27 December 2008

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Instant Ab Flatteners

Achieving a toned, sexy tummy might seem like a pipe dream this time of year. Baggy sweaters abound, egg nog is served and Frosty the Snowman doesn't offer much in the way of flat-belly inspiration. But getting a sleek, sexy stomach is easier than you think. Spend just five minutes a day on toning your abs and you'll get an amazing middle.

We rounded up five of the most effective tummy toners around. Work three or four of these exercises into your routine (easing them in will minimize soreness). Do the number of reps indicated, resting one minute between moves. The only equipment you will need is a hand towel. Washboard abs, here you come!

Pike 90

Lie faceup; raise legs until perpendicular to floor, feet flexed. Lower right leg so it hovers 1 or 2 inches off floor and place hands lightly behind head. In this position, do 15 crunches, lifting chest toward ceiling and lowering. Switch legs and repeat.

Crunchy frog

Sit with knees bent, feet flat. Keeping legs together, raise feet several inches and bring knees toward chest. Wrap arms around knees without touching legs. Extend legs and stretch arms to sides, palms forward. Return to wrapped-arm position; repeat. Do 15 reps.


Stand with feet hip-width apart, right leg in front of left, right foot turned out. Bend elbows and raise arms out to sides at shoulder level (like goalposts). In one motion, raise right knee to lowered right elbow. Return to start; switch sides and repeat to complete one rep. Do 15 reps.


Lie faceup. Press legs together and raise them toward ceiling until they're at a 90-degree angle, with knees slightly bent and toes pointed. Raise butt and legs off floor using ab muscles; twist legs slightly to left. Repeat, twisting to right, for one rep. Do 15 reps.

Side arm balance

Start on floor on knees. Lean to left and place left hand on floor under shoulder; extend right arm up and to left, palm down. Straighten right legs out to right with foot on floor, resting on left knee. Hold for 5 breaths. Return to start; switch sides. Repeat twice per side.

22 December 2008

Laptop Itu Haram?

I don't know if this is funny story for you guys... ;) Just far away from tense moment...

Ahmad merupakan peniaga barangan komputer di tempatnya.Semua orang mengenalinya. Sebut sahaja Bill Gates semua orang kampung mengenali tak kira kecil mahupun dewasa.

Perniagaan komputernya pula semakin lama semakin berjaya hasil jualan lap top kepada masyarakat di kampungnya.Ini disebabkan sudah semakin ramai orang kampung yang celik komputer.

Sehinggalah pada suatu petang, dia singgah untuk minim di warung Pak Itam, diperhatikannya pada sekumpulan anak muda yang diketuai oleh Sidek sedang berbincang tentang lap top. Kata Sidek Lap top itu haram.Lalu disambut dengan rasa kehairanan oleh rakan-rakannya.

Sebagai penjual komputer Ahmad terasa seolah-olah ayat itu ditujukan padanya. Tanpa berfikir panjang Ahmad terus menyergah Sidek dan mempertikaikan kata-katanya,"Siapa kata lap top tu haram hah!, Tak pernah sepanjang aku berniaga ada mana-mana fatwa yang mengatakan berniaga lap top tu haram, ni memandai-mandai pulak kau buat fatwa,"

" Apa yang salahnya aku cakap, lap top tu cakap bahasa Melayunya komputer RIBA, RIBA kan ke haram?" Kata-kata Sidek menyebabkan kawan-kawannya ketawa berdekah-dekah.Ahmad tak menghabiskan air yang diminumnya dan terus berlalu meninggalkan warung Pak Itam dengan perasaan malu.

19 December 2008

Who Is Writing Obama's Speech (He Just 27 Years Old)

At 27, he already booked his name at the history book by being a speechwriter for new President of USA, Barack Obama.

The job requires him to work unnoticed, even in plain view, so Jon Favreau settles into a wooden chair at a busy Starbucks in the center of Penn Quarter. Deadline looms, and he needs to write at least half a page by the end of the day. As the espresso machines whir, Favreau opens his laptop, calls up a document titled "rough draft of inaugural" and goes to work on the most anticipated speech of Barack Obama's life.

During the campaign, the buzz-cut 27-year-old at the corner table helped write and edit some of the most memorable speeches of any recent presidential candidate. When Obama moves to the White House next month, Favreau will join his staff as the youngest person ever to be selected as chief speechwriter. He helps shape almost every word Obama says, yet the two men have formed a concert so harmonized that Favreau's own voice disappears.

