Wednesday, April 28, 2010

What is smartbuk?

That is a netbook, smartphone and, guess (and even, perhaps, no clue, but knows with certainty), the vast majority of readers of "IT SECTOR". I'd venture that a large proportion of readers are the owners of such devices. But the word "smartbuk", which is like a hybrid of those two words not familiar to all, let alone possess such devaysa just a few units. Therefore, in our traditional FAQ section today we talk about smartbukah.

smartbukSmartbukom is a device which is easy to guess, it combines the features of the laptop and smartphone. However, this does not mean that smartbuk can be used for telephone calls to GSM or CDMA-networks. Just these devices, as opposed to netbooks, have built-in 3G-ins that allow you to sit on the internet even when away from your Wi-Fi access point. This smartbuki usually several smaller netbooks and, accordingly, have smaller dimensions, less processing power and lower cost. Also smartbuki usually based on the processor architecture ARM - in fact, originally it was in the processor architecture is the fundamental distinction between netbooks and smartbukami. As in his time he said the company Xandros, "smartbuk - is the same netbook, but the architecture of ARM (from Qualcomm and Freescale) with integrated 3G, 10-hour battery life and low cost." In addition to Qualcomm and Freescale, ARM-processors for smartbukov now offer companies such as Broadcom, Samsung, TI, Marvell, VIA, Nvidia.

The term "smartbuk" was introduced by Qualcomm, which provided the first such device in 2008. It is worth noting that, as is the case with netbooks, found a company that demanded prohibit operation of this name as a registered trade mark, but in this case it was not a Psion, a company which is called - Smartbook AG. However, as is the case with netbooks, the situation was resolved.

Due to the fact that smartbuki use architecture ARM, not Intel, one of the key features of this kind of devices is their lack of the Windows operating system as such. Microsoft at one time seemed to be even thought of doing a version of its system for ARM-processors, but then it all somehow died down smoothly. So now buyers are offered only smartbukov various GNU/Linux distributions, and "younger sister" Windows - Windows CE. Also, recently appeared on the market smartbuki operating system Google Android.

So far smartbuki not received such wide distribution and popularity, as netbooks, which most experts regarded as their main competitors. The point, according to those same experts, in the protracted waiting sufficiently powerful processor architectures ARM, which should just about come to the mass market. Thus, as the improvement of ARM processor smartbuki will gradually replace the more expensive and less convenient netbooks, and by 2015 the world there will be more than 160 million such devices. However, today there are too many models smartbukov from different manufacturers, including such well-known companies such as Lenovo, Sharp, ECS.

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... And still they hurt!

Social networks are harmful to health! Yes, yes, hurray! Now all those who fought for their ban, and all system administrators, denies access to them may see themselves as a real fighter for a cause. However, let's see whether all so simple...

The fact that computers in general for health is not very useful, no one in doubt. The damaged eyesight and posture, various diseases that arise due to sedentary lifestyles, and even mental disorders - that just could not be imputed to a standard personal computer! And social networks, devouring time, those who sit at computers, consume with the times and the health of these unfortunates. But, as the news published and replicated online media last week, the harm to health from social networks is expressed not only in this ...

social networksAs discovered by specialists from Columbia University and the company MixedInk, social networks have made very significant contributions to the formation of a variety of Semi-Medical myths and spreading false information about diseases and medicines with which these diseases are treated. Experts have tracked more than 52 thousand messages through blogs on the popular social site, which refers to different antibiotics. The results were impressive: More than a 700 of them medical information was completely false. This concerns both information about the dosage of medicines, as well as data on the indications for their use.

The mechanism of this kind of misinformation is extremely simple. Imagine that the owner of one of the popular social network ekauntov suddenly started cold with all the characteristic symptoms: cough, runny nose, fever, weakness, etc. He forced himself gets to your computer and writes a status message along the following lines: I can not, I'm dying, tell a good antibiotic! Naturally, wishing to suggest something to cure a favorite author is a lot, but not everyone is not something that medical education, but even the basic idea of the different medications. Thus, some councils are known to be wrong, to the same people, after reading these tips, start to propagate false information or to apply it in practice. In the case of colds, it may be not so scary, but really serious illnesses can be deadly.

However, every cloud has a silver lining. The researchers noted that social networks have a positive side to physicians: if someone's friends on social networks available to the person deemed serious symptoms, such person will go to the doctor are more likely than before he consulted with their virtual friends.

Although the study mentioned above, affect exclusively and only social network, we can say that this is a common problem for almost any kind of Internet resources, which communicate with each other people who are not specialists in the subject. Everybody knows that any information obtained from the web, should be treated critically. However, as long known, and that social networks are harmful. Since that study, in fact, is nothing new and have not identified...
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