Monday, June 25, 2007

Whoops! There Goes My Job

I'm starting to love the insight being given by Bob Weinstein in his articles from gantthead.com. Here is another one from him which focuses on the job outsourcing trends and challenges for a near Amrican jobs future in the perspective of an American.

Techies and IT people are very happy these days, as well they should be. It isn’t job utopia, because there are still plenty of experienced IT pros out of work. For the most part, however, the job picture is nothing to complain about. This is not breaking news. It’s been this way for several months now, and I’ve written about it before. But I’ve also been a profit of gloom. Doomsday is not on the horizon, but darker days may be ahead if you’re not on top of market realities. Human beings have a way of fooling themselves and believing that because things are good at this very moment, they will stay that way.

There is something to say for the Buddhist “living in the moment” philosophy, but it’s also very dangerous if you expect to stay on top of your game. There’s more to the Buddhist doctrine, however. It goes on to say that we are accountable for our actions until the end of our lives.

Apply that notion to your career, and you’ll start making smart decisions and logical assumptions about your future. A short while ago, I posed this question: What will you do if the economy turns sour? Anything is possible, but a likely scenario is that U.S. companies will become so backlogged with projects that they’ll have no choice but to outsource and offshore their IT operations just to meet their production deadlines.

That’s largely because there is a shortage of qualified technology candidates to fill all the available jobs. Following the 2001 economic downturn, IT enrollment in colleges and universities fell dramatically. Since then, high school and college advisers have been doing a miserable job of luring young people back into technology programs.

In 2006, there were 7,798 undergraduate IT majors in the field, compared with 15,958 in 2000, according to The Computing Research Association, which has tracked enrollment in computer programs at four-year universities since 1974. As Mark Roberts, CEO of the National Association of Computer Consultant Businesses, said in a recent eWeek magazine story, “Tech just ain’t cool.” And parents aren’t encouraging their kids to go into technology, he added.

The result is that the demand for IT people is so strong, companies are outsourcing and offshoring their IT projects. And it’s only going to get worse. A 2007 Deloitte CEO Consulting survey said that CEOs are increasingly turning to overseas talent to compensate for the shortage of qualified workers. About 45 percent of respondents said that they are currently offshoring, and 55 percent said they are planning to offshore in the next five years.

Quoting Roberts again, “If we don’t have the people, the work will get pushed offshore. One way or another, companies will get their projects done. “ That’s a pity, because there is no better time to enter the IT field. If you’re thinking about a career change, you can’t go wrong with virtually anything connected with technology. While enrollments are not likely to return to 2000 levels, the good news is that more students are taking advantage of online technical degree programs. For the academic year, there was a slight uptick in the number of freshmen declaring computer science as a major.

Until recently, many of the snobby Ivy League schools have thumbed their noses at online degree programs. But more top schools are offering them. StanfordUniversity, for example, offers online master’s degrees in certain sciences. It’s time that we got off our high horses and gave the first-rate, acclaimed online programs the credit they deserve. The University of Phoenix, the nation’s largest for-profit online school, has been offering a raft of technical degree programs for several years.

Here’s some sound advice for senior and junior IT workers: Don’t assume you’ll remain employable. Because technology is constantly changing, there’s a good chance your skills will be obsolete if you don’t update them regularly. The only way to stay on top of your field is to take courses, enroll in training programs, get career-enhancing certifications--and do whatever else it takes to remain a hot property. You’ll kick yourself if you don’t. At the rate we’re going, if we don’t meet industry’s insatiable appetite for technical candidates, thousands of good IT jobs will be shipped overseas. And they’re not likely to come back so quickly.

Source: grantthead.com
Tags: Jobs Employer Job Trends Loosing Job

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Volunteers sought for Mars test - $158 per day

The European Space Agency (Esa) is after volunteers for a simulated human trip to Mars, in which six crew members spend 17 months in an isolation tank. They will live and work in a series of interlocked modules at a research institute in Moscow. Once the hatches are closed, the crew's only contact with the outside world is a radio link to "Earth" with a realistic delay of 40 minutes. It sounds like Big Brother, but there are no plans to televise the test. The modular "spacecraft" measures some 550 cubic meters (19,250 cubic feet), the equivalent of nine truck containers. It is based at the Russian Institute for Biomedical Problems in the Russian capital.

