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Watch NASA's Perseverance Rover Land on Mars!



Watch an epic journey unfold on Thursday, Feb. 18 as our Perseverance rover lands on Mars. To reach the surface of the Red Planet, the rover has to survive the harrowing final phase known as Entry, Descent, and Landing.


Only then can the rover - the biggest, heaviest, cleanest, and most sophisticated six-wheeled robot ever launched into space - search Jezero Crater for signs of ancient life and collect samples that will eventually be returned to Earth.


Tune in to a live video feed of key landing activities and commentary from Mission Control at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.


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Nokia Asha 311



GENERAL   2G Network   GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network   HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100
Announced   2012, June
Status   Available. Released 2012, August
BODY   Dimensions   106 x 52 x 12.9 mm, 92 cc
Weight   95
DISPLAY   Type   TFT capacitive touchscreen, 56K colors
Size   240 x 400 pixels, 3.0 inches (~155 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch   Yes
Protection   Corning Gorilla Glass
SOUND   Alert types   Vibration, Polyphonic(64), WAV, MP3 ringtones
Loudspeaker   Yes
3.5mm jack   Yes
MEMORY   Card slot   microSD, up to 32 GB
Phonebook   Yes, Photocall
Call records   Yes
Internal   140 MB, 256 MB ROM, 128 MB RAM
DATA   GPRS   Yes
EDGE   Yes
Speed   HSDPA, 14.4 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
WLAN   Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth   Yes, v2.1 with EDR
USB   Yes, microUSB v2.0, USB On-the-go support
CAMERA   Primary   3.15 MP, 2048x1536 pixels
Video   Yes, VGA@25fps
Secondary   No
FEATURES   CPU   1 GHz
Sensors   Accelerometer, proximity
Messaging   SMS, MMS, Email, IM
Browser   WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML
Radio   Stereo FM radio with RDS
Games   Yes + downloadable
GPS   No
Java   Yes
Colors   Dark Grey, Rose Red, Blue, Brown, Sand White
   - SNS integration
- MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player
- MP3/WAV/WMA/AAC player
- Organizer
- Voice memo
- Predictive text input
BATTERY       Standard battery, Li-Ion 1110 mAh (BL-4U)
Stand-by   Up to 696 h (2G) / Up to 768 h (3G)
Talk time   Up to 14 h (2G) / Up to 6 h (3G)
Music play   Up to 40 h
MISC   SAR US    1.09 W/kg (head)     0.79 W/kg (body)   
SAR EU    1.37 W/kg (head)   
Price group   
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Nokia 5030 XpressRadio


GENERAL   2G Network   GSM 900 / 1800
   GSM 850 / 1900
Announced   2009, March
Status   Available. Released 2009, June
BODY   Dimensions   108 x 45 x 15 mm, 62 cc
Weight   82 g
   - Flashlight
DISPLAY   Type   TFT, 65K colors
Size   128 x 160 pixels, 1.8 inches (~114 ppi pixel density)
SOUND   Alert types   Vibration, MP3
Loudspeaker   Yes
3.5mm jack   No
   - Dedicated radio keys
- 2.5 mm audio jack
MEMORY   Card slot   No
Phonebook   500 entries
Call records   20 dialed, 20 received, 20 missed calls
Internal   8 MB
DATA   GPRS   No
EDGE   No
WLAN   No
Bluetooth   No
USB   No
CAMERA       No
FEATURES   Messaging   SMS
Browser   No
Radio   FM radio; built-in antenna
Games   Yes
GPS   No
Java   No
Colors   Red, Graphite
   - Predictive text input
BATTERY       Standard battery, Li-Ion 1020 mAh (BL-5C)
Stand-by   Up to 525 h
Talk time   Up to 10 h
   Li-Ion 700 mAh (BL-5CA) (for China)
Stand-by   
Talk time   
MISC   SAR US    1.10 W/kg (head)     0.47 W/kg (body)   
SAR EU    0.78 W/kg (head)   
Price group   

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Nokia 5330 XpressMusic


GENERAL   2G Network   GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network   UMTS 850 / 1900 / 2100
   UMTS 900 / 1700 / 2100
Announced   2009, March
Status   Available. Released 2010, May
BODY   Dimensions   101 x 48 x 14 mm
Weight   113 g
DISPLAY   Type   TFT, 16M colors
Size   240 x 320 pixels, 2.4 inches (~167 ppi pixel density)
SOUND   Alert types   Vibration; Downloadable polyphonic, MP3 ringtones
Loudspeaker   Yes
3.5mm jack   Yes
   - Dedicated touch music keys
MEMORY   Card slot   microSD, up to 16GB, 2GB included
Phonebook   2000 entries, Photocall
Call records   20 dialed, 20 received, 20 missed calls
Internal   70 MB
DATA   GPRS   Class 32
EDGE   Class 32, 296 / 178.8 kbits
Speed   Yes, 384 kbps
WLAN   No
Bluetooth   Yes, v2.1 with A2DP
USB   Yes, microUSB
CAMERA   Primary   3.15 MP, 2048x1536 pixels, enhanced fixed focus
Features   Videocalling
Video   Yes
Secondary   No
FEATURES   Messaging   SMS, MMS, Email
Browser   WAP 2.0/xHTML
Radio   Stereo FM radio with RDS
Games   Yes + downloadable
GPS   Yes, with A-GPS support; Nokia Maps
Java   Yes
Colors   Black/Red, Silver/Blue
   - MP3/MP4/eAAC+/WMA player
- Voice memo
- Predictive text input
BATTERY       Standard battery, Li-Ion 1000 mAh (BL-4U)
Stand-by   Up to 350 h
Talk time   Up to 7 h 42 min
Music play   Up to 26 h
MISC   SAR US    0.88 W/kg (head)     1.07 W/kg (body)   
SAR EU    1.15 W/kg (head)   
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Samsung Galaxy S Duos S7562


GENERAL   2G Network   GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2
3G Network   HSDPA 900 / 2100
Announced   2012, July
Status   Coming soon
BODY   Dimensions   121.5 x 63.1 x 10.5 mm
Weight   120 g
   - Touch-sensitive controls
DISPLAY   Type   TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size   480 x 800 pixels, 4.0 inches (~233 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch   Yes
SOUND   Alert types   Vibration, MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker   Yes
3.5mm jack   Yes
MEMORY   Card slot   microSD, up to 32 GB
Internal   4 GB storage, 512 MB RAM
DATA   GPRS   Yes
EDGE   Yes
Speed   HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
WLAN   Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth   Yes, v3.0 with A2DP
USB   Yes, microUSB v2.0
CAMERA   Primary   5 MP, 2592х1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Features   Geo-tagging
Video   Yes, FWVGA@30fps
Secondary   Yes, VGA
FEATURES   OS   Android OS, v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Chipset   Qualcomm MSM7227A Snapdragon
CPU   1 GHz Cortex-A5
GPU   Adreno 200
Sensors   Accelerometer, proximity, compass
Messaging   SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email
Browser   HTML, Adobe Flash Lite
Radio   Stereo FM radio with RDS
GPS   Yes, with A-GPS support
Java   Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
Colors   White
   - Dual SIM (dual stand-by)
- SNS integration
- MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player
- MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV player
- Organizer
- Document viewer
- Voice memo/dial
- Predictive text input
BATTERY       Standard battery, Li-Ion 1500 mAh
Stand-by   
Talk time   
MISC   SAR US    0.27 W/kg (head)     0.65 W/kg (body)   
SAR EU    0.47 W/kg (head)   
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Internet body approves new web suffixes

The internet is set for one of its most significant changes in years, after the global governing body for domain names approved a major expansion.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) on Monday approved the expansion of domain names beyond ".com" to ".anything".

Top-level domains, which include .com, .net and .org, will be expanded to include new brand, generic and geographic domain name extensions - such as .shop, .sydney, .apple, .bhp or .nab, for example.

Source : oneindia
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News and Announcements / Group Widget
Oct 09, 2010, 01:19 AM
Group Widget concept finished.

Its in Debugging mode within two days it will be launched public.

Group members can get the particular group widget and paste it in their websites.

Initially we release in default theme only. Customization themes will be releasing after a month
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[font=trebuchet ms]Gingly is an real time SMS Networking where we have introduced new plugin "YAP"

YAP - You can share and discover what's happening now!!!

As simple you have an option to following and followers hundreds of People to get the update of your every sec post through sms and web.

To Mobile Start - sms YAP Your MESSAGE to 9566295662

To Web: Log on to www.gingly.com
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News and Announcements / Gingly Theme Concept
Sep 14, 2010, 12:56 AM
[font=trebuchet ms]Hi Friendz,

Today, We release the Gingly theme page.

You can go to theme page from welcome page and profile page.

You can see the preview of your selected theme and set the theme to your profile.

If any one see your profile then your profile will display with your selected theme.

Direct URL : www.gingly.com/theme.php

Sample Theme Set In Profile : Profile Page
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Hi Thilaga,

Wish You Many More Happy Returns Of The Day - 25 July 2010


[font=comic sans ms]"Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared."[/font]


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Google to take security page from Mozilla's Firefox


Bangalore: Recently, Google said that it will take a page from Mozilla's security playbook and block outdated plug-ins from launching in its Chrome browser, part of a new effort to keep users safer.

Chromium is the name of the open-source development project that feeds into the Chrome browser. Google did not spell out when the blocking of outdated plug-ins would be added to Chrome, saying only that it would happen in the medium-term. Nor did the Google engineers specify which plug-ins would be blocked. Chrome will assist users in updating old plug-ins, they said.
Chrome will also display a warning when a site calls on an infrequently-used plug-in, said Chris Evans, Julien Tinnes and Michal Zalewski of Google's security team. "Some plug-ins are widely installed but typically not required for today's Internet experience. For most users, any attempt to instantiate such a plug-in is suspicious and Google Chrome will warn on this condition."

Google did not reply to requests for clarification and more information on the timeline of the impending changes to Chrome. By making this move with Chrome, Google is following in the footsteps of Mozilla, which has already equipped its Firefox browser with the ability to block outdated plug-ins.

Both Mozilla and Google have said the new features represent a response to the rapid increase in the number of attacks against vulnerable plug-ins, especially Adobe's Flash Player and estimates, attacks against browser plug-ins, particularly Adobe's popular Reader PDF viewer, are quickly climbing. In the first quarter of 2010, PDF exploits accounted for 28 percent of all malware-bearing attack code, antivirus vendor McAfee said in April.

In other security arenas, Chrome is already ahead of Firefox. For example, Google's browser now automatically updates Adobe's Flash Player behind the scenes. And two weeks ago, Google added an integrated PDF viewer to the "developer" build of Chrome for Windows and Mac.


Source : http://www.siliconindia.com/shownews/Google_to_take_security_page_from_Mozillas_Firefox-nid-69252.html
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535,000 Sony Vaio PCs may overheat




Tokyo: Sony recently said that about 535,000 units of its "Vaio" brand personal computers globally may be in danger of overheating and that it has provided software on its website to eliminate the problem.

The company said in a statement that there have been 39 overheating cases in total, all reported outside Japan. Some of these have resulted in damage to computer bodies, but no burn injuries have been reported.

Some of Sony's F and C series Vaio PCs made in January this year and some custom-made models from the same series have been affected, the firm said. A Sony spokeswoman said the company has not estimated possible costs stemming from the problem.


Source : http://www.siliconindia.com/shownews/535000_Sony_Vaio_PCs_may_overheat-nid-69239.html
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World's first flying car gets green signal to take-off




Toronto: The world's first flying car, which was caught in a legal snarl in the U.S., has finally been given the green signal.
Being developed by Boston-based Terrafugia Transition since 2006, the dual-purpose car-cum-plane vehicle called 'the flying car' has got the waiver on its weight from the American Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).


Under FAA rules, the flying car - categorised as a 'light sport' aircraft - was required to be strictly under 1,320 pounds in weight. But with the addition of car safety features such as airbags, crumple zones and a safety cage, the vehicle overshot the weight-limit.
With the FAA now relaxing the rules for its weight, the decks have been cleared for the flying car - a two-seater named Transition - to take-off next year.

"Our schedule calls for the first delivery to be made prior to the end of 2011. We currently have in excess of 70 orders, which is about a two-year backlog," Richard Gersh, vice president for Terrafugia, told IANS.
Asked whether it was big corporates or individuals who have placed orders, Gersh said, "They are generally pilots who either own planes or have owned planes in the past."
About about their plans to raise production, he said: "Low volume production will take place in the Boston area. No decisions have been made for other production plans."

Costing about $200,000, the flying car will travel up to 725 km in the air at a speed of more than 115 km per hour.
Fuelled by gasoline, it will have front-wheel drive on the road and a propeller for flight. With its wings folded, it can be parked in an ordinary car garage. The company claims the flying car has been successfully test-flown many times.
It says tests have shown that the vehicle can drive, fly and switch from being a plane to a car in just 30 seconds.


Source : http://www.siliconindia.com/shownews/Worlds_first_flying_car_gets_green_signal_to_takeoff-nid-69265.html
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Indian investors help MIT professor to make his dream real


Bangalore: Many of the great ideas gets stuck in labs just because the scientists don't have access to the right kind of supports. Now the Indian investors have started lending their hands to the budding inventors by providing enough funds to explore their innovative ideas. Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation, an MIT entity funded by two Indians investors, Jaishree Deshpande and her husband Gururaj, is lending a hand to the budding inventors to realize their dreams.

Douglas P Hart, a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has won a support of $50,000 to convert his dream to reality. The Professor's new startup, Lantos Technologies, which developed a 3-D scanner that hopes to update the current generation of earphones and hearing aids by precisely fitting them to the dimensions of the ear canal, is set to lock up $1.5 million in funding. "We're hoping people will be able to walk in the store and have their ears scanned like people got their ears pierced today," said Hart, who sold his last startup for $95 million. "I wouldn't have known the first thing about doing all of this, if the people from the Deshpande Center led me through," recalls enthused Hart.

The Deshpande Center was established at the MIT School of Engineering in 2002 to increase the impact of MIT technologies in the marketplace. Since its inception the Center has funded more than 80 projects with over $9 Million in grants.

By providing academics like Professor Hart a bridge to the business world, MIT is in the forefront of a movement involving a handful of universities nationwide that work closely with investors to ensure that promising ideas are nurtured and turned into successful start-ups.

At first glance, the centers look like academic versions of business incubators. But universities are getting involved now at a much earlier stage than incubators typically do, reports Bob Tedeschi from New York Times. Rather than offering seed money to businesses that already have a product and a staff, as incubators usually do, the universities are harvesting great ideas and then trying to find investors and businesspeople interested in developing them further and exploring their commercial viability.


