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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

How to Follow Facebook Across Social Media

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Apple Updates iMac With New Intel Processors, Graphics

By Stan Schroeder2013-09-24 12:52:20 UTC

Apple has updated its entire iMac line of products with Intel's latest quad-core processors, new graphics, next-gen Wi-Fi and faster PCIe flash storage.

The 21.5-inch iMac now starts with a 2.7GHz, quad-core Intel Core i5 processor and new Iris Pro graphics. The 21.5-inch is also available with an i5 processor with up to 3.4GHz and Nvidia GeForce 700 series graphics.

See also: Apple iPhone 5S: A Great Phone Inches Toward Perfection

The 27-inch model comes with a 3.2GHz quad-core processor and Nvidia GeForce 700 graphics or a 3.4GHz CPU.

Users can also purchase the 3.5GHz processor and Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M series graphics with up to 4GB of video memory.

All iMacs now support the 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard and start with 8GB of memory and a 1TB hard drive. They can be upgraded to up to 32GB of memory and a hard drive with up to 3TB of storage.

The cheapest 21.5-inch iMac costs $1,299, while the model with a 2.9GHz processor and Nvidia GeForce GT 750M graphics will set you back $1,499.

The 27-inch iMac with a 3.2 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 CPU and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 755M graphics card goes for $1,799; the version with a 3.4 GHz CPU costs $1,999.

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

How to Get Traffic to your site for free - Tips To Get Traffic

This article will be teaching you various tips and tricks to get free traffic to your website. The number of visitors depends on the quality, originality and creativity you put into the content. You must always make the content on your website interesting for others to read. Think what others would like not what you would like if you really want to succeed as an online entrepreneur. 

Stumbleupon is and was undoubtedly one of the best social bookmarking platforms on the web and with an astonishing 25 million user network it is not surprising that stumbleupon still works regardless what the critics have to say. All it takes is a good read or an awesome snap. Get a few stumbles and see the visitors roll in. The more the number of stumbles, the more the number of visitors, that is how stumbleupon works. If your content really does go viral then you can expect your stat counter jump to a few million! 
So here is what you do: get some really juicy content that you think will entice visitors and you think may go viral as well. Make sure that its original and post it on your website. Then copy the url of the post and get some of your close friends ( I am hoping about 20-25) to like and stumble it using the Stumbleupon toolbar. The next step is to wait and pray. Happy stumbling!
9gag is one of those sites that is really in the boom nowadays. With millions of visitors you can hope to get some of action as well. 9gag is a platform for people to share posters and memes of extreme interest. If you have some pretty cool clicks that have a humorous or outrageous aspect to it then what are you waiting for ? Write your website address on the pic in small font and post it on 9gag. The great thing about 9gag is that people tend to share it a lot on twitter and facebook. So you can really hope for people to come looking for more great stuff to your website.
Remember content is KING ! How have been your experiences with the above? Don’t forget to tell us by commenting below.

Monday, March 25, 2013

How to Access Blocked Websites Easily Without Proxy And Download

Today , I Will Show You How to Access Blocked Websites Easily Without Using Any Type of Proxy or Anything . As All People May Know that YouTube is Banned In Pakistan But Many Pakistanis Wish to Open it But they have to do large task to open a website . In This Article We Will Show you easiest & Simples method to Access Blocked Websites Easily . 

Saturday, March 23, 2013

How to Download Youtube Video Without Using Any Software ?

As All We Know that youtube is one of the biggest video source . That Help Us to See Videos And Share
Our Videos With People Searching About it . Youtube is Very Popular . Now a Days Many People Wish to Download Youtube Videos But they Don't Know how to download it without using any software . They Always Need Such Softwares that Download Youtube Video e.g Internet Download Manager etc . There Are Number of Softwares that help you to download youtube videos But you have download them start them and make it work and then you can download video . Isn't It Hard to Do ? Yup! It Is It's Take Time! So In This Article I will Show you how to Download Youtube Video Without Using Any Software . It's Very , Very , Very Easy to Download Youtube Video Without Using Any Software Trust me I Am Saying Right Its Easy! Let me Remind You Before Getting Started that After Reading this Article Must Give Use FeedBacks :) 
  • Step#1: Open the Youtube Video Which You Want to Download .
  • Step#2: Replace "Youtube" With "SaveMedia" on the Address Bar of your Browser . For Example , If the URL of the original video is : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OBJMil4p1k . Then Add "Save" Between the www. and youtube section Like this : http://www.saveyoutube.com/watch?v=2OBJMil4p1k .
  • Step#3: Now Hit Enter And The page Will Open and Look Like this .

