Rio 2 Movie ReviewA vivid and delightful animated spectacle, “Rio 2″ is chock-full of colourful 3-D wonder and jubilant musical numbers set against a tale of family dynamics and environmental dilemmas.
The sequel opens with a vibrant New Year’s Eve bash, as partying in the music-filled streets of Rio de Janeiro is punctuated by fireworks bursting above the Christ the Redeemer statue.
Supervised by composer John Powell, more emphasis has been placed on the music of this film, which benefits from numbers by artists like Bruno Mars (who also voices the smooth bird Roberto in the film), Janelle Monae and celebrated Brazilian musician Carlinhos Brown.

After mating in Brazil in 2011′s “Rio,” rare macaws Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) and Jewel (Anne Hathaway) now have three lively kids who have become accustomed to the same domestication Blu was brought up on in Minnesota. They’re attached to gadgets like iPods and eat pancakes for breakfast, which irks the raised-in-the-wild Jewel.
But the family heads off to the Amazon rainforest, to Jewel’s delight and Blu’s strife, when they get wind that a tribe of blue macaws may live there and are being pursued by Blu’s past owner and animal lover, Linda (voiced by Leslie Mann), and her husband, Tulio (Rodrigo Santoro).
With a few of the quirky supporting characters from the first film in tow — including birds voiced by George Lopez (as frisky toucan Rafael) and Jamie Foxx and will.i.am (as rapping canary-and-cardinal duo Nico and Pedro) — they soar through a dazzling journey to the rainforest, making the often-wasted 3-D effect worth it as we take in the broad scope and graphically layered flair.
Once there, Jewel discovers the large macaw crew is led by her long-lost father (Andy Garcia), who is unimpressed with his daughter’s choice of a mate. He can’t help but roll his eyes over Blu’s use of a GPS or a Swiss Army kit rather than the use of his own sharp beak. But their classic in-law banter is sublimely comical.
Brazilian native writer-director Carlos Saldanha and Don Rhymer returned to pen the story. But they try too hard to make up for the minimalist plot of the original and drown in subplots: Blu battles with Jewel over staying in the wild versus returning to the city; Linda and Tulio clash with a few bad guys threatening to cut down the rainforest (the film’s eco push); and Blu’s old rival, Niguel (Jemaine Clement of “Flight of the Conchords”), pops up with a beautiful yet poisonous neon pink and purple frog (an angelic and cutesy Kristin Chenoweth) plotting revenge. Phew!
And then there are the moments when characters break out into song. Niguel’s hotshot rendition of Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” seems a little ill-set when he really should be crooning a sinister track a la Ursula’s “Poor Unfortunate Souls” in “The Little Mermaid.”

The sweet voice of Hathaway shines with her solo lullaby. But it’s Chenoweth’s Broadway-like delivery that trumps all when she belts out an anthem on forbidden love. Though the original songs here are whimsical and fun, few are irresistible.
With so much going on, it’s a wonder this kids’ movie is only five minutes longer than the original. But for the music and brilliantly picturesque look, it’s worth the 3-D ticket.
“Rio 2,” a 20th Century Fox release, is rated G by the Motion Picture Association of America. Running time: 101 minutes.
Review by [Jessica Herndon]




	

				

			


			

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Rio 2 Movie Review

A vivid and delightful animated spectacle, “Rio 2″ is chock-full of colourful 3-D wonder and jubilant musical numbers set against a tale of family dynamics and environmental dilemmas.

The sequel opens with a vibrant New Year’s Eve bash, as partying in the music-filled streets of Rio de Janeiro is punctuated by fireworks bursting above the Christ the Redeemer statue.

Supervised by composer John Powell, more emphasis has been placed on the music of this film, which benefits from numbers by artists like Bruno Mars (who also voices the smooth bird Roberto in the film), Janelle Monae and celebrated Brazilian musician Carlinhos Brown.

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After mating in Brazil in 2011′s “Rio,” rare macaws Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) and Jewel (Anne Hathaway) now have three lively kids who have become accustomed to the same domestication Blu was brought up on in Minnesota. They’re attached to gadgets like iPods and eat pancakes for breakfast, which irks the raised-in-the-wild Jewel.

But the family heads off to the Amazon rainforest, to Jewel’s delight and Blu’s strife, when they get wind that a tribe of blue macaws may live there and are being pursued by Blu’s past owner and animal lover, Linda (voiced by Leslie Mann), and her husband, Tulio (Rodrigo Santoro).

With a few of the quirky supporting characters from the first film in tow — including birds voiced by George Lopez (as frisky toucan Rafael) and Jamie Foxx and will.i.am (as rapping canary-and-cardinal duo Nico and Pedro) — they soar through a dazzling journey to the rainforest, making the often-wasted 3-D effect worth it as we take in the broad scope and graphically layered flair.

Once there, Jewel discovers the large macaw crew is led by her long-lost father (Andy Garcia), who is unimpressed with his daughter’s choice of a mate. He can’t help but roll his eyes over Blu’s use of a GPS or a Swiss Army kit rather than the use of his own sharp beak. But their classic in-law banter is sublimely comical.

Brazilian native writer-director Carlos Saldanha and Don Rhymer returned to pen the story. But they try too hard to make up for the minimalist plot of the original and drown in subplots: Blu battles with Jewel over staying in the wild versus returning to the city; Linda and Tulio clash with a few bad guys threatening to cut down the rainforest (the film’s eco push); and Blu’s old rival, Niguel (Jemaine Clement of “Flight of the Conchords”), pops up with a beautiful yet poisonous neon pink and purple frog (an angelic and cutesy Kristin Chenoweth) plotting revenge. Phew!

And then there are the moments when characters break out into song. Niguel’s hotshot rendition of Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” seems a little ill-set when he really should be crooning a sinister track a la Ursula’s “Poor Unfortunate Souls” in “The Little Mermaid.”

The sweet voice of Hathaway shines with her solo lullaby. But it’s Chenoweth’s Broadway-like delivery that trumps all when she belts out an anthem on forbidden love. Though the original songs here are whimsical and fun, few are irresistible.

With so much going on, it’s a wonder this kids’ movie is only five minutes longer than the original. But for the music and brilliantly picturesque look, it’s worth the 3-D ticket.

“Rio 2,” a 20th Century Fox release, is rated G by the Motion Picture Association of America. Running time: 101 minutes.

Review by [Jessica Herndon]

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Nikon Introduced 18-300mm f/3.5–6.3G ED VR in DX FormatIf you want a single lens that can cover every imaginable shooting situation and doesn’t weigh down your bag, this is it. Offering the same incredible reach as Nikon’s acclaimed AF-S DX NIKKOR 18–300mm f/3.5–6.3G ED VR lens in a much more compact body, this new NIKKOR is ideal for budding photography enthusiasts looking for a lightweight option that captures diverse perspectives. A truly versatile ‘all-in-one’ lens, Nikon’s advancements in lens design ensure a remarkably compact build without compromising image quality: ED glass and aspherical lens elements deliver sharp, high-contrast images, and Nikon’s Vibration Reduction system ensures dramatically clearer still images and video capture even when shooting handheld at the super-telephoto end of the range. Perfect for travel as well as amateur sports or wildlife photography, this lens is a strong performer with remarkable reach.
Incredible reach, compact build
The high-power AF-S DX NIKKOR 18–300mm f/3.5–6.3G ED VR puts practically any subject or composition well within your reach, while the surprisingly compact design makes this lens the smart choice when you want to travel with minimum kit. The incredibly versatile 16.7x zoom range goes from wide-angle to super-telephoto (35mm equivalent: 27–450mm), easily covering countless situations: from group shots to vast landscapes and exciting cityscapes; from distant sports action to wildlife photography, this is a super-zoom that has all the angles covered. Built to offer maximum flexibility and maximum portability, the lens’ sophisticated optical and mechanical design allows a compact design that doesn’t sacrifice image quality: by suppressing the open aperture at the maximum telephoto position to f/6.3, Nikon’s engineers were able to realise a more compact design than the larger AF-S DX NIKKOR 18–300mm f/3.5–5.6G ED VR. As its smaller and lighter sister, this new NIKKOR 18–300mm VR lens answers the demand for a powerful, and more affordable, all-in-one lens that can go anywhere and tackle any kind of subject.

Smooth and steady
Equipped with Nikon’s Vibration Reduction system, this super-zoom delivers clear, blur-free images, whether you’re taking a wide-angle group portrait in low light, or zooming in to capture distant subjects. Designed to enable more stable handheld shooting, Nikon’s VR technology lets you shoot at slower shutter speeds, without the image-degrading blur that can be caused by camera shake. The optical VR system also stabilises the viewfinder image, enabling more accurate autofocus acquisition and framing, especially at the longer focal lengths of the 300 mm zoom range. In addition, Nikon’s compact Silent Wave Motor (SWM) technology delivers fast, accurate and whisper-quiet AF operation across the extended zoom range with intuitive manual override.
Strong optical performance
Crafted to draw stunning results from high-resolution DX-format D-SLRs, the optical design of the new NIKKOR 18–300mm VR lens features 16 elements in 12 groups. Three ED glass and three aspherical lens elements are employed to effectively manage the risk of aberrations that can occur with super-zoom lenses: Nikon’s extra-low dispersion (ED) glass elements minimise chromatic aberration, even at the widest aperture settings, and the aspherical lens elements virtually eliminate aberrations.
Go light zoom
Weighing in at an economical 550g, the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18–300mm f/3.5–6.3G ED VR is incredibly light for a lens with this kind of range. The lens features a weather sealed lens mount and boasts a zoom lock switch, which prevents ‘zoom creep’ (the lens moving under its own weight when tilted during transportation) and maintains compact dimensions when not in use.
Technical Specifications
Focal length
18–300mm
Maximum aperture
f/3.5–6.3
Minimum aperture
f/22–40
Lens construction
16 elements in 12 groups (including 3 ED lens elements, 3 aspherical lens elements)
Angle of view
76° – 5° 20′
Minimum focus distance
0.48m (1.6ft), from focal plane at all zoom positions
No. of diaphragm blades
7 (rounded)
Filter attachment size
67mm
Diameter x length (extension from lens mount)
Approx. 78.5 mm x 99 mm
Weight
Approx. 550g (19.4 oz.)
Supplied accessories
67 mm snap-on Front Lens Cap LC-67, Rear Lens Cap LF-4

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Nikon Introduced 18-300mm f/3.5–6.3G ED VR in DX Format

If you want a single lens that can cover every imaginable shooting situation and doesn’t weigh down your bag, this is it. Offering the same incredible reach as Nikon’s acclaimed AF-S DX NIKKOR 18–300mm f/3.5–6.3G ED VR lens in a much more compact body, this new NIKKOR is ideal for budding photography enthusiasts looking for a lightweight option that captures diverse perspectives. A truly versatile ‘all-in-one’ lens, Nikon’s advancements in lens design ensure a remarkably compact build without compromising image quality: ED glass and aspherical lens elements deliver sharp, high-contrast images, and Nikon’s Vibration Reduction system ensures dramatically clearer still images and video capture even when shooting handheld at the super-telephoto end of the range. Perfect for travel as well as amateur sports or wildlife photography, this lens is a strong performer with remarkable reach.

