Sony launches Android-powered wristwatch

SAN FRANCISCO: Sony has released an Internet-linked wristwatch powered by Google-backed Android software.

SmartWatch gets online by connecting wirelessly to a wearer’s Android smartphone using Bluetooth technology, according to Sony.

The high-tech timepiece reminiscent of one worn by classic comic strip detective Dick Tracy was priced at $150, available online and at Sony stores.

“SmartWatch provides access to live content and entertainment on the go,” said Sony Mobile Communications customer unit president Paul Hamnett, who billed it as the first in a series of gadgets to “expand the smartphone’s reach.”

SmartWatch can switch from displaying time to acting as a touchscreen interface for smartphone information.

Vibrations or alerts flashed on the 1.3-inch (3.3-centimeter) screen can signal incoming calls and wearers can glance at their wrists to peruse email or text messages as well as Facebook or Twitter updates by friends.

Mini-applications tailored to add features to SmartWatch devices were available at the Google Play online shop, according to Sony.

Source: The Times of India


Eight common entrance tests lined up in next 2 months

With the Std XII board exams over, it’s time now for the students to gear up for the common entrance tests (CETs) lined up over the next two months, for professional engineering and medical degree courses.

At least eight CETs of significance for students in and around Pune are scheduled between April 8 and June 9. The season kicks off with the Indian Institute of Technology- Joint Entrance Exam (IIT-JEE), which is to be held on April 8.

The IIT-JEE will be held in two sessions with paper-I commencing from 9 am to 12 noon and paper-II from 2 pm to 5 pm. In Maharashtra, it will be held simultaneously across 11 cities, including Pune.

“I am a bit nervous about Sunday (April 8), but I hope that hard work will pay off,” said Mitali Vasna, a student from SP college, who will appear for the IIT-JEE. “Preparations have been fine. I have been working on chemistry for the last couple of days, and have tried to keep my mind free of stress,” she said.

Aniket Damle from the Delhi Public School said, “I am anxious, but confident about my preparation. A lot of hard work has gone into it and I hope things will be good for me.”

Another IIT aspirant, Bhavik Rasyara said, “I have been preparing for the exam for the last couple of years. I am doing the usual last minute revision.”

Following the IIT-JEE, the final paper of the two-stage All India Engineering Entrance Exam (AIEEE), which is conducted by the Central Board of secondary Education, will be held on April 29. The prelims were held on April 1.

The Karnataka CET, which is attempted by several students from western Maharashtra, especially from the districts closer to Karnataka, is lined up next for May 3 and will be followed by Association of Management’s of Unaided Private Medical and Dental Colleges’ (AMUPMDC) ‘ASSO CET 2012’ in Maharashtra on May 5.

The AFMC’s entrance test for MBBS course has been scheduled for May 6 and will be followed by the big one – the MHT-CET 2012, which is the state government’s combined entrance exam for health sciences, engineering and pharmacy courses. More than three lakh students appear for this test.April 8: IIT-JEE 2012

April 29: AIEEE offline exam

May 3: Karnataka CET

May 5: ASSO CET 2012 for private unaided health science colleges

May 6: AFMC entrance for MBBS course

May 10: MHT-CET 2012, state government’s combined entrance test

May 13: AIPMT 2012 final paper

May 10 to June 9: Online test window period for BITSAT 2012

Source: The Times of India

Internet company unveils futuristic internet-connected glasses

Magic in the eyes

In the 2002 Hollywood blockbuster Mino-rity Report there’s a scene where Tom Cruise’s character uses hand gestures to manipulate data on a floating computer screen. Though a cinematic exaggeration, the scene remains fascinating for its representation of an advanced human-computer interface. Google’s reported prototype of futuristic internet- connected glasses looks like a tangible step in the same direction. The glasses have a see-through screen above the user’s eyes that can show real-time maps, click photographs and even send out messages. Operated through voice commands, it is a phone, a camera and an internet search device all rolled into one.

Wearable computers – a genre represented by the prototype glasses – are an increasingly common phenomenon. They represent not only the desire to see great human-computer interface but also a yearning for reality augmentation. The latter strives to make reality more interesting by providing new data-driven perspectives. Case in point, looking through smart glasses could provide the user with interesting information about a particular building in the line of sight. That’s far more interesting than staring at a plain old, dilapidated grey building. Besides, aren’t even ordinary spectacles supposed to improve your perception of the world around you? Smart glasses only take you some steps further along the way.

The point about too much technology invading our physical space doesn’t cut much ice. The use of these devices is up to the discretion of the user. If the futuristic glasses appear cumbersome, they can easily be turned off. But what is beyond doubt is their functionality. As smart glasses show, the future of computing will be defined by greater usability, with spoken language and gestures sufficient to work technology. Minority Report may soon become a reality. And that’s what’s truly amazing.

Source: The Times of India

It’s happy new year for hiring; over 5 lakh new jobs in 2012

The new year may bring in loads of cheers for job-seekers, as the experts expect the companies to hire more than five lakh new employees during 2012 despite the uncertainties prevailing about the overall economic scenario. Adding to the cheers of the job market, the employees could expect double-digit salary hikes during 2012.

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Source: The Times of India