Got a new guitar

Today I got a new guitar. It’s an ESP LTD EC-401FM. I bought it from because a new one costs 700 euro. I tuned it to drop C. I did this because I want to learn songs from the band A Day To Remember. They play most of their songs in drop C. I keep my old one for playing normal songs. The old guitar is tuned to drop D.
My new guitar
When I have learned some songs I will record it and post it here for you.

Oil prices fall on increased Opec output hopes

Oil prices have fallen on hopes that the Opec cartel of oil producers might be about to boost production for the first time in two years.

US light crude was down $1.61 at $103.84 a barrel, while Brent crude was down 85 cents at $114.19 a barrel.

To fix or not to fix

As some of you might now I recently dropped my iPhone 4. It now has a lovely crack in the screen. Fixing it at T-Mobile costs 200/300 euros. I will keep the guarantee then but I'm phoneless for about a week.
I can let it fix for 180 euros at a company that fix phones but then I will lose my guarentee and they have my phone for 2 days. I also can fix it by myself. A new screen costs 60 euros and I keep my phone.
What should I do? Did someone replaced their iPhone frontscreen?

Got my AKG K701

My old headphone was getting old. Now I have a new headphone, the AKG K701. It has a nice design and the audio quality is amazing! The ear pads aren't very small, enough space for my ears! They only weigh 235 gram, not very heavy.

Why Apple doesn't need an iPad 2

Photo of iPad being held.
Competition is heating up for the iPad, but there are still plenty of features that the newcomers can't match.
(Credit: CNET)
We've been hearing a lot recently about all the upcoming tablets taking on the iPad. Whether it's the Motorola Xoom and its Android Honeycomb OS, the HP TouchPad, or RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook, the sharks are circling, and they all want a bite of Apple.
For the most part, the latest, greatest tablets are luring customers with dual-core processors, HDMI output, Adobe Flash support, memory expansion, video chat, HD camcorders, and 4G wireless connections. The specs are impressive, and some of them (such as Flash support) won't likely find their way onto the second generation of the iPad.
But as competing manufacturers trip over themselves to out-spec each other, I have to wonder if they're missing the point. In fact, it feels a little like deja-vu after spending the past four years watching companies wage a failed battle of specs against the iPod.
If Apple really wanted to screw with the competition (and tech analysts), it should just slap a "No. 2" sticker on all the iPad boxes out there and see what happens. I suspect the iPad in its current configuration would still outsell all other tablets this year.
I'm no fanboy. In fact, my job here at CNET relies on a steady stream of iPad competitors, and I couldn't be more excited to see this space grow. Still, there are some things Apple does better than anyone else, and a true competitor to the iPad can only do so much with a dazzling spec sheet before confronting the following Apple strongholds head-on.


iTunes app store.
Developers have created more apps for iOS on the iPad than any other mobile OS.
(Credit: iTunes)
The depth and breadth of apps available for iOS are unmatched by any other mobile OS. More importantly, since the debut of the iPad in April 2010, Apple has amassed more than 60,000 apps designed specifically for use on a tablet.
At the time of this writing, Google, RIM, and HP have exactly zero tablet-specific apps available for users to play with. That will change, obviously, but there's likely no catching up to Apple's 60,000-app lead.
Building an app store isn't easy. Developers need to be convinced there's a paying audience and equipped with the tools and guidelines to create apps for tablets. Customers expect an app selection to rival Apple's. Apps need to be approved, denied, curated, categorized, and vetted for security risks. It's a monumental undertaking, and it never ends. It's no wonder so many manufacturers are happy to let Google do all the heavy lifting so that they can concentrate on what they do best: making hardware.

