Sunday, February 27, 2011

82% of colleges use Facebook to recruit Students...!

Four out of five college admissions officers use Facebook to recruit students, according to last year’s survey by Kaplan Test Prep. “We found that 82 percent of admissions officers reported that their school is using Facebook to recruit students,” Russell Schaffer, Kaplan’s Senior Communication Manager, told All Facebook.
Now, I seriously doubt that the content of a prospective student’s Facebook profile is more important than their grades, extracurricular activities, or teacher recommendations, but it’s not that huge of a surprise that the social network is playing a role in the admission process. After all, if recruiters check Facebook when hiring future employees, there’s really no reason why schools can’t do the same for students. Sometimes your online profile can be the tiebreaker. It’s also important to note that the high number likely also includes college representatives finding interesting students online and encouraging them to apply to their school.
If you’re a student, there are two ways to take advantage of this information. On the one hand, you can try to make your Facebook profile as exemplary as possible. This is quite difficult given that you have to stay on top of what your Facebook friends tag you in and so on.
For more authorised info: ZDNet
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Friday, February 25, 2011

Now, protect your vehicle using passwords...!

Have you spent sleepless nights worried about the safety of your vehicle? Well, now you can be at ease. G Sankar Narayana, a technician in the Indian army and currently attached to the Queen Mary's Technical Institute (QMTI) at Khadki, has developed a security solution to prevent vehicle thefts.

The kit, developed by Narayana, has the facility to unlock and start the vehicle by entering a password which can prevent vehicle theft. The kit priced at Rs 270 has been developed using parts available in the local market. According to the police, on an average 3,000 cases of vehicle thefts are registered every year in Pune, which has a vehicle population of 20 lakh.
This kit is named as "security code engine starter".

If a thief tries to dismantle the kit or cut the wires to steal the vehicle, he will not be able to start the vehicle. But when the owner returns he can start the vehicle even if the kit is dismantled, with the help of the backup kit. It is a very low cost solution to prevent vehicle theft. If produced on a larger scale it can be even cheaper.
The kit could prove helpful in rural as well as urban areas. An option to change the password is available with the owner, making it more secure

For more Authorised info: Times of india
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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Students who skip school are tracked by GPS..!

Skipping class, though frowned upon, is practically a rite of passage for young teens, but thanks to an elaborate system involving GPS being used by some school districts, it is practically being eliminated completely.

Basically any students in the seventh- or eighth-grade who have four or more unexcused absences over the course of a school year can be put into the Anaheim program. They will be assigned a GPS tracking device about the size of a cell phone, and they'll need to use it regularly
The newspaper said: 
    "Each morning on schooldays, [students will] get an automated phone call reminding them that they need to get to school on time.Then, five times a day, they are required to enter a code that tracks their locations – as they leave for school, when they arrive at school, at lunchtime, when they leave school and at 8 p.m.

The students are also assigned an adult coach who calls them at least three times a week to see how they are doing and help them find effective ways to make sure they get to class on time."
It's worth noting that while this anti-truancy program is very elaborate and almost invasive, it is also entirely optional. Students and their parents are offered the chance to voluntarily participate in the "monitoring as a way to avoid continuation school or prosecution with a potential stay in juvenile hall."
"The GPS devices cost $300-$400 each. Overall, the six-week program costs about $8 per day for each student, or $18,000. ... Because schools lose about $35 per day for each absent student, the program can pay for itself and more if students return to class consistently."
"Where the GPS technology has been implemented, average attendance among the chronically truant jumped from 77 percent up to 95 percent during the six-week program."
For more Authorised info: MSNBC
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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Green Roofed Hillside Homes Blending Into their Environment...!

Austrian architects Tobias Weiss and Gernot Reisenhofer have designed a beautiful series ofterraced hillside homes that save energy by blending into their environment. Nestled against the surrounding hills, each green-roofed apartment takes advantage of passive solar design, rainwater recycling, and photovoltaic sunshades

Weiss and Reisenhofer designed their green hillside community with a variety of passive design features in mind. South-facing windows optimize daylighting and thermal gain in the cooler months, while natural ventilation and photovoltaic shading systems keep the interiors cool during the summer.
The community’s terraced layout ensures that each apartment has a beautiful view, complete with a stretch of green space out front that doubles as an insulating green roof for the unit below. The roofs are populated with local plants and feature rainwater recycling systems that help water the plants and provide greywater for use in the apartments. A series of pedestrian walkways winds between these rooftop parks, encouraging the use of sustainable transportation and creating a tightly knit community..

