Saturday, January 31, 2009

The Dangers of Online Video Games

Games have their own advantage. Where outdoor games are important for the overall development of the individuals, indoor games help them to develop and sharpen certain skills. Games are the ways by which you and your kids learn to socialize and compete. This holds true for the online games as well. 

Different online games are now available which help you to improve your strategic skills, thinking and tactical skills. There are games help you to improve your concentration and your mental alertness. But sometimes these games become more than just a play. The play which starts with the recreation aim soon turns into an addiction. 

It is one of the growing problems which are common both among the children and adults. An online game addict spends hours in front of the computer and overlooks other activities. Kids overlook their school assignments and lag behind in their studies. They slowly turn away from their friends and sit in front of the computer for hours designing strategies, searching for cheat codes so that they can defeat a virtual conspirator. 

The dangers of online video games 

The person who spends hours and hours in front of computer playing games commonly suffer from sleeplessness, dry eyes and carpel tunnel injury. There teenagers become reclusive and some addicts also drop out from their high school to play the games online. The kids who spend about eight to ten hours in front of computer playing games show a decline in their studies, their grades suffer badly and they are more prone to turn away from their friends. Cases of divorce are high among the adults who spend hours playing online games. These individuals not only have a disturbed personal life but also suffer from job loss and financial crisis. Online game addicts spend more on such games affect their finances. 

Computer games have changed over the years. They have transformed from one to one game to multiple player games. There are online games which give you the option to challenge players from around the world. This has opened doors to some of the more serious threats to which your child or anyone gets exposed as soon as they join and interact with the gaming community. 

Individuals who chat regularly with their online gamers and become a regular member of such sites are more susceptible to identity theft. There are sexual predators that hover around such sites. They join such sites and lure teens and adults alike to the physical world. 

Like all addictions this too can be cured. Parenting is the best way to control and prevent such online threats. 

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Sony Ericsson T303-Mid-Range Slider Phone

the phone which is packed with all the mid ranged features which are mostly found among most of the mobile phone available in the market. Due to this very aspect this phone will trade purely on the basis of looks, designs and the preferences of average mobile phone users.  

The phone comes with all the features bundled up in a small black or silver casing. Shimmering black is more appealing to the eyes while the silver gives a more sophisticated and techno look. The metallic chrome finish gives it a more stylish appearance. 

The screen measures about two inches. It is a colored TFT with a resolution of about 128 x 160 pixel displaying up to 65 K colors. With such a resolution and range of fine colors the screen gives a high quality picture display. 

The phone comes with integrated 1.3 megapixel camera. With this camera you can capture all the memorable moments that you want to. The digital zoom helps you to do this with ease. With the USB port provided you can also transfer the videos or the stills of your choice to your personal computer and share them with your friends or stream them on you tube. 

The phone support Bluetooth technology so that you can share and transfer the files wirelessly with the other Bluetooth enabled devices within the range. 

The top of the phone has a well built stylish and plump navigation keys. But as you slide up the phone a keypad is revealed which has well built small easy to use well spaced keys. This phone which measures eighty three by forty seven by fourteen millimeters is easy to handle and hold. 

Sony Ericsson has a long battery life with a fully charged battery giving nine hours of talk time and four hundred hours of standby mode. This is a tri-band GPS/GPRS mobile phone which can connect you with anyone and anywhere across the globe. 

The built in media players surely will cater to your entertainment tooth. The FM radio keeps you connected to the world while the media player makes you enjoy video and music playback as well. The phone comes with the music list. You can add your own list as well. What more? This slider phone comes with the embedded java games. With the Bluetooth technology and the download options you can also make a list of your own games, videos and music. 

If you are an average mobile phone user who would like to have connectivity along with music list, FM radio, camera and technology such as Bluetooth wrapped up in a stylish and appealing design then you will surely love to have Sony Ericsson T303 slider phone.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Applications for Mobile

What can you do with your mobile? You can store phone numbers and address of your friends and family, record calls, track the previous calls, set up reminders, set alarm, text message your friends, chat, browse internet, send picture messages, shoot pictures and videos, make your own notebook of daily activities, play games and stay connected with the world with latest news headline, download messages, ringtones and compose your own tones. 

