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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Bored in your relationship?


The day you first met, your friends saw the sparks flying almost instantly. You, of course, were too blinded by his rugged charm to notice. Then, he asked you out. The first date was a Sunday morning trek alongside a waterfall, followed by a cosy picnic lunch (cheese, wine, baguettes and sweet nothings) and then a night of partying. You'd found your dream match. But it's been a year now, and the very man who made you blush, now makes you yawn. You're utterly bored with the relationship and just don't care. So when do you know when your relationship has lost its fizz? We show you the signs:

You don't meet half as often as you used to. He prefers to work on mysterious files that always need to be submitted 'right away'.

Even when you do meet, there's little to say. You discuss the weather and stop.

You feel you're in a long-distance relationship, even when he's sitting right across the table from you.

When you think of him, there is no warm 'n' fuzzy feeling. Instead, you fantasise about chocolate.

Yes, you do get physically intimate, but there's no more hand-holding or cute pecking on the cheeks.

At the end of a date, you hope he doesn't want to meet the next day too. You'd rather sleep or read a book.

He's meeting his ex-girlfriend (the one you used to hate with a vengeance) for dinner. You either forget that he's meeting her or even if you remember, it doesn't strike you to be the least bit jealous.

When he suggests an outing, you end up roping in all your common friends. What can the two of you possibly talk about alone anyway?

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Ask her to marry you


Consider these creative options to propose to your girl and make it a memorable occasion

Surprise proposal
Pop the question when she is least expecting it. Tell your girl that you know a few magic tricks. Take a common object and replace it with the ring and present it to her. This proposal works because it has that shock element.

Be unique
You and your girl both know that you are going to propose any day now. Send her roses or her favourite flowers everyday of the week. On the seventh day, deliver the flowers personally alongwith the engagement ring. She will be glad that you have personally given her the flowers but the ring will take her by surprise.

Go public
Just like some people do not mind PDA, some people might not mind public proposals. If your girl is comfortable in busy, public places then you can propose to her in a TV show or a reality show or at public events. But you need to be sure that your girl wouldn't mind this and please do not propose something as important as marriage on a social networking site. It's way beyond tacky.

Propose Bollywood ishtyle
If your girl is a Hindi film buff, marriage proposal scenes from certain movies that appealed to her sensibilities could be a good option. Recreate that scene at your place or at an appropriate spot. Dress like the man from the scene and propose to her in the same fashion. It may seem cliched and silly to you, but finally it's what your girl likes and something that she going to remember fondly.

Tech it out
If you and your girl are tech-freaks, then prepare a slideshow of 20-30 pictures of all the memorable moments you have shared together. Add your favourite song to the slideshow to make it more personal. On the last slide, you can have the words- 'to be continued, if you will have me as your husband'. This ending is something your girl might not be expecting at all. Present her the ring after she recovers from the surprise.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Dell to hire more people in India


Dell Inc, the world's second largest personal computer maker, plans to increase investment and hire a few thousand more people over the next one year in India to expand its operations in the country, Michael Dell, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Dell Inc, said.

"India today offers a fantastic opportunity to use technology for a wide range of applications. We see a tremendous opportunity for growth of the PC segment in this country," Dell said at an event organised by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) here.

He said growth opportunity was tremendous in India as the penetration level of personal computers was 20-30 per 1,000 people.

Dell said with several acquisitions under its belt, the company has sharpened its focus on understanding the real needs of the customers in India and turned its attention to solutions in areas such as retail, finance, banking, healthcare and education.

Dell employs nearly 23,000 people in India, the largest employee base outside the United States. The company plans to hire a few thousands more people in a year or so, the CEO said.

In India, the company has adopted three focus areas -- growing its India presence in the hardware business, entering into education and healthcare segment for the production of customised products and services and managing and servicing offerings sold in the country.

Monday, March 21, 2011

How to save your phone's battery


Today's smartphones have a multiplicity of applications and functions running in the background, many of them unnoticed by the user.

