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Maruti launches A-Star

Maruti launches A-StarThe largest Indian passenger car maker Maruti Suzuki, launched a new car model A-Star on Wednesday. A-Star is developed at the Manesar facility of the company and it is the fifth model in A2 segment. The car would also be exported in Europe, Middle East, Latin America, Asia, Australia and Africa. The company has set a target to sell 50,000 units of A-star in Indian market while one lakh units would be sold in international markets. The company is optimistic to export 2 lakh units by 2010-11.

New price set by Microsoft for $99 security suite: free

MicrosoftRecently, Microsoft announced that from June 2009, it will stop making its antivirus and security product, OneCare, and instead replace the same with a free download program called "Morro".

The good thing for users is that they will get all the services of Morro, free of cost, while, earlier for OneCare they had to pay $99, plus $US10 a year to subscribe to a virus update service.

"Morro will provide comprehensive protection from malware, including viruses, spyware, rootkits and Trojans," said Microsoft in a statement.

‘Most advanced’ processor unveiled by Intel

Intel i7 processorsIntel, the chip making leader, has launched its first quad-core solution, which it claims as its most advanced processor, for the desktop PC, achieved with 45 nanometre silicon technology.

The i7 processor, flowing from the design hitherto codenamed 'Nehalem' has taken a world record 117 points in the popular industry benchmark, SPECint, almost doubling the 'memory bandwidth' of previous Intel offerings in this class.

Floods Beneath Antarctica’s Ice Sheet Create a Glacial Slip-and-Slide

Antarctic ice sheetA new study, that involved tracking of recent floods beneath the Byrd Glacier, has claimed that deep beneath the Antarctic ice sheet, floods of water from buried lakes can hurry glaciers along on their slow slide towards the sea. According to Andy Smith of the British Antarctic Survey, who was not involved in this latest study, "It's like putting in a squirt of oil. The water lubricates the base of the glacier."

CII-LM Thapar Centre for Competitiveness for SMEs organizes Balanced Scorecard

Confederation of Indian IndustryWith the concern to the financial Crisis in the global economy and the quake in Human skills recruitment and utility of Organizations, CII - LM Thapar Centre for Competitiveness for SMEs organized a One Day Workshop on "Executive Programme on Metrics and Balanced Scorecard" at CII (Confederation of Indian Industry), Gurgaon on 15th November. A total of 43 delegates from Top Managerial profiles of various sectors - Service, Manufacturing, IT and Finance reaped benefits out of the highly productive workshop.

Canada’s health-care spending growing faster than economy

Canada Health CareGoing by the latest figures released, Canada's health care spending is growing faster than the economy, outpacing inflation and population growth. Representing 10.7 per cent of the gross domestic product, health care spending has reached $171.9 billion or $5,170 per person, the highest share ever recorded in Canada.

When it comes to province-wise per-person spending, the figures for Alberta and Manitoba stand at $5,730 and $5,555 respectively. The provinces that spend the lowest are Quebec at $4,653 and British Columbia at $5,093.

Microsoft Store launches in the US with downloadable apps

Microsoft Store launches in the US with downloadable appsIn the midst of the launch of the new Windows Live services, which included the update to Games for Windows Live yesterday, the Microsoft Store officially opened for US businesses.

Previously, the company opened at UK, Germany, and Korea, and both hardware and software would be sold by Microsoft. Furthermore, it also offers the option to purchase software, either as physical media or as a download.

The store would instantly provide many versions of Vista (both full versions and upgrades) and Office and its related components.

Touch-screen smartphone from Sony Ericsson

Xperia X1Thursday witnessed the launch of touch-screen smartphone, ‘Xperia X1’, by Sony Ericson, a 50:50 joint venture between Sony and Ericsson. Carrying a price tag of Rs 44,500, the latest smartphone is equipped with lots of multimedia features. It is basically aimed to serve the needs of the users related to converged entertainment and mobile web communication experience.

Anil Sethi, Sony Ericsson India President, said, “Xperia, aimed to offer energizing communication and premium mobile experience, with the promise of quality and functionality.”

Voice given to iPhone web search by Google

Google Voice SearchThe latest reports have informed that soon, the iPhone users would be able to use their voices to browse the web with the help of a new application from Google.

A well known newspaper has revealed that an online voice search application for Apple’s mobile phone is all set to be launched by the company as early as this week.

This entry of search engine giant with a free iPhone application will prove to be the first venture of the company into voice-based search.

Maruti A-Star to be launched in India on Nov 19

Maruti A-Star to be launched in India on Nov 19The model of Maruti A-Star, the much-awaited latest small car model which was showcased at the Delhi Auto Expo earlier this year, will be launched in India on November 19. The model, expectedly priced at Rs 3.85 lakh, also marks the launch of the new KB series engines in India.

It will be the first car that will be produced exclusively in India, and the engine production commenced in October this year. A-Star shares its platform with Maruti Alto in India, as it has a similar 2360 mm wheelbase.

