Archive | April, 2013

Nicole Eggert HOSPITALIZED After Botched High-Dive

21 Apr

ANOTHER celebrity injury on the set of “Splash” — TMZ has learned Nicole Eggert was hospitalized yesterday after bungling a high-dive and brutally back-flopping into the pool during a taping of the ABC show.

Sources tell us … the “Baywatch” babe was trying to execute a dive that included multiple backflips … but something went wrong, and she went crashing into the water back first … hard.

We’re told the impact looked so painful, on-site EMTs rushed in to pull the 41-year-old out of the pool … and she went to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Sources tell us … Eggert didn’t break any bones, but docs wanted to make sure she didn’t suffer internal injuries from the impact  — they’re monitoring her kidneys in particular.  Eggert was released from the hospital after a few hours.

It ain’t the first time a star has fallen on the show — Chuy Bravo 86’d himself from the competition after fracturing his heel during diving practice … and Katherine Webb bowed out earlier this week thanks to a back injury.

Rory Bushfield had ruptured his eardrum during a dive gone wrong a few weeks ago … but refused to quit the show.


Home windows laptop gain small value from buying

21 Apr

Microsoft has confirmed that scaled-down Windows eight tablets will arrive at market place while in the near upcoming. These will fill a spot inside the Windows ecosystem and enhance demand for Windows eight by addressing essential downsides to your early Area tablets.

Home windows tablet gross sales seemed to get started on off impressively, nevertheless the in general benefits up to now are mediocre at most effective. Microsoft isn’t sharing the numbers, but recent studies counsel that 1.five million Area tablets have offered, with four hundred,000 of these Surface area Pro. The Surface area Professional sold out nearly immediately, but with out true product sales facts, it is not easy to know no matter if which is impressive.

If one thing has hampered the results of Home windows 8 tablets, it can be cost. The Surface area RT can be an extraordinary bit of components in addition to a worthy pill competitor, however it prices exactly the same $500 since the entry-level model with the very well known iPad-and virtually double the price of the Amazon Kindle Hearth 8.nine High definition. Beginning at $900, the 10.6-inch Floor Professional is astronomical for any tablet. Even though it is actually a tablet-ultrabook hybrid of kinds, it really is perceived as a pill.

A different relevant handicap of Home windows eight tablets is dimension. Led by the initial Amazon Kindle Fireplace and adopted with the Samsung Galaxy Tab, Google Nexus and iPad Mini, the 7-inch tablet industry has exploded. The very fact that scaled-down tablets tend to price tag about 50 % approximately their greater counterparts provides a whole lot to try and do with that.

Windows eight has been blamed for just a steep fall in Personal computer gross sales, with the primary perpetrator getting the missing Begin button. Having said that, the latest Computer system revenue data doesn’t contain tablets-not even all those like the Floor Pro, which happens to be practically a Computer system operating the full Home windows 8 OS. IDC’s latest investigation didn’t rely anything which has a completely detachable keyboard as a Computer.

The approaching Home windows eight.1, codenamed “Windows Blue,” will spark desire for Home windows. Many rumored, important updates and alterations are determined by leaked builds. Such as, Home windows Blue could boot straight for the far more acquainted Windows 7-esque desktop method, and in some cases return the start button.

What will ignite sales of equally Home windows eight.1 and Windows tablets? Scaled-down, more cost-effective Home windows 8 tablets.

A Windows eight Professional pill can replace a traditional desktop or notebook computer since it is actually, in actual fact, an entire Computer system. Tablets functioning Windows RT, however, can arguably change a traditional Laptop for most buyers, however they cannot run legacy Windows application. For anyone who are not wanting to change their Computer system, however, a smaller pill can make much extra feeling.

The Floor Professional is barely marginally smaller, thinner and lighter than most Home windows notebooks or simply ultrabooks. Companies and customers who’ve presently invested within a Home windows laptop gain small value from buying a Home windows 8 pill.

