Harking back to time of GCSE science, I tend to reflect of the term ‘application’ normally meaning ‘practical usage’ as the exceptionally annoying section of these seemingly countless worksheets we had to pack out, just so we might set ablaze to something. The ‘application’ part was the spot where you needed to say what (if any) world, practical value your experiments had, which, because it seems, wasn’t usually a great deal in my case. I remember a classmate pretty maliciously soaking a spider in hydrochloric acid once, but I doubted, even at age fifteen and three quarters, that it would turn into a well-liked type of pest control.

As Led Zeppelin have now been telling us since the 1970’s, you realize sometimes words have double meanings. In the case of software design and programming, there’s also a lot of words that have now been co-opted to be able to denote something, usually only partially similar, to what the word actually means. So, applications, or ‘apps’ as we hip, swinging cats refer to them, don’t have anything at all to accomplish with GCSE science and all to do with cutting edge consumer technology.

An app is essentially a computer program developed to help the parent device carry out a specific function. Apps are like mini programs that were originally designed for portable devices like iPods, Smartphones and Tablet PCs. Apps range from the sublime, (such like the app that can track traveling whales in real time or the one which shows you the exact position of all the stars and heavenly bodies from anywhere in the world) to the totally stupid, but amusing anyways (the app where it is possible to punch a cartoon cat in the face, Angry Birds). Apple consumers alone have access to on 60,000 downloadable applications, most of them are totally free to use.

Smart TV, obviously, has its individual set of downloadable apps. I should indicate right now that these are not as esoteric as a wide-ranging applications accessible for your phone or Pc tablet, yet. So far Smart TV’s list of apps can be a mostly practical one. Here is a look at some of these applications you’ll be able to acquire for the Smart TV (NOTE: Different applications are accredited to various manufacturers – so if you’re distinctively after a TV for its applications, it pays to do your homework, that is, in its own way, a bit like GCSE science).

Netflix – The extension of a online movie rental company (and proud sponsor of our iFanboy comic book conversation show, I hasten to add) is an app which supplies you the choice to stream ‘rented’ movies over the Web for a little cover fee.

Amazon – From Amazon, you can download content. So if you’d prefer to purchase a film or Television show, you are able to simply click on the link and it will be sent directly to your hard drive. It’s less expensive than purchasing discs and far simpler to store.

BBC iPlayer – This is a small version of the iPlayer site; there’s also a BBC News and sports application.

Youtube – You’ll also discover other video sites accessible as apps. Dailymotion and Vimeo have become properly accessible from your television. 

Along with these apps, you’ll find Sports applications which will record every game and applications for specific channels, making them available as individual networks as opposed to part of a cable/satellite package.

Whichever apps you want, ensure they are doing what you think that they do and they’re available for the TV you choose, before you buy. That way you may avoid disappointment.  


Melody and biking: match built in heaven

There are an ideal many positives that come with regular biking. It is great training, it enables you to empty your head and relax but it lets you discover some of the more fascinating natural surroundings in your local region.

Cycling can also be cheap, environmentally friendly (assuming you do not have a bloke driving behind you hauling your briefcase along with a suit and tie like a certain Prime Minister who shall remain nameless) and good for all elements of your body, from aerobic fitness to cardio vascular fitness.

One drawback, still, is that you can’t quite hear your music when you wish to (also, travelling to the air port with cases in a definite ‘no no’). Playing your music when out and about on a bike isn’t nearly as easy as switching on the radio or playing MP3’s within the car. Obviously you may create a playlist, slap in some earpieces and head out on your way, and you’ll maybe soon find that the earpieces are falling out, or sweat is destroying them, or the noise of the wind and also the road are killing all your best tracks.

We’ve tried everything from frequently purchasing new earpieces (time consuming and expensive), to taping them into our ears (you’ll appear to be a berk and also you will not be able to speak with anyone) and, being honest; we mostly found cycling to music to be a really annoying experience. In a single example, we were even pulled over by police!

On the other hand, there are some models of headphone manufactured with exercise like cycling in mind. These earpieces are hard and durable, yet also lightweight and high spec. But for each mock-up that claims to get these qualities and actually delivers on its statements, there are several that are lying about it. Ergo, this website was founded to sort the men from the boys, as it were.

We will provide you with up to date news, reviews and features, as well as helpful hints from cyclists and audiophiles (our hand-picked staff, naturally, inhabit both camps) and suggestions as to which is the highest performance type in your price range.

Cycling and music go together like poetry and nature, cheese and marmite, or Tom and Jerry: faultlessly. With our help, it is possible to take advantage of these magnificent, life-affirming pastimes in a way that compliments both, as well as gaining an interesting insight into contemporary sound production methods.

We employ a bright, easy philosophy on this blog: ‘music = life, life = cycle’.

Nelson Mandela is on that route of recovery

Former South African President and civil rights icon Nelson Mandela, who is in hospital since the eighth Of june, has in the last few days showed some little signs of improvement, according to South African President Jacob Zuma.

