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Monday, March 28, 2011

Blogger Buzz: What’s New With Blogger in 2011

Posted by Chang Kim, Product Manager @ Blogger Buzz

2010 was a big year for Blogger. We cemented ourselves as one of the largest blogging platforms and the sixth largest website in the world, according to Alexa. Blogger users published more than half a billion blog posts, which were read by more than 400 million active readers across the globe. We introduced template designerreal-time stats,comments spam filteringmobile templatesweb fonts, and more. And to top it all off, we were dubbed the most reliable blogging service around.

To start, we’re kicking things off at SXSW by giving folks a sneak peek at our next-generation user interface. The new design is not only cleaner and more modern, but it also uses Google Web Toolkit, delivering the latest in web technology.

Current post editor
New post editor

Current dashboard
New dashboard

We’ll also be showcasing our new content discovery feature that lets you uncover interesting and related content based on the topics of the blog you’re currently reading.

These are just a couple of new features we want to share with you. We look forward to unveiling more throughout 2011!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

India vs Australia Quarter Final match Live Streaming

Tomorrow we have India vs Australia Quarter final match in Ahmedabad. I know we all have office and we cant see live. But you are wrong we can watch it online. Espn Star gave us a chance to watch world cup online. Just visit there you will see live streaming of the match. I hope India will do better and will win on Australia. Common India

chak de India .....

Pakistan vs West Indies a one sided match

Pakistan crushed West Indies by 10 wickets, West Indies team is weaker than the Ireland team. I would like to see Ireland in place of West Indies. Ireland would have given good competition to Pakistan, but West Indies dint showed their play, they played like a minnow team. I think time ends for Gayle .... he did nothing for WI in this world cup. Sammy is not eligible for Captancy. Sarwan and Chandrapaul tried to minimize the damage but couldnt do much. I had much expectation on Kerion pollard, but he opened the gates to discussions about his place in ODI. I think he only good for T-20's. This match should open WI eyes. Hope they will learn something from this match.

Purely one sided match. WI disappointed their fans. bye bye WI ..

Ra One Trailer, Ra One Movie teaser in HD

Watch the official trailer of Ra.One movie. The most awailted movie of Sharukh Khan known as King Khan Ra.One Trailer is here ... Watch it and enjoy

Saturday, March 19, 2011

The quarter-final scenarios

With Pakistan's win in the last match of Group A, the standings in that group are clear: Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Australia and New Zealand, in that order. Only one meaningful match remains in Group B, between India and West Indies in Chennai. Here's a look at the quarter-final line-ups depending on who wins that game.
Scenario 1: If India beat West Indies
India will take second place, behind South Africa, on nine points, while England will be third and West Indies fourth. West Indies will finish with the same points as Bangladesh, but they are so far ahead on net run-rate that Bangladesh cannot catch up even if West Indies lose by a huge margin. The quarter-finals:

Pakistan v West Indies - Mirpur
Australia v India - Ahmedabad (March 24)
New Zealand v South Africa - Mirpur
Sri Lanka v England - Colombo (March 26)
Scenario 2: If West Indies beat India

In this case West Indies will jump to second place, behind South Africa, pushing India and England to third and fourth place. India will retain third place unless they lose very badly (for example, if they get bowled out for 139 or fewer chasing 300). The quarter-finals:

New Zealand v South Africa
Sri Lanka v India - Ahmedabad (March 24)
Australia v West Indies
Pakistan v England
Scenario 3: if the points are shared

If both teams get a point each, India will take second spot with eight points, behind South Africa's ten. West Indies and England will be on seven points each, but West Indies have the better run-rate, and it'll stay that way if the points are shared. The quarter-finals:

Pakistan v England - Mirpur
Australia v India - Ahmedabad (March 24)
New Zealand v South Africa - Mirpur
Sri Lanka v West Indies - Colombo (March 26)

In each case, the winners of the first two quarters listed above will play in one semi-final, while the winners of the last two quarters will play in the other, with India playing in Mohali if they make it, and Sri Lanka playing in Colombo. 