This list is just an insight. Many more such applications can be added to this list. This list in fact represents the applications which all types of the mobile phones bring to us. There are smart phones and advanced versions as well which provide us with many more applications. 

You must have used yahoo messenger through your mobile. Yahoo mobile is the most common application of mobile which almost all of us have used one time or the other.  A small change in yahoo messenger and you can contact with your online buddies. AIM sync is the free service which helps you to synchronize your mobile phone with your Microsoft Outlook. 

The internet access is an extension of this feature. Smart phone available in the market today help you to access internet, compose and post mail so that you can stay in contact with your business and team of employees wherever you are. Some smart phones also support installation and running of video conferencing applications. 

Mobile devices today help you to share the data wirelessly through Bluetooth technology. Bluetooth enabled mobile phones help you to share the ringtones, wallpapers and important data. Bluetooth enabled mobiles also help you to mail or order print or fax if the devices for the same are Bluetooth enabled and within the range of handset. 

With mobile phones you can crop and develop your own movie clips, use USB ports to transfer the data on your computer or stream them on you tube and share them with your buddies. 

The GPs enabled phones act as tracking devices. These phones guide you where you are and what the best possible route can be to your destination. Most common application is the Google maps. These are available online and can be referred whenever you feel lost in a city.

Mobile commerce is gaining importance these days. This is the facility which is available to the users and which enable them to perform specific banking operations through mobile. 

Adding to the application is the spy software. This is the tracking and recording software which you can download on your mobile and once active help you to track and record the call or messages. 

Friday, January 23, 2009

Nokia N95 8GB Camera Phone

Nokia is the popular mobile maker company famous for its latest high tech mobile phones in the market completely alluring the consumers. We get the Smartphone which has not only the advanced features of sending and receiving calls but also the music player, high mega pixel camera, Internet browsing facilities. We know of the famous N-Series of Nokia which act as the real competitor with other mobile phones such as Sony Ericsson, Samsung, LG and Motorola. In that famous N-Series we have N95 8GB. This mobile phone is actually known as the successor of the previous famous old Nokia N95.

But to know what is all in the Nokia N95 8GB model, we have to go into the depth for knowing its features and characteristics.
  • Successor of N95: - This N95 8GB is also called as the memory brother of N95 model. It has the internal memory of 8GB which really makes its owners proud of it. It has all the features as you will find in the Nokia N95 but apart from that you will be surprised to get more. 
  • Structure and Portability: - Talking about the looks this new model has the sleek and compact black case. It weighs 128 grams and so it will not be any problem holding it our hands. It is really a portable phone and can be easily carried in our pockets. But still it is a bit bulky and an innovative 2 way slide phone.
  • Screen: - This mobile has the best looks as well as the crystal clear 2.8 inch TFT screen with superb contrast, brightness features and that perfect resolution for watching the videos or images with pleasure. The screen is basically the touch screen which is user friendly with small icons. With the automatic screen resolution you can easily view the pictures and videos without twisting your phone to see them the way they were taken in your phone. 
  • Memory: - The biggest advantage of Nokia N95 8GB is the improvement in memory as compared to the old N95. This new successor has the internal flash memory of 8GB and so now you can store lots of data such as pictures, images, songs etc.
  • Music player: - This phone has an exciting music player which supports various audio formats such as MP3, WMA and MPEG. With the huge amount of memory you can record and store the music or even share it with others on the Internet. This mobile phone offers 20 hours of video and even 6000music songs. It also has a built-in FM radio to look out for the radio stations visually. Nokia Music Store facility helps you to get the latest music.
  • Camera: - The additional feature that you will find in N95 GB is that you get the best shot from the awesome built-in 5 megapixel camera. It captures the video in VGA up to 30 frames per second. The video mode captures the sound in stereo. 
  • Internet: - It gives the high browsing Internet facility as it has the HSDPA and EDGE technologies built in to it. It also has the Bluetooth wireless technology with A2DP and EDR and even USB interface to help in the data transference. It has the direct compatibility of connecting to your TV also.
  • Games: - The Nokia N95 8GB mobile phone supports services like NGage Mobile Games so that you can explore into a world of leisure. Access millions of music songs from the Nokia Music Store or get a preview at NGage mobile gaming.
This Nokia N95 8GB is a perfect well known model and also called as the successor or the memory brother of old Nokia N95.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

What Are Browser Hijackers?

