Monday, February 28, 2011

Keep him emotionally happy

When starting from scratch about break-ups in marriage and what causes it, a great number of people might rate incompatibility as the biggest cause. But one of the many reasons is also lack of emotional satisfaction, the kind that your husband might not say but actually wants from you. It's not the battle of the sexes and yes, it's not true that men just need physical satisfaction. Some women may not know how to satisfy their husbands emotionally. One might need to pause and rethink some points that they might tend to ignore because of their busy lives.

1. Learn to Understand him
Well, magazines, relationship articles and any close friend-cum-agony aunt might have told you this a zillion times, and we second them all; understanding is the key to any relationship. Psychologist Anjali Chhabria, says "Men are normally people of few words. So learn to understand what they don't say." Marriage is more than just what our ancestors said, a sacred institution involving two people. You need to understand your man. He just might be the most confident person on the outside, but extremely insecure from inside. Try knowing him and make him feel that you care.

2. Communicate with him
Men might portray they are content with it all, but they do need emotional satisfaction like any other human being. Men even might tag a woman as gossip-queen or chatterbox, but well, they are not any less themselves. So, when they say or share something, however small it might be, they want their wives to listen to them. Psychologist Chandni Mehta says, "Emotional stimulation is extremely important for one to be interested in any relationship. Bond with your husband on issues like discussing his friends, family, expectations, etc. When he feels the need for an ego kick, sort it out by easing him into a conversation. Never ever put him on a pedestal or judge him outright as then he just won't connect. Even if you are not all comfortable about certain things he says, just lend him an ear. You may be shocked to know this, but at times, men prefer sensitive conversation to sex."

3. Be satisfied, emotionally & physically
Like Chhabria says, the difference between the two genders is that, men need sex for love and woman need love for sex. The physical aspect is very important and that's what makes a marriage different from all relationships. Well, like we all know, when one has indulged in getting physically with someone, the emotional aspect plays subconsciously. Make your husband feel that you are happy and satisfied with him physically as well as emotionally.

4. Don't play mind games
Portray yourself like you are. Psychologist Varkha Chulani says, "Authenticity is the first bond of emotional connection. If he sees you naked physically, he should also be able to see you naked emotionally. It's all about the transparency of a relationship. There should be no manipulation or game play involved."

5. Never set rules and stop advising
It is important that he shares his thoughts with you. But don't nag him to know everything about his life. Like Mehta says never set rules. Men don't like to be instructed especially by his wife. Well, his way is not always the wrong way. "He doesn't need a 'Miss Know It All' who keeps criticising him constantly," says Chhabria. And yes, there are other roles he might be playing, that of a son, a friend and a brother. You don't need to track him down 24x7.

6. Make him feel a better person
Relationships are meant to be mutually beneficial. Chulani chalks this out by saying that your man should be able to believe that being with you makes him feel a better person. The more self-enhanced he feels in your presence, the more he will be able to connect with you on an emotional level. He will be able to be in an emotionally better place only if you make him feel better about himself.

With all this dos and don'ts, you should remember that we're here talking about keeping your husband emotionally satisfied. But then, it's not just about setting aside your own life and solely focussing on his aspirations and interests. You should also be able to balance it out in the right way so as to make yours more than just a 'Happy Beginning'.

London shop to make breast milk ice cream

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - A specialist ice cream parlour plans to serve up breast milk ice cream and says people should think of it as an organic, free-range treat.
The breast milk concoction, called the "Baby Gaga", will be available from Friday at the Icecreamists restaurant in London's Covent Garden.
Icecreamists founder Matt O'Connor was confident his take on the "miracle of motherhood" and priced at a hefty 14 pounds ($23) a serving will go down a treat with the paying public.
The breast milk was provided by mothers who answered an advertisement on online mothers' forum Mumsnet.
Victoria Hiley, 35, from London was one of 15 women who donated milk to the restaurant after seeing the advert.
Hiley works with women who have problems breast-feeding their babies. She said she believes that if adults realised how tasty breast milk actually is, then new mothers would be more willing to breast-feed their own newborns.
"What could be more natural than fresh, free-range mother's milk in an ice cream? And for me it's a recession beater too -- what's the harm in using my assets for a bit of extra cash," Hiley said in a statement.
"I tried the product for the first time today -- it's very nice, it really melts in the mouth."
The Baby Gaga recipe blends breast milk with Madagascan vanilla pods and lemon zest, which is then churned into ice cream.
O'Connor said the Baby Gaga was just one of a dozen radical new flavours at the shop.
"Some people will hear about it and go, 'yuck' but actually it's pure, organic, free-range and totally natural," he said. "I had a Baby Gaga just this morning and I feel great."

Friday, February 25, 2011

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Motorola sued on Xoom tablet name

Xoom Corp, an online money-transfer company, sued Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc for trademark infringement after Motorola named its new tablet computer the Xoom.

Xoom, based in San Francisco, said it has been offering its online service since 2003 and registered the trademark for the name in 2004, according to a complaint filed yesterday in federal court in San Francisco.

"To confuse and mislead consumers, Motorola without authorization deliberately and unlawfully appropriated Xoom's trade name and trademark rights," the company said in the complaint.

Motorola, based in Libertyville, Illinois, put its Xoom tablet computer on sale today in the US through Verizon Wireless to compete with Apple Inc's iPad. The Xoom runs on Google Inc's Android Honeycomb software. allows users to transmit money through the website to more than 30 countries.

The case is Xoom Corp v Motorola Trademark Holdings LLC, 11-0848, US District Court, Northern District of California (San Francisco).

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Salman leaves Katrina frustrated

The actress who was keen to work with SRK, Hrithik finds herself sharing screenspace with Salman again!

