Friday, November 2, 2012

Red Cross urges blood donations

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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
redcrossblood.org 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
day."
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

prior.

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Monday, October 29, 2012

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

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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

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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.
Conclusion
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.



Source: http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/stop-instagramming-and-get-a-life-how-cell-phone-cameras-ruin-real-moments/#ixzz2AcBsf2LU
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Apple’s Phil Schiller on the State of the Mac

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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

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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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Format Factory 3.0 Free Download Full Version

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Format Factory is a functionalism media converter.
Provides functions below:
All to MP4/3GP/MPG/AVI/WMV/FLV/SWF.
All to MP3/WMA/AMR/OGG/AAC/WAV.
All to JPG/BMP/PNG/TIF/ICO/GIF/TGA.
Rip DVD to video file , Rip Music CD to audio file.
MP4 files support iPod/iPhone/PSP/BlackBerry format.
Supports RMVB,Watermark, AV Mux.

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Format Factory's Feature
1 support converting all popular video,audio,picture formats to others.
2 Repair damaged video and audio file.
3 Reducing Multimedia file size.
4 Support iphone,ipod multimedia file formats.
5 Picture converting supports Zoom,Rotate/Flip,tags.
6 DVD Ripper.
7 Supports 62 languages












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

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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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Friday, October 26, 2012

best way to make e money at home

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there is a 14 way to how to make e money at home try it today

1. Money is an idea. In other words, money is what you think it is. It's whatever your own reality is telling you that it is. If you think having a lot of money is evil or a topic you should not talk about then that's the kind of relation you'll have towards money. If you think money is fun to acquire and you love talking about how to get better at it, then that's the role it plays in your life. I'm not saying one relationship towards money is better or more accurate than another. That's entirely up to you to choose. But make sure it really is a choice and not something that you automatically accept as being true based on what you were brought up to believe that money is.

2. Money is exactly as important as you make it. Continuing on the previous insight it's again a question of your own context. If you think money is an unimportant part of your life, then becoming rich is not important either. If handling money in a productive way is important to you, then financial abundance is a logical and natural goal to achieve. However, there's a difference between being broke and not wanting to become wealthy, and being broke and not knowing that you have the power to become wealthy. Everyone has the potential to make a shift in their relationship towards money.

3. Money does not make you rich. Money has the power to make you both rich and poor. Being rich, poor or middle-class is a question of mind-set. The way you handle money simply shows what kind of a mind-set you're equipped with. A perfect example of this is when somebody acquires a great sum of unexpected money. Poor people will just end up poorer and rich people will end up richer.

4. Money does not solve money problems. This is closely linked to the lesson above. There are certain people I definitely would not lend money to because I know it would make more damage than good - for both of us. The person would only get further in debt and have an even poorer mind-set, I would suffer from having my money jeopardized and our relationship might suffer in the end even though the initial intention is of a good nature - to help a friend in need. Giving money away simply does not help, but giving advice that proactively eliminate money problems in the first place is easier and a more productive way to help.

5. Everyone has money problems. The poor, the middle class, the rich, the government, the church, the old, the young, all the companies, everyone has money problems. Simply having or not having money is not free from responsibility to think things through. It's just a question of which problem you rather have - the problem of no money, or the problem of too much money. Different financial situations simply have different degrees of money problems. Having more money in contrast to having less money is usually much less urgent and problematic to deal with.

6. The lack of money is the root of all evil. This statement is much more accurate than the statement that money is the root of all evil or even that the love for money is the root of all evil. Think crimes, riots, insecurity, emotional instability, selling drugs and weapons, poor health care, ignorance due to poor education and much more. People have to address their primary needs to live, and the more basic they are, the easier the leap is to give in on their values and break the law.

7. The link between money and happiness. Money alone does not dictate happiness or unhappiness. There are happy and unhappy rich people just as there are happy and unhappy poor people. However, unexpectedly not having any money would make me unhappy and unexpectedly getting more money would make me happy. But these are temporary feelings and have nothing to with the overall happiness towards life as a whole. Therefore, it's pointless to generalize rich people as unhappy or even relatively unhappy compared to their wealth and make this notion stop you from becoming rich. You alone choose the level of happiness and the general opinion about this issue is nothing else than what you think that other people are thinking.

8. Money is not linked to personal values. Having a lot of money or having very little money does not relate to what kind of values a person has. But, money has the power to take those values from within and out into the daylight. It has the power to reveal a person's true nature and intentions once the bets are getting higher. The tough thing about it is that if the values and intentions are bad, they might not show up until it's too late. Accordingly, a truly good-natured person might not show their worth either until the money sums are getting really significant.

9. The more money you get, the more money you end up giving. If you think being rich is seen as hoarding money and being greedy, then remember that it can't be taken into the afterlife. It does not matter how much money you make during your lifetime, every single penny will be passed on to others sooner or later. The richer you are, the more money you keep circulating out from your expense column into someone else's income column. Eventually it will all go into other people's pockets, but that's not as important as the lessons you can give in life or lessons you can give on how to handle money.

10. Money comes to those who know how to handle it. This is a question of education. The better your education about money is, the more it will flood into your life. The school system does not teach it and whatever you think is right is what your family has passed on to you. It's up to you how financially literate and intelligent you want to become. People knew the very basic laws of how to handle money as far back as 4000 to 6000 years ago in Babylon and they are just as valid today.

11. Money does not have to require effort. You can generate income both from trading your time and effort for it as well as not trading your time and effort for it. This is the concept of either working for money, or having your money work for you. But, you can do both until you've reached the point where you don't have to work for money, a.k.a. reaching financial independence. It's also important to note that people who are financially free don't automatically equate as being either productive or unproductive towards society. Being free from having to work for a living can both mean that such a person is now doing no service to others as well as being actively involved in helping others 24/7 to the best of their ability.

12. Money has the power to give both security and freedom. Sometimes I stumble upon the concept that freedom and security are each others opposites. I'm not saying that this statement is incorrect, but I want to emphasize that money, or more specifically financial independence has the power to give both security and freedom in life. There's the freedom of doing what you want as well as the financial security of not being concerned of how to get along and stretch your pennies.

