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SAMSUNG -VS- REST OF UNIVERSE. (versatile samsung)??


I’m going to focus on one. I’m going to put words to something that’s been nagging at me for weeksmonths, andyears. And I’m all out of mincing and sugar-coating…
Samsung does it to such a degree, and with such a consistency, that it’s flabbergasting they can show up in court, swear an oath, and claim anything otherwise. Now they could claim it doesn’t matter, that all phones and tablets and icons should look alike, and would be understandable as a strategy. But claiming they don’t copy? Absurd.

Before the iPhone, Samsung copied the BlackBerry with the BlackJack. RIM sued, and Samsung changed the name to Jack, but kept the same design. Then, as now, they looked at the market leader and rather than asking how they could make “what’s next”, they asked how they could make what would be as close as possible “next to” it on a shelf. Rather than setting a course for the future, they set out to subsume the present.ImageFollowing the iPhone, when Apple showed the industry what “was next”, rather than trying to do to the iPhone, and later the iPad, what Apple did to Palm and BlackBerry, Table PC and netbooks, Samsung conscientiously, deliberately, made their own smartphones and tablets look and work as close to indistinguishably from Apple products as possible. They started with the Instinct and kept right on going with the Galaxy series.ImageAnd they didn’t stop with iPhones or iPads, either, but shamelessly copied everything from icons to interfaces, plugs to ports, dongles to desktops. They cloned devices, like they had Photoshops’s stamp brush made manifest on the factory floor.ImageThis year Samsung introduced the Galaxy S III and began to visually differentiate themselves from Apple. The shape was less a slab and more a river-stone, the charging was inductive, the sharing a physical tap away, and the screen would even ripple like water when you touched it… Just exactly what Palm did with webOS and the Pre back in 2009Image

As a gadget lover, even if you love Samsung, even if you don’t want to admit it, it’s a huge disappointment. A splinter in the mind that mars what are otherwise phenomenal devices. A shadow in the periphery that stops you from enjoying the full light of their accomplishments.

Even if you can rationalize “a black slab is a black slab” it’s impossible to rationalize “a yellow flower on blue background icon for photos is a yellow flower icon on blue background for photos”, or “the shape of AC adapters, dock cables, and desktop computers are…” well, you get the idea. Even if you can dismiss individual instances as coincidences, when taken as a whole, it’s impossible to dismiss the depths of Samsung’s unoriginality as anything other than blatant, bold-faced copying.ImageAnd lets face it, it works. Hitching their design train to Apple’s engine has helped make Samsung the most successful Android manufacturer on the face of the earth, and the only truly profitable one. That is no doubt tremendous incentive, and explains why Samsung did it, and while they’ll likely continue to do it.Image

I’m not ready to be done yet. I’m not ready to concede that the iPhone at Macworld or the Pre at CES are the last time I’ll truly be amazed by leaps forward in mobile. I’m not ready to accept a years-long drought filled with cheap knock-offs and increasingly conventional, commodity devices.

I bought and owned a Nexus One. I bought and own a Nexus 7. I’d buy and own another HTC or Motorola Nexus in a heartbeat. I’ve never had the slightest urge to buy or own a Samsung mobile device — because I already have a Treo and an iPhone, an iPad and a Palm Pre.Image

I would love to add a Samsung device to that list, an original, novel, inspiring take on mobile from one of the giants of the industry. The Galaxy Note and the upcoming Galaxy Note 10.1 are a start, but there has to be something beyond “with a stylus”. There has to be a Samsung device that could be, for once, at the head of the design curve. A Samsung device that other manufacturers look to for inspiration and take their turn in copying outright.

Regardless of how the Apple vs Samsung trial turns out, that’s the challenge Samsung faces. To move from replication to innovation. To take their place as not only a market leader but an industry leader. To stop copying the present and claim a role in shaping the future.

They have chance next year. No doubt there’ll be a Galaxy S4/Galaxy S IV, and no doubt Samsung is already planning it. They have a chance to zag instead of zig, to do something as original as Apple did in 2007 and Palm did in 2009. I sincerely hope they take it.

I hope they put a Samsung shaped dent in the universe.

