- Look at the World of Glass and Touchscreen!
- Laptops to Accept Your Eye Command
- New Skills Pay Better Than IT Certificates
- Google Violates “NO Poach” Agreement; Hires Apple’s Senior Director
- For New Ventures, Scope Intensifies in B2B
- Expensive Homes Of Entrepreneurs
- Selective Abortion on the Rise among Indians in North America
- Facebook Files Objectionable Content Report
Posted: 07 Feb 2012 04:29 AM PST
Corning has released a video titled "A Day Made of Glass 2: Unpacked" which takes us on a tour to have a look at what could be the future of glass touch-screen interfaces. This video is a continuation of Corning's last year's video "A Day Made of Glass" which received more than 17 million views on YouTube, this video explains company's vision in the role of specialty glasses and advanced touch-screen.
Corning’s Gorilla Glass has made its significance felt in the gadget world in a very short span of time. Gorilla Glass is a super-strong, lightweight glass which can withstand drops and ill-treatment, therefore these glasses are used in most of the latest touch screen-devices and are expected to come in many future products.
Posted: 07 Feb 2012 04:24 AM PST
Tech giants around the world believe that motion control is the future of computing. With the invention of Nintendo's Wii which is a gaming console with a wireless remote by which you can control a computer by just waving your hands, the belief of the tech giants become reality. Microsoft's Kinect which analysis motion and have a whole new experience to gamers and the recently launched iPhone 4S with a voice assistance computing named Siri are other notable examples in this field.
All such innovative techs are around us making computing better and easy, but now the technology is focusing on a new field in the space of motion control technology called 'Eye Tracking'. This technology is not new, it's available in militaries and in some specialized industries for disabled peoples, but it has a huge cost.
Posted: 07 Feb 2012 04:14 AM PST
IT certification may no longer assure extra pay in your tech field, in spite of the surge of job growth in the IT sector– new skills are now more valued instead. Foote Partners, a consultancy that delivers in-depth reports regarding the IT labor market, released these quarterly findings based on its monitoring of more than 2,200 employers and around 120,000 jobs.
The market for tech jobs looks good though, since it is stronger than it has been. According to a report from Dice.com (the largest tech job board), the number of tech job-listings by employers in 2011 increased by 11 percent when compared to 2010. The rate of unemployment in the IT sector has also fallen from 5.3 percent in 2010 to 3.7 percent in 2011 according to Bureau of Labor Statistics' year-end report. The overall unemployment rate for the whole economy, in comparison, was 8.5 percent in the US in the month of December.
According to Foote's survey, tech jobs in the last quarter of 2011were not willing to pay as much as they used to for certified skills which included Oracle/Siebel 7.7 certified consultant, Microsoft certified database administrator, and IBM certified specialist in storage networking solutions. These courses lost around 15 percent (or more) of their market value while narrow non-certified skills sets, including SAP Business One, SAP Web application server, and ColdFusion/ColdFusion MX, saw a similar spiraling decline.
Posted: 07 Feb 2012 04:11 AM PST
Google has apparently violated the secret "no-poach" agreement with Apple by hiring Simon Prakash, Apple's Senior Director of product integrity.
Posted: 07 Feb 2012 04:09 AM PST
Since last six to nine months, there is early adoption in B2B Internet ventures that are trying to organize fragmented businesses, with businesses like Via (formerly FlightRaja – serving individual travel agents) scaling up pretty well.
However, in the Internet the direct to consumer businesses in India have been facing two primary challenges in scaling up: last mile Internet connectivity and payment mechanism. A large number of services and products like travel tickets, hotel bookings, insurance payments, investment products, and real estate brokerage are delivered through local neighborhood entrepreneurs. Though this ecosystem is fragmented and inefficient it solves the problem of last mile distribution and payment collection. The opportunity lies in organizing this unorganized market by providing platform driven services to them. If there is a value proposition, small businesses are willing to spend money and invest in a computer with Internet connection.
There have been B2B businesses in areas of logistics, commerce, auction exchanges, assisted commerce, and financial products distribution, which have seen proper traction. These platforms are helping fragmented businesses increase their efficiency, sales, and customer retention. The challenge here is to reach the fragmented customer base.
Step out of B2B, and opportunities abound around business model innovation. From the technology standpoint, it is energy efficiency and telecom, which are evolving. In telecom, rapidly changing combination of device and operating system is giving a nightmare to the incumbents. Startups are developing platforms and services to reduce time-to-launch and market services on mobile. OnMobile has recently launched their developer platform similar to Facebook app platform.
In terms of energy efficiency, there are new applications in energy monitoring and measurement. Response management is a bit futuristic at this point. However; once the monitoring infrastructure is set up, response management would be the next obvious step. Adoption is a challenge in this industry. However, industrial users can be early adopters if they see clear cost advantages.
Entrepreneurs, while starting out on their ventures should dig into big markets. Sectors like education, healthcare, commerce, and financial product distribution have big existing markets and are growing with India's per capita income. There are existing inefficiencies and consumer pain points. A disadvantage is that there would be competition and entrepreneurs have to look for differentiation and sustainable customer value. People with relevant professional experience are ideally placed to identify niche areas of pain points in their relevant industries. There are many white spaces; hence many innovations are yet to come out. Some specific industries in the target zone could be micro-payments, commerce, ad targeting, and distribution platforms, which provide good opportunity for innovation. We have not seen expected traction in e-commerce. However, commerce on platforms like television and voice has seen some initial traction. Platforms like CashCard (ItzCash, Done) and mobile payment solutions (mChek, Paymate) are needed to facilitate micro payments. There is enough scope for innovation here.
