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Did Microsoft mess up Xbox 360’s launch in India???

Posted by Sankar on September 25, 2006

Or are they taking it lightly??? I had read that XBOX 360 was going to be launched on 23rd of this month in India… But apart from that, there was no information on the launch or anything else for that matter. I hope it was launched…

There were no ads on print media, Television or any other media… No news on where to buy them from? I mean, I have no issues with this. I get most of the information from various sources in the net as I spend 10+ hours a day in the comp. But that’s the not the case with most prospective buyers. Most people may not even be aware that it has been launched…

Even for me, I have doubts with respect to the XBOX live features here in India. Where do I get that clarified? I don’t know. Is there a retailer or store in Chennai that sells XBOX 360? I don’t know. Where do I get this information from? I don’t know. The official XBOX India site is pretty much useless…

Actually, I was expecting a separate inserts in the papers on Sat/Sun for promoting the product. I was disappointed. The last India – Australia cricket match on the recently concluded DLF cup would have been a great launch pad for the ads… but Microsoft didn’t think so. Either Microsoft is too confident or they just don’t care.

Anyone else from other cities across India… How is it been there? Maybe it is better in B’lore/Mumbai?

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Sony Ericsson K750i Review

Posted by Sankar on June 5, 2006

The model was launched several months back and it has got some great reviews all over. I am just writing this to post my thoughts about the phone. The phone is loaded with all the features that are pretty much considered standard these days. It comes with a 2.0 MP camera, Bluetooth, FM, MP3 player, 38 + 64 megs memory and more. I have been using the phone for about 2 months now and I guess I have explored enough features of the phone to really comment about it.

1) Look and Feel: I would give full marks for this category. The phone is very neatly designed and it fits well in your hand. The buttons are neatly laid out and aren’t too cramped. The feel is really good. The camera is also nicely enclosed behind a sliding cover which protects the lens cover from scratches and dust.

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2) Specs: The specs are on par with most phones in this category. The screen size is 176 x 220 and supports 262K+ colors. The phone comes with a built-in memory of 38 Megs and a 64 Megs add-on card. The slot is also neatly laid out in the side.

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3) Battery Life: I definitely have to say that the battery life is pretty good. I use the phone for a reasonable amount of time each day and I get about 3 days for each charge. Of course it will vary based on the features used…Bluetooth, Camera etc will eat more of your battery.

4) Usability: The phone is very easy to use and navigate. I have been a fan of the SonyEricsson's joystick ever since my first model T300. The joystick has been greatly improved in K750i.

Tiny nifty features that I like a lot!!!

1) Every phone supports notes and reminders. There is a feature in K750i in which you can display a note in the main display in standby mode. This is pretty cool especially when you want to be reminded of something. Of course reminders are available… but they prompt only at the specified time. But with this option, the note is available on the main display (overlaying the wallpaper) all the time and hence you will have to look into it each time you use the phone. I use it regularly to remind me of tiny tiny stuff.

2) Another cool feature is when you want to take down a number while in conversation. You can just type in the number and it will stay in the display even after you end your existing call. This feature is available in current models, but wasn’t there in older models and in different brands. Really useful and saves you from scrambling for a pen while on the phone.

These tiny usability stuff is what makes a phone stand out from the rest.

On the whole, I would definitely recommend this phone to anyone looking out for a model in the mid-high range.

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Programmable beverage containers… :)

Posted by Sankar on March 27, 2006

Here they are…

Programmable Image Container

A container with buttons that can release different flavors into the liquid.

"Additive buttons allow for the consumer to choose variations of the liquid in the container at the point of consumption. For example, a programmable cola bottle with buttons for lemon, lime, vanilla, and cherry flavors as well as a caffeine button allows for thirty-two potential choices of soda."

Check it out here and here.

