Thursday, May 29, 2008

Notable Thoughts: Solar iPhone?, Asians love Mobiles, Does Web Advertising Works and ..?

“A thought which does not result in an action is nothing much, and an action which does not proceed from a thought is nothing at all” - Anonymous. Few notable thoughts that are worth sharing and spreading.


Russian Outsourcing Branches Out
There's plenty of conflict and chaos in the world, but the recent announcement by Russian IT outsourcing specialist Luxoft that it's expanding operations into Vietnam ..

Free Market Data
Portio Reseach have just published a free downloadable PDF, which contains tons of market data on the state of mobile. It’s a taster for the whole report that they want you to buy (fair enough), but there’s loads of facts to get your mind around in the free version.

Christopher Alexander on the difference between a fifty-year-old carpenter and a novice
We may understand it best by comparing the work of a fifty-year-old carpenter with the work of a novice. The experienced carpenter keeps going. He doesn’t have to keep stopping, because every action he performs, is calculated in such a way that some later action can put it right to the extent that it is imperfect now. What is critical here, is the sequence of events. The carpenter never takes a step which he cannot correct later; so he can keep working, confidently, steadily.

Apple to tap solar power for iPhone?; Vodafone to get aggressive in Africa and Asia
Speculation is high this week that Apple could be working to tap into solar power to charge its growing range of wildly successful gadgets, including the iPhone. FierceMobile IT editorial

Google CEO: Mobile advertising to generate more revenue than today's web
In an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Google CEO Eric Schmidt said that the next major growth wave for Google in terms of search engine marketing is the mobile Internet. He cited the iPhone as the first mobile device with a good web browser and that more devices will come to market, enabling advertising to become personal. He predicted that within a few years, mobile advertising would generate more revenue than advertising on today's web.

Asians and their love of all things mobile
The April edition of Telecom Asia had a great article about Asian mobile phone users, based on an Asia-Pacific wide survey of 16,000 consumers in 29 countries by TNS Global. So this is not just the wealthy parts of Asia like Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong etc; but also includes the poor parts like India, Indonesia, Vietnam etc. And your stats-rat was of course immediately all over these numbers. Here is the big picture. There were about 1.4 billion people here in the 29 countries in the Asia-Pacific region, who have a mobile phone subscription. Or to put it in another way, 42% of all mobile phone accounts are here in Asia-Pacific. And now lets see what kind of findings we have from the TNS Global survey.

Tons of cash for IT workers yet job vacancies abound
IT workers have experienced the highest salary increases and lowest turnover of all other jobs in the past year. However, technology vacancy rates still plague companies. Is the skills shortage real after all?

Does Web Advertising Work?
Do Web Ads work? Does the vaunted Freemium model actually produce meaningful revenues for anyone but the largest services and content sites? How should Web 2.0 be monetized?

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

One in Two In the World Carries a Mobile Phone

Huge achievement for the Telecom markets. The impact of having a mobile phone is quite far reaching than just enabling communications.  Cellular Phone became a life style for many, a life saver for some and integral part of their livelihood for a whole lot of others. As per the statistics, at the end of 2007, as per ITU report, one in two in the world now have a cellular phone. Wow!


Source: 49% of humans have mobile phones: ITU
THE number of mobile phone users world soared to over 3.3 billion by the end of 2007, equivalent to a penetration rate of 49 percent, the International Telecommunications Union has said in a report.

Africa showed the strongest gains over the past two years and more than two thirds of all mobile subscribers were from developing countries by the end of 2007, the ITU said. This is 'a positive trend that suggests that developing countries are catching up," the report said. Mobile subscription growth stood at 39 percent annually in Africa between 2005-2007, and 28 percent in Asia over the same period. India and China added 154 million and 143 million new subscribers respectively. The global annual average growth rate stood at 22 percent, the ITU said.

One in Two In the World Carries a Mobile Phone

Huge achievement for the Telecom markets. The impact of having a mobile phone is quite far reaching than just enabling communications. 

