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Friday, September 26, 2014

Game of Blogs- The Escape- Chapter 13

Team- FrontRunners

Week#2
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Aryan Ahuja had this thing about hanging around notorious gangsters since his teens. There was something that attracted him to them. Was it their lifestyle or their careless life? Probably he too was confused. He wanted it all. The bloodshed gave him an adrenaline rush. There was a don whom he looked up to and it was in his memory that he got a scorpion tattooed on his neck.

He loved guns and had a fetish for them. He collected all the guns that came into his possession and also made sure he bought the latest guns in the market. It did not take him long to climb up the ranks. Soon he was D's right man and called the shots when he could. Everyone around him envied his proximity to D. And he knew he wanted to be where D was and nothing could stop him. At 25, he could make anyone shit in their pants, by those looks that he gave. He had a towering personality, well built body, looked no less than a wrestler.

By 26 he had taken D out of his way and controlled Dubai, Europe and Australia. Mumbai had to obviously come into his hands. He inherited it.

On the other hand was Swami. No body knew if that was his real name. They only called him called him swami and he was often mistaken for a south indian because of the name. He was well built, had good looks and could have easily been a superhit hero if he ever tried. He had completed his engineering and circumstances pushed him into making bombs for D.

He was D's favourite and so got closed to Ahuja too. Together they could bomb any place and vanish without leaving a trace. They were the unbreakable trio that Mumbai feared. There was never an instance where anyone could reate misunderstandings between them. It was maybe because they knew each other so well and never hid anything from anyone.

And then one day...

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Game of Blogs- The Escape- Chapter 4

Team FrontRunners
Week #1

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A few years earlier...

There was a photo exhibition in the city where some new photographers had showcased their pictures hoping to sell a few and make some new clients. There was this one lady in the corner, in a brown long skirt, a green spaghetti and glasses. Her hair had been cut short only recently and she felt free. She had a tattoo on her right hand that read "Capture every moment". She was sitting idle, looking at all the people go around, some enquiring about the photographers, some trying to convince prospective clients. It was a mess. Jennifer however did not care. She was just there because the organisers wanted to put up the pictures she clicked as they were the best.

Shekhar never really ventured out for such outings. It was because of Kaveer, an old friend of his, and a renowned photographer wanted to find his next protege, he had to tag along. Sitting at home and writing was what he liked. This made him feel anxious! When they reached there, Kaveer got busy and Shekhar didn't know what to do. He did not observe the pictures as everyone else was. He just strolled around like a kid in a bar. Understanding nothing! But there was something that caught his eye. It was this lady sitting all by herself, playing with her dog tag and casually smiling at people who complimented on her work. He walked up to her and tried starting a conversation. He thought she was his kind. And was sitting there agaisnt her will. Little did he know that, that was going to change his life.

Jennifer had been brought up in the UAE, studied in The Indian School, and returned to Kochi to pursue photography. She was hardly 18, when she chose to take up photography full time. She was given the best of the cameras since childhood, because her father saw it early that she had it in her to be a wonderful photographer. Once in Kochi, she lived in her own apartment and carried her camera everywhere she went. She had this knack of capturing moments that very few could. She was one of the hottest girls in college and there wasnt a man who hadn't tried asking her out. Guys weren't sure what attracted them more, her legs or her eyes. A few flings later, she had one thing decided for sure, she did not want to date men of her age any longer. They were too immature for her. All just wanted to get in bed with her than getting to know her.

"Out of place in this bad bad world?", asked Shekhar.

"Not really, I hate it when I have to sell my work. I am here to capture pictures for myself, my satisfaction. I don't want to sell it to those bald heads!!!" 
"Fuck, I didn't mean that literally, no offence intended", she pleaded to Shekhar.

"Hahaha, none taken lady. This bald head isn't here to buy anything. I was dragged along." 

"Phew Thank God! So...what...do...you do?" Jennifer tried to flirt, while playing with her hair.

In her mind, a lot of things were running. Shekhar was this lean bald head with a beard and glasses. He was someone who would have interested her.

"I am a freelance writer, Daddy to a little princess, I like sitting by the window and capture moments through words...", he said.

"That is interesting, what is your princess called?"

"Roohi" , he said while pulling out his phone excitedly and showed pictures of his daughter.

"Awww, she is so cute! Hey listen can I click her pictures? I have been waiting for an opportunity like this. Please don't say No." 

Tara would love this idea, he said to himself. She had wanted to do a photoshoot for Roohi ever since she came into this world, and Jennifer would give them those pictures for free.

