Pod car in India


The Pod car used in personal rapid transit system has been designed by the UK-based firm ULTra.

ULTra-Fairwood, the joint venture which wants to introduce personal rapid transit (PRT) system in India, is in talks with infrastructure developers for partnership. It is also in talks with small car manufacturers to ensure local manufacturing of the pod car.
In a PRT system – small, driverless, battery powered vehicles with Central control system or pod cars – run on slender, special purpose tracks. The tracks (or guideways) can be on ground or elevated. The cars – with capacities of seating 4-6 people – provide on-demand transport.
ULTra (Urban light rapid transit) is a UK-based company, which owns this PRT technology, and has just concluded trials on its 4-km track at Heathrow airport (between Terminal 5 and parking).
The company is hopeful of getting its first projects off ground in Amritsar and Gurgaon; and is pursuing its case with State Governments of Punjab and Haryana. According to the project proposal, the Amritsar project is expected to cost about Rs 500 crore, while the Gurgaon project is expected to cost about Rs 5,000 crore.
In Amritsar, the company proposes to build 3.2 route km stretch with seven stations. In Gurgaon, it aims to build 105 km of route with 143 stations powered by about 3,000 vehicles.
“For users, the ticket pricing will be at a level lower than auto rickshaw fares, and higher than bus fares,” said Mr Ranbir Saran Das, Managing Director, Fairwood. Mr Das shared that the company is in talks with infrastructure developers and small car developers but declined to share details.
ULTra-Fairwood proposes to implement the project on a build operate transfer (BOT) basis, so that the State Governments do not have to make any financial investments. For this, apart from the right to operate the system for a long-term (30-35 year) period, it requires to get right of way from the State Government to make elevated guideways on which the pod cars can move. It also requires land for building stations.
On the company's fund raising plans, Mr Das said that the company is in talks with developers and financial investors, but the exact contours of financing will emerge only after there is further clarity on the concession terms being extended by the State Governments.
However, the challenge for State Governments would be to give out the project to ULTra-Fairwood through a bidding process.

Vehicle Overview

The ULTra Heathrow vehicle design.
The ULTra vehicle's modern design immediately conveys the feeling of travelling in an iconic “streamlined” mode of travel, with clean and subtle lines the result of extensive design and customer focus research. ATS began developing the ULTra system in 1995, and the design of the vehicles has progressed from initial concept, through prototyping and testing (the Cardiff Test Facility opened in 2001), to reach the sleek and high quality product supplied to BAA for the London Heathrow application.


A standard ULTra vehicle is fitted with four contoured seats, with ample space for other items such as shopping, pushchairs and luggage (Total ~450kg). Other arrangements are possible, such as bench seating (selected by BAA for the Heathrow vehicles) which allows further flexibility in group sizing, such as five adults plus luggage, or two adults with four children. The vehicles can also easily accommodate bicycles and wheelchairs, and are designed to meet access requirements for both the UK (Disability Discrimination Act, DDA) and the US (Americans with Disabilities Act, ADA) - see the Accessibility page for further information.

An example of an ULTra vehicle interior; this option is fitted with four contoured seats, with room for shopping, pushchairs or luggage. The vehicles can also easily accommodate bicycles and wheelchairs.

The vehicle is designed to make the passenger feel safe, secure, and comfortable at all times.

Passenger Comfort & Security

The personal nature of the ULTra experience ensures that passengers feel safe and secure at all times: passengers have exclusive use of their vehicles and travel only with chosen companions - once a passenger journey starts the vehicles do not stop to pick up other passengers. In addition, the vehicle is continuously monitored by the control system during use - passengers may contact the system controller at any time, and the controller can talk to the passengers, see them via onboard CCTV, and respond to any concerns immediately.
Air-conditioning and heating systems provide passenger comfort during journeys, and can be adapted to suit the most extreme environments. The vehicle controls, lighting and information systems are designed to the latest standards to aid usability, with the option of in-vehicle media systems (e.g. music/video clips) to provide entertainment if desired.
For further details, please see the pages on the user benefits of the ULTra system.

An ULTra vehicle under construction.


ULTra vehicles are four wheeled with rubber pneumatic tyres, front-wheel steering and conventional damped spring suspension. They comprise an aluminium ladder frame chassis on which the majority of the vehicle propulsion and guidance equipment is mounted. Sitting on top of the chassis is an aluminium honeycomb floor. The above floor level is constructed of a steel frame and an ABS panel body that can be fitted with single side or double side electric doors.
See the Configuration & Features and Vehicle Specifications pages for more details.

Guidance and Power

Vehicles use a laser sensor system to guide the vehicles on the guideway and in the stations. Vehicles are currently lead acid battery powered to allow for rapid charging (up to 150amps) and to achieve recyclability. The vehicles are designed to be adaptable for future battery developments and for other power sources such as hydrogen fuel cells, ultracapacitors, and Tesla Motors-style lithium ion battery systems. Batteries are charged via electrical contacts at station berths, or at waiting points. ULTra vehicles have a very low energy usage of 0.15Kw h/vehicle km at 25mph.
See the Control Systems page for an operational overview of the ULTra control system.

2 tips for filling petrol and diesel

2 tips for filling petrol and diesel:-

Only buy or fill up your car or bike during early morning, when the ground temperature is still cold. Remember that all service stations have their storage tanks underground. . The colder the ground, the more dense the fuel. When it gets warmer, petrol expands. So, buying in the afternoon or in the evening, your litre is not exactly a litre. In the petroleum business, the specific gravity and the temperature play an important role. 1 degree rise in temperature is a big deal for this business. But the service stations do not have temperature compensation at the pumps.

Another most important tip is to fill up when your tank is HALF FULL. The reason for this is, the more fuel you have in your tank the less is the air occupying its empty space. Petrol evaporates faster than you can imagine.


Ford Figo wins Indian Car of the Year award


In the fiercely competitive and rapidly growing market, Ford Figo was selected the Indian Car of the Year (ICOTY) 2011 on Thursday.
Now in its sixth year, the ICOTY is awarded to a new vehicle after comprehensive testing by a jury of leading automobile journalists in India.
Michael Boneham, president and managing director, Ford India, accepted the award from R P Singhania, vice chairman and managing director, JK Tyre & Industries, at a ceremony in Mumbai.
The Ford Figo is a celebration of the best-in-class features, style, comfort and ownership.

  • Robust build and construction
  • Interiors more comfortable than chief competitors i10 & Swift
  • 1.4 Diesel's proven driveability and fuel efficiency. No turbolag
  • The Ford Figo's mature big-car-like ride quality
  • Ford's DNA in the on-road behaviour and quick steering
  • Class-topping 284 liter boot space
  • Lacks the modernity of recently launched hatchbacks
  • Both of the engines in the Figo are lacking in outright performance. Neither engine can exploit the car's dynamics
  • No true top-end variant (tilt adjustable steering, rear power windows, MID etc.)
  • Average backseat legroom. Not in the league of, say, an Indica Vista
  • Ford's sub-par dealership experience

The Figo is one of the longest, widest and shortest in height in its segment. This contributes to the best aerodynamic design and its spacious interiors.
  • Overall length - 3795 mm
  • Overall width - 1680 mm
  • Overall Height - 1427 mm

With a 2489 mm wheelbase, the Figo clearly offers the most spacious interiors in its category.
Leg Room
Smart designing makes the Figo one of the most spacious cars available.
  • Front leg room - 1084 mm
  • Rear leg room - 860 mm
  • Rear shoulder room - 1300 mm
Boot space
The Figo has 284 litres of boot capacity - again, the largest among all hatchbacks.
The Figo boasts of the most powerful air conditioner in its segment.
With the largest compressor and the best air speed, the Ford Figo offers the fastest-in-class time to comfort.
Plug and unplug mobile phones to make and receive calls and hear the other person's voice over car speakers, access your complete phonebook on the audio unit without reaching for the phone, browse the last 10 dialed numbers, the last 10 missed and received calls, redial a particular number and swap, hold, mute and transfer calls from audio to phone.
Smart audio allows you to stream songs from mobile phones to the car audio via Bluetooth and enjoy music over the car speakers without transferring files.

