Benefits of Internships by Jeff Moore


 Jeff Moore, Lead Engineering Recruiter at Google, talks about the benefits of internships and how they can help advance your career in this week.
 

Those of you looking for full time work are probably knee deep in interviews and networking. Awesome, keep at it. But there is another whole recruiting phenomenon going on right now: internships.
Internships are HUGE for those of you in school and looking to jumpstart your career, but they are often overlooked by students who are focused solely on grades or extracurricular activities. My advice is to take a summer or semester and do an internship. You’ll have a great time and appreciate the experience. Here’s why:

Experience – One of the best ways to get work experience is to do an internship. I know some of you are thinking something like “Intern = designated coffee maker.” Not true! Internships are a chance for you to work on a cool project and help make an impact within an organization. I had an intern last summer—her project was something I’d been dying to do for a few years and now it’s done. I believe we call that a “win-win.”

Learning – That’s right, learning. A lot of times, early on, you aren’t 100% sure what you want to do as a career. Internships allow you to give different types of jobs and industries a try and see if you like them. Think of it as a free trial. You’ll be surprised how much you can learn during a few months on a job and this newfound knowledge will help you decide where you want to go.

Practice – Internships are like practice for full-time jobs. The whole process runs very similar to full-time hiring, so this is your chance to interview, meet people and work in a much less stressful situation than you will once you have graduated. Think about it, you don’t want the first interview you’ve ever done in your life to be after you’ve graduated and are under serious pressure to find a job. You’ve gotta practice if you want to hone those skills and get the dream job.

Networking! – Ah, what would a blog post be without a networking reference? Internships give you an opportunity to meet great people who can help you throughout your career. It doesn’t matter if it’s someone on your team, your intern host or someone with similar interests, internships expand your network. And, as you know, networking is the key to an effective job search.

So, there you go. If you’re still in school, find an internship and learn as much as you can. Good luck with the search this week and happy interviews everyone!

by Jeff Moore, Lead Engineering Recruiter

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UbiSlate 7-India’s $55 Tablet Pre-Orders Opens After the Aakash goes on Sale


India’s Government Sponsored $45 ultra-low cost tablet computer aimed at providing connectivity to the country’s masses.

The tablet, called Aakash (meaning Sky)was announced in October this year Previously nicknamed as Sakshat.The susbsidised Aakash tablet is likely to cost Rs. 1,750.And sold out less than one week after the device went on sale in the country online.While many will be disappointed by the lack of availability of the tablet there is a Positive News that DataWind, the Canada-based firm manufacturing the tablet,However is offering the commercial version of the Aakash tablet.

As a spokesperson of DataWind told The Hindu Business Line:

 We have closed bookings for Aakash and opened online pre-bookings for the second generation Aakash tablet.
 

            The new tablet is called the UbiSlate 7 and it is set to begin shipping next month for $55 (2,999 INR). Measuring 7 inches, the device packs more punch that the first generation version which will apparently be “three times better” than the original Aakash in performance. The tablet will also come with a 3,200 mAh battery, which is expected to give a back up to 5 hours. It comes with a headphone/mic plus integrated speaker.

To Get More details About the UbiSlate 7 and To Pre-Order For The Device Visit This Website

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“Billion Dollar Hippy” Steve Jobs documentary from the BBC


The hour-long BBC documentary “Billion Dollar Hippy” about Steve Jobs has been posted up on YouTube. It’s a great watch, featuring interviews by Steve Wozniak, Stephen Fry, Tim Berners-Lee, John Sculley and more, talking about Jobs’ influence on technology and culture.

I mean, come on, it starts with Chariots of Fire playing in the background. Watch it while you can!

Google Launches “Schemer”-a New Location Service


This December is Going to be a Unforgettable Month for those who have craze on Social Networks.Twitter, Facebook, and Google all getting into the act of launching new products and features.

Now,Google has announced a new product called “Schemer” which aims to help Us to discover a new places.

Here’s how the company describes it:

Whether it’s exploring a new city, checking out a friend’s movie recommendations, or just finding new activities for your weekends, Schemer lets you discover new things to do, share schemes with friends, and make the most of your day.We’re a scrappy team of Google engineers who wanted to help people do fun stuff in the real world. So we went ahead and built Schemer! We hope you like it.Schemer is currently in beta and invite only but add us on Google+ to get exclusive information and invitations to join.
 
To Get the Updates and Invitation Google Advises Us to

Follow them on Google+.

Source:TheNextWeb

 
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Facebook Flaws Exposes CEO’s Private Photos


The Wall Street Journal reports  that a Facebook flaw has exposed private photos of Mark  Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO. In a post made on Nov. 27 on the web forum BodyBuilding.com, an anonymous blogger listed step-by-step instructions on how to access photos uploaded by other Facebook members, even if the images had been marked as private.

