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Revamp of IT Chimes a Website Design, Web Development and SEO Company, India                  

 

New Delhi, India 20/12/2007   IT Chimes, an award winning Web Development Company based in Delhi, India with Sales offices in New York and London have revamped their website www.itchimes.com. The new site created by IT Chimes boasts of customized services in Website Design, Application Development and Search Engine Optimization. The website created on the latest technology platform has surpassed the basic standards of excellence that comprise web’s leading design and development firms.

IT Chimes (www.itchimes.com) is one of India’s premier Web Developer and have provided customized web services to more than 300 diverse international clients from United States, Canada, Australia, UK and India. Committed to provide the best in the industry IT Chimes has been able to garner consistent growth of more than hundred percent every financial year since its inception.

Backed with young, intelligent and hard working team IT Chimes strive to lead the web industry by providing solutions in diverse verticals such as Finance, Banking, HR, Retail, Travel and Manufacturing. With its rich experience and will to deliver quality product IT Chimes has build partnerships with leading web development firms across the world for mutual growth, value addition and increasing the ROI for the end customers.

At a recent New Media fair in Netherlands Pritthish Bhattacharya, Manger International Sales IT Chimes was part of the speaker panel and addressed talks on Web Technology and Outsourcing to India. It was during the end of the fair that IT Chimes revamped website was inaugurated and a formal presentation was given detailing all services and solutions that IT Chimes will be focusing on in years to come by. Top of the list were Website Designing for Small and Medium Enterprises, Ecommerce Web solutions, Application Development and Internet Marketing.

Rajesh Jha, SEO Head IT Chimes said “These are exciting times. Internet today has given the platform for companies to promote business on-line and have their sales to multiply exponentially. If done right Search Engine Optimization can provide an organization the needed push for them to reach to the next level.” IT Chimes with its quality web design, application development and SEO services have paved ways for many such companies who have build big brands from modest starts.

With increase in competition, scaling customer demands and reducing margins it is important that business around the world look at outsourcing partners such as IT Chimes. Web Development partners like IT Chimes help in reduction of costs, increase in ROI, creating value for end customers and improving efficiencies to achieve the best for an organization.

 

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Tests reveal dangers of texting while driving

Two recent studies highlight the dangers of texting while driving in no uncertain terms, and they could influence how school-based driver’s education programs approach the topic.

Texting while driving increases the risk of a crash much more than previous studies have concluded, with motorists taking their eyes off the road longer than they do when talking or listening on their cell phones, the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute said July 27.

The institute used cameras to continuously observe light-vehicle drivers and truckers for more than 6 million miles. It found that when drivers of heavy trucks texted, their collision risk was 23 times greater than when not texting.

Dialing a cell phone and using or reaching for an electronic device increased risk of collision about six times in cars and trucks, the study found.

Recent research using driving simulators suggested that talking and listening were as dangerous as texting, but the “naturalistic driving studies clearly indicate that this is not the case,” a news release from the institute said. And the risks of texting generally applied to all drivers, not just truckers, the researchers said.

Right before a crash or near collision, drivers spent nearly five seconds looking at their devices, which was enough time at 55 mph to cover more than the length of a football field.

“Talking or listening to a cell phone allowed drivers to maintain eyes on the road and were not associated with an increased safety risk to nearly the same degree,” the institute said. “These results show conclusively that a real key to significantly improving safety is keeping your eyes on the road.”

The institute recommended that texting be banned for all drivers and that all cell-phone use should be prohibited for newly licensed teen drivers. Fourteen states* already ban texting while driving.

The study also concluded that headset cell-phone use is not substantially safer than hand-held use, because the primary risks associated with both are answering, dialing, and other tasks that take drivers’ eyes off the road.

Voice-activated systems are less risky if they are designed well enough so drivers do not have to take their eyes off the road often or for long periods, the researchers said.

A separate study by Car and Driver magazine, published in late June, demonstrated that texting while driving can be even more dangerous than driving while drunk.

