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iOS 6.1 Released: New Features, Improvements, Bug Fixes, Issues, Download Links And Everything You Need To Know

| Wednesday, January 30, 2013
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Apple rolled out the final version of the iOS 6.1 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch to the public Monday following Saturday’s release of the fifth and last beta of the latest firmware update. Millions of iOS device owners the world over finally got the much-awaited update almost three months after the first beta of the iOS 6.1 was seeded to registered developers in November last year.

According to Apple, the iOS 6.1 firmware update includes bug fixes, as well as some key features and improvements highlighted below:

- LTE support for more carriers

- Enables purchase of movie tickets through Fandango with Siri (USA only)

- Helps iTunes Match subscribers to download individual songs from iCloud

- New button helps reset the Advertising Identifier

As with iOS 5.1 last year, the iOS 6.1 update seems to be primarily focused on fixing bugs and making incremental improvements.


The easiest way to install the new iOS 6.1 update is over-the-air from Settings, General, Software Update, although the traditional method of updating via iTunes is still available for users who prefer that approach. As with any update, it’s a good idea to make sure you have a recent backup to either iCloud or iTunes—or both—before starting.

Expanded LTE Support

iOS 6.1 improves international LTE carrier support by unlocking LTE capabilities for dozens of additional carriers worldwide, with one very important caveat: you must be using an iPhone 5, iPad mini or fourth-generation iPad. International users of Apple’s first LTE device—the third-generation iPad released last March—will unfortunately still be left out in the cold as both the AT&T and Verizon third-gen iPad models were seemingly built for North American carriers only, and therefore don’t support the LTE frequency bands now used by most carriers outside of North America.

The new LTE carriers of iPhone 5 supported in the firmware update are:
  • USA: Alaska Communications, Alaska GCI, Bluegrass Cellular, C Spire, Cellcom, Pioneer Cellular
  • Canada: MTS, Sasktel
  • Puerto Rico: Claro, Open Mobile
  • Croatia: T-Mobile, VIPNet
  • Denmark: 3, Telenor, Telia
  • Finland: DNA, Elisa, Sonera
  • Greece: Cosmote
  • Hungary: T-Mobile
  • Italy: 3, TIM, Vodafone
  • Kuwait: Zain
  • Luxembourg: Tango
  • Philippines: Globe, SMART
  • Portugal: Optimus, TMN, Vodafone
  • Saudi Arabia: Mobily, Zain
  • South Africa: Vodacom
  • Switzerland: Swisscom
  • UAE: DU, Etisalat

Siri and Fandango

iOS 6.1 users can now purchase movie tickets with some assistance from Siri—a process similar in concept to the restaurant reservations via OpenTable added in iOS 6.0. Users will need to have the Fandango app installed—a voice prompt encourages you to do so if it’s not already there—at which point making a request to purchase movie tickets will basically just hand you off to the Fandango app to complete your purchase.


Note that this Fandango feature is only available in the U.S. at this point. Siri can continue to handle movie lookups as before, but requests to book tickets will result in a message that it can’t do so at any of the available theaters—presumably the same response you’ll get even in the U.S. if no nearby theaters provide online ticket sales via Fandango.

iTunes Match Improvements

iOS 6.1 brings a relatively minor improvement to iTunes Match in the form of the ability to download individual tracks on demand—a feature that was available in iOS 5 but mysteriously disappeared with the release of iOS 6.0.

In iOS 6.1, each individual track now has an iCloud download icon that can be used to fetch the track from the cloud and download it to your local device’s storage. This is essentially the same thing that happens when playing a track from the cloud, but provides users with the ability to pre-download a few tracks without having to fetch an entire playlist—useful when you know you’re going into a place with a poor Internet connection, or if you’re on a limited data plan and are leaving Wi-Fi coverage.



Oddly, however, the Music app in iOS 6.1 treats manually downloaded tracks differently from automatically downloaded tracks—tracks played “from the cloud” are still downloaded as you listen to them in the same way that they have always been, and once played can be replayed without a network connection. However, these tracks retain the iCloud download icon beside them until you manually download them.

iOS 6.1 also brings back the ability to swipe to delete tracks from local storage. Note that this feature only works in the standard track views, not when viewing tracks within a playlist. Swiping left-to-right on an individual track will provide the option to remove that track, and when working from the Albums or Artists listing, you can swipe-to-delete to remove all downloaded content within a specific album or by a specific artist. As in iOS 5, content is only removed from your local device and remains available in your iCloud library.
The iOS 6.1 update also makes another minor change related to the Music app, with the playback controls now rendered with a metallic look, both in the Music app itself as well as on the lock screen.

