Hyundai launched its premium hatchback i20



Hyundai Motor India Ltd. (HMIL) on Monday launched its premium hatchback i20. The compact car comes in three variants and is being offered at an introductory price of Rs.4.80 lakh-Rs.5.82 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The company is also planning to increase the prices of its products in January due to higher input costs.

The five-door i20 comes with the new generation 1.2 litre Kappa petrol engine, providing maximum power of 80PS. It is Euro V ready and meets all the existing emission norms.

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Launching the premium hatchback, HMIL Managing Director H.S. Lheem said: “Designed to meet the high quality standards, i20 is developed to meet the increasing customer expectations in terms of styling, features and safety standards.”

According to Mr. Lheem, HMIL expects to sell 1.2 lakh units of i20 in the overseas markets in the next year, while its target for the domestic market is 20,000 units. The new car is being exclusively manufactured at its Chennai facility and exported worldwide. HMIL has already started i20 exports to Europe from November.

HMIL is also planning to hike the prices of its cars next month, the last being a two per cent increase in June. “Raw material prices, labour costs and other input costs have increased. We are looking to increase the prices by less than two per cent in January,” Mr. Lheem said. Due to slump in demand, HMIL is also not planning to absorb 1,200 trainees as it trims production, though there will be no job cuts.

Talking about sales in 2008, Mr. Lheem said that against the target of 5.3 lakh cars, it would be selling around 4.9 lakh units due to fall in demand in domestic and export markets. Demanding special incentives from the government to boost exports, he said: “There has been a sharp drop in export orders for the next three months. There are less orders for ‘Made in India’ cars for Hyundai.”

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The youngest to pass a Microsoft exam for certified IT professionals

Microsoft has a new certified professional in its ranks -- and she's 9 years old.

The girl, from the Tamil Nadu, India, passed Microsoft's exam this week. She's now the youngest person to ever do so, breaking a previous record held by a 10-year-old from Pakistan.

Microsoft's Certified Professional exam is designed for IT professionals. As you'll see, though, being ahead of her age is nothing new for this young gal. She explains her story in the video below.


A fourth standard girl from rural Tamil Nadu has become the youngest to qualify the Microsoft certified professional examination. The Microsoft exam, usually taken by techies for better job prospects, measures problem-solving skills and Lavinashree (9) passed it with flying colours. By achieving this feat, she broke the record held by Arfa Karim, a ten-year-old Pakistani girl.
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Merry Christmas to All

May you always find serenity in the simple things.
May the Light of Heaven shine upon your path,
and bring you to the completion of your work in Peace and Joy and
Grace.
Wish you all A Merry Christmas


May you always find serenity in the simple things.
May the Light of Heaven shine upon your path,
and bring you to the completion of your work in Peace and Joy and
Grace.
Wish you all A Merry Christmas

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Now you can watch videos on YouTube in 720p High Definition (HD) quality for Free

YouTube recently launched an exclusive High Definition section for the US users. Users who have access to this section can watch the videos in 720p HD quality.



720p

720p refers to a progrssive HDTV signal with 720 horizontal lines and an Aspect Ratio (AR) of 16:9 (1.78:1). All major HDTV broadcasting standards include a 720p format which has a resolution of 1280x720, however there are other formats, including HDV and AVCHD for camcorders, which utilize 720p images with the standard HDTV resolution.

For HDTVs themselves 720p can also have different meanings. While you might expect a 720p HDTV to have a resolution of 1280x720, this isn't always the case. For many flat panel 720p HDTVs the actual native resolution is 1024x768. While these TVs accept 720 input signals (as do all HDTVs) they must downscale horizontally while slightly upscaling vertically to their native resolution, resulting in somewhat lower picture quality.

Advantages
Because it has fewer than half the number of pixels of the other standard HDTV picture format, 1080i, 720p can often include more accurate information for each pixel. This can result in more accurate approximations of the images displayed or higher framerates. While all HDTVs being manufactured today are capable of at least 60fps refresh rates, only 720p has matching profiles for actually encoding video. 720p displays are especially good for viewing most sports broadcasts, which generally originate in this format.

