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With an objective of promoting Nepali software and exploring markets for knowledge-based industry, the first national software expo began here at United World Trade Centre (UWTC) today.

The four-day long event named – CAN Softech-2007 is being organised by Computer Association of Nepal (CAN) for the first time in the country and will last till May 5.

Inaugurating the event, Mahantha Thakur, minister for environment, science and technology, reiterated the government’s support for the development of information and communication technology (ICT).

“ICT has always been a priority sector,” he said, adding that the government would soon unveil new projects for ICT.
Thakur further said that policies to attract foreign investment in ICT and to create a conducive environment would be soon formulated.

“Nepal holds a huge potential in ICT, particularly software development, BPO and outsourcing,” said Ashank Desai, president of Asian-Oceanian Computing Industry Organisation (ASOCIO). “The government’s support is crucial at the initial stage for the development of any sector,” he added. The event is featuring Nepal’s latest development in software, BPO, computer solutions and other related industries.

The expo would give exposure to the Nepali software developers and industry people to the international arena and will be beneficial for them in exploring markets outside the country, said Biplav Man Singh, president of CAN. “It will also serve as a platform to highlight Nepal’s strength in software development, BPO and IT solutions.”

About 60 different companies, including four from India, three from South Korea and one from Sri Lanka are showcasing their products and services through 77 stalls during the CAN Softech-2007.

According to CAN, the event is expected to attract about 30,000 quality visitors. Two separate halls have been arranged for demonstration of the products and services. Business meeting room, telephone and internet facilities in each stall are some of the features of the event, which will facilitate both the exhibitors and customers to experience a real virtual world.
An IT conference on ‘middle level management of IT companies’ is being organised tomorrow, which will feature keynote speakers from India and South Korea. The event would be a platform for Nepali companies and software developers to interact with their ounterparts from the region,” said Rajan Panta, general secretary at the CAN.

Meanwhile, a two-day long plenary meeting of ASOCIO concluded here today. ASOCIO is an organisation formed by leading ICT organisations of 26 countries in Asia and the Pacific region. A delegation of over 40 representatives of ASOCIO attended the meeting and discussed about FDI in ICT, software exports and efforts for the market exploration among the member countries.

The Himalayan Times and Annapurna Post are the official media partners for the event.


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NEW YORK — Yahoo, the Web brand that’s a distant No. 2 behind Google in search market share and search ad revenue, will try to click better with consumers with a new message: Be a better — (whatever you want to be).

“We’ll let our customers fill in the blank,” says Allen Olivo, vice president, global brand marketing. The idea? “Whatever they want to be, Yahoo’s tools and services allows them to be better.”

In the case of Yahoo, its search engine needs to be a better money engine. Yahoo’s first-quarter ad revenue was $1.6 billion, less than half of Google’s $3.8 billion in the same period. Yahoo’s share of search requests in the quarter remained flat at about 28%, while Google’s rose slightly to 48%, according to Internet tracker ComScore.

Yahoo will blast the campaign all over the Web — on Yahoo-related and other sites — and use traditional media outlets as well, including prime-time TV, radio and print. The offbeat ads promote two of its latest services: Yahoo oneSearch mobile search service introduced in January and Yahoo Answers, introduced a year ago. The services are designed to make Yahoo more competitive not only with Google but also with other popular sites, such as Wikipedia.

One TV ad, for instance, shows how Yahoo can help two friends be better explorers.

In the first part of the ad, a hiker is eaten alive by a red flower that is not identified in their guidebook.

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In the second part of the ad, one hiker is equipped with Yahoo’s mobile oneSearch, and he learns that the flower is a “crimson man-eater” and a “potent herbal enhancer” that causes the first hiker’s hair to grow great lengths.

Some of the marketing will try to demonstrate Yahoo services. The TV ad, for instance, will be available online where users can click on their favorite clips and create a new commercial.

Yahoo hopes that the marketing attracts more users to draw in more advertisers. “If from a brand-marketing standpoint we are creating more value and more choice for our users, we are also creating a more engaged audience for our advertisers,” Olivo says.

