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Monday, July 25, 2011

Artwork of the week.. 24 July



Illusion art..!!

Image of the week... 24 July



Urban mirror photography..!!




Funny video of the week... 24 July






Thursday, July 21, 2011

Bollywood... 21 July





Sanjay Dutt to co-host Bigg Boss 5 with Salman Khan

MUMBAI: Colors' reality show Bigg Boss Season 5 is all set to be back in a bigger avatar. This time round, the channel has signed Sanjay Dutt along with Salman Khan to co-host the show.

This is the first time in the history of Bigg Boss that two Bollywood superstars would be hosting the season.

Colors CEO Raj Nayak said, “Bigg Boss is one of our flagship shows which has been successfully running on the channel over the last 4 seasons. It’s a unique format that provides brands an exciting and innovative platform, spread over more than three months. This year with two of Bollywoods biggest super stars, Salman Khan and Sanjay Dutt as hosts we’re confident of making Bigg Boss even bigger & generating both - higher revenues as well as stickier eye-balls.”

 

Source:

http://www.businessofcinema.com

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

10 Health Benefits Of Tea...20 July


10 Health Benefits Of Tea








1. Tea contains antioxidants. Like the Rust-Oleum paint that keeps your outdoor furniture from rusting, tea's antioxidants protect your body from the ravages of aging and the effects of pollution.


2. Tea has less caffeine than coffee. Coffee usually has two to three times the caffeine of tea (unless you're a fan of Morning Thunder, which combines caffeine with mate, an herb that acts like caffeine in our body). An eight-ounce cup of coffee contains around 135 mg caffeine; tea contains only 30 to 40 mg per cup. If drinking coffee gives you the jitters, causes indigestion or headaches or interferes with sleep -- switch to tea.


3. Tea may reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke. Unwanted blood clots formed from cholesterol and blood platelets cause heart attack and stroke. Drinking tea may help keep your arteries smooth and clog-free, the same way a drain keeps your bathroom pipes clear. A 5.6-year study from the Netherlands found a 70 percent lower risk of fatal heart attack in people who drank at least two to three cups of black tea daily compared to non-tea drinkers.





4. Tea protects your bones. It's not just the milk added to tea that builds strong bones. One study that compared tea drinkers with non-drinkers, found that people who drank tea for 10 or more years had the strongest bones, even after adjusting for age, body weight, exercise, smoking and other risk factors. The authors suggest that this may be the work of tea's many beneficial phytochemicals.


5. Tea gives you a sweet smile. One look at the grimy grin of Austin Powers and you may not think drinking tea is good for your teeth, but think again. It's the sugar added to it that's likely to blame for England's bad dental record. Tea itself actually contains fluoride and tannins that may keep plaque at bay. So add unsweetened tea drinking to your daily dental routine of brushing and flossing for healthier teeth and gums.


6. Tea bolsters your immune defenses. Drinking tea may help your body's immune system fight off infection. When 21 volunteers drank either five cups of tea or coffee each day for four weeks, researchers saw higher immune system activity in the blood of the tea drinkers.


7. Tea protects against cancer. Thank the polyphenols, the antioxidants found in tea, once again for their cancer-fighting effects. While the overall research is inconclusive, there are enough studies that show the potential protective effects of drinking tea to make adding tea to your list of daily beverages.


8. Tea helps keep you hydrated. Caffeinated beverages, including tea, used to be on the list of beverages thatdidn't contribute to our daily fluid needs. Since caffeine is a diuretic and makes us pee more, the thought was that caffeinated beverages couldn't contribute to our overall fluid requirement. However, recent research has shown that the caffeine really doesn't matter -- tea and other caffeinated beverages definitely contribute to our fluid needs. The only time the caffeine becomes a problem as far as fluid is concerned is when you drink more than five or six cups of a caffeinated beverage at one time.


9. Tea is calorie-free. Tea doesn't have any calories, unless you add sweetener or milk. Consuming even 250 fewer calories per day can result in losing one pound per week. If you're looking for a satisfying, calorie-free beverage, tea is a top choice.


10. Tea increases your metabolism. Lots of people complain about a slow metabolic rate and their inability to lose weight. Green tea has been shown to actually increase metabolic rate so that you can burn 70 to 80 additional calories by drinking just five cups of green tea per day. Over a year's time you could lose eight pounds just by drinking green tea. Of course, taking a 15-minute walk every day will also burn calories.