"He looks like he's in college and everybody calls him Favs, so you're like, 'This guy can't be for real, right?' " said Ben Rhodes, another Obama speechwriter. "But it doesn't take long to realize that he's totally synced up with Obama. . . . He has access to everything and everybody. There's a lot weighing on his shoulders."

Especially now, as Favreau and the rest of Obama's young staffers begin a transition that extends far beyond new job titles. Three months ago, Favreau lived in a group house with six friends in Chicago, where he rarely shaved, never cooked and sometimes stayed up to play video games until early morning. Now, he has transformed into what one friend called a "Washington political force" -- a minor celebrity with a down payment on a Dupont Circle condo, whose silly Facebook photos with a Hillary Rodham Clinton cutout created what passes for controversy in Obama's so far drama-free transition.

Favreau believes he will transition well if he focuses exclusively on writing, which is why he has buried himself in the inaugural address. He moves while he writes to avoid becoming stale -- from the Starbucks, to his windowless transition office, to his new, one-bedroom condo, where the only furniture in place is a blow-up mattress on the hardwood floor. He sometimes writes until 2 or 3 a.m., fueled by double espresso shots and Red Bull. When deadline nears, a speech consumes him until he works 16-hour days and forgets to call home, do his laundry or pay his bills. He calls it "crashing."

Last month, Favreau met for an hour in Chicago with Obama and adviser David Axelrod, as is their habit before important speeches. Obama told him to make the inaugural address no longer than 15 or 20 minutes, and they agreed to theme it around, Favreau said, "this moment that we're in, and the idea that America was founded on certain ideals that we need to take back." Obama asked for a first draft by Thanksgiving. Favreau explained that he had planned a vacation and promised a draft by this week.

During his vacation, Favreau e-mailed notes to himself via BlackBerry while visiting friends in Manhattan and talked about structure at his family's Thanksgiving dinner. He listened to recordings of past inaugural addresses and met with Peggy Noonan, Ronald Reagan's speechwriter, to seek advice. One of Favreau's assistants researched other periods in history when the United States faced crises; another interviewed historians such as David McCullough.

Still more daunting is the list of things Favreau can't think about as he writes the inaugural. He went for a run to the Lincoln Memorial last month and stopped in his tracks when he imagined the mall packed with 3 million people listening to some of his words. A few weeks later, Favreau winced when Obama spokesman Bill Burton reminded him: "Dude, what you're writing is going to be hung up in people's living rooms!"

"If you start thinking about what's at stake, it can get paralyzing," Favreau said.

Obama sometimes jokes that Favreau is not so much a speechwriter as a mind reader. He carries Obama's 1995 autobiography, "Dreams From My Father," with him almost everywhere and has memorized most of his famous keynote speech from the 2004 Democratic National Convention. He has mastered Obama's writing style -- short, elegant sentences -- and internalized his boss's tendency toward reflection and ideological balance.

Favreau's job is "to be like a baseball umpire," one co-worker said, and perform his task so deftly that nobody notices him. He listens to Obama tell stories in his office and spins them into developed metaphors, rich in historical context. When Obama delivers a speech on the road, Favreau studies the recording and notes the points at which Obama departs from the text so he can refine the riffs and incorporate them next time.

In four years together, Obama and Favreau have perfected their writing process. Before most speeches, Obama meets with Favreau for an hour to explain what he wants to say. Favreau types notes on his laptop and takes a crack at the first draft. Obama edits and rewrites portions himself -- he is the better writer, Favreau insists -- and they usually work through final revisions together. If Favreau looks stressed, Obama sometimes reassures him: "Don't worry. I'm a writer, too, and I know that sometimes the muse hits you and sometimes it doesn't. We'll figure it out together."

"The president-elect understands that Jon is a rare talent. He knows what he's got," said Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor, who also worked in the Senate office. "There's a mutual respect and appreciation between them, and the president-elect trusts Jon's instincts and ability. It's a partnership."

They stumbled upon it by accident in 2004, when Obama, just elected to the Senate, needed to hire a speechwriter. He brought Favreau, then 23, into the Senate dining room for an interview on his first day in office. They talked for 30 minutes about harmless topics such as family and baseball before Obama turned serious.

"So," he said. "What's your theory on speechwriting?"

