Saturday, 28 July 2012

Samsung NX1000 Now Available in US

Samsung today announced that it is now shipping the Wi-Fi enabled NX1000compact system camera to retailers across the USA.  The entry-level Samsung NX1000 is a highly portable 20-megapixel camera weighing in at just over 350g with a lens, battery and memory card fitted. In the US, the camera is available in black, white and pink, priced at $699.99 including a 20-50mm lens and external flash.
Samsung Press Release
Samsung’s NX1000 SMART Compact System Camera, Complete with Professional-Like Image Quality and Built-in Wi-Fi for Instant Photo Sharing Now Available
Perfect for budding photographers, the stylish and approachable NX1000 is available at Samsung retailers nationwide
RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Samsung Electronics America Inc., a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, announced that it is now shipping the sleek NX1000, the most budget-friendly of the NX SMART cameras, the first compact system cameras (CSC) with built-in Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi connectivity is available at the touch of a button, thanks to a dedicated Smart Link Hot Key on the top of the NX1000 that makes sharing and storing photos simple and easy.
Available in black, white and pink, the fashion-forward NX1000 offers extreme portability and convenience combined with the power to capture premium photos and videos that are the standard of Samsung’s NX Series. A great introduction into the CSC category, the NX1000 is available now from Samsung retailers, priced at $699.99 MSRP.
The imaging prowess of the NX line combined with the stunning design and portable form-factor make the NX1000 an extremely approachable and highly-capable camera. Gone are the days of sacrificing fashion to achieve great images with a large, clunky camera, as the NX1000 is small and attractive enough to double as an evening accessory. Plus, with its colorful options in white, black or pink, the NX1000 can coordinate with any palette. Bundled with an all-purpose 20-50mm lens and external flash, the NX1000 is a versatile camera that can help aspiring shutterbugs develop their photography skills, while also capturing breathtaking, high-quality images.
“Samsung’s leadership in SMART cameras, coupled with the exceptional image quality and sleek design of the NX1000, makes this a must-have camera for serious photographers and beginners alike,” said Reid Sullivan, Senior Vice President of Mobile Entertainment, Samsung Electronics America. “With the introduction of the NX series, the expansion of Samsung’s full line of SMART cameras is complete, providing instant sharing without compromising image quality. We look forward to inspiring the next-generation of photo enthusiasts with the NX1000.”
The Samsung NX1000 offers a large, bright 3.0-inch LCD screen for composing images, 1080p HD video capture, and technologies like Smart Auto 2.0 to bring out the inner photographer in all users. Boasting a 20.3-megapixel CMOS sensor and fast shutter speeds of up 1/4000 seconds, the camera ensures no moment is missed.
NX1000 Shoots SMART
Coupled with the latest SMART features, the integration of Wi-Fi in the NX1000 enables users to instantly upload images and video to social networking sites like Facebook, Picasa, Photobucket and YouTube, to the cloud with Microsoft® Sky Drive®, or even email them directly from the camera at the touch of a button.
Beyond Wi-Fi connectivity, the NX1000 also touts compatibility with Samsung’s Remote Viewfinder app, which opens from Google Play onto supported Galaxy smartphones or tablets* and allows users to control settings and even take the picture from up to 30 feet away. With Samsung’s MobileLink app, users can easily transfer and display images from an NX1000 onto Samsung smartphones, tablets, or Smart TVs – creating instant photo frames.
Samsung’s AllShare technology and the TV Link application offer additional connections directly to a DLNA-compatible TV to showcase the high-quality images on a big screen, while PC Auto Backup automatically stores photos on a PC via Wi-Fi, eliminating the need to untangle mounds of frustrating cables.
Creativity is a Snap
Expression through photography is made a reality for photographers at any level with the NX1000. With the Smart Auto setting, the camera analyzes, identifies and automatically selects the most appropriate scene mode for the best results. Scene detection technology identifies the conditions and automatically adjusts settings to help achieve dynamic images—whether photos are taken at a low-light fashion event or while capturing dazzling fireworks at a 4th of July gathering. For users seeking more control, the Smart Panel feature allows them to explore their own photographic skills with Full Manual Control settings for aperture, shutter speed, flash intensity and more – all from a single, intuitive menu screen.
The NX1000 touts ten exclusive Smart Filters and a new Selective Color function, which allows users to isolate a single color in an image for a dramatic effect. Capturing an expansive scene is also a breeze, thanks to the innovative 3D Panorama feature that creates immersive shots of landscapes and scenery.
For more information on the new NX1000 as well as Samsung’s full line of cameras,please visit
About Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
Headquartered in Ridgefield Park, NJ, Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (SEA), a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., markets a broad range of award-winning, digital consumer electronics and home appliance products, including HDTVs, home theater systems, MP3 players, digital imaging products, refrigerators and washing machines. A recognized innovation leader in consumer electronics design and technology, Samsung is the HDTV market leader in the U.S. Please visit for more information.