Incredible reach, compact build

The high-power AF-S DX NIKKOR 18–300mm f/3.5–6.3G ED VR puts practically any subject or composition well within your reach, while the surprisingly compact design makes this lens the smart choice when you want to travel with minimum kit. The incredibly versatile 16.7x zoom range goes from wide-angle to super-telephoto (35mm equivalent: 27–450mm), easily covering countless situations: from group shots to vast landscapes and exciting cityscapes; from distant sports action to wildlife photography, this is a super-zoom that has all the angles covered. Built to offer maximum flexibility and maximum portability, the lens’ sophisticated optical and mechanical design allows a compact design that doesn’t sacrifice image quality: by suppressing the open aperture at the maximum telephoto position to f/6.3, Nikon’s engineers were able to realise a more compact design than the larger AF-S DX NIKKOR 18–300mm f/3.5–5.6G ED VR. As its smaller and lighter sister, this new NIKKOR 18–300mm VR lens answers the demand for a powerful, and more affordable, all-in-one lens that can go anywhere and tackle any kind of subject.

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Smooth and steady

Equipped with Nikon’s Vibration Reduction system, this super-zoom delivers clear, blur-free images, whether you’re taking a wide-angle group portrait in low light, or zooming in to capture distant subjects. Designed to enable more stable handheld shooting, Nikon’s VR technology lets you shoot at slower shutter speeds, without the image-degrading blur that can be caused by camera shake. The optical VR system also stabilises the viewfinder image, enabling more accurate autofocus acquisition and framing, especially at the longer focal lengths of the 300 mm zoom range. In addition, Nikon’s compact Silent Wave Motor (SWM) technology delivers fast, accurate and whisper-quiet AF operation across the extended zoom range with intuitive manual override.

Strong optical performance

Crafted to draw stunning results from high-resolution DX-format D-SLRs, the optical design of the new NIKKOR 18–300mm VR lens features 16 elements in 12 groups. Three ED glass and three aspherical lens elements are employed to effectively manage the risk of aberrations that can occur with super-zoom lenses: Nikon’s extra-low dispersion (ED) glass elements minimise chromatic aberration, even at the widest aperture settings, and the aspherical lens elements virtually eliminate aberrations.

Go light zoom

Weighing in at an economical 550g, the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18–300mm f/3.5–6.3G ED VR is incredibly light for a lens with this kind of range. The lens features a weather sealed lens mount and boasts a zoom lock switch, which prevents ‘zoom creep’ (the lens moving under its own weight when tilted during transportation) and maintains compact dimensions when not in use.

Technical Specifications

Focal length 18–300mm
Maximum aperture f/3.5–6.3
Minimum aperture f/22–40
Lens construction 16 elements in 12 groups (including 3 ED lens elements, 3 aspherical lens elements)
Angle of view 76° – 5° 20′
Minimum focus distance 0.48m (1.6ft), from focal plane at all zoom positions
No. of diaphragm blades 7 (rounded)
Filter attachment size 67mm
Diameter x length (extension from lens mount) Approx. 78.5 mm x 99 mm
Weight Approx. 550g (19.4 oz.)
Supplied accessories 67 mm snap-on Front Lens Cap LC-67, Rear Lens Cap LF-4
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10 Best Selling iOS and Android App Enabled Devices1. Nike+ Fuel Band

Nike+ FuelBand measures your everyday activity and turns it into NikeFuel. It tracks calories burned, steps taken and more. It’s also a great watch.
How it worksNike+FuelBand tracks your activity through a sport-tested accelerometer, then translates every move into NikeFuel. Nike+ FuelBand tracks running, walking, dancing, basketball and dozens of everyday activities. So put it on and get moving.
It starts with a goal
How active do you want to be? Set your Daily Goal and Nike+ FuelBand tracks your progress, lighting up from red to green throughout the day. Get to green and you’ve hit your goal. With the touch of a button you can cycle through your time, NikeFuel earned, steps taken and calories burned.
Make life a sport
Turn every day into a game. Challenge yourself to capture records, reach new milestones and unlock special achievements. Go on a streak by seeing how many days in a row you can get to green.
Track your progress
Wirelessly sync your Nike+ FuelBand to see your results. Or plug it directly into your Mac’s USB port to sync. See your peaks, your progress and your trophies.
Go mobile
Get the free Nike+ FuelBand mobile app for iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to sync wirelessly, track your progress and get extra motivation on the go. With the app you can compete with yourself or share results with your friends to compare, compete and celebrate.

Important Features
Available in three sizes: small, medium/large and x-large
An ambient light sensor detects environmental light levels and adjusts display brightness accordingly
Bluetooth pairing to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch for use with the Nike+ FuelBand app (requires iOS 5)
Water-resistant for safe use during wet weather
Online Nike+ user manual shows you just how much Nike+ FuelBand can do
Two Lithium Polymer batteries provide a charge that lasts up to four days
Built-in 3-axis accelerometer measures your motion all day long
PVC-free construction; materials include TPE (43%), Polypropylene (34%), Magnesium (14%), Stainless Steel (9%)

2. Philips Hue Connected Bulb – Starter Pack

Philips Hue connected bulbs and bridge let you to take full control of your lighting from iPhone or iPad. Create light settings based on your favourite photos, choose from expert light recipes to help you relax or concentrate, or even set timers to help you wake up and pace your day. Whatever you want to do with your lighting, Hue can.
Control your lighting from iPhone and iPad
Easy-to-install wireless bridge
High-quality bright white light
Tune whites and colours
Create light settings based on favourite photos
Create your personal wireless lighting environment with the Philips Hue connected bulbs and wireless bridge. And control it all with your iPhone or iPad from wherever you are. You can connect up to 50 Hue light bulbs to a single system, while using as much as 80% less energy than traditional bulbs.
Each Hue light bulb delivers 600 lumens and produces all shades of white, from warm to cold, and a wide variety of colour. Each bulb uses 80% less power than a traditional light bulb.
It’s easy to extend your lighting system with additional single bulbs. All you need is the bridge that comes with the Starter Pack.

Important Features
Create and control your personal lighting scheme from your iPhone or iPad
Wireless connectivity via easy-to-set-up bridge
Light bulbs are compatible with most sockets
Great quality of bright white light with tunable white and colours
Create light settings based on your favourite photos
Tune, dim, and control Hue from anywhere
Choose from expert light recipes to help you relax or concentrate
Set timers to help you wake up and pace your day

3. Withings Smart Body Analyser WS-50

More than just digital scales, the Smart Body Analyser tracks both your weight and your body composition. Check your heart rate simply by stepping on, with no extra effort involved. Thanks to its Bluetooth connectivity, the Smart Body Analyser is super-easy to set up on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. After each weigh in, the scale automatically uploads and syncs your data via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.
Access your securely stored information whenever and wherever you need via the web or with the Health Mate app. Use it to set weight goals and the app will break them down into weekly achievable targets as well as giving you relevant tips. Even when you’re not standing on it, the scale is continuously monitoring the air quality of your indoor environment through temperature and carbon dioxide metering.
It is also made for the whole family as it can monitor up to eight different users. Everyone can have their own user profile and, once the Smart Body Analyser gets to know your weight, it automatically recognises who steps on it.

Important Features
Track your weight and body fat
Measure your heart rate simply by stepping on the scale
Monitor your indoor air quality with temperature and CO2 measurements
Position Control technology for high-accuracy weighing
Free Health Mate app tracks weight trends
Weight data is automatically uploaded via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth
Multi-user support with automatic recognition
Big, backlit, easy-on-the-eye display

4. D-Link Day/Night Cloud Camera

The Day/Night Cloud Camera transmits and records high-quality video images even at night, thanks to its built-in infrared illuminators. When the camera detects motion it triggers email alerts, allowing you to respond no matter where you are.
With mydlink Cloud services, you can access and manage your camera remotely via the mydlink app, available for iPhone or iPad devices. If you have more than one camera, you can add it to your existing mydlink account and watch all your cameras from a single location. The Day/Night Cloud Camera includes 802.11n wireless for fast and easy integration into your existing network environment.

Important features
Includes 802.11n wireless technology
Motion-triggered alerts by email
Built-in microphone
Wi-Fi protected set up
Uses mydlink Cloud Services
Built-in infrared illuminators
Universal Plug and Play feature
Included D-ViewCam software lets you view up to 32 cameras from a central location

5. hipKey Proximity and Movement Alarm

The hipKey is a high tech way of keeping track of your valuables. Simply attach the device to the item of your choice and you’re ready to go. Made of a sculptured one-piece anodised aluminium ring surrounded by high-quality plastic parts, its sleek oval form fits perfectly in your palm or pocket. You can even attach it to your keys.
Alarm Mode
Warns you if you forget your iPhone or iPad or if someone attempts to steal it.
Child mode
Alerts you if your child wanders too far away from you.
Motion Mode
Put hipKey in your bag and you are alerted if someone moves it.
Find Me Mode
Quickly find your iPhone, iPad or your keys at any time.

Important Features
Maximum range of up 50 metres
Loud alarm (90dB)
Clear vibration indications
Motion detection
Rechargeable battery with micro USB
Battery lasts two to four weeks between charging
Iconic aluminium design
Durable and flexible key hanger
Four key features designed to keep an eye on your valuables
App enabled for iPhone and iPad

6. GoPro HD HERO3 Video Camera – Black Edition

The advanced camera for athletes, filmmakers and enthusiasts, the GoPro HERO3 is smaller, lighter and more powerful.
Capture HD video at up to 120 frames per second, and take 12-megapixel photos with 30-frame-per-second bursts. Built-in Wi-Fi lets you use the included Wi-Fi Remote, or for added flexibility use your iPhone or iPad to activate your GoPro, watch a live video preview and play back your action shots. With a housing waterproof to 60 metres, stereo microphones and low light performance, you can mount the GoPro HERO anywhere and never miss a moment, whether you’re driving, skiing, kayaking, biking or skating, with GoPro compatible mounts.

