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      After reading a lot of articles in Tech Crunch, C NET, and many more technology news reflectors, i have written this article…. It is all about Microsoft suing Motorola, for infringements of nine Microsoft’s patents. Nowadays its a common issue, that one company suing other for some reasons. But in this case, it is clear that Microsoft has indirectly sued Motorola. Since they didn’t sue Google for Android but the other manufacturers of Smart Phones who actually used Android. Here is an article found in the Microsoft Press Release,….

“Microsoft filed an action today in the International Trade Commission and in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington against Motorola, Inc. for infringement of nine Microsoft patents by Motorola’s Android-based smartphones. The patents at issue relate to a range of functionality embodied in Motorola’s Android smartphone devices that are essential to the smartphone user experience, including synchronizing email, calendars and contacts, scheduling meetings, and notifying applications of changes in signal strength and battery power.



We have a responsibility to our customers, partners, and shareholders to safeguard the billions of dollars we invest each year in bringing innovative software products and services to market. Motorola needs to stop its infringement of our patented inventions in its Android smartphones.” 

And here is an article by Horacio Gutierrez, Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel…
Article explaining briefly about the Sue…. Microsoft TechNet

       I am currently experiencing the highlights of the Microsoft’s latest web browser, Internet Explorer 9 Beta….

I have blogged here some of the screenshots of those highlights. Go here to experience about the IE9 browser.

Shot1:

In IE9, the address bar and search text box are binded together,.. When you hit ENTER with a url in that box, then you will be taken to that particular website. And when you hit ENTER with a phrase or word, then you are taken to the Bing, searching that particular phrase….

Shot2:

Another cool thing with this IE9 is, you can pin a tab to your Windows 7 taskbar, as you pin other desktop application. That is you can bookmark a website in your Windows 7 taskbar. Go here for a DEMO.

Shot3:

       You are disturbed while browsing only in rarecases. That is, when you download a file, the notification asking for a confirmation is at the bottom of your browser. And also notifications asking for your confirmation to save your password is also at the bottom of your browser.

Shot4:

You will notice from the above clips that your favorites and tools and preferences section are much better organized in the Microsoft’s latest browser IE9….

Shot5:
The below are the screenshots showing how to pin a tab in the Windows 7 task bar.

Go here to download the IE9 Beta……….

Imagine A Robot Speaking In Arabic !!! World is going somewhere!!!
       The UAE University in Abu Dhabi has built the world’s first fully automated Arabic-speaking robot that can have intelligent conversations with humans – based on information gathered via the internet and through social networking sites.

However, making the leap from lab project to commercial application remains difficult – largely because of funding.
In Dubai, a series of networking events have been launched in an effort to bring together investors and entrepreneurs.
Ben Thompson went along to see if the meetings can spark a wave of innovation for the region.

           Rag-2-Riches !!!
A Real Slum Dog Millionaire !!!

A man from MANNARKOIL of Thirunelveli Dt, is now a renouned Entrepreneur in UNITED STATES!!!

Here is the rags to riches
story of an extremely talented boy from a small village in Tamil Nadu who has risen to be the chief executive officer of a company in Seattle, USA.

It is also the story of how Kalyana Raman Srinivasan, who was so indigent that he had to study under a streetlight, but then managed to score excellent marks, rose in life and became today’s Kal Raman.
At every turn in his life, he took the difficult path and it turned out to be the right one and in the right direction. His rise to the top is more dramatic than a thriller. Today, he is a very successful entrepreneur and the founder-CEO of GlobalScholar.

