February 20, 2007

MSN, NBA Star Build Website For Kids

MSN has announced its collaboration with NBA star, LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers to launch an inspirational, biographical web site for kids and teens.

LeBron.msn.com enables people to explore L James' road to athletic achievement, his dedication to basketball and academics, his devotion to his team, friends and family, and his role as a community activist and people's champion. The site will allow kids on MSN and Windows Live services, to interact with James and share his experiences and messages.


Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 1.0 Out

he first commercial version of Photoshop Lightroom 1.0 has been released by Adobe.

For more than a year, the photographic software has been available as a free downloadable beta. The current beta 4.1 is due for expiry on Feb 28, after which users will have to purchase the full version if they want to continue using it.

The 1.0 version is an improvement over the 4.1 beta in terms of advanced keyword tools in the library module that help photographers filter through large collections; more flexible file handling in the import dialogue that allows greater choice while determining file location; and a new and improved key metadata browser that offers quick access to key information tags, with color labels plus a pick/reject system.


Nikon Unveils 3 Coolpix Cameras

Nikon Corp has announced additions to its Coolpix camera series; namely, L12, L11, and L10.

The Coolpix L12 camera combines easy operation and quality performance, and features VR image stabilization enabling beginners take sharp and steady shots in unstable conditions. The camera comes in Matte Silver and Matte Black colors.

With 7.1 effective megapixels resolution and a powerful 3x Zoom-Nikkor lens with 35-105mm range, the L12 can capture both closely composed portraits and wide-open views as easily.

The main feature is the optical lens shift VR ability that overcomes camera shake to produce clearer, steadier images, besides remaining active for as long as the camera is switched on. Also, the Anti-Shake button that activates lens shift VR, high-sensitivity mode, and Best Shot Selector for sharper images.

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Tech-crunch:- Hackers attack computers every 39 seconds

A study was recently set up to test how hackers access vulnerable computers. In the study, four Linux computers were set up with weak security and connected to the Internet .

“Our data provide quantifiable evidence that attacks are happening all the time to computers with Internet connections,” study author Michel Cukier of the University of Maryland said. “The computers in our study were attacked, on average, 2,244 times a day.”


Am Back

well guys back to tech world.... exams over n now am back...

February 12, 2007

Vodafone bags Hutch for $ 19 billion

UK Telecom giant Vodafone Sunday appeared all set to acquire India's fourth largest mobile venture Hutch-Essar for an estimated enterprise value of $19 billion.

The telecom giant emerged top bidder for Hutchison Telecom's majority stake in the venture.

Vodafone, headed by India-born Arun Sarin, is understood to have pipped Anil Ambani Group company Reliance Communication, a consortium led by NRI group Hindujas and Indian conglomerate Essar, which has 33 per cent stake in the venture.

The winner emerged at the Hutchison Telecom Ltd's board meeting at Hong Kong convened for considering the four bids for its 67 per cent stake put on the block late in 2006.
Telecom penetration(%)

While there was no official communication from either HTIL or any of the aspirants, sources indicated that a formal announcement could be made on Monday.

Essar, which had put a bid along with the condition that it had the Right of First Refusal to enable it the option of matching the top bid, may be mulling the tag-along clause to sell its stake to Vodafone or its Indian associates.

Natural ally

There was, however, no communication from Essar, whose top brass is camping in London, Vodafone's headquarter, sources said.

It was indicated that delay in formal announcement could be on account of the last minute consultation on the position being taken by the Indian partner in the venture.
Hutch-Essar Valuation at $19bn

Hutch-Essar 18.4
Idea 16.5
Bharti 19.6
Rel Comm 17.3
Tata Tele 16.6

Both HTIL and Vodafone spokespersons did not respond to repeated queries on the reports of UK telecom firm's emergence as the top bidder.

During his recent visit to India to assess the regulatory and related issues, Vodafone's Sarin had said he was open to partner Essar.

He also dubbed the Indian conglomerate as natural ally because of their stake in Hutch-Essar.

Anil Ambani, chairman, Reliance Communications stated that the company would adopt conservative approach, was expected to come out with a statement later on Sunday night.

