PENANG BLOGGERS MEET OUT AT GURNEY PLAZA – CSL SPICE MI700 DROIDPAD PREVIEW

Recently, about 20 bloggers from Penang and Kedah were invited to CSL’s Spice MI700 DroidPad preview at Gurney Plaza, Penang. As Android has been the next state-of-the-art gadget in the market other than the Apple’s 10” iPad, all of us were very eager to learn more on what interesting features this 7” newly launched tablet has.

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We were divided into two groups in order to get a more personalized preview and hands on experiences on the Spice MI700 DroidPad. This was followed by some feedback questionnaires by CSL and a quiz session to determine who has the most knowledge on the product. Eventually, all went home with some CSL souvenirs but one person was randomly selected to take home an extra item – a CSL Spice MI700 DroidPad worth RM1599. Well, two can change the life of a person. How true it was for our fellow blogger, Ms. Apple Tan (Mr. Steven Goh’s wife), who was pregnant at that time. That’s two, right? 😛 She emerged the lucky winner of the Android gadget with extra two black eyes on the existing two white eyes on the CSL mascot on the promotion brochure. Congrats Mrs. Goh! 🙂

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Now let’s us study more in depth into the Spice MI700 DroidPad, a 7” tablet that runs on Android 2.2 Froyo, the latest mobile open platform developed by Google. It enables you work, play, shoot photos/videos/webcam/chat or even track your location with its in built GPS tracking device. It also supports a regular sized SIM card and is capable of supporting quadband networks such as EDGE, GSM, UMTS and HSDPA. It also has a WLAN 802.11 b/g. Measures at merely 179.4mm H x 110mm W x 11.5mm T and weighs at roughly 410gms, the tablet came with a long lasting 3240 mAh Li-Polymer battery. It’s equipped with Bluetooth V2.1 + EDR support, front facing VGA camera and and a back facing 3MP autofocus camera, which if by connecting to a Bluetooth headset, you would be able to make voice calls or video conferences right at your tip with ease. The Spice MI700 DroidPad is powered by Qualcomm MSM7227/600 MHz chipset with ROM/RAM of 512MB respectively and would be able to support a microSD card up to 32GB. You can check out the full specification at the CSL website.

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I did a little time exploring more on the set but I would think I may need to spend more in the future to get accustomed to some of the features. Here are some of my feedbacks I can provide at the mean time.

1. The booting time is quite acceptable at almost less than a minute considering that not that many programs had been installed into the system yet.

2. The screen resolution is quite acceptable, provided you do not place the screen protector sticker, which eventually caused the colors to be slightly pale looking.

3. Scrolling, touching and swiping can be quite smooth with hardly any lagging although I did face some areas where my touches needed to have at least two inputs. I have no problems with the smartly spaced virtual keyboard.

4. As for games, it rocks all time. No lag at all so far.

5. Reading with its e-Book reader can be fun as the word size is just right for my vision. Page transition is without any haste too.

6. I have no problems viewing videos through YouTube or any other online video sites. I have yet to test out on the video player but I guessed I may have to download some players to test the system out soon.

7. I also do not have any problems checking out my emails as well as connecting to FaceBook or Google Talk. I have yet to test out on some of the FaceBook games.

8. Checking GPS reading from Google Maps was fine. I’ll check on the free one year MapKing GPS Navigation system once I get it activated soon.

9. With two speakers installed at both sides of the tablet, the sound of music through the music player is quite acceptable.

10. Browsing and switching websites is smooth flowing, except that I wonder why CSL missed out the feature of allowing FLASH related graphics to show up on the system. Hardware or software limitation?

11. The quality of photo shooting through its 3MP camera is quite acceptable, considering that you won’t really need such high quality photos to be posted online.

12. I have yet to test on the battery life but I guess all gadgets would not last more than a few hours if heavy usage.

13. The tablet’s pre-installed full version of Documents To Go is so cool. It allows you to read, create, edit, cut or paste Word, Excel, Powerpoint and PDF files so easily. I love this so much.

14. As for the pre-installed applications, I felt that some of them such as the Islamic features is not relevant to some of our needs. It would be best if it were to be placed in the Market for those who need to download them. It gets rather cluttered and messy with so many things on the screen. Well, that’s my personal opinion here.

