iOS 5 Review

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Alright! So I LOVE Apple! I am definitely an Apple nerd! Let me start this, iOS 5 is AMAZING. First for this, is iMessage. I have fallen in love with iMessage! You can talk to any other iOS 5 device free of charge! You can see when the other person has read your message, when they’ve been delivered to their device, when they’re typing back to you! I think its just awesome! Its so clean, and has a very nice theme. You can set ringtones! Buy them from iTunes or make your own! (Ill explain in another post)

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Next is the notifications. I absolutely love notification center, the lock screen notifications and the non annoying top notifications. The first two pictures are the lock screen. You can see me sliding the application icon, this will take me directly into the app when my device is unlocked, for those who don’t have a passcode, it just unlocks right away, and goes directly into the app. On the picture of my home screen, you can see the new notifications pop up. They are very nice looking, and they don’t stop you from what your currently doing. You can also change these new notifications if you’d like. You can go back to the old ones (which have a new black theme), stay with these new ones, or have none at all! Now heres what i think is just awesome. Notification center. With just one swipe downward from the top of your screen, on any place, application, screen, ANYWHERE! you slide down notification center. It gathers all your notifications until you either delete the app notifications, or open it. You also have a local weather widget and a stocks widget, which you can turn off any time.

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Next up! iCloud and wireless syncing! Now, when you unlock your iOS 5 device for the first time, it will ask you if you want iCloud. CLICK YES. It automatically backs up your device to the iCloud servers, it backs up every setting, app, home screen, and all! You just set up a FREE account, comes with an email that you choose the name of! And- every picture you take is automatically sent to photo stream, and when you set up iPhoto with it too, all your pictures go directly to iPhoto and any other iOS 5 device. iCloud is great for all devices, because whatever you do on one, you pickup on another! Now, with wireless syncing, (you don’t need iCloud) whenever you lock your iPod and charge it, it syncs to your iTunes automatically. Or you can do it on your own, when you want to over WiFi.

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I bet you didn’t know iOS 5 has a built in dictionary! When you highlight a word, it will show the Select, Select All, and now when you select that word you can define it. Click the right arrow above a highlighted word and it will say define. Click that and it brings up this BEAUTIFUL dictionary, that works offline.

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Newsstand, I think you’re amazing, but i wish i could put you in a folder. Theres already a lot of Newsstand subscriptions! But, with Newsstand, its just a folder, but it shows up in your multitask tray like an app. You can’t even put it in a folder!

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RINGTONES! I just love these, and had to show off, so i posted a picture of the ringtones I have. And because I have a Lady Gaga obsession, these are mine. ūüėÄ

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Reminders, they’re okay. On the iPhone they’re AMAZING. But on the iPod touch, its just another alarm clock app to me! You can only tell it to remind you on this day, no location. I understand, it won’t always have WiFi, but it can still track itself using the WiFi near you thats locked right? i thought reminders for iPod was pretty pointless.

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Theres TONS of other features. Over 200! Like over the air updates, private browse on Safari, theres just so many! These are my favorites and not too well liked features. I think getting iOS 5 is definitely worth it though. Have fun!:D

Virus? Safari Bug? What is it?!

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SOLVED!

This pops up on my screen every once in a while.

So whats doing this? It’s a safari extension called Turn Off The Lights! Which is very great sometimes. Just turn off easter egg function to get rid of it!

2010 Meteor Showers!

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2010 Meteor Showers

January

Quadrantids

January 3-4

Frequency:  31-45 per hour

84.3% illumination
Typically, 40 or so bright, blue and fast (25.5 miles per second) meteors will radiate from the constellation Bootes, some blazing more than halfway across the sky. A small percentage of them leave persistent dust trains. This shower usually has a very sharp peak, usually lasting only about an hour.
Parent Comet:  2003 EH1

April

Lyrids

April 21-22

Frequency:  16-30 per hour

61% illumination
The swift and bright Lyrid meteors disintegrate after hitting our atmosphere at a moderate speed of 29.8 miles per second. They often produce luminous trains of dust that can be observed for several seconds.
Parent Comet:  C/Thatcher

May

Eta Aquarids

May 5-6

Frequency:  0-15 per hour

57.6% illumination
Parent Comet:  1P/Halley

June

Lyrids

June 14-16

Frequency:  0-15 per hour

12.3% illumination
The June Lyrids is a low-rate shower during which you could see up to 10 meteors per hour during its peak.

