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IE9: Faster, Smarter, Better – Microsoft Back In Form With Internet Explorer 9

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again into the Internet Browser field, Microsoft has stunned the
tech-fanatics all around the world. Entering the internet browsing game,
the Internet Explorer 9 has made benchmark with 2.3 million downloads
within 24 hours. The Internet Explorer has come a long way since the
release of its first version Internet Explorer 6. Though, the number 6
rotated itself to 9, the brand new Internet Explorer has changed much in

IE9 Specifications
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation
Type: Business, Personal, Enterprise, Professional
System requirements: PC with minimum 1 GHZ processor | 512 RAM
Operating System: Windows 7, Windows Vista (SP2), Windows Server 2008 (SP2), Windows Server 2008 R2, Mac OS.
Price: Free

The Crux

A. Interface –
The first look at the Interface of the browser shows how the toolbars
of the browser have been chopped off to provide maximum area for the web
page unlike other web browser such as Firefox. Google’s Chrome also
provides this feature. The menu bar is just left with back and forth
arrow buttons, search box and addresses.

ie 9 beautiful interface

B. Tabs –
The modifications have been made keeping in mind the other browsers in
the game. The tabs work has been improved for the new IE 9. You can
drag the tabs out of the browser to a new window, join them back into
the same window or create new tabs. You can even drag tabs to a new
window. If you do this while playing a video, the new window formed will
take exactly half of the space, while it continues to play the video.
This feature adds a feather to its hat.

It also includes the feature of making a whole new toolbar of tabs if
you find them cramming into the window bar. You can also close tabs
without switching to it as the other browsers do. Since the addresses,
the search box, the controls and the tabs are stuffed into one bar, the
tabs can get too narrow to get easy access. The new tab page shows the
most frequently visited websites but you can hide them if you don’t want
everyone seeing what you frequently visit. However, you have no
equivalent present for the Tab Management facility in Firefox 4.

ie9 tabs and pinned sites

C. Pinned Sites –
The new pinned sites feature allows you to dock the sites to the taskbar
making it look more like an application. For example, if you pin
Facebook, you can access it by just clicking the icon on the taskbar, a
direct access to messages, events, and your friends list through jump
list. Thus, this feature takes IE9 ahead of Google’s Chrome browser
which lacks this feature. The pinned sites acquire not only the taskbar,
but also the window which opens it. The browser logo is replaced by the
site logo. The navigation buttons also take the colour of the pinned
site. However, the ‘decorations’ remain as it is when you navigate to a
different domain in the same window, which is a bit disorienting.

Notifications within the browser have also been made less intrusive,
again with the intention of preventing them from interfering with the
site experience.

High Performance

A. Script Support-
Performance of a browser bases itself on various factors that
determine its quality. It has focussed more on its JavaScript (named
Chakra) performance in order to make it faster and better. The companies
such as Firefox and Google had been developing the GPU acceleration
support in their browsers but the first one to ship this technology is
Microsoft with IE 9. It is the first one to market with a widely
accelerated browser thus raising the bars for the other browser

Microsoft is showing steady progress, introducing substantial new
features in the new IE 9 such as support for the HTML5 video and audio
tags, canvas graphics, and WOFF fonts.

B. Tracking Protection Lists
A belt-and-braces approach to the privacy protection, Tracking
Protection Lists (TPL) allows users to opt into lists published by
privacy organizations to block tracking mechanisms issued by advertisers
and analytics firms to track one’s progress around the Web.

Few Bad Bits

A. Compatibility -

The biggest problem or a risk instead, is the compatibility issue with
the Operating Systems. Because of its use of Direct2D and DirectWrite,
which are only available on Windows Vista and Windows 7, the IE 9 does
not function in Windows XP at all.

B. 64 Bit or 32 Bit -
It’s also a little disappointing that the 64-bit version is less
polished than the 32-bit version. It can’t be made the default browser,
and it doesn’t include the new, high-performance scripting engine.
Microsoft has long argued that 64-bit browsing isn’t necessary; most
plug-ins are only 32-bit, and so, the argument goes, browsing must be a
32-bit activity. This is unfortunate. The reason that 64-bit is
desirable is particularly to strengthen certain anti-hacking mechanisms.

Safari on Mac OS X is a 64-bit process on suitable systems. It gets
around the plug-in problem by running plug-ins in separate 32-bit
processes. This is an approach that Microsoft could, and should, take.

