31 March 2011

10 Tips to Help You and Your Family in a Quake

Experts say that there are steps everyone should take to be prepared and stay safe during and after a quake. Here are ten tips to keep in mind:

1. Have an Emergency Kit You may be on your own after a quake, as emergency services like police and firefighters may be unable to help. The USGS recommends a fire extinguisher, backup medications, a first-aid kit, crescent and pipe wrenches to turn off gas and water lines, flashlights and a portable radio, among other supplies. Be sure to have enough water for each family member for two weeks, at least 1 gallon per person per day.

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30 March 2011

How to Convert Website Visitors Into Twitter Followers

Where the standard Tweet button gives you little control over the button’s appearance, functionality or call-to-action (you can Tweet, Tweet or Tweet) you have virtually unlimited options when encouraging users to follow you on Twitter.

This is because the following action takes place on Twitter itself, rather than on your website:  you’re essentially encouraging a user to click on a link. As such, there’s more optimization and testing opportunities.

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The Protection of Children on Reality TV shows by UNICEF

This statement is in response to the many enquiries we have received in relation to the six year old boy who was subjected to ridicule and humiliation on the primetime show ‘Willing Willie’ on TV5.

UNICEF fully supports the actions taken by the DSWD and Commission on Human Rights and other concerned groups to ensure the child’s right to protection from exploitation and abuse and to counsel the family involved in this incident.

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Six Important Trends for the Connected World We Live In

Today at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco, Wired co-founder Kevin Kelly gave the first keynote of the day. His topic? The six trends he believes are most important for the connected world we live in going forward. Specifically, he broke these down into six verbs.

In general these are the long term trends as we look forward over the next twenty years,” Kelly says. So what are they?

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iPhone 5 New Features: An Aluminum Hull and a New Antenna

Difficult to talk about the iPhone 4 without addressing the problems of antenna that have been large enough to create a name dedicated to the phenomenon: the antennagate, referring of course to the Watergate scandal. That is why the recent rumors concerning the iPhone will find a favorable 5 in the media and the public.

Noise corridor conveys a simple idea: the same way that Apple uses aluminum for the back of the iPad, iPhone 5 design would evolve towards a similar solution. It looks so good-bye to the rear window area, to return to a more conventional hull, but in full metal.

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29 March 2011

World's Largest Photo Ever Taken Indoor

The photo above is a phenomenal 360-degrees photo or it’s 2,947 pictures stitched together. It is to the photographer’s knowledge, the largest photo ever taken indoor with 280,000 x 140,000 pixels of awesomesauce.

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Tate Modern Reveals the Most Expensive Painting by Picasso

The world's most expensive painting has gone on view at Tate Modern – but the incredible price tag destroys any lasting sense of its worth.

When Picasso's Nude, Green Leaves and Bust sold for £66m at Christie's in New York in 2010, it set a record as the most expensive auction sale of a painting ever. Less than a year later, Tate Modern has The Most Expensive Painting on view, thanks to the anonymous owner and widespread press coverage of the loan. So now we can go along to Bankside and ask a somewhat crude question: is it worth the money?

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Facebook is Now More Popular than Google

Facebook surpassed Google for the first time as the most visited website in the United States for most of 2010.

The stats say that Facebook.com accounted for 8.93 per cent of all US internet traffic and for the first time picked up top spot ahead of the Big G which managed a total of 7.19 per cent for Google.com.




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Study Finds the Social Pain of a Breakup is Like a Physical Pain

As anyone who's experienced a broken heart, and as countless songs, stories and movies confirm, love can hurt. That pain, according to a new study, is physical as well as emotional.

Researchers led by Ethan Kross, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Michigan, found that the experience of social rejection, such as a romantic breakup, activates the same parts of the brain involved in sensing physical pain.

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28 March 2011

Lady Gaga Donates $750K To Zynga’s Japan Earthquake Relief Campaign

On Friday, social gaming giant Zynga joined tsunami relief efforts by enabling in-game donations through virtual goods in Zynga games like FrontierVille, FarmVille and CityVille. Today, the company announced that — in just 36 hours — Zynga gamers donated more than $1 million to relief efforts.

Zynga partnered with the Save the Children to raise money for its Japan Earthquake Tsunami Children Emergency Fund.

Zynga representatives said that the campaign was created in under 24 hours and is the largest charitable campaign in company history. It is also the first CityVille Zynga.org campaign.

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Students Build Fruit Ninja Simulator

Since our rise from the primordial ooze, mankind has wanted one thing and one thing only: the ability to play Fruit Ninja inside of a little white room while using our hands as swords. That goal, friends, has been met and surpassed. I present to you Fruit Ninja in the CAVE, a version of Fruit Ninja played entirely in virtual reality.

