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  • pareshj 9:14 am on June 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , LG   

    LG Releases BD370 And BD390 Blu-ray Players 

    LG Releases BD370 And BD390 Blu-ray Players
    LG also does not want to be left out of new Blu-ray player releases, featuring CES 2009 debutants BD370 and BD390. Both models are new Network Blu-ray players equipped with NetCast Entertainment Access as well as Wi-Fi connectivity, featuring extensive content-on-demand options for instant access to Roxio CinemaNow, Netflix and YouTube content for instant entertainment right out of the box. Let’s just hope that you will find something interesting enough to watch with all these scintillating options placed before you. Some of the shared features among both units include :-

    • 1080p up-scaling for standard DVDs
    • Dolby TrueHD surround sound
    • DTS-HD Master Audio Essential
    • USB 2.0 Media Host
    • 1GB built-in memory (BD390)
    • Wireless capability (BD390)

    The LG BD370 and LG BD390 can be found at retail stores near you, retailing for $299.95 and $399.95, respectively.

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  • pareshj 8:59 am on June 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Windows 7 To Be Released October 22 


    Microsoft announced that Windows 7 would be “generally available” on October 22, according to a Dow Jones news report. UPDATED with confirmation by Microsoft.

    Bill Veghte, SVP of the Windows business, is quoted as saying: “We feel confident that we will deliver Windows 7 with our partners on Oct. 22.” Does this mean it appears in retail PCs before it appears in boxes, or will it all hit together on the same day? Regardless, it’s a pretty nice early date, definitely good for the Christmas PC-buying season, assuming there is a Christmas this year.

    We have confirmed the date with Microsoft, and have received this helpful definition: “General Availability (GA) is when consumers can actually purchase the software and PCs with the software preinstalled.” Also, “release to manufacturing” (RTM), when the finished software is given to computer makers to pre-load on new machines, takes place in “late July,” presumably over a matter of weeks.

    Source: gizmodo.com

     
  • pareshj 8:50 am on June 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    All iPhone 3.0 Rumors 

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  • pareshj 8:47 am on June 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: USB Hubs   

    10 Unusual and Creative USB Hubs 

    10 Unusual and Creative USB Hubs

    Nowadays, USB hubs come in all shapes and sizes. This post showcases our favorite examples of unusual and creative USB hub designs.

    Transformer Laptop USB Hub

    This creative USB hub transforms from a robot into a tiny laptop computer with 4 port USB hub. [link]

    Transformer Laptop USB Hub

    Transformers USB Hub

    49-port USB Hub

    With this 49-port USB hub you will never have to worry about unplugging anything ever again. [link]

    49-port USB Hub

    USB Hub Monster

    A six-legged creature with the ability to hook up to USB devices through any and all of its highly adjustable limbs. [link]

    USB Hub Monster

    Potato USB Hub

    This unusual USB hub allows you to connect 4 different USB devices. [link]

    Potato USB Hub

    R2-D2 USB Hub

    This R2-D2 USB hub from Japan’s Cube-Works is a perfect gift for any Star Wars fan. [link]

    R2-D2 USB Hub

    Cassette Tape USB Hub

    Now you can power up all your USB devices with a blast from the past. There may no longer be tape hanging randomly from telegraph poles around the country anymore, but the icon can live on on your desktop. [link]

    Cassette Tape USB Hub

    SNES Cartridge USB Hub

    Creative USB hub inside a Mario Kart SNES cartridge. [link]

    SNES Cartridge USB Hub

    LEGO USB Hub

    Stackable LEGO USB hubs are available only from Korean retailer DCX for 15,920 KRW ($12 USD). [link]

    LEGO USB Hub

    Glowing VHS Tape USB Hub

    Learn how to create a USB hub from an old video tape. [link]

    Glowing VHS Tape USB Hub

    Super Kid USB Hub

    Super Kid USB 4-Port Hub allows users to connect USB devices via his hands and feet. [link]

    Super Kid USB Hub

     
  • pareshj 9:45 am on April 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 40nm Desktop GPU, Radeon   

    Radeon HD 4770–The First 40nm Desktop GPU 

    ATI Radeon HD 4770

    We certainly recommend that people interested in playing modern games on their PC prioritize putting in a good graphics card. Not everyone needs or wants a big power-hungry $400 pixel-pushing monster, but the $200–$250 price point seems to be the sweet spot in terms of the price/performance ratio and overall game-playing satisfaction.Still, not everyone can go that route—or wants to. Many people have older systems, and don’t want to spend a lot of money when most of their games will be limited by a slow CPU or limited RAM. Some are on a limited budget. Others have a system that the OEM provided with a modest power supply that can’t run what we would call “mid-range” graphics cards.

