“Yahoo-Microsoft deal” Will they beat Google?

On July 29, 2009, Yahoo and Microsoft announced a partnership in Internet Search and advertising. Under the deal, Microsoft agrees to provide the underlying search technology on Yahoo’s popular Web sites.

Yahoo, being one of the biggest giant companies in the Web Industry lags behind in providing the best search engine on the web. The search results that Yahoo provides are not that deep which its competitors are providing. It means, somewhere the technology Yahoo is using in its search engine doesn’t have the power to crawl the web pages throughout the web. It takes more time to get the page listed in Yahoo search results in comparison to its competitors. With these drawbacks, Yahoo’s competitors have got an edge over it.

Microsoft, the father of technology, recently launched a new brand search engine named as Bing. It has been observed that Bing has the modern features embedded in it but Bing has failed to capture the market share in search engine and advertising. Unfortunately, today Bing is struggling to survive in the industry even after having the brand name with it.

Now, Microsoft and Yahoo have joined hands together to give a better search engine to the public. It is assumed that they are merging together to compete the leader in Search Engine technology, i.e., Google. Google has maximum market share and is satisfying its users to the maximum extent. While making a search on web, the first name strikes to the mind is “Goolge”. It is as fast as a rocket shot in the air, providing the in-depth search results and giving maximum satisfaction to the users. It has joined hands with the browsers like Mozilla Firefox. Firefox is the browser which has taken an edge over Microsoft’s Internet Explorer(all versions). This again gives a huge benefit to Google to retain its marketshare. With the latest technologies and great ideas, Google is leading the race of Internet Search Engine and Advertising.

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With this fight to lead, a few things are still unquestioned.

– Will Yahoo and Microsoft succeed to takeover the market of Google?

– Will they be able to generate the best ideas and use the high-level technology to beat the Search Engine and advertising giant i.e., Google?

– Does Google has that power to withstand the technological attacks of the two big names?

I believe, even if Yahoo and Microsoft succeed to takeover the business of Google, Google will be the winner because it would alone fight the battle with two big brands in the industry. On the contrary, if they would fail to beat Google, then it would be a BIG LOSS to the two companies.

Fortunately, Google is in a better codition in any of the two situation.

Searching about celebrities may be a Risky Affair

New York: It could be a risky affair if you are searching about celebrities like Brad Pitt or Beyonce on the Internet. As cyber criminals are now using their names to lure web browsers, an internet security firm has dubbed the actor and singer the most dangerous celebrities to search for on the internet

California-based McAfee said PCs of the fans searching for information and pictures of Pitt, have an 18 percent chance of being infected with a virus, spyware, spam, phishing and adware.

“Cyber criminals employ numerous methods, yet one of the simplest but most effective ways is to trick consumers into infecting themselves by capitalizing on Americans’ interest in celebrity gossip,” explained Jeff Green, senior vice president of McAfee’s Product Development & Avert Labs. “Tapping into current events, pop culture or commonly browsed sites is an easy way to achieve this,” he added. Web surfers looking for celebrity gossip, screen savers and ring tones are often directed to fake Internet sites that look legitimate but pose a risk to the security of their computers, according to the company.

Pitt and singer Justin Timberlake are the most dangerous men to search for on the internet, while Beyonce and Heidi Montag, the star of the reality television show ‘The Hills,’ top the list for women. Other celebrities on McAfee’s most dangerous list include singers Mariah Carey, Rihanna and Fergie and film stars Angelina Jolie, Jessica Alba, Cameron Diaz and George Clooney.

Green said Americans’ obsession with following celebrities’ lifestyles make them obvious targets. “We have to take precautions in casually navigating the Web since many subtle sites may be rife with malware for consumers’ computers,” he said, referring to software designed to infiltrate computer software without the consent of the owner.

Malware includes viruses, worms and spyware, which are computer programs that report back to a third party a user’s activity and Web-surfing habits. The reasons for planting spyware range from simple marketing purposes to more serious things like stealing files or passwords used to access sensitive financial information.

Source: www.siliconindia.com

The CERN experiment – Big Bang Collider completes first test

The world’s largest particle collider passed its first major tests by firing two beams of protons in opposite directions around a 17-mile (27-kilometre) underground ring on Wednesday in what scientists hope is the next great step to understanding the makeup of the universe.

The start of the collider was described by scientists from the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, known by its French acronym CERN, as the biggest physics experiment in history using the most complicated scientific instrument ever built.

