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Monday, January 30, 2012

What do World's Richest People Buy?


Most expensive, biggest and fastest is the mantra that world's richest people follow. There is no end to their million dollar buys and lavish spending. Some do outrageous spending on insignificant things while some have a class of their own and buy things that define their personality. Here is the list of the class collections of world's richest people:

Roman Abramovich
Owns: $1.2 billion Yacht.

Roman Arkadyevich Abramovich, Russian businessman who owns the private investment company Millhouse LLC. He is the ninth richest person in Russia and the 53rd richest person in the world, according to the 2011 Forbes list, with an estimated fortune of $13.4 billion. Abramovich owns the world's largest yacht called 'Eclipse'. The 557-foot boat was bought at a price of $450 million which now holds a price tag of almost double of its original price, $1.2 billion, after a slew of show-off features, two helipads, two swimming pools and six-foot movie screens in all guest cabins, to a mini-submarine and missile-proof windows to combat piracy were added on to the boat. In fact, the boat also has an anti-paparazzi 'shield' which has lasers that sweep the surroundings to detect a CCD. Once a CCD is detected, it immediately fires a bolt of light right at the camera to obliterate any photograph. According to the Times, these don't run all the time, so friends and guests should still be able to grab snaps. Instead, they will be activated when guards spot the scourge of professional photography, paparazzi, loitering nearby.

Paul Allen
Own: $200 million Yacht.


Microsoft's co-founder, Paul Allen made headlines when he bought the world's largest yacht in 2003 called 'Octopus'. As of now, it is world's 12th largest super yacht. Octopus is a 414 foot. It sports two helicopters on the top deck. The yacht also has a pool, located aft on one of her upper decks, and two submarines (one of them operated by remote control for studying the bottom of the ocean). The yacht can accommodate about 24 guests and a crew of 35. It also consists of a movie theatre and a Hinckley sailboat of about 40 feet.




Phil Ruffin
Owns: $70 million Boeing 737 jumbo jet.


King of Gambling, real estate and oil production, Phil Ruffin owns a Boeing 737 jumbo jet. Phil has a net worth of $2.1 billion according to a magazine of 2008. The Boeing 737 carries an additional price tag of $16 million for the interiors and the entertainment system. It has lavish leather upholstery for the seats and has two bedrooms. The entertainment system is about $1 million worth.






Truett Cathy
Owns: $250,000 Batmobile.

Truett Cathy, founder of Chick-fil-A, a fast-food chain is worth $1.3 billion. He is a huge fan of superhero vigilantes. In 1992, "Batman Returns" film was released, Batman's Batmobile impressed Cathy big time. Since then he made it a point to own it. Cathy bought it for $250,000.









Hassanal Bolkiah
Owns: $14 million Rolls Royce Convertible.


Hassanal Bolkiah, the Sultan of Brunei is a huge car frenzy king. He owns more than 1,900 automobiles, including Bentleys, Ferraris, and Porsches. The Sultan is the owner of 531 Mercedes-Benzes, 367 Ferraris, 362 Bentleys, 185 BMWs, 177 Jaguars, 160 Porsches, 130 Rolls-Royces and 20 Lamborghinis, bringing the total number of cars he owns to 1,932. Rolls Royce convertible that he bought for $14 million, is the most expensive car in the world by far.





FBI Software to Scan Tweets to Predict Crimes


American intelligence agency FBI is reportedly developing new software to scan social networks Twitter and Facebook to look for emerging threats and predict crimes. The FBI has asked technology firms to create software that can effectively scan the websites for words, phrases and other suspected behaviour, the Telegraph reported. It will also be able to translate from foreign languages as well as detect patterns of users misleading the police. Campaigners of free speech have now raised concerns. Jennifer Lynch, from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said it could erode the sense of freedom provided by the internet. "These tools that mine open source data, and presumably store it for a very long time, do away with that kind of privacy. I worry about the effect of that on free speech in the US," she said. Privacy International said the move risked placing large numbers of people under surveillance. Police in Britain already use Facebook routinely to ascertain the whereabouts of criminals.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

HTC's surprises for MWC 2012


Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 on February 27 in Barcelona is one of the most important annual events for the global technology giants. This year’s MWC will be coming up with new interesting and innovative mobiles from various mobile manufacturers such as Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Motorola, LG, HTC, Nokia and many more.


There are many rumors around the web about the HTC’s products which the company will be introducing in the MWC 2012. Here are the juiciest rumors about HTC mobiles.

1. HTC Edge


The HTC Edge is highly rumored as the first smartphone with quad-core processor to hit the market. The phone is powered by Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor and has a 4.7 inch touchscreen display.


The rumors over the internet also said that the Edge will be 10 mm thick and will features a 8 MP camera, 32 GB of internal storage, 1.5 GHz processor speed, 1 GB of RAM, Bluetooth, and is supposed to run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and HTC Sense 4.0 user interface.


