Archive | December, 2009

Nature’s Feast for New Year’s Eve!

31 Dec

As the dawn of New Year approaches, many countries will witness “Partial Lunar Eclipse” and “Blue Moon”.
According to the sources,North America will witness “Blue Moon” and countries like India,Nepal,Dubai,Oman,Qatar,Kuwait, Singapore, Bangladesh, Burma, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and other places in Asia will witness the ‘Partial Lunar Eclipse’ on New Year’s Eve!
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‘Partial Lunar Eclipse’:

A partial lunar eclipse, “Chandra Grahan”, will take place in India between December 31, 2009 and early hours of January 1, 2010.The time of this partial eclipse time  from 17:17:07 GMT to 21:28:15 GMT. The corresponding India time of the Grahan is from 22:47 hrs on December 31, 2009 to 02:58 hrs on January 1, 2010.

According to NASA, this is a partial lunar eclipse and is visible in India, Nepal, Dubai, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Singapore, Bangladesh, Burma, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and other places in Asia (eastern hemisphere).

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“BLUE MOON”:

For the first time in almost 20 years, a bright “blue moon” will grace New Year’s Eve celebrations worldwide.

If the skies are clear, revelers looking up at midnight will get an eyeful of the second full moon of the month—commonly called a blue moon. The last time a blue moon appeared on New Year’s Eve was in 1990, and it won’t happen again until 2028.

“Rising in the east at sunset, the New Year’s Eve full moon will reach its highest point at midnight.Full moons around winter solstice rise their highest for the entire year.Even if you are downtown in a large city, if it is clear at the stroke of midnight the moon will be very visible if you look up”, noted Jack Horkheimer, director of the Miami Space-Transit Planetarium and host of PBS television’s long-running show Star Gazer.

For details of “What is a Blue Moon”, click here

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What is a "BLUE MOON"

31 Dec

The common used phrase in English “Once in Blue Moon” refers to something that occurs very rarely.
The term “BLUE MOON” has nothing to do with the colour Blue of the moon.

History of “BLUE MOON”

Most years on average have 12 full moons, with 1 appearing each month.That’s because the lunar month—the time it takes the moon to cycle through its phases—corresponds closely to the calendar month.

But the calendar year is actually based on the solar cycle, or the time it takes Earth to make one trip around the sun. This means a year is not evenly divisible by lunar months, so every three years or so there are 13 full moons.

The farmer’s almanac further divided the year into four seasons, with each season lasting three months. When a given season saw four full moons, the almanac dubbed the third moon as a blue moon.
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“True” Blue Moon

Before the term “blue moon” more often referred to the rare instances when the moon actually seemed to turn blue, as can happen under certain atmospheric conditions.

“After a forest fire or volcanic eruption, there may be enough particulate matter in the air so that the moon can take on a bluish tinge,”

For instance, a “true” blue moon occurred in 1950 after a large forest fire in Canada blew smoke across most of the Northern Hemisphere.

Another appeared in 1980 after the last major eruption of Mount St. Helens, which sent tons of ash into the upper atmosphere.

Information Courtesy: National Geographic News

Google "Nexus One" price,ETFs and Contract Details leak!

30 Dec

The much awaited Google’s “Nexus One” will be launched on Jan 5th 2010 at 9am via online orders only. It works on Android operating system.

Google has leaked more details regarding the price,ETF’s and Contract details of “Nexus One”!!
Reportedly the phone will be primarily carried in the U.S. by T-Mobile, but also be available in unlocked form for use with other G.S.M. carriers — in the U.S. that means AT&T can handle the phone as well.  According to T-Mobile News’ “internal sources” at T-Mobile, the phone will launch on January 5 at 9 a.m. via online orders only
To keep existing T-Mobile plans — such as the Family plans, Flexpay, SmartAccess and KidConnect plans — you must opt for the unlocked phone, reportedly.  Otherwise, you can pick up a specially designed voice+text+web plan for $79.99/month.  That’s just slightly more than the basic iPhone plan with 200 texts ($75/month).
Other notable restrictions reportedly will apply.  You can only purchase five phones per Google account (okay, this isn’t such a big deal, as making new accounts is a breeze).  And more importantly, if you cancel the contract on the T-Mobile-carried phone, you’ll reportedly have to pay the difference between the unsubsidized phone and the discounted phone — $350.  However, there’s a significant catch — you can send your phone back to Google and not pay any phone-specific ETF (though T-Mobile might still hand you an ETF).
Google has invited reporters to “an Android press gathering” on January 5, lending credibility to the hoards of leaked info.  A Google spokeswoman said that the press conference would be held at 10 a.m. and followed by “demonstrations” afterwards.

