Monthly Archives: July 2011

Top 3 Projector Mobile Phones

Projector Mobile Phones in India [Comparison]

Projector phone still sounds like a dream, but we already have four
phones launched with that capability. There is no dearth of innovation
in the thought to pack things into one single mobile phone. Intex,
TechBerry and Spice have launched their respective projector phones.
Intex was the pioneer in this field closely followed by Techberry.

But it was the late entrant Spice which popularized projector phone with its “Yeh boat nahin
ad of Spice Popkorn. The timing of the phone launch and the ad is icing
on the cake. Spice Popkorn ad pops up in the middle of a world cup
match. And the ad surely stands out in the middle of bunch of
thoughtless ads.

Intex V.Show

VShowIN8810 a1 thumb Projector Mobile Phones in India [Comparison]

Intex V.Show uses tiny Pico which is the latest in the LED technology to project on to a36 inch screen size for 3 hours. 20,000 hours of play time on the projector is possible. After
which it will cease to be a projector and starts to be a phone-only. It
is a touch screen phone with 3.2 inch screen size. It is a dual SIM
phone (GSM+GSM). As per mainstream media this is a 3G enabled phone. As per blogosphere this is a dual SIM
phone. It has a dual camera – one in the front, one in the back and it
has dual memory card slots which can read up to 8 GB each.

TechBerry ST 200

ST200 elevated thumb Projector Mobile Phones in India [Comparison]

ST in the phone name stands for Sachin Tendulkar. I am not kidding.
That’s what the press release said. This phone which was launched
immediately after Intex V.show has some amazing double features. In
addition to the projector of course.

It packs in dual-SIM capability, dual memory card capability and dual
camera of 2 megapixel each. ST200 has a 3.2 inch QVGA full touch
screen. ST200 is a GSM phone with Bluetooth on-board.

Spice PopKorn

spicem9000 thumb Projector Mobile Phones in India [Comparison]

Spice M-9000 is a dual SIM phone with a in-built projector. It also
comes with a analogous TV which will help you stream free-to-air
channels, you know like the good old Doordarshan. There is a document
viewer, in case you want to project a presentation on the side wall in
the middle of a Christopher Nolan movie. Spice M-9000 aka Popkorn, has a 3.2 megapixel camera, FM with recording, Bluetooth, video player and a 6 cm QVGA screen. All of this comes at a measly price of Rs. 6999.

Intex V.Show Mini

Intex thumb Projector Mobile Phones in India [Comparison]

Intex V.Show Mini has a 2.4 inch QVGA screen, dual SIM capability, 2
megapixel camera and an internal memory of 87 MB. Memory can be jacked
up to 16 GB through a SD card. Bluetooth, 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio
are on-board. Pre-loaded apps like Facebook and Opera Mini should take
care of the browsing needs. V.Show Mini has a document reader which
would make it easy to project the presentations in case you office
projector acts kinky. Price : Rs. 6300

For the price, features and marketing, Spice Popkorn
should be the winner all the way. It packs in impressive features at
affordable price. With its TV on-board feature, it has went past all
other projector phones. Even if the TV is for free to air channels like
Doordarshan. Phone replacing TV isn’t very far.

Survey finds ‘News channels biased against Islam’

Survey finds ‘News channels biased against Islam’ 

An independent poll carried out by Consumer PI has found that the

vast majority of British Muslims perceive the three mainstream TV news
channels (BBC, ITV and Sky) to be biased against their
religion when reporting current affairs.

The TV channels’ reporting of terror cases, news pieces on Iraq and

Afghanistan and coverage of the ‘Arab Spring’ uprisings have been cited
as examples of anti-Muslim bias.

Furthermore, British Muslims believe that other topical issues such as

the Israeli raid on the flotilla, it’s continued occupation of, and
raids into, Palestinian territories, the dropping of
terror cases by the police as well as positive stories about Islam
generally are either not given enough prominence or simply not covered.

The poll also found that British Muslims were offended by some of the
terminology used in news reports.

Terms such as ‘jihadist’ or ‘moderate Muslims’ are often used in the
wrong context or in a generalised manner, indicating there was a severe
lack of understanding of Muslim communities on the part
of news reporters. Many believe this type of reporting does play some
part in fanning the flames of extremism.

Shakir Ahmed, Director of Passion Islam Media said: “The reporting by

the mainstream TV news channels of stories concerning Muslims is at
times unbalanced, ill-informed and sensationalist. I would
expect this type of coverage in the tabloid press, not from respected
news organisations at the BBC, ITV or Sky. However, this is not entirely
surprising since these three news channels employ very
few reporters who follow the Islamic faith and who would truly
understand the Muslim communities and their culture and practices.

Worryingly, the perception by some British Muslims of an unjust Islamophobic
mainstream media may well fuel radicalism.”

Sudan splits!!

Sudan’s south will become an independent country on July 9, but fighting
along the ill-defined border has raised tension ahead of the split.
North and south have yet to resolve issues such as how to manage the oil
industry and divide debt. Here’s a look at the current situation in
Sudan through Reuters photographer Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah’s lens.

REUTERS / Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

REUTERS / Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

A Sudanese from the south, who stayed in the north for 21 years, stands
outside her shelter at Mandela camp, in the outskirts of Khartoum, July
4, 2011.


 

REUTERS / Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

REUTERS / Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

A Sudanese from the south who was born in the north, plays near a
shelter at Mandela camp in the outskirts of Khartoum July 4, 2011.


REUTERS / Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

REUTERS / Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

A Sudanese from the south who was born in the north, plays near a
shelter at Mandela camp in the outskirts of Khartoum July 4, 2011.