2. HTC Ville


HTC Ville leaked just after HTC Edge, the rumored Ville is powered by 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, Adreno 225 GPU (Graphic Processing Unit), 4.3 inch Super AMOLED display and 8 MP rear camera with backside illuminated sensor which is capable of recording 1080 pixels of HD video and will run on on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich which moves the navigation buttons on the screen.The other specifications will be same to HTC Edge but the difference is there are no physical buttons in the mobile.




3. HTC Primo

HTC Primo looks like a mid range smartphone with integrated Beats Audio support and runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with HTC Sense 4.0 user interface. The rumored Primo is powered by 1 GHz dual core processor, 512 MB of RAM and other features includes 3.7 inch Super AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass and 5 MP rear camera capable of recording 720 pixels of videos.






4. HTC Quattro



HTC Quattro is a tablet which is going to be launched in MWC 2012. The rumored Quattro tablet will be powered by Tegra 3 processor, 1 GB RAM and this will be the first tablet to hit the market with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.


Other specifications include 16 GB of internal memory which is expandable via microSD card, Bluetooth 4.0, 2 MP rear camera with 720 pixels of video recording capability and 1.3 MP front facing camera.




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Friday, January 27, 2012

HP laucnhes All-in-One TouchSmart 3D PC


HP today unveiled its new HP TouchSmart 3D Edition PC which brings the thrill of 3D entertainment to life. Users can create their own 3D videos and pictures with the TouchSmart’s built-in webcam and share them with family and friends online or via the PC’s 23-inch (58.4 cm) diagonal Full HD display. The TriDef Ignition Game Player allows everyone in the family to enjoy playing their favourite games in 3D.

“HP’s latest 3D technologies are designed to make the interaction between people and technology more intuitive and rewarding. We’re enhancing the different aspects of the 3D experience, from introducing the new entertainment experience on the TouchSmart 3D Edition PC to display technologies for presenting 3D content,” said Mr. Vinay Awasthi, Senior Director, Products & Marketing, Personal Systems Group, HP India.


The TouchSmart 3D Edition reclines up to 60 degrees, enabling users to adjust the display’s position for a comfortable experience or reduce glare while viewing 3D content with the Active Shutter 3D Glasses.  In addition it has HP’s LinkUp Technology, Beats Audio, exclusive TouchSmart software, premium graphics and processors. The next-generation TouchSmart 4.0 interface allows users to customize their user experience by multiplying the workspace with a scrolling desktop that expands horizontally, and dragging and dropping their favourite files and apps onto the desktop’s carousel.


Other innovative features include: Integrated premium stereo speakers coupled with Beats Audio that offer studio-quality sound, Blu-ray and DVD playback software, to watch cinema like Blu-ray movies from the comfort of the home with Full HD 3D 23” (58.4 cm) monitor and active 3D glasses, Faster processor-Core i5 2400, for perfect computing experience, 1GB Ultra-fast GDDR5 graphics memory for stunning visual experience, Best entertainment experience with Win7 Home Premium (64-bit).


The HP TouchSmart620 3D Edition PC is now available at Maximum Retail Price of 92, 999.

Branded Baseball & Softball Gear Bags


Hello my friends welcome to my blog for the best baseball bag. Baseball Equipment Bags are a part of every player's needs. Baseball comes with a lot of equipment and you need something reliable to store all your stuff. From your bats, cleats, and glove, to your wallet and watch. We have a large selection of equipment/bat bags that will fit the needs of any baseball player.Baseball Express stocks high quality baseball bags designed to help players and coaches easily transport their baseball equipment to and from the field. We carry top quality bat bags, catcher bags, team equipment bags, or affordable youth player bags. Choose from a great variety of colors and sizes.

Baseball Express features a great selection of baseball equipment bags priced to provide baseball players with essential bat bags from manufacturers like Louisville, Easton, Nike, Mizuno, and more, at great prices.Rawlings is the best major manufacturer of American Baseball, hockey and even football equipment. For 34 years they have been the official supplier of Baseball bat bag equipment to Major League Baseball. Whether your using one of their many gloves, or decide to huck one out of the park with a genuine. Rawlings bat, Rawlings will have all your bases covered. Try Rawlings selction of products from one of their numerous series of gloves or their many wooden and aluminum bats.Easton bags are designed to hold the game’s best equipment, which is why we continue to set the standard in bag engineering. At Easton, we know what’s important.The batpack with enough space to store all your equipment, including your helmet. Mizuno does not recommend neatsfoot oil, linseed oil or silicon-type spray as these tend to close the pores of the leather, causing it to dry, harden, and become heavy over an extended period of time and through repeated use. There are other cleaners and conditioners that are safe, especially those scientifically developed for glove leather that keeps the pores open and in effect, keeps the leather "alive" while providing a softening condition and minimizing weight gain.Most of Mizuno’s baseball equipment comes with a limited one year warranty against manufacturer’s defects.A non-conforming triple-wall bat has three layers separated by air, working independently. The Mizuno Techfire has no air/space between layers. The three materials are bonded and work dependently, therefore, Mizuno Techfire, Techfire Rage, Techfire Fury and Techfire Crush comply with all official tournament standards.
All other slowpitch bats in the Mizuno line are 100% composite construction and are single wall bats.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Tabplus Rio tablet @ Rs 11,990


A Bangalore based company has launched a new tablet, named Tabplus Rio, at Rupees 11,990. Launched by Digital Waves, the Android 2.3 tablet comes with a 1 GHz Cortex A9 processor, 7 inch screen with storage up to 32GB via Micro SD.

