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  • 17 Oct 2014
    You may already know that PS4’s upcoming system software 2.00, codenamed Masamune, adds some big features including Share Play, YouTube support, and Themes – but the updates don’t end there. I have personally stated in past blog posts that we listen to our fans. PlayStation has heard gamers when they say they want more ways to find friends to play with, and more ways to personalize their PS4. With this update, we’ve added a Players You May Know tile, the ability to listen to your music while gaming, the option to change the look of your PS4 experience, and easier ways to sort and filter your library of content on PS4. PS4 has been on sale for almost a year and we’re committed to improving the player experience in entirely new ways. As always, we welcome feedback as part of our ongoing effort to make PS4 the best place to play. USB Music Player: PS4 owners can play their own music in the background while playing a game using USB Music Player*. After inserting a USB stick loaded with music into the PS4, a new option for USB Music Player will appear. Supported filename extensions include MP3, MP4, M4A, and 3GP. Change colors: In addition to the ability to add a theme, PS4 owners can also change the background of the home screen from light blue to one of seven new colors: gold, blue, red, green, purple, pink, and gray. Players You May Know: PS4 will now suggest players you may know as potential friends in the ‘What’s New’ section. Enhancements to Live Broadcasting: Masamune brings a variety of improvements to live broadcasting on PS4. In the Live From PlayStation app, PS4 owners can now select a Featured channel, which includes official broadcasts from PlayStation, broadcasts from people on a players friend list, and any game channel that the player has followed. Additionally, Live From PlayStation now has filters for searching broadcasts on a specific game, as well as support for archived broadcasts. Content Area and Library: PS4’s Content Area, which shows the latest games and apps a PS4 owner has used, has been redesigned to help make it easier to quickly find and access content. It now shows 15 of a player’s most used apps or games, and additional items will be added to a player’s Library. The Library on PS4 has improved filter and sort functions to help organize contented by type (game / app / TV & video), name (a – z or z – a), recently used, or install date. Enhanced Voice Commands: The ability to control PS4 using voice has been improved. Players can now say ‘PlayStation’ to begin commands, and ‘All Commands,’ to see a list of all voice command options available. New voice commands were added for live broadcasting, including “Start broadcast,” “End broadcast,” and “Find face.” Add To Library: The monthly free PlayStation Plus games will have an ‘Add to Library’ button in the PlayStation Store. This button will add a game to a PS4 owner’s library without downloading it – saving space on their hard drive. Correction: Back Up Data, a feature listed in an earlier version of this post, is not part of PS4 system software 2.00.
    2566 Posted by Danny Stone
  • You may already know that PS4’s upcoming system software 2.00, codenamed Masamune, adds some big features including Share Play, YouTube support, and Themes – but the updates don’t end there. I have personally stated in past blog posts that we listen to our fans. PlayStation has heard gamers when they say they want more ways to find friends to play with, and more ways to personalize their PS4. With this update, we’ve added a Players You May Know tile, the ability to listen to your music while gaming, the option to change the look of your PS4 experience, and easier ways to sort and filter your library of content on PS4. PS4 has been on sale for almost a year and we’re committed to improving the player experience in entirely new ways. As always, we welcome feedback as part of our ongoing effort to make PS4 the best place to play. USB Music Player: PS4 owners can play their own music in the background while playing a game using USB Music Player*. After inserting a USB stick loaded with music into the PS4, a new option for USB Music Player will appear. Supported filename extensions include MP3, MP4, M4A, and 3GP. Change colors: In addition to the ability to add a theme, PS4 owners can also change the background of the home screen from light blue to one of seven new colors: gold, blue, red, green, purple, pink, and gray. Players You May Know: PS4 will now suggest players you may know as potential friends in the ‘What’s New’ section. Enhancements to Live Broadcasting: Masamune brings a variety of improvements to live broadcasting on PS4. In the Live From PlayStation app, PS4 owners can now select a Featured channel, which includes official broadcasts from PlayStation, broadcasts from people on a players friend list, and any game channel that the player has followed. Additionally, Live From PlayStation now has filters for searching broadcasts on a specific game, as well as support for archived broadcasts. Content Area and Library: PS4’s Content Area, which shows the latest games and apps a PS4 owner has used, has been redesigned to help make it easier to quickly find and access content. It now shows 15 of a player’s most used apps or games, and additional items will be added to a player’s Library. The Library on PS4 has improved filter and sort functions to help organize contented by type (game / app / TV & video), name (a – z or z – a), recently used, or install date. Enhanced Voice Commands: The ability to control PS4 using voice has been improved. Players can now say ‘PlayStation’ to begin commands, and ‘All Commands,’ to see a list of all voice command options available. New voice commands were added for live broadcasting, including “Start broadcast,” “End broadcast,” and “Find face.” Add To Library: The monthly free PlayStation Plus games will have an ‘Add to Library’ button in the PlayStation Store. This button will add a game to a PS4 owner’s library without downloading it – saving space on their hard drive. Correction: Back Up Data, a feature listed in an earlier version of this post, is not part of PS4 system software 2.00.