Friday, 27 July 2012

The Google Calculator is live now....

Google now shows a full-fledged, advanced calculator when you search for an mathematical computation.

To use, simply enter any computation like 9% of 69.99 on Google search.

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Fujifilm FinePix F800EXR

The Fujifilm FinePix F800EXR is a new 16-megapixel compact camera with a 25-500mm equivalent zoom lens and Wi-Fi connectivity. Other highlights include a start-up time of 1.5 seconds, shot-to-shot lag of 0.8s and AF lag of just 0.16s. Wireless Image Transfer facilitates sending photos from the FinePix F800EXR to smartphones and tablets quickly and simply with the help of the free Fujifilm Photo Receiver app. Full HD video recording, raw image capture, manual exposure control, Motion Panorama, Film Simulation and Multiple Exposure round off the features list. The Fujifilm FinePix F800EXR is now available for pre-order, priced at $349.95. The camera is expected to hit the shops in August. In the UK, the Fujifilm FinePix F800EXR will go on sale towards the end of September for an estimated £279..
Fujifilm Global Press Release
20x optical zoom lens with Intelligent Digital Zoom boosting range to approx.40x zoom FinePix F800EXR
Easy sharing of high quality images with Wireless Image Transfer
July 25, 2012
FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Shigehiro Nakajima) will launch the FinePix F800EXR, a compact digital camera equipped with a Fujinon 20x optical zoom lens (25-500mm*), and a 16 megapixel BSI (Back Side Illuminated) EXR CMOS sensor. The FinePix F800EXR offers the ability to transfer high quality images directly to smartphones and tablets**, enabling users to post photos to Facebook and other social networking sites quickly. In addition, the FinePix F800EXR features a new Advanced Filter that lets users get even more creative with their photography.
EXR CMOS and Long zoom — Great picture made easy
With its advanced Fujinon 20x optical zoom lens, 25-500mm equivalent*, the FinePix F800EXR is a long-zoom digital camera that can capture clearly defined images even at a 40x zoom range. It combines its 20x optical zoom with Intelligent Digital Zoom, offering optimum image processing to counteract the image degradation that traditionally occurred when digital zooms were employed.
The FinePix F800EXR’s 16 megapixel EXR-CMOS sensor features Fujifilm’s proprietary EXR technology***. Its intelligent EXR AUTO function automatically selects the optimum shooting mode from 103 patterns, dependent to the demands of the scene being shot, guaranteeing beautifully captured scenes with the highest image quality possible.
Superb build quality and finish
The FinePix F800EXR has also been given additional enhancements over its predecessor, making it even better to use. The FinePix F800EXR has been optimized for faster start-up. Turn the power ON and they are ready to shoot in only 1.5 sec. In addition, shot-to-shot take very short time (minimum 0.8 sec.).The AF speed has been as little as 0.16 sec, helping users lock onto their subjects in a flash.
Share the everyday event with easy and speedy “Wireless Image Transfer” to social media networks
Wireless Image Transfer facilitates sending photos from the FinePix F800EXR to smartphones and tablets quickly and simply. Once users have downloaded the dedicated “FUJIFILM Photo Receiver”(free of charge), to their smartphones and tablets, they can easily transfer the photos from the camera to the smartphone or tablet without going through the trouble of entering passwords. Up to 30 images can be sent in a single transmission, and users can share their photos online on Facebook and other social networking sites anytime, anywhere, without having to worry about accessing Wi-Fi hotspots.
By downloading the “FUJIFILM Camera Application”(free of charge), the FinePix F800EXR is able to record the user’s current location data by sending the tablet/smartphone’s location data (latitude and longitude) and displaying it on the LCD monitor of the camera. Users can also send that image to their smartphones and tablets to display the location it was shot at on general map applications. With a database of approximately 1 million landmarks worldwide, users can enjoy various functions, such as Landmark Navigator which displays the distance to a nearby landmark in the direction the camera is faced towards, and Photo Navigation which displays the distance from the photographer’s present location to the place where a tagged photo was taken.
Advanced Filter offers users additional artistic finishes
A new Advanced Filter on the FinePix F800EXR offers the user additional creative expression with six artistic special effects. These all allow you to compose photos and view the filters’ special effects on the LCD screen.
POP COLOR: Emphasizes contrast and color saturation.
HIGH-KEY: Emphasizes brightness and reduce contrast for lightening tone reproduction.
