Archive for October, 2008

Oct

27

Weekly Link

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Oct

26

G1-Google Phone Full Reviews Part 2

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Ok, now we continue to the second part of T-Mobile G1-Google Phone Full Reviews. If you missed the first part, you can still read it here. Apart from before, the call quality was awesome on the G1-Google Phone (some callers couldn’t detect that we’re on a cellular phone), the G1-Google Phone’s speakerphone was loud & clear, and the dialer app is efficient and user friendly (T-Mobile’s myFaves feature is now supported).

Messaging options on the G1-Google Phone are abundant—just about all that’s missing is full-on Exchange support, which will come once an enterprising developer fills the void. Alright, but how’s G1-Google Phone 3G reception? If you’re in New York, you probably had no trouble getting a 3G signal, both in Manhattan and Brooklyn—indeed, 3G reception on the G1-Google Phone was better than on Apple iPhone 3G. Remember that T-Mobile only recently launched its own 3G network, and it’ll only be live in about 21 cities by the end of the month. The G1-Google Phone will work on EDGE technologies-Beside that, you can always having a connectivity to the internet via Wi-Fi (wireless networks).

The G1-Google Phone’s internet browser is one of the best browser on a phone, although it isn’t 100 percent perfect. Huge size pages rendered more or less perfectly, but you can’t pinch or double-tap the non-multitouch screen to zoom in or out; but you must tap on twin virtual magnifying glasses at the bottom of the G1-Google Phone’s screen. Also, scrolling gets to be a bit choppy on larger websites, and because the G1-Google Phone lacks an accelerometer, you’ll have to open the keypad or tap a menu option to turn the screen to a landscape orientation mode. As additional, G1-Google Phone’s trackball is great for clicking on Website links, you can switch between browser windows, and save or copy URLs—this is a feature that was missing on the Apple iPhone.

The built-in GPS on the G1-Google Phone managed to pinpoint our location to within about a third of a block or so when we was outside. However: If you’re indoors, the G1-Google Phone’s map application can’t locate you unless you’ve got 3G mode turned off. And as with the Apple iPhone, the GPS-equipped G1-Google Phone won’t do guided turn-by-turn directions.

Like its Maps application, the G1-Google Phone’s music player isn’t nearly as slick as the Apple iPhone’s, but it does well. Song’s playback controls are easy to use, album art gets displayed, the typical repeat and shuffle modes are present and accounted for, and you can create playlists on the spot. Songs will play in the back, and if a call comes in, the G1-Google Phone automatically pauses your music and starts where it left off once you hang up. There’s also an Amazon application that lets you shop and download MP3s directly over the phone’s microSD cards up to 16GB are supported currently. One ’serious’ problem here: There’s no 3.5mm headphone jack (and no stereo Bluetooth/A2DP support, which is also missing from the great Apple iPhone), so you’ll have to use the dinky earbuds that come in the G1-Google Phone box or grab a mini USB-to-3.5mm adapter though…

Oct

26

G1-Google Phone Full Reviews Part1

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Ever heard the G1-Google Android Phone? or T-Mobile G1?
Android-powered G1-Google Phone is the first touchscreen smartphone we’ve seen that’s a real Apple iPhone competitor—and a great one. While it lacks the Apple iPhone’s shine and polish, the G1-Google Phone got the goodness from the peppy, easy-to-use Android OS (operating system), not to say the open-source thing that’ll probably lead to a explosion of inventive applications. Valued from usd $179 and set to ship from October 22 (you can pre-order it here), it’s no shock the G1-Google Phone is already a big hit.

First, the HTC-built G1-Google Phone isn’t much to look at. G1-Google Phone available in black and brown, this G1-Google Phone’s 4.6 by 2.16 by 0.62-inch handset isn’t nearly as hot as the Apple iPhone, and at 5.6 ounces it’s nearly a full ounce heavier than Apple iPhone. The 3.17-inch touchscreen slides up and over to reveal the space of QWERTY keypad beneath, while below the screen you’ll find 5 button keys—Menu, Call, Home, Back, and End—and a small-sized trackball. A volume tuner is on the right side of the G1-Google Phone, while the camera shutter is on its left. But something seems missing here: A direct physical “silent mode” key (instead, you must press and hold the Power button and select the Silent option).

The G1-Google Phone’s QWERTY keypad, it’s something of a bit disappointment. The keypad as a whole is plenty roomy (with dedicated number keys, as well as separate period, comma, and “@” buttons), but the keys felt slippery; also, while the backlighting (which turns on automatically depending on the level of ambient light) is quite effective in the dark, it makes the keys devilishly difficult to make out in low- to medium-light situations.