Information Courtesy:Daily Tech

Twitter’s "Square"- A Credit Card Payment Gadget for your Phone!

22 Dec

Courtesy: Los Angeles Times

On Tuesday,Twitter Creator, Dorsey announced his new start-up, Square, which will let anyone with a cellphone or iPod become a merchant and accept credit card payments.

Square is a small plastic device that plugs into a gadget’s headphone jack. Buyers swipe their credit cards through the machine, which then transmits the payment data to an application running on a connected iPhone or iPod Touch. (Android and Blackberry apps are in development, and computer software will be available later.)

You don’t have to have the Square gadget or app to pay. You just need a credit card and an e-mail address to receive a receipt.

Beginning sometime early next year, Dorsey wants everyone to use Square.

Dorsey envisions the service replacing virtually every cash transaction. Let’s say a friend owes you $30 for dinner last week, but there’s no ATM in sight. Grab the Square device from your keychain, plug it into your phone and tell him to pay up.

The payment system is secure, Dorsey said. Transactional data is safely encrypted, and the credit card info is never stored on the device, only passed along, he said. Signatures are drawn with a finger on the touch screen.

Google Wave

15 Dec

What is a “Google Wave”?
Google Wave is “personal communication and collaboration tool” announced by Google on May 27, 2009
It is a web-based service, computing platform, and communications protocol designed to merge e-mail, instant messaging, wikis, and social networking.

Awesome Features of ‘Google Wave’:
1>Real Time Communication : You can chat/converse with the people in your wave in ‘Real Time’. You can see them Typing,replying to your waves in Real Time!! This is an awesome feature!

2>Collaborative editing and inline discussion : Instead of normal procedure of creating a doc,sending it across to everyone, receiving feedbacks,then editing again and sending across, Google Wave provides a feature where everyone in the discussion can contribute for Collaborative composing,editing and formation of the document. This is an awesome feature which prevents spamming of mail-boxes and saves time!

3>Playback : If a person is added to a wave later in the conversation,then,he doesnt miss any conversation. All he needs to do is click the ‘Playback’ button to see the history of events!

4>Drag and Drop photos from Computer: How nice it would be to just drag and drop photos from your computer directly instead of taking pains of attaching a doc,photo and then uploading it?
Yes,with ‘Google Wave’,now you can drag and drop photos directly from your computer! This is the Awesomest Feature!

5>Tweety : You can receive tweets from the people directly into your ‘Google Wave’ by adding the ‘Tweety’ robot to your wave!

6>Bloggy : You can blog directly from ‘Google Wave’ by adding the ‘Bloggy robot’ to your wave.

7>Rosy  : This robot provides Real Time Translation as people converse with each other!

8>Adding Maps,docs etc to the wave: You can also add Maps,docs etc to your wave

9>Real Time Spelling Checker: Prompts for correct spelling whenever you mistype words.

and many more such features.

Presently,’Google Wave’ is in Beta and you require an invitation in order to access it.

To know more about ‘Google Waves’ and their functionalities, watch this below video:

All the ‘Google Wave’ extensions can be found here

How to install the ‘Google Wave’ extensions:

1>Click this link to see the list of extensions:
 http://sites.google.com/site/gwaveextensions/extensions-list
2>Copy the email id of the extension of your choice
3>Open your ‘Google Wave’ account.
4>In the Contacts Panel (left hand side), beside the Manage Contacts,  click on + button
5>Paste the email id you have just copied and click on submit!