Important Features
Professional HD video camera up to 120 fps (720p), 60 fps (1080p), 48 fps (1440p) and 240 fps (WVGA)
12-megapixel photo capture with 30-frame-per-second burst
Wi-Fi Built-In and Wi-Fi Remote included
Stereo microphones and professional low light performance
60m waterproof housing
Compatible with GoPro mounts for attaching to fear, body, helmets, vehicles and more
Control with your iPhone or iPad using app

7. Parrot AR.Drone 2.0

The AR.Drone 2.0 remote-control quadricopter combines the best of many worlds, including modelling, video gaming and augmented reality. The AR.Drone 2.0 is remote-controlled by an iPhone or iPad and features a number of sensors, including a high-definition front camera, vertical camera, an ultrasound altimeter and absolute control mode. With the AR.Drone 2.0, you can now record video and take pictures while in-flight and directly share them on Youtube and Picasa. You can also use the AR.Drone in video games, such as AR.Race, a one- or two-player game using an obstacle course.
Intuitive
Download AR.FreeFlight 2.0, the free control application, from the App Store in iTunes and you’re ready to fly. By tilting your device, you control the direction of your AR.Drone, and by releasing it, the AR.Drone is instantly stabilised.
Record and share in HD
As you fly, the HD video is recorded and sent directly to your device. With one click, upload your video from the user-friendly interface seamlessly to YouTube or share your pictures on Picasa. With the new piloting application, everything is simple and done wirelessly in an instant. For pilots looking to shoot longer videos, a USB plug-in has been added for larger recording storage.
Pilot like a pro
Thanks to the AR.Drone‘s autopilot feature, anyone can be an expert as the embedded sensors allow for easy take-off and landing. The new AR.Drone 2.0 also features the exclusive and patented Absolute Control piloting mode for beginners that can be adjusted with your growing expertise.
Explore more
With the new AR.Drone 2.0-generated WiFi N Connection, you can fly as far as 50 metres away. The AR.Drone 2.0 pressure sensors on-board provide unique stability that will automatically correct and maintain a still position in the air regardless of altitude and wind up to 15 mph.
Join a community of pilots
Keep track of your flight data, location, photos and videos and share them with a community of other pilots from all over the world thanks to the AR.Drone Academy. Check who is flying in your neighbourhood or watch videos from pilots at the other end of the world.
Acrobatic
This flip move is exclusive to AR.Drone 2.0. Become a daring pilot and perform barrel rolls by simply hitting a button.
Indoor and outdoor hulls
The full hull shield protects the AR.Drone from impacts that occur during wild battles against enemies hidden in the rooms of the house. The streamlined coloured hull is aerodynamic, allowing greater control outside.
High durability and easy repairAR.Drone is made of carbon fiber and high-resistance PA66 plastic. You can replace all parts for easy repair.
Augmented reality games
Not only can you see what the AR.Drone sees with the front-mounted camera, you can play a wide variety of games in augmented reality. AR.Games are available in the App Store in iTunes. Choose from a selection of single-player and multiplayer games, using the AR.Drone’s camera and the augmented reality applications. Shoot enemies or other drones.

Important Features
Quadricopter remotely controlled your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad
Take photos and record video in high definition during flight
Share your videos and photos directly to YouTube and Picasa
Interchangeable hulls designed for both indoor and outdoor use
Fly and battle with other Drone users via a self-generated Wi-Fi network
AR.FreeFlight app provides intuitive controls (free download from App Store in iTunes)
Single- and multiplayer augmented reality games available from the App Store

8. Netatmo Urban Weather Station

This personal weather station allows users to monitor temperature, humidity, air pressure, CO2 levels and more, both inside and out. It then connects via WiFi to the free Netatmo App on your iOS device – providing immediate access to the station’s measurements.
Improve your wellness and adapt your activities to take into account the air quality both indoors and out with the Netatmo Urban Weather Station. This device evaluates indoor air confinement by measuring CO2 concentration. When C02 reaches an excessive level, the user is alerted directly on their iPad, iPhone or iPod touch and can take action like ventilating their home. Used outside, it measures air quality to allow users to assess the best times for outdoor physical activity, such as playing with the children, jogging or whether to walk or drive to work.

Important Features
Track and monitor weather and air quality
Works both indoors and out
Receive real-time air quality alerts
Access your station’s measurements, anywhere and anytime
Share your information with your friends, family or online networks
Netatmo App is available for free download from the App Store

9. Silverlit Interactive Bluetooth Remote Control Enzo Ferrari

The Silverlit R/C Car is designed to run like no other—using the power of your iPad, iPod touch or iPhone as the remote control. Nothing else comes this close to the experience of actually driving a car. The power is in your hands.
Silverlet’s Bluetooth R/C Car uses the power of your iPad, iPod touch or iPhone alone as the remote control. The Bluetooth connection requires no other attachments.
Drive it
Full gesture control allows you to control the car with the tilt of the controller. Tilt forward to accelerate, backward to stop and go in reverse. Tilt right or left to turn right or left.
Feel it and hear it
When you’re using your iPhone force feedback delivers the rumble of the engine. Sound effects straight from Ferrari deliver the rev of the engine.
Experience it
This isn’t just a virtual joystick. The app design reflects the dashboard design from Ferrari. Hobby grade steering and variable speeds gives you real-feel racing. Headlights, tail lights and signal lights are all triggered from the app. And it’s all packaged in a classic Enzo Ferrari body that’s crafted with incredible detail and authenticity.

Important Features
Enzo Ferrari R/C Car has incredible detail and function
Variable speed and steering deliver the real feel of driving
Free app delivers video game-like experience with sounds and engine rumble feedback (rumble feedback only on iPhone)
App is switchable from gesture control to touch-screen joysticks

10. Withings Smart Blood Pressure Monitor

Revolutionary in both its function and design, the Withings Smart Blood Pressure Monitor simplifies the daily measurement and tracking of your blood pressure-automatically displaying your measurements and saving it for easy tracking and evaluation over time. With new measurement sharing options, it becomes the ideal solution for accurate BP monitoring at home.
Measurement is instantaneous and done with a gesture. Just plug directly into your iOS device and the application is launched automatically, and with a single press it takes your measurements. There’s no need to write down your results or calculate your averages, since the Withings Smart Blood Pressure Monitor does it all for you. The free Withings application automatically generates graphs, which makes trend detection easier, and the secured sharing option allows you to automatically share measurements.

Important Features
Directly connects on your iOS device
Blood pressure and pulse rate measurement
Automatic tracking and graphs
Secure online dashboard


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10 Best Selling iOS and Android App Enabled Devices

1. Nike+ Fuel Band

Nike + FuelBand

Nike+ FuelBand measures your everyday activity and turns it into NikeFuel. It tracks calories burned, steps taken and more. It’s also a great watch.

How it works
Nike+FuelBand tracks your activity through a sport-tested accelerometer, then translates every move into NikeFuel. Nike+ FuelBand tracks running, walking, dancing, basketball and dozens of everyday activities. So put it on and get moving.

It starts with a goal
How active do you want to be? Set your Daily Goal and Nike+ FuelBand tracks your progress, lighting up from red to green throughout the day. Get to green and you’ve hit your goal. With the touch of a button you can cycle through your time, NikeFuel earned, steps taken and calories burned.

Make life a sport
Turn every day into a game. Challenge yourself to capture records, reach new milestones and unlock special achievements. Go on a streak by seeing how many days in a row you can get to green.

Track your progress
Wirelessly sync your Nike+ FuelBand to see your results. Or plug it directly into your Mac’s USB port to sync. See your peaks, your progress and your trophies.

Go mobile
Get the free Nike+ FuelBand mobile app for iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to sync wirelessly, track your progress and get extra motivation on the go. With the app you can compete with yourself or share results with your friends to compare, compete and celebrate.

Important Features

  • Available in three sizes: smallmedium/large and x-large
  • An ambient light sensor detects environmental light levels and adjusts display brightness accordingly
  • Bluetooth pairing to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch for use with the Nike+ FuelBand app (requires iOS 5)
  • Water-resistant for safe use during wet weather
  • Online Nike+ user manual shows you just how much Nike+ FuelBand can do
  • Two Lithium Polymer batteries provide a charge that lasts up to four days
  • Built-in 3-axis accelerometer measures your motion all day long
  • PVC-free construction; materials include TPE (43%), Polypropylene (34%), Magnesium (14%), Stainless Steel (9%)

2. Philips Hue Connected Bulb – Starter Pack

philips Hue

Philips Hue connected bulbs and bridge let you to take full control of your lighting from iPhone or iPad. Create light settings based on your favourite photos, choose from expert light recipes to help you relax or concentrate, or even set timers to help you wake up and pace your day. Whatever you want to do with your lighting, Hue can.
Control your lighting from iPhone and iPad
Easy-to-install wireless bridge
High-quality bright white light
Tune whites and colours

Create light settings based on favourite photos
Create your personal wireless lighting environment with the Philips Hue connected bulbs and wireless bridge. And control it all with your iPhone or iPad from wherever you are. You can connect up to 50 Hue light bulbs to a single system, while using as much as 80% less energy than traditional bulbs.
Each Hue light bulb delivers 600 lumens and produces all shades of white, from warm to cold, and a wide variety of colour. Each bulb uses 80% less power than a traditional light bulb.
It’s easy to extend your lighting system with additional single bulbs. All you need is the bridge that comes with the Starter Pack.

Important Features

  • Create and control your personal lighting scheme from your iPhone or iPad
  • Wireless connectivity via easy-to-set-up bridge
  • Light bulbs are compatible with most sockets
  • Great quality of bright white light with tunable white and colours
  • Create light settings based on your favourite photos
  • Tune, dim, and control Hue from anywhere
  • Choose from expert light recipes to help you relax or concentrate
  • Set timers to help you wake up and pace your day

3. Withings Smart Body Analyser WS-50

Withings Smart Body Analyser WS-50

More than just digital scales, the Smart Body Analyser tracks both your weight and your body composition. Check your heart rate simply by stepping on, with no extra effort involved. Thanks to its Bluetooth connectivity, the Smart Body Analyser is super-easy to set up on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. After each weigh in, the scale automatically uploads and syncs your data via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.

Access your securely stored information whenever and wherever you need via the web or with the Health Mate app. Use it to set weight goals and the app will break them down into weekly achievable targets as well as giving you relevant tips. Even when you’re not standing on it, the scale is continuously monitoring the air quality of your indoor environment through temperature and carbon dioxide metering.

It is also made for the whole family as it can monitor up to eight different users. Everyone can have their own user profile and, once the Smart Body Analyser gets to know your weight, it automatically recognises who steps on it.

Important Features

  • Track your weight and body fat
  • Measure your heart rate simply by stepping on the scale
  • Monitor your indoor air quality with temperature and CO2 measurements
  • Position Control technology for high-accuracy weighing
  • Free Health Mate app tracks weight trends
  • Weight data is automatically uploaded via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth
  • Multi-user support with automatic recognition
  • Big, backlit, easy-on-the-eye display

4. D-Link Day/Night Cloud Camera

D-Link Day/Night Cloud Camera

The Day/Night Cloud Camera transmits and records high-quality video images even at night, thanks to its built-in infrared illuminators. When the camera detects motion it triggers email alerts, allowing you to respond no matter where you are.

With mydlink Cloud services, you can access and manage your camera remotely via the mydlink app, available for iPhone or iPad devices. If you have more than one camera, you can add it to your existing mydlink account and watch all your cameras from a single location. The Day/Night Cloud Camera includes 802.11n wireless for fast and easy integration into your existing network environment.

