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#AtLongLast: Samsung unveils amazing new S6 and S6 Edge

Phone giant Samsung has finally revealed its new flagship mobile device - the Galaxy S6. 

Launched alongside a smaller version with a curved edge screen, the S6 Edge, the new Samsung S6 has some big shoes to fill - both the s$ and S5 were fine handsets with great functionality and design features.

Initial impressions are that the new phone is first rate as well. 

The regulation S6 is clad in a metal uni-body that looks and feels expensive, especially due the use of Gorilla Glass instead of plastic for the outer cover.  Gorilla Glass is a specialized toughened glass and is engineered to be thin, light and damage resistant. 

The S6 features the material both front and back and measures a barely believable 6.8 mm in thickness. 

The S6 also continues with Samsung's reputation for excellent screens and features Quad HD resolution and a 5.1-inch display with Super AMOLED. 

It's crystal clear and sharp and a huge step up from the S5's screen which was already exceptional. 

The phone features Android's Lollipop operating system with a excellently refined version of Samsung's TouchWiz touch user interface which is even more intuitive than before.

The S6 gets a 64-bit octacore processor, 3GB of RAM and storage that can be extended up to a staggering 128 GB.  However, the S6 range does away with a microSD card which means you will have to pay extra to upgrade storage space. Incidentally, that super-thin body means there is also no removable battery.  The integrated battery is slightly less-powered which means less battery life which is a shame given that the screen and TouchWIZ do drain the battery.

The cameras are brought over from the S6 - 16 Megapixel on the rear and 5MP on the front but both have been upgraded to shoot better in low light.  There is also an Auto HDR capability. 

The Galaxy S6 Edge features a "dual curve" screen that bends down at the edges of the phone which offers the option of locating different icons on the side for ease of access.

Apart from the design both phones are largely identical; the S6 Edge comes in slightly thicker at 7mm – compared to 6.8mm on the S6 – and the curvier phone has a larger battery (2600mAh compared to 2550mAh).

Samsung has said the Galaxy S6 release date is April 10th.

Expect to pay something close to the iPhone 6 levels for the phone and more for the S6 Edge.

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#ReBirth: Dr Rohan Murty unveils Murty Classical Library of India in London

L to R: Professor Sheldon Pollock, Editor MCLI; Dr Rohan Murty; Mr Ranjan Matha, High Commissioner of India to UK; Mr Roly Keating, Chief Executive British Library

When the sage poet Valmiki penned the epic Ramayana more than 2500 years ago, it was written in Sankskrit - a language whose influence spread from Afghanistan, across south and southeast Asia all the way to Bali in Indonesia.

Sanskrit was also the language which gave birth to the Mahabharata and countless other works which have shaped the social, political, religious and aesthetic histories of vast swathes of the world. 

Yet, despite its importance - alongside other ancient Indian languages such as Pali and Urdu - Sanskrit barely registers in academic or cultural discourse in the west which remain pre-occupied with Greek and Latin.

Now a fledgling publishing venture is attempting to change that through the expertise of one of the western world's great academic institutions and the munificence of one of India's wealthiest families.

The Murty Classical Library of India (MCLI) is a collaboration between the Harvard University Press and computer scientist Dr Narayan Murty, an Harvard alum and the son of billionaire Indian tech tycoon Narayana Murthy.

The Library, funded to the tune of $5.2 million by Dr Murty, aims to publish modern English translations of the great literary works of India from the past two thousand years. 

MCLI had its official UK launch at India House on 27 March during which it unveiled its first five books which include 'Therigatha', a collection of poems penned by a group of Buddhist nuns in 600 BC and considered the earliest known collection of women's literature; the first volume of the 'Akbarnama', the official chronicle of the reign of the Mughal Emperor 'Akbar; and the extraordinary poetry of the Punjabi philosopher Bulleh Shah.

The Library aims to translate hundreds more works not only in Sanskrit but more than a dozen other Indian languages, including Pali, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Persian, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu. 

Digital editions of the translations will also be made available in the future.

The UKAsian caught up with Dr Murty and MCLI's visionary editor Professor Sheldon Pollock.

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#Sleuth: YRF unveils trailer for Dibakar Banerjee’s noirish ‘Detective Byomkesh Bakshy’

Yash Raj Films have released the firs trailer of Dibakar Banerjee's eagerly-anticipated World War 2-era crime thriller 'Detective Byomkesh Bakshy'.

The film is adapted from Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay's acclaimed books about a fictional detective, widely considered India's answer to Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes.
Sushant Singh Rajput stars as Bakshi, complete with jaunty moustache, dhoti and socks.

Banerjee has brought a fittingly noirish feel to the story which is set in Calcutta circa 1943, a time of tremendous upheaval in the region - Bakshy may be hunting for a missing person but Dibakar's adaptation seems to drip with context.

Rajput is joined by theatre star Anand Tiwari and stunning Bengali actress Swastika Mukherjee whose character, according to Banerjee, resembles that of Mata Hari the beautiful real life Dutch temptress and World War 1-era spy.

Whilst the film is broadly based on Bandyopadhyay's original 1932 - 1970 detective stories, Banerjee has taken plenty of liberties with the level of violence and sexuality in the film, according to reports and it certainly shows.

Detective Byomkesh Bakshy hits cinemas 3 April 2015.