Music, podcast, and lecture downloads

Picture of the iTunes music store on the iPad.
The iTunes music store on the iPad.
(Credit: Apple)
Before iPhones and iPads stole the show, Apple had a little product called the iPod. Apple still sells plenty of iPods, but they don't grab the headlines they used to, partly because no one competes with them anymore. The MP3 player wars are over, and Apple won.
It's easy to take for granted, but inside every iPhone and iPad is the world's most popular music player and music download store. The iTunes Store also offers one of the best and most definitive selections of podcasts, university lectures, and audiobooks.
There's always a new, well-funded, well-hyped music service to make people sneer at iTunes, but there's still no denying that Apple's online store is a success. My mother knows what iTunes is. You can buy iTunes gift cards at most major supermarkets and redeem them directly on the iPad.
Google has been working on a rumored music service for some time now, but it hasn't seen a public unveiling yet. So far, Android-compatible music stores and services (such as Amazon MP3) have worked as a stopgap for an integrated Google storefront, but when it comes to music and other audio downloads, Apple is still the king.

Movie and TV downloads

Photo of Apple TV.
Apple TV
(Credit: Sarah Tew/CNET)
I could have lumped this in with music playback, but I think its worth looking at what Apple is doing right with video on the iPad.
First off you have the integrated iTunes Store again, which is one of the most popular services for (legally) downloading movies and TV shows. You get a decent selection with reasonable prices, the option of low-priced rentals, and a smooth checkout experience using the same iTunes account that powers your music, app, and iBook purchases.
If you want to see your downloaded videos played back in high definition on your home TV, connect up a $99 Apple TV and you're all set. Competing tablets may offer direct HDMI output capabilities, but we've yet to see one priced below the cost of buying a low-end iPad and an Apple TV.
In short, Apple has good video content, competitive pricing, flexible renting options, and the option of high-definition TV connectivity for those with an extra $99 to spend. No one else has yet to unveil a tablet that matches all of these capabilities.
And did I mention Netflix streaming? Apple had it when the iPad launched. Android users will hopefully get it this year.

Desktop sync software

iTunes screenshot
Love it or hate it: iTunes does what few others can.
iTunes is by no means a perfect program. Running on a PC, it's a memory hog that seems to ask for an update every few months.
That said, iTunes' ability to sync music, video, photos, apps, contacts, e-mail, browser bookmarks, and notes between your home computer and the iPad is pretty special. For all its faults, iTunes has 10 years of updates and refinements under its belt.
Let's not forget, iTunes is hooked up to the most popular media download store on the planet. Home Sharing allows you to manage content across multiple home computers. Genius Playlists and Genius Mixes take the work out of finding great music. And in-depth syncing profiles for all your Apple devices (iPod, iPhone, and iPad) make it fairly simple to keep a family's worth of Apple tech in harmony.
iTunes has us pulling our hair out sometimes, but, having tried the alternatives, we still can't shake it. Whether it's DoubleTwist or MediaMonkey or Winamp, the device-specific syncing profiles just aren't as complete, device backup isn't as thorough, and the cross-syncing of apps, music, e-books, videos, and podcasts just isn't as tight.
In the near future, there's the hope that all of this device synchronization will occur between the cloud and your computer or gadget. Until then, iTunes offers one of the best methods for syncing your favorite media from your computer to a tablet, and backing up your tablet purchases to your computer.

Accessory support

The number of accessories made for the iPad is overwhelming. A quick walk of the show floor at this year's Macworld Expo provided an endless array of cases, stands, speakers, dock connectors, gaming peripherals--even an iPad-compatible grill.
Apple has a long history working with third-party manufacturers to foster accessories for their products. And whether its an iPod, iPhone, or an iPad, Apple has consistently proven to manufacturers that accessories can be lucrative.
Using common standards such as Micro-USB or Bluetooth, there are sure to be plenty of compatible accessories for iPad competitors. But when it comes to selection, the first-gen iPad probably has more accessories than all of the competitors combined.


Screenshot of Plants vs. Zombies.
Games are a big part of the iPad's appeal and a moneymaker for developers.
(Credit: Screenshot by Jason Parker/CNET)
Technically, Apple's iPad games are sold as apps, but they're worth considering as a separate item for this comparison.
Games are an important part of the tablet experience. For the sake of humanity I wish it weren't true, but when I see an iPad in the wild, chances are it's because someone is hooked on playing Angry Birds or Words With Friends.
Tablets such as the Motorola Xoom or HP TouchPad are promising 3D gaming graphics with console-quality gameplay, but no matter how good the hardware is, the games just aren't there yet.
By comparison, there are thousands of game titles available for the iPad. Some of them are duds, but many are downright awesome. Apple was also the first out of the gate with in-app purchasing, giving game designers added flexibility and a new financial incentive.
Bottom line: if you love games, iOS offers the best selection and is typically the first to get the high-tier titles.

