Dr. Roberto Cingolani, Scientific Director at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) in Genoa, Italy and his team have created a nanotechnological process that makes paper waterproof, magnetic, antibacterial without modifying any basic properties of the paper. Meaning this isn’t some chemical monstrosity, it’s just still paper you can print and draw on, recycle or make a paper airplane. 
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Waterproof paper
How did they do it? Remember, IIT is the creator of iCub, the first open source humanoid platform and the thin end of the wedge for understanding human cognition and artificial intelligence.** So it isn’t a surprise that Dr. Cingolani would take nanotechnology down a similar path, applying science to things we use every day. 

The new process is based on getting the single molecules (monomers) in paper or other non woven materials to connect with specific nanoparticles that form to create a polymer which is then dispersed in a solution.

The final compound is a polymeric matrix that includes nanoparticles. This nanotech process - mixing monomers with different types of nanoparticles — lays the foundation for other things to happen when it is applied to the paper. If you add iron oxide nanoparticles to the polymer matrix, it’s magnetic paper; silver nanoparticles give you antibacterial properties. 

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Paper fibers enveloped by the polymer
The new process is based on getting the single molecules (monomers) in paper or other non woven materials to connect with specific nanoparticles that form to create a polymer which is then dispersed in a solution.

The final compound is a polymeric matrix that includes nanoparticles. This nanotech process - mixing monomers with different types of nanoparticles — lays the foundation for other things to happen when it is applied to the paper. If you add iron oxide nanoparticles to the polymer matrix, it’s magnetic paper; silver nanoparticles give you antibacterial properties.

After the compound is created, it can be injected into any non woven material like fabrics or papers and is applied by rolling, dipping or spay coating the fabric or paper. But remember, it doesn’t create a surface over the paper, it creates a soft 3D shell around each fiber of the paper. This is nanotechnology afterall.

“The properties of the paper are not changed in any way and the paper is still printable,” said Dr. Cingolani “The properties of nanoparticles are transferred to the material making it either waterproof or antibacterial, even florescent if you wanted.” 

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Example of fluorescent paper fibers
Dr. Cingolani adds that through the discovery of this process and applying different nanoparticles to the compound you could create self cleaning and fluorescent paper as well.

“Antibacterial paper is potentially important for the food packaging and medical applications,” adds Cingolani. “Fluorescent and magnetic paper could be used for security and bank note/currency protection or other similar documents. Waterproof paper could be used to protect cultural heritage documents.”

Yes, it’s only paper, but the new process can also be applied to other paper products like books, magazines, newspapers, paper money and wallpaper.Imagine a wall paper that resists bacteria and could cut down on the spreading of germs from a doctor’s office waiting room during cold and flu season. 

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The much awaited Google drive with 5 GB of storage, launches this week, likely on Tuesday at http://drive.google.com
Now let’s talk details. It’s no surprise that it will roll out for free. What’s interesting though is that Google is planning to start everyone with 5 GB of storage. Of course you can buy more, but that trumps Dropbox’s 2 GB that is included with every account. Dropbox does make it easy to get more space, including 23 GB of potential upgrades for HTC users.

What’s also interesting is the wording related to how the system will work. It’s been long-thought that Windows integration will come easy, but that getting the Google Drive icon into the Mac a la Dropbox would be a bit harder. From what we’re reading, Google Drive will work “in desktop folders” on both Mac and Windows machines, which still leaves the operation question unanswered.
But there is one very solid piece of news – Google Drive is expected to launch in the middle of next week. Given how big companies such as Apple, Google and the rest operate, I’m placing my bets on Tuesday, but Wednesday is also a popular day for Google updates. In fact, TechCrunch seems to have gotten their hands onto the app itself.

Now as for the reliability of the information? It’s not at all uncommon for big companies to launch with partners for new features. When that happens, the partners will often-times have a heads up to integration and specifics, and that’s exactly what appears to have happened here as it did with the Lucidchart leak from last week. We’ll have to wait and see exactly how it all works out, but let’s just say that our earlier prediction of in-app document editing is pretty solid as well, given the nature of the release that was sent to us today.

But the question remains – Can Google Drive hold a candle to Dropbox?  
 
Intel in partnership with Indian handset maker Lava today announced the launch of India's first Intel Powered 'Xolo X900' phone.

"This is the first smartphone in India, powered by Intel's Atom Z2460, which is the fastest (mobile phone) processor available in the market. Xolo X900 will be available from April 23 at a best buy price of Rs 22,000," Lava Co-Founder and Director Vishal Sehgal told.
The partnership between Lava and Intel was announced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February this year. Sehgal added that the company is also working on "value smart phones", which would be launched soon in the sub Rs 15,000 price range. Lava has also partnered with Croma as preferred retail partner for promotion and sale of the product.

