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Smart TV vs Normal TV – Are Smart TVs Dumb?

What is a Smart TV?

Originally known as “connected TVs”, Smart TVs are types that can connect to the internet for social networking, normal browsing activity, streaming on-demand rental services, as well as playing internet music and TV stations, in addition to streaming ordinary cable or satellite TV content. The best Smart TVs offer entertainment, social networking and functional features that normal TVs don’t and in 2016 there’s a range of Smart TVs available under £500. This was definitely not the case in 2014 or 2015 in Britain.

How different are smart TVs from normal TVs?

Unlike the normal UK TV models that are based on mere integrated circuits, smart TVs run on operating system software that has pre-installed apps, although there is no standard operating system across the board. Popular UK brands Samsung, LG, Panasonic and Sony – they all have their custom built operating systems with their different layouts and usability. While traditional TV sets have a few standard inputs and output ports, the top reviewed smart TVs tend to offer more options to connect to devices. Thus almost every smart TV in UK incorporates a variety of input options including multiple HDMI and USB ports, and allows networking with a number of home devices and smartphones.

Something about smart TVs that is not found on other normal TVs in the UK is the ability to stream on-demand video services such as Hulu and Netflix. In late 2015 and early 2016, there has been popularity of these services and the debate about how people can actually reduce the cost of watching content in Britain by incorporating on-demand content into their day-to-day life.

Besides, users can browse social sites such as Facebook and Twitter through apps, thus these devices compete in that way, with the best smartphones and most powerful computers.

How do smart TVs work? Technology

  • Juggling of graphics/video processing
  • video streaming
  • managing internet connectivity
  • managing multiple screens
  • memory management

Smart TVs do all this using an integrated computer-like framework. These TVs use processors in order to handle a volume of tasks. Some Smart TVs also come with extended internal memory and external memory slots in the UK.

They also use software to allow reception and processing of complex and multiple instructions, as well as relaying back of useful feedback. The world has experienced the Full HD (1080x1920p), and Ultra HD 4K (about 4000p) screens that deliver sharper and more detailed screen images and is anticipating the 4K Blue-ray discs that are expected to deliver extra quality – more details and sharpness, but cost more.

Applications are either preinstalled or can be installed just like smartphones and computers. These applications allow watching on-demand video services and using social networking services like Twitter and Facebook. Many of these TVs come with in-built WiFi for internet connectivity, others connect to the internet using an ethernet cable. In 2016, you’ll hardly find any without WiFi capabilities.

Are they worth it? Let’s discuss pricing and features

According to Topuptv.co.uk, you can buy a 50 inch Smart TV in less than 500 pounds, which was definitely not possible in the UK earlier this year. Smart TVs offer much more content than the traditional normal TVs and are slowly becoming an integral part of modern home entertainment. However, some argue that they’re overpriced although this is changing in 2016. Smart TVs can be worth the cost especially when you consider the price of separate internet connectivity gadgets, set top boxes etc which are not required with Smart TVs. The fact that smart TVs offer more features make them acceptable at their higher costs and are better options to cable TV if your family is used to watching movies, online streaming services, occasional series and live sports.

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With all the information above, you can clearly understand why smart TVs have become so popular over the years. Their evolution has marked a turning point in the way we view tv.

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10 Reasons Why France and ISIS Are Fighting

France has faced tragedy before and it struck again yesterday on the 13th of November 2015. There are various reasons why the Islamic State is targeting France. The fight has caused a lot of destruction and has shocked the world over and over again. Here are the top 10 reasons why France is the primary target of Islamic terrorists.

  1. France joined the US in attacking Syria in September 2015.

    France has been a lead taker and probably the most active country in tackling Islamic terrorism in Syria.

  2. France has been a leading force opposing Islamic terrorist activity around the world.

    Other places where France has actively attacked jihadis are Mali (since 2013), Libya and Iraq. In the attack yesterday, one of the attackers shouted “This is for Syria” before hurling bullets and grenades on unarmed civilians.