Later a blogger tried the steps and used it to publish a private photo of Mark Zuckerberg. However, Facebook has fixed the flaw now.

In a statement, a Facebook spokesman said the flaw

“was the result of one of our recent code pushes and was live for a limited period of time. Upon discovering the bug, we immediately disabled the system, and will only return functionality once we can confirm the bug has been fixed..”

The settlement requires Facebook “to establish and maintain a comprehensive privacy program,” the FTC said at the time.

The posting of Mr. Zuckerberg’s photos Tuesday recalls a similar attack staged in January, when a hacker appeared to post a message purporting to be by the CEO that suggested the company raise funding from its own users rather than banks.
To Watch the discussion on this topic in the video of The Wall Street Journal

Twitter Released 2011 Year In Review – Top Topics the Year


We are in the End of the year 2011.The End of the Year is Always Special For Everyone not only for the Celebrations but also for the time for all the best and most popular lists to come out.

Now,Twitter Released the top subjects in a variety of topics, tweeted about the most during the year 2011.

From the Most Popular Hashtags Top most interesting Topics  are : Charlie Sheen(Actor),egypt(most mentioned country) ,tigerblood, threewordstoliveby, japan(About the horrific earthquake and following tsunami in March of this year),improudtosay,super bowl(American football’s biggest game)…

Some of the Other Top Highlights are:

Technology: Mac App Store
Actress:Elizabeth Taylor
Movies:Thor
Music:Rebecca Black and Friday
Television:Pretty Little Liars
Soccer:Wayne Rooney
City:Cairo

If you want the rest of the hot topics from 2011 that tweeted about then you will want to Check Out Here.

Source: TheNextWeb

The Life of Steven Paul Jobs – Infographic


Steve Jobs,a charismatic pioneer of the personal Computer Revolution.  He has left his mark on no less than five industries: personal computers with Apple II and Macintosh, music with iPod and iTunes, phone with iPhone, and animation with Pixar.He has changed millions of lives by making technology easy-to-use,exciting and beautiful…

This is a Infographic   grabbed from  Infographicworld  about the timeline of  the great genius Steve Jobs.

Source: Infographicworld

 

 

Cadbury Personalized Chocolate Bars for Google Founders


I have read this information  today afternoon in a Tech. site. It Impressed me a lot.  Cadbury has made personalized Dairy Milk+1 Chocolate bars for Google Founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page! This is the first time  to have Cadbury personalized bars, so this seems to be a new trend to advertise Google +1.The interesting ting is You can also have your name on a Cadbury chocolate bar if you Influential to get it.

 

Cadbury had earlier also made some 1kg  Dairy Milk+1 bars, with the tagline – the Cadbury bar that’s great for sharing.  They also ran a Google+ competition in UK and Ireland to give people a chance to win a unique 1kg Dairy Milk+1 chocolate bar.

Don’t You love to have a Cadbury Chocolate with your name on it?

Airtel Offers Free Access to Twitterr


As we all know that  Airtel is  the first national carrier giving Tweeting services from SMS, now it came out with free mobile access to Twitter users. It means Airtel keeps strong beep on social networking sites growth in India.

According to Airtel’s new plan where subscribers will able to tweet & reply from their devices itself  and it ‘s also  free of cost. As offer is currently valid for limited period only but it will provide free access to 170 million plus users of Airtel across the nation.

According to Airtel Press Statement…

“Today’s discerning Indian customer is increasingly relying on the mobile device for accessing everything from emails to music to social networks. In conjunction with this trend, we are pleased to introduce 90 days of free access to Twitter for mobile users in India – first on Airtel. With this, 170 million+ Airtel mobile customers will now potentially be able to enjoy Twitter’s rich interface on their mobile web browsers or access updates posted by specific users through SMS notifications free of charge. This initiative will introduce new users to an exciting world of possibilities that mobile internet enables, thus providing an impetus to data services market. Airtel has always been committed to delivering experiences that are innovative and relevant for customers. This launch reinforces our focus on this promise and adds to our list of many industry firsts.” said N Rajaram, Chief Marketing Officer-Consumer Business, Bharti Airtel (Courtesy: News Agencies) 

Network carrier noted that this service is the first one  introduced  in India under GPRS plan. Above all here customers can tweet, reply the tweets, and check the news & browse real-time trends. Apart from this users can also subscribe SMS service to get the latest updates from specific users’. FRom this  the same offer itself user can freely subscribe this facility by  sending SMS on 53000.

Customers can easily avail this FREE offer from their mobile by visiting mobile site (m.twitter.com). The best thing is there as unknown users can also follow their friend(s) or celebrity via sms service under subscription system. Presently this offer is valid till 31st March 2012.