The goal is to gain insight into human behavior and group dynamics under the kinds of conditions astronauts would experience on a journey to Mars.

Big commitment

With the exception of weightlessness and radiation, the crew will experience most other aspects of long-haul space travel, such as cramped conditions, a high workload, lack of privacy, and limited supplies. The volunteers will be put through a number of scenarios, such as a simulated launch, outward journey of up to 250 days, an excursion on the Martian surface, followed by the return home.

The 500-day duration is close to the minimum estimated timescale needed for a human trip to the Red Planet. The Earthbound astronauts will have to deal with simulated emergencies and perhaps even real ones. But, while Esa says it will do nothing that puts the lives of the simulation crew at unnecessary risk, officials running the experiment have made it clear they would need a convincing reason to let someone out of the modules once the experiment had begun.

"The idea behind this experiment is simply to put six people in a very close environment and see how they behave," told Bruno Gardini, project manager for Esa's Aurora space exploration programme.

Team ethic

In all, 12 European volunteers will be needed. They must be aged 25-50, be in good health, have "high motivation" and stand up to 185cm tall. Smokers, or those with other addictions, to alcohol or illicit drugs, for example, will be rejected. Esa is also looking for a working knowledge of both English and Russian. "We will do pre-selection, medical tests, psychological tests, etc. But at the end, you really have to see how they react in as close to a real situation as possible on Earth," explained Mr Gardini. He added that the results would help define the selection criteria for a future Mars mission. "This is the beginning; it will be a long time before we go to Mars," the Esa official said.

"But this is a field which is difficult to quantify. It's human behaviour, so there's no method. The Russians have done lots of study in the past and we will be sharing some data. "We have to look at the mix of people; at the end of the day, we want a team."

Robots first

Marc Heppener, of Esa's Science and Application Division, said the crewmembers would get paid 120 euros (158 dollars) a day. Viktor Baranov, of Russia's Institute of Biomedical Problems, said his organisation had received about 150 applications, only 19 of which had come from women.

A precursor 105-day study is scheduled to start by mid-2008, possibly followed by another 105-day study, before the full 520-day project begins in late 2008 or early 2009. European scientists have been asked to submit proposals for experiments in the areas of psychology, medicine, physiology and mission operations. Mounting a mission to Mars would face many other hurdles, not least of which would be shielding the crew against the potentially deadly dose of radiation they would receive on the journey. Esa's Aurora programme has already begun preparations to land a rover - called ExoMars - on the Red Planet. It has the stated aim, however, of trying to get European astronauts to Mars at some time in the future.

Source: BBC Tech News
Tags: Mars Moon Space Astronaut

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

About Ron Paul

I happened to read a bit about and know a bit about Ron Paul at his official site ronpaul2008.com. I do not have much idea about the American Politics and I did not have the interest in learning about it too until I saw the movie "Good Shepherd". The recent discussions about Ron Paul made me to get to know about him. Here is a bit about him though you can always get it from here.

Congressman Ron Paul is the leading advocate for freedom in our nation’s capital. As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Dr. Paul tirelessly works for limited constitutional government, low taxes, free markets, and a return to sound monetary policies. He is known among his congressional colleagues and his constituents for his consistent voting record. Dr. Paul never votes for legislation unless the proposed measure is expressly authorized by the Constitution.In the words of former Treasury Secretary William Simon, Dr. Paul is the “one exception to the Gang of 535” on Capitol Hill.

Ron Paul was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Gettysburg College and the Duke University School of Medicine, before proudly serving as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force during the 1960s. He and his wife Carol moved to Texas in 1968, where he began his medical practice in Brazoria County. As a specialist in obstetrics/gynecology, Dr. Paul has delivered more than 4,000 babies. He and Carol, who reside in Lake Jackson, Texas, are the proud parents of five children and have 17 grandchildren.

While serving in Congress during the late 1970s and early 1980s, Dr. Paul’s limited-government ideals were not popular in Washington. In 1976, he was one of only four Republican congressmen to endorse Ronald Reagan for president.

