Mar 072013

Brain Training Program

As the passage of time, we realize different changes in our body. Such change is realized in our brain too. As many people reach the middle age, they often start to realize that their memory and mental clarity are not what they used to be. We will forget where we put the keys just a moment ago, or an old acquaintance’s name or the name of an old music band, we used to love. As the brain fades, we euphemistically refer to these occurrences as “senior moments.”

While seemingly innocent, this loss of mental focus can potentially have a detrimental impact on our professional, social, and personal well-being.

It happens to most of us, but is it inevitable?

Neuroscientists are showing that there’s actually a lot that can be done. Our brain also needs regular exercise as our muscles and the right mental workouts can significantly improve our basic cognitive functions. Thinking is essentially a process of making neural connections in the brain. To a certain extent, our ability to excel in making the neural connections that drive intelligence is inherited.  However, these connections are made through effort and practice. Scientists believe that intelligence can expand and fluctuate according to mental effort.

A new San Francisco Web-based company developed the first “brain training program” designed to help people to improve and regain their mental sharpness. The brain training program that is Lumosity was designed by some of the leading experts in neuroscience and cognitive psychology from Stanford University.

Lumosity, is an online place to exercise your mental skills. They have integrated this exercise into a web-based program that allows you to systematically improve your memory and attentions skills. The program also developed such mechanism that keeps the record of your progress and provides detailed feedback on your performance and improvement. Most importantly, it constantly modifies and enhances the games you play to build on the strengths you are developing- much like an effective exercise routine requires you to increase resistance and very your muscle use.

Does it work?

Actually it works. While conducting clinical trials, Lumosity was shown to significantly improve basic cognitive functions. One study also showed that students improved their scores on math tests by 34 percent after using Lumosity for six weeks, significantly greater gains than those made by other students in the same class, who were not in training with the Lumosity program.

The company also said that users have developed clearer and quicker thinking, improved memory for names, numbers, directions, increased alertness and awareness, elevated mood, and better concentration at work or while driving.

There are some free games at Lumosity that are offered free of cost. But if you want to use full program over the long term, you have to pay a modest subscription fee.

However, Lumosity is currently offering a free trial of their program to new users so that you can see how well it works before you decide to subscribe. The trial is completely free (no credit card required) and the company believes the results will speak for themselves.

Click Here to try yourself.

Spending USD 22 Billion to Check Malwares in 2013

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Mar 072013

There is the chances of infecting one consumer out of three consumers and three in 10 businesses by the unexpected malwares.


A study has said, “consumers will spend USD 22 billion for checking malware attacks this year while other business companies will invest a large amount of USD 114 billion in dealing with such malicious softwares”.

The study conducted by market research group IDC and commissioned by Microsoft Corporation, there is the chances of infection by unexpected malware in one consumer out of three consumers and three in ten businesses.

Generally malwares and malicious software are intended to damage or disable some of the computers and computers systems.

Microsoft India also said in release that consumers will spend 1.5 billion hours and USD 22 billion for detecting, repairing and recovering from the impact of malware. Similarly, global enterprises will spend USD 114 billion to deal with the impact of a malware induced cyber attack.

The use of pirated software to same money is the main cause of spreading malwares in the computer system. Using such pirated software can infect by unexpected malware in one computer out three and 3 out of 10 businesses.

“Software is pirated in order to save money, however, the reality is that with pirated and counterfeit software, the user ends up paying for malware, Trojan, adware and other harmful viruses,” Microsoft India Director (Genuine Software Initiative) Sumeet Khanna said.

The survey was conducted in 10 countries that covered 1,104 consumer respondents, 973 business user respondents and 268 CIO/IT manager respondents. It reports that 32 percent of their PCs come without operating systems and 12 percent did not install security updates. Similarly, 30 percent of consumer respondents did not install security updates and nearly 70 percent of consumers who use pirated software had problems with it. Apart from that, 64 percent of the respondents who had used counterfeit software experienced security issues, while 45 percent said counterfeit software slowed their PCs and software had to be uninstalled.

48 percent of respondents said that their greatest concern with using counterfeit software was data loss and 29 percent were most concerned with identity theft.

Another exposing risk to the workplace was that higher percentage of corporate users download software unauthorized as per their corporate policy.

Embedding malware with counterfeit software is a new method for criminals to prey on computer users who are unaware of the potential danger, Kanna said.