Google I/O 13 conference highlights

Google I/O conference is the most hyped conference among IT developers which showcases what is inside Google with its new features and products displayed at the event. For the first time i have seen the 3 hour live event on thenextweb.com and to my surprise, i believe the hype is worth.

Here are the keynotes at the Google I/O 2013 event for you. You will surprised to check on the new features.

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Google announces 900 million Android activations, 48 billion apps downloaded

  • there have been more than 900 million Android activations in total
  • 48 billion apps have been downloaded on Android
  • 2.5 billion apps are installed every month

Google’s new App Translation service lets developers get pro localization services right in Console

  • developers will now be able to request their apps to be translated directly in the Developer Console, making the process easier and faster

Google announces beta testing and staged rollouts to help app developers pilot new features

  • a new feature for developers will facilitate alpha testing within apps
  • the feature allows developers to pick a percentage of users that will get an update, in order to alpha test it, before sending it out to the rest of the users

Google announces Android Studio: An IDE built just for Android developers

  • an integrated developer environment, set to replace Eclipse, has been announced. It will be called Android Studio.
  • Google also announced cloud messaging will be integrated into the platform
  • the aim behind Studio is to help developers be faster and more productive

Cross-platform Google Play games services unveiled with cloud saving, achievements and multiplayer

  • a new set of APIs have been released, targeted at game developers specifically
  • the games platform will allow users to save their progress on the cloud, meaning they can leave and pick up from different devices
  • leaderboards will be created, linked with users’ Google+ accounts and permitting friends to connect in particular circles

Google Cloud Messaging now supports persistent connections, upstream messaging, and notification sync

  • Google Play services will now have Cloud Messaging (GCM) integration
  • persistent connections, upstream messaging and notification synchronisation are all additions that will be brought to the service
  • Google revealed it is sending 200,000 push messages every second, or 17 billion messages a day

Google reveals unlocked Samsung Galaxy S4 running stock Android, coming to Google Play for $649 on June 26

  • a version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 running the Nexus OS has been revealed
  • the phone will be sold via Google Play from June 26 at $649 a piece

New Google Play Music All Access subscription service at $9.99/mo with 30 day trial available in US today

  • Google is launching a new music streaming service
  • the service will cost you $9.99 per month, or $7.99 if you take a subscription by June 30. There is also a free 30-day trial period
  • songs will be updated according to user tastes and preferences, and songs can be removed from playlists with a simple swipe motion

Google Play for Education: Google goes after Apple’s K-12 stranglehold with cheap apps, tablets

  • Google has announced a store aimed at, and curated for, young children
  • the Google Play for Education will have apps sorted by age and genre
  • Administrators of accounts will be able to push out apps to multiple devices in one go

Google is giving a free Chromebook Pixel to all I/O attendees

  • all attendees of this morning’s keynote were told they would be receiving a free Chromebook Pixel

Google announces 41 new Google+ features including Pinterest-like card-based Stream

  • Google+ is getting 41 new features affecting the Stream, Hangouts and Photos sections
  • Stream is getting a new, multi-column design, which will be going live today, though if you do not like the new layout you will be able to go back to single-column view
  • one of the new features will let you click on pictures to flip them over and reveal related pictures under the same hashtag. Users will be able to opt their pictures out of the feature

Google+ Photos gets automatic photo combiner and Gif maker Auto Awesome

  • Auto Awesome is a new feature that automatically combines pictures together in order to create new ones
  • it will be able to create gifs by linking multiple images with each other
  • it will also have an automatic panorama option, creating panoramic photos from pictures taken side by side

Google launches Hangouts, a new unified, cross-platform messaging service for iOS, Android and Chrome

  • Hangouts is a new messaging service that replaces the current multiple services Google offers
  • it has launched today and is available as an app for iOS, Android and Chrome
  • in Hangouts you can start one-on-one or group conversations.

