Information Technology

Nordic countries excel at exploiting information technology

information technologyGeneva - Nordic countries lead the way in harnessing information and communication technology, ICT, for business development and competitiveness, according to a report published Wednesday.

Denmark tops the survey carried out by the Geneva-based economic think tank, the World Economic Forum (WEF), for the second year in a row followed by Sweden.

Switzerland, the US and Singapore are ranked third, fourth and fifth respectively in the seventh Global Information Technology Report 2007-2008 which assesses the impact and effective use of IT on a nation's economy.

Nanoparticle self-assembly model offers hope for improved IT, tissue engineering in future

Washington, April 8: A researcher of Indian origin at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is working in collaboration with scientists at Carnegie Mellon University to improve technologies used in tissue engineering and information technology.

Engineering Professor Pushpendra Singh, an alumnus of IIT-Delhi, and Nadine Aubry, head of Carnegie Mellon’s Mechanical Engineering Department, have devised a method to herd nanoparticles into highly ordered two-dimensional lattices (monolayers) with adjustable spacing between the particles.

Foundation stone laid for new College of Jewish Studies in Germany

Heidelberg, Germany  - The foundation stone was laid Friday for a new building to house the College of Jewish Studies in the German university town of Heidelberg.

The college "is a meeting place for Jewish and non-Jewish Germans," said Guenter Oettinger, prime minister of Baden-Wuerttemberg, the federal state where Heidelberg is located.

Members of Germany's Jewish community attended the ceremony, among them Charlotte Knobloch, president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany.

Knobloch said the new centre, due for completion in 2009, combines the traditions of Jewish teaching and learning with the future.

CCEA approves policy for Information Technology Investment Regions

Information TechnologyNew Delhi, Apr 3: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) today gave its approval to the proposal to create Information Technology Investment Regions (ITIRs).

These ITIRs would be endowed with excellent infrastructure and supported through investor-friendly policies.

ITIRs were conceptualized keeping in view the need to boost the growth of both IT/ITES and Electronic Hardware Manufacturing (EHM) units.

These regions would become major magnets for investment creating employment opportunities and economic growth in the area.

CII, NIIT join hands for ICT development in Africa

New Delhi, Apr. 3: ITC AfricaThe Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), India's apex industry body and the National Institute of Information Technology (NIIT) have entered into an agreement to help create ICT infrastructure and foster International Software Talent in the African continent.

As part of this capacity building and skill development endeavour, NIIT and CII will share high quality education resources from India and involve other appropriate players from the Indian industry to help Africa develop human capital for the global IT industry.

Now IITs set to propose fee hike

Now IITs set to propose fee hikeNew Delhi, Apr 01: It is now the turn of the prestigious IITs after the IIMs to propose a fee hike citing the need to improve their "economic health."

"There is a proposal to hike the fee. But the final decision will come from the government," Professor Surendra Prasad, Director of IIT Delhi. The proposal has been made to help augment the premier institution's resources, he said.

The annual fees in the seven IITs could be doubled to Rs 50,000, he said.

Brit students using ‘sob stories' to scoop extra marks in exams

Brit students using ‘sob stories' to scoop extra marks in examsLondon, Apr 1: In the quest of winning extra marks in their exams, British pupils are increasingly using "sob stories" of hay fever, death of a pet and headaches, according to new figures.

The students are making full use of the week they are given after their last exam in a subject in order to make a plea for extra marks.

New figures indicate that more than 300,000 pupils have claimed for "special consideration" marks in their GCSE and A-level examinations.

Oxford maths prodigy now working as a £130-an-hour hooker

London, March 31: Oxford University LogoA child Math prodigy who won a place at Oxford University when she was just 13, is now working as a 130pounds-an-hour prostitute in Manchester, it has been revealed.

Sufiah Yusof, now 23, whose father Farooq is a Pakistani and mother Halimathon is from Johor, was reported to have entertained an undercover reporter from Britain's News of the World, in her flat in Manchester.

Online book piracy worries UK Society of Authors

London, March 31: Online book piracy worries UK Society of AuthorsA trade union of more than 8,500 professional writers in the UK says that online book piracy may eventually drive authors to stop writing, unless needful measures are devised to compensate them for lost sales.

The Society of Authors strongly believes that illegal downloading, which has already affected the music business, has begun to affect the book trade too.

Addicted to e-mails, text messages? You may be suffering from a mental illness

EmailMelbourne, Mar 26 : If you are one of those who send excessive emails and text messages, then chances are that you are suffering from a mental illness, according to a new research.

The new research suggests that people who leave office, only to log on to their PCs as soon as they reach home, could be suffering from another form of mental illness.

The article, by Dr Jerald Block, said there were four symptoms: suffering from feelings of withdrawal when a computer cannot be accessed; an increased need for better equipment; need for more time to use it; and experiencing the negative repercussions of their addiction.

