Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Photography Tips May 21, 2014

Photography Tips
Daily update May 21, 2014
8 Tips For Getting Professional Indoor Photos Every Time - - Improve Photography
Improve Photography Steven Ching
Shooting indoor photography can become a chore when you don't know what you are doing. Lucky for you, that's where we come in to help!
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School Of Digital Photography: Architecture Photography Tips for Getting Great Results in Adverse ...
On many occasions when shooting to meet a deadline, architectural ... In this article we will discuss some tips to get satisfactory results even in ...
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Tips for Photographing Birds in Flight - Digital Photography School
Digital Photography School Bruce Wunderlich
One of the most necessary ingredients is patience; you may often photograph an entire day and not get one usable image. In most cases there is some ...
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Android News May 21, 2014

Android News  May 21, 2014

International Business Times

Android-Powered Nokia Phones By Microsoft To Launch With Windows Apps
Microsoft's is currently developing its second-generation of Android-powered devices, indicating that the Nokia mobile division it acquired late last ...
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Business Today

The best Android smartphones under Rs 10000
Gone are the days when you had to settle for an Indian handset manufacturer when looking for an Android smartphone under Rs 10,000. Global ...
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Android Headlines - Android News

Box launches revamped Android app and expanded partnership with LG
Box is at it again. Earlier this year the cloud service released an overhauled Box app for iOS, and today it's launching its similarly redesigned Android ...
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The Droid Guy

Android 4.4.3 Update Believed To Be Getting Navigation Button Refresh
Could Android be getting an updated set of navigation bar icons in the next update? The folks at techIT seem to think so. An image leak suggests that ...
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GroupMe's Android redesign includes an emphasis on direct messaging
You have to assume that a user with GroupMe installed on an Android device has several options for text-based communication, so it's hard to ...
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Ars Technica

Despite source code leak, Android malware fetches top $5000 price
Despite a leak of its source code, an Android program aimed at compromising online bank accounts is still commanding US$5,000 per copy, one of ...
Google Plus Facebook Twitter Android App Leaves Email Messages Exposed
A Microsoft Outlook client app for Android devices stores, by default, email messages unencrypted on the device's SD cards, researchers say.
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Tech Times

Gmail for Android now allows users to save attachments on Google Drive
The new Gmail for Android now allows users to save email attachments to Google Drive and get explanations for each email that goes to the spam ...
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Android Headlines - Android News

Google+ for Android Updates with new Interface
This morning, Google+ announced a new update for the Android app. It features a pretty large changelog. Most notable is the new UI which leaked out ...
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Economic Times

Cisco unveils Android PCs, promises to make teleconferencing easier
San Francisco: Computer networking firm Cisco will sell purpose-built Google Android PCs and a new online service in an effort to boost use of its ...
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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Malaysia Airlines(MAS): Boeing 777-200ER Info

The Boeing 777 is a family of long-range wide-body twin-engine jet airliners developed and manufactured by Boeing Commercial Airplanes. It is the world's largest twinjet and has a typical seating capacity for 314 to 451 passengers, with a range of 5,235 to 9,380 nautical miles (9,695 to 17,372 km). Commonly referred to as the "Triple Seven", its distinguishing features include the largest-diameter turbofan engines of any aircraft, six wheels on each main landing gear, a circular fuselage cross-section, and a blade-shaped tail cone.  Developed in consultation with eight major airlines, the 777 was designed to replace older wide-body airliners and bridge the capacity difference between the 767 and 747. As Boeing's first fly-by-wire airliner, it has computer-mediated controls; it is also the first entirely computer-designed commercial aircraft.

