Monday, December 30, 2013

GOP governors defend edge over Democrats in 2014

<p>Originally published Monday, December 30, 2013 at 6:15 AM


Republicans swept into governorships on a tea-party fueled wave of discontent four years ago, taking over statehouses long governed by Democrats with promises of conservative economic and social policy makeovers.

In states across the Midwest and Southwest, GOP governors followed through on those promises, winning far-reaching changes in labor, budget and social policy. Now, those same governors are preparing to face the voters next year, promoting their accomplishments while keeping arm's length from their unpopular colleagues in Congress.

Democrats are counting on a backlash from voters upset over the policy shift to the political right. But they have struggled to field top-tier contenders in several key states, including some that President Barack Obama carried last year when he won re-election. Democrats attribute their candidate recruitment woes to the continuing popularity of Republican governors, despite disapproval of the congressional GOP after the federal government shutdown in October.

"While the federal party is suffering, it's much harder to pin that on candidates for statewide office," acknowledged Nathan Daschle, former director of the Democratic Governors Association.

Republicans control 29 of the nation's 50 governorships, including 20 of the 36 that will be on the ballot in 2014. GOP-controlled states include Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio and Wisconsin, which together accounted for roughly half of Obama's 126-electoral vote margin over GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

But in Nevada and New Mexico, Democrats have all but conceded that Republican Govs. Brian Sandoval and Susana Martinez will win re-election, even though both states have booming Hispanic populations that overwhelmingly went for Obama in 2012. In the Midwest, Democrats so far have fielded only little-known challengers to Govs. John Kasich of Ohio, Rick Snyder of Michigan and Scott Walker of Wisconsin, despite large Democratic-leaning union constituencies upset over the anti-labor policies of all three governors.

To be sure, the GOP has its worries.

Despite gradually falling unemployment in his state, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has been dogged by criticism of his handling of the Penn State University football program's sex abuse case during his time as state attorney general. Similarly in Florida, Gov. Rick Scott has struggled to connect with voters, despite the state's improving employment picture.

Still, Republicans also see opportunities in several Democratic strongholds.

Wealthy Republican outsider Bruce Rauner hopes to face Illinois Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, who has been hounded by high unemployment and soaring pension debt. Similarly, businessman Tom Foley, who lost narrowly to Connecticut Democrat Dan Malloy in 2010, is challenging Malloy again, as the incumbent faces problems similar to those confronting Quinn.

"Some of our incumbents are vulnerable," said Danny Kanner, spokesman for the Democratic Governors Association. "But our job is to simply increase our numbers, and I'm confident we'll do that."

Kanner says Democrats see opportunities against Republican Govs. Nikki Haley in South Carolina and Sam Brownback in Kansas. In Texas, state Sen. Wendy Davis, who rose to prominence earlier this year with a filibuster over abortion restrictions, has proven to be a robust fundraiser in the early months of her campaign to replace retiring GOP Gov. Rick Perry.

But all three states are traditional GOP strongholds, where Republican voters usually turn out disproportionately in midterm elections, especially during a Democratic president's second term.

The shortage of competitive governors' races underscores the nation's political divide. Of the 29 states with Republican governors, 23 have Republican controlled legislatures, mostly in the Midwest, West and South. Of the 21 Democratic governors, including Democratic-leaning independent Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island, 14 have Democratic-controlled legislatures, mostly on the West and East coasts.

"We have a lot more governors, who can point to successes," said Nick Ayers, a former director of the Republican Governors Association.

Democratic strategists acknowledge that GOP governors have been more successful in using their offices as national policy laboratories. Kasich, Snyder and Walker -- aided by GOP-controlled legislatures -- enacted sharp curbs on public employee unions during the past four years, and Rauner is campaigning on a similar platform in Illinois.

Democratic strategist Tad Devine said his party needs to look beyond its shrinking union base for new blood.

"We need new, younger high-tech Democrats who have not come up through the typical political farm system, are conversant in the new economy and can talk to blue-collar voters," he said. An example is Mary Burke, a former executive for Trek Bicycles, who is the only announced Democratic challenger to Walker in Wisconsin.

Republican gubernatorial candidates are also likely to have a financial edge.

The Republican Governors Association expects to report at least $45 million in campaign cash by year's end, and could have more than $50 million by the time New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie wraps up his first fundraising tour as the group's incoming chairman this month.

The Democratic Governors Association wouldn't put a number on its year-end fundraising expectations. "We will be outspent," conceded DGA spokesman Kanner, while adding that fundraising by the two governors associations has rarely been an indicator of election outcomes.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Nikon Cyber Monday Deals on Nikon DF, D3200, D7100, D3100, D800E Cyber Monday 2013 Unveiled at

<Nikon D5300 Buy Cheapp>, Dec. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Nikon Cyber Monday Deals 2013 have been unveiled at, a website dedicated to helping customers locate their products of choice. The most popular Nikon models are now featured on the site, with descriptions of each to help shoppers make a decision. Check the images at the top of the website to see detailed configurations of each camera.

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Now featured on the website is the Nikon 1528 Df, the thinnest and lightest model of the brand. It includes a 16.2 megapixel image sensor along with EXPEED 3 image processing. The 24.2 megapixel CMOS based Nikon D3200 featured as well. The product allows users to take high quality photos and HD 1080p movies no matter what the lighting condition is like.

A review of the Nikon D7100 reveals its benefits such as high image quality, speed, and creativity potential. Featuring a 24.1 megapixel image sensor, it also offers a superior level of connectivity. Those looking for high-power zoom lenses, the Nikon D3100 features 18-35 mm and 55-200 mm lenses for advanced shooting. has also added the Nikon D800E to its list, a specialized camera with sophisticated features for serious photographers. The Nikon D5200 is similarly exceptional, providing photographers with a new perspective in shooting. now gives shoppers an advantage ahead of one of the busiest shopping days of the year with Nikon Cyber Monday Deals 2013. For more details, go to

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Nikon D5300 Rumors, Specs, Price and Release Info: Camera Company Recently Releases Full Specs

<Nikon D5300 Cyber Monday Dealp>Nikon has recently come out with a full list of specs for the new D5300.

The latest model of the DX-format DSLR has 24.2 megapixels, a DX-format CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter, built-in Wi-Fi capabilities, a built-in GPS, a durable light body, a 3.2-inch 1037k-dot vari-angle LCCD monitor with wide viewing angle, NAL-1 features for zoom/focus assist, and more.

It also has a full-HD 1920x1080/60p capability for movies, where selection can range from 24, 25, 30,50, and 60p. There are also 9 special effects for creative expression.

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As previously reported, Nikon Rumors reports that the Nikon D5300 is expected to be introduced before the Photo Plus show in NYC at the end of the month or the CES show in Las Vegas in January.

It is reported that this will be the first camera to get the new EXPEED 4 processor. Some other rumored specs include 24 Megapixels, 39 AF points, built-in Wi-Fi and built-in GPS.

Photography Bay reports that the D530 will be introduced as an entry-level APS-C format camera. There are no reports yet of whether or not it will have better image quality over the D5200, but it would make sense to add additional video features to the D5300.

No prices have been reported yet either, but Inferse reports that it may be priced lower than the D5200 was when it first was released.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Nikon D5300 Deals for Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Christmas 2013 - D5300 DSLR Cameras for the Holidays

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Los Angeles, CA -- ( SBWIRE) -- 11/01/2013 -- Holidays are nearing, and lots of people are searching for good cameras to capture memories for the upcoming holiday celebrations. For Black Friday and Cyber Monday, lots of people will be out shopping in stores or browsing online to get good discounts for electronics. The Nikon D5300 is a part of Nikon's camera line built for advanced beginners. It has better features than its entry-level counterpart which is the D3200. Hottydeals now recommends the Nikon D5300 for the holidays.

