Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Why Facebook CEO wants school kids to learn coding/ Cognizant to cut bonuses this year

Why Facebook CEO wants school kids to learn coding
News PictureMicrosoft Chairman Bill Gates,Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter creator Jack Dorsey are among the tech luminaries appearing in a new video promoting the teaching and learning of computer coding in school..more
Cognizant to cut bonuses this year
News PictureDue to the lower achievement of financial targets by Cognizant, top performers at the firm will get lower bonuses this year. An announcement with regard to this is due in a couple of weeks.

The bonus, calculated for performance in 2012, (C..more
Yahoo abolishes work-at-home policy, faces flak
News PictureCEO Marissa Mayer's decision to scrap the work-from-home option at Yahoo has shocked technology professionals and diversity experts. While some say work-from-home policy has its benefits, others point out that IBM— a company that has ..more
BlackBerry Z10 review: Good, but pricey proposition
News Picture BlackBerry has launched its first BB10-powered smartphone Z10 in India at a hefty price of Rs 43,490. It offers a refreshing new look at the smartphone interface, powerful integration between hardware and software and BlackBerry'..more
Instagram touches 100m-user mark
News PicturePhoto-sharing app Instagram, which was purchased by Facebook last year, has hit 100 million monthly active users.

Co-founder Kevin Systrom penned a long blog post to commemorate the news, chronicling Instagram's modest beginnings..more

Shahzad Afzal


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Meet HCL Tech's new CEO, Anant Gupta/ Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 to be costlier than iPad mini: Report

Meet HCL Tech‘s new CEO, Anant Gupta
News PictureAnant Gupta, only in his second month as the new chief executive officer of the $4.2-billion HCL Technologies, is already toying with the idea of writing a book. His predecessor Vineet Nayar wrote one too, on employees. But Gupta, 45, wants to write ..more
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 to be costlier than iPad mini: Report
News PictureSamsung's upcoming tablet with an 8-inch display will be more expensive than its rival iPad mini. Bulgarian online retailer, the price of Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 will start at 699 lev, whereas iPad mini's base variant starts at 679 lev in t..more
New iPhone app: Over 800,000 people line up
News PictureMore than 8,00,000 people are waiting to access a new iPhone app that aims to transform their email experience by helping them achieve the elusive "inbox zero" -- a fully processed and empty inbox.
The Mailbox app, which launched this ..more
Microsoft‘s Mobile Ambition: Not Dead Yet
News PictureYou can be forgiven for writing off Microsoft's mobile future. Given that Apple's operating income for its iPhone and iPad devices nearly surpasses Microsoft's total revenue, or that Google's Android market share makes Windows Mobile's share look lik..more
Platform-as-a-Service: 6 Ways PaaS Will Change The Enterprise
News PictureGuest author Bart Copeland is CEO of ActiveState. Jetpacks, flying cars, hybrid cloud. Which one will be ubiquitous in two years? Here's a hint: It's the one that doesn't involve personal air travel. In two years, the cloud-computin..more

Shahzad Afzal


Monday, February 18, 2013

TCS CEO: No big hiring this year/ Apple's iWatch team has over 100 designers

TCS CEO: No big hiring this year
News PictureThe slowdown in hiring by IT companies is expected to keep entry-level salaries stagnant over the next couple of years. 
Hiring is slowing down largely because IT companies have nearly 30% of their employees on the bench (those without proj..more
Apple‘s iWatch team has over 100 designers
News PictureApple has a team of 100 product designers working on a wristwatch-like device that may perform some of the tasks now handled by the iPhone and iPad, two people familiar with the company's plans said. 
The team, which has grown in the past y..more
‘Google Play leaking app users‘ personal info‘
News PictureConcerns over a possible Google privacy issue have emerged as an Australian app developer discovered he had access to the personal information of users who downloaded his Android app in Google Play.
Developer Dan Nolan wrote a blog post describi..more
What change means for India IT companies
News PictureThe Indian software services industry is talking non-stop about the revolution coming their way as large corporations adopt emerging technologies at a hectic pace, but experts question if companies are really walking the talk.

As some 1,40..more
Adobe Reader, Acrobat have security flaws: Report
News PictureAdobe Systems is investigating a report by a cybersecurity firm that hackers exploited previously unknown bugs in its Reader and Acrobat software to launch sophisticated attacks on personal computers. 

FireEye, a Silicon Valley compan..more

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Facebook says it was hacked/ Google to open retail shops: Report

Facebook says it was hacked
News PictureFacebook said on Friday it had been the target of an unidentified hacker group, but it found no evidence that user data was compromised.
"Last month, Facebook security discovered that our systems had been targeted in a sophisticated attack,..more
Google to open retail shops: Report
News PictureGoogle has made an indelible mark on the world wide web with its offerings and services, and now it may be making its foray into the real world with retail chains. Citing an extremely reliable source, technology blog 9to5google has said that the inte..more
Cyberattacks against media increasing: Rights group
News Picture Cyberattacks against journalists and media organisations around the world have increased over the past few years as criminal hackers provide a cheap and easy way of censoring the press, a media rights group said on Thursday. 
The Comm..more
H-1B visas: US Congress introduces immigration bill
News PictureTargeting highly skilled talents from India and China, a bi-partisan group of US lawmakers have introduced a new bill in the Congress to create more than 125,000 new visas to attract global talents to America.

