Sikhism Diwali : Bandi Chhorh Diwas

For Sikhs, Diwali is particularly important because it celebrates the release from prison of the sixth guru, Guru Hargobind, and 52 other princes with him, in 1619.

The Sikh tradition holds that the Emperor Jahangir had imprisoned Guru Hargobind and 52 princes. The Emperor was asked to release Guru Hargobind which he agreed to do. However, Guru Hargobind asked that the princes be released also. The Emperor agreed, but said only those who could hold onto his cloak tail would be allowed to leave the prison. This was in order to limit the number of prisoners who could leave.

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President Obama creates history, wins second term in White House

 

 

 Americans chose to stick with a divided government in Washington, by    keeping the Democratic incumbent in the White House and leaving the  U.S. Congress as it is, with Democrats controlling the Senate and  Republicans keeping the House of Representatives.

 Obama told thousands of supporters in Chicago who cheered his  every word that “we have picked ourselves up, we have fought our way back” and that for America, the best is yet to come.

 He vowed to listen to both sides of the political divide in the weeks  ahead and said he would return to the White House more determined than ever to confront America’s challenges.

 “Whether I earned your vote or not, I have listened to you, I have  learned from you. And you have made me a better president,” Obama  said.

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Apple, Microsoft and Google persuading consumers to buy new laptops, smartphones once a year

Philip W. Schiller, Apple’s vice president for marketing, strode across the stage of the California Theater in San Jose last week trumpeting the virtues of new Apple products. As he caressed the side of the latest iMacpersonal computer, he noted how thin it was – 5 millimeters, 80 percent thinner than the last one. Then he said, with an air of surprise, as if he had just thought of it: “Isn’t it amazing how something new makes the previous thing instantly look old?”

Umm, yes, Mr. Schiller, you design your products that way. It is part of a strategy that Apple has perfected. How else can the companypersuade people to replace their perfectly fine iPhone, iPad, iMac and iEverything else year after year?

In the past, electronics makers could convince consumers that the design was different, because it actually was. The first iMac, for example, was a blue bubble. Then it looked like a desk lamp, and now it is a rectangular sheet of glass with the electronics hidden behind it. The iPod designs changed, too, over time, before they became progressively smaller sheets of glass.

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IBM reports breakthrough in carbon nano tube chip technology

IBM scientists are reporting progress in a chip-making technology that is likely to ensure the shrinking of the basic digital switch at the heart of modern microchips for more than another decade. 

The advance, first described in the journal Nature Nanotechnology on Sunday, is based on carbonnano tubes, exotic molecules that have long held out promise as an alternative material to silicon from which to create the tiny logic gates that are now used by the billions to create microprocessors and memory chips. 

The IBM researchers at the TJ Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY, have been able to pattern an array of carbon nano tubes on the surface of a silicon wafer and use them to build chips that are hybrids of silicon and carbon nano tubes with more than 10,000 working transistors. 

Against all expectations, the silicon chip has continued to improve in both speed and capacity for the last five decades. In recent decades, however, there has been growing uncertainty over whether the technology will continue to improve. The end of the microelectronics era would inevitably stall a growing array of industries that have fed off the falling cost and increasing performance of computer chips. 

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Windows 8 creates buzz but fails to attract early buyers

Microsoft bills Windows 8 as a “re-imagining” of the personal computer market’s dominant operating system, but the company still has a lot of work to do before the makeover captures the imagination of most consumers, based on the results of a recent poll by The Associated Press and GfK. 

The phone survey of nearly 1,200 adults in the US found 52 per cent hadn’t even heard of Windows 8leading up to Friday’s release of the redesigned software. Among the people who knew something about the new operating system, 61 per cent had little or no interest in buying a new laptop or desktop computer running on Windows 8, according to the poll. And only about a third of the people who’ve heard about the new system believe it will be an improvement (35 per cent). 

Chris Dionne of Waterbury, Connecticut, falls into that camp. The 43-year-old engineer had already seenWindows 8 and it didn’t persuade him to abandon or upgrade his Hewlett-Packard laptop running on Windows 7, the previous version of the operating system released in 2009.

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India leading a robust Internet Market growth

India is among the top three fastest growing Internet markets in the world, a study by industry body Assocham and ComScore has said. 

“Among the Bric nations, India has been the fastest growing market adding over 18 million Internet usersand growing at an annual rate of 41 per cent,” the study said. The Internet user base in the country is approximately 125 million, the study added. 

China added over 14 million users to reach 336 million Internet users by the end of July 2012. Russia and India show similar trends in online usage patterns along with similarities in e-commerce and payment types,” it said. 
India is also among the top three fastest growing markets worldwide in the last 12 months, the study said. 

“Interestingly, about 75 per cent of online audience between the age group of 15-34 years, India is one of the youngest online demographic globally,” Assocham secretary general D S Rawat said. He said the trend is expected to continue in coming years given the age distribution in the country. 

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India imported 10 crore Mobile Phones during Jan-Jun 2012, Nokia Leads the race

Mobile phones shipment to India during the first-half of 2012 crossed 10 crore units, registering a growth of 16.6 per cent over the same period over the previous year, accordingCyber Media Research (CMR). 

“During January-June 2012, the total India shipment of mobile handsets was recorded at 102.43 million units (10.24 crore),” CMR said in its report. The total number of smartphones shipped during the period was 55 lakh units. Nokia has 22.2 per cent share in the overall shipments, followed by Samsung at 13 per cent. In smartphone category, Samaung’s share is 41.6 per cent, followed by Nokia and Blackberry handsets maker Research-In-Motion with 19.2 per cent and 12.1 per cent, respectively. 

CMR’s Lead Analyst for Telecoms Practice Faisal Kawoosa said the first-half of calendar year 2012 witnessed high -decibel launch of phones like Samsung Galaxy S III, HTC One X and second half of 2012 continues to see launch of a number of high value smartphone models such as the Nokia Lumia 910, Samsung Galaxy Note II and the Apple iPhone 5. 

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