Monday, January 31, 2011

Future Store in Germany....!

The Future Store in Germany tries out the latest retail technology on its staff and customers.
But as the BBC's Kabir Chibber reports, not every new idea catches on.

For more info: BBC:Future super market in Germany

Android beats Nokia's Symbian....!

Google's Android dethroned Nokia's Symbian as the most popular smartphone platform in the last quarter of 2010, ending a reign that began with the birth of the industry 10 years ago.

Research firm Canalys said that the phone makers sold a total of 32.9 million Android-equipped phones in the last quarter, compared with Symbian's total sales of 31 million. The landmark piles pressure on Nokia as it struggles to reassert itself at the top end of the mobile handsets market.

Following Apple's 2007 entrance into smartphones, Google rolled out its opensource Android operating system, which has become the standard for smaller phone makers.

Hit models from Samsung Electronics, HTC and LG Electronics helped Android in the quarter, while Symbian suffered from troubles of its owner and main user, Nokia. 

 Google launching Android 3.0 soon

Google Inc is getting closer to releasing a version of the Android software meant for tablet computers, one that will include a fresh look and updated Web browser and keyboard.

The online search leader said that it released a preview version of the software development kit for Honeycomb, also known as Android 3.0. It's for developers to test out their applications on the software and learn about its new capabilities.

In a post on Google's Android Developers blog, Xavier Ducrohet, the Android SDK tech lead, said a final version of the kit will be available "in the weeks ahead." That will enable developers to publish Honeycomb applications to Google's Android Market app store. 

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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Now convert Human Body Heat into useful Energy....

Engineers in Stockholm have discovered a new way to trap and use human body heat.
At Stockholm's busy Central Station, engineers use heating exchangers to convert body heat into hot water and then pump that water to an office building next door, providing it with environmentally friendly and cost effective heating.
The process can reduce energy costs by up to 25%.

World's Richest Government....!

World's Richest Government. . .Interesting attachment for those who are financially inclined to get a better perspective on the world's economies We know the world's richest man is Carlos Slim Helu of Mexico,
Carlos Slim Helu
followed by Bill Gates and Warren Buffet of USA.
How about governments?

Which countries’ government is the richest (having most money that is, in US$)

If you are expecting North American and European nations, you might be disappointed.
While the countries look rich, wealthy European nations can't withstand a prolonged major financial crisis, just like Greece.
The USA might have the biggest economy, but the American government is not at all rich; in fact, it can't even take out $150bn if asked to now without resorting to borrowing.
To date the US government has borrowed $14 trillion!

The UK, likewise, while the country/people are rich, the government isn't.
The UK government’s debt stands at $9 trillion now.

World’s Richest Government

Richest governments after 2008-2009 financial crisis:

Chinese emblem
1. Peoples Republic of China
National reserves: $2,454,300,000,000

Japanese Govt

2. Japan
National reserves: $1,019,000,000,000

Russian govt
3. Russia
National reserves: $458,020,000,000

Saudi Arabia
4. Saudi Arabia
National reserves: $395,467,000,000


5. Taiwan
National reserves: $362,380,000,000

Indian government
6. India
National reserves: $279,422,000,000

South Korea
7. South Korea
National reserves: $274,220,000,000

8. Switzerland
National reserves: $262,000,000,000

Hong Kong, China
9. Hong Kong, China
National reserves: $256,000,000,000

10. Brazil
National reserves: $255,000,000,000

In million US$:

11 Singapore / 203,436
12 Germany / 189,100
13 Thailand / 150,000
14 Algeria / 149,000
15 France / 140,848
16 Italy / 133,104
17 United States / 124,176
18 Mexico / 100,096
19 Iran / 96,560
20 Malaysia / 96,100
21 Poland / 85,232
22 Libya / 79,000
23 Denmark / 76,315
24 Turkey / 71,859
25 Indonesia / 69,730
26 United Kingdom / 69,091
27 Israel / 62,490
28 Canada / 57,392
29 Norway / 49,223
30 Iraq / 48,779

China’s gov't overspent $110bn last year, much on it towards modernizing their military, if it goes on like this their reserves can only last for 22 yrs.

The Malaysian gov't overspent $13bn last year, if it goes on like this their reserves can only last for 7 yrs.

The Singaporean government overspent $3bn last year, much of it rescuing their banks from financial crisis, if it goes on like this their reserves can last 68 yrs.

