Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Property damage from wind or water from Hurricane Irene?

Now it a tough time for Insurance companies and the claims agent to find whether the property damage from wind or water for their clients on Hurricane Irene. How they will decide reimbursement amounts to property owners face soggy basements, shattered windows and tree-beaten roofs.Battles over who pays for what will start funneling into state and federal courts and arbitration forums.Most of the home owners are protected through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

On Sept. 30, 2011, the NFIP, which provides flood insurance to 5.6 million homes and businesses, will expire.Once this hits homeowners quickly learn whether they purchased adequate policies from their insurance companies .People who live in areas where floods are likely to occur should know that standard home insurance policies wont cover flood damage, but this time whole East cost effects this.Many consumers confuse the market value of their home with its replacement cost. They are two very different things. Building costs can go up even when real estate values fall

Those who do have flood insurance may find it hard to get reimbursement from the government program, which is overburdened from Hurricane Katrina. Another factor that will affect the volume of litigation is whether a jurisdiction allows policyholders to recover legal fees.Disputes over claims are by far the exception since insurance companies have their reputations to consider, Irene could have been much worse. The economic damage it wreaked was just a fraction of the damage from Hurricane Katrina in 2005 or Andrew in 1992

Find a bug in Facebook and get $500

How much time you spend on Facebook per day,its not less that 30 minutes. Did you fine any bug till now or if you find some thing, you will click back or refresh the page. we are done. But do you know , if you find some bug and if you contact facebook , they will pay you.

The success of each company , especially in online industry is it security and privacy. No companies are ready to compromise on these two factors. There are approximately 750 million users and daily its counting, its latest initiative is to have bug free facebook. They wont say its 100% bug free . This initiative of finding bugs in facebook are called as bug bounty security initiative.Facebook will pay those who expose the loopholes in its security systems as rewards. Since 3 weeks of this imitative , it pays nearly $40,000 . They are receiving eateries from 16 countries.

Now think on other side, How much facebook save money ? they are getting thousands of testes without any effort.

125 years of the automobile

Germany the land of automobile brains ,celebrating this year the birth of the automobile. The concept of automobile stated with Carl Benz 125 years ago for a motorised tricycle.200 events has organised from May through September.Some 160 autos mark the evolution of the automobile, including shiny saloons (sedans) from the 20th century and gull-wing sports cars, all of which share the space with works of art by creators like Andy Warhol.

1886, Carl Benz registered a patent for his �vehicle with gas-engine drive with the Berlin Patent Office � marking the birth of the modern automobile. 125 years later, the Daimler Group is celebrating this anniversary with the motto �125! years inventor of the automobile.�

In northern Wolfsburg, Europes biggest carmaker Volkswagen has built an automobile city that is something between an amusement park and science museum. It also has a museum that vaunts the merits of its various brands, which include Audi, Bentley, Seat, and Skoda, along with restaurants and an off-road demonstration space.

Tourists can take the Bertha Benz route used by the engineers wife in 1888 to demonstrate that her husbands invention was suited to daily use, sleep in rooms with auto themes, or listen to a autosymphony created with sounds from 80 automobiles in Mannheim, where Benz applied for his patent.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Google frozen its $182 million Slide

After the launch of Google Plus, its decided that its social gaming, slideshow and widget maker Slide which bought for $182 million to shut down its further enhancement and development. This will be dissolved to Google Plus .As a result of the the Slide founder who is now the Google VP Max Levchin will be leaving Google.Most of the team which worked in Google for Slide, will be looking into other opportunities in Google itself . Even though Slide has launched different products as group-texting app Disco and ,nothing got attracted.

Slides Photovine photo sharing app officially launched last week, Google dont want a competitor from its sister concern it self . As soon as its Google Plus came, it reduced much of Slide�s initial value for the company. The major drawback what we see is for Slide�s products, including Disco, Photovine and Pool Party are , they are not in android, its only for Apples iOS.

Now the question : If Google didnt acquired Skype for $200 Million , what it could have acquired ? What these 100 man hours have used for

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Iconic co-founder of Apple , Steve Jobs resigns

Iconic co-founder and the master brain behind all the apple products Steve Jobs resigned as CEO on Wednesday after saying he could no longer fulfill his duties.Steve Jobs has some medical problem starting from 2004 . He went for a surgery for pancreatic cancer and in 2009 for  a liver transplant. Does this resignation is directly related to his health , no one knows.

