Thursday, September 30, 2010

Ayodhya land to be divided in three:

Lucknow: Two of the three judges had said that the disputed land in Ayodhya would be divided into three parts, one for the Hindus, one for the Muslims and one for the Nirmohi Akhara, one of the parties in the case, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and lawyer Ravi Shankar Prasad said here Thursday after the verdict.

Prasad, who is lawyer for Raghubar Das, one of the parties, said after the judgment of the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court that Justices S U Khan and Sudhir Agarwal had said the land should be divided into three parts. The third judge in the bench is Justice D V Sharma.

Special: Ayodhya verdict

All the three judges, including Justice Khan, were unanimous in accepting that the idol of Ram could not be removed from the place where it was installed right now, Prasad said.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Master Blaster Sachin Ready For Screen Ride?

This one's for cinematic history. Word has it that 'Master Blaster' Sachin Tendulkar is all set to don the cap of an actor in Vidhu Vinod Chopra's 'Ferrari Ki Sawaari' helmed by Rajesh Mapuskar.

Earlier, this year, Tendulkar tweeted his enthusiasm stating, "Vinod Chopra has an interesting script called 'Ferrari Ki Sawaari'. Just heard it. Sounds awesome."

The script will be penned by Chopra and Mapuskar, while Rajkumar Hirani will word the dialogues.

A cricket legend's Ferrari inspires a dream in a boy to play at the Lord's cricket ground. For the uninitiated, Tendulkar is the only cricketer in India to own a Ferrari.

Tendulkar's screen twist, however, brings to mind his quote when he shot for a documentary on the famed Siddhivinayak Temple, two years ago, stating, "Right now, the big screen for me is only cricket."

That's likely to be batted into the past now…

Monday, September 27, 2010

Super Kings win Champions League T20

Murali Vijay and Mike Hussey cracked sparkling half centuries as Chennai Super Kings were on Sunday crowned the Champions League Twenty20 winners with their eight-wicket victory over Warriors in the grand finale here.

Vijay (58 off 53 balls), who was let off when on 34, cracked his third half century of the tournament while the other opener Hussey played sheet anchor and remained not out on 51 as Chennai chased down the small target of 129 with one over to spare.

Earlier, spinners Muttiah Muralitharan (3/16) and Ravichandran Ashwin (2/16) shared five wickets as Chennai restricted Warriors to 128 for seven after the South African champion side elected to bat at the New Wanderers Stadium.

Vijay underlined his emergence as a fine Twenty20 batsman by becoming the highest run getter of the tournament with 294 runs from six matches, eight more than Warriors captain Davy Jacobs.

Vijay's 53-ball innings was studded with six fours and two sixes while Hussey hit only three fours from 46 balls in his unbeaten knock.

CSK were richer by USD 2.5 millions for winning the second edition of the tournament, their second crown in five months after their IPL triumph in April. Warriors received USD 1.3 million for finishing runners-up

The grand finale of the multi-dollar tournament, however, turned out to be a lopsided match with the Warriors bowlers failing to make any impact on the batsmen of the opposition who have beaten them in their last Group A league fixture four days ago.

The total of 128 was too small to defend and Chennai was always in control of the run chase though it got a bit tight with Suresh Raina, who was mainly responsible for CSK's semifinal win against Royal Challengers Bangalore with an aggressive 94, out cheaply for just two.

Hussey and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (17 not out), however, held on their nerves to pull off the win with a 25-run partnership for the unbroken third wicket.

honi hit the winning runs - a four off Juan Theron -as Chennai scored 132 for two in 19 overs to lift the title.

Vijay and Hussey did not need to take too much risk as they ran mostly in singles in their 103-run opening wicket stand in front of a capacity crowd.

Vijay lived dangerously on a couple of occasions with an edge from his bat flying past wicketkepeer Mark Boucher and Justin Kreusch for a four. He was also lucky to survive in the ninth over with wicketkeeper Mark Boucher missing a simple stumping chance off the bowling of Nicky Boje when on 34
But he made amends of these lapses later as he struck some fine shots, including two sixes off Nicky Boje.

Vijay fell to Boje in the 15th over after taking his side to the threshold of victory. Earlier, Muralitharan snapped three wickets as Chennai Super Kings restricted Warriors to 128 for seven.

Muralitharan, who took three for 16, got able support from his spin colleague Ashwin (2/16) as CSK restricted the Warriors to a meager total.

