Microsoft is planning to provide a unique email ID for every Indian, powered by Windows Live Hotmail. The company will introduce a range of cool, funky and innovative email IDs using domain addresses such as www.mumbairocks.in and www.goarocks.com.
The initiative will begin with the residents of Lokhandwala in Mumbai, who can soon get themselves email IDs that read something like this: firstname.lastname@example.org. Similar domain addresses are on the cards for the rest of India, so whether you are in Goa or Gurgaon, your virtual address can reflect your real-life one.
“Our research shows that email IDs are actually a part of one’s own identity. People use email as the primary mode of contact and, hence, it is important to have an email ID which is unique. We aim to deliver an email ID for every kind of Indian, which truly reflects their identity and personality,” says Jaspreet Bindra, country manager, online services group, India, Microsoft.
Windows Live Hotmail is said to be the next-generation MSN Hotmail that provides a faster and safer online communication facility. (Staff Writer)
HD radio products from Sony
Sony Corp. will soon introduce high-definition (HD) radio products, joining a growing group of companies seeking to make the next-generation digital radio technology a standard feature in audio products in the next few years.
HD radio is a new form of digital radio broadcasting that allows radio stations to deliver extra music content on up to four side channels that piggyback on the frequency it already uses. So far, more than 1,200 radio stations in the US have adopted the technology, according to the HD Digital Radio Alliance, a group of broadcasters promoting the new format. A listener, however, needs a special radio receiver to hear HD radio signals, which also boasts improved sound quality.
“Digital terrestrial radio is the last frontier in audio,” said Andrew Sivori, a senior product-marketing manager at Sony’s personal audio division. “And it’s coming to price points that are becoming more reasonable for consumers.”
Sony’s first HD radio products will be the XDR-S3HD, a $200 (Rs8,200) tabletop AM/FM/HD radio, and the XT-100HD, a $100 (Rs4,100) tuner module for vehicles that will work with most Sony car stereo units. (AP)