iPhone 4 Confirmed to Have 512MB of RAM (Twice the iPad and 3GS)

Since the launch of the original iPhone, Apple has made efforts to hide some of the actual tech specs of the device from consumers. Apple has never advertised or even published the processor speed or amount of RAM found in the iPhone. Arguably, Apple is trying to shield customers from these technical distractions and instead trying to focus on overall functionality.

More technically inclined customers, however, still love to know what they have to work with. The original iPhone and iPhone 3G contained 128MB of RAM, while the iPhone 3GS was boosted to 256MB of RAM. Similarly, the iPad contains 256MB of RAM. This discrepancy offers a technical explanation why Apple is not supporting iOS 4 features such as multi-tasking on the original and 3G iPhone -- there simply isn't enough RAM.

We have since heard that the upcoming iPhone 4's RAM has again been upgraded. This will bring it to a total of 512MB of RAM, twice as much as the 3GS and iPad. This number actually contradicts tear down photos of a prototype iPhone 4 that was leaked to the internet. An analysis of that prototype device showed it only carried 256MB of RAM. The 512MB figure, however, does agree with a Digitimes report from May 17th that confirmed a 960x640 screen resolution, thinner display, and indeed 512MB of RAM. We had heard that Apple confirmed this 512MB figure during one of the WWDC sessions last week, and have now verified this. The session it was revealed in is now available (Session 147, Advanced Performance Optimization on iPhone OS, pt 2) for registered Apple developers.

The added RAM should help overall performance and multi-tasking on the new iPhone 4. It could also explain why the iMovie App that Apple introduced at WWDC will only run on the iPhone 4. Apple has said iMovie will only run on the iPhone 4 and not the 3GS or even the iPad. It seems conceivable that it actually makes use of the extra RAM offered by the iPhone 4.

source: http://www.macrumors.com/2010/06/17/iphone-4-confirmed-to-have-512mb-of-ram-twice-the-ipad-and-3gs/

Elearning Promotes Iran’s Civil Awareness


Elearning Promotes Iran’s Civil Awareness

IRAN (June 2010) – Taavana, an elearning institute for Iranian Civil Society, jumpstarted its launch with a boost from the Iranian civic activists. The institute, which is a project of the Center for Liberty in the Middle East (CLIME), provides native democrats elearning online and other interactive learning tools on cyber security, democratic institutions and civic leadership.  
The E-courses of Taavana include a civic education curriculum developed by the Albert Shanker Institute and Freedom House and a graduate level leadership advance course from the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management.
In addition to e-courses, Tavaana provides case studies of world movements for equality and human rights, video interviews with Iranian and international civic activists, and translations of a public education set of courses, glossaries and dissident writings. Famous Iranian academics and international experts will serve as instructors and trainers for those enrolled.

Tavaana founder and director Mariam Memarsadeghi says that Iranians today have more than ever yearn to be connected to the free world at this kind of set-up. She adds that the project presents a safe space for Iranians to work together with each other and with the most prominent democracy and civil society experts from around the world.

With the elearning online courses providing both self-paced and live training versions, Tavaana is free of charge to all users and is available in English and Persian. Furthermore, it is a complete and comprehensive resource library of Persian and English language on democracy and human rights while discussion boards encourage open dialogue on each learning asset, including Tavaana's media monitor on Iranian civil society. The project will become a construct of this newfound cyber-freedom of expression and connection by offering e-learning online opportunities for Iranian civil society.

Tavaana means "empowered" and "capable" in Persian. It holds a vision for a free and open Iranian society in which each and every Iranian enjoys the full spectrum of civil and political liberties.

CLIME Executive Director Eleana Gordon says that they are excited for the expansion of Taavana on their previous successes using e-learning solutions to train civic activists in the Arab world.

The previously launched Arabic-language Online Activism Institute, a successful project by CLIME, was hailed by Politics Online as one of the “Top Ten Who Are Changing the World of Internet and Politics.”

The internet has become a tool that boosts the appearance of civil awareness. This is bearing fruit in the Iranian society, growing to a rich number of e-communities which are circumventing government censorship to share their ideologies.


Elearning Software Solutions--ASCENT Designated to Publish Autodesk Official Training Guides


Waltham, MA (JUNE 2010) – RAND Worldwide recently announced that its courseware division ASCENT—Center for Technical Knowledge will publish course software training manuals that have been elected as Autodesk Official Training Guides. The said manuals cover a wide array of 2011 products from the company’s flagship CAD software. The company is a global leader in the provision of technology and elearning software solutions to organizations with I.T. or information technology requirements and engineering design.