    Oct 17, 2014 2566
  • 12 May 2014
    This pregnancy started out in a cloud of disbelief and happiness. After all these years of asking Vicky to agree to have another child, here we were, number 2 finally on its way, and Rahul thrilled at the thought. I saw the world in a soft, hazy glow, though that may have been from all the sleep I got in my first four-five months.   Now I'm in month six, more used to this baby, more accustomed to the happiness. Starting to take it the littlest bit for granted. The hormonal mood swings are intense. Rahul has begun to not only go around telling people that I have a baby in my tummy but also that this is the reason I am so angry and so sad so easily. When he was a baby I fretted a little because he took his time talking but at times like these I really wish he never did start to talk.I'm also finally relaxed enough to completely loathe Vicky for doing this to me. He knew I would never be able to say no to a baby. Why not allow me to get all this over and done with in my twenties? What kind of a husband makes his wife go through all this in her old age? I'll be thirty-two when this child is born, the age when I had planned to retire from motherhood and get back to the swinging single life. Instead, there go my thirties too. Also, really, the next time he wants a child, let him carry it himself or adopt. As always, everything is his fault.   What has completely thrown me though is his response to my attitude. When I was expecting Rahul and easily upset by small things, he was very unfeeling and often rather cruel. This time around he has his off days but mostly he's running around getting me snacks, rubbing my back on request, patting me soothingly when I burst into tears yet again because of something utterly nonsensical... and so it goes. He is never this nice to me. It's making me rather suspicious.
    782 Posted by Danny Stone
  • This pregnancy started out in a cloud of disbelief and happiness. After all these years of asking Vicky to agree to have another child, here we were, number 2 finally on its way, and Rahul thrilled at the thought. I saw the world in a soft, hazy glow, though that may have been from all the sleep I got in my first four-five months.   Now I'm in month six, more used to this baby, more accustomed to the happiness. Starting to take it the littlest bit for granted. The hormonal mood swings are intense. Rahul has begun to not only go around telling people that I have a baby in my tummy but also that this is the reason I am so angry and so sad so easily. When he was a baby I fretted a little because he took his time talking but at times like these I really wish he never did start to talk.I'm also finally relaxed enough to completely loathe Vicky for doing this to me. He knew I would never be able to say no to a baby. Why not allow me to get all this over and done with in my twenties? What kind of a husband makes his wife go through all this in her old age? I'll be thirty-two when this child is born, the age when I had planned to retire from motherhood and get back to the swinging single life. Instead, there go my thirties too. Also, really, the next time he wants a child, let him carry it himself or adopt. As always, everything is his fault.   What has completely thrown me though is his response to my attitude. When I was expecting Rahul and easily upset by small things, he was very unfeeling and often rather cruel. This time around he has his off days but mostly he's running around getting me snacks, rubbing my back on request, patting me soothingly when I burst into tears yet again because of something utterly nonsensical... and so it goes. He is never this nice to me. It's making me rather suspicious.
    May 12, 2014 782
  • 05 Apr 2014
    SAN FRANCISCO — Not long ago the pink house at 1829 Church Street, in the Glen Park neighborhood here, hit the market for $895,000. It sold for $1.425 million — $530,000 over the asking price — in less than two weeks. The story of this fixer-upper, with three bedrooms, two baths, linoleum floors and an Eisenhower-era kitchen, is in some ways the story of the moment in the city, where longtime residents complain that Silicon Valley money is basically ruining the place for everyone else. More wealth is concentrated in the San Francisco Bay Area than just about any other place in the nation. Google alone, the story goes, minted 1,000 millionaires when it went public. Ditto Facebook. And Twitter? Some estimate 1,600. Tech worker bees are doing just fine, too, with average base salaries now north of $100,000. To understand how all this money is transforming San Francisco, for better and worse, look no further than this city’s hyperventilating real estate market. As technology companies have moved in — more than 5,000 start-ups now make their home locally — the influx of well-paid workers has pushed rents and home prices through the roof. Worsening matters, San Francisco has also become a bedroom community for many of the young people who work in Silicon Valley. Each day, Apple, Facebook, Google and others shuttle tens of thousands of their employees to work using private buses that have become a controversial symbol of rising tech wealth. At a recent open house for 1829 Church Street, the broker explained the property’s dilapidated appeal. “It’s a block away from all the tech shuttles,” he said. On one level, the technology industry and its riches have been very good to San Francisco. The unemployment rate is 4.8 percent, compared with 6.6 percent nationwide. Entire neighborhoods are being revitalized — or destroyed, depending on whom you talk to. To some, San Francisco is losing its soul as it gentrifies rapidly. There is reason to worry. Over the last decade, 75,000 people have moved to San Francisco, but only 17,000 new housing units have been built. Over the next 25 years, city officials project, 150,000 more people will arrive. “The city is surrounded by water on three sides, and there is nowhere for people to go,” said Glenn Kelman, chief executive of Redfin, an online real estate brokerage firm. Little wonder, then, that a feeding frenzy is underway in the housing market. Landon Nash, a real estate broker, said it was not uncommon for open houses to see hundreds of people shuffle through and conclude with a 20-person bidding war. People are waiving mortgage contingency clauses and home inspections — and paying cash. In December, almost 40 percent of the home sales were all cash. Redfin estimates that, on average, homes in San Francisco are selling for 60 percent to 80 percent over asking price. Most are gobbled up within 16 days of being listed, down from 61 days five years ago, when the nation’s real estate market was still soft. But here’s the problem: As more people move in, the city will also need more public-school teachers, police officers and firefighters. Living in San Francisco on a city salary is difficult if not impossible. According to Redfin, in San Francisco County, where the average teacher earns $59,700 a year, not a single home now on the market is within the reach of the average public-school teacher. For police officers, who make an average of $80,000 a year, there is one affordable home. Five years ago, police officers and teachers could have afforded 36 percent of the homes on the market, according to Redfin. Even some tech entrepreneurs and programmers say they are being priced out. They are competing with co-workers who got in early on a tech start-up, or started one of their own, and have seemingly unlimited money at their disposal. When Mark Zuckerberg bought his pied-à-terre in San Francisco’s Noe Valley in 2012, he had a representative knock on the door of the home he liked — it wasn’t even for sale — and then offered the owners all cash at double the value of the property. On Tuesday, 250 San Francisco residents congregated at Virgil’s Sea Room, a bar in the Mission district, to discuss the housing crisis. It didn’t take long for the event, called Tech Workers Against Displacement Happy Hour, to erupt into an expletive-fueled yelling match between tech workers and people running nonprofits that are trying to stop evictions in the city. City officials know they have a housing problem on their hands. “Our approach to housing in San Francisco is very dysfunctional,” said Scott Wiener, a San Francisco supervisor who is a proponent of new housing. “The system is intentionally designed to make it as difficult as possible to build new housing.” There are long lists of rules, regulations and hurdles developers need to get around before building in the city that Mr. Wiener said were created to curb new construction. Real estate experts say the only way to build is up, but many longtime residents have shot down proposals for high-rise housing. Additionally, with each new housing unit, there need to be some affordable options. According to the Public Policy Institute of California and the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality, more than 23 percent of San Francisco residents are below the poverty threshold. In recent years, officials have managed to approve some new high-rise housing in the SoMa and Tenderloin areas. But it seems to be too little, too late. “We’re in an absolute housing crisis right now,” Mr. Wiener said. “There’s no easy solution, and it’s going to take us time to fix this.”