That is, until they drain the phone's battery dry. At first, it's not so easy to tell why one's new top-level smartphone gives up the ghost after only two hours. But the fact of the matter is that, being online all the time has its price and some modern applications really do eat up battery time.

But, it doesn't take much to let the good times roll again. A few simple tricks can turn a smartphone back into a marathon runner. Indeed, there are a few apps out there to help extend a phone's life.

Screen illumination, satellite navigation systems like GPS (satnav) and data transfers via UMTS are among the most energy- intensive functions out there, says mobile expert and freelance author Daniel Lueders.

Thus, one easy way to conserve battery life is to change screen illumination settings to the lowest level, something done simply enough with most phones.

But that leaves accessing websites via UMTS and navigation programmes like Google Maps to eat up your battery life. One tip is to make sure that navigation software is turned off as soon as a destination's coordinates are found. Otherwise, the mapping software can continue to run in the background, leaving a smartphone drained after two hours, says Lueders.

If you're willing to only use a phone for calls, even if only for a short time, then deactivate your UMTS function. The same goes for wireless functions. "Otherwise the gadget is permanently looking for accessible networks," says Lutz Labs, an editor at German technology magazine c't.

Many smartphones that use the Android operating system include a page on their settings menu that shows which applications use the most energy. When underway, a good idea is just to switch to airplane mode, which turns off the satnav system, says Lueders. That's especially true when travelling on a stretch with a lot of tunnels, since the smartphone will burn up a lot of energy looking for a provider.

"You can quickly double or triple your battery life with these kinds of steps." Labs demonstrated how radically a smartphone's power consumption can vary. In airplane mode, a Motorola Milestone used 6.4 milliwatts. But, when uploading data via UMTS and taking a video, power consumption shot up to 3 watts - meaning power usage went up by a factor of 500.

Even a five-minute activation of the display can cut standby time in airplane mode by up to six hours. It also happens that smartphones sometimes give up the ghost after only a few hours when taken abroad. Most of the time, this is because the smartphone is looking for its usual provider in vain, says Lueders.

That problem is solved by turning off the automatic search function and setting up a connection manually. Another idea is to turn off the automatic downloading of emails and manually direct the smartphone to download them, also saving energy.

There is also a host of new, smaller apps designed to help save energy. The free app Juice Defender provides Android phones with automatic settings designed to extend battery life, says Labs. The software determines if one is home or in the office and then activates functions based upon one's location, turning off unneeded ones.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Acer launches Android-based Liquid Metal


Acer has expanded its smartphone portfolio in the country with the addition of Acer Liquid Metal. Acer Liquid Metal is based on Android 2.2 (Froyo) operating system and runs on 800MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Core processor.

Measuring 115 X 63 X 13.5mm inches, the smartphone has a curved 3.6" display with a TFT capacitive touch screen. The smartphone has a stainless steel battery cover, which is solid and resistant.

The Liquid Metal supports HSDPA for on-the-go Internet access at speeds up to 14.4Mbps as well as WiFi allowing data transfer 10 times faster than previous devices. The LED signal on the upper part of the telephone notifies the user of missed calls, the need to charge the battery, and new incoming messages clearly.

Acer Liquid Metal's 1500 mAh battery coupled with intelligent power management means you have up to 8 hours talk time and 550 hours in standby mode. Acer Liquid Metal comes with 3 popular keyboard layouts including Clever XT9 predictive text support to save users typing unnecessarily.

Liquid Metal is built in with a pinch to zoom feature, 5-megapixel camera with digital zoom, LED flash with a maximum resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. The camera offers 720p HD video recording as well as autofocus and smile recognition.