Passbook Apps

Passbook gets a slight tweak as well: The introductory screen that lets you visit the App Store’s selection of Passbook-enabled software is now its own “pass,” meaning it doesn’t disappear once you add your first digital pass. That way, you can always have access to the App Store collection. (You can, however, delete the pass like any other, if you prefer.)

 

Advertising Identifier

In iOS 6.0, Apple introduced a new Advertising Identifier to replace the use of the unique device identifier (UDID) that many developers and advertisers had previously used to track specific devices for features such as ad targeting. Users were initially given the ability to disable the use of the Advertising Identifier by toggling on the option to “Limit Ad Tracking” hidden under Settings-> General-> About-> Advertising. iOS 6.1 expands this by adding a button that can be used to reset the advertising identifier—a useful feature for those users who may not mind targeted ads but may wish to effectively “start over” with a new unique advertising ID.



It’s actually worth mentioning here that the appearance of these features in iOS 6 is actually an attempt by Apple to increase privacy. Prior to iOS 6, developers were using the UDID—a unique, unchangeable value tied to your specific hardware device—to track advertising. Apple has begun transitioning developers away from using the UDID, and is expected to prevent third-party access to it entirely at some point. Developers will then be required to use the new Advertising Identifier for ad tracking—a setting that users now have the ability to reset on demand or disable entirely.

But What is the Advertising Identifier?
iOS 6 introduces the Advertising Identifier, a non-permanent, non-personal, device identifier, that apps will use to give you more control over advertisers’ ability to use tracking methods. You can reset a device’s Advertising Identifier at any time. And, if you choose to limit ad tracking, apps are not permitted to use the Advertising Identifier to serve you targeted ads. In the future all apps will be required to use the Advertising Identifier. However, until then you may still receive targeted ads.

Apple has also included a variety of security fixes in version 6.1, including for WebKit, Wi-Fi, and other services.

You can download the IPSW, or Apple Device Software Update file for your device from the list of direct links given below:

- iPhone 5 GSM
- iPhone 5 CDMA
- iPhone 4S
- iPhone 4 GSM
- iPhone 4 CDMA
- iPhone 3GS
- iPad mini (GSM, CDMA, Wi-Fi)
- iPad 4th-generation  (GSMCDMAWi-Fi)
- iPad 3rd-generation  (GSMCDMAWi-Fi)
- iPad 2 (GSMCDMAWi-Fi)
- iPad 2 16GB (new)
- iPod touch 4th-generation
- iPod touch 5th-generation

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Google gets SORRY too!!!

| Tuesday, January 29, 2013
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Google gets SORRY too!!!

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Hadyn Parry: Re-engineering mosquitos to fight disease

| Monday, January 28, 2013
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In a single year, there are 200-300 million cases of malaria and 50-100 million cases of dengue fever worldwide. So: Why haven’t we found a way to effectively kill mosquitos yet?

Hadyn Parry presents a fascinating solution: genetically engineering male mosquitos to make them sterile, and releasing the insects into the wild, to cut down on disease-carrying species.

Biotech entrepreneur Hadyn Parry leads a science start-up that develops GM insects to fight dengue fever.

Hadyn Parry: Re-engineering mosquitos to fight disease

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Motivational quotes for 2013.

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  1. "Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements."
    Napoleon Hill

  2. "The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire not things we fear."
    Brian Tracy

  3. "Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get."
    Dale Carnegie

  4. "Obstacles are necessary for success because in selling, as in all careers of importance, victory comes only after many struggles and countless defeats."
    Og Mandino

  5. "A real decision is measured by the fact that you've taken a new action. If there's no action, you haven't truly decided."
    Tony Robbins

  6. "If you can't control your anger, you are as helpless as a city without walls waiting to be attacked."
    The Book of Proverbs

  7. A mediocre person tells. A good person explains. A superior person demonstrates. A great person inspires others to see for themselves."
    Harvey Mackay

  8. "Freedom, privileges, options, must constantly be exercised, even at the risk of inconvenience."
    Jack Vance

  9. "Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live."
    Jim Rohn

  10. "You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want."
    Zig Ziglar

  11. "The number of times I succeed is in direct proportion to the number of times I can fail and keep on trying."
    Tom Hopkins

  12. "You have everything you need to build something far bigger than yourself."
    Seth Godin
Readers: I want to begin this year with a huge burst of motivation. Can you help me out? What quotes or thoughts inspire YOU to be the best that you can be?  (Leave a comment!)

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Canonical Confirms Ubuntu Phone Will Not Allow Android Apps.