  • Step#4: A Warning Box Pop Up May Open . Don't Take Tension because it just a java Applet to Convert Youtube Video into downloadable format . Click Run on it to allow them to make downloadable format of the specific video . 
  • Step#5: A List of Downloadable formats will appear . Right Click on any of that downloadable format that you want to download and click "save as" to download it .

Yoo :D So Now You Have Downloaded the Video Without Using Any Software ! Isn't it great ? :D ;) So now Give your feedbacks by commenting on this post and & Also Share it With Your Friends :) Thanks! Best of Luck ;)

We Also made a video on how to download youtube video without using any software check it out :

Friday, March 22, 2013

How to Remove Virus without using AntiVirus Program

Hi Friends , In This Article I am Going to Show you How to Remove a Virus without Using Anitvirus Program . Its Very Easy to Use .. Just Follow the Steps Give Below to Make it Work :) YeAh , One thing i want to say before starting the post that Must Give Us Feedback After reading this Article . We Always Appreciate Feedbacks & we love it ;)

  • Lets Get Started
  1. Step#1: Start Your Command Prompt by opening Start Menu and Search there ..
  2. Step#2: Once You Started Command Prompt , Select the Virus affected drive , in this case drive J: . Type  (J:) then Press enter key to see the content on the drive j you can type dir command .
  3. Step#3: Type Attrib -s -h *.* /s /d then press enter key type dir to check whether it contain unusual .exe file yes! it contains .exe file which autorun.inf now you can delete these two files or rename these things , In this Case i will rename autorun.inf into aa . Now You Can Access the drive J: without affecting the virus .
Once You Done this Process , Now You Can Delete those files which are virus affected easily . Thanks For Reading If You are having trouble in doing then watch the tutorial video . Watch this Video On Youtube :

Thursday, March 21, 2013

How to Make Money Online Without Having Your Website or Product

Hi there , Many People Ask me To Post a Tips on How to Make Money Online Without Having Your Own Website or by Selling A Product .. Basically , You Can Use this Method of Making Money Online . No Matter What Are your Current Circumstances And This one of many methods that i use on making money online Its one of My Favourites But i didn't find about it till i be not making money online for quite sometime .I investigated some information about it and learnt how to do it and its just a fantastic way to free up your time and have money coming in . Even When You're doing other things you might you might be on beach , you might be in your job , looking after your family all those kind of things with this system of making money it doesn't matter what you're doing . Once You Got up Set Right the money keeps coming in .
Affiliate Marketing
Now This System of Making Money is Called Affiliate Marketing! You Don't Have to Buy any type of products, send them or deal with customers yourself! . So All of the Negatives , Generally Having Your Own Association Business . They All Have Been Taken Away With this system . Now If You're Someone who is short of time Which i think probably most people these days . Maybe You Got a Full time Job & a family commitment ... Many people Wish to Give a Time to their family and entertain them here in this article  You Will learn about Affiliate Marketing Which is best in making lot of amount . Okay So Lets Start ..

Where Do You Find Other Product's to Sell ? Because in Beginning Affiliate product is all about to sell other's people product . Well , there are number of different places where you can sell other's products but i will focus and recommend you two Websites where you can sell other's products . These Are the two Websites Which I recommend you ..

1: http://clickbank.com/
2: http://cj.com

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

How to Change Your Mouse Cursor in Your Blogger Blog

Many People Wish to Change their mouse cursor in their blogger blog . But they dont know how to do it .. In this Article I will Show you A Easy and Simple method to Change Mouse Cursor in your blogger blog . Everytime Whenever someone view our blog their eyes are straight on the mouse cursor of your blogger blog . Specially We Change Mouse Cursor to Attract our Visitors .