Key specs:
* Powered 800MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Core Processor
* Android 2.2 Froyo OS (5X faster than the earlier versions)
* Display : 9.1 cm (3.6-inch) TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 480 x 800 pixels resolution
* Fastest Connectivity Suite : HSPA 14.4 MBPS , 3G (3G + WiFI), GPS, Mini USB
* Record video in HD at 720p (30fps)
* Dolby Surround technology , EQ profiles and Dynamic Bass Boost Push Mail
* 3 Predictive Dialers (3 KB with XT 9)
* Superior Battery Life up to 8 hrs of talk time (1500 MAH Battery)
* Top LED Indicator
* Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate
* Wireless LAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, UPnP
* Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP
* Camera: 5 mega-pixel,auto-focus, LED flash ,Geo-tagging, face and smile detection, image stabilization
* Unique Acer Interface
* Pinch to Zoom option
* 8GB Micro SD Card (up to 32GB)


Available in silver, brown and tiffany Blue colours, Acer Liquid Metal is priced at Rs 20500.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Idea, BSNL top call drop complaints


Despite massive campaigns promising respite from call drops and superior network, telecom service provider Idea Cellular is one among the few operators who are facing the problem of frequent call drops, the Lok Sabha was informed.

Also accused are the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) and Etisalat.

"As regards the parameter, BSNL, Etisalat and Idea are not meeting the prescribed benchmark," Minister of State for Communications and IT Sachin Pilot said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.

The quality of service provided by an operator against the standard laid down by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is monitored by the regulator from time to time through the performance monitoring report submitted by service providers.

Earlier last week, Lok Sabha was informed that telecom giant Bharti Airtel is on top when it comes to receiving customer complaints regarding billing and service related issues with 3,571 complaints filed in the last three years.

"TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) has been receiving complaints against telecom service providers, alleging various problems which include billing, metering and tariff related issues and activation of chargeable value added services without explicit consent of the customer," Minister of State for Communications Sachin Pilot had said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

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20 years, 92 quakes: Ground trembles beneath Jaitapur's feet


Fukushima has become part of the local lexicon at Jaitapur. As news of the apocalypse-like situation in Japan reaches the far corners of villages in and around the area, residents have increased their agitation against the proposed 9,900 mw nuclear power plant.

Jaitapur area falls in the seismic zone 3 category, and data from the Geological Survey of India shows that between 1985 and 2005, there were 92 earthquakes.

The biggest earthquake in Jaitapur, recorded in 1993, measured 6.2 on the Richter scale. The ground is unstable, say activists and geologists, and there is no guarantee that the government's safeguards will protect the people and ecologically sensitive Konkan coast from a nuclear disaster should there be another earthquake.

Environmental activist Pradeep Indulkar said: "The third explosion at the Fukushima plant in Japan on Tuesday confirms that in the event of an earthquake, precautionary measures and safeguards will not avert a disaster. It is better not to have a nuclear power plant in this seismic zone region."

At Shivane village, 20 km from Jaitapur, Chandrakant Padkar remembers the day the earth shook and the road outside his house vanished. The unreported earthquake took place two years ago, and the village still bears the scars. Now, with the government's plans to set up the nuclear plant here, the gorge has taken on a more ominous avatar.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Fitness guide for a toned body


Dancing is a fun way to keep the body toned and in "working order". Sumeet Nagdev tells us how he does it

At 24, dancer Sumeet Nagdev is arguably the youngest dance director. As founder of Expressions Modern Dance Company, he is on his toes all day. Fitness is crucial as contemporary dance is more like a sport. It requires strength, agility, flexibility, stamina and focus. So instead of clocking hours on a sweaty routine, he stays fit by practising kinaesthetic awareness — the awareness of position, weight, tension and movement of his body.

"I am aware of how many calories I have consumed," he says. "If I have four eggs, in the back of my mind, I know I have to burn them off. I can't diet. If I feel like having a gulab jamun, I'll have one."

WALKS

Sumeet packs in at least one walk a day. "I let my mood decide where I want to go," he says. "It could be to Five Gardens or the beach. How much I walk also depends on my mood. Some days it's a 30-minute stroll. Other days, I jog for five kilometres." The only thing that remains a constant is the walk itself which works as a warm-up before an active day.

