Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Limewire Bites The Dust

Limewire Bites The Dust - LimeWire Shut Down? Can you believe that LimeWire has been shut down? While the eyes are on the elections tonight, other people are concerned about the fact that they cannot download free music from LimeWire. This was a popular P2P file sharing system, which allowed people to essentially remotely access each other’s computer files and download music and movies.

Some people paid for a Pro edition, which cut down on the amount of SPAM and viruses that were transferred between each others computers. However, these users are out in the cold as well and there’s no indication whatsoever that they will get their money back.

Despite the ruling, many users will still continue to use FrostWire and BitTorrent to get their free music. There’s still ways to get it, it’s just harder for those who aren’t as computer savvy to figure out and find.

That being said, it’s still illegal to download music for free. When we are asked for places where you can go to get the latest music downloads, we always recommend iTunes and Amazon.com. These are virus free and legit, so there’s a decreased risk using them. In addition, if you don’t have a credit card you can go to the gas station in many areas and buy an iTunes gift card and download your music that way.

Limewire Bites The Dust

Fish Oil Has Many Benefits

Fish Oil Has Many Benefits - So many people think that the only way to deal with depression is through prescription drugs. Still others think that it’s just something you need to learn to live with. Yet, current research points to omega-3 dietary requirements that play a big part in mood disorders, including chronic and severe depression. Put more clearly, if you’re feeling depressed chances are it has something to do with what you’re eating.

A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that individuals who are suffering from depression also have low levels of omega-3 and high levels of omega-6. What this means is that there is actually more going on than meets the eye. Depression is not necessarily something you are born with, rather it is linked to deficiencies in omega-3.

The same could also be said for other disorders involving depression. For instance, researchers have found that bipolar disorder is more common in people with lower levels of omega-3, too. Furthermore, people with depressive symptoms are also much more likely to have lower levels of other nutrients that effect ‘omega-3 status’. What’s more, many other conditions affecting behavior have been linked to low levels of omega-3.

Fish Oil Has Many Benefits

Google Chrome OS Launching Soon

Google Chrome OS Launching Soon - Google will sell a netbook based on its Chrome Operating System online similar to the way it sold its Nexus One smartphone, according to Digitimes.

Chrome OS is a Web operating system Google is building to run on netbooks as an alternative to computers running traditional operating systems such as Microsoft's Windows and Apple's Mac.

The platform, intended initially for netbooks sans local storage, will support Web applications running in Google's Chrome Web browser. Google introduced Chrome OS last November with a goal to have it running on netbooks by November 2010.

Digitimes said Nov. 2 that the search engine will launch a Google-branded netbook built by Inventec through a Webstore online instead of through traditional retailers such as Best Buy. Shipments of this ARM chip-powered netbook will range from 60,000 to 70,000 units.

Google declined to comment on what it deemed "rumor or speculation" from Digitimes, which added that Chrome OS netbooks from major computer makers such as Acer and Hewlett-Packard will arrive in December. Those machines would be offered from retail outlets.

The idea that Google would try to sell netbooks, presumably sight unseen or untouched, through a Webstore is a bit of a surprise after the market demise of the Nexus One smartphone.

Google began selling the Nexus One, built by HTC and running Android 2.1 and only the software Google chose to put on it, online Jan. 5. Users could order it $529 unlocked or $179 with a two-year deal from T-Mobile.

The device didn't sell well and Verizon Wireless and Sprint backed off plans to support it. Google shuttered this online store in May.

Google Chrome OS Launching Soon

Marion Jones Movie

Marion Jones Movie - Just about the only thing that was able to catch up with Olympian Marion Jones was the law. Now John Singleton’s new film, “Press Pause,” examines the long, glorious, ultimately tarnished career of the track and field superstar and asks: should she be forgiven? The documentary debuts tonight at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN as part of its “30-for-30” series.

Through interviews with her coaches, teammates, attorney, husband and sportswriters, Singleton takes viewers on the roller-coaster ride which has been Jones’ life. The movie follows her from budding track and basketball star at the University of North Carolina to becoming the first woman to win five medals (three gold, two bronze) at a single Olympics to accusations of doping, lying to federal investigators, imprisonment and finally, comeback. Jones, now age 35, is currently a guard on the Tulsa Shock WNBA team, and a mother of three. Her second autobiography, “On the Right Track,” was recently released by Simon and Schuster.

While Singleton’s portrait of a woman trying to put the pieces of her life back together is compelling, the film shies away from the two lingering questions at the crux of Jones’ story: what role did racism and sexism play in her conviction and is she still not telling the whole truth about her steroid use?

