Facebook introduces Timeline

Facebook has just announced a new version of its profile called the Timeline at the f8 developer conference. The new layout is meant to be a central location for your stories, apps, and for you to express who you are. Mark Zuckerberg explained it as a way to “share the story of your life on a single page.”

“This is the heart of the Facebook experience, completely rethought from the ground up. We’re calling it ‘Timeline,” said Zuckerberg, “Timeline is the story of your life: all your stories, all your apps and a new way to express who you are.”

“For the first time ever in a single day we had 500M people use Facebook” Zuck starts the keynote strong, the apps are defined by apps and depth of engagement now possible,”

The timeline is a realtime stream that shows you all of the events, images and posts that are important to you, while hiding the items that it feels are not important. A sort of ‘automatic autobiography’.

The Timeline will allow you to post about “stories,” rather than relying completely on chronology for shared content.

Dell XPS 15z:New Slimmest Laptop Launched By Dell

The new Dell XPS 15z is a 15.6-inch display laptop powered by the latest Intel 2nd Generation sandy bridge Processor and the latest NVIDIA graphics. It has the combination of metallic black/Silver and black/white colors body. Dell claims that this masterpiece is slimmest laptop available with just 24.6 mm (0.97inch) thickness. The laptop is very powerful, yet it is very light weight, weighing just 2.51 kg.

It is framed with an Anodized aluminum case with backlit chiclet keyboard and has a smoothed curved, very comfortable palm rest. The Dell XPS 15 Z has laser etched pattern for its speakers which visually interconnects the speakers and specially designed vents to provide a superior surround sound.


For the inner keyboard surround and bezel, Dell has used gunmetal grey magnesium. It’s a slightly softer and warmer metal than aluminium, which makes typing more pleasant. The two materials are separated by chrome trim which runs around the edge.


The laptop is optimized for long battery life with NVIDIA Optimus graphics technology. Its 1080 pixels and wide screen make it incomparable for gaming and watching movies. One special feature the laptop provides is its Wireless Display Technology which enables it to directly connect to TV and watch videos without any receiver.

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Tizen:The New Linux-Based Mobile OS

The Linux Foundation will host the Tizen project, and Intel and Samsung will lead the development. It will be the successor to previous collaborations such as Maemo, Moblin and MeeGo. The new Tizen OS will be a combination of MeeGo and LiMo and it could emerge as serious competition to Android.

The Tizen application programming interfaces are based on HTML5 and will support smartphones, tablet computers, interactive TVs and in-vehicle infotainment. These APIs will cover various platform capabilities, such as messaging, multimedia, camera, network, and social media. For those who use native code in their applications, the Tizen SDK will include a native development kit.

Intel will support Tizen with its Intel AppUp developer program and a developer framework based on HTML5 and WAC standards.Samsung adds Tizen to its lengthy list of supported mobile operating systems which includes Android, Windows Phone, and its own bada OS- a custom-built mobile OS which the company will make open source in 2012.

The Tizen project, which will be hosted by the Linux Foundation, is aiming to have the initial release of the new OS available in the first quarter of 2012 and the first phones using the new OS could make an appearance in mid-2012.

Flux Slider Is Now Available As A WordPress Plugin

The popular Flux Slider is now available as a WordPress plugin. Flux Slider lets users create impressive 2D & 3D image slideshows. The tool itself is an HTML5/CSS3 based JavaScript library that is open source and can be used by anyone.For non-technical wordpress users there’s a commercial plugin which, along with the slider, offers an optimised, user-friendly interface that makes it really easy to create and configure slideshows on a blog.


The WordPress plugin provides an intuitive UI for creating and publishing sliders from the familiar WordPress admin panel.Currently, there are 10+ transitions including Bars-Bars3D, Blinds-Blinds3D, Cube, Zip and more are available. It can display a pagination and prev-next controls for browsing through the items.Also, there are functions provided for auto-playing the slides and displaying captions with each.


The slider can be controlled with custom events with its API as well.The plugin, however, is not free  and the cost will vary depending on how many sites you need to deploy it to, starting at $15 for a single website.