Pacers Dough Bollinger and Albie Morkel bagged a wicket each while Laxmipathy Balaji was unsuccessful.
Ashwin ended as tournament highest wicket taker with 13 from six matches, one more from Muralitharan. He also was named as man of the tournament.

Jacobs (34) continued with his terrific form in the tournament with some lusty strokes and his side looked like to post a big total by racing to 39 runs at the end of the fourth over before they lost way later.

Jacobs treated CSK opening bowler Dough Bollinger with disdain hitting him for two consecutive fours and another two boundaries in the second over of the same bowler to give their innings to a flier.Jacobs also gave the same treatment to the other bowler Albie Morkel hitting him for three fours.

The other opening batsman Ashwell Prince, however, continued his struggling form as he was out to Bollinger for a mere six and Warriors score of 39 for one.

CSK captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's shrewd move to introduce off-spinner Ashwin also paid dividends as he removed the dangerous-looking Jacobs in the sixth over as the IPL side put brakes on the South African champion team.

Jacobs' aggressive 34 came from 21 balls and was studded with eight fours.un rate slowed down with the introduction of Balaji, who got a bit of swing from the Wanderers pitch, and spin wizard Muralitharan as Warriors scored just 19 runs from the four overs from seventh to 10th.

Colin Ingram (16) fell victim to Morkel in the 11th over while trying to push up the run rate before Muralitharan put the Warriors in trouble by claiming two wickets in the 14th over.Veteran Mark Boucher (5) was deceived by a beautiful Muralitharan delivery which got the turn to beat the batsman's bat before crashing into the stumps.
Four balls later, Justin Kreusch (17) charged out to hit a Muralitharan delivery only to chip it to Suresh Raina at mid-wicket and Warriors were 82 for five then.In the 17th over, Craig Thyssen took 18 runs from Balaji with the help of a six and a four but any threat of death over run riot was cut short with Ashwin snapping Johan Botha's wicket.

Thyssen was the only other Warriors batsman besides Jacobs to give some resistance to the CSK bowlers with a 18-ball 25 which he made with the help of three fours and a a six before being out in the last over.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Dell shows off new 7-inch tablet


Dell Inc Chief Executive Michael Dell showed off a new seven-inch tablet and said the computer maker is on track to bring in more than $60 billion in revenue this year.

Dell appeared on stage at the Oracle OpenWorld conference in San Francisco on Wednesday with the new tablet, which appeared to run on Google's Android software. But he declined to provide any details about the device.

The company released the Streak, a five-inch tablet, last month. Dell said the Streak, which is currently only available through the company's online store, will be available at Best Buy stores next month.

Dell also said the company's revenue has grown about 20 per cent over the past two quarters, and 'it looks like we'll probably do that again this quarter as well.'
Analysts expect Dell to report revenue of $15.8 billion in its fiscal third quarter, which ends in October, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. That would be 22 per cent higher than a year ago.

Wall Street expects Dell to post revenue of $62.4 billion for the current fiscal year, which ends in January.

Dell executives have previously said the company planned to launch tablets in larger screen sizes.

The Streak, which runs on Android and doubles as a smartphone, costs $549.99, or $299.99 with a two-year contract from AT&T.

Dell is the world's second largest PC maker, according to industry tracker IDC, but has been expanding its product portfolio, with an emphasis on mobile devices. Apple's iPad has set the standard for tablet computers.

A slew of tablets has hit the market or is expected to in the coming months, including offerings from Samsung, Hewlett-Packard and Toshiba.

BMO Capital Markets expects tablet sales to top 40 million units in 2011 and hurt notebook and netbook sales.

Dell's shares fell 1.8 per cent to close at $12.38 on the Nasdaq.

Image: The Dell Streak tablet's bamboo packaging is shown in this undated handout photo

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Exclusive: Tabu, Prithviraj, Prabhu Deva in Urumi

Santosh Sivan's tri-lingual period drama in Malayalam, Tamil & English Urumi is one of the biggest projects on floors. Prithviraj along with Santosh Sivan is producing the film under the banner of 'August Cinema'.
Prabhu Deva, Prithviraj and Nitya Menon star as the lead in this film, which has music by Deepak Dev. The English version is likely to have the title- The Boy who wanted to kill Vasco da Gama.