After a series of trial runs, two white dots flashed on a computer screen at 10:26 a.m. (0826 GMT) indicating that the protons had travelled clockwise along the full length of the 3.8 (b) billion US dollar Large Hadron Collider – described as the biggest physics experiment in history. (Watch).

Cheers erupted from the assembled scientists, including project leader Lyn Evans, in the collider’s control room at the Swiss-French border when the beam completed its lap.

Champagne corks popped in labs as far away as Chicago, where contributing scientists watched the proceedings by satellite.

Five hours later, scientists successfully fired a beam counterclockwise.

Physicists around the world now have much greater power to smash the components of atoms together in attempts to learn about their structure.

Robert Aymar, director-general of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, congratulated and thanked the assembled scientists in the collider’s control room at the Swiss-French border after the second beam completed its circular journey.

The organisation, known by its French acronym CERN, began firing the protons – a type of subatomic particle – around the tunnel in stages less than an hour earlier, with the first beam injection at 9:35 a.m. (0735 GMT).

Eventually two beams will be fired at the same time in opposite directions with the aim of recreating conditions a split second after the big bang, which scientists theorise was the massive explosion that created the universe.

“My first thought was relief,” said Evans, who has been working on the project since its inception in 1984. “This is a machine of enormous complexity. Things can go wrong at any time.”

He didn’t want to set a date, but said that he expected scientists would be able to conduct collisions for their experiments “within a few months.”

Schuhkraft, speaking from the Alice Control Room, was impressed with the enormous achievement of the test beam.

“I think I should also congratulate the machine. We were really not expecting to get the first beam twice after less than one hour because we saw actually the beam even three times around now the detectors and that was really a big feat thanks to the machine,” he said.

The collider is designed to push the proton beam close to the speed of light, whizzing 11,000 times a second around the tunnel.

Scientists hope to eventually send two beams of protons through two tubes about the width of fire hoses, speeding through a vacuum that is colder and emptier than outer space

The paths of these beams will cross, and a few protons will collide.

The collider’s two largest detectors – essentially huge digital cameras weighing thousands of tons – are capable of taking millions of snapshots a second.

The CERN experiments could reveal more about “dark matter,” antimatter and possibly hidden dimensions of space and time. It could also find evidence of the hypothetical particle – the Higgs boson – which is sometimes called the “God particle” because it is believed to give mass to all other particles, and thus to matter that makes up the universe.

The supercooled magnets that guide the proton beam heated slightly in the morning’s first test, leading to a pause to recool them before trying the opposite direction.

The start of the collider came over the objections of some who feared the collision of protons could eventually imperil the Earth by creating micro-black holes, subatomic versions of collapsed stars whose gravity is so strong they can suck in planets and other stars.

James Gillies, chief spokesman for CERN dismissed this as nonsense before Wednesday’s start.
CERN was backed by leading scientists like Britain’s Stephen Hawking , who declared the experiments to be absolutely safe.

Gillies said that the most dangerous thing that could happen would be if a beam at full power were to go out of control, and that would only damage the accelerator itself and burrow into the rock around the tunnel.

Nothing of the sort occurred on Wednesday, though the accelerator is still probably a year away from full power.

The project organised by the 20 European member nations of CERN has attracted researchers from 80 nations.

Some 1,200 are from the United States, an observer country that contributed 531 (m) million US dollar. Japan, another observer, is a major contributor.

Some scientists have been waiting for 20 years to use the LHC.

The complexity of manufacturing it required groundbreaking advances in the use of supercooled, superconducting equipment. The 2001 start and 2005 completion dates were pushed back by two years each, and the cost of the construction was 25 percent higher than originally budgeted in 1996, CERN’s director-general at the time said.

Smaller colliders have been used for decades to study the makeup of the atom. Less than 100 years ago scientists thought protons and neutrons were the smallest components of an atom’s nucleus, but in stages since then experiments have shown they were made of still smaller quarks and gluons and that there were other forces and particles.