"I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple's CEO, I would be the first to let you know," wrote Jobs, 56, in a letter to Apple's board. "Unfortunately, that day has come."
As soon as he resigned the directors of Apple's made him chairman.As the news broke up , the Apple's share value decreases to 5%

Letter published by Steve

I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple's CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.

I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.

As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.

I believe Apple's brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.

I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.


Another Billion dollar deal - Hulu, the video website for sale

After the acquisition of  $12.5 billion dollar Motorola by Google , we are going to hear another billion dollar deal on Hulu, the video website . Some reports rumored that a Seattle based company is targeting Hulu ,which main source of income form advertisement and subscription on online access to television shows. Some other who are in expected to bid are , Google , Yahoo and Direct TV . 

The initial bids are due on Wednesday. If Amazon won this deal , it will be one of the major competetior for Netflix which rules US video-streaming service, who has more than 20 million U.S. subscribers and 20,000-plus titles. Is approximately worth of $1.5 Billion for Hulu , says Hulu's owners ,Walt Disney, News Corp., Comcast's NBCUniversal and private-equity firm Providence Equity Partner. Mean while Amazon is on the verge of developing its own touch screen tablet to compete with Apples iPad. Even though all the rumour spread, Amazon's Mary Osako as well as Hulu's Elisa Schreiber declined to comment with usual corporate comment as " not publicly discussing rumors or speculation".August second week Amazon launched its new product of  pay-as-you-go Instant Video service what has more than 100,000 titles available for rent or purchase ,as well as number of TV shows available for Free.

Now what will happen Google make the winning bid for Hulu ? We cant neglect that option , eventhough Google owns Youtube, the video-sharing website. Even though Google announsed the purachace of Motorola for $12.5 billion , it still has enough cash for business. As per the report it has $39.1 billion as of June 30,2011 , while Amazon has $6.3 billion cash on hand. 

Hulu is expecting to exceed 1 million subscribers by the end of summer, recently it added more subscribers on its $7.99-a-month Hulu Plus program. Out of 3.6 billion ads shown every month , the Hulus share is about 1/5, thats approximately 780 million.

Amazon started deals on Kindle ebooks on 24th Aug 2011

Even though late Amazon also logged into deals for Kindle ebooks . The deals starts with $1.39 for Kate Dicamillo’s young adult fiction novel The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, a 75% discount off the normal price.This was the first email send by the Amazon for its newsletter subscribers. Kate Dicamillo is a Newberry award-winning author , who has one of the best rating with its reviewers.Now Amazon also entered into the deal competitors, Groupon and LivingSocial.

Canon EOS Rebel T3i - Basic view

Cannon EOS T3i is younger and cheaper sibling of the same cannon family.It got time to burst shooting speed, with and additional articulater LCD and few other features. With few exceptions T3i body interface are almost identical to the T2i. Its slightly heavier but not larger.The rubberised grip feels personal confortable, when using single handed.T3i is slightly lower magnification than previous models. It moved the display button to the top and replace it with info.

Camera operations are straight forward.On the back their direct access contols for frequently setting like exposure, white balance etc.You can always chnage the setting including metering , flash image quality etc.Mode dial includes the usual set of manual semi manual automatic and scene modes as the 60D however . The placement of the movie mode which is the opposite side of the dial from the advancement and unseemly frustrating things to use. 

This design is suited to proceed never taken off that setting.The scene modes also realise the ambience election option making them a little more flexible than noremal automatic mugs. cannon offers quite a bit video shooters , it doesnt have much beyond the basic to inspire or streamlined shooting first off the top first. It supplies basic hi-fi wireless integration. You can enable or disable the card and the camera provides connection string informaion. This alos supports wireless flash

Will Motorola phone's ban in US ?

Microsoft is trying all its ways of attacking Android.Motorola was accused by Microsoft on  seven patents , also requested to ban its Phones in United States by International Trade Commission. Microsoft are in full confidence that they will won this legally.

Now it comes as Windows Phone vs Android. Microsoft lose its all hope of capturing the Billion dollar's mobile phone market. Before the android was in market, they were all fighting to step above the iPhone. Now all of them Windows Phone , iOS are tragetting agaist the large Android. The growth of Android is much more and faster than expected by all them. It was a great loss and shock when Google purchase Motorola will its 17000 patents for 12.5 billion.