Features of Flux Slider WordPress plugin:-

1. 15 Stunning CSS3 transitions
2. Easy to use admin interface
3. Upload new images or use featured images from existing blog posts
4. Transition Preview Panel
5. Automatic image resizing and cropping
6. Ability to customise a sliders height and width
7. Pagination controls
8. Next/previous buttons
9. Autoplay control

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Iridium AxcessPoint Turns Your Satellite Phone into a Mobile Hotspot

If you are a  traveler. Have you discovered that you sorely miss being connected to the internet while wandering the desert or adrift at sea? Sure, you could buy a satellite modem, but after dropping a cool grand on a satellite phone .you’re probably not looking to break the bank just to check your e-mail. Iridium’s new AxcessPoint may be just what you’re looking for.

Iridium Communications has revealed today that they’re looking to try something new. Alongside news of a new handset dubbed the Iridium Extreme, Iridium has also unveiled their new AxcessPoint hotspot, which allows users to get online and get their email fix just about anywhere on the planet.

 

Due to the constraints of such a a wide-reaching network, data speeds top out at roughly 2.3 to 2.4 KB/s — slow enough to make the old 56k modem collecting dust in the closet look like a NASCAR engine. With the correct AxcessPoint software in place, though, Iridium claims that effective data speeds can creep as high as “up to 5x, and email transmission up to 15x.”

 

 

Sure, the $200 asking price for this deck-of-cards-sized device isn’t exactly chump change, but it’s far cheaper than other solutions. Simply plug it into a compatible Iridium phone and you’ve got an instant mobile hotspot. Yes, the speeds are going to be of the sub-dialup variety and you’ll have to fork over $1 for every minute of data used, but it’s a small price to pay for being able to check your latest Groupon offers while floating in the middle of the Sargasso Sea.

 

In addition making the AxcessPoint compatible with Android, iOS, and BlackBerry OS, Iridium also hopes that it can make its satellite technology easier to integrate into other products. While it’ll likely be some time before a “Powered by Iridium” logo appears on the back of your new phone.

 

Use a 5-Calendar Setup to Avoid Cluttered and Confusing Schedules

Francis Wade over at productivity blog  recommends separating them in terms of the type of time they demand from you.

What this means that instead of separating them by subject—which can be helpful, but creates a cluttered, imprecise calendar—you separate them by whether they’re busy time, deadlines, or free time. Wade recommends five different views:

  • An “activity” view, which is time spent mostly on reviewing your tasks, managing your calendars, and otherwise dealing with the administration of your calendars and to-do lists.

 

  • A “deadline” calendar, which are due dates rather than time spent elsewhere. This calendar is more like a to-do list, showing what you have coming up rather than where you need to be at a specific time.

 

  • A Default calendar, that shows all your repeating appointments or activities. This is what your schedule looks like on a day to day basis, from sleeping to eating to exercising.

 

  • A “hard appointments” calendar, which denotes appointments that require you to be somewhere at a specific time (but that aren’t regular). Dentist appointments, special meetings, and other one-off events that require your presence.

 

  • A “blank time” view, which is “free” time specifically plotted out for unexpected events, catching up on unfinished work, or otherwise planning for things that come up at the last minute.

Wade goes into much more detail , so I highly recommend you check out the article for the full details. It seems like a much more efficient way to calendar all your time in a way that informs without distracting, rather than throwing all your calendars on the same view at once.

 

Facebook Revenue Was $1.6B In First Half Of 2011, Net Income $500M

Facebook’s revenue soared to $1.6 billion in the first half of 2011, as the world’s largest social network continues to expand ahead of its widely anticipated IPO.

The social networking giant posted net income of $500 million in the first half of 2011, according to “a source with knowledge of its financials.”  Facebook has taken its user base to a whopping 750 million and has established itself as one of the biggest players in the display advertising world, TAKING one-third of all impressions served in the U.S. (more than Yahoo, Microsoft, Google, and AOL together).It’s your mid-year Facebook revenue update; When we last spoke DST and Goldman Sachs’ investment in Facebook has brought to light some interesting revenue numbers, namely that Facebook had a net income of $200 million in 2009, on a revenue of $777 million. While the Goldman documents did not give numbers for all of 2010, analysts and reports held that Facebook’s income for the year could have been as high as $2 billion, with a net income of $600 million.

The company founded by Mark Zuckerberg out of his dorm room in 2004 has grown into one of the internet’s most formidable firms.  While its finances aren’t publicly known, information has occasionally made its way out.

Earlier this year, Goldman Sachs prepared a private share offering of Facebook to its clients, distributing some of the social network’s financial information.  Those documents suggest Facebook earned $433 million on $1.2 billion in revenues during the first 9 months of 2010.  While quarterly figures weren’t released, assuming Facebook’s sales were equal in every quarter, the social network made 800 million in the first two quarters of 2010.