13. More money does not mean you have to work harder. With most of the lessons gone through, this is a bit of a summarizing statement to the previous ones. It's the 'working for money' model of reality that enforces the notion that in order to get more money, you have to work harder. It states that the income is directly proportional to how much you labor. One step past this is to start skewing that proportional scale to a greater leverage, but the ultimate step is acknowledging that generating income might not need any form of labor or effort at all.

14. Money is infinite, not limited. This statement is to bust the myth of fixed resources. More money to you does not mean less money to others. Money and wealth grows and expands for every minute and becoming wealthier is not just about receiving other people's money, it's also about creating more money and abundance all together in the world. Destroying things of value is what eats up wealth while creating assets is what feeds more wealth.


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A Look at the New iOS 6 Features

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iOS 6 Video Review: A Look at the New iOS 6 Features


In Sept, Apple upgraded its iPhone OS with a new release that is more of an evolution than revolution, but did offer a handful of improvements and new features.  Some of the important key features in the iOS 6 upgrade include a more intuitive Siri, the ability to use Apple's FaceTime video conferencing over 3G as well as shared Wi-Fi networks, more flexibility in taking and sharing digital photographs, and the addition of the PassBook digital wallet.

On the flipside, some features were also included in the release that seemed to be not quite ready for primetime, such as the Apple Maps app that replaces Google Maps on the iPhone.

TechnologyGuide assistant editor Mike Wall spent some time with the new OS and filed this video report on what works and what still needs some work in Apple's iOS 6.

Welcome to the first look of iOS 6 for iPhone. So, the iOS 6 upgrade is kind of strange. It doesn't really have that many unique features it's bringing to the table. Of course, there is the notorious Apple Maps, which has already been criticized numerous times for being inaccurate, and it certainly does have those flaws.

Unfortunately, it's really tough for us to show that to you because it's really just a bunch of different minute inaccuracies. It's not like these overarching problems can easily be highlighted. In our area, specifically, when I was testing out iOS 6, it actually worked quite well. That's not to disregard that there are some serious problems with this application. If you want to find out everything that's wrong with it and what you should be concerned about, be sure to check out our full review where we highlight in more detail what's wrong with Apple Maps.

Kind of getting past, though, just Apple Maps and talking about iOS 6 in its entirety, it actually brings a lot of what you would want to an upgrade. I think the most understated thing that this brings to the table is increased performance.

Everything that you're going to do on your iPhone is going to feel faster and it's going to feel smoother. Launching applications is much faster. There are almost no load times now. Using specific apps, such as Twitter, there's a noticeable difference. When I used to use Twitter, I'd wait a while to kind of update my tweets. It would take a long time for them to load. But now even if I have 100 tweets or even more in my backlog, I simply just swipe my finger and instantly they're all there.

Also, going to websites and stuff like that from Twitter is much easier. So, using things like that and Facebook, in particular, are going to feel much smoother. But really, across the board in all applications, the device just feels cleaner, smoother, and has more utility. Honestly, the experience just feels better, and I think that's probably the major thing of what anybody should be looking for in an operation system upgrade.

So one of the new functions that comes with iOS 6 is pretty welcomed as it actually allows Siri to interact with all the apps that you have on your phone. So, if you wanted to launch Pulse, for instance:

[Speaking to phone: Launch Pulse.]

Siri reply: It doesn't look like you have an app named Pulse.]

Of course, Siri still has the terrible speech recognition that she does, but try one more time. [Speaking to phone: Launch Pulse.]

There you go, nice and easy. I can instantly get into anything. If you're hands-free it's a lot easier to do than simply clicking. Additionally, Siri will also be able to access certain types of information on the fly, such as sports games, movie times, and even help you make reservations at restaurants. While this isn't a great depth of information, these nice little features actually come in handy.

[Speaking to phone: What was the score of the Packers game?]

Siri reply: The Packers lost a close one to the Seahawks yesterday. The final score was 14 to 12.]

It doesn't really capture everything that happened in that game, but still you can see you get the basic information rather quickly.

Okay, so in the same light of a photo stream, users will also be able to take panoramic pictures. Again, this is something very simple, but it is quite satisfying, and it's a feature that they didn't have before. So, while Android has had it for a while, it's still a joy to have and I think iPhone users will be happy to have it.




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How to Block Caller ID Spoofing

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Caller-ID spoofing is the process of changing the name that comes up on another person's phone when you call them. Caller-ID spoofing software can change the Caller-ID that appears to anything the user wants. One good way to block such practices is to use a service that reveals the true number of the caller.



Instructions

     1   Visit a website like Traumatically.
   
   2     Click on "Try Trap call Free."
      

    3 Click on "Start free trial." Fill out your information in the boxes once the next page loads. Click "Create Account."
      

    4    Deny a call that you get that may be caller-ID spoofed. Trapcall will then send you the true number of the caller.



Source: ehow



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How to Protect Your Smartphone From Viruses

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All smartphone owners should be aware of and concerned about viruses that affect smartphones, but most aren't. Only 4 percent of mobile phones use virus protection software, according to Juniper Network Global Threat Center's Malicious Mobile Threats Report 2010/2011. Personal and identity information such as financial passwords and contact lists -- once stored on protected personal computers -- now appear on unprotected smartphones. Phones infected with malware, Trojan horses and other viruses leave your phone unusable, send the virus to your contacts or worse: Perpetrators steal usernames and passwords that can lead to identity theft. Protecting your phone is a twofold process; avoid potential viruses and download legitimate virus protection on your phone.



Tips
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        Open attachments on your phone with the same caution as you do on your computer. This includes attachments in emails and in MMS messages. Don't open attachments from people you don't know. Also, don't open attachments from a contact if the message looks suspicious. Your contact's phone or computer may be infected with a virus that is emailing or messaging itself to everyone on his contact list, including you.

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        Watch for suspicious links sent through email or text messages. Never click on questionable links. Like attachments, these may be sent by people you don't know who are posing as individuals on your contact list. If you are suspicious about a link sent to you by a contact, email or text message the sender to ask if he sent the message. He may not know his phone or computer is infected by a virus that is sending messages to his contacts.


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    Download apps only from legitimate app stores, and read the reviews before buying to make sure there is no buzz about a virus attached with the app. The Malicious Mobile Threats Report finds that as the demand for apps increases, so does the proliferation of viruses, particularly spyware. Viruses can transfer through any type of application, including gaming apps, fake anti-virus apps, fake financial-tracking apps and social networking apps.

