22 November 2011

India May Use U.S. Aircraft for Weather Forecast

If all goes well then India's monsoon forecast and cyclone prediction are likely to become more accurate in coming years with a hi-tech aircraft from the U.S. being used for weather reconnaissance missions.

The Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), mandated to provide weather forecast, has requested the Planning Commission for a budget of around 400 crore ($78 million) in the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17) for acquiring aircraft like C-130J, a transport aircraft, an official said.

 India presently has six of these special operations planes which are used by the Indian Air Force to transport its Special Forces commandos for specialist operations, mostly behind enemy lines.

"We want an aircraft like C-130J for atmospheric research. These are transport aircraft having weather instrumentation to obtain data on movement, size and intensity of tropical cyclones, storms and other weather conditions including tracking monsoon," Shailesh Nayak, secretary MoES, told IANS.

The ministry has formed a committee to come out with specific recommendations for the aircraft and a roughly 300 day usage plan. Each aircraft, specially fitted for weather reconnaissance, costs around 400 crore, he said.

C-130J Super Hercules can land in any type of a runway, be it bitumen, pierced steel place or just mud runway. It needs a shorter runway than most other aircraft and hence can reach any remote corner.

"As of now we use chartered aircraft which goes over the clouds and collects observation based on which forecast for cyclones, monsoon and other extreme weather events is done. With C-130J, the weather observations will be more accurate as the aircraft has instruments that go right into the eye of the storm and collect the observation," said Nayak.

The improved observation is likely to help government in planning evacuation, rescue, relief operations.

"If we have accurate weather forecast then we can make cyclone track prediction with much less error. This will help in saving lot of efforts, as well as life, money and time of the government to take relief measures," he said.

Cyclones usually strike India and neighbouring countries between April and June, before the monsoon onset, or between October and December, just after it ends.

WC-130J weather reconnaissance, a modified version of the C-130 transport aircraft, is used by the so-called Hurricane Hunters of the U.S. Air Force Reserve 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron.

Branes and Noble Launches New Nook Tablet

The Nook Tablet is the latest version of Barnes & Noble's popular Nook e-Reader and is an Android tablet with built-in apps for streaming music, streaming video and of course reading books.

The Nook Tablet is for everyone. It is solid, easy to use, and most of Android's rough edges have been burned off. Although there are some odd UI choices and frustrations, everything is in its right place. It is, in short, a perfectly slimmed down Android tablet masquerading as an e-reader something many will prefer over Kindle Fire's obviously service-oriented approach.

 It features a 7 inch touchscreen IPS display with 1024x600 pixels of resolution, powered by 1 GHz TI OMAP4 dual core processor, 1 GB of RAM runs on Android Gingerbread OS. It also has 16 GB of internal storage capacity, external storage via MicroSD card slot and free cloud storage for books and magazines.

The tablet offers a Wi-Fi, USB and Bluetooth connectivity options. This tablet also completes the requirement of business purpose like office tools, eBook and PDF reader. The other feature includes support the adobe flash player and preloaded nook applications. Its price is $250.

IIM-A to Rope in Bollywood Greats for Film Course

Guess who will come down to teach management students next? Bollywood stars and filmmakers.

After successfully wooing Lalu Prasad and APJ Abdul Kalam to address their students, premier B-school the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, will rope in Bollywood greats to elucidate the nitty-gritty of the film industry.
IIM-A to Rope in Bollywood Greats for Film Course

Starting December, IIM-A will introduce an elective course on "Introduction to Contemporary Film Industry", which will be offered to students of the institute's flagship post-graduate diploma programme.

The institute has extended invitations to Aamir Khan, Farhan Akhtar, Sanjay Gadhvi, Apurva Lakhia, Madhur Bhandarkar, Mahesh Bhatt and other top names in the film industry to give lectures to students on the Indian Film Industry, IIM-A professor Tejas Desai said.

"Before 30 to 40 years, the film industry was not given a status of industry. But things are different now with entry of players like Adlabs, Reliance and UTV in filmmaking," Desai said.

"It is important for students of IIM-A to study the Indian Film Industry in the changing circumstances as the industry will require professional managers in future. So I thought my students should be exposed to the various aspects of film industry," Desai added.

How to get more Business during Networking?

Business events offer a great opportunity to learn about the trending topics and meet new people-few who might be in the same industry as you, few who might be working in a totally unrelated sector-you can learn a lot from the people who are experts in whatever they do. The chances of getting a business is 80 percent if someone introduces you and attends the event, while the chances of getting a business through a cold call is a meager one percent. So how can you gain more business at such events?
How to get more Business during Networking?

The break time allotted for networking with people (along with snacks!) is when you can go, talk to people about what they do and give them a brief about what you do. A common mistake often committed by people is that they go on and on about themselves and their businesses; which is a big turn off. Simple questions like what brings them to the event, what is their area of expertise, would not only keep them occupied, but also give you time to think on what next have to ask them. A major turnoff would be to talk to them directly on they can help out your business (though that is what you actually intend to do), but focus on building a good rapport with them initially.

If you try to meet everyone present in the event, you might end up getting confused with all the details; thus, have a strategy on whom to meet, what to ask, in a nut shell, you should be prepared. Try meeting people who are relevant to your business, and take the slow and steady approach. Though, it might take time for you to build your contacts, but the ones you have would be relevant. Also, limiting the time you spend per person would ensure that you meet the people whom you really want to meet before they leave.

In order not to get confused with all the people you have met during the event, making notes about them on the back of their business cards, along with the date and the event when you met them, would help you to recollect the information when you try to contact the person later.

You should never to let your boredom show on your face - if the person is going way beyond your approach, avoid looking around. You never know when that person might be your knight in shining armor. You want to look friendly, credible and professional; thus, if you are feeling bored, you can keep the conversation short, so that you can go ahead and meet other people.

Most people forget that it takes some time for people to come and ask about your business, so staying around for some time would let all those who are interested to know about your business approach you. Networking over business events is the means, not the end; it is up to you how to make use of the opportunity where you can meet many future prospects.

Accel Partners raise $155 Million for New India Venture Funds

Mumbai-based global venture capital and growth equity firm, Accel Partners has raised $155 million for seed and early-stage fund in India. The fund saw the participation of top investors from across North America, Europe, and Asia. The fund would be used for the development in various sectors: Internet services, digital media, SaaS and enterprise technologies, mobile, healthcare and education, and other similar high-growth sectors.
Accel Partners raise $155 Million for New India Venture Funds

Founded in 1983, Accel Partners has made investments in growth equity opportunities across the globe and manages $3 billion in funds for the later-stage growth investments, apart from early-stage companies.

According to Subrata Mitra, Partner, Accel Partners, that the seed and early-stage markets are under-served and attract relatively smaller amounts of capital, when compares to the traditional venture capital and growth equity. There is a significant increase in the entrepreneurial activity in the past few years, majorly from the Indian internet companies.

Accel Partners is led by four partners: Mahendran Balachandran, Shekhar Kirani, Subrata Mitra, and Prashanth Prakash; and 11 investment professionals in India, and has made investments in over 300 companies which include Dropbox, Facebook, Groupon and many others. In India, the significant investments made by Accel Partners include, Flipkart, Myntra and many others. Accel feels that their expertise and experience would make them the rpeferred partner for many excellent entrepreneurs in the seed and early-stage.

Getting Kids Started With Stock Market

Are you convinced that your kid should start investing? The early you the instill the value of money and investment in your kids, the better they will manage their finances and acquire a financial stability at a very young age. Whether or not your kids have the real money to invest, the stock market provides a great opportunity to learn about the world of finances. To get your kids interested in this is a real challenge. But before you can use your child's hard earned money into stock it would wise to experiment and play with investing.

