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Friday, January 29, 2010

Apple Launches iPad

Apple's iPad

Apple introduced yesterday iPad, a device for browsing the web, reading and sending email, enjoying photos, watching videos, listening to music, playing games, reading e-books and much more. iPad’s responsive high-resolution Multi-Touch display lets users physically interact with applications and content. iPad is just 0.5 inches thick and weighs just 1.5 pounds— thinner and lighter than any laptop or netbook. iPad includes 12 new innovative apps designed especially for the iPad, and will run almost all of the over 140,000 apps in the App Store.

“iPad is our most advanced technology in a magical and revolutionary device at an unbelievable price,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “iPad creates and defines an entirely new category of devices that will connect users with their apps and content in a much more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before.”

iPad features 12 next-generation Multi-Touch applications. Every app works in both portrait and landscape, automatically animating between views as the user rotates iPad in any direction. The precise Multi-Touch interface makes surfing the web on iPad an entirely new experience, dramatically more interactive and intimate than on a computer. Reading and sending email is fun and easy on iPad’s large screen and almost full-size “soft” keyboard. Import photos from a Mac, PC or digital camera, see them organized as albums, and enjoy and share them using iPad’s elegant slideshows. Watch movies, TV shows and YouTube, all in HD or flip through pages of an e-book you downloaded from Apple’s new iBookstore while listening to your music collection.

iPad will be available in late March worldwide for a suggested retail price of $499 (US) for the 16GB model, $599 (US) for the 32GB model, $699 (US) for the 64GB model. The Wi-Fi + 3G models of iPad will be available in April in the US and selected countries for a suggested retail price of $629 (US) for the 16GB model, $729 (US) for the 32GB model and $829 (US) for the 64GB model. iPad will be sold in the US through the Apple Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers. International pricing and worldwide availability will be announced at a later date. iBookstore will be available in the US at launch.

Read Also:
Apple iPad (Official Page)
Apple Lanuches iPad (Apple Press Release)

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Sunday, December 06, 2009

A Year in UAE Search: Google's Top Searches of 2009 Show Technology Terms Top the List

Google Zeitgeist
  • Who was the most-searched celebrity of 2009?
  • Which new technology topped the charts?
  • Were people searching Google for information about the economic crisis or the outcome of their favorite reality show?
Three days ago, Google announced its annual Zeitgeist, a look at 2009 through the collective eyes of the world on the web. The 2009 Year-End Zeitgeist offers a unique perspective on the year's major events and hottest trends based on global searches, as well as searches conducted in UAE.

2009 has been an interesting year for the UAE and people are looking to Google for access to information. Here are some of the fastest rising results this year in the UAE.

UAE Fastest Rising Queries
  1. Tribal wars game
  2. Gitex 2009
  3. netLog
  4. FlyDubai
  5. blackberry
  6. Ramadan 2009
  7. Twitter
  8. Star academy 6
  9. Etihad airways booking
  10. Kingfisher airlines booking
UAE Fastest Rising News Search
  1. Nadya-Suleman
  2. Slumdog-millionaire
  3. Fattah Al Islam
  4. Eritrea
  5. Afghanistan
  6. India elections 2009
  7. Tamil Nadu election
  8. Swine Flu
  9. VAT Fraud
  10. Oscar Winners 2009
UAE Fastest Rising - What Is....
  1. What is Twitter
  2. What is Facebook
  3. What is love
  4. What is spam
  5. What is recession
  6. What is life
  7. What is GDP
  8. What is 3G
  9. What is autism
  10. What is ISO
These are just a sample of a few of the lists generated for the UAE - to find out more about the top restaurants serached for and most popular universities take a look at the global site: google.com/zeitgeist2009

In addition to telling us what people are curious about in UAE, Google Zeitgeist tools also offer insight into which topics were of interest across the globe. Top search terms from over fifty countries appear on our Google Zeitgeist webpage, google.com/zeitgeist2009 -- from political candidates in South Africa, to news searches in the United Arab Emirates, to electronic brand searches in Hong Kong.

This year's global fastest rising searches show interest across pop culture (with the King of Pop at the helm, followed by searches for movie New Moon and singer Lady Gaga), social networking sites and new technologies such as Windows 7 and Torpedo Gratis.