The Swiss gov't overspent $1bn last year, if it goes on like this their reserves can last 262 yrs.

A country normally can borrow up to 100% its GDP, a very strong industrial country or very financial stable nation can borrow up to perhaps 200% its GDP, debts over 250% GDP the country is bankrupted.

Greece's Debts Is 113.40% GDP, In Danger As It Is Not Considered A Strong Industrial Or Financial Country.

Iceland Is 107.60%, Also In Crisis As It Is Not So Strong Industrial Or Financially.

Singapore Debts Is 113.10%, Not In Hot Water Due To Its Global Financial Hub Status, And Also Its Financial Strength. It's Only Dangerous For Singapore When It Reaches 200%

Japan Debts Is 189.30%, Still Under Radar As A Powerful Industrial Nation. It Needs To Panic Only At Around 200%

US Has The World Largest Debts, But It Is Only 62% Its GDP, It Is Not In Any Immediate Danger Of Bankruptcy.

Zimbabwe Debts Is 282.60% GDP, It Is A Bankrupted Nation.

Malaysia Debts Is Currently At 53.70% GDP.

Hong Kong And Taiwan Is Doing Pretty Good With Debts At 32-37% GDP

South Korea Is Even Better With Debts At 23.5% GDP

China Is Very Stable With Debts At 16.90% GDP

Russia Is Like A Big Mountain With Debts Only At 6.30% GDP

There Are Only 5 Countries With No Debt (I.E. 0%) –

Brunei, Liechtenstein, Palau, Nieu, And Macau Of China.

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Most popular Technology from last week...!

#1...Sony Unveils Successor To PlayStation Portable

Sony has revealed the first details on a long-rumored successor to their struggling PlayStation Portable platform.
The next generation portable, code-named NGP, is scheduled to hit stores later this year.
Revealed during an event in Japan early Thursday, the NGP will feature a 5-inch OLED touchscreen, front- and rear-facing cameras, gyroscope and accelerometer, Wi-Fi and 3G support, and built-in GPS.
The device includes two thumbsticks, addressing a big complaint against the PlayStation Portable.
NGP will also introduce a new software format for games. Each title will be released on a small card using flash memory, and allow users to store downloadable content and their game saves on the card.
According to the official PlayStation blog, Killzone, Uncharted and Call of Duty are among the franchises expected to appear on NGP.

#2...Facebook to launch First cellphone:

Smartphone manufacturer HTC will launch two Facebook branded cell phones next month, London financial daily City A.M. reported Wednesday.
HTC is due to unveil the tie-up with the social network giant at the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, according to sources familiar with the matter.
The phones are expected to run on a tweaked version of Google's Android operating system and will prominently display users' Facebook messages and profile content on the home screen, City A.M. said.
HTC produced a design draft of the phone that bears the website's blue and white color scheme and official logo.
It is unclear whether the Facebook phone will be tied to an exclusive mobile carrier. 

#3...Firefox, Google Chrome Adding "Do Not Track" Tools

The Firefox and Google Chrome browsers are getting tools to help users block advertisers from collecting information about them.
Alex Fowler, a technology and privacy officer for Firefox maker Mozilla, says the "Do Not Track" tool will be the first in a series of steps designed to guard privacy. He doesn't say when the tool will be available.
Google Chrome users can now download a browser plug-in that blocks advertisers — but only from ad networks that already let people decline, or opt out of, personalized, targeted ads.
The next version of Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer browser, which is still being developed, will include a similar feature, though people will have to create or find their own lists of sites they want to block.

#4...Technology to keep the elderly safe and healthy

A welfare monitoring device to help seniors social network and remember appointments is on show at the CES technology show in Las Vegas.
It includes stock phrases to tell loved ones via text how people are feeling.

#5...Touch screen for multiple users

 A touch screen that responds to many people using it has been revealed at the CES technology show in Las Vegas.
The 3M device runs on Windows and Linux. It can be manipulated through thin gloves and responds to more than 20 simultaneous points of contact.

#6...The printer that can work from anywhere

HP has released its attempt at combining a printer and a seven inch Google Android-powered tablet device.
The HP eStation Wireless Printer Copier Scanner with ePrint and wifi tablet can be made to print using any mobile device, as presenter Spencer Kelly explains.

