Monthly Archives: July 2010

Apple iMac – Tech Specs,Features

Size and weight

21.5-inch iMac

Height:
45.1 cm (17.75 inches)
Width:
52.8 cm (20.8 inches)
Depth:
18.85 cm (7.42 inches)
Weight:
9.3 kg (20.5 pounds)1

27-inch iMac

Height:
51.7 cm (20.4 inches)
Width:
65.0 cm (25.6 inches)
Depth:
20.7 cm (8.15 inches)
Weight:
13.8 kg (30.5 pounds)1

Connections and expansion

  • One FireWire 800 port; 7 watts
  • Four USB 2.0 ports
  • SDXC card slot

Communications

  • AirPort Extreme 802.11n Wi-Fi wireless networking;2 IEEE 802.11a/b/g compatible
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) wireless technology
  • 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45 connector)

Audio

  • Built-in stereo speakers
  • Two internal 17-watt high-efficiency amplifiers
  • Headphone / optical digital audio output (mini-jack)
  • Audio line in / optical digital audio input (mini-jack)
  • Built-in microphone
  • Support for Apple iPhone headset with microphon

Display

21.5-inch iMac

  • Built-in 21.5-inch (viewable) LED-backlit glossy widescreen TFT active-matrix liquid crystal display with IPS technology
  • Resolution: 1920×1080 pixels
  • Typical brightness: 330 cd/m2

27-inch iMac

  • Built-in 27-inch (viewable) LED-backlit glossy widescreen TFT active-matrix liquid crystal display with IPS technology
  • Resolution: 2560×1440 pixels
  • Typical brightness: 375 cd/m2
  • Can be attached to a wall mount, articulating arm or other VESA-compliant mounting solution using the optional VESA Mount Adapter Kit

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All models

  • Millions of colours at all resolutions
  • Typical viewing angle: 178° horizontal; 178° vertical
  • 16:9 aspect ratio

Graphics and video support

  • 21.5-inch models, one of the following:
    • ATI Radeon HD 4670 graphics processor with 256MB of GDDR3 memory
    • ATI Radeon HD 5670 graphics processor with 512MB of GDDR3 memory
  • 27-inch model with dual-core processor:
    • ATI Radeon HD 5670 graphics processor with 512MB of GDDR3 memory
  • 27-inch model with quad-core processor:
    • ATI Radeon HD 5750 graphics processor with 1GB of GDDR5 memory
  • iSight camera
  • Mini DisplayPort output with support for DVI, VGA and dual-link DVI (adapters sold separately); 27-inch models also support input from external DisplayPort sources (adapters sold separately)
  • Support for extended desktop and video mirroring modes
  • Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display and up to a 30-inch display (2560×1600 pixels) on an external display

Processor and memory

  • 21.5-inch models, one of the following:
    • 3.06GHz Intel Core i3 processor with 4MB level 3 cache; supports Hyper-Threading
    • 3.2GHz Intel Core i3 processor with 4MB level 3 cache; supports Hyper-Threading and Turbo Boost
    • 3.6GHz Intel Core i5 processor with 4MB level 3 cache; supports Hyper-Threading and Turbo Boost
  • 27-inch models, one of the following:
    • 3.2GHz Intel Core i3 processor with 4MB level 3 cache; supports Hyper-Threading and Turbo Boost
    • 3.6GHz Intel Core i5 processor with 4MB level 3 cache; supports Hyper-Threading and Turbo Boost
    • 2.8GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5 processor with 8MB level 3 cache; supports Turbo Boost
    • 2.93GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7 processor with 8MB level 3 cache; supports Hyper-Threading and Turbo Boost
  • 4GB (two 2GB SO-DIMMs) of 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM; four SO-DIMM slots support up to 16GB

Storage

  • 21.5-inch models:
    • 500GB or 1TB 7200-rpm Serial ATA hard drive
    • Optional 2TB 7200-rpm Serial ATA hard drive
  • 27-inch models:
    • 1TB 7200-rpm Serial ATA hard drive
    • Optional 2TB 7200-rpm Serial ATA hard drive
    • Optional 256GB solid-state drive

Faster processors.

New processor architecture.