Looks like as I predicted, the alarm clock that sprays water is not that far away. The package will contain a waterproof bed etc to go along with it 🙂

Image from www.yenra.com

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Alarm clock with a puzzle

Posted by Sankar on March 3, 2006

For all the people out there (like me) who snoozes the alarm clock again and again before getting up, this is for you. An alarm clock that will force you to get up and solve a puzzle before it is silenced. We can still go back to bed after solving the little puzzle, but at least it will make you get out of bed 🙂 Not sure if such a product will ever succeed. This will probably end up being just another so called gadget.

http://us.gizmodo.com/gadgets/gadgets/puzzle-alarm-clock-presents-mild-challenge-wakes-you-up-157999.php

Go over the comments that follows the article. Some are really funny!!!

Coming up: An Alarm clock that is connected to a water pipe that sprays water over the bed after which you not only have to get up, but also replace your bed 🙂

Source: www.digg.com

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Nikon surpasses the 10 megapixel mark

Posted by Sankar on November 2, 2005

Nokia has unveiled a digital SLR camera (D200) aimed at professional photographers that is capable of a resolution of 10.2 megapixels.
Roughly 1800 pictures can be taken in a single charge and the we can take upto 5 pictures per second in continuous shooting mode.
The camera is going to be released in December and will retail for $1,600+. Waiting to check out the reviews!!!
D200
Check out article at betanews
Image from betanews.

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Video iPod

Posted by Sankar on October 13, 2005

Ending weeks (probably months) of speculation, Apple launched the video iPod’s. Priced somewhat attractively at $299 and $399 respectively for the 30gb and 60gb version. Definitely an attractive price compared to $370 I paid for a 40gb photo iPod just 6 months back. But, that’s the way it is.
Gotta live with it. 🙂

But recently with iPod nano, there were lot of issues with the screen getting scratched easily. I hope this problem hasn’t crept onto these new models.

What’s next for iPod??? Streaming movies/TV, browsing the web… the list goes on and on

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Turn Win XP to media center

Posted by Sankar on June 17, 2005

There is a remote control from SoundGraph that enables you to control Win XP using a remote effectively turning your Win XP to a media center.

“…The solutions from SoundGraph let you control any PC or notebook with an IR remote, as long as you have a free USB port for the infrared receiver. All standard video, audio and image data can be listed and managed, and played with the included multi-media software…”

Tomshardware.com is probably one of the very best review sites that I have been following for a few years now. This product has been certified as “Must Have” which assures that the product must be really good. The external version of this product is pretty easy to install. As it says in the review, all you need is a free USB port for the receiver.

For people like me who have gigs and gigs of songs, photos, videos and movies on the PC, this product is definitely a boon. It is definitely on my wish list when I build my home theater along with a PC media server.

Check out the review at Tomshardware.com

Please enlighten me if there is a equivalent or better product or is there any other means to achieve the same functionality.

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€ 283,000 notebook

Posted by Sankar on May 16, 2005

AMDBoard.com has information on a € 283,000 Tulip E-Go Diamond notebook based on AMD Turion 64 processor. The notebook comes with thousands of diamonds set with white gold plates.

There is also a version that is affordable… 🙂 The notebook comes with Changeable decorative covers which looks very cool!!!

Check out the specs at AMDBoard – Tulip E-Go

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Mac Mini… Is it a Revolution???

Posted by Sankar on February 8, 2005

I came across an nice article at The Inquirer debating whether the introduction of Mac Mini is a revolution (some claim so…) or is it a product that will just head nowhere…
Check out
Mac Mini: Revolution or flash in the pan?

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Mac Mini

Posted by Sankar on January 16, 2005


Mac Mini
Originally uploaded by vsankarv.

Apple has introdued a mini version of Mac called Mac mini. It truly is a mini version. It is just 2″ tall and 6.5″ square.

But it still houses 1.4GHz processor, 40/80GB HDD, slot loading CD-R/DVD-ROM Drive and an ATI Radeon 9200 graphics chip. It also has all the necessary inputs including Ethernet, Modem, USB and Firewire. Pretty impressive considering the size. It also weights just 2.9 lbs.

It retails for $499, but does not include keyboard/mouse/monitor. A great deal for those mac fans who are looking for a upgrade.

Check out the Apple site

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