TOY CAMERA: Create shaded borders as taken by toy cameras (nostalgic effect).
MINIATURE: Create top and bottom blur for diorama effect.
DYNAMIC TONE: Create fantasy effect by dynamically-modulated tone reproduction.
PART COLOR: Retain selected original color and other areas change to monochrome. Colors can be selected from red, yellow, green, blue, orange and purple for dramatic effect!
High-definition and ergonomics design
With optimum usability in mind, the FinePix F800EXR black and red model have a rubber coating**** which gives the camera a premium quality feel. The champagne gold and white models have a smooth pearlescent finish. And those non-slip grip and tilted shutter offer better handling and additional stability when using the full 20x zoom. The FinePix F800EXR will be available in four colors (Black, Champagne Gold, Red and White).
* 35mm film equivalent
** Android™ smartphone/ tablet, iPhone™/iPad™
*** Fujifilm’s proprietary technology that has the ability to switch between three sensor modes (High Sensitivity / Low Noise mode (SN); Dynamic Range mode (DR); High Resolution mode (HR)) according to the requirements of the scene being shot.
**** Excluding white and champagne gold.
Fujifilm FinePix F800EXR key features
High quality Fujinon 20x optical zoom covering 25-500mm with Intelligent Digital Zoom boosting range to approx.40x.
16 mega-pixel EXR CMOS sensor
3.0-inch LCD with 460,000 dots and Monitor Sunlight Mode
Wireless Image Transfer
Advanced Filter
Full HD movies (1920x1080 pixels) with a Automatic Scene Selection
RAW file capture
Motion Panorama 360
Film Simulation mode
Multiple Exposure mode
Fujifilm USA Press Release
Sleek New F800EXR Allows Users to Wirelessly Transfer Beautiful, Sharp Pictures to Their Smartphone or Tablet for Easy Online Uploadings
Valhalla, N.Y., July 25, 2012 – FUJIFILM North America Corporation today announced the premium, compact long-zoom FinePix F800EXR digital camera that features a new innovative Wireless Image Transfer function that allows users to quickly and easily upload high resolution images to their smartphone or tablet. The F800EXR continues the tradition of superior image quality that the F-Series is known for with its speed, bright lens, intuitive use and advanced features. The new F800EXR also now includes six built-in photographic filters for users to get even more creative with their photography.
The FinePix F800EXR, with Wireless Image Transfer, features a powerful 1/2” 16 MegaPixel EXR-CMOS sensor that delivers superior image quality and performance - especially in low light situations. The F800EXR also uses the bright and fast FUJINON 20x Wide-Angle long-zoom lens (25-500mm) that produces exceptional images, along with an Intelligent Digital Zoom feature that effectively doubles zoom capability and an ultra-clear 3.0” high contrast 460K resolution LCD.
New Wireless Image Transfer Function
Fujifilm’s innovative Wireless Image Transfer function allows users to connect their smartphone or tablet* to the F800EXR and upload high-quality images to social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter in seconds.
Connecting your FinePix F800EXR to any Android™ smartphone or tablet, or the iPhone™ or iPad™ is easy - all users have to do is download the free application “FUJIFILM Photo Receiver” to their device, then follow the simple instructions to get connected. To start uploading (up to 30 images per transfer), users press the F800EXR’s on-screen connect button to join to a device, then the images will be transferred to the Android™ smartphone / tablet or iPhone™ / iPad™ for easy sharing.
Then by downloading the free “FUJIFILM Camera Application,” the FinePix F800EXR is also able to record the user’s current location data provided by the smartphone or tablet’s location data (latitude and longitude), and display it on the F800EXR’s LCD. Users can also send their images to their smartphone or tablet to display on a map where images were shot. With a database of approximately 1 million landmarks worldwide, users can enjoy various functions, such as Landmark Navigator which displays the distance to a nearby landmark in the direction the camera is faced towards, and Photo Navigation which displays the distance from the photographer’s present location to the place where a tagged photo was taken.
“Sharing pictures has always been one of the most important things that people like to do with their images, and the new F800EXR allows everyone to do just that with its Wireless Image Transfer function,” said David Troy, director of marketing, Digital Cameras, Electronic Imaging Division, FUJIFILM North America Corporation, “With sharing this easy, consumers now have a better performing, full-featured compact digital camera that delivers the beautiful images that smartphones just can’t produce.”
Fantastic Built-in Photographic Filters: With its built-in photographic filters, users can now get even more creative with their photography. The F800EXR has six new filters: Pop Color, Toy Camera, Miniature, High Key, Partial color and Dynamic Tone.
