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Blackberry best smartphone for battery life

The much-maligned Blackberry has emerged as the best phone for off-grid users.

Although Blackberry customers were left without a service for days earlier this year, the phone is way ahead of current competitors when it comes to battery life, the key factor for those generating their own power.

The longer battery life comes about because the phone draws less power than Android or iPhone models. although that does not solve the problem of getting a signal in remote locations.Motorola’s Droid, along with the Dell Streak, came out on top of a battery-life contest for Android-running handsets, devised by Laptop Magazine. but it only had about 7 hours power compared to over a day for Blackberry.

and Chinese maker Huawei claims its soon to be released Honor Smartphone has up to 3 days of use on a single charge, making it the longest battery life among smartphones that fall under the 4″ display category. Of course, the claim has yet to be proven, and the way a phone is used is key to determining the battery life, so we hope to get hold of a unit to find out for myself.

The Motorola Droid X has enough juice to run for 7 hours and 42 minutes. Dell’s Streak—which some analysts say is either a large smartphone or small tablet PC—ran for 7 hours, 35 minutes, while Motorola‘s Droid came in third, at 7 hours, 7 minutes. Bringing up the rear was the HTC incredible, which exhausted itself after 4 hours and 33 minutes.

RIM’s BlackBerry and Apple’s iPhone feature proprietary hardware and software (meaning it’s all controlled by RIM and Apple); Google‘s Android operating system (OS) runs on many different phones (made by LG, HTC, Samsung, Motorola, etc.) So Android offers a lot more options, but it also brings into play a myriad of vendors essentially selling the same product, creating distinctions without differences.

RIM’s BlackBerry has been a corporate standard for many years, mainly due to its security features (such as the ability to remotely wipe its memory if lost, something you can’t do as easily with an iPhone) and its user-friendly thumb keyboard. but RIM has let its BlackBerry OS fall behind and is still trying to play catch-up.

Another downside is the relative lack of cool Blackberry apps. On the plus side, most BlackBerries still feature that thumb keyboard that appeals to users who enjoy writing lengthy e-mails on the road. also, BlackBerry boasts the longest battery life of all the smart phones and that’s the most important thing.

Apple’s iPhone is a cultural phenomenon; it kick-started the smart phone revolution. Its appeal is universal – – except in the corporate world where it hasn’t had much penetration save for high-tech companies or with fashion-conscious users. Apple’s iOS for the iPhone is a closed, proprietary system which, for some, is a bonus, because, theoretically, it can’t be hacked by bad guys.  And now with the iPhone available on two carriers (AT&T and Verizon), and with Sprint coming on board with the iPhone 5, users have more choices among carriers. the Apple App Store boasts tens upon thousands of apps (not all of them variations on angry Birds) for most every business use imaginable.

Google‘s Android platform is the nerdy counterpart to Apple’s iOS. Spanning several hardware platforms ( HTC, LG, Motorola, Samsung, etc.), Android is an open source free-for-all that also features a healthy App Market with thousands of apps and an expanding user base. Androids are business-friendly but lack the reliability and security of the BlackBerry and the status and simplicity of the iPhone.

But Google‘s recent announcement of its intention to acquire Motorola Mobility leads one to think that Android will likely expand its security options, develop on a more homogenous platform, and we’ve already seen improvements in Android security in the past few months.

So, for old school, hard keyboard, security-conscious users, the BlackBerry is best (Buy the BlackBerry Bold 9780 Unlocked Cell Phone with Full QWERTY Keyboard here). but understand that by choosing it, you may be marginalizing yourself. Besides offering more apps, both the iPhone and the Android are more fun to use. And if you think that the smart phone eventually will replace the PC as the key platform for business computing (as HP apparently did when it announced it was getting out of the computer business), you’ll need a phone that you like, not one you’ll merely use.

The Laptop Magazine test consisted of the devices running an Android application, that the magazine writes “opens the phone’s Web browser to one of 60 popular Websites, remains there for 60 seconds, closes the browser, then reopens the browser to the next Website on the list. It does so until the phone’s battery dies, while recording the time elapsed.”

