India, Singapore can consider warship-building venture

SINGAPORE: Singapore and India should consider exploring the untapped potential of cooperation in naval ship building, an expert from an Indian naval think-tank said here on Friday.There are excellent opportunities for the two countries to jointly build warships in India, given Singapore’s technological and design expertise and the low production costs in India, particularly in terms of labour and raw-material, said Captain Gurpreet S Khurana, who is the executive director of the National Maritime Foundation in New Delhi.”India has lately offered several incentives to foreign firms to undertake joint-research and co-development of defence hardware,” he said.

“These include New Delhi’s new ‘mantra’ of ‘Make in India’, the attendant facilitation of overseas investments, and the raising of foreign direct investment (FDI) cap on defence from 26 per cent to 49 per cent,” he added.

Khurana spoke at the conference “The Merlion and the Ashoka: Singapore-India Strategic and Defence Ties”, which was organised by the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies of Singapore.

He pointed out that the private sector in India was now being encouraged to participate in the defence industry, which was hitherto driven largely by state-controlled or public-sector enterprises.

He noted the strengthening defence cooperation between Singapore and India.

However, Khurana pointed out that defence-technology was conceived by the Singapore leaders as a facet of cooperation more than a decade ago during the signing of the bilateral Defence MoU in 2003.

Following that India-Singapore Defence Procurement and System Development Working Group (DPSD-WG) met in June 2007 to identify the specific areas of such cooperation, the two countries were yet to develop a functional agenda.

“This facet of Singapore-India defence cooperation must not be seen as only buyer and seller relationship; both the nations may have to move towards long term and comprehensive cooperation such as joint scientific and technological research, development and production of weapons system and even explore sale to international customers,” he said.

Khurana said he was expecting to see the initiation of defence hardware co-development tie-ups between India and Japan in the near future.

“There is enormous economic potential for the Japanese to benefit from India, which is poised to spend a whopping USD 150 billion on defence hardware over the next decade, and is creating an in-house investment-friendly environment”, he said.

“The only hurdle for Tokyo is the restriction posed by the post-World War II Japanese Constitution on sharing defence hardware and technology with other countries, which are likely to be overcome sooner than later.” he added.


The One App You Need To Mention On Your Resume If You Want A Job At Google

Google has more than 50,000 employees right now, and they earn great salaries. Average pay at Google is $141,000. It’s relatively easy to get a job at Google, too. The company is so large and has such a massive need for talent that hiring for Google is something of a headache, so if you have the right skills, Google is really enthusiastic to hear from you.Especially if you know how to use MatLab, a code and data analysis and management tool.

On Thursday night, Google’s former svp/product management Jonathan Rosenberg was in London with chairman Eric Schmidt to promote their new book “How Google Works.” During a Q&A at the University of London, Rosenberg said he once had to give a speech in front of a room full of Rhodes scholars (about 70 people receive the scholarship each year). He offered them all jobs at Google right there on the spot – and even comped their airfare to San Francisco. A few of them actually took up the offer.

The fact that Google is willing to hire an entire room of bright people, sight unseen, tells you how desperately the company needs smart workers.

If, on the off chance, you’re not a Rhodes scholar, Schmidt had some more down-to-earth advice. Google really needs data analytics people and folks who have studied statistics in college, he said.

Big data – how to create it, manipulate it, and put it to good use – is one of those areas in which Google is really enthusiastic about.

And then Rosenberg said something really interesting. If you want to work at Google, make sure you can use MatLab, he said.

We had never heard of MatLab, so we asked Rosenberg afterward what it was. For the uninitiated, MatLab lets developers code and arrange data and algorithms so that results are visual. (Yes, it’s complicated). The key here is that data is produced visually or graphically, rather than in a spreadsheet. Here is an example:




This is a Matlab surface 3-D plot of a two-dimensional unnormalized sinc function (obviously!). We got it from Wikipedia.

The point is that being a master of statistics is probably your best way in to Google right now. Rosenberg told Business Insider after the event: “My quote about statistics that I didn’t use [last night] but often do is, ‘Data is the sword of the 21st century, those who wield it the samurai.'”

You can download Matlab’s various apps and products here.


Hiring sees 23% growth in September: Report

NEW DELHI: Hiring activity expanded 23 per cent last month and the upward trend is expected to continue in the coming months, says a report.

The Naukri Job Speak Index for September was at 1,518 indicating 23 per cent growth in hiring, compared to the same month last year.

On a month-on-month basis, the index witnessed a growth of 2.70 per cent during September as against August 2014.

“The Naukri Job Speak Index has been growing steadily for the past two months, suggesting a sustained momentum in hiring activity. We expect the upward growth trend to continue in coming months,” Info edge (India) Managing Director and CEO Hitesh Oberoi said.

The hiring sentiment remained positive with sectors such as Banking and IT seeing an increase of 52 per cent and 34 per cent respectively last month, compared a year ago.

Apart from the Banking and IT sectors, the oil & gas and pharma sectors have also seen a growth of 35 per cent and 28 per cent respectively in the index in September.

The demand for professionals working in HR and banking sectors grew the most with the index moving up by 35 per cent and 36 per cent respectively.

Professionals employed in the IT and supply chain functions saw year-on-year growth in hiring of about 32 per cent and 29 per cent respectively in September.

Amongst the metros, Bangalore and Pune saw maximum growth, y-o-y. That was followed by Hyderabad and Chennai which saw 23 per cent and 20 per cent growth respectively.