Source : http://www.siliconindia.com/shownews/Indian_investors_help_MIT_professor_to_make_his_dream_real-nid-69196.html
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Lemon Mobiles plans $100 Million investment in India


New Delhi: In an effort to expand their presence in India, Lemon Mobiles, a handset vendor promoted by Fast Track Communications, is planning to invest $100 million over the next three years. The company, which claims that it is already among the top 10 handset manufacturers in India, will soon launch 3G, Android and GPS devices in the Indian market. The Noida-based handset manufacturer aims to be amongst the top five within the next two years.

The company will offer 3G handsets starting at about Rs. 4,500. It is also currently working on Lemon E1, which will be the first Android device from the company and the first dual SIM Android device in the market. Lemon E1 will be launched shortly.

Lemon Mobiles has showcased its application suite Lemon Twist, which is currently available on iQ 505 and will later be bundled with other handsets as well. The company has tied up with content providers such as Opera, Atom technologies, Map my India, Nimbuzz and Affle for this suite. The handset manufacturer also intends to launch its own java based app store. The company also plans to expand its presence in South Asian countries, followed by Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe.


Source : http://www.siliconindia.com/shownews/Lemon_Mobiles_plans_100_Million_investment_in_India-nid-69220-cid-3.html
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Toshiba unveils Portege R700 Laptops in India




Bangalore: Japanese technology major, Toshiba has unveiled its new light weight Portege R700 laptops which come with 13.3 inch screen. The laptop has 'Airflow cooling Technology' which will help getting the external air into the laptop and circulate it. The technology co-developed with Intel. The laptop runs with Intel Core i3 and Core i5 processors.

The Portege comes with up to 8GB of RAM and Toshiba claims that the laptop can run up to eight hours on a single battery charge. The Toshiba also has a built-in optical drive and has a "Hard Drive Impact Sensor" that protects the hard drive from shocks and rough usage. The laptop is estimated to cost around Rs. 65,000 - Rs. 75,000 depending on the system specifications.

Shirtmaker N, Toshiba's General Manager for the PC division in India said that "Our engineers have given a best model with all features including high performance ability. We have enhanced the laptop in three areas heat management, memory chip deployment and chassis construction."


Source : http://www.siliconindia.com/shownews/Toshiba_unveils_Portege_R700_Laptops_in_India-nid-69180-cid--sid-.html
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Dear Mr. Dhilip Kumar,

In Behalf Of All Our IT Acumens Team members, I Wish You To Celebrate Your Birthday On This Day.

I Wish You To Get All Success In Your Life.

Wish You Many More Happy Returns of the Day

:acumen :acumen :acumen
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வணக்கம்,

தமிழ் புத்தாண்டு வாழ்த்துக்கள்...............


நன்றியுடன்,

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Dear Kalyan,

Wish you Many More Happy Returns of the Day - 25 March 2010.

24th Birthday Celebration

May the good lord bless you with excellent health
and defend your life from the evil one!
see many more years happy bithday


-  Wish you Many More Happy Returns of the Day - IT Acumens & Team

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RCOM intros Push e-mail service on SMS

Reliance Communications ("RCOM"), India's largest integrated communication services provider and iseemedia Inc., a leading provider of messaging and content handling technology, today announced the launch of a ground-breaking SMS-based email service across Reliance  GSM and CDMA wireless network in India, serving more than 92 million subscribers.

This Email on SMS service effectively empowers RCOM subscribers to have their mobile phones to behave like smartphones and receive all their desktop email via SMS.  The Email-to-SMS technology is provided by Canada's iseemedia, a leading provider of low cost wireless email services to operators in the country.

In India where mobile phones have become an important part of everyone's livelihood the country is adding more mobile phone subscribes each month than any other. According to Informa Telecom & Media; India had 125 million new mobile phone subscribers for the year ending March 2009.

Text-based information services have become particularly popular in agriculture, healthcare and other sectors in India. The challenge for operators has been to deliver more sophisticated services using existing handsets that don't have access to the Internet. iseemedia's technology meets that challenge with the possibility to deliver next generation messaging without the cost of having to replace handsets.

Krishna Durbha, Head - VAS, Reliance Communications said, "iseemedia provides the ideal platform to deliver our next generation service to drive more email usage among our existing subscribers." We believe our push email service can deliver substantial revenue upside over the years to RCOM."

RCOM is leveraging iseemedia's multi-platform email solution known as iseemail to enable every mobile handset in India to act as a smartphone and enable users to check, download and retrieve email messages using the SMS interface. iseemail supports all types of email messaging systems in India through standard POP3 & IMAP4.  It also offers access to consumer messaging from Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo.co.in, Indiatimes emails and more.

Anthony DeCristofaro, President and CEO of iseemedia said, "Mobile connectivity has become more important in everyday lives in India. With Reliance we have the opportunity to promote mobile email to its 92 million subscribers and as a mass market solution to provide full email functionality on nearly 100 per cent of devices used in India. This will allow RCOM to increase its customer base as well as drive the adoption of mobile email usage through new value-added services."

RCOM is offering iseemedia's email service on its pre-paid as well as post-paid platforms as a subscription service charged at Rs.30 and a usage tariff of 0.50 paise per SMS sent. iseemedia receives a percentage of revenue from every user transaction.

Source : ciol
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Dear Acumens,

Here I Posted What I Received Through E-Mail.

If you have come across any bright students coming from poor financial background who have finished their 10th standard this year (April 2009) and scored more than 80%, please ask them to contact the NGO-Prerana (supported by Infosys foundation). The NGO is conducting a written test and those who clear the test will be eligible for financial help for their further studies.


Please ask the students to contact the people mentioned below to get the form:

#580,Shubhakar,
44th cross, 1st A main road, jayanagar 7th block,
Bangalore



Contact numbers-

1.       Saraswati - 9900906338

2.       Mr. Shivkumar - 9986630301 - (Hanumanthnagar office)

3.       Ms. Bindu- 9964534667 (Yeshwantpur office)


Even if you don't know anyone, please pass on this info, someone might be in need of this help desperately.
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Chat Box / Doubts created by a true lover
Nov 18, 2009, 06:27 PM
Doubts created by a true lover

ஒரு காதலர்களிடையே கேட்க நினைக்குற, ஆனா கேட்க முடியாம மனசுக்குள்ளேயே புதைச்சு வெச்சுக்குற சில கேள்விகளை பார்க்கலாம்..

1. நாங்கதான் உங்களுக்கு ரீ-சார்ஜ் பண்ணி அனுப்புறோம். ஆனாலும் நீங்க எதுக்கு மிஸ்டு கால் கொடுத்தே எங்க உயிரை வாங்குறீங்க? உங்ககிட்ட ஃபோன்ல பேசின காசையெல்லாம் சேர்த்து வெச்சிருந்தா, நான் லோன் போட்டு பைக் வாங்கி இருக்க வேண்டிய அவசியமே இருந்திருக்காது.

2. ஒரு பொண்ணு கொடுக்குற மிஸ்டு காலை மட்டும் யாராலும் அட்டெண்ட் பண்ணவே முடியாது. அவ்ளோ ஷார்ப்பா கட் பண்ணுவாங்க. இப்படி மிஸ்டுகால் கொடுக்க நீங்க எந்த யுனிவர்சிட்டியில ட்ரெயினிங் எடுத்துகிட்டிங்க?

3. அது ஏன் எப்போ பார்த்தாலும், எது கேட்டாலும் ஹி.. ஹி'ன்னு சிரிச்சுகிட்டே இருக்கீங்க? ஒரு மணி நேரம் உங்ககிட்ட ஃபோன்ல பேசினா அதுல நாற்பது நிமிஷம் கேனத்தனமா சிரிச்சுகிட்டேதான் இருக்கீங்க. ஏன் நீங்க ஏதாவது பேஸ்ட் விளம்பரத்துல நடிக்கிறதுக்கு எங்ககிட்ட ட்ரெயினிங் எடுக்கிறீங்களா?

4. ஃபோன்ல நாங்களேதான் பேசிகிட்டு இருக்கோம். எதைக்கேட்டாலும் "நீங்க சொல்லுங்க, நீங்க சொல்லுங்க'ன்னா" நாங்க என்னத்தை சொல்லி தொலைக்குறது? உங்களுக்கு எதையுமே பேச தெரியாது போலன்னு நினைச்சு நாங்க பாட்டுக்கு எதையாவது சொல்லி தொலைச்சுடுவோம். அதையே மனசுல வெச்சுகிட்டு, கல்யாணத்துக்கு அப்புறம் வாங்கி கட்டிக்கிறது எங்களுக்கு மட்டும்தான் தெரியும். அது எப்படி பேசவே தெரியாத மாதிரி சீன் போடுறீங்க?

5. மெசேஜ்'ல மட்டும் ரொம்ப ரொமாண்டிக்கா SMS அனுப்பி எங்க தூக்கத்தை கெடுக்குறீங்க. ஆனா அதையே நேர்ல சொல்ல சொன்னா மட்டும் வெட்கத்தையே என்னமோ நீங்கதான் குத்தகைக்கு எடுத்த மாதிரி வெட்கப்படுறீங்க? இது எப்படி உங்களால மட்டும் முடியுது? மெசேஜ் அனுப்பும் போதெல்லாம் உங்க வெட்கத்தை என்ன ஃப்ரிட்ஜ்'க்கு உள்ளே ஒளிச்சி வெச்சிடுவீங்களா?

6. ஹேய்... உனக்கு எப்படி அது தெரியும்? அப்படிங்கிற கேள்வியை மட்டும் கேட்டுட்டா போதும். உடனே "நான் உங்க இதயத்துல தானே இருக்கேன். இது கூட எனக்கு தெரியாதான்னு" உடனே ஒரு டயலாக் விடுவீங்க. இந்த மாதிரி எல்லாம் டயலாக் விட டைரக்டர் கதிர்கிட்ட கத்துகிட்டீங்களா என்ன?


7. அப்புறம் அப்புறம்'ங்கிற மொக்கையவே அரை மணி நேரமா போடுறீங்க. சரி வெச்சுடுறேன்னு நாங்க ஃபோனை கட் பண்ண போகும்போதுதான் "என் கூட பேசறது உங்களுக்கு போரடிக்குதா"ன்னு ஒரு சென்டிமென்ட் சீன் ஓபன் பண்ண வேண்டியது. உங்களுக்கு ஏன் இந்த கொலைவெறி?

8. நீங்க கிஃப்ட் கொடுத்தா மட்டும் விலையைப் பார்க்க கூடாது. அதுல உங்க அன்பைத்தான் பார்க்கணும். ஏன்னா நிச்சயமா அந்த கிஃப்ட் கீ-செயினாவோ, கர்ச்சீஃபாவோ, இல்லை அதிகபட்சமா மணிபர்ஸாவோதான் இருக்கும். ஏன்னா அதுங்கதான் ஐம்பது ரூபாய்க்கு கிடைக்கும். ஆனா இதே நாங்க கிஃப்ட் கொடுக்கும் போது மட்டும் சுடிதாரோ, செல்ஃபோனோ, தங்க செயினோ, வெள்ளி கொலுசோ, குறைஞ்சது 3,000/- ரூபாய்க்கு செலவு பண்ணாதான் நாங்க உங்க மேல உண்மையான அன்பு வெச்சிருக்கிறதா அர்த்தம். என்ன கரெக்ட்டா? உங்க அன்போட அளவுகோலுக்கு எல்லையே கிடையாதா?

9. "உன் நியாபகமாவே இருந்துச்சு. ராத்திரி எல்லாம் தூக்கமே வரலை"ன்னு மனசாட்சி இல்லாம பொய் சொல்றீங்களே.. என் நியாபகமாவே இருந்துச்சினா என் கூட பேச வேண்டியது தானே. இந்தக் கேள்வியை நாங்க கேட்டுடக் கூடாதுனு அர்த்த ராத்திரியில பேய் முழிச்சுகிட்டு இருக்கிற நேரத்துல, ஒரு மிஸ்டுகால் கொடுத்துட்டு, மறுநாள் காலையில உனக்கு என் நியாபகமே இல்லைன்னே சண்டை போட வேண்டியது. இந்த விஷயத்துல சத்தியமா உங்களை அடிச்சுக்க ஆளே கிடையாது.

10. நீங்க யூஸ் பண்ணி தூக்கி போட்ட பொருளை எல்லாம் நாங்க சேர்த்து வெச்சிருக்கணும்னு எதிர்பார்க்குறீங்களே, நாங்க என்ன நீங்க தூக்கி போடுறதை எல்லாம் சேர்த்து வெக்கிற குப்பை தொட்டியா?

நண்பர்களே இந்தக் கேள்விகளை எல்லாம் படிக்கிறதோட நிறுத்திக்குங்க. தப்பித்தவறி கூட இந்தக் கேள்விகளை நீங்க உங்க காதலிகிட்டயோ  இல்ல காதலன்கிட்டயோ கேட்டீங்கன்னு வெச்சுக்குங்களேன்........அவ்வளவுதான் ஜோலி முடிஞ்சுது.
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10 Biggest email blunders of 2009

Remember the time when you sent that gossip mail to your boss accidentally? Thought an email blunder couln't get bigger than this! Take heart you are not the only one, there are people and organisations who can empathise with your sorrow/embarrassment/bewilderment!

Email solutions company Proofpoint recently put together some of the "scariest" email-related blunders, mishaps and threats from this year.

In no particular order, Proofpoint highlights some of 2009's biggest email mishaps.

source : indiatimes
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Nokia unveils 5 low-end phones

Nokia unveiled five new low-end phone models, aiming to improve its offering in the emerging markets.

The world's top cellphone maker is a dominant player in many key emerging markets with market shares of 60-70 percent, but it is under strong pressure as rivals such as ZTE are try to improve their position in the low-end of the market.

Nokia's new models are priced from 20 euros ($29.26) to 54 euros, excluding operator subsidies and local taxes. "The long battery life, with up to 22 days of standby time, is vital for people in areas where access to electricity is limited," Nokia said in a statement.

Most expensive new models, the Nokia 2220 slide and the Nokia 2690, priced at 45 euros and 54 euros, also support e-mail on the device through Nokia's Ovi Mail.

Nokia said it will open its Life Tools service -- which offers agricultural, education and information services to cellphones -- in Indonesia from early December 2009. It has offered the service so far in India.

source : indiatimes
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Know if your Nokia charger is faulty

The mobile giant Nokia has started a charger exchange programme in which consumers owning certain Nokia-branded chargers manufactured by a third-party supplier are recommended to exchange these chargers for free replacements. The company recommends consumers with chargers within the scope of this exchange programme to stop using the charger and exchange it for a free replacement at the earliest.

In India, this charger exchange programme is limited to charger model AC-3E only (manufactured between June 15-August 9, 2009) for a single Nokia model, Nokia 7210.