When federal investigators raided the Bay Area Laboratory Cooperative (BALCO) in September 2003, files were seized on some forty athletes – including Jones, Jason Giambi and Barry Bonds. In addition, a survey conducted by Major League Baseball in 2003 found that 104 of 1200 players tested positive for performance enhancing drugs (Sports Illustrated’s Selena Roberts later reported that Alex Rodriguez tested positive). In 2005 Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Jose Canseco, Rafael Palmiero and seven others testified before the House Government Reform Committee about steroid use. The 2007 Mitchell Report named 89 alleged steroid users, including Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, Miquel Tejada, Eric Gagne, Gary Sheffield, David Justice, Bonds and Giambi.

To date, only Clemens and Bonds have been indicted for perjury. Bonds was convicted in 2007 and will not be tried until 2011. Clemens testified in 2008, wasn’t indicted for perjury until 2010 and his trial is also scheduled for 2011.

Marion Jones Movie

New Weight Watchers Changes

New Weight Watchers Changes - Weight Watchers in the United Kingdom has unveiled a new points system and American users can expect changes too.

Under the new U.K. program, the participants reportedly get "real living" points to treat themselves to occasional fast food treats or alcohol. All fruits and most vegetables will carry zero points and dieters will be allowed 29 ProPoints, compared with the previous 18 points, according to the Grocer, a British news outlet that covers food, drink and the grocery retailing market. The points have been rethought to consider protein, carbohydrate, fiber and fat content in the food, the industry website reported.

Weight Watchers in the U.K. "said it had decided to make the switch because 'science had moved on' and the previous style of calorie-counting had been proven inaccurate and 'outdated,'" the Grocer reported. The British rethinking of the traditional point system will be called "ProPoints" launching in time for the new year, according to the Grocer.

Donna Fontana, a Weight Watchers spokeswoman, said a new launch is planned in the United States, but the company is not ready to discuss it yet.The U.S. version will not be called ProPoints, Fontana said.

“As you can imagine, food is going to be different (for various countries),” she said. “Our research is based on consumers based in the U.S.”

She declined to elaborate.

Weight Watchers assigns “points” to every food, based on its calories, fat and fiber. The points are on display in a blue logo on the packaging of manufactured foods that partner with Weight Watchers. Dieters lose weight by limiting themselves to a specific number of total points consumed per day.

New Weight Watchers Changes

Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic Cancer - Stride for pancreatic cancer research

Dallas' scenic Katy Trail at Reverchon Park, 3505 Maple Ave., will be the venue for the second annual PurpleStride DFW, benefiting the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. The Nov. 14 event will feature a timed 5K run-walk and a 1-mile fun walk for kids. Organizers are raising funds and awareness for pancreatic cancer, the fourth-leading cause of cancer death in the United States. There's no cure, no early detection methods and few effective treatment options. Entry fees are $30 for adults, $35 event day. Kids, 12 and under, cost $10.

Inaugural Dallas Winter Pineapple Classic set: There's a new challenge for weekend warriors this month. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is launching the Dallas Winter Pineapple Classic. It's a 5K team challenge, featuring obstacles throughout the course, and a Hawaiian luau and beer garden at the finish. The wave will begin at 9 a.m. Nov. 20, at the Double D Ranch, 12809 Eastgate Drive in Mesquite. Obstacles range from simply crawling through a tube or under a net to working with teammates to scale a 6-foot wall. Emphasis is on teamwork, fun and fighting blood cancers. The costs are: $185 for a four-person team, $105 for a two-person team and $60 to register solo. Individual registrants will be paired with a teammate.

Pancreatic Cancer

Home Business Opportunities

Home Business Opportunities - Make money at home business opportunities to be policed by FTC. You open up your email to find a message promising up to thousands of dollars per day, just by working a few simple hours at home. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is looking to put an end to that.

The FTC, the agency committed to protecting the nation’s consumers from harmful business tactics, today released a 129-page report, detailing deceptive business tactics of companies trying to lure consumers with work-at-home offers such as envelope stuffing, product assembly, medical billing and survey participation.

Specifically, the report urges the expansion of the FTC’s Business Opportunity Rule, requiring stricter rules for full disclosure.

In their press release issued earlier today, the FTC said, “If adopted, the changes will make it less burdensome for legitimate sellers to comply with the rule, while still protecting consumers from widespread and persistent business opportunity fraud.”

Any business that is pitching a work-at-home opportunity to consumers would be required by law to make public any legal actions taken against the company in the last ten years, and also would require sellers to provide documented proof to back up its claims of possible income revenue.

