22 October 2013

eSimply Office Release An Android App “Simply Office”

eSimply Office Release An Android App “Simply Office”

eSimply Office Release An Android App “Simply Office”

Posted: 21 Oct 2013 03:42 AM PDT

eSimply Office Release An Android App "Simply Office"eSimply Office, a Startup in the enterprise mobility space has released an Android App that provides enterprise users a productive environment for their smart devices with an intuitive and simple user interface. It is available on Google Play for free.

Imagine a person reaching office with his android based consumer mobile or tablet. He just clicks a button on his mobile and the mobile completely changes the profile to provide the enterprise functionality that he would have normally expected on his laptop. The user does not even have to buy an expensive new tablet like Surface to get enterprise features. When he reaches home again after a day's work, he just clicks on the "Home" button to get back to his consumer profile. This is the vision of "Simply office" app that allows users the complete connectivity to the enterprise on their preferred gadget.

Consumer tablet and smart phones have seen lot of innovation over the last couple of years. We have seen tablets of all form factors and from different companies. In addition, the app ecosystem is quite well developed for android and apple. We can see lot of apps in the app store which people can consume and use in their day to day life

Enterprise space has not seen breakthrough innovation in the mobility space. In addition, there is no tablet or smartphone specifically catering to the enterprise users. In addition, a new trend that is emerging is "Bring your own devices to office (BYOD)". This trend is important because consumers just love their consumer mobile gadgets and would like to use them in their office to improve productivity.

Simply office is a breakthrough innovation in the world of Mobile apps. It offers seamless mobility of apps across various tablet Profiles; enables BYOD – Enables employees to carry their own mobile devices to office; enforces Security Policies- allows enterprises to control apps that can be installed on the user's enterprise profile which allows greater control for the enterprises. Simply office is also working to allow employees to connect better with their colleagues in the day to day work by providing social network connectivity.

Simply Office is co-founded by seasoned industry expert – Ms. Kusum Shukla. She has developed this application by working closely with a bunch of technologists. She was surprised to find close to 100 installs in a day in the same week of launch. She says "There are few players in the enterprise mobility space and market has lot of scope for expansion and growth for an innovative application like Simply Office that eases the pain points of an enterprise users".

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21 October 2013

Samsung Launches Galaxy Trend & Galaxy Star Pro With 9 Indian Languages Support

Samsung Electronics recently launched two new Smartphones, the Galaxy Trend (GT-S7392) and the Galaxy Star Pro (GT-S7262). These Android-based devices offer the unique Smartphone experience in 9 Indian regional languages including Hindi, Bengali, Punjabi, Marathi, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Telugu and Tamil. Not only can consumers browse the web, send SMS, and enjoy the phone interface in any of the 9 languages, but also use exciting applications in any of these languages. Popular applications in various categories like business, entertainment, news, astrology, games, etc, can be conveniently downloaded from Samsung Apps. Also widely used applications such as Facebook and ChatON take consumer experience to a new level by utilizing the language capability of Galaxy Star Pro & Galaxy Trend.  Furthermore, consumers get a multi-lingual input option where users can toggle the keyboard with a single swipe, switching easily between multiple languages.

Speaking about the launch, Vineet Taneja, Country Head, Samsung Mobiles & IT, said, “At Samsung, we are committed to listening to our consumers and providing innovative, yet affordable technology to them. Galaxy Trend and Galaxy Star Pro will provide our consumers an exceptionally rich mobile experience in regional languages with the ability to access an array of apps in their preferred language.  We believe these new devices coupled with the innovative language capability will help us address a larger set of consumers."

Galaxy Trend

Samsung Galaxy Trend comes with a 4.0-inch WVGA display with 480×800 pixels resolution making it ideal for better productivity, web browsing, gaming, and viewing of videos and photos. Powered by a 1GHz Single Core processor coupled with 512MB RAM, the Galaxy Trend provides exceptional performance, smoother transitions and faster web browsing. It also offers 4GB internal memory that is expandable via microSD card to 32 GB and is equipped with a 3MP rear camera.