All of the driving in the Car and Driver study was done in a straight line on an 11,800-foot runway. After conducting the texting tests on both subjects at 35 and 70 miles per hour, the subjects then drank alcoholic beverages until they reached the legal driving limit of 0.08 percent blood-alcohol content. Then, they went back behind the wheel and ran the identical test without any texting distractions.
The results showed that even on a straight road without any traffic, road signals, or pedestrians, and looking just at reaction times, the texting results were even worse than the alcoholic impairment results.

On the heels of these two studies, Democratic lawmakers called for all states to ban texting while driving or face cuts in highway funds, citing the need to reduce driver distraction and potential highway deaths and injuries.

“When drivers have their eyes on their cell phones instead of the road, the results can be dangerous and even deadly,” said Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., who unveiled new legislation July 29 with Democrats Robert Menendez of New Jersey, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, and Kay Hagan of North Carolina.

Some critics have questioned whether the laws could be enforced– or if reckless driving statutes already cover texting behind the wheel.

Steve Largent, a former Oklahoma congressman who leads CTIA–The Wireless Association, said his organization supports “state legislative remedies to solve this issue. But simply passing a law will not change behavior. We also need to educate new and experienced drivers on the dangers of taking their eyes off the road and hands off the wheel.”

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Librarians: Bing has to find niche

School and campus librarians say Google likely will remain the preferred option for student and faculty research even after the much-ballyhooed deal between Microsoft and Yahoo, but they say Microsoft’s Bing search engine could cater to image searches in particular.

Yahoo officials agreed this week to eliminate the company’s search engine and replace it with Microsoft’s new Bing search function. Acquiring Yahoo’s online audience will boost Bing’s market share to nearly 30 percent, up from about 8 percent before the deal was struck, according to industry numbers. Search giant Google, however, is expected to retain 65 percent of online searches.

School librarians said Google solidified its dominance in education in recent years with its scholar search, where faculty and students can find reliable citations for research papers. Susan Gibbons, library dean at the University of Rochester, said Bing would struggle to pry web searchers away from Google, but Bing’s superior visual layout could be conducive to image searches.

"[Bing] might be able to become the default place for those looking for images," Gibbons said, adding that a Bing user can scroll over a picture and "interact with it more" than on Google’s image search page. At Bing, a preview of each web page is displayed when the cursor hovers on a search result.

Bing also allows users to change the way images are displayed on the results page, and video previews play when a mouse is scrolled on top of the thumbnail image.

"I’m guessing Bing could be [successful] if they pick a piece of it and do it very, very well," Gibbons said. "But I don’t think they can compete against Google one to one. People weren’t Yahooing. They’re Googling."

Replacing Yahoo’s search engine with Bing could hamper research for students and educators who were used to using Yahoo, at least in the short term, because Yahoo had more web sites "indexed," or stored in its database, than Microsoft. Bing, a search engine launched this year, hasn’t yet compiled a superior web page index, although the number of results is comparable.

Fore example, a search for "Culper Spy Ring," a spy ring organized by Gen. Washington during the Revolutionary War, turned up 1,800 results on Yahoo. The same search on Bing produced 800 results. (A search of Google, meanwhile, generated 82,000 results.)

Barbara Fister, head of the library instruction program at Gustavos Adolphus College in Minnesota, said Google’s scholar and book-search functions have made the site a default page for any kind of research, whether personal or academic. The Yahoo-Microsoft alliance, she said, won’t change that in the short term.

"I doubt Google is going to fundamentally change [its] focus as a result of this merger, nor do I think students and faculty will particularly notice it," Fister said.

Many students, she said, simply use the search box in the top right corner of whichever web browser they’re using. At Gustavos Adolphus College, that means students and faculty search with Google because it is built into Firefox, the campus’s preferred browser.

"Campus users may well use whatever the default toolbar setting is without thinking about it," Fister said, adding that Bing could draw some searches away from Google because it’s the default search engine for Internet Explorer.

