Tuesday, 19 March 2013

UK games industry returns to growth

UK games industry returns to growth

After three years of decline, the UK games development sector grew by 4 per cent in 2012 according to a new survey published by TIGA, the trade association representing the games industry.

Annual investment by studios also rose from £411 million to £427 million between 2011 and 2012. The research is based on an extensive survey of UK games businesses, analysis by Games Investor Consulting, and published by TIGA in the forthcoming report Making Games in the UK Today. A Census of the UK Developer and Digital Publishing Sector (March 2013).

Friday, 15 March 2013



 Samsung Electronics Co premiered its latest flagship phone, the Galaxy S4,which sports a bigger display and unconventional features such as gesture controls, as the South Korean titan challengers Apple Inc on its home turf.

The phone, the first in the highly successful Galaxy S -series to make its global standalone debut on U.S. The S4 can stop and start videos depending on whether someone is looking on the screen, flip between songs and photos at the wave of a hand, and record sound to run alongside snapped still pictures


Wednesday, 13 March 2013

We are in fact the victims, says China

China on Tuesday strongly hit out a report issued by a U.S. cyber security firm linking a People’s Liberation Army (PLA) unit to a spate of hacking attacks, describing the claims as “groundless”.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei questioned security firm Mandiant’s findings, saying he did not know “how such evidence could be discovered, as cyber attacks are often carried out internationally and are typically done so anonymously”.

“China has been a major victim of cyber attacks and opposes all forms of such activity,” said Mr. Hong, adding that “groundless criticism is irresponsible and unprofessional, and it will not help to solve the problem”.

China army behind cyber attacks

U.S. firm says organisations across the globe, including in India, targeted

A shadowy Chinese military unit has been named as the source of cyber-attacks on hundreds of organisations around the world, after a Virginia-based security company traced the “Advanced Persistent Threat” to a nondescript building in Shanghai.

The cyber-security company, Mandiant, said in a report that the source — which it labelled APT1 — was “believed to be the 2nd Bureau of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) General Staff Department’s (GSD) 3rd Department, which is most commonly known by its Military Unit Cover Designator (MUCD) as Unit 61398”.

While the nature of Unit 61398’s work was considered by China to be a state secret, Mandiant said it believed the unit engaged in harmful network operations from its site on Datong Road in Gaoqiaozhen, Pudong New Area of Shanghai.

APT1 had apparently “systematically stolen hundreds of terabytes of data from at least 141 organizations, and... demonstrated the capability and intent to steal from dozens of organizations simultaneously”, said Mandiant. The company mapped the wide-range of victims of Unit 61398’s alleged cyber-attacks, including three organisations in India. Countries that faced attacks included Canada, France, the United Kingdom, Norway, Belgium, Luxembourg, Israel, Switzerland, South Africa, Singapore, Taiwan and Japan.


While U.S. companies may be slow to gear up for the cyber-security challenge, the Mandiant report left little doubt that the alleged hackers were well-organised. Mandiant explained that Unit 61398’s central building was a 12-storey, 130,663-square-foot facility staffed by hundreds, perhaps thousands, and supplied by China Telecom with special fibre-optic communications infrastructure.


On the role of the Chinese government, Mandiant added that in a January 2010 report it had said: “The Chinese government may authorise this activity, but there’s no way to determine the extent of its involvement.” However, three years later the security firm said it had obtained evidence to change its assessment and “The details we have analysed during hundreds of investigations convince us that the groups conducting these activities are based primarily in China and that the Chinese Government is aware of them.”

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts

Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts

The new Windows 8 operating system has the usual keyboard shortcuts, just like all the previous versions of Windows did but with extras. The difference is, Windows 8 has such a new interface, that it might be easier to use keyboard shortcuts.

Windows Key: Switch between the Start Screen and the desktop.

