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March 21, 2012

2012 April Fool’s Day: History, Common Traditions and Practices

April Fool’s Day which is called All Fool’s Day as well, unlike most of other holidays that with a exact history, that is to say, the history of April Fool’s Day is not that clear. So what is the origin of April Fool’s Day?

The history of April Fool’s Day
Ancient cultures, including those of the Romans and Hindus, celebrated New Year’s Day on or around April 1. It closely follows the vernal equinox (March 20th or March 21st.) In medieval times, much of Europe celebrated March 25, the Feast of Annunciation, as the beginning of the New Year. In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII ordered a new calendar (the Gregorian calendar) to replace the old Julian calendar. The new calendar called for New Year’s Day to be celebrated Jan. 1. That year, France adopted the reformed calendar and shifted New Year’s Day to Jan. 1. According to a popular explanation, many people either refused to accept the new date, or did not learn about it, and continued to celebrate New Year’s Day on April 1. Other people began to make fun of these traditionalists, sending them on “fool’s errands” or trying to trick them into believing something false. Eventually, the practice spread throughout Europe.

April Fool’s Day around the World
April Fool’s Day is a “for-fun-only” observance. It’s simply a fun little holiday, but a holiday on which one must remain forever vigilant, for he may be the next April Fool!
In France today, April 1st is called Poisson d’Avril, which means April Fish. Children tape paper fish to their friends’ backs and when the young “fool” finds out, the prankster yells “Poisson d’Avril!” In England, tricks can only be played in the morning. If a trick is played on you, you are a “noodle.” In Scotland, you are called an “April gowk,” which is another name for a cuckoo bird. In Portugal, April Fools’ is celebrated on the Sunday and Monday before Lent. Pranksters usually throw flour at their friends.

Traditions of April Fool’s Day
Practical jokes are a common practice on April Fool’s Day. Sometimes, elaborate practical jokes are played on friends or relatives that last the entire day. The news media even gets involved. For instance, a British short film once shown on April Fool’s Day was a fairly detailed documentary about “spaghetti farmers” and how they harvest their crop from the spaghetti trees.
Practices include sending someone on a “fool’s errand,” looking for things that don’t exist; playing pranks; and trying to get people to believe ridiculous things.

Download April Fool’s Day Pranks videos and learn how to play a trick on the victims, LOL…

March 14, 2012

Samsung Exynos 5250: Dual-core or Quad-core GPU?

Tablets, mobile phone products based on Samsung 28nm Exynos 5250 processor are expected to be listed at the end of this year. We are quite familiar with the CPU section: integrates with two Cortex-A15 cores, with 2.0GHz main frequency and 12.8GB/s bandwidth. But the GPU section is still a riddle to users. News from GDC says that the new GPU Mali-T604 will be adopted by Exynos 5250, and most importantly it will be dual-core or quad-core GPU.

We all know that the modular design mode brought by ARM Mali-400 which can creating multi-core GPU, does not realize large-scale application. For example, Samsung Exynos 4210/4212 is with single Mali-400, but the graphics performance is excellent.

Exynos 5250 will have two or four Mali-T604 GPU graphics cores, and probably will be divided into two versions, including the dual-core version for smart phones, quad-core version for tablet or even laptop. ARM claims that Mali-T604 performance can achieve three to five times as Mali-400, but it does not specify how many cores will be needed to achieve this level.

For ARM and its partners, Mali-T604 will be landmark step for it not only has greatly improved the performance, but also transferred to the model based on Shader, be closer to the modern A card N card, so programming will be simpler, and it can be used in other graphics areas besides game. In Hardware specifications, Mali-T604 completly supports DirectX 9/10/11, OpenCL 1.1, DirectCompute, and the surface subdivision technology is supportable.

ARM also confirms that Exynos 5250 will not use the big. LITTLE scheme as expected which means that an auxiliary small core is excluded.

Finally, ARM also says that the Cortex-A15 performance will exceed Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 which owns excellent performance already.

