Friday, March 2, 2012

Zynga launches platform for non-Facebook gaming

(CNN) -- Zynga, maker of "FarmVille," is trying to diversify beyond its signature Facebook games. will no longer be just its corporate website â€" it will also be a platform that features the company's most popular games as well as titles by other publishers.

The site, which is set to go live in a few days, will feature "Words with Friends," "CastleVille," "Zynga Poker," "Hidden Chronicles" and "CityVille," the company announced on its blog Thursday. In addition, Zynga has partnered with MobScience, Row Sham Bow and Sava to develop games for the platform.

The site will also include Social Stream, a feature which lets you play in real time with your friends and find new ones.

Though it sounds like Zynga is trying to create its own social network, CEO Mark Pincus wrote in the blog entry that "we built to complement [Facebook's] pervasive social graph."

Using, other publishers will be to "extend the reach of their games and connect to even more players," Pincus wrote on the blog. "Later this year we'll make our platform available for all social game developers through a Zynga API," he added.

Though Zynga has an enviable relationship with Facebook and generates 12% of that company's revenues, Pincus' company is looking to diversify its sources of income. Currently, 93% of Zynga's revenues come from Facebook.

Given the strong symbiotic relationship between the two, perhaps its no surprise that investors lauded the news; Thursday afternoon, Zynga's stock was up 6% following the announcement.

Researchers Create Transistor Mini Size

A number of Australian scientists claim to have created an atom-sized transistors. This discovery could be the start of the next generation of nano technology.

Microscopic device was made of a single phosphorus atom embedded in the silicon which is the "gate" to control the flow of electricity and the metal contacts are also sized atom.

The study, led by Martin Fuechsle proved that it is possible to position a single phosphorus atom in silicon.

"Previously, atom-sized transistors have been made. However, it was just a coincidence," said Michelle Simmons, Director of the Center for Quantum Computing and Communication of the University of New South Wales, Australia.

A silicon crystal is manipulated at the molecular level by using a microscope a very fine tipped metal, the resulting chemical reaction, is used to unify the atoms on the surface of the silicon transistor was. The devices operate only in a matter of minutes and in extra cold temperatures from liquid helium.

Microchip development during the last 50 years is proof of Moore's Law is found by Gordon Moore, founder of the Intel chip. He predicts that the number of transistors on a chip will double every 18 months. However, with the discovery of atom-sized transistors, Moore's opinion would very likely deny.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Developing brain as Sleeping Baby

Many mothers are surprised by the new-born baby's sleep patterns. That could happen in women who had just given birth. There are babies who sleep longer than interacting with others. There are babies who are fond of staying up at night.

Newborns typically sleep 16 hours a day. At the age of three months, babies sleep only five hours or more in the evening. No wonder many parents complain about having to stay up to accompany the baby.

At the age of 6 months, babies can sleep 8-10 hours at night, or more. But there are also a number of infants who did not sleep at night. Do not worry. That happens because there are some babies who choose to watch in the night they were a year.

But remember to sleep when the baby's brain is growing quickly, you need to form a baby's sleep patterns early on. Here's how:

A. Specify a regular sleep schedule. Read stories, sing lullabies or other things commonly done to deliver the baby to sleep can be done. Do it at the same time so it's time to recognize your baby to sleep.

2. When your baby is sleepy, he lay in bed on their backs. Keep toys out of bed.

3. If the baby is awake at night because of bedwetting, change her diaper. But avoid bright lights. Use dim lights and speak softly, so the baby will know this is not the time to play.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Revealed, the iPhone and the iPad Assembled In "Hand Made"

"Nightline" special episode of the Apple production line at the ABC, presenting a show that surprised many.

Impressions of the event shows a very surprising fact, it turns out Apple made phone, the iPhone is not completely constrained by the engine assembled.

iPhone and iPad could be called a product that is assembled by hand, or "hand-made", although not 100%. Because, there are 141 steps that most of the production line workers directly involved hand. While the iPad, requiring 325 production steps also involve the hands of workers.

At the assembly plant was owned by Foxconn, not many have seen a robot or automatic machine that helps the process of making these two Apple flagship product.

The Apple allow ABC reporter Bill Weir, to enter into the Foxconn factory in China that manufacture Apple products. Of the visit, Weir made a 30-minute show.

The day before the show aired, Weir told ABC will show you how to iPad, iPhone, and MacBook are made. Weir will meet Chinese workers who make them.

"We will show how workers come by bus, sometimes take days to get to Foxconn. It is sad when they have to clean the screen or soldering the chip for 10 hours a day with a minimal fee," said Weir.

Motivation ABC did a special coverage on the Foxconn plant, triggered the reporting on the condition that Foxconn workers are exploited, because of poor health, safety conditions and long working hours.

Previously, there was also news about Foxconn workers who committed suicide and two blasts in 2011 that killed four people and wounding more than 75 other workers.

