Flip in Your Tracks

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Written on 12:59 PM by Sarthak K

In my quest to serve my readers What's Hot n What's Not, I wade through the internet jungle at odd hours and extract old gems or new diamonds. Today's WazzHot feature is a website cum service that allows bloggers and websites to create digital slideshows.

This new service, tentatively called fliptrack - allows users to create musical slideshows, holiday greetings and scrapbooks. In fact, fliptrack has this unique tool that allows you to create music videos by combining your photos with their library of popular music. In their own words:

  • fliptrack is a tool that allows you to easily match images to the lyrics and rhythm of a song ― just like a music video or movie soundtrack.
  • fliptrack provides hundreds of pre-licensed songs so you can legally share your fliptrack video anywhere on the web.
The best part is that fliptrack is useful for both website visitors and webmasters. Its useful or webmasters and bloggers as the videos can be embedded in publishing platforms like Blogger, Myspace, Xanga, Friendster and Piczo. You can even embed such a video in your hi5 profile!

A WazzHot thumbs up and good luck for this new service.

Cingular and Looking? Look No Further...

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Written on 12:10 PM by Sarthak K

WazzHot readers living in the west, I'm sure you must be aware of Wirefly, which is the internet's no.1 shop for Cingular phones and Cingular plans. Well I recently chanced upon the Wirefly website on the recommendation of a friend living in the US, and decided to give it a WazzHot review!

First things first, this online store has got a huge variety of Cingular cell phones. They've got all of the best cellphone brands under one roof - be it Motorola, Sony Erricsson, Plam Treo, Black Berry, Samsung, LG, Nokia, Firefly - you name it! The second part is - all these phones are free Cingular cellphones, i.e. provided free of cost if you take them with a Cingular plan. The design and layout of the site is excellent and user friendly, and you will easily find the phone and plan of your choice here. With a big range of prepaid and post paid plans, you're spoiled for choice!

I decide to review one of the free phones offered with the Cingular plan - the Sony Ericsson W810i Walkman. Special features of this phone:

* Sony Ericsson's latest Walkman music technology
* Bluetooth Wireless Technology
* Walkman music player lets you take your songs with you
* 2.0 Megapixel camera lets you take and share amazingly crisp photos
* FM stereo radio with RDS lets you preset up to 8 channels
* Huge battery life goes over two weeks without recharging
* MegaBass speaker phone pumps up the music

Besides the above, this masterpiece also boasts of impressive 3D landscape gaming. The best part is its wonderful compatibility with Cingular plans:

* Device Supports Voice Plans
* It Supports Cingular MEdia Services
* Available For Purchase Without Service Plan

So what are you waiting for? grab your deal with wirefly right now!

Over to You!

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Written on 11:49 AM by Sarthak K

Hello WazzHot readers! You'd be surprised to know that I recently took part in a BBC World Service Radio show called "Over to You". How I got to be part of such a prestigious radio show is an interesting story.

I was reading the Editor's blog on the BBC News website one fine day, and he had done a very interesting post called on India called India Rising. I enjoyed reading it and posted my comments on the website for that post. Now it so happened that in my comment I also chanced to write the words "Harry Potter", and linked them to one of my blog posts on Harry Potter's 7th Book on this blog.

Two days later, I received an email from Russel Finch, the producer of "Over to You" which is broadcast every week on BBC Radio 1. Here's a small extract of that email:

"Dear Sarthak,

I hope you don't mind me emailing you. I'm contacting you through your blog which you linked to in a comment on the BBC website...

...I wonder whether you would be interested in coming on our programme to give us your opinions on how the World Service has covered India over the last week. "

Of course I was interested! The rest, as they say was history. I don't want to deluge you with the details of how the show went - I'd rather that you listen to it when its uploaded as a podcast on the BBC World Service website, which happens this Sunday, 26th Feb.

Will surely post the link where you can listen to it once its up and live.

Rajan Dattar, anchor of Over to You on BBC Radio 1

I was mesmerized when I saw the BBC Bureau here in New Delhi (thats where I went for the recording of the program). Its amazingly well maintained, with an exquisite interior architecture, excellent lighting, and a quite peace about the whole place. Would surely love to visit the place again...You would too, if you had a glance at it!