EXR Auto mode with Motion Detection: Fujifilm’s advanced EXR-CMOS sensor enables the F800EXR to correct motion blur on three fronts with mechanical image stabilization, high ISO sensitivity and the new Motion Detection capability working together. In low light conditions with EXR Auto mode selected, the F-Series automatically identify if the subject is moving. If it is, the camera deploys Motion Detection and a higher ISO to ensure the subject is captured with reduced blurring. If no subject movement is identified, the EXR-CMOS sensor automatically keeps the ISO lower and uses image stabilization to reduce noise.
Users who prefer to take more control themselves can also choose from:
• EXR HR (High Resolution) priority mode – the sensor utilizes all of its 16 megapixels for the highest quality results. 
• EXR DR (Dynamic Range) priority mode – takes two pictures and combines them to provide a wide dynamic range of up to 1600%.
• EXR SN (Signal to Noise) priority mode – pixels are doubled up to increase sensitivity and give better results in low light conditions.
Sharp, Clear 20x Lens: The FinePix F800EXR camera uses the FUJINON 20x Super Wide-Angle optical zoom lens that produces crisp high resolution results throughout the focal range, from 25mm wide-angle to 500mm telephoto, along with a Super Macro Mode that allow sharp focusing down to 5cm delivering the most brilliant detail possible.
mpressive Speed: With auto focus speeds as fast as 0.16seconds, the F800EXR delivers outstanding high speed shooting capabilities, up to 8 frames per second (fps) at full resolution (11fps max speed at medium resolution), and full HD movie capture at 1080p (30fps) in stereo.
The FinePix F800EXR offers these additional features:
• Intelligent Digital Zoom: With 20x optical zoom, Intelligent Digital Zoom delivers 40x total zoom, and 15x optical zoom extends to 30x total zoom.
• HD Movie Capture: Full 1080p HD quality, a mini HDMI port and stereo sound with a high speed movie option for freezing fast moving action at up to an incredible 320fps. 
• Intelligent Image Stabilization: Intelligent Image Stabilization system provides further improved image quality with reduced blurring and noise in still pictures and even when shooting movies at the full optical zoom or in very low-light. 
• Amazing panoramic shots: Enhanced Motion Panorama mode that allows users to capture beautiful, seamless 360° panoramic images both horizontally and vertically that show fine detail, low noise and high resolution at 180°, 240˚ or full 360˚ panoramic ranges.
• Tracking Auto Focus (AF): Tracks fast moving subjects so they don’t escape from the frame in a blur. Subjects will be tracked automatically for as long as it is kept in the frame and the shutter is half-pressed; when users fully press the shutter button your subject will be in the centre of the photo in perfect focus. 
• Shoot in RAW: Images can also be captured in a RAW file for advanced creative work after shooting.
• Super Intelligent Flash: A flash control system which efficiently controls the level of flash for a given exposure to produce beautifully balanced flash illumination across the foreground and background.
The FinePix F800EXR will be available in August 2012 for $349.95 in black.
For complete camera specifications, please go to:
* AndroidTM smartphone/ tablet, iPhone/iPad
About Fujifilm
FUJIFILM North America Corporation, a marketing subsidiary of FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation, consists of five operating divisions and one subsidiary company. The Imaging Division sells consumer and commercial photographic products and services including film, one-time-use cameras, online photo services and fulfillment, digital printing equipment and service. The Electronic Imaging Division markets consumer digital cameras. The Motion Picture Division provides motion picture film, and the Graphic Systems Division supplies products and services to the printing industry. The Optical Devices Division provides binoculars, and optical lenses for closed circuit television, videography, cinematography, broadcast and industrial markets. FUJIFILM Canada Inc. markets a range of Fujifilm products and services. For more information, please visit, or go to to follow Fujifilm on Twitter. To receive news and information direct from Fujifilm via RSS, subscribe at
FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including electronic imaging, digital printing equipment, medical systems, life sciences, graphic arts, flat panel display materials, and office products, based on a vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. The company was among the top 17 companies around the world granted U.S. patents in 2011, and in the year ended March 31, 2012, had global revenues of $27.8 billion*. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Filter Calc for Android

