Sitting in the state of new York, Long Island – the world’s 149th largest island and home to 7.5 million people – is also the scene of the first major battle in the American Revolutionary War which followed the United States’ Declaration of Independence. The battle was also the largest battle in the entire conflict and the first that a United States army ever engaged in.
In March 1776, George Washington, (who went on to become the first ever president of the United States) moved his troops to Long Island and new York City and set about reinforcing their defences there, anticipating an attack from British troops. Their intelligence had proved accurate; on the 22nd of August 1776, 15,000 British troops began to cross The Narrows to Brooklyn from Staten Island.
Much of the American rebel force were undisciplined, untrained and unaccustomed to following orders from above, giving their British counterparts a considerable advantage. The British managed to manoeuvre their troops through unguarded terrain and then surprise the Americans with unrelentless firing of their musket shot, from column after column until they reached bayonet range, at which point they charged the American lines and engaged them in hand to hand combat. The Americans had little chance under this form of open combat and fell back.
The British troops’ numerical and tactical superiority served them well; the American rebels were severely outnumbered, yet prepared to die for the cause; and die they did. After losing hundreds of troops in various skirmishes, Washington decided it was time to retreat from Brooklyn while the wind was still blowing in his favour. As the rain lashed down and fog descended over the area, Washington used the weather to conceal his retreat; in complete silence, nine thousand men, complete with their ammunition, artillery, provisions, horses and carriages rowed across the East River. The entire retreat operation took 13 hours, and was completed without the loss of a single man.
When the British troops marched up to Brooklyn Heights the following morning expecting to force the rebels into surrender, or slaughter them, they found nothing but a few empty ration packs.
On September the 11th, 1776, the British accepted the request of an American delegation to discuss a treaty, but the peace conference failed because the Americans refused to revoke the Declaration of Independence. The British troops then continued to move through Long Island, occupying local homes, farmsteads and even hotels in Westbury, Hempstead, Hicksville, and various other settlements.
British Military historians were later to commend Washington on his retreat; while his original misjudgment had put his army in extreme danger, his strong leadership is credited with saving the majority of his troops, which would have likely been massacred had it not been for Washington’s quick thinking.
Someone asked what I thought of our political leaders today. Ya, I don’t know why either.this isn’t something I spend a lot of mind time with. they are at the bottom of my list of important thoughts because I have no power over them physically or mentally. so the truthful answer to the question would be, I don’t think much of our leaders at all.
The importance of their lack or abundance of intelligence is not a question worth asking at this point, since we saw fit to give them their position of power already, and besides their lack or abundance of intelligence should really only be of importance to them personally, don’t you think???
It’s not our job nor does it help to judge their competence after the fact, we can do it before hand, but then we usually put them in power anyway.
But we deserve an opinion yes; yes we do, and we can’t hardly help but have one, don’t you find? it usually proves to ourselves how smart we are and proves to another how smart we isn’t.
So do I think political leaders are good or bad today? yes, I think they really are. I prefer to look for the good first and once I find it, I build on it. I begin an intention to see them as having ‘response ability’ for their words and actions first and foremost, this I see as the platform they will build upon.
I don’t spend my valuable time complaining and wishing for things that are not, nor do I look for some perception of lack in another. If I should find something lacking, and I am actually aware of it, then it is actually lacking in me as well, so I might search myself for a way to alleviate my lack and then I leave it well enough alone. I make the intention to see that our leaders will do that which will be appropriate at all times. Tough order? is it too much to think that this is not attainable?
Don’t be too concerned about who has power outside of you, who is in the White House, or the House of Parliament or the House Senate. the critical thing is; who is in power in your own house; who is running the thoughts that you think; find that out and then begin to use your mind to create the world you envision. the prime minister, premiers and presidents won’t do that for you, they don’t have enough power.
Create great thoughts – With No Regard to Logic.
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If the DigiTimes report does turn out to be true, then it is expected that the growing popularity of the new iPhone will lead to other smartphone manufacturers equipping their new devices with LTE functionality, which is likely to boost up global sales of LTE-enabled smartphones in 2012.
According to the DigiTimes report, world-wide sales of LTE-enabled smartphones are expected to increase from the originally projected 25-30 million units to 45-50 million units.
The unnamed sources, cited by DigiTimes, also said that the new iPad can only support LTE networks in North America as networks in other regions adopt different frequency bands.
“Currently, 700MHz and 2,100MHz are used in North America, 800MHz and 2,600MHz in Western Europe, the Middle East and Africa, 800MHz, 1,800MHz, 2,300MHz and 2,600MHz in Eastern Europe, and 1,800MHz and 2,100MHz in Asia Pacific,” the report said.
“The frequency bands adopted for LTE networks around the world in 2015 will have 38 combinations, with 700MHz to have the largest proportion at 16 percent, 2,100MHz to have 13 percent, 2,600MHz 11percent and 2,500MHz 10percent, the sources cited Wireless Intelligence under the GSMA as indicating.”
