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What Is iPhone 4's FaceTime Video Chat?

What Is iPhone 4's FaceTime Video Chat?

Steve Jobs usually saves the meatiest bit of his keynotes for the end. But WWDC's "One More Thing" was a little tame: FaceTime, a video chat system for iPhone 4. So, what's special about FaceTime, and how does it work? First, let's get this out of the way: Yes, FaceTime is video chat, similar

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Ultra-Thin, Ultra-Elastic Iron Alloy Can Make Surgeries and Buildings Safer

Ultra-Thin, Ultra-Elastic Iron Alloy Can Make Surgeries and Buildings Safer

This recently designed super-elastic iron alloy has two very different potential applications. It can be used to prevent blood vessels from collapsing and to return earthquake-deformed buildings to their original state. The alloy is described as having a super-elasticity which allows it to "re

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Yahoo! Messenger 9.0.0.2162

Yahoo! Messenger 9.0.0.2162

Yahoo! Messenger is a popular advertisement-supported instant messaging client and associated protocol provided by Yahoo!, that allows you to see when friends come online and to send them instant messages. It also can alert you to new e-mail in your Yahoo Mail or Yahoo Personals accounts, or when y

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Nokia's Beautiful to Use 3600 and 6600 Fold/Slide Phone [Cellphones]

Nokia's Beautiful to Use 3600 and 6600 Fold/Slide Phone [Cellphones]

Nokia has fired out three new cellphones aimed at the European market, under a "beautiful to use" banner. Most interesting, the 6600 comes in either a fold or slide version, both with "tap" touch control technology. The 3G folding version has a 2 megapixel camera and 2.13-inch OLED screen, while the

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The BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet: 10 Things You Need to Know

The BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet: 10 Things You Need to Know

The BlackBerry tablet is here, and it looks astoundingly nice. Nicer than anybody expected it to be. Here's what you need to know about the PlayBook, in 10 easy steps. It's a 7-inch tablet with a 1024x600 screen that weighs 0.9 pounds Meaning it's smaller and lighter than the iPad, with a more p

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Sony Gets Serious With Another Next-Gen Display Tech: FED, Like CRT But Really Thin

Sony is probably OLED's most vocal prophet as the TV of the future. But according to Nikkei, they're hedging their bets and getting more serious with another next-gen display tech: field emission display, which is a lot like a good ol' cathode ray tube, except that it's super thin—it has all the b

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The Skyscraper That Grows Underground

The Skyscraper That Grows Underground

Say hello to architect Matthew Fromboluti. If he lived in a comic book, he would be designing lairs for super-villains. In the real world, he just wants to build this formidable subterranean skyscraper in the desert outside Bisbee, Arizona. His project, called Above below, is a building that dr

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Lenovo U350 Is Pretty Thin, Pretty Light, and Pretty Cheap

Lenovo U350 Is Pretty Thin, Pretty Light, and Pretty Cheap

Just last week Intel was all "Hey! Thin, light and cheap laptops are the next big thing, TRUST US!" The Lenovo IdeaPad U350, a $650, 13.3-inch ultrathin notebook, is exactly what they were talking about. Intel and Lenovo's concept makes enough sense: take those ultrathing, ultra-expensive notebooks

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Atmos Clock Uses Changes In Temperature As Power Source

Atmos Clock Uses Changes In Temperature As Power Source

The Atmos 561 Clock, made by Jaeger LeCoultre and designed by Mark Newson, is powered entirely by changes in temperature and sits inside a block of crystal for good measure. According to The Watchismo Times, a change in temperature of one degree celsius can power the clock for two days. A mixtu

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Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Enabled BEST Buses – Coming Soon!

BEST (Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport) buses have seen a drastic improvement over the last few years. There are several who don’t mind the extra road journey for the comforts of the new AC buses. Soon, more facilities will be launched making bus travel in Mumbai pretty comfortable. Let’s look at the facilities planned.

  1. Wi-Fi
  2. screens
  3. System that will anounce next stop etc

Wi-Fi has been on the charts for a long time now. The services will be provided to the commuter free of cost. Equifone Solutions, already offers interactive content via TV screens in buses. It also offers Bluetooth services. (Apparently, there’s a pilot project running on 150 BEST buses fitted with Bluetooth hubs – I would request any reader who has experienced to please comment (and let me know which routes have them)). The hub will deliver content such as mobile apps, and songs.

LCD screens will features the news, job opportunities, stock quotes and other content (like diet and astrology) on a new, soon to be launched “I-Mumbai TV.

Your new BEST buses will also announce the next stop, which, is a godsend, not just to outsiders not used to traveling, but also to the absent-minded Mumbaikar.

All, this, of course is assuming the BEST committe agrees. There seems to be some trouble with Equifone regarding a breach of contract (Check this article for more details).

BEST hopes to make these services available on 4,200 BEST buses plying on Mumbai roads within 20 months.

Assuming it works out, the potential is huge.  Kaushik Tanna, co-founder, Realtime Intereactive, said, “We realised that the average Mumbaiite spends more time travelling than reading newspapers or watching television. That’s where the idea of Transit media came up.” Apart from the improvement in quality to the daily commute, the Bluetooth hub and Wi-Fi will also provide decent advertising avenues.

Of course, one wonders how they’ll ensure Wi-Fi security (open or passkey protected). Assuming Wi-Fi works, you could also go one step ahead, and say, put up a website that will let you know which bus is where. Apparently, BEST buses already use GPRS. Mr Anil Peswani, Director of Equifone, told Business Line, “Currently, we are using GPRS for connecting the buses with servers for internal data usage. However, the speed is very low. Once the 3G and WiMax technologies rollout then it would be possible for us to offer the services to customers. We have rights for offering wi-fi among other connectivity services for 10 years in the buses,” he said.

Assuming Wi-Fi is properly enabled, the entire of standing at a bus-stop and wondering when your bus will arrive will be eliminated. BEST could also possibly monetize on the Internet services by location-relevant advertisements served to the commuter. (Addition : This article confirms that it will indeed have location advertisements!)

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