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27. March 2007

Wired.com lists top 40 Innovative companies of 2007

Numbers after the names represent the corresponding companies rank in the previous year

1 Google | 1
The masters of the universe are busily converting ad dollars into a global network of fiber lines and data centers. A plan etary computer crunching ever- larger mountains of bits is an invention of historic import. Google’s power to inspire both awe and fear continues to grow.

2 Apple | 2
Tired: MP3 players. Wired: mobile handsets! And why not? Especially if the Apple crew can stuff most of a Mac into a futuristic gadget straight out of Minority Report. Cell phone + iPod + social networking = marketer’s dream.

3 Genentech | 4
When you target specific biological mechanisms, your drugs can sidestep the one-disease rut: Avastin has been OK’d for a growing list of cancers. And since 20 new drugs are set to enter the pipeline by 2010, the chances for more multiple hits are good.

4 Samsung | 3
Mobile handsets have joined PCs as the focus of some of high tech’s most brutal slugfests. Samsung’s upmarket strategy protects margins – a tactic it has been using to batter Sony in home theater and camcorders. Too bad about that iPhone.

5 News Corp. | 9
Why fly capital-sucking TV satellites when you’ve got 90 million MySpacers glued to their screens? King Rupert is feeding the greatest frenzy of media populism since the birth of the tabloid press. Now he needs to convert it into broadcast-style revenue.

6 Nintendo new!
Hot graphics? Nah. What’s delighting gamers – and blowing the smirk off Sony’s face – is the Wii’s acrobatic controller. Selling a million consoles a month gives the Pok master a happy challenge: turning a runaway hit into an enduring franchise.

7 Salesforce.com | 15
The pioneering purveyor of Web-based business apps keeps swiping small and midsize clients from giant rivals Oracle and SAP. Latest cool tool: a one-stop online marketing platform that ports your campaign directly to Google AdWords.

8 Cisco | 12
As the petabits surge, Cisco keeps outflanking cut-rate competitors and surfing the flood of online video. VoIP gear and set-top boxes contribute to ’90s-style earnings growth. Now CEO John Chambers hopes to sell the world on wall-size, hi-def telepresence.

9 General Electric | 8
Good-bye to the slow-lane plastics division. Hello to avionics, security systems, and medical labs in a box. Edison’s heirs keep doubling down on products too big, gnarly, or capital-intensive for companies that haven’t been ruling Big Tech for a century.

10 Nvidia | 21
Three trillion operations per second make for a killer demo: hyper-real renderings of glamazon Adrianne Curry. But the new GeForce 8800 chip is alsospeedy enough to launch gaming’s graphics powerhouse into totally new markets, like gene sequencing.

11 Baidu new!
In China, Google is just another imported also-ran. Baidu, which handles more than 60 percent of the country’s searches, is teaming up with recording giant EMI to deliver ad-supported music. On demand: the biggest hits from Hong Kong and Taiwan!

12 Toyota | 7
How about a buff Tundra CrewMax truck – with a dashboard nav screen that also displays the view from a tailgate-mounted camera – to tow your groovy Prius? Toyota doesn’t confine all that cool tech to little green geekmobiles.

13 SunPower | 17
Acquiring installation specialist PowerLight gives SunPower total command of the solar food chain, from R&D to rooftop. The plan is to shear overall system costs in half, enough to let sunshine compete head-on with cheap coal-fired grid power.

14 Infosys | 11
So much for cut-rate coding. The rajas of outsourcing are taking on R&D and computer-aided engineering. But the work is still massively human-intensive, which means battling upstart rivals to hire more than 500 new Infoscions a week.

15 Medtronic | 16
A chest implant that transmits vital signs to the Web for your cardiologist to view – the boomer iPhone! Medtronic’s $25,000 pacemaker-like device is just the start. Look for similar innovations that treat epilepsy, obesity, and depression.

