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Is GDrive, Google’s next salvo tapping cloud computing? So believes several industry watchers. Speculations are rife that the company
is set to launch ‘GDrive’, which would allow people to store almost all their data on the internet and access it from wherever they are.

Says the US-based technology news website: “Throw your hard drive away, Google’s Gdrive is arriving in 2009.”

The GDrive is expected to allow people to access and update all their online data such as emails, photographs, music, documents and spreadsheets from any device with an internet connection.

Google has been working hard to convince computer users of the benefits of ‘cloud computing’, in which the web rather than the hard drive is used as the place to store information. GDrive is likely to bring together all of Google’s existing web-based services.

TG Daily believes that GDrive could “cause a major paradigm shift in how we use computers and bring Google one step closer to dethroning Windows on your desktop”.

However, according to certain analysts it may not be prudent to entrust Google with so much personal or commercial data. They argue that information is not as safe in the cloud as it is in a computer.

Google reportedly refused to comment on the topic.

source : http://infotech.indiatimes.com/


Research In Motion (RIM) will soon introduce ‘unlocked’ versions of its signature handset BlackBerry in India.

Unlocked versions of the phone will allow the currently network-restricted (Airtel, Reliance Communications, and Vodafone) BlackBerry to function on the network of any telecom service provider.

After attempting an image transition from being just an enterprise phone to a multimedia device in order to appeal more audiences, now RIM wants to attract another segment of the Indian masses that prefers to choose its telecom service provider.

BlackBerry comes under the premium segment handset bracket; hence to crack the Indian market, it may also introduce a price-wise stripped down version of the Blackberry for the Indian market, reports suggest.

Till now, the BlackBerry products were sold in India through partnerships with telecom operators.

Now that there will be no such restrictions, to increase its presence in the market, BlackBerry handsets will now be more in sight of the consumers as RIM has collaborated with Redington India — a distributor for popular brands like Nokia, Western Digital, IBM, Canon, Samsung, Seagate, APC, Asus, Computer Associates, Cisco, HCL and Hitachi.

Redington will offer a wide range of BlackBerry smartphones beginning with the BlackBerry Pearl series, the BlackBerry Curve series and the BlackBerry Bold smartphone.

As part of the retail distribution agreement with Redington India, BlackBerry smartphones and service plans from supported carriers will initially be available in retail and modern trade outlets across nine cities: Mumbai, Delhi, NCR, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Pune and Ahmedabad.

RIM also plans to launch localized applications in India for specific areas such as entertainment and sports.

The company currently has 13 handsets in India — the latest one being the BlackBerry Storm, RIM’s very first touchscreen phone which is a strong competitor for the Apple iPhone.


Matthew Hayden, one of the batting mainstays of the Australian cricket for over a decade, announced his immediate retirement from representative cricket at a press conference. The move came in after he was struggling to get his rhythm right from a long time.

“Today I’m announcing my retirement from representative cricket, effective immediately,” Hayden told the press conference.

“I know that now is the time to move on.”

“I am retiring from cricket, not from life, there is still so much that I want to achieve and contribute to the community.”

Hayden’s anticipated announcement at the age of 37 followed a poor run of form in Australia’s recent losing Test series against India and South Africa.

The aggressive left-hander leaves after 103 Tests with 8,625 runs at a batting average of 50.74.

He hit 30 centuries, which ranks him sixth all-time highest century-scorer behind Indian Sachin Tendulkar’s 41.

source : http://www.zeenews.com/

Even before the dust settled on the controversy involving Satyam’s debarment, the World Bank on Monday revealed that action has been taken against a total of five entities in India, including Wipro Technologies, and an individual.

The action was initiated against these entities and individual as they were found to have “violated the fraud and corruption provisions of the Procurement Guidelines or the Consultant Guidelines,” besides offering improper benefits to Bank staff.

Megasoft became the third Indian software vendor to have attracted the Bank’s ire, while Nestor Pharmaceuticals and Gap International were non-IT entities. An individual Surendra Singh was barred from doing business with the Bank for violating guidelines.

While Wipro was barred for four years beginning June 2007 for “providing improper benefits to Bank staff”, Megasoft barred for an identical period beginning December 2007 for “participating in a joint venture with Bank staff while also conducting business with the Bank.”

The report further added that a multi-million-dollar software facility being built on Deak in University’s campus in Geelong is also under a cloud as the future of Satyam remains uncertain.

On Wednesday, Satyam’s founder-chairman B Ramalinga Raju admitted of inflating the accounts of the firm and was later arrested with B Rama Raju, his brother and co-founder, on charges of criminal breach of trust, criminal conspiracy, cheating, falsification of records and forgery.

Satyam chief financial officer Srinivas Vadlamani was also arrested on Saturday. The Satyam fraud case has forced the Indian government to appoint three members to the board of Satyam after it dismissed the incumbent board to restore investors confidence.

