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iBall Splendo to turn your TV into a full-fledged computer

iBall Splendo_1Microsoft India partnered with iBall launch of iBall Splendo, the first compact PC-on-a-stick device that can convert a TV into a fully functional PC and a Smart TV. Priced at INR 8,999 which includes a wireless deskset (mouse and keyboard), all the user has to do is plug the device into the HDMI input on the TV for a complete Windows PC experience.

This is a compact device that can fit neatly into your pocket and is powered by the Intel Atom Quad-core processor, runs Windows 8.1 and has a 2 GB RAM with 32GB in-built memory. When connected to a TV, through its HDMI male plug, the device can turn the TV into a PC – complete with features including HD graphics, multi-channel digital audio, a micro SDXC slot, Normal USB port, Micro USB port, Wi-Fi and in-built Bluetooth 4.0. The device has a fanless design and comes with a one-year warranty. iBall Splendo will be available for sale beginning of July across the country.


Zimmer’s advanced Knee Replacement System Persona now available in India

Zimmer, a leading International Knee replacement company announced the availability of Persona, a newly developed knee replacement for patient’s suffZimmer Imageering from acute knee problems, in India. It ushers in a new era in total knee replacement, combining personalized implants with intelligent instrumentation, there by offering a higher level of intraoperative precision. Persona was developed and perfected over a period of 5 years by scientist and engineers in active consultation with leading orthopaedic surgeons from across the world, using advanced principles of morphology, physiology, kinesiology and material science.

Persona is now available to people in Kochi-Kerala and other parts of India, suffering from chronic knee problems and advised knee replacement surgery by doctors. Persona Knee System, with its substantive benefits and science behind development is sure to emerge as the system of choice for surgeons looking for truly personalized knee replacement systems for their patients’ needs. Every year 4000 patientsundergo knee replacement surgery inKerala, with 40% of these surgeries taking place in Ernakulam.

Kerala has around one lac people suffering from knee problems and the number is expected to grow in the coming years. Until now there has been a disconnect between patients’ expectations and the result after the surgery with patients complaining of their knee not feeling natural. The existing knee replacement surgery options have limitations of forms & sizes. Persona addresses these issues through an anatomically advanced design and a personalized fit, which also translates into a faster recovery time for patients. The Persona system gives surgeons special tools that assist them in precision placement of the knee replacement system.

Research shows that differences in bone shape influence the way knee replacements fit.  Zimmer pioneered gender-specific knee replacement designs, and with Persona is now extending that science to account for patient ethnicity and stature. It means Persona replicates the anatomy and biomechanics of the knee for a better fit, more natural feel and more normal function. Persona’s unmatched range of knee shapes and sizes offers patients the best possible fit for the best possible outcome.

Zimmer is a worldwide leader in musculoskeletal health care and has been since our founding more than 80 years ago. Zimmer’s global team of more than 8,500 employees works to provide effective, creative solutions that support orthopaedic surgeons and clinicians to restore mobility and treat arthritis and traumatic injuries. Zimmer’s joint replacement technologies and a wide range of related products and services make the company a valuable partner to health care providers in more than 100 countries.

Armed with Cisco DOCSIS 3.0 Asianet to provide 300 Mbps broadband services


Asianet today announced that it has selected Cisco to deploy DOCSIS 3.0, a next-generation cable broadband network that is a key component of the Cisco® IP NGN architecture. This technology increases upstream and downstream speeds to Asianet broadband customers by offering speeds of up to 300 Mbps per subscriber. DOCSIS 3.0 will help Asianet to achieve ultra-high speeds and will help enable the multi-service operator (MSO) to deliver more content over existing networks. The deployment of DOCSIS 3.0 will also allow Asianet to offer broadband services with bandwidth far superior to that of mobile Internet service providers.

In today’s video-led Internet community, a superior HD video experience on cable TV as well as on broadband has become absolutely imperative. Asianet and Cisco are working together to offer this enhanced video experience to the end consumer. The introduction of DOCSIS 3.0 is also expected to change the business dynamics for Asianet in Kerala, as the state observes Phase III of cable digitalisation. With the deployment of this technology, Asianet will be uniquely positioned to offer an immersive video experience on the same coaxial cable that delivers its high-quality digital video.

DOCSIS 3.0 technology will help enable Asianet to offer fiber-equivalent speeds on its HFC (Hybrid Fiber Coaxial) networks at an economical price. While GPON (Gigabit Passive Optical Network) is capable of providing 100 Mbps to each home, the cost of building and maintaining a GPON-based fiber network is much more expensive and skilled than with an HFC network. DOCSIS technology allows cable operators to reuse their existing cable plants to offer broadband services by upgrading them to two-way networks.

As the largest cable TV and Internet service provider in Kerala, India, Asianet has plans to fast-track the deployment of DOCSIS 3.0 modems to deliver an impressive Internet surfing experience to its 200,000 subscribers. The company is one of the early adopters of DOCSIS 3.0 and is offering its cable TV consumers an unrivaled broadband experience and revolutionary consumer entertainment.

BlackBerry slashes Z30 price to Rs. 34,990

BlackBerry Z30 (1)Following the enthusiastic response to 10th anniversary special offer on BlackBerry Z10, the company has now extended a special offer on its flagship device, BlackBerry Z30 at Rs. 34,990. This special offer starting today will be valid till for next sixty days.

Featuring BlackBerry® 10 OS version 10.2, the new all-touch BlackBerry Z30 smartphone comes with a beautiful 5” display and the largest battery ever on a BlackBerry smartphone. It is designed to keep you hyper connected, productive and always in control, and lets you share like you’re there and collaborate with ease. Among key features include- BlackBerry® Priority Hub, BBM™ Now in Any App and Message Previews Everywhere, 5” Super AMOLED Display, Stereo Audio and BlackBerry® Natural Sound, New Antenna Technology and longer Battery Life.

The offer will run across all BlackBerry retail networks. The white BlackBerry Z30 will be exclusively available on Flipkart at the same price of Rs. 34,990/-

BBC spots a ‘Lady Tarzan’ from Odisha

Fourteen-year old Nirmala Toppo of Jharkhand became a celebrity in Odisha after BBC aired her story on their Hindi channel.

“In June, panic gripped the industrial city of Rourkela one night when a herd of wild elephants entered residential areas from dense forests nearby. Nirmala, forest department officials say, acted as a real-life “pied-piper” when she managed to drive the herd back to the forest, much to the relief of the residents”; BBC reports.

Report further says Nirmala walked many miles with the herd, guiding it out of town, in the process getting blisters on her legs which later turned septic.

State forest department officials sought help from Nirmala, who is originally from the neighbouring state of Jharkhand, when they could not get the elephants to leave the city.

BBC quotes forest official PK Dhola: “When the herd entered the city, we tried our best to contain its movement. There were 11 of them, including two calves. We managed to make the herd go into the local football stadium, but we were not sure how we could drive them back to the forest. It was a difficult task;” Dhola says.
“We knew of a tribal girl who lived in Jharkhand, who talked to elephants and was able to drive them back. We called up her father and she arrived along with some other tribal people from her village.”

The herd was made to go into the local football stadium in Rourkela. The state government paid the girl for her services, Dhola added.

Nirmala says she talks to the herd in her local tribal dialect – Mundaari – and persuades the animals to “return to where they belong”.

“First I pray and then talk to the herd. They understand what I say. I tell them this is not your home. You should return where you belong,” says Nirmala.

Her mother, she says, was killed by wild elephants and that was when she decided to learn the technique to drive them away. In her work, she is assisted by her father and a group of boys from her village. “We surround the herd. Then I go near them and pray and talk to them.”

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