Entrepreneur-Friendly Tech That Lowers Business Travel Expenses

Americans take more than 405 million long-distance business trips annually, according to data from the United States Department of Transportation. Although these business trips are essential, they do cost money, which many new entrepreneurs feel in their wallets. The following four pieces of tech help entrepreneurs save money while traveling: Continue reading “Entrepreneur-Friendly Tech That Lowers Business Travel Expenses”

GOM Player – Best Software for watching Videos

Download GOM player as that is all that you may need for watching videos

If you’re an avid watcher of videos on your laptop or desktop, you must have adept knowledge on different video players. Given the popularity of VLC media player, there are people who think that this is the ace player when it comes to watching videos. But did you know that although VLC media player has a lot of features that are required to play any kind of video formats, there is an increasingly large number of people who prefer GOM player over it because the most vital functions can be effortlessly carried out by pressing single buttons. Forwarding, rewinding, increasing the volume and decreasing the same are some of the most important functions that we do while watching a movie and when it comes to GOM player, all these can be done by just using the arrow keys. Although all kinds of file formats can’t be played through this player, it certainly has some added advantages. Have a look at them. Continue reading “GOM Player – Best Software for watching Videos”

Excel cheat sheet – Tools for success

Every business uses different tools but there are also universal tools that everyone uses. Microsoft’s Excel is one of those. Due to the importance and simplicity of Excel, it has become an irreplaceable program for all types of businesses and knowledge on using it has become a requirement for most. Continue reading “Excel cheat sheet – Tools for success”

When unstoppable institutions collide with immovable bodies

Facebook, Google,  eBay and Amazon are just four of the technology mammoths who have been touted to be in a major lobbying group newly formed to protect the interests of the information technology industry, according to The Washington Post. This report has no doubt caught the fancy of many practitioners and academicians alike who watch the dynamics of the IT industry with a keen eye.

This newly formed band of super-heroes will be named as The Internet Association and plans to start operations from September. When it is launched completely, the full list of institutional heavyweights will be available for the general public, but as it stands already, The Internet Association contains some major movers and shakers in the technology industry.

While the idea is no doubt noble in spirit, what concerns me is the agenda which is not being spoken of, but is probably hidden at some level, behind the formation of such  “band of brothers”. While the group has been formed to fight regulations that impede the development of technological innovation, are we witnessing a convergence in an attempt to create and control monopolistic issues?

A monopoly can be coercive if the formation of the monopoly actively prohibits future competition and market improvement by using practices that is derived from its market or political influence. Although it is often debated whether market restrictions are in the best long-term interest of present and future consumers. While open innovation is always welcome to the “common man”, if the underlying agenda of such a group would be to protect the interests of multi-national giants to indulge in monopolistic practices “hand in hand”, this may very well be the death of the vision with which this group is being formed.

While we can debate on and on the agenda, the only tested truth source will be time. We will be eagerly waiting for the updates in this newly formed group of super-institutions on their agenda and course of action. Till then, ciao.

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This article is authored by Sayantan Ghosh. Sayantan is an alumni of Delhi School of Economics and is currently employed with a leading national bank in its policy making body. Sayantan loves to play table tennis and has a passion for photography.

Mozilla Firefox vs Google Chrome

The battle amongst the browsers have reached a critical climax in 2012. We may be witnessing another change of an era. Amidst the ever declining popularity of the Microsoft Windows Explorer, this time the collision is between Google Chrome against Mozilla Firefox. And the Google Browser has actually overtaken the browser that has ruled the hearts of technocrats for the last 5 years in 2012.

Firefox took over the digital world earlier dominated by Windows Internet Explorer, in a complete monopolistic market (MS used to command a 95% market share then). Firefox saved the world when Microsoft had stopped its investments on the Explorer research for few years, just because it was by far the market leader. While Microsoft remains the market leader still, the monopoly was shaken and stirred long back and today the company enjoys a 40% market share only, that too only from the corporate users of Microsoft Windows. The tech savvy netizens really needed a change at that time which could jolt the monopolistic market dynamics and improve the market of browsers drastically.

Within a few years of its launch, Firefox had demonstrated the power of CSS and JavaScript and how the two may be leveraged to change the web experience of the netizens, altogether to a new level. In fact, it was Firefox that triggered the HTML5 revolution. It is because of Firefox that Windows 8 application developers could develop the same in JavaScript. And ironically, it is because of Firefox’s spirited success and huge adoption, that Chrome was conceptualized in 2008.

When introduced in 2008, Chrome was foreseen by many technocrats as being an extension copycat of Firefox only, but lighter, with almost no features. The positioning of Chrome was simple yet effective: it addressed a single basic need of the netizen, Speed. This came at a time when Firefox was slowly becoming sluggish with tons of Apps which was making the experience of web-surfing cumbersome. However, shrugging off initial concerns on stability and security, Chrome has come a long way, and may now be equally poised to challenge Microsoft’s position within a few years.

Today, Firefox has lost a third of its market share, from around 30% down to 25% in 2011 end, and Google Chrome has surged to almost 26% market share, to become the new leader in the consumer web-market. StatCounter Global Stats reports that Chrome took 25.69% of the worldwide market (up from 4.66% in November 2009) compared to Firefox’s 25.23%. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer still maintains a strong lead globally with 40.63% although the share arises from Microsoft’s Windows/Office users mainly. In fact, almost as a party to rejoice its victory, Google has recently announced the launch of full version Chrome for Mobile, putting a fully fledged web browser on a phone’s tiny screen.