Kalyana Raman Srinivasan To Kal Raman

Difficult childhood:


       Kal Raman was born and brought up in a small village called Mannarakoil in Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu. It was a comfortable normal middle class life for him and his siblings as his father was a Tahasildar there.
But the sudden death of his father at the age of 45 changed everything overnight.
Kal was 15 then. “My mother got a pension of Rs 420 a month and you can imagine how tough it is to educate four children and feed five mouths with Rs 420?”
Hi life changed dramatically after his father’s death. The family moved from the rented house to a hut that had no proper water supply or electricity. Kal Raman remembers, “All of us used to study under the streetlight and, thank god, the streetlights used to work those days! MGR (M G Ramachandran) was the chief minister then. We had to sell the plates to buy rice to eat and my mother used to give us rice in our hands. That bad was our situation.”
But his mother, who had studied till the 8th standard, was very particular that her children studied. “All our relatives wanted my elder brother to stop studying and take up the small job offered by the government but my mother wanted him to continue studying.”
“Then they wanted me to learn typewriting and shorthand so that I could get some job after the 10th  standard. But mother said, ‘My children are going to get the best education I can offer. Education is our salvation.’ She was my hero for her vision and she still is my hero.”
What kept the family going? “We were sad but because we accepted our fate, we were at peace with whatever that happened to us. We knew our father would not come back to lift us up from poverty. We also knew our salvation was a long way away.”
He didn’t know why he used to tell his mother, “One day I will give you so much money that you will not know what to do with it!” Years later, he did exactly that!
First turning point in life:
Kal Raman believes that God played a hand in all the major turning points in his life. The first turning point in life was after his 12th standard. He got good marks in both the engineering and medicine entrance exams, and for engineering, he got admission at the Anna University in Chennai while for medicine, it was in the Tirunelveli Medical College.
“While going in the bus with my mother to join the medical college, I told her, “If I join for medicine here, the high probability is that my life may begin and end in Tirunelveli. I really want to see the world.’ She agreed with my decision to go to Chennai and join Anna University and study Electrical Engineering and Electronics.”
So, he stepped into a new world outside Tirunelveli, and that was Chennai. Though he had got merit scholarship and a lot of good people helped him pay the initial fee, the scholarship amount never used to reach him regularly or on time.
“The mess fee was Rs 250 a month and I used to be a defaulter in the mess at least six months in a year. Till you pay the mess fee, you cannot eat in the mess. So, I used to live on day scholars’ lunch boxes and also use to fast. That is when I learnt to fast ! I must say a lot of friends helped me with money and food.”
Scarcity of money was so bad that he had no money to buy food just before the final semester exams. When he gave his final semester exams, he had not eaten for a day-and-a-half. “After finishing the exam, I almost fainted.”
The day after the exams came all the scholarship money that was due and it was around Rs 5,000. “So, I went home a rich man and that helped us repay some loans.”

First job:
Like opting for Chennai and joining Anna University instead of a college in Tirunelveli, Kal Raman took another risk with his first job also. His first job was with Tata Consulting Engineers (TCE), and he had a choice of joining either Chennai or Mumbai.
Although he knew nobody in Mumbai, he chose the capital of Maharashtra.
He remembered the first day. “It was interesting. With bag and baggage, I went to the TCE office after taking a shower at the railway station as I had no money to go to any hotel. After the first introduction at the office, the manager noticed that I was wearing slippers to the office. He called me and said, “I don’t care which college you are coming from but this is not acceptable. You should come in shoes tomorrow.”
I said I couldn’t come in shoes the next day and this the manager construed as arrogance. “How could you talk like this?” he asked me. I said, “Sir, it is not that I don’t want to, but I can’t afford to buy shoes. Only after I get my first pay cheque, can I buy shoes. Sir, I request you not to terminate my job because of this. I and my family need this job.”
Shocked to hear the explanation, the manager asked, “Where are you staying?” and the reply was, “Dadar Railway Station.”
So distressed was the manager to hear Kal speak that he immediately released a month’s salary in advance and also arranged for him to be at his friend’s place till he could find a place to stay.
“He bought me a pair of shoes and those were my first shoes. The next day, I sent Rs 1,500 from the advance to my mother.”