Important features

  • Includes 802.11n wireless technology
  • Motion-triggered alerts by email
  • Built-in microphone
  • Wi-Fi protected set up
  • Uses mydlink Cloud Services
  • Built-in infrared illuminators
  • Universal Plug and Play feature
  • Included D-ViewCam software lets you view up to 32 cameras from a central location

5. hipKey Proximity and Movement Alarm

hipKey Proximity and Movement Alarm

The hipKey is a high tech way of keeping track of your valuables. Simply attach the device to the item of your choice and you’re ready to go. Made of a sculptured one-piece anodised aluminium ring surrounded by high-quality plastic parts, its sleek oval form fits perfectly in your palm or pocket. You can even attach it to your keys.

Alarm Mode
Warns you if you forget your iPhone or iPad or if someone attempts to steal it.

Child mode
Alerts you if your child wanders too far away from you.

Motion Mode
Put hipKey in your bag and you are alerted if someone moves it.

Find Me Mode
Quickly find your iPhone, iPad or your keys at any time.

Important Features

  • Maximum range of up 50 metres
  • Loud alarm (90dB)
  • Clear vibration indications
  • Motion detection
  • Rechargeable battery with micro USB
  • Battery lasts two to four weeks between charging
  • Iconic aluminium design
  • Durable and flexible key hanger
  • Four key features designed to keep an eye on your valuables
  • App enabled for iPhone and iPad

6. GoPro HD HERO3 Video Camera – Black Edition

GoPro HD HERO3 Video Camera - Black Edition

The advanced camera for athletes, filmmakers and enthusiasts, the GoPro HERO3 is smaller, lighter and more powerful.

Capture HD video at up to 120 frames per second, and take 12-megapixel photos with 30-frame-per-second bursts. Built-in Wi-Fi lets you use the included Wi-Fi Remote, or for added flexibility use your iPhone or iPad to activate your GoPro, watch a live video preview and play back your action shots. With a housing waterproof to 60 metres, stereo microphones and low light performance, you can mount the GoPro HERO anywhere and never miss a moment, whether you’re driving, skiing, kayaking, biking or skating, with GoPro compatible mounts.

Important Features

  • Professional HD video camera up to 120 fps (720p), 60 fps (1080p), 48 fps (1440p) and 240 fps (WVGA)
  • 12-megapixel photo capture with 30-frame-per-second burst
  • Wi-Fi Built-In and Wi-Fi Remote included
  • Stereo microphones and professional low light performance
  • 60m waterproof housing
  • Compatible with GoPro mounts for attaching to fear, body, helmets, vehicles and more
  • Control with your iPhone or iPad using app

7. Parrot AR.Drone 2.0

Parrot AR.Drone 2.0

The AR.Drone 2.0 remote-control quadricopter combines the best of many worlds, including modelling, video gaming and augmented reality. The AR.Drone 2.0 is remote-controlled by an iPhone or iPad and features a number of sensors, including a high-definition front camera, vertical camera, an ultrasound altimeter and absolute control mode. With the AR.Drone 2.0, you can now record video and take pictures while in-flight and directly share them on Youtube and Picasa. You can also use the AR.Drone in video games, such as AR.Race, a one- or two-player game using an obstacle course.
Intuitive
Download AR.FreeFlight 2.0, the free control application, from the App Store in iTunes and you’re ready to fly. By tilting your device, you control the direction of your AR.Drone, and by releasing it, the AR.Drone is instantly stabilised.

Record and share in HD
As you fly, the HD video is recorded and sent directly to your device. With one click, upload your video from the user-friendly interface seamlessly to YouTube or share your pictures on Picasa. With the new piloting application, everything is simple and done wirelessly in an instant. For pilots looking to shoot longer videos, a USB plug-in has been added for larger recording storage.

Pilot like a pro
Thanks to the AR.Drone‘s autopilot feature, anyone can be an expert as the embedded sensors allow for easy take-off and landing. The new AR.Drone 2.0 also features the exclusive and patented Absolute Control piloting mode for beginners that can be adjusted with your growing expertise.

Explore more
With the new AR.Drone 2.0-generated WiFi N Connection, you can fly as far as 50 metres away. The AR.Drone 2.0 pressure sensors on-board provide unique stability that will automatically correct and maintain a still position in the air regardless of altitude and wind up to 15 mph.

Join a community of pilots
Keep track of your flight data, location, photos and videos and share them with a community of other pilots from all over the world thanks to the AR.Drone Academy. Check who is flying in your neighbourhood or watch videos from pilots at the other end of the world.

Acrobatic
This flip move is exclusive to AR.Drone 2.0. Become a daring pilot and perform barrel rolls by simply hitting a button.

Indoor and outdoor hulls
The full hull shield protects the AR.Drone from impacts that occur during wild battles against enemies hidden in the rooms of the house. The streamlined coloured hull is aerodynamic, allowing greater control outside.

High durability and easy repair
AR.Drone is made of carbon fiber and high-resistance PA66 plastic. You can replace all parts for easy repair.

Augmented reality games
Not only can you see what the AR.Drone sees with the front-mounted camera, you can play a wide variety of games in augmented reality. AR.Games are available in the App Store in iTunes. Choose from a selection of single-player and multiplayer games, using the AR.Drone’s camera and the augmented reality applications. Shoot enemies or other drones.

Important Features

  • Quadricopter remotely controlled your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad
  • Take photos and record video in high definition during flight
  • Share your videos and photos directly to YouTube and Picasa
  • Interchangeable hulls designed for both indoor and outdoor use
  • Fly and battle with other Drone users via a self-generated Wi-Fi network
  • AR.FreeFlight app provides intuitive controls (free download from App Store in iTunes)
  • Single- and multiplayer augmented reality games available from the App Store

8. Netatmo Urban Weather Station

Netatmo Urban Weather Station

This personal weather station allows users to monitor temperature, humidity, air pressure, CO2 levels and more, both inside and out. It then connects via WiFi to the free Netatmo App on your iOS device – providing immediate access to the station’s measurements.

Improve your wellness and adapt your activities to take into account the air quality both indoors and out with the Netatmo Urban Weather Station. This device evaluates indoor air confinement by measuring CO2 concentration. When C02 reaches an excessive level, the user is alerted directly on their iPad, iPhone or iPod touch and can take action like ventilating their home. Used outside, it measures air quality to allow users to assess the best times for outdoor physical activity, such as playing with the children, jogging or whether to walk or drive to work.

Important Features

  • Track and monitor weather and air quality
  • Works both indoors and out
  • Receive real-time air quality alerts
  • Access your station’s measurements, anywhere and anytime
  • Share your information with your friends, family or online networks
  • Netatmo App is available for free download from the App Store

9. Silverlit Interactive Bluetooth Remote Control Enzo Ferrari

Silverlit Interactive Bluetooth Remote Control Enzo Ferrari

The Silverlit R/C Car is designed to run like no other—using the power of your iPad, iPod touch or iPhone as the remote control. Nothing else comes this close to the experience of actually driving a car. The power is in your hands.

Silverlet’s Bluetooth R/C Car uses the power of your iPad, iPod touch or iPhone alone as the remote control. The Bluetooth connection requires no other attachments.

Drive it
Full gesture control allows you to control the car with the tilt of the controller. Tilt forward to accelerate, backward to stop and go in reverse. Tilt right or left to turn right or left.

Feel it and hear it
When you’re using your iPhone force feedback delivers the rumble of the engine. Sound effects straight from Ferrari deliver the rev of the engine.

Experience it
This isn’t just a virtual joystick. The app design reflects the dashboard design from Ferrari. Hobby grade steering and variable speeds gives you real-feel racing. Headlights, tail lights and signal lights are all triggered from the app. And it’s all packaged in a classic Enzo Ferrari body that’s crafted with incredible detail and authenticity.

Important Features

  • Enzo Ferrari R/C Car has incredible detail and function
  • Variable speed and steering deliver the real feel of driving
  • Free app delivers video game-like experience with sounds and engine rumble feedback (rumble feedback only on iPhone)
  • App is switchable from gesture control to touch-screen joysticks

10. Withings Smart Blood Pressure Monitor

Withings Smart Blood Pressure Monitor

Revolutionary in both its function and design, the Withings Smart Blood Pressure Monitor simplifies the daily measurement and tracking of your blood pressure-automatically displaying your measurements and saving it for easy tracking and evaluation over time. With new measurement sharing options, it becomes the ideal solution for accurate BP monitoring at home.

Measurement is instantaneous and done with a gesture. Just plug directly into your iOS device and the application is launched automatically, and with a single press it takes your measurements. There’s no need to write down your results or calculate your averages, since the Withings Smart Blood Pressure Monitor does it all for you. The free Withings application automatically generates graphs, which makes trend detection easier, and the secured sharing option allows you to automatically share measurements.

Important Features

  • Directly connects on your iOS device
  • Blood pressure and pulse rate measurement
  • Automatic tracking and graphs
  • Secure online dashboard
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Facebook Messenger Now Lets You Make Free CallsFacebook Messenger has been updated with free calling over Wi-Fi for all users. Previously, voice calling was limited to the U.K., U.S., and Canada.
Messenger is a fast, free and reliable way to stay in touch. It’s just like texting, but you don’t have to pay for every message (it works with your data plan). 
Features:
● Get to your messages without opening Facebook.
● Bring your conversations to life with stickers.
● Send photos privately.
● Have group conversations and make plans on the go.
● Text your phone contacts, even if you’re not Facebook friends.
● Share your location so people know when you’re nearby.
● Record voice messages.
● Make free calls, even to friends in other countries.
● Know when people have seen your messages.
● See who’s available on Messenger and who’s active on Facebook.
● Stay logged in so you never miss a message.
● Turn off notifications when you’re working, sleeping or just need a break.

 

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Facebook Messenger Now Lets You Make Free Calls

Facebook Messenger has been updated with free calling over Wi-Fi for all users. Previously, voice calling was limited to the U.K., U.S., and Canada.

Messenger is a fast, free and reliable way to stay in touch. It’s just like texting, but you don’t have to pay for every message (it works with your data plan). 

Facebook Free Calls
Features:
● Get to your messages without opening Facebook.
● Bring your conversations to life with stickers.
● Send photos privately.
● Have group conversations and make plans on the go.
● Text your phone contacts, even if you’re not Facebook friends.
● Share your location so people know when you’re nearby.
● Record voice messages.
● Make free calls, even to friends in other countries.
● Know when people have seen your messages.
● See who’s available on Messenger and who’s active on Facebook.
● Stay logged in so you never miss a message.
● Turn off notifications when you’re working, sleeping or just need a break.

