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Microsoft Internet Explorer Pushes Beyond Second Screen To Companion Web

Microsoft Internet Explorer Pushes Beyond Second Screen To Companion Web

“We’re at a tipping point with connected devices,” a recent blog post from Microsoft Microsoft‘s Internet Explorer team reads. “Every day, 3.6 million mobile devices and tablets are activated worldwide. That’s over five times more than the number of babies born each day!” They’ve got a point, but it is a sad irony for Microsoft that so few of those mobile devices run their software.

But Microsoft has sold more than 70 million Xbox 360s and has a very TV-centric followup, the Xbox One, coming in November. As Forbes.com contributor Tristan Louis points out in today’s post on Smarter TVs, ”the upcoming battle for the living room is a chance to redeem itself and turn its fortune around.” The parody video that Louis refers to shows all of the instances of the words “TV,” “television,” “sports” and “Call of Duty” in the launch announcement. Although the announcement raised the ire of hard core gamers, the emphasis on TV (and perhaps the two things TVs are most used for, watching sports and playing Call of Duty) must have been highly intentional.

Games have been Microsoft’s route into the living room, but that strong association is now an impediment to its more generalized assault of the living room. Non-gamers are probably thinking more about the future AppleApple TV than about the Xbox as their upgrade path to interactive TV. In response to this perception, Microsoft has launched a new program called “Companion Web.” The idea is to facilitate real time interactions between different devices. And because Microsoft has no footprint to speak of in the world of mobile, they are now trying to emerge as a unifying force between iOS and Android.

The problem Microsoft is trying to solve (other than the risk of their own irrelevance) is that “the majority of sites on the web are built for only one device at a time.” The user can search for related information to what they are watching on their TV, for instance, but real time it ain’t. And content owners can make second screen experiences, but they have tended to be operating system (and sometimes even device) specific. Microsoft is after a more generalized solution that does not impose an unmanageable burden on developers.

“Regardless of who makes the device or software that powers the device, the Companion Web enables the internet to bridge the gap between these devices,” the IE blog post reads. “For developers, Companion Web represents an opportunity to reuse code that works across multiple scenarios, enabling greater reach and ways to engage an audience. For consumers, Companion Web means you’ll seamlessly move from one device to the next, interacting with your photos, videos, music, movies, television shows, files, and more.”

Companion Web would seem to be a more generalized version of the Xbox SmartGlass, which also allowed you to interact with your TV via Windows devices and select iOS and Android devices, but only on very specific games and content. The promise of the Companion Web is of a much broader range of experiences that the user could have between devices.

So far, Microsoft has released three such “Companion Web experiences” working with outside developers. I became aware of the program through Luke Wroblewski who has created a version of his Polar app that works in this companion manner with Internet Explorer. As you can see in the video below, Polar uses IE’s snap mode to assign a “sidebar” portion of the screen (in this case a Surface tablet acts a s a proxy for a Windows 8/Xbox One enabled TV) to itself while the user uses the balance of the screen to watch Futurama.

Wroblewski demonstrates the ways that you can find polls with Polar about Futurama and watch the results update in real time while you are watching the show. You can imagine something like this being a lot of fun for big live TV events like the Oscars or the Super Bowl, where the amount of real time activity would be high and seeing how other people are reacting becomes part of the entertainment. Similarly, you can make up your own hashtags for polls in Polar so that the reactions you are monitoring are only a select group of people. Either way, mass or niche, the real time linkage with the content on the big screen really extends the idea of the Polar app by making these interactions available to a room full of people—each potentially interacting with their own mobile devices.

And, important to note (since this is IE, after all, that we are talking about) that this all uses standard open web technology. Specifically, Wroblewski tells me, Companion Web uses web sockets to create the real time connections between devices. He says, “you can make a connection between pretty much any two ‘modern’ Web browsers regardless of device.” One of the other really interesting things about the Polar demonstration is that, as I described in a recent post, it uses a multi-device web page that enables all kinds of input (touch, mouse and keyboard) depending on device. And in the Companion Web experience, all all of these inputs can be used to control the connected screen.