16 Level 3 new!
Wiring the planet with fiber optics really was a great idea – it just took a while for YouTube and friends to come up with the petabits to make it pay. Level 3 boasts 50,000 miles of prime Net backbone. Now it can start working off that $6 billion in debt.

17 Exelon | 33
Emission caps? Carbon taxes? No worries when two-thirds of the 25,000 megawatts you produce are atom-powered. Exelon is aiming to build the first new US reactor in a generation. Now, if Uncle Sam would kindly figure out where to stash spent nuclear fuel.

18 Netflix | 14
CEO Reed Hastings is either a stone-cold visionary or the Hamlet of online media. After three years of indecision, Netflix is finally serving (B-list) movies online to select subscribers. Upgrade price tag: $40 million, most of last year’s DVD-by-mail profit.

19 Verizon | 22
Leading the telco charge against cable, Verizon’s 50-Mbps fiber-to-the-home service is almost twice as fast as its last rollout. Woo-hoo! Now competition has to bring stratospheric prices – upwards of $90 a month – down to earth.

20 Electronic Arts | 13
The King Kong of interactive games needs big hits to justify its Hollywood-size overhead and keep itself in bananas. Speed, sports, and shooter franchises all continue to pull their weight – but just barely. Spore needs to soar.

21 Monsanto | 25
Frankencorn engineered for ethanol production is so 2006. Bring on the trans-fat-free soybeans! After years of fighting cultural headwinds, Monsanto is finally figuring out how to go with the flow. Climate-change special: drought-tolerant corn.

22 Garmin new!
GPS technology has infiltrated cockpits, dashboards, and handhelds. Now industry leader Garmin is making the crucial leap into networked smartphones, laptops, and PTAs – that’s personal travel assistants. Let 10,000 localized services bloom.

23 Amazon.com | 6
Trying to be all stores to all shoppers, Amazon has to compete on a thousand fronts. Now CEO Jeff Bezos is bravely trying to mine value from the back end by offering to handle everything from computing to ecommerce for other businesses.

24 NTT DoCoMo new!
Fat and happy, Japan’s wireless Godzilla keeps ramping up its technology while the rest of the mobile world battles with debt. A hundred megabits a second? Coming right up. Linux for mobile? Domo arigato. Not everything big telcos do is evil.

25 EMC | 26
Disney Studios’ post-Pixar remodel includes two EMC CX3-80 storage networks – just the thing for stashing 1 billion 3-D textures. For the king of data warehousing, though, today’s big opportunity is selling digital closet space for online video.

26 Intercontinental Exchange new!
Once a back-room specialty, energy trading is now center stage. As the leading futures exchange for fossil fuels, electric power, and even emissions, the ICE is hot. Check its 2006 stock chart – up 300 percent – and weep.

27 Comcast | 39
Someday, bitstreams will be metered like water and electricity. Until then, Comcast’s fiesta of digital cable, VOD, DVR, and “triple play” connectivity rules. The challenge: fending off party-crashing telcos, satellite broadcasters, and online insurgents.

28 BP | 31
Oil spills and exploding refineries provide more incentive than ever for the number three oil company to move “beyond petroleum.” The recent $500 million investment in an alt-energy institute is a high profile step in that direction – and less than a week’s profit.

29 Disney new!
It’s the wedding of Hollywood and Silicon Valley, Rev. Steve Jobs presiding. Disney boldly took the iTunes plunge. Now John Lasseter is sprinkling Pixar dust over its studios and theme parks. Can CEO Bob Iger devise a digital makeover for the rest of Mouse house?

30 Yahoo | 5
Five hundred million users can’t be that wrong. Sure, Yahoo got stomped by the most spectacular upstart in business history. But big-brand advertisers, fearing Google uber alles, are pulling for Yahoo’s new Panama ad platform.

31 Boeing new!
Burt Rutan isn’t the only engineering visionary building edgy new planes. Fast, fuel-efficient, and rivet-free, Boeing’s carbon-fiber 787 Dreamliner will be the first truly 21st-century sky ride when it hits the runway next year. Sorry, Airbus.