Intel is now looking at strengthening its presence in the mobile telephony space and wooing smartphone makers to use its processor architecture. "We are talking to players, including Motorola and Lenovo, to bring devices on the same platform in other geographies," Intel Architecture Group Vice President and Mobile and Communications Group General Manager Mike Bell said.


The phone is powered by a 1.6GHz Atom processor with Hyper Threading technology that, according to the companies, brings speed and multi-tasking performance.  The phone features a 4.03-inch high resolution LCD display and an 8 megapixel camera. The Xolo X900 runs Android 2.3, which is upgradable to Android 4.0 operating system.  It comes with a 400MHz Graphics Processor Unit (GPU) and its 8 megapixel camera can click up to 10 pictures in less than a second.

Intel South Asia Managing Director (Sales and Marketing Group) Debjani Ghosh said, "We are working on an integrated marketing campaign which will be out in May."



 
It would be really annoying and problematic if our mobile devices are drained out of power while on the move or when we need to make an important call. Keeping that in mind Mangal Electronics, a Delhi based firm, has come up with a new wireless charging solution. The company calls it the Mojo portable wireless charger. Sleek with a durable design this charger negates the need for any cable or cord, or even the need for solar power. Moreover, the charger also doubles as a flash light. All in all, it seems like a good device for those who love to go camping or trekking.

This easy to operate charger is equipped with 2200 mAh Li-ion rechargeable batteries. It is said to be capable of charging mobile phones of any make and even the PSP. According to Gaurav Jajodia, Director, Mangal Electronics, “by bringing Mojo Indian market, we have added another revolutionary product to our portfolio. Mojo is a simple solution, which will help you to be connected and keep your phone always on even if you're in a bus or train."

Earlier this year, Fulton had displayed its technology for wireless charging of devices like phones and tablets by placing the device on the dashboard of a car that has its internal surface power-enabled wirelessly and iBall launched its portable power charger for the Indian markets recently.

The company has attached a price tag of Rs. 1000 to the Mojo charger. It is available through wide spread distribution and a retail network of Mangal Electronics.


 
Bharti Airtel, India's One of the Leading Telecom Giant has launched the much awaited 4G LTE service on 10th April in Kolkata Circle. There are no devices in India which can operate in 4G, hence Airtel has come up with a USB LTE Wireless Modem and a LTE Indoor Wireless gateway.

Features of USB LTE MODEM:
  • Can be connected to a compatible PC or LaptopMulti-mode data download capability
  • LTE network only with USIM.
  • A USIM card slot to insert a USIM in the device
  • A USB 2.0 connector to connect the airtel 4G LTE USB Modem to the laptop/PC.
  • A Micro SD Card Slot to use the airtel 4G LTE USB Modem as a memory stick.
  • An self-installing Connection Manager in the airtel 4G LTE USB Modem.

Features of LTE Indoor Gateway:
  • Data download with unbelievably high speeds
  • Multiple user access and multi-screen video chat (from different locations)
  • Built-in DHCP Server and NAT
  • Security serve: Comprehensive and robust security services. Provides instant protection that blocks potential security risks and intrusion attempts
  • Intuitive and convenient web-based management
  • Local management and maintenance services for your gateway


Plan Details
Plan name Rentals(Rs./month) Free Data(GB) Speed post FUP(kbps)
Breakfree 999 6 128
Breakfree MAX 1399 9 128
Breakfree Ultra 1999 18 128


For More Details visit http://airtel.in/4g
 
Facebook has just announced that it will acquire Instagram, the popular mobile photo-sharing service, for $1 billion in cash and shares. The social networking giant posted on the acquisition, its biggest yet, on its site, as well as on CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg’s Timeline on Facebook.

PRESS RELEASE
MENLO PARK, CALIF.-April 9, 2012-Facebook announced today that it has reached an agreement to acquire Instagram, a fun, popular photo-sharing app for mobile devices. The total consideration for San Francisco-based Instagram is approximately $1 billion in a combination of cash and shares of Facebook. The transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions, is expected to close later this quarter. 

POST BY Mark Zuckerberg ON FACEBOOK

INSTAGRAM BLOG POST 


Source: Facebook Newsroom and Instagram Blog
 
Sony claims that they have gone beyond HD, and are once again ahead of the curve, by offering theatre quality 4K for homes with the world’s first true 4K home theatre projector. They claim that the newly launched 3D-capable digital projector can display 4K images with over four times the resolution of Full HD.
Sony states that customers will be impressed by Sony’s flagship VPL-VW1000ES which employs an entirely new SXRD 4K panel, that produces astonishing device contrast and 2,000 ANSI-lumens of brightness. The projector can achieve a 1,000,000:1 dynamic contrast, with Sony's Iris3 technology. With these high resolutions, it can produce screen sizes of up to 200-inches (diagonally) for cinematic viewing at our homes.