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Top 10 Facebook Covers to Impress You Friends

Yeah , So In This Article , I will Show You Top 10 Facebook Covers to Impress Your Friends .. ;)
As All We Know Facebook Is the Biggest Social Entertaining Site for us .. Billions of people use it daily to chat with their friends , relatives etc .. Mark Zuckerberg the Founder of Facebook is a very fabulous person . Ahh So Come to the main point ... Please After Surveying Give Us Your Feedback We Always Appreciate that .. (Y)

Thursday, March 14, 2013

48 frames/second- A welcome change of pace.

Will faster frame-rates for big budget movies become the norm in cinemas?
                The Hobbit (the original novel was written by J.R.R. Tolkien in 1937), directed by Peter Jackson came out in December 2012. If you haven't seen it yet, you are definitely missing out. This film has introduced a new debate from filmmakers and audiences alike because it was shot and screened at 48 frames per second (fps) - something us film-goers are not used to. We have been watching films at 24fps for almost 90 years and our eyes are accustomed to that particular visual 'feel'. At 48fps, we are subjected to twice as many frames in the same amount of time, making the display smoother and more fluid, much like something shot skillfully in high quality video.

              Originally, the 24fps frame-rate was selected based on the technical requirements of the early 'sound era' (-1927) of film. The minimum speed required to get decent audio fidelity out of the first optical sound tracks was 24fps. The reason filmmakers settled on the minimum speed at the time was the high cost of film stock (35mm negative), per foot, to shoot, develop and print. Even today it represents a significant percentage of a film's budget. We have been watching movies at 24fps for nearly a century, not because it is the best film speed (it is not by any standard), but rather because it was the cheapest way to achieve acceptable results, back when it was introduced.

              The introduction of 48fps means that we shoot twice as many frames per second than usual. A fair question would be: How is this practical? It is using twice the footage to shoot the same scenes that will then need to be projected at a faster speed to achieve the desired result. Well, the best thing living in the digital age is the ease with which one can transition from an older technology to the newer. Most new digital projectors are already capable of projecting faster frame-rates, with only the digital servers requiring some firmware upgrades. Surprisingly, 48 fps and 60fps look remarkably similar. The difference between these speeds is almost negligible, but the increase in quality over 24fps is immediately apparent in both. If you are into gaming, you will recognize this as the lag you experience when you try to run high-end graphics on a weak graphics card (if you turn on benchmarks, you can compare what 24fps and 48fps look like with the same content).

              Despite the technological accomplishment, 48fps did not sit well with everyone. Some critics call it "terrible execution" while supporters insist this will change the industry for the better. Well, yes and no to both. Yes, the execution was not flawless as far as The Hobbit was concerned, but that was expected of the maiden journey of this format. At the same time it is far from terrible as you hardly notice when some things go wrong and you'd have to be extremely pedantic to do so. Peter Jackson, who was popularized this technology overnight, has shared a very detailed description on his Facebook wall, on what 48fps brings to film making.

              "We are indeed shooting at the higher frame rate. The key thing to understand is that this process requires both shooting and projecting at 48fps, rather than the usual 24fps. So the result looks like normal speed, but the image has hugely enhanced clarity and smoothness. Looking at 24 frames every second may seem ok - and we've all seen thousands of films like this over the last 90 years - but there is often quite a lot of blur in each frame, during fast movements, and if the camera is moving around quickly, the image can judder or 'strobe'."

               Shooting and projecting at 48fps goes a long way in addressing the above mentioned issues. In this format, Subjects look much more lifelike, and the film becomes much easier to watch, especially in 3D. The first thing it reduces is the dreaded eye-strain that comes from watching movies in 3D. After viewing a film in this format a few times, older films start looking ancient.

                Despite the apparent revolution, this line of thought is not new. A man named Doug Trumbull developed and promoted a process called 'Showscan', boasting up to 60 fps some 30 years ago. Unfortunately it was never adopted for use in feature-length dramatic narratives; its main usage was as the visual medium in some theme park rides and some documentaries due to its more 'real' appearance. Also, the sheer cost of burning through more than three times the feet of film per second than normal had its own impact.

                 Peter Jackson foresaw the backlash from purists and had this to say on the matter: "Film purists will criticize the lack of blur and strobing artifacts, but all of our crew - many of whom are film purists - is now converts. You get used to this new look very quickly and it becomes a much more lifelike and comfortable viewing experience. It's similar to the moment when vinyl records were supplanted by digital CDs. There's no doubt in my mind that we're heading towards movies being shot and projected at higher frame rates."