    2115 Posted by Danny Stone
  • SAN FRANCISCO — Not long ago the pink house at 1829 Church Street, in the Glen Park neighborhood here, hit the market for $895,000. It sold for $1.425 million — $530,000 over the asking price — in less than two weeks. The story of this fixer-upper, with three bedrooms, two baths, linoleum floors and an Eisenhower-era kitchen, is in some ways the story of the moment in the city, where longtime residents complain that Silicon Valley money is basically ruining the place for everyone else. More wealth is concentrated in the San Francisco Bay Area than just about any other place in the nation. Google alone, the story goes, minted 1,000 millionaires when it went public. Ditto Facebook. And Twitter? Some estimate 1,600. Tech worker bees are doing just fine, too, with average base salaries now north of $100,000. To understand how all this money is transforming San Francisco, for better and worse, look no further than this city’s hyperventilating real estate market. As technology companies have moved in — more than 5,000 start-ups now make their home locally — the influx of well-paid workers has pushed rents and home prices through the roof. Worsening matters, San Francisco has also become a bedroom community for many of the young people who work in Silicon Valley. Each day, Apple, Facebook, Google and others shuttle tens of thousands of their employees to work using private buses that have become a controversial symbol of rising tech wealth. At a recent open house for 1829 Church Street, the broker explained the property’s dilapidated appeal. “It’s a block away from all the tech shuttles,” he said. On one level, the technology industry and its riches have been very good to San Francisco. The unemployment rate is 4.8 percent, compared with 6.6 percent nationwide. Entire neighborhoods are being revitalized — or destroyed, depending on whom you talk to. To some, San Francisco is losing its soul as it gentrifies rapidly. There is reason to worry. Over the last decade, 75,000 people have moved to San Francisco, but only 17,000 new housing units have been built. Over the next 25 years, city officials project, 150,000 more people will arrive. “The city is surrounded by water on three sides, and there is nowhere for people to go,” said Glenn Kelman, chief executive of Redfin, an online real estate brokerage firm. Little wonder, then, that a feeding frenzy is underway in the housing market. Landon Nash, a real estate broker, said it was not uncommon for open houses to see hundreds of people shuffle through and conclude with a 20-person bidding war. People are waiving mortgage contingency clauses and home inspections — and paying cash. In December, almost 40 percent of the home sales were all cash. Redfin estimates that, on average, homes in San Francisco are selling for 60 percent to 80 percent over asking price. Most are gobbled up within 16 days of being listed, down from 61 days five years ago, when the nation’s real estate market was still soft. But here’s the problem: As more people move in, the city will also need more public-school teachers, police officers and firefighters. Living in San Francisco on a city salary is difficult if not impossible. According to Redfin, in San Francisco County, where the average teacher earns $59,700 a year, not a single home now on the market is within the reach of the average public-school teacher. For police officers, who make an average of $80,000 a year, there is one affordable home. Five years ago, police officers and teachers could have afforded 36 percent of the homes on the market, according to Redfin. Even some tech entrepreneurs and programmers say they are being priced out. They are competing with co-workers who got in early on a tech start-up, or started one of their own, and have seemingly unlimited money at their disposal. When Mark Zuckerberg bought his pied-à-terre in San Francisco’s Noe Valley in 2012, he had a representative knock on the door of the home he liked — it wasn’t even for sale — and then offered the owners all cash at double the value of the property. On Tuesday, 250 San Francisco residents congregated at Virgil’s Sea Room, a bar in the Mission district, to discuss the housing crisis. It didn’t take long for the event, called Tech Workers Against Displacement Happy Hour, to erupt into an expletive-fueled yelling match between tech workers and people running nonprofits that are trying to stop evictions in the city. City officials know they have a housing problem on their hands. “Our approach to housing in San Francisco is very dysfunctional,” said Scott Wiener, a San Francisco supervisor who is a proponent of new housing. “The system is intentionally designed to make it as difficult as possible to build new housing.” There are long lists of rules, regulations and hurdles developers need to get around before building in the city that Mr. Wiener said were created to curb new construction. Real estate experts say the only way to build is up, but many longtime residents have shot down proposals for high-rise housing. Additionally, with each new housing unit, there need to be some affordable options. According to the Public Policy Institute of California and the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality, more than 23 percent of San Francisco residents are below the poverty threshold. In recent years, officials have managed to approve some new high-rise housing in the SoMa and Tenderloin areas. But it seems to be too little, too late. “We’re in an absolute housing crisis right now,” Mr. Wiener said. “There’s no easy solution, and it’s going to take us time to fix this.”