In the recent years, India's tablet market has witnessed increasing competition, with several local manufacturers rolling out devices at affordable rates. According to the Manufacturer's Association of IT Industry, the industry expects to sell around 3 lakh tablets in the current financial year.

"While laptop category will witness around 15% growth, tablets will grow at 100% being a new category," MAIT said in a statement.

Tabplus Rio comes with 1 year warranty and will be shipped free of cost across India.


Thursday, January 19, 2012

Huawei Launches World's Thinnest Smartphone


Huawei unveiled the world’s slimmest Android Smartphone at CES 2012. This slim smartphone is named Ascend P1S and is only 6.68 mm thick. Till now Motorola Droid Razr which is 7.1 mm thick was holding this position which is now taken away by Huawei Ascend P1S.

"We're excited to unveil the world's slimmest smartphone here at CES 2012," said Richard Yu, Chairman of Huawei Device. "The Ascend P1S demonstrates our ongoing commitment to innovating high quality devices that utilize the latest hardware and software technologies."


This slim phone features; a 4.3-inch, 540 x 960 Super AMOLED screen covered with Corning Gorilla Glass, a dual-core 1.5 GHz CPU paired with a SGX 540 GPU, dual LED flash and HDR effect optimization, an 8-megapixel camera capable of capturing 1080p video and a 1.3MP front-facing camera capable of capturing 720p video, 1 GB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage, 4G connectivity via their HSPA+ antennas and runs on Google’s latest Android revision-Ice Cream Sandwich.


The slim design of Ascend P1S has caused a drawback to this smartphones i.e its 1670 mAh model battery. But Huawei comes up with a solution to this, its Ascend P1 model which is a clone of Ascend P1S in terms of specification but has an 1800 mAh battery and a slightly thicker 7.69 mm body. So customers have to decide what they want, the slimmest smartphone or a lightly thicker one with a high performing battery.


According to Huawei both Ascend P1 S and Ascend P1 will hit the world market by this April and the prices of these smartphones are yet to be announced.


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Will Apple Launch iPad3 in March?


The rumor about Apple’s iPad3 has started again, even though Apple has not commented any statements regarding the launch. It is said that iPad 3 will be coming this March and has already started ramping up the production, with features like high-definition retina display, latest quad-core processor and will also have LTE (long term evolution) network support, reports Bloomberg.

According to Digitimes, Apple will ship iPad 3 in March and then iPad 4 in October. iPad 3 will come with a QXGA (Quantum Extended Graphics Array) display with 1536x2048 pixels of resolution and a longer battery life. iPad 4 will be upgraded with hardware specifications and will have integrated apps to compete with Android and Windows tablets.


The iPad 3 is expected to bring up big time revenue for Apple in the upcoming year. Apple will also be cutting the price of iPad 2 to compete with other tablet makers like Samsung, Toshiba, Acer, HP and Motorola.

More Android Devices are Born than Babies


Approximately 700,000 Android devices are activated each day around the globe based on the statistics from December last year.


Youtube’s Head of Content, Robert Kyncl revealed the number in CES last week. According to this, Android activations are double than the number of births, which is approximately 300,000 per day according to the UN.

The number seems to remain high at least for a short time as many manufacturers continue to launch their Android devices. An Italy based company had launched their Android based ‘Smart Watch’ at CES 2012, which has a music player, applications and is also compatible with Smartphones.


As quoted in ZDNet, Android OS is going to power a variety of devices including TV, oven and the future is going to witness an ‘in home Android revolution’.


With Androids main rival iOS, currently powering only Apple’s devices and Windows Phone7, still struggling to find the market share, the future seems bright for Android if Google can address the increasing ‘fragmentation’ problem.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Are you in love with your best friend?


Telling your best friend you love them can be a little tricky

Fallen in love with your best friend and don't know how to tell them? Well, this is a tricky situation. Especially as the feeling comes with the risk of jeopardizing your relationship with them forever. So, it does become frightening to reveal those feelings to your friend, and close to impossible to remain just friends when you have fallen in love with them! It becomes necessary to think carefully on how you are going to tell them, to communicate your feelings without hurting their feelings.

For starters, it is very important to know whether you are truly in love with your friend or is it just attraction due to the amount of time spent together. If your feelings are clear and you are indeed in love, think of a good plan about how to tell them. Pick an appropriate time and place to do so. Do not burst out emotionally when you are out with him/her, because he/she is going to be taken aback. Do it in the comfort of your home, rather than in a public place. Be clear and honest about your feelings. Consider the fact that your friend might want time and wouldn't want to be close to you for a while after the revelation. Give your friend the chance to make a decision and respect the decision, whatever it is.