But it International Trade Commission rules in favor of Microsoft, then it will be a huge loss for Motorola, now Google. Android maker HTC already pays Microsoft $5 per phone for patent infringement and to date brings the software company more money than all its Windows Phone sales combined. May be this makes Microsoft more hope on wining the game with Google. Usually patent lawsuits usually ended in out-of-court settlements . But as the Android is ruling the mobile phone market, no one thinks that an out-of-court settlements will happen. The ITC judge set to issue an initial ruling on November 4 and a final ruling on March 2012.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

5.9 quake struck in Virginia ,Washington, DC and New York City

5.9 quake struck in Virginia and rolled its way across the Northeast, hitting Washington, DC and swaying buildings in New York City. Temblor’s epicenter was 86 miles outside of the nation’s capital and rumbled people in lower Manhattan.New Yorkers concerned about the approach of September 11 10th anniversary naturally worried that perhaps a bomb had gone off. Residents throughout the Valley, including in Youngstown, Liberty, Hubbard and Cortland reported feeling the rumbles. 

Trumbull County 911 Dispatch said they've received several calls from residents reporting the shaking but said there was no reported damage, however Oakhill Renaissance Center in Youngstown was evacuated. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries were reported in any of the areas affected.
People in Philadelphia to Pittsburgh experienced shaking buildings and slight tremors.

In Ohio, office buildings swayed in Columbus and Cincinnati and the press box at the Cleveland Indians' Progressive Field shook. At least one building near the Statehouse was evacuated in downtown Columbus.
The quake was 3.7 miles deep and was located 83 miles southwest of Washington, D.C., the USGS said.
The quake, which struck at 1:51 p.m., was felt in Washington, in Richmond, Virginia, and as far away as

North Carolina and New York, witnesses reported. The Pentagon was also evacuated."It's one of the largest that we've had there," USGS seismologist Lucy Jones told CNN.Aftershocks were a concern, she said. "People should be expecting (them), especially over the next hour or two," she added.She said that she would expect to see "significant damage" to old, brick buildings near the epicenter. "If you've already got some damage, you might want to stay outside," she said. She also raised concern that water and gas lines may have been damaged.

The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting that a magnitude 5.9 earthquake was centered in central Virginia, and the Associated Press is reporting the quake was felt in Washington, New York City and North Carolina.
Newark City hall spokeswoman Anne Torres said her chair and desk started shaking shortly before 2 p.m. and City Hall was ordered evacuated a short time later.

What is Umbrella Insurance ? Do I need that ?

Umbrella insurance is an TOP UP of an existing insurance. What and how an umbrella insurance protects you ? Umbrella insurance protects you if the claim amount is above the standard limits. Umbrella insurance and excess insurance is different. Excess insurance will come into effect when all the underlying policies are exhausted,but umbrella insurance will fill the excess of the claims of each underlying policies. The word it self specifies as it shields the existing insurance. All umbrella policy will come into picture when the claims allowed for the existing polices exceeds the limit of the policy. Umbrella insurance can be taken on any product such as Auto, Fire, Home owner, Recreational vehicle, Motor home, Yacht , Boat, off road vehicle, if the company provides the same.

A brief

An insured has an auto insurance policy with liability limit of $200000 and Home owner policy with liability limit of $500000 and Fire policy with liability limit of $800000 with an TWO MILLION umbrella insurance. So, in effect the insured limits are now for auto insurance policy with liability limit of $2200000 and Home owner policy with liability limit of $2500000 and Fire policy with liability limit of $2800000 .

Based on the insurance company the criteria/rules can change.

a) If a person has to take umbrella insurance for Auto , he should take for Home also.

b) Cannot take for Hurricane prone area

c) Depends of state also the law can change.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Skype before absorbed by Microsoft Corp , its expanding its group Chat

This is what a product based company is supposed to do. Even though Skype is going to absorbed by Microsoft, its keeping it all innovation and challage to make one of the best of its kind. On Monday Skype bought the group message system GroupMe . With this acquisition will make Skype into on of the quickly growing field of mobile group messaging. GroupMe rolled out on a variety of smartphone apps including one recently launched by Facebook. But still skype has already group communication options, including Web-based conference calls and group video chats. GroupMe which started last year has conference calls, photo sharing and location sharing . The deal with Skype is not yet known. Microsoft bought Skype for $8.5 billion

"Martyrs Square" for "Green Square" by Google

Martyrs Square for Green Square by Google . Martyrs Square was the name of the square in Tripoli before Gadhafi regime renamed it . The renaming of this is a contrary to Gadhafi regime. This was view able to public from Sunday night it self. This was as a result of rebel took over the power of city. Google data is based on several source, several users and several commercial data. So this change states that a good amount of people expect this change.Google says the squares name has been re-labeled Martyrs Square, though map users can continue to search using either name to find the location.

