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Monday, February 28, 2005, 9:39 AM

Web Search: Do you want to have a Vertical now

Google has been so far de-facto for most of us when it comes to web-search. But increasingly there have been an urge to search a topic within a vertical and surely Google is not as yet ready. Though insiders says that google is working to provide several vertical searches with in its horizontal search, here are few of the search engines I recently discovered
1. Kayak: for travel search
2. Lycos Dating : for dating
3. Indeed: for jobs

Thanks for your insights Fred & Tom .

Sunday, February 27, 2005, 1:00 PM

Skype Going Wireless

Skype has reached an agreement with Motorola that aims to embed Skype software onto a number of Motorola WiFi-, 3G-, and even WiMax-enabled mobile phones in the near future. As a result, subscribers will be able to make free national calls and low-cost international calls by using the Internet to carry calls rather than standard mobile networks. In addition, both companies plan to co-market products embedded with Bluetooth or other wireless technologies before bringing the aforementioned handsets with preinstalled software to market....By Michael Sciannamea

Friday, February 25, 2005, 3:50 PM

Want to peek what world is searching for...

Google again..

Just wondering if you are interested to find what all people are searching around the globe. Google has come up with a
Zeitgeist which lists the top queries made by google users in different regions, list has some obvious entries (tsunami tops the aggregated list) and have some surprises.

Whatsoever, I think this list can give you a snapshot of whats HOT in that region including
Popular TV Shows & Popular Actresses ;) have a look

Using air to charge cellphones?

All you need to charge your mobile is -- air!

Students at the Department of Industrial Design at Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi have attached a turbine with a mobile phone that helps charge it even when the user is travelling, Head of the Department Professor Lalit Kumar Das told PTI.

"The electricity generated by the turbine when moved by wind energy could charge a cellphone in an emergency. It generates electricity to the tune of 3 to 4 watts which is sufficient to charge a mobile phone," he said.

The specially designed turbine, which costs about Rs 200 to be developed inside a laboratory, is so small that it could be easily kept in a pocket, he said.

The primary objective of the device is to extend mobile 'connectivity' where there is no electricity. The device also saves energy, though not to a significant extent, he said.

The electricity could also be used for other purposes such as illumination and playing a radio. High intensity light devices (HILDs) and radio require low energy to function that could be easily provided by the turbine, he said.

The device is best suited for coastal areas where the wind flows almost continuously.

The technique is not yet commercialised but the department has sent a proposal to the ministry of science and technology to help manufacture the turbine on a large scale, Das said.

"The device will help mobile phone users charge their phones while travelling in a bus, a car or a train. All they need to do is -- place the turbine against the wind flow. It will use wind energy to move the turbine thereby generating energy," he said.

The students have also used a spring in the device that can store energy through a handle. It could be used to charge a mobile during power cuts, the scientist added....rediff reports

To brand, or not to brand?

Two San Mateo companies (Sorrent & Digital Chocolate namely) are wrestling with that question as they battle to entice people to play video games on their cell phones. Are consumers more likely to be attracted to games associated with titles they're accustomed to playing or do they want original games designed specifically for the small screen? The winner could take the lead in what is expected to be a $1.5 billion industry in the United States by 2008.....complete story

Thursday, February 24, 2005, 2:26 PM

Camera phones aid doctors

Just few days back we were mulling over the feature wish-list within the mobile phones, and all sorts of idea popped around like a blood pressure, temprature measurement, which when user holds his phone for certain duration, can transmit the data to his/her doctor and can get some prescription. Think of a device which can capture your body internal dynamics and generate a report at the Doctor's server.....;;) .

Here I found a practical approach to one such wish..hope all that grinned listening those not-so-bad ideas may like reading the story..

Researchers in Switzerland reported Monday the devices could be used to help diagnose and suggest treatment for some serious wounds in patients in remote locations far removed from a physician... read complete story here

Is it the time for subpoena for Google ?

When you grow big, your moves are watched at microscopic level, and your expertise, techniques, algorithms...whatever made you standout are criticized for your success. Its time for Google on anvil

The nine points which have been raised in connection with this nomination necessarily focused on privacy issues (courtesy: Google Watch):

1. Google's immortal cookie:
Google was the first search engine to use a cookie that expires in 2038. This was at a time when federal websites were prohibited from using persistent cookies altogether. Now it's years later, and immortal cookies are commonplace among search engines; Google set the standard because no one bothered to challenge them. This cookie places a unique ID number on your hard disk. Anytime you land on a Google page, you get a Google cookie if you don't already have one. If you have one, they read and record your unique ID number.

Google records everything they can:

For all searches they record the cookie ID, your Internet IP address, the time and date, your search terms, and your browser configuration. Increasingly, Google is customizing results based on your IP number. This is referred to in the industry as "IP delivery based on geolocation."

3. Google retains all data indefinitely:
Google has no data retention policies. There is evidence that they are able to easily access all the user information they collect and save.

4. Google won't say why they need this data:
Inquiries to Google about their privacy policies are ignored. When the New York Times (2002-11-28) asked Sergey Brin about whether Google ever gets subpoenaed for this information, he had no comment.

5. Google hires spooks:
Matt Cutts, a key Google engineer, used to work for the National Security Agency. Google wants to hire more people with security clearances, so that they can peddle their corporate assets to the spooks in Washington.

6. Google's toolbar is spyware:
With the advanced features enabled, Google's free toolbar for Explorer phones home with every page you surf, and yes, it reads your cookie too. Their privacy policy confesses this, but that's only because Alexa lost a class-action lawsuit when their toolbar did the same thing, and their privacy policy failed to explain this. Worse yet, Google's toolbar updates to new versions quietly, and without asking. This means that if you have the toolbar installed, Google essentially has complete access to your hard disk every time you connect to Google (which is many times a day). Most software vendors, and even Microsoft, ask if you'd like an updated version. But not Google. Any software that updates automatically presents a massive security risk.

