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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Connecting a SPDIF Cable

An SPDIF cable is a connection that is made specifically for audio purposes. SPDIF basically stands for Sony/Philips Digital Interconnect Format and can be referred to as S/PDIF, S/P-DIF, and IEC 958 type 2. This cable is able to transmit stereo digital audio signals from PC audio cards, CD players, DVD players, car audio systems, or any sound systems that can transmit or receive stereo digital audio through a modified optical or electrical cable.
Using the cable to transmit the stereo digital audio signal on a device is not difficult. To do that, first, you will need to remove the power cords from the devices you wish to connect. After that, you can look around on the device to find the cable connections, to make sure that both devices have their own SPDIF ports.

Buildings With Fiber

Buildings with fiber have pre-installed optic fiber network connections. Renting out or purchasing such a building for business purposes, you can get to use high-speed Ethernet connections which provide huge bandwidth and improved connectivity.
To put it plainly buildings with fiber are places with high bandwidth network connections. Also known as fiber lit buildings, they have pre-installed fiber optic connections providing faster internet connectivity. With rapidly growing communication needs, there is an ever-increasing demand for higher speeds and improved connectivity than what is provided by a traditional broadband. A fairly new concept, lit buildings consist of high-speed Ethernet network connections, ideal for a business setting. Existing businesses and also new businesses setting up operation can use a lit building map to locate buildings with fiber connections.

3D Animation And Special Effects

An exciting and rapidly growing area of 3D animation is not in story telling at all. Special effects, whether it is blowing up a ship, melting a building, or killing a person, are hot and becoming incredibly possible in a digital 3D environment. Having some experience in special effects is a good idea for any demo reel.
However, as the entertainment industry pushes the 3D industry, and vice versa, the paradigm and techniques are forever changing. Do not spend too much time on any one technique; it may be antiquated before you even finish your project. Students ask all the time for general rules for doing special effects. The general rule is that there are no rules. Digital effects are so often mixed with real-time effects or cinematography that it becomes nearly impossible to tell which is which, and which is happening when.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Top 7 Tips to Avoid Spyware on Your Computer

Your access to the Internet is a window to the world. To shield that window, you probably want some shades. Internet use offers great benefits, and many of us rely on it daily to perform our job. However, we all need to keep in mind the pests tapping on our window, which the industry refers to as spyware. Spyware is a piece of a program, individual software, or plug-in that has one, and only one, purpose -- to track your actions. Over the past two years, spyware reports have increased by 167%!
What can spyware really do?
When spyware is installed, you didn't press the "accept" button to have this tracking software installed on your computer. This is because many spyware programs are downloaded and installed automatically when you use free software. Spyware acts like a virus or Internet worm after it has crept inside your computer. Things suddenly do not work as fast or at all. Many times users will have many variants of spyware installed, and it does not get noticed until PC performance is affected.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Tablet PCs: iPad, Galaxy Tab, Playbook

The tablet PC revolution initiated by the iPad and its overwhelming popularity has encouraged many prestigious companies to expand their production the new area.
Black Berry has revealed its intend in joining the race with its Play Book which was known as Black Pad earlier. Another competent model recently hit the global market is the Galaxy Tab by the reputed Samsung. Even if there has been a flurry of tablets by various electronic manufacturers, only a few could gather wide attention.
If you are planning of buying a tablet, all these different choices will flash in your mind and you will find that the picking up one from them that suits your requirement will be a daunting task. Once you get a clear picture of the characteristics of the products of different vendors, it will be very simple to identify the tablet that is made for you.

HP DeskJet 5940 Review

While it might not be a part of the Photosmart collection, the DeskJet 5940 is an additional sound all-rounder from HP. In fact, HP boasts you are able to print whatever you desire using the 5940, and that includes borderless pictures as high as A4 size.
Getting the 5940 out of the box, we could instantly see that build quality is a step above just about everything else inside the entry-level category. The top is made of brushed aluminium and the strong front-mounted paper trays turn upward in order to leave a minor footprint in the event the printer's not in use. There is also automatic cartridge alignment along with a paper sensor, that detects what sort of paper is loaded and will alter printing quality automatically.

Play Sudoku Online

The internet has transformed the way people spend their time by offering different types of games that players can enjoy. One of the most common games is Sudoku online. Many players can find as many internet sites as possible that deal with countless of Sudoku puzzles to choose from. Some of these sites require the player to download a software application in order to play while others offer instant play options.
Some of these sites also offer different types of puzzles from which the player can select the one that is up to their challenge. Once they have visited the sites, the players have the option of playing the game offered or choosing their own puzzles. These games come with three levels of difficulty: easy, medium and hard.

