Archive for November, 2012

The Cool KOLOS Gaming Wheel for Apple iPad

The Apple iPad has always been a special gadget with its HD graphics. It is indeed a perfect tablet for gaming geeks who love playing from any place like a bus, train on the move or even while at home. The gaming experience for Apple lovers has just got better with the new Kolos Gaming Wheel designed for racing fanatics.

 

A befitting design for iPad series 

Custom-made for the 9.7-inch Apple iPad, the Kolos steering wheel is designed to fit Apple iPad 2 (2nd Generation) and Apple The new iPad (3rd Generation). It also fits the Apple iPad with Retina Display (4th Generation). Available in black and grey colours, the 12.3-inch diameter wheel is made out of a light weight, high quality, metallised plastic.

The clamp of the wheel is constructed out of Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) which is lightweight and has great strength. The base of the wheel system is curved and symmetric to the wheel itself. To enhance the stability of the wheel, there are three rubberised large circles for support. It has an anti-perspiration coating to ensure that your hands do not slip off in all the adrenaline-pumped action.

 

A gripping hold at the start line 

It is quite easy to fit the wheel with the iPad. You have to place your iPad in the space provided and pull the clip down on it to lock it in place. The gadget will be locked in tight grips and will remain stable and steady throughout the game. It is designed to accommodate a double or single-handed action, so you can try to swerve on a free virtual driveway packed with action.

 

Transform your desk into a driving seat 

The wheel has a clamping system that can be used to attach to desks. The clamp can be attached to surfaces that are as thick as two inches. You can take it, slip in through your study desk and turn the screw at the bottom to tighten the grip.

 

Gaming taken to a new dimension

Since the wheel holds the iPad, you can play all one-finger touch games without having to hold it. Moreover, the wheel is detachable. So, you can have fun with air gaming anywhere with the easy and compact design. The best part is the Kolos wheel is not just for racing, it can be used for playing any touch game or motion sensor air game on the iPad.

 

iOS games for KOLOS play

A few examples of racing games enhanced by KOLOS are Asphalt 7: Heat, Highway Rider, Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing, Riptide GP, Carmageddon, etc. Apart from racing, action and air games like Sky Gamblers: Air Supremacy, MetalStorm: Wingman, Boost 2, etc., can also be played on the iPad attached to the KOLOS wheel. One-finger touch games like Fruit Ninja HD, Angry Birds Space HD, Facebook games, etc., can be played hands-free using KOLOS wheel base system to hold the iPad.

 

Grace is an expert with PASS Ltd. They are dealers in electrical testing equipment about which you can get information from http://www.pat-services.co.uk/megger-mft1710-multifunction-installation-tester-1785.htm and http://www.pat-services.co.uk/megger-mft1720-multifunction-tester-kit-2439.htm.

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How can Android Apps Increase Locksmith’s Efficiency?

These days, most of us use android smartphone for communication, browsing and streaming purpose while it’s not getting the most from this high-tech and well-designed gadget. United Kingdom and United States of America are considered developed countries because the mobile user of these territories uses android applications in their business lives. Last day, I checked android market and I explored a lot of applications those can make your business tasks quite comfortable. However, today I would like to talk about locksmith business applications. The reason is that the field workers of this small business have to handle different tasks at the same time. I just want to add a comfortable cushion in their busy lives. In addition, when a locksmith uses such applications then he will feel a boost in his work’ efficiency.  So, let’s start with the best applications of Android market.

Keep Full Control of Order through Locksmith Work Order

If you visit the nearest locksmith office in your area, you will be able to check how busy locksmith remains on the phone. They attend the call 24 hours a day and write down the orders in their registers and after that they send the mobile locksmith for the help of the business, home or car owners. They need to tackle with a lot of orders at the same time. In this condition, it’s android application “locksmith work order” that comes for the assistance of this professional. He is capable to note down every order in the electronically ready form and then to check the complete record of all orders at one place.

