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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Google Chrome, Firefox add 'Do Not Track' features

       Following increased pressure from the FTC, Google and Mozilla are introducing opt-out features to their Chrome and Firefox browsers. 

      Soon, users will have the option to stop personalized advertisements, ads tailored to your Web-surfing habits that have sparked significant privacy concerns.
                    Will these new features allay privacy fears and FTC meddling?

     Last month, the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection proposed a "Do Not Track" tool to curb concerns over personalized or behavioral advertising. 

       The FTC hoped the tool might be similar to the "Do Not Call" registry -- the system that deterred telemarketers from causing so many headaches -- but offered very few technical details.
Such a comprehensive opt-out registry, as some have pointed out, would be difficult to implement. Unlike "Do Not Call," which relies on unique telephone numbers, "Do Not Track" could not depend on similar identifiers, as IP addresses are constantly changing.
Google and Mozilla have addressed some technical issues with their features, but are far from offering streamlined opt-out systems. On Chrome, the feature is available as an extension called Keep My Opt-Outs, which enables users to save opt-out preferences even once a browser's cookies have been cleared.
    Before, when one's history was erased, so too was any opt-out preference. With this extension, Google has made these particular cookies permanent; however, users will still be required to opt-out of ad tracking themselves.
Firefox's "Do Not Track" feature has a gaping loophole. For the tool to work, ad tracking companies essentially must opt-in to the system, and agree not to monitor web-surfing habits of users who have chosen to opt-out.
Thus far, according to the Wall Street Journal, no companies have openly agreed to participate in Firefox's "Do Not Track" program, though Mozilla is urging advertisers to "honor people's choices."
       "Mozilla recognizes the chicken and egg problem," Alexander Folower, Mozilla's global privacy head, wrote in a blog post.
      And so won't many users, who are likely to realize both Google's and Mozilla's "Do Not Track" features are not comprehensive.
It's also important to note that these extensions are opt-out systems, rather than opt-in. Many consumer advocacy groups and government officials have pushed for the latter feature, which would mean behavioral advertising would no longer come default -- users would have to opt-in in order to see personalized ads.

Samsung Galaxy S offers new Android 2.2 upgrade

     Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., a leading mobile phone provider, announced the Android 2.2 (Froyo) upgrade to the Samsung Galaxy S, giving users access to new features, enhanced navigation applications and improved performance. 



     The Android 2.2 upgrade will be available via Kies, Samsung's unique in-house software upgrade program.

     Commenting on the launch of the new copy of android, Mr. SangSuk Roh, president of Samsung Levant said, "We always seek to develop and update the android applications to meet the needs of our customers, and proof that smart phones are more than a phone. This achievement reflects the team's continuous efforts to maintain Samsung's position as a global leader in electronics."

     The Galaxy S is Samsung's cleverly designed smartphone with a bright 4-inch Super AMOLED screen and a 1 GHz application processor, giving users an intelligent, immersive and integrated mobile experience. The Android 2.2 upgrade offers voice-controlled GPS through Google MapsTM with Navigation, faster performance by JIT (Just in Time) compiler. Additionally, further functionalities including Search in-browser, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, improved customization options will be provided with OS upgrade.

       The Android 2.2 upgrade was available since the mid of October 2010 in the Nordic region and gradually rolled out to other European markets, Southeast Asia, the Middle East Asia, North America, Africa and rest of the world. 

Monday, January 24, 2011


New tech creates 'super dogs' to handle dangerous tasks       

            LONDON: Trained dogs are capable of finding bombs, people and other objects with the help of a handler. Now American scientists have developed a new system which could turn canines into remotely guided "super dogs" that can take on dangerous tasks. 

Researchers at the Auburn University in the US, who were behind the amazing innovation, said their technology could enhance the abilities of sniffer dogs to take on dangerous situations.

It could also change the way guide dogs are able to assist their owners by finding the scientifically safest way to negotiate journeys, the researchers said. David M Bevly, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Auburn, led a team who sought an alternative to the electrode implants used in previous remote guidance research.

They have now developed a custom vest fitted with GPS, spatial sensors, a processor and a radio modem which can be accessed wirelessly . Through the emission of vibrations on the dog's left or right side, it can be directed through the tightest of gaps without the need for a handler nearby.

The team tested the harness at the university's Canine Detection Research Institute, with a trained yellow Labrador named Major taking on a series of navigational tests.

Bevly plans to test the harness over longer distances and believes it could have implication for drug and bomb detection operations.

"If I'm trying to locate drugs, I don't want the cartel know that I'm snooping around." Using the technology, Bevly said, a single handler could guide several dogs through inspecting an entire airport and the military could also employ the harness to direct medical aid to at-risk troops. 