Google’s new Google+ photo features: 15GB full-size storage, Auto Highlight, Auto Enhance and more

  • new features were announced for photos on Google+, notably that you will now get 15GB free storage for full-size pictures, as well as unlimited space for standard resolution images
  • an Auto Highlight feature will automatically decide which of your pictures are the best and put them at the forefront
  • Auto Enhance will automatically make your pictures the best they can be with some smart editing

Google previews next version of Google Maps for iOS and Android, including an iPad app coming this summer

  • over 1 million sites use Google Maps
  • a new version of the app, to run on the iPad, was teased
  • the new version will incorporate a new suggestion engine to help you find relevant places nearby
  • it will also have life traffic incident reporting and re-routing features

Google unveils new Google Maps for desktop with unified imagery, new interface, live 3D and more

  • the desktop version of Google Maps is getting a new version, that includes an improved interface, imagery and services unification, and more a personalised experience
  • this new version of maps will be tailored to individual users, using the same data Google Now employs
  • images from Google Earth, Street View and special projects will all be available from one place
  • WebGL is used to augment the new views and produce a more interactive and detailed imagery

Google CEO Larry Page speaks at I/O about competition and negativity in innovation

  • CEO Larry Page shared some personal stories up on stage, as well as his views on the importance of technology
  • he also went on about the products are being created at Google, and the drawbacks of negativity

(This article was originally published on thenextweb.com and written by Margot Huysman)

Here is the link : http://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/05/15/everything-announced-at-the-google-io-2013-keynote-in-one-handy-list/?fromcat=all

Oscar 2013 winners

BEST PICTURE: Argo, Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck and George Clooney, Producers

BEST ACTOR: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

BEST ACTRESS: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables

BEST ORIGINAL SONG: “Skyfall,” Skyfall

BEST ANIMATED FILM: Brave

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: Amour, Austria

BEST DIRECTOR: Ang Lee, Life of Pi

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Chris Terrio, Argo

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Claudio Miranda, Life of Pi

BEST COSTUME DESIGN: Jacqueline Durran, Anna Karenina

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: Searching for Sugar Man

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT: Inocente

FILM EDITING: William Goldenberg, Argo

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING: Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell, Les Miserables

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE: Mychael Danna, Life of Pi

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN: Rick Carter and Jim Erickson, Lincoln

BEST ANIMATED SHORT: Paperman, John Kahrs

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT: Curfew, Shawn Christensen

BEST SOUND EDITING: [tie] Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers, Skyfall; Paul N.J. Ottosson, Zero Dark Thirty

BEST SOUND MIXING: Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes, Les Misérables

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS: Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott, Life of Pi

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The 10 Secrets of Entrepreneurs

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We read about a lot of entrepreneurial success stories of how major companies like Walt Disney, Starbucks, McDonalds, Apple, Mircrosoft,Yahoo, Google, Infosys, Wipro,Reliance, HDFC, ICICI,  Facebook etc started their journey. How many times have you got inspired to start a company when you come across inspiring stories of many such entrepreneurs? You may have already started a company but still not been able to reach the goal yet. Or you have just started your career in the corporate world.

Whether you want to start a company or you want to climb the corporate ladder, this is a MUST read book. If you want to know what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur or an employee, then you must read this book.

Keith Cameron Smith, author, who also wrote The Top 10 Habits of Millionaires has now come up with another compelling book titled The 10 Secrets of Entrepreneurs. This book is divided into 10 chapters in a total of 118 pages. Each chapter talks about a secret. The central theme of the book is on the differences between an Entrepreneur and an Employee.

Please find the table below

Entrepreneurs v/s Employees

Entrepreneurs Employees 
1 Entrepreneurs educate themselves more than they entertain themselves. Employees entertain themselves more than they educate themselves.
2 Entrepreneurs have an empowering perspective of failure. Employees see failure as bad.
3 Entrepreneurs are solution finders. Employees are problem solvers.
4 Entrepreneurs know a little about a lot. Employees know a lot about a little.
5 Entrepreneurs give and receive praise and correction. Employees don’t praise and try to avoid correction.
6 Entrepreneurs say “The buck stops here.” Employees say “It is not my fault.”
7 Entrepreneurs build wealth. Employees make money.
8 Entrepreneurs fly with eagles. Employees peck around with chickens.
9 Entrepreneurs look into the future. Employees look into the past.
10 Entrepreneurs take risks because of faith. Employees play it safe because of fear.