Source: www.ndtv.com

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Nokia – Connecting People

Nokia E51

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Key Features

  • Thin design loaded with features to help balance your business and leisure time
  • Access your email while on the go with support for most leading corporate and personal email applications
  • Browse the web and email with high speed 3G, HSDPA, or WLAN connection
  • Make lower cost voice calls over the internet with the built-in WLAN
  • Stay connected to the people and information you need with a long battery life and large internal memory
  • Take pictures and capture video with the 2 megapixel camera with 4x digital zoom
  • Listen to the latest hits with FM Visual Radio or play your favorite tunes on the MP3 music player

Operating Frequency

  • GSM 850/900/1800/1900, WCDMA 850/2100 MHz

Dimensions

  • Dimensions: 114.8 x 46 x 12 mm
  • Weight: 100 g
  • Volume: 61 cc

Display

  • 2″ (240 x 320 pixels), active-matrix color display supports up to 16 million colors

User Interface

  • S60 3.1 Edition
  • 5-way navigation key, two soft keys, and send and end call keys
  • Nokia Eseries keys for quick access to contacts, calendar, email, and the device’s home screen (Active standby)
  • Enhanced Active standby for business: gives you quick access to your favorite applications and a summary of the day’s activities, right from your device’s main screen
  • Mute key and volume keys on the right side
  • Push to talk*/voice recorder key on the left side
  • Power key on top of the device
  • Ambient light sensor
  • LED indicator light for new email and SMS/MMS messages, and missed call indication

*Support for this feature varies by region

Camera & Video

  • 2 megapixel camera with 4 x digital zoom for high quality still imaging and video capture
  • Video streaming and playback with H.264 (MPEG-4), 3gpp, and Real codecs
  • Video recording in H.263 (3gpp) and MPEG-4
  • Video calling

Music

  • MP3 music player
  • Compatible with Bluetooth stereo headsets
  • FM Visual Radio: lets you see information about songs or artists, and read up on celebrity news

Memory Functions

  • Up to 130 MB of user data memory
  • Expandable up to 4 GB with hot swappable microSD card

Messaging & E-Mail

  • Email with support for POP3, IMAP4, and SMTP protocols, attachment viewers, dedicated email key, and LED indicator for new email messages
  • Email support for a wide variety of third-party solutions including: Mail for Exchange, Visto Mobile, and Seven Always-on
  • Option to select desired email account to read/write messages from
  • Instant messaging (supports Yahoo, AOL, OMA 1.2, MSN)
  • SMS text messages
  • MMS for sending messages with pictures, video clips, and audio clips attached

Applications

  • Java™ MIDP 2.0 applications
  • Nokia Office Tools 2.0 including Nokia Team Suite, In-device Search, Quickoffice, Macromedia PDF reader, Zip manager, File manager, and Active Notes:
    • Nokia Team Suite provides easy to use UI for organizing and facilitating group conference calls, email messages, or text messages
    • In-device Search enables user to easily find data in device. For example, messages, email calendar data, and contacts can be searched easily via this application
    • Quickoffice provides viewers for Microsoft Excel©, Word© and PowerPoint© documents
    • Macromedia PDF reader enables user to view PDF documents
    • Zip manager provides means for managing ZIP files received – for example, as an email attachment
    • File manager for accessing data on user disk or memory card
    • Active Notes enable users to create notes containing rich text and multimedia items (e.g. pictures, voice clips, video clips). Notes can be synchronized to PC and browsed there via any XHTML compatible web browser
  • Download! Tool for easy application downloads straight to your device
  • Voice solutions: support for Nokia Intellisync Call Connect for Cisco, Nokia Intellisync Call Connect for Alcatel (all sold separately)
  • Nokia Maps application integrated into device
  • Support for Nokia Intellisync Mobile Suite with email, file synchronization, voice, and device management
  • Support for Symantec, F-Secure, McAfee, and Trend Micro antivirus software. Applications are available via Download! Tool
  • Support for Pointsec encryption security application. Application is available via Download! Tool
  • Worldmate: an application with weather, world clocks, and a currency converter to assist you while traveling. Application is available via Download! Tool
  • Supports Windows Live providing mobile access to Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live Search, Windows Live Spaces, Windows Live Hotmail. Application is available via Download! Tool
  • Yahoo! Go: get your email, news, maps, and more all from the same customized webpage. Application is available via Download! Tool

Ringtones

  • Supports MP3, MPEG-4, AAC, eAAC+, WMA, AMR-NB, and AMR-WB formats

Connectivity

  • Integrated WLAN (IEEE 802.11g) with WLAN wizard: searches for available WLAN networks
  • Bluetooth 2.0 specification with enhanced data rate (EDR)
  • Micro USB connector, USB 2.0 full-speed
  • 2.5 mm Nokia A/V connector
  • IrDA (115 kbps)

Data Transfer

  • GPRS/EGPRS (Class A, multi-slot class 32)
  • Dual mode transfer multi-slot class 11 for simultaneous voice calls and browsing
  • HSDPA (high-speed downlink protocol access) up to 3.6 Mbit/s (3G)
  • Local data synchronization with Nokia PC Suite.