The change was made quickly because Google now allows users to update its maps. A user did just that on Sunday night. Google approved it, making it visible to the public, shortly thereafter.

Next generation of Intel Atom chips - Cedar Trail-M on November

Atom Cedar Trail M platform has two CPUs a 32nm based H2800 clocked at 1.86GHz and H2600 clocked at 1.6GHz priced at $47 and $42. Cedar Trail D and Atom D2700, priced at $52, and Atom D2500, priced at $42, will also be pushed to November.

Launch schedule of its next-generation netbook platform, Cedar Trail-M, from September to November because the platform has encountered some graphics driver issues and has not yet passed certification for Windows 7.The new low-power CPUs should still be ready in time for the holiday season though, and will likely find their way into plenty of netbooks

Cedar Trail processors are built on 32nm manufacturing process and will be the first netbook platform to use the 32nm tech.Cedar Trail is a unified architecture platform. That means it has the processing cores and the GPU on the same die. Cedar Trail graphics are supposed to support DirectX 10.1 and have hardware decoding capabilities for HD content. The best guess on the specific problem is that the platform failed at media encoding. Submitting the drivers for recertification will take time, hence the delay of roughly a month for the launch schedule.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Lower your cholesterol and become more healthier

If you want to lower your cholesterol, what youre really talking about is improving your health and reducing your risk of heart disease. 
Most cholesterol-lowering guides will recommend that you switch refined carbohydrates to whole-grain carbohydrates (such as whole-wheat pasta and whole-grain bread). If youve been living on a diet of starchy carbohydrates, this switch will help lower your cholesterol. But to really lower your cholesterol   and reduce inflammation, which is just as significant to heart health and more significant for overall health  eliminate grains entirely 
If you are going to eat something sweet, first make sure it s fruit instead of desserts and candies. But choose fruit, not fruit juice. The benefit of fruit comes from the fiber, so if you drink juice, you re losing that wonderful benefit and essentially drinking sugar water. 
Eat at least 5 servings of vegetables daily, and work up to 9.Good ones are colorful bell peppers, chili peppers, and broccoli. 
Raise your good cholesterol.It s equally important to raise your good cholesterol. Do this with a daily serving of essential fatty acids from avocados, nuts, olive oil, nut oils, and nut butters. 
Switch from regular eggs to DHA-enhanced eggs. They re all over the place and relatively inexpensive.

Eat wild, fatty, cold-water fish and consider a fish oil supplement. (Best bets: wild, Alaskan salmon, wild mackerel, Nordic sardines.) Fish is the richest source of Omega-3 fatty acids, so aim for two or three portions a week. Make sure you choose wild, cold-water fish to reduce exposure to chemicals like mercury.

Garlic is wonderful for your cardiovascular system and as part of the allium family of plants it s a natural anti-inflammatory. Other great foods that reduce inflammation: ginger, curry, and chili peppers. 
Whether it s scallions, leeks, chives, white onions, red onions, or shallots, these flavorful bulbs are terrific for quelling inflammation and healing your arteries. Onions also contain high levels of quercetin, an important flavonoid that reduces cholesterol. Try to eat some every day.

Flood-insurance policies has risen 26.7%

New York experienced a series of storms and floods at the same time that devastating Gulf of Mexico hurricanes such as Katrina and Rita, and this leads to more flood-insurance policies sold out.In the last few years, there are more dramatic weather events that have been occurring.Nassau and Westchester exceeds more modest increases which backs most flood-insurance policies.

Big storms with heavy media coverage have an effect on perception.Meteorologists are also predicting a more active than normal Atlantic hurricane season, which runs through the end of November.The insurance premiums cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars a year for those not in flood-prone areas to more than $2,000 a year for waterfront property.People with homes outside of federally designated flood areas are purchasing insurance, just to be safe.