Your Website Is Not Found ?!

Although most gurus say that 3 main factors that contribute to the Internet Marketing business would be firstly to have a great site, secondly, have a great product and third but most important personally to be would be to have great advertising. However, it is not as easy as you think it is. Bear in mind that there are millions of other marketers out there competing with you. As a newbie, to know how to get indexed and rise to the top of the Google ranks, this article will show you how.
There are about 100,000 websites that are created every day, but most of the websites are hidden like a needle in the haystack among millions of sites and they can never be found if no work is done to index and build backlinks to it. If your website is not found, no one will know that your website exists. No matter how beautiful your website is, or how good your product or service is, there would not be any use as your customers cannot find you. Imagine owning a retail shop in a dark back alley where nobody knows it exist.

Do Search Engines Give Priority To Dot-Com Over Other Domain Extensions Like Dot-Net Or Info ?

A dot-com domain extension is easily the extension most preferred by businesses and investors when purchasing a domain name. At least part of that popularity can probably be explained by those individuals and businesses believing that a dot com extension will give them a leg up on the search engine rankings. Apparently that belief remains one of the Internet's urban legends.
According to an article in the domain investors' blog Dot Sauce quoting a Google executive, it is a myth that dot-com gets priority on the search engines. At least not at Google! In fact, country code domains ( dot-de for Germany and dot-Cn for China are two possible examples of country code extensions among hundreds) actually have a slight advantage over dot-com within their own countries of origin.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

What Is Canon SD940IS ?

Do you feel humiliated that your camera is old-fashioned? Or now you are not pleased with your camera? Or do you feel insecure because you don't have a camera?
Relax, because now "CANON" which is one of the world well-known brand has launches the most preferred type: "Canon PowerShot SD940IS". It has the peak resolution in digital camera which is 12.1 MP. Also this camera is capable of with a diversity of interesting features that are very easy to use even by a child.
You're into hot design and cool equipment. Emerging from your jeans pocket or purse like a sleek little jewel, the Canon Powershot SD940IS makes a declaration before you even take a picture. And the new menu ensures simple access to all its advanced Canon equipment, where 12,1 megapixels, enhanced Smart AUTO Mode and 720p HD movies are just the start.
This is one of the most requested and suggested digital camera for you and only for you because we know what you need.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Stop - Most PS3 Consoles Don't Play The Entire Playstation Library

One of the biggest misconceptions in the video game market is whether my brand new Playstation 3 slim console will play ps2 games. The answer is no, it is not backwards compatible. Sony stopped making backwards compatible consoles in 2007.
Why did Sony stop making backwards compatible consoles? The money, plain and simple, if Sony made every console backwards compatible they would lose money. By not making all systems backwards compatible Sony is still able to make and sell Playstation 2 games. Sony is still releasing the latest PS3 titles on the PS2. Not every great PS3 title is available, this is the reason they want you to buy a PS3 console. Many of the latest sports games are still released on ps2; Madden NFL 11 was just release for Ps2 and the PS3 consoles.
Which models are backwards compatible? The easiest way to tell is by the number of usb ports, backwards compatible consoles have four usb ports. Of course the entire lists of the consoles are the original fat PS3 Consoles. The Models of the consoles are as follows: CECHEO1 which is an 80 GB console, CECHAO1 which is a 60 GB console, and CECHB01 which is a 20 GB console. You can check your model number by looking on the bottom of the console, under the factory seal. A few other PS3 consoles are compatible with many Playstation 1 games, but many consoles don't have the necessary chips installed to play Playstation 2 games.

Word Search Games on iPhone

Word search puzzles have been around for many years as a source of entertainment. Featured in newspapers, magazines, and mixed media puzzle books, these puzzles range in difficulty from very easy to almost unsolvable. Adults and children alike attempt to finish them daily, making them a universally accepted activity. Even available on computers and as iPhone games, word searches continue to increase in popularity as the years pass.
When used as a form of entertainment, these games can be played at a person's leisure. They require no strategy or preparation, and there are no pieces to play with or lose. People can do them on breaks at work, during long trips, or while waiting for an event. There are many websites dedicated to word search, either online or printing them out to distribute. One site allows users to print out the puzzles based on their interests from the internet. Each of the lists has at least ten words to find, and the puzzles can be shuffled and re-sized to the user's specifications. Users must register before they can view or print the puzzles.