Now all iMac models come as standard with Intel Core processors built on a new architecture. Based on Intel’s 32-nanometre process technology, these processors set new benchmarks for iMac performance.

Quad-core power.

The available quad-core Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processor in the 27-inch iMac puts four processing cores on one circuit die, so data doesn’t have to travel far to get from core to core.

Turbo Boost.

Many iMac models now benefit from Turbo Boost technology built into the Intel Core series processors. If you’re using a processor-intensive application such as Aperture 3 or Final Cut Pro that benefits from extra performance, Turbo Boost dynamically increases the speed of available cores.

Faster graphics.

Discrete graphics for everyone.Every iMac includes powerful discrete graphics, meaning the graphics processor is separate from the CPU. So whether you’re an amateur filmmaker or an avid gamer, iMac gives you faster, smoother, crisper graphics no matter which model you choose.

Start with advanced graphics.

The 21.5-inch iMac offers fast graphics performance with either the ATI Radeon HD 4670 with 256MB of dedicated memory or the ATI Radeon HD 5670 with 512MB of memory. Which one is right for you? The greater the memory, the faster the performance for graphics-intensive applications such as games and video editors.

Step up to even faster graphics.

When you step up to the 27-inch iMac, you can choose the ATI Radeon HD 5670 with 512MB of memory. Or enjoy amazing performance with the ATI Radeon HD 5750 with 1GB of GDDR5 memory. You’ll notice the speed boost every time you run your favourite 3D applications and games.

iMac does more, more quickly.

Built for more cores.

Mac OS X Snow Leopard is designed to take advantage of the advanced multicore processor architecture, so every Intel processor reaches its full potential on iMac.

Viewing and editing photos.

The new iMac is fast at importing photos and performing basic editing tasks — things like removing red-eye and erasing small blemishes — in iPhoto. And it delivers excellent performance for professional applications such as Aperture.

Productivity.

iMac makes quick work of work. Create complex transitions in a Keynote presentation. Add 3D charts to a Numbers spreadsheet. Design a beautiful document in Pages. Powerful Intel processors across the iMac line make iWork fast and responsive.

Video editing.

Shot some video you want to edit fast and share with friends? Large iMac displays and powerful processors are perfect for editing and stabilising shaky video in iMovie. For more complex editing and encoding tasks, upgrade to the quad-core processor and get even faster performance with Final Cut Studio.

Playing games.

Games scream on iMac, thanks to advanced ATI graphics. The discrete ATI Radeon HD 4670 processor delivers faster performance compared to the integrated NVIDIA GeForce 9400M processor in the previous-generation iMac. That’ll keep you on your game, even inside the complex 3D environments of Call of Duty 4 or EVE. For faster graphics performance, choose an iMac with the ATI Radeon HD 5670 or ATI Radeon HD 5750.

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ASUS’s futuristic Waveface products

ASUS Waveface Light
ASUS' Waveface Light can be used as a tablet or a traditional  keyboard

ASUS Waveface Ultra
ASUS' Waveface Ultra is designed to provide information anywhere,  anytime

ASUS Waveface Casa
ASUS' Waveface Casa is both an entertainment center and an internet  portal

ASUS – once known mostly as a motherboard manufacturer – has chosen CES 2010 to introduce some innovative laptops and futuristic concepts. It has  introduced three Waveface design concepts. The range includes a portable device worn on the wrist, a widescreen display that is both an entertainment center and internet portal and a touch-sensitive machine that can be used as a single-screen tablet or conventional keyboard – all designed by ASUS to allow the user to fully embrace the digital life…perhaps even by using one’s own physiological and emotional state as a source of data. Well, that’s what we call “futuristic concepts”.

Though old news,I thought of updating in my blog.

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Airtel to bring iPhone 4 in India

Apple’s much touted iPhone 4 is soon arriving in India . Airtel is launching the smartphone for the Indian market. The company is reported to bring iPhone 4 in the September-October timeframe may be by diwali.

“We are working with Apple. Hopefully, we will launch it in the September-October timeframe,” Bharti Airtel CEO Sanjay Kapoor told reporters on the sidelines of a CII industry conference.

Earlier, Vodafone had said that it would bring the iPhone 4 to India. However, it did not mention any timeframe .

