Xbox One Special Edition Midnight Forces Wireless Controller


New Special Edition Midnight Forces controller has been unveiled over on the official Xbox website.
The new Xbox One Midnight Forces wireless controller is priced at $65 and as you can see from the images below and above sports a blue camouflage finish together with redesigned D-pad and thumbsticks.
The new Xbox One wireless controller can be used up to a range of 30 feet away from your console and is powered by two AA batteries. As Xbox One owners will already know it is possible to connect up to 8 wireless controllers to your console at once.
“Equip yourself with the Xbox One Special Edition Midnight Forces Wireless Controller, featuring a modern camouflage pattern and unique military look. Impulse Triggers deliver fingertip vibration feedback, so you can feel every jolt and crash in high definition.
With redesigned thumbsticks and D-pad enhancements for greater precision and comfort, it’s simply the best controller Xbox has ever made. Available exclusively at Best Buy for a limited time.”
For more information on the new Midnight Forces Wireless Controller jump over to the Xbox One website for details or your local Best Buy store where the controller will be an exclusive for a limited time.

Source: Xbox
Friday, September 12, 2014
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First Chromebook Android Apps Now Available


The latest Android applications available for Google Chromebooks include popular services such as Vine, Evernote, Sight Words, and Duolingo which are now available for Chromebooks and Chrome OS-based desktops.
If you would like to help Google select more Android applications to add to the list and include ones you would like to be able to use on your Chromebook. Google has set up a dedicated web page where you can submit your applications. To submit new Android applications for Google Chromebooks jump over to the Google web page located here. Google explains :
“At Google I/O, we announced that a handpicked set of Android apps would be coming to Chrome OS devices this fall. We won’t be able to support every Android app from day one, but your feedback will help us focus on the Android apps that you’d use most on Chrome OS.”
For a full list of all the Chromebook Android apps that are now available to download for Google Chromebooks jump over to the Google Chrome blog for links.
Source: Google

Fujifilm Instax Wide 300 Instant Camera Unveiled


Digital photography is great but if you want a physical print you can hold and give to friends and family with the hassle of powering up your printer or computer, a new instant camera has been unveiled the Fujifilm this week in the form of the new Fujifilm Instax Wide 300.
The Fujifilm Instax Wide 300 instant camera further expands the company’s ever growing range of instant camera’s and will be priced at $130 when it launches during the spring of 2015.
Features of the Fujifilm Instax Wide 300 instant camera include a uilt-in optical viewfinder, electronic flash, plus 1/64 – 1/200 second shutter speeds and a print size of 62 mm x 99 mm using the large-format 86 mm x 108 mm Instax film.

The included LCD display provides users with information on exposure counter, Lighten-Darken control, Flash Mode and the instant camera is powered by four AA 1.5 V alkaline batteries. The camera weighs 612g and measures L188mm x D:96 mm x H:121mm in size.

“The Instax Wide 300 has a brand new contempory design and many improved features such as tripod socket, real image finder and lens ring dial with focus zone setting. Uses Instax Wide film for vivid, high-quality instant prints to take photos twice as wide as Instax Mini Film.
This wide film format is suitable for instant photos at parties / school projects / crafts / business applications and much more. Instax Wide film captures and delivers vivid, high-quality prints in an instant”
For more information on the new Fujifilm Instax Wide 300 instant camera jump over to the Fujifilm website for details.

LG L Fino And L Bello Smartphones Launched


LG announced two new devices in their L smartphone range last month, the LG L Fino and LG L Bello, and now the company has announced that these two new handsets are launching in a number of countries.
The LG L Fino And L Bello smartphones will launch in Brazil first this week, they will then launch in other countries in Latin America, Asia, Europe and CIS regions.
The pair continues LG’s signature Rear Key button design and feature class-leading 8MP cameras, providing customers with UX features that make snapping pictures fun and easy. With consumer behavior research showing that the camera is one of the key deciding factors for first time and teenage smartphone customers, both LG L Series models were designed to give users quality, blur-free images with features such as Touch & Shoot, Gesture Shot and Front Camera Light. 
 
“LG is committed to bringing quality mobile devices to consumers of all segments because today’s savvy smartphone customers aren’t content with just the basics anymore,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “We are confident that L Fino and L Bello will be strong options for customers seeking performance and feature-rich smartphones at competitive prices.”
You can find out more details about the LG L Fino and LG L Bello smartphones over at LG at the link below.
Source LG

Nikon D750 Full Frame DSLR With Tilting LCD Screen Officially Launches


Nikon has today officially taken the wraps off their new Nikon D750 Full Frame DSLR camera, that is the first Nikon to be equipped with a tilting LCD screen on the rear.
The Nikon D750 is fitted with a newly developed 24.3 megapixels image sensor and EXPEED 4 that combine to provide superior high-ISO performance that surpasses even that of the D810, says Nikon.