    Apr 05, 2014 2115
  • 02 Apr 2014
    A day has passed by. Every day seems like a very short moment. Sometimes, I just want sit back to look at what's happening around me Every day I go to work, I don't know why I go to work. The only thing that I know is that I have to get out of the house, not because I hate my house, it's just I want to be part of this life. Nowadays, people are crazy over money and fame. Those are the only two things that everyone is striving for. They want it so bad that they're willing to hurt other people to get what they want.  Is it really worth it that you have to push someone down in order for you to move up ? Every now and then, you see an article on one of those tabloids mentioning a new so called " hot girl" with angel face or smoking body wearing very little clothes and trying to show off every asset she has. Because of the media, girls nowadays change their images from being a pure beauty to makeup covered with as little clothing as possible.  I don't know what awaits in the future, but so far I don't like what I see. I slowly distance myself from this society and all those medias.
    982 Posted by Danny Stone
  • A day has passed by. Every day seems like a very short moment. Sometimes, I just want sit back to look at what's happening around me Every day I go to work, I don't know why I go to work. The only thing that I know is that I have to get out of the house, not because I hate my house, it's just I want to be part of this life. Nowadays, people are crazy over money and fame. Those are the only two things that everyone is striving for. They want it so bad that they're willing to hurt other people to get what they want.  Is it really worth it that you have to push someone down in order for you to move up ? Every now and then, you see an article on one of those tabloids mentioning a new so called " hot girl" with angel face or smoking body wearing very little clothes and trying to show off every asset she has. Because of the media, girls nowadays change their images from being a pure beauty to makeup covered with as little clothing as possible.  I don't know what awaits in the future, but so far I don't like what I see. I slowly distance myself from this society and all those medias.
    Apr 02, 2014 982
  • 29 Mar 2014
    Fear is your mind manifestation of the future. If you don't think there's tomorrow, then fear nolonger exists.  Love works in different way. When you look at some one that has certain characteristics that you're interested in, you instantly want to get to know them. If even if you're not gonna live another day, you'll still want to be with that person. This certain behaviour I don't understand.  I've been trying to find the answer but it just won't come out.     
    908 Posted by Danny Stone
  • Fear is your mind manifestation of the future. If you don't think there's tomorrow, then fear nolonger exists.  Love works in different way. When you look at some one that has certain characteristics that you're interested in, you instantly want to get to know them. If even if you're not gonna live another day, you'll still want to be with that person. This certain behaviour I don't understand.  I've been trying to find the answer but it just won't come out.     
    Mar 29, 2014 908
  • 21 Mar 2014
    Larger and more powerful rechargeable batteries help keep our tablets working fine, but recharging them can mean longer delays. Today, newer standards promise to recharge our mobile devices off faster than ever-- even our smartphones. To be sure, some device makers, particularly those like Amazon that offer tablets or other devices with larger batteries, provide power chargers that can supply more pep. But since they look very similar to other chargers on the market, it's easy to get confused if you have multiple USB devices. Try charging a device with a charger not designed for it and you may get an error message that it's charging slowly, or not at all. Worse, it could potentially damage the hardware on your device, or you may be under the false impression that it's charging only to find out the battery meter hasn't made much progress at all.   USB 3.0's newer standard provided some relief to the issue by raising the ceiling for power from its previous limit of 500 milliamps per hour to 800. However, a new version of the Quick Charge standard developed by Qualcomm would enable charges up to 75 percent faster than conventional technology. In order to prevent lower-power devices from being blown out by receiving too much power, Qualcomm is working closely with mobile device makers and major battery and charger suppliers to help ensure that each device gets only as much DC current as it can possibly handle. So the question is, how can companies and device makers implement Quick Charge 2.0 in a manner that will work correctly and with the minimum amount of fuss? Support for the standard is already present in the high-end range of Qualcomm's ubiquitous mobile system-on-chip series. Over 70 handsets supported version 1.0 of the standard. Handset companies would simply need to activate the technology, which would make sense mostly if they opted to toss in a Quick Charge 2.0-compatible charger in the mix. Whatever happens next, Quick Charge 2.0 isn't the only option coming to provide more electricity via the Micro-USB connector. At CES 2014, the group responsible for the USB standard demonstrated to visitors 'USB Power Delivery' which supports up to 100 watts! That's enough to power virtually any laptop on the market today as well as a few monitors and other devices. But the standard requires newer and larger USB cables in order to deliver its higher payload and may also require larger power blocks for higher-power devices. Users who will most likely find the most value in the new Quick Charge standard are people who pound on their battery. Nomadic types who get in bits of work at coffee shops can appreciate the value of being able to "top off" with only 15 or 20 minutes of outlet access. Along with improvements in battery life longevity and conservation, faster charging will be a part of the total effort required to keep one's mobile life going. But needless to say, Qualcomm doesn't view the other standard as a competitor and is supportive of it. We will keep you posted on these and other stories. In other mobile news It used to be that the internet could be accessed through cumbersome desktop computers. Since those early days, there have been vast improvements in technology that allows much smaller and compact devices to access the internet. Among these would be the mobile phones of today. One task that many want to be able to do with their phone is enjoying online gaming, especially on casino sites like www.jackpotcity.co.uk/online-roulette. While there are many mobile phones, certain ones are more conducive to gaming. If you’re looking for an Android device that is ideal for gaming, the top of the list is the Samsung Galaxy S4.   