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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Indians most confident globally about job prospects

New Delhi: Indians are the most optimistic about job prospects and personal finances globally and not only that, they are quite positive about the state of their personal finances in the next 12 months.

According to the Nielsen Global Consumer Confidence report, 92 percent of Indians were optimistic about their job prospects in the next 12 months. Nearly 14 percent of Indians think it is an 'excellent' time to buy the things that they want and need and 71 percent think it is a 'good' time to make purchases.

"The positive attitude of Indians comes on the back of a robust GDP growth (9 percent) in the April-June quarter of 2010. For the fiscal 2009-10, India's economy grew by 7.

Female workforce in IT-BPO's to touch 5 Million by 2020

Chennai: Nasscom has predicted that the IT sector will directly employ around 10 million people by 2020 with the strength of female workforce in the IT-BPO sector expected to reach around five million. Nearly, 3.8 million incremental jobs will be created in smaller cities.

"The IT and business process outsourcing (BPO) sectors are expected to employ around 2.5 million by the end of next fiscal up from the current 2.3 million. Looking forward the sector is expected to employ 10 million people by 2020," Nasscom President Som Mittal told reporters here.

According to him, 4.1 million incremental direct jobs are expected to be generated in tier I (bigger) cities while 3.8 million such jobs will be from tier 2/3 locations.

"While the past decade saw the workforce largely from India, the next decade will see nearly 20 percent of the work force are non-Indians. The next decade will see Indian companies migrating to domain specific services from the current delivery centric activities," Mittal said.

With Indian IT-BPO companies getting integrated with global markets they will focus on the international policies and processes that would impact their operations from the present focus of domestic policies.

Citing Nasscom's eight best hiring practices, he urged the industry players to adopt the same.

According to Nasscom, some of the best practices are while hiring companies should insist on relieving letter, hire from the campus only in the eighth semester, check on non-compete agreements from customer contracts, employees to serve notice period, discourage frequent job hoppers.

To the query that many leading IT companies insist on bonds making the IT employees a "bonded labour" and do not issue relieving letters even after an employee serves the notice period, Mittal said: "Nasscom does not support such practices. Companies may be resorting to such practices to reduce the attrition."

"Best practices will also help the employees. Hiring in the industry has touched the pre-2007 levels," added R.Chandrasekaran, president and managing director, Cognizant Technology Solutions.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Google has Done it Again !!!

Check out this device ...
Guess what you can do with a touch screen, camera, scanner, WiFi, and google maps ...
View a building through it, and it gives you all the information about that building....


Choose a building and touch a floor and it tells you more details of the building. You can use it when you want to know a car model, an insect name, what kind of food is served at a restaurant and how much, who built a bridge, etc. etc.


It’s got a scanner built in.


so you can use it this way when you want to check the meaning of a word in the newspaper, book, magazine, etc. It would be much easier to read a real book. You can use the dictionary, wikipedia, thesaurus and anything else available on the web. What do you think?


Indoor guide:Works in a building, airport, station, hospital, etc.


Automatic simultaneous translation: here Latin to English.


Search keyword: Helpful when you want to find out a word from a lot of text in newspaper/book.


Nutrition: This kind of function would be helpful for health freaks..



Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Natural Ways to Boost Your Metabolism

A fast metabolism is critical to burning fat and managing body weight. While some dieters use diet pills to speed up their metabolisms, the risks and side effects of these drugs make them risky. You can use some safe and natural methods to speed up your metabolism.

Gain Muscle

The American Council on Exercise recommends resistance training for weight management. Think of your muscles as your body's engine. The bigger your engine, the more energy you can burn. Muscle, unlike fat, is active tissue that raises your metabolism just by being there. Adding a resistance training program is a sure method of naturally raising your metabolism. To make the most out of your time in the gym, train three days per week, training your entire body during each session. Use basic, compound exercises such as the leg press and shoulder press.

Keep Hydrated

Inadequate water intake can slow your metabolism. Water is responsible for several metabolic processes, including digestion, waste management and temperature regulation. The Mayo Clinic recommends drinking 2 liters of water daily. You can fight hunger as well as raise your metabolism by drinking a glass before each meal. To provide an extra boost, make sure your water is ice cold. Your body burns extra calories heating it up to room temperature.

Cardiovascular Exercise

Cardiovascular exercises such as walking, jogging and cycling are all effective ways to burn calories and keep your metabolism stoked. If you are just starting out, use a low-impact, low-intensity exercise such as brisk walking or moderate cycling. With more experience, you can graduate to jogging or intense cycling like spinning.


Whether you realize it or not, you might already be waking up to an effective natural metabolism booster. The caffeine naturally present in coffee raises metabolism and can improve fat oxidation. Drinking a cup before exercise can also improve alertness and help fight fatigue.

Marines to get their own flying car?

With seemingly every car on the road being designed by the same three people, all of whom live in the same subdivision, it seems the only leap forward in auto design is the leap upward.

Many hearts, then, were sent soaring at the news that the Federal Aviation Administration is giving the Terrafugia Transition a little light leeway in order to allow it to qualify as a light aircraft rather than a heavy machine. And now the Marines seem to be getting in on the flying Ford Focus act.

Logi Aerospace has announced that it has sent a proposal to DARPA for a flying car specifically for the use of the Marines and other military troops.

