For tech enthusiasts, the new Apple iPad will be available for purchase on April 3, 2010 in the U.S and pre-orders were available starting on Mar. 12th. The iPad is expected to hike tablet sales to 10.5 million, according to PCWorld. The iPad is supposed to be a different type of tablet than the ones introduced in the past. The features and apps are numerous and the price affordable starting at only $499. The first version of the iPad released will have Wi-Fi capability only and the 3-G enabled iPad would be released in late April or early May. Is the iPad for you? This article will cover some of the many neat features of the new iPad to help you decide if it is for you.

Features and Apps of the new Apple iPad

Large Touch Screen: The iPad has a large multi- touch screen for viewing web pages utilizing just the flick of your fingers. There is no actual keyboard. There are thumbnail views on a grid with all open pages which allows easy access when switching back and forth.

Email: The iPad makes viewing and touching your emails easier than ever. The iPad is turned horizontally or to (landscape) to view opened emails and messages in a split screen view. Turn it vertically or to (portrait) and the screen fills with just the opened emails. With just the tap or roll of your finger, in either landscape or portrait position, you can compose new emails, …

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Crazy about using Gmail email service, but wish it was more versatile? For those with Windows, lots of terrific applications at no cost to you can let you make better use of your bottomless inbox.

Pidgin may not actually be too useful with Gmail, but it allows you to chat with other users logged in for that purpose. The latest incarnation is equipped with Google Voice and Video tech support as well. Check it out at http://www.pidgin.im/.

GPhoto Space offers you an additional location where you can save and share your photos on the web. What for? Perhaps you prefer not to start an album with Flickr or Picasa Web. You may merely wish to keep your pictures in a secluded spot where only you can see them. Go to http://www.gphotospace.com/download.html.

Digsby permits you to chat with your contacts as well – all that's necessary is to install Tokbox to use voice and video chat functions. Digsby will, though, notify you of incoming mail. In any case, we suggest getting hold of the alternate installer. Find it at http://digsby.com/.

GBridge assembles a Hamachi-like VPN and can give you an assortment of nifty features suitable for a Windows desktop, such as file sharing, backup, synchronizing, and remote control through VNC. The developers have contributed support for Google Apps domains, making this a wonderful means to organize your office team communications. See it at http://www.gbridge.com/.

Affixa provides a simple means of notifying Windows that Gmail is your default mail provider, and lets …

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Back when Google first launched Google+ what most users heard was that it was simply Google copying Facebook, and to some extent that appears to be a fair assessment. But, in all the noise about the posting to circles and all that, little notice was made of something called "Hangouts" in Google+ which might just be the nudge that kicks Google+ into a successful social media site. Mike Swift, of the San Jose Mercury News has written an article that has been syndicated all over the web, about the rise of Google Hangouts, and where it might be going. And Uberizmo after giving Hangouts a second look has some thoughts about it as well.

The big deal about Hangouts, which is basically video conferencing for the home crowd, is that users can write apps for it, just as they do for Smartphones. And that's what is driving the new publicity. Say you'd like to play cards with five of your buddies, but nobody wants to drive. All you and your buds have to do is fire up Google+ Hangouts, download an app that's been written for just that purpose, and just like that, you've got your card game. The app recreates cards onscreen, similar to Microsoft's ubiquitous Solitaire, for all to see, thus eliminating any chance of cheating. Players can see one another though, so bluffing is still the most important skill a player can have. Likewise, another developer created a simple drawing program that allows her mother to draw …

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A baby shower is an exciting time for an expectant mother. Family and friends gather to celebrate and help the mother prepare for the arrival of the baby. A growing trend is to plan a baby shower with an eco-friendly theme. It is a great way to keep the environment healthy for the future of the baby. Below is a list of ideas that will benefit in planning this themed baby shower.

Invite Baby Shower Guests Through Technology

Take advantage of technology and send invitations electronically. Websites such as Evite provide shower invitations which can be sent to guests via e-mail.

This is a great way to save paper and money on a postage stamp. Send actual invitations to guests who are not computer literate by using invitations printed on recyclable paper. Design the invitations so that guests will know that the shower has an organic theme.

Suggest Guests Purchase Organic Clothing or Toys

Recommend that the mother register for gifts that are natural and organic. Many brand name stores are starting to carry organic clothing and toys. Suggest to guests in the invitation that they wrap gifts using earth-friendly materials such as newspapers, paper bags, a baby blanket, towels or reuse old gift bags. When sending thank you cards after the shower, choose cards made from recycled material.

Choose an Eco-Friendly Atmosphere

If the shower is going to be outside, choose an eco-friendly location such as a garden or an aquarium. When decorating, use materials that are biodegradable and …

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The �social shaping' of technology is a concept asserting that technology – which can be defined as �all methods and means devised by humans in pursuit of their practical ends' (Chant & Goodman, 1999) – is to some extent influenced by social or cultural factors. In particular relation to building technology, this means that how and what people build is influenced to a greater or lesser extent by such factors as the way their society is organised or whether religion is important in their culture. Social shaping can be seen as attempting a synthesis between two opposing theories of historical change, technological determinism – which claims that technological innovations cause societal change – and social constructionism – which counters that change is not inevitable when technology develops; rather, the effect of a technological development depends on negotiating the best solution for all social groups involved.

