27 November 2013

Christmas Shopping Online

Christmas Shopping Online

Christmas Shopping Online

Posted: 25 Nov 2013 10:17 PM PST

When most of us think of Christmas shopping we picture crowded malls and shopping areas, difficulty parking and sales racks in complete disarray. For some people this hectic chaos is what Christmas shopping is all about and they would never consider avoiding the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season for anything. For these individual this is a very important part of the Christmas season. However, for shoppers who find this scene to be too frustrating and stressful there is an excellent alternative. Christmas shopping online is a relatively new concept but each year more and more people are turning to online shopping to complete all, or even just part of, their Christmas shopping. This article will offer useful tips for completing your Christmas shopping online.
Christmas Shopping Online
One of the most useful tips for Christmas shopping online is to do your Christmas shopping early but not too early. It is important to complete your online Christmas early enough to have the item shipped to the recipient in time to arrive before Christmas without incurring charges for rushed shipping. This is important because you want your friend or family member to receive the gift on time but you don't wan to pay a great deal of extra money for shipping. Standard shipping rates are typically quite reasonable but express shipping rates can be rather expensive. While it is important to complete your online Christmas shopping early enough to get the gift to your friend or family member before Christmas, you do not want the gift to arrive early. While there is technically nothing wrong with this, it may be result in the gift being opened early or the recipient putting the gift in safe spot until Christmas and then forgetting it was ever received.

One problem which can occur when you do your Christmas shopping online is that the item you purchase may look better online than it does in reality. To avoid this problem it is best to only purchase items online if you are absolutely sure what the item actually looks like. For example you may have seen a particular model of a coffee maker in stores. When purchasing the item online you should compare the model number to ensure you are purchasing the item you really want. If you do this you, and the recipient of the gift, will likely be pleased with the purchase. If you have never seen the item in person it is important to view the item carefully. You should study all of the given information including the measurements to ensure the item you are envisioning as you view the online advertisement is the item you friend or family member will receive in the mail.

Finally when Christmas shopping online, it is important to only make purchases from reputable retailers. You may be tempted to purchase items which appear to be an incredible bargain but if the retailer has a bad reputation or you cannot verify the reputation of the retailer it might be a better idea to purchase the item from another retailer who has a more well established reputation of providing excellent products and services to their clients. You may wind up paying slightly more in this case but you will gain the security of knowing you are dealing with a reputable retailer and you will not have to worry about the quality of the item you select or the shipping practices of the retailer.

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03 November 2013

Yoga Applications in Cancer Treatment

Yoga Applications in Cancer Treatment

Yoga Applications in Cancer Treatment

Posted: 02 Nov 2013 02:52 AM PDT

A cure for cancer exists through the use of yoga, a San Antonio, Texas, cancer specialist said during a seminar in Oklahoma City in the 1980s.

Yoga Applications in Cancer Treatment

But physicians refused to acknowledge the cure, said Col. Hansa Raval, M.D., a pathologist with the United States Army. Dr. Raval said her work in cytotechnology _ a diagnostic branch of medicine designed to pinpoint early stages of cancer _ was fruitless until she began researching the use of non-conventional methods of treatment.

The specialist said she witnessed the use of Raja yoga and meditation cure crippling arthritis, headaches and even cancer.

And even though Raval offers proof, which she said was collected during two years of study at the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University in India, she has been dismissed by other members of the medical profession as a kook.

Yoga’s success as a treatment method is due to another hypothesis Raval proposes that 98 percent of all cancer is psychosomatic.

This is not chanting or mantra reciting, the physician said. It’s not based on scriptures. It’s not a cult. It’s not biofeedback. It’s deeper than that. This is a full-proof method of meditation, a detailed understanding of what the soul is.

Raval maintains that medical schools belittle the study of non-conventional methods of cancer treatment in favor of conventional methods such as radiation, chemotherapy, and treatment through machines.’

Medical schools teach students that the human being is only a body. But the mind has the power to cure the body. By definition, psychosomatic means a combination of mind, or soul and body.

The soul creates the disease, but the body suffers. If the psyche creates the disease, the only way to cure it is through the psyche. It’s a very simple formula: treating the seed of the problem.

Further, studies in parapsychology all point to the treatment of illness through treatment of the soul.

The World Spiritual University, which has branches in 30 countries, teaches peace and perfection for health and happiness through the use of Raja yoga. The university gained status as a non-governmental member of the United Nations and has offices at the U.N. building in New York.

Raja yoga teaches students to search their soul world for answers on where they came from and why the cancer entered their body. They learn what role religion, stress, family and lifestyle played in the cancer.

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22 October 2013

eSimply Office Release An Android App “Simply Office”

eSimply Office Release An Android App “Simply Office”

eSimply Office Release An Android App “Simply Office”

Posted: 21 Oct 2013 03:42 AM PDT

eSimply Office Release An Android App "Simply Office"eSimply Office, a Startup in the enterprise mobility space has released an Android App that provides enterprise users a productive environment for their smart devices with an intuitive and simple user interface. It is available on Google Play for free.

