Monday, April 27, 2009

Opera Mini usage up 157pc YoY!

OSLO, NORWAY: There has been a major jump in usage, page views and data transfers for Opera Mini this month. In March 2009, more than 23 million people used Opera Mini, a 12.1 percent increase from February 2009 and more than 157 percent increase from March 2008.

Those users viewed more than 8.6 billion pages in March 2009. Since February, page views have gone up 17.4 percent. Year over year (YoY), page views have increased 255 percent. The full State of the Mobile Web report is available here!

The growth in data transfers also highlights the value Opera Mini offers global operators. In March 2009, Opera Mini served 148 million MB of data to handsets worldwide. Since February, the data consumed went up by 19.3 percent.

Data in Opera Mini is compressed 90 percent on average. If this data were uncompressed, Opera Mini users would have viewed nearly 1.4 PB of data in March. Since March 2008, data traffic is up 319 percent.

A surge of Opera Mini usage in Nigeria pushed that country into the top 10, displacing Germany.

Opera Mini use over the course of a day
We looked at one 24-hour period (Tuesday, March 17) to see how Opera Mini is used throughout the day in the top 10 countries. In this case, we measured usage according to data transferred. For analysis, the 24-hour day was split into six four-hour slices (using local times).

Here is what we observed:
* In all but two of the top 10 countries, the highest level of Opera Mini use is at the tail end of the day -- from 8pm to midnight. In Indonesia, Opera Mini is used most between noon and 4pm. In China, Opera Mini is used most between 8am and noon.
* More than users from any other top 10 country, Nigerians are likely to be browsing with Opera Mini between 4am and 8am.
* More than users from any other top 10 country, Chinese users are likely to be browsing with Opera Mini between 8am and noon.
* More than users from any other top 10 country, Ukrainian and Chinese users are likely to be browsing with Opera Mini between noon and 4pm.
* More than users from any other top 10 country, Polish users are likely to be browsing with Opera Mini between 4pm and midnight.
* Users in all of the top 10 countries are least likely to use Opera Mini between the hours of midnight and 8am.
* In all of the top 10 countries, except Indonesia and China, usage of Opera Mini between 4pm and midnight outweighs Opera Mini usage between 8am and 4pm.

The difference in Opera Mini usage during peak hours versus off-peak hours varies in each country. The biggest difference is noticeable in Poland (28 percent between 8pm and midnight versus 5 percent between midnight and 4am). The smallest difference is noticeable in Nigeria (20 percent between 8pm and midnight versus 14 percent between midnight and 4am).

"A mobile phone will be the device most people use to access the Web," said Jon von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera. "As millions of people each month discover the Web through Opera Mini, content providers have an incredible opportunity to seize competitive advantage in this new medium. By simply ensuring their content works on any device, they will open themselves to the next generation of Web users."

Snapshot: India
Page-view growth since March 2008: 153 percent
Unique-user growth since March 2008: 53 percent
Page-views per user: 359
This month, GameJump fell off of India's top 10 list. GetJar, on the other hand, is new to the list.

Top 10 sites in India (# of unique users) (up from 6) (up from 8) (up from 9) (up from 10) (new)

Top handsets for March 2009
Nokia N70
Nokia N73
Nokia 3110c
Nokia 6300
Nokia N72
Nokia 3500c
Nokia 6233
Sony Ericsson W200i
Sony Ericsson K750i
Nokia 5310

Malicious activity continues to grow at a record pace globally and in India

BANGALORE, INDIA: Symantec Corp. announced that malicious code activity continued to grow at a record pace throughout 2008, primarily targeting confidential information of computer users.

According to the company’s Internet Security Threat Report Volume (ISTR) XIV, Symantec created more than 1.6 million new malicious code signatures in 2008. This equates to more than 60 percent of the total malicious code signatures ever created by Symantec -- a response to the rapidly increasing volume and proliferation of new malicious code threats. These signatures helped Symantec block an average of more than 245 million attempted malicious code attacks across the globe each month during 2008.

The Internet Security Threat Report is derived from data collected by millions of Internet sensors, first-hand research, and active monitoring of hacker communications, and provides a global view of the state of Internet security. The study period for the ISTR XIV covers January 2008 to December 2008.

Symantec Internet Security Threat Report -- Global

The report noted that Web surfing remained the primary source of new infections in 2008, and that attackers are relying more and more on customized malicious code toolkits to develop and distribute their threats.

