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REVIEW – ANDROID: NETRUNNER – A STUDY IN STATIC

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A Study in Static is the fourth small expansion for Android: Netrunner and is the fourth data pack in the Genesis Cycle, a series of six small expansions for the game. It adds twenty new cards to the game – these cards are contained in triplicate in the pack so you have a full playset of the cards for deckbuilding purposes.

Here are the five things you really need to know about Android: Netrunner – A Study in Static – at least, these were the features that leaped out at me.

1. Runners get a powerful new economic engine.
Underworld Contact is a neutral resource that costs two credits to play. Once it’s in play, when your turn begins, you gain a credit if you have at least two Link. This is almost an automatic three-of in a Kate McCaffrey deck and will find a home in quite a few other runner decks as well.

The power of this card is that it makes Link still useful even if you’re not facing a corporation that’s going to be running traces against you. There are many corporation decks against which Link doesn’t really do anything at all because that corporation isn’t interested in running traces. With Underworld Contact, playing a Link-boosting card isn’t a waste because it turns on this very powerful money-making engine.

The obvious comparison here is with the Corporation card PAD Campaign, which has the same effect of giving the player a credit each turn. However, in PAD Campaign’s case, the Corporation has to devote a server to it and protect it in some fashion to generate income from it. In Underworld Contact’s case, the only protection you need is to ensure that you avoid getting tagged.

I haven’t glanced at Kate in quite a while. This card alone made me build a new Kate deck, and I’m loving it. I’m wishing I had more copies of Underworld Contact for my other decks, too.

2. The Criminal sub-theme of derezzing ice gets a boost.
The ability to derez a piece of ice is apparently becoming a Criminal theme. The last expansion, Cyber Exodus, gave the Criminals the rather powerful Emergency Shutdown, while this expansion gives them the similarly powerful Crescentus.

Crescentus gives Criminals (and other runners who want to spend a faction point) a program that costs a single memory unit and one credit to play. It has a pretty impressive ability, though – you can trash it to derez a piece of ICE that you’ve broken through.

This has two effects. First, it enables runners to drastically reduce the threat of strong ICE provided they can break through it once. Even better, it causes Corporations to think twice about even utilizing heavy hitter ICE because they know that if the runner can break through it, they’re going to have to pay the steep cost of rezzing that ICE again. A Corporation player is going to have to think seriously about whether rezzing Tollbooth is worth it when the Runner has a code gate breaker out there alongside Crescentus.

3. Haas-Bioroid gets to dip its toes in deck thinning
Green Level Clearance is a 1-cost Operation (of subtype Transaction) that rewards the player of the card with three credits and a card draw.

On the surface, this card seems pretty dull. Why would you spend a card slot in your deck on a card that just profits you two credits once?

The catch is in the “draw a card” portion of the text. Effectively, this card turns a 49 card Corporation deck into 46 cards for the Corporate player. When you play this card, you don’t just get the two credits – you get another card in your hand to replace it, immediately.

Green Level Clearance essentially “vanishes” into the mix, as it effectively means that a couple times during the game, you can spend an action to gain two bits. That’s powerful. That makes a corporation deck more consistent than before without reducing the card count.

Remember that as a Corporation player, a lower card count (45 versus 49, for example) means a higher proportion of Agendas in your deck, which means that a Runner has a better chance at snagging an Agenda when they run against your library or your hand. In exchange for that higher proportion, you get a more consistent deck. Green Level Clearance essentially lets you have it both ways – it allows a 48 card deck to play with the consistency of a 45 card deck, or a 49 card deck play with the consistency of 46. It’s a surprisingly powerful boon.

4. The best ICE in the game are now available to Corporations on the first turn.
Oversight AI is a Weyland operation that costs just one credit, but it lets the Corporate player rez a piece of ICE of their choice immediately without paying any costs. There is a drawback to this, of course – if the Runner manages to bust through it, you lose the ICE.

However, if you manage to rez a copy of, say, Archer on the first turn, the Runner is going to have a hard time breaking through that card for quite a while. It’s going to cost them a pretty penny to defeat it, giving you several early turns to run shenanigans behind that ICE.

Sure, you’re going to eventually lose that ICE when the Runner is finally able to handle it, but with something brutal like Hadrian’s Wall or Toolbooth or particularly Archer, you’re going to slow the Runner down to a crawl during the early turns. Sneak through a Project Atlas or another nasty Agenda and you’re going to be sitting pretty very early in the game.