The future seems exciting, and we may witness a splurge of innovation in the browser technology, in an attempt to control the market share. Whatever happens, the netizens and cyber citizens will benefit from this competition which is bound to keep all the netizens at their toes to see what happens next. What do you think? Do let us know your take on this gizmotalk.

Principles of Google – The Chrome Story

For years Google has tried to hunt down Paid link exchanges and Black Hat SEO tactics by penalizing websites investing on paid links to rank higher in Google search, by getting back juice from back links. Has the time come when the internet major is caught red handed involved in practicing exactly what it punishes others for? The “Is Google Evil” question has again returned to haunt this innovator which has given us a new life through its innovative web based offerings.

While this goof-up may have not been done intentionally, in an attempt to promote Google Chrome, it has got into a mix up, when paid bloggers in-inadvertently placed -do-follow links instead of no-follow links to the Google Chrome download page. This created a huge influx of juice to the Chrome page when a video advertisement of the same was launched. It was an attempt from Google to become the market leader in the Internet Browser industry, by re-branding and relaunching Chrome.  This happened after Google hired Unruly Media, an international media agency, to get a number of paid bloggers to promote a video for its Chrome browser featuring a US flour company. However, another SEO firm named Essence Digital has “come to the rescue” of Google by declaring that it acted as an intermediary between Google and Unruly Media.

However, to clear up this “mistake” Google has now lowered Chrome’s position in the Search results, in an apparent effort to correct the mistake. However, it is interesting to note at this juncture the degree of strictness with which Google penalizes bloggers and webmasters for indulging in link exchanges, link purchases or even black hat SEO tactics.

In an era where management principles are often scrutinized for ethical legitimacy, this blunder by our favorite Web Prodigy, will no doubt leave a lasting impact on its fans like us. While Google “might not have” authorised this campaign directly, it is indeed in violation of their own webmaster guidelines, and thus the managers of Google should be held liable to fulfill a higher ethical standard, given the fact that they take such a strict action against similar defaulters.

Apple Inc – The Past and the Future

In the past few days, Apple CEO Steve Jobs resigned and Tim Cook has taken over the company that has held the leadership position in terms of technology development, innovation, admiration, brand value, customer engagement, customer satisfaction and across a multitude of other dimensions. While the technology geeks across the world are concerned at this change in leadership, there is a bigger concern about the change in business dynamics the world may witness with this change of an era.

However, it is time to embrace the change in leadership and look forward to the Future of Apple Inc, and hope that this leader in technology will continue to delight us as always and Tim Cook will take the company to achieve greater heights in all dimension. The technology major is currently in Dire Straits due to ongoing conflicts regarding IPRs and other legal issues. The the new Chief Executive Officer of Apple see the firm through these troubled waters? What would be the change in the focus of the company and in business strategy? The management gurus across the world will be keeping their fingers crossed in anticipation.

Both men have recently given noteworthy commencement speeches sharing their life’s wisdom with  those as the beginning of their careers. Both offer great wisdom and are worth reading for every technology and management enthusiast. Both these speeches can have a lot of motivational effects on professionals who are still undecided on their careers. Check them out.

Steve Job’s Commencement address and Tim Cook’s Commencement Speech
I hope our readers will enjoy reading these speeches.

Signing off.


Indian Telecom Sector – Market Analysis

In this report we try to provide some information of the Indian Telecom Sector in June, 2011, based on secondary research. The boom phase for Indian telecom market continues to thrive on the availability of cheaper telecom services alongside an aggressive marketing strategy by the service providers. The growth phase is panning out across India and is not just limited to urban India. While the customer satisfaction has increased substantially in 2010 and 2011, as per a survey done by TRAI, the profitability of the sector has decreased substantially in 2011.

While the market continues to be led by Bharti Airtel, in terms of market share by revenue, it is closely followed by Vodafone and the relative younger player, Idea Cellular. BSNL is continuing to witness a sharp decline in its subscriber base, with probably the highest ever telecom churn in the industry.

One of the major causes while the telecom operators have seen such a mixed bag of fortune is due to the introduction of the Mobile number portability (MNP).  Due to the introduction of this service via regulation, customers will be able carry their mobile number across service providers in India. The biggest affected service providers had been Reliance and BSNL, while Airtel has been the leading gainer from this exercise.

Using Gmail for Business

Many small businesses are now contemplating using G-Mail for business. But is it worth it?

Google’s webmail and complimenting applications (YES, THESE ARE OFTEN FREE ALSO)  require no hardware or software and need minimal administration, creating tremendous time and cost savings for businesses. While these can be entirely browser based, the mails can also be pushed and thus accessed offline too.

Some of the features that Gmail offers ts privileged users are as follows:

  • Each user gets 25 GB of email and IM storage, which is 50 times the industry average. Gmail Business Mail for SMEs/MSEs are designed so employees can spend less time managing their inboxes, and thus increase productivity in the office. Time-saving features like message threading, message labels, fast message search and powerful spam filtering help employees work efficiently with high volumes of email.
  • Gmail is securely powered by the web, so you can be productive from your desk, on the road or at home, even when you’re offline, using your laptop, or even your I-Phone or smartphone.
  • You can Sync your emails with Outlook & BlackBerry. At no extra charge, Google Apps supports over-the-air mobile access on BlackBerry devices, the iPhone, Smart phones, Windows Mobile, Android and many less powerful phones.
  • Gmail provides excellent spam protection. Powerful Gmail spam filtering helps you stay focused on what’s important. Postini filtering lets you customize your spam protection.
  • When you trust your company’s information to Google, you can be confident that your critical information is safe and secure. Google’s information security team, including some of the world’s foremost experts in information, application and network security, are focused on keeping your information safe. Google and many other customers trust this system with highly sensitive corporate data.