“Sony continues to push the boundaries of high resolution entertainment; from the lens to the living room. Our new VPL-VW1000ES 4K home theatre projector has been created to not just meet, but exceed the needs of the most discerning and demanding home entertainment enthusiasts. It will allow them to become totally immersed in the viewing experience with the action unfolding before their eyes in a new level of realism, with colours and details unlike anything seen before in home entertainment.” said Mr. Munetaka Satoru, Deputy General Manager, Professional Solution Division, Sony India

In addition to 4K native resolution, the VPL-VW1000ES projector also includes Sony’s exclusive Super Resolution 4K upscaler called ‘Reality Creation’ which enhances all content – SD or HD, 2D or 3D – to higher definition true 4K (DCI Format: 4096 x 2160p) picture signals.

The VPL-VW1000ES also features a built-in IR transmitter for Full 4K 3D which drives the projector’s TDG-PJ1 USB-chargeable active shutter 3D glasses; picture position memory which memorizes the position of the zoom lens. The new product also supports 2D and 3D anamorphic films.

The VPL-VW1000ES offers dual triggers, a 2.1 motorized zoom, expanded throw distances, an RS232 interface, control over IP and compatibility with virtually every home automation integrator. Sony’s new VPL-VW1000ES 4K home theatre projector will be available in India through accredited dealers, priced at Rs. 13,99,900.




 
YouTube has included automatic 3D conversion for user generated vidoes uploaded in 1080p format. It initially let creators convert YouTube videos into 3D with a click. Now, the beta has been rolled out to everyone. Users simply select 3D viewing in the quality settings on the YouTube player.

YouTube uses a combination of video characteristics such as color, spatial layout and motion to estimate a depth map for each frame of a monoscopic video sequence. YouTube helps the system to learn video depth characteristics and apply them in depth estimation. The generated depth map and the original monoscopic frame create a stereo 3D left-right pair, that a stereo display system needs to display a video as 3D. Then, YouTube applies cloud computing scalability to break up a video into tiny chunks of data and process them in parallel.


 
Smart Monitor, a San Jose based motion sensor devices manufacturer, has developed the SmartWatch for the health and wellness markets. SmartWatch is a patent protected, intelligent wristwatch with accurate motion detection and alerting capabilities.

Introducing the SmartWatch

SmartWatch is an easy-to-use, portable movement monitor. SmartWatch can be worn continuously and anywhere: in and out of bed, during sleeping and waking hours, in homes, schools and offices. The SmartWatch analyses activity for abnormalities, using sophisticated algorithms, and issues alerts upon the onset of various types of repetitive and excessive movements. Users can also call for help with just a push of a button. The ability to track and record movement patterns is an additional benefit of SmartWatch. It records movement patterns plus the time and duration of any unusual occurrences.  Users can securely access their private information and archived reports for later review. SmartWatch can reduce fears from the mids of the people, that something could happen without being able to notify or get help in a timely fashion. With this technology, SmartWatch offers autonomy and privacy to the users and peace-of-mind for their families.


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How SmartWatch Works

SmartWatch works in conjunction with an Android smart phone, Smart Monitor recommends the Nexus S 4G. The SmartWatch user needs to carry one of these phones with them or have it within a 3-5 foot range. When the SmartWatch detects movement outside a normal spectrum it wirelessly signals the smart phone within seconds.

 
Ovi Share to be discontinued
Nokia have made the decision to discontinue the Ovi Share service as of May 30, 2012
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If you are an Ovi Share user, you will have until May 30 to download your content before the web service will be discontinued and won’t be accessible any longer.

To download your content:
Visit http://share.ovi.com     from your personal computer
Login to your Ovi account
Go to Download your media library and click “Download now”
Follow the instructions on the site

You can either download your items in one zip package or in various smaller parts. If you have a big media library or are on a slower internet connection we recommend you to download your content in various packages as it will certainly be the more convenient option.

Discontinuing Ovi Share was a business decision to help Nokia to focus on core Nokia service offerings. The new business unit Location & Commerce, established in June 2011, is now in the center of Nokia's revised services strategy, bringing you leading location-based services like Nokia Drive, Nokia Maps and Nokia Transport.

Here is a reminder of the important dates:
March 13: Web uploads no longer possible
May 30: Last day for downloading user content
May 31: Service discontinued and no longer accessible

If you have any further questions about this service change or need help in downloading your files, please contact Care by going to http://nokia.com/support     and then selecting “Contact Support.”


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    Madhan

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