Delhi Gets a taste of Spice(y) Makhni Blog Curry


Indiblogger’s date with Delhi was nothing less than sheer adrenaline rush.  After the Dove sponsored All Women’ Blogger meet , Delhi had a taste of Spic(y} Makhni  power packed meet at The Park on Sunday, 10th of June. It was the  biggest event so far, attended by 300+ bloggers from Delhi/ NCR and even nearby Uttarpradesh .

The event was sponsored by Spice Mobiles with Tech Guru Rajiv Makhni conducting a debate on the myths and true facts about mobile security, as well as hosting a  fun quiz on the spot. Latest Spice mobiles as prizes, on the house snacks, dinner added to the excitement. For me, it was yet another chance to have fun-filled time with old blogger buddies and interact with the new ones. The family seems to have grown tremendously since the last HP meet in Dec 2011. I met some of the twitter friends and it was great to meet those people who were just names till now 🙂

It was amazing to find kids as young as nine and fourteen years expressing their thoughts via blog with such confidence on subjects they are passionate about.  Kudos to those who are not scared to give themselves to the rush and try something new. Internet has sure made a huge impact in our lives, no age bar.

I have yet to witness the kind of energy that flowed all through the event .  Rajiv and Anoop kept the pulse racing by their wit , humor and charm. Hur Hur became the cheer chat and the decibel kept increasing with the time. The fantastic thing was the feeling of  oneness and the ease with which everyone related to each other , even the first timers.

Introductions are routine unless you add a  pinch of humor to them and Rajiv had us in splits most of the time.  Some exchanges between the bloggers and Rajiv were hilarious. Never have I laughed so much in my life. Oh boy , what a day it was. A woman blogger sang Celine Dion song and yet another recited a poem dedicated to the scintillating Rajeev. ( He won many female admirers that day :p.. well deserved I must say. A very humble and charming person ).

We had ‘Catch the Thief ” game ( our team Yellow won 😀 ), an interesting debate on mobile security, privacy – myths and truths conducted by Rajiv . It is always a pleasure when learning and fun are blended nicely.

Then the most awaited on the spot quiz with coveted prizes like FLO, Stellar and Horizon phones began. Not only we came to know some very interesting facts but the joy of winning made some of the bloggers break into victory dance. 😀  Between Aditya (my son and a fellow indiblogger) and me , we won two smart phones and three pen drives. I think almost everyone got at least one  pen drive.

The mind-blowing  mind reading  show by Karan Singh was simply out of the world. The young man was so full of life and brilliant performer. We were all awestruck by the accuracy with he revealed the answers. A genius in my opinion. He freaked us out by his confidence and skills. Here is the link to his FB page KaranSingh Magic   for those who love magic in their lives. I certainly do. 🙂

Unfortunately the presentation by the product manager from Spice Mobiles was a let down ( he used an Apple iPad  :P) and most of the bloggers moved on to the tea/coffee counter ignoring the poor chap.

Apart from all the discussions, quiz , debates and games there was a huge spread of  mouth-watering dishes for dinner and desserts, though the Tiramisu was Yuck . 😦

The breaks in between gave us an opportunity to talk to other bloggers and a small group gathered to discuss about gadgets with the tech guru Rajiv. In the midst of camera flashes and people posing for photographs , laughter and fun , the Indiblogger team of Renie , Karthik, Vineet ,Anoop and the others worked relentlessly to make the Blogger meet a grand event. It was a hard task to hold two back to back meets at such a large-scale at the same venue on the same day. Hats off to the Indi Team. Very well done. We sure are proud to be part of the family.

Not just these guys but the girls worked hard. From registration, answering queries to managing both the events, they did a stupendous job.  Three Cheers for the women Indi Team of Diana, Nafisa and others.

The highlight of the meets were two ever smiling toddlers. The youngest of the Indibloggers 😀

Am sharing Some of the photographs taken by Arvind Khanna and my son Aditya . Thanks  Arvind for letting me share the joy. I hope I am able to pass on some of the fun and excitement through them. There will be many more videos and photos as the members upload them. We will have some from the Indiblogger team also. I will add them here as they come.

Enjoy !

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Cheers to all the Delhi/ NCR bloggers, Rajiv and Indiblogger team for the Spic(y) Makhni blog curry meet .. ! If this was BIG  watch us in action next time. Many friends were missed. Make sure you join us in the next meet. 

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It’s time to TAB!


Each day technology is molded into a new shape, a unique design, it’s faster and better. Today we have a new star in the scene ” The Samsung Galaxy tab 750″ a star which is by far the most ‘meaningful invention’ and to describe it in one word, I would say Irreplaceable .

