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Startup tips from Sumaya from TheCulturalConnect.com

Sumaya Kazi, 24, was recently recognized by BusinessWeek Magazine as one of America’s Top 10 Entrepreneurs Under 25 and the only solo woman featured in its Global Top 75 Entrepreneurs list. She currently serves as the Executive Director and Co-Founder of TheCulturalConnect.com, a burgeoning media publishing company that publishes five weekly e-magazines dedicated to young, driven and forward-thinking adults around the world. She also serves as the Executive Director of a new non-profit organization that was started to create a young adult and professional movement towards awareness, giving and change. Additionally, she works full-time as a Marketing Manager for the Global Communications group at Fortune 500 Company Sun Microsystems, the youngest in her division. In her spare time she serves a Business mentor for Businesses United in Investing, Lending and Development (BUILD), a non-profit social venture that empowers underprivileged high schools with an education in entrepreneurship .

Few of Sumaya’s Tips

  1. Surround yourself with people smarter than yourself. It can only breed success.
  2. While having a start-up you and everyone else on your core team must have a PhD mentality. That is, of course, to be poor, hungry and driven.
  3. More often than not, people sit on great ideas. Don’t be one of them.
  4. If you think you can’t do something – you probably can’t. It’s those that reach for the impossible that make many more things possible happen along the way.
  5. Network like hell. When you’re young and have a start-up, it’s important to leverage the connections you’ve made. You’d be surprised to see how far you can go when others are just excited about your start-up and about your ideas.
  6. Innovate. Innovate. Innovate. You might have a great idea today, but will it be the same tomorrow?
  7. Try to maintain enough ambition and energy to achieve your goals, but also enough humility to accept the challenges and rejection that comes with being an entrepreneur.

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June 7, 2007 Posted by | Reviews | Leave a comment

Palm to Sell 25% Stake, Add Former iPod Head to Board

Palm announced that it will sell a 25% stake in the company to private equity firm Elevation Partners for $325 million. Shares of Palm jumped to $18.40, a rise that recovered most of the value the company lost after buyout rumors in March failed to produce a buyer.

Palm says it plans to use the investment, as well as existing cash and new debt to pay $9 per share in cash to stockholders.

As part of the deal, Palm also will increase size of its board from eight to nine, adding Jon Rubinstein, formerly head of Apple’s  iPod division. Rubinstein will serve as executive chairman.

“As a result of this transaction, we will strengthen the Palm leadership team and create a more effective capital structure,” said Ed Colligan, Palm CEO, in a statement.

“I have tremendous respect for Ed Colligan, Jeff Hawkins and their team, and I am thrilled by the prospect of helping Palm deliver innovative products capable of transforming the mobile-device market,” commented Rubinstein in a statement.  “Approximately 1 billion cell phones are sold each year, and mobile computing is a category with enormous potential. This is a company with an impressive history of introducing game-changing products; it pioneered the smartphone and I intend to help extend that legacy.”

Fred Anderson and Roger McNamee, managing directors and co-founders of Elevation, also will join Palm’s board of directors. Rubinstein, Anderson and McNamee will replace Eric Benhamou and D. Scott Mercer.

This is Elevation Partners’ largest investment to date.

June 5, 2007 Posted by | Reviews, Technology | Leave a comment

5 most popular Portuguese dictionaries for Palm

Here is a Pack of Portuguese Dictionaries which is a series of translation dictionaries for BlackBerry from the world most famous publishers and working under the powerful SlovoEd dictionary from the world’s leading provider of dictionary software engines for mobile platforms Paragon Software GmbH.

Pack of Portuguese Dictionaries contains 5 popular dictionaries:

English-Portuguese-English dictionary (contains 74365 entries)

French-Portuguese-French dictionary (contains 44769 entries)

German-Portuguese-German dictionary (contains 40253 entries)

Italian-Portuguese-Italian dictionary (contains 43673 entries)

Spanish-Portuguese-Spanish dictionary (contains 43609 entries)

Dictionary contains considerable number of precise translations, occupies minimal memory space on your BlackBerry Smartphone. Dictionary collections are the perfect assistant in your business. Using SlovoEd for BlackBerry allows you to receive as much as possible detailed and exact translations of numerous words rapidly both at an ordinary international business lunch and on the important summit talks. Now you don?t need to waste time on looking up the unfamiliar words in numerous paper dictionaries!

