09 March 2012

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Fly in India to prove competency: DGCA

Posted: 08 Mar 2012 03:42 AM PST

Aviation watchdog wants pilots with international licences to give flying test before getting authorisation in India; move comes in the wake of recent pilot scam, which involved Directorate General of Civil Aviation officials

According to the latest circular issued by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), any pilot licence obtained from abroad, will require a compulsory competency test in India for endorsement into an Indian licence.

Testing before flying: As per DGCA’s circular, all applications for
issue of Indian, Commercial Pilot Licence will be accompanied with
skill test reports on at least one aircraft type required to be endorsed
on the Indian licence

Sources close to the DGCA said that changes have been incorporated to put an end to discrepancies that were exposed during the recent pilot scam. DGCA circular number 8/2/2008-LII dated February 21, 2012 (copy with MiD DAY), issued by Joint Director General (JDG), DGCA, J S Rawat, reads, “The current Guidelines for Conversion of Professional Pilot’s Licences issued in International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Contracting States into Indian Professional Pilot’s Licence (Commercial Pilot’s Licence) allow for acceptance of skill test done abroad provided the test reports are duly authenticated by a representative of the Regulatory Authority of the State where the tests have been performed. It is seen that most state authorities do not authenticate the skill reports to meet the procedure laid down in the guidelines. In case Instrument Rating (IR) is not issued by the Contracting State, the skill test carried out in the Contracting State shall not be recognised. For the issue of IR, the applicant shall be required to carry out IR skill test in India.”

The circular further recommends, “It has now been decided by the Competent Authority that all applications for issue of Indian, Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) will be accompanied with skill test reports on at least one aircraft type required to be endorsed on the Indian licence. All applications received on or after April 1, 2012 shall be accompanied with skill test report carried out in India.”

Test of skills
J S Rawat, JDG, DGCA, said, “Earlier we were considering IR skills tests done abroad, but from now, it will be a must for every candidate to undergo the competency test in India for any endorsement in Indian licence. Earlier we were only conducting written tests. Now, we will also conduct IR skill tests.”  A source from within the DGCA, disclosed that changes are being made to ensure that only capable candidates get endorsement.

Fake pilot expose
The DGCA faced charges of corruption in April 2011, after several pilots flying for various airlines were found to have forged their licences. Flying schools in Rajasthan and Haryana were found tampering with flying-hours logbook. Later, the Rajasthan police and the Delhi police, arrested over two-dozen people in connection with the fraud. During the course of investigation, names of several DGCA officials also appeared, following which they were suspended.

Top 10 Internet IPOs of the Decade

Posted: 07 Mar 2012 10:59 PM PST

When a firm goes public, one of the reasons it makes news is because of the money involved. There are a number of tech-related firms that have gone public, but only few have made an impression because of their size, how they affect technology, and what they're valued at.

Here are 10 of the most unforgettable internet IPOs of the last decade, as portrayed by Vincent Abry, a tech blogger in his infographic:


1. Facebook: The social networking behemoth became much-talked about when it filed to go public early in February. Although the deal was made for five billion dollars, it is valued at 100 billion dollars. Its going public was noteworthy especially since it would mean that Facebook would have to reveal all its monetary figures. According to the infographic, the world's largest social network has 3,200 employees, but other details about it are unknown.


2. Google: Google went public in 2004, with a deal worth $1.6 billion. As of March 1, 2012, the firm is valued at 23 billion and saw a rise of 18 percent in value on the first day it went public. According to the infographic, the world's largest search engine had more than 2,000 employees the year it went public. Today, it has around more than 10 times as many people working for it, and has registered growth of 632.2 percent. Being an American company, it is headquartered in California, but has offices all over the world.


3. Alibaba.com: This Chinese investment trading company is one of those that have registered negative growth. Its performance since it went public stands at -1.9 percent. The company, along with its subsidiaries provides software, software applications, domain name registration, and technology-related consulting services for various marketplaces and platforms. It went public in 2007, and has gone up from an employee base of 7,000 to 12,858.


4. Yandex: This Russian IT company runs the most used search engine in the country which carries the same name. Google has about 21.9 percent of search engine generated traffic in Russia, while Yandex has around 64.4 percent. The company's main source of revenue lies in display advertising. Surprisingly, this company too has registered negative growth since it went public in 2011, standing at -13.6 percent.