Intelligent features
  • Programmable keyless entry
  • Intelligent safety locking features (central locking, drive away, crash unlock, ignition off auto unlock, and auto relock)
  • Distance to empty display
  • RDS capable audio
  • Speed sensing volume controls
  • Electric boot release
  • Lane change indication
  • Hazard deceleration warning
  • Variable (6 Speed) intermittent wipers
  • Intelligent PATS
The Figo is designed in line with Ford's Global Kinetic Design philosophy.
Streaky side repeater lamps, raising belt line, door lines, grille-less front, wide open trapezoidal lower grille, wrap-around head lamps and stylish tail lamps make it stamp a style statement.
Interiors: The Figo sports a unique coral theme on the inside, along with colour coordinated instrument panels and stylized door boards with pull cup type handles.
Vibrant Instrument Panel: The Figo is the first in its segment to make a style statement with colour infused vibrant interiors.
The coral Instrument panel makes for the most vibrant looking Interiors available in its segment.

Google TV

Google TV is an internet-connected television platform. It was announced by Google on May 20, 2010 at Google’s Google I/O event and was co-developed by Google, Intel, Sony and Logitech. Google TV integrates Google’s Android operating system and Google Chrome browser to create “a new experience for television”.Google TV officially launched October 6, 2010 with devices from Sony and Logitech


Google TV leverages many of Google’s existing products. Google’s Android operating system provides the underlying foundation, allowing developers to create applications that extend the system’s functionality. Google’s Chrome browser provides a gateway to the Internet, allowing consumers to browse web sites and watch television, in tandem. Consumers can access HBO, CNBC, and content from other providers through the Chrome browser. Partners have built applications that allow customers to access content in unique ways. Netflix, for example, has built an application that allows customers to access Netflix’s large library of movies and television shows. Android and Apple phones will be used as remote controls for Google TV. Google TV products ship with wireless remote controls with a full QWERTY keypad.
Sony Internet TV


  • Sony Internet TV - 24", 32", 40" and 46" models (NSX-24GT1, NSX-32GT1, NSX-40GT1 and NSX-46GT1)
  • Sony Internet TV Blu-ray (NSZ-GT1)
  • Logitech Revue (PN 970-000001)
According to a Bloomberg report, Toshiba and Vizio will unveil Google TV devices at the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2011.

Critical Reaction

Google TV has been met with mediocre reviews. Nilay Patel, of the tech blog Engadget remarked, “Google TV feels like an incomplete jumble of good ideas only half-realized, an unoptimized box of possibility that suffers under the weight of its own ambition and seemingly rushed holiday deadline.”
Kevin Sintumuang said of Google TV during his Wall Street Journal review that, “The potential is as big as, well, the Internet, but right now Google TV is a bit of a tease.”
The New York Time’s David Pogue had similar sentiments, saying, “This much is clear: Google TV may be interesting to technophiles, but it’s not for average people.” David Pogue also expressed concern about the inconsistencies throughout the user interface as well as the fragmentation of Google TV.Fragmentation is when a product is launched by many different companies spawning similar, yet different iterations of the original product which may not support the same features. Google currently faces this problem with the Android operating system.

What's new with Google TV?

It’s been two months since the first Google TV device went on sale. Since
then, we have been hard at work thinking about how we can make the
platform even better for our users. In fact, one of the greatest things
about Google TV is that it comes with free, automatic “over-the-air”
software updates that give you the newest features and content as we
release them. It’s as if Google TV goes up in value over time.

Today we’re excited to start pushing out our first Google TV software update. In addition to fixing some bugs, there are four significant improvements to the platform:

We’ve partnered up with our friends at Netflix to upgrade the app so that you can search, browse and watch any movie or show
that is in the Netflix streaming catalog. You can even add these titles
to your DVD queue if you want them mailed to you. Not sure what to
watch? The new Netflix app will also give you personalized
recommendations based on what you’ve watched before. Your TV is now an
unlimited source of entertainment.

Dual View
TV brings the TV and web together in one seamless experience so you can
easily watch your favorite TV show and browse your favorite website
together at once. With the feature, you can do things like watch Conan
while tweeting about him on Twitter at the same time. Since launch,
we’ve had users give us feedback that they want even more customization
options for this feature, and so today we have enhanced it to allow you
to re-size and move the window however you’d like. 

Standard capability
New capability to move and re-size

Remote Control App for Android Phones
if you could control your TV with the power of your voice? Starting
today you can download the Google TV Remote app in Android Market. Apart
from the standard TV remote options like changing channels or accessing
your DVR, you can now interact with your TV in ways you never have
before. For instance, try using the integrated voice search which allows
you to find your favorite shows and movies just by speaking into your
phone. Or, go from small screen to big screen by sharing videos and
websites directly from your phone to your TV. We’ve included a short
preview of these features below. Stay tuned for more information about
the Google TV Remote for other platforms in the near future.

you’re searching for a movie like ‘Harry Potter’. Google TV now has a
movie results page that shows you all films associated with the title so
you can quickly watch what you want, wherever it’s available -- ranging
from sources like live TV, Netflix, and Amazon Video on Demand. You can
also read a quick summary, see photos, and find the cast list. Click on
the name of a cast member and we’ll take you to a new search landing
page where you can find other movies featuring that actor. Trust us,
you’ll never leave the couch again.

TV users will start to see these updates roll out to their devices
throughout the week. The Google TV Remote app is available today (click here from your Android device or scan the barcode below) but all features may not work until your device has received the update.

There's more on TV than television.

Search your television

Type in what you want to watch, and we'll find it for you. Google TV lets you seamlessly search all of the content on your TV, the web, and apps – then access it with a single click. You can also easily switch between TV and the web without having to change inputs on your television.
The whole web

The web is now a channel

With Google Chrome and Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Google TV lets you access everything on the web. Watch your favorite web videos, view photos, play games, check fantasy scores, chat with friends, and do everything else you're accustomed to doing online. Plus, the world's best websites are now being perfected for television -- check out our Spotlight gallery for examples.

A new world of apps for your TV

Google TV will come pre-loaded with apps like Netflix, Twitter, CNBC, Pandora, Napster, NBA Game Time, Amazon Video On Demand and Gallery. Starting early next year, apps from Android Market will work on Google TV as well.
Watch the video.
Thousands of apps, coming soon
Your phone = remote control

Your phone = remote control

Your Android phone or iPhone can be used to control your Google TV in place of a remote control. Use your voice to search, and even use multiple phones to control the same TV. No more fighting over the remote!

Fling a video to your television

Find a great website on your phone and want to show it to everyone? Now you can. "Fling" what you're watching, listening to, or doing on your phone by sending it to your TV with the press of a button.
YouTube, made for TV

Watch it now

Never miss a show again. With Google TV, you can access over 40,000 shows and movies whenever you want with Netflix ($8.99 a month) or Amazon Video On Demand (shows start at 99 cents!).
YouTube, made for TV

YouTube perfected for TV

YouTube is great on the web, but it's even better on television. With YouTube Leanback, you can watch videos without ever clicking play -- just sit back and watch all of your favorite YouTube content, personally chosen for you, in full screen HD. You can even create new channels on the fly.

Watch and browse,

With Google TV, you can browse the web or open an app and watch TV on the same screen. Check your fantasy football stats while watching the game, check your @replies on Twitter during American Idol, or purchase a product online right after you watch the ad. It's just like picture-in-picture mode, but with the web and the TV.
YouTube, made for TV
TV gets a home page

TV gets a homepage

Turn on your television and you'll instantly have access to your favorite channels, apps, podcasts, and websites, thanks to the Google TV home screen. The home screen is customizable for you, by you, so that you can always change your preferences.

Find your favorite episode

Google TV has a special page for every TV series that lets you quickly find and watch any episode, whether it's on TV or the web.
Series Result
Create a TV playlist

Create a TV playlist

Want to watch something, but don't have time right now? Send it to your Google Queue and watch it later. You can also subscribe to your favorite websites and video podcasts, add YouTube videos, and more. It's like building a DVR for the web.
Record from search

Record from the search bar

If you're a DISH Network subscriber using Google TV, you’ll enjoy many enhanced TV and DVR features, including recording a show right from the search bar and being able to search all of your recordings at once.

