Archive | January, 2010

Apple’s I-TABLET unveiled!

27 Jan
The much awaited suspensed version of Apple’s I-Tablet(I-Slate or I-Pad) was released today @ 10 am in California by Steve.
Excerpts from the presentation are given below: Courtesy: Live Gadget.com
Steve says “Good morning, and thank you all for coming today. We want to kick off 2010 by introducing a truly magical and revolutionary new product.”
“Before we get to that, I’ve got a few updates.” Chuckles. “First: iPods. A few weeks ago we sold our 250 millionth iPod.” Big applause.
 “Before we get to that [the tablet], I want to go back to 1991. Apple invented the modern laptop computer with our PowerBooks. The first laptop with a TFT screen, that pushed the keyboard up and had an integrated pointing device.”

Email with a giant on-screen keyboard: “It’s a dream to type on.”




Photos: “Flick through them, it’s a wonderful way to share your photos. Built in a calendar. Address book, great maps app with Google Maps.”

“That’s how simple mail is. If I want to reply to a message, up pops this gorgeous keyboard.” Steve is typing with two hands on his lap — not using thumbs. Very interesting.


 Photo scrubber bar at the bottom. “It’s really wonderful.”





iTunes store. The UI on this thing is pretty intense, so far. Everything is familiar, but it’s all totally different from iPhone and OS X — this is a big launch for Apple. As if you hadn’t already noticed.

That is video on the iPad. So that’s a bit of an overview as to what the iPad can do.” Big applause. “Watching it is nothing like getting one in your hands.”


“It’s 0.5-inches thin, weighs just 1.5 pounds. Thinner and lighter than any netbook. 9.7-inch IPS display.”
“iPad is powered by our own custom silicon. Our own chip. It’s called the A4, and it screams.” 1GHz. 16, 32, or 64GB of flash storage. “It’s got the latest in wireless: 802.11n, WiFi, and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR.”
“What’s the battery life on this remarkable device?” Pauses. “We’ve been able to achieve 10 hours of battery life.”

Showing Facebook app: “This is the app you know and love.” Tap on the 2x button, it scales the app up to full-screen.

“We think that we’ve captured the essence of reading a newspaper… all in a native app.”
“It captures the essence of a newspaper, but it’s so much more.” Reading syncs to the iPhone app. Inline video clips. So awesome.

Next up: an app called Brushes, an art browser and painting app.

Showing Need For Speed Shift.

Touch and accelerator-enabled (of course). Tap the mirror to look behind. “A game like NFS really pushes the limits, so we wanted to show you just how fast this can really go.”



 Our new app is called iBooks.


 “It looks like a bookshelf — and there’s a button to a store. It’s an iBook Store to allow you to discover, purchase, and download e-books right on your iPad.”

“We use the ePub format, the most popular open book format in the world, and I’m very excited about this. We think the iPad is going to make a terrific e-book reader not just for popular books, but for textbooks as well.”
“Now, something very exciting: iWork.”

 I think we’ve done some amazing and remarkable work. A completely new version of Keynote, Pages, and Numbers…”

Navigating slides — holding down slides rearranges it. Tap multiple slides then do the move brings them as a bundle (neato!).

Showing the spreadsheet-centric soft keyboard. Auto-fields and sums showing as inferred. Pretty neat for a spreadsheet. Then again, it’s still a spreadsheet.

Showing forms, too. “That’s a quick look at iWork on the iPad.” Applause. “They show the immense potential of the iPad. Apps like this are amazing, so what are we going to charge for this? $9.99 each.” 
Compatible with Mac versions, and “you can easily connect to a projector with a small cable.”
“I’d like to talk for a minute about iTunes. The iPad syncs over USB with iTunes exactly like an iPhone or iPod touch. So when you sync, you sync everything. Photos, music, movies, TV shows, contacts, calendars, bookmarks, apps…”

This is a real benefit. Now, I’d like to talk about wireless networking. Every iPad has the latest and greatest WiFi. But we’re going to have models with 3G built in as well.”“Now, what does it cost for the data plans? In the US cellphone companies typically charge $60 per month for a data plan for a laptop.”“We’ve got a real breakthrough here. Two awesome plans. The first is up to 250MB per month — a fair bit of data, most people will get by on that — for just $14.99.” Bit applause.


AT&T’s throwing in free WiFi hotspot use, too.” Great, because their network certainly won’t be working well enough to depend on this. “There’s no contract — it’s pre-paid. You can cancel at any time.”


“I’m thrilled to announce to you that the iPad pricing starts not at $999, but at $499


Within about 90 days we’ll be shipping 3G models. Soon you’ll be able to get an iPad in your hands for just $499.”“We’ve got some great accessories as well — let me show you a few.” Dock!Keyboard dock!


“When you really need to do a lot of typing, this is the way to go. If you’ve got to write War and Peace, just plug your iPad in.” Third accessory is “a really nice case.”