Voice Features

  • Push to talk (PTT or PoC)*
  • Integrated handsfree speakerphone
  • Voice over IP (VoIP) using WLAN
  • Voice recorder
  • Text-to-speech feature: hear your messages read aloud to you from your device

*Not available in the US and Canada

Device Management Support

  • Nokia Intellisync Device Management (sold separately)
  • OMA (Open Mobile Appliance) Device Management 1.1.2
  • OMA Client Provisioning 1.1
  • OMA Data synchronization 1.2 (no email)

Power Management

Battery Talk time Standby time
Battery BP-6MT Up to 4.4 hours Up to 13 days

Operation times vary depending on radio access technology, network, and usage.

Product Legal Notice

Copyright © 2007 Nokia. All rights reserved.

Nokia, Nokia Connecting People and Pop-Port and E51 are trademarks or registered trademarks of Nokia Corporation. Java is a trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc. Bluetooth is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc. Other product and company names mentioned herein may be trademarks or trade names of their respective owners.

Nokia operates a policy of continuous development. Nokia reserves the right to make changes and improvements to any of the products described in this document without prior notice.

Specifications are subject to change without notice.

The availability of particular products, services and features may vary by region. Please check with the Nokia dealer nearest you.

Services and some features may be dependent on the network and/or SIM card as well as on the compatibility of the devices used and the content formats supported.

Some services, like the email, may require a separate subscription. Contact your service providers for availability and further details.

Operation times vary depending on network and usage.

The XHTML browser is designed for browsing content in XHTML format and can be used to view pages that support this format. Appearance may vary due to the limited screen size and some details of the page may not be visible.

Please check roaming agreement availability with your network operator.

The availability of some features and technologies, like the Bluetooth wireless technology and voice over internet protocol technology may vary by country and the related services and/or products are not approved for importation or use everywhere. Please check with the local authorities.

The Nokia E51 business device’s display supports a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels. The image resolution in the product material may appear different.

The availability of the product and its features depends on your area and service providers, so please contact them and your Nokia dealer for further information. These specifications are subject to change without notice.

 

 

Moto Razr 2

Sharper Than Ever

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The MOTORAZR2 brings the revolutionary RAZR form to a new level of sophistication and function. Packed with powerhouse features, this unbelievably strong stainless steel structure feeds the appetite for music, browsing, email and video. With an impossibly sleek profile that’s slimmer than the original RAZR, MOTORAZR2 makes faster connections and features bigger, more brilliant screens. You get all the style plus all the power with the new MOTORAZR2.

The RAZR 2 comes in three different variations. The V8 will be a quad-band GSM/EDGE phone. It uses Motorola’s Linux-Java user interface. The V9 is the 3G HSDPA model, but it reverts to Motorla’s older Synergy UI. It is also quad-band GSM, plus HSDPA 850/1900 in the US version. Also using the Synergy platform is the CDMA EV-DO variant, the V9m.

They all share a similar build. The form factor is sleek, smooth, shiny and definitely thin. Motorola shaved 2 mm off the size of the original RAZR and slimmed the GSM and CDMA RAZR 2s to just 12 mm thick. But as the RAZR2 got thinner, it also got slightly larger, as though Motorola’s designers just pushed down on the RAZR and let the volume ooze out a bit.

As shiny as it was, it did an excellent job of collecting fingerprints and smudge marks; the RAZR 2 is not alone in this respect, though. The pictures below show off how much of a fingerprint magnet this phone is. (No, this phone isn’t sitting under dirty glass – those smudges are on the phone.)

Certain Bluetooth features including those listed may not be supported by all compatible Bluetooth-enabled devices, and/or the functionality of such features may be limited in certain devices, or by certain wireless carriers. Contact your wireless carrier about feature availability and functionality.

The top surface is polished metal, but the back has a somewhat textured paint job, similar to the RAZR maxx. The sides of the phone were slightly different depending on which model you looked at. Some had a fine golf-ball texture. Others were simply smooth plastic.

The volume buttons are on the left side of the phone, as is the USB 2.0 port. The port is the new “micro” variation of USB. Yes, this means you will need to buy even more cables. Depending on which version of the RAZR 2 you have, it will or will not include a MicroSD memory card slot. The ones that have a slot (V9 and V9m) have a typical amount of on-board memory (45 – 65 MB). The V8 lacks an expansion slot, but makes up for it with ample built-in memory. The initial version of the V8 will have 512 MB, but an update – and the version that should ship in the US – sports an impressive 2GB of on-board memory.

