Saturday, August 4, 2012

Windows 8 s UI isnot Metro any longer, so stop calling it that

If you've become accustomed to calling Windows 8's new, smartphone-like interface by its given name "Metro," you'll want to erase that portion of your tech vocabulary rather quickly. Microsoft has revealed via an internal memo that the name just doesn't cut it with one of its European partners, and thus will have to be changed.
Windows 8's flashy new front is a big change from what PC devotees are used to — rather than a plain old desktop with tiny icons, users can organize large tiles which launch programs, update your social network status, or even monitor the weather. For many months now, Microsoft has been preparing the public for the switch, and the name "Metro" fit the new, modern style rather perfectly.

Google gets tough with app developers

 Google has introduced stricter guidelines for application developers to cut down on malicious apps on its Androidplatform.
Policy changes for apps submitted to the Google Play app store include new rules on app naming, a ban on apps that disclose personal information without permission and more details on the payment policy. "We are constantly striving to make Google Play a great community for developers and consumers," the Android team wrote in a letter to app developers.
"This requires us to update our policies when we launch new features, like subscription billing, and also when we see unhealthy behavior, like deceptive app names and spammy notifications," the letter added. According to the Telegraph, Google's new terms tell developers 'not to pretend to be someone else'.

IT spending in Indian manufacturing to double by 2016

Here's some good news for IT industry on domestic front. According to research agency IDC, IT spend in Indian manufacturing will double by 2016. 

IDC's Manufacturing Insight predicts the India manufacturing IT spending to grow to $8,781.8 million by 2016, which doubles the manufacturing IT spending of 2011, representing a CAGR of 14.5% between 2012 and 2016. The sector with the highest IT spend in the Indian manufacturing sector in 2012 is automotive, which is followed by chemicals and consumer products. 

India plans space mission to send a satellite to Mars

India plans to send a satellite via an unmanned spacecraft to orbit Mars next year, joining a small group of nations already exploring the red planet, a government scientist said on Friday.
A rocket will blast off from the southeastern coast of India, dropping the satellite into deep space, which will then travel onto Mars to achieve orbit, the senior scientist said, asking not to be named because the project is awaiting final approval.
A spokesman for the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) based in Bangalore would not confirm the mission, but commented generally on the ambitions of India's space programme.

Indian IT companies Wipro, Infosys to tweak hiring strategy

India's IT companies, which hired approximately 1.5 lakh students from campuses last year, will be hiring much less during this placement season starting August-September. 

Country's third-largest software exporter Wipro, which had planned to keep the ratio of on-campus and off-campus hiring at 90:10 in the beginning of the year, has now changed it to 70:30, a senior executive from the Bangalore-based company said. "We will hire in a measured way till we get more (demand) visibility and increase off-campus numbers," the executive added. 

Narayana Murthy hopeful of Infosys Kolkata centre

Founder of software giant Infosys,NR Narayana Murthy today said he was positive that the company's first centre would come up in the metropolis. 

"I am certainly positive about the Kolkata centre. There is no doubt about it," Murthy said when asked about the future of the city unit for which the West Bengal government has allotted 50 acre at Rajarhat near here. 

"There are solutions to all the problems. Therefore, there is a solution to everything which we think is unsolvable," Murthy, now Chairman Emeritus of Infosys, told reporters on the sidelines of an event here. 

Samsung to unveil new Galaxy Note in late August

Samsung Electronics (005930.KS) is set to take the wraps off a sequel to its popular Galaxy Note smartphone at an event on August 29, about two weeks before the possible debut of Apple's(AAPL.O) new iPhone.
The two arch rivals are bracing for a full-blown battle with the expected rollouts of the two key models coming as they lock horns in a high-stakes patent trial in the United States.
"We plan to unveil the next Galaxy Note at the Samsung Mobile Unpacked event in Berlin on August 29," a Samsung spokesman said on Friday, without elaborating. The event will take place two days before the opening of Europe's biggest consumer electronics trade fair IFA.

Buy online rail tickets without cards or net banking

State Bank of India customers will be able to pay for online train bookings through mobile banking using the Interbank Mobile Payment System that is available to all depositors.