The 4G Standard Will Be Postponed To Make It Public

The 4G standard, which was planed to pass in October of this year, will be postponed to make it public in the spring of 2012; therefore, the way to make out the 4G standard will be more difficult. According to the early plan made by the experts in international telecommunication, the object should be defined by the scientists in October, but the radio meeting is postponed to the spring of 2012. The last approval will be in the spring of 2012.
All these mean that the October of this time should be understood as the experts choose the standard to ask for approval. According to the process of international telecommunication, the approval should be done by the radio conference. Obviously, if the experts group does not agree the sent programmes, they will be excluded from the last standard; although the expert group greens the programmes, there are still so many challenges on the period of time.

ANDROID (Mobile Operation System)

Android is a mobile operating system initially developed by Android Inc., a firm purchased by Google in 2005. Android is based upon a modified version of the Linux kernel. It is a participant in the Open Handset Alliance. Unit sales for Android OS smartphones ranked first among all smartphone OS handsets sold in the U.S. in the second quarter of 2010, at 33%.
Android has a large community of developers writing application programs ("apps") that extend the functionality of the devices. There are currently over 70,000 apps available for Android with some estimates saying 100,000 have been submitted, which makes it the second most popular mobile development environment. Developers write managed code in the Java language, controlling the device via Google-developed Java libraries.
The unveiling of the Android distribution on 5 November 2007 was announced with the founding of the Open Handset Alliance, a consortium of 78 hardware, software, and telecom companies devoted to advancing open standards for mobile devices. Google released most of the Android code under the Apache License, a free software and open source license.


Linux (commonly pronounced / lɪnəks/ LIN-əks  in American English, also pronounced /ˈlɪnʊks/ LIN-ooks in Europe and Canada) refers to the family of Unix-like  computer operating systems using the Linux kernel. Linux can be installed on a wide variety of computer hardware, ranging from mobile phones, tablet computers and video game consoles, to mainframes and supercomputers. Linux is the leading server OS, accounting for more than 50% of installations[citation needed]. Desktop use of Linux has increased in recent years, partly owing to the popular Ubuntu, Fedora, and openSUSE  distributions and the emergence of netbooks and smartphones running an embedded Linux.

Monday, September 20, 2010

The Global Education Race

Earlier this week, I participated in a fascinating series of discussions at The Economist magazine’s summit called “The Ideas Economy: Human Potential – When the world grows up”. I came away with the realization that we’re not tapping into even a tiny fraction of the potential that human beings have. Additionally, we have a unique opportunity, today, to leverage the entire world’s talent. In Silicon Valley, in particular, ideas are the currency that matter, and these are the keys to innovation and economic success. Knowledge creation has globalized and there is a fierce race underway for talent. We can fear this all we want, but we have a choice: raise protectionist barriers and lose the race, or recognize the new reality and take advantage of the opportunities for collaboration and innovation.
At the event, Kauffman Foundation senior fellow Ben Wildavsky discussed key findings from his book, The Great Brain Race. He documented that student mobility is now taking place to a degree never been seen in history. More than three million students travel outside their home countries to study—a 57 percent increase in just the past decade. What’s more, those extraordinary numbers are projected to nearly triple, to 8 million, by 2025. In a competitive global marketplace, student recruiting is fierce. (New Zealand even resorted to a viral video showing two students making out in the corner of a hot tub; the camera pulls back to show a pair of disapproving adults in the other corner followed by the caption “Get further away from your parents”.)

Western universities are bringing their offerings to students all over the world. There now have more than 160 branch campuses, mostly in the Middle East and Asia—an increase of 43 percent in just a few years.
Perhaps most significant, according to Wildavsky, is the intense desire among nations from China and South Korea to Saudi Arabia to create universities that can compete with the top-rated institutions in the United States and Britain. They know that universities are vital to innovation and economic growth, and they’re no longer content just to send students overseas or to host branch campuses on their soil—they want to create world-class institutions of their own. They are:
  • Pouring money into education. China is expanding and improving several dozen universities, and recently announced formation of an elite consortium known as China’s Ivy League. In Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah earmarked $10 billion of his own funds to the brand-new King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), giving it the sixth largest endowment in the world at its inception.
  • Recruiting faculty globally. China is working hard to lure back overseas Chinese who have Western degrees. South Korea is making a big push to recruit foreigners in schools such as its elite Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, and in Saudi Arabia, KAUST recently recruited the president of the National University of Singapore as its first president.
  • Forging partnerships. This is a key strategy of Singapore as it strives to become a global academic hub. It is bringing in foreign schools such as Duke University’s medical center, the University of Chicago’s business school, and MIT. South Korea is creating an academic free-trade zone near the Incheon International Airport, where it is hosting a number of Western branch campuses.