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New satellites to be able to predict earthquakes..!

A team of British and Russian scientists have launched a project that could predict when and where earthquakes will occur, and thus save thousands of lives.
An agreement to work together on the project, that was signed in Moscow, says the TwinSat project involves the launch of two satellites - one is about the size of a TV set and the other smaller than a shoebox - which will orbit the earth a few hundred kilometres apart, The Independent reported.
Data from the satellites will be collated with data from the ground as the scientists try to understand what natural warnings are given prior to earthquakes.
'As stress builds up in the Earth prior to an earthquake, subtle electromagnetic signals are released that can be read from the upper atmosphere,' said Alan Smith, director of the Mullard Space Science Laboratory at the University College, London.
We want to try to work out how these signals differ from all the other things that are present at any given time.
The two linked satellites will monitor zones with high seismic and volcanic activity, such as Iceland and the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russia's far east.
This project could be a huge step towards understanding how to read the signals.
'Just imagine if we could have accurately predicted the Haiti earthquake a few weeks before,' said Chmyrev.
'Or if we had predicted the Icelandic volcano eruption that paralysed transport routes for weeks. The potential human and economic benefits are enormous.'
 the satellites were so small, the technology was relatively cheap.
These satellites are absolutely incredible, you can almost hold them in the palm of your hand
If the project progresses as we want it to, we'll be able to send up several more of them to increase coverage.
The first satellite launch is planned for 2015.
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Friday, February 18, 2011

Facebook was sixth in place for online video

171 million US Internet users watched online video content in January 2011 for an average of 14.5 hours per viewer. The total US Internet audience engaged in nearly 4.9 billion viewing sessions last month.
While Facebook dominates in the online photo space, the company only took sixth place in US online video properties, ranked by unique video viewers, according to comScore. The social network saw 42.1 million unique viewers experience 122.6 million viewing sessions for an average of 15.4 minutes per viewer.

Google sites, driven primarily by YouTube, ranked as the top online video content property with 144.1 million unique viewers. Vevo captured second place with 51.0 million viewers, Yahoo sites were third with 48.7 million viewers, Viacom Digital took fourth position with 48.1 million viewers, while AOL settled for firth with 44.5 million viewers.
Facebook should be able to make it in to the top three rather quickly. In fact, the website has been in second place before: back in August 2010. This just shows how close the race for second place currently is: only Google has had nothing to worry about since it is far ahead in first place.
For more Authorised info: ZDNet

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Now wireless radios can send and recieve signals simultaniously...!

                                                      Radio waves make the world go around.  They make communication and navigation satellites possible,  underpin modern aviation,  and allow you to access the Internet without wires.  One characteristic of radio technology is that traffic flows in only one direction at a time on a specific frequency.
 That’s why pilots, police, and other walkie-talkie users frequently use “over” as they take turns speaking.
But now Stanford researchers have developed a way that allows wireless signals to be sent and received simultaneously on a single channel. Their research could help build faster, more efficient communication networks, at least doubling the speed of existing networks.
Watch the accompanying video to see the wireless set-up in action.

“Textbooks say you can’t do it,” said Philip Levis, assistant professor of computer science and of electrical engineering. “The new system completely reworks our assumptions about how wireless networks can be designed,” he said in a university release.
Levis and his team made the discovery bases on a seemingly simple idea. What if radios could do the same thing our brains do when we listen and talk simultaneously: screen out the sound of our own voice?
The main obstacle to two-way simultaneous conversation is that incoming signals are overwhelmed by the radio’s own transmissions, making it impossible to talk and listen at the same time.
“When a radio is transmitting, its own transmission is millions, billions of times stronger than anything else it might hear [from another radio],” Levis said. “It’s trying to hear a whisper while you yourself are shouting.”