Rock out in your living room

Listen to your favorite music on the best speakers in your house by creating a personal radio station on the fly with Pandora or listening to any song, any time, with Napster.
Listen to your TV
Stream your photos

The ultimate picture frame

Turn the biggest screen in your house into a beautiful, high definition photo gallery. Now your TV can stream photos from Picasa, Flickr, and every other photo-sharing site. Plus, you can access any public gallery, not just your own.

Over-the-air updates

How many consumer electronics products go up in value after you buy them? Google TV updates itself automatically, so you'll get new features for free.
Over-the-air updates

3D website

In what is touted to be the world's first 3D website, Stereografix, a UK based company has launched a stereoscopic 3D website which is designed specifically for viewing on 3D HD TV sets. Although the website is still a prototype, the basic requirements to correctly view 3D components on the website include your computer/laptop to be connected to a 3D television, a compatible browser and 3D viewing glasses.
After TVs, phones, now comes a 3D website

The website, stereoscopic-3d.co.uk, features a 3D interface as well as additional content. The company's Founder Saif Chaudhry said, "I don't think many people are even thinking this far ahead, and we've got a prototype already. It's not every day you can say you're first with something where the internet is concerned."
However Chaudhry is of the opinion that there is a demand for more 3D TVs and computer monitors before the website actually becomes mainstream.

The 3D website has two optimised display versions: Active (LCD Shuttering) and Passive (Polarised). Although you need 3D glasses to view the site now, the company is working toward a version with passive 3D televisions planned.

Stereografix was launched in March and offers services in the latest 3D technology to organizations. 

Indian origin kid wins $100,000 for speech recognition

Inspired by the science fiction movie "I, Robot," two high school students, one of them an Indian American, have developed a speech recognition technology that has won them a $100,000 grand prize.

Akash Krishnan and Matthew Fernandez of Portland, Oregon, who developed a computer algorithm that can detect a speaker's emotions better than current technology, would share the team prize, the Siemens Competition for America's top math and science students announced Monday.

Krishnan, 16, and Fernandez, 17, watched "I, Robot," while taking a break from trying to come up with a project idea. The movie featured a robot that could detect when its user was stressed, and they decided to try to improve on the existing technology.

Their algorithm has a 60 percent accuracy rate, compared with about 40 percent for a previous system. They say their work could be used to improve computer automated phone systems, helping, for example, to tell if a caller was becoming irate.

"The duo built a computer algorithm that allows us to listen to an auditory signal from a human, analyse it and assess the emotional state of the speaker," said competition judge Gert Lanckriet from the department of electrical and computer engineering, University of California, San Diego.

"It can help identify if the speaker is angry, sad, bored, anxious or happy. They came up with a strong creative idea and brought it from theory into practice."

"Using an emotional speech database with 18,215 files and five emotions -- anger, positive, neutral, emphatic, rest-the team developed, trained and tested a classification engine to determine emotions from an input signal," he said.

Lanckriet said that their work could even be used to enhance
cellphone technology.

"In cell phones, most of the encoding is designed to ensure words are understood, but the emotional background of the conversation may be lost. Krishnan and Matthew's work could help ensure that the emotion comes through," he said.

Krishnan was not the only one in the competition who has his roots in India. Three other students of Indian origin-Santosh Narayan of Munster, Indiana, Nikhil Mehandru of Roslyn, New York and Sonia Prasad of Roslyn Heights, New York-bagged the fourth position in the team category in the national championship and were awarded a $30,000 scholarship.

China reveals world's fastest train

China played host to railway authorities and railway experts from around the world in Beijing , and used the opportunity to showcase a high-speed train that clocked the fastest ever speed in a test run last week.

In the spotlight is the 16-car CRH380A, a new generation of high-speed train which Chinese Ministry of Railways officials say recorded a top speed of 486.1 kilometers per hour on Friday, far exceeding Japan's bullet trains.

Chinese railway officials say the CRH380A, designed to operate at a cruising speed of 380 kph, is the fastest train in operation in the world today.

China is reportedly in the process of developing a super high-speed train that can run at 600 kph.

China South Locomotive & Rolling Stock Corp., which designed the CRH380A, was clearly the focus attention as foreign railway experts toured an international exhibition of railway technology organised by the Ministry of Railways on the sidelines of a world congress on high speed rail.

After attending a briefing by China South Locomotive, an Iranian government official said Iran is considering buying the Chinese high-speed train.

"We definitely want to import it," an Israeli railways executive also said.

Railways executives from the US State of California also listened attentively as China South Locomotive officials briefed the international visitors.

China boasts the world's longest high-speed railway network, which totals 7,531 km, and Chinese railway officials say the country plans to expand the system to 16,000 km by 2020.

The exhibition, held at the China National Convention Center in Beijing, has drawn entries from more than 200 companies worldwide, each showcasing its wares and know-how to a global audience of railway experts and transport officials.

Twelve common mistakes done by programmers

Most often, software developers seem locked into certain failure modes that can't be avoided and such is the frequency with which they fall prey to a particular poor programming practice. Peter Wayner of Computerworld writes about twelve most common programming mistakes, each of which is accompanied by its opposing pair. Below are the twelve programming pitfalls developers should stay away from.

Playing it fast and loose
Failing to prop up the basics is the easiest way to make errors in coding. There are a lot of small places where a developer may make a mistake which causes software to fail. And the worst part about sloppy programming is that advances in language design aimed to fix these problems don't do their job. There have been improvements in syntax in programming languages. For instance, the latest version of Java tries to make null-pointer checking easier by offering shorthand syntax for the endless pointer testing. But such syntax improvements can only prevent code from crashing. They don't eliminate the root of the problem: the proliferation of null values due to fast and loose programming.

Overcommitting to details
On the flip side, overly buttoned-up software can slow to a crawl. Relentless devotion to detail can even lock up software if the obsessive checking requires communicating with a distant website over the network. Here, the challenge is to design the layers of code to check the data when it first appears, which is much easier said than done.

Not simplifying control
Not simplifying control over tasks in their code may invite disaster for developers. The software assumes that if someone creates an object of type Name with two fields first and last, then it should immediately create a database table called Name with two columns, first and last. The names are specified in only one place, avoiding any problems that might come if someone fails to keep all of the layers of configuration in sync.

Delegating too much to frameworks
Sometimes the magic tools lead only to confusion. By abstracting functionality and assuming what we want, frameworks can all too often leave developers at a loss for what's gone wrong in their code. The rules are, while quite reasonable, not entirely trivial. As the app grows, it depends on more and more of these almost-trivial bits of external knowledge.

Trusting the client
Many of the worst security bugs appear when developers assume the client device will do the right thing. For example, code written to run in a browser can be rewritten by the browser to execute any arbitrary action. If the developer doesn't double-check all of the data coming back, anything can go wrong.

Not trusting the client enough
Sometimes too much security can lead paradoxically to gaping holes. Because of this, many Web developers are looking to reduce security as much as possible, not only to make it easy for people to engage with their products but also to save them the trouble of defending more than the minimum amount of data necessary to set up an account.

Relying too heavily on magic boxes
Many programmers assume they can link in the encryption library, push a button, and have iron-clad security. But many of these magic algorithms have subtle weaknesses, and avoiding these weaknesses requires learning more than what's in the Quick Start section of the manual.

Reinventing the wheel
Then again, writing your own libraries just because you think you know a better way to code can come back to haunt you. But grow-your-own cryptography is a welcome sight to attackers. Many libraries don't need to be perfect, so grabbing a magic box is more likely to be better than the code you write yourself.

Opening up too much to the user
Placing the onus on users to customize functionality they do not fully understand can invite disaster in the form of inadvertent security holes and privacy violations. When making purchasing decisions, most users can't handle the breadth of features offered by any given piece of software.