Bharti Airtel already sells iPhone 3GS in India priced at Rs 35,500 for the 16 GB model and Rs 41,500 for the 32GB model.

With the launch of third generation mobile services in the country by the end of this year, the sale of such high end devices are likely to get a boost.

US-based Apple Inc, the inventor of iPods, iPhones and iPads, had last month announced the launch of the iPhone 4 with a sharper screen and video-chat features in an attempt to ward-off competition from devices running Google’s Android software.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) regarding SAP BusinessObjects Certification Exam Realignment

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

1. What changes are upcoming for the SAP BusinessObjects certification program?

Effective April 30, 2010, there will be new SAP BusinessObjects certification exams available after realignment with the SAP certification program.  All existing SAP BusinessObjects exams will be retired at the end of April and will be replaced by the following three exams:

  • C_BOCR_08 – SAP Certified Application Associate Crystal Reports 2008
  • C_BOE_30 – SAP Certified Application Associate SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 3.x
  • C_BOWI_30 – SAP Certified Application Associate BusinessObjects Web Intelligence XI 3.x

2. Do current certificates keep their value?

Absolutely; individuals holding a current valid Business Objects certification will not need to recertify.

3. If a test taker has already passed 3 out of 4 papers for BusinessObjects Certified Professional – Business Objects Enterprise and is only left with the XI 3-1 upgrade exam (SABE 501) what should he/she do?

To avoid taking the full certification exam after the retirement of the XI 3-1 upgrade exam the final exam should be taken prior to its retirement at the end of April.

4. What has changed in the new exams?

There are some minor content updates and the scoring model has been changed to dichotomous scoring. The dichotomous scoring model scores multiple response questions as either correct or incorrect and does not give partial grades for responses. This better reflects the need for SAP customers and partners to know whether a certified individual can perform a task to the complete satisfaction of all concerned. Leaving a question blank is equivalent to a false response. In addition there is now only one exam required to gain the full certification.

5. Will the current certification holders automatically be considered at SAP Associate level?

Yes, those holding the existing certification BusinessObjects certification are entitled to use the SAP Associate certification logo and title. The former BusinessObjects Certification branding and logo will no longer be used by SAP or provided to test takers.

6. For those who already possess the BOCP-CR XI, there is currently a delta BOCP-CR 2008 update exam to update to CR2008. Will a CR delta exam exist after this realignment?

No, after the realignment there will no longer be a delta exam to update to CR2008. This will be retired in April and not replaced.

7. Will the exam duration change?

The exam duration will be aligned with the rest of the SAP Global Certification program. There will be 80 questions in 3 hours.

8. Why is the series of exams for each BusinessObjects product line being compressed into single exams?

This is a step to align the BusinessObjects exam format with the rest of the SAP Global Certification program.

9. How many times can the test taker take the certification exam?

He/she can sit for an SAP certification exam a maximum of three times. If he/she is unsuccessful in passing your certification exam after two attempts, and has not previously taken SAP training classes, we highly recommend that they complete the training. The fee for certification retakes is the same as the initial exam. No candidate may sit for the same examination for the same release more than three times. A candidate who has failed an examination three times for a release may not attempt that examination again until the next release. There are no rules on waiting periods prior to a retake.

10. A test taker just missed reaching a passing grade and would like SAP to review my exam for possible rescoring. What is the appeals process?

Unless there were technical system difficulties experienced while taking the exam, exams will not generally be reviewed for rescore. If however a test taker feels that there are grounds for appeal it is necessary to submit that appeal to the local SAP Education team as soon as possible – but at the latest up to 3 months – after the testing event.

11. Where can SAP BusinessObjects tests be taken?

From April 30, 2010 SAP BusinessObjects certification exams will no longer be available via Pearson VUE test centers in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. However the exams will continue to be available via Pearson VUE test centers in the rest of the world. From April onwards the registration for an SAP BusinessObjects exam at a Pearson VUE Test Center will no longer be possible athttp://www.vue.com/busobjects. All future registrations must be made via http://www.vue.com/sap. In addition to this, the SAP BusinessObjects exams will also be available in SAP Education Centers around the world from April 2010 onwards. Registration for this can be arranged viahttp://www.sap.com/certification/ or by contacting your local SAP Education representative.

