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Google Launches an Android Market Website

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts At its Honeycomb event in Mountain View today, Google announced the availability of the long-awaited Android Market website: market.android.com.The aim of the site is to make finding apps easier, something that has long frustrated Android users. Before today, Android users have had to find and download apps solely via their mobile devices, an experience that pales compared to the browsing and sharing abilities offered by iTunes and its associated website.The Android Market website makes finding apps much simpler: there are categories down the left hand side, separate tabs for paid and free apps, as well as a search features, something that was oddly missing from the search engine giant’s previous app marketplace. If you purchase an app via the website, you can send it directly to your phone.The market should also link to your Google account so you can log in and see all the apps you’ve purchased and downloaded (but this feature, along with several others, returns an “invalid request” error message).Launch-related bugs aside, the new website should vastly improve the app browsing and buying experience for Android users. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img audrey watters Tags:#Google#mobile#NYT#web What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

Dhoni beats SRK, Sachin as top endorser

first_imgIndian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has topped the chart for celebrity endorsements on television during the first six months of this year. From being captain cool to becoming the hottest celebrity as far as the numbers of endorsements are concerned, Dhoni has jumped the queue on some big names in the country. Dhoni is ahead of his closest competitor Shah Rukh Khan by eight endorsements and Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar by nine endorsements, Adex survey of TAM Media Research has revealed. As per the survey results, Dhoni has 24 companies to his name, well ahead of SRK’s 16 and Tendulkar’s 15, the other top endorsers on the list. The Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the no. 1 celebrity endorser.Dhoni even took over the fairer sex’s appeal as superstars like Kareen Kapoor and Katrina Kaif stood far behind him. These actresses’ had a combined share of 45 per cent in the total endorsements of celebrities. During January to June 2010, Dhoni has done advertisements for a host of brands, including Reebok, Aircel, Godrej and TVS. Brighter future aheadIn July, Dhoni signed a Rs 210 crore deal with Rhiti Sports Management and Mindscapes to manage his long list of endorsements and brand associations for two years. The deal, the most lucrative in Indian cricket history, surpassed Tendulkar’s three-year contract estimated worth Rs 180 crore with sports management firm Iconix in 2006.last_img read more