There are so many options on this phone that make it ideal to use for gaming. For instance, the display screen measures 5 inches which puts it on the larger end of mobile phones. Online gaming developers have spent a lot of time trying to make graphics realistic. With a display screen of this size, online casino games are quite stunning. For those who like Motorola products, the Droid Maxx would be an appropriate option for gaming. This phone is a good choice for those who game on the go and may face conditions that are rather tough. With Corning’s Gorilla Glass, the display screen is much more durable when compared to some other mobile phones. Gamers who feel that sound is important may want to check out the HTC One. Of all the mobile phones on the market, this one has the best sound quality. Amplifiers have been built into the design of the phone. The Moto X is another phone that gamers may want to consider. The graphics on this model are also quite realistic. The phone is well designed and its case is durable and resists many scratches. The screen is also very bright which helps when trying to use it in bright light. Wireless industry research firm IHS Technology says that smartphones duly equipped with NFC (near-field communications) technology could see a rise in shipments from 416 million units this year to 1.2 billion by 2018. Overall shipments of smartphones equipped with NFC wireless technology rose from 120 million in 2012 to 275 million in 2013, a gain of 128 percent. This year's numbers could go up by an additional 50 percent, according to IHS. In total, shipments could grow 325 percent from 2013 through the end of 2018. Android smartphones topped the NFC market in 2013 with 254 million units, or 93 percent of all NFC-equipped devices. By 2018, the number of Android phones with NFC will shoot up to 844 million, according to IHS. However, the percentage will shrink to 75 percent, meaning other companies will jump in. More phones will likely come with NFC over the next few years, but consumers have yet to show much interest in the technology, at least as a way of paying for items via their mobile devices. Security is one concern. The wireless NFC industry is still very fragmented with different players offering their own unique solutions. For the technology to win the heart and minds of a lot of consumers, companies have to address security worries and strive toward greater standardization.   Another critical factor that would work in NFC's favor is the overall adoption by Apple. So far, the iPhone maker has shown very little or no enthusiasm in the technology, leaving it a niche market for some of its competitiors. An NFC-enabled iPhone would drive consumer interest a lot, but Apple typically likes all of the pieces to be in place and fully tested in the field before it dives into an unproven technology. NFC is best known as a method of buying items on the go. But as a wireless technology, its range extends to other types of transactions and methods of sharing data between devices as well. As such, the promise of NFC may start to interest more consumers, and that's what the wireless industry needs to recognize as a critical factor. IHS does concede that the NFC market faces a lot of challenges before it will be adopted on a larger scale, but the industry should be able to meet those challenges, nevertheless. "The overall majority of smartphone makers are adopting the NFC wireless communications and payment technology in their products as a de facto standard," said IHS market analyst Don Tait. "Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of mobile payment and NFC wireless readers are proliferating in businesses throughout the globe," added Tait. "This strong momentum will allow the NFC cellphone market to overcome several barriers, including a lack of compelling services and their applications, and the sluggish progress on establishing the required infrastructure," he said. In other mobile news Rumors are flying that Google's new Nexus line might soon include a new tablet device. But to be sure, Google does plan to launch an 8-inch tablet in April, dubbed the Nexus 8, to complement its current Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 offerings. The report comes from Digitimes, citing people in the supply chain. However, let's be clear-- Digitimes has a spotty record when it comes to accurate predictions, so its report should be taken lightly. But still, this isn't the first time that we've heard rumors of an 8-inch Nexus hitting store shelves at some point. According to Digitimes' sources, the move reflects Google's desire to deliver more value to customers who might otherwise choose a 7-inch tablet from a competitor. Google worked with Asus on the Nexus 7, and it will likely continue the partnership for the Nexus 8, according to Digitimes' sources. The 8-inch tablet will launch with initial shipments of two million units, said the report. We contacted Google for comment. We will update this story when we have more information soon. In other mobile news South Korean electronics giant Samsung today announced its latest patent-licensing deal, this time reaching an agreement with networking gear maker Cisco. The deal marks the latest collaboration among technology firms. In the past few weeks, Samsung also reached deals with Google and Ericsson.   However, the agreements with Google and Ericsson are to settle litigation and to prevent future legal hurdles. Like the previous deals, Samsung provided little information. In the case of Cisco, the cross-licensing agreement will cover the two companies' existing patents and new patents over the next ten years. The agreement should benefit both companies, but it could also boost Samsung's efforts in the 'connected home'. The company at the Consumer Electronics Show in January introduced Samsung Smart Home, which lets people use an app to control devices and home settings and access Samsung's customer service. Cisco also has patents and lots of expertise in home networking and other technology for the so-called "Internet of Things." "Innovation is stifled all too often in today's overly-litigious environment," said Dan Lang, Cisco's vice president of intellectual property. "By cross-licensing our patent portfolios, Cisco and Samsung are taking important steps to reverse the trend and advance innovation and freedom of operation," he added.
