Thursday, 28 February 2013

Chinese Drivers are the Master of Handling Ridiculously Overloaded Vehicles

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A collection of snaps, mostly taken on the highways of China, reveal drivers who load up their vehicles far beyond their limits as they go about their daily business. These pictures show ridiculously heavy trucks, bikes and tractors with goods piled up to 20 feet above their heads, leaning at unusual angles under the load. We can believe the Chinese are masters of making a ridiculous amount of luggage fit on an impossibly small vehicle. It is amazing how these drivers are able to balance the bulk of waste and other items from one destination to another. More pictures after the break.

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mophie juice pack helium for iPhone 5 review

The mophie juice pack helium is an all new, all lighter and thinner battery charging case for the lighter and thinner iPhone 5. It features a 1500mAh, barely more than the iPhone 5's built-in 1440mAh battery, and when translated into external battery pack terms, that packs roughly an 80% refill charge.

The design of the mophie juice pack helium is similar to previous generation juice packs, though longer and even more svelte. Like Apple, mophie has made a conscious choice to emphasize extreme thinness and lightness over everything else. (mophie does, however, make a juice pack air that provides more battery.)

As you'd expect, cut-outs leave all buttons accessible, though ports are a different story. Since Apple relocated the 3.5mm headphone jack to the bottom, and that's where mophie packs much of its battery extension, they've had to figure out a work around. That comes in the form of a small extender that feels through a long hole in the juice pack and plugs into the 3.5mm port on the iPhone 5. You then plug your headphones into the extender.

Likewise, the Lightning port is covered, as 30-pin Dock connector was in prior mophie juice packs, and you have no access to it. Instead, also as before, you have a micro-USB port that charges the mophie and the iPhone 5 both. personally, I'd still prefer a Lightning port pass through. It's far more flexible than USB, and any iPhone owner will already have cables for it.

As it stands the USB port can't be used for more more than charging. None of the Lightning adapters work with it, obviously, so you have to take the mophie off to use, for example, the HDMI adapter. Also, you can't sync over USB to iTunes with the mophie on. You have to use Wi-Fi sync to connect to iTunes.

I don't sync with iTunes, wired or wireless, anymore (I have iCloud, I'm fine), and Wi-Fi sync works great, but for those who like to move large files around old school style, that'll be an annoyance.

The exterior of the mophie juice pack helium is covered in a soft-touch finish that feels even softer to the touch than previous models. Velvety even. It comes in two colors, the dark gray, which is available now, and the light gray, which ships next month.

The bottom section comes off like a cap, like with later versions of the juice packs for the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, and the top slides off.

There's the usual button on the back that will illuminate one of four lights to show you the current remaining charge level. In my nearly constant use over the last week and half, the indicator was accurate and the recharge consistently brought my iPhone back from the brink roughly 80%.

The good

  • Light, slim design
  • Recharges iPhone 5 80%

The bad

  • USB rather than Lightning prevents anything but charging

The bottom line

The mophie juice pack air is an interesting compromise, much like the iPhone 5 itself. While lighter and thinner than any juice pack before it, because the iPhone 5 is so much lighter than any iPhone, the net different is still appreciable -- an iPhone 5 in a juice pack helium feels solid.

If traveling light but staying charged is your number one priority, the mophie juice pack helium is just about perfect. If you're willing to sacrifice weight for more charging power, check out the juice pack air instead.



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Asus Latest PadFone Infinity Delivers on Specs with a Premium Pricing (Video)

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Asus has officially announced PadFone Infinity, an LTE smartphone with a 5-inch Full HD display, that becomes a 10.1-inch tablet when docked to its companion PadFone Infinity Station, at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2013. This is the third-generation of the PadFone series. The previous PadFone 2 was launched last year October. The latest iteration of the smartphone-tablet hybrid consists of improved specifications especially in terms of design and hardware in comparison to the PadFone 2. The PadFone Infinity runs Android 4.2 and is powered by a 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor, and an Adreno 320 GPU. It is loaded 2GB of RAM and offers 32GB/64GB of internal storage. The new PadFone also supports NFC connectivity...

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Chinese Fans Doesn’t Want Beckham To Become The Ambassador Of China’s Football League

The Chinese official has confirmed England's superstar "Little Becks (the nickname of David Beckham in China)" is invited by the China's Football Super League (CSL) to be the its international ambassador to promote Chinese football to the global market. Chinese media have called the announcement a significant achievement in the league's efforts to boost its international profile. However, Chinese fans address it is a tough task to rebuild CSL's shattered image even for a world-class soccer player like David Beckham ...

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Google Chrome and Chromium add protection against malicious downloads

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Google Chrome already sports a number of security-minded features, from Incognito mode to a software sandbox which makes exploiting the browser a Herculean task. Now, Google has announced additional protection for Chromium and Chrome users.

Built upon the Safe Browsing API, the new feature introduces protection against malicious downloads. If a download link appears in the Safe Browsing blacklist, Chrome and Chromium will warn users against downloading -- a save button is still presented, of course, in case you're convinced a file is perfectly safe to download.

We'd like to see something a bit more eye-catching than the red warning icon -- like perhaps painting the entire bar red. Many of the people a feature like this aims to protect probably won't notice the icon or change in wording as they'll be focused on clicking the save button.

Google is initially making download protection available to Chrome dev channel users, and you'll likely see it in Canary and Chromium snapshot builds as well. After thorough testing, beta and stable users will be next in line.

