Technology Sector

Arjun Singh misses IIT Bhubaneswar laying ceremony

Arjun Singh to launch National Mission on Education todayBhubaneswar, Feb 12, : Union Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh on Thursday missed the foundation stone laying ceremony of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bhubaneswar in Orissa's Khorda District.

Singh could not come and the ceremony was held in his absence at Kansapada.

IIT, Bhubaneswar is among the eight new IITs that are to established in the country by the Human Resource Development Ministry.

Slowdown hits PC sales

Slowdown hit PC salesThe ongoing world financial crisis impacted PC sales with leading computer manufacturers Intel and AMD estimated about 40 per cent decline in PC sales in the quarter ended December 31, 2008.

Earlier, Manufacturers Association of Information Technology (MAIT) and IDC forecasted steep decline in PC sales, clearly due to decline in demand in IT segment under the impact of global slowdown.

Details released on 65-million-dollar Facebook payoff

Details released on 65-million-dollar Facebook payoff Los Angeles  - A law firm has released details of what was supposed to be a confidential 65-million-dollar payoff by Facebook to plaintiffs who claimed the social networking site was based on their ideas.

The payment was made by Facebook last year to smaller rival ConnectU, which had accused Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg, a fellow Harvard University graduate, of stealing their ideas to create his site. The ConnectU founders claimed to have hired Zuckerberg while all were students at Harvard University to create a college dating site.

Taiwan government backs Elpida-Taiwan chip makers' merger

Taiwan government backs Elpida-Taiwan chip makers' merger Taipei  - Taiwan on Wednesday lent its support to the proposed merger of Japan's top producer of computer chips - Elpida Memory Inc - with three Taiwan firms, but said details are still being discussed.

Economics Minister Yin Chi-ming made the statement to the Central News Agency (CNA) after Japanese press reported that Elpida and the three Taiwan chip makers would clink the deal Wednesday.

Now, a tool to keep a tab on buses via cell phone

Washington, Feb 11: Hate waiting for your bus? Take heart, for two University of Washington students have developed a new tool that can allow you to keep a track of the vehicle using a cell phone, iPhone or computer.

OneBusAway, created by Brian Ferris, a UW doctoral student in computer science and Kari Watkins, a UW doctoral student in civil and environmental engineering since a year, already helps bus riders in Seattle to keep tabs on their buses.

OneBusAway has processed 20,000 automated phone calls since June, and the Web site gets an average of 1,000 hits a day.

People have found out about the tool on blogs, from stickers posted at a few UW campus bus stops, from a mention in a Seattle magazine and by word-of-mouth.

CEOs blamed for computer attacks at workplaces

London, Feb 9 : It's the CEOs who are responsible for any data that has leaked because of unprotected networks in offices, say technology experts.

In order to prevent the network from viruses and hacker attacks, most companies insist their computers are "locked down" so that employees can''t run unauthorised software or CD and DVD content.

But the same rule doesn't apply to the senior leaders of a company.

"But woe betide the lowly IT director that would inconvenience the CEO with such restrictions," New Scientist magazine quoted Glenn Zimmerman, a technology expert with the Pentagon''s cyberspace task force, as saying.