Global Fastest Rising Queries
  1. Michael Jackson
  2. Facebook
  3. Tuenti
  4. Twitter
  5. Sanalika
  6. New moon
  7. Lady Gaga
  8. Windows 7
  9. Dantri.com.vn
  10. Torpedo Gratis
Zeitgeist Explained

Google reveals the internet "Zeitgeist" (German for "the spirit of the times") through an exploration of the billions of search queries we receive each year. In addition to the Year-end Zeitgeist, which highlights the top trends of 2009, we also have several tools that give insight into global, regional, past and present search trends. Google Zeitgeist tools can never be used to identify individual users because we rely on anonymized, aggregated counts of how often certain search queries occur over time. These tools are available year-round for you to play with, explore, and learn from: www.google.com/zeitgeist

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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Google Celebrating UAE's 38th National Day with a Doodle

Google's UAE National Day Doodle

Google is showing its own way of celebrating UAE's 38th National Day by displaying today the special Google's UAE National Day Doodle.

The doodle is only used on the www.google.ae site and not pages specific to other countries and will remain online for the day.

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Wednesday, November 04, 2009

CNN Opens Abu Dhabi Production Center & Newsgathering Hub

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed with Richard Quest & Tony Maddox in the Opening of CNN News Center in Abu Dhabi
Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed with Richard Quest & Tony Maddox
in the Opening of CNN News Center in Abu Dhabi

CNN Abu Dhabi, the latest newsgathering expansion from the global news brand, opened its doors yesterday.

Tony Maddox, MD and EVP CNN International, was joined for the opening in Abu Dhabi by Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, and Phil Kent, chairman and CEO of CNN parent company Turner Broadcasting System, Inc, and by Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour and presenter Richard Quest, both in Abu Dhabi filming for the network.

CNN's new state-of-the-art production center and newsgathering hub for the Middle East will also be home to CNN's first ever daily live news show from the region.

The new facility sits alongside CNN's existing 32 international newsgathering operations which also includes three other digital production centers in Hong Kong, London and Mexico City.

CNN Abu Dhabi will coordinate newsgathering for the seven CNN operations in the region: Baghdad, Beirut, Cairo, Dubai, Jerusalem, Kabul and Islamabad.

Read Also:
CNN Abu Dhabi marks official opening with premiere of 'Prism' (CNN)

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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Paranormal Activity: $15,000 Independent Horror Movie Grossing +$66 Million in US & Canada

Paranormal Activity

Paranormal Activity is a 2007 mockumentary horror film written and directed by Oren Peli. The movie premiered at the Screamfest Film Festival in US on October 14, 2007, and was shown at the Slamdance Film Festival on January 18, 2008. The movie received a limited release in several U.S. cities on October 9, 2009 and had a nationwide release on October 16, 2009.

As of October 30, 2009, Paranormal Activity has grossed $66,605,222 in the United States and Canada and has become the most profitable independent film ever.

The movie centers on a young couple, Katie and Micah, who are haunted by a supernatural presence in their home. The movie is presented in a documentary style, using footage from the camera set up by the couple to capture what is haunting them, in a similar manner to The Blair Witch Project, and The Last Broadcast.

Read Also:
Paranormal Activity (Wikipedia)

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ICANN Approves the Use of Non-Latin Characters in Internet Addresses


The first Internet addresses containing non-Latin characters from start to finish will soon be online thanks to today's approval of the new Internationalized Domain Name Fast Track Process by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers board.

"The coming introduction of non-Latin characters represents the biggest technical change to the Internet since it was created four decades ago," said ICANN chairman Peter Dengate Thrush. "Right now Internet address endings are limited to Latin characters – A to Z. But the Fast Track Process is the first step in bringing the 100,000 characters of the languages of the world online for domain names."

ICANN's Fast Track Process launches on 16 November 2009. It will allow nations and territories to apply for Internet extensions reflecting their name – and made up of characters from their national language. If the applications meet criteria that includes government and community support and a stability evaluation, the applicants will be approved to start accepting registrations.

" This is only the first step, but it is an incredibly big one and an historic move toward the internationalization of the Internet ," said Rod Beckstrom, ICANN's President and CEO. "The first countries that participate will not only be providing valuable information of the operation of IDNs in the domain name system, they are also going to help to bring the first of billions more people online – people who never use Roman characters in their daily lives."

