Thursday, March 8, 2012

Nokia 808 PureView - The Smartphone With 41-MP Camera...

At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Nokia announced the 808 Pureview, a flagship Symbian device with a 41-megapixel camera. In addition to superior still imaging technology, the Nokia 808 PureView, also includes full HD 1080p video recording and playback with 4X loss less zoom and the world's first use of Nokia Rich Recording. The headline feature is obviously the 41MP camera, and although you can't access all those megapixels, you can take 34MP photos that you can zoom into to dizzying levels.

 The 808 Pureview is a well equipped phone with a 1.3GHz single-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 4-inch Capacitive Touch AMOLED Corning Gorilla Glass Display, Symbian Belle Operating System,  Orientation, Accelerometer & Proximity Sensors, Xenon Flash Camera with Geo-Tagging, GPS Navigation, Wi-Fi & Bluetooth Connectivity,  Digital Compass and that huge 41 Megapixels Carl Zeiss camera which is capable of capturing 1080p video. The Nokia 808 Pureview is set to land in the UK on 23 April and will rock a high-end price tag of £464.98.

The Nokia 808 Pureview wasn't meant to be a surprise, but with a 41MP camera and 1080p video recording, it certainly seems to have turned out that way. However, will the fact that the 808 Pureview is running the out-of-favour Symbian operating system result in slow sales, as consumers look towards the Windows Phone powered Lumia 800 and Lumia 900. Now take a look at the Specifications list below:

Nokia 808 PureView Specifications & Features:
  • Operating System: Symbian Belle
  • Display: 4” Capacitive Touch AMOLED Corning Gorilla Glass
  • Sensors: Orientation, Accelerometer & Proximity
  • Graphics: Open GL 2.0 Dedicated Processor
  • Camera: 41 Megapixels Carl Zeiss with Xenon Flash
  • Video: Full HD Recording
  • Memory: 16 GB In-Built
  • Network: 3G & A-GPS Supported
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth v3.0 and Wi-Fi
  • Eco-friendly: 100 % Recyclable Product
  • Battery: BL-5J 1430 mAh
  • Standby: Up to 465 hrs (2G) & 540 hrs (3G)
  • Talk-time: Up to 11 hrs (2G) & 6.5 hrs (3G)
  • Dimensions: 123.9 x 60.2 x 13.9 mm
  • Weight: 169 g Approx.
  • Others: FM Transmitter, Landscape Orientation and Geo Tagging.

Top 10 Most Powerful Tanks of the World

A tank is a tracked, armored fighting vehicle designed for front-line combat which combines operational mobility and tactical offensive and defensive capabilities. Firepower is normally provided by a large-caliber main gun in a rotating turret and secondary machine guns, while heavy Armour and all-terrain mobility provide protection for the tank and its crew, allowing it to perform all primary tasks of the armored troops on the battlefield. These tanks serves as the key medium of transportation in the country's army. Here we have listed the top 10 most powerful tanks from all over the world. Take a look at it one by one...

10. M1A1 Abrams (USA) :

The main battle tank of American military sits in the top with its 120mm smooth-bore cannon, classified Chatham armor and a 1500hp engine giving it a top speed of 40mph. Equipped with advanced fire-control computer and damage control systems; it is surely the most hi-tech. Never defeated in a conventional tank battle but it has suffered in the hit-and-run tactics in Iraq. This tank is an American third-generation main battle tank. The tank is named after Gen. Creighton Abrams, former Army Chief of Staff and Commander of US military forces in Vietnam from 1968 to 1972.

9. Challenger 2 (UK) :

Challenger 2 is a British main battle tank (MBT) currently in service with the armies of the United Kingdom and Oman. It was designed and built by the British company Vickers Defense .The current British main battle tank has seen in action in Iraq. One Challenger was hit by eight RPG’s and a MILAN anti-tank missile, but its crew survived unharmed though shaken. It also uses the same Chatham armor as the Abrams. It can survive 14 hits from rocket propelled grenades and from one MILAN anti tank missile.

8. Al-Khalid (Pakistan) :

In 1990 Pakistan embarked on this project to develop its own tank and within 10 years it has designed manufactured and tested the product which is now in production. This compared to an average time of 13 to 15 years to mature a tank development programmed for most of the western Countries with substantial experience in tank design and manufacture. It is worth mentioning here that it took India 25 years to develop her project of Arjun tank and cost her considerably more. The 125mm smooth gun of the tank is also produced locally. The tank is equipped with night vision equipment and explosive reactive armor for higher level of battlefield survivability. After the field trials with Pak Army, the tank was officially handed over to Pakistan Army on 23 September 2004.

7. T-90 (Russia) :

The T-90S is the latest development in the T-series of Russian tanks and represents an increase in firepower, mobility and protection. It is manufactured by the Uralvagonzavod Plant in Nizhniy Tagil (Potkin’s bureau) of the Russian Federation. The T-90 is a Russian main battle tank and presently the most advance tank in service with the Russian Ground Forces and Indian Army. It entered service in 1992.