What the other “modern” browsers don’t have that Internet Explorer 10 has is this snap mode. If there was one thing that iOS 7 should have copied from Windows (instead of all that flatness stuff) it would have been snap mode. So these Companion Web experiences will work across virtually all devices (because they use standard web tech) but the Xbox One will retain an advantage of being the only way to uses these “companions” on the screen simultaneously with other activities. And Polar, I think, has shown how this could become a really powerful feature.

The other two Companion Web experiments released so far do not make use of this snap mode feature. DailyBurn, see video below, uses a smartphone or tablet to get real time data related to workouts you view on your TV. This app is clearly trying to appeal to users who may need some constructive excuse to get an Xbox One.

Mix Party, introduced in the (purposely?) obnoxious video below, allows people at a party to create real time, collaborative playlists with their phones. As with Polar, the real time aspect of this is part of the entertainment value. I’m not sure if DailyBurn is intended as a solo experience or if multiple people could monitor their own individual performance of a shared video workout or not, but Mix Party and Polar clearly have real time, fact to face interactions in mind.

What is interesting to me about this strategy is that there are some extra capabilities that Microsoft has built into IE 10/Xbox One (and likely will build more) that will give it an advantage as an app enabled web TV platform, but the apps developers write will also work well on all devices. This strategy of “progressive enhancement” is a comfortable one to developers because it keeps their options open. Allowing for these entropic possibilities is a smart way to get developers on board, which, in turn, could be the means to Microsoft’s resurgence through the big screen.

Intel aims for longer tablet battery life with Haswell chips

Intel aims for longer tablet battery life with Haswell chips

IDG News Service – Intel says it will increase of the battery life of tablets and hybrid PCs that use its microprocessors, with new low-power Haswell chips that will start shipping later this year.

The chip maker said Tuesday that its upcoming Core Y series chips will run at 4.5-watts using a metric called SDP (scenario design power), roomates measures the power used to dissipate heat while running certain apps on mobile and touch devices.

That’s a lower figure than Intel was aiming for initially, Intel spokesman Dan Snyder said via e-mail. Intel previously said it would release the Core Y chips with a 6-watt SDP.

Intel’s use of SDP has been Criticized, however, since it differs from the used and accepted, Instant-TDP (Thermal Design Power) metric. TDP Intel counters that may not be applicable on devices such as tablets, Because they differ so much in design from laptops. Rivals such as Advanced Micro Devices disagree.

Tablets and PCs hybrid with the 4.5 watt Core chips will offer more than nine hours of battery life on active usage, Snyder said. Intel also Announced Y 6-watt Core processors for PCs fitted with fans.

Claimed that Intel has the fourth-generation Core chips based on Haswell offer up to 50 percent longer battery life and up to twice the graphics performance than their predecessors Ivy Bridge.

The Y Core chips will ship to device makers in the coming months, Snyder said. However, the company Declined to comment on when tablets and hybrids based on the chips would Become available. Tablets and hybrids running on Intel’s third-generation Core i3 and i5 chips based on Ivy Bridge are already available. Intel also offers the Atom processor for tablets; faster the Core processors are more power hungry though.

The Y-series chips are vital for Intel, roomates needs to grab a larger share of the tablet market as PC shipments decline. Intel is also trying to bridge the divide via laptop-tablet Haswell, targeting the chips at hybrids with detachable touchscreens and keyboards. The market today is dominated by ARM, Whose processors are used in most tablets and smartphones.

The first Core processors Y joins a lineup of Haswell processors that include a dual-core Core U laptop chips, roomates draw 11.5 watts to 15 watts of power. Intel started shipping in June also other quad-and dual-core Haswell chips for desktops and laptops. Including PC makers Hewlett-Packard, Dell and Acer have Announced laptops and hybrids based on the Haswell chips Announced in June.

Nvidia GTX 650 Ti Boost Challenge Radeon HD 7790

Nvidia GTX 650 Ti Boost Challenge Radeon HD 7790

Jakarta – Not long after AMD launched its latest graphics processor, the Radeon HD 7790, to fill the mainstream classroom, Nvidia did not remain silent and be ready menggeber rival product through Boost GeForce GTX 650 Ti.