Cellular Phone became a life style for many, a life saver for some and integral part of their livelihood for a whole lot of others.

As per the statistics, at the end of 2007, as per ITU report, one in two in the world now have a cellular phone. Wow!


Source: 49% of humans have mobile phones: ITU
THE number of mobile phone users world soared to over 3.3 billion by the end of 2007, equivalent to a penetration rate of 49 percent, the International Telecommunications Union has said in a report.

Africa showed the strongest gains over the past two years and more than two thirds of all mobile subscribers were from developing countries by the end of 2007, the ITU said. This is 'a positive trend that suggests that developing countries are catching up," the report said. Mobile subscription growth stood at 39 percent annually in Africa between 2005-2007, and 28 percent in Asia over the same period. India and China added 154 million and 143 million new subscribers respectively. The global annual average growth rate stood at 22 percent, the ITU said.

Image Credits: Photo by Yisris at http://flickr.com/photos/yisris/

Microsoft Bill Gates Unplugged

Carnegie Mellon was the final stop on Microsoft Corp. founder Bill Gates' recent tour of several nationally recognized universities. As founder, chairman and former CEO of Microsoft, Gates revolutionized personal computing in the digital information age. His talk at Carnegie Mellon concluded his farewell lecture tour as he transitions from Microsoft into his new role in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, whose mission it is to bring innovations in health and learning to the global community.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Who Ate My Rice?

There was a significant hike in the prices of rice in US. Some varieties of rice is just not available any more in most Asian grocery stores.

I heard that American top leaders including George Bush blaming India and China for the shortage saying that people from those countries are eating more as the middle class is becoming wealthy. As stupid as it looks, even if that is true it only expose the real issue behind US's own terribly huge consumption. [ Image Credits: Photo by Genemoo @ Flickr]

Read the other post where I learnt that the problem with what and how America eats is a lot bigger and worse than it appears What is wrong with what Americans eat.

I am trying to decipher the hidden meaning of these Market signals, and I found some surprising and totally shocking information on who consumes the most grains in the world. If I just say it, you probably won't believe it. So , I found this article that substantiate in real numbers. I put the information represented in this article in charts so it will put the differences in better shape.

Remember Rice is an integral and key part of every Indian meal, and yet they consume so less.

Per-Capita Rice Consumption

Rice Consumption (India vs US)

Rice Consumption (India vs US)

Per-Capita Beef Consumption

Beef Consumption

So now you see the point. Somehow, Americans are totally eating all my rice, though rice is not a primary diet for them. Obviously, rice and beef is not everything that you will see stark and  huge difference in consumption. But you get the point.  Read the following article excerpts for more.

Due to their huge populations, countries like India and China may appear to consume gigantic amounts of food. But the real elephant in the room that nobody is willing to talk about is how much each person gets to eat. And the answer will shock many. Total food grain consumption — wheat, rice, and all coarse grains like rye, barley etc — by each person in the US is over five times that of an Indian, according to figures released by the US Department of Agriculture for 2007. Each Indian gets to eat about 178 kg of grain in a year, while a US citizen consumes 1,046 kg.

In per capita terms, US grain consumption is twice that of the European Union and thrice that of China. Grain consumption includes flour and by conversion to alcohol.  In fact, per capita grain consumption has increased in the US — so actually the Americans are eating more. In 2003, US per capita grain consumption was 946 kg per year which increased to 1046 kg last year.

By way of comparison, India’s per capita grain consumption has remained static over the same period. It’s not just grains. Milk consumption, in fluid form, is 78 kg per year for each person in the US, compared to 36 kg in India and 11 kg in China. Vegetable oils consumption per person is 41 kg per year in US, while Indians are making do with just 11 kg per year. These are figures for liquid milk, not for cheese, butter, yogurt and milk powders which are consumed in huge proportion in the more advanced countries.  A significant proportion of India’s population is vegetarian, and so, this is all the food that they get, apart from vegetables and pulses. But the source of carbohydrates and fats is mainly derived from food grains and oils.

