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(Update) A day when Siri inspired us to create Iris for Android.It started out as a lazy Friday with half our team missing, the influx of tweets and posts on the “Awesome Siri” were flying everywhere. Suddenly, I got the urge to do something similar for Android. Since we have been working on NLP and Machine learning for over an year now, I had a crazy belief that I could pull this off. Somehow I managed to write a tiny engine that could answer your questions, digging the results from the web.
When we started seeing results, everyone got excited and started a high speed coding race. In no time, we added Voice input, Text-to-speech, also a lot of hueristic humor into Iris. Not until late evening we decided on the name “iris.”, which would be Siri in reverse. And we also reverse engineered a crazy expansion - Intelligent Rival Imitator of Siri. We were still in the fun mode, but when we started using it the results were actually good, really good.
Quickly, I created a decent layout and design, and we added all shiny little things to iris, and what came out was a really good app (for an 8 hours effort that is). When we posted the first screenshot, we got a nice feedback from people around, and that is when we realized that this is something people are going to be excited about.
We were not even planning to put this into Android market when we started, but if people are really liking it, we will brush it up, make it more interesting and make it a product that adds some real value to the users.
I will close it with yet another screenshot.
Update: We have published the official alpha on Android Market.

I really wanted to put up a video, but I couldn’t make one with the phones we had. All the good camera phones were off today as well with its owners. So maybe tomorrow.

(Update) A day when Siri inspired us to create Iris for Android.

It started out as a lazy Friday with half our team missing, the influx of tweets and posts on the “Awesome Siri” were flying everywhere. Suddenly, I got the urge to do something similar for Android. Since we have been working on NLP and Machine learning for over an year now, I had a crazy belief that I could pull this off. Somehow I managed to write a tiny engine that could answer your questions, digging the results from the web.

When we started seeing results, everyone got excited and started a high speed coding race. In no time, we added Voice input, Text-to-speech, also a lot of hueristic humor into Iris. Not until late evening we decided on the name “iris.”, which would be Siri in reverse. And we also reverse engineered a crazy expansion - Intelligent Rival Imitator of Siri. We were still in the fun mode, but when we started using it the results were actually good, really good.

Quickly, I created a decent layout and design, and we added all shiny little things to iris, and what came out was a really good app (for an 8 hours effort that is). When we posted the first screenshot, we got a nice feedback from people around, and that is when we realized that this is something people are going to be excited about.

We were not even planning to put this into Android market when we started, but if people are really liking it, we will brush it up, make it more interesting and make it a product that adds some real value to the users.

I will close it with yet another screenshot.

Update: We have published the official alpha on Android Market.

I really wanted to put up a video, but I couldn’t make one with the phones we had. All the good camera phones were off today as well with its owners. So maybe tomorrow.

How it feels to be a Dexter, a summer intern’s take.
Guest post by Sachin Siby, who did his summer internship at Dexetra.

