Friday, September 30, 2011

Nokia to cut 3,500 jobs

Nokia Oyj , the world's largest cellphone vendor by volume, is cutting 3,500 jobs partly through the closure of its plant in Cluj, Romania, as it struggles with falling sales and profits.

The company said the planned closure of the Cluj factory would result in 2,200 job losses, while a further 1,300 jobs would be cut at its Location & Commerce business unit, which includes the world's largest digital mapping business Navteq.

The latest redundancies announced on Thursday are on top of plans set out in April to save 1 billion euros by measures including laying off 4,000 staff.

Nokia has struggled this year with falling sales and profits after the group said in February it would switch to Microsoft Corp software for its smartphones, but the first of these models will reach the market only later this year.

Nokia's share price has halved since it announced the Microsoft deal on worries the company will lose so much market share before the new phones come out that it might never make up lost ground.

The shares were down 1.1 percent at 4.132 euros by 0746 GMT, in line with a weaker European technology sector.

Elsewhere Nokia supplier Digia said it had agreed to cut 170 jobs in its Finnish operations, and could cut up to 80 more as it revamped its business.

Nokia also said it and Siemens AG will both inject 500 million euros ($680 million) into their 50:50 telecom gear venture Nokia Siemens Networks .

Nokia also said Jesper Ovesen would take over as executive chairman of Nokia Siemens Networks, replacing former Nokia CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo.

Alpinestars Hats And Shorts

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Little known facts about Kashmir

Did you know that adventure tourism is one of the biggest attractions of Kashmir? Well, not many must have been aware of that fact because most of the time, the beautiful valley is in the news for all the wrong reasons.

But we take a plunge into the gushing rivers of Kashmir where the adrenaline pumping adventure spot, river rafting's gaining popularity.

The turbulent rivers that flow from the rugged mountains especially from the icy heights of the Himalayas, is the perfect setting for water sports. The mighty rivers which are formed by innumerable streams, cruise along rocky gorges and deep forests and break into silvery white rapids. The Lidder River in Pahalgam is one such ideal location for white water river rafting. People have been thronging the ice-cold white waters of Lidder River to experience this sport.

To enjoy the sport to the fullest, the river needs to be rough and wild and the best season for that is between April and September.

Pahalgam is not the only place where adventure sports facilities are available. Gulmarg, Sonmarg and Drass also have a lot to offer to the tourists. One can go trekking in the Pir Panjal Range in the hilly regions of Gulmarg. The Nanga Parbat too offers several viewpoints, including Khilanmarg making it ideal for trekkers. Even golf is a very popular sport here. The Golf Club, designed by the British, is where one gets to see golf enthusiasts playing their game. Gulmarg is also an apt place for skiing but that's during the winters.

Like Pahalgam, Sonmarg too is famous for river rafting. One can also go camping, fishing, trekking, skiing and try out the aero-sports there. The major attraction of the place is no doubt its majestic mountains, glaciers, rivers, meadows and forests. So while you are at Sonmarg, spend some time in the midst of nature.
The enchanting valley of Drass is only 60 kilometres away from Kargil and it offers a wonderful opportunity for sports. Apart from trekking and skiing, one of the ancient sports of the locals here is the horse polo. This game has made Drass, one of the coldest places in the world, a favourite tourist destination.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Longoria is highest paid TV actress

Eva Longoria and Tina Fey have topped Forbes magazine's list of TV's highest paid actresses.

Eva and Tina have earned $13 million each between May 2010 and May 2011 through their shows " Desperate Housewives" and " 30 Rock", respectively, reports

Marcia Cross of "Desperate Houswives", Mariska Hargitay of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" fame and " CSI" star Marg Helgenberger tied at the second spot with an earning of $10 million each.

Actresses Teri Hatcher and Felicity Huffman came next on the list with an earning of $9 million.

Fujitsu Toshiba Arrows Z smartphone

Moving closer to a point and shoot camera rather than a smartphone , the Arrows Z features a 13MP CMOS sensor with an incredible 25,600 ISO capability.

If that has not caught your attention, then the phone is 10.1mm thick, records 720p HD video, is waterproof and has a 4.3-inch display with a staggering 1280 x 720 pixel resolution.

Inside the slim frame is a 1.2Ghz dual core processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB storage and Android 2.3. It features Wi-Max, Wi-Fi with hotspot feature, DLNA, Bluetooth and a built in FM transmitter.

It is expected to arrive first in Japan (by November this year) with a price tag of US $600. Other features include an e-wallet function, a digital TV tuner as well as HDMI out (with 1080p video playback).

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Tom Cruise coming to Mumbai!

