Friday, December 12, 2014

Dress for Emotional Success, Your Clothing Choices Can Affect Your Mood!

       Our clothing style definately impacts the way that others see us. People that we meet for the first time make judgements and assumptions about our personality and lifestyle based on what we chose to wear that day. The "dress for success" principle is often emphasized during job training sessions.

It is important to dress meticulously when you are going to job interviews or to make presentations. Yes, our clothing style impacts the way others perceive us, but it also affects the way that we feel about ourselves. Here are a few tips on dressing for emotional success.
Dress for Success: A Step-by-Step Guide to Looking Polished and Professional at Work 
Molly Gotham  
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       First of all, dress in clothing that is suitable to your profession. If you work in a business office, professional attire such as dress slacks and blouses would be appropriate choices. Dressing in jeans or t-shirts gives your customer a less than optimal opinion of you and of the entire business.

This isn't fair or respectful of your employer. Dressing in professional clothing implies that you pay attention to small details, that you are successful, and that you are confident. Again, if you dress with confidence, you will begin to feel confident.

Dress For Success: Get Great Ideas On How to Dress for Success, Professional Dress and More 
Steven Neese
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Second, dress in clothing that fits well. If you wear clothing that is too large, you tend to be pulling, tugging, or re-arranging portions of fabric most of the day. Not only is it annoying, but it also is distracting. Clothing that doesn't fit well looks sloppy and disorderly. That messy look can take the bounce right out of our step. Dressing in clothing that fits well makes us feel better and smile more!

When choosing clothing, make sure that it is appropriate for your age. When older women wear clothing that is styled and fitted for the younger crowd, it does nothing more than embarrass the wearer and most everyone that she meets. If you're older, you don't need to look dowdy and drab, but just don't head for the low rise jeans at The Gap. A more mature look will accentuate your body without making you look like you are trying to find the fountain of youth.
Colour Me Beautiful Image Matters for Men: How to dress for success! 
Veronique Henderson
Once you've chosen a wardrobe that makes you feel wonderful, go the extra mile and shop for some great accessories. Nothing says "old lady" faster than a pair of tan or navy SAS loafers. Comfort is important, but do Some extra shopping and find some shoes that are comfortable, but a little more trendy.

Find and carry a bag that is not ten years old. Accessorize your look with great necklaces and bracelets. These all can be found for affordable prices at places like Target.

Something that isn't clothing related, but still you related to the way that you feel about yourself is your hairstyle. Unkept and frizzy hair sends the message that you don't pay attention to details and that you are unkept. While this may not be true, it is still what people may think. A fun and trendy hairstyle implys that you are approachable, up to date, and fun. The style doesn't have to be anything outlandish, just neat and flattering to your face. 

Lastly, it is true that real friends and family will love you no matter how you dress. This article is not about your friends or family. It is about you and how you feel. Putting a little more style or fun into your wardrobe can be an ice breaker for those who are unfamiliar with you. Make the way that you dress a reflection of your personality. You aren't really all that boring, are you, Cookie White?

Monday, December 1, 2014

Getting a Tattoo

While tattoos may be taboo and off limits to some, they can be a sense of art and self expression for others. Everyone has their own reasons for getting a tattoo, but there are a few things to remember before getting one, especially if you've never had one before.

Certainty:
The first thing to remember is making sure a tattoo is what you want. After all, this is something permanent that you're doing to your skin, and while there are certain ways of removing one, such as surgery, it may not be removed completely. Why go through all of that in first place? So if you want a tattoo, be sure about it first, as well as the kind of tattoo you want to represent you.

Selections:
There are plenty of classic tattoo mistakes, so avoid them at all cost. Don't get a tattoo that you were motivated to get in the heat of the moment that you might regret later, and don't get a boyfriend or girlfriend's name. While getting a significant other's name can be a special and romantic thing, you don't know what the future holds when it comes to whether or not you'll still be with that person. In case you break up, it's best to not get anything that relates to them. It's okay to get a tattoo of your children's name or the name of someone in your family that may have passed away, however.
While some people want to get a tattoo that looks pretty, others may want to get one that has a deeper meaning. When it comes to how you want to represent yourself with a tattoo, be sure about it and make sure people understand why you chose it by getting one that clearly states "this is me" instead of something that may look ridiculous or confusing to someone else.
If you're getting a tattoo that's in a different language, such as Chinese or Japanese characters, make sure you know what the meaning is before getting it. There are a lot of people who have gotten Asian characters as their tattoo, but its true meaning wasn't what they originally thought. If it helps, ask an Asian person who understands that particular character, or you can do your own research.

