Employers use social networking sites to check on job seekers

Job seekers need to be watchful while posting information about themselves on social networking sites like Facebook and Orkut, as a majority of Indian companies are using such sites as a tool to do prior research on the candidates, a survey has found.

Out of the 100 employers surveyed, about 73 per cent of them said they use social networking sites to research job candidates, according to the report by online job-site, CareerBuilder India.

Another 15 per cent plan to start using these sites for screening.

The report revealed that about 42 per cent of employers have found content on social networking sites which leads them not to hire prospective candidates.

About 48 per cent of employers said they disregarded a particular candidate after screening because he lied about his qualifications on social networking sites, and 31 per cent of employers said they did not hire a candidate as he showed poor communication skills.

Job seekers who bad-mouthed their previous employer, co-workers or clients, and even shared confidential information from the previous employer are some examples of prospective candidates being rejected.

“Make sure you are using this resource (social networking) to your advantage by conveying a professional image and underscoring your qualifications,” CareerBuilder India Managing Director Arti Pullins said.

About 59 per cent of employers reported that a good profile supported by job-seekers’ professional qualifications help them in recruiting.

The report suggested that job-seekers should remove photos, content and links that can work against them, while searching for a job.

More than 1,000 employers participated in the survey, which was completed in December 2009.

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Top 10 gadget patents playing a Big Role

Bangalore: It is seen that gadget patents played a big role in changing the world, and it has been proved by everyone from Alexander Graham Bell to Steve Jobs. But here is some of the gadget-related patents are for technologies and products that haven’t changed much of anything – at least not yet.

Come Fly With Me

It is like a sort of Segway that goes up (up, up!) and down as well as backward and forward. Technically, it’s a “personal flight vehicle” that uses capacitive plates and an ion conditioner to gently lift the user into the air, without the need for rockets or propellers – both of which, the patent notes, are not only noisy but can cause “dismemberment and death.”

If the blissed-out expression on the face of the guy using it is any indication, this flying machine not only isn’t terrifying, but has a positively calming effect – just the thing to take the airways by storm while we await the inexplicably tardy development of flying cars. But even so, we wouldn’t want to be operating a personal flight vehicle that conked out in midair – and a sky full of them is a nightmare guaranteed to make air traffic controllers wake up screaming.

No Glasses Required

It’s true that this Apple patent hasn’t popped up in a Mac, iPod, or iPhone yet: it’s for a three-dimensional projection system that doesn’t make you don special eyewear. How does it work? A powerful computer projects two images–one for your left eye, and one for your right eye – onto a screen that’s actually a “programmable mirror.” All the while, a 3D imager keeps track of your head position, helping the computer and mirrored screen optimize the projected image for clarity and realism.

Heckler’s Delight

For centuries, audiences have shown their contempt for lackluster entertainment by booing, hissing, or (in Europe) whistling. This Sony patent – eerily reminiscent of cult TV show Mystery Science Theater 3000 – harnesses a technology that lets unhappy campers go a lot further. Using a game controller, they can send avatars right into a movie or TV show to fling rotten tomatoes at the actors–or even give them a swift kick.

Admittedly, videos must be specially prepared by their producers to make all this possible. But it’s not as though studios and networks are funneling so much money into scripts these days that there’s nothing left for CGI. And if you ask us, Rob Schneider should never be allowed to make another film without this technology in place.

It’s Odorific!

Back in 1959 and 1960, competing technologies called AromaRama and Smell-O-Vision invited moviegoers to use their sense of smell to experience everything from pipe tobacco to exploding firecrackers. Then the idea went away (save for John Waters’ brief fling with “Odorama” in his 1981 film Polyester). But with 3D back in theaters and booming, why not give odor-based entertainment another chance? IBM’s “Computer Controlled Olfactory Mixer and Dispenser” uses cassettes filled with fragrances, mixing their contents together like ink from inkjet cartridges to produce an array of scents to accompany multimedia presentations. It’s a far cry from scratch-and-sniff cards.