The Internet Explorer 9 is a triumph, a thing recommended. Not perfect,
but a first-rate product. The most modern browser in the market up till
now and undoubtedly, a better browser than its previous versions IE 6,
IE 7, IE 8.

Finally, a browser from Microsoft that can be used with confidence and pride!

Lighter take on IE9 - IE 9 Cartoon

A Lighter take on IE6 & IE9!

Test Drive the New IE9 HERE->

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What IF Facebook Becomes the REALITY of LIFE..? An n’th Level of Abstraction!

Facebook becomes the reality of life

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What IF Facebook Becomes the REALITY of LIFE..? An n'th Level of Abstraction!

LOL This is so TRUE! The strange this is I can actually see this happening with my Life!

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IIT-JEE 2011 Brings in NEW Technology, Surprises One & All With Its Difficulty Level – Complete IIT-JEE 2011 Analysis

IIT jee 2011 exam analysis
IIT-JEE, pinnacle of the Indian Engineering entrance exams was held
yesterday in 131 cities all over India in 1051 centres for more than
4.85 Lakh registered candidates.The JEE was held in two parts, viz.,
Paper 1 was from 9.00 – 12.00 hrs and paper 2 from 14.00 to 17.00 hrs.
The JEE widely considered to be one of the most challenging entrance
exam throughout the world, again proved that it has not lost its glory
and retained its sheen as ever.

In a surprising move, the JEE, for the first time in its history has
announced that the scanned images of the Optical Response Sheets (ORS)
with the candidates’ details and their responses (answers) will be
displayed on the JEE website after 25th May, 2011. Answer keys to the
JEE 2011 questions will be displayed on the JEE website on 15th May,
2011 after completing the evaluation of OMR sheets.

Members of the team took the challenge yesterday and
here is a detailed analysis courtesy their feedback. There were 10 sets
for IIT-JEE 2011 “0 to 9″. The order of subjects in both papers were
the same – Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics


Total No. of questions: 69
Total marks: 240
Order of the Questions (for all the sets): Physics(23) -> Chemistry(23) -> Maths(23)
Pattern of Paper-1:

  • Q.No.1 to 7 – Single Correct Choice Type (7 questions for 21 marks).
    • +3 for correct answer and -1 for wrong answer
  • Q.No. 8 to 11 – Multiple Correct Choice Type (4 questions for 16 marks).
    • +4 for correct answer with NO negatives
  • Q.No. 12 to 16 – Paragraph Type(5 questions for 15 marks).
    There were 2 paragraphs- one paragraph with 2 questions and the second
    one with 3 questions. All questions were of Single Correct Choice
    • +3 for correct answer and -1 for wrong answer
  • Q.No.17 to 23- Integer Type (7 questions for 28 marks). Answers were of single digit (ie, 0 to 9) .
    • +4 for correct answer with NO negatives.

Paper II -

Paper 2 was different from paper 1 in terms of the total number of
questions, type of questions and the difficulty level. For the first
time Multiple Answer Type, Integer Answer Type and Matrix Match Type
appeared in one paper.

Total No. of questions: 60
Total marks: 240
Order of the Questions (for all the sets): Physics(20) -> Chemistry(20) -> Maths(20)
Pattern of Paper-2:

  • Q.No.1 to 8 – Single Correct Choice Type (8 questions for 24 marks).
    • +3 for correct answer and -1 for wrong answer
  • Q.No. 9 to 12 – Multiple Correct Choice Type (4 questions for 16 marks).
    • +4 for correct answer with NO negatives. There was NO partial marking as well.
  • Q.No. 13 to 18 – Integer Type (6 questions for 24 marks). Answers were of single digit (i.e., 0 to 9) .
    • +4 for correct answer with NO negatives.
  • Q.No.19 & 20- Matrix Match Type (2 questions with 4 rows
    each – for 16 marks). There were 4 elements in the first column to be
    matched with 5 elements in the second column.
    • Each row carried 2 marks. There were NO negative marking.

Subject-wise Analysis of IIT-JEE 2011-

CHEMISTRY: Paper 1Difficulty Level: Moderate
(Most of the questions in this paper evaluate the conceptual clarity of the student.)

CHEMISTRY: Paper 2Difficulty Level: Tough
(Paper 2 was tougher than paper 1. Weightage wise the Physical >
Organic > Inorganic formula is maintained. Generally the nature of
the questions in Physical chemistry is calculation oriented and hence
the difficulty. Also
complexity of Organic questions made this paper a challenging one.)