So what are you waiting for? Go GET GMAIL for your BUSINESS..

Its much more than what our normal Gmail users get for a minimal price.

Top searches in the Internet in this year

For all those who follow Google trends, this would barely come as a surprise. From a research done by a group in the United States, it has been disclosed that the following articles have been the source for the hottest search globally in 2010 and is also expected to reign till mid 2011 to a large extent. The group analyzed the searches done in Google, Yahoo, Bing, ASK and AOL Search. These collectively account for 99% of the total search engine usage and are ranked as the top search engines in order, as per usage.

What was actually less anticipated was the lower rankings of the FIFA world cup, as compared to few other unexpected rank holders.

And finally, without any more ado, we present you the top 10 searched topics in the internet in 2010.

1. Haiti
2. Malema Julius
3. Earthquake
4. Bafana
5. Nelson Mandela
6. World Cup
7. Cape Town
8. Soccer
9. Zuma
10. Kaizer Chiefs


This Article is authored by Jake Mazan, who is a guest author at Business Fundas. He is a Senior Research Analyst cum Manager at NG-Online News.

Google Priority Inbox-Revolutionizing emails

Check out what Google has to offer now along with its core offerings in email. Google is planning a launch of its priority inbox, where, each user will mark mails as being more important and less important. Based on the priorities of individual users, obtained from feedback and text analysis of the mails more viewed by the same, incoming emails will be prioritized.

And intelligence ensures that users don’t need to set up rules to make the sorting happen. The feature takes its cues from things like who users e-mail the most and what messages are open and replied to rather than being skipped over.

Priority Inbox is scheduled to be rolled out to all Gmail users over the next week or so. Users just have to look for the “New! Priority Inbox” link in the top right corner of their Gmail account.

FBI vs Wikipedia – Is it another conspiracy theory?

First a one line introduction to both the FBI and the Wikipedia, just in case a reader is not able to link it. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is an agency of the United States Department of Justice that serves as both a federal criminal investigative body and an internal intelligence agency. Wikipedia is a multiple language supported web-based, free-content knowledge management portal based on an openly-editable user supported platform. Over the years, Wikipedia has become a reliable source of information on almost any available topic.

In recent times, there has been a clash between the FBI and the Wikipedia management, on the usage of the logo/seal of the former, in its knowledge distribution page on the same. In a letter sent to Wikipedia’s San Francisco office, the FBI said that “unauthorized reproduction of the FBI Seal was prohibited by US law”, as reported by BBC.

What intrigues me is what could FBI possibly have to gain or prove by stopping the usage of the FBI seal in the site where the latter can only be condemned of trying to spread knowledge about the former organization in a much controlled and structured way. I could have still understood had FBI raised a case of misrepresentation of its duties/activities but no such case has been registered publicly. Interestingly, the same FBI logo has been used in multiple other websites without the consent of FBI, but till date, no website has been sued for the same, unless the logo was used with an harmful intent or misrepresented the intelligence organization.

This very aspect incites me to think that there is probably some bigger agenda that is not surfacing. Has Wikipedia, inadvertently started sharing information which could compromise national security or peace? Or has Wikipedia knowingly not agreed to remove information which may cause the same, citing information protection laws for the same.

In such a case, while bringing the subject to lime-light would be certainly dangerous, this may be a strategy to attack the knowledge dissemination website, diverting public focus on some other agenda, and at the same time, make the organization accede to the requests of the FBI. While it is also possible that FBI is actually doing what it is claiming in their letter, but my mind is at unrest to accept that.

We may never know what may be the reason for such an action. What do you think?

Disclaimer: By the way, this is entirely a personal view, and no way am I making any claims on the topic, which may be sensitive to certain people.
Nor do I have any intentions to propagate a conspiracy theory.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is an agency of the United States Department of Justice that serves as both a federal criminal investigative body and an internal intelligence agency.

The evolution of Gmail

Gmail, the number one web based email platform, used by billions of users, globally, has evolved in leaps and bounds over the years, from the html mail it used to be, to the advanced functions which it has incorporated in recent times. Today Gmail is a free, advertising-supported webmail, POP3, and IMAP service provided by Google that billions of users use every minute on this planet, making Google the most used website with the Number 1 Alexa ranking.

Gmail was initially conceptualized by Paul Buchheit where the webmail was available only internally as an email client for Google employees. The project initially was known by the code name Caribou, honoring the popular Dilbert comic strip’s Project Caribou. When Gmail was first publicized on 1st April, 2004, its USP was to provide a 1GB storage space for its free email service when all its competitors provided even less than 10mb for each account. The additional space provided in Gmail ensured users won’t ever have to delete emails from their account, which ensured the runaway success and a gradual shift of users from Yahoo, AOL and other popular webmail services.

Just attracting the customers wasn’t enough, and Google started strategizing on how to ensure that the customers spend most of the time using the webmail. Evidently the email service wasn’t enough, and thus Gmail integrated the chat service on February 2006, withing its webmail, with simple AJAX coding. This straightaway catapulted the time spent everyday by Gmail users on the site. Together with Google’s Search engine and Gmail, Google became destined to be one of the major technology companies ever with an astounding growth, thanks to its innovative offerings.