Build a Mock Portfolio

Getting Kids Started With Stock Market
Make it sound like an activity. Give your child a chance to look the various companies and pick their choice. The company that interests them the most. They can go about looking for the companies online or newspapers. Let them mention the date on paper and teach them to find out the current stock value of each company. Teach them to check the prices of the company every day, week and every month to track the progress of the company. You kid would be interested on seeing how the stock prices move.

 Transfer Funds From Your Account To Your Kids Account

Getting Kids Started With Stock Market
You have to owe some investments that you think is worthwhile to transfer to someone else. You have an experience in the stock market and you hold some investment that can be transferred. Make your kid aware of the transfer and also other related documents that you transfer. You and your child can open an account to receive stocks.

 Follow Stocks Together and do Your Math Together

Getting Kids Started With Stock Market
Your child and you can sit and track stock prices together. Make your child develop interest in reading about the companies in newspapers and magazines. Ask your child to find out did the stocks go up or down? If you have invested in a particular stock, find out what's the worth of the share in now? How much money you have made? What percent return is that? Make it sound fun so that you kid take a great interest in doing the calculations and make wise investment decisions.

 Look For Other Options

Getting Kids Started With Stock Market
You can start by opening an account in one of the mutual fund company. So that investments will be in mutual funds rather than in stocks. Have an account with some online brokerage account where you can invest in stocks, bonds, ETF and mutual funds. You can also plan to buy a share and stock certificate from some online brokerage firm.

4 Ways in Which Internet Can Hurt Your Finance

Internet has revolutionized the world in every possible sphere of life. It is undoubtedly wonderful to get information at the touch of fingertips. Nevertheless, a perused mind can identify various loopholes that this media possess - The dark side of the World Wide Web. What started out of necessity initially, turned out be a wildfire among the end users and businesses. A net-savvy can easily handle all the complexities and make a prudent choice while online. These may be the main causes for your financial loss:



Internet, the Information superhighway has enabled to connect with distant systems across the globe. Net banking, online transactions worth billions of dollars happen every day. The credit card numbers, bank account details are highly susceptible to hacking or stealing. A recent wave of fraudulent schemes luring the account holders to give out their bank account details is vexing the users. Your account can be used to make transactions of undisclosed or illegal money by terrorist organizations in the world.



Internet can cause addiction among its users, making them overindulge in various activities, that could potentially waste time; or you could go on a shopping spree, making online purchases incessantly until the last rupee. Major concern among some internet users is the astronomical data usage charges at the end of the month. Keeping tab on the download and upload limit is expected for a balanced use. Constant use of video streams such as youtube will take a lot of bandwidth and usage.

 Disclosing personal information


Managing the balance between work and personal life is quintessential in the world of social networking sites and blogs, lest the information could easily get into hands of potential employers or your rivals. Information can easily be searched even though you have customized the privacy settings. Phone numbers, addresses and information about family members and even photos and videos can be misused and there is a rising curve of such offences of varying dimensions around the world.

  Unverified Information


Internet has opened doors for many enthusiasts to post a lot of information across various fields. However, today, there is a plethora of them floating around the web, perplexing the seeker with so many sources. The question of genuineness pops up. Sometimes, a wrong instruction can create havoc. It is best to consult an expert before relying completely on the web. There are many plagiarized texts and sources and it takes an experienced mind to sort them.

Internet has inspired many entrepreneurs to come up with various technological marvels of this millennium. It has changed the way we commute, interact and communicate with the rest of the world. If you are equipped with experience in handling the internet, you can overcome all the potential threats and become less vulnerable.

'Global Economy May Slump Severely'

The global economy may slow down severely due to the debt crisis in Europe, Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam has warned.

"Unfortunately, troubles are brewing once again, this time in the eurozone. ... We have to prepare for the possibility, the very real possibility of rough times ahead, a severe slowdown in the global economy," Shanmugaratnam said.
'Global Economy May Slump Severely'

He was speaking at a graduation ceremony for the Ong Teng Cheong Labour Leadership Institute, where Tharman gave out certificates and diplomas to fresh graduates.

He added that this could test the leadership of Singapore's government, Xunhua reported.

Shanmugaratnam's comments come a day after the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) warned that the global economy is at its most fragile state since the last financial crisis.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrived here from Bali after attending the India-ASEAN summit. On, he unveiled a Nehru bust along the picturesque Singapore river.

Value of Gold in India Quadruples in 15 yrs

Gold, the yellow metal has proved to more precious than ever to the middle class families in India with its soaring prices. The soaring prices has never discouraged the Indian women nor the Indian government. With more demand for gold, the Indian government has become the largest importer of gold. The huge demand has led to the quadruples of the value of gold in India in the last 15 years.
Value of Gold in India Quadruples in 15 yrs

By dint of being the largest gold importer, all the yellow metal that India shopped for, from around the world, is today valued at Rs 24 lakh crore-nearly twice the budgeted government spending for the current financial year reports Hemali Chhapia for TOI.

If you wonder where does India go for shopping for the yellow metal, then Switzerland is one of the major shopping bazaars. Indian gold comes from the land of the Alps. India bought for close to Rs 6 lakh crore in the last decade and a half, has come from the land of the Alps.

South Africa and UAE fall in second place. With only three of its gold mines working (Hutti and Uti in Karnataka and the Hirabuddini mines in Jharkand) and producing about 0.5% of the country's annual gold consumption, India's dependence on imports has increased. "With the domestic demand for gold going up, our exports have remained sluggish. So most of the gold caters to local needs," says Prithviraj Kothari,
president of the Bombay Bullion Association.

With the increase in buying, India has left North America and Europe behined. They had a combined share of 47 percent demand in 1970, which grew to 68 percent by 1980; that share fell to 38 percent in 1990, to 28 percent in 2000 and to 27 percent in 2010. At the eastern end, India and East Asia's share stood at 35 percent in 1970; it was 58 percent in 2010, according to the World Gold Council.

The growing local demand for gold in India can be sourced to a variety of factors apart from the fact that gold provides greater liquidity. "The recent fluctuations in the stock market and realty have pushed Indians towards gold investment," says Sanjay Kothari, former president of the Gems and Jewellery Export Promotion Council.

APJ Abdul Kalam Ropes in Six IIM-A Graduates

As the internship placement came to an end on Friday, six students of the institute bagged internship offers from Kalam's office. Confirming the number of offers extended by Kalam's office to the IIM-A students, an official close to the development said that the students will be handling various social campaigns and roles related to rural development under Kalam.
APJ Abdul Kalam Ropes in Six IIM-A Graduates

According to an official, Out of the six students, one belongs to the post-graduate programme in agri-business management the rest are from the post-graduate programme of management.

The number of students opting for internship in the social sector has also increased at the IIM-A this year. Last year, only four students of the institute had done internship with Kalam.

A city-based organization National Innovation Foundation (NIF), which hired four students last year, returned to the campus to hire 11 students this year.

More than 20 companies conducted interviews during the day with Tata Steel making the highest number of offers. Other companies like Aviva Insurance and Samsonite also took part in the recruitment. Agneya Carbon Ventures, started by three IIM-A alumni last year, also offered summer internships to the students this year.

India's New Social Entrepreneurs: Making an Impact Where Government Fails

Some merely debate on the great Indian urban-rural divide. But there are others who have resolved to do something about it and meeting with success in areas where even large government-funded programmes have failed to make an impact.

Indian professionals, many of whom led comfortable lives abroad, are increasingly giving up their well-paid jobs to become social entrepreneurs, bringing in the process modern-age management and perspective to solve basic problems like reaching power, water, education and healthcare to the millions.
India's New Social Entrepreneurs: Making an Impact Where Government Fails

Take the case of Gyanesh Pandey. A native of Baithania village in Bihar's West Champaran district, he was making mega bucks in Los Angeles in the semiconductor industry. But a chance conversation with a childhood friend persuaded him to return to his home state.

Pandey came back and with the help of friends to start Husk Power Systems, a company that provides electricity at dirt-cheap rates to villagers, using rice husk: A clean, simple solution, as the raw material is available in ample quantity.

