Sunday, May 26, 2013
According to the announcement from the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), Confident Group, which is an Indian conglomerate headquartered in Bangalore, has agreed to be the sponsor of the West Indies cricket team for two mega world cricketing events- ICC Champions Trophy 2013 that will be held in the United Kingdom next month and ICC World Twenty20 2014 in Bangladesh.
The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) chief executive officer, Michael Muirhead, said after winning the World Twenty20 in 2012, their team has become one of the most attractive teams for a sponsor to be associated with in international cricket at the moment.
He also expressed his happiness for having the Confident Group as the team sponsor for the Champions Trophy and the World Twenty20 when the West Indies will defend the title.
The ICC Champions Trophy 2013 will kick off on 6 June and it will continue till 23rd June in England and Wales. Dwayne Bravo is the captain of the West Indies team.
It is expected that their sponsorship will inspire the Caribbean team to do well and get back their lost pride.
Confident Group is a well-known multinational company which is diversified into six verticals- Infrastructure, Hospitality, Aviation, Entertainment, Education and Health Care.
Friday, May 24, 2013
Indian tablet PC market is becoming packed with low-priced tablet PCs. More and more Indian companies are giving more emphasize in making tablet PCs in an affordable price. The iBall Slide Q9703 is the latest inclusion of the Indian technology market launched by Mumbai based technology company, iBall.
The iBall Slide Q9703 has 9.7-inch QXGA IPS HD display with 2048x1536p resolution and it has pixel density of close to 264 pixels per inch. It runs on Android mobile OS v4.1 Jelly Bean which is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor with an eight-core graphics engine.
It includes other features are 2GB of RAM and 16GB internal memory which can be expanded up to 32GB through a microSD card.
Sandeep Parasrampuria, Director of iBall, said in the launching ceremony, “It's an era of larger screens and stunning displays. This tablet's ultra high resolution and retina panel on quad-core processor and an octa-core GPU is going to provide terrific performance and a stunning viewing experience to their proud owners, I'm sure.”
It is expected that the price of Slide Q9703 tablet PC will be around Rs. 15,999. However, it is yet to know when this device will be available in the market.
This tablet PC has rich features which come in low price. It will help the device to compete with other popular devices like Google Nexus 7(16GB, Wi-Fi only) and Fonepad which also have the same price-tag.
Monday, May 06, 2013
For breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during Bangladesh’s second ODI match against Zimbabwe, all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan was fined 75 per cent of his match fees.
The Bangladeshi all-rounder was fined after he admitted his guilty to a Level 2 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct during Sunday's match. He even accepted the proposed sanction offered to him by ICC match referee.
ICC match referee, Chris Broad, found him to have breached Article 2.2.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel which relates to “showing serious disagree at an umpire's decision during an International Match”.
The charge related to an incident in the 2nd ODI match of Bangladesh’s innings when Shakib Al Hasan showed his anger by smashing his bat into his pad and in the process almost hit Zimbabwe wicket-keeper Brendan Taylor before leaving the field after given out lbw off Prosper Utseya.
On-field umpires Owen Chirombe and Johan Cloete, third umpire Jeremiah Matibiri and fourth umpire Russell Tiffin had projected this charge.
Hitting a breathtaking 38-ball 101, Kings XI Punjab batsman, David Miller, guided his team to a dramatic six-wicket victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium. The host reached the target of 191 runs with 12 balls left at hand.
His aggressive innings deserves to be one of the most exciting knocks in the history of IPL. Along with Rajgopal Satish, he made an unbeaten 130-run partnership for the fifth wicket stand.
However, coming to chase an imposing score of 190 posted by Royal Challengers Bangalore, Punjab were struggling at 68 for four in 10 overs and 95 for 4 after 13 overs. Snatching a victory from that position was beyond thinkable for even a die-hard Punjab fans.
