Wednesday, December 23, 2009

School Admission in India: Nursery Vs IIT

Getting into nursery costlier than IIT:

Parents successfully clearing the rigorous nursery school admission process of their wards in Delhi find themselves staring at one last but big hurdle - fees that even top the annual Rs 50,000 charged for admission by IITs.

With thousands of parents fighting over a few hundred seats in a limited number of good schools, the private institutions call the shots during the admission season.

The current fee structure in the IITs is around Rs 50,000 per annum. Besides, students pay about Rs 20,000 annually for other purposes like accommodation, alumni and admission fees.

But when it comes to reputed nursery schools in Delhi and NCR, the figure increases significantly and quotes anywhere around or above Rs 75,000 a year, which parents have to shell out even after undergoing a rigorous interview and evaluation process.

Read more...

Link: http://www.ndtv.com/news/cities/getting_into_nursery_costlier_than_iit.php
Source: NDTV

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

GMail: One button to merge all duplicate contacts

One button to merge all duplicate contacts



Managing a big address book can be a challenge, so it's no surprise that the top request for Google contacts is a fast, easy way to merge duplicate contacts. You've been able to merge contacts one-by-one for a while, but now we've added a single button that merges all your duplicate contacts at once. To clean up your contact list in one fell swoop, just click the "Find duplicates" button in the contact manager, review the merge suggestions (and uncheck any suggestions you don't want merged), and hit the "Merge" button.


If you've been considering getting all your contacts into Gmail or syncing your Gmail contacts to your phone, now's the time to do it. As we've written about previously, you can sync your contacts to a wide variety of devices (including Android, iPhone, Blackberry, SyncML, etc). So if you were dreading spending hours getting your contacts in order, now you can do it with a couple clicks.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

SMS: Easy navigation of routes/destinations within Bangalore

Very helpful!!!

This number really works (Tested and passed!). Please add the number to your contact list for easy navigation of routes/destinations within Bangalore.


This is a useful information for people who travel by Auto and we will be able to know the rate, route and the distance too...


9008890088
is an SMS-based location search and direction finding service that provides directions to people with or without Smart phones to any location in Bangalore.
The SMS service is available free of charge and all you pay is the standard SMS rate according to your plan. It needs no subscription.
The service is reliable and involves very little waiting time.
The reply back time varies from 3 seconds to 1 minute depending on the mobile operator’s message traffic congestion and availability of signals.

Only you need to do is SMS to 9008890088.
The example usages are:
Example 1: FROM Mekri circle TO ESI Hospital
Example 2: INOX
Example 3: SBI atm NEAR M G Road


You will get a reply SMS with the exact location and shortest directions to reach place from a prominent landmark.
And also with total distance in Kilometers and approximate Auto fare.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Pranav Mistry: The thrilling potential of SixthSense technology

Pranav Mistry: The thrilling potential of SixthSense technology






About Pranav Mistry:

Pranav Mistry is a PhD student in the Fluid Interfaces Group at MIT's Media Lab. Before his studies at MIT, he worked with Microsoft as a UX researcher; he's a graduate of IIT. Mistry is passionate about integrating the digital informational experience with our real-world interactions.

Some previous projects from Mistry's work at MIT includes intelligent sticky notes, Quickies, that can be searched and can send reminders; a pen that draws in 3D; and TaPuMa, a tangible public map that can act as Google of physical world. His research interests also include Gestural and Tangible Interaction, Ubiquitous Computing, AI, Machine Vision, Collective Intelligence and Robotics.

Source:

Pranav Mistry: The thrilling potential of SixthSense technology

www.ted.com

Friday, December 11, 2009

Shashi Tharoor: Why nations should pursue 'Soft' power

India is fast becoming a superpower, says Shashi Tharoor -- and not just through trade and politics, but through "soft power," its ability to share its culture with the world through food, music, technology, Bollywood. As he says, "In today's world, it's not the size of the army that wins. It's the country that tells a better story."







http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EiTrl0W1QrM

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