Nassau and Westchester, the federally backed flood-insurance policies rose 88%.Banks have also played a role in the spike.Banks are asking more borrowers to purchase flood insurance when they buy a new home or refinance.

UAE insurance premiums to hit $18.3bn

A new report by Alpen Capital has forecasted the UAE insurance sector to rise at a CAGR of 19% reaching $18.3bn by 2015, Trade Arabia has reported. T. M Lakshmanan, CEO of Alpen Capital, said that the UAE and Saudi Arabia will emerge as the two biggest markets in the region garnering 75% of the combined share by 2015, while Qatar is poised to register the fastest growth at a CAGR of 30% from 2011-15.

OS 5 Beta6 is released

OS 5 Beta6 is released schedulely by Apple to developers yesterday, meanwhile the announcement of iTunes 10.5 Beta6,Xcode 4.2 Developer Preview 6,Apple TV Software Beta5 and iWork for iOS Beta2 are made too.

Advicement for developer were made by Apple that a backup of the iOS equipment is necessary before the upgrade of the system towards iOS 5b6, with iTunes 10.5,which is a constant remind for all the iOS probation users.Now the refreshment could be downloaded by users from the Apple company developer center,while a direct upgrade could achieved by the developer who has installed iOS 5b4 or above.

Friday, August 19, 2011

IBM's cognitive computing chips emulate the brain’s abilities

IBM  researchers unveiled a new generation of experimental computer chips designed to emulate the brain’s abilities for perception, action and cognition. The technology could yield many orders of magnitude less power consumption and space than used in today’s computers.
In a sharp departure from traditional concepts in designing and building computers, IBM’s first neurosynaptic computing chips recreate the phenomena between spiking neurons and synapses in biological systems, such as the brain, through advanced algorithms and silicon circuitry. Its first two prototype chips have already been fabricated and are currently undergoing testing. 
Called cognitive computers, systems built with these chips won’t be programmed the same way traditional computers are today. Rather, cognitive computers are expected to learn through experiences, find correlations, create hypotheses, and remember – and learn from – the outcomes, mimicking the brains structural and synaptic plasticity. 
To do this, IBM is combining principles from nanoscience, neuroscience and supercomputing as part of a multi-year cognitive computing initiative. The company and its university collaborators also announced they have been awarded approximately $21 million in new funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for Phase 2 of the Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable Electronics (SyNAPSE) project.  
The goal of SyNAPSE  is to create a system that not only analyzes complex information from multiple sensory modalities at once, but also dynamically rewires itself as it interacts with its environment – all while rivaling the brain’s compact size and low power usage. The IBM team has already successfully completed Phases 0 and 1. 
“This is a major initiative to move beyond the von Neumann paradigm that has been ruling computer architecture for more than half a century,” said Dharmendra Modha, project leader for IBM Research. “Future applications of computing will increasingly demand functionality that is not efficiently delivered by the traditional architecture. These chips are another significant step in the evolution of computers from calculators to learning systems, signaling the beginning of a new generation of computers and their applications in business, science and government.”