In and around your city

first_imgA checklist on where to eat and what to shop for.Profile Write startVarun Agarwal, 25, is the city’s flavour of the month for more than one reason. He is not only the cofounder of Alma Mater, which is a million dollar venture, but he has also just published his debut,A checklist on where to eat and what to shop for.ProfileWrite startVarun Agarwal, 25, is the city’s flavour of the month for more than one reason. He is not only the cofounder of Alma Mater, which is a million dollar venture, but he has also just published his debut novel How I Braved Anu Aunty and Co-Founded A Million Dollar Company. Alma Mater is an online store that sells T-shirts and accessories of various premier schools and colleges in India.Commencing his online venture in 2009, what had started as an idea, with a trial run in his former school in Bangalore has since expanded to over 500 schools and colleges not only in India but across the world. The book is the young entrepreneur’s story in which the reluctant engineering graduate chronicles his journey to success. Varun says he finished the manuscript in eight days while recovering from a brief illness which kept him at home, and gave him the time to fast track the writing process.The book is a breezy work of nonfiction meant to inspire young people to follow their hearts rather than succumb to familial and societal expectations. Released recently by Rupa Publications, the book which was launched with a modest number of printed copies has already gone into reprint.(Varun Agarwal is an engineering graduate. He didn’t want to get a conventional corporate job and had to fight several odds before setting up his own company. His personal experiences inspire his debut book).-Ayesha AleemRestaurantadvertisementTake it easyLe Cristaal is the new hip joint in town for great continental cuisine. This chic new restaurant that has just opened its doors on Vittal Mallya road brings forth the idea of ‘casual fine dining’ and the menu is a mix of French, Italian and Greek cuisines, with the dishes being reasonably priced as well as delicious.The all-day deli has been designed to look like a Parisian cafe with dramatic red floors, stark black high gloss furniture and decals of chandeliers on the walls. On a pleasant day you can also sit at one of the tables outside to enjoy some sun and fresh air. Stop by in the morning for a breakfast of sunny side up eggs or an omelette with asparagus and goat’s cheese. There’s also the more familiar mushroom and cheese omelette as well as pancakes and waffles with either maple syrup, honey, nutella and seasonal fresh fruits. For lunch or dinner, try the penne arrabbiata with spinach ricotta ravioli and black olive tapenade or seafood risotto with saffron and roasted bell peppers.Get your caffeine fix with an espresso, cappuccino or cafe latte and choose from exotic teas like cranberry raspberry and elderflower or Earl Grey. Also, the mixologist here makes a mean line of foam-based cocktails.Average meal for two: Rs 1,000 plus taxes (without alcohol).At: 36, Vittal Mallya.Tel: 41462747.-Ayesha AleemWhat’s upAugust 10-19: Collective art showThe third edition of the premier art and culture festival, ‘Art Bengaluru’ will be on at The Collection at UB city this month. All works on display will also be for sale. An annual forum which brings together various stakeholders in Indian art, this year’s show will feature artworks from 15 art galleries across India.At: The Collection, UB City, 24 Vittal Mallya Road, Bangalore.Tel: 25001169.All through this month: Italian indulgenceGet out this weekend for an Italian style Sunday brunch at Bene. On offer are dishes like risotto with sun dried tomatoes and shaved parmesan, molten provolone cheese with marinated capsicum and grilled polenta cake with rosemary and balsamic vinegar.Price: Rs 1,295 plus taxes per person.At: Sheraton Bangalore Hotel, Brigade Gateway, 26/1, Dr. Rajkumar Road.Tel: 42521000.Ongoing till August 31: All that glittersAmrapali has now opened a new silver jewellery store in the city, where the Treta Yuga collection is on display. The collection features eight unique pieces that include ethnic, tribal, contemporary and antique pieces.Price: Rs 500 to Rs 2 00,000.At: Horizon Building, Wood Street, Richmond Road.Tel: 25361130.GadgetsNokia Lumia 610Nokia has launched the Lumia 610 to take on the onslaught from affordable Android smartphones. Featuring a 3.7 inch capacitive touch display, it runs the Windows Phone 7.5 operating system. It has a 256MB RAM and 8 GB storage onboard, with no expandable memory card slots. Unlike other Windows phones, the 610 is powered by an 800 Mhz processor and has a 5 MP ca era.Price: Rs 1,299.Karbonn Smart Tab 1It is Karbonn’s turn to launch an affordable tablet. Its Smart Tab 1 is a 7 inch tablet with five capacitive touch points. Running the Android Ice-Cream Sandwich OS, this tablet has a 1.2Ghz single core X-Burst processor, 2 MP camera, 3700 mAh battery and Full HD video playback. It has Wi-Fi compatibility and will support 3G connectivity using a USB dongle. Karbonn is giving a Reliance NetConnect free with the tablet.Price: Rs 6,990.Canon Cinemaeos C300 and 650DCanon India has entered the cinematography imaging domain in India with the launch of its Cinema EOS range consisting EOS C300, EOS C500 and EOS 1D-C. The EOS C300, featuring cinematic 2K video recording with 50Mbps 4:2:2 XF codec, a compact body and a 35mm equivalent CMOS sensor, will be the first to be available in India. Canon has also announced the launch of its new flagship entry-level DSLR, the EOS 650D. The 18 megapixel camera stands out for its high-speed sensor-based hybrid AF system and 3 inch touchscreen viewfinder which can be used to focus as well as shoot. The speed needed for the camera comes from the DIGIC 5 processor, which is six times faster than its predecessor.Price: Rs 13,90,000 and Rs 55,995 (body only).Sandisk SuiteThe new SanDisk Extreme Pro micro SDHC UHS-I card is the world’s fastest memory card, ideal for smartphone and tablet users. The SanDisk Extreme USB Flash Drive is USB 3.0 enabled and can store and share large files up to 10 times faster with speeds of up to 190MB. It is available in 16GB to 64GB capacities. The 128GB Cruzer Glide USB Flash Drive is SanDisk’s highest-capacity USB drive ever, while the Cruzer Facet is a durable drive with stainless-steel casing designed with a variety of rich vibrant colors and a faceted texture. The Cruzer Pop, meanwhile, has a unique design that opens with a “pop” and conceals and protects the connector when not in use.Price: Rs 283 onwards.Mitashi Full HD TVsMitashi Edutainment Pvt. Ltd has launched Full HD LCD and LED TVs in 42 and 32 inch screen sizes. The new range of televisions offer dynamic contrast ratio of up to 500,000:1 and a viewing angle of 178/178 and can play multimedia files directly from USB storage devices. The televisions feature 2 USB ports and 3 HDMI ports for you to enjoy multiple connectivity options.Price: Rs 23,990.Toshiba Satellite SeriesToshiba India has introduced a new stylish range of laptops under its C, L, M and U series. Powered by Intel’s 3rd generation Core processors, the highlight features of the Satellite Series laptops are a high speed start up (30 per cent faster than normal boot time), USB 3.0 for 10X faster data transfers, Bluetooth 4.0, high-definition Webcam and HDMI connectivity ports, SRS premium sound HD and Toshiba Audio enhancement. The ‘sleep and charge’ USB option is also available in the L series laptops.Price: Rs 23,000 onwards.Sennheiser IE 80 and IE 60Sennheiser’s IE 80 and IE 60 ear-canal phones are ideal for those who want to hear music with as much fine detail as possible. They use dynamic transducers that cover the entire frequency range, keeping distortion at a minimum even at high sound pressure levels. The IE 80’s dynamic transducer is capable of reproducing the most subtle nuances in complex musical passages.Price: Rs 24,990.Sony Smart WatchDesigned for consumers who want to do more with their smartphones, the SmartWatch launched by Sony Mobile syncs with Android phones over Bluetooth. Available in different colours, this good looking watch has an OLED display that can be used for reading SMSes and email, calendar, Twitter and Facebook updates. The watch can also answer, reject or mute calls as well as act as a remote snap button for your Android phone.Price: Rs 6,299.Samsung DishwasherSamsung Electronics has for announced its foray into the dishwasher segment in India with the launch of the smart and powerful DW-FN320T. Packed with features like intensive wash programme, Power 3 Nozzle spray, Delay Start, Half Load, Flexible Racks, Samsung claims it is perfect for Indian cooking styles and utensils. The appliance boasts 50 per cent reduction in noise, 30 percent reduced water consumption and 20 per cent less electricity than the most energy-efficient dishwashers available in the market. The Samsung DW-FN320T has quick and easy out-of-the box installation and carries a oneyear warranty.Price: Rs 31,990.Available at: 2nd Floor, Forum Mall, Koramangala Tel 64518820; GK Vale, MG Road Tel 41232098; Computer Warehouse, Barton Centre, MG Road Tel 41713972; Sennheiser Electronics India, Cunningham Road Tel 49037800; Sony Centre, 100 ft. Road, Indiranagar Tel 42116677.Gadget Reviews by India Today G&G www.gadgetsngizmos.inadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

