.

HealthKart Co-Founder Prashant Tandon said GOSF proved to be a great platform to launch a number of new products. The site saw a jump in its core categories like sports nutrition, health nutrition and health devices.

Cash back and coupons site Cashkaro said its traffic doubled during GOSF and the transaction volume went up three times.

Online recharge site Paytm Founder Vijay Sharma said GOSF led to a 15 percent revenue uptick on the site.

 

Google Zeitgeist: Nelson Mandela, Paul Walker, iPhone 5s most searched in 2013


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Death, devices and celebrity drove the quest for more information on Google’s search engine this year.

 

Three of the world’s four fastest-rising search requests on Google were triggered by the deaths of famous men.

 

Former South African President Nelson Mandela, who died earlier this month, occupied the top spot, followed by “Fast & Furious” movie star Paul Walker, who died in a Nov. 30 car crash. “Glee” TV series cast member Cory Monteith, who died of a drug overdose in July, ranked fourth in an annual retrospective released Tuesday.

 

The Boston Marathon bombings in April that killed three people ranked sixth.

 

The iPhone 5S, the latest upgrade in Apple’s most popular product line, finished third in Google’s rankings. A rival smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S4, took the eighth spot. PlayStation 4, Sony Corp.’s newest video game console, held the ninth position.

 

The Top 10 was rounded out by the “Harlem Shake,” a song that inspired a procession of amusing dance videos, at No. 5; “royal baby” Prince George, the heir to England’s throne, at No. 7; and North Korea, whose saber-rattling has become a source of international tension, at No. 10.

 

Google’s review follows annual round-ups compiled during the previous two weeks by its main search rivals – Microsoft Corp.‘s Bing, Yahoo Inc. and Ask.com. Although its list usually comes last each year, Google’s breakdown typically provides the greatest insight into the world’s collective mindset because the company’s technology processes about two out of every three search requests made on the Internet.

 

Bing ranks a distant second with 18 percent of the U.S. search market, and even less in most other countries. Yahoo, which relies on Bing’s technology, handles the third most search requests.

 

Because the same inquiries tend to crop up from one year to the next, Google tries to keep its list fresh by focusing on the queries that post the biggest annual gains – a measurement that the Mountain View, California, company calls “trending.”

 

Google also is slicing its vast database of search requests into a hodgepodge of other categories spanning 72 countries, up from 55 last year. In the U.S. alone, Google is compiling more than 90 different lists examining the hottest inquiries about everything from finances to pop culture.

 

A handful of the rankings are based on the total number of requests entered into Google’s search engine, instead of breaking them down by the variance from last year.

 

Google’s pecking order of the most-searched people in the U.S. consists exclusively of singers, with the exception of reality-TV show star Kim Kardashian, who is engaged to be married to one of her peers on the list, hip-hop artist Kanye West (she ranks No. 3, while he came in at No. 10). The top spot is held by Miley Cyrus, who also was No. 1 in Yahoo’s search rankings for this year (Kardashian ranked second on Yahoo’s list).

 

Cyrus, Kardashian and Justin Bieber were the only three people to appear in each of the most-searched lists from Google, Bing and Yahoo. The lists of most-searched people on Google and Bing shared the most in common, with six stars appearing in both categories. Beside Cyrus, Kardashian and Bieber, the other three to make the cut on both Google and Bing were Beyonce Knowles (No. 1 on Bing, No. 5 on Google); Rihanna (No. 3 on Bing, No. 6 on Google); and Taylor Swift (No. 4 on Bing, No. 7 on Google).

 

The Web surfers who use Bing evidently have quite different tastes in television from those who search on Google.

 

Only two series, “Big Bang Theory” and “Big Brother” appeared in each of the two rivals rankings’ of the year’s most-searched TV shows. “Big Bang Theory” ranked first on Bing’s list, a distinction held by “Breaking Bad” in Google’s rankings. The two search engines couldn’t agree on the most popular morning news show either, with NBC’s “Today Show” making it on Bing’s list of most frequent TV requests and ABC’s “Good Morning America” securing a spot on Google’s list.

 

Google was on its own list of trending stocks this year, ranking No. 4. That’s not a big surprise, given the company’s market value has surged by about 50 percent so far this year, its biggest gain on Wall Street since 2008. That was still not enough to surpass Google rival Facebook Inc. on the list of trendiest stocks. Facebook’s shares have more than doubled so far this year. After Facebook came electric car maker Tesla Motors, whose stock has more than quadrupled this year, and online messaging service Twitter Inc., whose stock has more than doubled since its Wall Street debut last month.

 

This Isn’t a Car Show, Just The Parking Lot Of American University Of Dubai!


Dubai is known for a number of reasons, but we really didn’t think that this would be a reason for us to write about Dubai. ka Nasser, just couldn’t resist his urge to show what kind of automobiles are in use by the students of this university. The university was founded back in 1995 as a private university and the pictures have been taken from a single parking lot only that is reserved for students.

Meeka Nasser said; ‘I attend the American University of Dubai and the cars that students drive here are just ludicrous. If I was back home in Canada, my car would be considered nice, but here nobody looks twice at it. These pictures were taken in the span of a couple days and only in one of the parking lots of the school, so this isn’t even close to all of the nice cars at the school. Because Cayennes and Range Rovers are a dime a dozen here, I only included a few of them in the album. Keep in mind; almost all of the students are between 18 and 24 years old, as the graduate programme is pretty tiny here. The students that drive the insanely expensive cars (Rolls Royces and Bentleys etc.) are usually local (Emirati) for those wondering.’
Pictures are a courtesy of Meeka Nasser, All rights reserved.