Naming Boost on the back of the mainstream series leads directly to the clock speed that it has, which of course has got a touch of ‘turbo’ from Nvidia. Boost rumored GTX 650 Ti GPU Boost feature.

With these features, the GTX 650 Ti Boost which actually has a clock speed of 980 MHz can dynamically increase the clock speed to 1033 MHz as needed. Moreover Boost GTX 650 Ti has 768 CUDA cores armed, 64 TMU, 24 ROP.

While the sector is supported by the use of GDDR5 memory running on a 192-bit interface that comes with a capacity of 1 GB and 2 GB respectively by Nvidia priced at USD 149 (USD 1.4 million) and USD 169 (USD 1.6 million) . Similarly, as quoted from Techpowerup, Wednesday (27/03/2013).

AOC Monitor Delivers First Android

AOC Monitor Delivers First Android

Jakarta: Manufacturers LED AOC presents its newest product line, the My Smart All in One (AIO) 58 P Series, and Smart AIO 72 P. This device became the first AOC monitors are equipped smart with the Android operating system and internet connection.
With their large size, users can optimize their use for surfing the internet, playing games, and of course enjoy the movies online. »This device is intended for young people, particularly with the use of digital products is high,” said Director of PT Mega Komputindo Lestari, as the sole distributor in Indonesia AOC, D. Lasmono W.S, last night, Tuesday, July 23, 2013.
Lasmono said, this product is also intended for institutions and public facilities. »It can be placed in hotel rooms, airports, hospitals, and so forth, because it does not use the CPU can be directly used browsing,” he said.
Smart AIO 58 P using Jelly Bean Android operating system, is equipped with a built-in speaker, and is equipped with USB connectivity, SDHC card, and the screen quality of Full High Definition (HD). To access the Internet, the device can be connected to the LAN, and WiFi. The price of a unit of 58P is U $ D 350 or USD 3.6 million.
Smart AIO 72P using Jelly Bean Android operating system, which is powered by the Android application, Flash Support, Media Player, and Smart UI. The device is priced unit U $ D 300 or USD 3,074 million
According Lasmono, this product can be found at electronics outlets across Indonesia in late July 2013. »In fact we expect this product to be marketed bia to the district,” he said. AOC targeting these two products up to 30 thousand units sold until the end of the year.

Duties Of Sports Participants

Duties Of Sports Participants

They dont simply wait in the wings to act as a response to a serious injury, but participate in all parts of the education and training in an effort to implement preventative programs. Modern sports medicine programs seek to reduce the number of injuries as well as treat them. This focus has resulted in an overall reduction of injuries and down time for the athletes.

The clinics for sports medicine in Olympia are now more active in letting sportsmen and their coaches know the responsibilities of each of the participants, including the physicians, the coaches and their athletes. Sports medicine professionals first line of duty is still immediate on-field emergency injury management. They also have the final call of whether an athlete can continue to participate, in order to remove the emotional bias of the coach and player. They are also responsible for designing the rehabilitation protocols for each specific type of injury. Additionally, they are in charge of properly fitting and maintaining the sports safety equipment. They will keep the complete historical set of medical records for each athlete.

In modern sports medicine, both coaches and athletes are assigned specific duties as well. The specifics of each of these responsibilities are assigned by the head of the sports medicine team, and follow ups ensure appropriate compliance. The coaches are required to extend their training goals beyond endurance and performance to include conditioning in order for the players to withstand the particular rigors of their sport. They are joint partners in responsibility for protective wear, to ensure compliance with the sport regulations. They must receive regular training to educate them of the latest advances in sport safety and basic sports medicine techniques such as CPR. They must be trained for those rare cases where they must assist the team physician in wrapping, taping and changing dressings.

Each athlete is assigned particular sports medicine related duties as well. He has the primary responsibility to make sure that he maintains a physical condition commensurate to the demands of his sport. He is the one who best understands how his body responds to the physicality of the game, and is the first one in charge to make sure he complies with the safety training and regulations set down by the group for sports medicine in Olympia as well as his coaches.

Officials complete the line of safety defense by enforcing fair rules and monitoring playing conditions.