Disadvantages
For larger screens and new video sources 720p displays provide slightly lower quality than 1080p. Both Blu-ray and HD DVD use 1080p resolution for almost all encoding of the main feature on a disc.

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Expert bike rider--so funny (malayalam conversation)

Can Blood Type Determine Your Personality?

What Your Blood Type Says About Your Personality

Type O
You are the social butterflies. Often popular and self-confident, you are very creative and always seem to be the center of attention. You make a good impression on people and you’re often quite attractive. Organized and determined, your stubbornness will help you reach your goals. You make good leaders. Lovewise, O is most compatible with O and AB. Common career choices: banker, politician, gambler, minister, investment broker, and pro athlete.

Type A
Type As may seem calm on the outside, but inside, you’re filled with anxiety and worry. You’re perfectionists and often shy and sensitive. Usually introverted, you’re stable and thoughtful. You make good listeners and are sensitive to color and your surroundings. You like to be fashionable and are up on the latest trends, but never flashy or gaudy. You like romantic settings and often shun reality for fantasy worlds. A is most compatible with A and AB in the love department. Common career choices: accountant, librarian, economist, writer, computer programmer, and gossip columnist.

Type B
You can be very goal-oriented and often complete the ambitious tasks set before you. Outgoing and very charming, you’re good at reading people and providing support. Though critical of appearance (but not your own), you aren’t picky and are unlikely to dwell over the little things. Type Bs are impulsive individualists who often create their own path in life. You are very strong and optimistic. B is most compatible with B and AB lovers. Common career choices: cook, hairdresser, military leader, talk show host, and journalist.

Type AB
Not surprisingly, ABs can be quite dualistic, possessing both A and B traits. You may be shy and outgoing, and hesitant and confident. You often stand out from others, don’t like labels, and are nice and easy going. You are logical and determined to do things correctly. Usually trustworthy, you like to help others. You often speak in a serious manner. Your patience, concentration, and intelligence are admirable. AB can find a soul mate with any other blood type. Common career choices: bartender, lawyer, teacher, sales representative, and social worker.

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Fundamental security flaw in Internet Explorer

Users of Microsoft's Internet Explorer 7 – far and away the world's most common internet browser – are being advised to use another browser due to a serious security flaw.

The IE7 flaw is reportedly making it very easy for criminals to obtain personal data and passwords.

"Microsoft is continuing its investigation of public reports of attacks against a new vulnerability in Internet Explorer," the company announced in a security advisory alert about the flaw.

Emergency patch prepped

Microsoft is hurriedly putting together an emergency software patch to resolve the issue, but in the meantime if you are concerned about your privacy, we can only suggest that you download Mozilla's Firefox.

Microsoft also added that the flaw was in IE7, though previous versions of Internet Explorer were also potentially vulnerable. More on this as we get it.


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A list of Free Stock Photo Images

80 Free Stock Photos Links


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One of the coolest short 3D animation



World War was created by Vincent Chai for his final degree project whilst studying 3D Animation at the University Of Hertfordshire.

Vincent Chai portfolio:
vincentch20.co.uk/

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Indian TV Show Dadagiri - Host Got Slapped!

After being verbally abused and then slapped, a male contestant lashed out and slapped the female game show hostess straight back, hard! - See the full video.

The game show, called "Dadagiri," is the self-proclaimed meanest show on TV. It involves contestants having to recreate the first day of college, including bullies.

The footage has left viewers across the world shocked and in disbelief; it’s certainly not what you would expect to watch when tuning into the show.

The game show hostess, Isha the Goddess, sets out to insult, provoke and push all the wrong buttons of the contestants. Well, evidentially, it looks like she took her insult a little too far, as the reaction she got was the male contestant violently lashing out towards her.

It was a good job the hoard of ten plus crew members were on hand to calm the situation down. As the camera continued rolling, they emerged from behind the scene and the audience in full force to control one guy. Straight after the exchange of slaps between the two, the next scene saw the crew attempting to hold down the contestant whilst pinning him down, as he continued to cry "how could she slap me?!"