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Meet HTC's Latest Smartphone, Tablets..2011

#1...HTC Flyer
HTC Flyer
HTC has finally jumped on the tablet bandwagon with HTC Flyer, a 7-inch Super LCD touchscreen tablet.

Encased in a sleek aluminum unibody, the tablet is powered by 1.5GHz single-core Qualcomm chip and will run on Android 2.4 Gingerbread. The tablet wivll come with a stylus. 

Specs:1GB RAM , 32GB ROM ,5 MP camera and a 1.3-MP front-facing camera. Connectivity support includes HSPA+, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi. HTC Sense.
The company has also announced HTC Watch, a new connected video service that will debut on HTC Flyer tablet.
As for the availability, HTC Flyer will hit shelves globally during Q2 2011. 

Price : Around Rs.33000/-

#2...HTC Incredible S
HTC Incredible S
Specs: 4-inch LCD screen, 8 MP camera with dual-LED flash and HD video recording, 1.3 MP front-facing camera for video calling, HTC's Sense interface,1 GHz processor,1GB ROM and 768MB RAM.

The phone's connectivity options include DLNA, GPS, Bluetooth 2.1. The phone comes with built-in DLNA technology which is used to share videos, pictures and music with other DLNA capable devices. 

Price: Around Rs.32,000/- Approx.
#3...HTC Wildfire S

The successor to popular Wildfire, HTC Wildfire S features a 3.2-inch touchscreen with HVGA resolution.

The smartphone packs a 5 megapixel camera with an LED flash and runs on Android 2.4 Gingerbread. The phone Qualcomm MSM 7227 600MHz chip, 512MB of RAM, and capacitative TFT display with 320 x 480 resolution. 

Price: Rs. 15000/-

#4...HTC Desire S
HTC Desire S
Specs: 3.7-inch WVGA touchscreen display, Google Android 2.4, 5 MP camera with power LED flash and auto focus, VGA front-facing camera for video calling, 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 CPU, 768MB RAM, 1.1GB internal storage and memory expansion slot.
Connectivity features include Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi, 3.5mm stereo audio port and GPS. 

Price: Rs. 26,425/-

#5...HTC ChaCha
HTC ChaCha is the company's rumoured 'Facebook phone'. Featuring a dedicated Facebook key. 
Spec : QWERTY keyboard, 2.6-inch touchscreen display with 480x320 pixel resolution , Android 2.4, 5 MP camera and a front-facing VGA cameras for video calling. 

Price: HTC Chacha price is not yet revealed.

#6...HTC Salsa 
HTC Salsa is full touchscreen Google Android mobile phone with one touch access to Facebook and helps you to stay in touch with your friends anytime, anywhere. With a dedicated Facebook button, Salsa features a full touchscreen with a 3.4-inch display.

The phone has a 5 megapixel camera as well as a front-facing camera for video calling. 

Price: Coming Soon in Q2-2011…

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Chat with NASA's Chief Scientist about NASA's Future this wed...!

President Obama submitted the Fiscal Year 2012 budget request to Congress on Mon., Feb. 14. This blueprint for future spending gives NASA its direction for existing and new programs and projects.

Bobby Braun speaks to participants about the future of NASA technology at the two-day STS-132 Launch Tweetup at Kennedy Space Center, on Thurs., May 13, 2010, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Credit: NASA
NASA’s science and technology programs are a critical part of NASA’s mission, including programs such as exploration technology, planetary probes and Earth-observation satellites.

On Wed., Feb. 16, NASA's Chief Scientist Waleed Abdalati and Chief Technologist Bobby Braun will answer your questions about NASA’s direction over the next few years.

Joining the chat is easy. Simply visit 'NASA' page on Wed., Feb. 16, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. EST. The chat window will open at the bottom of 'NASA' page starting at 10:30 a.m. EST. You can log in and be ready to ask questions at 11 a.m.

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Monday, February 14, 2011

The dawn of intelligent machines..!

The idea may scare some, but Intel predicts that by 2050 machines could surpass the peak of human intelligence.
So predicted Justin Rattner, chief technology officer at the chip maker, in a presentation at the Intel Developer Forum which examined how technology is expected to bridge the gap between man and machine.
The vision included sensitive robots and shape-shifting materials.
Robots of the future have to be more in tune with humans said Intel
 "There is no question that one of the most likely things that will happen in the next 40 years is that machine and human intelligence will come much closer together," Mr Rattner told the BBC.

