Saturday, June 23, 2012

Internet name firm hires new boss

The organisation responsible for internet addresses has hired Fadi Chehade as its new chief executive.The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann) is facing criticism over its handling of new top level domains.
Mr Chehade, formerly of IBM, will replace Rod Beckstrom who had been in post since June 2009.
Mr Chehade will earn $560,000 (£360,000) a year, plus up to $240,000 (£154,000) in possible bonuses.

It costs just dollar 1.36 to charge an iPad for a year

That coffee you're drinking while gazing at your iPad? It cost more than all the electricity needed to run those games, emails, videos and news stories for a year.
The annual cost to charge an iPad is just $1.36, according to the Electric Power Research Institute, a non-profit research and development group funded by electric utilities.
By comparison, a 60-watt compact fluorescent bulb costs $1.61, a desktop PC adds up to $28.21 and a refrigerator runs you $65.72 in the US.
The group, known as EPRI, studied the power consumption of Apple Inc's iPad to determine the effect that the newly-popular devices might have on the nation's electricity use.

Flame virus can destroy PC files, Symantec

Image The Flame computer virus is not only capable of espionage but it can also sabotagecomputer systems and likely was used to attack Iran in April, according to a leading security company, Symantec Corp. 

Iran had previously blamed Flame for causing data loss on computers in the country's main oil export terminal and Oil Ministry. But prior to Symantec's discovery, cyber experts had only unearthed evidence that proved the mysterious virus was capable of espionage. 

Google CFO, We are not integrating Motorola

 Google intends to allow its newly acquired Motorola Mobility to keep its autonomy as it battles in the hotly contested smartphone market, executives said Thursday. 

Google chief finance officer Patrick Pichette told the company's annual shareholder meeting that there is unlikely to be a integration of the mobile products firm. 

Microsoft may be making own phone, analyst

Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) is looking at making its own smartphone to kickstart sales of its Windows mobile software, according to a Wall Street analyst who has followed the company for many years.
The talk - unconfirmed by Microsoft - comes a day after the company unveiled its latest Windows Phone 8 software, and the same week it announced an own-brand tablet, signaling a break with 37 years of focusing on software and leaving hardware manufacturing to its partners.

India unblocks file sharing sites

Web users in India are once again able to access video and file-sharing sites, including The Pirate Bay.The country's Madras High Court has changed its earlier censorship order which centred on the issue of internet copyright.The original ruling made Indian internet service providers (ISPs) block access to entire sites to prevent a single film from being shared online.
The new order was issued following an appeal filed by a consortium of ISPs.

Accenture, IGNOU join hands to launch course for BPO industry aspirants

The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has started a diploma course in business process outsourcing (BPO), the university said.
"Keeping in view the pulse of today's generation, the diploma programme has been designed and developed with Accenture in BPO-finance and accounting," said the university in a statement.
"The course will enable aspirants to develop their professional skills to be eligible for employment in the mushrooming BPO industry," it said.

Samsung probes burnt out Galaxy phone in Ireland

Samsung Electronics Co said it was investigating reports that one of its flagship Galaxy S III smartphones exploded in a user's car in Ireland.
Samsung launched its latest Galaxy S, the strongest rival for Apple's (AAPL.O) iPhone, in Europe on May 29 and in the United States on Thursday. It plans to roll out the device in its lucrative home market in South Korea on Monday.

HTC launches dual SIM Desire V in India

Less than a month after HTC launched its dual-SIM Desire V smartphone in the international market, the handset is now available in India on some retail websites. 

The online retailer Flipkart is selling HTC Desire V dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) smartphone for Rs 21,999. Desire V comes packed with 1GHZ single-core processor and runs on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) with HTC Sense 4.0. 

Infosys may cut FY13 guidance to 6 8 per cent, Jefferies

Banking group Jefferies has said that software giant Infosys may cut its guidance for the current financial year to 6-8 per cent from the current 8-10 per cent.

Jefferies in its report has cited delays in IT spending from Infosys' clients and adverse cross currency movements as the reason for this outlook. The report comes at time when other analysts have warned of rising risks to Infosys as global corporates cut IT spending. The recent foreign exchange volatility also has analysts worried.

