Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich”

For Google and Android fans around the world, today has been a big day, as Google teamed up with Samsung to announce the Galaxy Nexus and Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich”. Many new features were shown off today at the event, including the Galaxy Nexus, so we have compiled a list of everything to know from the Google event in case you missed it or were asleep.

Google announced a plethora of new features in Android 4.0, and while many improvements are visual, there are still core enhancements being made. Below we have listed some of these new features so you can quickly get an idea what Google has introduced in Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS).

  • Honeycomb-styled interface
  • New Roboto typeface used throughout the UI
  • New lockscreen featuring quick unlock to camera and notification pane access
  • Improvements to multitasking and the notification pane
  • Resizable widgets
  • Quick SMS responses when rejecting incoming calls
  • Improvements to text input, autocorrect and copy & paste
  • Real-time voice-to-text input
  • Full control over data usage, including usage notifications
  • New contacts app featuring better social integration and “Me” profile
  • More advanced Calendar and Gmail apps
  • Improved Gallery featuring a photo editor
  • Improved Camera app including panorama mode and easy sharing
  • Cloud connectivity with automatic Google Chrome bookmark sync
  • Offline access to emails (past 30 days by default) and web pages (when you save them)
  • Face unlock using facial recognition technology
  • Android Beam for NFC sharing of loads of content
  • Integrated visual voicemail and appropriate APIs
  • Integrated screenshots from hardware button combination
  • Support for high-density mobile displays such as the Galaxy Nexus’ 720p display
  • Many, many new APIs

Dennis Ritchie Obituary

The American computer researcher Dennis Ritchie, who has past away elderly 70 after pain from cancerous infection and heartinfection, was one of the co-inventors of the Unix functioning scheme and the C programming language. Unix and C supplied the infrastructure programs and devices that conceived much of today's computing natural environment – from the internet to smartphones – and so have performed a centered part in forming the up to date world.
The sources of Unix proceed back to the 1960s, long before the microchip and individual computers had been invented. Theclosest thing to individual computing was the computer utility, a large mainframe appliance that was utilised simultaneously, and atlarge total cost, by a twosome of dozen users seated at typewriter terminals.
By the middle of the ten years, the utility emerged to supply the way ahead, and a consortium of General ElectricBell Labs and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) embarked on a task called Multics (Multiplexed Information and Computing Service). Multics would be the world's biggest computer utility, carrying some century simultaneous users. Bell Labs was to blamefor the functioning software.
Ritchie connected the programming partition of Bell Labs in 1967. His dad, Alistair, had expended a long vocation there and had co-authored an influential mechanical publication, The Design of Switching Circuits (1951). Dennis was born to Alistair and and his wife, Jean, in the New York suburb of Bronxville and increased up in New Jersey, where Bell Labs had its Murray Hill site. He revisedphysics and directed numbers for a bachelor's stage (1963) and computer research for a PhD (1968) at Harvard University.
Multics was in urgent position when he reached at the study organisation. Indeed, numerous large-scale programs tasks were in crisis – persons were just starting to learn that composing large programs was horrendously tough and costly. In 1969, after four years of development, Bell Labs dragged out of the project.
Ritchie and another lead programmer on Multics, Ken Thompson, were left rather bereft by the project's demise. Multics hadpledge, but the functioning scheme was too convoluted to build. This directed them to a rethink. They would construct a easier,lesser scheme that they would call Unix – the title was "a kind of deceitful pun on Multics", Ritchie one time explained.
The concept was not directly treasured by their managers, and they had to cast round for an obsolete computer on which toevolve Unix. The appliance had just 16 kilobytes of recollection, and this solely was an support to hold things simple. If Multics was the casualty of baroque programs architecture, then Unix would be untainted Bauhaus.