15. Although the tablet might be convenient and light weight to carry around, the price is still too steep at RM1599 (~USD500). Even a NetBook is cheaper than the tablet easily. I personally felt that a price range of between RM1.1K and RM1.3K would be more attractive to capture the market share.

You can check out CSL Malaysia’s official website for more updates.

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PAINFUL ERUPTIONS ON MY FACE

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What would be that one thing that you would dread when you wake up in the morning? It would those pesky harden areas with red spots that would wish you, “Hey! We are here to make your coming days more miserable and painful.” I’m sure everyone would hate to welcome those uninvited guests, especially that huge and muscular Papa Acne.

For many centuries, people have been fighting acne problems. Some believed that acne popped up due to our greasy and spicy food consumption. This might be quite true but not necessary the right answer to your acne problems. Of course plugged pores on our bodies with excess overactive oil gland mixed with dead cell is to be blamed but the breakouts could sometimes be caused by other factors such as side effects for certain drug prescription, working environment or even frictions by materials on the certain areas of your body.

Luckily, we have the advancement in the world of research and development to ease this painful burden. Today, we have the best acne products on the market to help you win over this battle. Fighting off acne has been much easier than before.

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CNA TRAINING PROGRAM

NURSING

Do you often help those in need of assistance naturally? If this has been your experience and this is common in your nature, you might want to consider taking up nursing as a career. Our society needs people like you with the compassionate touch to lighten up the days of the many patients out there. How would you go about being educated in the nursing field? There are a variety of options but a good one that takes less time and is in high demand is education to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). A training program specialized to educate CNAs for one, would surely ensure that you get the required training, experience and qualification to excel in the world of patient care.

Taking that first step in joining the nursing industry is not hard and by doing so, it can potentially and certainly change your future. Not only would you enjoy building up a healthier lifestyle and satisfying career among the people around you, you would also be rewarded handsomely with a pleasant remuneration. Wouldn’t that be a great career for you? What’s the hold up? Go join the cna training program as it’s so much more affordable than many of the educational programs available out there.

Even if you are not sure or have some financial problems, make the first move and have the determination to make the best out of your life. There are many financial aid and scholarship opportunities offered by hospitals and other medical facilities to get you started on your new found career. Who knows? You might be the next one in their hiring process to join their professional medical team.

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WASHING THOSE PROBLEMS AWAY

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I have seen many people asking about their acne problems, even those within their early thirties. Is there an age frame where the problem would be outgrown by itself? From my past experiences, there isn’t any fixed age as different bodies react differently. The more you worry about it, the worst those pesky spots would hit you as it was believed that stresses would trigger the problem to its worst condition. Just let the acne problem goes away as it should naturally.

By eliminating acne naturally does not mean that you just wait and have no actions at all. Some basic steps should be taken daily to speed up the recovery. The usage of harsh chemicals on the already sensitive areas should be the last thing you should have in your mind now. You should be looking at those natural ingredients that have soothing and rejuvenating effects.

There are many of such acne face wash products on the market which contained natural extracts as jojoba, green tea, aloe vera and so on that could help you eliminate your acne problems. You just need to have the commitment to cleanse your face as frequently as you would daily. After all, that’s not a hard task for anyone right?

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SHOULD I INVEST IN GOLD BULLION NOW?

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Whether you are planning to safeguard your family wealth or to expand your wealth even more, gold remained one of the most sought after precious metals that most people would look into as an investment. No matter in what form, gold is almost indestructible and remained quite stable in the ever fluctuated commodity market. Thus, you would see many people purchasing gold coins and gold bullion as a backup investment against any economy, political or social instabilities.

Investing in stocks and commodities is not as simple as it may sound if you do not have the right people to advise you on the right way to increase your wealth. Some investors may just throw all they have into stocks while others may invest in both stocks and commodities. Ideally, gold coin and gold bullion remained their preferred choice of commodity to invest in but without the guidance of the right authority, they may invest in the wrong type of gold that would give a lesser amount of gains in the long run.

There were the certified and non-certified gold to mention. Certified gold would indeed pay off better but again one would need to know the rarity level of such investment. Moreover, knowing how to set your time frame for investment and working closely with a reliable dealer in this matter also play important roles in charting your future wealth.

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