FilterCalc is a free Android app for photographers who use filters on cameras with no TTL metering (e.g. vintage rangefinders, TLRs etc.). “While there are many apps out there that help you compute exposure compensation in terms of aperture / shutter speed, there are none that allow you to calculate the offset in terms of ISO,” says developer Tatyana Skymyrka. “A traditional technique in using filters is to deduct the number of stops/filter factor off actual ISO/ASA you’re using and use the newly ‘computed’ base ISO in your light meter. Readings then result in proper exposure. While computing 1-2 stops is not a big deal, attempting to calculate offset say of 6 3/4 stops in a field can be a challenge.  This is precisely what the app addresses.” Compatible with devices running Android 2.3.3 and higher, filterCalc can be downloaded from the Google Play Store.

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Benefits of Waking Up Early

Early to bed and early to rise makes you healthy, wealthy as well as wise.

Early to bed and early to rise makes you healthy, wealthy as well as wise. And that is not merely an age-old saying. It works in daily life too. Read on to know how.

1. Time to Exercise

Waking up early gives you the time to exercise. You can easily go for a jog, do a few laps in the pool, practice yoga or hit the gym with plenty of time at hand.

2. Time to Meditate

There is nothing like beginning the day with a dose of meditation. It will help calm your mind and sharpen your reflexes to keep you going through your busy schedule of work.

3. Experience the Charm of Early Morning

Only an early morning person knows the charm and serenity that those hours offer. The silence, the birds chirping, the absence of cars honking, and the sunrise are all advantages only early rising can offer.

4. Increase Productivity and Efficiency

A study conducted at the Texas University in 2008 revealed that early risers are more prone to be productive and efficient at work. In fact, students who wake up early are known to get higher grades than those who wake up late.

5. Eating Breakfast

Breakfast is known to be the most important meal of the day. Often, you may land up skipping it if you are running late for work. An early start to the day ensures that this significant meal is never given the slip.

6. Less Stress

Giving you ample time to get ready on time, waking up early ensures that you suffer less stress. Beat the traffic and drive to work at ease.

7. Set Routine

Once you get into the habit of rising early, you are able to set a routine and that obviously leads to better productivity not only at work, but also on the home front and as an individual.

8. Brighter Mood

Early risers are known to be happier and more optimistic than night owls. The latter are known to suffer depression, insomnia and pessimism. The bright start with exercise and optimism is bound to keep you feeling energized and optimistic all day.

9. Better Health

Proper routine and exercise are known factors in ensuring better health in the long run. Waking up early ensures you set aside time to work out. Late risers lack the advantage of time for this.

10. Better Finances

Improved health, enhanced productivity and ameliorated energy can only result in one thing – a higher rate of success. And when this happens in your career, can financial triumph be far behind? So, rise early to kick start a really great way of doing well in the professional sphere as well.
The benefits of waking up early are myriad. It doesn’t take much to change your lifestyle to avail these benefits. After all, personal and professional well-being, and ultimate success are what everyone seeks. So, why not adopt a healthier way of living and reap those benefits?

Saturday, 21 July 2012

An 8-Year-Old Girl's Awesome List of Why Women Rule

We're so glad that a Redditor dad posted his daughter's "unexpected response to a writing assignment about being female":

"We have veginas. We get jobs. We are creative. We have stuff that makes us preanet. We have milk in our bobes. We are smart. We have power."

Thursday, 19 July 2012

How Drinking Can be Good For You

Alcohol consumption can have some surprising health benefits.

Alcohol has often been addressed as the ‘Wet Devil’ and deemed dangerous for health. 
But little do people know that alcohol consumption can have some surprising health benefits as well. The following article will illustrate the benefits of drinking.


1. Recent research has proved that drinking red wine helps in sleeping properly. Red wine essentially helps in producing melatonin. It is an antioxidant that not only helps regulate the sleep cycle, but also prevents cancer and aging.
2. Resveratrol, an essential component in red wine, helps in building immunity against diseases and helps one live longer. Not only that, it also helps prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. It is also known to reduce inflammation, lower LDL cholesterol and improve overall physical health.
3. A glass of red wine has enough resveratol and antioxidants to reduce the risk of heart ailments.
4. Red wine is known to reduce chances of lung cancer by 13%; prostate cancer by 50% and breast cancer in women by 12%.
5. The chances of catching a cold are reduced by 44% with the moderate daily consumption of red wine.


1. Beer aids in proper bone health with its high silicon contents. Studies have shown that daily consumption of beer helps develop good bone density.
2. Beer accounts for a 31% reduction in cardiovascular risks. Daily consumption helps reduce LDL cholesterol levels and keep the arteries clean.
3. A man drinking beer has 40% less chances of developing kidney stones than non-beer drinkers. It is presumed that the high water content in beer keeps the risk of kidney dehydration away and prevents stone formation.
4. The risk of developing diabetes with a moderate but regular consumption of beer is reduced by 25% mostly because beer increases insulin sensitivity and regulates blood sugar levels.