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March 13, 2012

Top 10 Reasons You Should Start to Use HTML5

HTML5 definition from Wikipedia

HTML5 is a language for structuring and presenting content for the World Wide Web, and is a core technology of the Internet originally proposed by Opera Software. It is the fifth revision of the HTML standard (created in 1990 and standardized as HTML4 as of 1997) and as of March 2012 is still under development. Its core aims have been to improve the language with support for the latest multimedia while keeping it easily readable by humans and consistently understood by computers and devices (web browsers, parsers, etc.). HTML5 is intended to subsume not only HTML 4, but XHTML 1 and DOM Level 2 HTML as well.

WebM is a remarkable video format that can work with HTML5 websites, so of you want to enjoy video of any formats on HTML5 sites, you can Convert MOV to WebM, Convert FLV to WebM, Convert MKV to WebM, Convert AVI to WebM, etc. Or you can also enjoy HTML5 WebM video on various players: play WebM video on Windows Media Player, import WebM to iMovie, convert WebM video to Windows Movie Maker, etc. So enjoy more with HTML5.

Have you ever considered using HTML5? Maybe there are many reasons that block the way to make use of HTML5: it has not been widely supported or it is not well compatible with IE or you just want to write more strict XHTML code. HTML5 is a major change in the web development world so whether you like it or not it represents the future trend. In fact, it is not so difficult to understand and use HTML5. We can list many reasons why we have to start using HTML5.

1. Accessibility

There are two reasons to make HTML5 websites setup simpler: the semantics and its ARIA. New HTML5 tags like < header >, < footer >, < nav >, < section >, < aside >, etc., which make users access to the content easier. In the past, even if you define class or ID your readers have no chance to understand what div is. You can have a better understanding of HTML document as well as creating a better user experience by adopting the new semantics definition label.
ARIA bases on W3C standard which is mainly used for designating “role” in HTML document elements. It is quite essential to create page terrains like header, footer, navigation or article via role property. It had been overlooked and not to be used extensively, and as a matter of fact it is not validated.

2. Video and Audio Support

So it is time to forget flash and other third-party applications, and get ready to get approach to resources through HTML5 tags <video> and <audio>. It is quite a terrible matter to play media accurately for you have to use <embed> and <object> tags and prepare a lot of parameters. You media tags will be complicated with lots of confusing codes. And HTML5 video and audio tags regarded them as images: <video src=””/>. What about the other parameters such as width or height or automatic playback? Don’t worry, you only need to define them as other HTML tags: < video SRC = “width =” 640 “url px height =” 380 “px” autoplay / >.

As a matter of fact, it is quite a simple process, however, our old browsers may not like our HTML5 so you have to add more codes so as to let them work. And the codes will be simpler than <embed> and <object>.

3. Doctype

Yes, that’s the doctype, no more content. Is it a very short answer? You do not need to copy and paste a pile of codes which can not be understood and also there will be no redundant head tags. The great news is that, in addition to simplicity, it can work in every browser normally even if it is the notorious IE6.

4. Clearer Codes

If you prefer short-answer, elegant, easy-to-read code words, and HTML5 is absolutely a tailor for you. HTML5 allows you to write simple and clear codes with rich descriptions. Codes complied with the semantics allow you to separate style and content. Look at the typical simple heaer code with navigation:
<div>  <h1>Header Text</h1>  <div>   <ul>    <li><a href=”#”>Link</a></li>    <li><a href=”#”>Link</a></li>    <li><a href=”#”>Link</a></li>   </ul>  </div> </div>

It is quite simple, right? But it will be more simple and meaningful after using HTML5:
<header>  <h1>Header Text</h1>  <nav>   <ul>    <li><a href=”#”>Link</a></li>    <li><a href=”#”>Link</a></li>    <li><a href=”#”>Link</a></li>   </ul>  </nav> </header>

By using HTML5, you can solve with the div and its class definition problems via The HTML header label description content of semantics.  In the past you need to use a lot of div to define every page content areas, and not by employing new < section >, < article >, < header >, < footer >, < aside > and < nav > tags, you need to make your code clearer and easier to read.