The built-in morphology function will help you to find translation even if the search words appear in different grammatical forms. SlovoEd will find base forms of the word in this case.

SlovoEd provides you with search method such as Search history (quick access to last words you searched). SlovoEd keeps last 20 words, so you will easily find any word from the History at any time.

Besides, in SlovoEd you will find:

Variants of the word. Choosing this option you are able to receive the nearest words to the translated word according to alphabet.
Possibility to install several language packs on your BlackBerry device at the same time.
Convenient, friendly, specially designed for mobile phones dictionary user interface. Optional letter size and color markup are developed to set customer interface in accordance with your taste.
Interface is available on 6 European languages: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish and Russian.
Full-screen mode to show the translations.
                 Price  $ 49.95

                                            Buy

May 23, 2007 Posted by | Reviews, Technology | Leave a comment

Cell-phone radiation a cause for concern or just useless???

There’s a lot of talk in the news these days about whether or not cell phones emit enough radiation to cause adverse health effects.

Just by their basic operation, cell phones have to emit a small amount of electromagnetic radiation. If you’ve read How Cell Phones Work, then you know that cell phones emit signals via radio waves, which are comprised of radio-frequency (RF) energy, a form of electromagnetic radiation.

Source of Radiation

When talking on a cell phone, a transmitter takes the sound of your voice and encodes it onto a continuous sine wave (see How Radio Works to learn more about how sound is transmitted). A sine wave is just a type of continuously varying wave that radiates out from the antenna and fluctuates evenly through space. Sine waves are measured in terms of frequency, which is the number of times a wave oscillates up and down per second. Once the encoded sound has been placed on the sine wave, the transmitter sends the signal to the antenna, which then sends the signal out.


Radiation in cell phones is generated in the transmitter and emitted through the antenna.

Cell phones have low-power transmitters in them. Most car phones have a transmitter power of 3 watts. A handheld cell phone operates on about 0.75 to 1 watt of power. The position of a transmitter inside a phone varies depending on the manufacturer, but it is usually in close proximity to the phone’s antenna. The radio waves that send the encoded signal are made up of electromagnetic radiation propagated by the antenna. The function of an antenna in any radio transmitter is to launch the radio waves into space; in the case of cell phones, these waves are picked up by a receiver in the cell-phone tower.

Electromagnetic radiation is made up of waves of electric and magnetic energy moving at the speed of light, according to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). All electromagnetic energy falls somewhere on the electromagnetic spectrum, which ranges from extremely low frequency (ELF) radiation to X-rays and gamma rays. Later, you will learn how these levels of radiation affect biological tissue.

When talking on a cell phone, most users place the phone against the head. In this position, there is a good chance that some of the radiation will be absorbed by human tissue. In the next section, we will look at why some scientists believe that cell phones are harmful, and you’ll find out what effects these ubiquitous devices may have.

May 10, 2007 Posted by | News, Reviews | Leave a comment

How Google Earth Images Are Made

An anonymous reader writes “The Google Librarian Central site has up a piece by Mark Aubin, a Software Engineer who works on Google Earth. Aubin explains some of the process behind capturing satellite imagery for use with the product. ‘Most people are surprised to learn that we have more than one source for our imagery. We collect it via airplane and satellite, but also just about any way you can imagine getting a camera above the Earth’s surface: hot air balloons, model airplanes – even kites. The traditional aerial survey involves mounting a special gyroscopic, stabilized camera in the belly of an airplane and flying it at an elevation of between 15,000 feet and 30,000 feet, depending on the resolution of imagery you’re interested in. As the plane takes a predefined route over the desired area, it forms a series of parallel lines with about 40 percent overlap between lines and 60 percent overlap in the direction of flight. This overlap of images is what provides us with enough detail to remove distortions caused by the varying shape of the Earth’s surface.’Read more of this story at Slashdot.

April 30, 2007 Posted by | Productivity, Reviews | 2 Comments

Nokia loose profits As Global Market Share Rises

 

Nokia see rise in market share as profit slipsIt’s kind of a bitter-sweet announcement – Nokia saw its global market share for mobile phones increase to 36% (up from 35%), while at the same time experiencing a 7% decline in global profits. Nokia sold 979 million Euros worth of cell phone, down from 1.0 billion Euros worth of sales in the previous year. The slip in Nokia’s profits can be associated with  “one-off costs and falling prices for its mobile phones.”