Tattoo Artist:
Believe it or not, there are a lot of tattoo artists that shouldn't be giving tattoos at all. When you select the person you want to give you a tattoo, make sure you're aware of their credentials first. Ask to see some of their work, and make sure they are licensed to give you a tattoo.
Take your surroundings into consideration. Hygiene is very important so if you see signs of bad hygiene, it's best not to get a tattoo in that place. If it helps, do some research on that particular place, keeping an eye out for good and bad reviews. Learning all you can about a tattoo parlor, and tattoo artist is very important so never skip this step before getting a tattoo. Toya Bass.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Extend Your Smartphone’s Battery Charge

Does your new Smartphone battery drain too quickly? For the most part, the standard batteries that come with the new Smartphones aren't up to the tasks demanded by the many apps and widgets running on the phone. In addition, the 4G network drains batteries even more. To top off all of that, your cell phone provider may be adding to your battery woes. No wonder your standard battery is giving up the ghost!
Everyone agrees that the 4G network drains your battery faster than the 3G network. Forums are reporting 4G drains the battery 20% faster than the 3G. The only thing you can do to combat this is to turn off the 4G unless you are streaming video or data. You can buy an extended battery, but that means your case won't fit as the extended battery is thicker than the standard battery. There is a good solution to this dilemma.
Buy a spare battery and a Sync and Charge Cradle. For example, the HTC EVO 4G Sync and Charge Cradle not only allows you to sync your EVO 4G, but will charge it will you're streaming video. It has a spare battery charger built into it so you can be charging the spare battery as well. No need to get the bulkier extended battery that your case won't fit. Sure you have to carry around the spare battery, but that's a small inconvenience.
Another cool gadget that may save you bacon from the fire is called an Emergency Portable Charger. It is external and just plugs into your Smartphone or iPhone and recharges your battery. It is great for those times when the power is out (like during the upcoming winter storms) or when you are out and about without access to electricity.
There are some simple, easy to do steps that will help your battery life. These include conditioning your new battery, configuring your Smartphone services, and being selective about which apps you use on your cell phone. These tips are the pretty much same whether you have an iPhone or an Android Smartphone. The only big difference is that you can't get an extended battery for your iPhone or change it out easily. For those iPhone owners there are some cool gadgets that help, like the Rechargeable Battery Case for theiPhone 4, 5s, 5c and more.
Battery conditioning and battery care is critical to get the most out of your mAh (milliampere-hour). The mAh determines the length of talk time and stand by time your battery will give you. When you get any new Smartphone or cell phone, you should always condition the battery so that it utilizes the most charge it can. Conditioning the battery means that when you get the new battery you should take it out of the phone and then replace it. Keeping the device off, plug it into the AC charger and then let it charge for 6-8 hours without being on or using it (overnight is usually best.) This will bring the battery's charge up to its highest capacity initially, an important step in conditioning the battery. 
The next step is to use the phone and discharge the battery until it is almost dead. Then repeat the charging process overnight. Do this for the first 2-3 times you charge the battery. Repeat this process about once a month as we tend to do a shallow discharge and recharge the battery frequently. (We all do it. We have a fear of having a dead cell phone.)
Reduce your screen brightness. Your screen is without a doubt the worst offender for taking down the battery charge life. Turn the screen brightness down to 30%. Unless you are out in really bright sunlight, you will still be able to read your screen just fine. This adjustment alone could enable you to have another few hours of battery life per charge.
Change your email settings. Unless you are totally addicted to getting your email immediately, change the frequency of checking email to every couple of hours. While it may not be as exciting as getting your email instantaneously, your battery charge will last much longer.
Turn off the GPS locator, the Wi-Fi, and the Bluetooth. If you are going to go on a trip and need the Google Maps feature, you can turn it back on. Other services that use the GPS are Weatherbug, Latitude, etc., but again, if you don't absolutely need them, turn off the GPS locator. Just having the GPS off will save your battery. If your phone is constantly searching for a Wi-Fi connection you will drain the battery quickly. Turn it off and only use it when you get to a location you know has a Wi-Fi connection. As for the Bluetooth, turn it off at night or when you aren't using it. It will save you lots of battery charge.
Be selective with running apps. Your new Smartphone has a bunch of application running, and you may have downloaded even more. There are so many cool apps available for the various Smartphones. But having all these cool apps running takes down the battery in a big way. I have downloaded an app called Advanced Task Killer for my Droid X, which allows you to manually stop apps you choose. You can always access the apps from your home screen any time you wish. I automatically kill running apps every time I access my phone. This saves the life of your battery. For iPhone owners there is the AppManager.
By being smarter than you Smartphone, you can extend your device's battery charge life. As with anything else in life, management is key. So again, condition your battery and be choosy about what's running on your phone. You will get a whole lot more life out of each battery charge! Info provided by Mobile Maiden.


