Monthly Archives: March 2012

Twitter ‘flying’ high with more adverts

Twitter has just announced it’s expanding its promoted tweets & promoted accounts systems on mobile devices, and will now start serving up adverts to users from brands that they don’t already follow on Twitter. That sounds incremental, but what it means is that Twitter on iOS and Android is now an ad channel much like TV or the web is. The company’s also enabling more targeted ad options for its partners, including specific device types–possibly for demographics matching.

People who access the service via Twitter’s iPhone and Android apps, will soon start seeing adverts, from the likes of big brands such as Starbucks, appear in their timeline. Twitter introduced sponsored tweets into the app’s search results and into the trends list. Twitter had already put adverts on the mobile version of its site, but had yet to roll out adverts via its app in the timeline.

Twitter spokesman: “In the coming weeks, we’ll begin introducing Promoted Tweets in the timeline on these mobile apps. Initially, a small number of users may see Promoted Tweets near the top of their timelines from brands they already follow….Promoted Tweets will appear in your timeline like any other Tweet, and like regular tweets, they will appear in your timeline just once; as you scroll, the Promoted Tweet will flow with the rest of the Tweets in your timeline.

Twitter launched its advertising product two years ago – but has failed to fully exploit its huge growth in users with a similarly financially successful advertising model. More than half of its 100 million active users access Twitter via their mobile. However, promoted tweets will not appear in users’ timelines if they are accessing Twitter via a third party mobile app, such as TweetBox.

Start business adverts on Twitter

For years, brands around the world have used Twitter to reach consumers with timely, relevant deals, discounts, news and information. And every day, millions of Twitter users who follow brands are turning to their mobile devices to hear from the companies they care about most.

Twitter recently began testing Promoted Tweets & Promoted Accounts on iOS and Android devices to make it easier for brands to reach consumers anytime, even when they are on the go. As with the launch of Promoted Tweets in user timelines on Twitter.com, we started by showing them in the timeline only for those users already following the advertiser. Since we began testing three weeks ago, reactions have been positive. Starting today, we are expanding this test, enabling brands to target Promoted Tweets to mobile users that share similar interests with their existing followers.

Twitter also adding new targeting options so that brands can target their campaigns specifically to desktop computers and laptops, iOS, Android, and other mobile devices. Or, the default setting simply targets campaigns to users across all devices.
Dashboard stats for rating adverts post
Mobile device targeting is great for brands who want to increase the prominence and reach of their message to a particular type of mobile user. For example, mobile game and app sellers can now pinpoint the users who are likely to purchase their products.
From the start, small businesses of all types have made their homes on Twitter, using the platform to interact with current customers and market to new ones. Twitter are excited to offer small businesses the chance to create even more marketing success as advertisers on Twitter.
Copyright 2012 by The Telegraph, business.twitter.com & YouTube
Advertisements

How Cardiac Arrest leads to half-dead

Shock the heart back into a normal rhythm within two minutes & the victim has an 80% chance of surviving

Cardiac arrest, (also known as cardiopulmonary arrest or circulatory arrest) is the cessation of normal circulation of the blood due to failure of the heart to contract effectively. Medical personnel can refer to an unexpected cardiac arrest as a sudden cardiac arrest or SCA.

A cardiac arrest is different from (but may be caused by) a heart attack, where blood flow to the muscle of the heart is impaired

Arrested blood circulation prevents delivery of oxygen to the body. Lack of oxygen to the brain causes loss of consciousness, which then results in abnormal or absent breathing. Brain injury is likely if cardiac arrest goes untreated for more than five minutes. For the best chance of survival and neurological recovery, immediate and decisive treatment is imperative.

Cardiac arrest is a medical emergency that, in certain situations, is potentially reversible if treated early. When unexpected cardiac arrest leads to death this is calledsudden cardiac death (SCD). The treatment for cardiac arrest is cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to provide circulatory support, followed by defibrillation if a shockable rhythm is present. If a shockable rhythm is not present after CPR and other interventions, clinical death is inevitable.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation

CPR is a critical part of the management of cardiac arrest. It should be started as soon as possible and interrupted as little as possible. The component of CPR which seems to make the greatest difference is thechest compressions. Tracheal intubation has not been found to improve survival rates in cardiac arrest cases. A 2009 study has found that assisted ventilation may worsen outcomes over placement of an oral airway with passive oxygen delivery. Intubation in the prehospital environment has been found to decrease survival. Correctly performed bystander CPR has been shown to increase survival; it is performed in less than 30% of out of hospital arrests.