Browser Hijacker is a malware program that completely alters the settings of your Web Browser and takes you to those malicious websites which you had not intended to visit. A browser hijacker can record all those web pages the user visits and send gathered information out through a background Internet connection. All browser hijackers are harmful and therefore are always classified as security and privacy risks.

How it infects your PC?
  • Browser hijackers are not like viruses. They do not spread by themselves but there are various ways of getting into the system.
  • Browser hijackers are installed by unsafe freeware, shareware or advertising-supported programs such as various browser add-ons or toolbars.
  • Lots of spyware and adware sites are integrated with browser hijackers that get silently installed and are not removed by removing a particular adware or spyware.
  • Some widely spread browser hijackers get into the system using Internet Explorer ActiveX controls. Their authors run apprehensive web sites filled with malicious code or distribute insecure advertising pop-ups. Whenever a user visits such a site or clicks on such a pop-up, harmful scripts instantly install a parasite. A user cannot notice anything doubtful, as browser hijackers do not display any setup wizards, dialogs or warnings.
What browser hijacker does?
  • Browser hijacker can change the web browser web page to a particular website without the user permission.
  • It also changes the web browser's default search page to malicious website.
  • It sets its own error page instead of the web browser's default one and whenever user enters invalid address; it redirects the web browser to that predefined illegal website.
  • It decreases default security level and adds undesirable or insecure resources to the trusted sites list. It even blocks some reputable Internet resources, opens different web sites instead of requested ones. Thus degrades web browser stability and performance.
  • It can easily track the user's web browsing routines, records addresses of visited sites and sends collected data to a remote server.
  • They are not visible to user in order to obstruct its removal.
  • Consequences of browser hijacker
  • The popular and most visited websites get blocked and required information cannot be searched.
  • It even affects the system and installed softwares. Some reputable applications and browser plug-ins may be also affected by browser hijacker activity.
  • They disclose user's private information to advertisers and hackers.
  • Some people have lost their jobs because of explicit pornographic content found on their computers just because of the browser hijackers.
Removal of Browser hijacker
  • The browser hijackers are not removed by the popular antivirus products. To remove them, special anti-virus tools should be used. They have special parasite databases which allow them to detect and eliminate the risky browser hijacker.
  • Powerful spyware removers include real-time monitors that prevent the installation of known risks and unauthorized system modification.
  • There are various Internet resources which provide manual malware removal instructions. These instructions allow the user to manually delete all the files, directories, registry entries and other objects that belong to a parasite.
Thus this was the complete information about browser hijacker which really creates terrible problems for us and should be removed to be safe from the malicious websites.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Spy Cell Phones

Phone tapping is a thing of past now. Spy cell phones are here to take up the job. These are the small detectives which you can carry with you wherever you feel like. This cell phone enables you to monitor, hear and record the conversations which you wish to record on your cell phone.

Earlier phone tapping or wiretapping was used to spy on the conversation. Wiretapping was used to tap, track, record and hear the conversation and track the criminals or any suspicious activities taking place in any area. This mode was commonly used by the detectives to track any suspicious activities. Today with the help of spy cell phones things have become much easier.

These phones can be set up in the ghost mode and used as spy gadgets. When configured in the ghost mode they although appear switched off but they still can answer the calls silently without even being detected.

You can download software and eavesdrop on anyone. This software enables you to monitor the calls and text messages. This software also helps you to automatically alert the system whenever you dial a certain number. Such tools and software are available online. You just have to search them, download them on your mobile and start using them.

