Celebrate Ganeshotsav The Vodafone 3G Way

‘Vodafone Mirchi Grand Ganpati Gammat’ (3G) all set to enthrall devotees with host of surprises

Vodafone India, one of India’s leading telecom service providers is all set to celebrate Ganeshotsav festival with a difference in Pune, Nagpur, Aurangabad, Goa and Nashik. The company has partnered with Radio Mirchi to launch first of its kind ‘Vodafone Mirchi Grand Ganpati Gammat’ (3G) which aims at enhancing the fun and excitement surrounding the annual ten day long festival, celebrated in honour of the much loved elephant God.

Divided into two categories, Household and Society, Vodafone Mirchi Grand Ganpati Gammat or 3G will provide an opportunity for individuals and societies to celebrate Ganeshotsav in a unique way. All the devotees have to do is click a selfie with their Ganpati idol and upload it on Radio Mirchi’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/mirchi983fm) .The selfie with most number of likes in each category will walk away with a exciting rewards every day.

Society selfies with maximum likes will have a female Dhol Pathak visit the society and play the unique LeD Dolls Which were introduced by Vodafone and have now become a major attraction during Ganeshotsav procession. LED Dhols will be accompanied by well-known Marathi film celebrities visiting the society and perform Aarti in presence of the devotees.

On the other hand, Individual selfies that get the maximum likes every day stand a chance to visit Mirchi station to play the Fortune Modak Contest which will offer assured hidden gifts in each Modak in the form of LCD’s, movie tickets etc.

Speaking about the initiative, Ishmeet Singh, Business Head, Maharashtra and Goa, Vodafone India said, “Ganeshotsav is celebrated across Maharashtra and Goa with utmost devotion and fervor. We, at Vodafone India, feel very much a part of the festive buzz during these ten days. “Vodafone Mirchi Grand Ganpati Gammat” or 3G is an initiative by Vodafone to engage with the devotees of Lord Ganesha and add fun element to the festivity. With this initiative, our aim is to add to the delight of devotees by making them win big by participating in the contest. ”

Nitin Singh, VP & Cluster Head, Maharashtra & Goa, Radio Mirchi said, “This Ganeshotsav, Radio Mirchi along with Vodafone wants to add extra joy to all of Maharashtra, and that has inspired us to create the Vodafone Mirchi Grand Ganpati Gammat. With this initiative, we will give our Maharashtra & Goa Ganpati followers high quality engagement through radio & on-ground, opportunity to win big prizes in the fortune modak contest, a chance to celebrate this festival with their favorite stars, feature your selfie in a leading daily, meet our RJ’s at Pune’s big pandals and celebrate with our very own Morya mix on the last day. A selfie is all that is need to make this happen! So get ready for extra fun and celebration this Ganeshotsav with Vodafone & Radio Mirchi”.

The mega prizes all through the contest are presented by Vijay Sales.

Yo Yo Honey Singh Indi hip-hop sensation to lend his flair and rugged exuberance to online fashion brand American Swan as its brand ambassador

Brand to launch a digital campaign attracting young talent who get a chance to perform alongside the pop icon in the brand music video& also unveil its new identity

The global online Fashion &lifestyle brand American Swan has signed up Yo Yo Honey Singh-famed Indian rapper, music composer and current singing sensation of Bollywood, as its brand ambassador. American Swan, launched in January 2013 offers authentic smart casual wear for the youth and has been built with the best inputs from across the globe: be it the brand identity, the product design, sourcing, user experience, etc. Within a short span, the brand has received an excellent response from its core target audience: the 18-35 year old urban & semi-urban youth, who is digitally savvy and connected.

Talking about the association Honey Singh said, “I am excited to partner with American Swan and to be able to connect with the youth & inspire them to chase their dreams and script their destinies. It has been a great year for me and I am looking forward to create a music video for the brand. The Brand Positioning resonates with my quintessential approach to my life, music & work. The video will see me style in looks that my fans haven’t seen before”. With his string of recent hits like Sunny Sunny, Party All Night the 31 year old singer-composer with an international fan following has struck a chord amongst the youth of the generation.