Tatas win Singur case, setback for Mamata

Kolkata, June 22. In what is a major blow for West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and huge relief for Tata Motors, the Calcutta High Court on Friday set aside the Singur Act, terming it Constitutionally invalid.
An Appeals bench, comprising Justices Pinaki Chandra Ghosh and Mrinal Kanti Chowdhury, held that the Singur Land Rehabilitation and Development Act 2011 passed by Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress government in June 2011 was invalid as the President's assent was not taken for it.
The implementation of the order however has been stayed for two months by the court to allow the West Bengal government to appeal before a higher court.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Healthy habits can help keep diseases at bay

Washington, June 5 (ANI): Five new studies have provided evidence to support a range of healthy behaviours that people can follow to prevent illness and improve their overall health.
The findings supported on fish consumption to reduce the risk of colon cancer; the effectiveness of hypnotherapy and acupuncture for smoking cessation; regular teeth cleaning to improve cardiovascular health; the effectiveness of primary care physicians in weight loss programs; and the use of low-dose aspirin to reduce cancer risk.
Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in the Western world. Research linking fish consumption and the risk of colorectal cancer has been inconclusive, although people who live in countries with high levels of fish consumption are known to develop the disease less frequently.

House panel wants NRI marriage registration

The Ministry of Overseas Affairs and the National Commission for Women (NCW) aren’t doing enough to help women deserted by NRI husbands, a parliamentary standing committee has found. In its draft report on NRI marriages, the standing committee on external affairs has come down heavily on the ministry and the NCW for shoddy and insufficient work to help out these women. 

This is the first time such marriages are being looked into by the parliamentary standing committee.The committee has recommended that registration of NRI marriages be made mandatory. The panel also wants the government to double the expense account for legal help abroad from $ 1,500 (Rs. 84,000) to be raised to $3000 (Rs. 1.7 lakh).

The World Needs Another 95 Million Skilled Workers By 2020

Strains in the global labor market could lead to a surplus of up to 95 million low‐skill workers and a shortage of up to 95 million high- and medium-skilled workers by 2020, according to a recent report by the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI).
MGI concluded that unless there is a immediate and massive global effort to improve worker skills, there will be "far too few workers with the advanced skills needed to drive a high-productivity economy and far too few job opportunities for low-skill workers."

Every special relationship needs time and care

Why friends are importantWhen I wrote my last post on how some important relationships become irrelevant, a lot of users were of the opinion that a good friend should be accepting of all the follies of the other. I don't think that logic really works. We are selfish beings and if we say that we expect nothing in return for the time, energy and emotions we invest in relationships, I don't think we are being completely honest.

Guide to Oxbridge

10 things you must see and do in Oxford and Cambridge
Oxford and Cambridge are both towns full of history, tradition, and academic excellence. If you are planning a trip to Oxbridge to study, or even just to visit, then here are 10 things you should see and do while you're there.

Oxford has attracted some of the world's most academic and revolutionary minds since the 12th century, so there are many sights and attractions that mark its past residents and historical events. But don't make the mistake of thinking that Oxford is a town living in the past — while its historic elements are fascinating, it's still bustling with life, activity and excitement.

Rupee falls below 57 dlr more downside seen

MUMBAI (Reuters) - The rupee hit a record low against the dollar for a second consecutive session on Friday and posted its worst weekly fall in nine months, hurt by dollar demand from oil firms and gold importers as well the broad risk-off sentiment.
Traders said the Reserve Bank of India stepped in to prop up the currency and prevent a much sharper fall, estimating dollar sales of $250-300 million, slightly bigger than its projected intervention on Thursday.
The past couple of sessions have resembled developments in May, when the rupee last tumbled to a string of record lows, as renewed global risk aversion is exposing India's economic challenges and its wide current account and fiscal deficits.

LG India appoints Sanjay Maheshwary as mobile business head

 LG Electronics has appointedSanjay Maheshwary as the business head of its mobile phone division, replacing Vishal Chopra who will join the leadership team for the company's durables section.