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Canonical will provide the necessary help to developers to port their applications to Ubuntu but has clearly stated that it’s not up for charity. In an interview with Engadget, Collins, product manager, Canonical said, “Many Android developers already use Ubuntu as their desktop OS and we have a very close affinity with them. We intend to encourage them to make their Android applications run on Ubuntu, but we won’t engineer any middleware for running Android apps. Developers are intelligent and capable enough to make their apps run on our devices. We have an active initiative right now to directly help them achieve this.”
 




The company is taking all possible measures to ensure that Ubuntu phone operating system is successful from the minute it goes public. Canonical has announced its CoreApps project, focusing on 12 default apps including calendar, calculator, clock / alarm, weather and email client. As part of the project, eight usual apps like File Manager, Calendar, Clock/Alarm, Weather, Terminal, Calculator, E-Mail Client, Document Viewer and four social apps like YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, RSS Reader would be designed.

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Finally!!! 'Temple Run 2' rolled out to Android devices.

| Saturday, January 26, 2013
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Imangi Studios has released the second version of its popular Temple Run game for Android 2.1 (and above) based smartphones and tablet PCs. The game is available for free at Google Play. Till now, the original Temple Run game has got 170 million downloads and Imangi is sure that Temple Run 2 will continue its success story.

The game has been updated with new gameplay features and storylines. The landscape is more diverse, and gameplay has been made more exciting by adding new obstacles and traps. Initially, Temple Run 2 was exclusively launched for Apple's iOS. The app can be downloaded for free but you got to pay to make in-app purchases and premium content. 





Temple Run has become popular on both Apple’s App Store and Google Play Store, garnering a million downloads on its first three days alone after its launch on Google Play, and a total of 100 million downloads in its first year.

Imangi Studios says the game features better graphics, new characters and special achievements along with a bigger monkey! The second version will have new graphics, new organic environments, new obstacles, more power ups, more achievements,

Also, you can get special powers for each character. A bigger monkey will now chase you if you happen to slow down. Users who are not too excited with the basic gameplay can purchase in-game upgrades, which include Coin Value, Coin Magnet, Shield Duration, Pickup Spawn, Boost Distance, Power Meter among many others.  


Click Here to Download 

+Rahul Verma - Enjoy

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Ajax Rating Control for ASP.Net to get the Star rating of hotel, save it into the database and get its value from database.

| Thursday, January 24, 2013
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Download the detailed code here

The Rating control allows users to select the number of stars that represents their rating.

The page designer can specify the initial rating, the maximum rating to allow, the alignment and direction of the stars, and custom styles for the different states a star can have.

In the current example, we will use rating control in the form of stars and will be used to choose the star rating of a hotel. The rating chosen will be saved in the database and displayed from the database on page load.

Following are the properties of Rating Control:  

OnChanged – This event is used to get how many stars user has selected.

AutoPostBack – This property should be true to store rating during rating item click.

CurrentRating – This property is used to display Initial rating value (Number of stars to be filled initially).

MaxRating – This property is used to display maximum rating value (No. of stars here I am displaying only 5 if you want to increase stars value give property like this MaxRating=10).

StarCssClass – This cssclass is used for to display stars.

WaitingStarCssClass – This cssclass is used to show the starts color during saving the rating value.

EmptyStarCssClass – This cssclass is used to display empty stars color.

FilledStarCssClass – This cssclass is used to display filled stars color.

ReadOnly – This property is used to make rating control read only.

RatingAlign – This property is used to set stars vertical or horizontal.

RatingDirection – This property is used to set the direction of stars(LeftToRight or TopToBottom or RightToLeft or BottomToTop).

To save the rating details into the database, create the table with following columns:
  1. Id (int)
  2. HotelName (varchar(200)
  3. StarRating (int)
Add the reference of "AjaxControlToolKit.dll" into your website project and connection string to attach the website with database in the web.config.

Following 3 images are being used to show case the different states of the star rating.
Saved




Empty



       
Filled




Add the rating control on the page designer and set its following properties

AutoPostBack="true" OnChanged="RatingControlChanged" StarCssClass="ratingEmptyCss" WaitingStarCssClass="ratingSavedCss" EmptyStarCssClass="ratingEmptyCss" FilledStarCssClass="ratingFilledCss"

The CSS classes being used can be declared in a separate css file or in the can be added inline."OnChanged" event is fired when rating item is clicked in the browser. This event is being used to save the star rating in the database.

NOTE : In certain scenarios, postback on rating item click is not required. To do that add following line of code in the code behind file(.cs file)

Rating1.Attributes.Add("onclick", "return false;")

Or add as an attribute to the rating control in the page designer as follows:

onclick="return false;"


The page in browser will look like this

Display the video files of any format in the asp.n...

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Display the video files of any format in the asp.n...: Display the video files of any format in the asp.net web site without using silver light and other heavy controls. Simple javascr...

Display the video files of any format in the asp.n...

