Google Maps available offline in India.

It’s not uncommon to have a spotty internet connection in India and this can be really frustrating when you’re trying to find your way to a new place or looking for your next turn while driving. From today, Google makes it easier with the launch of new offline functions on Google Maps.
One can now download an area of the world to the phone, and the next time there’s no connectivity, Google Maps will continue to work.
Now turn-by turn-driving directions, search for specific destinations and useful information about places can be obtained without an internet connection.
Say you’re flying to Delhi airport and will need to find your way to a few new places when you arrive. Before you leave, you can download the area by searching for Delhi, and then tapping “Download”.
Alternatively, you can go to “Offline Areas” on the Google Maps menu and tapping on the “+” button. Once you’ve downloaded your map, Google Maps will still work when you’re making your way around Delhi, even when you’re somewhere with spotty service or no connectivity at all.
When a connection is found, it will switch back online. Google Maps will, by default, download areas to your device only when you are on a Wi-Fi connection.
“Having a spotty internet connection shouldn’t mean you miss your next turn. With the launch of these new offline features, like turn-by-turn navigation and the ability to search for places, we hope it will be easier for people in India to find their way using Google Maps,” explains Suren Ruhela, director, Google Maps.
Source – Ranjani Ayyar | TNN | Nov 19, 2015, 03.01 PM IST

These 14 Short Stories Shared By Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Are Really Worth Reading

Hyderabad-born Satya Nadella’s elevation as the CEO of Microsoft has not only made Indians proud but it will definitely inspire many youngsters with humble backgrounds, industry leaders feel. He became role model for youngsters. Here we listed 14 short stories shared by Satya Nadella, CEO Microsoft which are really worth reading.


1. Fall and Rise

Today, when I slipped on the wet tile floor a boy in a wheelchair caught me before I slammed my head on the ground. He said, “Believe it or not, that’s almost exactly how I injured my back 3 years ago”.

2. A father’s advice

Today, my father told me, “Just go for it and give it a try! You don’t have to be a professional to build a successful product. Amateurs started Google and Apple. Professionals built the Titanic”.

3. The power of uniqueness

Today, I asked my mentor – a very successful business man in his 70’s – what his top 3 tips are for success. He smiled and said, “Read something no one else is reading, think something no one else is thinking, and do something no one else is doing”.

4. Looking Back

Today, I interviewed my grandmother for part of a research paper I’m working on for my Psychology class. When I asked her to define success in her own words, she said, “Success is when you look back at your life and the memories make you smile”.

5. Try and U shall know

I am blind by birth. When I was 8 years old, I wanted to play baseball. I asked my father- “Dad, can I play baseball?” He said “You’ll never know until you try.” When I was a teenager, I asked him, – “Dad Can I become a surgeon?”. He replied “Son, you’ll never know until you try.” Today I am a Surgeon, just because I tried!

6. Goodness & Gratitude

Today, after a 72 hour shift at the fire station, a woman ran up to me at the grocery store and gave me a hug. When I tensed up, she realized I didn’t recognize her. She let go with tears of joy in her eyes and the most sincere smile and said, “On 9-11-2001, you carried me out of the World Trade Center.”

7. Love Conquers Pain

Today, after I watched my dog get run over by a car, I sat on the side of the road holding him and crying. And just before he died, he licked the tears off my face.

8. A door closes to open another

Today at 7AM, I woke up feeling ill, but decided I needed the money, so I went into work. At 3PM I got laid off. On my drive home I got a flat tire. When I went into the trunk for the spare, it was flat too. A man in a BMW pulled over, gave me a ride, we chatted, and then he offered me a job. I start tomorrow.

9. Looking Back

Today, as my father, three brothers, and two sisters stood around my mother’s hospital bed, my mother uttered her last coherent words before she died. She simply said, “I feel so loved right now. We should have gotten together like this more often.”

10. Affection

Today, I kissed my dad on the forehead as he passed away in a small hospital bed. About 5 seconds after he passed, I realized it was the first time I had given him a kiss since I was a little boy.

11. Innocence

Today, in the cutest voice, my 8-year-old daughter asked me to start recycling. I chuckled and asked, “Why?” She replied, “So you can help me save the planet.” I chuckled again and asked, “And why do you want to save the planet?” “Because that’s where I keep all my stuff,” she said.

12. Joy

Today, when I witnessed a 27-year-old breast cancer patient laughing hysterically at her 2-year-old daughter’s antics, I suddenly realized that I need to stop complaining about my life and start celebrating it again.

13. Kindness

Today, a boy in a wheelchair saw me desperately struggling on crutches with my broken leg and offered to carry my backpack and books for me. He helped me all the way across campus to my class and as he was leaving he said, “I hope you feel better soon”.

14. Sharing

Today, I was traveling in Kenya and I met a refugee from Zimbabwe. He said he hadn’t eaten anything in over 3 days and looked extremely skinny and unhealthy. Then my friend offered him the rest of the sandwich he was eating. The first thing the man said was, “We can share it.”

Cheers to life.



Courtesy: Allindiaroundup.

Saving Apple in 1997 Was the Craziest Thing Microsoft Ever Did, Ballmer Says

Short Bytes: During a recent interview with Bloomberg, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer targetted Microsoft’s rivals Apple and Amazon. He said that Microsoft did a crazy thing saving Apple from bankruptcy in the past and bashed Amazon for its work environment.


 Everybody knows the famous story of Bill Gates investing $150 million in its rival Apple to save it from bankruptcy. This happened right after Steve Jobs returned to the company.

In a recent interview with Bloomberg, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said that was one of the craziest things Microsoft ever did. Steve Ballmer chose to talk on numerous topics in the interview- ranging from Microsoft giving Apple a run for their money- to Amazon being a not-so-nice place to work.

When asked about Apple’s current position, Ballmer said, “Microsoft will give them a good run for their money” and that “nobody else has really tried to compete with them anymore really seriously in hardware.”

He didn’t stop there. Targeting Amazon CEO Jeff Benzos’ past comments about Microsoft’s work environment, Steve Ballmer said that Amazon isn’t a place where people want to work.

He added, “anybody who ever left Microsoft [to work at Amazon], we could count on them coming back within a year or two because it’s not a great place to work.”



Courtesy: Fossbytes