Tuesday, 30 September 2008

NASA Turns 50 Today

NASA officially turns 50 on October 1, but the agency celebrated its golden anniversary with an early birthday party on Sept. 24, 2008, at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va.

Legendary astronauts Neil Armstrong, John Glenn and Jim Lovell joined NASA Administrator Michael Griffin and other dignitaries in the gala, celebrating the power of innovation and discovery, and recognizing the agency's challenges and achievements over the past five decades.

NASA's 50th Anniversary was a celebration of inspiration and discovery. The event was held at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.

NASA Lecture Series :

Michael Griffin


NASA Administrator Michael Griffin speaks at the opening of the NASA Lecture Series in Washington on Sept. 17, 2007. Credit: NASA/Paul Alers

NASA Administrator Michael Griffin kicked off a lecture series honoring the agency's 50th anniversary with an important address on Sept. 17, 2007, on the role of space exploration in the global economy. 

"NASA opens new frontiers and creates new opportunities, and because of that is a critical driver of innovation," said Griffin. "We don't just create new jobs, we create entirely new markets and possibilities for economic growth that didn't previously exist."

The 50th anniversary NASA lecture series will feature prominent speakers to discuss the benefits that space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research provide in addressing global issues such as the economy, education, health, science and the environment. Lockheed Martin Corporation of Bethesda, Md., is co-sponsoring the two-year lecture series.

Dr. Eric Schmidt


Professor Stephen Hawking


In partnership with Discovery, "NASA at 50" highlights key innovations and milestones in chemistry, physics, engineering, and space
exploration. Video and audio clips from NASA's 50 year history are provided and are accompanied by teacher guides to facilitate integration of this exciting and engaging content into lesson plans.

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Click HERE To View 50 Images Celebrating NASA's 50th

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Inside Google Chrome

Google browser: First look

Internet search giant Google has finally made its much-rumored entry in the browser space. After the latest releases by Mozilla (Firefox 3) and Microsoft (IE 8 beta 2), here comes Google browser Chrome.

Designed to better handle video-rich or other complex Web programs, Chrome poses a tough challenge to browsers designed originally to handle text and graphics. Google calls the move "a fresh take on the browser" and said that it will be introducing a public trial for Microsoft Corp Windows users starting September 2. 

The software, which is in beta, will be distributed for free to PC users in over 100 countries via Google's blog. The Internet search leader is also working on versions for Apple Macintosh and Linux users. 

Here's looking into what all the Google browser packs.

 Special tabs 

Web programs can be launched in their own dedicated windows.


Speed dial


As a default homepage, the browser offers a "speed dial" feature, similar to the one in Opera browser. This gives users a view of their most visited Web pages in 9 screenshot thumbnails. 

Similarly, users can also view some of their recent searches, recently bookmarked pages and recently closed tabs.


Privacy mode

Like IE8 Beta 2, Chrome also comes with privacy mode or porn mode feature. This mode lets users create an "incognito" window where "nothing that occurs in that window is ever logged onto your computer." 

This is a read-only feature with access to one's bookmarks or favorite sites.

 Address bar

The browser has an address bar 'omnibox' with auto-completion features. It offers search suggestions, top pages that a user visited and pages he didn't visit but are popular. 

The omnibox also gives suggests searches. The browser's search blank keeps a track of keywords in a users' previous visit, allowing one to type in, say, "cellphone" to pull up any web pages he visited recently that pertained to cellphones, say Nokia.



For safe browsing experience, Chrome will regularly keep on downloading a list of harmful sites. This is the Internet search giant's attempt to fight malware and phishing attacks. 

Google also promises that whatever will run in a tab will be filtered so that it doesn't affect user's machine. 

However, users who install plugins may loose this security feature.



The browser supports multi-tasking. Just like in a typical operating system each application is given its own memory and its own copy of global data structures. Applications will launch in their own windows so that if one should hang or crash it won't affect the others. 

This will also prevent the whole browser from crashing because it's essentially been partitioned off.


JavaScript Virtual Machine V8

Google Chrome has a new engine for loading interactive JavaScript code, dubbed V8, which is designed to run the next generation of future Web applications. V8 will speed up JavaScript performance in the browser.