"I had been trying for many years to do some work in rural electrification. But nothing worked out," Pandey, an electrical engineer from Benaras Hindu University, told IANS over phone from Patna.

But in 2007, the idea of producing inexpensive green power using husk struck Pandey who set up the first plant in Tamkuha, a remote village in West Champaran. Soon he was able to light up Tamkuha, which literally means fog of darkness in the local lingo.

Today, Husk Power runs 84 plants, lighting up the lives of over 350 villages and hamlets in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh. They charge around Rs,.100 for 50 watt of power per month to a village household.

People like Pandey feel social entrepreneurs should not to be misunderstood with those doing philanthropy. They understand that a one-off dole or an odd project is not going to help the less privileged in a meaningful way.

"It is not about philanthropy," says Neelam Chhiber, co-founder of Industree, a social enterprise out of Bangalore that not only facilitates artisans to sell their wares in urban markets and earn more but also help them upgrade their skills.

"We look for market-led solutions, not for the corporate social responsibility type of solutions, because that is not going to be sustainable," said Chhiber, who also runs Mother Earth, a sustainable brand for food and fashion that is part producer-owned.

"We regularly conduct social audits. We found we can triple the incomes of artisans once they start working with us. We also use design as a tool to push producers up the value chain," said Chhiber, who even has funding from Kishore Biyani's Future Group.

Sudesh Menon, co-founder of Waterlife, has a similar story to share. Before coming back to India, he was the country head of General Electric in Malaysia. But Anji Reddy of Dr. Reddy's Lab persuaded him to join his mission on drinking water in rural India.

Peturbed by a UN finding that India ranked 120 out 122 nations on potable water quality, Menon toured the country-side and launched pioneering water purification systems. They charge 3-5 for 20 litres of drinking water across 1,500 villages in six states.

"When we started this model, we were ridiculed by everybody -- government, bureaucracy. They said village people will never pay for water. But we proved all of them wrong," said Menon. "Our next target is urban slums."

5 Signs That You Are Overworking

Often it is seen that the high degree of dedication comes at the expense of overworking; this can also be related as being under extreme stress. If you have been experiencing the listed below signs, then you are compromising with your life; here are five signs that indicates you are overworking.

1. Avoiding Family and Friends

You can be a careerist person; however, in order to excel in your career, you should not avoid participating in family affairs. Declining to spend ample time with family means you are overworking. The symptoms that are related to this issue are avoiding shopping or movies with family, unable to help kids for homework, romance turns insignificant, not being able to undertake family responsibilities etc. Stopping all contact from friends like ignoring emails, phone calls etc also indicate that you are under stress.

 temper 2. Loosing Temper and Getting Frustrated

If you are losing your temper easily and getting frustrated, that means you are under heavy work load. It is always advisable to keep yourself away from work stress, especially when you are at home as this can create friction with the family members and can ruin your relationship with them forever. Often it is seen that people who are under heavy work load tend to get divorced or are in an estranged relationship with their spouses. Always remember that your family is the most treasured possession of your life and your objective is to make a great living for the family.

 sleep 3. Sleep Deprivation

Sleep deprivation is the most regular indication of over-working. Insomnia is a sign of excessive stress. However, it is always seen that sleep deprivation can cause nervous breakdown. It is best to avoid certain circumstances where you need to take pills to fall asleep. This kind of a problem can be of major concern as this problem of yours can ruin your blooming career. A sound sleep is very much needed for a healthy living. Therefore, it is always advisable to keep this kind of problem at bay.

 smoke 4. Excessive Smoking and Drinking

It is always said that smoking is injurious to heath. Therefore, it is not a wise decision to smoke or drink excessively in order to de-stress yourself. Always remember that heath is wealth and it should not be ignored in order to acquire a dream career. A failure to maintain good heath due to work stress can prove to be disastrous.

 sick 5. Extended Sickness

Are you suffering from a prolonged sickness like a lasting body ache or perennial cold? If yes, then you are going over
engrossed with your work. Extended period of sickness can cause massacre in your healthy life. It can also ruin your career as well. The best way to rejuvenate your body from the chronic sickness is to take a relaxing vacation. Also try to keep your mind and body free from stress by listening to a great music or watching an amusing movie.

18 November 2011

Nokia to Launch its First Tablet

Mobile maker Nokia has stepped into the tablet market by announcing its first windows 8 tablet to be launched in June 2012.

Paul Amsellem, head of Nokia France, said, "In June 2012 we will have a tablet running windows 8." He also mentioned updates about Nokia's plans for the Windows Phone smartphone platform as well and we can soon expect Nokia to launch powerful, smarter smartphones under the Nokia Lumia product range.

While, not much information about the hardware specification of the new device were revealed but the device expected to feature a new 1.4 Ghz processor with 1 GB of RAM along with the regular fanfare from Nokia.

Going by the recent trend, Indian Nokia fans can also expect the device at around the same time as the rest of the world.

Does Technology Destroy Jobs?

Bangalore: At present where technology is advancing day by day it has turned out to be a big question whether technology is helping people or is it taking away work from employees.

Many of us think that technology is the brightest spot in the economy, where we can see most of the innovation and job creation. But if we look at the over all contribution of the advanced technology across every industry it does not look so good because these new technologies are been cursed by the workers who are loosing their job.

These new technologies have become so advanced that the companies are adopting it for their services and they are taking away the jobs of employees. This has become the main reason for many people in the world to be unemployed.

At present the laborers are being displaced by technology and it is becoming more evident even in our everyday lives. Many of the business organizations are stepping up the pace of automations. Every job is been affected by the technology right from engineering to farming.

Job loss
Job loss is particularly based on technologies like microelectronics which is increasing for all economic sectors in a nation already hard challenged in world and domestic markets for goods and services. Technology may simply lower the employment growth. These new technologies threaten even more job displacements in the future.

Many of the employees are loosing their jobs because they are not been introduced into those technological advancements and they also do not know how to use the new technology. This is the main reason why they are loosing their jobs in huge numbers. The rural workers are getting unemployed in a large number.

So, how can these problems of unemployment because of technology can be solved? The only solution to eradicate this problem is that it is the duty of the education system to make the present students aware of the new technology and make them updated about them. And for the people who are already working the companies must conduct training programs to their employees on the new technological innovations.

All though many people in the world think that they are becoming jobless because of the new technologies, many of them are happy about the new technological innovation and these classes of people are mainly those who are very well educated and are very eagerly waiting for new technologies to be introduced.

Though many people are loosing jobs because of technology, the actual fact is that many people believe that technology is actually helping them to get a job. They believe that technology will always be a positive effect for job creation. As we move on we must develop the attitude of accepting the new technological innovation and embrace the ideas that move humanity forward.

Any type of work force must be willing to step aside for technology for their own benefit as they are shifted into the career that benefits their labor in the best way. When this occurs the world is broadened and there are new solutions that can be developed for different problems. We must start believing the fact that technology is not the enemy of labor. It is the seed for better employment opportunity.

16 November 2011

Google Reveals Top Search Algorithm Changes

If you have been wondering how Google rank the internet websites, you can easily get the detailed description of the process as Google offered a detail description on the secret process of ranking internet websites. For the time ever, a list has been published that closely guards the search algorithm.
Google published all the details on its official blog. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission, which investigates violations of antitrust law claims that search process of Google can be biased towards its own business and operations or the search results may favor the company's other services, among other issues. Every year around 500 changes are made to the search operation. Recently 10 algorithm changes have been revealed by Google on its blog which ranges from how it treats web searches in less-common languages to refinements around the way it displays results.

