PayPal Will Resume Bank Withdrawal For Indian Paypal Users From 3rd March

Few minutes back, I received a mail from PayPal stating,

PayPal“We have been diligently working with the RBI and our business partners to resume Indian bank withdrawals for the thousands of Indian businesses who depend on PayPal to sell their goods or services in the global marketplace.

Today, we are happy to announce that the RBI has allowed us to continue local bank withdrawals for settlements for exports of goods and services. We are currently making changes to comply with Indian regulations for settlements for exports of goods and services, and we anticipate that, as of Wednesday, March 3rd, customers will be able to use our bank withdrawal service.”

This is a good news for Indian PayPal users. Currently, you can request money using check option. Indian PayPal users tried Xoom, but for some, it didn’t work well.

Mozilla FireFox 3.6 Final Version Released

Finally, the much awaited killer browser Mozilla Firefox 3.6 released and it is available for download at the Official Mozilla Firefox page. I’m wondering how many downloads are taking place right now. Firefox 3.6 has more than 70 fixes from last beta to improve performance, stability, security and features. The final version of Firefox 3.6 released on 21’st January 2010 at 0930 Hrs PST (Pacific Standard Time), which means 11:00 PM (IST) on 21’st January in India.

Features Of Mozilla Firefox 3.6 :

1. Using Personas you can easily change the theme in single click.

2. You will get alerts for out-of-the-date plugins. You can be aware about the expiry date.

3. You can watch Full Screen videos.

4. Supports Web Open Font Format (WOFF).

5. Supports New CSS, DOM, and HTML 5.

6. Supports CSS Gradients.

7. You can monitor HTTP Transactions to observe requests and responses in real time.

8. Customize appearance of Windows in taskbar (in Windows 7 or later).

9. Improved JavaScript Performance.

10. Good Browser Responsiveness and Start-up time.

Happy Browsing.. ! 😀

Promote Your Business/Product/Blog Through Orkut For Free!

Yesterday while I was browsing in Orkut, I found something peculiar in the right sidebar ad. I thought it was just another normal creative advertisement and ignored it many times. But, later I gave a sharp look. Then I came to know the new feature of Orkut called Orkut Promote. This is like a self-advertising platform where advertisers and regular Orkut users can promote their content including photos, videos or text among the Orkut community. Google charges advertisers for promotion while regular Orkut members don’t need to pay any fee for using Orkut promote.

To know more about Orkut Promote, check their official YouTube video.

What I can do with Orkut Promote?

  • Lets you and your friends share YouTube videos, photos, or text with each other. You can easily spread word of a good video, a cool picture, or some technical news.
  • Lets you to share your friends promotions, and they can share yours, so this makes the information or content to become viral.
  • Lets you track how many people have seen your promotion, and how many of them have shared it with their friends or trashed it under the my promotions tab.

Orkut Promote - Self-Advertising Platform
Orkut Promote - Self-Advertising Platform

How to Create Free Promotion?

  • Click promote on the left sidebar of your Orkut profile or homepage.
  • Enter a title and a comment(description).
  • You can add more text, a YouTube video, or one of your public orkut photos.
  • After adding different elements to your promotion, the preview box will update to reflect your changes.
  • When you are satisfied with your promotion, click create promotion.

Note : Orkut Promote is used by both advertisers and orkut users. So you see advertisements in your promotion box sometimes. You can trash or promote ads in the same way you can do with your friends’ promotions.

Kingston Unveils World’s First 256GB USB Flash Drive : DataTraveler 300

Kingston Technology Company, Inc. launched the world’s first 256 GB USB pen drive a.k.a. flash drive. The Kingston DataTraveler 300 has a capacity of 256GB. Now you can easily carry huge amount of data anywhere and anytime. You can store plenty of photos, videos and important data. It is very useful for making backups. This flash drive is ideal for notebooks users for extending their capacities. Security is also considered well in this flash drive.datatraveler-300Now users can protect and safeguard their data by using Kingston’s  Password Traveler Software which allows users to password protect their data in a privacy zone. It can protect up to 90% of its capacity. Kingston states that the 256GB of storage space is equal to 10 Blu-ray discs, 54 DVDs, or 365 CDs. The Kingston DataTraveler 300 is only available in 256GB. And the bad news for Indians is, this sleeky gadget is currently available in Far East, Europe, Middle East and Africa.