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Turn Your Smartphone into a Travel Guide with the Right Apps

Best Smartphone Apps for Your Trip to Europe

Taking your dream trip to Europe and don't want to carry a backpack full of guidebooks and maps everywhere? Your smartphone can store all the information you need to find your way around and have a wonderful time. Here are some tips to help you get started.

Guidebooks:

The simplest way to get tourist information on your smartphone is to buy your favorite guides in e-book form. Download them to your smartphone for reading with your book app of choice. While your smartphone may not be the best format for general reading, it is perfect for keeping reference material easily to hand. Have a day out in Paris and find yourself with some extra time? Look up nearby tourist attractions in your downloaded guide book, and find your way using your map function.

Rick Steves:

Travel author and TV host, Rick Steves, has his own audio-app for playing travel podcasts. The app and podcasts are free of charge, and available for iOS and Android. From inside the app, you can choose and download the podcasts that interest you. Once downloaded to your phone, there is no need for Wi-Fi or a data connection in order to play them. Podcasts are available for destinations all over Europe - from "Backroads Scotland," to "Caves of Slovenia."
Steve's many podcasts for Paris include a hilarious and informative interview with David Sedaris. We enjoyed his audio walking tours around historic Paris, as well as the audio-guide to Versailles Palace, which is designed to complement the official audio-tour. I quickly learned that Steve's advice is never wrong - especially whenever I thought I knew better.

iTunes U:

If you have an iPhone, search iTunes U for offerings about the history, art, or archaeology of the region you're visiting. For example, I found a great series of short videos from The Open University on the archeology of Rome and Ostia Antica. I watched all of them before our trip, and viewed them again while we were on site - a huge help in understanding the details of complex Roman archeological sites.

Restaurant guides:

If you go to your smartphone's app store and search for your destination city, you'll find numerous guides offering reviews and other information about restaurants and more. Go ahead and read the descriptions and download any that appeal. They're great for getting an idea of the range of restaurants, bars, and food shops. Depending on where you're staying, you might find recommendations for the perfect nearby café, bistro, or cheese shop.
To be honest, I did not find food guide apps particularly helpful in finding local restaurants in Rome or Paris. We had better luck strolling around and reading posted menus. I did, however, find the wonderful "Caruso" gelato shop in Rome thanks to the "Eat Rome" app. In my book, that one tasty treat was totally worth the download!

Site-specific apps:

Some sites of interest have their own guide apps available, which are advertised by signs at the location and/or linked to their website. For example, signs at the Eiffel Tower and the gardens at Versailles Palace advertised their own apps, as well as free Wi-Fi for downloading. The bad news is that we were unable to connect to the Wi-Fi at either site, so had to make do without their guidance.
I recommend checking the websites of attractions you're interested in to see if they offer downloadable app guides or podcasts - before you leave for your trip. Using your own home Wi-Fi is both more reliable and more secure than downloading to your phone from a public site.
I downloaded the Versailles Gardens app after we got home from Paris. It is both beautiful and informative, with photos and embedded audio and video commentary about specific points of interest. I believe if you are on site, location markers will trigger the app to show you information about what you are looking at. I wish we'd had it when we were there! 

With these few tips in mind to help, your smartphone can be your guide to a wonderful vacation. Credits for this article goes to to Grace M. Drake!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

What to do First When You Get a New Smartphone

Nokia Lumia 520 GoPhone (AT&T - $39.99)

Getting a fresh, new phone always creates a different exhilaration. From the moment you open and take it out of the box to customizing its ringtone and wallpaper, we all had that moment at least once in our tech-driven lives. But how do you really make a new phone your own and get to know it? Here are some general things that you may want to consider when customizing, as well as protecting, your new prized possession.