Another complaint of G1-Google Phone—because the G1 lacks a virtual keys, you must slide open the QWERTY keypad any time you need to enter any text—even just your ZIPcode or a user name. Quite little annoying huh. By the way, the G1-Google Phone scores great marks with its easy-to-use Android-powered interface, which (like the Apple iPhone’s) begins and ends with a multi-paned home screen with some icons.

This G1-Google Phone also displayed a status bar along the top of the home page (and on every Android page). The bar contains a battery life indicator, the time, signal strength, and pops up with alerts for new e-mail, SMS messages, missed calls, and voice mails. Maybe this is a feature that Apple should steal.

Google G1-Android is, of course about Google, and the first thing you do with the G1 is sign in with your Gmail login account. This G1-Google Phone automatically syncs up all your Gmail messages, contacts, Google calendar events & almost everything, and they’ll stay synced whenever you’re in Wi-Fi (wireless hotspot) or cell range.

Don’t forget to read the part 2 of [T-Mobile G1-Google Phone Full Reviews] in the next post!

Oct

23

Runtime Page Optimizer

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The Runtime Page Optimizer (RPO) is an exciting product from Aptimize. RPO runs on a web server applying performance optimizations to pages at runtime, just before the page is sent to the browser. RPO automatically implements many of the best practices from my book and YSlow, so the guys from Aptimize contacted me and showed me an early version. Here are the performance improvements RPO delivers:

  • minifies, combines and compresses JavaScript files
  • minifies, combines and compresses stylesheets
  • combines images into CSS sprites
  • inlines images inside the stylesheet
  • turns on gzip compression
  • sets far future Expires headers
  • loads scripts asynchronously

RPO reduces the number of HTTP requests as well as reducing the amount of data that is transmitted, resulting in a page that loads faster. In doing this the big question is, how much overhead does this add at runtime? RPO caches the resources it generates (combined scripts, combined stylesheets, sprites). The primary realtime cost is changing the HTML markup. Static pages, after they are massaged, are also cached. Dynamic HTML can be optimized without a significant slowdown, much less than what’s gained by adding these performance benefits.

RPO is available for SharePoint, ASP.NET and DotNetNuke sites, and they’re working on a version for Apache. This is an exciting step in the world of web performance, shifting the burden of optimization from the web developer to making pages fast by default. They’ve just released RPO, but they’re deploying to at least one global top 1000 web site, so stats should be available soon. I can’t wait to see! (via stevesouders)

Oct

23

Comsenz Sells ECShop To ShopEX

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ECShop, a Comsenz’s software which enables users to build up their own online shops, today was sold to ShopEx, a Shanghai-based company and its biggest rival.

On August 2007, Comsenz, the famous social software enabler in China, acquired ECShop, after the acquisition Comsenz developed ECMall, which allows you to build a online C2C platform. And on October 2007, Comsenz rolled out Maifou, which is a hosted online shops service. It is said there are totally over 100,000 websites are using ECShop to sell goods online. Now all these three services are sold to ShopEX. ShopEX, established in 2002, is another leading player in the market, whose ShopEX software and hosted service Wdwd.com are also very popular.

Just in Sept., Comsenz also sold its OpenV SuperV to Ku6.com. OpenV SuperV is a software which helps you to build your own online video sharing sites. After selling ECShop and OpenV SuperV, Comsenz will focus its resources on two products: Discuz!, a popular BBS software and the core asset of Comsenz, and especially UCenter Home, a SNS software and which is critical to Comsenz’s future development.

ps. Kevin Dai, founder and CEO of Comsenz will present at OpenWebAsia Conference in Seoul next week, he will be on the panel of “Innovation in Asia”. (By China Web2.0 Review)

Oct

22

Googe Android Open Source

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When Google announced Android, its software platform for mobile devices, it released an SDK for developers to work with, but it also promised to eventually release the code under an open-source license. Today, Google and its partners in the Open Handset Alliance did exactly that. You can now download the code and help Google and its partners to develop it further. The source code has been released under the Apache 2.0 license and consists of the complete codebase of Android, including all the libraries, media codecs, and applications.

The timing of this announcement coincides with the release of the first Android phone, the T-Mobile G1, which will go on sale tomorrow.

Apache License

androids_logos.pngThe Apache License allows developers to distribute and modify the source code in any way they want, and developers are not required to distribute the new code under the same license. The new license does not even have to be an open-source license, which will give companies the option to develop their own, proprietary platforms on the basis of Android.

iPhone and Android Compete for Developers

It will be interesting to see where developers will take the Android platform now that they have full access to it. We have already seen the release of quite a few very interesting programs for Android in anticipation of the G1 launch.