As of 2013, the 777 is produced in two fuselage lengths. The original 777-200 variant entered commercial service in 1995, followed by the extended-range 777-200ER in 1997. The stretched 777-300, which is 33.3 ft (10.1 m) longer, entered service in 1998. The longer-range 777-300ER and 777-200LR variants entered service in 2004 and 2006 respectively, while a freighter version, the 777F, debuted in February 2009. Both longer-range versions and the freighter feature General Electric GE90 engines and extended raked wingtips. The earlier 777-200, -200ER and -300 versions are equipped with GE90, Pratt & Whitney PW4000 or Rolls-Royce Trent 800 engines. The 777-200LR is the world's longest-range airliner and can fly more than halfway around the globe; it holds the record for the longest distance flown non-stop by a commercial aircraft. In November 2013, Boeing announced the development of upgraded 777-8X and 777-9X models featuring composite wings and GE9X engines.

United Airlines first placed the 777 into commercial airline service in June 1995. As of June 2013, 60 customers had placed orders for 1,452 aircraft of all variants, with 1,113 delivered. The most common and successful variant is the 777-300ER with 452 delivered and over 700 orders as of December 2013. The airliner is rated as one of the safest aircraft based on its accident safety record and high number of flight hours. The 777 has been involved in four hull-loss accidents as of March 2014; Asiana Airlines Flight 214 was the first fatal crash of the aircraft in 18 years of revenue service.

Source: Wikipedia

Malaysia Airlines(MAS) Boeing 777-200ER

On April 2, 1997, a Malaysia Airlines -200ER named "Super Ranger" broke the great circle "distance without landing" record for an airliner by flying eastward from Boeing Field, Seattle to Kuala Lumpur, a distance of 10,823 nautical miles (20,044 km), in 21 hours and 23 minutes

Number of aircraft : 15
Passenger seating capacity : 282
Engines : Rolls Royce Trent 892
Wing span : 60.93 m (199 ft 11 inch)
Height : 18.76 m (61 ft 6 inch)
Length : 63.73 m (209 ft 1 inch)
Range : 12,779 km (6,900 nm)
Max fuel capacity : 47,380 US Gallons
Cruising speed : Mach 0.84 (897 km/h)

Business Class : Number of seats 35

The Business Class seat is longer, wider and ergonomically designed to accommodate passengers of varying sizes. The seating positions are electrically adjustable with preset buttons for convenience.
Other features and facilities include a light preset 10 minutes massage, an in-seat power outlet for PC and other personal electronic devices, a 10.4-inch touch screen TV, satellite telephone and LED reading light.

Economy Class : Number of seats 247
Their Economy Class seat featuring adjustable reclining positions, footrest, lumbar support, headrest and retractable armrest.
Other features within easy reach include a 6.5-inch in-seat personal TV, individual overhead reading light and a coat hook for each seat.


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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Facebook to Buy WhatsApp?

Facebook has announced its largest acquisition ever, saying it would pay at least $16 billion for WhatsApp, a text messaging application with 450 million users around the world who pay little or no money for it.

Facebook will pay $4 billion in cash and $12 billion worth of shares for WhatsApp. But the ultimate cost of the deal could rise to $19 billion, with WhatsApp employees and founders receiving an additional $3 billion in restricted stock units, which would vest over the next four years.

It is among the richest deals of all time for WhatsApp. With 55 employees, WhatsApp is commanding a price equivalent to $344 million an employee, or about $28 a user.
In that sense, Mr. Zuckerberg is following the successful strategy he used for Instagram, allowing the service to grow quickly before gradually adding in revenue — in Instagram’s case, from advertising.

The deal has been approved by the boards of both companies and is subject to regulatory approval. Facebook expects the deal to close later this year.

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Windows 9: next version of Windows? What do you expect?



In recent months there's been rumors swirling around that Microsoft will release next version of Windows currently known as Windows 9. Currently, Microsoft is set to roll out Update 1 for Windows 8.1 soon.

Microsoft will release the Windows 9 between May and November this year, according to rumors. In January 2014, Windows 9 was expected only in early 2015.

What People Expect 

I expect the new release Windows 9 will be cheaper for home user, at least same price with Windows 7 Home Basic. And, the interface back to "normal" as Windows 7 and successful earlier versions of windows. Just put one button on task bar  or desktop to activate and disactivate Metro launcher.