5. Click denial is starting to become a theme for both sides, but the Corporation gets a fascinating tool.
False Lead is a neutral Agenda that costs three advancement to score and is worth one agenda point, but it has a pretty brutal ability. The Corporation can sacrifice False Lead at any time to cause the Runner to lose two clicks – half of their turn, in other words.

A single False Lead, timed correctly, can devastate a Runner’s turn. Two False Leads sacrificed can become an extra turn for the Runner, enabling him to score something like Priority Requisition or even Mandatory Upgrades without any interference at all.

Click denial is starting to emerge as an interesting subtheme across several cards, but I consider this to perhaps be the most interesting card of all. It can really create some devastating situations and choices.

Overall Thoughts
From my perspective, the first three Android: Netrunner expansions mostly expanded on themes already present in the Core Set. Sure, there were a few odd cards that touched on other themes, but the sets almost entirely expanded upon themes that were already strong with the initial core set.

A Study in Static, however, seems to take many of the factions in somewhat new directions. There are very few cards that easily fit into the pre-existing deck types from the Core Set and earlier expansions.

For players who just want more cards for the decks they’ve already built, A Study in Static might be rather disappointing. In fact, if you’re buying your first Data Pack after picking up the Core Set, A Study in Static should be the last one you pick.

On the other hand, if you enjoy trying out new and novel approaches to the game and want to build decks that try new tactics such as click denial and Runner ICE management, A Study in Static is going to provide you with quite a few interesting tools. In terms of building decks that feel fresh to me, A Study in Static is the best data pack yet.

How Social Networking Is a Key to Online Marketing Success?

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Social Networking is very important as it helps individuals to connect with others, improve their skills, learn from others, build social networks, and find people with similar interest. It is not a new concept as the Internet was actually built on social networking; however, it has become increasingly popular in the last couple of years as more people are using it. In fact, it has become a key component of business marketing campaigns.

If you are running your own business, you need to think about social networking as one of the best ways to reach out to your customers. As you know, Internet marketing is not as popular as it was in the past because people have other ways of getting information and interact with others, especially if they are using dial up connections. If you want to use Social Networking to your advantage, you will need to learn the ropes. You can do this by joining a few of the top social sites in your niche, or you can join several social networks that are related to your business. This is the first step towards a successful social networking marketing campaign.

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If you have not tried Social Networking, there is no better way for you to start learning the ropes of Internet marketing and how to market your business online. You will need to sign up for a free account with at least two or three of the top sites in your niche. Once you have set up an account, you will need to find friends from your area who are also looking for ways to network with others in the same niche or you can take advantage of the social networks you already have.

The best place to start is a freebie blog. Not only will these blogs give you tips, strategies and advice, but you will also meet other bloggers. These bloggers are willing to share tips, strategies, products and freebies for you to use.

While you may feel uncomfortable posting your profile online, don’t let that stop you from interacting with other people as it will help you get to know them more and you will be able to interact with them as a real person. You should also consider adding your email address on your profile. because then you will be able to receive free gifts and emails.

Remember, social networking is not just about networking with others but it is also about networking with the Internet users around the world. You can become successful in your online marketing campaign if you build relationships with people you come into contact with. Make friends with people, get tips and advice, learn to communicate, and network, and share ideas.

 

Browser-based apps to make your life easier

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I hate it when I have to log in to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn to check on the status of those sites. By the end of it and including email, I might have 8-10 tabs open–on a slow day. Logging into all of these sites is time-consuming and takes an application all its own.

Yonoo is a tool that’s available that can help you consolidate your social media into one browser-based view. Set up was easy. You can establish a free account and then you select the social media that you want to include in your Yoono view. As you select each site, a window opens where you log in to the social media site and that’s it.

You have to install the Yoono plug-in for your Firefox or Chrome browser. I use Safari, FireFox and Chrome constantly so I loaded the plug-in for Firefox and Chrome. There’s also a client version that you can download but lately I’ve been using browser-based applications more and more.

Once you have the plug-in installed and the social media hooked into it, Yoono runs as a sidebar that you can easily minimize as needed. I’ve only just started playing with it but my initial opinion is that this is a pretty handy application. Price: FREE-99.