Identifying chargers to be exchanged
Consumers can identify whether their chargers are a part of the Charger exchange programme in three ways:

* The first is a three-step SMS solution. Every charger has a 27 digit code printed on it. Consumers are requested to key in (CHG) SPACE (the 27 digit in the serial number of the charger). Example CHG 4956279274091613752;0675370

Users are requested to send in this number to to 55555. Consumers will then get a reply from Nokia `via sms' that will inform them whether their charger is included in this exchange programme. This easy three-step process will take a few minutes.

* Starting November 10, 2009, consumers can also walk into any Nokia Care Center or any Nokia Priority Dealership store (NPDs) across the country and check if their chargers are a part of this exchange programme.

* Consumers can also log into to http://chargerexchange.nokia.com and fill in their charger details and verify if the charger is part of the exchange program.

Exchanging identified chargers
For exchanging their chargers, consumers have the following two options:

* Visit the nearest Nokia Care Centre: Replacement chargers are available at the 700+ exclusive Nokia Care Centers only across the country starting November 10, 2009.

For more information on Nokia Care Centers, consumers can call 30303838 with the Local STD code of the city that he/ she is dialing from.

* Consumers can also fill in their address and contact details online on http://chargerexchange.nokia.com. Replacement chargers would then be couriered to the consumers.

Source : indiatimes
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Nokia to replace 14 mn chargers

Nokia will replace 14 million cellphone chargers made by China's BYD Co Ltd as chargers could fall apart and expose consumers to risk of electrical shock.

"We are undertaking this exchange programme as a proactive, precautionary measure. We are not aware of any incidents or injuries relating to these three (models of) chargers," said Nokia spokesman Doug Dawson.

The world's largest cellphone maker Nokia said BYD would cover all costs from replacement. An average charger sales price to phone manufacturers is around $1.

"The plastic covers of the affected chargers could come loose and separate, exposing the charger's internal components and potentially posing an electrical shock hazard if certain internal components are touched while the charger is plugged into a live socket," the Finnish firm said.

BYD spokeswoman Jasmine Huang said the company would issue statement later on the replacement.

"During internal tests, we found the chargers could have some problems," Huang told news agency.

Nokia said BYD chargers AC-3E and AC-3U, manufactured between June 15 and August 9, and AC-4U, manufactured between April 13 and October 25 would be replaced.

Nokia said it recommends consumers with chargers within the scope of this exchange programme to stop using the charger and exchange it for a free replacement.

source : indiatimes
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Google launching free videoconferencing

Google is all set to strengthen its voice and video chat capabilities. The voice and video chat feature in the company's the email service, Gmail, is currently limited to one-to-one communication, however, Google wants to broaden this capability to more than two participants.

The Google Apps product manager Rishi Chandra told SFGate that Google is set to roll out its first update in a long line of updates that will include multi-user video conferencing.

Chandra told the web site, "This (current Gmail capability) is the first step in a much broader set of features we hope to roll out over the next six to 12 months around video (and voice) chat capabilities." He added, "It's a great opportunity for us to push that space along."

Google acquired Web and video conferencing software in 2007 from Swedish company Marratech.

Source : indiatimes
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Accenture to hire 8,000 in India

Global technology and consultancy giant Accenture on Monday said it is going to add around 8,000 people in India by the end of next year taking its total employee base in the country to 50,000.

"We are 42,000 right now and we imagine we will be about 50,000 by the end of 2010," Accenture Chairman and Chief Executive Officer William D Green said on the sidelines of the India Economic Summit.

Indicating a recovery from the global downturn, Green said the company will continue to focus in India, especially in the areas of analytics.

Accenture's focus in India is going to be the analytics space, which will help the clients convert information into insights for better yields.

Green added, "We believe that analytics is going to be an important trend that our customers are going to demand from us. We think India is going to be a great place for us. We have some core centres of excellence in the analytics space in the country."

Accenture, which has annual revenue of $21.58 billion for fiscal 2009, will strengthen its focus on clients in pharmaceutical, telecommunications and energy in the country.

Source : indiatimes
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Infosys BPO to hire 2000 by FY10

Infosys BPO, the back-office unit of IT firm Infosys Technologies, today said it would hire 1,500-2,000 people by the end of the current fiscal.

"We plan to hire 2000 people in the next four-five months or by the end of this fiscal. Currently, we are 16,000 people in India," Infosys BPO CEO Amitabh Chaudhry told reporters on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum.

The 300-million Infosys subsidiary recently signed an agreement with the Andhra Pradesh government to set up rural BPO centres in 22 districts of the state.

Infosys BPO gets significant part of its business from North America and Europe.

To bag more clients, it is said to be looking at aligning with Finacle, the banking solution business of its parent. Infosys BPO is also reportedly planning to set up a new delivery centre in the United States before the end of this financial year.

The back-office services wing of Infosys has eight delivery centres across the globe, including in Mexico, but it did not have a centre in the US so far.

Infosys BPO registered revenues of $71.3 million with a net profit of $16.3 million for the September quarter.

source : indiatimes
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Top 10 BPO employers of 2009

Fiscal year 2008-09 has not been the best of time for companies across the globe. It has been no different for IT and BPO industry in the country. With unemployment spiralling up globally, the rhetoric against outsourcing only got shriller in both Europe and USA. The backlash hit Indian IT companies already struggling against recession and turmoil in their core BFSI market.

Faced with adverse economic climate, Indian BPOs went on to reinvent their strategies, diversifying both vertically and geographically. But what about employees? Did the hallowed HR policies of BPOs also became a causality on the way? Could the BPOs in the country hold to their so-called HR best practices during these tough times? Or the bar came down?

Annual DQ-IDC BPO survey ranks the top BPO employers of the country. Here's looking into who all could save their ranking this year, and who fell in face of adversity.

Source : indiatimes
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Top 10 strategic technologies for 2010

Ever wondered which would be the strategic technologies that have the potential to significantly impact an organisation's growth in the next three years? The technologies that would be at the forefront of an organisation's long-term plans, programmes and initiatives.

Research firm Gartner has listed top 10 strategic technologies that will help organisations transform and grow.

However, according to David Cearley, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner, "This does not necessarily mean adoption and investment in all of the technologies. They should determine which technologies will help and transform their individual business initiatives."

Here's over to the top 10 strategic technologies for 2010

Source : indiatimes
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10 Most attractive IT workplaces for grads

Ever wondered which are the most coveted IT workplaces for graduates worldwide? The organisations they aspire to be a part of.

Employer branding company Universum recently listed the world's Top 50 most attractive employers. The global rankings are based on the employer preferences of students from US, Japan, China, Germany, France, UK, Italy, Russia, Spain, Canada and India. Some 120,000 students from the world's top academic institutions were part of the survey to choose their ideal workplace.

Here's over to the 10 most 'attractive' IT workplaces for engineering grads


Source : indiatimes
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Excellent Opportunity for Voice candidates with TCS BPO

Job Description   

Opening in US inbound customer service process

Desired Profile   

Eligibility Criteria:

- Should have Excellent communication skills.

- 0 to 4 yrs of work experience.

- Any graduate or non graduate. Min XIIth Pass or Xth + 3yrs Diploma can also apply

- Very Good Communication Skill. Grammatically correct usage of English

- Willing to learn, stay and grow

- Comfortable in using computers

- Ok with working in night shifts.

- Any two Consecutive off's.

- Only Immediate Joiner's

Criteria for applying to TCS

If your profile matches any of the above requirements, please Walkin to our Spencers Plaza Office Venue details given below:

Contact Person: Rachna Cherian / Mahesh Sharma

Venue:

TCS eServe Ltd.
Spencers Plaza, 9th Floor,
III Phase, 769 Anna Salai
Chennai - 600 002

Day : Monday - Friday

Walk - IN Time:

3:30 PM to 5 PM.

Note:

Candidates who have attended the selection process with TCS BPO in the last 6 months (either selected-not-joined or rejected) will not be eligible

Experience   0 - 4 Years

Industry Type   BPO/ITES

Functional Area    ITES/BPO/KPO, Customer Service, Ops.

Education   UG - Any Graduate - Any Specialization,Graduation Not Required

PG - Post Graduation Not Required

Location   Chennai
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A) Voice Process

Designation: Process Executives for Voice process

Experience :  0-2 years

Job Location :   Pune

Job Requirements:

Excellent Communication Skills.

Minimum qualification - Graduation/Post Graduation/Diploma (10+2+3) - 2009 Awaiting results would also be eligible.

Should be willing to work in shifts (24/7 environment)

Should be willing to relocate to Bangalore or Pune

Should be willing to work in a voice process.

Should sign service agreement of 1 year at the time of Joining.

B) Finance and accounts process

Designation: Process Executives for Finance & Accounts Process (F&A)

Work Location :   Pune

Experience :   6  months to 36 months

Job Requirements:

Candidate should have good communications skill

Only Graduates and Post Graduates from commerce background are eligible for this (BComs & M.Coms).

They should be open to work in shifts.

They should sign a service agreement of one year.

Interview date:Monday to Friday

Timings: Any time between 10:00 AM to 5:00PM

Venue:

INFOSYS-BPO,
REGUS CONNAUGHT PLACE, PUNE
Level 2, Connaught Place,
Bund Garden Road,
Pune - 411 001
Contact person Sneha Mahajan OR Kirti Sinha

Notes:

1) Please mention HRO in Source column of application form as its mandatory(Also Carry printout of this and attach with your updated CV)

2) Documents needed

Originals + Photocopy of 10th, 12th, Graduation/Diploma with marks card.

1 passport size photograph.

Any valid photo id (Eg: College id, DL, Passport,PAN Card)

3)If you have already attended Please refer your friends and give them an opportunity to become part of Infosys-BPO ask them to Please mention HRO in Source column of application form  as its mandatory(Also Carry print out of this and attach with your updated CV)
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A) Finance& Accounts  process

Designation: Process Executives for Finance& Accounts  process

Experience :  0-3 years

Job Location : Pune

Job Requirements:

Excellent Communication Skills.

Minimum qualification - Only commerce Graduates and Commerce Post Graduates
Should be willing to work in shifts (24/7 environment)

Should sign service agreement of 1 year at the time of Joining.

B) Voice process

Designation: Process Executives for Voice process

Experience :  0-2 years

Job Location : Bangalore/Pune

Job Requirements:

Excellent Communication Skills.

Minimum qualification - Graduation/Post Graduation/Diploma (10+2+3) - 2009 Awaiting results would also be eligible.

Should be willing to work in shifts (24/7 environment)

Should sign service agreement of 1 year at the time of Joining.

Date of Interview: Monday to Friday

Time: we have 2 slots 1) 10:30AM 2) 2:30 PM

Venue:

INFOSYS-BPO
Temple Steps, 7th Floor
Phase 2, Block 1, 184-187
Anna Salai,
Saidapet
Chennai-600 015

Contact person: Parthasarathy


Notes:

1) Please mention HRO in Source column of application form as its mandatory(Also Carry printout of this and attach with your updated CV)

2) Documents needed

Originals + Photocopy of 10th, 12th, Graduation/Diploma with marks card.

1 passport size photograph.

Any valid photo id (Eg: College id, DL, Passport,PAN Card)

3)If you have already attended Please refer your friends and give them an opportunity to become part of Infosys-BPO ask them to Please mention HRO in Source column of application form  as its mandatory(Also Carry print out of this and attach with your updated CV)
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PROCESS EXECUTIVES FOR VOICE AND F&A PROCESS(Regular)

Job Description

Designation: Process Executive(For Voice Process)

Experience :  0-2 years

Job Location : Bangalore/Pune

Job Requirements:

Excellent Communication Skills.

Minimum qualification - Graduation/Post Graduation/Diploma (10+2+3) - 2009 Awaiting

results would also be eligible.

Should be willing to work in shifts (24/7 environment)

Should be willing to work in a voice process.

Should sign service agreement of 1 year at the time of Joining

Date : Monday to Friday

Time Slots : 1) 10:30 AM 2)12:00 PM 3)2:00PM 4) 4:30 PM

Venue:

Infosys BPO,
#27,SJR towers, ,Towers 3
J.P.Nagar 3rd Phase,Bannerghatta Road
Bangalore
(Landmark :Near Jayadeva Heart Hospital )


Notes:

1) Please mention HRO in Source column of application form as its mandatory(Also Carry printout of this and attach with your updated CV)

2) Documents needed

Originals + Photocopy of 10th, 12th, Graduation/Diploma with marks card.

1 passport size photograph.

Any valid photo id (Eg: College id, DL, Passport,PAN Card)

3)If you have already attended Please refer your friends and give them an opportunity to become part of Infosys-BPO ask them to Please mention HRO in Source column of application form  as its mandatory(Also Carry print out of this and attach with your updated CV)
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World's top tech universities

A recent study from Times Higher Education and QS Top Universities ranked the world's top 100 universities. The study ranked universities based on an international survey of 9,000 academics who assessed institutions' research facilities, teaching quality, and their ability to recruit staff and admit students.

Though the ranking shows the advance of academia in Asia, sadly none of the Indian universities could make it to the Top 100. The list is dominated by North America, which has as many as 36 universities in the list, this is, however, down from last year's 42.

The list also has many technology universities. Here's looking into the top technology institutes in the Top 100 universities list.

source : indiatimes
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Hot gadget offers this Diwali


It's Diwali time! A time to celebrate and splurge. And after last year's lull, when the recession ate most of the so-very-regular Diwali offers, it's raining attractive discounts and schemes once again this year.

Buy any almost gadget, and you are sure to get either a good discount or a fee gift. Here's bringing to you some of the attractive offers being offered by the leading technology vendors this Diwali.

Source : indiatimes
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Dell loses no. 2 spot to Acer


Dell Inc, once the world's top seller of personal computers, fell from second to third place in the global PC market last quarter after Acer Inc surged past the company.

Dell was the only top-five PC maker to see its shipments drop in the third quarter from a year earlier, market research firms IDC and Gartner Inc said today in separate reports. Hewlett-Packard Co, which took the lead from Dell in 2006, retained its top ranking.

Dell has struggled to reach consumer laptop shoppers -- the industry's biggest source of growth right now, said Loren Loverde, an analyst for IDC. Acer's shipments surged 25.6 percent last quarter, the fastest growth among the top PC makers, buoyed by sales of low-cost netbooks. Dell gets about 80 percent of its sales from business customers, with 20 percent coming from consumers.

"They're dropping for the same reason that they have been having trouble over the last couple of years: They're more focused on U.S. commercial desktops than all their competitors," Loverde said. "Where the market has been growing is in retail with portables. That's proven to be a challenge for Dell."