John C. Dvorak, columnist, in his articles "Microsoft's Must-Have List for Windows 9" list 5 his wishlist:

  1. Fix the file system.  - Develop a database-style file system that would allow for easy and super-fast searches for keywords within the structure of the file.
  2. Fix the Networking. – Can support various networking protocol and interface, without additional patch.
  3. Bring back the distraction games.  – Bring back Spider Solitaire and Pinball.
  4. Scale everything.
  5. Put back the real Start menu.-  For user convenience. 

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Woody Leonhard, writer for "Windows 8 All-in-One for Dummies." in his article "10 must-have features for Windows 9":

  1. Put back start button
  2. Multiboot - To boot to the desktop or the Metro Start screen and configurable in control panel. ( like linux desktop)
  3. Dual monitor with Metro on the side - Can configure, one screen for normal desktop and another screen for Metro
  4. Meaningful notifications
  5. Desktop Charms that do something
  6. Metro apps at iPad standards
  7. Bring back Aero Glass feature.
  8. A Control Panel that controls
  9. Metro mute button 
  10. "Get out of hell" modal dialog
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How about you?


Thursday, February 13, 2014

Google’s ‘smart contact lens’: Future Glucose Monitoring Device

smart contact lens

On 16 January 2014,  Google has announced that for the past 18 months, they had been working on a smart contact lens project, Google Contact Lens.

The Google Contact Lens built to measure glucose levels in tears using a tiny wireless chip and miniaturized glucose sensor that are embedded between two layers of soft contact lens material. They are testing prototypes that can generate a reading once per second. They are also investigating the potential for this to serve as an early warning for the wearer, so they are exploring integrating tiny LED lights that could light up to indicate that glucose levels have crossed above or below certain thresholds. It’s still early days for this technology, but they have completed multiple clinical research studies which are helping to refine their prototype.

Brian Otis and Babak Parviz are co-founder for this project. Both of them is electrical engineering faculty members at the University of Washington. Babak Parviz also one of the project leaders at Google’s Project Glass next to Google X lead Product Manager, Steve Lee, and Stanford Research Professor and founder and head of Google X, Sebastian Thrun. In 2011, Microsoft supported Babak Parviz's research into chip-enabled contact lenses that could detect diabetes-related high blood sugar levels.

Google plan to look for partners who are experts in bringing products like this to market. These partners will use their technology for a smart contact lens and develop apps that would make the measurements available to the wearer and their doctor.


Monday, February 10, 2014

Microsoft :Satya Nadella as CEO, Bill Gates As Technology Advisor

On Feb 4, 2014, Microsoft had made official announced that Satya Nadella is their new CEO, replacing Steve Ballmer. Nadella has spent 22 years at Microsoft, and was previously Microsoft’s Executive Vice President of Cloud and Enterprise. Nadella also takes a position on Microsoft’s Board of Directors, and founder Bill Gates will increase his involvement in the company.

Nadella is only the third person to occupy Microsoft’s CEO role in 39 years, preceded by Ballmer who filled the role between January 2000 and January 2014 and Gates, who led the company between 1975 and 2000.

Along that news, another big change in the executive ranks: Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder, is leaving his role as chairman of the board and is taking a new role as “Founder and Technology Advisor”. Microsoft terms the change as a “step up” from his previous job, in that it will see Gates once again taking a more active role in the company.

Microsoft notes that Gates “will devote more time to the company, supporting Nadella in shaping technology and product direction.”  and he will remain a part of the board of directors.

As part of the new leadership succession there have been reports as recently  that Gates would take a more active product role in the company, including spending at least one day at week at Microsoft, but spending less time involved with administrative work.

For the last several years, Gates has put a lot of time, effort and money into philanthropic ventures with his wife Melinda and related investments. He has also built up a portfolio of investments focusing on areas like sustainable energy and medical technology.


