Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Slow Motion Videos - Canon Powershot SX40 HS

I recently gifted myself an Advanced Point & Shoot Camera from Canon called the Canon Powershot SX40 HS on my birthday (Yeah, I have this habit of gifting myself with something on my birthday). One cool feature of this camera is that it can record videos in Slow Motion. I'm not an expert on cameras, nor I'm a professional photographer or videographer. So I won't be talking much about the camera or any other technical aspect.

The purpose of this blog post is to only show some of the test videos that myself and my friend shot during one of our recent Road trip. Canon Powershot SX40 HS allows you to take Slow Motion Videos in two different settings.
  1. 120 fps (frames per second) : Videos are shot at 120 fps and playback at 30 fps; gives a video resolution of 640 x 480.
  2. 240 fps  (frames per second) : Videos are shot at 240 fps and playback at 30 fps; gives a video resolution of 320 x 240.
We had taken many small clips and combined it and made 4 videos. All the editing has been done in Windows Live Movie Maker. Below are the videos that I have compiled. Enjoy watching it.
  • This video is of some Eagle and other birds flying. I've joined couple of video clips in this, few of which were shot at 120 fps and few at 240 fps.
  • We stopped in a village where few kids were playing and taking bath in a small pond. They happily agreed to show their tricks, and helped us shooting this video. Few clips in this video are shot at 120 fps whereas few as shot at 240 fps.
  • Next two videos are of some riding shots on our Motorcycles. Complete video is shot in 120 fps. The first one is of me riding my 2011 Honda CBR 250R and the second video is my friend Niranjan Prasad riding his 2012 KTM Duke 200.

Hope you liked our amateur attempt of shooting videos in Slow Motion.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Samsung rolls out ICS Update for Galaxy SII in India

When Google released the latest version of its mobile operating system, Android Ice Cream Sandwich (4.x) in October 2011, Samsung announced that their flagship model, the Samsung Galaxy SII (i9100), which was then bundled with Gingerbread (2.3.x) would be getting the Official ICS Update soon.

Ever since, all the Galaxy SII users around the world started waiting for update from Samsung. The impatient ones and the geeky ones went ahead and rooted the phone and installed various ICS based custom ROMS which is available online. But the normal users still had to wait for Official updates.

Samsung started rolling out the ICS update for Galaxy SII in the month of March, 2012. But for the users in India, it was a long wait. Today, on 29th May 2012, Samsung India has finally released the update officially.

Users in India can now update their Galaxy SII phone to Android 4.0.3 using Samsung Kies or OTA update. If you are unable to update by the above mentioned steps, you can take it to any Authorized Samsung Mobile service centres, and they would update it for you free of cost.

After update, your Baseband version becomes I9100DDLPA, Kernel version becomes 3.0.15-I9100XWLP7-CL340913 dpi@DELL134 #3 and Build Number becomes IML74K.XWLP7

As per Google, there are quite a lot of changes and improvements in ICS. There is a definite performance boost with increased battery life and phone becoming fast. Also there are some good UI changes that will interest many users.

Samsung India has rolled out the ICS update for Galaxy SII G (I9100G) phones as well.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Mobile Number Portability is here!

Yes, you heard it right. Finally the much awaited Number Portability has become a reality in India. It was launched in Haryana on Thursday, 24th Nov 2010. And by the beginning of 2011, it will be available to all the subscribers in India. In simple words, Number Portability allows consumers to retain their phone numbers even when they switch operators. Now this is going to benefit both the consumers as well as the service providers. How? Well, here in this post, I've gathered some information about it from various sources so that it can help people to have more idea about it.

What is Number Portability?
Number Portability allows consumers and businesses to keep their existing telephone numbers when they switch operators. It, literally, means that numbers are portable from operator to operator - whether that opertor is a mobile, wireline, or VoIP service provider.

How does it benefit the consumer?
It gives subscribers the freedom to choose operators based on criteria like services, price, and customer service. Their freedom of movement is not influenced by the inconveniences and costs that come with changing numbers.

How does it benefit the operators?
It also makes it easier for operators to compete for customers, precisely because it eliminates a major barrier to churn - that is, reluctance to change numbers. Although this increased risk of churn is a concern among some operators, number portability has been a huge success around the world, because it helps to level the playing field, giving all operators more opportunities to grow their subscriber bases and revenues.

How to Port your Number?
The six simple and quick steps for porting your number is shown in the image below.

(Source: LiveMint.com)

How much will it cost you?

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has fixed a ceiling of Rs. 19 as porting charges that the new service provider may collect from the subscriber. The money will go to the clearing house for facilitating the service.

For pre-paid customers, do note that migrating your number to a new carrier will mean that you shall be losing any prepaid balance that you have in your existing account. So remember to use up all your carrier minutes before you approach the new carrier.

Post-paid users need to remember that the MNP application could be rejected if you have not completely paid all your dues with the existing carrier. Make sure your last bill has been paid for.

I hope these informations would help you in understanding what Number Portability means and how you can change your service provider without changing your number.