1. It acts as a sleep inducer and helps in relaxing the mind and reducing stress levels.
2. It is the most effective household disinfectant and was often administered to clean wounds. Its antiseptic properties remove toxins from the skin and help kill germs.
3.The alcohol content in vodka is effective enough to take latent heat off the body when externally administered during fevers.
4. It aids in proper heart health, reducing harmful cholesterol levels, and reducing hypertension and keeping cardiovascular troubles at bay.
5. Regular but moderate consumption calms the brain and reduces the risk of dementia, neural troubles and Alzheimer’s.
6. It is an excellent anti-inflammatory agent and has proven results in curing osteoporosis and arthritis.
Alcohol consumption does have its health benefits, but these only reflect when the consumption is moderate. Over-consumption and drinking with no holds barred is capable of causing more harmthan good. So alcohol connoisseurs are advised to exercise caution.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Natural wonders—Aloe Vera

Want to do away with those nasty pimple scars? Aloe vera can do it for you!

Aloe vera and its properties
Aloe vera is a short-stemmed plant that grows up to a height of 80-100 centimetres. Its leaves are thick and fleshy with a serrated margin. Often called a miracle plant, aloe’s healing properties have been known for centuries. Aloe vera is known to have anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Despite some conflicting opinion, preliminary research shows that aloe extracts are useful in treating burns, ulcers and various skin infections.
Aloe Vera is about 95% water. The rest contains active ingredients including essential oil, amino acids, minerals, vitamins, enzymes and glycoproteins.
While fresh aloe from the plant is the best, there are numerous over-the-counter pills, creams and gels that promise the goodness of aloe
Unfortunately, the aloe industry is largely unregulated… So check the contents of the product thoroughly before purchase.


Health benefits of aloe vera

Treats digestive disorders: There are claims that intake of aloe vera juice helps in maintaining a healthy digestive tract. It is known to soothe digestive issues such as constipation and irritable bowel syndrome. It contains anti-inflammatory fatty acids that are helpful for the stomach, small intestine and colon. It is said to alkalise digestive juices and there by prevent heartburn. It also helps clean the digestive tract by exerting a soothing, balancing effect.
Helps in detoxification: Aloe juice is said to have natural detoxifying properties that cleanse the digestive and circulatory system. This promotes blood circulation and a higher rate of absorption of nutrients from food.
Has anti-ageing properties: Aloe gel is known for its anti-wrinkle properties. Aloe penetrates the many layers of the skin, hydrates, nourishes and regenerates the cells, which has the potential to delay appearance of wrinkles.
Heals wounds: Topical application of aloe vera gel is known to be effective in healing wounds.
Cures pimples: There is conflicting opinion regarding this, but many suggest application of aloe gel to treat pimples. Aloe is said to have anti-bacterial properties which can help kill the bacteria and treat acne.
Erases blemishes and scars: Many swear by aloe vera’s ability to erase blemishes and scars. If you have a plant, squeeze the leaf and apply the gel and leave it overnight. This is said to help.

When not to use aloe vera:

Avoid aloe preparations if you are pregnant, breast feeding or menstruating, as it can cause uterine contractions.

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Casio Exilim EX-N1, EX-N10 & EX-N20

Casio has added three new 16-megapixel compacts to its Exilim range, including the EX-N1, EX-N10 and EX-N20. Each of these models features a 26-130mm equivalent zoom lens, a 2.7” rear LCD screen and HD video recording capabilities. The three cameras are identical to each other except for their outer appearance. The EX-N1 is offered in three “casual” colour variations — blue, pink and white — as well as black and red, with ceramic-like gloss finishes. The EX-N10 features a “dressy” quilted design pattern engraved into the design on the inner surface of the clear case coating. Three colour variations are offered: vivid pink, gold and black. Finally, the EX-N20 features a surface with a textured, leather-like finish. Three colour variations—brown, blue and red—are available. Pricing to be confirmed.
Casio Press Release
Casio Releases EXILIM Cameras with Variety of Appealing Designs to Match Any Lifestyle
TOKYO, July 9, 2012 — Casio Computer Co., Ltd. today announced the release of new EXILIM® compact digital cameras that come in a variety of colors and textures to match any lifestyle. The new EX-N1, EX-N10 and EX-N20 cameras all have rounded bodies that are easy to grip, and employ a CMF Design* approach based on materials and finish in addition to color. These three elements are integrated to realize uniquely appealing designs, with a range of variations to appeal to the preferences of a broad spectrum of users. Choose the model that matches your lifestyle or unique taste.
*. CMF Design integrates the three elements of color, materials and finishing (CMF) to realize appealing designs. CMF Design is employed in a variety of fields including product design, architecture and interior design, and is one of today’s leading design trends.
EX-N1 wraps rounded body in a deep, lustrous finish
The EXILIM EX-N1 is offered in three “casual” color variations—blue, pink and white—that combine bright solid colors with black elements to appeal to a casual and pop taste for users who want to accessorize their everyday style. Also available are two “simple” color variations in black and red, with appealing ceramic-like gloss finishes.
EX-N10 makes a great accessory for that special style
The EXILIM EX-N10 features a “dressy” quilted design pattern engraved into the design on the inner surface of the clear case coating. The color pairs perfectly with fashion items and small accessories. The glossy, manicure-like finish is sure to appeal to women who accessorize with their cameras. Three color variations are offered: vivid pink, gold and black.
EX-N20 has a classic design that evokes the feel of fine leather goods
The EXILIM EX-N20 features a surface with a textured, leather-like finish that fits comfortably in the hand, delivering an understated look that appeals to those who appreciate a dignified, “classic” look. The lens ring and grip piece are coordinated in a matching metallic silver finish that adds to the classy aura of the camera. Three color variations—brown, blue and red—are available.

