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#7: Xbox LIVE 800 Microsoft Points [Online Game Code]

Posted: 17 Aug 2012 06:51 PM PDT

Xbox LIVE 800 Microsoft Points [Online Game Code]
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Lumigon T2 Smartphone

Posted: 17 Aug 2012 05:16 PM PDT

I’m gonna go out on a limb and say Apple is still KING of hardware design when it comes to smartphones. Yes Samsung and HTC have beautiful phones but they lack precision and a refined elegance. The latest Nokias are stunning and in some cases, rival their fruity competitor in design. It seems the Scandinavians are the only ones that really know how to design a smartphone. Minimalism has pretty much become their domain and if the Nokias aren’t proof, check out the Lumigon T2.

Its gorgeous and made of steel – yes you read right, STEEL. The body is perfectly smooth. The sides cleverly hide all the ports so all you see is a steel frame, strong enough for you to stand on. For serious! They even say so in the press release. Powered by a 1.4 GHz Snapdragon processor combined with expandable 8 GB of memory and you’ve got a middle to high end performing smartphone. All this with a coat of Android Ice Cream Sandwich on top.

The two most impressive tidbits are the audio and software. Audio comes from a Bang & Olufsen MS3 chip (thanks Dutchies!) and Android’s overly complicated and cluttered interface has been refined to sit somewhere in between iOS and WindowsPhone.

No idea how much it’ll cost but the T2 launches this autumn in Europe, Asia, and independent online shops. I can’t wait to get my hands on one for review. For now if you want more info, hit up the site and sign up for more info.

Designer: Lumigon

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Orient DJ02002W GMT Watch Review

Posted: 17 Aug 2012 03:41 PM PDT

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This is the Orient DJ02003W, an automatic with GMT, date and power reserve complications. Classic and a bit conservative with silver dial and Roman numerals, Orient is as always, excellent value for the money. This represents a nicely made piece with one of their most modern, always in-house made movements to date.

Orient’s signature complication is the power reserve indicator, here seen at twelve o’clock. They are not common, making it a nice differentiator for the brand. It indicates in hours, the amount of power in the mainspring. Here you can see about 30 hours of running remains. The movement should have a maximum power reserve of about 42 hours. With its bidirectional winding, about an hour per day of active wear (walking and such) will keep it topped off, but it’s a nice bit of interaction with the mechanics. I quite enjoy watching it climb while I handwind, reminiscent of feeding an electronic Tamigotchi pet.

Orient watches, as a brand, is still making itself known in the US and Europe. Long established in Asia, it’s one of the few companies that makes its own movements and, similar to Seiko and Citizen, does so affordably. This model is from the upper end of their range, with sapphire crystal and decorated movement.

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I’ve owned several Orients, and this is the nicest finish I’ve seen on their movements.

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Some specifications are in order. The movement is the Orient 40P51, beating at 21,600vph and a power reserve of about 42 hours. Hackable, handwinding, quick-set date, independent GMT hand. The case is stainless steel, 40.2mm by 12.3mm thick, with 20mm lugs and a 5.85mm crown. Bracelet is 3.3mm thick, butterfly deployant, solid throughout and non-tapering. Total weight is 135g with all links.

There aren’t a lot of affordable GMT movements out there – the ETA 2893, the Shanghai B, modified ETA 2836, and no doubt a few others. Because of this, there aren’t a lot of affordable, mechanical, GMT watches either. It’s often marketed for those who do business across timezones, are frequent fliers or need to meet with others in distant timezones. The original, by Rolex, was for the first jet pilots and is still useful, as things like weather forecasts and instrument flight plans are filed in UTC time.

The GMT is the diamond-shaped hand, settable independently from the hour hand in one-hour increments. Pull the crown out one stop and rotate. In one direction the date changes and in the other the GMT hand moves.

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At 40mm this one is just about perfect for a daily wearer. The silver-on-white is dressy without flash, and the 12mm thickness is very dress shirt friendly. It’s also available with black dial or two-tone as well. It’s 50m water resistant but not a watch I’d swim with. No worries in the rain and such, but the non-screwdown crown isn’t designed for water.