“It just feels right to hold the internet in your hand — when you see something, you just reach out and tap it. You don’t think about it… you just DO.” 

An awesome product between the laptop and the smartphone. The bar is pretty high.” “We think we’ve got the goods. And because we’ve shipped so many iPhones and iPod touches, there are already over 75 million people who know how to use the iPad.

Users have downloaded over 12 billion products. We are at scale and we are ready for the iPad. To sum it up: it’s our most advanced technology in a magical and revolutionary device, at an unbelievable price. We think this is going to be a really great combination.”

TSo we’ve got a hands-on area, we’d like you to get your hands on an iPad. When you feel all this power and this much fun and the internet in your hands, you’ll never want to go back.” That’s it!

Unmade beds makes us HEALTHY!

25 Jan

I read this article agape on BBC News!




Failing to make your bed in the morning may actually help keep you healthy, scientists believe.
Research suggests that while an unmade bed may look scruffy it is also unappealing to house dust mites thought to cause asthma and other allergies.

A Kingston University study discovered the bugs cannot survive in the warm, dry conditions found in an unmade bed.

The average bed could be home to up to 1.5 million house dust mites.

The bugs, which are less than a millimetre long, feed on scales of human skin and produce allergens which are easily inhaled during sleep.

The warm, damp conditions created in an occupied bed are ideal for the creatures, but they are less likely to thrive when moisture is in shorter supply.

The scientists developed a computer model to track how changes in the home can reduce numbers of dust mites in beds.


 Something as simple as leaving a bed unmade during the day can remove moisture from the sheets and mattress so the mites will dehydrate and eventually die.
 Dr Stephen Pretlove Researcher said: “We know that mites can only survive by taking in water from the atmosphere using small glands on the outside of their body.

In the next stage of their research, the scientists are putting mite pockets into beds in 36 houses around the United Kingdom to test their computer model and will investigate how people’s daily routines affect mite populations.

Building features such as heating, ventilation and insulation will also be altered to monitor how the mites cope.

Dr Pretlove said the research had the potential to reduce the £700m spent treating mite-induced illnesses each year in the UK.

“Our findings could help building designers create healthy homes and healthcare workers point out environments most at risk from mites.”

Dr Matt Hallsworth, of the charity Asthma UK, said: ‘House-dust mite allergen can be an important trigger for many people with asthma, but is notoriously difficult to avoid.”

Professor Andrew Wardlaw, of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology, agreed.

He said: “Mites are very important in asthma and allergy and it would be good if ways were found to modifiy the home so that mite concentrations were reduced.

“It is true that mites need humid conditions to thrive and cannot survive in very dry (desert like) conditions.

“However, most homes in the UK are sufficiently humid for the mites to do well and I find it hard to believe that simply not making your bed would have any impact on the overall humidity.”

First Tweet from SPACE!

22 Jan

Expedition 22 Flight Engineer T.J. Creamer made first use of the new system Friday, when he posted the first unassisted update to his Twitter account, @Astro_TJ, from the space station.

“Hello Twitterverse! We r now LIVE tweeting from the International Space Station — the 1st live tweet from Space! 🙂 More soon, send your ?s”

This personal Web access, called the Crew Support LAN, takes advantage of existing communication links to and from the station and gives astronauts the ability to browse and use the Web. The system will provide astronauts with direct private communications to enhance their quality of life during long-duration missions by helping to ease the isolation associated with life in a closed environment.

During periods when the station is actively communicating with the ground using high-speed Ku-band communications, the crew will have remote access to the Internet via a ground computer. The crew will view the desktop of the ground computer using an onboard laptop and interact remotely with their keyboard touchpad.

Astronauts will be subject to the same computer use guidelines as government employees on Earth. In addition to this new capability, the crew will continue to have official e-mail, Internet Protocol telephone and limited videoconferencing capabilities.

To follow Twitter updates from Creamer and two of his crewmates, ISS Commander Jeff Williams and Soichi Noguchi, visit:

http://twitter.com/NASA_Astronauts

Information Courtesy:NASA

Sheep gives birth to "Human Faced" Lamb!

15 Jan

A SHEEP gave birth to a dead lamb with a human-like face. The calf was born in a village not far from the city of Izmir, Turkey.

Erhan Elibol, a vet, performed Cesarean section on the animal to take the lamb out, but was horrified to see that the features of the lamb’s snout bore a striking resemblance to a human face.

“I’ve seen mutations with cows and sheep before. I’ve seen a one-eyed calf, a two-headed calf, a five-legged calf. But when I saw this youngster I could not believe my eyes. His mother could not deliver him so I had to help the animal,” the 29-year-old veterinary said.

The lamb’s head had human features on – the eyes, the nose and the mouth – only the ears were those of a sheep.

