In conjunction with our second anniversary, Nuffnang and our title sponsor, Pringles, is proud to present the first ever Asia Pacific Blog Awards, held in Uniquely Singapore.
The blog awards is held to recognize the excellence of renowned bloggers from the Asia-Pacific region.
Honouring the best of the blogosphere, we will be running one month of open nominations and one month of voting.
This will eventually culminate in a GRAND Gala Dinner in Singapore.
400 bloggers and guests from all over the region will be transported and accomodated at our expense.
They will walk the red carpet being for once, at the other end of the camera, entertained by a celebrity host + top local and regional acts, dining with class and enjoying what Singapore has to offer in a full day exclusive programme!
Visit awards.nuffnang.com to find out more and nominate your favourite bloggers!
|The inaugural Nuffnang Asia-Pacific Blog Awards starts now!
This is the crucial first step of nominating your favourite bloggers in Asia-Pacific. You can nominate any blogger as long as they originate from this region, click here for the full list of Asia Pacific countries.
You may nominate the same blogger for multiple categories. Each category will have 5 finalists, handpicked by a distinguished panel and revealed on 23rd of September 2009.
Nuffnang.com is putting the power in your hands to tell us who deserves to be nominated for these 12 categories:
|Best Blog Shop
Best Food Blog
Best Fashion Blog
Best Parenting Blog
Best Travel Blog
Best Geek Blog
Best Celebrity Blog
Best Entertainment Blog
|Best Original Blog Design
Most Influential Blog
Best Hidden Gem
Region’s Best Blog (Not open for nomination)
Apple unveils new iPhone without Steve Jobs June 9, 2009 Apple announced on Monday that a new version of its hot-selling iPhone would be launched later this month and that the price of an earlier model was dropping to 99 dollars. Apple vice president of marketing Phil Schiller made the announcements at an annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco bereft of any sign of the firm’s renowned chief executive, Steve Jobs. Schiller said the new iPhone, the iPhone 3GS, which can capture video for the first time, would be available on June 19. “The ‘S’ stands for speed, because this is the most powerful iPhone we’ve ever made,” Schiller said. “What is inside is entirely new.” He said the 16-gigabyte iPhone 3GS would cost 199 dollars while the 32-gigabyte model would cost 299 dollars. He said the price of an original eight-gigabyte iPhone 3G is dropped to 99 dollars as of Monday. Schiller also said a next-generation iPhone 3.0 operating system will be released worldwide on June 17 as a free upgrade to owners of the smartphones. “It has been an incredible year for the iPhone,” said senior vice president of iPhone software Scott Forstall. Sales of applications for the popular smartphones passed a billion in April, according to Forstall.
Apple unveils new iPhone without Steve Jobs
June 9, 2009
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Apple also reported it has sold more than 40 million iPhones and iPod Touch devices, which are essentially iPhones without mobile phone capabilities.
Enhancements crafted into the iPhone 3.0 operating system include speedy video downloading and customization to additional languages including Arabic, Hebrew, and Korean.
A new “Find My iPhone” feature lets people use an Apple online Mobile Me service to locate lost or stolen devices.
“It will show you on a map where your phone is,” Forstall said. “You can send it a message and it plays an alert sound whether or not you left it in silent mode.”
The feature also lets people remotely erase all data from lost or stolen iPhones, then reload the information using iTunes if they are reacquainted with their devices.
The new operating system also lets iPhones connect to one another wirelessly for communal activities such as playing games.
Apple on Monday also launched upgraded MacBooks while cutting prices on its historically high-end laptop line.
Apple hit a disappointing note with an otherwise enthusiastic audience when it announced that its new Snow Leopard computer operating system would not be available until September.
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GATES FOUNDATION INVESTS IN 104 NOVEL IDEAS FOR GLOBAL HEALTH
BANGKOK, Oct. 23 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ — Scientists From Diverse Set Of Disciplines And Regions Receive US$100,000 Each To Explore Bold, Untested Projects
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today announced 104 grants to explore bold and largely unproven ways to improve global health. The grants of US$100,000 each will be made to scientists from 22 countries and five continents. They mark the first round of funding from Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative to help lower the barriers for testing innovative ideas in global health.