Today, you can click the back button in your browser to return to the previous page in Gmail, bookmark URLs from different Gmail accounts, and view documents (Google Docs) in your mail, something that was unimaginable a few years ago. Now we can mail huge files in mail too. Also, the messages are pre-fetched when Gmail loads so you don’t have to wait too much until a message is displayed. The Gmail Labs feature, introduced on June 2008, allows users to test new or experimental features of Gmail, such as bookmarking of important e-mail messages, custom keyboard-shortcuts and games. On December 2008, Gmail added support for SMS Messaging. On January 2009, Gmail added support for offline access. On July 2009, Gmail brought Tasks out of Labs testing and made it an official feature. On September 2009, Google brought Push Mail support to its Gmail service using Google Sync for iPhone and iPod Touch platforms. On February 2010, Google integrated Google Buzz in Gmail allowing users to share links, media and status updates as in Twitter. On April 2010, Google announced a new two-pane layout designed specifically for the iPad and also for other PDA users. In the last couple of weeks, Google has been adding tiny improvements to Gmail, 2 recent ones being the Google Maps previews and a new more user friendly chat window. These are only few of the features that spring to the mind when one talks of the Gmail offerings in recent times.

Yesterday, 19th June, 2010, it relaunched the new Gmail contact cards, which show up when you move the mouse over a contact in Gmail. They still contain an image of the contact, their email, and links for quick emailing, chat, and video chat (together with several other options), but those buttons have moved from the top to the bottom of the card, and the card has lost the light-blue border, making it look more like a business card.

Come to think of it, Google’s core competency is not its search engine or its Gmail service, but rather its ability to regularl delight its users with new innovative offerings. So Google, whats next on your agenda, from your end on Gmail? Any ideas guys?

Does the HP-Palm move make sense?

HP-Palm has become the hype that the mobile computing world could have done without. Is it really worth the hype? Will this $1.2 billion deal create waves in the already competitive market?
Hewlett Packard, the world leader in laptops (in terms of sales) has its own series of PDAs, less popularly known to the common man. The I-PAQ PDAs sold by HP does not rank among the top 10 PDA brands in terms of sales. With the focus shifting towards handheld computing devices, this may have been a desperate move by HP to claim its place in the competitive industry dominated by the likes of Blackberry, Apple, HTC, Nokia and O2.
HP-PalmThis can really be an interesting analysis for strategy experts. HP, till date, was using the Windows platform in all its i-PAQ phones. Incidentally, I-Paq phones have been much criticized for not being very Windows friendly in a lot of user forums. By acquiring Palm, HP ensures it has its own operating system at last, the Palm in-house developed WebOS. WebOS has been specially designed to take are of all internet usage needs of the palm savvy netizens of the current cyber world. What remains to be seen is will the two interweave and create magic like the other smartphones? Or will it be like HTC’s earlier embrace of the Google’s platform, messy and non-productive.

HP has a very strong distribution channel globally, and this was something Palm was lacking, while it strived to compete with the movers and shakers in the industry, although it was amongst the first innovators of the PDA. While this gives the exciting opportunity to leverage Palm’s not so visible yet hgh quality phones through HP’s network, the core of HP can focus its internal R&D to what it does best, i.e. focus on the laptops, printers, scanners, work stations and servers. This again will mean an organizational restructuring may be on its way, surely for Palm, and possibly also for HP research.

So this may be a good time for the bigger players in the palmtop computing industry to do a SWOT analysis and rethink their strategy. With HP pushing Palm and given the parent company’s deep pockets (being one of the biggest technology company by far), we may be witnessing an interesting change of powerplay in this industry.

What do you think?

Google launches Google Prank Suite

Many of us may not be knowing it yet. Google has launched the perfect product for the huge fan base following the technology giant. Ever heard of Google romance?  No its not about all the stuff most of the Orkut users try to do or even the desperate GTalk users who try their hand in cyber-world. This must have swayed technology enthusiasts on how Google decides to step into the pre-matrimony game.

For my readers who are still wondering, it is the “Google way to Organize World’s Courtship Information with Google Romance“. Sounds big? Google announced on 1st April the launch of Google Romance™, a new product that offers users both a psychographic matchmaking service and all-expenses-paid dates for couples who agree to experience contextually relevant advertising throughout the course of their evening.

Are you swayed by the news, on how the giant which changed the way information availibility is made to the user, can impact the industry? With the possible track on all the IMs which take place on GTalk, this sure was something that struck me as having tremendous potential, using social network analysis. I for one was all out thinking of the limitless possibilities Google’s new product may offer to its ever increasing fan base.

But know what? You’ll be even more swayed to know it was a prank by Google for its fans on April the 1st, 2006. Which company cares so much about its consumers so as to create an April Fool prank? None. And there you have it. Google stands aloft amongst all technology comopanies in the way it focuses on the customers. Care for the customers is a winning strategy that succeeds always.

Google sure has a long history of playing pranks with its fan base. The firm “leaks” news which delights the fans to no extent, the latest in 2010 and few such delightful surprises are the following:

  • Store anything on Google Docs (even multimedia)
  • YouTube ASCII video filter
  • Standard Voicemail Mode for Google voice
  • Google Annotations Gallery
  • Reader Advantage Program

Many of us don’t actually realize the great buzz marketing behind Google’s pranks.By increasing consumer intrigue, the company is actually increasing brand awareness and brand recall, besides fueling the core of its business, the search engine and email, when users scurry the net to know more of these pranks and mail friends excitedly starting off a chain reaction and create a larger buzz.

Google should now launch “Google Prank Suite” on popular demand from its ever increasing fan base. So Google, what’s next?

5 Evils caused by Google and Yahoo

While we are all die hard Google and Yahoo fans (not to forget Bing and the others), very few of us actually realize the rippling effects of the efficiencies of these search engines on our society.  Google has been at the center of antitrust investigations and a controversial Italian court case in recent times. But is  this the sole reason why people should question the search giant’s ‘Don’t be evil’ mantra? These search engines have created a major problem many of us fail to realize, even though it is staring at us on our face.