Graphical Analysis of the Chemistry IIT-JEE 2011 Paper–

iit-jee 2011 chemistry question paper analysis

PHYSICS: Paper 1Difficulty Level: Tough
(A challenging paper for the students. No representation of Optics in
this paper. Major focus in this paper was on Mechanics, for a total
marks of 31)

PHYSICS: Paper 2Difficulty Level: Moderate
(The difficulty level of this paper was slightly less than paper 1 especially the Integer Answer Type.)

Graphical Analysis of the Physics IIT-JEE 2011 Paper–

physics iit jee 2011 analysis

MATHEMATICS: Paper 1Difficulty Level: Moderate, easier than 2010!
(Few questions in Integer answer type require in-depth understanding of
the concepts with perseverance in solving problems. Trigonometry had a
good representation in the paper; the passage on matrices required quick
thinking to interpret and solve the questions.)

MATHEMATICS: Paper 2Difficulty Level: Tough
(This paper required more calculations in solving than the first paper.
Overall, the Mathematics part of IIT-JEE 2011 was less difficuly and
less time consuming than that of 2010.)

Graphical Analysis of the Mathematics IIT-JEE 2011 Paper–

Maths iit jee 2011 analysis

Overall, the JEE this year was a balanced and a challenging paper. It
would favour those who prepared diligently and built strong concepts!
Wishing you all the very best for the results.

Here is the link for downloading IIT-JEE 2011 Solved Question Paper– IIT-JEE 2011 Solutions | IIT-JEE 2011 Solved Question Paper with Answer Key

All the very best! :)

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Buying an Android Phone? 7 Secret Android Facts Nobody knows!

Buying an Android Phone? 7 Secret Android Facts Nobody knows!
operating system is the latest fad to hit the mobile phone market in
india. Almost every mobile company worth its name is aggressively
marketing this technology to the consumers. Lots of amazing features, a
cute logo and a geeky name, it has definitely captured the imagination
of the masses! recently finished a research on this technology,
we expected some interesting results, but got much more than that…

First up, a little history:

Android is not the brainchild of Google Period
It was devised way back in 2003 by Andy Rubin and Rich Miner, who
later sold it to Google in 2005 for $50 million. Google put the concept
in cold storage until 2007 when it announced plans to launch the Android
mobile platform. Today Rubin is the director of mobile platforms and
Miner the group manager, both at Google.

Open Source? Come Again!
The Android operating system consists of 12 million lines of code
including 3 million lines of XML, 2.8 million lines of C, 2.1 million
lines of Java, and 1.75 million lines of C++. There is a common
misconception that Android is an open source technology. In reality,
however, Google hasn’t released the complete source code of Android, and
it never will, which is going against the open source licensing terms.

Multi-Tasking King…
While the iPhone can only run one app at a time the Android is a
proper multi-tasking mobile OS that can run multiple apps like the
Google Maps, media player, and browser at the same time without any
hiccups. Seems like the iPhone has some catching up to do, at least in
one department.

Pastry Updates…yummy!!
The updates for Android are named after Pastries. The past releases
were named as Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo with Gingerbread going to be
launched soon and the soon to be announced Honeycomb. Doesn’t matter
what their version numbers are but the names definitely make a

Android Stats…Mindboggling!
As of January 2011 there are more than 1.7 Lakh paid and free
applications for Android waiting to be downloaded by over 30% of the
total smart phones sold across the world. The Android OS has grown to
the No.3 position globally as per Gartner.

Google’s Business Plan..How the hell do they make money??
You must be wondering how Google benefits from keeping the Android
platform open source especially when it doesn’t take a dime from the
application distributed through the online Android Market, well nor does
Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballamer! He recently joked about the Android
strategy by saying,”I don’t really understand their strategy. Maybe
somebody else does.” Yeah, that’s absolutely right Ballmer, no wonder
Microsoft is having a tough time understanding how windows phones’
market share is falling each day and the Android’s growing by the hour.

The secret behind the LOGO!

We all are in love with the Android logo, but here’s a shocker: The
Android Logo is not originally designed but lifted off an old game from
Atari systems. It would appear that the logo was based on a character in
the 1990 game “Gauntlet: The Third Encounter.” The game however, was
never really a huge hit but the Android business is and so is the logo.

secret of the android logo

Well, this is all from us on Android in this write-up. Hope it was an
interesting read. If you know of more interesting Android facts, please
do share with us.

BTW, kya aapne aapka android liya?


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