At last a simple and fast browser that sidesteps crash issues and offers everything that you need…


Monday, 29 September 2008

World Heart Day Today

World Heart Day 2008 - 'Know Your Risk' - is a call to action to help people better understand their personal risk for cardiovascular disease, including hypertension (high blood pressure). Heart disease and stroke is the world's largest killer, claiming 17.5 million lives each year. That's why World Heart Day was created, to create public awareness of risk factors for heart disease and stroke and to promote preventive measures. The theme of this year's World Heart Day is "Know Your Risk!" Organized by World Heart Federation members and partners, World Heart Day activities include free heart health screenings, walks, runs, jump rope sessions, fitness events, public talks, scientific forums, exhibitions, concerts, sports tournaments and much more.

"Know Your Risk!" World Heart Day, Sunday 28 September 2008

World Heart Day is arguably the most successful international campaign against heart disease and stroke. The World Heart Federation, a nongovernmental organization based in Geneva, Switzerland, created the annual campaign in the year 2000 to increase public awareness of the growing threat of heart disease and stroke.

The Challenge

Heart disease and stroke is the world's largest killer, claiming 17.5 million lives a year. Eighty per cent of the victims are from low- and middle-income countries. The good news is that heart disease is largely preventable and that simple, affordable steps that can be taken to reduce the major risk factors. Controlling these risk factors helps the heart to age more slowly and dramatically reduces the risk of heart disease.

The message of World Heart Day is a positive one and emphasizes the importance of a heart-healthy lifestyle to leading a better, longer life. Each year World Heart Day focuses on a specific theme. This year's campaign encourages people to "Know Your Risk!" and to find out what they can do to reduce it.

Go Red for Women

Heart disease and stroke kills more women each year than cancer, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and malaria combined.

Worldwide, an average of more than 16 women per minute die of cardiovascular disease, including heart attack and stroke.

The Go Red for Women international campaign aims to reduce cardiovascular disease (CVD) in women by building global attention and commitment to CVD in women.

Women can take action now to reduce the number of deaths and disability from heart disease and stroke.

Why Go Red

  • In 2005, roughly half of the 17.5 million victims of heart disease and stroke - the world's biggest killer - were women.1
  • Heart disease and stroke kills more women each year than cancer, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and malaria combined.2
  • Women experience coronary heart disease differently from men. Frequent symptoms are chest or stomach pains, nausea, breathlessness and unexplained tiredness.
  • Women are more likely than men to be under diagnosed and undertreated.3

The Go Red for Women campaign is implemented in countries by national heart foundations and societies of cardiology. Check with your national heart foundation for more information.

Know your risk factors

Many things may increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. The more risk factors you have, the greater your chances of suffering a heart attack or a stroke. Women have the same risk factors as men, and for some factors their risk is higher than men's.

You can modify, treat or control some major risk factors in order to lower your risk of heart disease or stroke.

Tobacco use: Women smokers have a higher risk of heart attack than male smokers.1 Women who smoke only 2-5 cigarettes double their risk of heart attack, while men who smoke 6-9 cigarettes a day double their risk. Constant exposure to secondhand smoke increases your risk. Women smokers who use birth control pills have a higher risk of heart attack and stroke than nonsmokers who use them. 2

Obesity and overweight: If you have too much fat especially in your waist area you are at higher risk for heart disease and stroke. The Body Mass Index measures your weight in relation to your height and is a common measurement to determine if you are overweight. Another measure is waist circumference.

If you are an obese smoker you can expect to live 14 fewer years than non smokers of normal weight.

Physical inactivity increases your risk of coronary heart disease and ischemic stroke 1.5 times. Walking reduces heart disease in women. Among inactive women, heart disease occurs almost twice as likely as in those who are more active. 3

Unhealthy eating: What you eat affects your heart health. Not enough fresh fruit and vegetables and too much sugar, salt and fat in your diet increases the risk of heart disease and stroke.

High Blood Pressure is largely preventable.

Blood pressure increases with age, affecting two-thirds of women over 75.

Women have an increased risk of developing high blood pressure if they are obese, pregnant, have a family history of high blood pressure, take birth control pills or have reached menopause.

High Blood Cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease and also increases the risk of stroke. Women's cholesterol is higher than men's from age 45 on. High levels of LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) raise the risk of heart disease and heart attack and high levels of HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) lower the risk of heart disease. 4

Diabetes affects more than 70 million women in the world. Women with diabetes have from 2.6 times the risk of heart disease and heart attack 5 and are at much greater risk of having stroke. 6

Some risk factors you can't control:

Increasing age: As you are getting older, your risk of heart disease and stroke begins to rise and continues increasing with age

Family history: If your close blood relatives have had heart disease or stroke you are more likely to develop them.

