Monthly Archives: March 2012

Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

 Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

By NazreenNizam, PSM women’s desk coordinator

March 8, 2012 — In conjunction with International Women’s Day 2012, Parti Sosialis Malaysia [PSM, the Socialist Party of Malaysia] wouldlike to commemorate women’s pursuit of liberation, real justice, equality andfreedom.

Thisyear is the 101st year we are celebrating International Women’s Day. Thanks to our leftist and progressive comrades who proposed such an idea, backin 1910. the United Nations theme for the Women’s Day celebration this year is "Empower rural women – End hunger and poverty’.

Whileit is true that majority of our rural women, especially in East Malaysia, areliving in poverty, the urban women too are deeply distressed with their lowincome jobs, lack of social security, discrimination at the workplace and home,long work hours, lack of child-care facilities at the workplace, and the list couldgo on. the women are further burdened with the government’s neoliberalpolicies which led to privatisation of all basic needs that keeps the cost ofliving high. There are still many girls and women out there, both in rural andurban areas, who are illiterate.

Nodoubt, there has been much remarkable progress among Malaysianwomen in self-advancement and capitalism did contribute to that, but as aworking class, we are still the oppressed class.

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OnLive offers service to speed up Web browsing on an iPad

 OnLive offers service to speed up Web browsing on an iPad

Palo Alto-based OnLive, the cloud gaming pioneer, is offering a new way for iPad users to view Flash content and surf the Web ultra quickly.

Via a new service that launched Wednesday, iPad users can access a supercharged version of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer within the OnLive Desktop app. with that browser, users can view videos and play games streamed using Adobe’s (ADBE) Flash technology, something they can’t do using the iPad’s built-in browser.

And OnLive says that content as well as normal Web pages should load nearly instantaneously because the browser runs on the company’s servers in its data centers.

The new application could be revolutionary because it gives users of mobile devices access to applications and experiences they previously could get only through a full-blown PC, said Michael Gartenberg, an analyst with Gartner, a research group.

“This has the potential to transform the way people think about computing,” he said.

OnLive launched OnLive Desktop last month. the app allows iPad users to see a virtual Windows desktop and interact with standard Microsoft Office programs including Word and Excel. but the usefulness of the app is limited, because users can’t use it to connect to online services.

The company is addressing that shortcoming with the new service. For a $5 monthly fee, OnLive Desktop users will get access to Internet Explorer as well as the Office apps.

The OnLive Desktop browser runs on a version of Windows running on the company’s servers in its data centers. OnLive essentially takes screen captures of what’s displayed in the browser and on the virtual desktop and streams those down to users’ iPads.

Not only are OnLive’s servers fast, but they also have superfast connections to the Internet. Thanks to those connections, the browsers are able to load Web pages rapidly and then immediately stream what they show to users’ iPads. to help speed the process, OnLive doesn’t send the whole Web page to users. Instead, it only sends what will fit on their screens, said Steve Perlman, OnLive’s founder and CEO.

“It’s crazy cool,” Perlman said. “The iPad, in the ultimate irony, now has the fastest Flash browser in the world.”

The application is likely to appeal to consumers who want to access Flash content on their iPads and mobile professionals who need to be able to access and edit Office documents on the go, Gartenberg said.

“For anyone that travels with an iPad, this is going to be a must-have application,” he said.

OnLive isn’t the first company to offer Flash browsing on the iPad. YouWeb’s iSwifter app, for example, is a similar cloud-connected Web browser that allows users to browse Flash-enabled sites and play Flash games. the company similarly charges monthly fees for users to access such content.

Other companies similarly offer remote access to Windows desktops and applications. Citrix offers an iPad app that allows users to connect to run virtual versions of Windows and other applications. the Splashtop app allows users to connect to their own Windows PCs.

OnLive’s Desktop application differs from rivals in that it’s not trying to give users access to their own PCs, Gartenberg said. and it’s so fast that it feels almost as if it’s running natively on the iPad rather than in the cloud, he said.

“You are going to get a no-compromise experience,” he said.

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  • Last month, OnLive launched OnLive Desktop, an app that allows iPad users to see a virtual Windows desktop and interact with standard Microsoft Office programs including Word and Excel.
  • Wednesday, the company began offering, for $5 a month, a supercharged version of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer within the OnLive Desktop app that will allow users to view videos and play games streamed using Adobe’s Flash technology, something they can’t do using the iPad’s built-in browser.