Defibrillation

Shockable and non–shockable causes of cardiac arrest is based on the presence or absence of ventricular fibrillation or pulseless ventricular tachycardia. The shockable rhythms are treated with CPR and defibrillation.

In addition, there is increasing use of public access defibrillation. This involves placing automated external defibrillators in public places, and training staff in these areas how to use them. This allows defibrillation to take place prior to the arrival of emergency services, and has been shown to lead to increased chances of survival. Some defibrillators even provide feedback on the quality of CPR compressions, encouraging the lay rescuer to press the patient’s chest hard enough to circulate blood. In addition, it has been shown that those who suffer arrests in remote locations have worse outcomes following cardiac arrest: these areas often have first responders, whereby members of the community receive training in resuscitation and are given a defibrillator, and called by the emergency medical services in the case of a collapse in their local area.

Medications

Medications, while included in guidelines, have been shown not to improve survival to hospital discharge post out of hospital cardiac arrest. This includes the use of epinephrine, atropine, and amiodarone. Epinephrine does however increase return of spontaneous circulation and there is a non-significant trend towards improvement in long term survival. World Heart Association has removed its recommendation for using atropine in pulseless electrical activity and asystole.

A cardiac arrest & heart attack: What’s the difference?

Cardiac arrest is an abrupt cessation of pump function in the heart (as evidenced by the absence of a palpable pulse). Prompt intervention can usually reverse a cardiac arrest, but without such intervention it will almost always lead to death. In certain cases, it is an expected outcome to a serious illness.

However, due to inadequate cerebral perfusion, the patient will be unconscious and will have stopped breathing. The main diagnostic criterion to diagnose a cardiac arrest, (as opposed to respiratory arrest which shares many of the same features), is lack of circulation, however there are a number of ways of determining this. Near death experiences are reported by 10-20% of people who survived cardiac arrest.

heart attack is the constriction of blood to the heart muscle caused by blocked arteries, commonly linked to unhealthy lifestyles and old age. A cardiac arrest is totally different and can occur in the young and healthy if the heart goes into a dangerous rhythm, unable to pump blood around the body.

Fabrice Muamba: had a cardiac arrest, not a heart attack

World of football in SHOCK last week following a players from Bolton Wanderers been critically ill after doctor classified it as Cardiac arrest.

Causes

Coronary heart disease is the leading cause of sudden cardiac arrest. Many other cardiac and non-cardiac conditions also increase ones risk.

Cardiac arrest is synonymous with clinical death. A cardiac arrest is usually diagnosed clinically by the absence of a pulse. In many cases lack of carotid pulse is the gold standard for diagnosing cardiac arrest, but lack of a pulse (particularly in the peripheral pulses) may be a result of other conditions (e.g. shock), or simply an error on the part of the rescuer. Studies have shown that rescuers often make a mistake when checking the carotid pulse in an emergency, whether they are healthcare professionals or lay persons.

Fabrice Muamba collapsed during an FA Cup tie against Tottenham Hotspur

The technique should be used only by healthcare professionals with specific training and expertise, and even then that it should be viewed in conjunction with other indicators such as agonal respiration.

Rescuers to look for “signs of circulation”, but not specifically the pulse. These signs included coughing, gasping, colour, twitching and movement. However, in face of evidence that these guidelines were ineffective, mthat cardiac arrest should be diagnosed in all casualties who are unconscious and not breathing normally.

PREVENTION

Positive outcomes following cardiac arrest unlikely, an effort has been spent in finding effective strategies to prevent cardiac arrest. With the prime causes of cardiac arrest being ischemic heart disease, efforts to promote a healthy diet, exercise, and smoking cessation are important. For people at risk of heart disease, measures such as blood pressure control, cholesterol lowering, and other medico-therapeutic interventions are used.