Here is the completely uncensored version of the video on YouTube:


Warning: Video contains strong language




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10 useful iPhone tips & tricks

iphone Screenshots

Simultaneously press the Home and Sleep/Wake buttons to take a screenshot of your current screen. You’ll hear a camera shutter sound, your screen will flash white, then the screenshot will appear in the “Saved Photos” library of the Photos app.



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Chinese Tow truck get Towed -----Very Hilarious

Second Android smartphone to launch unlocked on January 29 for $225


Australia will be the place of birth for of the second Android-powered smartphone. Sold under Kogan brand, the Agora and Agora Pro devices will sell unlocked for $225 and $295 respectively, without the need to sign a service contract. The fact that these smartphones will be sold SIM-free, provide some hope that domestic customers might be able to get the phone online and simply swap in their existing SIM module, opting for a pre-paid service instead of agreeing to a multi-year service agreement.

After T-Mobile's Android G1, the second Android-powered smartphone is set to launch in Australia. Kogan Technologies, an online-only company, said there will be two versions of the Kogan phone: The Agora and Agora Pro, sold for $225 and $295 respectively. The phones will be sold unlocked at these price points, without the need to sign an obligatory service contract with a carrier. This theoretically leaves an ample space for significant price reductions down the road, if carrier subsidies are part of the equation.

Similarly to T-Mobile's Android G1, the 130-gram Agora smartphones have a physical keyboard and a touchscreen. Subjectively, the Agora looks much better than the T-Mobile G1 from a design point of view, with a shiny black casing dominated by a 2.5” TFT-LCD touchscreen on the upper half of the device and a BlackBerry-style QWERTY keyboard below the screen. Both handsets feature FM radio, a music player and Bluetooth 2.0 EDR connectivity, but the differences between them are more striking than meets the eye.

The more powerful version of the 3G Agora phone features a GPS module, Wi-Fi networking and Bluetooth connectivity as well as a built-in 2-megapixel camera on the back. The Android operating system that powers the handset brings integration with a host of Google services, in addition to the email client that supports image, video, music and documents attachments and a capable web browser. Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Maps, Google Talk and a YouTube video player are all integrated in both devices, as well as Google Maps that supports a detailed map, satellite, traffic and the new street view.

Other Android traits known from T-Mobile's G1 are also supported, such as one-touch Google search, uploading YouTube videos, saving web images as wallpapers, an instant dial feature for phone numbers on web sites, a customizable Home Screen with email, as well as SMS and IM notifications.

Its less capable counterpart called simply the Agora lacks a camera, the GPS module and Wi-Fi, leaving prospective customers only with a Bluetooth option. This makes Agora's $70 cheaper price point questionable since the lack of connectivity features basically renders the Internet-related capabilities of Android useless. It also cuts the phone out of the Android Market for browsing and installing additional applications over the air. The built-in storage is another concession to an attractive price point since both Agora devices pack only 256 MB of memory, which means users will have to spend extra cash to increase the storage capacity through microSD cards. Both phones integrate a MiniUSB port promise more than six and a half hours of talk time and twelve and a half days of standby time.

Since the phone comes unlocked, AT&T and T-Mobile users in the U.S. could theoretically pre-order the handset on Kogan website today and simply swap in their SIM card without paying extra fees or renewing service contract. The company said it is not restricting the handset just to Australia and New Zealand and will instead work with global carriers to make both phones work on any network around the world. Kogan is now accepting international pre-orders for the Agora and Agora Pro here.
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Funny video about multiply table

Another way to computer complex multiplications..:)




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"Googtastic!" Google now hawking fully unlocked G1s to developers

It didn’t take long before people started hacking away at the T-Mobile G1, the first phone to ship with Google’s Android platform, and now it looks like Google wants to make it even easier. Starting today, Google is offering a development version of the G1 that is both SIM and hardware unlocked, meaning no more nagging at T-Mobile and waiting for ages to receive an unlock code. The bootloader on this version also doesn’t restrict the device to officially signed firmware builds.

To nab one of these, you’ll need to register as a developer on the Android Market site, pay the one-time $25.00 registration fee, and slap down $399 big ones for the hardware.