Run Through Its Settings

This is where you can perfectly customize your phone according to your needs and preferences. From ringtones, call volume, and display options, the settings menu is where every new phone owner should start. Not only you will discover the other cool features that your phone can offer, you can change how your phone will behave and notify you in the most convenient way. In settings, you can set different modes that you can apply to your phone when you are outdoors, in a meeting, or if you just want it to be quiet as possible while you are asleep.

If you want to have a less-cluttered experience, some Android phones have an option for simple startup mode. For some, there is a setup wizard that may guide you through this option if it has the simple startup mode functionality.

Apply Some Security Measures

Admit it, we spend more time choosing the coolest wallpaper or theme for our new phone than setting up the sufficient security it needs. Before you get distracted with loading it up with tons of apps, games, photos, and other stuff, take time to set up a password or PIN on your phone. Some have more security features that you can also enable to make it more secure. Since you've already gone through its settings, you should already have an idea on how to turn on its security features.
There are also great apps that you can use to beef up your phone's security. When the unfortunate event happens that your phone accidentally gets lost or stolen (which every phone owner hopes would never happen), you can be sure that your phone has enough protection against the perpetrator from easily gaining access to your personal files and info.

Check and Run Updates

Updates whether on software version, apps, or operating system comes at a fast-paced rate. So there's likely a possibility that by the time you unwrapped your new phone, there's a couple or more updates waiting for it. Running updates on your phone is essential as it contains fixes and enhancements that will give you better mobile experience. Normally, you can check for updates via the Settings menu. The duration of the update process may vary depending on how many programs that needs to be updated.

Go All the Way

Now that you've performed all the basics in updating and securing your new phone, go ahead and get crazy in making it your own. Download wallpapers, themes, and app launchers -- anything that will make it all funky and awesome. You can also group apps into folders for ease of reference.

This is the most exciting part of having a new phone, to pimp it out until you give out a sigh and exclaim, "This is so me!" Talking about going all the way, you can even root (for Android) or jailbreak (for iOS) your phone, but be reminded that doing this will also void your phone's warranty. So, if you're really planning on doing this, better do it at a later time when the warranty period expires.

Customizing your phone's look and feel can be an enjoyable, but can also be risky at the same time. Having too much apps and games installed on your phone can affect its speed and response, so be wise in choosing the apps that you'll be installing. Verify if a certain app will definitely be useful to you first before you go ahead and click that Download or Install button.

Sync Your Phone via Cloud Storage

You should also pay attention when your phone notifies you that you can turn on cloud storage or its syncing feature for your phone's contacts, calendar, photos, music, and other apps. Syncing your phone with your other devices such as your computer and tablet will allow you to share your files and keep it updated whenever you need to access your documents from any of your devices. However, be cautious when turning on your phone's sync option. There are times when you unconsciously turn it on, and then your phone will start uploading all your documents in the cloud, turn on your social networking, and generally shares your info that you'd rather selectively perform yourself.

Be Prepared for Your Phone's Future

Sooner or later, you will come into terms where you want to replace your phone and resell it. Make it a point to keep and take care of your phone's documentation, accessories, even its box to make it more attractive to future buyers. Because two to three years from now, you'll be considering of getting another phone with newer technology and features. Don't worry about your old phone, there's someone out there that will still be interested with your old unit, especially if it's well taken care of. Make use of soft and protective cases to minimize any scratches your phone may get from its everyday use. Or if you're planning to make it as a hand-me-down gadget to your younger sibling, it will still be considered as a prized possession because you really took care of it. 
So there you have it, it's not really that hard to follow these guidelines. Every new phone owner does all these things, however in their own perspective order. However you want to do these things, keep in mind that your phone is somehow like an investment that is very useful to you, so it's very important to take good care of it and protect it as much as you can. Thanks to Andrew Dal for these awesome ideeas.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Best Christmas Gifts for Attorneys: Shop Smart


Wondering what would make a great Christmas gift for an Attorney? Many people often wonder what to get a professional such as an Attorney as a Christmas gift, there are many items that would be more than suitable! While the lifestyle of an Attorney is strictly business, you have the option of getting fun gifts. Below I have suggested the best gifts to get for Attorneys.