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Dennis, a spokesperson for, says, "There are a lot of DSLR cameras out there that are built for beginners. Although the Nikon D5300 is made for advanced users, it can also be easily used and learned."

The Nikon D5300 has been redesigned and the LCD has increased in size and width. It has a WiFi connection without the need for a dongle. It also has added extra effects and has a better magnification on it. The battery life has also been boosted to ensure that users can use their cameras anywhere in the world. It also features a GPS system.

The Nikon D5300 is for consumers who have some basic knowledge about photography and are ready to take it to the next level. However, this camera can still be good for beginners as it only takes some time and practice for them to learn. The camera can also record HD videos. It is a reliable device.

Dennis also says, "The camera is light, delivers sharp images, and is also quite comfortable on the hand. A lot of people will love owning this camera as it makes them feel like a professional, even in the amateur world. There may be a lot of options for other cameras, however, this is the one that works best in crowded areas."

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Friday, November 1, 2013

Round 2: Nikon Releases Another Teaser for Its Upcoming Retro Full-Frame

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Whether or not the camera will live up to the hype, we won't know until we've gotten our hands on it. But if there's one thing Nikon is doing right regarding the soon-to-be-released retro-styled full-frame, it's building a crap load of hype.

We've already had one teaser trailer (which you can watch here), and now, Nikon has released another, this one giving us tantalizing split-second glances of the camera that we didn't see at all in the previous ad.

Here are a couple of shots of the camera - supposedly named the "Nikon DF," not D4H as previously reported - we pulled out of the video (click the photos for higher resolution):

This obviously isn't the first teaser, and if the description is to be believed it won't be the last either. The video is described as another chapter in "a series of short movies depicting a photographer roaming through Scotland with a camera as his only companion."

It goes on to talk about a journey of self-discovery, but if we're being honest, the most compelling part of the ad (at least for most people) seems to be the slow journey of discovering the Nikon DF on the way to its rumored November 6th release. So stay tuned, chances are we'll be seeing more sneak peeks like this over the course of this week.

To see a list of rumored specs for the upcoming shooter, check out our previous coverage by clicking here. And if you want to see the first teaser, click here.

(via Nikon Rumors)

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Nikon brings Wi-Fi and improvements to D5300 DSLR, plus pricey 58mm pro-level prime lens

There are several noteworthy improvements in Nikon D5300 Offers's new D5300 APS-C (DX) DSLR from its predecessor, the D5200. One of Nikon's best-selling and most popular models, the midrange 24.1-megapixel D5300's smaller and lighter body has improved ergonomics - there's more surface area on the grip for a tighter hold and more clearance between your fingers and the lens. Despite the body being smaller, the vari-angle flip-out LCD got bigger (3.2 inches from 3 inches in the D5200). With the Expeed 4 image processor the ISO range has increased (100-12,800). But the big addition is that Wi-Fi is now built into the camera ­- a first for Nikon DSLRs.

Another big change, Nikon has removed the optical low pass (anti-aliasing) filter from the 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor, to improve the image quality of stills and videos - a trend that's happening with many new cameras. The D5300 has the same 39-point autofocus system and 5 frames-per-second continuous shooting as the D5200. There's also Nikon's Scene Reconigtion System that uses the 2,016-pixel RGB metering system to automatically select exposure, AF, and white balance based on the scene conditions.

Wi-Fi has been available in Nikon cameras via an optional adapter, but the D5300 will be the first to have it built in. It's also the first Nikon DSLR to have onboard GPS, which lets you geotag your images before you upload or e-mail them from the camera via a connected smartphone or tablet. You can also use a connected smart device as an external monitor for remote shooting.

For video capture, Nikon has added Full HD 1080p at 60p. There are nine special effects you can use to edit in-camera, including a "HDR painting" feature that lets you alter the colors of an image to make it look as if it was shot as a high-dynamic range photo.

The D5300 is on sale now for $1,400, which comes with the AF-S Nikkor 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR kit lens; if you're stepping up and you already have a set of Nikkor DX lenses, you can pick up just the body for $800. The camera comes in three colors: black, red, and a new gray option.

AF-S Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G lens

In addition to the D5300, Nikon has also announced a new pro-level prime lens, the AF-S Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G. Carrying the legacy of popular Noct Nikkor 58mm f/1.2 lens, this fixed 58mm focal length (35mm/FX equivalent; 87mm DX/cropped format) is ideal for shooting portraits, landscapes, and street photography, Nikon says, but it's all about achieving bokeh - that artistic background blurring - with the nine-blade diaphragm. Made for low-light capture, the lens has Nikon's Nano Crystal coating to avoid ghosting and flare. The Silent Wave Motor operates quietly when autofocusing, which is key for recording video.

This premium lens will go on sale later this month for $1,700.

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Nikon refines its enthusiast-level DSLR with GPS-equipped D5300

Oct. 17, 2013 at 8:18 PM ET

The latest from Nikon D5300 Coupons is a refresh of the popular D5200 that doesn't fix anything that wasn't broken, but makes a few welcome changes under the hood, such as adding built-in Wi-Fi and GPS.

The predictably named D5300 doesn't just add extra bullet points to the feature list, though. The actual picture-taking parts have gotten an upgrade as well. Its 24-megapixel sensor has lost the anti-aliasing filter - this optical filter was necessary on digital cameras for years, but recent advances in high-resolution sensors and in image processors have made it obsolete. Removing it can improve image quality, and that's just what Nikon has done.

Also updated is the image processor, which will allow the D5300 to shoot five stills per second, or video at 1080p and 60 frames per second. It's only a small step up from its predecessor, but every little bit counts.

Its articulating rear LCD has also gotten slightly larger, and the viewfinder is a bit better now as well. Again, nothing that will make D5200 owners particularly jealous.

Wi-Fi and GPS, however, might come in handy. Being able to geotag your shots and sync them with Dropbox quickly becomes indispensable, and perks like being able to activate the shutter from your smartphone don't hurt either.

At $800 for the body or $1,400 with a capable 18-140 F/3.5-5.6 zoom, the D5300 is competitive with the likes of Canon and Sony for consumer-grade DSLRs. That said, if none of the new features are calling your name, just remember: pretty soon you'll be able to pick up the D5200 for a song.

Devin Coldewey is a contributing writer for NBC News Digital. His personal website is
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Saturday, October 26, 2013

WIN a Nikon S9500 camera!

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Honda has launched a#HondaPassport Twitter competition for one lucky winner to choose their dream journey, worth £5,000. We all love to take photos when we're out and about and perhaps even get a little snap happy, so why not put them to good use and try to nab yourself your dream holiday?

All you need to do is fill your Honda passport with stamps from different categories by tweeting your image, including #HondaPassport. Images will be automatically uploaded to the content hub and all entries will receive a stamp in their Honda passport depending on which travel category you're collecting.

The aim of the game is to fill your passport with as many stamps as possible and the more stamps received, the better chance of winning the £5,000 dream holiday. The winner is decided by the public, who will be asked to vote for the Honda Passport they like the most.

To celebrate the #HondaPassport competition, Honda has joined forces with Nikon to help capture those special memories by giving you the chance to win a Nikon S9500 with 22x optical zoom.

For your chance to win, visit our Facebook page and enter your details on the entry page before November 15.

Good luck!

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Nikon D5300 DSLR Unveiled, 24.2MP Successor to the D5200

Posted on 18. Oct, 2013 by Steve in Digital Cameras

Nikon D5300 Coupons-with-18-140mm-Nikkor-lens.jpg">Nikon has unveiled the successor to the popular Nikon D5200 digital SLR, which the company launched almost one year ago, the new model is named Nikon D5300. The new Nikon D5300 will start to ship early next month with a retail price that is just under $800 for the camera body. The D5300 and the D5200 both share a similar body design, but there are minor differences or improvements that the D5300 has to offer buyers.

