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Posted by on Mar 14, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc to end its 244 year legacy

Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc to end its 244 year legacy

Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc. announced on 13thMarch 2012 that it will stop publishing print editions of the book encyclopaedia. The Britannica’s encyclopaedia is available in printed form since the year 1768, when it was first published in Edinburgh, Scotland. Encyclopaedia Britannica has already stopped printing hard copies of its books. The books released in 2010 that are now available in the markets are the last ones to grab.This was not a sudden decision to stop the publishment but was thought about for quite sometime now and the official word is now out. Jorge Cauz, President of Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc. said “This has nothing to do with Wikipedia or Google,This has to do with the fact that now Britannica sells its digital products to a large number of people.” Also he added “The sales of printed encyclopaedias have been negligible for several years.We knew this was going to come.” Printed Encyclopaedia was the most reliable and easy source of articles on wide range of subjects till the digital world was made...

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Posted by on Mar 7, 2012 in Entertainment, Movies | 0 comments

59th National Award Winners

59th National Award Winners

The winners of 59th National Awards for Film was announced on 7th March 2012 in New Delhi.The Best actor award is bagged by Girish Kulkani for the Marathi flick Deool while the award for best female lead went to Vidya Balan. The Best feature film of the year is shared by ‘Devur’ (Marathi) & ‘Byari’ (Kannada). The Tamil Mafia flick Aranya Kandam won two awards for Best Editing and Best Debut film by a Director.Synonymous to the previous year,the best supporting actor went to Tamil , Appu Kutty for Azhagar Samiyin Kuthirai. The following are the list of awards in major categories. Best Feature film –  Devur (Marathi) & Byari (Kannada) Best Director –  Gurvinder Singh for Anhey Ghore Da Daan (Punjabi) Best Actor – Girish Kulkarni for Deool (Marathi) Best Actress –  Vidya Balan for The Dirty Picture Best Supporting Actor –  Appu Kutty for Azhagar Samiyin Kuthirai (Tamil) Best Supporting Actor – Leishangthem Tonthoingambi Devi for Phijigee Mani(Manipuri) Best Editing –  Praveen KL  for Aranya Kandam Best Debut Film by a...

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Posted by on Feb 29, 2012 in Gadgets, iPad, Tablets | 0 comments

New IPad3 & What it has got to offer?

New IPad3 & What it has got to offer?

With the launch event of Apple’s iPad3 on March 7th, What one can expect of Apple’s revolutionary couch-top device. Next version of iPad might no be called as iPad3 but may be as iPad 2S . No wonder the name is inspired from iPhone 4S.For rest of that post let that remain as iPad3. This name change has been expected because of the new iPad covers sold as iPad 2S covers in China and Korea by the iPad case makers.  iPad3 could feature Quad core A5X processor. One cannot be sure about about the Quad core but the A5X chip was something that was spied and reported earlier.One can certainly expect vast improvements in Graphics support to match a larger screen resolution. Major expectation that might be satisfied is the Retina display that featured in iPhones which can have solution of 2048×1536. This is twice of the current iPad2 (1024×768). Even though the resolution might go up, the screen size could remain at 9.5×7.3 inches.  iPad3’s camera would be...

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Posted by on Feb 28, 2012 in Business | 0 comments

Why the World might end for Greece sooner than Rest

Why the World might end for Greece sooner than Rest

Long Long Ago In the early mid 2000s, Greece’s economy was one of the fastest growing in the eurozone and the government took advantage of it by running a large structural deficit, partly due to 2004 Athen’s Summer Olympics and  partly due to high defense spending amid historic enmity to Turkey. As the world economy cooled in the late 2000s, Greece was hit damn hard because  of its main industries (shipping and tourism) twindling — which were very much sensitive to changes in the business cycle. As a result, the country’s debt began to pile up swiftly because of the high number of bonds the country had issued.       Moreover, these Greek bonds have been resold as Credit Default Swaps(CDS) to the US and European market.(The Credit Default Swaps are insurance policies, individually written between 2  firms, that basically say – if Greece defaults to pay you, we’ll pay you what Greece should have paid you.)         As the world wide economy imploded in...

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Posted by on Feb 27, 2012 in Director’s Cut, Entertainment, Movies | 0 comments

Who’s the Hero? Akira Kurosawa on director’s cut

Who’s the Hero? Akira Kurosawa on director’s cut

Being from a nation obsessed with Entertainment, obviously my first post on IndianDragon is on Cinemas. Even India’s identity to certain parts of the world still remains through Bollywood and its no lesser counterparts from South.        Moving on , this post is not on commercial Indain Cinema or its fantasies it revolve around but rather an intuition into how we missed some of the great film makers or scintillating works from rest of the world. One such artist is Akira Kurosawa of Japan. Akira had the style of choosing plots for his movies from his own backyard or the Japan’s historic samurais. Most of his movies revolved around Samurai’s as the main character and he was brilliant enough to adopt some of Shakespeare’s tragedies like King Lear, Macbeth into his movies. Now one can see similar path followed by some Indian directors in choosing plots from Epic and Myth.        For n00bs, Akira was not only a guy who made good films but made...

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