B-Town has gone berserk contemplating if Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif will actually work together in Kabir Khan's (of 'New York' fame) next directorial venture produced by Yash Raj Films. Now, not many know that though Katrina was always on board, Salman Khan wasn't the production house' first choice to play lead actor.

Apparently, Shah Rukh Khan was offered the role first, Hrithik Roshan was next in line... However, 'date problems' was a cause of concern and the script ultimately landed in Salman Khan's lap. So while Salman Khan is taking his time in negotiating his price with Yash Raj Films, Katrina, we hear, isn't the happiest person.

A source close to the actress tells us, "Katrina has worked with Salman before. She was looking forward to working with some new actors. Shah Rukh Khan and Hrithik Roshan would've been a great opportunity, she thought." However, she is now all set to romance ex-boyfriend Salman Khan on screen - that is if he agrees to do the movie in the first place.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Mumbai is world's 6th most expensive city for office space

Mumbai slipped by one place to sixth in the list of the world's most expensive office locations in 2011, according to global realty consultant Cushman & Wakefield.

The 2011 list was topped by Hong Kong, while London and Tokyo came second and third in the rankings, which valued Mumbai's office occupancy cost at USD 114 per square foot a year. India's financial capital occupied the fifth position in 2010, Cushman & Wakefield (C&W) said.

"Apart from being overtaken by Rio de Janeiro, Mumbai CBD (Central Business District) lost one position on the global ranking also because of the fact that it has not seen any change in the rental values over the previous year," the consultant said.

As per C&W's estimates, the Brazilian city moved up to fifth position from 13th in 2010 as rental values rose very sharply. The average rental for opening an office in Rio de Janeiro has been estimated at USD 120 per square foot a year.

New York, which was a place below Mumbai in the 2010 list, moved up by a single notch to fifth place this year with an annual occupancy cost of USD 115 per square foot, C&W said.

Hong Kong topped the list of the world's 10-most expensive office locations this year with an average rental of USD 241 per sq foot every year. It jumped up two places in the list from third position last year.

London hung on to its distinction of being the second most expensive place to rent an office in the world, with an average rental of USD 233 per square foot per year.

Japan's capital, Tokyo, slipped to the third spot this year from first rank last year, with an average rental of USD 166 per square foot per year.

The other cities that found places in the list are Moscow, Paris, Zurich and Milan, the survey said.

"Asian markets have been recovering and growing at a much faster rate than their European or North American counterparts, an aspect that is reflected in the Indian markets as well," C&W India Executive Director Arvind Nandan said.

Most major micro markets saw growth in leasing activities in office market spaces, he added.

The survey said that after recording the largest rental decline in 2009, Asia witnessed a sharp rebound in 2010, with rents in Hong Kong rising by 51 per cent.

In India, Bangalore witnessed the highest rental growth of 12.68 per cent in 2010, followed by Pune (9.09 per cent), vis-a-vis the previous year.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

World Cup: England labour to six-wicket victory over Netherlands

NAGPUR: England laboured to a thrilling six-wicket victory over the Netherlands in a Group B match to avert what could have been the first upset of the World Cup on Tuesday.


The Netherlands batsmen, especially the South Africa-born Ryan ten Doeschate (119), thrived on England's shoddy bowling and sloppy fielding to power the team to 292/6, a target that seemed quite a test for their opponents' tweaked batting order.

England's chase got off to a resounding start with Andrew Strauss (88) and Kevin Pietersen (39) providing a rollicking 105-run stand before they lost four wickets to find themselves in a spot of bother.

Paul Collingwood's (30) experience and Ravi Bopara's (30) improvisation came in handy as England survived some torrid times before completing the tricky chase with eight balls to spare.

Having stunned England in the 2009 Twenty20 World Cup, the Dutch upstarts seemed up to more mischief at the Vidarbha Cricket Association where they batted as if to salvage the reputation of the associate teams which, the game's governing body believes, have no business being in the World Cup.

Ten Doeschate clobbered three sixes and nine fours in his 110-ball knock and starred in three 50-plus partnerships to provide the cornerstone of the Netherlands's innings.

He added 78 runs with Tom Cooper (47), 64 with Tom de Grooth (28) and 61 with skipper Peter Borren (35 not out) to set a stiff target for Strauss and his men.

After Borren had opted to set a target rather than chasing one, openers Alexei Kervezee (16) and Wesley Barresi (29) looked quite at ease against the English pacers before change bowlers collaborated with stumper Matt Prior to remove both.

Barresi, having hit three fours off Stuart Broad's third over, top edged a Tim Bresnan delivery and Kervezee fell to Prior's sharp stumping in Graeme Swann's first over.

Ten Doeschate ensured there was no panic in the Dutch camp. He offered dogged resistance in the company of former Australia under-19 player Cooper, consolidated the innings with de Grooth before providing the late charge with Borren.

Borren was fortunate to be called back despite being bowled by Broad as England had one extra fielder outside the circle in that powerplay over.

Mizo man has 39 wives, 94 children, 33 grandchildren

Aizawl, Feb 20 (PTI) Believe it or not, a man in Mizoram has 39 wives, 94 children and 33 grandchildren -- all living together under one roof in a picturesque village about 100 km from Baktawng in the north of the state.
The head of the family and leader of the "Chana" sect -- which allows polygamy -- is 66-year-old Ziona Chana who lives with his family in a 100-room, four-storyed house named ''Chhuan That Run'' or the House of the New Generation.
Though all of Ziona''s family members live in different rooms in the building, they all share the kitchen where they cook for the entire family.
"Today I feel like God''s special child. He''s given me so many people to look after. I consider myself a lucky man to be the husband of 39 women and head of the world''s largest family," says Ziona.
The sect believes in "Kum Sang Rorel" or the rule of 1,000 years by Jesus Christ on Earth as foretold in Bible''s Revelation Chapter 20 and that they would be soon ruling the world with Christ.
Previously known as Khuangtuaha Pawl, the sect was formed on June 12, 1942, after the followers of Khuangtuaha were evicted from Hmawngkawn village by the village chief for propagating "wrong and dangerous" theology.
The sect, till date, celebrates the "Bawkte Kut" or the festival of the hut on June 12 every year to commemorate the formal formation of the sect.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Writer drags superstar Mohanlal to court

Thrissur (Kerala), Feb 19 (IANS) Veteran Malayalam writer Sukumar Azhikode Saturday filed a criminal defamation case against superstar Mohanlal.

