Rediscover engaging combat and the delight of exploration

If you are looking at your first foray in to the world of MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) or simply wishing to add a new virtual world to your repertoire, then Runescape will offer a treat for you.

Set in the magical world of Gielinor this globally popular online community game will see you battle it out with millions of other players throughout mythical towns, cities and oceans. Its setting has a medieval feel and caters for all sorts of skill and play, rather than being based purely on combat as many games of its type are. It’s free to download and as it runs on Java software there is no need to download specific software. It’s free to use at a basic level although you do get access to more skills, areas and quests when you upgrade to a paid membership; monthly fees are relatively cheap. 

The 3D graphics are in the main satisfactory and with over 100 quests and new content, quests and challenges being adding regularly there’s always something new and fresh to keep you hooked. Gaining new levels of skill however can be quite repetitive as you need to do the same thing over and over in order to progress.

The online community is vibrant and friendly and is monitored by moderators to ensure a pleasant experience is enjoyed by all. If you are beyond your teens you may find it a little youthful, as it’s this age category where Runescape sees the most success.

Overall Runescape offers a great online gaming experience, if heed is to be taken it’s to keep an eye on the vast number of hours that it could easily consume!

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Create and edit movies easily with VideoLAN Movie Creator

VideoLAN Movie Creator (VLMC) is a free, open-source software program for creating and editing movies. It is based on the libVLC media player, and is available on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. Unlike other free video editing tools VLMC offers more than just basic functionality.

The tool features a well designed interface that includes the standard positioning of a dual screen above a timeline found in so many editing programs. This means that it seems familiar from the very beginning. Importing media is simply a case of dragging and dropping it into the correct position. From there images, videos, and audio files can be manipulated in a variety of ways, such as adding effects.

VLMC accepts many different media file types, much more than other free video editors. Multiple layers of audio and video can be added, and the process for separating audio from video is remarkably easy. It is also possible to zoom into the timeline, which is a very handy feature that makes aligning layers hassle free.

Everything about VLMC has been designed to make it as easy to use as possible. The drag and drop interface is particularly user friendly, and there is even a wizard to guide you through creating your first project. With VLMC usability and functionality combine to form a very capable video editor.

For a free video editing tool VLMC is relatively powerful, and very easy to use. It has been extremely well designed, and allows users the opportunity to create high quality videos quickly and easily.

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We Have Seen the First Windows RT Tablets

…and they’re SERIOUSLY overpriced. Let’s take a quick look at what this really means.

It was recently announced on ZDNet that a leaked ASUS roadmap indicates that the hardware manufacturer will be releasing three Windows 8 based tablets. The tablets will be making an appearance near the 2012 Holiday buying season. Pricing for the tablets is a bit on the unreasonable side.

The entry level, Windows RT based ASUS Vivo Tab RT (TF600T) starts at $599. The mid-level ASUS Vivo Tab (TF810C) starts at $799. Both the TF600T and TF810C can make use of a keyboard based docking station for an additional $199. The high end ASUS Taichi is a tablet/notebook hybrid with a dual screen and attached keyboard that starts at $1299.

With Android tablets, like the Kindle Fire HD starting at $299 for the Fire HD 7″, and the well-established, market leader, Apple iPad 2 starting at $399, ASUS’ has priced itself out of the market. Regardless of how awesome these devices may be, there’s no way they’re going to gain any traction. Unfortunately, they’re going to be non-starters if these prices stick.

With ASUS’ Windows 8 offerings effectively non-players, Microsoft’s Surface RT and Surface Pro tablets become increasingly more relevant. The tablets are set to be produced and sold at a loss; and while MS can afford it, other OEM’s like ASUS can’t. ASUS is an untried business brand, and these devices, especially the dual functioning Taichi, aren’t priced to compete.

ZDNet’s Larry Dignan thinks that “consumers will balk at these tablet prices and either opt for a laptop or go with a cheaper tablet such as Apple’s iPad or any variety of Android.”

I totally agree. The technology here is pretty cool, but Windows RT and Windows 8 in and of itself, is supposed to be targeted at a much lower priced device. Consumers aren’t going to pay $599 for an untried, MS-based tablet, competing in an Apple dominated market.

The roadmap that was leaked was preliminary and the product offering, specs and prices of the devices are totally up in the air. It could all change before Windows 8 is made available in about 5 weeks or so, as of this writing. However if it doesn’t , not only will the devices be short lived, but it’s going to shorten the relevance of Microsoft’s Windows 8, and in the long run, that’s not what MS wants to see.

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Record screen events with Total Screen Recorder

Evert now and again, I find I need to record events on my computer screen.  It’s usually related to some kind of training or troubleshooting operation.  When I need an app like that, I tend to lean heavily towards Total Screen Recorder Standard. It’s one of the best Windows screen recording apps available today.