7 Months, Google Clear 100 Million Pirated Content

7 Months, Google Clear 100 Million Pirated Content

CALIFORNIA – July is almost over and Google has removed more than 100 million web pages containing links content copyright infringement. The removal of the copyright holder hope these links can keep consumers from pirated content sites.

Reported by Softpedia, Friday (27/07/2013), according to TorrentFreak reports, the number of links that have been removed by Google starting this year more than in 2012. Meanwhile, Google decided to be transparent about all removal requests pirated content in search results.

Since January this year, Google has been asked to remove more than 105.3 million web pages that allegedly contain pirated content. A number of sites that claimed to contain pirated contents has also been reported.

Search engine files, FilesTube, is the most hunted with more than 5.8 million links, and Rapidgator.net Torrentz.eu followed, with each more than 2 million links.

Meanwhile, The Pirate Bay, which had become the hunted, now is not in the list of top 20. This is because the torrent sites are changing domains and only has two million links.

Go Green! Earth Science Fair Projects

Go Green! Earth Science Fair Projects

Earth Science Fair Projects

Governments around the world along with private organization and companies are converging and discussing the environmental issues that are facing our planet. These international meetings are attended and lead by some of the greatest minds in the area of ecological sustainability. These leaders have spent their professional careers researching and implementing programs and policies to protect and repair the environment. They did not, however, wake up one day with all these qualifications in their heads. They have spent years and decades studying and researching their chosen field of specialty. Like other professionals, they began their careers as students. Many of these professionals are the very students who began their studies with earth science fair projects demonstrations. This was likely the first demonstration of their ability and desire to understand the systems and life forms with which we share the planet.

Earth science fair projects are the perfect venue for students who want to pursue a career in any number of environmental fields. The earth science fair projects of students often become the focus of their career goals. For those students interested in plant life, an earth science fair project on the growth of food crops might be in order. Students who are interested in the cycles of weather, and earth science fair project would be appropriate. Others who are interested in the history and origins of the very planet upon which we live could develop an earth science fair project around this huge topic. Regardless of the specific topic, earth science fair projects offer all students the opportunity to demonstrate their beginning knowledge of these important topics.

Many of the students who present earth science fair projects have plans on continuing their education at the college and postgraduate levels. These students often take the seed of interest that is planted with their first earth science fair projects and continue the studies at these higher educational levels. There are even professional who started at the high school science fair and were offered tuition and scholarships to continue their research. All the international professionals began as students, so the possibilities exist for all students interested in these fields of study. With these opportunities, students can transform their careers while transforming our stewardship of the Earth.

Essential Tips And Techniques For Property Development Marketing

Essential Tips And Techniques For Property Development Marketing

Property development encompasses everything from renovating an existing property to buying a parcel of land and developing it. But before you start marketing your property it’s essential to know who do you want to sell it to? Developers take the greatest risk by investing in property and selling it, but at the end of the day they stand to make the most money from taking this risk.

The first tip is to find the right location. Do your homework thoroughly by talking to local councils, town planners, local residents, property development marketing firms and carefully studying the building laws and regulations. Second, study the market carefully and evaluate its potential. An area that needs new housing will appeal both to clients and tenants. But building an apartment block in a busy business area will not attract clients. Thirdly, select the right team to design and construct the property. A good property development project manager can act as a mentor and will have established contacts and can save the client thousands of dollars in discounts. Finding and assembling the right team is one of the major key’s to successful property development. Right from the architects to the construction engineer to the surveyor will have a key role to play, and therefore need to be selected very carefully. Another essential is creating and maintaining harmony among the team. If the architect and the engineer dont see eye to eye, you will be the loser. You will be paying good money for delays in your project.

One of the major factors in property development is planning carefully and methodically. Your project manager must be involved with you right from the time you decide to launch into this new venture. Defining the milestones and making sure that they are met in the project’s lifecycle will make the difference between you making or losing money on the venture.

You will need to borrow from banks and financial institutions, and the key to securing financing will be to market the property. So for this you will need to develop a property development marketing strategy. Remember some banks and financing institutions make it essential for you to sell a part of the property before they lend you finances. Therefore it becomes essential for you to hire a property marketing firm that can design a marketing strategy and help you in selling the property. You cannot do site supervision, project management and marketing on your own.

