Friday, November 2, 2012

Red Cross urges blood donations


Nov. 2 (UPI) -- The
American Red Cross said more than 360
U.S. blood drives were canceled due to
Hurricane Sandy and asked those not
affected by the storm to give blood.
The postponed blood drives this week
represents a loss of as many as 12,000
blood and platelet products, the Red
Cross said.
"People who are eligible, especially in
places not affected by the storm, are
asked to schedule a donation appointment
in the days and weeks to come," the Red
Cross said on its website. "To schedule a
donation time or get more information
about giving blood, people can visit or call 1-800-RED
CROSS, or 1-800-733-2767."
Red Cross officials said platelet donations
-- used for those undergoing
chemotherapy and organ transplants and
have weakened immune systems -- are
especially needed.
A platelet dose from a single donor
reduces the patient's exposure to multiple
donors and is therefore preferred by
many physicians.
"During a platelet donation, a small
portion of blood -- about a quarter pint at
a time -- is drawn from your arm and
passed through a sophisticated cell-
separating machine," the Red Cross said.
"The machine collects the platelets and
safely returns the remaining blood
components, along with some saline,
back to you. After the donation you can
resume your normal activities, avoiding
heavy lifting or strenuous exercise that
One platelet donation can be worth from
12 to 18 whole blood donations, the Red
Cross said.
However, platelet donations are only
collected at select American Red Cross
Blood Donation Centers and can take
longer than a whole blood donation. The
platelet donation takes approximately 1.5
to 2 hours and may be a single or dual
arm procedure depending on the
collection device used.
Platelet donors shouldn't take aspirin or
products containing aspirin 48 hours
before donation -- in New York three days



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Monday, October 29, 2012

iPhone Tips and Tricks That Are Easy to Do and Set Up

Are you considering an iPhone purchase but are not really familiar with all the technology options that come with it? Do you think it is too much for you? There is no need to fear. The information and advice in this article will make you an iPhone master. In order to conserve your battery usage on the iPhone, reduce the brightness level. Go to the settings to change this. Doing this means your battery will get drained slower, and this really helps for times you want to keep your phone charged for as long as you can. You may consider getting a battery management app. There are many different options, and they can tell you what apps and actions use the most power. They also let you know when you need to calibrate, letting you keep the battery healthy. One of the most useful features of your iPhone is quite an extensive dictionary incorporated into the iOS. Use this reference tool for almost all your apps. Tap then hold on a word; when the options come up, choose Define. The utilities of your iPhone has a calculator built in. If the iPhone is horizontal when you use the calculator, it will do advanced scientific calculations. The iPhone's versatility makes it great. With the free BlinqTV app, you can transform your phone into a universal remote. Your iPhone can then control your television, DVD player and several other audio/visual components. Plus, reminders for favorite shows or programs can be set on your iPhone! Save time when typing on an iPhone. Go to the settings menu, then general area, and select the keyboard. Finish by adding a new shortcut. When you do this, word combos and phrases you type are reprogrammed. As such, the next time you won't have to type every single letter. Load your iPhone up with exciting, distinctive sounds! With Apple's technology, anyone can pick out ringtones from their favorite tunes to set custom tones for tweets, texts, voice mails, emails, reminders, and more. Just go to your sounds menu and customize your iPhone to your own individual tastes ! Its fun... and its easy. Always upgrade your OS to the version that is most current. Due to the complexity of the iPhone, Apple will release patches to fix various problems or security lapses. Updating is crucial especially if personal information is used or accessed if you go online with your phone. You are able to take a photo with just one hand on the iPhone. Simply press "+ volume" once you have the frame exactly as you want it. The picture quality is as good as taking them in the normal fashion. Many iPhone users will spent a lot of time surfing the web and reading mail, but they do not know how to save the images they find or are sent. Just hold the image you want for a moment. A box pops up with the save option. After reading the above article, you should have a working knowledge of the iPhone's capabilities. These suggestions are just the beginning; once you get started, you may not want to stop! Finally, you can find apps for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch fast and easy. Therapeutics has done all the work for you. He has taken the time to hand pick and carefully research the best apps and then place those apps in newly created categories not found on any other app store anywhere. We also feature the complete Apple iOS inventory ( currently over 690,000 apps ).