But will more ad spending bring in more ad revenue? Yahoo hopes so. It traditionally spends a lot more on advertising and marketing than its bigger rival in the race for ad dollars. Last year Yahoo outspent Google by 72%, $353 million in advertising vs. Google’s $205 million, according to TNS Media Intelligence.

“More engaged consumers also tend to have more interest and give more permission to be introduced to our next generation of products such as Yahoo oneSearch,” says Nick Chavez, senior director of brand advertising. “And through word of mouth they are more likely to share their experience with those products.”

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Microsoft has filed nine lawsuits and issued more than 50 cease-and-desist letters as part of its long-running campaign to clamp down on international software smuggling.

The lawsuits allege that companies in Jordan and elsewhere posed as academic resellers to obtain hundreds of thousands of copies of discounted Microsoft Windows and Office system software intended for students.

Microsoft claims that these companies reaped “millions of dollars” in illegal profits by allegedly selling the software to internet retailers in the US rather than supplying it to the students.

Many of the internet retailers allegedly made hefty profits by selling the software at retail prices to unsuspecting American consumers who were deceived into buying software that was not licensed for their use.

“Jordan has invested heavily in transforming itself into a fully-fledged knowledge economy,” said His Excellency Eng. Basem Rousan, Jordan’s Minister of Information and Communications Technology.

“Companies that break Jordan’s intellectual property laws will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”

Investigations are being pursued in other countries where a similar scheme has been used.

The lawsuits were filed in federal courts in California, New York, New Jersey, Florida, Nevada and Montana.

“To those who say software piracy is a victimless crime, I would say this case tells a different story,” said Bonnie MacNaughton, senior attorney at Microsoft.

“The defendants in these lawsuits and others are charged with profiting from selling clearly marked educational software to unsuspecting retail customers who were not licensed to use it, potentially depriving students and schools of the opportunity to benefit from the latest technologies.”

EDirectSoftware.com, one of the largest alleged offenders, has already agreed to settle Microsoft’s lawsuit out of court for more than $1m in cash and property.

Other merchants that received cease-and-desist letters have agreed voluntarily to stop selling the software, which is clearly marked ‘Student Media’ and ‘Not for retail or OEM distribution. Not for resale.’

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If you don’t know high def from high heels, and the thought of even going into an electronics store makes your eyes glaze over, this is for you.

Rich Demuro, a senior editor at technology Web site CNET.com, offers some new tech toys that are in touch with their feminine side.

Here’s the latest in fun (and pink!) gadgets to satisfy both the inner geek and girly girl:

1. Digital camera
Casio EXILIM Hi-ZOOM EX-V7 $399.99.

  • Casio 7.2-megapixel EXILIM Hi-ZOOM EX-V7, the most powerful zoom in the stylish EXILIM® series of compact digital cameras.

  • This new model is the world’s slimmest digital camera with a 7X optical zoom lens. Easily fits in a shirt pocket or small purse.

  • “Auto Tracking AF” function follows moving subjects, keeping them continuously in focus until the photo is taken.

  • Anti Shake reduces blur due to shaky hands and subject movement, using high shutter speeds and high sensitivity settings.

  • Electronic camera shake compensation function eliminates blur when shooting in movie mode.

  • Records 16:9 wide-aspect movies compatible with wide-screen TVs.

2. Pink laptop
Sony VAIO C Series Laptop, Pink, Green & Silver Colors, $1,449.99.

  • Designed to express personality, new line of slim notebooks comes in five hip colors.

  • Backed by an Intel® Core™ 2 Duo processor, the VAIO C model also has plenty of power for high-speed computing and an energy-efficient battery life so you can enjoy games, music and movies longer.

  • Weighting in at about 5 pounds.

  • The model also serves as a well-equipped home theater away from home. It features a 13.3-inch widescreen display (measured diagonally).

3. Pink XM radio
XM Radio Pink Pioneer Inno, $199.99.

  • Support the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation’s fight against breast cancer. $30 from each inno sold and activated go to the Komen Foundation.

  • Live XM when portable or docked.

  • MP3 (WMA) storage and play.

  • 50 hours storage of XM recordings.

  • Compatible with XM + Napster.

  • Built-in wireless FM transmitter.

4. Fashion phone
Nokia 7380 Fashion Phone, $359.99.

  • Accentuated with leather, cloth, metal, and ceramic-inspired finishes.

