Google ex-Chief to get $100,000,000


Google

Eric Schmidt’s role as chief executive officer of Google, Inc. for the last decade will be awarded $100 million worth of stock and options, the Internet company said on Monday.

Schmidt announced last week that he would become Google’s executive chairman after making way for cofounder Larry Page to become the new head of the leading Internet search company beginning in April.

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The $100 million payout will be spread out over the next few years.

According to a regulatory filing, Schmidt also owns 9.2 million Google shares, a stake which is roughly equivalent to $5.8 billion, or 9.6 percent of the company’s voting rights. This instance is the first equity compensation for Schmidt since he became part of the company as board chairman in 2001.

Going forward, Schmidt will still have an influential role in the company in terms of continuing relationships in political circles and other external issues says Google.

Schmidt has been accredited with the growing success of Google. However, in an interview with Reuters, he admits that his decision to step down was not due to competitive forces from players such as social network platform Facebook, Inc., but rather an attempt to enhance internal decision-making processes.

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Wars according to Tech


Virus TB

Virus TB

The Stuxnet computer virus that was found in Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant in September “was nearly as effective as a military strike, but even better since there are no fatalities and no full-blown war,” a top Germancomputer consultant by the name of Langer told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday.

Langer said it will take two years for Iran to get its nuclear program back on track. He also suggested that it would be easier for them to dispose of computers infected with the Stuxnet virus than it would be to try and remove it.

The virus infected the IP addresses of more than 30,000 computer systems, Iran’s state-run media announced on Sept. 26. It may have spread further since then.

Stuxnet is regarded as the first cyber weapon, although experts will argue that there are many like it and Stuxnet is just the first to be known in the mainstream. The creator of the virus is unknown, although Israel is suspected.

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BB Block Porn Or Else


Blackberry

Blackberry

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Research In Motion, makers of the popular Blackberry telephone and messaging system, said on Monday they would comply with an Indonesian government order to block access to porn sites from its devices.

Communications and Information Minister Tiffatul Sembiring threatened RIM’s Indonesian browser service if the Canadian firm failed to block porn access by January 21.

He said also that RIM should set up servers in Indonesia and employ more locals, while questioning why the government wasn’t taxing the company’s local operations.

“We’re committed to the Indonesian market place to provide a solution that satisfies the requirements — particularly by the ministry,” said Gregory Wade, director of Asia Pacific for RIM, after a meeting with Indonesian government officials on Monday.

“We’re very much focused on meeting the timelines and deadlines that have been discussed.”

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My Tech Predictions for 2011


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As a tech enthusiast, i have watched the tech industry keenly in 2010 and i found some impressive innovations, inventions which range from innovative web experiences from facebook, twitter, youtube, hulu e.t.c to a slew of gadgets released by companies all around the world (worthy of note though is Apple’s iPad, Google’s Android devices, Cloud services), and also to the several law suits filed by top-shot companies against each other over who owns what patent or not (Google Vs Oracle over Java, Apple Vs Android, Microsoft Vs Motorola, Paul Allen Vs Facebook, Google).
Amidst all that though 2010 was a great year that brought to mankind what it thought to be the far-fetched future, example is the giant leap towards the creation of a flying car, the power pack that will enable a human being to soar into the skies (any kids fantasy) .

Ok enough said about 2010, this post is actually about my tech predictions for 2011, which i have divided into different sections for easier readability.

N.B. This is not an exhaustive list, just some of the major shots I think is worthy of note.

Web Experience (including social networking, email services)

Facebook

Facebook

Facebook the social networking giant brought about ground breaking advancement in the way we communicate with family and friends through social media in 2010 by adding a slew of applications/add-ons, also improving the usage experience both for PC and mobile phone user’s. Facebook’s user base increased incredibly from about 350 million in January 2010 to over 500 million at the end of the year.

My Prediction: Facebook’s user base growth might increase in 2011, but its usage which is already on the decline will most likely continue. However, if facebook creates a totally new experience then it might just see it through the year, and save it from an inevitable death (eventually!!).

Twitter

Twitter


Twitter also an arguably rising giant social networking platform enjoyed an explosive growth in its user base, but not much  was recorded in terms of user experience, this in part is due to its philosophy of simplicity (based on 140 characters).

My Prediction: Twitter will definately experience a spike in its user base from all around the world, which will be due in part to its usage by businesses in resolving customer issues, which is now becoming common place. And of course its popularity nugget machine in news, sports, tech, music, movies and so on, will also be worthy of note.

Youtube

 

Youtube

Youtube

Youtube has created a niche for itself that makes it hard for any competitor to rear its head, with it’s impressive database of over 50 million videos and counting. Its integration with social networking elements also adds to the rich experience you get from this great website, plus the new HD has also joined the fray of what makes this tool so sleek.

My prediction: It is a known fact that pictures speak louder than words, based on this singular fact that Youtube will remain relevant and will still be with us for some time. However this year we expect that we should be able to stream videos live from the camera on our mobile phones through youtube and share with the world LIVE!!

Latest Technology (What’s not so New, but New)

Cloud Computing

The Cloud

Cloud computing is a relatively new concept which is already becoming common-place (at least for the techy guys), but it is still an evolving technology which is still very abstract to the non-techy guys. The concecpt of cloud computing has various uses, i’ll mention 2 here:
1. File storage: It allows for ubiquity, in the sense that once you put your files in the cloud you can retrieve them anywhere, anytime without the barrier of carrying around a storage device (which can get missen, or forgotten), all you need is an internet connection, so next time you have a presentation consider putting your files in the cloud.
2. Website Hosting: The cloud is great for website hosting, because unlike the convetional way of buying a large monstrous server that is usually under-utilized, in cloud you pay for only what you use (Storage space and Computing cycle), also has your traffic grows you can increase your storage space and bandwidth accordingly, which makes it good for business right?

My Prediction: Cloud computing is becoming useful to more human beings (i.e. reduced learning curve), therefore there will be a massive migration (which had already begun) from the classic file storage/website hosting into the cloud. Also this year will mark the beginning of direct file printing from the cloud, which will allow you to print from any printer that is connected to the internet (N.B Google is getting close to getting this done).

Gadgets

Mobile Hologram Devices: I think there will be a major step towards the development of the much awaited gadget (a geeks fantasy). which is a mobile device that will project text, images and videos into the air without a screen: watch this presentation by IBM for a demonstration

 

USB 3.0

USB 3.0

SuperSpeed USB 3.0 will deliver a tenfold improvement in data transfer rates while retaining backward compatibility with previous versions and adding new features that will make this communication standard all the more essential to the average consumer.  Some of the features are 5Gbit/s transfer rate as opposed to 12Mbit/s in USB 2.0, 9 connector wires as opposed to 4 in USB 2.0, cool isn’t it, you don’t have to sleep off anymore when transferring your videos, music and so on!!

My Prediction: Definately wide spread use of USB 3.0 …………. What do you expect, this is awesome stuff!!

Okay there you have it my predictions for 2011, like i said this is not an exhaustive list, so there are some things that I didn’t talk about. So what are your tech predictions for 2011? Leave a comment in the box below and share it with the world 🙂