Today, internships are all the rave. No-one wants an engineer with a 4.0 GPA and 0 work experience. You see students flocking to facebook or Google or Microsoft and these companies embrace the interns with open arms. Alternatively, according to a recent article on TechCrunch, these students are opting for start-up companies over the big guns. A smaller company almost always guarantees higher responsibility and this brings out the best in interns. In the city of Toronto the story is the same. Most of my friends ended up doing internships/research this summer.  Over the summer I worked for 3 months at Dexetra , Kerala which was a long way away from Toronto. I guess my peers were a little surprised on why I’d opt to go far away from where I was studying to do an internship. I had my reasons and expectations. After spending 3 months at Dexetra, I can honestly say both of them were exceeded.  In the summer of 2010, I was asked by my cousin to try out an iPhone app ‘TryCube’.  Due to my fascination with Rubik’s cubes from a young age, this immediately caught my fancy. It had a very neat UI, really interesting concept and the app felt…fluid. I asked the name of the company and silently made a mental note. Dexetra. Fast forward to February 2011. Yes, the internship and summer job obsession had started in Toronto. Kids were desperate for anything. It was at this time that Dexetra’s flagship product ‘Friday’ had started getting popular. I checked it out and the name Dexetra caught my eye. Of course, I should email them asking for intern positions!
A couple of months later, it was my first day of work at Dexetra. I walked in and saw the CEO, Narayan Babu. He told me that I’d be working on the Android platform. This worked out great because I was an Android enthusiast and I had an Android smartphone too! I wondered where the rest of the team was. I was told that I’d be given my space to work, and I followed Narayan to a room. He opened the door and inside were the guys I was going to spend the next 3 months with, coding with panache. Before I learned their names, I knew their niche fields. Each one was a colorful character and there was every kind of tech enthusiast in there. There were the Android super developers, the iPhone and OpenGL guy, the BlackBerry experts, Windows Phone CodeNinja, the guy who used Dvorak configuration on a QWERTY keyboard, NLP/Machine learning guy, the marketing guy, pro open source, anti-open source. Yes, every possible flavor.   Android101:
‘Code with brain. Design with heart’- Narayan Babu
My first day consisted of getting familiar with the Android framework.  The CEO explained some fundamentals of the Android architecture, how code written was going to run on the system. He was quite passionate about me understanding the bigger picture, before I wrote a single line of code. (That interested me because personally my biggest gripe with the formal engineering education system is the fact that most of engineering ends up being a math problem. Not much emphasis is given on design and the big picture. ) The app that I was given to work on was chosen to give me a taste of everything – from working with external APIs, to come up with battery efficient algorithms and to give me an intro to databases, client/server architecture and much more. Basically touch on many core computer science topics. Initially I worked under the tutelage of Eby Chembola, who I like to call my ‘Android mentor’.
Dream EXEcute Test Refine Activate- SDLC at Dexetra:
Soon, I was given a broad picture of the app I was going to work on. My first assignment was to come up with ideas on how to improve the app and to create a coarse design. I was a little taken aback. Being an intern, I had a say in the creative direction of this app? Wow. The first step in the Dexetra SDLC was to ‘Dream ‘. I didn’t know it was applicable to interns as well. I wasn’t complaining. 
‘One code review beats a hundred debug sessions’- Narayan Babu
Over the course of the next 3 months, I learned a lot. I mention exceeded expectations. Yes, I expected to learn about Android and the Java programming language. Juxtaposition of code written by the same person (me) in May and August reveals some major changes in coding style and technique.  Dexetra imposed quite some importance on following consistent coding standards and naming conventions. Strict adherence to agile development and other extreme programming practices was enforced. Code review with the senior developers (who were brutal at times!) definitely fostered some good styles. It was less about ‘make this work’ but more about ‘make this work in the best possible way’. Ahh yes, I had not just become a better programmer but a way better software engineer. This is exactly what I came for.
The weird part of my internship was that this increase in software skills wasn’t the best thing I learned from my experience even though it was what I essentially came for. I came to be a better coder and left with so much more.
Entrepeneurship
 No-one can put it better than Dexetra co-founder and director, Aibin Varghese.
‘Life is short. You can get a comfortable job working at a famous MNC. Walk in to work at 9, code for a few hours, leave at 5. You get a stable income and your life is secure. Soon enough you get married to someone who has a similar job and both of you live the safe life. On the other hand, you can form your own company. Get faced with challenges every day. Work with cutting edge technology on a daily basis and keep up with the fast paced industry. For me, that’s life. That’s what I always wanted to do. You can learn to code anywhere. At Dexetra, I hope you learned how to run a company’- Aibin Varghese
When I watch ‘The Social Network’, I prefer the first half where Zuckerburg started working on ‘The Facebook’ before it became big. I like watching the parts of ‘Pirates of Silicon Valley’ before Apple Microsoft became household names; watching Woz and Jobs playing with circuit boards. Dexetra is at the phase where they are playing with circuit boards. I feel happy to have been part of this passionate company at this moment, with greatness right around the corner. Yes, I travelled halfway around the world to work for these guys and it was extremely worth it. Few interns can boast of having complete creative control over their projects. Even fewer interns can boast about having lunch with the CEO, jamming with the director or going on motor bike rides for field testing.And don’t forget getting your code reviewed by the guys who have worked on the Android platform before the first Android phone(G1) was released. Yes, I learned a lot. And I’ll always be known as ‘Dexetra’s first intern’. Hope there are many more to come.
Sachin Siby (Computer Engineer Student, University of Toronto.)You can follow Sachin on twitter, or catch him up at Facebook.

How it feels to be a Dexter, a summer intern’s take.

Guest post by Sachin Siby, who did his summer internship at Dexetra.