DANCE WORK-OUTS

Sumeet takes four hours of class every day, plus two hours of rehearsing in case of shows. Six hours of dancing can take its toll on the spine and muscles if the body is not warmed up properly. "I tell my students to treat their body like a steel rod," he says. "If you bend it while cold, it will snap. But if you heat it slowly, it can bend completely."

All forms of dancing taught at the studio — classical ballet, contemporary and modern — have their own warm up techniques that benefit agility and flexibility. His own class mixes all of these.

» CLASSICAL BALLET:

Any warm-up should begin gradually, building from slow stretches and movements to more intense ones. In ballet, one starts with leg extensions, while keeping the spine straight. This opens up the joints of the limbs, loosening them and slowly increasing flexibility. "Dancing must come from the core (muscles)," explains Sumeet. "All a dancer needs to develop for good performance are the abdominal, pelvic muscles and thigh muscles. Everything else, development of the calves, chest and arms are just accessories." The stiff and controlled movements of ballet tone the calves, arms and core muscles.

» THE GRAHAM TECHNIQUE:

Developed by Martha Graham, this is accepted as the foundation of modern dance. She took classical ballet techniques and inverted them. Where there was a strong spine, she slumped forward; where there were strong open arms, she caved them in. The technique is characterised by floor-work and use of abdominal and pelvic contractions. It contracts and expands, working and releasing the spine and muscles, toning them.

» THE HORTON TECHNIQUE:

Lester Horton's techniques is characterised by flat back movements. This stretches and opens up the oft neglected tail bone. It also focuses on flexibility, strength and co-ordination.

DRIVEN BY INTEREST

Sumeet teaches gymnastics at Juhu beach every Sunday, following it up with a session of football. By mixing activities, he stays active every day of the week. Taking a leaf out of his book, here are things you can do for complete wellbeing.

» PLAY A SPORT:

It could be football, swimming, basketball or tennis, even just once a week. Your interest will make it less of a chore and you'll still burn calories. Sports are a complete and functional path to fitness.

» MEDITATE:

You don't have to sit cross-legged in a room. A walk or run can be as meditative. Sumeet is developing his own organic technique that involves standing in silence, with eyes closed, slowly actualising each part of the body, bit by bit to become aware of it.

» CHASE YOUR INTERESTS:

Take classes of interest. Sumeet attends a yoga class that his student conducts. Scan the newspapers — there will be some in your neighbourhood.

» COOLING DOWN:

"If you don't cool down after a work-out or dance session, you'll be bouncing off the walls because of
the adrenaline," says Sumeet. He asks his students to visualise themselves as an ice cream that is slowly melting, visualising each part of their body slowly relaxing.

» WAKE UP EARLY:

This can be difficult for a non selfemployed person, but it is worth a try. Sumeet loves watching the sun rise, which of course, ensures that he is sleepy by 11-11.30 pm . A good night's rest gives enough time for the body to repair and rejuvenate itself.

» KNOW YOUR BODY:

Know how your body responds to certain foods and what makes you put on weight. Sumeet is an eggatarian and tries to have as early a dinner as possible. Other than that, he just makes sure he burns off as much calories as he is consuming every day, and doesn't go to bed with a "calorie backlog".

» ADAPT THE NECESSARY:

Don't avoid what is necessary; adapt it. Sumeet was forced to go to a gym after a neck injury. Now he is addicted to it, but does resistance training. Instead of doing five biceps curls in as many counts, he takes five counts to do one curl. "People laugh at me, but I'd rather do my own thing," he says.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

It's a battle between India's batting and South Africans' bowling


While cricket fans rejoice the arrival of the weekend and a prospect of a magnificent clash between India and South Africa at the on-going World Cup, it promises to be a gruelling day in office for the players. Stationed in Nagpur for the big Saturday game, South Africa present the biggest challenge to the Indians in the Group B league phase thus far.

