Monday, September 29, 2008

Ultra-Mobile Devices Take Off

Ultra-mobile devices to reach 200M by 2013

By Vivian Yeo, ZDNet Asia
Thursday, September 25, 2008 01:01 PM

Demand for ultra-mobile devices such as Netbooks and MIDs (mobile Internet devices) will match that of notebook PCs by 2013, new research has revealed.

Shipment of ultra-mobile devices will grow from 10 million units this year to over 200 million in 2013, ABI Research said in a statement Wednesday. This puts the market on par with the notebook PC market, which the research analyst expects to also reach some 200 million in unit shipment.

According to Philip Solis, principal analyst at ABI Research, the market would be worth nearly US$27 billion. While small compared to the wireless handset market, this figure is "significant" nonetheless, Solis said.


Saturday, September 27, 2008

Technique Developed to Capture Human MOvement in 3D

ScienceDaily (Aug. 13, 2008) — Researchers from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) and the University of Lovaina (UCL), in Belgium, have presented a technique that, using two video cameras to capture human movement, makes it possible to recognize body movements and display them in three dimension on a computer, according to the journal Multimedia Tools & Applications.

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Friday, September 26, 2008

Adobe CS4 Creative Suite

Adobe's industry-standard creative software takes your creative experience to a new level. Design for every media - print, web, interactive, rich Internet applications, video, mobile - with all-new Adobe Creative Suite 4 software. Reserve your copy today and be among the first to drive CS4 when it ships.

Which suite is right for you?

Adobe offers 6 different suites spanning 14 products. Choose between the Master Collection, to command the entire creative universe; Design Premium with its web and print versatility; Web Premium to help with all phases of web design; and Production Premium with its ability to electrify all types of image and video production.

Check it out here.

Thursday, September 25, 2008


Floola is a freeware application to efficiently manage your iPod or your Motorola mobile phone (any model supporting iTunes). It's a standalone application that can be run directly from your iPod and needs no installation under Linux, Mac OS X and Windows (Windows Vista is supported).

Floola supports all common used iPod features including photos, artwork, podcasts and smart playlists!

It automatically converts any incompatible audio or video file so that you can copy almost any file to it. It even allows adding youtube and myspace videos with a single click!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Palm OS II smartphones pushed to first half of 2009

While maintaining that its next-generation operating system will still reach completion by the end of 2008, Palm subtly changed the expected shipping date for handsets based on the Linux-based OS to the first half of 2009. During an analyst call last week, Palm reiterated that the OS--known as both "Palm OS II" and "Nova"--remains on track to make its debut by year's end, echoing promises delivered in May by CFO Andrew Brown. But while Palm smartphones were once expected to follow by early next year, the firm now estimates devices will ship sometime during the first six months of 2009. In the interim, Palm will continue offering devices running on the current incarnation of the Palm OS as well as Windows Mobile-based products.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

3d Sport Panoramics

Click here to check out 3d Sport Panoramic Photographs from the Library of Congress.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Overweight kids likely to have more headaches, study finds

By Marilyn Elias, USA TODAY
The more overweight children and teenagers are, the more frequent and disabling their headaches, according to the first national study to look at possible links between obesity and headaches in kids.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Grant Opportunity

Grants are available for schools and non-profit organizations for obesity prevention programs pertaining to youth. Grants will not be awarded to individuals or to religious or political organizations.

Application instructions can be found at:

Monday, September 15, 2008

Grant Opportunity

Hidden Valley Salad Dressings is accepting applications to its Love Your Veggies grant program. The purpose of the program is to help elementary schools develop fresh fruit and vegetable programs starting in April 2009 and lasting through the 2009-2010 school year.

Ten $15,000 grants will be awarded to elementary schools across the United States to support programs that help provide students with increased access to, and consumption of fresh, healthy foods made available through an on-campus vegetable consumption program. Each school grant will consist of $15,000 in direct funding.

Deadline: November 7, 2008

Application and information for applying can be found at:

Friday, September 12, 2008

Amazon to Sell Low-Cost Laptops

Amazon to sell low-cost laptops this holiday season

11:30 AM CDT on Monday, September 8, 2008

The Boston Globe

Low-cost laptops from the One Laptop Per Child Foundation of Cambridge, Mass., will go on sale at this holiday season, making the $200 computers available for the first time through a retail outlet.

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Gesture-Controlled Laptop

Toshiba's new Qosmio laptop is the only gesture-aware computer on the consumer market. Software loaded on the laptop lets users control programs like Powerpoint and MediaPlayer with just a wave of the hand. Using a webcam built into the screen, the computer can distinguish three gestures - a raised palm, a moving fist, and or a thumb flick from up to ten feet away.

Learn more about this at

Thursday, September 11, 2008

New iPod Touch

The new, ultrathin iPod touch - Check it out

California Physical Education Framework

CONTACT: Tina Jung
PHONE: 916-319-0818
September 11, 2008


SACRAMENTO – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell announced that the State Board of Education today adopted a new Physical Education Framework for California Public Schools, the state’s first standards-based framework in physical education.
“This new Framework is an important tool in setting the stage to help our students become more physically active to combat the silent epidemic of childhood obesity,” said O’Connell. “This, in turn, will help them perform better academically and will help us narrow the achievement gap. Studies show a high-quality physical education program helps students develop an active lifestyle, improve health, develop motor skills, and helps their cognitive performance in processing information and applying knowledge.
“However, a high-quality physical education program relies on adequate funding for resources, to hire and train great teachers, and to buy physical education equipment and facilities,” added O’Connell. “I am concerned that in the current state budget crisis and the lingering financial challenges facing schools these days that children may miss out on a high-quality physical education program that can enrich their lives.”
The Framework is based on the premise that every student’s life can be enhanced through participation in a comprehensive, inclusive, and sequential physical education program. The Framework was developed by a committee of educators, most of whom were teachers in California’s public schools. The Framework provides concrete, real-world examples of what high-quality, standards-based physical education instruction looks like in the “At a Glance” and “Learning Snapshots” sections for each grade level. The Framework also gives specific examples for effective planning, instruction, and assessment of the state’s model content standards for physical education. The Framework has been received positively by educators and reflects a growing interest in improving physical education instruction.
The Framework focuses on creating a learning environment that meets the needs of the learner. Chapters on universal access, instruction, support for high-quality physical education programs, and instructional resources all emphasize that every student is entitled to a high-quality physical education program. These chapters provide teachers and administrators with a vision of and guidance on creating physical education programs that help every student succeed.
To view the Physical Education Framework for California Public Schools, please visit (Please note that the Web page will continue to refer to the Framework as "Draft" until the site can be updated to reflect the State Board of Education approval.)

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Pam Slater
Public Information Officer
Communications Division
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Suite 5602
Sacramento, CA 95814
916-319-0100 (fax)

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Presentation Tool

The new wireless Q7 Presenter Tablet from Qwizdom combines many tools into one device. Use the tablet much like an interactive whiteboard except do it wirelessly from the back of the classroom instead of with your back turned in the front. Send instructions and receive feedback and requests for help from studenets on the LCD screen when working within the Qwizdom student response system. Learn more at

Monday, September 8, 2008

Glasses Free 3-D

Philip's new 3-D displays create the illusion of depth by overlaying an LCD screen with tiny lenses that direct slightly different images to the viewer's eyes. The illusion persists with a 120 degrees viewing area. The displays work only with specially created content, so Philips is currently marketing them for use in promotional displays in malls. Home versions should be available within a few years. Learn more at