As 69 percent of web search has been done worldwide by Google, analysts feel that these rankings can make or break a company's future depending. Listed below are 10 improvements done by Google from past couple of weeks.

google reveal search algorithm
Cross-Language Information Retrieval Updates

The language (Afrikaans, Malay, Slovak, Swahili, Hindi, Norwegian, Serbian, Catalan, Maltese, Macedonian, Albanian, Slovenian, Welsh, and Icelandic) for which only restricted content was available will be now translated into relevant English web pages and the translated titles will be displayed below the English titles in search results. Previously, this feature was available in Korea, but only at the bottom page. Now when you click on the translated titles you will automatically go to the page translated from English into the query language.

Snippets with More Page Content and Less Header/Menu Content

More relevant text can now be used in snippets with this change. As per the changes, Google will now pick text from actual page content rather than using text which is part of a header or menu.

google reveal search algorithm
Better Page Titles in Search Results by De-Duplicating Boilerplate Anchors

While generating page's title, Google look at the number of signals. Anchor text is one signal in links pointing to the page. As it was found out that boilerplate links duplicated anchor text and they are not that relevant, Google is not putting much emphasis on these. Titles that are specific to pages? content are more relevant.

Length-Based Autocomplete Predictions in Russian

This change brings in reduction in the lengthy and often illogical query prediction in Russian. Google will no more make predictions that are too lengthy compared to partial query. This practice is already in use in English.

google reveal search algorithm
Extending Application Rich Snippets

The rich snippets for applications has been announced lately, through which people searching for software applications to witness details like cost and user reviews within search results will be permitted. The change will extend the treatment of application rich snippets, making them available more often.

Retiring a Signal in Image Search

With the evolution of web, Google often visits back the signals that are launched by them in the past, which no longer seem to have a noteworthy impact. So the images that have references from multiple documents on web will retire a signal in Image Search.

google reveal search algorithm
Fresher, More Recent Results

Google announced a few days back about how they rank the fresh content. A change to their algorithm is said to impact at least 35 percent of web searches. The change is proposed to deliver more up-to-date search results relevant to the topic being searched. Google will focus on the type of search and will make available the brand new information available topics like breaking news, recent events and current reviews.

Refining Official Page Detection

Trying their best to provide the most accurate results, Google has attempted to determine which pages are official through this change. The official websites will be ranked high through these changes.

google reveal search algorithm
Improvements to Date-Restricted Queries

Changes have been done with how Google tackles result freshness for queries, when a specific date has been chosen by the user. This change will make sure that users receive the most relevant information for the date range they mentioned.

Prediction Fix for IME Queries

Autocomplete handling of IME queries will be improved with this change. Earlier Autocomplete was used to store the intermediate keystrokes needed to type each character, which sometimes resulted in rubbish prophecy for Hebrew, Russian and Arabic.

Intel Capital invests $40 Million in 10 Asian Companies

Intel Capital, global investment and M&A organization of Intel Corporation, today announced $40 million worth of investments in 10 Asian companies at the 12th annual Intel Capital Global Summit in Huntington Beach, reflecting the rapid spread of technology innovation across Asia. The investments include eight new investments in companies from China, India, Japan and South Korea, and two planned investments in companies from Taiwan.

 The 10 investments cover a range of innovative technologies, including semiconductor design and manufacturing, green technology, software, security, social gaming and cloud-based services. Details of each investment, including the amount to be invested, were not disclosed.

Arvind Sodhani, president of Intel Capital and Intel executive vice president says, "These 10 companies offer unique technology - from remote security solutions to interactive cloud-based services - that enhances productivity, security and the online experience for consumers and businesses around the world."
The new investments include:

TELiBrahma Convergent Communications (India)
TELiBrahma is a developer of mobile solutions using augmented reality, Bluetooth and WiFi technologies for advertising and retail segments. The company offers location-based and visual recognition-based applications that give consumers an enhanced digital experience in their interactions with major brands.

G-cluster Global (Japan)
G-cluster is a technology, content and services provider, offering interactive cloud-based services using the company's patented G-cluster technology. The G-cluster system has been commercially deployed as a cloud gaming service with French telecom operator SFR and in Japan as T's TV cloud video streaming service. G-cluster plans to use the invested funds for research and development and to expand into new markets.

Happiest Minds Technologies (India)
Happiest Minds is a provider of cloud services, software product engineering, infrastructure management, security, testing and consulting services. The company's services are focused on disruptive new technologies that have the potential to change the IT landscape, including cloud computing, social media, mobility solutions, unified communications, business intelligence and analytics. Happiest Minds has operations in India and the United States, and plans to open offices in Europe and Singapore.

Makepolo.com (China)
Makepolo.com operates a business-to-business vertical search engine that serves the procurement needs of small- and medium-sized enterprises. Makepolo.com's proprietary search and database technology allows buyers to quickly identify and source products based on their required specifications. The company plans to use the invested funds for research and development and to expand into new markets.

Miartech (Shanghai)
Miartech is a leader in power line communications products and systems technology, providing the building blocks and intelligent systems for smart grid, smart homes and energy management systems. Miartech's products help utilities and their customers better manage power consumption and reduce costs.

Neosem (Korea)
Neosem is a provider of automatic test equipment for semiconductor manufacturing, used to test semiconductor memory components, memory cards and solid-state drives (SSDs). Neosem's cost-effective, flexible and scalable automated test platform is designed to help the SSD ecosystem meet rapidly expanding market demand for SSDs.

neBe (Japan)
OneBe is a security software vendor that develops remote data deletion services for PCs, Ultrabooks, tablets and smartphones, enabling service providers to protect their clients against data theft or loss. OneBe plans to use the invested funds for product development in support of Intel vPro and Anti-Theft technology, and the development of a new security solution for cloud computing.

Outblaze Venture Holdings (Hong Kong)
Outblaze Ventures Holdings Ltd., also known as Animoca, is one of the largest global mobile media providers, having developed and published over 150 innovative entertainment and education apps under the Animoca, Dream Cortex, and Baby Cortex brands. Animoca plans to use the funds from this investment to drive further growth of its mobile application business and to strengthen the company's position as a leading provider of smartphone games.

 The planned investments, subject to satisfaction of closing conditions include:

Insyde Software (Taiwan)
Insyde Software is a provider of system firmware and software engineering services for companies developing mobile devices, notebook PCs, servers, and embedded systems. Insyde Software's products and services help customers bring their products to market faster while reducing overall system development costs.

SNSplus (Taiwan)
SNSplus is a publisher and distributor of social games with a focus on the Asian market. SNSplus' publishing platform provides servers, network bandwidth, customer support and localization services that help reduce the cost of bringing games to various social networking sites. SNSplus plans to use the invested funds to support product development and expand into new markets.

In addition to the new investments, Intel Capital announced that International Finance Corporation (IFC) joined the Intel Capital Global Investment Syndicate. By co-investing with Intel Capital in international companies such as China's HiSoft Technology and Russia's Yandex, IFC is helping to support the development of innovative technology companies.

Emulation is Going to make a Comeback!

After a period of slump, the EDA industry is back to its feet. The Semiconductor industry itself has witnessed quite a change, thanks to the shift in focus post recession. During a recent visit to India, Dr. Walden C Rhines, Chairman & CEO, Mentor Graphics. & Hanns Windele, Vice President - Europe & India, Mentor Graphics talked to SmartTechie in an exclusive interview about the changing industry, the new trends and what EDA players need to look out for in coming days.

 How has the market been for EDA industry, especially Mentor Graphics?

At Mentor Graphics, we had a fantastic year in 2010, and this year looks equally terrific although there has been some weakness in the second quarter due to the shortage of parts caused by the Japanese earth quake. Most people are forecasting that the longing will be made up during the year but some manufacturers are getting a little skeptical that the second half for it not being as strong as they thought. Overall the earning in general has been good. Recently several companies including Apple have announced outstanding results. We may not have a strong second half as some are hoping, yet it seems to have a reasonable single digit growth year. We recently announced our first quarter results and over all the Electronic Design Automation (EDA) space has done exceptionally well with over 16 percent growth. The semiconductor industry is expecting more than 10 percent growth in the EDA sector this year. I am expecting the first half of the next year to be similar, but the second half will have the effects of the large capital investments that happened last year. Also this year and we will probably see some price pressure. In general this is a relative good period for the semiconductor industry.

