The World’s First Phone With More Pixels Than an iPad

 A full HD smartphone isn’t cool. You know what’s cool? A Quad HD smartphone — one with 2,560 x 1,440 pixels, like the one China’s Vivo just announced. The Vivo Xplay 3S will be the world’s first smartphone with a 2K HD screen, with more pixels than a full-size iPad. The company didn’t specify exactly how big the display would be, but Engadget suspects Vivo is using a 5.5-inch Quad HD panel made by LG. That would translate to 538 pixels per inch (ppi). So why would you want a phone with so many pixels? After all, if Apple’s “retina” claims are to be believed, once you go north of 300 ppi, there’s essentially no benefit — the human eye can no longer discern individual pixels at normal viewing distances. Screens that are already 1080p, such as those on the HTC One, are far beyond “retina” resolution. Why go even further? Read full article…

Adobe says hackers accessed data for 2.9 million customers

@jtotoole October 3, 2013


Adobe Systems said Thursday that hackers had accessed personal data for nearly 3 million of its customers.

Brad Arkin, Adobe’s chief security officer, wrote in a blog post that the hackers had removed data including encrypted credit- and debit-card numbers, but that the company does not believe any decrypted numbers were taken.

The attackers “removed from our systems certain information relating to 2.9 million Adobe (ADBE) customers, including customer names, encrypted credit or debit card numbers, expiration dates, and other information relating to customer orders,” Arkin wrote. The company is in the process of notifying customers whose card information was involved in the incident, and is resetting the relevant customer passwords.

The hackers also took source code for a number of Adobe products, Arkin said.

“We’re working diligently internally, as well as with external partners and law enforcement, to address the incident,” he wrote.

43% of Global Web Surfers Choose Google Chrome


Google Chrome is the world’s most popular Internet browser, claiming 43% of the global market.

Only 36% of Internet users in North America are Chrome users, one of the world’s lowest rates. Oceania is the only continent where an even smaller percentage of users opt for Chrome.


Instagram Has 130 Million Monthly Active Users

Instagram now has 130 million monthly active users, co-founder Kevin Systrom revealed Thursday at Facebook. Those users have shared 16 billion photos on the service since it launched in late 2010 and Liked 1 billion posts every day.

Systrom revealed the stats during a Facebook event Thursday just before he formally announced the introduction of video to Instagram. As Systrom pointed out, the video service will be available to 130 million people “on day one,” making it a huge competitor to similar services like Twitter’s Vine.

Report: iPhone Grabs 36 Percent of the U.S. Smartphone Market Share in December

by Stan Schroeder

Apple‘s iPhone has jumped +2% to 36.3% of the U.S. smartphone market share in December 2012, comScore’s latest data suggests.

In that same period, Google’s Android rose +0.9% to 53.4%, retaining its first place by a large margin, while BlackBerry and Microsoft’s Windows Phone lost a good chunk of their market share: -2% and -0.7%, respectively.

comscore smartphone platforms december 2012

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5 Apps to Prevent Texting and Driving

 We know it’s dangerous, yet some of us still do it. Whether by sheer reflex or the need to know what is going on, checking a text at the wheel of our car is probably one of the most costly things we can do. According to the Texting Awareness Foundation, about 6,000 deaths and half a million injuries are caused by distracted drivers every year. Taking your eyes of the road for a split second will not only not only endanger you but the lives of others on the road, as well. Applications for virtually all phone devices have been created to help steer not just teens but adults in the right direction, to help combat the desire to text while driving. From blocking texts completely to sending auto-reply texts in your place, some apps will reward you for simply driving well and following road rules. Those who send text messages while driving are 23 times more likely to experience a crash. Here are some ways to risk becoming a statistic. DriveMode DriveSafe.ly Textecution DriveScribe Text-STAR Read full article…  

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Translation: Understanding Per-word Rates


Language translation is a professional service, similar to the ones provided by accountants, lawyers, and designers. However, unlike those services, translation is generally priced by the word, rather than by the hour. In this post, I will share some factors that affect translation pricing and suggest how you can negotiate with prospective translation providers.

What Influences the Price You Pay for Translation?

There are several factors that a translation provider takes into account when quoting a price for a specific project.

  • Number of services offered. More than one service can be incorporated in the price. A per-word rate for translation may include only the work of the translator to render text from one language into another. Or, it may include such tasks as project management, editing, proofing, and management of already translated terms and phrases — i.e., translation memory.
  • Language(s). Translation providers tend to charge less for languages that are the most commonly used in business, because there are usually more translators available to do the work. For example, English to Swedish will generally cost you more than English to Spanish; Chinese to English will often be priced at a lower rate than Chinese to Japanese or Chinese to Korean.
  • Content type. There are several content-related parameters that may affect what a translation vendor will charge you. If content contains a large amount of specialized vocabulary — e.g., installation manuals for solar panels or financial documents for an initial public offering — you should expect to pay more.
  • Number of words. Word counts can be misleading in terms of the final cost for a translation project. It may take longer and require more expensive resources to produce a translated tagline for a marketing campaign than several thousand words of ordinary web content. Conversely, the more content that you can send to your translation provider regularly, the more likely the provider will offer a discount.
  • Turnaround time. If you require expedited or rush service, you will probably be charged a premium.
  • Services in addition to translation. Language-related services like desktop publishing, dubbing, and international software testing, are often charged by the hour — see the list below.

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6 Courageous Things You Have Permission to Do for Your Career


My parents immigrated to the United States in the 1950s. Their story is one of typical immigrants: no money, no language, a distant relative, but lots of promise in the unknown. I often compare their upbringing – children of war – with mine – product of the American dream – and I worry that their spirit (and those of many like them) will fade with upcoming generations. Clearly, hard work was at the core of what they brought here, but it’s more than that: it’s a story about courage and boldness. It’s about letting go of what you have, for the hope of something better. There is no guarantee that being courageous will ever work out, but the act alone is worth the consequence.

In my meek attempt, I’ve tried to highlight this spirit into actions that we can take today within our careers (or our homes).

  • Get dirty (aka, make lots of mistakes).
  • Eat lunch (preferably with others).
  • Take a day off (even if your kids are not sick).
  • Quit your job (and have breaks in between).
  • Stand up for what you believe in (even if it’s not popular).
  • Be real, be yourself.

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