الأحد، 9 يونيو 2013

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Michael Douglas Gets Emotional at Cannes

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Paris Jackson attempts suicide

Mandela back in hospital

Cory Booker declares Senate run

NBC's Brian Williams 'raps'

Obama, China's Xi agree to work together

Funny trip to Plovdiv

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الثلاثاء، 17 أبريل 2012

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السبت، 31 مارس 2012


foobar2000 is an advanced freeware audio player for the Windows platform. Some of the basic features include full unicode support, ReplayGain support and native support for several popular audio formats.

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foobar2000 v1.1.12 beta 2 has been released.
This is a quick fix for apparent regressions in the beta 1.


foobar2000 v1.1.12 beta 1 has been released.
This is a maintenance update focusing on various bugs documented since the last release.
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foobar2000 v1.1.11 stable has been released.
Various bugs have been fixed again; the deadlock detection feature has been toned down - in stable releases it will no longer kill the app due to slow operations on large music libraries.

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السبت، 3 مارس 2012

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Skype is software for calling other people on their computers or phones. Download Skype and start calling for free all over the world.
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Xfire is a free tool that automatically keeps track of when and where gamers are playing PC games online and lets their friends join them easily. It works regardless of game type, server browser, or gaming service that a player is using.
Xfire combines instant messaging, a server browser, peer-to-peer file downloads, in-game messaging, screenshot and video capture and one of the most active gaming communities in the world into a small, simple package. Best of all, it's free!

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Video Download Capture

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With Video Download Capture, anyone can free online video download and conversion. Users can efficiently download online videos from YouTube, Dailymotion, Megavideo etc, then crop, trim or convert videos as FLV, MP4, 3GP, AVI, VOB formats for iPod, iPhone, PSP, DVD and any digital devices. Download Videos from Tons of Online Resources. Whatever free videos, music videos, funny videos, home videos, xxx videos, or even movies, TV shows from various video websites, Video Download Capture can and will support all of them, more than just YouTube, Dailymotion, Metacafe, Megavideo, MySpace, Yahoo!, Vimeo, Veoh. Customize and Convert Videos with Built-in Toolkit. More than a video downloader, Video Download Capture combines tools of video editor, video converter and video player. It helps crop, trim and convert raw videos to customized ones. It supports video formats like FLV, AVI, WMV, MP4, ASF, MOV, AMV and MKV etc, as well as audio formats like MP3, AAC, and WMA. Online Videos Ready for Any Digital Devices. Although video playback in different digital devices has different requirements, Video Download Capture features possible compatibility, no matter it's iPod, iRiver, iPhone, PSP, DVD or other portable players. And as designed with efficiency in mind, the video downloader knows the right format for different devices, such as MPEG-4 video for iPod. Simply Transfer Online Videos Anywhere. Once video downloads are ready, just simply transfer those videos to iPod, iPhone, PSP, mobile phones or other devices; else, burn online videos to DVD or CD-R discs for playback on DVD or CD player. Now it's free to go with your videos to watch without buffering or Internet connection.
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الثلاثاء، 21 فبراير 2012

PDF-XChange Pro - A universal program

PDF-XChange Pro - A universal program to work with files in PDF,
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الأحد، 19 فبراير 2012

List of biggest gainers from Google Adsense

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 First place: Default can be fostered says that there is a Japanese person earns from Adsense million dollars a month, but without official confirmation .. There is an emphasis by the rest and official recognition from Google each

 Second place: the site PlentyOfFish.com Marx's best friend, earns $ 300,000 a month

 Third place: His site Digg.com Kevin Rose, and receive a $ 250,000 monthly
 Fourth place: website owner Jeremy Shoemaker and receive a 140.000
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 Fifth place: His site Weblogs, Inc. Jason Klkans and earns $ 100,000 a month
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الخميس، 9 فبراير 2012

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The new project is called Screenwise. As a panelist, you'll add a browser extension that will share with Google the sites you visit and how you use them. What we learn from you, and others like you, will help us improve Google products and services and make a better online experience for everyone.
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UPDATE 2-Zynga, Hasbro partner to make toys, games

