Posts Tagged: Internet

Orkut Virus Warning: Bom Sabado!

I got Bom Sabado Orkut Scraps in my gmail account from almost 3 friends in my network.

I wasn’t able to find any official information regarding this. But there is a serious scrap that is spreading verry fast to all orkut users.

Before opening orkut, I searched about this on google and found couple of warning messages

When I opened orkut and tried to visit those friends profile, I suddenly noticed in my updates that I have joined few Porno related community and have sent that scrap too all my friends in my network. I tried to visit that community and unjoined from that, but orkut was so slooow. After that I saw I again joined that community. This is too bad and a scam for sure. So my request is that please do not open your Orkut account any sooner or you will be a victim.

All those communities were in Portuguese language, so it may be originated from there or Brazil, where Orkut is most popular.Change your password soon.

In the mean time, remember these :

1. DONOT visit any profile on Orkut till this script is blocked ( More preciously DONOT use Orkut till this is blocked, as you can get affected by Flash scraps posted on your SB too! )

2. Clear your cookies and cache right away and change your password and security question :
https://www.google.com/accounts/b/0/ManageAccount

3. Let your friends know about this script and make them aware of the situation. ( It’s just an effort to minimize the damage ).

E-mail Scheduling Coming to Gmail

Finally: E-mail scheduling coming to Gmail
No, not from Google, but from a browser plug-in called Boomerang for Gmail.

A company called Baydin sells a $14.95 product for Outlook called Boomerang for Outlook, which enables you to reschedule the delivery of e-mails you’ve received and also to schedule the sending of e-mails for some specific time in the future.

I’m sure Boomerang for Outlook, which I have not tried, adds convenience. But Outlook doesn’t need e-mail scheduling, because that functionality is already built-in.

Gmail, on the other hand, desperately needs it. Which is why Baydin’s Boomerang for Gmail will probably be very welcome. The product is a browser plug-in for both Firefox and Chrome currently in beta mode. If you sign up at the Baydin site, they’ll send you an invitation code. Or so they say. I’m still waiting for mine.

To use Boomerang, just click on a “Receive Later” button that the plug in adds. Then you select a date and time. Boomerang moves your message into Archives until the specified time, at which point it moves it back into your inbox, marks it “unread” and puts a star on it.

When in Gmail’s Compose mode, Boomerang offers a “Send Later” button. Clicking it lets you choose exactly when.

Read more @ http://www.itworld.com/internet/117967/finally-e-mail-scheduling-coming-gmail

Cloud Antivirus – an Anti virus hosted in the cloud

The first question that comes to mind when we talk of the Cloud Antivirus is if the Antivirus is in the cloud how it will protect the PC? Tecnerd.com digs a little deeper to understand what exactly these services that claim themselves as Cloud Antivirus offer.

How Cloud Antivirus is different from traditional antivirus products?

Cloud Antivirus is a cloud based security solution that can be installed and managed from anywhere through a web console.

Since it is a hosted service, it doesn’t require infrastructure investment. You typically have options to delegate your security management to expert service providers.

So it is essentially more about management of Antivirus in any organization that goes in the cloud. There will still be an Antivirus product installed in each PC and laptop you have. However you have options to control the updates, profiles and levels of security from a cloud based control panel. However the installed part on PC is a thin version of traditional antivirus product.

How the Cloud Antivirus is deployed?
Normally the Cloud Antivirus can be deployed in two ways. One in which the user clicks on an email which includes a link that will install the protection agent. The other way is where administrator can push the installation to workstations choosing workstations by name, IP address, IP range or by domain.

What are advantages of Cloud Antivirus?

Cloud Antivirus is service not software and so has follwoing advantages:
No installation required
Update without users intervention – always up to date
Access your account from anywhere
Reduces bandwidth consumption (as large number of workstations look for updates in traditional software)

What are Free Cloud Antivirus?
They are similar to other free anti virus but hosted in cloud. You get advantage of low footprint and up to date packages. An example of free cloud anti virus is Panda Cloud antivirus.

PDF – World’s favourite document format!

The PDF file format was created by Adobe Systems in the early 1990s for document exchange. PDF represents documents in a way that is independent of hardware, software and operating systems. While initially PDF was a proprietary format, it was officially released as an open standard in July of 2008 and was published by the International Organization for Standardization as ISO 32000-1:2008.

Adobe recognized PDF’s intrinsic value for universal content exchange and chose to turn the specification over to AIIM, the enterprise content management industry association. AIIM, on behalf of ANSI (American National Standards Institute), in essence, serves as the custodian or steward for the PDF standard. Under the AIIM standards program, PDF continues to evolve to meet the diversified needs of the information management industry. There are currently five committees working to further develop the PDF standard. Subsets of PDF include:

PDF/Archive, or PDF/A, is the electronic document file format for long-term preservation. PDF/A became an ISO standard (ISO 19005-1) in September 2005. It was developed to provide a file format with a mechanism for representing electronic documents in a manner that preserves their visual content over time. Documents stored in PDF/A will always be able to be viewed by future versions of the Acrobat Reader. A revision to ISO 19005-1 is currently being worked on by the ISO working group that will add some functionality to the archival electronic document file.

