Kris Allen wins American Idol 2009

The last two contestants, Kris Allen and Adam Lambert on FOX's American Idol went head to head in the May 19, 2009 finale show on Tuesday. The results were revealed on the May 20th show, which aired at 8pm.

Adam Lambert seems to be the favourite to win, but Kris Allen is the underdog of the show and many fans want him to win. They will each sing three songs before America gets to decide who will be the next American Idol.Simon Cowell has refered to this show as a 'ding-dong', meaning it might not be as exciting as some viewers hope it will be tonight.

The show is being held at the Nokia Theatre in Hollywood, and fans started lining up this morning to get in to see the show. Kris Allen, a 23-year-old guitar-strumming folk crooner from Conway, Arkansas, was crowned American Idol 2009 on Wednesday night’s eighth Idol Finale on FOX.

Kris managed to edge out judge favorite Adam Lambert — and eleven other finalists — for this season’s win. Tonight’s two-hour finale included performances by the Black Eyed Peas, Cyndi Lauper, Carlos Santana, and Rod Stewart. Adam performed with KISS while Kris — a student — dueted with country star Keith Urban. Before the announcement, the two finalists performed “We Are The Champions” with legendary rock band Queen.

According to American Idol host Ryan Seacrest, more than 100 million votes were cast after Tuesday’s singing showdown between Allen and the San Diego-born Lambert. A record-setting 624 million votes were cast over the course of the season.

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Launch of HTC Touch Diamond 2 in Indonesia

Jakarta - HTC Corporation finally launched its latest family of the HTC Touch Diamond, HTC Touch Diamond 2 in Indonesia. In fact that smart mobile phone that looks simple has some differences from the earlier series.

Beside a thin shape, the phone made by vendor from Taiwan it also has a screen dimension of greater than previously, i.e., measuring 3.2 inch. Otherwise the earlier has only 2.8 inch screen.

Another difference that brought by windows based mobile phone Mobile 6.1 is a feature of this new touch sensitive zoom that can be used to enlarge the web page, email, sms, photos or digital documents. Not also features TouchFLO 3D which is the characteristic of HTC.

Agus Sugiharto as Country Manager of HTC India is optimistic with the birth of mobile phones worth U.S. $ 648. "I certainly believe people live like this when I try the phone," he said on the launch event held at Hotel JW Marriot, Jakarta on Tuesday 19th May 2009. Read More...

Juniper Networks Wins Best of Interop Award '09

LAS VEGAS & SUNNYVALE, Calif.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Juniper Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:JNPR), the leader in high-performance networking, today announced it has been recognized for its innovation by InformationWeek Analytics, the premium content service for business technology leaders, and Interop, the leading global business technology event series, as winner of the 2009 Best of Interop Awards in the Infrastructure category during Interop Las Vegas 2009.

SRX650 Services Gateway Tops in Infrastructure Category

The Juniper Networks SRX650 Services Gateway, which delivers 20 times the security performance of the leading competitive alternative, was selected by InformationWeek’s panel of expert judges who believe the product has the greatest potential to impact and advance business technology efficiencies. More than 160 companies submitted products for consideration.

“Every year, Best of Interop highlights important technology that is ready for enterprise use,” said Art Wittmann, managing director, InformationWeek Analytics. “The Best of Interop continues to showcase the industry’s most innovative technologies.”

By leveraging the industry’s first Dynamic Services Architecture to build high-performance security, routing, and switching services, the SRX650 achieves the versatility and scale to meet the infrastructure needs of large branch offices, regional sites, small data centers, server farms and mid-sized enterprise core site applications. The SRX650 can also fulfill mid-range multi-gigabit firewall appliance roles.

By combining a single source network operating system—JUNOS® Software—with a unified management environment, customers can enjoy tremendous operational cost advantages. The SRX650 joins the company’s other SRX Series Services Gateways to offer the broadest portfolio of single-OS solutions in the category. As a result, customers benefit from a consistent network foundation at locations of every size for reduced complexity and better risk mitigation.