                  To this day, it was the presentation that defined movies, from the script to the execution, because nobody considered the 24fps format a hindrance to filmmaking. But with 48fps now out there, it will definitely redefine the very process through which films are made. Actors will have far less room for error as 48fps is much detailed than before. Action choreography will improve significantly and look a lot better, with its movement having been smoothed out immensely. We as movie fans have a win-win on our hands, as the perfection of this format improves our 3D, and even 20, viewing experience!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Top Five Tips to make money online

Hi Guys , In Previous Article I had Showed You 21 Ways To Drive Traffic To Your Site , But This Article is slightly different from that , in this i will show you Top Five Tips to make money online , Before Getting Stated I want to say to the visitor of this blog and this article , Kindly After Reading Any Article of this blog give us feedback , We Always Appreciate FeedBacks And Respect Our Visitors Thanks :)

Saturday, February 23, 2013

21 Ways to Drive Free Traffic to Your Sites

Traffic Is The Most Important Concern for all the webmasters and bloggers . Without Traffic a good , beautiful and informative site will be useless . There are a lot of ways to drive traffic to your websites . Unfortunaltely You have to spend alot of money on them . Although the traffic you recieve through the paid methods has a good quality but there are many free methods that can drive a higher quality traffic to your websites .  In This Article I am Going to show you 2 types of Methods .. Let Get Started ..

Thursday, February 21, 2013

How to Create Hotmail & Gmail Account ( Completed Guide )

Hello Guys , This is a Easiest Tutorial that i am going to teach you , We Use These Hotmail , Gmail & Yahoo Account .. These Types of sites are used for different purposes ..First of all i will tell you what is hotmail & Gmail ....

What is Hotmail  ? ( www.hotmail.com )
Hotmail (officially Microsoft Hotmail, previously Windows Live Hotmail and MSN Hotmail) is a free web-based emailservice operated by Microsoft as part of Windows Live. One of the first web-based email services,[3] it was founded bySabeer Bhatia and Jack Smith and launched in July 1996 as "HoTMaiL".[4] It was acquired by Microsoft in 1997 for an estimated $400 million, and shortly after, it was rebranded as "MSN Hotmail". The current version was released in 2011.[5]
Hotmail features unlimited storage, Ajax, and integration with Microsoft's instant messaging (Windows Live Messenger), calendar (Hotmail Calendar), file hosting service (SkyDrive), and contacts platform.[6] As of 2012, Hotmail was the world's second largest web-based email service after Gmail with 360 million users.[1][7] It is available in 36 different languages.[8][9]

How To Register on Hotmail ? www.hotmail.com )

Step#1: Goto Hotmail.com >>> Sign Up Now ...

Step#2: Fill Out The From There Type the Name , Email Address & a Strong Password & Also All Other Info... You Want To Set .After That Click on I Accept .

Done Now You Have Succesfully Made a Hotmail Account , You Can Login Any Time There By Typing Your Email Address & Password in hotmail.com Sign In Box .. Enjoy :)

What is Gmail ? www.gmail.com )
Gmail is a free, advertising-supported email service provided by Google.[5] Users may access Gmail as secure webmail,[6]as well as via POP3 or IMAP4 protocols.[7][8] Gmail was launched as an invitation-only beta release on April 1, 2004[9] and it became available to the general public on February 7, 2007, though still in beta status at that time.[10] The service was upgraded from beta status on July 7, 2009, along with the rest of the Google Apps suite.[11][12]
With an initial storage capacity offer of 1 GB per user, Gmail significantly increased the webmail standard for free storage from the 2 to 4 MB its competitors such as Hotmail offered at that time.[13] Individual Gmail messages, including attachments, may be up to 25 MB,[14] which is larger than many other mail services support. Gmail has a search-oriented interface and a "conversation view" similar to an Internet forum. Gmail is noted by web developers for its pioneering use ofAjax.[15] Gmail runs on Google GFE/2.0 on Linux.[16][17][18] As of June 2012, it is the most widely used web-based email provider with over 425 million active users worldwide.[2][19]

How to Register on Gmail ? ( www.gmail.com )

Step#1: Goto Gmail.com >>> Click on Create An Account ...