Google Chrome and Chromium add protection against malicious downloads originally appeared on Download Squad on Tue, 05 Apr 2011 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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China pledges to grow broadband coverage to 70% of households

China pledges to grow broadband coverage to 70% of households

Mobile internet access? Yeah, that's pretty popular in China, but according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, household access is on the rise, too. The country says it will be expanding FTTH connections by 35 million households in 2013, putting 4M broadband connections (or faster) in over 70 percent of Chinese households. The announcement is part of China's 2013 broadband initiative, which aims to expand connectivity across the nation, including rural areas and schools. By the end of the year, China can expect to have 180,000 new 3G base stations and 1.3 million new WiFi hotspots. Check out the MIIT's full (and machine translated) announcement at the adjacent source link.

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Chinese Drivers are the Master of Handling Ridiculously Overloaded Vehicles

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A collection of snaps, mostly taken on the highways of China, reveal drivers who load up their vehicles far beyond their limits as they go about their daily business. These pictures show ridiculously heavy trucks, bikes and tractors with goods piled up to 20 feet above their heads, leaning at unusual angles under the load. We can believe the Chinese are masters of making a ridiculous amount of luggage fit on an impossibly small vehicle. It is amazing how these drivers are able to balance the bulk of waste and other items from one destination to another. More pictures after the break.

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How to enable or disable FaceTime over cellular on iPhone and iPad

How to enable or disable FaceTime over cellular on iPhone and iPad

FaceTime is a great tool for video chatting but can also use a lot of data. If you've got a limited data plan, you can quickly blow through it if you're using FaceTime too much over the cellular network. If you're worried about receiving calls and eating through your data plan faster than you'd like, you can disable FaceTime over cellular so you'll only receive FaceTime calls when connected to WiFi.

Here's how.

  1. Launch the Settings app from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on FaceTime.
  3. Scroll all the way to the bottom and you'll see an option for Use Cellular Data. Tap the slider to turn it to Off.

That's it. You now won't receive FaceTime calls if you aren't on a WiFi network. You can enable this feature again at any time but just turning the option to On again.



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Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 LTE ships to US Cellular

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Americans wanting a Galaxy Note 10.1 LTE of their own have largely been biding their time for a Verizon model. They're still waiting for that variant to show, but US Cellular isn't -- it just started shipping its own variant of the 4G tablet. From all indications, the slate is largely a branding swap that's adapted to the carrier's network, which is good news for prospective buyers who aren't dead set on Big Red. Pricing might give at least some customers pause, however. US Cellular's Note 10.1 LTE costs $500 only when it's paired with at least a 2GB data plan, and $800 no strings attached. With that kind of outlay, you'll want to be fully committed to the concept of pen-based computing before picking one up.

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The First Official Firefox OS Phone Made by ZTE

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Firefox OS is a new smart phone platform for budget phones clearly designed for developing markets. The new ZTE Open is one of the first Firefox phones made by Chinese manufacturer. The new little 3G handset will be powered by the Qualcomm MSM7225A processor (properly less than 1 GHz) alongside 256MB RAM and just 512MB internal storage. It sports a 3.5-inch HVGA TFT display with capacitive touchscreen and connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and Micro-USB. The phone will also come with FM radio and a 3.2-megapixel rear camera and an accelerometer as well as an ambient light sensor. It will carry a 1,200mAh battery. We're not too sure whether it comes with a microSD card slot, but is almost certainly there given the paltry storage on the phone ...

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VMware adds Mozy to its cloud and virtualization empire

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Mozy is one of the most popular cloud backup services around, with more than one million users storing around 70 petabytes of data. Its popularity apparently put it on the acquisition radar of VMware -- which has now made Mozy part of its virtualization empire.

VMware's official blog post makes it clear that the company wasn't so much interested in Mozy as a consumer offering. Rather, it's the inner workings of Mozy which piqued VMware's curiosity. CTO Steve Herrod says, "Over the past 5 years, Mozy has built one of the best examples of a globally distributed, large-scale cloud offering." He adds that the move will allow VMware to "further ramp our own cloud-related learning and accelerate new IP, scale, and capabilities" of its existing offerings.

Existing Mozy customers don't need to worry, of course. VMware has pledged to continue running Mozy's service without interruption.

VMware adds Mozy to its cloud and virtualization empire originally appeared on Download Squad on Tue, 05 Apr 2011 11:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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HTML5 MP3 player lets you listen to your music library inside your browser

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While this slick little HTML5 audio player might not pack all of the features of your favorite desktop media application, it's still a very cool demonstration of what a Web app can do with access to local resources -- like MP3 and OGG files.

Just fire up http://antimatter15.github.com/player/player.html in your HTML5-compatible browser and browse to the topmost folder in your music library. The app will quickly build an index of all your tunes and let you start listening right inside your Web browser. Click on the filter library text, and you can enter a search string -- results load as you type.

There's a volume control, shuffle mode, play/pause control, and you can click and drag to skip forward or rewind during playback. As OMG! Ubuntu points out, you can even save the app to your hard drive and run it offline, which is pretty darn cool.

Not all browsers are equal when it comes to HTML5 implementation, of course. We found that Chrome worked the best, and Firefox was OK. It's also worth noting that this music player comes from the same developer that created one of our favorite restartless Firefox 4 add-ons, drag2up.

HTML5 MP3 player lets you listen to your music library inside your browser originally appeared on Download Squad on Wed, 30 Mar 2011 11:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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