32 eBay | 19
The perfect Internet business model generates outsize expectations – which means mistakes cost double. Wall Street slammed eBay for bungling in China and pissing off power sellers. Good thing PayPal and Skype are finally starting to earn their keep.

33 Flextronics | 23
The Santa’s workshop of globalization designs, builds, and ships everything from cell phones to printers – and now Lego blocks. Its hyperefficient supply chain fuels a Cambrian explosion of converging devices. And you gotta love what it does for prices.

34 Corningnew!
In high tech, glass used to mean fiber optics. Today, screens are the hot commodity, and Corning supplies LCD substrate to manufacturers like Samsung and Sharp. As prices for flat screens fall and volume soars, the glassmaster profits.

35 Gen-Probe | 35
Gen-Probe’s nucleic-acid tests screen more than 80 percent of the US blood supply, flagging HIV-1, hepatitis C, and West Nile. Assays for prostate cancer are already approved in Europe. Top priority: rapid detection of E. coli and other food-borne pathogens.

36 TSMC | 30
Astrophysicists are over the moon about the new Sing 512-core CPU, destined to simulate the cosmos in a next-gen supercomputer. Who etched its delicate traces? TSMC. The fab-for-hire does the clean-room dirty work so chip wizards can focus on design.

37 Lenovo | 29
Talk about global – the world’s number-three PC maker rotates its headquarters between Beijing, Singapore, Paris, and Raleigh, North Carolina. Lenovo is leveraging low-cost Chinese R&D into cool features like laptops secured by facial recognition.

38 IBM | 18
Its engineering ranks have been decimated by the shift to lucrative IT services, but Big Blue can still punch like a heavyweight. Proof: Linux server code, chips powering all three top game consoles, and social networking software for the suit set.

39 Intel | 24
The empire strikes back. AMD’s ambush of the PC processor market precipitated a hail of new Intel marvels, like a supercomputer on a chip that uses less power than a lightbulb. Now Apple and Sun have Intel inside. Don’t mess with smart, wealthy paranoids.

40 Microsoft | 36
Wanted: second career for rich, fat, nervous ex-monopolist. Desktop software is vanishing into the cloud, and as balance-sheet replacements, Xbox and Zune don’t pass the laugh test. Luckily, $31 billion in rainy-day money buys time and options. (But not Google.)

21. March 2007

Bengali Alphabets—- very funny

A is for Awpheesh (as in Office). This is where the
average Kolkatan goes and spends a day hard at work.
And if he works for the 'Vest Bengal Gawrment' he will
arrive at 10, wipe his forehead till 11, have a tea
break at 12, throw around a few files at 12.30, break
for lunch at 1, smoke an unfiltered cigarette at 2,
break for tea at 3, sleep sitting down at 4 and go
home at 4:30. It's a hard life!

B is for Bhision (err…Vision). For some reason many Bengalis don't
have good bhision. In fact in Kolkata most people are
wearing spectacles all the time (too many plays, shongeet
programs to attend)

C is for Chappell. Currently, this is the Bengali word
for the Devil, for the worst form of evil. In the
night mothers put their kids to sleep saying, 'Na
ghumole Chappell eshe dhore niye jaabe.'(remember 'so jao nahi
to Gabbar aa jayega'….thanks Sippy sahab)

D is for Debashish or any other name starting with
Deb. By an ancient law every fourth Bengali Child has
to be named Debashish. So you have a Debashish
everywhere and trying to get creative they are also
called Deb, Debu, Deba with variations like Debopriyo,
Deboprotim, Debojyoti, etc. thrown in at times.

E is for Eeesh. This is a very common Bengali
exclamation made famous by Aishwarya Rai in the movie
Devdas. It is estimated that on an average a Bengali,
especially Bengali women, use eeesh 10,089 times every
year. 'Ei Morechhey' is a close second to Eeesh.