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"Temple Run 2" downloaded 20 Million Times by iOS users in 4 days since launch.

| Tuesday, January 22, 2013
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Temple Run 2 was downloaded more than 20 million times since its release Apple's App Store last Thursday, according to data released by developer Imangi Studios.

The successful free-to-play sequel to Temple Run became the #1 Free App in just six hours, and is currently the third-highest grossing app available thanks to its freemium content.

“The response from fans has been overwhelming,” says Keith Shepherd, co-founder of Imangi. “We are thrilled players want more of the Temple Run universe, and we hope to grow and expand the game over the coming months.”

The original Temple Run was downloaded more than 170 million times on iOS and Android devices since its release in 2011. It was downloaded more than 2.5 million times on Christmas Day of 2012 as people unwrapped new devices.

To compare, all of the Angry Birds games were downloaded about 8 million times on Christmas Day, according to data release by Rovio.

Temple Run 2 players are also playing a lot.

There have already been 210 million sessions of the Temple Run 2 and 1,775 years of gameplay since Thursday.




Download Temple Run 2 for free from iTunes

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The Story of How Apple Came to Acquire Lala.

| Saturday, January 19, 2013
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In December of 2009 Apple bought a small startup led by Bill Nguyen named Lala. The company was named after the first words of Nguyen’s adopted son. It was also a word play on the solf├Ęge note “La”. Lala struggled through pivot after pivot in the music industry, buying digital radio stations, a CD swapping business and finally streaming music.

Amongst its struggles, Lala did have an interesting success. In 2009 when you Googled a song, the first result was a Lala result. Not an iTunes result, not the artist’s MySpace or website… a Lala result. Every click that led to Lala wasn’t leading to iTunes for a potential music purchase. Even worse for Apple, Lala was often a better deal. When Lala partnered with Google (for Google’s Music Beta) there was a clear and present danger to Eddy Cue and his iTunes empire. Nguyen had pure gold and started a bidding war for the control of the company.

The war didn’t start with Apple and Google though, as you might think. Curiously, it began with Nokia. In a small room, on a cold night, with 40+ people hovered around a Polycon in Finland, they crafted an offer letter to Nguyen and his near-dead Lala. The intention was to breathe new life into Nokia’s mobile OS by creating an edge on a major aspect of mobile devices, music.

Upon reception of the Nokia offer, Bill immediately called Google and said they were discussing an acquisition deal with Nokia and that time was limited. Google’s investment and engineering resources in Lala were seemingly about to vaporize. Unbeknownst to Google, though, Nguyen was absolutely disgusted with the offer from Nokia (around $11M).

Google was worried, they moved fast. They presented Nguyen with an offer for the company. Previously, Bill told M&A from Google what it would take to acquire the company. Instead of meeting his demands they decided (via a lowball offer) to see if Nguyen was desperate or bluffing. Bill made his next move.

He called in a few favors and got a meeting with the leadership at Apple. He explained that he had offers from the largest mobile OS competitors and that they wanted to acquire his music startup. Cue knew if Google obtained Lala the ownership of the service coupled with search dominance could be disruptive to their stronghold. Bill was notorious at getting great deals with the music elite, usually through Lala’s investor, Warner Brothers Music.

In late November, Nguyen was seated at the dinner table in Steve Job’s home on Waverly St in Palo Alto. Also present were Eddy Cue and Tim Cook and other Apple executives. Steve led the conversation while eating a beet salad:

“I’m going to give you a number, Bill, and if you like it, let’s do it and just be done with this whole thing. Okay?” Bill agreed.

Jobs passed a piece of paper to Nguyen and Bill nodded. The deal was done. Apple successfully acquired Lala for roughly $80M (purchase price) with an additional $80M in retention bonuses for the remaining employees valuing the entire deal around $160M.

The ultimate irony in this story is that quite a few notable members of the Lala-to-Apple team followed Bill through the door and onward to his next venture. They left millions in options at a the $196.48 exercise price they had from the 2009 sale/retention bonuses. Some of those same engineers returned to Apple in the highly covered rumor that 20+ engineers went to Apple for $7M.

Apple obtained the same employees for pennies on the dollar. This time with even more experience and startup life under their belt. Paying twice was genius.

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Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs in upcoming movie jOBS

| Friday, January 18, 2013
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The Steve Jobs biopic called "jOBS" starring Ashton Kutcher is premiering next week at the Sundance Film Festival.

Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs in upcoming movie jOBS

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Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts

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Knowing at least some of the Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts will make your Windows 8 experience much more enjoyable. Try to memorize these top Windows 8 shortcut keys.