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    Practice safe memory card use. Never share your memory card with another cell phone. An infected memory card can spread a virus to each phone it contacts.

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    Set the Bluetooth option on your phone to the undiscoverable setting. Some viruses penetrate phones through a Bluetooth connection. This attack is especially tricky; you need only walk by an infected Bluetooth device while your phone is discoverable, and the virus can transfer to your phone. The first documented Bluetooth virus, the Cabir virus, which arrived in 2004, didn't harm your phone or steal valuable information, but it ran the phone battery down quickly by constantly trying to discover nearby Bluetooth connections through which to spread. Current Bluetooth viruses are more malicious; they steal contact information and disable phones.

Third-Party Apps

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    Protect your iPhone from malware and other virus infections with anti-virus apps. Choose from a handful of well-known and trusted anti-virus software providers, as some viruses present themselves as inexpensive or free virus software from unknown companies. SmrtGuard Solutions' Snap Secure app and the Lookout Mobile Security app from Lookout Inc. both protect your iPhone from viruses while backing up your important data and allowing you to track or wipe your iPhone if it's lost or stolen. McAfee Enterprise Mobility Management from Trust Digital is designed for business environments with multiple mobile devices, including iPhones. Snap Secure, Lookout Mobile Security and EMM are all free downloads at the iPhone App Store. Intego created the Virus Barrier iOS software specifically for the iPhone and iPad to scan for and block any viruses from transferring to your computer when you connect the mobile device to it. Virus Barrier can be downloaded from the App Store for a small fee.

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    If you own an Android-powered phone, download anti-virus from reliable suppliers to protect your personal information. The Kaspersky Mobile Security app offers find-and-wipe services as well as virus and spam protection. In addition to standard virus scans, Norton Mobile Security can lock your phone to protect personal data during a virus attack or if the phone is lost or stolen. The Bullguard Mobile Security app protects against viruses, identity theft and online fraud, and it offers parental controls, a basic backup and SIM card protection. All these apps are available for download from the Android Market.

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    Add anti-virus protection for your BlackBerry with Bullguard Mobile Security, which offers a user-friendly online interface that allows you to manage your virus protection and back up information from your phone or your computer. Also useful is SmrtGuard's Snap Secure app for handy information in addition to virus protection; the app warns how new apps may affect your privacy settings and leave your device vulnerable to virus attack. The app also provides BlackBerry users with Personal Guardian service, with which you create a panic button that sends out a text message or phone call with your location. The NetQin Mobile Security for BlackBerry app provides two levels of protection: one local for your phone and one cloud based. It offers real-time virus scanning and a backup of all your data. Download Snap Secure from the BlackBerry App World. Bullguard Mobile Security and NetQin Mobile Security are available for download at the developers' websites.

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    Even if your Windows computer is protected with anti-virus software, you still need a separate mobile app for your phone. Find Windows Mobile virus protection with the Kaspersky Mobile Security app, which offers a full range of protection not available in its BlackBerry and Android apps. These additional features include data encryption and parental controls. In addition to virus protection, the Bullguard Mobile Security app offers a spam filter and firewall protection with its Windows Mobile apps, which are not offered with its Android and BlackBerry versions. NetQin's NQ Mobile Security for Windows Phone app offers anti-virus scans and data backups as well as private and safe-browsing capabilities. NQ Mobile Security is available from the Windows Phone Marketplace. Kaspersky Mobile Security and Bullguard Mobile Security can be downloaded from the developers' websites.



Source: ehow
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The Age of Facebook, Politics and Broken Friendships

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In these last few weeks leading up to the election, the nastiest debates aren't between the candidates, but instead between people who call themselves "friends" on Facebook and Twitter.

The Age of Facebook, Politics and Broken Friendships


With the presidential election on the horizon, you've probably seen your share of Facebook political arguments and sloganeering lately. After a few too many barbs, taunts and arguments, you may have even unfriended or hidden some particularly contentious Facebook friends, because you're sick of the bickering and name-calling.

The good news: the election is in two weeks, and the in-fighting over candidates may die down after. The bad news: Facebook's growing political influence means that people will continue to use the site as a soapbox for some time to come.

Rules of Polite Society: No Longer Applicable

Politics and religion have always been controversial subjects -- everybody's mom has said more than once never to discuss the two topics in public. But Facebook puts a fine line on what's public and what's private, and many who use the social network don't have much of a filter when it comes to what they think and what they say in polite society.

The resulting arguments aren't just simple exchanges where people agree to disagree with each other. They're testing social media relationships and breaking up even offline friendships as people passionately defend the candidate and issue of their choice. But, do those arguments accomplish anything beyond hurt feelings, depleted friends lists and the possible loss of real-life friendships?

How the Arguments Start

It doesn't take much to begin a political argument on Facebook -- often, just a simple statement of any political opinion and a few related comments are enough to get the ball rolling. With a political season as contentious as this one, and with a race that's running neck-to-neck, according to the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal, it should come as little surprise that people are worked up over this election.

The contentious political climate is also dovetailing with a change in the way people are communicating on Facebook. What used to be a selective space of light-hearted status updates, TMI and pictures of babies and kittens is now a public forum for engagement, complete with in-depth discussions. And as the nature of Facebook interaction changes, people use it to debate the issues that are important to them, including politics, said Laura Simpson, global director of McCann Truth Central, to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

McCann in September conducted a survey about social media and politics and found that Facebook users think of the site much differently now than they did four years ago.

"Facebook is evolving into more of a debate space for issues," Simpson told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "Before, it was a much more personal record, or archive, of your social life. Now, there are [updates about] weddings and babies, but you'll also see political views and videos about topics that people feel passionate about."

It can be compared to the soap boxes of old, when people gathered on street corners to hear others shouting out opinions or speeches. Those messages only reached a limited number of people, but in contrast on Facebook, a user can get his or her message to thousands of people within seconds, without leaving the comfort of their homes -- and without the dangers that come from angering people face-to-face.

Meanwhile, the very immediacy of Facebook lends itself to heated arguments as well. In person, two people might slow down and think before they speak, but on Facebook, you're only limited by how fast you type, and thousands of people can see even the most argumentative post before you've had a chance to delete it.