Today, internships are all the rave. No-one wants an engineer with a 4.0 GPA and 0 work experience. You see students flocking to facebook or Google or Microsoft and these companies embrace the interns with open arms. Alternatively, according to a recent article on TechCrunch, these students are opting for start-up companies over the big guns. A smaller company almost always guarantees higher responsibility and this brings out the best in interns. In the city of Toronto the story is the same. Most of my friends ended up doing internships/research this summer.  Over the summer I worked for 3 months at Dexetra , Kerala which was a long way away from Toronto. I guess my peers were a little surprised on why I’d opt to go far away from where I was studying to do an internship. I had my reasons and expectations. After spending 3 months at Dexetra, I can honestly say both of them were exceeded.

In the summer of 2010, I was asked by my cousin to try out an iPhone app ‘TryCube’.  Due to my fascination with Rubik’s cubes from a young age, this immediately caught my fancy. It had a very neat UI, really interesting concept and the app felt…fluid. I asked the name of the company and silently made a mental note. Dexetra. Fast forward to February 2011. Yes, the internship and summer job obsession had started in Toronto. Kids were desperate for anything. It was at this time that Dexetra’s flagship product ‘Friday’ had started getting popular. I checked it out and the name Dexetra caught my eye. Of course, I should email them asking for intern positions!

A couple of months later, it was my first day of work at Dexetra. I walked in and saw the CEO, Narayan Babu. He told me that I’d be working on the Android platform. This worked out great because I was an Android enthusiast and I had an Android smartphone too! I wondered where the rest of the team was. I was told that I’d be given my space to work, and I followed Narayan to a room. He opened the door and inside were the guys I was going to spend the next 3 months with, coding with panache. Before I learned their names, I knew their niche fields. Each one was a colorful character and there was every kind of tech enthusiast in there. There were the Android super developers, the iPhone and OpenGL guy, the BlackBerry experts, Windows Phone CodeNinja, the guy who used Dvorak configuration on a QWERTY keyboard, NLP/Machine learning guy, the marketing guy, pro open source, anti-open source. Yes, every possible flavor. 

Android101:

‘Code with brain. Design with heart’- Narayan Babu

My first day consisted of getting familiar with the Android framework.  The CEO explained some fundamentals of the Android architecture, how code written was going to run on the system. He was quite passionate about me understanding the bigger picture, before I wrote a single line of code. (That interested me because personally my biggest gripe with the formal engineering education system is the fact that most of engineering ends up being a math problem. Not much emphasis is given on design and the big picture. ) The app that I was given to work on was chosen to give me a taste of everything – from working with external APIs, to come up with battery efficient algorithms and to give me an intro to databases, client/server architecture and much more. Basically touch on many core computer science topics. Initially I worked under the tutelage of Eby Chembola, who I like to call my ‘Android mentor’.

Dream EXEcute Test Refine Activate- SDLC at Dexetra:

Soon, I was given a broad picture of the app I was going to work on. My first assignment was to come up with ideas on how to improve the app and to create a coarse design. I was a little taken aback. Being an intern, I had a say in the creative direction of this app? Wow. The first step in the Dexetra SDLC was to ‘Dream ‘. I didn’t know it was applicable to interns as well. I wasn’t complaining. 

‘One code review beats a hundred debug sessions’- Narayan Babu

Over the course of the next 3 months, I learned a lot. I mention exceeded expectations. Yes, I expected to learn about Android and the Java programming language. Juxtaposition of code written by the same person (me) in May and August reveals some major changes in coding style and technique.  Dexetra imposed quite some importance on following consistent coding standards and naming conventions. Strict adherence to agile development and other extreme programming practices was enforced. Code review with the senior developers (who were brutal at times!) definitely fostered some good styles. It was less about ‘make this work’ but more about ‘make this work in the best possible way’. Ahh yes, I had not just become a better programmer but a way better software engineer. This is exactly what I came for.

The weird part of my internship was that this increase in software skills wasn’t the best thing I learned from my experience even though it was what I essentially came for. I came to be a better coder and left with so much more.

Entrepeneurship

 No-one can put it better than Dexetra co-founder and director, Aibin Varghese.

