Archive for January, 2011

Google TV coming to a pocket near you

Last year it was revealed that ARM Holdings was in talks with Google to bring Google TV support to ARM’s chipsets. The first version of Google TV was designed to only work on Intel’s x86 chips, but a fully compatible ARM version should be available this year, according to a report by the ARM-obsessed Charbax of

Tudor Brown, president of Arm, said last year that their latest processors are cheaper and require less power than Intel’s Atom processor. “If Google TV is to be mainstream, it must be built on a lower power system, …on lower cost technology.”

If Google TV support is coming to ARM processors, then you should expect to see someone place it on a smartphone. Any device using a CPU based on ARM’s dual-core Cortex-A9s should have enough horse power to make it work. We have seen some Tegra 2-powered devices like the LG Optimus 2X that support full 1080p output, so the next generation of mobile computers should have no problems running Google TV.

Google was supposed to show off the latest version of Google TV at this year’s CES, but it was reported by the New York Times that Google asked their partners to delay the product launches so they could refine the software.

We can’t say for sure which refinements Google is working on, but it makes sense that they would want to bring the TV experience to the mobile devices that are powerful enough to deliver an enjoyable experience. Motorola recently showed us with the Atrix 4G that a single mobile device could power a laptop, desktop, and TV and I believe that is the direction Google will take Android.

How long do you think it will take before Google TV comes pre-loaded on a high-end smartphone?

Sameer Kulkarni



Google Maps Control for ASP.NET

Hay guys ,

I am going to implement these kind of features in my project . . .


  • Enables you to draw Google maps. No JavaScript knowledge required. Just drag and drop a control on your page.
  • Uses AJAX calls to retrieve server-side data.
  • Enables you to change pushpin positions on the fly. No need to refresh the full map.
  • Enables you to change pushpin icons on the fly.
  • Optimized to give you the best performance, i.e., only those pushpin data will be retrieved from the server that have changed.

Sameer Kulkarni . .

India’s first GPS-based auto fare app

A Kochi-based firm launched what it claimed was India’s first multi-platform auto fare calculating application that uses GPS.
MindHelix Technologies claimed that its “Tuk Tuk” metre, a mobile phone application, will enable the commuter to get accurate fare from auto-rickshaws. The app will help commuters from being cheated by false fare claims.
The meter is the first multi-platform application in India that can dynamically calculate the distance travelled using Global Positioning System (GPS) and the fare due, a company official said.

The space-based GPS satellite navigation system, provides precise location and time information anytime anywhere on Earth. The system, developed by the United States Department of Defence, is freely accessible by anyone with a GPS receiver.
The new application runs on smartphones with Android, Blackberry or Symbian operating systems without any need for manual entry of distance or fare. It can be downloaded free from, Christin Emmanuel George, co-founder and CEO of MindHelix Technologies, said.

It can be started as one enters the autorickshaw and the meter in the phone will run alongside the auto’s metre. Using the GPS, it can double-check the distance travelled as shown in the auto and calculate the exact fare, explained George.
“The ‘Tuk Tuk’ meter does not require an internet connection or service provider. It functions even in remote areas. The application has a simple user interface that consists of a Start-Stop button and can be customised for any location by entering the fare details,” George said.
MindHelix Technologies is a start-up company formed in December 2010. The company focuses on mobile applications development.

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Ever seen an Operating System in a web browser, your answer might be no ! Then why not have a look at this one – this is one of the first operating system you would have ever seen before – Online virtual operating system – which has been rolled out by, and developed by using Microsoft Silverlight.

When you browse to, it will request us to install Sliverlight on to desktop, if you have already installed the same on to your desktop, then you will be directly redirected to the Operating System i.e. Windows Vista , if you are installing Silverlight for the first time, it will request you to restart the Browser. After installing, just browse to

You can view Virtual Operating System right in your respective browser, it has a start button (like Windows Vista and older versions), File Explorer (Like Windows Explorer), a Media Player, a Notepad, RSS reader, Paint application, Games like Chess, Solitaire, Spider, Tic-tac-toe, and many more… The most interesting part is that you can also play .wmv and .wma media files in Media Player directly from Local Drive, i.e. from your Hard Drive.

This virtual operating system also supports installation of programs, but the respective program should be developed in Silverlight and be available on Internet or local file system. This online virtual operating system is in alpha stage now ! And will get more features added in future

Ubuntu Tweak allows you to dig into configurations you may not have even known about…and do so with ease. That’s right, there’s very little “magic” or obfuscation involved with this tool…it’s just straight-up configuration options that might have otherwise been hidden (or at least not as easy to find). With Ubuntu Tweak you can:

Update your system.
Add sources for packages.
Change startup settings.
Configure numerous hidden desktop settings (including desktop backup and recovery).
Set up default folder locations.
Manage scripts and shortcuts.
Gather system information.
Manage file types and Nautilus settings.
Configure power manager settings.
Manage security settings.
So, how does it work? How is it installed? Let’s take a look.


You won’t find Ubuntu Tweak in the Ubuntu Software Center. Instead you need to download the .deb package and install it manually (or let your browser open up the USC for the installation). I prefer the manual method, so that is what I will demonstrate.