Gibbons said this week’s search engine news won’t dissuade Rochester’s librarians from suggesting Google scholar searches to students.

"I don’t see this merger changing the way we encourage students to do decent internet searches," she said.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.

Links:

Bing

Google

University of Rochester

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Hitachi Software Supercharges Reliability and Ease Of Use With Introduction of StarBoard Software Version 9.0 for Windows

In a move that brings a higher level of interactivity and integration with the use of the award-winning StarBoard, Hitachi today announced the introduction of Starboard Software version 9.0 for Windows™. The software offers Windows users a more comprehensive software solution to take advantage of the features and functionality of the Hitachi StarBoard.

Featuring a highly interactive interface, StarBoard Software 9.0 was designed with an eye on the industry-wide trend surrounding operating systems that are migrating towards operations with touch capability. The software’s icons are more intuitive and provide users with a natural sense of functionality.

Hitachi StarBoard Software 9.0 for Windows offers users similar functionality as its Mac version. A new live desktop mode allows users to ink on YouTube™ videos or any animation on their computers without having to take screen shots or freeze frames. Additionally, a user can drag tools from the toolbar and drop them onto a page offering a more customizable interface. For example, this feature allows a math teacher to place a protractor tool directly on a page so a student has the ability to activate it easily, as opposed to navigating through the menus.

The software also allows FX DUO board users to perform multi-touch gestures, such as pinching, to rotate and resize images as well as an improved multi-input pad that allows two users to write on the board simultaneously.

“The Hitachi StarBoard Software 9.0 is the next step in providing our Windows users with the same great features that Mac users have benefited from. Hitachi is committed to providing all users with an easy-to-use interface that takes full advantage of the technology of the FX DUO. We believe the added features greatly improve this software and provide Windows users with the strongest software solution,” stated John Glad, product manager for Hitachi Home Electronics (America), Inc., Business Group.

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University of Rhode Island Implements Networked IP Video Solution from Verint Systems

MELVILLE, N.Y., July 30, 2009 – Verint® Systems Inc., a leading provider of analytics software-based solutions for workforce-enterprise optimization and security, today announced that the University of Rhode Island has implemented Nextiva® Networked IP Video Management from Verint Video Intelligence Solutions™ to focus on student and facility safety.

The institution—which is home to more than 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students, and serves as the state’s principal public research university—selected the technology in support of its security operations strategy, and in doing so, has transitioned from a legacy analog security system to a robust, scalable IP-based platform.

To replace its former DVR platform, Verint system integrator Galaxy Integrated Technologies, Inc. installed the Nextiva IP Video Management software, along with Nextiva S1708e 8-channel encoders—all leveraging the university’s existing infrastructure. The initial phase of the analog to IP video migration was deployed at the University of Rhode Island’s main campus in Kingston with the full realm of security operations, including effectively monitoring and recording parking lots, buildings and walkways, as well as restricted areas.

With automated system health monitoring and analysis, live and recorded video viewing, policy-based video distribution and versatile investigation management capabilities, Nextiva can help the university meet its security needs today, while offering the flexibility to expand as requirements and policies evolve.

“In order to keep pace with our growth and increasing traffic volume—and to align with our security strategy—which includes equipping the university with the best in high-caliber, reliable technology—we selected the Verint Nextiva platform,” explains Paul Perrone, senior information technologist at the University of Rhode Island. “We partnered with Verint based on extensive research and the fact that it was the only organization with an open and reliable solution that could both meet our needs now and into the future—all without putting a strain on our existing resources.”

“We are pleased to offer this premier education institution a robust, cost-effective and scalable IP video solution that will expand the university’s existing network,” adds Elan Moriah, president, Verint Video Intelligence Solutions and Verint® Witness Actionable Solutions®.

About University of Rhode Island
Founded in 1892, the University of Rhode Island embraces its heritage of independent thought and innovation while continually building on its worldwide reputation for groundbreaking research in biotechnology, oceanography and climate sciences, engineering and public health promotion. Its 16,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students enjoy global opportunities in an intimate environment, and among its 90,000 alumni are global leaders in business, the arts and humanities, health and life sciences, and the social sciences.