Source : indiatimes
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IBM raises full-year outlook


IBM raised its full-year outlook and reported higher-than-expected quarterly profit as its growing focus on higher-margin software and services helped it cope with weak technology spending.

International Business Machines Corp still failed to satisfy investors, whose expectations had risen along with a 24 percent rise in the shares over the past three months. A drop in service contract numbers, an indication of future sales, also worried Wall Street.

"I think people had expected a bigger upside," said Kim Caughey, an analyst with Fort Pitt Capital. "If you are someone who follows technology closely, the third quarter isn't a strong quarter -- so that they beat at all, I'm happy."

Indeed, IBM reported third-quarter net profit rose to $3.2 billion, or $2.40 a share, from $2.8 billion, or $2.04 a share, a year earlier. Analysts on average expected a profit of $2.38 per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Revenue fell 7 percent from a year earlier to $23.6 billion, but it rose 1 percent from the previous quarter and was better than Wall Street's forecast of $23.4 billion. IBM forecast a return to revenue growth in the fourth quarter and said it was ahead of pace to achieve its target earnings of $10 to $11 per share in 2010.

Total gross profit margin rose to 45.1 percent from 43.3 percent a year earlier.

Source : indiatimes
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HCL Info bags $114 mn Rajasthan govt deal


IT hardware firm HCL Infosystems has been awarded a Rs 529 crore ($114 million) IT project for Rajasthan's power distribution utilities, a top official of the utilities said.

"We have awarded the order to HCL Infosystems," R G Gupta, chairman of Jaipur, Jodhpur and Ajmer Vidyut Vitaran Nigam Ltd, said from Jaipur.

The project involves applying technology to identify power losses across all cities and villages of Rajasthan and has to be completed in 18 months, he said.

A company spokesman declined to comment but said HCL Infosystems had bid for several R-APDRP (Re-structured Accelerated Power Development and Reform Programme) IT projects including the one in Rajasthan.

Source : indiatimes
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TCS wins $63 mn deal from MP govt


Tata Consultancy Services, India's top software firm, has been selected as the lowest bidder for a Rs 2.93 billion ($63 million) project in the state of Madhya Pradesh, an official with the state power utility said.

"For the IT implementation work, Tata Consultancy Services has been selected as the L-1 (lowest bidder)," S A Ansari, Chief Engineer (IT) of the MP.

Madhya Kshetra Vidyut Vitran Company Ltd, told Reuters over telephone from the city of Bhopal.

The project will be formally awarded after approval from the board of directors of the state's distribution utilities, and will be completed in 18 months, he said.

A spokesman for TCS confirmed the company had bid for a project in the state, but declined to give further details.

The project is part of a central government-funded power reforms programme to use information technology to cap electricity distribution losses in the country.

Source : indiatimes
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TCS to be fined for passport project delay


India's top IT services firm by sales, Tata Consultancy Services, has been reportedly asked by the government to pay penalty for missing the second deadline in implementing Passport Seva Project.

TCS was to set up seven pilot Passport Seva Kendras (PSK) in Chandigarh and Bangalore by October 1.

According to a report, the government has sent a notice to the company asking it to pay Rs 2 lakh as penalty for every week of delay in project.

The ministry of external affairs' (MEA) Passport Seva Project is estimated to cost over Rs 100 crore. But even after a year since the government signed an agreement with TCS to issue passports within three days, the project is yet to take off.

After missing its first deadline in June, TCS had announced that the pilot project in Bangalore and Chandigarh would start in October.

However, recent reports revealed that the main reason for delay is that TCS had not got its software ready. There have been too many errors in the software which is currently in testing phase.

Source : indiatimes
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IT Market Updates / Oracle CEO challenges IBM
Oct 17, 2009, 01:53 AM
Oracle CEO challenges IBM


Larry Ellison ratcheted up his rhetoric against IBM Corp, challenging Oracle Corp's longtime partner and rival to "make our day" in a battle over business software performance.

Ellison, Oracle's billionaire CEO, shook up the technology world in April by outbidding IBM and snatching up struggling server and software maker Sun Microsystems Inc. for $7.4 billion. The deal, which still needs approval from European antitrust authorities, would make Oracle more of a one-stop technology shop, like IBM. It led to a feeding frenzy on Sun's customers, with IBM and Hewlett-Packard Co. playing on fears about Oracle's plans for Sun's technology to steal business from Sun.

Ellison fought back Wednesday in a speech in San Francisco, promoting a $10 million prize Oracle is offering to any organization that finds Oracle's database software doesn't run at least twice as fast on Sun servers as it does on IBM's fastest computers.
"IBM, you are more than welcome to enter," he said, to laughs from a crowd of Oracle customers at the company's OpenWorld conference. "If you'd like to take us on, make our day."

IBM spokesman Tim Breuer said the heightened rancor may be fueled by the "large amounts of share" Sun has been losing to IBM. Market research firm IDC's latest numbers show Sun, the fourth-biggest server maker, losing more than a percentage point of market share in the past year, while IBM has widened its lead as the world's No. 1 server seller.

Breuer said the number of contracts IBM has stolen away from Sun more than doubled from the first to second quarter this year after the Oracle-Sun tie-up was announced. He declined to comment specifically about Ellison's challenge.

Source : indiatimes
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IT Market Updates / Wipro to hire US workers
Oct 17, 2009, 01:52 AM
Wipro to hire US workers

Wipro Ltd, India's third-largest software-services provider, plans to hire more workers in the US to take advantage of a rebounding technology market.

"We are seeing signs of stability, signs of decision making coming back," Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Azim Premji, 64, said in an interview at Bloomberg headquarters in New York yesterday. "So overall positive, but still cautious."

Premji is betting that US employees will help the Bangalore-based company win local orders, including contracts with the federal government, as the world's largest economy starts to recover from the worst recession since the 1930s. Wipro gets about half its revenue from the US.

The company plans to hire about 500 local employees for a new services center by June, he said. He declined to name possible locations, saying he is talking to different state governments. The company already has a center in Atlanta.

"Everybody wants employment," said Premji, who attended Stanford University. "That's the trump card today."

Larger rival Infosys Technologies Ltd. reported second- quarter profit that beat analysts' estimates last week after winning more business from current customers.

Wipro designs and builds software programs, maintains computers, and provides product-engineering services and back- office support to General Electric Co, Cisco Systems Inc, Citigroup Inc and other customers. It will report results on Oct. 27 for the three months ended Sept. 30.

Wipro rose 1.4 percent to 581.70 rupees yesterday in Mumbai trading. The stock has more than doubled this year, compared with a 79 percent increase for the benchmark Sensitive Index on the Bombay Stock Exchange.

U.S. Universities

The company has been working with schools such as the Georgia Institute of Technology to help bolster engineering education,
which is subpar in the U.S., Premji said. U.S. graduates have become more affordable in the recession, he said.

Premji said he was worried about President Barack Obama limiting H-1B visas in a bid to fight unemployment. The visas allow
foreign workers to come to the U.S.

Source : indiatimes
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Google / Google Wave can be `dangerous'
Oct 04, 2009, 05:08 AM
Google Wave can be `dangerous'

Websense Security Labs has detected that Google searches on terms related to Google Wave return results that lead to a rogue antivirus.

Google Wave is the much talked-about, latest API whuch has just hit the collaboration scene. There's a lot of hype about the launch of Google Wave, not only because of the 'new' things it offers but also because Google invited only 100,000 lucky users to test the service. With that said, it's no surprise that users are enticed to this new application.

According to InformationWeek, cyber criminals have rolled out a blackhat SEO poisoning campaign to turn interest in Wave into a computer infection. SEO (Search Engine Optimization) aims to optimize Web sites to appear prominently in search results when relevant keywords are searched.

Writes Thomas Claburn, "Blackhat SEO tries to do the same thing while flouting search engine guidelines about acceptable practices, such as prohibitions on the deceptive use of text or page elements. Blackhat SEO may also try a parasitic approach, by embedding malicious code in someone else's well-ranked Web page and redirecting the visitor without notice or permission."

According to him, search terms such as "google wave demo video" and "google wave invitation" have recently produced lists of search results which include malicious Web sites that have gamed Google's PageRank system to appear prominently.

source : indiatimes
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Google / Google's new `trouble', IBM
Oct 04, 2009, 05:08 AM
Google's new `trouble', IBM

IBM Corp. is trying to stymie Google Inc.'s expansion into the business software market.

IBM is now selling a bare-bones e-mail service to companies for $36 annually per worker, undercutting a more comprehensive package of software applications that Google sells for $50 per user annually.

For that slightly higher price, Google is offering 25 times more storage: 25 gigabytes per account compared to IBM's 1 gigabyte per mailbox. Google also throws in word processing, spreadsheet and presentation applications, as well as a video channel. None of those features are included in IBM's package.

Even so, IBM believes its service, called LotusLive iNotes, can beat Google because it has a much larger sales force and relationships with corporate customers going back long before Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin were even born in 1973.

"This is trouble for Google," said Gartner Inc analyst Matthew Cain.

IBM is responding to the increasing corporate demand for inexpensive e-mail that's run on computers owned by an external supplier instead of the company relying on the service. This approach has become trendy enough to get its own catch phrase -- "cloud computing."

Google has emerged as one of cloud computing's chief boosters as it tries to generate more revenue from sources besides its dominant Internet search engine, which serves as the hub of the Web's most profitable advertising network.

After finding little initial success when it began peddling corporate e-mail in early 2007, Google's sales pitch has been resonating with more companies looking for ways to save money.

Other e-mail providers also are making inroads with similar discount services, so much so that the technology research firm Gartner Inc predicts about 20 percent of US companies will run at least some of their e-mail through Web browsers by 2012.

Without providing specifics, Google says its corporate users now number in the ``hundreds of thousands.'' Some companies, including Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc, switched from IBM's premium e-mail service that costs substantially more than Web-based e-mail.

Now, IBM is counter-punching. IBM thinks the timing for its e-mail alternative is ideal, given that Google's service suffered a highly publicized outage that locked out corporate customers for nearly two hours last month.

"Candidly, Google has shown itself to be weak" in some areas of e-mail, said Sean Poulley, an IBM executive overseeing the company's e-mail service. "There is a world of difference between supporting a consumer-grade service and a business-grade service."

Dave Girouard, who oversees Google's e-mail and other services tailored for companies, responded that Google will learn the ins and outs of selling software to businesses more quickly than IBM will adapt to cloud computing. He said Google isn't planning to lower its prices.

What's more, IBM probably will face some of the same financial conflicts confronting any long-established vendor trying to cater to a new, less expensive niche in its market. IBM and other rivals, such as Microsoft Corp, stand to make more money selling more sophisticated e-mail services and software applications that are installed in the computers maintained by the customers.

That means IBM runs the risk of making less money if most of its customers switch to the newer approach, with e-mail hosted off their premises. But by keeping the storage limits relatively low and skimping on other e-mail features, IBM has narrowed the field of businesses likely to buy the service. IBM expects the customers to include small and medium-sized businesses, or larger companies whose employees who aren't tethered to an office desk.

Source : indiatimes
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Nortel to sell GSM business

Nortel Networks Corp has said that it plans to sell its global GSM business, as the bankrupt telecom equipment maker continues to auction off its assets.

GSM -- which stands for Global System for Mobile communications -- is the most popular wireless technology standard for mobile phones in the world, Nortel said. It will also be selling its GSM-R business, a technology used by railways.

The company has filed a motion with U.S. and Canadian courts to establish a sale procedure for the GSM/GSM-R business.

Bidders will be required to submit offers by November 5, followed by an open auction November 9.

Once Canada's most valuable company, Nortel saw its stock tumble after the technology bubble burst in 2000. It then suffered a series of accounting Removed and lawsuits.

Nortel filed for bankruptcy protection in January. It later elected to sell off its assets rather than try to restructure.

Earlier this month, US and Canadian judges approved the sale of Nortel's enterprise business to US-based Avaya Inc for about $900 million.

Source : indiatimes
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Wipro to open development centre in Australia

Global software major Wipro Ltd will boost its presence in Australia by opening a 150-seat software development centre at Melbourne this December, the IT bellwether said on Wednesday.

Announcing the decision on the occasion of Victoria premier John Brumby's visit to the company's corporate headquarters in this tech hub, Wipro Chairman Azim Premji said the Victorian operations would strengthen the company's Australia delivery capabilities and boost its presence in the country.

"Victoria accounts for about 50 per cent of our business in Australia, with some of our large clients based there. We have a close working relationship with the Victorian government," Premji told Brumby on the occasion.

Wipro has about 800 employees working for Australian clients. The IT giant recently launched the Australian scholarship programme, as part of the graduate recruitment programme in collaboration with the Australian Computer Society (ACS) Foundation.

"Victoria also offers many world-class universities and large numbers of highly skilled ICT graduates. Such a combination of support and talent is what we look for in a strategic business location," Premji noted.

Welcoming Wipro to his province, Brumby said the IT bellwether was in talks with some Victorian universities for internships, skill development and joint projects.

"Wipro's Melbourne operations will play an integral role in its expansion in Australia. The decision to base one of its centres in Melbourne is testament to our government's focus on innovation and the information and communications technology (ICT) sector," Brumby said.

The company plans to hire about 100 local engineers for the centre in the next 12 months to provide integrated business, technology and process solutions to clients there.

"Victoria accounts for a third of Australia's ICT enrolments to create skills required by global firms like Wipro," Brumby added.

With the second largest population (five million) in Australia, Victoria is one of the world's greatest migration success stories. About 70 per cent of Victorians live in the state's capital Melbourne. The province contributes about 25 per cent to the country's economy.

Wipro's leading rival Infosys Technologies Ltd also operates a subsidiary in Australia.

Earlier, interacting with members of the Association of Biotechnology-led Enterprise (ABLE) and the National Association of Software and Services Company (Nasscom) here, Brumby said his province was an attractive destination for trade and investment.

"Indian firms should invest in Victoria taking advantage of innovation, biotechnology and ICT," the premier added.

source : indiatimes
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IT's 10 Best pay masters

IT industry has been known for its sky-rocketing salaries. So much so that employee cost has traditionally been the biggest expense of IT companies in India.

However, the year 2008-09 was different. With global recession squeezing IT companies' biggest clients, it was time for layoffs and salary cuts. In fact, there were few IT companies which did not witness a salary cut last year.

The DataQuest survey on Top 20 pay masters reveal that from an average industry salary growth of 17% recorded in the previous year, the salary growth plunged to 1% in 2008-09. Also, for the first time in the history of Indian IT industry, salaries were reduced by up to 10%.

During such a time, it is little surprising that the leading IT companies shied away from DQ's annual survey. Country's leading IT giants: Infosys, TCS and Wipro didn't participate in this year's survey. So did the global IT giants including Microsoft, Intel, Sun Micro and EMC.