He said: "There is speculation that we may be approaching an inflection point where the rate of technology advancements is accelerating at an exponential rate, and machines could even overtake humans in their ability to reason, in the not so distant future."
Mr Rattner's keynote speech included a video presentation from inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil who talked about the impending day when humans create a machine smarter than they are - a moment dubbed "The Singularity".
Mr Kurzweil said: "That machines will be more intelligent than humans is not a question of if or when it will happen. The real question is: What will it take for us to make it happen?"

Overtaking humans
Mr Rattner tried to answer the question by talking about the technological advances going on at Intel.
He said the company was researching social interaction, robotics, increases in wireless communication, signalling and better sensors that help a computer sense the world around it.
intel forum
Sensors in the robot's arm allows it to 'feel' the object without touching it
 Mr Rattner also told the audience that the company's research labs are already looking at human-machine interfaces as well as investigating future implications to computing.
"The industry has taken much greater strides than anyone ever imagined 40 years ago.
Intel researchers took to the stage at the IDF to demonstrate some of the projects aimed at moving the world towards "The singularity".

WREL technology promises to free users from power cords and wall sockets
In another demonstration, Intel revealed its work on programmable matter called catoms. Fully realised these will use millions of tiny micro-robots which are used to build shape shifting materials. The technology could make it possible for a device to actually change physical form in order to suit the way it is being used. 

For more Authorised info: BBC

7 Things to know about Nokia-Microsoft deal

#1...How the deal will work
How the deal will work
 Nokia’s Maps product will become a core part of Microsoft’s services, while Microsoft’s development tools will create applications for Nokia Windows phones.

The two companies are hammering out the financial details of their "broad strategic partnership" to make Windows Phone 7 the primary operating system for Nokia phones. But broadly, Nokia will pay royalties for licensing the phone software and in return Microsoft will invest in marketing and developing the phones, but it isn't clear which will be the greater sum.

Analysts said the licensing agreement is complicated by the fact that some of Nokia's technology will be included in the phones, such as mapping and navigation. The Finnish phone-maker may also get a cut of the revenue Microsoft gets from putting its Bing search engine on the devices. This alone could be worth $1.25 billion a year to Microsoft, estimates Richard Williams at Cross Research.

#2...Asset 'transfer"
Asset 'transfer'
Both the parties bring something to the deal. Nokia brings with it, its "tremendous brand," as Nokia CEO said, and also mobile devices, an application store, and maps.

Microsoft will bring the Windows Phone 7 software, and brands including Office, Xbox Live and Bing.

Also, as pointed by Stephen Shankland of CNET, Microsoft phones will be able to link up with Nokia's agreements for carrier billing--a popular option in parts of the world where credit cards are less common. And Nokia will fold its own app store into the Microsoft Marketplace

#3...Nokia gets 'divided'
Nokia gets 'divided'
Nokia said that it will have two units: Smart Devices and Mobile Phones. It named Jo Harlow to head the Smart Devices unit, while the other will be led by Mary McDowell. In North America, a weak spot for Nokia, it appointed Chris Weber, a 16- year Microsoft veteran, as president of its US unit.

#4...Symbian,MeeGO OS's not going for 'now'
Symbian, MeeGO not going for 'now'
Nokia will bring out a device this year on MeeGo, a high- end operating system it’s developing with Intel Corp, to gauge market reaction, Elop said. MeeGo engineers will then be shifted to work on innovations that can help Nokia leapfrog rivals.

Nokia plans to ship another 150 million phones based on its current smartphone operating system Symbian. However, Nokia CEO's announcement that "Windows Phone is our primary platform" in effect spells the end of Symbian.

#5...Nokia to cut R&G budget
Nokia to cut R&D budget
Nokia plans to “substantially reduce” its research and development budget. Nokia CEO Elop said that at 5.9 billion euros ($8.1 billion), Nokia’s corporate R&D spending is more than four times that of Apple’s

#6...Job cuts
Job cuts
Nokia CEO said that there will be “significant reductions” in Nokia jobs. "There will be substantial reductions in employment in various locations around the world and that too will affect Finland," Elop told reporters. "We don't have any specific comments about who and what level of people will be hit," he added in a webcast.