Get Instant Auto Info Through Auto Smith Pro

It’s a fact that a locksmith handles wide variety of automobiles in his routine. No matter how expert a locksmith is, he may forget the codes and programming of some auto keys. Therefore, it’s Auto Smith Pro which comes for the help of this expert. On this website, a professional can easily browse the automobiles key codes and programming methods by model or type. It’s simply a good source of information that allows the locksmith to find as much technical details as they want.

Manage Customer and Order via Locksmith Connect

It’s a paid application of Android market but trust me after getting this app, a locksmith will observe a boost in revenue. Actually, this application consists of a suite of software. It helps locksmith in different ways. He can get the technical information regarding the job from this application and side by side, he is capable to manage invoices and orders. Customer management is indeed a hard task for every business owner but thanks to locksmith connect, one can perform this task quite effortlessly.

Program Access Points through Stand alone Access Controls

Nowadays, we prefer to install standalone access control system at home and in office as this system increases the overall security level to a great extent. With the increasing demand of this system, different manufacturers come with their own kinds. So, sometimes programming of such system becomes difficult for the locksmith. In such cases, I recommend locksmith to go for Stand Alone Access Control app. An expert is capable to get the programming technical details right from this application whenever he stuck.

Know the Latest Lock info from How to Pick a lock

Gift of technological advancement comes in the form of advanced locks. It’s not possible for a locksmith to get picking information of every latest lock. Therefore, it’s advisable to get help from How to Pick a lock application. This application permits the mobile locksmith to instantly grab the picking information of every kind and type of lock.

I’m sure that when locksmiths will start using android application in their routine lives, they will notice a positive change. They don’t need to waste their time in remembering the difficult tech details, they just need to tap on an application for getting the data and thereby, they can complete the task in a timely manner.

Marry Jojo is an expert author and blogger. She loves to test different android application in her routine life. She is also managing Bellevue WA locksmith blog.

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Windows Phone 7.8 features leaked – no release date

While Windows Phone has launched on a number of new handsets from Nokia, HTC and Samsung, we haven’t heard much news about Windows Phone 7.8, the OS that will be one of the final upgrades for the previous generation of Windows Phones. It was announced at the same time as Windows Phone 8, but has seen much less attention devoted to it and we still don’t know when it will be released.

It does look like that day is drawing closer, however. Leaks are starting to become more frequent, as we’ve seen beta builds of the OS, brief glimpses of the update running on the extremely low-end Nokia Lumia 510 and promotional materials of the same.

While the Lumia 510 brochure is in Finnish, it’s perhaps the most interesting source. It confirms that the Nokia Lumia 510 will include a new start screen, with small 1×1 icons (as we’ve heard before) and more available colour themes. More vitally, it also confirms that the 7.8 update will not be the last for the system. While the bulk of the Windows Phone 8 OS is new hardware support that simply doesn’t make sense to bring to older phones, it’s good to hear that at least the software side of the equation will continue to advance.

Chinese Windows Phone site Winp.ch managed to get a Lumia 510 of their very own to explore, and they report that the phone includes a new boot screen in the Windows Phone 8 style, live lock screen wallpaper and re-designed system apps (including Office, Xbox Games, Store).

The build number of Windows Phone 7.8 is 7.10.8858.136 – so now you know. The update has already been released to manufacturers, and hopefully will be made available in the next couple of weeks or months. So don’t throw away those Nokia Lumia 800 accessories away just yet.

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Review: Guns of Icarus Online Game

Guns of Icarus is one the best and the most thrilling multiplayer games that delivers real co-op and the most aggravating experiences.

On its deck, most have a role to play. Some will have to man its guns, steer the hulking bird and take necessary action when objects catch fire and alas go to hell. When individuals slack off or work haphazardly, the lives are over. In spite of few glitches and frustrations owing to inconsistent crewmates, there is still a level of satisfaction that occurs from handling an intense battle with the ships held together by chicken wire and duct tape.

