Monday, October 25, 2010

Celine Dion Gives Birth to Twin Boys


Celine Dion and husband Rene Angelil are doubly joyful this weekend, welcoming fraternal twin boys who were delivered via C-section on Saturday morning in West Palm Beach, Fla., joining big brother Rene-Charles, age 9.

 The babies have not yet been named, according to 

"Celine is resting now and they plan to discuss what to name the boys when she wakes up," her spokesperson says. "René-Charles has been to the hospital to visit his brothers, and is just so excited they are here."

Dion's new sons were born at 5 lbs., 10 oz., and 5 lbs., 4 oz., and are premature but healthy. They will reportedly spend a few days in neonatal intensive care, a common procedure for newborn twins, who often arrive before their due date.

At a press conference outside St. Mary's Medical Center, Dion's longtime obstetrician talked about the successful delivery -- and what the babies look like.

Dr. Ronald Ackerman (whose son, Dr. Joshua Ackerman also assisted in the delivery) explained that the surgery to deliver the babies went as expected -- with the first boy born at 11:11 a.m. and the second born at 11:12 a.m. -- and said that both twins were born with a "good amount" of hair.

The Canadian chanteuse, 42, has been open in recent years about her struggle to conceive. She revealed in May that she was pregnant, after undergoing a sixth attempt at in-vitro fertilization.

In February, the singer opened up to Oprah about her miscarriage of an earlier pregnancy.

Dion announced she was pregnant in August of 2009 using an embryo frozen eight years before, in 2001, when she and husband Rene had their first son. Sadly, she suffered a miscarriage shortly after.

"It's life. You know? A lot of people go through this, but it's not being told because it's not in newspaper. But with us, as you know, it's like, sometimes news are like mercury," she told Winfrey.

Dion says she didn't come out right away with the miscarriage news because the initial reports of her pregnancy were still fresh, and she didn't want to make such an announcement so fast.

"They said that I was pregnant, and a couple of days after, we were not pregnant again. We didn't want to feel like we were playing yo-yo. 'I'm pregnant. I'm not pregnant. I'm pregnant. I'm not pregnant.' So we didn't want to do this thing. But we did have a miscarriage," she said.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Great Tropical Islands For Diving

1. Fiji

Since I learned to dive here on the Yasawa Islands, Fiji has a special place in my heart. The fact that the Fijian waters are clear, warm, and teeming with life doesn't hurt, either. Though this country has some 322 islands, less than a third are inhabited, so you'll find many unspoiled reef systems that haven't been disturbed as much by humans. I saw turtles, sharks, and huge fish while I was on my dives. It was breathtaking.


2. The Seychelles

Located off the east coast of Africa, this pure tropical paradise has great diving for novice and experienced divers alike. The inner islands are the remains of a submerged mountain range and are on a shallow plateau with a great amount of marine life. The outer islands are largely uninhabited with excellent dive sites that haven't be overfished or developed.

3. The Maldives

This chain of 1,000 islands is just a series of coral atolls that are barely above sea level, meaning the waters are excellent for diving and snorkeling. The Maldives thankfully takes exquisite care of their reef systems and the diving here will yield turtles, rays, and electric colored coral.

4. Hawaii

In Hawaii's clear warm water, you'll find colorful corals and sealife ranging from tiny shrimp to giant sea turtles to dolphins. All of the islands offers great diving, and each one offers its own unique variety of fish so you will rarely get bored. With much of the waters just put under federal protection, you can be assured the beauty will remain for awhile.

5. The Cook Islands

Another group of South Pacific islands, the Cook Islands are considerably less visited than many of its island neighbors. The fact that these islands are under the tourist radar means that you'll find excellent reefs and diving here. You'll be able to see turtle, lots of clownfish, and some sharks. The coral here is also very vibrant and well looked after by the locals.

6. Micronesia

Micronesia is probably the best place to dive in the South Pacific for some of the world's most famous wreck dives. A hotbed of activity during World War II, these islands are home to sunken freighters, submarines, and planes. But even if you aren't advanced enough to wreck dive, you'll find giant sharks, whales, and turtles.

7. Fernando de Noronha

Located off Brazil's northeast coast, Fernando de Noronha is one of the best scuba diving locations in South America. Beautiful blue water that has visibility of up to 120 feet will yield a vast variety of sea life. The highlight of diving here is seeing the resident pods of Spinner Dolphins that are abundant in these waters.

8. Galápagos

The waters of the Galápagos are as rich in wildlife as the islands above. Reef fish, sea lions, a variety of rays, eels, turtles, white tip reef sharks, hammerheads, and even whales all call the Galápagos home. This is one of the few places in the world free from commercial fishing, so the waters are left untouched and allowed to be as abundant as nature intended. Dives here are more difficult than other parts of the world and should only be done by experience divers.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Sony Ericsson finally launches the Xperia X8

Source: digitaltrends/

Four months after it was announced, Sony Ericsson's Xperia X8 can't quite seem to run with most other Android phones on the market it now finds itself in.

And what a disappointment it is. Sony Ericsson has yet to build a truly innovative smartphone and Xperia X8 is no different.