American Swan will unveil the new identity along side the launch of its new collections-AS Premium and AS Original. The latter is a trend-led, fast fashion collection for the youth and allows the brand to extend its core preppy, casual wear brand to a wider audience. As the youth in India look for global designs and standards with affordable pricing at the convenience of a click, American Swan expects to garner a significant share of the apparel & lifestyle market in the burgeoning ecommerce and mobile commerce market.

Speaking about the association, Mr. Anurag Rajpal, Director & CEO, American Swan said, ­­­­­­­­­“We are glad to announce the latest developments of our brand: our association with Yo Yo Honey Singh and the American Swan brand re-launch in what we hope will be an iconic new avatar. While we constantly aim at building a fashion brand that can resonate in the hearts and mind of Gen Y youth, these major milestones will only cement the evolution of American Swan as we take a constructive leap towards a major expansion across the online space.”

The American Swan marketing strategy is to build a customer base through a strong mobile-first, digital & social activation. In continuation with this approach, the new brand video will be launched across touch points through a series of differentiated and engaging campaigns on website, social channels, and mobile properties.

American Swan epitomizes dynamism that is born out of passion for doing things exceptionally diverse. The brand has been promoting young talent since long by associating itself with various young achievers in past like Unmukt Chand , Shruti Hasan and Lauren Gottlieb and has espoused its “Young Achievers” campaign with them. The brand has also stepped into social media by initiating various online program and formats like tweet store and beauty and the blogger event which has attained enormous success. To reinforce the brand’s philosophy in similar direction, the brand will soon invite showbiz aspirants to get a chance to be featured in the Yo Yo Honey Singh music video.

Opera reaches 1000 extensions

New Opera for Windows and Mac debuts with tab preview feature

Opera for Windows, Mac and Linux now offers over 1000 extensions, small programs that extend the functionality of a browser and personalize the browsing experience. In addition, Opera users can now enjoy a completely new tab preview feature.

1000 extensions for easier browsing
Opera’s move to the Chromium engine last year came with improved site compatibility, but its switch to Chromium’s extensions format also meant that Opera had to rebuild its extensions ecosystem from scratch.

With the help of a conversion tool, detailed tutorials and extensive developer outreach, Opera has managed to get its worldwide community of developers to fill its extension catalog for the Chromium-based Opera browser. Opera’s strict moderation of extension submissions and updates ensures that extension users stay safe. For a complete overview of available extensions, head to addons.opera.com/extensions.

Here’s Opera’s pick of the top extensions designed to make your browsing even more efficient:

Turn Off The Lights allows you to focus on the video you are watching by dimming the rest of the page.
Translate gives you in-page language translation options powered by the Google Translate servers.
Disconnect lets you visualize and block websites that track you.
Evernote Web Clipper allows you to clip, save and share any interesting web content easily, as well as to store your notes.
Similar Image Search gives you an easy way to search similar images on Google Images and other services.

Give your tabs extra visibility

With Opera 24 for Windows and Mac, released today, users can see a large preview of a webpage by hovering the mouse over a tab. Tab preview lets users see the most recent snapshot of the website and enables a smooth, visual overview of multiple tabs.

This latest version of Opera for computers also comes with user interface improvements. Windows users with very dense displays can now enjoy a sharper-looking UI, similar to what Opera for Mac users get on Retina screens. With HiDPI support, the UI will – instead of being scaled – get the sharpness it deserves.

Give Opera 24 a try. Download it for Windows and Mac at opera.com.
Find all documentation and tools for extension developers at dev.opera.com/extensions/.

Windows 8.1 overtakes 8 worldwide

Source: StatCounter Global Stats – OS Market Share

But XP refuses to die and remains number two globally despite end of support in April

Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 operating system has overtaken its older sibling Windows 8 for the first time in terms of internet usage worldwide, according to StatCounter, the independent website analytics company.*

The company’s research arm, StatCounter Global Stats also finds that despite Microsoft’s ending of support in April this year, Windows XP refuses to die and remains the world’s second most popular operating system version. However, for the first time globally, the combined total of Windows 8 and 8.1 (14%) overtook XP (12.9%) in August.

