Google’s First Android phone out

September 30, 2008 at 12:31 pm | Posted in America, entertainment, explore, India, Information, news, science, USA, World | 1 Comment
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The Google Android phone is here!

 On Tuesday, T-Mobile and Google announced the first-ever handset with Google’s new Android operating system.

Called the T-Mobile G1, it has both full touch-screen functionality, a QWERThe Google Android phonTY keyboard, a trackball for one-handed navigation, plus access to mobile Web applications like Google Maps Street View, Gmail, YouTube, and more.

The G1 is available for pre-order now in the US in limited quantities fot T-Mobile registered users.

It will be available in retail stores from October 22, for $179 with a two-year voice and data agreement.

It will be available in the UK beginning November and across Europe in early 2009.

The Android provides the phone’s operating system as well as a platform for the phone to run a variety of software programs.

Google wrote Android using open-source software, which means any programmer has access to the source code that makes Android tick and can write software that runs on any mobile phone using Android.

Unlike the iPhone, the G1 features a mini QWERTY keyboard, which is accessed by sliding the touch screen to the side. When the keyboard is used the screen’s orientation changes from vertical to horizontal. The G1 can open files created using Microsoft Word and Excel.

Google Maps:
With Google Maps G1 users can instantly view maps and satellite imagery, as well as find local business and get driving directions, all from the phone’s easy-to-use touch interface.

The T-Mobile G1 also includes Google Maps Street View, allowing customers to explore cities at street-level virtually while on the go.

Not just this, Google Maps feature syncs with the built-in compass on the phone — an industry first — to allow users to view locations and navigate 360 degrees by simply moving the phone with their hand.

Communicating on the go:
The T-Mobile G1 features a rich HTML e-mail client, which seamlessly syncs your e-mail, calendar and contacts from Gmail as well as most other POP3 or IMAP e-mail services.

The T-Mobile G1 multitasks, so you can read a Web page while also downloading your e-mail in the background. It combines Instant Messaging support for Google Talk, as well as AOL, Yahoo! Messenger and Windows Live Messenger in the US.

With access to high-speed Web browsing and a 3-megapixel camera with photo-sharing capabilities, the T-Mobile G1 is ideal for balancing a busy lifestyle.

Embracing user-generated content: Customers can use the G1’s 3G and Wi-Fi connection to attach and share pictures over e-mail and MMS or download music from their favorite Web sites.

Built-in support for YouTube allows customers to enjoy YouTube’s originally created content.

Music:The Google Android phon
You can’t play iTunes music files on the G1. Instead, T-Mobile is offering its own music service through Amazon Music, which gives customers easy access to Amazon MP3,’s digital music download store.

G1 customers will also able to search, sample, purchase and download music from Amazon MP3 directly.

The T-Mobile G1 will be the first device with the Amazon MP3 mobile application pre-loaded.

Android market:
The T-Mobile G1 is the first phone to offer access to Android Market.

When the phone launches next month, dozens of unique, first-of-a-kind Android applications will be available for download on Android Market.


Gone are the days…..