Called the Tyrannos, its principal benefit for soldiers lies in the fact that it can fly above the reach of roadside bombs.

Another quite lovely attribute is the Tyrannos' ability to take off vertically. And it all seems to be made possible by something called "shrouded propeller" technology, created by a company called Trek Aerospace.

The idea of a shrouded propeller sounds so forward into the future that there's something a little dispiriting to hear it also described by Trek as a "ducted fan," which sounds like little more than a piece of air conditioning equipment. Still, Logi Aerospace's Larry Ortega, who invented the Tyrannos' guidance system, seems confident that he knows what he's doing.

The Logi Aerospace Web site describes the Tyrannos as a four-person SUVish sort of thing "that anyone can literally drive into the air." Drivers/pilots will enjoy an animation on their windshield that directs them on a very strict route "up and down imaginary ramps that lead hundreds of feet into the air and stretch like Interstates across the country."

Top speeds appear to be 240mph in the air and 103mph on the ground, which really does make the Tyrannos seem like a flying SUV.

For those who wish to take the Tyrannos to Vegas, perhaps never to return, there are a couple of tiny drawbacks. At least they seem like tiny drawbacks to me. For example: "The aircraft is designed to fly at only 1,000 or 2,000 feet in the air, but at nearly any location above the landmasses of the earth."

However, it can, allegedly, fly "1,000 feet over 10,000 foot mountains."

According to Wired, Ortega said the Tyrannos would have "as much protection as helmets". Which inspires slightly less confidence than "you couldn't blow this baby away with a nuclear missile."

And I am a little skeptical as to whether Ortega really believes this is truly a military plane--or one for you and your little family of Range Rovering rogues.

Logi Aerospace's press release begins with much patriotic fervor. However, it soon devolves into a discussion about transforming "modern lifestyles." It promises that the Tyrannos could journey between Santa Barbara and L.A., a drive that normally takes two hours, in just 35 minutes.

Which would suggest a great boon to many Hollywood executives, always in need of more efficiency in their lives.

And let's not forget that it's "eco-friendly" too. Yes, it can land on just battery power.

Troublingly, the Tyrannos is merely at the conceptual stage. And one more thing bothers me just a smidgen. That name. "Tyrannos." Is that not slightly redolent of, well, tyranny? Surely we cannot have the military associated with such a concept.

Induction day at the Naval Academy

Yelling at the plebes

ANNAPOLIS, Md.--Thursday was I-Day, or Induction Day, at the U.S. Naval Academy here. That meant that more than 1,200 newbies showed up at the august school to begin their officer training. It also meant the beginning of four years of discipline and being yelled at when doing things wrong.

CNET Road Trip 2010 stopped in on I-Day to see how the Naval Academy's version compared to that of the U.S. Air Force Academy. And while there's yelling at both schools--as seen here--the Air Force Academy might have just a little bit more energy in the way they break in the newcomers.

Good-bye bags

Each of the new plebes brought a suitcase or a big backpack. But they won't see those bags again until the end of summer. Instead, they have a bag full of new clothes and shoes, and that's it for now.

Lining up

A group of new plebes lines up prior to beginning their Naval Academy careers.


One of the first stops on I-Day is to get their heads shaved. Here, a plebe candidate is seen before going under the clippers.


The barber has begun to work his magic.

Already got war wounds

This plebe required three tries to draw blood from the medical corpsman who tends each newcomer. That fact left several senior members laughing riotously.

Reef Points

Each plebe candidate is given a copy of the Reef Points, a small blue book with the rules, regulations, and mores of the Navy and the Naval Academy. They are required to memorize the book as quickly as possible.

Getting a white sack

Each plebe picks up one of these white sacks in order to stuff all their new clothes, shoes, and sandals into.

Fitting for cover

They are also given a new hat, known as the "cover." Here, a plebe is fitted for her cover, to make sure it fits properly.


The plebes are supposed to study the Reef Points whenever they can and are told to hold the small books in a very specific manner, as seen here.

Demonstrating a salute

Another important lesson is in how to salute the right way. Here, two members of the cadre demonstrate the proper method.

Learning to salute

After the demonstration, the plebes try saluting and are yelled at if they get it wrong.

Oath of office

The plebe candidates and their cadre leadership prepare for the oath of office.

Building the world's most advanced aircraft carrier

The Gerald R. Ford

NEWPORT NEWS, Va.--In September, 2015, if all goes well, Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding will deliver CVN-78, the first of a brand-new class of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, to the U.S. Navy.

The keel for this new giant was laid in September 2009, and it is expected to move from drydock to water in July 2013. The new carrier is both named the Gerald R. Ford and is the first Gerald R. Ford class of aircraft carrier. It breaks new technological ground for the Navy because it has a new power plant design, a brand-new Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System, and a reduced weight and flexible infrastructure enabling the addition of new technology down the line.

On Road Trip 2010, CNET reporter Daniel Terdiman stopped in at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding here to see work on the new carrier and to get a first-hand look at some of the biggest industrial production in the world.

Rendering with schematic

This artist's rendering of the Gerald R. Ford shows some of the new features of the first-of-its-class aircraft carrier.

Krupp Crane

This Krupp crane, which is also being used in the construction of the Gerald R. Ford, weighs 200 metric tons.