Over determining the user experience
Some developers decide to avoid the trouble of too many features by offering exactly one solution. But if users don't like the idea, they will look for ways to work around these limitations, and it will lead to an outcome that could translate into security vulnerabilities.

Closing the source
The decision to not distribute code works against the integrity of that code and it can discourage innovation and fixing bugs. Just opening up the code forces you to make the info more accessible, understandable, and thus better.

Assuming openness is a cure-all
While openness can make it possible for others to pitch in and, thus, improve your code, the mere fact that it's open won't do much unless there's another incentive for outside contributors to put in the work. Opening up a project can also add new overhead for communications and documentation. Moreover, a good open source project comes with extensive documentation of the API and road maps for future development.

Facebook was my idea, not Mark Zuckerberg's - Claims an Indian

A 28 year old, Divya Narendra, son of an Indian immigrant doctor couple in the U.S., has moved to courtroom in battle with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. He believes that he, and not Mark Zuckerberg, came up with the idea of social networking website Facebook, reports Ishani Duttagupta from The Economic Times.

Narendra, along with his former Harvard University classmates Tyler Winklevoss and Cameron Winklevoss, has charged Zuckerberg with stealing the idea they conceived over a year, when they were students at Harvard University.
Who is the owner of Facebook? Court to decide

"I spent almost one year developing the concept and searching for programmers (along with the Winklevoss twins) to build what was then called Harvard-Connection.com (a social network for Harvard students which was to expand to other schools). When I heard about Mark Zuckerberg for the first time in the fall of 2003, he seemed like a natural fit to join our team. Three months later, Facebook launched and all the time and effort I had put into my vision had been taken away," Narendra said.

He and the twins first tried to convince Harvard's administrative board and president (Larry Summers) to take action against Zuckerberg. But they had to file a lawsuit as the matter was outside the jurisdiction of the university. While an initial settlement had been reached in the suit, reportedly at $65 million, it was reopened in May 2010. If the current suit goes in favour of Narendra and his friends, the value of the settlement could escalate to about $466 million.

4 Indian origin young entrepreneurs U-20

Are entrepreneurs born or made? There is no single, clear-cut answer. But there are a few who make us believe that they are born entrepreneurs. These young Indians have figured out their passion at an early age to purse them to be an entrepreneur in this tough corporate world. The rich entrepreneurial spirit and the attitude of never giving up enable them to explore their innate tendencies to identify the business opportunities.
Four Indian origin young entrepreneurs under 20

Farrhad Acidwalla

16 years old Farrhad Acidwalla from Mumbai started his entrepreneurial journey with an investment of just $10. When he was in the eighth grade, he borrowed $10 from his parents and bought his first domain name. Farrhad began building a web community devoted to aviation and aero-modeling. Within a short period of time, his website took off and Farrhad decided to sell the site for far more than his initial $10 investment.

Today Farrhad is the CEO and founder of Rockstah Media, a cutting-edge company devoted to web development, marketing, advertisement, and branding. Although the company is just over a year old, it has own developers, designers and market strategists spread across the globe. Being the CEO, Farrhad takes care of the clients and guids the creative team. Currently, Farrhad is studying finance at H.R. College of Commerce & Economics.

King Sidharth
Belonged to a backward sector in Northern India, 18 years old King Sidharth and a few friends began organizing events and competitions for other children. They used to make tickets and charge an entry fee, then award little prizes to the winners. Today, Sidharth is organizing a conference for teenagers called Createens that will give young people an opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship, blogging, and more from world-wide experts.

King Sidharth has just graduated from high school and he has already made a name for himself as one of India's top young entrepreneurs. Apart from that King is a speaker, author and a magazine publisher. He speaks on topics of entrepreneurship and spirituality and is currently writing an e-magazine for teens (Friendz) and a book about the intersection of spirituality and science (Bhagvad Gita & the Law of Attraction).

Arjun Rai
It was at the age of seven when Arjun Rai showed his entrepreneurial spirit, selling knickknacks that he found around the house. He also set up shop to sell leftover wildflower necklaces after a wedding. This youngster became the COO of a quickly growing online advertising company, but his entrepreneurial mind drove him to form a brand-new venture called odysseyAds, an online advertising network with a focus on catering to 21st century marketer needs.

18 years old Arjun, who has just completed his junior year of high school, was inspired by TV shows like "The Oprah Show" and "The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch".

Ankur Jain
Having seen his father Naveen Jain (the serial entrepreneur who built Infospace and Intellius) build companies, Ankur started his own venture called Starnium at the age of 12. Now a sophomore at the Wharton School, Ankur along with some of the ingenious students there, have conspired to establish a society of collegiate entrepreneurs, called the Kairos Society and, in less than a year, the group has gone from nationwide to global.

The purpose of Kairos is to bring together the brightest college students from different economic backgrounds from all over the country, which have passion for entrepreneurship. With a motto of inspiration, experience and innovation, the Kairos Society aims to foster the entrepreneurial spirit among students by connecting them with one another, forging relationships with emerging start-up companies around the world.

2050 - കേരളത്തില്‍ ജോലി കിട്ടിയ അറബി, ബാപക്കെഴുതുന്ന കത്ത് !!!

അസ്സലാമു അലൈകും,കൈഫ്‌ ഹാലക് യാ അബ്വീ, കോപ്പ്‌ അറബിയൊക്കെ മറന്നു ബാപ്പാ. ബാപ്പ വീട്ടിലെ മലയാളി ഹൌസ് മെയിഡായി വന്ന എന്റെ ഉമ്മാനെ കെട്ടിയത്‌ കൊണ്ട് ഇപ്പോള്‍ മലയാളം എഴുതാനും വായിക്കാനും പഠിച്ചു എന്ന്‍ കരുതുന്നു. ഇവിടെ കൊച്ചിയിലെ ഒരു സ്വകാര്യ എണ്ണ ഖനന കമ്പനിയില്‍ തന്നെയാണ് പണി. പണി ഭയങ്കര ബുദ്ധിമുട്ടൊക്കെത്തന്നെയാണ് ബാപ്പാ. അവിടന്ന് പഠിച്ച് വന്ന“ഓയില്‍ ലിഫ്റ്റിങ് ടെക്നോളജി” കോര്‍സിന്റെ സര്‍ട്ടിഫിക്കേറ്റ് ഇവിടത്തെ പഞ്ചായത്ത് അപ്പീസര്‍ പോലും അറ്റസ്റ്റ് ചെയ്തു തരുന്നില്ല. അത് അംഗീകാരം ഇല്ലാത്ത കോര്‍സാണത്രെ. അവര്‍ ബാപ്പാനെയും എന്നേയും അഡ്മിഷന് കോഴ വാങ്ങി പറ്റിച്ചതാ ബാപ്പാ. അവരുടെ “പൈലിങ് & സേഫ്റ്റി എഞ്ചിനീറിങ്” കോര്‍സും തട്ടിപ്പാണ് എന്ന കാര്യം മൂത്താപ്പാന്റെ മോനോട് പറയണം.