"Absolutely, I would love it if you would do that. I mean, I saw your work and I think you would be the perfect one" 

"Alright then, here's my number. Call me when you guys are ready for it" Jennifer said, as her eyes gleamed with excitement and walked away.


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Monday, September 15, 2014

Creative Launches the All-New Sound BlasterR E Series: Small but Powerful USB Audio Solutions and Headphone Amplifiers

PRESS RELEASE

Creative Technology Ltd today launched an all-new series of small but powerful USB audio solutions for PCs, Macs, smartphones and tablets The Sound Blaster® E Series.  Consisting of the Sound Blaster E3 and the Sound Blaster E1, the Sound Blaster E Series builds upon the popularity of the Sound Blaster X-Fi® Go! Pro.  They utilise USB plug-and-play connectivity to provide PC, and now even Mac users, with access to a powerful USB audio experience through real-time advanced audio processing.


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Text Box: Creative Sound Blaster E3 



Top audio quality is ensured even on smartphones and tablets through the Sound Blaster E Series’ high SNR levels and 600Ω headphone amplifiers that supply more power than a standard headphone jack.  The Sound Blaster E3 can also function as a high performance USB DAC for selected smartphones and tablets, and users can alternatively enjoy high quality wireless audio by pairing with smartphones and tablets via Bluetooth.

With their high SNR levels, high performance USB DAC and headphone amplification capabilities, the Sound Blaster E Series products are designed as end-to-end solutions that allow users to bring the best out of their audio and their headphones, even when they are on the go.  In addition, the Sound Blaster E Series supports studio-grade headphones.

“Since the inception of Sound Blaster, we have provided the best audio quality for PC and Mac users.  That being said, the mobile market has rapidly grown, creating opportunities for entertainment experiences on the move that only a few years ago were confined to the PC or living room.  With the Sound Blaster E Series, we are not only able to enhance the PC audio experience, but have gone beyond it.  These devices capitalise on our high-end audio expertise, and give smartphone and tablet users the opportunity to experience uncompressed audio quality while on the go,” said Ernest Sim, Regional Sales Manager for India and the India Subcontinent Creative.

Beyond their sound card and headphone amplification capabilities, the Sound Blaster E3 and E1 also feature dual headphone ports for music sharing.  Furthermore, they feature high quality embedded microphones for voice recording and phone calls, virtually turning every headphone into a headset.

Sound Blaster E3
The all new Sound Blaster E Series is led by the Sound Blaster E3, a powerful USB DAC & Bluetooth Headphone Amplifier.  When connected to PCs and Macs, users can utilise the downloadable Sound Blaster E Series Control Panel software to access the full suite of SBX Pro Studio audio enhancement technologies, giving users a powerful and fully customisable listening experience for movies, music and games.

Users can also utilise the Sound Blaster E3’s 600Ω headphone amplifier (600Ω amplification capabilities) for audio listening from smartphones and tablets.  Additionally, the Sound Blaster E3 features Bluetooth connectivity, which allows the device to connect to smartphones and tablets wirelessly for up to 8 hours of wireless audio playback.  The Sound Blaster E3 also functions as a portable USB DAC, so users can connect the Sound Blaster E3 to selected smartphones or tablets via USB for uncompressed digital audio streaming.

Intelligent Technological Highlights of the Sound Blaster E3
  1. Functions as a powerful external sound card, providing PC and Mac users with the power of real-time Sound Blaster audio processing from a small package.
  2. Utilises a simple plug and play USB connection for PCs and Macs.  This provides users with high-resolution digital audio while charging the device.
  3. Features high quality audio with a 110dB SNR and a 600Ω headphone amplifier for a powerful and detailed listening experience.
  4. Due to its small, ultra-portable size and internal lithium-ion battery, headphone amplification can also be enjoyed when used with smartphones and tablets while on the go.
  5. Users can enjoy the freedom of Bluetooth wireless audio playback between the Sound Blaster E3 and smartphones, tablets, or mobile devices capable of Bluetooth output.
  6. The Sound Blaster E3 functions as a portable USB DAC, so users can also connect the Sound Blaster E3 to selected smartphones or tablets via USB for uncompressed digital audio streaming.
  7. Supports Audio Stream Input/Output (ASIO) for low latency and high fidelity playback.
  8. Gives up to 8 hours* of battery life when wireless Bluetooth is enabled.  When used in analog mode, battery life lasts up to 17 hours*.
  9. Features two headphone ports for convenient simultaneous stereo audio listening.
  10. Features powerful voice recording and clear voice calls via the built-in microphone that virtually transforms every headphone into a headset.  When connected to PC and Mac via USB, users can utilise CrystalVoice Technology for real-time voice enhancements.

