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iPad – Between A Smartphone And A Laptop

“The iPad, if you were to sum it up, is our most advanced technology in a magical and revolutionary device at an unbelievable price”. – Steve Jobs

iPad - Between A Smartphone And A Laptop

For me, the iPad at US$ 499 is a steal. The screen is large enough to read an online newspaper, though not small enough to fit in the pocket.  I will now be carrying my wallet, keys, blackberry and the tablet!

The launch of iPad will be followed by a new online bookstore called iBooks that links to the iPad, has one-click purchasing and places your purchased books onto a rendering of a wooden bookshelf.

All of the built-in apps on iPad are designed from the ground up to take advantage of the large, Multi-Touch screen. And they work in any orientation. So you can do things with these apps you can’t do on any other device.

The large Multi-Touch screen on iPad lets you see web pages as they were meant to be seen one whole page at a time. With vibrant color and sharp text. So whether you’re looking at a page in portrait or landscape, you can see everything at a size that’s actually readable. And with iPad, navigating through the web has never been easier, or more intuitive. Because you use the most natural pointing device there is: your finger. You can scroll through a page just by flicking your finger up or down on the screen. Or pinch to zoom in or out on a photo. There’s also a thumbnail view that shows all your open pages in a grid, to let you quickly move from one page to the next.

The email access features are even smarter. In landscape, you get a split-screen view, showing both an opened email and the messages in your Inbox. To see the opened email by itself, you just turn iPad to portrait, and the email automatically rotates and fills the screen. No matter which orientation you use, you can scroll through your mail, compose a new email using the large, on-screen keyboard, or delete messages, with nothing more than a tap and a flick. If someone emails you a photo, you can see it right in the message. You can also save the photos in an email directly to the built-in Photos app. And iPad will work with all the popular email providers, including MobileMe, Yahoo! Mail, Gmail, Hotmail, and AOL.

With its crisp, vibrant display, and its unique software features, iPad is an extraordinary way to enjoy and share your photos. For example, the new Photos app displays the photos in an album as though they were in a stack. Just tap or pinch to open the stack, and the whole album opens up. Then you can flip through your pictures, zoom in or out, or watch a slideshow. You can even use your iPad as a beautiful digital photo frame while your iPad is docked or charging. And there are lots of ways to import photos: you can sync them from your computer, download them from an email, or import them directly from your camera using the Apple Camera Connection Kit.

The list goes on…

By revenue Apple is now the largest mobile-device company in the world.

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Hundred Thousand People may have died from Haiti earthquake.

Haiti was hit by a deadly earthquake today. Geological Survey said the earthquake was the most powerful in Haiti in more than a century. Several bodies were pulled from the wreckage of the U.N. building which colapsed completly and more than 100 staff members were missing, a spokesman said.

Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive told Reuters that he believed there could be “in the range of thousands of dead.” Soon after, Bellerive told CNN he believed well over 100,000 people could have died.

President Rene Preval called the damage “unimaginable” and described stepping over dead bodies and hearing the cries of those trapped in the collapsed Parliament building, where the senate president was among those pinned by debris.

Destruction in the capital was “massive and broad,” and tens — if not hundreds — of thousands of homes were destroyed, a spokesman for the U.N. mission said.

Sobbing and dazed people wandered the streets of Port-au-Prince, and voices cried out from the rubble.

“Please take me out, I am dying. I have two children with me,” a woman told a Reuters journalist from under a collapsed kindergarten in the Canape-Vert area of the capital.

The presidential palace lay in ruins, its domes fallen on top of flattened walls. Preval and his wife were not inside when the quake hit. Guluna News

Burj Dubai now Burj Khalifa opens with impressive fireworks

burj-khalifa-openingDubai has opened the world’s tallest building, a glistening concrete, glass and steel pinnacle rising 828 metres out of the desert sands.
Blazing fireworks rippled up and down the massive structure after it was officially opened by Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashed al-Maktoum.

He renamed the building, previously known as Burj Dubai, Burj Khalifa in honour of United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahayan.

