Květen 2012

HTC One X release date here as it delivers ICS, Beats by Dr. Dre and HTC Sense

26. května 2012 v 11:21 | Yzizi |  móda
Offered in either White or Gray on the new 4G LTE AT&T wireless network, the HTC One X 4G Android smartphone delivers one of the fastest processors and one of the largest displays in the entire 4G smartphone marketplace, and the much desired Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) operating system out-of-the-box. Currently offered at a retail price of $149 with a new two-year standard activation with AT&T from select retailers, the HTC One X also delivers the popular HTC Sense 4.0 user interface Android overlay that meshes perfectly with ICS 4.0 for a smooth, intuitive interface.

The HTC One X 4G smartphone is shipping gout now and priced at $149 for all customers.

The 4.70 inch S-LCD 2 capacitive, multitouch screen delivers a pixel density and resolution that exist in the extreme high end of all 4G smartphone offerings. With a pixel density of 312 pixels per inch, overall screen resolution runs 720 x 1280 pixels. Standard light and proximity sensors are built into the display, and a scratch resistant and glare reducing layer of Gorilla Glass protects the handset.

A Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon set of microchips is on board in the impressive hardware profile, including a dual core 1.5 GHz Krait central processor, and graphics dedicated Adreno 225 chip. A substantial 1.0 GB of RAM memory is also on board, and 16 GB of user accessible storage is built into the handset. Standard microUSB and microSD slots are also present.

In the camera combo, a front facing 1.3 megapixel chat cam joins a rear mounted 8.0 megapixel camcorder. That rear device comes equipped with an LED flash and F2.0 aperture lens size that captures 40 percent more light than the F2.4 lenses found on many other 4G smartphones. That rear snapper also includes a back illuminated sensor (BSI), autofocus, geo-tagging and High Dynamic Range mode (HDR) features, and can record video at 1080P HD resolution.

Buy HTC's newest release, the HTC One X 4G starting at $149 and shipping out starting today.

Complementing that high-end resolution camera package is a multimedia center that includes a built-in music player with album art cover and background playback, the full range Beats by Dr. Dre Audio application, and a pre-installed proprietary YouTube video player. The HTC One X also supports Near Frequency Communications (NFC) out-of-the-box, and the most recent ICS update gives the handset Google Wallet Tap-to-Pay capabilities.