BlackBerry 10 home screen

BlackBerry 10 home screen

BlackBerry 10 home screen and launcher officially previewed by RIM

By now, the crew in Waterloo have likely piqued your interest in what’s to come for the world of BlackBerry. So far, we’ve gotten to see the company’s developer handset, along with a few screenshots of the BlackBerry 10 software. One element that’s remained elusive up until this point, however, was the home screen itself. All of that changed today, as Research in Motion is now providing a sneak peek of it and the full launcher. While you might mistake the home screen as being populated with widgets, in fact, these are open applications that will dynamically change based on your activities. Much of the interface will be gesture-driven, and as such, a quick swipe to the right will bring the full launcher to the forefront — just hop the break for a glimpse. Similarly, a swipe to the left will reveal the unified inbox. The result is nothing revolutionary, but the BlackBerry 10 designers certainly deserve credit for the clean and functional interface — it’s but one more reason to be excited for what’s next.

Things to check before you start driving a car.


Things to check before you start driving a car.

What: Things to check before you start driving a car.

Why: You don’t enjoy being late or being stuck due to vehicle breakdown – do you?

When: Every time you start the car – Or at least before the first start of the day.

Skill Level: All you need is a little observation and of course you need to remember this simple checklist.
The checklist:

From Outside:

– Start by checking whether the tyres are properly inflated – it is always better if you have a pressure gauge, but in any case just check if the pressure is visibly low in any of the tyres. It is also advisable to properly check tyres every fortnight and re-inflate them (including spare tyre) to their recommended pressures. You can also lightly kick a tyre or two – not only to make you feel a little better about the task, but also for the good luck charm!

– Thoroughly check under your car and in some case even on top, for stray dogs and cats. Why? Well, I don’t think we need an explanation for this one!

– If you are one of those souls who frequently park their car in the public parking spaces – which, by the way are almost non-existent these days – then you will know better about the unwanted ads and pamphlets that are forcefully stuck under your wiper blades / mirror housings / door-handles etc. Please check and thrown them away (in the bins people, keep thy city clean!) before getting inside the car. Needless to say it is very irritating to step out for this reason.

– You might as well want to check if it is your car and this bit is really simple – it will open and more importantly start with your key. No, believe us, we have come across people who end up unlocking someone else’s car and not realising it until they actually get inside!
On the Inside:

– Check and adjust your seat position and also adjust the rear view mirrors. Get an ergonomically comfortable driving position is of utmost importance.

– Before you turn-on the engine, check if A/C, headlights and other electronics are shut-off – your car will mostly start trouble free even with these on, but then they will certainly affect your car battery’s life and in most modern cars – it could ruin the vital electricals too.

– After you turn-on the ignition, wait for all warning lights in the instrument cluster to illuminate before starting the car. Once you start the car all the lights should disappear in a moment except handbrake warning light. (Hope you pull the handbrake, every time you park your car –of course, that is a different checklist – “things to do when you park your car”). In case any light remains on like Oil level indicator or battery, get you car checked from an authorised service centre.
– This might sound a little silly, but can be a lot of pain if ignored. Always do remember to check if there is enough fuel in the car to at least reach the nearest fuel station.

– Now the last thing to do is to ensure that all headlamp and indicator bulbs are working fine; and though we suggest that the usage of horn should be minimal, it is still important to check that it is working – as we still drive on the great Indian roads!


MaY oUr DrEamS coMe tRue.

MaY oUr DrEamS coMe tRue.

A skydiver pulled off an amazing stunt when he climbed out from the cockpit of a glider and crawled along the wing – then somersaulted under the wing and stepped onto the wing of a second glider travelling below. He then moved back onto the main fuselage of the second glider while the first rider turned upside down and flew overhead so that the skydiver could reach up and form a human link between the two planes. The spectacular stunt was carried out by Salzburg skydiver Paul Steiner 2,100 metres in the air with both gliders travelling at 100 miles an hour above the mountains in Styria, Austria

Micromax launched

Micromax launched

New Delhi: A day after HCL unveiled two ICS-powered budget tablet PCs, Micromax launched its own Android 4.0-running ‘Funbook’ at a price of Rs 6,499.

Powered by a 1.2GHz Cortex A8 processor with a Mali GPU, the device sports a 7” capacitive display comes with 4GB of onboard memory 512MB RAM.

