present Mobilized Minds - a quiz on telecom - and
<ul><li>The Prelims </li></ul><ul><li>25 questions </li></ul><ul><li>One point per question; No negatives </li></ul><ul><li>Questions with a * will be used to resolve ties </li></ul><ul><li>Two separate finals – one for college teams and one for corporates </li></ul><ul><li>6 teams in each finals </li></ul><ul><li>Quiz Masters’ decision is final </li></ul><ul><li>Good Luck! </li></ul>
1 They are small-bodied, thin men and women. The head was made of Perspex with three holes on the top of the head for breathing, no eyes or mouth, and the body was a separate outfit created with foam and fibre to create thin legs and arms. What is being described here?
Answer The ZooZoos in the recent Vodafone campaign
2 It is a brand used by Matsushita Electric to sell home appliances, personal appliances, and industrial appliances. It was also the first name used by Matsushita's electric firm to sell his battery-powered bicycle lamps. He hoped that they would be a product used by all of Japan, hence the name___________. Fill in the blank.
3 It has a one-way surface into which objects can fall but nothing can come out of. It possesses a temperature and radiation. It can reveal its presence through interaction with other matter. And the general consensus is that, barring a breakdown in our understanding of nature, it does exist. What is this, and how would you relate this to mobile technology?
Answer Black Holes, places like basements, lifts or closed conference rooms in big buildings where signals are weak and cell phones do not operate.
4 “ The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality, they seldom attack a human.” What is the significance of this piece of information?
Answer The text that people attempting to beat the world SMS speed record need to type, without the aid of T9. The current record is 43 seconds.
5 Its distinctive styling earned it the nickname of "banana phone”. Three years after its release, it featured in the public eye with its appearance in ___ ______. In reality, its sliding cover was not spring loaded, but moved by hand; the spring loading feature was added for the ___ ______, and later incorporated into another popular model (the first one with a WAP browser).
Answer Nokia 8110, “ The Matrix” phone The first WAP phone was Nokia 7110
7 French engineer Pierre Azaria set up the Compagnie Générale d'Electricité (CGE) with the aim of taking on the likes of AEG, Siemens and General Electric. In 1966, an absorption was done by CGE of the “Société Alsacienne de Constructions Atomiques, de Télécommunications et d'Electronique.” How do we know this company today as?
8* You would dial +91 if you need to reach India, +1 if you needed to call someone in the US and +81 for Japan and so on… Where is the person you are trying to reach if you dialed +871, +872 or +873?
Answer On a ship!! 871, 872 and 873 are the Marisat codes for the Atlantic Ocean Region, Pacific Ocean Region and Indian Ocean Region respectively.
9 Id the logo – the company supplies solar panels for the Toyota Prius among other thngs, and also completed a recent acquisition of Sanyo’s mobile division
10 In May 2008, Reliance Globalcom announced the acquisition of which UK based Global Managed Network Services provider, adding over 220 MNCs to the Reliance Globalcom customer base and expanding its footprint to 163 countries?
11 It is the unique commercial façade of almost all France Telecom services, and shares its name with a series of protests and political events that took place in Ukraine from late November 2004 to January 2005. Name it.
<ul><li>12 </li></ul><ul><li>Close to a 100 patents </li></ul><ul><li>Winner of the Padma Bhushan in 2009 for contributions to science and engineering </li></ul><ul><li>Considered a pioneer in handhelds. Invented the Electronic Diary in 1975 </li></ul><ul><li>Also an avid painter. </li></ul><ul><li>ID. </li></ul>
14* Developed in 1847 it was called the wonder material of the age. The formation of the _____ ______ Company was a leap forward for submarine cables. It was an excellent electrical insulator in water, and was an inelastic substance based on a special type of latex that had been introduced from Singapore to Britain. Name it.
15 Today a financial services major, it once also had a service called CandyGram – a box of chocolates with a telegram. Until it discontinued the service, it was the best known US company in the business of exchanging telegrams. It introduced the first stock ticker. Which company?
18* He contributed extensively to the fields of electromagnetism, a key to modern telephony. He is probably the only scientist to have two units named in his honor, one of them for electrical charge. Name him.
Answer Michael Faraday Faraday is the unit of electrical charge Farad is the unit of electrical capacitance
19 The Colonial Stadium in Melbourne was the stage for the first ever indoor one-day international cricket match. What is the alternate name for the stadium?
20 The “standard” SMS tone on Nokia mobiles is Morse Code for “M” (Message) and the “Special” tone is actually Morse Code for “SMS”. The “Ascending” SMS tone on Nokia mobiles is Morse code for what?
22 It was founded in 1979 to ensure that ships could stay in constant touch by telephone. In 1999, it became the first intergovernmental organization to transform into a private company and, in 2005, was floated on the London Stock Exchange. Which setup?
23 X is a technology for mobile phones, developed by Tegic Communications, which was acquired by Nuance Communications. It is used on phones and it’s objective is to make mobiles easier to use. Identify X.
24* The eldest brother discovered the dynamo-electric principle helping the trans-Atlantic and the Indo-European telegraph lines. His brother seven years younger pioneered submarine cables. Another younger brother oversaw the setting up of the Russian telegraph network. Which family?
<ul><li>25* </li></ul><ul><li>The birth of Global System for Mobiles (GSM) started in 1979 with the allocation of the frequency bands near 900 MHz, which were designated for a future standard of cellular telecommunications. </li></ul><ul><li>This was followed by the creation of “G_____ S______ M______” which is an early acronym for GSM, which lead to a standard some years later and a commercial kick-off in 1993. </li></ul>