Previous heart attack or stroke: If you have had a heart attack, you are at higher risk of having a second heart attack. Same with a stroke.

Ethnicity: Some populations are more at risk than others. Some Hispanic Americans, Chinese, Japanese and African Americans are at high risk of cardiovascular disease.

Know your warning signs

Signs of heart disease in women
  • Chest discomfort. Squeezing, discomfort or pain in the centre of the chest, between the breasts or behind the breastbone.
  • Discomfort spreading to other areas of the upper body such as one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath, with or without chest discomfort.
  • Unexplained weakness or fatigue, anxiety or unusual nervousness, indigestion or gas-like pain, breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, lightheadedness and collapse.
Warning signs of stroke in women
  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body.
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
  • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause

Children & youth

A healthy heart is vital for living life to the full, regardless of age and gender. Unhealthy diets, physical inactivity and smoking are the leading causes of heart disease and stroke. The unhealthy lifestyles that lead to cardiovascular disease often begin in childhood and adolescence, so that prevention of heart disease must begin there. The World Heart Federation works to prevent tobacco use and promote healthy diets and physical activity among children and youth.

Eat for Goals! is about good food, cooking and football. It has been created to encourage young people to be more conscious of living active lifestyles and eating well. The book's simple message, "A healthy lifestyle is also based on healthy food", is conveyed by a multi-ethnic group of 13 internationally renowned male and female football players and their food choices.
Learn more about Eat for Goals! >

Sesame Workshop
The World Heart Federation is very proud to partner with Sesame Workshop on its international "Healthy Habits for Life" initiative, a comprehensive effort to use multimedia to help young children and their parents live healthier lives. Learn more about the project promoting healthy diets and physical activity among children in Colombia.

Youth for health
To help its member network become more involved in youth activism on health, the World Heart Federation supported the First Global Youth Meet (Gym 2006) and sponsored the attendance of teams from 8 of its member organizations. Youth leaders from around the world attended the meeting, which was organized in India by HRIDAY-SHAN. They formed the Youth for Health (Y4H) movement to promote healthy lifestyles and advocate for health-promoting policies. Learn more about the Global Youth Meet and youth health advocacy.

Rheumatic heart disease
Rheumatic heart disease is the leading heart problem among children, adolescents and young adults in developing countries. It causes young people to develop heart failure, and many eventually die from the disease or require heart surgery, which is often not available or affordable in the countries where the disease is most common. Learn more about World Heart Federation activities aimed at preventing rheumatic heart disease and the recurrences of rheumatic fever that cause it.

Facts & Figures

Quick facts and figures on themes related to heart disease. See fact sheets for more detailed information.

  • There are 400 million adults worldwide who are obese and 1.6 billion who are overweight. Children are getting fatter too. Worldwide, 155 million children are overweight, including 30-45 million obese children
  • Many developing countries face the challenges of under nutrition while confronting obesity at the same time.
  • A diet high in saturated fats and trans fats leads to abnormal blood lipids.
  • Eating a diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables promotes heart health. Low fruit and vegetable intake accounts for about 20% of cardiovascular disease worldwide.
  • Hypertension is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease. A diet high in sodium increases the risk of developing hypertension. It has been estimated that a universal reduction in dietary intake of sodium by about 1g of sodium a day, about 3g of salt, would lead to a 50% reduction in the number of people needing treatment for hypertension.
  • The risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) increases in linear fashion with the number of cigarettes smoked each day leading to a twofold risk of death among smokers compared to nonsmokers.
  • Physical inactivity increases the risk of developing heart disease 1.5 times and doubles the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
  • Inactivity alone may have contributed as much as €55.76 billion to US medical costs in the year 2000. In the UK that figure was €1.56 billion in 2002.
    In Canada the equivalent figure for 2001 was €3.63 billion.
  • Worldwide nearly one quarter of all teenage smokers smoked their first cigarette before they were 10 years old. If children take up smoking and do not stop then half of them will die from a smoking-related disease.
  • Rheumatics fever, a disease of poverty where the worst affected areas with some 500,000 children affected are the Pacific island nations and sub-Saharan Africa. Worldwide, about 8 million children are affected by rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease.
  • About 13 million people are affected by Chagas disease (American trypanosomiasis), found only in Latin America. Chagas disease leads to unexpected death in 37.5% of patients, 58% develop heart failure and die.
  • About 13 million Americans have coronary heart disease, and about half a million people die from it each year.