Le lien entre la maladie de Parkinson et les pesticides officiellement reconnu

25. května 2012 v 11:13 | Yzizi |  zdraví/health
C'est un pas de plus vers la reconnaissance des maladies professionnelles des agriculteurs. Lundi 7 mai, est entré en vigueur un décret qui reconnaît la maladie de Parkinson comme maladie professionnelle et établit explicitement un lien de causalité entre cette pathologie - seconde maladie neurodégénérative en France après Alzheimer - et l'usage des pesticides.
Un pas de plus car, dans ce domaine où règnait jusqu'ici la loi du silence, la prise de conscience des effets des produits phytosanitaires sur la santé des agriculteurs commence seulement à émerger. Et à porter ses fruits. En février, la victoire d'un céréaliculteur charentais, Paul François, qui avait intenté un procès contre le géant américain Monsanto, a constitué une première en France. La firme a été jugée responsable de l'intoxication de l'agriculteur par les vapeurs d'un de ses herbicides, le Lasso - retiré du marché en 2007 en France, alors que sa dangerosité était connue depuis plus de vingt ans.
Quelques jours plus tard, ils étaient plusieurs dizaines d'exploitants à manifester au Salon de l'agriculture, devant le stand de l'Union des industriels de la protection des plantes. Leurs revendications : le classement des affections liées à l'usage des pesticides en maladies professionnelles et le retrait des produits dangereux.
Le 30 avril, c'est une autre décision, celle de la Commission d'indemnisation des victimes d'infraction (Civi) d'Epinal, qui est venu apporter de l'eau au moulin : ce jour-là, l'Etat a été condamné à indemniser un agriculteur céréalier de Meurthe-et-Moselle souffrant d'un syndrome myéloprolifératif. D'abord reconnue comme maladie professionnelle, la pathologie est alors associée par la Civi à l'usage de produits contenant notamment du benzène.
UN DÉCRET "TRÈS ATTENDU"
Dans ce paysage qui commence doucement à évoluer, le décret concernant la reconnaissance de la maladie de Parkinson était donc "très attendu", note Guillaume Petit. L'agriculteur appartient à l'association Phyto-victimes, créée en mars 2011, et avec laquelle Paul François a, l'un des premiers, brisé le silence en attaquant Monsanto. Lui a attendu quatre ans avant de voir sa pathologie reconnue comme maladie professionnelle. "Combien voient leur demande refusée ? Combien aussi y renoncent, devant la difficulté ?", interrogeait-il lors de la création de cette association.
Lire (édition Abonnés) : "Des agriculteurs victimes de pesticides veulent rompre le silence"
L'entrée de la maladie de Parkinson dans les tableaux des maladies professionnelles du régime agricole facilitera donc les démarches pour les agriculteurs chez qui cette pathologie aura été diagnostiquée moins d'un an après l'usage de pesticides - le texte ne précise pas lesquels. "C'est une reconnaissance officielle qui est, déjà, importante sur un plan symbolique, note Guillaume Petit. Mais c'est aussi le moyen, pour l'agriculteur, d'être pris en charge financièrement, en fonction de son taux d'incapacité à poursuivre son travail."
EN DIX ANS, CINQ MALADIES LIÉES AUX PESTICIDES RECONNUES
Jusqu'ici, selon Yves Cosset, médecin du travail national adjoint à la Mutuelle de la santé des agriculteurs (MSA), seuls vingt cas de maladies de Parkinson ont été rapportés aux comités de reconnaissance des maladies professionnelles en dix ans. Dix ont été acceptés, dix refusés. Dans la même période, seuls quatre ou cinq cas de maladies ont été officiellement reconnus comme causés par les pesticides.
Au total, ce sont 4 900 pathologies qui sont reconnues chaque année comme maladies professionnelles chez les agriculteurs. Mais plus de 90 % d'entre elles sont des TMS (troubles musculo-squelettiques), le reste des cas étant principalement liés aux animaux et à la poussière de bois ou d'amiante, selon Yves Cosset.
Dans les tableaux des maladies professionnelles du régime agricole, on trouve ainsi, par exemple, la maladie de Lyme - causée par les tiques -, le tétanos ou encore les hépatites. Mais aussi quelques pathologies liées aux produits phytosanitaires. Est notamment cité, depuis 1955, l'arsenic, responsable d'une large gamme d'affections - irritations, intoxications ou cancers. Ou encore le benzène, classé comme cancérogène certain, et le pentachlorophénol (PCP), interdit dans les pesticides depuis 2003.
Mais, rappelle Yves Cosset, "ces tableaux évoluent au fur et à mesure des connaissances de la science. Or, la plupart des pathologies liées aux pesticides apparaissent de manière différée, dix, vingt, voire trente ans après le début de leur usage. Dans la médecine du travail, on a commencé à parler de l'amiante dans les années 1960, et ce produit n'a été mentionné dans ces tableaux qu'en 1998 pour les cancers. Il n'est donc pas exclu que d'autres pathologies émergent et soient reconnues dans les années à venir..."

The Beats by Dr. Dre line tries something new with MIXR headphones by David Guetta

25. května 2012 v 11:08 hudba/music
You know what you're getting with the Beats by Dr Dre line of headphones. They're overflowing with powerful bass, oversized, and coated in eye-catching silver and red and black.

But for its latest pair of headphones, monster beats tries something new.

Meet the Beats MIXRs. Monster's newest set trades size for sleekness and versatility and loudness for elegance, creating a more understated, all-purpose set of headphones. Sure, the MIXRs are technically built for DJs - thank veteran DJ David Guetta for the design - but they hold surprising appeal for any music enthusiast, DJ or not.

The MIXRs eschew the iconic - and oft-copied - extra-large Monster design for a smaller, more comfortable feel. The cushioned headband is thin and lightweight, and it flexes easily. Oddly, the MIXRs need to be "broken in" a bit; the unit feels far too tight right out of the box.