  • Press the Windows key to enter the tiled Start screen.
  • The Windows key + M minimizes everything that's showing on the desktop.
  • The Windows key + E opens Explorer for quick access to folders.
  • On the Start screen, press the Windows key + D to instantly get to the desktop.
  • The Windows key + Tab opens a list of currently running programs.
  • The Windows key + Print Screen takes a screenshot and saves it in a Screenshots folder nested in your Pictures folder. 
  • To take a screenshot on a Windows 8 tablet, simultaneously press the Windows button and the volume-down button on the tablet chassis.
  • The Windows key + Q opens a global search menu. Type what you're looking for and where you would like to look.
  • The Windows key + W opens a search in your system settings to quickly locate and change system properties.
  • The Windows key + F opens a file and folder search.
  • The Windows key + Pause opens the system properties page to show you a quick rundown of your specs.
  • The Windows key + "," (that's the comma sign!) makes all current windows transparent, giving you a peek at the desktop as long as you hold down the Windows key.
  • The Windows key + "." (the period) snaps a window to the right or left side (toggling each time you press ".").
  • The Windows key + R prompts the Run command—useful for quickly launching apps and other routines with a command prompt.
  • The Windows key + X opens the Quick Access Menu, exposing system functionality such as the Command Prompt, Disk Management, File Explorer, Run, and more. Alternatively, you can right-click on the bottom right corner of the screen to spawn the Quick Access Menu.
  • The Windows key + I opens the settings menu, giving you quick access to the Control Panel, Personalization, and your Power button, among other features.
  • The Windows key + O locks orientation on devices with an accelerometer.

Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts

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2013 Detroit auto show

| Thursday, January 17, 2013
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There may not be any flying cars at this year's North American International Auto Show, but 2013 promises huge innovations on behalf of many automakers displaying their new concepts in Detroit. For those making hybrid and electric vehicles, their flashy presentations only added to the buzz generated by their fresh green-friendly designs.

Volkswagen broke fresh design ground with a new type of electric vehicle -- a plug-in hybrid SUV featuring two electric motors and a diesel engine. The midsize CrossBlue SUV, which is still a concept vehicle, can drive 14 miles in electric mode before shifting to its diesel engine. VW said it would have 305 horsepower and get about 35 miles per gallon while in hybrid mode. In in electric mode, that number would jump to the equivalent of about 89 miles per gallon.


 

The Batman-decorated Kia Optima is displayed at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. The comic inspired auto at the South Korean automaker's exhibit was created to promote an effort to fight hunger in Africa. Features include Batman symbols inside and outside on the Optima and was created as part of a partnership involving DC Entertainment. The "We Can Be Heroes" effort is promoted in part by the use of Justice League characters.


In this photo provided by the Ford Motor Co., William Clay Ford Jr., Executive Chairman, Ford Motor Company, sits in a 1903 Ford Model A, the oldest surviving Ford product at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. The Ford Motor Company was created June 16, 1903 and car production started in July. This car is the third vehicle assembled on the first day of production. It was built at the Mack Avenue factory in Detroit and is owned by Mr. Ford.



Franz von Holzhausen, Chief Designer, Tesla Motors talks about the doors on the Tesla Model X at media previews for the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.



The Hot Wheels edition of the Chevrolet Camaro sits on an oversized track that appears to swoop down from the ceiling. General Motors Co. last year announced it would sell the vehicle with Hot Wheels logos and other toy-inspired touches such as red-lined wheels.



The BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe is displayed at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. Approximately 6000 members of the media from 68 countries are attending the show this year


The Lexus IS 300h


Shelby shows off their turbocharge engine in new Focus ST


Shelby Super Snake Wide Body
The Shelby takes a stock GT500 Mustang, and increases power from 662 hp to 850 hp. For 2013, a wide body kit gives the Super Snake an appropriate amount of visual muscle. The flared fenders cover massive 10-inch front and 13-inch rear wheels. 

The full 850 hp package adds $39,995 to the cost of a stock 2013 GT500 Mustang, and the wide body kit costs $14,995. That means someone could almost buy another stock GT500 (base price: $55,445) for the cost of the Shelby add-ons.




A Fisker Karma with the plug-in hybrid system yanked out in favor of a frugal Corvette V-8. In a piquant irony that auto shows live for, the Destino is brought to you by Bob Lutz, the ultimate Car Guy and retired GM vice chairman who championed the plug-in Chevy Volt.


Several generations of Chevrolet Corvettes on display


Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
Easily the most anticipated debut of the 2013 Detroit Auto Show is the seventh-generation Chevrolet Corvette. It looks like the years of press leaks and speculation were worth the wait: The new 'Vette should be the best one yet, a rolling paragon of American patriotism that sets new sports car standards for it price range.

