Sunday, October 28, 2012

Natina Reed Died at age 32

The member of the late ‘90s group Blaque was struck by a vehicle while crossing an Atlanta street Friday

Singer and actress dies on the eve of her 33rd birthday.

Buy Windows 8 Pro (upgrade) for only $48.72 at Officeworks

Officeworks has the best price for Windows 8 pro selling at  $48.72.

Microsoft prices are all introductory prices valid until the end of January 2013.

Review: Windows 8


MICROSOFT launched its biggest operating system overhaul in Sydney on 26th Oct 2012 morning, but faced criticism over a lack of Windows 8 details for consumers, confusing pricing, and its removal of traditional Windows menus.
The Australian launch followed worldwide launches overnight in which chief executive Steve Ballmer called the introduction of Windows 8 a "bold, innovative" move that had been tested for more than 1.24 billion hours worldwide.
"No product anywhere receives this kind of testing anywhere in the world," Mr Ballmer told a New York audience.
But the overhaul has ditched menus and navigation familiar to Windows users, including the once well-marketed Start button.
Instead, users will face an opening screen of coloured tiles, simplified and hidden menus, and a new Windows Store for app downloads.
Microsoft Windows business leader Tina Flammer said users would need to adapt to the new software menus, but it had been designed for an easy transition.
"Windows 8 was designed to be intuitive," she said.
Steve Ballmer Microsoft Windows 8
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer gives his presentation at the launch of Microsoft Windows 8, in New York.
"We know that without the traditional (start button) it is different. Every time we bring out a device the familiarity is different."
But Microsoft faced further scrutiny at its Australian launch for vagaries around the software's pricing and packages.
After several questions, Ms Flammer confirmed Microsoft would not sell a full version of Windows 8 in Australian stores, instead offering only upgrade packages.
The Windows 8 Pro upgrade package costs $69.99, she said, while the Windows 8 upgrade costs $39.99.
Another version of the new Microsoft software, Windows RT, would arrive pre-installed on tablets and "thin and light" laptops, Ms Flammer said, although Microsoft would not elaborate on its differences.
A lot is riding on the success of Windows 8 for Microsoft as it seeks to maintain its share of the computing software market. The company's software currently runs on more than 90 per cent of computers worldwide, though it faces increasing competition from tablets, where Apple dominates the market.

Microsoft unveils 'reimagined' Windows 8

Microsoft says its 'reimagined' Windows 8 will launch in 37 languages and 140 worldwide markets.
Microsoft also began selling its first tablet computer today, named Surface.
The tablet, powered by Windows 8 and Windows RT, will feature a 10.6-inch screen, up to 64GB of storage, two cameras and a cover that doubles as a keyboard. The tablets are priced from $559 to $789.
"You are going to love the new Windows," CEO Steve Ballmer said at the New York launch.
But early reaction has been mixed.
Some reviewers like the way the system greets users with a mosaic of tiles displaying applications instead of relying on the desktop icons that served as the welcome mat for years.
Critics say it's a confusing jumble that will frustrate users accustomed to the older versions, particularly when they switch to desktop mode and don't see the familiar "start" button and menu.

Perth Bushfire


An out of control bushfire about 90 kilometres north of Perth is threatening homes as fire authorities warn residents to evacuate or get ready to actively defend their properties.

The fire, which has not yet been contained, is burning near the corner of Diamond Island Road and Guilderton Road in the Shire of Gingin.

The blaze, reported at 11.20am (WST) today, is moving slowly in a east south-easterly direction.
Authorities have issued a "watch and act" alert and are warning residents to leave or get ready to actively defend their homes.

Motorists are warned to avoid the area and be aware of emergency services personnel working in the area.

Twenty firefighters from eight stations and brigades are at the scene.

LIVES and homes are under threat from an out of control bushfire burning about 90km north of Perth.


LIVES and homes are under threat from an out of control bushfire burning about 90km north of Perth.

The fire is burning near the corner of Diamond Island Road and Guilderton Road in the Shire of Gingin.
The blaze, reported at 11.20am (WST) on Sunday, is moving slowly in an east-southeasterly direction towards Woodbridge Estate.

It is not contained and not controlled.

Hawaii on tsunami alert: Hawaii Earthquake magnitude-7.7


Hawaii is on tsunami alert after a strong magnitude-7.7 earthquake shook the Queen Charlotte Islands off the west coast of Canada.
The first waves reached Hawaii just after 7:30pm (AEDT); however, authorities say the first wave is rarely the biggest.
Canadian media reports say the quake, which occurred at 8:04pm on Saturday (local time) was felt in Haida Gwaii Island and in parts of British Columbia including Prince Rupert, Quesnel and Houston.
The tsunami warning in Hawaii has prompted over 100,000 people to move to higher ground.
Follow ABC Online's live coverage as events unfold. All times (AEDT):
9:04pm: Queensland Rugby League says an Indigenous rugby league team is on tour in Hawaii, but they are not in danger.
The team has been in Hawaii since Tuesday as part of the Arthur Beetson Foundation Murri Queensland Tour.
QRL Media Manager Michael Hillier says former NRL player Tony Currie is touring with the side and the team and officials are waiting it out on high ground.

Tsunami alert

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre issued the Hawaii alert and people living in coastal areas have been told to move to higher ground.
In Hawaii, tsunami warning sirens could be heard blaring out across Honolulu, the state capital on Oahu, the state's most populous island.
The alarms prompted an immediate crush of traffic, with many motorists stopping first at service stations to top up with petrol.
At cinemas, films were halted in mid-screening as announcements were made urging patrons to return to their homes.
The last time Oahu had a tsunami warning was after the devastating Japanese earthquake of March 2011.
On Waikiki Beach, residents of high-rise buildings were told to move to the third floor or higher for safety.
There were no reports of casualties or damage in Canada.
The epicentre of the tremor was located 139 kilometres south of the town of Masset, the US Geological Survey said.
The West Coast-Alaska Tsunami Warning Centre issued a warning for coasts located near the epicentre of the quake.
The alert extended south to the US states of Washington, Oregon and northern California.

Woman injured by a train at Lidcombe :delays were expected on the Blue Mountains, South and Western lines.

Delays are expected on the Sydney rail system after a person was seriously injured by a train at Lidcombe

The Transport Management Centre (TMC) said delays were expected on the Blue Mountains, South and Western lines.

The accident occurred before Sunday's A-League soccer match at ANZ Stadium, which starts at 5pm (AEDT), but a TMC spokesman said it was hoped trains would be back on schedule by then. 

Until then CityRail recommended that affected passengers make alternative arrangements or delay their travel.

An ambulance spokesman said a person, believed to be a woman, had suffered serious injuries and had been taken to hospital.


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