Google to celebrate India’s Independence Day

Googlers from India, and around the world, will review applications and announce the 10 best projects on October 21.

Googlers from India, and around the world, will review applications and announce the 10 best projects on October 21.

WASHINGTON: Ahead of India’sIndependence Day celebrations this week, internet giant Google announced launching of ‘Google Impact Challenge in India’, inviting Indian nonprofits to explain how they would use technology to improve people’s lives. 

At the end of the challenge, four nonprofits will each receive a Rs 3 crore (around $500,000) Global Impact Award and technical assistance from Google to bring their projects to life, the California-based tech major announced yesterday. 

“On the eve of India’s Independence Day, we’re celebrating the spirit of creativity andentrepreneurship of the world’s largest democracy by spotlighting the best local nonprofits that are using technology to make the world better,” Nikesh Arora, senior vice president and chief business officer, Google said on a blog post. 

“Today we’re launching the Google Impact Challenge in India, inviting Indian nonprofits to tell us how they’d use technology to improve people’s lives. At the end of the challenge, four nonprofits will each receive a Rs 3 crore (around $500,000) Global Impact Award and technical assistance from Google to bring their projects to life,” he wrote. 

Arora said registered Indian nonprofits can apply online until September 5. 

Googlers from India, and around the world, will review applications and announce the 10 best projects on October 21. 

“You can learn more about the top 10 finalists then, and cast a vote for who you think should receive the Fan Favorite award,” Arora said. 

“On October 31, I’ll join Ram ShriramJacquelline FullerAnu Aga and Jayant Sinha in Delhi to hear the 10 finalists pitch live. As judges, we’ll select three awardees based on their potential impact, scalability and ingenuity. We’ll also announce the winner of the Fan Favorite, according to your vote,” he wrote. 

“Growing up in India, I’ve seen firsthand the vibrancy and innovativeness of India’s social entrepreneurs. I’m excited to see their projects and support their ideas for how to use technology and Rs 3 crores to change the world,” Arora wrote. 

 

Apple iPhone 5S out on 10 Sept: What are the rumour mills saying?

Apple’s next version of the iPhone, which has been dubbed the iPhone 5S in the press, is likely to be released on 10 September according to a report by AllThingsD. The date is seen as pretty much accurate, given that the last iPhone came out on 12 September.

So what are we expecting from the iPhone 5s?

Fingerprint scannerAccording to a report by MacRumors, which quoted reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the iPhone 5S may include a sapphire-covered convex home button housing a fingerprint sensor.

Kuo has a strong track record in terms of its ability to predict features of the iPhone in the past and according to Ming’s analysis, Apple’s newconvex home button creates space for fingerprint sensor.

He is quoted as saying: A convex home button could be more easily scratched, so a harder material is required. We believe Apple will switch from plastic to sapphire, whose hardness is second only to diamond. Sapphire would protect the home button from being scratched and the fingerprint sensor from being damaged. 

What will Tim Cook reveal on 10 Sept? AP

What will Tim Cook reveal on 10 Sept? File photo from AP

Do note that Apple also purchased Authentec, a company which provides security hardware and software for PCs and mobile devices, last year in July.

What does Authentec offer: It provides mobile security software licenses to companies like Samsung, and fingerprint sensor technology to computer makers such as Hewlett-Packard Co and Dell Inc.

According to a Reuters report, at the time of acquisition Apple also paid AuthenTec $7.5 million for some product development work. The report adds that according to agreement filed with regulators it hinted at the development of “a 2D fingerprint sensor for Apple that is suitable for use in an Apple product.”

So there you have it : a fingerprint sensor made of sapphire could the biggest change to the iPhone.

Dual-Flash Camera: MacRumors also released pictures of an iPhone with a camera with dual-LED flash. The photograph showed two different coloured LED flashes next to the rear camera. Again this could just be prototype device but if Apple does release an iPhone with dual-LED it could lead to better white balance in photos. You could have the option of using the LED that matches the scene.

It’s also be rumoured that Apple will finally offer a 12-or-13 megapixel camera. According to this report, Apple could use Sony’s 13 megapixel sensor of its camera.

Design and Processor: It’s highly unlikely that Apple will launch an iPhone 5S with 5-inch screen or even coloured shells. These could show up much later by next year but for now the iPhone 5S screen is likely to be 4-inch. The processor is likely to be the newer A7 chip according to MacRumors.

iPhone 5S is likely to have 1GB RAM like the iPhone 5.

The low-cost iPhone: This is one rumour that refuses to die, given that the China Labour Watch report talked extensively about how factory-workers at Apple supplier Pegatron were assembling these smartphones. The report said that, At this moment, in Shanghai, China, workers in Apple’s supplier factory Pegatron are monotonously working long overtime hours to turn out a scaled-back, less expensive version of the iPhone.  What is not known is whether the device will make an appearance in September or later.

It is rumoured that the low-cost iPhone will have coloured shells and a plastic rear cover. According to a report in Apple Insider, the cheaper version of the iPhone is likely to come with an eight megapixel camera, the same A6 processor and 1 GB RAM as the current iPhone 5.

The report states that a picture of supposed “iPhone 5 Lite” or “iPhone 5C” rear camera was published on Thursday on Chinese site IT168. You can check out the Chinese report here.

According to a report in BusinessInsider, the low-cost iPhone will be called iPhone 5C. Apparently the C stands for colour. BusinessInsiderhas based this on secondary sources but is confident about the accuracy of the name.

Overall it doesn’t look like Apple will be offering too many drastic changes with the iPhone 5S. Unless of course it also launches a cheaper version of the smartphone which could generate some serious competition for the Android army.