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UNION HRD Minister Kapil Sibal has finally announced and launched the “Sakshat” Tablet. It is now called the “Aakash” Tablet. The device is being currently manufactured by Datawinds and is going to be distributed to students for a price of Rs. 1,799 /- or approx US $ 35. Alternatively if you are a non-student buyer you will be able to buy the tablet off from shelves for Rs. 2999/- or about US $ 60.

Features: –

Unbeatable Price:

  •     Only Rs.2,999 for the UbiSlate
  •     Monthly internet charges: Rs.98 / 2GB

High Quality Web Anytime & Anywhere:

  •     Connect via GPRS or WiFi
  •     GPRS: Embedded modem eliminates the need for external dongles and allows Internet access everywhere
  •     WiFi: Allows fast Youtube videos at hotspots
  •     Fast web access even on GPRS networks, across the country using DataWind’s patented acceleration technology
  •     Web, Email, Facebook, Twitter and much much more!

Multimedia Powerhouse:

  •     HD Quality Video
  •     Watching movies in the palm of your hand on a 7” screen
  •     Audio library software helps manage your full collection of songs

Applications Galore with Android 2.2:

  •     Games
  •     Productivity software: Office suite
  •     Educational software
  •     Over 150,000 apps!

Full sized-USB port & Micro-SD slot:

  •     Expand memory to 32GB
  •     Use any ordinary pen-drive
  •     Even plug-in a 3G dongle

And It’s a Phone!

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Sunita Williams, a world reputed Indian-American astronaut has plans to travel to space for the second time in June 2012. This Gujarati origin forty four years lady was born in Euclid, Ohio. Sunita-Williams will be accompanied by flight engineers Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko. NASA declared that Sunita would turn out to be the commander of the ISS in October, 2012. Chosen by NASA in the year 1998, June, Sunita Williams served as a flight engineer overseas the International space station. She introduced with the crew of STS-116 on 9th December, 2006, docking with the station on 11th December, 2006. Being a member of the Expedition-14 crew Williams made a world record for females with four spacewalks totaling twenty nine hours and seventeen minutes of EVA. Astronaut Peggy Whitson broke the record in the year 2008 with her five spacewalks.

Sunita Williams erases the previous record by Shannon Lucid, and set up a new record for females of 195 days in space.

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Indians are the most mobile workers in the world, willing to switch jobs for better career opportunities than their peers in other parts of the world, a survey has found.

The quarterly work monitor report by HR service provider Ma Foi Randstad, which considered factors like employee satisfaction and personal motivation to analyse mobility pattern of workers, discovered Indian employees had the highest aspiration levels followed by those in Mexico and China.

“We see an increasing trend in mobility among employees in India, followed by a strong focus on promotion. This reflects rising aspiration levels in Indian workforce”, Ma Foi Randstad CEO (India & Sri Lanka) K Pandia Rajan said.

The survey, which provides an understanding of the job market sentiment and employee trends, is based on a mobility index based on responses of workers in 25 countries. It shows the extent to which employees are thinking of switching jobs at a short-term level in comparison to other countries in the world.

The mobility index found Indian workforce was the most flexible in the world, with their mobility rising to 147 index points in the second quarter of 2010 as compared to 140 in the first quarter this year.

“The maximum employee churn across the globe will be in India, followed closely by China and Mexico. This is also corroborated by the findings of factual job change in the past six months, where again the scores are the highest in India (45 per cent) followed by China (33 per cent),” the survey said.

Rajan said the survey finding could help provide meaningful inputs to the employers, who can create effective solutions to engage and develop workforce.

People in Luxembourg (78), Germany (87) and Hungary (88) were the least likely to move jobs. Employee mobility level in USA was stable while in UK slightly more people shifted jobs this quarter than the previous quarter this year.

In India, the mobility index moved up the maximum in Delhi, while it actually reversed in Bangalore, which is perhaps an early sign of stability, the survey noted.

Interestingly, the mobility intent was found to be higher amongst women than men. Also employees earning in the salary bracket of Rs 5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh, were likely to shift more jobs than others.

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Hilarious web URLs

Every website has to have a domain. But some are better than others. In fact, some are downright dodgy, and these are referred to as slurls, or slur URLs. This book has revealed some of the Internet’s most inadvertently amusing web addresses.

The home page for celebrity agent database Who Represents, is addressed http://www.whorepresents.com, the book titled “Slurls: They Called Their Website What?” reveals.

The volume compiles over 150 of these naively addressed “slurls”, or slur URLs.

It shows how spaces, rather the lack of it, can change the meaning of a word: Big Al”s bowling alley in Vancouver named its site “I love Big Al”s” which read with spaces removed says “I love bi gals”.

The list also includes names such as the Mole Station Nursery, a business in Australia selling gardening goods which took on the web name “molestationnursery” before it was changed to “molerivernursery”.

“In a world without spaces we mentally insert out own. And you might not stick yours where I stick mine,” the Telegraph quoted author Andy Geldman, as saying.