September 30, 2008 at 8:38 am | Posted in entertainment, shayari | Leave a comment
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 Gone are the days!!! My Friend…
 When  The school reopened in June,
 And we settled in our new desks and benches!
 When we queued up in book depot,  And got our new books  and notes!
 When we wanted two Sundays and no Mondays, yet
 managed to line up daily for the morning prayers.
 We learnt writing with  slates and pencils, and  Progressed To fountain pens and ball pens and
 then Micro tips!
 When we began drawing with crayons and evolved to Color pencils and finally sketch pens!
 When we started calculating first with tables and then with Clarke’s tables and advanced to
 Calculators and computers!
 When we chased one another in the corridors in Intervals, and returned to the classrooms
 Drenched in sweat!
 When we had lunch in classrooms, corridors, Playgrounds, under the trees and even in cycle sheds!
 When all the colors in the world, Decorated the campus on the Second Saturdays!
 When a single P.T. period in the week’s Time Table,
 Was awaited more eagerly than the monsoons!
 When cricket was played with writing pads as bats, And Neckties and socks rolled into balls!
 When few played “kabadi” and “Kho-Kho” in scorching sun,
 While others simply played “book cricket” in the Confines of classroom!
 Of fights but no conspiracies, Of Competitions but seldom jealousy!
 When we used to watch Live Cricket telecast,
 In the opposite house in Intervals and Lunch breaks! When few rushed at 3:45 to
 “Conquer” window seats in our School bus!
 While few others had “Big Fun”, “peppermint” , “kulfi”, ” milk ice !” and “sharbat !” at 4o Clock!
 Gone are the days Of Sports Day, and the annual School Day ,
 And the one-month long preparations for them.
 Gone are the days Of the stressful Quarterly, Half Yearly and Annual Exams, And the most
 enjoyed holidays after them!
 Gone are the days Of tenth and twelfth standards, when
 We Spent almost the whole year writing revision tests!
 We learnt,
 We enjoyed,
 We played,
 We won,
 We lost,
 We laughed,
 We cried,
 We fought,
 We thought.
 With so much fun in them, so many friends, So much experience, all this and more!
 Gone are the days When we used to talk for hours with our friends!
 Now we don’t have time to say a `Hi’!
 Gone are the days When we played games on the road!
 Now we Code on the road with laptop!
 Gone are the days When we saw stars Shining at Night!
 Now we see stars when our code doesn’t Work!
 Gone are the days When we sat to chat with Friends on grounds!
 Now we chat in chat rooms…..!
 Gone are the days Where we studied just to pass! Now we study to save our job!
 Gone are the days Where we had no money in our pockets and still
 fun filled on our hearts!!
 Now we have the atm as well as credit card but with an empty heart!!
 Gone are the days Where we shouted on the road! Now we don’t shout even at home
 Gone are the days Where we got lectures from all! Now we give lectures to all…
 Gone are the days But not the memories, which will be
 Lingering in our hearts for ever and ever and Ever and ever and ever ……
 Gone are the Days…. But still there are lot more Days to come in our Life!!

– Shantan Nethikar


September 28, 2008 at 8:29 am | Posted in hindi, Hindu, History, India, indian heritage, Information, mythology, news, ramayana, religion, World | Leave a comment
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Ram Sethu, also Known as Rama’s Bridge and Adam’s Bridge, Bridges Dhanushkodi, the southern most tip of  India and Talaimannar, the northern most tip of Sri Lanka.

This is our heritage, this is not only an Indian heritage, it should be treated as world heritage site.

We have to preserve this bridge at any cost, indeed, we may need to explore this and bring out the pictures and learn about the science and art of bridge making during the time of Rama. How did they fill the dirt in the ocean, what material they used.

It brings reality to the story of Hanuman going over to Lanka. This is world heritage, this our heritage,  and we need to  preserve it.

There are links below, that will give you crisp clear pictures of the bridge. More details and Videos below

World’s Largest Natural Bridge – Rainbow Bridge National Monument

September 25, 2008 at 8:14 am | Posted in America, entertainment, History, Information, tourism, Travel, USA, World | 1 Comment
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Rainbow Bridge National Monument is administered by Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, southern Utah, USA. Rainbow Bridge is often described as the world’s largest natural bridge. The span of Rainbow Bridge is 275 feet (84 meters), and at the top it is 42 feet (13 meters) thick and 33 feet (10 meters) wide. Two other natural arches, Kolob Arch and Landscape Arch, both also in southern Utah, have confirmed spans several meters longer than Rainbow Bridge, but by most definitions of the terms are described as arches but not bridges. With a truly impressive height of 290 feet (88 meters) Rainbow Bridge does indeed stand taller than either of its longer competitors, but it is outdone by Aloba Arch at 394 feet (120 meters), which is in turn dwarfed by the world’s tallest arch, Tushuk Tash in China at an estimated 1,200 feet (366 meters). While it may not be the tallest or the longest in the world, Rainbow Bridge is the world’s most famous example of a natural arch. It is probably the most accessible of the large arches of the world, as it can be reached by a two-hour yacht ride on Lake Powell or by hiking several hours overland from a trailhead (obtain a permit from the Navajo Nation in Window Rock, Arizona).

Rainbow Bridge seen from the Lake Powell side.

– Shantan

World’s largest sleeping Buddha

September 25, 2008 at 7:53 am | Posted in History, Information, World | Leave a comment
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Sculptors work on world’s largest sleeping Buddha statue Wednesday in Yiyang County of East China’s Jiangxi Province. The gigantic rock work, whose construction started on May 1st,2002, measures 68-meter-high and 416-meter-long. [newsphoto]   

The legs of the Buddha.

A boy poses for photograph next to the huge toe of the Buddha. [newsphoto]

A full view of the Buddha. [newsphoto]

World’s longest rail tunnel in Kashmir

September 23, 2008 at 5:29 pm | Posted in America, dubai, entertainment, explore, hotels, India, Information, news, roads, tourism, Travel, USA, World | 4 Comments
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World's longest rail tunnel in Kashmir

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N. Vohra Wednesday conducted an aerial survey of the upcoming 10.96-km Pir Panchal rail tunnel, which is set to become the world’s longest railway tunnel.

