MapmyIndia Launches Online City Guides For CWG 2010

We have already told you about MapmyIndia’s RoadPilot   which is a slim, pocket friendly 3.5″ navigation device loaded with all India maps for turn-by-turn voice guided navigation across India. MapMyIndia has now launched a special city guide for Commonwealth Games 2010 venue – Delhi.

Located at   MapMyIndia.com/CWG, this website offers detailed maps and information about the dedicated Games lanes, road maps to venues and stadiums, location of hotels, events schedule and other places of utility such as ATMs, malls, restaurants, historical monuments and tourist attractions which people might want to visit while in Delhi during the Commonwealth Games.

Aircel Launches Mobile HealthCare Services

With everything that we use in our day – to – day lives, going online – why should health care stay back? Aircel has launched a first of it’s kind tele-healthcare delivery service for mobile phones in association with the Apollo Hospitals Group. Aimed at addressing the healthcare needs of the masses through tele-medicine, this service provides online interactive healthcare in real-time basis by utilising modern technology and telecommunications.

According to Aircel’s Chief Operating Officer, this new service will allow patients to consult physicians and specialists over video for immediate health care. These services will gradually go pan-India and even people living in remote areas, villages and small towns will be most benefited from it. This sounds nice, but the question is in rural areas people are reluctant to spend money for even basic health, so will they go for this all new mobile health care service?

The Aircel Apollo Mobile HealthCare’ service will be available at Rs.45 per month. The service is slated to launch during this Diwali and will be available in Chennai and Tamil Nadu circles.

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CWG 2010 Delhi Opening Ceremony Tomorrow

This is really a big time for India when they will be hosting the Common Wealth 2010 games in Delhi. After a lot of hiccups and problems, the games will finally be kicked off tomorrow with an opening ceremony by Prince Charles and President of India, Pratibha Patil.

The Common Wealth Games opening ceremony is going to be held on October 3rd, 2010 at 7PM IST. Opening Ceremony will be held at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi and will be opened by both Prince Charles and Pratibha Patil.

The ceremony will kick off with a marching event where last years host Australia will lead the pack with this years host India following at the back. Lot of celebrities, sports persons and politicians are expected to be at the event.

Though there are no live streaming links available right now, videos of the Common Wealth Games 2010 will be available later on online at the official CWG Delhi 2010 site at http://www.cwgdelhi2010.org/. We will update this post when more live videos become available for the ceremony.

Wikimedia Sets Up India Office – It’s First Office Outside US

Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organisation behind world’s biggest and free  encyclopedia –  Wikipedia.com is setting up an office in India. This India office happens to be the first Wikimedia office outside the US for the first time. Wikimedia is also planning future offices in Brazil, and other regions of Africa and Asia.

Wikimedia’s India office will have 3-5 volunteers / employees. The role of these members will be only to increase awareness about Wikipedia in India and encourage people to create and edit more content on Wikipedia.com. These employees will also conduct research to help Wikipedia understand what India specific content and languages should be laid more focus on. A seven member executive council has also been formed for Wikimedia’s India Chapter.

Billion Dollar Growth In 5 Yrs – Predicted For the Indian Coud Computing Market

Cloud computing is a nascent market in India and very less Indian companies actually offer services related to cloud computing, a facility that allows sharing of technological resources, software and digital information. It functions on a pay-per-use model which in turn helps tech companies to bring down their costs substantially.

According to a report released by consulting firm Zinnov Management Consulting, India’s cloud computing market will be around USD 1 billion over the next five years. The potential of the cloud computing platform is massive and is expected to mainly benefit small and medium business, SOHO (small office, home office) and consumer segments.

A recent study, sponsored by IT infrastructure firm EMC, said that rising growth in Digital information in India is growing at a rapid rate and it is estimated that it will grow from 40,000 petabytes to 2.3 million petabytes over the next ten years which happens to be twice as fast as the worldwide rate. Another study sposored by IT infrastructure firm, EMC shows that the digital information space would create a significant market opportunity for both the cloud computing and storage. The EMC estimates also show that the storage market in India will be over $1 billion in the next five years. India shining digitally, really?