The next browser-based application that I think is a must-have is HootSuite. HootSuite is a great way to update your social media in one consolidated application. If you have multiple Twitter accounts or blogs or even LinkedIn, you can submit updates using HootSuite There are many cool functions that HootSuite has but one of that I like best is the ability to schedule the posting of my Tweets. I can work on my Tweets for tomorrow right now and I can line up however many tweets I want so I can dominate a Tweet Stream. I always Tweet and retweet through HootSuite. I tweet excerpts from each of my blog posts and sometime retweet others’ tweets. Price: FREE-99.

If you’re a Mac user and even if you’re not, you might want to look into Microsoft’s browser based versions of Word, PowerPoint and Excel. These are stripped down versions of the client apps but they work pretty well, they’re browser based so you don’t have to bastardize your Mac with Windows software, and it’s FREE-99–always the best price. You have to have a Live.com account. I’ve written on this before. You can check it out by clicking here. Price: FREE-99

Another really cool app that I use all of the time is iCyte. ICyte lets you capture webpages and save, categorize and reference whenever you want. This has been great for me because I still like to keep lots of tabs open so that I don’t loose a page that I’m interested in. Now, I can just save the page to iCyte and come back to it whenever I want. What’s key is that it saves the page as it was when you saved it so if the site owner takes the page down, you can still get back to it. ICyte also has a feature where you can go to the live version of the page. Price: FREE-99.

Best Time To Share On Google Plus

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While content is the most important factor on people selecting to leave a comment or re-share your posts, the time of the day you post also plays an important role. The factors to consider when posting are:

– Time of the day when your target interest group is most active – The post “Time to live”. How the amount of comments and re-shares is distributed across the post life – Day of the week. People are more active over the weekends on social sites. – How many posts you make per day.

There is an interesting info-graph on the science of social timing here.

While this information applies to Twitter and Facebook, the main trends do apply to Google+. They tell us that: – Wednesday and the weekend are the most active time periods for social media – The time to live from a post peaks right after the post goes live and drops down quickly afterwards. – Spamming and not posting are equally wrong strategies. In Facebook your followers will give you more likes if you post something every 2 days. Masters of the social media like Guy Kawasaki and Robert Scoble post multiple times a day, thus it does not feel as if they were spamming your stream.

Now that we know some of the basic parameters, we can turn to the question on how to get the best time of the day for your interest group. The transparency report tool from Google gives you an overview of internet traffic on your country. For example, for Switzerland:

Note that you can search for different countries and across many Google domains. Unfortunately they don’t yet have stats for plus.google.com yet. Using the traffic for all Google sites should suffice for our purposes. Also note that different countries have different “footprints”. This is the graph for the US:

You can see the difference in surfing activities among citizens of these 2 countries. In Switzerland it peaks in the morning and after lunch. There is a “low traffic zone” in the afternoon and a peak in the evening. In the US this is more normalized: maybe because of the amount of time zones in the country. But it is still clear that the highest traffic is in the evening.

From the Kissmetrics blog we know that social activity is higher in the evening. This makes sense since many people don’t check social media while they are at work. From the country graph for Switzerland we see that the largest evening usage is between 7PM and 9 PM. The best time to get attention from Swiss people is to post at 7 PM (GMT+2)

In the US the best time would be between 6PM and 10 PM Eastern. We have also learned from Kissmetrics that most of the population of the US is in Eastern time (48%). This fact is reflected in the curve start-up time.

There is one remaining point to be discussed: Hangouts. If you want to organize a truly international hangout the best time is 10 AM Eastern time. You get the Europeans around 4 PM, the folks in Asia late at night, and the west coast folks are used to being up early to take the pulse of the world.

Do you have any recommendations on how to increase the visibility of your posts that you want to share with us?

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Apple Store refresh to show new Cinema displays, not MacBooks

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The recent rumors you’ve been hearing, the ones about new MacBook Airs, may not be true. Recent intelligence shows another possibility. You remember those leaked part numbers from Apple, don’t you? At first, we thought those were for some new MacBook Airs that were supposed to be refreshed on July 14. After that never happened, those leaked part numbers made no sense. The new rumor is that those part numbers are for Apple Cinema displays. These displays are to be updated with Thunderbolt support. This way, you can ditch standard display connections and use the new Thunderbolt technology to connect your Mac to a display.