Considered the longest in the Indian Railway network, the tunnel from Banihal in the Jammu region to Lower Munda in the Kashmir Valley is estimated to cost Rs.24 billion (Rs.2,400 crores). About 95 per cent of the work is complete and around Rs.22 billion has been spent.

Railways to set up 3 wagon repair centers

The railway project comprises three sections – Udhampur-Katra, Katra-Qazigund and Qazigund-Baramulla, taken up at a cumulative cost of Rs.110 billion (Rs.11,000 crores).

The Qazigund-Baramulla section in the valley will have 15 stations and the Srinagar (Nowgam) station is billed to be, architecturally and aesthetically, the most beautiful station of the Indian Railways.

After the aerial survey, Vohra reviewed the progress of the Jammu and Kashmir railway project at a meeting of officers here.

When he asked about the job opportunities the project would provide to Kashmiri youth, Northern Railway authorities told Vohra that once completed, it would generate direct employment for 3,900 people in the valley, apart from many opportunities for indirect employment.

Railway officials told the governor that appointment letters had already been issued to 120 candidates, who were now undergoing training in different parts of the country.

Vohra was informed that a trial run on the Kakapora-Pampore-Nowgam-Badgam track in the Qazigund-Baramula section had already been conducted. The train has air-conditioned coaches with heating system and push-back seats.

The Katra-Qazigund segment of the project will have the third highest bridge in the world over the Chenab river at Arnas in Jammu region. The special feature of this section is that 80 per cent of the 148-km track would be covered by tunnels and 12 per cent by bridges, thus leaving only eight per cent open.

For ensuring adequate security for the railway project, the state government Wednesday sanctioned the appointment of 2,637 security personnel.

NSIDC says – Arctic Sea Ice Melt Season Officially Over ice up over 9% from last year

September 18, 2008 at 6:49 am | Posted in entertainment, explore, globalisation, History, Information, news, World | Leave a comment
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We have news from the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC). they Say The melt is over. And we’ve added 9.4% ice coverage from this time last year. Though it appears NSIDC is attempting to downplay this in their web page announcement today, one can safely say that despite irrational predictions seen earlier this year, we didn’t reach an “ice free north pole” nor a new record low for sea ice extent.

Here is the current sea ice extent graph from NSIDC as of today, notice the upturn, which has been adding ice now for 5 days:

Here is what they have to say about it:

The Arctic sea  ice cover appears to have reached its minimum extent for the year, the second-lowest extent recorded since the dawn of the satellite era.  While above the record minimum set on September 16, 2007, this year further reinforces the strong negative trend in summertime ice extent observed over the past thirty years. With the minimum behind us, we will continue to analyze ice conditions as we head into the crucial period of the ice growth season during the months to come.

Despite overall cooler summer temperatures, the 2008 minimum extent is only 390,000 square kilometers (150,000 square miles), or 9.4%, more than the record-setting 2007 minimum. The 2008 minimum extent is 15.0% less than the next-lowest minimum extent set in 2005 and 33.1% less than the average minimum extent from 1979 to 2000.

Overlay of 2007 and 2008 at September minimum

The spatial pattern of the 2008 minimum extent was different than that of 2007. This year did not have the substantial ice loss in the central Arctic, north of the Chukchi and East Siberian Seas. However, 2008 showed greater loss in the Beaufort, Laptev, and Greenland Seas.

Unlike last year, this year saw the opening of the Northern Sea Route, the passage through the Arctic Ocean along the coast of Siberia. However, while the shallow Amundsen’s Northwest Passage opened in both years, the deeper Parry’s Channel of the Northwest Passage did not quite open in 2008.

A word of caution on calling the minimum

Determining with certainty when the minimum has occurred is difficult until the melt season has decisively ended. For example, in 2005, the time series began to level out in early September, prompting speculation that we had reached the minimum. However, the sea ice contracted later in the season, again reducing sea ice extent and causing a further drop in the absolute minimum.

We mention this now because the natural variability of the climate system has frequently been known to trick human efforts at forecasting the future. It is still possible that ice extent could fall again, slightly, because of either further melting or a contraction in the area of the pack due to the motion of the ice. However, we have now seen five days of gains in extent. Because of the variability of sea ice at this time of year, the National Snow and Ice Data Center determines the minimum using a five-day running mean value.