What finally transpires at the VCA Stadium at Jamtha is anyone's guess; pre-game its evident the South Africans are a relaxed lot with a point to prove. The pressure of expectations is gnawing at the Indians for whom this contest is crucial to gain some psychological advantage.

It is essentially a battle between the India's batting prowess and the South Africans' bowling firepower. With the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Zaheer Khan and MS Dhoni from India pitted against prolific talents like Jacques Kallis, Graeme Smith, Hasim Amla and Dale Steyn - spectators are guaranteed a thrilling contest. Both teams come into the clash with reputations to defend, adding further weight to their high-profile arsenal.

Indian captain-cool MS Dhoni is currently under intense scrutiny for his constant support to under-forming leg-spinner Piyush Chawla. With sharp criticism on India's bowling doing the rounds, how he tweaks this department for the match will be the subject of many debates. The team's bowling strategy assumes special importance against a side like South Africa who has a tendency to disintegrate against slow bowlers.

Dhoni's usual preference is for two pacers and two spinners. However the pitch in Nagpur is different from the slow and low turf at the Kotla - here it's a flat pitch. Thus there's much speculation on what surprises Dhoni has up his sleeve. Fortunately Yuvraj Singh has made himself useful as the fifth bowler and an effective one too. That leaves Dhoni with the task of identifying two bowlers who will assist Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh in their work against the opponent's batting order and get the combination right before the knock-out stages begin.

Despite being undone rather easily in their last match against England, the South Africans are projecting an easy confidence in their gait. Their take is they're past the stage of faltering at crucial times, no matter what the circumstances. But, as cricketing history has shown, such feats are easier said than achieved. Their dismal performance in the previous game has put a question mark on their claim. With pride at stake, the South Africans have ample reason to want this victory desperately – even though they're not showing it.

There is one little worry for Smith. Leg-spinner Imran Tahir, who fractured his left thumb during the England match, is yet to recover well. The South African skipper said decision on Tahir will be taken on Saturday morning.

Who should India guard against

Hashim Amla

You don't score 8 100s and 12 50s in 45 ODIs if you don't have exceptional talent. If there's one South African batsman who enjoys Indian bowling, then it is Amla. He averages 61.83 in seven ODIs against India and he also has great memories of Nagpur, having scored a double century last year in a Test match. India must get him back in the pavilion as early as possible if they have to restrict SA.

Dale Steyn

The one man who has stood out in every South African success against India. His pace and movement can make life very uncomfortable for the Indians. He will also enjoy the true surface at Jamtha because bowlers who bend their backs get a lot of help there. He also has a good record against Virender Sehwag, who might be key to India's victory chances.

Key clashes

M Morkel vs V Sehwag

One has the bounce, the other has the strokes to deflate any bowling attack. Morkel will try and aim at Sehwag's ribcage and cramp the Indian dasher. Sehwag, on the other hand, will try and latch on to anything that's pitched outside the off-stump. It will be an arresting contest and the winner will decide which team wins.

L Tsotsobe vs S Tendulkar

The battle of the two Ts in the Test series in South Africa captured everyone's imagination. Time for the Master to show why he is called exactly that when he comes up against Tsotsobe. Left-armers have historically troubled the Indian legend. On a flat pitch it is unlikely that Sachin will allow him to settle.

J Botha vs Y Pathan

The off-spinner and the vice-captain might not have got to play had Imran Tahir been fit. But with Tahir's fitness worries, Botha becomes an automatic choice. Pathan really took to Botha in the ODI series. But here Botha may get more help with the doosra and if Pathan gives him the charge early, it may trouble him.

Friday, March 11, 2011

How you can perk up your sex life


Want to perk up your love life? Well, then start from the kitchen with food that will give you the oomph factor, says an expert.

Hormone and anti-ageing specialist Cecilia Tregear says that sex plays an important role in making people look and feel younger.

Tregear, who is based at the Wimpole Skin Clinic in Harley Street, London, has worked with hundreds of couples over the course of her 25-year career.