Alternatively, you may want to spend more time developing your relationship if the feelings are shared but would be content to stay friends as is if not. Once you are sure, leaving a few hints here and there would certainly help. Going for romantic movies and dinners, buying gifts, hugging good-byes; these are some signs that you can work on. But remember, take it slowly.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

அந்தமான் பழங்குடியினரை ஆடச் செய்து ரசித்த சுற்றுலா பயணிகள் : "டிவி' காட்சியால் யூனியன் பிரதேசத்திற்கு நெருக்கடி


அந்தமானில் ஜாரவா பழங்குடி பெண்களை நடனமாட செய்து, சுற்றுலா பயணிகளை மகிழ்வித்ததாக செய்தி வெளியிட்ட "டிவி' நிறுவனங்களுக்கு அந்தமான் நிகோபார் அரசு நோட்டீஸ் அனுப்பியுள்ளது. மேலும், இந்த விவகாரம் தொடர்பாக, அந்தமான் நிகோபார் யூனியன் பிரதேசத்திடமிருந்து, மத்திய அரசும் அறிக்கை கேட்டுள்ளது.
அந்தமான் நிகோபார் தீவில் உள்ள அடர்ந்த காட்டு பகுதியில், ஜாரவா பழங்குடியினர் வசிக்கின்றனர். இன்று வரை அவர்கள் எந்த ஆடையும் உடுத்தாமல், நிர்வாணமாகவே வாழ்ந்து வருகின்றனர். பெரும்பாலானோர் இறந்து விட, தற்போது 403 பேர் மட்டுமே இந்தத் தீவில் உள்ளனர். இந்த பழங்குடி இனத்தை பாதுகாக்கும் பொருட்டு, இவர்கள் வாழும் காட்டு பகுதியை நோக்கி செல்லும் சாலைகள் அடைக்கப்பட்டுள்ளன.

பத்திரிகை செய்தி : இதற்கிடையே வெளிநாட்டு சுற்றுலா பயணிகள் சிலர், இந்த பழங்குடிகளை பார்க்க சென்றதாகவும், இவர்களை அழைத்து சென்ற போலீஸ்காரர் ஒருவர், பழங்குடியின பெண்களுக்கு பிஸ்கெட்டுகளையும், இனிப்புகளையும் வழங்கி அவர்களை நடனமாட செய்ததாகவும், இதற்காக இந்த சுற்றுலா பயணிகளிடம் சம்பந்தப்பட்ட போலீஸ்காரர், 15 ஆயிரம் ரூபாய் லஞ்சம் பெற்றதாகவும் பிரிட்டனை சேர்ந்த பத்திரிகைகள் செய்தி வெளியிட்டுள்ளன. பொதுவாக, காட்டுப் பகுதியில் சுற்றுலா செல்பவர்கள் வனவிலங்குகளை பார்வையிடுவார்கள். ஆனால், அந்தமானில் இந்த நிர்வாண பழங்குடியினரை பார்ப்பதற்காகவே உள்ளூர் போலீசார் உதவியுடன் "காட்டு மனிதர்' சுற்றுலா நிகழ்ச்சி நடப்பதாக பிரிட்டனை சேர்ந்த "அப்சர்வர்' மற்றும் "கார்டியன்'பத்திரிகைகளில் செய்தி வெளியாகியிருந்தது. இந்த செய்தியை மையப்படுத்தி டில்லியை சேர்ந்த இரண்டு "டிவி' சேனல்கள் பழங்குடி பெண்களின் நடன நிகழ்ச்சியை ஒளிபரப்பின.

படம் பழையது : அந்தமான் நிகோபார் எம்.பி., விஷ்ணு பாதா ரே குறிப்பிடுகையில், "டிவியில் காட்டப்பட்ட பழங்குடி பெண்களின் நடன படம் பழமையானது. எனினும், இந்த காட்சியை ஒளிபரப்பியது தவறாகும். எனவே, உரியவர்கள் மீது அரசு, சட்டப்படி நடவடிக்கை எடுக்க வேண்டும்' என்றார்.

அப்பட்டமான பொய் : இந்த "வீடியோ' காட்சிகளை எடுத்த "பிரிட்டிஷ்' டிவி நிருபர் சாம்பர்லின் ஒரு பேட்டியில் குறிப்பிடுகையில், "இந்த "வீடியோ' காட்சிகளை அந்தமான் தீவுகளில் சமீபத்தில் தான் படமெடுத்தேன். பத்து ஆண்டுகளுக்கு முன் எடுத்த பழைய காட்சி என்று அந்தமான் கவர்னர் கூறியிருப்பது அப்பட்டமான பொய். "ஜாரவாஸ்' பழங்குடியின மக்கள் இன்றும் சுற்றுலா பயணிகளால் கொடுமைப்படுத்தப்படுகின்றனர். அந்தமான் போலீஸ் அதிகாரிகளில் சிலர் சுற்றுலா "ஆபரேட்டர்'களிடம் லஞ்சம் பெற்றுக் கொண்டு, பயணிகளை பழங்குடியின மக்கள் வாழும் காடுகளுக்கு கொண்டு செல்கின்றனர். அங்கு பழங்குடியின மக்களை சந்திக்கவும் ஏற்பாடு செய்கின்றனர்' என்றார்.