On the connectivity front, the Galaxy Trend offers 3G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS/AGPS in addition to Dual SIM support. It also comes with a 1500mAh battery that delivers 350 hrs of standby time and 8 hours of talk-time on 3G. The Galaxy Trend will be available in black, red, and white colors at an attractive price of 8,290.

Galaxy Star Pro

Smooth, smart and stylish - the Samsung Galaxy Star Pro is a Dual SIM handset powered by a 1GHz Single Core processor that makes it easier for multi-tasking. It has 512MB RAM along with 4GB internal storage which can be supplemented with a 32GB microSD card. A 4-inch WVGA touch screen makes typing effortless, as it is facilitated with multi-touch function. For photography enthusiasts, it is easy to capture great pictures on the go with the 2MP rear camera (with video recording capability) fitted in the Smartphone.

With Intelligent Motion UI, you can access smart features all instantly for the most responsive, intuitive user experience. For example, just by shaking the phone you can refresh and get updates, mute volumes with a mere flip of the device and more. It also comes with some preloaded apps like Samsung Apps, ChatON, mFluent IM and ActiveSync. The Samsung Galaxy Star Pro supports connectivity options like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and microUSB that helps consumers to share files with other devices.

The powerful 1500mAh Li-ion battery can deliver up to 15 hours of talk time and up to 370 hours of standby time and easily capable of handling the integrated music player and video player of the Samsung Galaxy Star Pro. The power packed Galaxy Star Pro would be available for 6,750.

Both Samsung Galaxy Trend and Galaxy Star Pro are equipped with Android’s 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system to enable faster multitasking, easier applications management and easy wireless access. The enhanced Notification Panel gives a convenient overview without opening applications; while the flexible widget lets you customize your home screen with convenient auto resizing.

13 October 2013

The beginnings of Aikido

The beginnings of Aikido

The beginnings of Aikido

Posted: 12 Oct 2013 05:38 AM PDT

The name aikido is formed by the combination of three characters in the Japanese language. Ai, which means joining; ki, which means spirit and do, which means way. These three words actually summarize the essence of aikido as a form of martial art— the joining of the spirit to find the way. It was only in the period from 1930s to the 40s that the name aikido was officially accepted as the name of the martial arts form.

The beginnings of AikidoAikido uses techniques that do not damage or kill unlike other forms of martial arts. The movements and skills being taught are just meant to divert attention or immobilize people. This is perhaps the reason why most people prefer aikido, because of it's focus on peace and harmony as opposed to aggression and conflict. In fact, aikido developer Morihei Ueshiba believes that to control aggression without causing any injury is the art of peace.

Ueshiba, who is also called Osensei, which means Great Teacher, created aikido from the principles of Daito-ryu aiki-jujutsu. He incorporated the techniques of the yari, the spear; the juken, which is a bayonet; and the jo, which is a short quarterstaff). But what ultimately separates aikido from other forms of martial arts is the fact that its practitioners can attack while empty-handed. Practitioners need no weapons for protection.

As a young child, he was much into physical fitness and conditioning. This is because of his vow to avenge his father's death. Eventually, his studies and activities brought him to the discipline of the different martial arts. He studied all. He even has certificates, fencing, fighting with spears, etc. He has learned it all. This is perhaps the reason why aikido is such a diverse and multi-disciplinary form of martial arts.

Yet despite his know how, he remains dissatisfied. He felt that there is still something missing. It was then that he turned to the religions. He studied under a spiritual leader, Onisaburo Deguchiof the sect Omoto-kyo in Ayabe. Deguchiof taught him to take care of his spiritual growth. He then combined his spiritual beliefs and his mastery of the different martial arts. Aikido was born.

His association with this charismatic spiritual leader Deguchiof also paved the way for his introduction to the elite political and military people as a martial artist. Because of this connection, he was able to establish aikido and even transferred the teachings to students, who have in turn developed their own styles of movement in aikido.