Earlier, the company announced 1,800 job cuts in the workforce of more than 120,000.

#7...Nokia did talk to Google
Nokia did talk to Google
Nokia CEO said that the company also had extensive discussions with Google, the other candidate for a deal, but that there was insufficient opportunity for Nokia to “differentiate” its products from others such as those made by Motorola, HTC or Samsung. There was also, with Google's strength in mapping, little chance for Nokia to get much out of its own strength in maps

Authorised information from: Times of india
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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Apophis Astroid(=65,000 nuclear bombs) Could Strike Earth in 2036..!

The Apophis asteroid could collide with the Earth on April 13, 2036, Russian astronomers say, according to Science.

An artist's conception of a giant asteroid hitting the early earth. (Courtesy of NASA)
"Apophis will approach Earth at a distance of 37,000–38,000 kilometers (22,990–23,612 miles) on April 13, 2029,” Professor Leonid Sokolov at St. Petersburg State University told Science. “Its likely collision with Earth may occur on April 13, 2036.”

However, Sokolov said that the possibility of an actual strike is highly unlikely, because the 900-foot-long chunk of space rock will probably break up into fragments before then, leading to smaller collisions with our planet over several years.

Sokolov and his colleagues are predicting the event based on the possibility that the asteroid’s trajectory could be altered if it passes through a small gravitational keyhole in 2029.

NASA has confirmed the scenario put forward by the Russian space agency, following the discovery of Apophis in 2004, when NASA originally considered it a substantial threat to Earth’s future.

Apophis impact
But Yeomans said the probability of this happening is only 1-in-250,000. In April 2029, the asteroid will travel within five Earth radii of the planet, but there is only a "miniscule" chance it will pass through the keyhole, which is not much bigger than Apophis itself. If it does, however, it will be sent on a 2036 crash course for Earth

NASA estimates the energy from this particular asteroid to be roughly the same as if 65,000 nuclear bombs were dropped on us. What happens next depends on where it hits. It would certainly trash the immediate area, and it looks like estimates (from Wikipedia) tell us that an impact winter (a period of extended cold weather brought on by dust and particles shrouding the Earth and blocking the Sun) is unlikely. 

For more Press news: Apophis Asteroid

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Friday, February 11, 2011

Nokia to Adopt Windows Phone 7 and Bing into its Family...!

Nokia would adopt Windows Phone as its principal smartphone strategy, innovating on top of the platform in areas such as imaging, where Nokia is a market leader.

Nokia would help drive the future of Windows Phone. Nokia would contribute its expertise on hardware design, language support, and help bring Windows Phone to a larger range of price points, market segments and geographies.
Nokia and Microsoft would closely collaborate on joint marketing initiatives and a shared development roadmap to align on the future evolution of mobile products.
Bing would power Nokia’s search services across Nokia devices and services, giving customers access to Bing’s next generation search capabilities. Microsoft adCenter would provide search advertising services on Nokia’s line of devices and services.
Nokia Maps would be a core part of Microsoft’s mapping services. For example, Maps would be integrated with Microsoft’s Bing search engine and adCenter advertising platform to form a unique local search and advertising experience

Nokia’s extensive operator billing agreements would make it easier for consumers to purchase Nokia Windows Phone services in countries where credit-card use is low.
Microsoft development tools would be used to create applications to run on Nokia Windows Phones, allowing developers to easily leverage the ecosystem’s global reach.
Nokia’s content and application store would be integrated with Microsoft Marketplace for a more compelling consumer experience.

For more Press news:  Microsoft

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Google to add advanced Sign in Security for ur Google Accounts ...!

Google CEO-Eric Schmidt
Passwords are a pain sometimes. Use the same one at too many places and you risk losing everything, use too many different ones and they’re too difficult to remember.
Google are now trying to avert these problems by adding another layer of security to Google Accounts – two-step verification. Here’s how it works. 
Google will first ask for your password, then a verification code that you can obtain using your phone. This is similar to the system introduced for Google Apps customers a while ago. This will added in the next few days, with a new link poised to appear on your Account settings page.