Over to you now...:-)

Valentine's Day - Showering Spiritual Love

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Written on 2:17 PM by Sarthak K

Love is in the air...!

While love has mostly been linked to romantic love there is also a spiritual or divine angle to love that is often ignored by us denizens of the 21st century. I would love to put down a few love quotes actually penned down by his holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.

* Pain is a very essential experience in life.
You will never experience love otherwise,
as love also brings pain.

* Love is a deep desire to bless the existence.

* Only the heart can speak or hear that which is authentic.

* Every time you feel pain in your heart,
or in your mind,
you can tun it into an experience of great love.

* Dont sympathize with people in their misery,
You are only reinforcing their feelings
and self pity will arise.
Self pity is the worst disease
that can happen to anyone.
Just be with them in love and compassion.

* In love, the unreal dies.

A very happy Valentine's day to all my readers.

PS: My friend Aditi has been observing for the last 5 years (thats what she tells me) that the weather on Valentine's day is always beautiful - romantic weather to be precise. Let's see if its true :)

Invest Wisely; Invest in Silver

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Written on 1:53 PM by Sarthak K

Silver has been one of the more expensive metals in the history of mankind. Both gold and silver have been used as one form of currency or another since ancient times. But while gold has been grabbing all the attention what with jewellery trade heavily dependent on the yellow metal, silver is more or less a cheaper metal and yet a great one for investment. It is scientifically proven that silver is the best conductor of electricity, a lot of countries still have coin currencies cast in silver, and many compounds of silver are used into making of different products, especially film negatives and wires.

There might never be a better time for buying silver bullion than right now. World demand for silver now exceeds annual production, and has been increasing every year since 1990. Above ground stockpiles of the silver metal are very low, shrinking rapidly and approaching zero.

As an investment product, silver is available in coin or ingot form. Ingots are generally silver ingots of pure bullion cast in a convenient size and shape. For more than 3 decades, the Monex companies have been America's investment leader in silver and precious metals. You can purchase silver or other precious metals for immediate personal delivery or arrange for convenient and safe storage at an independent bank or depository through Monex Deposit Company - America's best dealer with a convenient market and competitive precious metals prices.

Gift a Mouse to Your Valentine

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Written on 10:38 AM by Sarthak K

WazzHot Readers, love is in the air!

My pasionate kisses to the beautiful species of the opposite sex. Here's a perfect give for your tech savvy Valentine this season:



Mousy Love ;)


As usual, Feb 14 is Valentine's day. Hope my single and ready to mingle readers get their desired date that day, and the doubles have a really good time.

Sony MP3 Walkman with Sound Cancelling

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Written on 10:12 AM by Sarthak K

Sony Corp has very recently launched its first walkman MP3 player series, with original crystal clear audi technology and professional quality headphones "to offer an excellent music experience even in a noisy environment." The Walkman MP3 NW-S700 F combines a noise canceling function, clear bass and clear sterio technologies to provide high sound quality.

The noise cancellation efficiency is about an astonishing 75%. Besides this it also has an FM tuner, Color organic EL, 50 hour continual playbacks, Direct sound recording, USB bus power charge etc

Its been dubbed the best sounding Walkman by audiophiles.

Although released in Japan, Europe and US on October 12 2006, it arrived in India only this month. Wonder why Sony always delays he best technology to India. American companies like Apple and HP are so much better in this respect.

7th Harry Potter Already a Bestseller

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Written on 1:34 PM by Sarthak K

Its been just a few days since the world was notified of the publication date of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" and the book has already rushed to the number 1 spot on the U.S. Amazon list and the Barnes & Noble bestsellers list.

Not only is the 7th Harry Potter book topping the charts of Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com, a deluxe edition, priced at $65, is at No. 2, outselling the "You" diet book, Sen. Barack Obama and an Oprah Winfrey-endorsed memoir by Sidney Poitier.