What are the trends that are driving the EDA industry today?

We are now in a big process transition - working on 20 nanometers chips. The EDA industry and the semiconductor industry are working closely together to solve a significant technology challenge - to get processes, technology and design in place for 20 nanometers. At the same time 28 nanometer technology, is now in place and has production capacity. So there are lots of growth in the next generation of design, software, tools, and infrastructure support. At the same time EDA is expanding for embedded software used to be a relative small part of chip design and now has grown in importance. Although none of the other major companies in EDA are in embedded software, for Mentor Graphics embedded software is one of our fastest growing businesses.

Another one is system design for automobile, planes, trains, and more, and that is a very fast growing part of electronic design automation. This is because the electronics in cars and planes have become so complex that it has to be automated and several companies like us, who have been investing significantly for the last couple of decades in this, are finally seeing the results of that investment. As a result of this, we also foresee that there will be an increase in the capabilities in the functional verification area since all the structures that are being put into the chips have to be verified more than ever. With the increasing number of functions put into a chip the challenges in verification also increases. We already see that one aspect of verification, i.e. hardware emulation starts to pick up very strongly that is also in connection with software verification. This is because, the take out on a 20 nanometer chip is very expensive, and you want to validate at least most of the software in it. Hence, emulation is going to come back strongly again.

What are the main concerns of chip manufacturers today?

The big concerns for manufacturers are resolution enhancement technology, router technology, and the physical verification. The big change in 20 nanometer is double paradigm, where you split a single level of the design into two parts and this requires complex process automation in the design, router tools comprehend, the physical verification software, know how to comprehend and find errors in that decomposition. That is probably the biggest process change that is occurring in this generation and it is mostly EDA driven.

 How is the competition thriving for Mentor Graphics?

There is always a tough competition in the EDA space. We are fortunate that we have significant market shares in the recent years. Over the last decade we have almost doubled our market share, to become the second largest EDA Company two years ago. The three biggest companies including us have a fairly constant market share, about 3/4th of the market.

 We compete by specializing and doing certain things better than anyone else. For example we have dominance in almost all of the physical verification market where our "Calibre" range of products is used by almost everyone. By the same measures, our competition has products in certain areas which our customer use. So, every company has its specialties and we focus on the ones we can be the best.

How is Mentor Graphics' tie-up with startups?

In recent years, we have begun to engage with startups closely. We have special programs for startups of which is 'Term for Startup' (TFS). Here, we make very special arrangements to give them early access to our wide range of design tools at a very low cost and help them get started. We also provide the design assistance they need early on. Another of our initiative is Cre8 Ventures which has been present in Europe and India for many years now. For startups money is one part of need but it is only a small part. The other thing that they need is help in getting introduced to some of their potential customers. Since some of their potential customers are already customers of Mentor Graphics, we are facilitating those kinds of contacts though this program.

How is India as a market for Mentor Graphics?

India as a market is enormous, and it is growing faster than western regions of the world. It is a hub where a very large share of the design activities of the multinational corporations takes place, and increasingly domestic companies here are becoming important for our business. India is quite strategic for our development. We have development sites in Noida and Hyderabad and increasingly they have been leading expertise in areas of our business.

A couple of years ago, we announced the capability of hundreds of software developers to work on the same emulator to verify the design. Most of that technology was designed in India. The ability to accelerate the test bench for a design was developed largely in India. We have a large number of customers who need an integrated environment for field programmable logic, Emulation, simulation, and formal verification all using the same software and the same compilers. All these are done and integrated here.

What are some of the challenges of operating in India?

Even though India produces a lot of highly qualified college graduates, the demand is high and so you are always competing to make sure that you retain your best people and attract new ones. This talent crunch is a major challenge.

How is Mentor Graphics' tie up with academia to overcome the challenge of talent crunch?

We have higher education programs with a wide variety of colleges in India. We have special and close corporation with a large number of other schools. I have personally given speeches in the IITs. In the past we had regular recruiting, regular programs to work with departments that teach electrical engineering and computer science and a number of targeted schools to recruit from. Most of our employees we hire straight from universities.

 What are the other geographies that Mentor Graphics sees future in?

China, Korea and Taiwan are fast growing areas in terms of usage of software. Many people believe that Brazil can do the same, but we have not started to see any evidence of that yet. Some eastern European countries and others will eventually emerge but will be much lower than the Asia Pacific.

 There is a lot of buzz going around Green IT? How is Mentor Graphics involved?

In the last five years we have been driving standardization to the next level, the RTL level. UPA for standard that originated in Mentor Graphics has now become pervasive for RTL design. The next stage is architectural design. We were the first ones to introduce products for the high level power performance tradeoffs. The family of products that we have today allows people to experiment with different architectures so they can reduce power by an order of magnitude or more in a chip design or product design.

What is your roadmap for the future?

We have made a number of announcements recently around 3D integrated circuits and the tools to design 3D have a complete flow for test and physical verification. We also made a number of announcements around high mobile design with the integration of embedded software with architectural design tools at the ESL level, in the integration of emulation with simulation with architectural evaluation and embedded software. We just announced a development environment for embedded software that won the best of show at the embedded system software. So, a lot of what we are announcing and doing is centered either around the move to next generation physical design or next generation high level design, particularly in embedded software and hardware software co-design. There will be activities around low power design as well. Next in line are also some new developments in our tools for automotive sectors.

Kingfisher Has Not Sought Govt Bailout, Says Mallya

Battling financial crisis, Kingfisher Airlines Chairman, Mr Vijay Mallya,said that he has not asked for a bailout from the government but wants the lenders to help with 700-800 crore working capital as short-term needs and interest concessions.

Facing all-round attack from political parties which are opposing any bailout for his airline, Mr Mallya said: “We have not asked for any bailout from government. We have not asked the government to dip into the taxpayers’ money. We have never done it, we will never do it.”

 After announcing the second quarter results, which showed a loss of Rs 468.66 crore, he told a press conference that “we are in dialogue with banks to open Letters of Credit which can help us recover debt and repay our high cost rupee loans.”

“We have not asked for a concession. We have not asked for a hair-cut. Our demands with the banks are mainly two-folds. One is to meet short-term capital needs which have gone up and concession on interest,” he said.

The banks have not told him formally that “we should infuse capital. If there is requirement of recapitalisation or infusion of additional equity, we will consider it.”

Mr Mallya also said he has not sought any restructuring of the loan.

Kingfisher has suffered a loss of Rs 1,027 crore in 2010-11 and has a mounting debt of Rs 7,057.08 crore. Together, the 13-bank consortium now holds 23.4 per cent stake in the airline and has an exposure of over Rs 7,700 crore.

Asked how much working capital would the airlines need, Mr Mallya said: “We require Rs 700-800 crore, which includes both fund and non-fund based. ... We have pursued every opportunity to raise capital.”

Welcoming the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh’s recent statement that the Government would find ways to solve the aviation industry’s financial troubles, he said: “The Prime Minister is an economist who understands the importance of connectivity.”

About the dues to oil companies, he said the airline has paid two state-owned oil companies — Indian Oil and Bharat Petroleum — in full. “We don’t owe them a single paise.”

On the Rs 600-crore worth of unsecured dues to HPCL, the Chairman said the oil firm has been given bank guarantees “and our unsecured credit has now come down to Rs 40 crore only’’.

The chief of the UB Group, which runs Kingfisher, also announced that the company has applied to the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) for direct import of jet fuel, which would reduce fuel costs drastically. Jet fuel costs are almost 50 per cent of the total operating costs of the airline.

Mr Mallya also said there were varied credit lines with various suppliers and vendors of the airline and refuted reports that certain lessors wanted to take back some of the leased aircraft in the Kingfisher fleet.