Services such as World Tracker are available online which can help you to track the mobile conversation and the mobile user. This tool takes the help of the Global Positioning System in the mobile and the data from the cell phone towers. With the help of all the data and the GPS you can track the individual and detect his location till the person has a mobile phone with him which is working and switched on. The only requirement with this tool is that the mobile that you wish to track should have the GPS facility. The World Tracker is available online. You just have to download it and follow the instructions to install and activate it with your mobile.

There is another tool called as the Flexispy which help you to detect and track the conversation and text messages. But for this the microphones of your mobile should be in a perfect condition so that they deliver you a clear conversation.

What the law says for these spying cell phones?
For this read the disclaimer attached to the software before you download it. The law is still intact and does not allow the use of software for any illegal activities. You cannot use the software without the consent of the other party whom you want to spy.

How to find out that your mobile is being tracked?
This is a tough job. But if mobile gives you some trouble when you either switch it on or off then it might be carrying a spy. Besides you also sometimes hear some disturbing sounds whenever you bring it close to your ear. Your cell phone may also light up even when you are not using it.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Web Design Basics

Before you start with the process take a tour across the internet and visit some of the popular websites. Start with Google or Yahoo. Observe them and go through their design.

What you see when you open Google? The logo and the search bar which is right in front of you. Google is so simple yet so clear. This is a search engine which is there for the individuals who want to search for specific terms, definitions, and information on the internet. It is there with the objective to provide the user with the search engines and the site achieves its aim very well.

Google has no distractions and no pop ups to annoy you. As the site opens you see the search bar where you can enter the phrase or the word which you want to search. The color scheme is again soothing to the eyes and distinguishes very well different parts which the site holds for you.

What about Yahoo? This site too has all the things which you want any site like this to have. It has the search bar. Besides, Yahoo has different heads which navigate you to different other services which Yahoo gives to different users. You can find the news round ups which tell you about latest happenings, the mail option which direct you to yahoomail where you can sign in and check your inbox, astrology which direct you to the astrology page where you can know about your future predictions and a lot more.

What's the idea then?
If you want your website to be a success then keep it simple and clear. For this frame your objective first. Find out why you want to be there on the internet. Whom you want to target? Your website should reflect the purpose as to why you are there on the web. Your website should also stand out to the users whom you want to target. If you are clear with your aim you can very well provide the users the service which they are looking for. This is the key to success.

What else can you do to make your website a hit among your target users?
Well for this make it simple, clear and include all the features which you can which your users find beneficial. But ensure that you don't turn your website into a brochure.

Pay attention to the color scheme. Colors should be appealing to the eyes but your site should not appear too flashy. Ensure that your site does not hold the pop ups. Some individuals find it annoying and you might loose some of your valuable users due to the pop ups.

Provide for easy navigation facility. Make sure that your site does not take too much of time to download. And last but not the least; make sure that your website is search friendly. Ensure that your website performs well and is there whenever user searches for the specific information which your website holds.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

The Important Things You Need to Know about iPod Movies

The movies are first converted from their original format to the format that can be played on the iPod with movie player system. You can download the movie from the sites dedicated to iPods or from the Apple iPod movie store. You don't have to be an expert to store the movies on your iPod. Just download the QuickTime program, follow the instructions and it will do the job for you.

The iTunes can also do the job for you. Connect your iPod to your computer. Once they recognize and connect, open iTunes. Then open the file menu and click 'add to library' option. Open the movie that you want to add and then click add movie. Then click the movie option, click sync movies and then click apply. The movie downloads on your iPod.

Different types of software are available so that you can download the movies on your iPod in the format in which the iPod can play them for you. Software with numerous codec converts the audio video files such as AVI, MPEG, MOV, MP4, DYX, VOB and WMV of format. This software also optimizes the files so that you can store them on iPhone, iPod nano, iPod and iPod touch. You can download the software from websites.

The iPod uses MPEG-4 format to play videos. This format can play Movie files of AVI, MPEG, MOV, MP4, RM, DYX, VOB, WMV format. Apple also offers quick time 7 pro. With this program you can play the home videos and movie videos which are not designed to play on the iPod.

You can download this program from the Apple website. You can share the videos with your friends or you can also personalize your iPod video. You have to select and export the movie. With your personal computer you can download the movie from the device and then add the movie in the files in the QuickTime program files.