Eating for a Healthy Heart

Eat Healthy to Help Prevent Heart Disease

What kills Americans most? Heart disease. It’s the No.1 cause of death in this country.

You can lower your chances of getting heart disease. One way is to choose foods carefully. For a healthy heart, eat:

  • less fat
  • less sodium
  • fewer calories
  • more fiber.

Eat less Fat

Some fats are more likely to cause heart disease—saturated fats and trans fats. These fats are usually found in foods from animals, such as meat, milk, cheese, and butter. They also are found in foods with palm and coconut oils. Eat less of these foods.

Eat less Sodium

Eating less sodium can help lower some people’s blood pressure. This can help reduce the risk of heart disease.

Sodium is something we need in our diets, but most of us eat too much of it. Much of the sodium we eat comes from salt we add to our food at the table or that food companies add to their foods. So, avoid adding salt to foods at the table.

Eat fewer Calories

When we eat more calories than we need, we gain weight. Being overweight can cause heart disease. When we eat fewer calories than we need, we lose weight.

Eat more Fiber

Eating fiber from fruits, vegetables, and grains may help lower your chances of getting heart disease.

Diet Tips for a Healthy Heart

  • Eat a diet low in saturated fat, especially animal fats and palm and coconut oils.
  • Add foods to your diet that are high in monounsaturated fats, such as olive oil, canola oil, and seafood.
  • Eat foods containing polyunsaturated fats found in plants and seafood. Safflower oil and corn oil are high in polyunsaturated fats.
  • Choose a diet moderate in salt and sodium.
  • Maintain or improve your weight.
  • Eat plenty of grain products, fruits, and vegetables.
Instead of:
Do This:
whole or 2 percent milk, and cream use 1 percent or skim milk
fried foods eat baked, steamed, boiled, broiled,
or microwaved foods
lard, butter, palm, and coconut oils cook with unsaturated vegetable oils,
such as corn, olive, canola, safflower,
sesame, soybean, sunflower, or peanut
fatty cuts of meat, such as prime rib eat lean cuts of meat or cut off the fatty
one whole egg in recipes use two egg whites
sour cream and mayonnaise use plain low-fat yogurt, low-fat cottage cheese, or low-fat or “light” sour cream
sauces, butter, and salt season vegetables with herbs and spices
regular hard and processed cheeses eat low-fat, low-sodium cheeses
salted potato chips and other snacks choose low-fat, unsalted tortilla and potato chips and unsalted pretzels and popcorn

Read the Food Label

The food label can help you eat less fat and sodium, fewer calories, and more fiber.

Look for certain words on food labels. The words can help you spot foods that may help reduce your chances of getting heart disease. The FDA has set rules on how these words can be used. So, if the label says “low-fat,” the food must be low in fat.

Look at the side or back of the package. Here, you will find “Nutrition Facts.” Look for these words:

  • Total fat
  • Saturated fat
  • Cholesterol
  • Sodium.

Look at the % Daily Value listed next to each term. If it is 5% or less for fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium, the food is low in these nutrients.

That’s good. It means the food fits in with a diet that may help reduce your chances of getting heart disease.

Tips for Losing Weight

  • Eat smaller portions.
  • Avoid second helpings.
  • Eat less fat by staying away from fried foods, rich desserts, and chocolate candy. Foods with a lot of fat have a lot of calories.
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables.

Eating for a Healthy Heart

You can lower your chances of getting heart disease. One way is through your diet.


  • Eat less fat and sodium.
  • Reduce your calories if you’re -over--weight.
  • Eat more fiber.
  • Eat a variety of foods including plenty of bread, rice, cereal, fruit and vegetables.
  • If you drink beer, wine, or other alcoholic beverages, do so in moderation.

Some Other Things You Can Do

Ask your doctor to check your cholesterol level. This is done with a blood test. The test will show the amount of cholesterol in your blood with a number. Below 200 is good. The test will also show the amount of “good” and “bad” cholesterol. Your doctor can tell you more about what these numbers mean.

If your cholesterol is high, your doctor may suggest diet changes, exercise, or drugs to bring it down.

Regular exercise–such as walking, swimming, or gardening–can help you keep your weight and cholesterol down.