Google plans to expand the territories that it’s available in, but initially you may purchase one if you are located in the US, UK, Germany, Japan, India, Canada, France, Taiwan, Spain, Australia, Singapore, Switzerland, Netherlands, Austria, Sweden, Finland, Poland, and Hungary.

Google is advising that these dev phones are just that: phones for developers. They’re not intended for the general consumer, as unguided firmware flashing is a quick way to wind up with a fancy paper weight. Speaking of fancy, check out that battery cover.

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Here is a video tour of the new Nokia N97

Nokia N97 not only offers features both iPhone 3G fans and BlackBerry consumer users enjoy -- a touchscreen display, full QWERTY keyboard and hefty video and music support -- but it expands on those capabilities with an "always on" browser window and advanced social networking and messaging services.

Calling it the "world's most advanced mobile computer," Nokia (NYSE: NOK) debuted its latest high-end device today at the annual Nokia World event in Barcelona, Spain. The 3G device retails for approximately $700 U.S. and will be available in Europe in mid-2009.


Nokia's latest offering is set to give Apple's handset a run for its money when it hits the shops early next year. It has a touch screen and a QWERTY keypad to make web browsing and email easy, and it trounces the iPhone when it comes to memory – the N97 has 32GB of on-board memory which can be boosted to 48GB with a microSD card. It also supports the Nokia Music Store and will even show Flash videos.

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Feel .. romantic another amazing animation

its titanic song...




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Pretty boy Animation Song and Original Album

Hi Hope All remember these beautifully animated "pretty boy" song. If not...:)

Pretty boy Animated



Pretty boy Original Album follows...





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Google AdSense Steps to Success

The Australian AdSense team has put together a step-by-step guide to optimising your AdSense performance. We cover:

1. Analysing your webpage
2. Creating custom channels
3. Determining best ad design and placement
4. Maximising ad units on a page
5. Tracking and measuring your results

For more information on AdSense optimisation, visit the Help Center guide - https://www.google.com/adsense/suppor...





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Christmas Photoshop Tutorials

Santa Claus Christmas Card Tutorial

This tutorial will teach you how to make a beautiful Christmas card in Adobe Photoshop. [link]

Christmas-Themed Web Layout Tutorial

Learn how to create beautiful Christmas-themed website layout. [link]

Snowflakes Photoshop Tutorial

Create your own snowflakes using this free Photoshop tutorial. [link]

Tree Ornaments Photoshop Tutorial

Learn how to create Christmas hanging tree ornaments in Photoshop. [link]

Stylized Christmas Tree Photoshop Tutorial

Create a stylized Christmas tree design with stars in Photoshop. [link]

Christmas Holly Photoshop Tutorial

Learn a simple way to draw Christmas holly using Adobe Photoshop. [link]

Christmas Night Wallpaper Tutorial

Learn how to make Christmas Night wallpaper using Photoshop. [link]



Christmas Candle Bridge Tutorial

Learn how to create Christmas Candle Bridge using Photoshop. [link]

Holiday Card Photoshop Tutorial

Learn how to draw up your own festive Christmas holiday card in Photoshop. [link]

Merry Christmas Greeting Photoshop Tutorial

Very detailed tutorial on how to make a Merry Christmas greeting card in Photoshop. [link]

Frozen Text Photoshop Tutorial

Learn how to freeze your text and make it look like an ice cube with a frosted top in Photoshop. [link]

Christmas Card Photoshop Tutorial

Create nice looking Merry Christmas card in Photoshop. [link]

Snow Text Photoshop Tutorial

This tutorial teaches you how to create nice looking snow effect on your text, you can use the effect on christmas themed graphics. [link]

Christmas RSS Icon Photoshop Tutorial

With this easy-to-follow photoshop tutorial, learn how to make RSS icon on your site look nice and festive. [link]

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Tutorial

Learn how to create Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer in Photoshop. [link]

Christmas Tree Photoshop Tutorial

Learn how to create your own Christmas tree wallpaper in Photoshop. [link]

Christmas Text Photoshop Tutorial

Create some great looking Christmas text in Photoshop. [link]

Christmas Tree Ornament Tutorial

Learn a simple style effect to create a Christmas tree ornament combing ‘Shape Tool’, Blending Styles and an Christmas motif image. [link]