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Saturday, January 29, 2011

6 simple tips to boost up ur browsing...

You probably spend a good amount of your computing time within the confines of a web browser. But are you making the most of that time?

You're not if you are relying on the same old browser habits that you developed years ago.

#1...Discover caret browsing
 Discover caret browsing
One of the best-kept secrets of both Internet Explorer (IE) and Firefox is the caret browsing feature. Caret browsing essentially makes web pages more keyboard friendly - and web surfing a lot more productive, particularly if you spend much time at all selecting and copying text or graphics from a website.

With caret browsing activated, a text cursor appears within any web page, and moving the cursor around and highlighting text and graphics are very similar to performing the same actions in a word processing document.
In caret mode, the Tab key moves you from one major section of a web page to another, and the Enter key will activate any link on which the cursor is positioned.
You can activate (and de-activate) caret browsing by simply pressing the F7 key in both IE and Firefox. Google's Chrome has a version of caret browsing that involves first selecting some text and then using the Shift and arrow keys to select more.

#2...Launch into full screen
Launch into full screen
Most elements of web browsers - menus, toolbars, status bars, and the like - are useless clutter once you've landed on a page that you want to read. To get rid of the clutter, simply tap the F11 key. All of the major browsers will launch into 'full screen' mode, showing you just your web page and none of the browser controls you don't need.

Press F11 again to return to the browser's previous state.
With Internet Explorer, you can still access your menus with in full screen mode. Just use the keyboard shortcuts (Alt-F, Alt-E, and so on), and the menus will hover over the web page.

#3...Outsmart ads
Outsmart ads
One of the biggest time-zappers while surfing the internet today is waiting for ads to load - or waiting for them to leave you alone so that you can get to the content you need.

You can get rid of most ads altogether in a couple of ways. First, if you're a Firefox user, head straight for Adblock Plus (http://bit.ly/12oUg). Install this plugin, and in no time bothersome ads will be a distant memory.

This plugin can't zap all ads, but it takes care of most of them. Chrome users also now have a beta version of Adblock plus (http://bit.ly/7EABcN) that they can try.
If you're using IE, try Ad Muncher (http://bit.ly/3aCI27), which is also compatible with most other browsers.

#5...Use the keyboard
Use the keyboard
Think about the operations you perform repeatedly in your browser using the mouse. There are probably keyboard shortcuts for most of them that can save you a lot of time.

Do you frequently return to your home page, for example? Hold down the Alt key and tap Home (Alt-Home) Need to find something on a web page? Ctrl-F activates the Find box. Need a new tab? Ctrl-T takes care of it. And how about switching among open tabs? Ctrl-Tab does the trick. These tricks work in all of the major browsers.

#6...Try a form filler
Try a form filler
Web forms are everywhere these days, and most of them ask for the same information: your name, address, e-mail address, and perhaps your credit card if you're purchasing something.

Make short work of entering all of that information by enlisting the help of a form filler. The two best ones are LastPass (http://lastpass.com) and RoboForm (http://www.roboform.com).

Google hiring: to add over 6000 employees

                                                 Google Inc is all set to go on a hiring spree this year with the company planning to add more than 6000 people around the globe in one of the "biggest" workforce expansions in company history.
In a blog post on Wednesday, Senior Vice President of Engineering and Research Alan Eustace said Google was "looking for top talent across the board and around the globe."
The company had added more than 4,500 workers in 2010 primarily in engineering and sales departments.

The workforce expansion set for 2011 and said to he the "biggest hiring year in company history", will be more than the 6,100 workers Google had hired in 2007.
Google plans to hire more than 1,000 workers in Europe alone this year.
The company said it will hire "as many smart, creative people as we can to tackle some of the toughest challenges in computer science: like building a web-based operating system from scratch, instantly searching an index of more than 100 million gigabytes and even developing cars that drive themselves."

 For more info: Google

Friday, January 28, 2011

10 essentials for surviving 2012 disaster...!