Tag-along right

Essar, by virtue of being the partner of Hong Kong firm in Hutch-Essar, has 21 days time to decide on whether to exercise its RoFR (matching the top bid) or the tag-along right (to sell its 33 per cent stake in the venture).

If Essar decides to sell its stake by exercising the tag-along right, it could fetch the company over $6 billion.

Hutchison Telecom first announced in December last year that it had been approached by various bidders for acquisition of its stake in the Indian venture.

This was followed by announcements by Vodafone, Reliance Communications, Essar Group and Hindujas expressing their interest for the stake on offer. (With PTI Inputs)

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February 7, 2007

exams will screw my vday....

ok ppl exams coming which will even screw my valentines day... so wont be able to blog for a few days.... bt u tc n enjoy vday... i'll be back very soon...

February 5, 2007

Web18 Launches Indiwo.com For Women

Web18’s first lifestyle offering is going to be focused on women - a portal called Indiwo.com. Agencyfaqs reports.

Web 18 is creating online verticals by taking Moneycontrol.com’s content like tech2.com and indiaearnings.com. Anyway this won’t be like that, I feel.

Rowling: No E-Book for Harry Potter VII

NEW YORK (AP) -- Sorry, e-book fans, whoever you are. You will be able to read the new Harry Potter on paper, listen to it, probably purchase it in Braille. But don't expect to download the text - at least legally.

Author J.K. Rowling has not allowed the first six Potter stories to be released as e-books and has no plans to change that for the seventh and final work, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," Neil Blair, a lawyer with Rowling's literary agency, told The Associated Press on Sunday.


Google Earth Blurs Images of Indian Sites

Google has decided to blur images of India's Defense and scientific establishments after India voiced its concern over satellite images of sensitive sites found on Google Earth. The Indian Space Research Organization had said that these images are potentially dangerous, as they could give terrorists, a detailed view of high security areas in the country.


HCL Ships PCs Pre-loaded with Vista

HCL Infosystems has announced shipment of its notebooks and desktop PCs pre-loaded with Microsoft's latest operating system Windows Vista.

According to the company sources, with this launch, HCL has again demonstrated its commitment to introduce the latest in computing technology in India along with global launches.

Ajai Chowdhry, Chairman and CEO, HCL Infosystems said, "HCL values the great relationship we have had with Microsoft over the years and therefore on occasion as significant as the launch of Windows Vista and office 2007, that promises to fundamentally transform computing experience for users worldwide, we are proud to announce ready availability of HCL PCs pre-loaded with Windows Vista. With this announcement, HCL has also kept its promise with the Indian customers who have come to expect the latest in computing technology from their trusted computer manufacturer."


Software Makes 'Word' Open Source

According to reports, developers have completed the first phase of a Microsoft-sponsored open source project to create software that can convert Microsoft Word documents between Open XML and OpenDocument Format (ODF) for Office Applications file formats.

The software, the Open XML Translator, which is now available for free download in version 1.0, allows Microsoft Word documents based on Open XML to be translated into ODF and vice versa. And once downloaded, it can be used as a plug-in for Microsoft Office 2007, the documents of which are based on Open XML.


100,000 Videos Removed from YouTube

You'll see this message more often on YouTube, especially if you're trying to watch MTV videos. Viacom demanded YouTube to remove more than 100,000 videos that use content from Viacom's companies.

"After months of ongoing discussions with YouTube and Google, it has become clear that YouTube is unwilling to come to a fair market agreement that would make Viacom content available to YouTube users."

It's interesting that Google has a deal with Viacom that allows web publishers to display streaming video ads and video content from MTV Networks on their own sites (in a limited test, for now). Viacom also offers a lot of content in Google Video, but not for free.


Google Prepares a Presentation Tool

I'm sure many people wondered if Google will release a presentation tool, after building Google Docs&Spreadsheets. Well, the answer is yes, and the code-name of the tool is Presently (a play on Writely, the name of the online word processor bought by Google).