AP Photo / Pete Muller

AP Photo / Pete Muller

Southern Sudanese boys take shelter from afternoon rains that disrupted
rehearsal for independence day celebrations in the capital city of Juba
on Monday, July 4, 2011.


REUTERS / Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

REUTERS / Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

Sudanese children from the south who were born in the north, play near a
shelter at Mandela camp in the outskirts of Khartoum July 4, 2011.


REUTERS / Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

REUTERS / Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

A Sudanese child from the south, wearing a t-shirt with the picture of
U.S. President Barack Obama, stands near a shelter at Mandela camp, in
the outskirts of Khartoum, July 4, 2011.


REUTERS / Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

REUTERS / Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

Sudanese children from the south play at Mandela camp, in the outskirts of Khartoum, July 4, 2011.


REUTERS / Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

REUTERS / Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

Sudanese from the south load belongings onto a truck bound for southern
Sudan at Mandela camp, in the outskirts of Khartoum, July 4, 2011.


REUTERS / Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

REUTERS / Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

Sudanese from the south load belongings onto a truck bound for southern
Sudan at Mandela camp, in the outskirts of Khartoum, July 4, 2011.


REUTERS / Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

REUTERS / Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

Sudanese from the south load belongings onto a truck bound for southern
Sudan at Mandela camp, in the outskirts of Khartoum, July 4, 2011.

 KERINDING CAMP, Sudan (Reuters) – For many in Sudan’s war-battered Darfur region, the division of the country on Saturday will not be a cause for celebration.

 Southerners see secession as the end of a long march toward freedom, but in Darfur, which borders the South, it means the chance of more fighting between the government and rebels, as well as complications for issues like migration and cross-border animal grazing.

 “We don’t know what will happen next. There are dangers at every turn,” Hussein Joma, 42, a community leader in the Kerinding camp near the Chadian border, said as women in bright shawls and men in dust-stained shirts and trousers filled plastic cans from a water pump.

 “If there is war with the secession, it could affect the living conditions here, the economy — the country as a whole. War increases prices and divisions between people.”

 War broke out in Darfur in 2003 when mostly non-Arab rebels took up arms against Khartoum, complaining the central government had left them out of the economic and political power structure and was favouring local Arab tribes.

 Eight years later, hundreds of thousands of people who fled the fighting still live in vast, dusty camps like Kerinding, many in stick and mud huts reinforced with canvas from food aid delivery bags.

 The persistent volatility of the situation is evident. An Ethiopian peacekeeping soldier was shot dead on the road between the nearby town of El Geneina and the airport a day after a rare visit by foreign journalists last week.

 Though down from its peak, violence has surged since December, forcing tens of thousands more to flee. Qatar-brokered peace talks have meant little on the ground as Darfur’s main rebel groups pulled out or refused to participate.

 The war has claimed 300,000 lives, the United Nations says, and complicated Khartoum’s foreign ties after the International Criminal Court indicted President Omar Hassan al-Bashir on charges of crimes against humanity in Darfur.

 Khartoum puts the death toll at 10,000, and refuses to recognise the court.

 “I don’t think that Doha is going to bring a lasting peace, so the grievances of Darfur are going to persist,” Fouad Hikmat of the International Crisis Group said. “The problems of Darfur are actually the problems of Sudan manifested in Darfur”.

 EMBOLDENED REBELS

 The war in Darfur — a region of seasonal waterways, jutting cliffs and long stretches of desert dotted with trees — is testament to the diversity and complexity of Sudan’s many, often overlapping conflicts.

 The country’s rebels span an array of ethnic and tribal loyalties and territories, but are united in their opposition to a central government they say has concentrated wealth and power in the hands of an exclusive class in the north.

 Echoing those complaints, the south fought a long and bloody civil war with the north, ending with the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA). Southerners voted overwhelmingly to secede in a January referendum promised in that pact.

 But no deal has so far succeeded in putting an end to the war in Darfur, where rebels say their demands have not been addressed and the government has gradually reasserted control over major towns and other formerly rebel-held areas.

 Some analysts say the secession could now harden anti-government fighters’ resolve as they see southerners attain their goal of independence and as Khartoum is economically weakened by the loss of the south’s oil fields.

 “In Darfur we may be seeing the reconsolidation of opposition movements which would mirror the reconsolidation of southern opposition groups before the CPA,” Roger Middleton, a researcher at the Chatham House think tank, said.

 Other analysts say the newly independent south could be tempted to back a continued insurgency in Darfur, with which they have shared some ideological and political links.

 The northern government says it will not allow other regions to separate. In El Geneina, capital of West Darfur state, deputy governor Abou el-Qassim Baraka rejected suggestions the south’s separation could inflame further conflict in Darfur.

 “In Darfur, we are tired of war. There is no going back to war, that is the opinion of the entire community,” he said.

 LONG-RUNNING CONFLICT

 A move by Khartoum to split the region into five states outraged rebels this year who said it was an effort to dilute their influence, echoing the region’s division into three states in the early 1990s that stoked tensions with Khartoum.

 Darfur was an independent sultanate for hundreds of years.

 But for now analysts say government troops have the upper hand over insurgents, cutting off some of their previous supply routes and pushing them from several central areas.

 As the fighting drags on, the camps that started as temporary shelter for people who fled are becoming increasingly more like permanent settlements. Some aid workers say they may soon come to resemble towns.

 “I’m old and I’m not well. I need to stay here,” one elderly man at Kerinding said as donkeys wandered down the red dirt path behind him and peacekeepers stood watch over the area.

 Joma, the tribal sheikh, said the fear of bandits and local Arab tribes still kept many in Kerinding too afraid to attempt a return home.

