This Children's Day, global internet security firm McAfee released a survey on the online behaviour of children in India. The survey found that while 62 per cent of children polled shared personal information online, no less than 58 per cent gave specific details such as their home address. Predictably, the survey found that children were secretive about their personal lives online, with less than 39 per cent sharing details about their online activities with their parents. Indeed, as previous studies have also pointed out, over 12 per cent children were also found to have been victims of some kind of cyber attack.
This affirms that the online behavioural patterns of children need to be seen in a different light and with lot more gravity and consciousness by Indian parents, the study notes. Tips to parents include positioning the computer in the main living space, educating children about the perils online, setting time limits, and yes, making sure that children do not reveal personally identifiable information.
Open source convention
The eighth edition of Open Source India, a technology event that is focussed on the open source technology space, will be held from November 20 to 22 at the NIMHANS Convention Centre, Bangalore. Started in 2004 as Linux Asia, this is among the largest open source conferences in Asia.
The event will be inaugurated by Ramesh Chopra, founder and editor,Electronics For You. Regunath Balasubramanian, principal architect of the UIDAI project, will speak on ‘Use of OSS in Aadhaar project – the world's largest identity platform' and discuss how open source has been used in a project of national importance. The focus of this edition is on the open source sector in India. The special highlights of the three-day convention include special tracks such as ‘FOSS For Everyone', ‘PHP Days', ‘Kernel Day', ‘Database Days', ‘Mobile Apps Development', ‘Web Apps Development' and ‘FOSS For Developers'. The event will be attended by open source technologists and industry veterans such as Janakiram M.S.V., Web Services Evangelist, Amazon Web Services; Naren Datha, researcher, Microsoft Research India; Khasim Syed Mohammed, lead engineer, Texas Instruments; Varad Gupta, CTO, Keen & Able Computers; and many others will join in and share their experiences and knowledge related to FOSS technologies.
Mobile movie portal
Vuclip, an independent mobile video service, announced the launch of India's first independent mobile movie portal, ‘Starlight Cinema', offering more than 9,000 movie clips in 13 Indian languages: Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Bhojpuri, Gujarati, Punjabi, Oriya, Rajasthani, Kashmiri, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam. The launch comes at a time when brand strategists are trying to find new and compelling advertising alternatives in the wake of the TRAI's tightening noose on SMS-based marketing, a release from the firm stated. The mobile movie portal features clips, trailers and first looks from several upcoming movies.
Tool to file financial statements
Infosys announced the launch of XBRL Filing Solution, a solution for Indian companies to file financial statements in XBRL (eXtensible Business Reporting Language) format. This solution is aimed at addressing the requirements of Indian companies who are required to file their financial statements in XBRL format starting from the financial year 2010-11, based on the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) mandate.
According to a press release, this is a ‘ready to use' tool in which users can convert their Excel-based financial information into XBRL format in a few simple steps. This standalone solution can be easily integrated into a Microsoft Excel format, following which it can be used immediately after installation, the release added.