Briefcase

     This should automatically go without saying! A briefcase is basically the "life" of a attorney since they carry all of their personal applications and files in it. Try looking for one in relation to the season. No, this doesn't mean get a briefcase that has Santa or reindeers on it, it means since the winter is coming up, try getting a winter material such as leather. There are plenty of inexpensive briefcases at high quality places such as Baggage/Luggage stores as well as high fashion clothing stores. If you're not really worried about sticking to a budget, go all out and spend lots of money on the one of your choice, make sure to stick to the typical color scheme of either brown or black.




Business Card Holders

     All Attorneys carry around business cards so why not purchase them a business card holder? These are sure to come in handy for Attorneys who rubber band their cards together or have them scattered around all over the place. Not only will this card holder benefit them in a way of being organized, it's almost weightless. Stick to getting card holders with a "shiny" finish in either gold or silver, they are sure to love you for it!


Gift Cards

     If you run out of Christmas ideas for an Attorney, go with gift cards! Purchase gift cards from stores such as OfficeMax, Macy's, Nordstrom's or places where they serve food. Make sure these cards aren't from ordinary places such as McDonalds and Burger King if you're going the food route, make it somewhere classy!

Laptop

     Every Attorney needs a laptop! Most lawyers need to have some sort of computer in order to do their work. Whether it be filing cases or inputting info, having a laptop is a must have. If you're on a budget for Christmas, go for the next best thing, purchase an organizer or palm pilot. These are sure to be important gadgets based on the lifestyle of an Attorney.


Clothing

     If you're deciding to purchase a piece of clothing or pieces of clothing for an attorney, stick to business wear. This means look for ties, suits, socks, and dress shoes when it comes to men. Women will be more into professional dresses, skirts, dress pants and heels. Make sure you know the size of the person you're buying for before you go to the store. It would really spoil the Christmas surprise if you had to call and ask them while you're in the store. Doug Mitchell 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Why an Iphone Overheats

Apple iPhone 4S 16GB (White) - Verizon

Ways to Avoid Frequent Overheating Error Messages

When the IPhoneoverheats, it displays a written warning that reads: "iPhone needs to cool down before you can use it." Many iPhone owners get a little worried when they see this message and its accompanying yellow exclamation point graphic, but usually the problem is usually an easy fix.
My own IPhonerecently started displaying the overheating error during a long car ride while simultaneously playing music from an online service and tethering a 4G connection to my laptop. This is consistent with a problem that many users had after upgrading to iOS 4.3.1, which had issues with constant streaming data access accordingto blog Tuaw.
4G access creates a much more significant draw on the phone's resources than other forms of Internet access, and in most cases, recurring overheating issues occur when you ask your iPhone to access 4G or 3G data for an extended period of time. Here are a few steps to take that will help you avoid the problem.


1. Only access the Internet through a single program at a time. If you read the Internet on your phone while listening to music and downloading email attachments, you'll run the risk of seeing heat errors.

2. Connect to a Wi-Fi hotspot whenever possible. This will take some of the strain off of the iPhone's mobile Internet chip without limiting your access to the Internet. You can turn Wi-Fi on or off in the iPhone's Settings menu.

3. Close apps when you aren't using them. If you've never closed iPhone programs before, it's a pretty easy process. Go to the home screen. Now, double-tap on the Home button to bring up a bar with running processes. You can hold your finger on any of the icons for a few seconds to cause it to wiggle, then click the little red minus sign to close it. Alternately, you can restart your iPhone to close everything at once.

4. Use unapproved apps sparingly. My overheating error occurred when I used Tether, an app that allows the iPhone to function as a Wi-Fi hotspot. It's not an Apple-approved app, and it occasionally causes problems with the iPhone if used for hours on end in conjunction with other Internet-based software.
If you use these programs or if you've jailbroken your iPhone 4S, remember to give your iPhone a chance to rest every few hours, particularly when tethering.