Neurosynaptic Chips 
While they contain no biological elements, IBM’s first cognitive computing prototype chips use digital silicon circuits inspired by neurobiology to make up what is referred to as a “neurosynaptic core” with integrated memory (replicated synapses), computation (replicated neurons) and communication (replicated axons).  
IBM has two working prototype designs. Both cores were fabricated in 45 nm SOI-CMOS and contain 256 neurons. One core contains 262,144 programmable synapses and the other contains 65,536 learning synapses. The IBM team has successfully demonstrated simple applications like navigation, machine vision, pattern recognition, associative memory and classification.  
IBM’s overarching cognitive computing architecture is an on-chip network of light-weight cores, creating a single integrated system of hardware and software. This architecture represents a critical shift away from traditional von Neumann computing to a potentially more power-efficient architecture that has no set programming, integrates memory with processor, and mimics the brain’s event-driven, distributed and parallel processing. 
IBM’s long-term goal is to build a chip system with ten billion neurons and hundred trillion synapses, while consuming merely one kilowatt of power and occupying less than two liters of volume.  
Why Cognitive Computing 
Future chips will be able to ingest information from complex, real-world environments through multiple sensory modes and act through multiple motor modes in a coordinated, context-dependent manner. 
For example, a cognitive computing system monitoring the world's water supply could contain a network of sensors and actuators that constantly record and report metrics such as temperature, pressure, wave height, acoustics and ocean tide, and issue tsunami warnings based on its decision making. Similarly, a grocer stocking shelves could use an instrumented glove that monitors sights, smells, texture and temperature to flag bad or contaminated produce. Making sense of real-time input flowing at an ever-dizzying rate would be a Herculean task for today’s computers, but would be natural for a brain-inspired system.   
“Imagine traffic lights that can integrate sights, sounds and smells and flag unsafe intersections before disaster happens or imagine cognitive co-processors that turn servers, laptops, tablets, and phones into machines that can interact better with their environments,” said Dr. Modha. 
For Phase 2 of SyNAPSE, IBM has assembled a world-class multi-dimensional team of researchers and collaborators to achieve these ambitious goals. The team includes Columbia University; Cornell University; University of California, Merced; and University of Wisconsin, Madison. 
IBM has a rich history in the area of artificial intelligence research going all the way back to 1956 when IBM performed the world's first large-scale (512 neuron) cortical simulation. Most recently, IBM Research scientists created Watson, an analytical computing system that specializes in understanding natural human language and provides specific answers to complex questions at rapid speeds. Watson represents a tremendous breakthrough in computers understanding natural language, “real language” that is not specially designed or encoded just for computers, but language that humans use to naturally capture and communicate knowledge.  
IBM’s cognitive computing chips were built at its highly advanced chip-making facility in Fishkill, N.Y. and are currently being tested at its research labs in Yorktown Heights, N.Y. and San Jose, Calif. 
Source : IBM Press

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Cadillac ELR Volt-Based car from General Motors

General Motors confirment the Cadillac's electric sports coupe the ELR based on the running gear of the Chevrolet Volt electric car, will go into production.Details on performance, price, and timing is not yet announced . They informed that this will be announced latter. This is expecting to roll out during the end of 2013.

Cadillac ELR is powered by an electric motor which drives the front wheels. GM first introuduced thid concept on 2009 Detroit Auto show, and they got a very good review. Because of the finantial conditions this plan got delayed. The design and fist look  like it will be an upgraded Chevy Volt masked in a sleek Cadillac design.The two-door coupe revives plans for GM’s Cadillac Converj concept car that won acclaim for its bold design when shown at the Detroit auto show in 2009.

Recently BMW also announced its own extended-range electric vehicles earlier this year. So there will be a competion between these two Auto giants. GM wants to push to seize the mantle of “greenest automaker in the world” from Toyota. Some of the details , the battery for that car’s powertrain would be supplied by A123 Systems Inc . One of the other comptetior is Nissan Motor Co’s Leaf, which was introduced late last year like the Volt

Apples iOS need to get other vendors such as Samsung, Motorola, HTC

There was a prediction that Apples iPhone will be replaced by some other phones and OS on 2015. It was awesome, when it came to know the status of the smart phone sales in Australia. It clearly mentions that , the Android phones has already replaced the iPhone. Smart phones based on Android sales went to 42.9 percent  , when the iPhone can touch only 37.2 percent . This was reported by Sydney Morning Herald . 

The domination over iPhone by Android is the first time since it launch. Its clearly known reason that , the success of googles Android is nothing because of multiple vendors Motorola, Samsung, HTC, Sony Ericsson,Acer, LG and others make Android phone, especially by Chinese phones, and Apple is the only brand to cell iOS.By interview taken from over 10K people revealed this fact. 

But when you take the status of Indian market, the result is much more favor than any other country for Android. India is one of the largest buyer for Android phones. An android phone can get for INR 6000, but an iPhone 3G costs more than INR 20,000. More free apps in android is another major reason for its growth since it launched. 

Apple OS X Lion USB for £55

Apple's brand new OS X Lion is now available on a pen/thumb drive.Even though it allows uses to download from the website directly, there are some users who dont have internet access. The reason behind this is , Apple wants every one to upgrade to its newer version of OS X Lion.The cost of this is £55. The total installation for the OS X Lion is less than 4GB. The cost of pen driver is £21 and then the remaining the cost of OS £34.