You can opt-in to have your logins need an additional step. Umm... yeah.

If you’re absolutely sure no one else will be using your computer, you can even set the account up to remember your verification code for a 30-day period, following which you’ll have regenerate and enter it again.

I'm not sure I like this, to be honest. But it is optional and security is rather important right now, because I don’t want my account getting hacked and sending out strange things to people I know. What’s your take on this?

For more Authenticated info : Google Blogspot

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Is Nokia Dead..?? Does it have Future...??

Nokia used to make some cracking handsets. Over the years I’ve owned several, and up until the iPhone, I’d have to say that the best handset I’d owned was the Nokia Communicator 9000i. But Nokia’s lost its way, and if the leaked memo published by Engadget is real, newly appointed CEO Stephen Elop realizes just how bad a predicament the company is in.

Nokia seems to have finally realized that Symbian and MeeGo just don’t cut it. Consumers have turned their backs on Nokia’s current platform, so it needs to get on with building, catalyzing and joining ecosystems …
And that’s what I think Nokia will do.
Here’s my prediction - Nokia will bin MeeGo (or go down to just a single product as the memo suggests). It will also maintain Symbian but in a lesser capacity. Why? Because Europeans still like Symbian and dumping it would seem reactionary. But neither of these moves will revitalize Nokia. To do that, Nokia needs a platform.
But why settle for one platform. My prediction is that Nokia will do what HTC has done, and jump on the Android and Windows Phone 7. Android would give Nokia access to an already well-established ecosystem, while Windows Phone 7 would allow Nokia the opportunity to get in close to the start with a budding ecosystem. It a trick that worked for HTC, so there’s no reason to think that it wouldn’t work for Nokia.

For more authorised info: ZDNet
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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

NASA: The First 360 degree view of full Sun...!

NASA has released the first 360-degree view of the entire sun today, just in time for Super Bowl Sunday.
The photo comes courtesy of NASA's twin STEREO (Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory) spacecraft, which aligned exactly opposite each other around the sun to capture the image.
The ability to see the whole sun, front to back, will allow scientists to better understand complicated solar weather patterns and plan for future robotic or crewed spacecraft missions throughout the solar system, researchers said.
"The sun is a truly complex object which influences many aspects of our lives," Richard Harrison, principal investigator for the U.K. instruments on STEREO, said in a statement. "In the same way that you would not expect to understand the workings of the brain by studying just a small part of it, a global investigation into the nature of our star as a complete object is essential to understanding how it works."
Harrison is also co-investigator of NASA's SDO mission (Solar Dynamics Observatory), which contributed to the new 360-degree view with high-resolution sun photos taken from orbit.

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Monday, February 7, 2011

AOL may merge with Yahoo...!

AOL Inc, undergoing a radical transformation into the king of content on the Internet, is actively exploring a breakup of the company involving a complicated series of transactions that may lead to a merger with Yahoo Inc, sources close to the plans said.

The plans are still in the exploratory stage and Yahoo has not been contacted, the sources said. The plans are also fraught with complications involving myriad moving pieces but would entail breaking apart AOL's two main business: its legacy dial-up Internet service and display advertising business.

In many respects, the latest discussions are derivative of plans contemplated back in 2008 and 2009 before Time Warner spun off AOL to Time Warner shareholders. AOL has continued to explore a break up option since the December 2009 spin off. 

For more Authorised information: Times of India

Saturday, February 5, 2011

American Stock Exchange has been hacked

Federal authorities are investigating a computer advance at the aggregation that runs the Nasdaq banal exchange, the Wall Street Journal arise Friday.

According to the report, which cites bearding sources, Nasdaq OMX Group computers were compromised ancient over the accomplished year, but the company's trading belvedere was unaffected. "So far, [the perpetrators] arise to accept aloof been attractive around," the Journal quotes one antecedent as saying.

Nasdaq OMX Group runs a cardinal of banal exchanges, including the U.S. Nasdaq, and exchanges that barter in Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, and the Baltic region. The analysis is actuality conducted by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Analysis and the U.S. Secret Service, the address states.