Reputed property development marketing firms know how the markets are behaving and what does an area need. In fact you must hire them right at the start to help you decide if you have made the right decision on property development. Collecting data, forecasting needs and trends is what they are supposed to do, asides from developing a marketing strategy for the project.

All The Indian States Should Provide Kids Education Free Of Cost

All The Indian States Should Provide Kids Education Free Of Cost

Right to education is one of the basic rights that are given to all the citizens of the country. After independence, many efforts have been made by the Government of the country to educate the people. At the time of independence, the literacy rate of the country was very low of around five to ten percent. The government has taken many steps and recommended many reforms. For spreading education and making it easily accessible to the masses, the Government opened many schools across the country for spreading education. Free education was provided at these schools.

The main aim was to ensure that the people should come to this school and get educated. At that time, the Indian government had asked many big industrial firms and rich people to open schools in order to help them educate people. Many schools were opened by these people to educate the common mass. After the combined efforts by the Government and the nonprofit organizations, the literacy rate in India has increased.

At the end of British rule in 1947, the literacy rate in India was 12% and the present literacy rate in India is 74.04%. India has achieved a lot of success as far as increasing the literacy rate is concerned. But the country has to go a long way as far as achieving the literacy rate is concerned. In various states in India, there is a lot of disparity in the literacy rate. The Government has to take many steps to remove the disparity in terms of education in between various states of the country. Making education is one of few steps that will help in increasing the literacy rate in the country.

One step the Government is taking is that it is opening nursery schools across the country to provide elementary education to the small children. The public schools earlier provided free of cost education to the students. But later a nominal amount was charged. The disparity in literacy rates in various states has to be looked into. The government should also provide the people with public directory India where they look for schools where their children can study. All the facilities and contact information for the schools must be mentioned in the directory. This directory must be available for both offline and online so that the students can access the same from anywhere and anytime.

The writer of this article is a school adviser in OnlineSchoolAdmissions.com and providing free of cost consultancy to parents and schools for fast and easy online school admissions in the pre-schools of India as per their choice. Parents can look for Schools Directory list on the site from where they can get information about Best Schools in Kolkata, CBSE Schools in Faridabad and ICSE schools in Ghaziabad.

Living Room Furniture Decorate Your Life

Living Room Furniture Decorate Your Life

In the fast moving world we live today everyone wants to find some time for ourselves and we prefer to spend that time in the most comfortable way possible. So some of you that may be sitting in front of the TV in a huge soft couch, dining with your family on a neat table while sitting on high quality and comfortable chairs or just lay down and rest on your comfortable bed . No matter what your imagination for comfort is everyone needs beautiful, functional and comfortable home office furniture. Furniture has been decorating the places we live in since the beginning of time. The first people who used stones as tables and chairs through the middle-ages when making of furniture was turned into art and beautiful works were created to nowadays where beautiful is combined with functional and comfortable. No matter what your imagination for comfort is everyone needs beautiful, functional and comfortable living room furniture.

But now we are talking about living room furniture. And by living room furniture we mean couches, sofas, rugs, coffee tables, stools, fireplaces and others. If a living room is well-appointed and vice versa it can tell a lot about the people who live there about their social status, life style and personality.

You should try to buy the living room furniture that bests fit your living room style and of course make sure that you can afford it. You should try to find the perfect balance between beauty, functionality and price. You should furnish the living room in the way you think will be most comfortable for and your family. For instance if you like to be together with your family and keep talking for hours with them you should consider buying a beautiful and effective fireplace and a soft rug to create the perfect family atmosphere or if you are the party type buy a tough though beautiful table and sofa that can withstand eventual accidents, but still make the room more beautiful.

Never rush into buying living room furniture, due to the big number of home office furniture which is all different you should try finding the one that best fits your needs and budget. You can find many unique designs of sofas, couches, rugs and others in our shop. Made out of the highest quality wooden & metal materials in licensed workshops and we offer you all this on the best prices you can find.