Device ecosystem

iPhone 4
iPhone 4
(Credit: Apple)
The iPad isn't Apple's only successful mobile product. The iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch all run the same OS, use the same apps, and sync to your computer the same way, with the same cable.
If Apple already has its hooks in you with an iPhone or iPod Touch, going with an iPad over a competing tablet is the path of least resistance. You already know how to set it up. You know how to use it. You know your apps and media will be compatible. And because you already have an iTunes account established, you can start downloading new content immediately without the hassles of entering credit card info and addresses.
These are small conveniences, but they add up. Google is working to match (and surpass) Apple at its own game, with its universal Google log-in, a Web-based app store, and products such as Google TV and Chrome, which leverage a common Google experience. Time will tell if the Android experience can become as sticky as iOS', and if Google can successfully branch it out beyond its success with smartphones.
For other iPad competitors, luring and retaining users based on their familiarity with the OS and loyalty to the brand will take time.

Battery life

Dell Streak 7
Dell's 7-inch Android tablet, the Streak 7, has plenty to brag about, but battery life isn't on the list.
(Credit: Dell)
The iPad's 10 hours of battery life set the bar high for the competition. So far, we've yet to see any one else match it.
For manufacturers, it's a tough problem to solve. Because Apple can optimize both the hardware and the software, it can maximize efficiency dramatically. Other measures, such as creatively handling background applications and preventing Adobe Flash compatibility, help as well.
In the case of Android, hardware manufacturers and Google programmers can point the finger at each other. Google can't be bothered to optimize its code for every tablet that comes out the door, and manufacturers can only spend so much time and money optimizing an OS that isn't theirs (and that users will often customize anyhow). In fact, the more work manufacturers do to customize the code, the longer it takes to turn around subsequent OS updates, which makes them look bad and is thankless, money-sucking work.
The other roadblock to meeting or surpassing the iPad's battery life is the compulsion to out-spec Apple with battery-draining features, such as dual-core processors, Adobe Flash compatibility, 1080p video decoding, 4G cellular radios, etc. You're damned if you do and damned if you don't, but in the end the flashy spec sheet will usually win out. After all, when you don't have the apps, the integrated media store, or the ecosystem of compatible devices, software, and accessories, sacrificing some battery life to juice your spec list seems like the sane course of action.

Final thoughts

So, could Apple just leave the iPad alone and still hold the lead position? I think so--for a little while, at least.
More than any justification I've given so far, the best advantage Apple has is that it got to consumers first, shaped their expectations, and essentially set the terms for how other manufacturers would compete for years to come.
Here we are, a year after the original iPad, and competitors still have plenty of work to do if they're going to build something that truly meets and exceeds the capabilities and user experience of the iPad.
That said, it's great to see so many manufacturers eager to give Apple a run for its money. Whether this tablet saga in tech history ends with Apple being humbled, or a repeat of the iPod wars, it's struggles like these that keep us innovating.