5. Shanda Games: Shanda Games is one of the leading game developers and publishers in China. The company also publishes books. According to its Crunch Base profile, it went public in 2009 and raised over $1 billion in capital – it was the richest stock debut in the U.S. for that year. Sadly, it too registered a negative performance since it went public at -63.6 percent.  Some of Shanda's most well-known published games include Ragnarok Online, Dungeons and Dragons Online, and The World of Legend.


6. Zynga: A lesser-known fact about this company founded by Mark Pincus, is that it was first named Presidio Media. The company later changed its name to Zynga, after Pincus' late American bulldog- Zinga. The company rose to fame through its social games that connected players on Facebook, Orkut, and other social networks. In addition to these, Zynga develops browser-based games that even work on their own without the support of social networks.


7. Giant Interactive: The third online game developer company on this list, Giant Interactive is a Chinese online game developer and operator that mainly focuses on massively multiplayer online role playing games (MMORPG). It operates a number of online games which include the Zheng Tu (ZT) Online series. Its performance since it went public also registered negatively at -71.9 percent


8. Renren: Formerly known as the Xiaonei Network, Renren is a social network in China that is similar to Facebook. The site acquired the video sharing site 56.com after it went public last year.


9. Groupon: This website focuses on the deal-of-the-day type of offers that include discounts, and gift certificates, that can be used in the U.S, although it has offices in India and other countries as well. Its name is a portmanteau of the words "group" and "coupon. Groupon too saw a decline of -2.4 percent since it went public.


10. LinkedIn: The social network for professionals has a unique "gated-access approach" to connect with other professionals known as "connections" so that users will not get bothered by those that they don't know.

(*This report was compiled based on the information on the tech blog- http://www.vincentabry.com/en/world-top-10-internet-ipos-infographic-1893)

iOS Runs Three Times Faster than Android for HTML5

Posted: 07 Mar 2012 10:51 PM PST

All said and done, iOS won. IOS devices can handle games on HTML5 three times faster than Google's android.

A study by Spaceport.io the cross-platform mobile game development tool maker to determine the HTML5 performance across mobile browsers gave some not so surprising results where iOS was declared the undisputed winner for its high speed, reliability and quality and Google's android was left limping far behind along with other native browsers.

PerfMarks is Spaceport.io's own open-source benchmark tool which was used in testing the iOS and android range devices and the acid test was simple. How many images can be moved around a screen at one time, while maintaining 30 frames per second (FPS) frame rate? (The 30FPS is the minimum required frame rate for maintaining visual smoothness)

The iPad 2's worst result was still better than the Android tablet's best result. Even the best of all Android results was only 50% better than the iPad's worst score reported Cult of Mac.

"HTML 5 is getting faster over time, as seen in the latest OS updates across Android and iOS. Although this is a welcome trend, there is still a long way to go," said Spaceport.io founder, Ben Savage. "We hope the spaceport.io PerfMarks report will act as a bellwether for mobile browser and operating system creators who hope to better serve the HTML5 game development community."

Intel launches Xeon E5-2600 Processor to Power the Cloud

Posted: 07 Mar 2012 10:45 PM PST

Intel Xeon E5-2600 Processor

Addressing the incredible growth of data traffic in the cloud for enterprises, Intel Corporation has announced the record-breaking Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product family to facilitate the business to utilize the upcoming opportunity created by the increased consumption of internet by the people. These new processors deliver leadership performance, best data center performance till known, breakthrough I/O innovation and trusted hardware security features to enable IT to scale. These processors are not only at the heart of servers and workstations, but will also power the next generation of storage and communication systems from leading vendors around the world.

Forecasts call for 15 billion connected devices and over 3 billion connected users by 2015. The amount of global data center IP traffic is forecasted to grow by 33 percent annually through 2015, surpassing 4.8 zetabytes per year, more than 3 times the amount in 2011. At these levels, each connected user will generate more than 4GB of data traffic every day. In order to scale to meet this growth, the worldwide number of cloud servers is expected to be more than triple by 2015.

"The growth in cloud computing and connected devices is transforming the way businesses benefit from IT products and services," said R. Ravichandran, Business Development Director, APAC, Intel. "For businesses to capitalize on these innovations, the industry must address unprecedented demand for efficient, secure and high-performing datacenter infrastructure.  The Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 product family is designed to address these challenges by offering unparalleled, balanced performance across compute, storage and network, while reducing operating costs."

