Monday, August 30, 2010

While Others Have fun! Even the Physically challenged can Do !

This is about an App Idea that i think would be a valuable app for the Indian User:

Yes,i wonder often when the smart phones have voice software to recognize everything and do the required work for the user without touching even a single button why not a net-book?
E.g.:vlingo a software on mobile integrates totally into the mobile and functions as if a new voice OS is installed and the work is done smoothly.
Then why not a software on netbook do that for us?
Let this be named as I-FRIEND!
Imagine a netbook which can be switched on using commands and switched off using the commands .
It totally depends on our voice.
"We can even communicate with the system to text for us" after giving a voice training to it.
Imagine a netbook packed with full of software which enables :
1)Us to lay on bed eating some stuff and if we just say browse internet and open Google it automatically does for us! or even say search for Intel on the web.
2)If we are just doing any household work and say switch on the system and mail to Intel, it automatically opens everything(Default mail application) and asks what's the subject and message! how cool it will be?
3)Not only these,But there will also be an I-friend inside it which helps us in sorting issues related to the communication with the system.
This friend comes first when ever the system is switched on , greet us and asks what have to be done.
Infact this is the one who does most of our work,reminds us of any remainders,
checks our voice daily, incase of change and ask us "Boss your voice is changed is there any problem".
It records our daily things and gets habituated to those.
Like if we have a habit of reading  mails daily at 8am , it automatically does it for us and alarms at the time by switching on to the mail interface.
For all this have to be done the software should be integrated into the Mail service like Thunderbird or any other.
Yes even the entire office suite applications should come in the same way after integration.
In-fact all the needy applications should be installed by default so that there will be no need for any user to install the required app.
so,Intel have to open an APPLICATION platform where we can download especially these voice based applications.
As the whole operations depend on our voice there is no need of threat to the data, as there is our i-friend who takes care of it.
i-friend
Imagine a situation where our photos are in many sub-folders and you can't search for them, by just a command of us our i-friend gets them opened.
For this thing to be done the system gets everything organized in the background by observing our daily works.
just say play "I'm chill track" it does for us and also as per the profile and time it warns or suggests the volume too..
How cool it is.
Let me introduce s special feature "profiles" for netbooks too which have more advanced functions than of mobiles.
So all this to happen the system should be equipped with sensors like
1)Ambient light sensor: For adjusting the display brightness
2)Proximity sensor: to switch off display and let the system be working when folded
3)Magnetic compass:To let us inform us the directions
4)Accelerometer sensor:To observe the movements of the netbook and safeguard the HDD.
5)It should even include a GPS to track us.
and what not all the sensors which are useful in bringing life to our i-friend.
It also should have voice call and texting features included by inserting a Sim card slot.
Even gaming becomes more fun with these sensors.
This Netbook is not any high end multimedia device but the one which supports all the operations on voice.
This may add fun to may of users but

" THIS IS A GREAT GIFT TO THE PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED PEOPLE WHO have no hands/fingers but are intelligent enough to work with computers"

Let us consider the example of our scientist Stephen Hawkins, though he is intelligent enough, he cannot work with hands.
While being more in a fun manner this also serves the other purposes too.
A Multi-Netbook!
Look forward for INTEL to develop such a kind of innovative software and platforms in future!

-srikapardhi

Check out the Intel® Atom™ Developer Program, if you are looking for an opportunity to build and monetize your applications. You can sell through Intel’s storefront – Intel AppUp Center. Intel has also set up a Million Dollar Development Fund to support developers who are looking at building innovative apps. For more details check out http://appdeveloper.intel.com/fund