Mission Impossible 4, which also stars Anil Kapoor, will hit Indian screens before anywhere else

Yes, you read that right. Tom Cruise will arrive in aamchi Mumbai in December. He is coming to the city to have a "fan screening" of his upcoming film - the fourth of the series titled Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.

In related news, the Indian audience will be treated to the film before audiences across the globe. The worldwide release is on December 16, while moviegoers in India will see it on December 5. The actor will be in the city for two days and then head to Dubai for the world premiere, on December 7. Cruise won't have any time to head to any other destination in the city, as he will be on a very tight schedule. He might attend some events for products he endorses though.

The film has another connect to India, apart from Anil Kapoor. The official trailer of the film shows Cruise and his co-star Paula Patton walking into a glamourous Indian palace, which could be straight out of Rajasthan.

Right now his visit to India is being kept under wraps. Cruise will be in the city for two days. At the moment, the plans do not include wife Katie Holmes and their daughter Suri. He will be travelling with a very basic entourage. The leading lady of the film, Paula Patton, will also be travelling with the star.

The actor will stay at a suburban five star hotel and Paramount security will arrive a few days earlier to take care of the security arrangements.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Meet Zebronics portable speakers cum MP3 player

Zebronics has released a set of portable speaker, called ZebStation Lite, which can hold its own as an MP3 player. The ZebStation Lite can playback MP3 files stores on external storage devices via its slots for SD/MMC card or a USB flash drive.

This device can also connect to cell-phone or a laptop through the 3.5mm port to be used as speakers.

Playback and volume is controlled through a series of buttons in the front of the device and the information is displayed using the old-school 7 segment display.

The ZebStation Lite also has a built-in FM tuner and memory to store radio station frequencies. Like all things Zebronics, the ZebStation Lite is priced at the lower end of the band at Rs 990.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Bionic boon for the blind

For millions of Indians who suffer from loss of vision due to retina damage and age-related macular degeneration, there is now hope. A bionic eye which would help them see is going to be developed indigenously. The visual device would use eyeglasses fitted with digital cameras and a retinal implant and has been successfully tried on patients abroad.

The co-inventor of the global project, Dr Rajat N Agrawal , says he wants to make the implant affordable here and will work to bring down the cost of the implant to Rs 5 lakh from its present cost of Rs 45 lakh (approx).

"We are collaborating with experts from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences and several IITs to indigenously develop a cheaper variant of the eye implant so that people here can afford it. We are also trying to get the central government to fund the research project," said Agrawal, an assistant professor of clinical ophthalmology at the University of Southern California.

Agrawal was working as a retina specialist at Sankara Netralaya in Chennai till 2001. After this he joined a group of scientists in US who were working to develop this bionic eye. He holds the patent for the device along with his colleagues.

The bionic eye developed by Agrawal and his team consists of a chip fitted behind the retina. The system works by converting video images captured from a miniature camera in the patient's glasses into a series of electrical pulses transmitted wirelessly to the chip, itself an array of electrodes. These pulses then stimulate the retina's remaining cells, resulting in a corresponding perception of patterns of light in the brain.

"We have used this implant successfully on 37 patients of advanced retinitis pigmentosa - a disease caused by damage to the retina. The patients have shown improvement in daily activities and some can even read large letters ," he said.

Dr R V Azad, chief of retina services and professor ophthalmology, AIIMS, confirmed that he has been contacted to participate in the new project.

"The invention of this medical implant is a beginning and further modification is required to improve the visual capabilities, precision and to reduce the cost.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Self-love is not selfishness

"You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection," said Buddha.