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Cheerleader sues school, coach for demanding Facebook login

A high school cheerleader claims a coach forced her to give up her Facebook account login information, only to see her account’s contents shared widely with school officials, resulting in extensive disciplinary action, reports Ars Technica — and she’s now suing everyone involved. The lawsuit alleges the cheerleading coach, who is also a teacher at the school, demanded that members of her squad hand over their Facebook login information. According to the suit, the teacher used this information to access the plaintiff’s account, which included a heated discussion of some of the cheerleading squad’s internal politics. That information then was shared widely among school administrators, which resulted in the student receiving various sanctions. The suit alleges that the school’s administration and staff violated the plaintiff’s Constitutional rights to privacy, free speech, and association, and subjected her to cruel and unusual punishment…

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MOUSE Squad study charts a mighty success

A Fordham University study has found that New York City’s elementary, middle, and high school students enrolled in a technology support program excel in attendance, academics, and leadership, Fordham reports. The three-year study, conducted within the Graduate School of Education, interviewed students who participate in the MOUSE Squad, a nonprofit program that trains underserved students to function as a technical support team for their schools. MOUSE Squad students are trained to help teachers and students who have computer questions, fix broken computers, update system software, and design efficient use of technology within their school. The acronym stands for Making Opportunities for Upgrading Schools and Education. The study, which interviewed public school faculty and students in all areas of the city, registered a 99-percent positive response for improving problem-solving skills and 91 percent for creating future job opportunities for students. Further highlights of the study show that 87 percent of students felt that being on a MOUSE Squad improved their academic skills, while 92 percent felt it increased their desire to stay in school…

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Northcentral University’s Bachelor’s In Business Administration Programs Rated A “2009 Best Buy” By GetEducated.com

Underscoring the quality and affordability of its 100% online Bachelor’s in Business Administration Degree programs, Northcentral University (www.ncu.edu) today announced that its undergraduate business programs have been rated a “2009 Best Buy” by Get.Educated.com (www.geteducated.com), a 20-year old national consumer group that evaluates and ranks online colleges for cost and credibility.  The 2009 rankings will stand through July 2011 when the results of a new evaluation will be released.  
 
According to Dr. Barnaby B. Barratt, Provost of Northcentral University, the 100% online university’s Bachelor’s in Business Administration Degree programs were ranked in the top third of a field of 83 colleges evaluated by GetEducated.com.  “We are extremely pleased to accept this ‘Best Buy’ certification.  It validates our mission to offer working professionals highly flexible, superior quality, and affordably priced undergraduate and graduate degree programs that help learners to achieve their career goals and objectives.”
 
Dr. Barratt noted that NCU’s ranking of 28 out of a field of 83 colleges and universities is even more gratifying, as the evaluation included a number of large public universities where tuition is naturally low. “NCU excels at combining a high degree of affordability with an even higher degree of one-one-one mentoring that, in our opinion, public universities cannot offer.
 
“Based on this year’s evaluation by GetEducated.com” Dr. Barratt continued, “the cost of earning a bachelor’s degree at NCU can be one-third the cost of earning the same degree at the most expensive schools, and NCU learners progress at their own pace on their own customized schedule.  We believe our combination of quality, flexibility, and affordability is unmatched.”

Indeed, the survey released by GetEducated.com ranks Northcentral University’s bachelor business programs higher than those offered by Southern New Hampshire University, Mountain State University, Upper Iowa University, University of Massachusetts-Online, Central Michigan University, Washington State University, Western Kentucky University, and University of Wisconsin-Platteville, among others.”
 