‘Life is short. You can get a comfortable job working at a famous MNC. Walk in to work at 9, code for a few hours, leave at 5. You get a stable income and your life is secure. Soon enough you get married to someone who has a similar job and both of you live the safe life. On the other hand, you can form your own company. Get faced with challenges every day. Work with cutting edge technology on a daily basis and keep up with the fast paced industry. For me, that’s life. That’s what I always wanted to do. You can learn to code anywhere. At Dexetra, I hope you learned how to run a company’- Aibin Varghese

When I watch ‘The Social Network’, I prefer the first half where Zuckerburg started working on ‘The Facebook’ before it became big. I like watching the parts of ‘Pirates of Silicon Valley’ before Apple Microsoft became household names; watching Woz and Jobs playing with circuit boards. Dexetra is at the phase where they are playing with circuit boards. I feel happy to have been part of this passionate company at this moment, with greatness right around the corner. Yes, I travelled halfway around the world to work for these guys and it was extremely worth it. Few interns can boast of having complete creative control over their projects. Even fewer interns can boast about having lunch with the CEO, jamming with the director or going on motor bike rides for field testing.And don’t forget getting your code reviewed by the guys who have worked on the Android platform before the first Android phone(G1) was released. Yes, I learned a lot. And I’ll always be known as ‘Dexetra’s first intern’. Hope there are many more to come.

Sachin Siby (Computer Engineer Student, University of Toronto.)
You can follow Sachin on twitter, or catch him up at Facebook.

Friday: Forget to Remember 
Well folks, mighty pleased to announce we are now ready to unveil ‘Friday’. We are at the business end of things now. 
As with any new age company, we also do believe that the idea rather, the value being offered to the end users should be the highest priority. Unless the motive is to help people enhance their life experience, success would, inevitably, be an elusive virtue. 
A special mention has to go towards Google. 15 months back a group of techies decided to participate in Google Developer Challenge. One thing was quite clear from the very beginning; the product has to be pathbreaking and revolutionary for us to lay claim to the honours. Brainstoming sessions became a daily chore. Finally, we did come across something that had never been done before; something that would challenge our technical capabilities (yes, we would also get to learn a lot of stuff) and more importantly something that genuinely adds value to its end users. 
The goal was to help users remember their lives forever. Yea, we thought since your smartphone would be the gadget that spends most the time with you, why not tap into it, to mine information. The App would log the info with minimal manual efforts. And later, here comes the best part, the user could ask questions in English and ‘Friday’ would give them accurate results. Another way to look at it ?? hmmm …. “Google search of your life”
We got on with it fast. The more we explored we knew that this appealing concept was too vast and could not meet the submission deadlines as time was a luxury we did not have. Knowing that we were not going to participate, did not force us to give up on this remarkable concept. We started to think differently, why not built a company ? And then the journey began and after working strenuously for months, now we are at the Private Alpha Phase !!

Wish to get an Alpha invite ?? Signup @ www.friday-app.com

Friday: Forget to Remember

Well folks, mighty pleased to announce we are now ready to unveil ‘Friday’. We are at the business end of things now. 

As with any new age company, we also do believe that the idea rather, the value being offered to the end users should be the highest priority. Unless the motive is to help people enhance their life experience, success would, inevitably, be an elusive virtue. 

A special mention has to go towards Google. 15 months back a group of techies decided to participate in Google Developer Challenge. One thing was quite clear from the very beginning; the product has to be pathbreaking and revolutionary for us to lay claim to the honours. Brainstoming sessions became a daily chore. Finally, we did come across something that had never been done before; something that would challenge our technical capabilities (yes, we would also get to learn a lot of stuff) and more importantly something that genuinely adds value to its end users. 

The goal was to help users remember their lives forever. Yea, we thought since your smartphone would be the gadget that spends most the time with you, why not tap into it, to mine information. The App would log the info with minimal manual efforts. And later, here comes the best part, the user could ask questions in English and ‘Friday’ would give them accurate results. Another way to look at it ?? hmmm …. “Google search of your life”

We got on with it fast. The more we explored we knew that this appealing concept was too vast and could not meet the submission deadlines as time was a luxury we did not have. Knowing that we were not going to participate, did not force us to give up on this remarkable concept. We started to think differently, why not built a company ? And then the journey began and after working strenuously for months, now we are at the Private Alpha Phase !!