After you add the movie, reach the drop down menu and click the export option to complete the process. This stores the movie on your computer. To store it on your iPod you have to sync it with your personal computer.

With your Mac computer, upload the movie to your on the QuickTime program menu reach the drop down box. Click on the title of the movie to save it on your Mac. The scroll bar with the QuickTime will tell you about the progress of transfer. After you save the file, you have to sync your iPod with the computer to enjoy the movie.

Once you sync the movie gets stored in your iPod. Next time you wish to enjoy the video you can play it on your iPod. You don't have to sync your iPod with your computer again.

Friday, January 9, 2009

How to Save Your Car Gas

To save gas and increase your car mileage use latest technology and run your car on water or batteries. To run your car on water you need hydrogen fuel cell. This cell is a small kit. This kit is nothing but an assembly of two metal plates and water. The metal plates act as electrode. When the current passes through them water breaks down into hydrogen and oxygen.

The hydrogen gas is made to pass into the gas tank. The gas is absorbed there which in turn improves the combustion of the fuel. As the combustion is improved the efficiency of your car also improves. Your car now uses less fuel, gives greater mileage and emits fewer pollutants.

You can also convert your car into an electric vehicle and save on gas. But for this you have to modify the mechanical parts of your car. Therefore you should be well versed with all the parts and their functions.
You will have to replace the car engine with the electric motor. Electric kits are available in the market. These kits are an assembly of batteries and controller battery charger. You can use electric car conversion guide to convert your gasoline car into an electric car.

If you are not comfortable with all such conversions and wish to continue with your gasoline engine then you can use following tips to improve the mileage of your car:
  • Check the air filters regularly. Replace the filter if it is damaged or saturated with dust. This will improve the mileage by as much as 10 percent.
  • Check the engine regularly. Tune the engine. This will improve the gas efficiency by about four percent. Besides this check the oxygen sensor regularly. This will improve the mileage substantially.
  • Use the motor oil recommended by the manufacturer of your car and increase gas efficiency by two to three percent.
  • Check the air in the tires regularly. Keeping the tires of your car inflated to and in proper condition increases the fuel utilization efficiency by about three to four percent.
  • Avoid unnecessary start and stop of the engine.
  • Make sure that you don't rev up the engine just before you turn it off. This not only consumes fuel but also leads to gushing of the oil to the cylinder which in turn lowers the pressure of the oil.
  • Warming up of engine for a long time consumes large amount of fuel. Avoid this. A warm up of thirty to forty five seconds is more than enough.
Always remember your car needs a regular care. Don't avoid the regular maintenance services. Skipping them will lower the fuel efficiency of your car.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Tips to convert movie DVDs to your iPhone 3G

To convert the movie DVD to your iPhone 3G you need software. You can download the free software from the website or you can purchase it from the market. Download the software and start with the process.

You need separate software to convert the movie to your iPhone. There are software such as Clone2go DVD ripper and Wondershare available that help you to rip DVD and convert video files.

Converting movie DVDs to iPhone is a two step process. First you have to load the movie on your personal computer. After ripping DVD to your computer you have to convert video to iPhone 3G. To rip the DVD to your computer you have to load the movie on your computer. Click the load IFO button and then open the DVD movie folder.

In this folder go to video_TS option and click it. As the folder opens select the IFO files and then click ok. This imports the movie. Now you can check the different chapters and select the one which you want to convert to your iPhone.

Before you convert the movie to iPhone make some settings by going to the setting folder and set the video and audio encoding settings with video resolution, frame rate, audio encoder, video encoder, bit rate and sample rate.

After you have made the settings click the start button to start the conversion. As the conversion completes you can transfer the files to your iPhone 3G. You can straight away transfer the movie or you can crop it and add movie effects before you transfer the movie to your iPhone.

You can crop the blank part of the movie with crop function. You can also adjust the brightness, contrast and audio volume to improve the effects of your favorite movie.

Done with all this, now, your movie is ready to be converted o your iPhone 3G. For conversion again you need to install new software. You can download the Wondershare video to convert movie to iPhone. Finished with downloading the software, click the add button and browse the video file that you have ripped on your computer.