According to Dr. Barratt, GetEducated.com’s 2009 evaluation of NCU’s Bachelor’s in Business Degree programs extends the university’s performance record with the independent consumer organization. In 2006, Northcentral University’s Master’s of Arts in Psychology/Marital & Family Therapy program was ranked 8th and the school’s Bachelor’s of Psychology & Human Services degree program was ranked 8th in the survey field.  More recently, in 2007 NCU’s Master’s of Business Administration degree programs were ranked 21st out of a field of 168 accredited schools offering 390 Masters in Business degree programs.  
 
GetEducated.com, founded in 1989, rates and ranks online colleges along the dimensions that matter most to consumers: cost and credibility. The online degree clearinghouse also serves to protect distance learners from the dark world of online education fraud through innovative free services, such as The Diploma Mill Police, a database that chronicles consumer alerts on more than 300 fake online colleges and university scams.

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Field sees first draft of common standards

As the idea of common educational standards gains traction across the United States, the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI) has released the first draft of its proposed national reading and math standards.

The initiative, created by the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), aims to ensure that all students graduate from high school ready for college and the 21st century workforce by creating a common core of standards for all states.

It’s been a long-held tradition in American public education that decisions about standards and curriculum are best left to state and local school systems, and that belief has derailed past efforts to push for a national set of standards. But NGA and CCSSO say this effort is different, because it’s driven by collective state action and because states will voluntarily adopt the standards based on their own timelines and context.

Every state except Alaska, South Carolina, Missouri, and Texas has signed on to the effort so far. But getting the states to adopt whatever emerges will be politically difficult.

According to a recent study by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), which conducted a quick snapshot survey on common standards, administrators across the U.S. support the idea of common standards.

Seventy-eight percent of respondents said they’d like a single set of common standards to replace the current system, where each state has its own standards and creates its own tests.

A total of 179 school administrators from 44 states completed the AASA survey; 57 percent of respondents were from rural districts, 33 percent from suburban districts, and 10 percent from urban districts.

In their first attempt at drafting common core standards for graduation, CCSSI participants have spelled out standards for reading informational and literary texts, writing, speaking and listening, and all areas of mathematics. The draft also lists sample reading texts, sample math problems, and sample reading and math tests. It describes practical applications of the standards and lists research and evidence used in informing the draft.

Examples of some of the standards include:

• Informational and literary texts: Determine what the text says explicitly and use evidence within the text to infer what is implied by or follows logically from the text; summarize the ideas, events, or information in the text and determine main ideas and themes; analyze how word choice shaped the meaning and tone of the text.

• Writing: Create a logical progression of ideas and use transitions effectively to convey the relationships among them; develop and maintain a style and tone appropriate to the purpose and audience; represent and cite accurately the data, conclusions, and opinions of others.

• Speaking and listening: Respond constructively to clarify points and to build on or challenge ideas; follow the progression of the speaker’s message; and evaluate the speaker’s credibility and use of evidence.

As for mathematics, the draft declares that 10 Mathematical Principles "form the backbone of these standards. Each principle is accompanied by an explanation that describes the coherent view students are expected to have of a specific area of mathematics."

For example, under the principle of expressions — which the draft explains as using "symbols and efficient notational conventions about order of operations, fractions, and exponents to express verbal descriptions of computations in a compact form" — students must understand core concepts of expressions, have a coherent understanding (described in the draft), and possess core skills for expressions.

However, the draft states that the math portion is "not complete; it is intended to give a first-order picture of this portion of the project." The draft also notes that for mathematics, early reviewers provided feedback that has not yet been implemented.

Even so, some initial reviewers of the draft say it doesn’t live up to the goal of 21st-century standards that will help students compete in the global economy.

An education blog by Robert Pondiscio states that while the draft "purports to offer ‘sufficient guidance and clarity so that they are teachable, learnable, and measurable,’ the … guidelines offer almost no specific content and little that would be of use to teachers in planning lessons–or to parents in understanding what their child is expected to know."

Pondiscio continued, "To put this as blandly as possible, this is neither a revelatory insight nor a meaningful standard. Educators hoping for guidance on what particular texts are expected to be taught, or how to get students to reach the bland and obvious standards, will be disappointed."
 