The system uses 3D motion tracking along with a 5.1 sound system and “buttkickers in the floor” along with haptic feedback using a Wiimote. Students Thiemo, Alex, Matze and Moritz made the project in FH-Wedel’s Cave Automatic Virtual Environment (CAVE).


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How to Avoid and Prevent Facebook Spam

Just Like death and taxes, spam is one of life’s inevitabilities. From junk emails to fake pharmaceutical advertisements to bogus comments on websites like this one, spam is a very real (if aggravating) part of online life.

As Facebook emerges as the communications platform of choice for a growing number of individuals and brands, the spam problem — both from other users and from applications — becomes a more pressing concern.

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27 March 2011

K+12 to Integrate Best Features of Basic Education

The Department of Education continues to pursue its key basic education programs even as the groundwork for the eventual roll out of the enhanced curriculum under the K+12 program is underway.
Education Secretary Armin A. Luistro said all the current programs being implemented by the department are now carefully studied for integration in the K+12 curriculum being drafted by experts from DepEd, CHED, TESDA and educators from public and private schools.

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The World's Best Designed Newspaper

It’s an obvious fact that as paper formats become more and more obsolete, design becomes more and more important if they intend to stay relevant, or even afloat. While paper newspapers have been largely given up on by the kindle-carrying masses and the media that caters to them, great design still brings readers to the physical format. According to the Society of News Design’s 32nd annual Best of Newspaper Design Creative Competition, the best designed newspaper in the whole world is i, short for informação, a small-format, brightly colored Portugese daily that launched in 2009. Well, we’re certainly impressed. The paper looks more like a monthly magazine, so we can only imagine how hard the designers must be working within their crazy turnaround times. Click through to see a few sample pages from i, and to see what the judges said about it. Let us know if you think it deserves the world title in the comments!
The judges say: “The cover featuring the Jose Saramago illustration “is amazing…I just want to eat it. Every page offers up things that you want to devour.””

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Speech of President Aquino for the Graduates of ADMU

Talumpati
ni
Benigno S. Aquino III

Pangulo ng Pilipinas
Sa kanyang pagdalo sa Misa para sa mga magtatapos sa mga Paaralang Loyola, Pamantasang Ateneo de Manila

[Inihayag sa High School Covered Courts ng Ateneo de Manila noong ika-25 ng Marso 2011]

Maraming salamat po. Maupo ho tayong lahat. Maraming salamat po.

Okay na rin ho, noong kapanahunan kong magtatapos sa kolehiyo … noong panahon hong iyon hindi malaya ang karapatang bumiyahe. Binigyan ako ng tinatawag na exit visa. Kaya five days to go before graduation, I had to leave. I never experienced my graduation in a college. Nakabawi na ho ako itong araw na ito.


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Twitter Statistics for 2010

Some highlights of comparison of Twitter usage between 2009 and 2010 include:
*  Users with 100+ friends have increased by three-fold to 21% since 2009.
95.8% - have less than 500 friends
2.05% have more than 1,000  friends
0.05% have more than 10,000  friends
* 95.84% have  less than 500 followers
* 2.14%   have >500 & <1000 followers
*  22.5% of users accounted for about 90% of all activity.

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10 Reasons Elizabeth Taylor Rocked

Back in 1990, Elizabeth Taylor came close to dying from pneumonia. Twenty-one years and many health scares later, it feels so surreal that the iconic actress is actually gone.

For many of us, it's affecting news and not just because she was in too many amazing movies to count—but because she was so amazing herself. Below, 10 reasons we think Elizabeth Taylor was awesome.

1. Elizabeth followed her heart, even when it would bring harsh criticism. Over the years, she was married eight times to seven different men. Some ended in tragedy—like Michael Todd, who was killed in a plane crash—while some ended in scandal—like when she left Eddie Fisher (who had left his wife for her) for Richard Burton. 

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18 March 2011

Man Has Unsafe Sex Just Before Donating Kidney, Gives HIV to the Recipient

Organ donors should be screened for HIV within a week of the operation, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended Thursday. The call came after the first documented U.S. case of HIV spread by a living donor -- a man who tested negative 10 weeks before a sick patient got his kidney.

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History of Computer Viruses

Computer viruses have been around for a long, long time — pretty much as long as personal computing and mainstream software development — and they’ve been making international news since the Internet graduated from a researcher’s toy to a tool for consumers.

If you’ve ever wondered what the first viruses were like and just how bad or dangerous they were, this infographic should be an interesting read for you. And the Space Invaders graphics will be easy on your nerdy eyes, too.

