Monday, October 29, 2012

Nokia out of top 5 globally, tops in India/ Apple iPhone 5 prices start at Rs 45,500 in India

Nokia out of top 5 globally, tops in India
News PictureFinnish mobile handset manufacturer Nokia, which is facing a major crisis in global sales, still tops the list of mobile handset market in India even as it has been displaced from the fifth spot in global sales by the beleaguered BlackBerry..more
Apple iPhone 5 prices start at Rs 45,500 in India
News PictureApple iPhone 5, which will be launched in India on November 2, will be priced at Rs 45,500 for the entry-level 16GB model. The 32 and 64GB models will be sold at 52,500 and 59,500 respectively.

The prices have been shared by Redington, one..more
Top tips to set strong passwords
News PictureOn the internet,   passwords offer the first line of defence and they are necessary to keep your accounts safe. However, most of us while choosing passwords for various accounts on the internet bypass certain basic criteria. ..more
Windows 8: An OS made for touchscreens
News PictureWe talked about Windows 8 on a laptop (and desktop) a few days ago. It is a good OS but with dual personality and on a laptop, without a touchscreen, this affects the user experience in a rather negative way. Even Microsoft tacitl..more
Surface creates buzz, but iPad mania missing
News PictureUS shoppers woke up with mild Surface fever on Friday, lining up in moderate numbers to buy Microsoft's groundbreaking tablet computer designed to challenge Apple's iPad.The global debut of the Windows 8 operating system was greeted with po..more

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India among fastest growing Internet markets: Study/ Windows 8: An OS made for touchscreens

India among fastest growing Internet markets: Study
News PictureIndia is among the top three fastest growing Internet   markets in the world, a study by industry body   Assocham and ComScore   has said. 

"Among the Bric nations, India has been the ..more
Windows 8: An OS made for touchscreens
News PictureWe talked about Windows 8 on a laptop (and desktop) a few days ago. It is a good OS but with dual personality and on a laptop, without a touchscreen, this affects the user experience in a rather negative way. Even Microsoft tacitl..more
Facebook IPO fallout: Analyst‘s firing shocks Silicon Valley
News PictureThe firing of Citigroup stock analyst Mark Mahaney on Friday in the regulatory fallout from Facebook's initial public offering was greeted with shock and dismay in Silicon Valley, where Mahaney was a well-known and well-liked figure.&q..more
‘Canon eyeing top spot in inkjet printer market by 2015‘
News PictureCanon is aiming to be the leader in the country's inkjet printer market by 2015, a top official claimed."With the new exciting range of printers and innovations coming from Canon, we aim to be No. 1 in India by 2015," Canon's Group Executiv..more
Microsoft lets users ‘slide‘ for election news, analysis
News PictureUS voters can slide their political orientation and news to the left, right or center with an elections website launched by Microsoft search engine Bing.The Bing Elections 2012 site was launched "to bring together comprehensive election news, up..more

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

iPhone 5 coming on November 2, App Store adopts Rupee pricing/ Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer buys mobile-app developer Stamped

iPhone 5 coming on November 2, App Store adopts Rupee pricing
News PictureEven as Apple iPhone 5 launch in India has been delayed by a week to November 2, the company on Friday started billing inIndian rupee on the App Store.
The move will benefit the vast app developer community that sells on the App Store as we..more
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer buys mobile-app developer Stamped
News PictureYahoo Inc said on Thursday it bought a small, mobile start-up company in New York, marking one of new Chief Executive Marissa Mayer's first moves to revamp the struggling Web pioneer by acquiring outside products and technology. 

Microsoft CEO confirms plans to launch ‘more devices‘
News PictureSteve Ballmer, the chief executive of software giant Microsoft, has confirmed he plans to release more devices."Is it fair to say we're going to do more hardware? Obviously we are... Where we see important opportunities to set a new standard, ye..more
Windows 8 to bridge gap between PC, mobile devices
News PictureMicrosoft launched a radical redesign of its world-dominating Windows operating system, introducing a touch-enabled interface that attempts to bridge the gap between personal computers and fast-growing mobile devices powered by the company's fie..more
Google Nexus 4 specs with Android 4.2 leaked online
News PictureDetails of Google's new flagship Nexus 4 smartphone have apparently been leaked by the UK's largest independent mobile phone retailer.Carphone Warehouse's website briefly displayed a listing offering the LG Nexus 4 on contract from 31pounds per month..more

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Why Facebook CEO ‘did not join‘ Microsoft/ Android app to translate voice, text in real-time