Azhikode alleges that the actor called him a mentally deranged person last year. Azhikode had then served a legal notice on Mohanlal, asking him to either apologise or face legal action.

The war of words between the two started when Azhikode came in support of thespian Thilakan, who was served a show cause notice by Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA) and subsequently booted out of the film actors' group on grounds of indiscipline.

Last year, Azhikode said that Mohanlal had become old and should limit himself to roles matching his age and figure.

He also said Mohanlal should stop making money by endorsing jewellery products.

Mohanlal hit back, saying that Azhikode must be having some 'hallucinations' and he considered his statements as 'aged uncle's joke'. Mohanlal said whether or not he should stop acting was not for Azhikode to decide.

Azhikode, a retired pro-vice chancellor of Calicut University, is famous for his work 'Tatvamasi', an authoritative book on Indian philosophy, Vedas and Upanishads.

'Tathvamasi' won many awards, including the Sahitya Akademi Award, Kerala Sahithya Academy Award, Vayalar Award and the Rajaji Award.

Mohanlal is one of the most famous actors in Malayalam cinema and is a multiple National Award winner for best actor.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Are you a loser? Good for you

The premium is on winning. Whatever you do, you have to win, whether it is learning to sing, dance or just play. We live in fear of losing. We fear it so much that often, we hear this being said to someone: "You're such a loser!"

So what happens when you "lose"? Besides the fact that winning and losing are relative terms, it is really not so bad to lose once in a while. Sometimes, by losing, you could gain more, particularly when you live in a society where you are in constant touch with other people and are exposed to various situations. It is the one who loses, so to say, who actually keeps rolling. This is not to glorify losing, but to turn the focus to a balanced development rather than glorify the obsession to win always.

Shiva and Parvati were playing dice. Each time Shiva rolled the dice, Parvati's supporters squealed with joy while Shiva's companions cried in anguish. Parvati won and Shiva lost. Once Shiva lost even the last piece of cloth he wore, to Parvati. "Why do you always lose?" asked the supporters of Shiva. They had implicit faith in his supremacy. Then how come he lost each time?

Shiva lost to win. It takes some reflection for this to sink in. In the beginning, all was one, the undifferentiated, motionless One. When it separated into two, the Purusha and the Prakriti, there was Creation, there was activity. According to mythology, Narada, the celestial bard came to the Ardhanareeswara – the androgynous two-in-one form of Shiva and Parvati -- and said he would teach an interesting game that would end the inertia and add spice to their life.

He taught them the game of dice. When Shiva plays with Parvati it is the play of Purusha with Prakriti, inactivity with activity. The wager was a hug. If Shiva won, he would embrace Parvati. Beautiful as that sounds, people were worried because once again then Shiva would envelop Parvati in himself and return to the motionless inactive state of Ardhanareeswara. This would mean all activity would come to a standstill; it would be the end of the world. So it was crucial for Parvati to win, and for Shiva to lose so that activity continues without a break. In Parvati's victory, the pursuit of pleasure would continue...Shiva would play another game and yet another to win and embrace. But in losing the game, he won the game of life, he preserved Creation. And Parvati would win again and so the cycle continues.

Shiva's followers however could only feel humiliation at defeat. They cried and entreated Shiva to work harder while Parvati's entourage laughed. But the game continues, of winning and losing -- of Creation, Destruction, ad infinitum.

To keep activity going, to maintain harmony and balance, we have to experience both, winning and losing. This way, the cosmic play ensures that the cycle goes on. At a mundane level, the seesaw effect creates opportunities for all. When success and failure are experiences in turn, it helps us cultivate several perspectives, to lose gracefully as well as embrace achievements with deep humility.

This is the secret of happy togetherness. In the androgynous form, too, there was togetherness, but of a static kind. There seemed no purpose, no outcome. When they split to become two distinct entities, they could let their creations flourish. And yet they stayed together enjoying the game they played. That is togetherness; where 'otherness' enhances the togetherness.

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Saturday, February 19, 2011

India vs Bangladesh: Imagine a worst case scenario

So... it's time. The Indian team is all set to cast its glad eye on the beautiful World Cup once again; the country is already in a celebratory mood and expectations have blown the roof away too.

It's a scary scenario, really: can we, therefore, just stop for a moment and think of the worst? What will happen if India fail to cross the Bangladesh hurdle? What will be the fallout if the team crashes out of the tournament, sooner than hoped or expected?

Just imagine. Well, almost instantly, a pall of gloom will envelop the nation; the people will plunge into another of their melancholic phases; it will feel like the world has come to an end.

Somewhere, there will be a flicker of anger too; somewhere, a hint of simmering emotion. A few pockets might even reach break point, as they did in 2003 and 2007.

And that is the real danger, the real test before Incredible India: can it show it has matured enough to cope with failure? Does it love the game enough to understand that it is nothing but a game?

Will we accept that the players have, and will always, give it their best shot? Are we ready to brush aside any fiasco as just the home jinx? The next few weeks will probably answer some of these complex questions.

But, luckily, all this is just a worst-case scenario: the chances are that India will get off to an emphatic and bold start; that the players, at least some of them, are still reeling from the humbling in Port of Spain.