With the biggies out, it was the time for medium-sized companies to show their mettle. So, here's over to the Biggest IT pay masters of India as per DQ Top 20.

Source : indiatimes
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5 Best and Worst phones

Researchers have been divided over the effects of cellphone radiation on human beings. While some studies suggest a link between long-term (10 years or more) cellphone use and cancer, many maintain that there is not conclusive or demonstrated evidence that cell phones cause adverse health effects in humans.

US-based Environmental Working Group (EWG) is among the organisations who believe that there is compelling evidence to prove the link between cancer and cellphone radiation. The group recently came out with five safest and five worst mobile phones in terms of cellphone radiation.

The study is based on SAR or Specific Absorption Rate. SAR according to the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association is "a way of measuring the quantity of radio frequency (RF) energy that is absorbed by the body." For a mobile phone to get FCC certification in the United States, the maximum SAR level must be less than 1.6 watts per kilogram. In Europe, the level is capped at 2 watts per kilogram while Canada allows a maximum of 1.6 watts per kilogram.

Here's looking into the EWG's 5 Best and Worst mobile devices for radiation.

Source : indiatimes
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IT's 7 new Best employers

Fiscal 2008-09 was certainly not the best for IT companies on HR front. The companies known for their employee-pampering HR policies were suddenly in the news for layoffs, salary cuts and recruitment freeze. The list included who's who of the Indian IT and global MNCs known to be the harbingers of good HR policies in the country.

The companies who spoke from rooftops about their HR policies suddenly went incommunicado on anything remotely HR. So much so that the top IT MNCs (Microsoft, Intel and Sun) and Indian IT's top four companies (Tata Consultancy Services, Infosys Technologies, Wipro and HCL Technologies) refused to participate in the annual Dataquest-IDC Best Employers Survey.

The result, survey saw many fresh faces. The emerging companies which despite adversity showed exemplary HR policies during the fiscal. Here's over to these seven new companies in Dataquest-IDC Best Employers Survey list.

Note: Dataquest-IDC Best Employers Survey list out IT's Best Employers based on company culture, job growth, salary & compensation, healthy work-life balance, job security and mature HR policies.

Source : indiatimes
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11 biggest technology myths  

Ever wondered what is common between the Lochness monster, Yeti and radiation from PC monitor causing cancer? Well, they all are myths!

Like these there are several other notions about technology and its products that many of us nurture. Like some people still believe (most till some time back) that switching off the power without shutting down your PC can cause harm to it. Similarly, many believe that megapixel count is the ultimate factor to consider while buying a digital camera. However, in reality these beliefs are nothing but myths with no grounding that many people harbour.

Other than these there are many such myths that haunt the tech world. Here's over to some of the most common technology myths. 

Source : indiatimes
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GOLDEN GLORY FOR TAMIL CINEMA AFTER 18 YRS
Prakash Raj Pips SRK, Aamir For Best Actor


Chennai: While Tamil cinema has seen a spate of small budget films scoring with movie-goers, it is a director known more for potboilers such as 'Hera Pheri' and 'Malamal Weekly' who has pulled off a coup at the National Film Awards. Director Priyadarshan's 'Kanchivaram', which fetched Tamil cinema its first Swarna Kamal after an 18-year gap, is a small film with a huge heart.
   
The film also got Prakash Raj his first national award as best actor, although he had won a special jury award for his role in Iruvar. "The awards prove that Tamil cinema is a rich talent pool," said director K Balachander. "Kamal Haasan has won the national award four times and, like him, Prakash Raj is also one actor who straddles the chasm between real and exaggerated cinema effortlessly," he added. In 1982, Kamal won the best actor award for his role as a guileless school teacher in 'Moonram Pirai', in 1987 as Velu Nayakar in 'Nayakan', in 1996 as a tout in Indian; Kamal had also won the best child artist award in 1960 in his debut film, 'Kalathur Kannamma'.
   
"This is Tamil cinema's finest hour and every producer and filmmaker is proud to be in the industry," said Rama Narayanan, president Tamil Film Producers Council. Other winners this year include 'Sivaji the Boss' for special effects and Inimey Naangathan, which won the Golden Lotus for best animated film. Gnana Rajashekaran's 'Periyar' has been nominated the best regional Tamil film.
   
Set in pre-Independence India, Kanchivaram is the heart-rending story of a silk weaver yoked to a feudal system. Weaving grandiose silk sarees, but forbidden access to a single strand of the silk thread for personal use, he squirrels away silk threads and clandestinely tries to weave a saree for his daughter's wedding. It is the classic case of a man caught between his fledgling communist ideology and personal ambition.
   
"This film is not the standard dream machine stuff, but we have always shown that pure cinema is very much a part of our celluloid fabric," said K Balachander. The veteran director made a number of 'different' movies, including 'Achchamillai Achchamillai' and 'Thaneer Thanner', while director Bharatiraja made 'Karuthamma', among others, and Santhosh Sivan made 'Navarasa'.
   
"Priyadarshan is not the first director to venture away from the comforting world of escapist cinema, but the award has broken the myth that only commercial films will win," said director Gnana Rajashekaran, whose bio-pic, 'Bharati' (2000), bagged four national awards.

Source : timesofindia
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A SCHOOL THAT HOUSES A SLUM
LACK OF VIGILANCE TURNS CITY'S CORPORATION SCHOOLS INTO DENS OF VICE AFTER DARK


At the entrance of the school, a notice board advising students on the dos and don'ts to ward off H1N1 infection slants against the wall. As you step into corporation middle school on T Nagar's South Boag Road, you might be in doubt whether to call it a school within a slum or the other way.
   
A well-settled slum has eaten up major portion of the school's land. Around 80 families on the embankment of the Mambalam canal have crammed their shanties on the school's land. And there is no boundary wall to close out the slum from the school.
   
A teacher in the school says, "The slum has contributed to the dwindling numbers of students. Many parents have withdrawn their children from the school and got them admitted in private schools nearby. The strength has now plummeted to 115 ."
   
After the go-home bell tolls in the school, the entire space resonates with household chores. A resident of South Boag Road says, "After school hours, the slum dwellers get on with bathing, washing and drying of clothes. Children from the slum defecate on the school premises and adjoining pavements."
   
Even students from the school prefer to wet the walls and defecate in the open. After residents repeatedly played back the complaints to the authorities, the school put an end to it. But how did they do it, residents don't know because a toilet built under the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan remains locked for months.
   
At night, the school metamorphoses into a large open bar. "Many outsiders come here and enjoy their drinks. They instruct us not to ask any questions," says Mahalakshmi, a resident in the area. Even the stipulated government rule of maintaining a 500-metre distance between schools and TASMAC shops has been flouted. The nearby TNHSB complex houses a wine shop, which is within the 500m firewall.

"There have been attempts in the past to evacuate the dwellers. Now we plan to conduct an enumeration exercise (a prerequisite for rehabilitation), and also expand the school with additional classrooms," said V Christy, ward councillor. At least six classrooms would be constructed from deputy chief minister MK Stalin's MLA local area development fund, he said.

Source : timesofindia
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Shortlived bonanza for govt employees

It was an unexpected windfall for some employees of the state public department when they went to ATMs to draw their salaries for August. But the joy turned out to be short-lived.
   
They found that their accounts had been credited with sums much higher than their salaries. Even as they were making elaborate shopping plans, news arrived to dampen their spirits -- the treasuries and accounts department wanted the money back! Inflated salaries were credited to their accounts due to an error that occurred while the figure was being revised based on the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission.

Realising the mistake, officials of the public department and the pay and account office (PAO) scurried to recover the money, asking the employees to remit the excess amount by cash, but some staff were not amused. Error in pay bill given to public dept

Chennai: Some government employees reportedly wanted the excess amount to be collected in instalments as they had already splurged with it. The authorities have begun moves to recover money through official proceedings.
   
Principal finance secretary KGnanadesikan dismissed the issue as "trivial", stating that salary was being disbursed to nearly 10 lakh employees every month and that such glitches were bound to happen while switching over to a new pay scale. Around 50 employees of the public department had received inflated salaries, which totalled about Rs 7 lakh, official sources said.
   
Mohan Pyare, commissioner, treasuries and accounts, said the mistake took place due to an error in the pay bills presented by the public department. Stating it to be a mistake both on the part of the public department and the PAO as the latter should have crosschecked the figures, he said steps had been taken to rectify it. An official in the treasuries department said the public department submitted pay bills in bulk and that too at the eleventh hour. There was very little time to cross-check the figures, the official said and claimed that all but around Rs 20,000 had been recovered. According to sources in the public department, an explanation had been sought from the employees who prepared the bills.

Source : timesofindia
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Southern spice is flavour of 55th National Awards

It was southern spice all the way at the 55th National Awards announced on Monday. The iconic Khans of Bollywood, Shah Rukh and Aamir, were swept aside by Prakash Raj, the Tulu-speaking, Karnataka-born actor, who won the best actor award for his role of Vengadam, a humble silk weaver in feudal Tamil Nadu, in 'Kanchivaram'.
   
The film fetched Prakash Raj his first bona fide best actor award. He had earlier won the special jury award in 2003 and the best supporting actor in 1997 for Mani Ratnam's 'Iruvar'. "As an actor, this award is very special since 'Kanchivaram' is a complete film and takes one on the journey of a man's life," said Prakash Raj.
   
The Priyadarshan-directed 'Kanchivaram' also won the Swarn Kamal for the best feature film, an honour that Tamil cinema last enjoyed in 1991, when KS Sethumadhavan's 'Marupakkam' came up trumps.

GOLD RUSH:
Prakash Raj (best actor), Adoor Gopalakrishnan (director) and Umashri (actress)

Source : timesofindia
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West Bengal scraps IT township project

Within a year of Tata Motors pulling out of Singur and DLF from Dankuni, there is a shocker on the IT front in West Bengal.

The Kolkata IT Links project has been scrapped, ending prospects of a cumulative investment of Rs 1,000 crore and 10,000 jobs and dealing another body blow to the state's image.

The IT township was supposed to facilitate IT major Infosys' entry in Bengal and Wipro's expansion plans.

The Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee government had to scrap the project as Raj Modi, the MD of the private company that is scouting for land is in jail following complaints from villagers that their land was forcibly occupied.

The government agency, Webel, had floated a joint venture company with private developers to arrange land for the IT giants after they were refused land in Rajarhat New Town.

In a release posted on its website on Monday, the state IT department confirmed that the death sentence had been passed on the IT township project. "The managing director (Raj Modi) of the private partner has been arrested. The government doesn't want to be involved in any illegal activity. Already, some departments have opined to scrap the project. It is also impossible for the IT department to proceed with the project if any of the six (other) departments refuse to facilitate. Thus, the IT department can't proceed,'' the statement reads.

"Under the circumstances, we are unable to stick to our assurances of providing land to Wipro and Infosys and thereby constrained to inform them about the government's inability."

Last year, Infosys and Wipro had said they proposed to invest Rs 500 crore each at the Kolkata IT links site, and together employ over 10,000 professionals. Infosys said it called off talks with the Buddhadeb government. The message was delivered without any reference to the ongoing controversy surrounding the infotech township venture within which the company was supposed to be given 90 acres.

"We are not in discussion with the government of West Bengal,'' Infosys MD & CEO Kris Gopalakrishnan said.

"We are currently assessing the government's announcement on the non-availability of land for the IT facility and we are awaiting a formal confirmation on that. We do expect and hope that the government is able to allocate suitable land to build the facility," Wipro chief information officer Laxman Badiga said.

Central Bank of India, one of the primary funding agencies for the project, refused to comment.

The scrapping of the project, though, has raised a question mark on the bank's ability to recover the money already spent on land acquisition since the bank can't attach agricultural land if it has not been converted for industrial use by the Kolkata IT Links authorities.

Source : indiatimes
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Apple approves Commodore 64 Emulator

About two months back, Manomio had submitted Commodore 64 emulator for approval to Apple for its App Store. The Commodore 64 Emulator will allow playing vintage Commodore 64 titles on iPhone or iPod Touch in an emulated manner. According to TouchArcade, Apple rejected Manomio's C64 app earlier even though Manomio had the emulator fully licensed and legal.



Apple has approved a C64 app version that has Commodore BASIC 2.0 interpreter disabled. Compared to that, the earlier version of C64, which was rejected, had BASIC running in it. As per the clause in iPhone OS 2.0 SDK, Apple won't allow the apps that come with their own executable runtimes. With this restriction, Apple basically intends to keep its Cocoa Touch platform intact by not letting any sub-platform such as Flash, Java or Silverlight to take a center-stage.

This will give a hint to other developers who wish to bring vintage games via some legal emulator to the iPhone platform. The C64 emulator, costing $4.99, brings five games - Dragons Den, Le Mans, Jupiter Lander, Arctic Shipwreck and Jack Attack.

Source : techtree
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Top 10 Multimedia Phones

Multimedia phones have become a rage these days. People aren't thrilled with the idea of carrying multiple devices but prefer one device that can do the job of all these separate devices.

Phone manufacturers know this better than anyone else and have flooded the market with all sorts of multimedia phones that cater to a wide range of people and their choices.

However, it is important to sort the wheat from the chaff and buy the best that you can get, instead of just plonking for whatever the salesman thinks is best for you.

This is where Techtree comes in, as we list out the top 10 multimedia phones that you can buy today. As a bonus we have also thrown in a small list of phones that you should be looking out for in the weeks to come.

Source : TechTree
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Dell and MTNL to Offer 3G Netbooks

In order to offer 'Computing on the Go' solution to customers, Dell and MTNL have announced a partnership to offer 3G wireless mobility solution on Dell's select range of laptops and netbooks.

These connected-by-MTNL products would be available through Dell's distribution channels in Mumbai and Delhi; when exactly - they don't say.

The solution includes an embedded 3G Ericsson module with GPS, and MTNL SIM on Dell's select range of laptops and netbooks, plus a 3G pre-paid mobile broadband data package with national roaming facility from MTNL. 

This solution eliminates the need to use an additional USB modem (or dongle) to connect to the web, and by having an embedded modem, customers will experience a seamless 'always-on' experience with greater stability and data speeds on the network. 

This bundle starts from an estimated price point of Rs. 30,000 and will be offered on Dell's Inspiron Mini 10 netbook, with other models available soon.

Source : techtree
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MTNL Helps You Find Your Location

Subscribers of MTNL Dolphin and Trump can now enjoy the Location Based Services (LBA) being offered by the state-owned telecom operator.

With this service, users can 'find' a lot of information when on the go - for example, if you're lost, you can find your own location, find a friend's location (who uses MTNL),  a bank close by, etc.