 “If there was peace, if their villages were secure, people would return, of course,” he said. “But maybe a kilometre outside of here, the troubles start.”

Kerala Govt offers full support to interest-free Islamic banking

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Indian Muslim

By TCN News,

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government will extend full support and cooperation to the interest-free banking system so that it may be used for the development of the state, said Chief Minister Oommen Chandy. The state will try to attain the central government’s approval for it. He was inaugurating the national seminar ‘Interest-free Institutional Mechanism for Banking, Finance and Insurance’ held in Thiruvananthapuram today.

The CM said that Islamic banking was not a dangerous suggestion. The government would clarify doubts and go forward. The services of the ‘Al Baraka Financial Services’ (the interest-free institution formed during the tenure of the last LDF government aiming at attracting investments from expatriates) would be utilized as one of the ways to increase investments. The government will go forward with the good moves taken by the last government and the Al Baraka was one such move. Some feel discomfort with the term ‘Islamic banking’, but instead of just a name we should see if it will be useful for the society. Large sums of money of expatriate Malayalis are in banks now. It has been a thought for quite a long time as to how to utilize this money creatively for development, he added.

Interest is a main problem that several projects face in the state, said Industries Minister PK Kunjalikkutty, while delivering the presidential address. The arrival of interest-free investment can help find capital for such projects. Kerala has showed several new models to the country and interest-free investment can be yet another one. The ‘Al Baraka’ is a good venture. A system based on interest does not consider the gain and loss in the venture. But in interest-free system, both gain and loss will be shared. While Europe is successfully utilizing Islamic banking, opinion has come in the higher levels itself that India too should utilize this prospect, he added.

Former Finance Minister Dr TM Thomas Isaac, former member of Planning Board CP John, Additional Chief Secretary T Balakrishnan (IAS), Al Baraka Financial Services chairman
Dr P Muhammedali, Alternative Investments and Credits Limited director T Arifali, chief of Sign Human Resources Centre Munawarali Shihab Thangal, and Rabitha Educational Committee regional coordinator Dr Husain Madavoor also spoke.

The seminar was organised as a joint venture of the Department of Islamic Studies in the University of Kerala, the Thiruvananthapuram Chamber of Commerce, the Indian Centre for Islamic Finance, the Indian Association for Islamic Economics, the Al Barakah Financial Services Limited, the Sequra Investment and Management India Private Ltd, the Ecotech Builders and the Alternative Investments and Credits Ltd.

Top 12 ways to speed up Windows 7

Speed Up Windows 7 – Ultimate Guide To Make Windows 7 Blazing Fast!!!

Windows
7 is Engineered for speed. Special attention has been given by the
Windows 7 team for making Windows 7 faster than the previous operating
systems. Windows 7 is much faster than Windows Vista, but even then most
of us don’t get satisfied with it. There are many who still have their
old PC. Installing Windows 7 on them wont be as soothing as they work
with with XP and Even with latest hardware’s installed some users still
long for more performance. At least if we don’t make it lightning fast
we can optimize Windows 7 to the maximum possible extent and enjoy the
maximum performance we could squeeze out from it. So for all the extra
performance lovers, let me present you wit this Ultimate Guide To Speed Up Windows 7.


speed up windows 7 meter Speed Up Windows 7   Ultimate Guide To Make Windows 7 Blazing Fast!!!I guarantee that after following this guide and implementing the
recommendations on your PC, you will really get the performance gain.

The bare Minimum Requirements You need To Run Windows 7

1) 1GHz processor (32- or 64-bit)
2) 1GB of main memory
3) 16GB of available disk space
4) Support for DX9 graphics with 128MB of memory (for the Aero interface)
5) A DVD – R/W drive

Even if you don’t have the DX 9 graphics card
there is no problem because our target is performance and not the ”
Eyecandy ” . Of course if you need the aero experience you need a
powerful graphics card for sure.

So lets start The Ultimate Guide to Speed up Windows 7

  1. Disabling the Search Indexing Feature in Windows 7

    • Right Click the “Computer” Icon in the desktop and select “Manage”.
    • Click “Services and Applications” in the “Computer Management” window.
    • Click on “Services”.
    • You can see a lot of services listed there. Look for “Windows Search” in that.disable search indexing in Windows 7 Speed Up Windows 7   Ultimate Guide To Make Windows 7 Blazing Fast!!!
    • Right Click on “Windows Search” from the list and choose “Properties”.
    • The “Windows Search Properties Window” will open up. From “Startup type” click on the drop down menu and choose “Disabled”.
    • Click “Apply” then “OK” and that’s it. The Windows 7 Search Indexing Feature is now disabled.
  2. Most
    of the Windows 7 users do less searches in there system. The Search
    Indexing service in Windows 7 will index keeps track of the files so
    that they can be found quickly when asked at some other time. This
    feature is useful only if you perform frequent searches on your system.

    For occasional file searchers the Search Indexing service in Windows 7
    is a total resource hog. It unknowingly eats up your system resources.
    What you need from windows 7 is maximum performance from it then i
    would certainly recommend you to disable this resource hogging Windows 7
    Search Indexing Feature.

    To Disable the Search Indexing Feature in Windows 7

    If
    you want to completely disable the search indexing feature in Windows 7
    you can set the Search Indexing Service to Manual (See the above
    method about disabling unwanted services).