Another blooper, the home of Pen Island is named http://www.penisland.net, while Les Bocages, a British firm of tree surgeons working in France who are named after the French word for “groves” bear the web moniker “lesbocages“.

Some spoofs are glaringly amusing – the Italian home page for energy company Powergen carries the address “powergenitalia“.

Some funny web URLs include:

  • Kids growing out of their clothes?  Just check out http://www.kidsexchange.com
  • “Who Represents” is where you can find the name of the agent that represents any celebrity.  www.whorepresents.com
  • And don’t forget the Mole Station Native Nursery in New South Wales,  www.molestationnursery.com
  • Experts Exchange – a site where programmers can exchange advice – is listed at http://www.expertsexchange.com
  • Speed of Art – an art collective – can be reached at http://www.speedofart.com
  • Therapist Finder – a directory for therapy services – is located at www.therapistfinder.com.
  • La Drape – www.ladrape.com
  • Ben Dover (Finance Guru) – http://www.bendover.com
  • www.penisland.net

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  • Net gaining more ground among non-English speaking users.
  • Fifty per cent of households with a TV have multi-channel services
  • Proportion of English-speaking Internet users declined to 30% in 2007 from 80% in 1996
  • Global mobile penetration up to 67% in 2009 from 20% in 2003
  • Wired broadband penetration in developing countries at 3.5%
  • 189 countries have Central Government Web sites

Indian, Chinese and Russian domain names have dominated the Internet growth during 2005-09, indicating a surge in Internet usage in these countries. The ITU mid-term review of the status of global telecom sector has observed that the Net is clearly gaining more ground among non-English speaking users.

Some of the highest 2005-09 growth rates in terms of newly registered domain names were found in India (.in), Russia (.ru) and China (.cn), the report pointed out.

Non-English content

The report observed that the Internet content was still dominated by English and a few other languages. “Only about 15 per cent of the population do understand English. This is the real divide. However, there are positive developments in this regard,” an ITU official said, commenting on the findings.

“The proportion of English-speaking Internet users is declining, suggesting that non-English speakers are increasingly going online. Another indication of the diversification of content on the Internet is the growing number of Web sites that are registered under country domain names,” the report said.

The development of online content and applications in local languages should be promoted, for example, through the digitisation of books and documents to create an e-culture.

The report had said that the goal was to provide high-speed online access to half the world’s population by 2015.

The Directorof ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau, Mr Sami Al Basheer Al Morshid, and the Head, Market Information and Statistics Division, ITU, Ms Susan Teltscher, releasing the World Telecommunication Development Report 2010 in Hyderabad

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has come out with penetration levels of mobile connectivity and broadband across the globe, pointing out to significant growth but highly skewed growth patterns in favour the developed nations.

90% of the population have mobile coverage. It is expected that the world would have five billion mobile connections, including 4.5 billion in the developing countries. “Of the 4.5 billion connections, one-third connections are in India and China,” Mr Sami Al Basheer Al Morshid, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau, said.

The ITU on Tuesday had released a mid-term review of the progress made in the 10-year plan, envisaged in the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) held in Geneva (2003) and in Tunis (2005), to achieve a global information society.

Realising the World Telecommunication/ICT Development Report 2010, he said while 75 per cent of all households have a television, only 25 per cent had access to the Internet. “In the developing countries, home Internet penetration is as low as 12 per cent,” he said.

The report had targeted to provide broadband access to half the world population. It asked the Governments to build an ICT-literate society globally and develop online content and applications.

The officials were contended with the achievements made. “Since almost all central governments have a Web presence and provide basic information to their citizens, governments should try offering sophisticated and interactive online e-government applications and services,” he said.

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As companies become more connected and businesses more international, creating a first-class reputation across borders is critical. For some companies, this can be the difference between success and failure.

So what is the secret to earning esteem that spans the world? And which companies are best at doing it? Reputation Institute, a global private consulting firm based in New York, uncovered 28 companies that have established international merit. Earlier this year it conducted a survey to assess the strength of the world’s 600 largest companies (by revenue) in their home countries. Then consumers in 24 countries, from Brazil and the U.S. to Spain and South Korea, judged the 54 highest-rated companies, giving them more than 181,000 reputation ratings–from 0 to 100–on their products and services, innovation, workplace, governance, citizenship, financial performance and leadership

Companies at the top of the list all had one thing in common: innovation. Google and Sony ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively (with scores of 78.62 and 78.47), pulling in consumer admiration for new technologies that touch consumers’ lives. The two companies have a history of producing forward-thinking products that have emotional and rational appeal. Google, along with pulling in $6.7 billion in advertising revenue for the first quarter of 2010 (up 23% from the same time period last year), offers free services, such as e-mail and maps, for anyone to use. Sony, the world’s second-largest consumer electronics maker behind Samsung, has a 54-year history of releasing leading music players and television sets. The two companies recently announced a partnership to launch Internet-connected TVs.

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