Our self-centred lives may suggest we love ourselves rather well. Yet, despite pampering ourselves with the best of what life has to offer, we still suffer from sadness, despair, anger, loneliness, incompleteness, rejection, helplessness and bitterness. The attention we lavish upon ourselves disproves that we don't love ourselves enough. However, our insatiate longing for harmony and happiness means that we don't love ourselves the right way.
Given our ethical conditioning, many balk at the overt thought of self-love, even though it is nearly impossible for it not to exist. This is because we confuse self-love with selfish disregard for others. The benign state of self-love is unconditional self-acceptance- which does not in any way preclude love for others-and is therefore not the same as its malignant form, narcissism.
Loving oneself is the prerequisite for loving others and for others to love us. We are made by our reactions -- to people and situations -- extensions of our own feelings and thoughts. Our inability to like, love, respect and trust ourselves therefore comes back to us as feelings of inadequacy and unworthiness.
Strangely, most of us lie at the extremes: we either gloat or groan excessively, forever boastful or regretful for who we are. It is therefore naive to equate our self-centeredness with true self-reverence. Self-reverence is not just about being in constant communion with ourselves and our higher state, but also about gaining enhanced clarity regarding the people around us.
However, much of our sense of self gets shaped by how we want others to see it and so we constantly compare ourselves with them. The focus isn't so much on honing and harnessing our originality as it is on being one-up on the rest.
We keep getting caught in the very moulds and stereotypes we help perpetuate as a society. In Shakespeare's words, "God has given you one face, and you make yourself another."
True self-love doesn't incubate in the perceptions of others. Since that is where we seek our identity, no measure of accomplishment or possession is ever enough for us to feel good about ourselves. Our over-dependence on external adulation and reassurances leaves us feeling anxious, sceptical and powerless, corroding self-value and pushing us so hard to stay ahead that the pressures and compulsions of performance eclipse the joy of being. Even in public life, our role models happen to be people whose sense of self-importance is driven more by their misled egos than affectionate views of their real selves.
Ego is what separates us from the rest of the universe.. Our ego invariably finds an expression in pride and haughtiness and is often what makes us our worst enemies. It must therefore not be given a free rein to block out our soul and world-view. Instead, it should be acknowledged and befriended to allow us to extricate ourselves from its subservience and transform its energy into a reinvigorating force of existence that helps us connect with our aspired self and see the other facet of spirit.
Whatever the medium-overcoming the control-freak in us, taking on our fears and insecurities, or dealing positively with what annoys us-this can keep us from squandering our energies on brooding over insignificant things that makes us continually looking for someone to blame. Loving oneself the right way is clearly about turning the ego into a benefactor instead of a burden.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

iPad 3: 8 likely features

Few gadget launches can match the frenzy and excitement as accompanied by Apple product launches. Months before their launch, analysts and media go all after how the gadget may look like, offer and more.

Just like the rumour mill is buzzing overtime on the much-speculated launch of the fifth-generation iPhone in October, it has been no different for the company's next-generation iPad.

Speculations are running rife on how iPad3 may look like, its design, specs and features it will offer. While a few reports hint at a possibility of a higher resolution display, others hint at the possibility of Apple launching two versions of iPad 3, one with a smaller screen size.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Good sex everyday keeps doctors away

You would have never thought that a kiss could help keeping dental worries at bay or a gratifying sexual act at night make you feel fit and fresh the next morning. But that's what studies across the web claim.

Healthy sex leads to a healthy life. You may have tried copious measures to get that extra glowing skin and shiny hair. You must have also worked out rigorously to achieve that perfect ten figure you've desired. But the key to your mind and heart is fulfilling sex. Even for those who lose their temper or are always in a depressed state of mind, 'sex' can be the solution.

A happy sexual life with your partner not only gets you in shape with better skin texture and silken tresses, it also burns extra calories, keeps you fit, combats asthma, relieves headache, reduces depression and tranquilises your mind. From make-up experts, hair stylists, sexologists and fitness connoisseurs - there's a common consensus that a vigourous sexual life leads to a healthy life - both physically and emotionally. We get them share more on this...

There have been several notions stating that 'sex' produces certain hormones that bring happiness, which lead to a fit body and a healthy mind. Shedding some light on this, Dr. Sanjay Chugh, specialist on sexual issues, states, "Sex contributes to general good health. Any sexual intimacy that is enjoyable and pleasurable promotes well being by providing several physical and psychological benefits. It is believed that sex boosts chemicals in the body that protects us against diseases. Research also suggests that sex and masturbation can help ease joint and muscle pain, combat depression, promote heart health and lengthen one's life span."

Dr. Samir Parikh, clinical physiatrist adds, "The basic fact is that a good sex life also means in a larger picture, a good relationship with one's partner and this makes the partner happier, less stressed and by virtue of that physically healthier."

Not just this, sex also accelerates blood circulation and one's basic metabolic rate, which further enhances the well-being of our mind and soul and helps us calm down.

On these emotional benefits, Dr Chugh adds, "A satisfying sexual relationship strengthens the bond between couples, making them feel secure and loved. The feeling of emotional connectedness adds to ones sense of belonging, which in totality helps them achieve a positive physical, psychological and spiritual state that is necessary for one's general health."

Elaborating further, on a scientific angle, Dr Avdesh Sharma, a consultant psychiatrist, and an expert on relationship issues shares, "Sex is a way of bonding at the physical, mental and emotional level and leads to health (including psychological) benefits. If it is used as a mechanical process, it may have limited benefits. There are physiological benefits of positive changes in parameters like pulse, heart rate, reduction in blood pressure (after an increase in B.P. specially if vigourous sex is tried), dilation of blood vessels and capillaries of the skin, leading to a 'glow', burning of a few calories (depending on the duration of the act and vigour), exercising of some of the muscles, thus improving lung capacity (during heavy breathing)."

