Yuvvraaj Movie Review

•November 27, 2008 • Leave a Comment

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Cast: Anil Kapoor,Salman Khan,Zayed Khan,Katrina Kaif

Director: Subhash Ghai

Music: A.R.Rahman

A long wait has been fulfilled by the release of the Movie ‘Yuvvraaj’.This film had more expectations from everyone due to director Subhash Ghai ahd music director A.R.Rahman’s charming music.Subhash Ghai’s previous attempts Yaadein and kisna didnt do well,Yuvvraaj must do well at box office to show his talents.

The movie is full of music where u can see once again Rahman’s show.The film has no new story with some normal screenplay.The movie moves around three brothers of a family.On the whole it is a worthful film for Rahman fans and a passable movie for all.

Google offers voice search for Apple’s iphone

•November 15, 2008 • Leave a Comment

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Google has recently announced that they will offer voice recognition technology for Apple’s iphone first.This feature allows user to search answers for their questions by merely speaking into the mike.

Here’s how it works: The iPhone user asks a question, such as “Where’s the closest Burger King?” or “How wide is the Grand Canyon?” The user’s voice is converted to a digital file and transmitted to Google’s servers.

Google Search then serves up the results — in a matter of seconds if the user has a fast wireless network, the Times reports. The search results always include any local information.

Google is playing catch-up, in a sense. Yahoo and Microsoft already offer a voice-recognition option for mobile phones. Microsoft’s Tellme service offers users information in specific categories, such as movies, maps or directions. Yahoo offers voice services through its oneSearch platform.

Vaaranam Aayiram-Review

•November 15, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Starring: Suriya, Simran, Sameera Reddy, Divya

Direction: Gautham Menon

Music: Harris Jayaraj

Production: Aascar Ravichandran

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Finally,the most awaited film ‘Vaaranam Aayiram’ has been released.

Gautam has derived inspiration for Vaaranam Ayiram from his own life and hence the movie is by and large close to real life with only very few scenes seeming out of place. Like the middle-class Surya, whose dad struggles to keep up with his family’s expenses, flies down to the USA in search of his love-at-first-sight Sameera – now that is far fetched. However, as clichéd as his love might seem, his sufferings sound more genuine – a feeling that the ‘Anjale’ song only upsurges.

The movie opens with an older version of Surya, suffering from throat cancer, succumbing to his disease. With the bare minimum background score and subdued acting, the scene helps to mound the expectations for a few minutes. The news then is conveyed to the son, played by Surya again, who is on a defense operation somewhere in Kashmir. The rest of the movie is the son’s reminiscences of his father – the son’s role overriding the father’s in the process, however.

The first half of the movie drifts away with nothing significant in the offing. In less than half-hour, it breaks into two songs. Surya (dad/son) falls in love twice and loses the love of his life. The second half, however, spruces up with the kidnap episode and the journalist rescue operation.

Vaaranam Aayiram is an out and out Surya show. When the man disrobes his tee to flaunt his rippling muscles acquired after hard slog, the ladies scream their lungs out. His subtle expressions after losing out his dad to cancer score as good as his screams and emotional turbulence after losing his girl. Surya Senior’s makeup screams for attention, though.

Simran comes a close second with her puffed eyes and refined articulation of emotions announcing that she is ageing gracefully. Sameera has a constant grin, which is adorable. But all she could come up with after seeing her stalker at her doorsteps in the US is a surprised expression after getting a scoop of her favorite ice cream unexpectedly. Surya – Sameera’s first meet in the train is well conceived and executed. Divya, however, is in her quietest form oozing loads of sophisticated attitude.

There are touching and heart-warming moments in the movie; however, they are few and far between. Like the scene in which the cancer patient dad expresses his helplessness in telling stories to his grandson since his vocal chords no longer support him and Simran’s emotional silent outburst when she is being told that her husband is about to start his final procession to the burial ground.

Harris’ music complements Thamarai’s lyrics with almost all songs, albeit termed as interruptions, hummable. And as Sudha Raghunathan breaks into the Anal Mele song in her unconventionally mellifluous voice, the movie’s sluggish pace is curtailed. Adiye Kolluthe, partly rendered by Shruti Hassan, seems to mark the beginning of Tamil punk-rock.

The three hour long movie advocates non-smoking heavily and hits the smokers hard with the harsh reality of its consequences – cancer, for instance.

Now, a software to read your mind

•November 14, 2008 • Leave a Comment

mind-reading1 In a landmark research, scientists in Netherlands have developed a mind-reading state-of-the-art software, which can decipher the sounds being spoken to a person from scans of the listener’s brain.The researchers led by Elia Formisano of Maastricht University, found that each speaker and each sound created a distinctive “neural fingerprint” in a listener’s auditory cortex, the brain region that deals with hearing.

“This is the first study in which we can really distinguish two human voices, or two specific sounds,” Formisano told a science journal.

To train the software, neuroscientists used functional magnetic resonance imaging (FMRI) to track the brain activity of 7 people while they listened to three different speakers saying simple vowel sounds. This fingerprint was used to create rules that could decode future activity and determine both who is being listened to, and what they are saying, the journal reported.

“We have [created] a sort of speech-recognition device which is completely based on the brain activity of the listener,” explained Formisano.