The change of guard at the company's handsets division is the sixth in as many years. LG India, which entered the handsets business in 2003, holds less than 2% market share.

The company spokesman declined comment on the appointment. This is Maheshwary's second year in the company. He had moved from Nokia to LG India at the end of 2010 as marketing head of mobile phones division.

Motorola Mobility to Microsoft, We Demand a Royalty Recount

Here’s a big surprise: Google and Microsoft beg to differ.
For months now, the software giant has been saying that Google’s Motorola Mobility unit has refused to license standards-essential patents on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms.
Microsoft’s beef: That the cellular telecom company was demanding a 2.25 percent royalty rate on Windows for use of its portfolio of patents related to the H.264 video standard.

Mobiles surge in Asia, to overtake personal computers, Google

 Asia-Pacific is leading a surge in the use of mobile devices as they play a more central role in people's lives and are on track to replace conventional computers, a top Google executive said on Wednesday. 

Aliza Knox, managing director of commerce forGoogle Asia Pacific, said smartphones and tabletswere now becoming the primary means to access the Internet in the region, adding that the US firm was making preparations to respond to that. 

"Asia has an insatiable appetite for mobile," she told a forum at the CommunicAsia telecom fair in Singapore. 

Amazon to Expand its Android Appstore Internationally

The Amazon Appstore for Android is going international. Developers that distribute through the Appstore are invited to start submitting apps for new markets such as the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and Spain as of today, expanding Amazon’s global app footprint outside of the United States. It is a natural move for Amazon, but will developers jump on the new opportunities?
The relationship between Amazon and developers has been turbulent since the e-commerce giant launched the Appstore in March 2011. Developers have complained about a variety of issues, including disagreements over list and market prices, device filtering, consumer feedback and comments, Amazon’s review process and others. Amazon has acknowledged that the Appstore was a bit of a learning process for the company and that it has worked to address developer concerns during the past year. 

Executive who criticized Oracle president quits

Oracle Corp disclosed that a senior executive has resigned following the release of documents in which he criticized his boss, company President Mark Hurd, and belittled hardware products acquired with the purchase of Sun Microsystems.
The company run by billionaire Larry Ellison said in a regulatory filing on Thursday that Executive Vice President for North America Sales and Consulting Keith Block had resigned to pursue other opportunities.
According to a transcript of comments made in July 2011 to a colleague in human resources via Oracle's instant messaging service, Block said: "Nobody talks about Sun. Even the Sun customers. It's dead dead dead."

Report, 57 percent Of Mobile Developers Plan To Adopt Windows Phone

Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform may not be a huge hit with consumers just yet, but according to a new report by market analysis and strategy firm VisionMobile, it’s definitely catching on with developers. Almost 60% of the developers who responded to this survey say that they plan to develop for the Windows Phone platform. Those are just ‘plans,’ though, and those don’t have to turn into reality. Windows phone, say the survey’s authors, “is indeed the new cool,” but “to turn the buzz into developer buy-in at the levels of iOS and Android, actual adoption must follow soon or fall flat.”

How collective intelligence is reshaping systems management

Big data has always had a place in the world of systems management, but it might have found its sweet spot in the cloud. While there are plenty of tools available for analyzing data on how your physical resources are operating in your data center, it’s still a lot of work and it’s not easy to truly figure out what’s going on. You could think of it like a Yakov Smirnoff joke: In data center, you discover insights. In cloud, insights discover you.

Twitter sets off jitters as site goes down

The widely popular Twitterwebsite went offline for many users Thursday, prompting a flurry of complaints on rival sites. 

"Users may be experiencing issues accessing Twitter," a company statement said. "Our engineers are currently working to resolve the issue." 

That did not stop some panicked users from launching complaints. 

"Twitters broke, my life has no meaning anymore," one user wrote on the social media website Tumblr. 

Microsoft Surface secrecy not ideal, Dell

ImageMicrosoft has gotten analysts debating if its tablet Surface is indeed an iPad-killer, but the secrecy that shrouded its biggest bet yet is also risking the trust of long-time partners including PC-maker Dell, which barely had three days notice from the developer ofWindows operating system.