The U.S. is still the biggest talent magnet, however, with two-thirds of the world’s foreign graduate students at American universities. But what is there for the U.S. to worry about?

  • Our market share is falling as other countries step up their recruiting efforts. Among OECD nations, the U.S. share of foreign students dropped from 32 percent to 23 percent from 1998 to 2007. Many Asian countries that have traditionally been “sender” nations have set ambitious targets to recruit more foreign students, usually from their own region.
  • There is a battle for faculty talent. Half the top physicists in the world no longer work in their home countries. Three-quarters of young economists in top U.S. universities earned their undergraduate degrees in another nation.
  • Foreign students are returning home. As I have documented with my research, Indian and Chinese students don’t feel welcome or see enough opportunity in the U.S. any more. So, the U.S. is experiencing the first brain drain in its history.
  • Tsinghua and Peking Universities combined recently surpassed UC-Berkeley as the leading source of students earning U.S. PhDs.

Despite the new realities, U.S. leaders have been enacting misguided legislation to close the doors, as I wrote about in this piece. This is hastening the brain drain and scaring away the world’s best and brightest who might otherwise come here to study or work.
Protectionism in education is actually a global ill. India has, for years, kept out foreign universities, despite a huge hunger for education. Only now is it debating legislation to open up the market, but even this will come with many restrictions—so it is unclear if it will make a dent. Indian protectionism of education has been so bad, and has weakened its education system so much, that a few years ago the president of IIT-Bombay barred students from taking overseas internships in an effort to keep Indian brainpower at home. Malaysia limits the proportion of foreign students in its public universities to 5 percent. In the U.S., the University of Tennessee, until a decade or so ago, limited foreign graduate students to 20 percent of each department.
Wildavsky says that knowledge isn’t a finite resource like gold or diamonds—it’s something that can grow; it is a public good. I agree that knowledge can’t be contained within the borders of one country. This means that innovators around the world, including U.S. entrepreneurs, can take advantage of research breakthroughs in places like China or India. So yes, we should do everything we can to boost our own human capital. But rather than fearing the globalization of higher education, which will be counterproductive, we should embrace it. As executives in the tech industry know, the best strategy to compete is to hire all stars from wherever you can find them.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Google’s Investment : Ngmoco Building Plus And Possibly Games For Android

There’s no absolute formula for success in the mobile app world — but if there was, ngmoco would probably be amongst those closest to having it figured out. Just about everything they touch (Gun Range, WeFarm, Rolando, and their Plus+ gaming network) turns to gold; unfortunately, the only stuff they’ve touched so far has been exclusively for iOS.
Back in February, ngmoco CEO Neil Young said they were “encouraged” by Android’s growth, but that they’d be sticking with the iPhone for the time being. Oh, how quickly a big ol’ cash injection can change plans; just a month after an estimated $3-5 million investment by Google Ventures, ngmoco is seemingly looking to dive head first into Android development.
Word of their new Android endeavors comes from two separate job posts.

The first is for an “Android Client Engineer“, whose sole listed responsibility is to “Contribute to the development of the Plus SDK, the premium social network for Android”. Here’s the thing: Plus+, which is ngmoco’s pre-built solution for adding things like leaderboards, friend challenges, and achievements to games, is currently an iOS-only product. With Apple having decided to offer up their own official solution for such things with Game Center, ngmoco’s got plenty of reason to start building up their catalog elsewhere.
The second job listing is for an “Android Software Test Engineer”, who would be tasked with testing “new mobile games for Android”. Alas, due to ngmoco’s dual-role as a development house for games and a development house for a social network intended to be integrated into other’s games, this can be taken two ways: either ngmoco is making games that need testing, or they’re looking for someone to make sure Plus+ works well in any third-party games that make use of it.
We reached out to the company for clarification. To two different people, actually. One didn’t respond, and the other… signed off of AIM as soon as I mentioned it. A coincidence, I’m sure.
With that said, it’s almost certainly safe to assume that this means they’ll be building Android games of their own. Android’s hardware sales numbers are skyrocketing, yet the number of high-quality games for the platform is still shockingly low. It’d be crazy for them not to start dabbling with Android right now.