However, we also need to understand that sexual acts work more in terms of improving resistance, but are not a safe guard or a treatment to illnesses. Any sexual act can neither be used as a treatment nor would it change your stresses of life, which one would need to resolve irrespective.

"The extra edge of sex may be due to the feeling of being wanted, an expression of emotions and certain hormonal and physiological changes that happen as an expression of love for another individual. Unfortunately, the benefits of sexuality are usually quoted out of context and people may look at this as a panacea for everything. But sexuality without emotions have limited value," concludes Dr Avdesh Sharma.

Have sex stay fit : Sex may seem like the safest sport you can take up. It de-stresses you, keeps you rejuvenated, elevates your moods and stretchs, tones and exercises your body muscles.

Expert opinion : Dr Ishi Khosla, clinical nutritionist, Director Whole Foods asserts, "Sexual acts certainly lead to a normal mental well-being and a healthy state of mind. This in turn creates a physically fit body. If there's an ill-health or manifestation of any problem, it would reflect on your outer body."

Dr Samir Parikh adds, "You would still need a balanced lifestyle, which means that if you compare two equals in terms of lifestyle age and other factors as a constant, then it's possible that a sexually active person feels better."

Sex burns extra calories : It is indeed a form of exercise and naturally burns one's calories too.

Expert Opinion : Dr Geetu Amarnani, wellness expert at Kolmet Hospital, opines, "While having sex, the BMP (basic metabolic rate) increases and that ultimately helps in burning the calories, so it's widely believed that one can shed that extra flab through sexual encounters."

Sex for glowing skin and hair : When women make love they produce the hormone oestrogen which makes their hair shine and their skin smooth.

Expert Opinion : Make-up expert Sylvie, also an expert on sexual issues asserts, "As sex helps releasing the extra level of frustration and stress on one's mind and body, so logically it leads to a glow on your face and your skin texture looks better too. Also, hormones in our body are activated at a faster rate than usual during sex, which helps in better blood circulation, adding that extra shine to one's skin and hair."

Sex brings relief from headaches, reduces depression and tranquilises your mind : A satisfying love-making session releases tension that restricts blood vessels in the brain. It brings you out of a depressed state of mind and acts as a tranquilliser.

Expert Opinion : Dr Sanjay Chugh, "The pleasure that is derived from a satisfying sexual act tends to relax one's mind, taking away headache. It releases endorphins into the bloodstream, producing a sense of euphoria and leaving you with a feeling of well-being. Good sex leaves the person feeling relaxed and satisfied thus acting like a tranquiliser."

A kiss to keep dental problems at bay : It is medically accepted that a kiss encourages saliva to wash food from the teeth and lowers the level of the acid that causes decay. It also prevents the build-up of plaque.

Expert Opinion : Dental expert, Dr. Vandana Jyoti opines, "Anything that increases salivation will help in bringing down the acid level, which causes damage to one's teeth. It also prevents cavity. Other than a kiss, chewing gum and more of lemon intake also tend to act in the same manner. But one has to be extra careful, as it might act the other way round, in terms of spreading germs, if either of the two persons involved in a kiss is suffering from a tooth infection.

Friday, September 16, 2011

7 Lies that men tell women

Sometimes, one might say, lying is necessary, but otherwise, they might be better off just admitting the truth.

Men can try to justify their lies by convincing themselves that they're simply optimising their truth management skills, but at the end of the day, they know deep down inside that they've been keeping the truth neatly tucked away. Here are some of the most used lies by men.

Lie # 1: No, you don't look fat
You and your boyfriend are preparing for a night out and you ask him, "Do I look fat in this? The best answer that will come from them is, "No, of course you don't look fat." Other than ignoring your question, this is the only way, the men feel, to come out of the situation unscathed.

Lie # 2: We'll talk about it later
This little phrase helps most of the men end an argument or potential squabble. In most cases, men really don't want to "talk about it later," they never want to talk about it, actually. Putting off the possibility of a fight gives them some time to underline the uselessness of arguing over something so minute.

Lie # 3: You remind me of Jennifer Lopez
The ultimate compliment can also be your boyfriend's biggest lie. Comparing you to an incredibly beautiful movie star may raise your self-confidence, but let's face it - are you really that hot? You might be beautiful, but your boyfriend's lie may actually do more harm than good in certain cases.

Lie # 4: I don't think of other women
Another denial of programmed emotions men face, this lie is usually called for, no matter how moral they are. They don't want to hurt you. If you believed him when he said, "I've never seen a woman more beautiful than you," this will be a piece of cake for him. If they don't think about other women all the time, they're in the clear because fantasising or drooling over a hot babe in a magazine from time to time is no crime - even a psychiatrist would tell you that.