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

How cell phone cameras ruin real moments


On a recent episode of Leo Laporte’s podcast This Week in Tech, panelist Dwight Silverman spoke briefly about a concert featuring David Byrne and St. Vincent. Prior to the performance, Byrne told the audience that smartphone photography was encouraged, but that they should put down their iPads.
As anyone who has ever seen a 10-inch screen held aloft in a concert can attest, iPads can be a severe distraction, making Byrne prescient as ever. However, I don’t think he goes far enough. As great as ubiquitous camera access is, we might all be better off if we used our camera phones less often. Here’s why – whether you’re at a concert or just out for a walk in the woods.
It distracts others
Getting close to one of our favorite performers can make us want to document that experience. But no one wants an iPad screen blocking their view. Concerts are best enjoyed when there is little inhibiting the interaction between performers and audience. An iPad between you and the performer on stage will be a significant impediment to appreciating a performance. Bravo, David Byrne, for dissuading the inconsiderate from ruining things for the rest of the audience.
I would actually encourage him to go further, and ban all mobile devices. Phones may not be as large a disruption as a tablet, but they are a distraction nonetheless. Plus, where do you draw the line? “Phablets” like the 5.5-inch Samsung Galaxy Note 2 make the distinction so difficult, it would be far better to simply ban them all.
It distracts you
Not only is shooting video at a performance going to distract others, it will distract you as well.
You only have so much attention to go around. If you want to record a quality video, you have to shift too much of your attention to making that recording good. That leaves little attention left to appreciate what’s happening on stage — and that’s not even considering the distraction of tired arms at the seven-minute mark of a nine-minute song.
Shooting video also prevents you from physically engaging with the performance. If you go see The Hives, you will want to dance or jump around far more than you will want to have a camera in your hands. Trust me.
Audio is better
Nobody wants to see that grainy cell-phone video that you shot from the 40th row. Bootlegging communities for bands like Phish and The Grateful Dead indicate that someone may want to hear an audio recording, though. In that case, you will need better microphones than those in your smart phone.

his can add a lot of overhead, and most non-photographers don’t have good workflows to get it done. For example: Why do I have a photo of the last pork tenderloin sandwich I had when last in Indiana? There was no reason to take it in the first place. Now it is a useless piece of digital clutter. Plus, it made my phone greasy when I took it, and now I really want a pork tenderloin sandwich — both big negatives.

It makes us worse people
Yes, your friend’s compound fracture is fascinating in a horrifying sort of way, but I might be better off if I didn’t have opportunities to see things like that online. There would be a lot less fodder for /r/wtf (not to mention even less-savory sub-Reddits) if we didn’t all have decent-quality phones in our pockets. And that’s to say nothing of the feelings of the injured party.
We may be at our very worst as a species when we’re rubber-necking for a longer glance at the suffering of others. Ubiquitous camera access feeds this behavior directly, as we take more time to get photos and personally appreciate them later, and vicariously, as we encourage others to enjoy another’s pain with us. Sites like Reddit make this even worse, as the most gruesome injuries will also be rewarded with viral attention.
If we were more restrained with our camera phones, perhaps there would be a little less celebration of the terrible things around us.
David Byrne would never get away with banning cell phones from his performances. The uproar would be too great. This one has to be on us.
The next time you are at a concert, put down the camera phone. Focus more on the performance and you might just enjoy it more. If you are hiking or camping, leave your phone in your pocket. Don’t miss the point of the whole endeavor. And, for goodness sake, if you happen to be at the scene of an injury, accident, or tragedy, have some decency and don’t snap a shot to share online. We might just all be better off.

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Apple’s Phil Schiller on the State of the Mac


With Tuesday’s unveiling of the iPad Mini and a fourth-generation full-sized iPad, this has been a major week for the iPad. On Friday, Windows 8 goes on sale — making it an even bigger week for Windows PCs.

But this newsiest of tech news weeks also turns out to be a reasonably significant one for the Mac. Much of Apple’s Tuesday event was devoted to new models, including a substantial overhaul of the 13″ MacBook Pro with a Retina display, two absurdly thin new iMacs and an updated Mac Mini.

The profusion of new models was good news for Mac fans who have been known to fret that the Mac is being neglected as the iPhone and iPad become ever more important to Apple’s bottom line and future.