Urumi is the 8-ft long flexible sword that has been used in Kalari fights for a long time. Sankar Ramakrishnan, who had directed the promising short film Island Express in the Kerala Cafe anthology, has written the script.

The film, a bilingual, is set in the 15th century and will be made for the international audiences. The shoot of Urumi is progressing at Malshej Ghat in Maharashtra.

The sensational Tabu along with Vidya Balan is also a part of the film. Anjali Shukla who became the first women cinematographer to win the National Award recently for her camera work in Shaji Karun's Kutty Sranku is the cinematographer for the film.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

First Nokia vs Apple trials to take place in 2012. Nokia apparently wants $1.3 billion from Apple

The Nokia vs. Apple legal battle over patents won’t be over anytime soon. It looks like the first actual trials will start only in 2012, when a U.S. court should decide which company infringed which patents.

According to Reuters and some unmentioned analysts, Nokia seeks damages in cash of up to $1.36 billion from Apple.

The Finnish phone maker filed a suit against Apple back in October last year, claiming that the Cupertino company’s iPhone infringes 10 of its patents. Apple responded with a countersuit in December, saying that it’s actually Nokia which infringes 13 of its patents. Apple later removed four patents from the claiming, but this has not stopped Nokia to counter-countersuit the iPhone maker with another complaint (also filed in December).

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Shanghai named China's sexiest city

Spectacular Shanghai
Shanghai (seen here) has topped a poll of the sexiest cities in China because of its 'strong economy, iconic buildings, landscape and cultural diversity'.
Over 17 percent of 6,577 people from 30 cities in China named Shanghai as the sexiest city, a survey conducted by the Horizon Research Consultancy Group has shown..

Celebrity city
Shanghai is closely followed by Hong Kong because 'it has many celebrities'.

The former British colony got 8.4% of the vote.

Image: The Government house, the official residence of the Hong Kong Chief Executive.

Beautiful Chongqing
Chongqing came third because of its 'beautiful women'.

It got 4.7 percent of the votes.

Over 65 percent of respondents who named Chongqing listed beautiful women as their reason, while only 5.3 percent of those who supported Shanghai gave the same reason.

Image: Actresses Li Feier (L) and Fan Bingbing (R) pose with director Wang Xiaoshuai during a photocall for the film 'Rizhao Chongqing' (Chongqing Blues) at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival May 13, 2010.

Confused by sexiness
Beijing and Guangzhou, which both got 4.6 percent, came fourth in the survey.

However, though the survey aimed for a wider definition of 'sexiness', many people were confused over the concept.

Image: Some of Beijing's famous gardens.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Hyundai Santa Fe's closest rivals

Hyundai Santa Fe
Hyundai is all set to launch its Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) Santa Fe in the Indian market this festive season. Currently, the Indian SUV market is buzzing with activity and the new car would have to face a lot of competition.

The Hyundai Santa Fe will be powered by a 2188cc, 2.2L, 4-cylinder, 16-valve, CRTD, SOHC engine with 5 speed manual gear box that produces 154bhp power at 4000 rpm and 343Nm torque at 1800-2500 rpm. But it has for competition, cars like Toyota Fortuner, Chevrolet Captiva, Nissan X Trails etc.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Now, software to catch iPhone thieves by comparing heartbeats

London: With new software on board, iPhone has turned into iCop that would detect whether a handset has been stolen by comparing heartbeats.

Apple is developing a hi-tech gizmo, which would learn the "heart signature of the owner" and compare it to whoever was using the handset.

It would be able to tell if the user was bona fide or not.

The service would also include 007-style face and voice recognition. Software would listen to voices using the phone and compare them to records of the owner talking.

Pictures taken using the in-built camera could also identify unauthorised users.

If the owner is not recognized, the handset would be shut down and sensitive information such as address books, email, passwords and text messages would be deleted automatically.

It could also go into spy mode, recording and reporting the rogue user's activities to snare the culprit.

However, the technology can be switched off if you want to lend the phone to a pal.

"It may deter thieves from stealing these expensive handsets," News of the World quoted Jim Clark, of Mintel as saying.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Court orders Air India to reinstate air hostess

Mumbai: The Bombay High Court has dismissed an appeal filed by national carrier Air India and directed it to reinstate air hostess Shashikala Jatav, who was dismissed 20 years ago.