DEFCOM INDIA 2008 to discuss technology, anti-technology challenges before defence forces

New Delhi, Mar. 25: India DefenceThe industry, academia and the armed forces must converge in order to meet the technology challenges facing the armed forces, especially in the information technology sector, and the upcoming DEFCOM INDIA 2008 seminar and exposition being organized by the Corps of Signals and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), will go a long way in achieving this, claimed Lt. Gen. S P Sree Kumar, Signal Officer-in-Chief, Integrated Headquarters of the Ministry of Defence (Army), in New Delhi today.

'Semantic web' could displace Google, says Berners-Lee

'Semantic web' could displace Google, says Berners-LeeLondon, Mar 13: Google may soon be displaced from its position as the paramount brand on the internet by a 'mega-mash-up' company is able to harness the power of next-generation web technology known as the "semantic web," says the inventor of the World Wide Web Sir Tim Berners-Lee.

Google has been the most effective way of searching for pages on the internet, but now the “web of the future" would make it possible to link any kind of information, such as a photo or a bank statement, with any other.

IT pros with MBAs earn more than bachelors’ or masters’ in other domains

Information TechnologyWashington, Mar 12: Information Technology (IT) professionals with an MBA will have heavier pockets than those with just bachelors’ degrees or even other masters’ degrees, says a new study by two Indian origin researchers.

The study “Human Capital and Institutional Effects in the Compensation of Information Technology Professionals in the United States,” by Sunil Mithas of the University of Maryland and M. S. Krishnan of the University of Michigan, has cited that IT professionals with MBAs earn 46pct more than IT professionals with bachelors’ degrees and

Emails have become an office ‘curse’

Emails have become an office ‘curse’London, Mar 10 : Emails were once touted as the biggest office tool, facilitating smooth and timely co-ordination within and outside the office. But it is now claimed that emails eat up huge amounts of work time.

Research firm the Radicati Group has claimed that today, an average employee wastes almost 90 minutes to two hours per day scanning through hundreds of emails, a chunk of which is spam and junk mail.

Their results have indicated the worldwide email traffic to be 196 billion messages a day. And it has been predicted to touch 374 billion per day by 2011.

IIT-alumnus develops software to help fight online fraud

Online FraudLondon, Mar 6 : An IIT Kharagpur alumna and his colleague have designed a new software that can help stem fraud against poker websites, by doing what poker players wish they could — monitor an opponent’s tendencies while gambling.

Web-based casinos have become the target of phishing, where players' identities are stolen through emails contending to be from the casino but originally belonging to cheaters trying to get hold of account details.

‘Safe and trusted’ websites may result in identity theft, fraud

Sydney, Mar 1: One can do away with fear of any harm to his or her personal details by visiting the most trusted sites on Internet. But this might just prove to be an illusion as a new Internet security threat called "drive-by downloading,” may result in identity theft and fraud without your knowledge.

Internet users without any state-of-the-art Internet security software on their PCs are at risk even if they visit popular and trusted sites.

Usually, drive-by downloading takes place when a user visits a hacked site. Later, the website looks for vulnerabilities in the user's PC

Rail tickets on smart card in Mumbai suburban service

New Delhi, Feb 26 :Smart Card Presenting the Railway Budget for 2008-09 in the Lok Sabha today, Railways Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav announced the availability of rail ticket, monthly season tickets and platform tickets on smart card for the Mumbai Suburban Service.

This service would be launched by the end of next month. The Central Railways has already started a trial run for this purpose through public-private partnership.

Pak Senate Opposition to axe amended PEMRA laws

Pak Senate Opposition to axe amended PEMRA lawsIslamabad, Feb 25: The combined opposition in the Pakistan Senate is set to give its first jolt to President Pervez Musharraf by disapproving two Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) laws that were amended by him.

The session begins today to discuss a three-point agenda seeking a debate on the current political and law and order situation, bomb blasts and target killings, increasing prices and shortage of essential items and the opposition's resolutions for the disapproval of PEMRA laws that placed restrictions on the media.

Clampdown on pro-anorexia websites urged

London, Feb 24 :pro-anorexia websites Pro-anorexia sites, such as Facebook and MySpace, which encourage teenage girls to compete to lose weight and provide tips on fasting, should be tackled by the British government, say campaigners.

Medical experts are afraid that the growing numbers of teenagers in Britain are being ‘sucked’ into a culture dominated by websites that promote anorexia and bulimia as a ‘lifestyle choice’.

Although Internet providers can shut down the sites, new ones appear as quickly in their place.

Here’s how hard you can punch without breaking your fist

New Delhi, Feb. 20 :NIIT-IT Microsoft Corporation and NIIT, have agreed to deepen their ongoing alliance to make available a large pool of Microsoft Certified professionals for global talent requirement.

As per the agreement, Microsoft Learning will provide rights of its licensed educational content to NIIT, for assisting IT professionals, software developers, businesses, and others, to gain skills on Microsoft technologies and products. With the integration of Microsoft Authorized Curriculum into its flagship career program-GNIIT, NIIT will enable career aspirants and IT professionals to earn Microsoft Certification.

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