In tune with the global trends, India too saw a substantial increase in its proportion of malicious activity in almost every category. India had the fifth highest number of broadband subscribers in the APJ region in 2008 and the third highest volume of malicious activity, with 10 percent of the regional total. Computers from the United States and China were the leading source of Web-based attacks targeting India, accounting for 84 percent and 5 percent respectively.

“Due to a rapidly growing Internet infrastructure, a burgeoning broadband population and rampant software piracy, India is expected to witness increased malicious activities,” said Vishal Dhupar, managing director, Symantec India. “Unless enterprises improve security protocols and measures to counter malicious activities, India will continue to be a soft target of Internet threats.”

According to the report, India had an average of 836 bots per day during 2008 and there were 1,03,812 distinct bot-infected computers observed in the country during the period. This was a staggering increase of nearly 250 percent from the previous Internet Security Threat Report.

Globally, in 2008, Symantec observed an average of more than 75, 000 active bot-infected computers each day, a 31 percent increase from 2007. India also saw a huge surge in bot command & control servers from 40 in 2007 to 70 in 2008. Bot command-and-control (C&C) servers are computers that botnet owners use to relay commands to bot- infected computers on their networks. The sharp increase in bot-infected computers in India points towards low adoption of security measure that includes Anti -Malware, Intrusion Prevention and Intrusion Detection.

Among the cities in India with the highest number of bot-infected computers, Mumbai figured at the top with 37 percent followed by Chennai at 24 percent and Delhi at 7 percent. Cities like Bangalore, Hyderabad, Calcutta, Surat, Ahmadabad, Cochin and Pune too had a sizeable share of bot-infected computers.

Another alarming trend for Internet users in India is the threat landscape being heavily infested with worms and viruses. In the APJ region, India ranked first on worms and viruses attacks prevalence chart. 9 of the top 10 malcodes found in India consisted of worms (55 percent) and viruses (15 percent) that disabled security related processes, downloaded additional threats and stole confidential information.

While the global averages for worms and virus attacks increased only marginally, India continued to rank high on these vectors of infection. A perfect case in point was the Downadup/Conficker worm, which left over thousands of computers in India infected during the initial stages of attack.

“Enterprises with a lack of ‘defense in depth’ strategies are more likely to see worms and viruses infiltrate their environments and easily access their information and infrastructure,” said Dhupar. “It is time Indian enterprises adopt ingress and egress filtering on perimeter devices to prevent unwanted activity.”

Sixty-five percent of worms and viruses in Indian enterprises are propagated through the File Sharing/Executables mechanism. This indicates that endpoint security and policy are still missing in many organizations as this level of security protection would have allowed IT administrators to scan removable drives for threats. A large number of infections in India have also occurred due to filesharing programs, free downloads, and freeware and shareware versions of software.

Apart from the issue of worms and viruses, spam and phishing continued to plague India as well as the rest of the world. Over the past year, Symantec observed a 192 percent increase in spam detected across the Internet as a whole, from 119.6 billion messages in 2007 to 349.6 billion in 2008. The report found that phishing continued to grow. In 2008, Symantec detected 55,389 phishing Web site hosts, an increase of 66 percent over 2007, when Symantec detected 33,428 phishing hosts.

Twelve percent of spam detected in APJ in 2008 originated in India, making it the third-ranked country for this category. In 2007, India was the fifth-ranked APJ country, accounting for only 4 percent of spam in the region. It had the second highest number of spam zombies, with 17 percent of the regional total, and the fourth highest number of bots, with 5 percent of the total.

The high ranking of India in these categories is the main reason for the high volume of spam originating there.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Who should I follow on Twitter?

I am sure this is a question most of us ask ourselves. At least, I do! Since my interests are very specific, I find it challenging to determine who to follow. In that dilemma, I actually end up following very few! Now, I don't know whether this is good or bad. However, like a friend told me recently -- it is not in the quantity you follow on Twitter, or your followers, but the quality!

Indeed, a very wise suggestion! If I have less than 100 followers, but if I find that they have a genuine interest in what I write, my day's done! At least, I know that those who read my blog posts seem to have an interest in the subjects I write on.

Who Should I Follow
Right! I also came across a web site called: Who Should I Follow! This web site asks you to put in your Twitter user ID, and promises to give you suggestions on interesting people to follow.

