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23Dec/110

Auckland’s Giant Santa

Auckland's Santa deemed world's creepiest.
The 20 metre Santa, which used to feature a winking eye and beckoning finger, has been a feature of Auckland Christmases since it first appeared in downtown Auckland in 1960.
Website cracked.com today told the rest of the world what many Aucklanders already knew: The giant Santa is creepy.

It beat out a "Godzilla Santa" perched atop a Dallas store and several unsettling dolls and decorations to claim its place as the most unintentionally creepy Christmas ornament in the world.

The website called the giant Santa - which stands over the Whitcoulls store on Queen St - "tragically disfigured" and cited its moving finger as a leading cause behind its ranking.

It said the Santa's 2009 makeover, which removed moving parts and remodelled facial features, was to address its off-the-charts creepiness.

"Unsurprisingly, residents of Auckland were uncomfortable with being beckoned to by something that looks like it wants your attention so it can ask if you're comfortable with being followed home."

- HERALD ONLINE

26Sep/110

New MacBook Air has 7 hours life 30 days standby time


If you have an iPod, iPhone, or iPad, you're already taking advantage of all that flash storage has to offer: reliability, speed, and efficiency. So the decision to use flash storage in an ultracompact notebook like MacBook Air makes perfect sense.
The 13.3" MacBook Air Notebook Computer from Apple is an extremely portable, stunningly designed laptop computer. Apple's engineers have leveraged the lessons they learned in designing the miniaturized iPad and applied them to the design of this 2.9-pound computer.
Flash storage doesn't just give you a lighter, thinner computer. It also allows for impressive MacBook Air 13 inch battery life -- up to 7 hours of web browsing and an amazing 30 days of standby time!
If you looked inside MacBook Air, you'd see something remarkable: how much space was devoted to the battery. Apple engineers were able to fit all the computer components on one of our smallest logic boards ever. Removing the flash storage enclosure and placing the flash chips on the logic board freed up even more room. And voila: space for a bigger battery. So you can get up to 7 hours of battery life on this 13.3" MacBook Air. And when you put MacBook Air to sleep for more than an hour, it enters what's called standby mode. So you can come back to MacBook Air a day, a week -- even up to an entire month later -- and it wakes in an instant. Time is on your side, courtesy of MacBook Air.

22Sep/110

Release Date of iPhone5


October 4 , that is the date on which, according to All Things Digital , will be the big day finally know the new version of Apple's smartphone. Most likely that is not just that device from the talk, we IOS release door 5, new iPods and service in the cloud, icloud.

That leaves a few weeks away from release, a little over a month. What to expect? Most of the rumors have indicated that a larger screen and the new A5 processor also the rumor of his economic version remains.

Interestingly, Jason Hiner of ZDNet said the Moscone date (the place where Apple always makes your presentations) and is scheduled to Oracle. That leaves the question of whether the date can be right or not. What do you think?

21Sep/110

To find the best online deals on electronics

Whether you're shopping for a new TV, gaming console, laptop, digital camera, or any other electronic device, make sure you visit these sites first:

SlickDeals[http://www.slickdeals.net]
SlickDeals lets its users find the best deals from around in Internet, and shares them with rest of us. Each day, you'll find the top discounts on the front page, but more deals exist within the specific product categories across the top. Once you find the deal you want, you'll be redirected to the site on which it is offered. Tips and deals are also posted in the SlickDeals forums.

DealsPlus[http://dealspl.us/]
Like SlickDeals, DealsPlus relies on its users to scour the Internet for the best deals. Users "plus" deals to bring the best discounts and offers from all categories to the front page. Alternatively, you can look at deals by category.

FatWallet[http://www.fatwallet.com/]
FatWallet is yet another collective bargain-hunting site, where users find the deals. One unique difference between FatWallet and other sites is its cash back program, which gives members money back on their purchases. Retailer ads and other deals are also posted in the FatWallet forums.

DealNews [http://dealnews.com/]
With a motto like "Where every day is Black Friday," expect to find excellent deals on electronics and other product categories curated by the DealNews staff.

There's also an accompanying app, which brings you deals while you're on the go, and a Black Friday app for that special time of year. DealNews also offers e-mail alerts to let you know when a product you're looking for goes on sale.

Woot http://www.woot.com
Unlike the previous Web sites, Woot organizes its own deals with manufacturers. This simple site brings you one deal every day, but the picks are usually great. If the daily deal doesn't impress you, check out the community page, where users post deals they find around

20Sep/110

What is Google Wallet ?