Awkward silence. Favreau, just graduated from Holy Cross, had talked his way onto Sen. John F. Kerry's presidential campaign in 2003 and had become a press assistant, arriving at the office at 3 a.m. to clip newspapers. The speech he had given as class valedictorian circulated around the staff, and Favreau eventually got a shot at speechwriting. He wrote well and rose to the top of the department, but there was never any time to formulate theories. Now, Favreau looked at Obama and went with his gut.

"A speech can broaden the circle of people who care about this stuff," Favreau said. "How do you say to the average person that's been hurting: 'I hear you. I'm there. Even though you've been so disappointed and cynical about politics in the past, and with good reason, we can move in the right direction. Just give me a chance.' "

"I think this is going to work," Obama said.

Favreau worked for more than two years in Obama's Senate office before moving to Chicago to help with the presidential campaign. He hired speechwriters Rhodes and Adam Frankel -- and, a year later, former Clinton speechwriter Sarah Hurwitz -- and together they crafted the speeches Obama delivered on the night of each primary.

The writers could sometimes crank out a 1,500-word speech in one or two days, working in Obama's Chicago headquarters almost until sunrise. Sometimes, it took Favreau and his team hours to conceptualize the opening few lines. They gathered in a tiny office and formed sentences out loud, each word mulled and debated, until suddenly -- yes! -- they could envision the whole speech.

"When we were on, we could finish each other's thoughts," Frankel said. "We knew where we were going next. We were in total alignment on those speeches."

One Saturday night in March, Obama called Favreau and said he wanted to immediately deliver a speech about race. He dictated his unscripted thoughts to Favreau over the phone for 30 minutes -- "It would have been a great speech right then," Favreau said -- and then asked him to clean it up and write a draft. Favreau put it together, and Obama spent two nights retooling before delivering the address in Philadelphia the following Tuesday.

"So," Obama told Favreau afterward. "I think that worked."

Favreau wrote a first draft of the Democratic National Convention acceptance speech, but his boss thought it lacked direction. Obama rewrote it, and it ended up almost 15 minutes too long. Favreau spent three days traveling across the country with Obama so they could trim the speech, editing until a few hours before Obama stepped to the lectern in front of more than 84,000 people in Denver.

For Election Day, Favreau wrote two speeches -- one in case of a win and another for a loss. After Obama learned that he had won Pennsylvania and essentially secured the presidency, he called Favreau to make final word edits on the victory address. "Okay, this all sounds good," Favreau said when Obama finished making his changes. "And hopefully we never have to think about that other one again."

All told, Favreau spent more than 18 months on almost constant deadline, staying up until 5 a.m. during the financial crisis to craft speeches for the next day and waking up at 8 a.m. to obsess over the daily tracking polls, which he started calling "daily crack."

When the pressure wore on Favreau, he unwound like a 27-year-old, sending prank e-mails to friends at the Obama offices or playing the video game Rock Band in the Lincoln Park group house he shared with six campaign staffers. He visited Axelrod's office and sought advice. He called his best friend, Josh Porter, when he felt ready to break down.

"A few times he called at midnight, sounding just done," Porter said. "He would be like, 'I don't know if I can do this anymore. I'm in over my head. I'm starting to freak out.' "

But there were also moments of euphoria, when Favreau would catch himself choking up while riding in the motorcade or rehearsing with Obama backstage. Before he entered Grant Park on election night, to stand in the VIP section with his parents and younger brother to hear Obama speak, Favreau sent a quick e-mail to Porter at 9:07 p.m. The subject line read: "Dude."

"We won," Favreau wrote. "Oh my God."

Two weeks after the election, Favreau accepted a new job that essentially came with a new life. He moved back to Washington, hired a real estate agent, bought his first apartment and ordered furniture from Pottery Barn that sits unopened in nine boxes lined against his wall. He will need to buy more jackets and ties to replace his preferred outfit of jeans and a sweater. Friends joke that Favreau suddenly turned 40 this year -- but he still shows flashes of 27.

At a party at his parents' house over Thanksgiving vacation, he danced and posed awkwardly next to a cardboard cutout of Clinton. A buddy uploaded photos onto Facebook, reporters discovered them, and suddenly experts were debating Favreau's maturity on television. Favreau called Clinton and Obama to apologize. They told him not to worry, but he still does.

How is this supposed to work, anyway? Do Favreau and the rest of Obama's young staffers transform to meet the formalities of the White House, or does the White House change to accommodate them? For almost two years during the campaign, Favreau and his speechwriting staff came to work in jeans and communicated via instant messaging. When they needed to write, they crammed together into a closet-size room, feet on the table, downing energy drinks and ordering takeout late into the night.