“Organizations are challenged with meeting the complex IT needs of an increasingly distributed workforce without limiting options, increasing risk or degrading the user experience,” said Alex Gray, senior vice president and general manager, Branch Solutions Business Unit, Juniper Networks. “Juniper’s SRX Series Services Gateways enable the delivery of IT services without the constraints and outdated cost structures found in traditional networks. With the SRX650 and our other services gateways for the distributed enterprise, customers can design and deploy efficient networks that provide industry leading performance and comprehensive security at lower operational costs across locations of all sizes.”

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VW fuel cell Passat 4th Generation

If you watched the Olympics in Beijing, you may have noticed Volkswagen Passats being used as pace cars for some of the running and cycling competitions. More than just product placement, these Passats demonstrated a hydrogen fuel cell power train built by Volkswagen at its China research laboratory. The car is called the Volkswagen Passat Ling Yu hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, and we got a chance to drive it here in California.

Volkswagen brought a number of these cars to the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CFCP), a unique organization that works with major automakers such as Honda, Ford, Toyota, Nissan, Hyundai, and Volkswagen on fuel cell research. CFCP also promotes research into hydrogen generation and filling stations.

So, on a hot Sacramento day, we took the wheel of a car that just might be the future of automotive transportation. As the car is built on the Passat platform, it doesn't exactly look like the car of the future. The controls and ergonomics are all very familiar. But a kilowatt gauge takes the place of a tachometer on the instrument cluster.

Although driven by an electric motor, which doesn't make much sound in itself, the car produced a steady whining sound. Not unpleasant, but certainly noticeable, it came from the compressor used to push hydrogen into the fuel cell. The power-train packaging is similar to that of a gas-engine car, with the fuel cell stack, compressor, and control software under the hood, and hydrogen tanks at the rear axle. The car also has a lithium ion battery in the middle of the chassis, which provides electricity storage for the regenerative brakes and supplements the flow to the motor.

Putting the car in Drive, we quickly found that we had to push the accelerator all the way in to get going. There was also some shuddering when starting off, which the Volkswagen engineer in the car with us explained away as a software glitch. Initial acceleration was slower than we expected, but we suspect that is how the car is programmed; the electric motor should give it strong initial torque, and the fuel cell doesn't need any significant time to wind up its electricity output.

The electric gauge climbed to 40 kilowatts starting off, and stayed up there when we kept our foot down on the accelerator. But the car plateaued in acceleration at about 45 mph, so we backed off on the accelerator and were able to maintain speed while only drawing about 10 kilowatts. That electricity gauge became much more interesting to watch than the speedometer as we drove, as we used it to modulate power. Excessive acceleration caused the car to beep at us, a warning that the fuel cell was being overtaxed.

The car also included a power-flow animation, similar to what you find in hybrids, on the LCD, plus a few screens of diagnostic information. We didn't spend much time monitoring these screens while underway, as the power-flow animation mostly showed electricity going from the fuel cell to the battery and motor.
This fuel cell car is built on a standard VW Passat platform.(Credit: CNET)

Pure electric cars have gotten a lot of attention lately, but there is still a strong argument for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. With current technology, a fuel cell vehicle has much better range than an electric car, as hydrogen tanks take up much less space, and are much lighter, than a large battery pack. Likewise, electric cars tend to be built on very small platforms, as less weight helps optimize range, while automakers have used much larger cars for fuel cell power trains. On another practicality note, hydrogen tanks, even at 10,000 pounds per square inch, can be filled in a matter of minutes, while battery recharge times are much longer--typically four hours from a 220 volt source.

However, electric cars have the advantage of an already-existing infrastructure in place to recharge them. Electric lines run everywhere, so you generally just need to attach a charging station. Hydrogen vehicles would require a whole new infrastructure of filling stations, and either piped or hauled hydrogen, not to mention additional hydrogen generation facilities.

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