The front exterior of the phone features a large 2-inch screen. Trust us when we say it’s big. It looks good. It was sharp and displayed crisp images and menus. It wasn’t exactly bright, though. In fact, the backlight is downright dim. The screen seems to be the rare reflective type, though, so it seemed like it would be readable even outdoors (though we didn’t have a chance to test it.) The outer screen can be used for taking pictures, reading text messages, replying to text messages using pre-set messages, scrolling through the phone’s contact list and more.

The outer display also features a new and unique type of touch interface that’s half soft-key and half touch-screen. Instead of soft keys below the display, the touch-sensitive soft keys are actually on the display. It’s like a touch-screen, except only part of the display is touch-sensitive. Making it so you only touch the bottom part helps keep fingerprints off the rest of the display, which is important on such a shiny, glossy phone. The buttons let you interact with whatever function of the phone you may be using, and provide micro-vibration feedback (haptics) whenever pressed. The haptics worked well and we had no trouble determining when we had pressed any of the buttons. You can see how the buttons labels change in the gallery above.

Inside, the keypad of the RAZR 2 was hardly discernible from that of the original RAZR, except perhaps slightly roomier. The action and fit and finish of the metal plating is very similar. Different versions of the phone had different keys here that take you to the music player or the camera. The V9 has a slightly smaller D-pad due to the addition of an extra key.

The hinge is made of machined aluminum. It was solid and strong and looked good, though it also collected smudge marks.

The interior screen is only slightly larger than the exterior screen at 2.2 inches. This screen looks very good, including ample brightness. It’s a definite improvement over the original RAZR’s screen. We were able to watch a full screen movie with the RAZR 2 in landscape mode. The movie flowed quickly and without any hiccups thanks to the RAZR 2’s much faster processor. According to Motorola, it has the new ARM 11 processor that operates at 500 MHz, which is 10 times faster than the original RAZR. This speed improvement is noticeable when zooming through the menu system. It wasn’t instantaneous, but it was very fast. Faster than many phones we’ve tried recently.

 

Using the camera UI to pan around the room a bit, it showed the red blazer of a Motorola staffer with accurate color. The camera UI itself was fairly quick. Taking a picture was almost instantaneous, but saving it to the phone took a little bit longer.

The Linux Java platform lets you move application icons to anywhere you want in the menus – including in and out of folders – just like on S60. Motorola also made the ability to re-arrange Synergy’s main menu easier to use.

We were able to hear music via the RAZR 2’s stereo speakers, but it would be unfair to really characterize the quality when the environment was so noisy. Still, what we heard seemed like good quality stereo sound coming from a phone.

All three major versions of the RAZR 2 will launch at least somewhere in the world by the end of August, and are planned for release in the US by “the end of summer.”

All in all, the RAZR 2 is a definite improvement over the original RAZR. Its design is more advanced and the upgraded feature set make it a promising performer.

New Fantastic Looks for Orkut

Orkut New Looks

When you think Google, you picture primary colors; when you think orkut, you see blue. And though we’re updating the look, we’re staying true to blue. We’ve added some rounded corners and new icons that make orkut look a little more sleek and modern. Check out a screen shot of the new homepage.

We’re rolling it out to groups of users at a time over the next week.


Coming Soon: A New Look!

Remember the first time that you logged into orkut? Maybe you received a coveted invitation from a friend, heard about it in a blog, or stumbled upon it when searching for a social network on google.com. But no matter when your first login was, whether yesterday or 3 years ago, you were greeted by the simple blue site with a friendly purple logo that remains the same today. Looking back, our site has grown up a lot. We’ve added features like photo and rich content scraps, favorite videos and feeds to make it easier to communicate with your friends and share content. We’ve also translated the site into 12 languages so you can add orkut friends from all over the globe. Since our network has grown, we’ve had thousands of suggestions through our Help Group, Help Center, focus groups, and of course from our orkut friends. The one comment we always hear is how orkut’s simplicity keeps long-time users coming back and new people signing up. So as we work away planning improvements to the site, we always keep this in mind.

Today we’re announcing our latest improvement to the site: an updated look! Just as you change your profile picture to keep with the times, we’re updating the look of orkut. The change isn’t live yet, but starting soon, we will start rolling-out the new look. To start, we will roll it out to a small group of users randomly selected, and will continue to do so until everyone is on the new site. We’ll tell you a little more each day, so come back to the blog to get a few sneak peeks.