Mobile technology also makes it easy and quick for users to update their political arguments. With most people accessing the Internet through their cellphones, the days when users had to wait until they got home to shout out their viewpoints, denying a contentious poster a bit of a cooling-off period and time to think about what he's saying are gone.

Facebook's user interface also makes it difficult to get rid of what you've said, even if you want to. Users can now edit their own comments, but if you've made the initial post that starts a political argument, you can't go back and edit it to better reflect what you wanted to say.

More people seeing and commenting on their friends's posts is fueling arguments exponentially, and could make a difference on Election Day.

Who Argues and Why Does It Matter?

As annoying as the political posts are, they can make a difference in how people vote. According to a Pew Research Center survey, more than 66 percent of social media users go online to post thoughts about civic and political issues, react to others' postings and to press their friends to act on issues and vote.

The Pew Center found more than a third of social networking site users say the sites are important to them in keeping up with political news, and several admit that people's political postings can sway their minds on issues or candidates.

Of course, not everybody is posting political commentary. One in six users say they've posted about politics, says Pew, but of the other users who don't post political content, about one-fifth say they don't because they're worried they will upset or offend someone.

Those fears are very valid, Joseph Burns, a professor of communication at Southeastern Louisiana University told Businessnewsdaily.com.

"Political punditry has become so prevalent -- and sometimes so mean -- that people are being 'unfriend\' until the election is over," said Burns.

Burns, who conducted his own survey, asked 24 of his friends, half Democrats and half Republicans, about their political postings. Most said they posted to point out falsehoods, correct media stories they thought were wrong and to share their personal opinions. More than half said they believe their posts will affect how others cast their ballots.

"My friends who believed they were having an effect said they hoped to encourage people to follow their lead," Burns said. "A number generally agreed with one friend's statement that 'You can sway people's voting decisions based on good, factual discussions.' They wanted to bring to the table an angle that others may not have considered or to 'strike a chord with those who may not agree but are open to interesting ideas.'"

How Politicians Benefit

Political arguments, just like fights over religion, are subjective and have no clear winner. One person's beloved leader can be another person's worst fear.

But while people argue, they're getting politicians' messages out there, including quoting their speeches, referring to their websites, and otherwise giving them free publicity through word of mouth.

Tech-savvy campaigns already use social media to mobilize their volunteers and sway voters over to their sites. One way is through targeted ads, which work through cookies based on people's "likes." Liking someone's comment on Medicare, for instance, can prompt a series of targeted campaign ads to appear on the side of the page on your next click.

Politicians also depend heavily on social media to spread the word about their campaigns. Romney and Obama have strong Facebook and Twitter presences, as do their wives, letting supporters feel like they have a close, personal connection with the candidate of their choice.

The Burns poll revealed Democrats who use social networking sites say the information they gather there is important when deciding political issues, but the Republican Party also increased its online presence this year to satisfy the party faithful and sway people who remain undecided.

Organizations also seed content to Facebook to keep the political campaign going. They know Facebook users pay more attention to people's updates than political ads, so they create content such as photos, video and statuses that can be picked up and quickly go viral.

How to Get Around the Arguments

The election is just a few weeks away, but it's likely the arguments will continue to escalate, particularly since the candidates are in a dead heat.

But those stuck between wanting to see a Facebook friend's new baby and also putting up with their constant postings about the evil of whatever political party she hates will tread a fine line between maintaining a friendship and unfriending that person online and in real life.

Some unfriend political posters, because they don't want to fight about posts and they don't like how people are calling each other names. But it may be easier -- and you may be able to preserve your real-life and online friendships -- by using Facebook's privacy settings to hide would-be pundits, who won't know they're hidden from your wall. By using the privacy settings, users can ignore the political arguments without losing friendships that they may have had in real life for several years.

Meanwhile, if you're the one posting all the political statements and then sitting back and enjoying the fireworks, your own reputation may be harmed. People who rarely socialize with Facebook friends offline find themselves making assumptions about people from their posts, and people who post incessantly about one topic -- even if it's not political -- risk sounding obsessed and annoying.

In addition, people who argue without keeping tight privacy controls on their pages can risk their bosses or business associates seeing their names associated with political viewpoints they don't subscribe to.

And Burns, in his survey, found that most of the respondents say they plan to stop posting about politics after the election, so if you can hold out until a few weeks after the results and outcry -- whichever way the vote goes -- dies down, you may be able to preserve your sanity, plus your lists of connections.

Just remember, it's only two more weeks of earnest campaigning, and then the election will be all over with -- just in time to debate those deadbeat, no-count, cheating, lying, criminal idiots that everyone else (but not the poster) put into office.



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Your Tablet PC

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The Tablet Pc was developed due to the success of the Laptop. A Laptop is a portable computer which allows you to sit behind a computer screen anywhere you want? The convenience and the portability of the Laptop were the two major key factors to its success. Computer manufacturers are always thinking about new ways to make a computer even more practical than the Laptop, and that is how the Tablet PC is born.

The Tablet is a computer which you can hold with only one hand and use at any place or any time.

Even though a Tablet is more practical than a Laptop, it had to compensate on some of the features since a Tablet has a smaller memory. In terms of usability, a Tablet is somewhere between a Laptop and a Smartphone. It's for that reason that the tablet is intended to work on small documents on the go in order to transfer them afterwards onto a Laptop or Desk Pc.

Bottom-line: All the 'small' actions which you used to do on your laptop or are now possible on your tablet

The difference between the first generation of tablet computers and the current generation are enormous. The first tablet generation came with a stylus pen. This pen allowed the user to control the tablet. The new tablets are based on an advanced touchscreen. They only need the touch of your finger in order to perform. Unlike a Laptop, a Tablet has no need for a separate keyboard. The Tablet's keyboard is combined with its touch screen. But for those who prefer, users are able to buy an extra accessory to link an external keyboard. So those who are not familiar with the touch screen can use the Tablet Pc with ease.

Early examples of a Tablet concept originated in the 20th century mainly as prototypes like Alan Kay's Dynabook of 1968. Microsoft picked up the idea in 2000 and creates the Microsoft Tablet Pc. This relatively unsuccessful product was intended for a niche market like hospitals and outdoor businesses.

In 2010, Apple released the iPad, which became the first successful tablet on the commercial market. This has sparked a new market for tablet computers and a variety of other manufacturers have produced versions of their own.

