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Monday, October 6, 2003


The Net shopping experience
by Roopinder Singh
HY do people shop on the Net? To find bargains, of course. No matter what they tell you, most of the people shop online to stretch their rupee. An increasing number of Indians are taking to this mode of shopping and they say that they are gainers. Recently, a sale hosted by Baazee.com, one of India’s biggest online shopping sites, of music recorded by practically all big Indian and international companies, generated much interest. Other significant players in India are Rediff.com, Indiatimes, Fabmall, and Sify.com

Campus recruitment looks up once more
Imran Qureshi
N a sign of continuing large-scale outsourcing to India by global corporations, a host of local IT firms are rushing to pick up larger than usual number of students from engineering colleges this year. After the spectre of selective hiring in the IT industry last year as firms grappled with the shock of a demand slowdown in the global tech market and backlash against outsourcing, its recruitment time again for software makers.

‘Son of Alladin,’ India’s step in 3-D animation
ON of Alladin", a 90-minute 3-D film released in the US a couple of weeks ago, was released in Chennai in September-end. The movie, from the house of Chennai-based animation giant Pentamedia Graphics, is expected to get a worldwide release soon.

Laptops to run whole day
NTEL, the world’s largest semiconductor maker, expects that in just a few years laptops will run for a full day on a single battery charge, thanks to improvements to its new Centrino chip.

PC looks get a makeover
final death knell for boring computers housed in bland metal cases may be years away, but a group of up-and-comers is ushering in a new breed of small, stylish models that look just at home in the living room as the office. Many of those newcomers were on show in Taiwan at Computex, the world’s third-biggest PC trade fair, in the last week of September, with models cased in racy cartoon covers, plexiglass and miniature frames beckoning the design conscious.

by Sandeep Joshi

Too much browsing has made your brain crash? I’ll suggest a good site precisely on this problem.

10 Indians on MIT’s top-100 list
EN young innovators of Indian origin have been named in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Technology Review 100 (TR100) since their "technologies are poised to make a dramatic impact on our world".

Satellites to track paedophiles
Jamie Doward
AEDOPHILES are to be electronically tagged in the UK for the first time in a move that could prompt a revolution in the treatment and monitoring of sex offenders. A British company is to hold talks with ministers with a view to launching a Home Office-backed trial involving between 100 and 500 child sex offenders. It is also talking to government officials in the US, Italy and Ireland and is to tag a number of paedophiles who have volunteered to wear the device.

Sony sets out to rediscover its lost magic
Daisuke Wakabayashi
T was 25 years ago when Sony Corp founder Masaru Ibuka complained that his cassette player was too heavy to take on business trips and asked the company’s engineers to create a smaller, portable player with headphones.

Internet music sales to hit industry hard
Prasun Sonwalkar
HE value of lost sales to the music industry from file-sharing Internet networks will nearly double in the next five years, says a new market report in London. The loss from networks such as Grokster and Kazaa will nearly double over the next five years to $4.7 billion.

Free software makes sense in education
Frederick Noronha
IZA is nearly five. For her, the computer is a toy. Instead of adding one more difficult ‘subject’ to her tiring school day, she occasionally plays educational games on the PC. When her friends come over, they end up learning without even being conscious of it. One girl her size, who has never handled computers below, drags on the mouse. As she moves it across the mouse-pad, the image of a furry bear gets jerkily unveiled on the monitor.


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Guest Speak: Hear what the news-makers have to say
Go Wi-Fi: anytime, anywhere computing
G.B. Kumar

Web Jingle: An ear lent to the music on the World Wide Web
"Meri yaad mein tum na aansoo bahana," said Talat
Amit Puri

Book Review: IT in print
Know a PC before you buy it
Review by Pardeep Dhull
Your Home PC: Making the Most of Your Personal Computer by L. Gopalakrishnan, G. Padmanabhan and Sudhat Shukla. Tata McGraw-Hill, New Delhi. Pages 225. Rs 195.

A glossary of new IT terms

Cyber Humour: A choice of IT humour culled from the Net
Computer knowledge
From Sunil Sharma

Dotcom World: Sites visited
Go green on the Web
Vinod Kumar

Downloads: Free downloads reviewed
Begin a search on your desktop
Raman Mohan

Newsscape: A quick glance at what's happening on the news front

  • Microsoft settlement

  • Simplifying PCs

  • Downloading movies


  • VIA motherboard

  • Microsoft

IT Click: A view of IT events through the lens

Latest offerings: The latest in prices on the Chandigarh market
This time we take a look at various multifunctional printers.