Wish to get an Alpha invite ?? Signup @ www.friday-app.com

TryCube 2 breaks in to Top 100 !For all you iPhone/iPad buffs out there, we got news !Dexetra’s latest offering for the iOS, TryCube 2, has cracked its way into the Top 100 for the puzzle and strategy categories on the US iStore. After the lukewarm response, TryCube 1.0 received on the Appstore, we knew it was time to put on our thinking caps. The Gameplay needed some fine-tuning and the App on the whole needed needed to be polished. Precisely what was done.Looking back at the conceptualizing/envisioning phase, one thing we were certain of was the uniqueness the App would offer. OpenGL was deployed apart from instilling an intriguingly addictive soundtrack to enhance the gaming experience. Find it on iTunes http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/trycube-2-0/id395890524?mt=8
Dexetra would like to thank all its fans and well wishers for the response and the support shown. We would strive to deliver Apps of the highest quality in future too.On a slightly different note, its my pleasure to let you guys know that TryCube 2 has been selected and listed on the Windows Phone 7 Channel. More to watch out for.

TryCube 2 breaks in to Top 100 !


For all you iPhone/iPad buffs out there, we got news !
Dexetra’s latest offering for the iOS, TryCube 2, has cracked its way into the Top 100 for the puzzle and strategy categories on the US iStore. After the lukewarm response, TryCube 1.0 received on the Appstore, we knew it was time to put on our thinking caps. The Gameplay needed some fine-tuning and the App on the whole needed needed to be polished. Precisely what was done.

Looking back at the conceptualizing/envisioning phase, one thing we were certain of was the uniqueness the App would offer. OpenGL was deployed apart from instilling an intriguingly addictive soundtrack to enhance the gaming experience. Find it on iTunes http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/trycube-2-0/id395890524?mt=8
Dexetra would like to thank all its fans and well wishers for the response and the support shown. We would strive to deliver Apps of the highest quality in future too.

On a slightly different note, its my pleasure to let you guys know that TryCube 2 has been selected and listed on the Windows Phone 7 Channel. More to watch out for.
SecureKeys for WP7Windows Phone 7 is buzzing for sure. Everyone is looking for a piece of this cake. Dexetra, too, does not wish to miss out. The success of an App regardless the platform of incorporation boils down to the usability and the substance factor as it is very much the early adopters of the App that decides its fate. Yes, the impact of a well-visioned marketing strategy on sales cannot be ignored. We wanted to develop an App which would do justice to this philosophy. No Compromises whatsoever ! This time Dexetra decided to address this in a methodological framework. 
Key question: Which one ???Ans: Systems ApproachYay ! now to address the most important phase of this Approach: identifying a problemHmm, that is complex. Are the majority of smartphone users really only looking to kill time playing games ? or are they looking for more flashlight Apps (as if there aren’t enough!) ? twitter/facebook clients (come on now) ?? The more we were thinking, the more difficult it seemed. At this point we thought “rather than thinking what others would want, why not think what we want ?”. This made sense, afterall we ourselves were SmartPhone users. Now to the crux of it, all of us had atleast 3 different email accounts each. The hassle was remember the passwords. We observed that most of our passwords were quite simple to crack. Given that its usually your ex-gf’s or your favorite actor’s name!! ** people who know me, please excuse **. On the hind-side, people could opt for a strong password. But then, how easy is it to remember a password as complex as 3$Df*qct#vbN.  People inevitably forget it. The only thing that could be done in this scenario is to store this strong password somewhere. Is that a safe solution ? NOOkay, so we have identified the problem. How did we solve it ? SecureKeys!

SecureKeys for WP7


Windows Phone 7 is buzzing for sure. Everyone is looking for a piece of this cake. Dexetra, too, does not wish to miss out.
The success of an App regardless the platform of incorporation boils down to the usability and the substance factor as it is very much the early adopters of the App that decides its fate. Yes, the impact of a well-visioned marketing strategy on sales cannot be ignored. We wanted to develop an App which would do justice to this philosophy. No Compromises whatsoever !

This time Dexetra decided to address this in a methodological framework.
Key question: Which one ???
Ans: Systems Approach

Yay ! now to address the most important phase of this Approach: identifying a problem
Hmm, that is complex. Are the majority of smartphone users really only looking to kill time playing games ? or are they looking for more flashlight Apps (as if there aren’t enough!) ? twitter/facebook clients (come on now) ??