To create a level playing field, several adjustments were made to each handset. First, two free applications, my Settings and Advanced Task Killer, were downloaded to each device. then, in my Settings, the Laptop gang turned off auto brightness and set the brightness of each screen to 40 percent. They also turned off WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS location, cell location and auto sync, deactivated the screen timeout and turned off Flash support and plug-ins in the Web browser. Lastly, they placed each phone in a place where it was receiving at least four bars of service.

Each phone was then tested twice, and its score was the result of the tests’ average.

“We know this doesn’t take into account things such as texting, making phone calls and using multimedia apps, but we feel it gives a fair indication of how long one phone will last compared to another under similar settings,” Laptop reported.

That said, it’s still difficult to say all phones were equal. Screen size has long been equated with battery life, making the Dell Streak an unexpected second-place finisher, as it features a 5-inch display—the largest in the industry, and the reason why many it consider it more of a tablet. Dell included.

Which phones offer the best battery life, then?

“It really comes down to what you view most often on your phone,” Laptop concluded.

The battery life average was 5 hours, 5 minutes. Coming in just under that, for fourth place, was the Samsung Epic 4G, at 5 hours, 34 minutes, followed by the HTC Evo 4G at 5 hours, 27 minutes. the Samsung Vibrant finished in sixth, at 4 hours, 44 minutes, and in seventh place — putting in 10 more seconds than the HTC incredible — was the Samsung Captivate, with a battery life of 4 hours and 43 minutes.

To see how ten of the hottest Android phones stack up, check out the buyer’s guide table at www.windowsitpro.com,

Below are some of the highlights for shoppers to consider.

Standard features that you can expect on any Android phone include:

* Email (native Gmail support, and Outlook syncing through Exchange ActiveSync)

* Contacts management

* Touch screen/touch screen keyboard

* Android market access

Points of Differentiation

Despite all of these phones using the same OS, there are some significant points of differentiation to consider.

Exchange and Outlook support

All Android phones have ActiveSync, which allows for push synchronization between your Outlook account and your phone. However, many of these devices don’t have native contact and calendar syncing, so if you’re going to choose one of the devices that doesn’t and you use Outlook, you’ll need to download an app to sync them. the leading app for 2-way syncing is CompanionLink, which costs $39.99. Google also offers a free solution called Google Calendar Sync; however, you have to tie your Outlook account to a Gmail account in order for it to work, which will be an issue for some corporate accounts.

Different Android versions

Each of the phones in this list either comes with version 1.5 (or 1.6) or 2.0 (or 2.1). Android 2.0 is a significant upgrade from the past version, but the only two Android smartphones that offer 2.0 are the Motorola Droid and the Google Nexus one. one of the most significant new features in 2.0 is contact syncing. see all the new features of Android 2.0 at developer.android.com/sdk/android-2.0-highlights.html.

Some individuals strongly prefer one carrier to another, and some organizations have corporate deals with a given carrier. as such, it’s important to realize that many Android phones (and smartphones in general) only bundle with a specific carrier. If your carrier of choice is T-Mobile, then many devices are available. If you prefer one of the other three carriers, your options are more limited. the Google Nexus one offers the greatest selection, and is available on T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon.

Physical vs. virtual keyboard

If finger dexterity is your Achilles’ thumb, you may prefer a physical keyboard, which would lead you to one of the sliders such as the Motorola Droid or CLIQ.

Best by Category

What device you use is a personal decision and will vary by individual, so I’m hesitant to make specific recommendations. Once you do decide which Android device you want (if any), I strongly recommend taking some time to see what users are saying across the web — while much of it might be inane, you should get some very good nuggets concerning the pros and cons from people that use the phone on a daily basis.