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Supermoon may cause natural disasters next week

On March 19th 2011, the moon will make its closest approach to Earth in almost 20 years, possibly triggering earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and other disasters.

The phenomenon, called lunar perigee or Supermoon, happens when the moon reaches its absolute closest point to Earth. On March 19, the natural satellite will be only 221,567 miles away from our planet.
There were Supermoons in 1955, 1974, 1992 and 2005, and these years had their share of extreme weather conditions, too. Although there are scientific laws that say the moon affects the Earth, it's still ambiguous whether the lunar perigee and natural disasters is coincidence or not.
British freelance weatherman John Kettley was quoted as saying "A moon can't cause a geological event like an earthquake, but it will cause a difference to the tide. If that combines with certain weather conditions, then that could cause a few problems for coastal areas."
While hoping for a non-disastrous ‘moon giant’, point your eyes and camera lenses toward the night sky on 19th. If the sky is clear, you’re gonna get an exceptional celestial treat.

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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Scientists solve mystery of disappearing sunspots

(Reuters) - A trio of top solar scientists said on Wednesday they had solved the mystery behind the disappearance of sunspots, a phenomenon that has stumped astrophysicists worldwide for more than two centuries.

The research, which will be published on Thursday in the journal Nature, shows that unusually weak magnetic fields on the sun paired with reduced solar activity cause sunspots to disappear.
Sunspots appear to the human eye as dark spots on the sun, some as wide as 49,000 miles, according to NASA. They are caused by intense magnetic activity, or storms, on the sun's surface, which is plasma. Sunspots often emit particles into space which are known as solar flares.
Sunspots went missing from 2008 to 2010 in a rare occurrence that first was reported in 1810.
Although it is well documented that the sun goes through regular 11-year cycles of high and low solar activity, sunspots are not prone to disappear for an extended period, the researchers said.
"Understanding sunspots is important because solar activities influence space weather, which affects technology in space and on the earth," Montana State University solar physicist Piet Martens, who conducted the study with two other scientists, said in a statement.
For example, the absence of sunspots in 2009 caused cosmic radiation to skyrocket, researchers found. Exposure to such high-energy radiation could prove dangerous to astronauts and long-range pilots, who can protect against solar flares but not cosmic rays, according to NASA.
Martens and a team of researchers used space telescopes to gather information about the sun's surface, documenting sunspots, solar flares and the strength of magnetic fields at the north and south poles of the sun.
Using computers to model the sun's surface over 2,000 years, the team tracked a link between an absence of sunspots and weak polar fields.
The finding opens the way for scientists to predict the magnitude of lulls in solar activity by examining the polar fields.
Lapses in solar activity reduce solar winds, preventing the decay of space junk like defunct satellites and parts of rockets. Those items place at risk orbiting satellites that provide signals for everything from cell phones to national defense systems.
Scientists said the ability to better forecast extreme lows in solar activity, like the disappearance of sunspots, could help protect communication systems by altering the orbits of satellites or shutting down sensitive systems.

Scientists solve mystery of disappearing sunspots

Cong veteran Arjun Singh dead

Hours after he was dropped from the Congress Working Committee and made a permanent invitee in a party reshuffle, veteran leader Arjun Singh, who had a long and chequered career as Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh and as Union Minister, died here today. He was 81.

Singh passed away at the AIIMS where he had been admitted for over a month and was being treated for medical complications. AIIMS spokesperson Dr Y K Gupta said, “Singh had a heart attack around 5.15 pm. Despite intensive efforts at resuscitation for an hour, he could not be saved.”
Singh is survived by his wife Saroj Singh, his two sons, Abhimanyu and Ajay, and daughter Veena Singh. Ajay Singh, who is a Congress MLA, said his father’s cremation would take place on Sunday in Churhat in Madhya Pradesh.
President Pratibha Patil, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Vice President Hamid Ansari, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and BJP leader L K Advani condoled the death of Singh.

