Review: Apple iPod touch (Fifth-Generation)Jeremy Horwitz
Pros: A substantially redesigned and much-improved version of the prior iPod touch, enhancing everything from screen quality to battery life and audio performance. In 32GB and 64GB models, both front and rear cameras are particularly big jumps over prior, poorly-equipped model, now rivaling recent iPhones; new 4” screen is taller and more color accurate than before. The 32GB and 64GB models are now offered in six different colors, including nice silver and black updates to prior models, while including a fabric loop for wrist carrying. Thinner and lighter than before. All models include new EarPods earphones.
Cons: Despite two-year gap since prior model’s release, most of the new features are a full step behind leading iPhone and iPad models, cementing the new iPod touch as a smaller, better-screened remake of the iPhone 4S rather than as an iPod that separately justifies its existence with at least one standout new feature; a challenge as very good $199-$299 tablets continue to grow in popularity. New colors are so-so, and rear shells of 32GB and 64GB models—including a loop connection button and protruding camera lens—are a little unusual by Apple design standards. A 2013-vintage 16GB model regrettably lacks the rear camera feature altogether, seriously reducing the value proposition relative to other models. Lightning Connector breaks compatibility with past Dock Connector accessories unless you separately purchase Apple’s $29-$39 adapters.
1. Responda às questões abaixo:
a) Quais são os pontos contra do iPod 5ª geração?
Lapso temporal de 2 anos pro lançamento, todos as novas melhorias estão um passo atrás dos modelos de iphone e ipad, o colocando para um nivel menor.
b) Quais são os pontos a favor:
Qualidade da tela - maior e com cores mais , tempo de vida da bateria, e performance de audio. Modelos com 32 e 64 GB com camera frontais e traseiras.
c) O que o autor diz a respeito da câmera? Modelos com 32 e 64 GB com camera frontais e traseiras um grande avanço frente as versões anteriores.
d) Qual comparação ele faz com o iPhone 4s? O ipod é uma versão remodelada do iphone 4s com uma tela melhor.
Can the next Brazilian president put the country back on the path to prosperity?
This is a year of important anniversaries for Brazil. It is 10 years since the launch of the celebrated bolsa familía anti-poverty plan and 20 years since the launch of the Brazilian real currency, a critical step on the path to economic stability. This month’s elections mark the 20th anniversary of the election of President Fernando Henrique Cardoso, a key architect of the real and instigator of predecessor programmes to the bolsa.
As the electorate goes to the polls, voters may feel cause for satisfaction. Over the past two decades the incidence of poverty has fallen, income distribution has become less skewed and Brazil has managed to combine reasonable growth with single-digit inflation. Yet many fear these achievements may not be sustained. This has undermined support for the presidential incumbent, Dilma Rousseff, who now faces a closely fought runoff against the centre-right candidate, Aécio Neves.
After comparatively strong growth in the early part of this decade, the Brazilian economy has entered a slump. The Central Bank now predicts GDP growth of only 0.7% this year. What’s more, the rapid pace of social and economic reform of the 1990s and 2000s has slowed under the Rousseff administration.
The elections therefore come at a crucial moment in the country’s battle to achieve more inclusive growth and to drive down poverty. Can the momentum be regained?
This question has no easy answers but a key starting point, as our research makes clear, is to recognise that the factors which have driven poverty down stretch well beyond bolsa familía. They comprise an effective social contract (which provides political underpinning for difficult reforms); robust institutions and frameworks for counter-inflationary macroeconomic management (developed in the early years of the real); and effective, targeted social policies (including, but not limited to, the bolsa).
Supporting these elements was a favourable external economic environment in which foreign capital was abundant (and cheap) and commodity exports were healthy (and expensive). Across most of these dimensions, the horizon is undoubtedly darker today than it was even three years ago. It should not be beyond the ability of the next president to navigate these choppier waters, but the issues below must be addressed.
1. Responda às perguntas:
a) Quais são as datas que o artigo define como importantes? 10 anos do lançamento do bolsa familia, 20 anos do lançamento do Plano Real e da nova moeda, 20 anos da eleição de FHC, Por que?
b) Por que Fernando Henrique é visto como uma chave?é um dos arquitetos do plano real e um instigador dos programas predecessores do bolsa familia.
c) O que o autor diz a respeito da economia atual?
d) O que o autor diz a respeito do bolsa família?
Brazil election blow for Rousseff after Silva backs rival for presidency
Dilma Rousseff’s hopes of being re-elected as the Brazilian president suffered a blow on Sunday when her main rival was endorsed by the popular former environment minister Marina Silva.
Silva, who fell out of the race by coming third in the first round, threw her support behind pro-business candidate Aécio Neves of the Social Democratic party after securing his commitment to follow a policy of environmental sustainability.
Although it is far from certain that all of Silva’s backers will follow her lead, the declaration puts more pressure on Rousseff, who is facing a tougher-than-expected fight in the runoff vote on 26 October.
The Workers party president won the first round with 41.5% of the vote against Neves’s 33.6%, but a capricious electorate appears to be swinging towards the challenger, who is the favourite of the financial markets.
Even before Silva’s announcement of support, the most recent Datafolha poll showed that Neves – who was a distant second just three weeks ago – was backed by 51% of voters, compared with 49% for Rousseff. The gap is within the margin of error so the two are technically tied.
The incumbent has solid backing in the north-east and among lower-income groups, who have benefited from a rising minimum wage, high levels of employment and a widening poverty alleviation programme.
But middle-class voters in major urban centres in the south-east, such as São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, are concerned about the moribund economy and revelations of corruption surrounding the state-run oil company Petrobras.
Neves’s party, which governed Brazil for decades, has also frequently been mired in corruption scandals, but it is campaigning on a promise of change after 12 years of Workers party government.
If elected, Neves says he will lower inflation, reform the tax system, intervene less in the market and slow the rise of the minimum wage.
Silva – who was once a member of the Workers party and served alongside Rousseff in the administration of former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva – has crossed the political spectrum.
She said her decision to back Neves came after he agreed to key elements of her programme, including sustainable development, more support for full-time education and the creation of a fund for reducing tensions between indigenous groups and farmers.
“In view of the commitments made by Aécio Neves, I declare my vote and my support for his candidacy,” she said.
1. Responda às perguntas.
a) Qual foi o efeito do apoio de Marina a Aecio?
b) Quem é o maior apoio de Aecio?
c) O que aconteceu antes mesmo de Marina declarar seu apoio, segundo DATAFOLHA?
d) Por que Marina decidiu apoiar Aecio?