According to Mr. Zuma, who cancelled a visit to Mozambique to go to the ninety four year old in hospital, “He is a lot better today than he was when I saw him last night.”

Mr. Mandela’s daughter Makaziwe has also reported that her father is “still there”, which has given faith to the hundreds of thousands worldwide who wish the previous President a speedy recuperation. Though, she has also stated “he does not look good”. Mandela’s circumstance remains to be thought to be perilous.

Huge crowds have gathered outside the hospital, including a group of youngsters who released ninety four balloons, one for each year of Mandela’s life. US President Barack Obama described Mr. Mandela as “a hero of the world” and commented that his heritage will survive through the ages.

Online, a large outburst of support for Mr. Mandela, too as his family and legacy, has dwarfed the comparatively limited, racially motivated efforts to sully the former President’s name for shock value and/or web hits.

Nelson Mandela was the powerful energy behind the alternate of the racist Apartheid regime with a multi-racial South African democracy.

For his dealings as the member of the political underground, Mr. Mandela was jailed for 27 years. Before he was sentenced, Mandela notoriously made his argument for freedom and equality in the Rivona courtroom.

“I have appreciated the ideal of the democratic and free civilization in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal possibilities (…) It is an ideal that I hope to live for also to achieve. When needs be, it is an ideal that I am prepared to pass on.” He said. Upon his release, Madela ultimately grew to become South Africa’s first black Leader and was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, with former Leader F.W de Klerk, in 1993.

Since voluntarily stepping down as Leader in 1999, Mr. Mandela has worked as an envoy, campaigned against HIV/AIDS (an affliction which caused the death of his son in 2005) and negotiated peace treaties in Africa and somewhere else in the world. On his 89th birthday, he fashioned ‘The Elders’ a bunch of leading statesmen and famous figures, with the intent of tackling some of our world’s toughest troubles.

In 2004, he retired from public life altogether, seeking to engage in “quiet reflection”.

I wish Mr. Mandela a strong and rapid recovery and remain hopeful that, in spite of his advanced years, the person known the world over as ‘Madiba’ can still work as a source for good in this earth.




Can a Smart TV browse the net?

Right now, as in the very moment you read this, I am sure that someone, somewhere out there across the greater landscapes that structure planet Earth, has a debate about what they like better: Television on the web. It’s a noteworthy query, actually. The main disparity between the 2 (as both are largely sedentary, involving staring at a screen for an extended period of time) is that internet browsing is an energetic (or rather, interactive) activity, whereas TV is mostly a passive one. Within the 1990’s, a bunch of self-appointed cultural watchdogs took it upon itself to fabricate many pseudoscientific reasons that TV, a passive, mostly entertaining activity loved by billions around the globe, was a wholly bad and damaging thing. The only ‘evidence’ even slightly believable they may provide you with was that repetitive exposure to open sex and violence at the young age can warp a child’s perception of the world (like we couldn’t have figured that out for ourselves) and that sitting too close to a display knackers your eyes. Naturally, if a close relative lets TV bring up their child, the child will develop becoming a moron, but if ever the parent has made this choice of their own volition; it stands to reason that the kid was genetically inclined to moronism in the first place. Within the mid 2000s, the very same band of watchdogs took it upon themselves to reveal just the level of harmful stuff there’s on the World wide web. Like we did not already know. Even going as much as to say that children’s active contribution in online gaming could warp a kid’s (already fragile from excessive Television, you understand) perception of our world. Now, while some of us set free an maddened cry of ‘What precisely can people do that’s both healthy and not boring enough to kill you right away!’ whilst wondering at what point parental accountability would turn out to be an element on this oh-so tedious ‘debate’, the Television and PC manufacturers did something extraordinary: they developed a Television that allow you to browse the Net. Someplace in the last decade roughly, the straightforward family telly became re-fashioned as the ‘entertainment centre’ that is a section of your front room devoted to leisure, where really the only chance of tension is inadvertently channel surfing over to the News bulletin during the adverts of Star Trek or finally getting the bill on the blasted thing. The Smart Television actually permits you to surf the net, in real time, like you’d do on your computer. It is possible to get applications, social network (that is a fancy way of saying ‘check your Facebook’), watch movies your friends have uploaded and catch the exclusive web-only shows which are putting Television writing, acting and directing in the reach of the common chap. Yes, your Television is now both active and passive. The choice is yours. That’s the thing about TV, and maybe the thing that our ethical guardians find so despicable, TV always gives you a choice, even if that choice to switch it off and go for a walk every once in a while. So, to return to our original scene, our one who can’t decide between the two, now does not need to, as he or she can do both, in the same place. Smart TV has developed the television into a powerful, all encompassing multimedia tool and, for the next 5 items in this series; I’ll be providing you with information about the practical applications and far-reaching usefulness of this latest home entertainment innovation. Stay tuned.