காட்சிப் பொருளாக சித்தரிப்பதா? : மத்திய பழங்குடியினர் நல அமைச்சர் கிஷோர் சந்திர தியோ, அந்தமான் கவர்னர் புபிந்தர் சிங்கை நேற்று தொடர்பு கொண்டு, இந்த சம்பவம் குறித்து விவரமான அறிக்கை ஒன்றை அனுப்புமாறு கேட்டுக் கொண்டார். மத்திய உள்துறை அமைச்சகமும், அந்தமான் மாநில அரசிடம் இது குறித்து ஒரு அறிக்கை அனுப்புமாறு கேட்டுக் கொண்டுள்ளது.

சம்பவம் குறித்து கி‌ஷோர் சந்திர தியோ நிருபர்களிடம் கூறியதாவது: அந்தமானில் உள்ள பழங்குடி மக்களை காட்சிப் பொருளாக சித்தரிப்பதை நான் வன்மையாக கண்டிக்கிறேன். மாநில அரசிடம் இந்த சம்பவம் குறித்து அறிக்கை அனுப்புமாறு கேட்டிருக்கிறேன். அடுத்த மாதம் அந்தமான் தீவுகளுக்கு சென்று, இந்த சம்பவம் குறித்து நேரடி விசாரணை நடத்துவேன். நேற்று முன்தினம் வெளிவந்த "வீடியோ' காட்சிகள் 10 ஆண்டுகளுக்கு முன் எடுக்கப்பட்டவை. இது, தற்போது நடந்த சம்பவம் அல்ல என, கவர்னர் என்னிடம் தெரிவித்தார். "ஜாரவா' பழங்குடி மக்கள் வாழும் தனிக்காடுகளில் சுற்றுலாப் பயணிகள் செல்வதற்கு அனுமதி கிடையாது. அந்தக் காடுகளின் வழியாகச் செல்லும் பஸ்களுக்கு போலீஸ் பாதுகாப்பு உண்டு. நான்கு அல்லது ஐந்து பஸ்கள் தொடர் வண்டியாக போலீஸ் பாதுகாப்போடு இந்த காட்டுப் பகுதியில் அனுப்பப்படுகிறது. இந்தப் பகுதிகளில் பயணிகள் பஸ்சை விட்டு இறங்குவதற்கு தடை விதிக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது. இவ்வாறு கிஷோர் சந்திர தியோ கூறினார்.

4 More Indian Banks to Import Bullion


Now four more banks are permitted by India's Central bank to import precious metals. The move is expected to enhance the competition and help reducing premium in the world's biggest importer of gold, reported Reuters.

According to the data on the website of Reserve Bank of India, City Union Bank, Bank of Maharashtra, Yes Bank and ING Vysya Bank, are added to the list of 35 banks that are now allowed to import gold and silver.
A Singapore-based bullion dealer, "It's not because they foresee huge demand coming up. They are just trying to open up for more competition in the market and customers will have more choices."

The federal government allows only the private-sector banks and the state-run bank to trade in gold as India regulates bullion tightly. Rajesh Exports, Gitanjali Gems and Titan Industries are the jewelers that are allowed to import precious metals apart from banks.

Coins and bars are sold by banks through retail outlets after a premium has been charged over the London prices. The festive season in October witnessed mere peak of $3 in premium and it remains to $1.5 since then.

Pinakin Vyas, Assistant Vice-President with gold importing IndusInd Bank, Mumbai, said, "Competition ultimately creates transparency to the price."

According to the Bombay Bullion Association (BBA), the gold import of India has reduced from 958 tonnes in 2010 to 878 tonnes in 2011 due to record breaking soaring price.

The trade body, BBA expects that imports will halve in the first quarter of 2012 due to Slow Indian economy hitting incomes.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

India's Tiniest Passenger Cars v/s U.S. Biggest Passenger SUV




With Tata Nano entering the battle ground of cars, the competition for economical cars has become tougher. Working on same terms, Bajaj too made an entry into this segment by launching a four wheeler vehicle of their own, RE60, which is very much similar to Tata Nano. Though the vehicle has some changes in terms of features, it is very similar to Tata Nano. The cute looking Tata Nano is already familiar to the Indian roads and scores high in terms of fuel efficiency. Best known as, the budget car of India, Nano has been blessed with 624cc engine with the capacity of generating a maximum power of 37Hp. Compared to other cars; mileage is also not an issue to worry. With solid design and comfortable interiors, Nano is dominating the auto market.

On the other hand, Bajaj RE60 has recently jumped into the market and appears to be a threat to Nano's position in the market. With excellent fuel efficiency, RE60 is also favored with low emission level. The DTSi technology will work wonders for it.

The Tata Nano is the bigger car having length 3.1m, width 1.5m and height 1.6m, whereas, the RE60 is comparatively smaller having length 2.7m, width 1.6m and height 1.3m. Both the cars can accommodate 4 passengers; hence this is a criterion that can be best decided by the users. The car does not seem to have much difference in terms of pricing. A proper comparison cannot be drawn in regard to price as RE60 has not declared its price officially.