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On the wrist, its dial is detailed and a pleasure to look at. The four silver hands take a bit to acclimate to, but their shapes and sizes differ enough to keep legibility good. The polished hands reflect even faint light, so despite the non-lumed design it’s readable as long as there’s any light around.

At 0 list with discounts often possible this is a good price for a GMT with sapphire and power reserve. A well-made watch with a classic design that will serve you well for years without breaking the bank.

Written by Paul Hubbard

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Introducing the Good e-Reader eBook Trailer Service

Posted: 17 Aug 2012 02:06 PM PDT

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Good e-Reader is very pleased to roll out our new eBook Trailer Service for indie authors! Our comprehensive service allows you to promote your ebook in new and innovative ways.

Authors often discount many popular promotional methods to get more sales of their books. eBook Trailers are the perfect method to promote your book on your blog, website, Facebook, and Twitter. It allows you to be distinctive in the market and is the perfect addition to your Amazon book listing. Statistically, the more visual elements you offer potential readers to let them get a sense of what your book is about, the more likely they are to purchase the book.

Our new service gives you a one minute video that showcases the main premise of your book. It is fully animated and we provide atmospheric music that suits your particular ebook. We can also embed links to your website, blog, or other promotional medium that you regularly use. If you are unfamiliar with Youtube embedding, we will show you how to add the end result to your websites and ebook listings on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and many more!

The Good e-Reader eBook Trailer Service costs .99 and you can play an active role in the development of your trailer. We employ skilled video editors and graphic artists to provide a video that is a million times better than something slapped together with Windows Movie Maker. We take the hard technical work out of the equation, so you can focus on marketing your ebook and getting more sales!

As an author, how many of your peers have a book trailer for their ebook? Chances are, none of them. This is the perfect solution to really stand out in a crowd and bulk up your press kit. As a self-published author, you want to be in control of your own destiny. Normally good Book Trailers are only available to authors signed to a major publishing label, but our new service removes the need for you to rely on a traditional publisher and empowers you with a major marketing tool.

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Campaign to build Nikola Tesla museum hits $500k in less than 48 hours, hopes to raise $850k

Posted: 17 Aug 2012 01:45 PM PDT

Campaign to build Nikola Telsa museum hits 0k in 48 hours,

Nikola Tesla may not have gotten all the credit he was due in his lifetime, but his stature has grown considerably since, and many of the inventions he dreamed up are now finding new life in today’s technology. Now, a new effort is underway to truly cement his place in history — even moreso than having David Bowie play him in a movie. Two days ago, Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal comic strip launched an Indiegogo campaign to help fund a Tesla museum at the site of Nikola Tesla’s laboratory in Shoreham, New York, and it’s now already raised over 0,000. That money will go directly to the non-profit Tesla Science Center, which has been attempting to buy the property for .6 million, half of which will be covered by a matching grant from the state of New York (meaning the goal for the campaign is 0,000, although anything raised above that will go toward the actual building of the museum). As Inman notes, however, even raising “just” 0k will ensure that the property isn’t sold to someone else and demolished, as others have been looking to do. Those interested in contributing can find all the details at the links below.

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What Kobo and Amazon need to do with their Second Generation Tablets

Posted: 17 Aug 2012 12:31 PM PDT

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E-Reading as changed dramatically in the last two years and many users are making the switch from traditional e-ink devices to tablets. Tablets offer a wide array of added functionality, such as videos, music, email, internet and apps. Both Amazon and Barnes and Noble developed their own ecosystems to offer added content, while Kobo relied on Getjar for their apps and then updated to Google Play. With all of these devices almost a year old, what do they have to do to remain competitive in a ever shifting landscape of tablet computers?

The first thing all of these companies need to do is adopt higher hardware level performance. Quad-Core processors are becoming the norm in offerings from Asus, Google and other major companies. Customers expectations have reached a point where they demand a higher performing processor. There are many benefits of elevating from the dual-core level of old. Added power allows for better rendering of 1080 P video and play the most cutting edge of games. As eBook technology increases and enhanced books editions are becoming the norm, you want to be able to get the full experience, without anything stuttering. Most books have a high decree of multimedia content, such as interactive maps, audio, video and touchscreen controls. With prices coming down on processors, due to wider industry adoption, going this route would not dramatically elevate the cost to the customer. The Google Nexus 7,  which enters the markets at a little over 0.00 proves this point.

