Amazon is preparing to release a smartphone in the second half of 2014, thrusting itself into a market already crowded with Apple and Samsung models, The Wall Street Journal reported. The company aims to announce its new product by the end of June and ship to customers by the end of September in time for the holidays, the Journal said in a Friday report, citing unnamed people briefed on the matter. Amazon, it said, hopes to differentiate its phone from other models with a screen that displays hologram-like three-dimensional images, which can be viewed without special glasses. Earlier this month the retailer unveiled a new media streaming device, Amazon Fire TV, which it touted as simplifying the experience of watching video online.
Trees of Bangalore - Garden City says it with flowers
“Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky..." wrote poet Kahlil Gibran. Trees take little and give a lot. They are the heart, the limbs, the veins and the lungs of the ecosystem. As if they didn't have enough roles to play, they are also responsible for making every scene and scape beautiful. We are nothing without trees around us. Bangalore has always been known for its tree cover, but the words Bangalore and trees can't be used in the same sentence without a 'sigh'. Thousands of trees have been felled to make way for new roads and localities, the bane of a fast-developing city. However, for a brief time during January to May, the very trees our people gladly chop down give us an opportunity to feast our eyes on them, when they spurt the most beautiful and colorful flowers. TEXT AND PHOTOS BY RADHA RANGARAJAN
- One dead as S. Korea ferry with 476 passengers sinks
South Korea's coastguard said Wednesday one person had been killed as it struggled to rescue 476 people -- mostly high school students -- aboard a ferry that ran aground and sank off the southern coast. "The ferry is almost completely submerged," Lee said, adding that a detachment of South Korean Navy SEALS were taking part in the rescue. Of the 450 passengers on board the ferry bound for the southern resort island of Jeju, 325 were students from a high school in Ansan, south of Seoul. The 6,825-tonne ferry, which had sailed out of the western port of Incheon on Tuesday evening, ran into trouble some 20 kilometres (13 miles) off the island of Byungpoong.