    And of course, there’s the OEM market: pre-built PCs. Even in some of the pricier configurations, most system builders will boost CPU speed, RAM, or hard drive capacity while still including a fairly entry-level graphics card.

    Whatever the reason, the least “interesting” but highest volume of sales for PC graphics happens in the <$100 price range. Thanks to a new 40nm manufacturing process and the use of GDDR5, ATI’s new Radeon HD 4770 manages to bring impressive performance to the $99 price point.

     
  • pareshj 9:31 am on April 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Kiss Phone   

    Phone lets you kiss and make up 

    Kiss Phone

    Kiss Phone

    Who else but a Frenchman would decide that a phone needs the ability to send kisses?

    Self-styled freelance inventor Georges Koussouros has developed a mobile equipped with a pair of lips that lets you send real kisses down the line.

    When the user kisses the device, it detects the pressure, percussion speed, temperature and sucking force of the kiss, and transmits the data to the loved one at the other end of the line, where the kiss is reproduced exactly.

    Kisses can be repeated, left as a message and even relayed to other people. Koussouros even envisages a “kiss bank” allowing users to receive a kiss from Madonna or other stars.

    Koussouros has already developed an eclectic range of inventions, most of which are rather less romantic than the KissPhone. They include a new type of fertiliser packaging and a self-bolting door.

     
  • pareshj 6:40 am on April 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Best Web Design Galleries, Web Design   

    16 Best Web Design Galleries for Inspiration 

    Web design galleries offer designers and developers creative inspiration on their own designs. By aggregating the top web designs on the web, a gallery serves as a prime spot for getting those creative juices flowing.

    16. Web Creme

    Web Creme

    Nearing almost 4 years of operation, Web Creme is one of the more matured website showcases on the web. The websites are displayed with large thumbnails so you don’t have to be 2 inches away from the monitor to see them. The Web Creme archives can be filtered by using color themes of sites.

    15. FAVEUP

    FAVEUP

    FAVEUP is a design inspiration gallery that has a CSS Websites, Flash Websites, Business Cards, and Logo section. It’s an excellent one-stop shop for your design inspiration cravings.

    14. CSSREMIX

    CSSREMIX

    Created and administered by New-media designer John Mills, CSSREMIX is a thumbnail-style web design gallery featuring some of the best designs on the web. Subscribe to the RSS feed so that you can get notification whenever a design is featured on CSSREMIX.

    13. Design Shack

    Design Shack

    Design Shack currently features over 1,800 websites in their CSS Gallery. If you think that’s too much, don’t fret, you can filter the gallery by color, by the layout type, or by category (such as Corporate or Music).

    12. CSSelite.com

    CSSelite.com

    CSSelite.com features high-quality web designs that users can vote and comment on. Check out the Best of the Best category to see the top picks on CSSelite.com. You may also want to subscribe to the CSSelite.com RSS feed to get notified of new designs.

    11. The FWA

    The FWA

    The FWA, which stands for Favourite Website Awards, is a Flash gallery that awards one site daily for the best Flash website. It’s a coveted award by many Flash designers – and the winners typically display the FWA badge on their winning site as a mark of prestige.

    10. Pattern Tap

    Pattern Tap

    Pattern Tap is an excellent gallery for getting interface design pattern inspiration. At Pattern Tap, you’ll find collections of common site interface components like breadcrumbs and inspirational web forms.

    9. Make Better Websites

    Make Better Websites

    Make Better Websites has an excellent philosophy: ” We want to advocate a world without visual violation of shitty advertising.”. You’ll see a clean gallery interface devoid of advertising.