UPDATE 2-Zynga, Hasbro partner to make toys, games

* Hasbro licensed to make games, toys based on Zynga video games
* First products expected this fall
* Deal follows Mattel success with Angry Birds board game
* Hasbro shares climb 2.4 percent
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 9 (Reuters) - Is a Mafia Wars board game on the way, or a cuddly toy horse from FarmVille?
Hasbro Inc, the iconic American toy company, and social game company Zynga Inc said on Thursday they would join forces to develop toys and games based on Zynga games such as FarmVille.
The companies said Hasbro would pay for the license to make products based on Zynga's games including CityVille and Mafia Wars, which are popular on social media website Facebook. They did not disclose how much Hasbro would pay for the license.
The deal also will allow both companies to develop merchandise featuring Hasbro and Zynga brands. The first products should be available this fall, they said.
There are more than 227 million active monthly players of Zynga's games online.
Rovio, the company behind the popular Angry Birds video games, has sold millions of plush toys. Its Angry Birds: Knock On Wood board game, made by Mattel Inc, has been a bestseller on Amazon.com for several months.
"Zynga's games reach a lot of people, and as Mattel saw with its Angry Birds game, some of the games translate well into the physical world," said Sean McGowan, an analyst at Needham & Company, said. "Building a farm or a city, for example, could be a good board game."
Many Zynga game players are adults, so the demand for toys may be limited, he added.
"But the same could have been said of Angry Birds, and that was a big hit," McGowan said.
Hasbro shares closed up 2.4 percent to $36.59, while Zynga fell 3.2 percent to $13.25.

Google Developing Home Entertainment System 2012

Google Inc. is developing a home-entertainment system that streams music wirelessly throughout the home and would be marketed under the company's own brand, according to people briefed on the company's plans.
The effort marks a sharp shift in strategy for Google, which for the first would time would design and market consumer electronic devices under the Google brand. The company has up to now mainly focused on developing the operating system that powers devices such as smartphones, tablets and televisions and allowing other companies to build and brand the hardware that uses it.
Google's Android unit has led a multi-year ...

FBI releases dossier on Steve Jobs 2012

The FBI on Thursday made public a dossier on late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs , disclosing details on his reported drug use and ability to "distort reality."

The files, released under a Freedom of Information Act request, were gathered for investigations into a potential presidential appointment by George H.W. Bush and a bomb threat against Apple.

"Several individuals questioned Mr. Jobs' honesty, stating that Mr. Jobs will twist the truth and distort reality in order to achieve his goals," said the FBI documents.

The former Apple CEO held a legendary corporate status that included a talent dubbed his "reality distortion field" ability to convince people of the truth as he saw it. It was widely considered part of his unusual marketing genius at Apple.

Interviews with people who knew Jobs also disclosed information about his drug use, according to the FBI documents.

"During the 1960s and early 1970s, Mr. Jobs may have experimented with illegal drugs, having come from that generation," said a person whose name was redacted from the file.

Jobs was also seenas something of a counterculture corporate rebel. He was a big fan of Bob Dylan , who dated folk musician Joan Baez , who also reportedly dated Jobs briefly.

Jobs was a card-carrying member of a generation that celebrated a hippie counterculture. An unidentified FBI interviewee stated, "Mr. Jobs used illegal drugs, including marijuana and LSD, while they were attending college."

The FBI files were in part a moral character background check. To that end, interviews were conducted with people who initially said Jobs was "not supportive" of Chris Ann Brennan, the mother of his daughter Lisa, who was born out of wedlock. Those people later said of Jobs that "recently he has become more supportive."

Jobs dated Brennan, who gave birth to Lisa Brennan-Jobs in 1978. Jobs denied paternity for years but later acknowledged Lisa as his daughter. It's widely thought Jobs named the Apple Lisa computer after her. That device, which employed a user interface aimed at businesses, was a predecessor of the Macintosh.

Jobs married Laurene Powell in 1991; their children are Reed, Erin and Eve. He died last October after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Apple did not respond to requests for comment on this story

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الأربعاء، 8 فبراير 2012

Twitter Later Scheduler Pro

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ISpend (Spending Monitor) - Free for iPhone

CNET Editors' note: The "Download Now" link directs you to the iTunes App Store, where you must continue the download process. You must have iTunes installed in order to open the link, and you must have an active iTunes account to download the application. This download may not be available in some countries.

Publisher's Description

 Monitor your day-to-day spending. Sort, View and Plot the spending for yearly, monthly, daily and items. Automatically asks to enter your budget every month. Feature to manage your budget (Budgeting). Provides Spending Analysis (swipe gesture). Process driven spending entries. Risk free, stand alone, no links to any financial accounts.

What's new in this version: +Bug Fixes+Unlimited spending categories by using "Other..."

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CNET Editors' note: The "Download Now" link directs you to the iTunes App Store, where you must continue the download process. You must have iTunes installed in order to open the link, and you must have an active iTunes account to download the application. This download may not be available in some countries.