Cost

The service is being offered free for a week between September 5th and September 11, 2009. Post this, users will be charged Re. 1 for per query answered via SMS.

Get Started

After you've registered for the service via the MTNL toll-free helpline (1503), and visited the website, you can start off with the following list of facilities on offer:

   1. Find Me: To know the location of self.

Type 'FDM'
Send it to 50123

   2. Find Friend: To know the location of friend.

Type 'FDF' followed by 91xxxxxx* (91 followed by the 10 digit MTNL number of your friend followed by an asterisk sign), send this to 50123.

Your friend would receive a message asking for his or her permission to share their location with you. On confirmation, you will receive their location information.

   3. Find POI: To find nearest locations like airport, bank, hotel etc.

For example, if you want to find a hospital's location near you (you can look up for a place within 5000m of distance), type 'FDP hospital' and send it to 50123.

   4. Find navigation: To find tourist destinations of city.

For example, type 'NAVPT bank' and send it to 50123.

   5. City site seeing: To find nearest location like park, temple etc.

For example, type 'CSS temple' and send it to 50123.

For detailed explanation of the text codes, click here.

Conclusion

We tried out this service, both on mobile as well as on the website. Even though this is a value added service that offers a little something extra to MTNL subscribers, we found it to be overall inefficient.

Non-GPS users are likely to find this service exciting, while those unaware of the glories of Google Maps may get lured by the slow, cluttered map when trying the service on a computer connected to the internet.

Even though LBA service offers each round of information for Re. 1, it is unlikely that users addicted to 'JustDial' services available in the metro cities would consider shifting to MTNL's location based services.

Source : techtree
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First look: Nokia N97 mini



All those planning to buy Nokia's recently -launched high-end smartphone N97, will soon have an option.

The world's top cellphone maker Nokia is all set to launch a smaller version of N97 called N97 mini. Touted as a smaller mobile computer, the phone has a few changes vis-a-vis its predecessor N97.

Here's looking into how the new Nokia N97 mini will look, features offered and expected pricing.

Source : indiatimes

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TCS may go for multiple COOs

For TCS, India's largest software services provider by sales, deciding who will fit into CEO S Ramadorai's shoes after he retires in October was quite easy.

It had to be crown prince N Chandrasekaran, who is COO now. But, finding the person to fit into Chandrasekaran's shoes is proving to be more difficult.

So much so that TCS is actually looking at two or more people for the role. Top executives such as Ravi Viswanathan, NG Subramaniam , AS Lakshminarayanan and Abid Ali Neemuchwala are believed to be in the race.

"There is an organisation transition to a new CEO. Therefore, it is too premature to comment on any restructuring or other organisational initiatives," said a TCS spokesperson in response to a mail.

However, multiple employees in senior positions and ex-employees in the know said that a multiple power-sharing formula was being discussed within the organisation, and it has only intensified in the last month or so, as TCS prepares to welcome on board its new CEO next month. They spoke on condition of anonymity.

There are three main reasons why TCS will most probably opt for this structure. TCS is now a $6-billion entity with a headcount of 1.4 lakh. So, huge management bandwidth will be required to carry out functions across different verticals, geographies and service lines.

Secondly, N Chandrasekaran had too many people reporting into him, which may not be the case going forward. COO duties will be divided up among multiple executives.

Thirdly, IT companies are increasingly trying to split duties among various levels in the company.

"N Chandrasekaran has quite a wide span of control- all the heads of geographies, verticals and service lines report to him. He has a lot of pull with customers and generally maintains a tight control. But, the next COO will not be able to single-handedly execute N Chandra's role. Responsibilities will be divided among two or more people based on various areas," said a senior industry executive, familiar with the development.

A senior TCS employee added, "This multiple role-sharing structure has been contemplated for some months now, but the TCS board will have to take a final call. A formal announcement is expected in the next three weeks."

Top IT firms which have tested the power sharing model include India's third largest software exporter Wipro and Nasdaq-listed Cognizant. Sometime after Vivek Paul's exit as CEO of Wipro a few years back, the company opted for a joint CEO structure for its IT business- headed by Suresh Vaswani and Girish Paranjpe.

Cognizant has a two-in-a-box model, where two global leads (one onsite and another offshore) are jointly responsible for key result areas at a business level such as such as customer satisfaction, employee satisfaction, revenue and profitability.

In the case of TCS, it's not clear if the senior executives in the fray will have a COO designation or if they will become senior-vice presidents in charge of various areas. While Ravi Viswanathan is presently the company's global telecom head, NG Subramaniam is president of TCS Financial Solutions, AS Lakshminarayanan is the country head for UK & Ireland and Abid Ali Neemuchwala is the global head of TCS BPO.

Of these, Ravi Viswanathan is seen as a front-runner. NG Subramaniam is the elder brother of future CEO N Chandrasekaran, but industry executives ruled out a conflict of interest because both brothers have been in the TCS system for decades now and have risen up the ranks based on merit.

Another industry official said the COO post at TCS was created only a couple of years back, so it isn't incumbent on the company to immediately fill the role.

Source : indiatimes
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Tech Mahindra bags Rs 2K cr Etisalat deal

Etisalat's India mobile telecoms unit will outsource its information technology applications to India's Tech Mahindra in a deal valued at $400 million spread over 10 years, the telecoms firm said on Monday.

Etisalat DB Telecom, which plans to start mobile services in 15 Indian telecoms zones later this year, said the outsourcing deal would include implementation of its end-to-end IT applications & infrastructure, system integration and managed services.

The prime IT applications stack for Etisalat DB involves components in the BSS (Business Support System) and OSS (Operating Support System) domain.

Etisalat's official spokesperson said, "Tech Mahindra has the required domain and process expertise with a proven track record as part of Etisalat's launch of operations in Egypt. We are confident that Tech Mahindra's exhaustive pool of IT skills and innovative delivery models will assist us in the forthcoming roll-out of service in India and delivering the best services & customer experience in the market."

Etisalat DB and its subsidiary have the Unified Services Access License in 15 circles, comprising Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Mumbai, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu (including Chennai), Uttar Pradesh (East), Uttar Pradesh (West), Madhya Pradesh and Bihar.

Source : indiatimes
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Google / Antitrust agency to probe Google
Sep 08, 2009, 01:26 AM
Antitrust agency to probe Google

Italy's antitrust agency said on Friday it was broadening its investigation into allegations that Google's Italian news website coerced Italian newspapers into posting their stories to include U.S. parent Google Inc.

The competition authority launched the probe this week after the Italian Federation of Newspaper Editors alleged that any publication refusing to appear on the Google News Italia (news.google.it) website was excluded from Google's search engine.

"Considering that, from the assembled documents, it appears that Google News Italia is managed by the company Google Inc ... it is deemed necessary to broaden the ongoing investigation to the company Google Inc.," the competition watchdog said in a statement on its website (www.agcm.it/).

It said the company had 30 days in which to present its case to competition authorities.

A spokeswoman for Google in Italy was not immediately available for comment.

The newspapers have alleged that Google's use of their online material on its Italian website hurt their ability to attract readers and advertisers to their home pages but if they did not allow them to appear on the site they were barred from its search engine.

The antitrust body, which opened the probe under EU law governing the abuse of dominant market position, said it was investigating whether Google was distorting the online advertising market.

Google and its competitor Yahoo face complaints from news providers in the United States and elsewhere that their search engines make money from news generated by others.

Google has argued that it helps newspaper websites make money through online advertising and does not misappropriate content.

source : indiatimes
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Google / Google back in China after porn row
Sep 08, 2009, 01:25 AM
Google back in China after porn row

Google is again fully up and running in China after a row in which authorities accused the US Internet giant of illegally spreading pornographic content, the firm's outgoing regional chief said on Monday.

Kai-fu Lee, who has stepped down as Google Greater China president, said his resignation had nothing to do with the row, adding he had delayed his departure for two months to handle the crisis, which he said was now "over".

The government "recognised Google's positive attitude" and "very good work" to eliminate pornographic content, and "therefore permitted (Google) to restore all of the services," he told reporters.

China had accused Google of illegally spreading pornographic content as part of a wider crackdown on what authorities say is unhealthy Internet content. Google's sites have been intermittently blocked in recent months.

Lee, 47, had launched a new company aimed at helping young Chinese entrepreneurs develop Internet and mobile computing technology. He has so far raised 115 million dollars.

"We do provide funding opportunities, we do provide coaching... we do provide back-end services like an incubator, we do provide project selection activity and we also run like a company," he told reporters. "We are all of the above."

The company, Innovation Works, was funded by a group of investors including YouTube co-founder Steve Chen, Taiwan's electronics maker Foxconn Technology Group and Legend Group, parent of computer giant Lenovo.

"Our commitment is to mentoring and supporting the next generation of Chinese entrepreneurs so that they can focus on building great products without distraction," Lee said.

He added that the company planned to develop 50 companies over 10 years and train 500 people.

"Certainly my hope is there will be a company in this 50 that becomes a world-class company and world-class brand," he said.

Source : indiatimes
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LG to unveil Windows mobile phones

LG Electronics Inc, the world's third-largest mobile phone maker, said that it would launch three new smartphones in the next few weeks that run on Windows software.

They will be the first LG phones to feature the new Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system from Microsoft Corp, which LG said should make it easier for users to navigate the Web.

LG signed a deal with Microsoft in February under which Windows Mobile will become the South Korean company's primary smartphone platform. Including the latest additions, LG plans to launch a total of 13 new Windows phones globally by end-2010.

Microsoft is hoping its Windows Mobile operating system can continue to challenge Symbian, a platform backed by the world's top mobile phone maker Nokia and used in two-thirds of smartphones -- mobile handsets with computer-like capabilities.

LG is also a member of the Symbian Foundation and is developing models based on Google's Android software.

Source : indiatimes
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Walkman outsells iPod after years!

Sony Corp's Walkman digital music player outsold Apple Inc.'s iPod in Japan last week for the first time in more than 4 years, according to researcher BCN Inc.

The Japanese company's share of the portable-player market by volume sold climbed to 43 percent in the week ended Aug. 30, exceeding Apple's 42.1 percent, the Tokyo-based researcher said in a release yesterday. Cupertino, California-based Apple had maintained the biggest share since January 2005, it said.

The introduction of the iPhone, which also functions as a music player, in Japan in July 2008 has diverted some customers from the iPod, according to the report. Tokyo-based Sony also bolstered its market share by expanding its lineup, it said.

Apple may introduce new iPod models at its "rock and roll" event on Sept. 9, helping the company regain its share, the researcher said.

Sony fell 0.4 percent to 2,445 yen as of 1:30 p.m. on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, matching the decline by the benchmark Nikkei 225 Stock Average. Apple closed 0.1 percent lower at $165.18 on the Nasdaq Stock Market yesterday.

Source : indiatimes
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Motorola debuts i856 slider phone

Motorola has launched Debut i856 slider phone, a push-to-talk slider phone. The new mobile phone is being bundled by wireless service provider Sprint's division Boost Mobile.

Motorola's Debut comes with a 1.3-megapixel camera, stereo Bluetooth, GPS, e-mail, a microSD card slot with support of up to 8GB, and a 3.5mm headset jack. The phone supports both MMS and text messaging. The phone is priced at $169 (Rs 8,000 approximately).

"Motorola Debut enhances the walkie-talkie experience further by incorporating the favorite traits among feature phones," said Richard Gadd, vice president, Motorola Mobile Devices. "Now Boost Mobile customers can continue to stay in constant contact with the added control of a slider and the fun of camera and music features."

Debut i856 Specifications
* Size: 2.0 x 4.19 x 0.59 in
* Main display size: 2.2 in., 176 x 220 pixels
* Weight: 85g (3.0oz)
* Battery type: Li Ion
* Estimated talk time: 3.5 hours
* Estimated standby: 95 hours
* Camera: 1.3 megapixel
* Video: Record/Playback
* Messaging: SMS/MMS
* Email: POP3
* Bluetooth: Yes with A2DP stereo
* Memory: 128 MB of Flash/64 MB DDRAM
* Extendable memory: 8GB

Source : indiatimes
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Nokia N97 to hit Indian mkt by Diwali

To cash in on the festivity, the world's largest handset maker, Nokia, today said it will launch new version of its flagship Nokia N97 smartphone N97 in the Indian market by Diwali or middle of October this year.

Nokia launched two music devices and a new version of N97, called the N97 Mini, during the Nokia World event here.

"Though the music devices will be available in India by Q4 (2009-10), we plan to bring the N97 Mini by October in the Indian market," Nokia India Managing Director D Shivakumar said.

Despite critics claiming that Nokia is not doing well in the high-end segment, Shivkumar said the company is not only doing well, the performance is beyond company's expectation in the smartphone segment.

Globally, Nokia has sold about two million units of the original N97 within months of its launch. The launch of N97 was announced in the last Nokia World event and it hit the market only in June this year.

Nokia has been maintaining a market share of about 40 per cent world wide and is a leader in the Indian market with handsets in low to high range in the market.

Priced at about Rs 31,000 (450 euros), the N97 Mini features a tilting 3.2" touch display, QWERTY keyboard and fully customisable homescreen.

Though N97 Mini has less in-built memory than its big brother, but the selling point of the new version is Lifecasting.

The Finnish company has partnered with social networking site Facebook and people could update their location and status or Lifecast as called by Nokia, on the website through the device.

During Diwali, consumer spending is high in India. Most of the handset makers come out with new launches during the festival to cash in on the festive season.

Source : indiatimes
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Wipro, Infy Bengal plans stalled

The Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee government has stalled mutation of land purchased from farmers by the promoters of the proposed IT township besides Vedic Village.

His move seems to be aimed at sending out a clear signal that the administration isn't comfortable about carrying out deals with Raj Modi, the main partner of the Vedic Diamond IT Links.

The project is close to the chief minister's heart as he has promised to give 90 acres each to Infosys and Wipro from this township area.

The order comes in the wake of Modi being arrested for murder and links with alleged land-grab kingpin Gaffar Mollah, and a cache of firearms tumbling out of Vedic Village. Home secretary Ardhendu Sen had given away the CM's stern views the very day after the arson, saying: "Land for the IT township is being purchased at gunpoint."

The government has come to know that the land mafia in the area has purchased acres of land and is waiting for mutation. A look at the brochure prepared by the Diamond Group, whose chairman A N Shroff is very much into the realty business, reveals that the group already has 368.7 acres near Vedic Village, with an estimated market value of Rs 446.13 crore.

A senior Writers' Buildings official said on Tuesday: "The CM is doing his bit as home minister by booking Modi and his officials. Now, he has taken stern action regarding his pet IT township project, taking cognizance of the forced land transfer."