ASCENT courseware merges the best delivery practices for elearning or technology-based training content and the experience of ASCENT’s product and industry experts. The combination results in an exponentially effective course content that guarantees learners or users the achievement of ultimate productivity from its offerings.

Paul Burden, Director of Product Development at ASCENT said that they have strived to offer the best CAD courseware to the engineering community for the past fifteen years. They are pleased that the excellence of their material by designating their training manuals has been validated by the CAD software as the go-to elearning software solutions for their end consumers, training centers and resellers.

The created courseware incorporates reality-based examples using imperial and metric units. Additionally, it offers customers with a process-centric approach to majority of topics such as those being addressed by Autodesk Certification. Aside from giving access to titles that are available in training guide format for classroom delivery and individual studying, its existing elearning portal gives the products as eCourseware for those users who wish to gain access to self-paced training from virtual locations.

According to the Chief Education Officer at Autodesk, Joe Astroth, they have worked with ASCENT in numerous capacities for a long time and believe that their expertise in technical matters and products have led to the creation and development of top-of-the-line courseware. Their partnership will give way to a wider array of intermediate and advanced Autodesk Official Training Guide titles that can be accessed by all the members of their entire training network. This will provide customers with more chances at expanding their knowledge and skill with their software products.

As one of the two companies designated by ASCENT’s CAD software as a worldwide provider of Autodesk Official Training Guides for 2011 Autodesk products, ASCENT provides flexible options for purchasing such as digital licenses and customization services to cater to all possible training needs and requirements. Moreover, special pricing is made available to authorized training centers. The brand guarantees that books have been reviewed thoroughly and recommended by Autodesk for self-paced and classroom training or learning.


Janet Jackson Gets Started on Tyler Perry Project

Getting to work on a brand new project, Janet Jackson was all smiles on the set of "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf" filming on location in New York City on Thursday (June 3).

Proudly flaunting her short new hairdo, the 44-year-old was joined by director Tyler Perry and co-star Kimberly Elise for the day's filming duties.

As for the film, which also stars Whoopi Goldberg, Kerry Washington and Anika Noni Rose, a synopsis via IMDB tells that it's "a drama based on Ntozake Shange's about existence from the perspective of 20 nameless black females."

Aside from her movie endeavors, Miss Jackson is said to be on cloud nine with her new relationship with 35-year-old millionaire businessman Wissam Al Mana.

An insider close to Janet told InTouch magazine, "He seems to have given her a new lease on life since her brother Michael died. He's younger than Janet, taller than Janet and far richer than Janet. He has become her knight in shining armor. For the first time in Janet's life, she's with a man who pays for everything. He's filthy rich."


source: http://www.celebrity-gossip.net/janet-jackson/janet-jackson-gets-started-tyler-perry-project-370989

D-Link to Launch New Value in Partnership Program and Channel Partner Portal

Partner Portals


D-Link to Launch New Value in Partnership Program and Channel Partner Portal

USA (June 2010) – D-Link seizes the opportunity to compete more aggressively utilizing efficient channel partners and providing partner portal to streamline their new VIP or Value in Partnership partner program. The aims of the program are to help resellers respond faster to customer needs and recognize the partner's efforts in introducing and promoting D-Link products and solutions to customers and other businesses. Having access to marketing materials like product demos, joint sales and financing are just some of the benefits for members of the program.

D-Link is a well known global company who provides networking solutions by designing, manufacturing and marketing products geared towards effective connectivity. Their core strength lies in providing Ethernet networking peripherals and application to SMEs or Small to Medium Enterprises all over the globe.

The company recognizes the contributions of effective delivery channels in their successful global presence in over a hundred countries. In 2005, in fact, they reached a milestone earning $1 billion in revenue due to competitive sales strategies.

Michael Fox, D-Link's Vice president for US channel, shares their mission of embracing every channel partner's unique approach and value-added competencies and rewards their efforts especially the dedicated resellers who focus on their core products and solutions in networking which are security, storage, switching, wireless and IP surveillance. Fox added that they surveyed the partners and found out that they need tools to increase revenue.