"It is hardly ideal," Steve Felice, president and chief commercial officer for the $62-billion Dell, told ET. "But this is the way it is in the technology industry, where the rules are constantly changing."

Microsoft brings phone software closer to Windows

Microsoft Corp's (MSFT.O) new phone software will be built on the same core as its new upcoming PC and tablet operating system, bringing the company one step closer to unifying its Windows franchise across a full range of screens that are revolutionizing computing.
The world's largest software company, which is running to keep up with Apple Inc's (AAPL.O) iPhone and Google Inc's (GOOG.O) Android devices, said the common core means customers will have a greater choice of phones and applications, and be able to switch between multiple machines more easily.

Beauty products you can make yourself

If you’re concerned about the chemicals in your beauty products, then this is a must read!
A recent report by the World Health Organisation issued a warning against many skin-lightening products that have mercury as an ingredient. Mercury, a popular ingredient in such cosmetics, the WHO warned, can cause health hazards ranging from kidney damage to skin rashes.
Commercially produced products are typically loaded with chemicals, and many unfairly withhold full information about what goes into their creams and shampoos. If you’re concerned about it, why not make your own beauty products at home. They are cheap, trustworthy and easy to make.

Easy-to-make beauty products

Homemade antiperspirants

Great Recession took deep toll across U.S. states

By Susan Heavey
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The nation's recent recession had a "broad and deep" impact across the United States, but certain states such as Florida and California were particularly hard-hit, according to a report released on Thursday.
The study, led by Yale University political science professor Jacob Hacker, found that while the U.S. Northeast was largely spared from the economic fallout in the years after the Great Recession, the U.S. South and West were hit harder.
Researchers said their study is the first state-by-state look at the how the downturn affected economic security and household incomes. It was paid for by the Rockefeller Foundation, a global nonprofit organization focused on relieving economic inequality.

New Facebook feature displays Timeline cover pic

Image Social networking giantFacebook has now introduced a new feature that will show friends' Timeline profile picture and cover photo when you hover over his/her name. 

Now, when a user hovers over a name on their News Feed or a friend's profile, Facebook will display not only a profile image, but also a smaller version of a user's cover image, giving the viewer more context on who they are. 

Gigapixel camera snaps sharp pics

A camera capable of creating images with "unprecedented detail" has been unveiled by US engineers.The prototype machine - dubbed AWARE2 - is capable of of taking pictures with resolutions of up 50 gigapixels, equivalent to 50,000 megapixels, according to the team from Duke University in North Carolina.It works by synchronizing 98 tiny cameras in a single device.The machine is likely to be used first for military surveillance.

HP launches new range of Ultrabooks, Sleekbooks in India

Expanding its notebook portfolio,HP on Thursday launched a new range of Ultrabooks and Sleekbooks in India. 

The new HP ENVY Ultrabook range is available in two colour options of red and black. As thin as 19.8 mm (0.78 inches) and starting from 1.75-kg, the new HP ENVY notebooks feature a soft-touch and slip-resistant base which make them easy to handle. 

HTC One S comes to India

 HTC has formally launched its One S smartphone in India. The company had unveiled One S at the Mobile World Congress(MWC 2012) earlier this year.

The latest offering from HTC boasts of a dual-core processor wrapped under a 4.3-inchAMOLED screen. It runs on Android 4.0 powered by 1650 mAh battery.

TCS to pay Rs 8 crore commission to Ratan Tata for FY 12

The board of IT major Tata Consultancy Services has decided to pay Rs 8 crore as commission to Tata group chairmanRatan Tata for financial year 2012, nearly Rs 6 crore more than what he was paid in FY'11. 

TCS paid Rs 2.4 crore as commission to Tata for FY'11. The company in its annual report said that commission is decided each year by the Board of Directors and distributed amongst the Non-Executive Directors based on their attendance and contribution at the Board and certain Committee meetings. 

Top paid actresses of Hollywood

highest-paid actors

The 22-year-old earned an estimated $34.5 million from May 2011 to May 2012 and pushed Angelina Jolie into fourth place.