Rumors are in the air that Bajaj will provide RE60 with some advanced features to enhance the security features of the car.

Since RE60 has not yet hit the Indian roads we have got the chance to judge it through only its launch at the Auto Expo 2012. As of now Nano sounds to be best in comparison.

Three years ago Nano was the only possible smaller and cheaper car in India, but with Bajaj RE60's entry into the market, the monopoly came to an end.

If these two miniature passenger cars are the economical and budget cars of India we have Escalade, the biggest American passenger car in U.S. A small comparison was done by CNN's Fareed Zakari. Escalade weighs around 7,100 pounds, while Indian cars weigh around 880 pounds. Nano and RE60 get 82 miles respectively, while the Escalade gets 18 miles to the gallon. Talking about the price, Escalade costs over $80,000 that is 40 times more what is expected for cars in India. The 8 seater Escalade is comfortable enough in comparison to 4 seater Tata Nano and Bajaj RE60.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Zumba Zumba to Stay Fit


What better way of exercising can a person opt for than dance? Dance as a fitness exercise not only makes the body flexible but makes every muscle in the body move. It is an inexpensive and fun way to keep fit, helping one lose weight and to tone the muscles and helps inculcate grace and poise. Apart from the fitness freaks that enjoy lifting weights, dumbbells, running and stretching another way to fitness is the dance exercise. It helps burns calories, acts as a stress buster and a mental stimulator; it helps build muscle power and a healthy heart. All kinds of dances can help make anyone fit but the most well known dance exercises that one can take part in are:

Zumba: Zumba as a dance form has become more popular in the world of fitness lately. It can be described as a Latin inspired dance fitness program which incorporates choreography from a variety of dance styles. Some of the styles that Zumba uses include hip-hop, salsa, samba, meringue, mambo and martial arts. Unlike a typical dance class where counts are used, Zumba is a form where the class follows the music with repetitive steps. This form of exercise requires a lot of energy and the dance moves mainly work on the waist, hips and legs. The classes are designed for all levels of ability, including beginners. It is an exercise that puts a person in a great mood and is a good workout.

Hip-hop: It is a style of dance that originated from the USA but has become popular world-wide, and is a great way to keep fit. It is basically any style of dance that is primarily danced to hip-hop music including street dancing, breaking, locking and popping. The dance form is a great way to strengthen the abdominals and the choreography includes lots of hip, pelvic and waist rolling. The benefits of the dance form are that it strengthens the thighs, glutes, calves and other muscles in the legs and arms. It is also a cardio exercise that gets the heart pumping and the breathing rate up. Hip hop dance puts less of an impact of the feet and knees so one can use it as a new way of working out.

Jazz: Jazz is a traditional Caribbean dance. It is a high impact workout. It is a style of dance with many different influences generally high energy kicks, leaps and turns to the beat of the music. Modern jazz is influenced by other styles such as acro, ballet, contemporary and hip-hop. The slow movement of the tap technique in jazz strengthens the body and improves balance. It also helps correct posture. Jazz tones every muscle in the body and the strong sharp turns and jumps used in the dance form helps to keep the body agile. The aerobic nature of the dance builds up the physical endurance. Another important benefit of the dance is that it can help one increase the level of concentration.

Pole Dancing: Pole dancing has increasingly gained popularity in the recent years as a fitness routine. It is a dance form that helps strip off the weight. The dance is about having fun and the moves include twirling, spinning and swinging. Women of all ages and sizes are free to use this dance form in order to get fit. It helps increase flexibility, improve posture, tone up, burn calories and improve confidence. Pole dancing is a form infused with gymnastics. The benefits of this form of exercise are that it helps strengthen stomach muscles and it provides the muscle definition in the arms, bottom and thighs. It also increases the upper body strength. It is a form of dance which is definitely not boring and provides extra health benefits too.

Belly Dancing: The best way to get sexy flat abs is to try belly dancing. This form of dance exercise helps tone the glutes, belly, chest and thigh muscles. It helps improve flexibility and balance. The controlled movements in the dance help in achieving taut muscles. It is a low impact form of exercise. It makes use of muscle groups in the abdomen, pelvis, trunk, spine, and neck, working with the body instead of against it. It is also a form of dance meditation and the slow, graceful dancing is useful in reducing the stress levels. Women of all ages can enjoy this form of exercise while the dance form also helps increase self esteem.


 
Bollybics:  Bollybics is a dance form which is a combination of Bollywood numbers and aerobics. This is a great form of cardio and is a high energy workout. It helps to tone nearly all parts of the body like legs, arms, hips and waist. This form of exercise is best suited for all the gym haters as the dance is tuned to the beats of popular filmi music. It is an aerobic workout that helps burn intense calories while dancing to one’s favorite songs. The peppy dance work out using signature movie dance steps is certainly a lot of fun.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

How Can MBA Graduates Sail Through Interviews?