Kobo is the odd man out, in terms of a rich and expansive ecosystem. Besides their own bookstore, they do not offer anything original in terms of content distribution. Amazon and Barnes and Noble both run their own app stores and actively court developers to submit exclusive content to them. Kobo formally relied on Getjar to deliver content to their devices, and in most cases the apps and games are tailored towards phones, and not tablets. A few months ago the company received Google Certification and now has fully access to Google Play. This might be fine and well, but in order to be distinctive in the marketplace, Kobo really needs to take a hard look at developing their own app store and not rely on a 2nd party to deliver it to their customers. It would give them more control over what apps and games best work on their devices and give them a greater competitive edge in the market. You might not buy a Vox, but if  you can use the Kobo App Store on any Android tablet, then the brand still gets advertised.

All of the major tablets geared towards reading, run the Google Android operating system. When you purchase anything by Amazon, Barnes and Noble or Kobo, you are relegated to tremendously outdated version of Android. Often you will see 2.3 being the standard and many top-end devices right now are running Jellybean, which is quite a few iterations further ahead. In order to deliver the best content, apps and games, it is essential that these companies adopt Jellybean into their platform. There are some major additions to the platform such as Google Now. It functions like your own personal assistant, giving you a wide array of options to manage your daily life. There is also expanded facial recognition software to provide an extra layer of security. Tablets that are marketed as e-readers are mainly a family device, with everyone having access to certain things. How great would it be if a face unlocked your kids profile and only their books would be listed or their favorite learning games? While your face would unlock your own library and favorite zombie stomping time killer?

In essence all of these tablets issued by Amazon, Kobo and Barnes and Noble are woefully outdated by current standards. Customers more then ever are seeing high performing hardware at prices under 9.99. In order to remain competitive in the marketplace all of these companies need to adopt higher performing hardware and software. These e-Reading Tablets might appeal to a strong segment of avid readers but could see an increased user population of casual customers, who just want a great deal. The one advantage all of these companies have is a strong retail presence. You can’t enter any store with a respectable tech section and not see a Kindle, Kobo or Nook.

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Fujitsu Launches Stylistic M532 ICS tablet For $549

Posted: 17 Aug 2012 10:56 AM PDT

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The Stylistic M532 from Fujitsu scores a couple of firsts, the tablet is the first from the company to run Android while also being the first to have been built around the now familiar Tegra 3 chip. That is not all for the tablet has also been ruggedized enough to take on the rigors of daily usage better than any other mainstream tablet device.

Specification wise, the Stylistic M532 comes with a 10 inch 1280 x 800 pixel display upfront and a 1.4 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 Quad-core processor coupled to a 1 GB RAM on the other side of it. The tablet runs Android 4.0 and offers 32 GB of internal storage.

Other features of the tablet include its dual camera — 2 megapixel at the front and a 8 megapixel unit at the rear. For connectivity the tablet is both W-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 enabled while also offering a microUSB slot and docking port. Powering the device is a 38 WHr battery pack which the company claims can run for 8.4 hours.

Lastly, the Stylistic M532 is not just about style and ease of computing as the tablet also boasts of a sturdy build quality that conforms to MIL-STD-810G rating that is generally used to rate products for military use.

The tablet has hit the US market though the price is a bit steep at 9.


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Stallone Wears Carl F. Bucherer Patravi TravelTec Watch

Posted: 17 Aug 2012 09:22 AM PDT

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Here is some shameless “Stallonage.” Sly dons a Carl F. Bucherer Patravi TravelTec GMT watch during the European premier of the Expendables II movie (in Germany I think). I must admit that I am really looking forward to seeing the film – especially because Arnold will be more prominently featured in it. Hopefully he will get some battle damage to show his metallic  Schwarzenegger innards.