A division bench of Justice P.B. Majmudar and Justice Anoop Mohta on Thursday dismissed an appeal filed by Air India and directed the airline to reinstate Jatav in eight weeks or she will be entitled to all the back wages. The judgment was made available on Saturday.

Air India officials, however, remained tight-lipped on the matter. 'It is premature to comment on the matter. The management will take a decision after consulting with the officials concerned,' an airline spokesperson said.

In August 2003, a single bench of the high court had also ruled against Air India. An industrial tribunal had also directed Air India to reinstate her in August 2003 without back wages. The high court has now directed the airline to implement the tribunal's order.

Jatav had started working with the airline in February 1983. In 1988, she had applied for paid leave from June 1, 1988, to July 1, 1988, which she extended till October 1990. Jatav delivered two children during the period.

However, proceedings were instituted against her in 1990 for extending her leave again and again and she was dismissed from service in December 1992, on the grounds that she had remained absent without leave for over 10 days.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Prabhu Deva to direct Akshay-Katrina in a film

Actor-turned-filmmaker Prabhudeva will be directing a film starring Akshay Kumar, and expects to rope in Katrina Kaif to play the female lead. The film will be produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
Prabhudeva, who’s presently shooting for Tamil film ‘Urumi’ by Santosh Sivan, will start the Akshay-Kat film after his Tamil film ‘Engeyum Kadhal’ starring ‘Jayam’ Ravi hits the screens.

His last Hindi film ‘Wanted’ starring Salman Khan was a blockbuster hit. While ‘Wanted’ was a remake of his Tamil hit ‘Pokkiri’, this film will have an original script.

Falling in love 'costs you two close friends'

It is well-known that a passionate new relationship can leave you little time for others, but now a new study has put some numbers on the observation.

Two close pals is the average price you pay for falling in love, Oxford University scientists have discovered.

The researchers asked people about their inner core of friendships and how this number changed when romance entered the equation.

They found the core, which numbers about five people, dropped by two as a new lover came to dominate daily life.

"People who are in romantic relationships - instead of having the typical five [individuals] on average, they only have four in that circle," the BBC quoted Robin Dunbar, a professor of evolutionary anthropology at Oxford, as saying.

"And bearing in mind that one those is the new person that's come into your life, it means you've had to give up two others," Dunbar added.

In the study, Dunbar and colleagues questioned 540 participants, aged 18 and over, about their relationships and the strain those relationships came under when a new romantic engagement was started.

The results confirmed the widely held view that love can lead to a smaller support network, with typically one family member and one friend being pushed out to accommodate the new lover.

"The intimacy of a relationship - your emotional engagement with it - correlates very tightly with the frequency of your interactions with those individuals," said Dunbar.

"If you don't see people, the emotional engagement starts to drop off, and quickly.

"What I suspect happens is that your attention is so wholly focused on your romantic partner that you just don't get to see the other folks you have a lot to do with, and therefore some of those relationships just start to deteriorate and drop down into the layer below," Dunbar added.

The research, which has only recently been submitted for publication, was presented to the British Science Festival at Aston University.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Epic Ashes series confirms Flintoff's legacy

LONDON: Over the course of two glorious summers Andrew Flintoff bowled with pace and fury, hit the ball with power and precision and caught everything in sight in the slips.

To England's enduring delight, the second season coincided with the 2005 Ashes challenge and an epic series nominated by the annual Wisden almanac as the best in Test history.

Flintoff, who retired from all cricket on Thursday at the age of 32 after conceding his battered body had endured enough, towered above his team mates. He scored 402 runs and captured 24 wickets in the finest display by an England all-rounder since Ian Botham performed miracles in the 1981 Ashes series.

England had assembled an excellent team at the midpoint of the decade under the cool, cerebral leadership of Michael Vaughan to combat the all-conquering Australians. But they would not have won the Ashes for the first time in 18 years without Flintoff, who was named man-of-the-series ahead of Shane Warne.

Images: Flintoff retires from all forms of cricket

The athletic, blond giant who tore into the Australian batting and bowling was a far cry from the chubby youngster who made his test debut against South Africa in 1998.


His batting, always essentially orthodox, blossomed and in 2003 he scored a century and three half-centuries in a home series against a good South African side. He remodelled his bowling and with his natural strength and height developed into a genuinely hostile fast bowler.