"We were always informal -- that's Favs's style," said Rhodes, one of the speechwriters. "I don't think he ever scheduled a meeting where we all sat down at a table and said, 'Here's what we have to do this week.' And if he had, we probably would have laughed at him."

But now Favreau and the other senior speechwriters are preparing to move into separate offices and expand their staff. Favreau expects to hire four or five more writers -- including a few who focus on foreign policy -- and he's unsure how to manage them. "My biggest strength isn't the organization thing," he said. A few of the other speechwriters have volunteered to help train and direct new hires.

Obama's speeches are likely to evolve, too. Some will focus more on policy, Favreau said, and a few dozen bureaucrats will want to parse each word. Andrei Cherny, a former White House speechwriter for Vice President Al Gore, called Favreau after the election to congratulate him and then warned that, in the White House, "the scrutiny and the power is unlike anyplace else."

"We know that we're going to have to approach the White House our way and have some fun with it," Favreau said, "because that kind of attitude is what made us successful."

No matter how it goes, Favreau believes this will be his last job in politics -- "anything else would be so anticlimactic," he said. Someday, he wants to write in his own voice, for himself.

"Maybe I'll write a screenplay, or maybe a fiction book based loosely on what all of this was like," Favreau said. "You had a bunch of kids working on this campaign together, and it was such a mix of the serious and momentous and just the silly ways that we are. For people in my generation, it was an unbelievable way to grow up."

By Eli Saslow
Washington Post Staff Writer

courtesy from Yahoo

18 December 2008

Ancient Computers?

A 2,000-year-old computing device may change the way we think about ancient civilizations. The mechanical star-positioning instrument was discovered in a shipwreck at the turn of the 20th century, and until recently, no one had figured out how it worked.

Research from Cardiff University, in conjunction with the National Archeological Museum of Athens and the Universities of Athens and Thessaloniki, suggests that the device “is more sophisticated than anyone previously thought” and that “Greek technology was far more advanced than previously thought.” 1 The device was able to track the motions of the sun and moon, even predicting eclipses, the irregular orbit of the moon, and possibly the positions of the planets.

The wood and bronze device was named the “Antikythera Mechanism” after the Aegean island near where it was discovered. The researchers recreated its 70 pieces, including 30 gears—some of which are differential gears, a concept that was not rediscovered until modern times. Recreating the device was difficult and painstaking, involving the expertise of astronomers, mathematicians, computer specialists, script analysts, and conservation experts. Professor Mike Edmunds of the School of Physics at Cardiff said, “The way the mechanics are designed just makes your jaw drop.”1

The historical paradigm that man has gradually evolved a smarter and larger brain over vast periods of time stands in contrast to the biblical history, which holds that mankind was created fully human from the beginning,2 with a fully-developed human brain. However, because of sin, mankind has actually been “de-evolving” ever since.3

Bible believers should not be surprised to find evidence of advanced technology from the ancient world (in this case, dating from before the time of Christ). This millennia-old computer, along with many other previous discoveries, is another example that our current understanding may actually not be as advanced as our “antiquated” predecessors.

by Brian Thomas, M.S.

17 December 2008

Cute Technology

I wish i could get one of this at my home, cute isn't?

This is what I called creativity + technology. Technology itself can be translated as art.

Perhaps there will be combination between a computer and a cat.

Pinggan Mangkuk Pun ada Melamine!

Satu isu yang perlu dilihat dengan teliti oleh pengguna jika mahukan hidup anda selamat.

Selalunya, hanya makanan yang berpotensi untuk dihinggapi kuman yang boleh menyebabkan virus seterusnya memudaratkan manusia tapi lain pula jadinya apabila pinggan mangkuk pun boleh jadi punca.

Saya selitkan salah satu artikel yang diemelkan kepada saya. Ia harus dipandang serius dan dikaji dengan teliti kerana penghujungnya juga melibatkan nyawa manusia.

Kebanyakan pinggan plastic di Malaysia dibuat daripada MELAMINE yang mengandungi 'urea formaldehyde' dan sangat berbahaya kepada kesihatan.

Urea Formaldehyde adalah sejenis bahan yang biasanya digunakan untuk membuat bekas barangan electric dan 'insulation' wayar electrik. Bahan ini amat berbahaya jika memasuki badan manusia.