Then For What You are waiting? Start tweeting!!!

An Interview with Tova Wiener Nadler -Young Innovator @ Google


Introduction: Young Innovators @ Google   highlights  the great work of Googler’s who, not too long ago, were students like you. In their short careers, these engineers and product managers have made a big impact on Google. This week we sat down with Tova Wiener Nadler, a software engineer who graduated from Harvard University in 2010 after completing a bachelor’s degree in applied math and computer science and a master’s degree in computer science.

Tell us about your path to Google and your current role.

Tova Wiener Nadler: I came to Google through the college recruiting program and joined as a software engineer in the fall of 2010, after a long, relaxing post-college summer. While in college, I was a bit wary of working as an engineer. I envisioned more long nights of hair-yanking coding, which was why I decided to do an internship in quantitative finance instead of engineering. That summer, I realized that my favorite part of my job was coding, and that if I was going to code, I wanted to code in an environment built around engineering. Furthermore, I realized that if I wanted to work at a software company, Google was the one for me. Fortunately, I have found my job to be the perfect balance of pressure and relaxation!

Why were you interested in being a Software Engineer?

TWN: I was interested in being a software engineer because I really enjoyed the computer science classes I took in college and found that as time went on, I would actually eagerly await the next assignment. I could focus on a piece of code for longer than I could focus on anything else! I found that I really enjoy the creative design of producing software and that it feels great to watch your products come to life.

What was your first project at Google, and what impact did it have?

TWN: My first project was to inline the image thumbnails for books mode: when the browser is given an image, it can either be given the URL where that image is stored, or it can be given the actual bytes that comprise the image. While the first method is simpler, the second method saves the browser HTTP requests while loading, and decreases page load latency. This technology was already in use for other search modes, so my project was to figure out how they did it, and replicate for books mode. This change was totally invisible, but your book search results pages have loaded just a bit faster ever since.

How has your role evolved since then?

TWN: My role has evolved in two important ways: I have been given more autonomy with respect to what I implement, and how I implement it; and I have been able to work on and launch client facing features.

One project that I spent a lot of time on that launched this summer is an upgrade to the images that are displayed on relevant web search queries. Our project displays multiple rows of images, packed in an aesthetically pleasing manner, for queries where the user probably wants to see images. We have also added “hovers” – when a person mouses over one of the images, a larger version of the image with more information about the image appears. I was primarily responsible for adding the hover functionality and worked with my team on many of the other details.

In what ways have you been able to innovate at Google? What makes working at Google unique for you?

TWN: Although I have definitely been given room to innovate, what makes working at Google unique for me, especially as a fresh graduate, is the access to tremendous amounts of information about how the world’s best search engine works. I love the ability to code surf, exploring how different parts of the system work and learning how other people have solved complicated problems.

On the innovation front, the Google attitude seems to be, “If you build it, and it’s awesome, launch it!” This means that you get a lot of freedom and resources to explore your idea, but that you are responsible for demonstrating to those around you, and those not around you, that it truly is awesome.

What do you like most about your job? Are there personal rewards from the work you do?

TWN: I enjoy setting goals and making incremental progress towards achieving those goals. The mentorship at Google is great and it is a very goal-oriented culture.

Overall, how do you feel about your time here at Google, and what do you see yourself doing next?

TWN: I have really enjoyed my time at Google. My coworkers are great – the culture is very collegial and people are always striving to build the best products that they can. The emphasis on learning new skills has really eased my transition from student to professional life, as I feel that my education is continuing. I hope to stay at Google for the foreseeable future, and would like to continue to take on bigger projects and to take on more leadership roles.

What advice do you have for young people who are considering this career?

TWN: The advice I have is

  1. Learn how to work well with partners on your class assignments.
  2. Take classes that have a lot of coding assignments because that is how you will really develop your skills.
  3. Become familiar with the C++, Python and Java.
  4. Learn how to teach yourself: find a random piece of code somewhere and figure out how it works!

How does a person progress in your field? And how has Google helped with that progression?

TWN: In order to progress you need to take on more responsibility and leadership in the projects you work on. At Google, the progression is natural and you are given more responsibility when you have proven you can handle it. If you can build up your skills and knowledge base there will be people all over the company asking for your advice. Here, it’s not about who has been here longer and if they have more experience than you: at any stage you can take ownership of things you’ve done and help others.

Any fun google stories to share?

TWN:When I first started work in the Cambridge office my team went on an off-site to a smithy. We were equipped with aprons, goggles and sound blocking earmuffs and spent the day hammering pieces of metal into hooks. We all had a lot of fun and came home with some very impressive wrought-iron hooks.