Referring to the cancellation of more than 200 flights over the past week, he justified the move saying it was a “commercially prudent” decision.

“We cancelled flights not because we could not afford to. Even today Kingfisher is operating the rest of its schedule ... We could have handled the situation better. But it (flight cancellations) was a commercially prudent decision,” he said.

At the Time of Protests, Satyagraha Hits U.S.

Satyagraha, renowned composer Philip Glass' innovative opera based on Mahatma Gandhi's non-violent means of protest against racism in South Africa, received delightful reviews at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

The unique concept of the opera show named Satyagraha, has text adaptations from the Bhagvad Gita which was sung in Sanskrit, a feature that made the show an outstanding one on the New York stage. Instead of following a conventional narrative, the show relies on imagery, music and symbols to highlight key moments in Mahatma Gandhi's life as he created the concept of Satyagraha. The actors of the show were Rachelle Durkin, Richard Croft, Kim Josephson, Alfred Walker.
At the Time of Protests, Satyagraha Hits U.S.

Satyagraha has come to the U.S. audience at a right time as Occupy Wall Street protest is gaining its momentum which is a non-violent way for protest demanding the government to bring in drastic changes in the financial system of the country.

The opera is the second part of Phillip's famous trilogy of operas about important historical figures, which also includes Einstein on the Beach premiered in 1976 and Akhnaten premiered in1983. The show "Satyagraha" was premiered in 1980. This ritualistic drama is directed by Phelim McDermott with further direction and set designed by Julian Crouch. Two days prior to the show, New York's Philharmonic joined Philip Glass' ensemble to perform in a score of Godfrey Reggio's 1982 film " Koyaanisqatsi." The opera show uplifted the moralistic sentiments of the New Yorkers who got the rare opportunity to hear two of Philip's most compelling music.

The second Glass Opera, Satyagraha was performed at the Met followed by the Voyage, a Met delegation that was premiered in 1992. Reports reveal that there will be seven performances taking place at the Met till December 1. The performance of Philips Glass is broadcasted live on Metropolitan Opera Radio on SIRIUS XM Channel 74 and is also run live on the Met's Web site, metopera.org. On November 19, the opera will be channeled worldwide as part of The Met: Live in HD series.

Indian Student Traffic to U.S. Declining

The number of Indian students for higher education has decreased by 1 percent to a total of 104,000 in the United States for the first time in many years and the number of Chinese students has increased. But the surprising fact is that for the first time, the number of U.S. students in India has jumped by over 44 percent, according to Open Doors annual survey conducted by U.S. International Institute of Education, reports Times of India.
Indian Student Traffic to U.S. Declining

There are around three thousand eight hundred and eighty four U.S. students in India. Though there is 44 percent increase of U.S students in India, China remains the top favorite with 13,910 U.S. students and the percentage of them in China has risen to 2 percent from last year. India has risen up to 14th spot from the 21st spot which was the year before, as a destination for U.S. students studying overseas.

Even though there is a decline of Indian students in U.S, they are the second largest overseas students and they represent 14 percent of all the international students in U.S. higher education and also the nation is the favorite destination for Indian students overseas.

According to the survey, the number of international students at the colleges and universities in the United States has increased by five percent to 723,277 during the 2010-11 academic year.

The open doors annual survey, also mentioned that the college campuses that had reported increase in the international students intake in the U.S. also recorded more foreign government sponsorships. Indian students are overwhelming private citizens and they depend on funding from scholarship and teaching assistantships. Many of these have dried up after the recession and this it may have had an effect on the student flow to the U.S.

India Ranks No: 1 in Shoplifting

India has topped the list of global retail theft barometer (GRTB) for the third consecutive year with a shrinkage rate of 2.38 percent. The central retail research brings out every year the global retail theft barometer. The shoplifters have been a great pain for the retail industry as they incur huge losses. The Global Retail Theft Barometer (GRTB) for 2011 revealed that the shrinkage rose up to $119 billion and the percentage has shot up by 6.6 percent since the last year survey. The inventory loss caused by crime or administrative error has caused shrinkage of 1.45 percent of total sales in 43 countries. After a dip in shrinkage last year (2009-10), it has risen in the 12-months ending June 2011 as a result of increased shoplifting, higher employee fraud, and organized retail crime, reveals the report.


India has topped the list of global retail theft barometer for the third consecutive year. Though India does not want to hold such non-worthy record, the country is forced to, as the percentage is 2.38 percent which is one percent more than Russia that stands second.

The previous year's shoplifting rate was 2.72 percent which has dropped down to 2.36 percent this year; however, India still holds the rank 1 position. The Indian retail industry is the biggest sufferer of shoplifting. There are already plenty of scams and extensive corruption in India and in addition to this, there is widespread shoplifters in India. The causes of shrinkage reflect retailer perceptions in their own businesses. Internal error including mispricing, invoicing errors and administrative failure cost $19.4 billion, representing 16.2 percent of total shrinkage.

The global retail barometer has ranked Russia at second place in shoplifting after India. The shrinkage rate is of 1.74 percent in the retail market. The rate has increased by 0.13 percent this year compared to previous year. This has increased due to the shoplifting of goods worth $4 billion. Higher employee fraud and organized retail crime has seen an increase in Russia of late. Groceries like cheese, fresh meat, sweets and alcohol are the popular items shoplifted by Russians. This year it has overtook morocco in shoplifting. Errors like mispricing, invoicing error and administrative failure caused them a huge loss of $19.4 billion which leads to a total shrinkage of 16.2 percent.


The country was in second spot previous year, but the shrinkage rate has increased when compared to last year. It was 1.64 percent in 2010 and now it is 1.72 percent. It is Russia who brought them to the third slot. Mismanagement and dishonest employees are the main reason for increase in shoplifting. This organized retail crimes has cost the retailers about $51.5 Billion this year which has boosted up from the previous year ($45.5 billion). Every year the increase in customer theft is about 13.4 percent.

South Africa:

South Africans have made their space in global shoplifter ranking at fourth place. The inventory loss by the retail industry in the nation is 1.71 percent.


The fifth biggest shoplifting nation experienced shrinkage of 1.69 percent.

15 November 2011

Can Mobile Search Be the Next Big Thing?

With the boom of mobiles, smartphones and tablets, mobile internet search has become a very frenzy topic. Knowing the potential market for mobile search, many e-commerce businesses are trying to grab a share of its own.

According to Dotmobi, more than half the global populations are connected via mobile phones today and there are already 4 times as many internet-enabled phones in the world than there are PC's. Google estimates that about 40 million access internet in India through their mobile phones which resulted in 30 million app download in a week. The number of search queries originating from mobile phones has grown four times in the last 12 months and 50 times since 2007 and it's also predicted that more than 300 million people in India would be hooked on to mobile internet by the year 2015.

Most advertisers had been ignoring mobile as a marketing channel, according to a report by Forrester Research called Interactive Marketing Channels to Watch, suggested that only 13 percent of marketers use mobile text message ads and only 11 percent were bothering to advertise on wireless application protocol (WAP) sites.

 Although the huge and daily growing number of people that have access to the mobile internet, there have also been a number of challenges to mobile web adoption. The reason may be the cost and clarity where the carrier data plans are expensive and confusing compared to regular internet access plans. The limited screen size of mobile negatively impacts the user's browsing experience and due to the limited screen size there will be no ease of use, which leads an increase number of clicks needed to get content.

The increasing availability of high-speed WiFi internet access in many public areas like airport, hotels, bars, libraries and shopping centers has encouraged users to use laptops and tablets to access the internet on the move rather than through mobile phones. This may be another factor, which may have impacted on the growth of mobile internet usages.

Despite mobile is the perfect advertising platform in many ways like, it's always with the consumer, it's always on, it provides personal profiling data, it provides location data, it's interactive and it has multiple billing options already built in. Presently the major mobile search is related to the news, entertainment, maps and direction, directory listing and local services.