Imagine a person reaching office with his android based consumer mobile or tablet. He just clicks a button on his mobile and the mobile completely changes the profile to provide the enterprise functionality that he would have normally expected on his laptop. The user does not even have to buy an expensive new tablet like Surface to get enterprise features. When he reaches home again after a day's work, he just clicks on the "Home" button to get back to his consumer profile. This is the vision of "Simply office" app that allows users the complete connectivity to the enterprise on their preferred gadget.

Consumer tablet and smart phones have seen lot of innovation over the last couple of years. We have seen tablets of all form factors and from different companies. In addition, the app ecosystem is quite well developed for android and apple. We can see lot of apps in the app store which people can consume and use in their day to day life

Enterprise space has not seen breakthrough innovation in the mobility space. In addition, there is no tablet or smartphone specifically catering to the enterprise users. In addition, a new trend that is emerging is "Bring your own devices to office (BYOD)". This trend is important because consumers just love their consumer mobile gadgets and would like to use them in their office to improve productivity.

Simply office is a breakthrough innovation in the world of Mobile apps. It offers seamless mobility of apps across various tablet Profiles; enables BYOD – Enables employees to carry their own mobile devices to office; enforces Security Policies- allows enterprises to control apps that can be installed on the user's enterprise profile which allows greater control for the enterprises. Simply office is also working to allow employees to connect better with their colleagues in the day to day work by providing social network connectivity.

Simply Office is co-founded by seasoned industry expert – Ms. Kusum Shukla. She has developed this application by working closely with a bunch of technologists. She was surprised to find close to 100 installs in a day in the same week of launch. She says "There are few players in the enterprise mobility space and market has lot of scope for expansion and growth for an innovative application like Simply Office that eases the pain points of an enterprise users".

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21 October 2013

Samsung Launches Galaxy Trend & Galaxy Star Pro With 9 Indian Languages Support

Samsung Electronics recently launched two new Smartphones, the Galaxy Trend (GT-S7392) and the Galaxy Star Pro (GT-S7262). These Android-based devices offer the unique Smartphone experience in 9 Indian regional languages including Hindi, Bengali, Punjabi, Marathi, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Telugu and Tamil. Not only can consumers browse the web, send SMS, and enjoy the phone interface in any of the 9 languages, but also use exciting applications in any of these languages. Popular applications in various categories like business, entertainment, news, astrology, games, etc, can be conveniently downloaded from Samsung Apps. Also widely used applications such as Facebook and ChatON take consumer experience to a new level by utilizing the language capability of Galaxy Star Pro & Galaxy Trend.  Furthermore, consumers get a multi-lingual input option where users can toggle the keyboard with a single swipe, switching easily between multiple languages.

Speaking about the launch, Vineet Taneja, Country Head, Samsung Mobiles & IT, said, “At Samsung, we are committed to listening to our consumers and providing innovative, yet affordable technology to them. Galaxy Trend and Galaxy Star Pro will provide our consumers an exceptionally rich mobile experience in regional languages with the ability to access an array of apps in their preferred language.  We believe these new devices coupled with the innovative language capability will help us address a larger set of consumers."

Galaxy Trend

Samsung Galaxy Trend comes with a 4.0-inch WVGA display with 480×800 pixels resolution making it ideal for better productivity, web browsing, gaming, and viewing of videos and photos. Powered by a 1GHz Single Core processor coupled with 512MB RAM, the Galaxy Trend provides exceptional performance, smoother transitions and faster web browsing. It also offers 4GB internal memory that is expandable via microSD card to 32 GB and is equipped with a 3MP rear camera.

On the connectivity front, the Galaxy Trend offers 3G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS/AGPS in addition to Dual SIM support. It also comes with a 1500mAh battery that delivers 350 hrs of standby time and 8 hours of talk-time on 3G. The Galaxy Trend will be available in black, red, and white colors at an attractive price of 8,290.

Galaxy Star Pro

Smooth, smart and stylish - the Samsung Galaxy Star Pro is a Dual SIM handset powered by a 1GHz Single Core processor that makes it easier for multi-tasking. It has 512MB RAM along with 4GB internal storage which can be supplemented with a 32GB microSD card. A 4-inch WVGA touch screen makes typing effortless, as it is facilitated with multi-touch function. For photography enthusiasts, it is easy to capture great pictures on the go with the 2MP rear camera (with video recording capability) fitted in the Smartphone.

With Intelligent Motion UI, you can access smart features all instantly for the most responsive, intuitive user experience. For example, just by shaking the phone you can refresh and get updates, mute volumes with a mere flip of the device and more. It also comes with some preloaded apps like Samsung Apps, ChatON, mFluent IM and ActiveSync. The Samsung Galaxy Star Pro supports connectivity options like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and microUSB that helps consumers to share files with other devices.

The powerful 1500mAh Li-ion battery can deliver up to 15 hours of talk time and up to 370 hours of standby time and easily capable of handling the integrated music player and video player of the Samsung Galaxy Star Pro. The power packed Galaxy Star Pro would be available for 6,750.

