July 6, 2011

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Google +

It has been almost a week since Google announced its Google+ project and if you have not heard about it, Google+ is Google Inc‘s attempt to make their network more social and make sharing on the web more like sharing in real life. Google+ service will initially be available only to a select group of Google users who will soon be able to invite others, will let people share and discuss status updates, photos and links. Right now invitations are closed as of writing this article, but we expect it resume inviting sooner.

Google has come up with a neat video explaining what Google+ is all about.

You can also take a demo tour so you can get a feel for what to expect once you are able to join the project.

The 5 major features of Google +

  • Circles: You share different things with different people. So sharing the right stuff with the right people shouldn’t be a hassle. Circles makes it easy to put your friends in one circle, your parents in another, and your boss in a circle by himself – just like real life.
  • Hangouts: With Hangouts, the unplanned meet-up comes to the web for the first time. Let specific buddies (or entire circles) know you’re hanging out and then see who drops by for a face-to-face-to-face chat. Until teleportation arrives, it’s the next best thing.
  • Instant Upload: Taking photos is fun. Sharing photos is fun. Getting photos off your phone is pretty much the opposite of fun. With Instant Upload, your photos and videos upload themselves automatically, to a private album on Google+. All you have to do is decide who to share them with.
  • Sparks: Tell Sparks what you’re into and it will send you stuff it thinks you’ll like, so when you’re free, there’s always something cool to watch, read, or share.
  • Huddle: Texting is great, but not when you’re trying to get six different people to decide on a movie. Huddle turns all those different conversations into one simple group chat, so everyone gets on the same page all at once. Your thumbs will thank you.

Our Take on Google +
Google+ has already received lot of reviews and the invitation to this is in serious demand among the internet users, Google already owns two social networks: Orkut and Buzz which are both a major flop for Google from emerging to top spot on the Social Networking arena. Google + takes the best parts of twitter following popular tweeps without requesting for permission, mobile aspects and also takes the best aspects of Facebook with posting different contents (text, link, video, photo and locations) and sharing each message to a particular group of people with what is called as Circles. Though it has great things, it still needs a lot to beat Facebook as a social network, which is already close to 1 billion users itself. Having application platform for Google + will leverage Google’s fight with Facebook.

Some quick tips for Google +

A friend of mine has mentioned this funny comment about Google +:

Facebook is like the wife you are married to.. Over years, its known everything abt u.. starting from friends u interact with the most, apps u use, mood swings, parties,and the games you play…
Google plus is like the new hot chick in town that everyone wants to lay their hands on.. Sure, even your wife may get a bit envious about it.. but zuckerberg knows that at the end of the day, you will all come back home..

Let’s wait and see where is Google + heading to. As a social network web applications development company we are eagerly looking forward to the Google + application platform which is being hinted about by Google during their presentations of Google +

You can find our CEO on Google + at https://plus.google.com/109720424369732730442/posts

July 1, 2011

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Our CEO G. Kalyana Sundaram delivered his Inaugural Speech at Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai on July 01, 2011 on the occasion of ECE association, IEEE chapter and IEI chapter inauguration ceremony at 10:30am.

The transcript of the speech and audio available at http://greatinnovus.com/speech/20110701inaug/

It was an inspirational speech for engineering students with tips tailored for each year of study on getting placed, interviews, post graduation, participating in symposiums, paper submissions, scoring marks and staying ahead. The speech concluded with a note: Dare to Explore, Share your Experiments and you are Sure to Excel.

Profile of G. Kalyana Sundaram
Kalyana Sundaram is the founder of Great Innovus Solutions Private Limited. He holds a Master of Engineering in Software Systems from Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani, Indiaʼs leading technology school. Has received a patent for piracy prevention mobile device and author of several research papers that are published in international publications. He is a well-recognized young entrepreneur under age 30, featured on several magazines in India and presented guest speech at various technology events.

Previous speech on March 25, 2009 graduation ceremony is available from: http://greatinnovus.com/speech/20090325valedictory/

June 14, 2011

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Million Pixel Mosaic

Million Pixel Mosaic

We are proud to present Million Pixel Mosaic – a web service that aims to bring unity to Internet through images. Million Pixel Mosaic’s vision is to find some order and unity in this wildly disorganized mess that we call the Internet. Yes, we are all connected by pixels now at Million Pixel Mosaic.

A mosaic is an image that is made of several smaller images. With Million Pixel Mosaic, you get a mosaic that is made up of a million pixels that are contributed by Internet users, in essence it is a socially driven web service to create a mosaic. The website offers two mosaic options: an one million pixels comprised of 10,000 images, while the other is comprised of 2,500 images. Million Pixel Mosaic is a social network where the backdrop image is determined by the effective votes received on the submitted images. Clicking on any image tile brings up your caption/URL info, as well as the ability to view the submitted image in full-size. Million Pixel Mosaic allows text linking into the images – which can help to be a promotion to your website as well, all for a nominal fee. Creating a mosaic socially is the innovation at Million Pixel Mosaic.