A loyalist of the Gandhi family, Singh was Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh between 1980 and 1985 and was made Governor of Punjab just a day after he took oath as Chief Minister for the second time in the state.
He became Governor at the height of militancy and helped Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi reach an accord with Akali Dal leader Sant Harchand Singh Longowal.
He also held important portfolios at the Centre as Commerce and Communication Minister in the Eighties and HRD Minister under Narasimha Rao in the Nineties. A leader who swore by secular ideals, Singh turned against Rao in the aftermath of the Babri Masjid demolition in 1992. He became HRD minister in the first UPA government in 2004.

RIP Arjun Singh ji .. :-(

Cong veteran Arjun Singh dead

Friday, March 4, 2011

SC notices to Advani, Joshi and others in Babri case

The Supreme Court today asked BJP leaders L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray and others to spell out their stands on a CBI plea for restoration of charges of hatching a criminal conspiracy to demolish the Babri Masjid in 1992 against them.
A bench of justices V S Sirpurkar and T S Thakur sought to know their stands while issuing notices to them and asking them to file their replies within four weeks.
The apex court issued the notices after Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium, appearing for the CBI, questioned the legality of the Allahabad High Court''s order last May, upholding a special CBI judge''s decision to quash the charges of criminal conspiracy against the leaders.
The CBI has moved the apex court challenging the High Court''s May 20, 2010 order, dismissing the CBI plea for revival of criminal conspiracy charges against top BJP and Sangh Parivar leaders, which also included Ashok Singhal, Giriraj Kishore, Vinay Katiyar, Vishnu Hari Dalmiya, Sadhvi Rithambara and Mahant Avaidya Nath.
The other leaders were former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Uma Bharti and former Uttar PradeshChief Minister Kalyan Singh.
Challenging the High Court order, the CBI has said in its petition that "it appears an artificial distinction was made by the trial court attempting to assign a role in respect of each of the accused persons and to see which offences were made out. The trial court erroneously came to the conclusion that 21 persons were not entitled to be tried in the case (pertaining to the demolition on December 6, 1992).
"The order passed by the High Court results in serious miscarriage of justice, violates the principle of consolidated investigation, consolidated charge sheet and also disables an effective trial," the petition has said. .

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Startup Gives Twitter a Private Messaging Option

Name: Umagram
Quick Pitch: Umagram lets you tweet private message links to people who don’t follow you.
Genius Idea: We’ve all done the Twitter direct message dance. We look up people we’re trying to get in touch with on Google and find their Twitter handles. We send a message asking them to DM us. After they follows us, we send back another DM with our e-mail address in it. They e-mail us. We reply, and are thus FINALLY able to convey the information we wanted to.
Umagram aims to help its users skip this tedious process and instead cut straight to the private, unrestricted conversation.
Here’s how it works: A user logs in with a Twitter account. To initiate a conversation, the user composes a tweet that mentions anyone with whom that person wants to participate in the conversation. Umagram posts the tweet with a unique link to the conversation on its messaging platform. Because users need to sign in to Umagram with a specific Twitter identity, only people named in the initial tweet have access to the conversation.
The conversation looks like a commenting platform, has no character limits, and allows users to attach documents. If someone responds to the conversation, he can choose to tweet a reply message to the person who initiated to indicate he’s done so. Unlike the DM approach, the solution keeps e-mail addresses on both sides private.
Founder David Rostan built the platform, originally referred to as “Unnamed Messaging Application” (hence, UMA), when he ran into problems making professional connections for his other startup, corporate social responsibility forum While he knew the Twitter handles for the people he thought would participate on the site, the DM dance was growing tiring.
Rostan started the platform to solve this problem for himself and others, but in the future, he thinks that Umagram could be a good solution for customer service via Twitter, pitching media outlets, and a convenient way to make introductions.