Disclaimer: This blog post is an entry to Intel’s contest – My India App Story

Sunday, August 29, 2010

The Free, cross platform Sound Editor …

 
Need to Mix a track for a school/University Cultural Program?
Edit your voice so that no one can find out?
Ever tried of Recording/Editing audio on a computer?
Can’t afford costly/paid software like SONY Sound forge or Adobe Sound Booth or Audition?
Don’t have an alternate option other than cracking the trial software?
What happens if you were caught by those professional companies?
Don’t worry! If you have in mind the same questions as we do, you are at the right place to check out the best alternative and even a competitive product to Adobe and Sony audio suite of software’s.
Software Name: Audacity 
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App file size: 11.3MB
Type: Freeware under the terms of the GNU GPL
Platform available: No worried even if you are not a Windows user.
Audacity is available for all the platforms
1) Windows  2) Mac OS X  3) Linux/Unix
Now let me Introduce the software
Audacity is a free, easy-to-use and multilingual audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems. You can use Audacity to:
  • Record live audio.
  • Convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs.
  • Edit Ogg Vorbis, MP3, WAV or AIFF sound files.
  • Cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together.
  • Change the speed or pitch of a recording.
  • And much more …
Features:
Recording
Audacity can record live audio through a microphone or mixer, or digitize recordings from cassette tapes, vinyl records, or minidiscs. With some sound cards, it can also capture streaming audio.
  • Record from microphone, line input, or other sources.
  • Dub over existing tracks to create multi-track recordings.
  • Record up to 16 channels at once (requires multi-channel hardware).
  • Level meters can monitor volume levels before, during, and after recording.
Import and Export
Import sound files, edit them, and combine them with other files or new recordings. Export your recordings in several common file formats.
  • Import and export WAV, AIFF, AU, and Ogg Vorbis files.
  • Import MPEG audio (including MP2 and MP3 files) with libmad.
  • Export MP3s with the optional LAME encoder library.
  • Create WAV or AIFF files suitable for burning to CD.
  • Import and export all file formats supported by libsndfile.
  • Open raw (headerless) audio files using the “Import Raw” command.
  • Note: Audacity does not currently support WMA, AAC, or most other proprietary or restricted file formats.
Editing
  • Easy editing with Cut, Copy, Paste, and Delete.
  • Use unlimited Undo (and Redo) to go back any number of steps.
  • Very fast editing of large files.
  • Edit and mix an unlimited number of tracks.
  • Use the Drawing tool to alter individual sample points.
  • Fade the volume up or down smoothly with the Envelope tool.
Effects
  • Change the pitch without altering the tempo, or vice-versa.
  • Remove static, hiss, hum, or other constant background noises.
  • Alter frequencies with Equalization, FFT Filter, and Bass Boost effects.
  • Adjust volumes with Compressor, Amplify, and Normalize effects.
  • Other built-in effects include:

    • Echo
    • Phaser
    • Wahwah
    • Reverse
Sound Quality
  • Record and edit 16-bit, 24-bit, and 32-bit (floating point) samples.
  • Record at up to 96 kHz.
  • Sample rates and formats are converted using high-quality resampling and dithering.
  • Mix tracks with different sample rates or formats, and Audacity will convert them automatically in realtime.
Plug-Ins
  • Add new effects with LADSPA plug-ins.
  • Audacity includes some sample plug-ins by Steve Harris.
  • Load VST plug-ins for Windows and Mac, with the optional VST Enabler.
  • Write new effects with the built-in Nyquist programming language.
Analysis
  • Spectrogram mode for visualizing frequencies.
  • “Plot Spectrum” command for detailed frequency analysis.
Free and Cross-Platform
Screenshots
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Figure 1: Audacity Running on Windows
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Figure 2: Audacity Running on Mac OS X
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Figure 3: Audacity Running on Linux/Unix

You can easily add effects to your audio files, edit, cut, mix and what not you can show off the craziness in you like a professional!
All you have to do is just import the number of tracks you wanted to work with or even record your very own voice and that’s it, the easy Interface gives you options everything to handle from.
I promise friends, once you are used to this software you feel very easy in managing and handling sound files than with the high end software's.
You can download the latest version of this software from the link provided “Audacity
Audacity even welcomes Donations and Sponsorships.
You can get more information on their website: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
HaPpy  Audio EdItInG Winking smile!

Friday, August 27, 2010

TaTa DoCoMo DOCreate platform is back Again


Got talent? Will CREATE and CELEBRATE!

Tata DOCOMO’s CREATE platform is back again. For newcomers, the platform was launched to give participants an opportunity to showcase their talent to the world and also co-create the brand in process. The idea emanates from the larger brand belief of respecting and celebrating the power of – DO. Tata DOCOMO Create platform has so far gathered tremendous response on their previous legs which encouraged Animation, Music, Photography and Merchandise, whereby individual prowess was tapped, recognised and felicitated.