 The telecom division of Informa Group reports that advertisers are expected to spend $11 billion on mobile marketing by 2011. Hopeful predictions like this have compelled the major search engines to start making significant investment in the future of mobile search.

Google have predicted that their own mobile division, based in London, will become the biggest driver of new business for the company and it has developed its own mobile search engine and has signed a number of deals to provide mobile search services to major operator portals.

By the prediction of Google's own mobile search engine mobile makers like Motorola and LG has agreed to add a dedicated Google button to some of its handsets and will start to ship handsets pre-loaded with Google services.

Like Google has developed its own mobile search engine, Yahoo has unveiled a new app called Yahoo Go Mobile and even Microsoft also launched Live Search for mobiles. There are also a number of startups like Jumptap and Medio who will be bringing services to the new mobile search space.

Despite several advantages and disadvantages, it's clear that the major search properties, in partnership with the phone manufacturers and network services, are intent on driving the mobile search sector forward. With this kind of momentum there's no doubt that mobile search marketing will eventually become a major part of online marketing.

Nokia's Windows Phone Hits India

Nokia announced its first Windows Phone smartphones, Lumia 710, and Lumia 800. Both smartphones will be available in India in December this year and are likely to be priced Rs 19,000 and Rs 29,000 respectively.

There is no physical button, but the Back, Start and Search buttons on the front of the screen are set in the glass. Lumia 800 comes in three colours: black, cyan and magenta.

On the back, there's an eight-megapixel auto-focus camera with Carl Zeiss optics. The camera also shoots HD video at 30 frames per second. It is powered by a 1.4 GHz processor and a graphics co-processor. Besides the 16 GB of internal user memory, integrated cloud computing offers 25 GB of free SkyDrive storage for music and pictures. Lumia 800 is 3G enabled phone and has a talk time up to 13 hours, and standby time up to 335 hours. It measures 116.5 x 61.2 x 12.1mm and weighs 142g.

Social networking has also been taken care of with every major network covered (Facebook Twitter and the likes), and social sharing or online storage can happen automatically or with two taps on the interface. And also offers integration through communications and contacts.

Nokia 710 is an entry level Windows Phone from Nokia. It has got exchangeable back covers and will come in black and white varieties, with the choice of black, white, cyan, fuchsia and yellow back covers.

Its 3.7-inch screen offers an 800 x 480-pixel resolution with a ClearBlack TFT, which, Nokia says, is good for readability in sunlight. At the rear, there's a five-megapixel auto-focus camera with an LED flash. The camera can also shoot HD video at 30 frames-per-second.

Like the Lumia 800 this one too gets Nokia drive for navigation and the latest version of Nokia Music featuring MixRadio which offers hundreds of locally-relevant music channels. It also has some same features as the Lumia 800.

It has quadband radio reception, 3G up to HSDPA, WiFi and Bluetooth. The phone measures 119 x 62.4 x 12.5mm and weighs 125.5g.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S Unveiled

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S is now available in some online stores for Rs 26,900. This phone is basically an upgraded version of the Xperia Arc with a more powerful processor.

It comes with 4.2 inch capacitive touch screen with LED backlight, along with scratch-resistant surface and utilizes Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine which is Sony's display technology. The phone comes with Timescape user interface which is Sony's proprietary user interface with deeper Social network integration. The phone is based on Android v2.3.4 (Gingerbread) OS and 1.4 GHz Scorpion processor.

It has an 8 megapixel camera with LED Flash and auto focus. It uses Exmore imaging technology from Sony and comes with features like video calling, Touch focus, Geo-tagging, Face and Smile Detection, 3D Sweep Panorama and Image stabilization.

Other features include stereo FM Radio with RDS, digital compass, HDMI port, Adobe Flash 10.3 support, Document viewer, v2.1 Bluetooth, 3G and microUSB V2.0 to connect wirelessly to the desired devices for transferring music, videos and images whenever you want. Xperia Arc S has 1 GB Internal memory and microSD support for expandable memory up to 32 GB.

Motorola Razr Now Available in India

Flipkart has started selling this anticipated smartphone in India. The official announcement of availability in India is yet to be done soon but you can order online via Flipkart.

Sporting a 4.3-inch super-AMOLED advanced display, the price will be around 34,000. Razr comes with front-facing 720p HD video camera and an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with 1080p HD video capture capability. It has 1GB of RAM, a dual-core 1.2GHz processor and runs Android 2.3 (Gingerbread).

Razr also sports Kevlar fiber and Corning Gorilla Glass to withstand scratches and scrapes. Every part of Razr is protected by a splash-guard coating, including the electrical boards inside. The phone will offer upto 10 hours talktime or 13.5 days standby on 3G usage.

In India, you will get the normal 3G version with HSDPA data speeds. Pricing is another issue with the phone, at INR 33,990, that is some steep pricing and will play an important role in the sales of the smartphone.

HTC Ville to Run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

HTC Ville is another upcoming HTC Smartphone got leaked. HTC will be unveiling HTC Ville in Feb 2012. HTC Ville is expected to be the company's first Android 4.0 phone. It will also be the first to run a tweaked version of Sense UI 4.0, and will be powered by a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 series processor.

With the expected price of 39000 HTC Ville features a 4.3 inch qHD AMOLED touch display screen, 8 megapixel backside illuminated camera with 1080p HD video capture support. It has1, 650 mAh battery. Like other high-end HTC phones, the Ville will come paired with customized Monster Beats headphones and the latest HTC Sense skin, version 4.0.

Gandhi's Grandson Spreads the "Message of Peace" in U.S.

Preaching the message of peace and nonviolence at the Peace Conference in Palm Spring, California, Mahatma Gandhi's grandson Arun Gandhi said, "Over the years we have been feeding the wrong wolf in us, and so we have seen this escalation of violence." The conference was hosted by Rotary International at the Palm Springs Convention Center.
Gandhi's Grandson Spreads the

"What I learned from my grandfather was that we, in the process of following a violent path, have created a culture of violence, a culture of violence that dominates every aspect of our lives," Arun said as reported by Bianca Rae of News Channel 3.

"Experts say 80 percent of violence we experience stems from anger," Gandhi said, and "If you want to learn nonviolence and practice nonviolence, learn how to understand your anger and control it. Anger is like electricity. It's just as powerful and just as useful, but only if we use it intelligently."

Talking on the conference, Denise Wadsworth of Rotary International stated, "The goal is to give opportunities for people of many cultures to come together in a beautiful setting to promote peace and understanding."

According to mydesert.com a day prior to that the 78-year-old Arun Gandhi in a small room at the Riviera Hotel spoke about the importance of raising children in a nonviolent world and teaching them to put others before themselves. "Nonviolence is not a jacket that you can put on and off at will; it is something that you have to live and make a part of your life," Arun said.

Arun Gandhi has made it his life's work to educate people about his grandfather's teachings. Several times a year, he speaks to civic and corporate groups at forums. He has appeared before the Chicago Children's Museum and the Women's Justice Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., and attends peace conferences around the world.

Avoid Over-Branding, or be Ready to Bid Farewell to Your Customer

Too many cooks spoil the broth. The same applies to the brands developed by companies. They tend to focus more on making their brands look appealing that they lose focus from the main aspect--the quality; which turns the customers away. With the cut throat competition among companies, products have become almost at par with each other in terms of quality, if not better, thus making branding a fad.
Avoid Over-Branding, or be Ready to Bid Farewell to Your Customer

Branding is said to have developed long ago, when people used to mark their cattle to identify them easily in a crowd. What started out as an ID card was developed upon by companies as a differentiator for their products. This helped people to recognize the products and recommend those which were good to their family and friends. The word of mouth publicity turned out to be a powerful marketing tool, which till date helps companies sell more than what they can sell using the other marketing techniques.