D-Link, in response to their channel partner needs, implemented an online web-based application or partner portal where partners will be able to increase their productivity. The portal allows the channel partners to have a distance learning training platform in order to familiarize themselves with the company's products. The portal will also increase the selling efficiency of partners through certification, deal registration and collaboration between channel managers and partners. The D-Link certifications included are D-Link Certified Specialist or DCS and the Certified Professional or DCP. The certifications are awarded to the most dedicated channel partners who excel not only in the technical aspect of the products but also contribute to the sales revenue. Having the vendor certify the reseller lends competency and trustworthiness that entice customers.

Included in the VIP program are new incentives or compensations labeled D-Link Volume Incentive Rebate or VIR for high performing resellers. Another new module included in the partner portal is the addition of deal registration. To encourage partners to register deals, discounts are given to successfully approved and closed deals by partners. A Bounty Program, on the other hand, provides protection to partners who invested effort, time and money but failed to close the deal.


Human Infected with Computer Virus

A British scientist says he is the first man in the world to become infected with a computer virus. Dr. Mark Gasson had a chip implanted in his hand which was then intentionally infected with a virus. This device enables him to pass through security doors and activate his mobile phone. It’s a sophisticated version of the type of identification chips implanted in pets. If other implanted chips had connected to the system, they would have become infected, as well.
Dr. Gasson said that this has important implications for a future where more medical devices will be increasingly sophisticated, such as with pacemakers. They will then risk being contaminated by other human implants. “With the benefits of this type of technology come risks. We may improve ourselves in some way but much like the improvements with other technologies, mobile phones for example, they become vulnerable to risks, such as security problems and computer viruses,” he said.

However, he believes that we will continue to advance in the field of medical implants, and they will become more of a risk as the demand for them increases. “This type of technology has been commercialized in the United States as a type of medical alert bracelet, so that if you’re found unconscious you can be scanned and your medical history brought up.”
What are your thoughts? Do you foresee a future in which we have devices implanted throughout our bodies, thus putting us at risk for computer viruses within our physical self?

Simple Tips for Call Center Training
Many companies today depend on high quality and effective customer service. Without customer service, these businesses will never survive the competitive global market of today without the support of consumers. These people are the ones who provide the valuable feedback necessary to develop modifications or changes in products or services in order to increase the demand for them. The saying “the customer is always right” accurately hits the mark and it emphasizes the importance of addressing customer needs and concerns.

Lots of resources are invested into the training of employees to ensure smooth interaction between agent and customer. In fact, recognizing the talents and skills of agents and honing them with proper training is the secret of a successful business in customer service. Here are some simple tips for Philippine call center training:

English Proficiency – In the Philippine call center industry, this is not too big of a problem considering that the country is known to be the best English-speaking Asian country in the world. However, it is still necessary to provide training and reinforce speaking skills. Communication is vitally important in this industry, and a less than stellar level of English proficiency will simply not cut it. If employees cannot communicate well in English, the company will have to deal with frustrated, unsatisfied customers because they are burdened with struggling to understand the customer service representative.

Speech and Listening Skills – It is useless to know a language by heart if one cannot use it properly. Agents should be trained on how to communicate effectively—that is to speak and listen. Learning how to hold a pleasant conversation as if it were the most natural thing in the world puts irate people at ease.

Accent – Agents must know how to adjust their accents to the company’s target market. Fortunately for Filipinos, they have neutral accents and can easily adopt and use new ones. Having the same accent as clients is effective in interaction because it makes them comfortable.

Lindsay Lohan Will Be a No-Show in Court
Lindsay Lohan will not make it to court tomorrow ... TMZ has learned.

Lindsay Lohan

Sources tell TMZ ... Lindsay claims someone stole her passport in Cannes.  Lindsay claims she actually went to the airport yesterday trying to get on a flight without a passport but was denied boarding.  We're told she had a reservation on the flight so she could make it back to L.A. for tomorrow's mandatory court hearing.

Sources tell TMZ Lindsay has made an appointment with the U.S. Embassy tomorrow at 9 AM to get another passport so she can fly home.

As for the court hearing, Judge Marsha Revel has said she will issue a warrant for Lindsay's arrest if she doesn't show up at 8:30 AM. But Lindsay's lawyer, Shawn Chapman Holley, tells TMZ, "I was on the phone with Lindsay's assistant the entire night and we're doing everything we can to resolve this issue and get her back to L.A."

Holley says, "Lindsay is distraught because it was her intention to get back to L.A. today to do more alcohol education classes and appear in court tomorrow."

Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2010/05/19/lindsay-lohan-passport-jail-cannes-france-court/#ixzz0oSJQmd4w


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