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Baglung lad builds solar vehicle

Posted by Ramesh Khati on October 28, 2009

BAGLUNG, Oct 27(MYREPULICA): A 16-year-old has surprised one and all in Baglung with the successful trial run Tuesday of his indigenous solar vehicle.

kushalkcsolarcarKushal KC, a 10th grader at local Amrit Adarsha Higher Secondary School, paraded his vehicle around Baglung to the approval of a massive crowd gathered on roadsides throughout the town. Born in Binamare-7, Kushal has no formal training nor did he take help from any technician in making his solar vehicle, which includes a battery, a motor and solar panels.

Kushal, who had earlier made a ´helicopter´ and displayed it in Pokhara and Kathmandu, took just 40 days to put together the solar vehicle with materials bought in China and India. He has placed six 20-watt panels at the front, rear and roof of the vehicle and these can power it even in the absence of battery as long as there is sunlight. It has to use a battery during darkness.

“I have made this vehicle to help reduce pollution and global warming,” KC said, claiming that the vehicle can hit a speed of 60kmph. “In the next five years I will make others that can compete with petrol cars in performance,” he told mediapersons gathered at his school.

He has sought government help for getting his name into the Guinness Book of World Records as the youngest person to make such a vehicle and his school principal, Mahesh Chandra Pradhan, promised to take the initiative for that.

Kushal´s father Bhim KC says they had a torrid time putting together the Rs 600,000 required for making the vehicle. “NAST (Nepal Academy of Science and Technology) provided Rs 10,000 while the school helped collect Rs 200,000. We even had to take out a loan to cover the rest of the cost,” says KC.


Kushal´s school and different organizations felicitated him on Tuesday but his father regrets that no one has come forward to help him in his mission.


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Walkman named top music invention of last 50 years

Posted by Ramesh Khati on July 7, 2009

The Walkman, the clunky portable cassette player, has been named the best musical invention of the last 50 years, by a leading gadget magazine.

Sony’s music player has beaten Dolby sound, compact discs and the ubiquitous iPod to come top of the list of “ten most important musical innovations of the last 50 years” published by T3 magazine.

The Walkman beat the iPod to be named best musical innovation of the last 50 years

The Walkman beat the iPod to be named best musical innovation of the last 50 years

The first Walkman was the blue-and-silver model TPS-L2, which went on sale in Japan on July 1, 1979 and started a musical revolution.

Never before had consumers been able to listen to music as they walked down the street, without balancing a tape player on their shoulder.

Within two years of its launch, it had become the must-have gadget around the world, confounding early critics who said it would never take off without a record button.

Kat Hannaford at T3 said: “It changed the way we access music, changed how often we could access music, and changed a generation.”

She said the MP3 digital music format, which came second in the list, and the iPod music player, which came third, would be impossible without the pioneering work of Sony’s Walkman.

The Compact Disc is ranked fourth, followed by Napster the ground-breaking illegal file-sharing site.

Dolby, the British company, which introduced multi-channel sound to cinema, is ranked sixth in the list.

The original Walkman was created for the co-founder of Sony, Akio Morita, who wanted to be able to listen to operas during his frequent plane trips between Japan and the United States.

In Britain the gadget was marketed as the Stowaway and America as the Soundabout but the popularity of the device – one of the world’s first truly global gadgets – meant the name Walkman spread, and before long Sony made sure all were called the same name. Its appeal was helped by the the relatively low price tag of $200.

In ten years Sony sold 50 million units of the device.

It is still a leading portable music player manufacturer, with its latest digital device the X Series acclaimed as one of the best digital video and music devices on the market.

T3’s list of Top Most Important Musical Innovations of the last 50 years:

1. Sony Walkman

2. MP3 format

3. Apple iPod 1st Generation

4. CD

5. Napster

6. Dolby

7. DAB radio

8. Boombox

9. Sonos Multi-Room Music System

10. Panasonic Technics DJ deck

Its victory comes in the week that the Walkman celebrated its 30th birthday.


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Samsung Touches Heart With Three New Touch-Screen Phones

Posted by Ramesh Khati on May 11, 2009

Korean electronics giant Samsung has unleashed three new touch screen handsets in the Indian market with the announcement of the Samsung Star S5233, Star S5603 and the Samsung Beat DJ.

The new launches come weeks after Samsung introduced its premium touchscreen handset, the S8300 UltraTouch, in the country. Additionally, this also takes Samsung’s touchscreen handset tally to a respectable figure of seven.

Samsung Star (S5233)

Samsung Star 3G (S5603)

According to a press release, the Samsung Star comes with multimedia features in a compact body that measures 11.9mm. The phone adopts a 7.63 cm WQVGA full-touch screen and Samsung’s TouchWiz User Interface with Mobile Widgets.

The Samsung Star boasts various multimedia features including a 3.2 mega-pixel camera with smile recognition capability. It supports multi-format playback and DNSe for ease of use and better sound quality. The Samsung Star comes with a Gesture Control feature that allows the user to unlock the Touch screen or run an application by giving a gesture command. The phone also features music recognition using Shazam’s “Find Music” service. To enjoy multimedia content, Samsung Star supports 50MB Internal memory, expandable up to 8GB. Users can enjoy full Internet browsing with an accelerometer sensor for auto-rotation. It supports Google applications like Google Search, Gmail, Google maps; online widgets and photo blogging. For convenience, the phone supports a virtual QWERTY keyboard for messaging and handwriting features. It is priced at Rs.11, 100/-.