So, in all, Nokia is in a good position. The profit slide is reasonable and the Finnish handset giant is creeping upwards in their market share – even as Symbian OS is losing ground to Linux and Windows Mobile and the global slowdown of mobile phone sales.

April 24, 2007 Posted by | Nokia, Reviews, Technology | 1 Comment

Eight Google Apps in Future

Last week brought us news regarding Google’s future plans for their online application suite. At the Web 2.0 Expo CEO Eric Schmidt said Google will release a PowerPoint-type presentation application, slated for this summer. Then, VP Douglas Merrill announced on the official Google blog that the company has acquired videoconferencing software from a Swedish startup.

What else is in the works? Phil Sim of Squash makes some guesses after his participation in a survey of Google Apps Premier users. In that survey, Google explored his interest in a variety of applications. Beyond the basics already included in the suite, Google asked about project and contact management, file storage, and online discussion groups, suggesting they are thinking of incorporating these into their suite.

Combining this information, we can make some guesses at what you might find in Google Apps in the future.

1. Presentation. Through their acquisition of Tonic Systems, Google will offer an alternative to Microsoft’s PowerPoint, as well as to the many web-based presentation systems under development. That category includes SlideShare, Zoho Show, Thumbstacks, and Spresent.

2. Project management. Watch out, 37Signals: the survey Phil completed suggests that project management is on Google’s to do list, something that would likely compete directly with 37Signals’ popular Basecamp service.

3. Contact management. Gmail’s automatic creation of contacts from emails works really nicely. If you use Google Apps for your Domain, you can already share contacts across users. It’d be great to also see some Highrise-like capabilities — taking notes, tracking interactions, and managing tasks related to people you’re working with.

4. File storage and sharing. We regularly cover online file storage and sharing apps here at Web Worker Daily because it’s a core step in managing your online work. Google Blogoscoped ponders how it might look and work.

5. Online discussion groups. Google Groups already exists but it’s not tied into Google Apps. I’d like to see a unification under the Google Reader interface where you could browse your mail, RSS feeds, and relevant discussion groups all in one quick keyboard-accessible screen.

6. Wiki. Google acquired JotSpot on Halloween of 2006 and immediately closed it to new sign-ups. News has been sparse, but in January the JotSpot developers announced an upgrade for existing customers and said it will be the last version produced before migration to Google’s infrastructure. Perhaps Google will combine project management with the JotSpot wiki capabilities — wikis provide a reasonable alternative to dedicated project management apps for some teams.

7. Video chat. Google announced its acquisition of Swedish start-up Marratech’s video conferencing software, suggesting that they intend to use it internally only. No one would be surprised if Google incorporated it into the Google Talk client to support video chat, though.

8. Web meetings. Marratech offers capabilities beyond videoconferencing to include e-meetings and collaborative whiteboards along the lines of what WebEx is known for. Here’s hoping if they do offer web-based real-time meetings that it works better than WebEx

April 23, 2007 Posted by | Reviews | 1 Comment

Google, Wikipedia to be Sued By Confused Politician

In the US, when someone threatens to sue a site like Google or Wikipedia because of postings made by its users that are defamatory, you just point them to section 230 of the Communications Decency Act that makes it clear that service providers aren’t liable for what their users say — a law that makes a lot of sense.

Courts have been getting faster and faster at throwing out those types of cases. Unfortunately, it sounds like Canada doesn’t have a similar law (or case history).

In Vancouver, a former Green Party staff member is apparently suing Google, Wikipedia and a Canadian political website over postings on all three that he felt were defamatory. The guy is quoted as saying: “I’m determined that the people who have acted so irresponsibly will find that there are consequences.”

 Does he sue the phone company if someone says something bad about him over the phone?

April 20, 2007 Posted by | News, Reviews | 1 Comment

Google Web Conferencing with Full Screen Video and Application Sharing

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Google has officially entered the turf of WebEx, Microsoft Live Meeting and Adobe Connect with the acquisiton of Marratech, a web and video conferencing company based in Sweden.

There’s a possibility that Google will integrate Marratech web conferencing features into Google Apps Primer and Google Office to make these “virtual office” offerings more complete and compelling for the corporate world.