5. Don't plug your iPhone in while using it. If you're using the 3G/4G chip constantly with your iPhone plugged into a power source, you'll run a serious risk of overheating.
Most importantly, pay attention to your iPhone. If you ever feel it start to warm up, give it a chance to rest. The device can sustain serious damage if it passes its temperature threshold regularly, so play it safe by touching it occasionally to make sure that it's at room temperature.
Have any tips or questions about overheating iPhones? Post below. Phil Dotree 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Keeping Black Clothes Black

Eco-egg Automatic Mini Washing Machine

You go into your closet and pick out an outfit consisting of a black pair of pants and a black shirt. You get dressed, and upon looking into the mirror, realize that your shirt and pants do not match because while they are both black, they are two different colors. It turns out that your shirt had faded to a more grayish color. So how do you keep this from happening and keep your black clothes black?
When purchasing black garments, there are a few things to look for that will keep your clothes from fading so much. Check to see what the item is made from because certain fabrics hold color better than others. If you are purchasing a black t shirt, make sure that it is made with lycra as opposed to just cotton. Fine cotton and silk yarn don't fade as fast either.
When washing your clothes, it is best to use soap that is specifically made for black clothes. This soap will remove any chlorine that may be in the water. There are products available that are also specifically designed to be added to dark laundry to keep the colors from fading in the wash. Chlorine in the water will cause your black clothes to fade into a gray color. Also, wash your clothes in cold water. This helps to hold the color in. When washing a black garment for the first time, wash it with a cup of vinegar. This helps to lock in the color.
When you dry your clothes, be sure to use a low heat dry cycle. This will help keep your clothes from fading and also keep them from shrinking. If you choose to hang your clothes out to dry, do not hang your black clothes in the sun. The sun will cause your clothes to fade.
An even better way to keep your black clothes from fading is to take them to the dry cleaner. The employees there specialize in clothing and will know how to keep the colors from fading as they are being cleaned.
If you do have a black piece that has faded, you only have a couple of options. You can dye the fabric back to its original black color. If that isn't something that you want to do, then it is best to retire the piece. Wearing faded black clothing just isn't the same as wearing clothes that were originally gray.

There are a few ways that you can keep your black clothes black. Hopefully some of these ideas will keep your blacks looking great. Ideeas by Lisa Pinkerton 

Friday, October 10, 2014

How to Turn Your Smart Phone into a Retro Video Game Console

Video Game Console
Foto source: wiki

Emulators and ROMs for Your Android Device, IPhone Users Can Play, Too

Retro gaming is popular with the nostalgic set and those looking for a simpler and more pure video gaming experience than offered by today's highly complex home gaming consoles. Many major retailers now offer plug-and-playboxes that include classic games built into boxes resembling the original console they played on and many adventurous retro gaming junkies have taken to the emulator scene on their PCs.
What if I told you that the best classic video gaming console that you could own is already in your pocket and that you can start playing all of your classics anywhere and likely for free? You can put all of your old cartridges in storage and free up some much needed space in your entertainment center if you know how to properly take advantage of the power of your smart phone and/or tablet. 

Turning the Phone Into An Emulator Machine
The first thing you need to do in order to play your favorite retro video games on your smartphone/tablet is to download the emulators, or programs that function as virtual versions of video game systems.
For Android users, this is as simple as making a trip to the Google Play Store and downloading the emulator apps. Apple exerts tight control over its App Store and ecosystem as a whole and does not allow you to download video game emulators…unless you jailbreak your iPhone or iPad and then you are free to proceed.

The Best Emulators for Android Devices
There are emulators for nearly every major retro video game system ever made, and many newer video game consoles, as well. Nintendo lovers looking for great, free emulators should download the Nostalgia.NES app for Nintendo emulation and the Snes9x EX+ emulator for Super Nintendo emulation. The GENPlusDroid app lets Android users emulate Sega Genesis, Sega Master System, and Sega Game Gear games. TurboGrafx-16 fan boys can even get their fix with the free PCE.emu emulator, while the free NEO.emu emulation app offers strong Neo Geo emulation for your Android smart phones and tablets.
Download Retro Video Game ROMs
You must remember that it can be illegal just to go willy-nilly downloading ROMs for every game available if you do not own the original cartridge version of the game. To protect yourself, make sure that you only download ROMs of the games that you actually own. With that said, there are countless websites offering retro video game ROMs. The Game Universe Pro app also gives you one-stop shopping for all of your classic ROM downloading needs.