Source:http://www.ivillage.com/top-10-health-benefits-drinking-tea/4-a-108301

Helpful tip.... 20 July






Category:
Health tip


Honey and Weight loss
Put one spoon of honey and few drops of lemon juice in warm water and drink before breakfast.Continue this for some weeks and you will see the difference.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Artwork of the week... 17 July





A beautiful paper craft work..!!

Image of the week... 17 July





A beautiful view of  Incheon International Airport, South Korea.

Quotation of the week...17 July







" An eye for an eye would make the whole world blind. "
Mahatma Gandhi

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Funny video of the week... 17 July






Sunday, July 10, 2011

Funny video of the week... 10 July





Funny video of the week.... 3 July


A funny video of cute kids





Art work of the week... 26 June


A beautiful oil painting..!!

Useful tip of the week.... 10 July






Category:
Kitchen tip


Burns or hot oil splatter

Soy sauce is a quick and easy solution for burns caused by hot soup or splatter of hot oil. Simply drench affected area with soy sauce till the burning sensation go away. Soy sauce is not a type of spice BUT this tip is useful and effective.Apparently, using cold milk also works.

Article of the week.... 10 July



Sustainability Today
 by: Dayna Schueth 
Achieving a sustainable lifestyle today is of paramount importance for the health of future generations. The devastation of our natural environment by individuals and corporations who carelessly pollute the water and air, clearcut forests, and destroy topsoil and natural habitats is in many cases irreversible. Those of us living an urban or suburban lifestyle may just be beginning to feel the repercussions of our industrial lifestyle in the form of climate change. However, the perpetuation of anti-environment practices is sure to cause consequences that we cannot even imagine.




The world in which we live is a system in which all elements interrelate and coexist in a harmonious balance of creation and destruction. Nothing exists or functions in isolation. Everything is interconnected and every act affects the future of countless other elements. This concept, also known as systems thinking, is easy to see when observing an ecosystem, especially when the harmony of that ecosystem is disrupted. The extinction or reduction of one species rebounds through the entire food chain, causing havoc on the lives of the rest of the species. 




A sustainable lifestyle is one that seeks to harmonize with the elements of the natural world. We can use the forces of nature to our advantage, without abusing them and causing as little disturbance to the natural environment as possible. One such example is harnessing the energy of the sun. Solar energy can be captured in a variety of ways. The most basic way, passive solar energy, refers to the type of construction materials used and their placement. For example, a house designed to face the south allows the heat of the sun to warm the house all day long. Add to that other passive solar features such as thermal mass and the house is already well on its way to energy-independence.



Industrialism and the Information Age have provided our society with the tools it needs to reverse our current path of environmental degradation. Solar panel technology and the multitude of other inventions for collecting the energy of the sun are constantly improving and becoming more affordable. We may also gather energy from the wind, water, ground and even our own waste products.
The key to becoming sustainable as individuals and as a society is our own willingness to change and to be creative. Permaculture is a design system that guides us to build and manage sustainable living and working environments in which all of the elements overlap and interrelate to create a functioning whole. Combining our knowledge of ecological principles with our earth-friendly technology we have only to succeed in achieving a more sustainable lifestyle today, and a brighter future for our children and grandchildren.

About The Author

Dayna Schueth
Sustainability 101 is a site complete with all the information you need to learn how to create and become sustainable in your home and also has lots of information on alternative fuels and biodiesel http://www.sustainability101.com

Image of the week.... 3 July



A beautiful snapshot of a raindrop on a rose..!!



Useful tips of the week... 3 July



Category:
Helath tips


Natural Ways to Get Rid of Obesity

There are innumerable options available for weight loss, but still the number of people turning into a tub of lard is increasing with every passing day, and obesity is still a serious problem despite all these artificial treating options. Surgeries, diet and exercise regimes, diet pills and many other options are available for weight loss these days and some of them have proved effective to lose weight, however, the real problem is these options show their effect only for a limited time and their good results are not lasting at all.


People who want get rid of their excess pounds permanently and who are looking for a really effective way in this connection must keep this fact in mind that natural way can prove the best way to get rid of these excess pounds. But many may wonder how to go natural for losing weight. Well, here lies the solution for them. 

Control the amount of food you eat 


A large number of people can’t control the amount of food they take, and it comes up as the biggest cause of excess lard in this large number of people. People who want get rid of these excess pounds must try to control their food first.






 Eat Right 

It’s not all about controlling the amount of food, as it’s also equally important to consume right foods. You can look for Green Tea as different antioxidants found in this tea can help you to lose some considerable pounds. Leave taking sugar and carbohydrates to boost energy, as you can also do so by taking different fruit that are also rich in different vitamins and minerals.