Features of the new Nikon D750 include a 51-point AF system, metering and exposure control system equivalent to the D4S and D810 utilising a 91K-pixel RGB sensor together with high-speed, high-precision sequential control for continuous shooting at 6.5 fps. Nikon explains :
“The Nikon D750 FX-format D-SLR has been designed to liberate photographers from previous limitations while giving them more freedom of photographic expression thanks to a variety of factors.
For example, because of the high ISO performance and the autofocus capability in low-light situations, hand-held shooting is made possible even in the dark. The compact, lightweight and slim body with a deep grip widens the field of usage. And the tilting LCD monitor further expands the freedom of shooting angles.”
Other features include ISO from 100-12800, 60p Full HD recording, built-in WiFi and of course the new tilting LCD screen on the rear. For more information on the new Nikon D750 jump over to the Nikon website for details and full specifications.

Source: Nikon

Video: Mercedes AMG GT In Action


Mercedes has released a couple of videos of their new supercar in action.
The first video shows the final test drive of the new Mercedes AMG GT before it was unveiled, it comes with a stunning design, and some impressive performance figures.
The next video is the official trailer for the new Mercedes AMG GT when it was officially announced, the engine certainly sounds very impressive.
The Mercedes AMG features a 4.0 litre V8 turbo engine, there will be two models The AMG GT and AMGT GT S, The Mercedes AMG GT will feature a 0 to 60MPH time or 4.0S and it will come with 462hp, the Mercedes AMG GT S will feature a 0 to 60MPH time of 3.8S and comes with 510 HP.
Source Mercedes Benz
Thursday, September 11, 2014
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Viber Video Calls Now Available Via iOS And Android Apps


Viber has today rolled out the ability for users to be able to make Viber video calls from the companion chat applications that are available for Android and iOS mobile devices.
The new update enables Android users to make video calls from most devices running Android 4.0 and above. Allowing users to call other Viber contacts, and transfer video calls between mobile and desktop systems.
As well as adding the new Viber video call support to mobile apps the company has also rolled out a new design for its user interface and the ability to easily add friends using their Viber number or simply scanning their QR code.
“With Viber, everyone in the world can connect. Freely. More than 400 million Viber users text, call, and send photo and video messages worldwide over Wifi or 3G – for free. Viber Out can be used to make calls to non-Viber mobile and landline numbers at low rates. Viber is available for many smartphones and platforms.Viber is compatible with and optimized for Android tablets! Use Viber on your tablet and phone simultaneously. On Viber, your phone number is your ID. The app syncs with your mobile contact list, automatically detecting which of your contacts have Viber.”
For more information on the new Vider video calls available from Android and iOS mobile devices jump over to the respective online app store website for details.

Source: Viber

Tips to Help Print Checks in QuickBooks Smoothly




Your business has probably heard that QuickBooks is a great tool for printing checks conveniently and securely, but hasn't started to print checks yet. The following tips can help you print checks smoothly using the QuickBooks platform. Once you start printing your own checks, you'll never want to go back to preprinted check stock again.
Consider Your Options
QuickBooks "offers a few options for check creation." (1) With QuickBooks check printing, businesses can specify options for the write-check function of the program. The ability to customize checks is a great feature that has attracted many businesses to the QuickBooks program. The QuickBooks check-writing function "integrates easily with your QuickBooks accounting information" (2) for seamless transacting.
Customize Your Check Style
Quickbooks allows users to easily customize their business checks. Choose from options like standard or wallet style to create paychecks, for instance. Quickbooks allows you to change fonts when allowed (items like routing numbers must use fonts required by banks) and even to add the company's logo.
Did You Remember the Security Ink?
If you begin printing your batch of checks but realize you made an error such as forgetting to change your ink cartridge to the secure ink cartridge, all you need to do is press the "escape" key and QuickBooks will immediately halt the operation so you don't waste more paper than you'd prefer.
Printing Batches
QuickBooks allows businesses to conveniently print batches of checks. Of course, you will need to make sure that you accurately assign check numbers to your printing, but the overall operation is simple.
Get Familiar with the Program
Like any program, QuickBooks becomes easier to use for check printing when you take time to get to know the ins and outs and use the program on a regular basis. Allow your accounting department or accounting manager to have time to train on the program so that they can become an expert. The program has come a long way and that's one reason why so many businesses prefer it. Its functionality is tried and true. Adopt QuickBooks for check printing and you'll see why so many other businesses have too.