Goldman itself invested in Facebook, giving it an unofficial Wall Street-stamp of approval and a valuation of about $50 billion.  Shares in Facebook trade on secondary markets where the valuation has been pushed above $80 billion.  Markets expect Facebook to go public in the short-term, as its ever-rising number of shareholders puts pressure on regulators to ask management to release more financial information.  The SEC requires any company with more than 500 shareholders to disclose its finances.

If the recent report is true, Facebook is proving that it is increasingly better at monetizing the opportunities it has made for itself, as Zuckerberg prepares his company to dispute the Google’s claim to the Internet’s number one spot.

According to those people ever familiar with the matter, Facebook plans on IPOing in 2012.  Google, which currently has a market cap of $172.43 billion, reported $1.5 billion in revenue and $106 million in net income 2003, the year before its IPO.

Google Launches Blogger App for iOS

Google has today announced a Blogger app for iPhone and iPod touch devices. The app will allow you to write and publish right from your iOS devices and is available immediately for free. Though quite orange, the interface is clean and native-looking, and it allows publishing, drafting and editing of blog posts while on the go. This is the first time that it has been released on the iOS platform, although there has been an Android version available for some time.

The app allows you to publish from multiple Blogger accounts, post images from the gallery or the camera and label your blog posts. The app doesn’t offer a full-fledged blog post editor  but there is also support for tagging a post with a location. You can save your posts as drafts or publish them immediately and browse the list of drafts and posts in your archive. . Its features are comparable to the Android app, which went live in February.

 

Google has been rearranging things at Blogger in the wake of the Google Plus launch, and this release is a signal that fears that the popular blogging service would be phased out are unfounded. Instead, it looks like Google is going for better integration of Blogger as a sharing option. In April, Google launched a major overhaul of Blogger’s Web interface and features, so it would seem that the product is alive and well.

The app seems to stick to the Google ‘less is more’ aesthetic, with a two-tone orangesickle interface. You also can’t do much more than write and publish. No formatting, no image adjustment, not even a choice of fonts or even a button to add a link. It seems incredibly bare-bones at this point. There are a dozen other alternatives that offer more features on the App Store.

There have been other apps for iOS that allow publishing to Blogger, like BlogPress, but this is the first official one.

Canvas:New Website Launched By Founder Of 4Chan

4chan founder Christopher Poole  has launched the first public version of his new website, Canvas.”Canvas” is an online community where people can post, edit, re-mix, mash together, and share photos.Canvas is not meant to replace or succeed 4chan, it’s merely supposed to be a more mainstream photo site.


The community allows users to post content and engage with others, but instead of just posting to a board anonymously, users must first create anonymous accounts.Currently the site has limited its scope to images. Users are encouraged to upload photos, and add their own variations on other pics.


Unlike other photo-sharing sites, however, the pictures shared on Canvas tend to be photoshopped in bizarre, and conversation-starting ways.After an image is uploaded to the site, users may submit their own doctored versions of the same photo, or show their approval by attaching visual icons to the thread.This metadata allows the site to determine the most popular discussions, which it displays in list format.

The site employs a badge-like system of stickers, which can be applied to images as a way of casting a vote. Drag the “LOL” sticker onto an image you thought was funny.

Canvas in its current form represents just a kernel of our long-term vision for the site, and we couldn’t be more excited about what’s in store

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Evernote:-The Best Note Taking Application

If you want to keep your notes for school or work in a well organized way then “Evernote” is best option for you.Evernote is a suite of software and services designed for notetaking and archiving.A “note” can be a piece of formatted text, a full webpage, a photograph, a voice memo or a handwritten “ink” note.Notes can also have file attachments,it can be sorted into folders, then tagged, annotated, edited, given comments, searched and exported as part of a notebook.


Users with internet access and an Evernote account can also have their notes automatically synchronized with a master copy held on the Evernote server. This approach lets a user access and edit their data across multiple machines and operating system platforms, but still view, input and edit data when an internet connection is not available.


As well as the keyboard entry of typed notes, Evernote supports image capture from cameras on supported devices, and the recording of voice notes. In some situations, text that appears in captured images can be recognized using OCR and annotated. Evernote also supports touch and tablet screens with handwriting recognition.

Evernote also supports the ability to e-mail notes to the service, allowing for automated note entry via e-mail rules or filters.Where suitable hardware is available, Evernote can automatically add geolocation tags to notes.

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