Archive for November, 2011

iPhone 4S in India – First impressions

November 25, 2011

Apple iPhone 4 S got launched today (November 25, 2011) in India.

I could get my iPhone 4 S 32 GB (White) around 2:50 PM thanks to Murugan. Mr. Reddy, the Airtel dealer, was kind enough to deliver it in my office and offered to help me with installation. I politely told him that I may not need any help after all!

It is the first time a new product from Apple is launched after iCloud. I thought it should be a breeze to get my phone up & running in minutes, without even having to connect to my iMac. I was proved right!

I inserted my iPhone 4 Airtel micro SIM card and turned on my brand new iPhone 4 S; took the option of restoring from iCloud my iPhone 4 data. Thanks to IIITB high speed Internet over W-Fi, in less than 20 minutes everything was working. All I had to do was to give my Apple ID; even the SMS that I got a few minutes back on my iPhone 4 was there, all my contacts & calendar, my Apps, even my screen-saver! I did not have to configure anything, even my GMail ID; things were restored perfectly from iCloud. That indeed is Steve Jobs magic

I took a picture of Ganesha (sort of “Sri Ganesh”); the quality of the camera is superb! Thanks to PhotoStream (part of iCloud) the Ganesha picture instantly showed up on my iPad, something that was “magical” for Murugan & Ramachandra.

I started Siri and spoke into the iPhone “Schedule a meeting at 3 PM tomorrow” and it worked! Siri on iPhone 4 S came back with all the events scheduled around 3 PM tomorrow! It is not just voice recognition of what I said; it had the context to invoke Calendar App and display the 3 PM appointments of tomorrow!

Of course, Siri does NOT support places in India still; so place related search would not work.

In a nutshell, it is a great experience to get started with iPhone 4 S.

I am one of those lucky guys who get to use the gadgets practically on the Day 1 of their launch. This includes Apple iPod (several versions), iPod Touch, iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3G S, iPhone 4 (May 31, 2011) and today iPhone 4 S (today); I had to wait for iPhone launch in India (the delay between US launch and India launch has progressively come down from 2 years to just 6 weeks!); thanks to my former students in USA, I could get my iPad and iPad 2 on the day of US launch (iPad unlike iPhone is not tied to a carrier). Thanks to my friends Sanjay & Dharmendra of GAVS i could get to use Ericsson, Nokia Communicator (several versions), Sony Ericsson  stylus phone as well as Nokia E 61 (the first version and several variants) thanks to Gopal Srinivasan of TVS.

IT in October 2011

November 20, 2011


 

General

  • Bangalore Metro starts operation on October 20, 2011; 6.7 KM long Phase I is operational
  • Nobel prizes for the year 2011 announced in October 2011; Physics prize went to Saul Perlmutter of Univ. Of California, Berkeley, USA, Brian Schmidt of Australian National University and Adam Reiss of Johns Hopkins University, USA; Chemistry prize went to Dan Shectman of Technion, Israel; Medicine prize went to Bruce Beautler of Univ. of Texas, USA, Jules Hoffman of French National Academy of Sciences and Ralph Steinman of Rockefeller University (who unfortunately died before the announcement could reach him); Peace prize went to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf & Leymah Gbowee both residents of Liberia and Tawakkal Karman of Yemen in Africa; Literature prize went to Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer; and, Economics prize went to Thomas Sargent of New York University, USA and Christopher Sims of Princeton University, USA
  • India successfully launched “Megha-Tropiques”, the satellite designed to focus on the study of monsoon with French collaboration, on October 12, 2011
  • Union Cabinet approves complete TV Digitization by 2014
  • The world’s seven billionth baby Nargis was born in UP, India on October 31, 2011
  • India hosts Formula 1 race in India; it was a flawless event on October 30, 2011 in NOIDA near New Delhi
  • Moser Baer commissions 30 MW Solar power plant in Gujarat on a 300 acre plot on October 20, 2011
  • Savings Bank interest decontrolled on October 24, 2011
  • Telengana strike off after 42 days on October 24, 2011
  • Boeing Dream-liner 777 makes maiden commercial flight from Tokyo to Hong Kong on October 25, 2011
  • HP decides to keep its PC business on October 28, 2011
  • BlackBerry has global outage for 3 days during October 10-13, 2011
  • Apple CEO Steve Jobs passed away on October 5, 2011
  • Turkey earthquake on October & Bangkok floods on October 24, 2011 continue to cause misery to the humanity
  • Libya’s ruler Colonel Gaddafi was killed on October 20, 2011

