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  • Vodafone buys 10% of Bharti Tele-Ventures

    Posted on October 28th, 2005 Sandeep No comments

    (Via BBC News)

    If there’s any indication of the burgeoning Indian mobile industry, this is one such: Vodafone Group has agreed to buy as much as 10% of Bharti Tele-Ventures (Airtel) for $1.5 billion (Rs.6,700 crores). Heck, the number of subscribers in the country is more than 66 million (umm, the population is greater more than 1 billion). The growth potential is immense here and clearly Vodafone wants a piece of the pie. They had already tried once, with Aircel, but that didn’t work out.

    In other news, State Bank of India (where my dad worked, btw), launched SBI Visa pre-paid cards on the mChq platform, enabling an easy mobile-to-mobile payment option, inside IIT Bombay’s campus. The service currently works only on Airtel phones. No details on this, though.

  • Online Trading on your Series 60 phone

    Posted on October 26th, 2005 Sandeep 1 comment

    Nokia and Financial Technologies India Ltd. will be offering iWin, a stock trading application that lets users see market rates, and enter/modify/cancel orders right from their mobile phones.

    Of course, the catch is you should have either a Series 60 or Series 80 phone. You can also get live streaming of quotes with iWin. Although no details are available at this time, the software will be released sometime in November through select brokerage houses.

    This is very interesting: Bankinter of Spain released a similar software for smartphones. Only, this enables you to trade online by speaking into the phone. Welcome to the power of multimodal applications.

  • The-Winning-Bid.com

    Posted on October 26th, 2005 Sandeep No comments

    Check out The-Winning-Bid.com, an AJAX site that significantly reduces time to search on eBay for goodies. It has a simple slider interface, but once you hit the search button, it searches eBay for all the relevant items and presents you with the chosen ones. From there, just click on the one that interests you and bid for it.

    Allows you to search eBay listings in 12 countries. Another neat feature is the suggestion tool (much like Google Suggest), which allows you to refine your search.

    Cool stuff.

  • Traffic SMS

    Posted on October 26th, 2005 Sandeep No comments

    Well, well, well! I just received the following SMS from “Traffic”:

    Due to heavy rains/water logging, drain system is badly affected. Trees hv fallen & may affect traffic. Pls use vehicles only in emergency-BloreCityTrafficPolice

    It’s nice to know they are using mobiles as well to inform commuters of the traffic situation. In case you are not aware, Bangalore has been severely lashed with heavy rains the past three-four days.

  • Python for Series 60 1.2

    Posted on October 24th, 2005 Sandeep No comments

    Sometime over the weekend, Nokia released Python for Series 60 1.2, supporting even the brand new 2nd Edition FP3 devices, the Nokia N70 and N90. Very cool!

    I’m glad good old 1st Edition FP1 devices (like my 3650, the N-Gage) are still supported. The N-Gage is a better test platform because of the additional memory it has. The release is still based on Python 2.2.2.

    Great new features include:

    * 2D Graphics, Images, and Full-screen applications
    * Camera and Screenshot API
    * Contacts and Calendar API
    * Sound recording and playback (at first look, I don’t see streaming supported)
    * Access to System info, such as IMEI number, disk space, free memory, etc.
    * Rich text display (fonts, colors, styles)
    * Support for Scalable UI (which came as part of FP3)
    * Expanded key events
    * Telephone dialing (very interesting)
    * ZIP module (almost on everyone’s wishlist)

    My current work environment demands development on the 2nd Edition FP2 platform, so I just downloaded the appropriate Python version. Will blog about how it goes later.

    What are you waiting for? Download your copy NOW!

  • New look FreeBSD.org

    Posted on October 18th, 2005 Sandeep No comments

    Hey, check out the new-look FreeBSD website.

    Oh, and while you’re at it, you may want to grab 6.0-RC1 that was released just a week ago. Now, if only I can get Java to work on it… (no, I’m not a Java programmer – but I love LimeWire).

  • More on the IIPM saga

    Posted on October 15th, 2005 Sandeep No comments

    IIPM.jpg

    Whoa! Top search at Technorati this hour is – believe it or not – “IIPM”!!

    Update:
    (Via Ravi Kiran)
    If you are a blogger, please consider linking to this Wikipedia article on IIPM:
    IIPM

  • IIPM

    Posted on October 14th, 2005 Sandeep No comments

    The Indian blogosphere is abuzz with news about IIPM. I’ll not try to add my views here; others have done much more than I could do. Suffice to say, I completely support Rashmi Bansal and Gaurav Sabhnis.

    If you want to show your support, please sign the online petition. It’s that simple, really.

    Update:
    The Ranking page mentions that “IIPM made news recently when it got selected by United Nations Development Program (UNDP) as its key partner in India and got nominated by World Bank Institute to be in its steering committee.”

    A search across both UNDP and WBI websites for IIPM yielded nothing (but I bet you already knew that).

  • Carbide.c++

    Posted on October 11th, 2005 Sandeep No comments

    Nokia has announced a new family of dev tools for Symbian OS called Carbide.c++, developed in conjunction with Symbian. Carbide.c++, as expected, is based on the Eclipse IDE. The tools come in various flavours:

    Carbide.c++ Professional Edition
    Carbide.c++ Developer Edition – which is what I’m more interested in – offering RAD for Series 60 and UIQ platforms
    Carbide.c++ Express – FREE! – entry-level tool; I’m guessing this won’t include the debugger

    I use CodeWarrior 2.8 Personal Edition (a version I got for free after I completed a survey sometime back on Forum Nokia). According to the news release, I should be able to migrate to Carbide.c++ Developer Edition. I’d be mighty happy if that works out, otherwise I’ll have to shell out €299 to buy it. Plenty of time to wait for it, though: Q2 of 2006 is when it will be up for grabs.

  • Google Reader

    Posted on October 10th, 2005 Sandeep No comments

    I’ve been using Google’s aggregator (at http://reader.google.com/) for a couple of days. And I must say I am not very satisfied. Perhaps it’s because I am so used to Bloglines. Or perhaps it’s because it does not have a mobile interface. Sure, the AJAXy fluff is nice to look at. But is it intuitive enough for a first-timer? I don’t think so.

    One doubt I have is what “Read items” stands for: “read” as in present tense, so you can proceed to read the updated feeds or “read” as in past tense, so you go back to those that you’ve already finished reading. It’s buggy at best, as the reader shows items from feeds that I’ve already unsubscribed from. D-uh?

    The biggest turn-off is that there’s no mobile interface. That sucks big time. I catch up on my feeds during lunch time, when waiting in the car, heck – even on the potty (sigh, I assure you, 24 hours are not enough these days).

    I’ll try it out for a few more days, but for now Bloglines rules: simple and gets the job done.