As usual, Apple teed off its announcements with happy recent stats. I was aware that the Mac has outpaced the rest of the PC industry in sales growth for years, but I didn’t know that the MacBook is the best-selling notebook line in the U.S., and the iMac is the best-selling desktop. Those achievements are more evidence that Apple’s Mac strategy — build premium machines, sell them profitably and don’t obsess over market share — doesn’t mean that it can’t end up with impressive market share anyhow.

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After the Tuesday presentation, I sat down with Apple Senior VP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller, who did the presenting of new models on Tuesday, and chatted with him about today’s Macs, and how they got that way.

I began by asking him about the streamlining of Mac hardware that’s been going on for years now. Apple has put its computers into unibody cases, sealed in the batteries, removed the optical drives, dumped hard disks when possible and either shrunk or eliminated many once-standard connectors. Rather than adding new features with abandon, as tech companies usually do, it’s whittled the Mac down to its elegant essence.

Many of these changes have been controversial, at least briefly, at least among some observers. But they don’t seem to have hurt Mac sales. What was the overarching strategy, I asked?

“This is what Apple has always been about, and the Mac has been about, from the first Mac and first iMac,” Schiller said. “It’s always been about making the best Mac we know how. Among the many benefits are making it easy to use and affordable, with great features. This high level of integration is part of delivering on that.”

Schiller pointed out some of the downsides of the technologies it’s removed or downplayed: rotating hard disks, for instance, use more power and are more likely to have reliability issues than solid-state storage.

“These old technologies are holding us back,” he said. “They’re anchors on where we want to go.”

“We find the things that have outlived their useful purpose. Our competitors are afraid to remove them. We try to find better solutions — our customers have given us a lot of trust.”

Apple began removing DVD burners from portable computers, where weight and thinness are paramount — at least to Apple — years ago. But the new iMacs are the first ones without optical drives. I asked Schiller if that was a more difficult decision.

“It actually comes from similar thinking as with the portables,” Schiller said. “In general, it’s a good idea to remove these rotating medias from our computers and other devices. They have inherent issues — they’re mechanical and sometimes break, they use power and are large. We can create products that are smaller, lighter and consume less power.”

Schiller pointed out that one major application for optical drives, software distribution, has gone largely digital. As for video, he said that “Blu-ray has come with issues unrelated to the actual quality of the movie that make [it] a complex and not-great technology…So for a whole plethora of reasons, it makes a lot of sense to get rid of optical discs in desktops and notebooks.”

His preferred Blu-ray alternative? iTunes, of course, which lets you buy a movie and then watch it on all your Apple devices.

Once upon a time, people assumed that Macs’ lack of Blu-ray was a delay, not a permanent decision to fast-forward past it. I told Schiller that I imagined folks don’t ask about it much these days. “Correct,” he said.

I noted that for years, pundits thought Apple would, or at least should, start making much cheaper Macs. I said that drumbeat seems to have come and gone, and asked Schiller if everyone finally understood that Apple was content with its strategy of sticking with the high end of the market.

“Our approach at Apple has always been to make products we’re proud to own and use ourselves,” he told me. “…We wouldn’t make something cheap or low quality. When the economy is difficult, people care a great deal about the things they spend their money on. Customers have come to understand that Apple’s products aren’t priced high — they’re priced on the value of what we build into them.”

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

The King of Fighters 2002


The King of Fighters 2002 brings the series back to its roots by retiring the strikers and swapping the excessive features from the past three games for an enormous selection of characters. Now nothing stands between you and your opponent as you battle for dominance!
The King of Fighters 2002 is a 2002 competitive fighting game produced by Eolith and Playmore for the Neo Geo. It is the ninth game in The King of Fighters series and the second one produced by Eolith and developed by SNK Neo Geo (formerly Brezzasoft). The game was ported to the Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, and the Xbox. The PS2 and Xbox versions were released in North America in a two in one bundle with the following game in the series, The King of Fighters 2003.
NONA returns to do character artwork, as he has since the previous installment.
SNK Play more has produced a remake titled TheKing of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match for the PlayStation 2, which has been released on February 26, 2009 in Japan. The Xbox Live Arcade version was released on November 3, 2010.
KOF 2002 discards the 4 VS 4 "Striker Match" format used in the previous three games in the series and returns to the 3-on-3 Battle format originally used in the series up until KOF '98.
The game also revamps the Power Gauge system into a format similar to the one used in KOF '98. Like previous games in the series, the Power Gauge is filled as the player attacks the opponent or performs Special Moves during battle. The number of Power Gauges the player can stock up increases by one with each member of the team, with the first member of the team being able to stock up to three Power Gauges, while the third member can stock up to five. A single Power Gauge stock can be used to perform a Counterattack and Evasion technique while guarding an opponent's attack, use a Super Special Move, or initiate the MAX Activation state.
During MAX Activation, the player's offensive and defensive strength is increased for a short period and can cancel any attack into another. In this state, a Super Special Move can be used without consuming a Power Gauge stock. There are also MAX Super Special Moves, which are Super moves that can only be performed during MAX Activation with one Power Gauge stock, and MAX2 moves that require two stocks.