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#FutureTech: Microsoft unveils Hologram Technology

Microsoft Corporation surprised the tech world on Wednesday with a prototype hologram visor that can bring the Minecraft video game, Skype calls and even the landscape of Mars to three-dimensional life.

The tech giant, which has struggled to innovate in recent years in the face of competition from Apples and Google, is making a bold play to regain the innovative spirit that has made it one of the world's biggest technology companies.

Virtual or enhanced reality is the next frontier in computing interaction, with Facebook focusing on its Oculus virtual reality headset and Google working on its Glass project.

Microsoft said its wire-free Microsoft HoloLens device will be available around the same time as Windows 10 this autumn.

Industry analysts were broadly excited at the prospect, but skeptical that it could produce a working model at a mass-market price that soon.

Microsoft does not have a stellar record of bringing ground-breaking technology to life.

Its Kinect motion-sensing game device caused an initial stir but never gripped the popular imagination.

The company showed off a crude test version of the visor - essentially jerry-rigged wires and cameras pulled over the head - to reporters and industry analysts at a gathering at its headquarters near Seattle.

It did not allow any photographs or video of the experience, but put some images on its website.

Microsoft has been working on the top-secret project for a few years, and showed off a number of scenarios: manipulating virtual objects that can be sent to a 3D printer, creating a Minecraft-like game environment in a room and letting users point to objects on the other end of the line in a Skype video call.

Most realistically, it demonstrated a lifelike panorama of the surface of Mars gathered from NASA's Curiosity Rover.

NASA has already been working with Microsoft to develop software called "OnSight," which will allow scientists on earth to virtually explore and plan experiments on Mars.

"It is incredible and surprised me in how far the state of the art has progressed with holograms. I kept waiting for Princess Leia to appear," said IDC analyst Al Hilwa, referring to the Star Wars character.

"But the future wildcard is whether a significant chunk of the population will be willing to wear such gear. We also have to wait and see what compelling applications emerge and how broadly life-changing they are," he added.

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#RedCarpet: Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveils ‘Make In India’ campaign

The 'Made in China' label plastered on everything from iPhones to bubble blowers may soon become less ubiquitous if Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has his way.

Mr Modi was front and centre at an event in New Delhi on Thursday as he unveiled 'Make in India', an ambitious new program aimed at making India the world's next big manufacturing hub.

Addressing some of the country's wealthiest individuals - many of them basking in the glow of being named to Forbes magazine's annual list of India's richest - Mr Modi promised a raft of measures that would help transform his country into a centre for high-tech manufacturing, promising better measures for companies seeking clearances as well as better logistical systems for potential investors.

Mr Modi acknowledged that the trust between the government and corporate sector had been eroded and promised to put that right.

"We do not want any industrialist being forced to leave India.  A trust was broken -- that when a policy will be changed, when will the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) come.

"This is what I heard from all you.  The biggest issue is trust.  Why don't we trust each other? I want to change that."

Mr Modi said he was saddened to see scores of Indians leaving the country seeking greener pastures abroad and said that 'Make In India' would entice them as well as foreign investors back.

"After what we have done and what I hear from you, I don't think I need to assure you any further on 'Make in India'.

A day before the unveiling, government officials revealed new steps to make it easier for foreign businesses to start operations in India, including online license applications whilst the validity of licenses have also been extended to three years from the previous 12 months.

"Make in India is not a slogan but a mission to be accomplished with a single-minded commitment", said Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

The manufacturing sector makes up just 15% of India's vast economy.  The government aims to raise that figure to 25%.

The new campaign was duly applauded by key industrialists with Tata Sons chairman Cyrus Mistry calling it a "timely opportunity to make India truly global".

India's richest individual, Reliance Industries honcho Mukesh Ambani said: "Today we commit ourselves to the 'Make in India' movement that was given to us by our beloved prime minister. 

Mr Modi's mission is a gargantuan one given that key ingredients for manufacturing - in particular infrastructure and energy provision - remain in a shambolic state in many parts of India.

Add to that the keenness of the far more efficient Chinese government to safeguard its country's reputation as the world's factory floor.

Just as Mr Modi was revealing the snazzy new lion logo of the Make In India campaign, the Chinese government unveiled a slew of new tax concessions for companies in the manufacturing sector aimed at encouraging high-tech imports and the establishment of research and development facilities.

Under the new campaign China will use tax breaks to encourage enterprises to upgrade their equipment and increase R&D efforts to improve the manufacturing industry.

According to reports, the new measures from Beijing will be particularly beneficial for the aviation, biotechnology and electronics sectors.

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#FDI: TESCO unveils plan to invest $110 million in India Retail

British supermarket giant Tesco is all set to become the first foreign mega-retailer to enter India’s booming retail sector after revealing plans to buy a stake in a retailer owned by the Tata Group. Tesco, the world’s third-largest retailer, announced that it has submitted an application to India’s Foreign Investment …

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London Indian Film Festival unveils amazing 2013 line-up

Two Indian favourites at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and an acclaimed Pakistani film are set to be the focus of the 2013 London Indian Film Festival (LIFF) which gets underway on Thursday, July 18. Amit Kumar’s critically acclaimed film noir thriller ‘Monsoon Shootout’ and ‘Bombay Talkies’, the four-film tribute …

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