Google (and others) definitely have helped mankind in a way no other technology company can ever boast of in the near future. By aiding and fulfilling the information search requirements of every Googler, the company has also created a problem we often overlook.

A few things which we often fail to notice which these search engines have done are as follows:

  1. These search engines, by making the information so easily available has stifled the creativity and genuineness of original thinking among students and professionals alike. Indeed, with IP rights difficult to implement across the web, this has raised a lot of eyebrows.
  2. Content being so easily available, it is often not possible for an individual to judge the correctness of the same. So wrong facts or construed content often gives rise to even more wrong interpretation and learning.
  3. Users get access to content that they should not have access to, thanks to these search engines. While the companies may shrug this off saying it is the moral responsibility of the user only to adhere to norms, can they really do so?
  4. The search engines are also responsible for the slowly dying brand loyalty of sites which provide quality content. There is a gradual shift of preferences from rather visiting a particular site for content to “Google it”. This sometimes create a dilution in the content the user gets exposed to, while punishing the original content developers.
  5. Last, but not the least, there is one aspect that the search engines are trying to address. Companies, using Social Media and Search Engine Optimization, are generating traffic to their sites, and getting decent rankings on the search pages. Few of such companies are actually not genuine, and this has led to various fraud cases on the net.

Time to ponder. The search engines have given us so much. What exactly are they taking away?

It’s been a difficult week for Google, which has been at the centre of antitrust investigations and a controversial Italian court case. Is the search giant’s halo slipping, or does the ‘Don’t be evil’ mantra still hold true?

How to price IT products in 7 steps?

The technical team or the product development team has come up with a ground breaking product. The technology can have a deep impact on the customer. The technical team knows it, and so does the customer. The contract for a long term engagement is about to hit off, and then the customer asks how much will this technology cost his pockets? In this competitive world, the technology developers do want the best price for the technology, but at the same time, they really do not know what the best price is to which your customer will give the green signal for a long term engagement. So how does one price an IT product? Continue reading “How to price IT products in 7 steps?”

4 Biggest brands launched the core i5 laptops

Today the world is walking on core i5 laptops. They are high speed mean machine, well built and easy to handle. The Core i5 is now powering performance laptops for those customers who have the capability to shell out a little extra. Since they are made on Intel’s cutting-edge 32-nanometer manufacturing process, it readily outperforms the older Core 2 Duo, giving much more satisfaction to tech-savvy customers.

Four of the biggest brands have already launched the core i5 laptops together namely HP, SONY, TOSHIBA and DELL. Apple recently has joined the bandwagon and is going to launch core i5 laptops. Apple’s focus though is different, more stress is given on removing backlogs which are created by other brands.

Below there is detailed information about the HP, SONY, DELL and TOSHIBA laptops

  1. Sony VAIO’S Core i5 Laptop: This laptop is not only light (only 4.4 lbs) and measures only 1.2” thick, it is durable and powerful also. The Sony VAIOs boasts of super high performance features, including an Intel core i5 processor with Turbo boost Technology, Intel HD Graphics for outstanding visuals, a back-lit keyboard and Intel Wireless Display technology, which allows you to wirelessly stream online media, videos, photos and more from the laptop to your HDTV. It also has Windows 7 Home Premium preloaded.
  2. HP Core i5 laptops: These 14-inch HP DV4-2170 laptops are available for only $649 with the same Core i5 processor, 4GB of memory, a 320GB hard disk drive, and Windows Home Premium 64-bit. Staples lists the system at a regular price of $809.98 with $110 of ‘instant savings’ and a $50 rebate, which brings the price to $649
  3. Toshiba Satellite L500-ST5507 Core i5 Laptop: The 15.6-inch Toshiba L500-ST5507 is the first Satellite L500/L505 series laptop to feature the Intel Core i5 CPU. Besides the Core i5-430M that integrates dual CPU cores and the GMA HD graphics processor, the L500-ST5507 includes a 1366×768 display, 4GB of DDR3 memory, a 320GB hard drive, a DVD burner, and Windows 7 OS.
  4. Dell’s Core i5 Based Inpiron 17: Dell’s Inspiron 17 laptop is designed as a low cost desktop replacement option. With the recent announcement of the Intel Core i5 laptop processors, Dell has decided to offer a new version of the laptop with the new processor but with pretty much the same existing external design as the previous model. The price of the laptop does increase a bit with the new processor to slightly over $1000. With more and more speedy Core i laptops coming out of the woodwork, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to buy an older Core 2 Duo system.
What do you think about it? What would you buy?

5 Reasons why you will love Google Buzz

Google conducted the press conference for presenting the launch of Gmail Buzz in Mountain View, California headquarters Tuesday morning. Google is more focused than ever to make Gmail even more sociable by adding Twitter and Facebook updates, besides the latest Google Buzz. Because of the increasing popularity of  Twitter and Facebook as a medium for communication, if Gmail incorporates this features, it is expected to increase the market-share of Gmail even more.

Bradley, the Vice president of product management for Google created a wave of delight when he said “Today we’re going to launch something called Google Buzz”.  That’s the news all Google fans were dying to hear. Gmail Product Manager Todd Jackson wore a t-shirt with the Google Buzz logo as he went on to express the new way to share information using Gmail.

The 5 features which is expected to be a major hit among Google fans are as follows:

  1. Auto-following: First time you use the product you automatically follow the people you e-mail or chat with
  2. Rich, fast sharing experience: Includes media, keyboard shortcuts and Twitter updates
  3. Public and private sharing: Public entries indexed into Google’s search
  4. Inbox integration with Gmail
  5. Just the good stuff: A relevancy filter to highlight only top items based on user preferences

Social services on the Internet have undergone a number of improvements, most notably in Orkut, which has had far more adoption in competitors’ geographies in recent times. This is another very compelling evolution where you have a meeting of social communication and productivity. Other services have focused on facilitating friendship & entertainment, whereas Buzz has targets to provide more productivity internally.