The reason on why they are not providing the CD/DVD/Blueray is they want to avoid the traditional way of installing products. Now we can expect some thing new from Apple on Christmas , an ultra-slim MacBook Pro or some thing like that ,

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Glasses-free 3D smartphone from HTC

The HTC EVO 3D, equipped with a 4.3-inch touchscreen and a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, is the country's second glasses-free 3D phone that allows users to capture and record 3D images, as well as share them on.The world's fifth-largest smartphone maker, launched an Android -based smartphone with 3D capabilities in Taiwan as the flagship product of its premium lines
LG Electronics Inc. has launched its Optimus 3D smartphone in Taiwan earlier this month. The Seoul-based company expects to ship 2 million units of the model worldwide. Meanwhile, the HTC EVO 3D phone will likely hit stores in China this year, but the infrastructure of retail channels has to be established first, Tong

Because of the uniqueness of the retail business model in China, HTC has said that it would have its products distributed at 2,000 locations.HTC Puccini Android Honeycomb tablet launching in September on early October

Skype WiFi - now available on iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch

Skype WiFi (formerly known as Skype Access) is coming to iOS. We've just launched a new iOS application that's free to download from Apple's App store.
With the new Skype WiFi app, you can go online on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch (running iOS 4.1 or above with multitasking) at over 1 million WiFi hotspots around the world, including hotels, airports, train stations, convention centres, bars and restaurants. And withSkype Credit you only pay for the minutes you use. So, there's no need to buy an hour or day WiFi voucher if you're only looking to check your email or make a quick Skype call.
Skype WiFi is great for travellers all over the world: It's a must-have app, for your iPhone or iPad whether you're on a business trip or enjoying holidays abroad. Skype WiFi offers you a cost-effective and easy way to get online with an iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad. Paying on a per-minute basis for WiFi Internet access is great when you're abroad as you can avoid data roaming charges when you update Facebook, send a tweet, make a Skype call or upload photos.
WiFi access prices through Skype start from US$ 0.06/4p/€0,05 (inclusive of VAT) per minute* and you will only be charged for the minutes you are connected. There are no limits on the amount of data you can upload or download.
All you need to enjoy Skype WiFi on your iPhone or iPad is a Skype account and some Skype Credit.**
It's easy to get started with Skype WiFi:
• Go to the App Store and download the Skype WiFi app• Open the Skype WiFi app for iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad• Sign in with your Skype account details or visit to create a new account• Tap Go Online and you're online! 
• Once you've finished, just tap Disconnect
Source : Skype Blog

Apples-to-Apples' Health Insurance Comparison of US

All private health insurance plans should provide current and prospective customers a brief, standardized summary of policy costs and benefits.This was the regulation that is imposed by Obama administration on 8/17/2011.This sholuld also tell insurance companies and group health plans would need to provide all potential customers with an easy to understand fact sheet that breaks down information about benefits, co-pays, deductibles, and coverage limitations.

Till now they are getting these fact sheets if they are ready to purchase the insurance from the specific company . This also mentions that the document should be  simplistic breakdown of pricing and benefits in a standardized, four-page document that can be compared easily compared by anyone.The template introduced online includes a chart that shows details of a sample plan’s costs and coverage.The lay out exactly mentiones how much a consumer will pay for everything from emergency care to mental health services and child eye care.

This Apples-to-Apples way customers can eailsy find the cheapst insurance which suits you .Lynn Quincy, senior health policy analyst for Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports, said in a conference call Wednesday that " her organization found that most Americans like the new requirements and say that full disclosure helped them better understand their options ".About 180 million Americans have private health insurance coverage and are the target users of the proposed plan summaries.

"Since most large employers customize the benefit packages they provide to their employees, some health plans could be required to create tens of thousands of different versions of this new document -- which would add administrative costs without meaningfully helping employees," he said. And that, in turn, could drive up premiums.Insurance companies have a March 23, 2012, deadline to submit real-life policy details.Officials said the forms were developed from a public process led by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Other participants included consumer advocacy organizations, health care professionals and health insurers.

Ashton Kutcher's $2-million luxury trailer

This $2-million mobile estate measures 53-feet long, has two levels with “a second floor that hydraulically emerge from the main body to offer a total floor space of 1,100 sq ft.Ashton Kutcher has made headlines this weekend after it was revealed that his on-set trailer costs just shy of $9000 a week to maintain.Kutcher’s luxury trailer on the set of Two And A Half Men measures 16 metres long and weighs in at around 30 tonnes.