"The couples who were having lots of regular sex almost always looked younger than those who weren't. They were also slimmer, fitter, healthier and happier. Sexual activity, in my view, is an accurate thermometer for measuring health," the Daily Mail quoted her as saying.

And she realised the people who were having lots of sex in their relationships had one key factor in common: their diet. All of them were eating extremely nutritious food.

She explains: "Good nutrition is essential for the healthy production of hormones which maintain the libido and allow for regular and fulfilling sexual activity."

She has devised the Between the Sheets diet, which promises to perk up your libido. Combined with regular exercise it should ensure you not only have regular, great sex-just like you did in your youth-but look and feel younger too.

STEP ONE: FEED YOUR BRAIN

According to Tregear, the first step to boosting your love life is to feed your brain. "The biggest sexual organ is the brain, which produces the chemicals and hormones that trigger feelings of love and attraction, arousal and orgasm. We need to make sure we're eating the right foods to ensure the production of these chemicals and hormones."

First, it's important to have a diet that boosts the levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine, released by the brain. Dopamine is the feel-good chemical associated with the emotions of anticipation and desire. As such, it is vital to a healthy sex drive.

STEP TWO: BALANCE YOUR HORMONES

Having a good balance of hormones is essential to a healthy sex life, which is why the menopause - when hormone levels drop - can cause havoc with your sex life. There are three hormones responsible for arousal and sexual desire: oestrogens, which are present in both men and women, testosterone, also in both men and women, and DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone), which is found in women only.

"A good balance of animal fat in meat and fish and good cholesterol, found in eggs for example, encourages the production of sex hormones, improving libido. It's vital to eat plenty of good quality protein, ideally a portion with every meal," said Tregear.

STEP THREE: BOOST YOUR ENERGY

For good sex, you need stamina and energy. While a generally healthy diet will help you feel strong and healthy, it's important to eat food that will increase your levels of Human Growth Hormone (HGH). This hormone increases sexual desire and provides the stamina and energy needed for a sexual marathon. To increase production, eat organic protein from beef, fish, and chicken. (ANI)

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Nokia to launch E7 smartphone in India


Mobile phone major Nokia set it is all set to launch its all-in-one smartphone Nokia E7 in the Indian market soon.

"The company has commenced pre-booking for E7 smartphone today. The E7 smartphone will be available for Rs 35,000 per handset across India," Nokia India Vice-President & Managing Director D Shivakumar told reporters here.

Consumers will have the opportunity to experience the Nokia E7 live at Nokia priority stores in select cities and towns across the country from today, Shivakumar said.

Nokia E7 has large 4 inch screen, with a 4 line QWERTY keypad. It offers multimedia performance and a host of productivity applications including live stock prices.

"We are confident that with the Nokia E7 we will expand the smartphone market in India," Shivakumar said.

Shivakumar rang the closing bell at the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) to signify the opening of the pre-booking for Nokia E7 here.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

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Computer Science Vs IT: Which is better?


“Computer Science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes.” Renowned computer scientist Edsger W Dijkstra made this observation. Computer science engineers are involved in many aspects of computing, from the design of individual microprocessors, personal computers and supercomputers to circuit design and writing software that powers them.

They are also suited for robotics research, which relies heavily on using digital systems to control and monitor electrical systems like motors and sensors. Information Technology (IT) deals with the use of electronic computers and computer software to store, protect, process, transmit and securely retrieve information. IT is a general term that describes any technology that helps to produce, manipulate, store, and/or communicate information.

IT professionals perform a variety of duties that range from installing applications to designing complex computer networks and information databases. They are suited for data management, networking, engineering computer hardware, database and software design, as well as the management and administration of entire systems.

The differences

The CS engineering programme usually deals with how to build micro processors, how to write a compiler etc. IT is the business side of computers - usually dealing with databases, business, and accounting. One way to think of it is that IT deals with the application of computing technology to real life processes and CSE deals with the “science” that facilitates these applications.