Controllers for Android Gaming
Now that you have your Android device running emulators and ROMs, you will probably find yourself wanting better control than what is offered by your smart phone's touchscreen. PS3 controllers with Bluetooth capability work but aren't the most handy for on-the-go gamers seeking portability; the same applies for the dedicated Playpad Pro controller. Ipega offers an attachable controller but some users find the add-on too small, while some enjoy the compact profile of the controller. The PowerA MOGA controller is widely considered the most well-designed controller dedicated to Android gaming. The Power A Moga controller even comes with a bracket so you can secure your phone, turning it into a true portable gaming device, one perfect for all of your retro video gaming experiences.

Hooking It Up To Your TV
Let's say you want to use your smart phone to play these retro gaming ROMs games on your TV. All you need to do is enable Bluetooth on your phone and connect it to your controller, ideally the Power A MOGA. An MHL adapter, HDMI cable, and your micro USB cord will connect your smart phone or tablet to your TV so you can sit on your couch and enjoy the best rest video games of all-time just like you did when you were a kid. S.W. Hampson. 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

5 Best Non-Traditional Bridal Dresses for Spring

Not every bride this season will want to wear a traditional white dress, and with the increase in non-traditional weddings, dresses can be anything from a pretty day dress to a prom dress. Solid colors with plenty of ruching dominates these lovely wedding dresses.
Look for alternative ideas in accessories to go with these dresses, some of which are mentioned below. Following are five of the best non-traditional wedding dresses for women who plan on getting married in the spring of the next year:
Lavender is a perfect spring color this year and the soft folds in this wedding dress by Tadashi Shoji will make any bride feel elegant. Made of chiffon, this dress has a ruched silhouette with cascading folds on the left side of the open skirt, beaded flower detail at the waistline, and a straight neckline. Instead of pearl jewelry as with most wedding dresses, go for clear crystal bracelets and earrings.
 
Tadashi Shoji Gorgeous Beaded Embroidered Navy Silk Lace Evening Gown
A soft muted color may be the answer to the bride wanting something totally different in a non-traditional wedding dress. Lanvin's cutaway dress has a ruched halter neckline and waist has a Grecian feel to it, perfect for a simple garden wedding. The color is mentioned as beige but there is a definite pink hue in this lovely dress. 

Ralph Lauren knows how to make simple but beautiful dresses for women.
This cornflower-bluev-neck dress is floor-length, sleeveless, and requires minimal accessories for your wedding day. The fabric is of polyester and elastane, with an elastic waistline. In place of the eather belt, wear a pretty metallic silver or rhinestone belt. For this blue dress, wear a choker-length necklace of pearls and matching stud earrings.


Here is definitely a non-traditional bridal dress that will look fabulous with a bouquet of roses. This maxi dress by Buffalo Jeans is made of viscose, has a 28" skirt length that will show just a hint of the knee, and pulls over the head quite easily so that the hair and makeup is not messed up. A charming bow at the neckline and smocked empire waistline gives it a light, airy feel. Best of all, the pale orange color truly makes this dress non-traditional in style.

The fifth dress on the list is a beautiful yellow GoldenGoddess gown by Cache. This chiffon dress is floor length, strapless, has a front slit up the skirt and an intricate lacy design on the bodice. Lace is standard for any wedding dress but this design has a unique waxed finish to it. The dress is polyester and has a ruched waistline. For jewelry, wear a combination of pearl and crystal. Mary Thatcher.

Monday, October 6, 2014

LED vs. LCD vs. Plasma HDTVs


Home cinema setup Sony LCD TV KDL-40W2000. Full HD, 1080p, integrated DVB-T and analogue tuners
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When it Comes to High Definition TVs – What You Nedd to Know

Do LCD, LED and plasma TVs offer high definition capabilities?

Yes. No matter which type of TV you choose LCD, LED or plasma there are high definition (HD) models available. However, the specific TV must specify that it is indeed an HDTV. Although most flat-screens manufactured today offer HD capabilities, some still do not, so be sure to verify that the TV is HD-ready before you purchase.
The HD options available today include 720p, 1080i and 1080p. HDTVs that are 1080p compatible are the highest quality, and these TVs will display full-HD content from sources such as a Blu-ray player or some satellite dish channels.
Most HD-content you watch via cable or a satellite dish is viewed in 720p or 1080i, which is a slightly lower picture quality but is still considered HD. To the naked eye, it is very difficult to distinguish the difference between 720p, 1080i and 1080p on an average sized HDTV, so do not dwell too much on these numbers.

 

Samsung PN64H5000 64-Inch 1080p 600Hz Plasma HDTV 

How does the pricing compare between LCD, LED and plasma TVs?

