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June 30, 2012

MNP gets a thumbs up; 45 million subscribers till April '12

 

Mobile Number Portability or MNP, essentially gives a subscriber a chance to move out of their existing service provider onto a new service provider without having to forego their number. With power in their hands, subscribers are no longer tied to their providers, if they're unhappy with them. Now, according to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India's (TRAI)Telecom Subscription Data as on 30th April 2012, the number of takers for MNP rose from 41.88 million subscribers at the end of March 2012 to 45.89 million at the end of April 2012. In fact, if the figures in this report are anything to go by then in April 2012 alone, 4.01 million MNP requests were made. Elaborating on the numbers a little futher, the report adds that in MNP Zone-I (Northern and Western India), Gujarat emerged as the state with the largest number of MNP requests at 4.23 million, followed by Rajasthan at 4.10 million. Then in MNP Zone-II (Southern and Eastern), Karnataka emerged as the state with the maximum number of MNP requests at 5.11 million, followed by Andhra Pradesh Service area (4.44 million). To get a better idea of the numbers elsewhere in the country, you can refer to the image below -
MNP figures
How the nation fared MNP-wise


The report further details on how the nation fared in this sector, and it adds that the number of telephone subscribers in India increased to 952.91 million at the end of April 2012 from 951.34 million at the end of March 2012, following a growth rate of 0.16 percent. Interestingly, the report saw the share of urban subscribers dip to 64.95 percent from 65.23 percent, while that of  rural subscribers has increased to 35.05 percent in the month of April 2012. The overall teledensity in the country has reached  78.71 at the end of April 2012 from 78.66 of the previous month. The report adds, "Subscription in Urban Areas declined from 620.53 million in March, 2012 to 618.92 million at the end of April, 2012. Subscription in Rural Areas increased from 330.82 million to 334.00 million during the same period. The growth rate of Urban and Rural Subscription is 0.26% and 3.18% respectively. The overall Urban teledensity has decreased from 169.55 to 168.83 and Rural teledensity increased from 39.22 to 39.57."

The wireless segment in the country, comprising GSM, CDMA and FWP users, too fared well. The total wireless subscriber base increased from 919.17 million in March 2012 to 921.02 million at the end of April 2012, holding a growth of 0.20 percent.  The share of urban subscribers decreased from 64.83 percent to 64.54 percent, while that of rural subscribers increased from 35.17 percent to 35.46 percent. The overall wireless teledensity in India has reached 76.07. The report adds, "Wireless subscription in urban Areas decreased from 595.90 million in March 2012 to 594.45 million at the end of April 2012. The subscription in Rural Areas increased from 323.27 million to 326.57 million during the same period. This shows higher growth in Rural Subscription (1.02%) than Urban Subscription (-0.24%). The Urban wireless teledensity has decreased from 162.82 to 162.15 and Rural teledensity has increased from 38.33 to 38.69."

The subscriber base of broadband, too grew from 13.79 million at the end of March 2012 to 13.95 million at the end of April 2012, depicting a monthly growth of 1.13 percent. According to the report, as on 30th April 2012, there are 156 Internet Service Providers (ISPs) providing broadband services in the country and the top three ISPs, in terms of market share (based on subscriber base) are: BSNL (9.00 million), Bharti Airtel (1.36 million) and MTNL (1.05 million). (via tech2)

To read the complete report, click here

5 reasons why the Google Nexus 7 may not work in India

 

The Google Nexus 7 wasn’t much of a surprise when it was unveiled, since we had already caught a glimpse ...
5 reasons why the Google Nexus 7 may not work in India
The Google Nexus 7 wasn’t much of a surprise when it was unveiled, since we had already caught a glimpse of it in a leaked training manual and then of the official one that leaked just moments before the conference even began. Google has managed to hit the sub-$200 pricing that they set out to achieve as the Nexus 7 will cost you just $199 when it launches, contract free, somewhere in mid-July. But what has Google sacrificed in order to reach this price point? Have they compromised too much on the tablet in order to reach their goals? While we don’t doubt the build quality of the Asus-built tablet, we do feel that a certain lack of features and services will limit its potential in India.  

No Google Play for India yet
The Nexus 7 is clearly designed for media consumption and some of the new apps and widgets built into the device are designed to take advantage of the new additions to the Play store, like magazines, and TV shows. The problem is that other than the app store, we don’t have access to any of that content here in India, which means we have to physically save that content on our device if we need to access it on the move. That’s the same problem we face with Apple’s iCloud as well. The problem with the Nexus 7 is that the onboard storage maxes out at 16GB, which may not be enough for those who have the habit of filling their tablets with their music, TV shows and movies. This brings us to our second issue and that’s expandable storage.
Is it enough to take on the budget tablet segment?
Is it enough to take on the budget tablet segment?


No microSD card slot 
Continuing the tradition of recent Nexus devices, the Nexus7 will not have a microSD card slot. As shocking as it may be, Google has decided not to include this feature for whatever reason. We highly doubt a simple expansion slot would contribute much towards the final cost of the device, so why did Google leave it out? They talked about how the Nexus 7 can handle complex 3D games by showing off Horn and Dead Trigger. The games looked incredible, they will occupy a lot of space and if you have a couple of these games, that's a couple of gigs of storage gone right there. Plus, you won’t be able to use the full 8GB of storage, since Jelly Bean will take up some space. Without memory expansion, you’ll have to think twice about what content you’re storing on your tablet.  

Absence of 3G 
The first batch of Nexus 7 tablets will not have 3G and quite frankly, we aren’t entirely sure when we’ll get to see a 3G version of the Nexus 7, if ever. This means you’ll have to be connected to a Wi-Fi hot-spot in order use the Internet, which in India is not the easiest to find. Your other option would be to tether your phone to the tablet, which is not exactly a solution but a work around. You get plenty of budget Android tablets that cost lesser or the same and support 3G. For someone who wants 3G connectivity on the go, these tablets will still offer better value as compared to the Nexus 7.
Will it ever come to India?
Will it ever come to India?


No Video-out 
This is not a major issue, but the inclusion of an HDMI-out or even MHL support would have been a handy addition. Not everyone can afford a DLNA compatible HDTV, but all LCD TVs today have at least one HDMI port, so including a microHDMI connector would have helped average users to easily connect the tablet to the TV for either watching movies or viewing photos.  