For More Information

If you have questions, you can call your nearest FDA office. Look for the number in the blue pages of the phone book.

Or call the FDA’s toll-free Food Information line at (888) SAFEFOOD (723-3366).

Or look for the FDA on the Internet at www.fda.gov

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The Food and Drug Administration is an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that makes sure that foods are safe, wholesome, and honestly labeled.

Department of Health and Human Services
Food and Drug Administration
5600 Fishers Lane (HFI-40)
Rockville, MD 20857


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Sunday, 28 September 2008

ISRO: All set to launch Chandrayaan I

The integration of all instruments on the Indian Space Agency's Chandrayaan-1, India's prestigious lunar mission, is now complete and validation tests to check the functionality of the spacecraft and the suite of instruments are underway. The spacecraft will be launched between October 19 and October 28, according to former ISRO chairman, Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan. The spacecraft will carry five Indian and six international payloads and will be launched by a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV).

Named after the renowned Indian Astrophysicist and Noble Laureate Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, the Chandrayaan mission is aimed at high-resolution remote sensing of the moon in visible, near infrared(NIR), low energy X-rays and high-energy X-ray regions.

Mission Objectives :

To realize the mission goal of harnessing the science payloads, lunar craft and the launch vehicle with suitable ground support systems including DSN station.

To realize the integration and testing, launching and achieving lunar polar orbit of about 100 km, in-orbit operation of experiments, communication/ telecommand, telemetry data reception, quick look data and archival for scientific utilization by identified group of scientists.

Scientific Objectives :

Specifically the objectives will be

To prepare a three-dimensional atlas (with a high spatial and altitude resolution of 5-10m) of both near and far side of the moon.

To conduct chemical and mineralogical mapping of the entire lunar surface for distribution of elements such as Magnesium, Aluminum, Silicon, Calcium, Iron and Titanium with a spatial resolution of about 25 km and high atomic number elements such as Radon, Uranium & Thorium with a spatial resolution of about 20 km.

Simultaneous photo geological and chemical mapping will enable identification of different geological units, which will test the early evolutionary history of the moon and help in determining the nature and stratigraphy of the lunar crust.


Tech Vista 2008

TechVista, Microsoft Research (MSR) India's annual research symposium, features some of the best recognized scientists from across the world as speakers. TechVista brings together the research community, academia and government onto a common platform. Previous editions of TechVista include Turing award winners Dr. Butler Lampson, Dr. Raj Reddy and Sir Tony Hoare, and technical Academy award winners Dr. Ken Perlin and Dr. Michael Kass, in addition to world renowned scientists like Prof. Maria Klawe, Prof. Takeo Kanade and well known Indian scientists like Prof. Ashok Jhunjhunwala.

TechVista 2008 will be held at Chennai, at the Chennai Convention Centre, on October 1, 2008.

The speakers at TechVista 2008 include:

Talk title: Computer Science in the Future. Abstract

Talk title: Program Obfuscation and One-Time Programs. Abstract

  • Prof. Shree Nayar, T. C. Chang Chaired Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Columbia University. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academies, Washington DC in 2008, and received the NTT Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award from the NTT Basic Research Laboratory, Japan, in 1994.

Talk title: Computational Cameras: Redefining the Image. Abstract

  • Dr. Rick Rashid, Senior Vice President, Microsoft Research. Dr. Rashid was presented with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Emanuel R. Piore Award in 2008. He was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2003 and 2008 respectively.

Talk title: Making an Impact, Microsoft Research. Abstract

Talk title: Weaving the World's Photos. Abstract

  • Dr. Vijay Chandru, Chairman, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Strand Life Sciences. He is an academic turned entrepreneur. A co-founder of Strand Life Sciences, a leading in silico life sciences company, he currently serves as Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of the company. He also co-founded the Association of Biotech led Enterprises (ABLE) and continues to serve as an executive council member. Dr. Chandru is the recipient of several awards and honors.

Talk title: Computational Biology and Vice Versa. Abstract

TechVista highlights the impact research has had in various fields and demonstrates the benefits and rewards of taking up research as a career, in addition to bringing the latest developments in various research areas to the audience through the speakers. TechVista has rapidly grown from an audience of 250 people in 2005 to more than 800 participants in the New Delhi 2007 edition, a testament to the value participants see in the symposium.

In addition to globally recognized speakers, TechVista also features an exhibition/ poster session where it showcases the best projects from computer sciences and electrical engineering by PhD students from India's leading technical institutions.


