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The Motorola Xoom and HTC Flyer – Power and Gaming Like Never Before

Ever since tablets have been introduced into the electronics world, everyone seems to want to have one. It all started with the Apple iPad. It was purely touch screen. It was highly portable. It allowed you to browse the internet from wherever you may be. As the technology progressed, we have seen better tablets roll out of the market. The Samsung Galaxy Tab offered better web fidelity, which gave you access to millions of websites across the World Wide Web. When it came to power and dependability, Blackberry came up with a tablet that came with processor that far surpassed other tablets during the time. Now, there are two new tablets that offer their own specialty. The Motorola Xoom offers power like never before, and the HTC Flyer offers gaming like none other.

When it comes to power, the Xoom comes with intense hardware that is sure to blow your mind away. It comes with a 1 GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 AP20H processor. It also comes with 1 GB of RAM. With all of this power, the Motorola Xoom is sure to make you enjoy your apps and OS applications at blinding speeds.

If you thought its power ended with its hardware, think again. The tablet runs on the latest Android OS that was especially designed for tablets. It runs on the Android 3.0 OS (Honeycomb). This will allow you to enjoy faster web browsing, better compatibility to apps, better energy efficiency, web integrity, more intuitive text input, and so much more.

When it comes to gaming, there is one device that is ahead of the rest. This is the HTC Flyer. When it comes to gaming, you will need a processor that can focus all of its power to running one particular game with highly demanding requirements. This is exactly what the tablet has to offer. It comes with a 1.5 GHz that can focus its attention to the task of running 3D games.

In addition to its specialized processor, it comes with OnLive gaming service integration. To play the most popular games, all you will need is the service’s game controller and high-speed internet. With 3G and Wi-Fi capabilities, you are sure to play the best games wherever you may be.

This 2011, we can now get a glimpse of the next generation of tablet PCs. Sometime this year, you get to experience power and gaming like never before with the Motorola Xoom and HTC Flyer.

On MMORPGs and Game Moderation

There is an increasing number of teens and adults who are playing in websites that feature MMORPGs – massively multiplayer online role-playing games that keep people hooked and playing online for several hours. With the growing popularity, as well as new technologies and development in computer hardware, playing MMORPGs is getting even better.

A crucial part of MMORPGs is game moderation. It is an essential aspect of the game in the sense that it prevents hackers from entering the online game arena and filters any offensive language from the players. There are hackers who share cheats and hacked codes to other players. Game moderators are responsible for making sure that players follow the guidelines set by the website when it comes to playing MMORPGs.

Moderating MMORPGs can be a daunting task. Aside from the fact that sites run these games on a global scale 24/7, there must be someone who is constantly monitoring the games and the players. Hackers and cheaters must be prevented in order to maintain security of a particular game. If your site is known to have hackers and inefficient game monitoring, you will not get a lot of players, thus affecting your sales and online reputation. That’s how important the role of a moderator is.

If you own a site that runs MMORPGs, you might want to consider game moderation outsourcing. This simply means transferring game moderation tasks to a third party service provider. The Philippines is an ideal outsourcing destination for moderation work. Aside from the relatively lower labor and operational costs, site owners can take advantage of the difference in time zones (GMT+8, EST+12). The Philippines is a great location of choice for the 24/7 business operations of Western companies. Also, Filipino teenagers and young adults love playing online games, and with the country’s cultural compatibility with Western culture, Filipino game moderators can quickly adapt to the language and attitude of players from Western countries.

Baby Safety Showers – Not Just Fun and Games!

If you’re looking for a creative and different way to honor new moms- and dads-to-be and help them get ready for their baby, consider throwing a baby safety shower instead of the usual “blankets and snugglies” shower.

Traditional baby showers are great fun and they offer new parents an opportunity to prepare their “nests” for the arrival of a new baby. Usually a baby shower is intended to give new parents a leg up in acquiring essential items like baby clothing, bath supplies, bottles or nursing equipment, toys and games, and special blankets or other treasures like silver cups. I’ve always viewed baby showers as one of the best ways that a community can come together around the birth of a new child. It reminds me of one of the best aspects of the “old days” when a town, village, or neighborhood considered the birth and caring for a new child its responsibility, too.

