Monthly Archives: September 2010

BlackBerry® PlayBook – Preview

# A 7-inch 1024 x 600 pixel touchscreen, which much smaller that the iPad’s 9.7-inch screen, might be more suited to the BlackBerry-wielding suit.
# Inside there’s a 1GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM.
# There’s a 3 megapixel forward-facing camera and a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera, both of which are high-definition.
# Pulling all this together is the BlackBerry Tablet OS, developed by QNX. The OS offers true multitasking, as well as support for H.264, MPEG4 and WMV high-definition video. There’s also full web browsing thanks to a WebKit-enabled browser. There’s also support for Adobe Flash 10.1, Adobe Mobile AIR, Java, OpenGL and HTML5.
# On the connectivity front there’s 802.11a/b/g/n and Bluetooth for those wanting to be wireless, and microUSB and microHDMI for those wired connections. The only downside is that 3G access is currently only available via a BlackBerry device.
# There’s tight integration with BlackBerry handsets.

Preview of the new professional-grade BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet and BlackBerry® Tablet OS.

Economical Social Networking Mobiles in India

Samsung Champ

Features :

  • 2.4-inch touchscreen display with a 240 x 320 pixel resolution
  • Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, USB 2.0
  • 1.3 megapixel camera
  • 3.5mm handsfree socket
  • FM radio
  • microSD card support
  • – Rs. 3,940

Nokia 5233


  • 2.9-inch touchscreen display with a 360 x 640 pixel resolution
  • EDGE/GPRS, Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP, USB 2.0
  • 2 megapixel
  • 3.5mm handsfree socket
  • FM radio
  • microSD card support

– Rs. 6,500

LG Cookie Fresh GS290


  • 3.0-inch touchscreen display with a 240 x 400 pixel resolution
  • Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, USB 2.0
  • 2 megapixel camera
  • 3.5mm handsfree socket
  • FM radio
  • microSD card support

– Rs. 7,500

Sony Ericsson Zylo


  • 2.6-inch display with a 240 x 320 pixel resolution (scratch resistant)
  • 3G, EDGE/GPRS,
  • Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, USB 2.0
  • 3 megapixel camera
  • 3.5mm handsfree socket
  • FM radio
  • microSD card support
  • – Rs. 7,700

Micromax Q7


  • 2.2-inch display with a 320 x 240 pixel resolution
  • EDGE/GPRS, Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP, USB 2.0
  • 2 megapixel camera
  • 3.5mm handsfree socket
  • FM radio
  • microSD card support
  • – Rs. 4,500

Apple iPod Nano

Music has a whole new feel.

iPod nano has been completely redesigned with Multi-Touch — the same technology that makes iPhone, iPad and iPod touch so amazing. Now it’s half the size and even easier to play. And everything you want to hear is just a tap or swipe away.

Turn up the colour.

In sleek anodised aluminium and seven bright colours, iPod nano makes a huge statement: you are, most definitely, ready to rock.

Pixels that pop.

Show off your album art, photos and the colour-coordinated wallpaper on the 1.5-inch colour display with 240×240-pixel resolution. It’s tiny yet stunning.

Clip on and cut loose.

The new built-in clip makes it easy to move to the music. Just clip iPod nano to your sleeve, jacket or bag. And wherever you go, your favourite tunes are right where you need them.

Plug into the groove.

With the built-in 30-pin connector, you can easily plug iPod nano into your car stereo system, your speakers at home and many other products made for iPod.

It fits your fingers.

iPod nano is 46 per cent smaller, 42 per cent lighter and 100 per cent made for music with Multi-Touch. It’s the perfect size for a tap or a swipe, so fingertips feel right at home.

Multi-Touch basics.

Home screen

Swipe left to see additional icons. To return Home from other screens, swipe right, or touch and hold anywhere.


Tap to select items. Swipe up or down to browse lists. Rotate the screen using two fingers. Double-tap to zoom photos.

Custom Home screens

Touch and hold an icon until it jiggles, then drag it to a new location. Press Sleep/Wake when finished.

Song controls

Tap an album cover to show song controls. Swipe left to see Repeat, Genius and Shuffle controls. Shake iPod nano to shuffle songs.


Tap Genius Mixes to hear songs that go great together. Or create a Genius playlist by playing a song you like, and tapping the song control.

FM radio

Tap to show radio controls. Flick the radio dial to change stations, or tap to set favourites. Swipe left to show Live Pause controls

Technical Specifications

Size and weight

37.5 mm (1.48 inches)
40.9 mm (1.61 inches)
8.78 mm (0.35 inches)
including clip
21.1 grams (0.74 ounces)1
10,056.3 cu mm (0.614 cu. in.)
including clip


  • 8GB or 16GB flash drive2


  • Accelerometer

Environmental requirements

  • Operating temperature: 0° to 35° C
    (32° to 95° F)
  • Non-operating temperature: -20° to 45° C
    (-4° to 113° F)
  • Relative humidity: 5% to 95% non-condensing
  • Maximum operating altitude: 3,000 m
    (10,000 feet)

Environmental Status Report

iPod nano embodies Apple’s continuing environmental progress. It is designed with the following features to reduce environmental impact:

  • Arsenic-free display glass
  • BFR-free
  • Mercury-free
  • PVC-free
  • Recyclable aluminium enclosure
  • Smaller, more compact packaging (45% smaller, 46% lighter)


  • 1.54-inch (diagonal) colour TFT display
  • 240×240-pixel resolution
  • 220 pixels per inch