  • Glass mirror display with light-enhanced effects.
  • Capture the spotlight with a 2-megapixel camera.

  • 2-megapixel camera.
  • Video streaming.

  • Bluetooth wireless technology.

  • Shared memory of 52 MB for user data: contacts, text messages, multimedia messages, ringing tones, images, video clips, calendar notes, to-do list, and applications.
  • Integrated music player for MP3/AAC/M4A formats.
  • FM radio (requires stereo headset, sold separately).

  • Ring tones: Video ringing tones, MP3, AAC, MIDI-64 ringing tones.

5. Designer computer mice
Pat Says Now designer computer mice, $30 to $25,000.

  • Pat Says Now is Switzerland’s first manufacturer of individual computer mice.

  • Featured on show: a ladybug, a bunny rabbit, a leopard print mouse.

  • Company even sells a $25,000 diamond-laced computer mouse.

Origim’s Superior Lady Diamond MP3 Watch D01, $109.99.

  • All in one: MP3 Player for 3D Music (MP3, WMA, ASF), 512 MB Flash USB 2.0 drive to carry digital photos, documents and music all together.

  • Built-in Digital Voice Recorder with MIC allows you to record 18 hours conversation.

  • Max play time: 6-8 hours for full recharge

  • Color: silver dial with pink bank .

7. Designer Shoe Wheel
By Rakku, $65.

  • The Shoe Wheel is the brainchild of designer Danilo Torro, who formed a Hong Kong based company manufacturing private label fashion collections.

  • Alternative to piling up his family’s shoes in the corner of their spare bedroom.

  • Paying homage to the Shoe Wheel’s Asian Roots, Torro and his partner, Lori Quon, named their company “Rakku,” meaning “rack” in Japanese.

  • This model fits shoes up to men’s size 10.5


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ISPs have been told to improve procedures for reducing unsolicited bulk email (UBE) by the Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA).

UBE – or spam as it is more commonly known – is the subject of a new report by ISPA which recommends that its members adopt better practices to deal with spam and educate customers as to how they can stop their PCs being turned into ‘bots’.
“Effective abuse procedures should be in place to make reporting easier. Customers need to be educated on the nature of UBE and how to protect their PCs with firewalls and anti-virus software,” said Jessica Hendrie-Liaño, chair of the ISPA Council.
ISPA is a trade association for companies that provide internet services. It has been around since 1995 and promotes self-regulation within the industry.
One of the proposals is that ISPA members should ensure that all email generated within their own networks can be attributed to a particular customer or system, in order to stop spam at the source.
“ISPs hate spam. It saps valuable bandwidth, can compromise the integrity of a network and affects the performance of mail servers. Combating spam costs ISPs and their customers very significant amounts of time and money,” said Mrs Hendrie-Liaño.
The news comes on the same day as a UK-based company released a solution which it claims is 100 per cent effective against spam.

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Cambridge, Mass. — IBM’s demonstration of new collaboration software at an event here earlier this week is further proof the company is serious about dominating social networking for the enterprise.

Researchers wowed press and analysts with tools, upgrades and raw, experimental pieces of software spanning business intelligence, application integration, information sharing and other areas.

The tools are designed to compete with enterprise collaboration and social-networking software makers, including Oracle  and BEA Systems  .

IBM Research Fellow Irene Greif demonstrated a data visualization and collaboration tool called ManyEyes, which could let employees share information via graphical representation.

This software, a kind of wiki on steroids, has the ability to amalgamate several data sets and render them graphically for users to view, update and share comments on.

Greif showed graphical comparisons between cars boasting the best city or highway mileage, as well as statistical breakdowns of the stats for players on the University of California Golden Bears women’s basketball team.

Alistair Rennie, vice president of development ad technical support for Lotus Software, hinted that IBM will ramp up the tool for production later this year, even though it is in alpha testing.

On the business-intelligence front, one demonstration included CRAFT, or Collaborative Reasoning for Business Intelligence. In the true spirit of BI, CRAFT correlates business information from several sources to support analysts’ decisions.