iPad 2 to quadruple resolution to 2048 x 1536

New details have trickled out about Apple’s upcoming iPad 2’s resolution. It had been previously rumored that Apple’s second-generation tablet will inherit the critically-acclaimed Retina Display from the iPhone 4. The problem is that a 300 DPI, 9.7-inch iPad would need a resolution of 2560 x 1920 - more pixels than Apple’s top-of-the-line 27″ LED Cinema Display.
New information suggests that the upcoming iPad 2 will in fact get a 2048 x 1536 panel running at 260 DPI — double the amount of horizontal and vertical pixels as the iPad 1. Apple may still brand it as a Retina display because the iPad is held further away from your face than an iPhone, resulting is the same effect.
MacRumors reports the discovery of pixel-doubled bookmark graphics in Apple’s iBooks app:
"Version 1.1 of Apple’s iBooks application seems to have accidentally included some artwork for this hypothetical pixel-doubled iPad. As shown above, the App’s bookmark icon included versions for the iPad, the iPhone and the iPhone Retina Display (iPhonex2). It, however, also included one additional version labeled “iPadx2″. Sure enough, this is exactly double the resolution version of the iPad icon and is distinct from the other versions."
MacRumors also spotted another tell-tale graphic in iBooks 1.2, a 1536 x 800 pixel wood-tile background. The previous Wood Tile.png in iBooks 1.1 was half of that - 768 x 400 pixels.
So called resolution “doubling” should be easy for developers to support, allowing legacy apps to run in a pixel-doubled mode until developers can re-write them to support the iPad 2’s larger panel. Apple the same thing with the iPhone 4, increasing its resolution from 480 x 320 to 960 x 640.


Report Says Apple to Launch 7-inch iPad by Christmas

Apple is readying another tablet similar to the iPad but with a 7-inch touchscreen for launch as early as the end of this year, according to a major Taiwanese newspaper.
This is the second report of an iPad 2 sighting in Taiwan, and it comes from the island's Chinese-language Economic Daily News financial newspaper, which was among the first to correctly report that Apple was making a tablet when other news sources said it would be a netbook. The launch of the original iPad proved the paper correct.
Taiwan's Digitimes newspaper last week reported that Taiwanese companies were starting to assemble a 7-inch iPad for Apple.
The Economic Daily reports that Taiwanese companies have won a number of component contracts for the iPad 2. Chimei Innolux will supply 7-inch LCD screens, which use the same IPS (in-plane switching) technology found in the original iPad, which improves viewing angles and color on LCD screens. Touchscreen technology for the screens will come from Cando Corporation, the report says.
Apple has also tapped Compal Electronics, one of the world's largest contract laptop computer makers, to assemble the new iPad, the report says.
The companies named in the Economic Daily report declined to comment. Contract manufacturers and component makers normally do not reveal what products they're working on because failure to maintain secrecy can cause them to miss out on future contracts.


IHOP National Pancake Day Celebration Free Pancakes

“Join IHOP on Tuesday, March 1, 2011, 7 a.m. – 10 p.m., for National Pancake Day and receive one complimentary short stack!* In return for the free flapjacks, we ask you to consider leaving a little something behind for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other designated local charities. Thanks to our guests’ generosity, IHOP raised more than $2.1 million last year. IHOP began its National Pancake Day in 2006, and since then, has raised $5.35 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other local charities and given away more than 10.1 million buttermilk pancakes.”

WWE Star John Cena died

WWF Star John Cena died in a hail of machine gun bullets when thugs ambushed his 4×4 Jeep Cherokee.
Nothing could have saved John Cena who was just metres away from his home .
His mates rushed to help the 33-year-old, provided first aid and he was quickly evacuated.
His mates rushed to help the 33-year-old, provided first aid and he was quickly evacuated.
But the veteran WWF star of 10 years service was dead by the time he reached the nearest hospital.
John Cena responded to the Rock’s comments on RAW via Twitter, wrting, “CeNation. Rock was in rare form tonight. It was great to see him enjoying himself out there. Even if it was at my expense.

Hundreds of unpaid extras needed for Clooney movie on Green Beer Day

OXFORD — Hundreds of unpaid extras will be needed for the George Clooney film “Ides of March” Thursday, March 3 – which is Green Beer Day in Oxford.
Crews for the Clooney movie will be in town next week filming, but will use 708 extras on Thursday, said movie publicist Tracey Schaefer. There is no pay for extras that day.
“We encourage Miami University students to apply that will be willing to stay all day,” Schaefer said, noting they will need to stay on set about 12 hours.
Green Beer Day is marked by Miami students and others with day-long drinking, as students are on spring break on St. Patrick’s Day.
“We know it is Green Beer Day in Oxford... so the production needs students that are committed to staying on set until the film wraps up production for the day,” Schaefer said.
Students interested should e-mail their digital photo, name, cell phone number and e-mail address with “Miami U. Student” in the subject line to

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