We, the Google fans, earnestly hope that adding status updates into Gmail isn’t the only new thing on offer. That hardly seems worthy of a press conference from Google even if they’re adding other social features, like what Yahoo has done. Maybe it’s all an attempt to take traffic away from the market leader, Facebook; and some of it to Google’s portal.

What do you think?

War of the browsers-Microsoft Explorer vs Google Chrome

A recent survey has determined that Google’s Chrome is cruising upwards in terms of popularity, among all the browsers.

In recent times, in a survey by Net Applications, Chrome (google) grew in popularity by 0.57% to 5.20% of the browser market. While Internet Explorer still remains the browser most people (62%) use, the bottomline of the story is beginning to change. Firefox (Mozilla), Safari (Apple) and Opera are used by 24.41%, 4.51% and 2.38% of the users respectively, as on February 2010.

While the major reason for the huge popularity of Microsoft Explorer is that it is bundled free with the Windows operating system, and thus needs no further installation, thus avoiding the hassles of downloads and nstallation, for the not-so-tech-geek user, its limitations started  to show with the wake of Mozilla Firefox. Now Google Chrome has been another source of headache for Microsoft, due to its spiralling popularity in such a short time.

Chrome has the added advantage of being one of the fastest browsers and is noted as one which provides a great surfing experience, without consuming too much memory and slowing down your computer. Add to it, Chrome’s rolling out support for the grease monkey, made it a tough competitor to Firefox, for supporting third party applications and APIs. While initially, the stability of the Chrome became a concern, that issue has been firmly dealt with by Google.

While Chrome was introduced it quickly grabbed 3% of the marketshare, but later slumped to 1%, due to few concerns on its stability. But the story has ended now and Chrome is experiencing a spiralling popularity amongst tech-savvy netizens. Today, Chrome looks poised to challenge Microsoft, espescially in the buzz of Google’s operating system launch. Google’s Chrome Operating System, is poised for a kill with lots of features suited for the netizen, and is even looking to incorporate touch features. Google’s recent stand on the Motorola’s Android for incorporating touch, may make Apple and Microsoft squirm with discomfort.

Looks like Google is aiming at challenging Microsoft with the latter’s own bundling strategy. And with Google giving everything free to the user, Microsoft needs to chalk out a sustaining strategy for maintaining their revenue growth and for survival . What can be Microsoft’s strategy in the light of such developments?

Chrome Touch: Or is it Chrome vs I-Pad?

An exciting revelation about Google: that the magician company may be looking to incorporate touch features in their Chrome operating system. This would pitch Chrome’s capabilities against that of Apple’s I-Pad touch features. Who would win this battle of the giants?

Google may be looking to incorporate touch features in their Chrome operating system. This would pitch Chrome’s capabilities against that of Apple’s I-Pad touch features (or even against HP Slate). Who would win this battle of the giants?

When questioned about whether Chrome OS would include multitouch capability, Anders Sandholm, Senior Product Manager of Search, quoted “I can’t, I mean, right now we are targeting netbooks, that’s what we’re focused on, but I expect it to work well. We expect it to target everything up to desktop computers. Chrome OS will be built for a specific hardware setup.”

Incorporating the Touch Feature would enable Google to enter the tablet markets, one, which Google is still to enter. This would pit Google severely against Apple’s newly launched I-Pad and against the zillion other tablet devices by Hewlett Packard, Lenovo, Dell and Acer (to name a few).

Mobile devices from HTC, Apple, Nokia, Motorola, Samsung, LG, HP and others have already made touch capablities popular amongst the the consumers. With so many mobile devices providing support for touch features, consumers are ready to accept an operating system which would imbibe that magic touch experience into the operating systems of laptops, notepads and desktops.

The market is already there, awaiting to be tapped.

Would Google be the first entrant and sweep over the consumers all over the world with this new operating system? What do you think should be Microsoft’s strategy in light of this statement by Anders.

7 reasons why Apple’s I-Pad may fail.

Amidst a lot of hype as always, today 27th January, 2010, Apple launches the I-Pad. While it is being viewed as the product that will rejuvenate Apple’s revenues for years to come, a question many staunch Apple fans (and those who are not fans of course) will ask, is it really worth the hype? Apple has always created a market even when there is none. Will it be successful yet again this time?

  1. While it looks sleek and captures the mind of all tech-enthusiasts, every one will admit that this product can not be the replacement of a smartphone or a palmtop due to its size.
  2. It has the potential to be a great e-book reader and internet browser, but will users like a gadget only suited for that purpose, given that tablets of that size pack the same features (except the wireless carrier connectivity) and lots of processing power and data storage capacity. Also, colored screen may not increase the overall ebook reading experience on the i-Pad, given its shorter battery support, as compared to the other e-book readers
  3. Is it worth the time for serious gamers, given its processing and memory configuration?
  4. It does not sport a 16:9 aspect ratio, the standard for wide-screen entertainment, and by not doing so makes the iPad much less interesting for watching movies. This may affect sales.
  5. I-phone’s huge list of applications will also run on the I-Pad. But will the usage of I-Pad revolutionize the development of applications as never before? Unless applications are developed custom made for I-Pad, the product will not see the meteoric success of the i-Phone.
  6. The users would be keen to experience something radically different from the windows mobile, the Android sets and the ever stable Symbian phones. This the I-Pad may not be able to deliver, given its technical configuration.
  7. Lastly, the price tag may appear too high even for the brand exclusivity, even for staunch Apple fans.