Getting All Emotional

Various digital cameras now incorporate smile-detection technology. Controller-free gesture detection is coming soon to a game console near you. Sony’s emotion-detecting patent combines aspects of both ideas, using a Webcam and a microphone to help your PlayStation 3 determine whether you’re busting a gut with laughter, seething with anger, or half-dozing with ennui.

The Lego Supercomputer

Normally, we wouldn’t expect to get all that excited over an IBM patent for a technology designed to help data centres conserve energy and space. We’re kind of smitten with this one, though. It involves computers, storage, and other electronics built into brick-shaped modules that snap together.

When a company needed more computing power, all it would have to do is stack up more bricks. The patent explains that the bricks can be assembled into cubes, walls, towers, and L-shaped formations, practically inviting IT people to get creative. Wonder if you could build something like this?

Well Armed

Take Roomba, add a dash of the Addams Family’s Thing, and you end up with something at least vaguely akin to this robot patented by Panasonic.

It’s essentially an arm on wheels–and if you owned one, you could put it to work scooting around your house, picking up stuff, and putting it where it belongs. Roomba is mighty handy, but it can’t toss a dirty sock into a laundry hamper.

A Hamster Wheel for Humans

This solution comes from a Russian inventor: explore the world inside a giant, wffle Ball-like globe mounted on rollers, so you can walk, run, or even zip along behind the steering wheel of a fake car. The patent drawings seem to depict a truly mammoth sphere; even if you could afford it, you probably couldn’t squeeze it through your front door.

Personal Zipper Network

Say the Scott eVest, with its profusion of gadget pockets, isn’t nerdy enough for you? Then you may covet the jacket shown in this Nokia patent for smart clothing, modeled in this drawing by an appropriately geeky-looking (and evidently quite self-satisfied) user. Like the eVest, it has plenty of pockets for your gizmos. But it’s also networked, thanks to a zipper that doubles as a fiber-optic backbone for routing data between pocketed items.

Nokia envisions owners activating different products by pulling the zipper down to varying positions–which leaves us feeling grateful that the patent involves a jacket rather than pants.

The iPhone of Remotes

Logitech’s Harmony universal remote controls are impressive, but plenty of potential remains for building a radically better remote. If any company is up to the job, it’s Apple, which has at least toyed with the idea of making a universal remote. This Apple patent, filed in 2002, predates the iPhone by years but outlines decidedly iPhone-esque remote, complete with a touchscreen.

At this point, such an innovation needn’t take the form of a stand-alone device–it could be a major new feature of the next iPhone or iPod Touch. So these ten products anyone would love to try if they ever make it past the drawing board.

Hindi, not a national language: Court

Gujarat High Court has observed that though majority of people in India have accepted Hindi as a national language, there was nothing on record to suggest that any provision has been made or order issued declaring Hindi as a national language of the country.

The observation was made by division bench of Chief Justice S.J. Mukhopadhaya and justice A.S. Dave recently while rejecting a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) by one Suresh Kachhadia.

Mr. Kachhadia had filed the PIL last year seeking direction to Central and State government to make it mandatory for manufacturers to print details of goods like price, ingredients and date of manufacture in Hindi.

The court observed, “Normally, in India, majority of the people have accepted Hindi as a national language and many people speak Hindi and write in Devanagari script but there is nothing on record to suggest that any provision has been made or order issued declaring Hindi as a national language of the country.”

“No mandamus can be issued on any manufacturer or others for giving details or particulars of package in Hindi in Devanagari script,” it further said.

It was contended by Mr. Kachhadia’s lawyer that Hindi was the national language and was understood by a large number of persons in the country.

The Counsel representing central government submitted that specific provision has been made under the Standard of Weight and Measures (Packaged Commodities) Rules of 1977 that particulars of declaration should be in Hindi in Devanagari script or in English.