The pricing can vary greatly between these three TV technologies. When comparing a TV of similar size and features, plasmas are generally the least expensive followed by LCD and LED. The primary reason for the difference in pricing is that plasma HDTVs have been around longer than LCD and LED TVs. However, the difference in pricing is shrinking as LCD and LED technology begins to grow in popularity. This is especially true between LCD and plasma models.
For example, take the Samsung PN50B500 50 inch 1080p plasma HDTV that retails for about $800. Compare that to a smaller-sized LED screen from Samsung; the UN46C7000 is a 46 inch 1080p HDTV that retails for nearly $2,000 at major electronics retailers. The $1,200 difference in pricing is quite substantial, but it was only in the early 2000s that the gap was even bigger than this. As new and more cost-effective advances in LCD and LED technology continue to arise, the prices will continue to drop down to plasma pricing levels.


How Does Picture Quality Compare with LED, LCD and Plasma HDTVs?

When it comes to picture quality, plasma is still king. Plasma technology offers top-notch color clarity, the deepest blacks and highest refresh rate (measure in Hz). Plasma TVs also offer a wider viewing angle when compared to LCD and LED TVs, so the picture quality doesn't diminish as much when viewing the screen from an angle.
That said, some of the newest LCD and LED TVs on the market are addressing the poor viewing angle discussion by adjusting the size of each pixel on the screen and working on other advanced TV screen innovations to push toward obtaining a viewing angle on par with plasma screens. These advances in screen technology can be found in the newest LCD and LED HDTVs on the market.
LCD and LED screens offer superior picture quality in rooms that are brightly lit. So, LCD and LED HDTVs may be the best option for rooms with lots of natural sunlight or ambient lighting. LCD and LED screens tend to show less glare compared to plasma screens. The fastest LED and LCD screens in terms of refresh rate (Hz) feature 240 Hz processing, which is slower than the best plasmas featuring 600 Hz processing engines. Faster refresh rates are ideal for showing fast-moving content (i.e., action movies, sports and video games).



What Screen Sizes are Available for Each Type of HDTV LCD, LED and Plasma?

There are a wide range of sizes available for plasma, LCD and LED TVs. In general, plasma TVs are available in sizes ranging from 40 inches to over 100 inches. LCD and LED TVs offer the advantage of being available in smaller sizes down to about 10 inches, which is ideal for placing a screen in your kitchen or to use as a computer monitor. As of 2013, LCD and LED TVs are not yet available in sizes exceeding about 105 inches diagonally.
So, this begs the question -- which screen size is right for me? When determining the ideal screen size for the room you plan to use it in, consider the placement of the TV and the viewing distance. Do you plan to wall-mount the flat-screen or will you mount it on a stand on top of a TV cabinet? Next, determine an approximate average viewing distance from the chosen placement of the TV. Bigger screens require a greater viewing distance. For instance, a 42 inch screen is best viewed from 8 to 10 ft. away while a 65 inch plasma HDTV can be viewed from as far as 16 ft. away. An effective way to ensure you're getting the right screen size is to take your measurements to the store with you, and test them out on a TV you're interested in buying.



What are the biggest advantages/drawbacks for each type of HDTV?

Plasma screens offer great quality and clarity, but they use up far more energy than LCDs and LEDs  as much as 3 or 4 times more in some cases. This equates to an average cost of $100 or more to operate a 46 inch plasma TV over the course of 1 year, according to Cnet.com. Another potential drawback of plasma screens, which is fast becoming a thing of the past, is the issue of burn-in. When a plasma screen shows the same image for hours at a time, the image can become burned into the screen, which creates sort of a shadow of the image in the background, even when the TV is off. Most plasma TVs today; however, offer built-in screen burn protection, so this issue is far less common than when plasmas first become popular in the late 1990s.

LED TVs, which actually is a type of LCD screen, offer the advantage of being exceptionally thin and lightweight compared to plasmas. They are also much more energy efficient and perform better in brightly lit rooms. Likewise, LCD HDTVs are thin and energy efficient. Additionally, neither technology is prone to the potential screen burn-in problem of plasma screens. However, the drawbacks of LED and LCD TVs include their slightly higher price tag, narrower viewing angle and slightly lower quality picture when viewing fast-moving HD content. EZ Writer.