- A Smartphone to Sense Depression!
- Know the Bad Guys of Internet
- Satellite Phones’ Security Code Cracked
- Top 5 Happiest Companies in America
- 5 Stocks for This Valentine’s Day
- Tablet Shootout: Which Fits Your Enterprise?
- Indians Donate Millions to U.S. Universities, Forget India
Posted: 09 Feb 2012 08:56 PM PST
A new smart phone senses your depression and nudges you to go out with friends, a study reveals. It’s the future of therapy at a new Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine centre where scientists are inventing web-based, mobile and virtual technologies to treat depression and other mood disorders.
The phone and similar projects bypass traditional weekly therapy sessions for novel approaches that provide immediate support and access to a much larger population, a university statement said.
Posted: 09 Feb 2012 08:50 PM PST
For all those poor internet-holics, who always live under the fear of getting hacked or scammed, TrendLabs released an infographic entitled “know your enemies online”, which contains all information on the bad guys of internet and their attack strategies.
For example, a social media scammer will have following characters.
The attackers can vary from phishers, fake anti-virus creators, App trojanizers, spammers and Malvertisers.
The price of credit card number will range from $1 to $10 depending on the regions. A hacker gets $1 to $3 for a U.S. credit card number while an Asian or Middle East credit card details will earn him $6 to $10.
Posted: 09 Feb 2012 08:46 PM PST
Satellite telephony is believed to be impregnable and perfectly fool-proofed against eavesdropping. But, researchers now have cracked the encryption algorithms of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), which is used globally for satellite phones,
and revealed significant weaknesses.
In less than an hour, and with simple equipment, scientists found the crypto key which is needed to intercept telephone conversations. Using open-source software and building on their previous research results, they were able to exploit the security weaknesses.
In some regions of the world, standard cell phone communication is still not available. In war zones, developing countries and on the high seas, satellite phones are used instead.
Here, the telephone is connected via radio directly to a satellite. This passes the incoming call to a station on the ground. From there, the call is fed into the public telephone network. So far this method, with the ETSI’s encryption algorithms A5-GMR-1 and A5-GMR-2, was considered secure.
For their project, the inter-disciplinary group of researchers from the Horst Gortz Institute for IT-Security (HGI) at the Ruhr University Bochum (RUB), Germany, used commercially available equipment, and randomly selected two widely used satellite phones.
A simple firmware update was then loaded from the provider’s website for each phone and the encryption mechanism reconstructed, according to a university statement.
Based on the analysis, the encryption of the GMR-1 standard demonstrated similarities to the one used in GSM, the most common mobile phone system.
“Since the GSM cipher had already been cracked, we were able to adopt the method and use it for our attack,” explained Benedikt Driessen, from the Embedded Security at the RUB.
To verify the results in practice, the research group recorded their own satellite phone conversations and developed a new attack based on the analysis.
“We were surprised by the total lack of protection measures, which would have complicated our work drastically,” said Carsten Willems, also from RUB.
Encryption algorithms are implemented to protect the privacy of the user.
“Our results show that the use of satellite phones harbours dangers and the current encryption algorithms are not sufficient”, emphasized Ralf Hund of RUB.
Posted: 09 Feb 2012 08:36 PM PST
Are you planning to start your Career with a Company that will keep you happy? If yes, then you can start finding a job in the top organizations listed by CareerBliss as the" Happiest companies of America." The CareerBliss report demonstrates that these companies are rated highest by the employees in terms of work, perk and everything else that matters a lot especially for employees. Listed below are the top five happiest companies that are ranked the highest amongst their staffs.
Hilton Worldwide grabs the first position with a bliss score of 4.360/5. In terms of growth opportunity the company receives 3.9/5. Owned by the Blackstone group, employees here bag an average salary of $57,970. The points received by Hilton in terms of Compensation and benefits are 3.7/5 and 4/5 respectively. The Global hospitality company has featured job openings for various positions like director of sales, director of eCommerce services etc in places like Orlando Florida and Dallas Texas.
The second position is occupied by Fluor with a bliss score of 4.238/5. The engineering, construction and maintenance service company gives an average salary of $87,589 to its employees. The growth opportunity score of the company is 4.1/5. According to 'Business Insider' in one of the reviews a staff claimed that the organization offered “recognition for accomplishments, opportunities for advancement, competitive salary and the chance to travel the world.”The organization gets 4.2 / 5 in terms of compensation and benefits. Recent Jobs openings at Fluor include HSE manager, Project manager, Project business service manager etc.