IBM researcher Daniel Greun illustrated how CRAFT can be used to pinpoint the cause of dips in customer accounts. Through a series of drag-and-drop maneuvers, Greun was able to compile a log of prior calls of customers who eventually canceled their accounts.

In doing so, he learned that most of them were being handled by a certain employee, suggesting the service representative was perhaps rude to customers. CRAFT, like most BI tools, is rendered as a dashboard with graphics and reports.

One particularly interesting IBM text-to-speech product tool, PodSmart, allows users to create personal podcasts from IBM Lotus Notes e-mail and calendar files and RSS feeds.

Workers can download these podcasts to their iPods or MP3 players, take them in their cars, and essentially have their e-mail, schedule or news feeds read to them via the MP3 player as they drive to work.

IBM researchers also demonstrated the IBM Lotus Notes and Domino 8 e-mail clients, which are still in development. The user experience for mail, calendaring and contacts has been retooled and can now launch Web browsers and the Open Document Format editors. Specifically, users can open Microsoft Office files and save them back as Office or ODF files.

As with Google’s Gmail e-mail application, e-mail exchanges can be grouped into threads as if they were on a message board, enabling users to use their inbox as a “to-do list.”

The goal is to reduce the flood of information and organize it for a better user experience. Lotus Notes and Domino 8 is in public beta now.

On the software development side, IBM researchers introduced Project Styx, which automates the build, test and deployment of projects for software programmers. The software can take a code build, drop it into a test server and automatically provision it.

The tool, in an early beta, is geared to solve the dilemma of developers losing as much as half of their testing time to manual configurations.

source: internetnews 

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In some future history of the Internet, 2007 will be seen as the year that the mobile Web went “Zoom.” Hot on the heels of Microsoft Relevant Products/Services‘s launch of ZenZui, an innovative interface for mobile surfing, the R&D gurus at Microsoft Live Labs have announced the release of “Deepfish.”The goal of Deepfish, the Live Labs team said, is “preserving the rich layout and full form of documents on mobile devices while providing novel ways of effectively navigating that content on small screens.”

Microsoft debuted the new tool on Wednesday at the O’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference in San Diego, California, and said that a limited test of the program would be available to people who sign up on the MS Deepfish Web page at labs.live.com/deepfish/. The software giant is currently describing Deepfish as a “technology preview,” something that the Live Labs site admits is “a few releases from beta quality.”

In an interview Wednesday with Microsoft’s own PressPass office, Dr. Gary William Flake, a Microsoft Technical Fellow and director of Live Labs, said that the Deepfish technology solves the problem of accessing desktop-sized content through much smaller mobile devices.

“With the Deepfish technology,” Flake said, “we capture the full layout of the page and deliver it to the mobile device, resulting in an experience similar to that on the desktop.”

Zoom Box

Unlike ZenZui, which requires Web content providers to create specialized “tiles” of information, the Deepfish technology would allow mobile users to access existing Web pages. After entering a page’s URL, users see a thumbnail image of the full page. By moving a “zoom box” around the screen, users can select content that they want to see in more detail, and the software then zooms in.

Deepfish also will enable users to pan around a Web page to view content, or zoom back out to navigate more quickly.

“Because the layout is preserved,” the Live Labs development team said on its blog, “navigation menus, lists of search results or news headlines, and other elements that might have been bent so thoroughly to fit the usual single-column layout that they were no longer legible can now be browsed simply and easily.”

Deepfish is limited to devices that run the Windows Mobile 5 operating system. Flake said that the Live Labs team is not planning to announce when or if the Deepfish technology will be more widely available, or ported to other mobile devices.

Microsoft Live Labs

Deepfish is one of several projects percolating in the Microsoft Live Labs, a research partnership established in January 2006 between MSN and Microsoft Research, the R&D branch of the software giant first founded in 1991.

According to a press release issued by Microsoft at the time, Live Labs is intended to be “an agile environment for fast-tracking research from the lab into people’s hands.”

Other Live Labs projects under way include: Photosynth, a tool for compiling large numbers of photographs into zoomable 3D image; Seadragon, a project designed to reshape the way information is displayed on screens, regardless of their size; and Entity Extraction, a technology already built into the Windows Live Toolbar to help surfers find information related to the web page they are viewing.

source: newsfactor 

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