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Time to bite the forbidden Apple(iOS5)

October 4, 2011 Leave a comment

So, its 4th of July err 4th October 2o11. Well isn’t it the same thing for Apple fanboys out there.

iPhone Event

4/10/11 – Apple is holding media event at Infinite Loop, Cupertino, CA. The event starts at 10:00 am Pacific Time. Let’s talk iPhone.

Today, we would experience the World’s most advanced phone & OS – the iPhone4S(or 5) & iOS5, which is supposedly a giant leap forward from the existing World’s most advanced phone & OS the iPhone4 & the iOS4.

Every OS that rolls out of the Apple Inc. the most advanced OS in the market? Not really, if we look back at the earlier versions of iOS they lacked basic functionality like copy-paste.

So what is it about them that makes it the World’s most advanced OS be it mobiles/tablets(iOS) or the Macs(OS X). Well lets see it for ourselves because I believe in facts.

Well! That says it all, doesn’t it? I use every platform that is available in the market today from iOS, Android, BBOS, WebOS, bada, Symbian to WP7 so don’t consider me as an Apple fanboy.

I won’t deny, I love their products and simplicity but at the same time I pin point problems like ‘Death Grip’, Notification system, Micro-sim etc. I have always been an unbiased, critical blogger and iOS5 won’t change it for me.

Who are we kidding, we all know until we Jailbreak our iOS device’s they are not worth it. Right now out of all the devices I own, iPhone4 is my primary phone simply because of plethora of apps (I mean quality apps from the App store, not like malicious junk in the Android Market). So the big question is will the iPhone4 owners like me upgrade to iPhone5 when they can get the iOS5 on their existing device. Again lets dig into some facts.

For the past 6 months we have seen around 100 types of speculated iPhone5’s. From a larger screen to ipad-like back to LTE etc. This isn’t the first time the world has gone mental on how the next iPhone’s gonna look like. Before the next generation of iPhone is released today let’s have a look at some of the fake one’s.

Hence proved, you can run..you can hide..but you cant escape the Apple Inc.

Lastly, how it all started. The journey from iPhone4 to iPhone5.

iphone5

 
techNYK signing off. For more info ↓

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Apple – WWDC : Why We Do Care?

June 8, 2010 1 comment

WWDC –  One of the most prestigious event when it comes to tech. The first thing you would like to know is –  What is WWDC?

The answer to that question is – WWDC is Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) it is the premier technical conference for developers innovating with Apple technologies. Over 1,000 Apple engineers will be at Moscone West to present advanced coding and development techniques that will show you how to enhance the capabilities of your applications with the revolutionary technologies in iPhone OS and Mac OS X. But for me WWDC stands for – Why We Do Care ?

Not just that Over 5,000 of the world’s best and brightest Apple developers come together for the week-long Apple Worldwide Developers Conference at Moscone West, in San Francisco, California. This technical event provides you the opportunity to hear about the latest advancements in iPhone OS and Mac OS X through practical examples that you can apply directly to your app development. And trust a million others sit at home and read,tweet,blog about it.

One thing I fail to understand is WWDC (Why We Do Care) what Apple is doing? Has there ever been a time when Steve Jobs has launched something new and the World hasn’t gone hysterical about it, till the time its out in the market cos as soon we get our hands on to it we realise that nothing could have been dumber than this. Be it the most recently launched ‘Apple iPad’ while the people from all over the world were going gaga over it. I just passed one judgment about it and that explained everything about it. For me ‘Apple iPad’ is –  A dumber Macbook Air + A Bigger iPod Touch. You can’t call that silly bigger iPod Touch an invention. The only invention worth calling an invention was a sanitary pad or a writing pad but not iPad ever. And if anybody disagrees to it then please feel free to comment. I can mention everything about WWDC,the new iPhone,iOS4 etc but I am not going to waste my time on it as I am not a blogger who blogs what’s in the news or what will people read, I blog what I want people to know as the rest of the tech blogs are already doing the same job and I hate yellow journalism.

But for all those who really care about Apple WWDC, here are the best sources to know about it:

1) http://www.crunchgear.com/2010/06/07/live-from-apples-2010-wwdc-keynote/

2) http://www.macrumors.com/

3) http://www.redmondpie.com/iphone-4-ad-from-wwdc-10-video/

4) http://www.techknots.com/mobiles/iphone-4-released/

5) http://www.technixupdate.com/17-new-features-in-ios-4-iphone-4-os/

WWDC 2010

WWDC 2010

Thats all for now but will post more soon as we move ahead in the WWDC – Why We Do Care 😉

Web Honours to celebrate Moon Landing

Forty years ago today Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin forever changed mankind with their historic walk on the lunar surface. It was one step for a man but a giant leap for mankind.