  3. France has a huge Islamic/Muslim community in Europe which makes it easier for IS to find recruits.

    Various French army men have defected to the Islamic State even ones from the First Marine Infantry Parachute regiment which is known worldwide for the finest commando training.
    Up to ten former French soldiers  have defected to Islamic State    Telegraph

  4. There’s a huge inflow of arms into France from other European countries.

  5. The French have killed various top al-Queda commanders which has made them enemies throughout the Islamic world.

    Over 9000 French troupes are placed around the world to curtail Islamic Jihadi terrorist activities. There is french presence in various parts of Africa and in Iraq. The French have paid the price with the terrorists kidnapping dozens of French nationals and killing many including the 2013 killing of Frenchman Philippe Verdon.

  6. France is further escalating the war on Islamic Terrorists

    Last week France made the announcement to deploy an aircraft carrier in the Gulf sea to further it’s fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.

  7. Inside France, the gap between the Islamic and Christian community has grown over the years.

    France took the lead in banning of the burqas and French prisons are known for radicalising innocent Muslim men into hardened jehadis.

  8. Over 65% of inmates inside French jails are Muslims.

    There is belief in the Islamic community in France that they’re targeted against and prisons act as madarasas or schools to convert these young Muslim men into hardened fundamentalists.
    In France Prisons Filled With Muslims

    What is going wrong in France s prisons Telegraph

  9. French neighbour Belgium is an arms haven

    In the previous Charlie Hebdo attack, all weapons were sourced from Belgium. The unprotected borders don’t help and anyone can easily drive into France from Belgium.

  10. Proximity to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria

    France, out of France, UK and USA is the closest to the affected African and Middle East areas making it an obvious target.

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Selecting The Best and Safest Crib For Your Baby – 2015 2016 Latest

The most essential part of the house for a baby is his sleeping haven. This is where the little one curls up into a cozy sleep after the big day’s activities. An infant bed may constitute a crib, a cradle or a bassinet. While a cradle or a bassinet can be great options for the baby’s sleeping area, the reason why a good non toxic baby crib can save you a lot of work is that it can last for many years (due to its bigger size) while a cradle or a bassinet can go out of use sooner as a baby is likely to outgrow them in some months.

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The safest and my favourite by-far

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Da Vinci Kalani convertible crib
(check price)
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Made from New Zealand pine wood, Green-Guard certified, meets US CPSC safety standards, 4 height adjustment levels, sturdy and can take quite a lot of weight. Also offers 6 gorgeous color options.

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Essential Reading – Everything You Need to Know About Non-Toxic Cribs

Cute Twin Babies

Today in 2015 – 2016, the market has many types of cribs with dozens of crib accessories to offer. They differ in their design, price, manufacturing materials and so on, but honestly, they all look good only on the surface! So, if you’re looking to buy a crib for your baby, how do you decide which one to buy? Listed below are a few essential points to keep in mind when selecting the best crib for your baby.

1. Crib Size, Space, Storage and Combos

The size of the crib is important. Many parents buy small cribs that are perfect for baby’s current needs, but what they don’t realise is that babies grow very fast and before they know, they need a new, bigger crib. It is important to check the size of a crib’s sleeping area to see if your baby will be comfortable in it. At the same time, it is also important to check the space available in your house. If you have a small nursery, remember to go for a space-saving or fold-able baby crib. There are cribs that come with a lot of storage space, which is a superb idea for small homes as it saves you buying a separate shelf for baby diapers or other sleeping accessories. You may also want to check some cribs that have a built in changing area, drawers, play panels or even adjustable height to match the height of your bed. Some are one side open so it can form a part of your bed. There has been a lot of innovation in the cribs industry and you must explore the ideas I’ve mentioned.

2. Convertible, Transportable, Folding Cribs with Wheels

Simple cribs with basic functionalities are relatively lower in price in comparison to the more functional cribs like convertible baby cribs. Convertible cribs cab be transformed into a toddler bed, a day bed and/or a full-sized bed for later years. These are very popular and solve the baby bed problem for a long time. In addition to the crib conversion kits, some cribs come with additional features like an attached side table and/or dresser which can be used for changing the baby’s diapers and storing the baby’s stuff (like the ones with changing table mentioned above). Other types of cribs include the transportable cribs which can either have wheels to stand on, or can have the option of folding up into something like carry bags. These are a great option for parents who have to switch between houses or who travel often.