URL: US eats 5 times more than India per capita - Times of India

Source: US eats 5 times more than India per capita - Times of India

Still not convinced, read this New York Times article “Rethinking The Meat-Guzzler“. One of the key take-aways from this article on typical consumption and the effect of producing that heavy meat demand how America is contributing to environment.

Doesn't size of population in China and India matter?

It does. But that is not the point.  What gives the right to Americans to eat SO much?  And why people from other countries are so less privileged to access to food grains. So long, they couldn't afford. Not they are catching up. If they do what Americans do, the whole world will be in deep trouble. For sure, because of its sheer size. In a global economy, every world citizen must adjust, and I guess it has to start from Americans as much as it is from China and India, for they eat so much of 'every thing' starting from food grains to meat and drinks to causing an alarming rate of pollution.

Nasscom’s Friday 2.0 sessions

Seems like great happy hours to learn every 2nd Friday, if you are out of Delhi. Otherwise, you may still catch some action on the video.

friday_2_0.gif If you are a technology entrepreneur and based out of Delhi, you should book your date with NASSCOM’s Friday 2.0 sessions. These experience sharing talks are organised on the 2nd Friday of every month at the NASSCOM office in Chanakyapuri, New Delhi.

These talks are not new- in fact, they have been organised for a couple of years now, but given that 2.0 is the ruling flavor these days and symbolises maturation, growth, repositioning, re-orientation etc., they decided to christen the sessions NASSCOM Friday’s 2.0.

Check out this page for details about previous sessions.

Source: Entrepreneurship storytelling with Nasscom’s Friday 2.0 sessions

Friday, May 23, 2008

Multi Year EAD For Those Waiting on AOS?

Recently there has been some discussion about USCIS issuing multi-year EADs to applicants that are waiting on Adjustment of Status. Particularly keeping in view a huge number of applicants that filed last summer. You can read more regarding this question asked by attorneys in this document released by USCIS. USCIS hasn't committed any dates in the answer but said will look into this matter.

I was searching for something and found this document by USCIS that is meant for asylees and USCIS indicated that it will issue multi-year EADs up to 5 years. So, multi-year EAD concept is not new to USCIS, its just that it is not applied to regular applicants that are waiting on AOS(I-485). Another point to note is that multi-year EAD isn't any cheaper as most of us might be looking. Its almost yearly EAD fees * Number of years ( little less may be). May be you can save your attorney filing fees and filing expenses if you can apply for a multi-year EAD.

Hope USCIS looks into the matter at the earliest and issue multi-year EADs to all those applicants that are waiting on AOS.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

What's wrong with What Americans eat

Mark Bittman: What's wrong with what we eat
In this fiery and funny talk, New York Times food writer Mark Bittman weighs in on what's wrong with the way we eat now (too much meat, too few plants; too much fast food, too little home cooking), and why it's putting the entire planet at risk.



Not a coincidence, obesity is quite prevalent in affluent countries like US and it seems even this way what Americans eat seems to be causing problems to the rest of the world.
Fat People Cause Global Warming, Higher Food Prices
Two scientists write that obese people are disproportionately responsible for high food prices and greenhouse gas emissions because they consume 18% more food energy due to their greater body mass -- and require increased quantities of fuel to transport themselves and the food they eat. 'Promotion of a normal distribution of BMI would reduce the global demand for, and thus the price of, food,' write the authors, Phil Edwards and Ian Roberts of the evocatively named London School of Hygiene & Tropical edicine.


Still not convinced, read this Newyork Times article "Rethinking The Meat-Guzzler". One of the key take-aways from this article on typical consumption and the effect of producing that heavy meat demand how America is contributing to environment.

American eat close to 200 pounds of meet, poultry and fish

Americans are downing close to 200 pounds of meat, poultry and fish per capita per year (dairy and eggs are separate, and hardly insignificant), an increase of 50 pounds per person from 50 years ago. We each consume something like 110 grams of protein a day, about twice the federal government’s recommended allowance; of that, about 75 grams come from animal protein. (The recommended level is itself considered by many dietary experts to be higher than it needs to be.) It’s likely that most of us would do just fine on around 30 grams of protein a day, virtually all of it from plant sources.