During that time, Congressman Paul served on the House Banking committee, where he was a strong advocate for sound monetary policy and an outspoken critic of the Federal Reserve’s inflationary measures. He was an unwavering advocate of pro-life and pro-family values. Dr. Paul consistently voted to lower or abolish federal taxes, spending and regulation, and used his House seat to actively promote the return of government to its proper constitutional levels. In 1984, he voluntarily relinquished his House seat and returned to his medical practice.

Dr. Paul returned to Congress in 1997 to represent the 14th congressional district of Texas. He presently serves on the House Committee on Financial Services and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. He continues to advocate a dramatic reduction in the size of the federal government and a return to constitutional principles.

Congressman Paul’s consistent voting record prompted one of his congressional colleagues to say, “Ron Paul personifies the Founding Fathers’ ideal of the citizen-statesman. He makes it clear that his principles will never be compromised, and they never are.” Another colleague observed, “There are few people in public life who, through thick and thin, rain or shine, stick to their principles. Ron Paul is one of those few.”

Brief Overview of Congressman Paul’s Record:

He has never voted to raise taxes.
He has never voted for an unbalanced budget.
He has never voted for a federal restriction on gun ownership.
He has never voted to raise congressional pay.
He has never taken a government-paid junket.
He has never voted to increase the power of the executive branch.
He voted against the Patriot Act.
He voted against regulating the Internet.
He voted against the Iraq war.
He does not participate in the lucrative congressional pension program.
He returns a portion of his annual congressional office budget to the U.S. treasury every year.

Congressman Paul introduces numerous pieces of substantive legislation each year, probably more than any single member of Congress.

Tags: Ron Paul American Politics

Monday, June 11, 2007

Times Surely Have Changed

25 years ago

A program was ... a television show
An application was .. for employment
Windows were..... something u hated to clean
A cursor ... used profanity
A keyboard was ...a piano
Memory was..... something u lost with age
A CD was... a bank account
If u unzipped in public u went to jail
Compress was something u did to garbage
A hard drive was a long trip on the road
Log on was adding wood to fire
A backup happened to your toilet
A mouse pad was where a mouse lived
Cut.. u did with scissors
Paste.. u did with glue
A web was a spiders home
A Monitor was some one who used to keep watch on classmates in absence of teacher or
A Monitor was class (School's)representative
A Desktop was desk's top surface.
And a virus was the flu !!

Times surely have changed

Missing dog found 430 miles from home

A basset hound that disappeared from its California home in December has been found 430 miles away in Arizona. The dog, named Fred, was found by an employee Wednesday in the parking lot of the Second Chance Center for Animals in Flagstaff. The next morning, staff members with the shelter found a microchip in Fred that let them figure out he was registered at Riverside County Animal Control. The shelter contacted Fred's speechless owner on Friday. The owner said Fred disappeared after she moved to Riverside in December. She didn't know how he could have ended up in Flagstaff. Paul Fink, a veterinarian at the Flagstaff shelter and a pilot, has offered to fly the dog home to his family.
Source: Yahoo! News
Tags: Animals

China newspaper editors sacked over Tiananmen ad

A newspaper in southwest China has sacked three of its editors over an advertisement saluting mothers of protesters killed in the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, a source with knowledge of the gaffe said on Thursday.

Public discussion of the massacre is still taboo in China and the government has rejected calls to overturn the verdict that the student-led protests were subversive. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, were killed when the army crushed the democracy movement on June 4, 1989. Li Zhaojun, deputy editor-in-chief of the Chengdu Evening News in Sichuan's provincial capital Chengdu, and two other members of the tabloid's editorial office had been dismissed, the source told Reuters requesting anonymity.

The newspaper and the Chengdu city government declined to comment. Li could not be reached. On the 18th anniversary of the crackdown Monday, the lower right corner of page 14 of the Chengdu Evening News ran a tiny ad reading: "Paying tribute to the strong(-willed) mothers of June 4 victims." Authorities interrogated newspaper staff to find out how the advertisement slipped past censors. Newspaper ads need to be vetted in China.