If the Mayans are correct, doomsday is scheduled for Dec. 21, 2012. That gives you less than two years to get ready. Good thing I've gathered many of the tools and equipment you will need to survive, right here in this list.
Courtesy of Nerd Approved In a post-apocalyptic world, you'll want to keep a weapon at arm's length at all times to fend off scavengers and thieves. People laughed when you bought a 1,300-pound BedBunker with two 140-pound, 1/4-inch-thick, 10-gauge steel doors. People got a little scared and called you a paranoid maniac when you filled that BedBunker with enough weapons to outfit an entire army — but who's laughing now? $2,200-$4,200 — BedBunker

#2...Blast Boxers
Courtesy of Nerd Approved If you are a guy who can only afford one piece of body armor to protect your body from gunfire and explosions, make it these Blast Boxers. A pair is stuffed with enough Kevlar to protect what's really important — plus it's comfortable and odor resistant thanks to Aramid fabric and a breathable mesh. It may be worth noting that it's probably a good idea to wear these while sleeping on top of your BedBunker, just in case any of the explosive devices you have stuffed in there go off in the middle of the night. Sure, the rest of your body will probably be vaporized, but the groin will remain in mint condition. Pricing Not Available — Blast Boxers via Fashionably Geek

#3..Wenger 'Giant' Swiss Army knife
Image: 87-tool Swiss Army knife
A good knife and a nice set of tools are what a survivor can really use when faced with the collapse of civilization, which is why you'll want this oversized Wenger Swiss Army knife. It holds the Guinness record for most multifunctional pen-knife, thanks to its 87-tool capacity. Seriously, if MacGyver was the last man standing, he could use this to build a rocketship to Earth-like planets in other solar systems. $999 — ThinkGeek

#4...BioLite camp stove
You are going to need a way to cook your meals without modern appliances. This BioLite stove not only uses wood for fuel, it also has the added benefit of a thermoelectric generator that will turn the heat from the flame into electricity that can be transferred to your portable gadgets via a USB port. That's perfect for small radios, GPS units or the iPod you filled with songs from Glee, just before you realized that it would be the only music you would listen to for the rest of your life. $80 — BioLite via Nerd Approved

#5...Tactical bacon
Now that you have a means of cooking your food quickly, you are going to need to stock up on non-perishable food items like this "tactical" canned bacon. It lasts for 10 years in the can and holds up to 18 servings. Let's face it, if most of us were given a choice to bring just one type of food along into the post-apocalyptic living hell that will be Earth, bacon would probably be it. $15.99 — ThinkGeek via Nerd Approved

#6...MusucBag wearable sleeping bag
Needless to say, a wearable sleeping bag might come in handy on those cold nights spent huddled in a bomb shelter or boarded up in an abandoned house on the outskirts of town. It keeps you warm and mobile — and it's thick enough to put a little distance between your flesh and the infectious bite of a zombie. $140 — Lippiselkbag


 #7...Soular Powers backpack

Obviously, a bag of some sort will come in handy while wandering the barren landscape looking for a community of survivors willing to take you in. The Soular Powers line of backpacks is a little more practical than most because it uses a solar panel to collect energy that can be transferred to your portable gadgets. Of course, it won't be of much use in a nuclear winter scenario that blots out the sun. $119 — Scratch Tracks via Fashionably Geek

 #8...Lifesaver jerrycan

Access to potable water is going to be the single most important factor in your ability to survive. The Lifesaver jerrycan can hold 5 gallons of water after treating it with a filtration system that removes bacteria, viruses, cysts, parasites, fungi and other pathogens — and it can process more than 5,000 gallons of water during its lifecycle. There's even a handheld bottle version for added portability. Just steer clear of any green water that's glowing. I'm not sure if the Lifesaver is equipped to handle nuclear waste. $150 to $400 — Lifesaver
#9...GorillaTorch Blade 
A flashlight is another one of those indispensable tools that no survivor can do without. However, the GorillaTorch Blade goes above and beyond traditional flashlights thanks to bendable, wrapable legs with magnetic feet that allow you to get hands-free light where you need it most. Plus it can be recharged via USB (something you can handle thanks to your BioLite stove and Soular Powers backpack). Hands-free is always good — especially since you'll need both arms to fight off mutants and zombies. $59.95 — Joby

#10...Knight XV armored SUV
 Anyone who has seen the Mad Max series knows that you are going to need a capable vehicle to survive in an inhospitable wasteland. The Knight XV is certainly more capable than most in this scenario with features like a 6.8-liter, bio-fuel powered, 400-horsepower V-10 engine, a fully armored exterior and undercarriage, ballistic glass, built-in oxygen survival kit and an onboard black box system. Plus, the interior is more plush than most high-end luxury cars — just because it's the end of civilization doesn't mean you can't be civilized. Of course, it probably doesn't do very well on fuel economy, so if gasoline is hard to come by, it may just end up being a bomb shelter. One that costs upward of $400,000. — Conquest Vehicles via Nerd Approved

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Good and Bad in Infosys...!