Pollute the environment too

The environmental impact of growing so much grain for animal feed is profound. Agriculture in the United States — much of which now serves the demand for meat — contributes to nearly three-quarters of all water-quality problems in the nation’s rivers and streams, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.


Generates another 1/5 of Greenhouse gases by just eating

Growing meat (it’s hard to use the word “raising” when applied to animals in factory farms) uses so many resources that it’s a challenge to enumerate them all. But consider: an estimated 30 percent of the earth’s ice-free land is directly or indirectly involved in livestock production, according to the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization, which also estimates that livestock production generates nearly a fifth of the world’s greenhouse gases — more than transportation.


Read this NY Times article, you will find it quite disturbing with some global ill effects of the way Americans and other affluent nations eat.

So, does that mean Job Market is getting better?

Does this mean Job market is improving? Could this be an indicator of any stability or I would say resistance to recession by the market? I hope so.

The number of U.S. workers filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell last week for the second time in three weeks, suggesting some stability in labor markets this month after four-straight declines in monthly nonfarm employment.

Jobless Claims Drop in Latest Week - WSJ.com

AT&T's 3G Network in 275 markets by June 30

AT&T says it will provide 3G network in 275 markets by 30th of June this year. Couple this new item with what will happen in the first of week June, the well rumored 3G iPhone release, AT&T is looking to dominate the 3G market.

In a press release that carefully avoids any mention of the iPhone, Apple’s U.S. mobile carrier announced Wednesday that roughly two-third of its nationwide cell phone network be 3G ready within the next month.

By the end of June, according to AT&T, 275 U.S. markets will offer download speeds of 1.4 Mbps and upload speeds of 500 to 800 kbps (using HSDPA for downlink and HSUPA for up).

FORTUNE: Apple 2.0 AT&T: 3G network will be ready in 275 markets by June 30 «

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Virgin Mobile's 'Fund My Phone' on Face book

Are you a virgin Mobile customer? Have you heard about face book? You might be able to earn free airtime minutes, if you happen have a good network of friends on face book. Read on.

Facebook has a brand new Sugar Mama, thanks to a unique new application that lets friends earn wireless airtime for other friends who are Virgin Mobile USA customers. The national provider of wireless communications services and plans without annual contracts has designed the "Fund My Phone" application, allowing Virgin Mobile USA's more than 5 million customers to get their Facebook friends to help pay for their wireless minutes.

"Fund My Phone" is an extension of the popular Sugar Mama mobile marketing program first launched by Virgin Mobile USA in 2006. Customers who opt in to Sugar Mama are invited to earn up to 75 minutes per month by viewing a variety of ad spots and other creative materials and answer a few questions. Customers also earn airtime by completing surveys online, responding to branded text messages or forwarding Sugar Mama spots to friends to share. Over 700,000 Virgin Mobile USA customers have opted-in to Sugar Mama since its launch, earning more than 26 million minutes of free airtime.

Virgin Mobile USA's New 'Fund My Phone' Application on Facebook(R) Platform - FierceWireless

Hans Rosling : Stats To Understand The World

I have never seen any one that could derive some sense out of numbers, that are otherwise overwhelmingly complex. But Hans is a genius that could so clearly explain how a country's economic development contributes to health and how different parts of the world are growing. Amazing and eye opening presentation.

 

You've never seen data presented like this. With the drama and urgency of a sportscaster, statistics guru Hans Rosling debunks myths about the so-called "developing world."

TED | Talks | Hans Rosling: Debunking third-world myths with the best stats you've ever seen (video)

Microsoft's Amazing 'Photosynth' Technology Preview

A demo of Photosynth, dazzling tech that may transform the way we look at digital images. Using photos scraped from the Web, Photosynth builds breathtaking dreamscapes with navigation.