Apple has always been a great marketeer and has added value to the consumers even with products which were present before the “Apple way” became popular. What Apple provides its customers is the ooomph factor of being associated with the company, the exclusivity maybe. This positioning amongst its fans has always been the USP for the company. Because of its size, processing capabilities and functionality, it may be rejected as yet another gadget which fall in between the mobile phones (iPhone) and the laptops (Macbook), and thus fails to meet both requirements. But will that be enough to ensure a great reception of the i-Pad from the Apple’s fans? Will the early adopters be inclined to try out the hype? Only time will tell.

Google’s Nexus One vs Droid: A comparison of the current top two G-Phones

The Nexus one was launched amongst all the attention and hype by HTC collaboration vis-a-vis the Droid (Motorola) with the onset of 2010. Both sport Google’s OS to begin with. So whats the hype about? This article makes a comparison between the key offerings of these top 2 phones and the possible strategies behind their launches.

The Nexus one was launched amongst all the attention and hype by HTC collaboration vis-a-vis the Droid (Motorola) with the onset of 2010.  Both sport Google’s OS to begin with. So whats the hype about? This article makes a comparison between the key offerings of these top 2 phones.

  • The  processor speed: The Nexus One has a 1-GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. The Motorola Droid, for comparison, has a 550-MHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor; the iPhone 3GS (another hyped top phone from Apple) has a 600-MHz chip.
  • Random Access Memory: The Nexus One also has twice the RAM of the Droid or the iPhone, with 512 MB on-board.
  • Display: The Nexus One sports a 3.7-inch OLED 480-by-800 display. The Droid’s display has slight better resolution, at 3.7-inch and 480-by-854 pixels, but it uses TFT-LCD technology rather than OLED. The i-Phone in comparison has only a 3.5-inch, 480-by-320 TFT-LCD screen. OLED is the talk of the day, and Nexus-One scores again.
  • Camera: Both have 5MP cameras. While Nexus one has a resolution of 2560 х 1920 pixels, Droid sports a resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels.
  • Talk time: The Nexus One supports 10 hours of talk time vis-a-vis 6 Hours 30 mins from Droid.
  • Connectivity: Edge and GPRS of Droid scores slightly over Nexus One with an offer of Class 12 vis-a-vis Class 10 although the data exchange speed does not vary too much.
  • Size: Nexus One comes at 119 x 59.8 x 11.5 mm while Droid comes at 115.8 x 60 x 13.7 mm.
  • Cost of manufacturing: The components used to build the Nexus One by HTC costs about $174 while the Droid by Motorola costs about $185, according to iSuppli estimates.
  • Price on market: Google sells the Nexus One without a wireless service contract for $529, while the Droid is available contract-free from Best Buy for $599. Google is planning to drop the price of Nexus one by $100 when it enters the European market in Mid-January, 2010.

So HTC’s offer beats Motorola on all aspects when it comes to the G-Phone from a personal perspective based on feature. With so many plus for HTC’s phone in terms of features and still it beats Motorola on Cost and Price, what should Motorola’s positioning strategy be in this scenario?

Can something like reverse positioning be tried out here? What about differential branding?



Google: Whats the new offer?

Whats on the menu tonight from Google? Google has launched a variety of products in recent times to conquer the cyber space. Will it be possible for any company to challenge Google seriously? To know more, Google up “Insights on Technology”.

Google: The innovator par excellence delivers as always.

Few months ago with the launch of the beta version of the Googlewave, the company made sure heads were turned yet again. As Google declares, the Wave is an online tool for real-time communication and collaboration. A wave is a documented conversation where people can discuss and work together using richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps, and more. Collaborative projects will become so much easier even if people are geographically separated. People can communicate and work together with formatted text, photos, videos and maps. The documented discussion can be edited, and thus knowledge creation can be so much easier without buildup of unusable information on the discussion. These are the features on offer on the Beta version itself. Techies globally are dying in anticipation of what’s coming next.

Similarly, Google is revamping its product mix on offer amongst its Office applications also. One such offering on the line is Google Voice. Google Voice is a service with which one can access the voice-mail online, read automatic transcriptions of voice-mails, create personalized greetings based on who is calling, make cheap international calls, and promises to deliver so much more.

Targeting the SMEs, Google launched its Google Applications, better known as GoogleAps. The service provides Google calenders where SMEs manage meetings, TBDs and so much more. Similarly Google Docs provide a way to collaborate and develop business documents online. A small offering that Google recently provided through Google Docs is the added capacity to upload non-standard files of upto 250MB also. There are group facilities to share files and collaborate through mails. Similarly Google Sites is an easy way to create secure web pages for intranets and team projects where no coding or HTML is required to develop the same. And last, but the core offering, is the Gmail.

Targeting the mobile market, Google launched the Android creating a huge hype in the mobile market segment. Android is a mobile operating system running on the Linux kernel. It was initially developed by Android Inc., a firm later purchased by Google and lately by the Open Handset Alliance (a consortium of several companies which include Texas Instruments, Broadcom Corporation, Google, HTC, Intel, LG, Marvell Technology Group, Motorola, Nvidia, Qualcomm, Samsung Electronics, Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile ).

The way Google is revamping the way humans interact with technology, maybe it won’t be far when Google takes over the PC operating systems completely. With the scheduled launch of Chrome OS in mid-2010, Google enthusiasts are awaiting in anticipation of what lies ahead. Google Chrome OS has been declared to be an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at net-books and will look into 3 main factor(S or Aces?): speed, simplicity and security.