No rear camera 
The decision to exclude the rear camera could be related to keeping the pricing down, but again, it’s something that will be missed on a tablet as small as the Nexus 7. While it is a bit awkward to go about snapping pictures from a larger 10-inch tablet, a 7-inch tablet is still manageable. There is a front facing camera for video calls, but a second one in the back would have been nice to have. This probably would have hiked the cost a bit, but not by much.
A rear camera would have been a nice addition
A rear camera would have been a nice addition


Whether Google says it or not, the Nexus 7 was designed to be used with their Play store, so users had a great experience when consuming movies, music, TV shows and now magazines as well. This isn’t just another Android tablet; it was designed with a specific purpose in mind, similar to Kindle’s Fire and Barnes and Noble’s Nook and Nook Colour. Since the most important feature, the Play store, isn’t fully available in India you won’t be able to use it to its full potential. Sure you can use it as any other tablet without all the cloud features, but then you’re limited by functionality, as well like the inability to expand the storage or 3G SIM support, something which cheaper budget tablets running ICS offer. The Nexus 7 may be a great tablet for consuming media, but limitations stated above could throttle its sales in India, provided it officially gets here.(via tech2)

Ex-employee reveals Facebook's dirty little secrets in tell-all book

 

Facebook, which recently emerged among the top three companies to work with rated by Glassdoor has been stuck in the 1950s mentality and was completely sexist until lately, reports Daily Mail. A senior staff member described it as a cross between a frat house and Mad Men. In her book, The Boy Kings: A Journey into the Heart of the Social Network, Katherine Losse who worked for Facebook between 2005 and 2010 claims that  female workers at the social network were propositioned for threesomes and faced insults like 'I want to put my teeth in your ass.' At Facebook, she worked at customer relations moving upwards to a senior marketing role and then became the speechwriter for Zuckerberg.
Bad game! (Image source: The Telegraph)
Is Facebook sexist? (Image source: The Telegraph)


Reportedly, lower ranking employees who were usually female were treated as ‘second class help’ and also banned from conferences unless they worked as coat checkers. In between toga parties and late night ‘hackathons,’ male engineers raced skateboards around desks. So, basically, it is a cool place for men, but completely biased against women. Mark Zuckerberg is even compared to Napolean and called a little emperor with staff that treats him like an idol. Moreover, on his 22nd birthday, female employees were asked to wear T-shirts with his name printed on them. 
 
She also claims that Facebook is all about creating a 'popular techno frat that didn't exist at Stanford or Harvard' where men can engage in endless competition with each other. Reportedly, she also writes, "The older men in the office could be unbridled in their wide ranging desires for sex and attention as the youngest ones.” She also writes, “When a female employee reported being told by a male co-worker in the lunch line that her backside looked tasty - "I want to put my teeth in your ass" was what the co-worker said - Mark asked (it was hard to tell whether it was with faux or genuine naivete): 'What does that even mean?" 

"The company's entire human resources architecture was constructed on the reactionary model of an office from the 1950s in which men with so-called masculine qualities (being technical, breaking things, moving fast) was idealised as brilliant and visionary whilst everyone else (particularly the nontechnical employees on the customer support team who were mostly female and sometime, unlike the white and Asian engineering team, black) were assumed to be duller, incapable of quick and intelligent thought. It was like Mad Men but real and happening the current moment, as if in repudiation of fifty years of social progress," Losse wrote.

The report further states that when on a trip to Las Vegas, a group of Facebook engineers invited girls to their table and then asked them to leave stating that they weren’t pretty enough.  A year ago, Facebook had offered its staff a $1,000 a month subsidy to live within a mile of the office so that it could make them happier. However, there was an outcry that this was only offered to engineers on $80,000 a year salaries. These things started changing with the arrival of the chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg in 2009. Sheryl Sandberg now joins the Facebook board as its first female directors.

Newly discovered Mayan text says 2012 is the end of the calendar not the world

 

t would be hard to miss the fact that a lot of doomsday believers thought 2012 was going to be the end of the world because of ancient Mayan texts. A newly discovered Mayan text puts a bit of clarity and might ease the concerns of people who believe in that sort of thing. The new text shows that 2012 was the “end date” for the Maya calendar.
That is different from the end of the world according to the researchers. The new text indicates that 2012 would have been celebrated by the ancient Mayan people, but has no doomsday prophecies regarding the date. The Mayan calendar is divided into something called bak’tuns each having 144,000 days beginning from the Maya creation date. The winter solstice of 2012 would be the last day of the 13th bak’tun.
Scientists and researchers say this would’ve been seen as a full cycle of creation. The new text was discovered among the Maya ruins of La Corona in Guatemala. Archaeologists discovered one block on a stairway featuring carved hieroglyphs to celebrate the visit of an ancient and powerful Mayan ruler. The archaeologists believe that this ancient king, known as Jaguar Paw, used a larger cycle of time to promote continuity of his people that happened to end in 2012.
[via MSNBC]

World's smallest, 8.8 megapixel, USB 3.0 camera launched

 

Point Grey, one of the world's largest and most innovative providers of high performance digital cameras for industrial, bioscience, traffic, and GIS applications have announced the addition of an exciting new model to its popular line of Flea3 USB 3.0 cameras. The new model leverages the bandwidth capabilities of USB 3.0 by delivering 8.8 MP colour images at 21 FPS (185 MByte/s) in an ultra-compact, low-cost package. 

The FL3-U3-88S2C features Sony’s new IMX121 sensor with “Exmor R” back-illuminated CMOS architecture. By increasing quantum efficiency and reducing noise, “Exmor R” improves sensitivity and dynamic range for sharp, high-quality colour images. The impressive 4096 x 2160 resolution combined with the ease of USB 3.0 and the camera’s small size makes the new Flea3 suitable for a variety of high resolution colour applications, including automatic optical inspection, ophthalmology, interactive multimedia, and broadcast.
The world's smallest camera, from Point Grey
The world's smallest camera, from Point Grey


Point Grey’s Flea3 camera line measures just 29 x 29 x 30mm and provides a unique set of features dedicated to maximizing USB 3.0 reliability, including a 32 megabyte frame buffer; on-camera power, temperature, and status monitoring; and in-field updatable firmware. The camera also provides colour interpolation, look up table, gamma correction, and pixel binning functionality.

Since demonstrating the world’s first USB 3.0 camera in 2009, Point Grey continues to push the boundaries of imaging technology,” explains Michael Gibbons, Director of Sales and Marketing. Mr. Gibbons adds, “This camera is our latest innovation; we packed a high quality 8.8 MP, 4K2K sensor into the Flea3 and did it at an unbeatable price-point.” 

Here's a detailed look at the specs:

  • Video Data Output - upto 24-bit digital data
  • Image Data Formats - Y8, Y16, Mono8, Mono12, Mono16 (all models) RGB8, YUV411, YUV422, YUV444, Raw8, Raw12, Raw16 (color models)
  • Partial Image Modes - Pixel binning and region of interest (ROI) modes
  • White Balance - Automatic/manual modes, programmable via software
  • Color Processing - On-camera in YUV or RGB format, or on-PC in Raw format
  • Digital Interface - USB 3.0 interface
  • Transfer Rates - 5 Gbit/s
  • Image Buffer - 32 MB frame buffer
  • Memory Channels - 2 memory channels for custom camera settings
  • Dimensions - 29 x 29 x 30 mm excluding lens holder (metal case)
  • Lens Mount - CS-mount: FL3-U3-13S2, FL3-U3-32S2 / C-mount: FL3-U3-13Y3, FL3-U3-88S2
  • Mass - 52 g
  • Power Consumption - 5 V, <3 W, via GPIO or USB 3.0 interface

The addition to Flea3 USB 3.0 cameras
The addition to Flea3 USB 3.0 cameras


The Flea3 FL3-U3-88S2C-C (colour) model is list priced at USD $945 (Rs. 52,442 approx.) and is available to order from Point Grey and its network of distributors. Click here to view a quick unboxing of the world's smallest camera. 

iBerry India to launch Auxus AX01 tablet for Rs.5,990

 

The first week of July will see iBerry India, the Indian arm of Hong Kong-based electronics manufacturer, iBerry, launching their third Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich-based tablet, Auxus AX01, for just Rs.5,990.