OOA ratifies Behera handing over charges to Parida

first_imgBhubaneswar, Mar 12 (PTI) The Odisha Olympic Association (OOA) today formally approved and ratified stepping down of Asirbad Behera as the general secretary of the body and Rabinda Kumar Parida taking his position. Behera had formally handed over charges to joint secretary Parida in view of a March 9 Supreme Court interim order. Beheras decision was approved and ratified at the OOA council meeting, presided over by OOA president Samir Dey. “The members welcomed the decision of Sri Asirbad Behera. The House approved and ratified the action of Sri Asirbad Behera,” a statement issued by the OOA said.Ashok Kumar Sahu, Joint secretary of OOA moved the proposal of handing over the charges of Behera to Parida. The proposal was unanimously accepted by the members, the statement said, adding that the meeting ended with Vote of thanks. The Apex Court on March 9 while adjudicating over a special leave petition (SLP) filed by OOA, in which the Association has challenged a judgment of Orissa High Court, a Division Bench of the Apex Court comprising Justices Dipak Misra and P C Pant in an interim order restrained Behera from functioning as the Association secretary till April 13 next. “Respecting the Supreme Court direction, I have stepped down from the post and handed over the charge to our joint secretary R K Parida to look after the day-to-day functioning of the Association,” Behera, who had been occupying the post for last 28 years since 1988, said. The Supreme Court is examining and ascertaining as to whether a litigious commercial complexes built by OOA near Barabati Stadium here are within the leasehold area as claimed by the sporting body. The Association has built a commercial complex comprising 23 shops and a Kalayan Mandap, namely Barabati Palace on the adjacent vacant government land close to the stadium. PTI AAM CR AH PSadvertisementlast_img read more

There’s No Stopping Giannis Antetokounmpo from Being Hoop God

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