England won seven Tests in a row against New Zealand and West Indies in 2004 with Flintoff scoring a half-century in each of the victories.
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Already, though, it was clear the unnatural demands of fast bowling were taking a toll on his joints. He needed an operation on his fragile left ankle but recovered in time for the first Test against Ricky Ponting's Australians, a side containing some of the great names in the modern game in Warne, Glenn McGrath, Adam Gilchrist and Mathew Hayden.

In a ferocious opening hour at Lord's, Harmison and Flintoff badly rattled the powerful Australia batting, but dropped catches and a mesmeric spell from McGrath resulted in yet another defeat. Flintoff made nought and three and England's Ashes dream seemed over before it had properly begun.

Somewhere between Lord's and Edgbaston, England and Flintoff rediscovered their winning formula.

Flintoff hit nine sixes in the second test in a total of 141 runs and took seven wickets. England won by two runs and, in a gesture which confirmed Flintoff's new status as England folk hero, his first instinct was to console Australian batsman Brett Lee.

He scored a measured, mature century at Trent Bridge and took five wickets in a spell of sustained pace bowling at the Oval which kick-started England's fightback for the draw they needed to win the series.

Honours and awards and a memorable drinking session after the final Test were followed by the England captaincy when Vaughan was injured. Flintoff led from the front to draw a series in India and was again man-of-the-series for his all-round contribution.


Flintoff's sudden decline after the 2006 India tour was startling. He missed most of the season after injuring his ankle in a foolishly prolonged bowling spell against Sri Lanka then led England to a 5-0 defeat in Australia where he was reprimanded by the team management for excessive drinking.

After Vaughan returned as captain, another drunken escapade at the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean cost Flintoff the England vice-captaincy and the injuries began to multiply.

Champions League T20

There was, though, still one last campaign left for an increasingly battered warrior.

Flintoff announced his retirement from test cricket before the second Ashes test at Lord's last year and then bowled England to victory.
Flintoff's overall Test batting average of 31.77 and 226 wickets at 32.78 are those of a good, rather than a great player. But in 2005, when it mattered most for himself and his country, he stood comparison with Botham, Imran Khan and Keith Miller among the great fast-bowling all-rounders

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Smallest Horse in the World: Einstein Horse May Be World’s Smallest Horse

Horses: They are large, powerful, majestic creatures. We measure the output of car engines by relating to the power of horses. But sometimes, all you want is a tiny horse.

Einstein, a 3-day-old pinto stallion, is believed to be the world’s smallest horse. He was 14 inches tall at birth and weighs 6 pounds. On paper, that makes him the smallest horse on Earth. The current record holder is Thumbelina, a 17-and-a-half-inch tall chestnut mare. His owner is waiting on confirmation before he is crowned the tiniest
Einstein was born last Friday at Tiz-a-Miniature Horse Farm in Barnstead, N.H. Because of his diminutive size, his breeder, Judy Smith, thought he wouldn’t make it.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

2012 BMW M1

BMW presented the new version of M1, 2012 BMW M1. The base design of 2012 BMW M1 is BMW Vision EfficientDynamics. I don’t know why but all M1 fans, didn’t really loved the idea to name this BMW model, a M1. The truth is that I really feel is not so good to be named M1 but I don’t know why yet.
They are about to make this car in 2012. If it will go into production, this would mean that the future cars are here. This car will use electric engines and two transmissions to acheive 60 mph in 3.8 seconds. The back of the car is not really like at BMW Vision EfficientDynamics but this would probably help to put this car into a production line.
The main rival will be Audi R8 and 2012 BMW M1 will try to have much better performances. 2012 BMW M1 will have under the hood a 1.5 liter 3 cylinder engine. With the two electric engines, will develop in total 356 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. At the moment this car is just a concept