Lie # 5: I love Meg Ryan movies
Some untruths exist simply to help men save their energy and this is certainly one of them. Instead of explaining how unrealistic, silly and boring romantic comedies are, they feel that it is better to simply tune out during the movie and reap the benefits of a happy, romantic-minded girlfriend afterwards.

Lie # 6: I love spending time with your mom
Sometimes, the key to a woman's heart is through her family. Your boyfriend will put up with your parents if he is really serious about his relationship with you. He will admit to you that he enjoys going over to your parents' house for dinner and loves every moment of time spent with your family.

Lie # 7: I'm sorry
Whether it's to escape a sticky situation or nip an argument in the bud, these two little words can come in quite handy. Used sparingly, this device is men's greatest route to turning your scowl into a smile, if it's said with conviction. Men find this as the easiest way to solve all the problems.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Ebrahim secures 2012 Indy Lights racing seat

Armaan Ebrahim is set for a continental shift and the racer is bracing for the changes to follow.

On Tuesday, the 22-year-old secured a drive with Bryan Herta Autosport (BHA) for the 2012 Indy Lights Championship in the US. It will make him the first Indian to drive in the series, which is a feeder for the high-profile Indy Racing League (IRL).

Armaan's racing career, which till now was centred on European formula car series, will take a new turn with the shift to the Americas. He ended his three-year stint in the FIA Formula Two championship three weeks back in Austria, keen to focus entirely on the series in the US.

Armaan test drove the 500 bhp, V8 Indy Lights car at Putnam Park Road Course in Indianapolis on Tuesday and the BHA team management was impressed by the way the Indian handled the hardware. He managed to put in some hot laps, quickly adapting to the new car.

"It has been five years since I drove a car without a paddle shift and I was quite amazed as to how quickly I was able to adapt to the car. Though not as nimble as a GP2 car, it is a great car to drive and I was able to put in quick laps fairly soon," said Armaan.

He drove over 100 laps, clocking top speeds exceeding 270 kmph and impressed team owner Bryan Herta with his handling, pace and fitness as well as the ease with which he adapted to the Indy Lights car.

"Armaan acquitted himself very well with the Indy Lights car today. Although it is quite a bit different than some of the cars he has driven recently, he was quickly on the pace and we were pleased with the feedback he was able to provide to his engineers," said Herta.

BHA is one of the leading teams in the series, with their drivers making top finishes in the series this year including a win at the Indy500. This will will be a big advantage for Armaan when he makes his debut next year.

"The way the team went about its job on the track was very impressive and after a long time, I feel extremely comfortable in such an environment. The engineers, mechanics and the team manager were thoroughly professional and I'm sure we will have some good times ahead racing in America with strong results," said Armaan.

Herta, who had raced alongside Armaan in the A1GP, said the team will work out a programme suiting Armaan for next year.

"Based on today, we are actively working to put a programme in place around Armaan to not only make him the first Indian driver on the grid of the Indy Lights Series, but also ultimately the first Indian driver in the winner's circle," he said.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Last-gasp Silva earns Milan draw against Barcelona

BARCELONA: A last ditch Thiago Silva header rescued a point for AC Milan who drew 2-2 against reigning Champions League winners Barcelona in their opening Group H encounter on Tuesday.

With just 24 seconds on the clock Pato exposed Barca's defensive frailties to score the fifth fastest Champions League goal ever in front of a stunned Nou Camp crowd.

Barca were on the back foot but bounced back with Lionel Messi more often than not at their heart of their best moves.

It was he who jigged through the Milan defence to set up Pedro Rodriguez for the equaliser and then after 50 minutes Villa appeared to have given them the win with a fine 30-yard free-kick.

However in stoppage time Silva leapt highest to power home a corner to give Milan a share of the spoils.

Barcelona had an experimental back-line with Gerard Pique injured and Carles Puyol not risked by coach Pep Guardiola.

It meant two midfielders in Sergio Busquets and Javier Mascherano were at the heart of the defence while in midfield Seydou Keita came into the side with no place for summer signing Cesc Fabregas.

It took less than a minute for Milan to crack Guardiola's tactical plan as Pato ruthlessly exposed the centre-halves lack of pace. The Brazilian burst passed both Mascherano and Busquets before slipping the ball under keeper Victor Valdes.

After a sluggish draw against Lazio at the weekend, Milan approached the game cautiously with Massimiliano Allegri admitting a draw would be a good result.

Few believed him when he said his team would go out to attack as the best form of defence but they did just that in the opening stages, playing with a high tempo.

Milan may have been without the injured forwards Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Robinho but they continued to pose a threat with Pato's acceleration the key.

Alves moved across from full back and was able to block him in front of goal and then in another raid right through the centre of the defence Pato laid the ball to Kevin-Prince Boateng who blasted over.