With pricing close to current base Corvette, the new car should have a 0-to-60 mph time of less than four seconds, skidpad grip greater than 1 g, and braking performance on par with the outgoing Z06 model. Even better is that the Corvette finally has an interior that's as world-class as it's performance.

The phrase "all-new" gets thrown around a lot in the automotive business, but on the Corvette it's appropriate—only two parts carry over from the old car. The new frame, built in-house, is aluminum, saving 99 pounds over the outgoing hydroformed steel while improving torsional stiffness by 57 percent. A carbon fiber hood and roof panel provide more weight savings, although overall curb weight will be up slightly of the sixth-gen 'Vette because of improved creature comforts, tougher crash-test standards, and fuel-saving technology, all of which pack on the pounds.




Lincoln's uphill battle to be relevant in the luxury segment once more continues with the MKC concept. The MKC will be the second of four new vehicles Ford's luxury brand is producing in the next four years (the first being the 2013 MKZ). With sales of small luxury SUVs taking off, Lincoln sees potential to capture market share in the growing segment. In both styling and design, the MKC falls in line with the MKZ, with a modified version of its split-wing grille, push-button shifting, lots of leather, programmable drive control, a capacitive center stack, MyLincoln Touch, and a high level of customization—one example of which will be the ability to personalize and program the interior lighting. The MKC's squat stature, clean lines, and suite of technology should make it an attractive vehicle for consumers shopping for a small luxury SUV. At least, that's what Lincoln is hoping.


Transportation of the two-wheeled variety is sharing the floor at the Detroit auto show with the latest cars, trucks and concept vehicles, a nod to the potential marketing boost that bikes may offer for automakers.
Some, such as those at Subaru's display, are shown just as accessories on vehicles. Subaru has bikes with its Outback wagon, which is aimed at outdoor enthusiasts. Others, such as the electric-powered bicycle displayed by minicar maker Smart display, are for sale.

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HTML5 New Elements and Features

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HTML4 already has a lot of semantic elements to allow you to clearly define the different features of a web page, like forms, lists, paragraphs, tables, etc. However, it does have its shortcomings. We still rely heavily on <div> and <span> elements with different id and class attributes to define various other features, such as navigation menus, headers, footers, main content, alert boxes, sidebars, etc. Something like <div id="header"> works in terms of developers and designers knowing what it is for, and being able to use CSS and JavaScript to apply custom styles and behaviour to make it understandable to end users.


Structure of HTML5 document













HTML5 offers new elements for better structure.

TagDescription
<article>Defines an article
<aside>Defines content aside from the page content
<bdi>Isolates a part of text that might be formatted in a different direction from other text outside it
<command>Defines a command button that a user can invoke
<details>Defines additional details that the user can view or hide
<summary>Defines a visible heading for a <details> element
<figure>Specifies self-contained content, like illustrations, diagrams, photos, code listings, etc.
<figcaption>Defines a caption for a <figure> element
<footer>Defines a footer for a document or section
<header>Defines a header for a document or section
<hgroup>Groups a set of <h1> to <h6> elements when a heading has multiple levels
<mark>Defines marked/highlighted text
<meter>Defines a scalar measurement within a known range (a gauge)
<nav>Defines navigation links
<progress>Represents the progress of a task
<ruby>Defines a ruby annotation (for East Asian typography)
<rt>Defines an explanation/pronunciation of characters (for East Asian typography)
<rp>Defines what to show in browsers that do not support ruby annotations
<section>Defines a section in a document
<time>Defines a date/time
<wbr>Defines a possible line-break

HTML5 offers new elements for media content:

TagDescription
<audio>Defines sound content
<video>Defines a video or movie
<source>Defines multiple media resources for <video> and <audio>
<embed>Defines a container for an external application or interactive content (a plug-in)
<track>Defines text tracks for <video> and <audio>

The new <canvas> Element
TagDescription
<canvas>Used to draw graphics, on the fly, via scripting (usually JavaScript)

HTML5 offers new form elements, for more functionality:
TagDescription
<datalist>Specifies a list of pre-defined options for input controls
<keygen>Defines a key-pair generator field (for forms)
<output>Defines the result of a calculation

New DocType of HTML5

<!DOCTYPE html>

Following are the few elements which we will cover in this article.

<header>
The document's header looks like this:
<header>
  <hgroup>
    <h1>Header 1</h1>
    <h2>Header 2!</h2>
  </hgroup>
</header>

the purpose of the <header> element is to wrap the section of content that forms the header of the page, usually containing a company logo/graphic, main page title, etc.

<footer>
<footer>
  <h3 id="copyright">Copyright and attribution</h3>
  <!-- more content here -->  
</footer>

<footer> should be used to contain your site's footer content — if you look at the bottom of a number of your favourite sites, you'll see that footers are used to contain a variety of things, from copyright notices and contact details, to accessibility statements, licensing information and various other secondary links.