The removal of the Stylus has been an important evolution for the Tablet. Since it's most important feature is convenience in mobility. Without the Stylus you are capable to use your tablet where ever you want without external attributes. Furthermore, the ease of a Tablet is enlarged by the use of applications. Applications simplify internet use since it predefines your actions.

Your tablet, like any other computer device, has no restrictions on the global use of the internet through a Wi-Fi connection or a data-provider.
So thanks to your Tablet you are globally connected in the most convenient way.



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Microsoft's next big job: luring users to Windows 8

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The moment Microsoft has been building toward for years has finally arrived: the launch of Windows 8, the radical overhaul of the company's flagship operating system and its great shining hope for the rapidly expanding mobile market.

Now comes the really hard part: getting people and businesses to buy it.

Windows 8 became available for sale via download, on software discs and on new Windows 8 devices starting at 12:01 a.m. Friday.

Microsoft's challenge is not only to convince longtime Windows users they should use an operating system with an interface very different from what they're used to. It's also to convince those in the market for a mobile device that they should give Windows 8 a go.

Microsoft has not said how much it's spending on advertising and marketing for Windows 8, but estimates have placed the figure at more than $1 billion.

Microsoft executives at Thursday's launch event, held at Pier 57 by the Hudson River in New York, gave their best shot at making a convincing case for the new operating system.

"Windows 8 shatters perceptions of what a PC really is," Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said.

Ballmer talked about the different form factors inspired by Windows 8 — from tablets to ultrathin ultrabooks to convertible/hybrid devices that can change from tablets to laptops.

He talked about how the new Windows 8 interface "lights up" users' lives and keeps them connected by displaying on the tiles in the start screen everything from friends' social-media updates to news updates.

And he talked about how Windows 8 works well with Microsoft services, including Xbox music and games and its SkyDrive personal online storage service.

At Thursday's event, Microsoft also showed off Surface, the company's first branded computing device, which also is available starting Friday. This version is called Surface with Windows RT, a "lite" version of sorts of Windows 8 that's meant for devices with ARM-based processors. (Such processors are notable for conserving battery life.) The Surface starts at $499 and goes up to $599 and $699 for versions that include super-slim covers which double as keyboards.

Microsoft executives Thursday made a point of highlighting some positive reviews about Surface — especially regarding its software — but made no mention of the negative reviews, especially over the Windows RT software.

They also reiterated some of the highlights of Windows 8, from its swiping gestures to features such as "snap," which allows more than one app to be on the screen at any time, and the ability to easily share items within an app. None of that was new to people who've been following the development of Windows 8, but may have been new to some in the audience of 600 bloggers and media attendees from around the world.

The explanations from Microsoft execs are a way for them to shape the story around Windows 8.

"Microsoft's idea is that they want to create one seamless user experience across all devices," said Americus Reed II, an associate professor of marketing at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business. Reed teaches a class that has focused on marketing challenges with Windows Phone, a device platform that shares a common user interface with Windows 8.

Microsoft's biggest challenge, he said, is "making sure you're communicating a consistent brand identity across these different delivery platforms."

The company will have to "figure out exactly what the right story is to tell people about what it represents as a brand, when people think about this new way of interfacing with Windows."

Apple's iPhone, for example, is "about creativity and being hip and about being easy to use and intuitive," while Google's Android devices are about "customization and 'you can do what you want to do with it,' " Reed said.

But the challenge for Microsoft right now, he said, is that for most people, "it's hard to identify what Microsoft is beyond productivity software."

So if Microsoft wants to expand its footprint in the mobile arena, it needs to focus more on what in its Windows 8 user interface is different and how those changes "allow people to have a more enhanced life," Reed said. "If they can tell that story, in a consistent way, over time, across multiple devices, then they have a chance."

How crucial it is to get people to buy in to Microsoft's story — and buy its products — is evident in some figures recently released by research firm Garner.

Currently, Windows is the dominant operating system across devices (including PCs, tablets and mobile phones) worldwide, operating on about 1.5 billion. But Garner predicts that Windows will lose that lead to Google's Android by 2016, when Android will be installed on 2.299 billion devices and Windows on 2.284 billion.

That's why Gartner analyst Michael Gartenberg says that the real challenge for Microsoft isn't about what happened Thursday: "It's tomorrow, next week, next month, next year."

For Microsoft, the challenge now is the marketing and getting consumers to understand how Windows 8 is different.

"This is about evangelizing and educating," he said.



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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Galaxy S4 due in February 2013

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With the Samsung Galaxy S3 but four months old, rumours have already started to do the rounds about a sequel to the South Korean phone-maker’s flagship Android kit.

Citing unnamed supply chain sources, as well as what we’re guessing are some better informed sorts within Samsung, the Korea Times claims that the phone will land in February at the Mobile World Congress.

The handset is apparently set to hit retailers shortly after in March – just nine months after the release of its predecessor.

In news that’s unlikely to surprise anyone on nodding terms with prevailing trends in smartphone upgrades, Samsung’s new kit will purportedly pack a larger five-inch OLED screen – up from the S3’s 4.8-inches - and international 4G LTE support.

An unnamed deepthroat said: “Samsung wants to keep its one-year product schedule and the Galaxy S4 will be the first to match that strategy.

“The S4 will see some external changes but retain its popular rectangular shape with rounded corner concept.”

News of Samsung’s plans comes as it recently announced that the S3 has now sold some 20 million units, making it the company’s fastest-selling phone ever.

Samsung Electronics plans to unveil the latest in its Galaxy line, the S4, at a European technology exhibition in February, according to company officials and local parts suppliers for the technology giant.

The timetable was released just three days after rival Apple introduced the iPhone 5, which has received a mixed response from industry experts and consumers as it is seemingly lacking in innovative features.

``Samsung is ready to unveil the next Galaxy smartphone _ the Galaxy S4 _ at early next year’s mobile world congress (MWC) in the Spanish city of Barcelona,’’ said an official from the firm asking not to be identified, Sunday. The new device is expected to hit shelves globally in March at the latest.

MWC is the biggest exhibition in the world for telecom companies and Samsung, will exhibit the new Galaxy at its booth.

The new Galaxy, expected to be the firm’s most powerful handset yet in terms of hardware specifications and software advancement, will help the Suwon-based outfit further cement its leadership in the global smartphone market.