This rumor wasn’t just dreamed up like the past MacBook Air rumor. Apple actually leaked this information theirselves. They posted an image on their website showing a cinema display connected to a MacBook Pro via Thunderbolt. What caught our eye on the image is that the displays show the Lion background instead of the Snow Leopard background that is being used on all other images on the website. Furthermore, the letters in the URL that the image was located at corresponded to the previously mentioned leaked part numbers. To add fuel to the fire, the cinema display portion of Apple’s site would not allow purchases for a while. The “Buy Now” link was broken, but this was later fixed. Whatever the case, a near-future refresh to the cinema displays seems very promising. We might also see Lion released with the new displays, since the leaked images show the Lion background instead of Snow Leopard. Lion is, in fact, due to be released sometime in July, per a promise by Apple.

Apple and Google At War As Always, This Time Via Samsung

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Apple has always considered Google’s Android to be rip-off of the innovations created in the Smartphone arena by Apple. More so because they had a capable competitor that was offering its mobile OS for free. The recent turn of events, with the verdict on the patent infringement law suite between Apple and Samsung being in favour of Apple, cast an indirect spell on Google. To add to odds against Google, judgement of ITC on Apple’s infringement of Motorola Patents also turns out to be in favour of Apple on three of four patents.

Apart from the moral issues involved with patent infringement, Apple wants to curb the growing popularity of Samsung Galaxy devices and keep a check on the number of devices shipped with Android OS to remain in the leading position. Samsung provides similar features, look and feel to the end users at a lower price which directly hurts Apple. But this check on Samsung will prove costly for Google, as major part of the traffic to Google’s search engine comes from the Android devices. This traffic generates huge advertisement revenues for Google. Lesser Android based devices means a cut in revenue.

Among the direct attack made by Apple on Google is the decision of phasing out Google Maps and You Tube from iOS6 based devices which would further add up to the revenue losses by Google. Not only Samsung, Apple has tightened the noose against other mobile devices that are Android based such as Motorola Mobility, HTC and more. OEM manufacturers are bound to shy away from Android to stay away from controversies and damages.

Though Google has a strategy in place for the Mapping app with the introduction of irresistible features to hold on to its existing Maps customer base, but I am not sure what strategy it has in place to circumvent the effect of the recent developments in the Samsung – Apple law suite.

Folks who are secretly enjoying the whole controversy around Apple and Google are Microsoft and Nokia which are ready to make a comeback in the mobile scenario with a range of Nokia devices based on Windows Mobile Platform in the near future. The Nokia Windows smart-phones bring in distinct features that do not stand any chances of infringement of Apple patents. Also Nokia itself has a substantial amount of patents to protect itself from any litigation. With Samsung products taking some time to come bang on with Apple products in the world market, the window created, could benefit the Windows Nokia products planned for release.

Patents will be filed, granted and infringed, but when something uncovers the whole mobile scenario changes. The good effect of the whole episode would be that the device manufacturers would be more careful from now on and the end users can expect some exclusive features in the upcoming releases of smart-phones and tablets.

Who knows, though in the short run the Google’s revenues generated due to Android might come down, in the long run due to innovations and the streamlining of Google play, Android based products might become more popular than Apple? Or this whole turmoil churns out a new leader in mobile market in the form of Nokia Windows Mobile? Or the hype thus created proves truly beneficial for Samsung products designed carefully keeping in mind all the existing mobile patents? Lets wait and watch what the future unfolds.

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Toshiba Satellite A505-S6980: product review

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At first impression, you really can’t argue that Toshiba Satellite A505-S6980 looks nice. It has got some features too that are ideal for students and professionals alike. But beyond that, how does this laptop model fair against other laptops in the market?

