BLOGS

LOXX – Berlin’s amazing toy train landscape – 27 June 2012

LOXX – Berlin’s amazing toy train landscape – 27 June 2012

If toy train sets still make you go all soft and awaken the child inside of you, Berlin’s LOXX is a station stop you shouldn’t miss.

With 2,500 square metres of H0-scale model railways right in the heart of Berlin, LOXX is claimed to be the world’s largest digital model railway. LOXX technicians have recreated with great felicity the landscape and atmosphere of the city with about 4.15 kilometres of track, over 400 trains, 10,000 road vehicles and about 50,000 human figures. Every 20 minutes, nightfall is simulated and the set is illuminated with over 18,000 miniature lights.
READ MORE

The world’s first film poster for 1895′s L’Arroseur arrosé (The Sprinkler Sprinkled) – 26 June 2012

The world’s first film poster for 1895′s L’Arroseur arrosé (The Sprinkler Sprinkled) – 26 June 2012

L’Arroseur arrosé (also known as The Waterer Watered and The Sprinkler Sprinkled) is an 1895 French short black-and-white silent comedy film directed and produced by Louis Lumière and starring François Clerc and Benoît Duval. It was first screened on June 10, 1895.

It has the distinction of being the earliest known instance of film comedy, as well as the first use of film to portray a fictional story. The film was originally known as “Le Jardinier” (The Gardener) or “Le Jardinier et le petit espiègle”, and is sometimes referred to in English as “The Tables Turned on the Gardener”, and “The Sprinkler Sprinkled”.
READ MORE

Unusual Dirty Car Art by Scott Wade – 19 June 2012

Unusual Dirty Car Art by Scott Wade – 19 June 2012

Meet Scott Wade – a talented artist, who like every creative and curious person can’t resist a dirty rear car window. We suspect that Scott started off with clever sayings, like, “wash me”, however his later works became much more sophisticated.
READ MORE

21 Indian cos apply for domain names priced over Rs 1 cr each – 14 June 2012

21 Indian cos apply for domain names priced over Rs 1 cr each – 14 June 2012

Leading corporate houses like Reliance Industries, Airtel and State Bank of India have applied to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann).for “top-level domains” such as .Indians, .RIL, .Bharti, .SBI to replace the traditional .com, .net and the other usual suffixes on their website addresses.

Icann had in January invited applications from companies, organisations and individuals to buy specific words that will replace the present top level domain names in practice for USD 185,000 (over Rs 1 crore) Companies applying for the generic top level domain (gTLD) have to provide bank guarantees of $2,50,000 (Rs 1.38 crore).
READ MORE

Mehdi Hassan: A golden voice that transcended boundaries – 13 June 2012

Mehdi Hassan: A golden voice that transcended boundaries – 13 June 2012

‘Ab ke hum bichhade to shaayad kabhii khwabon mein milen’ (If we part now, we may meet in dreams). The world of ghazal will no longer be same without legendary singer Mehdi Hassan who leaves behind an unmatched legacy and treasure of soulful melodies.

Adored by millions on both sides of the border for his golden voice, the 84-year-old ghazal maestro, who died in a Karachi hospital on Wednesday following multi-organ failure, was one of the last icons representing the shared cultural heritage of India and Pakistan.
READ MORE

Apple takes on Google with own maps, better Siri – 12 June 2012

Apple takes on Google with own maps, better Siri – 12 June 2012

Apple Inc took the wraps off its own mobile mapping service and improved the search capabilities of its Siri voice assistant, taking the fight into Google Inc’s domain.

CEO Tim Cook, who took over from late co-founder Steve Jobs last August, spearheaded the unveiling of new services — such as in-house mapping, beefed-up Siri software, address-bar search on its Safari browser — to help keep at bay Google and its fast-growing Android mobile platform.
READ MORE

Maps, Macs and Mobile dominate Apple Conference – 12 June 2012

Maps, Macs and Mobile dominate Apple Conference – 12 June 2012

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference kicked off Monday with an announcement-studded keynote, in which CEO Tim Cook and other Apple executives unveiled the new mobile operating system (iOS 6), a lineup of improved notebook PCs and details of the latest operating system.

Here are some key announcements made during the keynote:

iOS 6:
READ MORE

An Internet protocol that allows trillions of new web addresses – 06 June 2012

An Internet protocol that allows trillions of new web addresses – 06 June 2012

IPv6, a new global Internet standard allowing the creation of trillions of new web addresses became operational on Wednesday, ensuring that the internet remains open and accessible for the future.

The new Internet Protocol version 6 system is necessary to prevent the Internet running out of available addresses for new devices like the tablet or smartphone.

“World IPv6 Launch is a permanent step forward to ensure the internet can connect all the people in the world, for many years to come,” said Leslie Daigle, Chief Internet Technology Officer for the Internet Society.
READ MORE