Camera powered tablet by Samsung to compete with Apple iPad

Samsung Electronics Co. (KSE: 005930.KS – News) on Thursday unveiled the Galaxy Tab, its take on Apple Inc.’s (NasdaqGS: AAPL – News) iPad, as more technology companies trickle into the nascent tablet market.

Galaxy Tab Has Smaller Screen, Similar Features to Apple’s Device; Likely Cost Is $200-$300

Tablets represent a potential new source of revenue for Samsung, which is making up for lost ground in the intensely competitive smartphone business.

Rather than sell it directly to consumers, Samsung will rely on its carrier partners to sell the Galaxy Tab, which runs on Google Inc.’s (NasdaqGS: GOOG – News) Android software, comes with a cellular connection, and features a seven-inch screen. The tablet will debut in Italy, moving to other markets as Samsung locks in more carrier deals.

Vodafone Group PLC (NasdaqGS: VOD – News), the world’s biggest mobile operator, said it would start selling the Galaxy Tab in most of its European markets and a number of its other markets worldwide in October.

It is expected to launch in the U.S. over the next few months, but the company would only say it was in talks with multiple carriers. The Galaxy Tab is essentially an enlarged version of Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S smartphone, which was originally available through AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T – News) and Deutsche Telekom AG’s (Buenos Aires: DT.BA – News) T-Mobile, and more recently Sprint Nextel Corp. (NYSE: S – News).

While a price hasn’t been set, Samsung product executive Hankil Yoon said in an interview that it would likely retail for between $200 and $300, although the final price would vary depending on different carrier subsidies.

Mr. Yoon expects to ship 10 million units and take a third of the global tablet market next year.

But it’s unclear if any tablet beyond the iPad will prove to be a hit. Samsung follows Dell Inc. (NasdaqGS: DELL – News), which launched its Streak through AT&T last month. More tablets are expected for the holiday selling season.

While many companies are devoting resources toward building a worthy iPad competitor, history shows that Apple often enjoys a lengthy lead with its products, said Rhoda Alexander, an analyst at iSuppli.

The iPad, which sold 3 million units after 80 days in the market, is expected to control three-quarters of the tablet market this year, with its share only slipping to 62% by 2012, according to iSuppli.

Like the iPad, the Galaxy Tab customizes core applications, such as email and contacts, to take advantage of the larger screen, offers Wi-Fi capabilities, and provides a hub for reading magazines, books and newspapers. It also lacks a removable battery and requires a proprietary dock to connect to a PC.

The Tab sets itself apart on size. The 7-inch screen allows for a slimmer profile than the iPad, which packs a 9.7-inch screen. Also, the Samsung device supports the latest version of Adobe Flash–something the iPad doesn’t do–enabling the Tab to show more video found on the Internet.

“It’s a truly mobile device,” Mr. Yoon said.

It features a camera on each side of the device, as well as a slot for expandable memory. It also has the capability to make phone calls, but carriers will decide whether that capability will be offered. Mr. Yoon said Samsung plans to support the device with two major software updates a year.

The Tab will run on Android 2.2, the latest version, and will have access to the Android Marketplace for a number of applications. But Gartner analyst Carolina Milanesi said she was concerned about how many apps will be designed specifically for the device. The iPad already benefits from a number of third-party apps that utilize its larger screen.

Samsung is exploring the possibility of a tablet with a 10-inch or 6-inch screen, and Mr. Yoon said the company plans to eventually launch a family of Galaxy Tab devices. Samsung has invested $200 million in advertising the Galaxy S phone around the world. The company plans to spend less promoting the Galaxy Tab, because it feels the product appeals to more of a niche audience than the more mainstream smartphone, said Samsung mobile marketing executive Younghee Lee.

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Beware before applying for BSNL 4 Mbps plans

Recently launched two new plans under home category by BSNL i. e. HOME 900 and HOME 1400 are completely fake as far as Punjab region is concerned. They promise to give 4 Mbps speed up to 8gb and 25gb respectively and than afterwards speed will be downgraded to 256 Kbps. But truth is that you will never get full 4 Mbps speed. It will be always around 2 Mbps.

As far as ping is concerned, it is completely unstable. You will face massive ping sometimes. I actually shifted from reliance to BSNL thinking that i will get good pings but it is completely opposite and now i regret my decision of shifting. So my suggestion would be never to go for BSNL ever or otherwise you will suffer like me.