Copyright 2012 by Wikipedia, Guardian.co.uk, SkySports & YouTube

When Life Falls Apart

Crying your heart out

Hard times, more than any others, reveal to us the truth that the signature of our humanity is our emotional nature. What differentiates us from stones and butterflies is the degree to which what happens to us affects us on an emotional level. It is the depth and nuance of our feelings ― of our joy, sorrow, anger, and fear ― that give texture to our humanity.

Sorrow and grief are the emotions that apply when we experience loss, and crying is the body’s mechanism for expressing grief. It may seem self-evident that we should cry when we’re in pain, but it’s surprising how much we resist our tears. Often it is only when we’ve been overtaken by them that we finally discover how terribly aggrieved we are.

We live in a culture that’s afraid of grieving; we don’t know how to cry. When our lives fall apart in one way or another, we usually try to take control of things and solve them, forget them, or deny them ― rather than experience them, accept them, or see the meaning they may hold for us. That’s because underlying many of our responses to difficulty is the unstated assumption that we should be able to engage in life, liberty, and the unbridled pursuit of happiness without ever having to grieve ― over anything. It’s almost as if we believe that pain, suffering, and challenge are bad and should never be a part of our path.

The truth is that pain is one of our greatest teachers, hurt can be a birth, and our sufferings are the portals to change. This being true, we need to know how to grieve, to mourn, to shed our tears, because grief is the cure for the pain of loss. Tears are the medicine of grieving.

When life is hard, when you’re in a crisis, you should cry not because you’re weak but because crying holds the power of healing. Tears, in fact, are the vehicle for transformation. When you cry, your loss moves through you to the point of exit.

What was holding you up and eating you up, what was stuck inside your body, gets released and moves outside your body. Your physical structure is quite literally cleansed and, like a blackboard sponged clean, is available to receive the imprint of whatever wants to come next. That’s why, when you have cried, you will be reborn, free to begin again…..

Copyright 2012 by dreammanifesto.com & YouTube

Malaysian hope for the next leader

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Malaysia is a federal constitutional monarchy in Southeast Asia. It consists of thirteen states and three federal territories and has a total landmass of 329,847 square kilometres (127,350 sq mi) separated by the South China Sea into two similarly sized regions, Peninsular Malaysia and Malaysian Borneo. The capital city is Kuala Lumpur, while Putrajaya is the seat of the federal government. In 2010 the population exceeded 27.5 million, with over 20 million living on the Peninsula.

Malaysia has its origins in the Malay Kingdoms present in the area which, from the 18th century, became subject to the British Empire. The first British territories were known as the Straits Settlements, whose establishment was followed by the Malay kingdoms becoming British protectorates. The territories on Peninsular Malaysia were first unified as the Malayan Union in 1946. Malaya was restructured as the Federation of Malaya in 1948, and achieved independence on 31 August 1957.

After independence clause on 1957, this question always been appeared in our people mind… Did We Really Have Independence? ‘Don’t just look to all modern building structure, ivory towers…but look deepest in every angle of it’… Our Constitution, Democracy, People’s Rights..?? What happen after independence…..

This nation needs to be rid of the racist, divide and rule politics of BN. UMNO will not change, and the other component parties have shown themselves to be helplessly subservient to UMNO. Anwar and his party leaders, together with the leaders of DAP, have been taking policy positions or making policy statements that, by far and large, seem to be in line with the aspirations of the people. We had actually wanted to say all the Pakatan leaders but, truly, PAS has been giving us some serious concerns of late.

 

Anwar Ibrahim

As a nation, we owe Anwar and his family an apology, for all that he and his family have been through these last 12 years.

In every places, Anwar been for speech, we always heard this words from him ‘Anak Melayu, anak kita, anak Cina anak kita, anak India, pun anak kita. Mengapa harus kita bezakan? Negara ini milik rakyat, mengapa ini dinafikan..!

Anwar had articulated that which I have felt for such a long, long time and which, without more, sums up the spirit of anak Bangsa Malaysia that I hope one day will be definitive of us as a people of this nation.