Friday, February 7, 2014

Top 10 Highest Prices Paid for Domain Names

Domain Names

 1.  Price : $35 million  Transaction Year: 2007
Vacation rentals is the renting out of a furnished apartment or house on a temporary basis to tourists as an alternative to a hotel. The term vacation rental is mainly used in the US. Wikipedia

2. Price: 30.18 million  Transaction Year: 2012
Atlanta based Nations Luxury Transportation, LLC acquired the domain name, from privately held Don't Look, a leading intellectual property holding company, for $30.18 million in cash and stock.

Nations Luxury Transportation is an aggregator of business models that service the luxury consumer. By rolling private jet charter, limousine and catering services into one unit, the group has managed to do what few others have done in the industry and that is to create a truly seamless end-to-end experience for the consumer. At a lower entry point to other jet card programs, the Nations Luxury Transportation group’s “Carbon Fiber is the New Black” concept, (an actual carbon fiber all access card to nationwide jet charter flights at cost) has completely eliminated broker fees and other superfluous surcharges for members.

 3.  Price : $16 million Transaction Year: 2009 provides a comprehensive array of information on life, health, auto, and home insurance. They offer a vast library of originally authored insurance articles and decision-making tools that are not available from any other single source. has been independently verified as the “No. 1 most-cited independent consumer insurance website” by News Group International, which examined media citations of vs. competitors. Media citations include news websites, TV and radio.

4. Price: $14 million Transaction Year: October 2010 allows you to gather, organize and share all the free porn you find on the web! People create pinboards to bookmark all their favorite porn videos & pictures. You can pin porn from anywhere on the web and add it to one of your pinboards. You also get to browse pinboards created by other users! Pinboard surfing is a great way to discover new pictures, videos, porn sites and pornstars from people who share your taste. (18SX)

5.  Price: £9.99 million Transaction Year: 2008 Inc. (OTC Pink: FNDM) is a publicly traded Internet company operating in the financial services, product development, licensing and publishing sectors, based in New York City, New York. The company serves the needs of financial institutions, investors and the general consumer seeking information regarding investment fund options, including hedge funds, mutual funds, exchange-traded fund (ETFs), index funds, etc. considers itself the sole company comprehensively focusing on the fund market for all potential investors.

In March 2008, Clek Media announced that it had brokered the sale of the domain name “” for nearly $10,000,000 in an all-cash transaction, to the company Inc. Inc never put out a press release on the transaction. Currently the website is labeled as "Under construction" and register under

6.  Price: $9.5 million Transaction Year: 2007 is free mega site.  This website is not available in Malaysia as it violates the National law. ( 18SX )

7. Price: $8.5 million Transaction Year: 2010
Facebook acquired the domain from the American Farm Bureau Federation, which uses as its primary domain.

The last high-profile domain purchase by Facebook was for, all the way back when it was known as TheFacebook. The company paid $200,000 in August 2005 to acquire the domain, 42.5 times less than what Facebook spent to acquire While the purchase was expensive for the company back then, it’s an investment that has clearly paid off. Clearly the company’s hoping that will fall in the same camp.

8. Price: $7.5 million Transaction Year: 1999 is a business advertising network which offers various performance marketing products, including pay per lead and pay per click services, directory listings, and display advertising.

The domain name was purchased from Marc Ostrofsky by Winebaum's eCompanies Ventures for a then record $7.5 million. This represented a tidy profit over the $150,000 price tag of the domain in 1997, also a record in its own time. Wikipedia

9. Price: $7.5 million Transaction Year: 2006
Online diamond and jewelry retailer bought the domain from Odimo Inc. and both parties agreed that the $7.5 million was for the domain name and associated intellectual property only. paid another $2 million for Odimo's jewelry inventory.