Sources:
1. The Conway Daily Sun, "QuickBooks: 10 tips to perfect check-printing in QuickBooks," http://conwaydailysun.com/businessx/local-business/106965-perfect-check-printing-in-quickbooks  
2. Troy, http://www.troygroup.com/products/software/tcpq.aspx
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

New Mercedes AMG GT Gets Official


Mercedes Benz have been teasing their new Mercedes AMG GT for some time, it is now official, and it comes with some impressive specifications and a stunning design.
The new Mercedes AMG GT is designed to replace the Mercedes SLS AMG, there will be two models, the Mercedes AMG GT and the Mercedes AMG GT S, both models are powered by a 4.0 litre V8 biturbo engine.

The Mercedes AMG GT will feature a 0 to 60MPH time or 4.0S and it will come with 462hp, the Mercedes AMG GT S will feature a 0 to 60MPH time of 3.8S and comes with 510 HP.

“The new Mercedes-AMG GT is a sports car in its purist form”, says Gorden Wagener, Vice President Design Daimler AG. “Breathtaking proportions, powerfully sculpted surfaces and flowing lines turn the new AMG into a contemporary sports car which embodies the spirit of the glorious Mercedes sports cars. The GT is a consummate combination of beauty and intelligence.”

The new Mercedes-AMG GT embodies the sensual purity of sportiness and emotion. The two-seater is characterised by hallmark rear-wheel-drive proportions. The V8 biturbo front mid-engine ensures optimum weight distribution, which forms the basis for superb driving dynamics. The long bonnet with its pronounced powerdomes, the greenhouse which has been moved far back, the large wheels and broad tail end make up the distinctive looks. The large tailgate conceals a practical luggage compartment.

The AMG GT and AMG GT S will go on sale next year, as yet there are no details on pricing, you can find out more information over at Mercedes.
Source Daimler

Apple iCloud Storage Prices Dropped Ahead Of iOS 8

Apple iCloud Storage Prices Dropped Ahead Of iOS 8

Apple is launching iOS 8 next week, and one of the new features in iOS 8 and also OS X Mavericks will be Apple’s iCloud Drive, which will allow you to store a number of things like photos and more, over the existing iCloud service.
Now it would appear that Apple has dropped the price of iCloud Storage, ahead of the launch of iOS 8, you still get 5GB of free storage, but now an extra 20GB will cost you just $0.99 per month.
If you need more than that 200GB will set you back $3.99 a month, 500GB $9.99 a month and 1TB just $19.99 a month. These new prices are not live yet, we can expect them to be available when iCloud Drive launches shortly.
iCloud Drive will sync everything that you have stored on iCloud on all of your devices, and the service will work with the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch as well as Apple’s Mac range of computers.
As well as being able to store photos, you will also be able to store things like documents, and more, and you will be able to edit the documents on multiple devices.
Source Cult of Mac

Apple Releases iTunes 11.4 With iOS 8 Support

Apple Releases iTunes 11.4 With iOS 8 Support

Apple has released a new version of iTunes for OS X Mavericks, the latest version is iTunes 11.4 and it comes with support for the latest version of Apple’s mobile OS, iOS 8.
iTunes 11.4 is around 97.3MB in size, and the update is now available for users running OS X Mavericks from the Apple App Store.
It doesnt look like there is much else included in the update, apart from the support for iOS 8, which will be made available to download for compatible devices next week.
Apple are releasing iOS 8 next Wednesday the 17th of September, and it will be compatible with a range of devices, which will include iPhone 4S, the iPhone 5, the iPhone 5C, the iPhone 5S, the 5th generation iPod Touch, the iPad 2, the iPad with Retina display, the iPad Mini, the iPad Air and the iPad Mini with Retina Display, plus the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus when they launch next week.
Source MacRumors

Nest Announces DropCam Support For Legacy Home Automation Platforms


Google acquired Nest which then went on to acquire Dropcam in July of this year for $555 million and today during the CEDIA expo in Colorado, Nest has announced that support for Dropcam to its ever growing list of supported Nest partners as you would expect.
The company also unveiled how the new Nest and Dropcam connection will function, explaining that if your alarm, smoke or CO sensor should go off or be triggered your Dropcam will automatically switch on and start recording footage as well as being supported by older home automation platforms.
The new features will even work if you are not a “Cloud Recording Service” customer, says Nest. The newly supported older home automation platforms include Control4, Crestron, Remote Technologies Incorporated, and Universal Remote Control.
New features have also been announced that will be available next month that will allow Dropcam to keep an eye on your property for you while you are away using motion sensing technology.
“Nest now works with all kinds of devices — lights, appliances, fitness bands, and even cars. Connect your Nest to things inside and outside of your home, and we’ll get even better at keeping you comfortable and safe. We can also give you new ways to save energy around the house.”
For more information on the new Nest and Dropcam support for older home automation platforms jump over to the official Nest website for details.