July

Delta Aquarids

July 28-29

Frequency:  16-30 per hour

95.2% illumination
At peak time about 20 bright, yellow meteors can be observed per hour. Because these meteors nearly broadside the Earth, their speed is a moderate 25.5 miles per second.

Capricornids

July 29-30

Frequency:  0-15 per hour

82.4% illumination
The Capricornids are characterized by their often yellow coloration and their frequent brightness. They are also slow interplanetary interlopers, hitting our atmosphere at around 15 miles per second. Though you can expect only 15 meteors per hour at best under dark sky conditions, the Capricornids are noted for producing brilliant fireballs.

August

Perseids

August 12-13

Frequency:  45+ per hour

5.9% illumination
This shower produces about 60 meteors per hour, and its performance is farily consistant from year to year.
Parent Comet:  109P/Swift-Tuttle

October

Draconids

October 8-9

Frequency:  0-15 per hour

1.7% illumination
Expect a peak rate of 10 meteors per hour under clear, moonless conditions.
Parent Comet:  21P/Giacobini-Zinner

Orionids

October 21-22

Frequency:  16-30 per hour

97.4% illumination
This shower produces a peak rate of 20 yellow and green meteors per hour, which are fast moving at 41.6 miles per second and are known to produce fireballs.
Parent Comet:  1P/Halley

November

Leonids

November 17-18

Frequency:  31-45 per hour

82.9% illumination
The Leonids are best known for their 33-year peaks, during which 100s of meteors per hour can be observed. The last of these peaks occured in 2001.
Parent Comet:  55P/Tempel-Tuttle

December

Geminids

December 13-14

Frequency:  45+ per hour

48.3% illumination
The most reliable meteor shower of the year, the Geminids are characterized by their multi-colored display–65% being white, 26% yellow, and the remaining 9% blue, red and green.
Parent Comet:  3200 Phaethon

Oceanside Beach!

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This beach is amazing! Haha:)

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I havent been blogging for a while and still wont be! My phone ipod and computer are taken away! Ive only got till about 4 maybe later on the pc today im using my sisters at her house haha hope we dont leave soon:) thanks for reading! be back soon hopefully! haha

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New York

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What makes this such an interesting place? Maybe it’s the buildings, broadway, or maybe just because it’s one of the busiest places in america! This is the one place I want to go to! Why?! I don’t know! To see ONE of THREE Statues of Liberty. Huh? Some people probably didn’t know that one did ya? The history of New York starts during the 17th century, Dutch¬†trading posts established for the trade of pelts from the¬†Lenape,¬†Iroquois and other¬†indigenous peoples expanded into the colony of¬†New Netherlands. The first of these trading posts were¬†Fort Nassau (1614, near present-day¬†Albany);¬†Fort Orange (1624, on the¬†Hudson River just south of the current city of Albany and created to replace¬†Fort Nassau), developing into settlement¬†Beverwijck (1647), and into what became Albany;¬†Fort Amsterdam (1625, to develop into the town¬†New Amsterdam which is present-day¬†New York City); and Esopus, (1653, now¬†Kingston). The success of the¬†patroonship of¬†Rensselaerswyck (1630), which surrounded Albany and lasted until the mid 19th century, was also a key factor in the early success of the colony. The British captured the colony during the¬†Second Anglo-Dutch War and governed it as the¬†Province of New York.

American Revolution

The Sons of Liberty were organized in New York City during the 1760s, largely in response to the oppressive Stamp Act passed by the British Parliament in 1765. The Stamp Act Congress met in the city on October 19 of that year: a gathering of representatives from across the Thirteen Colonies that set the stage for the Continental Congress to follow. The Stamp Act Congress resulted in the Declaration of Rights and Grievances, which was the first written expression by representatives of the Americans of many of the rights and complaints later expressed in the United States Declaration of Independence, including the right to representative government.

The Capture of Fort Ticonderoga provided the cannon and gunpowder necessary to force a British withdrawal from the Siege of Boston in 1775.

New York endorsed the Declaration of Independence on July 9, 1776. The New York state constitution was framed by a convention which assembled atWhite Plains, New York on July 10, 1776, and after repeated adjournments and changes of location, terminated its labors at Kingston, New York on Sunday evening, April 20, 1777, when the new constitution drafted by John Jay was adopted with but one dissenting vote. It was not submitted to the people for ratification. On July 30, 1777, George Clintonwas inaugurated as the first Governor of New York at Kingston.

