November 2006 -

November 2006 -

U.S Economy

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For once in many days the U.S. economy does not look very gloomy (like its weather right now, as the winters are setting in!). As the economy seems to be making a little progress with 2.2% as its annual growth. Though the estimated growth rate was 1.6%. The parameters governing growth, among other things trade and inflation seems to be put the economy on a ‘better off’ position.

Hey but not everyone shares this view, including Mr. Bernanke, the Fed chairman (well it is not an easy business sitting on a hot seat!) he said that the underlying inflation seems to on the higher side, and I am sure he is planning steps to curtail it again.

Mr. Bernanke’s main portfolio since taking up this hotseat seems to be only to supervise and control the rates!

Well on ths other side of the world things seems to be picking up well for China because of the some intelligent and not so risky investments it had undertaken as far as its ‘Social Security Fund’ was considered. Guess everything is a smooth ride for Chinese.

The Euro zone looks good and is all set to pick up growth of around2.4% by next year.

As far as home is concerned, after the China President’s visit, there has been more fireworks, it looks like that there would be a spurt in the Trade growth between china and India, and is likely to increase to about 17.6billion.

Breaking the Barrier

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This is one tech break through which has many of us nodding our head in unision. Thus on a serious note I start this article

Restriction and taking away one’ s Freedom by force,are detested by many. In this modern world, where expression of thought prevails it would no longer be possible for countries to pose restrictions on people. Well one such revolutionising ideas is being done by Citizen lab which has come up with a venture called as Psiphon

Psiphon encourages people in restricted countries to use computers in the liberalised countries as proxy users. This is done through encrypted passwords. These would be hard to track because the ‘hackvist’ function in small groups and pass on information to close circles.

Guess it has become difficult and infact not possible to impose restriction on information and technology. After all it is a free world man!

Bringing the world to your Palm!

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Guess these exact wording should be the caption for ‘Berggi”, a new start up company who have tried to bring about a consensus with email and Instant Messaging services under a singer Interface and bringing in easier accessibility.

It is thus no more the luxury enjoyed by the top cream population of corporates but has trickled down to any individual owning a mobile and that means practically half the world population. Of course this is not anew venture but many mobile phone operators having been trying to integrate both email and IM services in their operation. This is enabled due to the WAP tech. But while going thru some of the analysis taken for Mobile usage, it is found that more than half the population over the age group of 37 years prefer e mail services while the younger generation are more tuned towards ringtones and text mssg services. Well this goes to show that companies like Berggi have a long way to go to tap the existing potential population. All the Best!

BTW any of you out there any idea as to what Berggi means! Need to check on Google and of course on my mobile!

Cars

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I know you guys out there must be thinking that i am going ga ga over ‘Automation’ this time, but cant help it, when technology gets interwoven into our lifestyle and it makes a helluva lot of difference in our lives. I can hear you people chuckle, because like me you have got used to those ‘gadgets’ around you and cant imagine a life without them.

Ok here is the tit bit for this week BMW is releasing its X5 range by the end of this year in N. America. Here is what the luxury car has to offer, well for one it has microcontrollers and sensors which can send the car signals regarding blind alley or any other disturbance. It can monitor the accerleration, steering angles and accordingly change speed. You can literally turn the car into a ‘sporty’ vehicle or make a more conservative use. What else can one ask for

The tech. part of the story is like this, ‘Freescale’ is providing the microcontroller bit for the Car. (well if you havent heard of ‘Freescale’, let me update you. Freescale is the microcontroller production house of Motorola) Well here is one car I am really waiting to hit the market!

The new flying machine

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Guess it is enough of the Bears and Bulls story that I gave you last time. Well here is something interesting and that too in the air, if you guys are scratching your head then I will relieve you (I cant if you have a dandruff problem though!)Ok guys I am talking about the new flying Machine called as the SAX 4O, the good news is that it is a passenger aircraft and does not look like one. For one the designs are completely different and it is about 300 times more silent and fuel efficeint. Well the other good part is that this new aircraft is the brainchild of a cross section of scientists, academicians and pilots. Hence the result cannot be less than ‘WOW’. If you guys are rushing to get your passports ready hold on, this new machine is into lot of detailing now and would be available for flying only in the midst of 2008. So hold your breath and age until this machine is ready to fly!

Market Watch-U.S

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To add to your Monday morning blues are the not so good figures of the U.S Economy.