For a tablet at such a sweet price point, the Auxus AX01 boasts of decent, if not exemplary, features. Running on a 1 GHz ARM Cortex A8 CPU, the seven-inch tablet comes with a dedicated dual Mali-400 graphics engine with support for OpenGL 2.0. It sports a capacitive touchscreen with a maximum resolution of 800 x 400 pixels, and has 1 GB of DDR3 RAM. On the storage front, the Auxus Ax01 comes with onboard storage capacity of 4GB, which can be expanded to 32 GB through the MicroSD card slot. The tablet also features a mini-HDMI output capable of handling full HD 1080p video playback. It is Wi-Fi-enabled (b/g standards), supports 3G through USB dongles and has a front-facing camera.
Yet another budget tablet on the way...
Yet another budget tablet on the way...


According to a report by IBN Live, the tablet “will be available through the online retail network and retail sale partners of iBerry in various cities across India. The tablet comes with a one-year comprehensive warranty which will be handled by company's service network throughout India”.

Although it only lacks in terms of 3G connectivity and low disk space, the Auxus AX01 sports hardware that’s very similar to iBerry’s recently announced budget tablet, the Auxus AX03G. Also powered by a 1.0 GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor with a Dual Mali-400 OpenGL 2.0 GPU and a dedicated Full HD Video processing VPU, the Auxus AX03G runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It has 1 GB of RAM and an internal 8 GB NAND Flash for storage. The display here is again similar with a seven-inch capacitive multitouch screen with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. Connectivity options include an in-built SIM slot, GSM (2G/3G) 900/1800/2100MHz with Phone Function, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g and Bluetooth. The tablet comes with mini HDMI v1.3 and supports full HD 1080p videos. There’s a 2MP camera at the back and a front 0.3 mp camera for video calling, unlike the AX01 which only comes with a front camera. The Auxus AX03G will sell for Rs.9,990 and is expected to be launched sometime in July.

Other tablets launched by iBerry in India include the Auxus AX02, which also runs on Ice Cream Sandwich. The company’s first tablet to hit Indian shores was the BT07i which initially ran on Gingerbread. However, the company soon launched an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich for the tablet.(via Tech2)

June 28, 2012

Google Launches its own Tablet : Espikes09

 

Yesterday at Google I/O ‘s opening note, the company announced its first tablet carrying the ‘Nexus’ branding. The tablet is the first 7-incher to house a 1.3GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core CPU, which includes a 12-core GPU. With all the kickass aspects and an added front camera, the good news is yet to be disclosed.
Its just $199! Yeah, so the ASUS manufactured device is basically a major competitor to the Amazon Kindle Fire. But both have their ups and downs. The Nexus 7 (Thats what the tablet is called) comes preloaded with the latest version of Android, named ‘Jelly Bean’. Though there haven’t been drastic changes from Ice Cream Sandwich in it, but it does incorporate smoother UI and other performance enhancements.
Compared to the Kindle Fire, the hardware and software of Nexus 7 are definitely something to drool for, but its not a leap ahead. Kindle Fire still leads as a Media Consumption device while the Nexus 7 is more of a mainstream tablet. Contrary to popular belief, Nexus 7 might not be a Kindle Fire killer, but can hurt the sales of the Galaxy Tab series by Samsung. I being a Kindle Fire owner, am not tempted even the slightest to buy it just for a Camera and Microphone upgrade (Kindle Fire doesn’t have both of them! :( )
Courtesy : SlashGear
While features such as Google now and other tablet optimizations do make it a good contender, but it has got its quirks too. The UI as termed by many who reviewed it, as ‘Claustrophobic’. But then, there’s also a SIRI like assisted built into it which responds very well.
So far, so good. Compared to the iPad, it’d still need to gather a universe-sized amount of app support as just its first step. The Nexus 7 isn’t an iPad-killer, but it but it could be the first step on the road to a much more competitive tablet market.
The Nexus 7 is available now from the Google Play store starting at $199 for the 8GB storage configuration and $249 for 16GB. Units will ship in mid-July.
TECH SPECS
More information can be found here.

June 27, 2012

Aakash-II is ready for release, confirms Sibal

 

The Aakash dream may be very close to realisation yet again and we hope that it gets better this time. According to reports, the launch of the upgraded version of the Aakash tablet, Aakash-II may be as close as early next month and if a statement by Datawind CEO Sunit Singh Tuli is to be believed then the specifications of the upgraded tablet have met with the approval of the government. Reports have been quoting HRD Minister, Kapil Sibal as saying that the tablet is now ready for release and that it is packed with more features and enhanced speed. He added, "Unlike other tablet devices, Aakash can also be used to create computer programs, in Python, C, C++ and Scilab." In this report, Tuli further revealed that the production of the Aakash-II tablets will begin a few days before the device launches in the market, and that before the official launch a good number of devices would have been produced. 'UK-based Datawind, which had submitted about 100 tablets to IIT-Bombay for testing, said the government has approved the specifications for the upgraded version and it will be launched soon in the market,' elaborated the report further.
It's here
To come soon..


Sibal, reportedly was at the inauguration of a teacher training programme conducted by IIT-Bombay under 'talk to a teacher' project of the National Mission on Education through ICT. Here, Sibal, reportedly suggested it to IIT-Bombay Director Devang Khakhar that Aakash devices be given to heads of a few institutions associated with the training programme. At this event, Sibal even thanked IIT-Bombay for 'doing a "wonderful" job in incorporating useful software to Aakash.'

Datawind were the makers of the initial version of the Aakash tablet, and along with IIT-Rajasthan, they took up the task of manufacturing the Aakash tablet in India for the masses. However, soon after, it began facing a lot of criticism, since several users who had begun using the tablets began complaining of the tablet's poor build quality, less than satisfactory battery, among other things. Soon after, altercations between Datawind and IIT-Rajasthan began over a set of specifications, which the latter wanted to incorporate on the tablet. IIT-Rajasthan wanted the Aakash tablet to be water-proof, and include a set of some more military-style specifications, something which Datawind did not agree to, since they believed a humble tablet, like Aakash didn't need military-styled specifications. Soon, the project went into the hands of IIT-Bombay.

The low-cost dream also took a hit when Datawind had a fall-out with their Hyderabad-based, assembly partner, Quad Electronics Solutions Pvt. Ltd. In the blame game that followed, Quad Electronics claimed they did not receive payment from Datawind. On the other hand, Datawind said that Quad Electronics had infringed on their intellectual property rights and allegedly also signed a separate memorandum of understanding (MoU) directly with IIT-Rajasthan.