 The successful completion of a 2year course in MBA should not be your ultimate goal. You should aspire to get yourself placed in a well reputed firm. A few things need to be taken care of before attending an interview. They are:

RESUME: Make sure that you carry with you a well-prepared resume filling in all the essential details. Your CV can create a first impression about you in the mind of the interviewer. The CV carries all the personal details, but you will surely get a question like,’ so, tell me about yourself’. So be prepared to give a brief self introduction, apart from the things already mentioned in your resume.

SELF-INTRODUCTION: In the introduction section, you can share your goals, skills, reasons for joining MBA, once you get selected how you intend to serve the company and so on. You should be well aware of your strength and weaknesses and better try to stress on the positive aspects of your personality.

KNOW THE COMPANY’S BACKGROUND: Before attending an interview, try to collect maximum information about the company from websites and other reliable sources. Point out some positives of the company which attracted you. If you have previously worked in any other firm the reasons for you quitting the job and joining the new firm might be asked.

EXPECTED SALARY: For the question on salary expectations you can be bit diplomatic, by saying that it obviously depends on your caliber.

The final question from the interview board will be how you stand unique from the applicants; here you should try to convince the interviewer about your talents and how you are going to enrich the organization.

BE CONFIDENT: Be confident while attending an interview and try to dress in a modest manner.Carry all the required documents along with your resume.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Eat slowly, lose weight


Researchers at the University of Rhode Island have found that eating faster increases the amount of food consumption.

Results of their two new studies revealed that men eat significantly faster than women, heavier people eat faster than slimmer people, and refined grains are consumed faster than whole grains, among other findings.

In one laboratory study, Kathleen Melanson, URI associate professor of nutrition, and her lab team found that fast eaters consumed about 3.1 ounces of food per minute, medium-speed eaters consumed 2.5 ounces per minute, and slow eaters consumed 2 ounces per minute.

The researchers also found what Melanson described as 'very strong gender differences' in eating rates.

At lunch, the men consumed about 80 calories per minute while the women consumed 52 calories per minute.

The second study, which examined the characteristics associated with eating rates, found a close association between eating rate and body mass index (BMI), with those individuals with a high BMI typically eating considerably faster than those with a low BMI.

"One theory we are pursuing is that fast eating may be related to greater energy needs, since men and heavier people have higher energy needs," said Melanson.

While the link between eating rate and obesity is still being studied, Melanson said that her research has demonstrated that eating slowly results in significantly fewer average calories being consumed.

The findings were presented at the annual meeting of The Obesity Society in Orlando this month.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Milagrow launches TabTop PC for women


Milagrow Business and Knowledge Solutions has launched what it claims is the world's only TabTop PC for women professionals. The TabTop PC can fit in most handbags, comes preloaded with over 50 applications and has a special UI designed for women.

The connectivity options in TabTop include 3G ready, USB 2.0, SD card and WiFi. It has eight+ hours of battery life (4000 mAh). There's a 7-inch A+ grade-LED backlit 4:3 screen. It is available in four colors -- pink, sky blue, silver and black.

TabTop PC has a 1.2 GHz processor, 512DDR3 RAM and 8 GB of internal storage expndable to 32GB. The tablet runs on Android 2.3.1 version or Android Gingerbread. It also has dual cameras, Live TV capability and two USB slots. The TabTop PC is priced at Rs 13,990.

"Women have fast evolved as intelligent consumers of electronics. They know and look for features important to them and go for devices that are both easy-to-use and carry. As it weighs only 275 gram, it slides in with ease into a woman's handbag. The Woman's TabTop is created for women professionals who look for an ideal combination of a powerful device, both in terms of performance and portability without lugging around excess weight. We have also preloaded it with special women security and anti theft applications"said Rajeev Karwal, Founder, Milagrow TabTops.

Spice launches Android-powered Spice Mi-280


Among the cheapest Android smartphone, Mi-280 sports a front-facing camera for video calls. The smartphone runs on Android Gingerbread version. Featuring a 2.8-inch capacitive touchscreen and 3.2-megapixel camera. The phone supports 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and USB connectivity.

Spice Mi-280 has 600MHz processor, GPU, and 512MB RAM. Other features include GPS, A-GPS, proximity sensor, push email, Gtalk and 32GB expandable memory.

The smartphone is priced at Rs 5,123 and is available on Saholic.com.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Intel 'Clover Trail' to Power Windows 8 Tablet

 Computer manufacturer Acer and Lenovo are planning to launch Windows 8 tablet powered by Intel’s Clover Trail processor in the third quarter this year, reports Digitimes.


The report also says, the Clover Trail is scheduled for release until June and it’s about the same time that Windows 8 is expected to reach the market. Intel has not yet provided any details about specifications and availability of Clover Trail. However, Intel will provide a demo of Clover Trail based prototype tablet which runs on Windows 8 OS at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in January 2012.

While, Intel’s Medfield has not yet released and it seems that the company is talking about its successor Clover Trail. Intel has also said to launch Medfield processor in January 2012 at CES which is developed to improve the performance of smartphones and tablets. But the difference is that the Medfield will focus on Android based devices and Clover Trail will focus more on Windows 8 based devices.