 

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Amazon Launches $99 Fire TV Streaming Set-Top Box with GamingAmazon has unveiled the Fire TV set-top box which will challenge the likes of Apple TV, Roku and Google’s Chromecast with unique features like voice search and gaming.
Along with Amazon’s own Prime Instant Video streaming service, you will be able to watch video content from the likes of Netflix, Disney, YouTube, ESPN and many more sources from launch.
Following the trend it started with the Kindle ereader and Kindle Fire tablets, Amazon is selling the Fire TV at $99 hoping to recoup profits by selling content through the serivce. It is the same price as the Apple TV costs in the US.
The FireTV will ship in the US from today but we are waiting to hear from Amazon about international availability.
Gaming

One way Amazon is hoping to lure customers to its platform is with baked-in gaming capability, announcing that the FireTV would also be supporting a variety of games from companies like Sega, EA and Disney – promising that by next month it will have thousands of games for customers to play.
Games will be played with either the Fire TV remote, a specially created app for smartphones and tablet, or with the new Fire Game Controller which will be sold separately for $39.99 (£24, though no UK-specific pricing is available yet).
At the launch event in New York, demos of Minecraft, Asphalt and Monsters’ University were shown running on Fire TV. Amazon said over 1,000 games are free to play with the average price of a paid for game being $1.85.
Amazon Games Studios will also be building its own games, with Sev Zero, a first-person space shooter, shown off on stage in New York.
Voice search
The remote control was described as “small, elegant and easy-to-use” by Amazon’s Peter Larsen at the launch in New York and works using Bluetooth, which is the same as the remote control on the Roku set-top box.


A selection of the content partners which will work wit Amazon on the Fire TV platform.

The remote control includes a microphone which allows you to search for content with your voice, though there is no personal assistant such as Siri on hand to help out – with Larsen calling it “voice search that actually works.”
The Fire TV interface is – like Netflix – image-heavy and allows you browse through categories on the left-hand-side of the screen. Amazon says that because of the quad-core processor inside the Fire TV scrolling through menus will be much quicker.
IMDB integration
Amazon is also integrating one of its other online properties, the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) which will allow you to pull in details about films, actors and even individual scenes while watching a film.
The X-Ray for films feature is similar to the X-Ray feature found on the company’s ebooks on Kindle.
This feature will also work with your Kindle Fire tablets acting like a second screen, beaming the information to the tablet’s screen.

An up-coming feature will see a similar service for music, with lyrics being overlayed when you play a song.
No waiting
The box will come with 2GB of RAM to prevent any performance issues Larsen said afflicted other devices. It will also suport dual band Wi-Fi which is something Amazon’s introduced on its Kindle Fire tablets.
Once you log in with your Amazon account your content will be waiting for you. A new feature called ASAP will try and guess what films you are going to watch and pre-load them for faster load times.
FreeTime
Amazon will also be brining FreeTime from its Kindle Fire tablets to the big screen, allowing you to create a custom environment for children aged 3-8 with a password needed to access other content.
The serivce on Kindle devices needs a subscription and this is likely to be the case here too.
Speaking about the launch, Jeremy Davies, CEO and co-founder of Context said:
“Nearly all TV’s today do a bad job at integrating the internet into a user’s viewing experience. That’s why Apple and Google have been successful in their offerings so far. For Amazon to have any chance at cracking this market, any device they offer will have to have a UI slicker than Apple’s and a price keener than Google’s. With Kindle, Amazon showed it could do tablets and e-readers. If they get this right then they will do it again and give both incumbents a run for their money.”
Fiona Keenan, strategic insight director at Kantar Worldpanel said:
“While the digital video market is growing substantially at 95% (Year on year), digital services won’t necessarily attract typical DVD buyers and become mainstream until the proposition is much simpler for consumers to use and available within the main family room – Amazon’s launch today of Fire TV is another step closer to getting these customers on board with digital.”

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Amazon Launches $99 Fire TV Streaming Set-Top Box with Gaming

Amazon has unveiled the Fire TV set-top box which will challenge the likes of Apple TV, Roku and Google’s Chromecast with unique features like voice search and gaming.

Along with Amazon’s own Prime Instant Video streaming service, you will be able to watch video content from the likes of Netflix, Disney, YouTube, ESPN and many more sources from launch.

Following the trend it started with the Kindle ereader and Kindle Fire tablets, Amazon is selling the Fire TV at $99 hoping to recoup profits by selling content through the serivce. It is the same price as the Apple TV costs in the US.

The FireTV will ship in the US from today but we are waiting to hear from Amazon about international availability.

Gaming

Amazon FireTV Game Controller

One way Amazon is hoping to lure customers to its platform is with baked-in gaming capability, announcing that the FireTV would also be supporting a variety of games from companies like Sega, EA and Disney – promising that by next month it will have thousands of games for customers to play.

Games will be played with either the Fire TV remote, a specially created app for smartphones and tablet, or with the new Fire Game Controller which will be sold separately for $39.99 (£24, though no UK-specific pricing is available yet).

At the launch event in New York, demos of Minecraft, Asphalt and Monsters’ University were shown running on Fire TV. Amazon said over 1,000 games are free to play with the average price of a paid for game being $1.85.

Amazon Games Studios will also be building its own games, with Sev Zero, a first-person space shooter, shown off on stage in New York.

Voice search

The remote control was described as “small, elegant and easy-to-use” by Amazon’s Peter Larsen at the launch in New York and works using Bluetooth, which is the same as the remote control on the Roku set-top box.

Amazon Fire TV

A selection of the content partners which will work wit Amazon on the Fire TV platform.

The remote control includes a microphone which allows you to search for content with your voice, though there is no personal assistant such as Siri on hand to help out – with Larsen calling it “voice search that actually works.”

The Fire TV interface is – like Netflix – image-heavy and allows you browse through categories on the left-hand-side of the screen. Amazon says that because of the quad-core processor inside the Fire TV scrolling through menus will be much quicker.

IMDB integration

Amazon is also integrating one of its other online properties, the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) which will allow you to pull in details about films, actors and even individual scenes while watching a film.

The X-Ray for films feature is similar to the X-Ray feature found on the company’s ebooks on Kindle.

This feature will also work with your Kindle Fire tablets acting like a second screen, beaming the information to the tablet’s screen.

Amazon Fire TV Tech Specs

An up-coming feature will see a similar service for music, with lyrics being overlayed when you play a song.

No waiting

The box will come with 2GB of RAM to prevent any performance issues Larsen said afflicted other devices. It will also suport dual band Wi-Fi which is something Amazon’s introduced on its Kindle Fire tablets.

Once you log in with your Amazon account your content will be waiting for you. A new feature called ASAP will try and guess what films you are going to watch and pre-load them for faster load times.

FreeTime

Amazon will also be brining FreeTime from its Kindle Fire tablets to the big screen, allowing you to create a custom environment for children aged 3-8 with a password needed to access other content.

The serivce on Kindle devices needs a subscription and this is likely to be the case here too.

Speaking about the launch, Jeremy Davies, CEO and co-founder of Context said:

“Nearly all TV’s today do a bad job at integrating the internet into a user’s viewing experience. That’s why Apple and Google have been successful in their offerings so far. For Amazon to have any chance at cracking this market, any device they offer will have to have a UI slicker than Apple’s and a price keener than Google’s. With Kindle, Amazon showed it could do tablets and e-readers. If they get this right then they will do it again and give both incumbents a run for their money.”

Fiona Keenan, strategic insight director at Kantar Worldpanel said:

“While the digital video market is growing substantially at 95% (Year on year), digital services won’t necessarily attract typical DVD buyers and become mainstream until the proposition is much simpler for consumers to use and available within the main family room – Amazon’s launch today of Fire TV is another step closer to getting these customers on board with digital.”

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Noah movie reviewCast:Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Anthony Hopkins, and Douglas Booth
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Director: Darren Aronofsky
SPOILERS AHEAD
What to make of Darren Aronofsky’s Noah? Perhaps that’s the wrong question. Indeed, what NOT to make of Noah? Because it is so many things.
It is, of course, a biblical blockbuster, a 21st-century answer to Cecil B DeMille. It’s also a disaster movie — the original disaster, you might say. It’s an intense family drama. Part sci-fi film. An action flick? Definitely, along the lines of The Lord of the Rings. At times you might also think of Transformers, and at one point, even The Shining.
But there’s one thing Noah is not, for a moment: Dull. So, what to make of Noah? It’s a movie that, with all its occasional excess, is utterly worth your time — 138 minutes of it.
Although the real star of the film is its visual ingenuity, particularly in a few stunning sequences, one must give ample credit to Russell Crowe, who lends Noah the moral heft and groundedness we need to believe everything that ends up happening to him. Noah’s near-descent into madness would not be nearly as effective had Crowe not already convinced us of his essential decency. At the same time, the actor is believable when pondering the most heinous crime imaginable. It’s one of Crowe’s more effective performances.
It wouldn’t have been possible, though, without considerable liberties taken by Aronofsky and his co-screenwriter, Ari Handel, in framing Noah’s story. There’s been controversy here, but if you glance at the Bible, you’ll see why liberties are necessary: the story takes up only a few passages, hardly enough for a feature-length script.
And yet, it’s one of the best-known tales in the Bible, if most of us only remember the children’s version, with visions of brightly painted animals standing two-by-two on the ark. But there’s a much more serious backdrop: Man’s wickedness, and God’s desire to purge the earth of that wickedness. Aronofsky dives headlong into this story of good vs. evil, not only between men, but within one man’s soul.
We meet Noah and his family as they’re attempting to live peacefully off the land, and ward off the greedy, violent descendants of Cain. Noah has three sons and a wife, Naameh (Jennifer Connelly, genuine and appealing). Along the way they pick up Ila, an injured young girl who will grow to love Noah’s son Shem (an invented character, played with sensitivity by Emma Watson.)
Noah visits his grandfather, Methuselah, embodied with scene-stealing vigor by Anthony Hopkins. The old man — and by the way, this is relative, because Noah himself is already over 500 years old, according to the Bible — helps him induce a hallucination, which brings a vision. The Creator will destroy the Earth in a great flood. Noah’s job, of course, is to build that great ark, and get out of Dixie.
It’s a monumental task, but Noah has help: the Watchers, huge, lumbering creatures made of rock, who, for Aronofsky, represent the biblical Nephilim. Are they angels, giants or men? Interpretation varies.
But it is here that the movie courts ridicule. These creatures look a little too much like Transformers, and detract from the mystical feel of the film. A giggle is surely not what the director was going for here, but he may get a few.
But that ark? It’s a wondrous thing — constructed on a Long Island field, according to measurements specified in Genesis, and finished up digitally.
Also stunning: the flood itself, more chilling than any you’ve seen in a disaster flick. It’s also rather magical to watch the animals arrive, two by two (and by virtue of CGI) at the ark.
But for sheer cinematic beauty, it’s hard to beat the dreamlike sequence in which Aronofsky illustrates the story of creation, as recounted by Noah. At this moment, you may well forgive any excesses in the film. Like his flawed hero, Aronofsky has a vision — a cinematic one — and the results, if not perfect, are pretty darned compelling.
Movie review by Jocelyn Noveck, Associated Press

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Noah movie review

Cast:Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Anthony Hopkins, and Douglas Booth

 Noah (2014) on IMDb

Director: Darren Aronofsky

SPOILERS AHEAD

What to make of Darren Aronofsky’s Noah? Perhaps that’s the wrong question. Indeed, what NOT to make of Noah? Because it is so many things.