With today being the 40th anniversary, most of the web honoured the greatest moment in modern history.

First few pictures of the Apollo 11 moment and then the web honours:

Starting with google (Which was the slowest to update it or maybe it was waiting for the exact time of the moon landing to update its logo)

Bing (Bing has changed their daily background image to feature a shot of the Moon.):

YouTube (Wonder why the parent site Google was updated so late):

And twitter is full of tweets so search for Apollo11.

Please update me if you find more.

Microsoft India GTSC @ Leela Kempiski

I got a invitation for ‘Talking Tech’ an event hosted by Microsoft India GTSC in my mailbox last week  so I immediately registered for it as it was first come first serve basis and I didn’t want to miss it any cost. As soon as I registered for it I called up my buddy Aditya Manchanda and asked him if he is willing to join in. As,  he was also game for it so we finalised the program and kept the event day i.e. 6th June ’09 reserved for it. Here is the copy of the invitation :

Microsft India GTSC

Microsft India GTSC

After 3 days of registration I got a confirmation mail stating : Dear Mr. Chawla, Thank you for your response. We are glad to confirm your registration for ‘Talking tech’ by Microsoft India GTSC.

Date: Saturday, June 6th, 2009
Time: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Venue: Leela Kempenski, National Highway 8, Gurgaon

For more information, please contact us at talkingtech@endtoend.in. We look forward to seeing you at the event. Thank you, The Talking Tech Response Team So,that was the confirmation mail giving the Date/Time/Venue Information. Now everything was set and I was raring to go for it. On 6th morning, I got a text message from Microsoft India stating : Gentle Reminder – Talking Tech Event today at Pearl Ball Room 2, Leela Kempiski Hotel, Ambience Island Mall, NH-8 Gurgaon from 11 am onwards. I was impressed not because I got a reminder message but the way it was mentioned ‘Gentle Reminder’ 🙂 Me and Adi though as always left quiet late for the event but still managed to reach way before time as we reached by 11:15 and the event started at 11:30 am. At the reception we were handed over a newsletter and a feedback form by helpful ladies,we entered and took the first table on the far left of the stage right next to the entrance. A notepad and pencil was kept for us to jot down the points if needed.

Savitha Prasad addressing the audience

Savitha Prasad addressing the audience

Event Overview: The lady from MS who first walked on to the stage was the compere for the show and had a very charming personality matched with excellent humor. She started by sharing a story with us about how “A tree cutter named Mahesh cut trees for 5 years at the same rate giving his best output but his still Gupta who just cut trees for 2 years was promoted by their boss. A dejected Mahesh went to his boss and asked why wasnt he promoted and a guy who has been doing similar work as him just for 2 years was promoted in his place. His boss replied that Gupta was giving far more output than him so he was the choice as growth is directly proportional to the output and serviced provided. So, Mahesh took the challenge and tried everything but could not reach upto the level of Gupta in terms of productivity. Finally, Mahesh gave up and went to his boss asking him that what special does Gupta do to have such a high productivity, to which his boss replied lets go and ask Gupta himself. Both of them went to Gupta and asked “What do you do that you cut so many trees compared to anyone around?” Gupta smiled and replied “I take a 5 mins break after cutting each tree and in those 5 mins I sharpen my axe and that’s only reason for me to be so good at what I do.” She concluded this by asking the audience that when was the last time they sharpened their skills to match the industry standards as technology is changing everyday at a very fast pace. After this the Tech session started and the first topic was – Virtualization. The following speakers spoke on the topic of Virtualization:

  • Nischay Anikar
  • Rohit Gulati

As they mainly focused on Virtualization for the Server Environment the session was about Windows Server 2008 R2, this is what the had to share – With Hyper-V, the next-generation hyper-visor-based server virtualization technology, as a role, plus flexible licensing policies, it’s now easier than ever to take advantage of the cost savings of virtualization through Windows Server 2008. This enables you to make the best use of your server hardware investments by consolidating multiple server roles as separate virtual machines (VMs) running on a single physical machine and also efficiently run multiple different operating systems—Windows, Linux, and others—in parallel, on a single server, and fully leverage the power of x64 computing.