Responding to the news, Apple announced it would conduct inspections and audits at the Foxconn factory facilities. Inspections will be conducted by an independent organization called the Fair Labor Association (FLA), and has started in mid-February 2012.

A Foxconn executive said it would welcome Apple to raise the wage demands of workers.

For business meals, despite having worked hard and paid only 1.78 U.S. dollars (or about USD 16 thousand) per hour, Foxconn workers must pay their own food, about 0.7 U.S. dollars (approximately USD 6500) for a meal, and pay 17.50 U.S. dollars (approximately USD 160,000) a month to share a dorm room with five to seven other workers.

Foxconn itself, is currently the tech manufacturing plants that supply the technology companies such as HP, Microsoft, IBM, Intel, and Dell

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

LG and Fujitsu Ready to Launch Quad-Core Superphone

Forget dual-core smartphone. Vendor LG Electronics and Fujitsu will launch quad-core processor superphone Nvidia Tegra 3.

The plan, the vendor is going to introduce superphone at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona Spain, February 27, 2012.

Based on a press release from LG, Tegra processor 3 has 4 plus 1 core design that gives a battery life and longer music playback features, like speed of 12 core GPU.

That's why smart phones are supported by the chip that is claimed to provide computing power for the console-quality game.

It also provides better battery life than dual core mobile processor.

The following phone specification that will be introduced by LG and Fujitsu:

LG Optimus 4X HD
CPU: 1.5GHz Quad-Core processor (NVIDIA Tegra 3)
GPU: 12-core
Screen: 4.7 inch (1,280 x 720 pixels) True HD IPS
Internal Memory: 16GB EMMC
Camera: 8MP Backside Illumination Sensor (Rear) and 1.3MP (Home)
OS: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Battery: 2150 mAh
Dimensions: 8.9mm thick

Fujitsu Superphone
CPU: NVIDIA Tegra 3 (Maximum Quad Core 1.5GHz + Core Companion)
Display: 4.6 inches
Camera: 13.1 megapixel (front)
Waterproof, dust-proof and equipped with a fingerprint sensor
OS: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

Reportedly, Fujitsu will be given Superphone Wimax network connection and LTE (Long Term Evolution / 4G). More specific information will be known at the MWC event on February 27, 2012.

Monday, February 27, 2012

This is the Logo New Windows 8

Microsoft finally leaked the logo of the new operating system, Windows 8, on Friday (17.02.2012) in Windows Team's official blog. Enterprise software giant Metro adopts the principle of the interface used in Windows 8.

The new logo is the result of collaboration between the Windows development team and design consulting firm Pentagram. They studied the philosophy of the Metro, and the Microsoft admitted that major changes to the logo of Windows 8.

Window, not the flag

Windows logo really like the window that consists of four boxes, represented only on Windows 1.0 and Windows 89.

Along with the development time, Microsoft seems tempted to enrich logo with color, animation and 3-dimensional. The temptation is to make the Windows logo like a flag fluttering in the position.

Windows 8 and Windows versions of older

One of the Pentagram designer Paula Scher, ask simple questions on the Windows development team. "Microsoft is the Windows product, which means the window. So why is the logo as a flag?" so the question about Paula.

Windows development team agreed with Paula. As a result, the Windows logo as a window 8 made ​​no indentation in the perspective of a small slope.

This design reinforces the identity of the interface, known as Metro-shaped box menu options, or so-called tile.


Older versions of the Windows logo uses four different colors in each box, the red, green, blue and yellow. On Windows 8, the fourth box is given a default color blue. Likewise with his 8-Windows text.

However, Microsoft said, the color can be changed according to the wishes of the user.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Samsung Introduces Galaxy Ace 2 and Galaxy Mini 2

Samsung re-add the smartphone product line of Android-based Galaxy family. On Tuesday (2/21/2012), the South Korean manufacturer has introduced two new products, the Galaxy and Galaxy Ace 2 Mini 2.

Galaxy Ace 2 is reinforced with a higher specification hardware than its predecessor, the Galaxy Ace. Galaxy Ace 2 dual core 800MHz processor, 768MB RAM, 4GB internal memory with MicroSD slot, and runs the Android operating system 2.3 (Gingerbread).

Screen size and resolution of the Galaxy Ace 2 is also improved. Spans a 3.8-inch WVGA screen resolution of 480x800 pixels. From the camera, the Galaxy Ace 2 has a 5MP camera with LED flash and VGA front camera, just like Galaxy Ace.

Improved specifications are also experienced by the Galaxy Mini 2. This smartphone is equipped with 800MHz processor, 512MB RAM, 4GB internal memory with MicroSD slot, and running with Android Gingerbread.

Galaxy Mini 2 screens designed larger, 3.7-inch HVGA resolution is also improved, 320x480 pixels. However, it remains a 3MP camera, without the LED flash and front camera.

Galaxy Ace 2 will be available first in the UK in April, while the Galaxy Mini 2 will be marketed in France next month, next new circulating throughout the world.

Samsung has not provided information about the price of this smartphone