Ia boleh menyebabkan masalah sistem penghadaman, masalah pernafasan, batu karang, kegagalan buah pinggang, cancer pundi kencing dan kerosakan sistem pembiakan.

Kebanyakan restoran-restoran di Malaysia juga menggunakan pinggan jenis ini kerana ia tidak mudah pecah dan kelihatan cantik seperti pinggan ceramic.

Mudah sahaja untuk mengenali pinggan mangkuk yang diperbuat daripada melamine. Pada kebiasaanya di bawah pinggan ini tertulis MELAMINE.

Tetapi pinggan-pinggan melamine yang di buat di Thailand atau China selalunya tidak menulis perkataan ini di pinggan tersebut.

Mangkuk pinggan melamine dari Thailand adalah jenis paling berbahaya disebabkan bahan kimia yang terdapat dalam pinggan mangkuk tersebut sangat mudah 'leech out' ke dalam makanan kita, terutamanya jika makanan itu panas.

Oleh itu elakkan semua pinggan mangkuk plastik yg kelihatan berkilat seperti seramik, kerana ia kemungkinan besar adalah melamine.

Selain itu, bahan MELAMINE ini juga boleh bertindak-balas dengan bahan makanan dan membentuk racun yang lebih berbahaya, iaitu melamine cyanurate.

Bahan ini akan membentuk crystal seperti kaca yang boleh merosakkan salur darah dan buah pinggang.

Baru-baru ini kecoh berita tentang pencemaran melamine di dalam susu kanak-kanak. Kira-kira 15 bayi telah mati dan beratus-ratus sakit buah pinggang di China disebabkan oleh bahan ini. Pada tahun 2007 juga, telah kecoh di Amerika Syarikat kerana bahan melamine yang mencemarkan makanan haiwan peliharaan telah membunuh beratus-ratus binatang peliharaan.

Ini adalah bahan yang SAMA digunakan di dalam pembuatan pinggan melamine.
Pinggan-mangkuk melamine ini banyak dijual di pasaraya di Malaysia termasuk di TESCO, GIANT, MYDIN, CARREFOUR dan byk lagi.

Untuk keselamatan, gunalah pinggan yg dibuat dari kaca atau seramik kerana bahan ini adalah sangat 'stable' dan tidak beracun.

Banyak kerajaan di Eropah, New Zealand, kerajaan Amerika Syarikat, dan juga kerajaan UAE telah mengharamkan semua mangkuk pinggan yang diperbuat daripada melamine.

12 December 2008

Hot MP3 Players

Got a music lover on your list? These popular MP3 players run the gamut, from hard drive- to flash-based, pricey to cheap, iPod to (gasp!) non-iPod, you name it.
The bigger, the better
Some music fanatics just can't leave the house without all—and I mean all—of their tunes in their pocket. These hard drive-based MP3 players may not be the smallest on the market, but they've got storage to spare.

iPod Classic
Notes: Obvious choice for Mac users; redesigned, two-paned interface; supports video and iTunes movie rentals; no Wi-Fi; no music subscription support.
Reviews: 4/5 (CNET)


Notes: Syncs music and podcasts over Wi-Fi; can buy music wirelessly over Zune Marketplace; music subscription (via Zune Pass) available; meet fellow music lovers on the Zune Social; limited selection of TV shows, no movie rentals
Reviews: 4/5 (CNET), 4/5 (PC Magazine)

Ibiza Rhapsody

Notes: No, 30GB isn't a tone of storage, but player offers deep, seamless Rhapsody support over Wi-Fi; works without a PC; podcast support; Web browser; video player
Reviews: 3/5 (CNET)

Small, but beautiful

You won't be able to fit your entire music collection on these flash-based players; then again, you can't clip a hard-drive MP3 player onto a key ring, can you?

iPod Nano
Notes: Super-slim and trim; new, iPod Touch-like interface; video playback, including iTunes movie rentals; no Wi-Fi; no subscription music support
Review: 4/5 (CNET), 4.5/5 (PC Magazine)

Zune (flash-based)
Notes: Same Wi-Fi, video, and Zune Social features as its HDD-based big brother; a bit cheaper compared to the iPod Nano; subscription music (Zune Pass) support
Reviews: 3.5/5 (CNET), 3/5 (PC Magazine)

Sansa Fuze
Notes: Steep discounts online make this a good choice for bargain hunters; just 0.3 inches thick with a 1.9-inch display; video playback; Rhapsody subscription support
Reviews: 4/5 (CNET), 3.5/5 (PC Magazine)

iPod Shuffle
Notes: One of the tiniest (and cheapest) MP3 players out there; clips onto your clothing; no display, so there's no way to browse for songs
Reviews: 3/5 (CNET)