The improvements list is short and consists of features that enhance the photographic abilities of the camera and a feature that brings the camera up-to-date with a new digital camera market trend.

Improvements that will help the overall performance of the new Nikon D5300 over the now-old D5200 include a newly designed and higher resolution CMOS image sensor along with a brand new image processor.

Between the Nikon D5200 and the new Nikon D5300, the 24.2 megapixel D5300 has just 0.1 megapixels more resolution than the 24.1 megapixel D5200, however the D5300′s sensor has no built-in OLPF (optical low pass filter) and Nikon say's that will help with image clarity, both the old D5200 and new D5300 use similarly sized DX-format CMOS image sensors.

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The new image processor that you will be getting with the upcoming Nikon D5300 is Nikon's newly developed EXPEED 4 image processor. According to Nikon, the new EXPEED 4 offers fast performance while 'maximizing energy efficiency, reducing image noise and delivering true-to-life colors'. The D5200 digital SLR features the EXPEED 3 image processing engine.

After the new image sensor and processor the only other major new feature included with the new Nikon D5300 digital SLR is Wi-Fi. The camera will be shipped with Wi-Fi capabilities built-in that don't need any external accessories like the Nikon WU-1a. The built-in Wi-Fi will let you pair your D5300 to your mobile devices iOS or Android after you install the Nikon Wireless Mobile Utility free app. Also the Wi-Fi working with the cameras built-in GPS can geo-tag files all without external accessories.

However, with the Nikon Wireless Mobile Utility app you will be able to complete functions like remote shooting where you can use your mobile device as a live view enabled wireless remote for snapping photos, wireless transferring of photo and video files, manual file upload for sending files to your mobile device even when you're not paired to the device (the image just downloads later when you are paired).

After you consider all of those differences the Nikon D5300 isn't really a radically new camera compared to the out-going Nikon D5200. However nobody should have expected a totally different camera given the very short gap between the two cameras launches, the D5200 was launched November of last year.

Some big similarities include Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps, continuous Shooting up to 5 fps, expandable ISO from 100-25600, 39-Point auto-focusing system, active D-Lighting and built-in HDR, Nikon F mount support, and an at eye-level pentamirror optical viewfinder.

From an exterior design perspective you can really see the lack of a re-design in the D5300 compared to the D5200. The only difference in looks is the vari-angle LCD is now 3.2-inches with the D5300 instead of 3.1-inches. Even with the color options the new Nikon D5300 is much like the D5200, the new camera will be offered in Black, Red or Grey colors.

Camera seller B&H Photo Video is offering pre-orders for the Nikon D5300 body at $796.95 (same price for each color) and they are offering a body+14-140mm telephoto zoom lens kit (pictured first above) for $1,396.95. With this particular retailer you can expect your pre-ordered D5300 camera to ship on November 14, 2013 according to notice put on each listing.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Camera Deals of the Day: Canon 6D kit bundle $2,000; Refurb Nikon D3200 kit $369; Canon EOS M 2-lens bundle $390 and more!

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A new day means new deals! We've found another great selection of camera, lens and accessory deals this morning. We've got a couple great bundle deals for the Canon 6D and Canon EOS M. We also have a couple refurb deals on a Nikon DSLR and a Canon PowerShot camera. Lastly, there's a deal on a Tamron zoom lens and new instant rebates on select Gitzo tripods. Check back tomorrow on IR for all new deals and discounts!

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Pumpkin Patches

Asbury United Methodist

Asbury United Methodist Church, 16 College Drive at Blanding Boulevard, Orange Park holds its patch thru October 31, from 10 a pumpkin sign.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Story telling each Saturday in October from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The church holds its Fall Festival Oct. 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

with a "Build Your Scarecrow" Contest; sign up at or call (904) 272-0110.

Calvary United Methodist Church

Calvary United Methodist Church, 112 Blanding Blvd., Orange Park hosts its Pumpkin Patch from Oct. 5-31. Schedule activities through the church office at (904) 272-4210.

Middleburg United Methodist church

Middleburg United Methodist Church hosts its patch at the northwest corner of Middleburg Elementary on Blanding Blvd and Section St. just south of the RaceTrac gas station. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 3:30 to 8 p.m., Fridays from 3:30 to 9 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from noon until 8 p.m. Oct.

19, the church will hold a Trunk or Treat event and on Oct. 23, Chili Night from 6 to 8 p.m.

Orange Ave. Baptist Church

Orange Ave. Baptist Church, located at 1106 North Orange Ave., Green Cove Springs is holding a pumpkin patch on Oct 13-31 along with a Fall Festival on Oct. 19.

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Halloween and harvest-theme events in Clackamas County area

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Create a costume and compete in a contest. Carve, paint, roll or shoot a pumpkin. Trick or treat for trinkets, candy and books. Or scream your head off at a haunted house, trail or hay maze.

Cities, churches, businesses, libraries, farmers and other groups in the Clackamas County area are hosting a variety of Halloween and harvest-theme events for all ages. Most are free. Some double as fundraisers.

How about celebrating Halloween paranormal-style in downtown Oregon City?

William Becker will host the third annual Halloween Ghost Stories and Tour - an event sponsored by Paranormal Insights and Northwest Ghost Tours on Oct. 31 at Coffee Rush at 900 Main St.

"I have a lifetime of paranormal experience and have been teaching for about four years," said Becker, who writes a monthly column for the Paranormal Underground Magazine and teaches haunted hotspots and paranormal investigation classes.

"I've been a tour guide with Northwest Ghost Tours for about six or seven years and have been a paranormal investigator for several years," he said. "My formal education includes a bachelors degree in history and a masters degree in public administration."

The Halloween celebration will kick off at 7:15 p.m. with ghost stories from around the region and the world. Bring your own to share. Admission is free and beverages, pastries, gelatos and other treats will be available for purchase.

Afterward, Becker will give a brief introduction on psychic paranormal investigations and then start his tour to some of Oregon City's haunted spots. The two-hour walking tour starts at 8:15 p.m. and will cover about 20 blocks.

"We are planning on visiting the Coffee Rush location, the site of the old steam boat docks, and a haunted pedestrian tunnel, and probably the site of the First Cathedral on the West Coast. Mostly we will be outside, but the most active areas of the city are outside and on this tour," Becker said. "I'll give people ideas on grounding and centering and how to shield and filter and how to open up."

The cost for the tour is $12. To make reservations, send an email to or a voice mail or text to 503-679-4464. For more information, visit or

Here's a sampling of other Halloween and harvest-theme events for all ages in the Clackamas County and Southwest Portland areas:

Harvest Festival: Barnyard animals, hay rides and slides, pony wagon rides, games, inflatables and other activities. Apples, cider, doughnuts and other holiday treats available for purchase. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. every Sat-Sun through Oct. 27. Fir Point Farms, 14601 Arndt Road; free admission; all-day activity pass is $10, or $3 per activity; or 503-678-2455

Harvest Festival: Hayrides to the pumpkin patch, adventure park, hay maze, pig train rides, dirt babies craft, barnyard animals, games and other activities. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Oct. 31. Bushue's Family Farm, Market and Nursery, 9880 S.E. Revenue Road; free admission, activities average $2-$3 apiece; or 503-663-6709

Fall Festival: A corn maze, hay maze, hayrides, pumpkin patch, pumpkin-shooting contests, farm animals, children's pavilion, tricycle race, castle maze, corn bin. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Oct. 31. Liepold Farms, 14050 S.E. Richey Road; all-day pass is $10 ages 3-10 and $12 ages 11 and older, or $1-$3 per activity; corn maze admission is $5 ages 3-10 or $7 ages 11 and older; or or 503-663-5880

Pumpkin Run: Miniature train rides, haunted railroad tunnels, straw mountain, pumpkin patch, and refreshments from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Oct. 31. Youngsters can visit with farm animals Saturdays and Sundays and ride the Boo Train from dusk to 9 p.m. (weather permitting) on any day but Sunday through Oct. 30. Flower Farmer and Phoenix and Holly Railroad, 2512 N. Holly St.; $6.50 ages 13 to 64, $4.50 ages 65 and older or 12 and younger, and free to 2 and younger; or 503-266-3581

Journey Through Oz and Scare If You Dare: Characters are played by Canby High School drama department and Canby middle school students; with money and materials for props, costumes, lighting and other items donated by more than 20 local merchants.

