If you thought the Chandrayaan Mission was over a few months ago, please be prepared to be proven wrong. After scrutinizing evidence garnered from various scientific instruments aboard the Chandrayaan, the NASA had last year announced the presence of "little" amount of water on the moon. It was back then, hailed a very significant discovery. A few months down the lane, NASA's Mini SAR probe aboard the Chandrayaan has managed to discover significant amount of water on the moon in an area near the north pole of our closest celestial neighbor. The mini SAR is a very small scientific instrument that weighs less than 10 kgs.

The news was announced by NASA this week. NASA scientists revealed that they expect to find at least 600 million metric tons of water- ice in the area riddled with craters. The number of these craters is believed to be around 40 and range in 2 to 15 kms in diameter. These craters are usually colder than the surrounding areas and have been long thought to be the best places to look for water on the moon. Jason Crusan, a NASA spokesperson, said, "After analyzing the data, our science team determined a strong indication of water ice, a finding which will give future missions a new target to further explore and exploit."

The Chandrayaan I mission was India's first attempt at sending its own probe to the moon. The spacecraft was launched aboard a modified PSLV rocket back in October 2008. The mission was officially declared abandoned after the ISRO lost contact with the Chandrayaan just a little less than an year since the Chandrayaan was in Orbit. However, in a short span of time, the Chandrayaan mission was able to unravel many secrets of the moon, which was hitherto unknown to us - the significant presence of water being the latest. Chandrayaan had, on board, eleven experimental payloads of which five were Indian, three from the European Space Agency (ESA), two from U.S. and one was from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

Opera has released the final version of Opera 10.50 web browser for Windows platform. Looks like Linux and Mac users will have to wait for a while. Boasted as the fastest web browser, Opera 10.50 features the new Opera Carakan JavaScript engine that claims to make the browser loajavascript:void(0)d pages faster. Opera 10.50 for Windows obviously supports all existing innovations of Opera - Opera Unite, Opera Turbo, Opera Link and Private browsing.

Download Opera 10.50 for Windows from this page - http://www.opera.com/download

Opera's Carakan JavaScript engine is claimed to be the faster when clubbed with the Presto 2.5 rendering engine that supports HTML5 and CSS3. The new "O" Tab menu in the revamped slick user interface that still supports Visual Tabs and customizable Speed dial. Windows 7 users will have gala-time using Opera 10.50 since it supports the operating system's eye-candy features like Aero Peek, Aero Glass, and Jump lists.

Other cosmetic changes come in the form of the new Zoom interface overlay menu in the right hand corner that gives a bar like control for zooming a web page to maximum three times the original size. Even the Address fields have been made smarter.

For security while browsing, Opera 10.50 offers Fraud Protection and Extended Validation certificates. Opera also brings a Private browsing option with this version of the web browser wherein users get an option to open up a private Tab or Private window. Get more overview of all changes made in this final version of Opera 10.50 here.

Opera 10.50 Mac and Linux version are expected soon.

Are you still accessing net through your Desktop coomputer, then soon its the last place you would be accessing be from in the future, or as google's speculations say.

Google believes that in three years or so desktops will give way to mobile as the primary screen from which most people will consume information and entertainment. That’s according to Google Europe boss John Herlihy who said that smart phones enhance Google’s mission to make information universal.

Speaking at the Digital Landscapes conference at UCD, Herlihy said that the cloud-computing opportunity will make sure that every mobile device will be capable of doing rapid-scale applications.

Silicon Republic says Herlihy's audience, a "Digital Landscapes" conference at University College Dublin, was "baffled" by the statement, although many a pundit has made this prediction in recent months. Other Google executives have also posited that the company's primary focus going forward will be on mobile technologies.

It's unclear how much Google will focus on phones versus other mobile devices such as laptops and nascent tablet devices like the Apple iPad, but it's clear that in the long term, all PC-based devices are at risk of being made irrelevant by more pocket-friendly machinery.

But is three years being too aggressive? The pace of innovation is blistering in the smart phone space (remember that just three years ago there was no iPhone and no Android OS), but will the advances in the next three years be enough to make computers as we know them obsolete? It's obvious that there will still be a market for the desktop (or at least the laptop) come 2013 -- the need for larger screens for corporate work will alone ensure that -- but how big will that market be -- and is it ultimately as doomed as the Silicon Valley bigshots would have us believe?

Your predictions are welcomed in the comments.