The government order came on the day land and land reforms minister Abdur Rezzak Mollah demanded that the IT township project be scrapped immediately. The minister is in the thick of controversies for an earlier out-of-court settlement with Modi, thus returning land vested by the government to Vedic Village at a throwaway price.

Also, Gautam Deb, housing minister and chairman of Hidco, which controls the adjoining Rajarhat township, will explain his position over allegations of "forcible land purchase" at Rajarhat.

As his Cabinet colleagues make an effort to come out clean, the CM has preferred to address the two core issues: booking criminals and suspending land-buying by Modi & Co for the IT township. Prodded by Writers', a officials had visited Bhangar this week to probe land procurement for the IT township.

Source : indiatimes
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TCS plans to hire 25,000 this year

TCS has said that it would hire 25,000 people this year, a move that is likely to give a fillip to the country's IT recruitment scen
e which is seeing a slowdown since the collapse of Lehman Brothers last September.

"We have an employee strength of 1.45 lakh people and we want to add 25,000 more people this year," TCS vice-president (head global government industry group) Tanmoy Chakrabarty said.

Announcing its first quarter results TCS has said that it remained on track for graduate hiring programme in 2009-10.
Analysts said promising hiring plans of TCS comes after a big, long dull in the segment and it would boost IT recruitment scene. Domestic IT companies had applied brakes on fresh recruitment after their biggest market US slipped into recession following global financial turmoil.

Source : indiatimes
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Chat Box / Orkut India's top 10 communities
Sep 05, 2009, 02:16 PM
Orkut India's top 10 communities

Orkut reigns as the country's no. 1 social network. Incidentally, Google's social network is also the country's most visited site.

The social network is a hotbed of various communities, you name a subject, topic or even a like or dislike and you are very likely to find a community on it on Orkut. From `I hate to wake up early' to `procrastinator's club' to 'The Art of Kissing', it's all there.

But ever wondered which are the most popular among these communities? Google recently released a list of its Orkut's top 10 communities. The company claimed that it looked at millions of communities and usage trends to finally arrive at the ten most popular communities. The trends are based on an anonymised and aggregated study of the behaviour of Indian users.

Read on to find out Orkut India's top 10 communities.

Source : indiatimes
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Internet over the last 40 years

Goofy videos weren't on the minds of Len Kleinrock and his team at UCLA when they began tests 40 years ago on what would become the Internet. Neither was social networking, for that matter, nor were most of the other easy-to-use applications that have drawn more than a billion people online.

Instead the researchers sought to create an open network for freely exchanging information, an openness that ultimately spurred the innovation that would later spawn the likes of YouTube, Facebook and the World Wide Web.

Key milestones in the development and growth of the Internet:

Source : indiatimes
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Indian IT Q4: Headcount report card

The fiscal year 2008-09 has been one of the toughest for most IT companies globally. With revenues taking a hit, most companies also restructured their manpower, many going for pinkslips.

While few surveys are pointing towards first signs of revival, the year doesn't seem to be promising on the hiring front. IT companies last quarter figures too show no upward trend in hiring.

The total number of employees actually declined in as many as six companies among the top 10 Indian IT companies. With Indian IT numero uno TCS for the first time registering a negative headcount growth in Q1.

Here's looking into the employee headcount ups and downs at the Indian IT companies.

Source : indiatimes
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10 'unsung heroes' of technology

Most of us have heard about inventors like Abraham Bell, Thomas Alva Edison, Tim Berners Lee and our very own Hotmail man Sabeer Bhatia.

But there are many other technology leaders who through their inventions have changed the very way we work, communicate and entertain ourselves.

While some inventions of these unsung heroes have changed the very face of technology and brought it nearer to the common man rather than just being a tool for scientists in labs, others have made it affordable.

Here's over to the little-known heroes of technology

Source : indiatimes
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India's top 10 technical institutes

Indian technical institutes are globally respected for the quality of their education. Recently, the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lauded the country's technical education system terming it enviable.

But, ever wondered which are the very best among these best institutes. A recent study published in the Current Science ranks the top 10 technical institutes of the country. The ranking has been done by scholars Gangan Prathap and B M Gupta of the National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources and National Institute of Science, Technology and Development Studies, New Delhi.

The ranking has been done on basis of publications and citations and research record available between 1999 and 2008 in the Scopus International multi-disciplinary, bibliographical database.

Here's over to India's top 10 technical institutes.

Source : indiatimes
80
Sun Micro reports $147 mn loss

Sun Microsystems Inc, the server-computer maker selling itself to Oracle Corp, reported a $147 million loss in the fiscal fourth quarter.

The loss of 20 cents a share compared with a profit of $88 million, or 11 cents, a year earlier, Santa Clara, California-based Sun said today in a regulatory filing. Revenue dropped 31 percent to $2.63 billion in the period ended June 30.

In July, Sun shareholders approved Oracle's $7.4 billion takeover of the company. Oracle, the world's second-largest software maker, announced the plan in April. In addition to Sun's server business, Oracle will get the Java programming language and Solaris operating system. The bid valued Sun at $9.50 a share.

Excluding some items, Sun had a loss of 3 cents a share, beating the average 9-cent loss estimate of analysts surveyed by Bloomberg. Analysts had projected sales of $2.69 billion.

Sun was little changed in extended trading after closing unchanged at $9.34 on the Nasdaq Stock Market. The stock has more than doubled this year.

The company's gross margin narrowed in the quarter to 40.5 percent from 44.3 percent. Sun had $1.88 billion in cash and $981 million in marketable securities as of June 30, according to the statement.

The company cut operating expenses overall by 20 percent in the period. It also reported long-term debt of $695 million, about half the total of a year earlier.

source : indiatimes
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TCS may go for multiple COOs

For TCS, India's largest software services provider by sales, deciding who will fit into CEO S Ramadorai's shoes after he retires in October was quite easy.

It had to be crown prince N Chandrasekaran, who is COO now. But, finding the person to fit into Chandrasekaran's shoes is proving to be more difficult.

So much so that TCS is actually looking at two or more people for the role. Top executives such as Ravi Viswanathan, NG Subramaniam , AS Lakshminarayanan and Abid Ali Neemuchwala are believed to be in the race.

"There is an organisation transition to a new CEO. Therefore, it is too premature to comment on any restructuring or other organisational initiatives," said a TCS spokesperson in response to a mail.

However, multiple employees in senior positions and ex-employees in the know said that a multiple power-sharing formula was being discussed within the organisation, and it has only intensified in the last month or so, as TCS prepares to welcome on board its new CEO next month. They spoke on condition of anonymity.

There are three main reasons why TCS will most probably opt for this structure. TCS is now a $6-billion entity with a headcount of 1.4 lakh. So, huge management bandwidth will be required to carry out functions across different verticals, geographies and service lines.

Secondly, N Chandrasekaran had too many people reporting into him, which may not be the case going forward. COO duties will be divided up among multiple executives.

Thirdly, IT companies are increasingly trying to split duties among various levels in the company.

"N Chandrasekaran has quite a wide span of control- all the heads of geographies, verticals and service lines report to him. He has a lot of pull with customers and generally maintains a tight control. But, the next COO will not be able to single-handedly execute N Chandra's role. Responsibilities will be divided among two or more people based on various areas," said a senior industry executive, familiar with the development.

A senior TCS employee added, "This multiple role-sharing structure has been contemplated for some months now, but the TCS board will have to take a final call. A formal announcement is expected in the next three weeks."

Top IT firms which have tested the power sharing model include India's third largest software exporter Wipro and Nasdaq-listed Cognizant. Sometime after Vivek Paul's exit as CEO of Wipro a few years back, the company opted for a joint CEO structure for its IT business- headed by Suresh Vaswani and Girish Paranjpe.

Cognizant has a two-in-a-box model, where two global leads (one onsite and another offshore) are jointly responsible for key result areas at a business level such as such as customer satisfaction, employee satisfaction, revenue and profitability.

In the case of TCS, it's not clear if the senior executives in the fray will have a COO designation or if they will become senior-vice presidents in charge of various areas. While Ravi Viswanathan is presently the company's global telecom head, NG Subramaniam is president of TCS Financial Solutions, AS Lakshminarayanan is the country head for UK & Ireland and Abid Ali Neemuchwala is the global head of TCS BPO.

Of these, Ravi Viswanathan is seen as a front-runner. NG Subramaniam is the elder brother of future CEO N Chandrasekaran, but industry executives ruled out a conflict of interest because both brothers have been in the TCS system for decades now and have risen up the ranks based on merit.

Another industry official said the COO post at TCS was created only a couple of years back, so it isn't incumbent on the company to immediately fill the role.


Source : indiatimes
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Google / Google's Gmail crashes again
Sep 02, 2009, 10:07 PM
Google's Gmail crashes again

Google Inc's Gmail service was knocked offline on Tuesday in an outage that the company said affected a "majority" of its millions of email users, including consumers who get Gmail for free and businesses that pay for a version for their employees.

The disruption, which lasted under two hours, was a reminder of the growing dependence on Google's technology. The free version of Gmail is the world's third most-popular e-mail programme with some 149 million users worldwide in June, ranking behind the free e-mail services offered by Microsoft Corp and Yahoo Inc, according to data from comScore Inc.

Tuesday's disruption led tens of millions of Gmail users to get an "Unable to reach Gmail" error message as their computers tried repeatedly to reconnect to the service. Google said it had taken some of Gmail's servers offline for routine maintenance, and underestimated the load that would place on other computers responsible for directing traffic to the appropriate Gmail servers.

Google said it was alerted to the failures within seconds. It said it has added capacity and made other changes to prevent similar incidents in the future. A separate outage on Monday had wiped out e-mail to a "small subset" of users.

Though occasional disruptions are common, widespread outages involving Google's services are rare. They are becoming a bigger threat to Google as it tries to sell more of its services to businesses.

Businesses are increasingly leaning on Google's services because they are delivered over the Internet instead of being managed in-house. That can save companies money and buy them more storage than they could otherwise afford. But many corporations are skeptical about outsourcing such critical tasks.

Google argues that Web-based services are more reliable than those handled in-house, but big outages like Tuesday's add another challenge to selling to reluctant businesses.

Google says more than 1.75 million businesses use Gmail as part of Google Apps, which is Google's answer to business software from Microsoft Corp. It's a key part of Google's strategy to inject its brand deeper into corporations. Google Apps costs $50 per user per year.

As usually happens with hiccups in popular Web-based services, the Gmail glitch touched off a flurry of posts to social-networking Web sites from frustrated Gmail users wondering if others were having the same problem.

"Omg thank God I was at work!!! I wouldve gone mad!'' one Twitter user wrote. Some favored snark. "Minute 30 of Gmail outage. The cities are in flames and people eating pets to survive. To future generations: we meant well,'' another user tweeted.

The last major outage at Google happened in May, when millions of people were cut off from Google's search engine, e-mail and other online services after too much traffic was routed through computers in Asia.
About 14 per cent of Google's users encountered problems with the Internet's No. 1 search engine. Those outages lasted about an hour.

Source : indiatimes
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Yahoo India shuts down social network SpotM

Yahoo is shutting down SpotM, the social networking service it began testing in India a year ago. Among its features: Users could keep certain friends secret from others and also correspond via text message without revealing their phone numbers.

On the SpotM website, Yahoo says it was "experimenting" with SpotM and says the site will no longer be accessible as of Tuesday.

It's at least the third social network that Yahoo will have shut down, although the company has nevertheless said it is looking to make a buy in the social networking space. It shut down Yahoo 360 in July--and closed down Yahoo Mash last summer.
Yahoo has been steadily cutting non-core products under CEO Carol Bartz.

However, according to media reports, Yahoo India has not completely shelved its idea of having an India-specific social network. SpotM is likely to be succeeded by `Guru'.

source : indiatimes
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DU to make all colleges Smoke Free

After a successful two-year Smoke Free Campaign that started with 10 colleges and 48 departments in the North Campus of the varsity, Delhi University (DU) has now extended the initiative to all its 83 colleges.

DU Vice Chancellor, Prof. Deepak Pental, on Monday, announced that all colleges operating under the University will be turned into Tobacco-Free Zones.

"We are interested in the health and welfare of students. Even the teaching fraternity should be motivated to join the campaign", Prof Pental said.

The Tobacco Free campaign was launched by DU in collaboration with the World Lung Foundation - South Asia (WLF-SA).

source : indiaedunews
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7,000 private Engg seats to be filled up by Government

The Government of Karnataka is holding talks with the management of private engineering colleges to fill up the 7,000 vacant seats through Common Entrance Test (CET) rankings in these colleges.

Addressing the media on Monday, Aravind Limbavali, Minister for Higher Education said, "The representatives of the COMED-K (Consortium of private medical and engineering colleges) had requested the government for help to fill up the 7,000 vacant seats in private engineering colleges for the current academic session. The engineering college managements have emphatically been told that the government would only step in if the fee structure matches with the Government quota of seats in private colleges."

Under the Government quota, a student has to pay Rs. 25,000 a year and for students belonging to the lower economic sections, it is fixed at Rs.15,000 a year.

As per the agreement between the Government and the private engineering colleges, the Governments share of seats in the private colleges are 45 seats for every 100 seats while in the previous year it was 50:50.

Now, private colleges are going to surrender 7,000 seats to the Government pool, the latter will enjoy a near equal share with private management.

source : indiaedunews
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Transcend JetFlash V70

Transcend has launched an anti-shock USB Flash Drive, JetFlash V70.

/photo.cms?msid=4928653 Made from eco-friendly rubber, the drive is said to be highly resistant to survive shock, splashes and dust.

JetFlash V70 is equipped with a tethered cap holder that prevents it from getting lost when removed from the drive during file transfer.

Currently available in 16GB (Red), 8GB (Orange) and 4GB (Purple) capacities, JetFlash V70 comes with a lifetime warranty.

Austin Huang, Regional Head --- Sales, SAARC & APAC, Transcend, said, "Combining durability with performance, stylish sporty design, and environment friendliness, Transcend's JetFlash V70 USB Flash Drive allows users to take their important files wherever they go."

JetFlash V70 also meets US military drop-test standards (MIL-STD-810F 516.5Transit Drop).
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TechM wins $500 mn Swan deal

Tech Mahindra has won around $500 million outsourcing contract from new telecom entrant Swan Telecom.

Swan's outsourcing contract, which witnessed aggressive bidding from IBM, Wipro and Tech Mahindra, comes at a time when Tech Mahindra is attempting to establish itself in the domestic market, as part of its long term strategy to derisk its revenues from BT.

A letter of Intent (LoI) was issued to Tech Mahindra around two weeks ago, a person involved with the contract said on conditions of anonymity. "The contract is to be delivered over ten years and it is a total IT outsourcing," he added. He requested anonymity because he is not authorised to speak about this contract.