It is this last matter that I have mentioned, irrational as it may seem to many, that has most moved all Malaysian to ‘take a chance’. We must stand together to our beloved country..!

As a Malaysian, we all been delight with the new guidebook from Pakatan so called ‘Buku Jingga’. Anwar have made us many pledges and promises.

We all people need a new Malaysian awareness, we need unity of all races, we need a new vibrant economy, we need to reform the judiciary and bring back confidence in a more professional police force, we need a free education that can reduce our burden to all young future generation. Keep your promises to us.

Where we can recover the nation’s wealth that has been stolen,we must. Anwar must not do favours for anyone from the past by interfering with our law enforcement authorities. Restore what is rightfully due to the rakyat.

Get rid off the phrase ‘Ketuanan Rakyat’.. End race politics..!

Do this, and be assured of the strongest support from the majority of anak-anak Bangsa Malaysia who, by far and large, are decent people.

We took your indorsement seriously and for that reason went all out to work to get the votes for the Pakatan Coalition parties at the upcoming General Election. We will hold Anwar to that indorsement.

The rakyat today are not like that of 16 years ago. We understand national issues better, we are better informed, and we have a greater sense of commitment to the ideals of justice and equality.

And we have a newly found self-belief to pursue these ideals and to pursue change.

As a Malaysian, we fully obey to the law & truly understand, we also remember that we are no longer afraid.

We fully understand today that governance of this nation was intended to be in the hands of the people, and that when Anwar and his party leaders offer to govern, it is with a view to serve us.

Therefore, understand and remember that it is we, (the rakyat) who govern through those who have taken oath to serve us. It is only by abiding by that oath that you might honourably be called a leader of men.

 

By God’s Grace, Anwar will soon be returned to place he belong. For sure, that’s will be Putrajaya.. In the next upcoming 13th General Election, rakyat will decide new form of government will take lead after 56 years BN rule. Anwar Ibrahim is a next Prime Minister to all Malaysian. And we will be WAITING……..

Copyright 2012 by anwaribrahim.com & Wikipedia

Windows 8 release for future product

Windows 8 is the upcoming version of Microsoft Windows that follows Windows 7. It features a new Metro-style interface that is designed for touchscreen, mouse,keyboard, and pen input. It also adds support for the ARM processor architecture in addition to the previously supported x86 microprocessors from Intel and AMD. Its server counterpart is codenamed Windows Server 8. A release date for the finished version of Windows 8 has not yet been announced. The most recent prerelease version is the Consumer Preview, which was released on February 29, 2012.

Building “Windows 8”

New Features

Windows 8 will employ a new user interface based on Microsoft’s Metro design language. The Metroenvironment will feature a new tile-based Start screen similar to the Windows Phone operating system. Each tile will represent an application, and will be able to display relevant information such as the number of unread messages on the tile for an email app or the current temperature on a weather application. Metro-Style applications run in full-screen, and are able to share information between each other using “contracts”. They will be available through the new Windows Store. Metro-Style apps are developed with the new Windows Runtime platform using various programming languages, including C++, Visual Basic, C#, and HTML/Javascript.

image

Other features

A desktop app will be included for running legacy non-Metro applications. However, the Start button has been removed in favor of a hotspot in the bottom-left corner that opens the Start screen.

Internet Explorer 10 will be included bothas a Metro-style app, which will not support plugins or ActiveX components, and a desktop version which resembles Internet Explorer 9 and will maintain legacy plug-in support.

Ability to sign in using a Windows Live ID. This will allow for the user’s profile and setting to be synchronized over the internet and accessible from other computers running Windows 8, as well as integration with SkyDrive.

Two new authentication methods: picture password, which allows users to log in by drawing three gestures in different places on a picture and PIN log in, which allows users to authenticate usinga four_digit pin.

Windows Explorer will include a ribbon toolbar, and have its file operation progress dialog updated to provide more detailed statistics, the ability to pause file transfers, and improvements in the ability to manage conflicts when copying files. Hybrid Boot will use “advanced hibernation functionality” on shutdown to allow faster startup times.

Windows To Go will allow Windows 8 to be run from a bootable USB device (such as a flash drive).

