Monthly Archives: July 2011

Noel Gallagher’s debut solo single VS Beady Eye

BEADY EYE & Noel Gallagher

Beady Eye are an English rock band formed in 2009 by former members of Oasis, following the exit of member Noel Gallagher. Different Gear, Still Speeding is the debut album by English rock band Beady Eye, released on 28 February 2011. It debuted at #3 in the UK albums chart selling 66,817 in the first week. It was certified gold in the UK.

Noel Gallagher was “shocked” by the chart performance of Beady Eye’s singles. Noel Gallagher has denied being pleased to see his brother’s singles chart so low – saying it was a “wake-up call” for his own solo career. Noel told NME he wasn’t happy that Liam’s Beady Eye songs The Roller and Millionaire only reached 31 and 71 in the UK singles chart respectively.

The wait is over. We’ve heard younger brother Liam’s ode to Oasis in the shape of Beady Eye’s Different Gear, Still Speeding, now it’s Noel’s turn with the first single from his debut solo album, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.

Since Beady Eye’s arrival, Liam has returned to familiar rent-a-quote mode to help pick up flagging sales (after 21 weeks, the album has only sold 138,908 copies), while Noel was quick to reveal details of the Oasis split at the press conference for his album. As ever, the hoopla surrounding the pair seems to be overshadowing the music but surely Gallagher Snr hopes this will change with the release of his first solo single, The Death of You and Me.

In many ways it’s exactly what you would expect from a Noel Gallagher song: a pretty, Kinks-esque acoustic shuffle, creaky falsetto, rhyming “city” with “pretty” and “pity”. But the chorus has a lovely melody and the New Orleans brass adds an element of the unexpected to a song that feels instantly familiar.

• The Death of You and Me is released on 21 August

 

Copyright 2011 by guardian.co.uk & contactmusic.com

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Captain America fantastic..!!

Captain America

My first thought of the film when I saw the trailer was please don’t end up like The Green Lantern & be a movie that looks appealing with trailers & advertisement but ends up to be a big CGI waist of money. I have to say Captain America did not disappoint. I know this is going to sound not pretty cool but I thought everything about the movie was really good even the bad things seem to flow perfectly with the film, not that there were alot of bad parts of the film but there were a few plot holes. The film had its own feel, it’s own environment for it’s herioc character to inspire the “American spirit” & surprisingly it worked.

Okay, so I feel that this movie was made with alot of respect towards the source material & I loved how this was filmed more like a period/adventure movie then a superhero movie. I also loved the writing & the actors which I think Stanley Tucci, Chris Evans & Haley Atwell did a great job bringing these characters to life. I really enjoyed this movie & think it is way better than “Thor” because it actually knows what film it wants to be & does it well. Go “The Avengers”..!!

 

Copyright 2011 by Suffian Yans & IMDb.com

Finally, Harry complete the journey

Journey between Harry & Voldemort coming to the ends

I being a diehard Harry Potter fanatic, had so much anticipation & excitement for this movie. I was blown away by the last Harry Potter movie. It went above and beyond my expectations! It is the best movie ever!!

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, was probably my favorite fictional movie to date. In this movie, Harry Potter has been finishing his journey to find and destroy Horcruxes (magical objects that Voldemort has placed around the country). He then tries to find and destroy He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named himself. I will not let spill one detail in this movie, but I will tell you that this movie is extremely well made and worthwhile.

It will be still a great movie to those who haven’t followed or even seen any other of the previous seven movies & I encourage you to go & have a great time watching “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.”

It was fun to see Harry, Ron & Hermione grow up throughout the 11 years it took to make the epic series. To me, when I see Harry Potter now, I still see the little boy from the cupboard all those years ago. Although it is great to see them mature slowly, I feel sad that Harry Potter has ended in my life. I sometimes feel that I would like time to go backward & restart my Harry Potter adventure from the beginning. Harry Potter has made such a giant impact on my life. In fact, Harry Potter has inspired my imagination & love of reading so much.

The fact that Harry Potter has been alive, through books and movies, every single minute of my life, at the end of the movie, it almost felt as though I was mourning a death of a very close friend. Nonetheless, this climactic conclusion to the epic series of Harry Potter was fitting and filled with all the great characteristics a movie needs to get my approval and thumbs up for all ages & styles.

