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My first reaction upon hearing about Nokia’s 41-megapixel 808 Pureview was that it was an absurdity, a perfect example of the very worst of consumer electronics, and a total miss. But the more I read, the better I understood that this phone isn’t just some freak of nature with a ridiculously high number attached to it. It’s just the slightly awkward first steps of a serious move by Nokia to differentiate itself. If you’ve only skimmed the news, there are some things you should probably know about this strange beast of a camera.
First, the 41 megapixel figure is really misrepresentative, not to say untrue. It doesn’t take 41-megapixel photos in any way, shape, or form. Even in the special high-res creative mode, it “only” produces 38 megapixels. Mostly it will be taking normal-size shots, between 3 and 8 megapixels. So what the hell does this 41 megapixel figure even …

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Logitech G700

Does Logitech ever sleep? They seem to churn out new and improved peripherals at an unsustainable pace. Yet, here we are. The long-time peripheral maker is at it again and has unleashed the Kraken upon the PC gaming world. The new Logitech wireless G700 gaming mouse is most definitely a monster. In a good way.
PROS:
– Highly accurate tracking (5700dpi max)
– User replaceable AA rechargeable Eneloop battery
– 13 programmable buttons for each of 5 profiles
– Matte finish easy to grip
– Reasonably comfortable
– Hybrid mouse (corded mousing ability)
– Includes USB extension cable for wireless receiver
CONS:
– Charge only via powered USB port
– On the heavy side
– Slightly elevated slope might be uncomfortable to some
– Does not include a unifying receiver
Sometimes the packaging tells you everything about the product. I have owned countless Logitech mice and I’m very familiar with …

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Rules of Texas Hold’em

Texas Hold’em is a very famous format of poker. If you are a beginner and want to play Texas Hold’em poker, then you have to know the rules first. The systematic rules of Texas Hold’em are here as follows:
1. First, the dealer shuffles a full deck of card (52 cards) and deals every player 2 cards each. The rest of the deck is kept unchanged.
2. The player sitting left to the dealer pays small blind and the player left to the small blind pays big blind.
3. The player sitting left to the big blind starts the game. He has three options now: Bet, Fold and Raise. Thus begins the first round that is called as “Pre-flop Round”.
4. If there is more than one player left on the table after the first betting round ends, the dealer puts a card apart faced down which is called as …

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Will EBooks Replace the Paper Originals?

Just yesterday, on July 20, Amazon announced that the sale of ebooks had even surpassed the sale of hardcover books. For every 100 hardcover books sold, Amazon sold around 180 ebooks during the past month. It seems everything is going electronic these days. Newspapers, snail mail, research; staples of everyday recent life have all been taken over by more efficient, electronic versions provided through the internet. Furthermore, the electronic industry seems to be poised to pounce on the book market and make paper books an obsolete thing of the past; but will they succeed?
Well, yes and no.
When introduced to the concept of ebooks, the general public felt ambivalent about the prospect of this new advent. An eBook just felt out of place and far less superior than normal paper books. Constantly looking at the screen strained the eyes and the text often appeared difficult to read. The general …

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Ideas for Jazzing Up a Dull Classroom

Classrooms tend not to be the most inspiring of environments in which to teach and learn. Often, they’re aged and fitted with ugly-looking furniture that looks like a relic of the dark ages with an extra bit of graffiti scribbled all over and dried chewing gum stuck in strategic places. While modern classrooms may be cleaner and boast more ergonomic and aesthetic furniture, they can be overly sterile.
To transform a dull classroom into an inspiring, nurturing environment, put your creativity to the test. Changes don’t need to cost the earth but will make kids and teachers much happier to spend time cooped up indoors.
If you’re not an arts and crafts teacher yourself, strike up a conversation with your colleague at lunchtime. Perhaps the kids’ next project in art class could be to brighten up their classroom? They could create paintings, murals, collages, or bring a bit of nature …

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Home Theatre Soundproofing For Quality Entertainment

Movies are enjoyed by everyone in this world. Recent trend of home theatre has made it convenient to enjoy movies at your comfort zone. Home theatres mimic or sometimes surpass the commercial theaters in terms of sound quality. With great sound effect technology, a cinema-like feeling is guaranteed.
Ultimate pleasure can be derived from a home theatre. So when you buy a dynamic home theatre system offering best sound effects, it is important to arrange it in the right room to get the right result. People usually complain of poor sound output of the sound system without knowing that the real problem is in their house or in a particular room where the home theatre is placed. Commonly, soundproofing the room will solve the problem.
Moreover, soundproofing adds value to your home theater room. A soundproofed room will also stop the irritating noise and clamor coming from outside. Living in …

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Engaging Children in the Sciences

Schooling has advanced dramatically since we were younger, access to technology has increased, and children are exposed to more than we ever were during our youth – but is that enough?
Do you remember when your child was young, or are you going through it at the moment?
Why is the sky blue?
What causes volcanoes?
What causes earthquakes?
Does water flow the other way in Australia?
Where does rain come from?
These are not questions to shrug off but rather ideal learning opportunities, if you grab these questions and turn to science and science toys to answer them, you start to instill a lifelong love of the sciences within your children. Teaching science starts at home before your children even get to school, teaching science at home can enhance their learning experiences at school and can be fun. You may wonder how this can help or assist your children …

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Invaluable Uses of Fast Ethernet

The following is an article that explores the potential (and frequently realised) uses of Fast Ethernet in both the personal sphere and that of business.
Strictly speaking Fast Ethernet is a term that is applied to Ethernet connections with a rate of 100Mb/s (i.e., 100 megabits, or 100,000,000 bits, per second). These Ethernet connections are termed as such because they are 10 times faster than the original Ethernet. In practice the term can also be applied to speeds which reach a thousand times faster than that.
Fast Ethernet allows the transfer of large amounts of data at a faster rate and it is this feature that has led to its various uses, as it improves the capabilities of existing technologies as well as unlocking opportunities previously prohibited by the limits of traditional Ethernet speeds.
Wide Area Networks
Fast Ethernet is essential for the capabilities of Wide Area Networks (WANs) which …

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Can Windows 7 Compete With iOS and Android?

Windows Phone 7 is Microsoft’s latest attempt at making a mobile OS that somebody might actually want to use. And this time around, Microsoft seems to have been extremely successful. Windows Phone 7 is a sleek, sophisticated operating system with all the power that one would expect from any version of iOS. This is the takeaway from the hands-on with various Windows Phone 7 devices.
Interface
Windows Phone 7 has an interface that is unique compared to all of the other smartphones that are around today. Everything in the phone, from integrated functions to applications, are put in tiles on the home screen. Even calendar events can be one of these calendars.
Messaging Capabilities
Messaging capabilities on this phone are great. A user can connect the phone either to a Facebook or a Windows Live account to save everything to the internet. The on-screen keyboard is excellent and very quick …

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Exciting News – Start Saving Money On Your Phone Bill By Using VoIP

Since the introduction of telegraph and phones lines in the 19th century voice communication between people separated by distances each and every day has become a necessity. When phones were first introduced you would call the exchange and ask for the number and the telephone operator would connect you. Then with further developments the phone exchange became automated and you dialled the number yourself and the connection went through. Even the styles of phones have had many changes over the century from a black box to the slim line cordless phone, from jiggling the lever, through to the round dial and now push buttons
Now, with advances in technology we have VoIP or Voice over Internet Protocol. This technology connects users in an entirely different way from the ordinary analogue phone which used voice only. With analogue phones the signals are transmitted through wires but VoIP converts your voice to …

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