The American multinational pharmaceutical company manages to take the third position with a bliss score of 4.236/5. The company whose headquarters are in New Brunswick, New Jersey United States scores 4.1/5 in growth opportunity. Employees at Johnson & Johnson get an average salary of $87,589. In compensation the company gets 4/5 marks, and 4.2/5 in benefits. The organization which constantly ranks at the top of Harris Interactive’s National Corporate Reputation Survey has job openings for position of Highway Project Maneger/Engineer and senior Level Geologist/ Engineer in places like Lake Mary,FL, Pittsburg, PA and Amesbury ,MA.
The retail industry Nordstorm receives the fourth rank with a bliss score of 4.234/5. The company, which posses 225 stores operating in 29 states across the United States pays an average salary of $39,984 to its staff. The retail giant, Nordstorm, acquires 3.9 /5 points in terms growth opportunity. However , the Seattle based company acquires 3.7/5 marks in compensation and 4/5 in benefits. The recent job openings offered by the company is for the position of Dialer strategy analyst.
The largest chemical company of the world BASF holds the fifth position with a bliss score of 4.21/5. A BASF staff in one the reviews have said that the organization has provided them with the opportunity to go back to school and work with individuals who cared about their work. The company furnishes an average salary of $52,000 to its staff. Headquartered in Germany, the company scores 3.8/5 in terms of growth opportunity. The points in compensation and benefit include 3.9/5 and 4/5 respectively. The company has recently offered job vacancies for positions like mechanical design engineer, project engineer and team leader the positions are based at Freeport, TX and Baton Rouge, LA.
Posted: 09 Feb 2012 08:24 PM PST
Valentine’s day, the day for people who are in love. People can be in love with many things, starting from their loved ones to their pets and even the stocks that they trade with. For those who want to make this Valentine’s Day special with their stocks here is the list of stocks that you should be looking out to make that day an extraordinary one for your money and your honey. Although this day is not as big as any of our Indian festivals, there are few retailers who make a good sum of money as consumer sentiment will be soaring high on the Cupid stricken day.
Feb 14 of 2011 was a day which brought high spirits for investors. The month of love was renamed as the Month of money by investors last year when during the intra-day trade on the BSE, the shares surged up to 19.89 percent due to some of the below mentioned stocks.
Here is the list of the stocks which are looking forward for Cupid’s magic on Valentine’s Day.
Chocolate companies top the list of hot stocks for this Valentine’s Day because no valentine’s day is complete without chocolates. Chocolate companies have come with special merchandises to gift your beloved ones. It is considered as one of the flagship gifts that will be shared on a Valentine’s Day. Cocoa companies are also a good vouch. Chocolates are inexpensive but yet a recognizable product which makes it a simple but yet special gift.
With freshly cut flowers your love day can be made even more exciting. Though it is one of the most cliched gifts, it has never run out of fashion. Flower companies are reportedly doing volumes of importing and exporting within the sector. The flower industry is makes good revenue during this time as the natural amount of flowers purchased increases during this time.
Greeting card companies:
The oldest way to say someone you love. With beautiful words that speak your heart out it is nothing like greeting cards for a beloved one of yours. Couples exchange greeting cards which are teamed with a dozen roses. Though online greeting cards are a trend now, the traditional paper ones still touches the sentiment of many. Valentine?s Day sales for greeting card companies is expected to soar as new products are lined up which has romantic greeting cards paired with an envelope that plays a love song when you open it.
Those dazzling diamonds are your lover’s or wife’s favorite and they cost a bomb. But price hardly matters when it comes to love. Although Indians are known to be buying jewelry round the clock and 365 days of the year, diamond jewelry is not the same and is an exceptional which its presence felt only during this season. In the past year we have some of the world’s biggest diamond companies foraying their way into India with Indians looking out for luxury goods. India Shining factor, is, possibly, best reflected in the surge in India’s gold and jewelery exports, which have been making considerable contributions to the country’s foreign exchange earnings.
On a valentine’s day most of the couples prefer a dining out and they would love to hit a restaurant which has concept intended dining. Multitude choices are given to plan a romantic dinner for two and plenty of price ranges and packages to choose from. In the recent years, more Indians with higher disposable income are investing in the restaurant market. During the valentine’s Day it is mad rush among many couples to bag the best discounts and offers by restaurants which all the more makes the Hotel and Restaurant Industry a revenue generator during this season.