Creative Zen Mozaic
Notes: FM radio; built-in speaker; voice recorder; video playback; stylish design; a bit clunky at 0.5 inches thick; critics aren't in love with the so-so interface
Reviews: 3.5/5 (CNET), 3/5 (PC Magazine)

They've got the touch

Touchscreens are all the rage, and these flash-based MP3 players have 'em.

iPod Touch
Notes: Tons of apps available over iTunes; Wi-Fi; video playback, including iTunes movies rentals; TV-out capabilities; one of the best touch UIs on the market; earned stellar ratings from critics; relatively pricey
Reviews: 4.5/5 (CNET), 5/5 (PC Magazine)

Samsung P2
Notes: Way cool design, snazzy touch interface; lets you take cell phone calls via Bluetooth; supports video rentals via CinemaNow; getting a bit long in the tooth; no 32GB model
Reviews: 4/5 (CNET), 3.5/5 (PC Magazine)

05 December 2008

Wii's Future In Motion

Hardcore gamers may still scoff at Nintendo's Wii for catering to casual gamers. But hidden behind its Clark Kent facade are some impressive financial muscles.

Nintendo rocked the gaming world when it brought out the Wii gaming console three years ago by turning an entirely new demographic of users on to gaming. Middle-aged and senior citizens stood in line to buy Wiis on the strength of games like Wii Fit, which audiences found more fun than workout DVDs.

To date, Nintendo has sold nearly 35 million Wiis, including 12.6 million in the U.S., Nintendo's biggest market. That's lower than Sony's PlayStation 2, which has sold 43 million units since 2000. But it's still pretty high for a console that, at launch, was technologically a generation behind its chief competitors, Sony's PlayStation 3, with 13 million units in users' living rooms, and Microsoft's Xbox 360, with 23 million units. This year, the Wii is expected to sell more than the best-selling PS2 sold in its best year, 2003.

Just as interesting as how Nintendo has changed the gaming world, however, has been its business approach. Nintendo sells games along the time-honored razor-razor blade model, namely pushing out the console and then enticing users to buy more games.

"More casual players aren't as likely to be attracted by hardware features, so it's all about delivering a fun, easy-to-use and addicting game experience," says Anita Frazier, toy and video game analyst at NPD Group.

Another factor in enticing those casual users is keeping its console cheap. "The key thing about Nintendo is they want their things to be at price points that anyone can respond to," says Hiroshi Kamide, director of research at KBC Securities Japan. Nintendo's strategy is to buy inexpensive components instead of making them in-house, allowing the Wii to sell for $260 while the PS3 costs $300.

But here's the winning point: Unlike its competitors, Nintendo has figured out how to make money from its console sales. Sony loses money on each Playstation sold. Microsoft might just break even. But every Wii brings in $6 of operating profit for Nintendo, says David Gibson, an analyst at Macquarie Securities.

Nintendo also sells 60% of Wii games itself, compared with 30% for Microsoft and 15% for Sony. Wii users are expected to buy the most games this year, 220 million, compared with 120 million PS3 games and 125 million for the Xbox 360.

The top three Wii games--"Wii Play," "Super Smash Brothers Brawl" and "Super Mario Galaxy"--are all Nintendo's own titles, but the top three for PS3--"Grand Theft Auto IV," "Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare" and "Assassin's Creed"--are all from outside developers, not from Sony.

By making most of its games itself, Nintendo risks sacrificing the chance to earn licensing fees from as many third-party developers as its competitors. It also prices games cheaper--at $50 versus $60 for the other two consoles. But so far the gambit has paid off: Wii locks in fans because many of its most popular games appear exclusively on the Wii. And Nintendo has a higher gross margin on game software than the others at 65%, compared with between 50% and 60%.

Those only-available-here games sell better than games that have been ported to other consoles because the Wii's unique features--the motion-sensor remote, for instance--make it hard to translate into other systems. PS3 and Xbox 360 games can be ported between those two systems fairly easily, but developers that want to make a game for all three consoles need a dedicated Wii team to write the Nintendo version.

Ubisoft's new "Shaun White Snowboarding" game, which shipped in late November, uses the Wii Fit motion board to simulate full-motion snowboarding; its Xbox and PS versions push online virtual snowboarding with friends. - Forbes

04 December 2008

Six Windows Netbooks Rated by ConsumerReports.org

Find out which is best for you.