Ongoing analysis continues

We will continue to post analysis of sea ice conditions throughout the year, with frequency determined by sea ice conditions. Near-real-time images at upper right will continue to be updated every day.

In addition, NSIDC will issue a formal press release at the beginning of October with full analysis of the possible causes behind this year’s low ice conditions, particularly interesting aspects of the melt season, the set-up going into the important winter growth season ahead, and graphics comparing this year to the long-term record. At that time, we will also know what the monthly average September sea ice extent was in 2008—the measure scientists most often rely on for accurate analysis and comparison over the long-term.

It will be interesting to see what they offer in the October press release. Plus we’ll be watching how much ice we add this winter, and what next year’s melt season will look like. Hopefully we won’t have a new crop of idiots like Lewis Gordon Pughtrying to reach the “ice free north pole” next year.

Doomsday collision set for early next week!

September 17, 2008 at 12:36 pm | Posted in America, entertainment, explore, History, India, Information, news, science, USA, World | Leave a comment
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The first collisions between subatomic particles will take place in the giant Large Hadron Collider (LHC) next week, among fears that it might create a doomsday-like scenario for our planet.

The LHC circulates particles in a 17-mile circumference underground tunnel straddling the French-Swiss border at The European Organization for Nuclear Research, near Geneva, Switzerland, known by the acronym CERN.

According to a report in Telegraph, although there was much uproar last week about the first particles – protons – to whirl around the LHC at a shade under the speed of light, the real aim of the exercise is to bring counter rotating beams of particles into collision in the four “eyes” – detectors – of the machine to recreate conditions not seen since just after the birth of the universe.

This is the aspect of the experiment that has triggered all the angst and hand-wringing by doomsayers and Jeremiahs, who fear that the collisions will mark the end of the world, as it tumbles into the gaping maw of a black hole.

These fears have been dismissed as nonsense by Dr Evans, along with scientists such as Prof Stephen Hawking, who say that the end of the world is not nigh.

The original plan was to take 31 days from the first proton beams circulating in the LHC to smashing protons for the first time.

“We were going along at a real good lick,” Dr Evans said of the days after particles first circulated.

But, the cryogenics that keep the great machine cooled went down on Friday, as a result of thunderstorms disrupting the power supply.

“We have had problems with the electricity supply for various reasons and the cryogenics is recovering from that, so we will not have a beam again, probably until Thursday morning,” said Dr Evans.

The team now hopes to achieve collisions at between one fifth and one tenth of the full energy in a few days.

“We are very confident that we can go quite quickly. The experiments have asked us for some early collisions, at low energy. If we get stable conditions, we will get there next week,” said Dr Evans.

The collisions will take place in the two general purpose detectors of the giant machine, called Atlas and CMS, though Dr Evans added that the team will also attempt collisions in Alice, which will study a “liquid” form of matter, called a quark-gluon plasma, that formed shortly after the Big Bang, and an experiment called LHCb, which will investigate the fate of antimatter in the wake of the Big Bang.

Next US terror attack ‘could be by white Americans or Europeans’

September 12, 2008 at 8:58 am | Posted in America, Information, USA, World | Leave a comment
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US intelligence officials increasingly fear that the next terror attack on the United States will be carried out by white Americans or Europeans.

As Barack Obama and John McCain head to New York’s Ground Zero seven years after 19 Middle-Eastern hijackers brought devastation to the US mainland, counter-terrorism experts believe that any future attack will be made by terrorists with an “American face”.

They point to reports of white faces in terrorism training camps in Pakistan – the so-called “white men of Waziristan”, a reference to the remote tribal area where both al-Qaeda and the Taliban have bases.

Experts believe that dozens of westerners have undergone such training as their leaders try to recruit non-Middle Eastern Asians, particularly ethnic Caucasians, who are less likely to attract the attention of security and law enforcement agencies.

Al-Qaeda’s recent decision to put out videos in English and a similar change on extremist “jihadi” websites have also been cited of evidence of a new strategy to find recruits who are less likely to attract the attention of security and law enforcement agencies.

Such concerns were sharpened last week after the arrest of three Germans over an alleged plot to destroy a club used by US servicemen.

Two of the three were white, ethnic Germans and all had allegedly been trained in camps in Waziristan.

“There is no bigger worry for the US counter-terrorism community than young Caucasian men who have turned to al-Qaeda,” Roger Cressey, a former National Security Council official in the Clinton and Bush administrations, told the US news network MSNBC.