We would like to thank Mr. Gregory, our client for choosing us for developing his idea to reality. He was involved with every step of the development, with his active feedback, revisions, brainstorming and finally getting the great web service live! We wholeheartedly wish him good luck with Million Pixel Mosaic, get started to add your image to Million Pixel Mosaic at http://millionpixelmosaic.com/

Million Pixel Mosaic is also reviewed by Blogging Tips at: http://www.bloggingtips.com/2011/05/30/million-pixel-mosaic-brings-unity-to-internet/

May 5, 2011

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200 iOS applications by Great Innovus Solutions

200 iOS applications by Great Innovus Solutions

Great Innovus Solutions is pleased to announce that we have got approval of our 200th iOS (iPhone, iPad, Universal applications) application submitted for Apple’s iTunes AppStore on behalf of our various clients. We have been working with Apple iPhone/iPad/iOS development platform since its launch in March 2008. We achieved a milestone of submitting 11 apps and all approved for iPad Grand opening in June 2010 (details here).

Great Innovus Solutions have been successful in developing iOS applications that utilize various technologies like: GPS based location, Touch and multitouch interactive applications, Internetworked applications, Open GL based animated applications, interactive ebooks, interactive games (puzzles, board games, bowling games), Accelerator and Gyrometer utilizing applications, camera and photo album applications, general utilities, multitasking applications with background, PUSH notifications, in-app purchases, audio/video recording, video playback, video streaming, social networks, REST, XML and web based applications.

Our experience with Apple has always been pleasant with shortest approval happening in 3 days and longest in 18 days. Nearly 99% of times application we submit gets approved in first review itself, only very rarely our submissions has been rejected (this is large compared to the industry average rejections rate). We have maintained a high acceptance rate with our in-house quality assurance by iterative testing, system testing and continuous review with our clients with nightly builds wherever possible. 8 applications developed by us has been featured in Apple AppStore in various categories, notable mentions are: Cascarone (details here) and Secondtake (details here), other applications are under an agreement of non-disclosure with our clients. Year 2010 alone had highest submissions of nearly 128 applications. Great Innovus would like to thank all our clients that supported and chose to work with us in this opportunity. Last but not the least we would like to appreciate our engineering team that had put tireless efforts in achieving this milestone.

April 11, 2011

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Cascarones, hollowed out egg shells filled with confetti, are very popular during Fiesta and Easter in some parts of the world. It is said that you get good luck if a cascarone is cracked on your head. Our client had an idea to bring this real life fun to the digital world as an iPhone/iPad app.

The idea of the Cascarone app is for people to decorate a virtual Easter Egg on their iPhone or iPad with colors, stripes, and designs. The user can then shake his phone and the egg will crack along with mariachi music playing. This is perfect for any Fiesta party where either you run out of real cascarones or you are at a place where you can’t make a mess! You can also load a friend’s picture into the app and the egg will crack on them!

Cascarone app was built for Fiesta San Antonio (http://www.fiesta-sa.org/) that draws 3.5 million people each year to the event. Thanks to our client Mr. Garrett for considering us to create the app and thanks to the developers at Great Innovus Solutions who have put immense efforts in developing the app on time. Additionally, thanks to Apple for considering the expedited review request and getting the application approved at the beginning of Fiesta.

Finally, we are happy to share that Apple has featured the Cascarone app as a New and Noteworthy app for both the iPhone and iPad in the Family and Kids game sections.

Get Crackin’ with Cascarone app at http://itunes.apple.com/in/app/cascarone/id429918000?mt=8

Cascarone application is also featured in the following magazines:
Wall Street Journal: http://on.wsj.com/fgYh2P
San Antonio Express News: http://bit.ly/kfkHho
Houston Chronicle: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/business/7519134.html
NowCast SA: http://www.nowcastsa.com/blogs/pinojo/viva-fiesta-cascarone-app-iphoneipad

October 19, 2010

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Second Take New Noteworthy Apple Store

We are really excited and pleased to announce that our iPhone/iPad universal application ‘Second Take‘ for our client Mr. Garrett got featured on Apple App Store under the New and Newsworthy applications. The application is available for download at http://itunes.apple.com/in/app/second-take/id395854075?mt=8

Thanks to our client Garrett for considering us and providing us an opportunity to work with him. Also thanks to our developers in getting this possible with their best efforts. Kudos to all!