In its latest leg, Tata DOCOMO will invite fellow ‘DO’ers to come and celebrate the popular festivals of India with them on its CREATE CELEBRATIONS Platform! Tata DOCOMO realizes that in India, each one celebrates the spirit of a festival in his own unique way. Taking off on this thought, the CREATE CELEBRATIONS platform encourages animators and designers to come forth and bring to life their expression of each festival.

While there are 8 cheerful festivals to celebrate between now and the New Year, currently Tata DOCOMO’s CREATE CELEBRATIONS platform is encouraging people to create entries expressing their celebrations around Ganesh Chaturthi. Participants can express their Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrations, in the most interesting and creative way possible. The three categories of participation are – Animation films, Mobile Screensaver and Mobile Wallpaper.

All shortlisted entries in the Animation film category will win an INR 1,00,000 cash prize each! The shortlisted entries in the Mobile wallpaper and Mobile screensaver categories will each earn a cash prize of INR 10,000. Not wanting to put a cap on the talent, Tata DOCOMO has continued its tradition of awarding all decided that there will be no limit to the number of entries to be selected and rewarded. This only means that the talented individuals can earn as much as they deserve. The last date of submission for entries celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi is September 11, 2010.

The ‘DO’ mantra of the brand seems to be resonating with the animators and designers who have embraced this platform with aplomb. So come and celebrate the spirit of Ganesh Chaturthi in your style with Tata DOCOMO and showcase your talent to the world by going right here – ‘create.tatadocomo.com’

Monday, August 23, 2010

TATA DOCOMO launches Industry First ‘Free Air Time Rollover’ plan for Postpay subscribers

TATA DOCOMO has launched yet another first in the industry; ‘Free Air Time Rollover’ (FAT) offer for its potential postpay customers. The offer is a unique one where potential customers can roll over their current unused free air time to next month! What makes this further compelling is that Tata DOCOMO allows the roll over of free air time for a period of 6 months. The Free Air Time roll over plan is available under the most lucrative 20 options of their popular Diet 299 and Diet 499 plans In other words, the offer allows the customers to choose amongst different combinations that suit their usage pattern, under each plan.

“This offer is yet another first in the Telecom industry and is true to our core values of honesty and transparency wherein we give our customers the opportunity to roll over their unused airtime to the next month. We are confident that this will come as a delight to our customers as it will liberate them from the pressure of exhausting the free airtime within the same month and will also significantly increase the value provided in the plans.” Mr. Gurinder Singh Sandhu, Head Marketing, Tata DOCOMO said.

If customers are unable to use the complete FAT Rollover offered in the plan in one month, the same is carried forward to next month along with the regular monthly FAT Rollover. The cumulative FAT Rollover will be available for a period of 6 months. Post the sixth month; the cumulative un-utilized FAT Rollover will be forfeited. 

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

HTC, TATA DOCOMO UNVEIL HTC DESIRE IN INDIA

In keeping their promise to DO the New, TATA DOCOMO have announced a partnership with HTC to launch the ‘HTC Desire’ in India. The HTC Desire is the latest Android Smartphone that offers the enhanced HTC Sense experience to users.

HTC Desire delivers intense brilliance, sharp contrast and true colors on the expansive 3.7-inch 480 X 800 WVGA display. The 1-GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor makes the phone incredibly responsive while the instinctive HTC Sense experience lets the user experience the HTC Desire with the greatest of ease. With one of the most advanced displays available on a phone today, HTC Desire is designed to enhance and maximise content, whether it is pictures and videos, browsing the Web or checking on friends’ status updates. Thanks to the latest Android 2.1, as well as the ultrafast processor, HTC Desire offers a wide range of live wallpapers for user choices.

The HTC Desire comes with an exclusive offer for TATA DOCOMO users in India, wherein TATA DOCOMO Postpay subscribers will get free data download of 500 MB per month for 06 months. To avail this offer Tata DOCOMO customers will have to SMS ‘Android’ to 54321 from their HTC Desire handset.