    8. Smashing Magazine

    Smashing Magazine

    Smashing Magazine, the premier online publication for designers and artists, has an excellent Showcase section that presents high-quality and captivating design collections. At Smashing Magazine, you’ll find great collections of tabbed navigation showcase to more niche collections such as the sports website showcase.

    7. cssheaven.com

    cssheaven.com

    cssheaven.com is a thumbnail-style gallery. They tag and categorize entries so that you can easily find designs based on keywords or categories.

    6. CSSline

    CSSline

    CSSline is a great site for those who just want to see the designs – the site’s own design is minimalist in fashion so that you’re focused solely on designs being featured. They tag entries by keywords and color.

    5. CSS Mania

    CSS Mania

    CSS Mania features hundreds of web designs a month organized into many categories for you to find exactly what you’re looking for. They also have an API for developers wanting to interface with CSS Mania content.

    4. DesignBombs

    DesignBombs

    The only description needed for DesignBombs is quoting the site’s tagline: Droppin Bombs All F**k’n day.

    3. The Best Designs

    The Best Designs

    The Best Designs features only top-quality designs which are categorized into many helpful keywords for easier navigation and searching of sites.

    2. Best Web Gallery

    The Best Designs

    Best Web Gallery focuses on quality rather than quantity: though you may not find hundreds of updates a month, whenever there are updates, they are of the highest quality designs.

    1. siteInspire

    siteInspire

    At the number one spot for the best design gallery as voted by readers: siteInspire. siteInspire currently houses close to 500 high-quality designs which you can sort in a variety of ways. siteInspire also categorizes each entry meticulously so that it’s easier to find site designs on a particular topic.

     
  • pareshj 6:37 am on April 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , ranking, seo   

    Google Set To Change Ranking Algorithm 

    Google is set to make changes to its search ranking algorithm to combat the spate of links leading to malicious web pages appearing at the top of Google’s search results, according to an inside source.
    Malicious Links
    Over the past few months, cybercriminals have been using blackhat SEO techniques to manipulate search rankings. When it first began, they were marginally successful at following Google Trends to find buzzy search queries and elevating a newly created targeted webpage.

    But after a short period of time, these same gangs appear to have become disturbingly effective. Last week, when researching a news story, I found the top five results all led to fake scareware pages.

    Obviously if Google fails to do something about this manipulation, users will lose trust and the good ole days of Google will be over fast. A Googler speaking on condition of anonymity told WebProNews a ranking change is pending that tackles spam of this kind. Once the change goes live, users shouldn’t see it “nearly as often.”

    A report from security company PandaLabs identified over a million links targeting malicious webpages ranking for auto part searches. Google noted that many of the phrases mentioned in the report were rare. A phrase like [1989 Nissan Pickup Truck Engine Check Light Troubleshooting], for example, only appears on attack sites set up by spammers, which explains why Google brought back so many attack sites in response to it and similar queries.

    Google’s response seems also an admission of how difficult it is to provide fresh, timely search results while simultaneously combating spammers. Part of the appeal of Twitter to many people is the platform’s ability to provide real-time information; the live Web works remarkably well there so far because Twitter’s set up isn’t very conducive to spam (yet). At least Twitter has to some extent control over accounts.

    Google, on the other hand, cannot control for content appearing on the Web at large, and historically its famous algorithm performed better than any other at weeding out spammy webpages and malicious results. Unfortunately, that was a version of the Web that was more static. The live Web presents entirely new challenges manifesting as the first major weakness the search engine has faced.

    The company naturally didn’t have a comment on the recently pondered “link velocity” ranking factor. Search engine optimization experts have identified the speed at which organic links appear as a possible important influence.

    Link velocity therefore aids in explaining how blackhatters were able to manipulate search results by dropping enormous amounts of link spam into comment and discussion areas of social sites. The freshness or buzzy nature of a query also aided in this pursuit, and cybercriminals merely have to follow Google Trends and Google News to know which keywords and phrases to target.