StatCounter finds that Windows 8.1 worldwide has grown steadily to 7.5% in August ahead of Windows 8 (6.6%). The newer operating system overtook its sibling in the UK in April and in the US in May. The data covers desktop, tablet and console.

“Following a mixed reaction to Windows 8, perhaps because of its radical new look, Windows 8.1 appears to be winning over users,” commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter.

However, he added that the stubborn refusal of Windows XP to retire almost five months after the ending of non-paid support is a concern in terms of security and virus risks for remaining users.

Globally XP is on 12.9%, behind Windows 7 on 50.3%. In the US, XP internet usage share has declined below double figures to 8.9%. Europe’s XP share is 10.6% with UK down to 5.2%. Individual country stats are available at:

http://gs.statcounter.com/#os-ww-monthly-201308-201408

Independent web analytics specialist StatCounter (www.statcounter.com) tracks millions of websites for companies, agencies, bloggers, self-employed, charities and anyone who wants to measure activity on their website, blog or forum. Key features include ease of use, independence and ability to view individual visitors in real time.

StatCounter recently announced a new feature in response to Google’s controversial removal of keyword data. By integrating Google Webmaster Tools (GWT) data into its reports, StatCounter has given its members the ability to analyze all available keyword data.

This means that members don’t have to separately access GWT, download the data, merge with other keyword reports and analyze the combined information. Instead, StatCounter members can access all available keyword intelligence and slice and dice this all within their StatCounter account. StatCounter Global Stats data is based on over 15 billion page views per month to over three million websites.

StatCounter Global Stats data is based on over 15 billion page views per month to over three million websites.

*Microsoft assigned a new and distinct user agent to Windows 8.1 compared to Windows 8. For this reason, the two operating systems are separately reported on StatCounter Global Stats.

Microsoft OneDrive is becoming useful for larger files finally

Microsoft is rolling out an update on their OneDrive platform which removes the 2GB file size limit on files that can be synced.

The company said:

As we mentioned on our uservoice, we have started the work to increase the file size limit for all OneDrive accounts. We have started the process with a small number of customers and will continue to roll it out to our full customer base. We will have more to share on this update in the new future, stay tuned to the OneDrive blog.

This is a good update as people involved in creative fields usually work with large files and they can now use OneDrive as their cloud storage platform.

More: Microsoft lifts 2GB file size limit for some OneDrive users

Google+ Photos for Chrome OS gets performance improvements

Google developers have updated their Google+ Photos app for Chrome OS devices. The app basically allow users to quickly upload their photos from cameras to their Google+ accounts for backup and sharing.

Enhancements:

* We’ve optimized the scanning, importing and backup processes. It’s faster and more reliable.
* You can now pause the process at any time — like when you’re on a slow connection, or giving a killer presentation to your boss.
* You can quickly find your most recently imported photos in a special album called “Last import” in the “Albums” tab.

More: Import pictures to Google+ Photos faster on your Chromebook We’re rolling out…

Nokia Here is now available on select Samsung smartphones and smartwatches

Samsung has signed an exclusive licensing agreement with Nokia’s Here division to bring their Here mapping platform to their smartphones and smartwatches.

Nokia Here of course already has a version for Android through the Microsoft’s Nokia X platform.

Samsung gets exclusive access to one of the best mapping engines in the world which fills one of the missing pieces in their offerings if they ever decide to fork out Android in the future.

Nokia Here spoke about the launch:

Beside the ability to use HERE without any Internet connection, there are a few more features we’re particularly proud of: HERE for Samsung’s Galaxy phones can pair with the Samsung Gear S to sync routes with the smartwatch. Additionally, it works with Glympse and with Samsung’s Car Mode. When you pair your Samsung Gear S with a compatible smartphone with the HERE app, you can plan walking or transit routes on your smartphone and then beam them to the smartwatch over Bluetooth to continue the navigation there. So you get the best of both screens!

More: Android fans rejoice: HERE for Samsung Galaxy smartphones – HERE Three Sixty — 360.here.com