Proceeds benefit the Canby Kiwanis Community Food and Toy Drive. 4-7 p.m. Tue-Wed, Oct. 29-30, and 4-8 p.m. Thu, Oct. 31. Clackamas County Event Center, 694 N.E. Fourth Ave.; $2 or two cans of food; Yvonne Scott, 503-266-3216 or

Halloween Crafts: Open house for all ages. 1-8 p.m. Thu, Oct. 31. Canby Public Library, 292 N. Holly St., Canby; free; or 503-266-3394

Harvest Festival: Costumes are encouraged at the family event that includes snacks, games, prizes, face painting, a puppet show and other activities. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thu, Oct. 24. Goddard School, 14210 S.E. Sunnyside Road, Clackamas; free; or 503-658-8715


Damascus Square Trick or Treat: Participating merchants will give away candy and other treats. 4-6 p.m. Thu, Oct. 31. Damascus Square, Southeast 212 in downtown Damascus; free; or Damascus City Hall, 503-658-8545

Harvest Festival: Costumes encouraged at the indoor celebration that features more than 20 games with a carnival theme, a bounce house, prizes and candy. An onsite food court offers food and beverages for 50 cents to a dollar. 5-8 p.m. Thu, Oct. 31. Damascus Community Church, 14251 S.E. Rust Way; free; or 503-658-3179 or

The Gladstone Public Library, 135 E. Dartmouth St., is celebrating Halloween with the following events.

For more information, visit, call 503-656-2411 or send an email to

    Scary Movies: "The Creature From the Black Lagoon" will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Mon, Oct. 28; the Boris Karloff version of "Frankenstein" at 6:30 p.m. Tue, Oct. 29; the Bela Lugosi version of "Dracula" at 3:30 p.m. Wed, Oct. 30; and "Warm Bodies" (PG ) at 6:30 p.m. Wed, Oct. 30.

    Zombie Walk: Teens and adults are invited to dress up like zombies and join other "shuffling corpses to invade downtown Gladstone." Meet at the library at 5:30 p.m. Wed, Oct. 30, for the hour-long walk. Halloween-theme refreshments and limited makeup supplies and fake blood will be provided. The zombie movie "Warm Bodies" (PG) will be shown at the library after the walk.

    Trick or Treat: A candy give-away will happen from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and the Gladstone Library Foundation will give away free books to kids in costumes from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thu, Oct. 31.

Halloween Spooktacular Lunch: Wear a costume and enjoy games, entertainment by Art Goodman, and a spooky-themed meal and dessert. Registration required. 11:30 a.m. Thu, Oct. 31. Gladstone Senior Center, 1050 Portland Ave., Gladstone; $2.50 suggested donation; or 503-655-7701

Halloween Harvest Carnival and Costume Party: Children, ages 2 through the fifth grade, can play on giant blow-up rides and bounce houses, play 25 carnival-style games, win prizes, and eat treats. Food available for purchase. 6-8 p.m. Thu, Oct. 31. McCormick Family Center in the Tri-City Baptist Temple, 18025 Webster Road, Gladstone; admission is two cans of food for holiday gift baskets; or 503-655-9326

Hallelujah Carnival: Children can dress up in (non-scary) costumes, eat treats and play games. Parents can join in the games or purchase Italian sodas, nachos or baked potatoes with fixings. 4:30-8 p.m. Thu, Oct. 31. Gladstone Christian Church, 305 E. Dartmouth St.; tickets are 25 cents apiece or five for $1; like the church on Facebook ( and receive five free tickets at the door; 503-656-3394

Happy Valley Harvest Fest: Live music, tractor-pulled wagon rides, farm animals, apple-cider press, pumpkin painting, face-painting, family-photo opportunities, a pumpkin pie-eating contest, food vendors and seasonal treats. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat, Oct. 19. Happy Valley Park, 13700 S.E. Ridgecrest Road, Happy Valley; free admission; or 503-783-3800

Halloween Fun Night: Ghosts, goblins and other costumed kids under 12 years old can bring their parents and enjoy trick-or-treating at participating stores, and activities in Macy's Home Court. No masks, painted faces or toy weapons please. 5-7 p.m. Wed, Oct. 31. Clackamas Town Center, 12000 S.E. 82nd Ave., Happy Valley; free;

Milburn's Haunted Manor: The haunted house offers three PG-13 Halloween attractions, a pumpkin patch and more. Visit for times and dates (generally Fri-Sun) through Oct. 31. Milburn's, 11503 Broadacres Road N.E., Hubbard; $9 one attraction, $20 all three; or 503-982-1232

Fright Town Haunted House: Ages 11-17 invited for a field trip to tour all three haunted houses at the famous Fright Town beneath the Memorial Coliseum in Portland. Registration required. 5-9 p.m. Fri, Oct. 25. Meet at West End Building, 4101 Kruse Way, Lake Oswego; $34-$51, includes transportation and admission; or Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation, 503-675-2549

Halloween Lunch: Senior citizens invited for a Halloween-themed meal. 11:30 a.m. Wed, Oct. 30. Lake Oswego Adult Community Center, 505 G Ave., Lake Oswego; $4 suggested donation ages 60 and older, $5 others; or 503-635-3758

Halloween Trick or Treat: Costumed staffers hand out candy to all ages. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thu, Oct. 31. Lake Oswego Public Library, 706 Fourth St., Lake Oswego; free; or 503-636-7628

Davis Graveyard: Humorous headstones, haunted buildings, massive mechanical spider, ghostly apparitions and other high-tech attractions. Open daily through Fri, Nov. 2: Lights-only version of display open dusk-10 p.m. Mon-Thu; lights, sounds, video, animation and fog effects (weather permitting) open dusk-11 p.m. Fri-Sat, dusk-10 p.m. Sun, plus dusk-10 p.m. Thu, Oct. 31 (Halloween). At the home of Jeff and Chris Davis, 8793 S.E. 43rd Ave., Milwaukie; free;

Fear Asylum Haunted House:
Award-winning haunted house includes a multilevel route featuring 18 rooms and live music for ages 12 and older and an annex featuring face-painting, fortuneteller, midway-style games and child-friendly haunt. Weekly 7-11 p.m. Fri-Sat, 7-10 p.m. Sun, through Oct. 27; 7-10 p.m. Mon-Thu, Oct. 28-31. Milwaukie Elks Lodge, 13121 S.E. McLoughlin Blvd., Milwaukie; $13, or $1 for children's haunted house;

"Star Wars" Family Halloween Party: Come dressed as your favorite Star Wars character, watch the original 1977 film, play games and eat treats. 7 p.m. Thu, Oct. 24. Oregon City Public Library, 606 John Adams St., Oregon City; free; or 503-657-8269

Halloween Enchantment: Take your child on a magical journey in the autumn twilight where he or she will encounter enchanting characters. Costumes encouraged. All ages welcome. 4:30-8 p.m. Fri, Oct. 25. Micha-el School, 13515 S.E. Rusk Road, Milwaukie; $8-$10; or 503-882-3322

