In the past, prepaid cellphone users often had to sacrifice the ability to get the latest and greatest smartphone in exchange for cheaper service. However, that’s not true anymore as some carriers, like T-Mobile, get top-of-the-line Android handsets and may even offer the Apple iPhone. Customers can save hundreds (or even thousands) of dollars when buying prepaid phone services compared to the usual post-paid services, which requires an upfront contract.
Nowadays, design engineering is playing a much more significant role. The world’s largest organizations employ a third of design engineers and 67% of engineers are employed by startup companies. Newer companies are understanding the need for these experts in the technical field since everything that is made is designed by them through innovative technology.
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:
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.
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.
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.
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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..
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.
2. Malema Julius
5. Nelson Mandela
6. World Cup
7. Cape Town
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.