It is clear that Intel is likely to come in two varieties of processors in 2012, Medfield in the first quarter and Clover Trail in the third quarter of 2012.

Sony Sheds its Tablet S Price


Sony trying to survive in the tablet market by dropping price of tablet S models by $100. The 16 GB version of Sony tablet S is now available for $399.99 and the 32 GB model for $499.99 reduced by $100 from its original price as displayed in the Sony’s online store.

Currently Apple’s owns more than 61 percent of tablet market in the world. Previously Motorola Xyboard, BlackBerry PlayBook and HP TouchPad also reduced their price to compete with iPad. By this it is clear that every tablet maker has realized that pricing a tablet at the same price level of Apple’s iPad will surely break their sales.


The tablet S features 9.4 inch TFT touchscreen display powered by 1 GHz Nvidia Tegra-2 processor, 1GB RAM and currently runs on Android 3.1 Honeycomb but it is expected to get an upgrade of Android’s new OS 4.0-Ice Cream Sandwich. It also has 5.0 MP rear camera and a 0.3 MP front facing camera, micro USB port, SD expansion slot, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.


Presently 16 GB model of tablet S is available for 29,990 in India as Sony has not confirmed the discount in India but it is expected to announce the offer in due course. However the offer is only available in U.S.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Rules of office romance


To navigate through potentially delicate situations at your workplace, read on...

Do: Keep your work separate from personal issues 
It is very difficult to separate office issues from personal ones when both the partners are working in the same organisation. It takes two mature people to understand this and not let emotions affect your work performance.

Don't: Broadcast your relationship 
Even though you might not like it, it's best to keep things quiet for as long as you can and maintain a professional relationship at work. Believe it or not, you will become the topic of discussion in the office if you're not careful.

Do: Be sure it ends amicably 
When you split, it can be extremely dirty if things are not handled properly. Since both of you will be in the same workplace. You will be seeing each other regularly and it can become highly uncomfortable.

Don't: Mix business with pleasure 
Don't misuse your relationship to get ahead professionally. You don't want to be tagged as the 'office slut'. For as much as you may try to keep an office romance under wraps, word does get around. And if things don't work out, unfortunately the tag will still remain.

Do: Date someone of equal status 
One cannot deny the fact that power dynamics exist in the workplace. People are bound to talk if you get involved with a superior. And if you get a raise or a promotion, the only thing that will come to their mind will be that you were favoured more than the others for certain reasons.

Don't: Make out or getting physical in the office premises 
Public displays of affection in office are a no-no. Not only does it blacklist you as unprofessional, it also can be very embarrassing.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Best Sporting Events of 2011






Sports lovers had a great  time in the year, 2011 as some of the prominent tournaments and matches took place in this year. Achievements were made in diverse fields and the world witnessed the talents of some of the excellent players.

Some of the best sporting events of 2011 are-


Cricket

The year 2011 will have special prominence in the hearts of millions of cricket lovers in India, as the country made it to the finals and arose as World Champions at the world cup final after 28 long years. India defeated Sri Lanka in the final match held at Wankhade stadium in Bombay on April 2nd. The first nation blessed with winning world cup final in its home town is India. The world cup took place between 19th February and 2nd April, which is the 10th world cup match. India won with a breathtaking  six from Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the captain of Indian cricket team, who was declared as the man of the match. Yuvraj Singh became the man of the tournament.

Billiards

World Champion Pankaj Advani won his fifth national Billiards title by defeating Balachandra Bhaskar of Bangalore with a commanding 5-1. Earlier, he has won four Asian titles besides two gold medals in Asian games. He is one of the best snooker players in India who has also won many awards like Padma Sree, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Arjuna Award and so on.



Hockey

India won the Asian Champions Trophy, after defeating Pakistan with 4-2 in penalty strokes, in the final held at Ordos, China on 11 September. The tournament was held from 3rd September to 11th September where 6 nations, India, Korea, Pakistan, Malaysia, Japan and China participated. Malaysia won the bronze medal by securing the 3rd position in the tournament. S. Sreejas, Indian goal-keeper turned out to be the star of the match, who ensured winning of the match by making two saves in the shot-out.

Indian Grand Prix

The Indian Grand Prix, the 17th race of the Formula one season was held at the Buddh International Circuit, in Noida, Uttar Pradesh. The Indian sub-continent got a chance to host the Formula one Prix for the first time. About 95,000 spectators attended the Formula one race. Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel won the event which was his 11th victory in 17 races. Jenson Button came second in the race and Fernando Alonso acquired the 3rd position.24 drivers participated in the Grand Prix, but only 19 finished the race, as five of them had to retire in between. The Indian driver, Naresh Karthikeyan finished 17th at the race.

Tennis

The year 2011 will be remembered as the ‘year of Djokovic’. Novak Djokovic, world No.1 male tennis player won the Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open Title.The best match was held between Djokovic and Federer at the US Open semi-final. Another remarkable achievement in the field of tennis was the Twin brothers, Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan assured the year- end No.1 team ranking for a record seventh time in 9 seasons. These American professional players also claimed 8 tour level titles.