Google Bolo: How easy it is to read.

Technology has transformed almost all wakes of human lives. It is no Secret that like any other domain of our lives, technology has started to influence the art of teaching, teachers, and students equally. Now, Google Bolo is one such application which can re-define the method of learning. 

How technology in the form of Google Bolo is influencing the methods of teaching to a student; here is the example:

What is Google Bolo? 

Google has just launched an app called ‘Bolo’ for the students from Indian environment who struggle to read the books. Bolo, as Google describes it, is a new speech-based reading-tutor app that helps children learn to read.

All companies have their own share of CSR where they try to return something to the very society from where they acquired their fortunes. India has a major contribution to the gigantic growth of Google. It appears as Google’s one of the Corporate Social Responsibility programs for India is to help the child to learn to read with confidence.

I believe Google is well aware of the exercise of teaching a child student by teacher, parents or the elders of the home. When a child starts his education journey in a typical north Indian home environment; he is asked to recite or read by saying ‘Bolo’ from the teacher or elder. Please note that it is just my assumption and Google has never put forward a logic something like this.

The inspiration

The inspiration behind launching the app Bolo is drawn from the Annual State Of Education report for the year 2018 (ASER-18) which reports that almost 50% of students of grade 5th often struggle to read the content of a grade 2 in government or private schools. Having said that, this report shows our sorry state of education.

Google Bolo app is not just useful but quite interesting also. It has been designed in such a way that it never lets the student loose the focus. Diya is the voice which reads the words, sentences, and story for the students.

Some interesting features

Here are some other interesting features of the app:

It lets read easily all by themselves; the students.

The beauty of the app is that it gives you feedback on how you are doing. Just like a personalized reading tutor, the app assists the children in every step, giving both positive and corrective feedback.


It is a collection of 50 stories and 40 stories in English in which more stories will be added by Google’s partners. The topics are taken from a wide range of topics.

The exercise of learning becomes an enjoyable journey in Google Bolo. This app has handy word games and while playing this, the children keep on getting rewards and badges encouraging them for further reading.

The app can explain the English text into Hindi helping reading. With this, both become fun and a daily habit.

Improve at their own pace

Multiple children can use the same app, and track their progress separately. Over time the difficulty level of recommended stories adjusts to their reading skills.

One problem what I have felt frequently is the irritation due to frequently popping advertisements with google apps. This app is completely ad-free and the child can learn with great focus.

One good thing with Google bolo is that the app can works even when offline, so children can just focus on reading while there is no internet connectivity.

We often hear personal data loss. Google Bolo has been designed in such a way that all personal information of children always stays on the device thus minimizing the loss of data.

Google Bolo is one such app that can be a great help who are not very well in reading. Not just for those children who have Hindi as a primary language, Google Bolo is equally helpful for the children hailing from Southern and North Eastern state of the country and learning Hindi for any reason. At a time when mobile phones have deep penetration in the villages, Google Bolo has the capabilities where it must be changing the reading habits of children and making the moods of the parents happier.
Google Bolo can be downloaded from here.

The first 8K Television of the world: Miles to go

With the arrival of the first 8K Television of the world, Resolution 8K will be the new call-in TV or cinematic entertainment in near future. 8K pictures will be the new norms. We are moving in the correct direction to achieve that still, the question remains what is the best TV resolution we will achieve ultimately to make us say ‘enough’?

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When did it start ?

It was September 2017 at IFA Berlin where people were assembled to know the technical jargons of TV world like 1K, 4K, 5K, 6K and 8K TV. Most of the buzz was around the terms like 8K monitors 8K LED TV, 8K resolution and companies in this race. Some were even hopeful of watching an 8K movie in a cool 8K cinema in the imminent future.  Few were skeptical in 4K vs 8K that if the resolution of 8K TV is double to the 4K TV, is it in the same ratio quality wise? Rightly so because by writing these lines people are still learning about 4K resolution and 4K TVs.

We are yet to be saturated with 4K content.  Some of us know about 5K and 6K also which we use in some of the 5K monitors but that is very limited. Questions were asked like can 8K HD content played in normal TVs through some sort of device?

Sharp does it.

And in the same event, a renowned name in TV world ‘Sharp’ announced that they are going to launch a TV with 8K resolution in Mar 2018 thought they did not disclose the release date of 8K TV back then. So we knew that Sharp has claimed to make the highest resolution TV ahead of giants like Sony and Samsung.  They are calling it as first 8K Television of the world.

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first 8K Television of the world

So what is with 8K? As said,  4K content and 4K TV have not reached to saturation. There are so many countries still there where even today; 1K doesn’t have the proper reach. FIFA was telecasted on 4K, how many of us were privileged to have 4K TVs? Not many. Even the big entertainment companies were not equipped with required infrastructure for a 4K telecast. In the present time, 8K content seems a distant dream and some of us are seeing the future with 16K TV!