Both Samsung Galaxy Trend and Galaxy Star Pro are equipped with Android’s 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system to enable faster multitasking, easier applications management and easy wireless access. The enhanced Notification Panel gives a convenient overview without opening applications; while the flexible widget lets you customize your home screen with convenient auto resizing.

13 October 2013

The beginnings of Aikido

The beginnings of Aikido

The beginnings of Aikido

Posted: 12 Oct 2013 05:38 AM PDT

The name aikido is formed by the combination of three characters in the Japanese language. Ai, which means joining; ki, which means spirit and do, which means way. These three words actually summarize the essence of aikido as a form of martial art— the joining of the spirit to find the way. It was only in the period from 1930s to the 40s that the name aikido was officially accepted as the name of the martial arts form.

The beginnings of AikidoAikido uses techniques that do not damage or kill unlike other forms of martial arts. The movements and skills being taught are just meant to divert attention or immobilize people. This is perhaps the reason why most people prefer aikido, because of it's focus on peace and harmony as opposed to aggression and conflict. In fact, aikido developer Morihei Ueshiba believes that to control aggression without causing any injury is the art of peace.

Ueshiba, who is also called Osensei, which means Great Teacher, created aikido from the principles of Daito-ryu aiki-jujutsu. He incorporated the techniques of the yari, the spear; the juken, which is a bayonet; and the jo, which is a short quarterstaff). But what ultimately separates aikido from other forms of martial arts is the fact that its practitioners can attack while empty-handed. Practitioners need no weapons for protection.

As a young child, he was much into physical fitness and conditioning. This is because of his vow to avenge his father's death. Eventually, his studies and activities brought him to the discipline of the different martial arts. He studied all. He even has certificates, fencing, fighting with spears, etc. He has learned it all. This is perhaps the reason why aikido is such a diverse and multi-disciplinary form of martial arts.

Yet despite his know how, he remains dissatisfied. He felt that there is still something missing. It was then that he turned to the religions. He studied under a spiritual leader, Onisaburo Deguchiof the sect Omoto-kyo in Ayabe. Deguchiof taught him to take care of his spiritual growth. He then combined his spiritual beliefs and his mastery of the different martial arts. Aikido was born.

His association with this charismatic spiritual leader Deguchiof also paved the way for his introduction to the elite political and military people as a martial artist. Because of this connection, he was able to establish aikido and even transferred the teachings to students, who have in turn developed their own styles of movement in aikido.

The beginnings of AikidoAikido is a combination of the different styles of jujitsu as well as some of the techniques of sword and spear fighting, of which Ueshiba is an expert. To get an overall picture, aikido combines the joint locks and throws techniques of jujitsu and the movements of the body when fighting with sword and spears.

Oriental in origin, it was brought to the west by Minoru Mochizuki when he visited France in 1951. He introduced the aikido techniques to students who are learning judo. In 1952, Tadashi Abe came to France as the official Aikikai Honbu representative. Then in 1953, Kenji Tomiki toured through the United States while Koichi Tohei stayed in Hawaii for a full year where he set up a dojo. Aikido then spread its influence in United Kingdom two years after and in 1965, it reached Germany and Australia. At present, aikido has centers all over the world.

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03 October 2013

Christmas in African Nations

Christmas in African Nations

Christmas in African Nations

Posted: 01 Oct 2013 09:04 PM PDT

Christmas celebrations in African nations is characterized by much outdoor activity because the season often occurs during a time when the weather is pleasant. Using palm trees and participating in processions are also characteristic features of activities related to Christmas in many parts of Africa.

In South Africa, activities that occur outside during Christmas include the usual caroling, but also the unusual ones of swimming and camping. The beach and mountains play an important role during Christmas in South Africa because the season occurs during the hottest time of the year – summer.

Christmas in African NationsGiven the pleasant nature of the weather during Christmas, families also take advantage of it by often going sightseeing in the countryside on a relaxing drive in the late evening of Christmas Day. A rich and sumptuous menu that includes a suckling pig or roast beef, turkey, mince pies, yellow rice, vegetables and puddings usually makes up the traditional South African Christmas dinner.

To create a festive environment, decorated pine branches and fir, sparkling cotton wool and tinsel are used in homes and businesses as decorations.

A similar decorative pattern of using evergreen, palm trees and lighted candles are also seen in countries such as Ghana and Liberia. While these are used in homes and businesses, they are also often carried in processions and during caroling activities.

While South Africans gather at the beach during Christmas time to enjoy the warm summer waters, people in other African nations often gather outside at in town squares and in the streets to march, sing and enjoy an overall feeling of merriment.

Despite the seemingly general similarity in activities, however, countries have their own individual style that makes Christmas celebrations unique.

Of all the celebrations in African nations, Christmas activities in Ethiopia stand out for their difference in when they are celebrated and how it is done. One of the features that make Ethiopian Christmas different is that the main celebratory event occurs    on Jan. 7, around the time known as the Epiphany or Three Kings Day in North and South America.

Given the general modest economic financial situations of a significant number of the population in many African countries, Christmas celebrations also tend to occur over a shorter period of time, compared to activities in more wealthier countries.