  3. Disable the Aero Theme on Windows 7

    • Right Click on your Desktop and select ” Personalize ” click the Window Color Tab.
    • Uncheck the Box saying ” Enable Transparency ” and then click on ” Open classic appearance properties for more color options”.
    • Then a window will open up. Apply a Standard or Basic theme from it. The Standard Windows 7 theme is more preferred.
  4. The
    aero user interface certainly adds some ” Eyecandy ” to Windows 7 but
    certainly is a resource hog especially when, what you expect from
    windows 7 is more performance juice. Aero user interface squeezes your
    graphics or video card to its maximum. So why dont we just avoid the
    Windows 7 aero? if we care more about speed and performance in Windows
    7. So Disabling the Aero in Windows 7 certainly adds an extra speed boost to it.

    disabling aero Speed Up Windows 7   Ultimate Guide To Make Windows 7 Blazing Fast!!!

    Disabling
    the aero theme alone in Windows 7 will really speed things up. You can
    know this by looking into the memory consumption when aero is turned on
    and off.

  5. Disabling the Unwanted Visual Effects in Windows 7 to Speed Up more

    • For this right click on ” Computer” and select “Properties” from the right click menu.
    • Click on ” Advanced System Settings ” from the left pane to open up the ” System Properties ” window.
    • Select the “Advanced” tab from it. Then Under ” Performance ” click ” Settings “. Choose ” Custom: ” Options From it.
    • Now
      un tick all the options and select only the last four options (actually
      three only needed; you can un tick the second option from the last
      four). See the screen shot if you have any doubt.
    • Now just logoff your system and turn logon.
  6. Even
    though we have tuned off the aero effects in Windows 7 still there are
    many unwanted visual effects that can be safely disabled to speed up
    windows 7 even more.

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    You will now notice the speed difference now.

  7. Disabling the Unwanted Services to Speed up Windows 7

  8. There
    are many services in windows 7 that we dont require for our daily use.
    There are some exceptional cases though. Services such as “print
    spooler” is only needed when we use a printer. If we use a printer only
    occasionally we can safely turn off that service in Windows 7 and turn
    it on only when we need to take a print.

    I have previously prepared a List of services in Windows 7 that can be safely set to manual / disabled.

    Disabling the unneeded services in Windows 7 can really speed up the system boot time.

  9. Disable the User account control (UAC) Feature in Windows 7

    • From the Control Panel open the ” User Accounts and Family Safety ” > User Account.
    • Click the User Account Control settings link.
    • Now just Drag the Slider towards “Never Notify”.
    • Click “OK” and Reboot your system.
  10. The
    User account control (UAC) feature in Windows 7 is very annoying though
    it says it can protect your computer from harmful virus activity etc.
    But if you are a daily user of your computer this windows 7 feature will
    be a total nuisance to you.

    To Disable and Turnoff UAC in Windows 7disabling uac in windows 7 Speed Up Windows 7   Ultimate Guide To Make Windows 7 Blazing Fast!!!

    Disabling UAC is for advanced users only its not recommend doing it if not.

  11. SetUp the Windows 7 Ready Boost Service for an Extra Speed Boost

    • To
      configure the Ready Boost Feature in Windows 7 you need to have a High
      Speed Flash/USB or Pendrive with you which is ready boost compatible.
    • After
      plugging you pendrive, open “Computer” > Right-click the on USB
      Drive/Pendrive > select “Ready Boost” tab > tick the “Use this
      device” checkbox.
    • You can configure how much space on your USB drive/ Pendrive to be used as Ram.
  12. The
    ready boost feature in Windows 7 will help you to use your flash drive
    or pendrive or USB drive as Ram there by improving the performance and
    speed of windows 7 greatly. You can certainly experience it when
    launching bulky applications such as Adobe Photoshop etc.

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  13. Turn off Unused Windows 7 Features

    • Open up ” Programs and Features ” from Control Panel.
    • Click the ” Turn Windows features on or off ” from the left pane.
    • Now uncheck all the Feature that you don’t use in Windows 7 and restart the system for the changes to take effect.
  14. There
    are many feature in windows 7 that we often don]t use. Disabling these
    unused features in Windows 7 will really help in speeding things up.

  15. Disable the Windows 7 Sidebar (Actually the Gadgets)

    • Right click on the sidebar and select ” Properties “.
    • On the properties windows untick the check box showing ” Start sidebar when Windows Starts “
    • From now on windows sidebar won’t start when windows 7 start up.
  16. Disabling
    the window 7 sidebar is definitely help you to to gain a few seconds
    during start up time. There are many useful utilities such as the
    RocketDock etc. which are good application launchers.

    To Disable the Sidebar in Windows 7,

  17. Disable the Aero Peek and Aero Snap features in Windows 7

    • Open the Windows 7 ” Control Panel ” and double-click on ” Ease of Access Center ” icon.
    • Now click on the ” Make it easier to focus on tasks ” seen at the bottom in there
    • Now untick the check box saying ” Prevent windows from being automatically arranged when moved to the edge of the screen ” .
    • Right click on the Windows 7 taskbar and select ” Properties “.
    • Now untick the ” Use Aero Peek to preview the desktop ” option from there.
  18. Aero Snap will help you to maximize, minimize and resize the windows just by dragging and dropping it into the screen corners.

    To disable Aero Snap Feature in Windows 7,

    That will now disable the Aero Snap in Windows 7.

    Now To Disable the Aero Peek feature in Windows 7

    The
    Aero Peek feature in Windows 7 helps you to peek through all open
    windows by hiding all other windows and showing only the outlines of all
    windows. Aero Peek is similar to the ” Show Desktop ” Feature in XP and
    Vista.

    If you have followed step 3 then Aero Peek will be automatically disabled. If not,

    The aero peek feature will now be disabled in windows 7.

  19. Change the Power Plan To Maximum Performance

    • Double click the ” Power Options ” in the Control panel.
    • Click the down arrow showing ” Show Additional Plans ” to see the ” High Performance ” power plan
    • .