റൂമില്‍ ഖത്തര്‍, കുവൈറ്റ്, ബഹറിന്‍ തുടങ്ങീ ദരിദ്ര രാജ്യത്ത് നിന്നുമുള്ള കുറച്ച് പേരും ഈ കമ്പനിയില്‍ ജോലി നോക്കുന്നു. കൂടാതെ ഒരു തമിഴ് നാട്ടു കാരനും റൂമില്‍ ഉണ്ട്. ഞങ്ങള്‍ പണിയെടുത്ത് പണിയെടുത്ത് വെയിലു കൊണ്ട് ആകെ കറുത്ത് കരുവാളിച്ച് കൂടെയുള്ള തമിഴന്റെ ചേലുക്കായി ബാപ്പാ. ഞങ്ങളുടെ സൂപ്പര്‍വൈസര്‍ ഒരു കരിവീട്ടി വീരാനിക്കാടെ മകന്‍ അയ്മൂട്ടിയാണ്. അവന്റെ ബാപ്പ പണ്ടെങ്ങാന്‍ ഗള്‍ഫില്‍ ഒരു അറബി വീട്ടില്‍ പണിക്കു നിന്നിരുന്നത്രേ. അന്നു നമ്മള്‍ അവരെ പീഡിപ്പിച്ച് പണിയെടുപ്പിച്ചതിന്റെ ദേഷ്യം ഇപ്പോള്‍ ഞങ്ങളോടാണ് തീര്‍ക്കുന്നത്.പിന്നെ ദുബായിയിലെ പുറമ്പോക്കില്‍ താമസിക്കുന്ന നമ്മുടെ അമ്മായിയുടെ മകന്‍ ഇവിടെ അടുത്തുള്ള ഒരു വീട്ടില്‍ ഹൌസ് ഡ്രൈവറായി ജോലിയെടുക്കുന്നുണ്ടെന്ന് അറിഞ്ഞു. ഇവിടെ ഞായറാഴ്ചയും ഓവര്‍ടൈം പണി ഉള്ളത് കൊണ്ട് അവനെ കാണാന്‍ പോകാന്‍ കഴിയാറില്ല.“അല്‍ മാജിദ് സുല്‍താനി അല്‍ ഗല്‍താനി” എന്ന അവന്റെ പേര് അവര്‍ “കോരന്‍” എന്നാണ് വിളിക്കുന്നത്. പണ്ട് ഗള്‍ഫില്‍ ഗ്രോസറി നടത്തി പണക്കാരായ ഒരു കുടുംബമാണ് അത്. പണ്ട് അവരുടെ ഗ്രോസറിയില്‍ കയറി അറബി പിള്ളേര്‍ വഴക്കുണ്ടാക്കാറുള്ളതിന്റെ ദേഷ്യമാണ് അവര്‍ക്ക്. അവന് ഭക്ഷണത്തിന്റെ കാര്യത്തില്‍ വലിയ കുഴപ്പമില്ല. ആ വീട്ടുകാരുടെ മുന്‍ തലമുറക്കാര്‍ കഴിക്കാറുണ്ടായിരുന്ന “കഞ്ഞി” അതിന്റെ സൈഡ് ഡിഷായ “ചമ്മന്തി”പിന്നെ വിശേഷ ദിവസങ്ങളില്‍ “ചുട്ട പപ്പടം” എന്ന ഒരു സാധനവും കിട്ടുമത്രെ.ആ വീട്ടില്‍ തന്നെ ഹൌസ് മെയിഡായി നില്‍ക്കുന്ന ഒരു കുവൈത്തി പെണ്ണുമായി അവന്‍ അടുപ്പത്തിലാണെന്നും അറിയാന്‍ കഴിഞ്ഞു.ബാപ്പാട് എനിക്ക് പറയാനുള്ളത് ചിലവുകളൊക്കെ കുറയ്ക്കുക. ഇപ്പോള്‍ ഒരു ഇന്ത്യന്‍ രൂപയ്ക്കു ഇരുപത് ദിര്‍ഹമാണ് എക്സ്ചേഞ്ച് റേറ്റ്. നമ്മുടെ എണ്ണപ്പാടങ്ങള്‍ ഉണ്ടായിരുന്നപ്പോള്‍ ബാരലിന് 50 ഡോളര്‍ ഉണ്ടായിരുന്ന ക്രൂഡിന് ഇന്നു പത്തിരട്ടിയാണ് വില. തല്‍ക്കാലം ഉള്ളാ ചെറിയ കാറ് വിറ്റ് കറവുള്ള ഒരു ഒട്ടകത്തിനെ വാങ്ങുക. അമ്മായിയെ കാണാനൊക്കെ അതിന്റെ പുറത്ത് പോയാല്‍ മതി.പിന്നെ ആവശ്യത്തിന് പാലും കറന്ന് വില്‍ക്കാം.ഈയിടെ അവിടെ എല്ലാ സാധനങ്ങള്‍ക്കും വില കൂടി എന്ന് അറിയാന്‍ കഴിഞ്ഞു. കറന്റ് ബില്ല് കെട്ടാതെ ഫീസ് ഊരി കൊണ്ട് പോകാതെ നോക്കണം. വിസയ്ക്ക് ചിലവാക്കിയ പണം അടുത്ത മാസത്തോട് കൂടി കൊടുത്ത് തീരുമല്ലൊ. കഴിഞ്ഞ ദിവസം കണ്ണൂര്‍ എയര്‍പോര്‍ട്ടില്‍ വന്നിറങ്ങിയ ഉദ്യോഗാര്‍ത്ഥികളെ കള്ളവിസയിലാണ് വന്നിരിക്കുന്നതെന്നും പറഞ്ഞ് തിരിച്ചയച്ചു. ഏതോ ഏജന്‍സി ചതിച്ചതാവും.കൂടുതല്‍ ഒന്നും എഴുതുന്നില്ല. ക്രൂഡിന്റെ ബാരല്‍ ലിഫ്റ്റ് ചെയ്ത് ലിഫ്റ്റ് ചെയ്ത് ഒരു പരുവത്തിലായി. ഇവിടെയുള്ള മെസ്സില്‍ നിന്നുമാണ് ഭക്ഷണം. മൂന്ന് നേരത്തിനും കൂടി നല്ലൊരു സംഖ്യ വരും. പിന്നെ ഓവര്‍ ടൈം ഇല്ലാത്ത ദിവസങ്ങളില്‍ റോഡ് സിഗ്നലില്‍ പേപ്പര്‍ വില്‍ക്കാനും, പാര്‍ക്കുകളില്‍ ഐസ് ക്രീം വില്‍ക്കാനും പോകാറുണ്ട്. മുന്‍സിപ്പാലിറ്റിയിലെ സി ഐ ഡികള്‍ കണ്ടാല്‍ അവര്‍ പിടിച്ച്കൊണ്ട് പോയി വിസ ക്യാന്‍സല്‍ ചെയ്ത് കയ്യോടെ കേറ്റി വിടും. അത് കൊണ്ട് വളരെ സൂക്ഷിച്ചാണ് ഈ പണികളൊക്കെ ചെയ്യുന്നത്. കഴിഞ്ഞ ദിവസം “ലേബര്‍ കാര്‍ഡ്” (പത്താക്ക) കളഞ്ഞ് പോയിരുന്നു. ഭാഗ്യത്തിന് ഒരു കൂട്ടുകാരന് കിട്ടി. ഇല്ലെങ്കില്‍ പിഴ ഒടുക്കേണ്ടി വന്നേനെ.നാട്ടിലേക് കു എന്നു വരാന്‍ പറ്റുമെന്ന് അറിയില്ല.ലീവിന് കൊടുത്തിട്ടുണ്ട്. മിക്കവാറും അടുത്ത വര്‍ഷത്തെ പെരുന്നാളിന് എത്താന്‍ നോക്കാം.ഉമ്മുല്‍ ഖൊയിന്‍ എയര്‍പോര്‍ട്ടിലേക്കാവും മിക്കവാറും ടിക്കറ്റ് കമ്പനി തരുന്നത്. പിന്നെ മനാമ സൂപ്പര്‍ മാര്‍ക്കറ്റിലെ പറ്റ് അടുത്ത മാസം തീര്‍ക്കാം എന്ന് പറയുക. നാട്ടിലേക്ക് വരുമ്പോള്‍ എന്തൊക്കെ കൊണ്ട് വരണമെന്നു അടുത്ത മെയിലില്‍ അറിയിക്കുക.പിന്നെ മേലാല്‍ ആരോടും “ഓയില്‍ ലിഫ്റ്റിങ് ടെക്നോളജി” പഠിച്ച് ഇങ്ങോട്ട് വരണ്ട എന്ന് പറയുക, കാരണം ഈ “ഓയില്‍ ലിഫ്റ്റ് ടെക്നോളജി” അല്‍പ്പം കടന്ന കയ്യാണ് ബാപ്പാ!ഇത്രമാത്രം,ബാപ്പാടെ സ്വന്തം മകന്‍,അല്‍ ജമാല്‍ അല്‍ സാലം അല്‍ ലേലം ഗല്‍താനി(ജമാലു‍)

An inspiring and emotional testimony from a young North Korean student.