Revenge is clearly in order; a big win should be the perfect balm for the past and an even better booster for the future. Thankfully, the team is high on confidence; it is on a roll actually, even if you discount the warm-up matches. It has enough experience in the ranks to hoodwink pressure and crunch situations; at the same time, it has enough gumption to not give a damn about the pressure or the crunch situations.

More importantly, it can chase any total without even batting an eyelid; if Tendulkar doesn't tower over the opposition, Sehwag will overpower them with raw energy. If Gambhir provides solidity at No. 3, Kohli adds finesse at No. 4.

After that comes the mayhem: Yuvraj is ready to go berserk while Yusuf has already done that; Dhoni can provide solace or take the fireworks to a higher level. Zaheer and Harbhajan can drive a few too; if they don't, Sree Santh will at least drive them all crazy.

The bowlers, hopefully, won't have much to do, apart from smile; after 45 days, if you see them laughing, you can be sure know that the entire country will also be smiling.

Friday, February 18, 2011

8 secrets of Google search box

If you think all that you can do with Google's simple search box is initiate searches, you have some pleasant surprises in store. Combine the search box with a little know-how, and you can solve math problems, track your packages, get flight information, play music, and much more.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Secret formula to boost romance!

Successful relationships are all about paying attention to the so called little things .

One among these 'little things' that works wonders to boost feelings of love and happiness in a couple is the habit of showing gratitude. In fact, according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of North Carolina, appreciating daily gestures has the ability to add meaning to the lives of both the people in the relationship and helps it to grow and flourish.

The study, conducted on 65 couple who were already in onging, satisfying and committed relationships, tracked the day-to-day fluctuations in relationship satisfaction and connection for each of the members. And the findings? Well, the the results suggest that showing gratitude on an everyday basis and saying thank you serves as an important maintenance mechanism in close relationships and in fact, acts as a booster shot.

Agreeing with this research, relationship counsellor, Rachna Kothari says gratitude is the best attitude. "Gratitude may not directly boost romance per se, but what these gestures like thank you's, acknowledgments, appreciations, etc do is help in boosting one's spirits and self-confidence. This in turn makes an individual feel worthy and overall sees him/her with a positive self-image and assurance. Also, it will encourage them to attempt those loving deeds again," she explains.
According to Rachna, though being cognisant of ones partner is always a good idea, it is often overlooked, especially when it comes to the little things. Elaborating further she says, "For example, while you may feel a high if your lover gets you an expensive gift, you may ignore to acknowledge if s/he merely gets you a rose or just gives you a shoulder when you desperately needed one. These may be small gestures, but a lot of love and emotions are being invested. Hence, it is an excellent idea to appreciate what's been done for you. Make it a point to enjoy the little things as one day you may look back and realise that they were in fact, big things."

Actress Mahima Chaudhary says she and hubby Bobby Mukherjee hardly express their gratitude to each other. "In fact, he says thanks more often than I do. I know I should say it out loud more often but, I'm more worried about the sorry's than the thank you's," she says. Talking about the survey results she says, "Why only your spouse, one should also express gratitude to other family members. It is a sure way of letting them know that you've noticed that they have done something for you, even if it's as simple as organising your closet."

IT consultant Dhruv Makhija says at the start of their relationship, he and wife Seema made a special effort to express their gratefulness for what the other had done. "Though we don't say thanks that often now, we make sure that we appreciate each other. For example, I take over the kitchen duties on Sundays. Also, we do some of the household tasks together. I don't look at it as a burden but as a way of forging a stronger bond with Seema," he says.
Meanwhile, explaining her hesitation to say thank you for everything that Bobby does, Mahima says, "I don't want to make him complacent. But I am definitely grateful for a lot of the things he does, especially when it comes to our child. I always say thanks when he leaves everything to take care of our daughter when I am busy with work or have to go out for events. But the one time I couldn't thank him enough was when he was with me inside the operation theatre when I was giving birth. During the labour I must have kept abusing him, but after the baby was born, I just kept saying thank you and telling him how grateful I was that he was there besides me."

Rachna concludes saying, "Many people tend to take their partners — and what they do for them — for granted. Sometimes, a partner might 'feel' grateful but may not express the same. The key lies in expressing it and letting the other know that what s/he has done has indeed made a difference. Also, it's very easy to forget or brush aside the smaller things in the hustle-bustle of daily life. Showing empathy, appreciation and respect for your partner is one of the keys to a lasting relationship."

Monday, February 14, 2011

Salman can't escape Ranbir

Salman Khan doesn't care about Ranbir Kapoor and vice versa. Understandable. But the Dabangg superstar may have to end his tale of animosity right there.

TOI knows that Ranbir's grandmother Krishna and Salman's mother Salma belong to the same kitty-party circle. These ladies lunch out regularly and even catch the occasional film together. Our source says, "Salma holds Krishnaji in high esteem. She genuinely likes Mrs Raj Kapoor a lot. Their bond is very strong."

One of Salman's teenage nieces, his sister Alvira's daughter, is also said to be a fan of Ranbir's. Guess the Khans and the Kapoors are inseparable in that aspect.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Don't use the 'M' word: Saif to Bebo

He has requested his girlfriend Kareena Kapoor and everyone around her not to speak to the media on the subject of their impending marriage. "Don't use the 'M' word," the Junior Nawab of Pataudi has cautioned everyone.

In her interviews from the start of 2011, Kareena has tried her best to stay clear of all questions about marriage because she didn't wish to upset her beau. "But the engagement story in a newspaper earlier this week is the final straw that broke the camel's back," says an insider.

The insider from Saifeena's camp called BT to say, "Both of them have had it up to here with these constant marriage and engagement stories; especially this news report on how Kareena preferred to get engaged rather than get married. Honestly, it is the same newspaper that a while ago carried the story that Saif and Kareena were married. If the marriage story is true, then the engagement one is false. Neither of the stories were substantiated."