Why Facebook CEO 'did not join' MicrosoftNews PictureMark Zuckerberg has opened up about his start-up experience and said that ifFacebook hadn't happened, he would have probably landed at Microsoft.The social networking mogul shared his experience in a talk at Startup School, the annual confe..more Android app to translate voice, text in real-timeNews PictureJapan's biggest mobile operator said on Monday it will launch a translation service that lets people chat over the telephone in several different languages.The application for NTT DoCoMo subscribers will give two-way voice and text readouts..more An app to send 'video SMSs'News PictureText messaging is fast and efficient but a new video-sharing application aims to put users in the picture.The London-based company Six3 has launched a new video-sharing app by the same name that will enable users to send short video messages as easil..more HCL fined for mentally harassing customerNews PictureHCL Infosystems has been asked by a consumer forum here to either refund Rs 27,890 as cost of a faulty notebook computer to a buyer or replace the defective machine with a new one.The New Delhi District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum also awarded ..more 'Infosys too can play the price game'News PictureAshok Vemuri, 43, head of the vital US market for Infosys , says there are "desperate" price games being played by competitors in a highly competitive outsourcing market and, if need be, Infosys too can play the game. But as a str..more 

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Openings in Saudi for Sharepoint professionals!

Overseas jobs for Sharepoint professionals! 

Job Title: .Net Sharepoint professional 
Job Location: Saudi Arabia 
Company: Leading IT Company in Saudi 
Salary & Benefits: 5550-6500 SR (INCLUSIVE BASIC+HOUSING+TRANSPORTATION) + Initial Air-ticket +VISA 

Skills, Experience and Education required: 

Graduate with 4+ years in sharepoint development 
Good experience in WebParts & Web services 

If interested, please email your updated resume with the following details to with the following details 

Present Salary: 
Notice Period: 
Willingness to relocate to Saudi Arabia: 
Passport Validity: 
Willingness to accept the above-mentioned salary: 

Best Wishes, 

TLI Knowledge Services,

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TCS to hire 25,000 from campus/ Refer a friend to Facebook and win Rs 50 talk time

TCS to hire 25,000 from campus
News Picture TCS today announced its second-quarter earnings and shed light on its hiring plans. The company stated that it will be recruiting a total of 25,000 students via campus placements, out of which 12,500 have already been hired.

Refer a friend to Facebook and win Rs 50 talk time
News PictureSocial networking site  Facebook is offering mobile talk time worth Rs 50 to new 'selective' users coming through referrals in India, a senior company official said. 

Kevin D'Souza, Country Growth Manager, Facebook, sai..more                              
GM to hire 3,000 from Hewlett-Packard
News PictureGeneral Motors will hire 3,000 workers from  Hewlett-Packard, part of a push to bring most of its computer technology in-house.The HP employees, who already work on GM projects, will help the automaker toward a larger goal: improving the softwar..more
Sony to cut 5,800 jobs, shut down factory
News Picture Sony said it will cut staff in its headquarters by a fifth and shutter a factory making camera lenses and mobile phones in Japan, providing new details of a previously announced plan to trim its global headcount by 10,000 by end-March.In a..more
HSBC‘s websites hacked globally
News PictureBanking giant HSBC said that some of its websites had been hit by a "large scale" cyber attack that disrupted online services, but it assured customers that their data were not compromised.The bank said in a statement that HSBC se..more

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ADVICE: The Gifts of Hajj are Available to All
The linguistic meaning of Hajj is seeking or intending. Thus the people of Allah are constantly performing Hajj because they are constantly seeking Allah. Just as their whole year is Ramadan, likewise their whole year is Hajj. Just as those performing Hajj respond to the call of Allah by saying "labbayk" they are swift to respond to the call of Allah. They take themselves to account and leave that which is disliked and dubious in all their states and actions. They reject the desires of their lower selves and they are the furthest of people from that which is prohibited. They constantly receive new blessings from their Lord so they constantly renew their ihram. Day and night they make tawaf around the House of their Lord, the One to Whom they turn themselves with absolute sincerity until nothing remains in them which is directed to other than Allah.

The bounty of Allah is available at all times of the day and night. This is why Allah swears by the morning light (duha) and by the night that He has not forsaken His Beloved (may Allah bless him and grant him peace), nor is He displeased with him.
If the Hajj has not been made possible for you, join with those making Hajj and share in their reward: by spending your wealth for the sake of Allah on your relatives, on the needy, by turning to Allah with your whole being. Make numerous your footsteps to good places, especially at the time of Fajr, and you will receive glad tidings from the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace): "Give glad tidings of complete light on the Day of Judgement to those who walk constantly to the mosque in the darkness." 