Halloween Party: Magician Bob Eaton presents non-spooky magic for children of all ages. Costumes welcome. 2 p.m. Sat, Oct. 26. Milwaukie Ledding Library, 10660 S.E. 21st Ave., Milwaukie; free; or 503-786-7580

Halloween Story Time: Halloween stories and songs for ages 5 and older. Costumes welcome. 2 p.m. Thu, Oct. 31. Milwaukie Ledding Library, 10660 S.E. 21st Ave., Milwaukie; or 503-786-7580


Nearly Headless Nick's Deathday:
The celebration that marks the 15-year anniversary of the Harry Potter series features the showing of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" (PG) and free birthday cake and popcorn. 5:30 p.m. Wed, Oct. 30. Molalla Public Library, 201 E. Fifth St., Molalla; free; or 503-829-2593


Harvest Party: All ages treated to crafts and games. 1:30-3 p.m. Sat, Oct. 19. Oak Lodge Library, 16201 S.E. McLoughlin Blvd., Oak Grove; free; 503-655-8543

Halloween Fantasy Trail: The annual event features a lighted trail decorated with spooky sights and sounds, a 40-foot illuminated castle, a crooked house, a walk-through maze and other attractions. Pumpkins and refreshments available for purchase. Noon-5 p.m. and 7-10 p.m. daily through Oct. 30. Wenzel Farm, 19754 S. Ridge Road, Oregon City; $4-$5; or 503-631-2047


Trick or Treat Main Street: Kids invited to don costumes and visit local merchants for sweet treats and other surprises. 2-5 p.m. Sat, Oct. 26. Dowtown Sandy; free;


Streets of Treats:
Parents and kids will walk the streets trick-or-treating at participating stores. Entertainment by Radio Disney, including the Wicked Witch apple shack and costume contest. 2-5 p.m. Sat, Oct. 26. Bridgeport Village, under the gazebo in the middle of the mall, 7445 S.W. Bridgeport Road, Tigard; free; or 503-968-8940

Halloween Carnival: Halloween carnival for kids ages 10 and younger features games and food. 3-7 p.m. Sat, Oct. 26. St. Anthony Catholic Church, 9905 S.W. McKenzie St., Tigard; Tickets are .25 each - most games cost 2 tickets; or 503-639-4179, ext. 122

Halloween Trick-or-Treating:
Throughout the entire Village, stores will have treats for costumed kids and families. 4-6 p.m. Thu, Oct. 31. Bridgeport Village, 7445 S.W. Bridgeport Road, Tigard; Free; or 503-968-8940

Trunk or Treat: Church members will decorate car trunks and provide candy treats for children of all ages. Fall festival games, crafts, hotdogs and drinks will also be free for the whole family. 5-7 p.m. Sun, Oct. 27. Calvin Presbyterian Church, 10445 S.W. Canterbury Lane, Tigard; free; or 503-639-3273

Haunted Trails: Family event features an Enchanted Trail for those with younger children and a Trail of Terror for others. Also features bonfire, free children's games and refreshments available for purchase. 7-10 p.m. Fri-Sat, Oct. 25-26. Mary S. Young Park, 19900 Willamette Drive (Oregon 43), West Linn; $4 advance, $5 at the gate for Enchanted Trail; $8 advance, $10 at the gate for Trail of Terror; or 503-557-4700

West Linn Spooky Stroll: The ninth annual event presented by the Moms Club of West Linn starts with a costume parade for all ages and leashed pets, followed by live music, crafts, a fire truck, and refreshments. 3-5 p.m. Sun, Oct. 27. Tanner Creek Park, 3456 Parker Road, West Linn; free, but donations of nonperishable food items for West Linn Food Pantry welcome.


Teen Murder Mystery: Students in grades 6-12 wear a Halloween costume and solve the mystery with a Sherlock Holmes theme. Prizes for best costume and best murder-mystery solutions. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fri, Oct. 25. Wilsonville Public Library, Oak Room, 8200 S.W. Wilsonville Road, Wilsonville; free; or 503-682-2744

Harvest Party: Family event features costume contests, games, prizes, crafts, and hay rides. 6-8 p.m. Sat, Oct. 26. Valley Christian Church, 11188 S.W. Wilsonville Road, Wilsonville; free; or 503-682-3693 or

- Vickie Kavanagh

Source: Oregonlive

City or Spurs - who got the better Spanish striker?

The summer transfer window this year highlighted something of a power shift among the top leagues in Europe as La Liga suffered what can only be described as an exodus of players.

The Bundesliga reaped the benefits in some 5s iphone cases purple dots, but the Premier League took advantage of the situation massively, with Tottenham and Manchester City looking to Spain for attacking reinforcements.

Valencia's Roberto Soldado headed to London in a deal reported to be worth £26 million, while City brought in Alvaro Negredo from financially-troubled Sevilla for an estimated £22m.

Ironically enough, for the past few years the two have been in competition with one another as they both looked to solidify places in the Spanish national team, and now they will be battling it out at the top of the Premier League.

In their final league matches for Valencia and Sevilla they actually played against each other and Negredo came out on top as he netted four goals in a 4-3 win, with Soldado scoring two.

Over the course of last season Negredo accumulated 25 league goals to Soldado's 24, but the latter's chance conversion rate of 26.7 per cent dwarfed his counterpart's record of 19.5%.

Soldado's average shot accuracy in the league was 57%, once again far better than Negredo who could only get 45% of his efforts on target. But how have they settled into life in the Premier League?

Soldado's shot map this season

Negredo's shot map this season

At a glance Negredo seems to have made a more notable impact so far, but there is a long way to go and Soldado's Valencia record demands respect.

Both Spaniards have made seven league appearances, but from Soldado's six starts he has only managed two goals - both of which were penalties - while Negredo began four games and has three strikes to his name.

Negredo's start to the season has seen him improve in many areas from last season as shown by his 50% average shot accuracy and a 25% chance conversion rate.

Negredo's chance conversion

Soldado too has seen his shot accuracy increased with 64% of his attempts finding the target, but where he has regressed is his converting of those opportunities. After seven matches he has finished 18.2% of his chances, even less than Negredo's total last term.

Where the former Valencia man really comes out on top, however, is his overall productivity regarding his team-mates.

While Negredo has created a total of four chances for his side, Soldado has laid on 11 opportunities at Spurs, suggesting that he has settled into their attack quite well, even if he has not been prolific himself.

Soldado's chance creation

Soldado can feel safe - for now - in the knowledge that he has been brought in to be their main forward. Maybe he has been too relaxed, but once he hits a purple patch he could be unstoppable.

Negredo has significantly more competition at City, yet that seems to have suited him perfectly. He has come in to fight and at the moment the Beast of Vallecas looks determined to make himself a nuisance.

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Source: Yahoo

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Oops! Apple iPhone 5s not 'a gimmick'

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When one of your biggest customers makes its new 64-bit mobile processor a huge focus as it unveils its next-generation flagship smartphone, calling that new processor nothing more than a "marketing gimmick" probably isn't the best idea.

'There's zero benefit a consumer gets from that.'

- Anand Chandrasekher, Qualcomm CMO

Qualcomm finally realized that on Wednesday and it issued a retraction following comments made last week by its chief marketing officer Anand Chandrasekher.

"The comments made by Anand Chandrasekher, Qualcomm CMO, about 64-bit computing were inaccurate," a Qualcomm spokesperson said in a statement delivered to BGR via email. "The mobile hardware and software ecosystem is already moving in the direction of 64-bit; and, the evolution to 64-bit brings desktop class capabilities and user experiences to mobile, as well as enabling mobile processors and software to run new classes of computing devices."

Last week, Chandrasekher called Apple's move to 64-bit architecture in the iPhone 5s' A7 chipset a "marketing gimmick" during an interview.