 Take exercise regularly

 

Take exercise daily, as it keeps you away from obesity, but also many other obesity related diseases too.  If you think that you are gaining some weight, you need to take more exercise than you regularly do.




 

Take lemon juice in the morning

 

 Lemon juice has been found quite effective to remove mucus from the intestine and make digestion easier. So, take some lemon in a glass of water and take it daily before eating anything.



  Say no to Soda drinks 

 

 People who regularly take soda drinks have higher odds of becoming an obesity victim and you must prefer to fresh juices or green tea over it if you really want to maintain a really nice body shape


Artwork of the week.... 3 July


King of Pop.... Michael Jackson

Article of the week..... 3 July


A Guide to Men's Summer Fashion

Summer is here - which means it's time to pull out those shorts, t-shirts and sandals that rarely see the light of day during the rest of the year. While some items of clothing are staples of summer wear every year - for example, polo shirts and relaxed jeans - each summer also brings with it a set of unique seasonal looks. This summer, it's all about pastels, neutrals, and tailored pieces, not to mention the "all white" and "all American" looks. Get the scoop on this season's hottest fashion trends, and get ready to look great all summer long.






First off, don't neglect the basics: pick up some pastel-coloured polo shirts, khaki shorts, chinos and trousers, as well as a few tailored shirts - also in pastel or neutral colours. You'll also want to do your feet a favour this year and ditch those plastic flip-flops for some nice leather flip-flops or quality leather sandals. The sandals will look great with more refined-looking wardrobe pieces - like chinos or tailored shorts - while the leather flips flops will look great with more casual outfits - like jeans and Polo shirts - without looking cheap. If you prefer more enclosed footwear, opt for a pair of chic deck shoes or loafers.




Heading out on the town? Don't be afraid to throw some colour into the mix of your formalwear. Whether you incorporate a splash of orange in an otherwise subdued colour scheme, or dress in bold colours from head to toe, the fashion scene will embrace your colour-happy attitude this season.




If you plan on hitting the beach or the pool this summer, you'll need a pair of stylish swim shorts. Retro is in this season, so head to your local vintage shop to pick up a pair - you'll not only pick up something unique, but you'll save some cash too. While you're at it, snag yourself some hip sunglasses; you can't go wrong with Aviators, Clubmasters or Wayfarers this summer.



Last but not least, the jumper is another key piece to consider when pulling together your summer wardrobe. The weather might be warming up, but it's more than likely that a few chilly nights will make their way into the British summer. So stock up on a few Armani pullovers or Lyle and Scott jumpers and stay cosy. Opt for a cotton elbow-length sleeve sweater (paired over a tailored button-down shirt) to get that Twenties-riviera-meets-rugby look.


So, with some of this summer's top trends in mind, you're more than ready to put your fashion foot forward. Just remember that keeping up with summer fashion doesn't mean you have to re-do your entire wardrobe or break the bank. Incorporating just a few quality seasonal pieces will help update your wardrobe and ensure you look great all summer long.

 


Quotation of the week... 3 July


"We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean.But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop."




(Mother Teresa)

IT tip of the week... 3 July



How to Appear Offline to Specific People on Facebook Chat

 

One of the reasons Facebook is very popular is because of it’s chat feature. You can chat with your friends on the website. But there it’s quite touch to ignore people on Facebook chat as there is no option to put a busy or not available status, there is not even a invisible option like in other messengers.
But you can do one thing to solve that problem. You can be offline for a specific group of people.





Create Friends Lists

Before you can appear offline to specific people, you need put your friends into lists so that you can tell Facebook which friends you want to be hidden from. If you haven’t already grouped your friends into lists, then you can do so now following these steps.
From the Account menu in the top right of Facebook select “Edit Friends.” You’ll now be at the friends page where you can delete and search through your friends. Click on “Create a List” at the top of the page.


From the “Create a New List” window enter a name for your list and then select all the friends that you’d like to add to that list.
Side note: The next time you add a new friend or accept a friend request, you’ll be able to add them to one of your lists right away.



Once you finish creating your lists, the next thing to do is open Facebook Chat and move on to the next step.




Go Offline to Specific Friend Lists

Now when you open Facebook Chat, you should be able to see all of your Friend Lists that you just created. Each group will have a slider to the far right of the name; the slider will show green by default (meaning you’re showing online to that group).


In order go offline to that specific group of friends, you’ll need to click on the slider so that it turns gray. This will make you show offline those friends only. That’s it!