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June 26, 2012

Instaglasses Concept: The Instagram Glasses That Show


Now, this concept by Markus Gerke shows it reduced down to glasses. The idea is that you can take a picture and apply a filter with your glasses. In effect, you can see the world through instagram filters and share it with everyone. Even though this concept won’t come true, it might have been a big hit with Instagram addicts. Would this be something you would have bought if they were real? 
instaglasses1 mini Instaglasses Concept: The Instagram Glasses That Show The World In Filters

instaglasses2 mini Instaglasses Concept: The Instagram Glasses That Show The World In Filters

instaglasses3 mini Instaglasses Concept: The Instagram Glasses That Show The World In Filters


[Via PetaPixel]

Scientists create wireless connection capable of 2.5 terabits per second

 


American and Israeli scientists have developed a new system of wirelessly transmitting data using twisted beams of light that could produce a theoretical throughput of 2.5 terabits of data per second. For perspective, that’s more than 8,000 times faster than Verizon’s fastest home Internet connection known as FiOS, which boasts 300Mbps. At this speed you can transfer seven full Blu-ray movies per second.
The new method of twisted signals uses orbital angular momentum (OAM) to put more data into a single stream. ExtremeTech explained it well:
In current state-of-the-art transmission protocols (WiFi, LTE, COFDM), we only modulate the spin angular momentum (SAM) of radio waves, not the OAM. If you picture the Earth, SAM is our planet spinning on its axis, while OAM is our movement around the Sun. Basically, the breakthrough here is that researchers have created a wireless network protocol that uses both OAM and SAM.
The researchers twisted together eight 300Gbps visible light data streams using OAM over a space of one meter to achieve speeds of 2.5 terabits per second. The development comes just one month after it was finally proved that OAM is actually possible. With OAM, an infinite number of conventional transmission protocols, such as WIFi and LTE, can be twisted together for faster speeds without the need for more spectrum.
The team will be working increasing the transmission distance next, which currently at only 1 meter is not so useful. The limit in distance for this new method is likely to be under 1km. (via slashgear)

June 25, 2012

Send an SMS to know your train's location

 

Being able to track the location of an oncoming train is every commuter's dream, and a team comprising railways and IIT-Kanpur should be credited to have taken this dream to realization. Currently available for 36 pairs of premier trains, a newly-developed technology - real-time train running information system allows a passenger to track the location of an oncoming train by just sending an SMS. All that one is required to do is type the train number and SMS it to 09415139139 or 09664139139, and he will soon have the exact location of a train on real-time basis. The entire project has received a funding of Rs.121 crores from the Indian railways, and it is just a matter of time (read 18 months) before the facility gets extended to other trains, too. At the moment, as aforementioned, those passengers planning to travel on Mumbai Rajdhani, Howrah Rajdhani, Dibrugarh Rajdhani, Sealdah Duronto and Shatabdi trains for Bhopal, Kanpur and Amritsar will be able to avail of this facility.
Train tracking systems by 2013 (Image credit: Getty Images)
Send an SMS, track your train! (Image credit: Getty Images)


One of the officials was quoted as saying,"It will cost about Rs 50,000 to install a receiver on the locomotive for making the system operational. There will be a centre at New Delhi for receiving data from across the country. We are hopeful that by the end of 2013, all mail and express trains will have the system as the trial run for the pilot project is complete now."

Reports further confirm that CRIS, which is the technology arm of Railways will soon sign an MoU with IIT-Kanpur to flag off the project. Interestingly, passengers will be able to track the precise location of trains not only through their mobile phones, but also through the interactive mode on laptops, 'thereby eliminating the need for a telephonic enquiry,' reports add further.

Early in May, this year, there were reports of a proposal by the Indian Railways getting an approval from the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). A crucial step, the approval ensured that this proposal that had been awaiting an ISRO-approval, since two years now, will see Internet surfing in trains, minus data cards a reality, soon. The Railways have achieved a major breakthrough in this respect, since it will be the very first time that an operational train will be equipped with satellite-based Internet. The Railways now have the approval to use the frequency from KU band for using the satellite for Internet. And, the first one to boast of this facility, albeit on a pilot basis first, will be three rakes of the Howrah Rajdhani, for which the Railways have sanctioned Rs.6.30 crores, and the project will begin soon helmed by a Mumbai-based company. (via Tech2)

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June 23, 2012

Google slip-up reveals Jelly Bean is Android 4.1


In the past, there had been numerous speculations on as to what the version number of the next Google update would be. Over the past few months, the entire world was under the impression that Google would opt to use the Android 5.0 version number for their next OS, Jelly Bean. A report had surfaced, recently showing that the version number would be Android 4.1 and not 5.0. While that was all speculation, back in the day it now appears that Google may have just confirmed this in a listing on Google Play store for the Galaxy Nexus.
The screenshot that tells the tale
The screenshot that tells the tale


As per a report by Droid Life, Jelly Bean will be Android 4.1, according to the Google Play listing for the Galaxy Nexus. We all had, sort of assumed that 4.1 would be the next, but now the question remains, “Will this be outed at Google I/O next week?” If Google is ready to talk about the G-Nex receiving it “soon,” I’d say that we should be surprised if it isn’t unveiled there.” Shortly after that, the brand had taken down the caption, leaving one to assume that this indeed could be the case.

As per a related report by Wired, the author, Nathan Olivarez-Giles notes, “While the Galaxy Nexus is still available through Google Play, it no longer makes mention of Android 4.1. A shot of the Galaxy Nexus sporting a new pink and green wallpaper and what looks like a new search box still shows up (as seen above) on Google Play when the Galaxy Nexus is in a user’s shopping cart.” The website goes on to add, “Google declined to comment on the Google Play mishap, or on the Jelly Bean nickname. One bit of detail not disclosed on Google Play or by Google is when the next iteration of Android will arrive. A good time for such a launch would, of course, be Google I/O, the company’s massive developer conference taking place June 27-29 in San Francisco.”

The last time the version number had surfaced, was in a leaked benchmark of the upcoming Google Nexus tablet, which is believed to be called the Google ASUS Nexus 7. The leaked image of the benchmark also displays the SDK version as 4.1 and hence the OS will be termed Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

For those who are eager to know what the Galaxy Nexus is about, here is a quick look at its specifications:

  • 1.2GHz Dual-Core Processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • Dimensions are 135.5 x 67.94 x 8.94mm
  • Weighs 135g
  • 4.65-inch 1280 x 720 HD Super AMOLED display
  • 5 Megapixel AF with LED Flash with zero shutter lag and fast shot2shot
  • 1.3 Megapixel front facing camera for video calling
  • 1080p Full HD video recording at 30fps
  • 1080p video playback at 30fps
  • Bluetooth 3.0,USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, NFC
  • 16GB internal storage
  • HSPA 21Mbps/HSUPA 5.76Mbps 850/900/1900/1700/2100
  • EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900
  • LTE version is region specific
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • 1,750mAh battery

Let us know your thoughts on the possibility of Google adopting the Android 4.1 version numbering in the comments section below. (via Tech2)

June 22, 2012

HTC and Microsoft in partnership to build Windows Phone 8 devices


Over the last few days, there has been a lot of talk surrounding HTC’s partnership with Microsoft and this fact  was highlighted with HTC's absence when a range of Windows 8 tablets were recently announced at Computex 2012. Sources had informed a news publication that HTC would not develop Windows RT aka Windows 8 tablets as they haveinsufficient experience in making tablets. However, HTC later on replied to that post stating that they are committed to future versions of Microsoft's Windows Phone platform more than ever. With Microsoft recently announcing their latest smartphone platform, HTC has now reaffirmed their partnership with the brand and have issued a statement saying that they will introduce Windows Phone 8 handsets to the market later this year.
Update automatically fixes Wi-Fi bug
HTC set to roll out Windows Phone 8 handset later this year


As per the statement, HTC have pledged its ongoing support to Microsoft by backing the new Windows Phone 8 platform. Building on the two companies’ long mobile partnership which dates back to 2000 and includes more than 40 million phones sold, HTC will be bringing new Windows Phone 8 smartphones to market later this year.