Overview Like the S6960 model, Toshiba Satellite A505-S6980 is equipped with a Fusion Finish to produce a sonic black pattern. Needless to say, it is looking nice with a stylish design, pin-stripe pattern, glossy lid, excellent palm rest, and speaker grills. At a budget price of $629.99, one can often not believe right away that this laptop is actually priced as such, especially when you get to explore its other features. The keyboard is large and there is also a full number pad to the right side, which is missing in some other laptop brands. Thus, the space on this laptop is fully utilized from one end to another. However, its glossy finish makes it prone to gathering lots of unsightly fingerprints. But it is made up by the presence of touch-sensitive media controls and webcam (along with a mic) on top of the screen. Toshiba Satellite A505-S6980 comes with a thick body though and a 6-cell battery that comes with an extended life span. The screen size though is typical for the laptop’s actual size, and yet it comes with an impressive 1,366×768 native resolution. As for the real test and benchmark, the performance of Toshiba Satellite A505-S6980 is a small step up its predecessor. Thanks to the 2.2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T660 processor, 500GB 5,400 rpm hard drive, and 4GB DDR2 800MHz memory. The operating system is 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium, such that performance of this laptop is quite excellent. If you are not satisfied with its natural performance yet, you can make upgrades and it is very easy to do since the memory and hard drive compartments are easily accessible at the bottom. One noticeable lacking feature though is the Bluetooth, although it does have a wide range of port selection. Pro’s There are some wonderful benefits that you can enjoy buying Toshiba Satellite A505-S6980, such as the following: • The large display screen provides you with optimum viewing pleasure, especially for multimedia purposes. In addition to an impressive display, the speakers come with huge sounds and produces topnotch audio quality. This laptop model has an excellent battery life for long lasting use. Con’s Although some features make Toshiba Satellite A505-S6980 a functional laptop, there are some lacking features or others that still need improvement: • If you are looking for a compact laptop, this one is a bit to heavy to lug around and is not convenient for portable purposes. Although the battery comes with an excellent life span, it is too massive such that it looks awkward, aesthetically speaking. It lacks Bluetooth functionality, which has become one of the standard features for most modern laptops. Final Thoughts Toshiba Satellite A505-S6980 comes with some excellent features such as good build and design, excellent quality speakers, and a terrific battery life, especially for its size. Thus, it makes a great addition to mainstream laptop choices, particularly for consumers who are looking for budget laptop. Notebook Reviews laptop, laptpp review, notebook, Satellite A505-S6980 review, toshiba, Toshiba Satellite A505-S6980 review

Speculation Over Possible Delay Of iPhone 5

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The next iPhone from Apple is planned to be released in June of 2011 or at least that is the generally expected date given Apple’s annual release of products. When it comes to iPhones and the release dates, Apple is in the drivers seat and has complete control of when they are to be released.

The current iPad 2 was rumored to be delayed until June and Apple came through to deliver it early and beat several other tablets to market. Whether Apple itself is the source of some of these rumors, is an unknown, but if they are, they are doing a great job of getting free publicity. What has now prompted more rumors about the delivery of the next generation iPhone is the announcement by Apple of the Worldwide Developers Conference this year, which is going to be held in June. It is normally held in the spring several months before the iPhone is released.

It is that announcement that has so many speculating as to what this means. Much of this makes sense, but with Apple, you never know. At the developers conference, Apple provides information so that app developers can make changes to their apps to take advantage of the changes, so with the coming IOS 5, there is an expectation of new things to be included and the developers need a few months to get changes done before the IOS is released along with the phone. Based on that information, it does make sense that it would be delayed until the fall.

There are other rumors about the iPhone 5 having the much talked about NFC chips for mobile payments even though they could not be taken advantage of until the end of the year. With a later release date of the fall, they would be that much closer to providing the hardware and software for that to work. Granted that is speculation, but it does add up when adding all the other items in.

Other comments from some are saying that the June event will be all about software and there will not be hardware being shown. That would tend to indicate that the iPhone 5 is being delayed and does make sense. Better to have a well prepared developer side when the phone is actual rolled out.

The other thing that is not being speculated about is the impact of the events in Japan which are continuing this week as they try and gain control of nuclear reactors. Their power problems which are requiring rolling black outs make it almost impossible for some businesses to produce much and if there are components that come from Japan for the iPhone 5, a June launch date could be tough to get the needed parts to assemble the phones in a timely manner.

All of this is speculation and as June approaches, there will be much more.

Primer – Super Robot Transforms like Transformer

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Developers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have created a micro-robot that can transform and change functions from rolling and reeling, pushing to flying.

That particular robot, called the Primer, is made from stretched plastic polymers. It can change shape as the temperature rises and is controlled by magnets.

Initially, each Primer was an exoskeleton (biological robot) in the form of a plastic sheet. But when combined with a magnetic controller, the exoskeleton can transform into many other polymorphs, such as a drum, a small boat, or even a roller coaster.

The plastic sheets are designed on computers, using the art of origami paper folding to ensure accuracy when starting to transform. Each plate is designed for a specific purpose.

Currently, Primer cannot operate by itself. The researchers still have to remote control so they can move to the required locations.

In the initial test, Primer took up to three minutes to shape the boat moving underwater.

In the future, Primer continues to be improved to improve the speed of movement, the ability to carry, push objects, automate, and can use many shapes at the same time in specific tasks.

The research on Primer has been published in Science Robotics recently.