Hide Friend Lists in Chat

Finally, if you plan to always stay offline to a specific group, then you might as well totally hide that list from displaying in your chat window. You know the saying, “out of sight, out of mind.”
This step is pretty easy.


Just click on “Friend Lists” from the Facebook Chat window and then click on the list that you want to hide. The lists without a check mark next to them are the ones that are hidden.
That’s it, it will no longer display in your chat window until you choose to display it again.
Side note: You can even hide groups that you do show online to.




 


Miscellaneous post of the week... 3 July


All About "Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows - Part 2








Directed by David Yates
Produced by David Heyman
David Barron
J. K. Rowling
Screenplay by Steve Kloves
Based on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by
J. K. Rowling
Starring Daniel Radcliffe
Rupert Grint
Emma Watson
Ralph Fiennes
Michael Gambon
Alan Rickman
Helena Bonham Carter
Maggie Smith
Music by Alexandre Desplat
Orchestrator:
Conrad Pope
Themes:
John Williams
Cinematography Eduardo Serra
Editing by Mark Day
Studio Heyday Films
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) 13 July 2011 (2011-07-13) (Australia[1])
15 July 2011 (2011-07-15) (United Kingdom,
United States[2])
Running time 130 minutes[3]
Country United Kingdom
United States
Language English
Budget $250 million
(Shared with Part 1)[4]



Synopsis (via ComingSoon.net):
In Part 2 of the epic finale, the battle between the good and evil forces of the Wizarding world escalates into an all-out war. The stakes have never been higher and no one is safe. But it is Harry Potter who may be called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice as he draws closer to the climactic showdown with Lord Voldemort. It all ends here.















Behind the scenes



 





 Official Trailer 





































Product review of the week... 10 July (Apple ipad 2)

Apple ipad 2





  • Manufacturer:Apple 
  • Part Number:CNETiPad2

 

 General

  • Product Type Tablet
  • Width 7.3 in
  • Depth 0.4 in
  • Height 9.5 in
  • Weight:21.2 oz Color Black

 

Display

  • Display Type 9.7 in IPS TFT active matrix - LED backlight - Yes
  • Display Resolution 1024 x 768 ( 132 ppi )

 

Memory

  • Flash Memory 16 GB Integrated

 

Processor

  • Processor Apple A5 1 GHz
  • Multi-Core Technology Dual-Core

 

Communications

  • Wireless Connectivity Bluetooth 2.1 EDR,
    802.11 a/b/g/n

 

Digital Camera

  • Rear-facing Camera Yes
  • Digital Zoom 5
  • HD Video Recording 720p
  • Features Tap to control exposure for video or stills,
    Photo and video geotagging over Wi-Fi
  • Front-facing Camera VGA

 

EBook Reader

  • Supported Text Formats DOCX,
    HTML,
    PDF,
    DOC,
    RTF,
    TXT
  • Supported Still Image Formats PPT,
    TIFF,
    JPEG,
    GIF,
    PPTX

 

Multimedia Functionality

  • Supported Digital Video Formats MPEG-4 SP (up to 640x480),
    H.264 Main Profile Level 3.1 (up to 720p),
    Motion JPEG (up to 1280x720)
  • Max Resolution (external) 1920 x 1080
  • Audio Microphone , speaker(s) - Mono
  • Supported Digital Audio Formats AAC,
    WAV,
    AIFF,
    Protected AAC,
    MP3,
    Apple Lossless,
    Audible

 

GPS System

  • GPS Navigation None

 

Input Device

  • Type Touch-screen

 

Battery

  • Technology / Form Factor Lithium polymer
  • Capacity 25 Wh
  • Run Time (Up To) 10 hour(s)
  • Run Time Details Web browsing over Wi-Fi - up to 10 hour(s),
    Video playback - up to 10 hour(s),
    Audio playback - up to 10 hour(s)

 

Expansion / Connectivity

  • Interfaces 1 x Headphones - Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm,
    1 x Docking / port replicator - 30-pin dock connector

 

Miscellaneous

  • Sensors Accelerometer,
    Ambient light sensor,
    Three-axis gyro sensor
  • Features AirPlay,
    AirPrint,
    VoiceOver screen reader,
    Fingerprint resistant oleophobic coating,
    Charging via USB,
    Digital compass
  • Included Accessories Power adapter
  • Cables Included 1 x USB adapter

 