7. Google's cache copy is illegal:
Judging from Ninth Circuit precedent on the application of U.S. copyright laws to the Internet, Google's cache copy appears to be illegal. The only way a webmaster can avoid having his site cached on Google is to put a "noarchive" meta in the header of every page on his site. Surfers like the cache, but webmasters don't. Many webmasters have deleted questionable material from their sites, only to discover later that the problem pages live merrily on in Google's cache. The cache copy should be "opt-in" for webmasters, not "opt-out."

8. Google is not your friend:
By now Google enjoys a 75 percent monopoly for all external referrals to most websites. Webmasters cannot avoid seeking Google's approval these days, assuming they want to increase traffic to their site. If they try to take advantage of some of the known weaknesses in Google's semi-secret algorithms, they may find themselves penalized by Google, and their traffic disappears. There are no detailed, published standards issued by Google, and there is no appeal process for penalized sites. Google is completely unaccountable. Most of the time Google doesn't even answer email from webmasters.

9. Google is a privacy time bomb:
With 200 million searches per day, most from outside the U.S., Google amounts to a privacy disaster waiting to happen. Those newly-commissioned data-mining bureaucrats in Washington can only dream about the sort of slick efficiency that Google has already achieved.

Tuesday, February 22, 2005, 9:34 AM

Oxford dictionary's SMS-savvy

:-0 (surprised), :-q (I don’t understand), :’-( (crying), :-1 (bored) and :-d (laughing) all this and more on Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary more

Saturday, February 19, 2005, 5:28 PM

Gaming: making buzz at prime time

This lazy saturday when I was browsing & switching between TV channels, I suddenly glimpsed something different, I hurridly rolled back the channels, I was just thrilled to see a program on Gaming on CNBC.

It was really heartening to watch a discussion on digital gaming on the prime business channel, clearly signalling that gaming is catching up with mainstream business, making mark on indian economics and making it more killer.

Discussion featured Jayant Sharma ( CEO, Milestone Interactive), Vishal Gondal ( Founder CEO, Indiagames) and a senior executive from Samsung mobile on "That's Entertainment" of CNBC.

Are they really Dumb !!

Here comes "The 101 Dumbest Moments in Business" which includes dont just worry if you also do something similar , just move on ;)

Nigah buland, sukhan dil nawaz, jan pursoz
yehi hain rakt-e-safar mir-e-caravan ke liye

"A lofty vision; a voice which touches the heart, a consciousness suffused with compassion, these are the only real requirements for the leader of the caravan"

Thursday, February 17, 2005, 10:33 AM

When Game is not a Game

Offcourse making a game is not a game anymore, but ever wondered when some most popular games were intially created not for entertainment but for testing the target system capabilities???? Coupled with a brief histroy of Snake evolution (offcourse on digital game world) here is a interesting note

Mobile gaming: From a time killer to a killer app.

In the mid-1990s, a cell phone game meant one thing—a digital snake scrolling across a monochromatic screen. But nearly a decade after Nokia embedded handsets with its first Snakes cell phone game, the company’s new N-Gage gamer phone mirrors the upward trajectory of the mobile gaming market.

Mobile games are maturing from a time killer to killer app.. read here

Wednesday, February 16, 2005, 6:21 PM

Subscription price beating complex

Here is a wonderful article on benefits of charging a service as subscription & not as per usage by Tom Evslin and I just flashbacked to find that even I recently upgraded to Reliance broadband package which allows me to access internet unlimited (offcourse with the upper cap of 1GB) from my CDMA phone.

Hot example, Napster which has already started given competition to Apple's iTunes by introducing Napstet-to-go services. Napster Vs iTunes here is the report

Friday, February 11, 2005, 12:26 PM

Wana buy new mobile phone ....huff..huff

I never knew how difficult it would be for a general people to buy a new mobile phone till one of my friend asked me the same question to me. I do generally keep my phones and greycells updated with mobile domain.

Here are few links which can be helpful for anyone who is planning to buy new mobile phones.

Various Nokia phones can be compared here but I did not found it comparing all new handsets. One can see the latest Nokia models here

Sony Ericsson here Its P900, P900i are the one of the cool smart-phone/PDA products.

Phone Selection questionnaire by Motorola

Thursday, February 03, 2005, 10:42 AM

Senesce: Indian Mobile Market

Though we often have issues pertaining to network congestion, delayed SMS, erroneous bills, recent developments at Indian wireless industry is reiterating its market potential & will to grow. Hope we all will soon see a better, matured mobile industry, which is all set to play the next innings, Here are few news:

- FDI cap hiked to 74% for Telecom, welcomed across the industry, and surely going to have multiplier effect.

- Warburg Pincus earns $500+ millions in just six months by selling its stake in Bharti Televentures making a mark in Indian Market ...more

- Sunil Bharti Mittal becomes the first indian to joins GSM association board ..more

- CII organises first of its kind expo for eveyone in Mobile Value Chain...more

Tuesday, February 01, 2005, 3:13 PM

Gadgets set tone at music market

Ever wondered, if you can hear that dazzling surround sound effects while you are on move...engieneer from germany have enhanced mp3 format to deliver cinema quality multichannel more.

'MP3 Surround' is a format for storing compressed multi-channel audio material. It allows encoding multi-channel sound data in high quality at bit rates comparable to those currently used to encode stereo material. Most important, the new format is completely backward compatible to existing stereo MP3 software and devices. Its available for download here