“HTC is committed to Windows Phone more than ever and we are excited to be bringing new Windows Phone 8-enabled smartphones to customers later this year,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation.  “With the introduction of Windows Phone in 2010, Microsoft initiated a new powerful mobile ecosystem with a consumer experience that was both unique and user friendly.”

“We have seen great momentum for Windows Phone since its launch in 2010, with 100,000 apps now in the Marketplace”, said Terry Myerson, Corporate Vice President of Windows Phone at Microsoft. “HTC is one of our closest partners and we share a common goal in driving people-centric innovation, which makes it easy to work together. We can’t wait to see how HTC brings Windows Phone 8 to its product portfolio”.

From the looks of it, it appears that HTC and Microsoft are stronger than ever and with the wave of Windows Phone 8 smartphones set to be introduced later this year, one can expect HTC to be amongst the first to unveil a handset.

Windows Phone 8 officially announced, hitting new phones later this year

The news about Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 operating system has been doing the rounds for quite a while. Yesterday, the tech giant said that they would offer a sneak peak at what one can expect from their smartphone OS once it becomes available. At an event in San Francisco, the brand officially raised the curtains on their latest mobile operating system and claimed that it is the most advanced mobile OS Microsoft has ever made. This OS will be available on new handsets that will be launched later this year.

According to a blog post, Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore claims that many of the new capabilities available on the Windows Phone 8 OS comes from Windows, which is the most successful and powerful operating system on the planet, and one used by more than a billion people. Windows Phone 8 is based on the same core technologies that power Windows 8. As a result, Windows Phone 8 will come equipped with a new wave of features for consumers, developers, and businesses.
Enter the next level in Windows mobility
Enter the next level in Windows mobility


Microsoft claims that with Windows Phone 8, similarities between Windows 8 and this latest smartphone OS is more than just skin deep. He states, “We’ve based the next release of Windows Phone on the rock-solid technology core of Windows 8.” Expanding on this, Belfiore states that Windows Phone and its older sibling will share common networking, security, media and web browser technology, and a common file system. These features will translate into better performance, more features, and new opportunities for app developers and hardware makers to innovate faster.

Here is a look at some of the highlighted features available on Windows Phone 8:

  • Multi-core processor support – Windows Phone was a slick OS that ran smoothly on handsets with a single processor. The latest OS now features multi-core support with Belfoire claiming that they’re ready for whatever hardware makers dream up.
  • Bigger, sharper screens - Windows Phone 8 supports two new screen resolutions—1280x768 and 1280x720, making it compatible with new handsets that will feature high-definition 720p displays.
  • More flexible storage - Windows Phone 8 supports removable MicroSD cards, so users can stuff their phone with extra photos, music, and whatever else is important and then easily move it all onto their PC.
  • NFC wireless sharing - In Windows Phone 8, NFC helps make sharing photos, Office docs, and contact info easier. One can achieve this by tapping their phone on another NFC-equipped device.
  • Internet Explorer 10 - The next version of Windows Phone comes with the same web browsing engine that’s headed for Window 8 PCs and tablets. Microsoft claims that IE10 is faster and more secure, with advanced anti-phishing features like SmartScreen Filter to block dangerous websites and malware.
  • Wallet - Windows Phone 8’s new digital Wallet feature does two things. It can keep debit and credit cards, coupons, boarding passes and other important info right at one’s fingertips. And when paired with a secure SIM from your carrier, users can also pay for things with a tap of your phone at compatible checkout counters.
  • Better maps and directions - Windows Phone 8 builds in Nokia mapping as part of the platform. This partnership will provide more detailed maps and turn-by-turn directions in many countries, plus the ability to store maps offline on your phone so you can work with maps without a data connection.
  • Improved apps and games – Microsoft states that basing Windows Phone 8 on the Windows core will unleash a new wave of amazing apps and especially games.

The Windows Phone 8 OS also comes with a flexible new Start screen. Microsoft states, “We’re making Windows Phone 8 even more personal, with a new palette of theme colors and three sizes of Live Tiles, all of which are under your control. We know Live Tiles are one of the things current owners really love about their Windows Phones, and we wanted to make them even more flexible and unique.”



Unfortunately existing handsets will not receive the Windows Phone 8 OS but instead will receive an update to their existing OS in the form of Windows Phone 7.8. (via Tech2)

June 21, 2012

8 reasons you should never skip breakfast

Break-the-fast, after going hours without food you, finally get up in the morning and need lots of energy to kick start the day. Only breakfast can provide you with this energy.
If you’re of those who’re still not having your breakfast, now is the time to change that habit. Here are some extremely important reasons why!

Why you should never avoid breakfast

1. Breakfast improves your metabolism:

Your blood sugar level drops down in the morning. You need food that can provide you energy to get through the morning. Body needs fuel to keep it running and the night is the longest gap in the refuelling process. To make sure your metabolism keeps on going you need to have something within 2 hours of waking up.

2. Keeps you on track if you’re looking to lose weight:

Researchers have found that those who eat breakfast tend to maintain and lose weight. Though people skip breakfast in the hope of losing weight they tend to eat more during lunch or even choose unhealthier options later on which results into weight gain.

3. Helps to maintain insulin response:

Skipping meals leads to a hyper insulin response when calories are consumed later on. That means the level of insulin in blood is more than the glucose level which can lead to metabolic disorder. This in turn results in to fat accumulation.
Breakfast

4. Helps perform better at work/school:

Hungry employees and students don’t do any good at work/school. When you are hungry you are irritable and disinterested which reflects on your work too. Breakfast helps you to wake up and makes you attentive.

5. Burns those calories early:

If you have breakfast you can burn those calories early! How is that? Well, instead of going hungry till lunch and then hogging on something loaded with calories with fewer hours left in the day to burn it consider refuelling yourself early and getting enough time to burn those calories.

6. Aids in setting a good example:

If you have kids, you always want to set a good example for them. By having breakfast on time you will show the quality of leadership by example.

7. Gets you your essential nutrients first thing in the morning:

There are food which we have only as a part of our breakfast like cereals, fruits and milk. If you bypass your breakfast you might never get those nutrients.