Hong Kong's South China Morning Post said Wednesday a young female clerk allowed the tribute to be published because she had never heard of the crackdown. She phoned back the person who placed the ad to ask what June 4 meant and he told her it was the date of a mining disaster, the Post said. It was unclear if the man who placed the advertisement had been arrested.

The man also tried to place the same advertisement with two other Chengdu newspapers, the source said. "Staff at the other two newspapers also did not know what June 4 was, but they phoned and asked their superiors and he walked away," the source told Reuters. The Communist Party has banned references to the crackdown in state media, the Internet and books as part of a whitewash campaign, meaning most young Chinese are ignorant of the events. The 32-page Chengdu Evening News, which boasts a circulation of 200,000, has not suspended publication.

Source: Yahoo! News
Tags: Tiananmen Square crackdown China

Stolen keys delay start of military mission

Poland's 1,200 troops assigned to NATO forces in Afghanistan will not achieve full combat readiness for up to several weeks due to stolen vehicle keys, the defense ministry said Thursday.

"We had been told a 10 percent theft rate was likely in convoys brought in from Pakistan, but we had not expected the spare car keys to go missing," defense ministry spokesman Jaroslaw Rybak told news channel TVN24. "We shall have to send away for spares, so it may take from several days to several weeks for our contingent to become combat ready."

According to media reports, Polish troops taking part in NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan have been assigned to patrol the mountainous border area with Pakistan to search for Taliban guerrilla activity.

The military vehicles used by Polish forces include Poland's Land Rover-like Honkers and U.S.-built Humvees.

Atlantis astronauts plan 1st spacewalk

Astronauts James Reilly and Danny Olivas were planning to keep their eyes on their gloves Monday during the first spacewalk of Atlantis' visit to the international space station. A new spacewalking procedure requires astronauts to examine their gloves after every task to make sure there are no cuts in them. NASA put the procedure into place after astronaut Robert Curbeam last December apparently cut an outer layer of his glove during a spacewalk. Curbeam was never in any danger — in fact the cut was found during an examination on the ground several months later — but NASA wants to make sure there is no chance a leak could develop while an astronaut is in space.

"If we do have damage to the glove, it will help us detect where on the vehicle we have a sharp edge," Kirk Shireman, deputy program manager of the international space station, said Sunday. Reilly and Olivas plan to connect a new, 35,000-pound segment to the space station and remove bolts and restraints that hold in place a solar array, also a part of the segment, to be unfolded later in the mission. The new solar array will add about 14 kilowatts of power-generating capability to the station.

Reilly has gone on three previous spacewalks and Olivas is going on his first. While Reilly and Olivas are working as space electricians, engineers in Houston 220 miles below will evaluate whether a peeled-back thermal blanket on Atlantis should be fixed by astronauts. The loosened blanket, covering a 4-inch-by 6-inch area over a pod for engines, was discovered during an inspection of the space shuttle on Saturday.

A decision likely will be made in the next day or two, and if the answer is to fix it, another decision will be made on whether it will be done during one of three scheduled spacewalks or during an extra, unplanned one. "I'm leaning, maybe, a little bit toward doing it," said John Shannon, chairman of the mission management team. Engineers who had studied past damage to the blanket area on other shuttle missions were uncomfortable with the safety margins of a piece of the blanket sticking out during re-entry into Earth's atmosphere.

Temperatures on the shuttle's heat shield can reach as high as 2,900 degree Fahrenheit during re-entry, although the heat on the blanket's location during re-entry only reaches 700 degrees to 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit. "The concern is that if it sticks up, you get additional heating," Shannon said.

Engineers didn't think heat could burn through the graphite structure underneath the blanket, but they were worried it might cause some damage that would require repairs on the ground. The rest of the vehicle appeared to be in fine shape, NASA said.

Atlantis docked with the space station on Sunday, and the crews of both spacecraft greeted each other with hugs and handshakes. Prior to docking, astronauts inside the space station took photographs of the shuttle's belly when Atlantis was 600 feet below the orbiting outpost. Nothing "jumped out at us" during a review of the photos, Shannon said, although there did appear to be a few pieces of gap filler sticking out. Gap filler is material fitted between thermal tiles to prevent them from rubbing against each other.