Safe Non Toxic baby Cribs

3. Budget for the Crib

Since there are innumerable types of cribs available, the price range is endless! It is crucial to define your budget for the crib before you set out to buy one. Although an increase in price can often get you a crib with added features, sometimes you’ll find that the higher price is mainly due to the design and look of the crib. In such cases, if your crib budget is low, it is wise to go for a simple looking option to bring down the price without compromising on the quality or safety.

4. Manufacturing Material for the Crib

Just as there are various types of cribs, so are there numerous types of crib manufacturing materials available today. Cribs can be made of wood, MDF, plastic or even metals, etc. While many of these can look attractive and strong from the outside, it is important to note that the cribs made of solid wood are the safest of them all. Wooden cribs are sturdy, beautiful and most importantly – non-toxic! Let us discuss more about crib safety in the following section.

Cribs Infographic - Safety and Security

5. Crib Safety – Sturdiness, Strength, Smell and Chemicals

Crib safety is most essential in my opinion. It is the one aspect that affects your baby’s well-being most significantly! In order to ensure that a crib is safe, we must check how strong the crib is. Like I mentioned above, the crib’s manufacturing material is an important part that determines the crib’s over-all strength. Another thing to keep in mind is that the crib should be non-toxic! It must be absolutely safe for the baby and must not contain harmful substances like lead, phthalates and formaldehyde (mostly found in crib glues). Sometimes the crib material is safe (like real wood) but the paints used to coat the surface are toxic. These paints can cause the room to fill the baby’s room with a toxic smell and it can take months for that smell to dissipate. I have read about parents having to sell their newly bought cribs at very low prices because of the annoying, toxic odour. At times despite all the materials being safe, the crib has lose or broken screws or joints. Hence, it is important to check all the materials used in the crib thoroughly before purchasing the crib. Finally, it is always advisable to buy a new crib if your budget allows you because used cribs can be weakened by rough handling over time and may not even meet the latest crib-safety standards.

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Are Google Talk, Twitter, Facebook days over? Welcome Google Wave!

Google Talk days are over. For all you Gtalk addicts – You abandoned MSN messenger first, then you quit Yahoo chat. Now its time to welcome Google Wave. It is awesome and it’s here to give Twitter and Facebook a hard time, although it is very well integrated with Twitter.

I’m not really talking about Google Wave replacing Facebook or Twitter. The question I have is, with such dynamic integration with Twitter, Facebook and other API based services, will you even need to log into Twitter via Twitter.com ever again to access anything? Already, with Twitter applications, I hardly ever use Twitter.com’s web interface to update my Tweets, its always some application.

Although Google Wave is coming out in a browser-only version, it’s just a matter of time before we’ll have hundreds if not thousands of applications developed around Google Wave. With the failure (or what they call a failure at Google) of Orkut and Google Friend Connect, this is Google’s attempt to regain a slice of the communication market.

I am interested in how it will integrate with Google search and other search engines and how it will affect Internet Marketing and SEO for businesses in days to come. That will probably be the deciding factor whether Google Wave replaces Twitter for businesses.

In a nutshell – Google Wave is a multi-stream communication system that integrates with Twitter, Facebook and other applications for seemless communication, conferencing, emailing and media sharing.

Only Google Wave’s public launch will tell if I’ll ever need to log on to Twitter or Google Talk again.

Check out these videos to find out more about Google Wave and what makes it extra special..

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Dubai holidays

Rotating floors - Dubai holidays - Visit the world's firsts
Rotating floors – Dubai holidays – Visit the world’s firsts

Dubai holidays remind you of Las Vegas, that’s the kind of effect it has on you, no doubt about it. This classiest of Middle East’s cities is a great place to visit on your holidays.  The big downside is that it’s an expensive city to stay and shop in. We went to several malls and did a lot of shopping (most of it was window shopping), but I’m getting ahead of myself.