News has it that the huge rock that Kareena is wearing on her engagement finger has been given to her by Saif three years ago when they had just begun their relationship. The insider said, "Saif gifts Kareena jewellery quite often. Everytime he gifts her a diamond or an emerald, it doesn't really qualify as an engagement or pre-wedding gift."

Attempts to get Saifeena to comment on the subject proved futile. But their spokesperson said, "My clients aren't engaged. They have no desire to talk about their engagement or marriage at this point."

Friday, February 11, 2011

Apple planning cheaper, smaller iPhone

Apple Inc is working on new versions of the iPhone that are aimed at slowing the advance of competing handsets based on Google Inc's Android software, according to people who have been briefed on the plans.

One version would be cheaper and smaller than the most recent iPhone, said a person who has seen a prototype and asked not to be identified because the plans haven't been made public. Apple also is developing technology that makes it easier to use the iPhone on multiple wireless networks, two people said.

Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs, who remains involved in strategic decisions while on medical leave, aims to narrow the price gap that has made phones running Android more popular than iPhones. Google's share of the global smartphone market more than tripled to 32.9 per cent in the fourth quarter, eclipsing Apple's 16 per cent, according to Canalys.

Apple has considered selling the new iPhone for about $200, without obligating users to sign a two-year service contract, said the person who has seen it. Android phones sell for a range of prices at AT&T Inc, Verizon Wireless and other carriers, and typically come with agreements that include a fee for broken contracts. The iPhone 4, sold in the US by AT&T and Verizon Wireless, costs $200 to $300 with a contract.

Natalie Kerris, a spokeswoman for Apple, declined to comment.

Smaller, cheaper
While Apple has aimed to unveil the device near mid-year, the introduction may be delayed or scrapped, the person said. Few Apple employees know the details of the project, the person said. Apple often works on products that don't get released.

The prototype was about one-third smaller than the iPhone 4, said the person, who saw it last year. Apple can sell it at a low price mainly because the smartphone will use a processor, display and other components similar to those used in the current model, rather than pricier, more advanced parts that will be in the next iPhone, the person said.
Component prices typically drop over time. Apple is also working on a so-called dual-mode phone, two people said. This device would be able to work with the world's two main wireless standards -- the global system for mobile communications, used by AT&T and overseas carriers such as Vodafone Group Plc, and code division multiple access, used by Verizon Wireless. It isn't known whether Apple intended to include this capability in the cheaper iPhone.

Universal SIM
Apple is working on a technology called a Universal SIM, which would let iPhone users toggle between GSM networks without having to switch the so-called SIM cards that associate a phone with a network, according to one person. This would help cut the cost of distributing and managing millions of SIM cards.

The new features could also give Apple an advantage over mobile carriers in influencing customers. The device would be affordable without a carrier subsidy, so buyers wouldn't need to agree to terms, such as termination fees, that carriers demand in exchange for subsidising the cost of the phone.

Apple has also worked on redesigned iPhone software that would let customers choose a network and configure their device on their own, without relying on a store clerk or representative of a carrier, according to the person.

Margin pressure possible
Down-market moves by Apple are not unprecedented. In 2004, when sales of the original $299-plus iPod were still rising, the company introduced the $249 iPod Mini. In 2005, when the iPod mini was still a bestseller, Jobs discontinued it in favour of the cheaper iPod Nano. Apple began selling the last version of the iPhone, the 3GS, for just $49 in January -- though it required a two-year contract.

Price cuts and the absence of a carrier subsidy may put Apple's margins under pressure, even as component prices decline. Still, Google's Android operating system may suffer if Apple makes the iPhone more versatile and affordable.

The Google-backed operating system benefitted when Apple wasn't available from Verizon Wireless. Verizon Wireless has begun selling the iPhone today.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Go ahead, find love this V-Day

Single this Valentine's Day? Here's how to prepare yourself to attract love...
It's the month dedicated to love and lovers. But if you're one among those who is facing the prospects of spending this day all alone and consequently, upset that you are not able to find love, help's at hand. Here we tell you about some of the things you can do to attract love to yourself.

Practice your dating skills
Like most other skills, dating, too, requires practice. No one is born an expert in relationships and it's quite a "work in progress" situation. Hence, this Valentine's Day, list out the things you consider important for the success of a relationship — patience, kindness, compassion, etc. — and try to implement them in your everyday life.

Learn from past mistakes
Why is it that you're single this Valentine's Day? This is an important question that one needs to ask themselves, especially if you were in a committed relationship just a year ago. If there is anything about you or any habits that you know a potential partner will dislike, work on changing them.

Get out into the dating ring
The only way to get a partner is to actually put yourself out there and make it known that you are single and looking out to mingle. Keep hesitation aside and strike up a conversation with that someone you've always had a crush on or even an absolute stranger. Initiate conversations with a smile, with some positive comment about his/her clothes, hairstyle, shoes or anything that catches your attention about him/her.
Be mentally prepared
Yes, relationships take a lot of effort and hard work and it's very important to be mentally prepared to be in one. Forget the clich├ęd notions or versions of love and chart your own course. Just because one way worked for your best friend, doesn't mean it will work for you too. But you need to be open to the idea of finding love and accepting your partner for the person that he/she really is, flaws included.

Locate a good 'partner hunting' spot
As much as we'd like to believe in those mushy love movies and romantic books, the chances of a potential partner materializing from thin air are close to zero. Your best bet then is to locate a good spot where you are most likely to bump into plenty of new and interesting people. Be a regular at places like coffee shops, bookstores, gyms, restaurants, etc. You're bound to find someone who catches your fancy and also shares some common likes. However, at all times, be yourself to get yourself true love.