This announcement also sets Google apart from Apple, which is trying to keep complete control over its iPhone platform. While most users probably don’t care about the politics behind the scenes, the Android platform might siphon off quite a few developers from the iPhone – especially given Apple’s erratic behavior around including applications in the iTunes store lately.

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Oct

21

Facebook Connects with Movable Type

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Blogging is evolving, to encompass the world of social networking and connect to the rest of the web, merging publishing with community. Movable Type users know this better than anyone, since they get first and best access to the coolest social publishing features.

Today marks another milestone, as our own David Recordon joined Mark Zuckerberg onstage at Facebook’s F8 conference to demonstrate a live, working implementation of Facebook Connect for Movable Type. Facebook Connect is a powerful new initiative from Facebook that lets you bring your Facebook profile and social graph to other applications and websites while still giving you full control over privacy. We’ve shown off (and will soon release for download) a free, open source plugin for Movable Type that enables Facebook Connect on any MT-powered site.

Simply put, this is another huge leap forward in the effort to make the personal web more open.

Read more http://www.sixapart.com/blog/2008/07/facebook-connects-with-movable.html

Oct

21

First Android phone in stores today and tomorrow

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While I like the fact that T-Mobile let us existing customers pre-order the T-Mobile G1 the day it was announced last month, the benefit of pre-ordering seems to have lost that huge advantage I was thinking we were gaining. If you were in the first batch of pre-orders then you should be getting your device today or Wednesday, with some reports that people started receiving them yesterday. The latest news from T-Mobile is that you will be able to pick up a G1, supplies are limited, at the San Francisco store at 3rd and Market starting at 6pm Pacific Time tonight, Tuesday, 21 October. Then on the 22nd of October T-Mobile will supposedly have stock of the G1 at retail stores within the 3G coverage zones. If you were thinking about ordering online today you may just want to head down to the store to pick up the device in person instead of waiting until some time in early November.

Read more on http://blogs.zdnet.com/cell-phones/?p=188

Oct

21

What’s the best way to increase your vocabulary

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Vocabulary is very important for college students and all English learner. How to remember the most vocabulary in the shortest possible time ? I think there are ways to do it better.
1, Every day the best word memory quantity should be between 200-300.
2, First,choose a TOEFL / GRE vocabulary book, and then take a week for a unit to carry out memory.
3, On Monday, browse the first word of each page, in other words we have to browse 200 pages to complete the task of remembering  200 words, ensure that to remember these 200  words with 5 minutes.
4, On Tuesday, browse the second word, at the same time glance the first words. Analogously,carry on, until Friday, it had a thousand words.In the new week begin the next 1000 words, we must carry on.
5,Choose some vocabulary building software such as Vocaboly , Vocaboly contains five books: SAT, TOEFL, GRE, GMAT and VOA Special English, with more than 12,000 words, which makes the vocabulary learning very efficient and easy.
There are many ways to increase your vocabulary, and there is not the best way but only the most suitable way. In light of your own characteristics, adapt others’ way to your own way.
Oct

21

About travel and hotel

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My friends Peter likes tourism, whenever he is free he loves to travel around. He said that the pressure of work is big, travel to enable him to relax physically and mentally. He has been to Alaska, Xi’an, China, and other location. He likes photography, every place he would take a lot of photos, He will put these pictures on the Internet to share with friends,
http://www.flickr.com/photos/pccm/

He’s a very good photo shoot.
Last time I saw him, he said he would like to do a web site on tour and  hotel reservation, similar to Ctrip(http://www.ctrip.com/)
The establishment of such a site requires a great deal of work,such as web site development, Hotel information provider, Web site promotion etc. If there are appropriate resources, I suggested that he might try.
Of course, if I have time I will help him, because I like the development of the Internet site.

Now there are a lot of Internet hotel reservation sites.You know, looking for an affordable and beautiful hotel is not easy. I have found that a Web site, hotelscombined,  is to provide hotel price comparison service,the URL is  http://www.hotelscombined.com
This site provides us all on the hotel provided by the Web site, there is a price comparison, so that we can make better choices. We can search for hotel we need, and link to relevant sites to do hotel reservations.It can search for hotel from many web sites,such as hotels.com, Booking.com, TotalTourist.com, etc. We can search a specified hotel on the hotel page,for example, China Royal Hotel Macau:

http://www.hotelscombined.com/Hotel/Royal_Hotel_Macau.htm

This model is also worth considering, and this need to establish a good relationship with major travel sites. Therefore, the work needs to be done may be more. To consider what kind of model, we need well-considered. In any case, I hope he can achieve his dream. (zz)