The court said that the Constituent Assembly while discussing the Language Formula noticed the recommendation of the Sub-Committee on Fundamental Rights, which recommended the formula as per which, “Hindustani, written either in Devanagari or the Persian script at the option of the citizen, shall, as the national language, be the first official language of the Union. English shall be the second official language for such period as the Union may, by law, determine.”

However, in the constitution, Hindi was declared as an official language and not a national language.

The court in its order said Part XVII of the Constitution deals with Official Language. Under Article 343, official language of the Union has been prescribed, which includes Hindi in Devanagari script and English.

Facebook friends are virtual, finds Oxford University study

With millions and millions of users pouring, Facebook is definitely becoming another world for some people and for is not less than any drug. The recent studies conducted by Oxford University depicts that Facebook friends are virtual. Facebook lets you add thousands of friends but the line of difference is nothing but that in real life we can manage only a handful.

Humans appear incapable of maintaining more than about 150 active relationships, according to Robin Dunbar, a professor of evolutionary anthropology. He revealed that people having thousands of friends maintain only a number of friends out of them. “The interesting thing is that you can have 1,500 friends but when you actually look at traffic on sites, you see people maintain the same inner circle of around 150 people that we observe in the real world,” he told The Sunday Times. “people obviously like the kudos of having hundreds of friends” but the truth is that are only able to maintain only a limited radius of a circle.

Professor Robin Dunbar’s study revolves around his own theory, called Dunbar’s number, which posits that the size of our neocortex – the part of our brain that is responsible for conscious thought and language – is too small to handle more than 150 active relationships.

Those who think and are proud to have friends in hundreds and thousands can now be calm because it only works till “the” limit but Facebook is not kicking you to have friend list that says 1001 friends so keep up the good face in the book.

Facebook is a social networking website that is operated and privately owned by Facebook, Inc. Users can add friends, update their status to let the world know what is their mood and what has gone wrong with them. They can chat and send messages to be in touch with their friends and relatives. Facebook is filled with variety of applications even provides the user to get something more than only friends. The website’s name stems from the colloquial name of books given at the start of the academic year by university administrations with the intention of helping students to get to know each other better.

Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook with his college roommates and fellow computer science students Eduardo Saverin, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes while he was a student at Harvard University. The website currently has more than 350 million active users worldwide. A January 2009 Compete.com study ranked Facebook as the most used social network by worldwide monthly active users, followed by MySpace.

Embarrassment over Indian ad with Pakistan ex-air chief

The advertisement appeared in Indian newspapers on Sunday

Indian officials have apologised after a government advertisement included an image of a Pakistani ex-air force chief alongside various acclaimed Indians.

Tanvir Mahmood Ahmed was pictured with notable Indians such as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and cricketer Kapil Dev in an anti-female foeticide campaign.

The full-page newspaper ad was produced by the women and child development ministry for National Girl Child Day.

The government has ordered an inquiry into the error.

Former Air Marshal Ahmed said the inclusion of his photograph in the advertisement was probably an “innocent mistake”.

Shocked

“The prime minister’s office has noted with regret the inclusion of a foreign national’s photograph in a government of India advertisement. While an internal inquiry has been instituted, the PMO apologises to the public for this lapse,” the prime minister’s media adviser Harish Khare said in a statement.

The full-page advertisement appeared in Indian newspapers on Sunday and had photos of the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi and junior minister for women and child development Krishna Tirath.

The advertisement also included photographs of two of India’s cricketing heroes, Kapil Dev and Virendra Sehwag, as well as musician Amjad Ali Khan.

Many people in India were shocked to see that the advertisement also included the photograph of former Air Chief Marshal Tanvir Ahmed, a former chief in the Pakistani Air Force.

Mrs Tirath said she had set up a committee to find out how the photograph appeared in the advertisement.

“I have expressed regret and also sought an apology on behalf of the ministry over the lapses. We should be cautious so that such mistakes are not repeated in the future,” she said.

The minister said the inquiry committee will give its report in a fortnight.