Aishwarya on the awards trail

2010 ended for Aishwarya Rai Bachchan with fourreleases ( Raavan, Robot, Action Replayy and Guzaarish).

Robot is the only film that fared well commercially but Ash did manage to get the critics to notice her in Guzaarish.

She even managed to pick up awards for her performance in this Sanjay Leela Bhansali film. Naturally, the former Miss World is feeling light-headed and happy.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Google Offers $20,000 To Hack Chrome

."Google is looking to reward those who can find a vulnerability in its Chrome browser.

Software companies tend to dissuade users from finding and broadcasting exploits, but Google will pay $20,000 for a skilled hack at the Pwn2Own 2011 event, being held March 9-11. Organized by security software company TippingPoint, Pwn2Own is an annual computer hacking contest held during the CanSecWest security conference in Vancouver, BC.

Cash prizes for hacks have been offered in the past by TippingPoint, but this year marks a first for third-party sponsorship -- namely by Google.

"Kudos to the Google security team for taking the initiative to approach us on this; we're always in favor of rewarding security researchers for the work they too-often do for free," wrote Aaron Portnoy, manager of the security research team at TippingPoint, in a released statement.

Google may be feeling somewhat confident in putting up the money. Last year, its Chrome browser was the only browser to withstand hackers' attempts to find vulnerabilities. Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari were not so lucky.

To be considered a successful vulnerability discovery, hackers must compromise the browser using a sandbox escape (only exploiting Google-generated code in its browser) on a Windows 7 machine. Along with the $20,000 prize, the company will also award the winner its first version of the Google Chrome OS laptop, the CR-48.

All told, including Google's prize money, Pwn2Own organizers will be offering a total of $125,000 in prize money to those who can find flaws in the aforementioned Web browsers, as well as holes in the following mobile phone OSes: Windows Phone 7, Apple iOS, BlackBerry 6 OS and Google Android OS.

Hackers will have strict requirements in discovering a vulnerability in the mobile phone OSes.

"A successful attack against these devices must require little to no user interaction and must compromise useful data from the phone," Portnoy wrote. "Any attack that can incur cost upon the owner of the device (such as silently calling long-distance numbers, eavesdropping on conversations, and so forth) is within scope

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

20 ideas to make money online

If you're a passionate closet writer who wants to be published but can't find a way to do so, make each keystroke your way to wealth by penning your own blog. Starting a blog doesn't require extensive technical skills but it's important that you have expertise in the field you are writing on. This will attract visitors to your site. Building a large following will enable you to earn profit by luring advertisers, writing paid reviews or getting commissions for promoting other people's products.

Paid Writing
If maintaining a blog is difficult for you but you still want to indulge your passion for writing, you can jot down articles for other blogs or sites such as Weblogs, Helium or PayPerPost. Writing an e-book can also be a good option. E-books are investment free, with no cost for printing and shipping. If you have a strong command over languages, you can become a copy editor, where Webmasters will pay you to read articles and correct grammatical errors, sentence fragments, etc.

The demand for tutors is high and growing. So, if you like helping others learn, e-teaching could be the earning ticket for you. All you need to become an online tutor is expertise in your subject and a few spare hours per week. TutorVista, e-tutor, SmartThinking and are some of the sites you can enroll with. If you gain a good reputation as a coach, you could even conduct Webinars-lectures or seminars transmitted over the Net. College and university students are willing to pay to gain entry to a well-respected Webinar.

For those who have the knack of selling, one of the best ways to make money online is to become an affiliate/reseller. An affiliate is a person who gets a commission for selling every product that he promotes, whether on his Website or through any other avenue such as eBay. You don't have to own the product. You only need to sign up for an affiliate program with a company and start selling its products under your referral link. Firms such as Commission Junction or Click Bank have a large pool of products.

Buying/Selling domains
Buying and selling domain names is another way to make money from home and requires very little investment or time. You can buy domains at their registration prices or even cheaper and trade them at a profit. However, always research on sites such as,, or other domain auction sites to get an estimate of the hottest selling names. The best way to find good ones is to use terminated domain lists, which contain several expired names that are back in the pool.

Freelancing for Professionals
Freelancing is a great option for professionals who are experts in their respective trades and know how to ensure customer satisfaction. Various freelancing and project-oriented sites allow companies that need help to describe their projects. Freelancers and small businesses offer bids, ideas or proposals, from which the buyers can choose what they find most suitable. Websites such as Elance cover everything from programming and writing to data entry and design, while RentACoder focuses on software programming.

You can sell space on your Website or blog for advertisements and you earn when these ads are clicked by visitors to your site. The sorting and placing of ads is free. The profitability of pay-per-click advertising depends on the traffic level of the Website and, most importantly, on the clickthrough rate and cost per click. Google AdSense is the most popular option, while others are BidVertiser, Text Link Ads and Blogads. Direct banner and RSS feed are some other forms of online advertising.

GPT Programme
GPT or Get-paid-to sites are becoming increasingly popular among teens. You get paid for signing up for free Websites, newsletters, playing games and filling out online surveys. These are suitable for people who don't have a skill set but want to earn extra money. Taking online surveys is simple- register with a few legitimate, paid survey sites and answer questions. The topics range from shopping to politics. This might not help you make a living, but you can earn good pocket money. Contests2win is one of the trusted GPT Websites.

Online Marketing
Once a Website is created and optimised for search engine (SEO), the SEM or Search Engine Marketing begins. A treasure trove lies hidden here. An SEO/SEM expert, who is responsible for marketing a Website, can promote it in various ways. These include article marketing, writing press releases, forum posting, blog posting, submitting your site to directories and search engines, social bookmarking, etc. Most companies don't do this in-house and pay you to conduct the SEM for them.