The work-at-home seller would also be required to provide to consumers a list of references when requested, including contact information for any individual or business who has used the work-at-home product within the past three years.

This latest change in policy by the FTC would take the place of an interim rule that the agency adopted back in 2007.

The conclusion of the report submitted by the FTC considers the annoying email messages to be pervasive in nature, and the new requirements will severely limit what they consider to be unfounded claims.

Now make money at home business opportunities are to be policed by the FTC, it will make it a little less easy for fraud to be committed.

Home Business Opportunities

Windows Phone 7 Development

Windows Phone 7 Development - The number of sales continue to increase with demand of cell phone worldwide and the major thing to look up is that whether this service by windows can withstand or reverse the established giants? Apple’s iPhone, Research In Motion’s BlackBerry and Google’s Android devices are already growing by leaps and bounds.Microsoft and Nokia, two of the bigger players in the pre-iPhone days, have been trailing the new generation of devices badly,they are going to be unknown faces in competetion.

Microsoft gave a peek at the first Windows Phone 7 products earlier this month when it formally announced its follow-on Windows Mobile in the race for smartphone glory vs. Apple (See: Windows Phone 7 vs. Apple iOS), Google and RIM. Microsoft’s current Windows Mobile OS recently fell behind Google Android in market share among U.S. smartphone subscribers, according to ComScore.

Microsoft has also failed to capitalize on the dissatisfaction with Apple and its public war against Adobe’s Flash, the software that enables a good portion of the web’s video and multimedia capabilities. Google is taking advantage of the iPhone’s lack of Flash support and is adding it to Android phones, a move that Microsoft would have been smart to emulate.

Windows Phone 7 is a solid start, but Microsoft is still going to be playing catch-up for the foreseeable future.

Mobile is a market the company can’t afford to let slip away, and it does have loads of cash to throw at the effort. Ultimately, it’s good for everyone if Microsoft can become a solid competitor to the likes of Apple, RIM and Google, because it’ll mean increasingly better phones from everyone.

Windows Phone 7 Development

Charlie Sheen Files For Divorce

Charlie Sheen Files For Divorce - Charlie Sheen filed to end his marriage to his third wife Monday and stated in documents that the couple separated the same day as a Christmas 2009 altercation that led to assault charges against the veteran actor.

The divorce came less than a week after the "Two and a Half Men" star was briefly hospitalized in New York City after security at a luxury hotel reported he was being disorderly.

Sheen cited irreconcilable differences for the divorce and indicated in court filings in Los Angeles that the couple have a prenuptial agreement. He and Brooke Mueller Sheen were married in May 2008 and have twin sons together.

He is seeking joint custody, but is asking a judge not to award his wife any spousal support.

Within hours, Brooke Sheen had filed her own petition for divorce, seeking sole custody of the former couple's sons and spousal support. Her filing did not offer any additional details, but also cited Christmas as the date of separation.

Charlie Sheen Files For Divorce

Pontiac Muscle Cars

Pontiac Muscle Cars - Pontiac, whose muscle cars drag-raced down boulevards, parked at drive-ins and roared across movie screens, is out of business.

The 84-year-old brand, moribund since General Motors decided to kill it last year as it collapsed into bankruptcy, had been in decline for years. It was undone by a combination of poor corporate strategy and changing driver tastes. On Oct. 31, GM's agreements with Pontiac dealers expired.

Even before GM's bankruptcy, Pontiac's sales had fallen from their peak of nearly one million in 1968, when the brand's speedier models were prized for their powerful engines and scowling grills.

At Pontiac's pinnacle, models like the GTO, Trans Am and Catalina 2+2 were packed with horsepower and sported colors like "Tiger Gold." Burt Reynolds and Sally Field fled the law in a Firebird Trans Am which raced through the 1970s hit movie "Smokey and the Bandit."

By the late 1980s, though, Pontiacs were taking off their muscle shirts, putting on suits and trying to act like other cars. The brand had lost its edge.

Bill Hoglund, a retired GM executive who led Pontiac during its "We Build Excitement" ad campaigns in the 1980s, blames the brand's demise on a reorganization under CEO Roger Smith in 1984. That overhaul cut costs by combining Pontiac's manufacturing, engineering and design operations with those of other GM brands.

"There was no passion for the product," says Hoglund. "The product had to fit what was going on in the corporate system."

Although the moves were necessary to fend off competition from Japanese automakers with lower costs, they yielded Pontiacs that looked and drove like other GM cars.

Pontiac Muscle Cars