12. Is there any difference in the certification exam at an SAP Education center or through SAP’s delivery partner, Pearson VUE?

No. Certification exams are the same no matter where the test is taken.

13. Does the test taker need to enter a SAP user ID when registering for a certification exam and does he/she need to be affiliated with an SAP customer or partner in order to take an exam?

The test taker does not need to be affiliated with an SAP customer or partner in order to take an exam, but does have to apply for a so-called S-User ID (or in the case of internal employees an I, D or C-user ID) from SAP prior to registering. Instructions on how to apply for that ID and register for the exam can be found at http://www.vue.com/sap.

14. How does a test taker obtain the actual certificate?

On successfully passing the exam, the certificate will be sent to the test taker within 4-6 weeks. For queries please contactkps.businessobjects.kt@sap.com.

15. Are professional and master exams planned for SAP BusinessObjects certifications?

There are not currently plans for professional and master exams.

16. Can SAP BusinessObjects vouchers be ordered for taking tests at VUE?

Yes. Vouchers can be ordered online here http://www.vue.com/vouchers/pricelist/

17. Will the pricing change?

The pricing will be aligned with the rest of the SAP Global Certification program to reflect the increased exam duration and the single exam per certification scenario. Pricing will not differ between an exam taken at a VUE test center or an SAP Education Center.

18. How can a test taker get information about recommended training offerings to prepare for the tests?

The recommended training alternatives are listed in the test section on http://www.sap.com/services/education/certification

19. Are Academies or eAcademies planned as part of the SAP BusinessObjects curriculum?

Academies are planned for launch in 2011.

VIA [SDN]

The first-ever web browser for India – Epic Browser powered by Mozilla

The Epic Browser is the first-ever web browser for India. The Epic Browser is built on the Mozilla platform and opens the web pages at lightening speed.

With the help of Epic, the user can browse the files in (My)Computer, listen to the Latest Soundtracks, check the News updates, Live Cricket Scores, search for Jobs, Type in any Indian Languages, change the Themes and Wallpapers and do a lot more with the help of its slim sidebar.

The main features of Epic are: Maximum Security, Malicious Website Warnings, Anti-Publishing Protection, Fast Browsing and Downloads.

All the Firefox extensions & plugins are compatible to Epic.

Features:

  • Malicious Website warnings: It warns you if you’re about to visit a web site known to host viruses or malware.
  • Built in Antivirus & Anti-spyware Powered by ESET NOD32: Scan downloads automatically. Scan your system manually. Epic eliminates any viruses it finds. Totally free.
  • Anti-Phishing Protection powered by WOT: The domain name is also written in Bold, so you know if you’ are at icicibank.com or iciciphishingsite.com.
  • Sidebar Applications. 1500+ Apps. All Free.
  • Built on the latest Mozilla Firefox.
  • Tweaked for speed.
  • Faster Browsing.
  • Faster Downloads.
  • 1500+ Indian Themes and Wallpapers.
  • Type in Indian Languages. Easily. EveryWhere.
  • Flash cookie deletion built in. (The first browser ever to kill them).
  • No Browsing Reports. Epic does not store your browsing or search data.
  • One-Click Private Data Deletion.
  • One-Click Private Browsing.

Finally, After working on it for sometime i can firmly say Epic Browser is gonna rock.Though too early to conclude, but i feel it will be an instant hit with the Young crowd because of it’s Pro-Social Networking features.

To Download Click Here (Size 10.6 MB)

Indian Rupee Symbol

The Indian rupee will soon have a unique symbol, a blend of the Devanagri ‘Ra’ and Roman ‘R’, joining elite currencies like the US dollar, euro, British pound and Japanese yen in having a distinct identity.The new symbol, designed by Bombay IIT post-graduate D Udaya Kumar, was approved by the cabinet today, reflecting that the Indian currency, backed by an over-trillion dollar economy, was finally making its presence felt on the international scene.

Though the symbol will not be printed or embossed on currency notes or coins, it would be included in the ‘Unicode Standard’ and major scripts of the world to ensure that it is easily displayed and printed in the electronic and print media. Among currencies with distinctive identities, only the pound sterling has its symbol printed on the notes.