Race Between Facebook And Google +

Google has recently launched a social network service that is Google+ which is considered to be the biggest rival of Facebook. Google is also known as king of internet search engines. Just like Facebook you can share messages, comments and pictures but in addition it offers some exciting features like circles, hangout, sparks, huddle etc.

‘Circle’ allows you to add new friends in the group to whom you can share different content like pictures or messages. The best thing about it is that you can define who can view your updates. Google says that “It gives you the option of separating your Friends from Just Friends, Relatives, Family and of course your boss.”

‘Spark’ unites the people in a group who have common interests. This feature lets you choose from a list of interests or to enter your own specific interest. Then it gathers all relevant content from the web about that topic and allows you to control which circle views what content.

‘Huddle’ is a type of group messaging. Just like Facebook, it allows you to make a group chat.

‘Hangout’ is the most exciting feature of Google+ that could be a possible killer of Facebook. This feature allows the users to have a video chat whether in form of group or between two people. You can create hangouts of up to 10 people.

Besides the above listed four features, there are other features like Stream which is similar to your Facebook newsfeeds. Another important feature is the instant upload. The photos and videos from your mobile can be shared instantly. You can take a photo and it uploads to your Picasa or YouTube account and then you can share those photos and videos via Google+ to specific “circles.”

Facebook has 700 million users till date where the Google+ did not launched worldwide but its exciting new features raise the question that who will win the race?


Tech Giants Discrimination Against Pakistan

Is it a political scheme or biasness that many tech giants are not giving their services to Pakistan? Paypal is one of the popular and dominant ways of carry out transactions over the internet and it is considered secure and safe way for transferring money. But it would be a surprise for you to know that this tech giant is offering its services to 190 countries all around the world but Pakistan is not in their list. Even they are giving their services to countries like Somalia and Ethiopia.

Similarly Nokia is another household name in mobile markets here and Pakistan generates substantial revenue for Nokia but this phone giant does not have even a local website for our country where as the Bangladesh has one. In the same way Google does not open an office in Pakistan where in India there are four offices. There are so many examples like this and so it let us think that why this is so? Why there is a discrimination against Pakistan?

According to some economists and theorists, it may be a political ploy and conspiracy against these companies and never let them to enter in Pakistan. Another possible reason could be that these companies do not see Pakistan as an attractive option. Political instabilities, economic issues, terrorism, banking infrastructure and many other factors may become a reason for these companies to not to start operation here.

These companies may have some other fears but our Government authorities and media should highlight this issue. As Pakistan is an emerging market and the people have potential to bring billions in our country.


Download Google+ Android Application

Google+ is the new social network that Google launched yesterday and the invites are already spreading like wild fire. Google also made sure they release an Android app just when they took the wraps off Google+. Users in Pakistan cannot download the Google+ Android app directly from the Android Market. The app is available to some countries only at the moment.

NOTE: You need to have a Google+ invite for this app to work on your phone!


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Some Tips To Save Your Air Conditioning Cost

Electricity cost is increasing day by day. The usage of electric appliances increase in summer especially air conditioners but due to electricity cost It is not affordable for a common man to use these comforts of life. But few small changes in your house can significantly reduce the electricity bill. Following are few useful tips that may help you to lessen the air conditioning cost:

1. Always keep away the heat producing things from thermostat of your AC as it causes your machine to work more.

2. Use heavy curtains in rooms and keep them close, when you switch on the AC, especially at day time

3. Keep your outdoor unit under shady place. You can even keep them under shrubs and tree shades so that it keep your AC unit cool

4. Perform regular maintenance on your air conditioning unit. Replace the filter time to time.

5. Sealing up air leaks in your house will reduce your air conditioning costs as well

6. Turn off lights when not in use. Lights produce heat, which makes your air conditioning system work harder and it costs more.


Cellular Operators Add New Charges To Subscribers

Majority of cellular companies will charge now additional taxes on reload of airtime or recharge of balance effective from July 1, 2011. Three out of five operators have announced that 1.0 to 1.5 percent additional amount will be deducted at the time of every reload of balance purchase by customers while the remaining two operators might also impose the new charges after passage of time.

If a customer recharges Rs 100 balance, he or she will have to pay 1.0 to 1.5 percent additional tax apart from the other taxes already being charged by the cellular operators. The operators are allowed to increase service charges without approval of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) since the deregulation of telecom sector in 2003-04.

The cellular operators are trying to share the burden of increasing operational cost with their subscribers as the price war has eroded their revenues substantially, an official of a cellular company said.