The Marratech video conferencing client is done in Java and available for Windows, Mac and Linux platforms. But it is possible to participate in Marratech meetings via the web browser without downloading the Marratech client.

Currently, the Marratech client is free while companies are required to license their server software.
Like other web conferencing software, Marratech allows users to hold virtual e-meetings and share application sceens, webpages, images and documents in the Whiteboard area. Participants can use annotation tools like pointers and markers to highlight presentations or draw on the screen

April 20, 2007 Posted by | Nokia, Reviews, Technology | Leave a comment

Hosted Solutions Can Reduce Mobile Capex by 12% in Latin America

In Latin America, mobile operators estimate that less than 10% of overall Capex is spent on end-user service delivery solutions. The majority of the investments are reportedly allocated to end-user services access platforms, end-user services provisioning and charging and payment solutions. Operators have traditionally opted for owning the platforms and having third-parties host applications (such as video services) on them. Beginning in 2007, operators plan to ramp up investments in solutions related to convergence and IMS, device management, and service creation and determine whether to host or buy these platforms depending on their cost-benefit analysis.

PYRAMID RESEARCH Interviewed mobile operators their new report, Managed Services in Latin America: What It Will Take For MNOs to Make the Jump, it became apparent that applications hosting is generally perceived as a low-risk, high-return endeavor. Operators fully accept that their vendor partners can bring them value through their partnerships with media and content providers. Depending on the operators’ priorities, some may decide to take back control of the applications once they are “market-proven.” Vendors that innovate in the applications arena will remain vital to their operator customers. And don’t overlook the enterprise opportunity; while consumer mobile applications are garnering a lot of attention, operators are more concerned about supporting enterprise customers.

Today, operators have to justify their need for hosted solutions extensively before they can adopt them. Based on what we heard during our conversations with the region’s leading players, we don’t anticipate a significant shift in their approach in the next four years. LATAM’s cumulative hosting investments are projected to reach nearly US$500m between 2007 and 2010, accounting for 10% of overall investments in end-user services, service delivery solutions, and charging and payment solutions.

February 23, 2007 Posted by | best mobile applications, Best mobiles, Mobile news, Reviews | Leave a comment

Look out for the new kid on the Block….Windows Mobile 6!

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Microsoft lifted the embargo and is expected to officially unveil the next version of its Windows Mobile OS on Monday, February 12. Previously code-named Crossbow, Windows Mobile 6 sports many improvements and enhancements over the previous version. In general, the new OS features improved usability, faster performance, and tighter integration with Microsoft’s Office suite.

Windows Mobile, Number 6 is a much needed upgrade. It includes various enhancements that allow your productivity to soar!
MS also changed the names of the device-types. For example, the Smartphone is now “Standard,” the Pocket PC is now “Classic,” and the Phone Edition is now “Professional.”
Highlights:

  • HTML-formatted e-mails from POP, IMAP, and Exchange Server 2007 Full integration with Windows Live (Search, Mail, Space, Messenger), including a Windows Mobile-based client
  • Automatic synchronization of Outlook calendars and contacts through Exchange Server due to the inclusion of Direct Push on all Windows Mobile 6 devices
  • New Microsoft Office Mobile, which allows users to view and even edit documents on the device while retaining formatting, including tables and images
  • 30% improvement in speed for Internet Explorer Mobile
  • Faster and easier set up of the device
  • Easy syncing of pictures, music, etc., from Windows Vista-powered PCs to the device
  • Enhanced Calendar functionality, including “Calendar ribbon,” which gives users a more understandable at a glance view, and the ability to see who is attending a meeting and even forward or reply to a meeting from the device itself
  • Additional Call History and Contacts integration allows you to instantly see the contact’s information when dialing and get to the information you need quicker
  • Improved security, including remote management and wiping of a device and protected/encrypted content

Office Mobile

You can see that there are now Mobile versions of Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. They all perform as you’d expect, if not better. Without any conversion I was able to open up a PowerPoint presentation, Word doc, and an Excel sheet, navigate around, and even make changes to the files. They’re perfect for proofing and even editing, and they don’t lose any of the formatting.