PDF/Engineering, or PDF/E (ISO 24517-1), is the standard file format for the exchange of engineering documents. This standard enables organizations to streamline engineering workflows that incorporate diverse sets of complex engineering documents, resulting in improved productivity and the ability to more quickly deliver better products to market. In addition to improving workflows in engineering organizations, this standard specifies the proper use of PDF for on-screen display and printing of engineering documents.

PDF/Universal Access, PDF/UA (ISO/CD 14289), is currently being developed to enable individuals with disabilities to be able to render PDF documents. The committee tasked with this standard is working on a PDF standard to produce electronic documents that are maximally accessible to those who use assistive technologies to read documents.

PDF Healthcare is the latest standard spawned from PDF. This project is unique in that it is not initially a file format standard but rather a best-practices guide that will describe the attributes of the Portable Document Format (PDF) that facilitate the capture, exchange, preservation and protection of healthcare information. These best practices are especially valuable in aiding the compliance of regulatory guidelines such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which ensures patient information privacy and protection.

PDF Healthcare best practices enables healthcare providers and consumers to develop a secure, electronic container that can store and transmit relevant healthcare information including (but not limited to) personal documents, clinical notes, lab reports, electronic forms, scanned images, photographs, digital X-rays, and EKGs, that are critical for maintaining and improving patient care.

Source: AIIM Infomagazine March/April 2010

Indian company to create call center jobs in the US

There is one word used over and over again in India to describe JustDial

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The idea is simple: You call up and within the first ring a real person picks up the phone, you ask them for any business listing – in any category – and within 45 seconds they email or text you the information or, if you prefer, connect the call.

The company will end its fiscal year at the end of March with some $32 million in revenues having answered 72 million calls in the last year. That call volume is increasing by 40%, so the company expects to break 100 million calls in the next year. In a country where nearly everyone has a mobile phone but just 50 million people have Internet access, JustDial is essentially Google and 411 rolled together.

The move is a direct volley at a service like GOOG-411, which has opted to do the same thing, but using voice recognition software. But Founder and CEO V.S.S. Mani (pictured above, in one of his call centers) is betting that nothing beats a human voice with a quick answer.

For now, JustDial’s US operations will be handled out of India, where the company employs some 4,000 people but, in a twist to the direction most call center jobs are flowing, Mani plans to hire up big in the US—up to 1,000 people mostly in under-employed, rural areas. “We need a big presence in the US very soon,” Mani says. That right– an Indian company will be creating call center jobs in the US

Use Google Maps on a secure(https) page

User Problem
I’m including a Google Map on a page where users can sign up for a service. The page is accessed via SSL, and before I included the map, the entire page was transmitted securely. Now, however, browsers complain that portions of the page (the map) are transmitted insecurely. I understand the user information is still secure, but my users probably won’t.

How can I change this page so that the google map is still available and users may still interact with it, but the entire page is delivered via SSL?

Google words ..

Previously, when a Google Map was embedded in an encrypted web page, users would get a pop-up message saying the page included both secure and non-secure content. No one likes pop-up messages and the extra clicks they require

Google Solution

The Google Maps JavaScript API V2, Google Static Maps API, Google Maps API for Flash, and Google Maps API HTTP services can be accessed over a secure (HTTPS) connection by Google Maps API Premier customers. If the Google Maps APIs are used with a free Maps API key on a secure site, the browser may warn the user about non-secure objects on the screen.

Other possible tweaks

The easiest way would be to proxy the connection to Google Maps. Depending on how much the user interacts with google maps, this may be really easy or a little annoying.

You can use an SSL proxy script. I did that with a client’s site which uses the Enterprise License, and the client’s Google representative confirmed for us that it is OK to do it this way. I’m not sure if it is OK to do it with the free license, but I assume it is OK too.

Use Firefox which only shows a warning in the status bar

Have a custom link or button on the page that opens the map in a separate window. In our case the users did not want to see the map all the time. Therefore, I have the link on the relevant page and they can click it to open the map when they wish. They will still see the warning but only when they have to look at the map and not every single time they load the account page.

Implement Yahoo Maps instead, which has a simple querystring-based API to pass a location in, and retrieve an XML document containing a URL to a map image. Users can’t pan/zoom, but it’s a simple compromise, they can click a button to open a full map.