A 7-inch Windows 8 tablet while in the $200 rate range would change anything, driving adoption of Windows eight. It will fill a niche among smartphone and notebook, and provide the reliable Windows encounter together with equipment like Microsoft Office. You will find the rumored gain that Home windows Blue will routinely sync applications and configurations amongst the desktop or notebook as well as pill. A stylus or digitizer would sweeten the deal.

“It’s a (very good) indicator the new Microsoft is aggressively and proactively going to engage in in each individual new hardware segment,” suggests Onuora Amobi, main editor from the WindowsBlue website. “They’ll cease to figure out if it truly is a great final decision afterwards. That’s an excellent tactic.”

Facebook and Attorneys General take the lead on teen privacy

16 Apr

PEOPLE CATALOGUE Facebook has teamed up with the National Association of Attorneys General in the US to inform teenagers about how best to protect their privacy online.

We can think of a few ways, but they don’t appear in the guidance here. What does is an air of concern from two organisations that ought to know what they are talking about.

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“Teenagers and adults should know there are tools to help protect their online privacy when they go on Facebook and other digital platforms,” said Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler.

“We hope this campaign will encourage consumers to closely manage their privacy and these tools and tips will help provide a safer online experience. Of course, attorneys general will continue to actively protect consumers’ online privacy as well.”

The consumer education programme can be referred to by kids and parents, and it offers advice on managing your privacy and visibility on Facebook and other websites. Facebook is sharing the stage with the National Association of Attorneys General.

“At Facebook, we work hard to make sure people understand how to control their information and stay safe online. We’re always looking for new partners in that endeavor – that’s why we’re thrilled to collaborate with the National Association of Attorneys General,” said Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg.

“We’re grateful for Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler’s leadership on this issue, and we look forward to working with him and attorneys general around the country. Together, we hope to ensure that young people make safe, smart, and responsible choices online.”

The various educational elements of the program will be accessible through Facebook’s safety pages. The social network said that these will include videos that should deal with most frequently asked questions, a top 10 guide to securing your information on Facebook, and a public service announcement from Sandberg.

Those people of you who will be nevertheless coming

16 Apr

Microsoft right now introduced updates for 5 away from its 6 Bing Apps for Windows eight. With this update, the Information, Finance, Sporting activities, Journey and Maps apps – all of which might be set up by default on Home windows 8 units – now all sport numerous new functions and improvements that, as Microsoft puts it, “make it simpler to personalize and personalize them to finest fit your desires.” The company also introduced an update into the Bing Temperature Application, but this new version just isn’t available still.

Not one of the updates will rock your environment, but all of them are welcome additions, in particular simply because they generally felt fairly constrained of their early iterations.

Those people of you who will be nevertheless coming to grips while using the approaching demise of Google Reader, by way of example, will recognize the point that the Bing News application now supports RSS feeds and offline examining. On top of that, the app now also characteristics a lot more customization alternatives so that you could “keep tabs on certain tale groups, matters, or information sources that make a difference to you.”

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The Maps application now incorporates targeted visitors incident notifications and improved driving, transit and strolling directions. Customers also can now bookmark areas they pay a visit to on a regular basis to their begin monitor.

The Finance application now contains an updates enjoy record and real-time U.S. stock updates, along with the Sports activities app adds 29 new leagues. The Vacation app now features written content from Lonely Planet and Frodor’s, also as Frommer’s, which the original proprietors just acquired back from Google.

The Weather application also obtained several attention-grabbing new applications, like the ability to have weather conditions at ski resorts in 24 nations around the world around the entire world (just in time for your conclude of the ski time), likewise as improved relocating weather conditions maps.

AT&T, Verizon Control of Airwaves Challenged

13 Apr

AT&T Inc. T +0.13% and Verizon Communications Inc. VZ +0.69% shouldn’t be allowed to box out smaller wireless carriers from picking up some of the nation’s prime airwaves, the Justice Department told federal regulators Friday.