The luxury home features “side sections and a second floor that hydraulically emerge from the main body to offer a total floor space of 1,100 square feet.”It also includes a whopping seven 60-inch 3D plasma screens, two bathrooms, a kitchen with granite countertops and a conference area.The furniture is apparently designed so that it will fold or collapse to accommodate the top and side extensions.

Security cameras are mounted on the outside of the trailer giving 360-degree surveillance.And when someone rings the doorbell, the stereo system and TV volume drops, with the image of the visitor being projects on the screens inside.

Dell Makes Thinnest Monitor Yet - S2330MX -

The S2330MX is a 23-inch monitor with DVI and VGA out. Expect the ‘HD’ banding to be all over the place as this is a 1920x1080 screen.The panel is LED backlit, which enables its slim profile.The S2330MX still boasts 2ms response times.When purchasing a monitor, most buyers expect a few key things from their investment: good performance, enough connection options to meet their needs, and a reasonable price.The monitor has flimsy build quality, a very unstable foot stand, and its OSD navigation isn't as smooth as what we've come to expect from Dell. 

S2330MX includes VGA and DVI inputs.Side bezels measure 0.8 inch wide, the full width of the panel is 21.7 inches.S2330MX is devoid of ergonomic options and includes only a 10-degree back tilt.The OSD(onscreen display) itself is has seven preset options, including Standard, Multimedia, Movie, Games, Text, Warm, and Cool .Dell S2330MX through its DVI input, connected to a Windows Vista PC, using our own DVI cable.It has a pretty heavy amount of antiglare (AG) screen coating, but reflections are still possible with objects in close

Color performance, though good overall, was plagued by the nearly impossible-to-escape green hue problem that crops up on many monitors during the color-tracking test.Compared with the Samsung S23A550H, the S2330MX lacks vibrancy and its colors don't pop from the screen quite as well.

 The advantage of LED back-lighting is that it saves a bit of power and produces deeper blacks. Be aware that the monitor has HDMI and DVI adapter before we tell you that the cables that connect to this monitor are thicker than the monitor.

ConnectivityVGA, DVI
Ergonomic options10-degree back tilt
Resolution1,920x1,080 pixels
Aspect ratio16:9
VESA wall mount supportNo
Included video cablesDVI, DVI-to-HDMI adapter
Panel typeTN
Screen filmMatte w/AG coating
Number of presets7
Picture optionsBrightness, Contrast
Color controlsRGB and 2 color temperature options
Gamma controlNo
Additional featuresSharpness

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Asus Eee Pad Slider - First Look

The Eee Pad slider was suppose to be released along side the Asus Transformer in Q1 of 2011. Asus decided to delay the release to fine tune the tablets hardware.Asus first let us get our hands on the 10.1-inch Android tablet with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.The Slider was originally supposed to come out in May, though later Asus reportedly pushed that date to August. Now some reports are saying that the latest tablet from Asus will hit retail shelves in September.ASUS' Eee Pad Slider is fast becoming just as mythical as the flying horse.Asus has posted some specs for the Eee Pad Slider SL101 on its website.
16GB and 32GB at potential €479 and €599 price points overseas, while $400 and $550 models should hit the US. 
Official specs for the Honeycomb-based device.
  • Android 3.1 installed, with a promised 3.2 upgrade to follow. 
  • The QWERTYfied tablet packs a 1280 x 800 WXGA display
  • Ten-finger multi-touch support
  • 10.1-inch LED Backlight WXGA display 
  • Dual-core 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor  from Nvidia
  • The Slider weighs in at 960 grams and comes in either brown or white.
  • 1GB of memory
  • 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera
  • 5 megapixel rear-facing camera
  • USB 2.0
  • mini-HDMI
  • microSD card reader
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth. 

The company's also thrown in one year of "unlimited ASUS Web Storage" for your cloud computing needs.It supports Adobe Flash and multi-tasking. Applications include ASUS Launcher, MyLibrary, MyNet, MyCloud, File manager, Kindle books, Zinio Magazine, PressReader, Polaris Office, and ASUS sync.Asus informed that the Slider will support 3G connectivity but isn't making its carrier partnerships known as of yet.Android 3.0 Honeycomb combined with the hardware in the Asus Eee Pad Slider should pack a punch .The Asus Eee Pad Slider is looking like a great tablet.