Country's second-biggest IT company, Infosys Technologies, raised fresh concerns over the pace and depth of recovery in the IT sector by reporting lower-than-expected third quarter earnings due to wage costs, currency fluctuations and sluggish European economic growth.

However, Infosys also revised its revenue guidance for the year upwards, as it hopes that customers will give more outsourcing orders after the Christmas vacation. Since April 2010, Infosys has revised its revenue guidance every financial quarter. So, here's looking into all that is good and not-so good in Infosys third quarter results.

#1... US revenue share declines

US revenue share declines
The software services provider said that it derived 65 percent of its revenues from companies in North America, down from 67 percent a year earlier.

Customers in Europe accounted for 22 percent of sales, little changed from the prior period. Infosys added 40 clients during the quarter, ending with a total of 612 customers.

#2... A sudden sharp decrease in company's cash chest
Dip in company's cash chest
Second biggest IT company in India said that its cash and cash equivalents declined by nearly 4 percent to Rs 14,819 crore for the quarter ended December 31, 2010.

As on December 31, cash and cash equivalents stood at Rs 14,819 crore, as against Rs 15,401 crore on September 30, 2010, the software exporter said in a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange.

#3...5,756 quit in Infosys in Quarter3
5,756 quit Infosys in Q3
Infosys seems to be continuing to face challenge on attrition front. The company hired 11,067 employees in the quarter, but 5,756 left the company, so the net addition was 5,311. Net hiring during Q2 was 7,646, and in Q4 of last year, it was 3,589.

The attrition rate on an annualised basis has gone up to 17.5% this quarter from 11.6% a year ago, and 17.01% in the preceding quarter. As on December 31, the company had an employee strength of 1,27,779, as against 1,22,468 a quarter ago and 1,09,882 a year ago.
Infosys BPO's strength declined to 17,978, from 18,560 at the end of the previous quarter.

#4...Back at campuses in a big way to hire Freshers

Back on campus
Infosys is back at campuses in a big way. The company plans to hire 26,000 freshers from over 200 campuses this fiscal against last year's 20,000. "We have already given offer letters to 18,000 people. Some 11,000 people are under training in Mysore and they will move into production in the next 3 to 4 months," said TV Mohandas Pai, head HRD head and Education and Research Infosys.

#5...Added 40 new Clients
Client additions
Infosys added 40 new clients (many of them Fortune 500 companies) during the third quarter, taking its active clientele to 612. The company’s client list includes BT Group, BP and Goldman Sachs

The first half of the year also saw Infosys bag nine big contracts in the $100 million range.

#6...Narayana Murth's is retiring in August
Narayana Murthy's successor
The big question that who will be replacing NR Narayana Murthy as chairman of Infosys when he retires in August this year still remains with no answer from the company. An Infosys top executive said that the issue was not touched upon in the board meeting held prior to the company's earnings announcement. "Murthy is retiring only in August, so we have another couple of quarters to decide," he said.

#7...Reworking employee composition
Reworking employee composition
The company is reportedly reworking on its employee composition. According to TV Mohandas Pai, head HRD head and Education and Research Infosys, almost 80 percent of the company's current talent pool consists of technologists. Infosys aims to bring this down to 60 percent to accomodate a larger pool of employees with 'business management acumen'. The company sees the transition taking about 3-4 years.

#8...Growth in High-margin business
Growth in high-margin business
The Q3 saw Infosys increase its contribution from the products business to 5.3 percent of revenues, up from 4.2 percent in the previous quarter.

The quarter saw the share from high-margin services such as consulting and package implementastion too going up. The growth suggests a revival in discretionary spends of clients.

#9...Telecom vertical falls
Telecom vertical lags
The telecom vertical continued to be a laggard. The segment declined marginally during the quarter.

#10...Files for 17 patents
Files for 17 patents
During the third quarter, Infosys applied for 17 patent applications in India and US. With this, Infosys has an aggregate of 270 patent applications (pending) in India and the US. The company has been granted 18 patents by the US Patent and Trademark office.