Those whose light is complete will no doubt be in his company (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) "...on the day when Allah will not humble the Prophet and the believers along with him; their light will be running ahead of them and on their right..." [Al-Tahrim, 66:8]

Ask to be present with them, and thank Allah for allowing our spirits to be with them. So many hearts in the far East or the far West receive the gifts of `Arafat and Mina because of their truthfulness with Allah.
..:: Actions that carry the reward of Hajj ::..

Nothing of course can equal actually performing the Hajj and worshipping Allah in those blessed places. However, since Allah knows that many people long to make Hajj every year but are unable to do so out of His generosity He made the reward for certain actions similar to the reward of a supererogatory Hajj.

1. Remembering Allah from Fajr until Ishraq: The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said: "Whoever who prays Subh (Fajr) in congregation and then sits in the place where he prayed remembering Allah until the sun rises and then prays two rakats has the reward of a complete Hajj and `Umrah." He repeated "complete" three times. [Narrated by al-Tirmidhi]

2. Attending a gathering of knowledge: The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said: "The one who goes out to the mosque wanting only to learn good or teach it has the reward of a complete Hajj." [Narrated by al-Tabarani]

3. Going to the mosque for the congregational prayer: The Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said: "Whoever performs ablution in his house and then goes out to perform the obligatory prayer in the mosque has a reward similar to the reward of a Hajj pilgrim. Whoever goes out to perform the mid-morning prayer (Duha) has a reward similar to the reward of the one performing `Umrah." 

4. Reciting dhikr after the five daily prayers: Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) narrated that a group of destitute people came to the Prophet, SallAllahu Alayhi wa Sallam (may Allaah exalt his mention), and said, "O Messenger of Allah, the wealthy people will have higher grades and will have permanent enjoyment in high levels in Paradise. They pray like us and fast as we do, but they have more money by which they perform the Hajj, 'Umrah, participate in Jihaad and give in charity." The Prophet, SallAllahu Alayhi wa Sallam (may Allaah exalt his mention), replied: "Shall I not tell you something upon which if you acted you would catch up with those who have surpassed you? Nobody would surpass you and you would be better than the people amongst whom you live except those who would do the same. Say 'Subhan Allah', 'alHamdu Lillaah' and 'Allahu Akbar' thirty-three times each after every (compulsory) prayer.'" [Sahih al-Bukhari]
5. Reciting Durud upon the beloved Prophet: The Leader of the God wary [Imām al-Muttaqīn] SallAllaho Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam affirmed, "Perform your Fardh (obligatory) Hajj pilgrimage. Undoubtedly, its reward is greater than participating in twenty Gazwah and reciting one Durūd upon me, equals that (in reward)." [Firdaus-bima' Šaur al-Khitab, Vol. 2, Page 607, Hadīth 2484]

6. Performing I'itikaf for ten days in the month of Ramadan: Imam Bayhaqi has reported on the authority of Hadrat Imam Hussain that the Messenger of Allah has stated, "whosoever performs I'itikaf for ten days in the month of Ramadan, it is as though he has performed two 'Umrah (lesser pilgrimage) and two Hajj (greater pilgrimage)." 

7. Performing the Friday Prayer: Sayyiduna Sa`id bin al-Musayyib said performing the Friday Prayer is "more beloved to me than a supererogatory Hajj."

8. Performing the Eid Prayer: Ibn Rajab (may Allah have mercy upon him) narrated that the Companion Sayyiduna Mikhnaf ibn Sulaym (may Allaah be pleased with him) said, "The reward for attending 'Eid Al-Fitr prayer is equal to the reward of performing 'Umrah and the reward for attending 'Eid Al-Ad'ha Prayer is equal to that of performing Hajj."
9. Fulfilling the needs of your brother or sister: Sayyiduna Hasan al-Basri said: "Going to fulfil the need of your brother is better for you than performing Hajj after Hajj."

10. Being good to your parents: The Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) commanded one of the Companions to be good to his mother. If you do so, he said: "You are a Hajj pilgrim, a person performing `Umrah and someone striving for the sake of Allah (mujahid)."

11. Abandoning sins and prohibitions: Some of our righteous predecessors said, "Giving up a misdeed that Allah The Exalted abhors is dearer to me than performing Hajj 500 times."