The extended effort by companies to lure customers to their products, repels the customers, sending millions spent on advertisement, go down the drain. A simple test of this would be to look around the things that you use at the moment and think which of the items--mobiles, laptops, bags, shoes, stationary items--were influenced by a very creative advertisement. The answer would be almost negligible, because we buy a product which looked good to the eye, or was cheaper, or was recommended by a peer.

People have been known to be ready to pay premium and wait for long duration for better quality products. Why else would a person be ready to wait to two years after paying full cash down for a Rolls Royce, rather than an easily available Maybach? The quality is what matters more to the customer than buying something cheaper and easily available.

Sorting through numerous brands is a tedious and time consuming process, which makes the customers irritated and numb as the choices are aplenty. Even for companies, less brands means better control and manageability. It was been noted that when P&G cut down its Head and Shoulders brand from 25 to 16, the profits increased to 10 percent. Customers don't want teeny weeny additions to the products to be packaged as a new product; unless it is a game changer, the small addition or little reworking here and there won't help a company to make a mark on the customer.

People relate to products which are social, which contribute their bit to the society. This helps develop trust and goodwill among the customers as they feel that a company which can do so much for the society would definitely ensure that their products are the best. So instead of making the customer obese with millions of brands and tonnes of advertisement, change the focus from what you want the customer to buy, to what the customer actually wants. Don't make the customer run away by giving them so many choices that they go to your competitor who offers limited, but quality products. The bottom line is that advertising about the various variants of your product would not make the customer come running to you, it is the quality and the trust that you imbibe along with the products that makes the customers stick to you.

India, a hell for businesses: What needs to be done?

India is on a mission, to be the biggest economic power in the world in the not so distant future. The government is making policy changes and is welcoming foreign direct investment in the country more than ever before. The country is growing at an enormous pace and is fast becoming a favored business destination for many international players. The country seems to be on the right track, but it can get there faster, if it cared a bit more about certain aspects that hinder this prospecting business scenario.
India, a hell for businesses: What needs to be done?

Recently, World Bank's 'Doing Business 2012' ranked India at 132 in 183 in a global 'Ease of Doing Business' ranking. For a country that has big plans for its future, this ranking is nothing short of failure. One of the country's immediate neighbors, China, came at the second position in the list and this reflects the growth the country has witnessed in the recent years. Even Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Nepal, fared way better with 89, 105 and 107 ranks respectively. It is not just the World Bank's ranking that pointed out the issues that are threatening the very prospective future the country is hoping for; in the lights of the World Bank report, CNBC recently ranked the country sixth among the 'World's 10 worst countries for business.'

While all these stand true, there is another aspect also, UNCTAD forecasts Indian to be one of the 'five attractive destinations for international investors over 2010-12'. This shows that beyond all the issues the country is putting forth, the global companies and countries are still interested in it. So, if the country manages to keep the issues in control and unleash its full potential, the dream of becoming the biggest economic power can be attained sooner. The few areas that the country presently tremendously lags are enforcing contracts (182), dealing with construction permits (181), starting a business (166), paying taxes (147), resolving insolvency (128), and trading across borders (109). These issues have to be resolved with war time urgency, to put the country back in the fast track of growth, and to do this the country needs a government that is not crippled with corruption.

It takes about four years in the country to enforce a contract; this when compared to the one year average in OECD countries, gives a clear picture of how difficult the Indian system has made it for the companyies to work through them. When it comes to getting a construction permit, the country does not make it any easy for the investors, they will have to go through about 34 different processes and spend on average 227 days to get it. For those who want to start a business, the country has put up enough hurdles in the way, which makes an Olympic hurdles course look like a child's play. Time taken in the payment of tax, 254 hours, when compared to Brazil's 2600 hours may looks simple enough, but the 33 payments per year when compared to the nine of Brazil makes it no bit easier for the companies. Resolving insolvency, on average, takes about seven years in the country, this along with the low recovery rate makes this a nightmare situation for the country. The time and cost required to export from and import to the country, is very high and this makes trade across borders a wishful dream for companies operating in the country.

What India needs is more liberalization. As we learned from the last 2 to 3 years' developments in the U.S., a through and through liberalization like that will be a mistake. Yet, the Indian government has to streamline its processes and make it not so excruciating a task for businesses to follow. A lot of the programs like a single window for all permits and National Innovation Council, can have a great positive impact on the business processes of the country, but many times these just end up as paper tigers, or vanish in thin air. The government will have to make sure that any proposed programs will be executed and will be available to the needed. Another big problem faced by people who aspire to start businesses is money; to get the needed monetary support in time, mostly, is an impossible thing. Several written and unwritten golden rules are deployed by banks, to deny any and every loan requests they can possibly deny. If banks liberalize their loan approval criteria a little bit more, that would help businesses a lot and the country will witness rise of much more businesses.

 But, why are these not changing and why is the government not streamlining the process in order to open up the country's economy for businesses? Due to corruption! The corruption in the bureaucracy and in the government itself has been a battle India has been fighting, ever since its independence. Recently, with the almost $40 billion 2G Spectrum scandal, it seems to have reached its tipping point. Wide protest and outrage is presently lingering in the society with the ambition to eradicate corruption. Hopefully, in the aftermath of this outrage will emerge a country, which will be a great place to do business.

Smart Ways to Live On One Income

The recession has affected almost everyone in this country. From job losses, to retirement portfolios decreases people are struggling to recover and come out ahead. The unlucky ones who were laid off in 2009, finally found a part-time job in 2011. Whether by layoff or by lifestyle choice more families are facing the chance of life on one income. The very thought of living on a constrained budget, a single salary can be really daunting. Because we have become preoccupied by the concept that earning two incomes is the only way to preserve a family and a good financial life.

Raising a family on one income calls for certain sacrifices and some smart budgeting. Give below are a few financial tips for family living on single income, that will reduce their financial stress and help them have a secured future.

Save Early

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You should actually start saving as soon as you have some kind of income, whether it is a regular income or not. Because if you do not start saving early in life, your dreams have a little chance of fulfillment. You are forced into taking wrong decision of availing a loan to satisfy your dreams. And certain loans are 'wealth-killers'. Loans are bad for financial health. You got to make a sincere effort in saving money. Use certain smart and creative methods that will help save a little on monthly basis.

 Calculating Monthly Expenses

Smart Ways to Live On One Income
To have a secure financial life you need to know your monthly expenses. Look for ways you could cut down your expenses. You can consider cutting your expenses on grocery bills, food, cable etc. You are wasting your money by paying for services you don't really avail. Instead shop around for all the monthly services you use. You could do the same when it comes to buying an insurance policy. Consider calling your insurance company to see if you can get a better deal. If you do find a better deal with another insurance company, call your current provider and ask if they can match it. Cut back on anything you don't value

 Earn Money at Home

Smart Ways to Live On One Income
If one partner prefers to stay home, which does not mean you don't have a chance to earn money or financially support your family. There are several ways to turn your interests into a small home-based business to bring in a few extra cash. Use your skills to earn some money. Take complete advantage of the internet for good place for ideas and resources for home-based businesses. You could consider networking with other home makers that can be biggest support.

 Stop the Credit Cards

Smart Ways to Live On One Income
Live within your means should be the mantra of your living. Don't spend more than what you earn. Living on a shoe string budget can be frustrating at time, forcing the couple to purchase a credit card. But credit cards can solve your financial problem or even trap you in severe financial troubles when you make late payments. Therefore, couples hooked on credit cards should withdraw enough cash each week to cover necessities and put the credit cards away.

 Have an Emergency Fund

Smart Ways to Live On One Income
It is always important to have an emergency fund, as this will help you meet unexpected expenses without much trouble. Because financial emergencies can come in the form of a job loss, significant medical expenses, home or auto repairs or something you've never dreamed of. You should keep between three and six months worth of your living expenses set aside in your emergency fund. If you currently don't have an emergency fund or find it difficult to save money the key is to start small