When Bluetooth first arrived, everyone thought it won't be really popular. But today almost every device that can afford to have bluetooth has it includng mobiles, laptops, cars, mp3 players etc.Now on its third major version, Bluetooth is about to hit another milestone with the release of Bluetooth 4.0, due before the end of the year.

Bluetooth 4.0 includes one major update designed to make it accessible on devices with lower battery power capacities than ever before. The new spec will enable Bluetooth to be embedded into just about anything, no matter how small the battery is: Watches, pedometers, and "other gadgets wthat run on coin-cell batteries," according to PC World. (Bluetooth pacemaker, anyone?)

With current versions of Bluetooth, devices must have at least a AAA-cell battery capacity (not the same as an actual AAA battery, mind you) to operate, which puts it out of reach for devices that sit dormant most of the time. The goal with the new update is to let devices send short bursts of data sporadically while preserving their overall battery life. I'm thinking Bluetooth weather stations and possibly even security camera gear.

All of Bluetooth's earlier features will remain in the spec, including the high-speed and longer-range modes that are available to manufacturers based on how their devices are intended to be used. In fact, devices using Bluetooth in a way that is largely traditional -- keyboards, cell phone headsets, and the like -- won't save much power with Bluetooth 4.0, if any at all.

As well, Bluetooth devices can now piggyback on Wi-Fi networks to achieve even faster and longer-range transmissions.

This site provides a simple bookmarking service. They follow your twitter feed, and whenever one of your tweets contains URLs, they add them to your delicious.com bookmarks. Optionally, bookmark URLs in @replies to you. They'll even add a delicious tag identifying the sender if you like.

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The pack rat keeps track of the URLs you share. If you don't want to post them to multiple places.Just tweet the URLs that interest you, and Ratius T. Packrat will add them to your delicious.com bookmarks for you. He'll use any hashtags you include as tags for your bookmark and include the full text of the tweet in the bookmark comments.

Apple has been very god at keeping up with expectations. It has got a great history of revealing products that changed the world like the Ipod, Iphone, Apple net books etc. So it was very obvious we had very high expectations when Apple was to launch a table PC. But it didn't kept up with the users expectations. Let's see what wrong with Ipad.

IPad is what we feel just an "enlarged Iphone" and nothing else. It has the same look and feel of an Iphone OS. It even don't have a camera. Let's put a look at what it has and what is doesn't have.

iPad super

What is has-

  • Full touchscreen- Full multi-touch screen with superb clarity
  • Awesome Interface- We love the Iphone Interface, you would find the something similar here.
  • Superb Web Browser- Safari at its best, offering the best web experience you would ever have.
  • Applications- The full Apple App store with millions of applications to chose from.
  • Itunes-Sync your files easily.
  • Youtube-Watch live streamed videos.
  • iBooks-Read on tht go.
  • Maps-Never get lost.
  • And much more..
But, aren't we getting above all in the Iphone as well. So what's new with the Ipad. We imagined Ipad not as an extended iphone but as a bridge between our laptops and smart-phones. It should have been much more than what it delivers now..

What's missing-

USB Ports- This is the most important feature for me. but i guess Apple has completely forgotten adding any USB ports to the device. So you can not add any addition storage devices, can't connect other hardware using the USB etc.

No disc Drives- There are no disc drives at all, so for movies you have to rely completely on iTunes and dat sucks . As in countries like India movies might take a lot of time before they appear on the iTunes.

No OS- We wished that iPad had Macintosh in it but it has iPhone's OS. And that means you have to rely only on the Apple Application store for all you needs. You can not install applications outside that.
Hate iPad
No Camera-That's the only one thing that's not common with the iPhone- a missing camera. Atlease they can provide a small camera for the video calls we might want to make using 3G.
I hate the iPad
So in totality we are with an unimpressive enlarged iPhone. There have been specs of an iPad super or enhanced iPad with all these features but rumors are rumors. We can hope that iPad may have a super bug brother with all these features.

Leaked pics of the next Dell studio 17 touch.

Well looky here: an unannounced Studio Touch laptop making its debut on page 5 of Dell's on-line catalog. The Studio 1558 Touch is flanked by the multitouch Studio 17 Touch. You won't find any details about the 1558 on Dell's website or retail channels so what you see above is what you get: Core i5 processor underpinning a Windows 7 Home Premium OS and 320GB hard disk for a $999 starting price. Expect this one to get official soon enough.Dell touch studio 17