The beginnings of AikidoAikido is a combination of the different styles of jujitsu as well as some of the techniques of sword and spear fighting, of which Ueshiba is an expert. To get an overall picture, aikido combines the joint locks and throws techniques of jujitsu and the movements of the body when fighting with sword and spears.

Oriental in origin, it was brought to the west by Minoru Mochizuki when he visited France in 1951. He introduced the aikido techniques to students who are learning judo. In 1952, Tadashi Abe came to France as the official Aikikai Honbu representative. Then in 1953, Kenji Tomiki toured through the United States while Koichi Tohei stayed in Hawaii for a full year where he set up a dojo. Aikido then spread its influence in United Kingdom two years after and in 1965, it reached Germany and Australia. At present, aikido has centers all over the world.

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03 October 2013

Christmas in African Nations

Christmas in African Nations

Christmas in African Nations

Posted: 01 Oct 2013 09:04 PM PDT

Christmas celebrations in African nations is characterized by much outdoor activity because the season often occurs during a time when the weather is pleasant. Using palm trees and participating in processions are also characteristic features of activities related to Christmas in many parts of Africa.

In South Africa, activities that occur outside during Christmas include the usual caroling, but also the unusual ones of swimming and camping. The beach and mountains play an important role during Christmas in South Africa because the season occurs during the hottest time of the year – summer.

Christmas in African NationsGiven the pleasant nature of the weather during Christmas, families also take advantage of it by often going sightseeing in the countryside on a relaxing drive in the late evening of Christmas Day. A rich and sumptuous menu that includes a suckling pig or roast beef, turkey, mince pies, yellow rice, vegetables and puddings usually makes up the traditional South African Christmas dinner.

To create a festive environment, decorated pine branches and fir, sparkling cotton wool and tinsel are used in homes and businesses as decorations.

A similar decorative pattern of using evergreen, palm trees and lighted candles are also seen in countries such as Ghana and Liberia. While these are used in homes and businesses, they are also often carried in processions and during caroling activities.

While South Africans gather at the beach during Christmas time to enjoy the warm summer waters, people in other African nations often gather outside at in town squares and in the streets to march, sing and enjoy an overall feeling of merriment.

Despite the seemingly general similarity in activities, however, countries have their own individual style that makes Christmas celebrations unique.

Of all the celebrations in African nations, Christmas activities in Ethiopia stand out for their difference in when they are celebrated and how it is done. One of the features that make Ethiopian Christmas different is that the main celebratory event occurs    on Jan. 7, around the time known as the Epiphany or Three Kings Day in North and South America.

Given the general modest economic financial situations of a significant number of the population in many African countries, Christmas celebrations also tend to occur over a shorter period of time, compared to activities in more wealthier countries.

Another difference in celebrations of Christmas in Ethiopia is the participation of various people who take part in a pilgrimage and converge on the capital city during Christmas Eve. These wanderers fill the night air with a din of praying and chanting and create a multicolor spectacle when they gather on Christmas morning to have a religious service.

But retaining a similarity with other African nations, Ethiopians enjoy a Christmas dinner that includes a meat stew. Stews, rice, root vegetables such as yams, breads and soups often are part of the menu of traditional Christmas day dinners in African nations.

Christmas dinners are likely enjoyed by families outside, where everyone shares the meal while sitting in a circular pattern outside under the shade of a sprawling tree, instead of sitting in a formal setting at a table.

As is the practice in every household during Christmas, Africans also exchange gifts. Popular items that are exchanged as Christmas gifts include cotton cloth, soaps, sweets, pencils and books, all very practical items that can be readily used. Again, this may be related to the modest financial resources of up to half the population in many African countries, as well as to cultural norms.

Individuals aren’t able to afford extravagant gifts but they still want to surprise children, family and friends at Christmas with an unexpected gift. The generally pervasive cultural norm of humility and modesty that exists among traditional African peoples, also plays an important role in not having overreaching extravagance at Christmas.

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