And another bad news is its cost. It costs about £565.67 which is around Rs.44976.

For people who think it is a rumor, check Kingston’s site about DataTraveler 300.

Features and Specifications

  • Capacity : 256GB
  • Speed : 20 MB/second read and 10 MB/second write.
  • Security : Has Password Traveler Security Software (Windows)
  • Dimensions : 70.68 mm x 16.90 mm x 21.99 mm
  • Design : Lightweight,  Durable and sleek capless design
  • Enhanced : Windows Vista ReadyBoost
  • Guaranteed : Five-year warranty

Tech Mahindra wins bid for Satyam Computer

Tech Mahindra, currently, the new owner for Satyam Computer. Tech Mahindra outbids all the rivals including L & T, Wilbur Ross, Cognizant and many more. Larsen and Toubro were also in the race and owns about 12 per cent stake in Satyam Computers. Tech Mahindra won the Satyam Computer bid after bidding at Rs.58 per share. Spice Corporation says that the bidding process lacked transparency and so they pulled out of the race. IBM and iGate also dropped out of this race. iGate is having concerns about falling revenues and the clarity on customers and margins. Satyam Computer now has a market capitalization of Rs.5,666 crore on expanded equity.

Satyam Computer is selling 51 per cent stake. 31% through bidding and the remaining 20% by open offer.

The following are some of the top headlines regarding the Satyam Computer issue

  • Tech Mahindra to pay 2890 CR for 51% Stake.bidding-satyam
  • Satyam Computer to operate as a entity from Tech Mahindra with separate liabilities.
  • Larsen and Toubro made Rs. 49.50 per share.
  • Tech Mahindra made an open offer for a 20 per cent stake.
  • Tech Mahindra shares increases by 13 per cent nearly.
  • Satyam Computer shares increase nearly up to 7 per cent.
  • Tech Mahindra will issue a public offer within 55 days of public announcement.
  • Tech Mahindra beats the challenge of L & T, Wilbur Ross and many more.
  • Tech Mahindra will run Satyam as an independent company with separate liabilities.

Anand Mahindra says that their main aim is to rebuild Satyam Computer and make it great, as it was before.

Ever heard of USB Finger?

It is really interesting to make connections between man and machine. Jerry Jalava started it by replacing his lost finger with a USB finger. It looks like a normal finger but he can peel it back from the nail and plug it into the USB drive on his computer. Jerry Jalava is a Finnish computer programmer he lost a finger in a motorcycle accident.

Jerry Jalava's USB Finger
Jerry Jalava with his USB Finger

The accident took place near Finnish capital Helsinky after crashing into a deer with his one week old Ducati Monster 696 motorbike. Jerry Jalava got this idea from a doctor who unintentionally said that he should have a USB “Finger Drive” and Mr.Geek went for this idea.

BTW, it is 2GB USB finger. This USB finger can store photos, movies and softwares like any other USB stuff.

This is not a hoax unlike the story of a guy who altered his thumbs for the better use of his phone keyboard. The Finnish programmer plans to “upgrade” his finger in the near future with a removable fingertip, an RFID tag and more storage space.

USB Finger Of Jerry Jalava
USB Finger Of Jerry Jalava

The finger is not permanently attached to his finger, it can be removed when using it in a computer.

Jerry Jalava says,

“It is not attached permanently in to my body, it is a removable prosthetic which has a USB memorystick inside it,” said Jerry.

“When I’m using the USB, I just leave my finger inside the slot and pick it up after I’m ready.”