Further, while CSE focuses on the foundation of computing, IT as a discipline focuses on satisfying the computing technology needs of organisations. So, in a continuum between principles and application, IT focuses more on application, with the goal being to apply knowledge of computing sciences for solving problems. However, as the foundations of IT are in Computer Science, Indian universities and colleges deem it feasible to have a CS-based IT programme. This allows a graduate of the programme to choose a career in CS or IT, based on their choice and availability of job prospects. And mostly corporates make little difference between these disciplines while selecting students.

The nature of the industry requirements in the country also plays a crucial role. Since most of the companies in this sector focus on application development and maintainance at best, the need for hard core reserach level employees is minimal. So even if a student is taught subjects like chip design architecture, machine level languages , his or her chances of getting a career in that domain is minimal.

Snapshot of the curriculum

Ultimately, what would really matter to you as a student is how far the course curriculum is different.

Most of the top-notch institutes (including all the IITs, IIITs and most NITs) have either CSE or IT but not both. This clearly signals that the difference between the two branches is not significant enough to warrant their simultaneous presence on a campus, at least in the eyes of the top engineering colleges of the country. Further more, for the few colleges that do offer both IT and CSE, the differences in the course structure are minimal.

For example, at Delhi’s IP University only one course differs between the two branches across their seven engineering colleges. At Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology – Allahabad, this figure increases to two and at West Bengal University of Technology to five subjects. The message is loud and clear - no company discriminates between hiring a CSE or IT student from the same campus.

The verdict

If you have to choose between IT and CSE and have both options in hand, it would be wise to decide it on the basis of the reputation and standing of the college rather than the branch. If you have to choose between IT and CSE in the same college, see what excites you more, design of computers and computing systems or using computers to solve information management requirements of organisations. Good luck!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Lenovo to launch LePad this month


Lenovo Group Ltd, China's biggest maker of personal computers, plans to begin sales of its LePad tablet computer this month, Chief Executive Officer Yang Yuanqing said in Beijing.

The mobile Internet is a "key area" for growth for Lenovo, Yang told reporters at the opening session of the National People's Congress.

Lenovo, based in Raleigh, North Carolina, said last month it aimed to be the market leader for tablets in China and that it would sell the LePad there before offering it in other markets. Over the next two years, tablets will account for 10 per cent to 15 per cent of the global computer market, Lenovo projected at that time.

The company said in February LePad would be launched "later this quarter," without being more specific. Apple Inc started sales of its iPad tablet computer in China in September.

Revenue at Lenovo's mature-markets division, which includes its operations in the US and western Europe, rose 22 per cent to $2 billion in its fiscal third-quarter, the company said last month.

Sales had jumped 34 per cent in the same period at the company's emerging-market division, which includes India, Brazil and Russia. China sales gained 18 per cent in the three months ended Dec 31.

Lenovo will continue to see growth in computer sales in "mature markets" such as the US and western Europe, Yang said today. "While emerging markets are our key growth market, our growth in mature markets is also very rapid."

Sunday, March 6, 2011

'Breaking into' Nintendo's 3DS


TOKYO: Nintendo's 3D-capable handheld game player contains chips manufactured by Toshiba Corp, Fujitsu Ltd and Invensense Inc, technology firm iFixit said after dismantling the hot new gadget.

The 3DS, the first handheld game player to provide glasses-free 3D, launched in Japan on February 26 and is set to hit stores in the United States on March 27.

Nintendo expects to sell 4 million units globally by the end of March, hoping it will outpace even its popular predecessor, the DS.

The flash memory chip was provided by Japan's Toshiba, the world's second-largest NAND chip maker after South Korea's Samsung Electronics.

The CPU was designed by British firm ARM Holdings and the gyroscope was supplied by US-based Invensense, iFixit said on its website.

But California-based iFixit, one of the better-known among so-called teardown firms hired by clients to provide data and competitive intelligence, said it had had unusual trouble identifying the purpose of chips provided by Fujitsu and Texas Instruments.