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Internet Explorer Mobile

The homepage now contains a search box and quick drop-down boxes for Favorites and History. While that’s nice, what’s really great is the speed improvement. I used to go back and forth between Opera and IE because I found IE slow the majority of time. I now use IE Mobile without thinking twice, which says a lot for the improvements. It also supports the latest Mobile AJAX standards, so get ready for some great Mobile-based apps from Microsoft.

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Tasks

Gone is the rudimentary task viewer. You now have the ability to add and edit your tasks, including adding categories, start date, end date, due date, occurrences, and pretty much anything you can do from the PC-based Outlook.

Windows Mobile Update

You can now download updates directly to the device as they are made available by Microsoft. This works just like the PC-based version, though I couldn’t test it since this is a beta and no updates are available.Also look out for the Windows mobile based applications and games to make your devices more productive and functional!

Windows Mobile MarketplaceAlong the same lines as above, users can now download applications and content directly to their device over the air using the new Windows Mobile Marketplace. Again, this is in beta so I couldn’t test it, but the possibilities are endless here.

Contacts integration

I mentioned this above but a mention doesn’t do it justice. Inside of Call History you can now see the full information for the contact. In addition, you see when the last call was made or missed and from which phone number-type (i.e., office, mobile, home) it came. Imagine true integration with your contacts every time you need a phone number and that’s what Microsoft has done here.

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February 9, 2007 Posted by | Best mobiles, mobile applications, Mobile games, Mobile news, Reviews, Technology | Leave a comment

FOCUS ……on the new Nokia N800 Internet Tablet!

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Nokia introduced its next generation widescreen Nokia Nseries multimedia computer, the Nokia N800 Internet Tablet. The sleek Nokia N800 combines a truly personal Internet experience with easy wireless connections, high resolution display and support for a wide variety of Internet applications. The Nokia N800 Internet Tablet has been optimized for enjoying the familiar Web experience anytime, anywhere.

The Nokia N800 is built to be constantly in use. Internet calling, instant messaging and email keep you in touch with friends and family. With stereo audio, media support and new ergonomic design the Nokia N800 Internet Tablet is a portable Internet entertainment device; you will enjoy streamed or downloaded content free away from fixed location.

Building on the success of the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet, the Nokia N800 introduces faster performance, full screen finger qwerty keyboard, easier continuous connections through Wi-Fi or via Bluetooth phone, integrated web camera as well as a new elegant design.

As the Internet becomes an ever more integral part of daily life, Nokia N800 has been designed to offer quick and convenient access to your favorite Internet services regardless of location..The Nokia N800 takes our offering to the next level combining speed, performance and mobility into a stylish, compact design.”

At the CES show, Nokia is demonstrating several captivating features that can be experienced soon with Nokia N800. These include Internet enhanced navigation with Navicore software, calling and messaging with a number of popular services as well as the RealNetworks’ Rhapsody music service. Nokia also announced a development cooperation with Skype on Internet Telephony that will allow Skype users to make Internet calls from their Nokia N800.

Like its predecessor, the Nokia N800 Internet Tablet is based on Nokia’s desktop Linux based Operating System. The Maemo development platform was launched in 2005 to provide Open Source developers with the tools and opportunities to create innovative applications for use on Nokia’s Internet Tablets. Users of the Nokia N800 will be able to benefit from a wide range of third party applications.

The Nokia N800 is commercially available immediately in the United States and in selected markets in Europe at estimated retail price of 399 EUR/USD (excluding local taxes).

January 23, 2007 Posted by | Best mobiles, Mobile news, Nokia, Reviews, Technology | Leave a comment

iPhone – SoMeThinG YoU JuSt CaN’t ReSist!

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I was looking out for some new mobile phone that i came across iPhone…..All i could say was ” It’s simply Amazing!”

iphone is a combination of three products- a revolutionary mobile phone, including a widescreen iPod with touch controls, and a breakthrough Internet communications device with desktop-class email, web browsing, maps, and searching — into one small and lightweight handheld device. iPhone also introduces an entirely new user interface based on a large multi-touch display and pioneering new software, letting you control everything with just your fingers. So it ushers in an era of software power and sophistication never before seen in a mobile device, completely redefining what you can do on a mobile phone.

Is’nt it hard to resist so get your hands quickly on the iPhone Now!

January 19, 2007 Posted by | Best mobiles, mobile applications, Mobile games, Mobile news, Reviews, Technology | 1 Comment