"We have been increasing our global footprint and diversifying into new areas. We invested in research on new products and services which have been successfully adopted and implemented by our clients," the company said.

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Finally Apple iPad in India on Jan 28

The Apple iPad may be officially coming to India on January 28, according to a report in The Telegraph. Apple's bestselling tablet device will be sold only through Apple's Premium Retailers.

Price of  the Wi-Fi version of Apple iPad will be Rs. 26.000-33,000. And the 3G+Wi-Fi version are priced Rs. 33K to 44K. Samsung and Dell have already launched their tablet devices in the Indian market. 

Apple is the clear leader of the tablet makers, selling an estimated 13 million iPads since its launch in April, but a bevy of electronics makers including Motorola Mobility., Toshiba and Dell showed off theirnew tablets at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. 

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French President Sarkozy's Facebook account Hacked...

                                A hacker took over French President Nicolas Sarkozy's Facebook account and issued a fake message that he would not run for re-election in 2012, media reports said Monday.
"Taking into account exceptional circumstances facing our country, I decided in my soul and conscience not to represent myself after my first term in 2012," the message read.
Before the president's office managed to erase the fake information and reclaim the account, in 15 minutes, 123 people registered as visitors to the page, Xinhua reported, citing French daily Le Monde.
Sarkozy's Facebook account hacked
After the message was posted around 9 pm (2000 GMT), Sarkozy said his account was hacked, admitting "no system is infallible".
The president said he does not subscribe to the conclusion of the message.
Sarkozy is scheduled to spell out plans for reforming the international monetary system in a keynote speech on France's year-long G20 presidency.
He has not publicly announced his bid for the May 2012 election, but reports said he had revealed his intention to run for a second term at an in-house meeting of his party members.

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Facebook phones are coming.....???

                                      HTC is slated to unveil not one but two Facebook phones in February at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, according to City AM, a UK news site. They will be "high-end smart phones," running Android with Facebook "branding and colors," says the site. Their purpose will be to make life easier for Facebook addicts by featuring Facebook messages on the home screen, and integrating calling and e-mailing using Facebook friend info.
Let's see, an Android phone that features Facebook messages on the home screen, and uses Facebook to get friends' contact info? Isn't that, like, every Android phone? Truth is, Facebook's mobile strategy is so good these days, pretty much any phone in your pocket is a Facebook phone, even dumb ones. So what gives?
My guess would be that it's got to do with apps and games. Facebook is making bank hosting the masterworks of Zynga ("FarmVille," "CityVille") and Playdom ("Social City"), and is getting cozy with traditional publishers like EA and Popcap. Why let Apple and Google reap the mobile gaming spoils?
City AM's rationalization is a little more vague: "Facebook has aggressively pushed mobile versions of its social network," says the site, "and industry insiders see this as an attempt to consolidate its position as the world’s leading social network."

For more info: MSNBC

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

NASA: A Massive Star transforming into a Dangerous Missile

The blue star near the center of this image is Zeta Ophiuchi. When seen in visible light it appears as a relatively dim red star surrounded by other dim stars and no dust. However, in this infrared image taken with NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, a completely different view emerges. Zeta Ophiuchi is actually a very massive, hot, bright blue star plowing its way through a large cloud of interstellar dust and gas.

Astronomers theorize that this stellar juggernaut was likely once part of a binary star system with an even more massive partner. It's believed that when the partner exploded as a supernova, blasting away most of its mass, Zeta Ophiuchi was suddenly freed from its partner's pull and shot away like a bullet moving 24 kilometers per second (54,000 miles per hour). Zeta Ophiuchi is about 20 times more massive and 65,000 times more luminous than the sun. If it weren't surrounded by so much dust, it would be one of the brightest stars in the sky and appear blue to the eye.

For more info: NASA website

Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook fan page hacked..!

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's fan page was the source of a bizarre message earlier today, reports TechCrunch. In a post that starts with "Let the hacking begin," fake Zuck made a plea to forget about banks and instead let "users invest in Facebook in a social way.
" The post cited microcredit pioneer Mohammed Yunus, and linked to a Wikipedia entry for "social business."
How do we know it was fake? I mean, besides the bevy of typos and the whole turning-the-massively-profitable-company-into-a-social-enterprise thing? The message was pulled by Facebook quickly. Though not too quickly that 1,803 Facebookers couldn't "like" the hacktivist's message. And 438 shared their own comments. We've sent a note to Facebook, and await their final word on the subject.