The author is Associate at Cannan Partners
Posted: 07 Feb 2012 04:06 AM PST
Having millions of dollars means that you can have a luxurious life; you can build yourself a posh estate spawned on acres of land, get it custom-designed, decorate it with the latest and the rarest materials, use the latest technology, have umpteen luxuries embedded in it to boast about. The extravagant lives of the CEOs of the biggest companies in the world, is incomplete without a property which is the talk of the town. Here are most expensive houses of entrepreneurs.
Lawrence Joseph Ellison, the Co-Founder and CEO of Oracle Corporation, is the fifth richest man in the world. He owns a $110 million Woodside, California estate. The estate has a 9,300 square meters lake, and an extensive seismic retrofit. Ellison also owns a $6.4 million house in San Francisco, constructed over 10,742 square feet. He also purchased a $42.9 million estate in California, which includes a 19-hole golf course from Tim and Edra Blixseth, founders of Yellowstone Club. Ellison is also said to have purchased more than 12 properties in Malibu, California, worth more than $180 million.
Yuri Borisovich Milner is the founder of Digital Sky Technologies, now called Mail.ru Group and DST Global. He is also one of the principal investors in Facebook, Zynga, Twiter, Spotify, ZocDoc, 360Buy.com, and Groupon.
Lakshmi Mittal, the Chairman and CEO of the ArcelorMittal, is the sixth richest person in the world. He is also an independent director of Goldman Sachs, member of the Board of European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company, World Steel Association, Foreign Investment Council in Kazakhstan, International Investment Council in South Africa, and World Economic Forum's International Business Council.
William Henry Gates, the former CEO and current Chairman of Microsoft, is the second richest man in the world. His mansion, nicknamed 'Xanadu 2.0.' is situated on the side of a hill overlooking Lake Washington in Medina, Washington.
Mukesh Ambani, the Chairman and Managing Director of Reliance Industries, is the ninth richest man in the world. He stays in a 27-storied building named 'Antilia', in Mumbai. The mansion is valued at approximately $2 billion and is claimed to be the most expensive house in history.
Posted: 07 Feb 2012 04:02 AM PST
The female foeticide seems to have crossed national borders and has travelled with some Indian parents. It does not prevail just in India anymore and it's not just about boy versus girl economics. A recent editorial in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) sparked off a debate about the prevalence of this practice among Indians in North America, where female foeticide was seen by way of selective abortion in Canada's Asian immigrant communities.
A working paper for the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research in 2009 revealed that the sex ratio for first births among Indians in the U.S. was close to the norm of 105 boys for every 100 girls. But the ratio got increasingly tilted for subsequent births if the previous children were girls. In cases where in the first two children were girls, the sex ratio for a third birth among Indians was found to be nearly 190 boys for 100 girls.
The research also indicated male-biased sex ratios among U.S.-born children of Asian parents. The study involved 65 immigrant Indian women who revealed the pressure they face to have sons, the process of deciding to use sex selection technologies, and the physical and emotional health implications of both son preference and sex selection. Of these women, 40 percent had terminated pregnancies with female foetuses and 89 percent of the women carrying female foetuses in their current pregnancy went on to abort them. The results from the study could reasonably be deduced to Indians in Canada. However, it is not right to paint all Asians with the same broad brush as it is unjust to those who are against sex selection.
Posted: 07 Feb 2012 03:55 AM PST
Facebook India on Monday filed its compliance report before the Delhi court which had ordered it and 21 other websites to remove objectionable content from their websites.
Google India also told the court that it has removed certain web pages from the Internet on which objections were raised by the petitioners.
Meanwhile, Facebook, Yahoo and Microsoft told the court that they have no role to play in the case and there is no cause of action against them in the matter.
Additional Civil Judge Praveen Singh also posed a query to the counsel appearing for petitioner Mufti Aijaz Arshad Qasmi, as to whether the blog service-providing companies can be made a party to the case for any content posted by the users on the blogs.
The court, which will further hear the matter at 12:30 PM on Monday, also asked Google Inc as to why it was not coming up “properly” with a reply and brushed aside its contention that it had received the copy of the judgement and other documents related to case only on last Friday.
“Why are you (Google Inc) not coming properly with your reply?” the court said.
“Don’t tell me you have been served only on Friday. After all this hullabaloo that has been created in the last few months you should have been prepared,” it stated.
The court also asked the petitioner to supply the copies of all the documents relied upon, to all the opposite parties.
The court had on December 20 last year, in a ex-parte order issued summons to 22 social networking websites asking them to remove “anti-religious” or “anti-social” content in the form of photographs, videos or text which might hurt religious sentiments.
It had on December 24 set February 6 as deadline for the websites for the same.
Santosh Pandey, the counsel appearing for complainant Mufti Aijaz Arshad Qasmi, had assured the court that he would provide the companies with the copy of the complaint and other related documents.
The court’s order had come amid a raging controversy over monitoring the content on Internet and of those websites depending on user generated contents, which arose after Union Telecommunications Minister Kapil Sibal had asked the social networking websites to “screen” the contents.
The websites, which have been asked to remove objectionable contents, include Facebook India, Facebook, Google India Pvt Ltd, Google Orkut, Youtube, Blogspot,
Microsoft India, Microsoft, Zombie Time, Exboii, Boardreader, IMC India, My Lot, Shyni Blog and Topix.
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