Operating System / Software

  • OS Provided Apple iOS 4
  • Software YouTube,
    Camera,
    iBooks,
    iTunes,
    Maps,
    Game Center,
    Photo Booth,
    FaceTime,
    Videos,
    Safari,
    Find My iPad,
    Photos,
    App Store,
    iPod,
    Mail,
    Notes,
    Calendar,
    Contacts

 

System Requirements for PC Connection

  • OS Required Apple MacOS X 10.5.8 or later,
    Microsoft Windows XP SP3 or later,
    Microsoft Windows 7,
    Microsoft Windows Vista

 

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Service & Support 1 year warranty
  • Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 1 year,
    Technical support - Phone consulting - 90 days

 

Environmental Parameters

  • Min Operating Temperature 32 �F
  • Max Operating Temperature 95 �F
  • Humidity Range Operating 5 - 95%
  • Min Storage Temperature -4 �F
  • Max Storage Temperature 113 �F
  • Max Altitude Operating 9840 ft


Product review of the week 3 July (Nokia N9)


Category:
Cell Phone


NOKIA N9

Video



Introducing the Nokia N9: all it takes is a swipe!

SINGAPORE – At the Nokia Connection event in Singapore , Nokia introduced the Nokia N9, the first-ever pure touch smartphone that is all about making things simpler. Nokia N9 focuses on the most important things that people do: use apps, get notifications and switch between different activities. Navigating the UI is done with a simple gesture, a swipe of a finger. Let’s have a closer look at what the Nokia N9 is bringing to the game.





SWIPE

The team behind the MeeGo-based Nokia N9 brought together elements of industrial design, software development and user interface advancements, as well as a developer platform to create a better way to use a phone. All that’s needed to use the Nokia N9 is a simple gesture, a swipe of the finger. It is an intuitive way to use all the different features and functions. Whenever you are in an application, you just swipe from the edge of the screen to go back home.


 

 

UNIBODY DESIGN

The Nokia N9 has a beautiful one-piece, unibody design where the hardware and software fit together seamlessly. The large, 3.9 inch curved glass AMOLED display lets the applications shine and take full benefit of the user interface. Thanks to the innovative laminated display technology, it looks like applications are literally floating on top of the screen. The body of the Nokia N9 is made from the best in polycarbonate material engineering today, enabling superior antenna performance over most other competitors’ smartphones. This means better reception, better voice quality and fewer dropped calls. The Nokia N9 comes in three colours: black, cyan and magenta and with large storage capacities of 16GB and 64GB on the two variants to be made available.

 

 

NO BUTTONS

The Nokia N9 is the world’s first pure touch screen phone without any front-facing buttons at all. You unlock the phone by just double-tapping the screen.


 

 

THREE HOME VIEWS

The user interface in Nokia N9 is designed around the things people typically use the most. This is why there are three recognizable home views arranged in a carousel: 1) Applications for launching and organizing your apps. 2) Events for social networking feeds and notifications for calls, texts, calendar events, etc. 3) Open applications for switching between all live apps you have used recently. You can pinch and zoom the screen to see either four or nine open app icons. In fact, the Nokia N9 delivers the best multitasking experience on any phone!

 

 

POWERFUL CAMERA

The 8MP auto focus camera with Carl Zeiss optics, dual LED flash and super wide 28mm lens works faster from start to capture than any other manufacturer’s smartphone camera in the market. HD video and true 16:9 resolution photos are supported. You can share your photos via MMS, email, NFC and many online services including Flickr and Facebook.


 

 

FAST WEB BROWSER

The fast web browser is built on the latest Webkit 2 technology. Even while loading a web page, the screen remains responsive. You can have several browser windows open in the open applications view and switching between them is, again, fast and easy. Favourite websites are shown as visual thumbnails, supported by a full browsing history. Wide HTML5 support offers access to rich web applications and fast video playback.

 

 

LATEST MAPS

The Nokia N9 has the latest Nokia Maps with free, voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation for walking and driving. There is also a dedicated Drive app for in-car navigation, which lets you start navigating to your destination instantly after entering your destination. Public transport routing in 85 cities means you can find the quickest route on foot or by tram, metro or train. You can also discover nearby places with cafés, shops, hotels and more, all marked along the way.




DOLBY SOUND
Dolby Headphone and Dolby Digital Plus support on the Nokia N9 turns regular stereo audio into personal surround sound on any headphones – first on any mobile phone.

 

 

NFC-ENABLED

Pairing between NFC-enabled accessories is easier than ever before – you do Bluetooth pairing only once and after that you can connect to them just by touching. You can also share content like photos or business cards via NFC.



