Archive for November, 2008

Need Blood – It’s just an SMS away

Thursday, November 27, 2008 2 comments

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Airtel, India’s leading mobile service provider today strengthened its tie up with Jeevan Blood Bank of Chennai, taking a step ahead in its “Airtel Cares for Everyone” (ACE) project. This is a first of its kind initiative, wherein people can source information on blood within minutes and access the real time stock of tested blood components from Jeevan Blood Bank 24 hours a day.

Airtel already has a partnership with Jeevan, in which a few numbers have been provided free of cost for Jeevan to stay in touch with people wanting to donate blood and patients in need of blood. This is now being strengthened through an SMS service, which provides information about availability of blood.


Type <Blood group + or -> and SMS it to 9600097000

Ex: Type “Blood B+” and SMS it to 9600097000

A response will be sent back to the person within a minute, containing information on quantity of readily available tested blood components of the group required. This facility is available for customers of all networks and you know it is toll free for Airtel mobile customers 🙂 .

If the required blood is available, one can call Jeevan Blood Bank directly on 044-28351200 or 044-43524242 for further assistance. This service will help minimize the time spent on searching for safe blood and help save more lives.

About Jeevan Blood Bank:-

Jeevan Blood Bank and Research Centre was started on 24th September 1995 with the vision of providing, on demand, safe blood and blood components collected from non-remunerated voluntary blood donors using appropriate and current technologies and in accordance to international standards. Over the past thirteen years Jeevan has collected over 72,000 blood donations and made available over 130,000 units of safe blood and blood components to the community. Every blood donation is tested for HIV ( HIV Ag and 1 & 2 Ab), Hepatitis B ( HBsAg & Anti HBc), Hepatitis C ( Anti HCV ), Malaria, Syphilis and Leptospira.

Please note that every unit of blood is being tested by Nucleic Acid Testing ( NAT ) for DNA / RNA for Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV.

I hope you will also spread this word across your circle so that you can also be a part in saving many a lives. 🙂


GMail – Themes

Thursday, November 20, 2008 2 comments

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Today GMail as part of its continued innovation, has introduced a new Themes feature to its users. The themes feature is available as part of Settings in GMail.

See the Settings as shown below:


In that “Pebbles” is my favorite 🙂 Mild and cute. Next favorite is the “Desk” theme. Some of the themes are selective based on your location as well.

Also they have introduced “Labs” feature, where in you can select and enable features/gadgets which would make your email accessing easy.

Some of the features I like were

  • Mouse gestures – In Inbox, Click and hold your right mouse button and move left and right to move to previous and next emails. Click and  hold right mouse button and move up to go to inbox etc.,
  • Quick links – Adds browsable url links to your quick links section from your email for faster access
  • Google docs gadget – All your recent Google docs available right next to your inbox
  • Right side labels – If you are a big fan of labels, your list of labels might increase dramatically over a period of time 😦 . It would be tough for you to see it as a long list. Move your Labels to the right side of your screen for a detail view of it. Cool na 🙂
  • Google Calendar gadget – Shows your calendar items right next to your inbox.
  • Navbar drag n drop – Drag and drop frequently used gadgets in your inbox, similar to iGoogle

There are lot more of such features. Try out these new features and let me know your comments.

HP TouchSmart – Touch the Future now, Feel it to your heart

Wednesday, November 19, 2008 1 comment

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I think everybody has got the touch fever 🙂 . Its now HP after Apple who got infected with this fever of touch. HP has unveiled a new TouchSmart PC series where you can access everything by touching it on the screen. That’s true no need of using a keyboard or a mouse. Don’t believe me, watch this on YouTube

This new series of PCs features a sleek design with a piano-black finish. HP has specifically designed a software for touch. Users can browse music collection by album, edit and share photos as well as upload them without using keyboard or mouse as I said earlier. Features:

  • Powered by Intel Core 2 Duo processor, the PC has a 22-inch diagonal high definition widescreen display.
  • 4 GB of memory
  • Media card reader
  • High-speed hard drive
  • Built-in webcam and mic.
  • Wireless keyboard (for name sake 🙂 )
  • Integrated WLAN

The price of the HP TouchSmart IQ500 series PC in India is Rs. 87,990 😦

Comparison of models (prices included):


Hope I can get a chance to lay my hand on that 😦

FLO TV – Live Mobile TV from AT&T and Verizon

Tuesday, November 11, 2008 Leave a comment

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Watch TV on your mobile phone on the go…

It’s been a very long time since I’ve wrote my last post. Thanks to my time in office. Of course, I’m gaining a lot of insights about my work too. But still, it feels bad not writing for a very long time 😦

Now-a-days lots of new services are being offered to mobile subscribers with the advent of 3G technology. Coming to today’s post, it’s about a new service introduced in US for mobile subscribers. It’s called FLO TV, as the name suggests its a TV on your mobile. Using this service business people can keep track of everyday happenings, breaking news and events. Entertainment freaks can watch their favorite shows. People interested in sports can watch live sports. It’s true and cool. 🙂

The service comes with no additional installation needed, it doesn’t even eat up your battery life. It activates itself immediately and gives you a crystal clear audio and video with a very high quality. With a single button  you can perform its functions. You even have a programming guide to browse through and select your favorite shows. Switching between the stations happens at the blink of your eye. There are no confusing menus to operate upon. In fact, if you get a call from your boss when you are watching  your favorite show, you can answer it or send it to voice mail with a single button 🙂 Cool enough rite.

Coming to its performance, FLO TV is delivered over dedicated multicast network different from the cellular network enabling instant access to the content without any buffering or lag time. It’s like this, if you switch it on, you have your content in front of your eyes. Its that fast.

Right now two of the major telecom providers in US, AT&T and Verizon offers these services to its subscribers.

FLO TV highlights:

  • Enjoy real TV at the touch of a button. No complicated menus.
  • Watch full–length shows, not just clips or highlights.
  • Easy–to–use program guide and fast channel switching.
  • There’s nothing to download and nothing to buffer.

Channels include:

CBS Mobile, CNBC, Comedy Central, ESPN Mobile TV, FOX Mobile, MSNBC, MTV, NBC2Go, Nickelodeon, CNN Mobile and Pix.

Price Range:

$15/mo to $30/mo

Compatible Devices:


  • LG Vu
  • LG Invision
  • Samsung Access


  • LG VX 9400
  • LG Voyager
  • Motorola Krave ZN4
  • Motorola z6tv






Ok ok, you are now asking me to stop scribbling and let you know the way to get it rite, I know. I’m coming there right away.

For overview of mobile TV, services, packages and other information about AT&T Mobile TV click here.

For overview of mobile TV, services, packages and other information about Verizon’s V Cast Mobile TV click here.

Don’t forget to watch the PROMO channel before you subscribe. *For a limited time only

When it comes to mobile TV, you just have to see it to believe it. And right now you can do just that by viewing a PROMO channel that’s available to all wireless customers with a FLO TV–enabled mobile phone and within a coverage area. You can experience the breadth of mobile TV programming and the quality of service before you purchase a subscription!

Watching PROMO channel:

  • Turn on the TV feature on your FLO TV–enabled mobile phone
  • Follow the activation instructions
  • Choose the PROMO channel from the program guide and start watching one of your favorite TV shows, breaking news or live sports – without any buffering or lag time.

This 24/7 PROMO channel contains a variety of programming from CBS Mobile, CNBC, Comedy Central, ESPN Mobile TV, FOX Mobile, FOX News, MSNBC, MTV, NBC 2Go, and Nickelodeon.

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