Christmas Candle Photoshop Tutorial

Create cute Christmas glowing candle from scratch in Photoshop. [link]

Christmas Card Photoshop Tutorial

Learn how to create creative Christmas card from scratch. [link]

Christmas Glass Ornaments Photoshop Tutorial

Learn how to create Christmas Glass Ornaments in Photoshop. [link]

3D Snow Globe Photoshop Tutorial

Learn how to make a snow globe in Adobe Photoshop. [link]

Christmas Tree Photoshop Tutorial

Learn how to create an abstract Christmas tree design. [link]

Holiday e-Card Photoshop Tutorial

Learn how to create that last-minute Holiday e-Card in Photoshop. [link]



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Malayalathil Kattal Ingane :)

Chackochaaa... (Malayalam Buffalax)


Ivan Kupala - Brovi (Russian Folk Song) in Malayalam
Russian Nadodi Ganam
Ithoru Thargima Alla
Malayalathikl Kettal Engane

This is not a translation

This is how it sounds in Malayalam



Ivan Kupala - Brovi

See the Lyrics


പാപ്പി അമ്മാവോ എന്തെ എന്നാ ചാക്കോച്ചാ ഓ ... ഓ ... എന്നാ ചാക്കോച്ചാ
രാത്രി ആയോന്നെ വാ വാ എന്തര് ചാക്കൊച്ചാ ഓ ... ഓ ... എന്നാ ചാക്കോച്ചാ
ലോറി മാറി പോയി പാകൃതം മായിച്ചോനെ
ചിന്താ ഭാരം റോഡില്‍ മാവോയിസം വീട്ടില്‍ ചിന്താ ഭാരം ചിന്താ ഭാരം മൂങ്ങാ
കൂട്ടില്‍ ചാടി പാത്തു പാര്‍ ത്തോന്നെ ...
എന്‍റെ ആം ഗിള്‍ പഴച്ചാറോ ഓ ... ഓ ... എവര്‍ പഴച്ചാറോ...
കാക്ക ഇരുന്നത്‌ പോയി ഓ ... എന്താ ബാലേട്ടാ ഓ ... ഓ ... കണ്ടോ ചാക്കോച്ചാ
ലോറി മാറി പോയി പാകൃതം മായിച്ചോനെ
ചിന്താ ഭാരം റോഡില്‍ മാവോയിസം വീട്ടില്‍ ചിന്താ ഭാരം ചിന്താ ഭാരം മൂങ്ങാ
കൂട്ടില്‍ ചാടി






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Not in India or Kerala..

Mallu wearing Mundu ( Dhothi) riding Harley Davidson

© http://flickr.com/photos/bombaylives/
If the Harley Davidson Company had seen this, they would have stopped the production…[hi..hi Just a fun comment! East or West Malayalee will be Malayalee...we should be;)]

A SOUTH INDIAN (99% probability he is a mallu) was spotted in Dubai riding a Harley in Mundu ( Dhothi)…


Only one place on Planet Earth a human would be seen riding a Harley Davidson wearing a Mundu!!!!




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Forgot about iphone Here comes the all new Blackberry Storm 9530

BlackBerry's new iPhone rival, Storm



Camera, music, video, and apps part of the RIM BlackBerry Storm 9530 for Verizon review.



Features Available


BlackBerry Storm
  • Wireless email
  • Organizer
  • Browser
  • Phone
  • Camera (3.2 MP)
  • Video Recording
  • BlackBerry® Maps
  • Media Player
  • Built-in GPS
  • Corporate data access
  • SMS
  • MMS

Size and Weight

  • 4.43"/112.5mm (Length)
  • 2.45"/62.2mm (Width)
  • 0.55"/13.95mm (Depth)
  • 5.5 oz/155g (Weight)

Data Input/Navigation

  • SurePress™ touch screen
  • On screen keyboard: portrait SureType® and Multi-tap, QWERTY landscape

Voice Input/Output

  • 3.5mm stereo headset capable
  • Integrated earpiece/ microphone
  • Built-in speakerphone
  • Bluetooth® v2.0; mono/stereo headset, handsfree, phone book access profile, and serial port profile supported
  • M3 (Rating for hearing aids (PDF))

