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Sunday, 4 March 2012

"INDIA Tour of Australia: Entire Tour Review"

In-fighting, inertia, whining, excuses: that sums up India's 
horror run on the tour of Australia

Sehwag and DhoniNO SUCCESS WITHOUT PEACE: A team with fractured unity can never succeed. This was amply showed by the Indian team in Australia. The team management and BCCI would like us to believe that all's fine, but they are fooling no one. The team is clearly divided, with Dhoni on one side and Sehwag on another. Somebody needs to step up and take responsibility to sit the concerned parties down and make them thrash out their grievances. Only then can the team hope to become a winning unit again.

Australia v India - Third Test: Day 3
MS Dhoni stated mid-way through the Australia tour that he may retire from Tests at the end of 2013. Going by his tactics and body language, it is apparent Dhoni doesn’t savour the five-day format as much as limited overs cricket. It's time for India to start thinking of Dhoni's successor as Test captain, and the front-runner for that position will be Virat Kohli, who has recently been made vice-captain of the ODI team. A first step towards that would be naming Kohli as Dhoni's
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"Tablets Will Take Over Sooner Than You Think: Five Telling Trends"

An attendee looks at an Asus Eee Slate EP121 t...
Image by AFP/Getty Images via @daylife
On an earning conference call in January, AppleCEO Tim Cook said, “I truly believe, and many others in the company believe, that there will come a day that the tablet market in units is larger than the PC market.” (See full transcript at Seeking Alpha) “Question is when?” asked Horace Dediu on the Asymco blog. What follows was his detailed projection, with lots of yummy looking charts, that came to the conclusion, “Given these assumptions, the day when the tablet market (by units) will exceed that of traditional PCs will come sometime in the fall of 2013.”
Now all of this is about sales, not installed base. And most observers, Dediu included, consider the tablet market to be mostly additive to the PC market—many users will have both. But the point is that just as many web sites have seen their share of traffic from mobile grow, and in some cases cross the 50% threshold, so too will the remaining desktop share be further fragmented by tablets. And when Apple finally gets the iTV thing right, content producers of all kinds (not just TV-centric ones like
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"NASA Finds An Atmosphere Around Another Of Saturn's Moons"

False color image of Saturn's moon Dione (Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute)
NASA’s Cassini probe, which is currently on a mission to explore Saturn and her moons, has detected signs of a thin atmosphere around Saturn’s moon Dione. This confirms a hypothesis from the Hubble Space Telescope, which detected signs of ozone around that Moon.
The Cassini probe detected a very thin concentration of oxygen ions around the moon – one ion for every 11 cubic centimeters of space around the Moon. That’s roughly the same density as the Earth’s atmosphere 300 miles above its surface. That’s actually higher above the Earth than the International Space Station, which maintains an altitude between about 205
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"Three Reasons You Should Use Google+ In Your Business"

Google+? Businesses are asking the same questions about Google+ as they were about Facebook several years ago. What is Google +? How does it work? Should I be using it? And how?

The answer is YES! Businesses should be engaged with Google+ if for no other reason than it is Google. Facebook may be the most widely-used social network, but Google is still the number one visited website attracting over 1 billion visitors per month. So a social network directly tied to the most-widely used search engine on the planet is definitely something worth paying attention to. Since the launch of Google+ less than a year ago, the social network has grown to over 90 million users and is
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"Apple Under Pressure: Samsung Preps Foldable Screens For 2012"

Mock-up of a Samsung phone with plastic-based OLED screen folded over the sides; via Nomura Research
The world’s biggest smartphone makers were all trying to out-shine their competitors at this year’sMobile World Congress, with most new devices boasting the same, large, flat screen with a button or two. Differentiation was in the details. To be among top dogs like Samsung and the increasingly-popular ZTE, phones needed a quad-core processor, shiny AMOLED screen and to be slim and light.
Apple was the elephant in the room. It refused to exhibit, even though its iPhone and iPad were top-selling devices. But both Apple and its competitors may be under pressure to leap to the next level of hardware in 2012, and not just by being more
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"Australia take hard-fought 1-0 lead in 1st Final"

"Commonwealth Bank Series'12: 1st Final Australia vs Sri Lanka"

Australia won by 15 runs
Australia v Sri Lanka
Australia 321/6(50 ov)
Sri Lanka 306/10(49.2 ov)

David Warner cuts on the way to his highest ODI score
David Warner cuts on the way to his highest ODI score, Australia v Sri Lanka, Brisbane, CB Series 1st final, March 4, 2012
Presentation Ceremony:
Jayawardene: "We've been playing some really good cricket, we fought till the end. It's a good attitude to have. It was an incredible partnership. Kula did very well, lots of positives for us to take from this. When
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"Mobile payments tool Square, launches in New York taxis"


Square, the mobile payments tool created by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, has made its debut in New York taxis.