12 nations that are home to world s millionaires

India’s population of High Net Worth investors dropped 18% to 125,500 from 153,000 according to World Wealth Report released this week by Capgemini and RBC Wealth Management. Read on to see the countries that are home to the world's millionaires.

Top 10 nations for the world's wealthy

12. South Korea: The number of High Net Worth Investors in South Korea dropped 1.5% to 144,000 from 147,000 in 2011.

CCI slams 11 cement firms with over 60 bln rupee fine

By Aditi Shah and Abhishek Vishnoi
MUMBAI (Reuters) - Eleven cement makers were slapped with $1.1 billion in fines on Thursday for price fixing, a record penalty from an increasingly assertive anti-trust regulator, the Competition Commission of India (CCI).
The CCI said the companies colluded to underuse their plant and create an artificial shortage of cement, the government said in a statement.
Analysts said the ruling, which was heavier than expected, reflected an increasingly tough approach by the three-year-old regulator and represented a coming of age for Asia's third-largest economy, hit by a spate of high-profile corruption cases in recent years.

If 2012 Is Like 2009, Then Indian Gold Demand Could Soar And Prices Will Surge

Gold prices are largely impacted by consumer trends in India, the world's largest gold market. 
But the recent slowdown in Indian gold consumption could just be a short-term, cyclical phenomenon according to the Financial Times
Pointing us back to 2009, FT's Jack Farchy writes that the Indian economy's slowdown three years ago saw gold demand plunge 77 percent year-over-year in Q1 2009. Full year gold demand fell 19 percent:

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Online blogging again regaining momentum

Blogging, the practice of maintaining anonline diary, which seems to have petered away with the emergence of social media giants like Facebookand Twitter who offered more applications and enhanced interactivity, is once again regaining momentum, say experts. 

As Facebook and Twitter continue to attract net savvy generation, people who really have a passion for writing and expressing their ideas are shifting back toblogging and its spring time again in "Blogosphere", according to those who blog for a living. 

Exclusive, SpiderCloud lands NEC contract to build private 3G networks

Silicon Valley 3G femtocell startup SpiderCloud Wireless just closed a big $35 million funding round, but it’s about to reveal a deal arguably of much bigger importance. On Thursday, SpiderCloud will announce a new contract with one of the world’s biggest telecom infrastructure makers, NEC, to supply its enterprise small cell technology to carriers around the world.
SpiderCloud is in the femtocell business, though its executives blanch when you use the ‘F’ word. Femtocells have a reputation for being interference-causing dumb little base stations that don’t play nicely with each other, making them practically useless for large-scale deployments. SpiderCloud likes to call its products small cells, and in truth it has developed something akin to a femto cloud, where hundreds of tiny indoor cellular nodes can share the same airwaves.

Oracle results ease IT spending worries

Oracle's strong results would help pacify investors worried about macroeconomic weaknesses hurting the world's No. 3 software maker, and the departure of a senior sales executive, analysts said. 

Oracle reported stronger-than-expected quarterly results on Monday as sales of new software licenses jumped. It also announced an extra $10 billion in share buybacks. 

The company reported results much before schedule after news of the pending departure of a senior sales executive Keith Block fueled concerns that business was stagnating. 

Official London 2012 Olympic Games iOS game released

The 2012 Olympic Games being held in London this July has been given its own official game, dubbed “London Games”, and it is available on the App Store and Google Play this evening. Based off 12 venues that will be used at the Olympics, the game allows players to take part in nine events. A few events include swimming, kayaking, and archery in three different modes: training, competition, and challenge. Just for kicks, you can even build your own athletes with over 220 items. The game also features support for eight languages worldwide.

Facebook provides rare peek at how site is policed

Facebook Inc (FB.O) offered a rare peek on Tuesday at one facet of the elaborate system it uses to police its 900 million-user social network, as it attempts to keep it free of content it deems offensive, illegal or just plain inappropriate.
The company said it employs "hundreds" of staffers in several offices around the world to handle the millions of user reports it receives every week about everything from spam to threats of violence.
A detailed, and somewhat confusing, chart published by Facebook on its website on Tuesday depicts how reports of various infractions are routed through the company and lays out all the potential outcomes, which can range from an account being disabled to Facebook alerting law enforcement.