"There's zero benefit a consumer gets from that," the executive added.

Source: Foxnews

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Police, community leaders say roads are as safe as people make them

<tractionp>BOISE -- The recent deaths of Victor Haskell and James Kellyin bicycle versus car accidents have many people asking 'Are the roads safe for cyclists?' And, if not, what can be done to make things safer? There are some changes in the works to improve the safety of our roads for cyclists and pedestrians. But, the people we talked to said the safety of the roads is mostly up to the people who use the roads.

Dave Fotsch is the director of Boise Bike Share. Like many in the cycling community, he's disturbed by the two recent fatal bicycle accidents. "We want to make sure that this city is the safest city in the country to bicycle. Clearly, from what's happened in the last week or so, it's not."

Changes are on the way. The Ada County Highway District will be changing some downtown Boise streets from one-way to two-way and adding bike lanes.

Fotsch says the infrastructure does need to catch up a little to Boise's large cycling community. But, he says, no number of changes by ACHD can truly assure cycling safety.

"Out of the control of ACHD is drivers who need to be aware that there are cyclists everywhere, that there are pedestrians everywhere, and you just need to look out for us," said Fotsch.

Would more laws for drivers help that awareness?

Boise Police Deputy Chief Pete Ritter says not necessarily, considering there are already plenty of laws in place to make the roads safe for everyone. It's just a matter of drivers and cyclists following them. "If everyone is obeying the law, it usually makes the situation much safer."

Ritter is also an avid cyclist, who regularly rides his bike on Boise's roads. "I don't feel unsafe, but I do some things, I think that, probably every cyclist should do."

Those "things" include riding with traffic (that's the law), staying off sidewalks (but even if you are on a sidewalk, riding with traffic), wearing bright colors to make yourself more visible, wearing a helmet, and planning your route to avoid streets that are not bicycle-friendly.

Ritter says one of the streets where they see a lot of bicycle accidents is Fairview Avenue. He also says they see most of those accidents in driveways where cyclists are riding on the sidewalk and drivers don't expect to see them as they pull in.

Ritter says his son was in an accident with a car while cycling in Utah. He was wearing a helmet and that probably saved his life. So, while there is no cycling helmet law in Idaho, it's highly recommended you wear one.

Source: Ktvb

Friday, October 4, 2013

iPhone 5S Fingerprint Hack Can Take Over Owner's Apple Account

A cat's paw can be used to unlock the iPhone 5s iphone cases hopscotch for girls magazine, but it looks like a picture of your fingerprint can facilitate entry too.

German security firm SRL, reported by The Guardian, said an image of a fingerprint can successfully unlock the phone, enabling identity theft.

"Users leave copies of their fingerprints everywhere; including on the devices they protect. Fingerprints are not fit for secure local user authentication as long as spoofs ('fake fingers') can be produced from these pervasive copies," SLR said in a blog post.

Here's what would have to happen: First, a thief would have to turn on Airplane Mode as soon as they steal the device. This is actually quite easy to do without a fingerprint - if the owner hasn't changed the default, the thief can access Airplane Mode via the Control Center on the lock screen. That disables all wireless connections, preventing the iPhone's owner from doing a remote wipe.

After that, the hacker can work to get fingerprints off of the device and eventually log in. The video below shows how someone can create a fake fingerprint on a laminated sheet and later attached to one of their fingers. TouchID on the iPhone 5S, however, would only give the hacker three chances to enter before a passcode request pops up.

Once the phone is unlocked, the hacker can gain access to the owner's Apple account, but only if two-factor authentication hasn't been turned on. A hacker would be able to see the iPhone 5S's owner's email address and reset the password to take over the account. However, if the owner already performed a remote wipe, this wouldn't be possible.

How do you feel about fingerprint sensor technology to enter smartphones? Are you on board or reluctant to give it a try? Let us know in the comments below.

Image: Mashable
Source: Mashable

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Immigration courts remain partly open

Meanwhile, some services for U.S. citizens and legal residents, which are financed by customer fees, will continue to be provided. Court hearings or other procedures for any immigrant who is in federal custody will also continue on schedule, and the Board of Immigration Appeals will hear requests for emergency relief from deportation as well as appeals for detained immigrants, according to the Justice Department.

Nationwide, 16 immigration courts are closed and 42 remain open, 23 of which handle only 5s iphone cases my disney experience of detained immigrants.

The asylum process, advocates in the Washington area and elsewhere said, is especially backed up, with about 350,000 cases pending before immigration judges. Even under normal circumstances, most cases take more than a year to complete.

"This is a nightmare. It is already a nightmare, because of the huge backlog in the court system," said Judy London, a lawyer with the Public Counsel agency in Los Angeles. "When we go into court, we are often told the first available trial date is a year later. This could mean more delays of months, or even another year."

One of London's clients is Didier Vakumbua, 43, a medical doctor who fled his native Congo five years ago after he said police jailed and brutalized him for revealing human rights atrocities to foreign monitors. He spent several years in California while his asylum petition worked its way through the system. His wife and children, meanwhile, sought refuge in another African country.

Last week, Vakumbua won his case on appeal and began preparing to fly his family to the United States. Because one child has a brain tumor, he had been granted emergency permission to bring them quickly. But he still needed one more judge's signature on some paperwork - and after the shutdown Tuesday, that court was suspended.

"I am happy because I finally won my case, but I am frustrated, too," Vakumbua said Tuesday afternoon, speaking a mixture of French and Spanish. "I have been waiting a very long time to see my family."

In the Washington area, officials at the American Immigration Lawyers Association expressed similar concerns. They noted that only about 10 percent of asylum applicants are detained and therefore will be allowed to keep any scheduled court date. For the rest, they said, every delay in the judicial process can make a crucial difference.

"Situations change. Memories fade. Evidence gets lost," said Greg Chen, advocacy director for the association. "If you have a court date now, and it is kicked off the calendar, it could be a matter of life and death." Chen noted that because of heavy court backlogs, canceled hearings cannot be quickly rescheduled.

Abel Nuñez, executive director of the Central American Resource Center in Northwest Washington, said many of his agency's clients are involved in more routine matters, such as waiting to become a U.S. citizen or renewing temporary protective status as a refu­gee from conflict. Still, he said, delays in these procedures can also be stressful and confusing.

On Tuesday morning, Nuñez was told that a Salvadoran student in the District, who qualified for legal residency under President Obama's "Dream Act" order, was scheduled to have her fingerprints and other biometrics taken Wednesday. At first, he was told the service had been canceled by the shutdown. A few hours later, he learned that the tests were being offered after all, and that her appointment was still on.

"It's good to have a little positive news, but what really worries me is that this fight over the shutdown and other issues is pushing immigration reform out of the picture," Nuñez said. "There is a lot of friction and smoke in the air, and there are bigger noises out there now. This is taking the focus off immigration, and the window is shrinking fast."

Source: Washingtonpost

Apple's iPhone 5S sensors are massively screwed up (and so are the games that rely on them)

Apple appears to have a serious hardware problem on its hands as the internet sensors of its new flagship phone, the iPhone 5s iphone cases ncaa, are not reporting accurate numbers.

Numerous reports on Apple support communities indicate that people believe the sensors the report level, motion, and acceleration seem to be reporting incorrect information. And a detailed Gizmodo test indicates that indeed, they are "all screwed up." I tested the iPhone 5S myself and found that the iHandy Level app indicates plumb (straight up and down) when the phone is clearly at an angle, and the Gyroscope app reports pitch and roll numbers that indicate the phone is on a slope when actually, it's on a flat and level table.

My iPhone 5, other the other hand, reports numbers that are much more accurate.