Samsung has gone all out to the kill the other competitors in the Tab market. No one  but this leviathan stands tall while other companies run for cover.

Here is the recorded live webcast of the Galaxy Tab 750 launch

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 750 presents a variety of amazing features. It is faster, meaner , sexier. It’s a dude and a macho one, with all the women running after it and the men envying it.

Features of the Power packed Samsung Galaxy Tab 750 –
Network – 
2G – GSM network
3G – HSPA+ network
WiFi 802.11 connectivity support
EDGE / GPRS
Bluetooth v3.0
With the help of HSPA and WiFi support one can easily connect with internet 24/7. Enjoy the fast browsing and downloading and lots more.
Camera –
3 MP camera with LED flash and auto focus.
2 MP camera secondary camera for video calling.
HD video recording.
While using Tab one can have a better experience of video calling.
Enjoy the dual cameras integrated in a Tab with great clarity. A useful gadget for business men to do video chat with their clients with a great clarity.
The camera quality of Samsung Galaxy Tab 750 is better than other Mobile phones, Tablets.

Layout –
10.1″ HD TFT capacitive display
Size : 256.7 X 175.3 X 8.6 mm
1280 X 800 screen resolution
A light weight and the thinnest Tab product in the world. Great design, easy to use and handle. Its weight is about 565g. Its high-definition 10.1 inch screen will offer you an excellent display. You can enjoy the videos, images, movies in high-definition with rich graphics.
Processor –

Dual core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor
Operating System –

Android v3.1 Honeycomb operating system. Honeycomb is the latest version of Android operating system. It is specially developed for those devices which have large screen like Tablets. Better multitasking support. You can use more than one application in same time. Browse the web in desktop format. This latest version Android operating system will offer you a better experience while using the apps.
Audio / Video Playback –

MP3, AAC, WMA, AAC+ audio formats
HD video playback
DivX, VidX, WMV9, WMV7, WMV8, MPEG4 video codecs.
MP3, WMA, AAC, RA audio formats.
3.5 mm universal jack
Dual speakers surrounding the screen will give a surround sound effect.
It supports a large number of audio video formats. One can also play the videos easily which are in HD format.
     
Battery –

7000 mAH battery
It will kept more than 9 days without charging.
Tab 750 will give a long-span battery backup of 72 hours for music listeners or 9 hours for video entertainers.
Input / Output –

USB 2.0 support
3.5 mm universal jack support
30 pin dock connector
Memory –

1 GB of RAM
Internal memory of 64 GB(Maximum) and  16 GB(Minimum)

Other features –

Multitasking.
Better web browsing with adobe flash player support.
Accelerometer sensors, Gyroscope
Compass. A-GPS support and navigation with Google Maps.
Support millions of applications, downloadable from Android app market.
Enjoy clarity of text while reading the ebooks.
Social Hub will give you to easily manage multiple email accounts, IMs and social networking accounts.
Better accessories such as keyboard case.
Integrated Mobile office.
Google application – Google talk, Google maps, Google latitude, Google places.

The feature I love Most:

I don’t know which feature to pick and tell that I love the most, but if i still have to make a call I would pick the Amazing Dual core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor. I am a fan of speed and there is nothing faster than this now. At least not in this world 😛

Samsung Galaxy Tab 750 is a stunning experience. It delivers just that.

A complete Power packed, slimmer, lighter sensuous beauty. A dream come true.

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HUI : The Feature I Wish My Smart Phone Had


Some days back  I was a normal person with an idiot phone but on my birthday I felt like an idiot with a smart phone 😀

The more I review the situation the more I am convinced that my phone though smarter than the previous one  definitely lacks certain features.

Let me take you back to the 11th of October.

Me – “I am fed up  of this idiotic phone Damn it  and am gonna buy myself a smart phone”. I said holding a beautiful  glossy picture of a latest smart phone with touch screen and QWERTY keypad.

My sons looked at me with concern.

‘Mom sab theek ho jayega.  Everything will be ok”

I  knew what they were hinting at.

“ what? Do you think I won’t be able to handle the phone ?” I asked.

Kid # 1 –  “ Mom , it is a smart phone and you live in dark ages with an idiotic phone . It is beyond you to even type one single message or browse through the menu with a sensitive touch screen. How about buying a  simpler one”.

Kid # 2  was still rolling on the bed laughing like a hyena .

I was truly pissed off and took it as an insult to my intelligence.

“No way . I will gift myself  this and prove to you morons that I am not technologically challenged . Got it?”  I said in a firm confident voice waving the magazine at their faces.

They kept laughing and cracking “ My mom and her smart phone”  jokes .

Little did I realize that what ever was  happening at that moment was going to turn into reality very soon.

I spent a fortune , got the phone and tried browsing through the menu.