The EX-N1, EX-N10 and EX-N20 cameras all have a CCD with an effective resolution of 16.1 megapixels, and a wide-angle 26mm, 5x optical zoom lens. All three camera models offer advanced shooting features such as Premium Auto, which automatically analyzes the scene to choose the best settings and performs image processing, and Make up function for taking beautiful photos of faces.

Monday, 16 July 2012

LED LCD vs plasma vs LCD

Debating on what HDTV technology to buy? Debate no longer. OK, not too much longer.

In this television technology trifecta, which comes out on top? The subject of countless debates and diatribes, the better question is: which works best? Or more precisely, which works best for you?
When you cut through the hype and the fanboys, each tech has different benefits and costs. So to help you figure out which TV is right for your house, let's take a look at each one.
First, a BIG disclaimer: any article of this type is, by necessity, going to contain a lot of generalizations. In most of the categories below, there are likely one or two exceptions to each rule. It's great to find an outlier, but that's just what it is, an outlier. The "average" product featuring these technologies is going to perform as listed.
Second, some terminology. 
Plasma TVs, made by Panasonic, Samsung, and LG, range in size from 42 inches to roughly 65 inches. There are some larger models (notably Panasonic's 150-inch), but for most people, they max out at 65 inches.
LCD TVs range in size from a couple of inches, to 90 inches, and everywhere in-between. They're made by everybody. All "LED TVs" are actually LCD TVs, they just use LEDs as their light source, instead of the traditional CCFLs. As they tend to perform a little differently, and are marketed way differently, we'll address them separately. LED models also tend to be the higher-end models from a particular company, so often their performance advantage can have to do with this more than the inherent technology.
You might ask yourself, at this point, why only three companies for plasma? When electronics companies started building their manufacturing plants for TVs, they faced a choice: make big "cheap" flat panels that can't go much below 42-inches (plasma), or build a more expensive factory that can make a wide variety of sizes, even though the bigger sizes will be more expensive (LCD). As production has increased, the larger LCD sizes have become more price competitive, so that distinction has disappeared. As such, you don't see a lot of companies investing in new plasma TV manufacturing. Not when an LCD factory can make everything from cell phone screens to 90-inch HDTVs (an over simplification, but you get the point).
Light output (brightness)
Winner: LED LCD
Loser: Plasma
Runner-Up: CCFL LCD
Without question, LED LCDs are the brightest TVs you can buy. Some models are capable of well over 100 footlamberts. To put that in perspective, in a movie theater you're lucky if you get 5. CCFL LCDs are a close second.
Plasmas just aren't that bright. It's all relative, though, as plasmas are still likely way brighter than old-school CRT tube TVs. So plasmas aren't "dim," but they aren't nearly as bright as LCDs.
The question is, do you need that light output? In a dark room, 100 footlamberts will be searingly bright. In a bright room (daytime/sunlight) a plasma might be hard to see.
Another aspect to consider is any antireflective or antiglare material on each screen. A plasma with a really good antireflective coating may be better to watch with room lighting than a glossy-screen LCD with no such coating (and vice versa).
Black level
Winner: Plasma
Runner-up: LED LCD
This is getting a lot closer, but plasmas still offer the best black levels. Yes, LED LCDs can sometimes have an absolute black (by turning off their LEDs), but when you're watching a movie, plasmas are going to seem darker. This relates to contrast ratio...
Contrast ratio
Winner: Plasma
Runner-up: LED LCD
Contrast ratio, or the ratio between the darkest part of the image and the brightest, is one of the most important factors in overall picture quality. A display with a high contrast ratio is going to seem more realistic, and have more virtual "depth." I highly recommend reading this article:Contrast ratio (or how every TV manufacturer lies to you).
There is one exception. The new Elite LED LCD (made by Sharp) has an advanced local dimming backlight, which gives it a plasma-like contrast ratio... for a price. A big price. One good LED LCD doesn't make them all good, nor does it herald a new generation of better LED LCDs. The Sharp/Elite doesn't do anything new. It's a local dimming LED LCD. We've actually seen fewer and fewer of this types of displays for the reason this TV makes quite obvious: price. Local dimming LED LCDs are more expensive than edge-lit models (and typically more expensive than plasmas, at the same size), and these days, expensive TVs aren't big sellers. 
Do a few other local dimming models come close to the better plasmas (or exceed the lesser ones)? Yes, but again these are the exceptions, not the rule.
There are some technologies coming down the pike that may offer even better contrast ratios. One of the most exciting is OLED. I'm really excited about OLED. It promises to be the best of all words: the best picture quality going, ultra-efficient, and incredibly thin. To learn more about this upcoming TV technology, check out What is OLED TV?
So, on average, plasmas have a better contrast ratio (with notable exception noted). If you're curious why they don't look like it when you see them in a store, check out Why do plasma TVs look washed out in the store?
Viewing angle
Winner: Plasma
Runner-up: IPS LCD (see text)
How big is your room? Do you or loved ones sit off to the side, viewing the TV at an angle? If so, it's important to note that LCDs of both flavors lose picture quality when viewed "off axis," as in not directly in front of the screen.
Small room, small couch, mother-in-law Barcalounger off to the side? Don't worry about it.
Somewhere in the middle are in-plane switching LCDs, which offer a better viewing angle at the expense of overall contrast ratio and black level. Check out my article Myths, Marketing, and Misdirection for more info.
Energy consumption
Winner: LED LCD
Loser: Plasma
Runner-up: CCFL LCD
No question, LED LCDs have the lowest energy consumption, especially when you turn down the backlight. Prius drivers, this is the TV for you. CCFL LCDs are a close second, with the same addendum.
Plasmas, especially when you turn up the contrast control (which you need to for them to look their best), just aren't as energy efficient. They are, however, far better than they were a few years ago.
If you want to go green, get an LED LCD. As I mentioned in the Myths article, though, it won't save you money. Because LED LCDs are more expensive than other TVs, it will take you years to make up that difference in energy savings (if ever). We're talking a few dollars difference in a year here. Check out HDGuru's article HDTV energy guide labels explained.

