Update Time!

This month’s been full of surprises. Some of them were pleasant and some of them were full on blow on the face but the optimist in me is on an all time high! The first major change was the Municipality Polls which has been bagged by none other than the Trinamool/Mamta Congress. Well no surprises there, as Mamta driven TMC went out with all guns blazing in the run up to the polls. The local TMC supporters took to the streets shouting  out anti CPI(M) slogans and screaming rather than urging at people to vote.  When it came down to defacing the city, TMC were the undisputed champions! Not even the road dividers were spared from the torture! Green and ugly looking TMC flags were seen in every nook and corner of this city giving it a total slum makeover! If you ask me, i am very much apprehensive about TMC bandwagon leading Bengal but the people of Bengal want to see CHANGE which the CPI(M) failed to show in it’s three decade rule. Mamta Bannerjee has a lot of work ahead of her, primarily of improving the image of Bengal in terms of industry, but the perseverance that she has shown will work in her favor for the run up to the state Asssembly Polls next year.

If you, like hundred others were waiting for the release of the next generation iPhone, well all i can say is the wait is finally over. In WWDC 2010, Steve Jobs unveiled the new  iPhone 4G which is the thinnest iPhone till date! At 9.3mm thick, it’s 24 per cent thinner than the 3Gs.

“This is one of the most beautiful designs you’ve ever seen,” he said. “This is beyond a doubt one of the most precise and beautiful things we’ve ever made. Glass and steel… its closest kin is like an old Leica camera. And it’s really thin”, said the charismatic leader of Apple.

It has a front facing camera for iChat with LED flash. The back of the iPhone 4 is made of glass, which looks beautiful but also breakable. A new screen technology called Retina Display will be seen for the first time in iPhone 4. According to Apple, the new display increases the pixel density by four times to 326 pixels per inch, the highest ever on a phone. Apparently the human eye can only differentiate 300 pixels per inch, so this is as good as it’s ever going to get. To put into context, the new display has 78 per cent of the pixels on the much larger iPad. The new iPhone will be powered by Apple’s home-grown A4 silicon, and will use the new Micro SIM, all of which means there’s room for a bigger battery inside the slim case.

Because of the bigger battery, and the A4 chips power efficiency, Apple reckons the new iPhone will manage seven hours of 3G talk time, six hours of 3G web browsing, ten hours of Wi-Fi browsing, ten hours of video playback, 40 hours of music playback and 300 hours of standby. Apple also announced that it would be adding a three-axis gyroscope to the iPhone G4 which should make for some interesting games.

The new iPhone will be featuring 5MP camera which can also record 720p HD videos at 30 fps. Rather than cramming more pixels onto the sensor, Apple has gone down the route of making the pixels smaller, 1.75 micrometers, in fact. Add to that the LED flash which will also remain constantly lit for video, tap to focus and a 5X digital zoom, and it looks like the iPhone is finally catching up with the rest of the camera phone crowd. Next up is iMovie for iPhone. The software allows users to edit video with fancy transitions and titles, add music from iTunes. It’s all very impressive and way ahead of anything currently available on any smartphone platform.

The new iOS4 (iPhone os 4) now has over 1,500 developer APIs and 150 new features, including the much requested multi-tasking, folders, Retina Display integration, unified mail inbox and threading, enhanced camera Apps and better enterprise support. Rather than Microsoft’s Bing search engine becoming the default as was predicted, it will become a user option with Google remaining on top of the iDevice search stack.

Apple’s book reader, iBook is coming to the iPhone.

“The same controls, the same highlighting, the same bookmarking, the same PDF reading,” said Jobs. “If you get a PDF in Mail, tap on that and you’ll go right to iBooks. And, of course, the iBook Store right on your iPhone. We’ll have it on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.

“Why are we doing iAds?” asked Jobs. “For one simple reason: to help our devs earn money so they can continue to create free and low-cost apps for users. Apple hosts and sells the ads, so all you have to do is tell us where you want them and make the money.”

And there’s a lot of money out there to be had, according to Jobs. Already advertisers have committed $60 million to the platform and that’s after just eight weeks. “We think it’s going to be 48 per cent of the entire US mobile display ad market. We think we’re off to a pretty great start!”

At this point in the keynote Jobs was practically begging people to turn off their Wi-Fi connections in order to show a live FaceTime video call demo with Apple designer Jony Ive. The App will need two iPhone 4s and a hefty Wi-Fi connection (at the moment) but it’s impressive all the same.

The handset will come in black or white liveries and will cost $199 for 16GB and $299 for 32GB. Upgrades to iOS4 will be free across the board (including iPod Touch for the first time) from June 21st, but obviously all feature will not be supported on older hardware.

And finally i checked out POP in Fame three days back and to be honest i loved the movie! Jake Gyenhall was the perfect choice for the prince(Dastan) and Gemma Aterton was the princess-with-a-mission(Tamina). Ben Kingsley was at his usual best playing the baddie Nizam who wants the throne all for himself and wants to alter the course of history by going back in time and killing his brother. Don’t go expecting the game as the movie features few elements from the second and third installation of the franchise. If you’re looking for brilliant graphics and lot of mythological action, this is for you!

Ciao!

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