Saturday, 27 September 2008

The New Transcend T.Sonic 320

I’ve just bought a new Mp3 player, the Transcend T.Sonic 320. It’s simply amazing. I bought it for Rs.2300 at Spencer Plaza in Chennai on 13.09.2008. It’s a 4GB USB flash drive that has a built in USB connector. It is compact and portable, with measurements of only 85.5mm by 25.5mm by 13mm. Weighing in at a mere 29g (with rechargeable Li-ion battery), the T.sonic 320 is light enough for users to conveniently carry around all day long in a purse or pocket. Its special high-gloss front face is attractive and blends well with any fashion motif, so you can even wear it around your neck to show off your unique personal style. Additionally, the T.sonic 320 has a brilliant dual-color OLED display that can easily be viewed at any angle, even in broad daylight. As a high capacity portable music player, the T.sonic 320 allows for storage of up to 1000 songs, and provides 15 hours of seamless music entertainment on a full charge(when screen saver set to “Blank” and “Lyrics Sync” disabled).

The versatile T.sonic 320 also features several useful value-added functions, such as a built-in FM radio that can be easily recorded on the fly whenever you hear something you like. Other functions like A-B repeat and variable playback speeds are excellent tools for students and professionals alike, allowing easy review of important class lectures, meetings or foreign language lessons. Above all, the T.sonic 320 is a great music player with support for MP3, WMA, WAV, and even WMA-DRM10 subscription music. To adjust the music output, you can select from not only the seven built-in equalizer modes, but also Transcend’s special USER EQ mode that lets you create your personal music style. Moreover, the T.sonic 320 includes a karaoke-style Lyrics Sync function so you can sing along to your favorite tunes with perfectly synchronized lyrics text display.

The compact, feature-rich T.sonic 320 supports display of 13 languages and comes bundled with a unique software application that allows you temporarily lock your computer, password protect files and partition the MP3 player’s memory into Public and Private areas.

- MP3 Player – supports MP3, WMA, WMA-DRM10 (subscription music) and WAV music formats
- Recordable FM Radio with 20 station presets
- Advanced Digital Voice Recorder
- Karaoke-style lyrics display
- Dual-color OLED screen displays clear text at any angle and in any light
- VAD (Voice Activity Detection) for high quality gapless audio recordings
- A-B repeat function allows you to continuously replay a designated section of a track
- Variable track playback speeds
- Supports 13 languages including menus, song/album title, artist name and lyrics(English, German, French, Japanese, Korean, Greek, Russian, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Turkish, Simple Chinese, Traditional Chinese)
- USB flash drive capabilities for data transfer and storage
- Included software can be used to lock your computer and password-protect your files
- 7 Equalizer effects, including a customizable USER EQ setting
- Internal rechargeable Li-ion battery provides over 15 hours of continuous music playback when screen saver set to “Blank” and “Lyrics Sync” disabled.
- Built-in USB 2.0 connector for easy computer connectivity and fast file transfers
- Real Time Clock displays local and world times


Capacity and Color
8GB(Dark Black)
85.5x25.5x13 mm
29g (with Li-ion battery)
Display Type and Size
1 inch Dual color OLED
Display Resolution
Music Formats
Recording Format
FM Function
Worldwide - 87.5~108 MHz
Japan - 76~90 MHz
Battery Life
15hr (when screen saver set to “Blank” and “Lyrics Sync” disabled)
Battery Type
Compression Rates
32Kbps to 320Kbps
Erase Cycles
≥ 100,000 times
S/N Ratio
≥ 90dB
2 years (Lithium-ion Battery : 6 months)

Moreover, there is no need to use special software for copying songs into the drive as that of I-Tunes player for IPods. It’s simple drag and drop functionality is an added feature. Also we can customize songs that suit our mood by making playlists. Although the software that comes along with the player does not have this feature, the newer version that is available for download in Transcend’s website has it.

Just Started Blogging….

It has been almost a year since I started this blog. But I didn't take up blogging much serious till yesterday. I just wanted to have a blog of my own just for name sake. But today when my friend took me to his blog, I was much astonished by the way he manages it. Till yesterday I don't know what to do with my blog. I've been publishing posts of whatever came to my mind but he told me that's what a blog is for. So from today I am taking up blogging seriously. I'll write about my day to day happenings, movie reviews, product reviews and much more that comes to my mind. That's all for now. Happy Blogging….