U.S. astronauts Sunita Williams and Clayton Anderson traded out seatliners on the Russian emergency vehicle attached to the station. The seatliner exchange marked the official replacement of Williams by Anderson as a space station resident. Williams will return to Earth aboard Atlantis after more than six months in space.

Anderson, who will spend four months at the station, appeared to be getting his bearings in his new home when Mission Control asked him how he was doing via radio. "Aside from the fact that I don't know where anything is or how to do anything, I'm OK," he said.

Source: Yahoo! News

If it's not tennis elbow, it may be "Wiiitis"

When Dr.Julio Bonis awoke one Sunday morning with a sore shoulder, he could not figure out what he had done. It felt like a sports injury, but he had been a bit of a couch potato lately. Then he remembered his new Wii.

Bonis, 29, had spent hours playing Nintendo Co.'s new video game in which players simulate real movements. Bonis had been playing simulated tennis. It was not quite tennis elbow, he decided. "The variant in this patient can be labeled more specifically as 'Wiiitis,'" Bonis, a family practice physician, wrote in a letter to the New England Journal of Medicine
"The treatment consisted of ibuprofen for one week, as well as complete abstinence from playing Wii video games. The patient recovered fully."

Wiiitis -- pronounced "wee-eye-tis" -- is the latest ailment to develop from the video game era, beginning with Space Invaders' wrist in 1981, which was caused by the repeated button mashing required by the popular arcade game.

Nintendo's Wii game can captivate for hours and "unlike in the real sport, physical strength and endurance are not limiting factors," Bonis of the Research Group in Biomedical Informatics in Barcelona, Spain, wrote. "What convinced me to send the case report was that a friend of mine, after playing 'Wii Sports' suffered from a similar complaint," Bonis told Reuters in an e-mail. "I have not found other cases in my clinical practice, but it is probably an underdiagnosed condition."

It is not the first time Nintendo has received attention in the medical field.

In 1990, a Wisconsin doctor characterized the thumb soreness brought on by pushing the buttons on a controller as "Nintendinitis" after it affected a 35-year-old woman who played a Nintendo game without interruption for five hours. With virtual golf, boxing, baseball and bowling already on the market, "future games could involve different and unexpected groups of muscles," Bonis said. "Physicians should be aware that there may be multiple, possibly puzzling presentations of Wiiitis."

Bonis said he still plays the games, "but I try to use it with moderation. Sometimes it's hard to do!"

Source: Yahoo! News
Tags: Wii Nintendo Wiiitis Video Games Virtual Reality Health

"Less Gas More Ass" - Britain Nude Bikers

Hundreds of naked cyclists, some sporting strategically-placed body paint, toured the streets of London and other cities around the world on Saturday to protest oil dependency and the car culture. Traffic came to a standstill and onlookers gaped or took photographs as the bare cyclists streamed past London's landmarks, blowing whistles and waving flags saying "Rights for Bikes".

Cyclists in Paris, Madrid and Vancouver, among other cities, joined in what was the fourth annual world naked bike ride. One London participant had painted "Less Gas More Ass" across his bare back to extol the benefits of pedal power. More modest cyclists wore shorts, bikinis or strips of tape.

"We shouldn't be so dependent on oil," said Bogdan Potrowski, a 36-year-old Polish electrician, wearing just a baseball cap. "We also want to show everyone how defenceless we are on the roads," he added after completing the route past London's prime tourist sites including the Houses of Parliament and Downing Street. Tom Whelehan, 40, said the protest had numerous objectives: to urge more people to ride bikes, to highlight the vulnerability of cyclists and to celebrate the human body -- in all its shapes and sizes.

"We're trying to find the simplest, safest and most natural way to make our point," said Whelehan, a teacher. He said cycling naked was reasonably comfortable but added that some of London's cobbled streets had proved a challenge. Others were just there for fun or to bemoan the difficulties of being a bike-owner in big cities.

Rebecca Craig, 20, a student midwife with red hand prints painted on her breasts, said she had been motivated to join the ride after the front tyre of her bicycle was stolen. "Everyone does it for different reasons," she said, pointing to the message drawn on her bare back: "Give me my wheel back".