The official said that the smartphone, due out nine months after the May debut of the Galaxy S3, will be more than enough to curb Apple’s latest iPhone, compatible with long-term evolution (LTE) networks.

In Europe, Samsung is gaining a bigger share of the smartphone market. The Korean company was involved in patent disputes with Apple in Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. A recent ruling in the U.K. said Samsung didn’t infringe on Apple’s design patents.

Executives from Samsung’s local parts suppliers said the company’s new flagship smartphone will ``definitely use’’ LTE networks. It will also sport its in-house Exynos-branded application processors and quad-core chips. The S3 is using both Samsung’s Exynos and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors depending on the country.

``Samsung is asking Apple to pay more to use its mobile application processors produced at its plant in Austin, Texas. The release of the S4 means more market share for Samsung as it is the only firm that can guarantee on-time delivery, output commitment and better pricing for mobile application processors,’’ said one executive.

The screen size of the S4 is expected to reach 5-inch from the the current 4.8 screen size of the S3, while it will use Google’s Android software and sport an OLED display, said the officials.

But Samsung has yet to decide whether it will use flexible display technology for the upcoming Galaxy due to production problems encountered by Samsung Display.

Samsung Display officials declined to comment on the new Samsung smartphone project.

``Samsung wants to keep its one-year product schedule and the Galaxy S4 will be the first to match that strategy. The S4 will see some external changes but retain its popular rectangular shape with rounded corner concept,’’ said an official from one of Samsung’s local partners.

Samsung is currently in talks with major American carriers to apply modified phone designs.

Market analysts and experts view the S4 as a ``clear message’’ to Apple. ``Samsung’s edges in manufacturing will further shine after the patent disputes go further on. In markets, Samsung is confident to widen its lead over Apple, though the legal fight is a totally separate issue,’’ said an industry executive who is familiar with the matter.

Samsung expects sales of the S3 to pass 30 million by the end of the year. It has already sold 20 million in just over three months.

The S4 will help Samsung take on Apple in the United States, according to officials. Market research firm IDC shows Samsung has a 30 percent share, globally, while Apple has 16 percent. But NPD’s recent data shows Apple controls 31 percent of the U.S. smartphone market, followed by Samsung on 24 percent.

The S4 plans come amid escalating patent disputes between the two technology giants in 50 different cases on four continents. Apple won a victory last month after a United States jury found the Korean firm copied key features of the iPhone and awarded Apple $1.05 billion in damages.

Last week, the International Trade Commission (ITC) of the United States backed the verdict, ruling Apple didn’t violate patents owned by Samsung Electronics in making the iPod touch, iPhone and iPad.

U.S. Federal Judge Lucy Koh is scheduled to hold a hearing on Dec. 6 to consider Apple’s request for a permanent U.S. sales ban of eight Samsung smartphone models and the firm’s tablet following the jury’s verdict. Seven of the eight smartphones that Apple is seeking to ban are part of the Galaxy line.


Source http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/biz/2012/09/182_120024.html
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How to Transfer Media to Your Android Phone

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Method 1: Kies Air—Wireless Transfer



Works for: Music, photos, recorded videos, other files—non-DRM protected content only

Overview: Kies Air makes it simple to transfer and manage multimedia content, text messages, bookmarks and more between your mobile device and a PC or Mac when they share the same wireless access point or router.

Why this way is great: Kies Air doesn’t require any additional software to be installed on your computer or mobile device while providing a powerful and intuitive tool for managing your content.

Requirements:

Windows

Internet Explorer 7 or higher
Mozilla Firefox 3.5 or higher
Google Chrome 9.0 or higher
MacOS

Safari 4.0 or higher
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome
Step-by-step Instructions:

1. To connect to Kies Air from your Samsung device, touch Applications > Kies Air > Start.

2. If not already connected to a Wi-Fi® network, you will be asked to connect, or (if available) turn on your device’s Wi-Fi hotspot capability. Note: Your Samsung device and computer (PC or Mac) must be on the same Wi-Fi network in order to connect.

3. Kies Air will display a URL. Enter that URL in your computer’s web browser.

4. On the Samsung device, touch Allow to grant access to the device.

5. Download or manage files from the web-based interface on your computer’s browser.

6. Touch Stop on the handset to end the syncing session.


Method 2: Drag & Drop—USB Wired Transfer


Works for: Music, photos, recorded videos, other files—non-DRM protected content only

Overview: Just plug your device into your computer using a USB cable, adjust some settings and start dragging and dropping files and folders.

Why this way is great: This method is great when you’re used to working with files and folders or just have a few files that you want to move.

Requirements: USB Cable that shipped with your Samsung device or a USB Cable that fits both your computer and Samsung device.

Note: The method described below applies to newer Samsung smartphones like the Galaxy SII and Galaxy Note running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). For device-specific instructions, visit samsung.com/support and click Mobile. Search for your specific device and instructions for USB connecting.

Step-by-step Instructions:

1. Attach your Samsung device to your computer (PC or Mac) using the USB cable. If this is the first time you’ve connected your device to your computer, it will install the necessary drivers on your computer.

2. On your Samsung device, touch Applications > Settings > Wireless and network > USB utilities.

3. Remove the USB cable from you Samsung device.

4. On your Samsung device touch “Connect storage to PC.” You will see a warning: “USB utilities / Connect USB cable to use mass storage.” Insert the USB cable into your Samsung device while the message is still on the screen. Do not touch “Cancel.”

5. The screen will change to “USB mass storage” with a picture of a green Android and a message that says “USB connected.” Touch “Connect USB storage” at the bottom.

6. Your Samsung device is now connected to your computer. The device’s internal storage will appear on your computer as an external drive. If you also have a microSD card installed, this will show up as a second external drive.

7. You can now drag and drop files directly from your computer or iTunes to your device. You can create folders on your device as necessary to organize your files. Your device will automatically index these files and make them available in your media player.

8. IMPORTANT NOTE FOR MAC USERS: Before you disconnect your device from your Mac, you must eject the disks on your Mac, just as you would eject any disk or flash drive. After the drives have been ejected, touch “Disconnect storage from PC” on your Samsung device.

