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Search Upgrades for Firefox and Internet Explorer Users

Last year we launched a search add-on feature that makes it possible to search from the browser. This feature has been upgraded so that the search add-on now offers a drop-down menu with suggestions that appear when you start typing your keyword into the search bar.

New users can directly install this upgraded search add-on, and existing users will soon get the update automatically. Find out more about the search add-on for Internet Explorer and Firefox to help make your search easier.

For example, if you are looking for information about Kuala Lumpur, you can type the first few letters “kua” in the search box. A drop-down list of places will automatically appear, showing cities or countries that best match these letters. Select the option that best matches your search and that will bring you directly to our city info page where you can find the current time, weather, and more.

Beta Testers Needed for iPhone Apps

timeanddate.com has been developing new iPhone applications that will be available for purchase in the near future. In order to produce the most reliable and fastest application for iPhone, we would like to conduct beta tests for one of our upcoming applications, the timeanddate.com Meeting Planner for iPhone.

Fill out our online form if you would like to participate in the beta test for the Meeting Planner iPhone application.

Note: We are looking for beta testers who have their own iPhone. We hope that they are users of timeanddate.com and are familiar with the timeanddate.com Meeting Planner service on our website. Moreover, Completing this form does not guarantee selection as a beta tester for timeanddate.com’s iPhone applications.

Photo of the Month

Last month we asked readers to get involved with the timeanddate.com team by submitting their own pictures related to time and date. This month’s Photo of the Month features the clock sculpture outside Gare Saint Lazare in Paris, France that was submitted by a reader who wants to remain anonymous.

timeanddate.com Photo of the Month

Do you have a great picture from a past eclipse or a unique way of tracking time? Submit your personal picture of eclipses, clocks, or anything related to the services and information we have on our site to webmaster@timeanddate.com and check out next month's newsletter to see if your picture is our Photo of the Month.

Note: By submitting a photo to the newsletter's Photo of the Month section, you give timeanddate.com permission to publish your photo in our newsletter. Please read our Disclaimer for more information.

Monthly Poll

A monthly poll in each newsletter lets readers voice out their opinions on various topics related to information on our website.

August Poll

This month’s poll gives you the chance to tell us which mobile platform you would like to have a timeanddate.com service available. If you are having troubles with the vote function below, you can also vote online.

Question: Which mobile platform would you like to have a timeanddate.com service available as an application?

Android.
Symbian.

Previous Poll Results

You can view the previous poll results online for last month's poll question "Will you add the timeanddate.com as a favorite page on Facebook?".

All the Time in the World

by Allan Eastman


"For The Times, They Are A-Changin'..."

Allan Eastman Allan Eastman left behind his successful career as a Film and Television Director and Executive Producer to travel the world. He has visited over 100 countries on all six continents. He spends most of his time reading, writing and thinking about things. He is an amateur historian, a music archivist, a reasonable chef and a seeker after happiness .

Is Time On My Side?

Whatever the real and actual nature of Time may be, the reality that all we Human beings have to deal with is the unfolding of the duration of one lifetime. We are born, we grow to maturity, we age and we die. This is the story that every living thing tells, whether you want to think about it or not.

Philosophers and Physicists have many other different tales to tell about Time. I personally really like Julian Barbour’s assertion that Time is an illusion and merely consists of all the possible Nows in the Universe – that there really isn’t any such thing as past, present or future, except as a made up human conception. Each and every Now is as real and as relevant as any other one.

In this idea of Time, there is no mortality to existence. Impossibly lovely Helen of Troy still radiates her beauty in another When and Shakespeare sits writing a sonnet in Elizabethan London. That beloved dear departed eccentric old Auntie is still taking a tray of aromatic cookies from the oven, while you as a small child sit waiting for them to cool down enough to cram into your mouth.

All of these Nows are just as real as the one you exist in at this present moment, reading these words.

You could say that Barbour’s idea is actually a very comforting one – philosophically speaking - because in common with most mainstream religious teachings, it conquers Death. There may not be any paradisiacal afterlife Shining City or lush and lavish Garden to attend but it means that even when one’s earthly remains have long since turned to dust, somewhere and somewhen in the Universe, all the lovely Nows that make up any person’s Life still exist, alive and well.

But of course, that doesn’t seem to be what we experience in our own actual lives.

Somewhere about 50,000 years ago, it appears that tribal Homo sapiens started to conceive a kind of personal Time that registered duration. Perhaps they were also trying to understand and explain Death so they began to think of a future - of the comforting notion of said afterlife. That’s when they started to include funerary items in the grave sites for the use of the respected departed on the next stage of their mysterious journey. Or perhaps, they started to notice the repetition of the cycles of Nature – how key plants grew after the snows melted, or that the birds always returned or that other prey were in certain places at certain times. They realized that they could utilize the lessons of the past filtered through memory to affect their lives in the present.

Modern researchers think that this period – 500 centuries back or really, little more than 2,000 generations ago - may mark when Homo sapiens’ brain developed the capacity to utilize both short and long term memories to begin to form an idea of a speculative future. This process may have gone hand in hand with the development of more specialized language.

In essence, it is inventing “Time” as a concept within the human mind.

The ability to speculate about the future would have given these ancestors of ours a huge evolutionary advantage, as it leads directly to planning and organization - ultimately the seeds of civilization. This capacity in Homo sapiens’ consciousness appears to be almost unique in Nature and it may have allowed our species to dominate their direct rivals, the Neanderthals and in general, take over the planet.