Ending speculation of who would occupy the house, the Democrats won the majority. But more than politics it is the Federal’s decision which shapes the economy. As you people know, and as I had reiterated last week, if the trend continued, then U.S has to increase the rate to curtail the inflation and to cushion the downward trend in the economy. As a matter of common sense you and I know, that it is the onset of shopping season, and obviously the consumer index has shot up, helping the economy a little, well to give you exact figures the index has increased by about 9%. Coming to hard figures the Dow Industrial average is about 5.13 and that of S&P has increased by 5.27%, well not a very impressive figure!

Some of the positive sides of the economy are the increasing consumer price index, stability (as of now) as far as the politics is concerned and the major part being the decreas of the oil prices by about $1.58 per barrel bringing the price to $59.58 per barrel

A new Start Up

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I am all impressed by this start up company called as the Blue Tie. For starts this company is into providing email and calendering services and might be a tough competetion for Microsoft Outlook.

You might ask me what is it that is impressive about this start up companies, well for one it has got an impressive service of providing support to about 20 users per account and offers 5GB of space, well this is as far as free service is concerned. If you are a real business oriented person and need to use their service then they charge about $4.99 per month for all the services plus 10 GB of space, well I think that is quite impressive. The other factor which is quite unique in this start up is that unlike other free service provider like that of MS outlook and hotmail which makes money through the banners

(and advertisements online!) but would share their profits with their partners like Orbitz and Constant Contact who again provide services to small business like that of ticket booking and fax management. Well that is what i call as quite an impressive start up.

So people out there look out for Blue Tie and am sure they would certainly make a mark as far as email services are concerned.

IBM into a new area

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IBM has really diversified its activities. If you have been a regular reader of my weblog you would know the various ways by which IBM has been trying to improvise itself. Well the new technique followed is through Security System. IBM has cojoined the development of this system.

The Smart Surveillance System or S3 as it is popularly called is now available in the mainstream market. The areas

where they are now used are at supermarkets, at airports and even grocery store. But guys if you are smart enough you would recognise the real purpose behind this (IBM of course does not want to specifically admit this!) but if you have taken a wild guess then it is for border security. Of course with the present government facing all sort of border security problem as far South America is concerned, there could have been no otherbetter product or time for IBM to bring in the S3. Now guys that is what is called as good market strategy!

Economy Watch-U.S. and India

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Well folks U.S economy is not painting a very rosy picture. As the market went sliding down. If you ask me, there are lot of factors, which attributes to the fall. Well for one the Fed. have decided not to increase the rate at all, the crude oil has jumped to $1.26 (approx), which stood at $59.14. The next important attributes are politics, well you guessed it right, what with the congressional elections coming very near, nobody wants to place the risk and hence investments have been down.

Well I can almost hear you guys ask me if there are any good news as far as the U.S economy is concerned, well for one the unemployment rate is down and the rates are not going any further up. Well these two factors are interrelated, well as far as I can see the Fed. cant think of cutting down the rates, with unemployment level falling and increasing labour cost.

INDIA

As far as India is concerned, all is well and good. The Infrastructure (which I am most interested in) seems to have made a growth of about 9.9% from the 7%(approx.) growth achieved last year, well the biggest contributor towards this seems to be that of Petroleum and Cement. What is more the Highway commission is planning to rope in the best brains in the country through IIT and IIM to help the commission towards the infrastructure building activity (Am I glad!). As far as Foreign Trade is concerned, there has been a comprehensive coverage of product lines under the FTA (Foreign Trade Agreement). Well these are enough indicators to suggest that the economy is on its path to growth!

Foes Become Partners

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You people must have heard the news about Microsoft and Novell joining hands together to provide the optimum Customer service. Well as far as I can understand it is coming together of properitory Operating System and Open Source code to provide the optimum benefit for both the Microsoft users and that of Suse Linux. Ballmer and Hovespian (CEO of MS and Novell resp.) have reiterated the fact that the coming togther of two different type of software was to help the customer to have a better choice.

If you ask me it brings advantages in the form of expanding research facilities, using each others technical expertise, cutting down cost, and of course to create a large niche market for both the products.

The Software giants seems to have made their goal to reach compatiability with each others products, apart from research on virtualisation and web services.

I feel this is one strategic move where both the software giants have come together to achieve a common goal of expanding each other markets and to bring down the overall cost. Well I think when the goal is the same foes eventually turn into friends.

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