<nav>
<nav>
  <h2>Contents</h2>
    <ul>
      <li><a href="#Intro">Introduction</a></li>
      <li><a href="#History">History</a>
      <!-- other navigation links... -->
    </ul>
</nav>

The <nav> element is for marking up the navigation links or other constructs (eg a search form) that will take you to different pages of the current site, or different areas of the current page. Other links, such as sponsored links, do not count. You can of course include headings and other structuring elements inside the <nav>, but it's not compulsory.

<article> and <section>
Now we turn our attentions to probably the two most misunderstood elements in HTML5 — <article> and <section>. When you first meet them, the difference might appear unclear, but it really isn't so bad.
Basically, the <article> element is for standalone pieces of content that would make sense outside the context of the current page, and could be syndicated nicely. Such pieces of content include blog posts, a video and it's transcript, a news story, or a single part of a serial story.
The <section> element, on the other hand is for breaking the content of a page into different functions or subjects areas, or breaking an article or story up into different sections.
<article>
  <section id="Intro">
    <h2>Introduction</h2>
  </section>

  <section id="History">
    <h2>History</h2>
  </section>

  <section id="Discography">
    <h2>Discography</h2>
  </section>
</article>

<audio>
No longer do we have to rely upon third party plugins in order to render audio. HTML5 now offers the <audio> element. Well, at least, ultimately, we won’t have to worry about these plugins. For the time being, only the most recent of browsers offer support for HTML5 audio. At this time, it’s still a good practice to offer some form of backward compatibility.
<audio autoplay="autoplay" controls="controls">
    <source src="file.ogg" />
    <source src="file.mp3" />
    <a href = "file.mp3" > Download this file. </a> 
</audio>

<video>
Until now, there has not been a standard for showing a video/movie on a web page.Today, most videos are shown through a plug-in (like flash). However, different browsers may have different plug-ins. HTML5 defines a new element which specifies a standard way to embed a video/movie on a web page: the <video> element.
<video width="320" height="240" controls="controls">
   <source src="movie.mp4" type="video/mp4">
   <source src="movie.ogg" type="video/ogg">
   <source src="movie.webm" type="video/webm">
   Your browser does not support the video tag.
</video>

Regular Expressions
How often have you found yourself writing some quickie regular expression to verify a particular textbox. Thanks to the new pattern attribute, we can insert a regular expression directly into our markup.
<form action="" method="post"> 
   <label for="username">Create Username: </label>   
   <input type="text" name="username" id="username" 
        placeholder="4 <> 10"  pattern="[A-Za-z]{4,10}" autofocus  
        required>  
   <button type ="submit" > Go </button>   
</form>

HTML5 New Elements and Features

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CES 2013: Panasonic unveils large screen 4K OLED TV

| Wednesday, January 9, 2013
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Panasonic President, Kazuhiro Tsuga, unveiled the company’s first ever 4k2k (3,840 x 2,160) OLED TV. The 56in screen is only 8.9mm thick, making it even thinner than an Apple iPad! Despite the large screen size, the new TV only weighs 12.4kg, so it should be wall mountable no matter what type of home you live in.

The new TV is the largest OLED panel to ever be produced using an RGB all-printing method. This method of manufacture involves printing the OLED materials directly to the substrate. Not only is this printing method simple, it’s also significantly more cost effective and flexible.

Panasonic expects to be able to roll out its OLED printing technique to a variety of screen sizes, which could mean we’ll see a range of OLED options in the near future. Add to that, the simplicity of the production process should also ensure good yield.



Because OLED is an emissive technology like plasma, rather than a transmissive technology like LCD, viewing angles, contrast levels and colour fidelity should be outstanding. So, you’ve essentially got the picture quality performance of plasma, with the lightweight, thin form factor and lower power consumption of LCD.

Panasonic is collaborating with Sony to take this OLED printing technology into mass production. In fact the TFT substrates used in the prototype panel shown today were supplied by Sony as part of this joint endeavour.

There’s no word on when this 56in OLED TV will be available or how much it will cost, but let’s hope that continued research into the RGB printing method will help increase availability and reduce end user costs.