 

Keith starts off talking about the traditional education system in schools which makes us to think like employees rather than entrepreneurs.  From failures we should learn to move forward. Failure is a feedback and we should take responsibility for our actions.

Keith also advice entrepreneurs to build self-discipline and good daily habits to ensure that they manage personal and professional lives. Entrepreneurs must learn to inspire others and get started and encourage to stay on the path.

A good entrepreneur is always learning new things going beyond the ‘job description’.  People who don’t consistently increase their knowledge will always have low limits on the success they achieve.

Successful entrepreneurs have learned to praise before they correct, and then praise again when they see improvement; they understand that correction is not rejection. Accepting and using correction from others requires one simple virtue: humility – to listen, accept, learn and grow. “Connect before you correct,” advises Keith.

The book is packed with clever acronyms to tease apart personality types (DISC – dominant, inspirational, sincere, calculated), and implement appreciative behaviours (PCP – praise, correct, praise; or C3 – compliment, correct, compliment).

If you want to be a successful entrepreneur, spend time with those who are already successful. Building wealth takes time but making money can be done quickly.

Though hindsight is useful, entrepreneurs do not let this bind them to the past alone, and are not haunted by regret, guilt or shame. Real success comes when the entrepreneurs are true to their personal values.

“If you create a vision of a future that you’d love to experience and then start running towards it, the successes and failures, victories and defeats will give you a rich and rewarding life,” Keith says.

“Celebrate your successes. Your faith is your greatest asset. Feed it and find freedom,” Keith concludes in the book.

Read this book and you will see a positive change in your personal and professional life.

Mirchi review

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After debacle of his last film ‘Rebel’ at the box office, Prabhas relied heavily on a family entertainer subject, as two of his previous hits ‘Darling’ and ‘Mr. Perfect’ proved the genre at the box office. Koratala Siva who worked as writer for hit films like Brindaavanam, has turned as director with Mirchi film. Produced in the banner of UV movies under the supervision of Prabhas brother, Pramod and his friend Vamsi Krishna Reddy, Mirchi is a wholesome family entertainer with a right mix of action and comedy.

The story has nothing new to offer and the very old saying holds true yet again as an old wine in the new bottle. Mirchi is a mix of couple of movies like Brindaavanam, Dammu and Sankam. But what stands out in the film is the perfect characterization of Prabhas which has two shades – one as a family and lovable guy and the other as an action hero. It’s a story of rivalry between two families led by Nagineedu and Sathyaraj respectively. Deva (Sathyaraj) calms down the village but Nagineedu family continuous the bloodshed. The film starts off in Milan; Italy with the introduction scene of Maansa (Richa) chased by bad guys and saved by Jai (Prabhas). Though she falls for him, she fears due to her family background. She goes back to village and Jai goes to Hyderabad where he enters Veera Pratap (Brahmanandam) house and changes Subbaraju, the brother of Maansa. Through him, Jai goes to his house in Palnadu and changes the rest of the family for the good cause to stop the faction. Jai reveals his background to Maansa that he is the son of Deva and that he has a girl in his life, Anushka. Richa looked glamorous in the songs and did her best in the given role. Onscreen chemistry between the two is so perfect and after a longtime Anushka got a very good role to perform.

prabhas-mirchi-audio-on-dec-10th-414058f3Prabhas is perfect in the role of Jai and he has impeccable sense of style and fashion. He improved a lot in his diction and gaining popularity among family audiences especially females. This tall and handsome hunk proves yet again that he is the darling of Tollywood with ‘Mirchi’.

Cinematography by Madhie showed Prabhas, Anushka and Richa more handsome and glamorous. Visually the locales looked picture perfect on the screen and definitely added life to the film. Comedy by Brahmanandam evoked laughter after a longtime again. Being a writer turned director; the dialogues in the film are very apt and touchy in the emotional scenes and hilarious giving relief in the 1st half.

Music by Devi Sri Prasad is good but the highlight song in the film is Pandagala Vachavu rendered by Kailash Kher which comes in the flashback episode picturised on Prabhas and Satyaraj.

Overall, Mirchi has right ingredients of comedy, action, emotions, and romance mixed proportionally to turn into a superhit film. Watch it for Prabhas.