Well, I did try with my own user name, but I don't think I received the desired results. As I said, my needs are very specific. I'd like to follow those who write on topics of my interest, and well, at least, write something new all the time, so I get to learn even more. However, that's me. I have a suggestion for this site -- please add a line for interests, besides, searching by the Twitter username, for example, cooking or photography or mobile phones. Maybe, that will lead to delivering more quality results.

Perhaps, it may not be a bad idea for you to try out this web site. You may find those you'd like to follow and make new Twitter friends.

By the way, may I add here that among those who are following me on Twitter, I've managed to strike up some sort of friendship as the interests are quite common. In fact, a few have even gone ahead with some business related discussions.

So, those new to Twitter, there's more to having followers or simply following others. Think business, think relationships -- and long term! Best of luck

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Welcome to Pradeep Chakraborty's Telecom Blog!

Welcome to PC's Telecom Blog!

Hi friends, I've been thinking about adding a telecom blog to my network for a very long time! The reason being, I started my career in electronics and telecom back in 1989.

I had the privilege of being part of Asian Sources Telecom Products -- a site, which I managed and built, with the help of my team and colleagues at Asian Sources Media, and later, Global Sources. Later, I moved on to Wireless Week, USA, as Asia Pacific Editor for the Asian Edition.

Back in India, I managed Convergence Plus for a short while, before launching four sites for CIOL in 2004 -- Mobility, Networking, Storage and Security.

Given this background in telecommunications, it is apt for me to start a blog on this subject as well. Telecom has been my forte, and well, it is a subject that has also won me four awards in technology journalism, while at Global Sources.

Again, this blog has been spun out off my award winning blog! That blog remains unchanged, and will continue to carry top-quality, world class content!

This blogs will now include specific blog posts related to telecommunications, as well as press releases, industry updates, new products, features, statistics, etc. It will cover wireless, wireline, broadband, networking, optical networking, Test & Measurement, etc.

Thanks for your kind support as always. Suggestions for improvements are always welcome! :)

Friday, April 24, 2009

Came across the Fake IPL Player blog!

I didn't even knew such a blog existed, till now! Perhaps, you too should have a look.

It does not matter whether the characters, as the blog says, are fictitious. It does not matter whether the blog posts are authentic! Mann, this blogger is extremely creative! The blogger really has a way with words and knows how to capture the audience.

If this blogger is to be believed, then the gossips mentioned in the blog are really entertaining. I've been laughing and laughing!! Can't stop myself! Hey blogger, way to go mann! You should be in the creative writing/advertising business. And well, carry your pseudonym! You'd make a really great career! Best of luck! Now, let me read the Fake IPL Player blog some more!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Separate blogs on semiconductors and solar photovoltaics

This is just to let all of my readers, friends and well wishers know that I've rolled out two separate blogs on semiconductors and solar photovoltaics.

Friends, based on feedback received from some of you, I have set up these new blogs.

1. PC's Semiconductors Blog

2. PC's Solar Photovoltaics Blog

These blogs have been spun out off my award winning blog! That blog remains unchanged, and will continue to carry top-quality, world class content!

These two blogs will now include specific blog posts related to either semicon or solar/PV from my award winning blog, other specific blog posts, as well as press releases, industry updates, statistics, etc.

Thanks for your kind support as always. Suggestions for improvements are always welcome! :)

Upsets ensure smashing start to IPL Edition 2

What a smashing start to IPL2! What a day!! Two games, two big upsets!!! Perhaps, no one anticipated such a start to the Indian Premier League 2009, which kicked off in South Africa today!

In the first game, Mumbai Indians, led by Sachin Tendulkar, defeated last year's runners-up Chennai Super Kings by 19 runs. In the next game, last year's winners, Shane Warne led Rajasthan Royals were thrashed by 75 runs, besides suffering the humiliation of recording the lowest total -- 58 -- in the competition's history!

Standout performers -- the old guards of Indian cricket -- Sachin Tendulkar in the first game, and Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble in the second! Kumble's was a class act!