From electrical engineering to programming:
Kal’s rise in career was meteoric in a short span of time. Within a month, he got a chance to move to Bengaluru (then Bangalore) and also to programming.
Soon, he was in Chennai with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). Within a few months, he was sent to Edinburgh, UK.
From Edinburgh, his next stop was the United States. In 1992, he went to the US as an entry level contractor with Wal-Mart. In two years, he was a director running a division.
When he left Wal-Mart after six years, he was a man running the information systems for the International Division of the retail giant.
In 1998, he joined drugstore.com Online Pharmacy as the chief information officer and in 2001 at the age of 30, he was the CEO of the company.
He was at the right place at the right time. “God was there at every step guiding me to take the right decisions. I was also willing to take risks and tread new paths,” Kal says.

Starting GlobalScholar:
Philanthropist Mike Milken who had donated more than a billion dollars to education, wanted to use technology so that high quality education was accessible to ordinary people.
Milken convinced Kal to join him. That was the time Kal was building schools in his village for poor students.
In October 2007, GlobalScholar was launched targetting both teachers and students by acquiring four companies — National Scholar (USA), Classof1 (India), Excelsior (USA), and Ex-Logica (USA) — that were into education.
“Three months after the launch, I travelled all over the US, India, Singapore and China talking to teachers and companies and the public. I found that the only way to impact education was by impressing teachers. The biggest scarcity in the world is good teachers. We decided to help teachers with teaching practices and kids, learning practices.”

Kal Raman decided to concentrate on the US market as the US is more advanced in using technology. “They are also willing to pay money for technology. At present, schools buy the material which can be used by teachers, students and parents.”
Today, they have 200 people working for GlobalScholar in Chennai and 150 in the US. The study material is prepared in the Chennai office.
The company that was started with $50 million will have in excess of $32 million and will generate $5 million of profits. In 2008, the turnover of the company was Rs 40 crore (Rs 400 million) and in 2009, it was Rs 80 crore (Rs 800 million). In the current year it will be 150-160 crore (Rs 1.5-1.6 billion).
“GlobalScholar is growing at 200 per cent every year. We have 1,000 schools and 10 million students, which is one out of 10 kids in the US, using our study material. This is almost 18 per cent of the US population. We are the fastest growing education company in the US.”
GlobalScholar will soon introduce a pilot project in India and China. In the course of all this, Kalyana Raman became Kal Raman. “The country gave me everything and took half my name.”

Giving back to society:
Kal Raman is in India now for the Kumbhabhishekam of the temple at his village Mannarkoil. “It is taking place after 500 years. It is the culmination of two-and-a-half years of work. I have spent more than one and a half crore rupees (Rs 15 million) to renovate the temple and do the Kumbhabhishekam. More than anything else, I have given jobs to all my friends in the village who are masons and carpenters.”
Other than this, he has also adopted all the orphanages around his village and he takes care of around 2,000 kids, some of whom are physically handicapped.
“I feel if I can educate these children, eventually we can make a difference in the society. We also help 100 children in their higher education. Around my village, everyone knows that if a kid who studies well cannot afford to pay fees, he has to only come to my house; his education will be taken care of.”
“I do not do this as charity; its my responsibility. I am giving something back to the society that fed me, taught me, and took care of me and gave me hopes. “

Courtesy: Rediff.Com

Proud to see India and Pakistan join handed !!!

Bopanna and Qureshi, Indo-Pak Express made some best things, for the India Pakistan relationship.

          I really feel proud of these guys, who proved themselves in US. Bopanna and Qureshi were very open hearted to join and reach finals of US Open. Finally they lifted the Runners Up trophy with proud feeling. Important highlight in the match is that, Hardeep Singh Puri of India, and Abdullah Hussain Haroon of Pakistan, who were the UNITED NATIONS Ambassadors of their homelands were sitting together and cheering the Indo-Pak team…

         Our Indo-Pak Express team lost the finals (7-6), (7-6) to the Bryan Brothers of USA. Bopanna and Qureshi had bested the Bryans for the first time last month at Washington in their most recent prior meeting, the only loss the Bryans have suffered in 20 matches since Wimbledon.

“It was a great tournament for us and we played some great tennis and Bob and Mike proved why they are the best in the world. Hoepfully, we will play much better against them again. I thank the crowd and the people of New York for their support and it was a wonderful week for us here,” 

 said Bopanna, who also thanked his parents who flew in from India to watch the final.