BAFTA 2013 winners

BAFTA masks backstageThe 66th BAFTA edition will be cherished by the fans of Bond films all over the world as it presented the first award to Skyfall .It took home the first award of the evening during the ceremony at London’s Royal Opera House. It bagged the prestigious Outstanding British Film Award. Collecting the award from Bradley Cooper and Ben Afflect, the producer and screenwriter Micheal G Wilson said that ‘this is a first for Bond’. Alongwith the director Sam Mandes, he thanked 1,292 people who worked for the film and praised the sheer bloody mindedness of the star Daniel Craig.

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If Skyfall gets lucky to bag an Oscar, then it would be the first ever Bond film to win the academy award in 85 years of history.

It’s always exciting to watch BAFTA awards for its short, crisp and quick wit presentation for a little over 2 hours.

Checkout the other BAFTA winners

THE EE BAFTA AWARDS 2013, FULL LIST OF WINNERS:

Best Film
ArgoDirector
Ben Affleck (Argo)

Leading Actor
Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)

Leading Actress
Emmanuelle Riva (Amour)

Supporting Actor
Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained)

Supporting Actress
Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables)

Bafta Fellowship
Sir Alan Parker

THE EE Rising Star Award (voted for by the public)
Juno Temple

Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema
Tessa Ross

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer
Bart Layton, Dimitri Doganis (The Imposter)

Film Not in the English Language
Amour

Documentary
Searching For Sugar Man

Outstanding British Film

SkyfallAnimated Film
Brave

Original Screenplay
Django Unchained (Quentin Tarantino)

Original Music
Skyfall (Thomas Newman)

Cinematography
Life Of Pi (Claudio Miranda)

Editing
Argo (William Goldenberg)

Costume Design
Anna Karenina (Jacqueline Durran)

Make-up and Hair
Les Miserables (Lisa Westcott)

Sound
Les Miserables

Short Animation
The Making Of Longbird

Short Film
Swimmer

Adapted Screenplay
David O Russell (Silver Linings Playbook)

Production Design
Les Miserables (Eve Stewart, Anna Lynch-Robinson)

Special Visual Effects
Life Of Pi

Facebook turns 9.

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Remember the good old days when people got hooked to yahoo chat rooms to make friendship? That was the time when Internet in India and elsewhere in the world started booming. Then most of the users migrated to a new way of communicating with people through Orkut. For quite sometime, Orkut was a rage as we experienced a new phenomenon called as a social network. Scraps were something new exciting for those early adapters of social media. But that interest couldn’t sustain for longer period as Orkut couldn’t add new features like chat, videos, sharing features and upgrade according to the new demands of the Internet users across the world. On February 04, 2004, Harvard University’s dormitory, a bunch of 4 students started off something called as thefacemash.com to what is now called as Facebook.com.

Mark Zuckerberg, founder, Facebook.com, along with his three other friends couldn’t have even imagined or dreamt about its position today when they started off as students. The incredible journey of Facebook.com has revolutionised and influenced people communication n the world as it celebrates 9th birthday today standing tall with leadership position in the Internet world.

We live in the world preoccupied with our daily chores and busy lives that it becomes hard to get in touch with our loved ones. When Facebook was launched in 2004, it was only created to compare photos of its students in Harvard University. Soon it spread to other universities and went on to give public access in 2006. Things have changed dramatically since then. What might not be possible to meet your school mates, graduate friends, colleagues, relatives in real life every day, through Facebook it became easy to connect with them. Our personal lives soon went public. What’s on your mind status became a norm today to share with your loved ones on your daily life. Photos, videos, likes, comments, share; chat influenced our online world so much that people spend most of their time on Facebook than on the real world. Within a month of its launch, Facebook touched 1 million users to 1 billion users today. For 9 years, people liked Facebook despite its criticism on privacy concerns. Sharing information on what you are doing currently to breaking news, from a mere website in 2004 to a mobile and tablet app that dictates your life; Facebook’s journey has been fantastic so far.