GRADING OUT OF 5

  1. Speed—-1 out of 5
  2. Ping   —–0 out of 5
  3. Customer Support—-1 out of 5(They don’t even know what is ping.)
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At last .co now available to register by anyone

As the title of the article explain itself that now  the much hyped cctld is available for registration by anyone.

There are more chances that you will be able to find the suitable domain for yourself in this particular extension. This extension is the most hyped one around because it is nearly similar to the major extension or TLD that is .COM

.CO is the CCTLD of Columbia which is now made available to the entire world that is they remove all the restrictions from this one. Recently held auction for e.co domain goes for 81,000$.

Present cost of .CO is quite high but still if you have desire to invest or if you are able to find a good name than you should grab it as soon as you can.

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An interesting story to boost the confidence of Indian students studying abroad

It was the first day of a school in USA and a new Indian student named Chandrasekhar Subramanian entered the fourth grade.

The teacher said, “Let’s begin by reviewing some American History. Who said ‘Give me Liberty , or give me Death’?”

She saw a sea of blank faces, except for Chandrasekhar, who had his hand up:?’Patrick Henry, 1775?he said.

‘Very good! Who said ‘Government of the People, by the People, for the People, shall not perish from the Earth?”

Again, no response except from Chandrasekhar. ‘Abraham Lincoln, 1863? said Chandrasekhar.

The teacher snapped at the class, ‘Class, you should be ashamed. Chandrasekhar, who is new to our country, knows more about our history than you do.’

She heard a loud whisper: ‘F ___ the Indians,’

‘Who said that?’ she demanded. Chandrasekhar put his hand up. ‘General Custer, 1862.’

At that point, a student in the back said, ‘I’m gonna puke.’

The teacher glares around and asks ‘All right! Now, who said that?’ Again, Chandrasekhar says, ‘George Bush to the Japanese Prime Minister, 1991.’

Now with almost mob hysteria someone said ‘You little shit. If you say anything else, I’ll kill you.’
Chandrasekhar frantically yells at the top of his voice, ‘ Michael Jackson to the child witnesses testifying against him, 2004.’

The teacher fainted. And as the class gathered around the teacher on the floor, someone said, ‘Oh shit, we’re screwed!’
And Chandrasekhar said quietly, ‘I think it was Lehmann Brothers, November 4th, 2008?.

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Want to know if your country is the happiest one?

Wondering why you aren’t as happy as you’d like? Taking a look at your passport might give one clue. A recent Gallup poll ranked 155 countries on their inhabitants’ well-being, based on in-person and phone surveys. The three happiest countries in the world, divided into four major regions–Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia–follow.

Europe

No. 1: Denmark

Percentage thriving: 82%
Percentage struggling: 17%
Percentage suffering: 1%
Daily experience: 7.9

No. 2: Finland

Percentage thriving: 75%
Percentage struggling: 23%
Percentage suffering: 2%
Daily experience: 7.8

No. 3: Norway

Percentage thriving: 69%
Percentage struggling: 31%
Percentage suffering: 0%
Daily experience: 7.9

Americas

No. 1: Costa Rica

Percentage thriving: 63%
Percentage struggling: 35%
Percentage suffering: 2%
Daily experience: 8.1

No. 2: Canada

Percentage thriving: 62%
Percentage struggling: 36%
Percentage suffering: 2%
Daily experience: 7.6

No. 3: Panama

Percentage thriving: 58%
Percentage struggling: 39%
Percentage suffering: 3%
Daily experience: 8.4

Africa

No. 1: Malawi

Percentage thriving: 25%
Percentage struggling: 64%
Percentage suffering: 10%
Daily experience: 8

No. 2: Libya

Percentage thriving: 24%
Percentage struggling: 68%
Percentage suffering: 8%
Daily experience: 6

No. 3: Botswana

Percentage thriving: 24%
Percentage struggling: 65%
Percentage suffering: 11%
Daily experience: 7.3

Asia

No. 1: New Zealand

Percentage thriving: 63%
Percentage struggling: 35%
Percentage suffering: 2%
Daily experience: 7.6

No. 2: Israel

Percentage thriving: 62%
Percentage struggling: 35%
Percentage suffering: 3%
Daily experience: 6.4

No. 3: Australia

Percentage thriving: 62%
Percentage struggling: 35%
Percentage suffering: 3%
Daily experience: 7.5

source-forbes.com

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