Unix was conceived over a couple of months in 1969, and a prototype was running early in 1970. Their colleagues stayedunconvinced. However, by proposing to compose some text-processing programs, Ritchie and Thompson organised to convincethe Bell Labs patent department to come by a full-size computer and run Unix on it.
They determined to rewrite the functioning scheme solely for the new machine. The first type of Unix had been in writing in the computers' native appliance cipher, which was tough and slow. For the next type, Ritchie created a dialect called C, whichspanned the gap between appliance cipher and programming dialects for example Fortran and Cobol.
C furthermore had an intriguing ancestry. The progenitor was together conceived at Cambridge and London universities in 1964 and renowned as CPL (Combined Programming Language). CPL not ever endured, but one of the development group, Martin Richards, became a tourist at MIT. There he conceived a easier type of the dialect for schemes implementation, BCPL (Basic CPL).
Thompson and Ritchie determined to use BCPL to compose Unix. To manage so they compressed it into 8 kilobytes and renamed it B. Finally, a new and advanced type was evolved and entitled C, which, Ritchie mused, "left open the inquiry if the titlecomprised a progression through the letters or through the notes BCPL". This made composing programs immeasurably simpler and it furthermore made programs portable – so that a program in writing in C could run on any machine. The new type of Unix wasaccomplished in 1973, and since it was in writing in C, it, too, was portable.
Because Bell Labs's parent, AT&T, was a regulated phone monopoly, it was prohibited from vying in the computer commerce, and so had no pecuniary concern in Unix. This permitted Ritchie and Thompson to circulate Unix free of ascribe to universities and research organisations, which loved its clean, economical design.
Universities started to train their scholars in Unix and C, and when they graduated they took the heritage into commerce, where it blossomed. In 1978 Ritchie and a associate, Brian Kernighan, composed a textbook, The C Programming Language, which became a bestselling primer for the next 15 years. Despite the name, it was identically a publication about programming method, and itformed programming practices worldwide.
Ritchie and Thompson got early acknowledgement for their work when they obtained the 1983 Turing accolade of the Association of Computing Machinery, often named the Nobel reward of computing. But the Unix article was just beginning. The Advanced Projects Research Agency of the US department of protection taken up Unix for the mesh study that finally conceivedthe internet, and it continues the programs glue that binds everything together.
Steve Jobs was a Unix devotee. When he was ousted from Apple Computer in 1985, he utilised Unix as the cornerstone for his NeXT workstation. After his come back to Apple 10 years subsequent, he conveyed Unix with him and it became the base for all of Apple's present products.
Unix is furthermore at the heart of today's open-source programs movement. In the 1980s, next deregulation, AT&T started toclaim its thoughtful house privileges in Unix.Richard Stallman, a hacker at MIT, determined that the world required a free type of Unix. In 1983 he broadcast that he would compose one called GNU (Gnu's Not Unix). He wrote a free C compiler, and basedthe Free Software Foundation to help. The scheme was finally accomplished by hundreds of programmers, mostly steeped in the Unix and C heritage, collaborating over the internet. In 1991 a Finnish computer research scholar, Linus Torvalds, assisted thefunctioning scheme kernel, and today what we now call Linux forces billions of electrical devices apparatus, from smartphones to supercomputers.
Ritchie and Thompson – generally simultaneously – obtained numerous respects and accolades, culminating with the National Medal of Science bestowed by President Bill Clinton in 1998. The citation recounted their creations as having "led to tremendousimprovement in hardware, programs, and networking schemes and stimulated the development of an whole industry". Earlier this year, the two won a Japan prize. Ritchie expended all his vocation at Bell Labs, leaving as head of systems programs study in 2007. He is endured by two male siblings and a sister.
• Dennis MacAlistair Ritchie, computer researcher, born 9 September 1941; past away 12 October 2011