Nokia launches E63

Nokia launches E63Leading mobile manufacturer Nokia expanded its E-series by launching E63 smartphone in the market. It would give stiff competition to rival BlackBerry in terms of cost, features and technology. Nokia E63 is equipped with an improved keyboard and comes in two colours. 

For high picture quality the new Nokia E63 comes with 2 mega pixel camera and flash light as compared to E71 which supports 3.2 mega pixels camera.

However, it does not support GPS facility and HSDPA.

Its other specifications are---

36-inch QVGA display with 320 x 240 pixels

Dell launches Mini 12

Dell launches Mini 12Leading computer manufacturer, Dell has launched its quasi-Netbook, the Mini 12 in the US market. Earlier, Dell Mini 12 has been launched in Japan. Mini 12 is available at a starting price of $549.00 in United States.

It supports 1.6GHz Atom chip, 6-cell battery and 60GB hard drive with ultra modern finish and look. One can upgrade its hard disk from to 60GB or 80GB and speed up CPU operations using 1.6GHz version of the Atom.

Canada’s health-care spending growing faster than economy

Canada’s health-care spending growing faster than economy

Going by the latest figures released, Canada’s health care spending is growing faster than the economy, outpacing inflation and population growth.

Representing 10.7 per cent of the gross domestic product, health care spending has reached $171.9 billion or $5,170 per person, the highest share ever recorded in Canada.

When it comes to province-wise per-person spending, the figures for Alberta and Manitoba stand at $5,730 and $5,555 respectively. The provinces that spend the lowest are Quebec at $4,653 and British Columbia at $5,093.

YouTube Offers New Advertising Search Platform

YouTube Offers New Advertising Search PlatformThe new advertising channels were launched by Google Inc. on Wednesday, in order to allow companies run video advertisements on YouTube's search results. The platform which as of now is only available in the U. S., is similar to Google Adsene.

Matthew Liu, a YouTube product manager, reported, "We are trying to blend the best of Google with the best of YouTube."

The commercials can be linked by the advertiser to specific search words that are entered on YouTube. The video advertisements could be related to from selling merchandise to home improvement clips.

‘Slumdog Millionaire’: lovable ‘rags to riches’ fable

‘Slumdog Millionaire’: lovable ‘rags to riches’ fableDanny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire", from Fox Searchlight Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures, is a comedy, a tragedy, a romance and a social commentary all rolled into one stylish, unpredictable package.

The film was the audience favorite at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, and, form the rave reviews, it could already be on its way towards winning more significant awards in the coming months.

T-Mobile introduces Cameo digital frame

T-Mobile introduces Cameo digital frame  The customers till now had known T-Mobile for its mobile phones. But now they will also know it for its latest line digital picture frames called Cameo, which would hit the market this holiday season. The good thing about these Cameo frames, which are loaded with innovative functionality, is that it will allow the users to send their images straight from their mobile phones to the digital frames. The frame is also packed with a cellular modem which boasts its own phone number.

Indian market welcomes Gigabyte GA-EX58-EXTREME and GA-EX58-UD5 Motherboard

Indian market welcomes Gigabyte GA-EX58-EXTREME and GA-EX58-UD5 MotherboardIndian market recently witnessed the launch of Gigabyte's two new motherboards from the X58 Series, dubbed as the GA-EX58-EXTREME and GA-EX58-UD5.

The latest motherboards, that support the new Intel Core i7 processors, integrate the Intel X58 Express chipset and possess features like new QPI interface, 3 channel DDR3 support, 3 Way SLI and CrossFireX support and Ultra Durable 3 technology.

MGM Posts Full Length Features on YouTube

MGM Posts Full Length Features on YouTube According to a report published recently, Metro-Goldwyn Mayer Studios, better known as MGM is the first major movie studio to post full-length feature films on YouTube, the world's biggest stage for online videos.

After spending months smoothing fractured relationships in Hollywood, YouTube as reported by CNET News on Thursday, is preparing to launch a feature-film service on its website.

Microsoft’s local mapping service for 9 Indian cities

Microsoft’s local mapping service for 9 Indian citiesSoftware giant Microsoft, joined by rivals Google and Yahoo, has launched a local mapping service for India, which offers users access to detailed listings and street maps for 9 Cities, business listings across 29 cities, and access to highway networks to 20,000 cities and towns.

Microsoft's India Development Centre (MSIDC) in Hyderabad has developed the first version of the service, on the PC and mobile at http://maps.live.co.in and http://m.live.co.in.

A flying car to be invented in two years

A flying car to be invented in two yearsIt seems that Moller International is determined to turn dreams into reality; that's why the company has announced that within the next two years, it would come out with Autovolantor, a flying car. Autovolantor is supposed to be based upon Ferrari 599 GTB model since the shape and layout is apt to remodel it into the flying machine, and would carry a rice tag of 50,000 pounds.

The car has been equipped with vents that would tilt in order to keep the car in the air. The car will have a speed of 100 mph on ground and in air it will have a speed of 150 mph.



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