    • Now just activate the ” High Performance ” plan and that’s it.
    • You may go for the advanced settings for further tweaking if you want.
  20. The
    Power settings in Windows 7 is not automatically set for maximum
    performance. By default the power plan in Windows 7 is set for a
    balanced performance with energy consumption on hardware. So you may not
    get the optimal performance from windows 7 if this is the case. So we
    need to change the power plan to High Performance Mode.

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  21. Disable the Thumbnail Preview Feature to speed up File browsing in Windows 7

    • Double Click on ” Computer ” >click on the “Organize” drop-down menu and select the “Folder and Search options”
    • Under ‘Files and Folders’ section, go to the “View” tab and tick the
      check box showing “Always show icons, never thumbnails” checkbox.
  22. The
    thumbnail preview feature in Windows 7 will show the small thumbnails
    of the contents of a folder instead of showing it’s icon. But this
    feature really do take up some system resources. So by disabling the
    Thumbnail Preview feature in Windows 7 the file browsing in Windows 7
    explorer can be speed up.

    disable thumbnail previews Speed Up Windows 7   Ultimate Guide To Make Windows 7 Blazing Fast!!!For disabling thumbnails in Windows 7,

  23. Most Essential Softwares To Speed Up Windows 7

  24. In
    order to maintain your Windows 7 Performance and keep it up in Top
    Shape there are some very essential software’s that can help us to Speed
    Windows 7. I will list some of them here. You can download these
    utilities. But i remind you that you need to run these utilities at
    least once in a week. Only if you do it regularly your Windows 7 will be
    in top shape every day.

Top 10 Luxury Hotel Rooms in the World

 

Have you ever dreamed of spending a relaxing night at a luxury hotel? Or maybe planning a romantic evening or a honeymoon where you want to impress your beloved? What would you want included? A gorgeous view? A large comfy bed? A Jacuzzi? A personal butler?

Did you know that prices at the best hotel suites have gone up 10% this year? Are you ready to drop about $30,000 for one night? Would you be willing to spend that kind of money on a hotel room? And by the way, none of the nightly room rates includes tax so be prepared to add another 10 – 17% to your bill at checkout.

Here are the 10 most expensive hotel rooms in the world from the last year.

10. The Penthouse Suite, The Martinez Hotel, Cannes

Nightly Rate: $18,000

This is the biggest, most expensive, and the only terraced penthouse suite on the Cote d’Azur. Both of the two suites has a Jacuzzi, plasma screen televisions, DVD library, kitchen, open bar, private butler on call 24/7 (ditto for a limousine), and an option to join both suites into one big apartment. The luxury has no limit here – the design is kept in the Art Deco style, with streamlined furniture, silk curtains and teak parquet floors.

The wraparound terrace is 2,000 square feet with the views of the Lerins Islands as well as the entire Bay of Cannes and can comfortably hold 100 people. One Saudi sheik liked the suite so much he wanted to rent it for five years. The hotel said no. What else can you say? Tres magnifique!

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9. Ritz-Carlton Suite, Ritz-Carlton Moscow

Nightly Rate: $18.200

The floor-to-ceiling windows in the Ritz-Carlton Suite will give you the most beautiful views of the Kremlin, Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral, and Christ the Savior Cathedral. The furnishings are in a Classic Russian Imperial style. The 2,500 square-foot suite comes with a spacious living room, dining area, library, office room and boardroom, grand piano, and heated floor.

You will get to enjoy five meals a day and their very own KGB-approved autonomous energy supply system and secure telecommunications array.

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8. Royal Suite, Burj Al Arab, Dubai

Nightly Rate: $19.000

The two-story, 8,400-square-foot suite features views over the Arabian sea, marble flooring, a rotating four-poster bed in the master bedroom, dining area, and a private cinema and elevator between the split-level rooms.

The marble bath comes fully stocked with full-sized products from Hermes. Guests are met by a chauffeur driven Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph (or, for a bit extra, by a helicopter). A personal butler stands 24/7 at the ready to fulfill every wish. The Royal Suite is the last word in luxury with a marble and gold staircase, leopard print tufted carpets and Versace linens.

What you can also enjoy is a submarine ride to an underwater restaurant complete with shark-infested aquarium.

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7. Imperial Suite, Park Hyatt, Vendôme, Paris

Nightly Rate: $20.000

This pricey suite is located on the 5th floor and takes 200-sq.-meters. A 60-sq.-meter balcony is overlooking the Rue de la Paix, with an outstanding view of the Vendôme column. The Imperial Suite has high ceilings, a dining room, kitchenette, bar, and a mansard roof. It also includes in-suite spa with whirlpool bath, steam room shower and a built-in massage table. Also included are high-speed Internet access and a computer with flat screen monitor, multi-line telephones, and a separate work area to help you enjoy the work process.

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6. The Bridge Suite, The Atlantis, Bahamas

Nightly Rate: $22.000

The Bridge Suite is located on top of a bridge that connects the two Royal Towers buildings, so it overlooks the entire resort and marina. An 800 square foot balcony and 12-foot high ceilings throughout with full length windows allow you to enjoy a 360 view of the water, lagoons and pools in Paradise Island. We can make a guess that most of the price is paid for the location of the suite. Forbes reports the suite has hosted guests including Oprah, Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, and Bill Gates.

The suite has 10 rooms that are decorated in black, red and gold (including a 22-karat gold chandelier in the dining room). The living room is a 1,250-square-foot room with grand piano and twin entertainment centers. The master bedroom has a sitting area, his-and-hers closets so large that you can park your car there, and hand-painted linens. The kitchen also has its own entrance, so a permanent staff of seven, including a butler and a cook can access the rooms without bothering you.