Another difference in celebrations of Christmas in Ethiopia is the participation of various people who take part in a pilgrimage and converge on the capital city during Christmas Eve. These wanderers fill the night air with a din of praying and chanting and create a multicolor spectacle when they gather on Christmas morning to have a religious service.

But retaining a similarity with other African nations, Ethiopians enjoy a Christmas dinner that includes a meat stew. Stews, rice, root vegetables such as yams, breads and soups often are part of the menu of traditional Christmas day dinners in African nations.

Christmas dinners are likely enjoyed by families outside, where everyone shares the meal while sitting in a circular pattern outside under the shade of a sprawling tree, instead of sitting in a formal setting at a table.

As is the practice in every household during Christmas, Africans also exchange gifts. Popular items that are exchanged as Christmas gifts include cotton cloth, soaps, sweets, pencils and books, all very practical items that can be readily used. Again, this may be related to the modest financial resources of up to half the population in many African countries, as well as to cultural norms.

Individuals aren’t able to afford extravagant gifts but they still want to surprise children, family and friends at Christmas with an unexpected gift. The generally pervasive cultural norm of humility and modesty that exists among traditional African peoples, also plays an important role in not having overreaching extravagance at Christmas.

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27 September 2013

Different Types of Christmas Trees

Different Types of Christmas Trees

Different Types of Christmas Trees

Posted: 26 Sep 2013 03:31 AM PDT

The tradition of Christmas trees in America came from German immigrants who had settled in Pennsylvania. It is believed that the tradition of Christmas trees started in Germany from as early as 700 A.D and was practiced by many Germans in the 1800s. It’s also since that period that Christmas trees have also been available for sale in the United States. While artificial Christmas trees are popular, many people like to have a fresh Christmas tree in their homes, or outside on their lawns. And similar to all other trees, Christmas trees also have different shapes and qualities that make some types more popular than others.

Different Types of Christmas TreesAlong with other decorative Christmas items such as wreaths and garlands, having a Christmas tree in your home is very essential in creating a special atmosphere for the season. It is believed that Christmas trees have been available for sale in America since the 1800s, which is about the same time that the former Woolworth’s department store started sellingready-made ornaments for Christmas trees.

Choosing the right type of Christmas tree is important because Christmas trees are often a focal point for many family activities and traditions. Given the many types of Christmas trees that are available, it is important to think about how the tree will be used. While a tall tree may look very elegant, it may not be suitable if there aren’t many adults around who can reach the tree’s heights. And a very short tree may be dwarfed by other furniture in the room. It’s therefore very important to carefully consider and get a tree that has a suitable height and also one that has sturdy branches to hold heavy ornaments.

Artificial and real Christmas trees can often be bought from the same retail stores these days as local businesses and retail chain stores often sell both types of trees. The best place to get a real and fresh Christmas tree, and also to see a wide variety, is likely a Christmas tree farm however. Using modern technology, both types of trees can also be obtained through online transactions, via telephone as well as by mail-order through catalogs.

Among Christmas trees there are certain types that are always favorites and which are bestsellers. These include:  Douglas,Fraser, Noble and Balsam firs, and Scotch, Virginia and white pine trees.

These evergreen trees all have all have one or more excellent features related to shape, color or sheen and fragrance, which makes them favorites for Christmas trees.

The most favorite Christmas trees basically have a pyramid or cone shape. A pyramid-shaped tree is likely taller and has somewhat of an elegant look. Douglas Fir, which ranks first among Christmas tree favorites, is an example of a pyramid-shaped tree. Other examples are Fraser, Balsam and Noble firs.A cone shape tree tends to be short with dense branches, which makes them excellent for holding many ornaments and other decorations. Families that have a strong tradition of making their own ornaments, or putting mememtos on Christmas trees may consider a cone-shaped tree.Virginia and Scotch Pines, Norway Spruce and the Eastern White Pine all have cone shapes.

Different Types of Christmas TreesAnother feature that makes Christmas trees appealing is their color. While all trees have a green appearance, a closer look at their needles will reveal differences such as a bright or dark-green, blue-green or yellowish-green hue. The needles may also emit a silvery sheen with the right lighting. Fraser and Noble firs both have needles with a silvery sheen, and the branches of both trees are also used for garlands and wreaths.

Most people choose a fresh Christmas tree for its fragrance, which can be fairly strong or just subtle, giving off just enough of a whiff of scent. Douglas Fir, which is the most popular Christmas tree in homes and public places, is a very fragrant tree. The Balsam fir is also fairly fragrant. The Eastern White Pine is however, a tree that doesn’t have much fragrance.

Whether you have a favorite type of Christmas tree or will choose one from its appearance, there are many choices to satisfy the desire to have a fragrant and well-decorated tree for Christmas.