With the best combination of performance, built-in capabilities and cost-effectiveness, the new Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product families are designed to address these requirements of cloud, consumerization and big-data, and become the heart of the next-generation data center powering servers, storage and communication systems.

‘Toshiba Qosmio X870′ Laptop: Full Entertainment

Posted: 07 Mar 2012 10:33 PM PST

Toshiba’s Qosmio laptops are famous for its multimedia functionality, gaming experience and the entertainment. This new attractive dark aluminum brushed, red trimmed Toshiba laptop 'Qosmio X870'is the ultimate solution for all your gaming and media needs.

Qosmio X870 comes with a 17.3inch LED backlit screen with full HD resolution of 1,920 x 1,080, Nvidia graphics processor which supports Nvidia’s 3D Vision technology with a pair of active-shutter 3D glasses to give you 3D ecstasy.  It also has a four-speaker Harman Kardon sound system with SRS Premium Sound 3D processing and four USB 3.0 ports- two are compatible for sleep and charge. The Sleep-and-Music feature in the notebook lets you enjoy music even when the device is shutdown.

Company signifies that the Qosmio X870 will be shipped in Q2 2012 with the latest Intel processors, and a tremendous RAM capacity of up to up to 2TB of hard disk space. No details about its price.

Beetel Launches GD 777 Touch Screen Phone

Posted: 07 Mar 2012 10:28 PM PST

Beetel Teletech announced the launch of GD-777, a 3.5" full touch screen mobile phone as a festive offering for Holi in the Indian market. The new mobile comes with 5 MP camera and incorporates unique touch experience and superior screen resolution to experience vivid colors of life. The GD 777 will be available

in India at an MRP of Rs.5499.

While unveiling the product, Mr. Vinod Sawhny – Executive Director & CEO, Beetel Teletech Limited, said, "GD 777 is a product from our stable to provide high-end features that the mass audience aspire to have in their mobile phones. This innovative product is designed after extensive market research which indicated that there is a huge demand for affordable feature phones and customers are looking for more options in the category."

Beetel GD 777 is a 3.5" mobile device which is equipped with a capacitive touch screen for superior user experience. Beetel GD 777 has a built in 5 MP camera with zoom and FM Radio. GD 777 can support expandable memory up to 16 GB storage capacity. It also supports Java, GPRS, WAP and EDGE for internet surfing, enhanced downloading capabilities and video streaming. GD 777 has messenger service, 3D games and can be used as a webcam.

GD 777 is packed with a number of social networking and infotainment features like Facebook and Ibibo.

World’s Top 5 Female Hackers

Posted: 07 Mar 2012 10:21 PM PST

Hackers are a very diverse bunch, a group simultaneously blamed with causing billions of dollars in damages as well as credited for their significant contributions to the internet world. We have always heard of male hackers and the fact is that majority of hacking experts are predominantly men. But what about female hackers? Who would have thought that women could as well enter into this field and master the skill of hacking? When the term "Hacker" was invented in the 60s at MIT, it was definitely an honourable title. Hackers were known for their resourcefulness and their persistence in solving software-related problems. But today the mindset of common people has totally changed when they come across the word Hacking.

Hacking has traditionally been a man's world, but women are quietly breaking into the hacker subculture. Take a look at top 5 female hackers in the world

Kristina Vladimirovna Svechinskaya


Kristina Svechinskaya, a New York University student is one of the most common names in the hacker's world. She is Russian money mule maker who was arrested on November 2010 and accused of breaking into millions of dollars from several banks in Britain and America and for usage of multiple fake passports. Svechinskaya was dubbed “the world’s sexiest computer hacker” for her raunchy, but casual appearance.

Svechinskaya used Zeus trojan horse to attack thousands of bank accounts along with nine others and opened at least five accounts in Bank of America and Wachovia to disburse the theft money. For all her hacking activities and for using the passports fraudulently it is said that she may have to pay huge penalty of 40 years of imprisonment. It is estimated that with nine other people Svechinskaya had skimmed $3 million in total.


Joanna Rutkowska


Joanna is a polish security specialist, she is popularly known for her research on low-level security and stealth malware and for her contributions to Windows vista. She became a known personality and rose to fame after the Black Hat Briefings conference in Las Vegas in August 2006 where Rutkowska demonstrated to the world two ways to hack Windows Vista Beta 2 kernel protection mechanism and also a technique dubbed Blue Pill, that used hardware virtualization to move a running OS into a virtual machine.