Publisher's Description

From Agilent Technologies:

This application is for iPAD and it is technical e-book viewer of Agilent technical note and application paper as well as demo guide that includes demo video. It has interactive user interface so you can easily find technical documents. And whenever Agilent uploads latest technical paper, you can get the notification through showing the number of updated documents on the upper side of installed icon. It also has remote control function that can connect Agilent test instruments using WLAN. So you can control and see the Agilent instruments screen through the remote control function.Specially its contents includes technical demo video and demo example of test, so you can learn test method and process and get help to solve technical issue and problem through the following demo video and guide on the included contents. Please try to install this app and enjoy technical materials and papers of Agilent.
What's new in this version: 1. Improving the design.2. Symptoms are intermittent shutdown app bug.
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Mobile Spy iPhone Spy Software 2012

Looking for iPhone spy software? It seems that most shoppers who are in the market for an iPhone spy app, are still a bit undecided on which app to purchase. It’s completely understandable considering how many new iPhone spy apps are hitting the market. There used to only be a couple players in the cell phone monitoring industry, but now it seems like new iPhone spy apps are hitting the market all the time. So which one should you get?


Deciding on the best iPhone spy software to buy, is not as difficult as you might think. The main things to consider are your budget, features you want, and if you have physical access to the iPhone you want to monitor.
Knowing your budget enables you to choose an iPhone spy app that fits within your budget versus falling in love with one that is completely out of your budget range. Features is another important part. Knowing what you want enables you to tailor your purchase to your needs versus what you “think” you might want. It’s easy to get bombarded with all the features that are available, and this generally causes confusion, but if you go into it with knowing exactly what you want, it makes choosing the right iPhone spy software much easier. Finally, getting access to the iPhone is equally important because without access to the iPhone, there is no way you’ll be able to install any type of iPhone monitoring software.
In summary, the best iPhone spy software to buy is based on your budget, features you want, and being able to get physical access to the iPhone.


Now that you know the a bit more about choosing the best iPhone spy software, it’s time to check out the one iPhone spy app that should fit any budget, and have all the features most people will ever need. The product is from Mobile Spy, who were the first company to develop and market monitoring software for the iPhone.
The reason why I like to recommend Mobile Spy is because their app starts at only $49.97, which makes it affordable for anyone, and they have features that should satisfy 90% of users in the market for iPhone monitoring software. Moreover, if you do need a few extra “power” features, Mobile Spy has an add-on module called Mobile Spy Live which has a few cool features not found on their basic version. Yes, there are products on the market that have a lot more features, but you’ll be paying as much as $500 bucks for them. Is it worth it? In most cases — NO.


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Here is a list of all the features offered by Mobile Spy.
  • Read Emails – This feature enables you to read all incoming and outgoing emails.
  • Read Text Messages - This iPhone spy feature will show you all incoming and outgoing text messages. Full contents are recorded even if the messages are deleted.
  • GPS Tracking – This iPhone spy app feature will report the iPhone’s location every 30 minutes. If you need LIVE tracking, then check out the Mobile Spy LIVE add-on.
  • View Photos – As soon as a photo is snapped on the iPhone, a copy will be sent to your online Mobile Spy account.
  • View Contacts - View contacts stored on the iPhone. New contacts are also recorded so you never miss one.
  • View Call History – See all calls made and received on the iPhone.
In addition to the above features, the Mobile Spy LIVE add-on provides you with live tracking and live monitoring, Plus you get email delivery of your logs. However, in order to use Mobile Spy LIVE, you need to purchase an annual license plus the Mobile Spy LIVE add-on. Total price comes to $129.97.
For more information, go to www.mobile-spy.net.
If you have any questions on the best iPhone spy apps, leave a comment below.