New hologram technology brings 3-D to life


Refractable holographic image of an F-4 Phantom Jet created on a photorefractive polymer at the College of Optics, University of Arizona, USA. Nasser Peyghambarian with a refreshable, holographic image of an F-4 Phantom Jet his team created on a photorefractive polymer at the College of Optical Sciences, the University of Arizona.
Holograms in 3-D no longer just science fiction

R2-D2 would be impressed.
Thirty-three years after he helped Princess Leia make an impassioned plea from afar in Star Wars, scientists are making 3-D telepresence a reality.
"It is no longer something that is science fiction, it is actually something that you can do today," says Nasser Peyghambarian, leader of a U.S. team that is busy sending 3-D moving holograms of Phantom jets and people from one location to another.
"We have demonstrated the concept and it works," says Peyghambarian, whose optical science team at the University of Arizona describes the new system in the journal Nature, released Thursday.
He and his colleagues say it is not quite ready for prime time. The "holographic telepresence" is limited to images 43 centimetres high, which is about how big Princess Leia's telepresence was in the Star Wars scene. Colour is also limited and the holograms' movements are halting as it takes two seconds for them to "refresh."
But Peyghambarian expects that within a few years life-size, full-colour, high-resolution holographs of people and objects will be popping out of tables and walls in research labs. And within seven to 10 years, he predicts they could be popping out of conferencing, medical, design and entertainment systems.
The people and objects will look real, Peyghambarian says, but if you try to reach out and touch them, there would be "nothing there."
Several companies are racing to produce 3-D television and conferencing systems so people can attend virtual meetings, reducing the need for travel and time away from home.
But Peyghambarian says most systems use just two perspectives, while the holographic telepresence has 16 and does not require 3-D glasses. His team is aiming for hundreds of perspectives showing objects and people from all angles, which is much closer to what the eye sees in the real world.
"I don't think there is any fundamental physics that would prevent us from getting there," he told reporters in a webcast last week.
At the heart of the new system is a multicolour, holographic display that refreshes every two seconds and gives the effect of quasi-real-time updating, using a new "photorefractive polymer" as the recording material. The images are taken by regular cameras at multiple angles in one location and sent to another location using Ethernet communication and then projected with the help of lasers on the computerized hologram setup.
The prototype described in the Nature paper had a 25-centimetre screen, but Peyghambarian says they now have a 43-centimetre system up and running. It uses 16 cameras to photograph objects from different angles. The more cameras used, the higher the resolution of the holograph, says Peyghambarian, who says an array of cameras in his Tucson office and a fast Internet connection would enable him to give a tele-presentation in New York.
"At the other end, in New York, there would be the 3-D display using our laser system," he says. "Everything is fully automated and controlled by computer."
The system has what the scientists call 'full parallax': "As you move your head left and right or up and down, you see different perspectives. This makes for a very lifelike image," says Peyghambarian. "Humans are used to seeing things in 3-D."
There is also an audio option so lifelike, holograms could speak and interact with audiences.
The researchers have patents pending on both the material and optical system and are particularly keen on the possibilities for telemedicine.
"Especially for brain surgery, surgeons at different locations around the world can observe in 3-D, in real time, and participate in the surgical procedure," they conclude in their paper.
Lead author Pierre-Alexandre Blanche says another early application might be in the "military for command and control 3-D battle maps" and holographic advertising.
"The next step will be to have a smaller, faster display to interest the entertainment market," he says, noting that there is "still some hard work" to do before that happens.

New hologram technology brings 3-D to life

Executives may not be able to beam a full three-dimensional image of themselves across the world just yet but researchers are a step closer to 3-D real-time images, an advance in holographic technology that could make video conferencing far more lifelike.
Nasser Peyghambarian of the University of Arizona and colleagues said on Wednesday their new holographic technology can project a near 360-degree image to another location that updates every two seconds.
Known as three-dimensional telepresence, the technology addresses shortcomings of current holograms, which give the illusion of 3-D but leave out the rear view, said Peyghambarian, whose study appears in the journal Nature.
"If you look at the 3-D object, we show it is very much like if you look around you. It's the closest to what you see compared to any other technology," Peyghambarian, who also holds a position at the National Science Foundation, said on a telephone briefing.
He said the earliest use of the technology could be in movies, given the popularity of 3-D films such as "Avatar."
"We foresee many applications, including for example, car or airplane manufacturing. They can look at the hologram and design the system they have in real-time and look at the model and make changes on it as they go," Peyghambarian told the briefing.
Surgeons around the world also could participate in complex operations at the same time, he said.
To create the hologram, cameras take color images at multiple angles and send them over an Ethernet line. In the lab model, images are projected onto a transparent plastic panel and refreshed every few seconds.
Future displays will lie flat on a table and the system will create an optical illusion that the image is floating above the screen.
The three-dimensional telepresence technology differs from 3-D technology in several ways.
With 3-D, one perspective is projected to one eye and another perspective is projected to the other, which is why people wear special glasses. With the hologram, no special glasses are needed and the number of perspectives is only limited by the number of cameras used.
In a videoconference, this means people sitting on one side of a table see the front of a person, people on the side would get a side view and people in the back would see their back.
The technology builds on earlier work by the same group, which in 2008 reported a black and white 3-D image that could be updated every four minutes.
The new system is more than 100 times faster.
"This breakthrough opens new opportunities for optics as a means to transport images in real time," Lynn Preston, director of the National Science Foundation's Engineering Research Centers program, said in a statement.
Peyghambarian said the team still needs to work out some issues, including improving the screen and reducing the system's power demands, which will take about two years.
It will be far longer before the system can be used by ordinary consumers.
"I don't think you can see these in our houses in less than seven to 10 years," he said.

7yr old Arya Ika, youngest member of Obama's crew

U.S.President Barack Obama's business team not only consists of 500 delegates but also a seven year old kid, a student from Southborough, Massachussets. Arya Ika , who is studying in second grade is accompanying Obama on his trip to India to bring some best deals for his family owned innovative health technology firm reports Pradeep Thakur of Times Of India.
7yr old Arya Ika, youngest member of Obama's crew
Born to an Indian-American couple, the Harry potter lookalike comes from Fay school which by coincidence is the same school to which U.S. President John.F.Kennedy also went to. The institution has granted special leave to the lad so that he could be a part of this historic trip, where both India and the U.S. signed several agreements, including breaking the decades old economic and technological barrier that was imposed on India after its two nuclear tests.

Dressed in formals Ika was seen networking with other Indian and American delegates in between sessions and became the star attraction as everyone was curious to know what got the little fellow to the serious business sessions of Obama. "I want to meet Obama, and become the future President of the U.S." said Ika while explaining the reasons behind his India trip, where he could pick up his first lessons in public administration.

Ika comes from a family which migrated from Hyderabad to Massachuessets 30 years ago and set up their innovative health care system firm, which now employs more than 350 Americans. The Ika System provides innovative health technology to insurance firms helping them bring quality care to patients at lower costs. The company's gross turnover is around $500 million.

Overcoming Fear of Public Speaking

“According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death.” - Jerry Seinfeld
If you have the fear of public speaking, you are not alone. You must first recognize what “fear” is. Fear is the anticipation of pain. Is your fear real or imagined?
Here are some great insights into Overcoming Fear of Public Speaking.

Steps to Overcome Fear of Public Speaking -  

  1. Fears – The fear of being judged, making a mistake, not measuring up, getting hurt either mentally or physically can get in the way of a good performance (speech, seminar, sales presentation, etc). Remember that people in the audience really want you to succeed. Nobody is standing there hoping you’ll be boring or bad. If you are coming from an authentic place, and you cover the material with clarity, you’ve won 3/4 of your inner battle with fear.
  2. Learn how to enroll and engage your audience - If you haven’t yet taken a professional development course on public speaking, consider finding a public speaking training course appropriate for your needs. Learning the art of public speaking can enhance your results in a boardroom, in a sales presentation, and even accelerate your climb up the corporate ladder. It is a must-skill for any executive and/or business owner.
  3. Practice - Find business organizations, networks and clubs in your area (such as Toastmasters) that can afford you the opportunity to practice. Remember to choose topics that you are already an expert on. Speaking on a topic that you are not familiar with will increase your stress, and impede on your performance.
  4. Use recording software - Record everything on your PC/laptop. Review it to see where you can improve. Have speaking pros attend your live presentation to give you feedback. Allow yourself the opportunity to learn more every time you go out.
  5. Remember, even the top professionals learn something new every single time they go out!