The first major battle of the¬†American Revolutionary War after independence was declared ‚Äď and the largest battle of the entire war ‚Äď was fought in New York at the¬†Battle of Long Island (a.k.a¬†Battle of Brooklyn) in August of 1776. British victory made New York City their military and political base of operations in North America for the duration of the conflict, and consequently the center of attention for General¬†George Washington’s¬†intelligence network.

The notorious British prison ships of Wallabout Bay saw more American combatants die of intentional neglect than were killed in combat in every battle of the war, combined.

The first of two major British armies were captured by the Continental Army at the Battle of Saratoga in 1777, influencing France to ally with the revolutionaries.

Four of the¬†Iroquois nations fought on the side of the British; only the Onondagas were allies of the colonists. Many Iroquois were defeated in the¬†Sullivan Expedition of 1779.¬†As Loyalist allies of the losing British, the Iroquois were pushed to Canada after the war. In the treaty settlement, the British ceded most Indian lands to the new United States. Because New York made treaty with the Iroquois without getting Congressional approval, some of the land purchases are the subject of modern-day claims by the individual tribes. More than 5 million acres of former Iroquois territory was put up for sale in the years after the Revolutionary War, leading to rapid development in upstate New York.¬†As per the¬†Treaty of Paris, the last vestige of British authority in the former¬†Thirteen Colonies‚Äď their troops in New York City ‚Äď departed in 1783, which was long afterwards celebrated as¬†Evacuation Day.

Following heated debate, which included the publication of the now quintessential constitutional interpretation Рthe Federalist Papers Рas a series of installments in New York City newspapers, New York was the 11th state to ratify the United States Constitution, on July 26, 1788.

19th Century

Transportation in western New York was difficult before canals were built in the early part of the nineteenth century. The Hudson and Mohawk Rivers could be navigated only as far as Central New York. While the St. Lawrence River could be navigated to Lake Ontario, the way westward to the other Great Lakeswas blocked by Niagara Falls, and so the only route to western New York was over land.

Governor DeWitt Clinton strongly advocated building a canal to connect the Hudson River with Lake Erie, and thus all the Great Lakes. Work commenced in 1817, and the Erie Canal was finished in 1825. It was considered an engineering marvel. Packet boats traveled up and down the canal with sightseers and visitors on board. The canal opened up vast areas of New York to commerce and settlement. It enabled Great Lakes port cities such as Buffalo andRochester to grow and prosper. It also connected the burgeoning agricultural production of the Midwest and shipping on the Great Lakes, with the port of New York City. Improving transportation, it enabled additional population migration to territories west of New York.

Ellis Island

Ellis Island was the main facility for immigrants, entering the United States in the late 19th Century to the mid 20th Century. The facility operated from January 1, 1892, until November 12, 1954. It is owned by the Federal government and is now part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument, under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service. It is situated in New York Harbor, between two states and cities, Jersey City, New Jersey and New York City, New York.

More than 12 million immigrants passed through Ellis Island, between 1892 and 1954. After 1924, when theNational Origins Act was passed, the only immigrants to pass through there were displaced persons or war refugees. Today, over 100 million Americans can trace their ancestry to the immigrants, who first arrived in America through the island, before dispersing to points all over the country. Ellis Island was the subject of a border dispute between New York State and New Jersey.

Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty was a gift from France to the United States to mark the Centennial of the American Declaration of Independence. The idea of giving a colossal representation of republican virtues to a “sister” republic, across the sea, served as a focus for the republican cause against other politicians. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated in New York Harbor on October 28, 1886.

Liberty Island closed on¬†September 11, 2001; the island reopened in December, the monument reopened on August 3, 2004, but the statue remained closed until the summer of 2009. The National Park Service claims that the statue is not shut because of a terrorist threat, but principally because of a long list of fire regulation contraventions, including inadequate evacuation procedures. The museum and ten-story pedestal are open for visitors, but are only accessible if visitors have a “Monument Access Pass”, which is a reservation that visitors must make in advance of their visit and pick up before boarding the ferry. There are a maximum of 3000 passes available each day, with a total of 15,000 visitors to the island daily. The interior of the statue remains closed, although a glass ceiling in the pedestal allows for views of¬†Gustave Eiffel’s iron framework of Lady Liberty.

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