Cities such as Mumbai and the Delhi NCR region have also seen y-o-y growth of 18 per cent and 17 per cent respectively. Kolkata shared their optimism with its hiring index moving up by 15 per cent last month.


Facebook is biggest threat to YouTube: Report

NEW YORK: Videos on Facebook are fast catching up withYouTube in terms of number of shares and the social networking site may overtake YouTube in video sharing through its news feed soon, say researchers.An analysis based on 20,000 Facebook pages and 180,000 posts over one year found that Facebook is now a real threat to YouTube in terms of video consumption.

“The content marketers are directly uploading video content to Facebook, meaning that Facebook is retaining the traffic at the expense of YouTube,” reported Socialbakers, a social media analytics company, on its website.

“This is a big deal for YouTube. They could lose a big percent of their distribution,” Jan Rezab, CEO of Socialbakers, was quoted as saying.

This means users will stay on Facebook instead of leaving, he added.

According to the report, “Marketers are going to continue to use the network that is most effective for gaining engagement. Basically, there are no signs of the trend reversing from its current path.”

In September, Facebook announced that it was serving up to one billion videos a day.


Internships useful way of getting first job: Survey

NEW DELHI: Many students and those in early stages of their professional career in India feel that internships is an useful step towards getting their first job, according to a survey.

Professional networking site LinkedIn’s survey also found that the top attributes of a dream job for these people are happiness at work, money and career progression.

“In India, students and early professionals cited internships (53 per cent) as a useful and an important step to increase the chances of getting a first job soon,” LinkedIn said in a statement today.

Early professionals are those with less than one year of experience.

The findings are based on a survey conducted by LinkedIn, in partnership with CensusWide, that covered over 6,000 students and professionals. Respondents over the age of 16 were surveyed in India, Hong Kong, Australia and Singapore.

“More than a third (36 per cent) of students and early professionals with less than a year of experience said they believe it will/did take them one to three months to land their first job,” it said.

Among the important things to be done after finishing their education, about 35 per cent of the respondents said it would be university work while 28 per cent felt “building contacts through social media” is also important.

For students and early professionals in India, the top three attributes of a dream job are happiness at work (39 per cent), money (39 per cent) and career progression (33 per cent).

Among those surveyed in India, 26 per cent opined that their dream industry to work is IT & telecom, while 11 per cent preferred Professional Services. Around 10 percent of the respondents were interested in Finance.

Nishant Rao, who is Country Manager LinkedIn India, said that understanding the concerns and needs of students helps shed light on what companies can do to nurture the next generation of professionals and leaders.


Here’s what hackers do with your data

The past few weeks have seen a flurry of hacker activity. From the leak of celebrity nudes to the 200,000 Snapchat photos stolen and posted on 4chan, to the most recent infiltration of Dropbox, it’s clear hackers have moved on from the days of stealing our credit card details. But what do hackers actually do with our data once they have stolen it?The short answer is they sell it on the cybercriminals’ black market. According to a report released earlier this year by the RAND Corporation’s National Security and Research Division, the hacker market is highly sophisticated and organized. The hacker market has, in some respects, become more profitable than the illegal drug trade, that report found. The data hackers steal ends up on a network of illegal trading sites where they buy and sell large amounts of personal data for profit.

Gone are the days when credit card fraud and identity theft were all we had to worry about. Hackers have discovered new ways to make money with your photos and social media account information. To hackers, LinkedIn and eHarmony offer a goldmine of passwords that can be used to update their “rainbow tables.” These tables are basically huge databases that serve as a digital key for hacking harder-to-crack encrypted passwords, as Slate’s Will Oremus has explained. According to the RAND report, Twitter accounts are now more profitable than stolen credit cards.

Not even our medical records are safe. Don Jackson, director of threat intelligence at PhishLabs, monitored underground hacking exchanges and discovered cybercriminals make around 10 times more money hacking someone’s medical information than from stealing their credit card details, according to Reuters. By stealing names, birth dates, and policy numbers, hackers can create fake IDs to buy medical equipment which they can later resell. They can also use the data to file made-up insurance claims.

RAND’s report on cybercrime describes the cyber black market as a “Hackers’ Bazaar” that is becoming increasingly diverse in the products it offers. Some underground organizations can reach up to 80,000 people and bring in hundreds of millions of dollars by turning stolen account information into usable money.

The market is surprisingly competitive and undoubtedly lucrative. RAND predicts that the exploitation of social networks and mobile devices will only continue to grow as YouTube “how-to’s” and Google guides make it easier for people to get involved in stealing, buying, and selling information.


How to download Movies available on Popcorn Time?

Popcorn Time is a software to watch movies and TV shows instantly that gives you wide range of movies and TV shows in HD resolution which are released latest. But it gives no way to download the movie from its UI.But there is a trick that enables you to download it.
1. Open Popcorn-Time2. Select the movie you want to watch/download.

3. There is an option where you can select where to play the movie (e.g. Popcorn Time or VLC).

4. Choose VLC and click on watch now.

5. It streams the movie on VLC.

6. Here is the hidden treasure. As you know that VLC shows the URL of the file in the title bar which in this case was an IP with a port no (e.g. This is actually the IP of Localhost i.e. equivalent to http://localhost:54678

7. Now you put the URL in the browser or in any download manager to download it.

Hope you find this useful.