May 7, 2010

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Joketeller Facebook Win

We are pleased to announce the winning of our client app Joketeller at the “Facebook Applications Challenge, Brazil edition“, it won first place (unfortunately since it is a Brazil event, the news site is in Portuguese, you can get a translation here) and the web app owner received a sum of US$ 3000 as prize. We would like to congratulate our client on this win and also kudos to our team members Mahaboob Ibrahim and Gnanaghuru that put great efforts in making it a grand success.

Joketeller is a simple app that allows users to share jokes on facebook, a user can submit a text, image or voice record a joke live from his computer under various categories and grade their jokes. Other users are free to rate, share or embed this joke on their site. This facebook app used various technologies including but not limited to PHP, Flash, Red5, mySQL, facebook API, XHTML, AJAX and CSS. Much advanced coding techniques were used to implement asynchronous voting from flash, better embed on websites and clarity voice recording live from a computer. We really enjoyed working on this project and also the winning news only adds much joy.

Though the results of this app were announced back in March 16, 2010, we were notified only today hence a late announcement. Though this facebook app was a simple one, we have done several complex facebook applications for other clients for their social media promotion, social presence and interactive social web apps. To use us for your next facebook web app project, feel free to contact our sale representative.

April 4, 2010

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ipad Grand Opening

We are proud to announce that Apple Inc, has approved 11 applications for iPad developed by Great Innovus Solutions for the “Apple iPad Grand Opening” on April 3, 2010. Apple had approved only 2,546 apps for the Day 1 sales (source: Fortune CNN) and our contributed/developed apps account to 0.43% of all approved iPads apps for Grand Opening. Also this makes us the iPad developer that got all apps submitted approved for the grand opening that translates to 100% approval ratio. We are very happy to have Apple approve all our apps and having a grand opening for iPad. Most of these apps were started after March 9, 2010 after Apple begun accepting iPads apps for inclusion for grand opening. Our iPhone/iPad development team did a very great job in creating, testing and submitting all these 11 apps, taking part in the review process with multiple builds submission for about 23 days working on weekends too – kudos to our team! Special mention goes to Dileep, Rama Sundaram, Raja for staying late and taking great responsibilities.

A few apps that we are allowed to mention of the 11 approved apps are:

PicPuzzler exclusive for iPad: our in-house iPad, which is a jigsaw puzzle game packed with 155+ photos and ability to load and use album photos as puzzles. Available for sale at Apple App Store for ¢99

Spring Puzzle Book HD: for client Still Motion Media LLC, a ebook for kids and is a popular app in education category for iPad. It also features puzzles and audio in multiple languages together with high resolutions illustrations exclusive for iPad. Available for sale at Apple App Store for ¢99

The other 9 apps are exciting ones but we unable to list them here do to active Non Disclosure Agreements with our clients. 6 of the rest apps belong to one client and they are interactive ebooks, others are: a work out app, a game and an ebook.

Great Innovus Solutions have been a leading iPhone developer since day 1 of the original Apple iPhone SDK tools announcement in March 6, 2008. And now we pride for being an iPad developer starting Day 1 too. We have developed 68 apps for our clients and assisted in over 34 other iPhone apps as support/modules development roles till date. This April 2010 our team are working on 19 other iPhone/iPad applications which are mostly close to completion and ready for submissions. We have expert UI/UX engineers that can produce intuitive interfaces optimized for mobile form factors.

April 1, 2010

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Great Innovus Solutions Private Limited

Great Innovus Solutions private limited was founded in November 11, 2006 with a mission to provide quality and affordable services in Web, Mobile and Social network platforms. But since day 1, we were busy with client works that today we stand as a service provider with a clientele of 500+ clients and having worked on 800+ solutions for our clients. Being busy all time had only put us into less time to spend on our own website to showcase our talent.

Most of our clients ask us: “A web services provider with no site?“, we just reply them: “Yes, we were so busy that we did not find time for it and after all no one will pay for it!“, they reply “You are hired!” and business proceed as usual. But we thought to spare some our time to craft our own web site to showcase all our great work and team capabilities, this is needed to support our future prospects. But frankly we were forced to put a site by our investors ;)

We have exhibited some great talent for our own site too and it took nearly 4 working days to get the system ready for an initial demo, where we spent time optimizing and validating the site for standards compliance. Yes, the site is XHTML valid and CSS valid. The site uses the following technologies PHP, MySQL, XHTML, CSS, AJAX, CSS Sprites and many visual effects in Javascript using JQuery. We are slowly adding content to the site and also fixing, so if you find any thing broken, feel free to let us know!

We intend to use this blog as our corporate notebook to share news, thoughts, announcements and things that are interesting in tech! I hope you will enjoy your stay with us!