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26 September 2013

Microsoft Launches New Surface Tablet to Challenge Apple’s iPad

Microsoft Launches New Surface Tablet to Challenge Apple’s iPad

Microsoft Launches New Surface Tablet to Challenge Apple’s iPad

Posted: 25 Sep 2013 09:20 AM PDT

Microsoft has launched its next version Surface Tablets; Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2. While Surface 2 starts at $449, Surface Pro 2 starts at $899. These tablets have the same screen size as their former version, measuring 10.6-inches diagonally. Both offer 200GB of free online storage through SkyDrive for two years along with a yearlong free calls and Wi-Fi hot-spots through Skype. The sale begins on October 22.

Microsoft's previous venture in the Tablet market failed to make any dents because of the tough competition posed by its nemesis Apple which sold 34 million iPads last year while Microsoft Surface sales racked up only $853 million in sales while generating a $900 million charge for unsold inventory.
Thus the company has re-launched the revamped version of the tablet series with hopes to gain strong foothold in the coming year's tablet market.

Here are the key features of the two tablets.

Microsoft Launches New Surface Tablet to Challenge Apple's iPadSurface 2
Surface 2 is a remake of the previous Surface RT tablets and it runs on the updated version of Windows 8.1 which is a down-sized version of Windows 8 for ARM-based chips. IT is powered by Nvidia Tegra 4 (T40) quad-core processor clocked at 1.7GHz. It has 2GB RAM and 32GB or 64GB of storage space. The HD screen supports 1080 pixel resolution and the device is built with a 3.5 MP front camera and 5MP rear camera which can capture 1080p video. The device has a full-sized USB port that supports USB 3.0. It also supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, microHDMI port and provides up to 10 hours of battery life.
Microsoft Launches New Surface Tablet to Challenge Apple's iPadSurface Pro 2
Surface Pro 2 is powered a Fourth-generation Intel Core i5-4200U processor clocked at 1.6 GHz, with Intel Turbo Boost up to 2.6 GHz. It has Intel HD Graphics 4400 chip and comes in 64GB and 128GB configurations with 4 GB RAM, as well as 256GB and 512GB configurations with 8 GB RAM. It runs on Windows 8.1 Pro and the device comes with a Stylus called Surface Pen. On the camera front, Pro has 720p HD front and rear-facing cameras. Other features include a Full-size USB 3.0 port, MicroSD card slot, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0.

Keyboard covers
Keyboard covers for both the devices will come at an additional price. Touch Cover 2 costs $120, which has working, printed keyboard on the inside surface and the keys don't move when pushed. Type Cover 2 costs $130, which has keys that move. Early next year, Microsoft will also be launching a new Power Cover with a built-in spare battery that will cost about $200. Additionally, a $200 docking station will also be launched and will work only with Pro models, including the older one already out.

The one thing that Microsoft's tablet still doesn't support is 3G and 4G connectivity which is looked upon as a major drawback as these devices are aimed at enterprise users.

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Unbreakable Smartphones Come Closer To Reality

Unbreakable Smartphones Come Closer To RealityUnbreakable rubber-like Smartphones, rollable tablets and functional clothing have come closer to reality, thanks to new breakthrough research by scientists including one of Indian-origin.

Researchers from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) RMIT University have developed a new method to transfer electronics with versatile functionality, which are usually made on rigid silicon, onto a flexible surface.

The ability of micro and nano-electronic devices to sense, insulate or generate energy is controlled by thin, transparent nanolayers of oxide materials, often much thinner than 1/100th of a human hair.

These oxide materials are brittle and their high processing temperatures - often in excess of 300 degrees Celsius - have until now prevented their incorporation in flexible electronic devices.

Lead author, Philipp Gutruf, said the new process could unleash the potential of fully functional flexible electronics, while providing a new way for the materials to mesh together.

"We have discovered a micro-tectonic effect, where microscale plates of oxide materials slide over each other, like geological plates, to relieve stress and retain electrical conductivity," he said.

"The novel method we have developed overcomes the challenges of incorporating oxide materials in bendable electronic devices, paving the way for bendable consumer electronics and other exciting applications," said Gutruf.

Supervisor and co-leader of the research group, Dr Madhu Bhaskaran, said the new approach used two popular materials - transparent conductive indium tin oxide and rubber-like silicone which is also biocompatible.

"The ability to combine any functional oxide with this biocompatible material creates the potential for biomedical devices to monitor or stimulate nerve cells and organs. This is in addition to the immediate potential for consumer electronics applications in flexible displays, solar cells, and energy harvesters," said Bhaskaran.

The study was published in the journal Asia Materials.

Apple Sells 9 Million iPhones In First 3 Days

Apple on Monday said that it sold about 9 million units of its new iPhone 5S and 5C in their first three days on market; cruising well beyond the analysts’ expectations of 6-7 million sales. The company also broke the previous record of selling five million iPhone 5 models on its opening weekend a year ago.

The company's stock jumped $23.23, or 5 percent, to close at $490.64 on the Nasdaq following the news.

Apple also said that more than 200 million of its devices are now running iOS 7, as a result of the free overhaul released last week for iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch devices.

However when it comes to the magnificent sales record, there are caveats with the Apple figures, since 11 countries are involved this year, compared to nine for the iPhone 5 release last year. And China, in particular, is a huge Smartphone market, reports Wall Street Journal.