Sound Blaster E1
The Sound Blaster E1 is a small but powerful wired USB HD Audio and Headphone Amplifier that increases the level of audio detail and resolution on PCs, Macs, smartphones and tablets.  Like the Sound Blaster E3, it functions as an advanced external sound card for PCs and Macs, while providing smartphone and tablet users with powerful and detailed audio amplification.

Intelligent Technological Highlights of the Sound Blaster E1
  1. Functions as a powerful external sound card, providing PC and Mac users with the power
of real-time Sound Blaster audio processing from a small package.
  1. Utilises a simple plug and play USB connection for PCs and Macs.
  2. Features high quality audio with a 106dB SNR and a 600Ω headphone amplifier for a powerful and detailed listening experience.
  3. Due to its small size and internal lithium-ion battery, headphone amplification can also be enjoyed when used with smartphones and tablets while on the go.
  4. Supports Audio Stream Input/Output (ASIO) for low latency and high fidelity playback.
  5. Gives up to 25 hours* of battery life.
  6. Features two headphone ports for convenient simultaneous stereo audio listening.
  7. Features powerful voice recording and clear voice calls via the built-in microphone.  When connected to PC and Mac via USB, users can utilise CrystalVoice Technology for real-time voice enhancements.

      * Actual battery life will vary with use and volume settings. 

Pricing and Availability
The Creative Sound Blaster E1 and Creative Sound Blaster E3 audio solutions will be available on www.Flipkart.com and Jumbo Retail Stores at the following suggested retail prices:

Creative Sound Blaster E3                 INR 12,999 (Available November 2014 onwards)
Creative Sound Blaster E1                 INR 4,999 (Available October 2014 onwards)

The E Series is being distributed by Creative Peripherals and Fortune Marketing.

For more information about the Creative Sound Blaster E3 and Sound Blaster E1 audio solutions, please visit www.soundblaster.com.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

YUP! I can YUP!


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The youngsters today are in need for new messaging apps. You do have WhatsApp, Hike etc, but at the end all of these are the same.Imagine if you can say “I love you”, “Wanna party”,’ “Reached Home” and interact with the all-time favourite youth icon YO YO HONEY SINGH with just one click?

Nucleus Research, today announced the launch of cool, fun and engaging one click messaging application – YUP! Joining as the first member and brand ambassador of YUP! is rapster and music director YO YO HONEY SINGH.  Yup! users will have Yo Yo  Honey Singh as their first friend as they download the app.  

Announcing the launch, Mrs. Namrata Suri, Director, Nucleus Research Pvt. Ltd., said, “Today’s the Indian Smartphone user is smart, curious and clearly knows what they want. Indian’s today are early adopters of cool and trendy applications and want simple and innovative interface to stay connected. YUP! will cater to this need and make one-click messaging the default standard of interaction in India.”


Joining as the first member of Yup!, Yo Yo Honey Singh, said, “ I am excited to become a part of YUP! team as this gives me an opportunity to engage with my fans in a unique way.  My fans can now interact with me and share their feedback by just Yupping me anytime, anywhere. Join Yup! to become a Yup Star.”

Added Suri, “YUP! has been designed to bring a fun, secure, short, crisp and uncomplicated messaging experience of interaction for the users. We are delighted to have Yo Yo Honey

Singh as part of the Yup! team, as he has an instant reach and connect with the audiences of all age groups making him an instant brand fit.”

YUP! expects to have 50 Million active users by end of next year. Which seems great looking at the kind of usuage and need for new apps in the market.

YUP! will offer an amazing interactive user experience. With just one touch, a user can send a Yup! to their friends and can change the sound and theme of Yup! to their own liking. An innovative app, YUP! can be used to express every and any emotion.

Yup! Key Features

1.     One click messaging app
a.     Urgent Pager
b.     Urban poker
c.     Saves time

2.     Visually appealing and colourful user interface
a.     Change setting, theme and sound of Yup!

3.     Safe, Secure & Fastest way to Connect
a.     Privacy & Permission Based Connect
b.     No sharing of contacts to world
c.     Block and unblock features

4.     Available on Google Play Store – soon to be available on Apple store

5.     Low on Bandwidth