According to the report, the researchers hope to match recent advances in using FMRI to identify what a person is looking at from their brain activity.

Until now, the best mind-reading feats achieved for auditory brain activity extended only to differentiating between different categories of sounds, such as human voices versus animal cries.

In the course of the research, the team found that whatever sound a person makes, they trigger the same voice fingerprint in the brain. Likewise, a given vowel sound produces the same fingerprint, independent of the speaker.

Chandrayaan-I lands on moon

•November 14, 2008 • Leave a Comment

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India on Friday became the fourth nation to have its flag flying on the Moon’s surface when Chandrayaan-1’s Moon Impact Probe device, – which has the Indian Tricolour painted on it – touched down.

Joining the US, the erstwhile Soviet Union and the European Union, the 35-kg Moon Impact Probe (MIP) hit the moon exactly at 8.31 PM, about 25 minutes after the probe instrument descended from the satellite in what ISRO described as a “perfect operation”.

Miniature Indian flags painted on four sides of the MIP signalled the country’s symbolic entry into moon to coincide with the birth anniversary of the country’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, observed as Children’s Day.

“It will signify the entry of India on Moon,” an ISRO official said.

The MIP is one of the 11 scientific instruments (payloads) onboard Chandrayaan-1, India’s first unmanned spacecraft mission to Moon launched on October 22 from Sriharikota spaceport.

Developed by ISRO’s Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre of Thiruvananthapuram, the primary objective of MIP is to demonstrate the technologies required for landing a probe at the desired location on the moon.

The probe will help qualify some of the technologies related to future soft landing missions. This apart, scientific exploration of the moon at close distance is also intended using MIP.

ISRO officials say that Chandrayaan-1 detached Moon Impact Probe as planned.

India thrashes England

•November 14, 2008 • Leave a Comment

India posts its first win over England in the first one dayers in Rajkot.Despite some fighting knocks from skipper Kevin Pietersen and Ravi Bopara, England fell short by 158 runs as India won the first One-Day International of the seven-match series in Rajkot.

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After posting a mammoth total of 387 runs with the help Yuvraj Singh’s unbeaten 138 runs and Virender Sehwag’s flamboyant 85 runs, India bundled England for 229 runs at the Madhavrao Scindia Stadium on Friday.

Put in to bat first, Indian batsmen made merry after seeing through the first few overs. England’s nemesis Yuvraj toyed with the bowlers to raise ninth ODI hundred, his second against the visitors. Yuvraj, who was suffering from a back spasm, dealt the bowlers in boundaries, and hit sixteen 4s and six 6s in his 78-ball long outing. Everything that he hit found itself on the other side of the rope. His hundred was the second fastest ton by an Indian.

Indian openers- Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir – gave a good start before spinner Samit Patel broke their 127-run partnership. Gambhir came dancing down the track to loft one from Patel. It lacked the distance as he was caught at long-off by Shah for 51 runs.

Twilight(2008)-Review

•November 13, 2008 • Leave a Comment

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Director:Catherine Hardwicke                                 Theatrical Release: Nov 21, 2008

cast : Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Billy Burke, Peter Facinelli

Genre: Dramas

Based on the best-selling book series by Stephenie Meyer. BELLA SWAN has always been a little bit different. Never one to run with the crowd, Bella never cared about fitting in with the trendy, plastic girls at her Phoenix, Arizona high… Synopsis:Based on the best-selling book series by Stephenie Meyer.

BELLA SWAN has always been a little bit different. Never one to run with the crowd, Bella never cared about fitting in with the trendy, plastic girls at her Phoenix, Arizona high school. When her mother remarried and sent Bella to live with her father in the rainy little town of Forks, Washington, she didn’t expect much of anything to change. But things do change when she meets the mysterious and dazzlingly beautiful EDWARD CULLEN. For Edward is nothing like any boy she’s ever met. He’s nothing like anyone she’s ever met, period. He’s intelligent and witty, and he seems to see straight into her soul. In no time at all, they are swept up in a passionate and decidedly unorthodox romance — unorthodox because Edward really isn’t like the other boys. He can run faster than a mountain lion. He can stop a moving car with his bare hands. Oh, and he hasn’t aged since 1918. Like all vampires, he’s immortal. That’s right — VAMPIRE. But he doesn’t have fangs — that’s just in the movies. And he doesn’t drink human blood, though Edward and his family are unique among vampires in that lifestyle choice.

To Edward, Bella is that thing he has waited 90 years for — a soul mate.

But the closer they get, the more Edward must struggle to resist the primal pull of her scent, which could send him into an uncontrollable frenzy.

Somehow or other, they will have to manage their unmanageable love. But what will they do when LAURENT and JAMES, the Cullens’ mortal vampire enemies, come to town, looking for Bella?

Based on the #1 New York Times Bestselling series by Stephenie Meyer, Twilight is a cultural phenomenon, with a fanatic fanbase that eagerly awaits this movie. Critically acclaimed director Catherine Hardwicke brings to life this modern, visual, and visceral Romeo and Juliet story of the ultimate forbidden love affair — between vampire and mortal.

Based on the best-selling book series by Stephenie Meyer. BELLA SWAN has always been a little bit different. Never one to run with the crowd, Bella never cared about fitting in with the trendy, plastic girls at her Phoenix, Arizona high…