Monday, September 13, 2010

Chelsea maintain perfect record

Chelsea maintained their 100 per cent record at the top of the Premier League table as they won 3-1 at rock-bottom West Ham, who have yet to pick up a point this season.
Michael Essien headed home a Didier Drogba corner to give the Blues an early lead, before Robert Green spilled a Drogba shot and the rebound went into the net off Salomon Kalou.
Essien added a late third, before Scott Parker netted for the home side and denied the Blues a fourth consecutive clean sheet.
Arsenal overcame Bolton Wanderers 4-1 at the Emirates Stadium, thanks to goals from Laurent Koscielny, Marouane Chamakh, Alex Song and Carlos Vela - Johan Elmander netted the lone reply for the Trotters, who also had Gary Cahill red-carded.
Blackpool are up to fourth in the table after a 2-0 win at Newcastle United, with DJ Campbell netting a clincher after Charlie Adam broke the deadlock from the penalty spot right on half-time.
Blackburn Rovers held Manchester City to a 1-1 draw at Eastlands - Nikola Kalinic's opener for the visitors cancelled out by Patrick Vieira.
A Moussa Dembele double gave Fulham a 2-1 victory at home to Wolves, who finished the game with ten men after Christophe Berra was dismissed.
West Brom held Spurs to a 1-1 draw at The Hawthorns, with Chris Brunt cancelling out Luka Modric's goals for the visitors.
The meeting of Wigan Athletic and Sunderland at the DW Stadium ended 1-1, with Antolin Alcaraz's late effort rescuing a point for the home side.
Debutant Asamoah Gyan had earlier given the ten-man Black Cats the lead, after Lee Cattermole had been sent off against his former club.

Microsoft Hiring A Hardware Designer For The Zune HD?

While it wasn't explicitly mentioned, a Microsoft job listing searching for a Senior Mechanical Engineer has sparked speculation that the company could be looking to create a successor to the Zune HD. The position will be under the phone division, but the candidate will be working with the Portable Entertainment Group to build "cutting edge mobile devices". Of course, there is also speculation of a Microsoft-influenced smartphone design or perhaps a portable Xbox gaming console, but at this point, a Zune HD 2 would probably seem more plausible.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Android Finger Race App Gives Your Fingers A Treadmill Workout

With so many apps out there, you often bump into a really strange one, and the Finger Race would probably fall into that category. This app is designed to be a mini-treadmill to give your fingers a workout, letting your fingers race for the fastest times in events such as the 1 meter and 2 meter dashes, or even the 5 meter dash. It's pointless, free, and fun. What more could you ask for from an app, right?

Friday, September 10, 2010

Reina concerned by Mascherano exit

Goalkeeper Pepe Reina claims the departure of Javier Mascherano is a "big problem" for Liverpool.
Argentina captain Mascherano left for Barcelona last month after telling new Reds boss Roy Hodgson of his desire to move on after three and a half years at Anfield.
Hodgson banked £17million from the sale and signed Christian Poulsen and Raul Meireles in a bid to bolster his midfield options.
However, Spain goalkeeper Reina is concerned at the departure of the combative South American.
"The departure of Mascherano is a big problem for Liverpool because he is one of the best players of his type on the pitch," he said in the Daily Mirror.
"Javier is very competitive, very Argentinian and he always offers his maximum in every game.
"For Barca this is a good new thing, but it's not for us.
"Mascherano will be a positive surprise in La Liga. He is a footballer who works, works and works.
"Also, personally, he is a good character. He is quiet but very friendly."

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Pomegranate NS08 ultimate phone

Pomegranate NS08 ultimate phone. Look at the Pomegranate NS08 phone, it is the ultimate all-in-one device! Not only does it have the usual features of eamil, MP3 player, GPS, internet browsing, the mobile phone also features coffee brewing, shaving, movie/presentation projection, voice translation, and harmonica capabilities. You really have to see the video demonstration of the harmonica feature to believe it!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Britain to place more restrictions on entry of foreign students

London: The government of Britain is contemplating putting more restrictions on the entry of foreign students from outside the European Union into the country after it had been found that several students did not leave the country even after their course had ended, in order to settle down permanently.

It is being speculated that Britain would now issue visas only to students headed to the nation for research or full-fledged degree courses in reputed institutions. The decision by the British government would come at a time when it is being alleged that several students exploit their visas by signing up for short-term courses when their main aim is to permanently settle in the country.

Such students usually enroll for short-term courses in "bogus" colleges that are run by immigrants or other institutions where it is easy to get admissions.

British Immigration Minister Damien Green has said that the nation required a visa system wherein good students were encouraged for admission to well trusted institutions that scrutinized their applicants closely and rejected applicants that would not be of much benefit to the nation.