    Source: Mercury News reporting

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    Hands-On With HTC’s Hot New Android Smartphones: Quad-Core One X and Siblings

     Hands On With HTCs Hot New Android Smartphones: Quad Core One X and Siblings

    HTC unveiled its new One X, One S, and One V smartphones in Barcelona, Spain, today. I had the chance to preview this latest crop of HTC Android smartphones in an exclusive hands-on session last week.

    HTC One is a new design strategy that the company is launching this year. According to Jeff Gordon, HTC online communications manager, the company came up with its umbrella “One” brand in response to customer feedback that there were simply too many HTC smartphones and that it was confusing to distinguish one dual-core 4.3-inch display Android phone from another. (The company released more than 50 devices in 2011)

    [Read: “HTC Announces the One X: Its First Quad-Core Smartphone”]

    All HTC One phones will have three things in common: HTC ImageSense with the HTC ImageChip; Beats audio software; and a premium hardware design. all three phones will ship with Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) and run HTC’s Sense UI 4.0.

    The One X, One S, and Oner V will also come with the HTC ImageChip, which has an almost no-lag shutter speed, an f2.0 aperture, and a handful of different shooting modes, including High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Panorama.

    I tested the HTC One S’s 8-megapixel camera and was impressed at how well it picked up detail in the somewhat dark room where my demo was held. I also liked how quickly the HDR mode stitched together my light and dark photos to create one composite photo. Other phones with an HDR mode take a bit longer to perform this task.

    HTC One XThe One X quad-core phone is, of course, the hottest of the crop. this was the first time I’d seen quad core in action up close. Menus and apps opened quickly, and scrolling and moving throughout the user interface were incredibly snappy. I didn’t have enough time to see how quad-core technology affects battery life (one of Nvidia’s claims for the Tegra 3 chip is that it actually conserves battery life by offloading certain tasks to a smaller fifth core).

    The One X’s Super LCD 2 display has excellent viewing angles, and it seemed to hold up well in bright sunlight. I did a quick side-by-side comparison between the One X and the HTC Rezound, which has a Super LCD display, and noticed considerably less glare on the One X’s display.

    Like all of HTC’s top-of-the-line phones, the One X feels well constructed. The polycarbonate body seems durable and yet looks attractive; according to HTC’s product manager, it is also scratch-resistant. HTC tells us that the One X will be available sometime within the next 60 days, and the phone is confirmed for AT&T on its LTE network.

    The HTC One S and One V might not be headline-grabbing phones, but they still impress–and may have enticing price tags the company launches them in the United States.

    HTC One SThe One S, which runs on a dual-core Qualcomm 1.5GHz processor, felt responsive and snappy throughout the user interface. The 4.3-inch display gives you plenty of room to watch videos or play games, and the Super AMOLED technology makes colors look bold (though a little oversaturated) and details sharp.

    I loved the phone’s aluminum finish, which gives it a premium feel. it is soft to touch, but feels sturdy as well.

    HTC One VLast week, HTC launched its Legend smartphone. to some extent the One V emulates the Legend, with a unibody aluminum design and a slightly curved lip on the bottom edge. The One V carries only a 5-megapixel camera, as opposed to the 8-megapixel cameras found on the other two new HTC phones, but it does have the HTC ImageChip. it lacks a front-facing camera–and because the One V has a single-core processor, it can’t shoot 1080p video.

    Love it or hate it, HTC Sense–the manufacturer’s user interface over Android–is here to stay. Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) has, by far, the best-looking interface of any version of Android. I understand why manufacturers slapped on overlays in the early days of Android: Let’s face it–it was ugly. and HTC Sense is undeniably a gorgeous user interface. but those pretty animations and colorful widgets have a tendency to bog down the operating system.

    Perhaps the idea that manufacturers might leave Android 4.0 alone and just add a few customized widgets was just wishful thinking on my part. to HTC’s credit, Sense 4.0 is much subtler than previous versions of the user interface. The company has cleared out a lot of unnecessary icons and text found in older versions of Sense.

    I’ve argued that companies’ introducing too many smartphones into the market hurts customers, so I’m glad to see that HTC is streamlining its production. I also appreciate that all of the phones have common features, but will be sold at different prices. not everyone needs a quad-core–or even a dual-core–smartphone.

    The names of the phones are a little confusing to keep track of (they aren’t even in alphabetical order!), but I think this umbrella branding will benefit HTC as well as consumers. Plus, the phones aren’t too shabby.

    For more blogs, stories, photos, and video from the world’s largest mobile show, check out PCWorld’s complete coverage of Mobile World Congress 2012.

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