8. Skipping breakfast can make you grumpy:

Oh yes! If you have been skipping breakfast and are in bad mood, you probably should know why. Not having breakfast makes you grouchy. You might not even realise it and keep wondering why you’re so irritable!
Apart from all these reasons to have your breakfast there are few things you should always keep in mind:
  • Never have dessert for breakfast, it will cause blood sugar loss later on and you will be tempted to eat even more.
  • Read the labels carefully, even if it says ‘nutritious’ look into the details and understand if your body needs that kind of food to start the day.
Stay full, stay happy!

ALL TIME "BEST MOVIES" LIST OF HOLLYWOOD : IMDB


1.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
 9/10 
Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.(142 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
 
2.
The Godfather (1972)
  9.2/10 
The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son. (175 mins.)
 
3.
The Godfather: Part II (1974)
  9.0/10 
The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York is portrayed while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on his crime syndicate stretching from Lake Tahoe, Nevada to pre-revolution 1958 Cuba. (200 mins.)
 
4.
The Godfather: Part III (1990)
  7.6/10 
In the midst of trying to legitimize his business dealings in 1979 New York and Italy, aging mafia don Michael Corleone seeks to vow for his sins while taking a young protégé under his wing.(162 mins.)
 
5.
A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
  7.0/10 
A highly advanced robotic boy longs to become "real" so that he can regain the love of his human mother. (146 mins.)
Director: Steven Spielberg
 
6.
I Am Legend (2007)
  7.1/10 
Years after a plague kills most of humanity and transforms the rest into monsters, the sole survivor in New York City struggles valiantly to find a cure. (101 mins.)
Director: Francis Lawrence
 
7.
I Am Sam (2001)
  7.4/10 
A mentally retarded man fights for custody of his 7-year-old daughter, and in the process teaches his cold-hearted lawyer the value of love and family. (132 mins.)
Director: Jessie Nelson
 
8.
Men in Black (1997)
  7.1/10 
A streetwise NYPD detective joins a secret organization that polices extraterrestrial affairs on Earth. (98 mins.)
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
 
9.
Men in Black II (2002)
  5.8/10 
Agent J needs help so he is sent to find Agent K and restore his memory. (88 mins.)
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
 
10.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring(2001)
  8.8/10 
An innocent hobbit of The Shire journeys with eight companions to the fires of Mount Doom to destroy the One Ring and the dark lord Sauron forever. (178 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
 
11.
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King(2003)
  8.9/10 
Aragorn leads the World of Men against Sauron's army to draw the dark lord's gaze from Frodo and Sam who are on the doorstep of Mount Doom with the One Ring. (201 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
 
12.
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
  8.7/10 
While Frodo and Sam edge closer to Mordor with the help of the shifty Gollum, the divided fellowship makes a stand against Sauron's new ally, Saruman, and his hordes of Isengard. (179 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
 
13.
Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)
  6.5/10 
A young adventurer named Milo Thatch joins an intrepid group of explorers to find the mysterious lost continent of Atlantis. (95 mins.)
 
14.
Lilo & Stitch (2002)
  7.0/10 
A Hawaiian girl adopts an unusual pet who is actually an notorious extra-terrestrial fugitive from the law. (85 mins.)
 
15.
Good Will Hunting (1997)
  8.1/10 
Will Hunting, a janitor at MIT, has a gift for mathematics but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life. (126 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant
 
16.
Limitless (2011)
  7.3/10 
A writer discovers a top-secret drug which bestows him with super human abilities. (105 mins.)
Director: Neil Burger
 
17.
The Blue Lagoon (1980)
  5.3/10 
A boy and girl are shipwrecked on an uninhabited tropical island. With no adults to guide them the two make a simple life together unaware that sexual maturity will eventually intervene.(104 mins.)
Director: Randal Kleiser
 
18.
The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)
  7.0/10 
A romantic drama about a Chicago librarian with a gene that causes him to involuntarily time travel, and the complications it creates for his marriage. (107 mins.)
Director: Robert Schwentke
 
19.
I Am Number Four (2011)
  6.1/10 
Aliens and their Guardians are hiding on Earth from intergalactic bounty hunters. They can only be killed in numerical order, and Number Four is next on the list. This is his story. (109 mins.)
Director: D.J. Caruso
 
20.
Ocean's Eleven (2001)
  7.7/10 
Danny Ocean and his eleven accomplices plan to rob three Las Vegas casinos simultaneously. (116 mins.)
Director: Steven Soderbergh
 
21.
Ocean's Twelve (2004)
  6.2/10 
Daniel Ocean recruits one more team member so he can pull off three major European heists in this sequel to Ocean's 11. (125 mins.)
Director: Steven Soderbergh
 
22.
Ocean's Thirteen (2007)
  6.9/10 
Danny Ocean rounds up the boys for a third heist, after casino owner Willy Bank double-crosses one of the original eleven, Reuben Tishkoff. (122 mins.)
Director: Steven Soderbergh
 
23.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
  7.2/10 
Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. (152 mins.)
Director: Chris Columbus
 
24.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
  7.2/10 
Harry ignores warnings not to return to Hogwarts, only to find the school plagued by a series of mysterious attacks and a strange voice haunting him. (161 mins.)
Director: Chris Columbus
 
25.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
  7.7/10 
It's Harry's third year at Hogwarts; not only does he have a new "Defense Against the Dark Arts" teacher, but there is also trouble brewing. Convicted murderer Sirius Black has escaped the Wizards' Prison and is coming after Harry. (141 mins.)
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
 
26.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
  7.5/10 
Harry finds himself selected as an underaged competitor in a dangerous multi-wizardary school competition. (157 mins.)
Director: Mike Newell
 
27.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
  7.3/10 
With their warning about Lord Voldemort's return scoffed at, Harry and Dumbledore are targeted by the Wizard authorities as an authoritarian bureaucrat slowly seizes power at Hogwarts.(138 mins.)
Director: David Yates
 
28.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
  7.3/10 
As Harry Potter begins his 6th year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, he discovers an old book marked mysteriously "This book is the property of the Half-Blood Prince" and begins to learn more about Lord Voldemort's dark past. (153 mins.)
Director: David Yates
 
29.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1(2010)
  7.6/10 
As Harry races against time and evil to destroy the Horcruxes, he uncovers the existence of three most powerful objects in the wizarding world: the Deathly Hallows. (146 mins.)
Director: David Yates
 
30.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2(2011)
  8.1/10 
Harry, Ron and Hermione search for Voldemort's remaining Horcruxes in their effort to destroy the Dark Lord. (130 mins.)
Director: David Yates
 
31.
Underworld (2003)
  6.8/10 
Selene, a beautiful vampire warrior, is entrenched in a war between the vampire and werewolf races. Although she is aligned with the vampires, she falls in love with Michael, a werewolf who longs for the war to end. (121 mins.)
Director: Len Wiseman
 
32.
Underworld: Evolution (2006)
  6.6/10 
Picking up directly from the previous film, vampire warrior Selena and the half werewolf Michael hunt for clues to reveal the history of their races and the war between them. (106 mins.)
Director: Len Wiseman
 
33.
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009)
  6.5/10 
An origins story centered on the centuries-old feud between the race of aristocratic vampires and their onetime slaves, the Lycans. (92 mins.)
Director: Patrick Tatopoulos
 