Step#2: Fill Out The From There Type the Name , Email Address & a Strong Password & Also All Other
Info... You Want To Set .After That Click on Next Step .

Step#3: Now Add Your Profile Photo & Click on Next Step .

Done Now You Have Succesfully Made a Gmail Account , Now You Can open gmail.com & Sign in There any time by just typing email address & password there .. Enjoy ..:)

If You Guys Face Any Problem in Registering or anything related to this topic , feel free to ask us via comments ...

Thursday, February 14, 2013

How to Update a Status from your Freind Facebook Account (Facebook Prank)

Hello Guys , In This Article I Will Show You How Update a Status from your freind Facebook Account    , Its Just a Prank (Facebook Prank) , You Can Upload Any Picture Or Status From Your Freind Facebook Account ... For Prove Check Below I Have Posted a Picture First Time From my freind facebook account By   This Method ... ;) So Here Lets Get Started ...

1#Step: Login to Facebook . Here : www.facebook.com .

2#Step: Now To Update The Status From Your Freind ID . Send Him This Link (https://m.facebook.com/upload.php) And Say Him To Give The Email , Written There , Convince Him/Her Like This : Hello Bro , Kindly There will be a Email Written There , Please Give me That My Net Speed Is Very Slow ... The Link is Not Opening Here Properly .. So Give me I am Waiting .. | And Then He Might Give You Now You Have to do the Last Step to Update The Status . Once He Had Given You The Email , You Can Post from his facebook account . When he will open this will be the view and the email will be below the "Post it by email" The Email Will be There Where I Have Coloured... to Hide my email ... :P

Tuesday, February 12, 2013



Hello Freinds !! In This Tutorial You Will Learn That How to Add Facebook Like button on the blog post .. As All We Know Facebook Is The Largest Social Networking Site , Billion of Users Use Facebook Daily . Facebook Is The Social Networking Site Where Anyone can talk with each other , play or any type of thing ... There are 3 Types of buttons .. You Can see Them in the picture at the top .. ! So Lets Get Started ...

Note:- This Like Button will Not Like your Fan Page it will Like And Discuss your Post.

How To Add Facebook Like Button To Your Blogger Posts?

Step 1 : Login to Blogger then go to Dashborad
Step 2 : Click on Drop Down Menu and select Template 
Step 3 : Backup your Template before making any changes to your blog
Step 4 : Now Click on Edit HTML => Proceed =>  Expand Widget Templates
Step 5 : Press Ctrl + F and search the code shown below
- If you Want To Add This Like Button Just Below Of Post Title Then Add The Below Code (Which You Want) Before Of <data:post.body/> 
- If you Want To Add This Like Button Just Below Of your Post Then Add The Below Code (Which You Want) Below Of <data:post.body/>

Choose Facebook Like Button Designs

There Are Three Facebook Like button Designs ... Following Are The Name Of Them ..
1: Vertical Count
2: Horizontal Count 
3: Without Count
1: Vertical Count

<b:if cond='data:blog.pageType != &quot;static_page&quot;'> <iframe allowTransparency='true' expr:src='&quot;http://www.facebook.com/plugins/like.php?href=&quot; + data:post.canonicalUrl + &quot;&amp;send=false&amp;layout=box_count&amp;show_faces=false&amp;width=55&amp;action=like&amp;font=arial&amp;colorscheme=light&amp;height=62&quot;' frameborder='0' scrolling='no' style='border:none; overflow:hidden; width:55px; height:62px;'/> </b:if>
2: Horizontal Count

<b:if cond='data:blog.pageType != &quot;static_page&quot;'> <iframe allowTransparency='true' expr:src='&quot;http://www.facebook.com/plugins/like.php?href=&quot; + data:post.canonicalUrl + &quot;&amp;send=false&amp;layout=button_count&amp;show_faces=false&amp;width=90&amp;action=like&amp;font=arial&amp;colorscheme=light&amp;height=21&quot;' frameborder='0' scrolling='no' style='border:none; overflow:hidden; width:90px; height:21px;'/> </b:if>
3: Without Count