CES 2013: Panasonic unveils large screen 4K OLED TV

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Javascript to refresh page after a specific time

| Tuesday, January 8, 2013
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This Script refreshes the page automatically after a specific time. Copy and paste this code in the <head> section of your page.
<script>
<!--

//enter refresh time in "minutes:seconds" Minutes should range from 0 to inifinity. Seconds should range from 0 to 59

var limit="0:50"
if (document.images)
{
var parselimit=limit.split(":")
parselimit=parselimit[0]*60+parselimit[1]*1
}

function beginrefresh()
{
if (!document.images)
 return
if (parselimit==1)
 window.location.reload()
else
{ parselimit-=1
curmin=Math.floor(parselimit/60)
cursec=parselimit%60
if (curmin!=0)
curtime=curmin+" minutes and "+cursec+" seconds left until page refresh!"
else
curtime=cursec+" seconds left until page refresh!"
window.status=curtime setTimeout("beginrefresh()",1000)
}
}

window.onload=beginrefresh
//-->
</script>


Change the time for each refresh by configuring variable "limit" in the script.

Javascript to refresh page after a specific time

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Date :Tuesday, January 8, 2013
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iOS application with Tab Bar and Navigation Bar for Tabbed navigation as well as Back Forward Navigation.

| Saturday, January 5, 2013
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For developing an application with tab bar and navigation bar, create a new Xcode project with Tabbed Application Template.

The AppDelegate header file should look like this

@class ViewController;

@interface AppDelegate : UIResponder <UIApplicationDelegate, UITabBarControllerDelegate>


@property (strong, nonatomic) UIWindow *window;

@property (strong, nonatomic) ViewController *viewController;
@property (strong, nonatomic) UITabBarController *tabBarController;

@end

and AppDelegate implementation file will contain the definition of all the view controllers which are to be placed in the Tab Bar of the application and Title of those controllers will be displayed in the Navigation Bar.

The - (BOOL)application:(UIApplication *)application didFinishLaunchingWithOptions:(NSDictionary *)launchOptions method will contain definition and initialization of the view controllers 


- (BOOL)application:(UIApplication *)application didFinishLaunchingWithOptions:(NSDictionary *)launchOptions
{
    self.window = [[UIWindow alloc] initWithFrame:[[UIScreen mainScreen] bounds]]; 
    
    UIViewController *view1, *view2,*view3,*view4,*view5;
    // Override point for customization after application launch.
    if ([[UIDevice currentDevice] userInterfaceIdiom] == UIUserInterfaceIdiomPhone) {
        view1 = [[ViewController alloc] initWithNibName:@"ViewController_iPhone" bundle:nil];
        view2 = [[View2 alloc] initWithNibName:@"View2" bundle:nil];
        view3 = [[View3 alloc] initWithNibName:@"View3" bundle:nil];
        view4 = [[View4 alloc] initWithNibName:@"View4" bundle:nil];
        view5 = [[View5 alloc] initWithNibName:@"View5" bundle:nil];
    } else {
        view1 = [[ViewController alloc] initWithNibName:@"ViewController_iPad" bundle:nil];
    }
    UINavigationController *nav1=[[UINavigationController alloc] initWithRootViewController: view1];
    UINavigationController *nav2 =[[UINavigationController alloc] initWithRootViewController: view2];
    UINavigationController *nav3=[[UINavigationController alloc] initWithRootViewController: view3];
    UINavigationController *nav4=[[UINavigationController alloc] initWithRootViewController: view4];
    UINavigationController *nav5=[[UINavigationController alloc] initWithRootViewController: view4];

    self.tabBarController = [[UITabBarController alloc] init];
    self.tabBarController.viewControllers = @[nav1, nav2, nav3, nav4, nav5];
    self.window.rootViewController = self.tabBarController;
    [self.window makeKeyAndVisible];
    return YES;
}

The above code holds the key for displaying the view controllers with Navigation bar. Please import header files of all above controllers in the AppDelegate.

If we add controllers directly into the self.tabBarController.viewControllers then all the controllers will open without the Navigation Bar.

In the each view controllers' initWithNibName set the title and image to be displayed with the Tab.

- (id)initWithNibName:(NSString *)nibNameOrNil bundle:(NSBundle *)nibBundleOrNil
{
    self = [super initWithNibName:nibNameOrNil bundle:nibBundleOrNil];
    if (self) {
        self.title = NSLocalizedString(@"View 1", @"View 1");
        self.tabBarItem.image = [UIImage imageNamed:@"star"];
    }
    return self;
}

Add star named image in the project.

To open a new view controller with Back navigation on the Navigation Bar along with the Tab Bar at the bottom, Open the new view controller on a button touch up inside or any other action as follows.


 ViewController1 *view1 = [[ViewController1 alloc] initWithNibName:@"ViewController1" bundle:nil];
  [self.navigationController pushViewController: view1 animated:YES];


And you have the app ready with Tabbed Navigation at the bottom and Navigation Bar at the top.

Build and run the project.

The App will look something like this.

























Please provide your feedback!! Thanks.






iOS application with Tab Bar and Navigation Bar for Tabbed navigation as well as Back Forward Navigation.

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