Publicist Kyle Good of Scholastic Inc, the U.S. publisher of the bestselling fantasy series, revealed on Saturday that a similar deluxe edition of Potter 6, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," had sold around 100,000 copies. The deluxe "Half-Blood Prince," according to Scholastic, includes a 32-page insert of art and illustrations, a "custom-designed slipcase," and a "full-cloth case book, blind-stamped on front and back cover, foil stamped on spine."

A note on the back of a marble bust at Edinburgh's Balmoral Hotel reads "JK Rowling finished writing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in this room (652) on 11th Jan 2007". This has now been confirmed by an official spokesperson of J.K.

We will follow all important updates leading to the publication of Book 7 on WazzHot. And from now on, all such blog posts on Harry Potter will also have a trivia related to the seventh and final Harry Potter.

Today's HP 7 Trivia
There is no explanation at the end of Half-Blood Prince as to the true identity of the mysterious "R.A.B.", who claimed to have stolen one of Voldemort's Horcruxes with the intent to destroy it, while replacing it with a fake that was recovered by Harry and Dumbledore. The most likely candidate is Regulus Black, who Rowling said was "a fine guess" for R.A.B.'s identity in an interview.

Pre-Order Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Standard Edition
now from Amazon.com
Pre-Order Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Deluxe Edition now from Amazon.com

A Rags to Riches Story

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Written on 8:18 AM by Sarthak K

From Bartender to Bigshot - thats the true story of Peter Belisi, who served the trendsetters which embodied the luxury lifestyle he desparately craved. Struggling to support his family with no savings, Belisi needed a novel concept to start his own business. Inspired from his high profile clients, he invested all extra money in a tie collection. Belisi took pride in never ever wearing the same tie twice, and through his appreciation of fine ties, an idea took form.

Belisi Fashions was founded to enhance luxury wardrobes, while making the world a more brighter place for everyone. Belisi — a name that has already become synonymous with beauty — has earned a loyal following for its high-fashion quality ties, and most recently, scarves and handbags.

It is said (and truly so) that accessories are the finishing touches to a well-groomed look—done the right way, you present a polished picture to the world (and vice versa!). The image conscious not only want to fit in among their peers by wearing high-end accessories, they want to give back to society too.

In Peter's own words, "Belisi unites the luxury and prestige of Palm Beach with Italian beauty and sophistication. Inside Belisi we cultivate a passion for exquisite materials and skilled craftsmanship. Each dramatic detail, represents our unwavering quest to fashion products of truly enduring value.”

July 21: 7th and Final Harry Potter Book Release Date Unveiled

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Written on 10:38 AM by Sarthak K

Rejoice o Harry Potter fans like me! J.K. Rowling has done it at last; she has revealed on her website that the 7th and final installment of the Harry Potter series - "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," will be published across the world on July 21 - a time to be marked by celebrations and more than a few tears, as Rowling wraps up the magical adventures of the boy wizard, his friends and his enemies.

Potter readers have a lot to look forward to, and to fear. Rowling has said two characters die in the final book and fans are wondering whether Harry is one of them. When asked about Harry's fate, Rowling has said she could understand authors who killed their characters off, to stop others writing new adventures.

But she admitted being worried about the reaction from fans if the boy wizard came to a sticky end.

Rowling always made it clear the series would be in seven parts and much of the plot was almost set in stone. In a recent web posting, she said: "I'm now writing scenes that have been planned, in some cases, for a dozen years or even more."



The print run and number of pages have yet to be revealed, but judging from the suggested cover price, a meaty $34.99, $5 more than Potter 6, ``Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,'' the last book will likely match or exceed the 600-plus page length of previous releases.

"We have held the price for the past four years,'' Scholastic publicist Kyle Good told The Associated Press. "In that time, costs of production, paper, trucking, gas and security - to be sure all readers can enjoy the book at the release time - have all increased.''

The Potter books have sold over 325 million copies worldwide, have been translated into 64 languages and churned five blockbuster movies.

This is the 10th anniversary of the first book of the hugely popular series being published.

The latest film based on the books, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix will be released in the UK on 13 July 2007 - a week before the final book is due. I had earlier posted about the teaser trailer of this movie being released on the internet.

I cant wait for the book to be out...its torturous!