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5. Presidential Suite, Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo

Nightly Rate: $25.000

The suite is located on the 53rd floor above Tokyo with spectacular views that include the Imperial Palace outer gardens and Roppongi Hills.

In the suite’s 3300 sq ft you get pure luxury with a stunning four poster bed in the master bedroom, personal concierge, connected living room/dining room, an oversized marble bathroom with Sony BRAVIA 20 inch flat screen television, and access to indoor pool and fitness studio.

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4. Villa La Capula Suite, Westin Excelsior, Rome

Nightly Rate: $29.000

The suite is located on the fifth and sixth floor underneath the cupola of the hotel which was made famous by Fellini’s movies. It covers 6,099 square feet and has an additional 1,808 square feet of balconies and terraces. While it only has two bedrooms, five more can be joined to it. The entire suite was just remodeled in 1998 for a cost of around $7 million. So now you will have all things Roman and excessive – a cupola, a Pompeii-style Jacuzzi pool, frescoes (the painted horizons on the frescoes were designed to match perfectly with the real Roman one), stained glass windows, and almost 2,000 feet of balcony space including a sun deck overlooking the Via Veneto district.

The downstairs also has a private kitchen, and the dining room features an antique Murano glass chandelier, a private wine cabinet with over 150 wines to choose from and a study/library covered in hand-carved wood. And what really makes this suite over the top is a private cinema with Dolby surround sound.

Now that’s living la dolce vita.
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3. Ty Warner Penthouse, Four Seasons Hotel, New York

Nightly Rate: $34.000

The $50 million Ty Warner Penthouse at the Four Seasons in NY was designed by legendary architect I.M. Pei, Peter Marino and hotel owner Ty Warner.

The nine-room suite has walls inlaid with mother of pearl, gold and platinum-woven fabrics. The suite is located on the 52nd floor of New York’s tallest hotel with floor-to-ceiling bay windows offering a breathtaking 360 degree view of the City. If that is not relaxing enough you can enjoy a waterfall in the Zen Room, play the grand piano in the library or soak in a tub overlooking Central Park. Full spa treatments, a personal trainer and a 24/7 butler are all included, and if you still find a will to leave, you can choose to be chauffeured in a Rolls Royce or Maybach, and you’re always guaranteed a table at the hotel’s renowned L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon restaurant.

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2. Hugh Hefner Sky Villa, Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas

Nightly Rate: $40.000

If anyone knows how to vacation in Las Vegas, that will be Hugh Hefner. Even though he is known as a homebody he has spent a few nights away from the mansion at the Sky Villa. The suite itself was built to model the original playboy mansion; it also incorporates elements derived from a vintage Playboy magazine article about the ultimate bachelor pad. The suite cost roughly $10 million to build but the high-rollers can rent it for a small $40,000 a night. Everything screams S-E-X-Y at the Sky Villa. The two-story 9,000 square foot Villa includes a glass elevator, a rotating bed set beneath a mirrored ceiling, and a glass wall Jacuzzi that extends out over the hotel and offers amazing Strip views, around-the-clock butler service, massage and spa rooms, work-out room and poker table, fireplace, three bedrooms, and pop-up plasma TVs.
Sorry, Bunnies not included.

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1. Royal Penthouse Suite, President Wilson Hotel, Geneva

Nightly Rate: $53.000

The Imperial Suite, which is actually an entire top floor of the hotel, is reached via a private elevator and has four bedrooms, six bathrooms with mosaic marble floor, a cocktail lounge and a terrace with a dramatic view through the bulletproof windows over the city, Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc — all of which overlook Lake Geneva. The suite is decorated in a contemporary style, with marble and hardwood floors. The living room has a billiards table, a library and a cocktail lounge with a view of the water fountain, and can accommodate 40 people. The dining room seats 26 people around an oval mahogany table.

The hotel’s staff reassures guests that the security in the Imperial Suite is among the best in the world, ideal for celebrities or traveling heads of state who visit the United Nations headquarters next door at the Palais Wilson.

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Mike Tyson and Wife Renew Wedding Vows in Muslim Ceremony

Mike Tyson and Wife Renew Wedding Vows in Muslim Ceremony

June 28, 2011 07:31:15 GMT

The former Heavyweight boxing
champion and wife Lakiha Spicer invited hundreds of friends to a joint
birthday party in Las Vegas only to surprise them with a wedding
ceremony.

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Two years after tying the knot, Mike Tyson
and wife Lakiha Spicer have said their “I Do’s” once again. The former
Heavyweight boxing champion and the mother of his two children renewed
their wedding vows in a traditional Muslim ceremony at the M Resort in
Las Vegas over the weekend, TMZ reported.

The retired boxer, who made a cameo on “The Hangover“,
and his wife allegedly invited hundreds of friends to a joint birthday
party. After the guests arrived, the two disappeared. They then
re-emerged in wedding outfits behind a massive curtain and proceeded
with the vow renewal ceremony. Mike later took to Twitter to share a
photo of him and Lakiha in the wedding outfits.

TMZ dished on that guests dined on a steak or chicken entree, while ET
claimed that the reception included a candy bar that featured gummy
bears, Sour Patch Kids, cherry rock candy, gumballs, chocolate-dipped
cherries and more. The latter also reported that each guest went home
with a goodie bag of Sugar Factory’s special sweets.

Words are, Mike and Lakiha decided to throw the party because they were
the only ones attending their wedding at a small Vegas chapel back in 2009.
They got married just two weeks after his 4-year-old daughter, Exodus,
 died tragically in a treadmill accident.