2012, the year of the Dragon

2012, the year of the Dragon
2012 is a special year as it belongs to the Chinese sign of Dragon. The Dragon is the only animal in the Chinese zodiac which is not real and is based on legends. Many powerful forces will be at play when 2012 approaches. It’s the year of the Water Dragon and water is considered to be one of nature’s strongest forces. The Dragon breathes out fire and the same way those born under this sign are known to have a sharp and biting tongue that can hurt others easily. 

The power of compounding

“Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it ... he who doesn't ... pays it.” ― Albert Einstein
In the book, “Once Upon a Wall Street”, Peter Lynch, one of the most successful mutual fund managers the Wall Street has ever seen, narrates a story. “Consider the Indians of Manhattan, who in 1625 sold all their real estate to a group of immigrants for $24 in trinkets and beads. For 362 years the Indians have been the subjects of cruel jokes because of it – but it turns out that they may have made a better deal than the buyers who got the island. At 8% interest on $24 ( note: let’s suspend our disbelief and assume they converted the trinkets to cash) compounded over all those years, the Indians would have built up a net worth just short $30 trillion, while the latest tax records from the Borough of Manhattan show the real estate to be worth only $28.1 billion. Give Manhattan the benefit of doubt: That $28.1 billion is the assessed value, and for all anybody knows, it may be worth twice that on the open market. So Manhattan’s worth $56.2 billion. Either way, the Indians could be ahead by $29 trillion and change.  
This little story shows you the power of compounding and the points out the fact that the earlier you start investing the better it gets.

5 innocent items that will spice up your sex life

Does the idea of going into an adult store make you blush? If you could never bear to buy some of the kinkier products that have hit the sex market in recent years, but do want to spice up your sex life, then this list is perfect for you. Each item will make sex better for you and your guy or girl, yet no-one will ever know their true, sexy purpose:

1. A tent will improve your sex life

We all know that vacation sex is incredible, but sadly not all of us can afford to jet across to our favourite destination every weekend just so we can enjoy some under the sheets fun. However, most of us can afford a tent. Although a tent doesn’t sound like the most romantic place to get it on, once inside you’re in a totally new environment. This should kick you and your partner out of any love rut that you’ve stumbled into. Plus, once you start getting intimate with one another you’ll be amazed how steamy it becomes inside. As the tent heats up you and your partner will become slick and slippery, which is perfect for a hot, fiery sex session.  And if you’re not a camping kind of person, why not just stick up the tent in your living room?  

8 important manners you should teach your little ones

8 important manners you should teach your little ones We all want to raise our little ones to be polite and well behaved, and learning those lessons starts at home. It's never too early to teach your little ones basic manners! Here are eight of the most important manners you should try to teach your little ones before they go to school. They won't remember them all, or get them right every time, but patience and perseverance should get you through:
1.    Always say please and thank you. 
Whether they're activities as small as giving yourlittle one a snack, or them asking if they can play in the garden, always reinforce the importance of saying please and thank you. No matter how young your children are, you can't start enforcing this rule too early!

BlackBerry Porsche P 9981 comes to India at Rs 1.3 lakh

In spite of the troubles its parent company is facing in the global markets,Research In Motion, the makers of the popularBlackBerry smartphones, today said it will top industry growth this year in India. 

The parent Canadian company RIM, which has been fast losing its grip on the market of late to more agile players like Samsung and Apple, launched the BlackBerry Porsche, developed in association with Porsche Design, early this year globally. The phone is set to be launched here this evening. 

Some of the specifications of P'9981 are the design by Porsche Design that comes with forged stainless steel frame, hand-wrapped leather back cover, sculpted QWERTY keyboard, and crystal clear touch display. 

What is threatening global IT industry

Big emerging markets led by China are increasing protectionist measures in the tech sector, hurting one of the most dynamic parts of the global economy, a US industry study said Wednesday. 