Media Player

  • Video format support: MPEG4 H.263, MPEG4 Part 2 Simple Profile, H.264, WMV
  • Audio format support: MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, WMA ProPlus

Display

  • High resolution 480 x 360 pixel color display
  • Transmissive TFT LCD
  • Font size (user selectable)
  • Light sensing screen

Notification

  • Polyphonic/MIDI ringtones
  • MP3 ringtones
  • Vibrate mode
  • LED indicator

Approximate Battery Life

  • Up to 15 days (Standby time)
  • GSM: 5.5 hours, CDMA: 6 hours

Memory

  • Expandable memory – support for microSD™ card
  • 1GB onboard memory
  • 128 MB Flash (flash memory)

Modem

  • RIM® wireless modem
  • Tethered modem capability

Email Integrations

  • Works with BlackBerry® Enterprise Server for Microsoft® Exchange
  • Works with BlackBerry® Enterprise Server for IBM® Lotus® Domino®
  • Works with BlackBerry® Enterprise Server for Novell® GroupWise®
  • Integrates with an existing enterprise email account
  • Integrates with existing personal email account
  • Integrates with optional new device account

Device Security

  • Password protection and screen lock
  • Sleep mode
  • Support for AES or Triple DES encryption when integrated with BlackBerry® Enterprise Server
  • FIPS 140-2 Compliant (FIPS Validation in Progress)
  • Optional support for S/MIME

Wireless Network

  • UMTS/HSPA: 2100 MHz
  • North America: 850 MHz GSM®/GPRS networks
  • North America: 1900MHz GSM/GPRS networks
  • Europe/Asia Pacific: 1800MHz GSM/GPRS networks
  • Europe/Asia Pacific: 900MHz GSM/GPRS networks
  • Dual-Band: 800/1900 MHz CDMA/Ev-DO networks

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Greatest Technology Commercials Of All Time

1. Apple 1984 commercial




2. Steve Ballmer Pitching Windows 1.0

3. Apple vs. Mac featuring Gisele Bündchen

4. Microsoft - I’m A PC

5. eBay.com.au - Make Shopping Exciting


6. Yahoo! Music - UFO

7. Freecreditreport.com - Pirate

8. E*TRADE.com - Baby

9. Yahoo! - Hair

10. Outpost.com - Wolves


11. EDS - Running of the Squirrels (Superbowl 2000)

12. GoDaddy.com - Mother

13. Outpost.com - Gerbil Cannon

14. GoDaddy.com - Court Room

15. Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Gates Ad


16. PlayNow Plus by Sony Ericsson

17. Gamestop - Hint or Else

18. AmazonMP3 Store

19. IBM Servers Running Linux

20. Motorola Video Phone - Wife Calling

21. IBM Lenovo ThinkPad X300 - Sumo

22. Apple vs. PC - Cancel or Allow

23. Sony Bravia - Bouncy Balls

24. Sony PSP - Dude Get Your Own

25. Oracle - DataGuard

26. Comcast - Everyone Loves Money

27. Verizon Wireless - Chocolate Rain

28. Jerry Seinfeld - HP Hands

29. Cingular - My BFF Jill

30. Nextel Walkie Talkie Phone - Dancing

31. Cisco - America

32. Intel - Blue Man Group Pipes

33. Blackberry Pearl - Blue or Red

34. Monster.com - Don’t Fight Monday

35. Outpost.com - Tattoo

36. FreeCreditReport.com - New Car

37. Logitech - Late Night At The Office

38. Microsoft XBox 360 - Jump Rope

39. AT&T - The Hills Commercial

40. Mr. T - World of Warcraft

41. Netflix - Paulie

42. E*TRADE - Nozulla Side Effects

43. Hotels.com - Fake Tan & Abs

44. Blockbusters Superbowl - Clicking the Mouse

45. Sony - Make Room For A Wega

46. NetCom (Norwegian telecommunications company) - Cow

47. Motorola RAZR - Cut Through

48. LG Electronics - Voyeur

49. Mac vs. Bloated PC

50. Buy.com featuring Howie Mandel and DJ Qualls




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Gmail Dressed Up In Themes

Gmail Themes screen shot
The days of a bland Gmail interface is over: Google has launched Gmail Themes.