 

Different Duties performed by Gunners, captains and engineers

From scrappy vessels to the flying sluggish fortress, every airship you choose features a distinct visual design, maneuvering and the deck layout. Duties performed here are categorized into three classes that will help in defining your role better. Captains have to indulge in maneuvering the ship while in battle so that gunners get great shots right from their position, making the orders as required, scouting the enemies to mark and flying the airship. But if you are a crappy captain you will earn yourself the ire with the possibility of spurring the mutiny. All the gunners in the scene are specialized in hot leads, pumping rockets and jetting fire into enemies. The Engineers here use handy tools like hammers, fire extinguishers and wrenches to rebuild and fix stuff that is destroyed when you are bombarded.

While duties of engineers, gunners and captains are entertaining stuff in their own rights, it’s all focused but very limited in scope. For instance, it hardly takes any time to get through different properties of each class, after a series of stages and you will realize and wish that you had more content to deal with.

 

The limitations

Right now, raking up in the class does not unlock anything or even have a major impact on the character. With different objectives around every stage, most multiplayer games are the same and the tiny choice of map locations are very well designed and are distinct visually.

Guns of Icarus does a great job in shooting the excitement of airship crewing in the motoring combat above the clouds. The rough edges demonstrate work in progress which is much more than visual bugs, finished games and the glitches around. The awkward actions are jarring, considering how polished and beautiful the game feels and looks.

Not considering proper tutorials to demonstrate how the systems and gameplay functions getting acclimated to different roles is slightly puzzling from the moment it starts However, a positive sign is that developer Muse is working full-fledged to improvise the game and increase content to make the game a better one, give greater experience and also get involved better. That is more fun but one would think that there is a long distance to be covered before the game reaches its final potential.

 

The final verdict

This game has a lot of attractive elements that few other rivals can match. It feels unique, very refreshing and gives a co-op experience. But in spite of the impressive execution and visual beauty, the game drags a bit and tests your patience.

 

Heather Protz, a freelance writer for USAheadlines.com – offers full home security to help protect your family, assets from burglary and other crimes. ADT Security Services

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Why your Christmas gadgets aren’t getting cheaper this year

Most of us eagerly wait for the festive seasons as it is accompanied by huge discounts over almost every consumer goods starting from clothes, watches, gadgets, computing devices, jewelries and many other such items. This trend of decline in the price of the consumer goods especially electronic goods has been recorded by the Bureau of Labor Statistics from the year 1998 i.e. the time from which the electronic goods began to be marketed at an affordable price that was acceptable to the consumers.

The Statistics

The Bureau of Labor Statistics in United States has closely studied this downward trend in the prices of the electronic goods and has come to the conclusion that from the year 1998 till 2005 the decline in the prices of the electronic goods amounted to as much as 85% of the initial price of these goods. However, after 2005 a noticeable change is visible in the percentage of decline. From 85% the price decline figure reduced to only 65% in a matter of just a year. Moreover, in the recent time the percentage of price decline has weakened further and presently it is merely 6% of the earlier price.

The drastic fall from 85% to about 6% within a time span of less than two decades has led the economist and market analyst to wander the probable reason behind such a trend and they have come up with the following conclusions.

Economies of scale

Firstly, analysts are of the opinion that the economies of scale theory was primarily responsible for the declining price of the electrical goods since 1997. According to this theory the price of the goods are bound to fall as the production of the number of units of the same good increases. This decrease in the price of good per unit is primarily triggered by increase in demand.

When the demand for goods increase, the amount of goods manufactured also increases and mass production leads to the reduction of the price of the product. This is exactly what contributed to the decreasing prices of the electronic gadgets like mobile phone, laptops and all the high tech devices.

Wifi enabled phones, Bluetooth enabled phones, iPods, pen drives and other device that were considered unaffordable at one point of time were commercialized. Once the common people began to understand their value and dynamic utility, the demand of the goods increased leading to decrease in the prices of the products.

Explanation behind current stagnancy

So the question that is certainly going to crop up in our mind is: What are the factors that have contributed to the stagnancy in the prices of the electronic goods? The analysts are of the opinion that, in the recent time stagnancy is noticeable in the prices of the electronic goods because the manufacturers of these brands have reached the bottom line as far as their profit margin is concerned. The prices at which they are selling the electronic products right now are giving them the minimum profit. Therefore, there is no scope for further reduction in the prices.