 “When we launched our services, we had promised our subscribers that we would bring to them the best products and services—products that will stand for innovation and a pioneering spirit, and which would offer them convenience and simplicity”. Mr. GurinderSingh Sandhu, Head Marketing, Tata DOCOMO said. “Living up to that promise, we are launching the HTC Desire. This launch marks the strong relationship TATA DOCOMO enjoys with HTC and, going forward, we will continue to work together to launch more innovative mobile offerings for Indian consumers on the Tata DOCOMO platform,” he added.

HTC Desire also comes packed with the HTC Sense which is a user experience focused on putting people at the centre by making phones work in a more simple and natural way. The new HTC Sense experience continues to focus on improving your interactions with your most important people.  This begins with a new HTC application and widget called Friend Stream that seamlessly aggregates all of your social communication including Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr into one organised flow of updates.

To know more about this cool handset visit http://tatadocomo.com/htc-desire.aspx

You can get your hands on this uber cool handset at a Market Operating Price of Rs. 28,900* at all authorized HTC resellers across the country. So what’re you waiting for, go get what your heart desires, dive-into the world of HTC Desire!




* Prices may vary according to the local applicable taxes

FX Studio competition Winners Announced NOKIA+FRAMESTORE

FX Studio is an exciting new project Framestore is currently developing with Nokia.
It's an app that lets you add Hollywood style effects to your personal/Home videos either online or through your Nokia Mobile.
FX studio explores some interesting new territory.So they wanted to give aspiring animators out there a chance to get involved.
The person behind the best Idea will work with Framestore to bring life to their effect and walk away with some great Auto-desk software and a Nokia Kit.

Meet The Judges:

Competition Dates:
PRIZES:


Here are some the introduction Videos about FX Studio App.




How it works?


And Here are the winners:


Making the FX Studio Shortlist:



Here are some of the Visuals of the Winner's Ideas:

First Place: SriKapardhi Kala
Second Place: Itay Wolfson
Third Place: William Kenton


Congrats to all the winners from Team "MyTelecomIdeas"!


Thursday, August 12, 2010

Tata DOCOMO’s ‘PAY PER SITE’



Now pay only for the websites you love surfing with Tata DOCOMO’s ‘PAY PER SITE’
Taking off from its revolutionary ‘Pay for what You Use’ concept, Tata DOCOMO has introduced yet another path-breaking offer, ‘Pay Per Site’. The revolutionary offer brings in a more simplified and unique “Pay-for-what-you-use” Internet-browsing model and breaks through the clutter in its category.

At the time of its launch in June last year launch, TATA DOCOMO had questioned the paradigm of Pay Per Minute and introduced Pay Per Second. With ‘Pay Per Site’, the story only gets better for the consumer. “Pay only for what you use and hence fairness continues to be an important differentiator for the brand,” said Mr Gurinder Singh Sandhu, Tata DOCOMO’s Head of Marketing.

Those who only browse two or three sites regularly are now free from monthly rentals and packs. Pay Per Site offers two combination packs—those only interested in single websites need to pay Rs 10 per site, whereas those with multiple site browsing needs can opt for a combo pack at just Rs 25 per month. Customers will have a bundle of options within various categories of social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Linked-In, Orkut), mail options (Gmail, Yahoo, Rediff) and chat messengers (GTalk, Yahoo! Messenger, Nimbuzz).

There are 2 different genres under which each service is categorized- Social Networking Site and Emailing and Instant Messaging. Each site under this genre is priced at Rs. 10/- bundled with 200 MB free data usage valid for 30 days, post which customers will be charged at 1p/kb. There are also 2 Combo options – SNS Combo Pack and Emailing Combo Pack and each Combo Pack is priced at Rs. 25/- bundled with 500 MB free data usage post which the customers will be charged 1p/kb.

To activate the services, customers can Dial *141# OR simply send an SMS with the keyword “MY SITE’ to 141 and following further instructions OR visit Tata DOCOMO website -http://bit.ly/SubscribetoPayPerSite

So if you are not a heavy internet user and regularly visit only a few websites daily, then shed those fat monthly packs and DO the New with Pay Per Site!