In a statement late last night, the World Bank said that it decided to “make public the names of all the companies that have been debarred from receiving direct contracts from the Bank group under its corporate procurement programme.

“This change was made in the interest of fairness and transparency… From now on the Bank group would publicly list names of companies debarred from its corporate procurement.”

Commenting on the World Bank action, Wipro said in a statement this morning: “Our inability to get future business from World Bank will not adversely affect our business and results of operations.”

Megasoft officials too said that the debarment will not have no revenue implication for the company. Earlier, Satyam, which was debarred for eight years beginning September 2008, had demanded an apology for making public its name and withdrawal of what it called “inappropriate” statement by the Bank. The Bank had refused to apologise.

source :http://www.zeenews.com/

The battle for the box office supremacy is getting bigger as India’s top stars slug it out for the number one position. According to box office reports, currently Aamir Khan seems to be leading the race with his mega-hit, ‘Ghajini‘, which seems to be rewriting the rulebook. The film has reportedly grossed Rs 200 crore in two weeks — totting up a domestic gross of Rs 160 crore and an overseas collection of Rs 40 crore — with the great Indian diaspora in the US leading the pack of ‘Ghajini’ fans.

According to trade portals, the formula-ridden, albeit smartly executed, revenge drama has become the third highest grosser in Bollywood, in terms of profits it has brought in for distributors. It ranks third after Sunny Deol’s slugfest in ‘Gadar’ and Sooraj Barjatya’s paean to the Indian parivar, ‘Hum Aapke Hain Kaun’. Gadar reportedly garnered Rs 58 crore as the distributor’s share, ‘Hum Aapke Hain Kaun’ Rs 54 crore while ‘Ghajini’ has raked in an impressive Rs 50-51 crore, in just two weeks. These figures do not include other avenues of earnings, like overseas collections, video and satellite rights etc.

The other top earners in this category are ‘Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge’, ‘Dhoom 2’, ‘Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi’, ‘Krissh’, ‘Om Shanti Om’, ‘Raja Hindustani’ and ‘Welcome’. Technically however, ‘Sholay’ remains the biggest blockbuster of all times with an adjusted gross of over Rs 300 crore. But ‘Sholay’ of course, never made its millions in two-three weeks.

‘Ghajini’ may have enabled Aamir Khan to out-do contemporary rivals like Shah Rukh Khan and Akshay Kumar but trade circles still believe SRK and Akshay are the proverbial hit machines, going by their track record.

Akshay has had a dream run for the last two years with almost everything he touches turning to gold, irrespective of the quality of the film. ‘Heyy Baby’, ‘Bhool Bhulaiyya’, ‘Namastey London’, ‘Singh is Kingh’, ‘Welcome’ and now, the to-be-released autobiographical, ‘Chandni Chowk to China’: the pitch currently seems to be perfect for this Khiladi. Till date, Akshay’s highest scorer remains ‘Welcome’ with adjusted collections of Rs 94 crore.

Shah Rukh, of course, has always been the BO badshah, having given the industry the largest number of hits, after Amitabh Bachchan.

His highest grosser remains the record-busting ‘Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge’, followed by ‘Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi’, ‘Om Shanti Om’, ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’, ‘Kabhie Khushi Kabhi Gham’, ‘Dil To Paagal Hai’, ‘Mohabbatein’, ‘Chak De India’, ‘Kabhi Alvida Nahin Kehna’…an endless list indeed!

For Aamir, the ‘Ghajini’ high outdoes his earlier BO high of Rs 154 crore (adjusted) for ‘Raja Hindustani’. Needless to say, Aamir’s ‘other’ films like ‘Lagaan’, ‘Rang De Basanti’ and ‘Taare Zameen Par’, have brought him laurels and critical acclaim that generally eludes mainstream actors.

There is a fourth player in this race too: Salman Khan. The actor may not be a contender for the number one slot anymore, yet his hold on the box office remains firm as ever. ‘Hello’ and ‘Yuvraj’ may have bitten the dust last year, but the Sallu fan club is still not ready to write him off. Specially with the action-packed ‘Wanted Dead or Alive’ and ‘Veer’ promising to re-launch the original eight-pack hero in his AXN avtar, apart from the romantic comedy,

‘Main aur Mrs Khanna’ and ‘London Dreams’. But the race is going to be rough since 2009 sees them all showcasing their wares: Aamir with ‘3 Idiots’, Akshay with ‘Chandni Chowk to China’, ‘8 by 10’, ‘De Dhana Dan’, ‘House Full’, ‘Blues’ and ‘Kambhakt Ishq’, Hrithik Roshan with ‘Kites’ and Shah Rukh Khan with ‘Billu Barber’ and ‘My Name is Khan’. Ready for the rumble in the jungle?

source : http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/

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