The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) gathers prominent individuals in politics, business, science, academics, religion and entertainment to discuss global issues such as climate change and the reconstruction of Haiti
Co-founder and chairman of Twitter, Jack Dorsey

The small white plastic square, which can be plugged into the bottom of people’s smartphones and via an app, allow users to take payments by their mobiles, is being trialled in 30 taxis in the ‘Big Apple’.
According to technology site AllThingsD, the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission has given
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"Device to silence incessant talkers created by Japanese scientists"

  3. A device that silences incessant talkers or mutes people who talk too loudly has been created by Japanese scientists.

    SpeechJammer; Japanese Researchers have created a handheld gun that can literally stop you from talking
    SpeechJammer; Japanese Researchers have created a handheld gun that can literally stop you from talking

    Dubbed the SpeechJammer, the prototype device takes advantage of psychologists' discovery that it is virtually impossible to speak when your own words are being played back to you with a delay of a fraction of a second.
    The gadget has been devised by Kazutaka Kurihara, a researcher at the National Institute of Advanced
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"Twitter by numbers five years since opening to the public"


Five years ago today Twitter made its public debut, going beyond the early technology adopters. Fast forward to 2011, there are over 200 million registered accounts and some of the most powerful people in the world, such as US President Barack Obama, use it to communicate on a daily basis.

A phone showing the Twitter homescreen
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Twitter turns five, again.

Earlier this year, to mark anniversary of the first tweet and the initial writing of the Twitter code, the company released thesestatistics:
• 3 years, 2 months and 1 day. The time it took from the first tweet to the billionth tweet.
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"The dark side of Facebook"


Our social networking pages are being policed by outsourced, unvetted moderators.

The invisible army policing Facebook has access to our most intimate secrets - The dark side of Facebook
The invisible army policing Facebook has access to our most intimate secrets

For most of us, our experience on Facebook is a benign – even banal – one. A status update about a colleague’s commute. A “friend” request from someone we haven’t seen for years (and hoped to avoid for several more). A picture of another friend’s baby, barely distinguishable from the dozen posted the day before.
Some four billion pieces of content are shared every day by 845 million users. And while
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"Moshi Monsters signs record deal with Sony"


Moshi Monsters, the popular British children’s gaming website, has signed a record deal with Sony Music.

Moshi Monsters makes it third time lucky for dotcom entrepreneur Michael Acton Smith
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At 36, Michael Acton Smith has three internet ventures to his name including Moshi Monsters

Mind Candy, the company behind the game played by 60 million children aged between five to 12, has signed an agreement with the record label to release a series of albums.
The debut 12-track album, Moshi Monsters, Music Rox, features songs from popular characters such as Dr Stangeglove, Big Bad Bill and Sweettooth.
Jason Perry, head of Moshi Music and a former producer for McFly and The Pussy Cat
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"Facebook in new row over sharing users’ data with moderators"

  3. : New information about Facebook’s outsourced moderation process shows that the social network shares more personal information with moderators than it has so far acknowledged.

    Close up of a woman hand holding an iPad checking her Facebook page

    The social network was criticized last week after gossip site Gawkerexposed it as employing third-party content moderators in the developing world for one dollar an hour.
    Facebook responded saying: “No user information beyond the content in question and the source of the report is shared.”
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"Samsung Galaxy S III 'to launch in April'"


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    3. Samsung's new flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S III, will launch in Britain in April, it has been claimed.

The Samsung Galaxy S2 is considered by many to be the best Android phone currently on the market
The Samsung Galaxy S2 is considered by many to be the best Android phone currently on the market 

The new Samsung handset will supersede the Galaxy S II, which is widely seen as the top Android smartphone. ZDNet Korea claimed to have confirmed the April launch with Samsung's advertising agency.
Features for the Galaxy S III have not been officially released but the technology blog Boy Genius Report claimed it would feature a 1.5ghz quad-core processor, a 4.8-inch 1080p
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"Now, use Facebook for your financial transactions"

Now, use Facebook for your financial transactions
Banks and stock broking firms are beginning to carry out business on Facebook.
MUMBAI: Banks and stock broking firms are beginning to carry out business on Facebook, an important step as they try to build deeper customer relationships through social media platforms. With nearly 45 million users in India and growing rapidly, Facebook's popularity is making banks test the waters with a few basic services to discover how comfortable customers are carrying out transactions on the social networking site. 

ICICI Bank, India's largest private bank, is one of the early movers. Its application lets customers check the balance in accounts; request statements and cheque books; or even upgrade debit cards right from their Facebook home page. "Social media is not a fringe channel and has become an
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"Microsoft offers free trial of Windows 8"

Microsoft offers free trial of Windows 8LONDON: Microsoft gave reviewers and the public their first taste of its revolutionary new operating system Windows 8, the Daily Mail reported Thursday. 

Windows 8 will run on tablets as well as desktops and laptops - and is a sea-change for Windows that is seen as a make-or-break opportunity for Microsoft. The free trial was offered Wednesday. 

Tablets and cloud computing have made chairman Bill Gates' vision of "a computer on every desk and in every home" seem quaint - Windows 8 aims to adapt the iconic
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