<b:if cond='data:blog.pageType != &quot;static_page&quot;'> <iframe allowTransparency='true' expr:src='&quot;http://www.facebook.com/plugins/like.php?href=&quot; + data:post.canonicalUrl + &quot;&amp;send=false&amp;layout=standard&amp;show_faces=false&amp;width=450&amp;action=like&amp;font=arial&amp;colorscheme=light&amp;height=35&quot;' frameborder='0' scrolling='no' style='border:none; overflow:hidden; width:450px; height:35px;'/> </b:if>

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Saturday, February 9, 2013

How to Create a Non Visible Folder and Protect Your FIles

Hello Guys In This Article I am Going to Teach You that Create a Non Visible Folder . Specially We Create a Non Visible Folder to protect our files or for privacy .. So Follow The Steps Given Below and Create a non visible folder ... ;)

Step 1 : Create a New Folder ...

Friday, February 8, 2013

Intel-based phablet on the way from Asus

 Intel-based phablet on the way from Asus

The 7-inch Asus Fonepad, which would be the first Intel-based phablet, is expected to debut at the Mobile World Conference later this month.

Widely-reported specifications include an Intel Atom processor with Imagination PowerVR SGX540 graphics, a 1,280x800 IPS touch screen, 1GB of RAM, storage ranging up to 32GB, and a front-facing 1.2-megapixel camera

. Asus, the maker of Google's Nexus 7, will debut a 7-inch Fonepad at Mobile World Congress later this month, according to sources familiar with the product.
Reports say the Fonepad may be priced in the same ballpark as -- or slightly higher than -- theNexus 7 but below the MeMO Pad, which Asus launched Friday in Asia.
Leaked photos show it with an aluminum body and an Intel badge on the back.

Apple releases raw support for Nikon D5200, Sony RX1

 Apple releases raw support for Nikon D5200, Sony RX1

Two hot cameras, a mainstream Nikon SLR and a high-end Sony compact, are on the list of models whose raw images Mac software such as iPhoto and Aperture now can handle.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

RisingTablets : Apple No.1, Samsung No. 4 'PC makers'

  RisingTablets : Apple No.1, Samsung No. 4 'PC makers'

Apple and Samsung are leading the charge in PCs, which include tablets, according to market researcher Canalys.

All of this is possible because Canalys counts "pads," i.e., tablets, as PCs -- not a ludicrous concept considering that tablets have become personal computers capable of doing many of the tasks once limited to laptops and desktops.
And Samsung is shipping more and more tablets. While not a huge player in traditional PCs, it is a force in Android tablets.
"Samsung, buoyed by strong pad shipments, had its first quarter in the top five, shipping 11.7 million PCs giving it a 9% share," said Canalys.
Of those, 7.6 million were tablets, an increase of 226 percent.
Amazon, another Android tablet player, also got a mention with shipments up 18 percent year-to-year to 4.6 million units.
No. 1 Apple, due to strong iPad Minishipments, could have done even better.
"Apple's growth in the pad segment was driven by strong demand for the iPad mini. Its overall shipments, however, were hampered by supply issues," the market researcher said.
Canalys estimated that the Mini made up over half of Apple's total "pad" shipments.
There was one word of caution, though. "Despite record shipments, Q4 saw Apple's pad share dip to 49%, becoming the first quarter it has not controlled over half the market."
And there were harsh words for Microsoft's tablet efforts. Canalys gave Microsoft a three percent tablet share in the fourth quarter, with shipments of just over 720,000 Windows RT Surface tablets.
"The outlook for Windows RT appears bleak," according to Canalys.
And as tablet shipments rise, shipments at more traditional PC makers, fall.
"Dell's reputation in the PC market continues to fade. It only shipped 9.7 million units, a 19% decline on 2011. Its direct business model is expensive and unsuitable for driving growth in new markets. A turnaround in fortunes is likely to take years," said Canalys.