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Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent Trailer Is Here, and It’s STUNNING


I feel about making live-action Disney movies (which is, I like to pretend that I’m in charge of casting decisions), but after seeing Angelina Jolie‘s trailer for Maleficent, I don’t think I, or the folks at Disney, could have picked a better choice. For one, the movie looks visually stunning, and Jolie has the right amount of wickedness in her to play the sorceress. Elle Fanning seems perfectly doe-eyed enough to play Princess Aurora as well.

Ugh, now we have to wait all the way until June 2014 to see it. What did you think? Is there anybody else you would have cast instead?

 

 

We all watch futuristic technological innovations in movies.


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Things like holographic computer displays that appear in mid-air on command without using any physical devices such as a projectors. That’s right, I am talking about Iron-man, the tech freak hero who uses his hands to interact with the ultra-modern futuristic interface just like we interact with touchscreens these days. It is Ultrahaptics – using sound waves to create the sensation of touch when no touch is actually present.

Using an ultrahaptic device, ultrasound transducers create sound waves at a high frequency. These waves create isolated changes in air pressure that imitate the sensation of touch.

A demonstration was given at the University of Bristol, showing how the system works with a display that projects the sound waves. The user interacts with items on the display by using his hands several feet above it, but he feels as if he is actually touching the display as vibrations reach the fingertips. By changing that frequency vibration, the team discovered that they can create different sensations; you can feel the texture of air and even raised areas and edges.

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See it first: complete collection at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2013


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See it first: Amit Aggarwal’s complete collection at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2013.

Press shots of Moto X and refreshed Nexus 7 leaked


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Serial leaker @evleaks has been at it again. On Saturday, press shots of the much-hyped Moto X had been leaked. However, nothing new whatsoever has been revealed in the images. Still, it should help to actually be able to see the closest thing we’ll get to an official picture of the smartphone till the official unveiling. The smartphone is set to be officially unveiled atMotorola’s August 1 event.

The leaker has also leaked out what seem to be press shots of the much-anticipated refresh to the Nexus 7 tablet. One of the biggest new things revealed in the pictures is the presence of a new camera on the back of the tablet. @evleaks has also suggested that 16GB and 32GB variants of the tablet will be available on launch.

The tablet seems to be quite close to being announced. The company had recently sent out invites to an event set to take place on July 24. While not much details about the event are available, it is rumoured that the company will be unveiling the refreshed Nexus 7 along with an update to Android, bringing it up to version 4.3. The event is set to be led by Android and Chrome OS chief Sundar Pichai.

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The last we heard about Android 4.3, the firmware had been leaked for the Google Play Edition and the LTE-enabled Snapdragon version of the Galaxy S4. A number of fascinating things have been revealed through this leak, such as changes to the notification-based APIs, where apps will be able to access notifications properly instead of using exploits in Android’s Accessibility APIs.

Other features expected to be in Android 4.3 are mostly under-the -hood things, other than the new camera interface. The update will bring about improved performance from Android devices. It will be making it so that the GPU calls are reduced by around 30 percent, significantly improving the battery life. Wi-Fi will also be on by default, and switching it off will require hunting the option down in the menus somewhere.

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Movies Review: D-Day by akki


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Cast: Irrfan Khan, Arjun Rampal, Huma Qureshi, Rishi Kapoor, Shruti Haasan

Direction: Nikhil Advani

Rating: ****

Tales of espionage in Bollywood seldom manage to arouse or sustain the tension that the genre demands. Director Nikhil Advani, however, delivers splendidly on this account, weaving a taut narrative complete with unpredictable twists and turns. Not only does he spin a thrilling tale, he infuses the story with sensitivity and emotion.

Four RAW agents have been trained over the years for one specific task – capture India’s Most Wanted man and bring him back to the country alive, so that he can be punished for his crimes. Wali Khan (Irrfan Khan), one of the RAW agents who infiltrated into Pakistan, has spent the last nine years of his life there hoping to find a trail of the elusive Iqbal Seth.

Just when the Indian sleuths are about to give up pursuit, the most-wanted Iqbal Seth (Rishi Kapoor) gives them a glimmer of hope. He is adamant to make an appearance at his son’s wedding. This is their only chance to abduct him.

The team swings into action. Rudra Pratap Singh (Arjun Rampal) and Zoya Rehman (Huma Qureshi) are key players in this covert operation. Rampal has often been criticized for being expressionless. However, in ‘D-Day’, this apparent criticism works to his advantage. As a former army officer and now an undercover agent, Arjun is intense and sharp, his body language apt and his performance precise. Huma is a pleasant surprise, especially in the action sequences.

Irrfan Khan, as usual, delivers another ace with a well-nuanced performance. In the nine years that Wali Khan has spent in Pakistan, he has acquired a new life and his identity no matter how fabricated is as true to him as his own existence. Khan has a choice to make. Will his emotions supersede his loyalty towards his country? Irrfan’s silence and his skillful portrayal convey his internal conflict and his quiet resignation with equal effect. Here is an actor who is as believable as a barber as he is as a RAW agent.

In this fast-paced action thriller, Nikhil Advani creates moments that remain etched in memory. There is a scene when Rudra exacts revenge for the ghastly scar on a beautiful prostitute’s (Shruti Haasan) face. The way water pours down his face in slow motion when he is washing off the blood is symbolic of the way gods are anointed with milk in India.

Later, when Rudra recounts the horror that must have befallen his moll, it is a particularly disturbing scene but has been shot superbly. Shruti has a cameo but are eyes speak louder than anydialoguebaazi.

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