Microsoft To Replace Noisy Xbox One Consoles


Xbox One owners that have been experiencing problems with their console making excessive noise, will be pleased to know that Microsoft has today announced it will be replacing the batch of noisy Xbox One consoles.
A number of Xbox One owners have reported a loud whirring sound when their Microsoft games consoleis showing the console’s desktop screen, without any game being played. Check out the video after the jump to see and hear what problems have been occurring for some Xbox One users.
If you have been experiencing excessive noise problems coming from your Xbox One next generation games console you can join the 800 other owners who have responded to a thread over on the Microsoft official forum.
It has been reported that some Xbox One consoles have been alleviated of the noise by simply plugging in the Xbox One Kinect sensor. However it is not confirmed whether this is a solution for every case. A Microsoft spokesperson explained in an interview that :
“We have heard that a small number of Xbox One owners in some situations may hear a noise from the console that is too loud,”. “While this does not affect the safety or functionality of the system, we’re asking customers who believe they are experiencing this issue to contact Xbox Support: http://support.xbox.com. At the request of our customers, we are exchanging those consoles for new systems.”
For more information on the Xbox One noise replacement programme jump over to the official Microsoft forum for more details.
Source: Eurogamer

More Details On The Apple Watch


During Apple’s media event yesterday during which they unveiled the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones. Apple also unveiled a new addition to their range of hardware device in the form of the Apple Watch.
The Apple Watch has been rumoured for some time and will now be released as three separate models, the Watch, Sport and Edition with prices starting from $349 when it becomes available in early 2015.

The Apple Watch continually checks against the definitive global time standard to provide users with a time that is accurate to 50 milliseconds. The Watch is also loaded with a new custom designed user interface that can be navigated using the “Digital Crown” on the right side of the Watch together with a single button underneath. Rotating the Digital Crown allows you to zoom and scroll nimbly and precisely through the Watch user interface.
The screen of the Apple Watch is also equipped with Apple’s new Force Touch technology that uses tiny electrodes around the flexible Retina display to recognise the difference between a light tap and a deep press.

On screen alerts provide users with information on messages, phone calls and mail, and the Apple Watch connects to your iPhone 5, 5S or iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to provide a variety of features that use the wireless and GPS technology on your iPhone. You can also use the new Apple smartwatch to make calls using the built in speaker and microphone.

The internal battery of the Apple Watch will provide a days worth of life and can be recharged using the provided charging system that combines Apple’s MagSafe technology with inductive charging.

On the rear of the watch Apple has added sensors that are capable of reading your heart rate and more and combine with fitness applications to provide details of your activity.

The full range of Apple Watches are fitted with scratch-resistant sapphire crystal watch faces and are available in tow sizes a with either a 38mm or 42mm watch face. Apple explains a little more :
“The Apple Watch collection features highly polished stainless steel and space black stainless steel cases. The display is protected by sapphire crystal. And there’s a choice of three different leather straps, a link bracelet, a Milanese loop and a strap made from high-performance fluoroelastomer.”

The new Apple wearable device is powered by a custom-designed chip which includes many subsystems into one compact module. “Configuring an entire computer system on a single chip is an industry first and represents a singular feat of engineering and miniaturisation.” Apple explains a little more about the New Apple Watch Sport :
“The Sport collection cases are made from lightweight anodised aluminium in silver and space grey. The display is protected by strengthened Ion-X glass. And the matching fluoroelastomer strap comes in five different colours.”

Apple explains a little more about the New Apple Watch Edition :
“The Edition collection features six uniquely elegant expressions of Apple Watch. Each has a watch case crafted from 18-carat gold that our metallurgists have developed to be up to twice as hard as standard gold. The display is protected by polished sapphire crystal. And an exquisitely designed strap provides a striking complement.”

For more information on the new Apple Watch and its extensive range of features we will be covering in upcoming articles jump over to the Apple official website for details.
“Apple Watch is the most personal product Apple has ever made, because it’s the first one designed to be worn. Narrated by Jony Ive, Senior Vice President, Design at Apple.”

Source: Apple

Apple Is Now Accepting Swift Apps For iOS


Apple has announced their new Swift programming language at their WWDC conference earlier this year, and now the company has announced that Swift has reached version 1.0 which is now GM.
This means that Apple will now start to accept apps that have been developed using Swift, at the moment, Apple is only accepting iOS app developed using Swift, they will also be accepting OS X apps developed using Swift when OS X Yosemite is released.
You can now submit your apps that use Swift to the App Store. Whether your app uses Swift for a small feature or a complete application, now is the time to share your app with the world. It’s your turn to excite everyone with your new creations.
Swift for OS X
Today is the GM date for Swift on iOS. We have one more GM date to go for Mac. Swift for OS X currently requires the SDK for OS X Yosemite, and when Yosemite ships later this fall, Swift will also be GM on the Mac. In the meantime, you can keep developing your Mac apps with Swift by downloading the beta of Xcode 6.1.
You can find out more details about Apple’s Swift programming language over at the Apple Developer website at the link below.
Source Apple

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