Ranji Trophy Surprise by Deepak

Deepak Chahar
Deepak Chahar

The teenage cricketing sensation Deepak Chahar from Rajasthan has completely dismantled the whole of the batting line up Hyderabad on the opening day of the Ranji Trophy 2010-11.
He was simply unstoppable right from the start and everything related to the match that brought out the genius in him is now registered in records of the first class cricket.
He left every batsman of Hyderabad crying for help as he delivered 2 maidens in 7.3 overs taking 8 wickets at the cost of a meager 10 runs. He has found praise from all counters with Rajasthan Coach Harish Joshi said: “He has good length and line, and swings the ball both ways.”
As of now Maharashtra’s Vasant Ranjane still holds the record of a fantastic Ranji debutant with 9 wickets to his credit for 56 runs against Saurashtra in 1956-57, which Deepak Chahar just missed. But the debutant cricketer is bound to excel and has the ability to move the ball well in the air taking advantage of the conditions at hand.
He did not let any of Hyderabad players to reach a double figure in terms of runs and the son of a retired air force man has proved the selectors correct who spotted him in the Under-16 championships and chose for Ranji from the Under-19s team for which he has been playing for 4-5 years now.
Deepak stuck well in the 78 minutes 93 balls affair sending the team to the pavilion for 21 runs to boast of.
This terrific performance reminds of the previous records in the history of the game. It was in 1983 that Essex bowled Surrey out for just a total of 14 runs. Three cheers to the teriffic teen Deepak Chahar!!!

Indian grads app becomes a huge hit after Steve Jobs' praises

"That was really special. We got the biggest stamp of approval we could have gotten," says Akshay Kothari Co-founder and CEO of Alphonso Labs, which produced the Pulse app, referring to the endorsement from Apple CEO, Steve Jobs. The young Indian grads from Stanford University saw a significant boost when the Apple Guru heaped praises upon their iPad application at the Apple Developers Conference.
Indian grads app becomes a huge hit after Steve Jobs' praises

Pulse is an elegant news reading application for iPhone, iPad and Android devices created by Akshay Kothari and Ankit Gupta. This mobile application aggregates news from numerous websites and is one of the top-selling news apps for the iPad and iPhone. Its Android app allows users to assemble content from as many as 60 publications. Users also can touch a link that takes them to the actual publication's website.

The company has launched version 2.0 of their Pulse News Reader for iPad. The revised version, Pulse 2.0 expanded to 60 sources of news across five pages, or 12 feeds per page. It is also designed in a way that the user can manage news feed sources. Another interesting feature in the new version called "Pulse Bazaar", provides a way to browse and discover good news sources that you didn't know about. As of now, Pulse 2.0 is an iPad-only app. It is expected that the company will release a new version for the iPhone and Android platforms in the coming weeks.

The idea was sparked at a Stanford course called 'Launch Pad' for aspiring entrepreneurs in which challenge was to create a product in the course of 11 weeks. "The first week of class, we decided we're going to do something for our iPads, and we released our app in six weeks," Kothari said. After the success of the app, Alphonso Labs now has six full-time employees and is moving to an office space of its own.

Although the company had a short period of trouble when Apple removed Pulse from the store following complaints of infringement by the New York Times, it was later reinstated upon clarifying that Pulse is essentially an RSS reader and does no scraping.

It is also reported that Alphonso Labs has raised $1 million in seed funding from Redpoint Ventures, Greycroft Partners, Mayfield Fund and Lightspeed Venture Partners.

The Pulse app for iPad costs $1.99 and 99 cents for the iPhone and mobile Android devices. However, the company declined to disclose revenue figures. The biggest competitor for Pulse is Flipboard which also has got great reviews for its products.

The New Nokia C7

The Nokia C7, operating on the latest Symbian^3 OS, has finally been packed up and the shipments of this 3.5” AMOLED touchscreen fitted handset have begun.
Crafted in a sophisticated blend of glass and stainless steel, this smartphone proffers quick access to the deluge off applications hosted at the Ovi Store. Facebook and Twitter updates can be directly accessed via the homescreen, along with several email accounts like Windows Live Hotmail, Yahoo! Mail and Ovi Mail.

  1. Beautifully crafted design

    • A sleek design constructed from polished stainless steel and glass.
    • Videos and images look sharp on the vivid 3.5" high-resolution display.
    • Three home screens you can personalise with contacts, apps and more.
    • Use finger gestures – pinch to zoom, flick to scroll and tap to select.
    • View all running apps and tap the screen to easily switch between them.
  2. Integrated social networks

    • Get live updates from Facebook and Twitter directly on the home screen.
    • Update your status across all your social networks at the same time.
    • Add social events to your calendar easily with just one click.
    • Share your location through Facebook and meet friends who are close by.
    • Post comments and photos directly from the home screen.
  3. Apps and more from Ovi Store

    • Choose from 1000s of apps including Sports Tracker and Here and now.
    • New apps constantly added to Ovi Store – many for free.
    • Try out new games and buy the ones you like.
    • A wide selection of wallpapers and themes for every taste and style.
    • Download podcasts – news, sports, entertainment and more.
    • Visit Ovi Store.
  4. Maps with free GPS navigation

    • Find the best route and get to your destination on time with Ovi Maps.
    • Get free lifetime navigation with turn-by-turn voice guidance.
    • Record your own voice guidance with Own Voice and share on Facebook.
    • Discover nearby restaurants, landmarks and other points of interest.
    • Use the Nokia Bluetooth Headset BH-217 for clear voice navigation as you walk.
  5. The best in mobile entertainment

    • Capture high-quality photos and HD video using the 8 megapixel camera.
    • Watch National Geographic, CNN, BBC and many more channels with Web TV.
    • Listen to music on your car stereo with the built-in FM transmitter.
    • Flip through album art and make playlists of your favourite songs.
    • Play music out loud on the powerful Nokia Mini Speaker MD-9.
  6. Powered by Symbianˆ3

    • Enjoy over 250 new features from the Symbianˆ3 operating system.
    • Customise your phone in more ways than ever.
    • Easier, more intuitive touch-screen controls.
    • Run multiple apps without sacrificing battery life.
    • Develop your own apps with ease.
  7. Design
  8. Hardware
  9. Software & applications
  10. Communications
  11. Sharing & Internet
  12. Navigation
  13. Photography


  • Size:117.3 x 56.8 x 10.5 mm
  • Weight (with battery): 130 g
  • Volume: 64 cc
Product dimensions
Display and user interface
  • Screen size: 3.5"
  • Resolution: 16:9 nHD (640 x 360 pixels) AMOLED
  • 16.7 million colours
  • Capacitive touch screen
  • Orientation sensor (Accelerometer)
  • Compass (Magnetometer)
  • Proximity sensor
  • Ambient light detector
Keys and input methods
  • Physical keys (menu key, call key, end key, power key, lock key, volume keys, voice key, capture key)
  • Finger touch control
  • On-screen alphanumeric keypad and full keyboard
  • Dedicated camera and volume keys
  • Possibility to use capacitive stylus
  • Handwriting recognition for Chinese
  • Available in:
    • Frosty metal
    • Charcoal black
    • Mahogany brown
  • Colour availability varies by country
  • Three customisable home screens:
    • menu
    • widgets
    • themes
    • shortcuts
    • icons
  • Customisable profiles
  • Ringtones: mp3, AAC, eAAC, eAAC+, WMA, AMR-NB, AMR-WB
  • Themes
    • wallpapers
    • screensavers
    • audio themes
    • pre-installed themes
    • changeable colour themes


