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Sep 112014

Nothing like a nice picture to burst the iPhone hype balloon.

An interesting graphic illustrating how some of the so-called cute features in Apple’s new iPhone 6 have been present  in the two-year old LG Nexus 4 is circulating on the Internet.

Hope you enjoy the below graphic as much as I did. ;)

Mocking iPhone 6 via LG Nexus 4 Android Device(Image courtesy: Ron Amadeo/Twitter)

Sep 092014

Apple Watch Comes in Three VarietiesApple Watch

Has Apple become an unstoppable, unrivalled money-minting juggernaut?

Already a powerful force in smartphones, tablets, desktops, laptops, apps and music downloads, the digital media goliath today extended its appeal with customers by introducing two new iPhone models with bigger displays, an Apple Pay mobile payment service and the Apple Watch.

Although Android devices account for nearly 85% of all smartphones shipments worldwide, Apple takes home the bulk of the booty in the segment.

iPhone also has the cachet for being the most desired smartphone among consumers, particularly with Americans.

Popular as some rivals like Samsung Galaxy or LG G3 are in certain geographies, they’re far behind the iPhone in the smartphone beauty contest.

New iPhones

One of the highlights of Apple’s media event in Cupertino today featuring CEO Tim Cook and his top aides was the launch of two new iPhones, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch screen while the iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5-inch display.

Apple's New iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Smartphones

Both phones run on Apple’s new A8 processor.

Except for the larger screens and better resolutions, I did not find anything unique about the new iPhones. Several of Apple’s rivals including Samsung, Lenovo and LG already offer 5.5-inch or larger display smartphones. Apple is late to the game!

Apple’s new mobile payment service Apple Pay works with iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch.

If history offers us any clues, the new iPhones will quickly gain favor with Americans and to a lesser extent around the world.

Don’t be surprised to see the lemmings line up at BestBuy, AT&T or the Apple stores starting tonight or tomorrow!

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus start shipping on September 19. You can pre-order them starting September 12.

Specs for iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6

Apple Watch

The other highlight of today’s announcement was the much hyped iWatch, now officially known as Apple Watch. Continue reading »

Sep 092014

Mary Kom has fared poorly in the U.S.

The ho-hum box office returns suggests Priyanka Chopra’s career could be in its last innings.

For the September 5-7, 2014 opening weekend, Mary Kom could manage only $370,277 at the U.S. box office.

That’s pitiful showing for a veteran Bollywood grandma like Priyanka Chopra. Youngsters like Alia Bhatt and Shraddha Kapoor are eating her lunch.

Here’s how Mary Kom fared compared to a few prominent Bollywood movies:

Mary Kom U.S. Opening Weekend Box Office Report

Sep 082014

Great news, folks. :)

Indian crook Mathew Martoma was sentenced to nine years in prison today and ordered to forfeit $9.3 million in ill-gotten gains (the bonus he earned through illegal insider trading).

Besides losing his freedom and the company of his pretty wife and three children for nine years, Mathew Martoma also lost his interests in his gorgeous Florida home and several bank accounts.

A former portfolio manager at SAC hedge fund, Mathew Martoma was convicted by a New York jury on February 6, 2014 on two counts of securities fraud and one count of conspiracy.

Prosecutors say Martoma participated in a large insider trading scheme involving about $275 million in illegal profits and avoided losses.

Mathew’s prison term starts in November 2014.

Judge Paul Gardephe said today at Martoma’s sentencing:

There was nothing accidental about Martoma’s conduct or about the gain….The conduct was well-planned and Mr. Martoma knew the amount of avoided losses or profits were likely to be staggering.

Judge Gardephe also imposed a term of three years of supervised release on Martoma following completion of his sentence.

Media reports say Mathew Martoma plans to appeal the stiff sentence.

Mathew Martoma gets 9-Years in PrisonMathew Martoma with Ailing Wife Rosemary Martoma

Crook Deserves It

Mathew Martoma, a Malayalee of Indian origin, richly deserves his punishment.