IDNs have been a topic of discussion since before ICANN's inception. It's taken years of intense technical testing, policy development, and global co-operation to prepare the Fast Track process for its coming launch.

"Our work on IDNs has gone through numerous drafts, dozens of tests, and an incredible amount of development by volunteers since we started this project. Today is the first step in moving from planning and implementation to the real launch," said Tina Dam, ICANN's Senior Director for IDNs. "The launch of the Fast Track Process will be an amazing change to make the Internet an even more valuable tool, and for even more people around the globe." The following video talks about this important event and shows examples of domains in different languages:

Read Also:
ICANN Bringing the Languages of the World to the Global Internet (ICANN News)
IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process (ICANN)

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Dane-Elec Announces USA's First SuperSpeed USB 3.0 External Hard Drives and Solid State Drives

Dane-Elec SoExtreme SuperSpeed Portable USB 3.0 Drive

October 19, 2009 Dane-Elec introduced its So SuperSpeed line of External USB 3.0 Hard Drives (HDD) to the U.S. market. The line includes the world's first USB 3.0 Solid State Drive (SSD), capable of true data transfer speeds of 250MB per second. Consumers will be able to purchase these high-speed USB 3.0 devices from Dane-Elec and its U.S. retail partners starting December 11th, coinciding with the launch of USB 3.0-compatible laptops and PCs from leading OEMs.

"The eagerly awaited USB 3.0 revolution is finally here, and Dane-Elec is thrilled to be at its forefront," said Jon Christeson, Director of Marketing for Dane-Elec U.S. "With transfer speeds of up to ten times faster than USB 2.0 devices, these powerful products will be game changers for consumers and small businesses that regularly work with large files such as video content."

Dane-Elec's new USB 3.0 HDDs offer several storage options ranging from 500 GB all the way up to 2 TB, and are available in 2.5" or 3.5" formats for either laptop or desktop computers. The So Extreme SuperSpeed SSD product line offers consumers a storage option of either 80 GB (Intel M-25) or 160 GB (Intel M-25). Because these devices are powered by USB 3.0 controllers, users will be able to transfer bandwidth-intensive content such as photos, music and video to and from their USB 3.0 built-in port laptops and PCs at record speed, even up to 10 times faster than the transfer speed of current USB 2.0 devices. Observed data transfer speeds for the SSDs have reached 250 MB per second.

USB 3.0 Cable

Dane-Elec will also be offering USB 3.0-compatible adapters for desktops with PCIe slots and laptops with PCIXpress slots. This will allow consumers using current machines (without built-in USB 3.0 ports) to take advantage of much of the increased speed capabilities of USB 3.0.

Read Also:
Dane-Elec to Sell First SuperSpeed USB 3.0 External Hard Drives and Solid State Drives in U.S. Retail Market (Press Release)
Dane-Elec So-SuperSpeed USB Drives Hit Retail in Dec (Everything USB)

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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Microsoft Releases Windows 7 with Promises of More Speed & Improvements

Windows 7 snapshot

Three days ago, Microsoft announced the release Windows 7 with promises of more speed and improvements over its predecessor Windows Vista which failed to get the wide acceptance and approvals of millions of users all over the world.

Windows 7 Improvements over Windows Vista & XP:
  • Open the programs and files you use most in just a click or two using Pin and Jump Lists features.
  • Navigate lots of open windows more quickly using Snap, Aero Peek, & Aero Shake feastures.
  • Easily share files, photos, and music among multiple PCs at home and print to a single printer from any PC in the house using HomeGroup feature.
  • Ability to organize lots of files, documents, and photos effortlessly using Libraries feature.
  • Ability to connect to any available wireless network in just three clicks.
  • Ability to run many Windows XP productivity programs using Windows XP Mode.
  • Faster sleep and resume.
  • Improved power management for longer battery life.
  • Touch and tap on screen instead of point and click using Windows Touch feature.
Editions & Prices:
  • Windows 7 Home Premium: $119.99 for Upgrade and $199.99 for Full version.
  • Windows 7 Professional: $199.99 for Upgrade and $299.99 for Full version.
  • Windows 7 Ultimate: $219.99 for Upgrade and $319.99 for Full version.
Read Also:
Windows 7 (Official Site)
Microsoft Simplifies the PC With Windows 7 (Microsoft PressPass)

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