It is, of course, a biblical blockbuster, a 21st-century answer to Cecil B DeMille. It’s also a disaster movie — the original disaster, you might say. It’s an intense family drama. Part sci-fi film. An action flick? Definitely, along the lines of The Lord of the Rings. At times you might also think of Transformers, and at one point, even The Shining.

But there’s one thing Noah is not, for a moment: Dull. So, what to make of Noah? It’s a movie that, with all its occasional excess, is utterly worth your time — 138 minutes of it.

Although the real star of the film is its visual ingenuity, particularly in a few stunning sequences, one must give ample credit to Russell Crowe, who lends Noah the moral heft and groundedness we need to believe everything that ends up happening to him. Noah’s near-descent into madness would not be nearly as effective had Crowe not already convinced us of his essential decency. At the same time, the actor is believable when pondering the most heinous crime imaginable. It’s one of Crowe’s more effective performances.

It wouldn’t have been possible, though, without considerable liberties taken by Aronofsky and his co-screenwriter, Ari Handel, in framing Noah’s story. There’s been controversy here, but if you glance at the Bible, you’ll see why liberties are necessary: the story takes up only a few passages, hardly enough for a feature-length script.

And yet, it’s one of the best-known tales in the Bible, if most of us only remember the children’s version, with visions of brightly painted animals standing two-by-two on the ark. But there’s a much more serious backdrop: Man’s wickedness, and God’s desire to purge the earth of that wickedness. Aronofsky dives headlong into this story of good vs. evil, not only between men, but within one man’s soul.

We meet Noah and his family as they’re attempting to live peacefully off the land, and ward off the greedy, violent descendants of Cain. Noah has three sons and a wife, Naameh (Jennifer Connelly, genuine and appealing). Along the way they pick up Ila, an injured young girl who will grow to love Noah’s son Shem (an invented character, played with sensitivity by Emma Watson.)

Noah visits his grandfather, Methuselah, embodied with scene-stealing vigor by Anthony Hopkins. The old man — and by the way, this is relative, because Noah himself is already over 500 years old, according to the Bible — helps him induce a hallucination, which brings a vision. The Creator will destroy the Earth in a great flood. Noah’s job, of course, is to build that great ark, and get out of Dixie.

It’s a monumental task, but Noah has help: the Watchers, huge, lumbering creatures made of rock, who, for Aronofsky, represent the biblical Nephilim. Are they angels, giants or men? Interpretation varies.

But it is here that the movie courts ridicule. These creatures look a little too much like Transformers, and detract from the mystical feel of the film. A giggle is surely not what the director was going for here, but he may get a few.

But that ark? It’s a wondrous thing — constructed on a Long Island field, according to measurements specified in Genesis, and finished up digitally.

Also stunning: the flood itself, more chilling than any you’ve seen in a disaster flick. It’s also rather magical to watch the animals arrive, two by two (and by virtue of CGI) at the ark.

But for sheer cinematic beauty, it’s hard to beat the dreamlike sequence in which Aronofsky illustrates the story of creation, as recounted by Noah. At this moment, you may well forgive any excesses in the film. Like his flawed hero, Aronofsky has a vision — a cinematic one — and the results, if not perfect, are pretty darned compelling.

Movie review by Jocelyn Noveck, Associated Press

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Importance of Using Lawn Rakers and Scarifiers the Right WayIs the garden stacking up again? If you love gardening then you should certainly obtain lawn rakers and scarifiers to kick start home improvement techniques! It isn’t a surprise that plenty of individuals who suffer from busy schedules usually hire gardeners to maintain their lawns. But with the assistance of lawn rakers you can easily clip off the extra growth. A neat and well maintained lawn improves property value and adds beauty to your home. The aesthetic standards of the house improve making it possible for you to visit your lawn without facing any kind of irritation possible.

Thatch which is the accumulation of dead plant material, moss and decaying matter usually starts to build up in the soil. It is one of the most prevalent problems that a gardener has to face while mowing the lawn. In order to keep the grass fresh and healthy, regular trimming is always recommended but sometimes overgrowth of decomposing matter can cause consequences. For this purpose thatch removal using lawn rakers and scarifiers is necessary. So have you bought one for your garden yet?
Need for Raking and Scarifying Lawns
Despite cutting your lawn regularly and trimming till a 25mm height, you will come across stacks of thatch growing in the backyard. This dead grass begins to accumulate making it difficult to grow any other plant in the garden. It further sinks into the soil beneath the grass blades which causes decreased draining. A typical lawn will consist of a surprising amount of thatch and moss that grows at a fast rate. The remedy to such a consequence is raking and scarifying the garden floor.
Moss on the other hand generally grows on lawns that are moist hence can be a big discomfort during the rainy seasons. Creepers, lichens etc are other forms of plant outgrowths that stifle the soil quality and lead to water logging. They also reduce the capacity of the soil to absorb water and decrease ground water table. Despite using a grass mower, the unwanted progression of moss begins to spread throughout due to ineffective dethatching and raking. In most homes, the grass continues to grow because of long stalks that travel horizontally within.
The Solution
There are in particular two instruments you can use for cutting away the dead grass from your lawn – raker and scarifier. Lawn rakers and scarifiers can be mechanically used however most of the products that are introduced today function electronically. Powered by a strong engine, the appliances function efficiently to remove thatch and moss from the garden. The process of raking and scarifying are important for cleaning your garden and maintaining even growth. Apart from regulating the standard draining system, raking and scarifying aptly improve the aesthetic outlook of your garden.
What is a Lawn Scarifier?
A lawn scarifier is also referred to as a dethatcher that particularly removes dead grass from the lawn. Scarification is a process that involves cleaning of turf mechanically using metal blades that penetrate the subsurface of the lawn. The machines used are powered by professional engines that liberate you from the headache of facing a grubby backyard. Depending upon the kind of grass that is growing in the lawn, the scarifier is bought. In case your garden is naturally induced with rye grass then scarifying once in a month is a necessity. However if you’ve laid out ornamental grass in your lawn then you better start loving scarifying! A scarifier is a lawn tool that reaches deep into the soil without causing any harm to the grass. It consists of specifically designed metallic prongs that lift and free the lawn from thatch.
How to Scarify the Lawn?
Scarification is a much more severe treatment than raking which involves a series of steps that you should follow. Unlike lawn rakers, scarifiers are made of a more rigid construct which is durable and resistant to rust. Scarifiers are available in a range of sizes, shapes and brands. There are scarifiers that require manual strength to push it across the yard. Larger scarifiers are used for cleaning up agricultural properties where a garden tractor is utilised to uncover large portions of the land in less amount of time. For your lawn, the 2 wheels or 4 wheels scarifier can be used –
1. A fortnight before, spray the grass with a moss killer in order to avoid spreading the moss around the lawn.
2. Never scarify when the lawn is wet therefore pick a day when the turf remains dry.
3. Start cutting the thatch on a lower setting to obtain an even layout.
4. Once you’ve completed mowing the lawn all over at a low setting, move on to a higher setting and repeat the process.
5.  Ensure that you repeat the process at right angles and lower the blades in order to cut the underlying grass.
6. Once you’re finished with scarifying you can boost the quality of your lawn by seeding which means you can scatter grass seeds and irrigate.

What is a Lawn Raker?
Also meant for the purpose of clearing the lawn, raking is usually focused on the removal of moss, weeds and other dead organic matter which can lead to water logging. Lawn raking is one of the essential steps towards improving your lawn conditions. In case of scarifiers, metallic steel blades are incorporated where as in case of rakers, wire tines are used for removing moss. Garden maintenance consists of scarifying and raking for supervising healthy grass growth and preventing lethal diseases. Generally raking depends upon the quantity of moss that is growing in the garden. Accordingly gardeners purchase a resistant and durable raker in case the grass is wet, moist or shady type that offers perfect growth conditions for moss.
1. For raking it is necessary to wait till the lawn is completely dry and devoid of any kind of moisture.
2. Rakers aren’t as heavily built like scarifiers since moss can easily be removed from the soil.
3. Raking involves pulling and uprooting unlike scarifying which cuts away the uncontrollable dead grass.
4. The wires on rakers aren’t always fixed but rotate at certain angles to simplify the clearing process.
5. Flat wires are excellent and precise at flicking away the moss from the soil.
6. Rakers generally cause least amount of damage since they’re light weight as compared to scarifiers.
If you want to get rid of the intense outgrowth of thatch and moss, then obtain the right lawn scarifiers and rakers. Perhaps you’re planning a barbecue out in the lawn this weekend but how can you possibly stand in your garden if it is filled with an overgrowth of thatch? Don’t neglect the impedance growing in your backyard! Ensure that you follow the right lawn care techniques for enhanced outlook and proper plant growth.
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Importance of Using Lawn Rakers and Scarifiers the Right Way

Is the garden stacking up again? If you love gardening then you should certainly obtain lawn rakers and scarifiers to kick start home improvement techniques! It isn’t a surprise that plenty of individuals who suffer from busy schedules usually hire gardeners to maintain their lawns. But with the assistance of lawn rakers you can easily clip off the extra growth. A neat and well maintained lawn improves property value and adds beauty to your home. The aesthetic standards of the house improve making it possible for you to visit your lawn without facing any kind of irritation possible.

Importance of Using Lawn Rakers and Scarifiers the Right Way

Thatch which is the accumulation of dead plant material, moss and decaying matter usually starts to build up in the soil. It is one of the most prevalent problems that a gardener has to face while mowing the lawn. In order to keep the grass fresh and healthy, regular trimming is always recommended but sometimes overgrowth of decomposing matter can cause consequences. For this purpose thatch removal using lawn rakers and scarifiers is necessary. So have you bought one for your garden yet?

Need for Raking and Scarifying Lawns

Despite cutting your lawn regularly and trimming till a 25mm height, you will come across stacks of thatch growing in the backyard. This dead grass begins to accumulate making it difficult to grow any other plant in the garden. It further sinks into the soil beneath the grass blades which causes decreased draining. A typical lawn will consist of a surprising amount of thatch and moss that grows at a fast rate. The remedy to such a consequence is raking and scarifying the garden floor.

Moss on the other hand generally grows on lawns that are moist hence can be a big discomfort during the rainy seasons. Creepers, lichens etc are other forms of plant outgrowths that stifle the soil quality and lead to water logging. They also reduce the capacity of the soil to absorb water and decrease ground water table. Despite using a grass mower, the unwanted progression of moss begins to spread throughout due to ineffective dethatching and raking. In most homes, the grass continues to grow because of long stalks that travel horizontally within.

The Solution

There are in particular two instruments you can use for cutting away the dead grass from your lawn – raker and scarifier. Lawn rakers and scarifiers can be mechanically used however most of the products that are introduced today function electronically. Powered by a strong engine, the appliances function efficiently to remove thatch and moss from the garden. The process of raking and scarifying are important for cleaning your garden and maintaining even growth. Apart from regulating the standard draining system, raking and scarifying aptly improve the aesthetic outlook of your garden.