Time for the other big software firms to rethink their offerings and strategy. Will anyone be able to pose a serious challenge?

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Green mobile phones: is it here to stay?

A serious concern on the usage of electronics and more importantly cell phones, is the ecological implications they have. The digital wastes have a lot of negative impact which is basically a cumulative recipe for disaster for our planet earth. This blog provides an insight on few of the exciting offerings on green mobile phone technology and how companies are gearing to tend to this emerging urgency.

A serious concern on the usage of electronics and more importantly cell phones, is the ecological implications they have. The digital wastes have a lot of negative impact which is basically a cumulative recipe for disaster for our planet earth.

In wake of these concerns, the companies like Samsung, LG and Sony Ericsson have focused their research on ecologically less damaging mobile phones for the concerned users.

  • Already available in the UK, Samsung’s Blue Earth Phone is the latest offering on solar-powered mobile phone market. It is a touch screen smart phone that  generates its own battery requirements with a built-in solar panel on the back. Also is that it is made from post-consumer recycled content—PCM, which is a plastic made from recycled water bottles. Its  charging mechanism does not produce toxic chemicals like phthalates, brominated flame retardants (BFR), and beryllium and is delivered in recycled packaging.
  • Sony Ericsson’s latest two launches, the Elm and the Hazel—are creating the most hype. The GreenHeart project aims to integrate environmental advances across Sony Ericsson’s entire product lines, these phones are loaded with eco-friendly features. Both are made of recycled plastic and are made without toxic chemicals and come with energy-efficient chargers to lower energy losses. More interesting is how they are packagedminimally and use eco-friendly paints.
  • LG recently launched a cell phone with solar cells embedded in the actual phone. A slim-line phone with simple, sleek design features, the LG POP  can capture enough energy for 2.25 minutes of talk time in about 10 minutes of charge-time. And it is PVC-free and made without BFR.

The focus on these phones are a clear cut indication that the eco-concern of the users is getting addressed by the makers. But to become a success, users will have to get used to dismantling their old phones for these, which will also create eco-concerns. Will users be ready to dig out the extra for these green gadgets?

Let’s keep our fingers crossed and wait for the future.

Already available in the UK, Samsung’s Blue Earth Phone is another take on the solar-powered mobile phone. It is a touch screen smart phone that can generate its own power with a built-in solar panel on the back.What makes this mobile device even more green is that it is made from post-consumer recycled content—PCM, which is a plastic made from recycled water bottles (recycled waste).

Additionally, it has a super efficient charger (where traditionally you lose a lot of wasted energy), and is made without toxic chemicals like phthalates, brominated flame retardants (BFR), and beryllium, to name a few. Plus, it’s delivered in recycled packaging, too.

Google starts waving: Catch the WAVE in Action

As Google says, Google Wave is an online tool for real-time communication and collaboration. A wave can be both a conversation
and a document where people can discuss and work together using richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps, and more. People can communicate and work together with richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps, and more. Any participant can reply anywhere in the message, edit the content and add participants at any point in the process. Then playback lets anyone rewind the wave to see who said what and when. With live transmission as you type, participants on a wave can have faster conversations, see edits and interact with extensions in real-time.
Now what exactly is all this hype about WAVE all about?

Google, the master innovator, brings to us what we like the most, networking, amidst our hectic schedule. Like Orkutting, this is one step better. Here the user gets to network, chat, discuss issues/hobbies/work together with his friends/colleagues offline. All the web previously was dominated by online chat. But given the tormenting schedule each professional has, in this cyberspace, being online and chat-ready all the time becomes impossible. So discussion amongst a social group using standard chat clients like Yahoo messenger, Google Talk or Skype becomes troublesome. While standard Social networking sites allow discussion in thread, that may be accessible to a lot of people, with whom, even within the same community, the user may not be very keen to share the information. So by using WAVE, the user gets to control exactly who would be able to get access to the information, even within a social group. It is this very need of privacy where ever needed and sharing of discussion that Google enables with WAVE.

Google delivers the hype it creates, and so much more. The WAVE is not just a platform for text communication as other onlinie chat platforms provided, but it is also a platform for multimedia communications, an area that social networking sites are yet to provide to their users. While media and information overload was getting to be a problem for many users of social networking sites, Google has provided us an exact SMART solution. Technologically, what WAVE provides the users is an open communications protocol. Thus with their beta launch, the developer instance of Google Wave is now available for experimental interoperability testing with other wave providers.

WAVE as of now combines Gmail, Orkut, Google Docs and Youtube into an interesting free-form workspace that could be used to write documents collaboratively, plan events, play games or discuss a recent news.Wave has a lot of innovative features, but here are just a few:

  • Real-time: In most instances, you can see what someone else is typing, character-by-character.
  • Embed-ability: Waves can be embedded on any blog or website.
  • Applications and Extensions: Just like a Facebook application or an iGoogle gadget, developers can build their own apps within waves.
  • Wiki functionality: Anything written within a Google Wave can be edited by anyone else, because all conversations within the platform are shared.
  • Open source: The Google Wave code will be open source, to foster innovation and adoption amongst developers.
  • Playback: You can playback any part of the wave to see what was said.
  • Natural language: Google Wave can autocorrect your spelling, even going as far as knowing the difference between similar words, like “been” and “bean.” It can also auto-translate on-the-fly.
  • Drag-and-drop file sharing: Just drag your file and drop it inside Google Wave and everyone will have access.

Thus Google  wraps up all the services it offers on this single platform. Maybe, just maybe, they could allow the import of already created cyber media from their own products, like import of mail from GMail.

This is the time to wonder: WHAT IS NEXT?