    1259 Posted by Danny Stone
  • Larger and more powerful rechargeable batteries help keep our tablets working fine, but recharging them can mean longer delays. Today, newer standards promise to recharge our mobile devices off faster than ever-- even our smartphones. To be sure, some device makers, particularly those like Amazon that offer tablets or other devices with larger batteries, provide power chargers that can supply more pep. But since they look very similar to other chargers on the market, it's easy to get confused if you have multiple USB devices. Try charging a device with a charger not designed for it and you may get an error message that it's charging slowly, or not at all. Worse, it could potentially damage the hardware on your device, or you may be under the false impression that it's charging only to find out the battery meter hasn't made much progress at all.   USB 3.0's newer standard provided some relief to the issue by raising the ceiling for power from its previous limit of 500 milliamps per hour to 800. However, a new version of the Quick Charge standard developed by Qualcomm would enable charges up to 75 percent faster than conventional technology. In order to prevent lower-power devices from being blown out by receiving too much power, Qualcomm is working closely with mobile device makers and major battery and charger suppliers to help ensure that each device gets only as much DC current as it can possibly handle. So the question is, how can companies and device makers implement Quick Charge 2.0 in a manner that will work correctly and with the minimum amount of fuss? Support for the standard is already present in the high-end range of Qualcomm's ubiquitous mobile system-on-chip series. Over 70 handsets supported version 1.0 of the standard. Handset companies would simply need to activate the technology, which would make sense mostly if they opted to toss in a Quick Charge 2.0-compatible charger in the mix. Whatever happens next, Quick Charge 2.0 isn't the only option coming to provide more electricity via the Micro-USB connector. At CES 2014, the group responsible for the USB standard demonstrated to visitors 'USB Power Delivery' which supports up to 100 watts! That's enough to power virtually any laptop on the market today as well as a few monitors and other devices. But the standard requires newer and larger USB cables in order to deliver its higher payload and may also require larger power blocks for higher-power devices. Users who will most likely find the most value in the new Quick Charge standard are people who pound on their battery. Nomadic types who get in bits of work at coffee shops can appreciate the value of being able to "top off" with only 15 or 20 minutes of outlet access. Along with improvements in battery life longevity and conservation, faster charging will be a part of the total effort required to keep one's mobile life going. But needless to say, Qualcomm doesn't view the other standard as a competitor and is supportive of it. We will keep you posted on these and other stories. In other mobile news It used to be that the internet could be accessed through cumbersome desktop computers. Since those early days, there have been vast improvements in technology that allows much smaller and compact devices to access the internet. Among these would be the mobile phones of today. One task that many want to be able to do with their phone is enjoying online gaming, especially on casino sites like www.jackpotcity.co.uk/online-roulette. While there are many mobile phones, certain ones are more conducive to gaming. If you’re looking for an Android device that is ideal for gaming, the top of the list is the Samsung Galaxy S4.   There are so many options on this phone that make it ideal to use for gaming. For instance, the display screen measures 5 inches which puts it on the larger end of mobile phones. Online gaming developers have spent a lot of time trying to make graphics realistic. With a display screen of this size, online casino games are quite stunning. For those who like Motorola products, the Droid Maxx would be an appropriate option for gaming. This phone is a good choice for those who game on the go and may face conditions that are rather tough. With Corning’s Gorilla Glass, the display screen is much more durable when compared to some other mobile phones. Gamers who feel that sound is important may want to check out the HTC One. Of all the mobile phones on the market, this one has the best sound quality. Amplifiers have been built into the design of the phone. The Moto X is another phone that gamers may want to consider. The graphics on this model are also quite realistic. The phone is well designed and its case is durable and resists many scratches. The screen is also very bright which helps when trying to use it in bright light. Wireless industry research firm IHS Technology says that smartphones duly equipped with NFC (near-field communications) technology could see a rise in shipments from 416 million units this year to 1.2 billion by 2018. Overall shipments of smartphones equipped with NFC wireless technology rose from 120 million in 2012 to 275 million in 2013, a gain of 128 percent. This year's numbers could go up by an additional 50 percent, according to IHS. In total, shipments could grow 325 percent from 2013 through the end of 2018. Android smartphones topped the NFC market in 2013 with 254 million units, or 93 percent of all NFC-equipped devices. By 2018, the number of Android phones with NFC will shoot up to 844 million, according to IHS. However, the percentage will shrink to 75 percent, meaning other companies will jump in. More phones will likely come with NFC over the next few years, but consumers have yet to show much interest in the technology, at least as a way of paying for items via their mobile devices. Security is one concern. The wireless NFC industry is still very fragmented with different players offering their own unique solutions. For the technology to win the heart and minds of a lot of consumers, companies have to address security worries and strive toward greater standardization.   Another critical factor that would work in NFC's favor is the overall adoption by Apple. So far, the iPhone maker has shown very little or no enthusiasm in the technology, leaving it a niche market for some of its competitiors. An NFC-enabled iPhone would drive consumer interest a lot, but Apple typically likes all of the pieces to be in place and fully tested in the field before it dives into an unproven technology. NFC is best known as a method of buying items on the go. But as a wireless technology, its range extends to other types of transactions and methods of sharing data between devices as well. As such, the promise of NFC may start to interest more consumers, and that's what the wireless industry needs to recognize as a critical factor. IHS does concede that the NFC market faces a lot of challenges before it will be adopted on a larger scale, but the industry should be able to meet those challenges, nevertheless. "The overall majority of smartphone makers are adopting the NFC wireless communications and payment technology in their products as a de facto standard," said IHS market analyst Don Tait. "Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of mobile payment and NFC wireless readers are proliferating in businesses throughout the globe," added Tait. "This strong momentum will allow the NFC cellphone market to overcome several barriers, including a lack of compelling services and their applications, and the sluggish progress on establishing the required infrastructure," he said. In other mobile news Rumors are flying that Google's new Nexus line might soon include a new tablet device. But to be sure, Google does plan to launch an 8-inch tablet in April, dubbed the Nexus 8, to complement its current Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 offerings. The report comes from Digitimes, citing people in the supply chain. However, let's be clear-- Digitimes has a spotty record when it comes to accurate predictions, so its report should be taken lightly. But still, this isn't the first time that we've heard rumors of an 8-inch Nexus hitting store shelves at some point. According to Digitimes' sources, the move reflects Google's desire to deliver more value to customers who might otherwise choose a 7-inch tablet from a competitor. Google worked with Asus on the Nexus 7, and it will likely continue the partnership for the Nexus 8, according to Digitimes' sources. The 8-inch tablet will launch with initial shipments of two million units, said the report. We contacted Google for comment. We will update this story when we have more information soon. In other mobile news South Korean electronics giant Samsung today announced its latest patent-licensing deal, this time reaching an agreement with networking gear maker Cisco. The deal marks the latest collaboration among technology firms. In the past few weeks, Samsung also reached deals with Google and Ericsson.   However, the agreements with Google and Ericsson are to settle litigation and to prevent future legal hurdles. Like the previous deals, Samsung provided little information. In the case of Cisco, the cross-licensing agreement will cover the two companies' existing patents and new patents over the next ten years. The agreement should benefit both companies, but it could also boost Samsung's efforts in the 'connected home'. The company at the Consumer Electronics Show in January introduced Samsung Smart Home, which lets people use an app to control devices and home settings and access Samsung's customer service. Cisco also has patents and lots of expertise in home networking and other technology for the so-called "Internet of Things." "Innovation is stifled all too often in today's overly-litigious environment," said Dan Lang, Cisco's vice president of intellectual property. "By cross-licensing our patent portfolios, Cisco and Samsung are taking important steps to reverse the trend and advance innovation and freedom of operation," he added.