Nasdaq assembly could not be accomplished anon for comment.

Hacking incidents like this are acceptable added common, as boundless e-mail and Web-based computer attacks abide to beat workers in corporations and in government. In some cases, hacking into a low-level employee's desktop can be the aboriginal footfall for a added adult attack, but generally the cybercriminals go no added into the network.

The address is worrying, however, as it comes aloof canicule afterwards the London Times arise that badge are investigating whether May 2010's affecting 1,000 point bead in the Dow Jones Industrial boilerplate may accept been affiliated to a cyber crime. Authorities are additionally attractive into Aug. 24, 2010 adventure at the London Banal barter that confused banal prices berserk for bristles companies, including BT and Next, the Times reported.

Both incidents were anticipation to accept been acquired by animal error.

for more authorised info: MSNBC

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Friday, February 4, 2011

Vodafone network 'hijacked' by Egypt..!

Mobile phone firm Vodafone has accused the Egyptian authorities of using its network to send unattributed text messages supporting the government.
Vodafone was told to switch off services last week when protests against President Hosni Mubarak began.
But the authorities then ordered Vodafone to switch the network back on, in order to send messages under Egypt's emergency laws, the firm said.
In a statement, Vodafone described the messages as "unacceptable".
"These messages are not scripted by any of the mobile network operators and we do not have the ability to respond to the authorities on their content."

For more info: BBC.uk

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Now you can tweet from Landline Phone without having Internet connection

Egypt Government has blocked all Internet connections within Egypt to suppress the protests against the President Hosni Mubarak.

Few days back Twitter and Facebook were blocked in Egypt. Now, everything including Email service were blocked.
All the ISPs (Link Egypt, Vodafone/Raya, Telecom Egypt, Noor Group and Etisalat Misr) are NOT working now.

 (If you are not aware of  Egypt issue, you can read "What's Going On In Egypt?")

Google and Twitter have launched a service to allow people in Egypt to send Twitter messages by leaving a voicemail on a specific number (+16504194196; +390662207294; and +97316199855)

Anyone can tweet by simply leaving a voicemail on one of these international phone numbers (+16504194196 or +390662207294 or +97316199855) and the service will instantly tweet the message using the hashtag #egypt. No Internet connection is required. People can listen to the messages by dialing the same phone numbers or going to twitter.com/speak2tweet. (You can see the links are pointing to saynow.com. It is the company which was recently acquired by Google).

You can read more details about this speak2tweet service  in official Google blog post.

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Google gives $20,000 who hacks Google Chrome Browser

Google is ready to give $20,000 as prize to the hacker who can crack Google Chrome Browser.  Apart from this cash prize, the hacker will get Chrome CR-48 notebook also.

Google will give this prize in Pwn2Own hacking contest, which will take place from March 9-11. The contest is a part of the CanSecWest security conference held in Vancouver, British Colombia.

If you are interested to join this contest, send an e-mail to zdi@tippingpoint.com with the following information:
  • Name
  • Intended Target
  • Any requirements you may need (network connection, static IP addresses, ...)
This is the first time any browser maker has added prize money and the first time Google has participated in this contest.

This contest mainly focuses on Browsers and Mobile devices.

Apple's Safari, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft's Internet Explorer have fallen prey to Pwn2Own attacks. Let us see whether Google's Chrome will join this list.

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WikiLeaks nominated for Noble Peace...!

WikiLeaks nominated for Noble Peace, The truth is most powerful weapon against Justice...!
A Norwegian politician said he called Wikileaks for the Nobel Peace, referring to the site's contribution to "democracy and freedom" around the world.

Nominations for the price of peace is closed Tuesdays. Any beneficiary legislator, academic or award in the world can nominate anyone for the price, according to the website of the Prize.

Storting parliament Snorre Valen Wikileaks said on condition that contributed to "draw a map of the freedom of information."

"Xiabao Liu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize last year, fought for human rights, democracy and freedom of expression in China," Valen wrote on his blog. "Similarly, Wikileaks took part in the battle those same values throughout the world, exposing (among many other things), corruption, war crimes and torture."