She is named 'Five Hackers who Put a Mark on 2006' by eWeek Magazine for her research on the topic. Rutkowska also gave an open advice to Vice President of Microsoft’s Security Technology Unit to further tighten security on Windows Vista system. She is an elite hacker who an entrepruener who launced her own security services startup Invisible Things Lab in Warsaw, Poland.

Ying Cracker


Ying is one of the most beautiful hacker and an educator from Shanghai, China. She teaches people the basics of how to start hacking; things like changing your IP address or wiping Office passwords.

How did she climb the popularity ladder? It was in an online forum “Chinese Hottie Hackers” posting that got Cracker noticed by gawkers on the internet and created a huge fan base for her. One cannot deny the fact that her work is impressive as well. She’s an expert in hacker software writing and charges good money for courses on simple hacking tools, she also charges for helping other people crack software.


Raven Alder


Raven graduated from high school at the age of 14 and college at 18. She was the first woman to give a presentation at the DefCon hacker's conference. Adler an half ISP engineer, half security geek, is a contributing author to several technical books, magazines and a frequent speaker at conferences She designs, tests and audits intrusion detection systems for large federal agencies. She has worked as a Senior Backbone Architect and Senior Security Consultant in IT security. Her interest in securing networks end-to-end has led her to examine and pioneer standards in the security of network infrastructure.

Xiao Tian


Xiao Tian, just out of her teenage became famous after forming China Girl Security Team, a group of hackers especially for woman which is China’s largest today, the group has over 2,200 members. Tian created the now-infamous hacking team because she felt that there was no other outlet for teenage girls like herself in the male-dominated world of hacking. Its time to Move over male Asian nerdy computer geeks, female Asian nerdy computer geeks are here to stay.

The Biggest Internet IPO Since 2000

Posted: 07 Mar 2012 10:14 PM PST

2012 is waiting to witness one of the biggest Internet IPO's in the history. Facebook is on its way to the trading floor and has become one of the most anticipated IPO deals. The IPO may value the company at as much as $100 billion. They are also planning to increase its $2.5 billion credit line to help cover a major tax hit.

However, several internet companies have created history by being one of the biggest IPO in their industry during their times. Below mentioned are few such companies who created a chapter in the book of Internet IPO History.



biggest internet IPO, Google

Google began in 1996 as a research project by Larry Page and Sergey Brin when they both were PhD students at Stanford University. The company was named as "BackRub". But, later they changed the name to Google, originating from a misspelling of the word 'googol'.

Google's IPO took place in 2004. With a deal size of $1.666 million, the company was valued at $23 billion. The offering price per share was $85 and the numbers of shares offered were 19.6 million. The majority of the shares remained under the control of Google thus making many employees instant paper millionaire.



biggest internet IPO, Alibaba.com

The flagship company of Alibaba Group, Alibaba.com is an online business-to-business trading platform for small businesses. The company was founded by Jack Ma and 18 other people in 1999. Alibaba.com has four B2B marketplaces, and also offers a range of business management software, Internet infrastructure services and export-related services.

Alibaba.com was listed in the Hong Kong Stock Exchange at the IPO price of $ 1.5 billion in November 2007 with a market valuation of $7.8 billion. The offering price per share was $1.74 and the numbers of shares offered were 858.9 million.



biggest internet IPO, Groupon

Groupon is a daily deal site that features discounted gift certificates usable at local or national companies. The company was launched in November 2008 and went public within a span of three years.

Said to be the next biggest IPO in the history of Internet after Google, Groupon raised $700 million after increasing the size of IPO. The company went IPO in November 2011, and was valued at $10.5 billion offering 35 million shares with a price value of $20 per share.



biggest internet IPO, Yandex

Yandex is a Russian IT company which operates the largest search engine in Russia. Yandex search  was launched in September 1997 by Comp Tek, and Yandex company was founded in year 2000.

The company went public in May 2011 with a deal size of $1.304 billion and market valuation fo $8.4 billion. 52.2 million shares were offered with a price of $25 per share.



biggest internet IPO, LinkedIn

The business-related social networking site, LinkedIn was founded in December 2002 and launched in May 2003 by Reid Hoffman, Allen Blue, Konstantin Guericke, Eric Ly and Jean-Luc Vaillant. The company filed for an IPO in January 2011 and traded its first shares on May same year.

The deal size for the IPO was $353 million and a market valuation of $4.3 billion. 7.8 million shares were offered at a price of $45 per share.