‘Funbook’ ships with a 2800 mAh battery, and comes with 3G dongle support via a USB and a 0.3 MP front facing camera.

After the runaway success of the ultra-low cost Aakash tablet in India, the country has seen a slew of launches in the budget tab category, including those introduced by Reliance, BSNL, HCL and Intex.

BMW i8 Concept …

ImageBMW i8 Concept – emotional, dynamic and efficient.

The concept car BMW Vision EfficientDynamics created excitement and very positive feedback at the IAA 2009. The BMW Vision EfficientDynamics made it clear that an emotional sports car with the fuel economy of a small car is no contradiction, but could soon be reality.
After successful initial testing of the vehicle concept, the decision for a series-production vehicle was quickly made. The BMW i8 Concept is the next step in the evolution of the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Concept. The result: The most progressive and innovative sports car of its time. Its innovative plug-in hybrid concept combines the modified electric drive system from the BMW i3 Concept – fitted over its front axle – with a high-performance three-cylinder combustion engine producing 164 kW/220 hp and 300 Nm (221 lb-ft) at the rear. Working in tandem, they allow the two drive systems to display their respective talents to the full, delivering the performance of a sports car but the fuel consumption of a small car.
Acceleration of 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in under five seconds combined with fuel consumption in the European cycle of under three litres per 100 kilometres (approx. 94 mpg imp) are figures currently beyond the capability of any vehicle powered by a combustion engine of comparable performance. Thanks to the eDrive technology with its large lithium-ion battery, which can be charged from a domestic power supply, the BMW i8 Concept can travel up to 35 kilometres (approx. 20 miles) on electric power alone. Added to which, the 2+2-seater offers enough space for four people, giving it a high level of everyday practicality.


HTC has built up an enviable reputation with its impressive line of smartphones and the Flyer is its foray into the tablet realm. The Flyer is a 7-inch tablet running Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS and features the latest edition of HTC Sense UI, the Sense 3.0. The UI is similar to HTC’s Android touchscreen phones, albeit with the addition of some impressive graphics and animations. HTC has implemented the interface with great attention to detail, something as simple as sliding between the homescreen is executed with a slick looking carousel with 3D elements.

The new UI also brings in an improved lockscreen that gives instant access to four preset shortcuts. A 1.5 GHz processor with 1 GB RAM powers the HTC Flyer, the device also packs an Adreno 205 GPU unit for handling HD games and high resolution video playback. The Flyer comes with a 5 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera for video chats.


The HTC Tablet measures 195.4 x 122 x 13.2 mm and weighs 420 g. HTC is known to never slack in the built department and the Flyer is no different. The Android tablet features a sturdy anodized aluminum chassis with premium non-slip rubber on the rear. One of the rubber fittings can be removed to reveal the microSD card slot.

HTC has fitted the Flyer with an Ambient Light sensor for optimal brightness control and an accelerometer for auto UI orientation. The tablet also features a Digital Compass to assist in navigation.

Battery and Storage

The HTC Flyer ships with an impressive 32 GB of internal memory. Furthermore, you can add another 32 GB of memory via microSD card slot. The tablet is fitted with a 4000 mAh battery that gives a video playback time of around 8 hrs.

Connectivity and Features

The Flyer can access the Internet via 3G and Wi-Fi networks. Data transfer is taken care of by a microUSB port (12-pin microUSB 2.0) and high speed Bluetooth v3.0. The HTC Flyer comes with A-GPS support with enhanced Google Maps integration for improved navigation.

The HTC Flyer implements a split view browser and gallery which gives you a preview of opened tabs. This allows for a PC-like browsing and navigation experience. HTC has ported its impressive social networking expertise from smartphones onto the Flyer. The Android tablet features the Friend Stream app that pulls in multiple social network feeds into a single platform. Other features on the HTC Flyer include latest HTML 5, Adobe Flash support and Wi-Fi printing.

What makes the HTC Flyer stand out amongst the tablet horde is the Magic Pen that allows multimedia note making, signing digital documents or just plain doodling. On the Reader ebook app, you can use the pen to highlight passages or make any annotation. HTC has preloaded the Flyer with tablet customised Android apps to exploit the Flyer’s 7 inch screen and more are expected to be available.