The bill called Startup 3.0 p..more
Email hacking: How to minimise risk
News PicturePeople can follow some simple steps to minimize the risk of getting their personal information hacked, a New Zealand-based security has said.

According to Paul Matthews, chief executive of the Institute of IT Professionals, one should alwa..more

Shahzad Afzal


Saturday, February 16, 2013

Top Latin American IT company Softtek enters India/ Capgemini to hire 28,000 in India by 2015

Top Latin American IT company Softtek enters India
News PictureSofttek, Latin America's leading global IT services provider, has acquired Systech Integrators, a SAP channel and services partner global IT solutions provider co-founded by an Indian American, to make an entry into India. 
This acquisition..more
Capgemini to hire 28,000 in India by 2015
News PictureParis-headquartered IT company Capgemini already has a third of its employees working in India. It's now reviving its offshore consulting play, as also strengthening its traditional offshoring capabilities here. The $13.5-billion Capgemini began its ..more
iPhones have security flaw: Report
News PictureHackers can easily unlock the screen of Apple iPhone due to a security flaw, a report has said.
A majority of iPhone users have added a four-digit security pin code to prevent unauthorised users from accessing their phone.
But a new loophol..more
Indian company to train 1,500 IT engineers in Nigeria
News PictureAn Indian information technology company will train 1,500 computer aided designs and drafting (CADD) engineers in Nigeria annually.
Having opened a centre in the capital city of Abuja earlier, the IT firm -- CADD Centre -- has now set up another..more
Self driving car goes on test drive at Oxford
News PictureA car that is able to drive itself on familiar routes has been given a test run at an event at Oxford University.
The technology uses lasers and small cameras to memorise regular journeys like the commute or the school run.
The engineers an..more

Shahzad Afzal


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Dignified Ancestral Tree of Sayyiduna Gawth al-Aa'zam Shaykh 'Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani [Radi Allahu Ta'ala Anho]

Blessed Genealogy of Sayyiduna Gawth al-Aa'zam
Shaykh 'Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani [Radi Allahu Ta'ala Anho]
Prophetic Supervision, Alavi Star, Batooli Boon ... Hussain's Light in Hasan's Moon

Sayyiduna'sh-Shaykh Muhyyi'd-din 'Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani, al-Hasani, al-Husaini Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho (may Allah be well pleased with him!) Born 470 A.H., Passed away 561 A.H. [1077 - 1166 C.E.]

Raza! Imagine how unique is that garden of compassion;
Where in the bud is Zahra, and Flowers are Hussain and Hasan

His "Nisbah" or Blessed Genealogy:

From Exalted Father:

The Supreme Helper, the Lordly Cardinal Pole, the everlasting edifice, the radiantly shining lamp, the Sultan of the Saints and the Masters of Direct Knowledge, the proof of the chosen and those who have reached their spiritual destination, Allah SubHanuhu wa Ta'ala's Gray Falcon, our patron, our master and our exemplary guide to Allah SubHanuhu wa Ta'ala , the noble highborn patrician, the chieftain,

- Shaykh Muhyi 'd-Din 'Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani al-Hasani al-Husaini [may Allah SubHanuhu wa Ta'ala sanctify his splendid innermost being, and may He illuminate his noble mausoleum],
- son of Imam Sayyid Abu Swalih Musa Jangi Dost Radi Allahu Ta'ala Anho,
- son of Imam Sayyid 'Abdullah 
Radi Allahu Ta'ala Anho,
- son of Imam Sayyid Yahya az-Zahid 
Radi Allahu Ta'ala Anho,
- son of Imam Sayyid Muhammad 
Radi Allahu Ta'ala Anho,
- son of Imam Sayyid Da'ud 
Radi Allahu Ta'ala Anho,
- son of Imam Sayyid Musa 
Radi Allahu Ta'ala Anho,
- son of Imam Sayyid Abdullah 
Radi Allahu Ta'ala Anho,
- son of Imam Sayyid Musa al-Jawn 
Radi Allahu Ta'ala Anho,
- son of Imam Sayyid Abdullah al-Mahd 
Radi Allahu Ta'ala Anho,
- son of Imam Sayyid al-Hasan al-Muthanna 
Radi Allahu Ta'ala Anho,
- son of Imam al-Humam Sayyid al-Hasan as-Sibt 
Radi Allahu Ta'ala Anho,
- son of our chief and our patron, the Commander of the Believers, Abul-Husain 'Ali ibn Abi Talib [may Allah SubHanuhu wa Ta'ala be well pleased with them all].
Mazar Sharif of Ghawth Paak's Mother... Sayyida Fatima Umm al-Khair Radi Allahu Ta'ala Anha

From Exalted Mother:

On his mother's side of the family, the line of descent of our revered master and patron, Shaykh Muhyi'd-Din 'Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani [may Allah SubHanuhu wa Ta'ala the Exalted be well pleased with him], is as follows:

- He is Sayyid Shaykh Muhyi 'd-Din 'Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani [may Allah SubHanuhu wa Ta'ala sanctify his luminous innermost being],
- son of Sayyidah Umm al-Khayr Amat al-Jabbar Fatima Radi Allahu Ta'ala Anha,
- daughter of Sayyid 'Abdullah as-Sawma'i az-Zahid Radi 
Allahu Ta'ala Anho,
- son of Sayyid Abu 'Abdi'llah Jamal ad-Din Muhammad Radi 
Allahu Ta'ala Anho,
- son of Sayyid Mahmud Radi 
Allahu Ta'ala Anho,
- son of Sayyid Abul-'Ata' 'Abdullah Radi 
Allahu Ta'ala Anho,
- son of Sayyid Kamal ad-Din 'Esa Radi 
Allahu Ta'ala Anho,
- son of Sayyid Imam Abu 'Abdi'llah 'Ala' ad-Din Muhammad al-Jawad Radi 
Allahu Ta'ala Anho,
- son of Sayyid Imam 'Ali ar-Rida Radi 
Allahu Ta'ala Anho,
- son of Sayyid Imam Musa al-Kazim Radi 
Allahu Ta'ala Anho,
- son of Imam Ja'far as-Sadiq Radi 
Allahu Ta'ala Anho,
- son of Imam Muhammad al-Baqir Radi 
Allahu Ta'ala Anho,
- son of Imam Zain al-'Abidin 'Ali Radi 
Allahu Ta'ala Anho,
- son of Imam al-Humam al-Husayn, the Martyr of Karbala 
Radi Allahu Ta'ala Anho,
- son of Imam al-Humam, the Commander of the Believers, our master 'Ali ibn Abi Talib Radi Allahu Ta'ala Anho [may Allah SubHanuhu wa Ta'ala be well pleased with him, and with them all].

Your illustrious ancestors are Hussain and Hasan;
Both traditions in your personality have become one
Prophetic Rain, Alavi Crop, Batooli Bower ... Hussain's Fragrance in Hasan's Flower

— — —
Excerpted from
Sirr al-Asrar [Secret of Secrets]
by Shaykh 'Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani Radi Allahu Ta'ala Anhu

Shahzad Afzal


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Google struggling with porn search bug/ IBM's supercomputer Watson to work on cancer

Google struggling with ‘porn search bug‘
News PictureGoogle is trying fix a mysterious bug that returns pages and pages of almost exclusively pornographic and adult results when users enter certain equations or search strings.

A Google search for "-4^(1/4)" at the time of writing r..more
IBM‘s supercomputer Watson to work on cancer
News PictureIBM is putting its Watson supercomputer to work fighting cancer, in what is described as the first commercial program of its kind to use "big data" to help patients with the disease.
The US computing giant last week unveiled its initia..more
Self-destructing messages are evolution of text
News PictureMore than 60 million photos or messages are sent each day through an app called Snapchat and then, after they are viewed for a few seconds, the missives vanish.
That disappearing act — and a volume that is over a tenth of the well-establis..more
Micromax Canvas HD set for V-Day release
News PictureThe much-awaited Micromax Canvas HD is all set to be launched on Valentine's Day. The indigenous manufacturer has decided to release the phones across theIndian market on 14th February.

The phablet is a device targeted at the bud..more
Suggest a camera within a budget of Rs 30,000
News PictureI'm looking for a new camera for under Rs 30,000, but I'm confused between superzooms, mirrorless cameras and DSLRs. Please advise. 
- Kshitij Grover, S Mohan, Rahul Deb 

Before you select a camera you will need to factor in..more

Shahzad Afzal


Google may launch its own Chromebook/ App by Airtel founder's son a big hit

Google may launch its own Chromebook
News PictureInternet search giant Google may release its own Chromebook, some leaked documents have said.

HP announced it would be releasing its own Chromebook last week, but the computer does not contain the features listed in the leaked documents, n..more
App by Airtel founder‘s son a big hit
News PictureHike, the newest kid on mobile instant messaging scene, has had such a wild welcome and adoption rate that it brought the servers down causing disruption in services. 
The free mobile app, now on the top of the list on the Android marketpla..more
7 tips avoid Facebook hack
News PicturePeople who do have little or no time to maintain Facebook profiles, can do seven things to at least minimize the damage when their account gets hacked, a report has said.

Firstly, change your name. If you tweak your name just a little, or ..more
Now, charge your phone with coffee and beer
News PictureA new device that can charge your mobile phone with a hot cup of coffee or a cold beer mug has been developed by a US company. 
The company claims that the two-sided Epiphany onE Puck converts the warmth of your hot cocoa or iced beverage i..more
Gmail gets over 1,000 new smileys
News PictureIf you are among the internet users who love emoticons, you will love the latest addition in Gmail. Internet search giant Google has beefed up the number of smileys in its free email service by over a thousand emoticons.
Earlier, Gmail users cou..more

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