With that in mind, here is a quick list of the phone winners in each category (some categories, such as camera,  didn’t factor because there are so many draws):

* Best processor: Google Nexus One

* Best memory/storage: Motorola Droid

* Best display size/resolution: Motorola Droid

* Best price: HTC Droid Eris, Motorola Backflip, and Samsung Moment

* Best battery life: HTC Hero

* Best variety in carrier coverage: Google Nexus One

* Lightest weight: T-Mobile MyTouch 3G

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    Android handsets secretly logging keystrokes, SMS messages?

    A look at some of the actionable data Carrier IQ collects, including location information of a single device user.

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    YourAndroid-based smartphone could be watching just about everything you do, Android security researcher Trevor Eckhart argues in a video posted earlier this week.

    In the nearly 20-minute video clip, Eckhart shows how software developed by mobile-device tracker Carrier IQ logs each keystroke and then sends them off to locations unknown. In addition, when Eckhart tried placing a call, Carrier IQ’s software recorded each number before the call was even made.

    Eckhart started making waves across the privacy community earlier this month after he dug into software developed by Carrier IQ that, he said, runs behind the scenes in Android-based devices to track what users are doing. Eckhart called the software a “rootkit,” due to its ability to access device data while concealing its presence.

    As one might expect, Carrier IQ took offense to Eckhart’s claim, saying that its software is a “diagnostic tool” for companies to “improve the quality of the network, understand device issues, and ultimately improve the user experience.” The company also sent Eckhart a cease-and-desist letter and demanded he issue an apology for calling its software a rootkit.

    Just days later, Carrier IQ did an about face after the Electronic Frontier Foundation responded to its cease-and-desist letter, saying that Eckhart’s comments and research are protected under the Copyright Act’s fair use provision.

    “Our action was misguided and we are deeply sorry for any concern or trouble that our letter may have caused Mr. Eckhart,” the company said in response to the EFF’s letter. “We sincerely appreciate and respect EFF’s work on his behalf, and share their commitment to protecting free speech in a rapidly changing technological world.”

    However, Carrier IQ also took the opportunity to clarify what its software doesn’t do, including record keystrokes, provide tracking tools, or inspect “the content of e-mails and SMSs.” The company also argued that its software does not “provide real-time data reporting to any customer.”

    But Eckhart’s new video seems to refute at least some of those claims. In one part of the clip, he shows how an entire SMS message–“hello world”–was recorded by Carrier IQ’s software. In another example, he demonstrates how a Google search, his location, and other key information is recorded by Carrier IQ’s application, even though he was on Wi-Fi and a page secured by HTTPS.

    “The Carrier IQ application is receiving not only HTTP strings directly from browser, but also HTTPs strings,” Eckhart wrote in a blog post. “HTTPs data is the only thing protecting much of the ‘secure’ Internet. Queries of what you search, HTTPs plain text login strings (yuck, but yes), even exact details of objects on page are shown in the JS/CSS/GIF files above–and can be seen going into the Carrier IQ application.”

    “The Carrier IQ application is embedded so deeply in the device that it can’t be fully removed without rebuilding the phone from source code.”–Trevor Eckhart, Android security researcher

    Perhaps most troublesome is that users don’t know where their information is going or how it’s being used. Earlier this month, Sprint told CNET that it’s a Carrier IQ customer, but rejected any notion that it’s peering into users’ personal data.

    “Carrier IQ provides information that allows Sprint, and other carriers that use it, to analyze our network performance and identify where we should be improving service,” Sprint told CNET. “We also use the data to understand device performance so we can figure out when issues are occurring.”

    “We collect enough information to understand the customer experience with devices on our network and how to address any connection problems, but we do not and cannot look at the contents of messages, photos, videos, etc., using this tool,” Sprint continued.

    But for many handset owners, that might not be enough. so, surely they can turn off the software and stop the tracking, right? Think again, says Eckhart.

    “The Carrier IQ application is embedded so deeply in the device that it can’t be fully removed without rebuilding the phone from source code,” he says. “This is only possible for a user with advanced skills and a fully unlocked device. Even where a device is out of contract, there is no off switch to stop the application from gathering data.”