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) report said the new trade barriers which discriminate against foreign information technology products and services are often disguised as measures to spur local innovation or to protect security

Microsoft s Surface, when the keyboard is key

When Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) took the wraps off its Surface tablets on Monday in Los Angeles, it was the brightly hued keyboard that stole the show.
The "Touch Cover" - a protective cover-cum-keyboard - could be a key differentiator for Microsoft as it tries to dent Apple Inc's (AAPL.O) iPad franchise, analysts said. It also represents the latest turn in an intensifying philosophical debate about how humans can best interact with their machines.
In the early days of the Apple iPad, argument raged about whether the device could succeed without a traditional keyboard--a question the gadget's subsequent popularity seemingly settled. But the iPad's "virtual" keyboard, which senses the heat of a finger on the glass screen, is considered by most users to be unsuitable for extensive typing.

Facebook Shows Friend Log In Counts, Passive Aggressively Nudges You To Post

Facebook appears to be testing a new feature — a counter at the top of your news feed (right below the “update status” box) that tells you either that “X friends logged in recently” or “Your friends haven’t seen a post from you for X days.”
The new features were spotted by Techie Buzzand also tweeted by Huffington Post senior editor Craig Kanalley. I’ve emailed Facebook for more details, and I’ll update when I hear back.

Windows Phone 8 system announced

Microsoft has unveiled the next version of its smartphone operating system.Windows Phone 8 shares much of its code with the firm's PC system, making it easier for developers to write programs for different types of devices.The company said it should mean there would be some "amazing games" for handsets running its new release.A tie-up with Nokia has already brought several Windows Phone devices to market, but sales lag some way behind models running Android or Apple's iOS.Microsoft said Nokia, Samsung, HTC and Huawei would all be making devices powered by the system upgrade.
High-def handsets

8 Health Reasons You Should Never Skip Breakfast

Break-the-fast, after going hours without food you, finally get up in the morning and need lots of energy to kick start the day. Only breakfast can provide you with this energy.
If you’re of those who’re still not having your breakfast, now is the time to change that habit. Here are some extremely important reasons why!

Why you should never avoid breakfast

1. Breakfast improves your metabolism:

Your blood sugar level drops down in the morning. You need food that can provide you energy to get through the morning. Body needs fuel to keep it running and the night is the longest gap in the refuelling process. To make sure your metabolism keeps on going you need to have something within 2 hours of waking up.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

5 easy ways to make your relationship stronger

These five quick tips will make any relationship stronger. If you’re fed up of fighting, tired of trust issues or just plain bored, read these five tips to make your relationship better: 

Make your relationship better by addressing old issues 

Fights, jealousy and previous misdemeanours upset our little bubble of romance and can make relationships a tricky minefield. If you find yourself constantly arguing over the same issues, or blowing up in anger over the smallest of triggers, it may be because you and your partner have not addressed some old issues. Next time this happens, try to stay calm and work out why you have reacted in this way. If you recognise that you are angry about something that has happened in the past it is time to be brave and sit down with your partner to discuss it. Try not to accuse them. Instead talk through the problem, being as clear as possible about the way you feel. Try to look them in the eyes, as this helps build trust and intimacy. Once you’ve talked through your feelings attempt to work out a solution together. Although it may take a long time to heal this unresolved issue, if you feel you cannot forgive the person, it may be time to walk away. These issues will only continue to repeat themselves.

Yuvraj reveals emotional journey in fight against cancer

Yuvraj Singh has spoken of his emotional battle against cancer in an interview to ICC Cricket 360°™ and has revealed that he hopes to be available for selection for the ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka later this year.

Common mistakes by credit card holders

Carrying cash may  be cumbersome sometimes and risky  too. 

Undoubtedly, the arrival of credit cards on the scene has made life simpler and convenient. 

For some people using credit card is a way of life, whereas for some handling cash is a better option. We notice that many people use their credit cards wisely whereas  there are few who are careless towards their credit cards. Remember if not used wisely, Credit Cards can make one’s life miserable. . 

In this article I have analyzed the common mistakes that cardholders make and how they can avoid these mistakes.