12. Performing obligatory actions: The slave can only draw near to Allah by performing supererogatory actions after first having performed that which is obligatory. This includes purifying one's heart from forbidden attributes and guarding one's tongue and limbs from committing forbidden actions. All of this is  much harder on the lower self than many supererogatory acts of worship.
Finally there is no action more beloved to Allah on the Day of Eid than making a  sacrifice. The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) told his beloved daughter Sayyida Fatima al-Zahrah that she would be forgiven for her previous wrongdoings with the first drop of blood to be shed from the sacrificed animal. She asked if this reward was specifically for the household of the Prophet and he replied: "For us and for all the Muslims."

Shahzad Afzal


Eight days with Windows 8/ How to make Pinterest work for you

Eight days with Windows 8
News PictureWindows 8 is coming on October 26. But it is not just any other update to Windows, the most widely used operating system (OS) in the world. According to Microsoft, Windows 8 is re-imagining of the 25-years-old OS.

Windows 8 is publicl..more
How to make Pinterest work for you
News PicturePinterest lets you pin your favourite web objects to a virtual pinboard, but there is a lot more you can do with this useful service. Karan Bajaj & Hitesh Raj Bhagat present a few useful tips, tricks tools and etiquettes to get the most out ..more
Will Apple go for ‘kill‘ with iPad Mini?
News PictureJust weeks after its momentous launch of the iPhone 5, Apple is back with what is expected to be another hot gadget -- a "mini" version of its market-leading iPad tablet. 

Apple sent out invitations for a..more
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer‘s comeback plan hones in on technology, not media
News PictureMarissa Mayer, who earned a reputation for decisive action and intensity during her 13-year stint at Google Inc, has spent her first months as Yahoo Inc CEO quietly moving the Internet pioneer back to its roots in technology.Long ..more
Top Facebook executive Joanna Shields quits to join London‘s Tech City
News PictureJoanna Shields, head of social media group Facebook's operations in Europe, is leaving to join a British government-sponsored venture to create London's answer to Silicon Valley.Tech City Investment Organisation was set up in April 2011 to attra..more

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Google allows Indian developers to sell apps on Android/ Silicon Valley has new perks for employees

Google allows Indian developers to sell apps on Android                            
News PictureGoogle has some good news for developers in the country. The company has announced Indian developers can now sell their apps on Google's Android platform, Google Play. Till now, developers from India could only offer their apps for fre..more
Silicon Valley has new perks for employees
News PicturePhil Libin, chief executive of Evernote, turned to his wife last year and asked if she had suggestions for how the software company might improve the lives of its employees and their families. His wife, who also works at Evernote, didn't miss a ..more
Targeting Google, Russia‘s Yandex goes global
News PictureRussia's leading internet search engine, Yandex, will take the fight to Google in emerging markets like  Turkey in a bid to offset the inroads made by the US giant in its home market.Yandex founder and chief executive Arkady Volozh tol..more
Tablet sales to cross 1.6 million in India: Study
News PictureTablet sales in India are expected to cross 1.6 million units this year, a growth of 40% over last year and way above the 16% growth registered by personal computers. 

According to the apex body for information technology hardwar..more
Apple opens biggest Asian store in Beijing
News PictureApple has opened its biggest Asian store yet in Beijing, with hordes of shoppers descending on the three-floor complex that highlights the growing importance of China to the US tech giant.The shop, on the major shopping street of Wangfujing in t..more

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Five technology trends to watch in 2013/ Samsung‘s WP8-based Ativ S in India soon?

Five technology trends to watch in 2013
News PictureEach year in an effort to keep its finger on the pulse of emerging technologies, the  Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), comprising over 2,000 tech companies, releases a list of trends for the upcoming calendar year. 

Samsung‘s WP8-based Ativ S in India soon?
News PictureSamsung unveiled its Ativ S, the world's first Windows Phone 8 smartphone, during IFA 2012 in August. Now, it seems that the device, which is still to launch anywhere across the globe, is headed for India.

Ezoneonline, the ecommerce p..more
Google opens virtual window into secretive data centers
News PictureGoogle is opening a virtual windowinto the secretive data centers   where an intricate maze of computers process Internet search requests, showYouTube video clips and distribute email for millions of people. 
Intel: Tablet is not the end state of computing
News Picture Intel crossed an earnings bar it lowered for itself last month, but the problems plaguing its main market for semiconductors - personal computers - seemed no closer to ending.

Intel, the world's biggest maker of chips, is feelin..more
Tablet market: Small companies versus Micromax, HCL
News PictureEven a year ago, companies such as Micromax and Lava were thought of as upstarts challenging mighty global corporations such as Nokia. With cut-price mobile phone models packed with features, they redefined the rules of the game and snatche..more

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