After selecting their tickets on the IRCTC website, customers will be given an option to pay through mobile banking in addition to internet banking and through card. SBI customers can then enter their mobile number, the mobile money ID and one time password which can be generated through their mobile phone.

U.S. online job demand slips in July

A monthly gauge of online labor demand in the United States slid in July from June but still posted year-over-year growth, the operator of a job search website said on Friday.
Monster Worldwide Inc (MWW.N), an online careers and recruiting firm, said its employment index dipped 4 percent to 147 points from 153 points in June. The index was up 2 percent from 144 a year ago.
The index saw annual growth in 15 of the 20 industries monitored and 16 of 23 occupational categories compared to July 2011.

Best beauty treatments in Britain

Top beauty treats to renew and refresh
As well as top restaurants and superb shops, Britain also has a lot on offer when it comes to giving yourself a bit of tender loving care. When you feel you've deserved a treat, pop by one of these renowned spas and retreats across Britain to revitalise your hair, body and skin, and leave you feeling fabulous.

Team Anna ends fast, takes political plunge

Throwing light on its proposed 'political alternative', Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal said that it would not be a party but an 'andolan' or movement.

NEW DELHI: Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal has confirmed that they will form a political party to stem out corruption plaguing the nation.

Anna Hazare, while speaking at the end of the fast at Jantar Mantar on Friday, announced that he himself would not be contesting elections, but will support this party 'from the outside'.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Top 30 Aphrodisiac Foods

If you seek an all-natural way to improve your lovemaking skills, you need to only look into the bounty of Nature. Nature provides a host of aphrodisiacs that are scientifically proven to ward off boudoir blues. Read on!


1. Maca Roots
If you are unfazed by its humble appearance, don’t let its unattractiveness fool you. Sworn by the Peruvians to be the most powerful aphrodisiac ever, Maca roots boost sexual strength and libido. A confirmed super food, Maca roots not only add zing to any given dish, but also improve immunity and functionality.

14 Items You Should Always Pack for a Business Trip

Packing for vacation is exciting. Just folding your swimsuits and stowing your flip flops can get you revved for the leisure days ahead. But packing for a business trip teems with a different type of excitement: anxiety. What should you bring and what can you expect?
There are 14 items you should always have on your packing list, to help prepare you for a variety of networking scenarios and remote-office challenges:

Business cards.

1. Business cards. This one might seem obvious--you should always have a few of your own cards at the ready when away on business--but Ivan Misner, founder of the business networking organization BNI, recommends that you also pack spare cards from your colleagues and the people you work with the most. "You should have the contact information for your referral partners," he says. "One of the best ways to network ... is to find ways to help someone. [When networking] most people try to sell to someone instead."

Facts about Metabolism

Did you know your body is constantly burning calories, even when you're not working out? And that watching television can actually lower your metabolism?

When it comes to nutrition, every dieter dreads the elusive workings of the ‘M’ word.
Metabolism has had every diet freak in a tizzy, with its unpredictable ups and downs. While the world goes on to ponder the mysterious workings of one’s metabolic rate, this article shall provide some food for thought.

Constant Burning

Did you know that you tend to burn calories even when you’re not working out? The body converts fat into energy, to fuel its functions and the calories stored in the body provide us with this energy. The level of fat-burning depends upon the type of activity being done. You burn more calories running around than just working at a desk. Nonetheless, the body is like a machine which needs an inexhaustible source of energy to run. So even when you’re at rest, you’re still burning calories.

Soon, check traffic updates online

A week from now, motorists will be able to view traffic congestion spots along the route of their journey simply by visiting the traffic police's official website. This will be possible through a product called Traffline, which sources data from public transport vehicles moving across city streets. The information is then overlaid on a digital map or provided in text format to users. Motorists can also receive free SMS and email alerts if they subscribe to the service.

Sabeer Bhatia hails the relaunch of Hotmail by Microsoft

Image Sabeer Bhatia, the Indian-born co-founder of Hotmail, has hailed Microsoft's decision to relaunch the iconic email service as, as the technology major looks to break the hegemony established by Google's Gmail in recent years, but also bring about greater integration between social networking and email services.