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Knitlogix Launches India’s First Ever IT Storage Portal

Storage is one of the major concerns for IT companies. A wrong choice of storage could lead companies ending up with losses worth crores of rupees. To address all these issues and to make the IT storage simpler for companies, Knitlogix has launched India’s first IT Storage Portal. The portal will help people from these companies to learn, consult, and decide their IT storage infrastructure needs unlike conventional and obsolete methods that end up in wrong choice.

The portal has description about various products of Knitlogix that protect customer’s digital assets safe, manageable throughout the entire life cycle, be it onsite, offsite or on cloud. With prices starting Rs. 19, 900 onwards, these products from knitlogix will not only help people and companies protect their data from theft, but also provide the users with cutting edge technologies and integration techniques.

4th Generation iPod Touch India Pricing Detailed

Apple India has issued a  press release detailing the prices of their latest iPod Touch. The new iPod Touch should be available starting next week. The prices mentioned in the press release include applicable taxes:

iPod Touch 8GBRs. 15,400
iPod Touch 32GBRs. 19,900
iPod Touch 64GBRs. 25,900

According to Steve Jobs, the new iPod Touch has been made slimmer which I really want to see for myself since the iPod Touch was unbelievably thin already. Other features introduced are:

  • Retina Display (same display as in iPhone 4)
  • Front facing and rear facing camera
  • FaceTime
  • HD Video Recording
  • Game Center
  • 3 axis gyro
  • Apple’s A4 Chip

The 160GB iPod Classic has been priced at Rs. 15,200 INR.

In.com Overtakes Rediff.com In Terms Of Unique Visitors

Rediff.com has been in our lives since the Internet started penetrating in India whereas the In.com group of websites are relatively new. So the natural perception happens to be that Rediff.com is bigger than In.com in terms of unique visitors worldwide. However the latest traffic data churned out by comScore has surprised all existing perceptions.

In July 2010 the number of unique visitors received by In.com stood at 15.4million which is 2 million more than Rediff.com which had 13 million unique visitors globally in the month of July, 2010. In.com already overtook Rediff.com in March 2010 for the first time getting 15.7 million unique visitors, as compared to 13.4 unique visitors on Rediff.com. And since then In.com has not looked back and has consistently remained ahead of Rediff.com.

India To Have 237M Internet Users By 2015

The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) conducted a study titled ‘Internet’s New Billion’, according to which the BRICI Countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and Indonesia) will have more than 1.2 billion internet users by 2015. This number happens to well above three times the combined number of internet users in Japan and the US. Among which, India only will see the number of internet users triple. Currently it is 81 million internet users and according to the reports, this number may go upto 237 million by the year 2015.

For the BRICI countries, the combined number of internet users was 610 million in 2009. According to the reports of BCG:

Internet penetration rates in the BRICI countries will experience compound annual growth of nine to 20 per cent from 2009-2015, driven predominantly by young users who will form the digital-market eco-systems that will be in place for generations to come.

In the report India has been described as a low-maturity and high growth market and the internet penetration rate in India is expected to reach 19% by 2015, up from the current 7%. Well, the next big growth is expected from the rural market where penetration of mobile phones is far less than in urban markets.

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Janmashtami Greetings, Janmashtami Wishes, Janmashtami Quotes And Janmashtami SMS

Janmashtami is a Hindu festival which celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna, who is an avatar of the Hindu deity Vishnu. As part of the celebrations people across the world bath the idol of infant Krishna and adorn it with new clothes and jewelry.

Janmashtami Greetings

The idol of infant Krishna is then placed in a cradle and worshipped by performing an Aarti. Janmashtami is usually celebrated by people around the world, however, it becomes difficult to send messages and greetings to people. Thanks to the internet there are several ways in which you can send Janmashtami Wishes, read Janmashtami Quotes, send thoughtful SMS wishing Janmashtami and also Janmasthami scraps and songs.

Krishna Janmasthami is a website which has all information about the Janmasthami festival and rituals. In addition to that they also have a lot of Janmashtami Cards, Janmashtami Calendar, Janmashtami Messages, Janmashtami Recipes, Janmashtami Gift Ideas and other Janmashtami downloads. You can visit the site at http://www.krishnajanmashtami.com/.

Another site to find Janmasthami greetings and messages is by visiting http://www.123janmashtami.com/. We will try and update this page with more resources as we come across them. We and our team wishes everyone a Happy Janmashtami festival.