Market researcher Canalys has again put Apple in top spot among PC makers with an overwhelming 20 percent market share.
Apple shipped 27 million units in the fourth quarter, while HP and Lenovo both shipped around 15 million (HP slightly more than Lenovo), putting them in the No. 2 and No. 3 spots, respectively.
Samsung is also on the rise: it made an appearance in the top five for the first time, pushing Dell out of fourth place.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

2013 BMW X1 xDrive28i Review

      Crossover? Wagon? The X1 is both, and it's beautiful

2013 BMW X1 xDrive28i review:

goodness: The 2013 BMW X1 xDrive28i features a responsive engine with multiple drive modes and fantastic steering and handling when equipped with the M Sport package. A control knob, voice command, and customizable shortcuts allow drivers to interact with the infotainment system however they like.
badness: The X1's infotainment system takes some getting used to and can be confusing to navigate. Not many driver aid options and technologies are available.
It's not a driver aid powerhouse, but the 2013 BMW xDrive28i with the M Sport package is a driver's car with great handling and a spartan yet premium feel.

BMW has attempted to sidestep the dreaded "W word" in marketing and designing the 2013 X1 xDrive28i that recently rolled into the Car Tech garage, but have no qualms about it, the X1 is a wagon. Granted, it's a tall wagon that perhaps skirts the lower boundaries of what could be considered a crossover, but, even with the slightly increased ground clearance of a crossover, everyone who approached me about the X1 while I was out for a spin referred to the vehicle as a big blue wagon. So, I'll be referring to it as a wagon for the duration of this review, BMW's nomenclature be damned.
There are advantages, of course, to the X1's straddling of the wagon-crossover divide. The higher-than-your-average-wagon seating position gives a more commanding view of the road. And the taller roofline of the hatchback form lends increased headroom to the 40/20/40-split rear bench seats, which fold flat to open up a rather spacious storage area. You won't be able to help your friend move a couch with the X1, but it may be possible to fit a few pieces of flat-packed IKEA furniture behind the front seats.

The TwinPower Turbo engine's torque curve is linear and predictable.
(Credit: Josh Miller/CNET)
The X1 features an auto start-stop function that stops the engine when the car is stopped at, for example, a traffic light, to save fuel that is normally wasted when idling. When you remove your foot from the brake pedal, the engine cranks back up in anticipation of your tapping the gas. While the restart is relatively smooth, it is far from seamless and may annoy some drivers. The auto start-stop system can be disabled with the touch of a button, but during our testing the system reset to a default "on" state at the beginning of every trip.
Fuel economy is estimated at 22 city and 33 highway mpg by the EPA, with a combined average of 26 mpg. Extended trips to the top of the tachometer in the X1's Sport mode kept the trip computer's average near the bottom of that range. This wagon is just too fun.
Cabin comfort where it counts
Take a moment to slow down and look around the X1's cabin and you'll find that BMW didn't cheap out on the wagon's cabin. It's not that the dashboard is ultra-luxe -- the cabin is, on the whole, remarkably understated -- but the plastic, leather, and metal have a high-quality look and feel and a nice variety of textures and colors. The steering wheel is remarkably restrained, with only eight buttons on its face. The instrumentation is simple, yet effective, with two large gauges for the speedometer and tachometer and not much else. I love it.

Performance and handling
The first thing that I noticed on my first trip in the BMW X1 was the heavy steering wheel. Most cars that come through the Car Tech garage have light, boosted power steering, but the X1's steering is weighty and heavy like a sports car's. The effect was quite surprising as I got used to the weight in the tight confines of the parking garage, but by the time I hit the highway I was totally at one with the X1's steering. By the time I reached my favorite twisty back road, the steering wheel felt like an extension of my arms.
BMW says that it builds the Ultimate Driving Machine and, while the X1 may not quite live up to that lofty claim, the automaker has nailed it with this wagon's steering. There's just the right amount of steering effort, road feel, and responsiveness.

Its smallish footprint makes the vehicle easy to place in the center of San Francisco's narrow lanes and miniature street-side parking spaces. The X1's open greenhouse offers darn good 360-degree visibility, but our vehicle was also equipped with a Driver Assistance Package that adds a rearview camera with dynamic trajectory lines on the dashboard display that move with the steering wheel. This package also adds a Park Distance Control system that places sonar distance sensors on the front and rear bumpers that notify the driver with audible beeps that increase in intensity as the vehicle approaches an obstruction and a sort of visual-proximity heat map that is displayed on the dashboard display.