The desert is impressive with unbelievable sand dunes that extend as far as the eye can see. Our full day desert tour was a novel experience, and something I’ve since recommended to many friends. Our Camel ride was different from the elephant ride we experienced in India, but was pretty good nonetheless. This is perhaps the most authentic insight into Dubai’s traditional culture one could hope for. Our city tour was quite organized and travelling through Dubai in double-decker buses was fun.

The boat ride across creek side was a good experience and worth it for the city views. The city has plenty of buses and taxi fares are reasonable. Taxis are tough to hire on Thursdays and Fridays so ensure that your hotel calls one in advance. I’m not much of a skiing person but my wife did try her hands at skiing in the enormous Mall of Emirates.

Anyone going for holidays in Dubai should know – Attire – Swimsuits are o.k. on the beach but make sure you’re wearing casual/smart wear in the city. Never, repeat never roam bare-chested, let’s just say it could create problems for you. Women must dress conservatively. January was surprisingly pleasant for a place that’s in the desert. Dubai laws prohibit sale of liquor outside hotel bars and restaurants. Don’t Ever Drink and drive, you may regret it, their laws are super-strict and you have been warned. Food is quite palatable, even in the more reasonable places, and I personally liked the Shawarma, made from chicken. Remember to be courteous and don’t chew with your mouth open. The only time we visited a fancy restaurant, the food was lip smacking. Shisha Bars are quite popular and apparently great places for socialising.

No description of the city can be complete without mentioning Dubai’s legendary shopping. We quite liked Deira Gold Souk, and even bought some pretty gold jewellery.
The malls were incredible, and make sure you’re carrying extra cash, because the variety is incredible and the temptation to spend money strong. We had a great time and next time we plan to go in March when the Dubai Shopping Festival is in full force. Booked using Zip holidays .


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Wolfram Alpha Screenshots and My Test Reviews

I have been intrigued with the whole Wolfram Alpha hype for a long time and when finally I got to lay my hands on this engine, I was pleasantly surprised. I have to say, this is way beyond my expectations (I mean better) and the extent to which they’ve researched before launching it is really mind boggling.

Microsoft tried for ages to solve Integral and Derivative mathematical problems. I remember coming across a set of software to solve some complex Integration problems during A levels – never found anything good.

Wolf Ram Alpha is an answer engine that doesn’t return results like Google. It returns answers straight to the point. I have a few screenshots of what Wolfram Alpha can do. Get ready for an eyebrow raising experience.

What do you think about Wolfram Alpha? It’s 4pm CST and Wolfram Alpha launches at 7pm CST. 3 hours to go. Can’t wait.

For all those still talking about “hype”, just imagine the detail of the algorithm that runs this engine. It is remarkable. All the best to Mr Stephen Wolfram and Wolfram Alpha!

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No Man in the World can Resist our Apple Strudel. Who said this?

Harold Lloyd's Apple Strudel
Harold Lloyd's Apple Strudel

Google trends is kindda strange. You never know what people may come up searching for and why. For example, people are profusely searching for:

1. No Man in the World can Resist our Apple Strudel

2. A Snack so Good, People Even Eat the Wrapper

Who is searching for that, and what is making people search for this? Since you’re on this page searching for it, perhaps you can share some knowledge?

Our research

1. You’re searching for “No Man in the World can Resist our Apple Strudel” or Harold Lloyd’s Apple Strudel poem because you really love Apple strudels.

2. You were very moved by Chicago businessman Harold Lloyd’s story, where Rogue magazine was helping him. You want to know more about him and want to read about how small businesses are affected by the recession.

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Vinita Nair – My favorite TV Anchor

Here’s what one of my friends has to say about Vinita Nair:

Hi all, I am a big fan of Vinita Nair. Being someone who wakes up very early, I rarely miss her morning shows. She co-anchors the widely seen World News Now and America This Morning on ABC every day. Basically from Colleyville, Texas she is doing a fabulous job.