Capturing video from your screen just got easier.  Total Screen Recorder is an easy-to-use video recording application with a clean interface that starts recording in just two steps. To start recording, click the red start button, and then define the screen area you wish to record. Recording starts immediately.

The app is light. It’s easy on CPU cycles and RAM usage when it’s recording. Skipped frames and choppy video are a thing of the past with Total Screen Recorder. Other applications also won’t suffer a performance hit when the app is running.

Total Screen Recorder supports five different recording types.  You can define a custom region, record vide from a specific program window, record full screen, or a fix size or fixed region. The app records audio from your PC as well as your PC’s microphone, so you can narrate what you’re recording.  This is especially helpful when recording demos, training videos or troubleshooting videos.

Aside from recording video of your PC desktop, you can also record video from your webcam.  All incoming AIM, ICQ, MSN, Yahoo Messenger and Skype video can be captured.  You can record online video, from YouTube, for example, and save it for viewing later.  You can also record active video game play and share it with others.

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Too many times I fell asleep…

I know, I’m not the only one who likes to watch a movie on the computer when I get in bed, and very often, the movie is so “interesting” that makes me fall asleep and wake up in the middle of the night more than half-asleep and barely see the mouse cursor to shut down the computer. Sometimes, I just wake up in the morning with the computer turned on, resulting a bad night with a fuzzy sleep and more tired than I was before I got to sleep, and with some electricity waste in vain for the whole night.

Now, let’s talk about power. The more powerful your computer is, the more electricity it consumes. The amount of electricity consumed by a computer is somewhere between 300-600 watts for desktop computers, and 15-60 watts for laptops. And a powerful gaming computer is using 600 watts/hour, left running 24/7 will cost you about 1000$ a year in electricity – and that is only the computer in your house.

Now here comes Auto Shutdown Pro II to help you make a better management for the usage of your computer. It’s not only that it shuts down your computer when you schedule it to do so, it can block your computer at a specific time of the day, so you can keep your computer safe even if you’re not at home. This “Blocked Time” feature is quite handy if you want your children to do their homework instead of playing video games.

As a illustration for you in order to help you make a better picture of this software: Parents do not want their children to play computer games or text endlessly on Facebook and Yahoo Messenger, chat with unknown strangers on social web sites 24/7 especially through the night. Children may believe that they are indestructible, but parents know better. And what parents do know for sure is that their children have to have their sleep at night. With Auto Shutdown Pro II parents can set absolute limits that guarantee that their children will not be on the computer after bedtime. Auto Shutdown Pro II will keep those computers turned off even when parents are asleep. With Auto Shutdown Pro II, parents get their children back.

So, it will save your money, shutdown your computer, save electricity, and while is also a computer management tool, will make your computer “live longer”.

 

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Let’s Take a Look to the New Features of iPhone 5

Year by year, Apple hits us with a new, shiny iPhone. Let’s take a look at the brand new iPhone 5, which was just launched yesterday. First of all, it’s 18 percent thinner and 20 percent lighter than previous models and it has a new 4-inch Retina display. The screen is a little bit taller, but you can still tap, type and scroll the same way you always have.

The new iPhone is powered by a new A6 chip which improves performance and power efficiency to deliver better battery life. With up to twice the CPU and graphics performance, the new iPhone promises to be really fast when launching apps and loading web pages (2.1X faster than before) and now with the supports for wireless standards including LTE and DC-HSDPA, you can browse, download and stream content much faster. iPhone 5 also works on GPRS, EDGE, EV-DO, HSPA and HSPA+.

Anodized aluminum body with diamond cut chamfered edges and glass inlays

The 8 megapixel iSight camera has been improved and features new panorama feature which lets you capture panorama images of up to 28 megapixels by simply moving the camera across a scene in one smooth motion. The video is still 1080p, but it has improved stabilization, video face detection for up to 10 faces and the ability to take still photos as you record. The front facing camera has also been improved and it can now record 720p HD video.

iPhone 5 features a new connector that is smaller and more durable than the previous connector and features an adaptive interface that uses only the signals that each accessory requires, and it’s reversible so you can easily connect to your accessories. Sure there is also an adapter for 30-pin compatibility, no worries.

iPhone 5 also introduces new enhanced audio features including a new beam-forming, directional microphone system for higher quality sound, while background noise fades away with new noise canceling technology. iPhone 5 now includes support for cellular wideband audio and more natural sounding speech.

iPhone 5 comes with iOS 6 which was optimized for the larger Retina display and with over 200 new user features including: an all new Maps app with Apple-designed cartography, turn-by-turn navigation and Flyover view; Facebook integration for Contacts and Calendar, with the ability to post directly from Notification Center; Passbook, the simplest way to get all your passes in one place; new Siri features, including support for more languages, easy access to sports scores, restaurant recommendations and movie listings; Siri and Facebook-enabled apps like Photos, Safari and Maps; and Shared Photo Streams via iCloud.

iPhone 5 comes in either white & silver or black & slate, and will be available in the US for a suggested retail price of $199 (US) for the 16GB model and $299 (US) for the 32GB model and $399 (US) for the 64GB model.