The new Gmail themes offer 30 initial choices away from the standard Gmail layout, in a similar offering to what Google has been providing to iGoogle users.

According to Annie Chen on the Gmail Blog, the Gmail team wanted to “go beyond simple color customization” so “there’s a shiny theme with chrome styling, another one that turns your inbox into a retro notepad, nature themes that change scenery over time, weather driven themes that can rain on your mailbox, and fun characters to keep you in good company.”


Themes are not immediately available to all Gmail users, but are being rolled out over the rest of the week. To use a theme, Gmail users will see a Themes tab under Settings.
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"In some cases, you can also customize by location. Some themes change during the day, and we use the location information you provide to correctly time these changes with your local sunrise, sunset, and/or weather. If you select one of these themes, you'll see a Country/Region drop-down menu appear."

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If Google PageRank Could Sing

What would the infamous Google Pagerank bar say if it could sing?

Watch the video and find out. ;-) Don't forget to have your speakers on.


Via:blogoscoped.com

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12 first-class Free Text Editors for Coders

NOTEPAD++

(Windows)

NOTEPAD++ is the premier replacement for Microsoft’s Notepad. It has an auto-completion feature (for most supported languages) that guesses what you’re trying to write, a tabbed interface which is great for working with multiple files without cluttering your task bar, a powerful RegEx find-and-replace feature, code folding, support for a large array of languages (even Assembler!) and much more. These are just some of the features that make NOTEPAD++ my personal default text editor.

Bluefish Editor

(Mac, Linux)

Bluefish Editor is a robust, open source text editor geared towards programmers and web designers. It’s known as being a fast, lightweight text editor that can open 500+ documents with ease. It has a built-in function reference browser (for PHP, Python, CSS, and HTML) so you can quickly learn about with particular syntaxes. Check out the Screenshots section to find movies/screencasts (such as learning about working with remote files) and screen shots of Bluefish Editor.

TextWrangler



(Mac)

TextWrangler is a multi-purpose text editor for the Mac OS. It is a programmer-friendly text editor and Unix/Server Admin text editor. It has a useful "plugin" system allowing developers a way for extending TextWrangler’s built-in features. It also has a function browser so that you can quickly find and jump to the function you’re looking for (very helpful for those really long files).

Smultron

(Mac)

Smultron is an easy-to-use text editor. Its simple interface makes it perfect for the minimalist coder. It has the basic features you’d expect from a text editor such as syntax highlighting/coloring but also has cool, helpful features such as the ability to split the viewing pane in two so that you can view files side-by-side, a code snipplet library to allow you to store your often-used code blocks, and a full-screen mode that’s intended to make you focus on the task at hand.

Caditor

(Windows)

Caditor is an open source portable text editor written in the .NET framework (C#) that puts speed and performance at the forefront of its design. It has a convenient search box built into the tool bar of the text editor’s interface so that you don’t have to open another dialog box to perform a search. It has other handy features common to developer-oriented text editors such as line numbering, a compiler feature to allow you to hook it up with your compiler, and FTP feature.

gedit

(Linux)

gedit is the official text editor of the GNOME desktop. Unlike Microsoft’s built-in text editor (Notepad), gedit is a more feature-packed text editor geared towards usage for programming and mark-up. With its syntax highlighting, tabbed interface for editing multiple files, and spell-checking feature – gedit is an excellent, free text editor for coders.

GNU Emacs

(Windows, Mac, Linux)

GNU Emacs (more commonly referred to simply as Emacs) is a cross-platform, extendible text editor geared towards programmers. One of its defining features is Emacs’s ability to be extended – offering you the ability to use it as your project planner and debugger, among other things. It has a file-comparison feature (M-x ediff) that highlights differences between two files (useful for figuring out changes in a file made by coders who don’t document/comment their revisions).