Copyright 2011 by Suffian Yans

Apple expanding towards future

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SAN FRANCISCO — Strong sales to shoppers in emerging markets and to business customers helped Apple extend its lengthy streak of stellar performance in its earnings report on Tuesday.

Even without introducing any major new products, the company attracted legions of consumers in the fiscal third quarter. Profits doubled, and revenue increased 82 percent as shoppers continued to buy iPhones and iPads in record numbers. As one example of its success, Apple turned its tablet into a $6 billion business in the quarter. That is twice as big as Dell’s entire consumer PC business. Mac computers also showed solid gains, even as competitors struggle to sell PCs.

The results helped to lift Apple’s shares 4.5 percent in after-hours trading, to $393.81. Apple’s shares had already reached a record high in regular trading, and they are almost certain to do so again on Wednesday. Consumers in emerging markets like China, Brazil and the Middle East played a major role in propelling iPhone sales, Apple said. So did the adoption of the iPhone and iPad by businesses.

Apple did not offer precise figures on how many companies used its phone and tablet, but it gave examples of several — Nestlé, Comcast and Crédit Agricole among them — that used the iPhone in their workplaces, and others — Alaska Airlines, Nordstrom — that used the iPad. Apple also said 86 percent of Fortune 500 companies were either testing or deploying the iPad for use in their offices.

In May, a customer in San Francisco looked over an iPad 2. Sales of iPads nearly tripled to 9.25 million in Apple's third quarter.

In China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, Apple said, sales of all its products grew nearly six times from a year ago. The iPhone continued to be in high demand, with 20.34 million sold worldwide, more than double the number from the same quarter a year earlier. The gain came even though an update to the phone is expected later this year, presumably causing some potential customers to postpone buying until the new model, the iPhone 5, becomes available.

Sales of iPads nearly tripled to 9.25 million worldwide as Apple increased production and started clearing a backlog of orders dating from the March introduction of the new version, the iPad 2. Apple executives had blamed limited manufacturing capacity for the initial shortage. “Sales of iPad 2 have absolutely been a frenzy,” Tim Cook, Apple’s chief operating officer, said in a conference call with analysts. He added: “We sold every iPad 2 in the quarter that we could make. Certainly there was no shortage of demand.”

Colin Gillis, an analyst with BGC Partners, praised Apple’s overall growth and its ability to sell so many iPhones ahead of a product update. By far, it is the best performing of large technology companies, he said. “At some point, the music ends,” Mr. Gillis said. “But when you look out at least for the next couple of quarters, I don’t see much of a slowdown.”

Steven P. Jobs, Apple’s chief executive, who is on medical leave, did not participate in the conference call. A number of companies like Hewlett-Packard and Samsung are trying to get a piece of the tablet market, an important part of the consumer electronics industry. But Apple is expected to remain dominant with a 78 percent share of the global market in 2011, according to eMarketer.

Apple, based in Cupertino, Calif., reported that net income in the fiscal third quarter that ended June 25 more than doubled to $7.31 billion, or $7.79 a share, from $3.25 billion, or $3.51 a share, in the year-ago quarter. The company said revenue climbed 82 percent, to $28.57 billion, from $15.7 billion. The net income was above the expectations of Wall Street analysts. They had expected $5.80 a share and revenue of $24.92 billion, according to a survey of analysts by Thomson Reuters. Sales of Apple computers did well in the quarter, with a 14 percent gain worldwide to 3.95 million. The increase far outpaced the modest 2.3 percent industrywide growth during the quarter, as estimated by Gartner, the market research company.

The slow growth in overall computer sales is attributed to a shift by consumers to tablets and cautious spending by corporations. Also, strong growth in the same quarter last year made comparisons difficult. IPod sales continued their decline, falling 20 percent, to 7.54 million. Apple’s string of growth over the years has made it a darling of investors. The company is now the most valuable in the technology industry, with a market capitalization of nearly $350 billion, dwarfing many of its rivals.

Apple’s market value is more than 10 times Dell’s, for example, and nearly five times Hewlett-Packard’s. In keeping with its usual practice, Apple issued a conservative forecast for the fourth quarter. Revenue will be around $25 billion, the company said, while net profit will be close to $5.50 a share, both well below analyst expectations of $27.7 billion in revenue and $6.42 a share in profit.