Besides accounting sales of devices to consumers from its own stores and website, Apple also included sales to other retailers. While Apple appears to have exhausted inventory of the iPhone 5S, the nine million units include unsold iPhone 5C models at non-Apple retailers, analysts said.

Apple didn't break down its sales other than saying that demand for the iPhone 5S exceeded supply. "Thanks to all our amazing customers for the fantastic weekend," Chief Executive Tim Cook, a new Twitter user, tweeted Monday.

Nokia Lumia 1020 Reaching India On Sept 26

Nokia Lumia 1020

Nokia’s top niche camera phone is designed to thrill photographic freaks and will be unveiled in Delhi, reports Gizbot.  With Nokia loosing the market share, this can be forecasted as a plan to fasten their hold over the Indian market.

Lumia 1020 is a huge upgrade when compared to its predecessors. The main catch of the gadget is its 41MP camera with optical image stabilizer technology and a resolution of 7712 X 5360 pixels. The makers also boast about the PureView 808 sensor of the camera, added to provide real life effect to the clicked images. The Xenon flash helps while shooting still images and the LED flash assists during video shooting.  The phone spots an HD 1.2MP wide angle camera that provides high quality to video calls.

The model was already launched in the U.S. market in July 2013 and Nokia India’s official website has already tagged the phone under the ‘coming soon’ list. Certain e-commerce sites have opened the facility for pre-order for the device by now. This window 8 OS phone is powered by a Snapdragon S4 processor clocked at 1.2GHz with 2GB RAM and 32GB of internal memory. Nokia Lumia 1020 can certainly be expected to be the next flagship from the maker.

25 September 2013

The Art of Aikido

The Art of Aikido

The Art of Aikido

Posted: 24 Sep 2013 07:51 AM PDT

Aikido is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba as a synthesis of his martial studies, philosophy, and religious beliefs.

AikidoMartial Arts is one of the contributions of Asia to the world. Who can forget Bruce Lee and the fact that he was first and foremost a martial arts athlete before being a movie star? Even until now martial arts is still a big hit with the increasing popularity of Asian movies like crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon and more recently the House of the Flying Daggers.

The Chinese are the first people that come to mind when it comes to these things but the Japanese are just as athletic with a rich heritage of body contact sports that can be found in their history. The modern Japan still gives honor to these things by holding tournaments and promoting such sports abroad,

One of these is Aikido. It is interesting to note that the word comes from three Japanese words from which one can derive the meaning of the one word. Ai means joining, Ki means spirit and Do means way. From this we can understand why Aikido is beyond just the physical skills of it students especially sin its proponent Ueshiba focused more on the spiritual and philosophical development of his students.

In Aikido, one is not taught violence instead one is taught to be in harmony with the opponent to be able to defeat. This might seem odd but it actually works. In approaching an opponent, the aim of the Aikido practitioner is to be one with the opponent to be able to attack him where he is weakest and in doing so diver or immobilize him but never to kill.

This is where Aikido becomes an art. Art is something beautiful to watch and something positive and Aikido is all that. At least one of the people involved in the fighting strives for harmony and harmony can only be achieved if there is grace in the movements. The moves maybe calculated but there is an air of finesse in doing these movements, not a womanly finesse but just a finesse that emanates peace. The art of peace as what they call in Aikido is one of the most positive influences of Aikido to its students and to everyone who choose to know about this Japanese martial art.

AikidoSome of the techniques in Aikido include the following. Ikkyo is the first technique. Using this technique you control an opponent by using one hand in holding the elbow and one near the wrist, this action is supposed to make you pin your opponent down in the ground. Nikyo the second technique is when you do an adductive wristlock that enables you to twist the arm of your opponent that will in turn cause enough nerve pressure.

The third technique is Sankyo which is a pronating technique that directs upward-spiraling tension throughout the arm, elbow and shoulder. There are many other techniques but the first three should get you started.

In studying Aikido, it is important to remember that along with building physical strength to be able to defeat your opponent the mental capacity should also be developed. Just like in any art, it takes a lot of practice and discipline to perfect the art of Aikido. The important thing is the one who wants to get into the art should have determination to give honor to the art by performing it in the best way possible.

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24 September 2013

Samsung Prepping Massive A 12.2 Inch Tablet

Samsung Note 12.2

There have been wide spread rumors of a massive 12.2 inch tablet getting ready in the design house of Samsung. Unconfirmed reports by The Korean Times said that the ever-largest tablet will be unveiled by end of October.

The device is believed to have an LCD display measuring 12.2 inch diagonally and with resolution of 2560 X 1600, same as Nexus 10. The unannounced model is thought to have an octa-core processor and may be added to the Galaxy Note family. The gadget would possibly feature Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and is supposed to come in three models including one with the latest 4G LTE connectivity. The expected gadget is also supposed to spot a S-pen and 3GB of RAM even though the detailed features are not available.

23 September 2013

BlackBerry Unveils Z30, A 5-Inch Smartphone


BlackBerry, the Canadian phone maker officially introduced Z30, its new model in the Z series featuring 5-inch display, stereo speakers, bigger battery and the latest version of BB10 Operating System.