 Qureshi too echoed his sentiments and added a political statement.

 “We Pakistanis are peace-loving people and don’t think of us as terrorists.” He regretted that he could not give his sister a birthday present, which she deserved today.

He also thanked the Bryans for making a contribution to flood victims in Pakistan.

Bob Bryan also paid rich compliments to the Indo-Pak team, saying 

“these guys are going to be around for a long time, knocking at doors of more Slam finals.”

Bopanna said both he and Qureshi were thankful to the two dignitaries for turning up at the match.

“I mean we are just thankful they came out for us, they encouraged us and were very appreciative towards our efforts, they took time out to watch us and they sat together and cheered for us which is great, unfortunately we couldn’t win,” said the Indian Davis Cupper.  

Bopanna and Qureshi also thanked fans from their respective countries for supporting them through their campaign.

Bopanna said,

“All those people from Pakistan and India supporting us these past two weeks, I thank everyone for helping me out but most importantly I would like to thank Aisam for playing with me and sticking with me we have had a great year together,” 

Qureshi added,  

“I must thank my parents, brother, sister for supporting me throughout my career. People in Pakistan and India for supporting us, I must thank Rohan for sticking by me when I needed him the most and for playing with me and helping me with my cause and helping me to send some positive news to people back home in Pakistan and making them smile,” 

        The Windows 8 release date has been shrouded in a cloud of rumors. Most experts expect a late 2011 early 2012 release of the operating system. A recently leaked Windows 8 product cycle chart provides the answers needed to determine the release date of the next Windows OS by Microsoft.

          Click here to get a enlarged view of the image. The chart lists the planning, development and readiness product cycle of Windows 8 and related Microsoft products such as Internet Explorer 8, Windows Live

Wave 4, Windows Live Wave 5 and Windows 7. It also lists major events.
Some events and products have already been held / released and it is possible to pinpoint the release date of Windows 8 by making the remaining calculations.

           Here is what we know. Forum I and Forum II have been major events, the former held in December 2009, the latter in April 2010. The listing lists four additional event, Forum III to Forum VI. The next two events fall into the development phase of Windows 8, the remaining two into the readiness phase.
Internet Explorer 9 and Windows Live Wave 4 have either been announced with final dates (at least for the beta) or released already.

           Forum II was held 4-5 months after Forum I. If we take this approach we can calculate the approximate month of the other four forums. This would mean between 16 to 20 months from April 2010 on which coincides perfectly with the projected late 2011 release date.

           The Windows 8 beta should be released around June 2011 and the final release might even hit the stores at the same time that Windows 7 was released, which was October. The Internet Explorer 9 product cycle confirms the findings. Microsoft has announced a beta release of Internet Explorer 9 for August 2010. This would be the same time that Forum III will be held, which is exactly four months after Forum II.
        
           The chart may be a bit off since Windows Live Wave 4 was released in June. It could be that Microsoft has projected the Forum III conference for June / July instead. Could also be that the chart is not 100% accurate and it can happen that development cycles need to be shifted, especially if major issues are encountered during development. Still, we are pretty sure that Microsoft will release the beta of Windows 8 in or around June 2011 and the final release of the operating system in or around October 2011.

Indrani Medhi & Rikin B Gandhiare the two Indians figure in Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s prestigious Technology Review’s 2010 TR35 list for their outstanding contribution in the fields of energy, biomedicine, communications, information technology, transportation and the web.


Cool !!!! Two Indians @ MIT’s prestigious Technology Review’s 2010 TR35 list

Indrani Medhi, based at Microsoft Research India’s Bangalore lab, was named for her field research to design text-free interfaces that could help illiterate people find jobs, get medical information and use cell-phone based banking services.

Rikin B Gandhi, founder of the non-profit organisation Digital Green, was recognised for her extraordinary contribution in the field of farmer education.

