My Mobile Phones

My mobile and I

Cell phones today are extensions of us. From wallpapers to ring tones, we have stamped each sphere of mobile telephony with our individuality. Use of personalisation tools provides us with independence, and a greater sense of autonomy. Be it religion, dating, blogging or even literature, phones have been given personalities by their owners and you experience it from the moment you make or receive a call. Personalisation is key!

With over 60 million subscribers, communication is changing on a rapid scale and the mobile is no longer considered a device solely for making/receiving calls and messages. It is fast evolving.

Where does it go from here! To understand the future, we must first understand the impact that our mobile phones have on our lives. We’re moving toward into increasingly wireless world.

Consider this, you are out on a holiday and just felt this inane urge to share your feelings with the rest of the world. This is possible even if you are miles away from your computer. Just use your mobile phone to post your blogs and let the world appreciate your opinion. Sharing photos and stories with friends while you’re on-the-go by sending them straight to your blog – what could be easier?
In fact, in case you are in a rush and have yet to make your peace with God, use your SMS to pray. From Tirupati to the Vatican to Israel, people are awakening to the dawn of a new faith. M Religion is not bound by borders and requires no special queues. Just download the application and start your spiritual journey.

The creation of a M World where applications like yoga, cookery, stocks and other lifestyle content such as customised user interfaces, location based services like GPS, mobile dating will be the next generation of killer applications that provide the time- starved urban professional avenues for social networking.

Use your phones to make friends, find love, form relationships on the move anywhere. Be the life of any party by mixing up amazing cocktails, courtesy the cocktail guide on your mobile. Do it all with just your mobile phone. It does give the term, “at your fingertips” a complete new dimension, doesn’t it?

Why is all this such a big deal? Why is your phone power-packed with so many experiences? In the face of intense market competition, voice is increasingly becoming a commodity. Service providers are finding that revenue opportunities offered by the evolving M World can boost their bottom lines tremendously and offer a clear value added differentiator. Ever decreasing ARPUs’ (average revenue per unit) will demand value added and innovative data content to enable operators to stabilise their earnings.

At present, phones still are a step behind computers when it comes to ease of use. But their portability opens up a world of new opportunities. It is not long before the evolving M world transcends every sphere of our daily life including the way we read, the way we learn, the way we love and the way we shop.

Welcome to the M World.

The author is Managing Director of Coruscant Tec, a company that provides mobile solutions covering business applications, entertainment, mobile marketing and commerce.

Sites to get you started
Mobile Blogging: http://spaces.msn.com
Mobile Videos: www.funmaza.com
Spiritual Downloads: http://int.mobile.indiatimes.com/ringtone/intl/spiritual.htm
Mobile Games: www.mauj.com
Mobile Shopping: enter ‘shopping.yahoo.com’ on your mobile phone

Source: Indiatimes.com

Tips to buy multimedia phone

While most of the phones have some multimedia capability or the other, it is difficult to realise whether the capability is good enough or not.

Here we present tips one should keep in mind before purchasing a multimedia phone:

With an entry-level multimedia phone, you can click pictures at 100 to 300k pixel resolution. Remember this is enough only for viewing the pics on your mobile, and not for printing. The mid-level phones can, however, click pics of upto 1.3 megapixels, which can be printed in acceptable sizes.

Edge/3G
With more and more mobile content available online, it makes sense to go for a handset which has high speed data connectivity option to make use of it. As of now, only Nokia has come out with EDGE-enabled phones.

Audio playback
While entry-level multimedia phones tend to play audio only in proprietary format files, the high-end phones usually have fullly-featured audio players and can play MP3 files that can be transferred to and fro and played straight from the system. Before buying the phone, make sure that it can play music in the background. Most phones still do not allow you to browse the phonebook or perform other actions while playing back music.

Memory
Camera and audio functions are dependent on the memory of the phone. Most entry-level phones have either 16-32 MB of memory, mid-range phones have 32-64 MB and others have memory expansion capabilities using memory cards

Video
Usually phones with camera have video recording capability. Mid-range camers phones come with a basic video recording at 10-15 frames per second and with a recording limit of 30 second to 1 minute. The high-end phones would give you smoother videos at higher frame rates and the length limited only by the capacity of your memory card. Also, the high-end phones give limited video editing options on the phone itself. Most of these videos, however, can be best viewed on small screens only.

Sun Microsys unveils eco-friendly chip

SAN JOSE: Looking to leapfrog its rivals, computer maker Sun Microsystems Inc. on Monday announced an “eco-friendly” server chip that it claims will deliver more performance while requiring less electricity than competing microprocessors.

The UltraSparc T1 processor, code-named Niagara, has eight computing engines on a single chip, with each core capable of handling up to four tasks at once, Sun said. It expects to ship systems based on the processor by the end of the year.

The new chip uses about 70 watts of power on average, significantly less than the 150 watts to 200 watts required by server chips from Intel Corp or International Business Machines Corp, Sun said.

“We can enable (customers) to provide more services within the same envelope of space, power and cooling that they have today,” said Fred Kohout, vice president of marketing at Sun’s scalable systems group. “They don’t have to add more space, more power and more cooling to add more services or run more activities on the Web.”

The California-based computer maker also is touting its new chip as “eco-friendly.” It said removing the world’s Web servers and replacing them with half the number of UltraSparc T1-based systems would have the same effect on carbon dioxide emissions as planting 1 million trees.

“It’s time the technology industry took a stand – tripling your datacenter performance shouldn’t mean tripling your power bill and needing more coal-fired plants,” said Jonathan Schwartz, Sun’s president.

PTI[ MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2005 10:31:39 AM]

IBM tops supercomputer list

SAN JOSE: To leapfrog its rivals, computer maker Sun Microsystems Inc. on Monday announced an “eco-friendly” server chip that it claims will deliver more performance while requiring less electricity than competing microprocessors.