Samsung Star 3G (S5603)

Samsung Star S5233

The Samsung Star 3G also supports full Internet browsing with an accelerometer sensor for auto-rotation and is 3G enabled. The Star 3G is equipped with a QVGA full-touch screen, the TouchWiz User Interface and “Gesture Control” feature. Mobile widgets can be placed on the screen for one-click access to applications. The Samsung Star 3G comes with a 3.2 mega-pixel camera with Power LED Flash. The handset has 80MB of internal memory, expandable up to 8GB and is priced at Rs.14,499/-.

Samsung BEAT DJ

Samsung Beat DJ
Samsung Beat DJ

Samsung also announced the launch of Samsung BEAT DJ in the Indian market. The phone runs Samsung’s DISC User Interface and comes loaded with Bang & Olufsen audio technology. With its BEAT DJ application & DISC UI, users will be able to add preloaded voice samples and sound effects to their favorite songs and record it. With the phones’ full-touch technology and BEAT DJ application, users can also ‘scratch’ the records on the 7.1 cms AMOLED Full Touch display to create their personal music. The phone has 50MB of on-board memory – expandable to 8GB with the micro SD card. The Samsung BEAT DJ is also equipped with built-in real stereo speakers – powered by B&O’s ICEpower amplifier. This 3G enabled phone comes with a 3.0 MP Camera and is priced at Rs 18,990/-.

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Nokia Laptops: Coming Soon

Posted by Ramesh Khati on May 1, 2009

Another sign of the converging road ahead for laptops and mobiles! Nokia has affirmed that they are considering entering the Laptop market. When asked of Nokia’s possible plans to start manufacturing laptops, CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo reportedly said, “We are looking very actively also at this opportunity”.

Why shouldn’t they? Laptops are getting smaller and integrating more and more features of mobiles, while mobile are gaining more and more features of computers. With Nokia smartphones already capable of email, web browsing, video streaming, editing documents, and much, much more, laptops are just a stone throw away.

Nokia’s unique experience in making mobile phones in a small form factor, and packing them to the brim with features, is one that will surely come to play in a big way. Many of Nokia’s higher end devices such as the E90 communicator are essentially trimmed down PC’s in their own right.

Recently Nokia entered the software by acquiring Trolltech, the company responsible for developing the Qt Toolkit which is widely used for developing software for Windows, MacOs and Linux, the most famous of them being the KDE Desktop environment for Linux. They have also recently acquired and open sourced the Symbian Operating System that is used on their phones. A version of Qt for developing application for Symbian is also underway. It is quite possible then that their Laptops might feature a expanded version of their Symbian operating system.

We have seen a lot of computer manufacturers, such as HP, Lenovo, and Acer starting their own line of mobile phone recently, and Dell too is considering the option. As such Nokia deciding to expand to the Laptop market isn’t quite so unusual.

Nokia already has a large loyal customer base, and its products are widely considered to be of superior quality, sturdy, and stable. They have a ready distribution network, and have large ready supply chain and manufacturing capacity, which they can use to gain foothold, and emerge successfully in the field.

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Nokia launches E75 in India

Posted by Ramesh Khati on April 18, 2009



New Delhi: Nokia  unveiled the new addition to its Eseries range, Nokia E75. Nokia E75 comes with Nokia Messaging Service which provides e-mail solutions on Nokia devices with the pre-installed Nokia Messaging push e-mail service. The new slider phone is the first device from Nokia’s stable to offer complete integration of email and messaging service. The company claims that Nokia E75 boasts of full desktop email functionality along with both standard keypad and QWERTY keypad.
The Nokia E75 includes an intelligent input feature with auto-completion and correction. The device has a 3.2 megapixel camera, autofocus, flash, and comes integrated with a music player, media player, FM and internet radio. The device also supports integrated A-GPS and preloaded maps on the memory card. The device includes a built-in mobile VPN for intranet access.
Nokia E75 supports MP3, AAC, Nokia podcast and Windows Media Player. The player is also compatible with polyphonic, MP3, video and talking ringtones. The phone also incorporates Ovi services, Nokia Maps and Nokia’s games service N-Gage.
Nokia E75 will be available at an MRP of Rs 26,299 in two colours, silver black and red.

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Airtel to Offer DTH Service for Cars,Buses, Trains

Posted by Ramesh Khati on April 18, 2009


Watch your favorite TV channels when on-the-go!
How would you like your favorite television channels to be available to you when on-the-go?After launching its direct-to-home (DTH) services across India last year, now Bharti Airtel is in talks with companies to launch its DTH mobile services for luxury cars, buses, and trains, according to a Business Standard report.
The company has been in talks with various automobile companies to install their mobile DTH units.

How it Works
A special auto-tracking antenna is placed on the roof of the car; this tracks the company’s satellite placed in orbit at 36,000 km. This is how signals will be fed to the set top box placed near the television set inside the car for transmission of satellite channels in the vehicle.

Market and Availability
The installation of a DTH unit in a vehicle costs exceeds Rs. 1.5 lakh.
Due to the high installation cost, the company is aiming this mobile DTH service for the higher-end market. Hence, expect to watch your favorite channels on-the-go if you can afford a chauffeur-driven luxury car; or when traveling by bus or train.
On the other hand, the report also states that Dish TV is ready to launch its smaller version of the mobile unit as well. This will come with a smaller antennae and set top box that can be mounted on any kind of vehicle.
Bharti Airtel is still in talks with various companies to collaborate with in order to launch this service.
Interestingly, the ongoing elections are a major puller for this service, says a company spokesperson. “Politicians and other interested parties need information round the clock so this keeps them connected to the news all the time. This service is substantially present in the metros,” he saysIn order to clarify pricing and availability, Techtree tried to get in touch with the Airtel’s (DTH) spokesperson, in vain. Watch this space for updates.

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