Officials from Emirates Telecommunications, or Etisalat also participated in the decision making, the person added. Etisalat had acquired 45% stake in Swan for $900 million last year.

"Etisalat has adopted this strategy of bundling IT with network equipment contract in most of its greenfield projects, and India is no exception," another person familiar with Etisalat's outsourcing strategy said on conditions of anonymity.

For instance, outsourcing contract for Etisalat's greenfield project in Egypt, Nigeria and Tanzania were structured in a similar fashion. In fact, Tech Mahindra alongwith Ericsson won Etisalat's Egypt contract in February last year.

Wipro, which won Rs 2500 crore outsourcing contract from another new entrant Unitech Wireless few months ago, was also in the shortlist, but Swan decided to opt for bundling its IT and network management, equipment contract in order to avoid additional upfront costs.

source : indiatimes
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All is not well at Honeywell, Accenture

Green shoots? Honeywell and Accenture don't appear to be seeing any.

The former has announced that its employees will have to take a mandatory ten days off in December-January without pay. And the latter has just issued a statement that it will lay-off 7% of its senior executive workforce.

Honeywell employees in India said that Krishna Mikkilineni, president of Honeywell Technology Solutions, conveyed the decision at a public gathering in Bangalore recently. When contacted by TOI, a Honeywell spokesperson declined to go into specifics, but issued the following statement: "Even as Honeywell continues to grow its businesses in India, our employees have agreed to participate in a voluntary and temporary reduced work schedule, in consonance with their colleagues elsewhere."

In the case of Accenture, the company's global CEO William Green said in a company release on Thursday: "We are acting boldly to position Accenture better for both short-term and long-term economic improvement growth and profitability." The 7% workforce reduction would mean over 300 senior executives would be laid-off. The company globally has about 177,000 employees, of which 4,800 are senior-executive employees. The Accenture release said it will also reduce excess office space globally.

Till the time of releasing this story, Accenture had not replied to a mail from TOI asking about the extent to which its Indian operations would be affected by this recent move.
The technology sector in general is still some way from a recovery. Most companies around the world have tightened their tech budgets.

Honeywell, which makes products like aviation electronics, car turbochargers and temperature control systems for buildings, has been hit badly by the global recession in all of the key businesses it supports -- aviation, auto, and property. In the second quarter ended June 30, its profit plunged 38% and revenue dropped 22%.

source : indiatimes
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IT Market Updates / HCL Tech FY'09 net up 25%
Aug 26, 2009, 02:17 AM
HCL Tech FY'09 net up 25%

Software exporter HCL Technologies today reported a standalone net profit of Rs 192.94 crore for the quarter ended June 30, 2009, while it had a net loss of Rs 13.54 crore in the corresponding period previous fiscal.

The total income during the quarter rose to Rs 1,145.54 crore from Rs 1,107.75 crore in the June quarter of the previous fiscal, HCL Tech said in a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange.

For the financial year ended June 30, 2009, HCL Tech posted a consolidated net profit of Rs 1,319.63 crore, a growth rate of 25.51 per cent over the same period a year ago.

The software firm's total income rose to Rs 10,229.41 crore at the end of FY'09 from Rs 7,562.78 crore in FY'08.

"We accelerated our investments in growth in enterprise application services, emerging geographies and new verticals. The early indicators of these investments are showing in our diversified business portfolio...and most importantly in employee satisfaction," HCL Tech CEO Vineet Nayar said.

The board has declared a dividend of 50 per cent at the rate of Rs one per share for the fiscal year ended June 2009.

"With our robust financial position, we are well positioned for growth through these difficult times," HCL Tech Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer Shiv Nadar said.

source : indiatimes
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8 biggest tech blunders

The last two decades have seen mindboggling growth in technology space. There have been numerous innovations and many unknown companies have risen to take their position on the technology map. Alongwith these successes, there also have been numerous failures and cases of missed opportunities.

PC World recently came out with a list of Stupidest Tech Company Blunders. Here's over to them.

Yahoo fails to buy Facebook

Yes Yahoo was on the verge of buying today's biggest social networking site Facebook in 2006. In 2006, the media was abuzz with two-year-old Facebook being in serious talks to sell itself to Internet media company Yahoo for an amount that could approach $1 billion.

Yahoo $1 billion cash offer for Facebook is reportedly twice the amount that Rupert Murdoch had spent for MySpace in 2005. Both are said to have verbally agreed to enter the deal.

However, according to media reports Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and the board decided to turn down the offer in lieu of building out the company.

In their estimates, Facebook was likely worth closer to $8 billion.

Source : indiatimes
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Tech's 7 Most Powerful Women

All those who think that technology industry's most powerful faces are all men, need to correct themselves.

The global IT industry may be largely led by men, but it has its share of fairer sex. Women, who by their grit, substance and vision have emerged among the most powerful people in the global business world.

Forbes recently released its annual list of World's 100 Most Powerful Women for 2009. While assembling the list, Forbes looked for women who run countries, big companies or influential non-profits. Their rankings are said to be a combination of two scores: visibility - by press mentions - and the size of the organization or country these women lead.

The list has as many as seven women from the IT industry. Meet the shining stars of the tech world.

Source : indiatimes
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Silicon Valley's 6 hottest startups

The Silicon Valley Six, made up of the hottest privately held companies with annual revenue of more than $100 million, were chosen based on informal polling by Reuters of venture capitalists and others. Here are the six companies on the list.

LinkedIn

Founded in 2003, LinkedIn is the most popular social networking site for professionals. It was valued by its investors last year at $1 billion and has annual revenue beyond $100 million. Subscribers provide their professional background on line as a way of meeting others in their field and as a way for companies to help hire.

The company has 43 million members, half outside the United States, and adds 1.5 to 2 million monthly. It turned profitable in 2008.

Solyndra

Founded in 2005, Solyndra is a clean tech company which makes solar electric installations for commercial rooftops. It has a unique system using tubes that make it more efficient than standard photovoltaic systems and cheaper to install.

The company's latest round of growth capital came from the US Department of Energy, which gave it a $535 million loan guarantee in March. It will use the money to increase its annual production capacity to 610 megawatts (MW) from 110 MW.

source : indiatimes
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Chat Box / Song Game
Aug 14, 2009, 07:22 PM
Song Game

A User Types A Song Title And The Song's Artist. The Next User Has To Use One Word From That Song Title. Or, Duplicate The Song Artist Instead, And Have No Word In Common In The Song Title.

Example:


User 1: Uriye En Uryie Ennamo Nadakuruthey - Simbu, Gopika

User 2: En Uriye En Uriye En Aruryie - Sharukhan, Manisha Korulila
or
User 2: Kathal Valarthen Kathal Valarthen - Simbu, Sindhu Thulani
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India's 15 biggest IT companies

The fiscal year 2008-09 has been a tough year for IT companies globally. The turmoil in the BFSI sector and US the biggest market for IT companies has hit them hard. For the first time in many years some companies in the DQ Top 20 club witnessed single-digit growth.

While many though could sustain double-digit growth, the slowdown pangs were clearly visible in their growth chart and guidance. The biggest lesson of the slowdown has been not to put all eggs in one basket. The spending squeeze in the global markets has suddenly awakened IT companies to the potential of the domestic market. Today, all IT companies in India are aggressively looking at the Indian market to insulate their growth.

Here's looking into the biggest 15 IT companies in India as per their year 2008-09 revenues.

Source : indiatimes
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10 turning points in tech history

Ever wondered what were the biggest inventions/innovation or incidents that have shaped the information technology industry as it is today? The watershed events and milestones that paved the computing history? Can you imagine today a world without Internet? Or how much the rhetoric in the US may bash outsourcing, it has altered and continues to alter the global economy.

ComputerWorld recently did a listing of the top 15 turning points in the technology history. Here we present to you top 10 from the list. The turning points that define the IT industry as it is today.

Source : indiatimes
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IT companies' answer to swine flu

The swine flu fear has reached India Inc too. The steady rise in the cases of flu has made Business India take preventive steps, though not many are talking about widespread shutdown in the face of a pandemic. There are doctors visiting offices, restrictions on travel, event cancellations, office advice of flu precautions and stay-home advisories to workers returning from flu-hit areas as companies look to keep the virus from impacting their businesses.

Companies are also checking their disaster recovery and business continuity plans, just in case things go out of hands. Here's looking into what IT companies are doing to contain flu.

Cooling off period

Many IT companies across the country have asked their `recently travelled' employees to go through a mandatory Cooling Off period of four to five days. During this Cooling Off period employees are asked to work from home and get back to office after mandatory four-five days only in case they show no signs of having contracted the disease.

Employees who have recently travelled to US, Mexico, UK and some parts of Europe have to go through this Cooling period. Bangalore-based IT company Wipro has introduced a 4-days Cooling period for its employees.

Travel advisory

Most IT companies have issued an advisory to their employees. Infosys Technologies has restricted travel among its nine development centres across the India. Perot Systems has temporarily banned travel between its Chennai and Coimbatore offices. All communication is being done through videoconferencing.

"Employees returning from swine flu-hit areas have to go through a compulsory medical check. Also, each of our development centers has a doctor and any employee can go for a swine flu check anytime," says an Infosys spokeswoman. The company has also asked its employees who recently travelled to US to get themselves examined before joining office. Infosys has about 20,000 employees at its Pune centre.

Most technology companies have also issued an advisory to their employees to avoid travelling to Mumbai and Pune unless extremely urgent.

Masks compulsory


US-based Perot Systems has reportedly made it compulsory for every individual to wear a mask inside the company campus. The company has one lakh masks in stock. It is also said to be procuring a temperature scanner as a precautionary measure.

Many other IT companies too are said to be in the process of procuring masks for their employees. Fumigation of campuses too is being done in most IT companies.

No handshakes please!


India's largest IT company TCS has asked employees to avoid shaking hands and to wash hands frequently through an advisory. It is also counselling staff to avoid panic.

Chief HR officer of Tata Tele Services (TTSL), CN Nagakumar, has sent out a health advisory "to enable the employees to understand, appreciate and take preventive and curative measures to effectively handle any eventuality of H1N1 currently spreading in the country"

The company has also ensured a round-the-clock doctor. TTSL officials who will visit Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh on work are even contemplating wearing masks on the flight.

Paid leave

BPO company Syntel Inc has reportedly asked all its employees returning from high-risk countries such as the US and Mexico to compulsorily go on a two-day paid leave. The employees have been asked to go for a checkup from a company doctor.

Several IT companies like TCS and CapGemini have reportedly given their employees in Mumbai and Pune the option to work from home.

The country's largest software exporter TCS which also has considerable presence in Pune has issued detailed internal mails with relevant information about the pandemic and known safeguards against it.

NASSCOM summit postponed

Nasscom has postponed its two-day global engineering summit in Pune from August to November. About 300 people from across India and outside were expected to attend the summit.

"It is not about Pune but the fact that attendees will be coming from different places that could present a danger," said a Nasscom official, who did not wish to be named.

Doctor on call


Most of the IT companies have made doctors available on call. Some IT offices have also set up a central control room. US-based Congnizant, which has its second largest global delivery center in Pune employing 7,500, has doctor visiting each floor of its office to conduct sessions on proactive precautions.

Many companies have also set up a toll free number to support employees and their families.
Source : indiatimes
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One of the preventive measure against Swine Flu

Use "Nilgiri Oil" (Eucalyptus oil) drops on handkerchiefs and masks as one of the preventive measures against Swine Flu (NIV) National Institute of Virology.
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Capgemini cuts sales target

Capgemini SA cut its 2009 sales outlook on Thursday, saying it was unsure signs that activity might be stabilising in some regions would translate into a full-blown recovery for the battered technology sector.

But its shares jumped 8 percent as investors focused on solid first-half bookings, notably in outsourcing, good cash levels and a profitability goal in-line with market expectations. Europe's largest computer consultancy told investors it would strive to limit the decline in operating margin this year to around 7 percent of sales thanks to tighter cost control. This was roughly in line with a market consensus that the French group and analysts say is at 6.9 percent for operating margin, and compares to the 8.5 percent achieved in 2009.

"We're a bit more cautious than others. The second quarter was a bit tougher than we expected," Chief Executive Paul Hermelin told a conference call. "There are signs activity is stabilising in North America and sectors such as financials are improving but we can't say these recovery signs are widespread."

Capgemini plans to hold onto its 576 million euro cash pile in the tough current economic times and resume big acquisitions only once trading activity has stabilised, Hermelin said. Capgemini, which competes for IT budgets with US giant Accenture and France's Atos Origin, now expects like-for-like 2009 sales to slip 3 to 4 percent, after they fell 2.2 percent in the first half.

It had previously forecast a sales drop of around 2 percent. Capgemini's cautious tone contrasted with SAP, the world's biggest maker of business management software, which lifted its operating margin goal on Wednesday, giving Europe's battered technology sector a glimmer of hope. Overall, Capgemini sales were expected to decline by between 4 percent and 6 percent in the second half 2009.

"Our teams feel that 2010 should a be a bit better," Hermelin said when asked about sales prospects for next year, giving no further details.

Solid bookings, cash
Capgemini shares opened down 2.5 percent but by 0925 GMT the stock was 8.4 percent higher at 31.25 euros as investors focused on what analysts deemed relatively resilient first-half results.

"Strong first-half earnings offset the slight erosion in the top-line perspective for the second half," one trader said. "Capgemini remains the best-positioned company within Europe with the most evolved global delivery model," Credit Suisse said, also pointing at "solid" first-half bookings of 4.433 billion, driven by a 35 percent jump in outsourcing.

Capgemini's half-year operating profit fell to 167 million euros from 288 million, hit notably by a 102 million euros restructuring charge. The group still forecasts restructuring charges of 220 million euros for full year but plans to curtail these charges to below 100 million euros in 2010.

Revenue reached 4.38 billion euros, with consulting taking the biggest hit, down 13.4 percent. The closely-watched operating margin fell to 6.6 percent from 7.6 percent a year ago. Analysts polled by Reuters had expected first-half sales of 4.39 billion euros and an operating margin of 6.5 percent.

Source : indiatimes
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Made in China iPhone Nano

Internet world has been abuzz about Apple launching iPhone Nano for quite sometime. Every few months, grapevines suggest Apple working on a Nano version of iPhone. In fact, only last month a new patent filed by Apple again fueled iPhone Nano rumors. But all these so far remain mere speculations, with no official confirmation.

However, in faraway Shenzhen (China) an iPhone Nano has actually hit the shelves. The made in China iPhone Nano is widely available in the country including on online stores (may be you can check our own grey markets too!). These iPhone Nano models available from several Chinese companies offer several high-end features and come at an attractive price tag.

Here's looking into the Chinese avatar of iPhone Nano.


source : indiatimes
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