Download the most recent .deb package from the Ubuntu Tweak main page. Once you have that file downloaded, follow these steps:

Open up a terminal window.
Change into the directory holding the newly downloaded .deb file.
Issue the command sudo dpkg -i install ubuntu-tweak-XXX.deb Where XXX is the release number.
Type your sudo password and hit Enter.
Allow the package to install and then, when it is finished, close the terminal window.

To start up Ubuntu Tweak click on Applications | System Tools | Ubuntu Tweak. When you first start up the tool, it will give you a warning that you should enable the Ubuntu Tweak stable repository. Click OK to do this. Once that warning is out of the way, you can dig into the tweaking of your Ubuntu OS.

The interface for Ubuntu Tweak is very well done (see Figure A). As you can see, the left pane is broken into categories: Applications, Startup, Desktop, Personal, and System. Some of these tweaks will require the use of sudo and some will not (depending on the nature of the configuration).

One very handy configuration in the Personal section is Templates. Here you can drag and drop files into the main window and those files will then be added as document templates.

From an admin standpoint, a very handy option is the Login Settings in the Startup section. In this section you can configure:

Disable user list in GDM.
Play sound at login.
Disable showing the restart button.
Login theme.
Obviously not every option is a gem, but the ability to hide the user list as well as disabling the restart button in the login screen can be very handy.

Finally you will want to take a look at File Type Manager in the System section. This allows you to manage all registered file types on your system.

I have only scratched the surface of Ubuntu Tweak – it really is an incredibly powerful and handy tool that any and all Ubuntu users/administrators should get to know. From this single window you have the ability to configure/administrate many items from the System menu.

Drag and Drop Uploading for YouTube Videos

Drag and Drop Uploading for YouTube Videos

Why download YouTube videos when it’s so easy to upload videos? Now you can drag and drop multiple videos on YouTube’s upload page instead of using the operating system’s file open dialog. The new feature requires a recent version of Google Chrome and Firefox because it uses HTML5 APIs.

Two other Google services that support drag and drop uploading are Gmail and Google Docs, but other services will probably follow suit.

It’s no secret that Google App Engine has suffered from reliability issues. Google is attempting to address some of its issues by making a new datastore option available: the High Replication Datastore.

“The High Replication Datastore provides the highest level of availability for your reads and writes, at the cost of increased latency for writes and changes in consistency guarantees in the API,” writes Kevin Gibbs in the announcement. “API. The High Replication Datastore increases the number of data centers that maintain replicas of your data by using the Paxos algorithm to synchronize that data across datacenters in real time.” A detailed comparison of the two datastore options is available in App Engine documentation.

The price for the new datastore is starting out at three times the cost of the Master/Slave option, but the pricing will likely change in the future.

For the time being, the traditional Master/Slave datastore will remain the default configuration option. The datastore cannot be changed after an application is created, so existing applications can’t be switched to the High Replication Datastore. However, Google is providing some migration tools.

There’s a new option in the admin console that allow users to put their applications in read-only mode so that data can be reliable copied between applications. Google is also providing a migration tool with the Python SDK that allows code to be copied from one application to another. The documentation for the migration tools can be found here.


A Sneak Peek of Android 3.0, Honeycomb

The past few weeks have been exciting ones for the Android team: we recently released Nexus S and Android 2.3, Gingerbread, and we’ve even had some of our most popular team members take a trip to space. But we haven’t stopped buzzing with excitement: today at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas, we previewed Android 3.0, Honeycomb.

Honeycomb is the next version of the Android platform, designed from the ground up for devices with larger screen sizes, particularly tablets. We’ve spent a lot of time refining the user experience in Honeycomb, and we’ve developed a brand new, truly virtual and holographic user interface. Many of Android’s existing features will really shine on Honeycomb: refined multi-tasking, elegant notifications, access to over 100,000 apps on Android Market, home screen customization with a new 3D experience and redesigned widgets that are richer and more interactive. We’ve also made some powerful upgrades to the web browser, including tabbed browsing, form auto-fill, syncing with your Google Chrome bookmarks, and incognito mode for private browsing.

Honeycomb also features the latest Google Mobile innovations including Google Maps 5 with 3D interactions and offline reliability, access to over 3 million Google eBooks, and Google Talk, which now allows you to video and voice chat with any other Google Talk enabled device (PC, tablet, etc).

Please stay tuned for more Honeycomb news from the Android team. For now, you can get a taste of Honeycomb by checking out this video.

Startup Saturday Bangalore 8th January 2011

Product vs Services?

A lot of startups get started with offering services and using the funds generated through that to fund their product R&D. But often the question arises “Will doing services make me loose my focus?”, “Should I do services or Products?” or “Can I do both together?”.  This Jan, we are going to get two experienced entrepreneurs to share their thoughts on this subject.


Along with this interesting conversation, we’ll also have an energetic open house session where everyone in the audience will get involved in brainstorming on solving problems startups face.

We are also extremely excited to announce that the Startup Saturday Jan edition will be covered in ET Now’s StaringUp show.

For Registration click here


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