The British government had recently tightened the rules for visas issued to the country with several new necessary requirements such as being fluent in English and a good economic status. Also, the number of hours that students were allowed to work in a week had been reduced and restrictions had been put on bringing spouses.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Amulet Remote delivers voice control for Windows Media Center

Having voice control handle your Windows Media Center machine is nothing new, but the second generation Amulet Remote intends to bring a refreshing experience - if you're willing to fork out 249 clams in the first place, of course. While it resembles plenty of the other Windows Media Center remotes that are available at the moment, this one sports a built-in microphone which can light whenever you hold it up vertically for it to take commands. Want to get it up and running? Simple, just plug in its companion USB dongle to your HTPC, install Amulet Devices’ setup software and you're good to go. You will need to go through Amulet Devices’ Media Center app though, so those who are familiar with the native Media Center UI might want to think twice before going ahead with your purchase.

Monday, September 6, 2010

AVATAR returns to theatres with extra footage

The theatrical re-release is billed as a special edition of the eco-themed fantasy with 8-1/2 minutes of extra footage.
It’s ba-a-a-ck ... and longer than ever. James Cameron’s sci-fi epic Avatar revisited global multiplexes last weekend in a quest to pad its record $2.74 billion worldwide box-office and hype DVD and Blu-ray Disc special editions planned for the fall. In fact, the theatrical re-release was billed as a “special edition” of the eco-themed fantasy based on an extra 8-1/2 minutes of footage featuring additional action segments and other scenes.
The 2D DVD and Blu-ray Disc special editions expected to hit store shelves in November will feature at least 16 minutes of extra Avatar footage, a source told The Hollywood Reporter. A 3-D version of the movie won’t be available for home entertainment until next year.
Avatar producer Jon Landau said in an interview that new scenes included in the now 171-minute theatrical special edition involve action sequences and narrative-deepening extensions of key scenes involving the blue-skinned Na’vi of Pandora and their human visitors.
“We tried to look at what people have responded to in the film and give them more of that,” Landau said. “There’s a whole new scene that takes place in the (Na’vi) school, there’s more night bioluminescence, there are new creatures, and there is a new action scene. The scenes don’t just feel like added scenes — they are very organic to the story and embellish it.”
Avatar originally bowed in 2D and 3-D on December 18, but the theatrical special edition was shown only in 3-D venues.
“About every 15 minutes you get something new that you haven’t seen before, which is kind of cool,” Fox domestic distribution chief Bruce Snyder said. “People want to go back to Pandora on the big screen.”
Last Friday, Fox distributed the special edition of Avatar in more than 800 U.S. and Canadian theatres, including roughly 125 Imax venues, though most of the latter specialty auditoriums played Avatar for two weeks only. Cameron shot several Avatar scenes using Imax cameras, and the global blockbuster stands as the specialty exhibitor’s top-grossing title with $236 million worldwide.
To date, Avatar has rung up $749.8 million domestically and $1.99 billion in foreign coin.
The version 2.0 Avatar was also released in more than 1,000 locations in 14 foreign territories including the U.K, Russia and Taiwan last week, including 50 overseas Imax sites. The pic’s theatrical special edition will bow later in some other countries, with Japan set to get the super-sized Avatar in October.
Fox Home Entertainment released a 2D version of the original 162-minute Avatar on DVD and Blu-ray on April 22. Neither version offered any special features, yet the DVD remains the top-grossing disc release of the year and the Blu-ray version set a format sales high in just its first four days. Fox hasn’t announced a specific date for 2D special editions of Avatar, which will feature even more extra footage and several bonus features.
The picture’s release in 3-D Blu-ray is delayed until 2011, because Fox and Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment want to allow time for the installed base of 3-D capability home entertainment systems to grow. Similarly, Paramount Home Entertainment has yet to release Cameron’s 1997 theatrical opener Titanic on Blu-ray, continuing to hold out for a bigger installed footprint of the high-def format. Plans now call for a 3-D conversion of the disaster classic for a theatrical 3-D rerelease in 2012, but Paramount remains mum regarding home-entertainment release plans for Titanic.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

New Jersey Planning to Add WiFi to Trains

Following New York's WiFi plans for Internet access to train commuters, New Jersey is now asking companies to submit bids to provide Internet hotspots on trains and rail stations so passengers can browse the web, access email, and stream audio and video. The proposal would cover 12 rail lines and 165 train stations in New Jersey's transit system and an award for the winning bid should be awarded by the end of the year. The system is expected to begin in 2011.