As Americans become increasingly dependent on smartphones and the mobile Internet, the Federal Communications Commission is planning to auction some of the airspace used by broadcast television to wireless companies. Those particular airwaves are in the lower frequency range and are ideal for transmitting data over long distances in rural areas or through walls.

A key issue now is which companies will be permitted to buy such valuable property.

AT&T and Verizon currently own much of the beachfront airspace. The two smaller national wireless carriers, Sprint Nextel Corp. S -0.64% and T-Mobile USA, argue they should get a leg up in acquiring these airwaves or larger companies should at least be required to sell some of their holdings.

The Justice Department appeared to side with the smaller carriers Friday in its filing with the FCC. It suggested the FCC should craft rules so that Sprint and T-Mobile have an advantage in picking up the new airwaves.

Since the two smaller national carriers have “virtually” no low-frequency spectrum, “this results in the two smaller nationwide carriers having a somewhat diminished ability to compete, particularly in rural areas,” the Justice’s filing said. The FCC, it added, “can potentially improve the competitive landscape by preventing the leading carriers from foreclosing their rivals from access to low-frequency spectrum.”

“The Justice Department is absolutely right,” Sprint’s vice president of government affairs, Larry Krevor, said in a written statement. “Ensuring that all carriers, large and small, have access to low-band spectrum would improve competition and benefit consumers.”

A Verizon spokesman declined to comment. Representatives for AT&T and T-Mobile didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment Friday afternoon.

AT&T and some lawmakers have argued that blocking AT&T and Verizon from fully participating in the auction would bring in less money for the federal treasury. One goal of the auction is paying for a national public-safety broadband network.

The FCC expects to set rules for its spectrum auction within the next year. The agency also has so far been skittish about barring anyone from participating in the auction.

The Justice Department cautioned the commission against allowing larger carriers from using their bidding power to block rivals from winning spectrum. “In a highly concentrated industry with large margins between the price and incremental cost of existing wireless broadband services, the value of keeping spectrum out of competitors’ hands could be very high,” the Justice filing said.

The department showed its concern about over-concentration in 2011, when it filed suit to block AT&T’s proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA. The two firms later abandoned the deal.

Meantime, the Justice Department appeared to caution against any further consolidation in the U.S. wireless market. Some speculate that after Sprint, the nation’s No. 3 carrier, wins expected approval of its acquisition by Japan’s Softbank Corp., 9984.TO -1.05% it could attempt a future deal with T-Mobile, the nation’s No. 4 carrier.

“The Department has found that the four largest wireless carriers (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile) compete across many dimensions,” the Justice Department filing said. It added later, “The Department believes it is essential to maintain vigilance against any lessening of the intensity of competitive forces.”

Windows eight being an working program designed far more

13 Apr

Laptop product sales are plummeting mainly because shoppers are bewildered and unhappy with Home windows 8, and there’s no conclusion in sight. So concludes an IDC report, which claims the sinking profits would be the worst it truly is ever seen.

The IDC report discovered that all over the world Laptop shipments were 76.3 million models in 2013’s initially quarter, down thirteen.9% from the calendar year former, and in many cases even worse in comparison to the seven.7% decline that IDC had forecast. The fall would be the worst that IDC has ever noticed since it began tracking the Pc marketplace every quarter in 1995. It can be also the fourth straight quarter that Computer product sales have declined year-on-year.

Which is just the get started with the poor news for Microsoft. IDC concludes that that decline continues to be fueled through the poor layout and failure of Home windows 8, not just because of the increasing recognition of tablets. Bob O’Donnell, IDC Software Vp, Consumers and Shows experienced these severe terms for Windows eight and Microsoft:

“At this level, regrettably, it appears distinct the Home windows eight launch don’t just failed to supply a beneficial strengthen to your Computer system marketplace, but seems to own slowed the industry. While some buyers enjoy the brand new form components and touch abilities of Windows eight, the novel modifications on the UI, elimination in the common Get started button, as well as the expenditures affiliated with touch have designed PCs a a lot less interesting option to devoted tablets together with other aggressive units. Microsoft must make some very difficult choices transferring forward if it wants to support reinvigorate the Personal computer industry.”