Myths of Safe Internet Browsing...Very useful..!!

You have your antivirus updated, browser version is latest, and don't browse porn or other so-called dangerous sites. So you are sure you are safe online. Not really!

Though the above things definitely help you in guarding against cyber crime, they do not ensure 100% safety. The increasing proliferation of business activities on Internet has also made it a haven for criminals.

Here's what you may think 'safe' is really not 'safe' on the internet.

#1...Web is safe as I've never been hit by malware

Web is safe as I've never been hit by malware
If you are among those who still believe that you have never been under malware attack, read this. According to the Sophos report, many web users may not even know if they are under constant malware attack.

The attacks are designed to steal personal information and passwords or use your machine for distributing spam, malware or inappropriate content without your knowledge.

#2...Only porn sites are dangerous

Only porn sites are dangerous
If you think only porn and gambling sites are home to hackers, here's a reason to worry. According to the report, the majority of infected sites are websites that you trust and visit almost daily. The report says, hijacked trusted sites represent more than 83% of malware hosting sites.

#3...Only Naive users get hit by Virus

Only naive users get hit by viruses
Being a computer expert is not a sure shot formula to prevent you from falling victim to any cyber attack. Many attacks happen silently without any user involvement.

According to the report, malware from drive-by downloads happens automatically without any user action, other than visiting the site. Therefore, it doesn't matter what level of computer expertise you may have.

#4...I can only get infected if i download files
I can only get infected if I download files
For those who assume that only downloading content makes them vulnerable to cyber threats, need to get facts checked.
The report says, most malware infections now occur through a “drive-by” download. Hackers inject the malicious code into the actual Web page content, then it downloads and executes automatically within the browser as a by-product of simply viewing the Web page. The malware is typically part of a professional exploit kit marketed and sold to hackers that leverages known exploits in the browser, operating system or plug-ins to infect the computer and download more malware.

And this happens without a user having to do anything other than visit a hijacked Web site.

#5...Firefox is more secure than Internet Explorer
Firefox is more secure than Internet Explorer
There is no fool-proof browser that can prevent you from falling prey to hackers' trap.
The report highlights, all browsers are equally at risk because all browsers are essentially an execution environment for JavaScript, which is the programming language of the Web and therefore used by all malware authors to initiate an attack.

In addition, many exploits leverage plug-ins such as Adobe Acrobat reader software, which runs across all browsers. Although the more popular browsers may get more publicity about unpatched exploits, it's the unpublicized exploits you should be most concerned about.

#6...Lock icon in the browser mean it's secure
Lock icon in the browser means it's secure
 When the lock icon appears in the browser, many of us believe we are opening a secure site. This is because the lock icon indicates there is an SSL encrypted connection between the browser and the server to protect the interception of personal sensitive information. However, the report says it does not provide any security from malware.
In fact, it's the opposite because most Web security products are completely blind to encrypted connections: it's the perfect vehicle for malware to infiltrate a machine.
There have been many cases where hackers emulate bank, credit card sites complete with spoofed SSL certificates that are difficult for a user to identify as fraudulent.

#7...Use Proxy Server
How to use a proxy server ?

It is simple, just follow these instructions for Internet Explorer

1. Open Internet Explorer

2. In the Menu bar, select Tools, then Internet Options

3. After that click the Connection tab

4. In the Connection tab, on the bottom , you will find LAN settings;

5. In LAN tab, check "Use a proxy server for your LAN (These settings will not apply to dial-up or or VPN connections)", in Address add the IP Addresses of the proxy you would like to use, and add Port, and finally click OK. It looks like this:

In this example i am using an anonymous proxy server from United Kingdom with this IP address: and port 80.

The same is for Mozilla Firefox

1. Open Mozilla Firefox

2. In Menu bar, select Tools, then Options…

3. After this will appear Options window, click Advanced tab

4.In Advanced tab, you will find Settings, click it

5. In Settings tab, check Manually proxy configuration, in HTTP Proxy add IP addresses from proxy server, and add Port, you can also set sites where you wont't use proxy server. For Example if you are from Germany, no sense to use a proxy server for German sites.
In the end click Ok;

I used the same proxy server(therefore the same address) also for Mozilla.
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