Speaking to ETfrom San Francisco, Bhatia, who along with co-founder Jack Smith, sold the email service toMicrosoft in 1997 for $400 million, explains the need for the re-branding, which he insists, is not the "phasing out of Hotmail," but a move targeted towards rejuvenating, what was once regarded as a mainstay of the internet in the late 90s.

St Xaviers grad creates network for scientists

Melding together the features of popular social networking sites, a fledgling start-up in Gurgaon has built a search and collaboration platform that aims to knock down the ivory towers confining global scientific research. 

Knimbus, a first-of-its-kind niche networking platform, launched by two Indian entrepreneurs, helps scientists access content, share findings and connect with peers in real time. Launched in September last year, it has already notched up a user base of 30,000 scientists and researchers. 

Govt planning data centres for states

Image At a time, when private enterprises are only testing the waters around cloud computing, the central government has made a bold decision to migrate critical information infrastructure on the cloud. 

The department of information technology is planning to set up a national cloud-based network that connects all state data centres, which would make that the backbone of national e-governance plan, which when completed would deliver many government-to-citizen and government business services via the internet. In effect, each of the 28 states and 7 Union territories will have a private cloud of their own. 

RIM launches new line of PlayBook tablets

Research In Motion (RIMM.O) (RIM.TO) chose its home country to launch a PlayBook tablet with built-in support for cellular networks, a crucial feature that its initial models lacked.
The BlackBerry maker said on Thursday that the new tablets will be launched in Canada next week and rolled out in coming months in the United States, Europe, South Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.

RIM, BlackBerry security not compromised in India

Research in Motion(RIM.TO) refuted on Wednesday a new round of Indian media reports, which claim that the BlackBerry maker has granted the government the encryption keys to its secure corporate email and messaging services.

How Wipro, Infosys, Cognizant create their leaders

Image Every year, Wipro chairmanAzim Premji and the CEO of the company's IT business TK Kurien block one week of their time to review succession slates in the company. The search is not restricted to front-line leaders who would occupy corner room positions; it runs deeper in the organization covering a large number of leaders across different business units. 

Hackers may bring down India s power grids

 It is possible for an adversary or a group of hackers to cripple India's power grids through a cyber-attack, although this is an unlikely reason for the recent power outages that crippled much of north, east and north-eastern India. 

Since the first power trip up on Monday, there have been discussions within the security establishment about the possibility of entities trying to carry out a sophisticated cyber-attack to cripple the grids. 

More Zuckerbergs working with Google than Facebook

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's sister has joked that with Google's acquisition of the social media marketing firm Wildfire, there are now more Zuckerbergs working at the internet search giant than at the social networking company.
"There are officially now more Zuckerbergfamily members working for Google than Facebook! #awkward," Randi Zuckerbergtweeted.
Randi's tweet came as her sister Arielle Zuckerberg is now an employee of the rival firm Google, which announced the acquisition of California-based Wildfire, the New York Daily News reports.

Google creates Official Android blog

Do you insist on keeping yourself updated at every piece of official news surrounding Android platform? If your answer is yes, then we have some good news for you.
Since the beginning, Android was a blogless mobile operating system, and Google used to publish their news or several updates with the help of Google Mobile Blog, but no more! Today, Google officially launched their official blog for Android mobile operating system.

iPhone 5, Sharp to ship screens to Apple in Aug

Japan's Sharp said it will start shipping screens destined for a new Apple iPhone that is widely expected to be released in October ahead of the pre-Christmas shopping season. 

"Shipments will start in August," Sharp's new president, Takashi Okuda, said at a press briefing in Tokyo on Thursday after the company released its latest quarterly earnings. 

Risk Factors for Heart Disease

Hectic lifestyles leave no room for personal well-being. However, an awareness of the risk factors behind heart diseases will aid in preventing them. Here are some of the primary risk factors.

Heart diseases are common among the urban population of the country.
Hectic lifestyles leave no room for personal well-being. However, an awareness of the risk factors behind heart diseases will aid in preventing them. Here are some of the primary risk factors.

1. Smoking

Everyone knows that smoking cigarettes is injurious to health. What most people don’t realise is that smoking alone can be responsible for increasing risks of sudden cardiac arrests. A smoker has twice as high a chance of incurring heart attacks before he is 50. This rule holds true for passive smokers as well. On the bright side, however, this is the most curable of the risk factors. Abstaining from smoking will help reduce chances of cardiovascular ailments drastically.

Love your whole life

We often confuse emotional well-being with happiness. Being content and at peace with yourself goes beyond happiness, which may at times, be fleeting. On the other hand, in the annals of psychology, emotional well-being demands certain behavioural attributes: flexibility, coping skills, control over your life, a constructive direction and inter-personal skills. Here, experts identify how you can work towards achieving this.


Friendship is one among the foremost casualties of your stressful life as an adult. So go back and search for that close pal from your long list of FB friends and get in touch. (See Five Friends Every Woman Needs) 


Hurun Report and GroupM, a Chinese think tank, just released a report analyzing millionaires across China.
The most interesting findings:
  • There are 1.02 millionaires across mainland China, an increase of 6.3 percent over the previous year. The report also estimates that for every "known" millionaire, another two exist under the radar. Beijing is home to the highest number of wealthy individuals, with 179,000 millionaires and 10,500 super-rich (worth $16 million or more).

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Vaastu remedies for your home

A personal wealth vase can be created with ease at home. It is a simple Feng Shui symbol that is an excellent way to attract great wealth. It is a vase filled with precious items, kept at home/ office or any premises.

A personal wealth vase can be created with ease at home. It is a simple Feng Shui symbol that is an excellent way to attract great wealth. It is a vase filled with precious items, kept at home/ office or any premises. Placed well at a home/ office, the personal wealth vase can be a powerful tool to invite and maintain prosperity.

Earn more with your mobile apps by publishing them to Nokia App Store

"Sell your apps to millions of Nokia Consumers today via Direct Operator Billing in India"
Nokia has recognized and appreciated the developer’s efforts in creating innovative apps for Nokia App Store, and hence is now willing  to offer them maximum value in return. Nokia has  now entered into partnerships with Bharti Airtel (Airtel), Vodafone India (Vodafone) and Reliance Mobile, the top GSM mobile operators in India, to offer integrated billing solutions. Airtel, Vodafone and Reliance consumers can now download their favorite paid content on Nokia’s immensely popular mobile application store and have the amount deducted from the pre-paid balance or pay it as part of their monthly post paid mobile phone bill. 

There Is No Escape, All Facebook users will soon be forced to switch to Timeline

It's not so bad so long as you remove incrimination photos before your Timeline goes live
If you consider yourself one of the lucky people who haven't been forced to switch to Timeline yet, know that your luck may soon run out. According to Techcrunch, Facebook will force all of its 955 million accounts to use the new, more visual profile layout this fall in order to give everyone a consistent experience throughout the site.

Employees spend a quarter of their day checking emails, Study

Image Working individuals spend two-and-a-half hours on an average writing emails every day, a new study has found, suggesting changes in the way people use computers that could make them 25 per cent more productive. 

A poll carried out by McKinsey Global Institutebased on a typical working week of 46 hours found that more than a quarter of most employees' time is wasted sending, receiving or sorting out emails instead of doing their jobs, the 'Daily Mail' reported. 

Google Fiber, Check out the in home set up and equipment

Residents of Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Mo. are signing up to pre-register for Google Fiber to their homes and the most popular areas will get the service first. According to Azhar Hashem, head of marketing for Google Fiber, subscribers who pre-register to get a gigabit for $70 a month (or gigabit Internet and plus TV for $120) will be able to request an exact time instead of a window and will have the ability to track the installer with near real-time updates (10 minute intervals).

Microsoft revamps Hotmail as social friendly Outlook

Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) unveiled a revamped, Facebook-friendly version of its free, online email service on Tuesday in an attempt to reverse market share losses to Google Inc's (GOOG.O) fast-growing Gmail.
The world's largest software company is renaming its Hotmail service Outlook, giving it a sharp new look, social network links and new features for handling the tide of junk and mass mail that swamps many users.
Hotmail was still the world's largest online mail service as of June, according to the latest comScore figures available, with 324 million users, or about 36 percent of the global market.

RIM, BlackBerry security not compromised in India

TORONTO (Reuters) - Research in Motion(TOR:RIM.TO - News) refuted on Wednesday a new round of Indian media reports, which claim that the BlackBerry maker has granted the government the encryption keys to its secure corporate email and messaging services.
India is one of the Canadian smartphone maker's few growing markets, where it is expanding aggressively. The company is facing falling sales elsewhere as customers abandon the BlackBerry in favour of Apple's iPhone and a slew of devices using Google Inc's (NSQ:GOOG - News) Android software, leading to RIM's shares falling by more than 50 percent over the past one year.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

7 Reasons You Might Not Want a Promotion

You assume that getting a job promotion is the best thing for you, right? That may not be the case. With promotion comes great responsibility, to misquote both Voltaire and the Spider-Man comic series. Even if you excel at your current job, there are a few reasons you might not want what comes along with that salary increase at the next level:
By Lindsay Olson | U.S.News & World Report LP

Your current skills don't match the senior position.

1. Your current skills don't match the senior position. Being a brilliant computer programmer doesn't necessarily make you management material. Promotions tend to give you more leadership and management responsibility, and if you haven't had a position that has trained you for this, you may end up in over your head.

6 ways to deal with a lousy boss

How do you deal with a lousy boss? We tell you how, now.
Rebecca Thorman | U.S.News & World Report LP

Bad boss?

When you have a bad boss, you can't afford to be a bad employee. Double down and manage up to retain your pride and productivity. Also try these six winning strategies:

6 Drinks that Fight Age

These six drinks fight aging. See what they are and when to down them. 
When to Drink: At the Alarm 

Guzzle water, Dr. Lodge suggests. Hydrating will help beat that groggy feeling and make your skin look its glowy best (both now and later in life), says David E. Bank, M.D., a dermatologist in Mount Kisco, New York. 

How Much Water to Drink to Lose Weight

Water is a miracle cure for all health problems. Drinking the right quantities can help you maintain levels of hydration, physical well-being and – here’s the punch line - lose weight!

Water is a miracle cure for all health problems. Drinking the right quantities can help you maintain levels of hydration, physical well-being and – here’s the punch line - lose weight!

Functions of Water

It is an understood fact that water helps mobilise soluble nutrients, transport waste materials and regulates body temperature. Inadequate consumption can result in elevated blood pressure, increased amounts of impurities in blood, and dermatological problems. Water also helps in the transportation and dissolution of fat cells in the body. Our competitive lifestyles have reduced us to eating junk foods containing empty calories of zero nutritional value. This depletes the natural reserves of nutrients and only ends up storing increased amounts of fat.

SIP is it really good or is it hyped

Is this a question that has been uppermost in your minds?
I have been saying put money into an SIP with a good fund and go to sleep’ – and I have been blunt enough to tell you which funds too. Now, is this applicable to all the people who read this blog? No. Of course not.
People who have stock picking skills (or who think they have stock picking skills) surely do not need an SIP. Do I expect a Portfolio Manager or an active fund manager to need this advice? I doubt it. I have a few friends who are CXOs who are happy doing a SIP. At last count there were at least 6 CEOs, 12 COOs, 5-6 CIOs, …who I know are doing SIPs.
I also know it is easy to pick up a period in time and say ‘If you had stopped the SIP in this period you could have saved so much’. I was in the market when there was no index, when the index was at 100, at 2,000, at 4,000, and at 21,000.

5 Secrets to a Happy Marriage, Revealed by Divorce

In 25 years of studying marriage, Dr. Terri Orbuch, research professor at the University of Michigan and author of the new book "Finding Love Again: 6 Simple Steps to a New and Happy Relationship," has found that some of the best relationship advice comes from people who are actually divorced.
WATCH: Is this the Most Epic Marriage Proposal?
 In 1986, Orbuch embarked on a long-term study, supported by the NationalInstitutes of Health (NIH), which followed the relationships of 373 newlyweds. By 2012, 46% had divorced, about the same as the national average.

House prices seen rising further, Reuters Poll

REUTERS - House prices in India, which have more than doubled in the past five years, will keep rising this year despite a rapidly-slowing economy but prices in its financial capital, Mumbai, look ripe for a fall, a Reuters poll showed on Tuesday.
The poll of 19 property market analysts, consultants, developers and data firms, pointed to a median 7.5 percent rise in house prices this year in Asia's third largest economy.
Following is a summary of the results of the survey.
1. Please provide your forecast for average nationwide house price change in India in 2012 (%)
- A median of 18 responses expects a rise of 7.5 percent

Facebook re designs photos section

 In a move to make photo viewing more enjoyable on Facebook, the social networking giant has announced launching a re-designed version of its photos section. 

"We are announcing improvements to the photos section that make viewing photos more enjoyable,"Facebook Product Manager Emily Grewal announced on the company's website yesterday. 

With this move, users would be able to access photos all at one place above the timeline. Earlier Facebook's users could view photos segregated into albums. 

Ten questions, Are smart TVs really that smart

Any TV that works with anything that remotely resembles an “OS”, can connect to the Interne,t and download apps and content is labeled as a Smart TV. The idea seems simple – bring the same experience to the TV, as you would have on a smartphone or a laptop. And then some! But does that really work? We attempt to find out which features actually work, and which don’t.
Buying a laptop or a smartphone based on the spec sheet may be appreciated, but that doesn’t hold true for the Smart TV. With most other devices, you have a fair idea of what the performance might be, after one look at the spec sheet. However, with a television, you really have no generalization in terms of specifications and hardware. While technically you may compare between two LED televisions, the resulting performance may be vastly different. As a consumer, this can become quite intimidating on the shop floor, but you need to keep a few things in mind before splashing the cash on the most expensive HDTV and accessories out there!

Grid collapse, How Genpact, WNS, EXL ran operations

The BPO industry in Gurgaon and Noida managed to run operations, even as power grid failed, using back-up generator sets that run on diesel.

"The building infrastructure has dual back up support of gas and diesel. The critical and non-critical resources were put on optimum utilisation to control the wastage," WNS Group CEO Keshav R Murugesh said.

The Gurgaon delivery centre has not suffered any business loss, he added.

Top five free running games for your Android and iOS device

Gaming on the smartphone appeals to a wider audience when compared to consoles. Generally, to play a game on your Xbox 360 or your PS3, you need to invest a few hours, but games on your smartphone can be played for a few minutes on the go while you wait at a traffic signal or for the bus, ride in the bus or metro, so on and so forth.
There are games available from a variety of genres ranging from puzzles like the Angry Birds games to the like of Infinity Blade and Street Fighter that define action games on the handheld platform. We have also seen shooters like Wolfenstein 3D make an appearance on touchscreen devices.

Finally, someone created a map of the Internet

Well, productivity, you had a good run. But unfortunately for everyone with actual stuff to do today, a fantastic time waster has appeared on the web, and it threatens to turn everyone into mindless page surfers for eternity. It's called The Internet Map, and it just might be the best tool yet for finding sites you've never even heard of.
The map is comprised of the top 350,000 websites from around the world, organized into groups based on country and genre. The more popular a site is, the larger its dot will be. As you can imagine, heavyweights like Google, Yahoo, and Facebook have some mighty large real estate on the map, but the seemingly endless smaller dots are a treat to explore. You can even search the map for a specific website, and then browse its virtual neighborhood to find other sites you may enjoy.

World s Richest Cricketers

India may have plummeted in international rankings, but this hasn’t really hurt their pay packets. According to Forbes, the top five of the world’s highest paid cricketers are all Indians.

India's cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni points his finger as he shows some areas in the ground to bowlers during a practice session ahead of their first One Day International cricket match ag

1. Mahendra Singh Dhoni - According to Forbes, the Indian skipper has made over $26.5 million over the past one year, with just $3.5 million of that coming courtesy of his on-field play and the rest from endorsements. He reportedly endorses as many as 25 brands including the likes of Pepsi, Reebok and Sony.

7 things men find unattractive about women

While many look at women as the ones who like to nitpick, men do have their nitpicky moments, too. Find out what they are...

Unattractive female habits
Too much makeup, talking about bodily functions, and belittling the opposite sex are just a few of the female habits that men find unattractive about women. We know that not all women are like this, but when we meet them, boy do we know about it. Here are seven things men find unattractive in a woman:

What is so sexy about women

What makes a woman sexy?
Earlier this month, on a lazy Sunday afternoon, after a heavy brunch, I was flipping through the pages of a famous fashion magazine. The topic that caught my attention was 'sex appeal'.  What is it in women that men find sexy?

Income tax Dept extends due date for tax return filing

On consideration of the reports of disturbance of general life caused due to failure of power and further in consideration of the fact that the e-filing of returns for a specified category of individuals and HUF has been made mandatory, the Central Board of Direct Taxes has extended the 'due date' of filing of returns of income for the Assessment Year 2012-13 to 31st August 2012 in respect of assessees who are liable to file such returns by 31st July 2012 as per provisions of section 139 of Income Tax Act, 1961.
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Exercises to Minimise Back Pain

Working for long hours in a cramped, sedentary work space taxes your spine, making most men prone to backaches. Try these simple exercises to reduce backaches in no time at all.

The increasing pressure of work life leaves little room for personal grooming and exercise.
Working for long hours, on a cramped sedentary work space, taxes your spine, making most men prone to backaches. The following article will provide a list of simple exercises that will reduce backache in no time.

Chidambaram is new finance minister, Shinde gets home

Manmohan Singh appointed Chidambaram as the new finance minister and Shinde as the home minister.

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today appointed Palaniappan Chidambaram as the new finance minister, while Sushilkumar Shinde has been named the new home minister in a minor reshuffle in the union cabinet.

The limited reshuffle of portfolios left open an opportunity for bigger changes after the monsoon session that would also decide if Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi assumes a role in the government. 

A reshuffle of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) is also being contemplated, party leaders said. 

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

New iPhone, Smaller iPad Rumored to Be Announced September 12

Rene Ritchie of reports that “sources who have proven accurate in the past” are saying that the new iPhone will be announced on Wednesday, September 12.
The rumored “iPad Mini” and new iPods will come along for the ride as well, says Ritchie. As for availability, Ritchie’s sources say the new iPhone will be available on Friday, September 21.

Apple s sorrow may be alarm for smartphone industry

If Apple's weaker-than-expected quarterly result is anything to go by, the global smartphone industry is a lot more vulnerable to economic shocks these days than during the 2008-2009 financial crisis. 

In developed markets, every other person already owns a smartphone. In emerging markets, penetration rates are much lower, but cheaper phones that cost under $100 are squeezing profit margins. 

PM sets up committee to review taxation of IT sector

Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh has constituted a Committee to Review Taxation of Development Centres and the IT Sector. 

The Committee will engage in consultations with stakeholders and related government departments to finalise the Safe Harbour provisions announced in Budget 2010 sector-by-sector. It will also suggest the approach to taxation of Development Centres. 

The Prime Minister had earlier set up an Expert Committee on GAAR under the Chairmanship of Dr. Partho Shome to engage in a widespread consultation process and finalise the GAAR Guidelines. The response has been overwhelmingly positive. While this committee would address concerns on GAAR provisions and would reassure investors about the predictability and fairness of our tax regime, it was felt that there is still a need to address some other issues relating to thetaxation of the IT Sector such as the approach to taxation of Development Centres, tax treatment of "onsite services" of domestic software firms, and also the issue of finalising the Safe Harbour provisions announced in Budget 2010. 

Social networking sites eyed by hackers in India, Report

Imagine this: When you are on going through your Facebook wall, you note that some of your friends have uploaded a link to an application that claims to reveal who visits your profile and how famous you are, just by clicking on it. However, when you realise that this seemingly innocuous activity might provide a gateway to a remote hacker into your own computer, it is too late. 

According to the findings of Internet Security ThreatReport by a private computer security firm, social networking sites are increasingly used to launchmalware attacks in India. 

Review, Sony Xperia Go

It's the monsoon season. Rain gods have not been too kind to India, especially in Delhi and surrounding areas, this year, but there is a chance that one of these days you may find yourself in middle of a downpour. 

Getting drenched in rain is an enjoyable experience but it may cost you your phone. Water and smartphones don't go together very well. But there is an exception. The rugged phones can survive rain with ease. These are the phones designed to handle tough conditions well. This means they are waterproof or water resistant up to a reasonable degree. They can survive moderate amount of dust or ice. They can handle a fall or two with grace, without shattering into pieces of broken plastic and glass.