Google, yet again launches its most anticipated ‘India’s Great Online Shopping Festival’ (GOSF) commencing on the 11th to the 13th of December this year. GOSF is a festival for online shoppers in India stretching out for three days inspired by a similar online consumer activity which is promoted by retailers in the US by giving good discounts to customers called the ‘Cyber Monday’, reports watblog.
Last year, Google had conducted a similar activity which created a lot of buzz in the online shopping sector, bringing together almost all e-commerce companies together in India. It has been continuously innovating in India to make internet accessible to all and to get all shoppers under one single roof.
It is reported that, last year GOSF saw a massive user-engagement which had directly increased the sales and traffic of all major e-commerce portals which had associated with it. Contradicting to that, few users and certain publications have reported discrepancies such as discounts amounts not being significant, boring items and overcharging.
This year, Google announced that Intel, Airtel and PayTM will be its preferred partners and that it has lots of new e-commerce startups lined up with massive offers. Though Google is cutting the cheese in the internet sector with ideas like never before, it would only be admirable if it doesn’t repeat the performance it showcased like last year.
The theme for this year’s contest, held annually for Indian students was “celebrating Indian women”. 15 year old Gayatri Ketharaman, who made the winning doodle, shows the theme of women empowerment moulded around the Google Doodle.
The letter G in GOOGLE represents a classical dancer and points out empowered women in the country, while the second G shows a space rocket pointing to the fact that Indian women have even ventured into space. The winning doodle strives to depict the different attributes of an Indian woman from an academician, a mother, a professional and a creator of life.
“It took me around a week to complete the doodle once I started working on it. But before that I spend several weeks thinking about the theme and how best I can represent the ideas I had in my mind about Indian women,” Ketharaman told TOI. “My doodle attempts to show different qualities of Indian women.”
The Doodle4Google contest was held all over India this year, across three age groups. Students from Class 1 to 3 formed a group, from class 4 to 6 formed another and the third from classes 7 to 10.
However, Ketharaman emerged as the overall winner, so it will be her doodle that will be Google’s page on Children’s Day i.e November 14. Winners from each category will be presented with Chromebook laptops
On Monday, Google paid tribute through its doodle to Shakuntala Devi on her 84th birth anniversary with a calculator font and her picture.
Popularly known as the Human Computer for her awesome ability to mentally solve complex mathematical problems, Shakuntala Devi was included in The Guinness Book of World Records in 1982.
Without any formal education as a child, Shakuntala Devi had the ability to memorise and calculate numbers mentally an ability her circus artist father discovered when she was just three.
On June 18, 1980, the Human computer, Shakuntala Devi demonstrated the multiplication of two 13-digit numbers 7,686,369,774,870 × 2,465,099,745,779 picked at random by the Computer Department of Imperial College, London. She answered 18,947,668,177,995,426,462,773,730 in 28 seconds which is correct. This event is mentioned in the Guinness Book of Records.
With the ability to calculate the cube root of 61,629,875, and the seventh root of 170,859,375 without writing it down or using a calculator, Shakuntala Devi’s abilities were studied by Arthur Jensen, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley in 1988.
Jensen wrote in his report that the calculation was done and answers given even before he wrote the answer in his notebook. The findings were published in the academic journal Intelligence in 1990.
In April 2013, Shakuntala Devi passed away in a hospital in Bangalore from complications of the heart and kidneys at the age of 83.
When new, colorful, vibrant OSs, like Android and Windows Phone, were making their head ways in to consumer‘s psyche, iOS remained nearly still since its debut. iOS 7 is the first attempt by Apple at change. It turned out to be complete aesthetic overhaul of the interface. From the moment you turn on an iPhone running iOS 7, it’s different—every option, every app. The OS also sports amazing features like the Control Center, Lock Screen, Gestures Contorls, Slide to Unlock, Touch ID. All said and done, Android can still beat iOS in 10 ways, read on to know them as compiled by Business Insider.
#10 Endless Sharing Options
The new iOS helps the user to share the content of the handset through only a few choices like Message, Mail, Twitter, Facebook and Flickr. But Android opens up the endless options for the sharing task. It can list out all the apps that are capable of sharing the content, be it Mail, Whats App or WeChat . The capability also gives the consumers to try out many sharing apps that are flooding the Google Play Store.