Making themes
As more and more people seek an online presence, the demand for Website templates and WordPress (Blog) themes will keep increasing. If you are good at Web designing and coding, you can earn a lot from designing Web themes. In this segment, there are mainstream Websites, such as TemplateMonster and ThemeForest, which act as a marketplace where you can sell your themes. Templates are sold and priced depending on the rights and features that are bundled with them.

Selling photos
If you enjoy photography and are good with a camera, you could be sitting on a huge reserve of revenue. There are people who will be interested in your collection of images. Nowadays, it's easy to take your photos to the public, providing a convenient way to build a secondary income stream. Many stock photo agencies, such as Fotolia, Dreamstime and Shutterstock, offer incentives for people to earn from their photos.

Support & service
Providing coding or fixing other Webmasters' issues is another great way to earn extra bucks. There are simple jobs ranging from adding a script to setting up sites, but knowledge of Web coding is essential. One can offer support for Web CMS (content management systems) like Drupal or Joomla. After you are comfortable with your own installation, you can help other people to set these up and configure them.

Stock/forex trading
Joining the stock/forex market may seem a bit risky. However, you can start small and continue researching till you gain experience in this area. Once you do, it will be easy to earn from exchanging foreign currencies and/or stocks. Their rates fluctuate depending on supply and demand, and economic and political influences in the world. The aim of any trader is to spot which currency/stock is likely to rise or fall in value against another. The more time you put in, the more you will earn.

Selling your own brand
If you have a flair for designing cool images, don't bother about creating your own inventory. As long as your design can be printed on a product, you can pocket some money. You can upload designs on various Websites such as CafePress, and if somebody orders these designs, the company will print them and distribute the products. It could be designs for T-shirts, hats, bags, books, posters, calendars, greeting cards, etc. You will receive a commission for each sale. Other such sites include Lulu and Zazzle.

Virtual Assistant
Small businesses always need help in running their processes, but may not be willing to hire a full-time employee. As a virtual assistant, you are expected to perform practically any administrative task that a traditional secretary or assistant would, such as make travel reservations, handle expense reimbursements or pay bills. You can do it from the comfort of your home, interacting with clients either online or by phone. Your expertise will decide how much moolah you rake in.

Inbound call centre
Many companies, who are facing space constraints, especially those in metro cities, prefer to hire workers outside their offices or outsource certain processes. You can set up an inbound call centre at home to handle such jobs. Research different companies that are outsourcing their work as they may have opportunities for inbound call centre agents. You can work for more than one company. This can be either a part-time or fulltime engagement, depending on your need.

You Tube
If there's a dramatic performer hidden inside you who craves applause and adulation, upload yourself on YouTube. You can be a filmmaker, musician or comedian who wants a wider audience. Your earnings will come from ads displayed on your video page. This process is similar to the pay-per-click advertising program common to other Websites and blogs. Sites such as Flixya and Mediaflix can be helpful in this regard.

Researching for others
Don't be morose if you can't write, design or code. Lack of talent cannot stop you from making money online. If you're willing to work hard for a few hours a week, you can take up simple research jobs for other people who don't have the time to do it themselves. You could search for opportunities in organisations that provide funding for research and offer to assist them through online investigation.

Building Applications
With smartphones gaining popularity, the demand for their applications, or apps as they are popularly known, has also shot up. There are over 3 million apps for the iPhone and over a million apps in Google's Android market. Most of these are selling like hot cakes. Developing and selling your own smartphone app is becoming a lucrative way to make money on the Internet. Apps cost virtually nothing to develop and entail no storage or shipping costs. So they enjoy the best profit margins.

Medical transcription involves making written copies of oral material dictated by doctors or other medical experts. These may include history and physical reports, clinical notes, consultation notes, reports, letters, psychiatric evaluation and so on. The dictated material needs to be transcribed swiftly and accurately, which is the most challenging aspect of the job. To become a medical transcriptionist, you need to have a good knowledge of medical terminology and a high typing speed along with accuracy.

Monday, February 7, 2011

7 best browsers for your smartphone

Mobile Web browsers are fast catching up with their desktop counterparts in terms of functionality and features.

Until a few years ago, internet access on the cellphone mainly meant being able to chat or send and receive e-mail on your handset.

Yes, you could browse the Web on your phone as well, but screens were small and the browser - the software that let you access websites - was not really designed to let you see websites in all their glory, but instead showed you watered down “mobile-friendly ” versions of the originals.

All that changed with the arrival of the iPhone with its powerful Safari browser. This not only signalled an era of larger phone screens, but also positioned the handset as a device that was as capable of browsing the Web as a computer.

The iPhone’s popularity led to not only more touchscreen devices (which is another story altogether), but also spurred a significant improvement in cellphone browsers.

Prior to the iPhone, browsers like Opera Mini had managed to deliver a decent browsing experience on handsets, but had often been hampered by relatively small (2 or 2.2 inch) displays.

All this has now changed and the first thing that many users do when they get a cellphone is often to download a new browser to be able to surf their favourite websites with minimum fuss - ironically, the default browsers in most smartphones (barring the iPhone and Android devices) still remain on the weaker side.

Here, then are some of the mobile browsing options available for those wanting a slice of the Web on their phones:

Sunday, February 6, 2011

85% of US adults own cellphone: survey

Mobile phones are the most popular gadget among adult Americans followed by computers, digital music players, game consoles and electronic book readers, according to a new survey.

The survey by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project found that 85 per cent of Americans 18 and older own a cellphone and 90 percent of all adults live in a household with at least one cellphone.

59 per cent of American adults own a desktop computer, 52 per cent own a laptop computer and four percent own a tablet like Apple's iPad, Pew said in the study, "Generations and their gadgets." 42 per cent own an iPod or another MP3 digital music player and 42 per cent own a game console.
Five per cent own an e-book reader like Amazon's Kindle.