Organisers of the London ride said about 850 people had taken part last year and they had hoped for more than 1,000 on Saturday, helped by sunny weather. French television said around 400 cyclists attended the ride in Paris. Police arrived quickly on the scene putting an end to the rally and telling them to put their clothes on. Police said five people were arrested for "sexual exhibition" after the rally which ended near the Opera building in central Paris.

Source: Yahoo! News
Tags: bicycle Rights for Bikes

Sunday, June 10, 2007

PingPong with The Matrix effects

Watch the video closely. It looks like a computer graphic video but the jumps and moves are manually done with the help of black colored dressed people.

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Tag: Funny Videos Pinpong

Saturday, June 09, 2007

The Height of Laziness or mischievousness?

Friday, June 08, 2007

Funny Definitions to Usual Words

School: A place where Papa pays and Son plays.
Life Insurance: A contract that keeps you poor all your life so that youcan die Rich.
Nurse: A person who wakes u up to give you sleeping pills.
Marriage: It's an agreement in which a man loses his bachelor degree and a woman gains her masters.
Divorce: Future tense of Marriage.
Tears : The hydraulic force by which masculine willpower is defeated by feminine waterpower.
Lecture: An art of transferring information from the notes of the Lecturer to the notes of the students without passing through "the minds of either"
Conference: The confusion of one man multiplied by the number present.
Compromise : The art of dividing a cake in such a way that everybody believes he got the biggest piece.
Dictionary : A place where success comes before work.
Conference Room : A place where everybody talks, nobody listens and everybody disagrees later on.
Father : A banker provided by nature.
Criminal: A guy no different from the rest....except that he got caught.
Boss : Someone who is early when you are late and late when you are early.
Politician : One who shakes your hand before elections and your Confidence after.
Doctor : A person who kills your ills by pills, and kills you by bills.
Classic : Books, which people praise, but do not read.
Smile : A curve that can set a lot of things straight.
Office : A place where you can relax after your strenuous home life.
Yawn: The only time some married men ever get to open their mouth.
Etc. : A sign to make others believe that you know more than you actually do.
Committee : Individuals who can do nothing individually and sit to decide that nothing can be done together.
Experience : The name men give to their mistakes.
Atom Bomb : An invention to end all inventions.
Philosopher : A fool who torments himself during life, to be spoken of when dead

Disclaimer: Even I fall under some of the generalized mocked people in the above definitions. So I think there is absolutely no reason to get offended. Let us just smile :)
Source: A friendly mail from a friend of mine

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Sony price cut for Blu-ray player

Sony has cut $100 (£50) off the price of its new next-generation DVD player as it tries to get ahead in the market. The BDP-S300 now costs $499 - half what the firm's first Blu-ray player cost at its launch six months ago. Sony said growing demand for the next generation technology and falling production costs had allowed for the price cut.

Electronics company Toshiba sells its rival high-definition (HD) DVD player format for less than $300. Both companies have struggled to win customers for their respective systems as the battle of the formats is causing confusion, according to analysts. They believe customers will wait to see which one the market will settle for in an echo of the 1980s Betamax-VHS videotape battle.

Most sales of Blu-ray discs are for use on the Sony Playstation 3 console, which contains a Blu-ray player - although film purists say that they are not ideal for watching DVDs.

Format war

The introduction of two next-generation formats has split both the electronics industry and Hollywood film studios. Players and discs for Toshiba's HD DVD and the Sony-led Blu-ray system went on sale last year. The two technologies are incompatible but offer similar features. Both are able to store large amounts of data, important for high-definition images and high-fidelity audio, and both use a blue laser to read information. Used in games consoles, the two formats offer detailed graphics and stunning sound on one disc.

Backers of Sony's Blu-ray discs include Samsung, Dell and Apple, while NEC, Sanyo and others have been pushing Toshiba's HD DVD. In Hollywood, companies like Disney and 20th Century Fox have sided with Sony, while the supporters of HD DVD include Universal. Earlier this year, South Korean firm LG announced it would build the first DVD player to play both rival high-definition DVD formats. The player will be launched at the same time as a hybrid double-sided Blu-ray HD DVD disc, developed by Warner Bros, although no release dates have been given.