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Wolverton: Microsoft's Surface tablet no iPad, but better than other rivals


I found a lot to like about Microsoft's new Surface tablet.
It's generally a pleasure to use. It has innovative features. And it appears to be well-built. For Microsoft's first effort at designing a mass-market computing device, it's a remarkable achievement, and it rates at or very near the top of the 10-inch tablets that compete with Apple's (AAPL) iPad. It's also a much easier device to understand and use than rival tablets based on Android, and unlike those tablets, it runs Office.
But as might be expected of a first-generation gadget, it also has numerous shortcomings, and because of those, I can't recommend it over the iPad. For the same $500 base price, Apple's tablet is simply better.
At first glance, the Surface looks unremarkable. It's a black slate with a glass screen, much like many of the other tablets on the market. It has a thin case with sharp edges that looks more like a utilitarian office device than something that will excite design fetishists.
But look closer and you'll find some nice features. Unlike many of the iPad's competitors, its case is made of magnesium, not plastic, so it feels solid. It has a unique kickstand that folds out of its back allowing you to prop it up on a table. And it has a full-size USB port and an SD card slot, allowing users to transfer files from external drives and cards.
For its new tablet effort, Microsoft designed a version of its Windows 8 operating system to run on ARM processors, the low-power chips that underlie the iPad and nearly all other competing tablets. Thanks to its ARM chip, the Surface is as thin as the big iPad and only slightly heavier. And like the iPad, it's ultra quiet, because it doesn't have a fan.
The new version of the operating system, dubbed Windows RT, looks a lot like the versions of Windows 8 that will run on traditional PCs. It has the same "Metro" start screen with "live" application tiles that offer up-to-date information, including the current weather and snippets from your latest email messages. And it has a version of the traditional Windows desktop.
I'm not a fan of the Metro start screen on traditional PCs. But the interface, which you navigate by swiping, tapping and pinching, was made for a touch-screen device like this. Some of the gestures take getting used to, but for the most part interacting with Metro is natural and easy.
One compelling feature in the Metro interface is the ability to split the screen between two applications. So, for example, you can play "Cut the Rope" while continuing to monitor your email. It's not the same thing as actually having windowed applications, but I'm not sure you need that feature on a tablet, and the screen-split feature is one you don't get on the iPad or on the typical Android tablet.
Another cool feature about Surface is that unlike the iPad, it supports multiple users. So you and your family members can share the device without having access to each other's email.
The Surface comes with a nice collection of built-in Metro apps, including a photo gallery, a maps application, email and calendar programs and different news readers. But what is likely to be the most attractive to Windows users is that Surface ships with versions of some of the core Office programs, including Word and Excel.
Those Office programs look and work just like the Office applications that run under traditional Windows. In other words, Microsoft hasn't redesigned those applications, so you can easily interact with them on a touch screen. Fortunately, the company is offering covers for the Surface that include keyboards and trackpads to navigate the desktop and the Office programs more easily.
For all that there is to like about Surface, though, it does have several notable shortcomings. Its screen resolution is significantly less than that on the new iPad.
Similarly, its cameras are lower resolution than the ones on the iPad, so the pictures you take with it will be noticeably fuzzier. And the Surface lacks both an intelligent assistant feature like Siri and the ability to transcribe speech to text.
But its biggest shortcoming is the number and range of applications available for it. Although the Surface runs Windows, it won't run any traditional Windows programs other than ones it comes with, and even among those, it's missing Outlook. The only programs you can add to the Surface are those designed for its new Metro interface and offered through Microsoft's new Windows Store -- and that offering is relatively slim right now.
So, the Surface is a compelling tablet with a lot of potential, but unless you're dead-set against an iPad, it doesn't yet measure up.

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