Saturday, July 6, 2013

India's Oscars Coming to Tampa Next Year

Published: Friday, July 5, 2013 at 12:14 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, July 5, 2013 at 3:47 p.m.

TAMPA | Bollywood's version of the Oscars is coming to Florida, and it marks the first time that the multiday film event will be held in the United States.

Tampa officials announced Friday that the International Indian Film Academy's Weekend & Awards is expected to bring thousands of visitors to the area next June. Local officials say previous IIFA events have generated up to 24,000 room nights with a local economic impact exceeding $11 million.

According to the IIFA, the awards have a worldwide viewership of approximately 600,000 people.

The term "Bollywood" is the nickname for the Mumbai-based Hindi film industry ? but Indian cinema isn't just comprised of the song-and-dance extravaganzas mostly produced there. Indian cinema has become the largest producer of films in the world. India produced nearly 1,500 films last year, according to accounting firm KPMG.

While they have been slow to catch on in the U.S. outside major cities, Indian films have won audiences across the world.

The group's selection of the U.S. as the site for its 2014 awards could signal a push to gain English-speaking audiences. Indian directors also are eager to bring different kinds of films ? not just the popular musicals ? to a worldwide audience.

The Indian Film Academy event will use many of the same venues as another large Tampa event: the Republican National Convention of 2012.

"This is an affirmation of how well the city performed at the RNC," said Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, who said he was ecstatic after hearing Friday's news.

"It's an amazing international event, the likes of which Tampa and the U.S. have never seen before," he said.

Santiago Corrada, president and CEO the area's tourism marketing group, said several of the city's large venues ? including the Tampa Bay Times Forum, the Florida State Fairgrounds, and Raymond James Stadium ? will be considered for parties and ceremonies.

In an email, Corrada of Tampa Bay and Co. said the local Indian community was instrumental in winning the film awards bid.

"We have a very active, dedicated and supportive Indian community in Tampa Bay," he said. "They have championed this bid from the beginning and of course, with all of our assets, we make the perfect host city."

The IIFA is based in Mumbai, India. It presents the awards to honor achievements in Indian cinema.

The awards weekend takes place in a different city around the world each year. The 2013 event is being held this week in Macau, and Tampa officials and local organizers of the 2014 event are attending this year's festival.

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Friday, July 5, 2013

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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Samsung ships its 55- and 65-inch 4K TVs to Korea on July 6th

Samsung ships its 55 and 65inch 4K TVs to Korea, slightly later than promised

If you're one of the lucky 100-plus Koreans who pre-ordered one of Samsung's F9000-series 4K TVs this June, you'll be glad to know that you're getting your reward very soon. The company has just announced that both the 55- and 65-inch F9000 sets should ship to Korea on July 6th. As before, the series is a more affordable yet functionally similar alternative to Samsung's 85-inch behemoth -- customers get the Ultra HD screen resolution and Evolution Kit support at relatively modest prices of 6.4 million won ($5,670) for the 55-inch TV and 8.9 million won ($7,913) for its 65-inch cousin. We're still twiddling our thumbs waiting for a launch on this side of the Pacific, but those who need something to tide themselves over can read Samsung's translated press release after the break.

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EE taking it up a notch with double-speed LTE and 802.11ac WiFi router

EE, the UK's only 4G LTE enabled network provider, has this morning officially announced the rollout of double-speed LTE beginning tomorrow. Customers in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Derby, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Nottingham and Sheffield will all benefit from the new super-fast mobile data. The service has already been turned on in parts of London for testing, and we've seen speeds around 50Mbps on our devices as a result.

EE is also shuffling around its tariffs, promising larger data allowances for their customers to make good use of all this extra speed. There will also be a new shared plan, which allows up to five different connections to be attached to one bill, but is set to cost ?112 per month for a combined 20GB allowance. Alongside the shared plans, EE will finally launch pay-as-you-go mobile broadband tariffs, for those of us eager for some 4G on our iPads or Mac without the need for a contract.

EE also offers home broadband, and of note today is the announcement of the Bright Box 2, an improvement to their home broadband router. The new router will offer dual-band WiFi, and will be the first network supplied 802.11ac router in the UK. Perfect for putting to use with that new MacBook Air you just bought.

The new plans are set to come into effect from July 17, but the data speeds should start going up in those lucky cities tomorrow. I wish I was one of them, however sadly my city hasn't get received regular LTE from EE yet. Who's the lucky ones, and who, like me, is still waiting on any love at all?

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Long distance calls by sugar molecules

June 18, 2013 ? All our cells wear a coat of sugar molecules, so-called glycans. ETH and Empa researchers have now discovered that glycans rearrange water molecules over long distances. This may have an effect on how cells sense each other.

Glycoproteins are an essential part of our body: These sugar-protein hybrid molecules are what makes the protective mucus that lines our lungs and stomach. They are also part of the fluid that lubricates our joints, the synovial fluid, and cover all our cells, with the sugar parts, the glycans, sticking out like a tiny forest of antennae. Researchers in the Laboratory for Surface Science and Technology at ETH and the Laboratories of Nanoscale Materials Science of Empa have identified a surprising effect that glycans have on the water molecules that surround them.

Nicholas Spencer, professor for Surface Science and Technology in the Department of Materials and Rowena Crockett at the Empa, along with their colleagues, discovered that glycans order the otherwise random network of water molecules above them. Compared to the size of a water molecule which is only about 0.3 nanometres, the distance over which glycans arrange water molecules is huge: The maximum distance at which this effect can be detected is in the range of tens of nanometres -- far beyond any expected boundary values. "Since the membranes of our cells are covered in glycans, this may be a way that cells can communicate with each other across water," hypothesises Spencer.

Long-range effect on water structure

To imitate the configuration that glycans acquire on cell surfaces, Rosa Espinosa-Marzal, co-worker of Spencer, coated a mica surface with a single layer of a well-characterised glycoprotein. While the protein part attached itself to the mica surface, the glycans pointed away from the surface. She then gradually brought a bare mica surface towards the glycoprotein-covered surface, with water between them, and measured the continually increasing repulsive force between them. "To our surprise, there were jumps in this continuous increase in repulsion," explains Espinosa-Marzal, "as if we were squeezing out whole sheets of water and thus relieving the repulsive pressure for a moment."

These jumps are caused by the glycans rearranging the network of water molecules above them into clusters or layers. This rearranging effect completely disappeared when the researchers added a chemical to unfold the configuration of the glycoproteins, indicating that the orientation of the glycans is crucial to produce this layering effect on the water molecules above them.

This long-range influence of glycans on water may explain why glycoproteins help synovial fluid lubricate our joints so well. Also, the glycan coat that our cells -- but also bacteria or fungi -- wear, can be recognised for instance by our immune system or by receptors, sensors that are part of another cell. By means of their water-clustering properties, glycans may produce a sort of shield around themselves that affects how well a receptor can recognise them. It remains to be seen if cells could indeed communicate across water by means of their glycan coat but it may very well affect the way in which two cells can sense each other's presence.


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