Voltair, An Electrical Aircraft Ready to Fly in 2035

Paris Air show is a world’s largest and famous air show. Its main purpose is to demonstrate military and civilian aircraft to potential customers. Many concepts of future aircraft displayed at the Paris Air Show, France, which took place last week. One of the most innovative is VoltAir, aircraft with electric propulsion technology and produces zero emissions.

Strong and efficient, the plane has the resources of a pair of advanced li-ion battery under the ” nose ” of it. When the plane landed, the battery is easily removed and replaced by new ones, thus reducing complexity. Resources were not as expensive jet fuel. Although the design of the aircraft would not be much different today but the fuselage will be made of composite materials that will make it stronger and lighter. Drag the aircraft will be reduced by curling wing tips as the Boeing 787.

VoltAir designed not noisy conventional aircraft. The aircraft maker EADS said, this concept will become reality by 2035.


Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) Established Highest Glacier Monitoring Station

To measure snowfall, solar radiation intensity, humidity precipitation, wind speeds, wind directions and other weather conditions Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has established the highest Glacier Monitoring Station in the country, at an elevation of 4500 meters above the sea level.

The station established on Passu Glacier in Hunza Basin to study weather conditions in the glacier environment. PMD started studying the Passu Glacier last year by establishing a Glacier Monitoring Station at an elevation of 3200 meters above sea level, through financial assistance of International Centre of Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD).

PMD took glacier monitoring initiative in 2006, and since then glaciers such as Hinarchie Galcier in Bagrot Valley, Baltoro and Biafo Glacier in Shigar Valley, Batura, Gulmit and Gulkin glaciers of Hunza Valley are thoroughly studied.

In continuation of such strives, Director General of PMD, Arif Mehmood has formed a team of young scientists under the leadership of Dr. Ghulam Rasul to install an Automatic Weather Station (AWS) in the ‘accumulation zone’ of the Passu Glacier. The team’s members include Muhammad Atif Wazir, Furrukh Bashir, Adnan Shafiq Rana, Syed Kamaludin, Habibullah Barohi, Waqar Ali and Shahir Ali.


World’s Fastest Computer by Japan

The title of World’s fastest machine is given to a Supercomputer manufactured by Fujitsu Company in Japan. K supercomputer is 3 times faster than the previous title-holder and is capable of performing eight quadrillion calculations each second. A quadrillion is one followed by 15 zeroes and in computer jargon the speed is known as 8.2 petaflops.

The previous fastest machine was the Chinese computer Tianhe-1A, which was clocked at 2.507 petaflops and highlighted the emergence of China’s growing technological and economic power.

The K Computer is also more powerful than the next five systems on the list combined. The system is deployed across 672 computer racks and has a power consumption of 9.89 megawatts.


100th Anniversary of IBM

US technology pioneer IBM turns 100 years old on Thursday. With a market capitalisation of $197 billion, IBM is the world’s 14th most valuable technology company. IBM claims to hold more US patents than any other company and five of its employees have won Nobel prizes for physics.

Over the years, rivals have mocked IBM’s corporate culture of conformity but that has not stopped the Armonk, New York, company from being at the forefront of technological innovation.

The celebration was aptly held at IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center — named after IBM’s founder and initial CEO – because research and innovation has been such a driving factor for IBM over its 100 years. And more than 30 members of the Watson family were in attendance at the event. IBM also debuted its “Wild Ducks” film, a tribute to IBM clients who have defied conventional wisdom through new approaches to building their businesses.

At the event, Hamm reiterated his position. He said IBM’s is “an intentionally created culture. For any company to survive for 50 years you have to have a set of beliefs you hold dear. And you have to be willing to change everything else in the company.”

Ken Chenault summed it up best when he said: “Even at 100 years old IBM will remain one of the youngest companies on this ever smarter planet.”


Cell Phones Can Cause Cancer

Cell phone use has risen hugely since they were introduced in the early 1980s, with 5 billion in use today. The experts from World Health Organization (WHO) told that the excessive usage of cell phones can cause cancer or certain types of brain tumors.

A working group of 31 scientists from 14 countries meeting at the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) said a review of all the available scientific evidence suggested cell phone use should be classified as “possibly carcinogenic.”

Jonathan Samet, chair of the IARC group, said that some evidence suggested a link between an increased risk for glioma, a type of brain cancer, and mobile phone use.

The WHO’s position has been keenly awaited by mobile phone companies and by campaign groups who have raised concerns about whether cell phones might be harmful to health.