    Although Eckhart’s data comes from Android devices, it’s worth noting that Carrier IQ’s software is running on over 130 million mobile devices worldwide, including those made by Nokia and Research In Motion.

    Carrier IQ declined CNET’s request for comment.

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      Designing a Digital "Meta Maus"

      “Meta Maus” provides an inside look at the making of “Maus” complete with a brand-new interactive DVD

      2011 marks the 25th anniversary of Art Spiegelman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book “Maus,” and to mark the occasion, Pantheon published “Meta Maus,” an inside look at Spiegelman and his process in creating the book, which has become a modern classic. Included in the package is an interactive DVD containing a digital copy of “Maus,” hundreds of sketches and designs, audio and video features and much more. The DVD is arguably the new high water mark for what is possible with digital comics.

      Ryan Nadel, a recent graduate of the Centre for Digital Media in Vancouver and the President of 8 Leaf Digital Productions oversaw the project. a former journalist and longtime fan of “Maus” and Spiegelman, Nadel spoke with CBR News about the project and what he learned from working with Spiegelman.

      CBR News: Ryan, let’s start by talking about your company. What does 8 Leaf Digital Productions do, and what is the company’s mission?

      Ryan Nadel: our focus is in two areas. one is working with clients like Random House to build rich media applications and products, whether they’re, in this case, DVD-based, web-based, mobile-based. The other side of the business is working and developing our own applications. Right now we’re working on an application which is designed for kids to use in playgrounds and the idea is simply using video game mechanics constructors to encourage real world physical play. so using receptors in an iPod touch to measure who slides the most and building game structures around that type of experience. It’s pretty broad in terms of [the] type of work that we do but it’s all centered around this notion of using digital media interactive platforms to engage more with the real world.

      The “Meta Maus” DVD, which is just amazing, was in the works before you got involved. how did you come to take over this project?

      Art Spiegelman was a guest here in Vancouver and he gave a talk at the Centre for Digital Media, which is the school that I was attending at the time. one of the administrators approached him and started talking about the CD-ROM that was put together back in the ’90s by a group called Voyager. He said it was his dream to try to recreate that for computers today. Students started working on the project and it was just too big for students to be working on it on an extracurricular basis. The stakes were just too high as far as the exposure it was going to get. when I finished my masters degree, I approached the Centre for Digital Media and said I wanted to take over the project, not really knowing what I was getting into. I realized very quickly that we had to essentially start from scratch and rebuild the application. What was interesting was that as Art saw the application taking shape, he kept putting more and more stuff into it. He just kept adding more and more content and that’s how it got to where it is today.

      Before starting this project, were you familiar with “Maus” and Art Spiegelman?

      Oh, definitely. I read “Maus” as a kid. I remember the first time I got to meet Art last summer I said, “I’m a big fan, I’ve been reading your stuff since I was a kid.” He went, “Oy, the child abuse that you suffered.” [Laughs] In the Jewish community, the position towards “Maus” is kind of that it makes the Holocaust more accessible, because of the medium and the metaphors. Art’s perspective on it is, this is some fucked up shit and you shouldn’t be giving this to ten year- olds. But yes, I was very aware of “Maus” and Art and a big fan.

      When you started out, what was your original conception of what it would be and how it would look? was it just to create a digital copy of the book?

      No, it was definitely adding layers to the book. What I came to appreciate very quickly is Art’s brilliance is in his ability to take really complicated things — stories, images, facts — and distill them down to the most salient parts. You look at a panel in “Maus” and only the words which are absolutely necessary are written. only the images which are absolutely necessary are drawn in any given panel. when I started to go through the material, I saw the process to get there. looking at the sketches and listening to the recordings, it feels like you’re watching a stone mason chisel away to get to this final product, which I think is almost the opposite conception that people have of the way that something is made, where you take something and build on top of it and that’s how you get to a work of art. In Art’s case, which I think is true for great artists, it’s kind of the opposite. It’s knowing what to take out. That was the decision that I had — let’s create something where people can see and feel that process and get a sense of those layers.