This handset features Android 1.6. Sony Ericsson is promising to update the phone to Android 2.1, however, Sony has failed to deliver on similar promises for other Android handsets, so proceed with caution.

The phone features a 600MHz processor, 3-inch capacitive HVGA display, and a 3.2MP camera. 128MB of on-board storage.

 The handset still runs Sony Ericsson’s User Experience Platform along with the Timescape feature.

This will be one of the most affordable Android phones released by Sony Ericsson.

The phone is expected to roll out first in European markets with a price point of 200 Euros (approximately $250 USD). It may not have all the bells and whistles of some of the more cutting edge smart phones available, but at such a low price point, Sony Ericsson is clearly trying to target a different part of the market.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Paris Auto Show 2010

Truth be told, Paris can sometimes seem frozen in the past. Square miles of legendary architecture can almost dwarf any sense of futurism. But inside the Mondial Automobile, aka the Paris Auto Show, the atmosphere could not be any more different. With automakers from around the world debuting new models dripping with cutting edge technology and design, the fall's biggest automotive showcase is a glimpse into the future.

Audi Quattro Concept

Jaguar C-X75 Concept

Lamborghini Sesto Elemento Concept

Volkwagen Group

2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS

Chevrolet Spark Woody

Chevrolet Aveo Hatchback

Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback

Renault DeZir

2011 Volvo V60

Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4

Mazda 2

Mazda 5

Mazda Shinari Concept

Kia Pop EV Concept

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Get Ready for Web 3.0


Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, once said, “The web as I envisaged it, we have not seen it yet. The future is still so much bigger than the past.”

It’s only a matter of time before web 3.0 -- better known as the “semantic web”-- rolls around, making web 2.0 -- the web as we know it today -- a thing of the past. Though there is a debate among experts as to when exactly web 3.0 will arrive, most predict it’s sooner rather than later.

In the beginning…

Web 1.0 was all about basics!

With this first iteration, social networking was merely a dim glimmer in the minds of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and MySpace founders Tom Andersen and Chris DeWolfe. Back then, websites provided information with little opportunity for user interaction and feedback -- a one-way process dubbed “read-only”. The most interactive user activities involved chat and instant messaging.

Then web 2.0 came along and introduced the world to blogs, social-networking sites, and a host of self-publishing tools. Articles are now accompanied with “comments” tools, and any hack with a computer can create a blog. Content exploded on the web, and a considerable portion of it is created by average users.

Booming web audience

The first decade also saw a tremendous leap in the growing number of online users.

Mobile devices have also made 24-hour access to the web -- anywhere, anytime -- readily available: Simply sit at Starbucks and read email, check the news, and browse the web while sipping a Frappucino.

What Web 3.0 holds in store

What industry analysts foresee for the next version is a more personalized and easy-to-use web, eliminating several steps from your online searches to make them quicker. Hence, your computer is 'smarter’ and can better understand what you are searching for.

According to PC Magazine, “the Semantic Web is a place where machines can read web pages much as we humans read them, a place where search engines and software agents can better troll the Net and find what we're looking for.”

For example, if you are planning a weekend getaway to a mountain lodge and you want to make sure that there are convenience stores nearby, you wouldn’t have to conduct separate searches for lodges and stores. The web would simply deliver search results for both and categorize it in such a way that you would know which places are more convenient.

What web 3.0 then promises is a more personalized, faster method of search that is tailored to your needs. And experts predict that this could also simplify the current problem of sifting through pages and pages of irrelevant web search results.
Virtual world: Others also speculate whether web 3.0 will eventually develop into a virtual world. Writing in, Daniel Nations explains that it’s a possibility that Web users would eventually be able to walk into virtual buildings and stores online.

What this means for your computer

With every technological advance, older gadgets are eventually replaced by new ones. While web 3.0 doesn’t necessarily mean you'll need a more powerful computer, the average lifespan for most computers is still 4 to 5 years and that isn’t expected to change. You can have your computer in top-notch shape as web 3.0 approaches by doing preventive maintenance to keep it healthy with help from programs like Computer Checkup Premium or System Mechanic.

==> Computer Checkup Premium, for example, cleans registries, removes clutter by clearing out temporary or unwanted files, and helps your hard drive run more quickly by rearranging data to remove fragments. It also speeds up your computer and ensures your PC’s hard drive is operating at its maximum potential.

WWW and information overload

One drawback, some say, to these web technologies is that they could make it easier to rely on the web to do the bulk of your work for you. Once upon a time, the fear was that television would dull creativity and mental stimulation, and now the worry is that the Internet has replaced TV in this regard.

As Chris Christensen, a computer executive and host of the Amateur Traveler podcast, says: “So we will hear stories about people for whom the web becomes an obsession. But that is no different from the couch potatoes who did not make good decisions about their TV habits.”

As we write this, tech experts are busy working on the advancement and improvement of an ever-evolving web. As the New York Times explains, “Their goal is to add a layer of meaning on top of the existing web that would make it less of a catalog and more of a guide -- and even provide the foundation for systems that can reason in a human fashion.”