- Reliance DreamWorks films get 11 Oscar nominations
- 15 File-Sharing Sites on US Feds Hit List
- iOS Developers Mint $700 Million in Q1
- 3-Tier Chips to Drive More Powerful Computing
- Apple Bounces Back in Q1
- E-Commerce Sites Needs To Be Savvier In Approach For Survival
Posted: 26 Jan 2012 09:07 PM PST
Three films produced by Reliance DreamWorks, a venture between industrialist Anil Ambani and Hollywood producer-director Steven Spielberg, have bagged as many as 11 Oscar nominations this year, it was announced Tuesday.
This is the first time movies produced by a company with such huge Indian holding has bagged such large nominations for one of the most prestigious cinema awards across the globe.
The nominations are for “War Horse”, “The Help” and “Real Steel”.
Directed by Spielberg himself, “War Horse” has been nominated for six categories — best picture, sound editing, sound mixing, original score, art direction and cinematography.
This movie is about the friendship between a horse named Joey and a young man called Albert and releases in India Feb 10.
Nomination for best achievement in visual effects is for “Real Stee” — a sci-fi thriller with Hugh Jackman in the lead.
For “The Help”, directed by Tate Tylor, the nominations are again for best picture, as also for best actress, best supporting actress and best picture trophies.
This year’s Oscar nomination pack is led by “Hugo”, which has 11 nominations alone. It is followed by “The Artist” with 10 nominations.
Apart from movies produced by Reliance DreamWorks, India’s only hope at the Oscars — Sohan Roy’s “DAM 999″ — failed to make it to any category.
One of Ambani’s group firms and Spielberg-promoted venture had forged a mega venture in 2008 to make films for the global audience and set up a Hollywood studio.
The deal also helped the celebrated filmmaker to break away from Viacom Paramount Pictures, which owned DreamWorks till then.
While the Reliance Group pumped in $325 million, a similar amount was raised from a consortium of investment banks.
Posted: 26 Jan 2012 03:28 AM PST
A recap of news-making tech events that happened over the weekend would show you how Megaupload, was taken down by US officials due to its infringement of copyrights on content. The event has a lot of Megaupload's peers (such as FileSonic and FileServe) following suit to shut down their file-sharing services before Uncle Sam comes after them.
RapidShare, WUpload allow large files' sharing with better services for premium accounts:
Divx Stage, NovaMov and MegaShare pay up-loaders for files/ down-loaders for downloads:
Users of Depositfiles, UploadHere and KingUpload have to pay for high quality downloads :
Putlocker, SockShare, HulkShare Users can share streaming video links:
Googling a file name+ MediaFire, OvFile or ZShare= easy download:
BayFiles doesn't restrict the sharing of copyrighted files:
Posted: 26 Jan 2012 03:25 AM PST
Apple paid iOS developers $700 million last quarter, and if you thought nobody could be happier than Apple's investors when the company released its first Quarter results this year, that's news for you.
Out of its revenue of $46.3 billion, iOS developers received a cumulative amount of $4 billion through the App Store. Since 30 percent of Apple's sales come from its Apps Store, ReadWriteMobile (the mobile channel sponsored by Alcatel-Lucent) estimated that the App Store made up for $1 billion of Apple's revenue. Peter Oppenheimer, Apple’s CFO said that there are around 550,000 apps in the App Store (including those for the iPad)—which could mean developers might earn around $7200 per app cumulatively.
Posted: 26 Jan 2012 03:23 AM PST
Scientists are developing a chip with three or more processors stacked vertically to ensure an unprecedented speed, memory and calculating power, better functionality and wireless connectivity, reveals a study.
“It’s the logical step in electronics development, because it allows a large increase in terms of efficiency,” said Yusuf Leblebici, director of Microelectronics Systems Lab, Switzerland, who led the study.
Unitl now, chips could only be assembled horizontally via connections along their edges. They were connected vertically by several hundred very thin copper microtubes. These wires passed through tiny openings, called Through-Silicon-Vias (TSV), made in the core of the silicon layer of each chip.
“This superposition reduces the distance between circuits, and thus considerably improves the speed of data exchange,” explained Microelectronics researcher Yuksel Temiz, according to a university statement.
The team had to overcome a number of difficulties, such as the fragility of the copper connections as they are miniaturised to an extreme degree (about 50 micrometers in thickness), and are as thin as human hair.
“In three years of work, we tested thousands of TSV connections, and had more than 900 functioning simultaneously,” said Leblebici.
“Now we have a production process that is really efficient, the laboratory has also manufactured 3D multi-core processors, connected by a TSV network,” he added.
The technology will initially be made available to a number of academic research teams for further development before being commercialised.
Posted: 26 Jan 2012 03:21 AM PST
Apple's first quarter results silenced the uncertainties analysts forecasted last quarter, with returns that exceeded expectations. The world's most valuable technology company sold 37.04 million iPhones, 15.43 million iPads, and 5.2 million Macs.
Posted: 26 Jan 2012 03:17 AM PST
In 1994, e-commerce companies emerged globally with the birth of industry giants like Amazon.com, Dell.com and eBay, which despite recession were able to survive and exhibit growth. The recession opened doors to several marketing and buying trends that left the e-commerce industry with two options, adapt them and survice or reject, roll over and die. However, yet another recession, the second in so many as four years, is predicted to hit the global economy this year, this begs the question, 'can the industry stand another recession?'
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