Windows Key + D: While on the Windows desktop this key combination will clear all the open windows and show the Desktop, a second press of the combination will reopen all the windows previously hidden. If this combination is pressed while on the Windows 8 Start Screen the Windows desktop is displayed.

Windows Key + F :   Brings up the files search menu

Windows Key + W : Brings up the settings search menu.

Windows Key + Q : Brings up the application search menu.

Windows Key + L :  Locks the machine.

Windows Key + a Number : Launches a program from the Taskbar. Windows Key + 1 runs the leftmost program and Windows Key + 0 runs the tenth from the left. If the app is already open, this shortcut will switch to it.

Windows Key + T : Cycles through items in the taskbar, from left to right. Pressing the return key will then launch the selected application.

Windows Key + Arrow Key : Perform Aero Snap. The up Arrow maximizes the window. Left Arrow snaps the application to the left half of the screen, The Right Arrow snaps the application it to the right side of the screen, and the Down Arrow minimizes it.

Windows Key + C : Launch the Charms Bar on the right side of the screen.

Windows Key + X : Launch the Power User Menu, providing many of the functions lost with the missing Start Menu, such as access to the Control Panel, System, Device Manager and Command Prompt.

Windows Key + Pause / Break : Open the System window

Windows Key + E : Launch Windows explorer.

Windows Key + P : Cycle through the second screen projection mode.

Windows Key + I : To avoid the Charms bar then choosing Settings it’s possible to go directly to Settings. This will reveal the Power button, too.

Windows Key + H : Used in applications to email or share its content with someone on a social network. The application must support this.

Windows Key + R : Opens Run menu where you can launch programs by typing in their executable file names.

Windows Key + . (period key): Docks the current Windows 8-style application to the right or left, depending on how many times you hit it.

Windows Key + Z: Doing this combination on the Start Screen will bring up app menu, which shows contextual options for the active app.

Windows Key + PrtScn (Print Screen) : Takes a screenshot and saves it to the pictures folders as a PNG files.

Windows Key + O : Locks the screen orientation.

Windows Key + Page Up / Page Down : Doing this combination on the Start Screen will cycle through which display the Start Screen is shown on.

Windows Key + Tab : Brings up the Task Switcher and toggles between Windows 8-style apps, note in Windows 8 this no longer switches between desktop applications.

Alt + Tab : Brings up the Task Switcher and toggles between all applications (Desktop or Windows 8-style).

Alt + Shift + Arrow Key : Doing this combination on the Start Screen will move the position of an applications shortcut.

Alt + F4 : Shut down the current application.


Thursday, 7 March 2013


Cellphone sales up 16% in 2012

Aided by increasing adoption of smartphones in the country, the mobile phone market in India has touched about 218 million units in 2012,a growth of 16 percent over  Jan. – Dec. 2012 .


Hewlett Packard Launched ElitePad Tablet.

Hewlett Packard has made a foray into the tablet segment with the launch of ElitePad, a business tablet that is aimed at the enterprise segment.

 The company(HP), though a late entrant into the segment, introduced the tablet with an eye on tapping on mobility applications where consumers want the quick responses from the devices, according to the HP regional head. 10.1 inch tablet, priced Rs.around 43000 and above.


Monday, 4 March 2013

New Virus Hacks Your Bank Account

New Virus Hacks Your Bank Account

Checking your bank account balance regularly online has been a pretty good way to guard against fraud—until now. An Israeli security firm has identified a new virus that not only steals the info fraudsters need to drain your bank account, it ensures you don't see those transactions when you visit your bank's site, reports MSNBC, likening it to a bank robber switching out the video on the building's security cameras.
Dubbed "SpyEye Trojan," the sophisticated virus first spies on your login information, and tricks you into divulging your credit card number. Once the hacker has that info, the virus keeps track of every fraudulent purchase he makes with it. The next time you check your account, it'll make sure those items don't show up onscreen, and change your balance to account for them. Checking from an ATM or uninfected computer will give up the game, but by then it may be too late. The security firm says the virus has already affected real customers—and they expect its use to spread.