Two new recovery functions are included, Refresh and Reset. Refresh restores all Windows files to their original state while keeping settings, files, and Metro-Style apps, while reset takes the computer back to factory default condition. Native USB 3.0 support. A new lock screen.

Copyright 2012 by Wikipedia & YouTube

Life for SUCCESS

You know what you want. You have written down your goals, prioritized them and indoctrinated them into your game plan. Remember, any game plan must commence with a visual. You need to visibly see yourself at success to make it happen. It must be tangible, realistic & most important of all, fun.

image

VISUALIZATION
Of the five human senses (touch, taste, sight, hearing and smell), it is sight which we rely upon the most. You need sight to read (Braille aside). The Internet brings information into your home all through your eyes (and more recently through your ears). Due to the importance we (sub-consciously) place on our lives, it is only prudent too visualize your success. You will know at an instant whether your methods are working as the euphoria your mind associates with the vivid picture will be a dead give away.

I can’t emphasize the power of visualizing yourself at success enough, ultimately has on your chances of its attainment. It is, sadly, substantially underutilized within many of us and is a major contributing factor as to why many do not seem to have the persistence to go with the job.

ENJOY THE RIDE
There are many who take themselves far too seriously. You must be able to passively detach yourself from stress, negativity and any other influence that will counter your success.

If you want to hop on the rollercoaster ride at Disneyland and your friend turns to you and says that you must have rocks in your head for wanting to do so, what do you do? Of course, you go ahead and take the plunge. What else are you there for? Put the nay sayers to the side and enjoy the ride.

However most rides are bumpy, and it is possible you may be very uncomfortable. If so, then don’t get upset and don’t take it personally. We must all laugh at and learn from our mistakes. It’s nothing more than self-crucifixion if you get greatly upset with mishaps. As you enjoy more and more of what you do, your inclination to get back up again more quickly each time will substantially increase.

REDUCE CONSUMER SPENDING
This is huge. This is a massive reason why people lose interest in reaching their goals. It’s common sense that we can’t really spend what we don’t have. Sure we can borrow money, purchase something and then pay the money back to the lender at an inflated amount, but at the time of the purchase your equity is still nil (i.e., your purchased assets equal your liabilities which in this case is the borrowed amount).

For some reason, we must have a car or two and an expensive holiday or so regularly. Naturally one must purchase their house and on the list goes. Sure, having your own assets gives you the independence we all seek, but if you go putting the cart before the horse then your chances of success (financial independence or whatever is indeed most important to you) will elude you.

The consumer mentality is an aspect which must be curbed to get ahead. It is impossible to think about wealth building when much money is being squandered away on assets which will only depreciate in value and cost you money simply to maintain. If you can live without it, then live without it until you have the backbone to your success in place. Otherwise, you may be chasing your own tail for a while to come.

THINK WITH A WEALTHY MIND
Wealth of the mind commences with having the strength to believe in your own convictions — the strength you muster from within yourself to actually own up to what it is you are actually seeking! Sure, you can wait another day, month, year or however long it takes, but that is precisely what you’ll be doing! Waiting!

Waiting for what?
You may wait for an opportunity to come to you; but you probably won’t recognize it when it strikes because you weren’t looking for it at the time.

The longer you wait, the more you will become bogged down by the habits of familiarity and move further away from the goal –that of a “wealthy mind”. It is at this stage where we start looking for easier options, such as the national lotto for example. We all know how likely a big win is, don’t we?

SUMMARY
The above are just a mere tips of the iceberg. Your success is ultimately up to you. You will need to tap into as much positive energy and quality idea generating material that you can lay your hands..

Copyright 2012 by InsiderReports.com

Introducing Google Play & bye bye Android Market

Google play

Google Play an integrated destination for apps, books, movies, and music, accessible to users on Android devices and to anyone on the Web. As part of this launch, Google Play replaces and extends Android Market — users everywhere can now find their favorite apps and games in Google Play, with other digital content, all in one place.