  • Increased availability for virtualized data centers
  • Improved management of virtualized data centers
  • Increased Performance and Hardware Support for Hyper-V Virtual Machines
  • Improved Virtual Networking Performance
  • A simplified method for physical and virtual computer deployments by using .vhd files

    Hyper V Architecture

    Hyper V Architecture

For SQL 2008 R2 it was:

  • Vishal Anand
  • Amit Banarjee

As the CTP ( Community Technology Preview) is available on the MS website now here are things that you need to know about SQL 2008 R2. SQL Server 2008 R2 expands on the value delivered in SQL Server 2008 by providing a wealth of new features and capabilities that can benefit your entire organization. This release will further improve IT Efficiency with new and enhanced management capabilities and empower business users to access, integrate, analyze and share information using business intelligence tools they already know. New Feature’s in R2:

  • Capitalize on Hardware Innovation
  • Optimize Hardware Resources
  • Manage Efficiently at Scale
  • Enhance Collaboration Across Development and IT
  • Improve the Quality of Your Data
  • Manage User-Generated Analytical Applications
  • Report with Ease
  • Get More Out of Your Data
  • Build Robust Analytical Applications
  • Consolidate Your Data
  • Share and Collaborate with Confidence
SQL 2008

SQL 2008

Followed by Azure (Cloud Computing):

  • Tulika Chaudharie
  • Wriju Ghosh
Tulika Chaudharie talking about Azure

Tulika Chaudharie talking about Azure

Azure(Cloud Computing) is a service platform, In layman’s terms its like Pay-Per-View TV where you only pay for the service you receive. For Example – In India Dish/Satellite TV has just been launched an year ago but still most of the TV viewers receive Cable TV through cable guy at fixed monthly charges with fixed and limited channels unlike Dish TV where in a user only has to pay for the channels he wants to watch and not for the whole bouquet.

The Azure™ Services Platform (Azure) is an Internet-scale cloud services platform hosted in Microsoft data centers, which provides an operating system and a set of developer services that can be used individually or together. Azure’s flexible and interoperable platform can be used to build new applications to run from the cloud or enhance existing applications with cloud-based capabilities. Its open architecture gives developers the choice to build web applications, applications running on connected devices, PCs, servers, or hybrid solutions offering the best of online and on-premises.

Azure reduces the need for up-front technology purchases, and it enables developers to quickly and easily create applications running in the cloud by using their existing skills with the Microsoft Visual Studio development environment and the Microsoft .NET Framework. In addition to managed code languages supported by .NET, Azure will support more programming languages and development environments in the near future. Azure simplifies maintaining and operating applications by providing on-demand compute and storage to host, scale, and manage web and connected applications. Infrastructure management is automated with a platform that is designed for high availability and dynamic scaling to match usage needs with the option of a pay-as-you-go pricing model. Azure provides an open, standards-based and interoperable environment with support for multiple Internet protocols, including HTTP, REST, SOAP, and XML. Microsoft also offers cloud applications ready for consumption by customers such as Windows Live™, Microsoft Dynamics™, and other Microsoft Online Services for business such as Microsoft Exchange Online and SharePoint® Online. The Azure Services Platform lets developers provide their own unique customer offerings by offering the foundational components of compute, storage, and building block services to author and compose applications in the cloud.

Azure

Azure

As this was the last presentation from the Devloper’s & Experts it was followed by a Question/Answers round. Right after all the question’s were answered we were informed that we have an opportunity to work on all the above mentioned technologies on the Hand’s On LAB setup in the hall.

The Hands-on Lab Experience

The Hands-on Lab Experience

After we were done asking questions and scrutinizing the technology in the LAB we were asked to fill out the feedback forms to receive our surprise gifts (Slick Microsoft  2gb Memory Stick) before we left. Just before I left,I got an opportunity to meet Miss Savitha Prasad  and personally thank her for her inspiring set of stories as that kept the event lively even after the delicious lunch 🙂

A personal thanks to all the speakers for such an enlightening session looking forward to attend more and Blog it!!

Before I bid goodbye here is my contact me page link, wherein you can contact me for White-papers/Case Studies/Presentations/Web-casts that might help in additional research on the above mentioned technologies:

http://nikhilchawla.wordpress.com/contact-me/

Nikhil Chawla @ MIicrosoft India GTSC

Nikhil Chawla @ Microsoft India GTSC