The on-ear cups are soft and thick, and while they're not quite as comfortable as those from the Beats Solo line, they do limit ear fatigue well. Listening on the MIXRs is a pleasant experience, and you'll feel just fine listening even for two or three hours straight.

It's a solid and flexible design overall, quite possibly the most comfortable set that Monster makes. For all the hype around the Beats Pros and Beats Studios, those units can occasionally feel heavy and ungainly. The MIXRs never endure such issues; they're more lightweight, and incredibly comfortable.

There's more to the MIXRs than that. In a nod to the DJs that it's built for, the MIXRs' earcups can rotate off your ear, allowing you to hear what's going on around you. From Beats Pros to Sennheiser's Adidas HD 25s, plenty of other pairs of headphones have included this feature, but none swivel as cleanly as the MIXRs, which open smoothly, a soft and satisfying click occurring every few degrees.

It all comes together in an impressive design that's subtle, if that's possible in a Beats unit. The entire unit is one color, and while there is "beats mixr" written across the top of the headband, it strangely does not stand out. Monster's signature red cabling is present, but that's the only true splash of color in these units.

Still, the MIXRs earn their style points in other ways, with the slight dash of red from the cabling showing through just above the earcups, and the slightly sanded look on the rotating mechanism on the outside. They're beautiful, elegant headphones, really, even if they're not as explosive as other popular headphone units.

Add in your typical Monster sound - heavy bass, and an underrated sense of clarity - and you have a quietly impressive pair of headphones. The explosive bass certainly won't match what you get from a pair of Beats Pros, and Monster still can't match the tremendous sense of space provided by Bose's finest offerings.

But bass-heavy songs still shine on the MIXRs, even through only one earcup. Movie audio also comes through solidly; in fact, these headphones seem a bit more balanced than Monster's previous offerings, making it even better for non-musical experiences. Meanwhile, you continue to hear all the little musical subtleties that have made the Beats line popular among music enthusiasts.

It's all a solid balance in one of the finest pound-for-pound headphones available. The MIXRs lack the size of some units and the overpowering bass of others, but they're incredibly balanced and versatile.

If you were planning to spend $500 on a pair of headphones, think twice; for $249.99, the Beats MIXRs just might match up.