Here's just one example:

This has real-world implications, as Gizmodo points out, and it's not just that your shelves or paintings will hand crooked (of course, I'd never use an iPhone sensor to hang a painting or install furniture). Games also rely on those sensors, and gamers who want to beat the game or beat their friends may run into trouble - like I did in Real Racing 3.

As you can see, when the phone is flat on the table, the car turns left and hits the bumper:

I have asked Apple for a comment, and will update this story when I hear more.

Source: VentureBeat

Apple iPhone 5S Review

<5s iphone iphone 5 cases otterbox armorp>With every major iPhone redesign comes the inevitable S series refresh a year later. Like the iPhone 4S and the iPhone 3GS before it, the new iPhone 5S takes last year's form factor and adds improved camera technology, a faster processor, and new features exclusive to the latest hardware. But while the iPhone 5S may be predictable, it's nonetheless exceptional, maintaining and improving upon Apple's outstanding software experience and the stunning design of the iPhone 5.

Save for the new, slightly larger camera and dual-LED 'TrueTone' flash on the back and TouchID fingerprint sensor in the home button, the iPhone 5S is identical to last year's model. Apple has maintained the same hardened glass front and aluminum chassis, but now it's offering two new colors - space gray and gold. Space gray is more or less last year's black model with a slightly lighter shade of aluminum, but gold is a true first for the iPhone series. Depending on where your preferences lie, the gold version may be regarded as either gaudy or gorgeous, but regardless of personal taste, it's refreshing to see Apple embracing colors outside of its longstanding black and white iPhone variants.

In spite of any drastic design changes, the iPhone 5S remains one of the best looking, most well-constructed smartphones on the market. Although the competition has shown renewed interest in design with devices like the HTC One, Lumia 925, and the Moto X, Apple remains unrivaled in its meticulous consideration for hardware.

Under the hood, the iPhone 5S' advancements are far more significant. Apple has laid claim to producing the world's first 64-bit processor in the world with the new A7 system-on-a-chip (SOC). While the actionable benefits of its 64-bit architecture are limited until more apps and games are developed natively or optimized to take advantage, the A7 has perceivable impact on the speed of iOS 7 and apps. Browsing through iOS 7's animation-heavy interface and launching apps is notably faster than the iPhone 5. In GeekBench 3 and 3D Mark benchmark tests, the iPhone 5S more than doubles the CPU scores of the iPhone 5 and three times the framerates when running intense graphics.

The iPhone 5S also commands a substantial lead in processing power over the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4, accounting for a graphics boost of up to 32% and 38% in CPU benchmarks.

But the A7 means more than raw power - it actually enables useful features, like the iPhone 5S' expanded camera functionality.

Though the iPhone 5S' camera retains the 8-megapixel count of the iPhone 5, it's now capable of capturing 120 frames-per-second slow-motion video and 10 frames-per-second burst photography. Driven by the A7, the camera snaps photos and videos faster for cleaner, more detailed, and more vibrant shots. Burst mode's rapid capture speeds eliminate the need to time the perfect shot - just hold the shutter button down and the iPhone %S will snap a string of photos, automatically presenting the best of the bunch. Slow-motion, although viewed as a novelty, is actually one of my favorite features of the iPhone 5S.

Everything - even the most mundane of actions - looks incredible and epic in slow motion with smooth, detailed progressions. While many are certain to embrace the iPhone 5S' slow-motion camera for comedy, an equal share will create stunning montages.

Apple has also made improvements to the lens and sensor. The rear-facing camera now has a ƒ2.2 aperture lens and 1.5µ pixel sensor, which gathers and processes more light for better low-light photography and richer composition. Though the improvements aren't so significant to warrant an upgrade by itself, the iPhone 5S has one of the best smartphone cameras on the market.

The feature most likely to attract attention, however, is the new fingerprint scanner. Apple has built a new sensor into the home button, which is capable of detecting certain distinguishing elements of your fingerprint almost instantaneously. By simply placing your thumb on the sensor - or any finger, for that matter - the iPhone 5S can identify your fingerprint and unlock your phone. When you set up the iPhone 5S for the first time (or access the settings anytime thereafter), you can register a new fingerprint profile via a brief calibration process. The system asks that you repeatedly press your finger to the sensor, including the edges of your print, so that it can capture and store a unique TouchID. The iPhone 5S supports multiple profiles for multiple fingers and users, allowing you to give loved ones streamlined access to your device while maintaining a high level of security. It even allows you to forego the tedium of entering a password every time you want to download a new app - just scan your finger and you're good to go.

Initially, it took awhile for me to shake the learned behavior of waking my display and quickly entering a pin code, but once I became accustomed to TouchID, it became almost like second-nature. Gone are the days where I would mistakenly hit the wrong digit or press one number too many times. Now, I don't have to look at my phone while I unlock it - I just go straight to the primary UI and launch an app.

The only I gripes I've found with the iPhone 5S are minor. Calibrating the TouchID for each finger on either hand that you may choose to use to unlock your device can be time consuming. There were also times - albeit rarely - when the TouchID would fail to recognize my fingerprint, causing me to make repeated attempts before just unlocking the device manually, thus defeating the purpose entirely.

Apple is also becoming increasingly behind the curve in terms of battery life. While the iPhone 5S lasts for a day's worth of casual use, charge levels are substantially undercut by any rigorous app or game usage. The iPhone 5S remains within the acceptable margins, but falls short of larger Android and Windows Phone devices. I also encountered a few odd software bugs, wherein third-party apps would crash randomly and cause the OS to revert to the boot-up logo. It's possible that the issues stem from the absence of patched support for the A7's 64-bit architecture or lingering issues with iOS 7, but in either scenario, should be resolved easily with future updates.

Source: Ign

Sunday, September 29, 2013

PHOTOS: This Is What You Need To Be For Halloween

<halloween costumes for kids scaryp>Our favorite holiday will be here before we know it. And in order to be able to enjoy all of the pumpkin carving, trick or treating, candy eating, and spooking that comes with Halloween, we need to get one very important decision out of the way -- and that's choosing what we're dressing up as, of course.

To make it a little easier, our friends at HGTV featured the most adorable DIY Halloween costumes for the whole family that you can get started on this weekend. You'll be surprised at how easy they are to make. For example, that plain grey sweatsuit you wear as pajamas can be whipped into a pretty scary looking shark-inspired outfit by sewing on a little pointed-tooth trim and some eyes. Need some inspiration to get you started? Click through the slideshow of ideas below and head back to HGTV for even more.

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Source: Huffingtonpost

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Panasonic launches new video surveillance, security solutions

Panasonic System Communications Company of North America, a provider of integrated security and surveillance solutions, will showcase its latest video surveillance technologies and solutions at ASIS International this week in Chicago.

New offerings on display at the show include Panasonic's surveillance video recording server, facial search and recognition system, camera line and technology solutions for specific markets. These solutions allow operators to make actionable decisions that put safety first, according to a news release.

"With the introduction of the latest security and video surveillance technologies, Panasonic continues to expand the capabilities of our security solutions portfolio to help protect people, property and assets across the world," Greg Peratt, Panasonic Video Solutions Integration Team senior director, said in the announcement.