Since the plans are still in its early phases without a formalized or winning bidder yet, NJ Transit does not know what the cost of WiFi access would be to riders. The spokesperson doesn't expect the transit authority to bear any burden of the costs. According to transit executive director, "The provision of wireless Internet service would be a welcome amenity for our customers, enabling those who wish to remain connected and productive during their commute to do so continuously." A meeting with interested firms in the WiFi proposal will be held on September 9th.

Friday, September 3, 2010

I will definitely marry: Sushmita Sen

Sushmita Sen is tired of being quizzed about her wedding plans but the Bollywood beauty says that she will definitely tie the knot one day.
Grapevine is abuzz that the former Miss Universe has recently broken up with former Pakistani cricketer Wasim Akram, but she refused to address the rumours.
Sushmita, 34, kept mum on the whole issue saying, "It's all rubbish and I don't want to talk about it."
However the single mother, who raises two adopted daughters, said that she would definitely tie the knot in the future.
"I will definitely get married but it is not that it has to happen at a certain age. I am tired of answering how my man will look. I will bring in the sample for everyone when I find the right person," Sushmita, who was in the capital to promote estate group Assotech said.
But does it get taxing at times to manage personal and professional life all on her own?
"When you have love in your life and respect what you do, you get up and do things. Yes, definitely I do feel tired but when I look around and she how privileged I am, I get going," Sushmita said.
But the year hasn't been smooth for Sushmita. She launched 'I Am She' a platform to select the Indian representative for the Miss Universe pageant. But her chosen candidate Ushoshi Sengupta, failed to even make it to the top 15.
"People who try to tackle failure, attract failure The more you indulge in analysis it gets tougher. So just keep making mistakes and learn," she said.
'Slumdog Millionaire' star Freida Pinto had recently said that she decided to become an actress after seeing Sushmita win the 1994 Miss Universe competition.
"Life comes as a full circle. It feels good when you become someone's idol," Sushmita said.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Spurs given van der Vaart green light

Tottenham have signed Rafael van der Vaart after the Premier League ratified their deadline day swoop for the Real Madrid midfielder.
The north London club made a late move to sign the Netherlands international on Tuesday afternoon after manager Harry Redknapp learned of his potential availability.
Spurs were left in limbo while the league looked into whether the deal had been completed in time.
However, they have now given the transfer the green light and van der Vaart will now move to the Premier League for £8million.
"We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement with Real Madrid for the transfer of Rafael van der Vaart," confirmed a brief club statement.
Van der Vaart moved to Real from Hamburg two years ago and went on to score 11 goals in 68 appearances for the La Liga giants.
He helped his country reach the World Cup final in July and came on as a substitute in the final defeat to Spain.
Speaking about the last-gasp nature of the deal, Redknapp had earlier explained: "It was a last-minute job. When I came in on Tuesday morning it wasn't something I was looking to do.
"I think he was going to Bayern Munich on Monday for £18million and suddenly he became much cheaper.
"They let me know around 1600 BST that he was available for £8million and, for that money, he is a top player who will definitely improve us.
"The fee has come crashing down because the deadline is so close."

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Australian pair reveal bookmaker contact

Australian pair Shane Watson and Brad Haddin both claim to have been approached by an Indian bookmaker.
All-rounder Watson was approached during last summer's Ashes Tour in England, while wicket-keeper Haddin received unwanted contact during the World Twenry20 competition in the Caribbean earlier this year.
Both players reported the suspicious activity to the International Cricket Council's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit but have spoken out following the current allegations surrounding the Pakistan squad.
Four Pakistan cricketers are under investigation following allegations in a Sunday newspaper that money had been taken to fix the outcome of events during the fourth Test against England at Lord's.
"It was an Indian fan, or that's what I thought it was, who knew a lot about me and what I did in the IPL(Indian Premier League) and was only too kind with his praise about how I've been playing and he enjoyed the way I played," Watson explained.
"And then it got down to a bit more 'we'd like to take you out for drinks' and that sort of thing.
"It happened a couple of times when we were at the Royal Kensington Garden in London and I just went through the right channels and (told team manager) Steve Bernard.
"The first time was in the breakfast room talking about cricket really in general and then it got to 'I'd like to take you out for a few drinks' and that sort of thing.
"The second time it wasn't so much about the cricket side of things, it was more about taking us out and wanting to have some fun in London.
"I didn't think too much more of it until I found out a bit more information and that he was actually one of the illegal bookmakers that were trying to get involved."

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