What is “MP3” ?

August 23, 2016

MP3 (Stands for MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 Audio Layer III) – An audio coding format for digital audio which uses a form of lossy data compression. It is a common audio format for consumer audio streaming or storage, as well as a de facto standard of digital audio compression for the transfer and playback of music on most digital audio players.

The use of lossy compression is designed to greatly reduce the amount of data required to represent the audio recording and still sound like a faithful reproduction of the original uncompressed audio for most listeners. An MP3 file that is created using the setting of 128 kbit/s will result in a file that is about 1/11 the size of the CD file created from the original audio source (44,100 samples per second × 16 bits per sample × 2 channels = 1,411,200 bit/s; MP3 compressed at 128 kbit/s: 128,000 bit/s [1 k = 1,000, not 1024, because it is a bit rate]. Ratio: 1,411,200/128,000 = 11.025). An MP3 file can also be constructed at higher or lower bit rates, with higher or lower resulting quality.

The compression works by reducing the accuracy of certain parts of a sound that are considered to be beyond the auditory resolution ability of most people. This method is commonly referred to as perceptual coding. It uses psychoacoustic models to discard or reduce precision of components less audible to human hearing, and then records the remaining information in an efficient manner.

MP3 was designed by the Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) as part of its MPEG-1 standard and later extended in the MPEG-2 standard. The first subgroup for audio was formed by several teams of engineers at Fraunhofer IIS, University of Hannover, AT&T-Bell Labs, Thomson-Brandt, CCETT, and others. MPEG-1 Audio (MPEG-1 Part 3), which included MPEG-1 Audio Layer I, II and III was approved as a committee draft of ISO/IEC standard in 1991, finalised in 1992 and published in 1993 (ISO/IEC 11172-3:1993[5]). Backwards compatible MPEG-2 Audio (MPEG-2 Part 3) with additional bit rates and sample rates was published in 1995 (ISO/IEC 13818-3:1995).

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Source: Wikipedia


VIP Voice – Survey Site Review (August 2016)

August 22, 2016

Name: VIP Voice (Formally known as NPD Online Research Panel)

Link: http://www.vipvoice.com/Toluna.MR.TrafficUI/MSCUI/Page.aspx?pgtid=1&utcoffset=4

Who Is Eligible To Participate: Canadian & US Residence Only

Type of Award Or Payment: Sweepstakes And Auction House

Points or Cash Normally Earned Per Survey: 0 – 100 points

Sign-Up Time: Fairly Short

How Many Survey Invitations Should You Expect Per Week: 0 – 30

How Long Does It Take To Collect A Reward Or Cash Out: A really long time, if you want anything good.

Do They Spam You: No

Overall Rating: 1.5 out of 5 – Still not worth your time or effort. So still a really STRONG NO on my part. But the site has improved in quality since my last review. They really seem to be upping the number of survey invites and community related activities with the promise of (25 x $25) dollar gift card give-a-ways for Visa and Amazon.

It peeks my interest, but I’m not into the whole be a part of a community and do community activity’s thing. In the end for me it just takes to much of my time. But if you do have the time and are willing to put in the effort. My score would easily go up to a solid 2.5 out of 5. And I imagine in a years time that could easily go upwards to a 3 or even 3.5.

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Till The Next Review,

Kirbe


Blog Update #438 – Time Off -Week 3-

August 21, 2016

Dear Readers,

As the title suggests this is week 3 of the time we are taking off from our regular duties. We will still be posting 4 posts a week minimum and answering comments. That would be our Survey Site Reviews our Terms and Definitions and Fan Mail Fridays and our Weekly Blog Updates.

Till The Next Blog Update,

Erin


EPD 316: Fan Mail Friday’s (08/19/2016)

August 19, 2016

Dear Remy, Danny and Kirbe,

How often should I update my survey site user profile ?

Sent In By “Profile OverLoad Redux

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How often should I update my survey site user profile ?

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Remy’s Reply: Great question. First off it depends on what survey site your talking about. Because some sites want it updated a few times a year when others it is alright for once or twice a year. It really depends on you dedication to the site and How many survey invites you want to get.

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Danny’s Reply: I update my profiles 2 times a year. Unless asked to update my profile more often via e-mail or site notice.

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Kirbe’s Reply: I only update my profiles once unless asked otherwise. Or if I am in the mood to sit down and fill it out. Otherwise I see no point. But I’m sure I would get more invites if my profiles were more up to date.

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So if you are keen and want all the latest (CSW) news, reviews and features. You can follow us via our main Twitter Page @ https://twitter.com/#!/Computer_Savvy or via Remy’s own personal Twitter Page https://twitter.com/#!/RemySe7en .

PS: Just a heads up to all our readership. He does indeed follow everyone back. If you follow him on his own personal Remy “Se7en” Twitter account.

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Erin


What is “Facebook” ?

August 16, 2016

Facebook – An online social networking service headquartered in Menlo Park, California. Its website was launched on February 4, 2004, by Mark Zuckerberg with his Harvard College roommates and fellow students Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes.The founders had initially limited the website’s membership to Harvard students, but later expanded it to colleges in the Boston area, the Ivy League, and Stanford University. It gradually added support for students at various other universities and later to high-school students. Since 2006, anyone who is at least 13 years old was allowed to become a registered user of the website, though the age requirement may be higher depending on applicable local laws. Its name comes from the face book directories often given to American university students.

After registering to use the site, users can create a user profile, add other users as “friends”, exchange messages, post status updates and photos, share videos and receive notifications when others update their profiles. Additionally, users may join common-interest user groups, organized by workplace, school or college, or other characteristics, and categorize their friends into lists such as “People From Work” or “Close Friends”. Facebook had over 1.18 billion monthly active users as of August 2015. Because of the large volume of data users submit to the service, Facebook has come under scrutiny for their privacy policies. Facebook, Inc. held its initial public offering in February 2012 and began selling stock to the public three months later, reaching an original peak market capitalization of $104 billion. On July 13, 2015, Facebook became the fastest company in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index to reach a market cap of $250 billion. Following its Q3 earnings call in 2015, Facebook’s market cap soared past $300 billion.

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Global Test Market – Survey Site Review (August 2016)

August 15, 2016

Name: Global Test Market

Link: https://www.globaltestmarket.com/index.php

Who Is Eligible To Participate: Pretty Much Anyone

Type Of Award Or Payment: Paypal, Cheque, Sweepstakes Entry’s

(1 point = .05 cents US/CAD) Must Have 1000 Points = $50 USD Minimum To Collect

Points or Cash Normally Earned Per Survey: 0 – 100

Sign-Up Time: Pretty Lengthy

How Many Survey Invitations Should You Expect Per Week: 3 – 30

How Long Does It Take To Collect A Reward Or Cash Out: Often less the a year

Do They Spam You: No

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 – Global Test Market survey site has dramatically increased their overall amount of surveys. As oppose to decreasing their overall invites (Like so many other survey sites have been doing at an ever increasing rate). Since my last review way back on (April 2016). I’ve noticed that there are more survey invites worth points as compared to the sweepstakes entries.

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Till The Next Review,

Danny


Blog Update #437 – Time Off -Week 2-

August 14, 2016

Dear Readers,

As the title suggests this is week 2 of the time we are taking off from our regular duties. We will still be posting 4 posts a week minimum and answering comments. That would be our Survey Site Reviews our Terms and Definitions and Fan Mail Fridays and our Weekly Blog Updates.

Till The Next Blog Update,

Erin


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