#9 Third-party Software Keyboards
There not many complaints about the typing experience on iOS 7, but Android still offers more options. The Jelly Bean models already come with the easy-to-use and fairly self-explanatory Swype, the users can dive in to Play Store for third party alternatives.
#8 More Customization
Android offers you much option to customize the handset to suite your taste. If you don’t like your home screen try Nova Launcher or a fake Windows Phone 8. With Jelly Bean 4.3 you can get to make different accounts, each one having only selected apps. This especially useful when kids gets hands on your phone. So the iOS 7 offers no such liberty to the users.
#7 Visible File System
When you connect your Android phone to your PC, you can see the content of your phone displayed on the monitor as if you just connoted a pen drive. It makes it as easy as to transfer files between two folders of the computer. With Apple, there is a tedious process of converting files to the compatible form before they could be transferred on to iOS devices.
#6 Better Notifications Bar
Notification Center gets a huge overhaul and things are pretty different in iOS 7. Now you have notifications from the calendar showing what’s coming up, as well as a quick summary of the weather. The overcrowded notification can annoy you. And iOS7 only displays the updates, like new mail or SMS, but you have to go the apps to see the content you just received. However with Android’s notification drawer, you can take action and respond without opening whatever app.
#5 Images with Contact List
Android can automatically import photos for your contacts from the contacts email accounts. Which makes it a lot easier to see your friends contact pictures in your virtual address book than it is with iOS 7.
#4 Google Now Trumps Siri
Google Search is the most preferred search engine by the masses. Google Now is extremely quick and can parse web pages to find the most relevant information. On the other hand, Siri produces results from Microsoft’s Bing search engine. However Siri can be appreciative when it comes to “assistant” commands, like when you want to set up an internal calendar event.
#3 Multimedia Ease
Android is fine with your music files, let it come from anywhere. There are bevy of music players like Play Music and Power Amp. However even with all the new things iOS 7 has brought, you require iTunes if you want to load your iPhone up with songs. In the same way you need other intermediate software to convert photos and videos to be compatible with iOS devices, where as with Android, just transfer and enjoy.
#2 More Free Applications
Though Google Play doesn’t offer better quality apps than App Store, there are plenty of free apps that can fulfill your specific needs.
#1 Unlock Options
With Android you can unlock the phone to any app you want, like accessing contacts, camera or messages, from single unlocking swipe. The new iPhone 5S fingerprint scanner is pretty cool, but it doesn’t offer cool options like Android does for unlocking.
Born in Brighton on September 5, 1826, little is known about Wisden’s early life.
Following the death of his father he was cared for by the notable wicket keeper Tom Box who encouraged his cricketing abilities.
He made his debut for Sussex at 18 years of age.
At the peak of his powers, Wisden, who went on to play 187 first-class cricket matches for Kent, Middlesex and Sussex, was known as ‘The Little Wonder’.
He is widely considered to have been the best all-rounder of his day.
Despite his significant cricketing achievements, Wisden is today most famous for creating the eponymous ‘Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack’ after retiring from the game.
The Almanack was first published in 1864 and a new volume has appeared every year since then. Wisden 2013 is therefore the 150th edition.
When it was first published the Almanack printed ‘full and accurate scores’ along with facts about the Derby, the St Leger, the university rowing matches ‘and other Interesting Information’.
It has been published every year without fail since its creation despite the company coming close to liquidation in 1937.
The Alamanck was even published during the war years, despite the company’s headquarters being set on fire by a German bomber – destroying their records.
This remarkable continued publication makes the Almanack the longest running sports annual in history. Today a copy of the original 1864 edition is valued at around £25,000.
Today’s Doodle celebrates the Almanack using the distinctive front cover font of the Almanack against the famous yellow background that has been used on every edition since 1938.
The Doodle also features its own take on the famous woodcut of two cricketers, by Eric Ravilious, which regularly appeared on covers up until 2003 when it was replaced by a photograph of a contemporary cricketer.