What is a Lawn Scarifier?

A lawn scarifier is also referred to as a dethatcher that particularly removes dead grass from the lawn. Scarification is a process that involves cleaning of turf mechanically using metal blades that penetrate the subsurface of the lawn. The machines used are powered by professional engines that liberate you from the headache of facing a grubby backyard. Depending upon the kind of grass that is growing in the lawn, the scarifier is bought. In case your garden is naturally induced with rye grass then scarifying once in a month is a necessity. However if you’ve laid out ornamental grass in your lawn then you better start loving scarifying! A scarifier is a lawn tool that reaches deep into the soil without causing any harm to the grass. It consists of specifically designed metallic prongs that lift and free the lawn from thatch.

How to Scarify the Lawn?

Scarification is a much more severe treatment than raking which involves a series of steps that you should follow. Unlike lawn rakers, scarifiers are made of a more rigid construct which is durable and resistant to rust. Scarifiers are available in a range of sizes, shapes and brands. There are scarifiers that require manual strength to push it across the yard. Larger scarifiers are used for cleaning up agricultural properties where a garden tractor is utilised to uncover large portions of the land in less amount of time. For your lawn, the 2 wheels or 4 wheels scarifier can be used –

1. A fortnight before, spray the grass with a moss killer in order to avoid spreading the moss around the lawn.

2. Never scarify when the lawn is wet therefore pick a day when the turf remains dry.

3. Start cutting the thatch on a lower setting to obtain an even layout.

4. Once you’ve completed mowing the lawn all over at a low setting, move on to a higher setting and repeat the process.

5.  Ensure that you repeat the process at right angles and lower the blades in order to cut the underlying grass.

6. Once you’re finished with scarifying you can boost the quality of your lawn by seeding which means you can scatter grass seeds and irrigate.

lawn Racker Scarifier

What is a Lawn Raker?

Also meant for the purpose of clearing the lawn, raking is usually focused on the removal of moss, weeds and other dead organic matter which can lead to water logging. Lawn raking is one of the essential steps towards improving your lawn conditions. In case of scarifiers, metallic steel blades are incorporated where as in case of rakers, wire tines are used for removing moss. Garden maintenance consists of scarifying and raking for supervising healthy grass growth and preventing lethal diseases. Generally raking depends upon the quantity of moss that is growing in the garden. Accordingly gardeners purchase a resistant and durable raker in case the grass is wet, moist or shady type that offers perfect growth conditions for moss.

1. For raking it is necessary to wait till the lawn is completely dry and devoid of any kind of moisture.

2. Rakers aren’t as heavily built like scarifiers since moss can easily be removed from the soil.

3. Raking involves pulling and uprooting unlike scarifying which cuts away the uncontrollable dead grass.

4. The wires on rakers aren’t always fixed but rotate at certain angles to simplify the clearing process.

5. Flat wires are excellent and precise at flicking away the moss from the soil.

6. Rakers generally cause least amount of damage since they’re light weight as compared to scarifiers.

If you want to get rid of the intense outgrowth of thatch and moss, then obtain the right lawn scarifiers and rakers. Perhaps you’re planning a barbecue out in the lawn this weekend but how can you possibly stand in your garden if it is filled with an overgrowth of thatch? Don’t neglect the impedance growing in your backyard! Ensure that you follow the right lawn care techniques for enhanced outlook and proper plant growth.

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The Monuments Men movie reviewCast:George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray and John GoodmanDirector: George Clooney
George Clooney, movie director, started out with so much promise.He began with two stories about television’s power, both to distort reality (Confessions of a Dangerous Mind about Gong Show host Chuck Barris) and to reveal it (Good Night, and Good Luck, about Edward R Murrow). Neither was perfect, but the films showed tremendous potential, particularly the latter, with its thick clouds of paranoia and cigarette smoke.
But Clooney has gone somewhat astray, with the football comedy Leatherheads, the political thriller The Ides of March and now The Monuments Men. They’re not bad pictures, but nostalgia — made urgent inGood Night — suffocates the World War II caper The Monuments Men like it did the screwball odeLeatherheads.



Clooney’s taste is very good, and in adapting Robert M. Edsel and Bret Witter’s book by the same title about the Allied forces’ pursuit of art masterpieces stolen by Nazis, he has chosen a fascinating historical tale that also bears the intriguing question: What’s the price we’re willing to pay for art?
But while a Michelangelo may be worth dying for, The Monuments Men is, at best, adequately priced as a movie ticket. Clooney, working from a script he penned with his frequent collaborator Grant Heslov, has fashioned his film as a traditional WWII flick, with a Great Escape-like score by Alexandre Desplat and a sentimental kind of soldierly chumminess.
Only this band of brothers is more like an assembly of academics. A handful of museum curators and art experts have been gathered by art historian Frank Stokes (Clooney) to investigate and retake the troves of artwork the Nazis have stolen for a mammoth German museum planned by Hitler.
The platoon is ill-suited for war but bold in spirit: an art restorer (Matt Damon), an architect (Bill Murray), a sculptor (John Goodman), a British museum head (Hugh Bonneville), a theater producer (Bob Balaban) and a French painting instructor (Jean Dujardin). Some of the pairings are fitting: Clooney and Damon planning another heist (Ocean’s Thirteen); Dujardin and Goodman back on speaking terms (The Artist).
In truth, more than 300 Allied servicemen and women worked in the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives program in the final years of the war. They helped lead to the recovery of about 6 million objects (estimates vary). Most of the names in the film have been changed, and the mission has been made significantly more romantic.
Cate Blanchett plays a reluctant-to-cooperate assistant curator from Paris’ Jeu de Paume museum. A book by real-life Rose Valland inspired John Frankenheimer’s 1964 film, The Train, with Burt Lancaster. It portrayed the French Resistance effort to derail a train of stolen art taken from the Jeu de Paume. With the cunning of sabotage and the soot of the train yard, “The Train” makes a more superior and grittier film.
The Monuments Men is instead weighed down by dutifulness. It feels like it’s only a third act, lacking any buildup of tension or character development. When Stokes solemnly argues early in the film about risking life for the recovery of what he calls “the foundation of modern society,” the movie has presented its thesis statement, and settled any debate. Though deadly encounters follow, the nobility of the quest is unchallenged.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CreneTs7sGs&width=800&height=478
With this film, Clooney (who enjoys a self-satisfying scene telling off a Nazi) has erected a stiff monument, a worthy if undramatic tribute to those it’s based on.
One wishes the movie had arrived 11 years earlier. Maybe it would have raised enough awareness to take precautions ahead of the toppling of Saddam Hussein, when Baghdad’s Iraq museum was looted of thousands of antiquities.
The Monuments Men, a Columbia Pictures release, is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for some images of war violence and historical smoking.


Movie Review done by AP Film Writer Jake Coyle.  Follow Twitter at:http://twitter.com/jake_coyle

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The Monuments Men movie review

Cast:George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray and John Goodman
Director: George Clooney
George Clooney, movie director, started out with so much promise.He began with two stories about television’s power, both to distort reality (Confessions of a Dangerous Mind about Gong Show host Chuck Barris) and to reveal it (Good Night, and Good Luck, about Edward R Murrow). Neither was perfect, but the films showed tremendous potential, particularly the latter, with its thick clouds of paranoia and cigarette smoke.

But Clooney has gone somewhat astray, with the football comedy Leatherheads, the political thriller The Ides of March and now The Monuments Men. They’re not bad pictures, but nostalgia — made urgent inGood Night — suffocates the World War II caper The Monuments Men like it did the screwball odeLeatherheads.

The-Monuments-Men-2013-Movie-Title-Banner

Clooney’s taste is very good, and in adapting Robert M. Edsel and Bret Witter’s book by the same title about the Allied forces’ pursuit of art masterpieces stolen by Nazis, he has chosen a fascinating historical tale that also bears the intriguing question: What’s the price we’re willing to pay for art?

But while a Michelangelo may be worth dying for, The Monuments Men is, at best, adequately priced as a movie ticket. Clooney, working from a script he penned with his frequent collaborator Grant Heslov, has fashioned his film as a traditional WWII flick, with a Great Escape-like score by Alexandre Desplat and a sentimental kind of soldierly chumminess.

Only this band of brothers is more like an assembly of academics. A handful of museum curators and art experts have been gathered by art historian Frank Stokes (Clooney) to investigate and retake the troves of artwork the Nazis have stolen for a mammoth German museum planned by Hitler.

The platoon is ill-suited for war but bold in spirit: an art restorer (Matt Damon), an architect (Bill Murray), a sculptor (John Goodman), a British museum head (Hugh Bonneville), a theater producer (Bob Balaban) and a French painting instructor (Jean Dujardin). Some of the pairings are fitting: Clooney and Damon planning another heist (Ocean’s Thirteen); Dujardin and Goodman back on speaking terms (The Artist).

In truth, more than 300 Allied servicemen and women worked in the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives program in the final years of the war. They helped lead to the recovery of about 6 million objects (estimates vary). Most of the names in the film have been changed, and the mission has been made significantly more romantic.

Cate Blanchett plays a reluctant-to-cooperate assistant curator from Paris’ Jeu de Paume museum. A book by real-life Rose Valland inspired John Frankenheimer’s 1964 film, The Train, with Burt Lancaster. It portrayed the French Resistance effort to derail a train of stolen art taken from the Jeu de Paume. With the cunning of sabotage and the soot of the train yard, “The Train” makes a more superior and grittier film.

The Monuments Men is instead weighed down by dutifulness. It feels like it’s only a third act, lacking any buildup of tension or character development. When Stokes solemnly argues early in the film about risking life for the recovery of what he calls “the foundation of modern society,” the movie has presented its thesis statement, and settled any debate. Though deadly encounters follow, the nobility of the quest is unchallenged.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CreneTs7sGs&width=800&height=478

With this film, Clooney (who enjoys a self-satisfying scene telling off a Nazi) has erected a stiff monument, a worthy if undramatic tribute to those it’s based on.

One wishes the movie had arrived 11 years earlier. Maybe it would have raised enough awareness to take precautions ahead of the toppling of Saddam Hussein, when Baghdad’s Iraq museum was looted of thousands of antiquities.

The Monuments Men, a Columbia Pictures release, is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for some images of war violence and historical smoking.

