What’s So Special About Blackberry’s Push Technology?

BlackBerry’s Push functionality keep you abreast of all of your important information without having to constantly check for updates or set your devices to scan multiple servers for new information. The technology is one of the hallmarks of BlackBerry business services. BlackBerry’s push servers function as the go-between for your BlackBerry devices and the information servers to which you’re subscribed. The BlackBerry Push function gets you information as soon as the data’s available, it’s energy efficient, and its SDK (Software Development Kit) is open to all developers. Here is a run down on just some of these benefits:

No Wait Time

Because the BlackBerry Push servers are in direct communication with your content provider’s push servers, updates are sent to your BlackBerry device as soon as the content becomes available. When a content server sends a push request to the BlackBerry Push servers, the Push server sends a response back to the content server. After the two servers complete the brief handshake process, the data in push heads to your BlackBerry device. A response is sent back from your device to the the content server to acknowledge that the data has been received. While this process may seem a bit complex, it all happens in seconds and is completely seamless.

Preserves Data and Battery Life

Push saves your device battery life as well as data usage. The BlackBerry Push server and the Push content servers handle the search and dissemination of new content, so your device doesn’t have to constantly check an email server for new emails or a social networking server for new site updates. The only data your device will expend on messages and updates will simply be the process of receiving the information.

Open SDK

The BlackBerry Push SDK is open to developers, which means your organization’s IT department can launch a Push content server for company instant messaging, emails and updates. The Push SDK is built on the popular Java programming platform, so development of a Push content server would pose little challenge to even the smallest of IT departments. The whole process is also transparent, which means your organization can see the route the data travels between content servers and end user devices. There’s no need to worry that internal data will be leaked.

The Ramos Alarm Clock

This may be the coolest and most sleek looking alarm clock on the market. The only issue is that it’s not on the market yet. This kickstarter program has reached its goal and beyond, so you are going to need to move quickly to make sure that you do not get wait listed. The most amazing features of this clock are not obvious from first look.

This alarm clock is going to come in two different versions. The most impressive version uses nixie tubes, which are pieces of retired Soviet technology. That means that once they are used up then they are gone forever unless they go back into production at a very high cost per unit. The more affordable and sustainable version use the more standard LED lights to display the time, in place of the nixie tubes.

Ramos Alarm Clock

The other really amazing feature is the main feature of this clock. Instead of shutting off the alarm by hitting a button, you need to punch in a custom code into a separate keypad that you can keep anywhere in the house. The creator keeps his keypad in the bathroom downstairs so that he needs to get up and wake up to actually shut off the alarm.

As of the time when this article was written, the kickstarter will still be active for 37 days. You can pledge money to get the project up and running, but their goal has been met. If you want to be one of the first people to own a Ramos Alarm Clock, this is the only option. You can choose between the Nixie tube version and the version the uses LED lights.
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Top Broadband Tips for Gamers

Gamers are far choosier that most about the type of broadband service they receive in their home and for good reason. Being a gamer means that you will want to have fast web access at all times, whether you are involved in a multiplayer match-up with friends or you want to stream the latest gameplay clips and trailers from YouTube.

It can be tough to work out which broadband option will be the best for a gamer, but with these top-five tips you should be able to find the most appropriate broadband package to support your favourite pastime.

Connection Speed

The key concern for any gamer will be the speed with which they can get online. This will dictate how fast you can download patches and updates and how quickly you can find matches to join in multiplayer scenarios.

While standard ADSL broadband connections which use a fixed landline telephone connection are affordable and common, most gamers will want to opt for a fibre-optic service if it is available in their area. Fibre-optic download and upload speeds can exceed 100Mbps on the best packages, which should give you an excellent gaming experience.

Latency and Connection Ratio

The quality of a broadband connection is not determined simply by its theoretical download and upload speeds. Gamers also need to find out what kind of latency they can expect when playing online and whether the connection ratio at their local exchange is high or low, depending on each provider.

Latency dictates the speed with which information is sent to and from the server that is hosting an online game and your PC. A lower latency means your ability to respond to real-time events, such as confronting an enemy around a corner and squeezing off a few rounds from your weapon, will be improved. This could give you the edge in important matches and will generally reduce the chances of lag spoiling your evening.
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HTC Evo 3D

The first 3D phone is here, courtesy of HTC, and really is a massive step in mobile technology. The device has a HD touch screen that is perfect for viewing all the 3D content you want.

You can view 3D movies, 3D YouTube clips or even your own 3D photos, and, the best part is, you don’t have to wear 3D glasses to get the full effect. This is thanks to special stereoscopic technology that the device has inside its high-resolution 4.3″ display.

Amazingly you can choose to take picture or videos in 2D or 3D with a flick of a switch on the side of the device. The 2D, 5 Megapixel camera allows for a good quality images and the HD 720p video recorder allows you to capture amazing 3D footage. This can then be shared to Facebook, or made into a 3D masterpiece with the new 3D Youtube channel, and then shared for the world to enjoy.

For all of this to work, what’s under the hood of the device is highly important. The Evo 3D has a speedy 1.2GHz dual core processor, has a bigger battery for longer usage time and has the latest versions of Android and HTC Sense. The device is fast and smart and, with the new HTC Sense 3.0 active lockscreen, you are able to quickly jump between your phones applications such as message and your camera.
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Which TV is Best for You?

LCD TV

Advantages:

  • LCD screens do not reflect light like a plasma screen might. LCD TVs are backlit which means they naturally block out any outside light which make them fantastic for natural light viewing scenarios.
  • You can buy LCD Tvs in a wide range of sizes, usually in between 22-50”. Plasma screens tend to be larger because of the technology involved in the screens, so you can have more versatility when choosing a size. You can buy LCD TVs in over 100 sizes.
  • LCD TVs use less electricity to function than other types of TV, so if you’re trying to cut down on your electricity usage an LCD screen might be for you.

Disadvantages:

  • Screen refreshing rates on LCD TVs aren’t as frequent as those on plasma. This means that motion blur may become apparent when watching fast movements on the screen. This tends to be on larger screens though, so you may not notice it if you have a screen which is 35” or less.
  • The contrast and brightness of LCD TVs tend to be duller than other types of TV. LCD’s have trouble showing black because of the LCD panel. This may mean that images may be less crisp than they could be.
  • LCD TVs could potentially have pixel failure, meaning that you could have areas of the screen which don’t work. This is very unlikely in high quality LCD TV models, but it’s worth taking into consideration when choosing a TV type for yourself.

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