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  • 17 Mar 2014
    Late last year, longtime New York Times tech columnist David Pogue announced he was leaving that gig to work for Yahoo. Pogue began his Times “State of the Art” column in 2000, and was considered one of the most-read newspaper tech columnists, probably No. 2 behind the Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg,who also left at the end of 2013.On Tuesday at the International CES trade show in Las Vegas, Pogue unveiled the revamped Yahoo Techduring a keynote speech by CEO Marissa Mayer. By all accounts his presentation was vintage Pogue – energetic, loud and irreverent. You can watch in the video below; Pogue appears at the 33:00 mark, just after Yahoo’s new “Global Anchor,” Katie Couric, leaves the stage.Now, Yahoo has always had technology news in its mix, but the launch of Yahoo Tech is part of a new strategy by Mayer to remake Yahoo as a media company. Pogue, whose Times columns were always aimed squarely at the masses – more so than Mossberg, who wrote for an audience primarily interested in business – has taken the idea of “plain English” technology journalism for the masses and expanded it into a full website with Yahoo Tech.In explaining this, however, Pogue decided to take gratuitous swipes at other technology news sites that primarily cater to geeks and techies. Mocking big-name sites by poking fun of their names – The Verge became “The Urge,” Gizmodo was “Gizmoody,” Engadget was “Enbadger” – Pogue insulted many of the people in the audience who were watching him. He then called out specific headlines as examples of incomprehensible jargon, naming the writers whose stories appeared under them.Needless to say, Twitter lit up with a fury as writers for these sites expressed tribal outrage.
    464 Posted by Danny Stone
  • Late last year, longtime New York Times tech columnist David Pogue announced he was leaving that gig to work for Yahoo. Pogue began his Times “State of the Art” column in 2000, and was considered one of the most-read newspaper tech columnists, probably No. 2 behind the Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg,who also left at the end of 2013.On Tuesday at the International CES trade show in Las Vegas, Pogue unveiled the revamped Yahoo Techduring a keynote speech by CEO Marissa Mayer. By all accounts his presentation was vintage Pogue – energetic, loud and irreverent. You can watch in the video below; Pogue appears at the 33:00 mark, just after Yahoo’s new “Global Anchor,” Katie Couric, leaves the stage.Now, Yahoo has always had technology news in its mix, but the launch of Yahoo Tech is part of a new strategy by Mayer to remake Yahoo as a media company. Pogue, whose Times columns were always aimed squarely at the masses – more so than Mossberg, who wrote for an audience primarily interested in business – has taken the idea of “plain English” technology journalism for the masses and expanded it into a full website with Yahoo Tech.In explaining this, however, Pogue decided to take gratuitous swipes at other technology news sites that primarily cater to geeks and techies. Mocking big-name sites by poking fun of their names – The Verge became “The Urge,” Gizmodo was “Gizmoody,” Engadget was “Enbadger” – Pogue insulted many of the people in the audience who were watching him. He then called out specific headlines as examples of incomprehensible jargon, naming the writers whose stories appeared under them.Needless to say, Twitter lit up with a fury as writers for these sites expressed tribal outrage.