Winner: CCFL LCD
Loser: LED LCD
Runner-up: Plasma
Because they tend to be at the lower-end of a company's TV offerings, CCFL LCDs are the cheapest TVs you can buy.
As mentioned earlier, LEDs are the technology behind many company's high-end offerings.
The cheapest "doorbuster" TVs will almost always be CCFL TVs. Plasmas tend to have the best size/price ratio.

Multiple studies by a variety of sources have found flat panel TVs to be extremely reliable. Internet forums are always populated by the angry, so invariably you're going to read more "well mine broke!" posts than "I've had mine for 5 years and it's great."
Gotcha! All TVs can burn in. It's unlike you'll abuse them enough for this to happen (think airport arrival/departure displays). Plasmas can have image persistence, which has the outward appearance of burn-in, but isn't permanent. For more on this, check out my article Is plasma burn-in a problem?
The short version? You're going to notice image persistence long before it will become a problem.
Winner: Plasma
Uniformity, or a consistent brightness to the image, doesn't bother me a lot. It bugs David a bunch, though. Check out my article Is LCD and LED LCD HDTV uniformity a problem?
Plasma can have issues in this regard as well, though they're far less frequent or noticeable. Edge-lit LED LCDs are the worst offenders, though cheap CCFL LCDs have their own issues. In many cases, the uniformity will vary per sample. So your TV might be fine, but your brother-in-law hates the one he bought of the same model.
And the winner is...
If you want to count wins and losses from the list above, have at it. The thing is, these items don't have equal weight. That's the point. For one person, absolute light output is absolute, for another, black level is above all else. These two performance aspects are, for now, mutually exclusive.
So don't listen to those who say, "well, its brightest, it's best" or "LCD's black level is terrible, so they blow." Reading through this list I'm positive you've mentally weighted certain factors above others, even if you didn't notice it at first. Go with your gut. If you watch a lot of TV during the day, or have a room with lots of windows, LED LCD is probably best. If you watch at night, and want the TV to disappear into the background, plasma is probably best.
Want to know the best part? The dirty little secret of the TV world? If you're buying a name-brand TV, its picture quality is going to be really, really good. You are seriously picking from good, gooder, and goodly goodest here. Compared with flat panel TVs from just a few years ago, new HDTVs are thinner, brighter, bigger, better-performing, and cheaper than ever before. So have at it. Your new TV is going to be awesome for years to come.