9. When you’ve moved all of the files you need to, disconnect the USB cable.


Method 3: DoubleTwist—USB Wired Transfer



Works for: Music, photos, recorded videos, playlists—non-DRM protected content only

Overview: Manage and sync your iTunes music, photos and videos with this popular and lightweight software. It’s easy to use and completely free. Also supports wireless sync with the Air Sync client ($4.99 on Google Play).

Why this way is great: This method not only syncs your media, but also your playlists and track ratings.

Requirements: Visit doubletwist.com for additional details.

Step-by-step Instructions:

1. Download DoubleTwist from Google Play on your Samsung device.

2. On your computer (PC or Mac), use your browser to go to doubletwist.com, and use the link to download DoubleTwist. Follow the installation instructions.

3. Follow the instructions on the app on your device and the computer to set up synchronization between DoubleTwist on your computer and Samsung device.

4. NOTE: If DoubleTwist has trouble recognizing your Samsung device when it is attached to your computer’s USB port, follow the instructions below to connect your Samsung device as a storage drive. Once complete, try the synchronization process again.

a. Attach your Samsung device to your computer (PC or Mac) using the USB cable. If this is the first time you’ve connected your device to your computer it will install the necessary drivers on your computer.

b. On your Samsung device, touch Applications Settings > Wireless and network > USB utilities.

c. Remove the USB cable from your Samsung device.

d. On your Samsung device touch “Connect storage to PC.” You will see a warning: “USB utilities / Connect USB cable to use mass storage.” Insert the USB cable into your Samsung device while the message is still on the screen. Do not touch “Cancel.”

e. The screen will change to “USB mass storage” with a picture of a green Android and a message that says “USB connected.” Touch “Connect USB storage” at the bottom.

Method 4: Google Play Music—Wireless cloud service

Works for: Music—non-DRM protected content only


Overview: Google Play stores all your music purchases and up to 20,000 songs from your personal collection for free. Listen on the web and your mobile devices without the hassle of wires.

Why this way is great: This method stores all of your content in the cloud and makes it available to stream or download to almost any device. It also plays music already loaded on your device, and allows you to purchase new tracks.

Requirements: Visit play.google.com/music for more details.

Note: Streaming music is only available through the Google Play Music app and not the native device Music Player. For devices that do not have the Google Play Music app pre-installed, it may be downloaded from Google Play.

Step-by-step Instructions:

1. On your computer (PC or Mac), use your browser to go to play.google.com/music/.

2. In the upper-right corner of the Google Play Music page, click on the “UPLOAD MUSIC” link.

3. From the “UPLOAD MUSIC” tab that appears, click on the “Download Music Manager” link.

4. Follow the instructions to upload your music to Google’s Music cloud. This process will take some time and will vary depending on the number of songs you choose to upload. You only need to complete this initial upload once. This initial upload process could take a few days, continuously uploading, or even longer, depending on how much music you have and the speed of your Internet connection.

5. Once your music has been uploaded, open the Google Play Music app on your Samsung device. Touch Applications > Play Music.

6. NOTE: You must be logged into a Google account to use Google Play Music. The first time you open the app, you will be asked to select your Google account.

7. Google Play Music may take a few minutes to synchronize your playlist to your Samsung device. Once your music appears, you can start playing.

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Apple iPhone full guide

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This is a full guide about Apple iPhone, it should be easy to understand. If you have any problem about this guide, feel free to post here. I will reply to you ASAP.

1. Simple introduction about iPhone 

Screen resolution: 320 by 480 pixels (160 ppi),

Operating system: OS X

GSM Quad-band (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), Wireless data

Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) / EDGE / Bluetooth 2.0+EDR

Battery: Talk Time: Up to 8 hours; Standby Up to 250 hours; Internet Use Up to 6 hours; Video Playback Up to 7 hours; Audio playback Up to 24 hours.

iPhone Supported Video format:


H.264 video, up to 1.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Low-Complexity version of the H.264 Baseline Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats;

H.264 video, up to 768 Kbps, 320 by 240 pixels, 30 frames per second, Baseline Profile up to Level 1.3 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats;
MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats

iPhone Cost: $59.99 a month for 450 minutes of talk time, $79.99 for 900 minutes and $99.99 for 1,350 minutes along with unlimited data service. There also is a $36 activation fee. Customers can pay extra for plans to get more talk time or text messages. Several family-style plans also are available, ranging from $80 a month for 700 shared minutes to $120 for 2,100 shared minutes.

Full iPhone Demo Guide: Apple - iPhone - A Guided TourFor more iPhone info: IPhone - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia2. How to rip DVD and IFO to MP4 for iPhone

Step1. Download "Aimersoft iPhone Converter Suite", install and run it. For Windows Vista user, you may have to run this program as Administrator, right click the program shortcut and click "Run as Administrator".

Step2. Run the DVD to iPhone Converter. Load your DVD by clicking "Load DVD" button, you also can load IFO file from your hard drive by clicking "Load File" button.

Step3. Click the drop download list to select the Audio and Subtitle you want, you also can change the output location. A regular DVD movie has several titles, such as MTV DVD, by default, this software will merge all the DVD chapters into one video clips, you can check the click box before the title list to select any DVD clips you want to rip.

As format: This software supports three Apple products: iPhone, iPod and Apple TV. It can rip DVD to MP4, M4A; it also can rip audio from DVD to MP3, AAC. Just select "iPhone Video MPEG-4 (*.mp4)"

After you finish the settings, click "Start" button to start the conversion.

3. How to convert AVI, MPEG, FLV, WMV, MOV, ASF, MP4, DAT, RM, RMVB, MPG, 3GP to MP4 for iPhone

1. Click "Video to iPhone Converter" to load the Aimersoft Video to iPhone Converter. Then click "Add" button to load video files. This software supports batch conversion, so you can add several video clips at one time.

2. The operation is similar with DVD to iPhone Converter, this software can join several different video clips into one file, if you want to join video, just check the box "Merge into one file". You also can customize the resolution, video bit rate, encoder, frame rate, audio bit rate, channel, etc in the setting panel by clicking the "Settings" button. The program also lets you create a profile and save it, then you can use different settings for each video clips.

3. Click "Start" button to start the conversion after you finish the settings.

Tips: 

1. This software provides rich video editing functions for you to trim, crop and edit DVD movie. Click the "Crop" button, and then you will see a pop up window (See the figure below). There is a frame in dashed line around the movie video; you can drag it to cut the black edges.