6. Leclerc (France) :

The Leclerc main battle tank (MBT) built by Giat Industries is operational with the French Army and the armed forces of Abu Dhabi of the United Arab Emirates. The Leclerc was first operational with the French Army in 1992 and with UAE in 1995. Leclerc mk2 tanks with improved software and engine control system entered production in 1998. The French Army has 354 Leclerc MBTs in service and in September 2001 ordered the final tranche of 52, concluding a total order of 406 (plus 20 armoured recovery vehicles). Deliveries completed in October 2007.The Leclerc is the main battle tank of France created by Nexter. It was named for Gen. Philippe Leclerc of WW II. It entered service in 1992 and is also operated by UAE – United Arab Emirates. The French Army has a total of 406 Leclercs and the UAE has 388. A unit of Leclerc is worth ₣ 29,000,000 in 1993.

5. Leopard 2 (Germany) :

The Leopard 2, was first produced in 1979 and is in service with the armies of Austria, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain and Turkey, with over 3,200 produced. The Leopard 2 is the main battle tank of Germany. It entered service in 1979. It first saw combat in Kosovo with the German Army and has also seen action in Afghanistan with the Danish and Canadian ISAF forces. The Leopard 2 is one of the most expensive tanks in the world where a single unit is worth US$4.5 million (Leopard 2A6).

4. Merkava ( Israel) :

First introduced in 1977, the Merkava was design with crew safety and protection in mind. Though low in mobility, it has adapted well to the urban nature of warfare faced by the Israeli forces. But its complex design lowers its production rate. The Merkava, which is means Chariot in Hebrew, is the main battle tank of Israel Defense Forces. A Merkava tank is worth $4.5-$5 million in 2006. The turret assembly is located nearer the rear that gives the crew additional protection against a frontal attack. The rear entrance’s clamshell-style doors provide overhead protection when off- and on-loading cargo and personnel.

3. CI Ariete (Italy) :

The Ariete CI is currently being brought into service and studies are being carried out for an advanced second or third-generation battle tank. The Italian Army took delivery of its first Ariete main battle tank in December 1995. This tank carries the latest optical and digital-imaging and fire-control systems, enabling it to fight day and night and to fire on the move. The first deliveries were in 1995, and the last occurred 7 years later in August 2002.

2. T-84 (Ukraine) :

The T-84, the main battle tank of Ukraine, is one of the fastest existing MBTs in the world, It entered service in the Ukrainian Armed Forces in 1999.This tank was developed from Soviet T-80. The T-84 Oplot is an advanced version incorporating an armored ammunition compartment in a new turret bustle. The T-84-120 Yatagan is a prototype model intended for export, mounting a 120 mm gun capable of firing standard NATO ammunition and guided missiles.

1. Type 99 ( China) :

Type 99, a 3rd generation main battle tank operated by the Peoples Liberation Army of China, is the fastest tank in the world. The ZTZ99 MBT is considered one of the 12 best tanks in the world. A unit of Type 99 is worth ¥ 17,417,659 Renminbi, approximately US$2.5 million. It is also known as ZTZ-99 and WZ-123. The newest and much improve variant is the Type 99KM It is currently the most advanced MBT in the People’s Liberation Army. It entered the PLA service in 2001.

Wooden Chip Art by Sergei Bobkov

Sergei Bobkov, a school teacher from Krasnoyarsk, Russia has patented a unique technique of creating sculptures from wooden chips. Sergei gradually developed his own methods to prevent wood chips from crumbling. He puts them in water for several days. Most of the time the artist prefers to work with cembra pine, however, some elements are better made of willow or beech.

From a 2-3-inch long bar the artist makes 100 to 150 wood chips. Then the chips are carefully rolled to form a feather. Sergei says that wood chips are a rather flexible material. Finished works of art do not need any special care, however, they do need to be protected from dust and direct sunlight.

Before creating his works of art, Sergei studies the anatomy of an animal along with its habits, so that he can create a perfect replica using his amazing technique. "It's not too interesting to do what other can, to create something out of nothing in a completely new way is far more inspiring." says Bobkov.

The Beauty of Ballet - Photography by Richard Calmes

The game, dance, passion, music, emotion, theater, stage - It's just the part and parcel of ballet dance. Movement as a way of expressing the basic idea of ballet art. Appropriate scenery and lavish costumes are just companions of performance. Richard Calmes realized what it means to deal with ballet. Hard work, regular exercise, a lot of sacrifice, but also a great pleasure. Calmes understand the world of dance. He understands the importance of every movement, every jump and every pirouette.

He admires the ballet dancers as artists, and they are very frequent theme of his photography. Calmes skillfully captures with his camera explosion perfect movements that alternate with blink of an eye. It is a challenge for Calmes. He capture his ballet dancers in many different environments, giving them the opportunity to demonstrate their excellence off stage, representing the divine beauty of the movement that stirs emotions in us. Here are some of the pictures taken by Richard Calmes that gives a emotional feelings about the art of ballet dance.