Ultimate Guide To Make Sites Super Fast

Speed Up WordPress –

Ultimate Guide To Make Sites Super Fast

A good website should never compromise on the visitor’s experience. speedupwp Speed Up WordPress – Ultimate Guide To Make Sites Super FastA Serious web
publisher invests some time and resources to learn everything possible
about optimizing his website for speed. Who likes to browse through a
sluggish slow loading site? Most of the normal visitors leave the site,
unless the visitor is extremely interested in the content and related
things. More over google started considering the sites speed as a factor
in their search engine ranking logarithm. This guide will help you in reducing your sites server load, making your site faster.

Remember speeding up and optimizing your wordpress site
is not an easy process, it take a bit of time to make the changes
properly and safely. But its worth if you can spend the time. The time
taken will depend on your expertise in wordpress. Before making the
following changes my sites were taking around 11 – 15 seconds to load. 
After implementing these changes the site takes less than 5 seconds to
load.

Before starting with any thing, first take a complete back up of your theme files and your wordpress database. Now go to http://tools.pingdom.com
and enter your site url and do  a speed test to see how long does it
take for your website to load (You do speed test at last, after
implementing the changes in this guide to know the speed gain you have
obtained). Our aim is to reduce the load time and server load to a much
lesser value.

So lets start the Ultimate Guide To Make Your Site Super Fast

1) Remove Unnecessary PHP Queries and Database Access

Almost
all wordpress themes are made in such a way that there is minimal user
effort in configuring them. These themes comes with some generic php
codes, which can be easily replaced after we install it in our blog.
Removing these avoidable php queries will lessen your server load and
also make your site faster.

For this first open the header.php files located in your current themes folder. You can do this by two ways, either by going to Appearence > Editor from wp dashboard or by accessing the file directly using a FTP client and opening in Notepad or Notepad++.

You’ll some thing like this in the header file.

<title><?php bloginfo(‘name’); ?> <?php bloginfo(‘description’);?></title>

<link rel=”stylesheet” type=”text/css” media=”screen” href=”<?php bloginfo(‘stylesheet_url’); ?>“/>

<link rel=”shorcut icon” type=”image/png” href=”&lt?php bloginfo(‘template_url’); ?>/favicon.jpg” />

<link rel=”alternate” type=”application/rss+xml” title=”RSS Feed” href=”<?php bloginfo(‘rss_url’); ?>” />

The
bolded items in this code is the php code. These five php commands are
executed each time, when your site gets loaded in the browser. Since we
dont want the theme to be portable anymore, we can replace these php
queries by corresponding html code. That’s about 20 Times Faster Speed.

To do this open your site in any browser for eg in chrome and press Ctrl + U or select View Source From the menu. With reference to the above example, you will see the source code of the site as

<title>Computing Unleashed</title>

<link
rel=”stylesheet” type=”text/css” media=”screen”
href=”http://iqsoft.co.in/wp-content/themes/amalroy/style.css”/>

<link
rel=”shortcut icon”
href=”http://iqsoft.co.in/wordpress/wp-content/themes/amalroy/favicon.png”
type=”image/png” />

<link rel=”alternate” type=”application/rss+xml” title=”RSS Feed” href=”iqsoft.co.in/feed/rss/” />

Now you might have got an idea about this. Now just copy these codes and replace it in header.php file and save the file and you are done. You can now check for similar queries in footer.php, sidebar.php etc. and replace them.

2) Remove Inactive Plugins

Most
of us are curious to try out new wordpress plugins.We deactivate them
if we are not happy with the results. There is a tendency for us to
leave those deactivated plugins in the plugin directory. Its better to
remove all those inactive plugins that you dont use. Also check for any
plugins that you have activated but not using, these can eat up
resources simply. So make the plugin directory clean and tidy. If you
feel that you might want to use those deactivated plugin later on, then
make a text document in the plugin directory with the list of plugins
you need later and you can safely delete those plugins which are not
needed now.

3) Using a  FREE CDN (Content Delivery Network)

Content Delivery Network To Speed up Your Site1 Speed Up WordPress – Ultimate Guide To Make Sites Super FastA content delivery network is used by almost all popular websites like google, twitter, mashable etc. A content delivery
network (CDN) is a collection of web servers distributed across
multiple locations to deliver content more efficiently to users. The
user’s proximity to your web server has an impact on response times.
Deploying your content across multiple, geographically dispersed servers will make your pages load faster from the user’s perspective.

Using
a CDN network will improve your sites response time to a great extend.
But normal users find it difficult to afford a CDN service. But there
is a free alternative.

CoralCDN allows us to take full advantage
of a powerful CDN without spending a dime. How to use it? Well,
basically, just append `.nyud.net` to the hostname of any URL, and that
URL will be handled by Coral.

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With the Free CDN
this job can be done easily. All you need to do is just install the
plugin and activate it. It will rewrite the JavaScripts, CSS, images
etc. for you. PLus it also  has option to exclude or include the files
your specify. It can be JavaScript’s, CSS or specific pages.

4) Keep Your WordPress Version Up To Date

With the release of new versions, wordpress keeps on improving on the whole. On each update wordpress developers
put their effort in making wordpress faster and safer. So its very
necessary that you need to upgrade to the latest wordpress version to
get the performance improvements and new features.

5) Compress the CSS Code

Compressing
your CSS Code will make it’s size small and your browser can render it
faster and that results in faster page load times. Compressing the CSS
can be done in two ways. Either by doing it manually by using the
service CSS Drive. You have to manually copy-paste your css code from the style.css file in their website and you will get the compressed version of it which you can paste back on the style.css file.

