Apple gives into China’s pressure

Those who logged into the iPhone maps to have a glimpse of communistic China, would have been shocked and surprised to see a new addition to its territory. As you guessed it right, it is Arunchal Pradesh(AP) that is shown as part of China.
AP is in fact a part of democratic India. Apple Inc. has been literally forced by China into showing it this way, mainly because it lured the former about the business possibilities in its market and to step into which the support of the communist government is needed. More than 200,000 Chinese are expected to become owners of the iPhone 4 in coming weeks, following its recent launch.

Currently, the Chinese people are using Virtual Private Networks(VPN) to gain access to websites that are not blocked by the Chinese censorship programme. So with that possibility, they have been advised by bloggers all over the world to use Google maps as an error-free alternative.

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Gates receives Indira Gandhi award

Bill gates with Indian leaders

Founder of Microsoft Bill Gates has received the Indira Gandhi award from India. It is awarded as a recognition to eminent persons  for their  service  in the areas of Peace, Disarmament and Development . Bill Gates who runs Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has been actively involved in  health and development projects in India.He has committed about $1 billion dollar in healthcare sector mainly to eradicate AIDS and polio. One of his AIDS  prevention initiative targeted about 280,000 people from high risk categories.This was no easy job for his volunteers as Gates was quoted saying,”To make sure they don’t miss anybody, they also go to train stations, bus stations and ferry terminals to immunize children who are on the move,” . As a part of the prize , he was awarded 2.5 million rupees ($52,000) from the Indian government.Gates was also quoted saying that he was not a “24-hour-a-day tech person ” and “ I read a lot , some of that reading is not on a computer“.

According to Gates ,   not all tools of technology are useful and could be serious time wasters , if we are not careful .Gates has recently quit Facebook  after he got overwhelmed by the number of friend requests that mounted to about 10,000 and he had a tough time to find out whether the person was familiar to him or some stranger . Gates who has stepped down as CEO of Microsoft feels that he would be able to spend 80% of his time in charity works and 20% for  Microsoft.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: www.gatesfoundation.org

China interested in hacking Military networks

China hacking into other countries Defense networks is on the rise,especially on the American military networks.The networks and databases used by the US government and American defense contractors are regularly targetted by Chinese hackers ‘China is stealing vast amounts of sensitive information from US computer networks,’ says Larry Wortzel, chairman of the commission set up by Congress in 2000 to investigate US-China issues.The chinese have also been gaining access to unclassified emails in the White House.A June 2007 cyber break-in at the Pentagon was also attributed to the Chinese military, but it’s not clear whether these incidents were linked. Rep. Frank R. Wolf , a Republican  from Virginia stated that four computers in his office were hacked in 2006.However , US is not the only country to claim this .Earlier even UK and Germany had accused China for the same .

Earlier this April, China was blamed for hacking into the network of Ministry of External Affairs ,India. No sensitive information was believed to be accessed, which was detected  during regular checks by the Intelligence agencies.Though the government does not have any specific idea about who the hackers were, the IP addresses left behind suggested the hand of Chinese.

However , the Chinese government has denied all such claims saying that their country does not have sufficient technology to perform attacks abroad.