F is for Feeesh (we call it Maachh actually). These are creatures that swim in
rivers and seas and are a favourite food of the
Bengalis. Despite the fact that a fish market has such
strong smells, with one sniff a Bengali comes to know whether a
fish is all right. If not, he will say 'eeesh what
feeesh is theesh!'

G is for Good name. Every Bengali boy will have a good
name like Debashish or Deboprotim and a pet name like
Motka, Bhombol, Thobla, etc. While every Bengali girl
will have pet names like Tia,Tua, Tumpa,Tuktuki, Mishti, Khuku
et cetera.

H is for Harmonium. This the Bengali equivalent of a
rock guitar. Take four Bengalis and a Harmonium and
you have the successors to The Bheatles! (2 lac impersonators of
The Bheatles and Elvis da in North Kolkataonly)

I is for lleesh (Hilsa you call it). This is a feeesh with 10,000 bones
which would kill any ordinary person, but which the
Bengalis eat with releeesh when cooked with Mustard paste!

J is for Jhola. No self-respecting Bengali is complete
without his Jhola. It is a shapeless cloth bag where
he keeps all his belongings and he fits an amazing
number of things in. Even as you read this there are
two million jholas bobbling around Kolkata, and they
all look exactly the same! Note that 'Jhol' as in
Maachher Jhol (Fish Curry) is a close second.

K is for Kee Kaando!. It used to be the favourite
Bengali exclamation till eeesh took over because of
Aishwarya Rai (now Kee Kando's agent is trying to hire
Bipasha Basu).

L is for Lungi, the dress for all occasions. People in
Kolkata manage to play football and cricket wearing it
not to mention the daily trip in the morning to the
local bajaar. Now there is talk of a lungi expedition
to Mt Everest.

M is for Minibus. These are dangerous half buses whose
antics would effortlessly frighten the living
daylights out of all James Bond stuntmen as well as
Formula 1 race car drivers.

N is for Nyangto. This is the Bengali word for Naked.
It is the most interesting naked word in any language!

O is for Oil. The Bengalis believe that a touch of
mustard oil will cure anything from cold (oil in the
nose), to earache (oil in the ear), to cough (oil on
the throat) to piles (oil you know where!).

P is for Phootball. This is always a phavourite
phassion of the Kolkatan. Every Bengali is born an
expert in this game. The two biggest clubs there are
Mohunbagan and East Bengaland when they play the city
comes to a stop.

Q is for Queen. This really has nothing to do with the
Bengalis or Kolkata, but it's the only Q word I could
think of at this moment. There's also Quilt but they
never use them in Kolkata.

R is for Robi Thakur. Many many years ago Rabindranath
Tagore got the Nobel Prize. This has given the right to all
Bengalis no matter where they are to frame their
acceptance speeches as if they were directly related
to the great poet and walk with their head held high.
This also gives Bengalis the birthright to look down
at Delhiand Mumbai and of course 'all
non-Bengawlees'! Note that 'Rawshogolla' comes a close
second ! and a closer third is 'Robindro Shongeet' (songs written
by Tagore)…every child born first sings a verse of robindro
shongeet before asking for mother's milk.

S is for Shourav. Now that they finally produced a
genuine cricketer and a captain, Bengalis think that
he should be allowed to play until he is 70 years old.
Of course they will see to it that he stays in good
form by doing a little bit of 'jawggo' and 'maanot'.

T is for Trams. Hundred years later there are still
trams in Kolkata. Of course if you are in a hurry it's
faster to walk.

U is for Aambrela. When a Bengali baby is born he is
handed one.(a statement for 'upwaardly mobile bengalis')
A close second is Uttam Kumar…..the Rock Hudson of
Goriahaat….

V is for Bhaayolence. Bengalis are the most
non-violent violent people around. When an accident
happens they will fold up their sleeves, shout and
scream and curse and abuse, “Chherey De Bolchhi” (lemme go n
watch a bash!!) but the last time someone actually hit someone was in
1979.