In the conference call, analysts pointed out the discrepancy. Peter Oppenheimer, Apple’s chief financial officer, said the company’s forecast took into account the disruption caused by the introduction of a new product, which he would not disclose. That product is widely believed to be the next-generation iPhone.

Copyright 2011 by The New York Times

What is Android?

Android is a software stack for mobile devices that includes an operating system, middleware and key applications. The Android SDK provides the tools and APIs necessary to begin developing applications on the Android platform using the Java programming language.

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Features

  • Application framework enabling reuse and replacement of components
  • Dalvik virtual machine optimized for mobile devices
  • Integrated browser based on the open source WebKit engine
  • Optimized graphics powered by a custom 2D graphics library; 3D graphics based on the OpenGL ES 1.0 specification (hardware acceleration optional)
  • SQLite for structured data storage
  • Media support for common audio, video, and still image formats (MPEG4, H.264, MP3, AAC, AMR, JPG, PNG, GIF)
  • GSM Telephony (hardware dependent)
  • Bluetooth, EDGE, 3G, and WiFi (hardware dependent)
  • Camera, GPS, compass, and accelerometer (hardware dependent)
  • Rich development environment including a device emulator, tools for debugging, memory and performance profiling, and a plugin for the Eclipse IDE

Android Architecture

The following diagram shows the major components of the Android operating system. Each section is described in more detail below.

Android application

Applications

Android will ship with a set of core applications including an email client, SMS program, calendar, maps, browser, contacts, and others. All applications are written using the Java programming language.

 

Application Framework

By providing an open development platform, Android offers developers the ability to build extremely rich and innovative applications. Developers are free to take advantage of the device hardware, access location information, run background services, set alarms, add notifications to the status bar, and much, much more.

Developers have full access to the same framework APIs used by the core applications. The application architecture is designed to simplify the reuse of components; any application can publish its capabilities and any other application may then make use of those capabilities (subject to security constraints enforced by the framework). This same mechanism allows components to be replaced by the user.

Underlying all applications is a set of services and systems, including:

  • A rich and extensible set of Views that can be used to build an application, including lists, grids, text boxes, buttons, and even an embeddable web browser
  • Content Providers that enable applications to access data from other applications (such as Contacts), or to share their own data
  • A Resource Manager, providing access to non-code resources such as localized strings, graphics, and layout files
  • Notification Manager that enables all applications to display custom alerts in the status bar
  • An Activity Manager that manages the lifecycle of applications and provides a common navigation backstack

For more details and a walkthrough of an application, see the Notepad Tutorial.

 

Libraries

Android includes a set of C/C++ libraries used by various components of the Android system. These capabilities are exposed to developers through the Android application framework. Some of the core libraries are listed below:

  • System C library – a BSD-derived implementation of the standard C system library (libc), tuned for embedded Linux-based devices
  • Media Libraries – based on PacketVideo’s OpenCORE; the libraries support playback and recording of many popular audio and video formats, as well as static image files, including MPEG4, H.264, MP3, AAC, AMR, JPG, and PNG
  • Surface Manager – manages access to the display subsystem and seamlessly composites 2D and 3D graphic layers from multiple applications
  • LibWebCore – a modern web browser engine which powers both the Android browser and an embeddable web view
  • SGL – the underlying 2D graphics engine
  • 3D libraries – an implementation based on OpenGL ES 1.0 APIs; the libraries use either hardware 3D acceleration (where available) or the included, highly optimized 3D software rasterizer
  • FreeType – bitmap and vector font rendering
  • SQLite – a powerful and lightweight relational database engine available to all applications

 

Android Runtime

Android includes a set of core libraries that provides most of the functionality available in the core libraries of the Java programming language.

Every Android application runs in its own process, with its own instance of the Dalvik virtual machine. Dalvik has been written so that a device can run multiple VMs efficiently. The Dalvik VM executes files in the Dalvik Executable (.dex) format which is optimized for minimal memory footprint. The VM is register-based, and runs classes compiled by a Java language compiler that have been transformed into the .dex format by the included “dx” tool.

The Dalvik VM relies on the Linux kernel for underlying functionality such as threading and low-level memory management.

 

Linux Kernel

Android relies on Linux version 2.6 for core system services such as security, memory management, process management, network stack, and driver model. The kernel also acts as an abstraction layer between the hardware and the rest of the software stack.

 

Copyright 2011 by android.developers.com