Barca hung on and as they gradually gained more possession, Milan struggled to cope with the incisive runs of their forwards. David Villa hit the side netting from an acute angle but it was really Messi who was making the difference as is so often the case. Messi had had a couple of shots well saved by keeper Christian Abbiati and then the woodwork saved the Italians midway through the half.

Milan's ageing team were finding it hard to keep up their early pace and movement and this was made worse with the loss of Boateng to injury just after the half hour mark.

Barca finally found the back of the net minutes later when Messi dribbled passed a couple of defenders on the left of the box and crossed for Pedro to knock the ball into an open goal.

The main concern for Barca going into the break was an injury to Andres Iniesta with the midfielder replaced by Fabregas.

The home side maintained their pressure with Abbiati saving from Xavi Herandez but then the keeper could do nothing about a Villa free-kick from distance which found the top corner.

With the lead Barca were able to pass the ball around comfortably in the middle of the park. Much of the pre-match talk had been about Mark van Bommel's confrontation with Iniesta after they last met in last year's World Cup final but the Dutchman hardly saw the ball for much of the game as was the case for his midfield colleagues.

The Milan forwards had become little more than spectators in what was almost a recital in maintaining possession from the Catalans.

That was until the 91st minute when in a rare foray forward saw Milan win a corner, from which Silva pounced to equalise

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Bradley Cooper dating Jennifer Lopez?

Actor Bradley Cooper has sparked rumours of dating singer Jennifer Lopez after they were seen having dinner together.

The internet was abuzz with reports of the two dating after being spotted together. However, a source says that the dinner at the New York restaurant was all business.

Cooper and Lopez are "in discussions regarding a project", quoted the source as saying.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Get your kiss right

Lips have tons of nerve endings that stimulate desire, which is why smooching before, during and after having sex is intensely arousing and satisfying.

The A-frame is the posture when you and your partner are in the act of smooching with your hips apart. The moment you close in this space, by pressing your hips together you instantaneously turn up the intimacy and desirability level.

Men, generally, have very sensitive ears. Suck on your guy's earlobe before tracing the outline of his ear with your tongue. Breath out in his ear and whisper what you plan to do with him to drive him wild with passion.

The reason men often go in for a deep kiss (like an open mouth kiss) is because they are transferring libido-boosting testosterone to their partner. So ladies, he's not only expressing his desire to have sex with you but wants you to be as aggressive as him.

Nokia launches J Bluetooth Stereo headset

Nokia has launched Bluetooth Stereo headset, Nokia J (BH-806). Compatible with any Bluetooth mobile handset, Nokia J headset offers seamless user experience with DSP noise reduction, adaptive volume adjustment and automatic call handling. The headset, which comes with a holster, delivers up to five hours talk time and up to three months standby time.

Successor to the previous BH-804 headset, Nokia J renders a minimum operating range of 10 meters and has multifunction key with touch sensitive area.

Key features :

· Made of premium material with a smooth stainless steel finish

· Easy usage with voice prompts and automatic first time pairing
· Intuitive call handling

· DSP technology for automatic echo cancellation and noise reduction

· Adaptive volume adjustment and optimized frequency response for the clear speech especially in noisy environments

Changeable ear rubbers that minimise the audio leakage

· Standby time of three months

· Five hours of talk time

Technical specifications :

· 1 hour charging time (2.5 hours of talk time with 15 mins of charging)

· Bluetooth v2.1 with EDR

· Dimensions: 47.4 mm x 12.5 mm x 6.4 mm

· Weight: 8gm

· Operating range (maximum): 10 m

· Operating temperature: -15°C to +55°C

· Power supply: Rechargeable 115 mAh Li-Ion Polymer battery

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Giant 1,000-kg crocodile caught in Philippines

MANILA, Sept 6, 2011 (AFP) - A giant saltwater crocodile weighing more than a tonne was captured in a remote Philippine village following a spate of attacks on humans and livestock, officials said Tuesday.

The 21-foot (6.4-metre), 1,075-kilogramme (2,370-pound) reptile may have eaten a farmer who went missing in July, along with several water buffaloes in the southern town of Bunawan, crocodile hunter Rollie Sumiller said.

A crocodile also bit off the head of a 12-year-old girl in Bunawan in 2009, according to the environment ministry.

Josefina de Leon, wildlife division chief of the environment ministry’s protected areas and wildlife bureau, said it was likely the biggest crocodile ever captured.

“Based on existing records the largest that had been captured previously was 5.48 metres long,” she told AFP.

“This is the biggest animal that I’ve handled in 20 years of trapping,”

Sumiller added, estimating the male to be more than 50 years old.

“The community was relieved,” he told AFP, but added: “We’re not really sure if this is the man-eater, because there have been other sightings of other crocodiles in the area.”