CEO Thorsten Heins states that BlackBerry Z30, which was previously known as the A10, will be a successor of Z10 and Q10. But after the disappointing sales of BlackBerry10 devices, concerns are mounting on Z30’s viability in the market. A recent report on the company’s decision to lay off 40 percent workforce is also being speculated as a subject of concern.

With other Smartphone giants swallowing up the market with their Smartphones like Samsung’s Galaxy S4 and Apple’s phone 5C and 5S, Blackberry took a low key in its Z30 franchise as it did not include a major press conference unlike it did for Z10 launch previously.

BlackBerry Z30 features a 5-inch Super AMOLED display, a 1.7-gigahertz processor with Quad-Core Adreno 320 GPU. It also includes a large 2,880 mAh battery that approximately serves 25 hours on random usage. In addition to this, it has stereo speakers and Paratek Antenna technology for better connection in low-signal areas.

On the software front, the Z30 runs on the latest BlackBerry10.2 OS, which includes a plethora of new features: an enhanced Hub to prioritize important contacts and messages, a new notification system for BlackBerry Messenger, and includes new icons on the lock screen for better notification and messaging. BB 10.2 OS version will be available to existing Blackberries by mid of October.

Starting next week, the Z30 will hit selected number of retailers in the U.K and in the Middle East. The launch date on rest areas including Canada and U.S. will be revealed soon.

Google Nexus 5 Specs Revealed

Google Nexus 4 has been a hit device and many a times it ran out of stock to much despairs of Nexus fanatics.  Reports by The Verge say that Google will not restock the device anymore. But it’s not the time for disappointment, as the next generation Nexus, probably called Nexus 5, has surfaced in a benchmark test packing a punch. It may get unveiled as soon as last week of October.

Even though the specs and pictures of the device was leaked before, the recent sighting of new Nexus on benchmarking website GFXBench, adds more credibility to what the device sports.

Codenamed Hammerhead, Google Nexus 5 will run on Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 800 quad-core chipset, clocked at 2.3GHz. It currently holds the title for being most powerful mobile chip in the world. It will be complemented by Adreno 330 graphics processor. The benchmark data also shows that Nexus 5 will run on Key Lime Pie, which is now named as Android Kitkat.

The new Nexus will have 1920x1080 pixels resolution, with on-screen resolution being 1794x1080 pixels.

It is rumored that the next Nexus will be manufactured by LG, which made the exiting model. The device is said to be based on the new LG G2 Smartphone and is expected to come with 4.96-inch display, 2GB RAM and 13MP rear camera.

22 September 2013

A Basic Guide to Aikido

A Basic Guide to Aikido

A Basic Guide to Aikido

Posted: 21 Sep 2013 03:07 AM PDT

Aikido is a unique form of martial art. Its emphasis lies on the harmonious fusion of mind and body with the natural laws of Nature. Aikido focuses on accepting and respecting the energy of life and nature and channeling this harmony onto techniques that expresses this energy in physical forms.

AikidoAikido is often viewed as more of a defensive martial art since its techniques and teachings are designed for you to avoid or get out of trouble. On the contrary, Aikido’s techniques are very powerful and effective.

Basically, there are four levels of technique in Aikido training. These are the katai which refers to the basic training and is intended to build the foundation of body movements and breathing; the yawarakai trains the defendant to deflect attacks and fuse movements to take control of the attacker or situation; the ki-no-nagare which involves training the defendant to defend or counter attack by merging his movement with the attacker even before the latter makes contact; and the ki which is the absolute Aikido technique and involves establishing a link of ki or spirit from the defender to the attacker.

When training for Aikido, you need a sparring partner. The uke and the nage. The Uke is the initiator of the attack and receives the Aikido techniques, while the Nage is the defender and the one that neutralizes the attack.

Aikido basic techniques include ikky which involves control an attacker by placing one hand on the elbow and one on near the wrist giving an opportunity to throw the attacker to the ground; the niky which draws in the uke using a wristlock and twists the arm while applying painful nerve pressure; sanky which is a rotating technique aimed at applying a spiraling tension on the whole arm including the elbow and shoulder; yonky a shoulder control technique with both hands gripping the forearm; goky is another variant of ikky

wherein the hand gripping the wrist is inverted and is quite useful in weapon take-aways; shihnage or the four-direction throw; kotegaeshi or wrist return which involves a wristlock-throw that stretches the extensor digitorum; kokynage also known as breath throws or timing throws; iriminage or entering-body throws which resembles a “clothesline” technique; tenchinage or heaven-and-earth throw; koshinage or the Aikido’s version of the hip throw; jinage or the shaped-like-’ten’-throw; and kaitennage or rotation throw wherein the nage sweeps the arm of the uke back until it locks the shoulder joint after which the nage applies forward pressure to throw the attacker.

AikidoThese are just basic techniques and from the list thousands of possible implementations or combinations can be drawn by the aikidokas. In Aikido, the strikes employed during the implementation of the Aikido technique are called atemi. For beginners, grabs are the first ones to be taught. It is safer and the aikidoka can easily feel the energy flowing from the uke to the nage.