Netbooks, highly portable mini-laptops that are smaller, cheaper, and weigh less than regular laptops, are on track to be one of this holiday season's hot sellers. The cheapest netbooks, priced well under $400, run the Linux operating system, which limits which application software you can run on them and may require learning how to use Linux. Models with Windows XP installed start at around $400 and have nine- or ten-inch screens.

We tested six of the least expensive Windows models now on the market:

Asus Eee PC 904HA
MSI Wind U100-016US
Lenovo IdeaPad S10
The Dell mini 9
HP Mini 1000
Acer Aspire One A150X

None of these offered the best of everything. We found plenty of trade-offs between weight, battery life, size, storage capacity, and ergonomics. (Check our computer buying guide for more information on important computer features.)

Still, if you're considering an inexpensive, super portable computer for the holidays, we found the following tested netbooks had some particular advantages:

Asus Eee PC 904HA

Best combination of long battery life and well-designed keyboard:
Its battery lasted more than 5 hours. We liked the large trackpad, which lets you use "multi-touch" gestures to scroll horizontally and vertically; zoom and rotate photos; scan and zoom Web pages; and more. That said, the trackpad buttons were hard to press. The Asus was also a bit larger than the other netbooks, was the heaviest at 3.1 pounds, and had the dimmest screen. You get 1GB of memory, a 160GB hard drive, Microsoft Works, and Skype for Internet phone calls. The Acer netbook had even longer battery life, but some drawbacks in its ergonomics.($400)

MSI Wind U100-016US

Best combination of a fine keyboard and light weight:
If a large screen, superior keyboard, and easy-to-use trackpad are most important, this is your best choice. Its 10-inch screen was one of two that size we tested. It's matte rather than glossy, minimizing reflections. Battery life was a short 2 hours and 23 minutes, though. You get 1GB of memory, a 120GB hard drive, and 60-day trial versions of Microsoft Office 2007 and Norton Internet Security. The Wind weighs 2.5 pounds.
(Starting at $399.99)

Lenovo IdeaPad S10

Best combination of compactness, large screen, and features:
Lenovo did the best job of building a large 10-inch screen into a compact package. There's also a unique set of features, including an ExpressCard slot for connecting peripherals, such as cellular Internet cards, plus a disaster-recovery system to protect you from losing work. Battery life was relatively short at 2 hours and 40 minutes. You get 504MB of memory, an 80GB hard drive, and Norton Protection Center. Weight is 2.7 pounds.
(Starting at $399.99)

Other models have some advantages, but also more shortcomings:

The Dell mini 9 (Starting at $349) and HP Mini 1000 ($399.99) were both very light, thanks to solid-state drives. But those drives are very small at 8GB each and slowed the computer noticeably. The Acer Aspire One A150X (Starting at $349.99) had a long battery life and includes Microsoft Works, but a quirky trackpad and shallow wrist rest.

Guide to Ratings
Rank order is based on our tests of speed, battery life, keyboard, plus weight, features and specifications. Speed High-speed models ran applications as quickly as a 1.6GHz Celeron-based laptop; Low-speed ones ran noticeably slower. Keyboard includes its size and layout, plus our assessment of the trackpad. Storage is either a hard drive (HD) or solid-state drive (SSD). Size can vary in each dimension by an inch or so, but even the largest model is far smaller than a standard laptop.

All models use the Intel Atom 1.6GHz processor and include Windows XP installed, 2 or 3 USB ports, a smaller keyboard than a standard laptop, Wi-Fi, a slot for both Secure Digital (SD) and Multimedia (MMC) memory cards, webcam, microphone, headphone jack, but no CD or DVD drive. Most offer a choice of colors; some offer a higher- or lower-capacity battery, or more built-in storage.

03 December 2008

LGKF350 Sweetest As Ice Cream

Yesterday was smart move to LG when they announced their LGKF350, sweet handphone which is not created to man market i guess...

With the emotional illumination technology which veiled LED signal appearing magical make this product looks girlish and outstanding appeared...

In a nutshell, this LG which is associated with ice cream has communication with light that breathing lighting effect with audio sync and will blinking once you've got call or SMS.

Others feature that we have to look at it including 3.0MP camera and WAP services to connect to internet.