In last five overs, Punjab accumulated 99 runs and it could be possible thanks to left-hander’s power-hitting as he struck eight fours and seven sixes. Hitting a big six of Chris Gayle in the last ball of the 18th over, he fulfilled his century and led his team to victory.
However, things could have been opposite if Miller had not been dropped twice- first by Gayle and then by Kohli, in the 14th over bowled Vinay Kumar.
Despite losing the match against Kings XI Punjab, Royal Challengers Bangalore is in the second position with 14 points from 12 matches.
The future of mobile PCs is brightest. According to an NPD report released on Monday, thanks to demand for tablet PCs and touch-screen notebooks, shipments of mobile PCs are expected to reach 762.7 million globally by 2017 which is up from 367.6 million last year.
Among all these mobile PCs, tablet shipments will see more growth as it will replace traditional notebooks as the dominant device and touch screens will make their way to more notebooks. Tablet shipments are forecast to hit 579.4 million by 2017, up from 256.5 million this year.
It is thought that notebook shipments may drop to 183.3 million in 2017 from 203.3 million in 2013 -- a 10 percent decline. By contrast, shipments of touch-screen notebooks will increase by 48 percent from this year to next year.
According to the report, among notebooks, touch screens will be found mainly in ultraslim notebooks known as ultrabooks which now accounts for 66 percent of all touch-enabled notebooks. But ultrabook shipments are now expected to rise up to 80 percent by 2017.
According to NPD DisplaySearch, the latest version of Windows, Windows 8, released for both touch-screen devices and traditional PCs, will not play a major role to increase the demand of touch screens. Rather, it will be different types of lower-priced devices, including hybrids, convertibles, and sliders, to drive the touch screen demand.
Compared to desktop and laptop computers, tablet PC has many advantages. The biggest advantage is its portability and because of it tablet PC can be easily carried with by users. As tablet PC is a touch-based device, it lacks physical keyboard and mouse. However, by adding a docking station one can get the advantages of a keyboard and mouse, but it takes a lot of space. In such a condition, Genius has come up with an interesting solution: the Ring Mouse 2.
The question may come to your mind that what Ring Mouse 2 is. It is a tiny trackpad a user can wear on his or her finger. To use this device, user requires no space and because of its small size user can easily carry it around. For hands-free web surfing or giving a classroom presentation from a distance, it can be used.
The Ring Mouse 2 is small in size and light in weight. It is the combination of trackpad and button that is surrounded by four buttons. In the middle of the face of this device, there is a small trackpad which can also serve the purpose of left mouse button. Just to the right is the right mouse button.
The above button is used as drag button to hold or drag easily the selected things. There is a button in the left side that puts the Ring Mouse 2 into a mode that lets users easily scroll up and down in long web pages and documents.
To connect this device with a tablet PC, there is a dongle to be plugged into a USB port. The big limitation of this accessory is that it can be used only in Windows based tablets.
On Friday, Taiwan-based computer maker, Acer, launched its sleek and light weighed tablet PC, Iconia A1, in New York City. This new tablet PC sports a 7.9-inch IPS LED-backlit screen with 768x1024p display resolutions. It also has a pixel density of 162 ppi (pixels per inch). It runs on Android mobile OS v4.2.2 Jelly Bean and powered by MediaTek based Quad-core processor with 1.2GHz CPU speed. It has 1GB of RAM.
This tablet PC comes in two variants- 8GB and 16GB and their storage capacity can be expanded via micro-SD card. These models will have 5.0-megapixel rear facing camera with auto-focus and VGA camera in front side.
While speaking at the launching event, Sumit Agnihotry, vice president of product marketing, Acer America, said, “Tablets are becoming cherished companions to many people as they stay connected and entertained throughout their day.”
Along with Iconia A1 Acer also launched ultrabook series Aspire R7 and Aspire P3 as well as Aspire V series touch notebooks.
It is expected that Acer Iconia A1-810 (16GB) will hit the US stores in June with a price tag of $199.99.