 

Photosynth Technology Preview

Update on H1B 2009 : Application Receipts

I have been receiving lots of emails (92 emails yesterday alone) asking why they haven't received any notification from USCIS and how long they need to wait to get any confirmation. Some even getting suspicious about their employers that they are not telling them any truth about the whole processing. This prompted me to write this post. Hopefully everyone that is visiting this blog and asking questions in the blog posts will read this post, as it would be practically impossible to send response to each and everyone.

Why I haven't received any notification?

Employers are constantly receiving notifications every day, however there is no data on how many applications have been notified already. So everyone must wait until USCIS notifies that it had sent the final notification.

How long will it take?

You must wait at least until  the first week of June or until USCIS issues an notification that it had sent the last notification. Be patient and there is no point getting suspicious about your employer. If you can't trust your employer now itself, it would be very difficult in the future, as there is lot more uncertainty awaiting in the future.

I have noted all your email addresses and will send you an update by email whenever we see any notification from USCIS regarding this situation. You can alternately subscribe to this blog by email to get immediate alert whenever I write a post.

Hope all readers will understand and wait for a while before sending emails almost everyday asking about any new updates. Thank you and wish you all good luck.

How 'Commerce' changes everything about News?

At my Toastmasters' club and every other social gathering, I always mention (sometimes, I almost preach or fight) in one way or the other, why we need to pick and choose our own news, news that makes real difference to our career or personal life or something we are so passionate about.  And why we must exclude or reject completely the news that could be sensational or publicized by media companies, but never make any sense to you or your life.

In other words, you decide what news is really news for you and what news is sensational for you and what news you really can't miss out.

Watch this TED video, the statistics will tell you the real story behind the scenes and how elegantly speaker summarizes in one simple line, why Media houses make Britney on the street, the news that could never miss.

 

TED | Talks | Alisa Miller: Why we know less than ever about the world (video)

Best way to take control of your life, stop watching TV and stop listening to Radio where broadcasting happens as per THEIR Plan, without any concern for your interests. And go with on demand programming. You pick what you need. Use online Programs. RSS Feeds. Email alerts. Even better. You have complete choice of when to stop and when to start. Most important and valuable one is you can pick what you want.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Olympic Torch At The Top of Mount Everest

This is the first time ever attempted to take Olympic torch to the top of the world. Its an amazing feat to carry the torch to the top of Mount Everest. The world's finest games at the top of the world. Kudos to Beijing for the plan. Hope, people will put their political views aside and enjoy these wonderful moments of the Games.

T-Mobile hits 30M Subscribers

T-Mobile surpassed 30M mark in total subscribers by adding almost 1 million subscribers in the last quarter itself.

T-Mobile USA amassed 981,000 net additions in the first three months, three quarters of which were post-pay customers. Another 1.1 million subscribers were added when its purchase of SunCom was consolidated on February 22. T-Mobile USA currently has a total of 30.8 million subscribers. The calling plan MyFaves was doing especially well in the US, with 5.5 million customers at the end of the quarter. SMS and MMS usage was also up from the same quarter last year, with 33 billion messages sent in Q1 2008

Earnings: Deutsche Telekom First Quarter Stable; T-Mobile Hit By Currency Declines - washingtonpost.com

Thursday, May 1, 2008

The 10 Hottest IT Jobs in Demand

1. Senior Level Java/J2EE and .NET Developers

2. Application Development Managers

3. Security Professionals

4. Architects of All Stripes

5. Talented IT Managers

6. Business Technology Professionals

7. Database Administrators and Managers

8. Infrastructure Pros with Strong Backgrounds in Virtualization

9. Web 2.0 Developers

10. Wireless Networking Experts 

Source: The 10 Hottest IT Jobs in Demand

NDTV.com : Fact or Allegation ? Just another twisted title for sensationalism

This is yet another example of NDTV.com’s sensationalism twisted titles. The title says, as if this was a fact, woman made to urinate in pub...