For more info, please visit the official webpage of iPhone 5.

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The Apple & Samsung Trial Results – My Take Now that the Jury is In

The verdict is in and Samsung’s got a lot of work to do.  They need to do some hardware  and software work as well as write a big check.  Here’s my take on the trial results…

I really expected the trial deliberations to go a lot longer than they did.  The fact that the verdict came back so quickly speaks volumes about design, perception, and what the public believes when it comes to computing and the patent system. I’ve got a quick summary of the results and a couple of opinions on where the trial went south for Samsung.

The trial, in my humble opinion, was over once the following graphic was shown.

I’ve owned a number of Samsung smartphones – the Blackjack, the Blackjack 2, the i700 and the Vibrant (a Galaxy S phone).  Prior to 2007 and the introduction of the iPhone, all Samsung phones had a distinctive look. They were sharp edged, angular, and ran a version of Microsoft’s Windows Mobile.  The Blackjack devices were “smartphones,” or the version of Windows Mobile that didn’t have a touch screen and they had 320×240 (landscape) resolution screens. These devices were Blackberry modeled devices and were rather successful, though they were different enough to not be considered infringing on RIM’s designs and patents. The i700 was Samsung’s very first PDA phone. It ran PocketPC 2002 and eventually got an upgrade to WM2003, but it was well into 2004 before that hit.  The other two devices in the infographic below, were modeled after it.  THAT design, was wholly original and all Samsung.  The i700 was a little bit before its time. It was a decent device, but really would have been much better without the stub antenna and definitely WITH UMTS/HSPA+.

Post iPhone, Samsung made two big changes – First: out with Windows Mobile and in with Android. Windows Mobile had unfortunately reached a point of non-growth and innovation and Microsoft never really stood behind it anyway.  Ballmer doesn’t understand mobility and the mobile operating system’s history clearly shows that.  Google’s Android is very Windows Mobile-like and went places that Microsoft clearly couldn’t go with their mobile OS. It was a much better choice for them.

Second: their phone designs took a drastic and radical shift. Despite Samsung’s claims that Apple doesn’t own a patent on a rectangle with rounded corners (and Samsung is right…they DON’T), its clear that AFTER the iPhone hit and was successful, Samsung’s phone designs changed. Those designs also look a great deal like the design of the iPhone.  Their UI, while built on top of Android, a drastically different looking and functioning OS, looks as much like the iOS home screens as they can.

Come back next time and I’ll give you the specifics on the damages as well as what I’d like to see Samsung do, post-verdict.

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Get in control!

Aaaah! Your favourite country didn’t won the Euro-Cup this year? No Problem! You can avenge them in Pro-Evolution Soccer 2013!

The Official Demo was released and as it was promised, it brings a lot of new features and licensed competitions and teams! They’ve done it again! PES2013 has the full UEFA Champions League License for the game and it looks awesome! They managed to extend their license from the PES 2012 with UEFA in PES 2013 too.

The demo doesn’t impress much by graphic or features, and the options are quite limited. The only improved changes in graphics can be seen, for now, only in the replay mode and in slow-motion. As they mentioned while starting the game: the demo is taken from a product that is still under development and it doesn’t represent the quality and appearance of the final release. You can play with 4 national teams in “Match” mode (Germany, Portugal, England and Italy), and other 4 in Copa Santander Libertadores (Santos FC, Fluminese FC, SC Internacional, CR Flamengo.)

About gameplay, yes, it’s different. It’s changed. It feels like you are trying Ice skating for the first time after you walked all your life in normal shoes. I didn’t really got to control the players as I used to do in the previous versions, but I know that perfection is achieved with practice. The ball runs very naturally, and respects the physics quite in a very high detail. Anyway, the game gets really annoying sometimes, because the referee gives the fouls with so much ease and it’s stopping the game quite often!

So, Konami doesn’t let the PES fans down this year at all. The official release of the game is expected to be in the middle of September 2012, and it will bring into the sports scene the greatest soccer simulator, making you feel like you belong on the field! I can’t wait to play a full UEFA Champions League Season with my favorite team! Good luck scoring goals!

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