5. More Intelligent Storage

The coolest characteristic of HTML5 is the local storage. It is a bit like the combination of the old technology cookie and the client database. It works better than cookie because it supports multiple Windows storage. With better security and performance, it can also store even if the browser is turned off.

Because it is a client database, you don’t have to worry about that the users will delete any cookie, and it supports all main browsers.

The local storage is good under many cases for it is realizable without a third-party tool. Saving data to user’s browser means that you can simply create some application features such as: save the user information, caching data, loading application condition.

6. Better Interaction

We all like better interaction, we all like web sites have dynamic feedback so users can enjoy the process of interaction. Input < canvas >, the HTML drawing tag allows you to do more interactions and animations, just like the effect we can achieve by using Flash.

In addition to < canvas >, HTML5 has a lot of API that allow you to create better user experience and more dynamic web application. Here is a list:

●Drag and Drop (DnD)

●Offline storage database

●Browser history management

●Document editing

●Timed media playback

7. Game Development

That’s right, you can use HTML < canvas > to develop game. HTML5 provides a great, mobile friendly way to develop interesting interactive games. If you develop Flash games, you will like HTML5 game development.

Let’s look at some interesting games:

●HTML5 Gaming Development Lesson One

●HTML5 Gaming Development Lesson Two

●HTML5 Gaming Development Lesson Three

●HTML5 Gaming Development Lesson Four

8. Across-Browser Support

All your modern popular browsers support HTML5 (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera and IE9), and HTML5 doctype has been created so that all the browsers even the old and disgusting ones like IE6 browser can take advantage of it. But old browser can recognize doctype doesn’t mean that it can handle HTML5 tags and function. Fortunately, HTML5 has made development simpler and with more browsers support, so old IE browser can use the new elements by adding add javascript code:

<!–[if lt IE 9]><script src=”http://html5shiv.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/html5.js”></script> <![endif]–>

9. Mobility

You may call it “instinct”, but I think that the mobile technology will become more popular. Here are some very crazy speculations—Mobile is a fashion! Mobile devices will occupy the world. When HTML 5 is more accepted by mobile devices it will grow very quickly. This means that more users will choose mobile devices to get access to websites or web applications. With news that Adobe announced to give up mobile flash development, you would consider using HTML5 to develop webp applications.

When the phone browser supports the HTML5 fully, the development project will be as simple as developing a smaller display. There are many meta tags allow you to optimize mobile:

viewport: allows you to define viewport width and zoom set

●full screen browser: ISO designated number allows Apple equipment full screen mode display

●Home screen ICONS: just like the desktop collections, these ICONS can be used to add

●collection to the Home page of IOS and Android mobile equipment.

10. It Is the Future

The biggest reason today you have to begin using HTML5 because it is the future, don’t let behind! HTML5 won’t go to each direction, but more and more elements have been adopted by many companies and have been put into development. In fact HTML5 likes HTML so it is not a new technology which you need to study! If you are developing XHTML strict you now have joined in the development of HTML5 actually. Why don’t you enjoy the complete functions of HTML5?

Actually you don’t have any excuses to refuse HTML5. You can consider using HTML5 to write codes, it can help you to change the way you write code. Begin to use HTML5 to write web applications now, perhaps the next mobile application or the game application is developed with HTML5!

Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G Will be Available in T-Mobile Market at the End of March

Early in January this year, operator T-Mobile has released this powerful smartphone—Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G with 4.5-inch HD display and dual-core processor. And now news from T-Mobile shows that Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G is listed for sale.

In T-Mobile online shopping mall, Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G has appeared in its product list. Web page information shows that this phone will be available for market sale, but T-Mobile has not release its price and specific launch date until now. And early news shows that Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G will be put into the market at the end of March this year.

According to T-Mobile introduction, Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G will employed 4.5-inch HD touch screen, with 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, run on the current mainstream Android 2.3 operating system, with 1750 mAh battery and support T-Mobile 4G LTE high-speed network.

