- BSNL Launches 3 Tablets, Lowest Model Priced at Rs.3250
- RIM Launches Upgraded PlayBook OS in India
- Internet Firms Spy on Personal Texts Sent on Smartphones
- Hockey: Sandeep Singh Leads India to London Olympics 2012
- The Most ‘Liked’ CEO in Facebook
- Make Money with Writing, Blogging, and eBay
- Get Paid To Podcast, Teach, or Publish a Newsletter Online
Posted: 27 Feb 2012 02:53 AM PST
State-owned telecom services provider BSNL has launched three tablets with the cheapest model costing a mere Rs.3,250, making a quiet entry into the increasingly competitive market for the hand-held computers.
Recently, Datawind, promoted by a Canadian India, had made a much-publicised entry into the market in a tie-up with the government to provide cheap networking devices ”Aakash”, priced at Rs.2,250 for students.
The three tablets launched by BSNL are priced at Rs.3,250, Rs.10,999 and Rs.13,500. Two of them come with 7-inch resistive screen with Android 2.3 operating system, while the third comes with an 8-inch touchscreen, a BSNL official said.
Made by Noida-based Pantel, these tablets will be sold with discounted data plans from BSNL, sources said.
According to Pantel, the T-PAD IS701R has 1GHz processor and 256M RAM and is wi-fi enabled. The built-in 2GB memory can be expanded by up to 32GB.
The costliest model, T-PAD WS802C is powered by a 1.2GHz processor and 512MB DDRIII RAM and also has a built-in Global Position System.
Posted: 27 Feb 2012 02:48 AM PST
Canadian BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion (RIM), battling tough competition from Apple’s iPad, launched PlayBook OS 2.0, an upgraded version of the operating system for its PlayBook tablet, in the Indian market.
“The upgraded version has people-centric calendar and a range of new communications and productivity enhancements as well as expanded app and content support,” said Ranjan Moses, carrier product manager, RIM.
“And with this we see a huge uptake happening.”
Asked about the slow take-off of BlackBerry PlayBook in market, Moses said: “Any new technology that comes takes a bit of time. Its just that now we need to look at how we are bringing the device into the market.”
The smartphone maker has been struggling to gain significant market share since April last year when it launched the tablets. RIM shipped 150,000 PlayBook tablets during the quarter ended November.
In comparison, Apple sold over 15.43 million iPads during the quarter ended Dec 31.
The new operating system features integrated e-mail solution where users have the option to use a unified inbox consolidating all messages from Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter as well as personal and work emails in one place.
The OS also provides improved mobile productivity with updated document editing functions and increased control and manageability of corporate data with BlackBerry Balance and is available for free download for all BlackBerry PlayBook tablets.
Posted: 27 Feb 2012 02:39 AM PST
Top internet firms like Facebook, Yahoo and Flickr are able to read personal text messages and photographs sent via smartphones because many mobile phone apps give their developers the right to go through such content.
Many phone users do not know that when they agree to the terms and conditions, they are actually giving developers the right to inspect their personal information, the Daily Mail reported.
In some cases, the apps also get the right to collect whatever images the phone camera happens to be seeing.
Facebook, Yahoo, Flickr and Badoo have all admitted to reading users’ text messages through their Android smartphone apps, according to the Sunday Times.
Many other apps — some of them available for free — also include in their terms and conditions the rights to access users’ personal data.
Daniel Rosenfield, director of a successful app business whose products are downloaded at a rate of 5,000 a day, said the information was requested by advertisers.
“You can sell your app but the revenue you get from selling your apps doesn’t touch the revenue you get from giving your apps away for free and just loading them with advertisements,” he was quoted as saying.
The report said Twitter has also admitted that it copied lists of email addresses and phone numbers from people who used its smartphone application and stored them on its servers without taking users’ permission.
In 2007, late Apple founder Steve Jobs spoke of the dangers of instrusive apps. He warned that many “want to take a lot of your personal data and suck it up”.
Posted: 27 Feb 2012 02:32 AM PST
Eight-time champions India are back in the Games with a 8-1 drubbing of France in the final of the 2012 London Olympic men’s hockey qualifiers at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium.
Ace drag-flicker Sandeep Singh, who was a part of the team that lost the qualifiers in 2008, starred scoring five goals – including a hat-trick – all from penalty corners (19th, 26th, 38th, 49th and 51st). Birendra Lakra (17th), S.V. Sunil (43rd) and V.Raghunath (55th) scored goals apiece. (Related: Match in pics)
Sandeep, who had promised to score at least 12 goals in the tournament, remained the top scorer with 16 goals. (Related: Sandeep, the stick magician)
France scored their solitary goal completely against the run of play in the 24th minute through Simon Brisac-Martin.