Though there was no clear reason for the delayed release of iPhone 4S, many analysts believe that it was Apple's failed attempt at implementing LTE into the phone that held back the much-awaited launch. Since the new iPad got 4G LTE support, there is an even higher chance that LTE may be incorporated in Apple's next iPhone as well.
What are the Other Features that Look Certain in iPhone 5?
The Internet is full of speculations about what the new iPhone will possibly bring. various reports have listed out a number of features, which they believe would give Apple's brand new gadget a significant edge over its rivals.
Given that the new iPad sports Retina Display with a ground breaking 2048 x 1536 resolution, the upcoming iPhone is highly rumored to feature something higher in terms of its display. If the existing rumors turn out to be true, the next generation iPhone will boast a 3.7- to 4-inch Quantum Dot LED curved glass edge-to-edge display. Some of the recent reports even suggested that a high resolution (1280×720) HD screen with a pixel density of 367ppi is also on the cards.
Denying all the rumors of an A6 processor, the new iPad finally got powered by an A5X dual-core CPU with quad-core GPU. that said, rumors are rife that an A6 processor will eventually power the next iPhone. it will be a superfast 1.2 to 1.5 GHz processor with 1GB or more of RAM to offer amazing processing capabilities to the smartphone.
What about the camera? well, considering Android smartphones are increasingly coming with 8 megapixel camera, iPhone 5 is also expected to feature something similar or even higher. Another rumor indicated that iPhone 5 will even have a 3D camera.
Many reports have also been betting on the Near Field Communication (NFC) technology to be included in the upcoming Apple phone. The New York Times reported even before the launch of iPhone 4S that a forthcoming iPhone would feature NFC. Since it did not turn out to be iPhone 4S, it could well be the one on the cards.
After upgrading to the new iOS 5.1, many users have reported a much-improved battery life on their devices.
“Currently at Usage 7 Hours, 46 minutes, Standby 3 Days, 20 Hours.. with 17% left in the battery.. Was at 100% when I did the 5.1 update,” said a user, who shared his experience via a thread on reddit.
Considering this, the next iPhone is also likely to offer a much-improved battery life. It's expected that the iPhone 5 will have better battery life than the Li-Po 1420 mAh battery in the iPhone 4S that gives up to 8 hours of talk time on 3G and up to 14 hours on 2G (GSM).
If the latest rumors are to be believed, the iPhone maker may abandon mid-year launches and consider a 12-month iPhone upgrade cycle starting in the fall.
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The Android operating system's share of smartphone sales grew to 53% from January through October, up from 42% in 2010, and Apple's iOS share rose to 29%, up from 21% last year, research firm NPD Group said Tuesday.
Research in Motion, which makes the BlackBerry, continued to see its share of the smartphone market decline, plummeting to 10% in the first 10 months of this year. in 2010, it held one-fourth of the market.
Windows Mobile, Windows Phone 7, Symbian OS and Palm/webOS had tiny shares of the market, with each operating system capturing no more than 3%.
"the competitive landscape for smartphones, which has been reshaped by Apple and Google, has ultimately forced every major handset provider through a major transition," said Ross Rubin, executive director of Connected Intelligence at the NPD Group. "for many of them, 2012 will be a critical year in assessing how effective their responses have been."
Motorola is seeking to rebuild its share of the market, which was 36% five years ago but had fallen as low as 1% in the third quarter of 2009. After adopting Android, Motorola rose to 16% of the market in the fourth quarter last year but fell to 12% in the third quarter this year. But Rubin said Motorola is at least back in the game.
Another smartphone maker hoping to rebound next year is RIM. Rubin said few companies "have felt the impact of the shift to touch user interfaces and larger screen sizes as negatively," but noted that the company is beginning anew with a strong technical foundation and has already made incremental improvements this year with the release of its BlackBerry 7 operating system. in the second quarter of 2006, RIM held half of all smartphone sales, but by the third quarter this year, it had fallen to 8%.
Photo: an iPhone 4S. Apple's iOS share of smartphone sales grew to 29% from January through October. Credit: Robert Galbraith / Reuters
Back in 1995, David Fincher followed his terrific debut atrocity Alien 3 with a little film called seven. it was a serial killer movie written by a guy who was working at Tower Records (true story), and as anyone who works retail can tell you, your opinion of humanity goes down the proverbial shitter. The film was very well-made and beautifully shot, choosing to show the grizzly aftermath of the murders and thereby forcing the audience to imagine it. The film was a success. Years later a bunch of people got together and threw Danny Glover and Cary Elwes into a room and started torture porn. Working off the model of seven [(i.e. serial killer gives victims choice of an easy death, or a slow, painful torture they may or may not survive) also, opening next week is the movie 127 Hours] saw decided to explicitly show all of the sordid ordeals and little else, leaving behind the controlled restraint, intelligence, and plot of its predecessor. Sheeple loved it. so the powers that be decided to make another saw film every year until it was totally beat into the ground. But now with 3D, any tired franchise can be revitalized for one last painful hoorah… in 3D. so with no further ado, saw 3D comes out today, and it’s probably just more of the same, but in 3D!there have been no reviews. Either the studio was smart enough to not have press screenings or there’s an shortage of ink and the press needed to conserve some.
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