      It was fascinating to see the sketches and designs and see where the page would begin and what we would end up with. how much of that is what Art was bringing you as you were assembling this?

      The two sections on the DVD — one called “The Complete Maus,” where you go through the pages — a lot of that material was there but it wasn’t all curated. I saw this pattern again with [Art], he was removing sketches that he didn’t think were relevant. even at that stage there was still this concern that he wanted it to be meaningful to his readers. That’s what I think sets Art apart from his peers. What we started adding on was the stuff in the second section, the “Meta Maus” section: The Attic, Anja’s bookshelf, the unedited transcripts, the family tree. Those were all added on as we went when Art realized that we had the structure and the capacity to handle all that content.

      What was really amazing was the material that was only available on the DVD. The audio recordings of his father. The hundreds of sketches, only a handful of which appear in the book.

      It’s the first time that any of it’s ever been published. He has had some art shows over the years where select sketches have been on display but what’s in The Attic and The Notebooks in most instances have never been published. He only edited one thing from the notebook and that was a page which had Dick Cavett’s phone number written on it. [Laughs] other than that, it is as raw as it comes.

      When Spiegelman has talked about “Meta Maus,” he seems to be trying to give his last word about what “Maus” meant, what went into it, ending the conversation about the book, at least on his part. I’m curious, what do you think the book will do?

      I think it’s really going to do two things. one, it will get people excited about the process of “Maus.” I think it’s almost going to backfire on Art, in that it’s so interesting that people will just want more of him and more of his insight and his way of seeing the world and his work. I don’t think he’s going to achieve his goal of stopping the conversation about “Maus.” I think it’s going to trigger a whole other generation of conversations. We’re so used to seeing in media the polished product and “Meta Maus” just rips all that away and shows the struggle and the process and people are just going to want more. I don’t think he’s going to achieve its goal.

      I can understand what he’s trying to say, but I agree with you “Meta Maus” will likely start more conversation than it could ever end.

      It’s interesting; the dialogue around the book has two perspectives. one is, it’s great for “Maus” fans, but no one else is going to care. The other perspective which I’m part of, is, look at this amazing work about work. an amazing work about what it means to be creative and be an artist. That to me really is the message of “Meta Maus” and Spiegelman’s career in general. It’s a laser focus on making perfect work. That’s a rare insight. And he kept everything. how many artists keep every single draft and sketch?

      I hope some of the conversations “Meta Maus” starts will reframe how we talk about “Maus” and Spiegelman because so much of the conversations are about the subject matter only, and for good reason. perhaps “Meta Maus” will help us talk about Spiegelman’s skill as a writer and artist.

      People often criticize his drawing. He’s the first one to say it. He said, “I’m not a good drawer, I’m a decent writer, but what I’m really great at is designing and layout.” If you look at the way the panels on the pages are assembled, you see the tremendous brilliance of his design. There’s this one page where Art asks Vladek about the orchestra at the entrance to Auschwitz. Vladek says there was no orchestra and Art says, “But there’s all these references to an orchestra.” In “Maus,” both of those realities are depicted. there are these amazing moments with Art both in “Meta Maus” the book [and] also in the audio section on the DVD. Hearing Art explain these things and the insight into his process and thinking, which you really missed on a conscious level when you’re reading “Maus.”

      How much work was involved in designing and digitizing the book?

      A lot. [Laughs] there were a few stages. one was the digitizing. We essentially scanned the original “Maus.” The audio files were a big issue because the tapes were disintegrating so we worked with the CBC here in Vancouver to preserve and capture the tapes in digital format. The Auschwitz home video was a degrading VHS [copy], which we used a special preservation society in new York to digitize and capture. a lot of the sketches were previously scanned. Art’s had interns over the years scan a lot of his notebooks. He did go on a mission for a couple of weeks trying to hunt down sketches which had been sold at different art shows and he only had low resolution versions of them. That drove him crazy for a couple of weeks. it was a lot of work to collect the content.