Nintendo, like other consumer electronics firms, does not reveal where it sources the parts for its products.

"We just could not find out what they were," Miroslav Djuric, director of technical communication at iFixit, said in a phone interview.

The manufacturers of the lithium ion battery and the 3D liquid crystal display screen were not immediately identified, though Japan's Sharp Corp showed off small 3D screens for glasses-free use at an event last year.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Oscars 2011 Best Dressed Couples



The Oscars are over but the fever isn't. After looking at the best dressed stars we take a look at the couples who scorched the red carpet with their sizzling chemistry.

Here are a few of them who emerged as the winners in terms of their style statement.

Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey
This couple is probably the warmest looking couple on the red carpet. Doesn't matter who Downey Jr. appears with on screen, he looks the best in the company of his wife.


Mark Wahlberg and Rhea Durham
Rhea Durham doesn't, in any possible way, look like the mother of his three children; and no pun intended here. She looks way too hot for that while making a great couple with her husband.

Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied
This sweet couple spells affectionate at the red carpet. Just the way they look at each other makes one melt. The dancer fiancee of the Oscar winning actress has constantly been by her side through all the award functions and events.


Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves
Matthew McConaughey and his handbag designer girlfriend were clear winners of the night in terms of style statement. Both looked stunningly hot and oozed grace and elegance.


Mark Ruffalo and Sunrise Coigney
Sunrise Coigney stunned onlookers at the event with her ultra-chic look at the Oscars. She not only looks good with her actor husband but is a positive influence on him. It was she who coaxed him to sign the Oscar nominated film 'The Kids Are Alright'.


Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez
This sweet looking couple made their first official appearance as a couple on the Oscars red carpet. The young couple looked stylishly cute in color co-ordinated outfits.


Christian Bale and Sibi Bale
Christuan and Sibi Bale looked super stylish in their fashionable outfits. While Christian stuck to an all black ensemble, Sibi wore an embellished strapless gown.


Colin Firth and Livia Giuggioli
They are probably the senior most couple in the list but still managed to give the young stars a run for their money. The couple, married since 1997, always bring class on the red carpet of any event and they did the same at the Oscars. The Best Actor winner and his wife looked beautiful and were a delight to watch.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

PC prices to go up marginally: MAIT


The Manufacturer's Association of IT industry (MAIT) said levy of concessional 5 per cent excise duty on microprocessors will push prices of PCs only by Rs 60.

"There is expected to be a hike in price of PCs (personal computers) because of the five per cent excise duty, but the impact is marginal," Manufacturer's Association of IT (MAIT) Executive Director Ashwini Aggarwal said.

The price hike could be to the tune of Rs 60 for a Rs 25,000 computer, which is negligible.

The Budget 2011-12 has proposed to levy a 5 per cent excise duty on microprocessors, floppy disk drives, hard drives, CD-ROM drives and flash memory.

Microprocessors, the brain of the PC, is responsible for the computing power of the PC. Depending on the processor type and the overall PC configuration, microprocessors cost can be 15-22 per cent of the total price of a basic PC.

Intel, which is the world's largest chip maker is still evaluating the impact of the increase in excise duty.

Sandeep Aurora, Director-Marketing for Intel South Asia said, "We think the increase at a systems level should not be substantial. The rupee-dollar exchange rate will also determine the landing cost of the processor in India, apart from the levy."

HCL Infosystems said the rise in excise duty will result in some price increase due to MODVAT (modified value-added tax) overflow.

"The increase in excise duty may result in MODVAT (modified value-added tax) overflow and will result in some price increase for the full product," HCL Infosystems Chairman Ajai Chowdhry said.

Another player, AMD said there could be a 1-2 per cent increase in PC prices.

"The impact would be visible soon in the assembled PC market. However, the impact on branded PCs would depend on when the companies start passing on the hike to the consumer," Ravi Swaminathan, Managing Director and Corporate Vice-President Sales and Marketing, AMD India said.