The boys waited for their chance .

“ Err, well, I will get used to it soon .  you just watch “ I said in response to their amused “ we told you” look.

“Yea sure  , maybe in another lifetime. May be you should just pass it on to us”  Kid #2  remarked.

“No way . “ I growled.

I asked my kid# 1 to help me learn to use the phone but failed miserably .

Holding  my brand new smart phone in my hands I stared at the tiny keypad and wondered how in God’s name I will get used to typing one correct message .  The boys too realized that the “ mom with smart phone” joke had gone too far and something ought to be done to bring the cheer back.

Kid #1  : “ Mom cheer up I have something that would revolutionize the smart phone and make it easy for old women like you.” He grinned.

I was furious but let that “Old woman ” thing pass.

“Right away? “  I asked looking interested. I was ready to do anything to learn the trick.

“ Not really  but look at the this “.

The pictures  made me forget the gleaming phone .

Boy , I loved what I saw.

I may be challenged in using these toys but I sure am tech savvy as far as the information goes  😀

Kid #1 a self confessed techno freak was impressed  and we embarked on a journey  to create a futuristic Holotouch smart phone.

“Just imagine mom if your phone had this feature “, he said with a naughty grin.

My heartbeat increased as I dwelled on the thought.

Holographic  User Interface


[ Image to show the Holographic Technology.]

A Holosmart phone will make all these applications a lot more fun and easy to operate  by simply passing a finger through holographic images of what would otherwise be the keys of a keypad or keyboard.

The thought opened a whole new window to the exciting world of futuristic smart phone , my dream phone.

Over  cups of coffee we  began to list the ultimate features this one change can bring in a smart phone . Kids were excited and so was I.  A good bright resolution and efficient power supply will make this work beautifully.

Holomenu will  offer easy navigation  of my menu. Opening various menu options , selecting and shuffling music and video files, viewing the photo albums.

Almost everything will become an awesome experience with this path breaking feature.

Holomessaging   : With the key board dwindling and shrinking below the  normal finger size Holotouch will make the keypad larger making it easy for typing. HoloTouch will enhance comfortable, reliable operation.

Easy interactive Holocalls  : Won’t it be fun to talk face to face  with someone you love 😉 ?

I think it is a cool thing and as we discussed more on this feature we realised that  doctors  can use the Holotouch feature  for number of things while in operating rooms or at places where keyboard contamination can cause harm. It can be used by professionals in many other fields.

Imagine giving a beautiful high-tech presentation in a room filled with top-notch of your company or clients.

Rocking , I would say. 

Hologaming with total 3d interface : I love this concept for the sheer thrill of playing games with a 3D effect on a much bigger surface area. Imagine what wonders it can have for gamers who can have a full-fledged gaming experience right there in the phone with all the effects.

Holovideo for viewing all  your  favorite videos on a bigger screen with a better clarity.

Holonet for all your surfing needs.

HoloNav which is a GPS and an active traffic navigation app. I always seem to lose my way and  Holonav will be a cool feature to see your place and the right way to your destination on a larger map.  I find this special because while on nature trails and outings this will prove to be great help.

Some other  feature I would love in my smart phone are:

AUI audio user interface

which offers Voicelock feature and Voiceengine feature so  that it unlocks doors  and starts my car. One major  plus point of this feature will be  that it can be used where the Holotouch feature can not be  used effectively , like in crowded places. Both these features can be combined too for a perfect smart phone Techno experience .

Retinal scanner

that acts like an unlocking feature. A much more secure way because no other person can use it apart from the user.

FaceWiki

Active face recognition which tells us the basic info abt the person when a photograph is clicked under this feature.  ( 😀 No harm in letting the imagination run wild , Right? )

Highly optic touch screen and Highly flexible Fold and keep style


High definition  photography with DSLR type picture quality

This is a must .

For all of us who are  passionate about photography this feature will be a boon. No carrying big equipment, just take out the phone and enjoy what you love doing best. Take awesome photographs.

Am I asking for too much ? No, I don’t think so . When we talk of futuristic smart phones , we  need to have that one special feature that makes it smarter than any other regular smart phone.


Kid2# brought the yummy chocolate cake and said, “ Happy Birthday mom”.

The joy was irreplaceable.

I ought to patent the idea and mint big money I guess 😀 .

All those who include these features in your phones  remember its my idea.

I decided to write about this experience exclusively for Share Life blogger contest and to master the art of using a smart phone.  I had given myself a smart gift and I was ready to use it to its full advantage.

I am participating in Share life Contest (sponsored by Tata Docomo under the category ” The Feature I wish My Smart Phone Had. ” Please promote my entry on Indivine if you think it is worth winning.

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