It has been quite sometime that I kept looking for the best resources to follow , in terms of the daily news . To start with , I subscribed for a newspaper "The times of India " - the Ranchi edition . Bored of reading about Jharkhand politics (a fair share of the first page contents ) I went for "Business line" next (by the Hindu !! ) , but then it had too much of business news :P , Next in line was The google news , but finally i think i have settled with the google-chrome add on for "times of India" . Trust me its a good one . Just open your google chrome (note that an an updated version of chrome might be better) , go to chrome web store -> news and weather -> news reporting . Now try finding the times of india add-on and add it to chrome . The next time you open your google chrome go to apps ("apps" and "most visited appear at the bottom ") and launch TOI . You will find a smooth interface to all kinds of news . Hope you like it too , I definately do :) .
Coming back to the tech world lets first look at something positive, Windows-8 seems to be grabbing a lot of attention . Microsoft looks to have added quite a bit to it. Here is a list of changes we will see :
- It will replace the Start Menu with a Start Screen - with tiles that contain shortcuts to applications - similar to the Metro interface seen on its Windows Phone 7 OS.
- To allow for better security, Windows 8 utilizes a new system that incorporates pictures and gestures in user authentication. It's a simple concept: Users will first need to select an image on which to perform a gesture. The gestures could be tapping on something in the picture, encircling something, or drawing a line between two points.
A "password" would then comprise any combination of these three.
- With Windows 8, you will even be able to take the entire operating system with you. Enterprise versions of the OS will be capable of running off a flash drive or portable harddrive .
- A "refresh and reset" option resets your installation to its initial state. It deletes all your personal data and software, leaving a fresh Windows 8 computer that you can even hand over to someone else .
- Secure Boot, which will ensure that the system being booted has not been tampered by malware. Another anti-malware feature in Windows 8 is a technology it borrows from Internet Explorer (IE), called SmartScreen. SmartScreen checks URLs entered in the browser against a database of malware links, and in IE9 this feature was extended to downloaded files.
- Conflicts while copying are also managed better. If while copying from one folder to another Windows detects multiple conflicting files, it can show you a detailed list of files in both the folders and the differences between them, along with the option to skip files that are exactly the same on both sides.
- Lastly , it is trying to redesign its iconic windows logo . The new windows logo will not be much different though . It has a slightly angled blue block with a thin white cross in the middle, making it look like a window instead of the 4-colour wavy flag in the past . This is the new logo , below is a history of changes in its logo .
For full coverage , you can visit this page . This is where i learnt some of these .
Unfortunately , Google seems to get into news for all the wrong reasons these days . For long it has drawn scrutiny and pressure from consumer advocates for the way it handles personal information. To add to this there has been a rift between twitter and goolge with twitter claiming that google is trying to use data from google+ and twitter to display in its search results and i completely agree that its not a good user experience . I have tried using g+ these days ( just to find how google expected people to move towards it ), only to find a number of people in my circles in g+ added to my Gtalk list , which i found really bad !!! Recently , Apple has claimed that "Google bypassed privacy settings of safari ,the most widely used browser on mobile devices and the default browser on iPhones and Mac laptops .
We are only in the second month of 2012 , but there has already been reports saying that 2012 could turn out to be the Year of war against cyber crime . Check the reports yourself . With all these i sometimes wonder -
Will the technology in near future be radically
different ??? What will be its new look ???
To end with , I cant stop myself from mentioning this . It may sound like another Rajinikanth joke, but if reports are to be believed , a new website dedicated to the superstar runs 'without an internet connection !!! You can find the "times of india" report here .You may classify it as technology or a piece of comedy , but I tried it , probably because i love rajnikanth jokes too , and trust me it worked :D. Try it yourself . I bet you will at least have something to make fun of :P if not more .