Terrorism experts say such a threat has been known about even before the arrest of Richard Reid, the British shoe bomber. However, it was not until three weeks ago that a US official explicitly admitted that the government knew of such people being trained in significant numbers.

In a little reported speech, Ted Gistaro, the US national intelligence officer for transnational threats, said that al-Qaeda was training and “positioning” its operatives for attacks in the West, probably including the US.

He added: “These operatives include North American and European citizens, and legal residents with passports that allow them to travel to the United States without a US visa.”

Mr Cressey, the council’s director for transnational threats at the time of 9/11, said that President Bush last month hosted a joint meeting of the NSC and the Homeland Security Council to discuss current threats.

The training of the type of people identified by Mr Gistaro was “the single biggest concern” at the meeting because “they can’t be tracked and they’re not in anyone’s database,” said Mr Cressey.

Prof Bruce Hoffman, a terrorism expert at Georgetown University, said that the Western al-Qaeda recruits probably “run into the dozens” and did not need to be white to be useful to the terrorist group.

“Europe provides a potentially large pool from which al-Qaeda can draw. It’s hard to put a figure on them but it’s certainly beyond the ones and twos,” he said.

“The group’s having to find new ways to penetrate our defences. So, in a sense, this is a consequence of our own success.”

Last month, the Homeland Security Department announced a plan to require visitors from 27 friendly countries, including Britain, to register online at least three days before flying to the US to allow more time for terrorism checks.

In Manhattan today, Mr McCain and Mr Obama have agreed to help keep the focus on remembering 9/11 rather than the election when they attend the ceremonial reading of victims’ names.

Detailed designs for a 47,500-sq ft pavilion for a Sept 11 museum at the World Trade Centre site were unveiled yesterday. The three-storey glass and steel building was inspired by the Twin Towers.

Writing in the Wall Street Journal yesterday, Michael Bloomberg, New York’s mayor, said there should be “no more excuses, no more delays” on completing a memorial by the 10th anniversary of the attacks.

Progress on redeveloping the WTC site had been “frustratingly slow”, in large part because of administrative bureaucracy.


7 Amazing Holes – Don’t Dare to Miss this!

September 11, 2008 at 8:51 am | Posted in America, explore, History, news, science, tourism, Travel, USA, World | Leave a comment
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Looking at photos like these scares and fascinates me in equal doses. The sheer scale of these holes reminds you of just how tiny you are. Mirny Diamond Mine, Siberia. I’m pretty sure most people have seen this one. It’s an absolute beast and holds the title of largest open diamond mine in the world, at 525 metres deep with a top diameter of 1200 metres there’s even a no-fly zone above the hole due to a few helicopters being sucked in.

The red arrow in the photo below is pointing to a huge truck

Kimberley Big Hole – South Africa apparently the largest ever hand-dug excavation in the world, this 1097 metre deep mine yielded over 3 tonnes of diamonds before being closed in 1914.

The amount of earth removed by workers is estimated to total 22.5 million tonnes.

Glory Hole – Monticello Dam – A glory hole is used when a dam is at full capacity and water needs to be drained from the resevoir.

This is the glory hole belonging to monticello dam in california and it’s the largest in the world, its size enabling it to consume 14400 cubic feet of water every second.
The hole can be seen at the top middle of the photo above. if you were to jump in for some reason your slightly damp body would shoot out near the bottom of the dam (below).

Bingham Canyon Mine, Utah, this is supposedly the largest man-made excavation on earth. extraction began in 1863 and still continues today, the pit increasing in size constantly. in its current state the hole is 3/4 mile deep and 2.5 miles wide.

Great Blue Hole, Belize situated 60 miles off the mainland of belize is this incredible geographical phenomenon known as a blue hole. there are numerous blue holes around the world but none as stunning as this one.
at surface level the near perfectly circular hole is 1/4 mile wide, the depth in the middle reaching 145 metres. obviously the hole is a huge hit with divers. read more here.
Diavik Mine, Canada this incredible mine can be found 300km northeast of YellowKnife in Canada.
The mine is so huge and the area so remote that it even has its own airport with a runway large enough to accomodate a boeing 737. it also looks equally as cool when the surrounding water is frozen.
Sinkhole, Guatemala – a sinkhole is caused when water (usually rainwater or sewage) is soaked up by the earth on a large scale, resulting in the ground collapsing.
These photos are of a Sinkhole which occured early this year in Guatemala. The hole swallowed a dozen homes and killed at least 3 people.

Officials blamed the monster of a hole on a ruptured sewage pipe.

– Shantan

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