The more we were thinking, the more difficult it seemed. At this point we thought “rather than thinking what others would want, why not think what we want ?”. This made sense, afterall we ourselves were SmartPhone users.
Now to the crux of it, all of us had atleast 3 different email accounts each. The hassle was remember the passwords. We observed that most of our passwords were quite simple to crack. Given that its usually your ex-gf’s or your favorite actor’s name!! ** people who know me, please excuse **. On the hind-side, people could opt for a strong password. But then, how easy is it to remember a password as complex as 3$Df*qct#vbN. People inevitably forget it. The only thing that could be done in this scenario is to store this strong password somewhere. Is that a safe solution ? NO

Okay, so we have identified the problem. How did we solve it ? SecureKeys!
AibiNox for BADA wins us a Samsung Wave phone!!If you have been reading our previous posts, you should know what AibiNox is. Our official submission to the Samsung Bada Developer Challenge, AibiNox was developed from concept to binary in less than 4 days. Mostly, because we had our previous commitments to honor. Though we could only make a part of what we had conceptualized, we just gave it a go.But to our amazement, AibiNox cleared the 1st round of Bada Developer Challenge. Though we could not clear to the device phase, we managed to bag a Samung Wave phone as well as some honours :)To return the favor, we would be working on AibiNox, and would make it what we actually intended it to be.And this time, we would be testing the app. rigorously on the phone before releasing.

AibiNox for BADA wins us a Samsung Wave phone!!

If you have been reading our previous posts, you should know what AibiNox is. Our official submission to the Samsung Bada Developer Challenge, AibiNox was developed from concept to binary in less than 4 days. Mostly, because we had our previous commitments to honor. Though we could only make a part of what we had conceptualized, we just gave it a go.
But to our amazement, AibiNox cleared the 1st round of Bada Developer Challenge. Though we could not clear to the device phase, we managed to bag a Samung Wave phone as well as some honours :)
To return the favor, we would be working on AibiNox, and would make it what we actually intended it to be.
And this time, we would be testing the app. rigorously on the phone before releasing.

Trycube for Windows Phone 7

Personally being a Microsoft fan, I was over the moon from the day I saw the first mock-ups of Windows Phone 7. And then, as I downloaded the Developer tools, I knew this is going to be awesome. With the most intuitive IDE, Visual Studio and other great stuff we were dying to code for Windows Phone 7.
So here we show you a sneak peak of our first Windows Phone 7 game. TryCube.
Trycube adds some colorful clean design with a 3D gameplay. Basically a puzzle/strategy game which requires you to match a pattern with the cubelets, Trycube will have 32 puzzles to solve in 3 different difficulties. This is sure gonna give you hours endless fun. 

Check out the video and do send us your feedbacks and queries. More games and goodies are in making for WP7!
TiE and entrepreneurship.Entrepreneurship is a challenge. Right from the point where you have to learn to spell it and pronounce it. But that is the crux of it. It is for the people who love challenges. And when somebody like TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) ask us to give a talk about our success (we would say “our pursuit for success”), I would say it was a w00t moment for us.It was a great experience talking in front of the people, who have done it. And to get an applause and appreciation from them. The organizations like TiE play a major role in developing and encouraging startups. Hope they have more talks and events lined for other startups like us.About TiETiE (formerly The Indus Entrepreneurs) is a global nonprofit dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship. TiE has 54 chapters in 13 countries, with a total membership exceeding 13,000. TiE is most closely affiliated with the South Asian business community, and is recognized as an important networking forum for entrepreneurs and investors.[1] TiE’s sponsors include nearly every venture capital firm in Silicon Valley. The World Affairs Council of Northern California held its 2002 annual gala in honor of TiE for TiE’s contributions to the international community and to global commerce.[2] [from wikipedia]Links: http://keralaitnews.com/news-outside-parks/kochi/1333-tie-kerala-to-showcase-incubator-entrepreneurs
http://www.tie.org/TGS/EM/viewevent/viewEventPT?id_event=4886&from_where=chapter_homepage

TiE and entrepreneurship.