These are the two important factors that have been pointed out by www.gadgetank.com which have contributed to the stagnancy of the prices of the electronic goods this Christmas.

If you have planned to invest in a gadget, then do it right away because this is the best price at which the electronic goods are being offered to the consumers.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Suffocating The World

In the U.S. alone, 280 billion plastic bags are used each year, which is enough to stretch around the earth nearly 30,000 times. Making and using plastic bags has more repercussions than you might think.

Click here to see the INFOGRAPHIC.

 

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New Angry Birds: Star Wars- A Review

Angry Birds took the whole gaming world by storm. The easy interface, along with an exciting and entertaining gameplay, got the attention of the world. The game was an instant hit and won many awards and accolades in the process. The successive games were disappointing though, with no clear evolution of the gameplay. Both games, Angry Birds Rio and Angry Birds Seasons, were nothing unique, and had the same game basically, with just a change of background scenery.

 

The announcement of Angry Birds Star Wars did generate a buzz in the gaming community. The game delivers on this front. The hype surrounding it has been largely justified by the new product from Rovio.

 

Star Wars

 

The game has essentially the same elements as the previous versions. The 2D platform, shape of the birds, and the pigs are all there. But the game is significantly influenced by Star Wars. The red bird, which previously didn’t have any extra power, now destroys the lines of the ‘stormtrooper’ pigs while wielding a cool light saber. As a plus, it looks like Luke Skywalker. All the birds in the game resemble one of the main characters of the movies. There is Obi-Wan Kenobi, Chewie, Rebel Pilot, C3PO and R2D2. Each character is uniquely portrayed through the birds.

 

Even the powers of the bird are fashioned around the movie characters. The Obi-Wan bird has the ability to knock down large objects or for that matter any other thing, by just tapping into the ‘Force’. The bird resembling the Rebel Pilot basically does what the blue bird previously did, but the catch is that they can actually do some damage this time.

 

The gameplay is essentially the same; you have to toss the birds around to destroy the villainous pigs. But instead of being birds, the characters are from Star Wars. The first world is based in Tatooine, and the second in Space. In world 2, you can see a pig-shaped DeathStar in the background. Despite the core being the same, the gameplay is highly influenced by the saga. Even the pigs wield laser blasters in certain situations. The Trash Compactor from Episode IV is also referenced in the games.

 

The performance of the game is as good as the previous versions. It runs smoothly on all platforms, including iOS, Android, Windows and MAC. The Millennium Eagle has replaced the Mighty Eagle, and it’s free now! You get a certain quantity of Falcons in each stage to use in combat. The Millennium Falcon is available to you, once you get a pre-defined number of stars. This simplifies the stages in which you’re stuck and can’t cross it.

 

Final assessment

 

This is the best Angry Birds game from Rovio, since the first one created splashes in the gaming world. The game is very addictive, and you can’t possibly leave it till you have completed all the 80 levels. The next episode is also on the way, and is based on Hoth. The game and the movie have been mixed very well and the resulting experience is well worth the time.

 

 Grace is an expert associated with Airsoft Guns and writes guest post for blogs. The author has written game reviews for various blogs and is an avid gamer.

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Amazing Things You Can Do With WordPress

WordPress is not limited to blogging only. WordPress is a blogging software written in PHP but being Content Management System as well, it can do nearly anything. Like a Photo Gallery, Wiki, Forum, Web Directory, Job Board, Classified Ads,  Article Website and many more.

There many things you can do with WordPress but here are top 10 ones!

 

Directory Website

A Directory is just a listing of sites, categorized. Today, people still like directories because unlike a search engine, with million of results. A good directory has great sites categorized by exactly the topic you’re looking for. You can use WP Link Directory Plugin and Open Directory Links.

 

Classified Website

You can start a classifieds site for your business. Use WP Classifieds WordPress Plugin to creat a classified website.

It’s comes with post dates and view counts, and even a submit form. Users can add contact information, an image, and they have a text editor for ads. Spam is controlled by Captcha.