Source: BBC
Tags: Sony Thoshiba Blu-ray High Definition

Launch date for iPhone revealed

Apple has confirmed that its much-anticipated iPhone product will launch on 29 June in the US. The date was given in a series of TV adverts broadcast on Sunday, and was later confirmed by a spokesman for the California-based company. The device, which combines the features of a mobile phone and personal digital assistant, will sell for $499 (£251) and $599, depending on configuration. The phone's much-touted feature is a completely touch-sensitive interface.

The adverts on Sunday showed off several of the gadget's features, including surfing the net, watching videos and scrolling through e-mails using a finger as a pointer. They ended with the news that the phone would be available "Only on the new AT&T" and "Coming June 29". The product is one of the most highly-anticipated devices ever made by Apple and was announced last January at MacWorld in San Francisco by the firm's chief executive Steve Jobs.

His unveiling of the device managed to overshadow one of the world's largest technology conferences, CES, which was being held at the same time in Las Vegas.

Dominant player

Apple hopes to grab a slice of the global mobile phone market, which dwarfs the market for MP3 players, of which it is the dominant player with the iPod. It hopes that the phone's multi-touch display, and ability to work with its iTunes music and video store, will make the device attractive to consumers. Thomas Husson, senior researcher for the mobile market at Jupiter Research, said: "The biggest selling points of the iPhone are the Apple brand itself and the new user interface.

"Apple has stated it wants to sell 10m iPhones by the end of 2008. That's less than 1% of the total mobile phone market. But it is a significant target in the smart phone market." He added: "This is a premium product. I don't think it will disrupt the market but it does raise awareness that mobile phones can be used for entertainment as well as for voice calls and SMS."

A release date for Europe and the rest of the world has not been given.

Source: BBC
Tags: iPhone Apple

When Bill met Steve...

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Apple chief executive Steve Jobs have appeared on stage together for the first time in more than two decades. Billed as a public "conversation" between two giants of the computer industry, the event at the All Things Digital conference, hugely anticipated by technology buffs, was seen as a long overdue opportunity for two of the greatest pioneers in the industry to go head to head. But would they re-live old feuds or shuffle uncomfortably in their seats if touchy subjects cropped up?

It was not to be. The question and answer session at the D: All Things Digital conference, turned out to be more of a love-in between old pals. The pair reminisced about how their respective businesses had grown over the years.

Asked what Gates' contribution to computing had been, Jobs said: "Bill built the first.....Read More at BBC Tech News
Tags: Bill Gates Steve Jobs Microsoft Apple

USB Squid

Many gadget-lovers are fans of PowerSquid surge protectors because, unlike most surge protectors, you can actually use all the outlets provided. What exactly do I mean? Well, you might try to use all 6 outlets on your regular old surge protector, but you can’t quite fit in the last two because your first four power adapters are all huge bricks that overlap. Well, this is a USB hub that shares that same idea, although I don’t think they’re made by the same company.

This is a pretty basic hub, and it’s not powered, which means all four devices share power from that one USB hub it’s plugged into. Sometimes that’s fine, but not when you’re plugging in 4 power intensive devices (cameras, iPods, hard drives). Still, this does what it is supposed to do, which is a good thing. For people with laptops that are stingy on USB ports, this is a cheap, easy way to add an extra four for your USB keys, MP3 players, or any other USB gadget you might have around.

The biggest difference between the USB Squid and other USB Hubs is the USB Squid's arms can bend in any direction (so all your USB cords don't have to be coming from the same place!) Also, they have ridges on one side and the top - and indents on the bottom and other side. You can actually connect the USB ports using these ridges in many different configurations. Maybe you need 4 vertical ports or 4 horizontal or the end two free and the middle stacked or maybe a zig zag hub. The choice is yours.

The USB Squid is 11" long (from plug to hub).

Source: Cool-gadets.com
Tags: USB Squid USB Hub Computer Gadgets

Red Watermelon Zune Launching June 10

Insider just shouted to the world that the red Zune—seen much prettier here in their official ad shots—will be available via Target and Amazon starting June 10.

If there's one thing we have to hand to Zune guys, it's that they really know how to pick good looking colors for their players. We're totally in the mood for some juicy, delicious fruit right now.

Source: Gizmodo
Tags: Zune Music Players

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