Entrepreneurship is a challenge. Right from the point where you have to learn to spell it and pronounce it. But that is the crux of it. It is for the people who love challenges. And when somebody like TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) ask us to give a talk about our success (we would say “our pursuit for success”), I would say it was a w00t moment for us.
It was a great experience talking in front of the people, who have done it. And to get an applause and appreciation from them. The organizations like TiE play a major role in developing and encouraging startups. Hope they have more talks and events lined for other startups like us.About TiE
TiE (formerly The Indus Entrepreneurs) is a global nonprofit dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship. TiE has 54 chapters in 13 countries, with a total membership exceeding 13,000. TiE is most closely affiliated with the South Asian business community, and is recognized as an important networking forum for entrepreneurs and investors.[1] TiE’s sponsors include nearly every venture capital firm in Silicon Valley. The World Affairs Council of Northern California held its 2002 annual gala in honor of TiE for TiE’s contributions to the international community and to global commerce.[2] 
[from wikipedia]


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Samsung Bada, here we come!Nobody wants to miss a slice from the Smartphone cake. Neither do Samsung, nor Dexetra. Samsung joined the Smartphone platforms party with their new offing, Samsung Bada. We were quick to see the oppurtunity and wrote a quick fun app. called AibiNox. Don’t ask me what is the meaning of the word AibiNox, that is a suspense for now. What you should know is that, AibiNox is our entry to the Samsung Bada developer contest. I could hardly find 4 days to learn and write code for Bada, as we had a lot of other projects and we are a very small team. Neverthless, we have put up what we could in this short span.We know it has a lot of rough edges, but we are working on it and will come up with more exciting features by the end of September,like:
Live Noxing. 
Save and send Noxes.
More drawing tools (lines, shapes etc.)
Add VoiceOver.
And much much, more. Noxing would add a new dimension to chatting and getting in touch with your friends.
For now, watch this youtube video of our first version (pre-release) AibiNox.All keep sending us your ideas and feedbacks. We would love to hear from you!!

Samsung Bada, here we come!

Nobody wants to miss a slice from the Smartphone cake. Neither do Samsung, nor Dexetra. Samsung joined the Smartphone platforms party with their new offing, Samsung Bada. We were quick to see the oppurtunity and wrote a quick fun app. called AibiNox
Don’t ask me what is the meaning of the word AibiNox, that is a suspense for now. What you should know is that, AibiNox is our entry to the Samsung Bada developer contest. I could hardly find 4 days to learn and write code for Bada, as we had a lot of other projects and we are a very small team. Neverthless, we have put up what we could in this short span.
We know it has a lot of rough edges, but we are working on it and will come up with more exciting features by the end of September,like:
  • Live Noxing
  • Save and send Noxes.
  • More drawing tools (lines, shapes etc.)
  • Add VoiceOver.
And much much, more. Noxing would add a new dimension to chatting and getting in touch with your friends.
For now, watch this youtube video of our first version (pre-release) AibiNox.
All keep sending us your ideas and feedbacks. We would love to hear from you!!

Get current playing track info from mediaplayer.

I was trying to find out the details of current playing track’s info from Media Player.I found a solution which works in android 1.5 but it won’t works for other versions.And I ended my research in the following code which works in all versions.


import android.app.Activity;
import android.content.BroadcastReceiver;
import android.content.Context;
import android.content.Intent;
import android.content.IntentFilter;
import android.os.Bundle;
import android.util.Log;public class MediaPlayer extends Activity {

public static final String SERVICECMD = “com.android.music.musicservicecommand”;
public static final String CMDNAME = “command”;
public static final String CMDTOGGLEPAUSE = “togglepause”;
public static final String CMDSTOP = “stop”;
public static final String CMDPAUSE = “pause”;
public static final String CMDPREVIOUS = “previous”;
public static final String CMDNEXT = “next”;
/** Called when the activity is first created. */
@Override
public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
super.onCreate(savedInstanceState);
setContentView(R.layout.main);
IntentFilter iF = new IntentFilter();
iF.addAction(“com.android.music.metachanged”);
iF.addAction(“com.android.music.playstatechanged”);
iF.addAction(“com.android.music.playbackcomplete”);
iF.addAction(“com.android.music.queuechanged”); registerReceiver(mReceiver, iF);
}

private BroadcastReceiver mReceiver = new BroadcastReceiver() { @Override
public void onReceive(Context context, Intent intent)
{
String action = intent.getAction();
String cmd = intent.getStringExtra(“command”);
Log.d(“mIntentReceiver.onReceive “, action + ” / ” + cmd);
String artist = intent.getStringExtra(“artist”);
String album = intent.getStringExtra(“album”);
String track = intent.getStringExtra(“track”);
Log.d(“Music”,artist+”:”+album+”:”+track);
}
};
}