Friday, June 29, 2007

iPhone Features

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Touch screen

The 3.5 inch (8.9 cm) liquid crystal display (320×480 px at 160 ppi) HVGA touch screen topped with optical-quality glass is specifically created for use with a finger, or multiple fingers for multi-touch sensing. No stylus is needed, nor can an ordinary one be used, as the touch screen requires touch by something with the physical properties of bare skin to operate. For text input, the device implements a virtual keyboard on the touchscreen. It has automatic spell checking, predictive word capabilities, and a dynamic dictionary that learns new words.

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Other inputs

The display responds to three sensors: a proximity sensor that shuts off the display and touchscreen when the iPhone is brought near the face to save battery power and to prevent spurious inputs from the user's face and ears, an ambient light sensor that adjusts the display brightness which in turn saves battery power, and an accelerometer, which senses the orientation of the phone and changes the screen accordingly, albeit in only one 90 degree direction.


The iPhone allows conferencing, call holding, call merging, caller ID, and integration with other cellular network features and iPhone functions. For example, a playing song fades out when the user receives a call. Once the call is ended the music fades back in.


The iPhone features a built in 2.0 megapixel camera located on the back, though it cannot record video at this time. It also includes software that allows the user to upload, view, and e-mail photos. The user zooms in and out of photos by "unpinching" and "pinching" them through the Multi-touch interface. The software will interact with iPhoto on the Mac.


The layout of the music library differs from previous iPods, with the sections divided more clearly alphabetically, and with a larger font. The Cover Flow, like that on iTunes, shows the different album covers in a scroll-through photo library. Scrolling is achieved by swiping a finger across the screen. Like the fifth generation iPods introduced in 2005, the iPhone can play video, allowing users to watch TV shows and films.


The iPhone has built-in Wi-Fi, with which it will be able to access the Internet (through a wireless network) via a modified version of the Safari web browser. The iPhone will also be able to connect to the Internet through AT&T's EDGE network.


The iPhone also features an HTML e-mail program, which enables the user to embed photos in an e-mail message. Yahoo! will be providing a free Push-IMAP e-mail service similar to that on a BlackBerry; IMAP and POP3 mail standards are also supported, including Microsoft Exchange. The iPhone will sync with e-mail programs such as Outlook, entourage and web based email accounts such as Gmail, .Mac mail and AOL. OS X .


The phone has several applications located at iPhone's "Home" Screen, including Youtube. It will stream the videos over Wi-Fi and/or EDGE after encoding them using QuickTime's H.264 codec, to which YouTube has converted about 10,000 videos. They are expected to convert the entire catalog by Fall 2007, implying that the YouTube application on iPhone will initially only be able to view a certain selection of videos from the site.


The iPhone features a built-in battery that is not intended to be user-replaceable, similar to existing iPods. The battery is stated to be capable of providing up to seven hours of video, six hours of web browsing, or eight hours of talk time (depending on configuration). The battery life for music playing is stated to be 24 hours. The battery will also allow for up to 250 hours of standby time.

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Thursday, June 28, 2007

Gears of War Tips

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For Multiplayer:


  • Talk to your team mates!!! Make sure to point out any enemies you spot.

  • When in close quarters depending on the situation, it's best to use a shotgun, but do not aim, by doing this you will double your kills.
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  • In WarZone, Aim at the legs with the shotgun to put your enemy down when under fire which will let you concentrate on other opponents and then come back and finish him off.
  • If you can dominate the weapons, your team will generally win. Break into pairs of two and go after power weapons right off the bat.
  • Set up ambushes by using one player as bait.
  • Use one team to establish a "base" and send the other two team members as roamers who can flank the opposition.
  • The pistol is a overlooked weapon for Beginners, do not overlook the true power of the weapon. The pistol's melee attack is the fastest in the game and is a great way to cancel the melee attacks of others. Also shooting an enemy twice and then meleeing is an automatic down.
  • Active Reload is a very powerful tool , try using it with the Longshot, you do not have to score a head shot with the Longshot to down your opponent if you have active reload. Also at the start of a round its a good idea to shoot off a couple of rounds of your shotgun and active reload when you need it.
  • Flanking is a big part of having success, in the game. You and your team should have a plan to flank and get angles on the enemies. flanking is important to get a hold of power weapons like Longshot and Boomshot.
  • Hosting matches gives you an advantage, especially with your shotgun.


  • Its easier to get the weapons achievements while playing warzone, just kill a downed enemy with the weapon your getting the achievement with. Make sure not to be to close or the kill will count as an execution.
  • All the new achievements can be unlocked while playing player matches.