      In terms of the design process, it was Art at his best in the sense that Art Spiegelman does everything himself when he’s making a book. He designs everything down to the bar code on the back cover. Working with software geeks, he didn’t have the capacity to do that, so it was very much an iterative process. I remember our early meetings where we had worked for six weeks on the project and we sent him a version of it and it looked like crap, but all the content was there. He went, “This is terrible, this isn’t going to work, this looks like crap,” and we’re like, “Yes, but Art, look at what’s here. We’ll get to the rest of it.” We figured out a good working rhythm where we were able to refine the design of things as we went along and as we built the infrastructure and the content management underneath it all. Those two elements were a ton of work. for example, on “The Complete Maus” section of the DVD, you can hover over different panels and these little boxes will show you where there’s content. Someone had to measure the pixels for each panel on every single page. That’s two months worth of work.

      I know you’re also working on a French version of “Meta Maus.” Are you doing anything differently or simply translating everything?

      We added one section, rejection letters. In “Meta Maus” the book, there’s a two page spread talking about rejection letters he received. We actually have the original rejection letters in English and French and on the DVD you can read all of them. That’s the only change.

      Is there anything you came to understand about “Maus” or Art Spiegelman as a result of working on this project?

      It’s interesting, we never really talked that much about the content. after we finished the work, I let myself read “Maus.” it was a very emotional, upsetting process to re-engage with that material. I realized over the course of the year while we were working through all this that I wasn’t re-reading “Maus” because it was just too poignant and I think Art takes a similar approach. We never really talked about the content. it was a very matter of fact process.

      The things that I did learn just for my own creative work, Art’s attention to detail and his relentlessness to get things right was inspiring and frustrating, but you make world class art with that attitude. I learned a lot from him in terms of commitment to quality and seeing things through to the end. He spent lots of hours on the DVD and a hundred times that making the book. He pays attention to every single aspect of the process. I remember sitting with him in his studio, and we were with Andy Hughes who’s the head of production at Pantheon, and he had this big box of scanned images. He was showing Art samples of the scans which would be included in “Meta Maus.” Art went through a couple hundred images and he would say, “This purple is off,” and he would go into his files and pull out the original and compare it to the scan. another image he would say, “No, this yellow isn’t right.” He did that for every single image in the book. And it makes a difference.

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        Occupy LA eviction deadline passes, and protesters file suit to stay put (VIDEO)

        Hours after a midnight deadline passed without police moving in to evict Occupy Los Angeles protesters from their encampment outside City Hall, the movement is seeking a court order to prevent the eviction from being carried out.

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        Mario Brito, a member of Occupy LA’s City Hall liason team, said the suit was filed Monday morning in federal court.

        The suit, which names the city, the mayor, and the chief of police as defendants, accuses them of violating the protesters’ civil rights by reversing policy and demanding that the 500 or so tents on the City Hall lawn, considered the largest remaining of the Occupy movement’s encampments in the US, be dismantled.

        The legal battle was joined after the midnight deadline for police eviction came and went without the sort of clashes that have marked other law enforcement actions at Occupy sites around the nation.

        As police focused their efforts early Monday largely on clearing intersections for weekday commuter traffic, the mood among the protesters mixed defiance and resignation that the encampment’s time was coming to a close.

        A handful of arrests were made, mostly for interference with traffic regulations.

        As Monday morning dawned, the estimated 3,000 protesters remained upbeat, with little if any response from police.

        “Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Los Angeles,” a call-and-response chant wafted over the crowd, adding, “Occupy everything and never give it back.”

        Police were on high alert and deployed largely unobtrusively along side streets on Segway scooters and on foot – and without heavy riot gear.

        Helicopters hovered over head throughout the early morning hours, Los Angeles police officers in regular patrol uniforms strolled among the activists.