Posted: 09 Feb 2012 08:18 PM PST
In todays world tablets are fast becoming an inevitable trend in the enterprises. And in case of enterprises tablets generate the opportunity to develop native application stores and build customized apps to achieve certain targets and meet business objectives. According to Morgan Stanley, adoption of tablets by enterprises could grow rapidly and more widespread beyond expectations. A recent report by informationweek authored by Kurt Marko on 'Enterprise Buyer's Guide: Tablets' scans the current state of business-friendly tablets by analyzing the features and specs of six products with a focus on enterprise readiness.
The Apple iPad 2 is appreciably faster, thinner and lighter than the iPad 1, and boasts a pair of video cameras; you may wonder where shorcuts have been made in its construction. The product has set standards in terms of screen size, software features, memory and user interface.
RIM Blackberry Playbook
The BlackBerry PlayBook is massive on sales and is the Competitor for Apple iPad2. This PlayBook helps transform the way you 'work 'and' play' by combining the features you need with a powerful, ultra-portable design you want and runs on a new OS called QNX.
The HTC Jetstream is the latest addition in the line of tablet computers available in today's consumer market with a 10 inch screen. It was released with a lot of buzz with because of its 4G capability, something not available among its contemporaries such as the iPad2, Motorola Xoom and Samsung Galaxy. The HTC Jetstream is the first device on AT&T's blazing new 4G LTE network.
Motorola Mobility Droid Xyboard
Motorola Droid tablets known as Xoom 2 in UK are available in two sizes one with 10-inch and smaller 8-inch screen sizes with new options for consumers looking to stay connected, productive and entertained. Xyboard 8.2 is available in India it runs on dual core 1.2 GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor along with 1 GB of RAM and use the Android 3.2 Honeycomb Operating system that preloaded with various Google and other applications.
This tablet has a unique asymmetric design it has a wedge-shape, similar to a magazine that's been folded over. Sony doesn’t offer models supporting cellular data, but otherwise the specs are almost identical:dual-core, 1-GHz Tegra 2 processor, 1,280-by-800 display, 16- or 32-GB flash, and the standard Android software stack. Very-well-placed Power and Volume buttons are located in a recess on one side, but battery life is deeply disappointing.
This Tablet is thin as the iPad2 and more lighter, its one of coolest honeycomb tablet, with 3mp back camera and 2mp front camera and dual speakers, availability of 4G LTE wireless. Though Samsung galaxy has a slightly larger, higher-resolution screen, it essentially matches or exceeds Apple spec-for-spec, down to the price tag. The device doesn't commit to upgrading to Android 4.0
Posted: 09 Feb 2012 08:06 PM PST
Top Indian industrialists are funding alumni base of Harvard University, reveals a recent survey by the U.S. News Short List. Meanwhile, the Indian universities are suffering from lack of contemporary IT infrastructure, absence of best practices and low student gross enrollment ratios (GER). Yet, the top industrialists choose to invest westward instead of directing their funds on Indian universities.
Indian businessman Siddharth Yog gifted $11 million to his alma mater Harvard Business School and it made front page news since he made it to the rare category of single largest personal gifts made by any Indian to Harvard. Prior to him donations given to Harvard were by Anand Mahindra who donated $10 million, Ratan Tata donated $50 million to fund a campus building and Narayana Murthy donated $5.2 million to publish ‘The Murthy Classical Library of India’.
At the same time there have been a few thoughtful Indian philanthropists who have contributed to the Indian education system. Azim Premji who is the chairman of Wipro and the third richest Indian, donated $2 billion to the Azim Pemji Foundation that works towards educating children in rural India. This has by far been the biggest act of philanthropy by an Indian. HCL founder Shiv Nadar donated Rs 580 crore towards the Shiv Nadar Foundation which will be used to fund educational causes in India. Vineet Nayyar, MD of IT services company, Tech Mahindra, donated one third of his shares in the company to the Essel Social Welfare Foundation, a Delhi-based organization. The organization supports education of the girl child and the handicapped. Asit Kotecha, who owns Pashmina Realty and is founder of ASK Group, donated Rs 30 crore to the Mumbai University for building an international convention centre (ICC).
On the other hand various reasons are citied for funds not flowing in for Indian universities by the Indian entrepreneurs. The reason why they contribute to endowment funds abroad rather than invest in Indian education as per Pramod Bhasin, Genpact President and Chief Executive Officer is "I think one of issues that people face, particularly NRIs, is that charitable donations made in India, may not be tax deductable as in the U.S., depending on factors such as how is a trust registered, whether it is recognized internationally or not…That could be an issue," as reported to Business Line.
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