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  • 17 Mar 2014
    Look into my eyes, you will seeWhat you mean to meSearch your heart, search your soulAnd when you find me there you'll search no moreDon't tell me it's not worth tryin' forYou can't tell me it's not worth dyin' forYou know it's trueEverything I do, I do it for youLook into your heart, you will findThere's nothin' there to hideTake me as I am, take my lifeI would give it all, I would sacrificeDon't tell me it's not worth fightin' forI can't help it, there's nothin' I want moreYou know it's trueEverything I do, I do it for youOh yeahThere's no love, like your loveAnd no other, could give more loveThere's nowhere, unless you're thereAll the time, all the way, yeahLook into your heart, babyOh, you can't tell me it's not worth tryin' forI can't help it, there's nothin' I want moreYeah, I would fight for you, I'd lie for youWalk the wire for you, yeah I'd die for youYou know it's trueEverything I do, oh, I do it for youEverything I do, darlingAnd we'll see it throughOh we'll see it throughOh yeahYeah!Look into your heartYou can't tell me it ain't worth dying forOh yeahI'll be there, yeahI'll walk the wireOh, yeah
    801 Posted by Danny Stone
  • Look into my eyes, you will seeWhat you mean to meSearch your heart, search your soulAnd when you find me there you'll search no moreDon't tell me it's not worth tryin' forYou can't tell me it's not worth dyin' forYou know it's trueEverything I do, I do it for youLook into your heart, you will findThere's nothin' there to hideTake me as I am, take my lifeI would give it all, I would sacrificeDon't tell me it's not worth fightin' forI can't help it, there's nothin' I want moreYou know it's trueEverything I do, I do it for youOh yeahThere's no love, like your loveAnd no other, could give more loveThere's nowhere, unless you're thereAll the time, all the way, yeahLook into your heart, babyOh, you can't tell me it's not worth tryin' forI can't help it, there's nothin' I want moreYeah, I would fight for you, I'd lie for youWalk the wire for you, yeah I'd die for youYou know it's trueEverything I do, oh, I do it for youEverything I do, darlingAnd we'll see it throughOh we'll see it throughOh yeahYeah!Look into your heartYou can't tell me it ain't worth dying forOh yeahI'll be there, yeahI'll walk the wireOh, yeah
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  • 17 Mar 2014
    Lunar New Year is round the corner and it’s the most important as well as the most cherished festival in Vietnam. YouNet Company would like you to feel the spirit of The Lunar New Year in spite of where you are from by giving you a 20% off discount on all the products you purchase this Holiday Season. Here’s our coupon codeLUNAR2014 which enable you to enjoy 20% off discount for products purchasing.Please note that the discount is not valid for product customization but only for product purchasing.These coupons are valid to Jan 31, 2014. So what are you waiting for? Get your code now and save money on your purchases.Have a Happy Lunar New Year Everyone!YouNet
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  • Lunar New Year is round the corner and it’s the most important as well as the most cherished festival in Vietnam. YouNet Company would like you to feel the spirit of The Lunar New Year in spite of where you are from by giving you a 20% off discount on all the products you purchase this Holiday Season. Here’s our coupon codeLUNAR2014 which enable you to enjoy 20% off discount for products purchasing.Please note that the discount is not valid for product customization but only for product purchasing.These coupons are valid to Jan 31, 2014. So what are you waiting for? Get your code now and save money on your purchases.Have a Happy Lunar New Year Everyone!YouNet
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  • 17 Mar 2014
    Despite the years of preparation for each Winter Olympics, one thing can be tough to control -- the amount of snow Mother Nature drops on the ski and snowboarding venues.Now technology is making it easier to create a winter wonderland when nature doesn't cooperate.At Northstar ski resort in Lake Tahoe, Calif., which is trying to keep its slopes covered during a drought, the snowmaking system is automated to make the process more efficient.(Credit: Northstar California)"There are big air compressors and that air is transferred up the mountain in pipelines," said James Larmore, director of Mountain Operations at Northstar. "There are also water pumps that do the same thing -- follow the airlines up the mountain and enter a hydrant."Snowmaking guns along a run at Northstar California(Credit: Jared Kohler/CNET)The water and air are combined in several types of snowmaking guns strategically placed along the runs and near lifts.Lamore said the automation allows for quick adjustments to the snowmaking guns so they're operating at maximum efficiency. It also makes it easier since workers don't have to drive up to the guns in snow mobiles to manually push buttons."All of the compressor plants, the water pumping, are all automated. I can get it on my home computer. In fact, I can get it on my phone-- start compressors, start water pumps and actually adjust these guns with your iPhone."As the temperature drops, the ability to make snow rises. Larmore said, in a 10-degree night, Northstar can cover 20 football fields four to five feet deep in an hour. The snow differs in size and texture from the flakes that fall from the sky."Mother Nature has these big flakes because they go up 35,000 feet in the air and that particle goes up and down and collects moisture," Larmore explained. "With snowmaking, when it leaves the gun, it only has 100 feet until it reaches the ground. It has a hundred feet to make that connection so all the particles don't quite touch together as it does in a big flake. So the particles are a little bit smaller."While Northstar relies on snow-making machines, Sochi Olympic organizers have one more trick up their sleeves to make sure there's enough snow. They've stockpiled snow from last winter and stored it under insulated blankets.
    1827 Posted by Danny Stone
  • Despite the years of preparation for each Winter Olympics, one thing can be tough to control -- the amount of snow Mother Nature drops on the ski and snowboarding venues.Now technology is making it easier to create a winter wonderland when nature doesn't cooperate.At Northstar ski resort in Lake Tahoe, Calif., which is trying to keep its slopes covered during a drought, the snowmaking system is automated to make the process more efficient.(Credit: Northstar California)"There are big air compressors and that air is transferred up the mountain in pipelines," said James Larmore, director of Mountain Operations at Northstar. "There are also water pumps that do the same thing -- follow the airlines up the mountain and enter a hydrant."Snowmaking guns along a run at Northstar California(Credit: Jared Kohler/CNET)The water and air are combined in several types of snowmaking guns strategically placed along the runs and near lifts.Lamore said the automation allows for quick adjustments to the snowmaking guns so they're operating at maximum efficiency. It also makes it easier since workers don't have to drive up to the guns in snow mobiles to manually push buttons."All of the compressor plants, the water pumping, are all automated. I can get it on my home computer. In fact, I can get it on my phone-- start compressors, start water pumps and actually adjust these guns with your iPhone."As the temperature drops, the ability to make snow rises. Larmore said, in a 10-degree night, Northstar can cover 20 football fields four to five feet deep in an hour. The snow differs in size and texture from the flakes that fall from the sky."Mother Nature has these big flakes because they go up 35,000 feet in the air and that particle goes up and down and collects moisture," Larmore explained. "With snowmaking, when it leaves the gun, it only has 100 feet until it reaches the ground. It has a hundred feet to make that connection so all the particles don't quite touch together as it does in a big flake. So the particles are a little bit smaller."While Northstar relies on snow-making machines, Sochi Olympic organizers have one more trick up their sleeves to make sure there's enough snow. They've stockpiled snow from last winter and stored it under insulated blankets.
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