        “We are looking for peaceful solutions,” said LAPD commander Andrew Smith, as he walked the area, adding, “so far, so good as far as nonviolence – nobody is looking for anything else than that.”

        Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti early Monday reiterated the city’s position that while there is a right to speak out, “camping cannot continue indefinitely.”

        Signs of preparations for clashes and closure appeared along the crowded sidewalks and limited grassy areas. a bail bondsman eagerly presses his card into the hands of passersby, announcing his services in a loud voice. “Bail bonds here, be ready,” intoned Fidel Ramirez, whose card states, “any time, any jail.”

        Will Paio Mares, a self-described artist-in-residence who had an extensive showing of his paintings propped up around city tree trunks, was hastily packing up his belongings, muttering that he had no time to talk as he bustled past.

        “I’m in a hurry,” he says, answering the question of whether it is time to leave, with “of course.”

        Companion Kevin Gambit, a fellow Occupy-er from San Diego said many protesters are getting ready to go, “so they don’t have the holiday  rush of losing all their belongings.”

        Saying it is simply time to go from the encampments, he adds that his activist stance is intact.

        “The world is ours to occupy,” he says. “I’m always occupying, just as you are.”

        Others appear committed to this downtown patch of grass and concrete, however. Anastasia, a fellow activist who came from nearby Irvine, and who declined to provide her last name, says the commitment to the encampment is firm.

        “There are many people coming in unity,” she says, pointing to groups coming down from San Francisco as well as other areas to show support. “These are our brothers and sisters,” she says, as she sits on the ground, arms linked to her companions. “We are prepared for the worst, but we expect an easy and peaceful resolution.”

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          Chris Paul Rookie Or How to Increase Vertical Jump

          In case you didn’t know – Chris Paul, the 5’11 point guard of the New Orleans Hornets has a 38-inch vertical but maybe you did, maybe you also have seen his monster dunk over the 6’11 center Dwight Howard. in case you didn’t, simply look it up on youtube.

          For those who ask themselves how Paul improved his vertical that much – cause he isn’t a natural jumper like so many – simply take a look at his summer weight program – but don’t forget that this workout is designed for a professional basketball player and you should consult your physician first.

          I had to work real hard on my vertical. Its important to work on your whole body, not only the legs. – Chris Paul

          The 4 days a week, one hour a day workout consists of:

          Lat Raise: 3 sets, 10 reps, 20 lbs.
          Pec Deck: 3 sets, 10 reps, 80 lbs.
          Tricep Press: 3 sets, 10 reps, 80 lbs.
          Lat Pull: 3 sets, 10 reps, 130 lbs.
          Seated Row: 3 sets, 10 reps, 120 lbs.
          Bent fly: 3 sets, 10 reps, 40 lbs.
          Curls: 3 sets, 10 reps, 20 lbs.
          Leg Curl: 3 sets, 10 reps, 100 lbs.
          Hack Squat: 3 sets, 10 reps, 300 lbs.
          Calf Raises: 3 sets, 10 reps, 100 lbs.
          Bench Press: 3 sets, 10 reps, 130 lbs.

          Use less weight and more repetitions to avoid getting too bulky. If you want to get bigger, then go on heavier weights, lower reps.

          Here is one example for the vertical leap exercises, its called plate squats.

          Starting Position: Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, knees slightly bent, hips back. Hold a weight plate with both hands at chest level, elbows bent.

          Movement: Lower yourself until knees and hips are fully bent.
          Be certain to keep the knees directly over the toes. Extend knees and hips until legs are straight. Return and repeat. Also, be sure to keep your head forward, back straight and feet flat on the floor, do not raise your heels. as you extend up, think of driving your heels into the floor.

          And of course, you have to use the jumping rope – it not only gives you explosiveness and calf strength but is also a great way to build stamina, and work on your overall leg strength. Do 200 jumps 3 times a week.

          If you are really interested in improving your vertical and are searching for a good vertical program, I definitely can recommend the Jump Manual, it gives you all the stuff you need to improve your vertical.

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