Having finished her graduation in Texas with a degree in Journalism, she moved on to anchoring and reporting in the print media. She worked with KWGN – TV and KOLN/KGIN-TV in Lincoln and WYCC-TV, Nebraska prior to working in ABC.

She has written for ‘Today’s Chicago Woman Magazine’ and was a reporter for Talk Radio News in Washington D.C. She dedicated herself on reporting on multitude of topics like Jon Benet Ramsey murder investigation and the school shootings at Bailey, Colorado. She has also anchored daily morning and afternoon newscasts.

 

Hot Vinita Nair
Hot Vinita Nair

Her stint at ABC network is commendable. She worked on live coverage and news briefs for the ABC’s digital network. In ABC News, she co-anchors with Jeremy. Both have the best chemistry I feel that has made the reporting lively. ABC News President David Westin was pleased by her willingness to expand her role in the ABC network.

She has showed her versatility as an anchor, journalist and reporter with wide applause from all quarters of the print media. Very attractive, disciplined and has great sense of humor.

Sometimes when I am unable to watch her shows, I simply record it. Her diction and demeanor in reporting are truly outstanding.

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Online Gambling laws in India. Are online casinos, poker and slots allowed in India?

Good question. I did some research on it for quite a bit today and found the following answer: NO! Laws don’t permit online gambling in India.

The only casinos in India reside in the state/city of Goa. These are on yachts that take passengers (gamblers) from the shore, then cruise to International waters to start gambling. News has it that 3 new companies are starting Gambling cruise liners. Result: Indians who go out to neighboring country Nepal to gamble, now need not. They can go to Goa instead. However, these yachts (or ships) charge heavily for their cruises to encourage more foreigners and to keep petty local gamblers off. The Casino Goa (first and only yacht where gambling is legal in India) is owned part by an Australian investor and part by the yacht making company – some Advani.

The Indian 1867 Gambling Act prohibits gambling anywhere on Indian soil except lottery and horse racing. No wonder people flock in their thousands to bet at polo grounds in Delhi. The lottery on the other hand is state controlled.

Some argue that the Indian Gambling act of 1867 doesn’t say anything about online gambling or betting, obviously because the Internet didn’t exist then. But on some law sites experts claim that the same act can be used to prohibit online gambling. There are fines for anyone providing a place to gamble and for gamblers in order of a few hundred dollars or a few months’ prison.

Fact is, India needs a new, clearer, updated Gambling law. It doesn’t make sense for India to allow gambling because of Poverty, but if there are regulations on the amount of money that can be spent per day or per week, per person, then I guess it can become a massive industry in India. Some international companies including Jackpotcity.co.in are flocking to India to test the online casino waters. Time will tell whether they succeed or fail. My personal experience says it will be a success, considering over 30% of all online gamblers are from Asian countries.

Related links:

http://ezinearticles.com/?Online-Gambling&id=1223920

http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview/id/8021.html

http://forums.digitalpoint.com/showthread.php?t=247861

Feel free to post your views: Should gambling be allowed in India? Why?

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Approximately what percentage of Costa Rica’s land area is in protected areas?

Today’s question on Marriott World of Rewards:

Approximately what percentage of Costa Rica’s land area is in protected areas?

Answer:

23 percent

(Obtained from Wikipedia)

A little about Costa Rica and its protected areas

Costa Rica lies in that little strip below Mexico between the two continents – North America and South America. Surrounded by the Pacific ocean and Carribean sea on either sides, Costa Rica has plenty of beaches and the weather every holiday maker dreams of.

A fantastic place to live, Costa Rica was ranked 4th among Latin American in terms of HDI (Human Development Index) and 1st in all Americas and 5th world-wide in terms of Environmental Performance Index with 23% of its area preserved in protected areas.

No wonder the question about Costa Rica had to do with its protected areas.

Good luck to everyone! Have received almost 50,000 participants on this site, and never once has anyone claimed winning a prize. Hope we hear something today. Tomorrow is the last day of the quiz 🙂