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17 March 2011

Google Offers Advanced Chat for Collaborative Doc Editing

Google unveiled a new shared commenting system in its online word processing service Google Docs on Wednesday, best described as Google Wave for mere mortals.

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Know When To Upgrade Your Computer

You're sitting at a coffee shop, reading the latest Percy Jackson on your Kindle, when you notice someone sitting at a table with the newest MacBook Air. Suddenly, your old laptop seems as clunky as Fred Flintstone's car. But is a new computer something you need, or just want...very, very badly? Here are a few questions to help you figure that out.

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15 March 2011

How Much Radiaton is Dangerous?

Japan asked local governments to make more frequent radiation checks after explosions at two nuclear reactors, with reports of radiation levels nine times normal briefly detected in Kanagawa near Tokyo.

Below are some facts about the health dangers posed by higher radiation levels.
  • Chief cabinet minister Yukio Edano said radiation levels near the stricken plant on the northeast coast reached as high as 400 millisieverts (mSv) an hour, thousands of times higher than readings before the blast.

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    Internet Explorer 9

    After months of beta testing, Microsoft has finally released the final version of Internet Explorer 9 to the masses.

    Microsoft debuted the new browser at a launch event at South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas. Dean Hachamovitch, the corporate vice president of Internet Explorer, told the story of how Microsoft built IE9 from scratch.

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    10 March 2011

    The Samsung Stealth Revealed

    An anonymous tipster leaked photographs and specs of Samsung’s previously unnamed 4G LTE phone, now reportedly known as the Samsung Stealth.

    According to TechnoBuffalo, the Stealth will include a 4.3-inch, 480 x 800 Super AMOLED Plus display, an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and autofocus, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, and an upgradeable Android 2.2 OS running on a 1GHz Hummingbird processor.

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    2011 List of Billionaires

    The 2011 Billionaires List breaks two records: total number of listees (1,210) and combined wealth ($4.5 trillion). This horde surpasses the gross domestic product of Germany, one of only six nations to have fewer billionaires this year. BRICs led the way: Brazil, Russia, India and China produced 108 of the 214 new names. These four nations are home to one in four members, up from one in ten five years ago. Before this year only the U.S. had ever produced more than 100 billionaires. China now has 115 and Russia 101.

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    09 March 2011

    Japan Names a New Foreign Minister

    Japan has named a new Foreign Minister, Takeaki Matsumoto, at a challenging time for ties with China and Russia.

    The 51-year old former banker has been the vice foreign minister in Prime Minister Naoto Kan's government, which is struggling to survive.

    The country's new leading diplomat comes from an illustrious family - he is a great great grandson of Japan's first prime minister.

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    New Chrome Browser Ready for the World

    Google on Tuesday released a finished version of its speedy new Chrome Web browsing software for desktop or laptop computers.

    The latest version of Chrome promised quick and responsive handling of software running in the Web browser.

    "We realize that speed isn't just about pure brawn in the browser," Google engineer Tim Steele said in a blog post announcing the latest Chrome release.

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    Seven Steps to More Compelling Presentations

    Ensure your that audience is engaged and understands the ideas you are putting forward.

    An engaging seminar presentation can be a powerful tool for building relationships with clients and prospects.

    A successful presentation needs more than just great information, says Lisa Braithwaite, a public-speaking coach in Santa Barbara, Calif. “People want to relate to you,” she says. “They want to be able to trust you and they want to be able to have a relationship with you.”

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    07 March 2011

    Habitat and Globe Telecom to Build Homes for Teachers

    Non-profit housing organization Habitat for Humanity Philippines and Globe Telecom are again teaming up to build new homes for some of the country’s unsung heroes.

    Recently chosen by Globe Telecom as one of the four beneficiaries of its widely anticipated charity fun run, the Globe Run for Home 2011, on March 27, Habitat for Humanity announced that funds raised from the event will be used to provide decent shelters for public school teachers.

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    03 March 2011

    How to Remove Spyware without Any Cost

    One very irritating characteristic of spyware is its ability to remain or come back in spite of your efforts to eradicate or remove it. Those pop-ups, viruses, and ads can really make or break a user’s day. Mark Neal, a computer expert, has these helpful points and insights to vanish spyware and viruses in our PCs. How do you do it?

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    The Art of Crimping: How to Effectively Make a Cable Network


    The Art of Crimping 300x200 The Art of Crimping
    The Cat-5 cable is normally referred to as network cable. This type of wire is commonly used if you’re trying to make an Ethernet network. It is mainly consist of 8 little wires insulated with an outer shell. It follows the “twisted pair” concept, which means the cable is composed of twisted wires. The twisting basically protects the cable from magnetic interference.

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