Another is WordPress Classifieds Plugin. It has good layout and the ability to charge for listings.

 

Article Directory

Creating an article directory is a great way to get free content and traffic, and there are lots of scripts that help in making of article directory.

Using the Article Directory Plugin you can easily setup an aricle repository in your WordPress. It allows you to accept articles submissions.

 

 

 

 

Image Gallery

Are you a photographer? NextGen Gallery is the plugin for photo management in WordPress. With it you can display random pictures in your sidebar. It has the ability to manage thousands of photos. You can upload an entire zip file with pictures for inclusion, and it features a integrated flash slideshow.

You can also use Page Flip Image Gallery and Lazyest Gallery Plugin.

 

Forum

A discussion forum is really a great thing to start with WordPress. I gathered a plugin for you:

Simple:Press Forum allows you to create an fully featured threaded discussion forum within WordPress itself. It has search, user registration, RSS feeds, pagination, breadcrumbs, full stats, fine grained user control.

 

eCommerce Site

There are some plugins that allow you to sell single items using PayPal. You can use ArtPal Plugin for this. You create a post with a few custom fields. This plugin is mainly used to sell art but can be used for selling anything you want.

You can also use: Fat Free Cart and eShop Plugin.

 

This guest post is by Areeb Majeed from HackingTag Security.

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First Windows 8 TV Spot

Windows 8 is officially launching on October 26, but does the first TV spot entice you? Microsoft totally changed things up and went in the opposite direction of the standard calm, look-at-how–interesting-this-is approach. The TV spot is loud, crazy and very exciting. There are exploding lap tops, a punk metal soundtrack and a nearly-rabid cartoon dog.

It’s only 30 seconds long but Microsoft packs a lot into a New York minute. There are images of people using Windows 8 but just as many images of seemingly unrelated things. It’s like an SEO company developed an advertisement filled with unicorns and glitter. It will get your attention, but does it get the job done?

What the Critics Say

Some critics are hoping that Microsoft will tone down the ads in the future because Windows 8 is confusing. It’s not the most user-friendly version Microsoft has ever dished up and there are huge differences from Windows 7. Getting people to understand how to use and appreciate Windows 8 will be critical for success and adaption. Not even the start menu is the same.

Windows 8 replaces the familiar start tab with a full start screen complete with tabs. It has a universal search feature, side-by-side app snapping and is geared to be used on tablets and mobile devices as well as PCs. It’s estimated that Microsoft will spend $1.5 billion on advertising, but this preview has critics wary. Windows 8 is like nothing Microsoft has done before and it has some explaining to do.

Why Should I Buy This?

The non-tech crowd will be completely confused with Windows 8. Anyone who hasn’t been loyally following the impending launch and reading every article available on the features will be faced with an alien object. Windows 8 needs to explain why a laptop-cum-tablet hybrid is important and benefits every consumer. There’s no mention why Windows 8 is better than Android or Apple.

Of course, Android and Apple are the competition. In order to take on these players, Windows will seriously need to step up the marketing. Going back to basics, especially with a completely new product, is necessary. This wild ad does nothing to ease consumers into a new system.

On the Other Hand…

Some people are raving about the latest TV spot. It’s high-energy, bright, colorful and (some say) obviously hinting at the touch-screen capabilities. Windows 8 was designed with touchscreen platforms in mind even though it’s also available for old school use. However, there’s no mention of the XBOX or Windows Phone.

This might be because these devices are getting their own Windows 8-themed commercial. If not, that’s a huge oversight for Microsoft. The bottom line is, whether you love it or hate it, the ad marks the influx of tech-themed holidays.

Michael is a full-time blogger who has passions in all corners of the online world. In his down time he enjoys being outdoors, traveling, and blogging on everything from technology, to business, to marketing, and beyond.

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Facebook Stock hits $25

The Social Networking Giant, Facebook’s Stock today hit $25 for the first time since July!

Facebook stock opened at $24.94 a share on Monday and rose more than $25 in early trading, this is the first time the stock has traded above that price since the end of July.


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