Among the basic grab techniques are the katate-dori or single-hand-grab which involves using one hand to grab one wrist; morote-dori or both-hands-grab which uses both hands to grab one wrist; ryte-dori another both-hands-grab technique wherein both hands are used to grab both wrists; kata-dori or the shoulder-grab technique; and the mune-dori or chest-grab which involves grabbing the clothing of the chest of the attacker.

Mastering each technique involves discipline and dedication. To be a good aikodoka, one must master both the techniques and principle of the marital art.

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Knowing the basics of Aikido

Posted: 20 Sep 2013 11:55 PM PDT

AikidoAikido is one of the oldest form of martial arts. Founded by Morihei Ueshiba, aikido came about through the studies of many different kinds of traditional martial arts. In fact, is often perceived as a form of exercise or a dance because of some of its forms. It is also viewed by some quarters as some form of martial mesmerism.

Aikido is even confused with Daito Ryu Aikijutsu, it is different in its essence. Still, its founder attributed his creation of aikido to the way, his master Sokaku Takeda, grandmaster of Daito Ryu, opened his eyes to the nature of Budo.

What is aikido?

Despite its many perceived forms, aikido is a Budo or martial arts. It is the refinement of the techniques that are being taught in traditional martial arts and is combined with a philosophy that calls on for the power of the spirit. In its essence, it is a blending of the body and the mind.

Its philosophy is basically derived from the belief that deceptions and trickery or brute force will not make us defeat our opponents. Instead, concentration that involves the spirit will be enough to strengthen us.

AikidoAikido is also used as a way to discover our true paths so that we can develop our individuality. It also teaches its practitioners to unify their body and their mind so that they will become in harmony with the "universe" and with nature. Their power and their strength will come from this balance and harmony.

The word "universe" in aikido is not some obscure concept that one cannot achieve. It is actually quite concrete and is even within the grasp of the person. In aikido, "universe" can be achieved through actual experiences and everyday life.

Aikido's movements and techniques are circular. When a circle is created in aikido, the person is said to be protected from a collision from an opposing force. A firm center, however, is needed to create this circle. An example of a firm circle is a spinning top that turns at fast speed. Without a firm center, the speed of movement will only create imbalance. The stillness of the spinning top while in speeding motion is what is called sumikiri in Aikido language. This is achieved only by what Aikido founder calls "total clarity of mind and body." However, this is not so easily achieved. It takes a long time of study and practice in order to find this intense concentration and centeredness.

Training is important in aikido as well as concentration because while it may be easy to create a centered being when inside a martial arts gym, the same cannot be said of situations and circumstances outside. It will not be easy to keep one's composure when faced with extraordinary circumstances. This is actually one of the goals of Aikido training. It aims to teach its practitioners to maintain their composure and their centeredness even in panic situations such as danger and calamities.

One method taught in aikido is to breathe with what is called the seika tanden point. This is the part of the body that can be found two inches below the navel. Controlled breathing is one key to being one with the universe and to center oneself with nature. When a person learns to do this, he or she will feel extraordinary calmness that they can use in the practice of aikido.

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21 September 2013

School based after school programs

School based after school programs

School based after school programs

Posted: 19 Sep 2013 09:17 PM PDT

In an effort to keep children motivated and safe, the U.S. Government sets aside a good amount of fund for financing after school programs every  year. A report by the U.S. Department of Education and Justice points out that after school programs are very effective and is in the interests of the society as a whole. Interestingly, it was found that Americans liked providing school-based after school-programs in their community.

after school programsOther than safety, boredom and loneliness, the poor performance of many students also led to the need for after-school programs that are based on the school curriculum. Children coming from low-income families were found to lag behind in reading and grammar after a long break in the summer. Statistics prove that if school-going children are left unsupervised after their school, the chances of poor grades and drop out are considerably higher. The funds provided by the Government will allow rural and inner-city schools to provide activities during the summer, over the weekends and after school. These activities will take place in a drug-free, safe and supervised environment.

Positive augmentation of critical skills is the prime focus of these school-based after school activities. Thus they enhance the skill level of the child. Most school-based programs offer assistance in math tutoring, reading, comprehension and problem solving. Many programs provide engaging activities that seek to prepare the students for college. Hands-on experience is provided for children who want to invest in a career in teaching. Access to telecommunication and technology and involvement in music and art are other benefits of these programs. This becomes invaluable, especially in low-income sectors where such activities are considered to be a luxury.

As far as children are concerned, the snacks provided in after school programs are an added incentive. School sponsored after school programs are entitled to receive funds for snacks. The National School Lunch Program is designed to do just this. Free or reduced price snacks will be provided for children from schools that apply for it. The CACFP reimburses expenditure depending upon the child’s income status. But this is applicable only till the age of 13. The funding that schools get depends upon the area in which they are situated. A low-income area gets more funding. Supper can be served to children below the age of 19. Longer programs can provide both supper and a snack. With the participation of non-profit private organization, it is possible to feed deserving school children breakfast, supper and a snack.

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