Lessons from day 1 of the second edition of the IPL are stark:

* Big hits won't be that easy!
* Bowlers will have some impact due to the conditions in South Africa!
* Teams need to develop some serious batting strategies -- some of the shot selections were pretty awful!
* Good, solid batting techniques are now going to play a key role in South Africa -- a point evident by the way Tendulkar and Dravid batted in their respective innings!
* Good old fashioned line-and-length bowling could be the key -- just look at the way Anil Kumble, Praveen Kumar, Dale Steyn, Lasit Malinga, Jesse Ryder, Joginder Sharma, Dmitri Mascarenhas and Zaheer Khan bowled today! Harbhajan Singh, too!
* Cricket lovers should not expect very tall scores in every game.
* Power scores could well be in the realm of 140-150, especially during night games, where the ball could do something extra!
* Oh yes, batters, you need to adjust to the 'spungy bounce' of South African wickets!

The way Anil Kumble cleaned up wickets, the zip with which Shane Warne bowled and the manner in which Matthew Hayden was shaping up indicates that there is no substitute for experience in cricket.

In the middle of all of this blitz by experienced hands, Abhishek Nayar played a super cameo, smashing Andrew Flintoff for three sixes in an over! Can't get better than this!

There are lots of games to be played, lots of stars to be unveiled. One bad start does not mean teams going down early cannot bounce back!

Watch IPL II for free on the Internet
Finally, for those who wish to watch IPL for free on the Internet, my friend, Abhigna, reported that Microsoft India, in association with IPL, unveiled an online IPL viewing experience on the official website of IPL, promoted by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Happy watching!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Tried Tweetdeck and Twazzup?

All you Twitter lovers, users and fans, am wondering whether you've had the chance to use TweetDeck and Twazzup!

First, TweetDeck! This is a very simple and a fast way to experience Twitter! It acts as a browser, and allows you to stay in touch with what's happening on Twitter real time, besides connecting you with your contacts across Twitter, Facebook, etc.

The latest version, v0.25, is said to have a fix for a memory leak issue, and new features such as short URL previews, Twitpic thumbnails, recording of 12s video clips and Facebook integration.

Twazzup is a search engine that allows you to search Twitter and find relevant information. For example, I searched for my account on Twazzup and was elated to find all of my recent tweets listed there, even nicely arranged as per topics -- such as AMD, Intel, MCUs, PV, etc.

In case, you've uploaded any images using TwitPic, it shows up on the right side of the page. And so do the most popular links of articles that you may have posted!

Well, enjoy using Twitter, friends! Power to micro blogging!!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Keep track of popular content with PostRank Discovery engine

For those of you using PostRank to keep track of the most popular content on your respective sites or blogs, here's another useful tool -- the PostRank Discovery engine.

The PostRank Discovery engine enables everyone to:
* discover the most timely, relevant, and engaging content online.
* search and segment content by specific topic areas and interesting and influential publishers.
* create, share, and subscribe to the the best curated and auto-updated reading lists.

Best of luck to those who wish to use this service from PostRank.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Twitpic -- upload your pictures on Twitter!

Folks, if you haven't tried, Twitpic, suggest you do!

First, if you have a Twitter account, which I believe most of you do, please use that to log into Twitpic. Once there, you have several options to upload photos on to Twitter.

According to Twitpic, you can upload pictures to TwitPic from your mobile phone, or use Twitpic's API, or through the website itself. It is as simple as that! There are some popular twitter clients that have built-in support for TwitPic.

So, with your micro blogging, you can also share images for everyone to see. Now, won't that make your posts look great? I've tried it, and it really looks marvellous.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

SMEs, want a free Web site? Try Yola!

I came across a very interesting article on TechNewsWorld, titled: How to build a small business web site... part 9! Very interested, to know more, I proceeded to read it. Well, there are eight other parts to this article, all linked very nicely from this page.

However, I'd like to draw the attention of those small businesses who don't have a web site or web presence yet, to Yola, formerly, SynthaSite.

Three things caught my eye: At Yola, you can find all the tools you need to build a website just the way you want. Next, no problems, if you aren't Web or HTML savvy. Simply, point and click. Drag and drop. That's all you need to know! Finally, and well, amazingly enough, you can build and host your website for free!

Even the Yola blog suggests that it has extended more choices with domain names. An SME/SMB can easily register domains with .net, .org, and .biz, extensions, besides the .com extensions. Yola will automatically configure those domains for the users.

An observation about Yola: According to its FAQs, Yola exemplifies the creativity and excitement that people bring to their websites. The name comes from the Hindi word for 'hatch' (jhola). Yola is where you hatch your big ideas on the web. Interesting!

So, here's a chance for all of those SMEs/SMBs, who are looking at hosting their own web sites, to do it largely for free.