Sylvester hasn’t had the easiest last few months as his son Sage Stallone died of what I believe was a drug overdose in LA. That’s go to be rough as I understand Stallone was a good dad to a kid that couldn’t quite standup on his own two feet. It can’t be easy living in Rambo Balboa’s shadow.

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Stallone is well-know for being a serious collector of things from watches to belt buckles. He loves his gadgets and as an icon has helped make a lot of watches popular. Most notable of course was his role in getting Panerai watches popular among his peers in Hollywood. He was also one of the leaders in the “large watch” movement. The Carl F. Bucherer Patravi TravelTec GMT watch is 46mm wide and contains a base ETA movement which is modified by CFB. They call it the caliber CFB 1901 automatic chronometer movement. This model can display up to three timezones, has a chronograph, and the date. The design is an acquired taste, but I have to commend Carl F. Bucherer in releasing (what are in my opinion) watches with inherently useful complications. The movement has a lot of cool features, I am not going to discuss them all here, but if you are interested in the piece you should know that.

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Stallone’s Patravi TravelTec watch is the 18k rose gold version attached to the thick calfskin leather strap. This model even has versions with diamonds on the bezel – but I don’t think that is Stallone’s style. It also isn’t cheap. Price for the Carl F. Bucherer Patravi TravelTec GMT watch in 18k rose gold is a hefty ,000. I don’t even want to know the price on the available full 18k rose gold bracelet. My next question is what timepiece he will be wearing in the Expendables II. Another Panerai? Probably.

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E-Books To Be The Focus at the Delhi Book Fair

Posted: 17 Aug 2012 07:47 AM PDT

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Pragati Maidan is the place to be for all book lover in Delhi during the first week of September. This year’s edition of the Delhi Book Fair will however assume additional significance.  The organizers of the event are making a strong push for e-books to gain a wider presence and draw industry attention to digital content.

“We cannot pretend to be ignorant about technology when it is staring us in our face. The popularity of e-books, especially among the young generation, has increased beyond our expectations. So the focus this year will be on e-books. In fact, we will have a two-day training program in which we will teach how to convert books into e-books. This will be beneficial for authors as well as publishers,” said Delhi Book Fair director Shakti Malik.

E-books has been the rage the world over with major retailers such as Amazon stating they have been consistently selling more e-books than their corresponding hardcover versions. A prime reason for this to happen is the relatively lower price e-books come for while the ease of storing or convenience of purchasing them online are among other reasons that has led to mass acceptance of e-books. Also, with the rise in demand for e-books, devices such as dedicated e-book readers or tablet PCs has also seen a surge in demand for reading the e-books.

However, India can still be considered a nascent market, as far as e-books are concerned. The potential for digital content to succeed is huge, given that India is the third-largest book market in the world. The domestic book market has also grown significantly in recent times, while general awareness for e-books has also been on the rise. The same can be said of the market for e-book readers or tablet devices, but it really seems like the latter is in stronger demand. However, with India being a multilingual country where languages change every few hundred kilometers,  there is a huge challenge for publishers to offer books that would have an appeal across the country. The same can be said about the e-readers that are marketed in India as well. Many devices do not take into account all of the major and regional dialects, which stagnates the market and people just don’t buy them.

The Delhi Book Fair is a nine day event starting Sept 1st 2012, with over 250 Indian publishers taking part in the event.


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Web LCD Display Watch Design

Posted: 17 Aug 2012 06:12 AM PDT

Design by Laszlo from Hungary.

Laszlo says: Many of the digital concepts presented on the blog show hours and minutes, but not seconds. Including the seconds adds to the appeal because not only is it a more accurate representation of the time, but it also attracts more attention with an ever changing display.

The choice of a hexagonal LCD display was inspired by a spider's web, and is ideal for showing six digits of time – hours on top, minutes in the middle, and seconds on the bottom. But, why should only the seconds animate? Instead, each digit is composed of seven horizontal slices, which display successively from the inside out, showing a complete display once each second. The "WEB" also includes a backlight feature.

The unique orientation of this hexagonal display is highlighted by some geometric accents on the case. These add to the decor, and allow the case to better accomodate a metal strap.

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