When equipped with the M Sport package, the X1's steering offers great weight and feedback.
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Our X1 xDrive28i was equipped with a $3,000 M Sport package that adds 18-inch, lightweight M wheels shod in performance run-flat tires, a sport suspension, sport seats, an aerodynamic kit, and a higher top-speed limiter. The X1 wouldn't be my first choice for an autocross event, but the vehicle is happy to plant itself and hustle around a sweeping bend and doesn't complain when you toss it back and forth on a snaking mountain road. The package's Performance Control system is a sort of torque-vectoring system that helps the X1 to round those bends. The M Sport option also adds a number of sport styling tweaks to the interior and exterior that don't really help with performance, but help the X1 look the part.
Under the hood is a 2-liter, four-cylinder engine that is force-fed air via a twin-scroll turbocharger. Direct-injection technology and variable valve timing conspire to convert the air-fuel charge into 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of mechanical torque. The torque curve feels flat and linear, is easy to predict, and inspires confidence. The engine and exhaust notes at full bore are, on the other hand, rather uninspiring, but the grins this engine can induce more than make up for it.
That torque passes through an eight-speed automatic transmission on the way to the wheels. The gearbox features Sport, Manual, Normal, and Eco Pro modes. As an xDrive model, our X1 was equipped with BMW's all-wheel-drive system. Because the X1 is based on a rear-wheel-drive platform, its all-wheel-drive system uses a rear bias that sends most of the torque to the rear wheels, but can shuffle power to the front on demand.

Computer new technology and application lead the development

Computer new technology and application lead the development

This congress to stand in a new information technology competition and key to the commanding heights, the purpose is the combination of independent enterprises set up interaction bridge, and to discuss the new trend of development of IT industry, new features and new problems. The subject covers the whole industry chain around IT, the coolest research field and the hottest technology direction, through the lecture, the question and answer, etc DuoZhong way, explore new technology development path, outstanding share ideas and the exchange of experience. “2011 China’s computer technology conference” in addition to the morning peak BBS including beyond, still has three points BBS, involving computing clouds, mobile Internet and content networking three segmentation technology

In computing clouds points on the BBS, ali cloud focused on the Internet enterprise computing clouds the road of innovation; Compuware to share with you the cloud environment application performance quality management experience; H3C is focusing on the construction of the road network cloud ready choice; China’s software testing center of experts about cloud computing system testing technology and practice; Heaven and earth, expounds the clouds cloud computing infrastructure technology evolution, VMware technology experts prospect for the cloud computing vision.
Since 2010, the Chinese government has issued a series of things networking industry policy of development related, provinces and cities and industrial park has the relative supporting support policies. “Policy, technology leading, first demand drivers,” will be the country’s content networking industry development of the main mode. In our country that the standard of key technology and network has a breakthrough, a series of key industries application products also get the promotion. Intelligent transportation, city security, intelligent power grid, and medical treatment and other areas of application will be hot.

2011 years is our country “1025″ the beginning of plan. In the national economy and social development plan for 1025 “in, the countries explicitly will develop integrated circuit, content online, mobile Internet, cloud computing, a new generation of information technology to ascend to the strategic height. To speed up a new generation of information technology industry development as an opportunity, our information industry will have of the transformation and upgrade strategic opportunity. The consultant sadie computing clouds white paper “that, over the next three years, cloud computing applications will the government, telecommunications, education, medical treatment, finance, petroleum and petrochemical and power industries as the key point. Cloud computing in China’s market is more and more enterprises and institutions, the size of the market will also from 2010 in to $16.731 billion to over 2013 in 117.412 billion yuan, compound annual growth rate of 91.5%.

Yesterday, with “new technology and application promote industrial revolution” as the theme of the “2011 China’s computer technology conference” was held in Beijing shangri-la hotel. The conference attracted from government related leaders, the domestic and international famous IT enterprise’s research and development director, CIO and CTO, enterprise institute for technology and project manager, college senior researchers, and the news media, and other 1000 DuoRen. Its researchers, the state of the Chinese academy of sciences of high performance computer engineering technology research center, XuLu, Intel China research institute President FangZhiXi, shenzhou digital group CTO, dean of the shenzhou digital academy XieYun and IBM China research institute SuHui, vice President of the well-known experts such as the theme, including speech published VMware, H3C, sina, nets imperial China, ali cloud, Compuware, heaven and earth and the cloud, YiDeSi strange, etc, in the domestic and international famous IT companies represented in the various points of BBS discussion.