2. You can click the "Effect" button and customize the brightness, saturation, contrast, volume, etc . You can even apply special effects such as "Emboss", "Negative", "Old film" and "Gray" by selecting an effect from drop-down list.

3. This software can capture pictures from DVD movie, there is a small camera icon below the preview windows, click it when you preview the movie, it can save picture as JPEG and BMP.

How to rip DVD and convert video to iPhone with Cucusoft iPhone Converter Suite?


1. Download Cucusoft DVD to iPhone + iPhone Video Converter Suite, install and run it. Click "Open DVD" button to load DVD file from your DVD drive or hard drive.

2. Click on "Setting" and go to menu "Subtitle" to select the subtitle and select the audio.

3. The converter will automatically detect the main movie of your DVDs, it will popup with below window to let you make a decision, just keep the setting of "Record from movie start point" and output file size setting, the default setting is the best for good quality and compact output file size, click "Yes" to start ripping DVD to iPhone video files.

Run iPhone Video Converter and click "open file" to load videos. Then click 'Output' and choose the path where you want to save your video files. Click 'Convert' to start converting video to iPhone MP4 video.

For more iPhone converters, you can refer this iPhone Converter review:

DVD to iPhone Converter review


Wondershare(win): http://www.dvd-ripper-copy.com/iphone-converter-suite.html

Videora(win): http://www.videora.com/en-us/Converter/iPhone/

SUPER(win): http://www.erightsoft.com/SUPER.html

handbrake(mac): http://handbrake.m0k.org

Imtoo(win): http://www.imtoo.com/dvd-to-iphone-suite.html

Xilisoft(win): http://www.xilisoft.com/dvd-to-iphone-suite.html

Lenogo(win): http://www.lenogo.com/dvdtoiphoneconverter/index.htmTrouble shooting:

To convert RM/RMVB real media files to MP4, you may have to install Real player:

http://www.real.com/freeplayer4. Where to download free video and rip CD to MP3 for iPhone

1. iTunes store: $0.99 for one song, $9.99 for one movie, $1.99 for one TV show. Just install iTunes and visit the iTunes store.

2. Limewire is fast and popular file sharing freeware working on Windows, Linux and Mac OS. Through the P2P (peer-to-peer) network, you can free download various files by its category or keyword searching.

3. Other stream video website such as video.yahoo, Myspace, etc. here is a list of free stream video website
here is a guide to show you how to download stream video with vixy.net : Online FLV Converter : Download online videos direct to PC / iPod / PSP. It's free!KeepVid: Download videos from Google, Youtube, iFilm, Putfile, Metacafe, DailyMotion!and Firefox.

step by step guide download free youtube, google, yahoo video to computer for free
the download stream video is flv file, if the free online flv converter couldn't deal with it, you can use trySUPERorAimersoft iPhone Video Converter, and they can convert flv video to any format you want.

4. Rip your own CD to MP3 for iPhone; iTunes can help you to do that. Install and run iTunes, click "Edit -> Preference -> Advanced -> importing tab" to change the "Import Using" to MP3 Encoder, you can also customize the audio bit rate here. Then click OK and put your CD into your disc drive, iTunes will automatically recognize that you've loaded a CD. Now you can either choose individual songs for import by checking only the tracks you want and un-checking all the rest (all songs are selected for import by default). Simply click the Import button on the upper right corner of iTunes and let the software do the job. All of the selected files will be encoded into MP3 digital music files and saved in your iTunes music directory by Artist and Album. (If you're not sure where to locate your files, you can find out by going back to the "Edit -> Preferences -> Advanced tab". Here you can see the default iTunes Music folder location.

Transfer music and video to iPhone 

You need iTunes version 7.30 or later to sync music and video to iPhone.

If you don't have iTunes yet, you can download free from here.

http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/

If you already have iTunes, just create a play list; drag your music and video to the list (set your

iTunes to "manually manage music and video"), connect your iPhone to computer via USB cable, then click iTunes "File -> Sync iPhone", Done.


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Exploring The Many Benefits Of Changing Your Desktop Wallpaper

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People spend so much time on their computers or laptops these days that they don't seem to worry about the television anymore. Some stay on the computer a lot because of their work. But others just love to hang around in the cyber world even more than in the real one. They spend hours and hours each day surfing the net, playing games, or just loitering in social networking sites. Of course, there are also those who run businesses online so they have a legitimate excuse for their addiction. The only problem is that spending too much time in front of the computer or laptop can lead to a lot of eye strain. So how do you remedy this?

Apart from the usual medical tips that you should take a few minutes off for every hour you spend in front of the computer, there is also another way to ease your eye strain. This is choosing a soothing desktop wallpaper or background so that you can still sit in front of it without stressing your eyes. There are so many kinds of high-quality desktop wallpapers you can choose from that can soothe and stimulate your visual senses. For example, try nature photos in bold, beautiful colors that will make you feel as if you're really sitting near a waterfall or lying on the grass. Landscapes are good, too, particularly movie scenes of beautiful places like the city of Paris or cherry blossom festivals in Japan.

Now this is not the only benefit you can get out of a great, high-definition desktop wallpaper. Did you also know that just changing your wallpaper can actually change up the look of your computer or laptop as well? Even if it isn't really a new unit, you can still make it appear attractive by switching your desktop wallpaper for a more eye-catching one. Anyone wanting to use your laptop will be intrigued at the lovely images. And of course, you also feel better about it yourself! Moreover, changing your background also allows you to explore your creativity. How is this so? Well for one thing, lots of people these days have taken to making their own wallpapers for their desktops. Using simple Photoshop programs, it's pretty easy to blend images to create better ones. Or, you can really make your own from scratch.

Last but not least, changing your desktop wallpaper has been proven to reduce stress, not just on your eyes. Take for example if you're feeling really depressed. It won't help if your old wallpaper sports gloomy colors or scenes of gore and despair. Just by picking a new one that showcases happier and more hopeful images can initiate a difference in your mood. If this doesn't convince you, why don't you try it out sometime. For example, if you're feeling particularly irritated, why not put up a wallpaper of that celebrity crush or lead singer in that band you've been drooling over for practically forever. Somehow, you will feel even just the slightest change of mood for the better!


You can download hd wallpaper with different themes like nature, movies, sports, and more for free from numerous sites online.



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