The team, employed by a government-run crocodile breeding farm, began laying bait using chicken, pork and dog meat on August 15, but the reptile simply bit off both meat and line the it was skewered on.

An eight milimetre (0.31-inch) metal cable finally proved beyond the power of its jaws and the beast was subdued at a creek on Saturday with the help of about 30 local men.

The local government decided against putting down the reptile and will instead use him as the main attraction at a planned nature park in the area.

“He’s a problem crocodile that needs to be taken from the wildlife so that it can be used for eco-tourism,” Sumiller said.

Crocodylus porosus or estuarine crocodile is the world’s largest reptile that usually grows to five or six metres long and can live up to 100 years.

While not considered an endangered species globally, it is “critically endangered” in the Philippines, where it is hunted for its hide to feed the fashion industry, de Leon said.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Acer unveils Ferrari Liquid Mini phone

At the ongoing IFA trade show in Berlin, Acer and Ferrari have teamed up to unveil an Android-powered phone, Acer Liquid Mini Ferrari edition.

Featuring a 3.2-inch HVGA multi-touch capacitive screen, the phone sports a red Ferrari body and weighs mere 105 grams.

The phone packs Android 2.3 Gingerbread and will come preinstalled with Ferrari engine sound, Ferrari-themed wallpapers and pictures. The phone's user interface (UI) has also been Ferrari themed.

Powered by 600MHz processor, the phone will come with 5 megapixel camera which is capable of recording at a resolution of 480p, 512MB RAM, and 8GB microSD card.

The Liquid Mini Ferrari edition will come with an exclusive Bluetooth headset.


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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

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Monday, September 5, 2011

Quick tips to stay fit at work

A rigorous exercise regimen makes us all feel good but it is difficult to make time for it, Chaitrali Sardesai suggests quick and easy ways to stay fit at work

Exercising at work seems impossible. While we find it difficult to keep our hands off that packet of chips lying on our desks, the rest of us make frequent visits to the canteen to admire the spicy and tangy nibbles. It is okay to pander to your favourite food sometimes as long as you manage to burn those extra calories. So, how do you stay active and fit at work?

Doing the small things right
To be fit, one has to be mentally and physically agile along with a lot of energy and a positive frame of mind. "Fitness comes with a combination of willpower and determination. At work, one can do several things in order to be active. Activities such as bending down to pull out a file, stretching, walking up to your colleagues to deliver or receive messages or documents rather than using e-mails, getting up and fetching yourself a cup of coffee/ tea and other beverages instead of ordering it can also help in a large ways," says Manjushree Dandekar, a fitness trainer and expert.

"My workplace is very close to my residence, so I choose to walk it up. Walking to work is the best option since I can avoid signals, traffic and at the same time, reach work on time," says Gautam Karkhanis, a fitness freak. However, this is possible only for a few lucky ones. The others have a plethora of options such as using the stairs in the office instead of the elevators. You'll burn a large number of calories and increase your stamina this way. It is one of the easiest and most common ways to work out while on the go. Climbing up and down the stairs keeps away lethargy and inactivity. Those with workplaces at the top floors can try climbing atleast three to four floors. You may also try squeezing a sponge ball while you read documents, make official phone calls and talk to colleagues. This will reduce your stress levels, while strengthening the muscles of your palms and hands alongside.

Watch what you eat
Eating tiny, healthy meals every two hours would keep you away from lethargy which most of us experience after a heavy meal. Small intakes of food also keep you energetic throughout the day as your body gets the required nutrients to do so. You have to make sure that you consume energy-rich healthy foods. Keep away from junk food as much as possible. You may opt for fruits or fruit juices, a glass of toned milk, sandwiches and lots of salads. These are easily available at most of the canteens in offices and are quick and easy to make and carry from home.

Nowadays, a lot of bosses also encourage their employees to join yoga and aerobics classes. Some of them even have work-outs and exercising sessions conducted for their employees by fitness professionals. "Exercising and staying active at work can increase your level of productivity since your body and mind is active at every instant," says Manjushree.

You can also be innovative in the quest to stay fit. Concurs Sushama Soman, a businesswoman, "I have my own office so I conduct walking meetings instead of the ones in the conference room. It meets make me feel both active and fresh and my employees too like the idea of it."

Here are a few more simple tips to keep you moving:
- Park your car a little away from your workplace to ensure that you walk more.
- Take deep breaths from time to time to be more alert. It will relieve you from pressures and tensions.
- Use the restroom on another floor by taking the stairs. It will make you walk a few extra steps to keep you active.
- Walk while you take a phone call.
- Stretch whenever you feel like to ward off stiffness.
- Take breaks at regular intervals.
- Avoid binging into fried snacks.
- Opt for healthier options like fruits instead.