Crimson Editor

(Windows)

Crimson Editor is a light-weight text editor for Windows that supports many languages. It has a "Macros" features which lets you record a sequence of tasks so that you can reuse the sequence with a click of a button. It has a built-in FTP feature, allowing you to upload/download files from your FTP server. Crimson Editor is a solid option for Windows users.

ConTEXT

(Windows)

ConTEXT is another excellent, light-weight, freeware (meaning it’s free - but close-sourced) text editor for Windows. It has countless of handy features such as text sorting (helpful when you need to sort things in alphabetical order, for example), ability to export configuration options so that you can share your configuration or import it into several machines, and a macro recorder for repeating a sequence of tasks. In 2007, ConTEXT development was turned over to David Hadley but continues to be freeware.

SciTE

(Windows, Linux)

SciTE, written on top of the open source Scintilla code-editing component, is a speedy text editor aimed for use in source code editing. It has a standalone .exe version which you can use for portable storage drives (i.e. USB flash drives) so that you can conveniently carry it around and use it on any computer without having to install it. SciTE is a compatible with Windows and Linux operating systems and has been tested by the developer on Windows XP and on Fedora 8 and Ubuntu 7.10.

Komodo Edit

(Windows, Mac, Linux)

Komodo Edit is a freeware, cross-platform text editor created by ActiveState. It is a simple text editor based on the popular integrated development environment - Komodo IDE. It has a convenient and flexible Project Manager feature to help you organize and keep track of your project files.

jEdit

(Windows, Mac, Linux)

jEdit is a text editor that specifically caters to programmers. It’s written in Java and runs on any operating system that supports You can download a ton of plugins (check out the Plugins Central on jEdit’s website) to extend its built-in features. jEdit was designed to combine the best features of Windows, Mac, and Unix text editors.



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Japanese firm unveil their bionic legs

Take a look at this... bionic legs are made for walking.

Japan's second largest car maker thinks they can help their workers on the factory floor.

The walking assist device is what Honda is calling its experimental robot legs.

They are expected to help people who work standing or in a crouching position for a long periods of time.

[Jun Ashihara, Researcher]:
"We're thinking more of using this device in the industrial field. There's demand from the factory floors to make it less tiring for workers that work standing up or crouching all day."

The gadget helps by redistributing body weight and lightening the burden on workers legs.



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Gmail voice and video chat

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Make Free Long Distance and International Calls from Your Computer


FreeRinger is a calling service which allows you to make FREE calls to telephone numbers (in more than 30 countries throughout the world) right from your web browser.

No Downloads
Make worldwide calls with absolutely no software downloads or installation.

Making calls
That's pretty straightforward process. Enter your friend's phone number in international format (starting with the country code) and press Call.

GTalk2VoIP, the free and publicly open voice gateway for major Instant Messenger clients, today announced the availability of the ultra-simple to use FreeRinger, powered by Talkster. FreeRinger, available at www.freeringer.biz, is a web-based telephone service that lets anyone, anywhere in the world place free international calls from PC-to-phone to more than 35 countries.
Now people anywhere in the world can use their computers to place free long distance calls to their family and friends' mobile and landline phones in the more than 35 countries included in Talkster's growing coverage area ( http://www.talkster.com/Countries.aspx). All FreeRinger calls are ad-supported, so users never pay long distance or international calling charges, and can talk as long as they like. For call recipients using their mobile or landline phones, the cost is the same as a local call.
"Providing a completely free web-based solution to people who spend a fortune in long distance calls is just another way we are increasing the value of what we offer to our customers," said Ruslan Zalata, founder of GTalk2VoIP. "Our partnership with Talkster has made this possible and we will continue to work towards providing free, useful and easy to use solutions to our valued users through the development of solutions such as FreeRinger."

FreeRinger is a web-based, Flash(R) application, therefore no software download or installation is required as long as the web browser can view content built in the commonly used Adobe Flash. For those users without Adobe Flash, a simple download that works with all Internet browsers on PC, Mac and Linux computers will immediately enable FreeRinger to work.

FreeRinger is also available as a widget that so bloggers and web designers can offer the FreeRinger long distance and international calling service to their sites' readers and customers. A special hyperlink makes placing calls from FreeRinger as simple as a click from a webpage.


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