10. Price: $7 million Transaction Year:2004
Interbrew acquired the domain from Andrew Miller and Michael "Zappy" Zapolin the year after they had acquired it for $80.000. Timing is everything. There are some conflicting reports saying that they got the $7 million in stock, which was later claimed to be only $2 million. Currently, the domain domain is featuring for resale on

Other Highest Prices Paid for Domain Names

  • 2003 $5.5 million
  • 2010 for $5.5 million
  • Toys 'R' Us by auction for $5.1 million in 2009
  • 2000 for $5.1 million
  • by Apple for $4.5 million in April 2011
  • by CardLab for $4 million in October 2012
  • by for $3.8 million in November 2008
  • for $3.3 million in August 1998
  • for $3.0 million in June 2009
  • by Bank of America for $3.0 million in February 2000
  • by Fusion Media Limited for $2.45 million in December 2012


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Year of the Green Wooden Horse and Quotes

2014 chinese year of horse

2014 is the Chinese Year of the Green Wooden Horse. In Chinese Five Element theory, Horse is in the Fire group. Horse month is in the middle of summer. Horse is the strongest Fire animal in 12 zodiacs.
Chinese like Horses for many reasons. Horse can give people a ride to their destination and also a sign of speedy success.

Horses like to compete with others. They pursuit for their freedom, passion and leadership. Therefore, people will have busy schedule for their goal in the year of Horse. In Chinese Five Element Horoscope, Horse is connected to fire, red and heat. Horse is treated as a Romantic Star in Chinese Horoscope.
Horse is intelligent animal. Human can make Horse famous. Without human's guide, Horse just a wild animal.

Quotes About Horses

“Employers are like horses — they require management.”― P.G. Wodehouse, Carry on, Jeeves

“You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him participate in synchronized diving.”― Cuthbert Soup, Another Whole Nother Story

"Donkey's lips do not fit in with a horse's mouth." - Chinese Proverb

"Long roads test the horse, long dealings the friend." - Chinese Proverb

"Be on a horse when you go in search of a better one." - Chinese Proverb

"You cannot train a horse with shouts and expect it to obey a whisper." - Dagobert D. Runes

"Every time you ride, your either teaching or un-teaching your horse." - Gordon Wrigh

"One reason why birds and horses are happy is because they are not trying to impress other birds and horses." - Dale Carnegie, How To Win Friends and Influence People

"Life is like a wild horse. You ride it or it rides you." - Unknown

Saturday, January 25, 2014

503,000 oz of gold deposit in Kelantan - owned by Singaporeans !

CNMC Goldmine Holdings Ltd, which public listed company in Singapore, currently has a gold mine in Kelantan, Malaysia as well as an ore processing facility. Its mining rights to the area, which covers 10 square kilometres, expire on April 7, 2018. The company expects to produce 6,000 ounces of gold this year, with output rising to 31,500 ounces next year and 58,100 ounces by 2014.
Chris Lim, CNMC's CEO, said the firm's cost of production is estimated at $450-$550 per ounce, way below the current market price of spot gold which is around $1,650 an ounce.

The Minerals and Geoscience Department of Kelantan has approved the development of CNMC Goldmine Holdings’ heap leach gold recovery scheme at its flagship Sokor Gold Project in northern Malaysia. 1The green light means CNMC can begin an immediate trial run of its heap leach production operations using a stockpile of about 90,000 tonnes of gold-bearing ore. The heap leach scheme is the largest of CNMC’s three gold recovery sites at Sokor, with a monthly throughout capacity of 100,000 tonnes.


The company’s chief executive officer Chris Lim says, “This approval and the inauguration of our first mass gold recovery operation at Sokor marks another significant milestone in CNMC’s development. We have already identified the ore body from which gold will be recovered for this heap leach operation and look towards ramping up our gold production.”

The Sokor gold field project’s first gold pour was achieved in July 2010. The 10sqkm site hosts four identified gold deposits - Manson’s lode vein, New Discovery vein, Sg Ketubong target and Rixen target.

Sokor has a JORC compliant resource of 8.59 million tonnes @ 1.7 grams/tonne gold for 503,000 contained ounces of gold. It is considered to be the next most prospective but undeveloped hard rock gold mining area in Malaysia. Once developed, CNMC says it will be one of the country’s largest gold mines. 2012 has been a year of milestones for the company, with its maiden profit of US$480,000 reported in quarter 2 and gold production during the same quarter increasing by 65.3% to 1,314 ounces.