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Top 10 Richest Towns in India

It was in the 1990s that India experienced a sudden boom with the liberalization of the economy and since then has stood firm to sustain poverty, cultures and extremists. Home to a number of billionaires, India has seen a sudden rise among the affluent middle and upper-middle class people who have immense purchasing and spending power. This phenomenal increase in the per capita income of people has made a number of towns and cities flourish too.

Top 10 Richest Towns in India
Listed below are the names of top 10 towns that are considered the richest towns in India:
  • Chandigarh: The per capita annual income of people in this city is about Rs 26710. Chandigarh, a Union Territory, is known as City Beautiful and is acquired international fame for being the best urban planned city with architectural dominance that has seen projects like Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, Mathew Nowicki and Albert Mayer come and go.

  • Panaji: Panaji, the capital city of Goa has a per capita annual income of Rs 26075 and is the third largest city in Goa after Margao and Vasco. Located on the banks of the Mandovi estuary, Panaji is home to about 65000 people. The city incorporates educational institutions, government offices and major research centers like the National Institute of Oceanography in Dona Paula. 
  • Delhi: Delhi, the capital city of India is a hub of cultures, faith and tradition. Thriving on the philosophy of alive and let live, the city's malls, markets, offices, international set ups and educational institutes are all as renowned as none other. Delhi has a per capita annual income of Rs 24141. 
  • Valparai: This evergreen town lies in the Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu. Having a per capita annual income of Rs 23772, Valparai is growing to be an ultimate tourists destination. With its ever fresh green lush meadows that spread across the hills and valleys, Valparai is a peaceful retreat from the busy world of cars, noise and pollution. 
  • Greater Mumbai: Greater Mumbai has a per capita annual income of Rs 23109 and is located in Maharashtra. Needless to say Mumbai or Greater Mumbai is home to budding film stars and industries because of which Greater Mumbai is considered to be one of the richest cities.
  • Pune: Pune has a per capita annual income of Rs 22817. Being the second largest city in Maharashtra and one of the 8 megacities in India, Pune is considered to be a major financial hub. A grooming ground for the manufacturing industry which excels in the automotive sector while information technology following close behind, Pune is a major investment destination.

  • Ludhiana: Ludhiana has an annual per capita income of Rs 22178. Located in Punjab, this city is a major educational and industrial hub in Northern India. Ludhiana is popular for politics and real estate and has been termed as the Manchester of Punjab
  • Chennai: Chennai has an annual per capita income of Rs 21885. The capital city of Tamil Nadu, Chennai has a population of about 7.5 million and is the 4th largest metropolitan city in India. Chennai is a major industrial hub and has an influential base for the automobile, hardware manufacturing, technology and health care industries.
  • Shimla: Shimla has annual per capita income of Rs 21348. Shimla, is also known as the “Queen of Hills. Draped with abundant greens and lush green forests, the city is popular for its cool summers and snowy winters. Shimla thrives on the tourism industry and it is the administrative capital of Himachal Pradesh. Shimla has grown to be a pompous city with million of tourists flocking the region at peak times and with its exquisite display of malls, colleges, health care centers and the St Michael Catholic Church.
  • Jalandhar: Jalandhar in Punjab has an annual per capita income of Rs 21254. Jalandhar has a total population of about 2 million, both rural and urban. Jalandhar is also known as the “land between the three rivers Ravi, Sutlej and Beas. Jalandhar city is famous for its sports equipment, automobile parts, leather and rubber goods.
   Source India Today - R K Swamy BBDO Guide to Urban Markets  

                These rich towns and/or cities are mesmerizing from their latest technological developments to their rural and uncontaminated locales. So if you âre looking forward to finding unity in diversity by these cities and towns.


The DNA Moon Dust Watch from Geneva watchmaker Romain Jerome was created to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the moon landing is limited to a not-so-limited edition of 1,969 (get it, because of the year?).
'The case of the watch is made with steel melted with fragments of the Apollo 11.
'The dial and face is made from minerals that include real dust from the moon - this is a world first. The moon dust had been melted into it.

Each piece will run between $15,000 and $450,000, depending on the amount of moon dust (cheap bastards didn't even use cheese) and Apollo metal included. Some of the straps are even made from the fibers of a spaceshit! Wait, I meant suit, spacesuit. Anyway, this is a total ripoff. I bought an authentic angel dust watch from a tweaker for only $20. Whee, ants are crawling under my skin!

The watch that is out of this world: Timepiece made from moon dust will cost £300,000