Next, go to settings and select the settings for your movie. Save the files in a folder. If you wish to encode all the files under same parameters then select apply to all function. You can also merge all the added files into one with merge into one file option. Now all you have to do is click the start button to start the conversion.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Global Warming and Deforestation

Global warming is the continuous increase in the temperature of the earth. This increase in temperature is attributed to different factors. Deforestation and greenhouse gases are considered as the main cause of global warming. Carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxides and water vapor are some of the green house gases that are increasing the temperature of earth.

The main source of these green house gases are the power plants and vehicles that we drive. These gases absorb and trap the heat from the sun and thus raise the temperature of the earth. This increase in the average temperature of the earth is what is called as global warming. Human activities are contributing to the increase in the green house gases.

Vehicles that we run on the roads contribute about twenty percent of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Besides this the power plants which are used to generate electricity are the main contributors of carbon dioxide.

Deforestation is further contributing to rising temperature. Humans are cutting down trees and destructing forest to get more and more land for construction and agriculture. All these activities are adversely affecting the climate of the earth.
The trees act like a big sponge for carbon dioxide. Trees use this gas to manufacture food. In the process they release oxygen as by product. Along with this they also hold the water in the earth surface and maintain the water cycle.

Continuous degradation of the forests is disrupting the water cycle and the ecosystems. This in turn is disrupting the ecological cycles. Burning of forests to recover the land for agriculture purposes in turn add to the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

All these factors contribute to the rising temperature of the earth. This rise in temperature is causing the glaciers to melt. The water from the melting glaciers is causing the level of the sea to rise.

This is affecting the biodiversity and disrupting the ecological balance. By pulling down every tree we are in fact pulling our planet and ourselves into trouble.

Deforestation also results in the erosion of the soil surface. They maintain the water cycle. Trees draw water from the earth through their roots and release it into the atmosphere as water vapor. This results in rain. Deforestation affects this cycle which may result in drier climate and few or no rains.

They also absorb and hold a lot of water on earth surface. They thus act as a sponge for the earth surface. When they are recklessly removed the earth is devoid of this sponge and hence the rain water has no where to go but to enter our homes. This is what is causing the floods.

Deforestation and global warming thus go hand in hand. To reduce global warming it is important to conserve forests and plant more trees.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

How an iPod Is Different from an MP3 Player

MP3 player is a portable device which you can carry in your hand or pocket. You can store in this portable device the list of music that you want to enjoy. This handy device stores, organize and plays your favorite music albums for you.

The MP3 player has a memory and software which help you to transfer the music files from your player to your computer and vice versa. For this file transfer you require USB ports. There are different features which your MP3 gives you. You can enjoy radio on your MP3. You can also transfer files from your computer using the USB port. You can arrange, store and organize and play the music albums. It also provides you with the equalization option.

The MP3 player converts the digital signals to analog signals. The audio file that you store in your MP3 is in the form of digital file. When you press the play button you hear the song which is the analog form of the digital stream in which it is stored in the MP3 memory.

Depending on the storage media used, the MP3 can be classified into different types. The flash memory players are most popular type of MP3 players. These players hold the songs in the flash memory or the memory card and use less battery. MP3 player with such type of memory are available with a capacity of 32 GB.

So, how is the MP3 player different from the iPod? There is no difference. IPod is a type of MP3 player. IPod is an MP3 designed by Apple. The iPods today can play music as well as videos. You can use the iPods to view movies, play games and watch your favorite music videos. You can also store text and reminders on your iPod.

These are simple devices which you can carry in your pocket and anywhere you like. They have the software iTunes. This software helps you to manage the files on your iPod. You can add or remove the music files or video files on your iPod with the help of this software.

Use the USB port to connect your iPod to your computer. The iTunes will automatically update the files on your iPod depending on how often you play a particular song. Although you can use your iPod on different computers but the working is unidirectional. The software also helps you to load the music from CDs to MP3 format and store it on your computer.
Both iPod and Mp3 players are same and there is no difference between the two.