“While persons like the typical appear and really feel of your tiles, they?ˉre also incredibly perplexed and frustrated with the deficiency of start menu and expend a great deal of their time in (regular) desktop manner. Therefore the bottom line is I think they have got created a predicament wherever it?ˉs very hard for men and women and folks who have a Computer system that works just good are expressing it?ˉs baffling, it costs extra funds and that i don?ˉt really will need it.”

O’Donnell and others at IDC believe that unless Microsoft would make really serious improvements to Windows 8 to create it far more familiar and consumer-friendly, matters will only worsen. Jay Chou, senior research analyst on IDC?ˉs quarterly Laptop monitoring provider, mentioned:

“Although IDC had not expected Windows 8 to be a big driver to aid stem the tide of Pc volume decrease, it now appears that with no study course correction from Microsoft, the Computer system industry is headed towards an excellent even worse contraction for 2013 than earlier thought.”

O’Donnell is correct. Microsoft produced a large gamble in coming up with Windows eight being an working program designed far more for tablets and contact than for regular PCs, as well as in giving it dueling and complicated interfaces. Microsoft hoped that familiarizing persons with the contact interface would spur people to purchase Windows eight and Windows Rt tablets, but that hasn’t happened. Now it seems that Windows eight is helping to significantly depress product sales of regular PCs likewise.

iPhone 5S to offer multiple screen sizes, analyst says

10 Apr

iPhone 5S buyers could have their choice of screen size, according to Topeka analyst Brian White.

Citing information from a meeting with a “tech-supply chain company,” White said today he believes Apple will unveil the iPhone 5S in at least two or possibly three different screen sizes.

“We believe Apple is coming around to the fact that one size per iPhone release does not work for everyone, and offering consumers an option has the potential to expand the company’s market share,” White said in an investors note released today.

The analyst didn’t specify or even speculate which screen sizes might be available. The iPhone 5 sports a display size of 4 inches, a boost from the 3.5-inch screen found in previous models.

This isn’t the first time White has pitched this prediction. In January, the analyst cited sources who claimed the next iPhone might be offered in different screen sizes as well as different colors.

Let’s play with the assumption that Apple considers three different screen sizes for the next iPhone.

One model would likely adopt a size larger than 4 inches. That could prove tempting to consumers who might otherwise gravitate to larger-screen Android phones. A second model would stick with the current 4-inch display for people who don’t want a change. And a third could go smaller than 4 inches and sell at a lower price.

However many screen sizes Apple offers, White believes the iPhone 5S will debut in July. That forecast echoes the opinion of other analysts eyeing a summer release for the next iPhone.

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster believes the new iPhone will come out in late June, while KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo thinks the iPhone 5S will be announced in June and available by July.

White also joins his fellow Apple analysts in anticipating a lower-priced iPhone this year, forecasting a summer launch along with the 5S. And just how low-priced will it be?

“Our research is now indicating that we should not expect the price to dip below $300 and those expecting a $150 to $200 iPhone will be disappointed,” White said. “We have previously discussed an [average selling price] of $250 to $300 for a lower priced iPhone; however, a price tag of $300 to $350 now makes more sense.”

The predicted price range would be for an unlocked, non-subsidized version of the low-cost iPhone targeted to developing markets such as China.

An iPhone in different sizes and colors? A low-cost iPhone? All of these notions sound atypical for a company such as Apple, which tends to move more slowly, surely, and traditionally.

But Apple is facing increasing pressure, both from Android rival Samsung and from investors. The company needs to apply more innovation and offer more choices across its traditional lineup to prove it’s still a competitive force.