The initial set of grants will inject fresh perspective into research for preventing or curing infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS and TB, and limiting the emergence of drug resistance. Successful applicants showed how their project falls outside current scientific paradigms and could lead to
significant advances if successful – in just two pages.
“We were hoping this program would level the playing field so anyone with a transformational idea could more quickly assess its potential for the benefit of global health,” said Dr. Tachi Yamada, president of global health
at the Gates Foundation, who announced the grants at the fourth annual meeting of the Grand Challenges in Global Health initiative in Bangkok. “The quality of the applications exceeded all of our expectations. It was so hard for reviewers to champion just one great idea that we selected almost twice as many projects for funding as we had initially planned.”
One hundred and four grants were selected from nearly 4,000 proposals, with the geographic distribution of applicants largely matching the geographic distribution of awards. The applicant details were not provided to reviewers, helping them to focus on the innovation of the idea instead of a scientist’s credentials, geographic location, or organization’s reputation.
All levels of scientists are represented, including young investigators who never before have received a research grant, and those who were applying experience from other fields like bioengineering. Grants were made to universities and other nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and six private companies.
Projects cover a wide range of innovation, including a “mosquito flashlight” to prevent malaria transmission by disrupting wavelengths, self-destructing TB cells, and studying anti-infective properties of the eye to help prevent HIV/AIDS and other infectious disease. A few examples of funded projects follow:
– Mimicking effective natural processes to limit infectious disease:
– Pattamaporn Kittayapong at Mahidol University in Thailand will explore new approaches for controlling dengue fever by studying bacteria with natural abilities to limit the disease.
– Suzanne Fleiszig at the University of California, Berkeley, in the U.S. will focus on the natural defenses of the human eye to discover new classes of broad-spectrum anti-microbial agents.
– Elizabeth Sockett at the University of Nottingham in the U.K. will study whether the best medicine against some disease-causing bacteria may be a “living antibiotic” made up of microorganisms that naturally prey on harmful ones.
– Engineering ways to enhance the natural human immune system:
– Leonard Damelin at the National Health Laboratory Service in South Africa will attempt to improve bacteria that naturally line the walls of the vagina and cervix in order to enhance their ability to fight infections.
– Yen Wah Tong at the National University of Singapore will attempt to create nanoparticles to “soak up” viruses circulating in the body; the particles will be imprinted with the viruses in order to mimic the three-dimensional structure of cells that the virus normally tries to infect.
– Jord Stam at Utrecht University in the Netherlands will attempt to create “two-sided” antibodies to fight HIV; one side would attach to HIV, and the other side would safely deposit the virus in cells in which it cannot replicate.
– Sanah Jowhari at TheraCarb, a biotechnology company in Canada, will apply technology to capture and remove the cholera toxin from the body of a host, and validate an approach to developing an effective drug candidate for cholera.
– Probing unexpected results for global health:
– Elijah Songok at the Kenya Medical Research Institute will explore whether natural resistance to HIV may be linked to genetic markers for type 2 diabetes.
– Huan Nguyen at the International Vaccine Institute in Korea will follow up on the unexpected finding that a fluorescent green protein originally intended as a research control could be the basis of a highly effective influenza vaccine.
– Exploring hypotheses that challenge conventional wisdom:
– Mike McCune at the University of California, San Francisco, in the U.S. suggests that the best immune response to HIV may be no response at all, because the immune cells that are marshaled to fight the virus are the same cells that HIV infects.
– Hiroyuki Matsuoka at Jichi Medical University in Japan thinks it may be possible to turn mosquitoes that normally transmit disease into “flying syringes,” so that when they bite humans they deliver vaccines.
A complete list of the funded projects is available at
About Grand Challenges Explorations
Grand Challenges Explorations is a five-year, US$100 million initiative to promote innovation in global health. It is part of the Grand Challenges in Global Health initiative, which is supported by the Gates Foundation to
achieve major breakthroughs in global health.
The Explorations initiative uses an agile, streamlined grant process. Applications are limited to two pages, and preliminary data are not required. Proposals are reviewed and selected by a committee of foundation staff and external experts, and grant decisions are made within approximately three months of the close of the funding round.