Movie Review done by AP Film Writer Jake Coyle.  Follow Twitter at:http://twitter.com/jake_coyle
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50 Shades Of India

The following pictures were selected by 500px. They have rounded up 50 striking portraits of Indian people, spanning regional ethno-linguistic groups — from Punjabis to Sindhis to Bengalis. Every face reveals a story of the complex history and rich tradition of India. I hope these colourful stories will dazzle your day.
Here’s looking at you, India
 *** by Yana Sirenko
 The Festival of Colors – by CK NG
 Photograph Sikh Family by Masashi Mitsui
 Photograph Craftsmanship by Masashi Mitsui
 Photograph Here we come by Sandeep Kumar
 Photograph Indian girl and mother by Dennis Claessens
 Photograph Embracing Buffalos by Joel Santos
 Photograph prayers by Piet Flour
 Photograph One by Paul Garrett
 Photograph A promise by Suman Bobba
 Photograph Copycat by Philippe Put
 Photograph Mumbai schoolgirl by Jordi Gallego
 Photograph Portrait of the The Punjabi Drummer
 Photograph Killer by Kaleem taj Shaik
 Photograph Alone in The Slum by Alessandro Bergamini
 Photograph The Color of Contrast by Joel Santos
 Photograph Waiting in the temple by Sergey DM
 Photograph Muse by Alessandro Bergamini
 Photograph The girl that never gets old by Ali Al-Zaidi
 Photograph That Bride ! by Mehedi Rahman
 Photograph Ladakhi Boy by Jassi Oberai
 Photograph The young maestro by Samrat Mukhopadhyay
 Photograph This is my job by Masashi Mitsui
 Photograph Indian Woman by Mohammed Baqer
 Photograph Killer looks by Sandeep Kumar
 Photograph Dad and Daughter by Bhavana Sachithanandan
 Photograph the Pretty by Kaleem Taj Shaik
 Photograph EYE OPERATION by Apratim Saha
 Photograph Dude I’m still Incharge by Tejes Nayak
 Photograph Art Of Kerala by Roshan Kumar
 Photograph Wonder by Alessandro Bergamini
 Photograph Night Market by Masashi Mitsui
 Photograph Apatani III by Yury Pustovoy
 Photograph The bass by Krishanu Das
 Photograph Aishwarya by Paul Spanu
 Photograph Aishwarya by Paul Spanu
 Photograph The Tear (What My Eyes Have Seen) by Bob Gala
 Photograph Drawing by Mohammed Baqer
 Photograph * by Stefan Gries
 Photograph Tribal elder India 01 by Satheesh Nair
 Photograph Little God by Woosra Kim
 Photograph Ishya and her big sister by Travel Shots
 Photograph Exhaling Life by Jassi Oberai
 Photograph Tribal Baby by Masashi Mitsui
 Photograph India Holi festival by Abdullah Alkandry
 Photograph Elephant Caretaker by Joel Santos
 Photograph Call centre: Mumbai by Elerein
 Photograph Just before the hit… by Sudarshan Kadam
 Photograph Migrant worker of Punjab by Dakku Singh
 Photograph Chitwan by Nikos Vasilakis
 Photograph Journey to Nirvana by Anis Shaikh
Share your stories, photos, and thoughts on India, its people and its culture below.
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50 Shades Of India

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The following pictures were selected by 500px. They have rounded up 50 striking portraits of Indian people, spanning regional ethno-linguistic groups — from Punjabis to Sindhis to Bengalis. Every face reveals a story of the complex history and rich tradition of India. I hope these colourful stories will dazzle your day.

Here’s looking at you, India

*** by Yana Sirenko

50 Shades of India The Festival of Colors – by CK NG

50 Shades of India Photograph Sikh Family by Masashi Mitsui

50 Shades of India Photograph Craftsmanship by Masashi Mitsui

50 Shades of India Photograph Here we come by Sandeep Kumar

Photograph Indian girl and mother by Dennis Claessens

50 Shades of India Photograph Embracing Buffalos by Joel Santos

Photograph prayers by Piet Flour

50 Shades of India Photograph One by Paul Garrett

50 Shades of India Photograph A promise by Suman Bobba

50 Shades of India Photograph Copycat by Philippe Put

50 Shades of India Photograph Mumbai schoolgirl by Jordi Gallego

50 Shades of India Photograph Portrait of the The Punjabi Drummer

Photograph Killer by Kaleem taj Shaik

50 Shades of India Photograph Alone in The Slum by Alessandro Bergamini

50 Shades of India Photograph The Color of Contrast by Joel Santos

Photograph Waiting in the temple by Sergey DM

Photograph Muse by Alessandro Bergamini

Photograph The girl that never gets old by Ali Al-Zaidi

Photograph That Bride ! by Mehedi Rahman

Photograph Ladakhi Boy by Jassi Oberai

Photograph The young maestro by Samrat Mukhopadhyay

Photograph This is my job by Masashi Mitsui

Photograph Indian Woman by Mohammed Baqer

Photograph Killer looks by Sandeep Kumar

Photograph Dad and Daughter by Bhavana Sachithanandan

Photograph the Pretty by Kaleem Taj Shaik

Photograph EYE OPERATION by Apratim Saha

Photograph Dude I’m still Incharge by Tejes Nayak

Photograph Art Of Kerala by Roshan Kumar

Photograph Wonder by Alessandro Bergamini

Photograph Night Market by Masashi Mitsui

Arunachal Pradesh Photograph Apatani III by Yury Pustovoy

Photograph The bass by Krishanu Das

Photograph Aishwarya by Paul Spanu Photograph Aishwarya by Paul Spanu

Photograph Aishwarya by Paul Spanu

Photograph The Tear (What My Eyes Have Seen) by Bob Gala

Photograph Drawing by Mohammed Baqer

Photograph * by Stefan Gries

Photograph Tribal elder India 01 by Satheesh Nair

Photograph Little God by Woosra Kim

Photograph Ishya and her big sister by Travel Shots

Photograph Exhaling Life by Jassi Oberai

Photograph Tribal Baby by Masashi Mitsui

Photograph India Holi festival by Abdullah Alkandry

Photograph Elephant Caretaker by Joel Santos

Photograph Call centre: Mumbai by Elerein

Photograph Just before the hit… by Sudarshan Kadam

Photograph Migrant worker of Punjab by Dakku Singh

Photograph Chitwan by Nikos Vasilakis

Photograph Journey to Nirvana by Anis Shaikh

Share your stories, photos, and thoughts on India, its people and its culture below.

See more of India hereOn 500px

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25 Kindle Books for the month of March 2014 (Irish Authors)

Each month we’ll select 25 books we love, from classics and new releases to best-selling and debut novels. The list will feature a mixture of books we’ve read and recommended time and again, hidden gems we think you should know about and some of the week’s most talked about titles. St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 is a great opportunity to revisit some of our favourite books by top Irish authors.
We’ve had great fun hand-selecting these titles and we hope you’ll enjoy browsing through our picks each week.
Click individual cover photo to read reviews and description


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25 Kindle Books for the month of March 2014 (Irish Authors)

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Each month we’ll select 25 books we love, from classics and new releases to best-selling and debut novels. The list will feature a mixture of books we’ve read and recommended time and again, hidden gems we think you should know about and some of the week’s most talked about titles. St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 is a great opportunity to revisit some of our favourite books by top Irish authors.

We’ve had great fun hand-selecting these titles and we hope you’ll enjoy browsing through our picks each week.

Click individual cover photo to read reviews and description

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Pool Ball Candle Holder - http://tamlee.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Pool-Ball-Candle-Holder.jpg - Reminiscent of the pool table you dream of one day owning, this creative set of candle holders are perfect for the bachelor pad. Because who says bachelor pads don’t need candles? The set includes the rack itself along with 10 solid balls. The set measures in at just about a foot long, and stands at 3 inches tall. You will have to go get yourself some tea candles. [Purchase]  


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Check this out at http://bit.ly/1oMuVLJFlappy Bird will return better than everFlappy Bird is migrating back to app stores, the game’s creator Dong Nguyen has promised fans on Twitter — and it’ll be better than ever.
“Yes, but not soon,” he replied yesterday to one of the many people asking if the inexplicably popular mobile game would return.

Having been off Twitter for over a month since he originally took the game down, Nguyen returned to the social media site yesterday to answer his adoring fans — and give them the news they all wanted to hear.
“It will not be the original game but a better one,” the Vietnamese game maker promised. “I keep my word.”
Nguyen didn’t say when would-be flappy fanatics can get their claws on the new version. “I don’t work by plan. I will release it when it is done,” he said.
Nguyen deleted Flappy Bird from the App Store and Google Play in February, despite reportedly earning $50,000 a day from ads, because he was getting so much abuse on social media. The game’s infuriating difficulty apparently inflamed gamers to berate its creator and having had enough, he just couldn’t take it any more.
Since then dozens of clones have sprung up, including Clumsy Bird, Flappy Bee and, er, Iron Pants.
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Flappy Bird will return better than ever

Flappy Bird is migrating back to app stores, the game’s creator Dong Nguyen has promised fans on Twitter — and it’ll be better than ever.

“Yes, but not soon,” he replied yesterday to one of the many people asking if the inexplicably popular mobile game would return.

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Having been off Twitter for over a month since he originally took the game down, Nguyen returned to the social media site yesterday to answer his adoring fans — and give them the news they all wanted to hear.

“It will not be the original game but a better one,” the Vietnamese game maker promised. “I keep my word.”

Nguyen didn’t say when would-be flappy fanatics can get their claws on the new version. “I don’t work by plan. I will release it when it is done,” he said.

Nguyen deleted Flappy Bird from the App Store and Google Play in February, despite reportedly earning $50,000 a day from ads, because he was getting so much abuse on social media. The game’s infuriating difficulty apparently inflamed gamers to berate its creator and having had enough, he just couldn’t take it any more.

Since then dozens of clones have sprung up, including Clumsy BirdFlappy Bee and, er, Iron Pants.

Read More via [CNET UK]

Check this out at http://bit.ly/1oErnejPool Ball Candle HolderReminiscent of the pool table you dream of one day owning, this creative set of candle holders are perfect for the bachelor pad. Because who says bachelor pads don’t need candles? The set includes the rack itself along with 10 solid balls. The set measures in at just about a foot long, and stands at 3 inches tall. You will have to go get yourself some tea candles. [Purchase]

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Pool Ball Candle Holder

Reminiscent of the pool table you dream of one day owning, this creative set of candle holders are perfect for the bachelor pad. Because who says bachelor pads don’t need candles? The set includes the rack itself along with 10 solid balls. The set measures in at just about a foot long, and stands at 3 inches tall. You will have to go get yourself some tea candles. [Purchase]

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25 Kindle Books for the month of March 2014 (Irish Authors)Each month we’ll select 25 books we love, from classics and new releases to best-selling and debut novels. The list will feature a mixture of books we’ve read and recommended time and again, hidden gems we think you should know about and some of the week’s most talked about titles. St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 is a great opportunity to revisit some of our favourite books by top Irish authors.
We’ve had great fun hand-selecting these titles and we hope you’ll enjoy browsing through our picks each week.
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25 Kindle Books for the month of March 2014 (Irish Authors)

Each month we’ll select 25 books we love, from classics and new releases to best-selling and debut novels. The list will feature a mixture of books we’ve read and recommended time and again, hidden gems we think you should know about and some of the week’s most talked about titles. St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 is a great opportunity to revisit some of our favourite books by top Irish authors.

We’ve had great fun hand-selecting these titles and we hope you’ll enjoy browsing through our picks each week.

Click individual cover photo to read reviews and description

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