Happy Waving!!! 😉

Google’s "Nexus One"

14 Dec

In competition with Apple’s Iphone,Google launches ‘Nexus One’.
Nexus One is an unlocked GSM device running on Android 2.1 mobile operating system.
Google plans to sell this phone online directly to its customers starting from Jan 2010!

Lets wait and watch what Google’s ‘Nexus One’ has in store for us!

Update on Dec 15th 2009: News from Reuters that Nexus One will be released on Jan 5th 2010!

Here’s the price: $199 unlocked in stores. $100 rebate online if you have an active and old Google account.
Can also be used for T-Mobile or AT&T pre-paid Data SIM card service at $29 per month, no contracts required

The pictures of ‘Nexus One’ released by Google so far..

Google Chrome Extensions!

11 Dec

After the successful launch of Google Chrome web browser, Google is back with ‘Google Chrome Beta Extensions’!

You just need to install all these extensions onto your ‘Google Chrome Beta Toolbar’ and one click on them will perform numerous functions!

Few Extensions include:
1>’One Number’:One click access to the Google services like ‘Gmail’, ‘Google Wave’, ‘Google Reader’, ‘Google Voice’ right from the current webpage you are browsing without you having to explicitly open the above mentioned google services.

2>Twitter and Facebook extensions: Have something important to tweet or share when you read something interesting? Just click on the Twitter or Facebook extension installed on your toolbar and share it!

3>’Inline Google’: Need some info about something you read? Just click on ‘Inline Google extension’ on your toolbar instead of explicitly visiting the Google web!

4>’Mini Google Maps’ : Need to find address about something? Hit the ‘Google Map Extension’ button on your toolbar!

5>’IE Tab’: This one takes the piece of cake!
Some web sites donot open properly in Google Chrome and needs IE for accessing. But this new extension prevents you to explicitly open IE ,but instead opens an IE tab in Google Chrome!

6>’Blog This’: You can directly blog from any web page just by clicking the ‘Blog This’ extension on your toolbar.

7>Translate : Currently reading webpage in some foreign language? Need translation in your language? Dont explicitly open google translator,but click on ‘Translator’ button on your toolbar instead!

8>’Picasa Picker’: Clicking on this button loads the picasa albums in your google account.You can click on the photo of your choice and then obtain the url of the corresponding image.

9>’Google Similar Pages’ : Clicking this icon will show you the webpages similar to the webpage you are currently browsing!

10>’Evernote Web Clipper’: Need notes from the webpage you are browsing? Just select the important text of the webpage and click on ‘Evernote Web Clipper’. This copies and saves the chosen text onto the online document in your ‘Evernote web clipper account’
There is no need for you to even copy/paste text.. You just need to select it!

11>’Shareaholic’: Lets you share,send or email the webpage/link to numerous online sharing services like facebook,tumblr,twitter,delicious,digg,myspace etc

12>Bit.ly : Click on this button to shorten the url and share across many services

… and many more such extensions!

To install all these extensions onto your ‘Google Chrome’ toolbar, follow these steps:

1>Install ‘Google Chrome Beta’ by clicking on this link

2>Next click on this Extensions Link and install the extensions of your choice.

You just need to click on the extension of your choice and then click on ‘install’ to install the extension on to your Google Chrome Toolbar.

After installation of extensions,your toolbar will look something like this: (See the circled portion in Red)

Watch this video for Full Details!

‘Star-Gate’ at Norway Sky!

10 Dec

On Dec 9th 2009,8:45am, a giant spiral blue light dominated the Noway Sky baffling the onlookers,Norwegians,experts,world top scientists and military experts. Everybody was awe-struck looking at the pre-dawn sky seeing this incredible spiral blue light which lasted for 2 minutes.This spiral blue light is beleived to have been risen from behind the mountain,it later reached the middle of the sky and started rotating for few minutes and later disappeared!

This phenomenon has been dubbed ‘Star Gate’ by experts and scientists.

Many theories ranging from a misfired Russian missile, meteor fireball, never-before-seen type of northern light, ‘black hole’ and even alien activity were all proposed  for this spectacular event!

See the video below for more details..