Power Management
  • BL-5K 1200 mAh Li-Ion battery
  • Talk time (maximum):
    • GSM up to 576 mins
    • WCDMA up to 318 mins
  • Standby time (maximum):
    • GSM up to 555 h
    • WCDMA up to 656 h
  • Video playback time (H.264 720p, 30 fps, maximum): up to 6.5 h
  • Video recording time (H.264 720p, 25 fps, maximum): up to 3.8 h
  • Video call time (maximum): up to 160 mins
  • Music playback time (offline mode, maximum): up to
    54 h
Operation times may vary depending on radio access technology used, operator network configuration and usage.
  • Internal memory: 8 GB
  • MicroSD memory card support up to 32 GB (max total 40 GB)
Operating Frequency
  • GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
  • WCDMA 850/900/1700/1900/2100
  • Automatic switching between WCDMA and GSM bands
  • Flight mode
Data Network
  • GPRS/EDGE class B, multislot class 33
  • HSDPA Cat9, maximum speed up to 10.2 Mbps, HSUPA Cat5 2.0 Mbps
  • WLAN IEEE802.11 b/g/n
  • TCP/IP support
  • Capability to serve as data modem
  • Support for MS Outlook synchronisation of contacts, calendar and notes
Requires data service. Data services may not be available in all networks. Data transmission speeds may be as high as HSDPA 10.2 Mbps, but may vary based upon network capabilities and other conditions. The establishment and continuation of a data connection depends on network availability, provider support and signal strength.
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • 2mm Charging connector
  • Micro USB connector and charging
  • High-Speed USB 2.0 (micro USB connector)
    • USB On-the-Go
  • 3.5 mm AV connector
    • FM Radio
    • FM Transmitter

Software & applications

Software platform & user interface
  • Symbian^3 OS for Nokia
  • Java MIDP 2.1
  • Qt 4.6.2, Web Runtime 7.2
    • HTML 4.1
  • Software updates Over the Air (FOTA) and Over the internet (FOTI)
  • Flash Lite 4.0
  • OMA DM 1.2, OMA Client provisioning 1.1
  • Key applications: Calendar, Contacts, music player, internet, messaging, photos, Ovi Store, Maps, Videos, Web TV, Office document viewers, Video and photo editor, Mail, Radio
  • PC Applications: Nokia Ovi Suite, Nokia Ovi Player
Personal Information Management (PIM)
  • Detailed contact information
  • Calendar
  • To-do list
  • Notes
  • Recorder
  • Calculator
  • Clock


Email and messaging
  • Easy-to-use email client with attachment support for images, videos, music and documents .doc/ .docx, .xls/ .xlsx, .ppt/ .pptx, .pdf, .zip
  • HTML support for email
  • Unified email client for multiple protocols: Yahoo!® Mail, Gmail™, Windows Live™, Hotmail and other popular POP/IMAP services, Mail for Exchange, IBM Lotus traveler
  • Email web widget for home screen
  • Unified MMS/SMS editor
  • Conversational view for SMS
  • Push email and expanded portal support available through Nokia Messaging for email and instant messaging
* Some services may be available only via downloading or dependent on the market.Only devices that offer compatible multimedia message or email features can receive and display multimedia messages. Content appearance may vary. Some images and ringtones can not be forwarded.
Call management
  • Contacts: advanced contacts database with support for multiple phone and email details per entry with personal thumbnail pictures and video clips
  • Smart dialling to find phone numbers quickly
  • Speed dialling, voice dialling (speaker independent) and voice commands
  • Logs of dialled, received and missed calls
  • Conference calling
  • Integrated handsfree speaker
  • Video calling
  • Active noise cancellation for clearer calls.

Sharing & Internet

Browsing and internet
  • Full web browsing of real web pages
  • Web browsing with touch control
  • Supported markup languages: HTML, XHTML MP, WML, CSS
  • Supported protocols: HTTP v1.1, WAP
  • TCP/IP support
  • Visual history, HTML and JavaScript support
  • Flash Lite 4 will support a majority of Flash Player 10.1 content
  • Nokia Mobile Search
  • RSS reader
  • Support for streaming video
  • Unified home screen access to Facebook and Twitter through Ovi by Nokia Social client
  • Social networking profiles visible in phone contacts
  • Upload and view photos and video and see locations via Ovi by Nokia Social client
  • Social networking events visible in phone calendar


GPS and navigation
  • Integrated GPS, A-GPS receivers
  • Ovi Maps with free car and pedestrian navigation
  • Wi-Fi network positioning
  • Compass and accelerometer for correct orientation of display
  • Use Nokia Ovi Suite to get the latest country maps for Ovi Maps for free
* Downloading of maps over the air may involve transferring large amounts of data. Your service provider may charge for the data transmission. The availability of particular products, services, and features may vary by region. Please check with your local Nokia dealer for further details and availability of language options. These specifications are subject to change without notice.


  • 8 megapixel camera
  • Fullscreen 16:9 viewfinder with easy on-screen touch controls
  • 3rd generation dual LED flash
  • Face recognition software
  • Full focus
  • Focal length: 4.3 mm
  • F number/aperture: F2.8
  • Zoom up to 2x (digital) for still images
  • Zoom up to 3x (digital) for video
  • Secondary camera for video calls (VGA, 640 x 480 pixels)
Image capture
  • Still images file format: JPEG/EXIF
  • Automatic location tagging (Geotagging) of images and videos
  • Images automatically taken in the correct orientation
  • Pinch zoom in Photos image viewer
  • View photos by tag cloud, month, album, slide show
  • Photo editor
  • Internal memory: 8 GB
  • MicroSD memory card slot, up to 32 GB
  • High-Speed microUSB to PC connectivity


Video cameras
  • Main camera
    • 8 megapixel
    • HD quality 720p resolution
    • Shoot 16:9 videos in HD
  • Video capture in 720p 25 fps with codecs H.264, MPEG-4
  • Settings for scene, video light, white balance, colour tone
  • Secondary camera VGA for video calls
Video codecs & formats
  • H.264 (base profile, main profile, high profile), MPEG-4, VC-1, Sorenson Spark, Real video 10
  • Streaming: H.264, Flash Lite 4 (Flash 10 compatibility for video), On2 VP6, Sorenson Spark
Video sharing and playback
  • HD 720p Video playback on TV
  • Support for download, streaming, and progressive download
  • Video editing software
  • Videos application: collection of stored videos
  • On demand WebTV widgets to watch local and global internet streaming TV
  • Support for Flash video
  • YouTube browsing and streaming
  • Video call support (WCDMA network services)

Music & audio

Music features
  • Flick scrolling user interface to browse the albums in your music collection
  • Ovi Music Unlimited service in selected markets
  • Nokia Music Player
  • Ovi Music store
  • Audio codecs: MP3, WMA, AAC, eAAC, eAAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB
  • Bit rate up tp 320 kbps
  • DRM support WM DRM, OMA DRM 2.0
  • FM transmitter (88.1 - 107.9 MHz)
  • Stereo FM radio (87.5-108 MHz/76-90 MHz)


  • Use the touch interface to play games
  • Dedicated graphics processor with OpenGL 2.0 enables 3D graphics
  • Java games
  • Use the accelerometer to play games

Environmental features

Energy efficiency
  • Power Save mode, ambient light sensor, unplug charger reminder, Nokia Compact Travel Charger AC-15
Eco content and services
  • Available at Ovi, maps for route optimization and pedestrian navigation
  • Free of PVC, free of nickel on the product surface, free of brominated and chlorinated compounds and free of antimony trioxide as defined in Nokia Substance List.
  • All materials of the device can be recovered as materials and energy
  • Made of renewable, 100 % recyclable
User Manual
  • Interactive user help in device and online, only Quick Guide in the box, eco tips on Green Page
  • Full Eco declaration

Package contents

Standard Sales Package
  • Nokia C7-00 mobile phone
  • Nokia Battery BL-5K
  • Nokia Connectivity Cable CA-101D
  • Nokia Stereo Headset WH-102
  • Nokia High Efficiency Charger AC-15
  • Quick start guide