You will be able to convert a document into a presentation, create slides and view the presentation in full-screen. Here are some messages from a Google file [update: Google removed the messages, so here's a screenshot], that will be used by Presently:
var MSG_DOC_TO_PRESENTATION="Convert document to presentation";


February 4, 2007

[Reader-comment]-Does vista really has a flaw....

well am posting this entry because of a comment by some anonymous reader on a previous post titled "Vista Speech Recognition has Flaw"... acc. to that its not basically a flaw so here am posting something from the source he gave me.... now its upto u whether u take it as a flaw or not!!! n mr. /ms. anonymous who ever u are thanks for ur valuable comment....

"The recently launched Vista is said to have a flaw that could allow remote attackers to take advantage of the operating system's speech recognition feature."

Now if you were an idiot and left your speakers turned on, and left your microphone pointing at your speakers, and happened to visit a malicious website, which started playing a recording of someone saying a command after you turned on speech recognition, and it happened to be interpreted by the windows speech recognizer to delete a file, then i guess you might have a problem.


February 3, 2007

Tech Dirt:-Windows Vista Ultimate - Part 1

Over the last few days we are sure anyone who is reading this article, must have come across not less than 10 reports a day on Microsoft’s latest consumer effort Vista. It does not matter what media you frequent, be it radio, online print or TV, Vista is the flavor of the season. After all it’s not every day that Microsoft releases a new OS. It is an event which will affect virtually most PC users right across the globe, will influence hardware and software development till the end of this decade and will ultimately be the cornerstone of the entire PC industry for some time to come.
Faffs side, Vista has been spent a long time in development. Since its first public appearance way back in early 2003, Longhorn as it was known then promised to deliver a PC experience that would literally "blow your mind". There were tons of new features promised from a brand new file system called WinFS which was to succeed the now decade old NTFS, to integrated search and collaboration features that would bring business together in ways never imagined before.

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Vista Speech Recognition has Flaw

Reportedly, a flaw has been detected in Microsoft's Vista operating system that could allow remote attackers to take advantage of the new system's speech recognition feature.

Microsoft said that its researchers are investigating the reports of a vulnerability that could allow an attacker to use the speech recognition feature to run malicious programs on Vista systems using prerecorded verbal commands.

The company also said that the speech recognition flaw is novel and notable for being the first publicized flaw in the new operating system since the public launch of Vista earlier this week.

It is, however, learnt that the impact of the flaw is expected to be small. Vista users would need to have the speech recognition feature enabled and have a microphone and speakers connected to their system.


TRAI cuts mobile inter-network charges

MUMBAI - India's telecoms regulator said it would cut by up to 29 per cent the charges paid by mobile service operators to allow their customers to make calls to different carrier's networks, boosting shares of mobile firms.

The new port charges are about 23 percent to 29 percent lower than the present rates and will be effective from Apr. 1, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India said on its Web site.

The cut will reduce operational costs for firms in the world's fastest-growing mobile market.


Google Renames Gmail in Germany

Google has lost its long drawn battle with a German businessman, over the use of the name of its email service, Gmail, in Europe. A European trademark office has ruled that Google cannot register 'Gmail' across Europe, as the name is similar to Daniel Giersch's outfit, G-mail, a registered trademark since 2000. After the ruling, Giersch also announced lawsuits to defend more recent registrations of the trademark in Switzerland, Norway and Monaco.

G-Mail, which is short for Giersch mail, provides a 'gmail.de' email address and allows a 'hybrid mail' system in which documents can be sent electronically, printed out by the company, and delivered in paper format, to local addresses.


GooTube Slammed By Viacom Takedown Demand

Google was slammed today by a demand from Viacom to remove over 100,000 MTV, Daily Show, SouthPark BET and other copyrighted materials. This comes after months of failed negotiations between the two companies to find a way for Google to compensate Viacom for this content. According to Viacom, he clips in question have been viewed over 1 billion times.

In a prepared statement emailed to us, Viacom says:


February 2, 2007

Now Upload Videos also into Orkut

Want to upload your own video to share? Upload videos to Google Video or YouTube and add the URL here to share on orkut.

You can find the above line inside Orkut ,that says that now Orkut holds a section named Videos for uploading your videos and sharing with ur orkut friends.

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