W is for Water. For three months of the year the city
remians under water and every year for the last 200 years
the authorities are taken by surprise by this!

X is for X'mas. It's very big in Kolkata, with Park
Street fully lit up and all Bengalis agreeing that
they must eat cake that day,abandoning their rawshogollas and
shawndesh for a day…..

Y is for Yesshtaarday. Which is always better than
today for a Bengali (see R for Robi Thakur).

Z is for Jebra, Joo, Jipper and Jylophone

Talking Parrots — A joke

A lady approaches a priest and tells him, “Father, I have a problem. I
have these two talking female parrots, but they only know how to say
one
thing. They keep saying “Hi, we're hot. Do you want a date?”

“That's terrible!” the priest exclaimed. “But I do have a solution to
your
problem. Bring your two parrots over to my house and I will put them
with
my two male talking parrots to whom I have taught to pray and read the
bible.

My parrots will then teach your parrots to stop saying that terrible
phrase, and your female parrots will learn to pray and worship.”

So the next day, the lady brings her female parrots to the priest's
house.

The priest's two male parrots are holding rosary beads and praying in
their cage. The lady puts her female talking parrots in with the male
talking Parrots, and the female parrots say, “Hi, we're hot. Do you
want a date?”

One male parrot looks over at the other male parrot and screams, “Put
your
Bible away Idiot, our prayers have been answered!!!!!!!”

WHEN A LIZARD CAN, WHY CAN'T WE?

This is a true story that happened in Japan.
In order to renovate the house, someone in Japanbreaks open the wall.
Japanese houses normally have a hollow space between the wooden walls. When tearing down the walls, he found that
there was a lizard stuck there because a nail from outside hammered into one of its feet. He sees this, feels pity, and at
the same time curious, as when he checked the nail, it was nailed 10 years ago when the house was! first built.

What happened?

The lizard has survived in such position for 10 years! In a dark wall partition for 10 years without moving, it is impossible
and mind-boggling. Then he wondered how this lizard survived for 10 years! without moving a single step–since its foot
was nailed!

So he stopped his work and observed the lizard, what it has been doing, and what and how it has been eating. Later, not
knowing from where it came appears another lizard, with food in its mouth. Ah! He was stunned and touched deeply. For the lizard that was stuck by nail, another lizard has been feeding it for the past 10 years…

Imagine? it has been doing that untiringly for 10 long years, without giving up hope on its partner.

Think, will u do that to your partner?

Think that will you do it to your Mom,

Who brought you after a big struggle of Nine long months ?

Or at least to your Dad, Friends, Co-workers, brothers and Sisters?

Imagine what a small creature can do that a creature blessed with a brilliant mind can't.

As information and communication technology advances, our access to information becomes faster and faster. But the distance between human beings . . . is it getting closer as well?

….Please never abandon your loved ones

Through Email

18. March 2007

Robot that blogs— PaPeRo

The NEC Corporation has announced the development of a new multimedia blog creation system robot “PaPeRo” which can connect to the Internet and maintain a blog about its daily experiences.

“The system is initialized when a user begins a conversation with PaPeRo about the events of their day, which the system then records and analyzes. Following this, PaPeRo searches for suitable multi-media contents on the Internet, including images, illustrations and music, which are automatically uploaded and edited along with a video recording of the user’s blog. This new system facilitates ease of multi-media-rich blog creation.”

“The novel system has been realized by integrating (1) large-vocabulary, continuous speech recognition technology, which converts the speech content of the video message into text and extracts important keywords, and (2) natural language, text retrieval technology, which enables searching of contents on the Internet.”

PaPeRo is scheduled to demonstrate its new bloging capabilities at the Conference of the Association of Natural Language Processing on March 20th in Shiga, Japan.

Video

This is what is called Flexibility !!!! ..

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