     
  • pareshj 6:16 am on April 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Jobs, Yahoo   

    Yahoo to cut nearly 700 jobs after 1Q results fall 

    Yahoo to shed nearly 700 more jobs after first-quarter results fall amid worsening slump

    Yahoo Inc. will lay off nearly 700 workers after getting off to a bumpy start under a tough-talking new boss who has promised to engineer a long-awaited turnaround at one of the Internet’s best-known franchises.

    Neither the lackluster first-quarter results nor the job cuts announced Tuesday came as a surprise.
    Analysts had already predicted Yahoo’s three-year slump would worsen during the first three months of the year, and hints about the payroll purge were leaked to the media last week.

    Investors drove up Yahoo’s stock, extending a recent rally propelled largely by media reports that the company is getting closer to forging an Internet advertising partnership with Microsoft Corp. as the two rivals try to counter online search leader Google Inc.’s domination of the advertising market.

    In a Tuesday conference call with analysts, Yahoo Chief Executive Carol Bartz declined to comment on the status of the Microsoft discussions.

    This marks Yahoo’s third round of mass layoffs in little over a year, but the first batch since the Sunnyvale-based company hired Bartz in January. The cuts will affect about 5 percent of Yahoo’s 13,500 workers. The estimated 675 people people losing their jobs will be notified during the next two weeks.

    Yahoo dumped about 1,000 jobs in February 2008 and another 1,500 or so late last year while co-founder Jerry Yang was still running the company. Yang stepped down, largely because he wasn’t able to snap the company out of its financial funk during his 18-month tenure as CEO.

    Although it remains one of the most popular destinations on the Internet, Yahoo’s fortunes have been declining since 2005 as Internet search leader Google Inc. sucked up more advertising revenue and trendy new online hangouts like Facebook and MySpace lured away younger Web surfers.

    Yahoo earned $118 million, or 8 cents per share, during the first three months of the year. That represents a 78 percent drop from net income of $537 million, or 37 cents per share, in the year-ago period.

    Last year’s results included a non-cash gain of $401 million. But Yahoo’s profit this year still would have been lower even after subtracting last year’s one-time boost.

    The latest earnings matched the modest expectations among analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters.

    Revenue fell 13 percent to $1.58 billion. If not for the stronger dollar, the sale of an e-commerce site in Europe and the loss of some fees, Yahoo said its revenue would have been down by just 3 percent.

    After subtracting commissions paid to its ad partners, Yahoo’s revenue stood at $1.16 billion — about $50 million below analyst estimates.

    Management indicated that Yahoo’s results will erode again the second quarter, with total revenue expected to range from $1.42 billion and $1.63 billion. Yahoo’s revenue totaled $1.8 billion in last year’s second quarter.

    Yahoo shares still surged 79 cents, or 5.5 percent, in Tuesday’s extended trading after rising 72 cents to finish the regular session at $14.38.

    In remarks elaborating on the layoffs, Bartz indicated she is trying to focus Yahoo more on its strengths in online news, finance, sports, e-mail and Internet search, where it ranks a distant second to Google.

    In the process, she thinks Yahoo can free up more money to expand those products around the world and possibly hire more workers in those areas.

    Yahoo product managers, in particular, appear to be among the most likely to receive pink slips, based on Bartz’s blunt comments.

    “We sort of had one product management person for every three engineers, so we had a lot of people running around and telling people what to do, but nobody was doing anything,” Bartz said.

    Source: http://finance.yahoo.com

     
  • pareshj 6:07 am on April 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Facebook, Hitwise, Oprah,   

    Oprah effect: 43% jump in Twitter traffic 

    Oprah Winfrey’s effect on book sales when she supports a new title is legendary. She may have even contributed to the election of the nation’s first black president with her endorsement of Barack Obama. So what happened in Twitterland after Winfrey started Tweeting, and used her TV show as a platform to announce her online Twitter presence?

    According to market tracker Hitwise, traffic to Twitter went up 43% in a before and after survey of the Oprah Effect.

    Additionally, on April 17th, the day of Winfrey’s first Tweets, 37% of visits to Twitter.com were new visitors, Hitwise says. By comparison, Hitwise says Facebook’s ratio of new visitors in March were 8%.

    Hitwise also looked at top search terms for the week, and found that “Oprah,” was no. 7, and “Oprah Twitter,” no. 35.

     
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