But not everyone shares Pondiscio’s view.

"It seems obvious to me that these are meant to address high-level understandings for high school students," said Jim Hirsch, associate superintendent for technology at the Plano Independent School District in Plano, Texas. "The acceptable evidences presented from a variety of different sources help to determine the depth of instruction needed to achieve student success in these standards. That said, it would be a large task for school systems to prepare new, or even to correlate existing, curriculum to adequately [provide] students the necessary learning experiences to demonstrate competency in these standards."
 
Hirsch also believes that a "huge conversation" must still happen at the K-8 levels. "The careful articulation of expectations and standards must include the entire enterprise," he argued. "Starting at [grades] 9-12 is not necessarily wrong, but it’s important to see the expected building blocks as well."

As of press time, neither NGA nor CCSSO had responded to requests for comment.

Links:

Common Core State Standards Initiative

National Governors Association

Council of Chief State School Officers

"Support grows for common standards" (eSN Online, May 2009)

"Stimulus funds to advance national standards" (eSN Online, June 2009)

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Should EBooks be Part of Your Internet Marketing Strategy

 

Ebooks have become and inseparable part of the new frontier of cyberspace. They are a great medium for sharing marketing information, ideas, techniques, and expert knowledge. Each day the number of people accessing the Internet grows, causing the exposure of your ebooks to increase incrementally. It’s obvious why electronic self-publishing has become so popular so quickly.

 

Ebooks can assist small business website owners market their sites and in some cases even become a source of revenue.  Having said that, let’s look at what makes ebooks so important and so unique.

 

"Ebooks have unique characteristics that printed books can’t match. For example, ebooks are relatively easy to produce and they can be inexpensive to produce. Just think about it: you don’t need a publisher, an agent, a printing press, offset film, ink, paper, or even a distributor. You just need a great concept, the ability to write it or to hire a writer, and the right software.

 

"Ebooks can be easily updated.  As information changes, ebooks can be updated without a second print run. All you need is to go into your original creation and modify the text or graphics. Because of this flexibility, ebooks can change and grow as fast as you can type.

 

"Ebooks are convenient. You don’t have to go to a bookstore or search through endless titles at an online bookstore. All you have to do is download it from a website, and presto! It’s on your computer, ready to be read. http://www.homebizlover.com

 

"Ebooks are interactive. This is one of the most unique and specific qualities that ebooks offer. You can add surveys that need to be filled out, order forms for customers to purchase your products or goods, sound and video that draw your reader into the virtual world of your ebook, even direct links to relevant sites that will expand your ebook outward. The potential is virtually limitless.

 

"Ebooks have a particular kind of permanence that other mediums do not possess. Television shows and radio shows air once, and then may rerun a few times. Ebooks remain on your computer for as long as your choose, and they can be read and reread whenever you choose to. They can even be printed out and stored on the shelves of your traditional home library.

 

"Ebooks have very low entrance barriers. You don’t need to go through the endless process of submitting your manuscript over and over again, and then once you land an agent, having the agent submit your manuscript over and over again. Nor do you have to shell out thousands of dollars for printing a self-published book. All ebooks require is a writer and appropriate software. http://www.moneymymoney.com

 

 

"Ebooks are great for Niche content.  Ever wanted to find a book on a highly specific or niche product?  Looking for tips on mouse killing?  Good luck finding that in print.  The costs are prohibitive and bookstores can’t afford the shelf space.  But with an ebook, no shelf space is needed so even the most niche content can find a place on the Internet.

 

"You have creative control over your ebook. You don’t have to compromise with an editor or the publishing trends of the time. You don’t have to haggle with a designer or wait for copyedited galleys to arrive by snail mail. You are in complete control of the design and the text.

 

If you’re not convinced that ebooks are something you should consider click over to Google and search for ebooks.  At last count there were over 70 million search results.  Something with that kind of Internet presence is not something you want to miss.

 

 

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