APART from having taken over at the helm of two iconic bluechip tech firms, both of which are now past their prime, newly-named Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri and Microsoft chief Satya Nadella have more in common — both were just a year apart at the Manipal Institute of Technology near Mangalore in Karnataka.
Both Suri and Nadella taught by the same faculty and both were students of electronics and communications — Nadella graduated in 1988 while Suri was in the 1989 batch.
Suri, 46, will start in his new role on May 1, Nokia said on Tuesday. Having been picked as the head of its networks division to spearhead the company’s future and revive growth after selling its mobile phone business to Microsoft Corp., 149-year-old Nokia is intensifying its focus on wireless-network equipment as it faces a fresh start.
Suri, who has run the network unit for four years, needs to challenge bigger competitors such as Sweden’s Ericsson AB and China’s Huawei Technologies Co., to turnaround dwindling equipment revenue, which accounts for about 90 per cent of Nokia’s sales now.
MIT was rather modest in its celebration, with a statement claiming that Suri’s elevation as Nokia chief, coming in the wake Nadella’s appointment as Microsoft CEO, indicated “that Manipal Institute of Technology is as good an engineering institute as any in the world”.
The Heartbleed bug has turned cyber criminals from attackers into victims as researchers use it to grab material from chatrooms where they trade data.
Discovered in early April, Heartbleed lets attackers steal data from computers using vulnerable versions of some widely used security programs.
Now it has given anti-malware researchers access to forums that would otherwise be very hard to penetrate.
The news comes as others warn that the bug will be a threat for many years.
French anti-malware researcher Steven K told the BBC: “The potential of this vulnerability affecting black-hat services (where hackers use their skills for criminal ends) is just enormous.”
Heartbleed had put many such forums in a “critical” position, he said, leaving them vulnerable to attack using tools that exploit the bug.
Microsoft has said that Xbox One will go on sale in China in September.
It is the first foreign company to announce the sale of its consoles in China after the country lifted a 14-year old ban in January this year.Microsoft will launch the console in collaboration with BesTV New Media Co, a subsidiary of Shanghai Media Group.
China’s gaming market, which is currently dominated by PC, mobile and online games, is seen as a key growth area for console makers.
“Launching Xbox One in China is a significant milestone for us and for the industry,” said Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice-president at Microsoft.
Project Naptha, a free Google Chrome browser extension developed by Kevin Kwok. Now you can copy and even translate texts inside images you find on the Internet.
Project Naptha uses a series of optical character recognition (OCR) algorithms that include libraries developed by Microsoft and Google. These algorithms and libraries quickly build a model of text regions, words and letters in nearly any image there is.
You can download Natpha in the Google Chrome Web Store and install it like any other extension. Once successful, you just hover your cursor over any available image that has text in it and select what you want to copy. You can copy the selection. This is amazing for graphic designers who want to copy texts from images sent to them by clients. Regular users can also use this in case someone sends them a scanned document. This saves a lot of time because the user doesn’t have to re-type everything.
In the PC browser market, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) still dominates with a 58 per cent market share across the globe, as per tech research firm netmarketshare.com data.
While, in India, the IE is the favoured browser of government agencies as well as the banking sector, gs.statcounter.com, which uses page views to study Internet traffic movement, ranks the browser at number 3 with just over 10 per cent market share in March in the country, way below Google’s Chrome and Mozilla’s Firefox. Incidentally, gs.statcounter.com puts IE’s global market share at 21.4 per cent, less than half of Chrome.
As per the data from India, it could be assumed that Indians use the browser only when they have no other option. However, that is not good news because if they are forced to use IE, it is invariably to complete a banking transaction or to make a payment to the government.
While Microsoft has said that the flaw lets attackers “gain the same user rights as the current user”, it has added that a major chunk of users would not be affected as IE, for most of the newer Windows servers, runs in a restricted mode known as Enhanced Security Configuration which negates the vulnerability.
However, it would still be wise to increase the security rating in the IE settings. This is also the first big flaw exposed after the end of support for Windows XP, and it is only natural that those with the old operating system could be more vulnerable than others. Weeks before the end of support on April 8, Microsoft had warned that about 16 per cent users were still stuck on Windows XP in India.
Vic Gundotra had been at Google since 2007, and was the company’s vice-president for social media.While boasting a large number of users, Google+ is still considered to be very much in the shadow of other networks – particularly Facebook and Twitter.
Chief executive Larry Page thanked Mr Gundotra for “all his hard work and passion” at the company.
Mr Gundotra, who previously worked at Microsoft, will be replaced by David Besbris, who is currently vice-president of engineering on the network.
Google+ was launched in June 2011, and the latest figures released by the firm suggest it has 540 million users.
Scientists from Germany have developed a new method to efficiently extract rare earth metals such as Yttrium, Praseodymium and Dysprosium from deep-sea rocks that can be used in smartphones and other electronic gadgets.
Scientists have unearthed an untapped source of rare earth elements widely used in cell phones in deep sea deposits that lie under the sea. So, now there is a possibility that your future smartphone may be made out from deep-sea rocks!
With millions of smartphones and other gadgets using rare earth metals, supplies of these high-tech materials may become scarce.
The potential deep-sea sources of rare earth elements are actually nodules of iron and manganese that are abundantly found on the ocean floor. German researchers have successfully developed a method to efficiently extract these rare earth metals using the solvent desferrioxamine-B, according to the report.