 

 

Technology

  • IBM India showcases solar powered data Center

 

Products

  • Apple announces iPhone 4S on October 4, 2011, a day before the tragic death of Steve Jobs; the phone available was from October 14, 2011 on AT& T, Verizon and Sprint network in USA; iPhone 4S was launched in 7 countries on that date; it will be sold in another 15 countries by November 2011 and 77 countries by December 2011
  • Nokia launches Windows phone 701 & 801 on October 25, 2011 in Nokia World UK; it also launched emerging market-focused feature phones under “Asha” brand
  • Google formally shuts down Buzz on October 15, 2011
  • Aakash, the world’s cheapest Tablet priced at Rs 2,766 was launched on October 28, 2011 in India

 

Markets

  • Sensex gained modest 40 points to close at 17288.97 on Muhurt trading (Samvat 2058) on October 26, 2011
  • Rupee touched 50 against USD on October 21, 2011
  • Indian IT companies Infosys, TCS & Wipro post good results for the July – September quarter
  • Samsung overtakes Apple in smart phone sales in July – September quarter of 2011
  • Lenovo is No 2 (Dell No 3) in PC shipment in July September 2011 quarter
  • SAP Ventures invests $ 10 million in Delhi-based One97 Communications on October 10, 2011
  • Red Hat buys Bangalore-based Gluster (open source based storage company) for Rs 667 crores on October 4, 2011
  • NIIT sells Element K to Skill Soft for $ 110 million on October 15, 2011
  • Microsoft completes Skype acquisition on October 15, 2011
  • Ericsson sells its part of Sony Ericsson stake to Sony for $ 1.5 billion
  • Oracle acquires cloud-based CRM company RightNow for $ 1.5 billion

 

Indian IT companies

  • Infosys, TCS, Wipro announce good results for the quarter July – September 2011; TCS had quarterly revenue of $ 2.5 billion, while Infosys had $ 1.7 billion revenue and Wipro had $ 1.4 billion revenue in the quarter

MNC IT companies in India

  • Gaming major Zynga to increase its R & D headcount past 100 in India
  • US-based IT outsourcing company Ciber Inc opened its global operations Center in Bangalore on October 13, 2011
  • Hitachi opened its first India R & D Center in Bangalore on October 13, 2011

 

Education & Research

  • Wipro Chairman Azim Premji to start 2 schools in each of the 500 districts in India
  • States want AICTE to stop sanctioning more engineering colleges

 

 

Applications

  • Karnataka Voter ID process goes online on October 1, 2011

 

People

  • IBM names Virginia Rometty as CEO effective January 1, 2012; with HP CEO Meg Whitman also a woman, it is womanpower on the rise!
  • Apple CEO Steve Jobs passed away on October 5, 2011; Turing Award winner and c programming / Unix pioneer Dennis Ritchie passed away on October 12, 2011; AI pioneer & creator of LISP, John McCarthy passed away on October 20, 2011
  • India-born former McKinsey CEO Rajat Gupta arrested on October 26, 2011
  • Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang visits India during October 12-14, 2011; Afghan President Hamid Karzai visited India during October 4-6, 2011

 

Numbers

  • Apple iPhone 4S pre-order crosses 1 million in 24 hours (600,000 for iPhone 4)! It sold more than 4 million within a weekend!
  • Global PC shipments in July September quarter touched 91.8 million (Gartner) a 3% growth
  • Bangalore has 8.5 million people; Delhi has 22 million and Mumbai has 29 million (Census data)
  • World population increased from 1 billion in 1805 to 2 billion in 1927 to 3 billion in 1959 to 4 billion in 1974 to 5 billion in 1987 to 6 billion in 1999 and finally 7 billion on October 31, 2011