Applications for the second round of Grand Challenges Explorations are being accepted through November 2, 2008, and topics for the third round will be announced in early 2009. Grant application instructions, including the list of topic areas in which proposals are currently being accepted, are available at http://www.gcgh.org/explorations.
Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people, especially those with the fewest resources, have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, the foundation is led by CEO Jeff Raikes
and co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.
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We’ve been curious to see what copyright holders would choose. Would the vast majority of partners block user-uploaded videos? Or would they embrace Video ID as an opportunity to generate revenue and exposure for their content online?
As it turns out, our partners are choosing the latter, monetizing 90% of all claims created through Video ID. This has led directly to a similarly significant increase in monetizable partner inventory, as our Video ID partners are seeing claimed content more than double their number of views, against which we can run ads. This means that if a partner has, say, 10,000 views of its content, leaving up videos claimed by our system will lead to an average additional 10,000 views of that same content. We call this “partner uplift,” and for some partners we’ve seen uplift as high as 9000%.
Access to our copyright management tools is open to all rights owners, regardless of whether they choose to license their content to YouTube. But it’s clear to our 300+ Video ID partners that our technology has created a framework that allows copyright holders to sanction the creativity of their biggest fans. These partners now have a new way to successfully distribute and market their content online, and with the help of our users, they are finding Video ID critical to discovering such opportunities.
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Google will make its long-awaited debut in the mobile phone handset market tomorrow when it launches in New York, with its first network partner T-Mobile, the first device that runs its Android operating system.
Called the G1, the new phone is made by Taiwan’s HTC and presents a direct challenge to Apple’s iPhone and the dominance of the world’s largest mobile phone maker, Nokia.
The new handset – which is likely to be characterised as the first G-phone – has a touchscreen like the iPhone but includes a slide-out Qwerty keypad. The phone has previously been referred to as the HTC Dream and the “Kila”, the project name given by T-Mobile and a reference to the network’s hope that it will prove an effective weapon against the iPhone.
The phone is expected to go on sale in the US next month with hopes that it will be available in the UK by Christmas – depending on demand in the North American market. It is expected to cost about $199 (£108), which would put it on a par with the basic 8GB version of the iPhone sold by AT&T.
The arrival of the G1 is the latest salvo in a fight to control the software that will power the next generation of mobile phones, which can access the internet. More devices from other manufacturers will follow next year.
When Google announced its plans for Android last year they came alongside the unveiling of the Open Handset Alliance, a consortium of mobile phone makers and networks whose stated purpose is to “accelerate innovation in mobile and offer consumers a richer, less expensive, and better mobile experience”.
As part of this plan, they made Android a so-called “open platform”, which means no one is charged to use it either in a device or as a basis for writing applications. As a result, anyone can write programmes that will run on an Android phone – from maps and calendars to word-processing software and games.
A similar developer community has already sprung up around the iPhone, whose software is controlled by Apple although anyone can write applications that will run on it. Users of the phone and the iPod Touch have downloaded the 3,000 applications available from the iTunes store more than 100m times since it opened on July 8 this year.
But iPhone applications are only available through the iTunes store, meaning that Apple controls what is available to users. Applications for the G1 can be downloaded from anywhere, although there is talk that Google, HTC and T-Mobile will set up some sort of applications repository .
Nokia hit back at both Android and the iPhone in June by buying out the British mobile phone software company Symbian and announcing it would make its operating system – which powers about 60% of the global “smartphone” market – free.
The hope for Google is that ultimately Android will help more mobile customers get online through their mobile phone.
For many people in the developing world, the only way they are likely to get on the web, for the foreseeable future, is through a mobile device.
A quarter of a century on from the arrival of the personal computer there are roughly 1bn in use worldwide but that many mobile phones are sold every year. And growth in mobile usage is increasingly in the developing world, where fixed-line infrastructure is often patchy at best.
Being the first to market will be a source of pride for HTC, the Taiwanese company known mainly as a maker of handsets that run on Microsoft’s Windows Mobile operating system.
LG and Samsung will unveil their first Google-powered mobile phones next year.