Thursday, August 30, 2012

ICC Test Team of the Year - 2012

Based on the performances by players between 4 August 2011 and 6 August 2012, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced its Test Team of the Year, as chosen by a selection panel headed by Clive Lloyd.
ICC Test Team of the Year:
Alastair Cook (Eng)
Hashim Amla (SA)
Kumar Sangakkara (SL)
Jacques Kallis (SA)
Michael Clarke (Aus) - Captain
Shivnarine Chanderpaul (WI)
Matt Prior (Eng )– wicketkeeper
Stuart Broad (Eng)
Saeed Ajmal (Pak)
Vernon Philander (SA)
Dale Steyn (SA)
12th Man – AB de Villiers (SA)
South Africa’s Dale Steyn has earned a place in the ICC Test Team of the Year for the fifth successive year. South Africa’s Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis and Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara feature in the side for the third successive year while England’s Alastair Cook and Stuart Broad appear for the second year in a row.

Since this award’s inception in 2004, it is the first time that the ICC Test Team of the year doesn’t feature an Indian player. Below listed players were a part of this side in the previous years:

 Year                        Player
2004                Rahul Dravid
2005                Virender Sehwag, Anil Kumble*
2006                Rahul Dravid
2007                Zaheer Khan*
2008                Virender Sehwag
2009                Gautam Gambhir, Sachin Tendulkar, Mahendra Singh Dhoni
2010                Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Mahendra Singh Dhoni
2011                Sachin Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan*

*Selected as the 12th man

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Google Jelly Bean Tablet @ $125

Karbonn Mobiles has unveiled 7-inch Jelly Bean Tablet which is using Google's latest OS at the price of around $125. Due to which the prices of tablets running with Android 4.1 OS are being dropped. Two months back Google's Nexus 7 was announced which starts at $199 which is almost $75 costlier than the latest release. 

This 7-inch screen tablet runs on a single-core MIPS processor at a clock speed of 1.2GHz. It has a 2-megapixel front camera, 3G support through a dongle, and seven hours of battery life. It has 32GB of expandable storage and is likely to be a micro-SD slot. Google's Nexus 7 is having quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, a 7-inch high-resolution screen and up to 16GB of internal storage.

Few models of Tablets with MIPS processors have not been popular despite the low price under $150.  It had a plan of releasing new 7-inch tablet Miumiu W1 with .2GHz MIPS processor, a front camera, a micro SD slot from Chinese company Ramos in India, Latin America and Europe. MIPS is competing against ARM, whose processors go into most tablets such as Apple's iPad. According to analysts, the new MIPS processors are more power efficient and faster comparable to current ARM processors in performance.