Having missed an Olympics (2008 Beijing), for the first time in 80 years, India were this time determined not to suffer the same disaster. They did so with a dominating performance as Sandeep ripped apart the French team with his furry, converting five of the seven penalty corners that came his way.
There was never any doubt over the outcome, but the result still surprised. France, who had held Canada 1-1 in their last match to qualify for the final, were expected to put up a fight but in front of a 15,000 crowd they found the going tough. The scoreline was bigger than their 2-6 loss to India in the pool match.
France did their best to tightly mark the Indian forward but in 10 minutes, they found that it was of no use. India used both the flanks brilliantly with Tushar Khandekar and S.V. Sunil combining well with the link-men.
India had their first chance in the 16th minute but Manpreet Singh’s slap-shot from the top of the D was saved well by goalkeeper Matthias Dierckens. In the next minute, Manpreet, however, played a key role in giving India the lead. His precise pass found and unmarked Lakra, who slotted it in.
Two minutes later, India forward Shivendra Singh successfully appealed for a penalty corner after he was pulled in the D and the video umpire ruled in favour of India. Sandeep struck as India went 2-0 up.
France pulled one back completely against the run of play in the 24th minute. Sebastian Jean-Jean made a quick run into the defence and passed it to Simon, who deflected it into the net.
But in the next minute, Sandeep slammed again from a penalty corner as India went into the break leading 3-1.
For France all hell broke lose in the second half as India pumped in five more, one from field goal and four from penalty corners to complete the scoreline.
Posted: 27 Feb 2012 02:22 AM PST
Facebook has a facility where you can click on your like pages, and there are pages dedicated to this big shot Wall Street CEOs. Vikram Pandit, the CEO of Citigroup is the most liked CEO in Facebook. Here are the 10 most liked CEOs according to their number of likings.
Number of Likes: 4,062
Number of Likes: 809
3. Lloyd Blankfein
Number of Likes: 479
Number of Likes: 109
5. John Stumpf:
Number of Likes: 49
Number of Likes: 42
7. Brady Dougan:
Number of Likes: 32
Number of Likes: 14
9. Sergio P. Ermotti:
Number of Likes: 8
Number of Likes: 4
Posted: 27 Feb 2012 12:09 AM PST
Online freelance writing jobs are plentiful, if you know where to look and can distinguish the legitimate opportunities from the potential scams.
Most people don’t have a clue about the wide variety of writing opportunities available to them all over the Internet. These include writing simple articles, press releases, and even complete e-books.
Some clients pay upfront for your material, offering a certain amount per word or per assignment.Others will pay you per the hour for other writing and publishing related tasks such as proof-reading and editing web content.
Freelance writing networks such as “The Freelance Writing Jobs Network” are a great place to start looking for writing jobs and advice. And then there are what I call “freelance matchmaking” sites or “job boards” like Elance.com and Freelancer.com.
On these sites, almost every day, thousands of businesses post various types of writing projects, gigs and requests. If you get aggressive in applying for these open spots, then there’s a virtually unlimited supply of writing opportunities that can make you money relatively quickly.
When starting, reply to as many project requests as possible, offer to work at a reasonable rate (but not dirt cheap), and be quick and responsive.
Landing that first gig is always the hardest step, but once you’ve built up a portfolio and some clientele, you’ll get more and more consistent work.
The key to making money with freelance writing is to quickly produce as many quality pieces as you can for your portfolio, and then use job boards and social networking strategies to promote your writing. The more traffic you get to your online work, the more companies you’ll have approaching you to write for them.
Here are some additional tips when setting up your portfolio:
1. Set up a professional web page with your resume, contact information, and some writing samples.
2. Establish yourself as a reputable, talented freelance writer by submitting only your best quality work to potential clients.
3. Network with other busy writers who may be able to send extra work your way. Participate in writers forums by writing useful comments and including links to your website and online work.
Making Money with eBay
If writing is not your thing, then hop on over to ebay.com and you can start selling almost anything you can imagine within just minutes.
Imagine having access to 100 million cash-spending buyers. That’s exactly the kind of gold mine that’s waiting for you on eBay. It has over 100 million registered users, all of whom are out there shopping for great deals.
To become a successful eBay seller, first you must first figure out what to sell. You can sell your own items, check out trade shows in your local area, or search online directories like Doba.com and Alibaba.com to find hot products.
Here’s how to get the most out of your ebay listings and auctions:
1. Create good titles and descriptions, and include quality photos of the items. Write descriptions that stand out, but do not make them obnoxious by using all capital letters or excessive punctuation. Also, be honest about any defects in the items you have for sale.
2. Consider starting your own eBay store for selling large quantities, since they have a longer run time than typical auctions. Participate in the eBay community and read the forums to stay involved.