“I wasn’t aware about this… I was busy with a golf match and didn’t know about this development,” news agency Press Trust of India quoted retired Air Chief Marshal Ahmed as saying.

“I guess it’s just one of those errors. It must be an innocent mistake,” he said.

My next film is ‘My Name is Chand’: SRK

Actor Shah Rukh Khan isn’t only reigning the Earth. He seems to have made a place for himself on the moon as well, what with a Lunar crater being named after him. The International Lunar Geographic Society recently announced that a crater in the ‘Sea of Tranquility’ will be named after Bollywood star, Shah Rukh Khan.

It was decided and the society and the International Astronomical Union that the crater on the moon will be called Crater S R Khan, and the same was decided upon on SRK’s 44th birthday. While both SRK and his fans are thrilled by this decision, some experts and scientists haven’t taken too kindly to his honour being bestowed upon an actor. Some feel that the honour should in fact have been bestowed upon a scientist, or an expert in the field.

However, unperturbed by negative responses, SRK is on top of the world, literally speaking. When we contacted him to congratulate him on the feat, he said, “It’s absolutely thrilling and humbling at the same time. I came in Mumbai with stars in my eyes and Allah has granted me all and more. I am so happy that through the opportunity given to me by my fans…audience and the media platforms that I work with… I am in a small way doing good service for my country. The fact that my name is chosen is because the world is looking at India and I happen to be a part of this wonderful land of opportunity. So thanks to all those who suggested my name and everyone who has made films with me. My kids are very excited and I know my parents would have been very proud. I’m already telling Karan to launch the next film called My Name Is Chand.”

Shah Rukh Khan now joins the league of Leonardo da Vinci, Christopher Columbus, Sir Isaac Newton, Julius Caesar and Jules Verne…. And is literally over the moon!

MusicDNA – son of MP3 unveiled

The MusicDNA technology could prove key in the fight against piracy, said Kohlmeyer. The information given with the legally downloaded files will update automatically with tour dates or releases, but pirated files will remain static

MusicDNA, a digital music file, could help the embattled industry by encouraging music lovers to pay for the latest hits, according to developers.

The team that first worked on the MP3, which turned the music industry on its head, yesterday revealed what they hope will become its successor at the Midem industry conference in Cannes. MusicDNA files will not only contain music but bring together a range of artist information, from artwork and song lyrics to tour dates and Twitter feeds.

A fan buying a MusicDNA file of Florence and the Machine’s Lungs, for example, could watch — on their computer screen or music player — videos of recent performances, pore over artwork and sleeve notes, find out about concerts and buy a tour T-shirt, while following any blogs or tweets the musician might write.

“Out of a rusted old VW Beetle we are making a Ferrari,” said Stefan Kohlmeyer, the chief executive of Bach Technology, which has developed the file.

“We are taking an existing idea, giving the end user a lot more and making that file much more valuable — like transforming a tiny house into a huge villa.” The file is one of a range of ideas being proposed by technology companies as they clamber to meet the needs of the rapidly developing digital music market. Technology giant Apple released iTunes LP last September, a format which includes interactive album artwork and bundles multimedia elements alongside the music. A similar format, known as CMX, is being developed by the four major record labels. Meanwhile MXP4, another music tech company, has created a file that provides multimedia content as well as interactive music applications.

Which of the formats will come out on top remains to be seen, but they are a step in the right direction, according to Paul Brindley, of digital music specialists Music Ally. “It is difficult to recreate the value of a physical product digitally but we are going to see a lot more artists offering a premium product to real fans that are special and higher value,” he said.

The MusicDNA technology could prove key in the fight against piracy, said Kohlmeyer. The information given with the legally downloaded files will update automatically with tour dates or releases, but pirated files will remain static. “At the moment there is no real incentive to buy a legal file. If we concentrate on making the legal file, we can help the entire music industry,” he said.

It is not known how much the technology will cost. Bach says the price will be set by record labels and retailers, but hopes it will be in a similar range to current digital files. It will be launched this spring.