Thursday, February 14, 2013

Google doodle celebrates George Ferris’ birthday and Valentine’s Day


Google doodle celebrates George Ferris’ birthday and Valentine’s Day

For most of us, today, 14 February, is Valentine’s Day. But Google has chosen to remind us of another event with its ultra-cute and interactive doodle. 14 February is also the 154 th birthday of George Ferris’ the man behind the original Ferris wheel, better known in India as the ‘giant wheel’.
Google has posted  an interactive doodle on its homepage that shows over 10 different love stories . The doodle has an amusement park in the background with two Ferris wheels in the spotlight. These two form the two O’s in the word Google, while there’s a roll-coaster that represent the G, there’s also kart ride that looks like an eight but is the second G, followed by L in the form of a tower and the E in the shape of the Merry-go-round.
There’s a heart in the centre of the doodle as well and when you click on it, you can view different love stories of the 16 different animal characters. When  you press the button, the Ferris wheels rotate and a picture of one of the ‘couples’ appears with their love story.
Google Doodle for today. Happy Valentine's Day.
Google Doodle for today. Happy Valentine’s Day.
There’s one featuring the Rabbit and Dolphin, which is super cute. The Rabbit pulls out a bouquet for the Dolphin from the hat, but the Dolphin doesn’t like that. So he pulls out a fish for the Dolphin, making it a perfect love story.
Another funny one is where the Bear takes the Octopus out on a date to a Sushi Bar. But the Octopus can’t eat with the chopsticks and sulks.
Sadly, the Fox is the only animal who has no date this Valentine’s Day and is happy watching TV at home. But that isn’t to say he’s not to happy with his choice.
Previously, on 29 February, 2012 Google had a  two-in-one doodle that commemorated the leap day and the 220th birth anniversary of the Italian composer Gioachino Rossini.
So who is George Ferris?
An American engineer, he is most famous for creating the original Ferris Wheel for the 1893 Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition. The directors of the exhibition wanted a monument for the fair that would surpass the Eiffel Tower and that’s how Ferris came up with his idea of a wheel which visitors would be able to view the entire exhibition. For more about George Ferris click here.

Valentine's Day: Cards say it all

Valentine's Day: Cards say it all
PATNA: Falling in love is easy, expressing it is difficult. Come Valentine's Day and lovers find themselves in a fix, thinking of the best ways to express their emotions, propose to their sweethearts and get the much anticipated Yes!

Traditional favourites to convey the lovey-dovey feelings include greeting cards, red roses, teddy bears, photo-frames and chocolates. Love letters have become a passe. SMSs, e-cards, showpieces with love quotation and, of course, hugs and kisses are the 'in things'. A CD of selected romantic songs or favourite movies, or an audiovisual made of old photographs is also a personalized gift appreciated by many couples.

Satyam wants to make this Valentine's Day special for his girlfriend Ritika he is in a relationship with for the past six months. The college going couple have planned to spend the day in one of the parks of the city. "I would gift her a bouquet of red roses, a specially selected 'I love you' card and a wristwatch that she has been intending to buy for long," Satyam confesses.

A candlelight dinner at one of the city restaurants is also on the wish list of many couples. Mohit Singh, a businessman, who got hitched in December last has already reserved a table at his favourite restaurant and plans to surprise his better half with a handmade greeting card and chocolates. "She just loves chocolates and I love her," said the newlywed playfully.

Florists say that most people prefer single roses to express their heart. "On V-Day, a single rose can be bought for about Rs 30-40. Since it is available everywhere in the city, very few prior bookings are made," said Satya Prakash of Prakash Vatika.

Gift shopowners said greeting cards have been the maximum in demand for the past few years. "Couples want to keep it simple and go for cards that tell their feeling the best way. Quotation showpieces and teddy bears are also sought by many," said Nikhil Kumar, a gift shopowner at Kurji. To each his own!

Out on Valentine’s Day: Micromax Canvas HD with quad-core processor


Out on Valentine’s Day: Micromax Canvas HD with quad-core processor

New Delhi: Micromax’s first quad core processor phone, A116 Canvas HD, will go on sale beginning Thursday. The phone priced at Rs 13,990 will currently be available only through the company’s website.
Shop online.
Shop online. Image courtesy Micromax
The phone which will have a 5 inch touchscreen, is powered by MediaTek’s MT6589 1.2 GHz quad-core processor and is run on Android Jelly Bean 4.1.
Its HD screen has a resolution of 1280×720 pixels and a colour depth of 16.7 million, providing the user with superior graphics and HD viewing experience. Supported by a 2000mAh battery, the phone will be delivered between 5-7 working days.
The phone also sports an 8MP rear camera with LED flash, multiple camera settings, 4X zoom and auto focus. It is 3G enabled, with memory expandable up to 32GB.
Even as Samsung leads the Indian smartphone race with a 41.6 percent share, followed by Nokia (19.2 percent) and Research in Motion (12.1 percent), according to Cybermedia Research, Micromax with its aggressive strategy of launching 30 smartphones this year to expand the portfolio of handsets and tablet PCs is set to give them stiff competition.
The Canvas HD smartphone will be in the “phablet” category — a cross between a phone and a tablet.

Google Doodle celebrates Valentine's Day and George Ferris


Google Doodle celebrates Valentine's Day and George Ferris

Inventor of the ferris wheel was born on Valentine's Day 1859
Screenshot from the Valentine's Day/George Ferris Google Doodle.
Screenshot from the Valentine's Day/George Ferris Google Doodle Photograph: Google
Google is celebrating Valentine's Day and George Ferris's birthday with a two-in-one doodle.
Ferris, born on 14 February 1859 in Illinois, is most famous for designing and building the original ferris wheel for an exposition in Chicago in 1893. The directors of the World's Columbian Exposition wanted an exhibit that would rival or even surpass the Eiffel Tower, which had been built in Paris in 1889, and Ferris's wheel was chosen.
The interactive doodle features two ferris wheels with a fairground backdrop. Pushing a heart button on the doodle spins the wheels and brings up pictures of animals, who then appear going on dates.
In recent years ferris wheels have moved out of amusement parks and into city centres and they are getting bigger too. The tallest is the Singapore Flyer in Singapore, which reaches a height of 165 metres – 30 metres higher than the London Eye.

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day