home the outsourcing advantage
we think of business process outsourcing (BPO), our mind normally
wanders off to the call centres and back-end offices of financial
firms. However, the number of outsourcing possibilities is only
restricted by one’s imagination.
traffic to fake airline sites
THE United Nations trademark
and copyright agency WIPO revealed the existence of a raft of fake Web
addresses which divert customers of airlines, hotels and car hire
firms to a site selling cheap travel deals.
processor is ready. Are we?
O.P. Gupta & Kiran
APPLE has launched G5 system
with a 64-bit processor. AMD has just released its Athlon 64 processor
that has the support for the first 64-bit operating system (a variant
of Linux). The 64-bit Itanium processor is Intel’s first product in
the IA64 family of processors. It is designed to address the needs of
high performance applications and incorporates many leading-edge
features specifically designed to address the ever-expanding needs for
highest floating-point performance and large memory capabilities.
It’s a small world. All addresses begin with www.
all set to operate from metros
THE National Internet
Exchange of India (NIXI) is likely to start its operations shortly. Initiated
by the Internet Service Provider Association (ISPAT) and funded by the
Department of Information Technology, NIXI is setting up Internet
exchanges in four metros — Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata.
stolen cars in Karachi
UNPLEASANT shock awaits car
thieves in Karachi. With the click of a computer mouse, a satellite
tracking system allows remote operators to seize control of the stolen
vehicle, bring it grinding to a halt, and snap its locks shut as the
police swoops in.
THE CIA once built a
mechanical dragonfly to carry a listening device but found small gusts
of wind knocked it off course so it was never used in a spy operation.
The agency also tested a
24-inch-long rubber robot catfish named ‘Charlie’ capable of
swimming inconspicuously among other fish and whose mission remains
CYBERSPACE is one of the
modern frontiers in the world of communication sciences. The Internet
offers unlimited opportunities for education, science, entertainment
and business. Equally it has become a home for unstoppable pornography
and illegal activities.
course craze dips
IT firms riding high on
"spurt" in outsourcing software may be hiring techies in
thousands, but in India’s Silicon Valley, institutions offering
computer courses are seeing a drastic dip in student admission.
Students and parents, who have witnessed the technology meltdown in
the last two years and its resultant dip in employment opportunities,
are cautious of taking up IT courses. They prefer to opt for basic
science or mainstream engineering courses, instead.