Some people are greedy beyond description and think laws apply only to lesser people.

Martoma was prosecuted by publicity hound Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

Here’s what Bharara had to say on Martoma’s prison term:

SAC Capital portfolio manager Mathew Martoma received a bonus of more than $9 million for the $275 million he made for his hedge fund through the most profitable insider trading scheme ever charged. Today, Martoma was sentenced to nine years in prison, and financial penalties that strip him of the ill-gotten millions in proceeds of his crime. Today’s sentence of a lengthy prison term is well-suited to the audacity of the illegal trading in this case. The long and short of Mathew Martoma’s trading is that he traded his liberty, his name and his time with his family for what in the end is nothing.

Mallu Criminal Mathew Martoma's Former Florida MansionMathew Martoma’s Florida Mansion with Fake Grass & Elevator
(Photo courtesy: Zillow)

Prior Bad Behavior

Mathew Martoma’s participation in an illegal insider trading scheme is not the only stain on his reputation.

The Indian crook was kicked out of Harvard Law School for faking/inflating his grades while applying for a clerkship with judges.

After being expelled from Harvard, Martoma changed his birth name Ajai Mathew Mariamdani Thomas to Mathew Martoma.

Martoma is the son of Lizzie Thomas, a doctor, and Bobby Martoma, immigrants from India

Wife Begged for Short Sentence

Before his sentencing today, Mathew’s pediatrician wife Rosemary Martoma wrote a lengthy, nauseous letter to the judge shamelessly begging for a lenient sentence for her husband.

In writing this letter, I am sharing with you my innermost pains and vulnerabilities in the hope that you will better understand our family’s dependence on Mathew and render a sentence that minimizes the separation of our fragile family.

Thank God, Judge Paul Gardephe ignored the stupid woman’s begging and gave Mathew Martoma what he deserved – A solid 9-Years in Prison. :)

Related Mathew Martoma Content:
Rosemary Martoma – Begging for Injustice
Rosemary Martoma’s Letter to U.S. District Court Judge Paul G. Gardephe – Exhibit 1
Mathew Martoma Court Verdict Document
Mathew Martoma Indictment Document
Mathew Martoma Complaint Document
Sep 082014

Unwanted. Unloved. Unpurchased.

That seems to be the miserable fate of Amazon’s much ballyhooed Fire smartphone launched with great fanfare on June 18, 2014.

The Fire smartphone (which runs Google’s Android software) started shipping on July 25, 2014 for $199.

This morning Amazon cut the price of the phone by 99.5% to 99 cents (with a two-year service contract).

The phone comes with two-day free shipping on most purchases at Amazon and access to unlimited streaming of old/less popular movies and songs. Fire phone buyers also get free access to the Kindle Unlimited program that lets readers borrow old or less popular books and unlimited cloud storage for photos (worth zilch after what happened to Jennifer Lawrence recently).

Amazon Fire - FlopAmazon Fire Phone – Flop

Mega Flop

Fire phone is undoubtedly a huge flop. Perhaps the biggest disaster in Amazon’s history. Continue reading »

Sep 062014

Raghunandan Yandamuri

Is something rotten in the state of Denmark Pennsylvania?

OMG, has Telugu bidda Raghunandan Yandamuri died?

Has he been murdered in prison?

Has he attempted suicide/killed himself?

Or has he pleaded guilty?

Or is he not the real culprit?

Or has a plea deal been stuck for Life in Prison instead of the Death Penalty?

Did Yandamuri seek extra time to prepare for the trial (remember, he’s fired his lawyer and is now his own lawyer)?

Is something seriously wrong with the Montgomery County Prosecution team or the Eagleville county jail holding Telugu bidda Raghunandan Yandamuri!

Montgomery County prosecutors have been seeking the death penalty for Raghunandan Yandamuri for allegedly killing baby Saanvi Venna and her grandmother Satyavathi Venna in a botched kidnapping for ransom bid on October 22, 2012.

So Many Questions

Why do I ask so many questions? Continue reading »