Nokia N97

Yesterday evening in Barcelona, Nokia announced the Nokia N97 mobile computer and new Ovi services, including Maps on Ovi and Mail on Ovi.

Designed for the needs of Internet-savvy consumers, the Nokia N97 combines a large 3.5” touch display with a full QWERTY keyboard, providing an ‘always open’ window to favorite social networking sites and Internet destinations. Nokia’s flagship Nseries device introduces leading technology – including multiple sensors, memory, processing power and connection speeds – for people to create a personal Internet and share their ‘social location.’

01 December 2008

Top 10 Searches for 2008

1. Britney Spears

The singer's steep trajectory to redemption restored her to the top of searches. Her year began with a police visit, hospital stay, and psych evaluation. She returned under her father's shelter and, by summer, settled custody with her ex. Professionally, she guested on a sitcom, won thrice at the MTV Video Music Awards, broke records with "Womanizer," relaunched her site, and released a documentary detailing her fall and comeback...by age 27.

2. WWE

A June explosion destroyed a World Wrestling Entertainment stage and "injured" chairman Vince McMahon, unleashing a sweaty soap opera of chaos that included his kids appealing for cooperation in difficult times. The stunt could've symbolized the sporting empire's battles against the economy's fall and mixed martial arts' rise. WWE produced more events, video games, and movies to make up for fewer paying fans, and faithfuls kept track online to maintain its Top 2 status.

3. Barack Obama

The Illinois junior senator faced two hard-fought contests and nearly won a third—although toppling Britney Spears wasn't on his list. He entered 2008 as a relative newcomer on the national scene and ended the year as president-elect. His campaign defied political wisdom and made history at every turn. His Web strategy set the groundwork to make him the first wired president and, in an unprecedented Search surge, landed him at No. 3.

4. Miley Cyrus

Before 2008, the singer/actress had been better known—and searched—by her Disney persona, Hannah Montana. She appeared on shows like "Idol Gives Back" as Cyrus, but true name recognition came with scandal: a Vanity Fair spread featuring the 15-year-old seemingly wrapped only in a bedsheet. Savvy Cyrus apologized, survived, and closed down Disneyland for a 16th birthday charity bash, and ended up at No. 4.

5. RuneScape

The multi-player role-playing game's international popularity rests on its cheap access, ability to run on older computers, and compelling play. Its underground success has even led to a real black market, trading actual cash for RuneScape gold—and controversial restrictions to stop it. A new boss, graphics, and touted player-versus-player combat release signal the company's power play to step up in the RPG battle...and take hold at No. 5.

6. Jessica Alba

Her movies fared none too well, following 2007 missteps that got her three Razzie Worst Actress nominations. Still, she earned Best Movie Actress at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards and No. 6 in searches, buoyed by her wedding and baby Honor Marie (who earned a reported $1.5 million in her OK! mag debut). The pregnant pause may have given her impetus to switch to more serious roles—something to watch for in 2009.

7. Naruto

The manga. The game. The anime. Whatever form Naruto Uzumaki takes, the awkward but accomplished young graduate of the Ninja Academy remains the Web's most popular fictional character in seventh place. His peers and enemies also command their own followings, but the complex tale of Naruto (whose name translates to "maelstrom"), the orphaned misfit who craves recognition, resonates with its generation of fans.

8. Lindsay Lohan

At No. 8, the actress made stumbling progress back from rehab, revolving-door relationships, and rejected roles. On the upside, she settled down (with a monogamous twist), blogged about politics, and recreated Marilyn Monroe's photo shoot. On the downside, she got booted from "Ugly Betty" and as World Music Awards host. Lohan has had celebs testifying to her talent, but a true comeback may have to wait for 2009.

9. Angelina Jolie

Leading power lists in Forbes and even Guinness World Records, the actress took her place among Hollywood's elite. "Delicate" condition aside, she underscored her image as a tough-dame throwback with a 21st-century vibe. She earned box-office bucks as an assassin and cartoon tigress, Oscar cred in "Changeling," and karma by donating her and Brad Pitt's twins' $14 mil pictorial payout to charity—moves that muscled her in at No. 9.

10. American Idol

Judges kept declaring its 2008 singers their best ever, but while the Fox reality show ruled ratings, an audience decline since 2007 sent producers into a fit of self-examination. In a season beset with complaints, "Idol" had the last laugh with a smashing finale and iTunes recordbreaker. The show also got "cougar" into household vernacular, unlikely credit for exposing youth to the democratic process, and a top Search 10 nod once again.