34.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
  6.9/10 
A young boy wins a tour through the most magnificent chocolate factory in the world, led by the world's most unusual candy maker. (115 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
 
35.
Facing the Giants (2006)
  6.1/10 
A losing coach with an underdog football team faces their giants of fear and failure on and off the field to surprising results. (111 mins.)
Director: Alex Kendrick
 
36.
Sweet November (2001)
  6.2/10 
Nelson is a man devoted to his advertising career in San Francisco. One day, while taking a driving test at the DMV...(119 mins.)
Director: Pat O'Connor
 
37.
The Lake House (2006)
  6.7/10 
A lonely doctor who once occupied an unusual lakeside home begins exchanging love letters with its former resident, a frustrated architect. They must try to unravel the mystery behind their extraordinary romance before it's too late. (99 mins.)
Director: Alejandro Agresti
 
38.
50 First Dates (2004)
  6.8/10 
Henry Roth is a man afraid of commitment up until he meets the beautiful Lucy. They hit it off and Henry think he's finally found the girl of his dreams, until he discovers she has short-term memory loss and forgets him the very next day. (99 mins.)
Director: Peter Segal
 
39.
Hancock (2008)
  6.5/10 
A hard-living superhero who has fallen out of favor with the public enters into a questionable relationship with the wife of the public relations professional who's trying to repair his image.(92 mins.)
Director: Peter Berg
 
40.
Avatar (2009)
  8.0/10 
A paraplegic Marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home. (162 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
 
41.
Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000)
  6.2/10 
A retired master car thief must come back to the industry and steal 50 cars with his crew in one night to save his brother's life. (118 mins.)
Director: Dominic Sena
 
42.
The Sixth Sense (1999)
  8.2/10 
A boy who communicates with spirits that don't know they're dead seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist. (107 mins.)
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
 
43.
Rocky (1976)
  8.0/10 
A small time boxer gets a once in a lifetime chance to fight the heavyweight champ in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect. (119 mins.)
Director: John G. Avildsen
 
44.
Rocky II (1979)
  6.9/10 
Rocky struggles in family life after his bout with Apollo Creed, while the embarrassed champ insistently goads him to accept a challenge for a rematch. (119 mins.)
Director: Sylvester Stallone
 
45.
Rocky III (1982)
  6.3/10 
When Rocky is defeated by a brutal challenger, Apollo Creed offers to retrain him in order to regain his fighting spirit. (99 mins.)
Director: Sylvester Stallone
 
46.
Rocky IV (1985)
  6.2/10 
When Apollo Creed is killed in a match against a powerful Soviet boxer, Rocky decides to challenge him himself. (91 mins.)
Director: Sylvester Stallone
 
47.
Rocky V (1990)
  4.7/10 
Reluctantly retired from boxing and back from riches to rags, Rocky takes on a new protege who betrays him; As the champ's son must adjust to his family's new life after bankruptcy. (104 mins.)
Director: John G. Avildsen
 
48.
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
  8.8/10 
A spirited farm boy, Luke Skywalker, joins rebel forces to save the Princess from the evil Darth Vader, and the galaxy from the Empire's planet-destroying Death Star. (121 mins.)
Director: George Lucas
 
49.
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace(1999)
  6.4/10 
Two Jedi Knights escape a hostile blockade to find allies and come across a young boy who may bring balance to the Force, but the long dormant Sith resurface to reclaim their old glory.(136 mins.)
Director: George Lucas
 
50.
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones(2002)
  6.7/10 
Ten years later, Anakin Skywalker shares a forbidden romance with Padmé, while Obi-Wan investigates an assassination attempt on the Princess and discovers a secret clone army crafted for the Jedi. (142 mins.)
Director: George Lucas
 
51.
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith(2005)
  7.7/10 
After three years of fighting in the Clone Wars, Anakin Skywalker falls prey to the Sith Lord's lies and makes an enemy of the Jedi and those he loves, concluding his journey to the Dark Side. (140 mins.)
Director: George Lucas
 
52.
Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)
  7.5/10 
A vampire tells his epic life story: love, betrayal, loneliness, and hunger. (123 mins.)
Director: Neil Jordan
 
53.
Original Sin (2001)
  5.7/10 
A young man is plunged into a life of subterfuge, deceit and mistaken identity in pursuit of a femme fatale whose heart is never quite within his grasp. (116 mins.)
Director: Michael Cristofer
 
54.
Lorenzo's Oil (1992)
  7.0/10 
A boy develops a disease so rare that nobody is working on a cure, so his father decides to learn all about it and tackle the problem himself. (129 mins.)
Director: George Miller
 
55.
The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
  7.8/10 
A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional endeavor. (117 mins.)
Director: Gabriele Muccino
 
56.
The Notebook (2004)
  7.9/10 
A poor and passionate young man falls in love with a rich young woman and gives her a sense of freedom. They soon are separated by their social differences. (123 mins.)
Director: Nick Cassavetes
 
57.
A Walk to Remember (2002)
  7.1/10 
The story of two North Carolina teens, Landon Carter and Jamie Sullivan, who are thrown together after Landon gets into trouble and is made to do community service. (101 mins.)
Director: Adam Shankman
 
58.
Message in a Bottle (1999)
  5.7/10 
A woman discovers a tragic love letter in a bottle on a beach, and is determined to track down its author. (131 mins.)
Director: Luis Mandoki
 
59.
The Secret (2006 Documentary)
  5.3/10 
Interviews with leading authors, philosophers, scientists, with an in-depth discussion of the Law of Attraction. The audience is shown how they can learn and use 'The Secret' in their everyday lives. (90 mins.)
Director: Drew HeriotSean Byrne
 
60.
I, Robot (2004)
  7.0/10 
In the year 2035 a techno-phobic cop investigates a crime that may have been perpetrated by a robot, which leads to a larger threat to humanity. (115 mins.)
Director: Alex Proyas
 
61.
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
  7.9/10 
A meek and alienated little boy finds a stranded extraterrestrial. He has to find the courage to defy the authorities to help the alien return to its home planet. (115 mins.)
Director: Steven Spielberg
 
62.
Evolution (2001)
  5.9/10 
A firefighting cadet, two college professors, and a geeky-but-sexy government scientist work against an alien organism that has been rapidly evolving ever since its arrival on Earth inside a meteor. (101 mins.)
Director: Ivan Reitman
 
63.
Mission: Impossible (1996)
  6.9/10 
An American agent, under false suspicion of disloyalty, must discover and expose the real spy without the help of his organization. (110 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
 
64.
Mission: Impossible II (2000)
  5.8/10 
A secret agent is sent to Sydney, to find and destroy a genetically modified disease called "Chimera" (123 mins.)
Director: John Woo
 
65.
Mission: Impossible III (2006)
  6.8/10 
Ethan Hunt comes face to face with a dangerous and sadistic arms dealer while trying to keep his identity secret in order to protect his girlfriend. (126 mins.)
Director: J.J. Abrams
 
66.
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011)
 9/10 
The IMF is shut down when it's implicated in the bombing of the Kremlin, causing Ethan Hunt and his new team to go rogue to clear their organization's name. (133 mins.)
Director: Brad Bird
 
67.
The Matrix (1999)
  8.7/10 
A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers. (136 mins.)
 
68.
The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
  7.1/10 
Neo and the rebel leaders estimate that they have 72 hours until 250,000 probes discover Zion and destroy it and its inhabitants. During this, Neo must decide how he can save Trinity from a dark fate in his dreams. (138 mins.)
 