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March 12, 2012

Apple Using More Advanced Technology to Suppress iTunes 1080p Video

1080p TV shows are available on Apple iTunes, and there is analysis saying that Apple has adopted more advanced technology in video suppression so as to make video content size without excessive inflation. Not long before the release conference, Apple has formally announced that iTunes supports 1080p (1920 x 1080) video content which will be 1.5 times as 720p (1280 x 720)video.

Although video quality has been greatly improved, video size has not been improved markedly. The reason lies in that Apple takes the advantage of high-end H.264 video compression technology as well as new high-quality decompression algorithm, which are realizable on Apple TV, iPad and iPhone, and make an improvement on the use standard of some old devices.

Apple’s new iPad, iPhone 4S and iPad 2, which are equipped with A5 processor or above, supporting high-quality H.264 video technology, with decoder level 4.1 and the bit rate can be set to 62.5 Mbps to the maximum. And the new Apple TV is using mononuclear A5 processor, with bit rate level 4.0 (25 Mbps). By comparison, apple’s A4 processor equipment iPhone 4 supports bit rate level 3.1 (14 Mbps).

There is no obvious difference between iTunes 720p TV show and 1080p TV show in some cases, but when referring to detailed contrast there is distinction. In the following, there is a picture contrast: 720p:1080p, the former is with 743 MB size and the latter is with 856 MB size. In addition, 1080p image and word sharpness have been improved.

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March 8, 2012

The New iPad Event Sum-up: iPad 3/iPad HD IS Beyond the Expectation

Apple issued The New iPad today in San Francisco, main technical parameters are as follows: Retina display, resolution 2048 x 1536 ratio, quad-core A5X chip, 3.1-million-pixel front-facing camera, 5-million-pixel rear camera, 1080 P video support, 4 G LTE high-speed network support, 9.4 mm, weighs 635 grams, 10-hour battery life, 9-hour under 4 G. The WiFi version sells at $499 or above, and additional $130 will be added to the 4G version. It will be put into the market on March 16, China HK is included.

iPad which has reached 15.4-million-unit sales result in the fourth quarter last year receives great concerns. Today in San Francisco Apple new CEO releases the new iPad with significant performance improved while the price will be identical with the previous iPad 2. This new iPad is not given a product name, neither iPad 3 or iPad HD, even until the end of the iPad launch event Cook calls it as “the new iPad”.

What different from the speculation is that the new iPad does not give up the Home button and is without 3D display support. Siri is not transplanted to the new iPad fully. What consistent with the rumor is that the new iPad adopts quad-core A5X processor and employs 2048 x1536 HR Retina display. The new iPad is a little bit heavier than iPad 2.

Performance greatly enhanced & standby time remained

Apple global marketing vice president Phil Schiller explains this latest A5X processing chip: the graphics chip is covered in it, and it is a multi-core product with performance four times as Nvidia Tegra 3.

In display effect, high resolution brings 3.1-million-pixel display effect which exceeds the level of high-resolution television. So you can freely convert video to iPad for ultimate visual enjoyment. 1080p HD video recording function is included in the new iPad. The poor camera performance problem in iPad 2 has been greatly improved.

As to software, there are still many upgrades occurred in the new iPad which including six language input support, 4G LTE support and more. Apple will launch iPad versions with AT&T and Verison 4G network support respectively in the United States.

The weight of the new iPad will be increased due to the improvement on its performance. But Phil states that the new iPad standby time will not be reduced so it can achieve at least 9-hour standby time under 4G network.

With the same price as iPad 2 and iPad 2 is with $100 price off

The price of the new iPad is the same with iPad 2 as expected, starting at $499. In addition, $100 will be cut off iPad 2. This is the usual pricing rule of Apple when there is a new product launch event. In the United States, the new iPad WiFi version will be $499, $599, $699, and the 4G version will be $629, $729, $829. The sales price is corresponding to 16GB, 32GB and 64GB model.

Sales start from March 16 in 36 markets

Apple has prepared a lot for the new iPad sales. Phil Schiller states that the new iPad will be put into market in 36 countries and areas simultaneously from March 16.

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