Only nine per cent of those surveyed do not own any of the devices although the percentage of "gadget-less" rises to 20 per cent among Americans aged 66 to 74 and to 43 per cent among those 75 or older.
Americans between 18 and 34 were more likely to own a laptop computer (70 per cent) than a desktop computer (57 per cent). Only 28 per cent of Americans 75 and older own desktops and only 10 per cent own laptops.

Digital music players are most popular among the 18 to 34 crowd with 74 per cent of so-called "Millennials" owning one, Pew said, and the percentage decreasing steadily by age.

Game consoles are equally popular among adults aged 18 to 34 and those 35 to 46, with 63 per cent of both age groups owning the devices and the number falling to 38 percent among those between the ages of 47 to 56.

Pew said the survey of 3,001 American adults was conducted in August and September and has a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Black money list revealed

After two years of debates and controversies the list of eighteen Indians who have stashed ‘black money’ in the LGT bank of Liechtenstein is out.

The list which was officially handed over to the Indian Government on March 18, 2009 includes 12 trusts and 26 beneficiaries.

The list that Germany shared with India had 12 trusts out of which four belong to Indians. The beneficiaries are

1. Manoj Dhupelia
2. Rupal Dhupelia
3. Mohan Dhupelia
4. Hasmukh Gandhi
5. Chintan Gandhi
6. Dilip Mehta
7. Arun Mehta
8. Arun Kochar
9. Gunwanti Mehta
10. Rajnikant Mehta
11. Prabodh Mehta
12. Ashok Jaipuria
13. Raj Foundation
14. Urvashi Foundation
15. Ambrunova Trust

According to CNN IBN, the amounts in the twelve accounts totals nearly to Rs 52 Crores.

The list has been leaked out of various media houses across the country. However, experts are of the view that this could be a plant – while the real account holders are some where out there.

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Friday, February 4, 2011

Google gets 75,000 job applications

Google Inc, the world's biggest Internet-search service, received more than 75,000 job applications worldwide last week, setting a record for the company as it embarks on a hiring spree.

The flood of resumes topped a previous high set in May 2007 by 15 per cent, said Aaron Zamost, a spokesman for the Mountain View, California-based company. Google, which had 24,400 workers at the end of 2010, announced last week that it would add more than 6,000 employees this year.

The company is stepping up hiring as it pushes deeper into mobile services, display advertising and Internet applications. Google also faces steeper competition from Silicon Valley rivals Facebook Inc and Apple Inc for users and engineering talent. The company aims to hire more workers in 2011 than any year in its history, exceeding its 2007 record.

"We're looking for top talent," Alan Eustace, senior vice president of engineering and research," said last week in a blog posting. "We'll hire as many smart, creative people as we can to tackle some of the toughest challenges in computer science: like building a Web-based operating system from scratch, instantly searching an index of more than 100 million gigabytes and even developing cars that drive themselves."

While Google remains one of the most desirable places to work in Silicon Valley, it lost some luster in the past three years. It was ranked as America's best workplace by Fortune magazine in 2007 and 2008. Since then, it has ranked fourth.

Facebook, Apple
Facebook and Apple, meanwhile, have emerged as a bigger threat to Google's prime source of revenue: ad dollars. Facebook's 500 million-plus users have provided an alluring target for advertisers, which will spend $4.05 billion on the site this year, according to EMarketer Inc. The closely held company, based in Palo Alto, California, surpassed Google in US Internet visitors in 2010, according to Experian Hitwise.

Apple, located in Cupertino, California, is challenging Google on the mobile front. It introduced an advertising service called iAd that works with its iPhone and iPad. Google leads the market for mobile-based ads in the US.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Motorola launches Defy @ Rs 18,990

Handset maker Motorola Mobility India has announced the launch of its Android-based 3G smartphone Defy priced at Rs 18,990.

"With all the features consumers expect in a smartphone, Defy packs advanced web browsing, entertainment and messaging capabilities as well as a design that withstands the challenges of everyday life," Motorola Mobility India Country Head Faisal Siddiqui said.

The 3G-enabled Android handset is equipped with 3.7-inch touchscreen, 5 megapixel camera, and expandable memory up to 32 GB. Android is a mobile operating system, initially developed by Google and later by the Open Handset Alliance, a consortium of 47 hardware, software and telecom companies.

Being an opensource operating system, Android allows developers to design applications like games, music players and location-based services, independent of the handset type.

" Motorola Defy is dust proof and water resistant, which protects you from life's little challenges like a sudden rain shower, spilt drink, or dropping your phone in the sand. It also features a large, resilient display that has outstanding protection against scratch damage," the statement said.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

BlackBerry Curve Touch specs leaked

BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM) is said to be launching a buttonless version of Curve. The specifications of the new RIM handset, reportedly called Curve Touch, have been published on a Blackberry blog, Crackberry.

According to Crackberry, "While the BlackBerry Apollo and Sedona are looking to be the next update to the entry level BlackBerry Curve line in a non-touchscreen format, following those devices a touchscreen variant is on the way."

Codenamed Malibu, and defined as an "accessible all-touch Blackberry", the smartphone is expected to run on Blackberry 6 Evolution OS. Proposed Specs according to Crackberry include:

Processor : Qualcomm MSM 8655 800MHz CPU

Radio : CDMA - EvDo Rev A

Display : 3.25" 480x360 HVGA

Navigation : Trackpad & Nav Keys

Keypad : Virtual QWERTY

Camera : 5 MP (with HD Video recording)

Memory : 1GB Flash + 512MB RAM, Hot Swap MicroSD slot

Wi-Fi : 802.11 b/g/n

GPS : Autonomous & A-GPS

Connectivity : NFC, Micro USB, Bluetooth 2.1

Sensors : Ambient Light Sensor, accelerometer

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