Google Wallet launches today, but you probably can't use it yet. The digital wallet is available for the Samsung Nexus S on the Sprint Nextel network. The wallet uses near-field communication to allow you to pay with your mobile phone. "In the future, our goal is to make it possible for you to add all of your payment cards to Google Wallet, so you can say goodbye to even the biggest traditional wallets," said Osama Bedier, vice president of payments at Google
google wallet
While several other companies, including credit card giants Visa and American Express, as well as mobile wireless carriers, have also announced plans to launch their own digital wallets, Google is the first to take its digital wallet to market.
Google Wallet, which will allow people to tap or swipe their phones to pay for things, officially launches today on its first smartphone, the Samsung Nexus S offered on Sprint Nextel.

Read more: http://news.cnet.com/8301-30686_3-20108224-266/google-wallet-opens-for-business/

25Aug/110

The apple board of directors announced that CEO Jobs resigns COO Cook to take over

Apple Company board of directors to announce on 25th, Jobs already resigned from the chief executive officer position, the trustee appoints COO Cook, the original chief operating officer for company's incumbent chief executive officer, Jobs was already elected as board of directors president, Cook will join the board of directors, decided that becomes effective immediately. The board of directors indicated that Jobs extraordinary foresight and the leader enable the apple to become in the world most to have the value the company, he this new role general continues in board of directors president by the unique opinion, the creativity and the inspiration leads with the inspiration apple world first-class team. The board of directors to already served 13 year Cook for the apple also to have the confidence.

23Aug/110

High quality and competitive price,the most suitable for students of laptops

Today,We've scoured our peerless laptop reviews to search out 2 of the laptops that are best for you.

1.Samsung NC110
samsung laptop
Nothing too revolutionary about Samsung's netbook, but we were impressed by just how sleek and solid it is. Specifications are basic but perfectly adept, Samsung NC110 battery life weighs in at a good seven hours, and it's all wrapped up in a nice-looking chassis. For better or worse Samsung has pre-installed a lot of software on the NC110, but we actually found some of it rather handy, such as a WiFi finding tool. It's ideal for students who want something that looks the part.

2.Acer Aspire One 721

When it comes to slim, compact laptops for studying and working on, the Acer Aspire One 721 is a great choice. It combines some of the better aspects of netbooks – namely, convenience, portability and streamlined dedication – with the more comfortable dimensions of a full-sized laptop. The 11.6-inch LED screen is bright and clear, and won't strain your eyes when you're working in programs with a lot of white space, like word processors. The Aspire One 721 also weighs just 1.40kg and at only 1.1-inches thick, it's easy to carry along with books and other studying materials.

View More best laptops for students on http://www.techradar.com/news/mobile-computing/laptops/10-best-laptops-for-students-983385

17Aug/110

Each kind of popular notebook brand comparison : Apple,Toshiba,hp,Acer…

The notebook brand are getting more and more, fashion, practical, the blue tooth, the wireless surfer, integrates the camera, trades the outer covering as one desires, is getting smaller getting more and more attractive, lets the human select and purchase, has not had the idea. Unifies own experience and the network material, reorganizes each big notebook brand good and bad points, hoped that may help you to select and purchase the performance-to-price ratio highest notebook.

ASUS Notebook

The ASUS China large notebook, insisted that “design, to make, the innate brand sale”. Except the innate chip, the motherboard, China large gives back to other brands to make a generation of processing. For instance SONY VAIO series, SONY PS2. The quality is good, pledged that the screen does not have the luminescent spot (in three months to have may trade). The compatibility is good, radiates the question solution quite to be also thorough, in work when has the fresh idea, is known as “firm, if the rock”, makes some sense.

Acer Notebook

ACER great base notebook,Take the performance-to-price ratio prominent as the main selling point, the achievement has alone obviously and the wireless notebook, the performance-to-price ratio unusual over value. Post-sale also good, the nature guarantees the time to be longest in the similar brand the very convenient global joint guarantee.

HP Notebook

HP Notebook ,The commercial notebook is more fashionable, the performance is not vulgar. HP is in sole possession of 8 big wisdom designs, the ultra bright screen technology and so on, the picture is brighter, clearly, the price has the competitive power. At present the HP notebook mainstream has three big series, simultaneously, HP promotes the new product unceasingly.

TOSHIBA Notebook

Toshiba notebook ,The selling point lies in its exquisite, as well as the Toshiba unique liquid crystal display screen technology, knew that the Toshiba television should be possible to think. The Toshiba notebook by the suitable price, the advanced liquid crystal technology wins the consumer to like! These must use only then to know that heard the distributor benefit is not good, the initiative purchase's person are not many.

Where the best selling notebook from Apple has a street price of about $1100 or maybe a bit more, the most popular Toshiba notebook sits with a street price of just over $500, or half the price of the Apple notebook above.