Panasonic's new products include:

  • WV-ASR500 Scalable Network Video Surveillance Recording Solution: The new WV-ASR500 software recording solution offers an expandable Windows server-based video recorder, providing customers with flexibility to build a surveillance recording and monitoring installation around a single scalable software-based platform. The ASR500 features include multicamera-time-synchronized playback, event- and time-based search and multiple video export and archiving functions among other features. When coupled with Panasonic ASM200 or ASM970 client applications the ASR500 system serves as a complete video management solution featuring support for IP cameras and encoders as well as integration with third-party security hardware and access control systems from a range of manufacturers. A mobile control client also will be available for Android and iOS phones and tablets.
  • WV-ASF900 FacePro Facial Search and Recognition System: The new server-based FacePro facial recognition and matching platform enables facial search and matching on video from Panasonic i-PRO Cameras utilizing the Face Detection option. Boasting a real-time processing capacity of up to 20 cameras per server, FacePro can execute searches of up to 1,000 registered reference faces on both live and recorded video, and each server can store millions of detected face images depending on configuration. Reference face images can be selected from source video or imported via BMP, JPG and PNG files and can be searched for a match in seconds, according to the release. In addition, this technology allows for advanced age- and gender-analytics reporting and the ability to set flexible alarm triggers on matched faces using live cameras. FacePro can support multiple simultaneous sessions using the Panasonic ASM200 and ASM970 client applications. The new system will be released later this year on pre-integrated and tested server platforms.
  • New 6 Series i-PRO Camera Platform: Panasonic's new 6 Series i-PRO camera line is based on its next generation UniPhier LSI processors. The 6 Series cameras feature 60 frames per second performance on both 720p and 1080p models and improved compression efficiency via UniPhier's new Shadow Compression Engine. The new platform features Enhanced Super Dynamic technology enabling a 130db video dynamic range delivering performance even in challenging lighting conditions. The new 6 Series cameras have the ability to encode up to four H.264 streams simultaneously and feature high sensitivity in low light conditions generating usable color video at less than 0.1 lx illumination. Dual SDXC memory card slots are also supported for high-capacity edge recording. The 6 Series models on display at ASIS include two outdoor weather- and vandal-resistant cameras that offer built-in infrared LED illumination - a Full HD 1080p/60p resolution model (SFV631L) and a 720p/60p resolution model (SFV611L). Additional 6 Series cameras are slated for introduction throughout 2014.
  • New HD and Full HD Surveillance Cameras: New cameras on display include the WV-SC588 indoor domeless Full HD PTZ and WV-SW115 low-profile surface mount HD cameras. Available now, the WV-SC588 includes Panasonic's Mega Super Dynamic imaging technology, 360-degree endless panning, a 30x optical zoom lens and a high-sensitivity 2.0 megapixel MOS sensor for enhanced signal processing and performance. Also on exhibit and scheduled for release in spring 2014, the weather- and vandal-resistant WV-SW115 delivers a wide 104-degree view in a minimum profile package and offers Panasonic's Super Dynamic Response, 720p resolution and H.264 compression. Both cameras are compatible with Panasonic's FacePro facial search and recognition technology.
  • ClearSight Rain-resistant Dome Coating: A permanent, rain-resistant dome coating increases the operational utility of outdoor cameras in wet weather.

Panasonic's booth will also feature solutions for specific markets. These include:

  • IP/Phone and Security Integration Solution: Panasonic's KX-UT670 Smart IP desktop phone gives customers unified communications and visual surveillance capabilities in a single platform and integrates with select Panasonic iPRO video surveillance camera models. The SIP phone delivers support for up to six different SIP accounts, three-way conference calling and full duplex speakerphone capabilities. It also features a seven-inch color touchscreen that allows easy navigation to all phone options including a camera monitoring function that displays live video feeds and captures images from up to 16 connected Panasonic i-PRO cameras.
  • Transit Solution: The ruggedized Mobile Network Video Recorder Solution for transit surveillance provides the image quality agencies need to ensure public safety, manage incidents, reduce risks and address liability claims onboard trains and buses.
  • Mobile Control Room Solution: Combines the rugged mobility of Toughpad tablets with Panasonic's line of surveillance technology, providing a mobile platform for comprehensive remote wireless surveillance.
  • Toughpad FZ-G1 - WV-ASM200 i-PRO Management Software Solution: Utilizing Panasonic's WV-ASM200 video management software, users can control and view live feeds from up to 256 directly connected network cameras, and access recordings from up to 100 recorders, directly from their Toughpad tablets.
  • Toughpad FZ-A1 - WJ-NV200 i-PRO SmartHD Network Disk Recorder Solution: Designed for remote viewing and full control of up to 16 network cameras, this solution connects wirelessly to Panasonic's WJ-NV200 Network Video Recorder for mobile surveillance management without requiring the use of a PC.
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Monday, September 23, 2013

Cher looks stunning for 'Today' show performance, reveals new tour to promote 26th album


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With 26 studio albums under her belt, there's plenty of music to Cher.

The legendary rock diva took to the stage at the " Today" show Monday to promote her new album "Closer to the Truth."

The truth is that at 67 years old, Cher looked amazing as she sang her song " Woman's World," making this her second performance since her Farewell Tour ended in 2005. She made her official return to the stage June 18 on the season finale of "The Voice."

The Grammy Award-winner admitted she isn't a morning person, so when "Today" co-host Savannah Guthrie asked how she was feeling when the alarm went off Monday morning, Cher replied, "How can I get out of here?"

She then turned the question back on Guthrie.

"I thought, 'She does this all the time?' What kind of a social life do you have?"

Matt Lauer continued the conversation by pointing out Cher's Twitter admission that she was suffering from laryngitis over the weekend.


"My voice ... well ... it's like jumping out of a plane in a parachute your mom packed!!" she tweeted Sunday. "You just pray it opens."

Despite her concerns, Cher performed in front of screaming fans who undoubtedly adore her and were excited when she announced she'll soon be heading back out on the road for her "Dressed to Kill" tour.

Kicking off on March 22, 2014, in Phoenix, Cher will wrap her 49-city North American tour on July 11 in San Diego.

For her last tour, she performed a record-breaking 325 dates for 5.5 million fans.

While she loves performing in venues around the country, she explained on "Today" how touring is difficult.

"I understand why guys in bands tear up hotel rooms because it's a very lonely place," she said. "The only time you have fun is at the concert."

The "Believe" singer looked like she was having a lot of fun performing live Monday in New York City. However, it didn't take long before she was ready to get some shut eye.

"Wow!! I just woke up in the same clothes I was wearing this morning on TV," she tweeted Monday. "What's worse, I fell asleep in 37 pounds of makeup!"

Source: Nydailynews

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Mila Kunis Tiring of Divorce Drama

Mila Kunis is growing weary of the ongoing divorce drama between her love interest Ashton Kutcher and his estranged wife Demi Moore.

Kunis and Kutcher, who co-starred in That 70′s Show from 1998-2006, began dating in early 2012. Fellow That 70′s Show alum Laura Prepon recently told US Weekly that she's not surprised the couple is dating.

However, Kutcher is still attempting to finalize his divorce from Demi Moore. Kutcher and Moore married in 2005 and separated in late 2011. Kutcher filed for divorce almost a year later, in December 2012.

Some sources report that Demi wants as much as $25 million from Kutcher.

That's a large sum of money, even by Hollywood standards, but apparently Kunis is tired of the ongoing battle. She's urged Kutcher to " just give Demi the money " so she and Kutcher can move on with their lives.

Kunis and Kutcher appear to have no qualms about appearing together in public. They were recently spotted holding hands as they walked through SoHo.

Prior to that, they were in Safed, Israel attending the funeral service of Kabbalah Chief Rabbi Philip Berg. Kutcher is one of several Hollywood celebrities who embrace the Kabbalah faith. In fact, he and Moore were married in a Los Angeles Kabbalah center.

Kunis is currently busy promoting her upcoming movie Third Person, in which she stars alongside Olivia Wilde, Liam Neeson and James Franco. She spent the summer filming Jupiter Ascending, a sci-fi action flick co-starring Channing Tatum.

Kutcher recently starred in the title role of Jobs, a biographical drama based on the life of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. He also stars in the television sitcom Two and a Half Men, filling a role that was created after the 2011 departure of Charlie Sheen. Along with Jason Goldberg, Kutcher heads Katalyst Media. Their latest project is Forever Young, a reality television series that debuted on TV Land in April, 2013.

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