Microsoft launches latest version of office

Software giant Microsoft on Monday, launched the latest version of its "Office365" solution for businesses in India,which will enable them to access emails and other productivity tools from a variety of devices.
The new MS OFFICE 365is a comprehensive suite with Word,Excel,PowerPoint,Access,Outlook and One Note. It provides seamless sharing of data across multiple devices like desktops,Laptops,Mobiles and Tablet PCs.
Office 365 Home Premium

Office Home and Student 2013

Office Home and Business 2013

Office Professional 2013

Saturday, 2 March 2013

Nasa fixing computer glitch on Mars Curiosity rover

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Nasa's Mars rover Curiosity has been temporarily put into "safe mode," as scientists monitoring from Earth try to fix a computer glitch, the US space agency said.
Scientists switched to a backup computer on Thursday so that they could troubleshoot the problem, said to be linked to a glitch in the original computer's flash memory.
"We switched computers to get to a standard state from which to begin restoring routine operations," said Richard Cook of Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the project manager for the Mars Science Laboratory Project, which built and operates Curiosity.

Nasa's Mars rover Curiosity is pictured in this Feb 3, 2013 handout self-portrait obtained by Reuters on Feb 9, 2013. Nasa's Mars rover Curiosity has been temporarily put into "safe mode," as scientists monitoring from Earth try to fix a computer glitch, the US space agency said. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

Best Engineering Colleges for Computer Science Engineering in India

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)
Kanpur (UP)
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)
Mumbai (MH)
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)
Kharagpur (WB)
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)
Chennai (TN)
International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT)
Hyderabad (AP)
Institute of Technology - BanarasHindu University (IT-BHU)
Varanasi (UP)
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)
Guwahati (AS)
Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS)
Pilani (RJ)
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Shibpur (WB)
College of Engineering (COE)
Pune (MH)
Delhi Technological University (DTU)
Delhi (DL)
National Institute of Technology (NIT)
Warangal (AP)
National Institute of Technology (NIT)
Surathkal (KA)
Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI)
Mumbai (MH)
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Mesra (JKA)
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Bhopal (MP)
Dehradun (UK)
PSGCollege of Technology
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Gwalior (MP)

Best 10 World University for computer science and information technology


1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)  
United States
2 Stanford University
United States
3 University of Cambridge United Kingdom  
4 University of California, Berkeley (UCB)
United States
5 Harvard University
United States
6 University of Oxford United Kingdom  
7 California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
United States
8 University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
 United States
9 Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)
United States
10   University of Toronto

Friday, 1 March 2013

India launches AKASH "world's cheapest" tablet computer

India launched what it dubbed the world's cheapest tablet computer Wednesday, to be sold to students at the subsidized price of $35 and later in shops for about $60.

Most of India's 1.2 billion people are poor and products such as Apple Inc's iPad are beyond the reach even of many in the fast-growing middle class.

"The rich have access to the digital world, the poor and ordinary have been excluded. Aakash will end that digital divide," Telecoms and Education Minister Kapil Sibal said.

The government is buying the first units of the lightweight touch-screen device, called Aakash, or "sky" in Hindi, for $50 each from a British company which is assembling the web-enabled devices in India.

A pilot run of 100,000 units will be given to students for free, with the first 500 handed out at the launch to a mixed response. It supports video conferencing, has two USB ports and a three-hour battery life but some users said it was slow.

India has a reputation for creating affordable products that are easy to use and sturdy enough to handle its rugged environment -- from Tata Motors' $2,000 Nano car to generic versions of pharmaceuticals.

Two years in development, the paperback book-sized Aakash may help the government's goal of incorporating information technology in education, although critics were doubtful of its mass appeal.

Despite being a leader in software and IT services, India trails fellow BRIC nations Brazil, Russia and China in the drive to get the masses connected to the Internet and mobile phones, a report by risk analysis firm Maplecroft said this year.