In any case, this conception of the linear “flow” of Time came to be rooted in the human view of Life – “Time’s Arrow” flying from a past that is now gone, here through the present we perceive and on into a future that is yet to be revealed and experienced. This ancient conception lives on into our own times and it seems to have some underpinnings, in a human sense, in both physiological and psychological research.

In fact, this may represent one of the most important evolutionary steps in human development. The appearance of this mental time sense capable of imagining an unexperienced future may be what really drove on the process of what we like to call “progress.” This ability to speculate about the future depends deeply on the accumulation of experience of both a general and a personal nature and then the processing of this information into the brain’s long term memory.  A lot of this happens during sleep but also in the acts of musing, contemplating, free associating, daydreaming and in other mental forms of activity. One wanders through one’s memories and speculates, and then, the sudden arrival at the “eureka” moment - seemingly out of the blue - which has been the source of many of the greatest discoveries and creations in the history of the world.

Such great leaps in human knowledge can be said to be a product of this unique human time travel of the mind. It is also important on the personal level of simply achieving the clarity of insight. And it is the product of Time as well, the accumulation of knowledge from the past over time, leading from this speculation about an unknown future to a new discovery here in the present. People still talk about needing “Time to Think.”

But we now appear to be entering a new era in human existence, where our fundamental relationship with Time which has characterized human life through all the previous centuries, is breaking down and transforming into something else quite different. It is not the perceived nature of Time that is changing but the ways that we conceive of it and our uses of Time are becoming radically altered from what has gone before. A great deal of anxiety accompanies this transition and the jury is still out on whether these changes are entirely positive for us, either as individuals or as a society.

Read more of Allan Eastman’s article "For The Times, They Are A-Changin'...", found at our guest feature section All the Time in the World.

Message from the Team

Welcome to the August edition of our monthly newsletter. We hope you enjoyed our previous newsletters, which are found in our newsletter archive online.

Last month we announced our new timeanddate.com Featured Photo of the Month, as well as our upgraded search feature on our World Clock. Don’t forget about our Facebook page, where readers can get the latest information and applications from timeanddate.com, and can discuss issues related to our website.

This month we have updated our holiday section on our home page to make it more readable for users, as well as upgraded the search add-on feature for Internet Explorer and Firefox users. We hope to find beta testers for our upcoming iPhone applications to help make our future apps more reliable and user-friendly.

We are currently planning ahead for more enhancements, so keep in touch with our website for new or upgraded tools to help you find all the time and date related information that you need.

We also welcome your suggestions and feedback, as it is important that we make all of our time and date related services work to suit your needs. You can email your suggestions for mobile apps, search tools, and other ideas to: webmaster@timeanddate.com.

We hope that you enjoy reading the August newsletter.

The Team at timeanddate.com

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FAQ/Tip of the Month

Need help planning for the start of the school year? timeanddate.com’s Custom Calendars can help you make a customized calendar for each week, month, and/or holiday. 

The Calendar offers different designs to fit any personality and has special formats that will allow you to customize it to your specific needs.

Our Basic Calendar Customizer can help you make a simple calendar in minutes. This calendar allows you to select your location, language, Calendar period, as well as the display type by choosing from the designated drop-down menus. Simply click on the desired options and then save and/or print.

Our Advanced Customized Calendar gives you more options so you can decide on how detailed you need your calendar to be. This calendar offers more customizable options to help fit your own personality and different needs. Choose from a variety of colors and layouts to help you plan for the upcoming school year.

Both calendars give users the option to highlight holidays, the phases of the moon, and provide space for your your own personal written notes.

Did You Know...

…There are special photography tricks that can help you capture the perfect shot of the Sun or the Moon.

There are a few issues to consider when taking a photograph of moonrises and moonsets or sunrises and sunsets. They include timing, moon phases, location, creativity, photographic equipment, and exposure.

Many experts recommend using an object, such as a tree or a silhouette, to help attract the eye and to help frame the sun or the moon. 

The basic equipment for photography include a camera, a tripod to help keep the photo still, a remote shutter release, a mirror lock-up and a lot of film (if you’re not using a digital camera).

Timing is essential for photographing the sun or moon in your location whether if it’s to capture the sunset or the moonrise.

Use timeanddate.com’s moonrise and moonset calculator or our sunrise and sunset calculator to figure out the best time to capture your perfect photo. 

Find out more tips and tricks on our website about photographing the Moonrise and Moonset  or Sunsets and Sunrises.

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Time Zone News

West Bank and Gaza End DST as Ramadan Begins
Daylight saving time (DST) ends in West Bank and Gaza Strip on the first day of Ramadan, which was confirmed to begin on Tuesday, August 10, 2010.

Morocco’s DST Schedule Ends Before Ramadan
Morocco’s daylight saving schedule will end at midnight (00:00) between Saturday, August 7, and Sunday, August 8, in 2010.

DST Scheduled To Start in Samoa on September 26
Daylight saving time (DST) will start in Samoa on Sunday, September 26, 2010. Samoa is scheduled to end DST on Sunday, April 3, 2011.

Egyptians To Change Clocks Four Times This Year
Egypt’s 2010 daylight saving time (DST) schedule will end at midnight (00:00) local time on Tuesday, August 10, only one day before Ramadan begins. The DST schedule will resume after Ramadan on Thursday, September 9, 2010 and will end on Friday, October 1, 2010.

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