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But if you make changes to your css code at times, then its better to use the WP CSS
plugin. Wp css plugin will automatically remove the white spaces and
compress your css files. Plus you will also have other options to set
expiry time for the files.

6) Optimize the WordPress Database

Just like the hard disks the wordpress database also gets fragmented. So optimizing the wordpress database too can speed up your site.

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  • For optimizing the wordpress database of your site, visit the cpanel of your hosting provider.
  • Use phpMyAdmin to optimize your database: Log in to phpMyAdmin, select all the tables, and then repair and optimize.

7) Compress & Combine Javascript Files

Like the CSS files the javascripts in your template is also a major reason for speed loss.

Try to reduce the javascripts as much as possible.

Javascript Compression Services

8 ) Reduce Image Sizes

Posts
become lively when images are added. But using high resolution images
on your site will put a high load on the server and this is one of the
reasons why some sites go down when a digg front page is reached.

The images can be compressed to a level without much loss in quality.

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You can use the WP Smush.it plugin for wordpress to compress the images. It will compress the images to a good extend and your site will load faster now.

9) Disable Hot Linking

Stealing
our websites bandwidth can be referred to as Hot linking. This happens
when others link your sites images in their articles and this puts load
on your server. This not a big issue if one or two sites directly link
your images, but if multiple sites uses this then it might create a
headache.

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We can easily prevent the hotlinking by implementing a small code in the .htaccess file.

#disable hotlinking of images with forbidden or custom image option

RewriteEngine on

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^$

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^http(s)?://(www.)?iqsoft.co.in [NC]

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^http(s)?://(www.)?google.com [NC]

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^http(s)?://(www.)?feeds2.feedburner.com/iqsoft[NC]

RewriteRule .(jpg|jpeg|png|gif)$ – [NC,F,L]

Copy-paste the above code in your .htaccess file in the wordpress root directory and then save it. !Important – Replace my sites url and feed with yours.

10) The WordPress Super Cache Plugin

The
super cache plugin is a must have plugin that cache’s the mostly
visited pages on your site and make it available the next visitor
immediately. The plugin generates html files which are served without
ever invoking a single line of PHP.

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Download WordPress Super Cache Plugin

But
if you have good experience with plugins and wordpress then I’d
recommend the w3 Total Cache Plugin which tops any of the cache plugin
and is my personal favorite. If you could properly configure the w3
total cache plugin then its the best. It has much better compressions
and caching options than the super cache plugin and definitely save your
websites bandwidth and improve your sites speed. Whats more it has even
got cdn support. This will help you avoid other plugins if you’ve got
a  cdn account or an amazon s3 account. This plugin also has separate
caching options for shared hosting and (vps, dedicated hostings). This makes it so special.

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11) Combining Javascripts and CSS Files with PHP Speedy

As said earlier, minimizing the HTTP requests can speed up the site greatly and the php speedy plugin
will help you further by combining all the javascripts into one single
file and all css files into a single one. Therefore in total the there
will only be two files that are being requested.

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The results after using the php speedy plugin.

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12) Preloading the Page Contents

This
is some thing that doesn’t improve the performance much but it enhances
the page load by loading the page progressively. The problem with
putting style sheets near the bottom of the document is that it
prohibits progressive rendering in many browsers, including Internet
Explorer. These browsers block rendering to avoid having to redraw
elements of the page if their styles change. The user is stuck viewing a
blank white page.

So here’s what you have to do. Move the Style Sheets to the header file.

<title>Computing Unleashed</title>

<link
rel=”stylesheet” type=”text/css” media=”screen”
href=”http://iqsoft.co.in/wordpress/wp-content/themes/amalroy/style.css”/>

Move the css file link near the title in the header.php file.

13) Flushing the buffer

When
users request a page in your site, it can takes around 200 – 500
milliseconds for the backend server to put together the HTML page.
During this time the browser remains idle. The flush() function in php
help you in loading the partially ready html response to the browser and
it can start fetching the components, while the backend server is busy with the rest of the contents.

To inset the flush() function in your wordpress site, Open up the header.php file and find the </head> tag and insert the <?php flush(); ?> function right after it. You may see the eg below.

</head>

<?php flush(); ?>

<body>

14) Using CSS Sprites Technique

It
simply means combining all the images in the site into a single big
image containing all of them and the browser loads the single big image
and display the different images by using background-position.

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If
you are using a lot of static images in your site then it is definitely
worth to try the css sprites technique. It not only speed up your site,
but also reduce the http requests. Here you can know about the complete
CSS Sprites and its implementation in here.

15) Add Header Expire To Static Contents

Adding
an expiry time to static images can reduce further HTTP requests when
loading other pages in the site. Adding an expiry time to the images in
the site help in loading the pages faster.

Copy and Paste the Following Code in your .htaccess file.

ExpiresActive On

ExpiresByType image/gif A28800

ExpiresByType image/png A28800

ExpiresByType image/jpg A28800

ExpiresByType image/jpeg A28800

16) DB Cache Reloaded Plugin

The
DB cache plugin works differently from the super cache plugin by
optimizing your database alone. It caches WordPress’s MySQL queries to a
file. This results in less space being used for caching and faster
performance from the WordPress blog.

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Download DB Cache Reloaded Plugin For WordPress

Apart
from all these criteria, the websites speed also depend upon other
factors such as type of hosting you have chosen, the number of
javascripts and css you use etc. VPS hosting will have more speed
compared to the normal shared hosting that many of the wordpress blogs
use.

I am sure that if you can implement these steps properly it will definitely speed up your wordpress blog by a great amount.

There may be many more ways to speed up your wordpress site. I have shared some of my knowledge here to speed up your site.