“Today the United Arab Emirates achieves the tallest building ever created by the hand of man… and this great project deserves to carry the name of a great man. Today I inaugurate Burj Khalifa,” Sheikh Mohammad said.

Parachutists bearing the UAE colours of red, green, black and white then touched down as a giant portrait of Sheikh Khalifa was projected on an outer wall of the structure which cost $US1.5 billion to erect.

In the fireworks spectacle that followed, blossoms of flames crackled up and down the huge building and out into the Dubai night sky, followed later by lasers sweeping the horizon from the tower’s many levels.

Dubai hopes the opening of the Burj Khalifa – the latest in a series of grandiose projects – will burnish an image tarnished by its crippling debt woes.

The needle-shaped tower, described by its developer as a “vertical city” as it dwarfs existing skyscrapers, boasts new limits in design and construction.

Emaar Properties, the partly government-owned developer, had maintained the suspense about the skyscraper’s final height, saying only that it exceeded 800 metres.

On Monday it said the tower had more than 200 floors, only 160 of which would be inhabited, while the remaining floors were for services.

Burj Khalifa has a total built-up area of 530,000 square metres, including 170,000 square metres of residential space and more than 28,000 square metres of prime office space, Emaar said.

This amounts to 1,044 apartments and 49 floors of office space, served by 57 lifts. It also has a hotel carrying the Georgio Armani logo.

Bill Baker, a structural and civil engineer and partner in Chicago-based Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM), which designed the tower, said it has set a new benchmark.

“We thought that it would be slightly taller than the existing tallest tower of Taipei 101. (Emaar) kept on asking us to go higher but we didn’t know how high we could go,” he said.

“We were able to tune the building like we tune a music instrument. As we went higher and higher and higher, we discovered that by doing that process… we were able to reach heights much higher than we ever thought we could.”

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2010: Time to ‘Go Green’

The sun provides more energy to the earth in one day than the cumulative annual energy requirements of 6 billion people on the planet.

SOLIO solar chargers

The new year is a good time to explore new technologies.

Here is the good news. The next generation handheld solar chargers for mobile phones and iPods are now available in the Middle East. The SOLIO solar chargers use the energy from the sun to keep virtually all electronics topped off with free solar power anywhere.

The SOLIO universal ‘hybrid’ solar charger is powerful enough to charge all handheld electronic products at home, work or on the move. The SOLIO hybrid works by absorbing power from either 4 hours in the wall socket or 8 to 10 hours of direct sunlight, and then storing the energy within its internal battery. Once the SOLIO’s battery is full, the unit can charge a cell phone, iPod, MP3 player, PDA, game player, GPS, fish finder or digital camera, making it a powerful all-in-one battery charger. The universal charger is also environmentally friendly and cost effective, as the sun based energy is completely free and creates no harmful impacts. And the design couldn’t be simpler, with a fan-blade outlay that achieves maximum solar area when in use.

The SOLIO hybrid chargers come with the following features:

  • Universal ‘hybrid’ solar battery charger with internal battery for charging portable electronics
  • Internal battery absorbs energy from direct sunlight
  • Integrated charging level indicator highlights how much power is available
  • Charges iPods, cell phones, MP3 players, PDAs, game players, GPS units, or digital cameras
  • 3 blades spread out to absorb maximum sunlight; stores power for more than 1 year
  • Compact lightweight design – convenient for travel or emergency use
  • Helps save money and the environment
  • Is available in 2 models, Classic and Magnesium

SOLIO is marketed by Ekotribe in the Middle East.

Ekotribe offers environmentally-friendly products to enable people in our region live a green and positive lifestyle.

A range of eco-friendly products including green gadgets and appliances, solar lights, reusable gift bags and shopping bags, recycled paper and stationery, eco-friendly shower heads, eco-friendly toys, green books, BPA-free water bottles and lunch boxes, soy candles, organic beauty products, organic table linen, eco-friendly wallpaper and wall stickers, solar powered totes, solar powered backpacks, bamboo kitchen ware, eco-friendly household cleaners, biodegradable tableware and organic pet products are available at

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