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الثلاثاء، 7 فبراير 2012

Facebook's Zuckerberg may face $2 billion tax hit 2012

Facebook's Zuckerberg may face $2 billion tax hit

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's 2012 tax bill could be one for the record books.Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's 2012 tax bill could be one for the record books.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Facebook's upcoming IPO will make founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg a billionaire -- but it will also stick him with an eye-popping tax bill that could reach as high as $2 billion.
Industry experts say that might be one for the record books.
"I personally have never seen a bill into the billions -- close, but not quite," said Anthony Nitti, a Colorado-based CPA and partner with Withum, Smith and Brown. "I talked to a few buddies of mine at the Big Four accounting firms, and it's something not many people have seen."
The giant tax hit is a consequence of Zuckerberg's plan to exercise stock options worth billions. The move will significantly increase his ownership stake in the company he founded eight years ago.
Zuckerberg currently owns almost 414 million shares of Facebook, but he also holds options to buy another 120 million shares at the bargain price of 6 cents a piece. Facebook said in its IPO paperwork that Zuckerberg plans to exercise those options and will sell some of his shares during Facebook's initial offering to cover the tax bill.
The type of options Zuckerberg holds are taxable as ordinary income when they're exercised, even if the shareholder hangs onto the shares and doesn't sell them. That means Zuckerberg will owe taxes on the difference between what he pays for his Facebook shares -- 6 cents -- and their market value the day he exercises the options.
Facebook said in its IPO filing that it values its shares at $29.73. At that price, Zuckerberg's options windfall would be worth $3.6 billion.
But analysts expect Facebook shares to go for a premium when they're sold to the public. A private-market trade last week valued Facebook's shares at $40 each -- giving the company an overall valuation of around $100 billion. That price tag would make Zuckerberg's options worth almost $5 billion.

ither way, the windfall lines him up for a whopping tax bill. The top U.S. marginal tax rate this year is 35%. Zuckerberg's home state of California also carves off a big slice, hitting those with incomes of $1 million or more with a 10.3% income tax.
Stock options are a tax swampland, and it's hard to estimate precisely what Zuckerberg will end up paying. But tax analysts are ballparking the total at somewhere in the $1.5 billion to $2 billion range -- a nearly unprecedented sum.
The IRS doesn't comment on individual tax bills, but an analysis of the top 400 U.S. taxpayers with the highest reported incomes for 2009 (the most recent year available) shows that the average tax bill for a member of the ultra-1% club was $49 million. The top 400 collectively paid income taxes totaling $19.6 billion.
Zuckerberg could single-handedly boost that stat significantly in 2012.
Still, accountants said Zuckerberg's tax plan is the right move.
The 27-year-old entrepreneur is famously loathe to give up any ownership control over his company, and he plans to sell only enough stock to cover his tax bill, Facebook said in its regulatory paperwork.
That means that the rest of Zuckerberg's billions will remain hypothetical paper wealth, and his financial fortunes will stay closely entangled with Facebook's.

Facebook's stunning growth - and billionaires

"He's doing it the smart way," said Stan Pollock, a San Francisco CPA who specializes in stock options planning. "We learned from the dot-com bust that people should do it that way -- sell shares to cover the tax bill."
During the dot-com bubble peak in 2000, countless tech industry workers got burned by roller-coaster stock prices. For tax purposes, the value of most stock options is fixed the day they're exercised -- even if you don't sell any of the stock. If you pay $5 to exercise an option and buy shares valued at $30, the IRS views your gain as income of $25.
What happens if the stock plunges before you sell any shares? You're still on the hook for the price it was the day you exercised it.
"People were exercising options and holding them in anticipation of the stock going up and up. The stock would go and up and up and up -- and then go down," Pollock said. "A lot of people were stuck with huge tax bills and no money to pay the bills."
Facebook will also get a significant boost from its employees' stock windfalls.
That's because companies can take a "mirror" tax deduction for stock option compensation when the options are exercised.
Thanks to its deduction on Zuckerberg's staggering tax bill and other stock-related expenses, Facebook expects to show a net operating loss this year for U.S. federal tax purposes. That means it will qualify for a refund on some of the taxes it paid last year on its $1 billion profit.
"We anticipate that this refund could be up to $500 million and payable to us during the first six months of 2013," Facebook said in its IPO filing.
Here's the ironic twist: While Zuckerberg's 2012 income will be stratospheric, his 2013 earnings could drop him straight back into the lowest possible tax brackets. At his request, Facebook's board agreed to slash his annual salary next year to $1. To top of page
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The iPhone is once again the world's No. 1 smartphone 2012

Regained the spot that it took from Nokia in June and gave up to Samsung in September

Click to enlarge. Source: IDC
It will come as no surprise to Apple (AAPL) watchers that the company sold 37 million iPhones last quarter. Tim Cook reported that number two weeks ago.
Getting comparable figures from Apple's competitors is a different matter, and that's where companies like IDC come in. Samsung, for example, used to report only the number of mobile phones it shipped -- which is not the same as selling them -- and in 2011 it stopped sharing even that.
So the report IDC publishes every quarter ranking the top smartphone manufacturers by its estimates of their worldwide shipments is a closely watched benchmark. Among the highlights of the press release it issued Monday: (I quote)
Apple climbed back into the market leadership position with the launch of its iPhone 4S worldwide, and in the process it reached a new shipment volume record for itself and for the entire industry for a single quarter.