Ancient Egyptian society was hierarchically organised under the rule of the Pharaohs, absolute monarchs who owned all land and controlled trade. They believed in the after-life and that it was important to ensure dead rulers' comfort in it. This focus led to technological progress in several areas. Mummification techniques were developed to preserve the bodies. The need to build funerary structures to house the dead and their possessions meant that the simplest form, mastabas (underground burial pits topped with a �bench' of mud bricks) evolved into complex and massive stone pyramids. These required innovations in quarrying and stonemasonry, as well as in human-powered transport to …

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I love to talk. I like to think I'm wise in certain areas. So do other people. However when asked for advice or when someone tries to strike up serious conversation, once I get talking, a ringtone shatters the flow of topic. It's not an important call. It's a data message with a dancing turd singing "My Heart Will Go on". Total I.Q. descent after that. The dancing turd must be seen and heard.

The forwarded text message telling the latest sexist joke takes priority over "What should I do about my alcoholism, or addiction to paint thinner?". We are too busy driving while texting or talking to care that we just cut off someone, and ticked them off royal. We're too busy listening to Mp3 players to hear the old lady down the street screaming, or to hear a car horn blowing to say "Get outta the way!".

I love the idea of this Apple iPad sweepstakes, it draws more people to this awesome site. You see, I don't have many things that drive me except for writing what needs to be said. Hubpages gives me the chance to do that. And no hubpages, I'm not trying to kiss your butt, haha. I digress.

Do we really need the iPad, and smart phones, and the pieces of equipment where we play first person shooters, check our e-mail, look at porn, and make calls all at the same time. When we should be working? Or fishing? Making love? Going out …

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Technology is all around us, with our phones, laptops and television. And not to mention all the video game systems there are. We use technology in our everyday lives which means that you spend a great deal of time on your phone and computer, and the time you are spending on those is time you are spending away from your partner.

As you know, technology has a way of being very addicting. You can spend hours on your laptop without even realizing it and you can talk on the phone to your friend for over an hour and a half and when you get off the phone you look at the time and ask yourself where that time just went. You can spend all day watching television and playing your video games. Where does your partner fit into all of this? Maybe when you’re away from one another, you text each other and call one another a few times throughout the day but that isn’t spending time together. Maybe you sit together and watch a TV show when you get home but are you really spending time together? No. You’re both just sitting in front of the TV, not talking, not communicating.

So now that you’ve thought about how much you use technology it’s probably easy to see that it can have an effect on your relationship. I’m sure you don’t want your relationship to be hurt by both of your constant uses of technology so it’s important that you …

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What if you could leave the cleaning job on a robot and finish other important household chores? It would help you in saving a lot of time and keeping your home clean all the time. This might sound like a scene from a Sci-Fi movie, but those robots are available now! Robot floor vacuums are real and these devices are quite effective, when it comes to cleaning the floor.

A robotic vacuum cleaner is a round-shaped device, which may look small but it cleans quite effectively. It is equipped with sensors, which you can program to vacuum clean rugs, wooden floor, and tiled floor.

Is it effective?

Robot floor vacuums are quite effective. You can choose a robotic vacuum cleaner in different sizes and with different features.  Consider it as a home appliance designed to tackle floor cleaning work. It operates pretty great because it can find and remove dirt and contaminants from your rugs or floor.

 

This vacuum cleaner does not require human intervention. You can turn it on and leave it on the floor. Soon, you will realize that your robot floor vacuums have cleaned the whole area. Now you just need to pick it and remove the collected dirt and pollutants out in a garbage can.

Why you should buy a robotic vacuum cleaner?

You might wonder that the regular vacuum cleaner also works great, then why to buy a robotic vacuum cleaner. The following reasons will show you why it is quite essential for every …

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When it comes to setting up and running a business there are many things that need to be considered, first and foremost there are the ideas, products, finances and intellectual property. There are also needs for premises from which to operate and a staffing structure to ensure that things run smoothly.

When the above are in place, business owners must make sure that there is a clear marketing and advertising strategy and that the logistics of day to day operations can be mapped out and executed.

One area that many businesses struggle with however is the area of translation and interpretation. This is essential if they are to take their business to foreign markets and expand internationally. Many companies decide to do this externally and outsource this work to language translation agency.

But why is this often forgotten part of business structure so important and why can neglecting it lead to problems further down the line?

The answer is simple. Many markets are saturated with products and services of a similar ilk, if you or your company have an idea that will translate globally then there has to be the scope for growth and the tools to implement an international strategy.

In a recent study by Forbes magazine looking at the most influential cities in the world in terms of influence and business, there are seven separate languages covering the top 10. This gives you an insight in just how difficult it can be to operate.

The world’s most influential …

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In the world of heavyweights such as Apple, Google, and Amazon, retaining quality staff is as easy as throwing as much money as is required or providing a range of benefits from homes, cars, and even trips to exotic destinations.

And while this works for companies with deep pockets, if you are running a medium sized enterprise then keeping quality staff isn’t that easy.

If you find yourself in this position, below are some great ways for you to retain quality staff without eating into your profits.

Extended Benefits

It’s likely that your company already provides your employees with a level of healthcare, however, does it extend to their partners? How about their children? Does it include dental?

While it may seem like a large addition, including this addition to your employee’s health benefits is not only a great way to retain staff but is also a tax-deductible one, meaning that while you will have to spend the money upfront you can use the incentive as a claimable deduction.

As you can imagine, a secure health insurance plan is an important part of life for your employees and they will appreciate the extra benefits and coverage.

Gifts

If you are looking to retain front-line staff then it can often become expensive because of the sheer volume of employees you have. To keep their important knowledge within your company, consider options like the Groupon Coupons page for Express which can allow you to take advantage of discounted prices while allowing …

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