Google Inc said users of Gmail will now be able to call telephones directly from their email, putting it in direct competition with Web calling service Skype and more traditional operators such as AT&T Inc and Verizon Communications

Google To Allow Phone Calls From GMail !!!While Google had already offered computer-to-computer voice and video chat services, it said that starting on Wednesday it will now allow calls to home phones and mobile phones directly from Gmail for the first time.

Google promised free calls to US and Canadian phones from Gmail for the rest of this year and said it would charge low rates for calls made to other countries. For example it said calls to Britain, France, Germany, China and Japan would be as low as 2 cents per minute.

Analysts said the service would likely be a bigger competitive threat to services like Skype’s than to traditional phone companies, which have already been cutting their call prices in recent years in response to stiff competition.

“This is a risk to Skype. It’s a competitor with a pretty good brand name,” said Hudson Square analyst Todd Rethemeier.
Skype became popular by first offering free computer-to-computer voice and video services.

Like Skype, Rethemeier said the Google service will likely be much more popular among US consumers making international calls, than among people calling friends inside the country.

“Calling is so cheap already that I don’t think it will attract a huge amount of domestic calling. It could take some of the international market,” he said.

Another analyst, Steve Clement from Pacific Crest, said that anybody who is tempted by Internet calling services has likely already disconnected their home phone. “The type of person who would use a service like that isn’t the type of customer who still has a landline,” Clement said.

Google said making a call through its service works like a normal phone in that a user could click on the “call phone” option in their chat buddy list in Gmail and type in the number or enter a contact’s name.

Calls that cost money will be charged from an online account that users can top up with a credit card, Google said. The service will not be available for making outgoing calls on cell phones because other Google apps already cater to that market, the company added.

             After trimming payroll and tightening perks to cope with the economic slowdown last year, software companies are finding that a rising number of engineering and management graduates are transferring their affections to vocations such as manufacturing and banking — a shift that could force tech firms to scramble harder than ever before for talented employees.

For years, college graduates and professionals working in India’s $50 billion (2.3 lakh crore) outsourcing sector moved from one tech firm to another, often getting 20-30 % higher salaries in the bargain. Now, recruitment experts and industry officials say the churn of experienced staff from IT to other sectors has increased by 15-20 % over the past year.

The main reasons, they say, are the perceived job security in the core sector and rising salary levels in manufacturing and telecom companies. Among those who made the switch is Amit Bhargava, 29, who quit his job as business analyst at one of India’s top tech firms last month to join a multinational bank’s technology centre in Pune.
The technology sector has not really lost its sheen, he says, but he wants to build specialist banking skills. “And it is not as prone to export risks,” he adds, referring to his new vocation. Another reason for the shift away from IT companies is that they are now visiting college campuses for recruitment only during the eighth semester of the course, giving an opportunity to firms from other sectors to attract the best talent before them.

Software industry grouping Nasscom asked its members last year to recruit graduating students during their final, eighth semester and not disrupt academic sessions. Until two years ago, top Indian software firms competed aggressively with each other to hire engineering graduates. With the halo around working for a tech company beginning to fade, the competition is getting fiercer.

Infosys Technologies alone plans to hire 36,000 employees in the fiscal to March and its chief executive S Gopalakrishnan has listed the competition for talent as the industry’s top challenge. 

      Here is another cool thing for the TED Talk fans. TEDxChennai is organizing a TED talk in IIT,Madras on 10.10.10, (i.e) 10th of October,2010. TEDxChennai was created in the spirit of TED’s mission, “ideas worth spreading.” The program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences. The talks are meant to spark deep conversation and connections. TEDxChennai is fully planned and coordinated independently, on a community volunteer basis. The tickets for TEDxChennai are now available at various sources.

Speaker’s Profiles:
If you are interested to know the profiles of the speakers who are all going make the TEDxChennai event a informative one, go here.

TEDxChennai Team:
The team which is hardly working for the TEDx event is  http://tedxchennai.com/team.php.

TEDxChennai Ticket:
Tickets just costs Rs. 3000 /- Don’t get panic, since the event is worthy for lakhs and crores.

Get your tickets in any of the following ways,
1) Pay 3000 through Credit Card
2) Pay 3000 via PayPal
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