Samsung marked a series of milestones for the quarter: breaking the 30 million units mark for the first time, posting the largest year-over-year increase among the top vendors, and finishing 2011 as the overall smartphone market leader.

Nokia posted the largest year-over-year decrease among the top vendors, but its smartphone strategy took another step forward with the release of its first Windows Phone smartphones.
Research In Motion finished the quarter with a mixed bag of results. Its new BB OS 7-powered BlackBerry smartphones reached additional markets, and total volumes for the quarter staved off a fourth consecutive quarter of sequential decline.
HTC: Despite the many high-profile launches during the quarter... the Taiwanese vendor still shipped lower volumes compared to the previous quarter.

Below the fold: IDC's Q4 2011 spreadsheet.

Posted in: Apple, BlackBerry, International Data Corporation, iPhone 4S, Mobile, Nokia, RIM, Samsung, Windows Phone

Facebook looks to make mobile click 2012-2-7

When Facebook starts offering marketers the chance to highlight their messages in smartphone apps and other mobile devices in the run-up to its initial public offering, it will begin to tackle a problem that has flummoxed more established tech companies: how to make sure ad revenue is not lost as use of their services shifts to smaller screens.
The mobile marketing industry has been growing fast in recent years, with analysts at Informa Media & Telecoms estimating global market growth of 51 per cent in 2011 to $5.3bn. However, mobile advertising today remains a minor portion of brands’ total digital marketing spend in spite of aggressive drives into the sector by Google and Apple.


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“No one has cracked mobile advertising,” says Christian Lindholm, a former Nokia designer who is now chief innovation officer at Fjord, a digital consultancy. “The fundamental problem is the lack of screen real estate.”
Traditional banner ads – the widespread but low-value format used by most websites – “aren’t going to pay for the orchestra to play” on mobile, Mr Lindholm says.
Facebook is expected to opt for its own unique ad format on mobile, as it has throughout its site.
“Featured stories” is likely to be Facebook’s first mobile marketing format of many, potentially including “rich media” such as video and potentially exploiting the narrow geographical targeting of its users.
In November 2010, Facebook launched Groupon-style “check-in deals” where users register their location with a business via its smartphone app, but brands have been slower to adopt them than its other ads.
Getting permission for more personalised forms of mobile marketing will be crucial if Facebook is to avoid upsetting users, says Alexandre Mars, chief executive of Publicis Groupe’s mobile agency, Phonevalley. “They know a lot of things about you – how and when they can start using them and whether you will be OK or be annoyed – that will be their challenge.”
Getting the go-ahead from users for location-targeted ads on phones will need to be “much more clear” than just adding it to Facebook’s existing, lengthy privacy policy, Mr Mars adds. But offering a more sophisticated form of mobile advertising is essential if Facebook is to boost the rates it can charge brands.
Facebook is not alone in facing this challenge. Apple’s 2010 launch of iAd, which allows advertisers to launch sophisticated video or animated ads from a banner in iPhone or iPad apps, has been a rare false start for the company.
Last month, Apple hired a former Adobe and Yahoo executive, Todd Teresi, to reinvigorate iAd, which has lost out to Admob, which Google acquired for $750m in 2010. Google had a 52 per cent share of the US mobile ad market in 2011, according to analysts at Emarketer, compared with just 6.4 per cent for Apple, its nearest rival.


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Searches on mobile devices where Google can show ads doubled during last year, as it introduced new ad formats such as allowing users to “click to call” local businesses.
But even Google is struggling with its inability to charge as much for mobile search ads as it does on the desktop web, a discrepancy which contributed to an 8 per cent decline in the company’s overall cost-per-click rates in the fourth quarter of last year.
Fewer people purchase items using their phones, analysts say, so advertisers are not willing to pay as much to reach those users in spite of the increasingly substantial time they spend on the mobile internet. Facebook may suffer a similar dilution in pricing when it rolls out mobile ads, analysts warn.
Facebook’s leadership has not emphasised mobile as a priority for the company as strongly as Google’s, notes Mr Mars. “It’s important it comes from the top of the organisation.”
But when Facebook does enter the mobile market, it could help to accelerate a shift towards personalised, targeted ads, says Rob Jonas, vice-president for Europe, Middle East and Africa of independent ad network InMobi – rather than ads based on the app or website they happen to appear on.
“It’s something that’s been talked about for quite some time and is now starting to become more of a reality and more effective,” he says.
That could be more lucrative than search or banners, Mr Jonas says, as well as being more palatable for users.
“As long as you are creating relevant content, it will be a good user experience,” he says.
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