Keeping fit is not only about jogging or lifting heavy weights. It's about adding short bouts of easy and simple movements that help keep you agile and fit. Squeezing in a little time for yourself while at work, isn't that tough after all. If you're regular with it, you'll take pleasure in your job. You'll smile at your boss while he/ she mounts you up with more work. So get going today and make your way to fun and fitness at office!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

How hackers steal your ATM PIN

WASHINGTON: Beware! Modern-day hackers can recognize your PIN numbers from ATM keypads using a digital infrared camera.

At the USENIX Workshop on Offensive Technologies earlier this month, researchers from the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) have described how a digital infrared camera could be used to reveal digits of PIN numbers after a user punched them in on ATM keypads.

Researchers showed that the residual heat our fingertips left behind on the ATM keypad can be detected by the digital infrared cameras, easily revealing the digits of your PIN.

When the camera was used immediately after the transaction, researchers correctly identified the numbers with over 80 per cent accuracy.

Even after a minute, researchers were able to correctly identify digits about 50 percent of the time.

Plastic and rubber keypads were most prone to retaining fingertip heat. Even so, they still had their flaws.

"With plastic keypads, we can reliably detect which buttons were pressed, but it is really difficult to determine the order," Discovery News quoted Keaton Mowery, a doctoral student in computer science at UCSD, as telling Technology Review.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Kajal Agarwal goes topless

Kajal Agarwal has shocked many of her fans down south with her bold act by going topless for FHM magazine cover page. Kajal rose to fame in Bollywood with the movie Singham however, nobody thought that the actress shoots for such a daring photo shoot.

Kajal has delivered many speeches earlier that she would never expose for the sake of grabbing offers. However, beating all her contemporaries, the young actress posed nude to the camera. Well, this will sure raise the sales of FHM magazine for the month of September.

Friday, September 2, 2011

One mosquito coil equals 100 cigarettes

Smoke emitted from one mosquito repellant coil is equivalent to those of 100 cigarettes, thus causing harm to a large number of people in India, an expert said Wednesday.

"Not many people know about it, but the damage done to your lungs by one mosquito coil is equivalent to the damage done by 100 cigarettes. This was according to a recent study conducted in Malyasia," said Chest Research Foundation director Sandeep Salvi.

He was speaking at the conference 'Air Pollution and Our Health', organised by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) along with the Indian Council for Medical Research and the Indian Medical Association.

Salvi said there is a lack of awareness about the impact of air pollution on human health.

Pointing out the "lack of research culture" among Indian doctors, Salvi said that indoor air pollution too is a health risk factor.

Participants at the event, which included doctors and health researchers, also spoke about vehicular air pollution in the capital.

According to estimates, about 55 per cent of Delhi's population lives within 500 metres from main roads - and is, therefore, prone to a variety of physical disorders.

"The vehicular pollution is a major concern for the environment. The rising incidents of genetic disorder has a lot to do with air pollution. India loses one million children under five because of respiratory problems every year," said Sanjeev Bagai, the chief executive officer of Batra Hospitals.

He said industries also contribute to the air pollution and these need to be shifted out of the capital.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Peek into Windows 8

Microsoft provided another glimpse at changes coming with the next-generation of Windows software that powers most of the world's computers.

Microsoft is making major improvements to a key Windows Explorer file management program to enhance how it interacts with the coming Windows 8 operating system, according to Windows division president Steven Sinofsky.

"Windows 8 is about reimagining Windows, so we took on the challenge to improve the most widely used desktop tool (except maybe for Solitaire) in Windows," Sinofsky said atop a blog post detailing Explorer modifications.

"Windows Explorer is a foundation of the user experience of the Windows desktop and has undergone several design changes over the years, but has not seen a substantial change in quite some time," he added.

A control "ribbon" for commands was added to make them more easily accessible to people other than "power users" familiar with Windows Explorer shortcuts.

Engineers set out to "return Explorer to its roots as an efficient file manager and expose some hidden gems" in the form of handy commands many people may not know, according to Alex Simmons of the program management team.

Microsoft in June provided the first sneak peek at the successor to Windows 7, a next-generation operating system designed to work on both personal computers and touchscreen tablets.

Sinofsky demonstrated some of the features of the operating system code-named "Windows 8" at a D9 technology conference hosted by All Things Digital.

" Laptops, slates, desktops -- all can run one operating system," Sinofsky said.

"Windows 8" builds upon many of the features in Microsoft's latest mobile operating system for smartphones, Windows Phone 7, including the use of touch "tiles" instead of icons to launch and navigate between applications.

Microsoft has promised to reveal more features of Windows 8, which uses Internet Explorer 10 as a Web browser, at its developers conference in Anaheim, California, opening on September 13.

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