Bharti Airtel Slashes Broadband Rates

July 30, 2009

The internet broadband war is all set to get heated up as Bharti Airtel Broadband have slashed their rates.

Now, subscribers will be able to experience 1 Mbps surfing speeds from Bharti Airtel at just Rs. 1,699 per month, which is now around Rs. 100 more than current 512 Kbps. The 512 Kbps speed plan will now be costing Rs. 1,099, which is around Rs. 200 more than current 256 Kbps.

For Rs. 1,699, subscribers will be offered 1Mbps surfing speeds, along with a free VAS bundle from Airtel worth up to Rs. 500 every month. This bundle would include gaming on Games on Demand, Anti-Virus software PC Secure, Airtel Speed on Demand, and Online Desktop.

While for Rs.1,099 per month, subscribers will get to experience 512 Kbps broadband speeds along with Rs. 100 worth of free call value per month.

Get details on these plans here.

According to Hindustan Times, state-owned Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd. (MTNL) and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL) have said that they would offer services at lower than Bharti prices.

Get set for a speedier broadband experience for less. It only gets better!

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Text Messaging And Driving Are Hazardous To Your Health

July 29, 2009

A Virginia Tech Transportation Institute study called for a law prohibiting text messaging while driving, concluding that doing both at the same time can increase the risk of a crash by 23 times.

The VTTIs study, which surveyed drivers over six million miles of road, found that manual manipulation of cell phones, such as dialing and text messaging, produced the highest risk for drivers of all vehicle types. Text messaging, however, was deemed the most dangerous of all cell phone-related activity, leading to a 23-fold risk of a crash for drivers of heavy vehicles or trucks.

VTTI’s research concluded that text messaging resulted in the longest duration of time that eyes were off the road, averaging more than 4.6 seconds over a 6-second interval, which is equal to a driver traveling the length of a football field at 55 miles per hour without looking at the roadway.

The study also found that listening or talking on a cell phone while behind the wheel increased a driver’s risk only slightly in light vehicles and not at all for trucks, largely due to the fact that talking or listening allowed drivers to maintain eye contact with the road.

The study, which noted that several recent high visibility trucking and transit crashes have been directly linked to texting from a cell phone, aimed to clear up misconceptions about cell phone use and driving under real world circumstances, researchers said.

“Given recent catastrophic crash events and disturbing trends, there is an alarming amount of misinformation and confusion regarding cell phone and texting use while behind the wheel of a vehicle. The findings from our research at VTTI can help begin to clear up these misconceptions as it is based on real world driving data,” said Tom Dingus, VTTI director, in a statement. “We conduct transportation safety research in an effort to equip the public with information that can save lives.”

In light of the study’s findings, researchers called for a ban on text messaging while driving, and a ban on all cell phone activity for teen drivers.

“This cell phone task has the potential to create a true crash epidemic if texting type tasks continue to grow in popularity and the generation of frequent text message senders reach driving age in large numbers,” the VTTI researchers wrote.


Bill Gates terms competition with Google as ‘Fun’

July 28, 2009

Mr. Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft Corporation, which recently introduced its own Search Engine Portal known as “Bing”, has described its competition with Google as “Fun Competition”.

Software giant Microsoft recently had launced its own Search Engine Portal “Bing”, to take on “Google”, but at the same time sort of complimented them describing “Google has done a great job”.

Microsoft has been trying for many years, with Windows Live Search, to make its presence felt on the search and to take on Google the world renowned leader of Search Engines.

When Mr. Bill Gates was quizzed on the future of search, he replied humorously that “The future of search is Bing….”

Speaking at the Nasscom event, Mr. Bill Gates said “In the next 1-3 years search should be dramatically better. Microsoft has hired some great people to do innovative work to make it more competitive.

“When you are a distant two, you have to try harder. Who knows we can make it better and faster than anybody else.”