FUJITSU Notebook

Fujitsu notebook ,High-end brand low price. 11 time, accompanies the friend to buy, business attends to fundamentals the performance-to-price ratio superelevation. Fujitsu continuously very low key. However regarding this Japanese well-known brand, many people are not strange. Actually its brand history is glorious, enjoys “Japanese IBM” the title, with is famous manufacturer Sony compares for the date, Fujitsu is partial to the simple commercial route, has been short several point Sony's gaudiness, for human one kind of thought-provoking feeling. Fuji showers the quality and the quality, but also has writes by hand the function.

IBM Notebook

IBM series. Popular name “small black”, irrevocable color and style. Father of as the modern personal computing, the IBM notebook has the best quality, the status and the price. Accumulates 1000 many kinds of patented technologies in the notebook domain, ThinkPad is the pursue performance, portable, stable, the available notebook amateur's first choice excellent work. The high-end type, the merit are many, looked that the disposition has known, did not need to say. The shortcoming is IBM is heavy, the outward appearance is bad. The people buy the IBM main achievement commercial, is keeping secret and anti-falls the aspect to be able to complete. the ibm quality is absolutely good, but under same level performance expensive.

SONY notebook

SONY notebook ,What SONY walks is “the fashion, the high-end” the route, in the stability, the security, the durability is quite weak, Sony's selling point lies in its outstanding work with the fashionable semblance, as well as splendid liquid crystal kneading board.

DELL Notebook

DELL is the IT industry miracle, 96 year stepping in notebook domain, within the short several years, the sales volume has become the whole world first, but the DELL cost system has also restricted him in the upscale notebook development. Is low price notebook representative. Indeed, its quality anything has not been possible to show off the place, radiates especially, question very much.

SANSUNG Notebook

Radiates well, screen very ultra clear, pastes on the membrane to be able to achieve the pure even effect, LCD is the Tristar biggest selling point. The so fine demonstration only then disposes 4 cores the batteries, goes out when thinks not sufficiently.

APPLE Notebook

Apple machine because of originally only then white, popular name “young Bai”. The apple machine has often represented the tidal current and the fashion, has represented the high-end in the fine industrial design, its product in the graph imagery processing domain, has had the big market share, compared to ordinary computer striving to excel in several times. Entertainment aspect compatible aspect insufficient pc is ideal, many games, the media file is incompatible. Belongs to the high price machine, but has been designed the acme the public figure to love deeply.

The Apple MacBook Pro is the best notebook Apple makes.

Lenovo notebook

The lenovo computer performance is ordinary, the use is convenient, stably, the quality good, the post-sale service, individuality design. The loom radiates is not very good, when use the finger has the warm feeling. The software ability difference, promotion ability are small, the price is high. After the IBM conformity, enterprise's future is not too bright.

11Aug/110

Stocks fall as U.S. credit rating – Warning for NZ

US trading was once again marked by sharp moves on heavy volume. For a fifth straight day, the Dow industrials fluctuated in a range of more than 400 points.

The losses came against the backdrop of recent weak US economic data, the United States losing its triple-A credit rating from Standard & Poor's and the inability of lawmakers to address worries that another recession may be on the way.
New Zealand shares recovered some ground today, having been caught up earlier in another global market slide as fear returned to Wall Street.

Goldman Sachs New Zealand economist Philip Borkin said his US colleagues now saw a one in three chance the United States would fall back into recession.

The fiscal stimulus put in place during the global financial crisis was winding down and fiscal policy would turn quite contractionary, he said.

"Despite the weaker dollar the US current account deficit is deteriorating and is expected to continue to do so. Unfortunately that means a higher New Zealand dollar and as a result we are becoming a lot more cautious about the manufacturing and tourism sectors as a result," Borkin said.

(from:http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10743861)

4Jun/110

Rugby World Cup History

The 1987 Rugby World Cup was hosted by both Australia and New Zealand. 32 matches were played from over a period of May 22 to June 20. The tournament featured one African nation, three Americas nations, one Asian nation, seven European nations and four Oceanic nations. One notable omission was the Springboks who were not competing due to the international sports boycott.

Seven places were automatically filled by the IRFB members, with invitations being sent out to fill remaining places. In total there were 16 nations in the competition. France played Australia in the semi-finals and New Zealand, Wales. New Zealand became the first ever World Cup Champions, defeating France 29 points to 9 at Eden Park in Auckland.

Overview
Year Host Final venue Teams Qualifying participants Matches played Winner Runner-up
1987 Australia New Zealand Eden Park 16 Invitation 32 New Zealand France
1991 Britain France Ireland Twickenham 16 32 32 Australia England
1995 South Africa Ellis Park 16 52 32 South Africa New Zealand
1999 Wales Millennium Stadium 20 65 41 Australia France
2003 Australia Telstra Stadium 20 80 48 England Australia
2007 France Stade de France 20 91 48 South Africa England
2011 New Zealand Eden Park 20 - - - -