 Specifications

General     2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100
Announced 2011, June

Size           Dimensions 116.5 x 61.2 x 12.1 mm, 76 cc
Weight 135 g


Display      Type AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 480 x 854 pixels, 3.9 inches
- Gorilla glass display
- Anti-glare polariser
- Multi-touch input method
- Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
- Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate


Sound          Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
 Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
Dolby Mobile sound enhancement; Dolby Headphone support

Memory       Phonebook Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall
Call records Yes
Internal 16/64 GB storage, 1 GB RAM
Card slot No




Data            GPRS Class 33
EDGE Class 33
3G HSDPA, 14.4 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.7 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth Yes, v2.1 with A2DP, EDR
Infrared port No
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0


Camera         Primary 8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, dual LED flash
Features Geo-tagging, face detection, touch-focus
Video Yes, 720p@30fps
Secondary Yes





Features          OS MeeGo OS, v1.2 Harmattan
CPU 1GHz Cortex A8 CPU, PowerVR SGX530 GPU, TI OMAP 3630 chipset
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML, RSS feeds
Radio No
Games Angry Birds Magic (NFC), Galaxy on Fire 2, Real Golf 2011; downloadable
Colors Black, Cyan, Magenta
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support; Ovi Maps
Java Yes, MIDP 2.1
- MicroSIM card support only
- SNS integration
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- Digital compass
- TV-out
- NFC support
- Dolby Digital Plus
- MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMA/FLAC player
- MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player
- Document editor (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), PDF viewer
- Video/photo editor
- Voice memo/command/dial
- Predictive text input (Swype)











 
Battery:                
Standard battery, Li-Ion 1450 mAh (BV-5JW)
Stand-by Up to 380 h (2G) / Up to 450 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 11 h (2G) / Up to 7 h (3G)
Music play Up to 50h
                      


Friday, July 8, 2011

Miscellaneous post of the week..... 10 July

South Korea plans to withdraw printed textbooks from schools by 2015

 






The South Korean ministry of education has announced a ground-breaking plan to digitize all textbooks which are in use in Korean schools and thus completely phase out printed materials by 2015. This opens a huge market for manufacturers of tablet PCs, laptops and smartphones as the Korean education ministry has revealed it will spend US$2.4 billion on buying appropriate devices and digitizing content for them.
The Korean government's "Smart Education" scheme will see the creation of a cloud computing network in order to allow students to access digital textbooks and store their homework so it can be accessed via any internet-connected device, including tablets, smartphones, PCs and smart TVs. The plan also includes introducing more online classes from 2013 so that students who are sick or unable to attend school due to weather conditions will be able to participate in virtual classes.
The ministry plans to digitize all primary school textbooks by 2014 and all mid and high school textbooks by the following year. Both, digital and printed textbooks, will be in use during the transition period and nationwide academic tests will also be held online. As part of the shift to digital, all schools will have wireless Internet access points set up by 2015 and the ministry will provide free tablet PCs to low-income families.
Korean officials quote the latest OECD report into digital literacy, that aimed to test how 15 year olds from different countries use computers and the internet to learn. The report found that Korean teenagers came out on top compared to students in 19 countries.
"That's why Korean students, who are already fully prepared for digital society, need a paradigm shift in education," the ministry official said in the JoongAng Daily newspaper.
Certainly, such a policy will provide a significant boost to the IT sector in South Korea and the ministry points out that digital textbooks will be cheaper than printed versions.
Source: JakartaGlobe

 

IT tip of the week.... 10 July



How to Create Cartoons and Avatars From Your Photos

 





Creating cartoons or avatars from one’s photos  is fun especially when you want to use them as profile pictures on various online services. Since adding effects to images is quite popular a number of websites providing this service have cropped up in recent times.

 Meez

Meez is an online community that combines a social virtual world with social networking, gaming, and multimedia sharing while being a part of Meez Nation – an immersive virtual world where users can interact and express themselves by creating unique avatars and Meez rooms.

 





Here is an avatar doing a wave dance.
OR
An avatar with customized hair style.


 
Create an avatar or Meez of your own and style it as you want using the elaborate styling options. Items can be selected for free or you can get them buy paying in Coinz, the currency for Meez’s virtual economy.
The avatars can be saved and exported to other social networks, virtual worlds, gaming sites, instant messaging platforms and mobile devices but you need to sign up to do so.

Image of the week..... 10July





This photo was captured by me in Cholistan Desert,Pakistan.The fort name is Fort Mir Garh.

Artwork of the week... 10 July



Amazing artwork made of food cans