Veterinarians said that the rare mutation most likely occurred as a result of improper nutrition since the fodder for the lamb’s mother was abundant with vitamin A, CNNTurk.com reports.

Mobile Phones powered by Coca Cola!

15 Jan

A CHINESE inventor Daizi Zheng has invented Mobile phones powered by Coca Cola!
She has devised a way to power phones with a can of Coca-Cola after concerns about the financial and environmental costs of mobile phone batteries.

Her ecologically-friendly battery uses soda to power her mobile phone, rather than harmful lithium-based batteries.

“The concept is using bio battery … to create a pollution-free environment,” Zheng told Sky News.

“By using bio battery as the power source of the phone, it only needs a pack of sugary drink and it generates water and oxygen while the battery dies out,” she said.

“Great Wall of Chocolate”

15 Jan

China has built the replica of “Great Wall of China” using Chocolates!
Check this link: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newsvideo/?bcpid=25500650001&bctid=61842629001

or..see this video:

Iphone 3GS or Nexus One?

13 Jan

“Apple Iphone 3GS or Nexus One”?? Which one is the Best?! Probably,the Comparison table below will help you decide!


iPhone 3GS vs Nexus One




The recent Bad Reviews about Google’s Nexus One doing the rounds are:


1>The touch screen functionality is not as good as Apple Iphone 3GS!
2>The ETF (Early Termination Fee) is about $200 which is extremely high compared to other phones.
3>Google has also imposed an additional $350 ETF if Nexus One owners decide to end their service after the 14-day trial period is over but before four months have passed will be hit with upwards of $550 in fees — more than if you bought the phone outright from the start
4>Customer satisfaction was pathetic when few customers called Google’s Customer Care with Nexus One issues.




Things lacking in Nexus One in comparison with Apple Iphone:


1>Like the Droid, the Nexus One doesn’t do hardware encryption, meaning that most Microsoft Exchange shops will refuse to support either model (unless you can convince your company to downgrade its default security policy). The iPhone 3GS does support Exchange’s default policy settings, which require device encryption.

2>The Android OS also can’t handle moving purchased software titles from Android Market into the devices’ Flash RAM storage (which on HTC and Motorola devices, like other phones developed for Windows Mobile, is provided primarily on removable SD RAM cards). This results in a significant limitation for developers and for users who want to run sophisticated mobile apps such as games.

3> Nexus One doesn’t have anything comparable to the iPhone’s Dock Connector, which has given birth to an ecosystem of iPhone and iPod related peripherals. Instead, the Nexus One only provides a mini USB connector.

4>The iPhone 3GS also supplies a consistent multitouch user interface that is used throughout it bundled apps. Google has only added limited support for this in the Android OS, and apps that can make the most use of “pinch to zoom” type features don’t consistently offer it to the user.

5>The Nexus One also lacks the iPhone 3GS’ automatic focus, white balance, and exposure set by the user’s touch.



Information Courtesy:Apple Insider

Mini ASTEROID sneaks up on Earth

13 Jan

According to NASA,A diminutive asteroid will today pass within 76,000 miles (122,000 km) of Earth at 12:46 GMT.

The body – dubbed 2010 AL30 – was discovered by the LINEAR survey of MIT’s Lincoln Laboratories on 10 January. Since its orbital period is “nearly identical to the Earth’s one year period”, there have been suggestions it may be a rocket stage orbiting the Sun.

However, NASA explains that its orbit “reaches the orbit of Venus at its closest point to the sun and nearly out to the orbit of Mars at its furthest point, crossing the Earth’s orbit at a very steep angle”.

Furthermore, “trajectory extrapolations show that this object cannot be associated with any recent launch and it has not made any close approaches to the Earth since well before the Space Age began”. Accordingly, it’s “very unlikely” that the object is man-made, and it’s probably a near-Earth asteroid roughly “10-15 meters in size”.

Information Courtesy:Google News

Google’s Nexus One Unleashed!

7 Jan

The much awaited Google’s Nexus One was unleashed on Jan 5th 2010.

Click here for full details on Nexus One.

Cant wait to possess one? Check this link for all the Awesome Features of this phone!
http://www.google.com/phone/

NASA discovers 5 New Planets

4 Jan

An orbiting space telescope launched earlier this year by NASA has spotted five new planets that range in size from about the diameter of Neptune to that of Jupiter—the largest planet in Earth’s solar system.
The so-callled exoplanets are located in distant parts of space, and orbit stars that are hotter and larger than the Sun.

Temperatures on the newly found bodies range from 2,200 to 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit, far too hot to support any form of life known to science. Their orbits range from 3.3 to 4.9 days.
NASA said the discoveries validate the Kepler space telescope mission.

NASA dubbed the planets Kepler 4b, 5b, 6b, 7b, and 8b.

Kepler last year discovered HAT-P-7, another exoplanet that’s about 1,000 light years from Earth.