Wikileaks is a site that publishes documents concerning its business and neglect of the government. Critics have accused of endangering national security, while the defenders have said that protect whistleblowers.

The site has published numerous secret documents, including the war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Military officials have criticized the publication of documents. U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said he was "appalled" by the release schedule of war in Afghanistan last year.

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Microsoft has been caught stealing search results from Google.

In a case of Internet espionage that makes the antics of double agent Cold War operatives seem like frivolous child play, Bing has been caught stealing search results from Google with its Bing toolbar and IE8's Suggested Sites feature.

Google first suspected foul play in May 2010. By October 2010, with Bing results beginning to look uncannily like Google's, it knew something had to be done about it -- and so, in true, nerdtastic style, Google set up a sting to prove that Microsoft was actually behind the wholesale mimicry of Google's search results.

 One of Google's 'sting' queries
A few days later, the same result on Bing

Google injected "synthetic" results into its search engine -- fake queries and results that no real user or engine would ever generate. Then, on D-Day, December 17, about 20 Google engineers were asked to run the test queries with Internet Explorer 8, Bing Bar and Suggested Sites. By December 31, some of these fake results began appearing on Bing. See the examples after the break -- it's damning.

For more authorised info: Google blogspot

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US recruiting young cyber warriors...!

The US Cyber Challenge Cyber Foundations competition, kicked off this anniversary by the nonprofit Centermost for Internet Aegis , is out to acquisition 10,000 acceptance with the abeyant to become "top accoutrements in cybersecurity."

"The charge to acquisition artistic solutions to attention our advice systems and agenda basement has never been greater," said centermost arch controlling William Pelgrin.

"The Cyber Foundations antagonism will advice us tap into the amazing aptitude beyond our nation's schools to analyze those with a affection for aegis and a admiration to put their abilities to acceptable use," he continued.

The antagonism consists of a alternation of timed quizzes to analysis aerial academy acceptance in computer science categories advised key to attention networks and systems.

Top-scoring acceptance will get status, prizes, and introductions to government or industry leaders.

The Cyber Challenge affairs is architecture to breeding acceptance with avant-garde apprenticeship and contest and affix them with colleges or employers.

Students accept until February 18 to register, with capacity accessible online at uscybersecuritychallenge.org.

"In adjustment to abode the ever-increasing cyber aegis challenges adverse our commutual society, we charge focus on the abutting bearing of Americans to accomplish abiding they accept the abilities all-important to avert our country," said US Senator Thomas Carper, who chairs the Senate Homeland Aegis Subcommittee .

"We charge act now to advance a competent workforce that can abutment the needs of accepting our cyber networks, which is bound acceptable a civic priority," added Rhode Island Congressman Jim Langevin in a account of abutment for the venture.
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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Two Guys + An HD Camera + Helium Baloon = Space Mission

Sometimes technology for what seems like a seriously intense, high-end (and I mean that literally as well) function can be made simply and without too much of stress on your pocket book. Take these two guys for example – Alex Baker (age 26) and Chris Rose (age 25), a couple of PhD students from Sheffield University in South Yorkshire, England, who designed, built and launched their own little ‘earth capture’ camera unit into space. There was no hydrogen or other fueled rocket involved here, just simple stuff that could be bought at any local convenience store.

All it took were things available at a supermarket and any electronics store

Their rig consisted of a GPS device that would relay co-ordinates to the ‘Dynamic-duo’ via text message after a simple call made to the device, an couple of HD digital cameras (one looks remarkably like a Creative Vado HD and the other like a Sony digicam), duct tape, a specially designed Styrofoam box to house the devices and a large helium filled balloon. The camera and GPS device were placed inside the box into slots that were cut out to keep them steady and then sealed with duct tape to keep the devices inside toasty warm while traversing the frigid outer regions (-50 degrees) of the planet.

The pair even made sure that wherever the box landed it would be returned safely to them. They did this by simply putting their numbers and names and sticking to the package. Can this get anymore low tech?

Gorgeous isn't she...

Footage and images captured with this low budget system looked really impressive. The whole kit cost them no more than Rs. 25,000 which included the price of the cameras, GPS device and all other items. Just goes to show, all it takes sometimes are great minds with no money to do something out of this world, well, almost out of this world

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