The UltraSparc T1 processor, code-named Niagara, has eight computing engines on a single chip, with each core capable of handling up to four tasks at once, Sun said. It expects to ship systems based on the processor by the end of the year.

The new chip uses about 70 watts of power on average, significantly less than the 150 watts to 200 watts required by server chips from Intel Corp or International Business Machines Corp, Sun said.

“We can enable (customers) to provide more services within the same envelope of space, power and cooling that they have today,” said Fred Kohout, vice president of marketing at Sun’s scalable systems group. “They don’t have to add more space, more power and more cooling to add more services or run more activities on the Web.”

The California-based computer maker also is touting its new chip as “eco-friendly.” It said removing the world’s Web servers and replacing them with half the number of UltraSparc T1-based systems would have the same effect on carbon dioxide emissions as planting 1 million trees.

“It’s time the technology industry took a stand – tripling your datacenter performance shouldn’t mean tripling your power bill and needing more coal-fired plants,” said Jonathan Schwartz, Sun’s president.

AP[ MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2005 10:35:39 AM]

HP eyes 25% rise in printer segment

NEW DELHI: Hewlett Packard (HP) on Friday said it is eyeing a 25 per cent growth year-on-year growth in printer business next year.

“Currently, we have 70-90 per cent share in Indian market. We intend to raise it further by introducing efficient technologies,” HP’s Imaging and Printing vice president Ravi Aggarwal said.

“We are currently selling 30,000 printers. Through the launch of these new printers, we would achieve 25 per cent growth in a year,” he said.

In Indian market, the HP sells 30,000 units per year and could touch 37,000 unit mark by the next fiscal, Agarwal added.

The HP launched two printers HP Phtosmart 8238 and HP Phtosmart 3108 All-in-One based on its scalable printing technology.

The two printers, 8238 and 3108, have been priced at Rs 12,999 and Rs 14,9999 plus tax respectively.

He claimed that the 8238 is capable of printing 33 colour pages and 33 black and white pages pages.

HP’s Vice President for Supplies, Imaging and Pringing Group in Asia Pacific and Japan John Soloman said HP had made a strategic investment of over 1.4 billion dollar over last five years to develop the technology and would continue to invest 1 billion dollar evey year on its research and development.

He said the newly launched products prints a 4×6 photo in 14 second, faster than any printer in the world.

PTI[ FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2005 03:40:55 PM]

Wanna buy PC? iT will come free

BANGALORE: The day may not be far, when personal computers are offered free of charge, with services bundled along with them. These free machines may serve the needs of business and take up social responsibility (read bridging the digital divide).Asiatotal.net, a Hong Kong-based technology company is offering its own brand of PC, called ‘iT,’ for free and it expects to make this a successful business.

Under its business model, Asiatotal.net will scout for sponsors or partners whose logos or information will be instantly available on the PC at the touch of the designated key on the keypad.

However, industry observers do not see any lock-in value for the sponsor as the user may not use these keys at all. Coupled with this, the PC is connected to the internet through dial-up modems, when most of the internet connections now available operate on the broadband route.

Without divulging the price of the PC, Asiatotal.net’s CEO Judy Chen said its business would work on a revenue-sharing model, with the sponsoring entities on every PC given free.

The criteria of selecting the people who will get the PC free will be screened by Asiatotal.net. Its requirements are simple: the user should have a telephone connection, should not own a PC and should be from the lower income strata.
The company has already forayed into Brazil where it plans to ship around 1-m PCs, with the first 2 lakh units ready to be dispatched, with sponsorship from the postal and telecom departments. It has also entered into China, claimed the company.

Asiatotal.net’s CEO Judy Chen said it is still looking for sponsoring partners. The participating companies can be from the sectors of education, medical, financial and entertainment segments, adding that it has not undertaken any kind of market research.

The company has the PC designed by Taiwan-based companies, with the manufacturing done out of China. Ms Chen said its PC is designed for internet connectivity and comes with a five-year warranty. This PC will not available for sale.

TIMES NEWS NETWORK SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2005

Canon develops printer for digital TV broadcasts

TOKYO: Canon Inc said on Thursday it has developed a printer that can print information from digital TV broadcasts and aims to expand the business to 100 billion yen in five years.

Canon plans to launch the ink jet printer in Japan in the autumn of next year ahead of the nationwide rollout of terrestrial digital broadcasts late next year, estimating the domestic market for it will reach 4.8 million units by 2011.

The printer will likely cost about 50,000 yen in Japan and will be launched in the U.S. and Europe at a later date, it said.

The world’s top maker of copiers and cameras is aggressively investing in the development of new products, keen to cultivate new growth drivers as competition in the office equipment market intensifies and growth in the digital camera market slows.

Canon, which competes in the ink jet printer market with Seiko Epson Corp. (6724.T: Quote, Profile, Research), Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ.N: Quote, Profile, Research) and Lexmark International Inc. (LXK.N: Quote, Profile, Research), said the printer would be used primarily to make hard copies of information related to a TV program rather than still images of what appears on the screen.

“If there was a TV commercial say for a pizza delivery place, perhaps there would be a discount coupon that you could print out,” Canon spokesman Richard Berger said.

The printer could help Canon achieve its strategy of establishing a larger presence in people’s living rooms, complementing a new type of flat panel TV co-developed with Toshiba Corp. (6502.T: Quote, Profile, Research) and scheduled for launch early next year.

Supporting a common connection standard, the new printer will be compatible with liquid crystal display (LCD) and plasma display televisions, as well as Canon and Toshiba’s own surface conduction electron emitter display (SED) TVs.
REUTERS THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2005