LEAKED! Aamir Khan's Dhoom 3 look

From the beefed-up gaze in Ghajini to the moustache-ed flexibility combatant in Mangal Pandey, Aamir Khan has habitually alteredhis examines as asserted by the character. And now, he will be glimpsed in a new avatar for Dhoom 3.
The Bollywood player was dotted impersonating amicably for photographs and arrogantly displaying his new gaze at an happeningin Mumbai. His new suave gaze displays him in cropped haircut with a complicated saline and pepper French beard.
While the pic is conceiving a buzz about this new Dhoom 3 gaze, there has been no authorized confirmations. The player will be playing a villian in Dhoom 3.
The third installment of Dhoom 3 will strike the theatres next year round Christmas. This time YRF has cast Aamir Khan and Katrina Kaif simultaneously in the lead role. Abhishek Bachchan and Uday Chopra will be extend to be part of the series.

Nokia N9: The Most Amazing Phone You’ll Never Buy

Nokia was pleasant sufficient to lend me a Nokia N9, its first and nearly absolutely last MeeGo-powered smartphone, after I not-so-subtly pointed out that I’d love to give the thing a solid whirl. After having performedwith it for a day now, I’ll notify you why I believe it’s a phenomenal smartphone that competitors the best of ‘em, and why you would likely be better off not buying one anyway.
I’ll start off by interpreting that I’m not trained to be a expert smartphone reviewer, whatsoever. We have ourprevious CrunchGear and MobileCrunch slaves for that kind of stuff. That said, I’ve utilised a assortment of smartphones over the years, of all forms and dimensions, and I understand condemn well what I want.
If you’re looking for one of those thorough hands-on reviews or a list of specs, delight gaze elsewhere. Okay? Okay.
TL;DR: The Nokia N9′s hardware, functioning scheme and pre-installed submissions are nearly all exceptionally good, and a taut integration between them makes for a peak notch client experience. Unfortunately, the cost is far too vertical, and there just aren’t sufficient apps on the marketplace.
Full review:
The Nokia N9 is effortlessly one of the most pleasing, very fast and thoughtfully conceived telephones I’ve ever used. And I’ve utilised abounding of iPhones and Android telephones to designated day to understand what I’mconversing about.
There’s many of things to like about the N9: the value and responsiveness of the feel computer display, the nifty ‘swiping’ characteristics, the general gaze and seem of the (unibody) hardware, the navigation and ‘Drive’submissions, the bent glass, the camera value, the way notifications work, the incoming revisions stream outlook,the need of buttons, built-in NFC capabilities, and so on. A actually, actually solid job, Nokia.
It has its quirks too, like any apparatus I daresay, and a amazingly crappy preloaded Webkit browser (no tabs, no favorites, no ‘read it later’, and strange rendering at times). You furthermore can’t personalize the backdrop (save for the secure screen) or add consequences to it – certain thing I’ve developed amazingly fond of with Android phones. iPhone users will overlook their folders.
So why would I – and likely you – not ever purchase it? Two major reasons.
First, the telephone is too expensive. The N9 charges 480 euros (roughly $650) for the 16 GB type, and 560 euros (~$755) for the 64 GB type, before levies or subsidies.
I realise the reasoning. It’s a high-end telephone, and Nokia likes its cost to agree the way it feels about the device. And if it weren’t ~2 years late to the market, it’d be an agreeable cost, too.
Unfortunately, we now reside in a world where you can choose up a decent iPhone or Android handset forapproximately the identical cost or lower, so the N9 easily can’t contend on price.
The second cause is less target and more obvious: the staggering need of apps in the marketplace (called Nokia Store these days). It’s not disastrous; the telephone arrives preloaded with apps like Maps, Drive, Skype, Facebook, Twitter, Angry Birds (lite), AccuWeather, YouTube etc. and you can effortlessly establish apps like Foursquare and some pleasant sport from the shop, free of charge.
But that’s attractive much it, and it’s a problem.
I understand I can choose up any Android telephone or iPhone, establish the Yammer app and cooperate with myyoung individual TechCrunch staffers instantly (okay, when the app does what it’s presumed to, which isn’thabitually the case). I can establish Amazon’s Kindle app and start reading my most lately downloaded ebook on the sheet I was when I last marked off. I can establish the NYT and WSJ apps to hold on peak of world report, and download Pulse to read the feeds I’ve subscribed to. I can establish Shazam and recognise and purchasemelodies while I am. I can download Viber and call and text my associates for free.
On the Nokia N9, no one of that is possible. The business agent I conversed to yesterday states it will get better, and developers just require to become more cognizant of cross-platform submission framework Qt and how they can dock living apps so they run on MeeGo.
Perhaps, but that will take time, and as I said before, Nokia is currently late to this game.
It’s a miserable, odd paradox: the telephone is so attractive and works so easily that I’m really having a hard time putting the N9 down, but I can frankly state that I would not ever suggest any individual to proceed out and buy it in a world so chock-full of better choices, particularly at that price.......

Steve Jobs: 1955 – 2011

Steven Paul Jobs, the co-founder and head individual of Apple, past away Wednesday at the age of 56.

Born in San Francisco in 1955, Jobs increased up beside Cupertino, Calif. After assisting Reed College in Portland for one semester (and auditing categories for free for some more), Jobs took a job at Atari, conceiving circuit boards. In 1976, Jobs co-founded Apple with Steve Wozniak.

The two juvenile men begun out with a couple of 1000 dollars in money and a dream of altering the world. Over the course of the past 35 years, the business and Jobs have gone on to change the world, the individual computing commerce, the melodies and movie commerce and the wireless commerce as we know.

Apple issued its first mass-market merchandise, the Apple II in 1976. The Apple II assisted ignite what would become renowned as “the individual computer revolution” and push the charismatic Jobs into the spotlight. By the time IBM issued its first PC in 1981 and Commodore issued the Commodore 64 in 1982, Apple was currently hard at work on the merchandise that would cement Apple’s location in computing annals, the Macintosh.

Brazenly presented to the world in 1984 by a Super Bowl publicity administered by Ridley Scott, the Macintosh assisted set the benchmark for individual computing paradigms for the next decade.

Is Social Media Application Development Affordable?

A lot of marketers are caught up on the old ways and thus are not aware of the difference in price social media marketing brings. They feel that advertising or marketing of any sort should cost an arm and a leg just because a print ad in a newspaper or magazine, or worse still, an advertisement on TV can run the marketing budget through the roof. This is simply not the case for social media applications.
In most cases, customized social media applications can be created for a quarter of the cost of a traditional advertising budget and can reach a global audience while providing the ability to get instant feedback and measurable metrics to determine success and ROI.
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Success metrics can be determined previously and embedded into the customized social media applications during the development process. This helps track values that are important to the marketing department in order to determine whether the campaign was a success or not and identify areas in which the brand or product can improve in order to satisfy their customer even further still.
All in all, social media application development is a smart, efficient and quick method of reaching a global audience and tracking success at a fraction of the cost. This is the future of marketing and you are either on board or getting left behind. The choice is yours. With over 200 projects under our belt, we here at Cygnis Media have seen it and done it all. To get started, contact us for an instant quote.