Samsung has introduced two new mobile phones that will let users watch live TV on two Corby and Metro models based on CDMA. New Samsung Corby TV and Metro TV handsets come with a customized MimobiTV Mobile TV application that enables watching TV and on-demand TV streaming. The Metro TV handset is priced Rs. 6,999 and the Corby TV mobile handset is available for Rs. 9,699.

The MimobiTV mobile TV application has been jointly developed by Samsung with Apalya technologies. Corby TV handset has 2.8-inch QVGA TFT display, Open Market Handsets enabled, 2 megapixel camera, stereo FM Radio, Bluetooth 2.0 and supports up to 8GB microSD card. Corby TV supports Mobile TV streaming on CMDA 1X and EVDO 3G mobile Networks. This phone offers 32 touch widgets, up to 2,,000 phonebook contacts, 1000 SMS and active mail sync for push mail.

On the other hand, Metro TV phone has streaming capacity of up to 2.4Mbps and stores downloaded files directly on the microSD card. Metro TV has 2-inch TFT display, 2 megapixel camera with video recording and up to 8GB microSD memory card support. Samsung also packs in stereo FM radio, Indian calendar, dedicated music keys, Bluetooth, nine regional language support, advanced mobile tracker and SOS alert.

These two handsets also come with attractive data plans:

Tata Photon Plus:
Free Mobile TV Subscription for 3 months from the date of activation plus 15GB data usage free per month - up to 2 months for Postpaid and 10GB data usage free for 2 months on Prepaid. Thus, Prepaid consumer can watch approximately 100 hours of TV Free on Tata Photon Plus service for 2 months from the date of activation and Postpaid subscribers on Tata Photon Plus service can watch approximately 150 hours of TV free per month for 2 months from the date of activation.

Reliance Mobile:
Free Mobile TV Subscription for 2 months from the date of activation plus Up to 15GB data usage free per month, up to 2 months for Postpaid and Up to 10GB data usage free for 1 month on Prepaid. Up to approximately 100 hours of TV Free on Reliance Mobile service is viewable to Prepaid consumers from the date of activation for 1 month and Postpaid subscribers on Reliance Mobile can watch up to 150 hours of TV free per month for 2 months from the date of activation.

Both the offers are valid till June 30.

India's first attempt to become the sixth country to launch a rocket using its own Cryogenic engine resulted in a failure earlier today when the rocket failed to complete its mission and deviated from its path midway and minutes later, splashed into the placid waters of the Bay of Bengal.

It was a picture perfect launch as the GSLV-D3 took off from the Satish Dhawan Space Center at Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. The scientists were seen clapping and congratulating each other as the GSLV-D3 lifted off flawlessly, as planned. Things started to go wrong about 8 minutes into the launch when the indigenously built Cryogenic engines were to do their job.
However, as fate would have it, the engine failed to perform and caused the rocket to deviate from its path and eventually crashed in to the Bay of Bengal. Initially it was thought that the engine's did not fire at all. However, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman K Radhakrishnan later said that the engines did fire and that an investigation would now be held to find out what caused the failure. While this is certainly not the first GSLV mission, this mission was crucial considering it was the first that used India's own, indigenously developed cryogenic engine to power the last stage of the rocket.
For those who are wondering what a Cryogenic engine is, let us in simple words put it this way. It is a very complex engine that uses liquid fuel that have to be held at very low temperatures for the engines to use them. As of now, only five countries on the planet have the capability to develop Cryogenic engines. Had the launch been successful, India would have been the sixth. India had to develop its own Cryogenic engine after Russia had to pull back on a deal to supply India with Cryogenic engines. This was owing to pressure from U.S. who thought India would use the engines to develop missiles.
While the latest failure is certainly a setback for the Indian space mission, ISRO has clarified that they would be retrying the launch within a year's time.

I just received a complementary copy from booksneeze.com and here's my review about "The long way home by Andrew Klavan"

The story is about a boy entangled in unprecedented circumstances that lead to have him run for his life not only from the hooligans called the homelanders but the guardian of law as well.Charlie West went to bed one night an ordinary high school student. He woke up a hunted man. Terrorists are trying to kill him. Eager to clear his name, Charlie heads back to the most dangerous spot of all, the hometown where it all happened, and takes up residence in an abandoned house.The police want to arrest him for the stabbing death of his best friend. The plot kept me stick to the novel, it startled me just imagining what it would have like been into that situation and actually have no idea why you are in that ......
I must say in one thing that the book had very less content and instead of being a 2oo sumthing book i read completely in just few hours. The next worst thing about it was when the author would go and keep on writing what the boy was thinking , even if you actually skipped these few paragraphs you would ave missed nothing and on the other hand gave very obscure details of other important thing that should have been mentioned with great preference.
But if we skip these minute drawbacks the novel is a nice delicacy to lay hands upon. Also made me anxiously wait for the next part of the very interesting novel.