Sharp LV-70X500E

Sharp considers this TV as the first 8K Television in the world and has given the model name as LV-70X500E. It is a 70 inch TV which is available to European Markets from Mar 2018. Even though the TV is available, the utility of such TV is a factor; a real subject of the present time; for discussed seriously.

LV-70X500E can support a resolution of up to 7680x 4320 and it can upscale the content of 1K and 4K to the 8K resolution level. Generally, an 8K TV is the TV with 8K dimensions i.e  7680 x 4320 resolution dimension which is almost double to 4K resolution but it needs a larger screen.

sharp 8k tvIt was not just Sharp, which has been relentless for commercialization of 8K Technology, Sony, LG, and Samsung are also in the fray. Time will tell which of these will be the trendsetter. Samsun 8K TV launch is expected by this year-end and another model in 2019 whereas 8K Sony TV is somewhere in pipeline with full uncertainty.

Not practical yet

8K Technology is still in a nascent stage. Even the first 8K TV is not so perfect and has some serious drawbacks. The weight of Sharp LV-70X500E TV is way too much; 43 Kilograms precisely. So it will not be easy to mount this TV on any wall. With presently available technology, there is a requirement of 4 HDMI ports on TV to produce an 8K Resolution. This means there needs to have so many input ports on TV.

Since it is the first 8K TV in the world, the price is higher, much higher. The price of Sharp LV-70X500E TV is € 12000. Having told that, Sharp LV-70X500E TV isn’t going to be available to buy anytime soon. That too at a lesser price and available easily to you. Price of 8K TV will be high for another 10 years or so.

Another problem with TV is that it consumes power, a lot of power. The power consumption of common TVs at home is in the range of 60 to 150 watt. 8K TV Sharp LV-70X500E TV guzzles 450 watts!!

Despite all the above odds, even if the access to 8K video will be easier in coming times you need to have 8K monitors for the 8K content. For the 8K content available online on YouTube, 8K videos on your mobile phone won’t look much different from lower resolutions due to limitations of our eyes. Our eyes are not able to feel the difference in 4K and 8K display or higher on small devices like on a mobile phone.

The experiments are on

However, it looks like Sharp is taking 8K Technology very seriously. This is evident in the work and efforts Sharp is putting into 8K. In addition to 8K TV, Sharp is manufacturing 8K camera and 8K broadcast receivers. Japan’s NHK is already covering selected events and programs with 8K camera and broadcasting on this 8K receiver for its viewers. So technically it is only Japan which has a hand on experience with 8K Technology. This year FIFA offered all Football World Cup matches in 4K. Are there chances that next FIFA World Cup Qatar will be available through an 8K video camera? By that time the content will be available to 8K Ultra HD TV?

From a typical CRT TV to 8K via HD, 1K, 4K, the journey of TV technology is astonishing. Again this doesn’t seem to stop here. With so many challenges, the journey of 8K has just started yet. 16K is in pipeline and sooner or later it will also come up. The future of TV technology is unknown but by far the journey seems exciting.

Amazon Fire TV Stick: Outsmarting your smart TV

The device: Amazon Fire TV Stick 

These days, the advertisement of Amazon Fire TV Stick is frequent on prominent TV channels and online giant Amazon is also vigorously promoting it through the different mediums of advertisement like their other product; the kindle. With this, you can get immediate access to thousands of, Hollywood, Bollywood, language movies and TV episodes, seasons, songs and games within seconds.

amazon fire tv stick

And the confusion…

I had doubt and I believe and so many are there who are looking for the answer to this question. What is an Amazon Fire TV Stick actually? Honestly, first time I got confused when I heard the name Amazon fire TV stick and I realized there are so many out there who were in confusion with the name. It seemed to me a mix of some high-end TV and some remote control device. Continue reading “Amazon Fire TV Stick: Outsmarting your smart TV”

Xiaomi Iphone: how the Xiaomi is catching up with Apple

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Why Mi 8 succeeded?

If we go by the recent Xiaomi iPhone spat, I will say, we all have our priorities.  Priorities in every wake of life; including the smart phone selection. Talk the phone and for some of us, have the priority for the price of the smart phone, for some, the brand they want to be associated with, and for rest of us; the value of the money is the most important priority. Continue reading “Xiaomi Iphone: how the Xiaomi is catching up with Apple”

Marshal Mid ANC Bluetooth Headphones


If you are looking for Bluetooth headphones in the range of $ 300-400, trust me you are at right place. Marshal Mid ANC Bluetooth Headphones may be your choice, just check it here. Now; just think of it; If I say that this is a headphone which is being liked even by musicians, do you believe me? Chances are that you would not because I am a nobody. Right?

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But despite that, let me tell you about Marshal Mid ANC Bluetooth Headphones. Continue reading “Marshal Mid ANC Bluetooth Headphones”