Google’s Cloud Computing Phone application – translate text in real time

Stumped by foreign languages when you’re traveling? Google Inc. is working on software that translates text captured by a phone camera.

At a demonstration Tuesday at Mobile World Congress, a cell phone trade show in Barcelona, an engineer shot a picture of a German dinner menu with a phone running Google Inc.’s Android software. An application on the phone sent the shot to Google’s servers, which sent a translation back to the phone.

It translated “Fruhlingssalat mit Wildkrautern” as “Spring salad with wild herbs.”

There was no word on when the software would be available.

Software that translates text from pictures is already available for some phones, but generally does the processing on the phone. By sending the image to its servers for processing, Google can apply a lot more computing power, for faster, more accurate results. The phone still won’t order for you, though — you’ll have to point at the menu.

The demonstration was part of Google CEO Eric Schmidt’s keynote speech at the trade show, the largest for the wireless industry. He said phone applications that take advantage of “cloud computing” — servers accessible through the wireless network — will bring powerful changes to the industry.

Google Plunges Into Social Networking – Google Buzz

Buzz URL : http://www.google.com/buzz

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Google and Facebook are on a collision course in the increasingly competitive market for social networking services.

On Tuesday, Google introduced a new service called Google Buzz, a way for users of its Gmail service to share updates, photos and videos. The service will compete with sites like Facebook and Twitter, which are capturing an increasing percentage of the time people spend online.

The links shared on those social networks are also sending a growing amount of traffic to sites across the Web, potentially weakening Google’s position as the prime navigation tool on the Internet.

Separately, Facebook plans to announce on Wednesday that it is improving the live chat service on its site by allowing it to be integrated into other services like AIM, AOL’s instant messaging network, which is among the most popular in the United States.

Buzz is Google’s boldest attempt to build a social network that can compete with Facebook and Twitter. The service is built into Gmail, which already has 176 million users, according to comScore, a market research company. And Buzz comes with a built-in circle of friends, a group that is automatically selected by Google based on the people that a user communicates with most frequently in Gmail and on Google’s chat service.

Google Buzz

Like other social services, Buzz allows users to post status updates that include text; photos from services like Google’s Picasa and Yahoo’s Flickr; videos from YouTube; and messages from Twitter. Analysts say many of its features mimic those of Facebook.

It is a direct challenge to Facebook, in particular,” said Jeremiah Owyang, a social media analyst with the Altimeter Group.

Still, Buzz faces a struggle against Facebook, which recently announced, on the occasion of its sixth birthday, that it had 400 million users. Buzz also risks further overwhelming people who are struggling with Web services that generate ever-increasing amounts of information.

But Google executives said that, on the contrary, Buzz would help tackle the problem of information overload, as Google would apply its algorithms to help people find the information most relevant to them.

The stream of messages has become a torrent,” Bradley Horowitz, vice president for product development at Google, said in an interview. “We think this has become a Google-scale problem.”

Sergey Brin, a Google co-founder, said that by offering social communications, which have primarily been used for entertainment purposes, Buzz would bridge the gap between work and leisure.

Bridging those two worlds is very powerful,” Mr. Brin said at a press conference, adding that he had used Buzz to help him write an Op-Ed article for The New York Times by soliciting input from other Google employees.

Google has also woven Buzz into mobile phones, through a mobile Web site and a Google mapping application. Users will be able to see updates that friends have posted from particular spots.

Read complete story @ http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/10/technology/internet/10social.html

Datasea – Human-like reasoning to find Data Relationships

DataSea is software that tells you about things.

  • Ask it about X and it tells you about X, instead of finding hits with ‘X’ in them.
  • Ask it about X from the point of view of Y, and it will tell you about X and Y, and also things which form connections and relationships from X to Y.
  • DataSea is a data architecture and an application that gives single-step access and control. It reduces the need for navigation and clicking. It answers complex questions and makes mini-reports in one step, which can not be done with search engines. It lets you do things like make calls and send email, also in one step.

    DataSea gives answers based on your input by using human-like reasoning to find the relevant connections among data. It supports natural language and can access a wide range of data sources, including relational databases, as well as unstructured sources, such as ad-hoc notes.

    Read more on human-reasoning to find Data Releationships at http://www.datasea.com/

    Internet Statistics in India

    Akamai Technologies has released its ‘State of the Internet’ study for the second quarter 2009. The study analyses internet statistics in Indian states, and takes into account traffic attacks, outages, network connectivity, and so on.

    Following are few of the highlights related to Internet in India

  • Average internet speed in was above 768 kbps.
  • India has over 3 million unique IP addresses and stands at number 20 in the world for the category.
  • In terms of connectivity speed, India stands at 107th position, with 895 kbps.
  • India stands fourth in the world for observed attack traffic.
  • Globally for high broadband adoption, India stands at number 65.