A Second Chance for Idle Electronics

25. května 2012 v 10:29
All the smart kids are selling their old gadgets, why aren't you?
More than 278 million mobile devices lie idle or deactivated in the United States, and nearly half are smartphones, consultants at Compass Intelligence say.
Sure, most of those are destined for the recycling heap (you do recycle, right?). As for the others -- the phones, tablets, game consoles, high-end digital cameras and other electronic goodies bought this decade -- that's cash sitting neglected in those drawers,beats by dre studio headphones that sell for $270 new could be worth $200. A Wi-Fi-only 16-gigabyte iPad 2 that costs $400 new could fetch $300 or more. Here is how to sell them for the highest price.
BUY A BRAND WITH GOOD RESALE VALUE Common sense dictates that if it was a highly sought-after consumer electronics item in the first place, like an iPhone or iPad, a Microsoft Xbox 360 or Sony PlayStation, a Nikon D90 or Canon 7D digital camera, there is likely to be strong demand for it used.
If you are not sure how popular a device is, you could check Craigslist.org, eBay.com or Amazon.com to gauge broad interest.
You could also peruse the various trade-in sites. Here are a few, but there are others: Swappa.com for Android devices; Glyde.com for gadgets and games; Gazelle.com for Apple products, as well as Android, BlackBerry and other phones; NewtonsHead.com for Apple products, including broken iPhones; BuyBackWorld.com or BuyMyTronics.com for all electronics; NextWorth.com for phones, cameras, tablets and games.
A new site, Priceonomics.com, features more than two dozen price guides, for items from appliances to video equipment. A founder, Rohin Dhar, said in an interview, "We try to catalog basically all products ever made." Then the company crawls through the Web, analyzing "hundreds of millions of listings" to find real-world prices.
"With enough data," Mr. Dhar said, "over time, it starts to get pretty accurate for what people are selling things for."
By far, Mr. Dhar said, Apple products are the most popular on the site. In a recent study, Priceonomics found mobile phones lost much of their value right away, and then continued to lose value more gradually over time. The exception was the iPhone. After 18 months, the iPhone retained 53 percent of its value, compared with 42 percent for Android phones and 41 percent for BlackBerry.
"You can buy an iPhone 4S today and sell it a few months later on the secondary market for almost what you paid for it," Mr. Dhar said on his blog. However, he added, "if you buy the latest big, fancy Android phone, a few months later it has lost hundreds of dollars in value."
TAKE CARE OF YOUR DEVICE Protect it from physical damage with cases and covers, advises Josh Smith of Gottabemobile.com, a news and review Web site. Buy an extended warranty from the maker -- for example, Apple Care+ for iPhone -- or from a third party like SquareTrade, squaretrade.com. When it comes time to sell, having a warranty that you can transfer has value, Mr. Smith said.
If the screen is cracked, replace it yourself with a kit, or send it to a professional service like Phonedoctors.com or icracked.com. A flawless iPhone can be worth $60 or more over the value of one in good condition at trade-in time, he said by e-mail.
Keep the original receipt, charger and accessories, as well as the box, to ship the device when you sell it later, Mr. Smith said. "This doesn't have a huge impact on the price offered by Gazelle and others," he said. Still, he added, "if you plan to sell to an individual, I've found that the box is a big plus, just because it feels more like a new product to the buyer."
PICK THE RIGHT TIME TO SELL Apple enthusiasts have this down to a science.
MacRumors.com, a news and review site, provides a buyer's guide with a product summary for each Apple product. A green dot means rumors suggest it is smart to buy, given that product's life cycle; red means wait; yellow means buy, but only if you need it. Currently, only the new iPad is awarded the Buy Now green dot.
Decide.com, a Web site and mobile app that tells when to buy electronics, sifts through millions of pieces of data to guess when a new product is coming out. Decide advises shoppers to buy or wait, using proprietary price and model predictions.
The amount of speculation surrounding Apple product releases is overwhelming, but when a stock analyst like Shaw Wu of Sterne Agee writes that he finds "the upcoming sixth-generation iPhone refresh likely in the September-October time frame," as he did recently, it helps to inform your timing.
Based on observations of the market for used iPhones and iPads, "the best time to sell is a few weeks before the new iPhone is announced," Mr. Smith of GottaBeMobile said. "It is possible to get a great price for a used iPhone right now, but many users aren't willing to go without an iPhone until October."
Gazelle reports a recent spike in BlackBerry trade-ins, with a 14 percent increase in the last 30 days. The company said consumers, perhaps fearing rapid depreciation of the value of their BlackBerrys, were upgrading to other platforms quicker than ever before. But the trade-in values vary. A BlackBerry Bold 9650 from Verizon in good condition was valued at $26. A BlackBerry Bold 9900 from AT&T in good condition would fetch $177.
CLOSE THE DEAL Now that you have completed your research, it is time to pull the trigger. Do you opt for Craigslist and instant cash, taking the necessary safety precautions to complete the transaction? Or do you choose eBay's Instant Sale, instantsale.ebay.com, as more secure?
For instant gratification in selling a used iPhone or iPad, Gazelle's Gadget Trader, an iOS app, is tough to beat. In seconds it detects the device and reveals how much it is worth in good condition. Tap the Sell This Phone to Gazelle button and the deed is done.
Mr. Smith of GottaBeMobile recommends services like Gazelle, Amazon, NextWorth and Glyde because they simplify the process, offering a safe and secure way to sell with free shipping and the ability to lock in prices.
One last word about prices: If you hope to sell your phone to buy the latest iPhone in the fall, keep in mind that Apple typically discounts previous models. "Apple will likely sell the iPhone 4S for $99 and may give away the iPhone 4" with a two-year contract, Mr. Smith said. (The 3GS is expected to remain supported by Apple, so those models are still of value.)
Once these price cuts happen, the resale prices for the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 will drop. "Sell before the drop for the best deal," Mr. Smith said, "or buy after the drop if you don't need the newest iPhone."