After having re-branded its digital storefronts from Android Market to Google Play, early problems with the Google Play app forced Google to quickly deploy and push out a new update. Early adopters to the Google Play storefront noticed that some of the link to the store was broken and even if the store loaded, apps and content that are highlighted on the store’s main page did not automatically refresh or update. Fortunately, Google has responded quickly and is now pushing out a new Google Play Store app update, which brings the app to version 3.4.7.

If you want to go ahead and update the Google Play Store app to the latest version, you can manually download the APK to your device and install it from there. Otherwise, if your device still shows Android Market, when the update is pushed, you should have the latest version of the Google Play Store.

Google Play Store is essentially the same as Android Market and unifies apps, music, books, and movies. The switch in branding from Android Market to Google Play suggests a larger shift for Google, which may want to indicate that its app store will encompass more platforms rather than just Android. For instance, even though Google TV is powered by Android, it is branded as Google TV and a Google Play Store would make more sense than Android Market on that platform. But beyond Google TV and Android, perhaps Google has more projects up its sleeves that may tap into the Play Store in the future.

We believe that with a strong brand, compelling offerings, and a seamless purchasing and consumption experience, Google Play will drive more traffic and revenue to the entire ecosystem.

Google play Store

We’ll be investing in the brand to bring Google Play to as many people as possible, and we’ll also invest in the latest digital content to keep Google Play fresh, relevant, and engaging. Apps and games remain the core of Google Play, so we’ll continue investing in new ways to connect users with their favorite apps, and developers with new customers.

As we grow and promote Google Play around the world, we’ll be marketing your apps and games at the same time. Our policies have not changed and our goal is still the same — to create a great, open marketplace for distributing Android apps.

Google Play is built on the same infrastructure as Android Market, so the transition for users and developers will be seamless. Users can sign into their existing accounts with the same credentials as before and purchase content using the same payment methods. As a developer, there’s no change needed to your published products and you can continue to use the same publishing tools to put your app in front of hundreds of millions of Android users. If your app was in Android Market yesterday, it’s in Google Play today.

We’ll be rolling out Google Play to devices in a phased OTA update, starting today and continuing over the days to come. With the update, the Android Market app will upgrade to the Play Store app and the Music, Videos, and Books apps will upgrade to Play Music, Play Movies, and Play Books. This update is for devices running Android 2.2 or higher, and users on other devices will continue to have the same access to your apps as before.

 

Copyright 2012 by android_developers.com, play.google.com, phandroid.com & YouTube

Navy SEALs movie ‘Act of Valor’ tops the box office

Act of Valor

An unprecedented blend of real-life heroism and original filmmaking, Act of Valor stars a group of active-duty Navy SEALs in a powerful story ofcontemporary global anti-terrorism. Inspired by true events, the film combines stunning combat sequences, up-to-the minute battlefield technology and heart-pumping emotion for the ultimate action adventure.

Act of Valor takes audiences deep into the secretive world of the most elite, highly trained group of warriors in the modern world. When the rescue of a kidnapped CIA operative leads to the discovery of a deadly terrorist plotagainst the U.S., a team of SEALs is dispatched on a worldwide manhunt. As the valiant men of Bandito Platoon race to stop a coordinated attack that couldkill and wound thousands of American civilians, they must balance their commitment to country, team and their families back home.

Each time they accomplish their mission, a new piece of intelligence reveals another shocking twist to the deadly terror plot, which stretches from Chechnya to the Philippines and from Ukraine to Somalia. The widening operation sends the SEALs across the globe as they track the terrorist ring to the U.S.-Mexico border, where they engage in an epic firefight with an outcome that has potentially unimaginable consequences for the future of America. Usually the actors seen in military films have never as much as set foot on a real battlefield. So the excitement of seeing real soldiers in action surely helped Act of Valor storm to the top of the box office charts in the US. It has been hailed as a strong opening for the film, which was made in collaboration with the Navy, and sought to demonstrate the skill and bravery of the SEALs without Hollywood imitation.

Copyright 2012 by culture.com & YouTube

Twitter topple facebook as major favourites social-network

twitter

Twitter is ranked as one of the ten-most-visited websites worldwide by Alexa’s web traffic analysis. Daily user estimates vary as the company does not publish statistics on active accounts. A December 2011 Compete.com blog entry ranked Twitter as the most used social network based on their count of 16 million unique monthly visitors and 75 million monthly visits. It was followed by Zimbio with a 270 percent increase & Facebook with a 248 percent increase. Twitter has a user retention rate of forty percent.