A baby safety shower is in keeping with these old communitarian traditions. It’s more than just fun and games, it’s really a learning experience for the whole community where all the activities revolve around baby and home safety. Parents and caregivers certainly have a great time, but they also leave with a higher awareness of ways to keep their new babies safe at home.

The shower’s theme may focus on a variety of safety issues (see the Baby Safety Checklist below), including child-proofing one’s home, nutrition or health. Also, you can arrange a baby safety shower for as many people as you can fit in your party space. At bigger safety showers, all of the moms and dads in attendance–not just the couple being honored–can visit a variety of exhibits where safety-savvy parents illustrate home safety information with games, puzzles, songs, prizes, and other activities. At smaller showers, it might work better to have one person lead the group in discussions and safety games.

Usually baby showers involve a collection of family and friends of the new parents, but safety showers are also a good way to create and promote partnerships within the broader community. By offering, for example, to distribute baby products donated by local stores, or by providing information from local community health service providers, you can enhance your ties with the local business community and build your relationships with local health and social service organizations. All this creates goodwill in your community and it provides your invited parents with welcome information, products, and services.

Use your creativity to create a baby safety shower for your personal situation. The key to throwing a safety shower that will be rewarding for all involved is providing important safety information in a festive and inviting setting. So–have fun, and learn about the all-important matter of better safety practices for your household.

BABY SAFETY CHECKLIST

The guidelines below were developed by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. It’s important to remember that, while these standards are based on sound principles, certain parents may disagree with some of them. For example, the bedroom guidelines state that a baby should never sleep in the same bed as an adult. However, from the Attachment Parenting perspective, sleeping with one’s baby is considered an important aspect of bonding and is even believed to possibly lower the incidence of SIDS. Therefore, I recommend using the following guidelines as just that, guidelines, which should be examined carefully in light of your own views and beliefs about baby care giving. Always consult your pediatrician if in doubt of the best way to proceed.

Baby Safety Checklist

In the bedroom:

Put your baby to sleep on her back in a crib with a firm, flat mattress and no soft bedding underneath her. Follow this advice to reduce the risk of suffocation and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). To prevent suffocation, never put babies to sleep on adult beds.

Make sure your baby’s crib is sturdy and has no loose or missing hardware. This will prevent babies suffocating or strangling by becoming trapped between broken crib parts.

Never place your baby’s crib or furniture near window blind or curtain cords. This will prevent babies from strangling on the loop of the cord. To prevent falls, keep children away from windows.

In the bathroom:

Keep medicines and cleaning products in containers with safety caps and locked away from children. This will prevent children from being poisoned.

Always check bath water temperature with your wrist or elbow before putting your baby in to bathe. This will prevent burns to a baby’s delicate skin.

Never, ever, leave your child alone in the bathtub or near any water. This will prevent children from drowning. In addition, keep children away from all standing water, including water in toilets, 5-gallon buckets, and pools.

In the kitchen:

Don’t leave your baby alone in a highchair; always use all safety straps. This will prevent injuries and deaths from the baby climbing out, falling, or sliding under the tray. Be sure to use safety straps in strollers and baby swings.

Use your stove’s back burners and keep pot handles turned to the back of the stove. This will prevent deaths and injuries from burns. In addition, keep children away from tablecloths, so they can’t pull down hot foods or liquids on themselves.

Lock household cleaning products, knives, matches, and plastic bags away from children. This will prevent poisonings, bleeding injuries, burns, and suffocation.

In other living areas:

Install smoke detectors on each floor of your home, especially near sleeping areas; change the batteries each year. This will prevent deaths and injuries from fires.

Use safety gates to block stairways and safety plugs to cover electrical outlets. This will prevent injuries from falls and electric shocks.

Keep all small objects, including tiny toys and balloons, away from young children. This will prevent choking and possible death.

Additional Information and Resources

If you would like more information about baby safety or about how to organize a baby safety shower, including specific tips on planning, organizing, and coordinating one, please write to the Office of Information and Public Affairs, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Washington, DC 20207. The article above was adapted from a report prepared by the Product Safety Commission.

Copyright 2006 Scott Corbett