Daily Archives: May 27, 2015

Hooq, online streaming service announced in India


Singtel, Sony Pictures Television and Warner Bros. have teamed up to launch a new online streaming service in India called the Hooq. The service will include offline viewing option, wide range of content including Hollywood and Indian movies, and television content. The service supports devices such as computers, smartphones, tablets and Android set-top boxes. Hooq will be available in India from June for Rs. 199 a month. The service will also be accessible to all customers in India through its website http://www.hooq.tv

Hooq is touted to have the biggest Hollywood catalogue that includes more than 5,000 Hollywood movies and television series and TV shows. This includes titles from Sony, Warner Bros., Disney, Dreamworks, and Miramax such as Harry Potter, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Pulp Fiction, and TV series such as Nikita, The Shield, Friends, Lost and Grey’s Anatomy. In addition, Hooq offers over 10,000 Indian film and TV content. To deliver this, HOOQ has partnered with India’s popular studios, including YRF, UTV Disney, Rajshri, Reliance, Shemaroo, Sri Balaji, AP International, Whacked Out Media and over 50 other studios. Customers can watch local high-grossing films such as Chennai Express, Vishwaroopam, as well as classic films including Ek Duje Ke Liya and Andaz Apna Apna. Hooq will be competing with services such as Spuul, Hotstar and Bigflix. Also read: How to legally get movies & music for cheap online

“We are very excited to bring to Indian consumers the ultimate ad-free video-on-demand service at an amazingly low price. Hooq will offer India the largest and best catalogue of Hollywood and Indian content of any service available today,” said HOOQ Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Peter Bithos. “Our ambition is to always bring the best experience with no compromises. We’ve built our service knowing the constraints and infrastructure issues faced by customers every day. We have designed our service specifically for the challenges of India and other countries like it. Hooq offers features to ensure you enjoy an uninterrupted viewing experience; including a custom setting for your quality preference, a bandwidth indicator to assess your internet connectivity and adaptive streaming to maximise available bandwidth,” he added.

“The growing interconnectivity and rapid adoption of smart devices present a great opportunity to enhance the way people live, work and play in Asia. With HOOQ, we want to revolutionize entertainment for our customers.” said Mr. Samba Natarajan, Singtel CEO, Group Digital Life. “Our unique telco assets and our partnership with Sony Pictures Television and Warner Bros. will position Hooq to become the largest over-the-top video service in the region.” Mr. George Chien, Executive Vice President, Networks at Sony Pictures Television, said: “We share the excitement of offering entertainment fans across Asia access to high quality video services directly to their mobile devices. Hooq provides a unique combination of Hollywood and local favorites while providing a high-quality viewing experience they’ve come to expect in today’s digital world.”

Mr. Anuraj Goonetilleke, Vice President Corporate Business Development and Strategy at Warner Bros. said: ‘We’re very excited about the launch of our joint video-on-demand business across Asia, starting with the Philippines, Thailand and now in India. Providing world-class content to Asia’s entertainment fans will meet a voracious appetite for new and classic videos and TV episodes on-demand.’


Hyundai is first to offer Android Auto system


Hyundai is the first carmaker to offer Google’s Android Auto system. Starting today, Android smartphone users with a 2015 Sonata can ask dealers to download the system for free.

Drivers must have a Sonata with navigation, which is part of an optional technology package. Android Auto will soon be available on other Hyundai models. Android Auto connects to drivers’ smartphones and lets them access certain apps, like Google Maps or Spotify, by voice, steering wheel controls or touchscreen graphics on the dashboard. It locks their phones while in use to help keep drivers’ eyes on the road.

Google says Android Auto is expected to be offered on 28 different brands by the 2016 model year. Hyundai says it expects to offer Apple’s version of the system, CarPlay, sometime soon.


Top 10 Smartphone Makers in Q1 2015: Chinese OEMs Takeover Sony and Microsoft


The smartphone market is filled with tons of smart devices ranging from low to high end segment. Its an ever-changing system to keep track on the top smartphone brand. For instance, a few years ago, Nokia was holding the top position, then Samsung started ruling the smartphone market.

With the release of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple saw a record-breaking sales for its iPhone lineup, for the first time it tied with Samsung for the first place. However, Samsung offers everything from low to high-end devices and took its position back.

Communities Dominate Blogs has provided a list of top 10 OEMs in the world. The list shows the sale of smartphone makers whose handsets are running iOS, Android, Tizen, Windows Phone, and Firefox operating system, in the first quarter of 2015.

According to the list, in the first quarter of 2015, Samsung holds its top position again with sales of 82.8 million devices and 24.3 percent of market share. While Apple makes it place at the second position with 61.6 million sales and 17.9 percent of market share.


Unfortunately, two most renowned smartphone brands; Sony and Microsoft couldn’t make their entry in the top 10 list. Chinese smartphone brands have replaced these two key manufacturers in the list.

Lenovo holds third place in the list with 18.7 million unit sales (including sale of Motorola unit) and manages to grab 5.5 percent of market share.

Huawei holds the forth place followed by LG at fifth, with 17.5 million units and 15.4 million units sale respectively. Xiaomi, ZTE, Coolpad, TCL fill up the remaining place.

For the first time, Vivo has made its entry in the list at the tenth position with 9.3 million sale grabing 2.7 percent of market share.


Apple Design Star Jony Ive Rises to Higher Role


SANFRANCISCO: The designer behind Apple’s world-changing devices is rising to a new role that frees him to put his creative vision to work across the breadth of the company.

Jony Ive was promoted to a newly minted positon of chief design officer, essentially taking on a big-picture responsibility and authority once held by late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

“In this new role, he will focus entirely on current design projects, new ideas and future initiatives,” Apple said in an email response today to an inquiry.

Ive’s sphere of influence will include Apple products, software, and shops.

Day-to-day responsibilities that Ive held in his former position will be divided between his “longtime collaborators” industrial design vice president Richard Howarth and Alan Dye, vice president of user interface design.

The transition is slated to take place July 1, according to a copy of an internal memo posted online.

British native Ive rose to design stardom at Apple after the return of Jobs to the California-based company in 1997.

The relationship Ive had with Jobs has been described as close and collaborative, with Ive heading the team behind devices including the iPod, iPad, and iPhone.

“His new role is a reflection of the scope of work he has been doing at Apple for some time,” Apple chief executive Tim Cook said in the memo to employees.

“Design is one of the most important ways we communicate with our customers, and our reputation for world-class design differentiates Apple from every other company in the world.”


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