Twitter processes more than 250 million daily tweets, and its mobile platform is growing roughly 40 percent quarter on quarter. This is a big boon for Twitter, which has always trailed Facebook in size and popularity.

Twitter adjusted its web interface, adding a search bar and a sidebar of “trending topics” — the most common phrases appearing in messages. All messages are instantly indexed and that “with this newly launched feature, Twitter has become something unexpectedly important — a discovery engine for finding out what is happening right now.”

Trending topics become popular either through a concerted effort by users or because of an event that prompts people to talk about one specific topic. These topics help Twitter and their users to understand what is happening in the world. Twitter’s blog post announced that the hottest Twitter trending topics will scroll across the Twitter homepage. Users will also be able to find out why a specific topic got to be a trending topic. There have been controversy surrounding the Twitter trending topics: Twitter censored hashtags that their users found offensive. Twitter censored the some hashtags after users complained that they found the hashtags offensive.

TWITTER REVOLUTIONS

Twitter overhauled its website once more to feature the “Fly” design, which the service says is easier for new users to follow and promotes advertising. In addition to the Home button, the Connect & Discover buttons were introduced along with a redesigned profile & timeline of Tweets. The site’s layout has been compared to that of Facebook.

I love using Twitter and in general it’s a near-perfect service. The 140 character service means that people are forced to be precise and coherent (no windy blowhards!) and you can also include other things in your tweets such as links to other sites.

But the one thing that Twitter does NOT allow, by default, is the ability to post pictures. That is where TwitPic and Flickr comes in. By posting your pictures to one of these services, a short URL is automatically generated and then posted on your Twitter stream in seconds.

Let’s take a look at both services and see how they can help you with posting pictures on Twitter. We’ll also see how they stack up against one another.

Copyright 2012 by WikiPedia.com & YouTube

Mighty Red Devils show how to win ugly

Rooney controlled ball

Alex Ferguson has enjoyed plenty of eye-catching Manchester United performances during his glorious reign at Old Trafford but the Scot knows better than anybody the value of digging out victories when not firing on all cylinders.

Sunday’s 3-1 victory at Tottenham Hotspur in Ferguson’s 986th league match in charge was one of those occasions.

It will not linger long in Ferguson’s memory and apart from Ashley Young’s second goal contained precious little quality but it could prove pivotal if United are to overhaul Manchester City and retain their Premier League title.

The gap at the top was shaved to two points and United, bidding for a 20th English crown, will enter the remaining 11 games of the season knowing they have been there and done it many times before and confident of reeling in their local rivals.

Ferguson, who has won 12 league titles in 25 years at Old Trafford and has now edged ahead of Matt Busby in terms of league matches in charge, stood getting wet in the technical area for the entire first half at a dank White Hart Lane.

Apart from the odd show of annoyance as his side were pinned back deep in their own half, however, his was a calm presence, his body language that of a wily old master who knows the magic recipe to win titles.

Once Wayne Rooney had scored with United’s first chance after 44 minutes, there was an inevitability about the outcome despite a spluttering display similar to the one that earned a last-gasp 2-1 win at Norwich City last week.

Ashley strike

Young’s two goals after the break, the first a neat finish at the far post and the second an unstoppable swerving shot into the top corner allowed Ferguson the luxury of watching the rest of the game from his seat with the points safely in the bag.

United have negotiated a dangerous series of fixtures since Christmas, winning at Arsenal and Tottenham, drawing 3-3 at Chelsea having trailed 3-0, and beating Liverpool at home.

City & United’s fixtures that might be marked red for danger, amber for beware & green for an expected victory

They can now look forward to home games against West Bromwich Albion, Fulham, Queen’s Park Rangers and Aston Villa and less than daunting trips to relegation haunted Wigan Athletic, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Blackburn Rovers before a potential title decider at Manchester City on April 30.

 

Copyright 2012 by SkySports.com