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RCom to launch IPTV services across Mumbai & Delhi !


One of the largest Mobile service provider in india, Reliance Communications ( RCom) hs planned to launch Internet Protocol Television services ( IPTV) in Mumbai & Delhi in next 3 months, a top official informed.

“We plan to start our proposed IPTV service initially in Delhi and Mumbai in the next three months. In the second phase, we also have plans to introduce it in six other cities,” RCom’s chief executive officer (DTH and IPTV) Sanjay Behl said.

IPTV operates on video signals received via the net, using a set-top box that will make TV viewing more interactive, Mr Behl said.

Moreover, IPTV will offer the largest library of national, international and regional video content, such as, movies and music, among others. Besides, customers can have a choice of over hundred TV channels, including high-definition (HD) channels and exclusive Reliance channels, Mr Behl said.

IPTV uses standard networking protocols, which promises lower costs for operators and lower prices for users. Using set-top boxes with broadband internet connections, video can be streamed to households more efficiently than current coaxial cable.

In the past, MTNL and BSNL have launched IPTV. The Asia-Pacific IPTV market revenues are projected to cross the $3-billion mark by 2013.

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Fizzik: A new baby in the world of browser !


You don’t see many startups these days trying to innovate with new Internet browsers. After all, that’s an area dominated by the likes of Microsoft, Google, Mozilla and Apple. So, I was immediately intrigued when I bumped into a new browser which not only provides you all the features available with most of the browsers these days, but goes miles away in terms of multi tasking and smoothness. While exploring further about the company, named  Spry Hive Industries, I found that team of ex-Microsoft workers have built a new browser called Fizzik, which is entering a public beta today. Here’s the demo

As you can see in the video, the most interesting feature is the split-screen functionality which integrates content from YouTube, Twitter or other content sources. Is that enough to win you over?

Another amazing video ad from Google for Crome !


Monitoring Googles‘ advertising initiatives from last few months. On closely monitoring of the same, it seems that google has gone way long in terms of talking and promoting their products to handle their arch rival Microsoft. Here comes a latest Google Crome ad with excellent sense and humor :

India may have internet domain names in 7 local languages by the end of 2011


India plans to have internationalised domain names (IDN) on internet in seven local languages — Hindi, Bengali, Punjabi, Urdu, Tamil, Telugu and Gujarati — by the end of 2011. Once implemented, this would see the present country code ‘.in’ being replaced with ‘.bharat’. IDNs are currently available only in Latin characters, the script in which English and most other European languages are written.

The department of information technology (DIT), government of India, will soon submit its proposal to US-based Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a non-profit organisation responsible for managing the internet’s domain name system.

According to DIT senior director Govind, at present only 10 per cent of India’s total population knows English and only English speaking population can access the internet. The country has currently 81 million internet users out of which only 8.1 million are broadband customers.

“Considering the population of the country, the number is not satisfactory. Once the domain name is available in regional languages, it will not only help the masses in sharing information but also help in internet proliferation even in remote corners of the country,” Govind has said.

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Why Intel Will Be a Mobile Loser


Intel, as it’s wont to do, overnight made a splashy unveiling of a new family of processors: the Atom Z6xx series, whose chips are much more powerful than current versions but consume less power. Why the hoopla?

  Apparently these chips, which run at over 1.5 GHz, can be used to power not only smartphones but also tablets. So as I usually do when a public company announces major news, I checked Intel’s stock price in pre-market trading: largely unchanged from its closing price the day before. If this was supposed to be such a big deal, why was the market ignoring it, and responding by shrugging its proverbial shoulders?

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Indian Tech biggies in race for $38-bn outsourcing deals


Top IT firms in india like Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Infosys and Wipro are busy chasing multi-billion contracts. including China Mobile, Verizon US and Bharti Airtel, against multinational rivals as reported by ET.

As per one research done by outsourcing experts firms such as Ovum said around 500 contracts worth nearly $37.5 billion are set to expire by September this year, ranging anywhere between $1 million and $1 billion each. “It’s a long, tough summer,” said a senior official at one of the Indian tech firms exploring opportunities at telecom majors such as China Mobile and Verizon. “Coming out of recession, we are facing perhaps the toughest sales challenge ever — the deals are smaller, competition is breathing down our necks and there is this huge expectation that we are back to normal,” he added, requesting anonymity.

Larger offshore vendors, which now include the likes of HP, IBM and Accenture, are likely to bid for a number of contractual opportunities, said Jens Butler, principal analyst at Ovum. “Cost-cutting is not the only theme, it is a component of client requirements,” added Mr Butler, who is based in Sydney, Australia.

Not to forget that due to recession lots of contract which are due for renewal went on hold last year. Since the market has been stabilized, companies are looking further to renew the same but with those companies who can offer better deal than previous one’s in terms of commercial, services and flexibility. All this because of tight budget and possibilities of further negotiated T&C.

At the other hand various SMBs are also keeping an eye on these deals to get a pie. Most of the biggies who are likely to be awarded with few deals have started engagements with such SMBs to ensure the low commercials and high profit margin by outsourcing these deals to right companies in turn.

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Windows 7 based Project got killed !

May 5, 2010 2 comments

With the end of April, one of the most anticipated project by HP has been end, reported by TechCrunch. It has been informed by TechCrunch that Hewlett-Packard allmost killed off its much ballyhooed Windows 7 tablet computer, says a source who’s been briefed on the matter.

The device was first unveiled by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer at CES 2010 in January and was supposed to hit the market in mid 2010. But source from TechCrunch informed that HP is not satisfied with Windows 7 as a tablet operating system and has terminated the project (something CrunchGear mentioned months ago).

HP may also be abandoning Intel-based hardware for its slate lineup simply because it’s too power hungry. That would also rule out Windows 7 as an operating system.

So what will HP use as an operating system? Look for Google-powered devices, which have already been announced. And HP really does seem determined to make a go of the Palm WebOS. They said how important it was to them yesterday, and they will likely experiment with porting it to a slate-type device.

Will WebOS emerge as a successful operating system for tablet devices? That seems very unlikely given the dominance of the closed Apple OS and the likely success of the open Android and Chrome operating systems from Google. To get traction from third party developers with WebOS HP will need to sell a lot of units. And it’s not clear what they’d gain from all that effort, anyway. HP knows how to build and sell hardware, not operating systems.

Let us know your comments on actual story behind. Here’s the video promoting the HP Windows tablet from January: