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Friday, March 30, 2012

Anonymous threatens to shut down Internet today

Anonymous threatens to shut down Internet today
There is a strong possibility that you won't be able to indulge in your favourite internet activities like shopping and surfing on Saturday due to a hacking group - Anonymous - which has threatened to shut down the net.

"Operation Global Blackout 2012 looks to shut down the internet for a whole day tomorrow (Saturday) by disabling its core DNS servers, making websites inaccessible," said Interpol's Secretary General, Ronald K. Noble.

Noble was speaking at the thirteenth D.P. Kohli memorial lecture on "Multijurisdictional Investigation: Operation Unmask" in the capital.

According to Noble, "Anonymous" is protesting against several reasons including the crash of Wall Street and irresponsible leaders.

"Investigations have already been launched by Colombia, Chile and Spain as their private and public websites have been attacked by the group," he added.

Meanwhile, Interpol has launched Operation Unmask to deal with the group and arrested 31 alleged members in two different phases in February and March, 2012.

However, Anonymous vowed vengeance and retaliated through a global wave of cyber-attacks on Interpol Feb 28.

"At its peak, the wave reached 400,000 attacks per minute. My parents' home address and phone number were published on websites," said Noble.

According to Noble, there are around 2.3 billion internet users in the world and more than one million of them are affected by cybercrime every year while $388 billion dollars is the global cost of such crimes.

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Lucid Meetings And Collaboration In The Cloud

Traditional web conferencing solutions are centered on sharing your screen; they don't help you produce good outcomes from your meetings. WithLucid Meetings you can share your screen, but you can also do so much more. For working teams this means getting more done with less by combining collaboration, web conferencing, and teleconferencing into one seamless solution. Now everything you need to meet with your teams and plan, decide, assign and track is all in one place. For one low fee.
For organizational leaders, boost productivity across your teams by transforming and improving what employees dislike the most, their meetings.

How do people get started using Lucid Meetings?
Lucid Meetings offers a free 30 day trial with all new accounts. Many customers first learned about Lucid Meetings by attending a meeting hosted by someone else. Others find us online and spend time reviewing the how-to videos or contact us for an introduction when they have questions.

Benefits of Lucid Meetings:
Lucid Meetings provides:
- online historical record repository
- provide a scalable organization-wide all-in-one facility for a company's teams and projects
- actionable records
- documented discussions
- collaboration tools
- cloud-based solution
- easy real-time communication tools
- affordable alternative
- expert meeting infrastructure & guidance
Which helps:
- oversight into teams
- it's the results, stupid! (not the talking)
- provide a unified organizational experience
- create alignment between project goals and meeting outcomes
- to look professional; impress clients and stakeholders with your meeting organization & management skills
- provide continuity between meetings to avoid repeating discussions and revisiting decisions
- Improve visibility / transparency into what teams are discussing and accomplishing in their meetings
- increase value for time spent; if 30%+ of your day is spent in meetings, make it count!
Unlike the competition:
- disjointed solutions that rubber band together wikis, base camp, dropbox
- difficult and expensive enterprise collaboration: sharepoint, Jive, and others
- status quo with old technology, such as Webex, GoTo, Conference calls, online meeting presentation tools
For a free 30 day trial of Lucid Meetings, use code NY2012 at

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

How To Redirect Blogspot.In To Blogspot.Com Address

It is not a new thing since few days that your blog may redirect to a country based
domain. Perhaps it is worldwide. Every blogger blog owner may have the same problem of automatic
redirection. So here in this post, we have a tweak that enables your blog to stay on URL.
How to redirect to address || Tech News
How to redirect to address || Tech News

Well, first of all let's answer the question. Why a .com redirect to a ccTLD (Country Specific Top Level
Domain) URL may hurt you? This is because according to MR. Search Engine Optimizer's law, you can't
host the same content on different domains. If you are using blogger on your own top level domain,
then there is no point of worry. But if your blog has a address in its tail, then it may hurt
So, let's get into the answer now. Here is the simplest JavaScript code (Pretty short too!) that you can
use to save your blog from being redirected:
Place this in the HTML code (Before tag ) of your blog and you won't see any redirect further.
Source : bloggertipsandtricks

Nokia Launches New Asha 303 Smartphone

Nokia India on Monday announced its latest addition to the Asha series – the Nokia Asha 303, a touch & type smartphone with a QWERTY keypad designed for web browsing, social networking, entertainment and gaming.
Packed with a powerful 1GHz processor and a 2.6 inch capacitive touchscreen, it features pre-installed entertainment and applications such as Angry Birds Lite, Mobile TV with Zenga TV, Whatsapp, along with DRM-free Nokia Music Unlimited service. The phone is priced at Rs 8,899.

A tie up with Vodafone will allow its customers to enjoy internet on their Nokia Asha 303 with 1GB of 3G/2G data (on 3G) per month for 4 months free of cost. Speaking at the launch, Nokia India Director Marketing Viral Oza, said, “Nokia has been bringing smart innovation on mobile devices to newer price points, feeding the vast appetite for digital consumption for consumers who are young, urban, hyper-social and want the smartest phones at affordable prices.”
The phone has Bluetooth connectivity, an internal memory of 170 MB with support for up to 32 GB memory, and sports a 3.2 MP camera.
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Over 300 Use China’s Fastest Supercomputer

The number of registered users of China’s fastest supercomputer has crossed 300, the authorities said.
Companies from the US, Canada, Singapore and Sweden are among the users, according to a press release issued Tuesday by the National Supercomputing Center in the northern city of Tianjin.
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It provides outsourcing services for complex work like mine surveying, bio-informatics, large-data animation design, nuclear fusion energy research and also marine environmental engineering, Xinhua reported.
With a processing speed of 2.57 quadrillion operations per second, Tianhe-1A was ranked fastest in the world in November 2010, but was surpassed by the Japan-developed K Computer last June, according to the Top500 list of the world’s most powerful computers.
Tianhe-1A cost $72.3 million to develop.
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West Kirby Student Named UK’s Top Young Scientist

A Merseyside student has been named as the UK Young Scientist of the Year.
West Kirby Grammar School’s Kirtana Vallabhaneni beat 360 other entrants to be awarded the prize at The Big Bang Fair at Birmingham’s NEC on Friday.
The 17-year-old was part of University of Liverpool’s research project aimed at identifying the harmful cells that cause pancreatic cancer.
West Kirby student named UK's top young scientist
West Kirby student named UK's top young scientist

She said she hoped her win could help “instil the same kind of passion I have for science in other young people”.
The judging panel for the national award, open to 11 to 18-year-olds who completed a science, technology, engineering or maths project, included renowned space scientist Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, Nobel Prize winning biochemist Sir Tim Hunt, and the Science Museum’s inventor in residence Mark Champkins.
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The fact four finalists were female shows that there are strong opportunities for women in science”
Kirtana Vallabhaneni UK Young Scientist of the Year
Dr Aderin-Pocock said she was “delighted” with Ms Vallabhaneni’s work.
“The country’s science and engineering industry has an incredibly bright future ahead of it if Kirtana and her fellow finalists are anything to go by,” she said.
“It’s these talented individuals who will inspire others to think about science and engineering in a new and exciting light.”
Ms Vallabhaneni, who was part of the project team working to isolate cells in the pancreas that can be targeted with chemotherapy, said she was “so happy” with the win.
“Everything that I’ve worked for over the last year has come together,” she said.
“The fact four finalists were female shows that there are strong opportunities for women in science and it proves they don’t have to follow convention and stereotypes.
“I’m so passionate about what I do and I hope that with this success, I can instil the same kind of passion I have for science in other young people.
“If I can do it, they definitely can.”

Swedish Investigation Into The Pirate Bay ‘Deepens’

The Pirate Bay file-sharing site appears to be the subject of a deepening investigation by the Swedish authorities.
Binero, the Swedish company that hosts the site’s web address, said that it had recently received a letter from the country’s Prosecution Authority and police requesting information.
TPB’s webmasters had earlier claimed that an inquiry initiated in 2010 had been “cranked up a notch”.
The operators denied TPB was illegal.
TPB claims to have more than 5.5 million registered users. It offers Magnet links which provide users the ability to download copyrighted movies, music, books and computer applications.
In February the site’s original administrators were told they could not appeal jail sentences and fines relating to their role in helping people circumvent copyright controls.
The site remained online as it was not part of the legal proceedings.
Shortly after the verdict was announced, the site’s current operators switched it from a US-based .org address to a Sweden-based .se address.
Swedish investigation into The Pirate Bay 'deepens' - Tech News
Swedish investigation into The Pirate Bay 'deepens' - Tech News

They said they wanted to prevent the risk of the US authorities seizing the site, and to “make a statement” about their friends’ prison sentences.
Limited response
Binero’s marketing manager, Erik Arnberg, told the BBC that his firm had been contacted in the latter half of February with a request to divulge information about a customer owning the domain names and
“It said an investigation is being conducted, but there was no specific mention which crime was being investigated nor which law was applicable in this case apart from a general Swedish law which is a general requirement of any citizen to help the police with their questions,” Mr Arnberg said.
The Pirate Bay screenshot The Pirate Bay offers Magnet links to many recent Hollywood movies
“We do try to protect our customers’ integrity, so in this case we have chosen not to answer all of the questions, but rather just forward onto them public information.”
Public records only list’s owner as “fredri4218-37643″.
Mr Arnberg stressed that his company only hosted TPB’s domain name and not any of the file-sharing links that it provided.
‘Going nowhere’
Neither the Swedish Prosecution Authority nor the Stockholm County Police could confirm the details of the inquiry when approached by the BBC.
However, the Torrentfreak news site, which has closely followed the story, reports that the prosecution told its editor that it was “interested in torrent sites” without providing more detail.
Torrentfreak speculates that the authorities may be trying what they failed to achieve after a 2006 investigation: to “shut down The Pirate Bay website for good”.
TPB’s webmasters say that their servers are set up in “a special way” so that they can never be pinpointed to one country.
“We think that the investigation is interesting considering nothing that TPB does is illegal,” they wrote on its blog.
“We’re staying put where we are. We’re going nowhere.”
However, users in the UK may find themselves unable to access the site later this year.
The High Court has ruled that it facilitates copyright infringement and will decide in June if internet service providers must block it.
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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Software Turns Spoken English Into 26 Languages

Computer giant Microsoft has reportedly created a software dubbed the ” Universal Translator” that can convert English language spoken to it into 26 different languages.
Frank Soong and Rick Rashid — from the Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington –
created the software which can also speak in the user’s own voice, the Daily Mail reported.
The scientists hope that the software will one day allow visitors to foreign countries have conversations with other people, even though they do not speak the same language.
Soong said his breakthrough could help language students and might also work with navigational devices.
Hypothetically, it could be installed into a smart phone meaning tourists have a ready made translation device sitting in their pockets.

“We will be able to do quite a few scenario applications. For a monolingual speaker travelling in a foreign country, we’ll do speech recognition followed by translation, followed by the final text to speech output in a different language, but still in his own voice,” Soong said.
Soong and Rashid created the software with colleagues at the Microsoft Research Asia in Beijing, the company’s second-largest research lab.
The device needs around one hour to get used to a person’s voice, and then works by comparing the words that have been recorded with stock models for the target language.
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Acer Beats HP To Become No. 1 PC Maker In India

Taiwanese computer maker Acer Inc has emerged as the number one desktop seller in India during 2011, after seeing some ups and downs during the year that was marked by component shortage and aggressive price wars among multinational vendors.
With a 13.2% market share in the last quarter of 2011, as per data from market researcher IDC, Acer wrested the top spot from Hewlett-Packard, the US hardware giant that is still reeling under the impact of repeated top-level management changes, that is affecting its performance not just in India but elsewhere as well.

In the desktop space, Indian firm HCL Infosystems had the second spot after Acer, with a market share of around 8%. During 2011, Acer topped sales in the desktop category for nine months but slipped to the number two slot during the July-September quarter, only to bounce back during the last three months of the year. However, in the overall PC market in India that includes laptops and other mobile computing devices such as tablets, Dell is the leading vendor, with Acer at the number four slot.

Large orders from the government was one of the factors that helped Acer increase its sales volumes in the country, according to its chief marketing officer S Rajendran. HP’s recent announcements about plans to hive off its PC business as well as its decision to replace its chief executive Leo Apotheker with former eBay chief Meg Whitman made customers wary, giving competitors such as Acer an opportunity to use the moment of weakness to gain market share.
Another significant factor that helped Acer is the inability of unbranded or assembled PC sellers to cope with the price fluctuations during the year. Following floods in Thailand, one of the global harddisk manufacturing hubs, the price of the storage device soared literally pushing it out of reach for most informal players.
With a PC-penetration of only about 8%, India is still considered a virgin market with a lot of headroom to grow even as desktop market has been shrinking in most developed markets such as North America and Europe, where consumers are migrating to mobile computing devices such as laptop, netbook or even tablet devices.
Last week, while launching the latest iteration of Apple’s tablet computer iPad, the firm’s chief executive Tim Cook claimed that Apple sold more number of iPads than desktops sold by any PC maker, signaling a clear change in preference among consumers.
India, however, analysts say is still fairly early in the stage of computer adoption and hence presents a huge opportunity for multi-national computer makers such as Dell, HP, Lenovo and Acer.
Home-grown hardware firms such as HCL Infosystems and Wipro have also been competing with the transnational firms for a share of the pie. In the latter half of the year, PC sales in India had been impacted by component shortage and price fluctuations.
According to data available from Gartner, overall PC market in India recorded its lowest shipments in the last six quarters during the last three months of 2011, primarily due to supply shortage and ensuing fluctuations in hard disk price. During the October to December period, 2.39 million 3D printers units was sold in India.
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