Over the years, technology worldwide advanced so much in the development of mobility, Internet access, online medium and social media bring new technologies to connect consumers across the world. Facebook best used the technological wave to the fullest possible to create a path to social media phenomenon. Corporate companies and brands globally realised Facebook potential and soon joined the bandwagon to tap its target audience. Soon major companies even create new roles such as social media managers, digital media strategists etc to monitor their online presence. Advertisers and marketers worldwide took notice of this new advertising medium and created Facebook ads, pages for brands, fans, business, communities, sponsored stories etc. Globally advertising and media spend depends majorly on Facebook than traditional media. Students, employees who are taking courses and certification program’s on Facebook and social media marketing, are absorbed by corporates to manage their online campaigns.

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Facebook went public in 2012 when it had a count of 900 million users though its stocks tumbled initially, picked up after a clear privacy policy. Just recently it announced new features like graph search redefining the way to find people, place, photos giving nightmares to companies like Google, Microsoft etc.

Some interesting facts about Facebook are:

Currently, there are 61, 499, 220 Facebook users in India, which makes it #3 in the ranking of Facebook statistics by country. Penetration of population is 5.24% and online population is 66.96%.

Another interesting statistic of 2012 is that :

More than 1 million websites have integrated with Facebook in various ways; this has proved that the platform has become mandatory for most of the website to depend on Facebook. As of 2012, 210,000 years of music have been played on Facebook along with 62.6 million songs and about 22 billion times.

What a massive data isn’t it ?

From February 2004 to December 2012, it took nearly 9 years for Facebook to touch 1 billion users globally. It’s interesting to see where the next billion users come from? We have to wait and see where Facebook will be 10 years down the line and what dramatic changes they might bring in the business world.

Wishing Facebook a very Happy Birthday.

Vishwaroopam takes off finally in TN

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Vishwaroopam – this is trending topic in India at the moment on Facebook, Twitter and everywhere on national and regional television news channels who are trying to increase their TRPs with relevant panel discussions supporting Kamal Haasan. Bollywood as well as South Indian film industry personalities too extend their support to him. TN govt. defends itself and suggests Kamal to have discussions with Muslim groups to resolve the issue and help in release of the film.

Few days ago, people witnessed what they didn’t expect from the caliber of Kamal during a press conference at his residence. He says he gave everything including his house to make this 100 crore film ‘Vishwaroopam’ and that the film is banned from its release elsewhere except TN. In an emotional speech, tired Kamal says that if this continues further he wish to leave TN and settle in any other secular state in India. In case, he doesn’t find one he wants to settle outside India. At this statement one can understand the trauma Kamal went through to bring out his dream project. Had he knew the crisis before he would have never dared to make one.

Ever since he decided to release his film, troubles became his dear friend. Kamal had to refrain his decision from releasing Vishwaroopam on DTH before it’s theatrical release after a mutual concern from Tamil Nadu Theatre Owners Association. After showing the film to a group of Muslims, Kamal got nod to release the film. But soon after morning show, the film got stalled elsewhere. To his shock, a select number of 24 muslim groups went to court citing that they found objectionable scenes in th film and want it to be stopped from screening. When Kamal filed a petition in the high court, a single sitting judge gave nod to release the film. With the help of TN govt. the Muslim groups put a stay on the film till Feb 6. That’s when Kamal got frustrated and we all know what’s happening if we follow the news on television or on social media.

Unfortunately, the Indian actor and film maker spent who spent most of his life and career dedicated to Tamil cinema taking it to national and international level is facing toughest phase of his life. Fans are travelling to Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala where Vishwaroopam is running without any troubles. In Muslim dominant cultural cities like Singapore, Malaysia, the film is running without any objections. Even in Hyderabad, it is screening both Telugu and Tamil versions running to packed shows. If you are curious enough to know what’s in the film to ban and nationalise so much, then probably you are seriously missing an International film made by an Indian.

Though it’s late, the good news is that finally after the discussions, Kamal has agreed to chop off 7 scenes from the film before it hits the screens in TN. Vishwaroopam is a film made in Hollywood style which shouldn’t be missed by movie lovers. Surely it’s a treat with technical brilliance and terrific screenplay to watch Kamal Haasan on the big screen.

Time will tell what happens to Vishwaroopam 2 when it sees the light. Don’t believe what’s happening around the film. Go and watch it. Lets hope that such things doesn’t happen to any other film in the future.

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