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Sony launches new cameras

Sony is aiming at a 40 per cent share of the camera market by 2010-11 against a 35 per cent slice of the market now, Sony India Senior General Manager Sunil Nayyar said.He was here to launch the NEX 5 and NEX 3 series, which he claimed to be the world's smallest and lightest interchangeable lens digital camera. “They narrow the gap between professional and consumer segments.”Mr. Nayyar also said that Sony's digital camera sale was poised to jump from Rs.600 crore now to Rs.900 crore in fiscal 2011, when the company plans to sell 40,000 units. Camera, LCDs and laptops constitute the three main segments of the company's business.He said that while the market share increased by about two per cent during last fiscal, a five per cent incremental share was achievable in the current fiscal. The Indian camera market is valued at Rs.1,750 crore and is expected to touch Rs.2,250 crore in 2011-12. While 2.5 million units were sold in 2009-10, the figure is projected to increase to 3.…

Share rather than buy - The new online business mantra

Bangalore: Internet is a medium which is harnessed to its very core in such a short period of evolution. The primary concepts of marketing communications have all been saturated and online marketers are brainstorming to crack out unconventional ideas. Even the notion 'survival of the fittest' seems to be reminiscence of a competitive past. To this scenario dominated by social media, dawns a new pattern or a concept - sharing. Today online players are keen to motivate that factor in customers, most of them who choose to hire (share) things rather than buying them.The online world is undergoing swift evolution and the attitude of its critical mass is also changing. From youngsters to families, everyone is looking for a possible deal which will bring them maximum profit or earnings at minimum cost. This is the factor which gave Groupon a new lease of online market and with it a new stride to online marketing. "A great deal everyday" - that's what makes Groupon a com…

Microsoft to out Windows for ARM Chips

Bangalore: Software maker Microsoft has plans to launch a version of the Windows operating systems that run on the processors of UK based ARM Holdings. The official announcement is said to be made in the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2011 in Las Vegas next month, reports Bloomberg.The software will be customised for devices such as tablets and other handhelds. This step will take Microsoft in the prominent league at the tablet market, in the likes of Apple and Google. The ARM chips are majorly used in the smartphones and also Apple's iPad.Microsoft also has plans to run its operating system on Intel and AMD processors too in the future. Earlier this week, Microsoft had announced that it has sold over 1.5 million Windows Phone 7 OS run phones since the operating system debuted.On the partnership between ARM and Microsoft, the latter said, "ARM is an important partner for Microsoft and we deliver multiple operating systems on the company's architecture, most notably Windo…

Skype says sorry for massive outage

Millions of Skype users around the world were left incommunicado on Wednesday when the popular internet telephony system was disrupted by a massive glitch.Skype issued an apology for the outage, which left millions of people unable to log onto the service or connect to any of their contacts. Skype said that the problem appeared to originate in the service’s peer-to-peer system, in which some users’ computers are used as “supernodes” to help the application connect with users.“Under normal circumstances, there are a large number of supernodes available. Unfortunately, today, many of them were taken offline by a problem affecting some versions of Skype,” the company said in a web posting.“Our engineers are creating new ‘mega-supernodes’ as fast as they can, which should gradually return things to normal. This may take a few hours, and we sincerely apologise for the disruption to your conversations.”Skype prides itself on the robustness of its network, with its last major outage in 2007.…

50 years of CIRUS: some unforgettable memories

On December 18, the scientists and engineers in the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) celebrated the Golden Jubilee of CIRUS and the Silver jubilee of DHRUVA. The organizers invited everyone who was associated with the two research reactors. It was an emotional homecoming for many, especially for those who retired decades ago.The 40 MW research reactor attained criticality on 10{+t}{+h} July 1960. It was constructed under Canadian assistance. India and Canada shared the cost of about $14.14 million. CIRUS, the workhorse of BARC is a symbol of the advanced developments in nuclear science, engineering and technology in India.Dr Bhabha chose this heavy water moderated, uranium metal fuelled reactor as it would be a powerful tool for research. Also Dr W.B. Lewis, the eminent scientist who led the designers of the reactor was close to him in his Cambridge days.Veterans recalled the teething problems they faced, the ways in which they solved them and their unforgettable memories. The 188-pa…