Audio playback

  • Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz
  • Audio formats supported: AAC (8 to 320Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF and WAV
  • User-configurable maximum volume limit

FM radio

  • Regional settings for Americas, Asia, Australia, Europe and Japan
  • Live Pause feature for pausing a radio broadcast and rewinding (within a 15-minute buffer)


  • Earphones
  • Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz
  • Impedance: 32 ohms

Battery and power3

  • Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Up to 24 hours of music playback when fully charged
  • Charging via USB to computer system or power adapter (sold separately)
    • Fast-charge time: about 1.5 hours (charges up to 80% of battery capacity)
    • Full-charge time: about 3 hours

Localised UI

  • 29 UI languages: Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Cantonese (Traditional Chinese), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish.
  • Note: Song, album and artist information can be displayed for Bulgarian, Serbian, Slovenian, Ukranian and Vietnamese. For Arabic and Hebrew language support, some UI elements are not left to right.

External buttons and controls

  • Volume
  • Sleep/Wake

Input and output

  • Dock connector
  • Earphones

In the box

  • iPod nano
  • Apple Earphones
  • Dock connector to USB Cable
  • Quick Start Guide and Important Product Information


  • 29 VoiceOver Languages: Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English (Australia, US & UK), Finnish, French (Canada, France), German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil, Portugal), Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish (Mexico, Spain), Swedish, Thai, Turkish


  • VoiceOver gesture-based screen reader
  • A high-resolution LCD display with adjustable backlight settings makes it easier to read in low light
  • White on black display
  • Mono Audio

System requirements

  • Mac computer with USB 2.0 port, Mac OS X v10.5.8 or later, and iTunes 10 or later4
  • PC with USB 2.0 port; Windows 7, Vista, XP Home or Professional (SP3) or later; and iTunes 10 or later4
  • Internet access is required and a broadband connection is recommended

VIA [Apple]

Sierra Sciences Have Successfully Lengthened Telomeres

Sierra Sciences Have Successfully Lengthened Telomeres Which Could Be Used to Extend Human Lifespan.

Sierra Sciences, in collaboration with TA Sciences, Geron Corporation, PhysioAge, and the Spanish National Cancer Research Center (CNIO), has announced the first compound ever discovered that activates the enzyme telomerase in the human body – a critical prerequisite for technology that could arrest or reverse the aging process in humans. This compound is a natural product derived nutraceutical known as TA-65. These findings appear as a research article entitled ‘A natural product telomerase activator as part of a health maintenance program,’ published September 7, 2010 ahead of print in the peer-reviewed journal Rejuvenation Research. The article can be found at

Researchers discovered that TA-65 was associated with a statistically significant “age-reversal” effect in the immune system, in that it led to declines in the percentage of senescent cytotoxic T cells and natural killer cells after six to twelve months of use. In addition, further analysis with automated high-throughput confocal microscopy (HT-qFISH) revealed a decline in the percentage of white blood cells with critically short telomeres after twelve to eighteen months of use.

Several peer-reviewed publications have calculated that humans have a theoretical maximum lifespan of 125 years, but our health declines long before that. Many scientists believe that this limit on lifespan and decline in health is imposed by the gradual shortening of our telomeres, structures at the ends of our chromosomes that shorten with every cell division. Telomere shortening is thought to be the “clock of aging” contained within the human body. It has been repeatedly demonstrated that a human cell that does not undergo telomere shortening will divide indefinitely and is, by all available measurements, immortal.

The publication reports that TA-65 can cause telomerase, an enzyme that lengthens telomeres, to become active in human cells.  Telomerase activation by TA-65 was shown to lengthen the shortest telomeres in humans, potentially extending human lifespan and healthspan. Telomerase activation is thought to be a keystone of future regenerative medicine and a necessary condition for clinical immortality.

Although TA-65 is probably too weak to completely arrest the aging process, it is the first telomerase activator recognized as safe for human use.

“We are on the cusp of curing aging,” said William Andrews, Ph.D., co-author of this study and President and CEO of Sierra Sciences, LLC. “TA-65 is going to go down in history as the first supplement you can take that doesn’t merely extend your life a few years by improving your health, but actually affects the underlying mechanisms of aging. Better telomerase inducers will be developed in the coming years, but TA-65 is the first of a whole new family of telomerase-activating therapies that could eventually keep us young and healthy forever.”

Telomerase activation has potential medical applications beyond extending human lifespan.  Epidemiological studies have shown that short telomeres in humans are a risk factor for diseases including, among others, atherosclerosis, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and cancer.

The present study also reports encouraging news on the effect of TA-65 on the body’s immune system. Infectious diseases lead to telomere shortening in the immune system, as immune cells divide to fight infections. Telomerase activation should prevent this telomere shortening and allow the body’s immune system to fight a chronic infection indefinitely.

The present study on TA-65 lends support to this hypothesis. In individuals infected with CMV, a virus which prematurely ages the immune system and significantly reduces life expectancy, TA-65 caused an apparent “age reversal” of approximately 5 to 20 years based on one biomarker of immune aging.

For the same reason, telomerase activation is a potential treatment for AIDS. “We tend to see HIV turning into AIDS when the cells of the immune system develop critically short telomeres,” said Andrews. “HIV can essentially cause the immune system to die of old age while the majority of the body is still young. A telomerase activator could theoretically prevent an HIV-positive individual from ever developing AIDS.”

VIA [PRnewswire]