69.
The Matrix Revolutions (2003)
  6.5/10 
The human city of Zion defends itself against the massive invasion of the machines as Neo fights to end the war at another front while also opposing the rogue Agent Smith. (129 mins.)
 
70.
Transformers (2007)
  7.2/10 
An ancient struggle reerupts on Earth between two extraterrestrial clans, the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons, with a clue to the ultimate power held by a young teenager. (144 mins.)
Director: Michael Bay
 
71.
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
  5.9/10 
Sam Witwicky leaves the Autobots behind for a normal life. But when his mind is filled with cryptic symbols, the Decepticons target him and he is dragged back into the Transformers' war.(150 mins.)
Director: Michael Bay
 
72.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)
  6.3/10 
The Autobots learn of a Cybertronian spacecraft hidden on the moon, and race against the Decepticons to reach it and to learn its secrets. (154 mins.)
Director: Michael Bay
 
73.
Patch Adams (1998)
  6.3/10 
A medical student in the 70's treats patients, illegally, using humor. (115 mins.)
Director: Tom Shadyac
 
74.
Dead Poets Society (1989)
  7.8/10 
English professor John Keating inspires his students to a love of poetry and to seize the day. (128 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
 
75.
Jack and Jill (2011)
  3.4/10 
Family guy Jack Sadelstein prepares for the annual event he dreads: the Thanksgiving visit of his twin sister, the needy and passive-aggressive Jill, who then refuses to leave. (91 mins.)
Director: Dennis Dugan
 
76.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)
  6.9/10 
Four kids travel through a wardrobe to the land of Narnia and learn of their destiny to free it with the guidance of a mystical lion. (143 mins.)
Director: Andrew Adamson
 
77.
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008)
  6.7/10 
The Pevensie siblings return to Narnia, where they are enlisted to once again help ward off an evil king and restore the rightful heir to the land's throne, Prince Caspian. (150 mins.)
Director: Andrew Adamson
 
78.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010)
  6.3/10 
Lucy and Edmund Pevensie return to Narnia with their cousin Eustace where they meet up with Prince Caspian for a trip across the sea aboard the royal ship The Dawn Treader. Along the way they encounter dragons, dwarves, merfolk, and a band of lost warriors before reaching the edge of the world. (113 mins.)
Director: Michael Apted
 
79.
Happy Feet (2006)
  6.6/10 
Into the world of the Emperor Penguins, who find their soul mates through song, a penguin is born who cannot sing. But he can tap dance something fierce! (108 mins.)
 
80.
Ice Age (2002)
  7.5/10 
Set during the Ice Age, a sabertooth tiger, a sloth, and a wooly mammoth find a lost human infant, and they try to return him to his tribe. (81 mins.)
 
81.
Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006)
  6.8/10 
Manny, Sid, and Diego discover that the Ice Age is coming to an end, and join everybody for a journey to higher ground. On the trip, they discover that Manny, in fact, is not the last of the wooly mammoths. (91 mins.)
Director: Carlos Saldanha
 
82.
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009)
  7.0/10 
When Sid's attempt to adopt three dinosaur eggs gets him abducted by their real mother to an underground lost world, his friends attempt to rescue him. (94 mins.)
 
83.
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
  8.0/10 
Blacksmith Will Turner teams up with eccentric pirate "Captain" Jack Sparrow to save his love, the governor's daughter, from Jack's former pirate allies, who are now undead. (143 mins.)
Director: Gore Verbinski
 
84.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest(2006)
  7.2/10 
Jack Sparrow races to recover the heart of Davy Jones to avoid enslaving his soul to Jones' service, as other friends and foes seek the heart for their own agenda as well. (151 mins.)
Director: Gore Verbinski
 
85.
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)
  6.9/10 
Captain Barbossa, Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann must sail off the edge of the map, navigate treachery and betrayal, and make their final alliances for one last decisive battle. (169 mins.)
Director: Gore Verbinski
 
86.
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides(2011)
  6.6/10 
Jack Sparrow and Barbossa embark on a quest to find the elusive fountain of youth, only to discover that Blackbeard and his daughter are after it too. (136 mins.)
Director: Rob Marshall
 
87.
Iron Man (2008)
  7.9/10 
When wealthy industrialist Tony Stark is forced to build an armored suit after a life-threatening incident, he ultimately decides to use its technology to fight against evil. (126 mins.)
Director: Jon Favreau
 
88.
Iron Man 2 (2010)
  7.0/10 
Because of his superhero alter ego, Tony Stark must contend with deadly issues involving the government, his own friends and new enemies. (124 mins.)
Director: Jon Favreau
 
89.
Neverland (2011 Mini-Series)
  6.3/10 
Raised on the streets of turn-of-the century London, orphaned Peter and his pals survive by their fearless wits as cunning young pickpockets... (240 mins.)
Director: Nick Willing
 
90.
What Dreams May Come (1998)
  6.7/10 
After dying in a car crash a widowed man searches the afterlife for his wife. (113 mins.)
Director: Vincent Ward
 
91.
Sherlock Holmes (2009)
  7.5/10 
Detective Sherlock Holmes and his stalwart partner Watson engage in a battle of wits and brawn with a nemesis whose plot is a threat to all of England. (128 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
 
92.
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)
 9/10 
Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson join forces to outwit and bring down their fiercest adversary, Professor Moriarty. (129 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
 
93.
Bicentennial Man (1999)
  6.4/10 
An android endeavors to become human as he gradually acquires emotions. (132 mins.)
Director: Chris Columbus
 
94.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
  7.9/10 
Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with bizarre consequences. (166 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
 
95.
Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)
  6.4/10 
A bored married couple is surprised to learn that they are both assassins hired by competing agencies to kill each other. (120 mins.)
Director: Doug Liman
 
96.
Wanted (2008)
  6.7/10 
A frustrated office worker learns that he is the son of a professional assassin, and that he shares his father's superhuman killing abilities. (110 mins.)
Director: Timur Bekmambetov
 
97.
Salt (2010)
  6.5/10 
A CIA agent goes on the run after a defector accuses her of being a Russian spy. (100 mins.)
Director: Phillip Noyce
 
98.
King Arthur (2004)
  6.2/10 
A demystified take on the tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. (126 mins.)
Director: Antoine Fuqua
 
99.
The King's Speech (2010)
  8.2/10 
The story of King George VI of Britain, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it. (118 mins.)
Director: Tom Hooper
 
100.
Taken (2008)
  7.9/10 
A retired CIA agent travels across Europe and relies on his old skills to save his estranged daughter, who was kidnapped on a trip to Paris to be sold into prostitution. (93 mins.)
Director: Pierre Morel
 




















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