3. Other ways to get traffic to your auctions and items for sale include creating an page on eBay and linking to your auctions from other sites. You also could register a domain name dedicated solely to promoting your own auctions.
Once you find a hot product, keep selling it, and then gradually find more and more products you can promote. Over time, your income will grow exponentially.
How to Make Money with Your Own Blog
Blogging is another easy way to make money online. The secret to profitable blogging is to focus on a particular that is, your area of expertise or a very specific subject that is popular in the search engines.
Here’s how to get started blogging:
1. Like freelance writing, you should approach blogging with the intent to write unique, quality content. Offering useful information and establishing yourself as a trustworthy resource to your readers will quickly lead to lots of word-of-mouth traffic to your blog. Readers can tell if you do not know what you are talking about, so do your research and focus on producing quality content.
2. Starting a blog is as simple as getting a free account at WordPress.com, Blogger.com, or another blog hosting site. You can also pay for a domain name and hosting services if you want to personalize your blog even more. I suggest you start with the free options.
3. Once you have established your blog, then you can focus on monetizing it by incorporating relevant ads through advertising networks like Google AdSense or Chitika. Affiliate programs such as Amazon also are becoming increasingly popular ways to earn extra revenue. In addition, you could sell private ads or review products on your blog.
4. Promote your blog by utilizing social networking opportunities such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and blogging forums. If you’re creative, then you’ll find endless opportunities to promote your blog throughout these social communities.
Freelance writing, selling on eBay, and blogging are only three of the many ways to make money online. They might require an initial investment of time and effort, but you are likely to see some quick income and even huge profits in the long run if you follow these hints.
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Posted: 27 Feb 2012 12:02 AM PST
Making money online is a matter of finding an audience who you can either advertise to or receive direct payment from. Either way, you need something interesting or informative with which to catch and hold your readers’ attention. Your content is everything.
I’ll show you how you can make money presenting and distributing content via podcast or a newsletter, and how you can connect directly with your audience as an online tutor.
Getting Paid To Podcast
To create a podcast, you will need a microphone and some recording software. If you have a camera, you can also produce video podcasts.
You can download a free recording program from audacity.sourceforge.net, where you will also find tutorials on the technical side of podcasting.
When you have the content and are able to produce good quality podcasts, you need listeners. You can find them by submitting your podcast to directories such as podcastalley.com, promoting it through a website or blog, or advertising in forums and newsletters.
The bigger your market, the better. Don’t be afraid of competitive markets, they’re big for a reason–they pay and people are listening!
You will then be able to make money by finding a sponsor who is willing to pay to reach your listeners. You could find your own advertisers, or join a podcasting network such as podtrac.com.
If your content is desirable enough, you can charge for access to it, through services such as iTunes (apple.com/itunes). If you are selling your podcast, however, it is a good idea to create a free content version too in order to reach new listeners.
How To Get Paid To Publish Online Newsletters
Even if you prefer the written word to audio podcasting, you will still need to take care of some technical details.
The best way to distribute newsletters is through an autoresponder list service. These can be set up to automatically deliver pre-written emails to subscribers at set intervals. Each new subscriber will receive all of the emails in your predetermined sequence. That means you can load up a year’s worth of content (or more), and it’ll automatically publish straight to your subscribers’ email boxes without you touching it again!
A free autoresponder can be downloaded from responders.com, while a more professional program can be bought from aweber.com. These programs will also help with managing your subscriber list, so you stay spam compliant.
A successful newsletter will be attractive, easy to read, and compatible with different computers and internet browsers. You can create beautiful PDF documents using a free program such as openoffice.com.
Also, you do not have to create all your own content. You can get free stock photos and articles from sites such as publicdomainimages.net and ezinearticles.com. You can also pay for pre-written content from sites like associatedcontent.com.
Email newsletters are perfect for marketing your own products, if you are running an online business. You can also make money by selling space to advertisers or even charging for subscriptions.
By using the tools from services such as aweber.com, you can grow your online newsletter list to hundreds or even thousands of people.
Get Paid To Teach People All Over the World
If you have knowledge and experience to share then you can do so in a podcast or newsletter, or by writing content for a site such as demandstudios.com, who will pay for articles.
Alternatively, you can become an online tutor and communicate directly with students through video chat and email. You could find your own students by advertising your services on craigslist.org, or join a company who will pair you up with suitable learners.
In order to get the best jobs, you may need some relevant qualifications, such as a degree, proven experience in a particular field, or a teaching certificate of some kind.
Websites that recruit online teachers include universalclass.com, mytutor24.com, and tutor.com. Wiziq.com has a teacher directory where you can describe yourself and potential students can find you.
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